‘We live in a world where the powerful deceive us. We know they lie, they know we know, they don’t care. We say we care, but we do nothing. And nothing ever changes. It’s normal. Welcome to post-truth politics.’
The man behind the likes of The Power of Nightmares and Bitter Lake is, depending on your point of view, an arch conspiracy theorist, or the only documentary-maker who remains fully #woke. His latest, HyperNormalisation – now available on BBC iPlayer – charts how our current era of post-truth politics came about, from first building up pantomime villains like Colonel Gaddafi, to how the internet now gives us each our own truths. We asked him to expand specifically on Trump, and how he went from a political punchline to within a hair’s breadth of the White House. ( Adam Curtis: Donald Trump is a product of Seventies count)
2000s "Given there are simply not enough jobs to go around for the foreseeable future, we must be more compassionate to those without jobs and find other ways to elicit well-being, participation and inclusion in our society," Revolution in A Making: Not enough jobs for the low skilled ... Definition of recesion Your neighbour loses a Job ...)
Zadie Smith: “What can an art of words take from the art that needs none? Yet I often think I’ve learned as much from watching dancers as I have from reading. Dance lessons for writers: lessons of position, attitude, rhythm and style, some of them obvious, some indirect.” Dance Lessons For Writers ...
The best craftsmanship always leaves holes and gaps ... so that something that is not in the poem can creep, crawl, flash or thunder in.
— Dylan Thomas, born on this date in 1914 (Bob Dylan's hero who traded in myths too)
ARS Technica: Google Brain has created two artificial intelligences that evolved their own cryptographic algorithm to protect their messages from a third AI, which was trying to evolve its own method to crack the AI-generated crypto. The study was a success: the first two AIs learnt how to communicate securely from scratch
Mind you, if it takes off, what could possibly go wrong? Oh…https://blog.malwarebytes.com/cybercrime/2016/03/an-icloud-scam-that-may-be-worse-than-ransomware/
The third and final book in the official history of the Australian Intelligence and Security Organisation (ASIO) has been released.
Written by John Blaxland of the Australian National University’s Strategic and Defence Studies Centre, the Secret Cold War: The Official History of ASIO, 1975-1989, covers a period of intense activity in the history of Australian security and intelligence.
ASIO trilogy reaches final chapter
FAS – Secrecy News – Steven Aftergood: “The Central Intelligence Agency said this week that it will post its database of declassified CIA documents online, making them broadly accessible to all interested users. The database, known as CREST (for CIA Records Search Tool), contains more than 11 million pages of historical Agency records that have already been declassified and approved for public release. Currently, however, CREST can only be
accessed through computer terminals at the National Archives in College Park, MD. This geographic restriction on availability has been a source of frustration and bafflement to researchers ever since the digital collection was established in 2000. (See CIA’s CREST Leaves Cavity in Public Domain, Secrecy News, April 6, 2009; Inside the CIA’s (Sort of) Secret Document Stash, Mother Jones, April 3, 2009). But that is finally going to change. The entire contents of the CREST system will be transferred to the CIA website, said CIA spokesperson Ryan Trapani
Italy judge agrees tax probe settlement with head of Apple's Irish unit
Corporate Welfare: Grouse shooting estates shored up by millions in subsidies - 30 estates are owned by firms registered in offshore tax havens, such as the British Virgin Islands, Liechtenstein, Jersey and Guernsey
Axium International CEO John Visconti Convicted of Tax Fraud
HMRC: Compliance checks: serial tax avoidance - warning notices CC/FS38
Slippery Slope: Study Finds Little Lies Lead to Bigger Ones ABC (Dan K). Why should it be a surprise that practice makes perfect? Dan K also provides a link to the underlying study: The brain adapts to dishonesty Nature Neuroscience. This study is getting a lot of attention; Chuck L and Robert M saw writeups in two other pubs.
Christopher Marlowe credited as one of Shakespeare’s co-writers Guardian
Former Pa. attorney general sentenced to jail The Hill
How to cheat at poker, and many other games
Myths - How did the moon's orientale basin get its three rings
Adam Ozimek raises that question. You might think a growing population is obviously better for business, but it’s actually not so clear...
Inside Higher Education, Can Your Productivity Be Measured? (reviewing Yves Gingras (University of Quebec), Bibliometrics and Research Evaluation: Uses and Abuses (MIT Press, 2016):
Wall Street Journal op-ed: A Boy’s Allowance: Never Safe From the IRS, by Ragheed I.Moghrabi:
Children of the Revolution City Journal The Art of Forgetting ...
Private Jets for Corgis and Other Secrets of Putin’s Inner Circle Bloomberg. At least those oligarch are using their own (not exactly clean) money. Guys in private equity make lavish use of private jets (flying around girlfriends or mistresses is normal, and you can see tail numbers of PE owned jets zooming to sun destinations on major holiday when only a teeny minority if any are being used on real businesses).
Calandro, Joseph, Impact Investment and Risk Management: Overview and Approach (October 25, 2016). ACRN Oxford Journal of Finance and Risk Perspectives, Vol. 5, Issue 3, pp. 46-60, 2016 . Available for download at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2859007
“Managing financial risk has proven difficult over time as evidenced by numerous high profile failures over the recent past including and especially those experienced in the stock market crash of 1987, the financial crisis of 1997-1998 (also known as the “Asian Contagion”) and the 2007-2008 financial crisis (also known as “The Big Short”). Therefore, managing both the financial and social risks inherent in an impact investment, and across a portfolio of impact investments, could be particularly challenging in the absence of a practical framework. This paper profiles a framework for managing Impact Investment Risk as a function of investment risk, social impact risk, and the problem-set common to both. The taxonomy of the framework is illustrated, explained and then applied to a case study. The subject of the case is an actual impact investment that has been profiled as, “The Triple Bottom Line and Investing for Impact: The Case of Afram Plains District of Ghana.” The case analysis leads to a discussion of performance measurement, basic statistical analysis and potential enterprise risk management considerations such as exposure classification and tracking, tail risk analysis, and potential broader uses of impact investment risk information.”
Benjamin Alarie, Anthony Niblett & Albert Yoon (Toronto), Using Machine Learning to Predict Outcomes in Tax Law:
A Dutch case suggests firms with horrible stains on their history are better off facing up to them
How to confront a dark corporate past
US CIO Makes Final Push to Shore Up Government Cyber Vulnerabilities
The approach to understanding markets and regulation captured by the term ‘behavioural economics’ is increasingly an accepted part of the regulatory narrative. At ASIC, we believe that enhanced behavioural understanding can help us to significantly improve market and consumer outcomes.
Inside the Cyberattack That Shocked the US Government