King T’chaka: I understand your frustation in dealing with a black man who can’t be bought with a truck full of guns, a plane load of blondes, and a swiss bank account. But hold on to what little class you have. (Black Panther vol. 4 #3)
16. Skeleminion five was sent from skull to spy on amazon. Amazon then sent them to spy on the CIA to see what thry knew about the heroes alliance. The CIA sent them as a spy to russia to spy on the KGB, who then sent them back to spy on Igor. They have long since forgotten who hired who and simply acceptd the many paychecks they find in their swiss bank account every month.
The Atlantic reports on the mutually-beneficial relationship between the Swiss bank UBS and the Clintons during Hillary Clinton’s stint as Secretary of State:
A few weeks after Hillary Clinton was sworn in as Secretary of State in early 2009, she was summoned to Geneva by her Swiss counterpart to discuss an urgent matter. The Internal Revenue Service was suing UBS AG to get the identities of Americans with secret Swiss bank accounts. If the case proceeded, Switzerland’s largest bank would face an impossible choice: Violate Swiss secrecy laws by handing over the names, or refuse and face criminal charges in U.S. federal court. Within months, Mrs. Clinton announced a tentative legal settlement—an unusual intervention by the top U.S. diplomat. UBS ultimately turned over information on 4,450 accounts, a fraction of the 52,000 sought by the IRS.
Total donations by UBS to the Clinton Foundation grew from less than $60,000 through 2008 to a cumulative total of about $600,000 by the end of 2014, according to the foundation and the bank. The bank also joined the Clinton Foundation to launch entrepreneurship and inner-city loan programs, through which it lent $32 million. And it paid former president Bill Clinton $1.5 million to participate in a series of question-and-answer sessions with UBS Wealth Management Chief Executive Bob McCann, making UBS his biggest single corporate source of speech income disclosed since he left the White House.
“Hillary Helps a Bank—and Then It Funnels Millions to the Clintons” Article Link: The Atlantic by Conor Friedersdorf July 31, 2015
“By decimating its woodlands, Finland has created the grounds for prosperity. We can now thank prosperity for bringing us –among other things– two million cars, millions of glaring, grey-black electronic entertainment boxes, and many unnecessary buildings to cover the green earth. Wealth and surplus money have led to financial gambling and rampant social injustice, whereby ‘the common people’ end up contributing to the construction of golf courses, classy hotels, and holiday resorts, while fattening Swiss bank accounts. Besides, the people of wealthy countries are the most frustrated, unemployed, unhappy, suicidal, sedentary, worthless and aimless people in history. What a miserable exchange.”
Did you understand what is going on in the mv? Junsu is definitely not a heroic character, at least not in a positive way... ??
explain junsus mv to me please pLEASEE
idg his mv but its gorgeous \o/
Yeah, look, I honestly think Junsu stayed up for a whole week playing horror games and was at some point interrupted by a the franc is up 60% text message from his Swiss bank accounts so he was like ‘what is a budget.’
But considering Tablo’s involved and with respect to the media issues they both encountered: I’m gonna bullshit like a pro and say the MV depicts the life of a celebrity.
It opens on a jagged dismal mountain range where Junsu’s golden palace sits in luxury. (Because idols, being ‘on top’, of course, have perfect, wasteful lives.) A horde of angry masked dudes (interpret them as anonymous netizens or perhaps as construction companies concealing their identities) storm the palace and toss a severed mechanical head at him, like, “Dude, you’re done.”
(But the lyrics are /lies can’t kill the truth/)
If you consider the head a metaphorical representation of Junsu’s (or Tablo’s) image—a manufactured, artificial product—the smirk Angry Leader Guy throws him is equal parts a challenge and a declaration of Junsu’s impending defeat, especially as Junsu retaliates by swagging off his throne, seemingly full of confidence.
(But the lyrics are /nobody can help me/)
And then there’s an epic apocalyptic Broadway interlude because IDEK but it gives us a glimpse of the real palace: barely standing, with no roof, in ruins—a facade.
Junsu’s frantic incoherent dance-off is eventually interrupted by a distracting little girl in white (presumably symbolic of love or hope—or his fans—maybe music? something pure he lives for), so he manages to chill out enough to melt that decapitated head down into what I hoped would be coffee but nope, it’s that gold glitter from Intoxication, only this time he’s licking it off suggestively because he also spent a week watching just porn probably.
Metaphorically, if you agree the head represents his public image, him sipping it slowly—peacefully—while the savage primitive masses rage outside, calling for his demise, is pretty thought-provoking, because ultimately, they serve him an ugly, unappetizing meal.
He sees it’s wrong, sees it’s poison, but eats it anyway (/your life, your soul, your world / they cannot kill it/) under the watchful gaze of the little girl (/I tell you it’s okay/). He then throws that vile shit up so he can rise again, only this time, he’s alone, on a dark scary horse, hidden under a heavy protective mask.
