Monsanto & Business Ethics


My paper two focuses on Monsanto. To begin my research I went to Bucknell’s library website and then the Worldcat Library website. I searched “Monsanto ethics.” Many sources came up and I choose to locate the book titled Business Ethics: Ethical Decision Making and Cases. I wrote down the call number and retrieved the book.

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After reading the online description and contents of the book, I decided this would be a perfect book since it discussed business ethics and had a case devoted to Monsanto as well! Continue reading

Employer Requirements


This is another good topic for this week’s blog. I enjoy how these subject matters are very pertinent to today’s political and economic debates. The quiz was a great way to start discussions. I got a 8/10 on the quiz. I knew a fair amount on the rules behind the PPACA, but I did not expect to get an 80%. I would admit that this quiz was not the best indicator of my knowledge since I guessed on a couple of questions. One question I got wrong was “Will the health reform law require employers with 50 or more employees to pay a fine if they don’t offer health insurance?” The answer is yes. I was unaware of this provision. I did not know the PPACA required employers, who employed over a certain threshold of full time employees,  to pay a fine. Instead I was under the impression employers would only face a fine if they did not offer health insurance to employees who worked over thirty hours a week.

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The provision, 4980H, applies to “applicable large employers” or companies that employ more than 50 full time employees.  If small companies do not meet the “applicable large employer” criteria, the penalties do not apply to them. Furthermore the small employers may be eligible for a health insurance tax credit if they employ fewer than 25 employees and the average income is up to $50,000. The provision requires large employers to offer its full time employees and dependents to enroll in minimum essential coverage under the employer-sponsored plan, or pay a $2,000 penalty annually multiplied by the number of full time employees, excluding the first 30 workers. However if the employer offers coverage but the insurance does not pay for at least 60% of covered health care expenses for a typical population or if at least one of the employee(s) has to pay 9.5% Continue reading

Who Decides What Services are “Essential?”


The quiz was a great way to start off this political discussion. I believe many young people today are not as fixed and rigid on their political stance as earlier generations. This may be a generalization, but from my experience and talking with my peers, it seems today people may identify with one party, but are more open minded and willing to stray a bit away from their party’s ideals. This is the visible problem with government. The two parties are becoming more polarized and unwilling to wander from its ideals. Upon taking the quiz I identified as a Libertarian, which did not surprise me. I am more conservative on fiscal issues, and liberal on social issues.

I found a very thought provoking article on The Nation. The title of Kramer and Comerford’s article caught my attention: ” That Time When DC Stopped Funding Domestic Violence Shelters While Both Congressional Gyms Stayed Open.” The main argument is who can and should decide what services are “essential” during a shutdown?US+1+October+2013

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Welcome, Grab Your Paint Brush


Welcome.  Blogging is an essential part of this class.  WordPress is a software tool, a platform, that enables us to produce content, comment on our writing, and build an audience of readers and of interaction amongst ourselves as well as with the wider world.

As the blog grows over the semester, it will become more dynamic.  Yes, it looks a little bare now.  But that is by choice.  It is like a blank canvas, waiting for all of us to pencil in the outlines and color in the many hues.

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While you are, here, play around with the dashboard, with your user profile, with your post.

Challenges:

1) Can you add a picture to your user profile?

2) Can you give yourself a profile name ( a display name) that the rest of us can remember (as in , NOT hgr345)

3) Can you add Tags to your post?

4) Can you add any multimedia to your post?

5) Super-advanced: can you figure out how to turn on zemanta content like this post has (with the suggested posts below).

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