Saturday, July 01, 2017

The Hidden Stories of Copper Skies

“The skies above your head shall be copper, and the earth under you iron.”
~ Deuteronomy 28:23

Earth to be hit by asteroid 'sooner or later'

Grenfell company Harley Curtain Wall invested in a tax avoidance scheme

Managers to the Super-Rich Undermine Society and What We Can Do About It 
 Google Guys and Gals redesigned its news. Among the changes  to the layout is a new dedicated box for fact-checking articles...

O and M sniffing out falsehoods - May God Bless Meek Souls ;-) ... 

Here's Pico, keeping morale high at Full Fact's offices on #BringYourDogToWorkDay

Elite Australian Defence Force unit tackles cyber crime

Elite Predictors - China Needs Room To Expand: 4 million, 5 million, 8 million: How big is too big for liveable Melbourne?

Look at the size of us! Melbourne, a city on steroids. Burgeoning population, booming economy, bulging outline. Every day more than 300 people added, a Ballarat-sized city each year

Dixon, KKR in $190m pub deal

US/Chinese? private equity giant KKR has bought into Australia's gastro pub boom, taking a majority stake in Melbourne-based industry consolidator Dixon Hospitality in a deal valuing the company at about $190 million.

Xi Jinping gives Hong Kongers a glimpse of the rule of iron

How standover tactics brought a Sydney underworld figure and carpet seller together

While Assaad had no stake in the business, as business records show, police sources believed he worked at the tyre shop at some point before he started providing protection.

The idea was that, if local criminals knew H was protecting the Lewins' business interests, they wouldn't try to extort them.

Police say the practice is common in south-west Sydney where criminals use a feared family or gang name to stand over business people.

"They will see an opportunity to move in and stand over that particular person, their business, and start demanding money," Middle Eastern Organised Crime Squad (MEOCS) commander Detective Superintendent Peter McErlain said.

"A lot of that goes unreported because of the fear factor."


Fact-checking has never been this important. Come define its future

Low-income workers who live in RVs are being ‘chased out’ of Silicon Valley streets Guardian. Resilc: “At least slaves had quarters in 1850.”
New York Times copy desk to top editors: ‘You have turned your backs on us’ Poynter. No wonder the Times thinks it doesn’t need copy editors. They do fact checking!
 Note I’ve already seen a big glitch at the Grey Lady: a lead DealBook story with an incomplete sentence in the first paragraph:
This is the end—or is it? Real World Economics Review (Micael). On neoliberalism.
Politics after National Development: Explaining the Populist Rise under Late Capitalism: Globalizations: Vol 0, No 0. Taylor & Francis Online. UserFriendly: “Nothing new here but if someone who didn’t know the word neoliberalism asked me what is wrong with the world I’d send this link. It’s a great summery.”

New research: Writing a better fact czech

The number of fact-checking stories produced by journalists has increased dramatically over the last decade, but only recently have we truly explored how those stories could be better at attacking misinformation. Leslie Caughell, a political science professor at Virginia Wesleyan University, discusses what reporters might do (or not do) to make their fact-checks more effective.

Robots working alongside humans could help solve the looming skills shortage in UK manufacturing, but the cobots must be made safe. Read more

The British really love charity singles and benefit concerts. What’s behind this obsession?

Behavioural Insights Team opens up in Manchester and Singapore, and expands in Sydney

The Behavioural Insights Team (BIT), also known as ‘the Nudge Unit’, is opening two new offices in Singapore and Manchester. BIT, the world’s first government institution dedicated to the application of behavioural sciences, adds these two new offices to its London and New York operations whilst also expanding its existing team in Sydney. The opening […]

It was standing room at the L Library only for the "Helping library users navigate fake news" session at the American Library Association's annual conference this week