Friday, November 06, 2020

‘I literally weep’: anguish as New Zealand’s National Library culls 600,000 books

China's trade threats hit Australia with 'psychological warfare' - Sydney Morning Herald

 Noted economist Robert H. Frank (Wikipedia here) has written an excellent NYT op-ed: Without More Enforcement, Tax Evasion Will Spread Like a Virus (NYT 10/30/20)


Few people enjoy paying taxes, but as Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. reminded us, “Taxes are what we pay for civilized society.” On reflection, most of us therefore offer at least implicit support for penalties against tax evasion — penalties that have little meaning unless backed by significant enforcement resources

Misinformation loves a vacuum, and the uncertainty around the outcome of the US presidential race has created a mighty one. As election officials work to count ballots, Donald Trump and his allies have launched a campaign to cast doubt on the electoral process. False declarations of victory and false allegations of fraud are being pumped into the information void, where their salacious narratives compete with the more prosaic reality that counting takes time.

Will Trump’s false election claims gain steam? Disinformation experts weigh in

OK, perhaps not exactly what you were hoping for. Election night wasn't a real thriller for a whole lot of people, and now it looks as if we're going to be counting votes for … quite a while. Will everybody still be talking about it at Thanksgiving dinner? If so, be careful not to invite your cousin in Pennsylvania who forgot to vote.

‘I literally weep’: anguish as New Zealand’s National Library culls 600,000 books Guardian 

The strange thing about life, the wondrous thing about life, is that it is impossible to dull one hue of our emotional experience without dulling the entire spectrum, impossible to feel deeply at one end of it without feeling as deeply at the other. And without the chromatic intensity of feeling life deeply and fully, why live at all?

The Shadow Elephant: A Tender Illustrated Fable About What It Takes to Unblue Our Sorrows and Lighten the Load of Our Heaviest Emotions

There was a blue Wave. Biden is going to end up with over 73 million votes (8 million more than Hillary Clinton got). It will be the highest Democratic turnout ever. But there was a smaller red wave. Trump with get like 3 million more votes than Clinton did, biggest GOP turnout