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If everyone in the Business, Economic and Political world would play by the rules and be ethical - what kind of world would we have?
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Why The Justice Department Won't Go After Amazon Even Though Paul Krugman Thinks It's Hurting America

Why The Justice Department Won't Go After Amazon Even Though Paul Krugman Thinks It's Hurting America | Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
Even if people are furious about the Hachette dealings.
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EU to Ban Fish from Sri Lanka

EU to Ban Fish from Sri Lanka | Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
The European Commission proposed a ban on imports of fish from Sri Lanka for not tackling illegal fishing properly and lifted a ban on fish imports from Belize following the reform of its vessel inspection practices.
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Florida politicians battle rhetoric as rising seas drive worries over climate change

Florida politicians battle rhetoric as rising seas drive worries over climate change | Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
With political offices at stake, nature becomes a foil for competing narratives with props such as water pumps and wooden “arks” to amplify the rhetoric.
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The War Nerd: Nobody could have predicted Islamic State's retreat from Kobane (except me)

The War Nerd: Nobody could have predicted Islamic State's retreat from Kobane (except me) | Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
KUWAIT CITY — A strange thing happened in Kobane, the Kurdish border town besieged by Islamic State: It didn’t fall. In fact, today the BBC reported that Islamic State, the supposedly invincible ji...
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Zephyr Teachout’s ‘Corruption in America’

Zephyr Teachout’s ‘Corruption in America’ | Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
Teachout gives us a long and savory chapter on the legal history of lobbying. Once upon a time, lobbying was regarded as obviously perfidious; in California it was a felony; and contracts to lobby were regarded as reprehensible by the Supreme Court. Here is a justice of that body in the year 1854, delivering the court’s decision in a case concerning lobbyists and lobbying contracts:

“The use of such means and such agents will have the effect to subject the state governments to the combined capital of wealthy corporations, and produce universal corruption, commencing with the representative and ending with the elector. Speculators in legislation, public and private, a compact corps of venal solicitors, vending their secret influences, will infest the capital of the Union and of every state, till corruption shall become the normal condition of the body politic, and it will be said of us as of Rome — omne Romae venale.”

Well, folks, it happened all right, just as predicted. State governments subject to wealthy corporations? Check. Speculators in legislation, infesting the capital? They call it K Street. And that fancy Latin remark about Rome? They do say that of us today. Just turn on your TV sometime and let the cynicism flow.

And all of it has happened, Teachout admonishes, because the founders’ understanding of corruption has been methodically taken apart by a Supreme Court that cynically pretends to worship the founders’ every word. “We could lose our democracy in the process,” Teachout warns, a bit of hyperbole that maybe it’s time to start taking seriously.

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Friday lay day – being ashamed of one’s nation | Bill Mitchell – billy blog

Friday lay day – being ashamed of one’s nation | Bill Mitchell – billy blog | Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it

"It is my Friday lay day blog – a recent institution designed to give me more time for other things. This week, an Australian author, Richard Flanagan, won the 2014 Man Booker literary award for the best book of the year. It was the first year the prize has been extended to all English language literature published in Britain. That is, it included American writers this time. Previously it was confined to that curiosity collection of nations called the Commonwealth, a residual from the British colonial days plus the Republic of Ireland. The book recounts his father’s experiences on the Burma railway during World War 2. The author has caused a stir back here after he told the press after receiving the award that he was, in fact, “ashamed to be Australian” because of the Australian government’s approach to climate change policy and coal. Our Prime Minister has said recently that “coal is good for humanity” and his Government has scrapped taxes on mining and carbon emissions, as a sop to its rich benefactors in those sectors."

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How Billionaire Oligarchs Are Becoming Their Own Political Parties

How Billionaire Oligarchs Are Becoming Their Own Political Parties | Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
Is the Florida governor’s race a campaign between a Democrat and a Republican or a battle between Tom Steyer and the Koch brothers?
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Subsidy Spotlight: Paying the Price of Tar Sands Expansion

Subsidy Spotlight: Paying the Price of Tar Sands Expansion | Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
This is a guest post by Anna Simonton, on assignment with Oil Change International.
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South Carolina Prosecutors Say Stand Your Ground Doesn’t Apply To Victims Of Domestic Violence

South Carolina Prosecutors Say Stand Your Ground Doesn’t Apply To Victims Of Domestic Violence | Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
“We believe that applying the statute so that its reach into our homes and personal relationships is inconsistent with (its) wording and intent.”
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Wait. So THAT’S what the bailouts were about?

