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Not in My Backyard–but Perhaps the Woods Behind It ?

posted by Padmini Mangunta

My sense of justice vs legal ethics goes a bit askew when it comes to sex offenders. On the one hand, I believe in crime and punishment as well as rehabilitation; on the other hand, I don’t know many other […]

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Earthquake, Tsunami Strike American Samoa: Will You Reach Out A Hand To Aid Those Suffering This Faraway Disaster?

posted by hfields

It’s being reported upwardsof a hundred lives may have been lost in Samoa and American Samoa, tiny South Pacific islands far, far away from most of us (assuming you’re a continental American reading this). Closer to home, floods inGeorgia recently […]

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Voting, Great And Small

posted by hfields

Today in NYC there’s a primary runoff election to decide who’ll be the next democratic candidates for city comptroller and public advocate. And, in a city of 8 million, something like a whopping 170,000 are expected to vote. As the […]

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Save The Boobs: PSA Or TMI?

posted by hfields

I’m on the fence about in-your-face public service announcements, as my prior post on sugary soda indicates. But this one, called “Save the Boobs”, which you can watch on ABC News, really takes shock ads to a new level. Jiggling breasts, […]

If You Won the Lottery…

posted by Padmini Mangunta

I’m pretty proud of my Midwestern work ethic; efficient, steady, reliable. Still, I spend a lot of time imagining what I would do with my lottery winnings – pay off student loans, pay off family debts, buy a house (or […]

Polanski Arrested En Route To Zurich Film Festival: Belated Justice?

posted by hfields

According to CNN, legendary film director Roman Polanski was on his way to receive a lifetime achievement award in Switzerland when he was grabbed up by police on a warrant issued in 1978. Said the Zurich Film Festival that is now sans […]

Here’s To “Justice!” Harvard Moral Philosophy Class To Appear On PBS!

posted by hfields

Fascinating news! I just read that PBS will air a series based on an edited version of a wildly popular Harvard philosophy class on ethics and morality. The class, called “Justice: What’s the Right Thing to Do?” is the brainchild […]

Fighting In Front Of The Kids: Never, Sometimes, Or… They’ll Get Over It?

posted by hfields

I’d like to pose a question for all the parents out there — and for all those who lived through tough family situations as they were growing up.  Is it OK for parents to fight in front of their kids? […]

Friday Failure: Journalists Who Won’t Vote

posted by Padmini Mangunta

Most of us have a love/hate relationship with the media…sometimes we love it, sometimes we hate it (and sometimes I love to hate how I’m a part of it). Still, one of the fundamentals of most democratic societies are the […]

Do We Need The Ten Commandments To Lead Ethical Lives?

posted by hfields

I’d have to say… no.  I mean, I had to look them up to be sure I knew them all correctly (I didn’t), and I still consider myself a fairly ethical person. Heck, even some of our most outspoken bible-thumping […]

What-If Wednesday: When A Friend Does A Disappearing Act, Should You Seek Them Out?

posted by hfields

Ever had a friend who simply vanishes from time to time? Well, I’ve got three. Yes, three. And not just acquaintances, but dear, close friends. We’ll be gabbing on the phone, emailing, hanging out and doing girl stuff like bffs […]

ABC’s “Cougar Town” Begs The Question: Are Cougars Victimless Predators?

posted by hfields

Yeah, yeah, guys have been robbing the cradle since before there were cradles. But do we like it when they’re the culprits? Noooo. We scorn “trophy wives” (a hideous moniker for women to throw at other women, IMO) and look […]

Readers: Help Us Define Ethics

posted by Padmini Mangunta

Ethics:1.    (philosophy) The study of principles relating to right and wrong conduct.2.    Morality.3.    The standards that govern the conduct of a person, especially a member of a profession. Hillary and I were chatting today about ethics. “So what else is […]

Moral Monday: The Savage’s Decision to Give Birth to the Wrong Baby

posted by Padmini Mangunta

When I first read the MSNBC headline, “Woman Implanted with Wrong Embryo to Give Birth”, I moved straight past it, thinking it sounded a bit too much like a supermarket tabloid to interest me. I’m glad I took a closer […]

