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October 2009 Archives

Losing The Halloween Spirit: Trick Or… Hide From The Kiddies?

posted by hfields

I, who think on Halloween so fondly, savoring everything from its sugary overload to its creepy crawly costumyness, have today crossed a line into fuddy-duddery that I never dreamed would come to pass. That’s right. When our doorbell rang, I hid from the trick or treaters.

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When Your Friend Dates a Married Man…Do You Stand By Them?

posted by Padmini Mangunta

I’ve weighed the question of whether we should be held accountable for the failings of our friends, I’ve raked myself over the coals for my unethical shoving-morals-down-throat technique when it comes to family — now, I wonder, is it wrong […]

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Michael Jackson Autopsy Pictures: Innocent Curiosity Or Ghoulish Obsession?

posted by hfields

For those whose morbid curiosity is driving them to take a peek at Michael Jackson’s autopsy pictures, I say, if you must look, keep a moment of pity in your heart. Keep a spark of humanity in your mind. One day it will be you on the cold slab.

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Gang Rape after Homecoming: Bystanders Snap Photos

posted by Padmini Mangunta

“I bet this is a learning incident.”  This is a quote from West Contra Costa Unified School District spokesman Marin Trujillo, in regards to the gang rape that occurred on school grounds after a homecoming dance. I actually felt chilled […]

Jury Duty: Do You Try To Worm Your Way Out Of It?

posted by hfields

I’ve got jury duty – pleh! I seem to get called every time I vote, renew my license, or, heck, breathe too loudly while walking past a government office. This time ’round, I even got summoned for TWO courts at roughly the same time, so I have to juggle how to serve and which one takes precedence.

Butting In — Yea or Nay?

posted by Padmini Mangunta

Yesterday I completed my move from New York City (a move that began 3 weeks ago and paused for a moment in the Midwest) into San Francisco. I was feeling pretty great when I landed; friendly, accommodating people, easy trip, […]

Daylight Savings Time 2009: Why Can’t We Keep It All Year Round?

posted by hfields

First off, no, it’s not today that you have to change your clocks. This year, we “Fall Back” at 2 AM on Sunday, November 1st. Secondly, I’d like to take issue with a whole society adjusting its schedule twice a year.

Rat Stuck In NYC Sidewalk Creates Quite A Moral Kerfuffle

posted by hfields

I was reading Gothamist this morning and saw what was, simultaneously, the saddest and most hilarious little ‘human’ interest piece posted last night: a rat got stuck in a crack in a New York City sidewalk and a reader snapped a photo.

Help, I Caught a Resentment! How Do I Throw It Back?

posted by hfields

Grudges. Not elegant, ladylike, or particularly admirable. Pour on the Pepto, bring on the Bismol, I’ve got a burning resentment. I won’t say against whom or what. I’ll just say it’s the kind where, when you wake up at 5AM when the cat mews to tell you she’s hungry, you roll over, accidentally have a stray thought about the issue, and boom! You’re burning, hopping, fiery mad.

Yours, Mine, And Ours: How Do We Decide How To Spend Marital Assets?

posted by hfields

Like most couples, my husband and I have limited funds. Deciding how to spend them can be a source of tension, to put it delicately. Last night, my husband and I had one of our “delicate” moments. My husband wanted to take a class at the local college. I wanted to repaint the apartment. To do either one would put off any number of other projects/pleasures we’d had in mind.

Kelly Clarkson’s Photoshopped Image Explained by Self Editor– Poorly

posted by Padmini Mangunta

If you’re a reader of Self, you may or may not have heard the outraged cries echoing in the blogosphere when the magazine published its September cover featuring an extremely fit Kelly Clarkson – or more accurately, a falsely-fit Clarkson.  […]

Medical Marijuana: Hey, Man, Does The Fed’s New Policy Bum You Out?

posted by hfields

Me? I think marijuana should be subject to the same laws as alcohol. The way I see it, they’re similarly dangerous–so regulate pot, make it aboveboard, (or, if that’s too radical, available by prescription only in every state), remove the stigma, take the drug cartels out of the equation. Oh, and also, how about making alcohol a bit harder for kids to get, while we’re at it? Or at least educating them better about its dangers?

Racy Halloween Costumes For Kids: Outrageous, Sad, And… Inevitable?

posted by hfields

Sexy Halloween costumes for kids are more fashionable than ever. Is this a trend parents can prevent? Should manufacturers be held accountable for marketing such costumes to tweens and even younger children?

Balloon Boy Charges Expected To Be Filed: Justice For The Family That Cried ‘Balloon’?

posted by hfields

Looks like it’s official: Balloon Boy was a hoax. Or at least, authorities are charging the Heene family with perpetrating one. Are you angry? Crying out for blood? Do you feel the Heene family exploited Falcon and their other children for gain, and is this a trend we’re seeing more and more in these reality-show-ridden times?

Small-Time Ethics: Are My Priorities In Life Out Of Whack?

posted by hfields

Ah, folks. In a world full of Louisiana officials who won’t marry interracial couples, celebrity chefs battling it out with their fiancees, boys failing to fly off in balloons, and politicians winning premature prizes, why is it I care so much more about my own little quibbles?

