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Uprooting Racism - Literature - Utne Reader

Uprooting Racism - Literature - Utne Reader | Politcs? Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
Paul Kivel offers a framework for understanding institutional racism.

 

Racism is based on the concept of whiteness — a powerful fiction enforced by power and violence. Whiteness is a constantly shifting boundary separating those who are entitled to certain benefits from those whose exploitation and vulnerability to violence is justified by their not being white.

Racism itself is a long-standing characteristic of many human societies. For example, justifying exploitation and violence against other peoples because they are inferior or different has a long history within Greek, Roman and European Christian traditions. The beginnings of biological racism go back to the Spanish Inquisition. Trying to root out false Muslim and Jewish converts to Christianity but unable to reliably do so, the courts ruled that anyone with a Jewish or Muslim parent or grandparent was not a Christian. Soon, the courts were ruling that any person with any Muslim or Jewish blood was incapable of being a righteous Christian because they did not have clean blood (limpieza de sangre).

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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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A Whistle-Blower Tells of Health Insurers Bilking Medicare

A Whistle-Blower Tells of Health Insurers Bilking Medicare | Politcs? Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
A former executive at UnitedHealth says he was paid bonuses to make patients look sicker than they were, which led to bigger reimbursements.

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Indonesia sues Thailand's PTT, PTTEP for $2 billion over oil spill

Indonesia sues Thailand's PTT, PTTEP for $2 billion over oil spill | Politcs? Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
The Indonesian government is suing Thailand's state-owned PTT and PTT Exploration and Production for around $2 billion for alleged damage to the environment from an oil spill in the Timor Sea eight years ago.

The Montara wellhead operated by subsidiary PTTEP Australasia caught fire in 2009, leaking hundreds of thousands of litres of oil off the northern coast of Western Australia, according to media reports at the time.

The incident was considered one of Australia's worst oil disasters, and PTTEP was fined A$510,000 ($394,000) by a Darwin court after pleading guilty in 2011 to charges related to workplace health and safety and failure to maintain good oilfield practice.
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Fossil fuel lobbies cripple UN climate talks, report says | DW Environment  

Fossil fuel lobbies cripple UN climate talks, report says | DW Environment   | Politcs? Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
Coal and oil groups "undermine" UN climate negotiations, says Corporate Accountability International. A group of developing countries is calling for big polluters' lobbyists to be kicked out of upcoming talks in Bonn.
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Opinion | Airlines abuse passengers, and Washington weighs a crackdown — on passengers

Opinion | Airlines abuse passengers, and Washington weighs a crackdown — on passengers | Politcs? Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
Washington, in its wisdom, deregulated the airline industry and later looked the other way as it underwent a series of mega-mergers leaving a four-carrier oligopoly controlling 85 percent of the market. And what do we have to show for it? Reduced competition; packed cabins; tiny seats; proliferating fees for food, bags and flight changes; outsourcing of maintenance; boarding delays; higher fares in many cases; labyrinthine contracts that protect airlines rather than consumers; and routine overbooking.
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Florida principal in hot water after instructing staff that “white students should be in the same class”

Florida principal in hot water after instructing staff that “white students should be in the same class” | Politcs? Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
Hoffman only sought to separate white students from the rest of the student body; Hispanic, Asian and multiracial students were not mentioned in any context.

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How President Trump and congressional Republicans are undercutting wages and protections for working people

How President Trump and congressional Republicans are undercutting wages and protections for working people | Politcs? Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
We are nearly 100 days into President Donald Trump’s administration, a benchmark that gives us a chance to take stock of what the president and new Congress have accomplished and what their priorities are. We have seen a flurry of activity—from legislation and executive orders, as well as actions taken (or not taken) by the administration—that, sometimes subtly, shift power away from working people and towards corporations and the 1 percent. Some of these actions have been high profile, but others have gone almost unnoticed. Taken together, they undercut wages and protections for working people.
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How Wall Street Once Killed the U.S. Solar Industry

How Wall Street Once Killed the U.S. Solar Industry | Politcs? Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
Why is the American solar-power industry so small?

It’s less obvious than it may seem. The global industry is a $65-billion business, and the United States has been involved in it from the beginning. NASA first improved and perfected panels for early satellite and Apollo missions. American firms have been manufacturing and selling solar panels for 40 years.

