George Takei saga sheds light on the murky world of pay-to-promote news

Former Star Trek star George Takei in LA. The US Federal Trade Commission has been scrutinizing celebrity deals to promote brands on social media without disclosing it as advertising. Photograph: Phil Mccarten/AP News that several online media companies including Mic, Slate and Refinery29 have severed commercial ties with Star Trek actor George Takei following allegations of sexual assault has shone …

Les recettes du vieux monde en échec

Faciliter les licenciements pour créer des emplois… Reconnaissons au président de la République française Emmanuel Macron et à ses affidés un sens certain de l’oxymore pour oser présenter ainsi les ordonnances décapitant les protections salariales. Ils sont allés chercher leurs recettes dans le vieux monde libéral de Ronald Reagan des années 1980, ou dans celui des années 2000 du social-démocrate allemand Gerhard …

If you tax the rich, they won’t leave: US data contradicts millionaires’ threats

New Jersey governor Chris Christie warned: ‘Ladies and Gentleman, if you tax them, they will leave.’ Photograph: Eduardo Munoz/Reuters In the classic Ayn Rand novel Atlas Shrugged, the rich go “on strike” – withdrawing their services and disappearing from society in protest against taxes and regulation. Weary of carrying an ungrateful world on their shoulders, business leaders and other top …

The fatal flaw of neoliberalism: it’s bad economics

As even its harshest critics concede, neoliberalism is hard to pin down. In broad terms, it denotes a preference for markets over government, economic incentives over cultural norms, and private entrepreneurship over collective action. It has been used to describe a wide range of phenomena – from Augusto Pinochet to Margaret Thatcher and Ronald Reagan, from the Clinton Democrats and …

More than 400 millionaires tell Congress: Don’t cut our taxes

The Trump administration says its tax plan is intended to help ordinary Americans, but some key Republican figures have acknowledged that big business and political donors stand to benefit. (Taylor Turner/The Washington Post) More than 400 American millionaires and billionaires are sending a letter to Congress this week urging Republican lawmakers not to cut their taxes. The wealthy Americans — …

Who loses when big companies funnel $699 billion to tax havens

New analysis from economists Gabriel Zucman, Thomas Tørsløv, and Ludvig Wier shows that tax avoidance by big companies has preserved billions in revenue that could have gone to government coffers. They find that $408 billion (€350 billion) is shifted each year to tax havens in the EU (Luxembourg, Ireland, the Netherlands, Belgium, Malta and Cyprus) alone. Stretching their analysis worldwide, …

Vault 8: WikiLeaks Releases Source Code For Hive – CIA’s Malware Control System

Almost two months after releasing details of 23 different secret CIA hacking tool projects under Vault 7 series, Wikileaks today announced a new Vault 8 series that will reveal source codes and information about the backend infrastructure developed by the CIA hackers. Not just announcement, but the whistleblower organisation has also published its first batch of Vault 8 leak, releasing …

We can beat the robots – with democracy | Van Badham

Sophia told ABC radio that robots deserved more rights than humans. It’s a statement that would be of concern should your mum announce it, yet disappointingly unremarkable if uttered by some right wing think-tanky person defending job automation on a panel show. But as Sophia is a robot herself, and one of a new robot technology generation guided by artificial …