Saturday, September 12, 2015

Battlers and plutocrats: Not on Fire, but Burning

Why are you reading Keats but not Barry Cornwall, Austen but not Mary Brunton? Fame is a fickle blessing – how is it conferred?... Mystery of Fame 

10,000 New Job Slogans Created Last Quarter

Why some billionaires are bad for growth, and others aren’t
A new study finds that it’s not the level of inequality that matters for growth so much as the reason that inequality happened in the first place. Specifically, when billionaires get their wealth because of political connections, that wealth inequality tends to drag on the broader economy, the study finds. But when billionaires get their wealth through the market — through business activities that are not related to the government — it does not.

Battlers and plutocrats: How political connections reward Australia's super-rich
Research reveals a huge proportion of Australia's richest people amass their wealth via political connections rather than via innovative businesses - which is helping them at the expense of everyone else. 

Winning the Away Game: Australia-based Global Companies and the EconomyExamines the role Australia-based global companies play in the economy and suggests tax reform is needed for Australians to benefit as they diversify and grow. 

Malchkeon and Media Dragon Love Maps (Bath (UK) MMXII) ...
The cash or the tuna?  Travel agents and the law clerks are taking the cash.

Putting on a happy face may be one of the most stressful tasks for workers. New research shows faking emotions is driving some workers to breaking point.

The world’s wealth management firms have recognized the need to respond by embarking on customer driven transformation programs. We have found that an in-depth analysis of customer, channel and product profitability – including an examination of high cost, inefficient and toxic customer servicing processes can serve as a catalyst for re-thinking existing transformation program investments.

Bangladesh: National Board of Revenue zeroes in on tax dodgers

More people on airplanes right now than taxpayers in Pakistan 
Denmark reveals €800m tax fraud – the country's biggest
Joy of Gardening Winter 2015
Jim Maule, When Tax Maneuvering Goes Bad. “According to this story, a gerrymandering stunt has backfired, leaving the outcome of a vote on a local sales tax increase in the hands of one person.” A bunch of insiders got together to carve themselves a special deal. And it would have worked if it wasn’t for that darned kid!