Friday, September 01, 2017

Question Everything: Anyone Can Question Anyone Else

“Why would a thinker cast seeds on barren soil?” – Nigel Warburton

You may laugh now, thinking you have won, but you may not prevail in the end...

 “It’s funny, when it comes to memoir, we want to catch the author in a lie. When we read fiction, we want to catch the author telling the truth.” 

So you didn’t win Powerball. Don’t worry, you can still be happy Boston Globe

GST feud sparks "Waxit" secession push - Story on how the issue of GST distributions would affect Western Australia

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At Leichhardt in Sydney, for instance, branch staff were at their wits end. The team had been observing continual suspicious deposits, secret alarms linked to the IDMs were going off and machines were even jamming through over-use. The branch sent an email to the Group Security team on June 30, with the desperate subject header “Urgent!!!”.
“We have had people coming in and depositing about 5 times into account with $50 notes.. this is just short of $10,000.00 Then that night there is a transfer sent to china for just short of $50K. The person who is making the deposit would clearly know the process as sometimes they deposit into all different accounts until the ATM is full then leave,” the email said. “I believe that there should be other security measures in place as this is crazy.. if you review these people’s accounts they have sent millions and millions overseas!!” 

NOT REALLY.  ONLY WHEN READING/WATCHING POLITICS: Smarter people are more likely to use curse words.

Following up on last week's post on the op-ed by Amy Wax (Pennsylvania) & Larry Alexander (San Diego), Paying The Price For Breakdown Of The Country's Bourgeois Culture:

There are rare occasions ... in which the opinions expressed by another law professor display both a moral toxicity and an intellectual bankruptcy that require us to put collegiality aside, and to call out such opinions for what they are. Such is the case with the opinions expressed recently on by University of Pennsylvania law professor Amy Wax and University of San Diego law professor Larry Alexander. ...

Chill: Robots Won’t Take All Our Jobs WIRED. URL: “robots-will-not-take-

The Very Strange Indictment of Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s IT Scammers National Review

Identity Thieves Hijack Cellphone Accounts to Go After Virtual Currency NYT. Wait, now. Silicon Valley brainiacs forced me to give them my phone number for “two-factor identification,” and now hackers have stolen it?! To be fair, the phone was a dumb burner, but still….

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De Clarens stole one of the vital secrets of the war — Germany’s plans to build and test the V-1 and V-2 rocket bombs at Peenemünde. Her intelligence encouraged the British to bomb Peenemünde, delaying and disrupting the program, and “saving thousands of lives in the West,” said R. James Woolsey Jr., then CIA director, at a private ceremony at the agency in October 1993 honoring de Clarens.

Researchers from the Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) and Public Health (BUSPH) collaborated with a group of urologists in Germany to investigate the effects of long-term testosterone replacement therapy on urinary health and sexual function as well as quality of life in men with diagnosed, symptomatic testosterone deficiency. More than 650 men in their 50s and 60s enrolled in the study, some with unexplained testosterone deficiency and others with known genetic and auto-immune causes for their hypogonadism

“if the crisis has taught us anything then it is that there is an inherent instability in the financial system that we can’t really get rid of, so what we really have to do is make sure that the damage that the debt financial system can do to the rest of us is limited.”

Professor of Political Arithmetic, Daniel Mügge

“We’ve taken on the whole story narrative of mainstream economics, it has actually gone out and taken over the way the world is seen and people have become totally used to it, it is just the way we think. And we have to realise how it is constraining our thinking.”

Henry Leveson-Gower, Promoting Economic Pluralism

Original post here.

Further reading:
Question everything Brewster

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