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A Decade of Morals — Have Yours Changed?

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As the decade winds to an end, it’s natural for us all to look back at the years behind us. Last night I shared a drink with a friend and reminisced about Y2K. I thought back to the friends I […]

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Buying Your Child’s Gender: Would You Do It?

posted by Padmini Mangunta

This comes to no surprise to those of you who have heard various versions of my emphatic utterances “I’m in no shape to have or raise a baby right now thank ye very much,” but I must say I’m fairly […]

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Smoking: When Do I Say Something?

posted by Padmini Mangunta

Holly Rossi over at Fresh Living asks a question in her post, When Should You Confront a Smoker? A great question in my opinion, and it got me thinking. My dad was, quite simply, the definition of a chain-smoker. And he […]

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Holiday Gift-Giving: Why Do We Do This to Ourselves?

posted by Padmini Mangunta

Time for the holiday shopping frenzy! Unless, of course, you’re one of the crazy folk who checked shopping off their holiday to-do list back in August. (You know who you are, and I just don’t like you sometimes.) I’ve culled […]

The Canal Killings: Can We Call These Soldiers Heroes?

posted by Padmini Mangunta

I’ve been following CNN.com’s “Killings At The Canal: The Army Tapes,” an investigation into the circumstances leading up to, and following, the premeditated murder of four Iraqis in 2007. I suppose I’ve been waiting for my lightbulb moment when I […]

Why I Skip Family Holidays, and Why You Should Too (Sometimes)

posted by Padmini Mangunta

Goshdarnnit, Hillary…your oblications and holiday survival tips post puts me in the position of bad angel. Nonetheless, I gladly pick up the horns and pitchfork to make my personal pitch for skipping oblications for…self-gratification vacations?  A few years ago I had […]

Have Some Respect and Make the World Green

posted by Padmini Mangunta

NBC is starting its 3rd annual Green Week this Sunday to promote, you guessed it, greener lifestyles via green-themed content throughout their programming. Kudos to NBC for its efforts, but I tend to agree with this blogger on Chicago Now […]

Gossip Girls Pushes It with Monday’s Threesome

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Apparently, 3 of our favorite GG characters both know exactly what a threesome is and will be taking part in one this Monday. Time for sweeps week, people, and making money the old-fashioned way — the promotion of promiscous teens!

Rihanna Speaks Out; So Does the World

posted by Padmini Mangunta

Case in point, Rihanna’s interview with Diane Sawyer, which airs tomorrow on 20/20. I was one of probably millions who Googled the five-minute Good Morning America clip from this morning. Personally, I am happy that she is taking her experience and letting something positive come out of it–whether or not you or I value her role in society, she does play an important role to young women everywhere. And if Rihanna speaking about her involvement in this sad situation helps one girl get out of a similar situation, amen to that.

Things Don’t Add Up in Wal-Mart Scuffle

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Wal-Mart seems to be playing a much larger part in our blog than usual lately, but apparently that’s where all the news happens.  Actually, the incident I’m referring to in this case actually occurred three years ago, but the trial […]

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 […]

Gang Rape after Homecoming: Bystanders Snap Photos

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“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 […]

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, […]

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.  […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Friday Failure: Journalists Who Won’t Vote

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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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.  […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

The Act of Giving — Who Does It Best? Men or Women?

posted by Padmini Mangunta

Three studies recently released brought a new twist to that age-old competition, man vs. woman–the question of generosity and charitable giving.The series of studies, published in the August 2009 Journal of Consumer Research, examined how men and women gave to […]

Anne Heche: Great Example of the Grown-Up Bully

posted by Padmini Mangunta

You can dress a schoolyard bully in a fancy dress and put them on national television, but their true nature still manages to shine through. Anne Heche reminded me of this last week when she tore apart her ex-husband Coley […]

What-If Wednesday: Would You Forgive a Cheating Spouse?

posted by Padmini Mangunta

Ok, I admit it — I don’t think I have it in me to forgive a cheater. Oh, I’m a forgiving person in general, believe you me. But forgiving a cheater? Nope, no way. Future significant others beware — don’t […]

Kennedy’s Example: Ethical, Not Perfect

posted by Padmini Mangunta

I agree wholeheartedly with Hillary’s eloquent argument (see post below) that we should remember a person for who they are, not simply who we wanted them to be. I’d also like to add another point – I see Kennedy’s life […]

Does Lying on Your Online Dating Profile Get an Ethical Pass?

posted by Padmini Mangunta

If there were ever an area where the little white lie came into question, it would be online dating. Oh, you’re not 6′ 2″ with abs of steel? Or petite with the body of a goddess? Whoops. And funny how […]

