Thursday, October 06, 2016

Tax Havens: As Above So Below - LIFE is a mosaic of pleasure and pain

"Jesus is dead, Marx is dead, Elvis is dead, and I'm not feeling too good myself -  as robots are taking over our jobs (see Joe's example in the Komentariat) "

From the United Nations General Assembly, the fifth report of the Independent Expert on the promotion of a democratic and equitable international order. The summary goes like this: “The report focuses on impacts of taxation on human rights and explores the challenges posed to the international order by widespread tax avoidance, tax evasion, tax fraud […] The post UN report recommends: go after tax havens, and protect whistleblowers appeared first on Tax Justice Network... UN report recommends: go after tax havens, and protect whistleblowers

Study: 73% of Fortune 500 Companies Used Tax Havens in 2015  

Lobbyists seem to have watered down a New Zealand bill on better disclosure of the origins of secret cash, writes Neil Chenoweth The back story to New Zealand PM John Key's Panama Papers

Computer science gives you far more leverage to change the world than any other study in our age .... Yes NO. Maybe

Explores the theory and tools on how conscientious companies can design the right environments in which consumers can achieve their sustainability aspirations

There would be few legal impediments to the federal government establishing an industry-wide remediation scheme to claw back money from unscrupulous private colleges, according to advice prepared by a senior silk.  Consumers

London mayor launches unprecedented inquiry into foreign property ownership

Probe Launched Into London's 'Safe Haven for Corrupt Money

The US Government’s findings on how to persuade citizens using behavioural economics.

Foreign Corrupt Practices Act enforcement actions. [FCPA Professor]
 Tim Kaine’s tortured history with the death penalty. [Buzzfeed]

O.E.D.'s surf consultant

"I'm so not ready to die. It petrifies me. I go alone. I go to a place I don't know. 
It might be painful. It might be the end. My thought is that it is the end. 
I become nameless, and I spent a lifetime being known."

Professional women, are you properly curating your online first impression?
We create an immediate impression of everyone we encounter, whether online or in-person. This is not surprising, as evolution rewarded the ability to make snap judgments about others. Studies have shown that the less time someone has, the greater degree they rely on their gut, rather than data, when evaluating someone for the first time. These initial impressions might be positive or negative – but they are seldom neutral.  Why Women in Tech Might Consider Just Using Their Initials Online

"Supreme Court Begins Term With Crime and Punishment": Law professor Noah Feldman has this essay online today at Bloomberg View

Where Local Governments Are Paying the Bills With Police Fines Truthout

Farewell, WB21, we hardly knew ya FTAlphaville. Richard Smith: “Amazing who’s fallen for it: WSJ, Business Insider, Forbes…the word Fintech seems to instantly fry journos’ brains.” My friend and UCLAW colleague Sung Hui Kim has written extensively about why we should think of insider trading as a form of corruption, in articles such as The Last Temptation of Congress: Legislator Insider Trading and the Fiduciary Norm Against Corruption, and nsider Trading as Private Corruption
I was reminded of her work by a new analysis of how political insiders used their informational advantages to profit during the financial crisis:
Our paper examines the relation between political connections and informed trading by corporate insiders within the context of the 2007-2009 Financial Crisis..
The executive summary continues here

Nudges are increasingly recognized as behavioural interventions that can influence decisions in social, political, and economic environments. However, surprisingly little is known about whether and how people strategically use nudges to influence others' choices in social interactions.

An investigation by the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) into the privacy protections of Internet of Things (IoT) devices has revealed the majority of them to be inadequate.

Writing coach Roy Peter Clark reflects on 4 decades at Poynter

New York Times reporters won’t face jail for airing Trump’s taxes

HMM:  Cause of Crohn’s disease: Gut fungus now suspected