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Date Fairness.com Resource Read it at: May 31, 2016 Don’t blame smugglers for migrants’ deaths on the Mediterranean–the blood is on Europe’s hands
QUOTE: refugees and migrants from sub-Saharan countries, Maghreb and the Middle East are only dying in the Mediterranean because we have given them no alternative. Politicians call for smugglers to receive harsh punishments when its regulations are what keeps them in business—it’s unacceptable hypocrisy....Migration, not just asylum, is a human right. So far we’ve done a decent job of granting this right to the world’s rich, who also happen, with few exceptions, to be white. But for everyone else, this right does not seem to exist.
Quartz Dec 06, 2014 Yahoo Angers Photographers By Selling Their Work
QUOTE: some of the photographers made their photos available under Creative Commons under the impression that they'd be used in articles or by other sources rather than Yahoo itself turning them into a source of revenue, much less one that leaves out the content creators.
WebProNews Dec 05, 2014 The Police in America Are Becoming Illegitimate: The crooked math that's going to crash American law enforcement if policies aren't changed
QUOTE: Law-enforcement resources are now distributed so unevenly, and justice is being administered with such brazen inconsistency, that people everywhere are going to start questioning the basic political authority of law enforcement. And they're mostly going to be right to do it, and when they do, it's going to create problems that will make the post-Ferguson unrest seem minor. The Garner case was a perfect symbol of everything that's wrong with the proactive police tactics that are now baseline policy in most inner cities.
Rolling Stone Dec 05, 2014 A Liability Risk for Airbnb Hosts
QUOTE: And now comes Airbnb with its free $1 million liability coverage that will cover the hosts for its tens of thousands of United States listings. How can it afford to provide this for nothing, to everybody? Well, it is “secondary” coverage, which means that it, too, wants hosts to push any claims for guests’ injuries and deaths through hosts’ own insurance companies first. So how might that work in practice, or would it at all? ...One thing came through loud and clear from the handful of companies that did not dodge my inquiries entirely: Most homeowner’s and renter’s insurance policies do not cover regular commercial activity in the home.
International New York Times Nov 30, 2014 Justice Is Swift as Petty Crimes Clog Courts: Cases Adjudicated in Minutes or Less, Often Without Lawyers
QUOTE: Years of aggressive policing tactics and tough-on-crime legislation have flooded the American court system with misdemeanor cases—relatively small-time crimes such as public drunkenness, loitering or petty theft. The state courts that handle such charges often resemble assembly lines where time is in short supply, according to judges and lawyers who work in the courts. Many poor defendants, despite their right to court-appointed legal counsel, don’t get lawyers, and those who do often receive scant help in the rush to resolve cases.
Wall Street Journal, The (WSJ) Aug 14, 2014 Founder Of One Laptop Per Child: Maybe Net Neutrality Isn’t Such A Good Idea After All
QUOTE: What we need, then, is some kind of middle ground, Negroponte suggests — but he also doesn’t quite suggest where that might be. Instead, he likens available bandwidth to a limited natural physical resource. If it’s immoral to use up all of the air, or water, or oil on frivolous things, is it perhaps also immoral to use up the internet?
Consumerist May 27, 2014 Will ‘Evidence’ Show Google Stole Money From Publishers?
QUOTE: There are a lot of claims by AdSense publishers who say Google has not paid them what they’re owed. Recently, a person claiming to be an ex-Google employee described (at length) a plot by the company to keep from having to pay publishers, and shutting down their accounts ahead of payment dates. Since then, a lot of people have said this happened to them, and a class action suit has been launched against the company.
WebProNews May 15, 2014 What preschoolers can teach Silicon Valley about “sharing”
QUOTE: At its most benign, calling things “sharing” that are actually no different from traditional commerce is just empty marketing....more perniciously, this semantic sleight of hand has been used to justify tax evasion and other kinds of law-skirting. Of course you shouldn’t have to pay hotel taxes if you’re just “sharing” your home!
Washington Post Mar 06, 2014 Pitfalls Seen in a Turn to Privately Run Long-Term Care
QUOTE: a closer look at Tennessee, widely cited as a model, reveals hidden pitfalls as the system of caring for the frail comes under the twin pressures of cost containment and profit motive. In many cases, care was denied after needs grew costlier — including care that people would have received under the old system. “The notion of prevention saving money in the long run only works if you actually provide care in the long run,”
New York Times Dec 17, 2013 Accidental Tax Break Saves Wealthiest Americans $100 Billion
QUOTE: The popularity of the shelter, known as the Walton grantor retained annuity trust, or GRAT, shows how easy it is for the wealthy to bypass estate and gift taxes. Even Covey says the practice, which involves rapidly churning assets into and out of trusts, makes a mockery of the tax code.
