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Feds, States To Charge S&P

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Feb 4 (Reuters) - Federal and state prosecutors intend to bring civil charges against Standard & Poor's for wrongdoing in its rating of mortgage bonds prior to the 2008 financial crisis, The Wall Street Journal said on Monday, citing people...

 

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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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Humanity In An Image

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You can see why I was so affected immediately upon focusing your eyes on the picture.
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Can This One Guy End Robo-Calls For Good?

Can This One Guy End Robo-Calls For Good? | Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
Aaron Foss thinks he may have built a better mousetrap when it comes to ending all those scam calls that ring up your landline. The 36-year-old contract programmer split a $50,000 prize in a crowdsourcing competition staged by the FTC -- you know, th...
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Who’s Policing Miami Cops After 63 Unsolved Civilian Shootings? - COLORLINES

Who’s Policing Miami Cops After 63 Unsolved Civilian Shootings? - COLORLINES | Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it

Once again, Miami cops are living up to their brutal reputation.


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Renaissance Avoided More Than $6 Billion Tax, Senators Say

Renaissance Avoided More Than $6 Billion Tax, Senators Say | Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it

 A Renaissance Technologies LLC hedge fund’s investors probably avoided more than $6 billion in U.S. income taxes over 14 years through transactions with Barclays Plc and Deutsche Bank AG, a Senate committee said.

The hedge fund used contracts with the banks to establish the “fiction” that it wasn’t the owner of thousands of stocks traded each day, said Senator Carl Levin, a Michigan Democrat and chairman of the Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations. The maneuver sought to transform profits from rapid trading into long-term capital gains taxed at a lower rate, he said.

“It meant enormous profit for both the banks and the hedge funds,” Levin told reporters yesterday in Washington. “Ordinary Americans had to shoulder a tax burden of billions of dollars, a burden that was shrugged off by those hedge funds.”

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The panel urged the Internal Revenue Service to collect taxes from the fund’s investors at the higher rate that Americans pay on wages and salaries. It said Congress should remove legal obstacles to audits of hedge funds and other large partnerships, whose returns the committee said are rarely questioned.


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15 Things We All Need To Know About America's Appalling Child Sex Trade

15 Things We All Need To Know About America's Appalling Child Sex Trade | Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
At least 100,000 children are estimated to be sexually exploited each year....

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malek's curator insight, July 23, 1:54 PM

 shocked that so much evidence is known about child sex trafficking and how little of that knowledge inspires the law to act.

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It's Time to Destroy Corporate Personhood

It's Time to Destroy Corporate Personhood | Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
The United States in the only country in the world that recognizes corporations as persons. It's a so-called "legal fiction" that's meant to uphold the rights of groups and to smooth business processes.

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How Your Health Insurance Company Can Still Screw You, Despite Obamacare

How Your Health Insurance Company Can Still Screw You, Despite Obamacare | Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
No law has done more to reform health insurance and protect consumers against the industry's most heinous practices than the Affordable Care Act. But Obamacare didn't magically transform insurers into benevolent entities solely devoted to taking care...
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Missed targets: when companies fail to keep their key sustainability promises

Missed targets: when companies fail to keep their key sustainability promises | Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
Companies like Disney, Target, Walmart and 3M receive little blowback when they fail to meet their environmental commitments
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Britain's commitment to human rights is in severe peril

Britain's commitment to human rights is in severe peril | Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it

Sadiq Khan: Now that the moderates have gone in Cameron's reshuffle, we face the catasrophe of walking away from the European Convention on Human Rights


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The Best Supreme Court Money Can Buy | Nomadic Politics

The Best Supreme Court Money Can Buy | Nomadic Politics | Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
The disgrace of the Supreme Court's infatuation with corporations will, unfortunately, leave a stain on American justice long after the conservative Justices have retired.

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Anatomy of Lying

Anatomy of Lying | Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
"[Lying] is both a failure of understanding and an unwillingness to be understood."

"Ordinary language is an accretion of lies," Susan So
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The Global War on Women : PETER DAOU

The Global War on Women : PETER DAOU | Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
On progressive principles and politics

 

"The pervasive oppression of women and girls is humanity’s greatest travesty.

