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Date Fairness.com Resource Read it at: 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...
Quartz Jul 12, 2016 The Near Certainty of Anti-Police Violence: By ignoring illegitimate policing, America has also failed to address the danger this illegitimacy poses to those who must do the policing.
QUOTE: 25-year-old Micah Xavier Johnson murdered five police officers in Dallas. This abhorrent act of political extremism cannot be divorced from American history—recent or old. In black communities, the police departments have only enjoyed a kind of quasi-legitimacy. That is because wanton discrimination is definitional to the black experience, and very often it is law enforcement which implements that discrimination with violence. A community consistently subjected to violent discrimination under the law will lose respect for it, and act beyond it.
Atlantic Online, The (Atlantic Monthly) Jul 21, 2015 The Myth of the Ethical Shopper We're still trying to eliminate sweatshops and child labor by buying right. But that's not how the world works in 2015.
QUOTE: ...for a while there, it worked. The major apparel companies adopted codes of conduct, first banning just the most egregious stuff—workers under 16, forced overtime—then expanding to health and safety, environmental protection and social investment....I spoke with more than 30 company reps, factory auditors and researchers and read dozens of studies describing what has happened in those sweatshops since they became a cultural fixation three decades ago. All these sources led me to the same conclusion: Boycotts have failed. Our clothes are being made in ways that advocacy campaigns can’t affect and in places they can’t reach. So how are we going to stop sweatshops now?
Huffington Post Jul 16, 2015 The ambassador’s tale: Lessons I learned about success and scandal
QUOTE: Truth often loses its way in Washington and never more quickly than during a presidential campaign....Several of my friends tried to rally the president’s support, but I knew no one from the White House would publicly walk into what was to them a minor story.
Washington Post May 02, 2015 Baltimore Prosecutor Faces National History of Police Acquittals
QUOTE: Brutality cases against police officers are notoriously difficult to win...whatever case prosecutors make will have to overcome the inherent deference to police officers that most jurors take with them to the courtroom, experts said.
New York Times Mar 25, 2015 Iran Case Is So Secret It Can't Go On
QUOTE: When only the government gets to speak, and does all its talking in secret, there's no check over its actions. Who is a district judge to stand up to the anonymous director of some anonymous intelligence agency? The result is not just bad for the rule of law. It's an embarrassment to the entire judiciary.
Bloomberg View Sep 26, 2013 Is Yahoo Doing Enough To Protect Sensitive Emails?
QUOTE: ...Yahoo announced that it would give away inactive email addresses and Yahoo IDs. They would only do so if the address had been inactive for at least a year. The idea was that Yahoo’s loyal users would be able to get more desirable email addresses....People began criticizing Yahoo’s move pretty much right after it was announced in early summer. Security experts warned of privacy and cybersafety issues that could arise from the initiative.
WebProNews Apr 28, 2013 Erasing History
QUOTE: The arrest story was obviously true when it was first published. But Connecticut’s erasure law has already established that truth can be fungible. Martin, her suit says, was “deemed never to have been arrested.” And therefore the news story had metamorphosed into a falsehood.
New York Times Nov 09, 2012 After the Storm: Your Homeowner’s Claim (Your Money)
QUOTE: Many victims of Hurricane Sandy are novices when it comes to catastrophic insurance claims. So to see what sort of resistance they should expect shortly, I turned to the lawyers and adjusters-for-hire who do nothing but negotiate with insurance companies all day long.
New York Times Oct 15, 2012 My lingerie model past got me fired
QUOTE: Allred says the sad truth is that most employees can be fired for any reason, as long as it's not discriminatory.
HLN Aug 26, 2012 The Best Book Reviews Money Can Buy
QUOTE: "The wheels of online commerce run on positive reviews," said Bing Liu, a data-mining expert at the University of Illinois, Chicago, whose 2008 research showed that 60 percent of the millions of product reviews on Amazon are five stars and an additional 20 percent are four stars. "But almost no one wants to write five-star reviews, so many of them have to be created."