Bloomberg News Dec 02, 2013 As Hospital Prices Soar, a Stitch Tops $500
QUOTE: A day spent as an inpatient at an American hospital costs on average more than $4,000, five times the charge in many other developed countries...Rising costs of drugs, medical equipment and other services, and fees from layers of middlemen, play a significant role in escalating hospital bills, of course. But just as important is that mergers and consolidation have resulted in a couple of hospital chains — like Partners in Boston, or Banner in Phoenix — dominating many parts of the country...
New York Times Nov 16, 2013 Growing Clamor About Inequities of Climate Crisis
QUOTE: From the time a scientific consensus emerged that human activity was changing the climate, it has been understood that the nations that contributed least to the problem would be hurt the most. Now, even as the possible consequences of climate change have surged — from the typhoons that have raked the Philippines and India this year to the droughts in Africa, to rising sea levels that threaten to submerge entire island nations — no consensus has emerged over how to rectify what many call “climate injustice.”
New York Times Sep 03, 2013 Leaving a Tip: A Custom in Need of Changing?
QUOTE: I could go on against tipping, but let’s leave it at this: it is irrational, outdated, ineffective, confusing, prone to abuse and sometimes discriminatory. The people who take care of us in restaurants deserve a better system, and so do we.
New York Times Jul 30, 2013 Elite Colleges Differ on How They Aid Poor
QUOTE: With affirmative action under attack and economic mobility feared to be stagnating, top colleges profess a growing commitment to recruiting poor students. But a comparison of low-income enrollment shows wide disparities among the most competitive private colleges. A student at Vassar, for example, is three times as likely to receive a need-based Pell Grant as one at Washington University in St. Louis.
New York Times Jul 27, 2013 Obama Says Income Gap Is Fraying U.S. Social Fabric
QUOTE: [Obama] was worried that years of widening income inequality and the lingering effects of the financial crisis had frayed the country’s social fabric and undermined Americans’ belief in opportunity. Upward mobility... “was part and parcel of who we were as Americans." “And that’s what’s been eroding over the last 20, 30 years, well before the financial crisis..."
New York Times Jun 23, 2013 Anger mounts after Facebook's 'shadow profiles' leak in bug
QUOTE: Facebook said Friday it fixed a bug that exposed contact info for over six million accounts. The admission revealed its 'shadow profile' data collection activities, and users are furious.
ZDnet May 28, 2013 WHO calls Middle Eastern virus, MERS, ‘threat to the entire world’ as death toll rises: The SARS-like virus has so far killed 24 people, more than half of those diagnosed.
QUOTE: ...the WHO says that more than half of the people who have been diagnosed with MERS have died. The organization said that 24 of 44 confirmed MERS cases have ended in death. In a move that might complicate finding a vaccine, Dutch scientists have taken the unusual step of patenting the killer virus.
New York Daily News Nov 30, 2012 Spurs Coach Puts His Team First, Much to Commissioner’s Chagrin
QUOTE: In fining the Spurs $250,000 Friday, Stern insisted that Popovich had disrespected the game and its fans by resting his best players while fielding a short-handed squad....Playing a fourth game in five nights, he did what he has done before: sent home his three veteran stars — Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker — and added Danny Green, a starting guard, for good measure.
New York Times Nov 30, 2012 Aid Changes Raise Issue of Diversity at Colleges
QUOTE: a number of prestigious smaller colleges are straining to meet students’ financial needs. To bridge the gap, some colleges have begun revising their financial aid formulas, raising concerns about how campus diversity — both economic and racial — might be affected.
New York Times Nov 13, 2012 Unequal or Unfair: Which Is Worse? Inequality is a symptom; unfairness is the disease.
QUOTE: Fairness—or lack of it—is central to human relationships at every level, from a marriage between two people to disputes involving war and peace among the nations of the world. I believe fairness is what we need to focus on, not inequality—though I readily acknowledge that high inequality in wealth and income is corrosive to society.
Psychology Today Sep 05, 2012 We must be open about our mistakes: Greater transparency about the scientific process and a closer focus on correcting defective data are the way forward
QUOTE: The scientific community must be diligent in highlighting abuses, develop greater transparency and accessibility for its work, police research more effectively and exemplify laudable behaviour. This includes encouraging more open debate about misconduct and malpractice, exposing our dirty laundry and welcoming external examination....Peer pressure is a powerful tool — but only if peers are aware of infractions and bad practice.
