If each city is like a game of chess, the day when I have learned the rules, I shall finally possess my empire, even if I shall never succeed in knowing all the cities it contains.
—Italo Calvino, Invisible Cities
We all dream of escaping. If not in our waking lives, then subsumed, interred – to reappear in our dreamlives, in the whorls and ditches of lakndscapes where we run in the howling wind and hide. Hide. But imagine escaping as Steve M... did?
Did it really have no meaning?
Well, I never thought I’d hear those words from you
Who needs a meaning anyway?
I’d settle any day for a very fine view.
Look past the tanned, laughing faces;
past the ease of friendship; past eyeliner
and braces, perfect skin free of worry lines.
hours since oyster boats slipped through the mouth
of the Potomac to dreg the bay’s beds.
gasoline pumps, a police boat swaying
chained to the pier, the waters much cleaner
and chemical froth choked out the rockfish,
suffocated the bivalves. Recovery can take years.
any gleam of silver from the waters. You set a sweating
glass down on the table, slip into a kind of grace
a body floats out of sight, one of the boys
who jumped from a boulder on a dare,
falling into the grey, swirling waters as miles
away skipjacks haul in nets heavy with mud,
could imagine her son lifted
by the cold hook as it drags along the bottom?
of the tragedies to come, just the realization
the gates of suffering are always open and ready
to a waxy smoothness, the body curled as it breaks
the surface, ready to sing out its wail of life.
Peter Hardy, here, has the great posting: The BSA Civil Penalty Regime: Reckless Conduct Can Produce “Willful” Penalties (Money Laundering Watch 8/1/18), here. Peter discusses the developments in the FBAR civil willfulness penalty context (often discussed on this blog) but says
[T]he point of this post is that the case law now being made in the FBAR and offshore account context will have direct application to more traditional Anti-Money Laundering (“AML”)/BSA enforcement actions, because the civil penalty statute being interpreted in the FBAR cases is the same provision which applies to claimed failures to maintain an adequate AML program and other violations of the BSA. Thus, the target audience of this post is not people involved in undisclosed offshore bank account cases, but rather people involved in day-to-day AML compliance for financial institutions, who may not realize that some missteps may be branded as “willful” and entail very serious monetary penalties, even if they were done without actual knowledge. This may be news to some, and it underscores in particular the risks presented by one the topics that this blog frequently has discussed: the potential AML liability of individuals.
JOHN LLOYD SIGNS OFFTap future APS leaders who can avoid PC 'group think': Lloyd
PARTING ADVICE: Mandarins need ways to tap the public sector leaders of tomorrow on the shoulder rather than wait patiently for the cream to rise to the top, thinks the departing APS chief.
Why Lloyd's APS supporters will miss him
ANALYSIS: When the APS Commissioner leaves his Parkes office for the last time tomorrow, there will be more than few public servants who will be sad to see him go – including union members.
Time to fix the federal Public Service Act
VERONA BURGESS: It is an absurdity that the PM can merely pick whoever he wants to be the commissioner – with no specified competitive process.