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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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Oil Companies Fight to Keep Their Poison in Toys

Oil Companies Fight to Keep Their Poison in Toys | Politcs? Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
Chemicals that have been banned in children’s toys may be used in flooring where your child crawls, and may be absorbed through their hands and ingested or inhaled via dust.

One of the world’s largest chemical companies is now fighting to continue use of phthalates — chemicals with known endocrine disrupting effects. Children, whose neurological and endocrine systems are still developing, are particularly vulnerable to the harmful effects of phthalates.

ExxonMobil Fighting to Prove Safety of Phthalates

ExxonMobil is the world’s largest publicly held gas and oil company. Its CEO, Rex Tillerson, has spent years prioritizing corporate interests over those of consumers and the environment.

Tillerson joined the company in 1975. A recent report demonstrates the petroleum company understood the link between fossil fuel use and warming climate as early as 1977.2

In the following years, the company attempted to refute the idea, protecting their interest in the oil industry.3 Only recently did they publicly acknowledge the link and appear to be in support of finding a solution.

However, while ExxonMobil has a significant financial stake in the production of fossil fuel to generate energy for cars and manufacturing, they also produce other products.

More than 25 percent of their $16 billion net profit in 2015 resulted from the sales of other petroleum-based products, including plastics, batteries, synthetic fibers, household detergents and tires.4 One of the chemicals produced by ExxonMobil is the family of phthalates, chemicals used to make plastic pliable.

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Eric Larson's curator insight, January 9, 10:44 AM
Poison in toys?
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Two decades after closure of Yukon’s Faro mine, a cleanup plan takes shape

Two decades after closure of Yukon’s Faro mine, a cleanup plan takes shape | Politcs? Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
The Yukon’s abandoned Faro mine is a 25-square-kilometre moonscape, where deep pits filled with millions of tonnes of toxic waste are contained by substandard dams, and mountains of rubble tower in the background.

What was once the world’s largest open-pit zinc mine is one of Canada’s costliest environmental liabilities, according to the federal government, a toxic blight that has yet to be cleaned up after nearly two decades.

“We hardly talk about it, but Faro is a sleeping giant. The amount of money we’re spending is astronomical,” said Lewis Rifkind, who has kept an eye on the Faro project for years as part of the Yukon Conservation Society.
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America Becomes a Stan

America Becomes a Stan | Politcs? Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
In 2015 the city of Ashgabat, the capital of Turkmenistan, was graced with a new public monument: a giant gold-plated sculpture portraying the country’s president on horseback. This may strike you as a bit excessive. But cults of personality are actually the norm in the “stans,” the Central Asian countries that emerged after the fall of the Soviet Union, all of which are ruled by strongmen who surround themselves with tiny cliques of wealthy crony capitalists.

Americans used to find the antics of these regimes, with their tinpot dictators, funny. But who’s laughing now?
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Federal Bill Seeks First Native American Land Grab in 100 Years

Federal Bill Seeks First Native American Land Grab in 100 Years | Politcs? Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
Even as the Dakota Access Pipeline protest in Standing Rock has galvanized Native Americans across the U.S., a bill introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives by Utah Republican Congressmen Rob Bishop and Jason Chaffetz seeks to take 100,000 acres of Ute tribal lands and hand them over to oil and mining companies. Will Bears Ears be the site of the next standoff?
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Women's labour in India is not recorded as work, says founder of one of the world's largest trade unions

Women's labour in India is not recorded as work, says founder of one of the world's largest trade unions | Politcs? Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
The world's fastest-growing major economy has a serious problem when it comes to getting women to join the workforce. India's female labour force participation rate is just 27%, one of the lowest in the world. The dismal number is the result of persistent gender inequality, as well as a lack of technical skills an

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WTF is a #pangolin? Fall in love with this sentient artichoke before it goes extinct #extinction

WTF is a #pangolin? Fall in love with this sentient artichoke before it goes extinct #extinction | Politcs? Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
Poaching in China is out of control Public Domain Not as snuggly as they look Chinese officials recently intercepted a record-breaking illegal shipment in Shanghai: Nearly 3.5 tons of pangolin scales were found hidden inside a ship carrying Nigerian wood products. Officials estimate that as many as ...
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North Carolina is no longer classified as a democracy

North Carolina is no longer classified as a democracy | Politcs? Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
In the just released EIP report, North Carolina’s overall electoral integrity score of 58/100 for the 2016 election places us alongside authoritarian states and pseudo-democracies like Cuba, Indonesia and Sierra Leone. If it were a nation state, North Carolina would rank right in the middle of the global league table – a deeply flawed, partly-free, democracy that is only slightly ahead of the failed democracies that constitute much of the developing world.

