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9 Greedy CEOs Trying to Shred the Safety Net While Pigging Out on Corporate Welfare

9 Greedy CEOs Trying to Shred the Safety Net While Pigging Out on Corporate Welfare | Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
Financiers, polluters and other biz honchos team up to strangle the economy.
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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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Police are Killing Native Americans at Higher Rate than Any Race, and Nobody is Talking About It

Police are Killing Native Americans at Higher Rate than Any Race, and Nobody is Talking About It | Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
Americans are up in arms right now over the near epidemic number of deaths of African-American at the hands of police, and rightfully so. African-Americans make up only 13 percent of the population, yet they are the victims in 26 percent of all police shootings. That is nearly 3 times the rate of whites.

The outrage by the #Black Lives Matter movement is founded in statistical evidence which shows that the system inherently and with extreme bias disproportionately targets blacks.

That being said, there is one group who no one is talking about that is targeted more than everyone else. The racial group most likely to be killed by law enforcement is Native Americans. While Native Americans only make up 0.8 percent of the population, they make up 1.9 percent of all police killings.

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The Planetary Archives / San Francisco, California's curator insight, July 27, 10:49 AM
Native  Americans are STILL the most persecuted people in all of the America's....
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Top HSBC manager charged in forex probe - BBC News

Top HSBC manager charged in forex probe - BBC News | Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
A top HSBC executive has been charged with fraud in the US.
Mark Johnson, the company's global head of foreign exchange trading was arrested on Tuesday night and is due to appear in court later. A former colleague, Stuart Scott, has also been charged.
The two traders are accused by the US government of using inside information to profit from a $3.5bn (£2.6bn) currency deal.
HSBC has so far declined to comment.
The US Department of Justice (DoJ) accuses the traders of "front-running".
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The Dawes Act: How Congress tried to destroy Indian reservations | OUPblog

The Dawes Act: How Congress tried to destroy Indian reservations | OUPblog | Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
How would you feel if the government confiscated your land, sold it to someone else, and tried to force you to change your way of life, all the while telling you it’s for your own good? That’s what Congress did to Indian tribes 125 years ago today when, with devastating results, it passed the Dawes Act.

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Terrance H BoothSr's curator insight, July 24, 3:36 PM
This will happen under Republican President turn red states blue turn out to vote see#NativeVote2016
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WWL to Pay Nearly $100 Million Criminal Fine Over Ro-Ro Price Fixing Scheme - gCaptain

WWL to Pay Nearly $100 Million Criminal Fine Over Ro-Ro Price Fixing Scheme - gCaptain | Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it

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Norwegian shipping company Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics AS (WWL) has agreed to plead guilty and pay a $98.9 million criminal fine for its involvement in a conspiracy to fix prices of international ocean shipments of roll-on, roll-off cargo to and from the Port of Baltimore and other locations in the United States, the Department of Justice announced Wednesday."

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Despite What Media Says, TPP Isn’t About Free Trade — It’s About Protecting Corporate Profits

Despite What Media Says, TPP Isn’t About Free Trade — It’s About Protecting Corporate Profits | Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
The TPP seeks to expand on that, establishing a global Mickey Mouse Protection regime. U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman made a trip to Hollywood in May to remind a trade group that the TPP would require countries to lift their copyright terms to the 70-year standard in the United States. This would be an increase from 50 years, the current standard in many of the countries that are part of the negotiation.

Froman pointed to films such as Sound of Music and Dr. Zhivago, noting that these films are “1966 vintage, which without TPP will be off protection next year.”

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The Supreme Court tells politicians how to take bribes without going to jail

The Supreme Court tells politicians how to take bribes without going to jail | Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
In his opinion for the court, Chief Justice John Roberts held his nose but agreed with Mr McDonnell. “There is no doubt that this case is distasteful”, he wrote, and “it may be worse than that.” But the court’s concern “is not with tawdry tales of Ferraris, Rolexes, and ball gowns”. The legal question is whether the “boundless interpretation of the federal bribery statute” used to convict Mr McDonnell was the appropriate reading of the law and whether the fallen GOP star had made “official acts” in exchange for Mr Williams’ results-driven generosity. Merely arranging meetings and granting access to the levers of power, Mr Roberts wrote, do not constitute official acts:

To qualify as an “official act”, the public official must make a decision or take an action on that “question, matter, cause, suit, proceeding or controversy”, or agree to do so. That decision or action may include using his official position to exert pressure on another official to perform an “official act”, or to advise another official, knowing or intending that such advice will form the basis for an “official act” by another official. Setting up a meeting, talking to another official, or organising an event (or agreeing to do so)—without more—does not fit that definition of “official act.” 
According to this “more bounded interpretation” of “official act”, politicians are free to do many kinds of favours for constituents (or non-constituents) and there is nothing to stop them (except perhaps for a concern about how they might appear to voters or, in an extreme case, a pang of conscience) from doing bigger favours for people who give them more sumptuous gifts. The only rewards for generosity that could get an official into legal trouble are those that constitute tangible acts of quid pro quo: requiring a researcher to do a clinical trial, say, or voting for a particular bill in exchange for a cash payment. 

