Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Daily Potpori Grind: ‘You and I are alive at this moment'

INK BOTTLE“He had enjoyed his time at Cambridge; he had even liked the English. Their hypocrisy hadn’t troubled him, only their ignorance that they were hypocrites.” 
~ William Haggard, The Antagonists 

The breathtaking beauty of our planets destruction

11 - Eleven Scientific reasons to drink more coffee ...

When your boss is an algorithm

An Economic Mystery: Why Are Men Leaving The Workforce? NPR Dean BakerJared Bernstein --- AMEN 

The planet is home to some 7.4 billion people who generated in 2014 a Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of $77.6 trillion. New York State’s population is 19.7 millionand their 2015 GDP was $1.4 trillion

KURT SCHLICHTER: 2016 Is the Year of the Hack

News from the Profession. Reminder: The Big 4 Are Big, an Accident Waiting to Happen (Caleb Newquist, Going Concern) - - “If the 74 largest firms after KPMG merged, the new mega firm would barely be larger than Deloitte.”

A guide to buying edible insects Treehugger

Sydney's hidden cold river lake deep underneath the CBD

“If you want lifetime employment, go into compliance.” [Daniel Yergin, WSJ via Arnold Kling]

California’s identity theft statute bans so many more things than just identity theft [Eugene Volokh]
Sunlight is the best disinfectant  – all great CEOs encourage transparency and  openness as long as sensitive data is not leaked.” – Jozef Imrich, author Cold River If you've come to “Naked Conversations” expecting to find two middle-aged white guys talking in the nude, you're in the wrong space ... Cultures change slowly for Recycled Teenagers....

Data Mining and the ‘Creepy’ Factor American Banker

American novels were once concerned with serious social problems and collective injustice. Now they focus on the individual, the lone genius, Twitter, Media Dragon

WHAT KEEPS HOMELAND SECURITY SECRETARY JEH JOHNSON AWAKE AT NIGHT: According to NBC, Johnson believes coordinated 9/11-type terrorist attacks are less of a threat today. However, mass shootings (like San Bernardino or Orlando) are “upper most on our minds. It is the thing that keeps me up at night the most.”
Johnson used an interesting phrase to describe his worry. It’s very similar to what Donald Rumsfeld said in January 2001. Concern that intelligence would fail and America would suffer for the intel failure kept Rumsfeld awake
Johnson is still confronting an intelligence problem

Facebook’s Africa PR offensive masks quest for profits after rejection in India Daily Nation 

The YouTube demonetization controversy, explained Daily Dot 

Twitter Finally Gives People a Way to Make Money From Twitter New York Magazine

Austria’s election woes worsen as postal voting envelopes come unglued 

Lew Taishoff, FAREWELL TO THE VIRGIN – PART DEUX. “Now that you’re caught up, the Ventos, having been stripped of their VI residency, want a foreign tax credit for the money they gave the VIBIR (Virgin Island Bureau of Internal Revenue), wherewith to apply against their US hits. I’m going to give their attorneys a Taishoff ‘Good Try, Second Class,’ for that move.”

Jason Dinesen, From the Archives: Baseball and “Games Behind in the Loss Column” “This post isn’t about taxes but it is about numbers, and I’m a numbers geek at heart.”

Peter Reilly, New York Strip Club Fights Tax Battle Using Scholars And Loses. “In perhaps a sign of increasing maturity, this decision has not taken the tax blogosphere by storm.” Peter, the tax blogosphere can’t be young forever, but we always can be immature
turtle_300European  Ruling Highlights Apple’s Corrupted Business Model iNet 

To survive in this high-pressured, crazy world, most of us have to become highly adept at self-criticism. We learn howto tell ourselves off for our failures, and for not working hard or smart enough. But so good are we at this that we’re sometimes in danger of falling prey to an excessive version of self-criticism — what we might call self-flagellation: a rather dangerous state, which just ushers in depression and underperformance. We might simply lose the will to get out of bed. 

“Compassion,” wrote historian Karen Armstrong in considering the proper meaning of the Golden Rule“asks us to look into our own hearts, discover what gives us pain, and then refuse, under any circumstance whatsoever, to inflict that pain on anybody else.” In her beautiful ode to compassion, Lucinda Williams urged: “Have compassion for everyone you meet … You do not know what wars are going on down there, where the spirit meets the bone.”

via Steve Jobs" “My model for business is The Beatles. They were four guys who kept each other’s kind of negative tendencies in check. They balanced each other and the total was greater than the sum of the parts. That’s how I see business: great things in business are never done by one person, they’re done by a team of people.”

via Steve Jobs who is one of the most influential and polarizing figures in modern history: “Ultimately, it comes down to taste. It comes down to trying to expose yourself to the best things that humans have done and then try to bring those things into what you’re doing. Picasso had a saying: good artists copy, great artists steal. And we have always been shameless about stealing great ideas, and I think part of what made the Macintosh great was that the people working on it were musicians and poets and artists and zoologists and historians who also happened to be the best  computer scientists in the world.”

Researchers Confront an Epidemic of Loneliness

Bizarre ant colony discovered in an abandoned Polish nuclear weapons bunker Ars Tecnnica  

I started watching The Night Of, the new miniseries from HBO, with great trepidation. (Spoiler alert: I will discuss the plot and ending.) After all, it’s about my work, criminal defense, in the exact building (100 Centre Street, Manhattan) where I do it. I was prepared to be critical because so few dramatizations get it right. Criminally Yours

Hanjin Shipping’s Troubles Leave $14 Billion in Cargo Stranded at Sea WSJ