~ Samuel Lipman, “Furtwängler and the Nazis” (Commentary, March 1993)
This Billionaire Governor Taxed the Rich and Increased the Minimum Wage — Now, His State’s Economy Is One of the Best in the Country HuffPo
Italy judge agrees tax probe settlement with head of Apple's Irish unit
Half a year has passed since the corruption story of the year – the Panama Papers – revealed the real owners behind thousands of shell companies. Over 50 per cent of the shell companies uncovered in the Panama Papers were set up in the British Virgin Islands (BVI). As of June this year, BVI hosted 430,000 companies: 15 for each of their 28,000 inhabitants... British Virgin Islands: have they cleaned up since the Panama Papers
Jersey and Guernsey part of 'largest tax evasion network in the world'
South African finance minister to face corruption charges via Facebook
Digital Redlining At Facebook Another Word for It
"If share-baiting Facebook posts are the junk food of the political internet, then fact-check journalism is steamed spinach." – Emma Roller in the New York Times
Is your Facebook feed an echo chamber? (Spoiler alert: Yeah, it is.) Here’s a way to test it, according to The Verge, which also explains what you can do about it.
What's the dumbest mistake you've made on social media? Brooke Borel once retweeted a photo of what she thought was a baby polar bear – and it turned out to be fake. But here's the worst part: Borel is a science journalist, and at the time of the fateful RT she was busy trying to sell her new book, "The
Chicago Guide to Fact-Checking." Read her cautionary tale and check out her "polar bear test."
Are magazine covers a contrarian indicator?
There is no "clown purge" planned across the world on Halloween night, says Snopes. And Allistair Reid of First Draft is so tired of reading one particular fake clown-attack story that he's made an offer: "If this story is revealed to be true then name your price and I’ll pay it."
The Duke Reporters' Lab taught Amazon's Alexa a new trick. When addressed with "Ask the fact-checkers," the virtual assistant delivers fact checks. "My Pundit," a similar virtual assistant for Alexa, also was launched last week. And in other technology news, take a look at this list of apps recommended by a New York Times tech writer to help you through the election.
This blog also tries, but often fails to echo the Churchillian line that “an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.”
Pakistan Supreme Court issues notice to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, others in Panamagate petition The Nation
The Gift Of Transparency The Nation
Every time government attempts to handle our affairs, it costs more and the results are worse than if we had handled them ourselves.
— Benjamin Constant, born on this date in 1767
Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library – University of Montana: A guide to information on the upcoming elections
Electoral Integrity Project:
“An independent academic study, the Electoral Integrity Project addresses three questions:
*When do elections meet international standards of electoral integrity?
*What happens when elections fail to do so?
*And what can be done to mitigate these problems?
Under the direction of Pippa Norris, the research team is based at the University of Sydney and Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.”
- See also via Gallup – About Six in 10 Confident in Accuracy of U.S. Vote Count Count Count ...
The Traps of Big Data (reviewing Cathy O'Neil, Weapons of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy (2016)):
- Retired U.S. Tax Court Judge Indicted For Tax Evasion While She Sat On The Court(Apr. 5, 2016)
- What Is The Authority Of A Tax Opinion Written By A Judge Under IRS Audit Who Later Was Indicted For Tax Fraud? (Aug. 26, 2016)
- Husband Of Retired Tax Court Judge Pleads Guilty To Taking $1 Million In Fraudulent Deductions (Sept. 26, 2016)
CRS report via FAS – State Voter Identification Requirements: Analysis, Legal Issues, and Policy Considerations, Eric A. Fischer, Senior Specialist in Science and Technology; R. Sam Garrett, Specialist in American National Government; L. Paige Whitaker, Legislative Attorney. October 21, 2016
The recurring lesson Y Combinator Chief Operating Officer Qasar Younis has learned as a founder, investor, and now COO is that you can never put enough emphasis on people; Who you work with, who you hire, and who you spend time with. We've all heard that relationships are important. According to Qasar, they are the most important part of our journeys. No matter the stage you're at in your career, you should never take them lightly. That's why he spends hours getting to inbox zero every night responding to founders, team members, his partners, and more. When you recognize the number of founders in the YC network alone - There are over 2,400 - you can grasp the significance of the responsibility he's tasked himself with. Relationships Are Your Future - Y Combinator's COO on How to Build Them
(1) No, ISIS did not declare a war on cats (h/t Pagella Politica). (2) In Portland, baloney sandwiches, with a side of fact-checking. (3) This American Life talks about "post-fact" and the truth is – they don't do a great job at it. (4) ICYMI: posts by hyperpartisan pages containing false information or no facts do well on Facebook, a BuzzFeed analysis found. (5) Little lies lead to big lies, says a new study.
Thomas Wood at Ohio State University and Ethan Porter at George Washington University conducted a study of 8,100 people to test whether factual corrections on 36 different issues compounded the respondents' erroneous belief (the so-called "backfire effect"). Their conclusions: "By and large, citizens heed factual information, even when such information challenges their partisan and ideological commitments."
Andrew Mitchel offers Over 50 New Situational Charts – Code §7874 Regulation Examples.