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How Did Plutocracy Create The Refugee Problem?

December 20, 2017

There is a massive refugee problem, and Europe is the paradise that is supposed to solve it. However, Europe is also a paradise of a different type, that of the Paradise Papers. Both notions are related. The present refugee crisis is different from, say, immigration to the US or Australia in the past. Or even whatever was seen at the height of colonialism’s most horrible horrors. Now, refugees trying to reach Europe are ready to risk life, limb, and even their own children (sometimes they even send the children ahead, as if it were the only way to save them, although they know all too well all the abuse and mayhem laying in wait). On the face of it, the despair of refugees was not as great, even when they were fleeing the Nazis, at the onset of World War Two, when the Nazis were warming up to their ever greater horrors.

In short, the answer is obvious: all what is happening now, even the evolution of science and education, is a province of plutocracy. Through their enormous influence on so-called (“elected“) “representatives”  worldwide, plutocrats, including not just Trump, but Putin and Xi, have made the planet into their masterwork. As I explained for many years, the root of the problem is more than multigenerational, it dates from the evolution of human nature. But the growth of the power of civilization has turned something that just collapsed civilizations into something that is destroying the biosphere itself, even before civilization has been established on any other planet.

Meanwhile, the left, misled even by Marx (who didn’t see the most extreme danger posed by the banking system), has been barking up the wrong trees: “capitalism”, colonialism, nationalism, even racism, didn’t constitute the worst of one is confronting there, the Dark Side of man, that obscurantism leveraged by the power of civilization.

Fighting sexism, radically, would be a better start than all the preceding isms, on the way to fighting obscurantism (a work I will use as a rough equivalent of the “Dark Side” from now on, as one does not go without the other).

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Through The Alps Darkly:.

The scene is eerie: in the middle of the snowy night, white French local guides meet African refugees in a forest. Everybody is bundled in ten inch thick winter clothing and headlamps. The French talk to the Africans, in French, telling them they shouldn’t be afraid, they are not gendarmerie. Gendarmes would bring back the migrants to Italy (under a hare-brained EU law). The Africans speak perfect French. “Humanitarian” organizations in Italy have provided them with mountain gear.

After hours of efforts braving extreme cold, deep snow, cliffs and avalanches across a pass which is closed in winter, the Africans are understandably not keen to be driven back to balmy Italy. Some get killed during the traverse, falling off cliffs. The French gendarmerie then has to take enormous risks to extract them from precarious perches in which they have crashed.

In summer, the Névache valley is a paradise. Still migrants fall off cliffs in the middle of the night, as they try to avoid military patrols. In that alpine valley next to where I often reside, in the first ten months of 2017, 1,600 illegal immigrants went through, and were intercepted, and thus registered by authorities (most were not). Most of them were not. Out of the 1,600 who got official help, 900 were children. The Alps are dangerous. In winter, even through the Col de Léchelle pass, temperatures regularly dip to minus twenty (Fahrenheit or Centigrade). Snow is meters deep. Wolves, although illegally shot at by French authorities, roam. Migrants fall off cliffs, others freeze. 

Lower two-thirds of the wild and splendid Névache Valley. Migrants come from the right, and go the left. Most of the death and mayhem happen just in the forested pass lurking on the right.  The valley, by then endowed with roads and trains,  extends downstream 300 kilometers to the sea, zigzagging under the different name of “Durance”. Hannibal, escaping a Roman army in hot pursuit, probably used it, taking the Montgenevre pass just to the left, into Italy, and suffering his heavy losses from the local Allobroges (not the Romans). I have run and climbed all over the place, including the big (still) glaciated mountains in the distance.

The Italians are so happy to say goodbye to those French speakers from Africa, they give them free train tickets to travel along the Italian boot to next to the mountainous French border, well guarded by the Alps and the gendarmerie (Italy is, rightly, furious to see an enormous flow of refugees from Africa, and the rest of Europe doing nothing about it… although France makes war there, in half a dozen countries, enough to prevent a general takeover by Salafist madmen, and in spite of a lack of financial support from the rest of the EU).

I have a vested interest in the subject, having been brought up in Africa, and believing that French-speaking people living in Africa (my category in childhood) have a right to go to France, if and when they can make a living there.

Now, of course, cynics come and point out that there are not enough jobs in Europe. Curiously, though, they are, or used to be, lots of jobs in countries with high immigration, such as Great Britain post-Thatcher, or the USA under Obama-Trump… Or for that matter, in the France of the “Trente Glorieuses” (the 30 years of French economic ascent, reconstructing the country after 1945). On the face of it, there is high immigration to places with a future, and that means places with jobs.

So one needs to step back. Consider for example the San Francisco Bay Area. It used to have government built low-income housing. That was before Clinton style “Democrats” Post World War Two,  took power, and decided that anything short of the elite was just to be amused with fables. By contrast, the US government, under Democrat Truman and Republican Eisenhower, engaged in what would now be viewed as “Marxist” policies, far to the left of the worst proposed by Bernie Sanders.

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Why Were There Quality Jobs In The Thirty Glorious Years, And Not Now? Guns!

Answer, short version: because power is at the point of the gun, said Mao, In 1945, twenty million angry young men, trained to kill, infused with spirits of democracy, civilization, wanted nice jobs, so got them.

In one place local authorities tried to stop demobilized soldiers with legitimate grievances: Algeria, on May 8, 1945. Bad idea. Result: a blood bath, and then decades of uncivil war (and an ongoing dictatorship).

The correct answer was not to do what happened more or less accidentally in Algeria, but for the authorities to bend over backwards. Nobody could stop the potentially angry young men: they were the army.

The GI Bill made even higher education free for those trained killers brainwashed into the ideal of defending democracy. In the USA alone, it meant more than ten million GIs, who needed jobs, and were well versed in the art of killing those animated by Satan-Pluto). Millions of GIs took advantage. Others went into extremely well paid industrial jobs: they could afford a good house, a good car, a good homemaker wife, and good children receiving a good education.

Republican president Eisenhower rose the upper margin rate to 93% in 1953. Yes ninety-three percent. Meanwhile he ordered the construction of a PUBLIC (no tolls!) freeway system (the famous “interstates”). Now, even in California (under “Democratic” control for decades), tolls are introduced (and fees are so massive in California “public” higher education that they can compare to average family income).

The Republican platform of 1956 would be condemned by today’s so-called “Democrats” as “Marxist“. Well, it worked for all. Thus not for plutocrats.

Here is the core of the 1956 Republican Platform:

* Assistance to low-income communities

* Protect Social Security

* Provide asylum for refugees

* Extend Minimum wage

* Improve unemployment benefits to cover more people

* Strengthen labor laws so workers can join unions

* Equal pay regardless of sex

During the “30 glorious ones”, high density housing was built for the lower classes. Throughout the “West”. Come the eighties and nineties, after a decade or two to wilful neglect, it was demolished for being “ugly”… From Paris to San Francisco.

Fast forward indeed to the 1980s: B actor Reagan, one of these ignorant puppets plutocrats love, playing the role of “president”, reduced enormously the taxes on the wealthiest. He paid for this by closing down lunatic asylum. No doubt, as himself a lunatic, he felt that his kind should be able to roam free. Meanwhile, cities such as San Francisco, or the Paris Metropolitan area, decided that low-income housing was an eyesore, and literally demolished with high explosives, said housing, imploding thousands of homes. Why should ugly dwellings mar the views of the truly rich and their servants? Let them live in the street.

In San Francisco, high school teachers may have to live in their cars: they certainly can’t afford rents. The greater Bay Area has eight million inhabitants. Those who want to live in a normal room, have to drive hours a day to their jobs. University professors in the South Bay have been known to live in their cars. But hell, why not? Who would want Kremlin agent, multibillionaire Yuri Milner, to pay his fair share of taxes? Milner is the god of many an intellectual nowadays, as those giving crumbs to them, reach divine status among the pigeons.

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The Post Colonialist order of global plutocracy enabled the creation of tax heavens for the wealthiest, all over the world:

The “Paradise Papers” show clearly that laws are devised for the wealthiest to escape taxation. Something totally unsurprising: top politicians, when they graduate, turn into propagandists of the wealthiest, making them appear to be just like the friendly chap next door, although, to the wisest, they should look just like common chimpos pulling tricks.

Even though they are required to pay very little tax to start with, .001% of the richest people avoid at least 30% of the tax they owe. But of course the corruption goes much deeper than that: the entire system, from education to death taxes, is rigged so that the wealthiest get all the power and life support, and the rest barely enough to survive. Banks lend to the wealthiest, the art market is rigged as bitcoin for the wealthiest, when the wealthiest thieves get caught, they negotiate deals, and often just shrug away, suggesting the state may want to change its laws instead: Apple has been doing the latter for decades. Apple, the wealthiest company by market cap, said to the US, the mightiest country: change. And Apple may finally gets its wish, under King Trump I. If the law was hard and nothing but the law, all the C level officers of Apple would have long been under judicial supervision

0.01% of  the world’s population owe more than 50% of the wealth… And 99.99% of the power. Money is just the tip of the lever. Corruption and financial crimes have reached higher levels than ever. Plutocrats don’t want just wealth, they want power, and they want power not just for their own selfish comfort, but because they enjoy hurting others. In the latest, plutocrats plan to assassinate the biosphere (Glencore, mentioned below, became famous as a coal company; now it owns mines in Congo, and even the national parks they sit in; to make sure of that, Glencore employs… judges, no less! Thus, if one comes too close to a Glencore mine in Congo, just looking, even if accompanied by national park officers, one can be arrested… and “judged”, on the spot. Read on for more savory details on Glencore, as revealed by the “Paradise Papers”).

146 countries of which 100 are doing an automatic exchange of banking data. But, once again, the poor put their money in banks, the rich, in art.

Paradoxically, the OECD has progressed more in taxing wealth than the European Union. That’s an indicator of the fact that the 20,000 lobbyists active around the European Parliament work hard. So do the 6,000 lobbyists helping to draw the Trump tax reform.

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The “Colonial” rule was not just “colonial”, most often it came with an administration implementing the rule of law; bad for red-blooded plutocrats:

So empires were not just “colonial”. They were colonial, plus administrative. Sometimes 100% colonial and 0% administrative, as in English colonial America (colons did whatever they wanted). Sometimes 99.99% administrative, and .01% colonial (as in Senegal, the case I am intimately familiar with). When the administrative policy was to implement holocaust, or genocide, mass atrocities resulted, as intended (consider Australia and Canada, even in the 1960s, when they forcefully separated some Native populations from their children). There were no limits to how nasty European colonialists could be: contemplate New England cities paying for scalps of Natives. Or the US government doing all it could to exterminate the Indians, in the Nineteenth with bullets and the Twentieth centuries, with alcohol, while claiming it didn’t. Or think Congo, with the pluto in chief, king of the Belgians, on a rampage.

