When I was in fifth grade, we were given an assignment asking us to draw a picture of what we would do with a million dollars. Most kids went on trips to the moon or bought a stable of ponies. I still have the picture I drew a lurid crayon portrait of myself with my cheeks bulging and both hands full of brightly colored little rectangles: a million dollars worth of Now and Laters.
Race is usually involved in the big gaffes. Earlier this summer, Dusty Baker, the manager of the Chicago Cubs, got in trouble for saying that he thought dark skinned athletes fared better in extreme heat than white players. It is unacceptable to publicly suggest that any race or ethnic group may possess intrinsic abilities, deficits or traits.
This fall, Ground Truth got its first job from a donor directly responsible for disaster relief: The British government hired the group to track local perceptions of the international community’s response to the Ebola epidemic in Sierra Leone. About 350 people from different regions of the country along with a similar number of front line aid delivery workers are polled using text messages sent to their cell phones. They’re given a small amount free phone time as an incentive to participate..
It’s good that the FDA is studying a better way of advertising drugs, but it’s not enough to make a difference, says Dr. Lisa Schwartz, a professor of medicine at the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice. She says many advertisements feature new drugs, and there’s often some uncertainty about how a drug will actually work, even if it has FDA approval.
Caste was an ancient system of occupational class delineated in Hindu texts that over the years developed into a rigid social hierarchy. The lowest castes, or untouchables, were marginalized and faced persecution. But many modern Hindus have argued that caste based discrimination is not intrinsic to Hinduism and should not be thought of as religiously sanctioned..
But Donaghy made certain that the stench of corruption went beyond his own bad behavior, crashing this year’s dream finals between the Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Lakers with scandalous accusations. Before Game 3 of that series, he alleged in a court filing that two refs conspired to fix the 2002 Western Conference finals between the Los Angeles Lakers and Sacramento Kings. Donaghy claimed he wasn’t the only rogue referee, as he described a corrupt culture in which refs would play tennis with coaches, ask players for autographs, and accept free meals and gifts from coaches and team officials.