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Date Fairness.com Resource Read it at: Mar 02, 2013 Selling the Home Brand: A Look Inside an Elite JPMorgan Unit
QUOTE: To bolster sales, said the advisers, many of whom spoke on the condition of anonymity because they feared retribution, JPMorgan largely pushes its own bank-branded investments, which include a mix of mutual funds. While the practice can be legal, competitors have moved away from such investments after facing perceived conflicts. The concern is that, driven by fees, banks will push their own products over lower-cost options with stronger returns.
New York Times May 24, 2012 Beware small investors: Facebook was just a warning
QUOTE: a bipartisan bill, innocuously named the JOBS Act, rolled back these and other investor protections for companies with less than $1 billion in revenue, deemed emerging growth companies. Once again, research analysts can communicate directly with management and if desired share favorable (or unfavorable) reports....Prior to Sarbanes-Oxley, researchers at Cornell and Dartmouth universities found that analysts affiliated with the underwriting bank issued buy ratings to prop up dropping stocks...
CNN (Cable News Network) Apr 21, 2012 Vast Mexico Bribery Case Hushed Up by Wal-Mart After Top-Level Struggle
QUOTE: Wal-Mart dispatched investigators to Mexico City, and within days they unearthed evidence of widespread bribery. They found a paper trail of hundreds of suspect payments totaling more than $24 million. They also found documents showing that Wal-Mart de Mexico’s top executives not only knew about the payments, but had taken steps to conceal them from Wal-Mart’s headquarters....The lead investigator recommended that Wal-Mart expand the investigation. Instead, an examination by The New York Times found, Wal-Mart’s leaders shut it down.
New York Times Apr 17, 2012 DOJ review of flawed FBI forensics processes lacked transparency
QUOTE: Attorney General Janet Reno and FBI Director Louis J. Freeh decided to launch a task force to dig through thousands of cases involving discredited agents, to ensure that “no defendant’s right to a fair trial was jeopardized,”...The task force took nine years to complete its work and never publicly released its findings. Not the results of its case reviews of suspect lab work. Not the names of the defendants who were convicted as a result. And not the nature or scope of the forensic problems it found. Those decisions more than a decade ago remain relevant today for hundreds of people still in the U.S. court system, because officials never notified many defendants of the forensic flaws in their cases and never expanded their review to catch similar mistakes.
Washington Post Jan 29, 2012 Words matter in Penn State perjury case
QUOTE: the story began with an assistant coach at Penn State, Mike McQueary, who testified that nearly 10 years ago he walked in on former coach Jerry Sandusky sexually abusing a young boy in the football team's locker room showers. McQueary, who was a graduate assistant at the time, said he had no doubt that he witnessed "severe sexual acts" that were wrong and "over the lines." Yet, as a transcript shows, each time McQueary's story was told it became less specific, until others at the end of the line reacted as if what he had seen was no big deal.
CNN (Cable News Network) Nov 26, 2011 Sure, Post a Review. But the Last Word Won’t Be Yours (The Haggler)
QUOTE: All the revenue comes from transport companies! With that in mind, should anyone trust the reviews on the site?
New York Times Sep 02, 2011 AOL Says Arrington No Longer Works at TechCrunch
QUOTE: AOL said on Friday that Michael Arrington, the founder and co-editor of its TechCrunch blog and one of the most prominent voices in Silicon Valley, no longer had an editorial role at the company because he also invested in tech companies.
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 Dec 19, 2010 'Don't ask, don't tell' is repealed by Senate; bill awaits Obama's signing
QUOTE: The U.S. military will for the first time in history allow gays to serve openly after the Senate voted Saturday to repeal "don't ask, don't tell," the policy that has required such troops to hide their sexual identity or risk being expelled from the services. While opponents said repeal would create a battlefield distraction that could endanger troops, supporters drew parallels to the military's decision to end racial segregation in the 1950s and the admission of women to military service academies in the 1970s.
Washington Post Dec 16, 2010 Flirty Models Were Hired in Bid to Find Bone Marrow
QUOTE: the recruiters were actually flirtatious models in heels, short skirts and lab coats, law enforcement officials say, asking passers-by for DNA swabs without mentioning the price of the seemingly simple procedure. And the registry, Caitlin Raymond International, was paying up to $60,000 a week for the models while billing insurance companies up to $4,300 per test.
New York Times Nov 28, 2010 Leaked Cables Offer Raw Look at U.S. Diplomacy
QUOTE: A cache of a quarter-million confidential American diplomatic cables, most of them from the past three years, provides an unprecedented look at back-room bargaining by embassies around the world, brutally candid views of foreign leaders and frank assessments of nuclear and terrorist threats.