However, in many places, and more in modern times, the “colonial” administration came to prevent the worst abuses (especially against the ecology). Yes, matters were far from good in many places (for example in Algeria, all too few people of Muslim descent had access to full citizen rights, let alone high education). However in many other places, especially in Black Africa, the “colonial” system worked better for the Natives than any alternative. One real reason that France ditched her African colonies in a hurry was that having a functional French hospital every 100 kilometers, for the benefit of the Natives cost way too much money. So a withdrawal supposedly for humanitarian reasons was anything but. However the leftists saw nothing of the sort. All the “Doctors Without Borders” of the present age don’t replace a state of the art hospital every 100 kilometers. Same for schools every ten kilometers. Now African “leaders” are in charge of this, as French president Macron reminded us… But they don’t have the means. Only plutocrats have the means, and they have them because they are stealing the people blind, including the people of Africa.

But the main underlying reason for frantic decolonization of territories apparently incapable of administering themselves was to prevent the increasingly civilized administration of vast territories. Instead what US plutocrats implemented, under the guise of decolonization, was to have developing countries become a free-for all. A free for all plutocrats. (The same method was implemented in Russia itself, in the 1990s, under the cover of Harvard and its ilk; Putin was both reaction and compromise, yet still somewhat part of the worldwide Pluto system.) 

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Catch Your Fishes If You Can:   

An example has been the devastation of fisheries in West Africa. This is an old problem: the CIA was completely aware of it as early as 1986. Yet later, the son of the then “socialist” president of Senegal, a rather small country, and one of the poorest, became a billionaire… probably by selling personal authorizations to fish completely illegally to corporations from rich countries such as Korea (the son went to jail later, but refused to regurgitate much, or most, of the money; the 90-year-old father is toying with the idea of a return to politics, no less). 

As the Guardian put it in : “Tackling illegal fishing in western Africa could create 300,000 jobs: If governments in western Africa could end illegal fishing by foreign commercial vessels and build up national fleets and processing industries, they could generate billions of dollars in extra wealth and create around 300,000 jobs, according to a new report (pdf).

The devastating, social, economic and human consequences of overfishing in western Africa’s coastal waters have been well documented but the report, Western Africa’s Missing Fish, by the Overseas Development Institute and Spanish investigative journalists porCausa, lays bare the extent of lost opportunities across countries including Senegal, Mauritania, Liberia, Ghana and Sierra Leone.

“The scale of the losses is enormous. Instead of jobs and development, the livelihoods of artisanal fishers are being decimated by foreign fishing fleets, which operate virtually unchecked,” says Alfonso Daniels, lead author of the report, which presents new evidence of the extent and pattern of illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing (IUU) in the region – a global “epicentre” of overfishing.

For the first time, researchers used detailed satellite and tracking data to analyse the two main practices of IUU fishing: the activities of reefers – large-scale commercial vessels that receive and freeze fish at sea – and the transportation of fish in large refrigerated containers that are subject to less strict reporting requirements.

In 2013, they followed reefers off the coast of western Africa and found vessels from China, Holland and South Korea operating there, with fish exported globally. Among the 35 reefers operating in the region that year, routes were consistent with the transfer of catches from fishing vessels to reefers, including inside the exclusive fishing waters of Senegal and Ivory Coast, countries that have banned ship-to-ship transfers of catches.”

The French state, at times, has helped Senegal to police its waters. But if Senegal was a formal part of a formal imperial authority France was leading militarily, this would not happen. Senegal, thanks to the French, is better defended than Sierra Leone, where foreign, illegal trawlers not only fish in the 200 nautical mile EEZ, illegally, but outright penetrate Sierra Leone’s territorial waters. Sierra Leone was given a boat to make patrols, but cannot afford to operate it.

The Guardian, as a thoroughly brainwashed member of the establishment, talks only lost jobs and revenue. But actually, fish is the main source of protein of West Africa, and its disappearance brings malnutrition, and death, to dozens of millions. If, once again, France and Britain were the guardians of the area, this would not happen.

But it does happen. So for millions of young West Africans of the most enterprising type, the best solution is to emigrate to where there jobs, health, and a future.

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Better to die than having no hope, say the refugees:

Over the last decade, hundreds of thousands of refugees have probably died, trying to reach Europe. We have 33,000 confirmed names, over the last decade, but that’s just a small fraction of the total.

Surely nobody cares when people die in the middle of the desert

The systemic tragedy, that hundreds of thousands of people risk, every years, life and limb to gain entry into Europe would not have happened in the so-called “colonial era”. This should be meditated upon. What changed? When one makes this sort of remarks, smart asses proud with a pseudo-intellectual sheen roll out the phrase “racist colonialist white supremacist”. Never mind what is really said.

Colonialism better in some ways? I can’t wait for the insults. Insults are all too often hurled to prevent thinking.

Yet the situation is this: Africa used to be livable enough for Africans not to want desperately to leave it.

Some will contest this smartly, by pointing out that it was harder to leave Africa then, that’s why there was no massive immigration. However, I grew up in Africa at the time, and know it was more livable then. I lived among the Natives, and was pretty much one of them, and Africans, from the white north or the black south, and the browns in between, were not looking up to flee Africa for Europe at the time; their lives were balanced, happy, without Islamist madness and plenty enough of interesting things to do, like agriculture, fishing, cooking, talking, dancing. After nominal independence, this colonial order faded progressively away (except in Algeria or Guinea, where brutal dictatorships were imposed, with attendant mass deaths and mass emigration.)

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Humanitarianism As A Cover To The Pluto Machine:

“Humanitarians” say we should help, it’s a shame we don’t. They want to save 5,000 here, 10,000 there. But how many want to come? How many hundreds of millions?

The solution is to make Africa livable.

Or Syria, or Iran.

And first, it takes military might.

To tell us we should help, and we don’t do enough is correct. But nothing short of dismantling the Pluto order will do. Humanitarianism, as it is today, mostly give Plutos good conscience, and put them in the front row, saving the climate they assassinate a bit more everyday. It was hilarious to see, at the Paris climate conference, self-declared “philanthropists” all out to help the climate, when they machines are ravaging it. Serious: one owns a gigantic airline (Virgin’s Branson, friend and host of the PC Obamas), another enormous computer machinery using the power of many nuclear power plants (Gates), another is a gigantic financial vulture (Bloomberg), etc….

Meaning claiming we have to do small-scale humanitarianism, is like saying an engine needs oil. Yes, the Pluto machine needs the oil of humanitarianism. To look good, and work good. Yes, it feels good to help. But nothing short of dismantling the Pluto machine will be really effective. Being plutocrats’ lap dogs make us part of a dog and pony show (yes, dogs and cats site are thousands of times more popular than brainy sites, I know all too well…)

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What is the main killer in the developing world? Lack of surgery!

Two million surgeons are missing in the “developing” world, for five billion people. Lack of access to basic surgical care is the number one killer in the developing world, above malaria, tuberculosis, etc. Go explain that to Bill Gates. Two millions surgeons missing. Why? Plutocrats don’t like surgeons in particular, and doctors in general (except when they need their services). In the so-called “West”, the shortage in the education of doctors had been colossal, long-lasting, and deliberate. Why? Plutocrats don’t like doctors and surgeons: doctors and surgeons are brainy and they require a lot of education, thus cash, hence taxes. Doctors and surgeons can, would, and did lead revolutions. Revolutions are bad for plutocratic business. So the plutocratic system prefers to steal doctors in the developing world, paid by developing world taxes, are needed. And if developing world people die from lack of surgical care, well, no worries, no problem, plutocrats called “philanthropes” will come visit the dying, a pretext to fly their private airplane companies, and enjoy the seven stars hotels they own, throughout the planet.

Climate? Maybe they can visit Antarctica in the full luxury of a polluting cruise ship. They will make sure to say hi to a few servants, presidents, Prime Minister and princes on the way. While hypocritically, and deliberately confusedly complaining about their colleague, financier,  and uppity servant, Vladimir Putin (and his billionaire henchmen).

Tax the wealthiest! People brandish the “Tobin tax” concept. But there is nothing new about “Tobin tax”. The idea is as old as civilization, economists just use jargon (when I told that to Krugman, he censored me, before recycling the idea for himself later). Instead, plutocrats foster “philanthropy”, the love of man, something only them can foster. But replacing taxes by NGOs is replacing justice and equality by plutocracy and abuse: it can’t work.

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French Doctors On Fire, The Latest Trend:

Nothing proves this better than the sad fate of Doctors Without Borders. Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF). Doctors Without Borders, a Peace Nobel Laureate is a French founded international humanitarian non-governmental organization (NGO) bringing healthcare to war-torn regions and developing countries ravaged by endemic diseases. In 2015, over 30,000 personnel — mostly local doctors, nurses and other medical professionals, logistical experts, water and sanitation engineers and administrators, advised by advanced countries doctors — provided medical aid in over 70 countries.

The success of Doctors Without Borders (MSF) is enormous, so various enemies of peace have learned that, because it is a civilizationalizing force, MSF is the enemy. So what do those followers of the Dark Side do? From Afghanistan, to Syria, to Yemen, MSF is now targeted. Doctors, by the dozens, are shot like dogs,  up to 57 died in one attack. To make sure they can’t help anymore, nurses got their hands chopped off, etc.

History is formal on this: one can’t have justice if one does not have order, and the only ones roaming are the dogs of war.

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Plutocrats own Africa, that’s why Africans are fleeing it, thanks PC Baby Boomers:

It is dawning on people that the sort of self-obsession Baby Boomers instituted as ultimate guidance, electing Nixon, and especially Reagan, this haughty Political Correctness of a pseudo-left, pseudo-pro-peace, is nothing but. The world imperial order of plutocracy we got is the fruit of their self-absorption and intellectual laziness.

Bill Clinton, the ultimate selfish baby Boomer posing as an empath, went all the way, even where neither Nixon and Reagan had dared: he reverted, annihilated the financial order that Franklin D Roosevelt had instituted.. And has had to institute. Clinton put financiers back at the helm, so they could take care of selves, & Clintons.

I have been saying this for decades. Now the notion is finally reaching the mainstream. Even Vox is going my way. Consider: “How the baby boomers — not millennials — screwed America. The boomers inherited a rich, dynamic country and have gradually bankrupted it.”

I will deal with that essay in a separate essay of mine, as it says, from another voice, (some of) what I have been saying for years. Actually, those US Baby Boomers screwed the entire planet, and, first of all, Africa. (Other Baby Boomers, say the European ones, are just parrots of the US ones, because the USA is the leading nation of the world, whatever whoever is saying…) Thus, all and any of the so-called solutions they have put forward are to be viewed with suspicion, to say the least: they are meant to grease The Machine of plutocratic exploitation, not replace by something just, equitable and sustainable.

