aristocratic district of the Champs-Élysées, where officials of a Swiss bank had a five-room apartment. Police had passed through a crowd of impatient clients in the waiting room, entered the office, and seized all available documents.
Albertin argued that the operation should have occurred earlier, as the business had gone on without interruption for ten days. Even so, the police collected 245,000 French francs, 2,000 Swiss francs, and even more important, an index, a cashbook, a file, and ten large notebooks with two thousand names.
He began to name the names of the tax evader elite, including two bishops, who he said, “though the kingdom isn't of this world,” were able to reconcile their oaths of poverty with the desire to shelter their fortunes.
Swiss bankers were stunned by the revelations of their clients' names. They feared that unless they could block future exposure, they might lose the deposits people had stashed with them to avoid paying their own countries' taxes. To make sure that account owners' names could never be made public again, in 1934, the Swiss Confederation made it a crime for a bank employee to violate the secrecy of clients' identities. Bank secrecy was born; even law enforcement on the track of thieves could not pierce it.
The US, of course, stands to be the most affected. Up until now, the Americans have been able to maintain a high demand for their currency due to its role in purchasing the world's primary energy resource. This demand has allowed the US to mushroom its debt to record levels supported by the selling of US treasury bills to foreign countries. How will the US continue to operate if countries stop floating their debt and turn instead towards the Euro?
The Iranian line in the sand
and more here
also on the project censored 2005 list of censored (underreported) news storie- for obvious reasons!
no more stupid yank accents babbling about national security and world peace on my telly.. no more yanks murdering brown women and children on my telly.. no more yanks.. no more telly!
Each nation's economy is individually analyzed, then, says Stiglitz, the Bank hands every minister the exact same four-step program.
from same site: Contra Cafe - uniquely smooth and full-bodied coffee grown by former Nicaraguan Contras. in the 1980s, these freedom fighters defended a communist dictatorship with U.S. assistance
newspaper article re above: "Contra Café underscores its conservative credentials by also giving 2 percent of its profits to the Freedom Alliance, a foundation started by Lt. Col. Oliver North.
North rose to fame during the Iran-contra hearings as the architect of a network that sold arms to Iran and used the profits to covertly fund the contras."
Khalil al-Dulaimi said Saddam wants to sue both leaders, along with Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, for allegedly authorizing the use of weapons such as depleted uranium artillery shells, white phosphorous, napalm and cluster bombs against Iraqis.
"We will sue Bush, Blair and Rumsfeld in The Hague for using such weapons of mass destruction," al-Dulaimi, in Jordan, told The Associated Press in Baghdad during a telephone interview.
more of the same
big it up! via jona's v entertaining link below, thanks jona
By browsing this database, and familiarizing oneself with the agendas of the individuals and organizations it contains, with the scope of their activities and with the tens of millions of dollars available to support them, a user of this base will find ample evidence for the existence of this left and for the fact that it is a major player in the political destinies of the nation
by wacko leftie William E. Odom
If I were a journalist, I would list all the arguments that you hear against pulling U.S. troops out of Iraq, the horrible things that people say would happen, and then ask: Aren't they happening already? Would a pullout really make things worse? Maybe it would make things better.
[from our friends at truth will out]
'Hundreds of Israeli civilians have died in nearly 60 Hamas suicide bombings'-the Guardian
How can one respond to Jack Straw's comment said with not an ounce of irony or humour? This utterly ridiculous comment made on tv shows the perplexion with which the news of Hamas' election victory has been greeted. Obviously Tony hasn't heard what its all 'about'........
So how many civilians has the Likud party killed? Is it really true that democracies never fight each other? As Hamas sweeps to power we will see non governmental terrorism converted into official terrorism just like every other government; violence against its own citizens and the states enemies. How will this compare to their Israeli rivals? The lines of defiinition between terrorists and state blur even further in the confused rhetoric of 21st century terror speak. The double standards of western democracy and condemning opposition will now be exposed on a grand scale. 'the election result is a major embarassment'
The German papers were full of praise, and Haber was promoted to captain. Finally a way had been found to break the stalemate of trench warfare. Haber threw a dinner party to celebrate. Clara and he got into a furious argument. That night she took his army pistol and killed herself in their garden with a shot to the chest.
Haber left the next day for the Eastern front, not even staying for the funeral arrangements. He continued to promote the use of poison gases, even when the true answer to the trenches turned out to be tanks. He was branded a war criminal after the Allied victory, but still won the Nobel Prize in 1918 for ammonia synthesis.
He remarried, and spent the years after war doing basic chemistry, but also searching desperately for a way to extract gold from seawater in order to pay the Weimar's Republic's debts. He rose steadily in honors, but nothing availed him when the Nazis came to power. Converting to Christianity and aiding one's country mightily in its worst struggle didn't count compared to his ancestry.
