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Oliver Schmidt, former general manager of engineering at VW, sentenced to 7 years

Mr. Schmidt explained at his sentencing, “A script or talking points, I was directed to follow for that meeting [with the California Air Resources Board] was approved by management level supervisors at VW, including a high-ranking in-house lawyer, Regrettably, I … Continue reading

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“Conyers’s Son Was Accused Of Stabbing His Girlfriend”

John Conyers, leaving the House for various reasons (all denied), endorsed his son, John Conyers III (just like Britain), to succeed him. Then, the above headline appeared in the New York Times. John Conyers’s III (27) side of the story:”She … Continue reading

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“I have never seen a case where there were so many bad things done like Uber has done in this case.”

Federal Judge William Alsup, presiding over the trial in the suit by Waymo against Uber for alleged theft of intellectual property, on learning of the existence of an employee whistleblower letter received by Uber regarding intellectual property issues at Uber. … Continue reading

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A Conflict Is a Conflict Is a Conflict: Our Federal Government At Work on Ignoring Them

Ignoring party affiliations, a conflict is a conflict is a conflict. Since June, those conflicts have been cascading here and there in the federal government without much coverage, less outrage, and no action. Mick Mulvaney is the new acting director … Continue reading

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The Harassment Settlements and Payments in Congress

The Congressional Office of Compliance has released the following data on its settlement of sexual harassment claims against members of Congress. Visit the site yourself: https://www.compliance.gov Since 1997 (through 2017), there have been 264 settlements for a total of $17 … Continue reading

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Complicit: Word of the Year Per Dictionary.com

Yes, choosing to be involved in an illegal or questionable act, especially with others, is our word of the year. Here’s a list of the pockets of complicity. Their complicity was verified when post-revelation of a major figure they all … Continue reading

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Students in Massachusetts Who Were Paid For Correct Answers on Standardized Tests Had Higher Scores

The National Bureau of Economic Research has a paper that reflects a study by economists that concludes that paying students in the United States for correct answers on standardized tests nets higher scores than those of students who were not … Continue reading

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Wells Fargo and the Currency Traders: Another Incentive Plan Gone Amok

The Wall Street Journal has reported on yet another incentive mishap at Wells Fargo. This time, the bank, which had to let 5300 employees go for creating false or unauthorized accounts in order to earn incentives in the retail side, … Continue reading

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Pennsylvania Congressman Alleged to Have Paid Primary Opponent $90,000 to Get Out of Congressional Race

Robert A. Brady is the Congressman. Jimmie Moore was his rival in the 2012 primary contest. Mr. Moore is cooperating with the FBI, and court documents alleged that the money was funneled to him in exchange for polling services. Mr. … Continue reading

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It’s All in the Meaning of “Lost” Baggage Reports

Airlines are required to file reports with the U.S. Department of Transportation that disclose the number of lost baggage reports that their customers file. However, American Airlines rolled out a system that notifies passengers when their bags do not make … Continue reading

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Another Day . . . Another Member of Congress, Hollywood’s Elite, the Media, Silicon Valley Bites the Dust

In 2015, Representative John Conyers, 88, settled a sexual harassment complaint by a former employee who said that she was fired because she would not submit to his sexual advances. At 88 years of age the ranking Democrat on the … Continue reading

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The FIFA Trial: Defendants Making Throat-Slitting Gestures at Witnesses?

Soccer is a rugged game. Soccer fans are a rough sort. And defendants at soccer corruption trials, well, a U.S. federal district judge is about to hear testimony about the throat-slashing gestures one of the defendants is alleged to have … Continue reading

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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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