Plutocrats are crafty: they hide in plain sight. Watch the Obamas bonding continually with “Prince Harry”, a corrupt guy who was just born right, and could get away with parties in Las Vegas who would send the Commons to prison. Watch Bernard Henri Levy (BHL), coming out of one of his palaces, this greatly humongously splendid humanitarian, complete with open shirt, Hemingway style. BHL followed some of my ideas (say on Libya; Humanism Is Force, Or Is Not: against ultimate evil, only ultimate force works). However, BHL made a fortune, like quite a few other top French plutocrats, by exploiting Subsaharan Africa, in a way that no competent administration of the region would have allowed.

As it is, Africa is a dream come true for plutocrats: watch Glencore. That Swiss based company basically owns Congo at this point. Glencore produces rare metals and earths crucial for electronics laptops, smartphones) and electric vehicles (it started with coal, but coal is on its way out). Most of the production comes from giant mines in Katanga, next to Kolwezi. Kolwezi became famous for the lightning strike jump of the French Foreign Legion, under fire, to free more than 5,000 hostages. French troops suffered 11 dead, more than 60 europeans were assassinated, and now the region is under the control of Glencore… Thanks to somber cash payments, all the way to Congo’s President Kabila himself… As just revealed by the “Paradise Papers”.

Well, it’s paradise for the owners of the world. And if we go to hell, as the planet burns, they will chuckle, as Nero proverbially did.

Actually, although Nero was one of the worst emperors ever, I shouldn’t commit defamation, just because it sounds good. In truth, Nero was not in Rome when the fire started. Then he helped fight it, and opened the imperial palace to refugees.

Don’t expect as good a behavior from today’s plutocrats. They are much worse. Differently from Nero, they have colonized minds themselves. As events in many different countries showed recently, the Deep State extends all the way to the main companies, and all the way down, not just banks and the Justice systems, but also to Big Law, and even many NGOs.

Orwell imagined what he thought was the worst, and he came short. In his book, “1984”, gloom and doom rules. Instead what rules now is what is perceived as the best of all possible worlds, when, in reality, we are tottering on the brink of extinction, because of our insistence that we leave in a sort of democracy, when never ever before, so much mind control has been exerted by so few.

If you don’t believe me, watch Twitter, a de facto monopoly, set-up, as Google and Facebook, by the state, decide who gets published, and who gets banned. And who put Twitter in place? Not just the plutocratic servants in the White House, but tycoons associated to Putin, such as Yuri Milner.  I have said it for years. And I have disapproved of it for years.

Now, even the New York Times, which seems to have banned me for years as a conspiracy theorist, admits that I was right:

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THE PARADISE PAPERS: Kremlin Cash Behind Billionaire’s Twitter and Facebook Investments

Leaked files show that a state-controlled bank in Moscow helped to fuel Yuri Milner’s ascent in Silicon Valley, where the Russia investigation has put tech companies under scrutiny.

It’s a bit more than an ascent: Milner actually invested for example 250 million dollars into Twitter, when Twitter was just a start-up (I love my Twitter account, by the way). 250 million dollars of Putin’s money, that is. I have related in the past the many proofs that Putin is not just a plutocrat, it’s one of the West’s plutocrat (those who find this a bit mysterious, should read “1984” again).

“In the fall of 2010, the Russian billionaire investor Yuri Milner took the stage for a Q. and A. at a technology conference in San Francisco. Mr. Milner, whose holdings have included major stakes in Facebook and Twitter, is known for expounding on everything from the future of social media to the frontiers of space travel. But when someone asked a question that had swirled around his Silicon Valley ascent — Who were his investors? — he did not answer, turning repeatedly to the moderator with a look of incomprehension.

Now, leaked documents examined by The New York Times offer a partial answer: Behind Mr. Milner’s investments in Facebook and Twitter were hundreds of millions of dollars from the Kremlin.

Obscured by a maze of offshore shell companies, the Twitter investment was backed by VTB, a Russian state-controlled bank often used for politically strategic deals.”

This is just the surface of the horror. To understand it fully, stand in front of judges. Most of them are also part of “The Machine”. And the worst? Many of them, don’t even know it. Hope? At least one judge, a president of an Appellate Court, had to resign for gender discrimination. He is 80 years old… Another one, a Federal judge named by Reagan 32 years ago, from the supposedly “liberal” 9th circuit, also resigned for the same reason. Meanwhile judges shuffle gender discrimination cases into “arbitration” (secret courts).

They probably appear in front of Yuri Milner, great bishop of worldwide plutocracy. (Don’t worry about Milner being indicted for being an agent of Putin, most of the red-blooded agents of the US judicial system, including judges, dream to be employed in one of Milner’s companies, or one of the companies of Milner’s pals… who are roughly anybody dealing with silicon…)

So let the refugees drown and freeze: they will give our philanthropic plutocrats ruling the planet the occasion to divulge their awesome “humanitarian” streaks. We are all just to stand in awe for the streaks of their bloody footprints. And for those who really want to change the world for the better, the way is obvious: hyper criticism of the entire establishment and Deep State (something giant, which includes the judicial system and Big Law), and especially of the ideas and moods sustaining it. Help the refugees, yes. But better, attack the system.

Patrice Ayme’

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Radical: Queen Of England A Loan Shark, Plutocratization Proceeds, Disinformation Blossoms

November 7, 2017

When people talk of “radicalization”, they think of “Alt-Right” and Jihadism. Thus they confuse the piece of bark they look at, its little worms squirming, with the disease which has made the forest die. Some, it’s true, are paid to entertain the confusion. Professors in the highest universities come out, and accuse low lives, be they “Jihadists” or “Alt-Right” of being bad. Instead of contemplating at the immense forest of radical corruption beyond, and above, which feeds those little worms. Thus Tariq Ramadan, a man who stealthily preached lethal violence against women, advised government all over, and enjoyed posts in a dozen universities, including Oxford, all the way to Japan. While French police kept in trust, the physical evidence of his rapes. 

Want radicalism? What is radical is that revered Queen Elizabeth II of England, head of countless states, has just been revealed to be a 99.9% loan shark (see the Paradise Papers, millions of documents from a law firm in Bermuda with the business model of making it so that the wealthiest people on the planet, who don’t pay enough tax already, pay even less than the law meant them to). Using just the offices of one corrupt law firm, the owner of England had just hidden offshore, away from pesky taxes, around twenty million dollars… That’s just one account. I am sure the royal thief has more, let all the British kneel!

As I revealed as early as 2009, the Bush-Obama administration “fixed” the world economy by giving money, in humongous amounts to all their friends. Friends, they had, friends they made. Some of these friends were the likes of Saudi Prince Walid Bin Talal, grandson of Saudi Arabia’s founding king, Abdulaziz. Bin Talal is now incarcerated, with another 31 other plutocrats (and 10 princes) in Saudi Arabia.

This is a long story, which is just starting to unfold, part and parcel of what I am talking about here; the Clinton-Obama faction lost control of Saudi Arabia; the notoriously corrupt Al Talal was a dedicated attack dog against Trump. They had so much hubris, the ilk of yours truly could see what they were doing plainly: I wrote many essays, nothing seemed to have happened… Until now. Al Talal controlled Citigroup, so Obama gave it 60 billion dollars (it was presented at the time as a severe loss by the likes of the deliberatively naive New York Times, although appearances can be deceiving: secret arrangements were made; by March 2017, Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Al Saud was back in control, for all to see, and the CEO of Citigroup came to beg. Clinton and Obama thought they had it made… Oops…

Aeon wants us to focus, instead on these epiphenomena, “Alt-Right” and Jihadism as two aspects of the same thing. Yes, they are, but not just for the reasons advanced in Aeon, however valid they may be. Contemplate: “Alt-Right or jihad? Unleashed by globalisation’s dark side and the collapse of communities, radical Islam and the alt-Right share a common cause.”

Yes, a common cause is fury at the encroaching plutocratization of the planet. And they are “not so different” as Aeon puts it, because they were installed by the same crowd of conspirators who control the worldwide media.

Radical Salafist Islam is a problem, indeed. However, it was initially entirely made up by some more sinister, much more radical forces which let it fester, or even encouraged it, as they had with many other forms of fascism prior. Those forces have most of the money, hence power, in the world: a few people control most of the world’s wealth, and they meet, and breathe, together, all the time. Please read the “Paradise Papers” which show the queen, the Kushners, the Wilbur Rosses, and Putin’s minions and relatives, among others, all splurging at the same through.

Common criminal. Such reciprocally self-admiring thugs have conditioned the Commons to love, and revere them. Just as sheep have been conditioned to love and obey those who sell them to the slaughterhouse, after shearing them for years.

Those satanic leaders who lead the planet to oblivion are the real radicals: They feed us poison, we, or at least the media they control, that is, nearly all the media, adore them in return (contemplate the maddeningly unjustified Obama, Elizabeth II, Putin, Justin Trudeau and Clinton cults) . And when they do not feed us literal poison. Not only, in a worldwide conspiracy, they feed us “Roundup”. They also feed these recently contrived poisons, Neonicotinoids, found in honey, worldwide, making all of us crazy, stupid, and forgetful like the bees themselves. Worse of all, they feed us, through their evil universities, poison of the highest most spiritual type (full disclosure: I got degrees from Paris, Stanford, Berkeley: I disapprove of them, because I know them, all too well). A violent Islamist such as Tariq Ramadan, a professional advocate of Salafism, teaches in no less than two departments in Oxford, instead of being in jail, after decades on French TV, as if he were the Prophet himself, preaching radical venom.

There are the radicals. A few disgruntled low lives acting up, like the Jihadists and the “Alt-Right“, not to say “Alt-Left“, are just consequences, mostly ornmental.

Plutocratization, in most instances we have among civilizations, take generations, sometimes centuries (it took 550 years for plutocratization to bring total loss of control of the Roman state; it took many centuries in the European Middle Ages, for plutocratization to bring serious civil, religious wars, all over). The US started to plutocratize around 1880 CE.

Catastrophe and loss of control, though, is typically sudden. The Trump administration just declared a 4.7 degree Celsius global temperature rise is possible by 2100. In other words, the apocalypse. No civilization can resist to that. That means a 70 meter sea level rise, guaranteed, and possible partial shut down of planetary oxygen.

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Mainstream thinking, at the highest level, long abusive and demented, is squeezing us and the planet out of all and any juice: 

Not the thinking which shows up, when Obama smiles to every one as if they were the most beloved being he ever saw, but the thinking which is acted upon (when same Obama orders assassination in countries the US is not even at war with, just because he can).