…um, my best guess is: ‘if they fuck with you—persist; reinvent, take no shit, grow.’
The Seven Reasons Why Super-Rich British Tax Dodgers Don't End Up in Jail
THE PRISONS AREN’T BIG ENOUGH Banking offshore isn’t, in itself, illegal. Luckily for some. Ronen Palan is Professor of International Politics at City University London and an expert in offshore tax havens. He told me that, if you were to wander into a hypothetical party in Mayfair and kick out everyone who banks offshore, the room would empty.
THE TAX AVOIDANCE INDUSTRY IS MASSIVE While tax evasion (cheating the tax authority by not declaring assets or misrepresenting information) is a criminal offense in the UK, tax avoidance (using a legal scheme to reduce your tax) is legal. A huge, lucrative industry is built around it.
WE’RE BUSY CHASING BENEFITS CHEATS HMRC claims (rightly) that prosecuting high-earning tax cheats is time-consuming and costly. Instead, it often comes to an arrangement out of court. However, the disparity between resources devoted to catching benefits cheats and wealthy tax dodgers is kind of conspicuous.
BECAUSE: THE IMPORTANT PEOPLE The Swiss leaks uncovered accounts belonging to an impressive line-up of high-profile figures, from the heads of royal families to top bods in business, film, and sport. Having an account in a Swiss bank isn’t illegal and doesn’t prove tax avoidance; however, given the shady dealings which have emerged at HSBC, it’s hard to believe that everyone’s hands are clean.
THE LITTLE PEOPLE WILL PAY A 2014 report by the Equality Trust revealed that the poorest 10 percent of British households pay eight percent more of their income in all taxes than the richest; 43 percent compared to 35 percent. And that’s before tax avoidance schemes have been taken into account. What the rich fail to put in, the rest of the country must cover in taxes like income tax and VAT.
WE’RE SCARED OF THE BANKS According to lawyers, if UK bankers misbehaved in Switzerland, they can’t be prosecuted here unless they advised clients on UK soil, which, according to Panorama, they may have done. But how aggressively will they be pursued? Richard Brooks—former tax inspector, Private Eye writer, and author of The Great Tax Robbery—believes the answer is: not very.
THE UK TAX CODE IS BULLSHIT The UK has the longest tax code in the world. It’s more than 17,000 jargon-packed pages long, loophole after glorious loophole. There is probably no one on the planet who understands our tax code in its entirety.
So the massive FIFA corruption arrest scandal is all over the news today, but maybe you heard that FIFA President, and my main man, Sepp Blatter is officially not involved. Because they could not prove that Russia bribed him to award us the 2018 World Cup. Because I hid the Swiss bank account codes in the soccer ball.
Swiss ski-troops prepare for a patrol in spring, 1945. Although the threat of invasion was gone, and the refugees and internees were now awaiting their opportunity to return home, the specter of World War II would not so easily vanish for the Swiss. While the necessity of trading with Nazi Germany was perhaps understood by the Allied powers, the Allies were not so eager to forgive or forget other transgressions, especially the hundreds of millions of dollars in assets that they believed had been hidden by the Nazis in Swiss accounts, not to mention millions in gold that the Swiss had bought.
Only when America chose to freeze over one billion dollars in Swiss assets in the US did Switzerland allow any exemption to their notoriously strict banking laws, but insisting on conducting the audit themselves, the $250 million in German assets that they reported in Swiss banks was only 1/3 the number the Allies believed to be there. And just because the Swiss admitted it was there didn’t make thing much easier, as it took more negotiations to force the Swiss to turn over 50 percent of the assets to the Allies, who claimed title to them (the other half Switzerland claimed to pay for German debts to the government).
As for the infamous gold, the Allies claimed that the Swiss had bought some $300 million in gold from the Germans during the war for Swiss francs - despite the fact that the gold was almost certainly stolen from national stores, and even Holocaust victims. The Swiss denied most of the claims, only compensating Belgium and France for $58 million that was stolen from their respective national banks. When suspiciously new gold 20-franc pieces began appearing suddenly in the late ‘40s with mid-'30s dates on them, no one could prove that the Swiss were secretly trying to rid themselves of the ill-gotten gains.
In addition to these immediate post-war concerns, decades later it would come to light that tens of thousands of Swiss bank accounts existed with the deposits of Holocaust victims, sitting unclaimed in numbered accounts since the 1940s and with the Swiss refusing assistance to heirs attempting to find the money. It would take lawsuits and diplomatic pressure before Switzerland finally agreed to a 1.25 billion dollar settlement in 2000, to be paid out to survivors and heirs of the victims. The Swiss popular memory of the war had resolutely remained one of unified, defiant resistance to the Nazi specter, and more than any preivous revelation, this event was a catalyst for a public reevaluation of that popular narrative.