I write memoirs because I have a passionate desire to be of even the tiniest bit of help. (Drowning readers in a teaspoon) I like to write about the process of healing, of developing, of growing up, of becoming who we were born to be instead of who we always agreed to be. It’s sort of a missionary thing, to describe one person’s interior, and to say we’re probably raised not to think this or say it, but actually all of us feel it and have gone through it, and we all struggle with it. I feel like it’s a gift I have to offer to people, to say, “This is what it’s like for me, who you seem to like or trust. We’re all like this. We’re all ruined. We’re all loved. We all feel like victims, we all feel better than.”
There’s no shame in that. Anybody you’d ever want to be friends with has had a tremendous amount of wounding in their past.
Theatre of the Absurd ... Laws against money laundering hurt more good guys than bad guys, latest installment [Jeff Miron, Cato]
Canberra Times, 8/2/16. Senate inquiries are multiplying like rabbits. Already almost a dozen new senate inquiries have been put on the books just a handful of sitting days into the parliamentary calendar.
IRS Employee Pleads Guilty to $1 Million ID Theft Tax Fraud Scheme (Department of Justice
Jim Maule, Stupid Criminals, Tax Version. “According to several reports, including this one, a woman and her son walked into a Liberty Tax Services office in Toledo, Ohio, pointed what appeared to be a gun over which a towel was draped, demanded money, and made off with $280… It turned out that the “gun” was a curling iron. And it also turned out that the staff recognized the two as customers who had used Liberty’s services a few days earlier.”
"Trust No One as IRS Whistleblower Awards Jump 98%"
The IRS's Whistleblower Office has released its FY 2015 Annual Report to Congress
The Office for National Statistics has published an estimate of fraud for the first time, based on its Crime Survey. There were also 2.5 million cyber crime offences, such as computer hacking, the ONS estimated New taskforce launched to combat fraud across UK
One of the greatest gifts of writing memoir is having a way to shape that chaos, looking at all the pieces side by side so they make more sense. It’s a supreme act of control to understand a life as a story that resonates with others. It’s not a diary. It’s taking this chaos and making a story out of it, attempting to make art out of it. When you’re a writer, what else is there to do?
[…]There’s a great amount of power present in reading something where the writer is standing right there behind the sentences, saying, “This is true.” Why we write about ourselves
It’s like stitching together a quilt, creating order that isn’t chronological order — it’s emotional, psychological order.
Orwell and the Anglicko . It took decades for the India-born writer to overcome his dislike for Britain
Good video on public key cryptography
Banking - Federal Agencies’ Compliance with Section 302 of the Riegle Community Development and Regulatory Improvement Act, GAO-16-213R: Published: Jan 27, 2016. Publicly Released: Jan 27, 2016
News from the Profession. I Am a Millennial Accountant, and I Hate Accounting (Chris Hooper, Going Concern)
Arthur Schopenhauer in a footnote to The Wisdom of Life, tr. T. Bailey Saunders (London: Swan Sonnenschein & Co., 1890), p. 36:
Vulgarity is, at bottom, the kind of consciousness in which the will completely predominates over the intellect, where the latter does nothing more than perform the service of its master, the will. Therefore, when the will makes no demands, supplies no motives, strong or weak, the intellect entirely loses its power, and the result is complete vacancy of mind. Now will without intellect is the most vulgar and common thing in the world, possessed by every blockhead, who, in the gratification of his passions, shows the stuff of which he is made. This is the condition of mind called vulgarity, in which the only active elements are the organs of sense, and that small amount of intellect which is necessary for apprehending the data of sense.The Majority of All In-Person Communication & Visual Media is Nonverbal... How Much are You Missing? Observing Behaviour
Haters and killjoys, sadists and masochists: Critics are sometimes appreciated but mostly feared, resented, or ignored. Jozef Imrich should know ... Shredding Memories of Masonic Centers
Pyramid of captured German helmets, New York (1918)
HSZH Verwaltungs AG
The press release opens with DOJ Tax touting the results achieved under the program (emphasis supplied by JAT):
“WNEP-TV reports that Magisterial District Judge Craig Long of Columbia County has even put a new sign in his Catawissa Township office that he hopes will keep people from wearing pajamas in court. It reads, ‘Pajamas are not appropriate attire for district court.'” [York Daily Record, with picture and video
William Irvine, A Guide to the Good Life: The Ancient Art of Stoic Joy (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009), pp. 2-3:
If you lack a grand goal in living, you lack a coherent philosophy of life.
Why is it important to have such a philosophy? Because without one, there is a danger that you will mislive — that despite all your activity, despite all the pleasant diversions you might have enjoyed while alive, you will end up living a bad life. There is, in other words, a danger that when you are on your deathbed, you will look back and realize that you wasted your one chance at living. Instead of spending your life pursuing something genuinely valuable, you squandered it because you allowed yourself to be distracted by the various baubles life has to offer.