~ Henry James, The Portrait of a Lady
Stubbornness comes with more ease than holiness. I, for one, am tempted to “force the door.” I have always been ambitious and was, at one time, fiercely political. In this vein, I was ideologically inclined. But that was before I learned the dangers of ideologies and their blameworthiness for perpetuating the plight of modern men. I was attracted to politicians and ideologues and their ability to impact the bigger picture. I know now that it is not ideas, but human persons that, in reality, are the bigger picture. Any ideology that sets itself above the logos of the Incarnation will not provide an adequate view of men. Only “Christ…fully reveals man to himself and makes his supreme calling clear” (Gaudium et Spes). So, politics must return to its proper place where it derives its importance only from humble service toward human persons and their true end.… Baptizing the Modern World
Proust was among the first to recognize that the The New World wasn’t technological but intellectual: a new way of processing the world, a new habit of mind
The word ‘welfare’ does not have a single universally accepted definition in the context of public expenditure. For some people, the word is associated with cash handouts for working-age people who are workless or on low incomes. Others define the term more broadly to encompass other strands of benefit expenditure, or even services provided as benefits-in-kind by the ‘welfare state’, such as the NHS [National Health Service], social care or free school meals. Te word ‘welfare’ may also be felt by some to carry a certain stigma, whereas others may consider it neutral rather than pejorative.What counts as welfare spending?
Mapping homelessness Down Under
The Gerben comedy immigration video that everyone is talking about
Tzu understood the advantage of knowing your opponent when engaging a fight: Randwick councillors call for extra merge meeting
Botany Historical Trust’s Anne Slattery described the merger as “cultural and historical barbarism”... Cricketer Dave Warner and TV personality Sarah Harris, grew up in social housing. Randwick land values increased by 35 per cent to an average of $1.1 million, close to Woollahra’s $1.5 million average. All Happy Families are Alike in Diversity
When Peter Shergold was asked to rake over major policy failures under the previous government and draw out lessons in better ways of doing public administration, he seized the opportunity to say what he really thinks. His lively report (with its mouthful title) — Learning from Failure: why government policy initiatives have gone so badly wrong in the past and how the chances of success in the future can be improved — reads like a manifesto for modern public services that attempts to go well above and beyond its terms of reference. Peter Shergold was asked to find lessons for public servants from failures under the previous government
Kathleen DeLaney Thomas (North Carolina) presents User-Friendly Taxpaying at Duke today as part of its Tax Policy Workshop Series hosted by Lawrence Zelenak
Kadir Nagac (Zirve University, Department of Economics), Religiosity and Tax Compliance:
International Tax Blog, New Expatriate Record for 2015 – Nearly 4,300 Expatriations:
Bloomberg – Faye Flam – “For all its apparent simplicity, a new experimental study showing that mouse-like rodents can be nice to each other now stands at the vanguard of a scientific revolution
Now the mystery behind the big bird's extinction may have been solved, after burnt eggshells revealed people may have been the culprits.
- Genyornis giant bird extinction mystery
A woman hides her face in shame as she puts her kids up for sale during the depression.
Compared to Other Rich Countries, the United States Is Pretty Bad at Fighting Poverty Slate. A feature, not a bug
There are funny imams and dour priests, and vice versa And when did caste kick in?The Potential of Data and Analytics in Higher Education, January 2016: “Higher Education is at a point of unprecedented uncertainty and change, with fiscal changes that are leading to increasing focus upon a more student (and customer) focused model. FTC releases online tools to cope with identity theft
How Stan Grant delivered Australia’s ‘greatest anti-racism speech’ off-the-cuff Sydney Morning Herald