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  • Join the Shame campaign aimed at Corporate Tax Avoidance

    By admin | December 10, 2014

    For far too long we have all sat back and watched as mega corporations internationalize their taxation obligations. Help to Name and Shame the companies who indulge in corporate tax avoidance schemes. This is our world, it belongs to all of us and not the few whose only desire is to maximize their profits for shareholders, CEO’s and senior management.

    We all understand that all companies need to make a healthy profit to support their growth, to pay their investors/shareholders a decent return and most importantly to sustain and create jobs. We all benefit from this, corporations are not evil, they are part of the fabric of economic sustainability. (Visit our poll below and share it!)

    However, there is a huge missing element that has become rampant in corporate thinking, they have been allowed to become feeders on society rather than contributors by their use of corporate tax avoidance schemes. We need to change this thinking. We, as the public, need to start demanding that corporations demonstrate their social responsibility to the greater part of society, not just act like greedy parasites feeding on the rest of us for the benefit of the few, while boasting to the market of their mega profits.

    This corporate tax avoidance is costing our governments billions and billions in legitimate revenue and this loss gets passed onto us in higher taxes. We pay to buy these deceitful companies products and services and then they take the money away to tax havens robbing us of the chance to use the taxable money in our own countries.

    At the recent G20 meeting in Brisbane, Australia; member states all agreed that it was time to tackle the ability of large companies to minimize their tax obligations. Many stated that international laws have lagged behind the growth of these mega corps and it was increasingly difficult to provide a unified legal approach to make corporations pay appropriate taxation in the countries where the money was earned. In fact, it may take many years to even make a significant dent in the ‘missing taxation’ funds being trucked away and hidden in small tax havens.

    This is shameful! Corporations should be boasting about how much they have contributed to national economies, not boasting to their shareholders how much they have managed to hide away and avoid. The governments and legal systems may have their hands full trying to force corporations into meeting their social responsibilities, but please remember that these companies rely on the public to make the money they are hiding away.

    As many have said before, the public has the power to change this twisted and immoral corporate thinking and all we have to do is Call them out on their lack of social responsibility by naming and Shaming them and by affecting their bottom line by affecting their sales to us.

    We need to breed a new awareness in corporate thinking, one where they can boast about how much they have contributed to society as a whole rather than just to themselves. A new culture where corporations can demonstrate their worth in terms of doing their fare share, of benefitting the community as a whole, of helping to bear the load of governments to build and sustain a better society for everyone.

    They need to seek our praise, not hide like greedy thieves burying their profits in hidden legal caves and presenting a false and plastic view of themselves. We need their Honesty and Integrity, their social and environmental responsibility to shine and present a worthy role model for the world.

    So, how do we start this process? How do we end Corporate Tax Avoidance?

    Sign up to this blog, send it out into the world of social media, make it a social movement. Contribute to other sites advancing a new era of social awareness and responsibility, sign petitions to your government members. Advance the cause of ethical businesses who contribute to the new notions of a Shared Economy that benefits us all.

    Go to our Poll at the bottom of the article, vote and add your comments, share to your twitter or facebook page

    It’s time to Name and Shame those who choose not to contribute and mend their corrupted thinking. Let’s force the mega corporations to start to demonstrate their worth to us all, not just the few.

    We are the world, the greedy are shooting us all in the foot. This has to stop and public social action is truly the most powerful way to create a better world for us all.

    Don’t just be negative: Find, support and promote businesses who are contributing to creating a better way ahead.

    Help to end to Corporate Tax Avoidance

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    LocalBuy.me Amazing new site set to change the way we buy, sell and trade online

    By admin | April 1, 2014

    I want to tell everyone about an amazing new site that could really change the way we buy and sell things online. This new site works on so many levels and is one of those ideas you think, “why hasn’t anyone done this before” Firstly, it is a community minded site wanting to foster local trade in local communities. It wants to provide a place for people to be able to buy directly from local suppliers, both to help their local economy, but also to source the very best quality produce and goods at the best prices.

    Secondly, it wants to slash the costs of existing platforms like ebay which have become increasingly greedy. It has introduced a decentralized way of using eCommerce. It has gone back to the idea of a market place where you look for goods and make your transaction with the stall holder directly. It does not take any percentage of the transaction, it simply provides the place and powerful tools to connect buyer with seller. For this it charges a tiny fixed fee of 25 cents for most small purchases.