“Alt-Right” is a buzzword. It’s not clear what that means. If one thinks Hillary Clinton is a crook and a danger to democracy, is one “Alt-Right”? Infuriatingly, it was too long the case, yes. Clinton would get $200,000 each time she opened her mouth to corrupt financiers, and Obama asks for $400,000 (even when talking to the official US historian). Now it turns out that Donna Brazile, head of the DNC, Democratic National Committee reveals in her memoirs even worse about how Clinton stole democracy from Sanders.

Does that make Donna Brazile is “Alt-Right”, because she dares to declare that she thought of replacing Clinton by Biden before the presidential election? Hundreds of thousands of Sanders supporters, and disappointed ex-Obama faithful, were labelled “Atl Right”, just for supporting common sense…. And democracy

Fascists and communists back in the 1920s and ’30s had full support from many plutocrats, especially in the Anglosphere. Roosevelt sided with Nazism against France, as early as 1934. Nazi Germany became a new far-West for US plutocrats, enabling them to evade Teddy Roosevelt’s anti-monopoly laws. The British signed an alliance with Hitler in 1935 (which grossly violated the Versailles treaty). It’s a testimony to crushing propaganda that these inconvenient facts sound like unbelievable fiction to the mystified masses, and those who pretend to lead them intellectually.

‘Cosmopolitan’ and ‘globalist’ values, now as in the 1930s, are a front for global plutocracy. The king of England in 1936 can be depicted as a Nazi. But who knows this? It was buried by crafty disinformation. The US recognized Vichy, an unconstitutional junta, before the Nazis did, and dutifully president F.D. Roosevelt sent his right hand man, four star admiral Leahy as ambassador.

Elizabeth II makes money (she has never enough) by secretly lending at 99.9% to the poorest people in the UK (see the “Paradise Papers”). Who cares? Accuse the little guys of thinking wrong, and being angry, instead! Let’s side with the powers that be! As Obama did, turning everything into gold for himself (Obama is a personal friend, I care for his soul…).

It’s not “absolutely important to live in so-called “democratic countries”, simply because they are not democratic at all. They are just pretending to be, and north Korea also use the label “Democratic” in its depiction. Barack Obama and all top US politicians are for sale (with the possible exception of Trump himself, because he is already so wealthy!)

Marine Le Pen’s hard-Right National Front and Jean-Luc Mélenchon’s hard-Left UNSUBMITTED France (France insoumise; “unbowed” is less faithful a translation) got half the vote. Both promise more referenda, and proportional parliamentary systems, so can be viewed as promising more democracy.

Those fighting for Jihad are the victim of a double interference. First, the enormous propaganda for Salafist Islam (I was educated in Islam, but it was not Salafist Islam; now, if one disagrees with the infamy of Salafist Islam, a number of paid violators, such as Tariq Ramadan, come to tell us we are racist… just because we are human!)

Salafist islam is profitable to oil men, Aramco, Wall Street, Saudi princes, and all those associated to them (Bush family), and “Muslim” dictatorships, all over, etc

The second factor is the increasing destitution and de-democratization.

Part of the pronblem with the “unmooring” of tradition is the failure of correct education, itself coming from a failure of proper research.

Take the case of France. Please consider Saint Louis (abject anti-Jew and obscene anti “non-believer), Louis XIV (abominable fanatic, throws 2 million Protestants out of France after torturing them with “dragons”, killing thousands, causing a world war, the war of the Spanish Succession), Napoleon (Hitler without the racism against the Jews, something he compensated for by enslaving colored individuals in the West indies). Those preliminaries to Hitler are still revered in the French history textbooks. In truth, Napoleon should carted off the Invalides (built by Louis XIV) and thrown into the Seine, after being condemned to “damnatio memoriam” (as the Romans had it.

So it is the mainstream thinking, at the highest level which has become abusive. The reason? Intellectuals are not free anymore, they are on stipends, anxious about their pathetic little careers.

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Radical Islam is part and parcel, a tool and weapon, of a more general problem. The plutocratization of the world:

Nazism and Sovietism were also part of it. When an oligarchy (a few ruling) gets in power, it can only sustain itself by the most satanic, evil ways: that’s the plutocratic phenomenon, the greatest danger to any civilization. Taxation was invented to prevent the rise of wealth based oligarchies and their ripening in fully metastatic plutocracy. The West was affected twice by plutocratization: the first time, when the Roman Republic turned into a fascist empire and then a theocratic fascist empire where the “heretics” were executed (Theodosius decrees, 391 CE). The second mass plutocratization happened when the Carolingian system turned into the so-called “Feudal” order, and its attendant resurrection of the Inquisition (one the gifts of Theodosius).

We are in the age of the third plutocratization. The US Republic, whatever its defects, was no plutocracy: the first US billionaire was Carnegie, and he was notoriously equalitarian, advocating enormous taxes on the wealthy. The other Republic, France, was also equalitarian, although it was quickly intoxicated by Napoleon.   

The third plutocratization proceeds stealthily (as the preceding two did). Lenin used to chuckle that the capitalist would sell the rope to hang them with. But actually what US capitalists such as the Harriman brothers did was the exact opposite. They sold Lenin the rope to hang Lenin with. The US plutocrats sold Stalin massive oil offshore installations (Baku), and the oil was then given to the Nazis, so that they could invade France. Earlier, Texaco had given the Nazis Texas oil, and other US plutocrats provided equipment, so that the Nazis could destroy the Spanish Republic.

Meanwhile, said Nazis had an alliance with the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, while US oil men, financiers and plutocrats (including president Roosevelt) made an alliance with the Salafist Islam supported Saudi family. That was a recycling alliance: we, US plutocrats, get the oil, you, Saudi plutocrats, get the money, you, evil Arabian Princes, recycle the money on Wall Street and London, and you, Saudi monarchy, hold We The People of the Muslim countries down, with Radical Islam, the way Roman emperor Theodosius i did it, killing all the “heretics” you don’t like. So here we are.

As long as this is not understood, the foundations of this subject have not been understood.

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Conclusion: We live in the world of big lies. Some will say:’Nothing new!’ However, what is new is that now common people have the means to examine and reveal, these lies. An example: decolonization. Decolonization should be written this way: “decolonization”. Much of it consisted in wild plutocratization, once the “colonial” administrations were removed: consider the fortunes made in France by plutocrats Pinaud, BHL, and even the guy who offered Macron a one million Euro apartment in Paris, when Macron was 24 years old, because an “Inspecteur des Finances” (there are only 5 a year in France, and they are supposed to be after the wealthiest…) had to live in style…

The corrupt web the planet is smothered by extends all over. Brexit, London, Putin, Assad, and some in Trump orbit are all in it. When Obama bent down to the floor, for his master, king Abdullah of Arabia, he had been told that was one of his masters of future financing of his obsequious self. He had been feeding dozens of billions of US money towards this sort of masters. Helas, Trump happened, and Trump detests the Abdullah faction…

Great Britain should be made into a Republic, because no people should be ruled by a loan shark. It’s not just for them, British, but for our own safety, worldwide. After all, these crooks helped bring Nazism, in a past they would like us to believe is irrelevant. (A second Brexit referendum should also be led, once some of the main Brexiters are in jail where they belong: see Special Prosecutor Mueller first indictments..)

All those preaching Radical Salafist Islam should be arrested (for hate crime propaganda). And so on. Tax evasion should be dismantled… for the really wealthy, and that starts with a worldwide, generalized CADASTRE of all properties (a revealing of all properties, real or not: who own what land and interests, in anything, whatsoever).

Don’t hold your breath yet. “Apocalypse” comes from the Old French and ecclesiastical Latin from Greek apokalupsis, from apokaluptein ‘uncover, reveal,’ from apo- ‘un-’ + kaluptein ‘to cover.’ Thus a general uncovering would be an apocalypse. For the radical crooks who exploit us, and the planet, to death. Those who brought us Fundamental Islamism are those who brought us Hitler. Not too many are paying attention that their descendants are in power.

However, if we don’t get this general revelation, this general apocalypse we can manage, we will get the other sort of apocalypse, as found in the Bible or Qur’an: the world all aflame. It will be the first time civilization collapses, worldwide, and the biosphere will, moreover, collapse with it. These, at the very least, are interesting times.

It was recently discovered that, when the Earth’s core sloshes, giant earthquakes soon follow. Here what we have, hopefully, is a giant sloshing of information previously deduced and guessed by the ilk of yours truly, but now available to all. Hopefully vast quakes will follow and shatter the establishment.

Patrice Ayme’

US Plutocrats: Delaware, Not Panama

April 8, 2016

I long said that the USA was the world’s number one tax haven, followed by Great Britain. And this is exactly why these two countries are the seat of global plutocracy. (London boasts that it is the world’s number one financial place, ahead of New York.) The New York Times in “Need to Hide Some Income? You Don’t Have to Go to Panama”, April 8, 2016:

“For wealthy Americans looking to veil their assets and shield some of their income from taxation, there is no need to go to Panama or any other offshore tax haven. It’s easy to establish a shell corporation right here at home.

“In Wyoming, Nevada and Delaware, it’s possible to create these shell corporations with virtually no questions asked,” said Matthew Gardner, executive director of the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy, a nonprofit research organization in Washington.

In some places, it can be more difficult to get a fishing license than to register a shell company. And it doesn’t cost much more.”

Delaware Is The World’s Pluto Center. 285,000 Companies Are Registered In That Delaware Building Alone.

Delaware Is The World’s Pluto Center. 285,000 Companies Are Registered In That Delaware Building Alone.

Delaware allows companies to shift the seat of their business and their profits to Delaware, where, conveniently, there is no tax.

Speaking of the Panama Papers, “This is just one firm [Panamanian Mossack Fonseca law firm] in one place,” said Gabriel Zucman, an economist and the author of “The Hidden Wealth of Nations: The Scourge of Tax Havens,” “So it cannot be representative of what’s happening as a whole in the world.”

“But Mr. Zucman, who estimates that about 8 percent of the world’s financial wealth — more than $7.6 trillion — is hidden in offshore accounts, said another reason was that it is so simple to create anonymous shell companies within the United States.

Wealthy individuals and businesses that want to mask their ownership can conveniently do so in the United States, and then stash those assets abroad.

Yet while the United States demands that financial institutions in other countries share information about Americans with accounts overseas, its reciprocation efforts fall short, critics say.

“You see a ton of wealth in tax havens in Switzerland and the Cayman Islands that is owned by shell companies that are incorporated in Panama or in Delaware,” he said. “The bulk of this wealth does not seem to be duly declared on tax returns.”

The Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy in “Delaware: An Onshore Tax Haven” observed that the state’s obscurity, combining with a loophole in its tax code “makes it a magnet for people looking to create anonymous shell companies, which individuals and corporations can use to evade an inestimable amount in federal and foreign taxes.”

