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Opinion: Iceland’s response to Panama Papers could not be repeated in U.S.

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As most of us now know, we are currently experiencing one of the biggest document leaks ever. As reported by news agencies across the world on Saturday night, 11.5 million files regarding over 200,000 companies were released by Mossack Fonseca to a German newspaper called Süddeutsche Zeitung.

The newspaper then shared files with news outlets all over the world and the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists. According to The Guardian, one of the outlets with whom the information was originally shared, 12 national leaders and 143 politicians have been implicated by the content of the documents, not to mention non-political individuals outside of public scrutiny. And these numbers were concluded with what amounts to a cursory glance in the grand scheme of things. It will take time to sort through all of the now-available information. The Panama Papers will be an ongoing conversation for a long time to come, so I would highly recommend reading up on it. The Guardian has done a great job covering it thus far.

But I want to draw particular attention to Iceland. On Tuesday morning, Icelandic Prime Minister Sigmundur David Gunnlaugsson resigned with a statement from the Icelandic Progressive Party. The Panama Papers revealed a conflict of interest between Gunnlaugsson and a deal reached with a number of banks that funneled money toward a company Gunnlaugsson’s wife owned (which he had sold to her for $1 in 2009 in order to avoid difficult questions about transparency).

Though not indicted on any charges, the obviously shady dealings and political side-stepping broke the trust of the Icelandic people. On Tuesday morning, over 10,000 people gathered in Reykjavik outside the Icelandic Parliament to demand Gunnlaugsson’s resignation, which was not long in coming. Simultaneously, a petition calling for the same thing had collected over 30,000 signatures. Iceland has a population of just over 300,000 people. Within two days of the leaks going public, almost 4 percent of Iceland’s population had physically mobilized in protest and over 10 percent had engaged through the online petition.

Though those numbers seem small, think of the percentages in a different context. If 4 percent of the U.S. population were to gather in protest, the crowd would consist of 13 million people, and if 10 percent of the U.S. population signed a petition, it would register over 30 million signatures. Also, keep in mind that this mobilization occurred in two days. Though the comparison may be exaggerated, the sentiment remains.

We as a global community don’t yet know what the Panama Papers will mean for a plethora of different political situations around the world. While I applaud the mobilization in Iceland, I am skeptical of something similar occurring in the U.S. I am skeptical not because I think our politicians are absent from the ever-growing list. In fact, I won’t be surprised if we hear names more familiar than Gunnlaugsson very soon. I am skeptical because I don’t think we expect, let alone universally demand, integrity in our leaders.

For evidence, I look to the ongoing dramatic feud between Republican front-runners: Donald Trump and Sen. Ted Cruz. Trump constantly incites violence against minorities at his rallies and openly embraces misogynist rhetoric and policies. Cruz, evidently the more upstanding alternative to Trump, recently ran an attack ad featuring a naked photo of Melania Trump with the text “Your Next First Lady.” When compared with these blatant disregards for public morality, I can’t imagine that tax evasion (what most of the Panama Papers suggest) will get anything more than a shrug. Trump will probably announce that it’s a good business practice, to resounding applause and emphatic head nods. (Similarly, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, the Democratic front-runner, is barely better as the federal government continues to investigate this whole email fiasco.)

We have become complacent. Our expectations of our leaders fall into the extremely dangerous not-as-bad-as-the-other zone. When politicians are associated with criminality of this nature, though it’s extremely undemocratic and corrupt, we may be nominally interested for a little while, but we’re never shocked. I applaud the mass movement in Iceland, but I have very little hope for this new leak, the latest of many, to bring about change beyond a few resignations and some public apologies. Of course, I hope I’m proven wrong.

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  1. Vrs Qabbaala Dis Order

    October 2, 2016 at 9:34 pm

    BY WAY OF TRUMPING, BY WAY OF ROD-HAMMING, NON-QABBAALAS TO AVOID THE SEVEN-RIVERS OF BLEEDING !!!

