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Car bomb kills crusading Panama Papers journalist in Malta

Center CEO, John Dunbar, condemns attack, demands thorough investigation 

News sources today are reporting the tragic death of Daphne Caruana Galizia, a journalist who led the Panama Papers investigation into corruption in Malta.

Caruana Galizia, 53, was reportedly killed in a car bombing near her home. Local media reports indicated that in recent days she had filed a police report complaining of death threats.

Caruana Galizia was a fearless journalist and blogger who exposed numerous offshore dealings of prominent figures in Malta. She was also the mother of International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) developer and data journalist Matthew Caruana Galizia.

The Center for Public Integrity spun off ICIJ earlier this year. John Dunbar, CEO of the Center condemned the attack, saying it was “not only a tragic killing of a courageous journalist but an attack on the profession as a whole. This must not go unpunished.”

ICIJ released a statement condemning the attack:

“ICIJ condemns violence against journalists and is deeply concerned about freedom of the press in Malta,” wrote its director, Gerard Ryle. “ICIJ calls upon the Maltese authorities to investigate the murder and bring the perpetrators to justice. ICIJ’s thoughts are with the Caruana Galizia family at this time.”

No group or individual has come forward to claim responsibility for the attack according to news accounts at this writing.

Links:

http://www.zeit.de/politik/ausland/2017-10/daphne-caruana-galizia-malta-panama-papers

distribution

the access-rights to ressources = distribution of ressources should make some sense.

so in linux – it is not dependend on your bank-account – if you may have more or less access to ressources or if you should be allowed to run tasks with elevated privileges (modify the system = pass a law) – it is solely based on the question:

  • Why should this user have those privileges?
  • Does it make sense to allow user X access to those ressources?
    • depending on the user’s intentionts and if it’s good for the system or not

it does not answer the question – are those sources renewable… and would it make sense to change to renewable sources… (that is a question of mankind’s survival as a species) it just asks the question of distribution:

how should access to ressources be distributed to make everyone be able to complete their tasks within a certain time-range…

security and trust

also true:

  • systems can be hacked
  • banks and tax-advicers are constantly (day and night) on the search for such “holes” to avoid tax or even extract money from the system
  • whenever a bitcoin exchange get’s hacked – the USD/EUR value of the bitcoins goes down – trust is lost – probably the same with EUR/USD?

transparency

atleast with open source and linux – if you learn c – you could read the code.

which means – you get insight what rules the machine is operating with.

with the monetary system those rules seem not to be so clear.

mistakes can be found everywhere – so transparency would be good if the intention was to build a good system that serves everybody.

right now – you can’t visit a website money-flow.org that shows the flow of money in realtime…

in sweden you can atleast google the income of your neighbour… but that’s about it.

secrecy is high priority in banks.

Watch Bernie Sanders tell Alan Greenspan, in 2003, that Americans are not living the way that Mr. Greenspan imagines they are.

Then just 5 years later Alan Greenspan, former Chairman of the Federal Reserve, admits that there is a flaw in his ideology.

944,046 views by 2017.04 – 12696 Likes vs 259 Dislikes equals: 259/(12696/100) = 2% super rich hate what Bernie Sanders just said…

Transcript:

“Thank you madam chairman – Mr Greenspan nice to see you again.

Mr Greenspan i have long been concerned that you are way out of touch – with the needs of the middle-class and the working family of our country. That you see our major functioning our position as the need to represent the wealthy and the large corporations.

And i must tell you that your testimony today – only confirms all of my suspicions – and i urge you – and i mean this seriously – because you are an honest person – i think you just don’t know what is going on in the real world.

And i would urge you – come with me to Vermont – meet real people.

The country clubs and cocktail parties are not real America.

The millionaires and billionaires are exception to the rule.

You talk about an improving economy – while

  • we have lost 3 million private-sector jobs in the last 2 years
  • long-term unemployment has more than tripled
  • unemployment is higher than it has been since 1994
  • we have a 4 trillion Dollar national debt
  • 1.5 million Americans have lost their health-insurance
  • millions of seniors can’t afford subscription drugs
  • middle-class families can’t send their kids to college because they don’t have the money to do that
  • bankruptcy cases have increased by a record-breaking +23%
  • business investment is at it’s lowest levels in more than 50 years
  • CEOs make more than 500 times of their workers make
  • the middle-class is shrinking
  • we have the greatest gab between rich and poor of any industrialized nation

and this is an economy that is “improving” – i hate to see what will happen if our economy was sinking.

Now today you might not have known this – i expect that you don’t – but you have insulted – tens-of-millions of American workers.

You have defended over the years among other things – the abolishion of the minimum-wage – one of your policies – and giving huge tax-breaks to millionaires.

But today you reached a new low that i think – by suggesting that manufacturing in America – does not matter.

It doesn’t matter where the product is produced.

We lost 2 million manufacturing jobs in the last 2 years alone. 10% of our workforce.

Walmart has replaced General Motors as the major employer in America.

Paying people starvation wages rather than living wages – and all of that does not matter to you?

Doesn’t matter if it is produced in China – where workers are making 30 Cents an hour?

Or produced in Vermont where workers can make 20 bucks an hour?

It doesn’t matter – you have told the American people – that you support an trade policy that is selling them out – only working for the CEOs who can take our plants to China, Mexico and India.

You insulted Mr Castle a few moments ago – a good republican – told you that we are seeing not only the decline of manufacturing jobs – but white-collar information-technology jobs.

Forrester Research says that over the next 15 years 3.3 million service industry jobs and 136 billion in wages will move off-shore to India, Russia, China and the Philippines.

Does any of this matter to you?

Do you give one wit of concern to the middle-class and working families of this country – that’s my question.”

Alan Greenspan: “Congressman we have the highest standard of living in the world.”

Sanders: “No we have not – you go to Scandinavia and you will find that people have a much higher standard of living in terms of education, health-care and decent paying jobs.”

Alan Greenspan: “For a major industrial country – we have created the most advanced technologies – the highest standard of living – for a country of our size. Our economic growth is crucial to us. The incomes – the purchasing powers of our workers our people are by far more important than what it is we produce…”

5 years later…

Alan Greenspan: “I found a flaw in the model that i perceived as the critical functioning structure that defines how the world works – so to speak”

Congressmen: “In other words you found that your view of the world – your ideology was not right it was not working.”

Alan Greenspan: “precisely. That is precisely the reason why i was shocked, because i have been going for 40 years or more – with very considerable evidence that instead it was working exceptionally well…”