The Library of Congress has published an updated list of the most influential books in America after hearing responses from the public.
“I have been wandering through mining country, a man in exile, a castaway, a snake wriggling out of its skin….I walk the landscape, I sit by the mine, in the cemetery, in the open fields covered with soot, unaware of the time, guiding myself only by the movement of the sun. I carry stacks of paper and occasionally sketch on my knees…Often, after I have done so, I tear up the paper and let the wind carry the strips away.”
—Vincent Van Gogh, letter to Theo, Prologue, 1879.
POLITIFACT MISSES THE STORY OF THE YEAR, Jack Dunphy writes:
Kierkegaard called anxiety “the dizziness of freedom” and believed that it serves to power rather than hinder creativity. For Darwin, it was a paralyzing lifelong struggle — he accomplished his breakthroughs not because of anxiety but despite it. “Anxiety,” Anaïs Nin wrote in her diary, “makes others feel as you might when a drowning man holds on to you.”
In a New Yorker essay “Storyteller-in-Chief,” Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Junot Diaz wrote about how “one of a President’s primary responsibilities is to be a storyteller. . . If a President is to have any success, if his policies are going to gain any kind of traction among the electorate, he first has to tell us a story.”
Ajay Gupta, Brexit: When the Gods Wish to Punish Us, They Answer Our Prayers (Tax Analysts Blog). “Surely a country that has not been successfully invaded since 1066, that forged the concept and practice of parliamentary rule, and that as late as seven decades ago exercised sole dominion over a quarter of the world’s total land area and an equal proportion of its population would have left in its possession a few maps with which to chart its own sovereign course once again.”
Supervising Editor Professor of Law Linda Beale and her team of outstanding ABA – Tax Section editors, Anne Dunn and Isel Pizarro, and staff have put together an exceptional June 2016 issue of the digital Tax Times. Features include . . . Terrence Cuff’s The Tax Ghosts of Christmas Past, Christmas Present, and Christmas Yet to Come
Standing on Backs of Global Poor, Filthy Rich Getting Even Filthier Common Dreams
Crumbling Roads? Let’s Build Bike Lanes! Plus this: “A Senate Transportation and Infrastructure Development Committee backgrounder from last July noted that ‘68 percent of California’s roads are in ‘poor’ or ‘mediocre’ condition, putting California behind 43 other states in road condition, according to the American Society of Civil Engineers.’”
Property Rights, the Income Distribution and China Roger Farmer
Toastmasters - This Scenario Wasn't Covered in Anger Management
Hill on Grill - Good time had by all, including Drudge Report, maybe Bill Clinton
Gumtree scammer arrested ; In the Age
SeriAL fraudster Fatima Omar used Gumtree
San Jose Mercury News, California's Skyrocketing Housing Costs, Taxes Prompt Exodus of Residents:
Think about it. If you are out driving at 3 a.m., do you stop at a stop sign when there’s no one coming? Of course you do. You don’t need a cop to be there to make you stop. You do it voluntarily because this is America and America is a country where obeying the law is the right thing to do because the law was justly made and is justly applied. Or it used to be.The law mattered. It applied equally to everyone. We demanded that it did, all of us – politicians, the media, and regular citizens. Oh, there were mistakes and miscarriages of justice but they weren’t common and they weren’t celebrated – they were universally reviled. And, more importantly, they weren’t part and parcel of the ideology of one particular party. There was once a time where you could imagine a Democrat scandal where the media actually called for the head of the Democrat instead of deploying to cover it up.
People assumed that the law mattered, that the same rules applied to everyone. That duly enacted laws would be enforced equally until repealed. That the Constitution set the foundation and that its guarantees would be honored even if we disliked the result in a particular case. But that’s not our country today.
The idea of the rule of law today is a lie. There is no law. There is no justice. There are only lies.