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Date Fairness.com Resource Read it at: Aug 17, 2012 Prestigious Emory University intentionally misreported student data to rankings magazines for more than a decade, the Atlanta school disclosed Friday, adding its high-profile name to a growing list of
QUOTE: Prestigious Emory University intentionally misreported student data to rankings magazines for more than a decade, the Atlanta school disclosed Friday, adding its high-profile name to a growing list of institutions caught up in scandals over rankings pressure.
Seattle Times Aug 07, 2012 Texas Executes Man With IQ of 61
QUOTE: If 54-year-old Marvin Wilson is put to death on Tuesday, it will not be because Texas denies that he is intellectually disabled, or as the legal literature puts it, “mentally retarded.” This much, the state recognizes. It just does not believe that Wilson is disabled enough not to be executed in Texas—a flagrant violation of the 2002 Supreme Court ruling in Atkins v. Virginia, which held that “the mentally retarded should be categorically excluded from execution,” period.
Nation Apr 19, 2012 CPI Conspiracy Theories Persist Even With Broad ChecksI
QUOTE: The [Bureau of Labor Statistics]’s price-gathering and statistical methods are standard practice from Japan to Switzerland. That hasn’t averted a lashing from critics who say the government is engaged in a campaign to hide inflation of 10 percent a year or more. Assurances by Federal Reserve policy makers that inflation remains “subdued” also haven’t deterred the skeptics.
BusinessWeek Feb 09, 2012 Education Gap Grows Between Rich and Poor, Studies Say
QUOTE: Education was historically considered a great equalizer in American society, capable of lifting less advantaged children and improving their chances for success as adults....while the achievement gap between white and black students has narrowed significantly over the past few decades, the gap between rich and poor students has grown substantially during the same period.
New York Times Jan 30, 2012 Lower-Income Families May Pay More for Auto Insurance
QUOTE: Many low-income families cannot afford car insurance, at least in part because insurers price their policies in ways that cost them more...
New York Times Jan 27, 2012 Wanted: Banking App to Monitor Balances (Your Money)
QUOTE: If you want to know how close you are in the middle of any given month to being assessed an $8 or $10 or $20 fee when the month ends, you need to do the math each day yourself. The resulting effect is this: Many banks have built free-checking scoreboards for people who want to avoid fees, but they’re not putting the numbers up until the monthlong game is over.
New York Times Jan 25, 2012 In China, Human Costs Are Built Into an iPad
QUOTE: workers assembling iPhones, iPads and other devices often labor in harsh conditions, according to employees inside those plants, worker advocates and documents published by companies themselves. Problems are as varied as onerous work environments and serious — sometimes deadly — safety problems....More than half of the suppliers audited by Apple have violated at least one aspect of the code of conduct every year since 2007, according to Apple’s reports, and in some instances have violated the law.
New York Times Nov 20, 2011 Protest Puts Coverage in Spotlight
QUOTE: Newspapers and television networks have been rebuked by media critics for treating the movement as if it were a political campaign or a sideshow — by many liberals for treating the protesters dismissively, and by conservatives, conversely, for taking the protesters too seriously. The protesters themselves have also criticized the media — first for ostensibly ignoring the movement and then for marginalizing it.
New York Times Nov 11, 2011 When does spanking become abuse?
QUOTE: Spanking impressionable children may reduce undesirable behavior in the short term. In the long term, however, research shows that it offers children a poor example of how to solve problems or deal with difficult situations.
CNN (Cable News Network) Jul 15, 2011 Making Murder Count (Op-Ed)
QUOTE: cities pay a lot of attention to the Census Bureau’s annual population estimates, which take place between the decennial censuses. And when these come in lower than expected, many will fight hard to revise them upward...But, because the process is so politicized, it often results in significant overestimates.
New York Times Jul 15, 2011 No Vacancies, but Some Reservations
QUOTE: BP argued that “there is no basis to assume that claimants, with very limited exceptions, will incur a future loss related to the spill.”...Under the formula, settlements would generally be double the demonstrable losses from 2010, with money previously paid by the fund subtracted.
New York Times Jul 12, 2011 Rush to Defend Tax Rule on Inventory and Profits
QUOTE: the LIFO proposal — supported by the president’s deficit-reduction commission — would simplify the tax code and establish a standard method of calculating the cost of items that a company sells....at first glance the LIFO proposal looked like “an easy source of revenue.” But, he said, “it taxes illusory income, phantom profits that result from inflation.”
