Jozef Imrich, name worthy of Kafka, has his finger on the pulse of any irony of interest and shares his findings to keep you in-the-know with the savviest trend setters and infomaniacs.
''I want to stay as close to the edge as I can without going over. Out on the edge you see all kinds of things you can't see from the center.''
Antipodean Cybercrime Centre: Ginni Rometty and Kevin Zuccato
Tech giant IBM has unveiled plans to open up a new National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) in Canberra, appointing a former AFP tech chief to lead its initiative. IBM chief executive Ginni Rometty announced the operation at the company's Think Summit in Sydney on Tuesday, saying it tied in well with the government'srecently announced $230 million Cyber Security Strategy. The centre will be located in IBM's existing Canberra site and be run by former head of the Australian High Tech Crime Centre Kevin Zuccato, and will essentially be used by the company to sell into government and corporations. IBM: Ginni in a cyber bottle of innovation
Kevin Zucatto has 30 years’ experience in law enforcement, cyber security, national security and intelligence, including at the Australian Federal Police for more than five years as Assistant Commissioner and five years leading the Australian High Tech Crime Centre. He was also part of a team which established the Vietnamese High Tech Crime Centre and served as the Australia Policing Liaison Lead in Washington.
A former head of the New South Wales Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) has said the criminal conviction of former state Labor minister Eddie Obeid vindicates the work of the corruption watchdog and strengthens the push for a similar body to be set up federally.
"Supreme Court Complicates Corruption Cases From New York to Illinois": Eric Lipton and Benjamin Weiser have this article in today's edition of The New York Times. And in today's edition of The Philadelphia Inquirer, Jeremy Roebuck has a front page article headlined "Could Monday's Supreme Court decision on ex-Virginia governor help Fattah?" "Supreme Court to Hear Case on ATM Fees; Visa, MasterCard and several banks are challenging lawsuits alleging they conspired to set anticompetitive ATM fees": Brent Kendall of The Wall Street Journal has this report
Judge Richard Posner of the Seventh Circuit, who is known well for his
longtime feud with the late Justice Antonin Scalia, isn’t going to let a
little thing like death keep him from lobbing “posthumous swipe[s]” at
the deceased jurist. Constitutional historian David Bernstein was quick
to call Judge Posner’s comments “revolting.” [WSJ Law Blog]
More Perfect, a podcast bringing the stories behind the highest court in the land to life. [RadioLab]
Tony Villegas was convicted of the murder of Melissa Britt Lewis, a
former partner at Ponzi schemer Scott Rothstein’s firm. Villegas blamed
Lewis for the breakup of his marriage thanks to her friendship with his
ex-wife, who once served as the Rothstein firm’s chief operating
officer. Villegas was sentenced to life in prison. [Sun-Sentinel]
“That was the whole point. I did not wish that my book were Eat, Pray, Love. As the only journalist to live undercover in North Korea, I had risked imprisonment to tell a story of international importance by the only means possible. By casting my book as personal rather than professional—by marketing me as a woman on a journey of self-discovery, rather than a reporter on a groundbreaking assignment—I was effectively being stripped of my expertise on the subject I knew best. It was a subtle shift, but one familiar to professional women from all walks of life.” The New Republic
“The pronounced stock shortage inside the Librairie des Puf” – that’s for Presses universitaires de France – “is not the result of an ordering mistake, but the heart of the shop’s business model.” New York Times
The Full Court of Appeal has given the Australian Tax Office its first
scalps under penalty provisions for tax promoters – from a scheme that saw
plantation funds from Tasmanian timber giant Gunns end up with an alleged Ponzi
scheme. Investment advisers Andrew Ludekens and Peter Van de Steeg had been
cleared by Justice Middleton in the Federal Court in March of civil charges
under Section 290-50(1) of the Tax Administration Act. It was the first
time tax promoters were targeted under new provisions introduced in 2006
following Project Wickenby, the international tax fraud investigation. However,
in a comprehensive judgment, the court overturned much of Justice Middleton’s
ruling, setting new benchmarks for defining tax promoters and their role in
attracting investors to a tax scheme even though they do not operate the
scheme. 2013: Ponzi link to Gunns investors