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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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Mathematical mysteries: Survival of the nicest? | plus.maths.org

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Survival of the nicest?

One of the most puzzling aspects of human behaviour is cooperation, in situations where backstabbing and selfishness would seem to be more rewarding. From the point of view of evolutionary theory, the very existence of altruism and cooperation appear mysterious. The mechanics of evolution seem to imply that rugged competition is the order of the day; that, given an opportunity to benefit by cheating someone, or by defaulting on a deal, we will inevitably do so. Surely to do otherwise would mean relegation to the sidelines of the evolutionary game - and in that game, demotion means extinction.
In fact, as even the most cynical observer must admit, cooperation is rife in human society. Even if you sometimes despair of human nature, you must admit that the "dog-eat-dog" scenario conjured up by the phrase "survival of the fittest" doesn't bear much resemblance to life as we know it. So it must be that, from a purely selfinterested point of view, cooperation can actually be good for us.
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Horrors Pile Up Quietly In 'The Other Slavery'

Horrors Pile Up Quietly In 'The Other Slavery' | Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
Andrés Reséndez' new book is a careful and scholarly examination of the enslavement of indigenous people in the Americas. It lays bare a shameful chapter of history, with a clear line to the present.

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Misconduct 'has cost UK's banks £53bn over 15 years'

Misconduct 'has cost UK's banks £53bn over 15 years' | Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
Research shows that costs of PPI scandal alone have reached £37bn, four times the bill for the London Olympics

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Top 500 US firms keep $2.1 trillion in tax havens, study finds #Forbes500 #NuitDebout #occupy #banksters #politicians

Top 500 US firms keep $2.1 trillion in tax havens, study finds #Forbes500 #NuitDebout #occupy #banksters #politicians | Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
New report suggests that overseas cash holdings mean US is losing out on an estimated $620 billion in tax revenue

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The 1% hide their money offshore – then use it to corrupt our democracy | Aditya Chakrabortty #Panama #Cameron

The 1% hide their money offshore – then use it to corrupt our democracy | Aditya Chakrabortty #Panama #Cameron | Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
From US billionaires to City barons, the super-rich are buying political influence as never before. Our politicians now work for them, not for us
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British banks forced to disclose links to Panama Papers firm

British banks forced to disclose links to Panama Papers firm | Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
Big British banks have a week to disclose their links with the law firm at the heart of the Panama Papers scandal, the UK financial regulator said.

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Investors Europe Stock Brokers's curator insight, April 10, 2:34 PM
"Big British banks have been given just over a week to disclose their links with the law firm at the heart of the Panama Papers scandal."
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ITF Calls Out Flags of Convenience Amid Panama Papers Leak - gCaptain

ITF Calls Out Flags of Convenience Amid Panama Papers Leak - gCaptain | Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
With the leaked Panama Papers shining a spotlight on the use offshore accounts to hide investments by of some the world’s most powerful people, the International Transport Workers’ Federation is using the exposure to call out foreign flags of convenience as a prime example of the sort of tax avoidance activity that seems to fly under the radar with tacit approval. 

The Panama Papers, containing some 11.5 million documents leaked from the Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca, have uncovered an intricate web of offshore accounts used by some of the world’s most prominent politicians, business leaders and celebrities to conceal their wealth and avoid paying taxes.
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Panama Papers: 10 things we've learned - BBC News

Panama Papers: 10 things we've learned - BBC News | Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
The leak of 11.5 million documents from one of the world's most secret companies, Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca, has grabbed headlines around the world. So what have we actually learned from the Panama Papers?
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'King of Coal' Gets One Year in Prison for Deadly Mine Disaster That Killed 29

'King of Coal' Gets One Year in Prison for Deadly Mine Disaster That Killed 29 | Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
Blankenship was acquitted in December of three felony charges over his direct personal responsibility for those deaths. But he was convicted on conspiracy to violate federal mining safety standards. And yesterday, federal judge handed down a sentence of one year in prison, plus a year of probation and a fine of $250,000 for Blankenship’s crimes.

Had he been convicted of all charges, Blankenship would have faced a maximum of more than 30 years.

“Don Blankenship killed those 29 men with greed as surely as if he had fired a gun at them,” said environmental attorney Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. “He is a sinister creature of unrestrained capitalism.”

For over a quarter century, Blankenship ruled with an iron fist as the notoriously aggressive former head of Massey Energy, one of the nation’s largest coal mining companies.
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Before You Judge Lazy Workers, Consider They Might Serve A Purpose

Before You Judge Lazy Workers, Consider They Might Serve A Purpose | Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
Most people have a colleague or two who don't seem to do much work at work. They're in the break room watching March Madness, or they disappear for a two-hour coffee break.

