June 15, 2015

Daily Beast Critic: ‘Jurassic World’ Has ‘Backward Sexual Politics’

Marlow Stern at the Daily Beast, who reviewed Jurassic World on June 10, must be absolutely furious.

The Steven Spielberg-produced movie just had “the highest-grossing opening weekend of all time.” Not bad for a film Stern panned as “A Big, Dumb, Sexist Mess” — with heavy emphasis on the “sexist” part.

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Business Press Mostly Fails to Note that Industrial Production Has Not Advanced for Six Straight Months

Today’s release from the Federal Reserve on industrial production (including mining and utilities) told us that it declined by a seasonally adjusted 0.2 percent in May. It was the sixth consecutive month showing a decline or no gain, during which time output has fallen by 1.1 percent (not annualized).

Bloomberg News, which reported that economists and analysts expected an increase of 0.2 percent, described the result as “unexpected.” Reuters gave us the adverb version of the U-word: “U.S. industrial production unexpectedly fell in May.” In covering the news, Associated Press reporter Josh Boak failed to note the length of the protracted slump, and even went into a light version of “Happy Days Are (Still, Probably, We Really Hope) Here Again,” using a sentiment survey to argue against the hard information collected by the Fed.

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Monday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (061515)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 6:05 am

This open thread is meant for commenters to post on items either briefly noted below (if any) or otherwise not covered at this blog. Rules are here.

Positivity: Knights of Columbus among world’s most ethical companies

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 6:00 am

From New Haven, Connecticut:

Mar 10, 2015 / 06:53 pm

You have probably heard about their work with charitable organizations and the international councils that they’ve founded across the globe. You may have benefited from their life insurance program, or know someone who belongs to the fraternal organization. But this year, they have been recognized as one of the world’s most ethical companies for the second consecutive year.

The Knights of Columbus have been honored by the Ethisphere Institute as a 2015 World’s Most Ethical Company, acknowledged for their exceptional performance in business transparency, ethics, and sustainability.

“Earning this recognition involves the collective action of a global workforce from the top down. We congratulate everyone at Knights of Columbus for this extraordinary achievement,” Timothy Erblich, CEO of Ethisphere, stated March 9.

Ethisphere is a leading global herald for ethical business practices, known for recognizing organizations that advance ethical conduct and transparency in their work operations.

In an effort to recognize businesses of principal, Ethisphere developed a comprehensive program which assesses companies for their performance based on five categories: ethics and compliance, corporate citizenship and responsibility, culture of ethics, governance, and leadership, innovation, and reputation.

With these considerations, Ethisphere’s high-level advisory panel reviews the vetted businesses and rates their core ethics. Every year, they announce the organizations that meet these standards and recognize them as global leaders in ethical business practices.

For the second year in a row, the Knights of Columbus were recognized as a Ethisphere’s 2015 World’s Most Ethical Company, one of only four companies in the Life Insurance category that were honored.

“For more than 130 years, the Knights of Columbus have been protecting the financial future of Catholic families and providing charity to those on the margins of society,” stated Carl Anderson, CEO of the Knights of Columbus. …

Go here for the rest of the story.