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  • Sep 6th, 2016 @ 10:48pm

    Not that small

    The article claims that France's intelligence services are "a comparatively-unpowered agency"

    That would depend on the meaning of the word "comparatively" If we're talking the number of people employed in the US intelligence sector vs. the French intelligence sector, then it is true.

    The French intelligence sector generally operates under less legal restrictions and less oversight restrictions than their US counterparts.

  • Sep 3rd, 2016 @ 10:09am

    Re: Re:

    Please google the term transfer pricing. I believe that bit of information will let you know:
    a) How this mechanism lets a company produce goods in one country, sell in other countries and have everything even out.
    b) Abuse the tax system to shift profits to the countries where they pay the least taxes.

    The problem is that it is required for a company to operate globally. Unfortunately, for honest people and companies, it is also extremely simple to abuse this system.

  • Sep 3rd, 2016 @ 10:02am

    Re: Puggledash

    "no moving profits to another country to benefit from there tax level," Is problematic for EU's single market.

    One of the ideas behind the single market is that anyone within the EU can sell to everyone within the EU. You shouldn't be required to setup shop in each EU member country.

    Instead, you report your profits to your country's tax authorities, including which member country you sold the goods in. It then becomes an exercise for the tax authorities of the individual member countries tax authorities to shuffle tax revenue around between them.

  • Jun 14th, 2014 @ 4:27am

    Circular logic

    Isn't there a circular logic in Mr. Mike Rogers' reasoning?

    If Google, Microsoft, Cisco, doesn't act against NSA surveilance, then they will loose customers. Specifically - in Europe - to European based competitors. Thus, cutting off the NSA from that traffic.

    So if they don't act, NSA will loose the ability to snoop around, if they do act, then NSA has the hope of atleast snooping something?

  • Jun 11th, 2014 @ 11:27am


    Politics has never worked. People complained about politics even at the height of Nero's rule.

    Even the harshest dictator has to deal with political factions bickering.