Thursday, December 22, 2016

Many of Us Have Intense Desire to Do Something, But Lack Imagination

I have dreamed in my life, dreams that have stayed with me ever after, and changed my ideas; they have gone through and through me, like wine through water, and altered the color of my mind. 
— Emily Brontë, who died on this date in 1848
Decades ago, novelist Tom Wolfe's "New Journalism" literary style was criticized for its not-so-factual style. It's probably no wonder that Wolfe today seems not particularly bothered by fake news. "I’m not surprised that this great moment of fake news has arrived, which I think is a laugh and a half,” he told the Daily Beast

An Obama Speechwriter Looks Back At The Last Eight Years, And Helps Prepare For The Next Four, Through The Lens Of Books 

“It became more real: This good man was in fact going to be our president. He was going to call other presidents and be in charge. So if you ask me what I remember most from that day? The sunlight; my wife’s small brown hand in my own; the feeling that from this moment, our history could be amended, our Union made more perfect, our lives more free.

Jack Townsend, Russians Must Have Time on Their Hands. Apparently Russians like to read about tax crime
Warren and Booker polish their 2020 resumes Politico

Euro Foods Group: Tax inquiry into Kukd grant guarantor 

“The U.S. economy added roughly 2.4 million jobs over the past year. Over the same period, the unemployment rate fell from 5.0% to 4.9%, close to the lowest it has been in nearly a decade. The 1.7% employment growth nationwide was not uniform, and some areas lost a substantial share of jobs. To determine the cities that lost the most jobs, 24/7 Wall St. analyzed employment data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Most cities added jobs in past 12 months, and most have posted unemployment declines. In 75 metro areas, however, there was a net loss in total employment. The Lafayette, Louisiana metro area had the most job loss, with total employment falling by 4.5% since October 2015. Click here to see the American cities losing the most jobs this year.”

Via US irs workers hate what leaders in their part of the world are doing

Senate Finance Committee Majority Staff Report, A Review of IRS Employee Travel: Reductions in IRS Long-Term Travel Spending Needed Employee Travel

Donald Trump raises specter of treason Boston Globe and None Dare Call it Treason Bill Moyers. I’m so old I remember when not guaranteeing you’d accept the election results was the worst thing in the world

When should prosecutors act like people, instead of like prosecutors? It’s a harder question to answer than you might think. The Washington Post reported this week on the murder of 21-year-old Grant Dosunmu, who was shot to death Sunday night while sitting in his car in one of the toniest neighborhoods in DC. A graduate of the District’s flagship public high school, Grant grew up in the neighborhood and still lived there with his parents. He was found dead just two blocks from his house

And lawyers are at the center of it all

In what appears to be an exception to the right of privacy that usually covers taxpayers' affairs, the Federal government announced in Monday's mid-year economic and fiscal outlook that from 1 July 2017 it will allow the ATO to tell Credit Rating Bureaus about businesses that have not "effectively engaged" with it about their tax debts. Credit Agencies