Thursday, October 26, 2023

Cyber-thief Charles “Chaz” Littlejoh

Mark Twain knew all about forbidden fruits and freedom: “Adam was but human—this explains it all. He did not want the apple for the apple's sake, he wanted it only because it was forbidden. The mistake was in not forbidding the serpent; then he would have eaten the serpent”

Wollongong woman jailed for GST fraud

Record Keeping Error:!Millions in HECS debt wiped for thousands of Aussie students

Leaker of Trump Taxes Worked for Biden Beltway Donor That Just Won a Big New IRS Contract.. “The massive IRS theft is the third major breach of confidential and classified government information by Booz Allen contractors over the last decade . . . . Cyber-thief Charles “Chaz” Littlejohn was working on an IRS contract for Booz Allen in 2018 when he stole more than two decades of Trump’s personal tax records from IRS computers. He later leaked them to the New York Times, which published negative stories on Trump’s long-sought returns several weeks before the 2020 election, which Trump narrowly lost in a handful of battleground states.”

 The new words added to the Merriam-Webster dictionary last month include rizz, cromulent, vector graphics, rewild, jorts, non-player character, jump scare, finsta, beast mode, and thirst trap.

The Economist: "Although the official number of deaths caused by Covid-19 is now 7M, our single best estimate is that the actual toll is 27.1M people. We find that there is a 95% chance that the true value lies between 17.9M and 32.9M additional deaths."

Sandra Newman's Julia is a bold retelling of Orwell's 1984 from the perspective of Winston Smith's lover. From a review: "About halfway through, I began to feel more convinced by Julia's responses to this totalitarian state than I had ever been by Smith's".