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Not to think the New York Times is going against the branch on which it sits, plutocracy. The preceding extracts were hidden away from the electronic front page. What we found on the front page was Krugman going all-out against Bernie Sanders in Sanders Over The Edge.

A good way to say bad things is to sound reasonable’ Krugman excels at that:

“…most liberal policy wonks were skeptical about Bernie Sanders. On many major issues — including the signature issues of his campaign, especially financial reform — he seemed to go for easy slogans over hard thinking. And his political theory of change, his waving away of limits, seemed utterly unrealistic.

Some Sanders supporters responded angrily when these concerns were raised, immediately accusing anyone expressing doubts about their hero of being corrupt if not actually criminal. But intolerance and cultishness from some of a candidate’s supporters are one thing; what about the candidate himself?

Unfortunately, in the past few days the answer has become all too clear: Mr. Sanders is starting to sound like his worst followers. Bernie is becoming a Bernie Bro.

Let me illustrate the point about issues by talking about bank reform.

The easy slogan here is “Break up the big banks.” It’s obvious why this slogan is appealing from a political point of view: Wall Street supplies an excellent cast of villains. But were big banks really at the heart of the financial crisis, and would breaking them up protect us from future crises?”

Actually Krugman is a specialist of trade, not banks. Bank specialists like Simon Johnson, have called for the break-up of the 21 biggest banks (which are recognized as special by the present US government).

Krugman detests Sanders saying Hillary has no clothes:

“It’s one thing for the Sanders campaign to point to Hillary Clinton’s Wall Street connections, which are real, although the question should be whether they have distorted her positions… But recent attacks on Mrs. Clinton as a tool of the fossil fuel industry are just plain dishonest, and speak of a campaign that has lost its ethical moorings.

And then there was Wednesday’s rant about how Mrs. Clinton is not “qualified” to be president.

What probably set that off was a recent interview of Mr. Sanders by The Daily News, in which he repeatedly seemed unable to respond when pressed to go beyond his usual slogans. Mrs. Clinton, asked about that interview, was careful in her choice of words, suggesting that “he hadn’t done his homework.”

But Mr. Sanders wasn’t careful at all, declaring that what he considers Mrs. Clinton’s past sins, including her support for trade agreements and her vote to authorize the Iraq war — for which she has apologized — make her totally unfit for office.”

Speaking of exhibiting extremely deep, vicious dishonesty, I sent the following comment, it was censored:

It was obvious, during the ramp-up to the Iraq war that the top leaders of the USA had lost their mental balance. The United Nations did not believe their lies and refused to give them an authorization to attack Iraq. Bush attacked, without a UN Security Council authorization, because he was supported by New York Senator Clinton. The invasion of Iraq by the US caused millions of people to die or being wounded. It brought the Islamist State.

Those who engineered this debacle should have been prosecuted for crimes against humanity. Suggesting they are decent, because they apologize, is to deny civilization has merit. Proposing to be led by them again is proposing to learn nothing from the past.

Specialists of banks long suggested to break big banks and big shadow banks (Simon Johnson, 2009). This is not a revolutionary proposition. Teddy Roosevelt broke big oil. When President Franklin Roosevelt came to power, he closed all the banks. That was much more revolutionary.

Global trade treaties enabled giant corporations to extend their monopolies to the entire world. This way, they escape local legislation. An example is the “Double Irish” Apple Inc. and many other corporations use. The CEO of Apple admitted that two-third of the profits of Apple were not taxed.

End of my comment. Krugman never mentions subjects such as the preceding with the angle I use. In his world, big banks, big trade, big bucks, etc. are absolute big goods.

Hillary is his “sis”, with a bit of luck, she will be grateful, and make him big something, some more. Heathens such as me, with their strident Clintonophobia, have no doubt “not done our homework” because, like Sanders, we are just reprobate school children of no intellectual merit.

Try not paying taxes, as big fishes do, if you are a little guy. You will be sent to jail, anywhere in the West. Plutocracy central? You bet!

Another, completely innocuous comment of mine to Krugman later in the day was also censored. Krugman’s post was entitled “Why Cruz is worse than Trump“. Exactly what I have been saying for five months. I guess the dear professor noble Nobel whatever, is not too keen to expose where he gets (some of) his inspiration from. These are sad, nervous days, for those who love plutocracy, the old fashion way.

Nine 5 Star Hotels In Bariloche, Argentina, & Golf Courses To Receive Obama & His Secret Service, In Style, Next Year

Nine 5 Star Hotels In Bariloche, Argentina, & Golf Courses To Receive Obama & His Secret Service, In Style, Next Year

In “USA Financial Extortion“, the essay linked to at the beginning of this essay, I pointed out the connivance between New York “Justice” and financial “Vulture Funds”. Meanwhile, the son and scion of one of the richest persons in Argentina was duly elected president, and Obama rushed to celebrate him, after 15 years of cruel, demented, anti-Krugman, anti-financial plutocracy rule in Argentina. That new Argentinian plutocrat and president is called Macri. He is a dancer. It turns out he was the name on shell companies in several places of the Anglo-Saxon plutocratic empire (such as the Bahamas). That was just revealed in the Panama Papers. Never mind.

Macri, as president, reduced the arrogant financial demands of the lower classes in Argentina: he needs all the money in the world, to pay his Vulture Fund friends in New York, whom Obama serves so well. So brand new president Macri threw more than one million people in poverty, by gutting their allowances: more than 2.5% of the total population of Argentina. Such is the way of the admirers of Reagan: make the rich richer, and the economy will reward you (thus, when Obama came to power, he saw the economy and its big banks were sick: so he gave all the money in the world to the big banks, and reduced the tax rates of the hyper rich by 20%, and now you can see the economy is right).

In any case, throwing more than a million to the poor house is glorious: not bad in a few weeks of assuredly very presidential work. Maybe Macri’s dad can propose newly retired super star noble Nobel Obama some 5 star stay in Bariloche, next year? Just an idea. What are friends for, among the world’s rulers, if not grateful?

Patrice Ayme’

Apple A Criminal Organization?

February 28, 2016

In 1839, the French government bought the right to the invention of photography, from Monsieur Daguerre (his co-inventor had died in 1831). Then the French government turned around, and offered the invention to the world. Present tech giants are doing the exact opposite: they steal inventors and sell the world to enrich themselves. So doing the violate all and any local law, and ruin the world.

Is Apple a criminal organization? Just asking. Let me roll out a few facts. You judge. Five hundred (500) people were killed or gravely injured in Paris, just because Apple, a tax-thieving corporation, which has weakened the armies of the West all over, is led by crook who cooperates with terrorists. American and French intelligence agree that they would have been able to detect the attacks in California and Paris, if not for encryption they can’t break. The master mind in Paris was a celebrity terrorist of the Islamist State, who had dragged bodies on video. He could come and go in Europe, communicating with accomplices, because of encryption. Last time he came in, that was with ninety (90) others, some in the refugee flow. To organize all this, communications through encrypted phones were essential.

Why Apple And Its Ilk Are So Rich: Because They Are Thieves, Not Because They Are Geniuses

Why Apple And Its Ilk Are So Rich: Because They Are Thieves, Not Because They Are Geniuses

All and any person facilitating the terrorist activities of mass murderers actual or potential, should be arrested immediately (lest spying on them allows to  find their accomplices). There has been enough tergiversation. Certainly the CEO of Apple seems to be such a criminal. In California, where Apple is located, a loser stealing a pizza slice have gone to prison for life, for stealing that pizza slice. Others were not that lucky, and were outright executed by the police for just looking suspicious.

I have myself witnessed several cases of police ready to shoot losers just for a traffic stop. The media has documented fatal cases. That Apple and its ilk are thieves is beyond questioning: it had 1.6 billion Euros in back taxes, in France alone. Fines were applied, because it was culprit. That it got help in this criminal scheme from the British government is besides the point.

Under Obama, the patent system was changed to help the big monopolistic corporations (the so-called tech giants). Now the giant plutocratic corporations can steal an invention legally. Because the inventor who has been stolen has to demonstrate that he or she suffered “economic damage” also irreparable harm”. So if Google steals you car, you now have to demonstrate that it hindered you economically, it’s not just a question of being stolen. This is the Obama presidency for you.

Apple lost at the ITC, a branch of the Federal Government in Washington DC (they were infringing patents of other companies). Then Obama overrode the ITC order, because he thought Apple was all-important, needed the world to have iphones.

Obama flew dozens of times to the San Francisco Bay Area to get money and further orders from his sponsors there, whom he rigged the system for (the head of Apple came several times at the White House).

Make no mistake: I am more pro-tech than anyone. And that’s precisely why I am for protecting inventors and motivating them with potential riches. Instead the present system is rigged towards the growth of plutocracy, at the cost of revolutionary technology.

Global Plutocratic Thievery Rests On Encryption And Secrecy

Global Plutocratic Thievery Rests On Encryption And Secrecy

Terrorist mass murderers as in San Bernardino or Paris should have NO privacy RIGHT, WHATSOEVER. Besides, they are dead (except for one), rightly executed by the police, or themselves. Some have objected that Apple defends the “4th amendment” of the US Constitution. Not so.

What Does the Fourth Amendment Mean?
The Constitution, through the Fourth Amendment, protects people from unreasonable searches and seizures by the government. The Fourth Amendment, however, is not a guarantee against all searches and seizures, but only those that are deemed unreasonable under the law.
Whether a particular type of search is considered reasonable in the eyes of the law, is determined by balancing two important interests. On one side of the scale is the intrusion on an individual’s Fourth Amendment rights. On the other side of the scale are legitimate government interests, such as public safety.

The extent to which an individual is protected by the Fourth Amendment depends, in part, on the location of the search or seizure. Minnesota v. Carter, 525 U.S. 83 (1998).

I guess it depends what one means by “people” and “reasonable” and “protect”.

Apple makes its money by paying tiny money for the companies which made its devices in Asia. This is a form of labor, and economic laws evasion. Presidential candidate Donald Trump has suggested a 45% tax on Chinese imports to compensate. That would make a lot of his fellow plutocrats very unhappy.

SILICON VALLEY CATCHES YOU WITH HONEY:

For years the so-called “tech giants” have led a symphony of lies. Some firms are real inventor, for example Intel, and smaller firms you have never heard of. However the firms making the most money are technology integrators which are basically arms of the American government as a worldwide plutocracy. The great opposition of Apple Inc. is part of that act. It’s all a big manipulation to make us believe they are the opposite of what it is. It’s not because the Polar Bear, Ursus Maritimus, is white that it is pure as the driven snow. Actually it is white, and apparently innocent, so it can eat you.

In related news, Silicon valley plutocrats have started to push for a “basic income”, European style. That’s just a smokescreen to avoid the real conversation, which should be that Silicon Valley should be paying its taxes, and should be paying for our services, when it sells our data, unbeknownst to us. It is true that Silicon Valley uses our data. So it should pay us for it. That it does not want to do so, speaks volumes.

