~ Overhead during election 2016 campaign
Vesele Narodeniny Gitka ;-)
"And in the absence of candidates who tell us the truth, we need to pick the one who will tell the smallest, least dangerous lies. That, sadly, is Decision 2016." — Carl Hiaasen, Miami Herald
*Listen carefully, I will only say it once: Coder fired after 6 years for automating his job Boing Boing
This year’s Census has moved the ‘no religion’ option to the top of the list of possible responses. The move could overtake Christianity and change the way government policy is made and projects funded in Australia ... God Help Australia ...
I still can’t tell if there’s a deliberateness behind Trump’s crazy genius, or whether this is all happening by weird instinct or randomness Trump Would Have Qualms with Muslim Judge in Fraud Case, Too
It is rather puzzling that in my life and in brave stories around me it tends to be the woman who stands up to the powerful forces. My sister Gitka (best teacher in the world as Chamilova was her role model) was sacked from her role as a teacher in 1978 as she ignored the Communists who ordered her to stop attending the catholic mass in church. Last Year in Sydney it was the former Governor General of NSW, Marie Bashir, who exposed the arrogance of the Communist apparatchiks' monoculture. This week it is the Swedish woman who dares to challenge a different type of totalitarianism that Orwell so despised ...
Sweden's Foreign Minister has dared to tell the truth about saudi arabia what happens now concerns us all (via CD)
Inside the scandals of 740 Park, the world’s richest building New York Post
We wouldn't be here if it weren't for high debt and taxes
I gather if we had the power we would also fail to hesitate to massage our mates' and families' bank accounts by socialising losses and privating profits Privatization playbook make an agency perform badly by underfunding it ...
Fears privatisation of state assets will escape scrutiny if ICAC is diminished
Almost 33 million Twitter records are being traded on the dark web, according to hacked information database Leaked Source
Migrant workers in US seafood industry exposed to forced labor conditions Guardian
*Coder fired after 6 years for automating his job Boing Boing
The incredible crushing despair of the white working class Washington Post
A recurring theme on my blog is about battling powerfully and calmly in the eye of the storm, including my May 29 blog entry on battling like a flowing river.
Part of successfully battling in in the eye of the storm is to be ready for the unknown, and to keep one’s bearings at all times.
The unknown can come in many different forms, running from the most pleasant to the most unpleasant. For instance, the smell and feel of puking is unknown until first experiencing it. Volumes of precise words cannot begin to describe the experience .... The ultimate unknown experience may be death, whether one paints death as unpleasant or, on the other end of the spectrum, as being “in the presence of Truth“... Cold River and Storm After Storm
The Rich Are Different, and It Matters Bloomberg
Who Would Pay $300,000 for a Handbag? New York Times
How To Lose $4.5 Billion Overnight
Unearned wealth doesn’t change lives that much And first female Vietnamese billionaire runs a bikini airline.?
Not much else to do but stare at this headline in horror: “Florida AG asked Trump for donation before nixing fraud case.” [Associated Press]
Bid to grow transplant organs in pigs BBC. This is mean to pigs
*Meaningful work not created, only destroyed, by bosses, study finds ScienceDaily
Every extreme is bad ... Bill Maher Blasts Capitalism – ‘Real Time’ Host Takes Socialism Critics to Task Danielle Henderson, Esquire
via Ken at Popehat
The majority of Socrates have not had Ph.D.s. They were not members of organizations. They were gadflys, sages, mandarins, courtiers...
"'Star Wars' Is Really About Feminism. And Jefferson. And Jesus." Law professor Cass R. Sunstein has this essay online at Bloomberg View.
"The Volokh Conspiracy," Sunstein has a related blog post titled "Why is success so hard to predict
UK’s spying, hacking powers plan is too broad, MPs and peers warn “From the Seventies to the present, English departments have been fascinated by theory after theory, including varieties of structuralism (Lacanian, Althusserian, Foucauldian, post-) and identity-political criticism (beginning with feminist critiques, then critical race theories, queer theories, and culminating, for now, in disability studies). Each of these theories is worthwhile on its own terms, but cumulatively they raise questions about the task of the English department: Should it really just be the analysis of texts through theoretical frameworks borrowed from philosophy, linguistics, political theory, history and so on?” The Point Magazine: The End Of Theory: Time To Rethink How We Study Literature?
