Thursday, December 01, 2016

Shutters of Post Truth and Pledges for Good

GOOD GRIEF: Rare ‘Thunderstorm Asthma’ Kills Six in Melbourne, Australia

The shocking decline in Australian workers’ share of income MacroBusiness. You really need to look at the first chart. The once fiercely egalitarian Oz has become anything but. But the divergence between productivity gains and income started just around 1990s ...

Indians IT firms on hiring spree over Trump’s tighter US visa regime fears LiveMint

Scientists just can’t stop studying falling cats

Will social media really hurt your career? Kevin O'Keefe doesn't think so... Links that lead to more social media stories ...

“Journalists” are writing about “fake news” as if “bullshit” was something new...

Evidence That Our Brains Grow And Change With New Experiences (So Challenge Yourself! Join Exploration Days of Reinventions)

When we have new experiences and encounter unfamiliar ideas, clusters of neurons are formed and existing clusters connected with previously learned behaviors are strengthened. Through the right kind of training, our brains can adapt to perform at higher levels than many of us tend to think—pushing us past what we believe our “natural abilities” to be

  "The APS continues to investigate the drivers of workplace attendance and the connection between employee engagement and sick leave use," the report notes Public servants behaving badly

The Senate has completed its inquiry into enterprise bargaining across the Commonwealth public sector.
In its final report the Inquiry’s Chairman Senator Gavin Marshall says:
The Turnbull Government’s bargaining policy “is not only cruel and heartless… but has also been an abject failure in terms of facilitating and concluding genuine bargaining negotiations.”(p63)
“In the interests of both the APS and the broader community, this bargaining dispute needs to be resolved as a matter of urgency. Accordingly, the Government should moderate its approach and amend the bargaining policy.” (p64)

Rich v Poor in Modern Australian cities By Leith van Onselen, an economist who has previously worked at the Australian Treasury, Victorian Treasury, and Goldman Sachs. Originally published at Macrobusiness.

New research has been released showing that Australia’s major cities are benefiting the rich more than the poor and are becoming breeding grounds for inequality in the process. From 9New

TakeAlexi Freeman (Denver) & Katie Steefel (Denver), The Pledge for the Public Good: A Student-Led Initiative to Incorporate Morality and Justice in Every Classroom, 22 Wash. & Lee J. C.R. & Soc. Just. 49-106 (2016):

LibertarianJohn R. Dorocak (California State University, San Bernardino), What Would a Libertarian Tax Look Like?, 57 S. Tex. L. Rev. 147 (2015)

Tax Policy In The Trump Administration

The Netflix drama "The Crown" is many things but it is not a completely accurate history lesson. People Magazine checks some of the facts the writers got wrong and right about Queen Elizabeth's life. (And, spoiler alert.)

 To bring data-driven insights to new audiences, we issued a challenge to the private sector to help build new tools that make our data more actionable. In response, we’re announcing another free, open and public tool built bySocrata that makes a valuable data set from the U.S. Census Bureau more accessibleSmall Area Health Insurance Estimates (SAHIE). The SAHIE program annually produces timely estimates for all counties and states, with detailed demographic and income data as well. SAHIE rely heavily on American Community Survey estimates and related administrative records data….”


Capitalism in One Family London Review of Books

How Social Media Helps Dictators Erica Chenoweth, Foreign Policy. “Whereas nearly 70 percent of civil resistance campaigns succeeded during the 1990s, only 30 percent have succeeded since 2010. Why might this be?”
Google DeepMind AI destroys human expert in lip reading competition Tech Republic. Oh good. With CCTV everywhere.