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WATCH: Investigation Reveals U.S. Horses Possibly Sold For Meat In Shocking Auctions

WATCH: Investigation Reveals U.S. Horses Possibly Sold For Meat In Shocking Auctions | Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
California's Proposition 6, passed in 1998, criminalizes the slaughter of horses and the sale of horsemeat for human consumption within the state.
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Ethics? Rules? Cheating?
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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John Roberts' Race-based Agenda

John Roberts' Race-based Agenda | Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
A sharp bone of contention in the contest between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders is who cares more about the lives of African Americans. One area of concern is minority voting rights — last week, a conservative federal judge upheld a repressive North Carolina voter ID law, passed by Republicans, clearly aimed at suppressing black turnout. This provides yet another pointed reminder of why the supporters of both candidates should unite come November — to stop Chief Justice Roberts and his allies from further gutting measures to protect minorities.

We should not mince words. The Roberts court has not simply been racially obtuse — quite deliberately, it has dismantled affirmative action and diminished voting rights — upholding measures specifically designed to disadvantage Democrats by disenfranchising minorities, the poor, and the young.
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The Trouble With Electing Judges

The Trouble With Electing Judges | Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
They’re not politicians, so they shouldn’t act like themSourced through Scoop.it from: www.economist.com Electing judges is a bad idea because judges are not like politicians. It is fine for a politician to make deals with voters; to say, “Vote for me and I’ll raise the minimum wage” or “Vote for me and I’ll cut taxes.”…

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Google and eBay refuse to ban ads offering to remove car pollution filters

Google and eBay refuse to ban ads offering to remove car pollution filters | Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it

"Internet giants say removing diesel particulate filters which reduce toxic emissions is not illegal, although driving without them is

Google, Gumtree and eBay have refused to ban adverts for a service which removes crucial pollution filters from the exhausts of diesel cars, sending toxic emissions soaring.

Over a thousand diesel car owners have already been caught after removing the filter, though experts warn the problem may be far more widespread."

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Why Haven’t Bankers Been Punished? Just Read These Insider SEC Emails

Why Haven’t Bankers Been Punished? Just Read These Insider SEC Emails | Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
In the late summer of 2009, lawyers at the Securities and Exchange Commission were preparing to bring charges in what they expected would be their first big crackdown coming out of the financial crisis. The investigators had been looking into Goldman Sachs’ mortgage-securities business, and were preparing to take on the bank over a complex deal, known as Abacus, that it had arranged with a hedge fund. They believed that Goldman had committed securities violations in developing Abacus, and were ready to charge the firm.

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Social Media, Where Sports Fans Congregate and Misogyny Runs Amok

Social Media, Where Sports Fans Congregate and Misogyny Runs Amok | Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
Two sports journalists decided to publicly address the vile messages they receive on social media, comments like “please kill yourself I will provide the bleach.”

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malek's curator insight, April 30, 9:10 AM

a serious question: don fans enjoy the sports game or the violence in the game

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What is behind the diesel cars emissions scandal?

What is behind the diesel cars emissions scandal? | Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
The air pollution scandal that hit front pages around the world last year with VW’s admission it had been cheating emissions tests has got much bigger.

A UK government-sponsored trial launched in the wake of the VW revelations has found that every single one of the diesel-fuelled vehicles tested had higher emissions of nitrogen oxide pollutants than permitted under EU laws. For some models emissions were 12 times the legal limit.

None of the 56 vehicles tested in Germany and 37 in the UK was found to have a defeat device aimed at artificially lowering its emissions under test conditions, such as those used by VW. But all were found to exceed the EU-set standards on air quality and pollution when driven in real-world situations. Clearly there are important questions for manufacturers.
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Toronto Realtor Board Stifled Competition 'With Malice And Forethought'

Toronto Realtor Board Stifled Competition 'With Malice And Forethought' | Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
TORONTO -- The Toronto Real Estate Board prevented competition and stifled digital innovation by prohibiting its realtor members from posting sales data on their websites, the Competition Tribunal says in a decision that could have reverberations throughout the country.

