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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 Sep 15, 2014 Medical costs: Hospital observation can be pricey
QUOTE: The distinction between inpatient and outpatient status matters: Seniors must have three consecutive days as admitted patients to qualify for Medicare coverage for follow-up nursing home care, and observation time doesn’t count for that three-day tally.
Charlotte Observer Jun 07, 2013 Fine Print and Red Tape in Long-Term Care Policies
QUOTE: Many Americans now in their 80s and 90s who are collecting benefits — or trying to — bought their policies decades ago when the policies were more restrictive than now. On top of that, many insurers have since left the business after mispricing the policies and failing to judge the economics of the industry, which has made collecting payments even more difficult.
New York Times Oct 16, 2012 Greenwashing the Retina MacBook Pro
QUOTE: Apple’s Retina MacBook Pro – the least repairable, least recyclable computer I have encountered in more than a decade of disassembling electronics – was just verified Gold, along with four other ultrabooks. This decision demonstrates that the EPEAT standard has been watered down to an alarming degree.
Wired 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 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) Jan 16, 2012 Consumer Reports: Brand-name drugs can be far more costly but no more effective
QUOTE: Just 5 percent of patients learn about the price of prescribed drugs during the doctor visit, according to a survey by the Consumer Reports National Research Center. But many expensive brand-name medications have equally effective counterparts that cost far less.
Washington Post 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) Oct 25, 2011 Death of U.S. teenager in drone strike stokes debate
QUOTE: 'Proportionality' is at the heart of the argument....is it acceptable in law to carry out an attack against an identified terrorist suspect where others in his immediate vicinity - whose identities are unknown - are likely to be killed or injured?...
CNN (Cable News Network) Sep 30, 2011 U.S. drone killing of American al-Awlaki prompts legal, moral debate
QUOTE: The U.S. drone killing of American-born and -raised Muslim cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, a major figure in al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, has re-energized a national debate over the legal and moral quandaries of a government deliberately killing a citizen.
CNN (Cable News Network) Aug 14, 2011 North Dakota, NCAA spar over mascot
QUOTE: The University of North Dakota is one step closer to retiring its nickname and mascot, but changing the school's 90-year-old Native American moniker -- the Fighting Sioux -- has not been without complications.
CNN (Cable News Network) Jul 18, 2011 Are some countries abusing Interpol?
QUOTE: Some of these nations are using Red Notices to pursue political opponents or economic targets, according to a five-month investigation by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists. Because of the way Interpol is structured, there can be little recourse for those who are unjustly targeted.
CNN (Cable News Network) 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 24, 2011 New York Allows Same-Sex Marriage, Becoming Largest State to Pass Law
QUOTE: Lawmakers voted late Friday to legalize same-sex marriage, making New York the largest state where gay and lesbian couples will be able to wed and giving the national gay-rights movement new momentum from the state where it was born....Passage of same-sex marriage here followed a daunting run of defeats in other states where voters barred same-sex marriage by legislative action, constitutional amendment or referendum. Just five states currently permit same-sex marriage...
New York Times 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 20, 2011 A Little Clarity in the Fuzzy World of Airline Fees
QUOTE: one thing is clear from my conversations with business travelers, travel managers, air travel analysts and even government officials. They’re all looking for some consensus on how to define the [airline] fees, how to disclose them, and how to account and budget for them.
New York Times Jun 12, 2011 Shedding Hazy Light on a Midnight Ride
QUOTE: With all the revisions prompted by a modern political statement, one Wikipedia contributor asked on a discussion page whether they should consider simply erasing all the additions and returning the page to its pre-Palin state “considering that this is an article about a guy that died 200 years ago (and no new information has emerged recently) the entire flurry of recent activity can be attributed to defenders or detractors of Sarah Palin.”
New York Times May 31, 2011 Pentagon to Consider Cyberattacks Acts of War
QUOTE: The Pentagon, trying to create a formal strategy to deter cyberattacks on the United States, plans to issue a new strategy soon declaring that a computer attack from a foreign nation can be considered an act of war that may result in a military response.
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 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 10, 2010 Chinese dissident awarded Nobel Peace Prize
QUOTE: hina has responded furiously since the Nobel committee announced on October 8 that Liu Xiaobo would be its peace prize winner. Officials have repeatedly called Liu a common criminal and declared the award a Western plot against China....While Chinese officials have said the prize represents a Western perspective, Jagland said, human rights activists in China "represent the world's common values and standards."
