Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Banshee of Phoenixing et al

"Gural: An old man’s mind is a mountain, each memory a milk-washed bell. It’s true, God holds the future, which is uncertain and unknown, so let him hold it. But the old man holds the past…No god can summon it before him and rearrange it at his will…[To] an old man, a day from fifty years back [is] as loud as another not even a fortnight old. And so the gods grow jealous of the old man. They hold the Cup of Lethe to his lips. His feet grow weak…and gone is the old man’s strength to ring the bells.”

—Grandfather to the youth. Miroslav Penkov–STORK MOUNTAIN

Ad hoc Headlines
Tax fraud accused Jay Onley a regular referrer to Sydney liquidators - Sydney Insolvency News

'I was just a guinea pig to them': single mum reveals recruitment to fraud racket | The Scone Advocate

IdentisearchCourt documents reveal that the Law Society of NSW has been trying for years to get Mr Dev Menon, Clamenz partner Daniel Clarke and another colleague, Peter Webb, struck off for misconduct. On 10 occasions, the Roads and Traffic Authority handed over rego details on the strict condition that they were to be used in legal proceedings related to car accidents.
However, none of the cars had been involved in accidents. The trio instead passed the details on to a debt recovery company Identisearch, the Law Society claimed.

They said the investigation was irrational and illogical and "so unreasonable that no reasonable decision maker could have made it".
Lawyer linked to tax-fraud scam also accused over car rego scheme

Not a new scam

Mr Gleeson said "the current scam regrettably is not a new scam – it is a bigger scam of what has been going on for many years".
He said that regulators needed to clamp down on the network of pre-insolvency advisers that often drove phoenix activity, as well as the directors participating in it.

BRUCE RIEDEL: Saudis Tie Themselves to an Unpredictable U.S. President

Police probe UK links to Magnitsky money

Coming clean on the dirty secrets of tax havens

“In this life that sometimes seems to be a vast, ill-defined landscape without signposts, amid all of the vanishing lines and the lost horizons, we hope to find reference points, to draw up some sort of land registry so as to shake the impression that we are navigating by chance. So we forge ties, we try to find stability in the chance encounters.”

Norman Podhoretz was everywhere: Arendt’s New Year’s Eve party, Capote’s Black and White Ball. He was the wonder boy of the name-dropping circuit. Then he was cast out... Name Dropping likem Jozef Imrich or Margo Osmond 

Pulitzer prize winner blocked from Facebook after series of ‘corruption facts’ posts Times of Malta (Chuck L). Nothing like having good old Faceborg stand behind corrupt officials!

Forged Under Fire—Bob Mueller and Jim Comey’s Unusual Friendship Washingtonian. Note pub date. Martha r: “A beautiful story of a historic friendship (/s).”

News from the Profession. Your Technology Disorder Has a Name (Megan Lewczyk, Going Concern)

Anthony Capetola on May 16, 2017 – Sales and Orders Blog: “This is new and we only just noticed it in Merchant Center. It seems as though Google quietly rolled out the Beta for Purchases on Google. Access to the request form can be found in Merchant Center Programs in your Merchant Center account. Additionally, you can find the request form here.”

The Accountant’s Obsession with BMWs Cost Him His Family, His Freedom, and His CPA License (NYSSPA). “I need to tell you both something. My wife left me. My kids won’t talk to me. I lost my job. I embezzled almost a half a million dollars because I’m addicted to BMWs, and have been hiding them all over the state. I’ll probably be going to prison soon.”

Roger McEowen, Insights Into Handling IRS Disputes. Gleanings from a day spent by Tax Court Judge Paris at Washburn Law School

TaxGrrrl,My Mother’s Maiden Name Is Cumberbatch Hrovakova  (And Other Lies I Tell For The Sake Of Security). “When information gleaned from social media sites can be matched to other data – say, from a recent hack or breach – it’s incredibly valuable. It can be used not only to access your existing financial accounts but also to open new accounts in your name.”

Seeing an "irresistible opportunity to poke fun at an already ridiculous world," a UK television station launches "The Fake News Show" this week. You can watch the trailer here

The Bank Competition Myth

Why banks should not be considered to be private enterprises

'Fuelling a mental health crisis': Instagram worst social network for young people's mental health

Instagram has been ranked as the worst social networking app when it comes to its impact on young people's mental health, according to a new survey published by the Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) in the UK.

Power Corrupts and Makes Leaders Butt of All Jokes

Everyone freaking out, it's a GLOBE
You can see the continents
Just a conclave of powerful men laying hands on fragile globe ☯

'One orb to rule them all': image of Donald Trump and glowing globe perplexes Media dragons ... And the internet

Photo taken at opening of anti-extremism centre draws comparisons to Hydra, the villainous comic book organisation bent on world domination

May 22, 2017

Dev brings to Clamenz Lawyers years of experience in tax, insolvency and transactional matters. His innovative approach to tax is highly reputable throughout the industry and he has been involved in many prominent tax and insolvency matters. He is also heavily involved in developing Clamenz Lawyers in-house tax structures as well as handling complex corporate and commercial matters.
Dev has previously worked in tax for KPMG and an investment bank. He was also involved and has interests in a start up oil and gas pipeline company, an investment company and a wholesale business. He has previously advised numerous companies in a diverse range of industries. He brings a wealth of professional services and business experience to the firm.
Dev has also been involved in numerous landmark transactions and cases. Dev has advised on matters such as:
  • Payroll tax issues
  • Corporate tax issues
  • International tax transactions
  • Complex insolvency transactions
  • Merger & acquisition transactions
  • Complex corporate restructuring
  • Asset protection solutions

He graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting) and a Bachelor of Laws from Macquarie University after which he completed the Chartered Accounting Program as well as numerous other qualifications including his PS146.

