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'Paradise Papers' reveal tax shelters for companies, politicians, royaltyEdit

I am not sure Pi zero will publish your 'Paradise Papers' reveal tax shelters for companies, politicians, royalty story, so I will pretend your talkpage is the public comments section:

I don’t believe these 387 reporters are serving the public good by whipping up hysteria about rich people gaming the system. This is not a calm, rational discussion meant to inform. It is more of a lynch mob attacking the rich.

Why am I saying this?

Well, first, there is the implication that the reason people invest globally is that they are thereby cheating on paying taxes. Take the Queen of England, who admitted publicly to investing overseas, but she also says she pays the taxes due.

Second, in the United States and in Canada (possibly in other countries too, don’t know?) Corporate income tax is different than personal income tax. The lumping of those two groups together, is again whipping up hysteria of massive tax evasion.

As far as personal income tax is concerned, I really don’t understand this hysteria. If individuals, rich or less rich, do not pay their taxes, their income tax should be audited, and if they didn't pay they should be punished. Why attack all rich people with the assumption that because they invest in other countries, they are automatically corrupt?

As an aside, the United States has a almost-unique (other than Eritrea) personal tax system that tries to collect taxes from people who do not reside in the United States. For example Canadians (and other nationalities) who happened to be born in the United States, but have had no other connection to America, are expected by the IRS to file an American tax return every year. That means those unlucky Canadians must file and pay taxes to both Canada and the United States (I won’t bore you with the details of foreign tax credits). This affects every Canadian US-person , rich, not so rich and those in abject poverty.

On top of this these ordinary citizens are lumbered with much more complex filing requirements due to FATCA legislation introduced during the Obama years, not to talk about the fact that the US arm-wrestled other countries to pick up the tab for implementing this legislation.

Am I making sense? If so I will continue when I get a chance. Ottawahitech (talk) 19:22, 8 November 2017 (UTC) Please ping me []

Hi Darkfrog24 I believe you are still blocked here, not sure. I hope though, that you can still access your talkpage? Just wanted to share a new development I have come across:
Just trying to revive this old thread that seems to have disappeared from your talk page about a topic I believe we are both interested in. Cheers, Ottawahitech (talk) 00:07, 14 October 2020 (UTC)[]

Re: help templateEdit

Hey, thanks for your offer of help on my talk page, but I think I may have done it wrong. I put it there as a kind of "I am a noob, beware my mistakes"(not that I've made any contribs so far, shame on me), so sorry if it's not right, I'll take it down. And sorry again if this isn't how to reply to a message :P —The preceding unsigned comment was added by Steelthumbs (talkcontribs) 14:05, 8 January 2017 (UTC)[]


You have been blocked from Wikinews for continued disruption per WN:BP#Disruption. If you believe this block is unjustified or wish to contest it, you may add {{unblock|your reason}} to this page, go to Wikinews IRC to request to be unblocked, or send a message to wikinews-l   wikimedia org.

In particular, that last subsection shows that you are clearly unwilling to consider anything that different people have written. You and others asked me to give an uninvolved view, which I did at WN:AAA. You can disagree with it but if you were expecting vindication, you’ve asked the wrong person. @Pi zero, Gryllida, Acagastya: were blamed by you for being too involved. In order to ensure clarity and transparency I, an uninvolved administrator, have re-blocked your account for six months because of your disruptive comments after User:Pi zero blocked you. From this point on, you only have talk page access for one purpose:

  1. requesting an unblock in which you constructively address the reason for the block.

Despite what it says on the block notice, you may not request unblock on IRC or by email (which I’ve also revoked), because I prefer these things to be open and transparent (and the latter also because of the way you publicised confidential emails on your Meta Userpage). If you make any other edit on this talk page (e.g. like the ones in the above section), I will change the block to an indefinite one with talk page access revoked and we can continue on the same basis as your block on English Wikipedia. -Green Giant (talk) 13:14, 4 April 2020 (UTC)[]

An uninvolved view is exactly what I asked for Green Giant, and I recognize you as uninvolved. I will take some time to think about what kind of unblock request I would like to make and under what terms I would want to continue volunteering here. Darkfrog24 (talk) 14:11, 4 April 2020 (UTC)[]
See, Froggy.....? You just have a HORSEY way about you. Even your response here is: 'Let me work on my rebuttal and then we'll see if I intend to grace you all with my presence down the road.' I don't know you peronally.....I don't. But: I do know enough to say that you come across as a person with a personality disorder. When someone dares to correct you or even NUDGE YOU, your immediate response is to take on the reductionistic, hostile stance. You've written a few decent articles....you have and that is good. But: you are the kind of person around here who breaks more than they fix. Your presence here (mostly) just isn't worth the trouble you bring. I honestly think you like fighting. I hope you can look inward and maybe take a more positive stance in the future. --Bddpaux (talk) 18:39, 23 April 2020 (UTC)[]

I have re-blocked your account indefinitely. This is due to two actions on your part:

  • Firstly, I asked you to not make any edit other than an unblock request on this page but you did make such an edit. I let it go as a goodwill gesture at the time.
  • Secondly, you have contacted me by email today, even though I specifically said I will not engage in any discussions by email or IRC.
  • I have not revoked talk page access yet.
  • I have also globally locked four disruptive accounts, which appeared in the days after your last block.
  • Additionally I have globally blocked the IP range they operated in.

