Tuesday, November 02, 2021

Henry Tax Review Second Comin?: What Scientists Know About the Risk of Breakthrough Covid Deaths

 Liberty for wolves is death to the lambs. 

-- Isaiah Berlin

Dr Angela Jackson of Equity Economics points to the end of state-based wealth taxes in the 1970s as a starting point for Australia relying more heavily on income taxes. When Prime Minister John Howard discounted capital gains tax by 50 per cent, experts say it super-charged the attractiveness of asset income.

The Australia's Future Tax System Review, informally known as the Henry Tax Review was commissioned by the Rudd Government in 2008 and published in 2010.

The ATO has reiterated its support of the Tax Avoidance Taskforce in addressing issues “at the top end of town” following the announcement that medical equipment company ResMed had settled its tax dispute for the equivalent of US$381.7 million.

This announcement is another example of the success of the Tax Avoidance Taskforce in strengthening the Australian Tax System,” deputy commissioner Rebecca Saint said, adding that “the impact of the taskforce at the top end of town has been significant and has made a significant contribution to revenue in Australia as well as locking in improved compliance and tax revenues into the future”.

Rebecca Saint : ResMed had settled its tax dispute for the equivalent of US$381.7 million.

The message from yesterday’s Budget was a simple one. It may not have been said but the message was that big government is essential.

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 Banning anonymous social media accounts would only stifle free speech and democracy

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A major supplier of COVID-19 personal protective equipment to the federal government has settled a $US381 million ($507 million) tax dispute with the Australian Taxation Office.

ResMed announced the resolution of a transfer-pricing dispute and settlement with the Tax Office worth $284.8 million in a statement to the Australian stock exchange on Friday.

COVID-19 winner ResMed settles $US381m tax dispute

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What Scientists Know About the Risk of Breakthrough Covid Deaths - The New York Times – “Deaths among people who have been fully vaccinated remain rare, but older adults and those with compromised immune systems are at much higher risk…The vaccines are highly effective, even against the more contagious Delta variant, which is now responsible for nearly all coronavirus infections in the United States. People who are fully vaccinated are roughly one-tenth as likely to be hospitalized and even less likely to die from Covid-19 than those who are unvaccinated, according to a recent study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. A New York Times analysis of data from 40 states found that fully vaccinated people have accounted for 0.2 to 6 percent of Covid-19 deaths. Among the more than 187 million Americans who have been fully vaccinated, there have been 7,178 deaths, according to the C.D.C. Eighty-five percent of those deaths have been in people 65 or older. “Breakthrough deaths with vaccinated individuals do occur,” said Dr. Peter J. Hotez, dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. “But there are certain groups that are at greater risk.”..

According to a study done by scientists from Oslo and Gothenburg 69% of IT leaders says their primary obstacle preventing them from innovating is technical debt. Another study concluded that between 24 and 41 percent of resources were wasted on technical debt. Yet another study again, this time from Harvard, told us 11 million people quit their jobs in the US alone between January 2021 and July 2021. The sectors that were hit the hardest were (obviously) IT and health. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to understand why, and if you don't recognise the problem, you need more experience. We've all been there, our job sux, we're burned out, and we feel awful about our lives. Every single time I quit a job myself the last 5 years, these were my exact reasons.

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Your passwords could be on the dark web: How to see what leaked after a data breach

We'll show you how to use Google's Password Checkup and Mozilla's Firefox Monitor to see if your email addresses and passwords have been compromised.

Any stolen personal information that leads data thieves to your identity can let hackers do everything from making purchases and opening up credit accounts in your name, to filing for your tax refunds and making medical claims, all posing as you. What's worse, billions of these hacked login credentials are available on the dark web, neatly packaged for hackers to easily download for free.

SO DEEPLY YOU WOULDN’T BELIEVE IT: HOW DEEPLY HAVE THE CHINESE COMMUNISTS PENETRATED OUR INSTITUTIONS? The Chinese appear to have figured out that our military was hard to fight, but that our ruling class is corrupt, venal, incompetent, and easily penetrated.

 Amazon Puts Its Own “Brands” First Above Better-Rated Products – Investigative Reporter Adrianne Jeffries and Investigative Data Journalist Leon Yindocument how the online giant gives a leg up to hundreds of house brand and exclusive products that most people don’t know are connected to Amazon.