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Jul 12, 2016 How technology disrupted the truth

QUOTE: Social media has swallowed the news – threatening the funding of public-interest reporting and ushering in an era when everyone has their own facts. But the consequences go far beyond journalism....It seemed that journalists were no longer required to believe their own stories to be true, nor, apparently, did they need to provide evidence. Instead it was up to the reader – who does not even know the identity of the source – to make up their own mind. But based on what? Gut instinct, intuition, mood? Does the truth matter any more?

Guardian Unlimited
Mar 05, 2015 How Much Is Your Arm Worth? Depends On Where You Work

QUOTE: employers are now paying the lowest rates for workers’ comp than at any time since the 1970s. Nonetheless, dozens of legislatures have changed their workers’ comp laws, often citing the need to compete with neighboring states and be more attractive to business. The changes have forced injured workers’ families and taxpayers “to subsidize the vast majority of the lost income and medical care costs generated by these conditions”...

Jul 11, 2014 Civilian Deaths in Gaza: Is Israel killing indiscriminately? A closer look at the evidence and context.

QUOTE: let’s focus on the narrower question of how to minimize civilian deaths, now and in future conflicts. How bad is this war compared to others? Are Israel’s attacks indiscriminate?

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
Oct 25, 2011 Death of U.S. teenager in drone strike stokes debate

QUOTE: 'Proportionality' is at the heart of the 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)
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
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 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 11, 2010 Amazon Spying On Your Ebook Highlighting

QUOTE: ...Amazon will now remotely upload and store the user notes and highlights you take on your Kindle, which it then compiles into "popular highlights."

Aug 06, 2009 Tomgram: John Feffer, Their Martyrs and Our Heroes

QUOTE: Given the plethora of suicide missions in the Western tradition, it should be difficult to argue that the tactic is unique to Islam or to fundamentalists.

Nov 10, 2008 ‘Entitled’ students expect better grades for effort: study

QUOTE: Those are among the revelations in a newly published study examining students' sense of academic entitlement, or the mentality that enrolling in post-secondary education is akin to shopping in a store where the customer is always right.

National Post
Nov 09, 2008 For Amateur Swimmers, the Cost Of Success Doesn't Suit Everyone

QUOTE: The futuristic swimsuits worn last summer by nearly every competitor at the Beijing Olympics, most notably Michael Phelps, are generating an aquatic version of class warfare as college and high school swim seasons get underway...Many collegiate coaches and parents of promising young swimmers don't have the budgets for the suits. But they fear their kids will be hindered without them.

Washington Post
Oct 31, 2008 Growth hormones for kids: Normal boys and girls are taking growth hormones for being short. That’s a bad prescription.

QUOTE: There is an ethical dilemma to consider about GH and the entire lifestyle drug market. Once a lifestyle drug is readily available and widely consumed, it can lead to a shift in what society considers normal. If height can be enhanced by "plastic endocrinologists" for the right price, we're redefining normal, and leaving those who can't afford these services behind.

Apr 28, 2008 PETA and Euthanasia: Even among animal lovers, killing unwanted pets is a divisive issue (Animal Rights)

QUOTE: But what many animal lovers don't realize is that PETA itself may have put down some of those unwanted Dalmatians. The organization has practiced euthanasia for years.

Feb 25, 2008 What Was I Thinking? The latest reasoning about our irrational ways.

QUOTE: Though Tversky and Kahneman’s research [on how people deal with uncertainty] had no direct bearing on economics, its implications for the field were disruptive. Can you really regard people as rational calculators if their decisions are influenced by random numbers?

New Yorker
Jan 22, 2008 Padilla sentence: Does terror training merit life?

QUOTE: The case [against convicted Al-Qaeda recruit Jose Padilla] raises a potential landmark legal question...Can a suspected future terrorist receive the same harsh punishment meted out against actual terrorists who were personally involved in planning or carrying out genuine bombings, assassinations, and kidnappings?

Christian Science Monitor
Dec 01, 2007 Immigration Contractor Trims Wages

QUOTE: Workers who help process millions of visa and citizenship applications for a federal immigration agency are getting pay reductions just as the agency is facing an enormous surge in those applications.

New York Times
Nov 30, 2007 Kill the Cat That Kills the Bird?

QUOTE: For more than 20 years, the two sides have exchanged accusations and insults over the issue of cats killing birds...cats are either rhinestone-collared mass murderers or victims of a smear campaign waged by lowdown cat haters...Which was the higher ethical duty, to save the bird or leave the cat unharmed?

New York Times
Nov 20, 2007 As Somali Crisis Swells, Experts See a Void in Aid

QUOTE: Top United Nations officials who specialize in Somalia said the country had higher malnutrition rates, more current bloodshed and fewer aid workers than Darfur, which is often publicized as the world’s most pressing humanitarian crisis and has taken clear priority in terms of getting peacekeepers and aid money.