CNN (Cable News Network) Jun 24, 2010 Justices Limit Use of ‘Honest Services’ Law Against Fraud
QUOTE: The justices were unanimous in calling a broad interpretation of the law, which makes it a crime “to deprive another of the intangible right of honest services,” unconstitutionally vague.
New York Times May 28, 2010 Google's WebM license could undermine the meaning of 'open source': Google's adoption of non-OSI-approved license could create a raft of problems for open source users
QUOTE: For better or worse, an OSI-approved license has become the de facto requirement for vendors calling themselves or their products "open source." When Google, one of the largest supporters of open source, goes out and purposefully circumvents the OSI, what signal does this send to other vendors?
InfoWorld May 27, 2010 U.N. Official Set to Ask U.S. to End C.I.A. Drone Strikes
QUOTE: Philip Alston, the United Nations special rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, said Thursday that he would deliver a report on June 3 to the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva declaring that the “life and death power” of drones should be entrusted to regular armed forces, not intelligence agencies.
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.
New York Times May 18, 2010 All the Single Ladies
QUOTE: White House officials were so eager to squash any speculation that Elena Kagan was gay that they have ended up in a pre-feminist fugue, going with sad unmarried rather than fun single, spinning that she’s a spinster.
New York Times May 14, 2010 Semantic Minefields
QUOTE: IF the Obama administration takes out a radical Muslim cleric hiding in Yemen, would it be a “targeted killing” or an “assassination?” Was the flooding of New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina a “natural disaster” or a “man-made” one? Should new construction authorized by Israel in East Jerusalem be called Jewish “housing” or “settlements”? Times journalists juggle such questions daily as they try to present the news in clear and evenhanded language.
New York Times 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 07, 2010 Immigration Status of Army Spouses Often Leads to Snags
QUOTE: Immigration lawyers and Department of Homeland Security officials say that many thousands of people in the military have spouses or close relatives who are illegal immigrants. Many of those service members have fought to gain legal status for their family members — only to hit a legal dead end created in 1996, when Congress last made major revisions to the immigration laws.
New York Times Apr 28, 2010 The fight over FedEx and the right to organize
QUOTE: In 1996, as the Senate considered reauthorization for the Federal Aviation Administration, a few words were slipped in allowing FedEx alone to be classed as an express carrier under the jurisdiction of the RLA. This gave FedEx a cost advantage over unionized rivals UPS and DHL and, for that matter, any start-up that might come along. It has also enabled FedEx not only to keep its drivers from unionizing...
Washington Post Apr 01, 2010 Serbia’s Honest Apology
QUOTE: The resolution, therefore, is a political landmark. And even if it fails to mention “genocide,” it makes it still harder to insist that the massacre never happened or that the number of victims has been grossly inflated. Yet the Serbian government finds itself caught in a position of being damned if you do, damned if you don’t.
New York Times Feb 27, 2010 Inquiry sought into disappearance of e-mails in interrogations case
QUOTE: Senior Democratic lawmakers and watchdog groups demanded Friday that the Justice Department investigate the disappearance of e-mail messages written by Bush administration lawyers who drafted memos blessing harsh interrogation tactics, saying their absence cast doubt on an ethics report that cleared the lawyers of professional misconduct.
Washington Post Feb 04, 2010 Revolving Door: From US Safety Agency to Toyota Representative: Federal Investigations of Runaway Toyotas Excluded Most Serious Cases After NHTSA Official Is Hired by Car Company
QUOTE: Federal safety investigators agreed to exclude reports of the most serious cases of alleged "runaway Toyotas" after the intervention of a former safety official hired to be a Washington, D.C. representative of Toyota...
ABC News Sep 04, 2009 For Your Health, Froot Loops
QUOTE: He [nutritionist Walter C. Willett] said the criteria used by the Smart Choices Program were seriously flawed, allowing less healthy products, like sweet cereals and heavily salted packaged meals, to win its seal of approval.
New York Times Jun 01, 2009 Israel and U.S. Can’t Close Split on Settlements
ABSTRACT: The Israeli population of the West Bank.... The settlers live among 2.5 million Palestinians in about 120 settlements, which much of the world considers a violation of international law...
New York Times May 31, 2009 Green Inc. Few Rules for Recycling Electronics
QUOTE: the Basel Action Network, or BAN, an advocacy group based in Seattle that seeks to curb the exporting of electronic waste from the United States, argued that EarthECycle falsely represent themselves as recyclers....Proper processing of discarded electronic equipment could not be achieved within a business model that not only hauls away discarded electronics free but also pays organizations for the privilege.