New York 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 Jul 06, 2012 A Fancy Financial Adviser Title Does Not Ensure High Standards
QUOTE: Investors can’t be blamed for failing to recognize the differences between a glorified salesman pushing a particular fund and a true investment adviser who is required to act in your best interest, but there are many.
New York Times Jun 26, 2012 How To Make a Viral Hit in Four Easy Steps: Want to know the secret to BuzzFeed’s monster online success? Click here!
QUOTE: Taking other people’s stuff as inspiration is a time-honored practice online. Bloggers do it every day, and most of them acknowledge the original source of whatever they’re writing about....Peretti wasn’t hiding the fact that Shepherd spotted the NedHardy post while making his list. Why not at least link to it?
Slate May 29, 2012 Published mug shots: A constant reminder of one man's past
QUOTE: mug shots, which are public record, from sheriffs and local police departments, who hand over the information with the names listed in alphabetical order, detailing the criminal charges...."They are using a person's image for commercial gain without their permission," said Singh-Grover. "To me, its extortion, maybe not legally, but the common use of that term."
CNN (Cable News Network) May 07, 2012 Résumé padding: inconsequential or inexcusable?
QUOTE: From a white lie about time spent as a customer service rep to a whopper about earning an MBA, résumé padding occurs regularly across industries, experts say. In a 2010 survey of 1,818 organizations, 69% reported catching a job candidate lying on his or her résumé...
CNN (Cable News Network) Dec 23, 2011 Justice Dept. Cites Race in Halting Law Over Voter ID
QUOTE: The Justice Department on Friday blocked a new South Carolina law that would require voters to present photo identification, saying the law would disproportionately suppress turnout among eligible minority voters....an aggressive stance in reviewing a wave of new state voting restrictions, largely enacted by Republicans in the name of fighting fraud.
New York Times Dec 21, 2011 Scaling Caste Walls With Capitalism’s Ladders in India
QUOTE: The rapid growth that followed the opening of India’s economy in 1991 has widened the gulf between rich and poor, and some here have begun to blame liberalization for the rising tide of corruption. But the era of growth has also created something unthinkable a generation ago: a tiny but growing group of wealthy Dalit business people.
New York Times Oct 21, 2011 Cries of Anti-Semitism, but Not at Zuccotti Park
QUOTE: The Occupy Wall Street protests, now in their second month, have increasingly been criticized by a variety of groups, most of them politically conservative, for flashes of anti-Semitism....Jewish groups that have sensitive antennas for eruptions of bigotry have not criticized the protesters.
New York Times Aug 31, 2011 Hackers may have stolen more than 200 SSL certificates: Source say DigiNotar breach generated fraudulent certs for Mozilla, Yahoo and Tor, not just Google
QUOTE: Hackers may have obtained more than 200 digital certificates from a Dutch company after breaking into its network, including ones for Mozilla, Yahoo and the Tor project....Security researchers now wonder what else DigiNotar hasn't told users.
Computerworld Jul 20, 2011 Scalping Battle Putting ‘Fans’ in the Middle
QUOTE: Over the last decade many states have lifted scalping restrictions, allowing a robust secondary market to develop online. That often pushes ticket prices for the most in-demand shows out of most consumers’ reach, but the market dynamics can also help fans; a StubHub spokesman said that so far this year almost half the tickets there have sold for less than face value.
New York Times Jul 02, 2011 Stolen Code Is Linked to Program for Chess
QUOTE: Players who use computers to cheat are a growing concern in the chess world. Now the developer of Rybka, the winner of the last four World Computer Chess Championships, has been accused of plagiarizing code to create the program.
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 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 25, 2011 It’s Science, but Not Necessarily Right
QUOTE: science fixes its mistakes more slowly, more fitfully and with more difficulty than Sagan’s words would suggest...Why? One simple answer is that it takes a lot of time to look back over other scientists’ work and replicate their experiments. Scientists are busy people, scrambling to get grants and tenure. As a result, papers that attract harsh criticism may nonetheless escape the careful scrutiny required if they are to be refuted.
