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Things Don’t Add Up in Wal-Mart Scuffle

posted by Padmini Mangunta

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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Remembering Ted Kennedy: Are We Doing It Right?

posted by hfields

It is seldom that we lose someone of such legendary stature as Senator Edward M. Kennedy. Though the media may try to play up every death as a Cronkite or a Mother Theresa, I honestly don’t feel the need to […]

Caster Semenya: Should We Take “Her” Word For It?

posted by hfields

What is gender? Apparently, as the case of South African runner Caster Semenya is proving, it’s less absolute than penis versus vagina. As controversy swirls over whether the gold-medal-winning 18-year-old is wholly female, I wondered, should it even matter? Assuming this […]

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 […]

Barney Frank Town Hall Video: Was His Response Appropriate or Unethical?

posted by hfields

I have to admit, I got quite an ethically-challenged guffaw out of Barney Frank’s comments to the woman who compared President Obama’s healthcare plans to a ‘Nazi policy’. Take a look at the video and see for yourself:   I […]

Google Forced to Reveal Blogger’s Identity After “Skank” Comment Riles Model: Ethical Or Anti-Freedom Of Speech?

posted by hfields

Liskula Cohen, a NY model whose face has graced the cover of Vogue, among other mags, didn’t appreciate being called a “skank” – and worse – by an anonymous blogger on the website “Skanks In NYC” (since defunct). So she […]

Woman Pregnant With 12 Babies: Outrageous Or Awesome?

posted by hfields

Never mind the stretch marks; what on earth is this woman thinking? If the UK’s Sun can be believed, a Tunisian woman is vowing to carry all twelve fetuses to term after having several heartbreaking miscarriages in the past. Honestly, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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