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If everyone in the Business, Economic and Political world would play by the rules and be ethical - what kind of world would we have?
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Apple 'paid no tax' in New Zealand for at least a decade - BBC News

Apple 'paid no tax' in New Zealand for at least a decade - BBC News | Politcs? Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
Apple is facing scrutiny in New Zealand following reports it paid no tax for at least a decade, despite having logged billions in sales.
An investigation by the New Zealand Herald newspaper found Apple's local unit paid about NZ$37m ($26m; £21m) in taxes since 2007 in Australia instead.
Apple New Zealand's parent company is registered in Australia and the two countries have a treaty where tax is only paid in one jurisdiction.
Apple said the arrangement was legal.
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malek's comment, Today, 8:20 AM
looks completely legal, and we know that it takes and idiot 20 years to catch a genius
pdeppisch's comment, Today, 10:24 AM
Lots of things are legal! But is it justice and does it, above all, pay for our civilization? Assholes - politicians who hand out sweetheart deals. Make that f* assholes.
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Special Report: Police union contracts offer shield of protection

Special Report: Police union contracts offer shield of protection | Politcs? Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
Reuters examined police union contracts across the country and found a pattern of protections afforded officers: Many contracts erase disciplinary records or allow police to forfeit sick leave for suspensions. Meantime, residents face hurdles in pursuing complaints.
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pdeppisch's comment, Today, 10:04 AM
In essence "the Mafia" for want of a better word has been selling protection - whether needed or not to the ordinary citizen since humans started farming and we have chiefs and medicine men. Maybe even before that. Feudal lords sold protection. And today the "nation state" sells protection. The police and army is there to protect who? It is there to protect the elite and the aristocracy and the oligarchy. Tinanmen Square. All those police actions against union strikers back in the 30's and going back into the 1900's. When the Black Death wiped out 50%? of the population and the Lords passed laws that people had to work for the old wages and if they were serfs they were not allowed to run away, etc. Slavery is alive and well. The earth needs less humans and more natural animals. But if you get total birth control them maybe there won't be any cheap labour and/or slaves. It is all about the money as money gets you power and power corrupts. Because money and power buys illegal things. It allows bribes. Yeah - I think Hobbes was right and I think Nietzsche also pointed out the criminality of humans. And Machiavelli apparently told it like it was and is and will be. Apparently, there was the equivalent of Machiavelli in India.. I am reading the book "The Idea of Justice". And basically if the institutions don't work you don't have justice. But then the guys from why Nations Fail already said that. ANd that is why Hobbes wanted a KING no matter what. Bad tyrannical government is better than no government. You need order. And since lif is not fair who cares. Except the top of the house games the system. A modern state whould be like Las Vegas - only take 10% ??? of the money. http://www.lasvegas4newbies.com/chap10-2.html
pdeppisch's comment, Today, 10:08 AM
The Idea of Justice https://www.theguardian.com/books/2009/nov/07/amartya-sen-justice-book-review
pdeppisch's comment, Today, 10:41 AM
Black Death and Labour shortage and laws - not justice - laws! http://www.economist.com/blogs/freeexchange/2013/10/economic-history-1
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Legal battle over wolves heats up in California

Legal battle over wolves heats up in California | Politcs? Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
Wildlife conservation advocates are helping fend off a nuisance lawsuit by a right wing group that seeks to end state endangered species protection for wolves in California.  The lawsuit, brought against the California Fish and Wildlife Commission by the Pacific Legal Foundation, falsely claims that wolves are ineligible for state protection. Like many other legal actions filed by the group, this one is aimed mainly at harassing government agencies and others working in the public interest.
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Tyee Poll: What Should Be Done Next to End Sexism in BC’s Restaurant Industry? | The Tyee

Last month, The Tyee published a series by Rachel Sanders on sexism in the restaurant industry. The series detailed servers’ stories of harassment, forced dress codes, and comments about “the way my butt looks, the way my boobs look… the way my outfit looks on me.”
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Shepard Smith Is Fed Up: 'It's Too Much Lying, Too Much Russia, Too Much Smoke'

