Tuesday, May 02, 2017

Chasing Budgets

Sooner or later, man has always had to decide whether he worships his own power or the power of God.
— Arnold J. Toynbee, born on this date in 1889

“The greatest trick the devil ever pulled was convincing the world he didn't exist.”

Latitude characters had something like ‘Lot’s Wife Syndrome’; if you don’t know where you’re going, it doesn’t matter how fast you’re running, you’re always going to be looking over your shoulder.”

Japan Labor Shortage Prompts Shift to Hiring Permanent Workers Bloomberg

That $1,200 margarita? Blame late capitalism. A $400 internet-connected juicer? Also late capitalism. Fancy lettuces? You guessed it. It's the buzzword that explains everything — or nothing... Good and bad debts  

Unclaimed money in Australia: More than $1 billion laying dormant

Being productive is not about putting in more hours—it’s about prioritizing, planning, and executing the most impactful work

Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere
Late John Clarke satirised the 1978 Budget, which was a bit of a stinker, in the following terms: “you can pick up a copy of the budget strategy at any branch of the Chase Manhattan Bank”...

UK Improving Resilience, Increasing Revenue: The Case for Modernising the UK's Stamp Duty on Shares  

US: National Academies: “Recent years have yielded significant advances in computing and communication technologies, with profound impacts on society. Technology is transforming the way we work, play, and interact with others. From these technological capabilities, new industries, organizational forms, and business models are emerging. Technological advances can create enormous economic and other benefits, but can also lead to significant changes for workers. IT and automation can change the way work is conducted, by augmenting or replacing workers in specific tasks. This can shift the demand for some types of human labor, eliminating some jobs and creating new ones.Information Technology and the U.S. Workforce explores the interactions between technological, economic, and societal trends and identifies possible near-term developments for work. This report emphasizes the need to understand and track these trends and develop strategies to inform, prepare for, and respond to changes in the labor market. It offers evaluations of what is known, notes open questions to be addressed, and identifies promising research pathways moving forward.”

… The Matter of Empire – Metaphysics and Mining in Colonial Peru | North of Oxford

Federal budget 2017: New rules allow Scott Morrison to boost spending on big projects

The non-profit, non-partisan USAFacts launched this week, with a goal of explaining the facts behind government spending — local, state and federal. Former Microsoft executive Steve Ballmer and his foundation are behind it.