New York Times Jul 02, 2011 Some With Histories of Mental Illness Petition to Get Their Gun Rights Back
QUOTE: law passed by Congress after the 2007 massacre at Virginia Tech that was actually meant to make it harder for people with mental illness to get guns. As a condition of its support for the measure, the National Rifle Association extracted a concession: the inclusion of a mechanism for restoring firearms rights to those who lost them for mental health reasons.
New York Times Jun 27, 2011 Teacher Grades: Pass or Be Fired
QUOTE: [Impact's] admirers say the system, a centerpiece of the tempestuous three-year tenure of Washington’s former schools chancellor, Michelle Rhee, has brought clear teaching standards to a district that lacked them and is setting a new standard by establishing dismissal as a consequence of ineffective teaching. But some educators say it is better at sorting and firing teachers than at helping struggling ones...
New York Times Jun 26, 2011 U.S. Plans Stealth Survey on Access to Doctors
QUOTE: Alarmed by a shortage of primary care doctors, Obama administration officials are recruiting a team of “mystery shoppers” to pose as patients, call doctors’ offices and request appointments to see how difficult it is for people to get care when they need it....In response to the drumbeat of criticism, a federal health official said doctors need not worry because the data would be kept confidential.
New York Times Jun 24, 2011 Why they’re winning on CEO pay
QUOTE: two law school professors, Lucian Bebchuk and Jesse Fried at Harvard, who unlike most finance professors understand that the market for executive compensation is essentially rigged....the firms with high CEO pay turn out not to be the best performers.
Washington Post Jun 20, 2011 In fight against Wal-Mart, lawyers aren't enough
QUOTE: Today's decision, supporting Wal-Mart's argument that it's just too big to be sued, is a slap in the face to anyone hoping to fight a corporation in court. It's even more troubling, however, that this glacial, and ultimately ineffective, process was the only way that these women could seek justice. Wal-Mart has never allowed its employees to join a union.
CNN (Cable News Network) Jun 17, 2011 Abracadabra! Magic Trumps Math at Web Start-Ups
QUOTE: The use of such metrics has come with a meteoric rise in valuations for companies like Groupon, LinkedIn and Facebook that has invited skepticism from analysts and people in the industry. They are questioning whether some business models — be they a social network aimed at professionals or a maker of online farm games — can endure.
New York Times Jun 13, 2011 Scientists Measure the Accuracy of a Racism Claim
QUOTE: physical anthropologists at the University of Pennsylvania, which owns Morton’s collection, have remeasured the skulls, and in an article that does little to burnish Dr
New York Times May 14, 2011 Your So-Called Education
QUOTE: Too many institutions, for instance, rely primarily on student course evaluations to assess teaching. This creates perverse incentives for professors to demand little and give out good grades....On those commendable occasions when professors and academic departments do maintain rigor, they risk declines in student enrollments. And since resources are typically distributed based on enrollments, rigorous classes are likely to be canceled and rigorous programs shrunk.
New York Times Apr 22, 2011 In a Data-Heavy Society, Being Defined by the Numbers
QUOTE: Metrics to evaluate employee potential, teamwork and salesmanship can’t and shouldn’t replace hands-on interpersonal skills and instinct… We also lose a sense of ourselves as anything but a number and a rank, and start feeling bad if our numbers don’t measure up to others.
New York Times Apr 20, 2011 Stumbling Into Bad Behavior
QUOTE: They overlook transgressions — bending a rule to help a colleague, overlooking information that might damage the reputation of a client — because it is in their interest to do so… Good people unknowingly contribute to unethical actions, so reforms need to address the often hidden influences on our behavior.
New York Times Mar 12, 2011 ‘Complaint Resolved’? Well, Not Exactly
QUOTE: The Austin area’s Better Business Bureau charges consumers $70 a mediation... At minimum, the bureau ought to disclose some of these facts in its online report about PC Drivers Headquarters, right?... The lack of disclosure about the fee only adds to the sense that the bureau is more interested in protecting dues-paying members than in helping consumers, does it not?
New York Times Mar 12, 2011 At State-Run Homes, Abuse and Impunity
QUOTE: In hundreds of cases reviewed by The Times, employees who sexually abused, beat or taunted residents were rarely fired, even after repeated offenses, and in many cases, were simply transferred to other group homes run by the state... Only a quarter of sexual abuse cases were reported... Former regulators, employees within the system and advocates have grown increasingly dismayed at what they say is the state’s tolerance of abuse of the residents, whom the state refers to as “consumers” in its records.
