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The 46th Parent Enters a Guilty Plea in Operation Varsity Blue

Marci Palatella, the CEO of liquor distribution company in California, entered a guilty plea to conspiracy to commit honest services fraud. Ms. Palatella, who is married to former 49ers player, Lou Palatella, was sentenced to six weeks in jail, a … Continue reading

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“Harvard’s Chief Chaplain Is An Atheist”

Headline New York Times August 27, 2021. The new chaplain is in charge of coordinating the efforts of 40 faith leaders on campus. He is the author of a book, “Good Without God.” Greg Epstein, the new chief chaplain says, … Continue reading

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18 Midshipmen Expelled From the Naval Academy for Cheating on a Physics Exam

You never hear of anyone being expelled for cheating on a philosophy exam. Perhaps philosophy students are more mellow. Perhaps the questions on physics exams require more precision than the answer to, “If a tree falls in a forest . … Continue reading

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“United Airlines Tells Employees Never Use Tape on Passengers”

News article headline, New York Times, August 20, 2021, p. B5 That’s a combination of words we might not have anticipated before we entered the Twilight Zone on so many levels. In July, Frontier Airlines employees had duct-taped a rowdy … Continue reading

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The WSJ’s Andy Kessler’s Frightening Confession

Wall Street Journal editorial writer, Andy Kessler, wrote a column that appeared on August 9, 2021 entitled, “To Lie Is Human.” He began the column by confessing that as he and his family visited Lake Louis, Alberta he did the … Continue reading

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Even with an SEC Break, the Execs Still Dabble in Their Own Companies’ Stock

The Securities Exchange Commission cut corporate executives some slack on insider trading. The execs could file 10b5-1 plans that disclosed their schedules for buying and selling stock in their companies. Follow the plan, no insider trading charges. However, the execs … Continue reading

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The Cuomo Boys, Conflicts, and CNN

From the New York Times, “CNN has barred Chris Cuomo from engaging in strategy sessions with the governor’s aides, but has said it would not prohibit him from speaking directly with his brother about the scandal.” The scandal is now … Continue reading

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Credit Suisse and Its Management, Risk, and Inaction Problems

The Credit Suisse board commissioned an investigation into the losses the bank has faced resulting from its ties to Archegos. By March 23, 2021, Credit Suisse had $27 billion in exposure ob its Archegos investment. While it dawned on few … Continue reading

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Toyota and Selective Election Dispute Outrage

Corporations should not be involved in politics.Should they feel the necessity to get involved, is it too much to ask for consistency? Toyota announced that it will no longer donate to Republicans who disputed the 2020 presidential election. Toyota is … Continue reading

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The Lawyer and Salad-Bar Cheating

Erin Gilmer, an attorney and consultant to hospitals on medical privacy and compassionate health care, died on July 7, 2021 at the young age of 38. The cause of death was suicide. Ms. Gilmer suffered from rheumatoid arthritis, Type I … Continue reading

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When Hate Sidetracks Due Process: Lessons from Plant Fitness and Horse-Racing

The Barometer was awaiting the opening of the doors to the mighty Planet Fitness gym, you know, the alleged “Judgement-free zone.” The English spelling of “Judgment” in the United States will not be corrected because as a Planet Fitness manager … Continue reading

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Hunter Biden: Renaissance Man, Painter, and Ethics Expert

President Biden’s son has discovered his inner self and is now a painter of art the quality of which brings up to $500,000. Not to worry. He has a solution. He is going to keep everything a secret from everyone. … Continue reading

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Six-Feet Nothing and the Point God

Chris Paul is 36 years old and just 6-feet tall. He was once poison in the NBA — one team gave away its draft picks just to be free from Paul’s contract. Today, having scored 41 points in Game 6 … Continue reading

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“Vatican Indicts Cardinal and 9 Others on Charges Over Money-Losing Deals”

Now that’s a headline one does not expect to read. A combination of words that seems beyond the realm, as it were. Nonetheless, the Vatican is a country and can indict, pardon, and fire as it sees fit. New York … Continue reading

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