Nature Aug 31, 2012 The Evolution of Fairness
QUOTE: A multimedia investigation asks: Can examining how inequality began in a hunter-gatherer society teach us how to fairly share the costs and consequences of how we use diminishing natural resources?
Pacific Standard Aug 23, 2012 Is Private School Not Expensive Enough?
QUOTE: To the extent that any family with the wherewithal is paying less than the full cost of the product it is buying through combined tuition payments and donations, that family is effectively being subsidized by other current and past donors. Not only is this ethically unsupportable, but ultimately, it is also financially unworkable.
New York Times Jul 21, 2012 £13tn: hoard hidden from taxman by global elite • Study estimates staggering size of offshore economy • Private banks help wealthiest to move cash into havens
QUOTE: "The problem here is that the assets of these countries are held by a small number of wealthy individuals while the debts are shouldered by the ordinary people of these countries through their governments," the report says
Guardian Unlimited Jun 01, 2012 Publishing’s Virtue: On the whole, book publishers are a decent lot.
QUOTE: without quality, price, convenience, or the threat of punishment, how can publishers convince people to do the right thing and buy? Basically, with an appeal to decency: you should buy our goods because it’s the right thing to do....Even publishers owned by giant corporations deal with their writers on industry-standard terms that really do see to it that the money a customer hands over for a product finds its way into the creator’s bank account.
Publishers Weekly May 23, 2012 Law of the Sea Treaty Is Found on Capitol Hill, Again
QUOTE: Thirty years after it was signed in Montego Bay, Jamaica, the United Nations treaty that governs the world’s oceans is undergoing one of its periodic resurrections in Congress... The Senate has never ratified the treaty...its opponents — a handful of conservative Republicans who view it as an infringement on American sovereignty...
New York Times May 17, 2012 Eduardo Saverin's tax-free global citizenship: Must we tolerate this new global elite of the super-rich and mega-corporations dodging tax obligations in any one country?
QUOTE: It's pointless to suggest to the Apples and Severins of our world that they would never have achieved such heights of prosperity had it not been for, among many other things, America's economic and legal systems (among other benefits they've enjoyed)... But why should the Apples and Severins care, when as "global citizens", they can work the system and get more of what they want?
Guardian Unlimited Apr 17, 2012 How to Pay No Taxes: 10 Strategies Used by the Rich
QUOTE: For those who can afford a shrewd accountant or attorney, our era is rife with opportunities to avoid—or at least defer—tax bills, according to tax specialists and public records. It’s limited only by the boundaries of taste, creativity, and the ability to understand some very complex shelters.
BusinessWeek Mar 15, 2012 A Meter So Expensive, It Creates Parking Spots
QUOTE: ...San Francisco is trying to shorten the hunt with an ambitious experiment that aims to make sure that there is always at least one empty parking spot available on every block that has meters. The program, which uses new technology and the law of supply and demand, raises the price of parking on the city’s most crowded blocks and lowers it on its emptiest blocks....acknowledged that the program was “complicated on the social equity level.”
New York Times Mar 13, 2012 Rage grows over mortgage deal
QUOTE: As more details emerge about the massive $26 billion foreclosure settlement between the five biggest mortgage lenders and the states' attorneys general, a growing number of borrowers are realizing that the deal will do little, if anything, to help them out.
CNN (Cable News Network) Mar 11, 2012 New law stops injustice of paying alimony forever
QUOTE: ...I didn't know it was common for ex-wives to go back to court when a former spouse got married and get an increase in alimony if the new wife added income to the marriage. I also discovered that the lower-earning spouse needed to be supported to the standard of the lifestyle of the marriage -- and that judges could not put an end date to alimony, even for short-term marriages.
CNN (Cable News Network) Mar 09, 2012 New alimony law is bad for women
QUOTE: First the (oversimplified) basics: The new law decides whether alimony will be granted, if at all, based not on a wide variety of criteria -- such as the value of the nonworking spouse's contributions to the marriage -- but on how many years the couple stayed married and how much money the working spouse made during the marriage.
CNN (Cable News Network) Dec 17, 2011 Political turmoil flares in Iraq as U.S. pulls out
QUOTE: Iraqiya accuses al-Maliki of trying to consolidate his own power rather than share it....[al-Mutlaq] said al-Maliki has flouted the power-sharing deal's provisions by refusing to name permanent ministers to lead the defense and interior ministries, which concentrates control over the military and police in the prime minister's hands.