Consider these facts:

One out of every three women will be a victim of violence in her lifetime.Homicide is a leading cause of death for pregnant women.Women and girls ages 15 to 44 are more likely to be maimed or killed by men than by malaria, cancer, war or traffic accidents combined.The children most at risk of attempted abduction by strangers are girls ages 10 to 14, many on their way to or from school.Every year, 60 million girls are sexually assaulted at or on their way to school.In some parts of the world a girl is more likely to be raped than to learn how to read.Only about one third of countries around the world have laws in place to combat violence against women, and in most of these countries those laws are not enforced.Every 2 minutes, someone in the U.S. is sexually assaulted.97% of rapists will never spend a day in jail."
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Tennessee Arrests First Mother Under Its New Pregnancy Criminalization Law

Tennessee Arrests First Mother Under Its New Pregnancy Criminalization Law | Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
"These punitive measures are proven to be ineffective, and yet our state chooses to waste tax dollars locking up women instead of getting them the health care they need."

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All that is required is a positive test to certain drugs to go to prison for assault. Oh, and never mind that some of the worst and most dangerous drugs for the unborn are given under prescription and often are not abused or even addictive.Also most women that have actual addictions would find it very difficult to find well run affordable rehabs even if they wanted to recover. What are your thoughts on this? Who turns the women in? Her own OBGYN doctor? It did not say she even has to have been arrested for anything other than a positive test during pregnancy…Does every women have to get tested? Why isn't dad tested prior to being allowed to have sex? These ideas came to my mind as I read this ….Most anyone thinks women or men using anything like drugs, booze, cigarettes or have poor eating habits should wait to have children till they get everything right….But that might lower the population far too quickly. Would these women be inclined to find a OBGYN or a back alley abortion from someone who would not report them? 

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The key elements of a Ponzi scheme

The key elements of a Ponzi scheme | Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it

"Editor’s note: This is an excerpt from White Collar Crime: Core Concepts for Consultants and Expert Witnesses, Chapter 10 by Scott M. Richter, CPA/CIA, CFE, edited by Debra K. Thompson, CPA/CFF, CFE, and Randal A. Wolverton, CPA/CFF, CFE.

The Ponzi scheme is named after Carlo “Charles” Ponzi, who in 1919, devised a simple investment vehicle. Effectively, Ponzi planned to take advantage of weakening foreign currencies by purchasing international postal coupons overseas that could be redeemed for U.S. postage stamps. He would then sell the U.S. stamps and make a profit. However, Ponzi was unable to reap any meaningful profits due to the bureaucracy and administrative burden involved in redeeming these coupons.

Instead of abandoning this unsuccessful (but legitimate) investing method, Ponzi refined his pitch to potential investors, saying he could return a 50% profit on their investment in 45 days or double their money in 90 days. Ponzi advised investors that he would achieve such returns through a “network of international agents,” who would purchase the postal reply coupons on his behalf. He withheld further details of how he would achieve such returns “due to competitive reasons.” In reality, Ponzi was merely paying off early investors with new investors’ funds while making no new purchases of postal reply coupons.

In the short eight-month duration of his scheme, Ponzi collected as much as $15 million from 40,000 investors. News reports at the time described huge crowds lined up outside Ponzi’s Boston office waiting to invest. However, after the scheme unraveled, Ponzi was $7 million in debt, with assets that included a mere $61 in postal reply coupons. In the decades since Ponzi launched this brazen scam, thousands of other fraudsters have pursued schemes with the same common denominator: Earlier investors are paid off with funds from new investors.

Today, the legal definition of a Ponzi scheme is simply “a phony investment plan in which monies paid by later investors are used to pay artificially high returns to the initial investors, with the goal of attracting more investors” (Alexander v. Compton, 229 F.3d 750, 759 n.1 (9th Cir. 2000))."


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21st-Century Slaves: How Corporations Exploit Prison Labor | World | AlterNet

21st-Century Slaves: How Corporations Exploit Prison Labor | World | AlterNet | Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
In the eyes of the corporation, inmate labor is a brilliant strategy in the eternal quest to maximize profit.

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We need an international court to stamp out corruption

We need an international court to stamp out corruption | Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it

The creation of an International Anti-Corruption Court would hold leaders accountable...

 

.In too many nations, corruption is endemic at the highest levels of government. Then-U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan was correct in characterizing such behavior as an “insidious plague” in his 2003 statementupon the adoption of the U.N. Convention Against Corruption.

Corruption is extraordinarily costly, consuming more than 5 percent of the global gross domestic product. Developing regions lose more than 10 times in illicit financial flows than what they receive in foreign aid. Russia’s corruption-fueled “shadow economy” makes up an estimated 44 percent of its GDP.

Corrupt governments also often provide havens for international criminals, including drug lords in Mexico and terrorists in countries such as Afghanistan and Yemen.

