Monthly Archives: November 2017

Looks Like Menendez Will Walk: Jurors Can’t Bring Themselves to Convict

The creep factor has been out and about as often as Harvey Weinstein is in and out of whatever Arizona rehab facility banishes him for cell phone use as he seeks to recover from his addiction to starlets. Oddly missing … Continue reading

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Tech Firms and the Baltimore County Public School System: Donations and Quid Pro Quo

Silicon Valley wants to sell computers to school systems. Get the young ‘uns using your computers at an early age and they are hooked for life. Apple built its market through the school systems. But, competition is now more fierce, … Continue reading

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“The culture went wrong, the governance went wrong, the board went in a very bad direction. I think winning gives some excuses for bad behavior.”

New CEO of Uber, Dara Khosrowshahi, in an interview with Andrew Ross Sorkin of the New York Times. I should say. Here’s an astute CEO: Employees were quitting in droves, the board of directors suffered from infighting, there were five … Continue reading

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Chief of FBI’s International Terrorism Section Rolled in Charlotte, NC Westin: His Glock, $6,000 Rolex, and $60 Stolen

The police report indicates that agent Robert Manson met an exotic dancer in a hotel bar and took her back to his room when the bar closed at 2:00 AM. The Charlotte police took information for their report from other … Continue reading

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The “Situation” With the UCLA Basketball Players in China

UCLA officials released a statement explaining that it was “aware” of a “situation” involving UCLA basketball players in Shanghai. Coach Steve Alford announced that several players were being benched before an exhibition game in China sans explanation. Turns out that … Continue reading

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“The confinement of the princes, said to be in the Ritz-Carlton hotel in Riyadh, could be a particularly strange experience for Prince Alwaleed, who owns stakes in a number of Four Seasons hotels.”

The New York Times on the round-up and arrests of 11 Saudi princes. “Confinement” and “Ritz-Carlton” are two terms one does not usually see in the same sentence. However, under Saudi standards, this combo means that they are getting serious … Continue reading

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The Ethicist at the New York Times: Priorities on Tattling

In the Sunday, November 5, 2017 “The Ethicist” feature of the New York Times, writer Anthony Appiah revealed a bias that afflicts society: the unwillingness to tell those in charge about bad acts or dangerous activity. A mother of a … Continue reading

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The Bathsheba Syndrome, Jeffrey Immelt, and Why GE Is In Trouble

By now, the story of Jeffrey Immelt, former GE CEO, traveling with, not one, but two corporate jets so that he always had back-up has made the rounds. The Board is outraged and sent out an explanation befitting of a … Continue reading

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What Drives Behavior That Results in Indictments

The Barometer was reviewing the recent grand jury indictment of Paul Manafort, President Trump’s campaign manager for about 6 weeks in the summer of 2016. Mr. Manafort is facing money-laundering charges, so the indictment lays out wire transfers that were … Continue reading

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Update on Basketball Bribery

The Barometer checked in on the four assistant coaches in the FBI case of the alleged bribery scheme involving Adidas and payments for basketball recruits saying “Yes!” to their schools. University of Arizona assistant basketball coach, Emanuel “Book” Richardson entered … Continue reading

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