Friday, June 26, 2015

The Utopia of Rules

The People Will Not Be Blackmailed': Thousands March in Athens Against Austerity Common Dreams. If I read ekathimerini correctly (see also the Paul Mason post above) we now have dueling protests, with pro Eurozoen and anti austerity types set to take to the streets on alternating days.

Parts of Sicily are offering free houses.

Does your dog need a date?
David Graeber, The Utopia of Rules: on Technology, Stupidity, and the Secret Joys of Bureaucracy.  Don’t judge Graeber by his mistakes or by how he responds (doesn’t respond) to criticism.  This one is still more interesting to read than most books.  In fact, most of us quite like bureaucracy.

  • Latest Scotland drunk-driving blood threshold: Drivers “warned that having ‘no alcohol at all’ is the only way to ensure they stay within the limit” [Independentvia Christopher Snowdon]
Austere brand of Islam on rise in Europe, stirring concerns Associated Press 

Money Laundering and Scams

Pope Francis says those in weapons industry can’t call themselves Christian Guardian

Harry G. Gelber, The Dragon and the Foreign Devils: China and the World, 1100 B.C. to the Present.  Cold River of Chinese history book

Eric Rauchway, The Money Makers: How Roosevelt and Keynes Ended the Depression, Defeated Fascism, and Secured a Prosperous PeaceDue out this October

Derek Thompson on a world without work

What Santa Ana, Calif. cops did “after destroying –- or so they thought –- all the surveillance cameras inside the cannabis shop.” [Orange County Weeklyvia Radley Balko]

“Citizens face consequences for breaking the law, but those with the power to administer those laws rarely face any.” [Ken White, Popehat] “61% of IRS Employees Who Cheated On Their Taxes Were Allowed To Keep Their Jobs” [Paul Caron, TaxProf]