Showing posts from October 12, 2015

Amazon’s Jeff Bezos plummets down corporate leader rankings

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[I.e., if he wasn't such vermin, he'd be great!]
Andrew Hill, Financial Times / CNBC News, 12 October 2015

Jeff Bezos, Amazon's founder, has slipped from first to 87th in a ranking of the world's best chief executives, after the technology company's performance on environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors was taken into account.

Mr Bezos would have led the Harvard Business Review ranking of best-performing corporate leaders judged on purely financial measures, as he did in 2014. But Adi Ignatius, the management journal's editor, wrote that Amazon's "relatively poor ESG score [dragged] Bezos down".

Assessing "soft" factors such as environmental and social impact, and the value of good governance, is notoriously hard. HBR used to look at total shareholder return and change in market capitalisation. The latest ranking is weighted 80 per cent towards financial performance and 20 per cent toward…

Air France employees arrested after violent protest

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[Will this be the 'New Look' for human resource managers in corporations that pay executives large bonuses while not only not creating jobs, but shedding them as quickly as they can? *RON*]

BBC News, 12 October 2015

Workers were protesting against mass job cuts when two managers had their clothes ripped, with one being forced to flee over a fence. Several others were injured.

Reports suggest the five arrested staff were members of the CGT labour union.

They were identified by video footage, police said.

Hundreds of workers were protesting against plans to cut 2,900 jobs, increase pilots' working hours and reduce the size of the fleet, all designed to cut costs by €1.8bn ($2bn; £1.3bn) over two years.

Facebook paid £4,327 corporation tax in 2014

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[Salvation is at hand! All we need to do is wait for this to corporate largess to trickle down to the population at large. Let's see, that works out to £.000067 for each of the 63,843,856 residents of the UK. This should pay for plenty of retirement pensions and social housing. But don't worry; at least the Facebook staff were given £35.4m in bonuses! *RON*]

BBC News, 12 October 2015
Social network giant Facebook paid just £4,327 ($6,643) in corporation tax in 2014, its latest UK results show.

Its most recent Companies House filing shows the company as making a pre-tax loss of £28.5m last year, but the firm also paid its 362 UK staff a total of £35.4m in share bonuses.

The share bonuses amount to £96,000 on average per UK Facebook employee.

It means Facebook's UK corporation tax bill was less than the tax the average UK employee paid on their salary.

The average UK salary is £26,500 on which employees pay a total of £5,392.80 in income ta…

The First Canadian City to Eliminate Homelessness –Here’s How They Did It

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[There have been successful efforts to use the Housing First approach in Vancouver with the homeless mentally ill who also have alcohol and/or drug abuse problems. In this case, cost-benefit analyses showed that it cost less to provide the housing and offer treatment than to pay for the many health, social and legal costs associated with homelessness. This probably means the approach is doomed to obscurity. *RON*]
by Terry Turner – goodnewsnetwork, West Coast Native News, 10 October 2015

For the homeless population of Medicine Hat, Alberta, the right dose of the perfect solution has led to an amazing revolution.

Tonight, every one of the city’s 60,000 people are sleeping with a roof over their heads, thanks to the Canadian city’s new policy that mandates housing for anyone who has spent 10 days in a shelter or on the streets.

When city officials learn of a person living in these circumstances, they move the individual (or family) into a house or ap…

'Mommy, Am I Going to Die?' Mom Calls 9-1-1 for Paramedics, Cop Shows Up, Shoots 4-year-old Daughter

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[The nightmare began after Andrea Ellis had cut her arm on some glass and her sister dialed 9-1-1 for medical help. "The officer involved has not been disciplined, but the Columbus police department assures the public that the incident is under investigation." *RON*]
By Matt AgoristThe Free Thought Project, AlterNet, 11 October 2015

Columbus, OH — A mother’s attempt to get medical help for a cut on her arm turned into a nightmare after a trigger happy cop showed up. The dramatic 9-1-1 recordings were just published, detailing this insane incident that happened back in June.

The nightmare began after Andrea Ellis had cut her arm on some glass and her sister dialed 9-1-1 for medical help.

“She’s bleeding all over the place!” her sister said in the call. “I need a paramedic!”

As she was on the call, her sister saw a police officer nearby and called him over for help.

“Sir, can you get me a paramedic?! I need a paramedic here!” she said.

Doctors Hate Ambiguity

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[How an obsession with certainty can hurt patients' health. Having no information is an aversive state that we will actively work to avoid, even when the quality of the information we work to obtain is low enough to be, arguably, worthless. *RON*]

By Jamie Holmes, Slate, 12 October 2015

This essay is adapted from Nonsense: The Power of Not Knowing, by Jamie Holmes, published by Crown.

On the evening of Tuesday, Oct. 13, Holmes will discuss Nonsense with New Yorker contributing writer Maria Konnikova at a Future Tense event in New York. For more information and to RSVP, visit the New America website.

In 2005, University of Rochester researchers published a study on medical ambiguity. Led by psychologist David Seaburn, the investigators hired actors to pose as patients and visit local physicians. During some visits, the “patients” described the classic symptoms of gastroesophageal reflux. During other visits, ambiguous symptoms were described: s…

More US cities ask: Columbus Day or Indigenous Peoples Day?

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[Columbus Day backlash: A controversial movement to celebrate Native American history, rather than Columbus' landing, has taken hold in eight more cities after years of advocacy. See also: Christopher Columbus Was a Sadist - There Shouldn't Be a Holiday in His Name. *RON*]

By Molly Jackson, Christian Science Monitor, 11 October 2015

What’s in a name? A lot, say eight cities changing “Columbus Day” to “Indigenous People’s Day” in the past two months.

For decades, Native Americans have urged states that celebrate the federal holiday to reconsider honoring a man many historians accuse of opening the Americas to enslavement, genocide, and cultural destruction – and “finding” the wrong continent, to boot. (The Italian explorer was convinced he’d reached Asia.)

South Dakota and Berkeley, Calif., were among the first to pay attention, choosing to use the second Monday in October to honor the New World’s first inhabitants instead of its 15th ce…

Tamir Rice police shooting justified, 2 reviews find

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[The black injustice tipping point. Two independent investigations concluded Cleveland, Ohio, police officer Timothy Loehmann was justified in fatally shooting 12-year-old African American Tamir Rice as he played with a toy gun in a park last November. Police pulled up and fatally shot Rice within two seconds of their arrival after a 911 caller reported seeing him with a gun that was "probably fake." Police failed to provide medical help and tackled Tamir’s 14-year-old sister to the ground as she ran to his aid, then handcuffed her and put her in a cruiser. The independent probes were carried out by a Colorado prosecutor and a former FBI agent. Ultimately a grand jury will decide if Officer Loehmann faces criminal charges. *RON*]

Associated Press, CBC News, 10 October 2015
A white Cleveland police officer was justified in fatally shooting a black 12-year-old boy holding a pellet gun moments after pulling up beside him, according to two …