Pedicures: Why Do They Make Me Uneasy?

posted by hfields

Call it a case of white liberal guilt, but I’m uncomfy getting pedicures. I love how they look, and I’m hopeless at giving them to myself. Since I was a kid, I’ve tried; tongue caught fast between teeth, brow furrowed […]

Innocent Until Proven Guilty — Is This Still the Case?

posted by Padmini Mangunta

I was reading a CNN article about the 4 young men falsely accused of rape at Hofstra University; unsurprisingly, they described the experience as ‘traumatic’. Well, yes, to say the least! Please don’t get me wrong, I’m not speaking out […]

Annie Le’s Murder: A Case Of Workplace Violence?

posted by hfields

As lab tech Raymond Clark III appeared in a New Haven court today to be charged with the murder of 24-year-old Annie Le, killed by “traumatic asphyxiation” just days before she was to be married and found stuffed in a wall of […]

Whose Life Would You Save?

posted by Padmini Mangunta

I think I need to take a mental break from the race question, truly frightening schoolyard violence, health care reform, civility and the handful of other topics America is getting itself enraged over this week. So, let’s play a game.  […]

What-If Wednesday: Would You Get In The Middle Of A School Bus Fight?

posted by hfields

In the news yesterday, a video surfaced of a kid getting viciously beaten on his school bus in Bellville, Illinois. Other children watched, some cheering, others standing by, others still laughing. One or two looked like they possible wanted to step in, […]

I Wish Everyone Would Shut Up About Patrick Swayze

posted by hfields

But it’s not because I didn’t like him. I actually loved the guy, as much as one can love an actor one doesn’t know personally. I thought he was great, sexy, funny, a man’s man and a woman’s heartthrob. I […]

Kanye West, Serena Williams, Joe “You lie” Wilson: A Trifecta of Public Figure Tantrums

posted by hfields

Paddy and I thought we’d toss in our two cents on the whole civility debate. After all, we’d hardly be an “Everyday Ethics” blog if we didn’t have an opinion on everyday cultural behavior trends. So here goes. Hillary: The […]

If Obama Calls Kanye A Jackass Off The Record, Does It Make A Sound?

posted by hfields

It does if Terry Moran (Moron?) tweets it. So, the civility debate rages (ironically) on. And as everyone’s buzzing, the president’s now caught up in it, having remarked off the record in a CNBC interview that he thought Kanye West […]

Friends And Money: An Uneasy Mix

posted by hfields

Neither a borrower nor a lender be,For loan oft loses both itself and friend,And borrowing dulls the edge of husbandry. Polonius, Hamlet Act 1, scene 3, 75-77 Good advice from one of Shakespeare’s flightier characters. This weekend a good friend […]

Should We Be Judged by the Bad Behavior of Our Friends?

posted by Padmini Mangunta

Well, friends, I hope you’ll bear with me for some good ol’ Monday angsting. As we all know, it’s tempting to navel-gaze, but I think that my questions for you just manage to miss the self-indulgent mark (I hope?)… Some would […]

The Sick Traveler: An Easy Person to Hate

posted by Padmini Mangunta

Last weekend I returned from a lovely, restful weekend trip to San Francisco. As I boarded the red-eye back to New York, I found myself hoping that just this once, I would have the ideal flying neighbor–the non-existent one. What […]

Failure Friday: I’m A Pessimist

posted by hfields

Is pessimism a moral issue? I am honestly not sure. I think it is a character issue, however, and for today, for me, that’s close enough. Why do I want to talk about it? Because “Failure Friday” is where we […]

“You Lie!” No, YOU Shame Your Country, Joe Wilson.

posted by hfields

Yelling “You lie!” at your president during an address to the joint session of congress. Just… wow. Does disrespect come any more egregious, more shameful, more heinous? If it does, I can’t imagine it. Is it because our president is […]

