Wednesday, February 17, 2016

What Are You Famous For ...

Media Dragon has received its 350,000th view, which is a monumental achievement for a humble little blogspot running entirely on our own steam and enthusiasm, with no backing or sponsorship ...

Who are the globally known media dragons and other famous people and what do they do?

Not all views or incentives are created equal, Patel's new study suggests. "The design of the incentive is critical to its success," he says. "It has to do with how our brains are wired. We know from a lot of research that people are irrational, but they're predictably irrational. They tend to be more motivated by losses than gains," Patel said. So, the stick.
"New meaning to the phrase 'tax court jesters'":Yesterday's edition of The Philadelphia Daily News contained an editorial that begins, "Justice is supposed to be blind, but here in Pennsylvania, why does it have to be deaf and dumb, too?"

There's bullshit and then there's bullshit in science: arguments, data, articles that have a veneer of truth and seem plausible, but aren't... certainties of taxing lives

Tax Office plans internal Facebook for innovation, collaboration
 The Australian Taxation Office is looking to upgrade its agency-wide ideas management system, creating a new version that sounds something like an internal social network for innovation and collaboration.

What about lessons you learned in college?
A business strategy course in my senior year stands out. I had maintained a 4.0 average all the way through, and I wanted to graduate with a perfect average. It came down to the final exam, and I had spent many hours studying and memorizing formulas to do calculations for the case studies.
The teacher handed out the final exam, and it was on one piece of paper, which really surprised me because I figured it would be longer than that. Once everyone had their paper, he said, “Go ahead and turn it over.” Both sides were blank.
"And the professor said, “I’ve taught you everything I can teach you about business in the last 10 weeks, but the most important message, the most important question, is this: What’s the name of the lady who cleans this building?”

New York Times, Walt Bettinger of Charles Schwab: You’ve Got to Open Up to Move Up:
How have your parents shaped your leadership style?
I remember shortly after I graduated from high school, my dad came into my bedroom one Saturday morning and handed me a letter. It was his letter of resignation from the university, which surprised me. My dad was in his early 50s, and it wasn’t something you’d expect from a full tenured professor at his age.
He explained that there had been some animosity between the professors and the administration, and that the professors had voted a union in. He said to me, without making any judgment about whether a union made sense or not, that he felt he had gone into teaching to be in service to others and that the professors were focused more on themselves than on the students. He just didn’t feel that it was in keeping with his principles, and so he resigned. He soon got another job at a different university, but it was just a bit of a shock to me in the moment.
I’d always understood from my parents the concept of service to others, and the priority of what you can do for others rather than yourself. But to see it in action at 18 was powerful. It was just one of those examples of how a lot of people say a lot of things, but when push comes to shove, are your actions going to be in alignment with the principles that you espouse

Famous Scientists have discovered how to ‘delete’ unwanted memories Telegraph A major plot device in Vernor Vinge’s A Deepness in the Sky

Former famous Aussie beauty queen Felicia Djamirze, who was hospitalised with serious injuries following a police raid in Queensland last week, has allegedly been caught on camera snorting cocaine and discussing money laundering. In a report published by The Courier Mail this morning, the paper claims the former Miss Australia International and Miss Tourism was caught up in a major police investigation involving covert cameras, phone taps, tracking devices and surveillance.

According to local media sources, an Argentian soccer player returned to the sheds after receiving a red card from the referee where he retrieved a gun, returned to the field and fatally shot the match official who had sent him off, reports The Guardian

Monkey & Pup 2 links
Obey ‘the boss’ or obey the law?