Friday, September 06, 2019

Against the Slippery Slope of Injustice

Once you’ve accepted your flaws, no one can use them against you.
― George R.R. Martin, A Game of Thrones

“Don’t be afraid to take a big step. You can’t cross a chasm in two small jumps.”

– David Lloyd George

Productivity has always been a pernicious slave driver..more more more for no other reason than to make more..consumerism with a whip..   via LM  Turns out, productivity is not all that it’s hyped up to be. Read our blog post to learn what people truly value. Tweeter Big Foot Treasure

Hostile Social Manipulation – Present Realities and Emerging Trends: “The role of information warfare in global strategic competition has become much more apparent in recent years. Today’s practitioners of what this report’s authors term hostile social manipulation employ targeted social media campaigns, sophisticated forgeries, cyberbullying and harassment of individuals, distribution of rumors and conspiracy theories, and other tools and approaches to cause damage to the target state. 

Inside Higher Ed, Secret Searches and Faculty Fury:

In recent years one of the greatest points of contention between faculty members and their institutions’ governing boards has been over the board’s arguably most important function: the search for and the selection of a president to lead the institution.

Throughout higher education, campus stakeholders are increasingly disapproving of and speaking publicly about searches conducted by their institution. One of the more frequent complaints is the growing tendency of governing boards to conduct a “secret search.” In these cases, those involved in the process keep the names of any potential candidates under wraps until an appointee is announced, or in other, similar cases, boards announce a sole finalist who will meet with campus leaders and get to know the institution before being officially appointed.

However, as these instances and the faculty outrage that often comes with them become more frequent, some more recent searches where multiple candidates have been announced before the board votes have not been without significant controversy. ...

Ancestor Worship with Mother Nature: How Indigenous Death Rituals Illuminate the Web of Life

“For almost all oral cultures… the body’s decomposition into soil, worms, and dust can only signify the gradual reintegration of one’s ancestors and elders into the living landscape, from which all, too, are born.”

Against the Slippery Slope of Injustice: Amanda Palmer Reads Wendell Berry’s Stunningly Prescient Poem “Questionnaire”

The road to moral hell is paved with gradual self-permission.

Against the Slippery Slope of Injustice: Amanda Palmer Reads Wendell Berry’s Stunningly Prescient Poem “Questionnaire”
“Under conditions of terror,” Hannah Arendt wrote in her classic treatise on the normalization of evil, “most people will comply but some people will not… No more is required, and no more can reasonably be asked, for this planet to remain a place fit for human habitation

Evidence of a widening gulf has become too copious to ignore. Last month, for example, a poll by the Allensbach Institute asked eastern Germans whether they saw democracy as practised in Germany as the best form of government. Only 31 per cent agreed. Two years ago, the figure was 53 per cent.
In western Germany, meanwhile, 72 per cent described democracy as the best form of government, broadly unchanged from two decades ago.
The same divergence shows up when Germans in both parts of the country are asked about their identity: 47 per cent of eastern Germans say they identify above all as eastern Germans, compared with only 44 per cent who feel simply German. This, too, is a sharp reversal from only a few years ago.
Also striking is the sheer persistence of specifically eastern German views and stereotypes: even 30 years after the fall of the wall (and with an east German chancellor, Angela Merkel, holding office since 2005), more than a third of eastern Germans describe themselves as “second-class citizens”.

Freud: The Mind of the Moralist, was published in 1959 under the name of Philip Rieff. For decades Susan Sontag claimed she wrote “every single word”... Fraud  

Always fear a man who has no power and no money! I’ll say more: it is best never to mix with people too different from ourselves. Even when they have no avowed evil intentions, their lives are bounded by their habits, and being an outsider, you run subtle dangers. There are many places and many kinds of people. I learned about it from old-timers. The wise thing is to flee from everything to which we do not belong. Keep the good far from the bad, the healthy far from the sick, the living far from the dead, the cold far from the hot, the rich far from the poor. Don’t neglect this rule, and hold on to the reins with both hands. Put gold in one hand and silver in the other, then close them tight so no one will see.

Fliers can sue over airport screener abuses -U.S. appeals court Reuters

Wendy’s Billionaire Owner Spurns Farmworkers While Profiting Off Pension Funds TruthOut
The camp that makes future millionaires BBC
The Unsustainability Of Inequality Nepal 24 Hours James Galbraith
The Trump NLRB’s Anti-Labor Day Capital & Main
Investigators seize enough fentanyl to kill 14 million people in massive drug bust CBS

Elon Musk and Jack Ma agree: The biggest problem the world will face is population collapse CNBC. Everything’s going according to plan!
How a Trump Tax Break to Help Poor Communities Became a Windfall for the Rich NYT (jerryb).
Black Socialists of America Is Putting Anti-Capitalism on the Map The Nation
If You’re Over 50, Chances Are the Decision to Leave a Job Won’t be Yours Pro Publica

ATO should interact more with accountants and less with small ...

Taxation watchdog calls for whistleblower protection; inter-agency ...

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The tax ombudsman wants greater powers to protect whistleblowers, award ... Such protection would include current and former ATO officials who make public

ATO's treatment of whistleblowers is 'scandalous', says submission .