Wednesday, September 02, 2020

Pandemic Gives Petty Tyrants Control

ICAC to investigate corruption claims against former NSW Liberal MP

  • Alexandra Smith

Mask Up Shut UP - The Atlantic – COVID-19 transmission would go down if we spoke less, or less loudly, in public spaces. Why aren’t more people saying so?: “…Every route of viral transmission would go down if we talked less, or talked less loudly, in public spaces,” Jose L. Jimenez, a professor at the University of Colorado at Boulder, who studies disease transmission, told me. “This is just a very clear fact. It’s not controversial.” Silence is golden as an antiviral strategy because of how this disease spreads. The coronavirus seems to move primarily through viral particles that erupt from our faces when we sneeze, cough, talk, or sing. Some of these particles are heavy enough to splash on a nearby surface or fall quickly to the ground. Those are called large droplets. They are large only in comparison with the smaller globs that spray from our mouths and linger in the air in a swirling particle cloud. These are called aerosols…”

 SHOCKING NEWS FROM THE WORLD OF SCIENCE:  Social networks affect workplace productivity, earning potential

Don’t “Trust the Science,” Trust Science While You Hone Your Critical Thinking Skills

What do we mean, “the” science?


How to present with confidence

(CLEARS THROAT) The messages that public servants present can, and do, change lives.


54 Million People in the U.S. May Go Hungry During Pandemic—Can Urban Farms Help?

In the COVID era, growing food locally has become more essential than ever.

… Viruses have big impacts on ecology and evolution as well as human health.

No other biological entities are as ubiquitous, and few as consequential. The number of copies of their genes to be found on Earth is beyond astronomical. There are hundreds of billions of stars in the Milky Way galaxy and a couple of trillion galaxies in the observable universe. The virions in the surface waters of any smallish sea handily outnumber all the stars in all the skies that science could ever speak of.

EDGAR ALLAN POE FORESAW THIS: How the Virus Penetrated Fortress New Zealand.

Catching those who deliberately cheat the tax system [Click here to open this document] - the ATO proudly rehashing news of the conviction of another participant as a result of its 19-year joint tax fraud investigation with the AFP (THOMSON WEEKLY TAX BULLETIN 28 Aug 2020)


With apologies to Charles Dickens, it’s the best of times or the worst of times for the receivables management industry – known in less polite circles as ‘debt collectors’.

CHANGE: Exxon Mobil dropped from the Dow after nearly a century. “Exxon Mobil, which joined the Dow Jones Industrial Average in 1928, is being removed from the blue-chip stock market index. Its replacement: enterprise software company”

MICHAEL WALSH: Pandemic Gives Petty Tyrants Control.

Note also the barely disguised glee with which such corrupt outfits as the World Health Organization freely speak of living with Covid-19 forever. “The critical question that all countries will face in the coming months is how to live with this virus. That is the new normal,” said WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus in June.

So be warned: If you think the petty tyrants currently making your lives miserable are going to willingly relinquish their illicit powers, think again. They’ve got a taste for it now. No matter how flat the curve gets, no matter how slow the spread becomes, they don’t intend to give up control without a fight.

The question is: what are you going to do about it?



How to get a promotion in the public sector: 10 tips for getting ahead

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TIME – We Have Enough Evidence, Now It Is Time to Act: “…When it comes to COVID-19, the evidence overwhelmingly supports aerosol transmission, and there are no strong arguments against it. For example, contact tracing has found that much COVID-19 transmission occurs in close proximity, but that many people who share the same home with an infected person do not get the disease. To understand why, it is useful to use cigarette or vaping smoke (which is also an aerosol) as an analog. Imagine sharing a home with a smoker: if you stood close to the smoker while talking, you would inhale a great deal of smoke. Replace the smoke with virus-containing aerosols, which behave very similarly, and the impact is similar: the closer you are to someone releasing virus-carrying aerosols, the more likely you are to breathe in larger amounts of virus. We know from detailed, rigorous studies that when individuals talk in close proximity, aerosols dominate transmission and droplets are nearly negligible…”

Workforce planning: when nothing is sure, everything is possible* 

Bullion funds strike it rich delivering gold to London vaults

She Was Sued Over Rent She Didn’t Owe. It Took Seven Court Dates to Prove She Was Right.ProPublica 

‘Coming here is a necessity’: demand for food aid soars in US amid job losses Guardian

Racial segregation at US universities is back, with the advent of black-only dormitories. Martin Luther King would be appalled RT (Kevin W)