Browsing: Corporate Crime


‘At least 37 people have been killed after a cargo plane belonging to Turkish Airlines crashed into a residential neighborhood near Kyrgyzstan’s capital of Bishkek, according to the emergency ministry.

Among those killed are four crew members, RIA Novosti news agency reported.

One of the pilots died at the scene of the accident, Kyrgyz Health Ministry spokeswoman Elena Bayalinova said.’

Read more: 37 killed as Turkish cargo plane crashes in Kyrgyzstan


Corporations across the UK and North America are fitting employees with “wearable” tracking and monitoring devices such as the Humanyze system.

The proliferation of “wearables” – devices that, as the moniker suggests, we can wear and that can track everything from how much and how vigorously we move to our blood pressure, should be prompting even more of a discussion than they are about just when an employer crosses the line and becomes a Big Brother.

Read more: Wearables at work: the new frontier of employee surveillance


‘A document from the New York State Department of Labor reveals that the Clinton Global Initiative is being discontinued.

Filed on January 12, 2017, the document shows the layoff of a specialist employed by the Clinton Global Initiative as part of a “plant closure” and that the reason for their discontinuation was the “Discontinuation of the Clinton Global Initiative.”

The news of the closure of the Clinton Global Initiative comes after reports emerged in the Fall of 2016 that they were laying off dozens of workers at their New York offices.’

Read more: Document reveals Clinton Global Initiative is shutting down


‘The wealth of the 8 richest people on earth equals that of the poorest 3.6 billion, according to a report by Oxfam presented at the World Economic Forum in Davos. This vast wealth gap is a threat which may “pull our societies apart,” the report warned.

The list of the eight wealthiest individuals in the world, all men, comes from Forbes magazine’s billionaires list, and includes Microsoft founder Bill Gates, Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg, and Amazon founder Jeff Bezos.

Others include Inditex clothing company founder, Amancio Ortega, investor Warren Buffett, Mexican business magnate Carlos Slim, Oracle’s Larry Ellison, and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.’

Read more: Eight richest people as wealthy as poorest half of the world – Oxfam


‘Chinese tech giant Tencent is facing massive backlash after footage of a lewd party game at one of its annual events was leaked online showing female employees simulating oral sex on stage.

The event in question was reportedly an end of year celebration organized by the company’s instant messaging/microblogging service called Weibo.

The footage shows two female employees on their knees attempting to remove a plastic cap from a bottle wedged between the thighs of two male coworkers.’

Read more: Chinese tech giant Tencent slammed over simulated oral sex leak


‘Prosecutors in South Korea are seeking an arrest warrant for the de facto head of the country’s biggest business firm, Samsung Group, as part of investigations into a scandal surrounding impeached President Park Geun-hye.

The special prosecutor’s office sought the warrant for the arrest of Samsung’s Vice Chairman Lee Jae-yong, known professionally as Jay Y. Lee, on Monday. A court has to approve the warrant, according to an official at the Seoul central district court, who said a hearing will likely be held on Wednesday.

The office also said on Monday that Lee had paid bribes totaling 43 billion won (36.42 million dollars) to Choi Soon-sil, a friend of President Park’s and the woman at the center of the scandal.’

Read more: South Korea prosecutors seek arrest of Samsung chief


‘In the name of equality, justice and safe spaces, a car insurance firm in the United Kingdom is advocating for the creation and designation of gender split roadways to give women their own lanes and separate infrastructure in order to avoid the perils of sharing the road with men.

Shiela’s Wheels, a car and personal theft insurance company which bills itself as having a ‘different spin on car insurance,’ has assembled a fact sheet concerning the statistical differences between men and women in regards to highway safety, accidents and injury reports.

Their conclusion, in short, is that women are at a greater risk of accident and injury while traveling on roads occupied by men, and that in order to correct this societal imbalance, separate, pink roadways and lanes should to be funded and created by government to segregate men and women drivers in some of the more dangerous thoroughfares in the UK.’

Read more: UK Insurance Company Proposes Gender-Split Traffic Lanes for Social Justice


‘Just off a winding highway along the Pacific coast in Monterey, California, is a private clinic where people can pay $8,000 to have their veins pumped with blood plasma from teenagers and young adults.

Jesse Karmazin is the entrepreneur who made the practice possible, by launching a clinical trial on the potential of “young blood” through his startup Ambrosia. He says that within a month, most participants “see improvements” from the one-time infusion of a two-liter bagful of plasma, which is blood with the blood cells removed.

Several scientists and clinicians say Karmazin’s trial is so poorly designed it cannot hope to provide evidence about the effects of the transfusions. And some say the pay-to-participate study, with the potential to collect up to $4.8 million from as many as 600 participants, amounts to a scam.’

Read more: For $8,000 this startup will fill your veins with the blood of young people


‘The developer WhatsApp, a popular communications tool that touts end-to-end encryption as one of its prime features, has denied deliberately leaving a backdoor for the government to snoop on users’ communications.

End-to-end encryption (E2EE) is a feature that prevents middlemen from eavesdropping on communications including the company transmitting the messages. Demand for the feature skyrocketed after Edward Snowden revealed to the public that the US and its allies were conducting mass electronic surveillance worldwide.

WhatsApp is one of the many applications that offers E2EE, having introduced it in November of 2014 using Open Whisper Systems’ acclaimed Signal protocol. Snowden himself has suggested the Signal app as a safe way to communicate.’

Read more: WhatsApp denies leaving backdoor to snoop on communications


‘At the end of November, a judge from the Northern District of California delivered a crushing blow to our nation’s beekeepers, and effectively approved of the EPA policies that will allow seeds to be coated with bee-toxic pesticides, known as neonicotinoids, or neonics for short. These pesticides, which can persist in soil and water with ease, are associated with killing bees indiscriminately, leading to a dramatic drop in pollinator populations and massive environmental damage. (RELATED: Stay informed on environmental news at

The judge ruled against the beekeepers and public interest advocates in their lawsuit — which was seeking to protect bees, and the rest of the environment, from unregulated damages that may be caused by the Environmental Protection Agency’s rather sloppy policies regarding seeds that are coated with certain insecticides that are known to kill bees in large numbers.’

Read more: Court allows seeds to continue to be sprayed with bee-toxic pesticides