Posts filed under “Legal”

Gay Discrimination Is A Billion Dollar Self-Indulgence

By now, you have surely heard about Indiana’s so-called Religious Freedom Restoration Act and its potential for giving cover to those who discriminate against gay people. A backlash that had already been gathering momentum burst open this weekend, driven by an op-ed by Apple Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook in the Washington Post. As Cook wrote:

America’s business community recognized a long time ago that discrimination, in all its forms, is bad for business.

The law’s passage has led to a torrent of business responses. I want to discuss the potential economic aspects of these, and what it might mean to the state of Indiana.

At stake are losses for manufacturing ($95.4 billion in annual state output), finance ($44 billion) and tourism ($10.3 billion) — not to mention reputational harm. Arizona adopted a similar religious-freedom bill last year, but “opposition from the state’s business interests led Republican Governor Jan Brewer to veto it.”

Any discussion of the economic implications and financial consequences of this law must take account of the speed of the response and the wave of unfavorable publicity

Continues here:  Indiana’s Costly Anti-Gay Experiment

 

 

Category: Legal, Politics, Really, really bad calls, Taxes and Policy

Indiana’s SB-01– Is Not Pro Religion, Its Anti-Gay

Governor Mike Pence is lying about the purpose of this law. The photo below, and who the governor invited to its being signed into law, very much reveals the motivation behind SB101 — its not pro-religion, its anti-gay, and thats wrong. Its also bad business — companies like Apple and Angies List may very well…Read More

Category: Legal, Really, really bad calls

Blurred Lines vs. Got to Give it Up

Check out the two songs side by side: Their are some sonic, but not melodic, similarities: Its a bum jury decision . . .

Category: Friday Night Jazz, Legal, Music

Swiss Leaks

Source: WonkBlog

Category: Finance, Legal

AQR & Cliff Asness’ Disclosure

Later this week, I am interviewing Cliff Asness for Masters in Business. While doing some prep work for the show, I came across this delight: The Cliff Asness Disclosure document:   Cliff Asness Disclosure: The views and opinions expressed herein are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of AQR Capital Management,…Read More

Category: Hedge Funds, Humor, Legal

Pharmaceutical Companies’ Marketing to Doctors

Pharmaceutical companies spend billions of dollars marketing drugs to doctors. We have a few issues with that.

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Marketing to Doctors

Source: HBO

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Category: Legal, Really, really bad calls, Video

RadioShack’s Strategic Confusion

    Source: WSJ

Category: Digital Media, Legal, Retail

Who Are We Killing with Drones?

West Uses Anti-Terror Laws to Murder Farmers, Small-Time Drug Dealers and Low-Level Taliban Members – Poppy Farmers, Drug Couriers and Drug Dealers Spiegel reported yesterday that drug dealers and low-level Taliban members were targeted for death by drone: NATO didn’t just target the Taliban leadership, but also eliminated mid- and lower-level members of the group on…Read More

Category: Legal, Really, really bad calls, Technology, War/Defense

Officer Involved Fatalities: 1999-2014

Learn About Tableau Source: NY Daily News

Category: Data Analysis, Legal

How Has the Bankruptcy Act Affected Bankruptcy Filings?

How Has the Bankruptcy Act Affected Bankruptcy Filings? By Juan M. Sánchez, Senior Economist     ©Thinkstock/bobbushphoto   It is well known that the number of non-business bankruptcy filings increased dramatically during the ‘80s and ‘90s. This period has been referred to as the “revolution in consumer credit and consumer bankruptcy,”1 as the number of Chapter…Read More

Category: Legal, Think Tank