    Sellers can list for free for 10 days (they pay a little for a longer period) Sellers can run their own auction like ebay, or just use the buynow button for fixed priced goods. Buyers can search by item, location, category or keyword and it even provides Google maps. Buyers can also join a member started buyers group to be able to buy in bulk with others.

    On top of this, the site accepts and encourages the use of Bitcoin, one of my favorite new payment methods, or they can use Paypal instead. But more than this because the site doesn’t participate in the actual transaction between buyer and seller, the seller and buyer are free to determine their own method of payment between themselves! I love this idea! It simply makes sense on all levels. The shipping/delivery or pickup are all arranged between the buyer and the seller, so if you are local, you can just arrange to go and pick up your purchase. They will also be offering buyer and seller insurance packages if you want to use them.

    I heard it described as ‘craigslist on steroids’ with all the tools of eBay… I think that’s a very good description. I love how it returns us to the idea of markets, and it doesn’t just limit itself to local, its entirely up to the seller as to how far they want to sell, town, state, national, international, it’s entirely up to the seller.

    Many businesses are going to flock to this new site, its got the chance to change everything, if you think about it. It’s in pre launch now; go and get yourself a place and 10 free trade credits!

    Read about their Ethical Investment Program

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    Where can you get Free Bitcoins? It’s a great time to get a free bitcoin wallet

    By admin | July 28, 2013

    Want to have a little fun? Did you know you don’t have to invest any real money to make real money from bitcoins? All you need to do is open a free bitcoins wallet to start receiving cash.

    Most of us will have heard of the crazy price swings of the new crypto currency. In Feb 2013 they were only a few dollars, then, partly due to the crisis in Cyprus, they raced to nearly $250 per coin; then just as spectacularly it crashed again back down to the teens. So, hardly a very stable investment right? Really just a bubble currency that only the brave and the foolish would dare put any money into, right?

    Well, would you like some free money? Here are some very good reasons why you should at least open a free bitcoin wallet (best listed below).

    There are a number of sites who will now pay you in bitcoins for watching video’s and ads, visiting sites, translating, doing surveys, even bitcoin gaming etc… all the usual internet marketing stuff that makes a few extra dollars if you can be bothered. But the benefits of being paid in bitcoins rather than dollars and cents is simple, it is exactly because of the crazy price fluctuations that your lowly earned bitcoins can suddenly turn into way more than you ever expected. (see the amazing GBBG Fund info at the end of this article)
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    Has digital media enhanced creativity? Are we better Artists?

    By admin | February 1, 2013

    In a recent book called ‘Imagine’ author Jonah Lehrer attempts to explore the science of creativity. The book raises some interesting notions on the way we see creativity and what drives the creative spark to become exceptional. But trying to see it through scientific eyes, as if you could capture the exceptional as an algorithm or institute it as part of a uni curriculum, leaves me pondering the effect of digital media tech on the art world and on creativity as a whole.

    I can’t help thinking that when you try to see or describe creativity in some sort of scientific idiom you lose the very essence of the creative spark. In a world of photoshop wizzing and home music studios, one has to ask; have the arts gained and evolved accordingly, or are there just more people with basic skills aided by technology producing mediocre art? Read the rest of this entry »

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    Do you get Headaches from using your Computer?

    By admin | January 15, 2013

    Headaches have been a constant human complaint through the ages and the digital age has introduced us to new discomforts from staring at computers! It can help to understand a little about why we humans suffer from them so often and how to find some relief. Natural Headache relief is the goal of most people who suffer frequent headaches. Many people are uncomfortable about using drugs to relieve their headaches on a regular basis. There are far too many different types of ‘so called’ therapies for relief of tension or migraine headaches for any one person to try them all. In this article we explain the reasons for headaches and offer some links to help you find the right approach. How can you find the right solution to your headaches?
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    Where did all the money go?

    By admin | September 1, 2012

    Where did all the money go? Where did all the bullshit come from?

    Sounds like the sort of question our leaders should be asking on our behalf. But instead, it’s being left to a computer video game!

    Aniglobe has launched a funding campaign to make a game about our current economic problems. And I have to say it looks great! a lot of fun and one of those sort of ideas you think “hey, what a good idea!”

