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The 76-seat figure is still problematic JQ, as the proposed Govt has to provide a Speaker.
John Quiggin On Stability
We have been warned time and time again about hung parliaments and the chaos that follows. The media which is so often more concerned about politics and personalities than good governance, joins in the chorus about the risks of hung parliaments.
The claims that minority governments are disastrous are nonsense. Continue reading
JOHN MENADUE. Privatisation of Medicare has been underway for years
Madame Secretary is my secret vice… Series 1 & 2 are uplifting real stories of good people struggling to do what’s right in this crazy world. Great characters, topical stories, and positive takes on the USA, families and relationship. Perfect fodder for the optimist. Madam Secretary
Wall Street Journal]
Fourth of July: In 2016, Thomas Jefferson still speaks to Americans
Amerika, Amerika ... Kafka's Amerika ...
Baba Vanga, a blind Psychic who died in 1996, has predicted that Europe will “cease to exist” after this year. Baba Vanga was very accurate with her predictions, with an 85-percent accuracy rate. Among her predictions, she was accurate about the 9/11 attack, as well as the ISIS attacks. Vanga made a prediction while she was alive that Europe will cease to exist after Muslims invade Europe in 2016. She called it the “great Muslim war.” Ottoman woman from Str...umica ... Amen
"The world is black, we're doomed, life is absurd, I enjoyed that and I feel a strange urge to be really nice to everyone."
Baba Vanga predicted the rise and Rise of MEdiaDragons ...
HAPPY FOURTH OF JULY FROM JEFF BEZOS! Social Justice Warrior E-Zine “The Washington Post” Has Buzzfeedy Buzzkill Stories for July 4th.
Right. That’s it. There’s now too much news. Please can somebody make it stop? Telegraph. How I feel.
I am but one among millions, my words are scarcely heard, they count for nothing, but I cannot avoid expressing them. ... Such as iF ever an example were needed of the difference between price and value, simply consider the English and Icelandic football teams ...
ABA Legal Rebels: Why Law Schools Need to Teach More Than the Law to Thrive (or Survive), by Chad Asarch (Colorado) & Phil Weiser (Dean, Colorado):
Popular culture sure makes detective work sound exciting. The intrigue, sleuthing, and firearms permit Quiz to find out which famous detective you are ...
Compare and contrast the cartographic designs of Google Maps and Apple Maps.
Google vs. Apple maps
One MEdiaDragon Click at a Time LRB. On “post-capitalism.”
A friend of a friend commented on this story in commentariat ...
Fish out of water are more common than thought Science Daily
Tuck professor Eesha Sharma on how perceptions of personal wealth affect the decisions people make.
Who Will Build the Next Great Car Company? Fortune
I think law schools should be hiring a higher percentage
Thanking customers as a way to kindle loyalty seems straightforward enough. It’s not. Learn how behavioural biases can affect outcomes.
Hey Recent Grads, Don’t Let the Real World Kill Your Dreams Vice. I hate to sound jaded but one of the things about being an adult is that your find out goals are often not well formulated or will produce what you think they will give you. And it’s better to learn that sooner rather than later
The Buddhist Monk Using Age-Old Wisdom to Shape Robotics Bloomberg
Marketers, job hunters and people looking for mates are all called upon to predict behaviour—and many are probably wrong. The reason: We erroneously make assumptions about what others will like and dislike based on their previous choices.
As I went walking I saw a sign there.“Following their successful actions to bring the songs ‘Happy Birthday’ and ‘We Shall Overcome’ into the public domain, New York law firm Wolf Haldenstein Adler Freeman & Herz are now taking on a similar action for the Woody Guthrie classic, ‘This Land Is Your Land.'” [IP Flow/Mimesis Law]
And on the sign it said “(C) — Guthrie estate”
But on the other side it didn’t say nothing,
That side was made for you and me.