For Allison Lamb, that person is her cubicle mate. Lamb is a statistical clerk for a company in Fishers, Ind., who says she likes her job and has a good work ethic. So it irritates her to see her cubicle mate ignoring her duties, disappearing with her friends and keeping her nose in her cellphone all day talking, texting and gaming.

It seems to Lamb that her colleague flaunts her do-nothing attitude.
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Banks set to face greater scrutiny in wake of Panama Papers

Banks set to face greater scrutiny in wake of Panama Papers | Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
Global banks will likely be subject to greater regulatory and law enforcement scrutiny following the release of leaked documents that shed light on shell companies and overseas tax havens.

Royal Bank of Canada was one financial institution named in millions of documents obtained from Mossack Fonseca, a Panama-based law firm that helps create offshore tax havens, raising concerns related to account secrecy and the possibility of unsavoury tax avoidance.
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Watch How Easy It Is to Start an Anonymous Shell Company for Your Cat

Watch How Easy It Is to Start an Anonymous Shell Company for Your Cat | Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
How simple is it to start an anonymous shell corporation? Fusion investigative correspondent Natasha del Toro went to Delaware — famous for its corporate secrecy — to find out. Witness the birth of She Sells Sea Shells LLC, a business incorporated in five minutes for an anonymous beneficial owner — Natasha’s cat Suki. No ID necessary!

It was all in good fun, but it highlights the complications of tracking down financial wrongdoers who take advantage of business-friendly anonymous structures like Delaware’s. As Natasha’s investigative colleague, Catherine Dunn, writes:
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Panama Papers: A storm is coming to Iceland

Panama Papers: A storm is coming to Iceland | Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it

" The interrogation room in which Iceland’s recent history was rewritten is sparse, furnished only with a table, some chairs, and a computer. A camera is fixed to the wall, and the frosted, double-glazed windows have completely blocked out the sound of the gale-force winds in Reykjavik’s Faxafloi Bay.

It was in this room that some of Iceland’s most powerful bankers, executives, and investors had to answer to special investigator Olaf Hauksson. A tall man with a heavy build, Haukkson has spent the past six years investigating the transactions that brought Iceland’s economy to its knees in October 2008."

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British Teens Are Sent to Live With a Peruvian Indigenous Group as Punishment in New Reality Show

British Teens Are Sent to Live With a Peruvian Indigenous Group as Punishment in New Reality Show | Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
UK's Channel 5 new show sends off spoiled kids to remote areas to teach them a lesson. In the first episode, they head to Peruvian rainforest. 

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The Science behind the DEA's Long War on Marijuana

The Science behind the DEA's Long War on Marijuana | Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
Speculation is growing about the possibility that the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will review by summer its “Schedule I” designation of marijuana as equal to heroin among the world’s most dangerous drugs. Very few Americans know of or understand the DEA’s drug-ranking process, and a review of cannabis’s history as a Schedule I drug shows that the label is highly controversial and dubious.
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Who pays the most tax in the EU? Its not #corporations #Apple #Microsoft #Intel #Nuitdebout #indignados #Panama

Who pays the most tax in the EU? Its not #corporations #Apple #Microsoft #Intel #Nuitdebout #indignados #Panama | Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
This infographic explores tax across the European Union.
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Panama papers: Mossack Fonseca headquarters raided - BBC News

Panama papers: Mossack Fonseca headquarters raided - BBC News | Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
Police in Panama have raided the headquarters of the law firm at the centre of a massive data leak.
Prosecutors said the operation had been carried out at the offices of Mossack Fonseca in Panama City "without incident or interference".
The leaked "Panama Papers" have shown how some wealthy people use offshore firms to evade tax and avoid sanctions.
The firm has denied wrongdoing. It says it is the victim of a hack and that the information is being misrepresented.
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Jerry Brown: California prisons ‘too often run’ by criminal gangs

Jerry Brown: California prisons ‘too often run’ by criminal gangs | Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
Gov. Jerry Brown said Thursday that criminal gangs “too often run” California prisons or hold undue influence over them, as he scrambles to qualify a ballot measure to make certain prisoners eligible for early parole.

