On the other hand...
The only argument I have with this video is the large number of government projects. Still, they are human acheivments.
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“If we accept your constitutional argument,” Chief Justice Roberts told Mr. Stewart, “we’re establishing a precedent that you yourself say would extend to banning the book.”In Sandra Day O'Connor's much heralded absence, there is at least a chance of wiping McCain-Feingold off the books.
Justice Antonin Scalia said he was “a little disoriented.”
“We are dealing with a constitutional provision, are we not, the one that I remember which said Congress shall make no law abridging the freedom of the press?” Justice Scalia asked.
Switzerland’s private banks have started to ban their top executives from travelling abroad, even to neighbouring France and Germany, because of fears they will be detained as part of a global crackdown on bank secrecy.I have had mixed beliefs about Swiss et al bank secrecy. Originally I thought of it as a great place for decent people to protect themselves against kleptocratic thugs. Then all too often it was the place of choice for the kleptocratic thugs themselves to protect their stolen money from decent people. Now I swing back to the former.
The head of one leading private bank in Geneva said the growing determination of countries such as the US and Germany to tackle tax evasion and secrecy meant banks felt they had to take extra measures to protect employees.
From their discreet offices on a luxury goods shopping street overlooking Lac Leman, private bankers in Geneva reacted this week with a mixture of intense anger, at what they see as an unjustified attack by big countries, and concern about the threat to their business model.That and the fact that a lot of people seem to think that tax rates are high enough to justify committing felonies to evade those taxes. That is a very destructive place for a society to put itself. Richard Milne has the story in the Financial Times.
“It is not really about bank secrecy; it is about solving an internal problem [for the big countries] by finding an enemy outside to bash,” said one senior banker.
“The US Treasury secretary talks about permanent action and we, at our spring council, were quite alarmed at that . . . The US is repeating mistakes from the 1930s, such as wide-ranging stimuluses, protectionist tendencies and appeals, the Buy American campaign, and so on,” he told a European parliament session in Strasbourg. “All these steps, their combination and their permanency, are the road to hell.”I'll bet he's lonely over there.
The blunt comments of the Czech prime minister, Mirek Topolanek, coming just a week before a crucial meeting of the Group of 20 that is supposed to show leaders coming together to cope with the crisis, were greeted with embarrassment by many Europeans, who believe that the Czechs do not represent the consensus in the European Union in any case.I suspect many Europeans believe quite correctly, as President Topolanek isn't a socialist/fascist.