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The myth of the male bumbler
"There's a reason for this plague of know-nothings: The bumbler's perpetual amazement exonerates him. Incompetence is less damaging than malice. And men — particularly powerful men — use that loophole like corporations use off-shore accounts. The bumbler takes one of our culture's most muscular myths — that men are clueless — and weaponizes it into an alibi.

Allow me to make a controversial proposition: Men are every bit as sneaky and calculating and venomous as women are widely suspected to be. And the bumbler — the very figure that shelters them from this ugly truth — is the best and hardest proof.

Breaking that alibi means dissecting that myth. The line on men has been that they're the only gender qualified to hold important jobs and too incompetent to be responsible for their conduct. Men are great but transparent, the story goes: What you see is what you get. They lack guile.

The "privilege" argument holds that this is partly true because men have never needed to deceive. This interesting Twitter thread by Holden Shearer has been making the rounds: "One of the oldest canards in low-denominator comedy is that women are inscrutable and men can't understand them. There's a reason for this and it ain't funny," he writes. The thread is right about the structural problems with lowbrow "women are so confusing!" comedy. "Women VERY frequently say one thing and mean another, display expressions or reactions that don't jibe with their feelings, and so on. But it's actually really easy to decode once you understand why it happens. It is survival behavior," Shearer writes.

But nested in that account is the assumption that the broad majority of men are not dissemblers. The majority are — you guessed it — bumblers! If you've noticed a tendency to treat girls — like the 14-year-old whom now-Senate candidate Roy Moore allegedly picked up at her custody hearing — as knowing adults and men in their 30s — like Trump foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos and Donald Trump, Jr. — as erring youngsters, large sons and "coffee boys," this is why. Our culture makes that script available. It's why Sessions is so often referred to as an "elf" instead of a gifted manipulator (here's a very clever analysis of his strategy, which weaponizes our tendency to read white men — even very old attorneys with a long history of maliciously undermining civil rights — as slow, meandering children who know not what they do.)

It's counterintuitive, I know. For decades now, the very idea of a duplicitous, calculating man has been so exceptional as to be almost monstrous; this is the domain of cult leaders, of con artists, of evil men like the husband in Gaslight. And while folks provisionally accept that there are men who "groom" children and "gaslight" women, the reluctance to attach that behavior to any real, flesh-and-blood man we know is extreme. Many people don't actually believe that normal men are capable of it.

Back when Dylan Farrow's allegations about Woody Allen were in the news, people quickly glommed onto Allen's exculpatory claim that Mia Farrow "brainwashed" her children into lying about him. It was fascinating, both because the claim was pretty evidence-free and because Woody Allen had blatantly and repeatedly admitted to manipulating and grooming Soon-Yi Previn. But, because Allen so skillfully deployed the script of the bumbler, everyone failed to see his behavior in those terms. Allen's portrayal of himself — he barely knows what he had for breakfast! — was just that effective. Never mind that he's so organized, ambitious, driven, confident, and purposeful that he successfully puts out a movie a year.

As the accusations of sexual misconduct roiling politics, publishing, and Hollywood continue to stack up, a few things are going to happen. The first stage of a phenomenon like this will always be to characterize the accused men as exceptions, as bad apples. #NotAllMen, the saying goes. But the second is that everyone is going to try to naturalize sexual harassment. If there are this many men doing these things, then surely this is just how men are! that argument will go. There's a corollary lurking underneath there: They can't help themselves. They're bumblers."



"Back when Dylan Farrow's allegations about Woody Allen were in the news, people quickly glommed onto Allen's exculpatory claim that Mia Farrow "brainwashed" her children into lying about him. It was fascinating, both because the claim was pretty evidence-free and because Woody Allen had blatantly and repeatedly admitted to manipulating and grooming Soon-Yi Previn. But, because Allen so skillfully deployed the script of the bumbler, everyone failed to see his behavior in those terms. Allen's portrayal of himself — he barely knows what he had for breakfast! — was just that effective. Never mind that he's so organized, ambitious, driven, confident, and purposeful that he successfully puts out a movie a year.

