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Oct 23, 2016 If your shampoo says “organic” on the label, it probably doesn’t mean anything (Buyer Beware)

QUOTE: for non-food items, such as shampoos, cosmetics, and textiles—there is no such certification process. The Federal Trade Commission has a “flexible” rule for industry, which requires marketers to have accurate and reliable science to back up their claims. But there is no formal definition for “organic” outside of food...

Nov 19, 2014 A Rape on Campus: A Brutal Assault and Struggle for Justice at UVA

QUOTE: UVA's emphasis on honor is so pronounced that since 1998, 183 people have been expelled for honor-code violations such as cheating on exams. And yet paradoxically, not a single student at UVA has ever been expelled for sexual assault. "Think about it," says Susan Russell, whose UVA daughter's sexual-assault report helped trigger a previous federal investigation. "In what world do you get kicked out for cheating, but if you rape someone, you can stay?"

Rolling Stone
Mar 01, 2013 Will the “Six Strikes” Copyright Alert System Hurt Consumers And Small Businesses?

QUOTE: On Monday, the Copyright Alert System, or “Six Strikes”, went into affect across the five biggest ISPs in the U.S. The system hopes to catch those pirating content over P2P networks, and send them a notice detailing their infringement. The hope is that those who are caught will start using legal alternatives. To better understand the CAS, we have to look at what the Center for Copyright Information is doing with it. First, there are three tiers to the CAS that consumers should be aware of with each tier having two levels within it. The three tiers are as follows – educational alerts, acknowledgement alerts and mitigation measures.

Nov 26, 2012 Facebook will ask you to vote against your right to vote

QUOTE: Facebook will hold a vote, possibly later this week, in which it will ask users to abolish their right to vote on changes to the social network's privacy policies....Facebook argues it has outgrown the voting and commenting system that currently exists on the site. (One BuzzFeed writer notes that China might argue the same thing with regard to democracy.)

CNN (Cable News Network)
Dec 22, 2011 In Treating Disabled, Potent Drugs and Few Rules

QUOTE: psychotropic medications, which alter the brain’s chemistry, are often dispensed sloppily, without rigorous or regular review, by general practitioners with little expertise in the area. And low-level workers at state group homes are frequently given discretion to increase the medication “as needed,” despite their lack of significant training.

New York Times
Oct 26, 2011 Europe Agrees to Basics of Plan to Resolve Euro Crisis

QUOTE: European leaders, in a significant step toward resolving the euro zone financial crisis, early Thursday morning obtained an agreement from banks to take a 50 percent loss on the face value of their Greek debt.

New York Times
Sep 09, 2011 Pipeline Spills Put Safeguards Under Scrutiny

QUOTE: The little-known federal agency charged with monitoring the system and enforcing safety measures — the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration — is chronically short of inspectors and lacks the resources needed to hire more, leaving too much of the regulatory control in the hands of pipeline operators themselves...

New York Times
Jul 25, 2011 A Bonanza for Airlines as Taxes End

QUOTE: the agency no longer had the authority to impose the various federal taxes that airlines add to the price of each ticket. So as of 12:01 a.m. Saturday, the federal government began losing an estimated $25 million a day in tax revenue. But did airlines simply pass on this savings to customers? No, they did not.

New York Times
Jul 02, 2011 Surrounded by Opinion, the Times Raises Its Voices

QUOTE: Sunday Review, by contrast, is produced by the editorial department, with opinion material now dominant. The news department contributes, edits its own articles and collaborates as the junior partner. With their work mixed for the first time, the editorial and news departments must now work together every week. It’s a major change in a culture that has taken pains to keep the two immaculately separate.

New York Times
Jun 29, 2011 Three Straights and You’re Out in Gay Softball League

QUOTE: The case has also escalated into a flashpoint in organized gay sports. Sports leagues that exclude members based on sexual orientation — which is generally legal — are watching how the courts address the vexing question at the heart of this dispute: how should a group determine who qualifies as gay?

New York Times
Jun 15, 2011 Lead Poisoning in China: The Hidden Scourge

QUOTE: thousands of workers, villagers and children in at least 9 of mainland China’s 31 province-level regions have been found to be suffering from toxic levels of lead exposure, mostly caused by pollution from battery factories and metal smelters. The cases underscore a pattern of government neglect seen in industry after industry as China strives for headlong growth with only embryonic safeguards.

New York Times
Jun 08, 2011 Judges Weigh Limits of Health Law’s Powers

QUOTE: The law, the Affordable Care Act, enacted in March 2010, aims to insure 32 million Americans by mandating that most people obtain health insurance, subsidizing policies for the poor and requiring that insurers accept even those with pre-existing health problems....Among 31 separate legal challenges to the law, five cases have yielded decisions on the merits from lower-level district court judges.

