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Conflict of interest. The presence of a conflict of interest is independent of the occurrence of impropriety.

Conflict of interest

Therefore, a conflict of interest can be discovered and voluntarily defused before any corruption occurs. A widely used definition is: "A conflict of interest is a set of circumstances that creates a risk that professional judgement or actions regarding a primary interest will be unduly influenced by a secondary interest. "[1] Primary interest refers to the principal goals of the profession or activity, such as the protection of clients, the health of patients, the integrity of research, and the duties of public office. Secondary interest includes not only financial gain but also such motives as the desire for professional advancement and the wish to do favours for family and friends, but conflict of interest rules usually focus on financial relationships because they are relatively more objective, fungible, and quantifiable. Related to the practice of law[edit] Organizational[edit] Types[edit]

Federal Reserve System. The Federal Reserve System (also known as the Federal Reserve, and informally as the Fed) is the central banking system of the United States.

Federal Reserve System

It was created on December 23, 1913, with the enactment of the Federal Reserve Act, largely in response to a series of financial panics, particularly a severe panic in 1907.[2][3][4][5][6][7] Over time, the roles and responsibilities of the Federal Reserve System have expanded, and its structure has evolved.[3][8] Events such as the Great Depression were major factors leading to changes in the system.[9] The U.S. The authority of the Federal Reserve System is derived from statutes enacted by the U.S. Congress and the System is subject to congressional oversight. The members of the Board of Governors, including its chair and vice-chair, are chosen by the President and confirmed by the Senate.

Purpose[edit] Current functions of the Federal Reserve System include:[12][25] Addressing the problem of bank panics[edit] Elastic currency[edit] Plutocracy. Plutocracy (from Greek πλοῦτος, ploutos, meaning "wealth", and κράτος, kratos, meaning "power, dominion, rule") or plutarchy, defines a society or a system ruled and dominated by the small minority of the wealthiest citizens.

Plutocracy

The first known use of the term was in 1652.[1] Unlike systems such as democracy, capitalism, socialism or anarchism, plutocracy is not rooted in an established political philosophy. The concept of plutocracy may be advocated by the wealthy classes of a society in an indirect or surreptitious fashion, though the term itself is almost always used in a pejorative sense.[2] Usage[edit] Examples[edit] Examples of plutocracies include the Roman Empire, some city-states in Ancient Greece, the civilization of Carthage, the Italian city-states/merchant republics of Venice, Florence, Genoa, and pre-World War II Empire of Japan (the zaibatsu).

Modern politics[edit] Historically, wealthy individuals and organizations have exerted influence over the political arena. Russia[edit] Oligarchy. Oligarchy (from Greek ὀλιγαρχία (oligarkhía); from ὀλίγος (olígos), meaning "few", and ἄρχω (arkho), meaning "to rule or to command")[1][2][3] is a form of power structure in which power effectively rests with a small number of people.

Oligarchy

These people could be distinguished by royalty, wealth, family ties, education, corporate, or military control. Such states are often controlled by a few prominent families who typically pass their influence from one generation to the next, but inheritance is not a necessary condition for the application of this term. Throughout history, oligarchies have been tyrannical (relying on public obedience and/or oppression to exist) or relatively benign. Aristotle pioneered the use of the term as a synonym for rule by the rich,[4] for which the exact term is plutocracy.

However, oligarchy is not always a rule by wealth, as oligarchs can simply be a privileged group, and do not have to be connected by bloodlines as in a monarchy. History[edit] Manifestations[edit] Simon Critchley: What Is Normal?

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Profit (economics) In neoclassical microeconomic theory, the term profit has two related but distinct meanings.

Profit (economics)

Economic profit is similar to accounting profit but smaller because it reflects the total opportunity costs (both explicit and implicit) of a venture to an investor.[1] Normal profit refers to a situation in which the economic profit is zero.[2] A related concept, sometimes considered synonymous to profit in certain contexts, is that of economic rent. In Classical economics and Marxian economics, profit is the return to an owner of capital goods or natural resources in any productive pursuit involving labor, or a return on bonds and money invested in capital markets.[3] By extension, in Marxian economic theory, the maximization of profit corresponds to the accumulation of capital, which is the driving force behind economic activity within the capitalist mode of production.

Related concepts include profitability and the profit motive. Profitability is a term of economic efficiency.

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Democratic government 'slippage'- implosion. Free speech - online freedom. Quellcode entschlüsselt: Beweis für NSA-Spionage in Deutschland. If you read Boing Boing, the NSA considers you a target for deep surveillance. In a shocking story on the German site Tagesschau (Google translate), Lena Kampf, Jacob Appelbaum and John Goetz report on the rules used by the NSA to decide who is a "target" for surveillance.

