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  1. I binge-watched this a month back. Wow, it's good! Extremely violent from the beginning, and it only ever slows down to describe how the drug gangs' £millions are launered into high-rise apartments and other dodgy investment schemes. There is the odd copper in there, but most of them are jaded and / or bent. There are so many double-crosses, triple-crosses and quadruple-crosses that you don't know who to trust - probably nobody. The fight scences are spectacularly violent, and the violence is spectacularly effective. I'm pleased that the movie industry has grown out of the mindlessly-stupid cockney gangsta flicks of a couple of decades ago and is now showing movies and programmes aimed at a more mature and intelligent audience (such as the film The Gentlemen from 2019) I'm looking forward to Season 3.
  2. I used to, but not any more. Do you still fancy that posh Tory bird ?
  3. I was in a good mood at the time; it's Spring 😁 but what did you think of the fight scenes, when a giant monkey punched a giant lizard in the face, and they trashed Hong Kong ? Hong Kong undoubtedly came off worse than New York did in The Avengers (2012) and that city almost got nuked
  4. I've missed Penny. I hope the old Flower's doing OK
  5. That's the fifth night in a row that the so-called "Loyalists" and "Unionists" have shown their loyalty and support to the Queen and the United Kingdom . . . by setting it on fire. Who gave them that stupid idea? Maybe they got it from this episode of the Simpsons . . . which says it all
  6. Godzilla v Kong (it might be Kong v Godzilla) oh boy, I've been waiting for this since Godzilla: King of the Monsters in 2019. Was it worth the wait? Is it any good? Well, the bad news is that the film is all over the place with its dialogue and script. I can't tell if I'm supposed to be watching a comedy, a spy-kids movie, or a monster film. Fortunately, the film is saved by the amazing fight scenes. Unlike Godzilla 2014 or Godzilla KotM, where the fight scenes take place in the dark, or off-screen, or under the sea, or are obscured by smoke and debris, GvK (it might be KvG) has some breathtaking fight scences. The fight scenes are loud, punchy, in your face, and highly destructive. Much thought and care has gone into the fight choreography, with both Godzilla and Kong using their strengths tactically in a number of one-on-one fights, with both the US Naval forces and the citizens of Hong Kong used as the boxing ring. If you're a fan of the DC Monsterverse, and you've been eagerly waiting to watch a giant monkey punch a giant lizard in the face, then I can categorically tell you the fight scenes have been worth the wait and they live up to the hype. My rating: 5/10 for the film 11/10 for the fight scenes
  7. I've found a message from Jeff and a link to the story: https://www.aboutamazon.com/news/policy-news-views/a-message-from-jeff-bezos Amazon founder and CEO shares a statement in support of investment in American infrastructure. "We support the Biden Administration’s focus on making bold investments in American infrastructure. Both Democrats and Republicans have supported infrastructure in the past, and it’s the right time to work together to make this happen. We recognize this investment will require concessions from all sides—both on the specifics of what’s included as well as how it gets paid for (we’re supportive of a rise in the corporate tax rate). We look forward to Congress and the Administration coming together to find the right, balanced solution that maintains or enhances U.S. competitiveness." - Jeff Bezos, founder and CEO, Amazon https://www.theregister.com/2021/04/07/bezos_amazon_backs_us_tax_increases/ Jeff Bezos supports US tax rise after not paying it for two years – and paying tiny amount in 2019 Expresses fondness for Biden administration infrastructure plan that would help parcels be delivered faster and boost broadband speeds Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos has said he supports increasing corporate tax rates after receiving criticism, yet again, from US President Joe Biden. The reference to the Biden administration's infrastructure plans doesn't mention that the President plans to find some of his planned $2 trillion by increasing corporate tax rates from 21 to 28 per cent. A rate of 28 per cent would place US corporate tax halfway between current rates and the pre-2017 rate of 35 per cent. To prevent multinationals from simply fleeing to tax havens, Biden has also advocated increasing the global minimum tax to 21 per cent. The infrastructure plan allocates $621bn into transportation including bridges, roads, airports and ports, plus billions to improve broadband. Amazon stands to benefit considerably from such measures. Biden has long been critical of Bezos's conglomerate on matters such as unions, which Amazon vehemently opposes, and taxes, which Amazon seemingly now accepts must rise. Amazon paid exactly zero dollars in federal taxes in 2017 and 2018, thanks to use of legitimate deductions that allowed it to reduce its liabilities. Changing the rate of company tax would therefore not necessarily mean Amazon pays more, although in 2019 the company paid $162m of federal income taxes on $13.9bn pre-tax income revenue, deferring $914m. The tax it has paid accounts for 1.2 per cent of 2019 pre-tax income, a far lower rate than most workers or corporations ever pay.
