— Henry James, born around this date in 1843
London. Big black old place, falling down, hardly any colour apart from a woman’s red hat going into the chemist with her string bag, and if you looked carefully, bottle-green leather shoes on that girl, but mostly grey and beige and black and mud-coloured people with dirty hair and unwashed shirt collars, because everything is short, soap is short, joy is short, sex is short, and no one on the street is laughing so jokes must be short too. Four years after the war and still everything is up shit creek.
You only live once? (YOLO)
You live every dayYou only die once
On the regulatory definition of milk. [LawSci]
Shu-Yi Oei, The Surly Subgroup Turns One! Congratulations on one year of blogging from this group of distinguished tax academics
Making the Reserve Bank peoples bank Mervyn King Bank of England
Technology is for the rich - Technological advancement is chipping away at the share of income that's doled out to workers. Is this our future?
Why libraries could soon need a national endowmentChristian Science Monitor (furzy). The gutting of public libraries is yet another sign of our decline as a society.Welfare for Everyone Jacobin (UserFriendyly). Don’t entirely agree with the claim about Medicaid expansion. It was the component that was not designed by the health insurance lobby as a vehicle for gaming. And I have trouble with the argument that it was Medicaid expansion that prevented repeal. First, low income people are not an influential political franchise Second, there was tons of screaming about getting rid of coverage for people with pre-existing conditions. Third and most important, the Republican were at odds internally re what to do next, and there did have to be a next of some sort.Uber registers $2.8bn loss in 2016 expansion driveFinancial TimesTop Frustrations With Tax System: Sense That Corporations, Wealthy Don’t Pay Fair Share Pew Research Center
When it comes to cybersecurity, the good guys are always playing defense, but that doesn’t necessarily mean they have to always be reactive.
In the latest blog, Piret Tõnurist, OPSI Innovation Specialist, reviews innovation case studies from Iceland, Holland, and Canada that appeared in recently published draft report she has authored: “Working with Change: Systems Approaches to Public Sector Challenges”. OECD Best Pratice
Smart city technologies are already with us, so what will the urban landscape look like in 2030? Read more
The rise of reading analytics and the emerging calculus of reader privacy in the digital world, Clifford Lynch. First Monday April 2017 Volume 22, Number 4.
“This paper studies emerging technologies for tracking reading behaviors (“reading analytics”) and their implications for reader privacy, attempting to place them in a historical context. It discusses what data is being collected, to whom it is available, and how it might be used by various interested parties (including authors)
Boston Globe’s plan for digital reinvention: Be ready for constant change
More Americans now work full-time from home than walk and bike to office jobs Quartz
When it comes to future challenges, one of the biggest will be water scarcity - on a warming planet we're going to have plenty of seawater, but not enough fresh, clean water in the right places for everybody to drink
Gawker founder’s next act: Something with internet forums
Jozef Imrich published his book Cold River as an e-book last year, but wasn't satisfied with the results -- admitting that the book could use considerable editing.
He's taking an interesting approach to getting that done, publishing the book online (athttp://coldwarriver.blogspot.com) where he's soliciting outside help to fix things up (join in !) -- as well as in this way allowing readers to track the progress and changes of this work-in-progress Online Prediting 14 years ago ...