CHESTER COUNTY, PA — A pair of Pennsylvania state constables have been arrested and charged after they were illegally employed by a contractor of Sunoco's to enforce private security at the highly controversial Mariner East pipeline in Chester County. The constables, elected officials responsible for preserving the peace at polling places and making arrests in limited circumstances, identified themselves as law enforcement as they turned away the public from a pipeline drilling accident that occurred on a homeowner's property, according to the District Attorney's Office. Michael Robel, 58, of Shamokin, a constable in Northumberland County, and Kareem Johnson, 47, a Coatesville resident and constable in Chester County, face numerous charges, including official oppression, Ethics Act violations, and bribery. The pair came to the attention of law enforcement as "hired muscle" after one of the sinkhole incidents in West Whiteland Township, back in January. The case centers on the … [Read more...] about State Constables Charged With Oppression At Mariner East Pipeline
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Unmanned weapons are the hottest thing in the defence industry right now, and Australia may have snatched an early lead. At the 2019 Avalon Airshow and Defence Expo, Boeing Australia unveiled its ‘Loyal Wingman’ unmanned combat air vehicle. It’s an interesting name for a killer robot. “It sounds like it’s reliably flying alongside a human, and, in that case, we’re less concerned because there will be a person in command of it,” University of NSW Professor of Artificial Intelligence Toby Walsh told News Corp. The reality of killer robots on the battlefield, he fears, will be quite different. “They would be impossible to defend yourself against. Once the shooting starts, every human on the battlefield will be dead.” Designed and built in Australia, this particular weapon is expected to take to the skies for the first time next year. It’s intended to fly in the company of manned aircraft but not be controlled by them. It’s … [Read more...] about Life savers, or killer robots? Australian air force ‘Loyal Wingman’ autonomous drones
In a previous blog post, I described some of my recent research, conducted with Zhao Yang and Rene Algesheimer of University of Zurich. In our paper, we found an instance of lawful but unethical behavior of customers that produced beneficial effects for the company as well as its other customers. Source: Ethics by Danon Loveland Flickr Licensed Under CC BY 2.0 Our study was based on customer data from a Swiss online retailer. We found that customers who violated its strict “one account – one customer” policy by opening multiple accounts using someone else’s telephone numbers were also among the company’s most active and engaged customers. Although they comprised just 11.5% of accounts in our dataset, these individuals accounted for 27.6% of the company’s sales. What is more, their presence also increased the engagement and purchase behavior of other ethical customers who maintained single accounts. Many companies tend to be conservative and … [Read more...] about What Should Managers Do With Profitable Unethical Customers?