Shepard Smith Is Fed Up: 'It's Too Much Lying, Too Much Russia, Too Much Smoke' | Politcs? Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
The Fox News host rails against latest Michael Flynn bombshell.
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Monica S Mcfeeters's curator insight, March 10, 7:19 AM
Trump and nearly his whole team is dangerous to the nation and to world stability. Listen to Shepherd and also read the news running under him. Trump's hate encourages those known to be more reactive even on a good day to negatively react and sadly with just cause. Trump and team are spoilt people that get think everyone will do what they want because they have money and/or power to make them. Good and Great Leaders lead people to be their best self and unit people to work collaboratively. Bad or evil leaders are usually charismatic bullies that give a few the right to assist them in bullying everyone they can.
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Iran: paralyzed by environmental neglect | DW Environment

Iran: paralyzed by environmental neglect | DW Environment | Politcs? Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
Iranian politicians like to refer to their country as an "island of stability" in the Middle East. But the country has severe environmental problems, and nobody feels responsible - with wide-reaching consequences.
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Six years after Fukushima - women and children still suffer most | DW Environment

Six years after Fukushima - women and children still suffer most | DW Environment | Politcs? Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
The Japanese government is trying to get back to normality after the Fukushima nuclear disaster, but the crisis is far from over for women and children, says Greenpeace. Thousands of mothers have sued the authorities.
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Texas Lawmakers Drew District Lines To Weaken Influence Of Hispanic Voters, Court Finds

Texas Lawmakers Drew District Lines To Weaken Influence Of Hispanic Voters, Court Finds | Politcs? Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
SAN ANTONIO (Reuters) - Texas lawmakers drew up three U.S. congressional districts to undermine the influence of Hispanic voters, a divided panel of three federal judges ruled, in the latest development in a years-long battle over gerrymandering.

In the decision announced late on Friday, U.S. District Judges Xavier Rodriguez and Orlando Garcia in San Antonio found that the districts’ shapes diluted minority voters’ power, either by splitting communities into different districts or concentrating minorities in a single area to limit their sway.
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Children’s Hospital drops Mississippi Medicaid - Daily Journal

Children’s Hospital drops Mississippi Medicaid - Daily Journal | Politcs? Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
Wire reports BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Children’s Hospital of Alabama is no longer accepting insurance through Mississippi Medicaid, a representative for the hospital confirmed Friday. As a result, the hospital is not treating the more than 400,000 children insured through Medicaid in Mississippi. Birmingham-based Children’s said in a statement the hospital and Mississippi’s Division of Medicaid …

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Energy Industry Uses Money, Army of Lobbyists to Influence BC Government | The Tyee

In the “wild west” of B.C. democracy, the fossil fuel industry not only donates millions of dollars to the BC Liberal Party, but doubles down with intensive lobbying to influence public policy.


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What Is Social Licence? Vancouver Panel To Debate On March 14
Our prime minister has cited its importance. So what does it actually mean?

And that’s just one of the revelations of a new study on lobbying in the province by the left-of-centre Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives.
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How to Destroy the Business Model of Breitbart and Fake News - NYTimes.com

How to Destroy the Business Model of Breitbart and Fake News - NYTimes.com | Politcs? Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
"One day in late November, an earth and environmental science professor named Nathan Phillips visited Breitbart News for the first time. Mr. Phillips had heard about the hateful headlines on the site — like “Birth Control Makes Women Unattractive and Crazy” — and wondered what kind of companies would support such messages with their ad dollars. When he clicked on the site, he was shocked to discover ads for universities, including one for the graduate school where he’d received his own degree — Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment. “That was a punch in the stomach,” he said."
 
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‘Cultural’ practices continue to force girls out of school: Time to act decisively | Brookings Institution

‘Cultural’ practices continue to force girls out of school: Time to act decisively | Brookings Institution | Politcs? Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it

"For those working in the field of women’s sexual and reproductive health and rights, contemplating the 2017 International Women’s Day, which celebrates women’s achievements globally, brings mixed emotions. With international declarations such as the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals including gender equality and women’s rights as central to national and global development, there is hope. However, as is evident in the various forms of gender violence that continue to beset women across the globe, this Women’s Day must also be a day for reflection."

