Monthly Archives: August 2019

More Gaming the System in Online Reviews

There is an inherent conflict of interest between travel review sites and the targets of those reviews. Travel review sites depend upon those being reviewed for their revenue. So, when those who pay the site ask that a negative review … Continue reading

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Candid Glassdoor: Are Employers Manipulating the Site?

The Wall Street Journalconducted a study of Glassdoor’s site. Glassdoor is a site that permits employees (current and former, happy and disgruntled, short- and long-term) to post feedback on their companies. Employers can then respond to that feedback. The WSJ … Continue reading

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Attempts to Hide Bad Water: How Many Times Must We Live (Maybe) Through This

The story of the Flint, Michigan unfolded as follows: April 2014 – Switch from Detroit to Flint system; no corrosion control testing May 2014 – complaints from residents about the water August 2014 – E.coli and coliform bacteria found in … Continue reading

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“Overstock Chief Resigns a Week After Disclosing His Romance With a Russian Agent”

New York Times, August 23, 2019. One of those headlines that you never thought you would read. Of course, the Wall Street Journal was more measured, to wit, “Overstock CEO Ends Turbulent Tenure, August 24-25, 2019. How exactly do these … Continue reading

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The Great McDonald’s Straw Caper Continues

The queen was not pleased, and the Irish seemed upset as well. So, McDonald’s halted its use of plastic straws and put paper straws in its franchises in Ireland and the U.K. However, it turns out that the high-and-mighty and … Continue reading

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Why the World Should Go On: Diesel Pippert

Diesel Pippert has a novel-worthy name and a heavenly-worthy soul. The young lad sold his hog at the Huron County (Ohio) Fair, and donated the $15,000 he received at the auction to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. His mother, Erin … Continue reading

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Justin Trudeau and Obstruction of Justice

The ethics commissioner for Canada has issued a report that concludes that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau broke Canada’s ethics laws (and is that not an interesting thing that there are laws on ethics in Canada?). The conclusion comes on the … Continue reading

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The Gracious Protesters in Hong Kong

The protesters in Hong Kong, risking arrest and imprisonment in China, have kept up their resistance to a Chinese takeover of Hong Kong. Their presence in the Hong Kong airport for days resulted in its shut-down and cancellation of thousands … Continue reading

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Markopolos (Who Warned Us About Madoff) Issues GE Warnings

Harry Markopolos, the man who kept telling us that Madoff was running a Ponzie scheme, believes that GE’s financial picture is worse than its financial statements depict, The exposure for the company is in its insurance reserves for long-term care … Continue reading

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“Some Cry Foul After de Blasio’s Security Detail Helped Daughter Move.”

There’s another headline no mayor likes to see. New York Times, August 7, 2019, p. A26. One question: Why are only “some” crying foul? To paraphrase Shakespeare, this is corruption “most foul.” And let’s not forget the human dignity of … Continue reading

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“Novartis Defends Decision to Keep False Data From FDA”

Now there’s a headline full of chutzpah. August 8, 2019, New York Times, p. B6. There is no way to convince either the FDA or the public that Novartis did nothing wrong. Vas Narasimhan, CEO, offered the following explanations/justifications: 1. … Continue reading

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Speaking of Cheating: Rosie Ruiz

Rosei Ruiz, the runner who won the 1980 Boston Marathon with a time of 2:31:56 (third-fastest time for a woman in history, for a few days passed away on July 8,2019. Ms. Ruiz, a secretary in a commodities firm, was … Continue reading

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“I know many of them are cheating, and that’s just kind of the way life is.”

David Roth, owner of www.tuto-homework.com, on his service to high-school students of doing their homework for $20-$30 per hour. His specialties are math, chemistry, and physics. In fairness to Mr. Roth, he does have a disclaimer on his site:”Disclaimer: THIS … Continue reading

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Michigan State Former President Receives $2.45 Million Payout and Full Emeritus Retirement

Former Michigan State President, Lou Anna Simon, who has been charged criminally with lying to investigators about her knowledge of complaints made against former gymnastics program physician, Dr. Larry Nassar. Mr. Nassar entered a guilty plea to seven counts of … Continue reading

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