Friday, May 13, 2022

The philosopher who warned us about loneliness and totalitarianism

Female voters are queueing up to belt Scott Morrison, and it could get very ugly

Allegations Victoria's government logging agency spied on its critics have sparked an investigation by the state's Information Commissioner.

Global Investigative Journalism Network: “Logan Williams is a data scientist on the Bellingcat investigative technology team. He spoke about digital forensic reporting labs at the 2022 International Journalism Festival in Perugia, Italy. GIJN attended the panel and caught up with Williams afterward to hear his top tips and advice for using digital forensic techniques in your reporting.”

The philosopher who warned us about loneliness and totalitarianism as well as criminals running the legislature 

Revisiting Hannah Arendt’s ideas about social isolation and mass resentment.

‘I’ve been struggling in ways I didn’t expect’: A lesson in writing from a Booker Prize winner

For this Spectrum series, we asked six authors to write about a time they changed their mind. For Damon Galgut, the brief prompted no shortage of torment

Organised crime rampant across Australia, secret briefings reveal

Chinese-speaking Communist voters critical of Coalition’s ‘militaristic’ stance on China in lead-up to 2022 election, WeChat study shows

Labor also faces criticism, but Albanese is gaining ground in news coverage on Chinese social media platform, research finds

‘I’ve been struggling in ways I didn’t expect’: A lesson in writing from a Booker Prize winner

    By Damon Galgut

Crypto assets were supposed to behave quite differently to conventional investments. It turns out that they do. In a “risk-off” environment they perform far worse.

The selling points for crypto assets used to be that they weren’t correlated to other assets classes and therefore would provide diversification from conventional holdings of shares and bonds and also provide a hedge against inflation. It turns out none of those previous investor convictions has proven true.

Crypto’s $2.2 trillion meltdown rings alarm bells

How to beat tax cheating oligarchs

I addressed a meeting of the European Parliament sub-committee on Tax Matters today, addressing the issue of how Russian oligarchs abuse tax systems to avoid
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 Homeland Security’s “Disinformation Board” is Even More Pernicious Than it Seems Glenn Greenwald. “There is no conceivable circumstance in which a domestic law enforcement agency like DHS should be claiming the power to decree truth and falsity.”

The Data Broker Tracking Abortion Clinic Visits Is Also Selling to the CDC Vice. Commentary on SafeGraph, the broker

WHO says 15 million deaths linked to Covid-19, almost three times the official toll France24

34 Volunteers Chose to Get Covid. Here’s What Scientists Learned Bloomberg. Did they correct the sample for IQ deficiency?

Do welfare payments limit crime?

The effect of SSI removal on criminal justice involvement persists more than two decades later, even as the effect of removal on contemporaneous SSI receipt diminishes. In response to SSI removal, youth are twice as likely to be charged with an illicit income-generating offense than they are to maintain steady employment at $15,000/year in the labor market. As a result of these charges, the annual likelihood of incarceration increases by a statistically significant 60% in the two decades following SSI removal. The costs to taxpayers of enforcement and incarceration from SSI removal are so high that they nearly eliminate the savings to taxpayers from reduced SSI benefits.


The increase in charges is concentrated in offenses for which income generation is a primary motivation (60% increase), especially theft, burglary, fraud/forgery, and prostitution.

That is from a new NBER working paper by Manasi Deshpande and Michael G. Mueller-Smith.