Back in 2004, when the successors in interest of Guthrie’s heirs threatened the writers of a politically oriented parody with copyright litigation, Fred von Lohmann of the Electronic Frontier Foundation wondered what Guthrie himself would have thought of the action, given that he once used a copyright notice that said:
This song is Copyrighted in U.S., under Seal of Copyright # 154085, for a period of 28 years, and anybody caught singin it without our permission, will be mighty good friends of ourn, cause we don’t give a dern. Publish it. Write it. Sing it. Swing to it. Yodel it. We wrote it, that’s all we wanted to do.The lyrics of “My Land,” including the “No Trespassing” verse lightly altered above, are here, complete with copyright assertion.
“There’s an awful word that Western media folk sometimes use to describe my kind of journalism that’s meant to be flattering but always makes me cringe precisely because it expresses so well this gap between audience and subject, and the conflict therein. The word is “humanizing.” By my own standards, if my article has succeeded, if I’ve done what I set out to do, I have to some degree “humanized” a situation—a conflict, a crisis—for the reader. But of course the subject doesn’t feel any more human for the experience; the subject, in most cases, doesn’t even realize he’s been made more human in the eyes of the subscribers to the New Yorker and the New York Times Magazine.”
Beware of CEOs as they are like circus dogs = have many tricks...
ia Census – “These reports present data for a variety of industry-specific topics, such as end of year inventories, for establishments of firms with payroll. Presentation of data varies by kind of business. This concludes the subject series for the management of companies and enterprises sector.”
Detect, Disrupt, Deter: A Whole-of-Government Approach to National Security Cyber Threats – by John P. Carlin, Harvard Law School National Security Journal.
Identity Theft and Tax Fraud: IRS Needs to Update Its Risk Assessment for the Taxpayer Protection Program, GAO-16-508: Published: May 24, 2016. Publicly Released: Jun 23, 2016.
“Taxpayer Protection Program (TPP). While the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has made efforts to strengthen TPP—a program to authenticate the identities of suspicious tax return filers and prevent identity theft (IDT) refund fraud—fraudsters are still able to pass through and obtain fraudulent refunds.
Via LLRX.com – Digital Smarts Everywhere: The Emergence of Ambient Intelligence – Alan Rothman’s article is based on a TechCrunch.com posting, The Next Stop on the Road to Revolution is Ambient Intelligence. Rothman offers an insightful analysis on how the rapidly expanding universe of digital intelligent systems wired into our daily routines is becoming more ubiquitous, unavoidable and ambient each day.
de Werra, Jacques, ADR in Cyberspace: The Need to Adopt Global Alternative Dispute Resolution Mechanisms For Addressing the Challenges of Massive Online Micro-Justice (May 23, 2016). Forthcoming, Swiss Review of International & European Law. Available for download at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2783213
“This paper discusses the potential of alternative dispute resolution mechanisms for solving Internet-related disputes and to address the challenges of Massive Online Micro-Justice, i.e. an online justice system that aims at solving a massive amount of micro Internet-related disputes affecting citizens and companies alike around the globe that are presently submitted to online platforms and decided by them.
Karl von Frisch, Jewish researcher of bees, was spared by the Nazis when a bee disease struck. He was known as “the neutral scholar.” But was he?... History
Porn-sniffing dog leads Utah’s fight against smut The Times
The rise and fall of great world cities: 5,700 years of urbanisation – mappedGuardian (JMP)
Pillow Talk With a Professional Cuddler: Malchkeon (only) NYT
Another Example Of Why You Should Never Lift Weights Alone
Over at MediaDragon aka Gawker, Hudson Hongo highlights the amazing exchanges between Judge Bryant Durham and defendant Denver Allen, who stands accused of beating fellow jail inmate Stephen Rudolph Nalley to death. For example:
THIS IS THE BEST COURTROOM TRANSCRIPT OF ALL TIME. http://imgur.com/a/skffp
Reinventing The Law Business: A Potential Impediment to Growth, Culture, And Client Development (Part 1)
A company man is someone who feels that he has something huge to lose if he doesn’t behave as a company man –that is, he has skin in the game ...