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I'm not even sure how to word my disdain for this sort of thing. Supreme court is telling them how to get away with it, and yet we wonder why we end up with so many corrupt politicians...
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Just think Oligarchy / Plutocracy! There never has been a democracy - it has always been a Plutocracy and politicians have always been part of the Plutocracy and so they look after their own. It is their tribe and the rest can go to hell.
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The UN have said austerity policy breaches human rights

The UN have said austerity policy breaches human rights | Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
The British Government's austerity policies are a breach of international human rights, a new report by the UN has warned.  The UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights has expressed “serious concerns” about growing inequality in the UK following six years of austerity policies under the current Conservative Government and the Coalition which preceded it. 

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Corruption soils Afghanistan's bright blue treasure - BBC News

Corruption soils Afghanistan's bright blue treasure - BBC News | Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
When David Cameron described Afghanistan to the Queen as "fantastically corrupt" over drinks at Buckingham Palace in April it was widely regarded as a gaffe. But the British prime minister was not wrong.
Afghanistan ranks a woeful 166th out of 168 countries in Transparency International's latest assessment of graft and crooked dealing around the world. And there is no better evidence of just how deep corruption goes than the fate of one of Afghanistan's greatest treasures, the gemstone lapis lazuli.
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'Don't be scared of finding slavery in your supply chain', buyers told

'Don't be scared of finding slavery in your supply chain', buyers told | Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
Procurement professionals concerned about publishing transparency reports have been told: “don’t be scared” of finding slavery in your supply chains

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More Than 500 People Were Shot In America During the Week After Orlando

More Than 500 People Were Shot In America During the Week After Orlando | Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
The massacre at Pulse nightclub was the beginning of a typically bloody week in the U.S.
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Green Cards for the Wealthy - The San Francisco Examiner

Green Cards for the Wealthy - The San Francisco Examiner | Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
If you have access to $500,000, it is possible to buy your way into America. No need to stand in line; no need to wait years. Hand over the money and take your papers.


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Op-ed: Walmart's Lousy Worker Policies Extend from Shelves to Sea

Op-ed: Walmart's Lousy Worker Policies Extend from Shelves to Sea | Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
Reps from Greenpeace and the United Food and Commercial Workers union explain why those organizations are driving a recent campaign against Walmart over worker wellbeing up and down the supply chain.

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Nearly 2,000 Pounds of Illegal Shark Fins Found in Cargo

Nearly 2,000 Pounds of Illegal Shark Fins Found in Cargo | Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
In this week’s crime blotter: fins from Panama, ivory necklaces and bracelets, and 24 illegal logging suspects arrested.

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Food fraud: How do we fight a problem we don’t yet understand?​​

Food fraud: How do we fight a problem we don’t yet understand?​​ | Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it

"A few years ago, federal food inspectors were walking around the warehouses of the Ontario Food Terminal in Toronto – the nerve centre where much of the province’s fresh produce is bought, re-packaged and sold – when they noticed something unusual.

In the “farmer’s market” area, where only Ontario-grown produce is meant to be sold, the inspectors saw large cartons of greenhouse peppers with conflicting labels. The outside of the boxes had “Product of Canada” stickers, next to visible signs of damage on the cardboard – bits of paper and glue, as if another sticker had been peeled off. And stickers on the inside of the box read “Product of Mexico.”"

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U.S. Charges Liberian Ship Management Company, Shipowner, and Three Engineering Officers with Environmental Crimes - gCaptain

U.S. Charges Liberian Ship Management Company, Shipowner, and Three Engineering Officers with Environmental Crimes - gCaptain | Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
A federal grand jury in Charleston, South Carolina has returned an indictment charging Aegean Shipping Management S.A. and Aegeansun Gamma Inc. with obstruction of an agency proceeding, conspiracy and failing to keep accurate pollution control records, the Justice Department has announced. Three engineering officers were charged with related offenses.
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New Report: Gilead Sciences Price Gouger, Tax Dodger

New Report: Gilead Sciences Price Gouger, Tax Dodger | Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it

A new investigative report finds that in the last two years Gilead Sciences has raked in billions in profits from exorbitantly priced hepatitis C medications that were developed with taxpayer dollars, and then shifted those profits to offshore tax havens where it dodges U.S. taxes.

“Gilead is making a fortune selling essential drugs to the very government and taxpayers that helped pay to develop them, and then dodging taxes on the resulting profits,” said Americans for Tax Fairness Executive Director Frank Clemente. “Congress should stop this assault on the American people’s health and pocketbooks by curbing the company’s flagrant drug-price gouging and tax dodging.”


