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Taxes Are For Little People

Paradise Papers: Tax haven secrets of ultra-rich exposed

A huge new leak of financial documents has revealed how the powerful and ultra-wealthy, including the Queen’s private estate, secretly invest vast amounts of cash in offshore tax havens.

Donald Trump’s commerce secretary is shown to have a stake in a firm dealing with Russians sanctioned by the US.

The leak, dubbed the Paradise Papers, contains 13.4m documents, mostly from one leading firm in offshore finance.

BBC Panorama is part of nearly 100 media groups investigating the papers.

As with last year’s Panama Papers leak, the documents were obtained by the German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung, which called in the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) to oversee the investigation. The Guardian is among the nearly 100 media partners involved in investigating the documents.

At the bottom of the article they have a nice little graphic showing the connections between Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross and a number of Russians including Putin’s son-in-law.

November 5, 2017   9 Comments

Just Another Mass Shooting

Sutherland Springs: Texas church shooting leaves many dead. The latest official casualty count is 26 victims and the shooter dead with two dozen people injured. The victims were having their regular Sunday service when the shooter entered the sanctuary and began shooting. Sutherland Springs is an unincorporated town about 20 miles East of San Antonio in South Texas. Population estimates for the town range from 330 to 630 people, so everyone in town would know the victims.

Just another US citizen exercising their Constitutional rights, according to the NRA, so nothing can be done.

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Happy Bonfire Night

Remember, remember the fifth of November
Gunpowder, treason and plot.
I see no reason why gunpowder, treason
Should ever be forgot.

The British are celebrating the anniversary of the thwarting of the Gunpowder Plot.

A group of English Catholic conspirators including an explosives expert, Guy Fawkes, stashed 36 barrels of gunpowder in the basement of the Parliament building with the intent of blowing up the members of Parliament and King James I during the official opening of Parliament on November 5th, 1605.

Bonfire Night is celebrated with bonfires and fireworks. Effigies of Guy Fawkes, and occasionally the Pope, are traditionally thrown on the fires. Effigies of modern politicians have made their appearances at the celebration.

As Robert Cecil was involved, I doubt anyone will ever know the truth about the plot.

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