Wednesday, March 08, 2017

Likes of the Future Are Shaped by Likes of the Past

History is a cyclic poem written by Time upon the memories of man. 
~Percy Bysshe Shelley

From Leo Strauss to the Beach Boys"

SCIENCE: Study reveals regular sex makes you more productive, better at your job, and more likely to move up the ladder

Why no job is safe from the rise of the robots

Tip from sharp-eyed hotel worker leads to 19 indicted in international fraud

Kay Bell, IRS letter announcing latest private tax debt collection effort going out to affected taxpayers:
Remember that assurance from the Internal Revenue Service that its agents never call you about an overdue tax bill. That’s changing

Centrelink 'big data' system built without consulting taxman

Bad requirements make bad systems, episode 1,001

Allison Stanger’s open letter to Milan Kundera

Duke Ellington plays the Beatles on the Ed Sullivan Show

The plane so good it’s still in production after 60 years BBC

Russian Oligarch Takes $60 Million Bath On Gauguin He Owned For Nine Years

So much for art – even older art as financial investment. Dmitry Rybolovlev paid €54 million (then $85 million) for Gauguin’s Te Fare (La Maison) in 2008; this week the painting sold for £20.3 million ($25 million) at Christies

“I said that it seemed to me that most marriages worked in the same way that stories are said to do, through the suspension of disbelief.  It wasn’t, in other words, perfection that sustained them so much as the avoidance of certain realities.”  Spanish Uber for priests

James Packer's power in Australia revealed with former regulator's claims

The declaration by the former chairman of the NSW Independent Liquor and Gaming Authority that James Packer's proposal to build the Barangaroo casino in Sydney lacked the appropriate parliamentary scrutiny echoes views of many others

BusinessInsider: “As a rule, misinformed people do not change their minds once they have been presented with facts that challenge their beliefs. But beyond simply not changing their minds when they should, research shows that they are likely to become more attached to their mistaken beliefs. The factual information “backfires.”

When Evidence Says No, but Doctors Say Yes The Atlantic. If you’ve got time to do the research and the confidence to take on an expert (10% on up), you can say “No” to your doctor. Otherwise, not so easy.

mlk day of service

MSNBC: “The Rachel Maddow Show has obtained, exclusively, a Department of Homeland Security intelligence assessment document. The document, from the Office of Intelligence and Analysis, makes the case that most foreign-born, U.S.-based violent extremists are likely not radicalized when they come to the U.S., but rather become radicalized after living in the U.S. for a number of years. The document follows another piece of research (pdf) from Homeland Security that undercut President Trump’s rationale for a travel ban as a means of keeping violent extremists out. On Friday, the Associated Press published an analysis from Homeland Security that said citizenship in any given country – including the seven countries listed in the executive order – is likely an unreliable indicator of whether someone poses a terrorist threatTed Lowi has passed away

Do you feel left out? Excluded? Pushed aside? Then science says you're more likely to believe in conspiracy theories and secret plots.