Wednesday Link-Off: Panama and Politics and PACs, Oh My

emma-stone-metgala16-01In the grand scheme of post titles, I’ve probably come up with worse. I doubt there have been many worse than this but it does summarize this week’s biggest stories. Granted, politics and money are big stories any day of the week but not every week has the Panama Papers database released.

Anyway, it’s Wednesday so that means that we have to do the links. Let’s kick things off with Emma Stone.

Former Facebook workers say that the social networking site would suppress conservative news. (Gizmodo)

Contrast this with the pro-Hilary Correct the Record PAC that promotes Hilary on social media. (LA Times)

With the Panama Papers database being uploaded online, hundreds of leading economists are calling on world leaders to end tax havens. (SCMP)

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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)

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