I am not going to insinuate that these were your accounts but suffice to say that such disruption needs to stop. Please bear in mind that your account is now within the criteria to be globally locked. Once that happens, it is a very, very long and difficult route to get back to being unlocked. --Green Giant (talk) 03:23, 25 April 2020 (UTC)[]

Green Giant has reviewed Darkfrog24's request to be unblocked, and the result was declined.
The reason given by Green Giant was: This appeal does not address the reasons for the block.

Appeal reason

Hello, I am appealing the change in this block from six months to indef because I believe it was made in error. Green Giant says he indeffed me because of an email that I sent to him. I think he may have misunderstood that email as containing an unblock request, which he did indeed clearly tell me not to do by email.

My email did not in fact contain or refer to any unblock request in any way. It is a request for admin/steward assistance with another matter that came up suddenly.

Here at AAA, Green Giant states very clearly that emails about matters not related to the block are permitted. It was based on this understanding that I sent the email. Green Giant had also said that I must not use my talk page for anything but an unblock request, so email was my only option for requesting help.

Green Giant also raised a concern about sockpuppet accounts, but I can assure you that I am not the person behind those accounts. Everything we do here is in public view, and it is probably someone else aware of the case. Darkfrog24 (talk) 19:29, 4 May 2020 (UTC).
Further debate can proceed here, however, the administrator's decision may be final, and the result of administrative consensus.[]

Here is a working link to the AAA post to which I refer above. It seems the template doesn't work if there's a diff link in it. Darkfrog24 (talk) 19:29, 4 May 2020 (UTC)[]

An incidental technical note: the following notation provides a suitable link:
{{plainlinks|{{fullurl:WN:AAA|diff=4557683&oldid=4557675}}|the AAA post}}
output of which looks like this:
the AAA post
@Green Giant: Since you have the email access, this request appears to be in your bailiwick. --Pi zero (talk) 20:15, 4 May 2020 (UTC)[]
@Pi zero: thank you for the ping. I re-blocked indefinitely because I refuse to have email discussions about anything to do with your block. This is because full transparency is needed as a result of the factors outlined in the original block message by me. You are in acrimonious dispute with three other administrators and you have had opinions from two uninvolved administrators. Your action in publicly advertising the email communication you had with a Wikipedia administrator is a clear example that you do not respect the confidentiality of emails. I am completely unwilling to discuss the contents of your emails to me.
If you require steward assistance, you can do so by making a request at Meta or if secrecy is necessary, emailing stewards at wikimedia dot org. Your block on this wiki is not a steward issue. Your two current blocks (here and Wikipedia) together make you eligible for a global lock but this will not happen unless you create further disruption.
I repeat what I typed earlier. If you want to return to this wiki, you will need to write a proper appeal addressing the issues you were blocked for and give us a cast-iron guarantee that you will not disrupt the wiki. Appealing for a change back to six months does not address the core issues. If at the end of six months you had not addressed the issues, what would stop this cycle repeating?
I understand your declaration about sockpuppet accounts but they are just a diversion from the core issues but they do not impinge on your route to unblocking. I urge you to stop all peripheral actions around this block and consider carefully the reasons for the block. --Green Giant (talk) 21:22, 4 May 2020 (UTC)[]

October 2020Edit

@Green Giant: I am brainstorming an unblock request and I have some questions to ask you. Ordinarily, I'd ask you privately, but you don't seem to like that. Are you available to talk this week? Darkfrog24 (talk) 00:15, 20 October 2020 (UTC)[]

It is not that I do not like private messages. It is that you do not seem to respect the privacy of such messages. There is no need for a brainstorming session on the issue. You just need to promise that you will not repeat the disruptive behaviour AND stick to your promise. -- Green Giant (talk) 10:49, 20 October 2020 (UTC)[]

@Green Giant: I have concerns and I request permission to talk to you about them. Otherwise, no matter what promise I make or how perfectly I keep it, all this will just happen again. Darkfrog24 (talk) 15:13, 20 November 2020 (UTC)[]
What are the concerns? --Green Giant (talk) 12:06, 22 November 2020 (UTC)[]
There are a few. Here's the first one: In my experience, whenever there's a conflict and only one person is punished, the other parties read it as "I did absolutely nothing wrong. My actions have been endorsed as good. I can and should repeat them"—and then they do. Especially if it is possible to interpret events as "the person who was punished was punished for telling me to stop/pointing it out/reporting me." Directly telling the person, "X wasn't good. Don't do X again" usually prevents this.
To head off any confusion, no I'm not calling for sanctions. For one thing, it's months after the fact. For another, I've known all these people for years and I think being told "Don't do that again" might be enough to put a stop to it. I can name exactly who and exactly what if needed. Darkfrog24 (talk) 01:05, 28 November 2020 (UTC)[]

@Green Giant: See above. Darkfrog24 (talk) 16:37, 16 December 2020 (UTC)[]