Scam Artists, Fear My Wrath

posted by Padmini Mangunta

Comeuppance: a deserved rebuke or penalty. Well. I certainly got mine. I think I can safely say I’ve never intentionally been patronizing or condescending in my quest to solve my own, and others’, ethical dilemmas. However, we often forget that […]

Lockerbie Bomber Freed: Is Showing Compassion Ethical?

posted by Padmini Mangunta

Compassion and ethics. Can they co-exist? I say yes, though certainly not in every situation. Take this one, for example: Today, Scottish authorities released Abdel Baset al-Megrahi, the convicted Libyan “Lockerbie bomber” on compassionate grounds. Al-Megrahi was sentenced in 2001 […]

The Ethics of Self-Love

posted by Padmini Mangunta

I was reading a former coworker’s excellent blog today, MyBrownBaby, and her words struck me in ways I didn’t expect – emotional, practical, and yes, even ethical. The post, “My Time to Shine: What I Love Most About Me”, is […]

NFL Forgives Vick’s Sins

posted by Padmini Mangunta

Time to re-visit the question of Michael Vick, now that he’s been signed by the Philadelphia Eagles. In my original post, I asked if–having paid his dues– he should be welcomed back into the NFL with open arms. The reaction […]

A Little Sci-Fi, A Little Ethical Pondering: District 9

posted by Padmini Mangunta

I know at least one of my friends will roll his eyes at this brief post. I just exited a movie and one of the first comments I made concerned how ethically-challenged (yet somehow still sympathetic) the main character was. […]

Is the Burqini Unethical, or is Banning It?

posted by Padmini Mangunta

The burqini, a full body swimsuit, may have been created to allow Muslim women the freedom to partake in the joy of cavorting in the water alongside everyone else, but in France it’s causing another flare-up in controversy over Muslim […]

What-If Wednesday: Catching a Coworker in a Lie

posted by Padmini Mangunta

The workplace is fraught with ethical dilemmas, isn’t it? I have a question for you: what would you do if you saw a coworker’s resume – and saw that it was full of lies? I was recently asked…. What if: […]

A Question About Infertility

posted by Padmini Mangunta

I came across this infertility post today. In it, the author, Melissa Ford, questioned a Dear Abby column responding to a reader on the subject of financing infertility. Ford found Dear Abby’s response to be ignorant. The reader was asking […]

New Feature! Failure Friday: We Take a Look at Our Weekly Ethical Fails

posted by Padmini Mangunta

They say confession is good for the soul. We’re going to find out, starting today, our first Failure Friday! Last Monday, Hillary debuted our new feature, “Moral Mondays“, honoring those who put their words into action and act in an […]

That Other “Ism”: Ageism

posted by Padmini Mangunta

I had a conversation last night that really got me fired up. I was chatting with a friend of mine, and she mentioned an offhand comment her boss had made during a staff meeting. It irritated her and infuriated me. […]

The Thank-You Note Attempt That Went Up in Flames — No, Really

posted by Padmini Mangunta

Please don’t call child services after you read this story. So, I’m great with saying thank-you — I’m horrendous with a thank-you note. My poor mother tried her best, but sending out thank-you notes….well, it just never took. I dislike […]

Moral Monday: Homeless Man Bequeaths Millions to Non-Profits

posted by Padmini Mangunta

Happy Moral Monday! This morning I wanted to share a story that warmed my heart when I read about it on NPR last week — a homeless man leaving millions to several non-profits, including NPR. When NPR’s Richard Siegel heard […]

Unsolicited Advice from a Stranger: Creep or Good Samaritan?

posted by Padmini Mangunta

A friend who tells you you’ve got spinach in your teeth is a friend for life, but then there’s the stranger in line at the grocery store who reaches over and fixes your dangling bra strap (this has happened to […]

The Best Worst Date Story Ever

posted by Padmini Mangunta

One of the fundamentals of ethics is honesty, I’d say. Yet, I’m kind of a dishonest person. I consider myself to be basically morally sound, so why do I say this? Well, I tend to tell people what they want […]

Michael Vick Reinstated – Did the NFL Act Ethically?

posted by Padmini Mangunta

Professional sports and I do not go together like peanut butter and jelly – my eyes take on a lovely shade of “glazed” when my male friends start down the road of player stats, fantasy leagues and rankings.  But Michael […]

Racism — Not as Important as Healthcare!?!

posted by Padmini Mangunta

When Hillary wrote her post about Obama speaking out on Skip Gates’ arrest, I mentally applauded her for tackling the topic- from beginning to hopeful end, the whole fiasco gives me a headache. However, many of the responses to the […]