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7mn people face starvation as Yemen heads towards man-made famine – Oxfam

7mn people face starvation as Yemen heads towards man-made famine – Oxfam | Politcs? Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
The situation in war-ravaged Yemen is starting to resemble a man-made famine, with almost seven million people “knowingly” pushed towards starvation, the latest report from the international humanitarian organization Oxfam says.
The ongoing “complex and bloody [civil] war” between the Houthi rebels and forces loyal to ousted President Mansur Hadi has led to the deaths of thousands, as the conflict peaked in 2015, the paper says. Attempts by the Saudi-led coalition to drive back the Houthis have only added to the plight of the people.

Over the past year, “airstrikes and fighting” have led to the deaths of around 7,600 people, with an average of 70 deaths a day, Oxfam said, calling on the world to not ignore the misery in the region.

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Uber Canada urges government to retain tax advantage

Uber Canada urges government to retain tax advantage | Politcs? Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
Uber Canada on Thursday urged the Canadian government to retain a tax advantage available to ride-services companies, a day after the country's Liberal administration proposed removing the measure.

The new national budget unveiled on Wednesday said the government planned to amend Canada's Excise Tax Act to redefine ride-sharing firms as taxi companies.

This would force the government to collect the goods and services tax (GST) on every ride provided, just as traditional taxi operators are required to do.
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37 maps that explain how America is a nation of immigrants

37 maps that explain how America is a nation of immigrants | Politcs? Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
It's impossible to understand the country without knowing who's been kept out, who's been let in, and how they've been treated once they arrive.

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Brazil meat-packing giants 'exported rotten beef' - BBC News

Brazil meat-packing giants 'exported rotten beef' - BBC News | Politcs? Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
The authorities in Brazil suspended 33 government officials amid allegations that some of the country's biggest meat processors have been selling rotten beef and poultry for years.
Three meat processing plants have also been closed and another 21 are under scrutiny.
Much of the meat produced by the companies accused is exported to Europe and other parts of the world.
Brazil is the world's largest red meat exporter.
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FOI Shows BC Businesses Fought Hard against CPP Improvements | The Tyee

"The B.C. government was flooded with business submissions opposing improvements to the Canada Pension Plan changes and even threatening layoffs if the province accepted the federal proposal for change.

The provincial government missed the initial deadline for ratifying the improvements last July 15, saying it needed more time to hear from British Columbians and asking for comments. The province backed the changes in October.

The submissions were released to The Tyee after a freedom of information request. The names of commentators were redacted."

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Shell CEO warns of “disappearing” public patience on carbon emissions

Shell CEO warns of “disappearing” public patience on carbon emissions | Politcs? Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
Well, that got dark. Royal Dutch Shell CEO Ben van Beurden offered a fretful and grim assessment Thursday of a dangerous disconnect between his industry and the public. "I do think trust has been eroded to the point where it starts to become a serious issue for our long term future," he said at the CERAWeek energy conference in Houston.
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S Africa poised to permit domestic trade in rhino horn | Africa

S Africa poised to permit domestic trade in rhino horn | Africa | Politcs? Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
Friday is the last day on which South Africans can register their approval, or disapproval, of a draft law permitting trade in rhinoceros horn. Private rhino owners welcome the bill, conservationists are worried.
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Hounded and ridiculed for complaining of rape - BBC News

Hounded and ridiculed for complaining of rape - BBC News | Politcs? Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
When soldiers went searching for militants in Myanmar's Rakhine state last October, the result for members of the Rohingya minority was disastrous. Villages were burned, men were killed, women were sexually abused. And when one woman complained of rape, she was accused of lying by the office of the country's leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, and hounded by vengeful soldiers.
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ALEC Corporations - SourceWatch

ALEC Corporations - SourceWatch | Politcs? Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
Who runs the nation and much of the world? Here's the list! Notice many of the billionaires recently appointed to clean the swap come from groups on this list directly . Mississippi made the groups top 10 states a few years back and still is high on the list. States do this by keeping wages low, unions out, deregulating, and deregulating and giving good tax breaks to corporations ...And yes I'm sure electing officials ALEC wanted to do what they wanted them to and getting their legislation passed didn't hurt either. Having many of our state officials become paid members had to show our State Loyalty as well.. These corporations, individuals and organizations are taking the country back from the small gains citizens and consumers recently managed to get hold of over the last decade or so.....they have been so successful and are moving fast not to out pace the democrats but to change things so fast the citizens may not notice till it will be very difficult to undo their selfish mess, Please follow this group regularly because they have been affecting the quality of all of our daily lives and deaths of many people.

