The basic formula of all sin is: frustrated or neglected love...
Are you a jerk? If the question causes genuine worry, you're probably not. But note: Often it's the most educated who are the least self-aware... Are you frustrated and neglected Russoser or Rooster one Day and Feather-duster the next?
The Terrorism Tax hits Europe Global Guerillas. And America?
World maiden aka first study reveals rich history of Aboriginal Australians
Unique Tourist Destination - Drowning Fairytale-like Bohemian Towns
Under Slovak National Hymn Symbol, High Tatra Mountains, the community paid respect to Red-Orange Angels - those rare earthy Rescue Heroes caught in a Tragic Accident
Vaclav Havel on Ickiness
Nobelist Robert Shiller writes that the next revolution will be an anti-national revolution
Charles Murray is pessimistic about the state of American politics: The future belongs to authoritarians of the left and the right... exchanging one brutalism with another ...
Trade has become a highly contentious issue in the United States, as major Presidential candidates line up to denounce trade as “fraudulent” and “disastrous for the American worker Cao, Lan, Pride and Prejudice in U.S. Trade (September 19, 2016). 7 Notre Dame J. Int’l & Comp. Law (2016 Forthcoming). Available for download at
A $1 billion tax bill levied on mining giant BHP Billiton over its controversial marketing operation in Singapore is shaping as the first of many such actions against companies, with the Australian Taxation Office combing through more than 30 marketing hubs. Ben Butler On BHP As ATO keeps digging
Robert D. Flach, NEVER UNDERESTIMATE THE POWER OF HUMAN STUPIDITY! Sound advice every election season
In their new book Scarcity: why having too little means so much, economist Sendhil Mullainathan and psychologist Eldar Shafir describe what they call "bandwidth tax". Many of us can easily cope with unexpected calls on our finances such as traffic fines or emergency visits to the dentist Stress Factors
John Quiggin on short term solutions to long term complex human condition issues New Zealands zombie miracle
Boston bombing reporter urges caution in coverage of recent attacks
Leslie Book, African Diamond Scam and Millions in Alimony: (and Some Reasonable Cause and Chenery) (Proceduraly Taxing). “The beginning of some of Judge Holmes’ Tax Court opinions resemble screenplays. Take the opening paragraph from last week’s Leslie v Commissioner.”
SEC Issues $4 Million Whistleblower Award
World-renowned conservation professor 'took part in a £60million tax dodge
Multinational companies are infamous for “offshoring” their profits and “onshoring” their expenses in order to dodge tax. The question is, are they also – while offshoring their jobs – still onshoring their expenses from these offshore jobs? Even from jobs won from government contracts, taxpayer-funded jobs? Multinational expenses: it’s all show
Friday marks the deadline for completing the 2016 Australian census online, in a year where it's made headlines mostly for privacy concerns, website crashes and allegations of hacking The Dark Side of Census Collection ---
Man on trial accused of laundering bank's money
No matter what the media tells you their job is, the feature of media that actually draws viewer interest is how media stories either raise or lower particular individuals in status. (It’s a bit like “politics isn’t about policy.”) That’s even true for this blog, though of course that is never my direct intention.
Film fans get taste of fraud in new festival
News from the Profession. Sometimes Life at Deloitte Is a Walk in the Park (Caleb Newquist, Going Concern).
buy the book on Amazon. If you do, I will hunt you down and smack you around.'” Ann Patchett: ‘If writers are to survive we must take responsibility for ourselves and our industry’
Europe Since 1989: A History, by Philipp Ther. And yet it is all told through the vantage point of central and eastern Europe. Recommended, not just the usual and interesting to see “the West” treated as the periphery. Makes you wonder if eastern Europe ever had a chance.
How meaning varies between speech and its typed transcript
TaxGrrrl, Fighting Tax Related ID Fraud With Your Cell Phone, One Selfie At A Time. An interesting idea — e-file returns with selfies to prove that you aren’t a thief.