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The ugly truth behind beauty magazines

The ugly truth behind beauty magazines The truth behind the glossy covers. Credit: https://www.facebook.com/oskar.t.brand.official/ music: Muciojad - Befor

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Dennis Swender's curator insight, January 16, 3:44 AM
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700+ Acres of Ohio's Only National Forest Leased for Fracking

700+ Acres of Ohio's Only National Forest Leased for Fracking | Politcs? Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
Despite heavy opposition from public health and environmental groups, the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has leased 759 acres of Ohio's only national forest for fracking.

According to the Associated Press, oil and gas companies from Texas, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Colorado and Oklahoma forked over $1.7 million for the right to explore parts of Wayne National Forest for drilling operations. Lessees still need to obtain a permit before any drilling can start.

The online auction took place on Dec. 13 with the minimum acceptable bid for as little as $2 per acre. The Columbus Dispatch reported that offers made by the 22 registered bidders ranged from the $2 minimum to a high of $5,806.12 per acre.
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North Carolina Republicans Lost An Election, So Now They're Trying To Undermine The Results

North Carolina Republicans Lost An Election, So Now They're Trying To Undermine The Results | Politcs? Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
WASHINGTON ― Fresh off losing control of the governor’s seat, North Carolina Republicans are now trying to undermine the election results through the state legislature by pushing bills that would limit the power of Democratic Governor-elect Roy Cooper.

Cooper declared victory over Gov. Pat McCrory, the Republican incumbent, on Nov. 9, but McCrory would not concede, saying the race was too close to call since Cooper was ahead by slightly more than 4,300 votes. He then called for all provisional ballots to be counted, demanded a statewide recount and accused citizens of voter fraud before finally conceding the election to Cooper on Dec. 5.

But apparently, Cooper’s fight isn’t over. If passed, Senate Bill 4 and House Bill 17 would prevent the incoming governor from making certain Cabinet appointments, reduce the power of the State Board of Elections and change the way potentially unconstitutional bills are legally challenged.

What’s perhaps more troubling is that the bills aren’t clear about what to do in certain common political scenarios.

Take the embattled State Board of Elections. Currently, the governor appoints all five board members. But under SB 4, there would be an executive director and eight board members ― four Democrats, four Republicans ― who would have the power to issue subpoenas and compel witnesses to testify. Cooper would be able to appoint four of the members, while two would be chosen by the state House and another two would be picked by the state Senate. County election boards would also shift from three members ― two currently appointed by the sitting governor ― to four members, evenly split along party lines.
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Dorothy Retha Cook's curator insight, December 16, 2016 5:15 AM

How NC Government does It real time! You have not won even if you did win, until they say so!

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Oxfam exposes 'world's worst tax havens' | Business | DW.COM | 12.12.2016

Oxfam exposes 'world's worst tax havens' | Business | DW.COM | 12.12.2016 | Politcs? Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
Global charity Oxfam has published a list of what it believes are the world's worst corporate tax havens. It insisted that big business kept cheating populations out of billions of dollars every year.
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News Coverage of the 2016 General Election: How the Press Failed the Voters - Shorenstein Center

News Coverage of the 2016 General Election: How the Press Failed the Voters - Shorenstein Center | Politcs? Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
A new report from Harvard Kennedy School’s Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy analyzes news coverage during the 2016 general election, and concludes that both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump received coverage that was overwhelmingly negative i

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Brain-injured woman denied legal aid calls her ordeal 'frighteningly unfair'

Brain-injured woman denied legal aid calls her ordeal 'frighteningly unfair' | Politcs? Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
A Medicine Hat woman's legal battle is raising questions about whether people with disabilities are being fairly represented in court.

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Legal aid is an essential part of the justice system, but it is also in urgent need of reform
pdeppisch's comment, December 7, 2016 5:43 PM
Politics needs to be urgently reformed. The question is: Do we want an oligarchy, Liberal or Conservative or do we want a democracy.
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The Captive Aliens Who Remain Our Shame

The Captive Aliens Who Remain Our Shame | Politcs? Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
It is a commonplace that being an American is a matter neither of blood nor of cultural connections forged over time. It is, instead, a commitment to a set of ideals famously laid down by the country’s founders, and refined over generations with a notion of progress as a guiding principle. The Declaration of Independence, with Thomas Jefferson’s soaring language about the equality of mankind and the right to “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness,” is the most powerful statement of those ideals. It is sometimes called America’s “creed.”
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House Quietly Shifts Federal Policy Making It Easier to Sell Off Public Land

House Quietly Shifts Federal Policy Making It Easier to Sell Off Public Land | Politcs? Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
The House passed a new provision Tuesday that would change the cost calculation of transferring federal land, making it easier to give state and local regulators more control.

