Monday, February 9, 2015

Thy Will Be Done

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There is melancholy to this day; not sadness, but quiet contemplation.  The prisoners are waking up, wondering why there are bars.  We don’t seem angry, just finished.  Its early morning, not yet 9:00 AM.  I’ve been 3 places so far today, and in each there was a hush, almost self-absorption. This song was playing in the coffee shop as I entered…followed by this one… Perfect.

It’s cold.  We are wearing our coats and sweaters indoors and yet this paper, on which these words are being written, still chills my hand.  The temperature fits our emotional state.  The hot cup of coffee I hold does little to raise the number of degrees in my body.  There seems no shelter from this.  We will feel this mood regardless.  Now this song plays..

Your prison status dawns on you regardless of age or location in life. You will not escape Unity.  How this works is that we believe what we see and we see what we believe.  As we collectively awaken we open our eyes to a new reality.  The shifts in energy and focus are all happening because we are shifting.  We are not BEING SHIFTED.  We are doing the shifting with every ounce of our being.

What is it you want?  What crazy, beyond  reasonable desire do you harbor?  Not for something physical, not for this discussion, but for the whole of humanity?

 “THY WILL BE DONE.”

It really does work that way.  We are prisoners because we continue to sit in a docile stupor and obey. We’ve accepted the sentence.  We remain behind bars of fear and refuse to risk escape.

It is our collective expectation that perpetuates global action.  Our numbers may not be massive(those reading this particular post) but the power held in our combined energy is enormous.

The move “Solar Revolution” talks about a single event of cosmic passion.  Many of us expect an “Event” of some kind.  Many others of us have also dreamt of such a moment, when “something huge happens”.  This “something” calls us out of our homes, as One.  I have dreamt twice of this, the last time just two nights ago.  I see us all getting a huge shot of “love juice” and in that moment, nothing is the same.  The prison ceases to exist.  You cannot shackle a self-aware god.

Once you know who you are, all doubt ceases. Your choices, actions, words and feelings will reflect only freedom.  I’ve sat in the midst of a thunderstorm, intently watching a movie, blissfully unaware that all around us were falling trees with neighbors losing electrical power.  We remained unaffected. Point of view decides everything.

As One, we must expect this love-blast, this infusion, this global realization, this game changing “event”.  We must hold fast to what is true in the depths of our heart – that we are extensions of Source, upgraded with human emotion.  We are no less than gods in our creative ability; master creators, unmatched in all of the cosmos.

This is the song playing now. Not reserved for elders or officials, respect is for each of you.  Feel your worth.  A moment of self-love, felt by many, would catapult us into an “event” of enormous possibility. This is how creation works.  Belief, expectation, manifestation.

Let’s use February 14th, 2015 for some real love.  Let’s honor all of creation with respect.  Take a moment this Saturday to feel the truth of you. Take the entire day!!! See yourself as a snippet of Source in a human costume, and see everyone else right there with you.

Treat yourself with care; adore yourself.  It is by universal consent that life occurs on this planet and everywhere.  Let’s agree to love ourselves – all at once – and watch the cosmos reflect that love right back to us.  If we expect magic, magic occurs.  The prison walls dissolve.  We emerge free.  Now the fun begins - conscious creation!  


We are the gods we’ve been waiting for.

~Sophia

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ZEROHEDGE: Another JPMorgan Banker Dies After Murder-Suicide: Chokes Wife, Stabs Himself To Death


http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2015-02-09/another-jpmorgan-banker-dies-after-murder-suicide-chokes-wife-stabs-himself-death

Another JPMorgan Banker Dies After Murder-Suicide: Chokes Wife, Stabs Himself To Death

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By now, there have been so many banker-related suicides that it has become a moot point of i) tracking them all or ii) trying to find a pattern. And yet, one name continues to stand out: JPMorgan. The bank which has been most prominent among the list of "suicided" bankers notched one more casualty over the weekend when "a JPMorgan Chase & Co. employee strangled and stabbed his wife to death before turning the knife on himself, according to police who are treating the couple’s death in Bergen County, New Jersey as a murder-suicide."
Bloomberg reports the gruesome details according to which Michael A. Tabacchi, 27, and his wife, Iran Pars Tabacchi, 41, were found dead Friday about 11:30 p.m. in the bedroom of their Closter home after a 911 call placed by the husband’s father, Bergen County Prosecutor John Molinelli said in an interview. Closter is located in northern New Jersey, about 20 miles (32 kilometers) from midtown Manhattan.
It wasn't a nail-gun this time. It was a knife:
Autopsy results on Sunday showed the wife died of strangulation and a stab wound to the chest while Michael Tabacchi died from a single self-inflicted stab to the chest, he said.
As his LinkedIn profile below shows, Tabacchi was an associate for JPMorgan in its global custody product unit.
This is how he pitched himself:
"Specialties: Excel and VBA is my bread and butter, I am very good and creative with data manipulation and reporting and can leverage my business knowledge to provide senior managers what is needed before asked to do so. I am also proficient with the remaining Microsoft office products (Word, Access, PowerPoint, and SharePoint)."