Basic income is necessary for the indigent. However, basic income is not a new idea. It is as old as imperial Rome, where it was implemented. Thus, basic income has more to do with a system friendly with slavery.

The argument has been made by Silicon Valley that no one should know our data, thus the need for absolute encryption. That’s hypocritical: as I said, they use our data. Thus they say: fear the thieves, while stealing us.

Paul Handover worries that:”Millions of people with nothing to hide are, nonetheless, deeply concerned about a general loss of personal privacy.” That’s ironical, considering what the tech monopolies are doing with our data.

If people have nothing to hide, they have nothing to hide. They can stand in plain view of the governments. So they should not do what the tech giants want them to do. They should not behave as if they were plutocrats, and had something to hide. If they have something to hide, that nothingness should be exposed. And if the government cannot be trusted, it should be fixed. Right now, as it is, the tech giants of the USA, giants in unlawful profits, of the USA, are completely entangled with the government in Washington, DC. That should be exposed, made transparent, revealed, dismantled.

I have nothing to hide, the government can follow me all day long. What I fear is terrorists: I was attacked several times, and even bombed by right wing fascists in Europe, and got death threats. None of these attacks or threats ever came from a government, although I lived in Algeria, Ivory Coast, Senegal, Mauritania, Niger, Mali, Peru, Bolivia, Iran, Mexico, Canada, USA, the EU, etc. Yet, everywhere I went, I did not keep my mouth in my pocket.

Transparency is not something we should fear. It is something we need. We need it for two main reasons:

  1. Organized crime, such as global plutocracy, thrives on secrecy. This is what really worry Apple and its billionaire share holders: once its worldwide cheating shenanigans are exposed, it will not be able to enjoy them anymore.
  2. As technologies forges ahead, weapons of mass destruction will be feasible in all cellars. The Islamist State, for example, has made chemical weapons. (It’s not just Assad!)

Our future world will be transparent, or it will not be. The Roman Republic, since inception, was friendly to the rich.

However, the same Roman Republic blocked the rise of plutocracy absolutely, by limiting how much power individuals could control. In particular, the wealth of the richest families was capped absolutely. How did the Roman Republic do this? With the Cadastrum, the registry of all private property.

Right now, there is no world cadastrum. The plutocrats hide their money in various ways, mostly through anonymous companies. Some treasures islands have several times more anonymous companies registered than they have inhabitants. (It’s no coincidence that these treasure islands are often British, or Dutch owned, that is why the UK is so rich. And this part of the reason why it is so hard to change.)

The plutocrats want others to live in misery: this is how they feel like Gods. San Jose, the USA’s richest large city is a place, partly of utmost madness, destitution and people living in garbage. This what the Silicon Valley cool billionaires in jeans organized. Here you go, and it’s the same squalor all over the Bay Area, except in the billionaires’ enclaves:

San Jose, 2014. While Billionaires Fill Their Jumbo Jets At Government's Expense, Normal People Can See Such Scenes Everyday, A Few Miles Away

San Jose, 2014. While Billionaires Fill Their Jumbo Jets At Government’s Expense, Normal People Can See Such Scenes Everyday, A Few Miles Away

[People walk along a thrash-lined trail at the Silicon Valley homeless encampment known as The Jungle, Monday, Dec. 1, 2014, in San Jose, Calif. City officials began posting notices on hand built structures, tents and tree trunks warning the 200 residents of what is likely the nation’s largest homeless encampment that the bulldozers are coming. People living in the Silicon Valley camp had to be out by Thursday, Dec. 4 or face arrest for trespassing. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)]

In the greatest scheme of things, it is plutocracy and the world of organized crime which has brought worldwide instability and terrorism (I have explained how in hundreds of essays, going along many threads; it’s the main story of the twentieth century). Should we not apply the brakes now, things will get much worse (think middle ages with nukes, spaceships and engineered life forms). Nazism was greatly a product of German plutocracy, aided and abaited by plutocrats from the USA. Should we want to repeat fully the performance, it would be much worse. Last time felt like the apocalypse, but it was just a warning.

Ordinary people commit, at most, tiny little crime. The plutocrats who “lead” the world (into the abyss) commit gigantic crimes, they depend upon the lack of transparency to operate. As Quantum encryption (completely unbreakable) is on the rise, it’s urgent to require a transparent world. Moral people have nothing to fear, crooks, plutocrats, and criminals, everything.

Patrice Ayme’

Global Corruption Mood

January 14, 2016

Corruption is not just a practice, but a mood, and it reaches heavens, when it’s made legal. Examples, especially global examples, set global moods.

An idiotic president spent his presidency visiting with plutocrats, begging them for money. A consequence of this highest example of triumphant corruption? The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) is now delving further into corruption and doping in the world of international athletics.

Who is leading the charge against corruption? The usual suspect. The French Republic. In Munich, Germany, Thursday january 14 “the criminal investigations into the IAAF (International Association of Athletics Federations) and its independent commissioner turned over information to the French prosecutor’s office” the Canadian reporting to WADA, McLaren, revealed.

Great Perspectives Elevate Moods. Base Examples, Lower Them. Mount Olympus, 2917 Meters, Greek Gods’ Heavens

Great Perspectives Elevate Moods. Base Examples, Lower Them. Mount Olympus, 2917 Meters, Greek Gods’ Heavens

It’s the second set of findings by the commission established by WADA. The first report released in November stunned the world of athletics by daring to reveal widespread, systematic doping in Russia, including the involvement of some employees of the Russian government. (Left unsaid was that, just looking at their results, countries such as the UK, USA, and Jamaica are just as drugged out as Russia is.)

Olympus gave its name to Olympia, where the Olympic games were held every four years, starting in 776 BCE. Olympia is actually in the Western Penepolese, a gigantic mountainous peninsula, far from Olympus in Northern Greece. So what’s the connection? Elevation of the human character, the will to come closer to the gods. Ancient athletes got no reward, but only symbolic ones, such as a crown of laurel.

Today’s Olympic athletes are only Olympic in name. Just like prostitutes they are led by greed to do what is too shameful, or even too illegal, to talk about. Including destroying their own lives through drug addiction, just to roll in dough.

In this hell, the elected politicians stand even lower. They have no shame, and have rendered legal all they do. [Although I make an exception for those who really fight for ideals, like politicians who campaign for socialized, or single payer medicine in the USA, such as Bernie Sanders, or against plutocrats, Sanders again. (And also the one whose name shall not be said.); or Catalan independentists, etc.]

IAAF suspended Russian athletes from international track and field competition. The question of whether they will be authorized to take part in the Rio Olympics is in the air.

The report brought a series of resignations of IAAF officials, including anti-doping director Gabriel Dolle and IAAF president Lamine Diack. Diack was jailed and is facing corruption and money laundering charges in France. Diack is accused of taking more than $1.55 million in bribes and taking money from athletes to cover up positive doping tests.

Diack’s sons were also paid by IAAF. One was convoked by French justice, but fled to Africa. France issued an Interpol warrant of arrest against him on Tuesday.

This is the sort of things, ladies and gentlemen, why global plutocracy hates France: France considers herself as the holder, beholder and defender of world justice.

What’s next? France issuing warrant of arrest against ALL international criminals? Will plutocrats be immune no more? Is France going to arrest all what makes London worthy, or, more exactly, expensive?

In the Swiss Canton of Ticino, Tessin, 24 global textile firms established themselves in the last two decades. Including North Face, Boss, Armani, Gucci, Versaci, countless Italian fashion houses, etc. The textile sector has become the main contributor to Ticino/Tessin taxes.

However their rate of imposition are kept secret. This sort of corruption is legal. However, it’s high time to put this sort of politicians and civil servants in jail. They often have, like El Chapo, the Mexican drug lord, the support of the local population. They are not any better.

Why not any better? Because by undermining the global tax base, they weaken global law enforcement, thus civilization, driving people crazy, and they turn to drugs to forget the whole mess. At some point, one will have to use force.

In Ticino, or Tessin, in the year 2012, the company formerly known as Pinault-Printemps-Redoute, headed by Pinault, one of the world’s top plutocrats, maybe the richest person in Europe, and who, showing up at the Elysee Palace could ask all present, including the so-called “President” to sit and stand-up, at will. Again and again. Of course, it won’t happen. It would break the Orwellian spell the Commons have been plunged into.

So Pinault the would-be Satanic changed the name of its tool: invisibility is one of Pluto’s assets. Changing names confuse critics. Instead of calling it as it was known, he called it “Kering”. Sounds seriously German, as serious as Volkswagen. Kering owns Gucci, Alexander McQueen, Volcom, Stella McCartney, Puma, etc.

An NGO got its hand on Kering’s accounting, and just revealed it. Kering has 600 employees in Switzerland. They make 70% of Kering’s profits (as least so Satan Pinault claims). In the rest of the world, Kering has 30,400 employees: they make only 30% of Kering’s profits. Making the computation, a Swiss employee makes 1.6 million Swiss Francs (roughly 1.6 million US dollars), and the average employee in the rest of the world, the thirty thousands, makes less than 14,000 dollars of profits. So a Swiss Kering worker makes more than a thousand times more profit than a Non-Swiss employee. They claim. And remember: we don’t know how small the taxes are on Pinault’s supposedly Swiss property. So instead of the French Pinault being taxed in France, or the rest of the world, he is “taxed” where there are no taxes. And the criminal ambles the world of the powerful, more powerful than them all, showing up at Davos, to plot with the other criminals. Hey, it was good to destroy completely the primary forest of Ivory Coast (thus spawning civil war there, when the economy tanked, as a result).

As the French magazine L’Express noted in 1986, “Bernard-Henri Lévy went all-out for his father. Did he intervene with presidential counselors to use the presidency’s African contacts to bump up the Ivory Coast’s debts to Bécob to top priority? BHL denies this intervention. However, he admits having contacted [then-PS Economy Minister] Pierre Bérégovoy to help his father.” Lévy also looked for help with the conservatives around Jacques Chirac, then mayor of Paris, and ultimately got an advantageous state loan after the personal intervention of President François Mitterrand.

Lévy’s firm also obtained an advantageous loan from François Pinault, a Gaullist politician, luxury firm executive, and today the 67th richest man in the world with a fortune of $11.5 billion.

Given Pinault’s bad reputation in business circles and his ties to far-right figures like Jean-Marie Le Chevallier and neo-fascist National Front leader Jean-Marie Le Pen, L’Express notes, “Helping Bernard-Henri Lévy, a star of the intellectual left and leader of an already substantial network in publishing and media circles, was perhaps not such a stupid move. … The theory of a gesture by Pinault to win over BHL matches well, in any case, with subsequent developments: the turn of the [Pinault] group towards cultural industries and the birth of a ‘great friendship’ with Bernard.”