In the 1920s, scientists working at his institute developed the cyanide gas formulation Zyklon B, which was used as an insecticide, especially as a fumigant in grain stores, and also later in the Nazi extermination camps. [...] He committed suicide in 1946. Members of Haber's extended family died in concentration camps through the use of his invention, Zyklon B.
Swiss senator Dick Marty said it was also highly likely European governments knew what the US had been doing,[tony lying? no!] and that more than 100 prisoners may have been involved in recent years.
"It has been proved that individuals have been abducted, deprived of their liberty and all rights and transported to different destinations in Europe, to be handed over to countries in which they have suffered degrading treatment and torture," he told the council's assembly in Strasbourg.
this all part of "clever" and "logical" game theory research
up and down!
U.S. Representatives George Miller and Ron de Lugo write to Dr. Ruth Faden, chairperson of the Advisory Committee on Human Radiation Experiments: "...There is no doubt that the AEC intentionally returned (Marshallese) to islands which it considered to be "by far the most contaminated places in the world,' but which it told the people were safe. Nor is there any doubt that the AEC, through the Brookhaven National Laboratory, then planned and conducted test after test on these people to study their bodies' reaction to life in that contaminated environment."
murder women and children and then talk shit shamelessly
torture POWs to death and in the course if liberatin' others
Venezuelan president Hugo Chávez claimed that modern day Capatalist control the resources of the world in a speech delivered 24 December, 2005.
Chávez made the remarks at a rehabilitation centre saying "the descendants of those who crucified Christ ... have taken ownership of the riches of the world, a minority has taken ownership of the gold of the world, the silver, the minerals, water, the good lands, petrol, well, the riches, and they have concentrated the riches in a small number of hands.”
"judeoscope" is not impressed with these supposedly "anti-semitic" comments. erm anti-roman comments perhaps? yet.. the romans are pov nowadays.. hmmmm.. or could judeoscope be referring to the "concentration of riches" in new york banks?
We've got Newark, we've got Gary
Somebody told me we got L.A....
And when they come to march on ya
Tell 'em to make sure they got their James Brown pass
And don't be surprised if Ali is in the White House
Reverend Ike, Secretary of the Treasure
Richard Pryor, Minister of Education
Stevie Wonder, Secretary of FINE arts
And Miss Aretha Franklin, the First Lady
Are you out there, CC?
A chocolate city is no dream
It's my piece of the rock and I dig you, CC
God bless Chocolate City and its (gainin' on ya!) vanilla suburbs
Gainin' on ya!"
will see how "relatively little" risk is as usd fetish enters terminal phase :-)
<-- "The Washington-based government, which hasn't shown a profit in five years and carries the highest debt in its history, was ultimately driven out of business by costly overhead and cheap foreign competitors." enjoy!
“I tried to tell him,” the former senior official said. “And he couldn’t hear it.”
There are grave concerns within the military about the capability of the U.S. Army to sustain two or three more years of combat in Iraq....'
luvely tellay - brain damaging?!
Brazelton hooked newborn babies up to electroencephalographs and then exposed them to a flickering light source similar to a television but with no images. Fifteen minutes into their exposure, the babies stopped crying and produced sleep patterns on the EEG, even though their eyes were still open and observing the light. Brazelton's experiment revealed that the medium itself, with no content, acts directly on the brain to suppress mental activity. The Group for the Advancement of Psychiatry confirmed Brazelton's finding in 1982. They reported that the brain waves generated while watching even the most exciting shows were those of low attention states. The researchers found that while subjects viewed television, "output of alpha rhythms increased, indicating they were in a passive state, as if they were just sitting in the dark."
also see this from same blog on $ demise and stories about buffet and gates, via alex jones
"We are first world reserve currency issued by a debtor nation," Smith said. "How long will the rest of the world accept that?"
"I don't know when it happens. I don't have any idea whether it will be this month or this year or next year, but we are force-feeding [printing] dollars on to the rest of the world at the rate of close to a couple billion dollars a day, and that's going to weigh on the dollar." [Warren]
he FBI has a long, ignoble tradition of monitoring and harassing America's top intellectuals. While people ranging from Albert Einstein, William Carlos Williams to Martin Luther King have been subjected to FBI surveillance, there remains an under-accounting of the ways in which this monitoring at times hampered the reception of their work.
In response to my request under the Freedom of Information Act, filed on behalf of CounterPunch, the FBI recently released 147 of Said's 238-page FBI file. There are some unusual gaps in the released records, and it is possible that the FBI still holds far more files on Professor Said than they acknowledge. Some of these gaps may exist because new Patriot Act and National Security exemptions allow the FBI to deny the existence of records; however, the released file provides enough information to examine the FBI's interest in Edward Said who mixed artistic appreciations, social theory, and political activism in powerful and unique ways.
