Monday, November 22, 2021

How much of your life will you lose by going back to the office? Try our calculator.

 How much of your life will you lose by going back to the office? Try our calculator. - Washington Post: “In 2019, Americans spent an average of about one hour commuting to and from work each day. That may not have seemed like a big deal before the pandemic, but it has become a hard sell for many who’ve worked from home for more than a year now and learned that the show went on just fine from a distance. Here’s a calculator to help you measure the time suck of commuting in your life. Let’s get started: Before the pandemic, roughly how long did you spend commuting roundtrip each day?..”

Stephen Utz (Connecticut), Boz Among the Radicals: Charles Dickens and Tax Reform, 2 British Tax Rev. 221 (2021):

Taxes on consumption items necessary for subsistence burdened the British middle and workings classes heavily throughout the early nineteenth century. The Weekly True Sun urged the Whig government to replace the window tax, not with a house tax, but with an income tax, and urged taxpayers to refuse to pay the window tax. Charles Dickens transcribed the seditious libel trial of the True Sun editors when he was very young and later remembered the Whig indecision on tax policy in a strongly negative editorial of his own. This article describes how Dickens played a prominent role in tax reform that followed.


Online portal myGov has been hit by a widespread outage affecting some of its member services.

A representative for the government agency confirmed the outage in a tweet just before 2.30pm today.

Widespread outage hits myGov website

Volcanoes hastened Chinese dynasties’ collapse, researchers call it a warning. A robust, rich, high-technology civilization spanning multiple planets is much more resistant to catastrophes.

Kyle Rittenhouse Acquitted on All Counts: Live Updates New York Times 

The Rittenhouse Verdict Glenn Greenwald

The Rittenhouse Verdict is Only Shocking if You Followed the Last Year of Terrible Reporting Matt Taibbi

 The Foundations of Disinformation and Misinformation

“America is in a crisis of trust and truth. Bad information has become as prevalent, persuasive, and persistent as good information, creating a chain reaction of harm. It makes any health crisis more deadly. It slows down response time on climate change. It undermines democracy.  The Aspen Institute’s Commission on Information Disorder was created to address these conditions. Co-chaired by award-winning journalist Katie Couric, cybersecurity expert Chris Krebs, and civil rights leader Rashad Robinson, the Commission is composed of a diverse group from across the political spectrum, representing academia, government, philanthropy, and civil society. Over the course of six months, commissioners held internal discussions and heard from experts, community leaders, academics, researchers, tech industry representatives, and lawmakers to understand and explore the multidimensional attributes of information disorder. The Commission’s Final Report is the culmination of that in-depth investigation. Offering a viable framework for action, it makes 15 recommendations for how government, private industry, and civil society can help to increase transparency and understanding, build trust, and reduce harms.