Links

Business

04/02/2016: Ann Jones from TomDispatch/Nation, published in Salon writes: ‘American capitalism has failed us: We’re overworked, underemployed and more powerless than ever before’.

27/02/2015: Robert Kuttner on Moyers.com argues that free markets are flawed in ‘The Libertarian Delusion’. Also at The American Prospect

23/02/2015: Sharmini Peries of The Real News Network in a story re-published by Alternet comments on ‘How Banks Help the Super-Rich Hide Over $20 Trillion in Offshore Accounts’.

13/02/2015: Michael West, Sydney Morning Herald, ‘Tax haven explosion puts hole in corporate tax’ explores the lies in government and accountancy firms helping to cover up tax evasion.

10/02/2015: Salon’s Elias Isquith interviews Brown University’s Professor Mark Blyth on his polemical dimissal of austerity policies as ‘horseshit’ in his book Austerity: The History of a Dangerous Idea. Also at Alternet

10/02/2015: MIT Technology Review looks at how ‘Data Mining Reveals a Global Link Between Corruption and Wealth”.

03/02/2015: Nigel Lake of the Pottinger consultancy writes ‘Australia is in crisis’ for Australian Business Insider to describe what he regards as a timidity to invest by Australian business.

29/03/2009: MBA: Mostly bloody awful, ABC. ABC Sunday Extra reporter Stephen Crittenden examines the failure of the MBA through the eyes of some leading business academics and others.

Culture

23/07/2015: Jeff Rouner for Houston Press rants about ‘opinions’ that are just wrong.

14/05/2015: Open Library of Humanities on the destruction of liberal education by economic vandalism as mode of thought in ‘CFP: The Abolition of the University: Deadline: Nov 1st, 2015’.

23/02/2015: Ian Parker for The New Yorker on Apple designer Sir Jonathan Ive ‘The Shape of Things to Come’.

22/02/2015: Ryan Broderick of The Daily Dot (The Kernel) blasts male internet arrogance in ‘We must bulldoze what’s left of the nerdy white men’s Internet’.

14/02/2015: Stephen Marche, New York Times ‘The Epidemic of Facelessness’ looks at the dehumanisation that occurs when faces are invisible, particularly online.

13/02/2015: NPR ‘A Black Mississippi Judge’s Breathtaking Speech To 3 White Murderers’ Includes a sentencing speech about a trial I commented on in a thread on Google Plus.

05/02/2015: Business Insider Australia’s Rob Price reports on ‘A Wikipedia editor has made 47,000 edits manually to correct one simple grammar error’.

27/01/2015: Jonathan Chait for New York Magazine, ‘Not a Very P.C. Thing to Say: How the language police are perverting liberalism.’ refers to recent campus politics in the USA to critique politically correct impulses as ideological aboslutism.

26/01/2015: Janet Allon for AlterNet, ‘WATCH: Chomsky Blasts ‘American Sniper’ and the Media that Glorifies It’ describes Chomsky’s condemnation of Obama assassination policy. Links to video of Baffler function where Chomsky spoke.

24/01/2015: Seth Stephens-Davidowitz, New York Times writes on dishonesty about sex and Google research.

21/01/2015: Tim Gregg writing for the Sydney Morning Herald says that his experiences in Germany lead him to dismiss a link between alcohol and violence as causal rather than incidental to a culture of violence merely exacerbated by drunkenness.

14/01/2015: ‘How secular family values stack up’, LA Times Professor Phil Zuckerman explains how a longitudinal study has revealed solid ethical foundations in secular families.

14/01/2015: Has America gone crazy?, Salon. Ann Jones explains to Americans why others think the country has gone nuts.

1/12/2014: Hua Hsu for The New Yorker, ‘The Civility Wars’, describes an American academic spat about civility used as censorship.

14/09/2014: ‘Wild Words, Brain Worms, and Civility’, New York Times. Paul Krugman comments on why calls for civility aren’t always reasonable in rational debates.

23/10/2014: Alanna Vagianos for The Huffington Post, ’30 Shocking Domestic Violence Statistics That Remind Us It’s An Epidemic’, describes statistics about battered US women.

22/10/2013: Tom Simonite for MIT Technology Review presents a critique of Wikipedia.

23/06/2013: Nicholas Schmidle for the New Yorker, ‘In the crosshairs’ about the real ‘American Sniper’.

27/05/2013: Pierre Levy writes on his blog that Wikipedia contains epistemological assumptions that may contaminate it against its own rules.

2011: Mathieu O’Neill for Journal of Peer Production presents a scholarly paper on the weaknesses of Wikipedia.

29/06/2007: Michiko Kakutani, New York Times book review of Andrew Keen’s The Cult of the Amateur, which disparages internet subversion of culture and intellect.

05/01/2005: Republication of Whittaker Chambers’s 1957 review of Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged in The National Review, which savaged her as a ‘bumptious’ exponent of extremism.

24/10/2005: The Guardian presented reviews of Wikipedia articles by selected ‘experts’, scoring articles on a scale of 0-10.

1995: Alfred Hamori describes ‘The Legends of the Garden of Eden and The Angels, in which a lot of the linguistics behind the names of angels are described and traced.

c. 1989-1991: Noam Chomsky rebuts Faurrison Affair crtiques in a letter to Lawrence K Kolodney.

