Friday, January 04, 2019

Brussels celebrates ‘tax freedom’ for billionaires on 4th January 2019

Democratic Congressman to introduce impeachment article against Trump

China's disappearing act: The high-profile people who vanished in 2018
Accounting as if people mattered Richard Murphy

Economics as if people mattered: Scott Sumner on how to teach economics (... There is much truth and wisdom in this post according to Tyler Cowen )

UK CEO make more in first three days of 2019 than workers annual salary

Trump of Tax Cuts via BC

IAN McAULEY.  Reminder to Peter Dutton and Scott Morrison: Australia is a parliamentary democracy

On the last sitting day of Parliament, the Government took extraordinary measures to block a vote on a bill to ease the medical evacuation of asylum-seekers on Manus Island and Nauru. The Government’s terror of losing a vote on the floor of the House reveals a dangerous misunderstanding of the workings of our parliamentary democracy.Continue reading 

LESLEY RUSSELL: Time to make dental care an election issue

How to make people believe in “small government”: trash it

“The best way to undermine government is to make it as stupid and as inept as your rhetoric has always claimed it to be.” That’s Fintan O’Toole’s take on Donald Trump’s administrative policy, in his New York Review of Books coverage of Michael Lewis’s The Fifth Risk. Don’t criticise Trump for ineptitude when he appoints incompetent cronies to head up government agencies, or leaves important agencies understaffed: it’s all part of his plan to discredit government.

Before the end of 2018, please take some time to catch-up with the cyber related updates provided by Pete Weiss every week on LLRXPete Weiss highlights articles and information that focus on the increasingly complex and wide ranging ways technology is used to compromise and diminish our privacy and security, often without our situational awareness. They key to all the issues that Pete reviews are that they require us to take some kind of action – we cannot simply scroll down and click away. Each week we are deluged by information that we dodge for many reasons. But as privacy, security and data protection issues continually hammer away all facets of our lives with no reasonable expectation for these challenges to diminish, when you decide to whittle away at that checklist of things that you must do, Pete had your back.
Five significant highlights of Pete’s December 22, 2018 column include: Market volatility: Fake news spooks trading algorithms; Hackers Find a Way to Bypass Gmail Two-Factor Authentication; It’s Time for a Bill of Data Rights; Turning Off Facebook Location Services Doesn’t Stop Tracking; and Russia and 2016: Troll group sought to recruit ‘assets’ through social media, Senate told.

Digital Rights Monitor: “The latest 2018 Freedom House report presents a dismal picture of internet freedom. Out of 65 countries studied for the report, internet freedom deteriorated in 26 countries including United States of America. The study also noted that more than a dozen countries were putting in place restrictive measures in the name of fighting “fake news”, increasing surveillance and weakening digital safeguards to easily get more access to users’ data. In the midst of this situation, Professor David Kaye is one of the prominent voices on the international front that calls for holding governments and corporations accountable in facilitating this global clampdown on internet freedom. A professor of law at University of California, Irvine, Mr. Kaye has also been serving as the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Promotion and Protection of the Right to Freedom of Expression and Opinion since 2014.

The whole Mediterranean, the sculpture, the palm, the gold beads, the bearded heroes, the wine, the ideas, the ships, the moonlight, the winged gorgons, the bronze men, the philosophers - all of it seems to rise in the sour, pungent taste of these black olives between the teeth. A taste older than meat, older than wine. A taste as old as cold water.

Lawrence Durrell (1978). “Prospero's cell: a guide to the landscape and manners of the island of Corcyra”, Viking 

Brussels celebrates ‘tax freedom’ for billionaires on 4th January 2019

Our colleagues in Belgium have decided to celebrate the fourth of January as the day when billionaires in Belgium will have earned sufficient to pay their tax bill for the whole of 2019.  In an era of preposterous inequality, social fragmentation and political crisis, what's not to celebrate? … [Read more...]