Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Many feel that they have been Called, few are Predestined

The clocks change, and suddenly there’s the shock
of walking home in darkness
~ Andrew Motion’s ‘Rhapsodies’

"You've Gotta Be Kitten Me." (A delicious name of a racing horse in Ireland;-)

The Delicious Mystery Surrounding the First Woman to Circum-Bike the World Adventure Journal 

We’re in an enlightened age of leadership strategy, aren’t we? This is the era of TED Talks, weekend summits, life coaches, corporations investing hundreds of millions into that sought-after enigma: emotional intelligence. So why are modern leaders failing so often?
That’s the question posed by Jeffrey Pfeffer, a professor at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, in his latest book, Leadership BS: Fixing Workplaces and Careers One Truth at a Time.
Leadership lies and the Stanford business professor fighting them  via PP and LC

"Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly."
Ten inspirational quotes about failure

Via ars technica uk this is a long read that documents the long, circuitous, challenging and unfulfilled promise of access to human knowledge provided without impediments specific to economic or social status, country of origin, age, ethnicity, i.e., for everyone – Open access: All human knowledge is there—so why can’t everybody access it?
“…imagine, for a moment, if it were possible to provide access not just to those books, but to all knowledge for everyone, everywhere—the ultimate realisation of Anthony Panizzi [who later became principal librarian of the British Museum] dream. In fact, we don’t have to imagine: it ispossible today, thanks to the combined technologies of digital texts and the Internet. The former means that we can make as many copies of a work as we want, for vanishingly small cost; the latter provides a way to provide those copies to anyone with an Internet connection. The global rise of low-cost smartphones means that group will soon include even the poorest members of society in every country. That is to say, we have the technical means to share all knowledge, and yet we are nowhere near providing everyone with the ability to indulge their learned curiosity…” 

Congresswoman Calls for Drug-Testing the One Percent, Not the Poor Common Dreams... She must be dreaming 

No One Knows What Will Happen A Wealth of Common Sense

Cont-roo-ception: Hormone implants bring kangaroos under control New Scientist

A north Queensland woman is "very shocked" to discover a five metre python draped along her hallway and across her bed Only in Queensland ... Action in a Bedroom 

The operator of a 7-Eleven store involved in rampant exploitation of its workers has been handed a record court penalty of more than $400,000. The penalty follows revelations in Fairfax Media about systematic underpayment of workers in 7-Eleven stores around the country Circus of Wages

41 (!) Secret Service employees have been disciplined following revelations that agency insiders illegally accessed private data on Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), who had been critical of the service, in hopes of embarrassing or discrediting him. [Tim Cushing, TechDirt]

PSFK hosts a discussion with 5 experts on how to drive business through social impact

VR store lets shoppers wander through and explore memorabilia from NBA star's career

"Court Backs Rules Treating Internet as Utility, Not Luxury": Cecilia Kang of The New York Times hasthis report.
Jim Puzzanghera of The Los Angeles Times reports that "Court upholds net neutrality rules for Internet access."
John D. McKinnon and Brent Kendall of The Wall Street Journal report that "FCC's Net-Neutrality Rules Upheld by Appeals Court; Industry appeals to Supreme Court are likely."
Mike Snider of USA Today reports that "Federal court upholds FCC's net neutrality rules."
Bloomberg News reports that "Obama's Web Rules Upheld in Win for Google, Loss for AT&T."
Reuters reports that "U.S. court backs landmark Obama internet equal-access rules."
Dana Liebelson and Cristian Farias of The Huffington Post report that "Appeals Court Hands Obama Administration Major Win In Net Neutrality Case; Under the law, broadband internet providers 'must treat all internet traffic the same regardless of source.'"
And Jon Brodkin of Ars Technica reports that "Tom Wheeler defeats the broadband industry: Net neutrality wins in court; Total victory for FCC as appeals court decision upholds net neutrality order."

Teens should have summer jobs, the less glamorous the better Quartz:

A hotly contested, supposedly ancient manuscript suggests Christ was married. But believing its origin story—a real-life Da Vinci Code, involving a Harvard professor, a onetime Florida pornographer, and an escape from East Germany—requires a big leap of faith.
The Unbelievable Tale of Jesus’ Wife Atlantic

Famous authors pick their favorite European novels.  Quite a good list, not just the usual.
‘Guccifer 2.0’ Is Likely a Russian Government Attempt To Cover Up Their Own Hack Motherboard. This looks to overstate a speculative case. My understanding is their are a lot of independent black hat hackers who are very good. There is no reason to think the DNC had super duper security and would therefore require a state actor or state-funded level actor to break in. Lots of people would have had to have access to the records, and thus any identifiable user would have been a way in (and that’s before you get to possible sabotage, say by an angry ex-employee handing over a password). Recall how the Sony hack, which experts later said was clearly due to the fact that Sony had absolutely God-awful security, was attributed to North Korea? And look at how often credit card records are hacked, and those are almost certainly secured vastly better than you would expect the DNC to be. Note also that the DNC uses the “state actor” excuse for being compromised.Per Forbes (and note the author has no IT expertise):
The DNC’s hired cyber security firm explains that “it is extremely difficult for a civilian organization to protect itself from a skilled and determined state such as Russia.” It suspects that Russian hackers used “spearphishing,” or emails made to look like they came from someone trusted that contain links or attachments that give the hacker access to the computer when clicked

The follies of the Nobel Prize for Literature. Lawrence Durrell was too erotic, Robert Frost too old. EnterPatrick Modiano, an artist of forgetting... Memory 

Why the far right is on the rise Le Monde Diplomatique

But Mr Dunn said on Friday Mr Obeid was "unhappy about the way a group of tenants at Circular Quay had been treated" by the maritime authority and had made some "very disparaging remarks" about the agency's treatment of stakeholders.Asked if there was anything Mr Obeid had said to suggest he was doing "anything other than speaking on behalf of constituents", Mr Dunn said: "No." Eddie Obeid did not reveal conflict of interest to bureaucrat

Salim Mehajer feature film

IMF, Germany to legalize Slavery in Greece with “single minimum wage system” Keep Talking Greece
U.S. Third Fleet expands East Asia role as tensions rise with China Reuters

Traffic in central Sydney was brought to a standstill on Friday morning after a man got out of a taxi on the Sydney Harbour Bridge and climbed to the top of one of the bridge's arches.
Sydney Harbour Bridge ...

"U.S. top court puts some limits on government fraud lawsuits": Lawrence Hurley of Reuters has this report

A man has died in his cinema seat while watching a horror film’s most frightening scene. The 65-year-old was watching The Conjuring 2 with a friend at a movie theatre in Tiruvannamalai, a town in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu, on Thursday night. According to the Times of India, police said once the film about the “Enfield haunting” in the 1970s reached one of the scariest parts, the man began having chest pains and fainted. He was taken to hospital but had already died.

All unhappy army are the same [ Humanity lessons in the Bohemian army 1977-1979 ...  ] : The practices included "blackballing" or "nuggetting", where recruits would be held down while boot polish was smeared on their genitals or anal area with a hard brush; a "royal flush", where recruits would have their heads flushed in a toilet after it had been used; and "gotcha", where they would have their genitals pinched in the showers Royal Commission into Defence force