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Date Fairness.com Resource Read it at: Nov 26, 2012 Facebook will ask you to vote against your right to vote
QUOTE: Facebook will hold a vote, possibly later this week, in which it will ask users to abolish their right to vote on changes to the social network's privacy policies....Facebook argues it has outgrown the voting and commenting system that currently exists on the site. (One BuzzFeed writer notes that China might argue the same thing with regard to democracy.)
CNN (Cable News Network) Mar 14, 2012 Why I Am Leaving Goldman Sachs
QUOTE: the interests of the client continue to be sidelined in the way the firm operates and thinks about making money. Goldman Sachs is one of the world’s largest and most important investment banks and it is too integral to global finance to continue to act this way. The firm has veered so far from the place I joined right out of college that I can no longer in good conscience say that I identify with what it stands for.
New York Times Nov 09, 2011 What Occupy Wall Street got right: The problem isn't that Wall Street broke the rules to their own benefit, it's that the rules themselves are unhelpful.
QUOTE: Business leaders, the famous 1%, need to resist the urge to dismiss the whole [Occupy Wall Street] movement based on the scattershot and at times ill-conceived nature of the arguments on the placards. Our task is instead to parse the protest, understand the nature of the legitimate complaints that underpin the movement and to attempt to create smart remedies to those complaints.
CNN (Cable News Network) Jul 07, 2011 Murdoch paper suffers new blow in hacking scandal
QUOTE: the latest blow to the British Sunday tabloid [News of the World--Ed.] that has been accused of illegally eavesdropping on the messages of murder and terror victims, celebrities and politicians. Prime Minister David Cameron Wednesday backed calls for an independent inquiry into the scandal
CNN (Cable News Network) Jun 24, 2011 LulzSec Hackers Make Enemies Online
QUOTE: After six weeks of attacks — and hundreds of sarcastic Twitter posts — a number of people, offended by the exposure of innocent Internet users’ personal information and irritated by the bravado, are working to stop LulzSec by investigating and revealing its members’ identities to the world, and especially to the F.B.I.
New York Times Apr 24, 2011 Supreme Court confronts whether Nev. conflict-of-interest law violates free speech
QUOTE: And the justices themselves are under increasing scrutiny from the left and right about whether their activities outside the courtroom cast doubt on their neutrality inside it… The Nevada Supreme Court elevated the matter when it agreed with Carrigan that restricting his ability to vote on council business violated his First Amendment right of free political speech.
Washington Post 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 Oct 12, 2010 The Internet and the death of ethics (Workers' Edge)
QUOTE: The fight for an ethical Internet may be a lost cause, if only because people's moral compasses appear to be irreparably damaged....I'm starting to think there are no ethics in business--my own experience does not refute this assertion. It could be that the lack of negative consequences for immoral, unethical behavior is perceived as tacit approval of such activities.
CNET May 25, 2010 BP’s Ties to Agency Are Long and Complex
QUOTE: The relationships among Dr. Chu, Dr. Koonin and BP illustrate the complexity of the ties between the company and the government now playing out along the Gulf Coast as they struggle to cope with one of the nation’s worst environmental disasters. Just as the Pentagon and military contractors develop symbiotic business, technical and political interdependencies, the government in this case needs BP’s offshore drilling technology and well-control equipment; the company needs the government’s logistical and scientific expertise, including that of Dr. Chu, a Nobel Prize-winning scientist.
New York Times May 19, 2010 An Old Chip Cartel Case Is Brought to a Swift End
QUOTE: The European Union fined a group of computer chip makers 331.3 million euros ($409 million) on Wednesday for price fixing in the first use of a new procedure that allows settlement of cartel cases in Europe.
New York Times Apr 09, 2010 Wiseguys face the music for trying to play it smart in online ticketing
QUOTE: Federal investigators charge that a ring of hackers working for Wiseguy Tickets Inc. cracked security measures at Ticketmaster and other major vendors. They gained control of 1.5 million tickets to popular and coveted concerts and sporting events nationwide between 2002 and 2009. Operating mainly out of Los Angeles and San Francisco, the Wiseguys earned $25 million, as prosecutors tally it, selling premium seats at inflated prices to brokers who resold them at even higher markups to the public.