28/02/1981: Noam Chomsky, writing for The Nation defends his role in the Faurisson Affair against doctrinaire attacks on his defence of free speech.

Politics

09/12/2016: Australian Government Department of Social Services Guide to Social Security Law discusses the application of law to private administrators of unemployment and other payment-related welfare programmes. Similar guidelines published by the Department of Employment, shwoing that many Jobactive providers probably do not comply with guidelines on offering customised assistance.

10/02/2016: Yanis Varoufakis interviewed by Newsweek. Talks about ‘Democracy in Europe Movement 2025 (DiEM25) and related issues.

05/02/2016: Labor senator Sam Dastyari claims 10 companies have taken control of Australian politics. Names banks, resource companies, and Telstra.

29/01/2016: Elizabeth Warren editortialises in The New York Times about a poor record of prosecuting white collar crimes and why demanding better is a worthy effort.

11/10/2015: Royce Millar and Ben Schneiders of The Age report that untraceable gift cards were used to branch stack Bill Shorten’s local power base.

18/09/2015: Anne Kingston for Maclean’s reporting on deliberate Canadian attempts to erase history in removing and destroying public information in a strange Year Zero strategy by Canada’s conservatives.

15/09/2015: Tony Abbott on the ABC: resignation speech after losing leadership to Malcolm Turnbull. Repeats maiden speech prayer.

28/07/2015: Mary Gearin for ABC News reports on Yanis Varoufakis’s ‘covert plan to hack Greece finance ministry’s software if country left eurozone’.

08/07/2015: Christian Salmon for Mediapart reports an anonymous interview with a senior Greek civcil servant recounting arrogance and bullying as the relentless strategy of the European financial technocracy in trying to throw Greece out of the Eurozone.

15/06/2015: Australian Human Rights Commision President Gillian Triggs, reprinted in The Guardian. The Alice Tay lecture in law and human rights. Examining the erosion of Magna Carta common law by autocratic governments.

March 2015: Graeme Wood for The Atlantic writes about ‘What ISIS Really Wants’.

25/02/2015: Emma Griffiths for the ABC reports that ‘Scott Morrison flags ‘incremental’ introduction of “necessary” welfare changes’, but an intention to move slowly in reponse to oppotion for dramatic, rapid reforms.

22/02/2015: Paul Rosenberg for Salon on ‘The South’s true face of hate: Oozing nonsense from demented and influential corners of religious right’. Also at Alternet.

20/02/2015: Thom Hartmann for Alternet examines plutocracy at work in the matijuana market: ‘How Right-Wingers in One State Are Trying to Give Elites Control of the Marijuana Industry’.

03/02/2015: The Guardian’s Jason Wilson writes ‘ The rightwing reaction to Queensland shows they want to rule, not govern’ as a review of columnist misinterpretation of the Queensland State election and public perceptions of Abbott’s Coalition government.

03/02/2015: Jason Easley for Politicus USA: ‘Bernie Sanders Obliterates The Republican Job Creator Myth At Senate Hearing’ quotes the Senator at length on job creation myths.

26/01/2015: Mattathias Schwartz for the New Yorker, ‘The whole haystack”, on the pros and cons of NSA claims it needs access to all citizens’ phone records to fight terrorism.

20/01/2015: Barack Obama’s 2015 State of the Union on Medium asking to tax the wealthy, among other things.

18/01/2015: Paul Krugman, New York Times on why facts don’t determine policy positions in the USA.

16/01/2015: ‘Queensland Election 2015: Labor reveals economic plan’, Brisbane Times. Amy Remeikis on economic policies from ALP, LNP in Queensland election campaign.

17/06/2013: DNA, Topinfo presents the case for a conspiracy to cover up the facts begind the 9/11 attacks.

26/05/2011: Wayne Barrett for The daily Beast reports on Donald Trump’s corruption-tainted business partners.

11/10/1976: Robert Moore, Anchor of the ABC’s Monday Conference hosted Friedrich von Hayek.

Science

26/02/2015: Genelle Weule and Stuart Gary for the ABC report that ‘Monster black hole from early cosmos challenges physics’, citing Chinese sources suggesting anew physics is needed to explain the observations.

23/02/2015: Tom Chatfield for The Guardian explores ‘Why reading and writing on paper can be better for your brain’, a hypothesis that on-screen activities are less connected with thinking.

04/02/2015: Motherboard’s editor, Michael Byrne, writes ‘New Measurements Show that the Unrealest Part of Quantum Physics Is Very Real’ to explain the apparent duality of the universe.

27/01/2015: Adam Frank for NPR wrote in ‘The Most Dangerous Ideas In Science’ that there is a mounting tension in the sciences about theories which have no prospect of being proven right or wrong.

19/01/2015: Space Daily reports on the anthropic principle which suggests the parameters of physical laws must be as tightly constrained as they are to give rise to the life that can observe the universe.

03/11/2014: Cathal O’Connell from Cosmos explores scientific pursuit of parallel universes based on the idea that nanoparticles can appear to be in two places at once.

Technology

11/09/2015: Tim Wo for The New Yorker writes how copyright uncertainty and Google’s arrogance derailed Google Books.

Undated: The Gartner Hype Cycle, accessed in late 2014. Explains the idea of technology triggers for great expectations that plummet before finding a steady level of adoption.

Undated: WugFresh offers downloads and explanations for the ‘Nexus Root Toolkit v2.0.4’