Press Gallery goes to polls. The federal parliamentary press gallery will vote today for a new vice-president, replacing Fairfax's Fleur Anderson who has taken a voluntary redundancy. Huffington Post politics editor Karen Barlow, The Australian political correspondent David Crowe, Inside Canberra editor-in-chief Michael Keating and BuzzFeed's Alice Workman have all nominated for the position.
Wayne Swan says Labor must boost workers' power and rein in corporate excess
Thousands of passwords belonging to British officials are being traded among Russian hackers, according to a report. As part of an investigation by The Times, the London-based publication found passwords that belonged to 1,000 British members of Parliament and staff, 7,000 police employees and more than 1,000 diplomats.
Art Gallery Closures Grow for Small and Midsize Dealers
New laws on the cards to protect and reward whistleblowers
If You're Going to Set a Cyber Trap, Don't Do This
Active Management Solutions Pty Ltd (“Active Management”), the 1st respondent to the notice of motion, is a company that was registered on 31 March 2017. Its sole director and shareholder is Matthew Wilson. In Mr Burtenshaw’s affidavit of 31 May 2017 he deposes to Federal Agents Polic and Franks having attended the registered office of Active Management on 24 May 2017 at which time Mr Wilson made a statement to the effect that he agreed to be the director of the company at the request of Onley, the 2nd defendant, in order to “hide money from ‘Bikies’”, and that he did not have control over the Active Management bank account held with Westpac (“Active Westpac account”). He said he had been involved in a similar arrangement with an individual by the name of Larcombe. Hiding Money From Bikies
Blog, 21/6/17. How can we trust institutions like ASPI and the AWM that take money from extremely powerful foreign weapons manufactures whose prosperity depends on never ending wars which the US has pursued in almost its entire history.
Millsap, Adam A and Gonzalez, Olivia, State and Local Tax Policy (January 12, 2016). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2990527 “This paper provides an overview of economically efficient tax policy for state and local policy makers and contains a short literature review of papers that analyze the economic effects of state and local taxes.”Continue Reading
In Japan, fact-checking "still connotes something foreign," says Masato Kajimoto. A new initiative, launched Wednesday, wants to shake things up
NSW appoints full-time privacy commissioner
- Chaser: “Illinois is like Venezuela now, a fiscally broken state that has lost its will to live, although for the moment, we still have enough toilet paper. But before we run out of the essentials, let’s finally admit that after decade upon decade of taxing and spending and borrowing, Illinois has finally run out of other people’s money. Those ‘other people’ include taxpayers who’ve abandoned the state. And now Illinois faces doomsday.”
The Los Angeles Times tracks how a rumor started about Bernie Sanders' "involvement" in the Alexandria baseball game shooting last week. He had no involvement, but that fact didn't stop fake Twitter
The thefts took place starting in the fall of 2012 and continued through March 2013, according to a declassified Office of Inspector General report from October 2013. The report is one of hundreds only recently released to BuzzFeed News through a Freedom Of Information Act lawsuit filed in 2015.
“[The artist’s] function is to make his imagination … become the light in the minds of others. His role, in short, is to help people to live their lives.”Rightly or wrongly, we feel that the fate of a society is involved in the orderly disorders of the present time. We are confronting, therefore, a set of events, not only beyond our power to tranquillize them in the mind, beyond our power to reduce them and metamorphose them, but events that stir the emotions to violence, that engage us in what is direct and immediate and real, and events that involve the concepts and sanctions that are the order of our lives and may involve our very lives; and these events are occurring persistently with increasing omen, in what may be called our presence. These are the things that I had in mind when I spoke of the pressure of reality, a pressure great enough and prolonged enough to bring about the end of one era in the history of the imagination and, if so, then great enough to bring about the beginning of another.
How a crippling shortage of analysts let the London Bridge attackers through Guardian. Although a week old, worth reading.
Want to know how hackers hijack legitimate Twitter accounts? Fortune explains. ... Here's how that fake Time magazine cover photo was so widely distributed and then debunked. ... And a New York Times writer explains how a false tweet became a viral fake story.
Writing under the headline "Democracy Never Faced a Threat like Facebook," the founder of a Russian business publication says Facebook's efforts to ban fake news does nothing to fix destructive filter bubbles.
In the democratic world, political jokes are few, particularly in comparison with the general mass of jokes in circulation about women and disasters, lawyers and doctors, ethnic minorities and neighbouring countries and very few exist relative to the number told under totalitarian socialism. Even in authoritarian societies where political activities and discussion are restricted, as in, say, Mubarak’s Egypt or Franco’s Spain, there are fewer political jokes than under socialism and they are largely about the political leaders, not the political system and its ideology.
What is distinctive about socialism is not so much the intensity of its political repression but its breadth of oppression. There were more jokes in the time of Brezhnev than that of Stalin even though the terror had in some measure abated. Socialism as a political system is totalitarian in that, in contrast to merely authoritarian societies, it penetrates and seeks to control all aspects of life. Because the state owns all or very nearly all productive property and enjoys a market monopoly far more complete than anything to be found in other societies, work and consumption are politicised and become the subject of political jokes. Because the state owns the publishing houses, the newspapers and the periodicals and directs them for its own ends, real political comment is banished and that which is forbidden in public discourse inevitably becomes the subject of jokes. The “biting” humour of the socialist era periodicals with prickly, stinging names such as Krokodil, Nettles, Porcupine, Stag Beetle and Thistle was aimed only against targets chosen by the state. The purpose of this humour was to deflect the widespread indignation of the people at the shortcomings of the socialist order away from the crimes and errors of the powerful and onto the little man – the corrupt and inefficient factory manager or shop assistant, the idle and drunken worker. The periodicals had a very large circulation because they were cheap and had no competitors but their readers knew who was really to blame and the political jokes reflect this. In a democratic society not only is there open political discussion (though not as open as it should be) about ideology as well as institutions and personalities but political humour often of a powerful and mocking kind, is openly published and performed in the form of cabaret, cartoons and satire, essays and skits. Little of this was available under socialism and jokes told in private had to replace it.
Apparently, everyone is entitled to their own facts. Infogalactic, a new site that looks a lot like Wikipedia and uses MediaWiki software, offers facts for the alt-right.
The Mandarin, 21/6/17. Many of our biggest and most costly policy challenges can be resolved if we encourage citizens and the community to use public services differently.
The Late, Great Kevin Starr