New York Times
Dec 28, 2010 Making It Clear That a Clear Parking Space Isn’t

QUOTE: Though not unique to Boston — Chicago, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh are among the other cities that embrace it — space-saving after snowstorms has an impassioned history here, especially in scrappy, densely populated South Boston. When snow puts parking spots at a premium, as the blizzard that just left 18 inches of snow here did, snatching someone’s marked space can lead to hurled insults, slashed tires or worse...

New York Times
Dec 10, 2010 When Wrinkle-Free Clothing Also Means Formaldehyde Fumes

QUOTE: some critics said more studies on a wider array of textiles and clothing chemicals were needed, including a closer look at the effects of cumulative exposure [to formaldehyde-Ed.]. At the very least, they said, better labeling would help.

New York Times
Jun 18, 2009 Internet Marketing: Is Regulation Coming?

QUOTE: Up to now the government has had a hands-off policy toward online marketing, giving companies relatively free rein in how they use tools that track what people do online and then use that data to deliver tailored marketing messages....Advocates of regulation say Internet companies need to be more up-front about their use of so-called behavioral targeting.

Aug 03, 2008 Work at Home? Your Employer May Be Watching (WORK & FAMILY)

QUOTE: In a budding trend some employment experts say is invasive, companies are stepping up electronic monitoring and oversight of tens of thousands of home-based independent contractors. They're taking photos of workers' computer screens at random, counting keystrokes and mouse clicks and snapping photos of them at their computers. They're plying sophisticated technology to instantaneously detect anger, raised voices or children crying in the background on workers' home-office calls. Others are using Darwinian routing systems that keep calls coming so fast workers have no time to go to the bathroom.

Wall Street Journal, The (WSJ)
May 18, 2008 Va. Snake Saga Rattles Residents, Ends in Ban

QUOTE: "This isn't about snakes," said Koskinen, a father of three, who lives next door to the Snake House. "This is about protecting our children. That my neighbor has something from Mexico or Africa that could kill my child violates the social compact in a profound way."

Washington Post
May 11, 2008 Growing Deficits Threaten Pensions: Accounting Tactics Conceal a Crisis For Public Workers

QUOTE: The funds that pay pension and health benefits to police officers, teachers and millions of other public employees across the country are facing a shortfall that could soon run into trillions of dollars. But the accounting techniques used by state and local governments to balance their pension books disguise the extent of the crisis facing these retirees and the taxpayers who may ultimately be called on to pay the freight...

Washington Post
Apr 02, 2008 Memo: Laws Didn't Apply to Interrogators: Justice Dept. Official in 2003 Said President's Wartime Authority Trumped Many Statutes

QUOTE: "If a government defendant were to harm an enemy combatant during an interrogation in a manner that might arguably violate a criminal prohibition, he would be doing so in order to prevent further attacks on the United States by the al Qaeda terrorist network," [John C.] Yoo wrote. "In that case, we believe that he could argue that the executive branch's constitutional authority to protect the nation from attack justified his actions."

Washington Post
Mar 31, 2008 Addicted doctors still treat patients

QUOTE: A study by the Federation of State Physician Health Programs found about one percent of all physicians practicing in the United States are in confidential treatment....Five audits since 1982 found a string of failures. In some cases physicians appointed people who work for them as their monitors. In other cases doctors could easily know in advance when a "random" drug test was going to take place.

CNN (Cable News Network)
Mar 12, 2008 House Creates New Panel On Ethics

QUOTE: The House last night approved one of the most significant changes to its ethics rules in decades, creating for the first time an independent panel empowered to initiate investigations of alleged misconduct by members of the chamber.

Washington Post
Feb 13, 2008 Mexican Rights Panel Called 'Disappointing': Report Cites Lack of Focus on Military

QUOTE: The Human Rights Watch report said abuses committed by the military against civilians "are rarely punished." The report ascribes part of the blame to Mexico's rights commission because it routinely turns over cases to military authorities who "have proven unable to properly investigate and prosecute human rights cases."

Washington Post
Feb 01, 2008 Relief and Defiance At Smoking's Last Gasp: Health Saved? Rights Curtailed? Split Views, and Some Shrugs, Over Md. Ban

QUOTE: The [Maryland state smoking] ban has been lauded by health advocates as an important protection against the dangers of secondhand smoke, but [a critic] views it as an attack on the rights of business owners and smokers.