New York Times Jun 22, 2011 My Life as an Undocumented Immigrant
QUOTE: ...I am still an undocumented immigrant. And that means living a different kind of reality. It means going about my day in fear of being found out....Last year I read about four students who walked from Miami to Washington to lobby for the Dream Act, a nearly decade-old immigration bill that would provide a path to legal permanent residency for young people who have been educated in this country...Their courage has inspired me.
New York Times Jun 12, 2011 Some Police Recruits Impose ‘Islamic Tax’ on Afghans
QUOTE: The American-financed program aims to convert insurgents into village self-defense forces called Afghan Local Police, distinct from the existing national police force....aroused concern among aid workers and United Nations officials, who say it risks empowering local warlords who have little regard for human rights or proper behavior.
New York Times Jun 10, 2011 Negative Online Data Can Be Challenged, at a Price
QUOTE: The speed at which someone’s reputation can be damaged, even with false information, makes combating defamatory remarks tough....Technology companies are not the only resource for cleaning up a reputation. Security and investigative firms can also help.
New York Times May 21, 2011 The Gossip Machine, Churning Out Cash
QUOTE: This is how it works in the new world of round-the-clock gossip, where even a B-list celebrity’s tangle with the law can be spun into easy money, feeding the public’s seemingly bottomless appetite for dirt about the famous. A growing constellation of Web sites, magazines and television programs serve it up minute by minute, creating a river of cash for secrets of the stars, or near-stars.
New York Times May 21, 2011 A Rave, a Pan, or Just a Fake? (The Haggler)
QUOTE: As a consumer review Web site, Yelp is so big and influential that it has given rise to a small, semi-underground group of entrepreneurs who, for a fee, will post a rave about your company. Others will post a negative review about your rivals. Yes, this is very sneaky, and it’s a continuing problem for Yelp, which is locked in a “Spy vs. Spy”-style contest with fake reviewers.
New York Times May 20, 2011 States Seeking New Registries for Criminals
QUOTE: Lawmakers around the country are pushing for online registries, like those used for sex offenders, to track the whereabouts of people convicted of a wide variety of crimes, from arson and drunken driving to methamphetamine manufacturing and animal abuse....Critics say that while the registries are attractive to politicians who want to appear tough on crime, they often do little more than spread fear and encourage vigilantism.
New York Times May 16, 2011 Orchestras on Tour: Names Strike a False Note
QUOTE: A close look at these groups shows a pattern of creative marketing — even truth shading — concerning credentials and identities. At the least, audiences often do not know what they are getting, even though visa regulations require the groups to be “recognized internationally as outstanding” and to have had three-quarters of the same players for at least a year. Many of these groups are in fact pickup ensembles or have little reputation, even in their home countries.
New York Times May 13, 2011 Google Is Said to Have Broken Internal Rules on Drug Ads
QUOTE: Google allowed rogue online pharmacies to advertise on its site in violation of its own advertising policies, according to one of the companies subpoenaed in the federal investigation of Google’s drug ad sales.
New York Times May 10, 2011 Killings and Rumors Unsettle a Libyan City
QUOTE: The killings, still unsolved, appeared to be rooted in revenge, the families said, and have raised the specter of a death squad stalking former Qaddafi officials in Benghazi, the opposition stronghold....potentially undermining hopes for a peaceful transition if Colonel Qaddafi surrenders power.
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 Feb 21, 2011 2 Executives Quit Alibaba.com Amid Fraud Inquiry
QUOTE: The company said in its statement that 100 sales officers at Alibaba had helped perpetrate the fraud by allowing fake companies in China to register and sell products on Alibaba’s international Web site as “Gold Suppliers,” which suggested that they were among the more trustworthy.
New York Times Dec 24, 2010 A Mysterious Picasso Trove Gains More Accusations but Less Clarity
QUOTE: If Mr. Le Guennec had indeed stolen the works while employed by the artist, Ms. Rees added, it is unclear why he would wait until now to make public their existence: the statute of limitations for theft expired decades ago (though possession of stolen goods has no such limit).
