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In politics and Latitude walks assume everything will get out by Hungarian Antipodean Imre Salusinszky
We really cannot commend this judgment more highly to m'learneds. Very Bohemian Tom Stoppard-esque passage at AUSTLII (Dr Cope used to make us even read government gazettes ;-) The Act of Explaining Bangers and Mash ...
Patrick Carl Scully is the Director of Carl Scully Consulting, an independent corporate advisory firm focused on providing strategic advice to government and industry on the planning, funding and delivery of infrastructure projects. He is an Advisory Board Member of NSW Leaders and Chairman of the NSW Mine Safety Advisory Council (MSAC)
Carl had a style as he always wore best coordinated ties with his suits...
And, he says, if he had had it his way, the Lane Cove Tunnel, Eastern Distributor, M7 and Cross City Tunnel would all be un-tolled roads.
Mr Scully, who is launching his memoirs Setting The Record Straight at NSW Parliament today, said that Mr Carr and Mr Egan did not want to spend any money on roads and blocked him all the way, preferring to retire debt and spend the cash in the government’s coffers on health.
“We had a premier and a treasurer who were not overly focused nor all that interested in improving public transport,” Mr Scully writes in his book. “The period of Liberal rule from 2011 has seen literally billions of dollars of extra public funds for both heavy and light rail.
“I can only look on in awe and wonder how different would have been the legacies of our long years in office if Carr and Egan had shown the same level of interest.’’
Mr Scully told The Daily Telegraph yesterday: “I did what I could.’’
“I would have preferred to build the Lane Cove Tunnel and the Cross City Tunnel (as well as the M7) as freeways,’’ Mr Scully said. Former NSW Labor MP Carl Scully scuttles his former boss over tolls
Salim Mehajer's sister Fatima pleads guilty to electoral fraud on first day of trial
Paul Pisasale subject of explosive claims by MP Rob Pyne in Parliament
This tweet is a request for ideas. I’m thinking about a philanthropy strategy that is the opposite of how I mostly spend my time — working for the long term. For philanthropy, I find I’m drawn to the other end of the spectrum: the right now. As one example, I’m very inspired and moved by the work done at Mary’s Place here in Seattle. I like long-term — it’s a huge lever: Blue Origin, Amazon, Washington Post — all of these are contributing to society and civilization in their own ways. But I’m thinking I want much of my philanthropic activity to be helping people in the here and now — short-term — at the intersection of urgent need and lasting impact. If you have ideas, just reply to this tweet with the idea (and if you think this approach is wrong, would love to hear that too).Thanks!Jeff
Silicon Valley loves giving money to manic, headstrong sociopaths. Uber's Travis Kalanick did not disappoint
Tim Gorichanaz: “…But libraries are still important, and that’s because they are notfundamentally storehouses for books — despite the name and our longstanding cultural assumptions. We can begin to see this in the example of Kafka on the Shore, if we look beyond the surface. It’s not just that Kafka wound up in the library because he liked books. He wound up in the library because he had no other home, and the library provided a free, safe space. Indeed, over the course of the book, Kafka comes to know the proprietors of the library, and he ends up living there in a spare room. A library is not just a refuge for the intellect, but for the whole person…” “Tim Gorichanaz is a PhD candidate in information studies at Drexel. His research explores the historical and philosophical aspects of libraries and information technology”
At News Corp, they kick down, not up, kissing the backside of business with great ardour every day. At michaelwest, we kick up, not down, holding power to account and batting for the public interest.
Google Translate arrived in 2006, and has grown to over 500 million users worldwide, translating more than 100 billion words daily. Voice speed is the name of the next game changer, and the next communication boundary-crossing frontier presents in the form of speaking, not in writing.