Washington Post
Dec 07, 2007 Lawmakers Back Limits on Interrogation Tactics

QUOTE: The vote to require all American interrogators to abide by the Army Field Manual, which prohibits coercive methods, came during negotiations of the Senate and House intelligence committees over the annual intelligence authorization bill. It will not be the last word on the subject; the full House and Senate must still pass the bill, and it would likely face a veto by President Bush.

New York Times
Nov 24, 2007 Municipal Fraud Inquiry Clouds Washington Anew

QUOTE: The municipal government’s reputation was tarnished anew this month when federal investigators revealed the largest corruption inquiry in the city’s history. Prosecutors say that for at least seven years, local tax officials carried out a brazen scheme in which they cut themselves checks for bogus refunds totaling more than $30 million.

New York Times
Oct 24, 2007 The Sound, Not of Music, but of Control

QUOTE: Fu Guoyong, an independent cultural critic in Hangzhou, likened today’s pop music culture to the politically enforced conformity of the Cultural Revolution, when only eight highly idealized Socialist “model operas” could be performed in China.

New York Times
Oct 17, 2007 Public Radio Station Halts Planned Parenthood Spots

QUOTE: The decision has also started a heated public debate, which Planned Parenthood has encouraged, over whether the station’s news content is independent and, ultimately, whether the station should separate itself from Duquesne, which founded it 58 years ago.

New York Times
Oct 14, 2007 Getting Around Rules on Lobbying: Despite New Law, Firms Find Ways To Ply Politicians

QUOTE: Looking for ways to keep spreading freebies legally, hundreds of lobbyists have been attending seminars at Washington law firms to learn the ins and outs of the new law.

Washington Post
Aug 14, 2007 See Who's Editing Wikipedia - Diebold, the CIA, a Campaign

QUOTE: On November 17th, 2005, an anonymous Wikipedia user deleted 15 paragraphs from an article on e-voting machine-vendor Diebold....the changes came from an IP address reserved for the corporate offices of Diebold itself. And it is far from an isolated case. A new data-mining service launched Monday traces millions of Wikipedia entries to their corporate sources, and for the first time puts comprehensive data behind longstanding suspicions of manipulation...

Jul 16, 2007 The Toxic Republic: For Profit's sake, China's people are getting poisoned

QUOTE: In 1906, ordinary Americans' outrage over unsafe medicines and foodstuffs...led to passage of the landmark Pure Food and Drug Act. Right now, though, most Chinese are busy earning a living.

May 18, 2007 Online Ad Legislation: Too Much or Not Enough?

QUOTE: Are current regulations adequate to protect consumer interests online while permitting informative, effective campaigns? The question ranges far beyond just children's interests. Consider alcohol, tobacco, drugs, automobiles, gambling, adult entertainment, finances, housing, and employment. All these sectors are subject to regulations governing how they can advertise products and services. The Web brings special considerations into the equation.
May 11, 2007 Puffing Away That PG Rating

QUOTE: Under the new policy, a film’s rating will consider all tobacco use, rather than just teenage smoking, as in the past. But the board stopped short of guaranteeing that tobacco use would be considered as heavily as sex, violence or drug use in assigning a rating.

New York Times
May 09, 2007 On Turkish streets, local battles over Islam's role: Amid the deep political crisis over the country's presidency, secularists bemoan an incremental Islamization of everyday life on the local level.

QUOTE: Founded on secular ideals by Kemal Ataturk after World War I, the majority-Muslim republic is embroiled in a deep political crisis pitting the AKP-led government against secularists, who fear the liberal Islamic party is gaining too much power.

Christian Science Monitor
Apr 22, 2007 Oversight of Nursing Homes Is Criticized

QUOTE: Congress established stringent standards for nursing homes in 1987. In 1998, the G.A.O. reported that “homes can repeatedly harm residents without facing sanctions.” Since then, President Bill Clinton, President Bush and the nursing home industry have announced many initiatives to improve care. But in its new report, the accountability office says that little seems to have changed...

New York Times
Apr 17, 2007 In Prep Tennis, What You See Isn't Always What You Get

QUOTE: Youth tennis players not only have to wrap their rackets around off-yellow blurs traveling upward of 100 mph, they also must officiate their own matches. They can make more split-second line calls during a single, grunt-filled rally than a baseball umpire might make all week -- and they often have to do it while out of position and out of breath.

Washington Post
Mar 18, 2007 When Terrorists Become 'Warriors'

QUOTE: Not a single Sept. 11 planner has been held accountable for his crimes, but they can all crow that America sees them as they see themselves: as soldiers, not criminals.

Washington Post
Feb 11, 2007 Link by Link: Can Common Sense Be Legislated?