New York Times Mar 09, 2011 Duncan: Most schools could face 'failing' label
QUOTE: Many educators complain they are unfairly penalized if even a few of their students fill in the wrong bubbles on testing day. Advocates for the poor contend the only way to ensure disadvantaged students get real help is to threaten schools, at minimum, with public shame.
Washington Post Feb 12, 2011 Customer Bites Retailer? That's the Argument
QUOTE: Unless somebody checks the claims’ veracity, he (Richard) said, a seller can earn black marks without doing anything wrong. Worse, because consumers know they can denigrate a seller with impunity, they regard the very threat of negative feedback as leverage — meet my insane demands or I’ll write horrible things about you.
New York Times Jan 31, 2011 Europe's Carbon Emissions Trading -- Growing Pains or Wholesale Theft?
QUOTE: this month's mass theft of E.U. allowances (EUAs) from some national registries has gotten the broader carbon trading community very much up in arms. Many are blasting some nation members of the European Commission for not taking the threat seriously...
New York Times Jan 14, 2011 Warning signs from a troubled mind: What parents should do
QUOTE: the line between unusual behavior and someone being a true threat is murky. And there aren't many options to detain people who exhibit disturbing behavior but have not committed a crime, experts said....When someone's behavior spirals out of control, the family has to determine whether it's eccentricity or something severe. Some families dismiss the changes as a phase; others are ill-equipped or in denial.
CNN (Cable News Network) Jan 11, 2011 If You Think Someone Is Mentally Ill: Loughner's Six Warning Signs
QUOTE: In most states, including Arizona, it's predictably difficult to detain someone involuntarily due to mental illness. If he is not deemed an imminent danger to himself or others, as determined by a judge, in almost all cases, treatment will not come without the person in question admitting that they are ill and need help. Even then, there is no guarantee that help will come readily or swiftly.
Time Magazine Jan 11, 2011 More Workers Complain of Bias on the Job, a Trend Linked to Widespread Layoffs
QUOTE: In a tough job market, more and more workers are accusing their employers of discrimination, a report from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission said on Tuesday.
New York Times Jan 07, 2011 In Battle Over Health Law, Math Cuts Both Ways
QUOTE: Much of the health care debate will center on cost — to the government and to employers. On Thursday, Republicans issued their own report, called “Obamacare: A Budget-Busting Job-Killing Law,” which concluded, “The health care law will cost the nation $2.6 trillion when fully implemented, and add $701 billion to the deficit in the first 10 years.” The Republicans’ projections were in contrast to the budget office’s analysis of the health care law, and a related budget reconciliation measure, after they were adopted last March.
New York Times Jan 06, 2011 Hackers find new way to cheat on Wall Street -- to everyone's peril
QUOTE: 'Side-channel' attack on high-frequency trading networks could net a hacker millions of dollars in just seconds -- and leave everyone else that much poorer
InfoWorld Jan 06, 2011 Republicans Are Given a Price Tag for Health Law Repeal, but Reject It
QUOTE: The new House speaker, John A. Boehner, flatly rejected the report, saying it was based largely on chicanery by Democrats....effectively putting him on a war footing with the independent analysts whose calculations generally guide discussions about the projected cost or savings of any legislation.
New York Times Dec 27, 2010 Cheaters Find an Adversary in Technology
QUOTE: As tests are increasingly important in education — used to determine graduation, graduate school admission and, the latest, merit pay and tenure for teachers — business has been good for Caveon, a company that uses “data forensics” to catch cheats, billing itself as the only independent test security outfit in the country.
New York Times Dec 26, 2010 Hurdles Emerge in Rising Effort to Rate Teachers
QUOTE: It is becoming common practice nationally to rank teachers for their effectiveness....But the experience in New York City shows just how difficult it can be to come up with a system that gains acceptance as being fair and accurate. The rankings are based on an algorithm that few other than statisticians can understand, and on tests that the state has said were too narrow and predictable. Most teachers’ scores fall somewhere in a wide range, with perfection statistically impossible...
New York Times Dec 23, 2010 E.P.A. Says It Will Press on With Greenhouse Gas Regulation
QUOTE: ...Ms. McCarthy emphasized that the E.P.A. was not imposing a “cap-and-trade” system, a system that sets a ceiling on greenhouse gas pollution while allowing companies to trade permits, at a price that the market determines. Approved last year in a House bill, cap-and-trade legislation died in the Senate this year. Later, opponents called it “cap and tax,” and it became a rallying cry for some midterm election candidates who were opposed to the expansion of government authority over industry and the economy.