New York Times Jun 25, 2010 Justices say petition signers should not expect their names to be kept secret
QUOTE: Those who sign referendum petitions should generally not expect to keep their names secret, the Supreme Court ruled Thursday, rejecting the argument of an anti-gay-rights group that disclosure would violate their First Amendment protection of political expression.
Washington Post Jun 16, 2010 Negotiators in Congress to Discuss Rule for Brokers
QUOTE: On the surface, both the brokerage and the financial planning industries appear to agree that advisers of all stripes should be subject to a consistent fiduciary standard. But behind the scenes, the groups are divided on how exactly it will work, while the insurance industry has been opposed to the standard.
New York Times May 09, 2010 U-Va. urged to fight subpoena of climate scientist's documents
QUOTE: Academics from across the country are rallying against a subpoena issued by Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli II seeking documents related to the work of a former University of Virginia climate scientist, even as the university says it is preparing to comply with Cuccinelli's request.
Washington Post May 04, 2010 Consumer Groups Say Proposed Privacy Bill Is Flawed
QUOTE: Consumer groups have been fighting what they see as the prevalence of online tracking....Industry groups, while arguing that free Internet content depends on this type of sophisticated advertising, have issued their own self-regulatory principles.
New York Times Apr 24, 2010 Undercover persuasion by tech industry lobbyists
QUOTE: The influence peddlers of K Street have discovered the power of social networking on such Web sites as Twitter and Facebook. Using their own names without mentioning that they work in public relations or as lobbyists, employees of companies with interests in Washington are chattering online to shape opinions in hard-to-detect ways.
Washington Post Apr 23, 2010 Rating Agency Data Aided Wall Street in Mortgage Deals
QUOTE: One of the mysteries of the financial crisis is how mortgage investments that turned out to be so bad earned credit ratings that made them look so good. One answer is that Wall Street was given access to the formulas behind those magic ratings — and hired away some of the very people who had devised them.
New York Times Apr 16, 2010 Web Coupons Know a Lot About You, and They Tell
QUOTE: A new breed of coupon, printed from the Internet or sent to mobile phones, is packed with information about the customer who uses it. While the coupons look standard, their bar codes can be loaded with a startling amount of data, including identification about the customer, Internet address, Facebook page information and even the search terms the customer used to find the coupon in the first place.
New York Times Apr 08, 2010 Complicating Relationships in Media: Apple, NY Times Dealings Raise Questions
QUOTE: By appearing on stage at the Apple event and by launching an iPad app that the Times wants to monetize in every possible way — an app from which Apple will likely make money as well — the Times is becoming more of a business partner with a company it covers incessantly.
MediaActive Apr 04, 2010 A hotbed of techie agents of government transparency
QUOTE: Monitoring your elected officials and keeping track of your government's spending? There's an app for that, as it turns out. Or such was the theme of the second annual TransparencyCamp, held at George Washington University last weekend, an event aimed at bringing programmers and activists together to mingle and talk shop about how to mine government data in clever ways.
Washington Post Aug 17, 2009 Supreme Court to Hear Case on Executive Pay (Sidebar)
QUOTE: The Supreme Court will hear the case this fall, as anger over huge bonuses paid to the executives of failing companies continues to grow. The case, Jones v. Harris Associates, may turn out to be the court’s first significant statement on the corporate culture that helped lead to the Great Recession.
New York Times Jun 24, 2009 Steve Jobs's health: A personal or public matter?
QUOTE: Many investors see the innovative Apple CEO as fundamental to the company's success. If he's unwell, they think they should be told.
Christian Science Monitor Jun 17, 2009 $788,000 Paid to Doctor Accused of Faking Study
QUOTE: Medtronic... had paid nearly $800,000 over an eight-year period to a former military surgeon who has been accused by the Army of falsifying a medical journal study involving one of the company’s products.
New York Times May 25, 2009 Referral System Turns Patients Into Commodities
QUOTE: Physician-to-physician referrals are the currency of day-to-day transactions in medicine, but as with any currency, they can be manipulated.
New York Times Apr 30, 2009 In Military, New Debate Over Policy Toward Gays
QUOTE: While Mr. Obama has promised to get rid of the 16-year-old policy that allows gay men and lesbians to serve only if they keep their sexual orientation secret, Mr. Gates has said that both he and the president want to push the issue “down the road a bit.”
