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Jun 17, 2007 Smoked Out (The Ethicist)

QUOTE: [1] I am competing for a job at a firm that does work for a tobacco company on whose account I would have to work. This makes me deeply uncomfortable...Should I take the job if it is offered? [2] Our mother committed suicide at home, and now we’re selling her we have an ethical duty to volunteer this information?

New York Times
Jun 11, 2007 Why Torture Keeps Pace With Enlightenment

QUOTE: The use of torture steeply rose in Europe during the 20th century; it appears very likely that more people around the world have been tortured in the last 100 years than in all previous centuries combined -- and this was the century in which public condemnations of torture have been the loudest.

Washington Post
Jun 10, 2007 His and Not Hers (The Ethicist)

QUOTE: [1] I think married people should pool their resources, contributing what they can. [The man I am involved with] thinks I am looking for a sugar daddy. You? [2] I learned that many of these garments [donated to charity] are shipped to poor countries where they are sold, devastating local industries and thus creating more poverty...I fear I’m doing more harm than good. Advice?

New York Times
Jun 09, 2007 Celebrity Justice Cuts Both Ways for Paris Hilton

QUOTE: The national obsession with celebrity collided head-on with the more serious issue of the equal application of justice on Friday, as a judge sent the socialite Paris Hilton back to jail some 36 hours after she was released for an unspecified medical problem.

New York Times
Jun 03, 2007 Utility Judgment (The Ethicist)

QUOTE: [1] A utility pole behind our garage was rotting and likely to fall, so we notified the utility company...The pole was replaced within 48 hours. Now my wife feels she did wrong. Did she? [2] I flew out of Denver International Airport shortly after a bad storm and spent three hours in the security line...Should preference be given to first-class passengers?

May 25, 2007 Suffer the Children: Now that Bush has talked about our kids, can we ask about his?

QUOTE: During his press conference Thursday, the president got personal when talking about the threat from al-Qaida terrorists. "They are a threat to your children, David," he said to NBC's David Gregory. .... For Bush, this line of argument is not a two-way street. Over the years, reporters have been censured and scowled at for asking about the president's or vice president's children in the context of a policy debate.

May 20, 2007 Haunting Echoes of Eugenics

QUOTE: This month marked the 80th anniversary of the disgraceful Supreme Court decision in Buck v. Bell, which upheld Virginia's involuntary sterilization laws .... Though society may be inclined to regard Holmes's detestable opinion in Buck v. Bell as a relic of a time past, eerie similarities exist in contemporary remarks of the well-respected.

Washington Post
May 17, 2007 It's Our Cage, Too: Torture Betrays Us and Breeds New Enemies

QUOTE: These assertions that "torture works" [are] false security .... The study shows a disturbing level of tolerance for abuse of prisoners in some situations. This underscores what we know as military professionals: Complex situational ethics cannot be applied during the stress of combat.

Washington Post
May 15, 2007 Discrimination Against Girls ‘Still Deeply Entrenched’

QUOTE: Almost 100 million girls “disappear” each year, killed in the womb or as babies, a study has revealed. The report, “Because I am a Girl”, exposes the gender discrimination which remains deeply entrenched and widely tolerated across the world, including the fact that female foeticide is on the increase in countries where a male child remains more valued.

Independent News (UK)
May 06, 2007 The Happy Hooker's Code of Ethics

QUOTE: There is a code of ethics in prostitution. You are not supposed to divulge names...People trust you, and they pay enough for you.

Washington Post
Apr 21, 2007 U.S. Erects Baghdad Wall to Keep Sects Apart

QUOTE: Soldiers in the Adhamiya district of northern Baghdad, a Sunni Arab stronghold, began construction of the wall last week and expect to finish it within a month. Iraqi Army soldiers would then control movement through a few checkpoints. The wall has already drawn intense criticism from residents of the neighborhood, who say that it will increase sectarian tensions and that it is part of a plan by the Shiite-led Iraqi government to box in the minority Sunnis.

