The [Da Vinci Code] author Dan Brown, is a character from Foucault’s Pendulum! I invented him. He shares my characters’ fascinations—the world conspiracy of Rosicrucians, Masons, and Jesuits. The role of the Knights Templar. The hermetic secret. The principle that everything is connected. I suspect Dan Brown might not even exist. – interview with the Paris Review in 2008
Symposium, The More Things Change ...: Exploring Solutions to Persisting Discrimination in Legal Academia Changing ...
World Square Shopping Centre in Sydney's CBD has reopened after a police investigation into how a man fell from the balcony of an 18th-floor apartment at the complex in the early hours of Monday morning World Square closed after man falls from apartment balcony (special top secret exercise)
The Economist, The Biggest Loophole of All: Having Launched and Led the Battle Against Offshore Tax Evasion, America Is Now Part of the Problem:
A Taxing Oscars: $232,000 Swag Bags (40% Increase Over Last Year's), Tax Incentives For Best Picture Nominees
The second [premise of Somin] is that voter ignorance betokens bad public policy. But there is plenty of evidence to the contrary. How can this be the case? One explanation is that individually ignorant voters are small pieces of a large system that divides intellectual labor through discussions among elites, opinion leaders, and ordinary citizens. This system may entitle voters to trust in the opinions of others, sparing them the need to be well informed.
Ilya Somin’s Democracy and Political Ignorance suffers from the fallacy of composition: It uses individual-level evidence about political behavior to draw inferences about the preferences and actions of the public as a whole. But collective public opinion is more stable, consistent, coherent, and responsive to the best available information, and more reflective of citizens’ underlying values and interests, than are the opinions of most individual citizens.
Stasi tactics: facebook friends sleeping patterns tracked through messenger
Chronic stress really does spread cancer in the body
Fusion announced the first class of fellows in the Rise Up: Be Heardfellowship program on Wednesday. The 14 fellows are both journalists and community activists who will be mentored by Fusion journalists and execs in a six-month program. Their reporting will focus on a number of issues around social justice, including homelessness, health care for undocumented immigrants and income inequality.Fusion wants to help young journalists and activists rise up and be heard
Mens rea: “The American Civil Liberties Union has discovered yet another civil liberty it isn’t interested in defending” [Robby Soave/Reason, Scott Greenfield]
Speaking of lack of mens rea: accidentally damaging a lamp in a federal government building in D.C. could send you to jail for 6 months [40 USC §8103(b)(4)(more) via @CrimeADay]
A lot can happen on the internet over the course of a day, but it's amazing what happens each minute
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The men who . They made millions, created scandals, and, for the most part, ruined their kids. A story of children and childish adults ...
Facebook gets more from HMRC for adverts than it pays in tax
The Australian FinTech Ecosystem’s Growth is Breathtaking
Timelio, 8/1/16. An example of the impressively emerging Australian FinTech sector is the fact that 14% of more than a billion dollar raised by FinTech around the world in December 2015 were raised by Australian FinTech startups. Australia has the third-biggest fund-management industry in the world, according to WSJ.
Cynicism, romance, reality, grit: the privatestyle . His ambivalent appeal – a good person forced into dirty work – inspired an exacting literary