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Christian Pastor: I’d Rather Experience Chinese Water Torture Than Listen to a Woman Argue With Me

Christian Pastor: I’d Rather Experience Chinese Water Torture Than Listen to a Woman Argue With Me | Politcs? Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it

I had no idea what to title this post because I had so many options.

Pastor Steven Anderson of the Faithful Word Baptist Church in Tempe, Arizona just gave the greatest sermon *ever* on the qualities of a “virtuous woman.” It’s offensive, misogynistic, hilarious… and it’s all on video.

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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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What matters about the Paradise Papers

What matters about the Paradise Papers | Politcs? Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
A cursory glance at the World’s leading tax havens illustrates the hypocrisy of politicians getting wound up about the revelations in the recently released Paradise Papers and the Panama Papers before them. Many of the havens are within the direct legislative jurisdiction of nations such as the US (which is itself a tax haven) and the UK, for example. And we should not forget that Luxembourg, Switzerland are key European homes of tax avoidance. Remember that the current President of the European Commission “spent years in his previous role as Luxembourg’s prime minister secretly blocking EU efforts to tackle tax avoidance by multinational corporations” (Source) ably supported by the Netherlands, another nation engaged in the practice. If the politicians were truly worried about this issue they could do something about it directly with the stroke of a legislative pen. Britain could, for example, eliminate Jersey, the Isle of Man, and its Overseas Territories from this corporate scam. The US could do similarly. The EU could bring in new rules to stop Luxembourg. But they don’t stop it, which tells you everything. But, the problem of tax avoidance and evasion is not fiscal. Progressives get stuck on that point. It is largely irrelevant. The real issues are inequality, power and macroeconomic stability. That is what this blog is about.
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Why have governments struggled to tackle offshore cash?

Why have governments struggled to tackle offshore cash? | Politcs? Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
If we needed reminding, the Paradise Papers have shown how attractive it can be to keep money offshore.
Wealthy individuals do it, companies do it. So can governments do anything about it?
Can they get big firms and the rich to pay what many regard as their fair share of tax?
In some cases the appeal of going offshore is to hide illegal behaviour from the gaze of law enforcement authorities.
But much of what has been revealed in this massive leak of documents is lawful.
In many cases it's about avoiding tax, which is legal, though it involves gaining a tax advantage in a way that the legislation did not intend.
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Paradise Papers reveal how tax havens damage Africa | Africa

Paradise Papers reveal how tax havens damage Africa | Africa | Politcs? Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
The new leaks of financial records illustrate how powerful individuals and companies across Africa use offshore havens to not only avoid paying taxes, but also to hide bribery and illegal dealings.
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Twisted Terms: SAVES Act Actually Harms Endangered Species

Twisted Terms: SAVES Act Actually Harms Endangered Species | Politcs? Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
Congress wants to weaken the Endangered Species Act with the new SAVES Act. In reality, SAVES will harm threatened and endangered wildlife all over the world.

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PIRatE Lab's curator insight, November 7, 8:59 PM
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The shocking numbers behind the modern slave trade

The shocking numbers behind the modern slave trade | Politcs? Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
Slavery is more common than you might think, and here are the figures to prove it.
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How the IMF can have real impact on fighting corruption

How the IMF can have real impact on fighting corruption | Politcs? Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) is meeting in Washington DC this week. We want to send a strong message about what the multi-lateral lender can do to have greater impact on fighting corruption.
Yesterday, Wednesday October 11, we handed Christine Lagarde a summary of this article. She publicly thanked us then. Now it is time to deliver.
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State Audit Slams New York’s Oversight of Nurses — ProPublica

State Audit Slams New York’s Oversight of Nurses — ProPublica | Politcs? Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
Echoing the findings of a 2016 ProPublica investigation, New York’s comptroller says the state does not investigate complaints swiftly and lets nurses with…
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The Facts are Piling Up Against the Site C Dam | The Tyee

This is our chance to finally make the right decision.
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The growing use of mandatory arbitration: Access to the courts is now barred for more than 60 million American workers

The growing use of mandatory arbitration: Access to the courts is now barred for more than 60 million American workers | Politcs? Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
In a trend driven by a series of Supreme Court decisions dating back to 1991, American employers are increasingly requiring their workers to sign mandatory arbitration agreements. Under such agreements, workers whose rights are violated can’t pursue their claims in court but must submit to arbitration procedures that research shows overwhelmingly favor employers. This study finds that since the early 2000s, the share of workers subject to mandatory arbitration has more than doubled and now exceeds 55 percent. In October 2017, the Supreme Court is expected to hand down a decision on three cases that could have wide-reaching implications for the future of mandatory arbitration and workers’ rights.
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ProPublica Seeks Source Code for New York City’s Disputed DNA Software — ProPublica

ProPublica Seeks Source Code for New York City’s Disputed DNA Software — ProPublica | Politcs? Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
We’re asking a federal court for the code behind a technique that critics say may have put innocent people in prison.
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Education Can't Solve Poverty—So Why Do We Keep Insisting That It Can?

