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Corporate Personhood
Hold on folks, we’re about to enter The Corporate Zone – that bizzaro world where upholding the law and common sense go to die. Thanks to the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Citizens United, corporations are not only people entitled to as much free speech as money can buy, but may soon be able to claim that their religious beliefs can determine what...
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March 30, 2014
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Confession: I once cheated, big time, on a college Astronomy test, but I had several good reasons. 1. The text was over-the-top incomprehensible. 2. The teacher was over-the-top boring. 3. The class was held at 7:00 in the morning! (Mornings are notmy best time.) Fortunately, I had a friend who was “over-the-top” crazy about astronomy. So,  » Read more about: Cheating  »...
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March 28, 2014
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Who Really Controls Your Information? – Part 2
When it comes to privacy and your personal information, the NSA is not the organization we need to worry about the most, data brokers are. As I discussed on Monday, data brokers are busy compiling detailed profiles not only of your likes and dislikes, but considerably more personal information than the NSA, including but not limited to, any diseases you...
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March 26, 2014
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Who Really Controls Your Information?
Think the National Security Agency (NSA) is the greatest threat to American’s privacy? Think again. The number of data brokers – companies that collect, categorize and sell information about each of us – is mindboggling. The following story by CBS News 60 Minutes (Mar. 9) got my attention when I noticed that two of the sample sites they were browsing – The...
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March 24, 2014
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The Ethical Take
The Dow Jones on compliance and ethics; BP on doing the right thing; and an action-oriented entrepreneur top the list this month. Who says nobody’s interested in Ethics? – A full-page ad in The Wall Street Journal publicized The Global Compliance Symposium to be held next month in Washington, D.C. Organized by Dow Jones, the purpose of the two-day conference is to...
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March 21, 2014
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Justice Realized
Malaysia Flight 370 has been lost for 12 days and the story continues to drive much of the news cycle. Then there are stories that take decades to resolve. In the case of 24 recipients of the Medal of Honor, some have taken 60 years. Yesterday, President Obama corrected an oversight due to discrimination. The 24 recipients of the Medal...
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March 19, 2014
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There’s a strange thing about real life stories that make them more compelling than fiction. The random chances of life intrude in such a way that we are left to make sense out of a cloud of unanswerable questions. Such has been the case with Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. In 10 days we have gone from initial reports of massive...
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March 17, 2014
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Good News out of Washington, for a change
Last year, NBC News reported that America’s teenagers scoredbelow the international average in math, and only average in science based on a report from a 2012 Program for International Student Assessment. Fortunately, 1,700 science students from around the country did not have time to pay much attention to the study. Each year since 1998, Intel, the computer chip corporation sponsors the Intel Science...
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March 14, 2014
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What Will it Take?
Three stories appearing in last Friday’s (Mar. 7) New York Times grabbed my attention. “An Army judge on Thursday accepted guilty pleas from Brig. Gen. Jeffrey A. Sinclair to misconduct charges, including possession of pornography and inappropriate relationships with female soldiers. But the general, a former deputy commander of American forces in southern Afghanistan, still faces court-martial on charges that...
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March 12, 2014
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Who are the Koch Brothers? – Part 2
On January 5 of this year, The Washington Post wrote that “The political network spearheaded by conservative billionaires Charles and David Koch has expanded into a far-reaching operation of unrivaled complexity, built around a maze of groups that cloaks its donors, according to an analysis of new tax returns and other documents.” So complex and far-reaching are the Koch’s political activities that Wikipedia devotes...
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March 10, 2014