Trans-portations are arranged for all concerned


Trans-portations are arranged for all concerned
by ÉirePort

Trans-portations are arranged for all concerned.

Portentions of Light are clarified and unassailable.

Foundational Essence is recognized.

Planetary illusions have served their function, and retire in silence.

Formidables seen for the smallness that they are.

Respite comes quickly, and continuously.

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HSBC files reveal mystery of Richard Caring and the £2m cash withdrawal

Richard Caring, owner of the the Ivy restaurant. Photograph: Rex Features 


HSBC files reveal mystery of Richard Caring and the £2m cash withdrawal

Leaked data on restaurant tycoon owner of the Ivy show how Swiss arm was willing to hand over huge cash sums to ‘extremely valued’ customers

David Leigh, James Ball, Juliette Garside and David Pegg

Monday 9 February 2015 06.31 GMT

Accompanied by a hired bodyguard, Richard Caring, British clothing tycoon and restaurateur, stepped out of his Geneva bank on a warm September day in 2005 with 5m Swiss francs in cash – the equivalent of £2.25m ($3.4m) – enough to fill a suitcase.

It was a transaction concealed, or so HSBC’s bankers believed at the time, behind an impenetrable wall of Swiss secrecy. This mysterious event is now revealed in the leaked HSBC files and it demonstrates the way the bankers were willing at the time to hand over very large cash sums to their offshore customers.

Richard Brooks, an ex-tax inspector and author of The Great Tax Robbery, told the Guardian: “Banks are supposed to fill in suspicious activity reports for such transactions.” He added: “In the UK I don’t think you would be allowed to withdraw that kind of cash.”

LHSBC, which now admits past wrongdoing and lax controls at its Swiss banking arm, says it has since reformed such cash payments, making it possible to refuse them, and bringing in new “strict controls on withdrawals over [£6,600]”. 

 
The Ivy restaurant. Richard Caring used his access to offshore funds in 2005 to splash out
 on the purchase of a string of restaurants and clubs, including this favourite celebrity
 haunt. Photograph: Alex Segre/Rex Features 

The Guardian asked Caring, owner of the Ivy restaurant in London, who in Switzerland was to receive this untraceable cash consignment, and why. He would not explain. His lawyers said: “It is a private matter in which there was no impropriety on our client’s part.”

The bank did not record on Caring’s file who in Switzerland was to receive the cash. It recorded only that Caring said he planned to deposit it in “a new a/c with a separate institution in Geneva … He did not feel it appropriate for either bank to be aware of the relationship with the other”.

In internal memos, HSBC displayed concern about handing over the banknotes, but sought to justify its behaviour by recording: “RC goes to great lengths to maintain discretion.”

Caring had recently, in July 2005, made clear that if he was crossed by the bank, he was prepared to take away his lucrative business. HSBC had previously objected to a currency shortfall on an account. There was “a lengthy and challenging conversation” as a result, the bank noted. “It would be possible for him to send funds from Monaco at a moment’s notice, should we insist. However, they would be accompanied by instructions to close the account. He expects us to consider his global relationship.” The bank was anxious, as it put it, “to bring this relationship back on track and to try to repair some of the damage”. It believed Caring was worth up to £500m ($762m) worldwide.

Some weeks later, on Monday 5 September, he summoned an HSBC banker to his London office near Euston station, and demanded that he authorise the £2.25m payment, to be handed over to him in Swiss francs, in Switzerland. 

(from left) Richard Caring, Bill Clinton and Phillip Green at Caring’s charity party in 
St Petersburg in 2005. Photograph: Rex Features 

“He is extremely valued,” the Swiss bankers wrote. But they at first demurred: “RC is fully aware that his request is exceptional, particularly in view of the amount involved. He stressed, however, that he has an extensive relationship with the Group … and that all his dealings have been conducted entirely correctly over the years.”

HSBC added: “He stressed … due to his non-UK domicile status … he holds funds outside of the UK entirely legitimately.”

Caring is a UK-born citizen, who lives in London in a mansion known as the “Versailles of Hampstead”. But he claimed hereditary “non-domiciled” tax status thanks to the US origins of his father, a former GI who settled in London after the war. This quirk enabled Caring not to disclose the existence of his Swiss or Monaco accounts to the UK tax authorities, and legally to avoid taxes on his capital held there.

The bank made a point of noting that Sir John Bond, the main bank group chairman and other top executives, were personal acquaintances of Caring. (There is no suggestion Bond was aware of the cash transaction.) The head of the Swiss bank himself, Peter Braunwalder, eventually gave the go-ahead with “our exceptional agreement to this request”.

