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Is The Exodus of Wealth From Swiss Banks Accelerating? Hundreds of Billions of Francs to Exit Switzerland: Massive Flight-of-Capital Acknowledged

Is The Exodus of Wealth From Swiss Banks Accelerating? Hundreds of Billions of Francs to Exit Switzerland: Massive Flight-of-Capital Acknowledged | Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
Financial Privacy Wars
Swiss banks are now expecting withdrawals of hundreds of billions of Swiss francs according to the head of wealth management at UBS, Jürg Zeltner, as a result of steps to stop...
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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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The Swiss mediator you’ve never heard of - SWI swissinfo.ch

The Swiss mediator you’ve never heard of - SWI swissinfo.ch | Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
The media or courts are the usual resort of those affected by Swiss-based multinationals like Holcim that violate regulations abroad. But there is another option to bring Swiss companies to the negotiating table. 
Raj Kumar Sahu is a worried man. The skinny contract labourer from Jamul in the Indian state of Chhattisgarh wants answers from the Swiss cement giant Holcim (part of the LafargeHolcim group) that owns the cement plant he works for. A new cement plant is being built nearby and Sahu is unsure if he will have a job once it is ready.
 But he is not just worried for himself and his family. As vice president of the union Pragatisheel Cement Shramik Sangh (PCSS) he is also responsible for looking after the welfare of hundreds of contract labourers working at the cement plant.
 “We want to know what will happen to the 900 workers at the old plant once the new plant under construction is operational,” he told swissinfo.ch. “We also want to know how many workers will be employed at the new plant.”
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Monopolies on Medical Knowledge and Information are Unethical

Monopolies on Medical Knowledge and Information are Unethical | Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
Jonathan Bush predicts that healthcare organizations that try to defend their market position by locking down information won’t be able to keep pace with those

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The Rise of Big Oil in American Politics

The Rise of Big Oil in American Politics | Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
"How Big Oil Bought the White House and Tried to Steal the Country" is the subtitle of a book that tells the story of a presidential election in which a candidate allowed money from big oil companies to help him win office and then rewarded them with plum appointments in his cabinet.

With President-elect Donald Trump picking former Exxon CEO Rex Tillerson as secretary of state, one might think the book is an early exposé of the presidential election of 2016.

Instead, it's from The Teapot Dome Scandal, a book that tells the story of a corruption scandal that rocked the term of President Warren G. Harding's administration in the 1920s.
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Man spends last day alive at a Jobcentre being told he's 'fit to work'. He dies on the way home | The Canary

Man spends last day alive at a Jobcentre being told he's 'fit to work'. He dies on the way home | The Canary | Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
This is awful.

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Inside the wild, shadowy, and highly lucrative bail industry

Inside the wild, shadowy, and highly lucrative bail industry | Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
How $550 and a five-day class gets you the right to stalk, arrest, and shoot people.

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Monica S Mcfeeters's curator insight, January 18, 4:53 PM
This is about the influence of ALEC and it's members over our bonding system. 
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How airlines can fly around new carbon rules

How airlines can fly around new carbon rules | Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
he world’s airline industry adds to climate change. It burns the equivalent of more than 5m barrels of oil a day, adding up to around 2.5% of all carbon dioxide pollution, in addition to nitrogen oxides, soot and water vapour, which place an even bigger burden on the world’s climate.

Aircraft are gradually becoming more fuel efficient, but that’s not happening fast enough to keep up with the huge boom in flying – since the 1970s, global air traffic has doubled in size roughly every 15 years. Flying is still cheap and budget airlines make it even more attractive, partly thanks to an international agreement reached in 1944 that prohibits tax on aviation fuel for international flights.
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Why Be Good?