New York Times Apr 21, 2009 Rare F.D.A. Meeting to Discuss Complaints on Device Approval
QUOTE: Nine dissident scientists signed letters to President Obama and others in the administration charging that agency officials had acted illegally and that patients were routinely put at risk by medical devices approved for sale despite significant and often unanimous objections from scientific reviewers.
New York Times Dec 26, 2008 Advice for renters if landlord faces foreclosure: 'Don't panic or stick your head in the sand,' says one credit expert
QUOTE: You're paying your bills, but your landlord isn't. And you're the one holding the eviction notice...Banks are booting good tenants onto the streets with little to no notice after seizing a property from a delinquent owner, ignoring tenant leases.
MSNBC Dec 25, 2008 Pardon Lasts One Day for Developer in Fraud Case
QUOTE: President Bush changed his mind on Christmas Eve, pulling back a pardon he had extended a day earlier to a Brooklyn developer at the center of a Long Island real estate fraud case and adding a bizarre twist to the episode...Mr. Toussie’s father, Robert, donated $28,500 to the Republican National Committee last April, for what apparently was his first political contribution.
New York Times Dec 18, 2008 On Wall Street, Bonuses, Not Profits, Were Real
QUOTE: Merrill’s record earnings in 2006 — $7.5 billion — turned out to be a mirage. The company has since lost three times that amount, largely because the mortgage investments that supposedly had powered some of those profits plunged in value. Unlike the earnings, however, the bonuses have not been reversed.
New York Times Dec 06, 2008 The dangerous temptations of instant truth: As communication gets ever faster, we must ask if the very speed at which we can know things endangers our liberty
QUOTE: The publication of that [British National Party--Ed.] list of members and their addresses was itself a serious infringement of their privacy. The design of an internet programme that will be of instant appeal to every nosey-parker in the land - and that's most of us - takes the offence further. How would Jews, or Muslim clerics, or pacifists, or Porsche-owners, or naturists, or anti-hunt or pro-hunt supporters, or members of any group that may attract hostility, ridicule or prejudice, feel about attempts to construct and publish a list that identifies names and addresses?
Sunday Times/The Times (UK) Nov 22, 2008 New Paid Links Service Sparks More Debate: And the Gloves Come Off...
QUOTE: Quite a storm of debate has erupted over a new service called InLinks - essentially a paid text link service that allegedly makes it hard for Google (and other search engines) to detect them.
WebProNews Nov 11, 2008 WW II vet held in Nazi slave camp breaks silence: 'Let it be known'
QUOTE: a catalog of deaths and atrocities he says were carried out on U.S. soldiers held by Nazis at a slave labor camp during World War II....Acevedo's story is one that was never supposed to be told. "We had to sign an affidavit ... [saying] we never went through what we went through."
CNN (Cable News Network) Sep 12, 2008 Palin admits truth on Bridge to Nowhere
QUOTE: What Palin said during the interview was actually the truth about what happened to end the Bridge to Nowhere. (Though, of course, she didn't acknowledge that there was a wide discrepancy between the truth and the story she's been telling voters.) As my colleague Mike Madden has ably documented in this space before, what Palin "killed" was a dead bridge.
Salon Jul 30, 2008 Yale Students' Lawsuit Unmasks Anonymous Trolls, Opens Pandora's Box
QUOTE: AK-47 was one of a handful of students heaping misogynist scorn on women attending the nations' top law schools in 2007, in posts so vile they spurred a national debate on the limits of online anonymity, and an unprecedented federal lawsuit aimed at unmasking and punishing the posters...Both women tried in vain to persuade the administrators of the AutoAdmit.com site to remove the threads
Wired Jul 23, 2008 House Weighs Overturning 'Don't ask, Don't tell'
QUOTE: [A] black man who joined the Army when it was segregated, testified that the current treatment of gays and lesbians is similar to how African-Americans were treated before President Truman integrated the military in 1948.
CNN (Cable News Network) Jul 17, 2008 Protect yourself from software-vendor 'snarketing'
QUOTE: These days, even the software we like often comes with hidden annoyances designed to help the vendor at the expense of us poor customers. Here are five examples of sneaky marketing — snarketing, as I call it — and what you can do to mitigate the practice's ill effects.
WindowsSecrets.com Jul 15, 2008 At the Uneasy Intersection of Bloggers and the Law
QUOTE: A grand jury subpoena sent by prosecutors in the Bronx earlier this year sought information to help identify people blogging anonymously on a Web site about New York politics called Room 8. The subpoena carried a warning in capital letters that disclosing its very existence “could impede the investigation being conducted and thereby interfere with law enforcement” — implying that if the bloggers blabbed, they could be prosecuted.