Washington Post Apr 03, 2010 Critics Say Firm Weakens Safety Net as It Fights Jobless Claims
QUOTE: Talx Corporation, has come to dominate a thriving industry: helping employers process — and fight — unemployment claims....critics say the company has undermined a crucial safety net. Officials in a number of states have called Talx a chronic source of error and delay. Advocates for the unemployed say the company seeks to keep jobless workers from collecting benefits.
New York Times Oct 04, 2009 Discrimination by Insurers Likely Even With Reform, Experts Say: Economic Pressure Could Give Rise to New Biases Against Prior Conditions
QUOTE: simply banning medical discrimination [in health insurance] would not necessarily remove it from the equation, economists and health-care analysts say.
Washington Post Sep 26, 2009 Smuggling Europe’s Waste to Poorer Countries
QUOTE: Because of Europe’s new environmental laws, it is four times as expensive to incinerate trash in the Netherlands as to put it — illegally — on a boat to China.
New York Times Sep 24, 2009 F.D.A. Reveals It Fell to a Push by Lawmakers
QUOTE: The Food and Drug Administration said Thursday that four New Jersey congressmen and its own former commissioner unduly influenced the process that led to its decision last year to approve a patch for injured knees, an approval it is now revisiting.
New York Times Sep 24, 2009 Schumpeter: The pedagogy of the privileged
QUOTE: This has been a year of sackcloth and ashes for the world’s business schools. Critics have accused them of churning out jargon-spewing economic vandals. Many professors have accepted at least some of the blame for the global catastrophe.
Economist Sep 14, 2009 Threat Level Privacy, Crime and Security Online Antitrust Concerns Swirl Around Sale of Diebold Voting Machines
QUOTE: Sen. Charles Schumer asked the Justice Department’s antitrust division on Monday to investigate the recent sale of Diebold’s voting machines division to a competitor, saying the deal raises anti-competitiveness concerns and has “adverse implications on how our country votes.”
Wired Sep 12, 2009 Clean Water Laws Are Neglected, at a Cost in Suffering (Toxic Waters)
QUOTE: in recent years, violations of the Clean Water Act have risen steadily across the nation...
New York Times Sep 05, 2009 New Exotic Investments Emerging on Wall Street
QUOTE: some are dismayed by Wall Street’s quick return to its old ways, chasing profits with complicated new product
New York Times Sep 05, 2009 In Toys and More, Are Chemicals Safe or Harmful? New law tightens use of phthalates, but industry says hazard isn't proven
QUOTE: Over the past few years, researchers have uncovered multiple health hazards, either in animal or human studies, linked to phthalates [chemical that is in many consumer products].
HealthDay Sep 04, 2009 Working Without Laws
QUOTE: For the past thirty years, the gospel of lean and mean has reordered the world of work, setting off a race to the bottom in which employers circumvent and evade standards that once seemed inviolate. That race has now taken us to a logical low point: many employers are ignoring workplace laws altogether.
Nation Sep 04, 2009 Privacy Group Asks to Join Google Book Lawsuit As Deadline Approaches (Epicenter)
Wired Sep 02, 2009 The Fix Is In: The hidden public-private cartel that sets health care prices.
QUOTE: Fundamentally, the entire payment model of American health care drives medical centers, doctors, and hospital managers to push for more fancy procedures at the expense of primary care doctors.
Slate Aug 31, 2009 A Few Good Kids? How the No Child Left Behind Act allowed military recruiters to collect info on millions of unsuspecting teens.
QUOTE: In the past few years, the military has mounted a virtual invasion into the lives of young Americans. Using data mining, stealth websites, career tests, and sophisticated marketing software, the Pentagon is harvesting and analyzing information on everything from high school students' GPAs and SAT scores to which video games they play.