The quasi-judicial tribunal says it has partially granted an application made by the federal commissioner of competition in 2011 that sought to have Canada's largest real estate board prohibited from engaging in certain anti-competitive practices.

During hearings in Toronto last September, the Competition Bureau argued that the real estate board acted with "malice and forethought'' because it feared that competition from online startups could result in lower commissions for its member agents.
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pdeppisch's comment, May 1, 8:21 PM
We know that humans cheat and that is part of life - whether private or business. We pass laws to control al kinds of things so passing laws and regulations to control cheating should be 1st order of any government. I have scam artists coming to my door asking for private records and then try and sell me energy plans! Seniors are often victims and I consider myself a senior. Any contract should have a "reconsider period" of at least 3 days if not a week. Quebec passed one many moons ago. I don't know the status of that. When I was driving up I heard on the radio that an Ontario Senior got taken by a scam artist company one more time. grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr
malek's comment, May 2, 7:21 AM
almost every law has a built-in net of loopholes in a litigious society
pdeppisch's comment, May 2, 10:15 AM
Every law made by the #Oligarchy - most if not all MP's or Congressmen are businessmen - and so they will always make the laws to suit themselves under the guise of competition and making it cheaper.
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Zimbabwe: 4 Anti-graft bosses fired for corruption | Anti Corruption Digest

Zimbabwe: 4 Anti-graft bosses fired for corruption | Anti Corruption Digest | Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
The former senior ZRP cop was convicted after it was proved that he bought offices for the commission in Harare, using state funds only for him to register the
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Exposed: Child labour behind smart phone and electric car batteries

Exposed: Child labour behind smart phone and electric car batteries | Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
Major electronics brands, including Apple, Samsung and Sony, are failing to do basic checks to ensure that cobalt mined by child labourers has not been used in their products, said Amnesty International and Afrewatch in a report published today.
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CNN Viewers See Far More Fossil Fuel Advertising Than Climate Reporting

CNN Viewers See Far More Fossil Fuel Advertising Than Climate Reporting | Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
CNN aired 23.5 minutes of American Petroleum Institute ads over two weeks, compared to just five minutes of coverage about climate change or the temperature

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“There is no doubt”: Exxon Knew CO2 Pollution Was A Global Threat By Late 1970s

“There is no doubt”: Exxon Knew CO2 Pollution Was A Global Threat By Late 1970s | Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
Throughout Exxon’s global operations, the company knew that CO2 was a harmful pollutant in the atmosphere years earlier than previously reported. DeSmog has uncovered Exxon corporate documents from the late 1970s stating unequivocally “there is no doubt” that CO2 from the burning of fossil fuels was a growing “problem” well understood within the company. “It is assumed that the major contributors of CO2 are the burning of fossil fuels… There is no doubt that increases in fossil fuel usage and decreases of forest cover are aggravating the potential problem of increased CO2 in the atmosphere. Technology exists to remove CO2 from stack gases but removal of only 50% of the CO2 would double the cost of power generation.” [emphasis added] Those lines appeared in a 1980 report, “Review of Environmental Protection Activities for 1978-1979,” produced by Imperial Oil, Exxon’s Canadian subsidiary.

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Honey bee royal jelly China scam ends in home detention, probation - MyNewsLA.com

Honey bee royal jelly China scam ends in home detention, probation - MyNewsLA.com | Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
The husband-and-wife owners of a Walnut-based nutritional supplement company were sentenced Monday to home detention and probation for illegally importing honey bee royal jelly from China under deceptive labels and other offenses.

Lynn Leung, 61, the former president and co-owner of the UBF Group Inc., doing business as the Nu-Health Products Co., was ordered to serve five years of probation, which will include a year of home detention, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Leung was also ordered by U.S. District Judge Dale S. Fischer to pay a $20,000 fine and was banned from working as a manager, officer or director of any business entity — including her own family companies — for a period of five years.
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Big Banks Just Claimed A Constitutional Right To Free Taxpayer Money

Big Banks Just Claimed A Constitutional Right To Free Taxpayer Money | Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
WASHINGTON — Big banks get a lot of free money from the federal government. And their lobbyists think they have a constitutional right to it.

