The Corruption Thread: Business As Usual
Posted 28 January 2017 - 02:05 PM
You think the servers can handle a whole thread on this topic?
Posted 28 January 2017 - 02:16 PM
I've been trained to immediately dismiss it all as "fake".
Investigate no further, I've just invoked the new f-word.
Posted 03 February 2017 - 05:08 PM
Im sure you already saw this, but if not, this is how tax havens allow big bidniz
to get outa paying taxes altogether, even when they made all their money here.
Edited by riseabovethought, 03 February 2017 - 05:12 PM.
Posted 09 February 2017 - 12:34 PM
I include this here because it's a wider view of the world economy and many of the players. It's an interview with economist professor, Mark Blyth, in six parts.
Edited by Alder Logs, 09 February 2017 - 12:36 PM.
Posted 09 February 2017 - 02:50 PM
I can't do this...................... hahahahahaha...........imma pop a gasket.......................
It's not paranoia if they're really out to get you................
Posted 17 February 2017 - 12:32 PM
Exclusive: Big U.S. banks to push for easing of money laundering rules
America's largest banks are to propose a complete overhaul of how financial institutions investigate and report potential criminal activity, arguing that rules imposed in the years after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks and strengthened during the Obama administration are onerous and ineffective, sources said.
The Clearing House, a trade association representing the largest U.S. banks including JPMorgan Chase & Co (JPM.N), Bank of America (BAC.N) and Citigroup (C.N), has long raised concerns about the effectiveness of the current rules, but this will be the first time the group has publicly called for them to be revamped.
The proposal, which could be published as soon as Thursday, will set the stage for an intensive lobbying effort targeting bank regulators and members of the Senate and House of Representatives finance committees. President Donald Trump has said he wants to cut costly regulations for Wall Street.
To keep drug traffickers and terrorists from laundering money through the U.S. financial system, federal law mandates that bank employees file a Suspicious Activity Report (SAR) with authorities if they suspect transactions could be part of a crime.
Faced with record penalties in recent years over failures to alert authorities to criminal activities, banks say they now over-report, filing hundreds of thousands of SARs out of fear of later falling foul of regulators.
“Now we tell banks to file a (report) on everything that might be criminal," said Gary Shiffman, CEO of compliance software maker Giant Oak. “But when everything is a priority nothing ends up being a priority.”
The number of suspicious activity reports rose from 669,000 in 2013 to almost a million in 2016, according to U.S. Treasury’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FINCEN), which enforces anti-money laundering rules and collects data on suspicious transactions from banks around the country. (tmsnrt.rs/2lRbO6Z)
Complying with anti-money laundering rules, including the manpower needed to file suspicious activity reports, costs U.S. companies as much as $8 billion a year, the Heritage Foundation estimated in a report last year.
The Clearing House will propose a new system under which banks do not investigate and report every transaction that could possibly raise a red flag, according to people involved in the effort.
Instead, banks would focus on investigating and reporting transactions based on specific concerns relayed to them by law enforcement. Under this approach, banks could shift their focus, as law enforcement priorities change.
Institutions in different parts of the country may also watch out for certain types of criminal transactions, based on information from authorities. For example, law enforcement could warn banks in the southwest of the United States to look out for drug traffickers moving funds to Mexico, according to people involved in drafting the proposal.
The Clearing House will also call for the creation of an information-sharing platform that would allow banks to share data among themselves about possible criminal transactions.
For international banks, the group will push for the U.S. Treasury’s FinCEN to be responsible for investigating compliance, rather than the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, a main bank regulator.
Since FinCEN is already responsible for sharing threat data with law enforcement agencies, the agency will be better able to determine if banks are making a substantial contribution to law enforcement efforts, the bank group will argue.
'NEW SET OF EYES'
It remains to be seen what kind of reception such a proposal will get from U.S. law enforcement officials and regulators, who have spent years learning how to turn SARs into leads for fruitful investigations.
A FinCEN spokesman pointed out dozens of criminal cases made with the help of SARs listed on the agency’s website.
The spokesman said the agency is unable to collect comprehensive statistics on how often SARs lead to successful prosecutions.
Even if controls were loosened at the federal level, state regulators such as the New York Department of Financial Services may not let banks alter course. Just last month, the New York regulator imposed a new anti-terrorism regulation requiring banks to beef up suspicious activity reporting.
The New York regulator declined to comment for this story.
Representatives of Bank of America and Citigroup also declined to comment.
The bank lobby waited for Trump to take office in the hope that a new administration will see the money laundering regulations through “a new set of eyes,” said one person involved in writing the proposal.
Watchdog groups balk at the idea that the regulations could be loosened in any way.
“I have concerns with the banks even doing what they are supposed to do now,” said Heather Lowe, director of government affairs at Global Financial Integrity, an organization that pushes for stricter anti-money laundering enforcement.
Edited by August West, 17 February 2017 - 12:34 PM.
Posted 15 April 2017 - 01:07 PM
Not to take away from Hartmann's greater point but a couple attempts to back his point may have been better left out...or at least better contextualized.
At one point Harmann mentions and (implicitly) applauds Roosevelt and Taft for going after corporations with monopolies, specifically Rockefeller's Standard Oil and breaking them up. Of course what he doesn't mention is that Rockefeller still held a majority ownership in many of these 34 companies and the breakup of Standard made him far more rich than he could've ever been had Standard not been broken apart.
Also, ending slavery wasn't Lincoln's goal in fighting the war. It was to preserve the Union.
Posted 16 April 2017 - 09:38 AM
I love hero fiction. Growing up in Texas we had some real idols - Davy Crockett, James Bowie, and a host of other "heroes" upon which we were taught to heap adoration, thanks, and praise for their "contributions".
I'm reminded of a Simpson's episode: "A noble spirit embiggens the smallest man" - Jebediah Springfield.
For those of you who are fellow hero worshipers......
Let's all meet in the pumpkin patch on Halloween this year. That way we can all await the arrival of the Great Pumpkin together. Remember the words of Linus the Wise:
The Great Pumpkin will rise out of the pumpkin patch and bring toys, peace, candy and well-being to all the little boys and girls of the land.
Edited by Myc, 16 April 2017 - 09:59 AM.
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Posted 21 February 2018 - 04:39 PM
I didn't know what thread to put this in, or if anyone would take two hours and five minutes to listen to this discussion, but in my opinion, it's worth the time.
I think it's a good reminder that doing the same thing, over and over, and expecting different results, is the popular definition of insanity.