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June 2009 Archives

The Supreme Court, Sonia Sotomayor, Reversals and Reverse Discrimination

posted by hfields

It’s hard for someone like me, with no legal background, to understand the intricacies of yesterday’s Supreme Court decision about the New Haven, Conn. firefighters’ discrimination (or so-called  ‘reverse discrimination’) lawsuit.   Obviously, there’s more going on here than just […]

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“Bruno”– Spreading Hate or Opening Minds?

posted by Padmini Mangunta

I just watched a “The More You Know” PSA with John Krasinski (aka Jim from The Office) spreading the message that while hate is passed on through generations, its effect can be diluted by showing respect. This in turn reminded […]

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My Sexist Doctor: A Love-Hate Relationship

posted by hfields

So I have this great doctor. He cured my migraines (well, made them a lot better) when no one else could. My mom, who’s suffered similar headaches for decades, swears by him. And he’s a really nice guy. He’s charming, […]

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Are Michael Jackson Jokes Suddenly “Bad”?

posted by hfields

Come on… you know you’ve told one or two Michael Jackson jokes over the years. The self-proclaimed “King of Pop” has been such a startling public figure–with his bizarre plastic surgeries, his wild and wacky but undeniably trend-setting outfits, his […]

June 26 is “Take Your Dog To Work” Day. Cute. But is it Ethical?

posted by hfields

I don’t love dogs. Don’t get me wrong–I like ‘em fine. I may even coo over a particularly cute one (or a homely one–somehow the homely ones touch my heart more than the handsome ones), but I don’t have a […]

Bozeman, MT, Asks for Applicants’ Facebook Username & Password

posted by Padmini Mangunta

How much information are you willing to disclose to snag a job? Most companies already insist on background checks, but Bozeman, MT, is asking applicants for city positions to submit their social networking usernames and passwords. Guess I won’t be […]

56 Star Tattoo Teen Comes Clean; Admits She Lied to ‘Save Face’

posted by hfields

Regrets, I’ve had a few. But perhaps none so visible as those of Belgian teenager Kimberley Vlaminck, who claimed last week to have ‘fallen asleep’ in the tattooist’s chair and woken up with 56 stars tattooed across her face when […]

Steve Jobs Liver Transplant–Is That Ethical?

posted by hfields

UPDATE: Interesting NY Times article asking some of the same questions as my original post about Steve Jobs’ liver transplant. Check the NY Times piece out! Because of this article, and because of the many comments I received on my own, […]

Blog Commenting Courtesy… Do Bloggers Have a Right To Expect It?

posted by hfields

I received a lot of flack for my last post. And I’m willing to admit I may just have deserved some of it. I was called out for failing to ‘do my research’ and ‘being ignorant’ when I drew a […]

Sarah Palin’s Ethical Debt — More than $500,000

posted by Padmini Mangunta

And here we see the financial implications of ethics — Sarah Palin says that she is more than $500,000 in debt due to “frivolous” ethics complaints brought against her by her fellow Alaskans. No doubt some of these charges are […]

Father’s Day, Obama, and Me

posted by Padmini Mangunta

A few years ago, my father passed away, and since then I’ve tended to keep my distance from the Father’s Day blitz each summer – too many bittersweet, confused feelings.  Today, however, due to work, I read President Obama’s thoughts […]

Iran and North Korea In the News: Does Caring Oblige Us To Take a Stand?

posted by hfields

I was out of town for a couple of days, and apparently while I was away, Iran went (more) insane, and North Korea decided Hawaii might make a nice Fourth of July nuclear missile target.  Greeeaat. Maybe I should have stayed […]

Facebook: Is It OK to “Friend” An Old Flame?

posted by hfields

I know, I know–we talk a lot about Facebook on this blog. I suppose that’s because Facebook and other sites like it have become the engines of social interaction and social networking for our generation. And, out of everyday social […]

Senator’s Staffer Emails Racist Obama Image; Should She Be Fired?

posted by Padmini Mangunta

We’ve all probably sent an email from our work account to the wrong person – I once worked at a large law firm where a first year associate sent out a raucous party invite to the entire firm, including all […]

My Credibility or My Friend? The Ethics of a Recommendation

posted by Padmini Mangunta

I wish I could blog about the weather here in New York lately. I must say, I believe continuous rain for two weeks in June to be completely unethical! However, I’m distracted from the slow drip by other concerns. I’m […]

How Sacred Is the U.S. Mail… When It’s Your Husband’s?

posted by hfields

Here’s my quandary.  It’s been a long day.  I’m tired and grumpy.  My husband, who usually brings the mail upstairs, is home sick so I’m the one swinging by our building’s mailboxes on the way back from work.  This in […]

An Ethical Update–It’s Working! I’m Blogging My Way To Becoming a Better Woman

posted by hfields

Guess what? After my post on my failure as a recycler, I actually began to do much, much better at recycling. I now manage to remember semi-regularly to bring a ‘green’ bag with me when I shop. And, after I […]