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Monica S Mcfeeters's curator insight, March 11, 8:44 AM
Who runs the nation and much of the world? Here's the list! Notice many of the billionaires recently appointed to clean the swap come from groups and industries on this list directly . Other appointees and nominees  have successfully passed ALEC desired policy in their home states or heavily funded officails who will pass it.. Mississippi made the groups top 10 states by keeping wages low, unions out, deregulating, and deregulating and giving good tax breaks to corporations ...and yes I'm sure electing officials they wanted to do what they wanted them to and getting their legislation passed didn't hurt either. Having many of our state officials become paid members had to show our State Loyalty as well.. These corporations, individuals and organizations are taking the country back from the small gains citizens and consumers recently managed to get hold of over the last decade or so.....they have been so successful and are moving fast not to out pace the democrats but to change things so fast the citizens may not notice till it will be very difficult to undo their selfish mess, Please follow this group regularly because they have been affecting the quality of all of our daily lives and deaths of many people. These groups have affected more election outcomes than any Russians ever could.....Let's put our eyes on the right dots to draw the right picture. Are these groups for or against us as citizens, families, communities and consumers.
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U.N.: Hungary plan for refugee camps illegal, harmful to children

U.N.: Hungary plan for refugee camps illegal, harmful to children | Politcs? Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
March 7 (UPI) -- The United Nations' global refugee agency on Tuesday condemned as illegal a new Hungarian law to round up asylum seekers and hold them at containment camps near its borders.
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How Data Can Make Immigrants Look Like Criminals

How Data Can Make Immigrants Look Like Criminals | Politcs? Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
Donald Trump plans to collect a lot more data about crimes committed by immigrants. This will inevitably give him a weapon to use against them, thanks to a peculiarity of crime statistics: If you look for something, you’ll almost always find more of it.

Trump recently started two initiatives focused on crime. He has promised to create a new office in the Department of Homeland Security, Victims of Immigrant Crime Engagement, to collect data on the transgressions of immigrants. And in his revised executive order halting visas and refugees from certain countries, he called for a public database on “honor killings,” defined as gender-based violence against women by foreign nationals.
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Why Discrimination Is a Public Health Issue | The Tyee

"The woman walked into the store, drinking a can of beer, and asked for help with her cell phone account.

Doaa Magdy politely informed her that she had to drink the beer outside.

“Fuck you, black bitch,” the woman responded.

Magdy stood frozen as her co-worker ushered the woman out of the store. She then went into the bathroom, and cried."

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San Jose flood: City knew about flood risk, discussed evacuations

San Jose flood: City knew about flood risk, discussed evacuations | Politcs? Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
New records and details show that San Jose officials were aware of the risks and prepared extensively for flooding, yet held off alerting residents as waters rose.

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PIRatE Lab's curator insight, March 8, 9:57 AM
Again...this pattern emerges with the facts/science correctly indicating potential/possible outcomes, but our political institutions.
Brian Chew's comment, March 8, 10:56 AM
I am greatly worried by this news, as this shows the indecisiveness of San Jose's political leaders. Due to their indecisiveness, mistakes, lack of communication and their failure to properly approximate how quickly San Jose would get flooded, it caused many people to get evacuated only when San Jose was badly flooded, causing great inconvenience for everyone there and posing a threat to the residents. Furthermore, because of the lateness of the alert that the residents of San Jose received, a lot of money was lost due to damages caused by the flood, due to the lack of preparation. I hope that something similar would not happen again, not only in San Jose, but around the world. Fortunately, there were no deaths due to the flood this time, however, one could not always say everyone would be so lucky all the time. Hence, we should take more precautions and be prepared for something like this to happen again. Leaders should also learn to be more decisive, to take more precautions, and to be more accountable to the public.
PIRatE Lab's comment, March 8, 1:00 PM
Brian: I agree. the value in accurate (or at least more accurate) estimates of risk and models predicting events like flooding is just what you articulated. We can make better decisions when we both 1) have as much data as we can possible pull together, 2) have the wisdom to have contingency plans should a problem arise, and 3) have strong leadership that have evaluate the current situation in respond accordingly. These three things are not always found where we want them to be found these days. But continuing this pattern will only lead to greater problems in the future.