    Behold the latest card-board signs lifted behind Hellary that cynically and flagrantly invite people to: “Love Trump’s Hate” !!! They are obviously proving that I have been Perfectly Right when I have writtenly expected the eminent pre-set Transfer Of H. Rod’Ham Into The Anti-Emigrants’ Camp Of D. Trump, Within Their Bi-Synchronized Chaos-Generating Framework Of Their Hidden Co-Combined Crypto-Plot, Aimed At The Instigating And Dragging Of The Ordinary Amerikans INTO THE AMERIKAN EDITION OF THE “ARAB SPRING” HYPER-DESTRUCTION !!! When this jump-transfer of Hellary fully occurs, and everybody understands then that the ”Says Of The ‘Trumpy’ Were In-Fact The Says Of The ‘Crypto-Unified Establishment’ Of The Qabbaala”, those emigrants of The Non-Qabbaala who had unwisely or foolishly accepted the TRUMPING\ROD’HAMMING WAY OF DECEPTION, shall suddenly feel that they are being pan-betrayed and left-in-the-cold, and hence subjected to the Hyper-Bleeding Super-Desolation Consequences Of Not Rejecting The Trump-Plus-Rodham Lethal Qabbaaly Bi-Styles Way Of Deception.

    According to a number of virtual ‘By Way Of Deception’ sources: ”The Amerikan flag consists of thirteen horizontal stripes, seven red alternating with six white. The stripes represent the original thirteen colonies…”. The second phrase looks like a Huge Deceitful Lie, in view of the historical past omission of the previous blue stripes of a former flag of the 18th centuary and the keeping of the white ones, and in view of what was said repeatedly about the red stripes representation of the “RIVERS OF BLOOD” or the “SEVEN RIVERS OF BLOOD” !!! Asserting this acutely-horrific threat, is the mega-shocking scene in the Qabbaala-produced “I, Pet Goat II” cartoon film, where the Amerikan Flag Is Being Torn Into Two Halves and then Two Human-Shaped Towers Get Demolished From Top To Bottom !!! This is no-doubt a Qabbaaly Proclamation of “A Pan-Amerikan Massacre Against The Goyeem’s Whole In Amerika” !!!

    I have previously warned against the Severe Dangers Of The Non-Qabbaala Emigrants’ Extended Stay Inside The Ex United States Of Amerika, and against their uncareful subjecting of themselves to the same mercilessly executed types of the drilled and rehearsed brutal acts that we have painfully beheld in THE “ARAB SPRING” COUNTRIES, like: Iraq; Syria; Libya; al-Yemen; Tunisia; Egypt; Sudan; etc. Now, if the expected shutdowns of numerous landports and airports and seaports are started up, the selling of the Non-Qabbaala Emigrants’ possessions and their escaping out of the U.S.A. territories shall become sadly badly difficult. If so shall become the critical situation for them, then at least The Non-Qabbaala Emigrants’ Families May ‘INSIST’ Among Themselves On Side-Stepping The Hazardous ‘Sleep-Walking’ Acts Behind The Qabbaala Tyrants’ Chaos-Begining Gangs, as they try to lure them to follow them into their Trappy and Artificial: Demonstrations; Sit-Ins; Clashes; Sabotage-Blows; etc.

    FOR YOUR SERIOUSLY ENDANGERED SAFTIES, DO NOT DO AS THOSE GOVERNMENTAL SECRET AGENTS DO AT ANY SITUATION WHAT SO EVER. THE GOVERNMENTAL FORCES SHALL SPARE THEM, WITH THEIR MARKED CAPS AND BALA’KLAVAS AND SHAMLAS AND BACK BAGS, AND THEIR HIDING CONTROLLERS SHALL ORDER THEM TO LEAVE THE CHAOTIC SCENES THROUGH SILENT MOBILE RINGINGS AND TEXT MESSAGES, AND THAT SHALL HAPPEN WHEN THOSE CONFRONTATION SCENES ARE FILLED WITH NON-QABBAALA VICTIMS. THEN THOSE GOVERNMENTAL FORCES SHALL START TO HIT HARD AND HARSH AT THE TRICKED TRAPPED PEOPLE. ARTIFICIAL ESCALATIONS SHALL FOLLOW SOON, LARGELY BY USE OF MIMIC-TERRORISM OPERATIONS, AND IF THE ORDINARY AMERIKAN EMIGRANTS SHALL NOT REJECT THOSE SLY NEFARIOUS FORGERIES AT ONCE, THE QABBAALAS SHALL ESCALATE ALMOST ENDLESSLY, UNTILL THEY SHED THEIR FLAG-DEPICTED “RIVERS OF BLEEDING”, BY WIDE USE WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION INSIDE THE EX UNITED STATES OF AMERIKA !!!!!