New York Times Dec 21, 2010 F.C.C. Approves Net Rules and Braces for Fight (Media Decoder)
QUOTE: The new rules [approved by the FCC-- Ed.] are, at best, net semi-neutrality. They ban any outright blocking and any “unreasonable discrimination” of Web sites or applications by fixed-line broadband providers, but they afford more wiggle room to wireless providers like AT&T and Verizon.
New York Times Dec 12, 2010 Facebook Wrestles With Free Speech and Civility
QUOTE: Facebook took down a page used by WikiLeaks supporters to organize hacking attack...But it did not remove WikiLeaks’s own Facebook pages...illustrates the complexities that the company grapples with, on issues as diverse as that controversy, verbal bullying among teenagers, gay-baiting and religious intolerance.
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 Dec 03, 2010 Lessons Learned in Auditioning for Job
QUOTE: many job seekers today who are often asked to spend hours to produce examples of their work as part of the job hunting process. Most times, they do the work. Sometimes they hear nothing back — and occasionally, they see their creations used without payment or permission.
New York Times Dec 01, 2010 Steven Pearlstein on William Ackman and unfairness of short selling
QUOTE: Do "activist investors" still serve a useful social and economic purpose?....There's a big difference, however, between bringing vital new information to markets and scheming to turn a bet into a self-fulfilling prophecy by waging publicity campaigns against a company, filing complaints with regulators and warning analysts they could face lawsuits if they fail to cut another firm's credit rating.
Washington Post Jun 21, 2010 In Law Schools, Grades Go Up, Just Like That
QUOTE: the tactic getting the most attention — and the most controversy — is the sudden, deliberate and dubiously effective grade inflation, which had begun even before the legal job market softened.
New York Times Jun 18, 2010 Supreme Court rules on employer monitoring of cellphone, computer conversations
QUOTE: A hesitant Supreme Court waded cautiously into a question that arises daily in workplaces and offices across the country: whether employers have the right to look over the shoulders of workers who use company computers and cellphones for personal communication. In the first ruling of its kind, the justices said they do, as long as there is a "legitimate work-related purpose" to monitor them.
Washington Post Jun 06, 2010 Understanding how colleges hand out aid can improve your chances
QUOTE: the FAFSA considers fewer assets than the Profile; it ignores home equity as well as the assets of family-business owners with 100 or fewer full-time employees. If you have significant wealth in home equity or in a small family business, the institutional formula will penalize you. The federal formula will not.
Washington Post Jun 03, 2010 Report Warned Wal-Mart of Risks Before Bias Suit
QUOTE: More than six years before the biggest sex discrimination lawsuit in history was filed against Wal-Mart Stores, the company hired a prominent law firm to examine its vulnerability to just such a suit....found widespread gender disparities in pay and promotion at Wal-Mart and Sam’s Club stores and urged the company to take basic steps — like posting every job opening and creating specific goals to promote women and minorities — to avoid liability.
New York Times May 27, 2010 The Magic Behind Rating Apps
QUOTE: The customer-review process isn’t perfect. Occasionally, it can be abused, or manipulated. But this week, I came across something I’d never seen before: an app that had earned dozens of one-star (terrible) ratings — yet the written reviews were ecstatic.
New York Times May 25, 2010 Justices say employers may not use discriminatory testing practices
QUOTE: Employers who use tests that have the effect of ruling out disproportionate numbers of women and minorities may be sued each time they use the results to hire, the Supreme Court ruled...
Washington Post May 21, 2010 Suddenly, the Rating Agencies Don’t Look Untouchable
QUOTE: several major lawsuits against the rating agencies have survived the pretrial phase and might — emphasis on might — end with huge jury verdicts or expensive settlements. In addition, a newly emboldened Congress is on the verge of overhauling financial regulation and could rewrite the rules of the industry. For S.& P., Moody’s and Fitch,...
New York Times May 20, 2010 Conflict of Interest Worries Raised in Spill Tests
QUOTE: Hundreds of millions of dollars are at stake, since those readings [taken by local environmental officials--Ed.] will be used by the federal government and courts to establish liability claims against BP. But the laboratory that officials have chosen to process virtually all of the samples is part of an oil and gas services company in Texas that counts oil firms, including BP, among its biggest clients.
New York Times May 19, 2010 Don’t LEED Us Astray
QUOTE: a building’s LEED rating is more like a snapshot taken at its opening, not a promise of performance. Unless local, state and federal agencies do their part to ensure long-term compliance with the program’s ideals, it could end up putting a shiny green stamp on a generation of unsustainable buildings.
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