Monday, April 14, 2014

Corporate Welfare Bums and Taxes

If they can afford to buy our governments, not trickle down a penny in benefits to citizens through increased employment, etc. they're hoarding money and they certainly can afford to pay taxes at the 90% rate which is what it was in the 1950s. 

Hoarding money (which is what the wealthy elite do) is one of the most destructive things a member of the wealthy elite can do to our economy. When it trickles down, we use it to buy goods and services and save small amounts (relatively speaking). When there is no trickle down and the wealthy elite hoards it to invest all of it in existing companies which are not being expanded while employee benefits downgraded, etc in order to increase profit margins and attract investors there is absolutely no benefit whatsoever to the economy.

It's a destructive cycle and it's a process that needs to be eliminated.

And this isn't even looking at the issue of mass (at the corporate level -> 60% just in Ontario) corporate tax evasions and tax frauds worth billions in lost tax revenue in Canada and trillions world-wide.

Our governments should be charged with Gross Mismanagement of Tax Payer Funds as well as Criminal Collusion in the Commission of Tax Fraud for turning a blind eye towards this and allowing this robbery to continue.

Those Corporations that are engaging in this should have their assets seized, turned over to the tax payer either to become government corporations or be sold and entire BODs should be imprisoned for this crime.

Tax evasion should not be rewarded by negotiating 50% deals, etc. Monies owed should be paid in full or assets seized and sold to compensate the tax payer.

Linda McQuaig
Are CEOs panicking over a new style of tax rage brewing?

 | APRIL 10, 2014

Extract from article:
"Nonetheless, the CBC's interview with Howlett sparked gasps of rage from the bowels of the business press, notably Terence Corcoran in the National Post -- even though a detailed description of the Cameco case and other tax avoidance schemes had just appeared in a special issue of Canadian Business under the cover headline: How to pay no taxes -- Many of Canada's largest companies pay almost no tax: What's their secret?

Of course, that report, directed towards a business audience, is seen as harmless. It's quite another matter when that information is used by the likes of Howlett to wake up the Canadian public to this wealth grab by some of our biggest corporations -- companies which pushed governments to slash taxes and then largely avoided even those lower rates by shifting their profits offshore."

Friday, February 28, 2014

How the Government Manipulates You Online | Big Brother Watch

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

The Day We Fight Back Against Mass Surveillance #NSA #StopSpying

Electronic Frontier Foundation

Dear Kitty,

Take Action
Big news. Today, the Internet is uniting to fight back against mass surveillance. 

The political landscape has shifted dramatically since the first Snowden leaks last June. We’re at a key moment in the battle against those who want to scoop up all your private personal information, whether it’s the NSA, or other countries’ spooks, like Britain’s GCHQ or Russia’s FSB.

Will you sign onto our global petitionopposing mass, suspicionless surveillance? 

It’s crafted by legal experts from around the world and lays out principles for restraint, oversight, and specificity for engaging in surveillance. Your signature will give weight to a new legal framework for policymakers that will lead to modern surveillance laws that will protect individual privacy rights, instead of trampling them.

You’ll be standing with over 360 activist groups from Colombia to Uganda, dozens of world experts, and thousands of your fellow Internet citizens.

Please help spread the word.

In addition to signing the global petition, you can share on social media using the hashtag #StopSpying.

You can also help us by installing this code on your website, which will install a banner urging visitors to oppose mass spying.

There are also protests, discussions, and cryptoparties being organized around the world.See if there's one in your area.

Back in the USA, we're fighting for you

Thanks to supporters like you, EFF has been fighting NSA surveillance in American courts. We're attacking Internet surveillance programs as illegal and unconstitutional under US law, and we're representing 22 organizations in challenging the phone records surveillance program on free speech grounds.

This is bigger than just the US, though. We’ve explained to states at the UN and the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights the implications of the NSA’s spying on the privacy rights of everyone, at home and overseas. And we’re teaming up with our fellow activists around the world to make sure everyone is free from unchecked snooping, whether it’s from the United States’ dragnet spying, or your local surveillance state.
Stopping the NSA from collecting emails like this,

Rainey Reitman
Activism Director
Electronic Frontier Foundation

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Doxing / Snitching: What's the difference?