Mother Jones Aug 31, 2009 Keeping genes out of terrorists' hands: Gene-synthesis industry at odds over how to screen DNA orders.
QUOTE: A standards war is brewing in the gene-synthesis industry. At stake is the way that the industry screens orders for hazardous toxins and genes
Nature Aug 30, 2009 In Oil-Rich Niger Delta, the Sun Never Sets: Smokestacks Still Shooting Out Gas Flares
QUOTE: As many as 100 flares burn at petroleum companies' outposts across the oil-rich [Niger] delta, belching harmful greenhouse gases and, human rights activists say, sickening residents [of Nigeria].
Washington Post Aug 24, 2009 Research Trove: Patients’ Online Data
QUOTE: Several private companies are now collecting patient data and genetic information online to use in recruiting patients for clinical trials, conducting research internally or to sell to drug and biotechnology companies.
New York Times Aug 21, 2009 The Deadly Cost of Swooping In to Save a Life (Fatal Flights A Perilous Rush to Profit
QUOTE: Yet as crashes and deaths have mounted [in medical helicopter accidents], top executives at the Federal Aviation Administration and its parent agency, the U.S. Transportation Department, have acted as partners with the industry, issuing reams of voluntary safety advisories with little follow-up. The FAA has sent poorly trained inspectors to monitor operators and used fines and penalties as only a last resort.
Washington Post Aug 20, 2009 The unkindest cuts: Economics focus
QUOTE: Monopoly explanations now compete with theories that see the same behaviour [Discounting] as helpful to consumers. That has made it harder to sort malign from benign business practices.
Economist Aug 20, 2009 Microsoft tried to patent studying evolution
QUOTE: it was recently discovered that, two years ago, Microsoft filed a patent for clustering phylogenetics methods, which have existed for years, and are currently in use by just about anyone who does evolutionary biology.
Ars Technica Aug 19, 2009 Obama endangering developing countries' access to affordable drugs, activists charge
QUOTE: [activists] say the problem may lie in the administration's reluctance to confront the giant pharmaceutical companies at a time when the companies are crucial allies in President Obama's struggle to revamp the U.S. healthcare system.
Aug 19, 2009 UBS deal cracks door on banking secrecy worldwide (Rebuilding the Economy)
QUOTE: The amount of global wealth stashed in tax-haven nations is staggering and largely uncontrolled, financial experts say.
Christian Science Monitor Aug 18, 2009 When Parents Scream Against Ice Cream
QUOTE: Across message boards and playgrounds, soccer fields and day camp exits, parents have been raging. In a greener, more health-conscious, unsafe world, the ice cream man has lost some of his mojo.
New York Times Aug 18, 2009 Court offers guidelines on when to unmask anonymous posters
QUOTE: when do accusations of wrongdoing justify the removal of anonymity from the sources of anonymous statements made via the Internet.
Ars Technica Aug 17, 2009 Tax Bills Put Pressure on Struggling Homeowners
QUOTE: in recent years struggling cities and counties have sold their delinquent tax bills to the highest bidder... But housing advocates say the private companies may be exacerbating the foreclosure crisis, pushing out homeowners faster than would governments, which are increasingly concerned about neighborhoods becoming wastelands of abandoned properties.
New York Times Aug 12, 2009 DynCorp Billed U.S. $50 Million Beyond Costs in Defense Contract
QUOTE: A Defense Department auditor testified Tuesday that DynCorp International billed the government $50 million more than the amount specified in a contract to provide dining facilities and living quarters for military personnel in Kuwait.
Washington Post Aug 12, 2009 Yale Press Bans Images of Muhammad in New Book
QUOTE: ...Yale University and Yale University Press consulted two dozen authorities, including diplomats and experts on Islam and counterterrorism, and the recommendation was unanimous: The book, “The Cartoons That Shook the World,” should not include the 12 Danish drawings [depicting Muhammad] that originally appeared in September 2005. What’s more, they suggested that the Yale press also refrain from publishing any other illustrations of the prophet that were to be included...
