New York Magazine, Paul Ryan Allegedly Ousted House Chaplain for Disrespecting His Tax Cuts:
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Why film making characters like Andrey are more interested in hopeless divorce stories rather than hopeful escape stories ...
Privacy and Freedom of Expression In the Age of Artificial Intelligence – April 2018. Joint Paper by Privacy International and ARTICLE 19 [a global human rights organisation, which works around the world to protect and promote the right to freedom of expression and information (‘freedom of expression’). Established in 1987, with its international office in London, ARTICLE 19 monitors threats to freedom of expression in different regions of the world, and develops long-term strategies to address them.]
Portraiture and guns
Parini and Borges
Mishra on Peterson
Literature as medicine
Hitler, film fanatic
Teaching creative writing
On Arthur Miller
Art of the big lie
Posh Pen Paradox
Science of fake news
Pictured above is -- or was -- a swimming pool, five feet wide, five feet deep, and eleven feet long. Around it is a lot of sand -- lots of sand -- and maybe a lizard or hare. There are no roads nearby, no showers or bathrooms, and … and, well, nothing else, really. The pool above was located in California’s Mojave Desert, more than two hours outside of Los Angeles and for all practical purposes, in the middle of nowhere. Here’s a satellite view (or take a look for yourself, here).
In one comical example, a reporter from the Huffington Post went to the pool with a few friends through proper channels to find the hidden swim spot and succeeded.
In most places, swimming pools are either heated or left unheated -- because there's no need or because it's too expensive to heat them. Not in Dubai, though. In 2008, the Guardian reported that the Palazzo Versace would offer a chilled swimming pool (and, for good measure, a beach with artificially chilled sand). The reason? Outside temperatures regularly approach 50 degrees Celcius (122 degrees Fahrenheit) and pools, similarly, get too warm to use. The solution: the hotel installed a "chiller" to keep the pool cool and refreshing.
“As a result of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, many Americans will see more money in their paychecks due to changes that include the increase in the standard deduction and lower tax rates and brackets. Treasury wants to encourage all taxpayers to check their paycheck withholdings to ensure they have the correct amount withheld for their personal tax profile. We urge taxpayers to visit the IRS Withholding Calculator at IRS.gov/withholding to determine how many withholding allowances to claim. If the calculator results suggest a change in withholding, a taxpayer should complete a new W-4 form, downloadable from the IRS website, and submit it to his or her employer. “This is a pivotal and exciting time for American workers,” said Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin. “The ‘paycheck checkup’ will allow employees to keep more of their hard earned money, which is why we passed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.”
Bloomberg: “Twitter Inc. sold data access to the Cambridge University academic who also obtained millions of Facebook Inc. users’ information that was later passed to a political consulting firm without the users’ consent. Aleksandr Kogan, who created a personality quiz on Facebook to harvest information later used by Cambridge Analytica, established his own commercial enterprise, Global Science Research (GSR). That firm was granted access to large-scale public Twitter data, covering months of posts, for one day in 2015, according to Twitter. “In 2015, GSR did have one-time API access to a random sample of public tweets from a five-month period from December 2014 to April 2015,” Twitter said in a statement to Bloomberg. “Based on the recent reports, we conducted our own internal review and did not find any access to private data about people who use Twitter.” The company has removed Cambridge Analytica and affiliated entities as advertisers. Twitter said GSR paid for the access; it provided no further details. The Telegraph earlier reported that Twitter sold data to Kogan, who told the U.K. newspaper that he was in compliance with Twitter’s policies but didn’t elaborate on what level of access he received…”
Big company tax cuts reward the banks and offshore shareholders - OpEd, Sydney Morning Herald