The Burn Book: Panama Papers Edition:
- By now, you may have heard the phrase, “Panama Papers” released on Monday. Wait, you totally haven’t? No biggie.
- A group of journalists — who have clearly been working on this for a while — published a lot of seriously confidential documents disclosing the financial transactions, tax evasion, and money laundering of rich, famous and political figures. The information was from a Panama-based law firm called Mossak Fonesca.
- OMG was Donald Trump on it? Surprisingly, no. No Americans are. It’s eerily calm for a change.
- However, it hasn’t been smooth sailing for other countries. Tuesday, the Prime Minister of Iceland resigned. He was explicitly implied in illegal investing among other things, and succumbed to the pressure of resignation.
- China is also in the doghouse, specifically the relatives of President Xi Jinping and two other members of the Communist’s Party.
- Another development is in the Union of European Football Associations. This Wednesday Swiss authorities raided their headquarters.
- Russian president Putin is also implied, but not mentioned, so of course it’s anti-Russian propaganda.
- Lastly, the president of Transparency Chile– a global anti-corruption group- stepped down this Monday.
The underdogs are the top dogs in Wisconsin:
- This Tuesday, the Wisconsin primaries were held, and it was a doozy.
- Recently, Donald Trump has been the recipient of major backlash regarding comments about women, women who wish to abort being punished, and Ted Cruz’s wife…there goes 50% of voters.
- Consequently, Cruz won with 48% while Trump squeezed in 35%.
- On the Democratic side, Sanders scored the W with 56% while Clinton raked in 43%.
- This is actually important for a few reasons. First, a contested convention is held for the GOP candidates (a separate vote incase the required number of delegates is not reached by any one candidate), Trump has a much lesser chance of winning.
- These were also crucial primaries because Sanders is giving Clinton – the assumed shoe-in – a run for her money.
- To be continued…
- The term, “buzzer beater” needs to be understood for this article.
- The definition reads: In basketball, a buzzer beater is a shot taken before the game clock of a quarter expires but does not go in the basket until after the clock expires and the buzzer
- Monday night, the 2-seed team Villanova beat the 1-seed UNC in the last second. IN OVERTIME!
- The parents of brackets everywhere buried their last shred of hope for winning the million-dollar reward along with their Carolina blue gear this season.
- Tuesday night, the women’s UCONN team beat Syracuse to be their fourth consecutive March Madness championship in a row. Bow down, ladies.
- Due to the migration crisis of Syrian refugees, Greece has been forced to send migrants back to Turkey under new EU plan.
- The silver lining is the “One in, one out” policy. Meaning for every illegal refugee sent back, they will let a legal refugee who has been waiting patiently in.
- The relocation had occurred through a series of three boats, carrying 200+ people.
- The controversy is, well, sending refugees back into turmoil rather than welcoming them with open arms. However, this is the greatest refugee crisis since WWII and the EU is struggling to cope.
- It goes without saying we wish these people the safest and kindest conditions.
- On Monday, an Amtrak train in Chester, Penn., derailed going 106 mph around 8 a.m. This isn’t the first time Amtrak has dealt with such a catastrophe.
- No one onboard was killed. But the train smashed into a service truck that was parked on the tracks. The two workers in it died. There were 37 passengers onboard injured.
- This disaster makes a total of three Amtrak workers killed since March 1. That is less than a year.
- The train was heading from New York to Savannah.
- Keep this in mind next time you’re booking a train ride. And by that we mean don’t book an Amtrak train.
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Model hands a plate full of “f yous” to haters:
- This week, Aerie model, Iskra Lawrence has a pretty good response to the troll that called her a “fat cow” on Instagram.
- With a pretty clever response video, Iskra Lawrence posted a sensual pic of her surrounded by potato chips, followed by a slow-motion video of her eating one with the caption:
- “This is for anyone who has ever been called FAT,” she wrote to her 1.4 million followers.
“Ps I do not condone binge eating. I eat whatever I want in moderation. I will eat crisps but I’ll also make healthy home cooked meals and workout regularly. The message is who gives a F what anyone else thinks of you. YOU are the only one who decides your self worth.”
Pfizer and Allergan called off…sounds like someone couldn’t sneeze:
- This week, pharmaceutical giants Pfizer and Allergan had to call off their $160 billion merger after pressure from the Obama administration.
- The deal is, Obama made stricter rules against “inversions,” which is when American companies switch to an overseas home to lower taxes.
- These companies are so huge that the call off would prevent the U.S. from receiving billions of billions of dollars through their taxes.
- If the deal had passed, the merged company would have been the largest pharmaceutical company in the world… and you could kiss your affordable Addy and BC goodbye.