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A rightwing insurrection is usurping our democracy

A rightwing insurrection is usurping our democracy | Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it

For 30 years big business, neoliberal thinktanks and the media have colluded to capture our political system. They're winning

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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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Apple 'failing to protect workers'

Apple 'failing to protect workers' | Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
Poor treatment of workers in Chinese factories which make Apple products has been discovered by an undercover BBC Panorama investigation.

Filming on an iPhone 6 production line showed Apple's promises to protect workers were routinely broken.

It found standards on workers' hours, ID cards, dormitories, work meetings and juvenile workers were being breached at the Pegatron factories.

Apple said it strongly disagreed with the programme's conclusions.

Exhausted workers were filmed falling asleep on their 12-hour shifts at the Pegatron factories on the outskirts of Shanghai.

One undercover reporter, working in a factory making parts for Apple computers, had to work 18 days in a row despite repeated requests for a day off.

Another reporter, whose longest shift was 16 hours, said: "Every time I got back to the dormitories, I wouldn't want to move.

"Even if I was hungry I wouldn't want to get up to eat. I just wanted to lie down and rest. I was unable to sleep at night because of the stress."

'Continuous improvement'
Apple declined to be interviewed for the programme, but said in a statement: "We are aware of no other company doing as much as Apple to ensure fair and safe working conditions.
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Chemical company executives indicted in West Virginia Elk River spill

Chemical company executives indicted in West Virginia Elk River spill | Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
Freedom Industries President Gary Southern was one of four company officials indicted in connection with spilling chemicals into the West Virginia water supply in January. Photograph: Craig Cunningham/AP
A federal grand jury has indicted four former executives of a chemical company on pollution charges in a January spill that prompted a drinking water ban for 300,000 West Virginia residents.

An indictment unsealed on Wednesday charged ex-Freedom Industries presidents Gary Southern and Dennis P Farrell and two others with failing to ensure that Freedom operated the steel storage tank in a reasonable and environmentally sound manner.
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In Mexico's fields, children toil to harvest crops that make it to American tables

In Mexico's fields, children toil to harvest crops that make it to American tables | Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
An estimated 100,000 workers in the country's agriculture industry are under 14. Alejandrina, 12, wanted to be a teacher. But she hasn't been to school for years while traveling with her family to pick crops.

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Jake Red Dorman's curator insight, December 17, 11:36 AM

It’s crazy to see how desperate some of these people are to get working and how much they do for such a little reward. These people are working longer and harder than probably all Americans and they are barely surviving. They work for survival. It’s hard for some of these people to stay healthy, especially in the harsh conditions and tight living spaces that these people have to deal with on an everyday basis. 

David Collet's curator insight, December 17, 8:10 PM

A sad comment on the state of affairs throughout the world.

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PIC OF THE DAY: Gina Rinehart is an oil painting

PIC OF THE DAY: Gina Rinehart is an oil painting | Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
The larger than life queen of coal and iron ore and her favourite daughter sit down for a feast.

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a penchant for poetry
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Walmart Illegally Punished Workers, Judge Rules - NYTimes.com

Walmart Illegally Punished Workers, Judge Rules - NYTimes.com | Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
A National Labor Relations Board judge ruled that Walmart managers in California had illegally disciplined employees for going on strike and unlawfully threatened to close a store if many of its employees joined a group demanding higher wages.

In a decision made public on Wednesday, Geoffrey Carter, an N.L.R.B. administrative law judge, also found that a Walmart manager had illegally intimidated workers by saying, “If it were up to me, I’d shoot the union.” In addition, the judge said it was unlawful for Walmart managers to tell employees that co-workers returning from a one-day strike would be looking for a new job.
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This Is The Harrowing Face Of Domestic Abuse

This Is The Harrowing Face Of Domestic Abuse | Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
Hampshire police have released truly harrowing footage of a woman shortly after she was viciously beaten by her husband.

Officers responding to a 999 call visited the house of Gale Marmoy on the Isle of Wight and were greeted at the door by her husband, Michael John Gregory.

