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“Instead of ‘naming and shaming’ corrupt individuals, we are ‘naming and faming’ honest officials. We’re not focusing on the wrong-doers, we’re celebrating the do-gooders…
Israel, Our Pound of Flesh, a Leading Tax Haven
Cash for tax breaks scandal hits Israel
How IT Threatens Democracy Project Syndicate
A student who survived massacre demands leaders take action
Keynote Tax Speakers - Monash Business School - Monash University
In a motion filed in New York federal court, the CIA claimed that limited disclosures to reporters do not waive national security exemptions to Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests. Intelligence and law enforcement agencies frequently deny records requests on the basis of protecting sensitive national security information, one of nine exemptions written into the federal FOIA law…“In this case, CIA voluntarily disclosed to outsiders information that it had a perfect right to keep private,” [the Judge] wrote. “There is absolutely no statutory provision that authorizes limited disclosure of otherwise classified information to anyone, including ‘trusted reporters,’ for any purpose, including the protection of CIA sources and methods that might otherwise be outed.”
EXTRA IRONY BONUS: CNN — that same defender of transparency and the public’s “right to know” — forced YouTube to remove the video clip of Cuomo’s inanity.
Unlucky Thirteen (13) Russians charged for meddling in US election
"Judges Say Throw Out the Map. Lawmakers Say Throw Out the Judges." Michael Wines has this article in today's edition of The New York Times.
Picasso, The Frugal Repast
One in four properties in England and Wales is owned by an offshore company
Patrick Soon-Shiong has shown incredible determination, imagination and belief in himself in rising from discrimination in apartheid South Africa to become a billionaire in Los Angeles — and he has given hope to one of America’s great newspapers.
Now he’s going to have to trust others in a field he knows little about, if he wants his newest acquisition, the Los Angeles Times, to bloom again.
In two words, show humility, says an author who has been following billionaires buying media properties.
In Kennedy’s book, out March 6, he holds the Bezos purchase as the best-case scenario of a billionaire buyer. Poynter has talked at length with Kennedy about those mixed experiences and about Soon-Siong in an interview here.
One key point: “What Soon-Siong could learn from Bezos is that he should concentrate on areas where he can add real value — mainly on the business side — and respect the wall that has traditionally separated news and commerce,” says Kennedy, an associate professor of journalism at Northeastern University. “We don’t know whether he intends to do that yet. Some wealthy owners get it. Some don’t.”
Catch the full interview, but first, welcome to Poynter’s Morning MediaWire. Here are a few things that caught our eye to help you start the week
290 School Shootings In America Since 2013: Again, again, again – it pains me no end to have to post news of yet another mass shooting in a public school, yet not to do so lets the silence speak volumes, which is not now, nor will it ever be, acceptable. These are our children America – they are in our schools. And please, do not forget for a moment the teachers, coaches, principals and other professionals who help to educate them, and keep them safe, often sacrificing their own safety, and their lives, to protect America’s children against gunfire from assault weapons in their classrooms and on school campuses around the country.
Quartz – The normalization of America’s school shootings, in one chart
Via Everytown: “Since 2013, there have been nearly 300 school shootings in America — an average of about one a week. How many more before our leaders pass common-sense laws to prevent gun violence and save lives? Communities all over the country live in fear of gun violence. That’s unacceptable. We should feel secure in sending our children to school — comforted by the knowledge that they’re safe. Consistent with expert advice and common sense, Everytown uses a straightforward, fair, and comprehensive definition for a school shooting: any time a firearm discharges a live round inside a school building or on a school campus or grounds, as documented by the press and, when necessary, confirmed through further inquiries with law enforcement or school officials. Incidents in which guns were brought into schools but not discharged, or where the firearm was discharged off school grounds, are not included. The database is updated as new shootings occur or as new evidence emerges about prior incidents. When it comes to American children being exposed to gunfire, these shootings are just the tip of the iceberg. A report by the Urban Institute showed that in the single school district of Washington, DC, there were at least 336 gunshots in the vicinity of schools over a single school year. And school shootings have long-term impacts on the school community as a whole: a recent analysis of school shootings found that those involving a homicide reduced student enrollment in the affected schools, and depressed students’ standardized test scores by nearly 5 percent.”
“The frustration is that we did everything that we were supposed to do … and still to have so many causalities. … I feel today like our government, our country, has failed us and failed our kids and didn’t keep us safe.” – Melissa Falkowski, teacher at Florida high school pic.twitter.com/LknYnQaD2A — Anderson Cooper 360° (@AC360) February 15, 2018