If you read Boing Boing, the NSA considers you a target for deep surveillance

Since the start of the Snowden story in 2013, the NSA has stressed that while it may intercept nearly every Internet user's communications, it only "targets" a small fraction of those, whose traffic patterns reveal some basis for suspicion. Targets of NSA surveillance don't have their data flushed from the NSA's databases on a rolling 48-hour or 30-day basis, but are instead retained indefinitely. The authors of the Tagesschau story have seen the "deep packet inspection" rules used to determine who is considered to be a legitimate target for deep surveillance, and the results are bizarre. Tor and Tails have been part of the mainstream discussion of online security, surveillance and privacy for years. It's nothing short of bizarre to place people under suspicion for searching for these terms. This bastardised libertarianism makes 'freedom' an instrument of oppression.

Illustration by Daniel Pudles Freedom: who could object?

This bastardised libertarianism makes 'freedom' an instrument of oppression

Yet this word is now used to justify a thousand forms of exploitation. Throughout the rightwing press and blogosphere, among thinktanks and governments, the word excuses every assault on the lives of the poor, every form of inequality and intrusion to which the 1% subject us. How did libertarianism, once a noble impulse, become synonymous with injustice? In the name of freedom – freedom from regulation – the banks were permitted to wreck the economy.

Rightwing libertarianism recognises few legitimate constraints on the power to act, regardless of the impact on the lives of others. So why have we been been so slow to challenge this concept of liberty? Put briefly and crudely, negative freedom is the freedom to be or to act without interference from other people. Rightwing libertarians claim that greens and social justice campaigners are closet communists trying to resurrect Soviet conceptions of positive freedom. PRIVATE PRISONS AMERICA. Stephen Fry on American Prisons Facts (MIRROR) The Abu Ghraib of Los Angeles? The state has also faced lawsuits over prison conditions; click for a slideshow.

The Abu Ghraib of Los Angeles?

From Brown v. PlataOn Wednesday, citing "a sick culture of deputy-on-inmate hyper-violence [that] has been flourishing for decades in the darkness of the L.A. County Jails," the ACLU sued the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department seeking better training for deputies, and better oversight, investigation, and discipline in cases involving prisoner mistreatment. With 15,000 inmates—a majority of them awaiting trial, yet to be convicted of a crime—LA county hosts the nation's largest jail system.

In recent years, its guards have become known for a level of brutality that exceeds that of most maximum-security prisons—and sometimes crosses the line into torture. The suit draws on information published in a report released last September by the ACLU's National Prison Project and Southern California branch. To be an inmate in the Los Angeles County jails is to fear deputy attacks. Inmates Seek to Advance Jefferson County Overcrowding Suit - Bankruptcy Beat. Police State. The Shock Doctrine. The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism is a 2007 book by the Canadian author Naomi Klein, and is the basis of a 2009 documentary by the same name directed by Michael Winterbottom.[1] The book argues that libertarian free market policies (as advocated by the economist Milton Friedman) have risen to prominence in some developed countries because of a deliberate strategy by some political leaders.

The Shock Doctrine

These leaders exploit crises to push through controversial exploitative policies while citizens are too emotionally and physically distracted by disasters or upheavals to mount an effective resistance. The book implies that some man-made crises, such as the Iraq war, may have been created with the intention of pushing through these unpopular policies in their wake. Synopsis[edit] The book has an introduction, a main body and a conclusion, divided into seven parts with a total of 21 chapters. [edit] Favorable[edit] Paul B. Mixed[edit] Unfavorable[edit] Awards[edit] See also[edit] The Shock Doctrine. The Shock Doctrine 2009 Movie Trailer MattTrailer com DVD Clips, Previews, Movie Teasers & Trailers.

Naomi Klein: The Shock Doctrine. The Shock Doctrine (NL ondertiteling) 1/6 - De waarheid achter de globale vrije markteconomie. Donald Ewen Cameron. Donald Ewen Cameron ((1901-12-24)24 December 1901 – 8 September 1967(1967-09-08)),[1] commonly referred to as "D.

Donald Ewen Cameron

Ewen Cameron" or "Ewen Cameron," was a 20th-century Scottish-born psychiatrist involved in the United States Central Intelligence Agency's (CIA's) MKULTRA mind control program.[2] Cameron served as President of the Canadian, American and World Psychiatric Associations, the American Psychopathological Association and the Society of Biological Psychiatry during the 1950s. Notwithstanding a career of honors, and leadership in early 1950s psychiatric circles, he has been heavily criticized in some circles for his administration without patient consent of disproportionately-intense electroshock therapy and experimental drugs, including LSD, which caused some patients to become permanently comatose. Early life and career[edit] In 1926, Cameron left for America to work under Meyer at the Phipps Clinic of Johns Hopkins Hospital.

World War II[edit] In 1945, Cameron, Nolan D.C. Naomi Klein - The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism. Naomi Klein. Financial Giants Put New York City Cops On Their Payroll. Videos are springing up across the internet showing uniformed members of the New York Police Department in white shirts (as opposed to the typical NYPD blue uniforms) pepper spraying and brutalizing peaceful, nonthreatening protestors attempting to take part in the Occupy Wall Street marches.