Each year, the government pays billions of dollars to banks to thank them for being part of the Federal Reserve system. These payments aren’t structured to influence or encourage any particular business activity — banks just get straight cash, no matter what they do. The subsidy is economically useless. It doesn’t push interest rates lower or boost pay for bank tellers or help more farmers qualify for loans. The money just goes straight to the bottom line, boosting bank profits.
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Wall Street Stock Loans Drain $1 Billion a Year From German Taxpayers

Wall Street Stock Loans Drain $1 Billion a Year From German Taxpayers | Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
German companies are known for paying some of the heftiest dividends among world stocks, one reason U.S. investment giants such as BlackRock and Vanguard are among the biggest holders of German shares.

But Wall Street has figured out a way to squeeze some extra income from these stocks. And German taxpayers pay for it.

A cache of confidential documents obtained by ProPublica and analyzed in collaboration with The Washington Post, German broadcaster ARD and the Handelsblatt newspaper in Düsseldorf details how Wall Street puts together complex stock-lending deals that drain an estimated $1 billion a year from the German treasury.

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Health minister believes in '100% transparency' on publicly disclosing violent nursing homes deaths

Health minister believes in '100% transparency' on publicly disclosing violent nursing homes deaths | Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
Nova Scotia Health Minister Leo Glavine says all violent deaths at nursing homes should be publicly disclosed, comments that come after it was revealed there were more such deaths in the province in the last eight years than previously reported.

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Shareholder Spring II: bosses prepare for AGM pay revolts

Shareholder Spring II: bosses prepare for AGM pay revolts | Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
With the annual meeting season in full swing, companies are wondering whether investor anger will turn into a tide of protest

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Graham Watson's curator insight, May 1, 3:35 PM
The Observer notes that, once again, executive pay is in the news, with the recent round of shareholder revolts making one or two CEOs nervous about their pay negotiations. I like the Legal & General point: I think that in this case, public disapproval and shame could be just what the doctor ordered.
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Mitsubishi Says It Cheated on Fuel Tests for 25 Years

Mitsubishi Says It Cheated on Fuel Tests for 25 Years | Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
The Japanese carmaker’s disclosure that it had used improper methods since 1991 calls the fuel efficiency of many models and millions of vehicles into question.
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pdeppisch's comment, May 1, 9:48 PM
Ford Pinto, GM Corvair, GM switches, and there are the ones we don't know about. So - I guess we take a risk. :)
malek's comment, May 2, 7:24 AM
mind you, it's not the brakes, suspension, just gas emmission
pdeppisch's comment, May 2, 9:12 AM
NADA - it is also the "cutting corners" and not testing enough
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The Skin I’m In: I've been interrogated by police more than 50 times—all because I'm black

The Skin I’m In: I've been interrogated by police more than 50 times—all because I'm black | Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
Desmond Cole on what it's like to live under constant suspicion

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, April 30, 2015 8:56 PM

This is a long read, but VERY much worth it.  Don't think for a minute that the justice system is color-blind...wishing that it were so doesn't change what is.    

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VW and Shell try to block EU push for electric cars

VW and Shell try to block EU push for electric cars | Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it

"Industry giants’ call for biofuels over electric and fuel-efficient cars puts Europe’s carbon emissions targets at risk, say experts.

VW and Shell have united to try to block Europe’s push for electric cars and more efficient cars, saying biofuels should be at heart of efforts to green the industry instead."

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Michigan Official Tried to Manipulate Lead Tests Nearly Eight Years Ago

Michigan Official Tried to Manipulate Lead Tests Nearly Eight Years Ago | Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
A newly resurfaced email shows that in 2008 an official from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) tried to game lead tests by suggesting that technicians collect extra water samples to make the average lead count for a community appear artificially low.
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Forced labour in Africa: between poverty and tradition

The ILO estimate of the number of victims of forced labour in sub-Saharan Africa is 660,000. In this region, the figure reflects the stubborn survival of traditional forms of servitude, but also relates to extreme poverty, a high incidence of child labour, and a context of severe political violence. Where armed conflicts and ethnic tensions have flared, nations have been confronted with the forced recruitment of child soldiers, abductions, and enslavement of whole segments of their population. ILO online draws a picture of forced labour in Africa.