Talk to anyone, anytime, anywhere? It’s a head-turner and, despite the perennial promise of a Star Trek universal translator being right around the corner, some workable applications appear to be at least in sight:
- An ear device from Waverly Labs that translates foreign languages in real time
- A pocket widget called Travis that lets you speak 80 languages in your travels
- A gadget called ili that translates English, Japanese and Chinese instantly
- Pure Neural Machine Translation by Systran for advanced multilingual communications
THE EARTH-SHATTERING KABOOM ONE IS ENOUGH FOR ME: NASA Just Gave Us 10 Good Reasons to Hunt For Near-Earth Asteroids: And Czech scientists give us at least a few more
IT’S NICE THAT WOMEN AREN’T AS SUPERFICIAL AS MEN: 64 Girls Confess The First Thing They Check Out On A Guy. “The 3 B’s: butts bulges and biceps.”
Guide to the classics: Thucydides’s History of the Peloponnesian War. "It remains a must-read for all who want to understand how power politics manifest, and learn about its effect on the psychology of humankind, both individual and collective."
New on LLRX.com – How to turn phone-aholics and others into library book readers and gung-ho patrons, if they aren’t already? One answer is greater visibility for libraries on the Web and elsewhere. David Rothmanexplains that’s what Koios, Troy Gordner’s company, is about. Rothman, a national digital library evangelist, also shares innovative ideas that many libraries can implement to raise their visibility
Churchill and Orwell, different in so many ways, shared a determination to confront unpleasant realities. They also had a tragic understanding that their views were unlikely to prevail ---- Join the Club Winston and George
Where tarot cards come from. Not ancient Egypt, but a place almost as mysterious: Paris, in 1781, with its occult-obsessed secret societies and private clubs. Bohemian Parties and Latitudional Cliques
Comedy Central plans a special called "The Fake News with Ed Helms." ... Funny stuff needs fact-checking, too: Amy Sherman of PolitiFact investigates claims from a recent "Full Frontal with Samantha Bee" episode.
What’s interesting is they don’t practice what they preach. A recent Financial Timesarticle cautions to pay attention to what companies do rather than what they say. Think of the tech hotspots of the world – from the Silicon Valley in the US to the Silicon Roundabout in London. It seems that tech giants still value the power of physical agglomeration.
IBM, who are known for their remote working policies, have called workers back to physical locations. They argue that while remote work increases productivity, face-to-face work is better for innovation and generating ideas. Agreed. Often we are most creative when we bounce ideas off each other and can feed of each other’s energies. Studies confirm that physical proximity benefits effective communication and fosters better understanding between co-workers and improves collaboration. In addition employees spark ideas through chance encounters and unplanned interaction. Steve Jobs once famously proposed building all of the bathrooms in Pixar’s offices in only one part of the building to encourage unplanned meetings. And tech companies all around the world embrace this so called “water cooler effect” and many offer perks for employees living close to hubs. In London one employer is taking it further and offers millennials financial assistance so that they can rent homes in the capital (and close to the office).
All up, I believe that people should be free to choose what works best for them, but face time needs to be part of the equation. In my experience, people who work remotely often work harder and are more productive than those sitting in offices. It’s an important conversation managers should have with their staff – what works best for both sides?
If you're a "House of Cards" fan, you've probably already watched the first six episodes. So now it's safe for you to read this spoiler-filled fact-check. ... TV Guide writes about "Dr. Who" and the show's fake-news story line.
Full Fact's crowdfunding campaign successfully raised £100,263 from 1,920 supporters plus one foundation — and Director Will Moy loves "every last bloody one" of them.
7 quick fact-checking links
(1) Another terror attack, another round of fake news. (2) Will Twitter bots become a "fake news army?" (3) When Trump says "fake news," most polled respondents think he means "stuff I don't like." (4) The Internet Archive has collected TV news clips of climate change coverage and uploaded corresponding fact-checks. (5) From PolitFact: How the Trump presidency has changed fact-checking. (6) Vodafone wants to fight fake news. (7) Monica Lewinsky announces that she is "still here" despite fake news reports — oh, and she has a new book out.
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