Monthly Archives: December 2006

On Turning 50

It’s 5 p.m. on December 23, which means I have only 7 hours left in my 40s. It’s been a magnificent decade. I feel very, very blessed. In fact, since I was about 15, life continues to get better and

Posted in General Commentary, Politics, Shel's Personal Life, Uncategorized

Sorry, Newt–Free Speech Means Something in This Country

The whole purpose of the First Amendment is to protect dissent. If you only protect the speech you agree with, Newt, you may as well not have the First Amendment. This is a fundamental building block of the American democracy

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Bush's Justice Department Extracts Its Regulatory Teeth?

The Justice Department this week agreed to ease its tough legal tactics against scandal-tainted corporations, requiring prosecutors to get approval from Washington before seeking confidential information between firms and their lawyers. Hmmmm. Seems like the Bush Administration is once again

Posted in Business Ethics, Ethics in Government, Uncategorized

How I Gained a Whole Lot More Respect for Solo Radio Talkers

For the past 15 months, I’ve been doing “Principled Profit: The Good Business Radio Show” on a local community radio station. I am a very experienced radio guest as well as a host, and I also have done a fair

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Sarbanes-Oxley "Reform": Do We Still Need Lessons on Foxes and Chicken Coops

Given the naked self-interest of certain large corporations in the watering down of the Sarbanes-Oxley–or at least what they perceive to be their self-interest–it’s not a big surprise that the group advocating to weaken that bill turns out to be funded by the very people who see themselves as benefiting by pulling back the watchdogs

Posted in Business Ethics, Ethics in Government, Media Ethics, Uncategorized

Columbia's J-School Accuses Students of Cheating on the Final

Apparently some students got the wording of their two essay questions some days before they were supposed to. However, it was an open exam, with 90 minutes to compelte the test an time during a 36-hour period. I am both

Posted in Media Ethics, Uncategorized

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