QUOTE: “The problem isn’t cellphone use; it’s stupid people who can’t figure out when is and when isn’t a good time to talk on the phone. Making the activity illegal won’t alleviate the problems their stupidity will cause.”

New York Times
Jan 01, 2007 Choosing a Nursing Home: A former industry insider offers 10 essential tips for selecting a home for a loved one

QUOTE: As a volunteer long-term care ombudsman for three years—assisting consumers with questions and concerns about California long-term care facilities—I saw every kind of nursing home: good ones, bad ones, and in-between ones. I learned the most during my actual on-site experiences. Here's what you need to know to pick the best facility—and ensure the best care—for your loved one:

AARP Bulletin
Dec 26, 2006 Costs of a Crisis: Diabetics in the Workplace Confront a Tangle of Laws

QUOTE: diabetics contend that they are being blocked by their employers from the near-normal lives their doctors say are possible. But the companies say they are struggling, too, with confusion about whether diabetes is a legitimate disability and with concern about whether it is overly expensive, hazardous and disruptive to accommodate the illness.

New York Times
Dec 03, 2006 The New, Soft Paternalism (The Way We Live Now)

QUOTE: The voluntary gambling blacklist is an example of what’s called a self-binding scheme. It is a way of restructuring the external world so that when future temptations arise, you will have no choice but to do what you’ve judged to be best for you.

New York Times
Nov 30, 2006 Catch and Shoot: The perils of "contagious shooting."

QUOTE: We can't keep doing what we've been doing: giving cops high-round semiautomatic weapons because we trust them not to blast away like robots, then excusing them like robots when they blast away.

Nov 21, 2006 Studies: Hospitals Could Do More to Avoid Infections: Poor Hygiene, Operating Room Traffic, Antibiotic Use Are Cited

QUOTE: "Infections acquired in hospitals, which take a heavy toll on patients, arise mainly from poor hygiene in hospital procedures, not from how sick patients were when they were admitted, according to three new studies."

Washington Post
Nov 14, 2006 Sleazy CEOs have even more options tricks: Backdating may be just the beginning: A lot of other suspicious stuff tends to happen when companies grant options.

QUOTE: even before Lie's backdating bombshell, scholars suspected that executives were using insider information for financial gain in timing options grants and news releases. Does that make backdating just the most obviously illegal tip of an iceberg of dodgy corporate behavior? And is anyone going to get in trouble for the other stuff?

CNN/Money Magazine
Nov 02, 2006 As Investors Covet Ethanol Plant, Farmers Resist

QUOTE: "Farmers do not see fast money very often. But with big profits gushing forth from ethanol plants, dozens of Wall Street bankers, in loafers and suits, have been descending on the cornfields of the Midwest promising to make thousands of farmers rich overnight."

New York Times
Jul 24, 2006 New issue for homeowners: Inflated appraisals

QUOTE: Critics inside and outside the appraisal business have long warned that many appraisals are unrealistically high. That's partly because generous appraisals help loan officers and mortgage brokers, who often choose the appraiser, complete more deals.

Arizona Republic
Jul 22, 2006 State Rule Enforcers Are Often Players, Too

QUOTE: Whereas other key industries regulated at the state level -- utility and insurance commissions, for example -- typically are run by professionals independent of the industries they oversee, real estate commissions are dominated and essentially run by active real estate agents and brokers.

Washington Post
Jul 11, 2006 Virginia teen fights for right to pick Hodgkin's treatment

QUOTE: The agency asked the court to order the boy to undergo chemotherapy...Abraham argues that he is old enough to make decisions about treatment to save his life.

May 31, 2006 Questions About Salmon Are Directed Upstream

QUOTE: the agency responsible for protecting endangered salmon..has instructed its representatives and scientists in the West to route media questions about salmon back to headquarters. Only three people in the entire agency, all of them political appointees, are now authorized to speak of salmon...

Washington Post
May 24, 2006 Search of Capitol Hill office creates another storm

QUOTE: the FBI had, for the first time, searched a congressional office...Typically, when there's a subpoena for congressional documents, it goes to the House or Senate legal counsel to make certain that congressional interests are being protected.

Christian Science Monitor
May 06, 2006 Congress Tells FTC to Define Price Gouging

QUOTE: "One of the problems with price gouging is that there are a lot of different definitions of what price gouging is," said Jeffrey Schmidt, director of the FTC's Bureau of Competition. "It's not as though there's a consensus view."....But price gouging is something that usually involves one company or outlet taking advantage of temporary market conditions to charge an exorbitant price.

Washington Post

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