CNN (Cable News Network) Nov 29, 2011 Why we get mad at our husbands
QUOTE: We love our husbands -- but we're mad that we spend more mental energy on the details of parenting. We're mad that having children has turned our lives upside down much more than theirs. We're mad that these guys, who can manage businesses or keep track of thousands of pieces of sports trivia, can be clueless when it comes to what our kids are eating and what supplies they need for school. And more than anything else, we're mad that they get more time to themselves than we do.
CNN (Cable News Network) Nov 26, 2011 $5.3B goes to students who government says don't need it
QUOTE: Elite universities such as Harvard, Yale and Stanford give aid to families earning as much as $200,000, which less-selective schools say puts pressure on them to also offer grants to higher-income families. Education experts say such subsidies mean less help for lower- and middle-income students, who fall deeper into debt to pay tuition.
USA TODAY Oct 26, 2011 Europe Agrees to Basics of Plan to Resolve Euro Crisis
QUOTE: European leaders, in a significant step toward resolving the euro zone financial crisis, early Thursday morning obtained an agreement from banks to take a 50 percent loss on the face value of their Greek debt.
New York Times Oct 09, 2011 Kids May Develop a Sense of Fairness Earlier Than Thought: Toddlers who are quick to share toys act surprised when food isn't divided equally, study finds
QUOTE: Researchers from the University of Washington found that 15-month-old babies could tell the difference between equal and unequal portions of food. This perception, the study authors noted, affected the babies' willingness to share.
HealthDay Sep 03, 2011 O.K., Downloaders, Let’s Try This Song Again
QUOTE: Qtrax’s ambitions may seem quixotic, but it does offer something distinct in the current market: free and legal music downloa
New York Times Aug 08, 2011 Facebook’s Privacy Issues Are Even Deeper Than We Knew
QUOTE: privacy issues go beyond what the social networking giants themselves do. Now the question includes what they’ve enabled others to do. The research also neuters the conventional retort, “you can opt out,” because the results are based on public information.
Forbes 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 11, 2011 Polygamist, Under Scrutiny in Utah, Plans Suit to Challenge Law
QUOTE: The lawsuit is not demanding that states recognize polygamous marriage. Instead...will ask the federal courts to tell states that they cannot punish polygamists for their own “intimate conduct” so long as they are not breaking other laws, like those regarding child abuse, incest or seeking multiple marriage licenses.
New York Times Jul 06, 2011 We Knew They Got Raises. But This?
QUOTE: examination of executive pay in 2010...the median pay for top executives at 200 big companies last year was $10.8 million. That works out to a 23 percent gain from 2009.
New York Times Jul 06, 2011 Settlement Is Reached in Suit Over Katrina Grants
QUOTE: Federal officials announced on Wednesday that they had reached a settlement with a group of homeowners who sued the federal government and the State of Louisiana alleging discrimination in the state’s Road Home program, which distributed grants to those whose houses were destroyed in Hurricane Katrina and the subsequent flooding.
New York Times Jul 02, 2011 Surrounded by Opinion, the Times Raises Its Voices
QUOTE: Sunday Review, by contrast, is produced by the editorial department, with opinion material now dominant. The news department contributes, edits its own articles and collaborates as the junior partner. With their work mixed for the first time, the editorial and news departments must now work together every week. It’s a major change in a culture that has taken pains to keep the two immaculately separate.
New York Times Jun 30, 2011 Two Rulings Find Cuts in Public Pensions Permissible
QUOTE: Judges in Colorado and Minnesota have dismissed court challenges by retired public workers whose pensions had been cut — developments that may embolden other states and cities to use pension reductions as a tool to help balance their budgets.
New York Times Jun 27, 2011 Justices Strike Down Arizona Campaign Finance Law
QUOTE: the Supreme Court on Monday struck down an Arizona law that provided escalating matching funds to candidates who accept public financing...The majority said the law violated the First Amendment rights of candidates who raise private money.
New York Times Jun 19, 2011 Some of Va.’s ‘Brown v. Board’ college grants go to whites
QUOTE: Half a century after many Virginia public schools shut their doors rather than accept black students, the state is offering college scholarships to compensate those whose education suffered in the era of “massive resistance” to desegregation. Among the recipients: white students.
Washington Post Jun 10, 2011 Revealing Hidden Costs of Your 401(k) (Your Money)
QUOTE: the costs are embedded in the expenses of many of the mutual funds you pick. In a practice known as revenue sharing, fund companies refund some of the expenses to the service provider running your plan to pay for its administrative costs....people with higher balances and higher expense ratios on their investments end up subsidizing their fellow workers.
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.
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