“The World Inequality Report 2018 relies on a cutting-edge methodology to measure income and wealth inequality in a systematic and transparent manner.
Hierarchies at work can stifle new ideas and increase costs. The flat organisation is increasingly in vogue in the private sector.
Dolphin Mirror Self-Recognition: the Science and the Ethics Whale Sanctuary Project
Everyone Is Getting Hilariously Rich and You’re Not NYT. “The goal may be decentralization, but the money is extremely concentrated. Coinbase has more than 13 million accounts that own cryptocurrencies. Data suggests that about 94 percent of the Bitcoin wealth is held by men, and some estimate that 95 percent of the wealth is held by 4 percent of the owners.” We might, then, consider reframing “scam” to “primitive accumulation” in the context of the neoliberal legitimacy crisis we are all enmeshed in.
Churchill’s genius was understanding how to keep working-class radicalism in check Paul Mason, Guardian
EVERY year, like clockwork, swathes of humanity go through the same routine. On December 26th and January 1st, as the fog of cheese, chocolate oranges and champagne lifts, remorse creeps in.
EVERY year, like clockwork, swathes of humanity go through the same routine. On December 26th and January 1st, as the fog of cheese, chocolate oranges and champagne lifts, remorse creeps in...
Three political heavy weights loom threateningly over 2018: Xi Jinping, Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump. All three lead dangerous nuclear-armed states. All three have elephantine egos squashing their intellects. As ultimate narcissists, each believes that his nation is embodied in himself (“L’état c’est moi!”). In this respect they are political dinosaurs because the problems that imperil their countries today – and the entire globe – require of today’s leaders a truly global vision. Their political extinction is much to be desired, but is depressingly unlikely. Whom among this ugly triumvirate can Australia trust as the New Year unfolds? Continue reading
This is the season for personal nostalgia. In my case, personal perspectives inevitably shade into the political. On 1 January Continue reading were released; and as a further reminder of that era, on 4 January a state funeral was held for Lady Flo Bjelke-Petersen who had died shortly before Christmas.
We tend to think of a “left” seeking bigger government and the “right” seeking smaller government. But such a framework can see governments simultaneously neglecting important areas while interfering where they shouldn’t.
Heather O'Neill was the speaker at the 2017 CLC Kreisel Lecture. Wisdom in Nonsense, the book based on the series is one of the funniest books I have read this year. It is the life lessons her father gave her growing up and is some of the most unusual advice going!
Via LLRX – Embedding Humans In The Loop – Bridging The Gap Between Machine Learning And Perfection – “AI” has become an ever-present marketing buzzword in many sectors, not least of which in the legal arena. Machine learning applications are promising to deliver remarkably accurate software and data solutions while downplaying the critical intersection with the human component. Itai Gurari discusses and illustrates his approach for applying AI to the delivery of accurate legal research by having a human in the loop who is continuously iterating on the technology. In this scenario, the users can rely on a person whenever the problem gets too hard and the technology starts to fail, rather than on an overarching one-size-fits-all machine learning solution
- Mark Konza: Paradise
Papers revealed 'commoditisation' of tax avoidance
(15 Jan 2018)
Brexit talks latest: EU to target UK tax haven territories as trade negotiations begin(15 Jan 2018)
to blacklist UK tax-haven dependencies (15 Jan 2018)
- Apple handed over extra £81m to UK tax authority after audit (15 Jan 2018)
- Annual tax based on land value proposed by Scottish government (15 Jan 2018)
warns UK water companies over use of offshore tax structures
(15 Jan 2018)
- Average HMRC tax probe takes almost
three years (15 Jan 2018)
- UK business slams HMRC over long tax investigations (15 Jan 2018)
to remove Panama, Korea, UAE, 5 others from tax haven
blacklist (15 Jan 2018)
- Coca-Cola blames sugar tax as it cuts coke bottle size and puts prices up (15 Jan 2018)
Trump's tax reforms won't bring back offshore money – he is just creating another tax haven in the US(15 Jan 2018)
- Disney-Fox deal heralds a new dawn in tax-related M&A (15 Jan 2018)
- Cayman under new EU black-list threat (15 Jan 2018)
Let’s wrench power back from the billionaires Bernie Sanders, Guardian
Nothing Would Be More Tragic Than to Turn Back Now William Barber, The Nation
America is spiritually bankrupt. We must fight back together Cornel West, Guardian