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Christa Lynch's comment, April 14, 4:51 PM
Victim statements impact people in a different way than the law. I think that parole and reintegration is necessary but at what cost to the surviving victims of crimes? But to continue to punish someone for what they may do in the future is wrong as well.
Kristen Speyerer's comment, April 18, 2:28 AM
In 2014, California was ordered to free 30,000 prisoners due to extreme overcrowding, stating the conditions in the prison were a violation of the Eighth Amendment’s prohibition against cruel and unusual punishment. No doubt, California has a real problem on its hands. Social scientists and criminologists have long spoken of the criminogenic effect of the prison environment. In prison, aggression and violence are commonplace and this behavior is being taught. Nonviolent offenders should not be incarcerated and we should seriously reevaluate our sentencing policies because just releasing nonviolent offenders will not fix prison crowding. Like “tough on crime” before it, I wonder if prison reform is becoming the sound bite of choice for politicians.
pdeppisch's comment, April 18, 11:14 PM
What is "we" want? Punish criminals whether petty or major? Do we want to punish and rehabilitate? If we want to punish and rehabilitate then we need to put in place rehabilitation processes and study what works. I believe that having prisoners work with animals socializes them and they learn empathy or at least some may! And then do it not for just this term or the next term. Study the problem and publish possible solutions. Ask the prisoners what they think! And for God's sake don't let a "be tough on crime" populist wreck the process with proposition 666.
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The Panama Papers Revelations Hit The World's Poor Hardest

The Panama Papers Revelations Hit The World's Poor Hardest | Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
It is estimated that tax havens cost poor countries at least $170 billion in lost tax revenues each year.
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Exxon and Shell Double Down to Defeat Climate Change Legislation

Exxon and Shell Double Down to Defeat Climate Change Legislation | Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
The dark channels through which corporations influence legislation are notoriously hard to trace, but a new detailed report estimates that the world’s largest fossil fuel companies are spending upwards of $500 million per year to obstruct climate laws.

Published Thursday by the UK-based non-profit InfluenceMap, the report looked at two fossil fuel giants (ExxonMobil and Royal Dutch Shell) and three trade lobbying groups, discovering that all together the five companies spend $114 million dollars a year to defeat climate change legislation.
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Panama Papers: How assets are hidden and taxes dodged - BBC News

Panama Papers: How assets are hidden and taxes dodged - BBC News | Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
The revelations in the millions of papers leaked from the Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca uncovering a suspected money laundering ring run by close associates of Vladimir Putin may leave readers drowning in a sea of confusing terms and phrases.
Although there are legitimate ways of using tax havens, most of what has been going on is about hiding the true owners of money, the origin of the money and avoiding paying tax on the money.
If you are a wealthy business owner in Germany who has decided to evade tax, an international drugs dealer or the head of a brutal regime, the methods are all pretty similar.
Mossack Fonseca says it has always complied with international protocols to ensure the companies it incorporates are not used for tax evasion, money-laundering, terrorist finance or other illicit purposes.
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The Man Who Foretold the Panama Papers | The Tyee

The Man Who Foretold the Panama Papers | The Tyee | Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
At first glance, this book by the famous author of Capital in the Twenty-First Century looked like a disappointment. Instead of the vast sweep of that epic work, it's a cut-and-paste job -- monthly articles first published in the French newspaper Libération between 2008 and 2015.

I've written such books myself, cobbling newspaper columns together just by dragging files around my computer screen. If you had a keen interest in British Columbian school politics in the 1980s and '90s, my books might still interest you. Otherwise, forget them.

Similarly, in this compilation Piketty is fussing about the crash of 2008 from a European perspective, and most of us have tried our best to forget that unfortunate era. It's mildly titillating to learn that the octogenarian heiress to the L'Oréal fortune is the richest woman in France, with a fortune of 15 billion euros while declaring only one billion.
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The fight against food fraud - FT.com

The fight against food fraud - FT.com | Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
From meat to spices, is anything we eat what we think it is? The FT visits the Belfast-based Institute for Global Food Security
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How the One Percenters Divorce: Offshore Intrigue Plays Hide and Seek with Millions

How the One Percenters Divorce: Offshore Intrigue Plays Hide and Seek with Millions | Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
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Offshore companies used ‘in a game of hide and concealment’ after marriages break down
Documents list luxury cars and yachts, lavish homes, and art collections
Spouses face a costly battle to prove ownership of offshore assets in protracted divorce proceedings
Christopher Williams had been waiting 90 minutes inside the office of a helicopter tour company on the Hawaiian island of Kauai, keeping a careful eye on the airport parking lot below.
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All you need to know about the Panama Papers

All you need to know about the Panama Papers | Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
Over a year ago, an anonymous source contacted the Süddeutsche Zeitung (SZ) and submitted encrypted internal documents from Mossack Fonseca, a Panamanian law firm that sells anonymous offshore companies around the world. These shell companies enable their owners to cover up their business dealings, no matter how shady.
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