Pluralistic: Brinkwhump Linkdump (02 Mar 2024)

Today’s links Brinkwhump Linkdump: A varied mixture for the weekend. This day in history: 2009, 2014, 2019 Colophon: Recent publications, upcoming/recent appearances, current writing projects, current reading Brinkwhump Linkdump (permalink) Once again, I find myself arriving at the weekend with a giant backlog of links, triggering a linkump, the 15th such dumpage, a variety-pack of miscellany for your weekend. Here’s the previous editions: https://pluralistic.net/tag/linkdump/ Let’s start with the latest incredible news from KPMG, the accounting and auditing giant that is relied upon as a source of ground truth for a truly terrifying share of the world’s economy. KPMG has a well-deserved reputation for incompetence and corruption. They first came on my radar in 2001 when they sent a legal threat to a blogger for linking to their website without permission: https://memex.craphound.com/2001/12/05/reason-4332442-not-to-ask/ The actual link was to KPMG’s corporate anthem, which remains, to this day, a banger: https://web.archive.org/web/20040428063826/http://chkpt.zdnet.com/chkpt/uknewsita/http://anthems.zdnet.co.uk/anthems/kpmg.mp3 Don’t miss the DJ remixes (and the Nokia ringtone!) that the internet thoughtfully provided when KPMG decided that it didn’t want the world to know about “Our Vision of Global Strategy”: https://web.archive.org/web/20011128153057/http://corporateanthems.raettig.org/ Now all this is objectively very funny, a relic of the old, good internet from one of its moments of glory, but KPMG? They were already enshittifying, even in 2001, and the enshittification only intensified thereafter. Nearly every accounting scandal of the past quarter-century has KPMG in it somewhere, from con-artists selling exhausted oil fields to rubes: https://www.desmog.com/2021/06/03/miller-energy-kpmg-auditors-oil-fraud/ To killer nursing homes that hire KPMG to audit its books – and…Pluralistic: Brinkwhump Linkdump (02 Mar 2024)

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