Corporate media are reporting that these white shirts are police supervisors as opposed to rank and file. Recently discovered documents suggest something else may be at work. If you’re a Wall Street behemoth, there are endless opportunities to privatize profits and socialize losses beyond collecting trillions of dollars in bailouts from taxpayers. One of the ingenious methods that has remained below the public’s radar was started by the Rudy Giuliani administration in New York City in 1998.

The corporations pay an average of $37 an hour (no medical, no pension benefit, no overtime pay) for a member of the NYPD, with gun, handcuffs and the ability to arrest. DN! Capitalism vs. the Climate: Naomi Klein on Need for New Economic Model to Address Ecological Crisis. JUAN GONZÁLEZ: Scientists from NASA have confirmed that last month was the warmest August on record globally. Much of the world, including central Europe, northern Africa, parts of South America and the western portions of North America, saw much higher than normal temperatures.

According to the National Climatic Data Center, August was the 354th consecutive month with a global average temperature above the 20th century average. The news comes as flooding in India and Pakistan has killed more than 400 people and displaced nearly a million. The flooding is the worst to hit the Kashmir region in half a century. Severe drought in Central America has left nearly three million people struggling to feed themselves. AMY GOODMAN: On Tuesday, world leaders will gather here in New York for a one-day climate summit called for by U.N. Well, today we spent an exclusive hour with the acclaimed journalist and author Naomi Klein. Naomi Klein, welcome back to Democracy Now! NAOMI KLEIN: Thank you. Ayn Rand. Literary critics received Rand's fiction with mixed reviews,[6] and academia generally ignored or rejected her philosophy, though academic interest has increased in recent decades.[7][8][9] The Objectivist movement attempts to spread her ideas, both to the public and in academic settings.[10] She has been a significant influence among libertarians and American conservatives.[11] Life[edit] Early life[edit] Rand was born Alisa Zinov'yevna Rosenbaum (Russian: Али́са Зиновьевна Розенбаум) on February 2, 1905, to a Russian Jewish bourgeois[12] family living in Saint Petersburg.

She was the eldest of the three daughters of Zinovy Zakharovich Rosenbaum and his wife, Anna Borisovna (née Kaplan), largely non-observant Jews. The subsequent October Revolution and the rule of the Bolsheviks under Vladimir Lenin disrupted the comfortable life the family had previously enjoyed. Along with many other "bourgeois" students, Rand was purged from the university shortly before graduating. Atlas Shrugged. This article is about the novel. For the film adaptations, see Atlas Shrugged: Part I, Atlas Shrugged: Part II, or Atlas Shrugged: Part III. The theme of Atlas Shrugged, as Rand described it, is "the role of man's mind in existence".

The book explores a number of philosophical themes from which Rand would subsequently develop Objectivism.[7][8] In doing so, it expresses the advocacy of reason, individualism, capitalism, and the failures of governmental coercion. Atlas Shrugged received largely negative reviews after its 1957 publication but achieved enduring popularity and consistent sales in the following decades.[9] Context and writing[edit] Rand remarked that the core idea for the book came to her after a 1943 telephone conversation with a friend, who asserted that Rand owed it to her readers to write fiction about her philosophy. To produce Atlas Shrugged, Rand conducted research on American industry, specifically the railroad industry, which forms a key element in her novel. Atlas Shrugged Trailer. The Fountainhead 1/12. ScienceGuide: College van Gordon Gekko - Yaron Brook. @yaronbrook sur Twitter.

WAR ON EDUCATION AND STUDENTS. Nederland buiten kennis. Zeynep Tufekci: .@schock: Many #ows "media... The Global Justice Movement. Students / teachers / facilitators protests initiatives. #Chile students' #protests 2011 #education 02mySocActi_201109_no. Mass Incarceration and Criminal Justice in America. A prison is a trap for catching time. Good reporting appears often about the inner life of the American prison, but the catch is that American prison life is mostly undramatic—the reported stories fail to grab us, because, for the most part, nothing happens. One day in the life of Ivan Denisovich is all you need to know about Ivan Denisovich, because the idea that anyone could live for a minute in such circumstances seems impossible; one day in the life of an American prison means much less, because the force of it is that one day typically stretches out for decades.

It isn’t the horror of the time at hand but the unimaginable sameness of the time ahead that makes prisons unendurable for their inmates. The inmates on death row in Texas are called men in “timeless time,” because they alone aren’t serving time: they aren’t waiting out five years or a decade or a lifetime. The basic reality of American prisons is not that of the lock and key but that of the lock and clock. Wikileaks : Hillary Clinton + State De... Anti-globalization movement.

Wereld Sociaal Forum. Global Warming / Climate Change. END CIV Resist Or Die (Full) Way Beyond Greenwashing: Have Corporations Captured Big Conservation? There's No Tomorrow (2012) NASA brengt temperatuurverandering in kaart. Histomapwider.jpg (JPEG Image, 2097 × 9554 pixels) - Scaled (6%)

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