The 77-year-old was reluctant to let them into the house saying he was in the middle of cooking.
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Police Shootings Of Unarmed Men Often Have Something In Common: The Waistband Defense

Police Shootings Of Unarmed Men Often Have Something In Common: The Waistband Defense | Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
WASHINGTON -- After police officer Darren Wilson shot Michael Brown to death in August in Ferguson, Missouri, he claimed the teenager had reached into his waistband, causing Wilson to fear Brown had a weapon. Brown was unarmed.

"Guns do come out of waistbands," said Eugene O'Donnell, former police officer and current lecturer at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York. Yet the waistband claim has become a cliche of the aftermath of police shootings.

"Some departments around the country need to be reined in on a lot of this stuff," O'Donnell said, adding that the recent uproar over the killing of Brown and others is a good opportunity to address police practices before and after shootings.

Scouring recent news archives, The Huffington Post turned up many stories about police officers shooting armed suspects who reached for their waistbands. But it also turned up many stories in which police cite waistbands after shooting unarmed suspects. Here is a partial list of unarmed "waistband suspects" shot since 2010:
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Re: Raiding Native Sacred Places in a Defense Authorization: Everything Wrong with Congress

Re: Raiding Native Sacred Places in a Defense Authorization: Everything Wrong with Congress | Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
The San Carlos Apache Tribe (Tribe) has worked for the past decade to shine light on the Southeast Arizona Land Exchange.

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Jacqueline Keeler's curator insight, December 10, 12:06 PM

Hundreds of tribal governments, tribal organizations, and others have joined San Carlos Apaches in opposition to the Land Exchange because it would transfer public federal lands that encompass a known Native place of worship to a private mining company. Because of this opposition, the majority of Members of the U.S. House of Representatives opposed the Land Transfer. House Leadership twice pulled it from consideration because this misguided Land Transfer lacked the votes for passage.  The Senate Committee with jurisdiction over the bill also refused to move it forward.

 

In the face of this opposition, certain Members of Arizona’s delegation forced a closed-door deal to include the SE Arizona Land Exchange into the National Defense Authorization Act of 2015. The Land Exchange was included in Section 3003 on page 1,103 of a 1,700-page bill that was unveiled after 11:00 p.m. the evening before it came up for consideration. This exemplifies everything wrong with Congress.

 
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Rick Perry: The Bible proves that poverty is inevitable

Rick Perry: The Bible proves that poverty is inevitable | Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
Texas may have the country’s highest rate of people who lack health insurance and rank in the top 10 states with the highest poverty levels, but Gov. Rick Perry can’t be bothered. In an interview with the Washington Post published today, Perry suggested that the Bible proves that poverty is “always going to be with us.”
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After Ethics Panel’s Shutdown, Loopholes Live On in Albany

After Ethics Panel’s Shutdown, Loopholes Live On in Albany | Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
Donors to Gregory R. Ball’s successful campaigns for the New York State Legislature might have been surprised by where he spent their money.

He financed excursions to Cancún and Acapulco, and a leisurely road trip on his way back. He sprang for thousands of dollars in bar and restaurant bills in Texas — and entry fees for an extreme obstacle-course race called Tough Mudder.

The freewheeling spending by Mr. Ball, a Republican senator from New York City’s northern suburbs, was only a sliver of the questionable conduct turned up by investigators for the Moreland Commission, a powerful anticorruption panel that Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo created last year to clean up Albany.

But Mr. Cuomo, a Democrat, abruptly shut the commission down as part of a budget deal with the State Legislature in March. Government watchdog groups were outraged. Federal prosecutors began a criminal inquiry.
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Energy Firms in Secretive Alliance With Attorneys General

Energy Firms in Secretive Alliance With Attorneys General | Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
The letter to the Environmental Protection Agency from Attorney General Scott Pruitt of Oklahoma carried a blunt accusation: Federal regulators were grossly overestimating the amount of air pollution caused by energy companies drilling new natural gas wells in his state.

