Friday, November 04, 2016

Do Not Say We Have Nothing: SIGN ON THE DOTTED LINE

The miracle is that a work of art should live in the person who reads it...

Chimp study shows how hanging out with friends makes life less stressful The Conversation

Lucky Bill Shorten opened a New Labor House  last night at Maroubra supported by the traditional soulful ceremony which was performed by the oldest living Aboriginal tribe of La Peruse ... Matt Thistlewait has a knack for gathering characters of all kinds of colour, shapes and sizes ... The place is already an art gallery with priceless Aboriginal painting in a foyer ...There did not appear to be too much food or drinks left. Blasts from the Past invaded the ceremony Peter Garrett,  Laurie Brereton and Bob Carr etc were sharing insightful stories with the grass roots audiences about the importance of solidarity ... ;-)

Link to the Aboriginal Art Hang in the Foyer ...  Jasmine Trindall & Alyssa Silva from #Matto High who painted beautiful work "Dreaming"  it took 2 weeks to paint it but it looks like it took two months as it is so detailed ...

Eoghan McCabe is no fan of startup buzzwords. He’d rather talk product for hours than play the name-dropping game. But when his company Intercom appeared in an unexpected cameo on the show “Silicon Valley” in June, McCabe got excited at the validation from HBO’s writers all the same. “Five years ago I was in Ireland, working out of a hipster coffee shop,” says McCabe, Intercom’s cofounder and CEO. “And now we’re at this crazy inflection point where it’s become obvious how unique our growth is. So we’ve made the decision to tell the world what we are doing.”
How the 'Silly' Irish Founders at Intercom Built One of Silicon Valley's Fastest-Growing Businesses

It is encouraging to know that – just like the Soviets back in the day – our Central Committee doesn’t let reality get in the way of a great plan, or for that matter a new taxpayer-funded body to chew though some public funding. Freedom From Information

Forget the FBI cache; the Podesta emails show how America is run The Guardian

Influence peddling, acting for Putin’s ally, hiding classified secrets and sexting – how FIVE separate FBI cases are probing virtually every one of Clinton’s inner circle and their families  Okay, it’s the Daily Mail. But still…

Australia and Indonesia consider joint South China Sea patrols Financial Times

 Asset Bubbles Threaten China’s EconoMy Wall Street Journal

… World exclusive: Bob Dylan - I'll be at the Nobel Prize ceremony... if I can 

Don’t be confused by reports that tax abuse by the wealthy is being investigated: the tax gap is flourishing

"The Afterlife of a Ballerina" (Elle, 20 minutes, October 2016). The subhead: "At age 16, Alexandra Ansanelli was anointed a prodigy. By 22, she was a principal for the New York City Ballet. At 26, she was a principal for the Royal Ballet. By 28, she had given it all up." A story of being at the top -- but wanting less. (And thanks to Leon-Ben L. for sharing.)

Alexandra, who had been dancing with the Royal Ballet for three years, and with the New York City Ballet for eight years before that, was spontaneous and unpredictable onstage. She could get carried away by a feeling or a musical note. She was an artist more than a technician, and she was beautiful in a way that could seem anachronistic; she was glamorous. That night, everything came together. She put on one of the best shows of her life. "She danced like it was the last performance," said her partner that night, Ivan Putrov. "But every performance, she gave everything."

The curtain fell, and rose again. Alexandra took her bows, and the 88-year-old Cuban dancer Alicia Alonso presented her with a bouquet of roses. Alexandra broke down in tears as the crowd cheered.
After the show, Alexandra spoke to some reporters. She and a couple of other dancers went for a swim. She didn't sleep. The next day, she boarded a plane and flew back to New York [and retired]

“The wobbly bicycle metaphor — I really fell in love with that label,” Brown said. “. . . being alive is more like riding a bicycle, balancing on two thin tires. Eventually we’ll fall one way or the other, but for the moment, we’re upright.”  From blogs to book: Local author reflects on cancer experience in new book | Local News |

UK government cracks down on tax cyber-fraudsters

Cyber-thieves who spoofed .gov email addresses to commit fraud are being thwarted by new defensive measures, the UK's chancellor has said Cyber Crime and Tax Implications

