Friday, May 31, 2019

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Philosopher and Music Professor Paul Kelly is invading Sydney again ... this weekend
Paul Kelly's imagination takes flight with new project

The TPB’s new chief exec, Michael O’Neill, will be familiar with Gould’s work because as assistant tax commissioner, O’Neill headed the mammoth Project Wickenby investigation. It was Wickenby’s Operation Rubix that targeted Gould and clients, including former Sunland Group chairman John Leaver and colourful investor Joe Ross

Curtains for Vanda Gould’s $383m tax panto

Neil ChenowethSenior writer


It will come as a shock to readers to learn that the Anglican church’s favourite accountant, Vanda Gould, has been defrocked, over the trifling matter of a $383 million tax fraud.
Yes, it seems way harsh, but the Tax Practitioners Board is firm: no more tax returns from Vanda, merely because of some findings of “sustained, calculated and layered

Poynter’s Roy Peter Clark, who knows as much about journalistic writing as anyone on the planet, looks at this year’s Pulitzer Prize stories and names his top leads of the year among the Pulitzer finalists.

Clark writes, “What makes a good lead? I like John McPhee’s metaphor that a lead is a flashlight that you shine into the well of the story. You don’t have to see all the way to the bottom — just far enough along to know what you are getting into.”

Clark cites one of his all-time favorite leads from a 1968 New York Times story written by the late Mark Hawthorne:
“A 17-year-old boy chased his pet squirrel up a tree in Washington Square Park yesterday afternoon, touching off a series of incidents in which 22 persons were arrested and eight persons, including five policemen, were injured.”

How Carl Jung Inspired the Creation of Alcoholics Anonymous | Open Culture

Make philosophy great again. The field has been reduced to bland Continental and analytic variants — a trend that must be reversed  

The history of psychiatry is the history of our beliefs about our own minds. Breakthrough and disappointment, dogmas and counter-dogmas   

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San Francisco Police Chief Bill Scott apologized for police raiding the home and office of a journalist in an attempt to find the confidential source of a story the journalist was working on. On May 10, after obtaining a search warrant, police searched the home and office of freelance journalist Bryan Carmody, who had obtained a police report about the death of a public defender. He later sold that information to local media.

Evan Sernoffsky of the San Francisco Chronicle wrote that Scott admitted the searches were probably illegal and would be calling for an independent investigation into the incident.

“I’m sorry that this happened,” Scott told the Chronicle. “I’m sorry to the people of San Francisco. I’m sorry to the mayor. We have to fix it. We know there were some concerns in that investigation and we know we have to fix it.”

San Francisco Chronicle editor-in-chief Audrey Cooper tweeted:

“The problem is, you can't put this egg back together. The police have chilled sources with their actions and also know whatever is in this journalist's files. The implications are chilling.”

  • What is the most important political show TV show in America? “Meet the Press?” “Fox and Friends?” “Face The Nation?” Actually, writing for the New York Times Magazine, Amanda FitzSimon says it’s “The View.”
  • Sad news over the weekend as sportswriter Gerry Fraley died at the age of 64 from cancer. I knew Gerry. Good man and a very good sportswriter. His Dallas Morning News colleague Kevin Sherrington remembers him.
  • CNN’s Jack Guy writes that a German newspaper prints cut-out kippah and urges readers to wear it in solidarity with Jews.

“Microsoft has unseated Google at the top of the 2019 RDR Corporate Accountability Index. Telefónica outpaced Vodafone among telecommunications companies. Yet despite progress, most companies still leave users in the dark about key policies and practices affecting privacy and freedom of expression, according to the 2019 Ranking Digital Rights Corporate Accountability Index, released today.

Who Is Phoebe Waller-Bridge, the Creator of Killing Eve and Fleabag

'Fleabag' Season Two Review: A Heaven-Sent Sequel

How 'Fleabag' Sold Thousands of Jumpsuits and Made Religion Sexy

LONDON — In the first episode of season two of “Fleabag,” which debuts on Amazon Prime in the United States on May 17, the heroine, played by Phoebe Waller-Bridge, wears a black jumpsuit to a magnificently awful dinner with her family.

The jumpsuit cost 38 pounds, or about $50, was made by the London-based label Love, and once British viewers of the show found it online, it sold out in a day. Since the episode aired in Britain on March 4, Love has sold 2,200 jumpsuits; in the whole of 2018, they sold 800, a spokeswoman for the company said.

“All of a sudden, sales jumped,” Teri Sallas, a co-founder of the family-run label, said. “We didn’t have enough. We have had to manufacture 2,000 since then.”

In the second episode, Fleabag shares a drink with the season’s new lead character, a “cool, sweary” and “hot” (as she describes him) priest, played by Andrew Scott, who has been asked to preside over her father’s second wedding. “Do you want a proper drink?” he says, his eyes lighting up. “I’ve got cans of G and T. From M&S.” And lo, in the week after the broadcast, the British supermarket Marks & Spencer saw sales of its pre-mixed gin and tonic spike, according to the magazine Radio Times.