LONDON, May 21 (Reuters) - Apple’s ability to shelter billions of dollars of income from tax has hinged on an unusual loophole in the Irish tax code that helps the country compete with other countries for investment and jobs.
A U.S. Senate investigation has revealed that Apple, maker of iPhones, iPads and Mac computers, had channelled profits into Irish-incorporated subsidiaries that had “no declared tax residency anywhere in the world”.
Apple tax head Phillip Bullock told the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations on Tuesday that one of those companies, Apple Operations International (AOI), though it was functionally managed in the United States, had not submitted a tax return anywhere for five years.
It is not clear if the tax status of AOI was part of the negotiations with the Irish government through which Bullock told the committee that, “under the agreement we have with Ireland”, Apple paid a maximum tax rate of 2 percent or less.
Apple’s annual reports show that over the past three years, Apple paid taxes worth 2 percent of its $74 billion in overseas income.
See, this is ridiculous, and shows how there is nothing at all “fair” about capitalism. If corporations are people, what kind of person pays less than 2% taxes on $74 billion in wealth? I pay like 20% taxes on income that is hardly a measurable fraction of that amount of wealth!
You know, the one that gives housewives/full-time mothers a pension— wages for housework?
It’s ONLY A HUGE VICTORY FOR FEMINISM, SOCIALISM, AND WOMEN OF COLOR. Not a big deal or anything. Tumblr is mysteriously silent about this.
Men Experiencing Labor Pains
With their wives supporting them.
HAHAHHAHAHA TOO GOOD
I bet a kick in the balls would feel real good right about then.
“Men can handle anything”
“Women exaggerate everything”
And then they realized just how wrong they were
i was giggling so sadistically ahahaha
I cackle every time this comes through my dash or newsfeed.
*spits coffee* nope, this never gets old
|white people:||I don't see color|
|white people:||What do you mean The Human Torch might be black!?!? Guess black panther should be white to be fair!!!|
|white people:||Rue's black?!?! But she's supposed to be delicate and innocent! No way. Totally protesting the movie, stick to the book! It's was in the book? Well i must of skipped it!|
|white people:||So what Lavender Brown got turned white when she got an important part of the movies? They picked the best actress for the job.|
|white people:||Water Tribe totally aren't dark skinned enough to NOT have white people be them. Evil doers? Yeah they totally dark skin Fire nation.|
|white people:||Bakedbeanpie Cumstain is the best Khan! It doesn't matter if he is white!|
|white people:||Prince of Persia? More like a white guy with tan!|
|white people:||Race tots dont matter.|
Timothy McNair is a graduate student of opera at Northwestern University’s famed Bienen School of Music. McNair is at the school on a full scholarship, but the 25-year-old is standing up to his school after his professor, Donald Nally, gave him an assignment to perform a song created by a racist American poet named Walt Whitman. McNair asked his instructor if he could be assigned to perform the work of other artists but Nally denied him the opportunity and told him if he didn’t turn in all of his completed work by Friday, May 17th he’d receive a failing grade. McNair refused.
“Certainly I do not deserve to fail this class. I have a 3.7 GPA. I’m an officer on three committees of this university. So what is deserving for me? Is to be able to perform two pieces and have the third piece removed because of the insensitivity,” McNair told Chicago’s WGN news station. Although the piece McNair is instructed to perform does not contain any blatant racism, McNair believes it is still offensive that he was asked to complete the works of a devout racist. “We know (he) was historically racist. He’s called African Americans ‘baboons’ and was for oppressing voting rights,” McNair said of Whitman.
There are far too many instances when African-Americans at predominantly White institutions are expected to compromise their integrity to fit into the mold of the institution. Just last month students, community leaders, and alumni of Temple University challenged Dean Teresa Soufas for decisions she made regarding the school’s prestigious African-American studies program. Protestors believed she was attempting to diminish its profound reputation. Black Blue Dog readers called and emailed Soufas and voiced their concerns. Less than a week later, she finally made the decision to listen to the concerns of the protestors and complied. This week we must contact Richard Ashley, the chair of Bienen School of Music, and let him know about Nally’s insensitivity towards Black history. McNair should not be forced to lose his scholarship for respecting Black history.
