Saturday, August 20, 2016

Pulse of the World: There Is Only A Baker's Dozen of Us

“One of the greatest pains to human nature is the pain of a new idea.”
~Walter Bagehot, Physics and Politics

Bolt took the baton with no advantage. He won with ease

Hollywood is a tough bloody iron curtain town to crack even for Cold River. The masses just want lust booze and typical Lattitude madness ... ;-)
Charlie Chaplin inspired work space offers a launchpad to emerging Aussies in Hollywood

The current update provides revisions for 14 countries and areas, incorporating new data from censuses, surveys, and administrative records and new analyses. The International Data Base is a series of estimates and projections that provide a consistent set of demographic indicators, including population size and growth (by sex and single year of age up to 100 and over) and components of change (mortality, fertility and net migration) for more than 200 countries and areas. The U.S. Census Bureau periodically updates the database as new data become available. These and other demographics can be found here.”

He might sue the show, but “sources close to the show say there have been other incidents of verbal abuse by Gibson, who is said to have a short fuse and a low tolerance for disagreement on the set.” Pulse of Actors

 Invisibilia explores the invisible forces that shape human behavior – thoughts, emotions, assumptions, expectations.

Four (4) Things Every Man Wants In A Woman

I highly recommend subscribing to Dan Lewis’s daily Now I Know email, a labor of love, compendium of neat stories, and marvel of the Internet. Dan guestblogged for us in the early days as a first-year law student on stories, often sports-related, that included a National League umpire who sued after quitting his job and not being taken back, Deion Sanders’s face-off with the car repair guy, and shop owners criminally charged in Canada for fighting off a burglar. [archive / NowIKnowand personal Twitter]

How the events of one week — political crisis, terrorist attack, failed coup, bloviating candidate — explain liberal democracy's struggle for survival... Survival  

NIST has recently expanded the flexibility and enhanced the security of Personal Identity Verification (PIV) credentials by updating the following guidelines
(Chrobale) Vaclav Havel with (Sasha) Alexander Dubcek 

Since 9/11, the United States has spent $1 trillion to defend against al-Qaeda and ISIL, dirty bombs and lone wolves, bioterror and cyberterror. Has it worked? -“… over the past 15 years, the American government has spent $100 billion to $150 billion on failed or unworthy homeland-security programs and on acquiring and maintaining equipment that hasn’t worked. However, as with the equipment procured for port inspections, launching the TSA, and grants for protecting New York’s subway tunnels and running emergency drills in Boston, much more than that was well spent.”

Scott Hodge, The Corporate Income Tax is Most Harmful for Growth and Wages (Tax Policy Blog):
When it comes to corporate taxes, capital is extremely mobile but people aren’t. For example, it is relatively easy for a company to move its operations from Dublin, Ohio, to Dublin, Ireland, to take advantage of that country’s 12.5 percent corporate tax rate. But it is much more difficult for a worker to move his family thousands of miles to follow that job. Thus, the burden of that tax-motivated movement of capital falls on the shoulders of those workers whose jobs may be impacted.
Dylan Grundman, When Bad Policy Meets Worse Policy: Mississippi’s Solution to Revenue Hole Seems to Be ‘Keep Digging’ (Tax Justice Blog).

Via Fast co.exist: “You’re 25 Times More Likely To Be Shot To Death In America Than Any Other Developed Nation…In a study based on World Health Organisation (WHO) data from 2010, by Erin Grinshteyn and David Hemenway, researchers from the University of Nevada-Reno have detailed the absurd risks of guns in the U.S.

This is one of the opportunities that “bad” music can permit us: a mini-liberation from the usual bounds of taste. There is only listening, perhaps in an unusually pure form Why Do We Love Bad Singing?

New York Law Journal Special Report, Law Schools:
Harness the Skills of the Introverted Lawyer
Heidi K. Brown, author and associate professor of law at Brooklyn Law School, writes: Introversion in the law profession is a gift. Once quiet law students and lawyers understand that they can be powerful advocates by being their natural newly amplified selves, they will endow the profession, setting examples for colleagues struggling with similar angst or questioning their professional roles.

Benjamin B. Lockwood (Pennsylvania), Charles Nathanson (Northwestern) & E. Glen Weyl (Yale), Taxation and the Allocation of Talent (supplemental appendix):
Taxation affects the allocation of talented individuals across professions by blunting material incentives and thus magnifying non-pecuniary incentives of pursuing a “calling.” Estimates from the literature suggest high-paying professions have negative externalities, whereas low-paying professions have positive externalities. A calibrated model therefore prescribes negative marginal tax rates on middle-class incomes and positive rates on the rich. The welfare gains from implementing such a policy are small and are dwarfed by the gains from profession-specific taxes and subsidies. These results depend crucially on externality estimates and labor-substitution patterns across professions, both of which are very uncertain given existing empirical evidence.

Future Workforce Study 2016:“Dell and Intel have teamed up to create their newest Future Workforce Study 2016 which reveals how people around the world feel about how technology is shaping the workplace. Collaborating with Penn Schoen Berland (PSB), a series of online interviews were conducted across seven target industries, with adults who work more than 35 hours a week. With advancements in smart workplace technologies, the time is now to discover how your workforce is truly evolving and how to be future-ready. Explore the key takeaways and download the full global study findings…”

Brookstone’s Sand, with two horizontal dots over the “a.” It’s pretty amazing — it sticks when you want it to but doesn’t when you don’t, and the only explanation is some sort of weird sorcery. 

A beachgoer in Cannes, France, can now be fined and asked to leave the beach if caught wearing a “burkini,” a full-body swimsuit preferred by Muslim women.
French swimwear banned for excessive modesty (Cronulla Shire Image circa 2007)

German Interior Minister De Maiziere calls for partial burka ban