Porn Star Wife: Awesome or a Breach of Ethics?

posted by Padmini Mangunta

“When you become a public figure you are held to a different level of scrutiny and ethics.” This was the response by Fort Myers’ councilman, Tom Babcock, when questioned about the firing of town manager Scott Janke — fired because […]

Drunken Breastfeeding: What’s the Ethical Punishment?

posted by Padmini Mangunta

As a single girl, I must admit breastfeeding stories don’t often catch my eye. So, please forgive me for being a little late on the “let’s lynch the drunken breastfeeding mother” bandwagon. Honestly, I’m reluctant to lynch the guilty mother, […]

Rwandan Genocide Leaders Get a Whopping Sentence in Court…

posted by Padmini Mangunta

Not. On Tuesday, the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda sentenced a former governor of Rwanda to life imprisonment for his role in the 1994 genocide. This is the third such ruling this year; previous convictions by the U.N. court include […]

World’s Oldest “New” Mother Dead at 69

posted by Padmini Mangunta

Back in 2006, Maria del Carmen Bousada gave birth to a set of twins – at the ripe old age of 66. Three years later, she’s passed away, leaving behind two young children. After Bousada became pregnant using in vitro […]

Soldier Refuses to Deploy; Says Obama Isn’t President

posted by Padmini Mangunta

I love a good conspiracy theory. U.S. Army Maj. Stefan Frederick Cook is refusing to deploy to Afghanistan because he doesn’t acknowledge President Obama as the rightful president of the United States. Cook is being represented by Orly Taitz, who […]

Athlete Pimps His Way to 2012 Olympics

posted by Padmini Mangunta

Should a legal brothel be allowed to fund a man’s bid for the 2012 Olympics? New Zealand’s Logan Campbell says yes. The Taekwondo athlete needs $300,000 to train his way to London, and by golly, he’ll do what he needs […]

An Etiquette Roundup for the Ethical

posted by Padmini Mangunta

One of the many things I love about my friends is their unflagging enthusiasm – since I started writing for this blog, countless dinner conversations and happy hour chatter have ended with the refrain, “Hey! A new ethical dilemma perhaps??!” […]

No Funding for Zoo? OK, Let’s Euthanize Some Zebras!

posted by Padmini Mangunta

A Boston orphanage may shut down due to lack of funding, and officials estimate 20% of the children will not be placed in new homes and could be euthanized. Shocking? Yep. True? Well, no. However, substitute “orphanage” for “zoo” and […]

Graverobbing in Chicago: Unethical? Yes. Disgusting? Also Yes.

posted by Padmini Mangunta

More from the “Everyone Knows This Is Unethical But Let’s Enjoy a Rare Moment of Unanimity” file. Or perhaps the “Who Does That?” file.  Apparently authorities in Chicago have been conducting an investigation into graverobbers at Burr Oak Cemetery over […]

Church Hates Islam, Not Afraid to Say So

posted by Padmini Mangunta

Whoa now. A church in Florida is not mincing words on a sign posted on its grounds, “Islam is of the Devil”. The church’s pastor, Terry Jones, has no qualms about the sign, saying he plans on adding other signs to […]

A Dignified Opinion

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Last night I wrote a post relaying my discomfort and chagrin at what I considered to be an unethical gut reaction to the homage paid to Michael Jackson after his death. A few days earlier, Hillary referenced an article asking […]

My Gut is Treating Michael Jackson Unethically

posted by Padmini Mangunta

I scared myself a bit today – while I’ve always prided myself for being independent enough to see past the ol’ Republican/Democrat divide, I’ve never actually experienced a time in which my gut (as opposed to my head) agreed with […]

Sarah Palin Resigns Early: Ethical Behavior from a Future Presidential Nominee?

posted by Padmini Mangunta

Warning: This post is based on a series of assumptions. Yesterday, Sarah Palin resigned from her position as governor of Alaska. Her supporters are left reeling in confusion, and her critics are chalking this up to more bizarre behavior from […]

An Analysis of Love

posted by Padmini Mangunta

Ah love. Love with the capital L. It’s great, isn’t it –the natural high, the bliss, the warmth that comes from finding someone to love. Until you experience the lows – the breakups, the heartbreak, trusting your happiness in someone […]

Banana Republic Promoting Their New Ethical Fashion Line?

posted by Padmini Mangunta

An editing background + ethical blogging = geeky enjoyment over this Banana Republic typo. Apparently ethics are in style this season!

“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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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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