Tag - government

Mark of the beast

US citizens should be worried about this:

Hidden deep in the Senate housing legislation is a sweeping provision inserted by Senator Charles Grassley (R-IA) that affects the privacy and operation of nearly all of America’s small businesses.The provision, which was added by the bill’s managers without debate two weeks ago, would require the nation’s payment systems to track, aggregate, and report information on nearly every electronic transaction to the federal government.

I guess that would stop corruption

Whoa. I wonder what this would do to government corruption around the world:

The former head of China’s State Food and Drug Administration, Zheng Xiaoyu, has been executed for corruption, the state-run Xinhua news agency reports.

He was convicted of taking 6.5m yuan ($850,000; £425,400) in bribes and of dereliction of duty at a trial in May.

The bribes were linked to sub-standard medicines, blamed for several deaths.

I’m not condoning it or advocating for it in any way, but on a purely amoral the-ends-justify-the-means level, I bet it would get very good results.