Sunday, May 21, 2017


Trump 'is nuts' says Comey's dad

THE father of fired FBI director James Comey, who was sacked by Donald Trump, has launched a withering attack on the US President...

“The first five CEOs spanned 82 years and all lived in Lancaster,” notes Alexander. “The next six spanned 17 years and none lived there.” The new absentee landlords goosed figures with mergers, spin-offs and maintenance deferrals, heaped debt, then gouged management fees and special dividends. There were bankruptcies, shutdowns, closures, collapses — and illegal Mexican immigrants bussed in to work for cheap Glass house economy and the shattering of all-American town


This is how I see it: the hard work is nothing, just a way to make a living. But what matters is living with your head between your feet, your face down to tend the goings-on below. What matters is keeping your neck craned over the ground, caring more about it than about people…I’ve spent more of my life looking at the ground, water, clouds, walls, and tools than at faces. And I like them.” –unnamed speaker of this novel 

Needing courage to take the action he wants to take, the baby-narrator thinks of Franz Reichelt, the Flying Tailor, who in 1912, decided to test a parachute he’d developed. After a long wait to draw courage, he jumped to his death from the Eiffel Tower.

Brazil: Open data just made investigating corruption easier 

12 quick fact-checking links 
(1) A South African editor blasts “the media” for perpetuating a fake story on “the blue whale suicide game.”  (2) Two experts explain in The Conversation why urban legends just won't go away. (3) This is what happened when a fake news site stole an L.A. Times reporter's story.  (4) Why do we love propaganda and hate experts? Read this Quartz article. (5) Donald Trump's reading list includes fake news. Sad. (6) Automated fact-checking project FactMata has an update on what's coming. (7) Irish journalist Dan MacGuill joined Snopes; his former employer will keep on fact-checking. (8) Swedish fact-checkers Viralgranskaren say they won't let their parent company's controversial new owner influence their work. (9) A fascinating discussion about AI, fact-checking and the British election on the Wired UpVote podcast (10) An "amateur investigator" and restaurant owner in Washington, D.C., has decided to fact-check the Trump-Russian controversy himself. (11) A new report from Data & Society examines how media organizations were ripe for manipulation in 2016. (12) Verificationistas and fact-checkers unite for the British election.

The Spelling Checker Spilling Czech

This little poem sums it up nicely...

Eye have a spelling chequer
It came with my pea sea
It plainly marques four my revue
Miss steaks eye kin knot sea
Eye strike a key and type a word
And weight four it two say
Weather eye am write or eye am wrong
It shows me strait a weigh
As soon as a mist ache is maid
It nose bee four two long
And eye can put the error rite
Its rare lea ever wrong
Eye have run this poem threw it
am shore your pleased two no
Its letter perfect awl the weigh

My chequer tolled me sew...

MEDITATION rooms, flexible hours and casual clothing: it’s all part of working for a big corporation in 2017.

Even Australia’s most conservative employers are taking their cue from the tech industry by throwing out the old rule book for workplace decorum, allowing staff to come and go as they please, and wear what they want.

It’s how professional service giant PricewaterhouseCoopers — which until recently was known for its draconian dress code — came to be ranked number one on LinkedIn’s Top Companies list, released on Wednesday.

The global firm made headlines last year when it sent a London staffer home without pay for not wearing heels to work.

Its former, admittedly “outdated” workplace apparel rules demanded that male employees wear suits, ties and business socks, while women had to don “tailored” trousers or dresses and “business-style shoes or boots”.

These days, staff are free to dress in whatever way makes them feel “comfortable and confident” for the day’s activities, with jeans and sneakers a perfectly acceptable choice for a day at the office — and it’s upped their appeal to job seekers.  PWC Top
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