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  2. Vrs Qabbaala Dis Order

    November 24, 2016 at 5:00 pm

    In addition to the almost pre-expected abolishment of “Lock Her (Hellary) Up”, here is a new bomb-present for those who’s minds still ponder in awe about the tremendous extents to which have gone the flagrant tasks of aiding Donald’s rise by Barack and Hillary, and whether all that had popped-up according to a pre-written conspiracy script : Three years before the declaration of an acutely forged Trump Triumph on 11/9, the Qabbaala-made cartoon film “I, Pet Goat II” featured a shot of a near-future B. Husein O. with an eerie look on his face, and a drop of sweat coming down his forehead with the Hebrew Letter “ד” on it, which in the Rashi and Serif scripts means the “Dalet”/”Dee” letter, i.e. the FIRST LETTER OF THE NAME “DONALD” !!! Swiftly this is followed by a shot of TEARING-UP THE AMERIKAN FLAG INTO 2 HALVES, then a shot of DEMOLISHING THE MALES AND FEMALES ‘TOWERS’ OF AMERIKA, and then a shot of a DEMON’S DANCE OVER THE MEANT SUPER-EXCESSIVE POLY-DEATH !!!

    Now The Previously Hidden Names, Of The ALL-QABBAALA Members Of The History’s Greatest Partial Collusion In Amerika, JUST KEEP TO BOUNCE IN FRONT OF US BY THE HOUR ! Take as examples Mitt Romney and Nikki Haley, whom till last week were thought to be Semi-Wise Anti-Annihilation Humans, and today are hurdling to join-in fast in the “Seven Rivers Of Bleeding” pre-planned massacre against the Non-Qabbaala Amerikans. Over there in Eurasia, the Names Of The Colluding Famous Blood-Thirsty Qabbaala Figures ALSO KEEP TO BOUNCE IN FRONT OF US BY THE HOUR ! Take as examples Vladimir Putin and Marine Le_Pen, and Nigel Farage who advertised lately a Chilling Poster that shows A Killable-Walking-Emigrants Arced Column, that is identical with the 1960s matching “Rivers Of Blood” Poster !!

    Years in-advance, the launching of the Qabbaalian Top Slavemason/ Ba-Rack O-Bam-A, as a White House In-Agency Dweller, was accompanied with his misunderstood “CHANGE” Label, and it turned out that it actually showed that the Flag’s “Red Stripes” were not indicating any “Early States”, but in-fact were indicating “BLOODY RIVERS FLOWING ON THE SPHERICAL SURFACE OF THE EARTH” !!!

    But don’t get over-freaked to the extent of fainting in-horror or stopping to think calmly about how to escape the “THE 7 RIVERS OF BLEEDING”. You want a good reason for that !? : The qabbaalas methodically present preliminary-introductory measurements or procedures when they are about to Launch Major Global Crimes. In the case of their intended “Rivers Of Blood” super-atrocities play-out, they are expected to use first Red Chemical Paints, by pouring large quantities of them into numerous American rivers and their wide branches. Another known option is the substitution of the Artificial Paints with large quantities of Reddish Volcanic Eruptions Ash, which could be collected and imported secretly to America from Chile or Japan, and they also are able to cause waterways to appear like startling blood streams. A yet additional – and likely – option to do that dreadful job is the deliberate increase in Blood-Redding the existing rivers with what the Biology scientists attribute to a type of toxic algae, known as Euglena Sanguinea. This protist of the genus Euglena can emit abundant Red Colour, due to the presence of astaxanthin, and its cells can be populous enough to colour large waters in Bloodred, and that ability conforms with the term “Sanguinea” which means “Sanguineous” or the simpler to understand “Bloody”.

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