But Mr. Pruitt left out one critical point. The three-page letter was written by lawyers for Devon Energy, one of Oklahoma’s biggest oil and gas companies, and was delivered to him by Devon’s chief of lobbying.

“Outstanding!” William F. Whitsitt, who at the time directed government relations at the company, said in a note to Mr. Pruitt’s office. The attorney general’s staff had taken Devon’s draft, copied it onto state government stationery with only a few word changes, and sent it to Washington with the attorney general’s signature. “The timing of the letter is great, given our meeting this Friday with both E.P.A. and the White House.”
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Does Your State Treat Underage Sex-Trafficking Victims as Criminals?

Does Your State Treat Underage Sex-Trafficking Victims as Criminals? | Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
Minors aren't prostitutes. Period.
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malek's curator insight, December 5, 9:31 AM

The long-term effects of underage sex trafficking are disastrous. Criminal charges may remain on their records permanently, making it hard to get public benefits.

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Witch Camps of Ghana

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A dark, shameful blot on the pages of American history, the witch hunts of Salem, Massachusetts, in the 1690s represent an era we’re all glad is far behind us. But in some areas of Africa, the same sorts of accusations that plagued the colonists of Salem still hang heavy over the heads of women every day.

This is especially true in Ghana’s Northern Region, where it is not uncommon for powerful Voodoo priests to lead crusades against alleged witches whom they believe are using secret spells, rituals, and curses to unfairly help themselves and harm others.

In fact, women in Ghana are accused of using the dark arts so often, and are so routinely banished from their homes as a result, that seven different “witch camps” now dot the region, providing makeshift homes for thousands of refugees and their children.

One such woman, 66-year-old Mutaru Tachira, has spent the last 21 years of her life at a refugee settlement known as the Gambaga Witches’ Camp, 59 miles from her home village of Wapuli, after being tormented for over a decade by her relatives and neighbors due to accusations of witchcraft.
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President Obama Outplayed Republicans Again – So Stop Complaining

President Obama Outplayed Republicans Again – So Stop Complaining | Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
It is a safe bet that everyone, at some point in their lives, has jumped to a conclusion based on errant information or, worse, failure to see beyond their own biases. On more than one occasion, President Obama has been the recipient of unfair criticism from the left and members of his own party simply because they failed to comprehend he was thinking several steps ahead of them. Republicans have still not learned this lesson and despite outrage from the left, the so-called CRomnibus passed and John Boehner and Mitch McConnell now understand that the President just punked them again; he also won some major victories in getting the funding bill passed. In fact, as a former anonymous congressional staffer remarked, Obama deftly manipulated Republicans into what is a “Total public repudiation of their ultra-right wing nullification caucus they had planned for the rest of his term.”
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Citigroup Will Be Broken Up

Citigroup Will Be Broken Up | Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
Citigroup is a very large bank that has amassed a huge amount of political power. Its current and former executives consistently push laws and regulations in the direction of allowing Citi and other megabanks to take on more risk, particularly in the form of complex highly leveraged bets. Taking these risks allows the executives and traders to get a lot of upside compensation in the form of bonuses when things go well – while the downside losses, when they materialize, become the taxpayer’s problem.
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#Oligarchy #USA - And you thought you lived in a democracy.

#Oligarchy #USA - And you thought you lived in a democracy. | Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
And You Thought You Lived In A Democracy

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The House cuts funding for the IRS. That’s a big mistake.

The House cuts funding for the IRS. That’s a big mistake. | Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
I’ll give Congress some credit for appropriating funds to 11 out of 12 agencies through next September, though frankly, that’s their job, so keep the champagne on ice. And, of course, when you’re talking federal budgets, the devil’s in the details. And there are some ugly details in this budget.

For example, in addition to language that would weaken aspects of Dodd-Frank, the proposed legislation cuts the IRS budget.

