Monday, November 02, 2020

Window not Widow Tax

Rarely has there been a grislier Hallowe’en

I have never had much liking for the tawdriness of secular Hallowe’en. If there was ever an indication of the corruption that markets can perpetrate
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Greenwald’s Intercept Resignation Exposes The Rot In All Mass Media Caitlin Johnstone

Glenn Greenwald RESPONDS: Why I Left The Intercept Over Censorship Rising

GEORGE ORWELL DIDN’T INTEND FOR 1984 TO BE A HOW-TO GUIDE: Scotland hate crime bill seeks to criminalize ‘dinner table’ conversations.

Scotland’s justice secretary Humza Yousaf states that journalists, theater directors and even those who have conversations over the dinner table must face the court if their work is deemed to stir bias.

Yousaf might want to ask himself, “Are we the baddies?”

Why we should suspect China’s secret police are at work on our streets

Clive Hamilton

Professor at Charles Sturt University in Canberra

The window tax in Great Britain (1696–1851) provides a remarkable case of tax-induced distortions in resource allocation. Tax liabilities on dwelling units depended on the number of windows in the unit. As a consequence, people boarded up windows and built houses with very few windows, to the detriment of both health and aesthetics. Using data from local tax records on individual houses, the analysis in the paper finds compelling evidence of such tax-avoidance and goes on to make a rough calculation of the excess burden associated with the tax.

Here is the full paper by Robert M. Schwab and Wallace E. Oates.

Most of Europe’s Largest Banks Declare Profits in Tax Havens 

Transparency Internional Report: MURKY HAVENS AND PHANTOM PROFITS -  The Tax Affairs of EU and UK Banks 

Three UK water companies hang on to tax haven subsidiaries 

The Channel Islands are routing billions of pounds of foreign investment, both directly into the UK and outwards to the rest of the world 

HMRC: Uber UK forced to Pay Up £1.5bn in VAT - Why Competition Laws are Necessary? 

Germany seeks arrest of Panama Papers lawyers 

Arrest Warrants Issued for Founders of Panama Papers Firm    

'It's not fair': workers in a poor Mississippi county pay more tax than Trump  

Biden relies on pattern of activity to blame Russia for release of data from what is said to be his son’s laptop WaPo. “Do you see yonder cloud that’s almost in shape of a camel?” And–

Insisting that the Hunter Biden laptop is fake is a trap. So is insisting that it’s real. Thomas Rid, WaPo. The money quote, per Greenwald:

We must treat the Hunter Biden leaks as if they were a foreign intelligence operation — even if they probably aren’t… in the likely continued absence of certainty either way, the Biden leaks deserve the full potential-disinformation treatment.

So we really do live in a simulation, now? One designed and operated by counter-intelligence officials from the organs of state security

Pelosi commits to running for Speaker if Democrats retain House The Hill


Zoom Deleted Events Discussing Zoom “Censorship” Buzzfeed. Because of course they did


Why the U.S. Space & Rocket Center is teaming up with FBI


Private jets take off as wealthy flyers seek to avoid virus FT

Poynter – Including a tool that automatically transcribes Zoom calls, a tool to make it feel like you’re back in the office and an animated headshot generator

Grant Hehir - That would be courageous, minister': the Auditor-General finding dodgy deals

Deceit and cover-up are entrenched in Victoria Police culture