Caring’s lawyers told the Guardian there were “internal administrative procedures … to check the legitimacy of the transaction and avoid money-laundering”. The bank had been satisfied with his explanation, they said.

According to the bank’s files, the funds for the cash handover originated from accounts in the tax haven of Monaco secretly controlled by Caring, but held under the name of Tina Green, wife of the Topshop billionaire Sir Philip Green. Caring was one of his major suppliers, and a close personal friend.

The bank recorded: “As we know, until now [Caring] has hesitated from holding the vast majority of his cash assets in his own name, preferring to accept the offer of Mrs Green that she holds them in trust on his behalf.” 

Richard Caring’s mansion in London, known as ‘Versailles of Hampstead’. 

There is no suggestion either of the Greens knew about the consignment of cash, or broke any laws.

The bank noted that Caring’s offshore accounts, containing more than £100m ($152m), were, among other things, husbanding profits from an “anonymous” 22% holding in BHS, part of Green’s fashion empire. Neither Caring nor Green will say why the BHS investment was concealed in this way. Caring insists that he himself has always paid all due taxes on time, including £33m ($50m) UK tax on dividends he received from BHS.

Green, a supporter of David Cameron and a government adviser on “efficiency”, has come under fire from tax campaigners. A huge £1.17bn ($1.78bn) dividend from his companies was paid at this time, apparently minimising tax, to his wife in Monaco, who is registered as their main beneficial owner.

Caring, currently a £413,000 ($629,000) donor to the Conservatives and previously a lender of £2m to Labour, used his access to offshore funds in 2005 to splash out on the purchase of a string of restaurants and clubs, including London’s favourite celebrity haunt the Ivy, Belgo, Soho House and Wentworth golf course. He made showy charitable gestures, including a charity ball in a palace in St Petersburg. He handed over $1m (£650,000) for Bill Clinton to attend in fancy dress, paid to the former US president’s foundation.
HSBC said it was not allowed by Swiss bank secrecy laws to discuss individuals. In a statement it said the Swiss bank’s past “compliance culture and standards of due diligence … were significantly lower than they are today”.

HSBC said it had since introduced a tax transparency initiative under which “amended terms and conditions allowed the private bank to refuse a cash withdrawal request, and placed strict controls on withdrawals over US$10,000”.

US government faces pressure
after biggest leak in banking history

In 2010, amid growing scrutiny from US tax authorities, HSBC’s private bank in Switzerland stopped doing business with US residents entirely. Photograph: Mike Segar/Guardian

US government faces pressure after biggest leak in banking history

Questions for Department of Justice and IRS after disclosure of leak revealing HSBC’s private Swiss bank helped clients to conceal undeclared ‘black’ accounts

Paul Lewis in New York

@PaulLewis


Sunday 8 February 2015 22.30 GMT

The US government will come under intense pressure this week to explain what action it took after receiving a massive cache of leaked data that revealed how the Swiss banking arm of HSBC, the world’s second-largest bank, helped wealthy customers conceal billions of dollars of assets.

The leaked files, which reveal how HSBC advised some clients on how to circumvent domestic tax authorities, were obtained through an international collaboration of news outlets, including the Guardian, the French daily Le Monde, CBS 60 Minutes and the Washington-based International Consortium of Investigative Journalists.

The files reveal how HSBC’s Swiss private bank colluded with some clients to conceal undeclared “black” accounts from domestic tax authorities across the world and provided services to international criminals and other high-risk individuals.

The disclosure amounts to one of the biggest banking leaks in history shedding light on some 30,000 accounts holding almost $120bn (£78bn) of assets. Of those, around 2,900 clients were connected to the US, providing the IRS with a trail of evidence of potential American taxpayers who may have been hiding assets in Geneva.
A trail of evidence

The data was leaked by a computer expert turned whistleblower working in HSBC’s Geneva office. French authorities later obtained the files and shared them with the US Internal Revenue Service in 2010. That year, amid growing scrutiny from US tax authorities, HSBC’s private bank in Switzerland stopped doing business with US residents entirely.

HSBC files: why the public should know of Swiss bank’s pattern of misconduct
Scores of clients of lucrative operation are already under criminal investigation amid claims of their involvement in drug smuggling, frauds and terror financing

The US Department of Justice and IRS have been investigating HSBC’s Swiss banking operations ever since but the scale of those inquiries remain unclear.

