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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I'm thrillllllllllled to be included in #40under40 by @timeoutsydney ! I'm in fine company: thanks to @ollie_henderson for the nomination! #daymade #weekmade

I'm thrillllllllllled to be included in #40under40 by @timeoutsydney !  I'm in fine company: thanks to @ollie_henderson for the nomination! #daymade #weekmade

TFW you've been out of the office for a week, and return to this creepy mystery on yr monitor….

TFW you've been out of the office for a week, and return to this creepy mystery on yr monitor.... </p width=

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Check out this freeky goodness! My mate @cellardoor78 bought me a @rogerballen t-shirt from his show at @sca_sydney Can't wait to see the show! #ifinkufreeky

Check out this freeky goodness! My mate @cellardoor78 bought me a @rogerballen t-shirt from his show at @sca_sydney Can't wait to see the show!  #ifinkufreeky

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I may be home sick, but I can still treat myself @big_ego_books : I just scored the ultimate self-care tome, Miss Piggy's Guide To Life. If you appreciate rare books about art, architecture, design, fashion, muppets and all the ~good stuff~, you gotta check them out. #hero #icon #selfhelp #piglyf #blessed

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Heyyyyyy #photographer instapals! Submissions close midnight TMRW to the 2016 Pool Grant! Score $10k to realise a #photography project + an exhibition. I'm this year's guest judge! Check it out here: http://www.thepoolcollective.com/pool-grant/

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YEP. YEP. YEP. YEP. YEP. YEP. YEP. YEP. YEP. YEP. YEP. YEP. YEP. YEP. YEP. YEP. YEP. YEP. YEP. YEP.

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Today @m_o_x_y & I added a hero to our Wall Of Legends. Wish we didn't have to.  photo by @milestonecreatv

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Tonight I made veggie sculptures at @superlocalstudio with @mundane_matters ! Excellent #plantplanet workshops are on now. Super fancy veggie photoshoot coming soon. Book now, it's ridiculously fun </p width=

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When you have quit  #fortheloveof our future, raising funds for @youth4climatejustice & it just feels like the world is trolling you #5daystogo #missu #tearsforbeers #donateNOWpalsPLS https://fortheloveof.org.au/jessscully

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A preview of the @kinkybootsoz #JustBe campaign in today's Sun Herald: I'm really glad to be a part of this campaign raising $ for @beyondblueofficial

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Having deep feelings about this wackadoo Minnie Mouse ensemble here. Christopher Graf & Phillip Rhodes, Requiem at #200yearsofaustralianfashion

Preach @aiww

Preach @aiww

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What I'm doing this morning... It'll make sense soon! #kinkybootsoz #justbe #beyondblue

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The apprehensive face of a woman who is giving up her favourite thing tomorrow:  #fortheloveof the planet! Help me raise  for @youth4climatejustice to fight climate change! Sponsor me here: https://fortheloveof.org.au/jessscully

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What happened here? (A) "Nope! I've tried this sock thing, they're just not for me. This ends now." (B) sudden ascension to another plane of existence (C) spontaneous combustion while wearing flame retardant socks.

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DAY MADE! I'm DONE here! #hero #icon #Straya #strayamate

Sah 'fernfringe #fernfringe

Sah 'fernfringe #fernfringe

Redfernface

Redfernface

Proto-photos #whaaaa? #que?

Proto-photos  #whaaaa? #que?

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Art on the rails  #cocktipede

Artist's impression: me contemplating this week. ( ̄▽ ̄) Taken at the magical @seasonalconcepts

Artist's impression: me contemplating this week. ( ̄▽ ̄) Taken at the magical @seasonalconcepts