New York Times Aug 11, 2009 Firmly hooked: Is it good if bosses feel strongly for the firm? (Business.view)
QUOTE: GETTING bosses to act in the best interests of a company’s shareholders has long been one of capitalism’s trickiest problems...
Economist Aug 10, 2009 Off the clock? Hyperconnected workers sue employers
QUOTE: he line between work and play is growing increasingly muddy thanks to technology, and new lawsuits are popping up to push back on employers to shell out for the free labor.
Ars Technica Aug 09, 2009 French workers pull few punches in fight to keep jobs
QUOTE: As jobs are lost, and factories close because of the global financial crisis, French workers have resorted to threatening management with violence; forcefully holding their bosses on company grounds; blocking and burning property in factories; and, in one instance, ransacking police headquarters.
Los Angeles Times Aug 07, 2009 UPS Employees Say They Were Forced to Lobby Against FedEx
QUOTE: In an increasingly bitter Washington battle between the nation's two largest shipping companies, some unionized UPS workers say they are being forced to write letters to their lawmakers in support of more stringent labor rules for arch rival FedEx.
Washington Post Aug 05, 2009 Despite Bailouts, Business as Usual at Goldman
QUOTE: Goldman [Sachs] executives are dismissive, even defiant, when critics argue that the bank is playing a heads-we-win, tails-you-lose game with American taxpayers. And yet the questions keep coming.
New York Times Aug 05, 2009 Bank Balances Shift With Rule Changes: After One Tweak Improved the Books, Another Could Erase Gains and More
QUOTE: A controversial change in accounting rules earlier this year has allowed banks to claim billions of dollars in additional earnings simply by tweaking their bookkeeping, greatly enhancing the appearance that the industry is returning to health.
Washington Post Aug 05, 2009 Regulator Urges More Limits on Speculative Trading
QUOTE: The chairman of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission said on Wednesday that the agency wanted to impose new restrictions on so-called speculative traders, not to reduce price volatility but to prevent the energy markets from being dominated by a few huge investment funds.
New York Times Aug 05, 2009 L.A. lawyer accused of fraud in pesticide litigation (Column One)
QUOTE: Here[Nicaragua], [the chemical] DBCP is more than a pesticide. It is a political movement. The forces of poverty and corruption cloud the most basic facts surrounding the claims. The truth that can be established is one that [Judge Victoria] Chaney alluded to in her ruling: If Nicaraguans truly were injured by DBCP a generation ago, what has happened since makes identifying the victims nearly impossible.
Los Angeles Times Aug 04, 2009 New petition demands an end to Kindle DRM, faces long odds
QUOTE: It was that decision [by Amazon] to link the Kindle hardware and store with a new DRM scheme that led the Free Software Foundation (FSF) to add the Kindle to its "Defective by Design" anti-DRM campaign.
Ars Technica Jul 31, 2009 Voices From Above Silence a Cable TV Feud
QUOTE: The reconciliation — not acknowledged by the parties until now — showcased how a personal and commercial battle between two men [Keith Olbermann and Bill O’Reilly] could create real consequences for their parent corporations.
New York Times Jul 30, 2009 Report Outlines Big Bonuses at Rescued Banks
QUOTE: Compensation practices at the nation's largest banks have become "unmoored" from their financial performance, according to a report released Thursday by the New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo.
Washington Post Jul 30, 2009 Take Back the Beep Campaign (From the Desk of David Pogue)
QUOTE: Last week, in The Times and on my blog, I've been ranting about one particularly blatant money-grab by U.S. cellphone carriers: the mandatory 15-second voicemail instructions.
New York Times Jul 29, 2009 Details on presidential motorcades, safe house for First Family, leak via P2P: Lawmakers eye bill to ban P2P use on government, contractor networks
QUOTE: Tiversa is a Cranberry Township, Pa.-based provider of P2P monitoring services. In the past, it has served up dramatic examples of highly sensitive information found on file-sharing networks.
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