Thursday, February 12, 2015

United Bloggers: Hat Tip to Prince Charles “To Tell Saudi King To Halt Blogger’s Flogging”

If free speech is contingent on hurting no one’s feelings, then it isn’t free speech. It’s paternalism, and it’s insidious – especially in virtual world samizdat of sharing

Why the continuing obsession with Nazis? For the stark moral drama, to which we can retreat from our far more Complex taxing world

Prince Charles of Britain will reportedly intervene in the case of jailed Saudi blogger who is sentenced to 1,000 lashes and urge the Saudi Arabia’s new King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud to halt the punishment, according to Arabian Business.
The Saudi blogger was arrested in June 2012 for offenses including insulting Islam, cyber-crime and disobeying his father. Read the original story here

House of Commons Committee of Public Accounts Report: Tax avoidance: the role of large accountancy firms (follow–up) 

Where were HSBC's auditors?  

HSBC files show how Swiss bank helped clients dodge taxes and hide millions 

Catalogue of malpractice endorsed by bankers laid bare in HSBC files  

Global views on the HSBC tax scandal  

Profile: HSBC whistleblower Herve Falciani  

The Golden Age of Blogs
Jason Kottke writes that blogs are for 40-somethings with kids. In the past few years, the blog died. Sure, blogs still exist, many of them are excellent, and they will go on existing and being excellent for many years to come. But the function of the blog is increasingly being handled by a growing number of disparate media forms that are blog-like but also decidedly not blogs. The primary mode for the distribution of links has moved from the loosely connected network of blogs to tightly integrated services like Facebook and Twitter The death of the bloggers tends to be exaggerated

Can You Really Know An Author If You Don’t Follow Her Social Media?

“While some scholars may shun such developments, others are embracing them, leveraging analytical tools and techniques to account for a landscape of authorship and reading that is no longer confined to simple geometries and lines of influence, and no longer served by the established critical schools.” Los Angeles Review of Books

CODA: Tony Abbott 'warns office staff against loose lips'

Tony Abbott has promised to sack any staff member who leaks disparaging details about rival MPs or cabinet ministers, reports claim. The move is a show of party room solidarity in the wake of a failed leadership spill against him Fall and fall of the loose lip