Jozef Imrich, name worthy of Kafka, has his finger on the pulse of any irony of interest and shares his findings to keep you in-the-know with the savviest trend setters and infomaniacs.
''I want to stay as close to the edge as I can without going over. Out on the edge you see all kinds of things you can't see from the center.''
Bad Behavior By People In High Office: Playing with data and its consequences
Everybody brings joy to this office… some when they enter, some when they exit.
CBS 60 Minutes report: “…In as soon as 15 years, 40 percent of the world’s jobs could be done by machines, according to one of the world’s foremost experts on artificial intelligence. Kai Fu Lee, a pioneer in AI and venture capitalist based in China makes this prediction in a Scott Pelley report about AI on the next edition of 60 Minutes, Sunday, Jan. 13 at 7 p.m., ET/PT on CBS.
I listened to this podcast covering a moment history where the President
and Vice-President were each under separate unrelated criminal
investigations. This focuses on the Vice-President. Everybody knows
about the outcome of the President -- resignation and pardon by his
sucdessor, Gerald Ford (I do summarize the key background below). For
most of us, if we know VP Spiro Agnew at all, it is as a footnote and
most of us (like one famous Supreme Court Justice at least claimed)
don't read footnotes. We ought to. Sometimes. Terry Gross and her
guests lift this footnote and brings it to general public attention
because it is relevant to today. Bad Behavior By People In High Office (NPR Fresh Air 1/9/19), 'Bad Behavior By People In High Office': Rachel Maddow On The Lessons Of Spiro Agnew
…the value of wealth taxes depends sensitively on the interest rate…If the interest rate is 2%, then the tax rate is “only” 1/0.02 = 50%. If the interest rate is 5%, then the tax rate is 1/0.05 = 20%. I suspect these taxes were put in place in a time of higher interest ares and nobody is really thinking about the effect of lower rates.
That is from John Cochrane, with other points of interest about tax incidence at the link.
By the way, non-inflation-indexed capital gains are in part a wealth tax, so current higher interest rates are lowering the burden of that tax to some degree.
“The fundamental paradigm shift brought about by datafication alters how people participate as citizens on a daily basis. “Big data” has come to constitute a new terrain of engagement, which brings organized collective action, communicative practices and data infrastructure into a fruitful dialogue. While scholarship is progressively acknowledging the emergence of bottom-up data practices, to date no research has explored the influence of these practices on the activists themselves. Leveraging the disciplines of critical data and social movement studies, this paper explores “proactive data activism”, using, producing and/or appropriating data for social change, and examines its biographical, political, tactical and epistemological consequences. Approaching engagement with data as practice, this study focuses on the social contexts in which data are produced, consumed and circulated, and analyzes how tactics, skills and emotions of individuals evolve in interplay with data. Through content and co-occurrence analysis of semi-structured practitioner interviews (N=20), the article shows how the employment of data and data infrastructure in activism fundamentally transforms the way activists go about changing the world.”
DataCiteBlog: “Today we are announcing our first new functionality of 2019, a much improved search for DataCite DOIs and metadata. While the DataCite Search user interface has not changed, changes under the hood bring many important improvements and are our biggest changes to search since 2012. Faster Indexing – Newly registered (and tagged findable) DOIs now appear in the DataCite Search index within a few minutes, compared with the previous up to 12 hour lag. The same is true for metadata updates or DOIs removed from the public search index (by changing the DOI state from findable to registered). Faster indexing is particularly important when related content is published at the same time, e.g. a dataset with a DataCite DOI associated with a journal article with a Crossref DOI…”
See also DataCite 2018 Wrap-up and 2019 Preview – “First, a big pat on the back for last year 2018 saw a lot of changes at DataCite. We went from 5 employees to 8, and we released several new things, both visible and not-so-visible. Here are the highlights from a product release perspective…”
How Paraguay dumps billions of illicit cigarettes on the global market Paraguay’s illicit trade in tobacco products was
originally seeded by British American Tobacco and Philip Morris international.
Starting in the 1960s, both companies used Paraguay as a transit hub to
illegally access the protected markets of Argentina and Brazil. The case of
Paraguay underlines the importance of 1) increasing understanding of the risks
to global health posed by local companies aspiring to compete with
transnational companies, 2) addressing the lack of independent and rigorous
data on the illicit tobacco trade in both regional & global eonomies.
Despite the investigative research and scholarly analyses of the Panama
Papers, many questions remain, including: How did U.S. clients get to
the Panamanian law firm of Mossack Fonseca? What were the ethical
responsibilities of the individuals (particularly lawyers) who connected
these U.S. clients with MF, especially in cases where the U.S. clients
sought offshore assistance in order to avoid or evade U.S. taxes? And
what, if anything, should individuals in similar situations do
differently in the future?
Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein announced yesterday important
changes to Government policy on prosecuting corporations and individuals
yesterday at a conference on the FCPA. See DOJ announcement Remarks from the Conference. I include below the key excerpts (lengthy) explaining the policy:
Under our revised policy,
pursuing individuals responsible for wrongdoing will be a top priority
in every corporate investigation.
It is important to impose
penalties on corporations that engage in misconduct. Cases against
corporate entities allow us to recover fraudulent proceeds, reimburse
victims, and deter future wrongdoing. Corporate-level resolutions also
allow us to reward effective compliance programs and penalize companies
that condone or ignore wrongdoing.