 

Nevertheless, the most serious consequence of grand corruption is that it destroys democracy and devastates the human rights that governments are constituted to protect. Countries recognized as among the world’s most corrupt — including Somalia, Afghanistan, Sudan, Iraq and Syria — repeatedly violate the human rights of their citizens. The poor and powerless are victims of corrupt regimes throughout the world.

 


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5 Arrested In Rotten Meat Scandal

5 Arrested In Rotten Meat Scandal | Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
BEIJING, China - Five employees of a company accused of selling expired beef and chicken to McDonald's, KFC and other restaurants in China were detained by police Wednesday after an official said illegal activity was an organized effort by the supplier.China's food safety agency said on its website that its investigators found unspecified illegal activity by Husi Food Co. but gave no confirmation expired meat had been found or other details.Some of the illegal conduct was an "arrangement organized by the company," the deputy director of the agency's Shanghai bureau, Gu Zhenghua, told the official Xinhua News Agency.Those in criminal detention include Husi's quality manager, the Shanghai police department said on its microblog account. The one-sentence statement gave no details of possible charges or the employees' identities.The scandal surrounding Husi, which is owned by OSI Group of Aurora, Illinois, has alarmed Chinese diners and disrupted operations for fast food chains.It erupted Sunday when a Shanghai broadcaster, Dragon TV, reported that Husi repackaged old beef and chicken and put new expiration dates on them.
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Saying that a killer ‘snapped’ is not an explanation for domestic violence

Saying that a killer ‘snapped’ is not an explanation for domestic violence | Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
Too often the language the media uses to explain domestic homicides falls short – or worse, makes the murders seem less shocking.

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M. Philip Oliver's curator insight, July 23, 8:52 AM

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McDonald's, Yum Apologize For Rotten Meat Scandal

McDonald's, Yum Apologize For Rotten Meat Scandal | Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
* Meat supplier shut down after safety violations exposed * TV footage shows workers picking up meat from floor * Yum, McDonald's warn of potential China product shortfalls * Incident highlights broader Ch...
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GOP: Tax Evasion as a Back Door Strategy

GOP: Tax Evasion as a Back Door Strategy | Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
My CBPP colleague Chuck Marr flags something important from a recent press release by Rep. Dave Camp, the Republican Chair of the tax writing committee in the House. In just a few words, the Congressman manages to make some truly scary assertions....
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Irrefutable proof that Big Pharma like the Big Gov is a criminal racket: Bribery, scientific fraud, felony crimes and more

Irrefutable proof that Big Pharma like the Big Gov is a criminal racket: Bribery, scientific fraud, felony crimes and more | Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
Irrefutable proof that Big Pharma is a criminal racket: Bribery, scientific fraud, felony crimes and more

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‘The truth is worse than we imagine’: One-fourth of public company deals involve insider trading

‘The truth is worse than we imagine’: One-fourth of public company deals involve insider trading | Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
An award-winning new study claims that more than a quarter of all public company deals involve transactions that could be consider examples of insider trading.

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Monica S Mcfeeters's curator insight, June 26, 11:12 PM

Is this really worse than we thought?

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Behold, the drunk uncle-ization of America

Behold, the drunk uncle-ization of America | Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it

A country made up mostly of good, intelligent, kindhearted people is letting a small but noisy part of the populace paint an entirely different face for the world to see, a face that sneers at reason and science, and eschews kindness for righteous indignation. With the voracious 24-hour news cycle and the reach of social media, these people are making us the embarrassing relative that causes the other nations at the dinner table to shake their heads.

 

Perhaps it's time we found a way to sober up.


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New Raw Video Surfaces In NYPD Chokehold Death (GRAPHIC)

New Raw Video Surfaces In NYPD Chokehold Death (GRAPHIC) | Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
Another video has surfaced online of Eric Garner, a New York man who died after an NYPD officer put him in a chokehold in broad daylight on Thursday.

In the new video, Staten Island resident, 43-year-old Garner, appears unconscious or dead as offi...
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Threats to Justice Everywhere : PETER DAOU

Threats to Justice Everywhere : PETER DAOU | Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it

"Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. – Martin Luther King, Jr. “Letter from Birmingham Jail” April 16, 1963

Those searing words are as apt today as they were a half century ago. We have not lived fully if we have not done our part to fight injustice."

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Peeling Back the Label

Peeling Back the Label | Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
Behind the Brands ranks the ‘Big 10’ food companies based on seven different categories.
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