Recent House Republican budgets have called for large, deep tax cuts that thankfully – as our future challenges are much more likely to call for more, not less, revenue – haven’t been legislated. In that regard, one way to view these IRS cuts, especially given some of the facts I report below, is as a back door way to reduce taxes, not by policy, but by undermining the agency’s ability to reduce tax evasion (not to mention, its role in implementing Obamacare).
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Congressman Calls Native Americans 'Wards Of The Federal Government'

Congressman Calls Native Americans 'Wards Of The Federal Government' | Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — U.S. Rep. Paul Gosar's reference to American Indians as "wards of the federal government" has struck a harsh chord with tribal members and legal experts in the days following a discussion about a controversial Arizona land deal that would make way for the country's largest copper mine.

The Arizona Republican was responding to concerns from Phil Stago of the White Mountain Apache Tribe when he made the comment that stunned people at the round-table talk.

Stago said the phrase is antiquated and ignores advances made in tribes managing their own affairs and seeking equal representation when it comes to projects proposed on land they consider sacred.
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The Horrific Sand Creek Massacre Will Be Forgotten No More

The Horrific Sand Creek Massacre Will Be Forgotten No More | Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it

"Jeff Campbell worked for 20 years as a criminal investigator for the state of New Mexico. He specialized in cold cases. These days, he applies his sleuthing skills to a case so cold it’s buried beneath a century and a half of windblown prairie.

“Here’s the crime scene,” Campbell says, surveying a creek bed and miles of empty grassland. A lanky, deliberate detective, he cups a corncob pipe to light it in the flurrying snow before continuing. “The attack began in predawn light, but sound carries in this environment. So the victims would have heard the hooves pounding towards them before they could see what was coming.” 

Campbell is reconstructing a mass murder that occurred in 1864, along Sand Creek, an intermittent stream in eastern Colorado. Today, less than one person per square mile inhabits this arid region. But in late autumn of 1864, about 1,000 Cheyenne and Arapaho lived in tepees here, at the edge of what was then reservation land. Their chiefs had recently sought peace in talks with white officials and believed they would be unmolested at their isolated camp. "

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Why I Made a Documentary About Elephant Cruelty in India

Why I Made a Documentary About Elephant Cruelty in India | Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
The festival season for humans is a season of torture for elephants in Kerala. The cultural celebrations have barely begun in that Southern state of India, and five elephants have already run amok in the past two days.

A handler has been seriously injured and hospitalized, after a temple elephant in Kannur District ran amok, and created panic for six hours. The furious animal ran out of control as it toppled electric posts, trees and smothered all objects on its path, inflicting injuries on its own body.
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Generations of Victims: Bhopal's Unending Catrastrophe - SPIEGEL ONLINE

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"When the monsoon washes away the dust of the Indian summer from the landscape, huts and people of Bhopal, the dry basin behind the slum of J.P. Nagar turns into a lake. Laughing children swim in it, fishermen wait for the telltale tug on their lines to signal a catch, and buffalos greedily devour the succulent stems of water lilies.

In Hinduism, water is considered the source of all life. But in Bhopal, a cycle of death begins with each year's rainy season."

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We don’t need more public service from Wall Street bankers | Al Jazeera America

We don’t need more public service from Wall Street bankers | Al Jazeera America | Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
Critics rightly question ties between Treasury nominees and the financial industry
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The Echo Chamber

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A handful of lawyers dominate the business of appealing and arguing cases at the Supreme Court, Reuters finds, primarily for the benefit of corporate America.
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How To Start Your Career As A Shill For Americans For Prosperity

How To Start Your Career As A Shill For Americans For Prosperity | Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
A "field associate" is one of the lowest rungs on the AFP ladder, paid just above the $9/hour wage that many of their interns make. Currently, AFP is hiring field associates in about 25 states.
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Snapchat: Child Porn, & Sex Predators

Snapchat: Child Porn, & Sex Predators | Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
I've been trying to get people to delete Snapchat for a long time now. Snapchat's time as a fun way for users to swap pictures has come and gone. I briefly had an account last year but it did not t...

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Why Snapchat is perfect for sex predators


Venkatesh Iyer (venkyiyer.com)'s curator insight, December 6, 6:19 AM

If this is true, you want to watch out!