Sarah Palin Slams David Letterman – Was He Out of Line?

posted by Padmini Mangunta

Yay! Sarah Palin is back, and just in time. Things were starting to get boring around here. I’m not ashamed to admit I was one of the few people sad to see the end of Palinisms. This time it’s Palin […]

World Science Festival Hits New York City–Yippie!

posted by hfields

No dilemmas today, just a shout-out to the second annual World Science Festival, being held this weekend here in New York. My hubby is SO excited. He loves anything connected to the world of ideas. And as a former philosophy […]

Do We Tip To BE Generous, Or To SEEM Generous?

posted by hfields

And does the intent matter? I’m settling in to do some writing at my local coffee joint, getting all prepared to talk…you know…ethics ‘n’ stuff. I make sure I buy enough (a black & white cookie and a large decaf latte) […]

Good Neighbors: Respect Privacy, or Leap In to Lend a Hand?

posted by hfields

My neighbor has OCD–a fact I just recently learned. For the longest time I believed she simply hated me, or that she thought I was a psycho, and here’s why: she wouldn’t get on the elevator with me. We’d wait […]

Privacy, Dating, and Ethics: Ok to Spy?

posted by Padmini Mangunta

I received quite a few comments on my recent breakup post, but one really stuck with me. A friend of mine had recently gone through a breakup herself, and the story behind it was so horrible my immediate response was, […]

When Do You Tell a Friend Her Boyfriend’s a Jerk?

posted by hfields

When I say this happened to a friend and not me, I really actually mean it. My friend had a dinner party at her summer place with some old friends–two couples, plus herself and her own boyfriend. Drinks went around […]

Charity in the Workplace: Unethical or Simply Inappropriate?

posted by Padmini Mangunta

I was recently reminded of an incident from my early days in New York. Back then, I was surviving on a daily ration of ramen and $1 egg drop soup. I considered it my NYC diet, even though I never […]

Thai Rath Publishes Carradine Hanging Photo, Sparks Outrage

posted by hfields

I haven’t blogged about the David Carradine story up ’til now, because, well, I thought it was somewhat unethical to dredge the actor’s death into the public spotlight more than it already was (if that were possible). I’m of the […]

When Does Bad Etiquette Become Immorality? On the Subway, of Course.

posted by hfields

I’m pleased to announce that Part II of our Underground Ethics “Subway Series” comes to you from our very first guest blogger: Beliefnet’s own Entertainment Editor, Dena Ross. I asked Dena to write a post for us because, well, Dena has […]

Leann Rimes Stalks Eddie Cibrian…So They Say

posted by Padmini Mangunta

So, the hot news these days is that Leann Rimes is allegedly stalking Eddie Cibrian after their alleged affair. I’ll be the first to admit that I’m not the person to ask about “hot” celebrity news. It’s possible I was […]

The Great Guilt Debate: Is Using Emotional Blackmail to Get What You Want Unethical?

posted by hfields

“Not if you’re Jewish,” is my mom’s answer. And indeed, it’s been my experience that we Jews ingest guilt with our mother’s milk (not that I’d know, since my mother didn’t find it ‘convenient’ to breast-feed me [ha, see what […]

The Goode Family: Does Being Ethical Mean Being Annoying?

posted by hfields

Mike Judge’s newest animated sit-com, The Goode Family, which premiered last week on ABC, is all about the eponymous Goode family, do-gooders who are always trying to do the ‘right’ thing and be responsible. Their PC intentions lead to ridiculous scenarios […]

JD Salinger CATCHER IN THE RYE Sequel–Whether He Likes It Or Not?

posted by hfields

Word is spreading that reclusive author JD Salinger, author of the seminal book “The Catcher in the Rye,” filed suit in U.S. Federal Court in Manhattan yesterday over an anonymous author’s unauthorized so-called ‘sequel.’ The writer, going by the name […]

Breaking Up Is Hard to Do…Over IM?

posted by Padmini Mangunta

Hillary and I promise this will be the last dating post for…well, at least a little bit. I recently went through a breakup. It was tough, especially after almost a year of this person being in my life. Blogging, however, […]

Dating Rules Follow-Up: When Is It OK to Stick Your Nose In?

posted by hfields

Paddy’s recent post about how to date honestly (or too honestly) got me thinking about relationships, intentions, and the perils of long-term commitment, particularly when cultural, religious, and social mores collide. Her post asks us whether ’tis better to be […]

Underground Ethics: A Subway Series. Part I: How the Emergency Gate Shames Me

posted by hfields

Welcome to Part I of our exciting new series, Underground Ethics. As the name implies, we’ll be talking about things that take place far below the day-lit realm, things dark and ugly, seamy and salacious, perhaps unholy. Yes, that’s right. […]

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