The Russia is getting more evil thread


#364

This is not the scandal you are looking for. Hey look shiny!!!

P.S. Fuck Trump and the GOP.


#365

#366

We needed someone like Hillary in office to stop Russia :(


#367

She couldn’t stop Trump, how can she stop Russia?


#368

By the very simple fact of not being their lapdog. Russia is getting ready to bulldoze the Ukraine while we still have an infant in charge here. They know their window is slipping and will be looking to fully take advantage while the idiot is still at the reigns.


#369

I’ve only got partway through but this seems very interesting so far.

Edit: American exceptionalism -

The pattern repeated itself when the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, following the original fatca example, took the congressional template and extended it: Each year, banks would report foreign accounts to the tax authorities in the account holders’ home country. If every nation had signed on to the OECD standards, the effect would have been a hammerblow to tax havens, shattering the vital infrastructure that allows kleptocratic money to flow unnoticed. In the end, the United States was alone in refusing to join the OECD agreement, finalized in 2014.

This obstinacy stood to subvert everything the country had done to lead the fight against dirty money: While the U.S. can ask almost any other nation’s banks for financial information about American citizens, it has no obligation to provide other countries with the same. “The United States had bullied the rest of the world into scrapping financial secrecy,” Bullough writes, “but hadn’t applied the same standards to itself.” A Zurich-based lawyer vividly spelled out the consequences to Bloomberg : “How ironic—no, how perverse—that the USA, which has been so sanctimonious in its condemnation of Swiss banks, has become the banking secrecy jurisdiction du jour … That ‘giant sucking sound’ you hear? It is the sound of money rushing to the USA.”


#370

and Delaware is one of the most secretive company domiciles in the world.


#371

The overall gist of the article is that America has made itself THE global haven for kleptocrats to stash and launder their money (especially through real estate). This has a corrosive effect on the ethical standards of all the elite professions (lawyers, bankers, real estate) dealing with this money. Plus the stolen money is handy for buying politicians.


#372

Big surprise that Putin lied:


#373

Not great, Bob!