What-If Wednesday: Your Doctor Cheats the Insurance Company — For You

posted by Padmini Mangunta

Dental plans are the worst, aren’t they? Some of you may remember my worst-date story in which I also described an accident that resulted in a mouthful of broken teeth – after paying more than half those costs out-of-pocket, I […]

Is It Our Civic Duty To Watch President Obama’s Health Care Speech To Congress?

posted by hfields

Whether you’re for it or against it, odds are, you feel passionately about health care reform. But how many of us have even made the attempt to dive into the 1,000-odd page health care reform bill H.R. 3200 “America’s Affordable […]

Obama’s Speech: Kudos to Personal Responsibility

posted by Padmini Mangunta

Personal responsibility is one of the few areas of ethics I’ve followed with some dedication – well, I think I’ve followed. I don’t live my life as ethically or morally or honestly as I’d like to at times. But once […]

Will You Still Eat Eggs? A Vegetarian Responds

posted by hfields

When I posted “Grist For The Mill” a few days ago, I expected it to be controversial. You can’t talk about the sad practice of grinding up male baby chicks in egg hatcheries and say you still plan to eat […]

Emily Post’s Etiquette Daily and Everyday Ethics: A Natural Fit

posted by Padmini Mangunta

Where does one go when they need a little Etiquette 101? Why Emily Post, of course! We’re pleased to introduce Daniel Post Senning, moderator of the Emily Post Q+A blog – Etiquette Daily.com, as a new guest blogger. Our belief […]

People of Wal-Mart: Watch Your Backs

posted by hfields

“A whole website just to laugh at discount shoppers?” you scoff?  Why, yes. Apparently, so. I decided I had to run a mention of the site, PeopleOfWalmart.com, after a commenter on our own blog said: “Has anyone ever noticed this […]

Man Irritated by Crying Toddler in Wal-Mart, Slaps Her

posted by Padmini Mangunta

I just have to say, completely unrelated to ethics or dilemmas, thank you Virgin America, for in-flight internet. I love multi-tasking a 5-hour journey and work! (I’m completely serious). Now, on to more interesting things. Talk about an ethical fail […]

Grist For The Mill: Knowing Male Chicks Are Tossed Alive Into Grinders, Will You Still Eat Eggs?

posted by hfields

Short answer? Yes, I will. An animal rights activist group, Mercy For Animals, broughtto light a video of unwanted male chicks at the Hy-Line Hatchery of West Des Moines,Iowa, being tossed alive into grinders because they are “of little value.” […]

Underground Ethics: A Subway Series. Part IV: Is Chivalry Dead? And If So, Are We Glad?

posted by hfields

Our fellow Beliefnet blogger and editor, Valerie Reiss, just sent me a link and a question: Is chivalry dead on the subway?  Why is she asking? Apparently, NY Times city blogger Lynn Harris has had a hard time getting a seat offered […]

Levi Johnston: At It Again

posted by hfields

Apparently, Levi Johnston is all over Vanity Fair, not having exhausted his 15 minutes (or our patience) *quite* yet. Or perhaps with Labor Day coming late this year, it’s just a slow news start for September? In any case, he’s […]

What-If Wednesday: Would You Skip Work On Your Birthday?

posted by hfields

When I ran the idea for this post by Paddy, she snorted and said, “Ha, do people really?” And I mumbled something like, “Er, I’m sure some unethical crumb bums must.” (Skip work on their birthdays, that is.) Truth is, […]

Sigh. My High School Re-Opens the Scopes Trial

posted by Padmini Mangunta

Yep. This is my high school…and my marching band (any fellow former band nerds out there?) I have to say, I loved going to high school in little ol’ Sedalia, Missouri. Sure it’s a small town, but small towns are […]

Do We Need To Be Shocked (Or Grossed) Out Of Our Sugar Habit?

posted by hfields

Public health announcements: they make me vastly uneasy. And none more so than the new NYC anti-soda campaign, which actually just makes me vastly queasy: Do we really need some in-your-face ad agency terrifying us with PSAs à la the text-messaging teenagers car crash video […]

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