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We can imagine a modern-day Virgil leading us through the various circles of corporate misconduct.  Perhaps the first circle is for greed and populated by overpaid executives, the second circle contains the polluters, the next for lobbyists for special tax breaks and another for those involved in regulatory demolition.
At the ninth circle, we find the most egregious forms of corporate misconduct — companies who provide misleading or fraudulent information about their own products.  Such behavior is a risk to the public that the company is uniquely positioned to understand.  It is worse than simple thievery because those who are most knowledgeable use their knowledge to mislead their customers.
When Dante wrote Inferno, he described the ninth circle of hell as the deepest one, where treachery resides and where hosts betray their guests:
By effect of his malicious thoughts,
Trusting in him I was made prisoner,
And after put to death.
(Inferno, Canto XXXIII)
So it is with companies in the ninth circle.  We are indeed prisoners when we unwittingly trust malicious companies who invite us as guests into their showrooms.  These firms know about their dangerous products, withhold that knowledge, subvert science to advance their narrow commercial interests and put their guests to death.
    —     William Nordhaus
From his article:  “The Ninth Circle Of Corporate Irresponsibility
Sub-titled:  “Reassessing The Impact Businesses Have On The Planet
Appearing in:  Time Magazine;  Dtd:  26 April 2021
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Disaster is rarely as pervasive as it seems from recorded accounts.  The fact of being on the record makes it appear continuous and ubiquitous whereas it is more likely to have been sporadic both in time and place.  Besides, persistence of the normal is usually greater than the effect of the disturbance, as we know from our own times.  After absorbing the news of today, one expects to face a world consisting entirely of strikes, crimes, power failures, broken water mains, stalled trains, school shutdowns, muggers, drug addicts, neo-Nazis, and rapists.  The fact is that one can come home in the evening — on a lucky day — without having encountered more than one or two of these phenomena.  This has led me to formulate Tuchman’s Law, as follows:  “The fact of being reported multiplies the apparent extent of any deplorable development by five – to tenfold” (or any figure the reader would care to supply).
    —    Barbara Tuchman
From her book:  “A Distant Mirror
[Unless the reporting is done by Fox (“Faux”) News, in which case the equation is:  Reality == 0.  Note to readers:  There is a substantial difference between reporting bias in (by) the news and reporting falsehoods (aka lying).    —    KMAB]
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When you have no basis for an argument, abuse the plaintiff.
    —     Cicero
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The speed of communications is wondrous to behold.  It is also true that speed can multiply the distribution of information that we know to be untrue.
    —    Edward R. Murrow
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