The ABC has accused the government of mounting an attack on the independence of the broadcaster by demanding it justify a new pay deal for staff and issuing an implicit threat to its funding. In a significant deterioration of the relationship between the Coalition and the national broadcaster, ABC board chairman Jim Spigelman has fired off an angry letter to Australian Public Service Commissioner John Lloyd after Mr Lloyd accused the ABC of breaching public service bargaining guidelines in tight budgetary circumstances. "Your assertion of authority to control the internal staffing policies of the ABC, potentially in any aspect of the wide-ranging powers conferred on you by the Public Service Act, is a fundamental challenge to the independence of the ABC from government interference," Mr Spigelman said. ABC accuses Coalition of 'fundamental challenge' to its independence

The WSJ reports:
The future presidential contender worked for 15 years as a corporate litigator at the Rose Law Firm in Arkansas’s capital, longer than any other position in or out of government. Her portrait still hangs in the firm’s downtown offices.
Yet that chapter in her life has been all but excised from the official Hillary Clinton story. She hardly ever mentions it on the campaign trail. Her husband skipped past it when telling of her life story at the Democratic National Convention. Until August, it wasn’t even mentioned on her campaign’s official biography....

Government approved Bob Day's office deal despite departmental advice not to

HMRC investigation aims to bring £1.9bn unpaid taxes UK richest people

More than 1 million people have checked in on Facebook to the Standing Rock Indian reservation in response to a viral post claiming that doing so would help protect activists in North Dakota protesting against an oil pipeline from police surveillance North Dakota access pipeline protest mass Facebook check in

The world does not need words.  It articulates itself

In sunlight, leaves, and shadows.  The stones on the path

Are no less real for lying uncatalogued and uncounted.

The fluent leaves speak only the dialect of pure being,

The kiss is still fully itself though no words were spoken.

What Bob Dylan’s Non-Response To The Nobel Means

“The Nobel Prize is in fact the ultimate example of bad faith: A small group of Swedish critics pretend to be the voice of God, and the public pretends that the Nobel winner is Literature incarnate. All this pretending is the opposite of the true spirit of literature, which lives only in personal encounters between reader and writer. Mr. Dylan may yet accept the prize, but so far, his refusal to accept the authority of the Swedish Academy has been a wonderful demonstration of what real artistic and philosophical freedom looks like.”

Joseph Henrich is an expert on the evolution of human cooperation and culture … The Steven Pinker podcast and transcript will be ready next week, November 7 is What should I ask Joseph Henrich? , a Conversation with Tyler, Arlington campus 6 p.m.

All about status and William H. McNeill says in his classic The Pursuit of Power: Technology, Armed Force, and Society since A.D. 1000

Fast-Forwarding to a Future of On-Demand Urban Air Transportation

The AFP, Immigration department, Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission, and local state and territory police forces formed part of an international "global week of action" targeting people on dark net sites who were engaging in illegal behaviour Aussie police arrest four in global dark net sting
Robert Wood, Strip Club Owners Sentenced To Prison Based On IRS Undercover Operation. Should we arrest them now? No, I think we need to observe the operation some more.

“Just like physical agility, emotional agility is important to overall health, well-being and successful relationships at work. But in a fast-paced world fraught with so much stress and upheaval, how do you achieve it? Psychologist Susan David, a lecturer at Harvard Medical School, offers insights in a new book titled Emotional Agility: Get Unstuck, Embrace Change, and Thrive in Work and Life. She spoke with Knowledge@Wharton about the “critical skill set” needed to achieve emotional balance on the Wharton Business Radio network on Channel 111 on SiriusXM Radio

5 Psychology Experiments You Couldn’t Do Today YouTube

“Women are about 200 times more sexual than men!”

IN MY OPINION WHY is it that public servants' careers prosper after big blunders that leave taxpayers picking up the bill? At least politicians get booted out. Recent history shows a raft of mismanaged public projects that failed to deliver on stated objectives and often had damaging outcomes, cost overruns and delays.
Canadian Police Are Texting Potential Murder Witnesses Motherboard

China bans mortgage fraudsters for life MacroBusiness. Shame we can’t figure out how to do this

Bitcoin as a Chinese capital outflow proxy FTAlphaville

Recessions accelerate skill-biased technical change.

According to the most recent Statistics Canada data, in 2012, women over 40 gave birth to 13,395 children, while teenagers produced 12,915. Demographers have been expecting this tipping point for decades. In 1974, the older age group gave birth to just 3,550 children while teenagers produced 38,650—and the numbers have shifted each year since. The transition has just been confirmed in the U.K. and Australia as well, while data show that men are also fathering children later in life: the average age of Canadian fathers at birth of their children was 41 in 2011, compared to 39 in 1995.
That is from Meagan Campbell.  On another issue, Ian Bremmer calls this the best Canada fact he’s seen all year.