As the accusations of sexual misconduct roiling politics, publishing, and Hollywood continue to stack up, a few things are going to happen. The first stage of a phenomenon like this will always be to characterize the accused men as exceptions, as bad apples. #NotAllMen, the saying goes. But the second is that everyone is going to try to naturalize sexual harassment. If there are this many men doing these things, then surely this is just how men are! that argument will go. There's a corollary lurking underneath there: They can't help themselves. They're bumblers."
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november 2017 by robertogreco
The Hidden Wealth of Nations - YouTube
This lecture will discuss how big the wealth hidden in offshore tax havens is, what are the consequences for inequality, how tax havens work and are organized, and how we can begin to approach a solution. // 8trn dollars. // some 8% or more of wealth offshore. some parts ie russia even more
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july 2016 by asterisk2a
George Osborne puts corporation tax cut at heart of Brexit recovery plan
bbc.in/29bWICC // an effort to woo business deterred from investing in a post-Brexit Britain as part of his new five-point plan to galvanise economy. [ Osborne's dream of a Singapore! Or attempt at leverage in Brexit-negotiations?! Or sees the writing on the wall that negotiations to access Single Market wo freedom of movement puts UK into WTO basket case. Or give businesses thinking of leaving a lollipop? (enticing to stay) ] //&! reut.rs/29hcUnW - already exceptions like "no tax on earnings from tax haven subsidiaries" [...] Some on the right of the ruling Conservative party – in the ascendency following the surprise referendum vote – have campaigned for eliminating corporate income tax altogether in the hope it will boost investment and jobs. //&! UK’s tax cut goal: calm business, scare Brussels - reut.rs/29hBfOD [from 28% in 2010] //&! ind.pn/29eEroI &! bit.ly/29hC0qM &! bbc.in/295suRG
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july 2016 by asterisk2a
How Sony, Microsoft, and Other Gadget Makers Violate Federal Warranty Law
If you own a gaming console, laptop, or computer, it’s likely you’ve seen one of these warnings in the form of a sticker placed over a screw or a seam: “Warranty void if removed.” What almost no one knows is that these stickers and clauses are illegal.
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june 2016 by joeo10
Mossack Fonseca: The Nazi, CIA And Nevada Connections... And Why It's Now Rothschild's Turn
What the story is about is the nebulous world of offshore tax evasion and tax havens, which based on data from the World Bank, IMF, UN, and central banks, hide between $21 and $32 trillion, where registered incorporation agents and law firms in small Caribbean countries (and not so small US states) make the laundering of money and the "disappearance" of the super wealthy, into untracable numbers hidden behind shell companies, possible. [...] Why is Nevada important? Because recall that according to a recent investigation by Bloomberg, "The World’s Favorite New Tax Haven Is the United States" ... [...] Rothschild’s Penney wrote that the U.S. “is effectively the biggest tax haven in the world.”
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april 2016 by asterisk2a
Edward Snowden Trolls David Cameron Over Panama Papers
Panama Papers: World Leaders from Iceland to Argentina Exposed in Massive Tax Evasion Scheme - Democracy Now! - youtu.be/uL2D_jkHIi0 //&! The Panama Papers: How the rich and famous hide their money (part 1) - youtu.be/VzccIZUEYws - 7:25 no rules broken because exploited tax loopholes!
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april 2016 by asterisk2a
PMQs: Jeremy Corbyn David Cameron on tax figures
gov claims - closed loopholes 2010 12bn and this parliament 2015 16bn, ... and putting back 1bn into HMRC after raiding it in 2010. // PMQs: Kuenssberg, Paterson and Benn on Cameron v Corbyn - bbc.in/1Yui4OZ &! 'Panama Papers' dominate PMQs clashes - bbc.in/1YtK7OF //&!
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april 2016 by asterisk2a
What the Panama Papers Tells Us About Global Capitalism
never seen David Cameron red-faced, so much! [...] sold in 2010!? And what was before that time? The time he was a MP!? [...] we are not all in this together, for sure! // book the hidden wealth of nations. - 7-8trn tax evasion and avoidance - not taxed. //&! Rumble - Just like FDR - Bernie Welcomes the GE CEO Hatred... - youtu.be/jT7NIoDS1gw - taking advantage of the tax laws THEY MADE.
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april 2016 by asterisk2a
BBC iPlayer - The Town That Took on the Taxman
"fair-play" no fair-play between Wall Street and mainstreet/mom and pop shop/SME/SMB businesses // book the great tax robbery - // big businesses are able to negotiate tax deals. as did google with HMRC how much they pay in backdated tax after 6 years of investigation ... - VIP treatment with high risk and high value clients. // min 52 "reducing you tax liability" as if it is a liability. there again the professional wording, positioning, telling. - liability vs duty - because you use public infrastructure and publicly educated workforce, ... // and the cost for tax avoidance schemes on the whole doesn't make sense for small business shops, because the lawyers representing you in-front of HMRC and tribunals (as HMRC might want to challenge you "tax reduction plan") will eat up the savings you made through the scheme. Which isn't guaranteed in the first place, to pass past an HMRC tribunal.
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january 2016 by asterisk2a

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