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The Ever More Orwellian Definition of Terrorism CounterpunchHow to stop Google tracking your every move Thai Tech (furzy). This works only if you are not an official Person of Interest.
- Daily Intelligencer, The Debunked IRS Targeting Scandal Shows There Is No Sane Wing of the GOP
- The Maddow Blog, The Demise of the IRS ‘Scandal’ and the Need for Accountability
- Media Matters, Right-Wing Media “Scandals” Never End, They Just Fade Away: A New Report Should End the Conservative Fixation on the "IRS Scandal." It Probably Won't.
- Mother Jones, After Four Years, IRS Finally Confirms There Was No Targeting of Tea Party Groups
- Washington Post, What the Bogus IRS ‘Scandal’ Tells Us About Republican Corruption
The Reclusive Hedge Fund Tycoon Behind the Trump Presidency
Lmuch harder for an individual to have a decisive impact. Now, Potter said, “a single billionaire can write an eight-figure check and put not just their thumb but their whole hand on the scale—and we often have no idea who they are.” He continued, “Suddenly, a random billionaire can change politics and public policy—to sweep everything else off the table—even if they don’t speak publicly, and even if there’s almost no public awareness of his or her views.”
No country for older men: China’s better educated, well-paid women are opting for younger husbands SCMP
WHEN you are the chief executive of a public company, the temptation to opt for a merger or acquisition is great indeed. Many such bosses may get a call every week or so from an investment banker eager to offer the kind of deal that is sure to boost profits.
Plenty of those calls are proving fruitful. In the first three quarters of 2017, just over $2.5trn-worth of transactions were agreed globally, according to Dealogic, a data provider. The total was virtually unchanged from the same period in 2016, but the number in Europe, the Middle East and Africa was up by 21%.
It is easy to understand why an executive opts for a deal. Buying another business looks like decisive action, and is a lot easier than coming up with a new, best-selling product. Furthermore, being the acquirer is far more appealing than being the prey; better to be the butcher than the cattle. A takeover may keep activist hedge funds off the management’s back for a while longer ... Mergers
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An Empty Parliament | Peter Hitchens | First Things
In my years of wandering its corridors and lobbies, of hanging about for late-night votes and dozing in committee rooms, I came to loathe British politics and to mistrust the special regiment of journalists (far too close to their sources) who write about it. I had hoped for a kingdom of the mind and found a squalid pantry in which greasy, unprincipled deals were made by people who were no better than they ought to be.Sounds like Congress. Or Randwick City Council
"Mueller Tasks an Adviser With Getting Ahead of Pre-Emptive Pardons": Greg Farrell of Bloomberg News has an article that begins, "U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller has a distinctly modern problem. The president, judging by his tweets, could try to pardon people in his circle even before prosecutors charge anyone with a crime. Mueller's all-star team of prosecutors, with expertise in money laundering and foreign bribery, has an answer to that. He's Michael Dreeben, a bookish career government lawyer with more than 100 Supreme Court appearances under his belt."
These days, for many screenwriters, the studio system can feel like a small, small, small, small world. And Hollywood film writers — along with everyone else — have noticed a simultaneous boom in Peak TV. Which means that, for Hollywood screenwriters, even as studio slates shrink and become more attuned to event blockbusters, opportunity on the small screen abounds. “Premium cable and the entrance of Netflix and Amazon hastened this movement toward the idea that a TV series can be anything — and that kind of flexibility was unimaginable 15 years ago.” … [Read More]
It's said to be a common problem in the public service, especially at higher levels: a ministerial adviser makes a request that sounds like a directive or mediates the agency's advice in a way that seems to overstep their role in the system.
Donald Duck launders Iranian cash through Slovenian banks
See also: EP’s Legal Affairs Committee takes a strong stance for whistleblower protection in Europe Sven Giegold
“… use blockchains network to entice super-wealthy clients with a tempting new offering: the distributed ledger technology should make «bankable» physical assets like art, luxury cars or precious gems”
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'Red flags' raised over Amazon's Australian tax arrangements