That was then. Now Pinault is much wealthier. Much powerful. By next year, he can ask Obama to lick his toes. In private.

Fiscal “optimization” has absolutely to stop. If nothing else, it’s weakening the West top military powers in their military capability. This is clear in Britain and France. (In the USA, the corruption affects military procurement: see the F35 scandalous catastrophe.)

But I am sure many officials in Ticino live very well, and, just as Nancy Pelosi only ever earned at most 160,000 dollars a year, her great leftism and democratism insures that Pelosi has now a personal fortune “between $42.4 million and $199.5 million in assets in 2013, which was enough for Bloomberg Business to deem her the richest member of House leadership from either party. By 2014, she and her husband, investment banker Paul Pelosi, were doing even better: She reported between $43.4 million and $202 million in assets”.

A report from Associated Press indicated that six years ago the IAAF knew of the widespread doping. Two internal IAAF papers before the London Olympics proposed not publishing doping sanctions for lesser-known Russians. Other officials claimed the IAAF was “one of the largest criminal organizations ever revealed”. Although some insisted that FIFA was still in the lead in that horse race.

In these matters, as in many others, the self-declared leading country leads. Obama just explained in his SOTU that the world wanted the USA to lead. Maybe it’s the world of the corrupted, corrupting global plutocrats which wants the USA to lead. In the USA many completely unethical practices, such as mass concussions for the youth, to serve “bread and circuses”, and make the youth unthinking, are perfectly legal.

Many so-called universities, “prestigious”, “excellent” and all that, get most of the profits from…concussion sports, with thoroughly drugged out young athletes (as shown by their dismally short lifespans). Is not that a new sort of slavery?

If the French prosecute, and jail them all, no doubt, after a while that the dreadful examples coming from the other side of the Atlantic will have to be put to the question.

Want to put a stop to the preceding? Campaign and vote for Senator Bernie Sanders, Clinton’s opponent. Although not the far left “populist” plutocratic media claims he is (him and Donald Trump!) Sanders, differently from the Obama, I helped so much eight years ago, is a known quantity in politics with an extremely long track record (yes Bernie likes guns and the F35… But he has to, as the Senior Senator from Vermont, a state heavily in guns and the F35). On the record both “populists” are very much against the tax advantages given to world’s richest people. Sanders is no doubt sincere. And Trump changes the mood, by condemning vigorously the practice (which Klingonic Clinton condones).

Clinton got $600,000 in speaking fees from Goldman Sachs is one year. G-S is an investment bank who got $60 billion from Obama in 2009… Goldman Sachs paid 5 billion dollars in fine for breaking the law. Not one G-S executives was prosecuted while kids who smoke pot go to jail. I have long condemned such facts. Now B. Sanders talk about them. They have to be carefully considered.

Clinton’s reply? Clinton accused Sanders of wanting to “start a contentious debate on healthcare, repel Obamacare”. All lies. Sanders wants MEDICARE FOR ALL.

Changing moods is the most fundamental step to take towards a necessary re-evolution. Yes, some of the world’s wealthiest, most powerful men, are the most corrupt. They are like the stem cells of a metastatic cancer of worldwide corruption. What happens in sports is just symptomatic. The stem cells of worldwide corruption have to be extirpated. Time to tax them, with more than taxes. Contempt should be high on the list, and the awareness than their behavior entails major capital crimes, not just ecological devastation.

Patrice Ayme’

Plutocracy Rising Through Tax Avoidance

December 30, 2015

The New York Times discovers the obvious:

For the Wealthiest, a Private Tax System That Saves Them Billions: The very richest are able to quietly shape tax policy that will allow them to shield billions in income.”

Incoming tax policies will save the “very richest” billion more in taxes. But they have already saved hundreds of billions in taxes, if not trillions. In the USA alone. And we have to thank, in particular, the great so-called democratic leaders for that (some of the most prominent ones, like the adored Nancy Pelosi, hero of Obamacare, made hundreds of millions of dollars, while in politics: a successful political career is the safest way to make a fortune.

Bill: “Hey, Donald, We Gave You Everything, It’s Our Turn To Lead the Low Lives Again!” Donald: "You Mean the Idiots?" Hillary: "Oh Donald, Don't Speak Like That!" [Then She Hilariously Bleats Like A Goat.] Donald, Less Amused: "Can You Believe These People? They Are So Greeeedy!"

Bill: “Hey, Donald, We Gave You Everything, It’s Our Turn To Lead the Low Lives Again!” Donald: “You Mean the Idiots?” Hillary: “Oh Donald, Don’t Speak Like That!” [Then She Hilariously Bleats Like A Goat.] Donald, Less Amused: “Can You Believe These People? They Are So Greeeedy!”

So it is all over the so-called democratic West. The situation in France does not differ from that in the USA, it is actually in some ways, much worse. Two-thirds of France’s largest companies (CAC 40) by market capitalization are held by families (the equivalent consideration with the USA’s 500 largest market cap companies shows “only” 20% owned and controlled by families).

How is this all possible? Both the French and U.S. tax codes exclude the wealthiest from much, if not all, taxation. The French tax code does it glaringly (but the ). The tax code of the USA does it both glaringly, and obscurely.

In either case, the plutocratically owned Main Stream Media (MSM) never reports it . Or then they report it the way the New York Times did: by omitting a lot, if not most.

But let the New York Times’ Patricia Cohen and Noam Scheiber tell it their way:

“WASHINGTON — The hedge fund magnates Daniel S. Loeb, Louis Moore Bacon and Steven A. Cohen have much in common. They have managed billions of dollars in capital, earning vast fortunes. They have invested large sums in art — and millions more in political candidates.

Moreover, each has exploited an esoteric tax loophole that saved them millions in taxes. The trick? Route the money to Bermuda and back.

With inequality at its highest levels in nearly a century and public debate rising over whether the government should respond to it through higher taxes on the wealthy, the very richest Americans have financed a sophisticated and astonishingly effective apparatus for shielding their fortunes. Some call it the “income defense industry,” consisting of a high-priced phalanx of lawyers, estate planners, lobbyists and anti-tax activists who exploit and defend a dizzying array of tax maneuvers, virtually none of them available to taxpayers of more modest means

In recent years, this apparatus has become one of the most powerful avenues of influence for wealthy Americans of all political stripes, including Mr. Loeb and Mr. Cohen, who give heavily to Republicans, and the liberal billionaire George Soros, who has called for higher levies on the rich while at the same time using tax loopholes to bolster his own fortune.”

Something the New York Times does not mention at all: it is talking here only about the money wealth, and income that one can see. However, MOST OF THE WORLD’S WEALTH IS HIDDEN IN DARK POOLS.

And there is worse: money is power. Money gives power. The interest of money is that it enable the owner to have others do what she or he, wants.

But Bill and Melinda Gates don’t need to spend any money to have Obama giving them the power of molding the educational system as they see fit: they just show up, and make suggestions. Obama and his court immediately give Bill and Melinda the reins, because they want a job in 13 months, when they dismal tenure expires.

And so it is all over: when Bill and Melinda take the reins of tens of countries health care systems, and, still hiding behind their “love of man” decide that healthy policies will favor Monsanto (with which their “charities” and investments are entangled), and its wonderful Genetically Engineered wellness. But back to the New York Times’ more prosaic considerations:

“All are among a small group providing much of the early cash for the 2016 presidential campaign.

Operating largely out of public view — in tax court, through arcane legislative provisions and in private negotiations with the Internal Revenue Service — the wealthy have used their influence to steadily whittle away at the government’s ability to tax them. The effect has been to create a kind of private tax system, catering to only several thousand Americans.

The impact on their own fortunes has been stark. Two decades ago, when Bill Clinton was elected president, the 400 highest-earning taxpayers in America paid nearly 27 percent of their income in federal taxes, according to I.R.S. data. By 2012, when President Obama was re-elected, that figure had fallen to less than 17 percent, which is just slightly more than the typical family making $100,000 annually, when payroll taxes are included for both groups.

The Greatest Drop Of Tax Rate For the Wealthiest Was Under Bill Clinton

The Greatest Drop Of Tax Rate For the Wealthiest Was Under Bill Clinton

The ultra-wealthy “literally pay millions of dollars for these services,” said Jeffrey A. Winters, a political scientist at Northwestern University who studies economic elites, “and save in the tens or hundreds of millions in taxes.””

A year. For each concerned.

A characteristic of the truly wealthy is that they give to politicians of all stripes. Left unsaid, in their “negotiations” with the IRS, is that tax inspectors know that, be they good boys and girls, they may end up with way more cushy jobs. Actually, the negotiators they speak to often happened to have climbed that ladder. The new York Times still believe, though, that plutocrats have political inclinations aside from their true calling, hell itself:

“Some of the biggest current tax battles are being waged by some of the most generous supporters of 2016 candidates. They include the families of the hedge fund investors Robert Mercer, who gives to Republicans, and James Simons, who gives to Democrats; as well as the options trader Jeffrey Yass, a libertarian-leaning donor to Republicans.

Mr. Yass’s firm is litigating what the agency deemed to be tens of millions of dollars in underpaid taxes. Renaissance Technologies, the hedge fund Mr. Simons founded and which Mr. Mercer helps run, is currently under review by the I.R.S. over a loophole that saved their fund an estimated $6.8 billion in taxes over roughly a decade, according to a Senate investigation. Some of these same families have also contributed hundreds of thousands of dollars to conservative groups that have attacked virtually any effort to raises taxes on the wealthy.”

The Wealthiest Have Captured Tax Legislation To Make Themselves Untaxable

The Wealthiest Have Captured Tax Legislation To Make Themselves Untaxable

The google guys, when outside of their personal jumbo jets once fueled by the government (at NASA’s Moffet Field, personal observation), like many other Silicon types, claim to be “progressives”, “liberal”, etc. But actually they finance the far right too. Just they do it secretively. PPP Notice Tax Rates Of the Wealthiest 400 Taxpayers Went Down Dramatically Under “Democrat” Clinton. Also Notice Dip Under Obama.

Of course the topmost wealthy don’t even pay tax, while they contemplate stolen, world famous art in their redoubts. Under Obama, there was a tiny crack-down on the expansion of the wealth of the wealthiest:

“In the heat of the presidential race, the influence of wealthy donors is being tested. At stake is the Obama administration’s 2013 tax increase on high earners — the first substantial increase in two decades — and an I.R.S. initiative to ensure that, in effect, the higher rates stick by cracking down on tax avoidance by the wealthy.

