Sunday Link-Off: Panama

rihanna-vogue16-02bI’ve been uber busy IRL so I haven’t had a lot of time to do much writing lately so apologies up front about that. I spent yesterday doing some gaming so I’m hoping to have a Rise of the Tomb Raider review up this week or next. Reviews for The Walking Dead: Michonne – Episode Two, StarCraft II: Nova Covert Ops – Chapter One and RBI Baseball 16 should be following shortly. And it’s an F1 race weekend so you know we’ll have some coverage of that too.

But before we get to all that, we have to get through today. That means that we have to do the links. Let’s kick off with Rihanna. No, she’s not from Panama but I don’t think you’re too concerned about that.

In the wake of the Panama Papers on tax avoidance, British PM David Cameron is having to defend his now-challenged stance on being hard on tax evasion. (The Independent)

Cameron isn’t the only world leader who is tied to the Panama Papers. A trail of money worth up to $2 billion leads back to Vladimir Putin. (The Guardian)

You might be wondering what the big deal about the Panama Papers is. Well, so much is held in various tax havens worldwide what estimates peg Canadian tax revenue lost to tax havens at up to $7.8 billion per year. (Toronto Star)

The Bush Administration’s Congressional inquiry into 9/11 has 28 pages that were redacted as top-secret. It is believed that these pages include info on who supported the terrorists and US allies in the Middle East could be part of that network. (60 Minutes)

So corruption, pollution, civil unrest and a high likelihood of crime are the least of the problems for the 2016 Rio Olympics. No one is buying any tickets. (CNN Money)

Remember when everyone was a little concerned about potential privacy issues when Facebook bought Oculus? Now that the Rift VR device is in consumers’ hands, Facebook is using applications installed for the Rift to collect data on you. (UploadVR)

Speaking of your personal data, Reddit dropped the “warrant canary” from its annual transparency report. That means that the US government has been sniffing around Reddit. (PC World)

Sam Rockwell says that Galaxy Quest 2 was in the cards until Alan Rickman’s death. I don’t necessarily believe it but I guess we can all go back to being depressed again. (The Guardian)

I think that it’s only appropriate to end this post with Van Halen’s Panama.

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