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Walmart: From Minimum Wage to $175,000 Per Year

Walmart is often a punching bag for the social responsibility crowd, but the company’s latest annual report includes an Environmental, Social & Governance Report. That report takes an interesting turn as it highlights a company that deserves attention for its … Continue reading

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The SAT’s New Metrics

The SAT is computing an “adversity score” for college applicants. Using crime rates, property prices, poverty rates, and whether there is a “Checks Cashed for Less” in your neighborhood, the SAT will assign each applicant an adversity score. This new … Continue reading

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Doctors’ Conflicts Are Not “Thorny Ethical Issues”

Today, the New York Times has an article about a Cancun weekend for doctors that was sponsored by Evolus, the maker of Jeuveau, touted as “#Newtox,” a competitor for Botox. Over twelve doctors described the Cancun weekend and the new … Continue reading

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Tim Conway: Self-Deprecation and the Nonlinear Life

Tim Conway, Ernest Borgnine’s nemesis in McHale’s Navy, foil for Harvey Korman’s straight man, and a bumbling charmer never had a hit series. He tried it twice, a decade part, and was quickly canceled. He once got himself a vanity … Continue reading

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The NRA’s CEO and Spending: Too Frequent a Problem for Leaders

Someone leaked some NRA internal documents that explain Oliver North’s concerns about Wayne LaPierre’s spending as CEO at the NRA. The following expenses were billed to the NRA’s ad agency, Ackerman McQueen, Inc. –$39,000 for one day of shopping at … Continue reading

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“We own it.” It’s just that it’s someone else’s fault. The Boeing Way

An article in the New York Times on May 9, 2019 indicates the Boeing is aware that it needs to rebuild trust because its communications following the two crashes of the 737 Max 8 planes was poor. Boeing’s CEO, Dennis … Continue reading

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Insys, Opioids, and Racketeering

The founder and four former executives of Insys Therapeutics were convicted of racketeering for their sales methodologies of the company’s fentanyl painkiller, Subsys. The evidence at the 10-week trial revealed that sales representatives bribed doctors to choose the more expensive … Continue reading

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Let’s Get Real About Those Implants

The Barometer lived through the silicone and saline implants suits, depositions, illnesses, and tragedies. The lessons were not taken to heart by women, physicians, and manufacturers. Things just kept going, and now even silicone implants are back, with the same … Continue reading

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About That Kentucky Derby

The debate rages on — a 65 to1 horse was declared the winner after the physical winner was disqualified. Here’s the rule: “A leading horse when clear is entitled to any part of the track,” the rule states. “Except in … Continue reading

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Riley Howell: Courage Under Fire and His Ultimate Sacrifice

UNC Charlotte is reeling from a tragedy. A gunman entered a classroom (the last day of classes before finals) and opened fire. However, Mr. Terrell charged the gunman as he was firing. He was able to restrain him, but he … Continue reading

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Good News, Campers! Bank Heists Are Way Down

Yes, you read it here. Annual bank heists have dropped, from 5,546 in 2010 to 3,033 in 2018. Kudos to the underworld for tapering off. Thanks to the banks for making robbery more difficult. We customers are not crazy about … Continue reading

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Charles Van Doren 1926-2019 — RIP

Charles Van Doren was at the heart of the 1950’s television quiz show game scandal. Contestants were winning big bucks as America watched in awe of their knowledge of history, literature, and art. As it turned out, the contestants were … Continue reading

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Charles Krauthammer on Bioethics

In his statement to the President’s Council on Bioethics in 2002 on the issue of stem-cell research using embryos: “We want to bequeath to them [referring to our children] a world, a moral universe, in which they ought to live. … Continue reading

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Creative Accounting Is Still With Us

Howard Schilit, a forensic accounting expert, has provided us with some valuable information. Uber and Lyft have some interesting notions about accounting. Both ride-share services offer discounts, coupons, incentives, freebies, and all manner of lures to get folks into an … Continue reading

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