Category Archives: News and Events

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Another Tin Ear

Speaker Nancy Pelosi is to be commended for traveling to Ukraine to meet with heroic President Zelensky.  However, a picture of the visit on the front page of the New York Times reflects  a tin ear on the sensitivity scale.  The speaker … Continue reading

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McKinsey Goes to Washington

The McKinsey Managing Partner, Bob Sternfels, was hauled before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Oversight & Reform on April 27, 2022. We have not seen tin ears like this since Jack Haley trod the yellow brick road with … Continue reading

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An Award for Writing About Ethics

The American Society of Business Publication Editors awarded Marianne Jennings bronze recognition (think third place) for her column “Ethics at Work,” published in New Perspectives, a publication of the Association of Healthcare Internal Auditors (AHIA). The Barometer is grateful for a … Continue reading

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Conflict Blindness at McKinsey — Again

There must be something in the water at McKinsey.  Or perhaps they screen for it in the DNA in the hiring process.  The gang there at McKinsey could not spot a conflict if it was written on a neon sign … Continue reading

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Military Commanders and Harassment in Canada

The Barometer had to read the article twice just to be certain that she had the facts right.  Jonathan Vance, Canada’s former chief of defense staff, entered a guilty plea to charges of obstruction of justice. It seems that the … Continue reading

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Credit Suisse and Cut and Pasted Client Signatures

It is tough to believe that any banker, following the Wells Fargo debacle, would fool around with customer signatures. Nonetheless, Credit Suisse private banker, Patrice Lescaudron, admitted cutting and pasting his client’s signature to make unauthorized, high-risk stock transaction.stock bets. … Continue reading

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“I lied a lot.”

Tim Leissner, former Goldman Sachs partner, and the federal government’s star witness in the criminal trial of another former Goldman partner, Roger Ng. But not to worry. Mr. Leissner assures that he is not very good at lying despite his … Continue reading

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“May I Disinherit My Right-Wing Daughters?”

Now there’s a loving mother for you. This was a question posed to the New York Times resident ethicist in Sunday’s magazine (March 6, 2022), p. 14. The Ethicist responded that it was not ethical to change the will because … Continue reading

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Half-Truths: Are They a Form of Lying?

In his state-of-the-union address, President Biden said that he was “the only President ever to cut the deficit by more than one trillion dollars in a single year.” Well, that would be true. The bragging rights belong to this president … Continue reading

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Medina Spirit Stripped of Kentucky Derby Win, Posthumously

Medina Spirit, a Bob-Baffert-trained-horse, won the Kentucky Derby in May 2021, tested positive for betamethasone (a corticosteroid injected in the joints) after the race, died of a heart attack in December 2021, and was stripped of the Derby title in … Continue reading

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“Flash-Mob Thieves Use Apps to Plan”

Wall Street Journal, December 14, 2021. One has to wonder where all the cancel folks of social media were on this one. Note to the self-righteous on new screening criteria: The site will not tolerate advance planning of group theft.

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“I knew it was illegal. I wanted this to be done for Goldman Sachs. I wanted to be a hero at Goldman Sachs.”

Timothy Leissner, former Goldman Sachs partner, in his testimony at the trial of another former Goldman Sachs partner, Roger Ng. Ng and Leissner were both charged with conspiracy to launder money and to violate the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act in … Continue reading

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A Mess of an Olympics

Journalists got dragged off camera. NBC pulled journalist who mentioned the Uyghurs. And as for 15-year-old Russian skater, Kamila Valieva, well, that initial quadruple turned into the quadruple that roared. Her drug test came back positive for a banned heart … Continue reading

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“Inflation Remains Stable, Well Below Its October Peak”

Now there’s a silver-lining-in-a-cloud headline. New York Times, February 13, 2022, p. BU9. Nothing to see here, folks.The article gives reasons and ways to calm down.The pandemic caused it, quit looking at gas prices too often, and just reframe the … Continue reading

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