Ricardo Lobo: This number get smaller each day. But there are someones who still believe in Santa Claus. (laugh) You excuse me but I dont know how to speak about Lula without doing a joke. (laugh)
"Well," Bush began, "that's the hardest question I've had all day."
He said he welcomes an honest debate about Iraq but one that is "respectful."
"I expect and frankly welcome the voices of people saying `You know, Mr. President, you shouldn't have made that decision,' or, `You should have made it another way,'" he said. "What I don't like is when somebody says `He lied,' or `They're in there for oil.'"
ts ts ts
Americans need to ask themselves if the White House is in competent hands when a $70 billion war becomes a $2 trillion war. Bush sold his war by understating its cost by a factor of 28.57. Any financial officer any where in the world whose project was 2,857 percent over budget would instantly be fired for utter incompetence.
Beyond the ballot
BY NOAM CHOMSKY
6 January 2006
THE US President Bush called last month’s Iraqi elections a "major milestone in the march to democracy." They are indeed a milestone — just not the kind that Washington would welcome. Disregarding the standard declarations of benign intent on the part of leaders, let’s review the history. When Bush and Britain’s Prime Minister, Tony Blair, invaded Iraq, the pretext, insistently repeated, was a "single question": Will Iraq eliminate its weapons of mass destruction?
Within a few months this "single question" was answered the wrong way. Then, very quickly, the real reason for the invasion became Bush’s "messianic mission" to bring democracy to Iraq and the Middle East. Even apart from the timing, the democratisation bandwagon runs up against the fact that the United States has tried, in every possible way, to prevent elections in Iraq.
From the Khaleej Times
Jesus was almost certainly a cannabis user and an early proponent of the medicinal properties of the drug, according to a study of scriptural texts published this month. The study suggests that Jesus and his disciples used the drug to carry out miraculous healings.
The anointing oil used by Jesus and his disciples contained an ingredient called kaneh-bosem which has since been identified as cannabis extract, according to an article by Chris Bennett in the drugs magazine, High Times, entitled Was Jesus a Stoner? The incense used by Jesus in ceremonies also contained a cannabis extract, suggests Mr Bennett, who quotes scholars to back his claims.
"There can be little doubt about a role for cannabis in Judaic religion," Carl Ruck, professor of classical mythology at Boston University said.
Douglas Barker, 72, a former RAF serviceman, appeared at Chippenham Magistrates' Court yesterday to defend his actions.
The court heard that when sending back his tax return in July he included a letter explaining why he was withholding a portion of his bill.
He has put the money aside and says he wants to donate it to children and families in Iraq instead of giving it to the Government.
Barker was given a liability order by the magistrates and told that he would face jail if he continues not to pay the sum.
Prosecuting, Amanda Cassidy, of the Inland Revenue, said Mr Barker had paid his income tax, but was left with a shortfall of £1,142.58.
Court action was taken after he refused to pay.
why give the london shitspeakers any money at all?
While the government is moaning on about scroungers and cheats and reckon that working in dead end jobs for £5 an hour is enough to live on, they don’t seem so keen on chasing the rich for their taxes.
It’s not just top media tycoon Rupert Murdoch who pays virtually no tax thanks to his use offshore tax havens: Neo Labour donor and third richest man in the world, Lakshmi Mittal, worth £13bn, owns a £57m London home next to Kensington Palace but by claiming the UK isn’t his primary residence, pays bugger all tax, and also avoids capital gains tax on UK assets by holding them in a foreign company or trust. The business empire of retail billionaire Philip Green is mostly held in the name of his wife, Tina, who is resident in Monaco. Taveta Investments, the vehicle used to acquire Arcadia in 2002, paid out a hefty £460m to its owner last year; Green, who spends much of his time in Britain, would have been landed with a £150m tax bill if he officially owned Taveta but as it's held by the missus, a minuscule amount of tax is due.
What these super rich are doing is perfectly legal – you see they can afford to employ accountants to move their money about in clever ways to avoid tax. The rest of us see our wages taxed at source and the closest we get to tax avoidance is a day trip to France to stock up on booze and fags.
It is reckoned that the world’s super rich are hiding $11.5 trillion in tax havens around the world (10 times Britain’s GDP). The annual income that these assets earn is $860bn and taxable income from this could exceed $255bn. And that doesn’t include the trillions held in overseas accounts for multinational corporations; offshore companies of this type are springing up at the rate of about 150,000 a year. Whereas in the 1970s there were just 25 tax havens, now there are at least 63, about half of them British protectorates or former colonies. Tax avoidance in Britain alone is estimated to cost the Treasury between £25bn and £85bn a year.