The official GOP platform advocates for state control of federal public lands and Tuesday's vote may signify an initial move in how the GOP plans to manage public lands in a Trump Administration.
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How Over-Reliance on Social Stigma Undermines Liberal Democracy

How Over-Reliance on Social Stigma Undermines Liberal Democracy | Politcs? Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
In the Western world, the percentage of people who say that it is essential to live in a democracy is in precipitous decline. In the United States, only 19 percent of millennials agree that it would be illegitimate for the military to take control of government. The president-elect routinely speculates about authoritarian policies, like stripping citizenship from those who burn the American flag in protest.
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Noam Chomsky: 'The Republican Party Has Become the Most Dangerous Organization in World History'

Noam Chomsky: 'The Republican Party Has Become the Most Dangerous Organization in World History' | Politcs? Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
On Nov. 8, Donald Trump managed to pull the biggest upset in U.S. politics by tapping successfully into the anger of white voters and appealing to the lowest inclinations of people in a manner that would have probably impressed Nazi propagandist Joseph Goebbels himself.
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Dentsu chief resigns after overworked employee commits suicide - BBC News

Dentsu chief resigns after overworked employee commits suicide - BBC News | Politcs? Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
Dentsu has been under pressure to reduce the amount of overtime its employees do and in November it was raided by labour regulators.
In September, the Japanese government ruled that Ms Takahashi's death had been caused by overwork. She would often return home at 5am after spending all day and night at the office.
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Japan forces a harsh choice on children of migrant families

Japan forces a harsh choice on children of migrant families | Politcs? Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
Born in Japan, Gursewak Singh considers himself Japanese. The government doesn't. But it offers children like him a chance to stay - if their parents leave.

 

Gursewak’s parents, who are Sikhs, fled to Japan from India in the 1990s. For several years, they lived without visas under the radar of the authorities until they were put on a status known as “provisional release” in 2001. It means they can stay in Japan as long as their asylum application is under review.  While there were almost 14,000 asylum cases under review at the end of 2015, Japan accepted only 27 refugees last year. The year before that, the number was 11.

The low acceptance rate stands in stark contrast to Europe, which has seen hundreds of thousands of refugees arrive from countries such as Iraq, Syria and Eritrea. In the first half of the year, European countries ruled on 495,000 asylum applications, approving more than 293,000.

 

Tags: culture, Sikh, declining population, population, migration, refugees, Japan, East Asia,             .


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Shanghai water supply hit by 100-tonne wave of garbage

Shanghai water supply hit by 100-tonne wave of garbage | Politcs? Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
Ships are suspected of dumping waste upstream on China’s Yangtze river before it floats into a key city reservoir

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‘At the Peak of the Terror’

‘At the Peak of the Terror’ | Politcs? Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
Redeployment is a collection of twelve brutally effective first-person stories about the uselessness of stories. They are fictions from the Iraq war, but they draw on many conversations between soldiers and the author, Phil Klay, an ex-marine. Who tells them? Among the narrators are a military chaplain, a soldier in Mortuary Affairs, an artilleryman, a Green Zone contractor, an adjutant, and a number of combat marines who find themselves surveying the demolition of their inner lives. Some carried rifles or manned machine guns in Iraq, some commanded men, some merely paved the roads, which got them blown up anyway. War stories, in short, or at least stories gathered in war-like places—Fallujah, Ramadi, Haditha, and Baghdad around the year 2004. War stories: souvenirs for some, nightmares for others, all of them useless.
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International Auschwitz Committee accuses Facebook of arrogant approach to hate speech | News | DW.COM | 15.12.2016

International Auschwitz Committee accuses Facebook of arrogant approach to hate speech | News | DW.COM | 15.12.2016 | Politcs? Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
The International Auschwitz Committee has attacked Facebook for its lenient treatment of online hate speech. German Justice Minister Heiko Maas also accused social media of not taking hateful comments seriously enough.
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Nate Silver, Harry Reid agree: Hillary Clinton isn’t president because of James Comey’s letters

Nate Silver, Harry Reid agree: Hillary Clinton isn’t president because of James Comey’s letters | Politcs? Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
Nate Silver and Harry Reid both believe that James Comey, the FBI director, threw the election to Trump
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J'nene Solidarity Kay's curator insight, December 12, 2016 10:23 PM

The opinion of Nate Silver of 538 has weight with me. And you?

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Back in the 1890s, fake news helped start a war

Back in the 1890s, fake news helped start a war | Politcs? Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
The long and tawdry history of "yellow journalism" in America.

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The New Yorker Publishes No-Holds Barred Critique Of “Grit”

The New Yorker Publishes No-Holds Barred Critique Of “Grit” | Politcs? Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
I’ve been pretty critical of the dangerous misuse of Social Emotional Emotional Learning Skills (see my Washington Post pieces,  Why schools should not grade character traits and The manipula…

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Eye Opener: social and emotional learning (SEL) can have a positive impact on students' academic performance.
pdeppisch's comment, December 12, 2016 11:47 AM
"Good" education and "good" teachers can make a world od difference and "bad" education and "bad" teachers can devastate a child / teenager / adult.