Monday, September 27, 2021

How our culture and our government gave too much power to Facebook.

  Has the pandemic made you rethink your career or deeply question the role of work in your life? If so, you're not alone.

Here comes the Great Resignation. Why millions of employees could quit their jobs post-pandemic

Queensland Deputy Premier Steven Miles slams Scott Morrison as the 'master of distraction' over border comments in Washington DC

Break out the lifeboats and prepare for a river of crocodile tears in the next few months as we gear up for a federal election.

It has become something of a ritual. Every three years, housing suddenly becomes a red-hot political issue.

Why the Reserve Bank and government are in no mood to rein in property prices in booming market

Finding the right work-life balance is by no means a new issue in our society. But the tension between the two has been heightened by the pandemic, with workers increasingly dwelling over the nature of their work, its meaning and purpose, and how these affect their quality of life

Studies suggest people are leaving or planning to leave their employers in record numbers in 2021 – a “great resignation” that appears to have been precipitated by these reflections. But if we’re all reconsidering where and how work slots into our lives, what should we be aiming at?

Work-life balance: what really makes us happy might surprise you


The tax office is ramping up its crackdown on companies using legal professional privilege to avoid scrutiny of their tax affairs, revealing a tough draft policy that would target the big four consulting firms.

It comes as the ATO wages a landmark court case against PwC in an attempt to gain access to swaths of documents related to the firm’s work for meat production giant JBS over which it has  allegedly incorrectly  claimed privilege.

According to the ATO, dozens of audits of major multinationals have been interrupted by ”reckless or baseless [privilege] claims in an attempt to withhold facts and evidence from the commissioner” in recent years.

But the legal industry’s premier member body, the Law Council of Australia, has already slammed the draft proposals as “overreaching” and pledged to push back on “incursions against privilege”.

Big four consultancies targeted by ATO draft legal privilege reform

How our culture and our government gave too much power to Facebook.

Facebook rebukes WSJ over investigation on the platform’s ability to harm, ‘toxic’ impact
Source: ZDNet

Massive Troll Farms Revealed to Be Operating on Facebook

A report has found that troll farms, dedicated to peddling misinformation, were able to reach over 100 million Americans.

Speaker, Dorothea Salo (who is a librarian) – How Do We Not Be Facebook? University of Wisconsin-Superior

Les plans to turn his country pub into a haven for creative people

Only half of the people who lost jobs during COVID are going back to work Business Insider

One who dares wins! SAS needs more posh officers amid influx of working-class recruits because public schools instil the leadership skills required, soldiers say Daily Mail


COVID-19 Has Killed About As Many Americans As The 1918-19 Spanish Flu Pandemic

The pandemic still has the United States and other parts of the world firmly in its jaws.

Australian police fire rubber bullets to clear demonstration at Melbourne’s war memorial as third day of rallies by anti-vaxxers turns violent Daily Mail 

Landlords Use Secret Algorithms to Screen Potential Tenants. Find Out What They’ve Said About You. Pro Publica


Amazon’s AI Cameras Are Punishing Drivers for Mistakes They Didn’t Make Vice


The Rise of Occupy Wall Street: The Movement Moment That Revived The U.S. Left Independent


The Occupy Wall Street spirit is alive and kicking on Reddit and other social-media platforms MarketWatch


Building a Vision of the Good Life Monthly Review

Andrew Marnell, 41, who resides in the Beverly Grove neighborhood, pleaded guilty to one count of bank fraud and one count of money laundering.

West L.A. Man Pleads Guilty to Fraudulently Obtaining Approximately $9 Million in COVID-Relief Loans, Some of Which Was Gambled Away

Saturday’s good reading and listening for the weekend 

What people in other forums are saying about public policy