18 October 2017

Charity Donation: the ultimate tax loophole

No wonder that inequality is rising - the rich, and even more so the super rich, can in effect 'privatise' their tax dollars by squirrelling their fortunes into 'foundations' and 'trusts' that prevent proper inheritance taxes to be applied. Can Soros' institute really be called a charity? Who decides what the money is spent on? Who manages the foundation/charity? Why can ordinary workers not apply the same to their pay-cheques? Maybe a foundation to care for the elderly (their ailing parents) or their pets? And then call themselves 'philantropists' as well?
CNBC


17 October 2017

Everyday Fascism - in France

So our rulers have decreed to chop another bit of freedom away from us. Who has ever really been damaged by catcalls? If there is no damage (except imagined by some extreme 'feminists') there should be no law against it. And the process of how these 'laws' are decreed is deeply undemocratic, no vote, no qualified majority. Hitler/Stalin and Mao could live with this, so what is the problem? Ugly women feel discriminated against?
Yahoo

16 October 2017

Global Citizen: clever labelling, but what say do 'Citizens' have?

What should one read into the name of this organization? Do the 'Citizens' have any say? Who controls the money? What benefit do the performers enjoy? They may work for free or not, but in any case they should PAY for the privilege of being associated with what they consider a good cause (otherwise they have at the very least the benefit of free advertising). Apart from that, the easy access that promoters or NGO's and Celebrities get to politicians is cause for concern and another reason why Direct Democracy needs to be introduced as a safeguard to any potential abuses of power.

CNBC

9 October 2017

Everyday Fascism

So this is the land of the Free?
Zerohedge

Is Donald Trump a 'Moron'?

As there probably was not hidden camera to tell us whether or not Rex Tillerson said that Trump is a moron we will never know the truth. But is the behaviour worth of a President of the USA?
Marketwatch

27 September 2017

Catalonia, Kurdistan - Democracy under siege

Establishment in furious attack on Direct Democracy! This must not be allowed to go on for much longer!

Rajoy, Trump gang up on Catalonia

20 September 2017

Unaccountable Plutocrats hijack Democracy

Not sure why billionaires want to congregate and 'discuss' the problems that they - the Establishment - have created in the first place. Direct Democracy would go a long way to limit their influence. Media that is controlled by a few rich individuals should be brought under stringent anti-trust control.
As the Clintons Step Back From Global Stage, Bloomberg Steps Up

17 September 2017

Constitution in time of Plutocrats and Celebrity Politics

Direct Democracy would help to alleviate the worst problems associated with growing Inequality and the Celebrity culture (promoted by the very few plutocrats who control our media). More rigorous control of terms, dispersing power away from single individuals (see Ancient Rome with two Consuls, or Switzerland with a collegium of ministers instead of a President) would be additional safeguards.
New York Times: Our Constitution wasn't built for this

27 August 2017

Macron Spent $30,000 On Makeup In Three Months

Marie Antoinette would be so proud of him! Why do our Pseudo-Democracies give so much power to single politicians, be they called Merkel, Macron, May or Trump? The Ancient Romans or the Venetian Republic had more sense, as has present-day Switzerland

Macron Spent $30,000 On Makeup In Three Months

23 August 2017

Dirdem will also defend Consumers

The pathetic message below has recently been displayed on the Yahoo website. There is a massive lack of protection for the Consumer interests. Establishment politics does not enact proper privacy laws and there is no way that consumers as a group can influence such terms and conditions. Dirdem will campaign on both levels to change this.



Yahoo is now part of ‘Oath’ and a member of the Verizon family of companies. As of 15 September 2017, we plan to share some user information within our new family