George Monbiot: To us, it’s an obscure shift of tax law. To the City, it’s the heist of the century

Our political system protects and enriches a fantastically wealthy elite, much of whose money is, as a result of their interesting tax and transfer arrangements, in effect stolen from poorer countries, and poorer citizens of their own countries. Ours is a semi-criminal money-laundering economy, legitimised by the pomp of the lord mayor’s show and multiple layers of defence in government. Politically irrelevant, economically invisible, the rest of us inhabit the margins of the system. Governments ensure that we are thrown enough scraps to keep us quiet, while the ultra-rich get on with the serious business of looting the global economy and crushing attempts to hold them to account.

- from The Guardian

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This morning I caught the bus with 7-week-old Alfie: whatevs #uberkitten u got nothin on Sydney Buses

This morning I caught the bus with 7-week-old Alfie: whatevs #uberkitten u got nothin on Sydney Buses

Meeting running late = spending 15min reading I Stay by Jenny Holzer ️️️️

Meeting running late = spending 15min reading I Stay by Jenny Holzer ️️️️

At the cafe where they have special Mardi Gras Nipple treats for the season #sweet #boobs

At the cafe where they have special Mardi Gras Nipple treats for the season #sweet #boobs

This is not even the nuttiest thing I wrote in the story. @__ladyland__ asked me to write about my favourite feminist art and it includes Emily Floyd, Myfwany Macleod, Pinaree Sinapitak, WITCH and Suzanne Lacy, as well as lots of LOLs. Check it out: http://thisisladyland.com/art-for-the-sisterhood/

This is not even the nuttiest thing I wrote in the story. @__ladyland__  asked me to write about my favourite feminist art and it includes Emily Floyd, Myfwany Macleod, Pinaree Sinapitak, WITCH and Suzanne Lacy, as well as lots of LOLs. Check it out: http://thisisladyland.com/art-for-the-sisterhood/

Pink rain ️️️️️️️️️

Pink rain ️️️️️️️️️

Them delightful folks at Time Out Sydney asked me to pick my fave artwork in the city for their new issue… And it had to be Numskull's Here, Now.

Them delightful folks at Time Out Sydney asked me to pick my fave artwork in the city for their new issue... And it had to be Numskull's Here, Now.

How good are models? The tiny building kind, not the you-embody-an-impossible-standard kind. This one is of the Zichen Royal Chamber in Xi'an and I think I want to go there now.

How good are models? The tiny building kind, not the you-embody-an-impossible-standard kind. This one is of the Zichen Royal Chamber in Xi'an and I think I want to go there now.

Today's spirit animals: silver turtle + @greygooseau #deadlineLYF #almostthere

Today's spirit animals: silver turtle + @greygooseau #deadlineLYF #almostthere

Trompe L'ol

Trompe L'ol

Not a week goes by without this lil vase srsly making my day. #flowerhead

Not a week goes by without this lil vase srsly making my day. #flowerhead

The closest I've made it to meditating: Nell, Labyrinth #dayfornight #babysteps

The closest I've made it to meditating: Nell, Labyrinth #dayfornight #babysteps

I found it. #bigclaim

I found it. #bigclaim

From this angle, the Singing Budgie looked alarmingly like the Budgie Smuggler in drag. #straya

From this angle, the Singing Budgie looked alarmingly like the Budgie Smuggler in drag. #straya

While #Farnsy had warned that he would not sit in silence, she hadn't anticipated such a whining, accusatory tone #waaaoooooowaaaahoooowah #hahaooooooooh

While #Farnsy had warned that he would not sit in silence, she hadn't anticipated such a whining, accusatory tone #waaaoooooowaaaahoooowah #hahaooooooooh

"Havin' A Chat: One Woman's ️ affair with PPT" #pausepure image stolen from @sarahfortuna #chat #haveachat

"Havin' A Chat: One Woman's ️ affair with PPT" #pausepure image stolen from @sarahfortuna #chat #haveachat

Emily Floyd, The Dawn. Best best. Just wrote my manifesto and doing some light reading #smashthepatriarchysrsly

Emily Floyd, The Dawn. Best best. Just wrote my manifesto and doing some light reading #smashthepatriarchysrsly

HAPPY VALENTINES DAY Y'ALL! ️#mambo #bits #junk #tackle

HAPPY VALENTINES DAY Y'ALL! ️#mambo #bits #junk #tackle

Che, Seenu & William Golding at the awesome #mambo exhibition

Che, Seenu & William Golding at the awesome #mambo exhibition

BUY! SELL! LOL! Economics faculty carpet win

BUY! SELL! LOL! Economics faculty carpet win

Floral gurus: what the holy heck are these amazing alien things?! Looking at you @doctorcooper !?

Floral gurus: what the holy heck are these amazing alien things?! Looking at you @doctorcooper !?

#sydneynightlife #nite #lyf #sick #party

#sydneynightlife #nite #lyf #sick #party

DUCKFACE & BACKO 4 EV #duckface #rooftop #ever

DUCKFACE & BACKO 4 EV #duckface #rooftop #ever

My first home-grown strawbs! Awwww!

My first home-grown strawbs! Awwww!

#lookatthatskymaaaaaaaate #straya

#lookatthatskymaaaaaaaate #straya

Drive-thru protest #icycle&ivote #whoripsupacyclewayhonestly #saveourcycleway

Drive-thru protest #icycle&ivote #whoripsupacyclewayhonestly #saveourcycleway