Why Be Good? | Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
Philosophers have long sought to formulate a theory that explains the purposes of commonsense moral rules and provides principles enabling us to resolve the frequent moral dilemmas we encounter. Thomas Hobbes wrote that familiar moral rules are not relative to one culture or another but are “articles of peace,” necessary to civilized social life. It is in everyone’s rational self-interest to obey these rules; the grim alternative is a “state of war.” Immanuel Kant said that we have an unconditional duty to obey morality regardless of our desires and self- interests. His second “categorical imperative” says that we ought never treat others “merely as means,” but always as “ends in themselves.” To do so, we should follow a general principle that we believe everyone should follow in circumstances like our own.
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Chicago police 'showed racial bias', report finds - BBC News

Chicago police 'showed racial bias', report finds - BBC News | Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
Chicago police showed racial bias and a "pattern" of excessive use of force, the US Justice Department has found.
A scathing report was released on Friday after a year-long probe into the police force found serious civil rights abuses.
The 2015 inquiry was launched after fallout over the release of dashcam video showing a white officer shooting black teenager Laquan McDonald.
The city agreed to enter negotiations on a consent decree to guide reform.
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pdeppisch's comment, January 15, 12:29 PM
Yes - Humans are apes and only function well in small tribes and anything else including other tribes of whatever colour or shape is the enemy!
malek's comment, January 16, 7:46 AM
back to basics
pdeppisch's comment, January 16, 11:09 AM
YUP!
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A New Renault Emissions Scandal?

A New Renault Emissions Scandal? | Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
Automotive News coverage of the European market, focusing on vehicle development, production, marketing and sales.

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PIRatE Lab's curator insight, January 13, 1:15 PM
Now it is Renault's turn
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Rex Tillerson is big oil personified. The damage he can do is immense | Bill McKibben

Rex Tillerson is big oil personified. The damage he can do is immense | Bill McKibben | Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
In one of the futile demonstrations that marked the run-up to the Iraq war, I saw a woman with a sign that read “How Did Our Oil End Up Under Their Sand?” In nine words she managed to sum up a great deal of American foreign policy, back at least as far as the 1953 coup that overthrew Mossadegh in Iran and helped toss the Middle East into its still-boiling cauldron.

If the Senate approves Rex Tillerson after his testimony on Wednesday, they’ll be continuing in that inglorious tradition – in fact, they’ll be taking it to a new height, and cutting out the diplomats who have traditionally played the middleman role.
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Is criminalizing fake news the way forward? | Europe | DW.COM | 14.12.2016

Is criminalizing fake news the way forward? | Europe | DW.COM | 14.12.2016 | Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
German lawmakers have called for legal action against the production and distribution of fake news. But digital rights groups warned of the harrowing effects it could have online, including censorship.
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Lies make history | World | DW.COM | 10.01.2017

Lies make history | World | DW.COM | 10.01.2017 | Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
From the "The Protocols of the Elders of Zion" to ex-US President Bill Clinton's affair with Monika Lewinsky: lies have shaped history. DW examines the falsehoods that changed the world.
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The hidden cost of economic growth - SWI swissinfo.ch

The hidden cost of economic growth - SWI swissinfo.ch | Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
The graphic novel “Adivasis Meurtris” tells the tale of the “losing side” in India’s quest to transform natural resources into rapid economic growth.
The backdrop of the book is the Indian state of Chhattisgarh where the over seven million tribals make up a quarter of the population. Most are subsistence farmers and forest gatherers. But their simple way of life is under threat.
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Trump's EPA pick casts doubt on California's power to regulate auto emissions

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Oklahoma Atty. Gen. Scott Pruitt, whose Senate confirmation hearing begins Wednesday, has been unabashed in his disdain for the agency he is seeking to run.

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PIRatE Lab's curator insight, January 18, 10:42 PM
This is simply insane.  The utter lack of consistency and disdain for a healthy, clean planet is offensive.
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Woman's new identity 'revealed to her domestic abuser by the DWP'

Woman's new identity 'revealed to her domestic abuser by the DWP' | Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
The Department for Work and Pensions has revealed a domestic violence victim’s identity to her abuser, an MP has claimed. Hannah Bardell, MP for Livingston, says one of her constituents approached her for help after the government released her identity to her abusive former partner while they were in the process of calculating her benefits. It is thought the move could have placed the woman at serious risk as she was on a police protection programme and her identity had been changed due to her violent ex-partner.

