Saturday, January 30, 2016

To Hell With You People ...

“Whoever does not have two-thirds of his day for himself, is a slave, whatever he may be: a statesman, a businessman, an official, or a scholar.”
~ Friedrich Nietzsche, Human, All Too Human

China’s slowing growth has crushed shipping rates to such an extent that hiring a 1,100-foot merchant vessel would set you back less than the price of renting a Ferrari for a day.

As Jonah Goldberg once said of the DNC-MSM, “To Hell With You People.”

Salim Mehajers days are numbered 

SalimMehajers unpaid 1m tax debt

Here’s What Ted Cruz Won’t Tell You About His Days as a Corporate Lawyer Mother Jones

Career Corner. Let’s Review: Deloitte Demotivation, Denim, Bad Managers (Caleb Newquist, Going Concern). You do not have to be mad to work for Deloitte but it sure helps ... Deloitte CEO Punit Renjen sent out a soulless email a couple weeks back and somehow it ended up in the inbox of Lucy Kellaway of the Financial Times. Deloitte chief’s new year memo is a classic in demotivation [FT]. We've noted before that Punit Renjen sometimes says ridiculous things. And then keeps saying them. This time, he's managed to pen one of those classic empty CEO emails that embodies all kinds of horrible cliches that we're all accustomed to ...

The disaster in Flint, Michigan is being treated as an aberration but Werner Troesken’s excellent book The Great Lead Water Pipe Disaster demonstrates that there is a history of such problems in the United States

Trump Is Unapologetically Aggressive On Taxes, Like Buffett And Bono. All the sort of folks who are happy to increase taxes, on other people.

Donald Trump Says He ‘Could Shoot Somebody’ and Not Lose Voters Time. The actual quote: “They say I have the most loyal people — did you ever see that? Where I could stand in the middle of 5th Avenue and shoot somebody, and I wouldn’t lose any voters. It’s like incredible.”

As to the power dynamics, Lincoln, Cooper Union, 1860: “A highwayman holds a pistol to my ear, and mutters through his teeth, “Stand and deliver, or I shall kill you, and then you will be a murderer!'” So Tanden identifies with the highwayman. As does Operative K.

NSW police have greatly increased their use of roadside drug testing,sparking controversy over the potency levels detected. But fresh criticism has been levelled at the initiative with some suggesting police are targeting poorer people by not testing for cocaine, reports Fairfax.

Let’s face it: gossips get a bad rap. Smugly looking down from a moral high ground – and secure in the knowledge that we don’t share their character flaw – we often dismiss those who are obsessed with the doings of others as shallow. Indeed, in its rawest form, gossip is a strategy used by individuals to further their own reputations and interests at the expense of others. Studies that I have conducted confirm that gossip can be used in cruel ways for selfish purposes Gossip is a social skill – not a character flaw

Senator Elizabeth Warren Calls for Action to Root Out Influence of Money in Politics YouTube

A tax break that Wall Street cannot defend Financial Times. I managed to miss this. From last week. An editorial. Consistent with what I have been hearing from tax pros, that the carried interest loophole is on its last legs.

Should It Be Easy for Wall Streeters to Take Government Jobs? Gawker 

The man, 64, was arrested in front of his son and spent weeks in jail after allegedly pushing his former de facto partner in the shoulders with both hands, causing her to move backwards, reports the Adelaide Advertiser
Google doodle 41st anniversary of the mountain of butterflies

For its first Doodle of the year, Google is celebrating the 41st anniversary of the discovery of “The Mountain of Butterflies..

Why do we feel such a strong urge to share a juicy piece of gossip? 'Whisper' via  

New study sheds light on what happens to women who are denied abortions Ars Technica (CL).

Five of the world’s sneakiest animals BBC 

Exotic Dancers Are Employees - Exotic Island Enterprises v. Commissioner of Labor, ___A.D.3d___ (3rd Dep't. Jan. 14, 2016), raises a whole host of legal questions for which law review commentary is welcome. 

Why Imrich and Obama Have So Few Friends ...

George Soros: Donald Trump is doing the work of Isis Guardian

Terrorism Act incompatible with human rights, court rules in David Miranda case EM: “So a bunch of High Lords deem that Miranda’s ‘detention was lawful’ even though the law under which it was made is itself unlawful. Lord Kafka will be pleased to hear of this.”

Karyn Murphy works as the head of the NRL Integrity Unit and is responsible for determining the fate of crestfallen Sydney Roosters captain
The shocking Australia Day video that emerged this week involving Pearce is the most significant individual case Murphy has overseen since being appointed by the NRL last June, reports The Daily Telegraph. 

A ‘man-made disaster’ unfolded in Flint, within plain sight of water regulators LA Times. In the context of: (the Emergency Manager system (paying the bondholders)). This is a finance/Wall Street story, too

Governor Snyder: You Were Not Hired to Be Jerry Lewis emptywheel

Your job is about to get ‘taskified’ LA Times 

 Why understanding gut reactions is key to building powerful movements Waging Nonviolence

 American vs. German health care systems
In ancient Israel a court of 23 judges called the Sanhedrin would decide matters of importance such as death penalty cases. The Talmud prescribes a surprising rule for the court. If a majority vote for death then death is imposed except, “If the Sanhedrin unanimously find guilty, he is acquitted.” Why the peculiar rule?
In an excellent new paper, Too Good to Be True, Lachlan J. Gunn et al. show that more evidence can reduce confidence. The basic idea is simple. We expect that in most processes there will normally be some noise so absence of noise suggests a kind of systemic failure. The police are familiar with one type of example. When the eyewitnesses to a crime all report exactly the same story that reduces confidence that the story is true. Eyewitness stories that match too closely suggests not truth but a kind a systemic failure, namely the witnesses have collaborated on telling a lie.
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