Let Ashley know that Nally may not see the value in Black history, but we stand in solidarity with McNair in asking that he receives a replacement assignment that does not insult his integrity as an African-American man.
Tell Richard Ashley that Timothy McNair deserves another assignment. He can be reached at 847-491-5720 or
via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
PARIS — A far-right writer and activist shot himself dead in front of the altar of Paris’s famed Notre Dame Cathedral on Tuesday, shortly after calling for “spectacular” action to protect France’s identity.
Police and his publisher confirmed the man’s identity as Dominique Venner, 78, a long-time essayist and activist linked with France’s far-right and nationalist groups.
Police said Venner shot himself with a pistol shortly after 1400 GMT and that the cathedral was then calmly evacuated.
Venner had a long career publishing right-wing essays, military histories and books on weaponry and hunting.
He was a paratrooper during France’s war in Algeria and was a member of the OAS (Secret Armed Organisation), a short-lived paramilitary group that opposed Algeria’s independence from France.
In a final essay on his website Tuesday, he railed against France’s adoption of a law legalising gay marriage and adoption, urging activists to take measures to protect “French and European identities”.
In a possible reference to his suicide, Venner wrote: “There will certainly need to be new, spectacular, symbolic gestures to shake off the sleepiness… and re-awaken the memories of our origins.”
The rector of the cathedral, Monsignor Patrick Jacquin, told AFP that Venner had laid a letter on the altar right before killing himself.
“We did not know him, he was not a regular at the cathedral,” Jacquin said, adding that he believed it was the first time anyone had committed suicide inside the cathedral.
Greg, an American tourist from Phoenix, said the church was full at the time of the suicide but that there was no panic during the evacuation.
“We just heard a loud sound, like a body falling from above,” said Greg, who would not give his last name.
Jacquin said masses had been cancelled and that regional bishops would hold a vigil later on Tuesday.
“We will pray for this man, as for so many others at their end,” he said. “This is terrible, we are thinking of him and his family.”
Notre Dame remained closed about an hour after the suicide, with police blocking tourists from entering the building.
The Gothic cathedral on an islet on the River Seine is one of the most visited sites in Paris, attracting 13.6 million visitors in 2011, and is this year celebrating its 850th anniversary.
It was the second dramatic suicide in less than a week in Paris, after a 50-year-old man with a history of family problems shot himself dead Thursday in a primary school near the Eiffel Tower, in front of about a dozen stunned children.
not a single fuck was given by me tbh
Wow. If you are that deeply against equality and people getting married and having their own lives, then good riddance.
Truth bomb if I ever saw one.
Are we ever going to address how niggas are out here categorizing rape like it’s a goddamn CAREER CHOICE?
Like niggas is really picking up they GED/diploma/degree and just saying “Well, I majored in biochem but I’d much rather be a rapist.”
Like…that’s not something poeple just DECIDE to do in those situations. There’s no nigga waiting in the bushes to snatch people up.
There’s no demographic.
This isn’t a fucking career choice.
I don’t check into a command and talk to my career counselor about rape opportunities in the fucking civilian world.
IT IS A CRIME THAT ANYONE IS CAPABLE OF COMMITTING AND THAT HAS SCIENTIFICALLY PROVEN PSYCHOLOGICAL SIGNS AND TRIGGERS IN POTENTIAL PERPETRATORS.
You don’t have to be a brute or a savage motherfucker to be a rapist.
Sometimes it’s the skinny nigga with the glasses he’s had from tenth grade.
Sometimes it’s the broad with the sweet smile and shy demeanor that slips something in your fucking drink.
Sometimes it’s the motherfucker you trust and think “They are not capable of something like this.” just because you always been cool as fuck with them.
RAPE IS NOT A FUCKING CAREER CHOICE.
My rapists were/are a 4th grade elementary school teacher and a feminist-thinking independent film director. By all other counts, they were “good guys” or “good people.”
Every one who has violated my personal space and sense of trust and/or boundaries was somebody who allegedly loved me or cared very much for me. That’s my paternal grandfather, 2 boyfriends, and a guy I’d decided before I even met that I would not sleep with.
They weren’t brutes or savage motherfuckers. They were guys who thought and felt that what they wanted from me/my body was more important than my feelings of security or safety, or having any respect for me and my boundaries.