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Falling: Case of Profiling Nuclear physicist Wen Ho Lee was released this week after pleading guilty to one felony count. The federal judge presiding over the case also apologized to Lee for the actions of the executive branch of the government, saying that the court was led astray by the U.S. Department of Justice. There’s no question that Lee became a prime suspect in the Los Alamos National Laboratory “leaks” largely due to the assumption: If China is spying, surely it must be doing so through ethnic Chinese. When such sweeping assumptions are made in China, Beijing is rightly criticized by the West. There is a greater cause for outrage when they happen within the U.S. justice system, which holds itself out as being fair to all. Rising: Nosy Questions So, it’s the height of the most competitive employee’s market in years.Every storefront you pass has a “Help Wanted” sign in the window, but you decide you’re just dying to work at Rent-a-Center, Inc. You waltz in, have your interview, and then are confronted with a shocker: an intrusive and outmoded psychological test that asks you to answer true or false to such things as: “I have had no difficulty in starting or holding my bowel movement” and “I wish I was not bothered by thoughts about sex.” What are the Rent-a-Center mucky-mucks thinking? No one who values his or her privacy need apply? No one at all need apply? Rent-a-Center might find some nice robots willing to sign up for its exciting career opportunities, but the rest of us will probably pass. Rising: the Price of a Joke MasterCard’s well-known “Priceless” ads conclude with the phrase “There are some things that money can’t buy. For everything else, there’s MasterCard.” Green Party presidential candidate Ralph Nader parodied the ads, and MasterCard felt it necessary to sue for trademark and copyright infringement. Nader’s attorney, Anthony L. Fletcher of New York’s Fish & Richardson, retorted that the Nader campaign’s “right to express themselves in any manner trumps the rights of corporations not to be made fun of.” A New York judge agreed and found in favor of Nader. Maybe MasterCard should have used a Visa card … or even American Express.

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