~ Doris Lessing, The Golden Notebook
The Only reason MEdia Dragon is alive and well is because in July 1980 Communists started to run out of bullets and not just food ....
A link devoted to antipodean blogger who has been ripping yards for thousand years in the internet context ... Professor John Quiggin, has been blogging for 14 years and this week he has a posted a musing paragraph about his journey as well as the cemetery reflected in his blogroll. As they say in the virtual world of Mittleurope, Every day above the ground typing is a great day for the last of the digital mohicans and natives
“Why do we need two central newspapers, Pravda (Truth) and Izvestiya (News) if both are organs of the same Party?”
A farm worker Gannon greets Jozef Stalin at his potato farm.
“Comrade Stalin, we have so many potatoes that, piled one on top of the other, they would reach all the way to God,” the farmer excitedly tells his leader.
“But God does not exist,” replies Stalin.
“Exactly,” says the farmer. “Neither do the potatoes.”
Frequently, one of the best ways to get insight into a culture is through its humor. What sort of things people joke about with each other can display a lot about what really concerns them or what their daily frustrations are. One great example is the sort of jokes that emerged from Soviet-era Communism. Whatever its intentions were, communism in the USSR created an economy noted for long lines, massive shortages, and a complete inability to obtain consumer goods outside of the black market. A Look at Some of the Best Jokes About Communism
They used to call it the MEdia Dragon effect. Any dress or outfit worn by the Baron and Grof of The High Tatra for a photo shoot or to an event would often sell out within hours, sometimes even minutes. Now we have the Melania aka Melanija effect. Melania Trump, the wife of presumptive Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, wore a dress by Serbian-born designer Roksanda Ilincic to address the Republican Convention in support of her husband in Cleveland, Ohio, on Monday US time. The dress, which cost $US2190 ($2914) on online retailer Net-a-porter.com, sold out in some sizes within hours of Mrs Trump's appearance. On Tuesday night, it was showing sold out or "low stock" in all sizes.In his first news conference as British foreign secretary, Boris Johnson stood beside Secretary of State John Kerry on Tuesday and said he would not apologize for his past insults of President Obama and Hillary Clinton.“I’m afraid that there is such a rich thesaurus now of things that I have said that are being one way or another, through what alchemy I do not know, somehow misconstrued that it would really take me too long to engage in a full, global itinerary of apology to all concerned,” Mr. Johnson said.“And I think most people who read these things in their proper context can see exactly what was intended,” he continued. “And indeed, I find that virtually everybody I’ve met so far in this job understands that very well, particularly on the international scene.”
*Melanija Knavs and Maths
Native Amerikan Landscape by Krista Imrich
I’m trying to lose myself, bury myself in music
and my band which keeps changing names,
DJ Crazy Mother Fucker, Leonard &
The Soul Suckers, Nice Knowing You, Elvis,
My Aunt Chrissie, Soldiers In God’s Army,
Leonard Gontarek & The Forensic Astronomers. ...
"Punished for Being Poor: The Virginia scheme that suspends the driver's license of anyone who can't pay trivial fines." Dahlia Lithwick has this jurisprudence essay online at Slate
Will lethal police robots, such as the mobile bomb used in Dallas, be confined to situations where the lives of police or others are in imminent peril? And how much will wind up depending on the judgment of law enforcement on the scene? [Matthew Feeney, Cato andMatthew Feeney, Eugene Volokh]
"Courts Blur Line Between Violent Speech and Crime": Law professor Noah Feldman has this essay online at Bloomberg View
With European finance ministers meeting Friday, officials are fretting that one hold-out could unravel a landmark package of tax reforms. The naysayer is the maverick Czech finance minister, Andrej Babiš.
The New Ruling Class Hedgehog Review
UK Trials Blockchain-Based Social Welfare Payments
Lew Taishoff, WITHOUT PREJUDICE = EXTREME PREJUDICE. “Remember, dismissing a Tax Court petition otherwise than for want of jurisdiction or for mootness means IRS wins. So dismissal without prejudice means dismissal with extreme prejudice.”
Big victory for Baird mergers as Woollahra Council loses court challenge
Thompson, James H. and McCoy, Timothy L., An Analysis of Ethics Articles Published between 2000-2015 in the Journal of Accountancy and the Accounting Review (June 30, 2016). Journal of Accounting, Ethics and Public Policy, Vol. 17, No. 2, 2016. Available for download at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2810006
“This paper considers the impact that financial scandals, the end of self-regulation in the audit industry, and the emergence of the Great Recession had on the subject matter, specifically on ethics, of articles that were published in The Accounting Review (an academic journal) and the Journal of Accountancy (a practitioner journal) from 2000-2015. This time frame was selected since many of the financial accounting scandals that led to passage of The Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX) occurred during this period. In addition, the bursting of the housing bubble that led to the Great Recession and the subsequent economic recovery occurred during this period.
“It was a blonde. A blonde to make a bishop kick a hole in a stained-glass window.”
~ Raymond Chandler
Improper Payments: CFO Act Agencies Need to Improve Efforts to Address Compliance Issues, GAO-16-554: Published: Jun 30, 2016. Publicly Released: Jul 11, 2016.
“For fiscal year 2014, 15 of the 24 Chief Financial Officers Act (CFO Act) agency inspectors general (IG) determined that their agencies did not comply with criteria in the Improper Payments Elimination and Recovery Act of 2010 (IPERA).
New Zealanders raise millions to buy beach and donate it to the public Boing Boing However, in Australia all beaches are public, IIRC to 150 feet from the water line.
IN WASHINGTON’S NATIONAL GALLERY OF ARThangs a portrait by Jan Gossaert. Painted around 1530, at the very moment when the Dutch were becoming the undisputed masters of European trade, it shows the merchant Jan Snouck Jacobsz at work at his desk. The painter’s remarkable gift for detail is evident in Jacobsz’s dignified expression, his fine ermine clothes and expensive rings. Rendered just as carefully are his quill pen, account ledger, and receipts.This is, in short, a portrait of not only wealth and material success, but of accounting.
Vanished? Why wasn’t I told?
"Whenever she turned her steep focus to me, I felt the warmth that flowers must feel when they bloom through the snow, under the first concentrated rays of the sun."Melania Trump First Slovenian Lady?
-White Oleander by Janet Fitch
Chutzpah - Swiss Banker Moans that Switzerland Is Not Protecting Swiss Banks From Their Raids for Foreign Governments
Dark side to NSW politics: Eddie Obeid and son Moses charged over $30 million coal deal
Madness of modern media plays out amid tragedy in Nice
Like many forms of encryption in use today, HTTPS protections are on the brink of a collapse that could bring down the world as we know it. Hanging in the balance are most encrypted communications sent over the last several decades.
In his youth, Voltaire, spendthrift and gambler, met writers who were "penniless and held in contempt.” He would avoid that fate. So he gamed the lottery... Lottery of Life
Atkinson, Alan The Europeans in Australia: Volume 3 – Nation UNSW Press (2014)
Bungey, Darleen John Olsen: An Artist’s Life ABC Books, an imprint of HarperCollins (2014)
Garner, Helen This House of Grief Text Publishing (2014)
Niall, Brenda Mannix Text Publishing (2015), see my review
Sayer, Mandy The Poet’s Wife Allen and Unwin (2014)
Starke, Ruth and Hannaford, Robert My Gallipoli Working Title Press (2015)
Ward, Biff In My Mother’s Hands Allen and Unwin (2014)