Education Can't Solve Poverty—So Why Do We Keep Insisting That It Can? | Politcs? Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it

Unions are weak. Wage growth is non-existent. Plutocrats have all the power. And yet the myth that education is all we need to finally "fix" poverty persists. AlterNet education editor Jennifer Berkshire talks with historian Harvey Kantor about how the US gave up on the idea of responding to poverty directly, instead making public schools the answer to poverty. Hint: it all starts in the 1960s with the advent of the Great Society programs. Fast-forward to the present and our belief that education can reduce poverty and narrow the nation’s yawning inequality chasm is stronger than ever. And yet our education arms race, argues Kantor, is actually making income inequality worse.


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Is Tax Avoidance Immoral? A Catholic Lay Perspective

Is Tax Avoidance Immoral? A Catholic Lay Perspective | Politcs? Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
My friend and UCLA colleague Steven Bank is presenting a very interesting paper tomorrow at a faculty colloquium, entitled When Did Tax Avoidance Become Respectable? Abstract: No matter how many tax scandals are revealed in the media – and there have been many in the past year, involving a diverse set of taxpayers ranging from Donald Trump to Apple – what is most remarkable is that, by and large, the public has considered them relatively non-scandalous. This was not always the case. During the 1930s, even the most innocuous tax avoidance maneuvers, such as buying tax-exempt bonds, were attacke

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People Are Dying Because of Ignorance, not Because of Opioids

People Are Dying Because of Ignorance, not Because of Opioids | Politcs? Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
This is false. Beginning in the late 1960s, the heroin crisis played out in a similar fashion, except that the face of the heroin addict then in the media was black, destitute and engaged in repetitive petty crimes to feed his or her habit. One solution was to lock up users, especially after passage of New York State's infamous Rockefeller drug laws in 1973. By the early 2000s more than 90 percent of those convicted under those laws were black or Latino, far out of proportion to the fraction of users they represented.
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Please Advise! Am I the Only One Not Surprised By the Paradise Papers? | The Tyee

Yes, the super-rich shift money offshore and pay less in taxes. But we knew that.
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How Proportional Representation Empowers the Far-Right | The Tyee

Rise of extremism is helped by electoral systems that give fringe parties seats.
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Tycoon made $41m from ‘people’s fund’

Tycoon made $41m from ‘people’s fund’ | Politcs? Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
An entrepreneur charged with managing the oil wealth of the struggling African state of Angola was paid more than $41m in just 20 months, leaked documents reveal.
The payments were made via a complex web of companies set up in the offshore jurisdiction of Mauritius.
Jean-Claude Bastos also used his position to help set up large investment deals he stands to further profit from, the Paradise Papers show.
All sides deny any wrongdoing.
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Too poor to vote: how Alabama’s ‘new poll tax’ bars thousands of people from voting

Too poor to vote: how Alabama’s ‘new poll tax’ bars thousands of people from voting | Politcs? Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
In Alabama, money keeps thousands of people away from the ballot box – and the state’s felon disenfranchisement policies are probably unconstitutional

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Trump Finds a Way to Make the G.O.P.’s Tax Bill Even Worse

Trump Finds a Way to Make the G.O.P.’s Tax Bill Even Worse | Politcs? Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
The world’s most self-sabotaging president suggested Republicans make an eleventh-hour tweak that would doom the plan.
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European Public Prosecutor’s Office: a breakthrough in the fight against corruption

European Public Prosecutor’s Office: a breakthrough in the fight against corruption | Politcs? Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
Today, the decision by 20 EU Member States to create a European Public Prosecutor’s Office (EPPO) is a breakthrough in the EU’s efforts to fight corruption, according to Transparency International EU, the anti-corruption NGO. The EPPO, which will be an independent EU body based in Luxembourg, will have the authority to investigate and prosecute fraud, corruption and other crimes involving EU funds.
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The Temp Work Trap: No Security, Low Pay and Lax Employment Law Enforcement | The Tyee

Temp agencies are replacing regular jobs, and BC response hasn’t kept pace.
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Will the GOP roll back Obama-era mining bans?

Will the GOP roll back Obama-era mining bans? | Politcs? Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
Attacks on public lands continue Staff Report After more than a century of reckless mining that created a toxic legacy of pollution, the Obama administration finally started trying to prevent even more destruction by placing a few areas, including watersheds around the Grand Canyon, off-limits. Even those modest restrictions are apparently too much for the…
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Senator: Someone Needs to Be Fired Over Wasted $65 Million Plane — ProPublica

Senator: Someone Needs to Be Fired Over Wasted $65 Million Plane — ProPublica | Politcs? Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
Sen. Chuck Grassley tells the Defense secretary “if heads don’t roll nothing changes.” The plane, which never flew a mission in Afghanistan, is part of a…
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How U.S. military outsourcing turned toxic

How U.S. military outsourcing turned toxic | Politcs? Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
Military Pollution — ProPublica custom story project
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"Dog Warriors" is a good movie about outsourcing, LOL
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Modern-age outrage: slavery

Modern-age outrage: slavery | Politcs? Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
​At least 40m people around the world are modern slaves and about 152m children are labourers,
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Trump administration moves to take away overtime pay from workers

Once again, the Trump administration is weighing in against working people getting raises. The Department of Justice today filed a motion to dismiss its appeal of a preliminary injunction against the Obama administration’s overtime rule, quietly siding with business groups and state attorneys general who challenged the updated rule because they do not want millions of working people to earn overtime pay or spend more time with their families.
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