The rich stashing away cash is nothing new, but the gulf between the haves and the rest of us just gets wider and wider. “This is one of the defining crises of our times,” reckons John Christensen of the Tax Justice Network, “One of the most fundamental changes in our society in recent years is how money and the rich have become more mobile. This has resulted in the wealthy becoming less inclined to associate with normal society and feeling no obligation to pay taxes.”
George Gelber, head of public policy at Catholic aid agency Cafod, says: “The people who use tax havens are free-riders on the taxes paid by working people round the world. They pay little or nothing for public goods such as the rule of law and security, which have to be paid for by the taxes of much less well-off people.”
lrb got this guy saying it how it is
With advice from Ernst & Young, directors of a major phone company paid themselves in gold bars and fine wines to avoid paying UK income tax and national insurance contributions (NICs). No sooner had the government plugged this loophole than the firm devised another scheme, which enabled its clients to pay directors salaries and bonuses through an elaborate offshore "employee benefit trust" and avoid UK income tax and NICs. The scheme is estimated to have been copied by 500 companies to avoid paying an estimated £1.5bn in taxes and NICs. The House of Lords has now ruled that the scheme was unlawful.
gold and fine wines hey? Accountants: a threat to democracy erm democracy? nevermind
'Be fair' plea as tax loopholes targeted
2. More and more people are deeper and deeper in debt.
3. Job creation has not kept up with population growth, and the employment rate has fallen sharply
4. Poverty is on the rise
5. Rising health care costs are eroding families' already declining income.
happy new year everyone
· they found my behaviour suspicious from direct observation and then from watching me on the CCTV system;
· I went into the station without looking at the police officers at the entrance or by the gates;
· two other men entered the station at about the same time as me;
· I am wearing a jacket "too warm for the season";
· I am carrying a bulky rucksack, and kept my rucksack with me at all times;
· I looked at people coming on the platform;
· I played with my phone and then took a paper from inside my jacket.
This Reuters story was written while the police were detaining me in Southwark tube station and the bomb squad was checking my rucksack. When they were through, the two explosive specialists walked out of the tube station smiling and commenting: "Nice laptop." The officers offered apologies on behalf of the Metropolitan police. Then they arrested me.
at least you didnt get shot in the head by the morons
cop cunt jokers, get a fucking job!
"The axis of evil - do you know who the axis of evil is? Washington - that's the axis of evil. And their allies in the world [britaineer jokers], who threaten, who invade, who kill, who assassinate,"
"We are creating the axis of good, the new axis of the new century."
What is going on sexually among US troops in Iraq is one of the great untold and unknown stories of the Iraqi occupation. As I have followed the course of this war, I have paid careful attention to any glimmers on information available. Having read perhaps 30,000-50,000 articles on Iraq, I've seen at most a couple dozen mentions of anything related to sex, other than the systematic sexual abuse and sometime rape of detainees at Abu Ghraib and the other US prisons. Of course, military regulations ban sex out of marriage, but these regulations have about as great a chance of being obeyed as the US has of obtaining the “total victory” that the President is always promising.
selfless! just like our tony tosspott :-D
Mr Morales will be able to point to the sort of measures unveiled on Tuesday if, as seems likely, he moves more slowly on other pledges such as nationalisation of the gas industry or easing restrictions on growing the coca plant.
Mr Morales also announced that his first foreign trip as president-elect would be to Cuba, a country he has long admired.
This visit will be closely watched in Washington, which fears the potential influence in Latin America of an alliance between Cuba, Bolivia and oil-rich Venezuela.
parasitical (yes thats what those figures mean) banana thieves panicked!
Evo Morales, the winner of Bolivia's presidential election, branded U.S. President George W. Bush a "terrorist", in an interview with Arabic satellite television on Tuesday.
"The only terrorist in this world that I know of is Bush. His military intervention, such as the one in Iraq, that is state terrorism," he told Al Jazeera television.
also: US envoy urges Venezuela to tone down attacks
that's right: tony "tosspott" blair gives the world an inclusive insight into his "job"
A working day in the life of Tony Blair is illegally long, wildly unpredictable and, on the evidence of a film released by Downing Street today, involves more costume changes than an episode of Sex and the City.
The British Prime Minister has released the Day In The Life video in an attempt to offer a glimpse into his working world. In the space of three and a half minutes, he is shown wearing 15 different ties, at least three different designer suits and a black tracksuit.
piece of shit joker
"When you get things done and you see results, and you think, well, in part, that happened as a result of something I did, or we did, or decisions that were taken here, that's what makes everything worthwhile and it's an enormous privilege to be able to do it."