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May 2013

Lateral Thinking and the Logic of Spock: Random Thoughts from the Blogisphere

On Wednesday I posted some questions to consider as an experiment in lateral thinking that relies on creativity in the thought process. I promised to post the answers today, so here they are. man 1. ------------ = man overboard board stand 2. ------------ = I understand i 3. /r/e/a/d/i/n/g/ =... Read more →

Lateral Thinking in the Job-Hunting Process

Think Creatively to Get A Head* in Life It’s that time of year again – graduation. My students are ready to walk and move their tassels from the right to the left signifying they have officially received the baccalaureate degree. This inspired me to develop the following blog that tests... Read more →

Fraud in Awarding Government Contracts to Disadvantaged Small Business Owners

NASA Contractor Pleads Guilty To Faking Minority Status Just when I thought I had heard it all, along comes another example of greed in business. This time it is Michael Brian Dunkel of Merritt Island, Florida who pleaded guilty on May 24, 2013, to fraudulently obtaining more than $4.4 million... Read more →

Wal-Mart and Violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act

Bribery and lack of Full Disclosure Evidences Unethical Behavior at Wal-Mart Wal-Mart said last week that it spent $73 million on compliance with the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) during the first quarter of 2013. It had budgeted $40 million to $45 million. During its prior fiscal year, it spent... Read more →

Have our Schools Become Laboratories for Violence?

Fighting in Schools Has Become all too Common Girl on girl violence; student on teacher violence; teacher on student violence. Where will it all end? It seems these incidents are increasing in number and raise serious questions about our role as a civilized society. Some of you may think I... Read more →

Space Crooner Chris Hadfield Returns to Earth

A True Space Oddity and Inspiration to ALL -- Chris Hadfield Astronaut Chris Hadfield, the first Canadian to command the International Space Station, is preparing to make the return voyage to Earth after almost five months in orbit. Hadfield, along with flight engineers American Tom Marshburn and Russian Roman Romanenko,... Read more →

ACLU Sues the State of California for Failing to Teach 20,000 Students English

Who is at Fault for Students’ Failure to Learn English in California Schools? I was surprised to learn on April 25, that the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) filed a lawsuit against the State of California for failing to correctly teach the English language. The lawsuit was filed by the... Read more →

Threats to Independence Raise Ethical Questions for the Big-Four CPA Firms

KPMG Faces Conflict of Interest Charges in Audit of JobsOhio KPMG is at it again. In the most recent allegation of violating independence standards of the accounting profession, KPMG’s Columbus, Ohio office was auditing JobsOhio’s books while, at the same time, an out-of-state office of the firm was seeking $1... Read more →

Jason Collins Comes Out

What will be the Effect of Collins’ Announcement that he is Gay? By now you have probably heard that Jason Collins, a professional basketball player in the NBA, probably changed the face of the ‘Association’ for years to come. With twelve words Collins made it acceptable for gay athletes to... Read more →