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December 2012

U.S. in 19th Place in Corruption Perceptions Index

Transparency International Results Troubling for the U.S., China and India The well-respected international ratings service, Transparency International (TI), just came out with its annual rankings of its Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI). The CPI ranks 176 countries based on how people in those countries perceive the severity of corruption at all... Read more →

NRA Solution to Gun Violence: Add More Guns to School

The Key to a Safer Society is Impulse Control and Personal Responsibility Should we blame video games, movies and the media for the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut? Should we blame the easily obtainable guns that attack our moral sense of right and wrong? Yes,... Read more →

Limitations on H1-B Visas Harm Economic Growth in the U.S.

What are the Costs and Benefits of Limiting H1-B Visas? I recently finished reading the book The Immigrant Exodus: Why America Is Losing the Global Race to Capture Entrepreneurial Talent, by Vivek Wadha. Wadha’s book is a wake-up call for America that its economic malaise is not going to change... Read more →

Forget the Fiscal Cliff; we have fallen off the Moral Cliff

Starting a Dialogue to Stem the Tide of Mass Killings in the U.S. What a disconcerting sight it was last Friday on December 14, 2012, as we watched dozens of school children at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown Connecticut marching with hands on the shoulders of their classmates being led... Read more →

Should Ohio State be in the BCS Championship Game?

Notre Dame v Ohio State or Alabama v Ohio State: You make the Call Now that the Bowl bids have gone out and we know Notre Dame will play Alabama for the BCS National Championship, I thought it was a good time to reflect on whether Ohio State University should... Read more →

The NYC Subway Death: Bystander Effect or Moral Blindness? What was the Ethical Obligation of the Passengers on the Subway Platform? Do we have an ethical responsibility to help others in need when a life may be at stake? If someone is being attacked in the streets should we intervene... Read more →

Toyota’s Past Ethical Challenges: Signs of an Ethical Collapse

Is it Ethical if it is Legal? In her book The Seven Signs of Ethical Collapse Marianne Jennings analyzes the indicators of possible ethical collapse in companies and provides advice how to avoid impending disaster. She starts with a description of ethical collapse saying it "occurs when any organization has... Read more →

Groupon Reports Troubling Financial Results

Problems for the Company and Stock Price Declines Continue Groupon just released its 3rd quarter 2012 earnings report, marking its first full-year cycle of earnings reports since its initial public offering (IPO) in November 2011. While the net operating results show improvement year-to-year, the company still shows a net loss... Read more →