New York Times Jul 12, 2008 Psychiatric Association Faces Senate Scrutiny Over Drug Industry Ties
QUOTE: After a series of stinging investigations of individual doctors’ arrangements with drug makers, Senator Charles E. Grassley, Republican of Iowa, is demanding that the American Psychiatric Association, the field’s premier professional organization, give an accounting of its financing.
New York Times Jun 20, 2008 Don’t Tell When Hiring (The Ethicist)
QUOTE:  I am a supervisor at a large corporation...Would it be appropriate to tell this applicant that I am gay?  My brother and I, who live in the U.S...have been asked to pay more. Is that fair?
New York Times Apr 24, 2008 Singing Falsetto (The Ethicist)
QUOTE:  I produced a recording for a singing student’s application to a college’s professional music program. Her singing was passable but not great...Computer technology enables me to make even the worst singer sound professional, but if I employ it, do I defraud the college?  I am a 61-year-old male about to resume dating after a long hiatus...Does integrity require me to divulge this experience of 40 years ago (whether asked or not) to a potential sex partner?
New York Times Apr 01, 2008 FAA takes risks with shoddy oversight, experts say
QUOTE: The Federal Aviation Administration is putting the public at risk with lax oversight and a too-cozy relationship with the airlines, a top lawmaker and aviation experts said Tuesday.
CNN (Cable News Network) 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 25, 2008 Genetic Testing Gets Personal: Firms Sell Answers On Health, Even Love
QUOTE: This is the world of direct-to-consumer genetic testing, a peculiar mix of modern science, old-fashioned narcissism and innovative entrepreneurialism, all made possible by the government-sponsored Human Genome Project...The trend has critics warning that the market is becoming rife with hype. The field is effectively free of regulatory oversight, watchdogs note, and much of the science behind the results is still sketchy.
Washington Post Mar 09, 2008 When Mom or Dad Asks To Be a Facebook 'Friend'
QUOTE: ...as Facebook's popularity soared, its founders sought to expand its audience. In 2005, it allowed high school students to sign on. But it was the 2006 decision to open it up to the general public that drew howls from its original audience -- and opened the door for the parental invasion. In protest, several "abolish parent" groups have sprung up on the site.
Washington Post Feb 19, 2008 Medication Under a Microscope: Studies Raise Questions About Drugs' Efficacy Against Disease
QUOTE: In addition to casting doubt on notions such as lowering cholesterol to prevent heart disease and normalizing blood sugar to protect diabetics, the studies...have also rekindled concern about whether new medications are being tested adequately before being allowed on the market.
Washington Post Feb 01, 2008 U.S. Sugar Employee Shareholders Claim Lucrative Buyout Offer Was Kept From Them
QUOTE: U.S. Sugar employee shareholders filed a federal suit Wednesday claiming that they were improperly kept in the dark about two $575 million buyout offers promising to deliver a 50 percent premium on their stock.
Law.com Jan 19, 2008 Researchers Go Unchecked, Report Says
QUOTE: ...there is growing unease about the myriad financial conflicts that some [university professors]...and many doctors routinely participate in. Critics fear that the money may distort research and change the practice of medicine, leading doctors to prescribe more, and more expensive, drugs and devices, sometimes to patients’ detriment.
New York Times Dec 28, 2007 Too much religion on campaign trail? Candor about faith marks this presidential election season. Critics say a line is being crossed.
QUOTE: Presidential candidates of both parties have talked more openly about their religious beliefs this year than in elections past, lifting a window on some of the values that could shape their decisions in the Oval Office. But the political benefits of such candor are not always clear in a country where most Republicans and Democrats believe in separation of church and state.
Christian Science Monitor Dec 06, 2007 Are big-spending clergy abusing U.S. tax code? Tax exemptions for wealthy media-based ministries lead a senator to ask hard questions.
QUOTE: But church groups and other nonprofits worry that this probe could lead Congress to pass laws that slip into constitutionally protected territory – imposing excessive government oversight on a wide range of churches and other nonprofits.
Christian Science Monitor Nov 11, 2007 Faking It
QUOTE: It seems hard to believe that a book called “How to Talk About Books You Haven’t Read” would hit the best-seller lists in France, where books are still regarded as sacred objects....emphasizes the reader’s role in creating meaning. He wants to show us how much we lie about the way we read, to ourselves as well as to others, and to assuage our guilt about the way we actually read and talk about books.
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