    Their aim is to open up the games industry to more social comment and direct social relevance, a hard task, given that most computer games are designed to be pretty mindless! But, looking at their campaign at indiegogo.com I think they have pulled it off, or will pull it off when the game is released.

    Even reading the gameplay made me laugh! it’s really worth a read, I guess it would be even funnier if it weren’t so close to being true!

    Where did all the money go

    Simply put, its about a character called Eddy Everyman who’s home town has been drained of all its colour and all that’s left are For Sale signs and bullshit on the streets (literally!) Eddy’s job is to earn money by clearing the streets of bullshit, by manually pushing it, or using his Anti Bullshit Ray! When he has enough money and some other items, like government forms, long, medium and shorts ones (made me laugh) He can enter 1% land behind the Great Walled Garden and begin trading on the Wall Street Casino.

    You get the picture, its very funny and quite on the mark. His money is converted into spurious IUO Dollars and he has to deal with evil bankster bots trying to rob him of his money. To end the game he must earn at least 1 Billion IOU$’s, clear the bullshit canons and collapse the Shaky Investment Pyramids (made me laugh again)

    It’s worth going to the campaign site and reading the gameplay and seeing the video. I hope it really kicks off! It seems like a good way to create a talking point about what are actually quite serious issues we are facing in the world.

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    Apple, part of the problem, not part of the solution

    By admin | August 27, 2012

    Apple has become part of the problems on this planet rather than part of the solution. This is the path they have chosen while waving the banner of ‘cool and cred’. On every level their actions have said, we don’t give a damn about anything but ourselves. The recent abuse of patents in the Apple V Samsung case has all but sealed Apple’s demise as a credible and honest competitor to its once hated enemy, Microsoft, and its given more social credibility to Android than Google deserves.

    We now have a world where a company can seek to own the shape of a rectangle, the icons on a screen and a silly bit of code that makes lists bounce. It is very close to insanity and yet again the USA shows how hypocritical and corrupted its use and abuse of laws have become all for the sake of its own greed.

    The USA have allowed this patent trolling by mega corps because quite simply, they make mega money from it, it has nothing to do with protecting anyone’s rights; the credibility of their legal system is in severe recession.

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    Do you know anyone who suffers from back pain? Back Pain Explained…

    By admin | July 5, 2012

    It may seem like a silly question but most people are unaware of the real reasons for the pain from this condition. Back pain is one of the most common human medical complaints which require time off work. It costs industry many millions of dollars each year and has spawned a massive therapy market, some that work and many that are spurious to say the least.

    Many people are also uncomfortable about simply using drugs to relieve their back pain. There are so many different types of treatment but very little real explanation of what causes back pain and how we can treat it effectively. Knowledge is power; so in this article we look into some of the reasons for the pain and common myths to help you find the right approach.

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    Kim Dotcom warrants judged illegal. US left embarrassed by shameful bullyboy tactics.

    By admin | June 28, 2012

    The search warrants used to seize the Megaupload data have been found to be illegal and therefore without legal standing, a high court Judge in New Zealand ruled today.

    Justice Helen Winkelmann said, the warrants failed to properly describe the offences to which they were related and it was unlawful for copies of Dotcom’s computer data to be taken offshore.

    With the judgement, the entire case against Kim Dotcom has now become a highly embarrassing farce by the FBI. They have been legally negligent and bullying in their inept attempts to try to impose shaky US corporate copyright laws against a foreign national in a foreign country. The Judge made the point that without a valid warrant the Police were trespassing and exceeded what they were lawfully authorised to do.

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    Why are our Leaders and Politicians so Lost?

    By admin | June 21, 2012

    It may be the question every generation has asked through the history of democracy, but in this day and age there seems to be a greater void between the people on the street and their leaders than ever before. So much so, that most people just shrug their shoulders and resign themselves to their fate. Is it their fault or ours. How long do we use the us and them excuse for our loss of freedom and personal power?

    It’s as though we expect our leaders to go against our interests, we expect them to tell us what to do as if we assume they must know best. In the current times, we see the EU floundering between austerity and growth. Why are none of our leaders talking about economic sustainability. Why are none of them trying to fix the mechanisms that caused all this insane debt? Why do they not  prosecute the offending banksters who have caused poverty to whole nations through their greed, negligence and corruption? Too big to Fail? When do people come before profit and corporate interests?

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