Former trade minister and HSBC boss was either asleep at the wheel or involved in dodgy tax practices, says head of public accounts committee

Former HSBC group chairman Lord Stephen Green, pictured in 2012. Photograph: Ed Jones/AFP/Getty Images 

HSBC files 

Margaret Hodge accuses ex-chairman Lord Stephen Green over HSBC files

Former trade minister and HSBC boss was either asleep at the wheel or involved in dodgy tax practices, says head of public accounts committee


Juliette Garside, Josh Halliday and Rajeev Syal

Monday 9 February 2015 10.25 GMT

The former chairman of HSBC, Lord Stephen Green, was either “asleep at the wheel” or involved in “dodgy tax practices” when he led the bank, it was claimed on Monday after revelations that its Swiss subsidiary helped wealthy customers dodge tax by hiding millions of dollars of assets.

Investigations into the practices of HSBC’s Swiss private banking arm, published simultaneously on Sunday night by media organisations in 45 countries, reveal it provided accounts to international criminals, and routinely allowed clients to withdraw bricks of cash in currencies that would have been of little use in Switzerland.

Green, who was chief executive and then chairman of HSBC from May 2006 until December 2010, has so far refused to comment on the revelations by the Guardian and a consortium of other news organisartions about what occurred at the Swiss bank under his tenure.

“Either he didn’t know and he was asleep at the wheel, or he did know and he was therefore involved in dodgy tax practices,” said Margaret Hodge, the opposition Labour MP and chair of the UK parliament’s influential public accounts committee.

“Either way he was the man in charge and I think he has got really important questions to answer,” she said.

The HSBC files, which cover the period 2005-2007, amount to the biggest banking leak in history, shedding light on some 30,000 accounts holding almost $120bn (£78bn) of assets.

The files – obtained through an international collaboration of news outlets, including the Guardian, the French daily Le Monde, BBC Panorama and the Washington-based International Consortium of Investigative Journalists – reveal that HSBC’s Swiss private bank:


• Routinely allowed clients to withdraw bricks of cash, often in foreign currencies of little use in Switzerland.

• Aggressively marketed schemes likely to enable wealthy clients to avoid European taxes.

• Colluded with some clients to conceal undeclared “black” accounts from their domestic tax authorities.

• Provided accounts to international criminals, corrupt businessmen and other high-risk individuals.

The UK’s chief tax collector, Her Majesty’s Revenue & Customs (HMRC) boss Lin Homer, and Indra Morris, director general for tax and welfare at the Treasury, will appear before Hodge’s committee on Wednesday. They are expected to be grilled on why, despite holding a copy of the HSBC files since 2010, the tax authorities have only launched one prosecution.

Catalogue of malpractice endorsed by bankers laid bare in HSBC files

HSBC's private bank in Geneva. The leaked Swiss HSBC files implicate the bank in apparent misbehaviour all over the world. Photograph: Fabrice Coffrini/AFP/Getty Images
http://www.theguardian.com/business/2015/feb/08/hsbc-files-catalogue-malpractice-bankers-tax

Catalogue of malpractice endorsed by bankers laid bare in HSBC files

Swiss operation actively abetted clients in keeping accounts secret from tax authorities, at its height hiding $120bn in assets

David Leigh, James Ball, Juliette Garside and David Pegg

Sunday 8 February 2015 21.00 GMT

The HSBC files, the biggest banking leak in history, reveal the full scale of malpractice at its Swiss subsidiary. Recent court cases in the US and Europe have provided individual examples of the bank’s wrongdoing, but the leaked files show how these cases were part of a persistent pattern of misconduct.

In one case that illustrates the bank’s conduct, a wealthy British client, Stoke City football club director Keith Humphreys, frankly told his HSBC manager that his father’s $430,000 (£280,000) Swiss account was “not declared” to the UK tax authorities.
HSBC files: how secret Swiss account data detailing misconduct came to light
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Humphreys, whose wealth originated from the sale of a local supermarket chain, explained that one HSBC manager had already advised how to extract undeclared offshore money via a credit card.

“The credit card is thus used to enable the Humphreys family to make withdrawals from ‘cash points’ when they are outside the UK,” he said.

The banker, who even brought paperwork to Humphreys’ stately home in Cheshire because the client was uneasy about “walking around with a set of account-opening documents”, recorded how Humphreys was also alarmed to hear a Swiss lawyer might realise he had a secret HSBC account. “This situation initially appeared to cause some disquiet to my hosts, though this later gave way to a more relaxed attitude with the sentiment that Genevan lawyers would be discreet, something that I did nothing to discourage.”

On clinching arrangements in London, the bank manager wrote: “We subsequently repaired to the Ritz, for a very enjoyable lunch.” Humphreys told the Guardian his father eventually had to repay about $224,000 (£147,000) for evading tax due to the UK.

Another customer, retired accountant Andrew Sebastian, also told the Guardian how he had now been made to pay about $64,000 (£42,000) in back tax, interest and penalties. HSBC in Switzerland had supplied him with £50,000 in sterling banknotes in the course of a year.

HSBC files: how secret Swiss account data detailing misconduct came to light

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