Dev Menon former KPMG Master of the World

Monday, May 22, 2017

Not everyone is using social media dragons

Tosten Burks – GOOD – How reporters around the world risk their lives for the truth : Why The Media Isn’t The ‘Enemy’

SO IT’S LIKE SLEEPING WITH UNIT 180, THEN: Single mosquito bite might be enough to transmit multiple viruses, study finds

"Despite the seeming ubiquity of social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter, many in Europe, the U.S., Canada, Australia and Japan do not report regularly visiting social media sites. But majorities in all of the 14 countries surveyed say they at least use the internet. Social media use is relatively common among people in Sweden, the Netherlands, Australia and the U.S.

ANALYSIS: Vlado as Triple agent or just best ever KGB player Putin calls flap over Trump’s meeting with Russian diplomats ‘political schizophrenia’
The Kremlin has ridiculed the flap in the U.S. over allegations of possible collusion between members of Trump’s campaign during his run for the White House and the president’s seemingly cozy relations with Putin. Moscow has denied meddling in U.S. elections and political affairs.
Putin warned that the United States’ anti-Russian rhetoric could backfire.
“You know what surprises me? They are destabilizing the internal political situation in the United States under anti-Russian slogans,” Putin said, according to Tass. “They either do not understand that they are harming their own country, which means they are just shortsighted, or they understand everything, and that means that they are dangerous and unscrupulous people.”

The Importance of Truth Workers in an Era of Factual Recession, Alison Head and John Wihbey: “In our post-truth world, the evaluation of knowledge has become a perfunctory process facilitated by the ease of the one-search interface. Many of us, not only students, 
have become a nation of Google searchers looking for instantaneous matches of facts and figures rather than thoroughly interrogating the veracity of the information we find online, and reflecting on how it informs our thoughts, beliefs, and opinions…”

Last month, The Intercept published “Trial and Terror,” a database of – and series of stories about – the 796 people prosecuted for international terrorism by the United States since the attacks of September 11, 2001. To accompany the database, Moiz Syed, a data journalist 
and designer at The Intercept, developed a visualization to convey details of the cases, including the most common charges, terrorist affiliation and prosecution location, as well as individual profiles of the defendants. Storybench spoke with Syed about the tools he used to analyze the data, his news organization’s approach to mobile design, and the importance of sharing this kind of data resource…”

“James Daunt, chief executive of Waterstones, contends that the resurgence of the physical book is real and sustainable. Furthermore, a focus on the book as object of desire has been central to his turnaround of Waterstones. This has not only seen the firm return to profit, but has made the shops, once dim grey halls of cheap paperbacks, ziggurats of three for twos and mountains of celebrity cookbooks, things of beauty in themselves, as cleverly curated and carefully atmospheric as Daunt’s eponymous London bookshops. “A very large part of the way I sell books has been about how you present them, how you bring the customer to them and exploit the tactile sense of a physical book. We’ve changed the furniture at Waterstones to make that happen. We have smaller tables with more focused displays. Everything is aimed at persuading people to pick things up, trying to catch their eye, making bookshops a place where you discover beautiful things.”

Beginning in the 1980s, Washington and New York City newsrooms began to be dominated by people who had the same backgrounds; for the most part they went to the same Ivy League journalism schools, where they made the right contacts and connections to get their jobs.
Yes, elite networks are a thing not just in law schools, as “Hillbilly Elegy” author J.D. Vance so aptly described of his experiences in law school. They also exist in Ivy League or elite journalism schools.
And the journalists who came from working-class roots found it in their best interest to adopt the conventional, left-of-center views that were filling the halls of newsrooms.
In short, after a while you adopt the culture you exist in either out of survival or acceptance or a little of both. Or you really just wanted to shed your working-class roots for a variety of reasons: shame, aspiration, ascension, etc.
That does not make them bad people – aspiration is the heart of the American Dream — but it did begin the decline of connection between elite journalism institutions such as the New York Times and the Washington Post and the rest of the country.
So when fewer and fewer reporters shared the same values and habits of many of their consumers, inferences in their stories about people of faith and their struggles squaring gay marriage or abortion with their belief systems were picked up by the readers.
Pro-tip, don’t think people can’t pick up an inference, even the most subtle, in the written word. It is as evident as a news anchor rolling his eyes at someone on his panel he doesn’t agree with.
Same goes for job losses, particularly in coal mines or manufacturing. News reports filled with how those job losses help the environment are not going to sit well with the person losing their job. Also: Just because they have a job that faces an environmental challenge does not mean they hate the environment.
For 20 years these news organizations, along with CBS, NBC and ABC, were the only game in town. They served as gatekeepers of information, and as their newsrooms became more and more detached from the center of the country, consumers began to become detached from them.
And then along came the Internet. Not only were different sources now available, but news aggregators such as Drudge made it easy to find things giving everyone access to “alternative facts.”
The universe of information expanded, and it became clear that what Peter Jennings, Dan Rather or the New York Times told consumers was not the whole story, and if you were a conservative (and a plurality of Americans self-identify as center right) you lost all trust in the mainstream media.