Yet North American firms produce only about 3 percent of the world’s solar panels. China and Taiwan, meanwhile, make more than 60 percent of them.
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Wells Fargo claws back another $75m from former bosses - BBC News

Wells Fargo claws back another $75m from former bosses - BBC News | Politcs? Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
Wells Fargo has clawed back a further $75m (£60.3m) from two former executives in the wake of a fake accounts scandal.
Former boss John Stumpf will give back $28m, while Carrie Tolstedt will lose share options worth $47m.
Last year it emerged staff at the bank had set up two million deposit and credit card accounts in customers' names without their approval.
The US bank was accused of "widespread illegal activity" and fined.
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£2 Billion Chinese Online VAT Fraud - HMRC v OLAF

Systematic failures by customs officials within HMRC have allowed criminal gangs to defraud the UK and European Union of at least £2bn in just four year
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Libor: Bank of England implicated in secret recording - BBC News

Libor: Bank of England implicated in secret recording - BBC News | Politcs? Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
A secret recording that implicates the Bank of England in Libor rigging has been uncovered by BBC Panorama.
The 2008 recording adds to evidence the central bank repeatedly pressured commercial banks during the financial crisis to push their Libor rates down.
Libor is the rate that banks lend to each other and it sets a benchmark for mortgages and loans for ordinary customers.
The Bank of England said Libor was not regulated in the UK at the time.
Banks setting artificially low Libor rates is called lowballing.
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Tug-of-war in the fight against EU tax dodgers | Europe | 

Tug-of-war in the fight against EU tax dodgers | Europe |  | Politcs? Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
How can the international tax system be made more equitable? That is the question EU finance ministers contemplated at their informal meeting in Malta. But, as usual, they were slow to make decisions, says Bernd Riegert.
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Trump plan to slash EPA budget goes even deeper, new memo shows

Trump plan to slash EPA budget goes even deeper, new memo shows | Politcs? Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
The administration’s budget proposal to cut $2.5 billion gets an action plan, gutting all climate research and partnerships to cut industry emissions.
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Liberal ‘Gerrymandering’ Handed Them Election Win: Analyst | The Tyee

Liberal ‘Gerrymandering’ Handed Them Election Win: Analyst | The Tyee | Politcs? Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
BC Liberals told electoral boundary commission to protect sparsely populated ridings in party strongholds.
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The slimming pills that put me in hospital - BBC News

The slimming pills that put me in hospital - BBC News | Politcs? Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
Fake drugs are now a multibillion dollar international industry, but for those who have ended up inadvertently taking them the personal consequences can be life-changing.
Natalie-Jade from Manchester was 18 when she decided she wanted to lose weight. The British teenager did a quick Google search, and the pills she found promised instant results.
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malek's comment, May 12, 10:05 AM
Shambolic: Counterfeit medicine may be contaminated or contain the wrong or no active ingredient.
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Fake anything is doing what humans do best: Cheating! grrrrr
malek's comment, May 16, 9:59 AM
Enforce laws, Period.
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Bumble Bee tuna to pay $25 million in U.S. price-fixing case

Bumble Bee tuna to pay $25 million in U.S. price-fixing case | Politcs? Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
Bumble Bee Foods LLC has agreed to plead guilty to one count of fixing the prices of canned tuna sold in the United States and to pay a criminal fine of $25 million, the Justice Department said on Monday.

Two Bumble Bee executives agreed to plead guilty in December in connection with the price fixing. They are on paid leave from the company.
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Swiss 'spied inside German ministry' in tax scandal - BBC News

Swiss 'spied inside German ministry' in tax scandal - BBC News | Politcs? Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
German investigators suspect that a mole spied for Swiss intelligence from inside a government office which was trying to catch German tax dodgers.
The allegations are part of the case against an alleged Swiss spy arrested in a Frankfurt hotel on Friday, German media report. He is suspected of monitoring German tax investigators.
Switzerland objects to the practice of buying data stolen from Swiss banks.
The mole allegedly spied inside North Rhine-Westphalia's finance ministry.
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Big tobacco in 2017: Full steam ahead