What’s up with this law professor getting the cold shoulder from the Department of Justice? [FCPA Professor]
- American Enterprise Institute, Universal Basic Income: Uncertain Need with Worrisome Potential Costs, by James Pethokoukis
- The Economist, Basically Flawed: Proponents of a Basic Income Underestimate How Disruptive It Would Be
- The Economist, Universal Basic Income in the OECD
- The Guardian, State Handouts For All? Europe Set to Pilot Universal Basic Incomes
- Daniel Hemel (Chicago), A Universal Basic Income Will Not Solve Poverty, but That’s No Reason To Reject It
- Huffington Post, Universal Basic Income May Sound Attractive But, If It Occurred, Would Likelier Increase Poverty Than Reduce It, by Bob Greenstein (Center on Budget & Policy Priorities)
- Quartz, Y Combinator Is Running a Basic Income Experiment With 100 Oakland Families
- U.S. News & World Report op-ed: A Universal Basic Income Is No Solution, by Chad Stone (Center on Budget & Policy Priorities)
- Vox, A Universal Basic Income Could Absolutely Solve Poverty, by Matthew Yglesias
- Vox, A Universal Basic Income Only Makes Sense If Americans Change How They Think About Work, by Ezra Klein
“Overseas publishers are going to make the financial gains in Australia. If Australian publishers are making less money, they’re going to go out of business. Publishers, editors, publicists, designers, sales people – the list of who works in a publishing company goes on forever. Their jobs are lost. And of course, Australian authors, booksellers and the printing industry are hugely affected.” Melina Marchetta
The creators of these repositories are a small group who try to keep a low profile, since distributing copyrighted material in this way is illegal. Many of them are academics. The largest pirate libraries have come from Russia’s cultural orbit, but the documents they collect are used by people around the world, in countries both wealthy and poor.” Slate
Chaser: US newspaper industry hollowed out by job losses.
In the 1920s, H.L. Mencken wrote, “It is the prime function of a really first-rate newspaper to serve as a sort of permanent opposition in politics.” Unfortunately, today’s media. which occasionally striking a Mencken-esque cynical pose, are simply Democrat activists with bylines, producing a near-uniform product in service of their party, too terrified to report any story that would reflect badly on it, and increasingly frequently going beyond journalism into SJW-land. While loss of advertising revenue party explains job losses, the faulty product the medium produces must also be taken into consideration.
Or as Jack Shafer warned at Slate in 2008, “Michael Crichton, Vindicated — His 1993 prediction of mass-media extinction now looks on target.”
The problem with Wikipedia is not so much its reliability – which is, for most purposes, perfectly OK – as its increasing ubiquity as a source of information. “Wikipedia, despite being noncommercial, still poses many of the dangers of a traditional monopoly, and we run the risk of living in an information monoculture.” Times Literary Supplement
Among the goodies now on view: “Virginia Woolf’s manuscript draft of Mrs Dalloway and an early travel notebook in which she begins to explore her ‘stream of consciousness’ technique; George Orwell’s notebook in which he lists ideas for what would become Nineteen Eighty-Four, including ‘newspeak’, ‘doublethink’ and ‘two minutes of hate’; [and] a letter from TS Eliot declining to publish George Orwell’s Animal Farm.” Good E-Reader
From the book’s flap:
Many books have been written by refugees, and all have ground their axe of bitter tragedy almost to the exclusion of everything else; but not so with Hoffmeister. Here is the only one of them whose native fund of humor is still so great that he must take a laughing-stock of tragedy. ‘Laugh, clown, laugh,’ both pen and pencil insist. Yet at no single moment does Hoffmeister lose sight of the final tragedy of the uprooted — for he too has made the hopeless march. But he also made this book one of the most permanent and perfect indictments, both in word and in picture, of all those who have contributed to the creation and the torture of the Unwilling Tourist."
Why is there so little noise about the Tory election fraud claims? Guardian