Friday, May 03, 2024

Bob Carr to sue NZ foreign minister for calling him a ‘Chinese puppet’ - AI could kill off most call centres

“What on earth does he think he’s doing walking into our country and telling us what to do?” Peters told Radio New Zealand. “We would no more do that in Australia than he should do here. That’s the kind of arrogance we don’t like.”

“I’m sure Bob Carr, as a seasoned politician, understands the rough and tumble of politics.”

Bob Carr says he will sue New Zealand Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters for defamation after Peters accused the former foreign minister of being a Chinese puppet.

New Zealand’s Labour opposition has called for Peters to be stood down over the comments, accusing him of embarrassing the country.

Bob Carr to sue NZ foreign minister for calling him a ‘Chinese puppet’

AI could kill off most call centres

Cyber governance at firm level helps to reduce the risks

A million Australian pubgoers wake up to find personal info listed on leak site

Police arrest Sydney man for blackmail over major data breach affecting up to 1 million NSW and ACT residents IT provider Outabox, used by dozens of hospitality venues, blamed an ‘unauthorised third party’ for the breach

NSW Fair Trading launches inquiry into strata management company Netstrata following ABC investigation

According to a report authored by the New South Wales government, of the 642 strata buildings that were covered by their research, 53 per cent had serious defects in the six years following their construction. 35 per cent of respondents stated their building had no serious defects and 12 per cent said they didn’t know.

Dire warning for Aussies in apartments

Australians are losing $5,200 per minute to scammers. There's a way to cut that, but so far the government isn't keen

Woolworths shuts system after Everyday Rewards customers fall victim to 'sophisticated scam'

Julius Kivimäki obtained them after breaking into the databases of Finland's largest psychotherapy company, Vastaamo.

Hacker jailed for blackmailing therapy patients


Oral Argument in Supreme Court Case on Trump Immunity Discussing the Defraud / Klein Conspiracy 

Weekly SSRN Tax Article Review And Roundup: Speck Reviews Elkins's Rules, Standards, And The Value Of Certainty In Tax Law

World’s billionaires should pay minimum 2% wealth tax, say G20 ministers Guardian


Little boy mistakes multimillionaire for homeless man and they end becoming good friends Upworthy. The deck: “The boy got to keep his dollar and gain a friend.”

D.C. Tax Profs Celebrate Tax Day

America's Failure To Rescue Parents: A Narrative Of Inequitable Tax "Reform"

In German schools: Children convert to Islam out of fear Bild (furzy). “Fear” seems to be an exaggeration. “Desire to fit in” looks more accurate.

Western countries and their allies are home to one seventh of the world’s population – but account for some two thirds of global military spending. As the arms industry gains weight in Germany, economists predict “guns without butter German Foreign Policy 

Why I Don’t Invest in Real Estate Tomas Pueyo 

Are My Neighbors Job Killers? Les Leopold 

Court Upholds New York Law That Says ISPs Must Offer $15 Broadband ars technica

TO BE FAIR, IF YOU’RE LIVING NEAR GREEN SPACE YOU’RE PROBABLY RICHER:  Study suggests that living near green spaces reduces the risk of depression and anxiety.

But it does suggest that advocates of high-density urban living may be in effect advocating for depression and anxiety. Of course, maybe that’s not a bug, but a feature:  Neurosis and the Curley Effect.

Reading all of these pieces I’m seeing a story that goes something like this: Depressed, neurotic people (especially single women) are more likely to support Democrats. Democrats support policies and messaging that produce more depressed, neurotic people, especially single women.

Now maybe this is an accident, but maybe it isn’t. Enter the “Curley Effect.” As this Harvard paper notes, “James Michael Curley, a four-time mayor of Boston, used wasteful redistribution to his poor Irish constituents and incendiary rhetoric to encourage richer citizens to emigrate from Boston, thereby shaping the electorate in his favor. As a consequence, Boston stagnated, but Curley kept winning elections. . . . We call this strategy—increasing the relative size of one’s political base through distortionary, wealth-reducing policies—the Curley effect. But it is hardly unique to Curley.”

Making the populace (especially women) more fearful, depressed, and neurotic is undoubtedly bad for societal wealth and happiness. But does it yield votes for Democrats? Clearly yes. Are they doing it on purpose?