While Democrats like Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton have pledged to raise taxes on these voters, virtually every Republican has advanced policies that would vastly reduce their tax bills, sometimes to as little as 10 percent of their income… “There’s this notion that the wealthy use their money to buy politicians; more accurately, it’s that they can buy policy, and specifically, tax policy,” said Jared Bernstein, a senior fellow at the left-leaning Center on Budget and Policy Priorities who served as chief economic adviser to Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. “That’s why these egregious loopholes exist, and why it’s so hard to close them.”

Not really. The truth is that most people don’t care, because all they obsess about sport scores, same as the Romans of 19 centuries ago. So only a few “leaders” care, and those are easily bought, being few in numbers. A revolutionary mob can be misled, but it’s hard to buy. Meanwhile, tax avoidance of the hyper rich has become an industry:

The Family Office

Each of the top 400 earners took home, on average, about $336 million in 2012, the latest year for which data is available. If the bulk of that money had been paid out as salary or wages, as it is for the typical American, the tax obligations of those wealthy taxpayers could have more than doubled.

Instead, much of their income came from convoluted partnerships and high-end investment funds. Other earnings accrued in opaque family trusts and foreign shell corporations, beyond the reach of the tax authorities.

The well-paid technicians who devise these arrangements toil away at white-shoe law firms and elite investment banks, as well as a variety of obscure boutiques. But at the fulcrum of the strategizing over how to minimize taxes are so-called family offices, the customized wealth management departments of Americans with hundreds of millions or billions of dollars in assets.

Family offices have existed since the late 19th century, when the Rockefellers pioneered the institution, and gained popularity in the 1980s. But they have proliferated rapidly over the last decade, as the ranks of the super-rich, and the size of their fortunes, swelled to record proportions.

“We have so much wealth being created, significant wealth, that it creates a need for the family office structure now,” said Sree Arimilli, an industry recruiting consultant.

Family offices, many of which are dedicated to managing and protecting the wealth of a single family, oversee everything from investment strategy to philanthropy.”

Real philanthropy would consist into paying taxes, of course. What plutocrats call “philanthropy” is just tax avoidance combined with influence multiplier.

…”tax planning is a core function. While the specific techniques these advisers employ to minimize taxes can be mind-numbingly complex, they generally follow a few simple principles, like converting one type of income into another type that’s taxed at a lower rate.

Mr. Loeb, for example, has invested in a Bermuda-based reinsurer — an insurer to insurance companies — that turns around and invests the money in his hedge fund. That maneuver transforms his profits from short-term bets in the market, which the government taxes at roughly 40 percent, into long-term profits, known as capital gains, which are taxed at roughly half that rate. It has had the added advantage of letting Mr. Loeb defer taxes on this income indefinitely, allowing his wealth to compound and grow more quickly.”

Partnerships obscure who owns what, and make it impossible to collect taxes:

“Organizing one’s business as a partnership can be lucrative in its own right. Some of the partnerships from which the wealthy derive their income are allowed to sell shares to the public, making it easy to cash out a chunk of the business while retaining control. But unlike publicly traded corporations, they pay no corporate income tax; the partners pay taxes as individuals. And the income taxes are often reduced by large deductions, such as for depreciation.

For large private partnerships, meanwhile, the I.R.S. often struggles “to determine whether a tax shelter exists, an abusive tax transaction is being used,” according to a recent report by the Government Accountability Office. The agency is not allowed to collect underpaid taxes directly from these partnerships, even those with several hundred partners. Instead, it must collect from each individual partner, requiring the agency to commit significant time and manpower.”

Meanwhile, charities are most giving, most giving to the richest of the wealthiest (and then the rabble thank the great Lords of tax avoidance, for their generosity):

“The wealthy can also avail themselves of a range of esoteric and customized tax deductions that go far beyond writing off a home office or dinner with a client. One aggressive strategy is to place income in a type of charitable trust, generating a deduction that offsets the income tax. The trust then purchases what’s known as a private placement life insurance policy, which invests the money on a tax-free basis, frequently in a number of hedge funds.”

Taxes cannot be collected, because the IRS officially does not have the brain power (in truth, top employees of the IRS may be unwilling to think too hard; the NYT will not say that.)

“Many of these maneuvers are well established, and wealthy taxpayers say they are well within their rights to exploit them. Others exist in a legal gray area, its boundaries defined by the willingness of taxpayers to defend their strategies against the I.R.S. Almost all are outside the price range of the average taxpayer.

Among tax lawyers and accountants, “the best and brightest get a high from figuring out how to do tricky little deals,” said Karen L. Hawkins, who until recently headed the I.R.S. office that oversees tax practitioners. “Frankly, it is almost beyond the intellectual and resource capacity of the Internal Revenue Service to catch.”

The combination of cost and complexity has had a profound effect, tax experts said. Whatever tax rates Congress sets, the actual rates paid by the ultra-wealthy tend to fall over time as they exploit their numerous advantages.”

Where Even The New York Times Discovers That Obama Is A Plutophile:

Obama is a great democrat, revered for Obamacare, first of all a trick to direct more money to the health care plutocracy (although it did a few good things to sugar-coat it). However, under Obama, the richest of the rich got taxed less, and this is even the New York Times which now admits it. And the problem is not the famed 1%, but the really nasty ones, the .1%, the only ones Obama cares about:  

“From Mr. Obama’s inauguration through the end of 2012, federal income tax rates on individuals did not change (excluding payroll taxes). But the highest-earning one-thousandth of Americans went from paying an average of 20.9 percent to 17.6 percent. By contrast, the top 1 percent, excluding the very wealthy, went from paying just under 24 percent on average to just over that level.”

Actually, the .1% hide behind the 1%. As I have explain before, and will explain again in the future, the main interest of taxation is to prevent the richest to gather ever more riches, at an ever faster rate, just because they are the richest.

This is what is precisely failing in the West right now. Thus the most important function of taxation, progressive taxation, what differentiated the West from the rest, is failing:

“We do have two different tax systems, one for normal wage-earners and another for those who can afford sophisticated tax advice,” said Victor Fleischer, a law professor at the University of San Diego who studies the intersection of tax policy and inequality. “At the very top of the income distribution, the effective rate of tax goes down, contrary to the principles of a progressive income tax system.”

This, as have argued many times, is how the West, and not just the West, has fallen many times. New York Times:

…”the Managed Funds Association, an industry group that represents prominent hedge funds like D. E. Shaw, Renaissance Technologies, Tiger Management and Third Point, began meeting with members of Congress to discuss a wish list of adjustments. The founders of these funds have all donated at least $500,000 to 2016 presidential candidates. During the Obama presidency, the association itself has risen to become one of the most powerful trade groups in Washington, spending over $4 million a year on lobbying.

And while the lobbying clout of the wealthy is most often deployed through industry trade associations and lawyers, some rich families have locked arms to advance their interests more directly.”

“Some of the most profound victories are barely known outside the insular world of the wealthy and their financial managers.

In 2009, Congress set out to require that investment partnerships like hedge funds register with the Securities and Exchange Commission, partly so that regulators would have a better grasp on the risks they posed to the financial system.

The early legislative language would have required single-family offices to register as well, exposing the highly secretive institutions to scrutiny that their clients were eager to avoid. Some of the I.R.S.’s cases against the wealthy originate with tips from the S.E.C., which is often better positioned to spot tax evasion.

By the summer of 2009, several family office executives had formed a lobbying group called the Private Investor Coalition to push back against the proposal. The coalition won an exemption in the 2010 Dodd-Frank financial reform bill, then spent much of the next year persuading the S.E.C. to largely adopt its preferred definition of “family office.”

So expansive was the resulting loophole that Mr. Soros’s $24.5 billion hedge fund took advantage of it, converting to a family office after returning capital to its remaining outside investors. The hedge fund manager Stanley Druckenmiller, a former business partner of Mr. Soros, took the same step.”

Then the New York Times explains that the part of the IRS after taxpayer earning more than ten million dollars of income a year has been decimated, gutted, with reduction of personnel in some cases going down to zero.

“Several former I.R.S. officials, including Marcus Owens, who once headed the agency’s Exempt Organizations division, said the controversy badly damaged the agency’s willingness to investigate other taxpayers, even outside the exempt division.

“I.R.S. enforcement is either absent or diminished” in certain areas, he said. Mr. Owens added that his former department — which provides some oversight of money used by charities and nonprofits — has been decimated.”

[The Wall Street Journal, owned by the global plutocratic family Murdoch, has a greater distribution than the New York Times. It immediately ran a lead article to counter any damage to the top 400 which the NYT may have visited on their aura: “Tax Rates For Top 400 US Taxpayers Climbed in 2013“.]

Sometimes, in history, a revolution is needed. In Europe, a revolution was needed as early as 1089 CE. But it took seven centuries to come.

However, England was more  lucky. Notice that, when the Duke of Normandy and his Frankish barons invaded England, in 1066 CE, he was able to consolidate power because he organized a Revolution, top down. The Duke, now King, outlawed slavery (standard Frankish law; 20% of the population was enslaved). The new King also made the relationship between King and People direct, and established Parliament.

In mainland France, the Revolution came in only in 1789 CE (although there was an important attempt in the middle of the 17 C, just when two Revolutions, and an invasion in quick succession, modernized England; Revolution is contagious: the English “Glorious Revolution was imported from the Netherlands, itself a rogue part freed from Spain, mostly by French military intervention).

After 1789 CE, French plutocracy regrew quickly. In the USA, plutocracy was present in miniature all along, thanks to the existence of slavery. It started to blossom only after Carnegie (who himself was a scathing, and sincere critique of it!). It went on haltingly, as plutocrat Teddy Roosevelt (another enlightened Pluto!) cut down, as president, the most outrageous monopolies.

American plutocracy then focused on Europe, from Franco to Stalin, without forgetting Mussolini and Hitler. The Second World War itself could be fought only with huge manpower, and those more than ten million soldiers, all them trained killers, had to be pleased after 1945, lest they revolt. A time of increased equality ensued, all over the West .

But now here we are: plutocracy is completely out of control. The New York Times article focused only on what can be seen, thus, potentially, taxed. However, most of the money escapes detection outright.

That the New York Times does not seem anxious to focus on. Nor does Hillary Clinton, or even Bernie Sanders. And in Europe, don’t worry, none of the political parties, not even France’s National Front, or the Communist Party, or the New Left, has called on changing the tax structures which exempt the .1%.

However, I claim they are draining the socio-economies. Not just through sheer tax avoidance, but also through the atrocious mental influence they exert. It’s not just the “austerity” insanity, but also the sport score insanities, and other mind numbing and civilization destroying strategies and love fests (complete with adoring Islamism, something which has recently backfired).

If you want humanity, you will have to deprive of power Pluto and its emulators, admirers and other imitators. If you don’t want humanity, you will lose the biosphere, to start with. Shortly before the return of cannibalism, and other discomforts.

Patrice Ayme’