Big tobacco in 2017: Full steam ahead | Politcs? Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
The Justice Dept has moved to delay enforcement of rules the FDA finalized dealing with tobacco. The industry stepped up its lobbying efforts in 2017

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Evidence of Complex Contagion of Information in Social Media: An Experiment Using Twitter Bots

"It has recently become possible to study the dynamics of information diffusion in techno-social systems at scale, due to the emergence of online platforms, such as Twitter, with millions of users. One question that systematically recurs is whether information spreads according to simple or complex dynamics: does each exposure to a piece of information have an independent probability of a user adopting it (simple contagion), or does this probability depend instead on the number of sources of exposure, increasing above some threshold (complex contagion)? Most studies to date are observational and, therefore, unable to disentangle the effects of confounding factors such as social reinforcement, homophily, limited attention, or network community structure. Here we describe a novel controlled experiment that we performed on Twitter using `social bots' deployed to carry out coordinated attempts at spreading information. We propose two Bayesian statistical models describing simple and complex contagion dynamics, and test the competing hypotheses. We provide experimental evidence that the complex contagion model describes the observed information diffusion behavior more accurately than simple contagion. Future applications of our results include more effective defenses against malicious propaganda campaigns on social media, improved marketing and advertisement strategies, and design of effective network intervention techniques.

 

Evidence of Complex Contagion of Information in Social Media: An Experiment Using Twitter Bots

Bjarke Mønsted, Piotr Sapieżyński, Emilio Ferrara, Sune Lehmann"

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Imagine America's next generation are climate deniers | DW Environment 

Imagine America's next generation are climate deniers | DW Environment  | Politcs? Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
A fight is being waged to ensure the science behind global warming is taught in US schools as some states move to wipe it from the curriculum. Is the United States raising a new generation of climate-change deniers?
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Brazil's Odebrecht paid $3.3 billion in bribes over a decade: reports

Brazil's Odebrecht paid $3.3 billion in bribes over a decade: reports | Politcs? Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
Odebrecht SA [ODBES.UL], the Brazilian engineering company at the center of a historic corruption scandal, paid out a total of about $3.3 billion in bribes in the nine years through 2014, according to testimony cited by local media on Saturday.
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Shell admits dealing with money launderer - BBC News

Shell admits dealing with money launderer - BBC News | Politcs? Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
Shell has admitted for the first time it dealt with a convicted money-launderer when negotiating access to a vast oil field in Nigeria.
It comes after emails were published showing Shell negotiated with Dan Etete, who was later convicted of money laundering in a separate case.
Shell and an Italian oil company paid $1.3bn (£1bn) to the Nigerian government for access to the field.
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Thousands of domestic violence victims withdraw support for charges against abusers after Government cuts

Thousands of domestic violence victims withdraw support for charges against abusers after Government cuts | Politcs? Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
More than 160,000 victims of domestic violence in England withdrew their support for charges against their abusers in 2016, a number that rocketed by almost 40 per cent compared with the previous 12 months, exclusive figures reveal. The jump has fuelled concern that cuts to policing and specialist services for victims of domestic abuse are pushing vulnerable people back into dangerous and potentially deadly situations, while allowing perpetrators to escape justice.

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Shell corruption probe: New evidence on oil payments - BBC News

Shell corruption probe: New evidence on oil payments - BBC News | Politcs? Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
The BBC has seen evidence that top executives at Shell knew money paid to the Nigerian government for a vast oil field would be passed to a convicted money-launderer.
It also had reason to believe that money would be used to pay political bribes.
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Google accused of 'systemic' gender pay gaps | News | 

Google accused of 'systemic' gender pay gaps | News |  | Politcs? Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
Search giant Google as been accused by the US Department of Labor of shortchanging its female staff. A regional director told a San Francisco courtroom that the DoL had found "systemic compensation disparities."
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Donald Trump Defunds Global Maternal Health Organization

Donald Trump Defunds Global Maternal Health Organization | Politcs? Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
NEW YORK ― Days after Melania Trump presented courage awards to 13 women working for gender equity around the globe, President Donald Trump’s administration halted all U.S. grants to the United Nations Population Fund, an international humanitarian aid organization that provides reproductive health care and works to end child marriage and female genital cutting in more than 150 countries. 
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