The Hall of Shame Remembered

The list below serves as a reminder of all the self-defeating things people are led to do through ignorance of the most basic of all Laws of Life, that as sure as day follows the night, “What Goes Around Comes Around!” Every one of those listed below or their group (two or more joined in the lowly deed), fell into the trap of thinking that nothing or nobody was watching while they carried out their nefarious actions. It begs the question of what or who failed them and why it is that we don’t teach it properly to our children? Could it be that we don’t actually believe those words ourselves? Or do we realize that if we do teach it, then we’ll have to live accordingly ourselves and we’re not so sure we want that, or perhaps not so sure that we can actually live up to it ourselves? Or…while we do use those words when describing someone else’s predicament, do we simply not get how distinctly they also do apply to ourselves? Yes it really is a conundrum! At least we know we’re not alone. In fact this entire list of people, which includes many high-performers, also did not get it. (Let us know if there’s someone else we should add to the list. No politics please). The Hall of Shame Remembered 

Harvey Weinstein – Matt Lauer – Charlie Rose – Louis C.K. – Al Franken – Russell Simmons – Placido Domingo – Israel Horowitz -Peter Martins – Plus at least 40 others I’m aware of using the power of their positions to coerce sexual favors.

Bill Cosby’s stunning fall from a towering figure in popular culture, to an 81-year-old sex offender convicted of drugging young women he targeted for sex.

Leslie Moonves. From powerful CEO of CBS to fallen louse after12 women told the New Yorker’s Ronan Farrow that he had sexually harassed or assaulted them, with the crushing blow coming from an incident he had perpetrated twenty-years earlier.

Larry Nassar – From Doctor for the U.S.A. Olympic gymnastics team for Michigan State University, for U.S.A. Gymnastics, to monster accused by more than 150 women and girls of molesting them in the guise of providing medical treatment over two decades, for which he was sentenced to 40 years in prison.

Bernie Madoff  Managed a long-time “Ponzi Scheme” to  de-fraud investors including widows and charities, of more that $50 Billion.

Rajat Gupta – Managing Director of McKinsey & Co., Board member of Goldman Sachs, Proctor & Gamble, American Airlines and The Gates Foundation, convicted in 2012 on insider trading charges for assisting Raj Rajaratnam and his hedge fund Galleon Group by identifying details upcoming deals, information he had been entrusted with.

John Rowland – The former three-term Governor of Connecticut, convicted on corruption charges.

Daniel Pantaleo – The N.Y.P.D. Officer responsible for Eric Garner’s death.

Boy Scouts of America – For shielding the names of pedophilic scoutmasters. More than 350 abusers have been named.

Audi Volkswagen – Emissions cheating scandal – rigged  diesel-powered cars to fool regulators resulting in fines and prison-time for executives.

Wells Fargo Bank – Ensnared in a conspiracy to defraud customers by adding phony charges and other wrong-doing. Focused on targets such as: Mexican immigrants who speak little English, older adults with memory problems, college students opening their first bank accounts.

William Singer – Organized the College Admissions Bribery Scandal, helping parents get their kids into top colleges for a very large fee.

Lori Loughlin – Successful actress paid $500,000 to get her two daughters into USC. At first denied wrong-doing. Ultimately served time.

The Sackler Family – Perpetrators, with the help of their enablers McKInsey & Co, of a drug epidemic lasting over the past twenty years, the longest in history and leaving more than 450,000 dead American’s blood on their hands.

Boeing Management – What is shaping up as the worst tragedy in American corporate history, with past and present management to blame and likely more tragedy to come.

The Hall of Shame Remembered
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The Hall of Shame Remembered

The Hall of Shame Remembered

And if you happen to be a fan of Louise L. Hay or other forward thinkers/authors like her, you may appreciate my new journal of life affirming aphorisms called Thoughts to Live By. They are meant to be a tool to start or end the day, or referenced to calm the raging beast when life events throw us off balance, ie: a possibly useful antidote during these challenging times.

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What Goes Around Comes Around:

A stable, positive, non preachy, objective voice makes the book stand apart from others in the genre. The author gives readers not just points or principles to ponder, but real human experiences that demonstrate them. A successful guide that uses anecdotes to reveal powerful truths about life.

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“A stable, positive, non-preachy, objective voice makes the manual stand apart from others in the genre.  A successful guide that uses anecdotes to reveal powerful truths about life.” – Kirkus Reviews

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