Every great fortune—every one—is founded on evil, usually on crime
We Must Seize The Means Of Toilet Paper ProductionPiketty’s Latest Charge Willem Buiter, Project Syndicate
The Harvard Gazette has a Q & A with Thomas Piketty.
His Capital and Ideolog is due out this week -- see the Harvard University Press publicity page, or get your copy at Amazon.com or Amazon.co.uk --; I haven't seen it yet, but hope to have a look.
See now also Paul Krugman's review in next week's The New York Times Book Review.
‘Grotesque Level of Greed’: Owned by World’s Richest Man Jeff Bezos, Whole Foods Wants Workers to Pay for Colleagues’ Sick Leave During Coronavirus Pandemic
Super-rich jet off to disaster bunkers amid coronavirus outbreak Guardian.
Totally unrelated: most of these bunkers (many in rural New Zealand) can be and have been geolocated through press photos from bunker construction companies. Cross reference with visible construction on Google Earth and Sentinel Playground. https://twitter.com/guardiannews/status/1237902120478748673 …
Life is like a tube of Vegemite. Don’t try it all at once...
Oh my, Mr Hanks, not even the bravest Aussie would put THAT much vegemite on a piece of toast!
Tom Hanks mocked for excessive Vegemite in coronavirus photo
DOJ Tax issued this press release: Alabama Salesman Pleads Guilty to Tax Evasion: Defendant Used Offshore Insurance Wrapper Accounts to Conceal Assets, here. The criminal information and plea agreement are here and here.
Key excerpts are: According to court documents and statements made in court, Ivan Scott “Scott” Butler was an automobile industry consultant and sold automobile warranties as an independent salesman. In 1993, Butler stopped filing tax returns and attended tax defier meetings and purchased tax defier materials
This week, Young Ran (Christine) Kim (Utah) reviews a new work by David J. Shakow (Pennsylavania), Taxing Bitcoin and Blockchains—What the IRS Told Us (and Didn't), 166 Tax Notes Fed. 241 (Jan. 13, 2020).
They denied fraud and usurping Mr Le Drian's identity but were found guilty.
The History of the URL
Gretchen McCulloch, author of Because Internet, has developed a Weird Internet Career as an internet linguist. In the first installment in a series on such jobs, McCulloch explains what they are:
Weird Internet Careers are the kinds of jobs that are impossible to explain to your parents, people who somehow make a living from the internet, generally involving a changing mix of revenue streams. Weird Internet Career is a term I made up (it had no google results in quotes before I started using it), but once you start noticing them, you’ll see them everywhere.I’ve had a Weird Internet Career for more than 15 years and even though it’s much more normalized now than when I started (folks generally know that people make money from being popular on YouTube or Instagram), it’s still a struggle to explain. Usually someone will ask me what I do and I tell them. Them, wide-eyed: “That’s your job?!” Then there’s a long pause and eventually their curiosity overwhelms their politeness and they tentatively say: “Can I ask…uh…how do you make money doing that?”
Weird Internet Careers are weird because there is no one else who does exactly what they do. They’re internet because they rely on the internet as a cornerstone, such as bloggers, webcomics, youtubers, artists, podcasters, writers, developers, subject-matter experts, and other people in very specific niches. And they’re careers because they somehow manage to support themselves, often making money from some combination of ad revenue, t-shirt sales, other merch, ongoing membership/subscription (Patreon, Substack), crowdfunding (Kickstarter, Indiegogo, Ko-Fi), sponsorship deals, conventional book deals, self-published ebooks, selling online courses, selling products or apps or services, public speaking, and consulting.
Rights body turns its sights on UK over Assange The Law Society Gazette
Unrigging the Economy Will Require Enforcing the Tax Laws ...
Center for American Progress
Washington, DC March 12, 2020
A flurry of recent news stories highlights the scourge of tax dodging by wealthy individuals and large corporations.