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Arbitration Fairness Act of 2007

Arbitration Fairness Act of 2007

Businesses are increasingly inserting arbitration provisions into contracts to prohibit the employees and consumers from resolving important disputes in courts of law. Such arbitration provisions compel the employees and consumers to present his or her case to an “private arbitrator,” who need not even be an attorney. There is no jury trial. There is no automatic right to engage in pre-trial discovery. There is no public access. There need not even be an in-person hearing (unless you pay extra). The arbitrator often has the right to decide the entire case by merely looking at paperwork and you might not even have a right to be there when it happens.

If the arbitrator fails to apply the law correctly or if the arbitrator refuses to consider important evidence, too bad. There is no appeal. There is no accountability. Your claim against a big company will simply disappear. And here’s another huge concern: the big corporations are repeat customers to the big arbitration companies, while you will be a one-time player. Under these circumstances, who is the arbitrator likely to favor?

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July 21, 2007 | By | 7 Replies More
Sunk costs are irrelevant to future decisions

Sunk costs are irrelevant to future decisions

It always pains me to see powerful leaders fail to understand the concept of sunk costs. In this case, the leader I refer to is Maj. Gen. Rick Lynch, commander of the 3rd Infantry Division in Iraq, who recently expressed the mistaken belief that America’s past death toll of U.S. troops in Iraq should somehow […]

July 20, 2007 | By | 7 Replies More
Maher: Founding Fathers would have rejected Bush

Maher: Founding Fathers would have rejected Bush

Bill Maher writes this on Huffpo: America was invented by liberal men in Boston and Philadelphia. Not that I don’t love all of America, but rednecks who think they’re the real America should read a history book once in a while. George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Franklin, Madison — the whole lot of them were well […]

July 20, 2007 | By | 3 Replies More
Pope says all other religions are defective

Pope says all other religions are defective

I wouldn’t make this up. It was reported on MSNBC today. Pope Benedict XVI has reasserted the universal primacy of the Roman Catholic Church, approving a document released Tuesday that says Orthodox churches were defective and that other Christian denominations were not true churches. How does the Pope know this?   Hey, he just knows.  Just […]

July 18, 2007 | By | 10 Replies More
Al-Qaida flourishing in Iraq?  They can thank George Bush.

Al-Qaida flourishing in Iraq? They can thank George Bush.

According to this article, Al-Qaida can thank George Bush for its growing power in Iraq.  Though Saddam had no taste for Al-Qaida terrorists, because the belonged to the wrong branch of Islam, Al-Qaida has apparently flourished under George Bush’s military occupation.  So much for winning the war on terrroism.

July 17, 2007 | By | 3 Replies More
Tolerance

Tolerance

A Hindu chaplain was invited to say the opening prayer in the Senate and some christians slipped in to protest, disrupting the prayer, and generally making fools of themselves and presenting the face of their faith which causes those who feel religious belief is something everyone ought to get over and soon to feel more […]

July 17, 2007 | By | 3 Replies More
The Buzz on Gore-Bull Warming

The Buzz on Gore-Bull Warming

I was checking on the latest news about the Creationist Museum, and found myself browsing a conservative blog site, Townhall.com. The hot issue of the day is debunking the whole Al Gore Global Warming issue. Try this post, for a taste. What truly bugged me is that, among the innumerate and sometimes marginally literate responses, […]

July 16, 2007 | By | 18 Replies More
Origins, Worms and Germs

Origins, Worms and Germs

I recently visited New York City, where I attended a business conference.  After the conference was over, I was able to spend three hours at the American Museum of Natural History. It was well worth a visit for numerous reasons.  For instance, the ocean life exhibit contains a full-size model of a blue whale hanging […]

July 15, 2007 | By | 7 Replies More
What the President Believes

What the President Believes

Marty Kaplan recaps the alarmingly detached beliefs of President Bush, for all of us who have lost count (it’s easy to lose count): Who gives a flying fig for what you believe, Mr. President? You believed trading Sammy Sosa to the White Sox was a good move. You believed Saddam was making nukes from Nigerien […]

July 15, 2007 | By | 2 Replies More