KPMG, one of the Big Four auditors, is frequently in trouble. This year it was for failing to notice massive corruption at FIFA, the international soccer association, while serving as its auditor. Last year one of their executives gave a customer’s inside information to another investor; back in 2005, they were hit with tax shelter fraud and fined $456 million.
It was one of those fun little stories that went around the world: A police officer in Mountain View, Calif., pulled over one of Google’s self-driving cars. First, it was the human driver who brought the car to a stop, so one must assume that Google vehicles are not programmed to pull over when flashing blue and red lights appear in the review mirror.
For as long as I can remember, some individuals have hated the UN, because they believe it neuters American sovereignty. Twenty years ago, when H. Ross Perot was running for president, he asserted loudly that if the North American Free Trade Agreement was signed into law, the “giant sucking sound” one would hear would be American jobs being pulled into Mexico. A decade ago a group of Americans were petrified about Sharia law overriding our legal system. And I can’t count how many individuals have written me over the last seven years suggesting our president did his college thesis on Karl Marx.