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The Rules: How to Date Honestly (Or Too Honestly)

posted by Padmini Mangunta

You’re on a first date, gazing into the eyes of the perfectly lovely (or handsome) person across from you, when they casually mention that they don’t have plans to marry, ever. Or to marry someone white. Or perhaps Jewish. Or […]

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Controversy Over New Hugging Trend Among Teens Leads to Hug Bans in High Schools

posted by hfields

Yep, that’s right, now affection is illegal. The New York Times today reported on the new fad for hugging among teens in an article entitled For Teenagers, Hello Means ‘How About a Hug?‘ Kids these days are embracing all over […]

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Is the Lottery Ethical?

posted by hfields

There’s a lot of chatter on the ‘net today about the lottery. Seems someone from South Dakota just won the Florida lottery, to the tune of 222 million dollars. Nice going.  I’m sure that unnamed person will suddenly have a […]

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American Idol and AT&T: Fair Play or No Fair?

posted by Padmini Mangunta

I’m the type of American Idol viewer who tunes in for a few songs, maybe follows one or two contestants until they’re voted off, and usually misses out on all the good controversy. So I can’t say that I’m the […]

13-Year-Old Daniel Hauser Refusing Chemo On Religious Grounds; Court Orders Treatment

posted by hfields

Over the past couple of weeks, the news has been filled with headlines about 13-year-old Daniel Hauser, a Minnesota boy diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Citing religious grounds (the family are members of the Nemenhah Band of Native Americans, who are proponents […]

The Weekend Wuss-Out–Musings On the Ethics & Responsibilities of Friendship

posted by hfields

This Memorial Day Weekend has been a long and busy one for my family. My brother’s wedding took place (yippie! Mazel Tov, guys) so I spent the last three days in a flurry of bachelorette parties, rehearsals, rehearsal dinners, and […]

Still Room for National Boundaries?

posted by Padmini Mangunta

I recently got into a somewhat heated discussion with a close friend. It wasn’t meant to be heated – I’d asked a pretty simple question, “Do you think you care more about what happens to an American vs. what happens […]

A Bernie Madoff Schadenfreude Story

posted by hfields

Schadenfreude–nounsatisfaction or pleasure felt at someone else’s misfortune. I once had a boss so mean I woke up in dread each morning, and lay awake every night fearfully, fantasizing about what terrors lay ahead for me the next day. She […]

Why Can’t I Recycle? A Case of Grocery Bag Guilt

posted by hfields

Why, oh why, am I so completely and utterly incapable of remembering to bring recyclable bags with me to the grocery store? It’s not like I haven’t got any…. Heck, I have canvas totes from conventions past and beach vacations […]

Your Ethical Advice, Dear Reader?

posted by Padmini Mangunta

Instead of the normal blog post contemplating one topic, I thought I’d share a slice of my daily internal monologue. In advance, I both warn and agree with you: Yes, I will most likely question myself into an early grave. […]

Should I Facebook My Way to a More Authentic Self?

posted by Padmini Mangunta

One of the reasons this blog came to be was a desire to be more authentic while searching for the answers to our ethical dilemmas. While we’re far from the experts on how to be authentic, we are on a […]

Pregnant At 66…?!?

posted by hfields

I was just watching this Diane Sawyer clip (see video embedded below) on ABC News about the 66-year-old British woman, Elizabeth Adeney, now 8 months pregnant and soon to become the UK’s oldest-ever mother. She’s a successful career woman who chose […]

Keeping the Tags On That Dress–Just In Case

posted by hfields

My brother’s wedding is right around the corner, and what do you know, I’m a bridesmaid. Luckily, my fantastic sister-in-law-to-be chose a great dress for her bridesmaids (thank you!), which is very wearable and wasn’t too expensive either. Just another […]

Gotcha! Google Chat Teaches Me a Lesson

posted by Padmini Mangunta

Oh the shame! I was caught, my ugly side bared on Google chat, saved to the “Chats” history for me to re-live the disgrace for eternity. Today I fell victim to my catty side, as well as to Google chat.  […]

I Spy: When Does Civic Responsibility Go Too Far?

posted by Padmini Mangunta

Recently when crossing the street with a friend, we both almost got flattened by a car taking a right turn on red – a no-no in New York City. My friend took a stand. “In New York City there are […]

Oprah Apologizes to Memoirist Frey. Too Little, Too Late?

posted by hfields

I can’t believe Oprah Winfrey has apologized to author James Frey after the way she skewered him on her 2006 show for fictionalizing parts of his bestselling memoir. But that’s what Vanity Fair is reporting has happened, at least according […]

Credit Card Responsibility–Yours, Mine, and Theirs

posted by hfields

So I’m sitting at home watching President Obama’s Town Hall speech about credit card debt. Having just spent half the morning on the phone dealing with my credit card company, trying to get my card information straightened out, I’m fed […]

The Acupuncture Appointment From Hell–And How I Weaseled Out of Another.

posted by hfields

Today I took the coward’s way out.  Two days ago, I had an appointment with an acupuncturist–someone I hadn’t been to before. I’d been suffering from migraines, and was told the treatment might be a good holistic alternative to some […]

Sweet Revenge: Wanda Sykes vs. Rush Limbaugh

posted by Padmini Mangunta

When I first heard Wanda Sykes’ jokes about Rush Limbaugh this last weekend ( “I think maybe Rush Limbaugh was the 20th hijacker. But he was just so strung out on OxyContin he missed his flight,” “I hope your kidneys […]

Swine Flu Ethics ?!?

posted by hfields

Here’s a sniffly, sneezy, gross, icky, potentially deadly (but thankfully so far mild) hot topic to talk about.  The ethics of swine flu.  Oh, excuse me, Obama administration and U.S. Pork Industry… H1N1 Influenza. Vice President Biden stirred up controversy […]

Is It OK to Dabble (Respectfully) in Religion?

posted by Padmini Mangunta

I recently fielded a call from my mother about my ring size. Though my immediate fear was that this might concern my still-unmarried status, it turns out she was more worried about my health. How does my ring size involve […]

Dropping the F-Bomb–Or Not. Is it Sometimes More Ethical To Have a Dirty Mouth?

posted by hfields

I didn’t expect my first post to excite much controversy–from my friends, at least. But to my surprise, even my mother, who was in part the subject of it, had a criticism. “Nice post,” she said. “But it would have […]

Is Facebook Acting Ethically?

posted by Padmini Mangunta

The big question that caught my eye in the news recently regards Facebook’s ethical obligations. 13 countries have made Holocaust denial a crime. Personally, no matter how abhorrent I find the blatant dismissal of the Holocaust, I can’t stand behind […]

Carrie Prejean–Role Model or Rogue Model?

posted by hfields

  Every day, it seems there’s another Carrie Prejean story in the news. For those who haven’t been paying attention (and I kinda wish I was one of you), she’s the Miss USA pageant contestant from California whose answer to […]

Manners or Me First? A Tale of Ethics and the Native New Yorker

posted by hfields

By way of introduction, I’d like to share a little about myself. (I’d promise not to do it again, but I undoubtedly will.) I was raised by a family who assumed I’d always instinctively understand the difference between right and […]

How far would you go to get rich quick?

posted by Padmini Mangunta

Standing in an especially long line at my bank yesterday, my wandering mind intersected at two points: my poor, beleaguered bank account (sob, tear) and the summer bank heist movie, Public Enemies, starring Johnny Depp and Christian Bale. Where did […]

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