  8. Is that Delta airlines? I can imagine they, like all other airlines, have had a very difficult year
  9. I know that Deutsche Bank and Trumpet have what you might diplomatically describe as a "turbulent history" but since the Capitol riots in early January, even that bank are cutting ties with Trumpet: Deutsche Bank became the latest large company to cut ties with Donald Trump, with the firm that has propped up the Trump Organization for two decades reportedly announcing it would no longer do business with the disgraced president. The German bank’s move – reported by the New York Times – follows Wednesday’s deadly attack on the US Capitol building by a mob of Trump supporters. The number of corporations disassociating themselves from Trump is now turning into an avalanche. Deutsche Bank has been Trump’s most important lender. The Trump Organization, fronted by his two older sons, owes the bank about $340m in outstanding loans. After a series of bankruptcies in the 1990s, it was the only bank willing to give Trump money. The relationship has survived various scandals. In 2008, Trump sued the bank’s real estate division after he defaulted on a $40m repayment, used to fund the construction of the Trump International Hotel and Tower in Chicago. He accused Deutsche of co-causing the financial crisis and demanded $3bn in compensation. Instead of dumping him as a client, Deutsche’s private wealth division stepped in and loaned him more money to pay off the existing debt. Deutsche has resisted efforts by Democrats in the House and Senate to explain its relationship with Trump – and to clarify if Russian state banks or entities underwrote some of his debts. https://www.theguardian.com/business/2021/jan/12/deutsche-bank-severs-ties-with-donald-trump I love the bit about Trump defaulting on a $40 MILLION payment, then suing for $3 BILLION in compensation. Classic Trumpet 🤣 I'm gonna try that with next month's council tax bill.
  10. That would be interesting. Do you have a link? Bezos' company has been described as being little more than a highly efficient tax-avoiding engine due to its aggressive use of loopholes, so I'll believe Bezos' wants to contribute more tax when it happens.
  11. To be honest, I doubt even Trumpet knows how much (or little) he is worth* Trumpet is notorious for artificially inflating the values of his properties when taking out loans against them, then artificially deflating those same property values when it came to paying tax against them. *Trumpet claims to be a billionaire.
  12. More bad news for those who admire the business skills of the bestest, most bigliest businessman in history, Donald Trumpet: While the richest got spectacularly richer during the pandemic, the ex-president plummeted nearly 300 places in the Forbes list It’s been a glorious pandemic for the world’s richest people. Forbes annual billionaire poll includes a record-breaking 2,755 billionaires, with Amazon founder Jeff Bezos once again topping the list, the media company said on Tuesday. Not everyone was a winner. According to the latest list, Donald Trump’s standing among other billionaires has plummeted almost 300 places since 2020, down to No 1,299. The humiliating fall sits on Forbes’ list next to a quote from the former president reading: “I took a lot of finance courses at Wharton. First they taught you all the rules and regulations. Then they taught you that those rules and regulations are really meant to be broken.” Trump has lost millions on his retail locations, hotels and golf resorts in the last few years. But it does seem that businesses who were distancing themselves from Trump after the Capitol attack, continue to lease his properties, helping him to rake in millions on some properties in the last year. https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2021/apr/06/donald-trump-billionaire-rankings-forbes
  13. Do you even know what notorious means? Trumpet is notorious for being a lying, cheating sex pest. And for getting things done under budget, Trumpet's modus operandi as a "businessman" is to feign bankruptcy to avoid paying his bills: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Business_career_of_Donald_Trump#Business_bankruptcies Trump was quoted by Newsweek in 2011 saying, "I do play with the bankruptcy laws—they're very good for me."[
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