Tuesday, June 04, 2024

Jeffrey Sachs: The Untold History of the Cold War, CIA Coups Around the World, and COVID’s Origin

Jeffrey Sachs: The Untold History of the Cold War, CIA Coups Around the World, and COVID’s Origin(video) Tucker Carlson, YouTube

Findings from NSW parliamentary report recommend big four accounting firms pay more tax

EY's PR nightmare: A ‘secret drinking club’, misconduct allegations and resignations

This may not end well for you’: The secret war behind the PwC inquiry

The Spin-Off Of PayPal From eBay: Taxable Or Tax-Free Reorganization?

Three charged over alleged $2.2 million e-tag fraud scheme

Three men have been charged in Sydney over an alleged e-tag fraud scheme worth over $2.2 million.

City living has its advantages, but more residents usually means more pollution, more rats, and more trash. The problem is worse in some cities than in others. LawnStarter ranked 2023’s Dirtiest Cities in America following one of the trashiest times of the year, the winter holiday season. We compared over 150 of the biggest U.S. cities across four categories, including pollution, living conditions, infrastructure, and consumer satisfaction.  Depending on where you live, you may want to buy some air fresheners, mouse traps, or a can of Raid.

WSJ: The IRS Money Hole Gets Deeper

Australia’s great gas giveaway: How Australia gives gas to multinational corporations for free

According to the Australian Government’s Future Gas Strategy, gas is “critical” to the nation’s economy. 

Why the US is giving Ukraine the green light to attack inside Russia The Atlantic Council

U.S. Lets Ukraine Fire Ballistic Missiles Deep Into Russia: Will Missile Early Warning Radars Be Their First Target? Military Watch

Germany Says Ukraine Can Hit Russia Using Western-Supplied Arms Bloomberg

Guilty on all counts Politico. The headline is deceptive. Trump was convicted on all the business records charges, which are misdemeanors. However, Merchan structured the jury instructions such that we do not know which of three “object offenses” Trump was guilty of: campaign finance violations, paying off a mistress, or a tax violation where the government made money. These were the crimes that raised the business records charges to felonies, and yet we don’t know which of these crimes Trump was convicted of. It would seem to me that voters would and should want to know what the object crimes were — and that giving voters that information would be paramount in a functioning democracy — but Merchan concealed that information. “Our law,” “our democracy!”

Hush-money trial was Trump’s to lose. Here’s why he did BBC

The prosecution used meticulous documentation to show falsified business records, but the evidence that Trump actually intended to commit or conceal that all-important second crime was “thin to nonexistent”, Randall Eliason, a professor at George Washington University Law School, told the BBC.

Trump’s team did not focus on hammering this weakness, though in his summation, Mr Blanche gave the jury a list of reasons for reasonable doubt. Instead, they argued that the central events of the case never happened, or that witnesses had lied.

From the reporting, this is correct. Lots of hammering on Cohen; nothing that attacked the architecture of the case. Caveat that the reporting was dreadful, and the relevant transcripts have not yet appeared.

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Everybody has won, and all must have prizes. –Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland

Best Liberalgasm: Trump Convicted of Fraud to Cover-Up Fucking a Sex Worker emptywheel