Via think with Google: “In moments where people need to know, go, do, and buy, relying on our phones has become second nature. Google’s VP of marketing, Lisa Gevelber, shares new research that quantifies how people use digital to make decisions and take action in their daily lives…”
Senate clerk Rosemary Laing also retiring
Dina Gerdeman – “The American economy is a mess, and our broken political system is largely to blame, according to a Harvard Business School US Competitiveness Project report released today. Harvard’s Michael E. Porter, Jan W. Rivkin, and Mihir A. Desai say American economic performance peaked in the late 1990s and since then has experienced a lingering period of weakness, with slower than usual productivity growth, job growth, and investment growth. The report, Problems Unsolved and a Nation Divided: The State of US Competitiveness in 2016, which contains an in-depth analysis of the American economy and the results of surveys of global business leaders and the general public, says the US is “failing the test of competitiveness.” Overall prosperity may be growing slowly—but only for a small slice of the population. Large companies and highly skilled, high-income workers are faring well, but many others, including working- and middle-class Americans, are struggling, as are many small businesses. The single biggest thorn in the economy’s side: our dysfunctional political system…”
"How One of DC's Most Powerful Judges Got Accused of Rape: Richard Roberts was the star prosecutor who helped lock up Marion Barry, then became DC's chief federal judge; Now comes the revelation that Roberts slept with a 16-year-old witness in a career-making case 35 years ago; As his accuser doubles down, and an ethics probe plods on, here's a look at how Roberts rose to the top in spite of his past." Marisa M. Kashino of Washingtonian magazine has this article.
"Why is Judicial Biography So Hard To Write?" At the "Notice & Comment" blog of the Yale Journal on Regulation, Peter Conti-Brown has a post that begins, "I don't envy the reading load that William Domnarski undertook on his way to writing his biography of Richard Posner."
Why the War On Terror Has Taken 15 Years, and Will Take Much Longer
Researchers confirm that curiosity overrides security concerns for many users
Most people know that e-mails and Facebook messages from unknown senders can contain dangerous links, yet many users still click on them; and researchers have discovered why
Global Capitalism and Predatory Practices of Transnational Corporations in Developing Countries by Awwad Alnesafi, Stephen Kasumba and Hamed A. Aldhuaina
Preventing Bullying Through Science, Policy, and Practice
Three things for HMRC to consider during its internal restructure
Economic Policy Institute Report By Frank Clemente, Hunter Blair, and Nick Trokel, September 16, 2016.
“In recent years, corporate profits have reached record highs, and so too has the amount of untaxed profits U.S. corporations have stashed offshore: $2.4 trillion. And it is estimated corporations could owe as much as $700 billion on those profits. In short, corporations are dodging more and more of their tax responsibilities. While the statutory tax rate on corporate income is 35 percent, estimates of the rate corporations actually pay put the effective rate at about half the statutory rate.
In two separate cases, thieves snatching bags from city streets and train stations inadvertently helped law enforcement get the upper hand in an ongoing bomb spree that’s hurt dozens of people and spans both sides of the Hudson River, sources said.Here is the full story of New York Parable, via David Montgomery. This somehow relates to Hume’s Dialogues on Natural Religion and the watchmaker analogy, but I’m still pondering that one…
The day Ahmad Khan Rahami allegedly planted two bombs in Chelsea — one of which detonated on West 23rd Street — two thieves accidentally helped to disable his second pressure cooker bomb left inside a rolling suitcase on West 27th Street, sources said.
The young men, who sources described as being well-dressed, opened the bag and took the bomb out, sources said, before placing the explosive into a garbage bag and walking away with the rolling suitcase.
In doing so, investigators believe they inadvertently disabled the explosive, sources said. That allowed investigators to examine the cellphone attached to the bomb intact and discover that it was connected to the family of Rahami.
From there, they were able to identify pictures on social media of Rahami’s family and of him, and they matched one of his photos to surveillance footage captured in Manhattan.