Selfishness and Self-interest

By Carl Southwell | Current reflections on these major motivational concepts

John Deere just told the copyright office that only corporations can own property, humans can only license it

John Deere has turned itself into the poster-child for the DMCA, fighting farmers who say they want to fix their own tractors and access their data …

Being a CEO Can Cause Brain Damage, According to Scientists

Psychologists and neuroscientists agree that the ongoing exercise of power can damage your brain as badly as a serious head injury.<p>I've interviewed probably a hundred CEOs and, with few exceptions, my observation has been "the bigger the company, the bigger the jerk." CEOs, especially in big …

The Brain

Addiction treatment: The new gold rush. ‘It’s almost chic’

To fully appreciate the money flowing into addiction treatment, consider the size of the bill Tara Richards ran up during a five-month attempt to …

Health Care

How ‘Fat Leonard’ bribed the Navy to get U.S. diplomatic immunity

“Fat Leonard” ran a lot of corrupt schemes with the help of the U.S. Navy, but one of the strangest may be the time he was granted U.S. diplomatic immunity.<p>For more than a year, the Singapore-based defense contractor bribed the naval attache at the U.S. Embassy in Manila to enable his firm to …

Corruption

The Clintons Had Slaves

Contrary to popular understanding, the Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution did not prohibit slavery. The text makes it</i> …

Slavery

Carrier to lay off more than 600 workers after receiving $7 million tax break from Trump

Even before he took the oath of office, President Donald Trump was hailed for striking a deal with Carrier — a heating and refrigerating company …

Donald Trump

Trump Names BP Oil Spill Lawyer as Top DOJ Environment Attorney

Jeffrey Bossert Clark, a lawyer who has repeatedly challenged the scientific foundations of U.S. climate policy and was part of a legal team that …

BP Oil Disaster

Trump has always been focused on his 'self-interest,' biographer says

In 1987, then-businessman Donald Trump told ABC News he had “zero political aspiration.” Thirty years later, he is president.<p>Trump's views on running …

Donald Trump

Loans ‘Designed to Fail’: States Say Navient Preyed on Students

Ashley Hardin dreamed of being a professional photographer — glamorous shoots, perhaps some exotic travel. So in 2006, she enrolled in the Brooks Institute of Photography and borrowed more than $150,000 to pay for what the school described as a pathway into an industry clamoring for its …

Mortgages

BART Is Mad That In-Cab Video Of Fatal 2013 Accident Was Leaked, Takes PUC To Court

After NBC Bay Area obtained a video two weeks ago via an anonymous source showing the in-cab footage of an untrained BART operator whose train …

How Trump's tax proposal could weaken faith in the system's fairness

The Trump administration wants to change the way the government taxes so-called pass-through entities.<p>In a nutshell, the Trump proposal would …

Equality

Trump Lawyer Confirms President Can Pull Money From His Businesses Whenever He Wants

<i>Update, April 4, 2017: In an interview with ProPublica, Trump Organization attorney Alan Garten confirmed that President Trump can withdraw profits</i> …

Donald Trump

Ex-Compton official stole $3.7 million in parking tickets and other fees, feds say. For years, no one noticed

Each week, thousands of dollars in checks and cash arrive at Compton City Hall, as residents and business owners pay off their parking tickets, trash bills and various municipal fees.<p>The money adds up to an important chunk of the budget in a city once beset with financial problems and the …

Sessions takes aim at 'dangerous' sanctuary cities, warns on funding

Attorney General Jeff Sessions fired a broadside at so-called "sanctuary cities" Monday, telling reporters local policies of noncooperation with immigration authorities are "dangerous" and will cost communities federal funding.<p>In the Trump administration's most pointed warning yet, Sessions said …

Immigration

Jared Kushner's Second Act

His father-in-law is moving into the White House, and he's got a seat at the table.<p>In the spring of 2011, right around the time Donald Trump was humiliated by Barack Obama during the president's speech at the annual White House Correspondents' Dinner, Jared Kushner, Trump's son-in-law, placed a …

Disney's $3.8 million labor violation: Costumes push paychecks below minimum wage

'These violations are not uncommon and are found in other industries, as well,' Daniel White, the US Labor Department.<p>March 18, 2017 —A job at “The …

Chelsea Clinton gets $250K/year Expedia board seat, just ‘cuz

<b>ANALYSIS/OPINION:</b><p>Chelsea Clinton was named to the board of Expedia — you know, because all of her experience in the technology and cybersecurity …

The Hardening of Society and the Rise of Cultures of Cruelty in Neo-Fascist America

Photo by Hayden Schiff | CC BY 2.0<p>What does the culture of cruelty look like under a neo-fascist regime?<p>First, language is emptied of any sense of …

Ayn Rand

Former L.A. County Sheriff Lee Baca found guilty on obstruction of justice and other charges

Lee Baca, the once powerful and popular sheriff of Los Angeles County, was found guilty Wednesday of obstructing a federal investigation into abuses in county jails and lying to cover up the interference.<p>The verdict, which jurors reached on their second full day of deliberations, marked a …

New York attorney general: Tillerson used 'Wayne Tracker' email at Exxon to discuss climate

The New York attorney general has accused Secretary of State Rex Tillerson of using the pseudonym "Wayne Tracker" to send emails related to climate change while serving as CEO of Exxon Mobil.<p>The office of Eric Schneiderman revealed the unorthodox arrangement in a letter sent to a New York state …

Climate

Ivanka Trump is making populist jewelry now

In the Trump family’s first television interview after Donald Trump won election as US president, daughter Ivanka Trump appeared wearing a bracelet from her jewelry line. It was a gold bangle trimmed in diamonds and, according to the ethically questionable “style alert” her brand sent out, it …

Donald Trump

Berkeley County Schools Superintendent resigns in wake of FBI probe

Selfishness of people doesn’t allow them to see sorrow of others: Amma

BENGALURU: Addressing hundreds of devotees on her two-day visit to the city, spiritual leader Mata Amritanandamayi (Amma) expressed concern that due …

Rufus Norris: 'We are living in an age of extreme selfishness'

Shocked by the Brexit vote, the director of the National Theatre embarked on an ambitious countrywide listening project. Rufus Norris explains how everyone from shepherds to shop workers shaped his new production<p>In the confusion of the days following the Brexit vote, Rufus Norris, director of the …

Referendums

How America counts its homeless – and why so many are overlooked

In the first dispatch of the year-long series Outside in America, we explore the challenges facing the country’s street count of homeless people every two years<p>• Outside in America: learn more – and sign up for our email newsletter<p>They dressed in several layers of clothing or donned old hats. They …

Poverty

Ex-Palm Springs mayor and 2 developers charged with corruption involving $375,000 in bribes

As Palm Springs’ chief booster for nearly a decade, former Mayor Steve Pougnet came to define the city’s hunger for development and renewed prosperity. In recent years, the town, once a favorite desert watering hole that attracted visitors from around the globe, has boomed, with cranes dotting the …

Donald Trump Is Selling Access to the ‘Winter White House’ for $200,000

George ZornickSensitive national-security operations are being conducted in plain view of Mar-a-Lago club members and guests.

Donald Trump

Army Approves Dakota Access Pipeline Route, Paving Way For The Project's Completion

<b>Updated at 4:45 p.m. ET</b><p>The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has granted an easement allowing the Dakota Access Pipeline to cross under the Missouri River north of the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation, paving the way for construction of the final 1.5 miles of the nearly 1,200-mile pipeline.<p>In doing so, …

Injustice