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Europe, a silent hub of illegal wildlife trade | DW Environment | DW.COM | 20.01.2017

Europe, a silent hub of illegal wildlife trade | DW Environment | DW.COM | 20.01.2017 | Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
Illegal wildlife trade is often addressed as a problem of developing countries - yet the European Union also has plenty to do with it. The EU is above all a hub for trade routes of illicit wildlife products.
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More Than Two-thirds of Patient Advocacy Groups Receive Industry Funding

More Than Two-thirds of Patient Advocacy Groups Receive Industry Funding | Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it

At a time when drug company lobbyists are widely vilified as icons of avarice, patient advocacy groups still wear the white hats.

 

But those organizations, which promote cures for every type of cancer and hundreds more diseases, have come under criticism lately for favoring their drug company funders in contests on Capitol Hill.

 

In one case, a diabetes group accepted money from food companies and played down the health risks from their high-sugar products; in another case, a mental health association, reliant on drug company dollars, opted to keep quiet about the soaring prices of its antidepressants. And many of the patient advocacy groups pushing for passage of the 21st Century Cures Act, which consumer groups argue rolls back patient protection, are funded in large part by pharmaceutical firms.

 

“The public should be concerned about this for many reasons,” said Jonathan H. Marks, director of the bioethics program at Pennsylvania State University. “One of the most important is that patient advocacy groups have credibility with policymakers — as corporate donors are well aware. Policymakers tend to assume that these organizations are acting in the interests of patients, or public health more broadly.”

 

But, said Marks, this is not always the case when the groups are reliant on drug or device industry donations — a point not often discussed when they lobby the Food and Drug Administration to speed new drugs to market, participate in National Institutes of Health panels, bring patients to testify before Congress, or advise patients on courses of treatment.

 

A study published Tuesday in JAMA Internal Medicine offers evidence of the ways in which patient advocacy organizations, or PAOs, rely on industry dollars.

 

The research, led by Susannah Rose of the Cleveland Clinic, shows that PAOs receive industry funding more often than previously believed. Some of the groups’ leaders, responding to a confidential survey, also acknowledged donor pressure to take policy positions that are best for the donors. Others said they doubted their own level of independence.

 

Rose, director of research in the Cleveland Clinic Office of Patient Experience, and her colleagues surveyed 439 patient advocacy organizations across the United States.

 

Of the 289 groups that responded, more than two-thirds reported receiving industry funding, with a median of $299,000. Twelve percent said they received over half their funding from industry. Almost 9 percent received $1 million or more. The pharmaceutical, medical device, and biotechnology sector accounted for a median of 45 percent of the donations. Only one quarter of the groups said they had policies on disclosing their financial relationships.

 

Further Reading:

Transparency is Good in Theory, But Not in Practice; http://sco.lt/6qCqTR#Pharma to Patient Advocacy Groups Questioning High Drug Prices: "Why Are You Doing This to Us?"; http://sco.lt/4sOB7JHoly Sh*t! Is There No End to Mylan's Shenanigans? Paying Off Patient Groups to Lobby!; http://sco.lt/6Sl0ldUK Patient Groups that Backed New Cancer Drug Received £ from #Pharma Firm; http://sco.lt/84W3EnMajority of Patients’ Groups Siding With Pharma Against Medicare Part B Pricing Reforms Receive Industry Funding; http://sco.lt/574i6D#Pharma's "Patient Centricity" Pays Off: Patient Groups Mum on Drug Costs; http://sco.lt/8ydeuv
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Executive pay bears no relationship to company performance

