~ Kenyean Malchkeon wisdom of her grandfather
Thanks to Suzanne Murphy I seldom use the adverb “very.” I won’t say never because writing is not a matter of unquestioningly following (or breaking) rules, which is another lesson I owe to Suzanne. Write it, read it aloud, delete the dross – a Murphy mantra. She stressed concision and precision. And here is one of her usage rules articulated in the form of a proverb: “Roasts are done. People are finished.” And one more: If you want to write, read The profound connection
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Foreign companies will be forced to disclose ownership before buying English property
"Justice Elizabeth Warren? The Supreme Court pick that would be the drama of all dramas." Pamela Brown and Dan Berman of CNN.com have this report
"California leaders tell Supreme Court that undocumented workers are making the state stronger": David G. Savage of The Los Angeles Times has this report
Mandarin, 11/3/16. Canberra’s mega Department of Human Services has signed an innovative five-year, $484 million technology and services deal with IBM that lets the agency choose from a broad portfolio of services, products and expertise, rather than pre-described specific deliverables.
The Mandarin, 9/3/16. The federal government relies on Treasury’s macroeconomic forecasting to create a sustainable budget, but those predictions have been out for several years now. High turnover, less experienced staff and an over-reliance on formal modelling have contributed to these repeated misses.
*Report - Review of Treasury’s Macroeconomic Forecasting Capabilities
Huffington Post, 10/2/16. A Penn State study found that they could use Twitter data to predict the likelihood that someone would enrol on Obamacare, whilst another trawled social media to predict when someone might be tempted to join IS. This kind of behavioural analysis has been available after Twitter opened up its data pipe to researchers via projects such as Gnip, which is an open source repository for social data.
Also: The Pentagon’s secret pre-crime program to know your thoughts, predict your future
CCH Daily, 7/3/16. In an exclusive interview Theresa Middleton, HMRC director of Business Customer and Strategy, told Accountancy the question would be raised in several consultations which will be issued after the Budget, to take on board the views of businesses and individuals who would use the digital tax accounts and would be scooped up into mandatory quarterly reporting requirements.
IOTA, 4/3/16. Georgia Revenue Service continues simplifying tax administration process for taxpayers by introducing a single taxpayer account (unified treasury code).
Also: Revenue Service Introduces Single Treasury Code for Tax Payment
Bonus questions over the Houdini bankers