from Breakingviews:

Goldman’s new conflict rules raise bigger question

October 1, 2014

By Jeffrey Goldfarb

The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are his own.

from The Great Debate UK:

Should We Ban Autonomous Weapons?

By Guest Contributor
February 25, 2014

--Charles Blanchard is a partner at Arnold & Porter LLP, and a panelist at the Chatham House conference on autonomous weapons. He was formerly general counsel of the US Air Force. The opinions expressed are his own.--

from Felix Salmon:

The non-scandal of Scott Irwin and Craig Pirrong

By Felix Salmon
December 29, 2013

Ostensibly Respectable Academic Is In Fact A Hack: it's a hardy perennial, and an enjoyable one at that. The best example is Inside Job, where big names like Ric Mishkin and Glenn Hubbard got their well-deserved comeuppance. And it's a genre I've indulged in myself: last year, for instance, I spent 4,500 words on a paper by Bob Litan, showing how he lies with numbers to arrive at his paymasters' predetermined conclusion.

from Photographers' Blog:

A dramatic rescue outside my window

February 22, 2013

Athens, Greece

By John Kolesidis

Today I woke up to the deafening sound of thunder. The rain was pouring hard.

I made myself a cup of coffee and watched the rain out the window flood the surrounding streets. I was at a loss as to how I would get to the office without getting soaked, so I decided to stay put until things calmed down a bit. When I finished my coffee, I looked out the window again, and things had taken a dramatic turn.

from Jack Shafer:

Is it ever okay for journalists to lie?

By Jack Shafer
November 1, 2012

This article originally appeared in the September/October issue of the Columbia Journalism Review.

from Unstructured Finance:

Greg Smith says Goldman’s response confirms his criticisms: Q&A

October 22, 2012

Greg Smith, the ex-Goldman Sachs salesman who stunned the investment bank with a scathing public resignation in March, is now on the defense.

from Lucy P. Marcus:

Should big investors be fleeing Murdoch?

By Lucy P. Marcus
October 17, 2012

Following the proceedings of the News Corp annual general meeting, one can’t help but think of the proverbial definition of insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result.

from The Great Debate:

Don’t go overboard banning military contractors

By Steven Shaw
August 8, 2012

During the 15 years that I led the Air Force’s contractor responsibility and fraud missions, we debarred and suspended nearly 5,000 contractors – more than any other government agency. But what is far more important than the statistics is the greater protection we were able to provide the government by exercising these powers fairly and with balance, through the careful exercise of discretion. But that is coming to an end. We are now seeing a disturbing trend: new rules and outside pressures that would limit, and even eliminate, the ability of officials like me to exercise that discretion. Companies are being “blacklisted” – often for lengthy periods, sometimes automatically without due process, and often based solely upon the actions of a few rogue employees, with little consideration of whether such action is needed or fair.

from Felix Salmon:

Why it’s not OK for cyclists to run red lights

By Felix Salmon
August 5, 2012

Randy Cohen, the NYT's former Ethicist columnist, has now attempted an ethical defense of running red lights on his bicycle. "I flout the law when I’m on my bike," he writes; "you do it when you are on foot, at least if you are like most New Yorkers."

from Felix Salmon:

Business ethics need to move beyond what’s illegal

By Felix Salmon
July 18, 2012

Business school professor Luigi Zingales, with the full agreement of fellow business-school professor Justin Wolfers, has an important op-ed under a provocative headline: "Do Business Schools Incubate Criminals?"