Monday, May 29, 2017

Husky Voices: The Return of the Repressed

A Rare gathering over a birthday with one of the living national treasures at Husky

Crooks Win Votes

A very short book excerpt

The Return of the Repressed New Left Review

A FANTASY VEHICLE FOR OVERCOMING TEENAGE RESENTMENTS: Why do intellectuals fall in love with dictators and totalitarians?

Robert Wood,‘Soup Nazi’ Tax Evasion Case Holds Lessons For Every Business

TaxGrrrl,Court Rules That Religious Freedom Law Is Not A Free Pass for Tax Evasion. “In this case, Tyms-Bey argued that paying state taxes would be a burden on his religious beliefs. Prosecutors responded that the act of paying taxes does not interfere with religious beliefs. They also noted that Tyms-Bey has never identified his religion; documents filed with the court indicate that ‘he is a sovereign citizen.'”

Pauline Hanson could soon be asking herself why she has James Ashby around

In 2015 journalist Margo Kingston asked Pauline Hanson why she had James Ashby - someone with a chequered political history - working for her.

THE PRESSING PROBLEM OF Hollywood Ageism. I’d say ageism in tech companies — and in academic hiring — is a bigger problem.

Russians Are Laughing at the U.S., Not Just at Trump Bloomberg
Pulitzer prize winner blocked from Facebook after series of ‘corruption facts’ posts Times of Malta  Nothing like having good old Faceborg stand behind corrupt officials!

John Launchbury … attempts to demystify AI–what it can do, what it can’t do, and where it is headed. Through a discussion of the “three waves of AI” and the capabilities required for AI to reach its full potential, John provides analytical context to help understand the roles AI already has played, does play now, and could play in the future.
The video is a companion communication for Launchbury’s stack, A DARPA Perspective on Artificial Intelligence.”

House Votes to Give Some Powers of Librarian of Congress to Donald Trump

BOOKRIOT: “Dr. Carla Hayden, the current and 14th Librarian of Congress, is many things: a brilliant scholar, a forty year veteran of libraries, a defender of equal access, a former president of the American Library Association (ALA), and a rescuer of baby ducks. She is also the first African American and the first woman to hold her position as the highest ranked librarian in the United States. And it just so happens that Congress recently voted to limit her powers. On April 26, 2017, the House of Representatives voted 378 to 48 in favor of the Register of Copyrights Selection and Accountability Act (H.R. 1695). You can read the bill’s full text here. The bill’s name implies that it focuses on the mundane details of copyright law, and to some extent, it does. But it also limits the position of Librarian of Congress. In particular, if it is passed by the Senate, the act will prevent Hayden from appointing the next Register of Copyrights…”

The Lightness of Being

The Florida lawmaker used her position on the committee that sets the police force’s budget to press its chief to relinquish the piece of evidence Thursday, in what could be considered using her authority to attempt to interfere with a criminal investigation.
The Capitol Police and outside agencies are pursuing Imran Awan, who has run technology for the Florida lawmaker since 2005 and was banned from the House network in February on suspicion of data breaches and theft.
“My understanding is the the Capitol Police is not able to confiscate Members’ equipment when the Member is not under investigation,” Wasserman Schultz said in the annual police budget hearing of the House Committee On Appropriations’ Legislative Branch Subcommittee.
“We can’t return the equipment,” Police Chief Matthew R. Verderosa told the Florida Democrat.
“I think you’re violating the rules when you conduct your business that way and you should expect that there will be consequences,” Wasserman Schultz said.