Executive pay bears no relationship to company performance | Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
On December 27, 2016, the British CFA Society (an organisation representing Chartered Financial Analysts) released an interesting report that they had commissioned from academic researchers at the Lancaster University Management School. The Report – An Analysis of CEO Pay Arrangements and Value Creation for FTSE-350 Companies – explodes another mainstream economics myth that pay is in accordance with contribution to production adjusted for so-called compensating differentials (danger, risk etc). The Report confirms many other research publications over the years that there is little or no relationship between the pay that the top CEOs receive and the performance of the companies they manage. In fact, executive pay seems to grow even when their companies go backwards and their workers are shown the door (lose their jobs). It is just another one of those scams that we have been lulled into accepted in this neo-liberal era. It is one of the scams that a progressive agenda has to attack and develop policies to reverse. There should be legal frameworks in place as part of company law to force boards to scale pay to performance as a first step. The results of the research also allow us to see through some of the central arguments in favour of privatisation – viz, that public enterprises are wasteful because there are no shareholders to discipline the management. Well, the research discussed below shows that shareholders have very little sway on management and the boards that hand out massive and unjustifiable executive salaries.
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Bookmakers face losing their licence and huge fines over problem gambling

Bookmakers face losing their licence and huge fines over problem gambling | Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
Regulator to introduce tougher punishment for firms breaking rules governing responsible betting

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pdeppisch's comment, January 17, 1:52 PM
Yup - like everything else - life and living is complex and there ain't no easy answers. Matter of fact I don't like easy answers because the person with the easy answers has not walked in anyone else's shoes. At least that is my guess. Memes are a pain in the ass.
malek's comment, January 20, 12:23 PM
so true Peter and Graham: taking advantage of human misery has no ends
pdeppisch's comment, January 20, 12:27 PM
:) and also :( Cheers
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The Most Dangerous Bill You’ve Never Heard of Just Passed the House

The Most Dangerous Bill You’ve Never Heard of Just Passed the House | Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
Last, week, under the cover of a media bliss-out except among Koch funded right-wing channels, the House of Representatives passed a bill which would effectively repeal future standard setting under every important environmental, public health, consumer protection, labor standards, occupational safety and civil rights law on the books.

The bill, called the REINS Act, requires that any future major regulation adopted by an Executive Agency—say a new toxic chemical standard required by the recently enacted Chemical Safety Act, or a new consumer protection rule about some innovative but untested kind of food additive—must be approved by a specific resolution in each House of Congress within 70 days to take effect.
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'No access': Rex Tillerson sets collision course with Beijing in South China Sea

'No access': Rex Tillerson sets collision course with Beijing in South China Sea | Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
Comments that China should be barred from using artificial islands will anger Xi Jinping and could lead to a military clash, experts fear

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GOP tries to shield anti-wolf bill from legal review

GOP tries to shield anti-wolf bill from legal review | Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
The GOP-dominated Congress is flexing its political muscle with legislation that would override the Endangered Species Act by removing federal protection for wolves in the Great Lakes region and Wyoming, making the animals vulnerable to state-regulated trophy hunting and trapping.
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Fake news highlights - or lowlights - of the year | Culture | DW.COM | 01.01.2017

Fake news highlights - or lowlights - of the year | Culture | DW.COM | 01.01.2017 | Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
Nourished by citizens' distrust of mainstream media, fake news went mainstream in 2016. Here's a - certainly incomplete - list of some of the strangest and most consequential false news reports of the year.
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Opinion: Bots, trolls and populists fighting in the war of information 2.0 | Opinion | DW.COM | 24.12.2016

Opinion: Bots, trolls and populists fighting in the war of information 2.0 | Opinion | DW.COM | 24.12.2016 | Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
Language creates reality. Authoritarian regimes and populists across the political spectrum know that. In 2017, Germany stands on the brink of a radical change in the way the public realm works, says DW's Ute Schaeffer.
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Germany investigates fake news after bogus Breitbart story

Germany investigates fake news after bogus Breitbart story | Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
The German government is investigating a recent surge in fake news, Reuters reports, following claims that Russia is attempting to meddle in the country’s parliamentary elections later this year.
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