Doxing is a long standing Internet tradition. However, it's only been in recent years that the practice has come into the public eye.

Doxing, an abbreviation of document tracing, is the Internet-based practice of researching and publishing personally identifiable information about an individual. The methods employed in pursuit of this information range from searching publicly available databases and social media websites like Facebook to hacking and social engineering. It is closely related to cyber-vigilantism, hacktivism, and cyber-bullying. 
Doxing may be carried out to aid law enforcement, extortion, coercion, harassment, public shaming, and other forms of vigilante justice. 
While the Wiki states that it's being used for both cyber-bullying and to aid law enforcement, those are recent uses of doxing. While they might have occurred occasionally in the earlier days of the Internet they were, based on my personal observations, very uncommon uses and not considered acceptable uses by Netizens generally. In fact, if someone did use doxing for either of those purposes they were likely to end up getting doxed themselves. 

 There is certainly a very long standing tradition on the Internet of dealing firmly and sometimes quite harshly with cyber-bullies and those who aid law enforcement in identifying social activists like Internet free speech activists, human rights workers, etc. Doxing is a component part of that tradition. As the Internet developed and TOR was created, DoxBin also appeared in DarkNet and was the place to identify feds, snitches, cyberharassers and other bad elements on the Internet for the most part.

When Anonymous came into the public eye the concept of doxing also came into the public eye because Anonymous used it as a social protest vehicle in those Ops which targeted law enforcement, intelligence, and snitches in particular.

However, since then, the unethical uses of doxing have gained momentum and the vast majority of doxing today is, in fact, either snitching, revenge, or malicious harassment and persecution. Those doxes are also now appearing on DoxBin in DarkNet and various other anonymized paste sites on ClearNet.

That is, it's become the thing to do if you're mad at someone, disagree with them, want to make a name for yourself at the expense of a well-known hacktivist like the th3j35t3r, or want to earn some cash by snitching like Jennifer Emick was trying to do with BackTrace which she was fired from and is now trying to do with Asherah Research.

Doxing someone like th3j35t3r, social activists from repressive regimes, or even atheists who live in countries governed by Islamic Law could actually put their lives in danger. A fact that these idiots fail to consider or seem to be concerned about.

Those that engage in unethical doxing often attempt to place some social 'spin' on it to rationalize their attacks much in the same way that Tards try to claim that they're 'trolls'. They are trying to give their unethical acts Internet 'street cred' and nothing more.

Since it's become such a common practice, the general trend has been to let these cyberharassers run roughshod over anyone they choose as their targets.

What appears to be dying is the Internet tradition of dealing with these bad elements.

In my opinion, this was, and continues to be, an important tradition that needs to be revived by those who care about the Internet and our freedoms.

Free speech doesn't give people the right to lie, defame or libel and doxing shouldn't be allowed to be used to harass, abuse, and snitch. Not without consequences.

That will only stop if Netizens start to speak up and act against those who abuse doxing to further corrupt agendas.

And, frankly there's nothing wrong with snitching on cyberharassers, cyberbullies, cyberstalkers, real pedophiles, and the corrupt.

There is something wrong with allowing those who engage in unethical doxing to get away with it.

That is one of the purposes of my new blog, Cyberharassment and the Cyberbullies. To identify those who are engaging in these abusive activities, name and shame them, and where we can, snitch on them.

Cyberharassment, cyberbullying, and cyberstalking are criminal acts targeting innocent people. Those acts and those who engage in them should be exposed and held accountable. Especially those targeting our children who are too often committing suicide because they don't know how to deal with the abuse or adults whose lives could be put at risk.

Both the State and Law Enforcement should be acting to hold those criminals legally accountable for their crimes. Unfortunately at this time, they aren't, with the exception of some countries like the UK.

They will when enough pressure is placed on them to do so.