Ethics


Espionage: Competitive Intelligence

Competitive Intelligence, Espionage, Foreign Spy, Industrial Espionage
Foreign interference of our elections reminds me of cigarette package warnings; expressly described and consciously ignored by its users and adopters. I have often wondered if the Surgeon General’s warning has ever prevented smoking? Even the European versions that use horrific pictures of smoking’s dangers likely lack true preventive aspects. Note: I am not suggesting that anti-smoking campaigns, health education, government projects, social pressures, etc. haven’t impacted smoking, I am sure they have; rising prices and sin taxes simply may have been as ...

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A Call for Mindfulness in Our Modern World

Mindfulness, Social Media, Respect
I love people, all kinds of people. I’m as near as I can recall a fourth generation White Male of European (Polish Ancestry) decent that we know of on my Mother’s side (circa 1896). It's time for us to promote thoughts of mindfulness. As you know I am frequently traveling around the world with most of my travel time spent in Europe and Asia. My travels allow me to experience and absorb different cultures and beliefs that suggest and determine how people might behave. I have friendships with all types of people with different and sometimes opposing perspectives on ...

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Economics: Spock vs. Homer Simpson

Economics, Daniel Morris, Homer Simpson
Classical economics is built on the assumption that people make rational decisions based on the desire to increase their economic well-being. In some groups where I participate, we are reminded of an ongoing conflict between our internal Mr. Spock and our Homer Simpson. Spock is logical, rational, and predictably boring. If we were all Mr. Spock there would be no need for traffic cameras because everybody would be on their best behavior and follow the traffic rules. There would be no need for welfare and government aid as we would each be responsible for each ...

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Equifax Hack

Equifax, Hack
Stop and Read What Morris+D'Angelo Advises for the Equifax Hack I have a strong feeling that you're aware of the latest security breach at one of the major credit companies you may have heard of, Equifax. Unfortunately for you and for me, these occurrences of security breaches or "Hacks" are seemingly becoming commonplace news. Why Would You Care The Information (Data) that was compromised would make it so that someone could, potentially, use that data to open accounts at financial institutions without your knowledge. What to do? Freeze You Accounts and then ...

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Derivative Work = Who Owns What

Especially if the derivative starts with a digital version of the original, it’s not likely that the derivative would be considered a new work. The creator of the new portions owns the new portions, the owner of the copyright to the original owns the original. This is an interesting conversation. My approach is not from legal but more likely ethics. I am personally a hybrid Kantian/Virtue foundation as it relates to the value of decisions - however most professionals (CPAs in particular) are a hybrid of Kantian/Utilitarian where as I believe most people are hybrid ...

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Is Google Promoting Tribalism?

It is well known (or at least it should be) that Google's algorithm for search provides results that are based, in part, on the information of prior searches. My understanding is this leads to similar people receiving similar search results and different people receiving different results as it relates to the same inquiry. I first learned of this during the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill. It was reported that a search of BP from a computer with prior searches of environmental matters would provide pages of listings associated with the Deepwater matter, oil spills, ...

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Customer Service and Moments of Truth

Moments of Truth   Each customer interaction is a “moment of truth”. And the savings bank of previous good works can be depleted with one poor interaction. One disappointment is all it takes. One gatekeeper that could have used judgment applied to a specific situation. One opportunity to understand that the happy customer tells few and the frustrated customer tells many. If it isn’t clear by now, I was on the receiving end of a terrible customer experience. What is even worse, this is with my preferred brand.  A brand that I have had 2+ decades of great ...

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Rant about our Narcissistic Behaviors

Is it just me or is our country actually becoming more handicapped? Or has our egotistical/narcissistic personality merely found new ways to feel special? Case in Point: I observe the use, and unfortunately abuse, of the handicapped placard as one example. Here people use their relatives’ placards when they aren’t present because, heck those spaces are being wasted by non-use anyway. Or they sometimes exaggerate and request placards when truly a little more walking would do them some good. (Note I could qualify for a placard because of my current heart condition ...

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