Selfishness and Self-interest

By Carl Southwell | Current reflections on these major motivational concepts

The Richest 1% Now Own More Than 50% of the World’s Wealth

The richest 1% now owns more than half of all the world’s household wealth, according to analysts at Credit Suisse. And they say inequality is only …

Credit Suisse

‘The Square’ Is a Bitingly Funny Satire About Human Selfishness

When we ask for confession in church, we often ask for God to forgive us for both the things we have done and the things we’ve neglected to do. We …

Religion

It’s Time to Stop Using Inmates for Free Labor

Last week, a Louisiana sheriff gave a press conference railing against a new prisoner release program because it cost him free labor from “some good …

Prison

When polluting is in a company's rational self-interest

This week, Harris County announced its intention to sue the French multinational chemical producer Arkema after volatile organic compounds exploded …

University of Chicago

Las Vegas survivors furious as YouTube promotes clips calling shooting a hoax

‘When I see my wife fighting for her life with a gunshot wound to her chest and my daughter was also shot, it’s pretty conclusive evidence that it did happen’<p>YouTube is promoting conspiracy theory videos claiming that the Las Vegas mass shooting was a hoax, outraging survivors and victims’ …

Las Vegas

Consumer protection bureau cracks down on payday lenders with tough nationwide regulations

The nation’s top consumer financial watchdog on Thursday issued tough nationwide regulations on payday and other short-term loans, aiming to prevent lenders from taking advantage of cash-strapped Americans.<p>The long-awaited rules from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau — the first broad …

Mortgages

When polluting is in a company's rational self-interest

Harris County recently announced its intention to sue the French multinational chemical producer Arkema after volatile organic compounds exploded at …

University of Chicago

Puerto Rico Rejects Loan Offers, Accusing Hedge Funds of Trying to Profit Off Hurricanes

Puerto Rico has rejected a bondholder group’s offer to issue the territory additional debt as a response to the devastation from Hurricane Maria. …

Finance

Caught on tape: Pharma rep lies to get opioid tied to Cherry Hill death

Deborah Fuller is clear about what she will tell Sen. Claire McCaskill next week about the pharmaceutical industry’s role in her daughter’s overdose …

Ten-year-old rape victim gives birth in India

<b>New Delhi (CNN) —</b> A ten-year old rape victim who was denied an abortion has given birth in northern India.<p>The 10-year old delivered a baby girl via Caesarian section at the Government Medical College and Hospital in Chandigarh, a city in North India.<p>Both the girl and her baby are in stable …

Crime

Food guru who brought healthier meals to L.A. schools charged with mishandling district funds

For years, David Binkle was hailed as a pioneer among school nutrition advocates for accomplishing a near-herculean task – using produce and meats provided by local growers to greatly reduce the number of fatty meals served in the nation’s second-largest school district.<p>The Los Angeles Unified …

Corruption

Trump risks US being seen as 'kleptocracy', says ex-ethics chief Walter Shaub

After quitting his job at head of Office of Government Ethics this month, Shaub describes the ‘embarrassment’ of president’s business ties<p>The former head of the US government ethics watchdog has warned that Donald Trump’s conflicts of interest put the country at risk of being seen as a …

Donald Trump

Why did 10 migrants die in this truck in Texas?

Their deaths, after being crammed into an uncooled trailer amid scorching summer heat, expose the callousness of smuggling along the US-Mexico border<p>One day earlier this month, Johny Serna was brought by his mother to pray the rosary at a parish shrine to Santo Toribio Romo, the patron saint of …

Refugees

L.A. County sheriff can't give prosecutors the names of problem deputies, appeals court rules

The names of Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department deputies who’ve lied, stolen, falsified reports and committed other types of “moral” misconduct are confidential and cannot be handed over to prosecutors — even in pending criminal cases in which the deputies are listed as potential witnesses — a …

Judiciary

L.A. school board salaries more than double to $125,000 a year

There’s one thing that past and current Los Angeles school board members seem to agree on: They’ve been underpaid.<p>Members of an obscure city commission agreed, and on Monday they voted to give L.A. Board of Education members a 174% raise that will take effect in 60 days. Board members who have no …

California

If There Was No Collusion, It Wasn’t for Lack of Trying

Donald Trump Jr. made clear he was willing to receive damaging information about Hillary Clinton from a Russian lawyer in a June 2016 meeting.<p>Since his presidential campaign was first alleged by critics to have colluded with the Russian government to undermine Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump has been …

Donald Trump

Jared Kushner Tried and Failed to Get a Half-Billion-Dollar Bailout From Qatar

Not long before a major crisis ripped through the Middle East, pitting the United States and a bloc of Gulf countries against Qatar, Jared Kushner’s …

Jared Kushner

Rigged. Forced into debt. Worked past exhaustion. Left with nothing.

United States

Was that shootdown of a mock enemy warhead in May 'realistic'? Not exactly

After the nation’s homeland missile defense system successfully intercepted a mock enemy warhead high above the Pacific on May 30, the then-director of the U.S. Missile Defense Agency said the test had been held under “very realistic” conditions, faithfully simulating an attack by North Korea.<p>“This …

North Korea

The Global Politics of Selfishness

ERBIL, Iraq -- Here in the capital of Iraqi Kurdstan, the mood is "Kurdistan First" with the announcement of a referendum on independence in …

Foreign Policy

Top adviser to Pope charged with sexual assault offenses

<b>(CNN) —</b> Cardinal George Pell, a senior adviser to Pope Francis and the third-ranking official in the Holy See, is taking leave from the Vatican to fight historical sexual assault charges in his home country of Australia.<p>The case is the latest black mark against the Catholic Church, which has been …

Christianity

The new, subtle ways the rich signal their wealth

In 1899, the economist Thorstein Veblen observed that silver spoons and corsets were markers of elite social position. In Veblen’s now famous treatise <i>The Theory of the Leisure Class</i>, he coined the phrase ‘conspicuous consumption’ to denote the way that material objects were paraded as indicators of …

Creative Commons

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 …

John Deere

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 …

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> …

Despite $7 million tax break from Trump, Carrier is still laying off more than 600 workers

Even before he took the oath of office, President Donald Trump was hailed for striking a deal with Carrier — a heating and refrigerating company based in Indiana — to save "close to 1,000" jobs that were on the chopping block.<p>Yet nearly six months later, Carrier is only saving a fraction of those …

Donald Trump

Trump Names BP Oil Spill Lawyer, Climate Policy Foe as Top DOJ Environment Attorney

Jeffrey Bossert Clark repeatedly challenged the scientific underpinnings of U.S. climate policy while representing the Chamber of Commerce.By …

Donald Trump