Category Archives: News and Events

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The Shameful FBI

The Office of the Inspector General of the FBI issued its report on the failures of the FBI in handling the investigation of the sexual assaults of female gymnasts at Michigan State by Dr. Laurence G. Nassar (who now sits … Continue reading

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“The N.F.L.’s Ugly Underbelly Exposed”

So read the New York Times sports section headline. The headline was referring to the racist, misogynistic, and homophobic e-mails of Las Vegas Raiders coach (now former coach), Jon Gruder. For most, that underbelly, along with the phony PR moves … Continue reading

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EX-NBA Players Submitted Fraudulent Health-Care Claims for $2.5 Million

It was their travel records and e-mails that “done them in,” as Miss Eliza Doolittle would say in her flower-girl days. The ex-players, also-rans when it comes to NBA fame, submitted file medical and dental claims for reimbursement from the … Continue reading

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Federal Reserve Board Member and Conflicts

There must be some brain function that turns off as folks climb the ranks of power. They can’t see a conflict to save their lives, or even just their careers. Three senior Federal Reserve officials were dabbling in individual stock … Continue reading

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Two Parents Convicted in the College Bribery Scandal

It only took the jurors 10 hours. Following their deliberations the jurors emerged with guilty verdicts for for John Wilson, a private-equity financier (conspiracy to commit bribery, conspiracy to commit fraud, and filing a false tax return). Gamal Abdelaziz, a … Continue reading

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Ozy Media: Kaput in Two Days

Ozy Media showed up on the Barometer’s radar after a bizarre story appeared on September 30, 2021. Ozy Media has been around on the Internet since 2013. Ozy had the usual podcasts, interviews. and some YouTube documentaries. The story was … Continue reading

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Federal Judges and Conflicts: They Are Not So Good at Conflicts Checks

The Wall Street Journal did parties in federal court as well as ethics professors a magnificent service. Through what must have been painful research, reporters James V. Grimaldi, Coulter, Jones, and Joe Palazzolo combed through federal judges’ financial disclosure statements … Continue reading

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When the Vice President of Technology and the Chief Information Officer Collude

A former Mylan Vice President of global operations information technology received some very valuable, nonpublic information from Mylan’s former chief information officer. I guess the CIO would be the guy with the most info about Mylan. The VP used the … Continue reading

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The Kids Are Back in School . . . and Stealing, Vandalizing, and Hashtagging

As near as we can figure, it all began on September 1 when a TikTok user posted a video of a box of disposable masks he had stolen from his high school. The hashtag was “absolutely devious lick.” The youths … Continue reading

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“. . . the adolescence of humanity is coming to an end and must come to an end.”

Boris Johnson, at the United Nations. Mr. Johnson surrounded this pithy insight with the following, “We still cling with parts of our mind to the infantile belief that the world was made for our pleasure. And we combine this narcissism … Continue reading

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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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