New York Times Dec 21, 2008 Bush E-Mails May Be Secret a Bit Longer: Legal Battles, Technical Difficulties Delay Required Transfer to Archives
QUOTE: the administration began trying only in recent months to recover from White House backup tapes hundreds of thousands of e-mails that were reported missing from readily accessible files in 2005. The risks that the transfer may be incomplete are also pointed up by a continuing legal battle between a coalition of historians and nonprofit groups over access to Vice President Cheney's records.
Washington Post Dec 19, 2008 Doctor Cleared of Harming Man to Obtain Organs
QUOTE: trying a lesser-used technique known as donation after cardiac death, which involves removing a patient from life support before extracting organs....the jury issued a statement with its verdict saying the case illustrated a “desperate need” for clear policy on cardiac death donations.
New York Times Nov 11, 2008 Supreme Court Argument Report: Jack the Ripper in His Armchair
QUOTE: The Supreme Court on Monday considered a case involving whether a defendant's failure to report for confinement after conviction constitutes a "violent crime" under the Armed Career Criminal Act. The justices weighed arguments concerning whether failure to report is an aggressive or a passive act...
Law.com Nov 07, 2008 Jewish Law's Meaning of Death Nears Court Fight: Parents Reject Doctors' Stand On Boy With Brain Tumor
QUOTE: the hospital says treating him is "offensive to good medical ethics" because, unlike the highly publicized cases of Terri Schiavo and Karen Ann Quinlan, the boy has no brain activity. His parents, Orthodox Jews from Brooklyn, say their faith does not define death in that way, and they reject the hospital's pronouncements that their son has been dead since Tuesday.
Washington Post Nov 05, 2008 Left at the Altar: What happens now to gay marriage, in California and elsewhere?
QUOTE: On Tuesday, California voters passed Proposition 8, the amendment to the state constitution that eliminates the right of same-sex couples to marry, scuttling a California Supreme Court ruling in May that granted that right.
Slate Sep 19, 2008 McCain Equates Embryos and Fetuses in Stem Cell Statement
QUOTE: though the bill was unanimously approved in the House and Senate, its sponsors were criticized for failing to make clear that "fetal farming" doesn't exist....For McCain to revive the language of "fetal farming," say bioethicists, was misleading.
Wired Aug 19, 2008 Airline captain, lawyer, child on terror 'watch list'
QUOTE: The TSA has said the problem lies with the airlines and threatened to fine airlines that tell passengers they are on the watch list. That didn't sit well with the airlines, who through the Air Transport Association said they have been waiting for four years for the TSA to come up with a fix.
CNN (Cable News Network) Jul 21, 2008 Huge Math Error in Katrina Supply Giveaway
QUOTE: The household goods were supposed to go to people whose homes were destroyed by hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005...A recent CNN investigative story exposed that those materials never made it to storm victims.
CNN (Cable News Network) Jul 11, 2008 McCain’s Eligibility Is Disputed by Professor
QUOTE: In the most detailed examination yet of Senator John McCain’s eligibility to be president, a law professor at the University of Arizona has concluded that neither Mr. McCain’s birth in 1936 in the Panama Canal Zone nor the fact that his parents were American citizens is enough to satisfy the constitutional requirement that the president must be a “natural-born citizen.”
New York Times Jun 24, 2008 What’s Obscene? Google Could Have an Answer
QUOTE: In the trial of a pornographic Web site operator, the defense plans to show that residents of Pensacola are more likely to use Google to search for terms like “orgy” than for “apple pie” or “watermelon.” The publicly accessible data is vague in that it does not specify how many people are searching for the terms, just their relative popularity over time. But the defense lawyer, Lawrence Walters, is arguing that the evidence is sufficient to demonstrate that interest in the sexual subjects exceeds that of more mainstream topics — and that by extension, the sexual material distributed by his client is not outside the norm.
New York Times Jun 12, 2008 Buyer beware: Understand what 'medical discount plan' means (The Tough Customer)
QUOTE: Medical discount plans are not insurance plans. A health insurer agrees, for a premium, to assume responsibility for a portion of your medical expenses. Medical discount plans, on the other hand, grant access to a network of providers who have agreed to give participants a discount on their services, but the plan itself assumes no liability. In their marketing, however, these plans use the buzzwords of insurance plans...
Hook May 26, 2008 Exemptions for Charities Face New Challenges
QUOTE: One issue is the growing confusion over what constitutes a charity at a time when nonprofit groups look more like businesses, charging fees and selling products and services to raise money, and state and local governments are under financial pressure because of lower tax revenues.
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