Monday, September 13, 2021

John Watkins on Birds: The five best Faulkner books? The roof of the literary world

 The five best Faulkner books?

The Brush Turkeys have found, like the Ibis, that living in Sydney is worth the effort. Presumably, climate change will see their steady southward migration jump the Victorian border, COVID or not.

With their glossy black coats, fetching red and yellow collars and fussy demeanour they should do well in Melbourne.

Birds of a pandemic: John Watkins AM, a former MP who served as Deputy Premier of NSW

Meanwhile in south-west Sydney, he has been working night and day, seven days a week, to protect the lives of his diverse community.

"Medicine is not just a job,"  says his daughter Nemat Kharboutli. "It is another mode of expressing his sincerity to social justice."

Jamal Rifi gives up his front yard and retirement plans to fight COVID-19 in heart of Sydney Delta strain outbreak

IF THIS IS TRUE, I HAVE WASTED A LOT OF TIME:  Weight Lifting Is a Waste of Time: So Is Cardio, and There’s a Better Way to Have the Body You Want.

What do Germans fear the most? Deutsche Welle

How Facebook Undermines Privacy Protections for Its 2 Billion WhatsApp Users ProPublica

Americans warier of US government surveillance: AP-NORC poll AP

Bill Henderson (Indiana), Moneyball For Law Firm Associates: A 15-Year Retrospective:

Moneybal Book CoverIn April of 2006, more than 15 years ago, I wrote a memo to file that would go on to exert a disproportionately large impact on my thinking and career, albeit many of the lessons took years to come into focus and were far from what I expected.

The topic was Moneyball as applied to law firm associates—in essence, sketching out the data and methodology necessary to identify under and overvalued attributes of law firm associates, akin to the selection methods used by Oakland Athletics in the famous book by Michael Lewis

How transmissible is Delta?

How do tax havens work?

Posted on September 2 2021

In this third video in a series on tax havens I look at how tax havens work. As I explained in the first video in
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What are tax havens used for?

Posted on September 1 2021

In this, the second in a series of five videos on tax havens, I look at what tax havens are now used for. Because of
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L.A.’s Affordable Housing Programs Leave Low-Income Renters in the Dark Capital & Main

Dallas Fed’s Robert Kaplan Was Active Buyer and Seller of Stocks Last Year WSJ

Incoming Lt. Gov. Brian Benjamin Owns Insider Stock in Firm That Arranges Sky-High Interest Loans The City

The Capitol Police Said Jan. 6 Unrest On Capitol Grounds Would Be “Highly Improbable”

BuzzFeedNews: “BuzzFeed News has exclusively obtained the permits Capitol Police issued for protests on Capitol grounds for Jan. 6 — a rare window into a secretive organization and its most consequential day. The chief of the Capitol Police and its top intelligence officer personally approved permits for six demonstrations to be held on Jan. 6, 2021, despite signs that one of the applications was filed for an organization that didn’t exist and that five of them were a proxy for a group staging large, violent protests across the country…” [Note – copies of redacted documents are included with this article.]

When a Virus Strikes, Can the World Pause Its Wars? The Wire

‘I will not stay silent’: WHO chief seeks moratorium on Covid vaccine booster doses till end of 2021 Scroll

Expertise Unheeded Inference

New Zealand Prime Minister Not Mad Just Disappointed in Covid-19 Patient Having Sex at Hospital Gizmodo

Novavax begins early-stage trial for combined flu/Covid vaccine NBC

WA Budget reveals $5.6 billion surplus but no border reopening date, delays to infrastructureABC News (Australia)

The Race to Vaccinate Vietnam Weekly



GERARD VAN DER LEUN: The Wind in the Heights.

The last two jets into New York airspace that morning would be the last for weeks to come. In New York, you become so used to the sound of jets overhead in New York that you don’t really hear them. What you did hear on that day was the silence of their absence. When the sound of jets came back later that afternoon it was not the sound of passenger jets but of F-16 fighters, and we were glad to hear them.

But in that mid-morning, all we could see and think about were the souls trapped in the twin torches about a quarter of a mile away from us on the other side of the East River.

At a certain point in that timeless time, you noticed that specks were arcing out from the sides of the buildings from just above or just below or just within the part that was in flames. Looking again you saw that the specks were people leaping from the building and plunging down the sides to disappear behind the shorter buildings that ringed the towers. You tried to imagine what must have been going on in the offices and rooms of that building that made leaping from 100 floors or more above the ground the “better” option, but you didn’t have that kind of space left in your imagination. And so you looked on and watched them leap and distantly, silently fall, locked within that morning that had no time, in which all of what you had known, believed, and trusted in came, at once and forever, to a sudden frozen halt.

And then the first tower came down.

We’ve all seen, most of us on television, what happened next. We’ve all seen the dropping of the top floors into the smoke and then the shuddering impact and then the rolling and immense cloud of ash that exploded up the island of Manhattan overtaking thousands running north and laying thick slabs of ash over everything in its wake. The tape was played and replayed until, by order or consensus, it stopped being played. World Trade Center and north up the island — center stage in death’s carnival on that day.

The smoking gun on Anthony Fauci? The Spectator