New York Times Dec 13, 2010 How spammers will poison your social network: Spammers wrecked e-mail, then they ruined search, and soon they'll go after your friends and family
QUOTE: your social graph is the next ripe target for shady marketers. As services increasingly enable you to search for things influenced by your social graph, spammer types will try to infiltrate your social group and sway the results. Here's how they'll do it:
InfoWorld 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 Nov 26, 2010 A Bully Finds a Pulpit on the Web
QUOTE: as Ms. Rodriguez’s all-too-cursory Google search demonstrated, the company can show up in the most coveted place on the Internet’s most powerful site. Which means the owner of DecorMyEyes might be more than just a combustible bully with a mean streak and a potty mouth. He might also be a pioneer of a new brand of anti-salesmanship — utterly noxious retail — that is facilitated by the quirks and shortcomings of Internet commerce and that tramples long-cherished traditions of customer service, like deference and charm.
New York Times Jun 09, 2010 Rise of the Richies
QUOTE: For career politicians, the worst nightmare would be a businessperson from the real world with a billion dollars and an open checkbook. Freddy Krueger is Michael Bloomberg.
New York Times Jun 03, 2010 Should a Bad Call Change Baseball?
QUOTE: with two outs in the ninth inning in Detroit, Tigers pitcher Armando Galarraga was on the cusp of throwing a perfect game when the first-base umpire, Jim Joyce, called the Cleveland Indians’ Jason Donald safe at first base. It didn’t look close....Should there be greater use of video replays in baseball to prevent such errors?
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 22, 2010 Lies as Wishes
QUOTE: “I think that lies are like wishes,” said Bella DePaulo, a psychology professor at the University of California at Santa Barbara. “So when you wish you were a certain kind of person that you know you’re not, and maybe you’re not willing to do what it would take to become that person or can’t go back, then it becomes very tempting to lie.”
New York Times May 15, 2010 Applying for mortgage? Starting June 1, you could face another credit screening
QUOTE: If you're thinking about applying for a home mortgage, here's some important news: Beginning June 1, your lender is likely to order a second full credit screening immediately before closing. The last-minute credit report will be designed to find out whether you have obtained -- or even shopped for -- new debt between the date of your loan application and the closing.
Washington Post May 11, 2010 Iraqi Deal to End De-Baathification
QUOTE: Iraqi politicians have reached an agreement to halt a four-month campaign to bar candidates from politics for ties to the Baath Party, American and Iraqi officials said, papering over the sectarian tensions it unleashed, at least for now, and removing an obstacle in the long-delayed process of forming a new government.
New York Times May 03, 2010 Tear away the web's veil of anonymity
QUOTE: Respectable newspapers, for example, have long been reluctant to publish anonymous letters in their print publications, allowing writers to withhold their names only if it is necessary for their protection, and, even then, only after establishing that the writers are who they say they are. But on newspaper websites, pseudonyms are allowed and are widely used.
Financial Times (FT) Apr 30, 2010 Rare Breed Now: A Justice Who Wasn’t a Judge
QUOTE: Ms. Kagan has a glittering résumé. But it lacks the one qualification that every member of the current Supreme Court possesses: past judicial service. The possibility that she will be nominated has ignited a debate over what scholars call “the norm of prior judicial experience.”
New York Times Apr 23, 2010 An Online Alias Keeps Colleges Off Their Trail
QUOTE: Whether admissions officers really do plumb Facebook is up for debate....To avoid detection, Ms. Kaye, now a freshman at Colorado College in Colorado Springs, said she and others began changing their names on Facebook beginning in their junior year of high school.
New York Times Mar 29, 2010 Reputations at stake, companies try to alter word of mouth online
QUOTE: Liu said Yelp's salespeople phoned repeatedly, telling her that if she advertised on the site, negative reviews would move lower on Scion's page and positive reviews would move up. Liu decided to fight back, joining nine other businesses this month in a class-action lawsuit against Yelp alleging similar tactics -- claims that Yelp executives deny.
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