Archive for the ‘Society’ Category
A lot of people have Beatles fever again and it has certainly affected the whole nation. As it has spread so have the movies and now another one is coming up. It’s called Nowhere Boy and is about John Lennon and if the trailer is to be trusted the start of the Beatles. Don’t just believe me though, watch the video.
Just as a study was put out about how much teens love to text, another story broke about what might happen to you if you are texting on your company phone. A police officer may be in trouble if his case turns up that the City worker who was reading his private text messages sent on his work phone was not in violation of his rights. Unfortunately for many employees these days, work phones are the way many people communicate with each other, even when not at work. If that is you, you may want to re-think the way you have been talking to people, what messages have been sent out from your phone, and if you might be in trouble next.
Seeing as how we are solidly in the “Now” generation, and everything should be delivered to us “Now!” it is now wonder that search engines are trying to perfect the ability to get us the relevant information that we want to know about, as it is published. A new article came out recently regarding what this is going to mean for the three search engine giants, twitter, you and much more.
Scientists are on a hunt for artifacts that may be able to give them a hint into the world of ancient Mesopotamia. In their first expedition they uncovered evidence of a society that lived in that area up until 4000 year ago, a period of time we know very little about. If you would like to learn more about this, here is the article.
How does corruption thrive and what will it take for the anti-corruption agencies to break the cycle? This is a question that is difficult to answer. Temptation and greed are two of the aspects that fuel corruption, they are human characteristics and therefore, just a bit unpredictable. They need permissiveness in order to thrive. In a system without a set and honest order of checks and balances in place, without a standard policy of the use of a suspicious activity report, wherein the distribution of wealth remains out of balance and where the decision making process is clouded in obscurity, corruption will flourish.
In many countries and societies today, even in those locations where the systems…economic, social and legal…are deeply entrenched, corruption is alive, and not only alive, but well. Those who argue that the fight against towards corruption can not be won, are just stating the age old dilemma of one side versus the other, the north versus the south or the Hatfields versus the McCoys. This is a thought process that over-simplifies the issues. Some will say that corruption in the form of bribery, such as gift giving, is just a mis-understanding between two different cultures.
This is perhaps a valid argument, were it not for the fact that everything, about every culture, every aspect and every norm can simply be looked up on the Internet, the claimed ignorance or mis-understandings makes the mind reel. Yes, values and customs and norms are culture specific, but really, ethics and morality must play a part. Each member of a culture is well aware of what is not only acceptable, but what is transparently honest behavior. Regardless of cultural differences.
These differences are what prompted the formation of the Transparency International organization. IT states that members of a society know what is customary to their own culture, and they know the kinds of actions that violate those customs. These ‘differences’ can no longer be the defense in an argument where corruption is concerned. And the formation of such anti-corruption organizations is one way to set about a comprehensive understanding among those from different societies, from different cultures.
Under the provisions outlined by the 1977 Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, foreign businesses and nationals are defined as all the individuals and the entities that are not under the category of domestic concerns or issuers. These companies and individuals are held to the federal laws and regulations outlined by the FCPA regarding corruption and acts of bribery committed with any United States business or involving any member of the United States government. This includes agents, officers, or stockholders that are acting on behalf of the companies. They are held just as liable as those involved in acts of corruption within the United States.
Similarly, any corporation or company is also held liable for the actions of their officers, managers and employees. This is one of the reasons why the practice of due diligence is so important. One must be certain of the reliability and the ethical sense of those one allows into their lives and into their businesses, as the consequences of criminal activities will have a direct effect, whether one was personally involved in the act or not. Ignorance is no defense when it comes to federal charges of bribery and corruption. Bribery is defined as payment, in any form, that is not for services rendered or that appears to greatly exceed the ordinary means of the services.
Payment is defined by the provisions outlined in the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act as the offer to pay, the promise to pay, the giving of or the promise of a gift, anything of value that is promised or given in exchange for transactions and services. The value of such gifts is loosely defined and encompasses any non-cash exchanges. This could include the purchase of meals and/or entertainment excursions, tax breaks and benefits, the exchange of information and the promises of such things as scholarships and continued or future opportunities involving employment.
There are many steps one can take to protect themselves and their property against the threat of burglary. When ones home or car gets broken into, it may take a considerable amount of time to regain a sense of safety and security. According to the statics stated by the FBI, every fifteen seconds someone becomes the victim of a break in. This is however, one of the most preventable crimes, and home owners have many options available when upgrading the security of ones home and possessions. Just taking a few precautions, simple steps, one can reduce this risk dramatically.
When a burglar is checking out a neighborhood for possible targets, they look at a few aspects of the houses and make their determination on which will be the easiest target, with quick access and hidden visibility. They know which houses have items worth stealing and they look for homes wherein the occupants are not in. Many break-ins occur in broad daylight, as that is when most people are away at work. Some suggestions to fool a burglar into thinking that the home is occupied include setting the radios and TVs to timers, as well as some of the lights throughout the house. There are even some sophisticated systems that will open and close curtains and blinds through the day, giving the illusion that some is home.
Also, one of the most important steps to preventing a burglary is by installing proper door locks, ones that will make the job of breaking into your house, a little too difficult and too time consuming. Dead bolt locks seem to the be the lock of choice. Many burglars will simply hammer off a door handle to gain access should the only lock securing the door be located in the handle. And it may seem like a common sense statement, but always lock those doors when leaving. Sometimes it may slip ones mind should they be in a hurry, or seem like a nuisance when ones hands are full, but each homeowner can take these simple steps in preventing the crime from happening to them.