Article | 13 May 2005
KITGUM, Uganda - "We were assigned to kill people who had disobeyed instructions. To kill them with pangas, by cutting them to pieces", says Denis Oweka, a 13 year old boy. He was abducted at the age of seven, and has killed four of his former schoolmates. Now he goes to Pandwong Primary School in the outskirts of Kitgum, Uganda.

He tells us the story of three children, formerly abducted by rebels, who have been operating in northern Uganda for 19 years now. The three were turned into child soldiers at the age of ten, and made to kill several people for their own survival in the bush.
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#EU is 'responsible for using #taxpayers money to undercut African #farmers'

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EU is responsible 4 using taxpayers money 2 undercut #African farmers> greed undermines development �� #globaldev https://t.co/1QM3xOLT8d
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Defending Exxon’s Denial: It’s Their Right to Free Speech!

Defending Exxon’s Denial: It’s Their Right to Free Speech! | Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A6B1q22R438 In the world of science denial, Money is Speech, corporations are people, Donald Trump is Galileo, and apparently, lying to your customers and shareholders is exercising your constitutional rights. Above, brave and patriotic Tobacco executives practice their First Amendment right of Free Speech,  in 1994. Inside Climate News: Exxon, the Competitive Enterprise Institute and…

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Sir Philip Green must repay £400m or lose knighthood, says MP

Sir Philip Green must repay £400m or lose knighthood, says MP | Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
Retail tycoon Sir Philip Green is facing calls to give up his knighthood if he does not pay back dividends received from BHS when he owned the stores chain.
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Stamping it out

Stamping it out | Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
Counterfeiting and piracy cover an immense gamut: from synthetic cinnamon to fake Louis Vuitton luggage to copies of the world’s most elaborately programmed computer software. Some manufacturers and distributors are out-and-out hoodlums: investigations in America, Canada and Sweden have linked biker gangs to counterfeit medicines, notably drugs used to treat erectile dysfunction. Others are guileful entrepreneurs who would doubtless shrink from other areas of organised crime. A Chinese woman accused of selling bogus branded luxury goods worth millions of dollars was found last year to be living in a quiet Californian suburb, studying for a university degree.

Measured by the number of customs seizures, footwear was the most-affected industry in each of the three years studied by the OECD, from 2011 to 2013. Other popular items to rip off included clothing, electrical equipment, leather goods and watches. The country that suffers most from trademark infringement is, of course, America. Next is Italy, a country long notorious for making sham products, but which is also home to many of the world’s most envied brands.

Globalisation has enabled traffickers to run rings round officialdom, says Candice Li, vice-president of the International Anti-Counterfeiting Coalition (IACC), a lobby group. “There isn’t an international legal or enforcement framework with which to confront the problem,” she says. Counterfeiters can make parts in one country, assemble a product in a second and package it in a third—without stepping outside the law in any of them.

Even when laws are broken, the risks are slight. “Nobody is sitting in jail for taking fake shampoo or bouillon cubes across international borders,” says Hans Schwab, the founder of Illicit Trade Monitor, a website. “[Drug] cartels in South America are starting to move towards the counterfeiting of consumer products because it is more lucrative, and there is no need for bribes or fast boats or planes.”

Establishing the origins of internationally traded counterfeit or pirated goods is not easy. Distributors go to great lengths to zig-zag around the world. A consignment of counterfeit versions of Avastin, a cancer drug, found in America in 2012 had travelled through Turkey, Switzerland, Denmark and Britain. Free-trade zones are particularly favoured as transit points—as are poorly governed or war-torn countries. Afghanistan, Syria and Yemen are all leading countries of provenance.

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