Tuesday, July 06, 2021

Ideas that work: black Hats 🎩

Financial Times (London) on 3 July 2021 has a Memo to Staff: Giving orders makes corporate leaders feel connected to others and fulfills the evolutionary need for a sense of belonging …

The billionaire Amazon founder will have to adjust to a new kind of workflow starting July 5, when he steps down from his role as CEO of the e-commerce giant. He will be replaced by AWS CEO Andy Jassy and will direct his focus to other endeavors, like being catapulted into space for 11 minutes on July 20.

Jeff Bezos says work-life balance is a 'debilitating phrase.' He wants Amazon workers to view their career and lives as a 'circle.'

Gamers Are Better Than Scientists at Catching Fraud - The Atlantic

Nuix investigation

Black Hats, tax havens: Australia’s biggest insider trading probe revealed

  •  Adele Ferguson and Kate McClymont

Dirty money: How the banks and AUSTRAC are fighting back against financial crime

Connecting theory to public sector practice

No single tool or theory captures the true operation of policy processes. We need a diverse range of different theories to gain breadth of insight.




Ex-Liberal MP Julia Banks opens up on bad behaviour of former colleagues

  • by Nick Bonyhady

Oooh, new book from Oliver Burkeman -> Four Thousand Weeks: Time Management for Mortals, "an entertaining, humorous, practical, and ultimately profound guide to time and time management".

Inside The Workshop Where Some Of The World’s Best Pointe Shoes Are Made

A visit to Freed of London, where 24 skilled craftspeople make ballet shoes, many custom-fitted for dancers at the likes of Britain’s Royal Ballet and ABT, where they go through about 3,600 pairs a year. – Business Insider

Champlain Towers South Residents Warned About Concrete Damage Months Before Collapse CBS

Miami Building Collapse Sows Fear Among City’s Condo Owners Bloomberg

Ideas that work Aeon

More churches burn down on Canada indigenous land BBC

The Battle of Little Big Horn, Explained Teen Vogue

The Promise and Peril of a High-Priced Sleep Trainer New Yorker

Engineer Warned of ‘Major Structural Damage’ at Florida Condo Complex DYNUZ

Anxious Residents of Sister Tower to Fallen Florida Condo Wonder: Stay or Go? NYT

Beyond A Joke Dublin Review of Books 


The inside story of an Alberta coal mine devastated by a financial crisis The Narwhal

OSHA Virus Rule Intended to Cover All Workers, Draft Shows (1) Bloomberg Law. Looks like the White House watered it down, with the CDC running interference for them.


Teamsters Take On Amazon Julia Rock, The Daily Poster


Amazon is using algorithms with little human intervention to fire Flex workers Ars Technica 


The Handbook of Handbooks for Decentralised Organising Richard D. Bartlett 

       Just over twenty years ago, Nick Lezard wrote in The Guardian:

Robert Burton's Anatomy of Melancholy survives among the cognoscenti, but there's no Penguin Classic of the book, and it would be difficult to see how there could be.

       Just over a year later the New York Review Books Classics one-volume paperback edition came out, and I can attest to its popularity: no book has been as much-bought via the Amazon-links at complete review over the years. Penguin Classics has now caught up: a hardcover edition, edited by Angus Gowland, is due out shortly (pre-order your copy at Amazon.co.uk), with a paperback edition to follow in a year. 
       In The Observer Donna Ferguson reports, in ‘Be not solitary, be not idle’: secrets of 400-year-old self-help book unlocked that: "The Anatomy of Melancholy has at last been demystified", as:

Dr Angus Gowland of University College London told the Observer there are now only nine known mysteries and riddles of the text left to solve.

       It almost makes me want to stick with my three-(pocket-sized-)volume 1961 Everyman's Library edition ..... 

       As noted in my review, if, for some outrageous reason, I ever had to trim my library down to a small number of volumes, that number would have to be very, very small indeed before I would even consider going without The Anatomy of Melancholy; I suspect even with a desert-island-list-type limit of five books it would be among them. 

  1. The rewards and risks of philosophical tourism — Eric Schliesser (Amsterdam) comments on Julian Baggini’s “How the World Thinks: A Global History of Philosophy”
  2. The ethics of aesthetics and the problem of global warming — Michael Spicher (Aesthetics Research Lab) on how beauty, ugliness, and environmental technology
  3. 10 new conversations with 10 philosophers — the new season of the UnMute Podcast from Myisha Cherry (UC Riverside) was recently released
  4. “Bearing the facts about publishing in mind helps to rebut one common argument against cancellation: it doesn’t suppress ideas” — and besides, says Neil Levy (Oxford) “if cancelling a book by some right-wing provocateur opens up space for a different book that is just or more as valuable, then it’s hard to see how the world has suffered a net loss”
  5. A look at six definitions of “gender identity” leads a philosopher to suggest eliminating the concept — still, argues Anca Gheaus (CEU) “a feminism without gender identity does not exclude trans people”
  6. “We normally think of grit as opposed to being a quitter, but quitting in order to move on to a different approach to a higher level goal can be an exhibition of grit” — thoughts from Alexander Pruss (Baylor)
  7. The value of being able to “practise in all things a certain nonchalance which conceals all artistry and makes whatever one says or does seem uncontrived and effortless” — Helen De Cruz (SLU) on “sprezzatura” in academia