Wait. So THAT’S what the bailouts were about? | Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
One of the reasons that no one went to jail for the elite control fraud that caused the financial crisis is because of t…
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Freedom vs. Stability: Are Dictators Worse than Anarchy? - SPIEGEL ONLINE

Freedom vs. Stability: Are Dictators Worse than Anarchy? - SPIEGEL ONLINE | Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
Although there is always reason to celebrate the toppling of an autocrat, the outcome of the Iraq war and the rise of Islamic State have demonstrated in horrific terms that the alternative can be even worse.
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Bitcoin Based Voting System Could Potentially End Oligarchy for Good

Bitcoin Based Voting System Could Potentially End Oligarchy for Good | Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
This system can be scaled from local government to national elections, as well as for companies, and is completely transparent.
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The Evaporation of Democracy

The Evaporation of Democracy | Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it

"Democracy is evaporating. In our globalized world, new forms of colonization are emerging, and popular control over decisions that affect people's freedom and well-being is becoming increasingly weaker. This can and must be stopped."


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An American Warden Visited A Norwegian Prison, And He Couldn't Believe What He Saw

An American Warden Visited A Norwegian Prison, And He Couldn't Believe What He Saw | Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
"This is prison utopia."
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The 5 Worst States For Women

The 5 Worst States For Women | Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
Based on recently released Census Bureau data, women made up almost half of the workforce last year. Yet, even working full-time and year-round, they were paid only 79 cents for every dollar men made. The wage gap varies considerably between states. ...
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Purchase of Election by Chevron Shows We Have 'Oligarchy, Not Democracy': Sanders

Purchase of Election by Chevron Shows We Have 'Oligarchy, Not Democracy': Sanders | Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
The Independent U.S. Senator from Vermont Bernie Sanders was in the city of Richmond, California on Thursday and said local elections in the city have become prime examples of how U.S. politics, at all levels, have become corrupted by the unlimited amount of money wealthy corporations and individuals can spend on campaigns.
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Pee in This Cup, Doc: Random Drug Tests Should Be Standard for Physicians

Pee in This Cup, Doc: Random Drug Tests Should Be Standard for Physicians | Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
Enough physicians have substance abuse problems to make random drug testing a needed part of medical practice
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For $20 Million, a Coal Utility Bought an Ohio Town and a Clear Conscience

For $20 Million, a Coal Utility Bought an Ohio Town and a Clear Conscience | Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
Today, all that remains in Cheshire are two power plants and the few people who refused to leave.
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Republicans Pave Way to All-White Future

Republicans Pave Way to All-White Future | Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
Even Senator John McCain has surrendered. A steadfast supporter of immigration reform with a pathway to citizenship, McCain essentially acknowledged yesterday
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Women from ethnic minorities ignored by domestic violence strategy

Women from ethnic minorities ignored by domestic violence strategy | Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
Senate inquiry told government failed to consult Australia’s peak body for culturally and linguistically diverse women in the creation of its domestic violence plan
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"Elected White and Male American: See No Evil Hear no Evil"

"Elected  White and Male American: See No Evil Hear no Evil" | Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
White men in America now constitute a "veto-proof minority."

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Venkatesh Iyer (venkyiyer.com)'s curator insight, October 16, 2:48 AM

So what's new?

malek's comment, October 16, 6:24 AM
nothing new under the sun, thank you @Venkatesh
pdeppisch's comment, October 16, 11:52 AM
Yup - White Oligarchy alive and well!
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When Misguided Cops Turn The War On Weed Into A War On Growing Things

When Misguided Cops Turn The War On Weed Into A War On Growing Things | Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
If law enforcement officials around the country are going to continue cracking down on marijuana grow operations, especially in heavily armed, unannounced raids, maybe they should consider hiring a botanist or two.

Earlier this month, Dwayne Perry...
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