As long as men are free to ask what they must, free to say what they think, free to think what they will, freedom can never be lost and science can never regress.
— Marcel Proust
China threatens reprisals on NZ dairy, wool and kiwifruit if government doesn’t back off cheap steel inquiry Stuff
"US judge in hot water over joke about moving to New Zealand": The New Zealand Herald has this report...
Johnny Love Vodka scores win on appeal against Pucker Vodka: The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit issued this ruling in July 2016 AD
More fundamentally problematic, however, is the assumption that popular opinion has an impact on coups. Although this claim is common in political science, there is no evidence to support it. Over the course of writing my book, “Seizing Power: The Strategic Logic of Military Coups,” I spent 300 hours talking with participants in 10 coup attempts in Ghana and statistically analyzed the determinants of every coup attempt and outcome in the world from 1950 to 2000. Based on this evidence, I argue that there is no reason to believe that military factions hesitate to attempt coups when popular opinion is against them, or that coup attempts are more likely to fail when the populace is opposed.
SURPRISED? HOLDER BLOCKED PROSECUTION OF HSBC IN DRUG CARTEL MONEY LAUNDERING: Former Attorney General Eric Holder blocked filing of charges against financial industry giant HSBC that were recommended by career Department of Justice attorneys. That’s just one of the findings of a majority staff report by the House Financial Services Committee.
Holder “and his senior staff allowed HSBC to settle over the bank’s money laundering oversight failures rather than face criminal charges. They then ‘misled’ Congress as to why the DOJ failed to prosecute HSBC” in 2012, reports the Daily Caller News Foundation Investigative Group’s Katie Watson
The report was titled “Too Big To Jail: Inside the Obama Justice Department’s Decision Not to Hold Wall Street Accountable.” As Glenn Reynolds would say, they told us “too big to fail” banks would be above the law if Barack Obama wasn’t elected President in 2008 and re-elected in 2012
Margrethe Vestager vs Google (round 3) Politico
Erik Hurst on what are young men and recycled teenagers like MEdiaDragon doing an excellent piece profiling Erik Hurst
Labor Unrest in China: Workers Launch Wildcat Strikes on Walmart Michael Shedlock
Ohio Court Sanctions Lawyer For Sharing Publicly-Available Court Documents With Journalists Techdirt
What happens if you lie to Congress? CNBC
“Even if true he sounds like a nut.” Facebook Decides Which Killings We’re Allowed to See Motherboard
Compact of Free Association: Proposed U.S. Assistance to Palau for Fiscal Years 2016 to 2024, GAO-16-788T
Paul McCartney: “Despite saying he wouldn’t have voted, “I think I would have come down on the remain side because people like the Governor of the Bank of England, a lot of financial experts, were saying that,” McCartney said. “I think the strongest argument that I heard, a friend of mine who was a political journalist said, [is that people] shouldn’t forget this is the longest sustained peace in Europe.”” Sarsha Simone on Triple J
Metaknowledge – Crowds aren’t as smart as we thought, since some people know more than others. A simple trick can find the ones you want by George Musser
“Dražen Prelec, a behavioural economist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), is working on a way to smarten up the hive mind. One reason that crowds mess up, he notes, is the hegemony of common knowledge. Even when people make independent judgments, they might be working off the same information. When you average everyone’s judgments, information that is known to all gets counted repeatedly, once for each person, which gives it more significance than it deserves and drowns out diverse sources of knowledge. In the end, the lowest common denominator dominates…Good metaknowledge is precious. It requires not only that you know a subject but also that you know yourself. And self-knowledge is the most difficult knowledge of all.”
Kim Liao makes the case for racking up literary rejections in “Why You Should Aim for 100 Rejections This Year,” an essay that is near and dear to my own rejected little heart. Jozef Imrich Doubling rejection goal
Freedom in the World has now declined for the 10th year in a row. In Freedom in the World: 2016, Freedom House reports:
The world was battered by crises that fueled xenophobic sentiment in democratic countries, undermined the economies of states dependent on the sale of natural resources, and led authoritarian regimes to crack down harder on dissent….
Gregory Fried reviews Freedom to Fail: Heidegger’s Anarchy, by Peter Trawny
“What to the Slave is 4th of July?”: James Earl Jones Reads Frederick Douglass’ Historic Speech Democracy Now
DALLAS SHOOTER MICAH X. JOHNSON Was Kicked Out of the Army for Stealing Panties.
From triage to trust: Jane McDonnell on what’s changed in journalism during her 8-year run at ONA
Here are the millionaires of autumn
yellow leaves scattered like torn pieces of manuscript
only silver gray branches
can hold the sky palace
NATO and Putin’s “Threats” to the Baltics Defend Democracy
Did you hear the one about Heraclitus? Well I bet you haven’t heard this version.
Did you hear the one about Foot? It kills.
Did you hear the one about Hume? Yes? Well just because it wasn’t funny yesterday, or the day before…
Did you hear the one about Hume? It was without cause.
Did you hear the one about Nagel? It’s absurd, but you should be okay with that.
Did you hear Parmenides about the one?
Did you hear the one about Kant? No? Really? Everyone has been telling it.
Did you hear the one about Bernard Williams? It’s an inside joke, I guess.
Did you hear the one about Zeno? Did you hear the first half of it? Did you hear the first quarter of it? . . .
Did you hear the one about Foucault? Count yourself lucky then, because it was sheer torture.
Did you hear the one about van Fraassen? Then explain it to me.
Did you hear the one about Barrow? Hmm… I’d better not.
Did you hear the one about the one about the tree falling in the forest? Neither did I.
Did you hear the one about Berkeley? In the name of the Lord why not?
Did you hear the one about MEdiaDragon? No, not that one, the other one.
Did you hear the one about Aquinas? Objection 1. It would seem that it is not about Aquinas, but rather about the soul. Because the punchline is “the soul.” But the soul and Aquinas are separate things. Therefore it is not about Aquinas. Objection 2. Further, jokes are only about their punchlines, as stated in Metaph i, 3. On the contrary, The Apostle says (Romans 5:7) that the joke is about Aquinas. I answer that, a joke can have multiple topics, and that one of the topics of this joke is Aquinas. Reply to Objection 1. If the topic of a joke were only its punchline, the topic of the joke would indeed be “the soul.” But the topic of the joke need not be its punchline. And as stated above, a joke can have more than one topic. Reply to Objection 2. What has been said above suffices as a reply to Objection 2.
Why bad ideas refuse to die Guardian
Modernizing Crime Statistics: Report 1: Defining and Classifying Crime assesses and makes recommendations for the development of a modern set of crime measures in the United States and the best means for obtaining them. This first report develops a new classification of crime by weighing various perspectives on how crime should be defined and organized with the needs and demands of the full array of crime data users and stakeholders.”