New York Times
Nov 05, 2007 Drawing a Line Between Enduring Harm and Legitimate Fear (Sidebar)

QUOTE: The board acknowledged, for instance, that women who have been subjected to forced sterilization are routinely granted asylum even though that procedure, like genital cutting, cannot be repeated. The board, which is part of the Justice Department, rejected the reasoning of a 2005 decision by the federal appeals court in California, which refused to deport a woman who had been subjected to genital cutting in Somalia.

New York Times
Sep 28, 2007 Chicago's finest under fire for brutality

QUOTE: Between 2002 and 2004, for example, more than 10,000 complaints -- many of them involving brutality and assault -- were filed against Chicago police officers. Yet only 18 of them resulted in any meaningful disciplinary action, according to Craig Futterman, a lawyer who uncovered these statistics while researching a client's claim.

CNN (Cable News Network)
Aug 30, 2007 To China's migrants: Stay west, young man: Rising wages on China's more prosperous eastern coast are pushing some factories inland where labor is cheap

QUOTE: Pushed by unsatisfactory wages and poor conditions on the coast and pulled by new job opportunities inland, millions of Chinese workers are turning their backs on the sweatshops that have symbolized China's manufacturing miracle for the past decade.

Christian Science Monitor
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
Dec 22, 2006 Nike's dilemma: Is doing the right thing wrong?: A child labor dispute could eliminate 4,000 Pakistani jobs.

QUOTE: A soul-searching debate is now coursing through [Pakistan]: Child labor is universally condemned, but is it fair for multinationals to cut and run when incidents arise of children working? Or do corporations have an obligation to work to fix these problems themselves?

Christian Science Monitor
Dec 21, 2006 Outsize Profits, and Questions, in Effort to Cut Warming Gases

QUOTE: Cleaning up this factory will require an incinerator that costs $5 million... Yet the foreign companies will pay roughly $500 million for the incinerator....With so much money flowing to a few particularly lucrative cleanup deals, the danger is that they will distract attention from the broader effort to curb global warming gases, and that the lure of quick profit will encourage short-term fixes at the expense of fundamental, long-run solutions...

New York Times
Oct 31, 2006 An Evolutionary Theory of Right and Wrong

QUOTE: Marc D. Hauser, a Harvard biologist, has built on this idea to propose that people are born with a moral grammar wired into their neural circuits by evolution. In a new book, Moral Minds (HarperCollins 2006), he argues that the grammar generates instant moral judgments which, in part because of the quick decisions that must be made in life-or-death situations, are inaccessible to the conscious mind.

New York Times
Oct 31, 2006 Supreme Court case: Are jury awards too high?: The High Court hears Tuesday a case where the widow of an Oregon smoker got $79.5 million.

QUOTE: The being closely watched to see whether a majority of justices are willing to issue strict guidelines to identify when a punitive damage award is unconstitutionally excessive.

Christian Science Monitor
Oct 17, 2006 Expunged Criminal Records Live to Tell Tales

QUOTE: In 41 states, people accused or convicted of crimes have the legal right to rewrite history. They can have their criminal records expunged, and in theory that means that all traces of their encounters with the justice system will disappear. But enormous commercial databases are fast undoing the societal bargain of expungement, one that used to give people who had committed minor crimes a clean slate and a fresh start.

New York Times
Sep 11, 2006 Wal-Mart cheers 'big box' wage veto

QUOTE: Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley on Monday vetoed a "living wage" ordinance that would force big-box retailers like Wal-Mart and Target to increase their hourly pay and other benefits.

CNN (Cable News Network)
Aug 27, 2006 In Israel, a Divisive Struggle Over Targeted Killing

QUOTE: In Israel, targeted killing has become a select weapon...."We face a tragic dilemma," said Maj. Gen. Amos Yadlin, chief of military intelligence. "A terrorist is going to enter a restaurant and blow up 20 people. But if we blow up his car, three innocent people in the car will die. How do we explain it to ourselves?"

Washington Post
Aug 20, 2006 Essay: The Post-8/10 World

QUOTE: Do civil liberties cling to our belief system only by custom...Well, it depends on what you mean by civil liberties. Blair argues, as did American conservatives in the wake of the Warren Court, that certain legal protections, particularly for accused criminals, are overly punctilious, and damaging to law enforcement.

New York Times
Dec 29, 2002 Portion Distortion -- You Don't Know the Half of It

QUOTE: It was probably inevitable that one day people would start suing McDonald's for making them fat....the restaurant industry and food packagers have clearly helped give many Americans the roly-poly shape they have today.

Washington Post
Oct 20, 2002 Mission Impossible

QUOTE: ''A Bed for the Night'' explores the dangers of engagement: the overreach, confusion, and sheer hubris that occur when organizations violate neutrality in the name of higher, and perhaps unachievable, ideals.

Boston Globe
Aug 20, 2002 Harvest the Whales

QUOTE: It's time to put sentiment aside. The "save the whales" campaign against all commercial whaling was necessary a few decades ago...

New York Times
Sep 12, 2001 The War with Jihadistan

QUOTE: ...a force that despises all notions save its own, and is prepared to kill and destroy for the sake of killing and destroying. In this sense, Jihadistan has far less to do with Islam than with nihilism.

Washington Times