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Republicans Escalate War on Attorneys General Over Exxon Climate Change Probe

Republicans Escalate War on Attorneys General Over Exxon Climate Change Probe | Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
Rep. Lamar Smith, chairman of the House Science Committee, has subpoenaed two state attorneys general to obtain records of their investigations into whether ExxonMobil misled investors and the public on climate change risks.
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When Bush and Cheney doubled down on fossil fuels: A fateful choice for the climate

When Bush and Cheney doubled down on fossil fuels: A fateful choice for the climate | Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
Liam Downey and Timmons Roberts look back at the Bush-Cheney years and how their response to the U.S.'s oil dependence has impacted climate change today.
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Why #Tech #Support Is (Purposely) #Unbearable

Why #Tech #Support Is (Purposely) #Unbearable | Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
Worse, just as you suspected, companies know the torture they are putting you through, with cable and mobile service providers the most egregious offenders.

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Chagos islanders cannot return home, says Supreme Court - BBC News

Chagos islanders cannot return home, says Supreme Court - BBC News | Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
Former residents of the Chagos Islands who were forcibly removed from their homeland more than 40 years ago have lost their legal challenge to return.
Families left the Indian Ocean islands in the 1960s and 70s to make way for a US Air Force base on Diego Garcia, the largest of the group of islands.
An Immigration Order preventing anyone from going back was issued in 1971.
The Supreme Court - UK's highest court - upheld a 2008 House of Lords ruling that the exiles could not return.
Olivier Bancoult, the Chagossian leader who has been fighting in the courts on behalf of the islanders, had argued that decision should be set aside.
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U.S. states, Rockefellers clash with U.S. House panel on Exxon climate probes

U.S. states, Rockefellers clash with U.S. House panel on Exxon climate probes | Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
With a number of U.S. states proceeding with investigations of Exxon Mobil Corp's (XOM.N) record on climate change, the attorney general of Massachusetts and investment funds of the Rockefeller family on Friday told a Congressional committee it lacked powers to oversee those probes.

The pushback is the latest chapter in a high-stakes fight between the world's largest publicly traded oil company and a coalition of state attorneys general who have said they would go after Exxon to try and force action to tackle climate change.

The House Committee on Science, Space and Technology last week reiterated demands that state attorneys general hand over any records of consultations the prosecutors had with outside environmental groups before their probes were opened.
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How Prison Labor is the New American Slavery and Most of Us Unknowingly Support it

How Prison Labor is the New American Slavery and Most of Us Unknowingly Support it | Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
If you buy products or services from any of the 50 companies listed below (and you likely do), you are supporting modern American slavery American slavery was technically abolished in 1865, but a loophole in the 13th Amendment has allowed it to continue “as a punishment for crimes” well into …

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What Egypt under Sissi is really like for Coptic Christians

What Egypt under Sissi is really like for Coptic Christians | Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
Last month in Minya, Egypt, a 70-year-old Christian woman was beaten and dragged through the streets naked by a mob because her son was suspected of having an affair with a Muslim woman. Horrors like these have renewed fears of religious discord in Egypt. President Abdel-Fatah el-Sissi and his government regularly describe Egypt as unified and have worked hard—publicly—to reduce Muslim-Christian tension. But the Minya event has once again demonstrated the relative impunity of the Egyptian police, who failed to respond to earlier warnings of a violent, religiously-motivated attack and took hours to appear on the scene.
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Former Volkswagen boss under investigation in Germany - BBC News

Former Volkswagen boss under investigation in Germany - BBC News | Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
Former Volkswagen boss Martin Winterkorn is under investigation in Germany for alleged market manipulation.
German prosecutors have accused Mr Winterkorn, and another former board member, of withholding information from investors about VW's emissions scandal.
Mr Winterkorn resigned last September following revelations that the firm cheated US diesel car emissions tests.
But VW said the prosecutors have offered "no new facts or information".
Volkswagen has already said in response to an investor lawsuit that it met its disclosure obligations.
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For the food industry, fraud is the elephant in the room

For the food industry, fraud is the elephant in the room | Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
If asked about sustainable food systems, most people think about the environment, climate and social responsibility. These pillars are key to sustainability, but so is the economics of food.

For any organization to be sustainable, it needs to be profitable for everyone across the supply chain: farmers, processors and retailers. What’s currently threatening the delicate balance between these key drivers is counterfeiting.


Food fraud isn’t new to the food industry. During the Middle Ages, staple foods such as bread, meat and wine were often adulterated, leading to the implementation of legal regulations to ensure quality and quantity.

Because of modern advanced technologies, however, most consumers believe that today’s food-supply chains are protected and that counterfeit products are the exception. Yet in recent years, evidence of widespread fraudulent behaviour has increased.
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