Monthly Archives: May 2010

BP: Can You Say "Criminal Negligence?"

Recent stories in the New York Times make it clear that Attorney General Eric Holder should be “sharpening his saw” (as Abraham Lincoln said). BP deliberately chose to use a high-risk sealing method in the days before the blast, and

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Doesn't Robin Givhan Have Anything Better to Do Than Attack Kagan's Posture?

So now we judge Supreme Court nominees by the way they sit? Come on! Robin Givhan was roundly and appropriately criticized in this article for criticizing not just Elena Kagan’s fashion sense but also that she likes to sit with

Posted in Politics

A Progressive Critique of Obama, From the Financial Sector

MarketWatch is not normally known as a hotbed of progressive thought. Yet that’s where this scathing critique of Obama from his left side appeared, under the title, “How Obama is Failing Investors” by Paul B. Farrell. It was published on

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Tim O’Reilly & SF Chronicle on Facebook Privacy Changes

Personally, I go into the online world with the expectation that there is no privacy. And therefore the specific changes don’t bother me over-much. But as someone who writes about ethics, I have a problem with obtaining consent for one restricted set of behaviors and then wildly expanding it while requiring opt-out (and difficult opt-out at that) rather than opt-in. It’s nothing more than an electronic form of bait-and-switch–something I find unethical and in fact argue against in my latest book on business ethics, Guerrilla Marketing Goes Green: Winning Strategies to Improve Your Profits and Your Planet (co-authored with Jay Conrad Levinson).

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Will the Facebook Movie Really Hurt Facebook and Zuckerberg?

An article on one of Newsweek’s blogs speculates that a movie scheduled for next October release will deeply hurt Facebook, and particularly the reputation of founder Mark Zuckerberg. the article also mentions Facebook’s much more immediate problems with various privacy

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Limbaugh's Lies on Environment and Safety

It’s really hard to imagine that anyone could take seriously the nonsense—make that the total falsehoods—spewed by the likes of Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck. It would make for good humor, except that people believe these shameless harlots who have

Posted in Business Ethics, Media Ethics, propaganda, Social and Economic Justice Tagged with: , , , ,

Rightist Jewish Thugs Attack Tikkun Founder's House

I am Jewish, and I can say this. Nazi-like behavior is unacceptable no matter who does it. Jews have no more right to be disgusting and criminal than anyone else. There’s a certain ultra-rightist segment of the American Jewish population

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Wow! Talk About Speed to Market: 21 Days from Concept to Release

Ever hear of the first-mover advantage? That’s a concept that Gravity Switch, a local web services firm here in Western Massachusetts, clearly understands. In three weeks, these guys came up with an idea (for a kiosk to frame an iPad,

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