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“Aiming for an Ivy and Try to Seem Less ‘Asian'”

Title of a story in the New York Times about applicants of Asian descent tailoring their application materials to maximize their chances for getting into an Ivy League school.  Some Asian applicants check “prefer not to say” when the demographic questions … Continue reading

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Disney Hires McKinsey

Now there’s a combo — the consulting firm that turbo-charged pharmas to millions in liability with its advice on increasing opioid sales and their inventories.  Even McKinsey settled up for its part in that fatal national crisis. Now McKinsey meets … Continue reading

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FTX– Some Safety Tips for Avoiding Ponzi schemes

The Barometer has said it before, but bears repeating:  How many times of we have to go through these genius scams before we recognize them for the frauds that they are? To no one’s surprise, except perhaps FTX  investors and … Continue reading

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When Success Comes Too Soon and Too Easily

John R. Tyson, the great grandson of Tyson Foods founder, graduated from Stanford business school with an MBA in 2019.  He was then hired at Tyson foods as Vice President of strategy and chief sustainability officer.  In September 2022, he … Continue reading

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Lessons from a Cab Ride

The Barometer needed a cab to get from the hotel to the airport.  There were no cabs in sight but there was a long line of guests waiting. The desk valet said, “I can get you a cab.”  He made … Continue reading

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NYC Hires McKinsey to Research Its Garbage Problem, i.e., Too Much Garbage

Fresh off its opioids settlement, maybe McKinsey can find a way to tackle garbage. However, a consulting firm needs to manage garbage?  Why not hire Waste Management? Those folks might just know a thing or two about waste and its … Continue reading

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“Am I Obligated to Look After My Insufferable Mother?”

Question to “The Ethicist,” New York Times Magazine, October 9, 2022, p. 16. Yes, you are.  Because your mother looked after the insufferable you for many years. Caring for our aging parents is no easy feat.  But this daughter is missing a … Continue reading

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Cheating in Chess?

The chess world is abuzz. Hans Riemann, with the hair of Adam Neumann (former head of WeWork), has been accused of cheating. A previous investigation found him admitting that he had cheated in online chess.  Why would anyone be surprised? … Continue reading

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The Frat Bro Executives at Apple

An Apple  Vice President of procurement appeared in a TikTok video as he parked his Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren and bragged about the perks of his wealth.  One of those perks involved his interactions with women that would spark a major … Continue reading

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“We Were Given an Order to Kill Everyone We See.”

In the truth percolates department . . . Russia has denied the commission of any war crimes in its war against Ukraine and claimed military superiority, even victory.  The  phone calls  from Russian soldiers to their families and friends tell … Continue reading

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Nikola Founder Trevor Milton “Was Prone to Exaggeration in Public Statements”

So testified the company’s current CEO, Mark Russell.  Nikola was the Tesla of electric trucks except for one thing.  The trucks never worked. Mr. Milton built a multi-billion dollar company out of, well, absolutely nothing. The videos Mr. Trevor showed … Continue reading

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“Wegmans Halts App for Self-Checkout Over Losses”

During the pandemic, Wegmans decided to make it easier for customers to avoid germs and check out quickly.  Customers could use an app to “scan as they went” through the store picking up their food items.  The customers loved it, … Continue reading

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Governor Kathy Hochul: Amoral Technician Extraordinaire

New York’s governor, Kathy Hochul, is a too-clever-by-half type.  New York has a longstanding executive order that prohibits governors from accepting donations from gubernatorial appointees. Ms. Hochul reissued the executive order on her first day in office. Lo and behold, … Continue reading

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From the New York Times, Friday, November 15, 1929

American industry is fundamentally sound and undisturbed by the recent financial upheaval, according to the Department of Labor in its monthly employment bulletin issued today. The stock market break has not caused reduction in employment . . . and the … Continue reading

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