Monthly Archives: November 2010

The Boss Got Laid Off . . . By Herself

Lola Gonzalez, the founder and owner of Accurate Background Check, knew that with few new clients and one-fifth of her customers not paying their bills, something had to give.  Or, somebody had to go.  So, she did. Rather than lay off … Continue reading

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“Just talk . . . don’t, don’t put it down in writing. Dangerous.. . . I’m nervous.”

Don Ching Trang Chu, an employee at a stock research firm, recorded in a conversation with hedge fund manager Richard “C.B.” Lee.  Mr. Lee, in exchange for a plea deal, was cooperating with the federal government by wearing a wire in talking … Continue reading

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“It wasn’t my money. I didn’t earn it. I’m the one that has to lay down every day and deal with myself. If I’d done anything different than what I did, I don’t know if I could handle that.”

Dave Tally, a homeless man in Tempe, AZ, who returned a backpack that had in it both a laptop and $3,300 in cash.  Mr. Tally found the backpack left behind at a light-rail station

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“Cam Newton of Auburn may have taken money from recruiters. But how much money has he made for Auburn?”

Ken Nelson, writing for the New York Times, November 14, 2010, p. Wk. 2, may have missed the issue.  Net gain is but one part of ethical analysis.  Also, the term “amateur” used to be different from “pro.”

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HP’s Board Is Vindicated

In August, Joe Nocera of the New York Times tossed out quite a few negative assessments of the HP board’s firing/resignation of former CEO, Mark Hurd, to wit: When pressed, H.P. said that Mr. Hurd had fudged some expense reports. … Continue reading

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What would the world look like if we had no traffic signals?

Look here: However, we would all have to wait our turn and be considerate of others, something the Brits seem to have within them.  Ever try to merge onto a freeway here in the U.S.?

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Yet another guilty plea in the New York pension fund case

Hank Morris, who served as a political adviser to Alan G. Hevesi, the former New York state comptroller, entered a guilty plea to a single felony charge for his role in the scheme to funnel pension fund management to firms … Continue reading

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University of Central Florida Prof Does the Right Thing: Enforces the Rules

Professor Richard Quinn was suspicious when the results on his mid-term exam were a full one to one-and-one-half grade levels higher than usual.  The good professor ran some stats and realized that something had gone awry.  An anonymous tip was … Continue reading

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“This is college. Everyone cheats. Everyone cheats in life in general. I think you would be hard-pressed to find anyone in this testing lab who hasn’t cheated on an exam. They’re making a witch-hunt out of absolutely nothing, as if it were going to teach us some kind of moral lesson.”

University of Central Florida student Konstantin Ravvin on Professor Richard Quinn holding 200 of his 600 students accountable for cheating on their mid-term exam.

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“They do give us bags of money — yes, yes, it is done.” Afghan president Hamid Karzai confirming that Iran sends regular cash payments to his chief of staff. Transparency International ranked Afghanistan as the second most corrupt country in the world for 2009. The number one slot is within reach for 2010.

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Jamie Gorelick Surfaces

Jamie Gorelick, she of former Fannie Mae and its former board, has a new line of work.  She is representing Steven Rattner, he of former car czaring, who oversaw the auto industry bailout.  Rattner needs Gorelick because of the SEC … Continue reading

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The Attack of the Foreign Goose on JCPenney Soil

On March 31, 2006, Betty Walker, her daughter, and her granddaughter were walking to the Penney store via the sidewalk around the Penney building at the Greenwood Park Mall when a Canada goose attacked Mrs. Walker. The goose landed on … Continue reading

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SAP vs Oracle: A Soap Opera

Cast of Characters: Oracle Corp.                           Software company SAP AG                                     Oracle competitor                  Larry Ellison                          CEO of Oracle Leo Apotheker                      former CEO of SAP and current CEO of Hewlett-Packard Mark Hurd                              former CEO of Hewlett-Packard and now co-president of Oracle, hired by … Continue reading

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Rebates for Rollbars

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has been able to reduce the number of tractor fatalities (the leading cause of death in the agricultural industry) from 127 in 1994 to 62 in 2007 through education programs as … Continue reading

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