Diwali Shenanigans

posted by Padmini Mangunta

It’s Diwali, the Hindu Festival of Lights, a day millions of people celebrate the triumph of good over evil. And to those of you who recognize the holiday, you might be interested in President Obama’s Diwali greetings.  If you’ve followed […]

Falcon Heene: The Boy Who Cried ‘Balloon’?

posted by hfields

Questions are being raised about the Heene family. Apparently, they’re known for their showmanship, publicity seeking, and have appeared on reality shows more than once. Is Balloon Boy a hoax? Was this all a publicity stunt? Falcon Heene’s CNN comments leave one questioning.

The Wal-Mart Addiction: Can I Break Free?

posted by Padmini Mangunta

I went to college in Columbia, Missouri, and though it’s been years since I lived here, my mom has since moved to town, and I still consider it home. Columbia is approximately half way between St. Louis and Kansas City […]

Does Courtesy Fall By The Wayside During A Stressful Day?

posted by hfields

Short answer? For me, yes. And apparently, so does bloggery. I’d like to apologize for being light on the ethical pondering the last couple days, folks. It’s been a heckuva week at work, and I’ve been so swamped I’m literally […]

Should Smokers’ Lungs Be Used?

posted by Padmini Mangunta

I recently had an interesting debate about health care with my brother, a doctor in the Navy. As debates between the two of us generally go, we circled around a number of topics before ending the call. One such topic […]

The Car Accident That Wasn’t

posted by hfields

Yesterday I almost got in an accident. Worst part was, it was pretty clearly my fault. I was in unfamiliar territory, and I realized at the last second that I needed to be in the left lane, the turning lane, […]

Should We Vaccinate Health Care Workers For Swine Flu Whether They Like It Or Not?

posted by hfields

Health care workers are on the front lines of the battle against H1N1 this year. So why not look at the question of whether it ought to be mandatory for them to receive swine flu vaccinations using a military metaphor?

NASA’s LCROSS Moon Bombing Mission: A Bit Egregious?

posted by hfields

Not content with the destruction on our own world, we now lob explosives at other celestial bodies. What a piece of work is man. Just kidding. I think it’s marvelous we’re studying water content on the moon, and I’m excited […]

Surprise! You’ve…Won the Nobel Peace Prize?

posted by Padmini Mangunta

Update: Perhaps the move wasn’t such a surprise to everyone. Reuters reported on Wednesday about rumblings that the Nobel Committee was trying to return to its activist roots, and quoted Kristian Berg Harpviken, head of the International Peace Institute in […]

Friday Failure: Just Because You Can, Doesn’t Mean You Should

posted by hfields

That’s one of my favorite sayings. Now, I’m not a slogan sort of a gal. I hate aphorisms as much as I love alliteration. But I really think it’s great advice in so many situations. Like: just because you can […]

Nice People Rock… And I Want Them To Know It!

posted by hfields

I just have to give a shout out to a woman named LuJean. I don’t know her last name, but I do know she’s the single nicest, most helpful sales lady I’ve ever run across at Macy’s.  We all know […]

My People, the People of Wal-Mart

posted by Padmini Mangunta

A few weeks ago, Hillary wrote about the website, peopleofwalmart. At the time I refrained from commenting because, well, I felt bad. I grew up in small towns around Missouri where Wal-Mart was the primary source of…everything. And while the people […]

Office Politics: How Do You Work With Someone Who’s “Impossible”?

posted by hfields

Ever wondered whether you’re speaking different languages (or inhabiting different planets) when you’re trying to communicate with a particular coworker-who-shall-not-be-named? Ever felt like tearing your hair out (or theirs) every time you’re forced to cooperate with a certain so-and-so on […]

Is There a Free Pass When People Are Just Plain Annoying?

posted by Padmini Mangunta

I wish. So, I’ve been hounding my friends like crazy lately. Why? Well, lately I’ve felt fresh out of ethical dilemmas. My solution was to post a status message on Facebook and instant messenger, begging people to send any ethical […]

Judge Not… Or Not?

posted by hfields

We shouldn’t make snap decisions, right? At least, that’s the message I believe one of our commenters was trying to get across when he (or she) wrote in response to our David Letterman post, “Hero Or Creep“: Might there not […]

Karma or Racism — You Tell Me

posted by Padmini Mangunta

Yesterday was a big day for me; I moved out of New York City, my home of seven years. It was a whirlwind day–finishing up some work, packing, saying my goodbyes to good friends. Then of course there was the […]

Getting the Last Word: Petty, But So Desperately Satisfying

posted by hfields

Today in the grocery store checkout line, a regal-looking elderly woman gave me a hard time. It burned me up so much I walked out of there fuming and practically muttering to myself, rehashing the incident and thinking, boy, when […]

David Letterman: Hero Or Creep?

posted by hfields

By now you’ve probably heard: David Letterman’s been the victim of a blackmail attempt to extort $ 2 million to keep quiet about sexual affairs he had with female staffers. Instead, Letterman chose to go on the air and, well, […]

Child Adopted Then Returned: Did Anita Tedaldi Do The Right Thing?

posted by hfields

Oh, boy do I not want to blog about this. Talk about a topic where I know not whereof I speak… Anita Tedaldi, who first posted an essay about her experiences as the adoptive mother of baby “D” in the […]

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