New York Times
Apr 04, 2007 Another Dr. King Auction, And His Heirs Are Unhappy

QUOTE: “You can’t auction off what’s not yours,” Isaac Newton Farris, Dr. King’s nephew and the chief executive of the King Center in Atlanta, said Tuesday. “There could potentially be something improper or illegal about to happen.”...Mr. Farris said lawyers for the family were working to learn the woman’s identity so they could contact her to find out more about how she got the papers. He said that unless the woman had some sort of written transfer of ownership signed by Dr. King, the papers belonged to his family.

New York Times
Mar 30, 2007 Roadblock for Spreading of Human Ashes in Wilderness

QUOTE: ...the Forest Service has long had a firm policy against commercial scattering, said Gordon Schofield, the group leader for land use here in Region I. If ashes are scattered “the land takes on a sacredness, and people want to put up a marker or a plaque,” Mr. Schofield said, then they oppose activities they do not see as compatible with the site as a resting place...The Forest Service has a version of a “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy for private individuals who want to scatter the ashes of a loved one.

New York Times
Mar 22, 2007 Imagine a World Without Ethics: Why do we behave ethically? Just think what life would be like if everyone did what they wanted, without regard for consequences

QUOTE: It doesn't take long to realize that it's in our own interest to take ethics seriously, to do our level best to apply the five Life Principles that we've discussed in this column, and to do what we can to correct the injustices we encounter in everyday life.

Mar 18, 2007 Peering Into The Soul

QUOTE: With the aid of functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), which tracks the activation of specific parts of the brain, neuroscientists ... can tell from a brain scan which of two images you're looking at .... But if machines can read your mind when you want them to, they can also read it when you don't.

Washington Post
Mar 18, 2007 Tuition Trick (The Ethicist)

QUOTE: [1]...our son receives a tuition remission, but my ex insists that I must still write him a check for half the tuition...Am I ethically obligated to pay? [2] My wife’s sister and her husband keep kosher, so we have a special pot for their visits. Recently my wife caught me using the pot...Would I be unethical to keep this secret or simply cheap?

New York Times
Mar 14, 2007 In a Charge of Plagiarism, an Echo of a Father’s Case

QUOTE: Jacqueline R. Griffith seemed to be flourishing as a tenured assistant professor in economics and finance at Kean University in New Jersey — that is, until another member of her department accused her of having plagiarized sizable portions of her doctoral dissertation...[additionally] she lacked the required qualifications and because of inaccuracies in her file. One important inaccuracy, the memo said, was her claim to be co-author of two books that were written by her father.

New York Times
Feb 11, 2007 Bad Translation (The Ethicist)

QUOTE: [1] My father, a translator, was hired by a man who suspected that his wife was unfaithful...He had my father translate photocopied pages from her diary. Family members think this was unethical. [2]...My son is efficient enough to finish his work faster than the time allocated. Is he an “honest sucker” if he alone reports accurately?

New York Times
Feb 08, 2007 Principle No. 4: Be Fair (Part 1): We can learn everything we need to know about the concept of fairness by looking at how some children behave at birthday parties

QUOTE: This story introduces us to three branches of the concept of fairness. Imagine a pie chart that represents justice, divided into three equal wedges. They represent, in no particular order: distributive justice, retributive justice, and rectificatory justice.

Feb 08, 2007 The Needle and the Damage Done

QUOTE: legal challenges to lethal-injection procedures are taking place in virtually every state with an active death penalty. As a result of those cases, about 12 of the 38 states that have the death penalty...Until these cases, contesting the constitutionality of lethal injection seemed like little more than a delaying tactic — how could a method of execution be more benign than lying on a gurney and drifting to sleep? — but little was known about how lethal-injection procedures actually worked.

New York Times
Jan 21, 2007 An Ex Takes the Spot (The Ethicist)

QUOTE: [1] ex-boyfriend applied for a training program at my workplace. May I ask my supervisor to prevent this? [2] While catering an event at a venue where I hadn’t worked before, I mentioned to the manager that any business she could send my way would be of financial benefit to her...Was my proposition ethical?

New York Times
Jan 14, 2007 My Doctor the Lobbyist (The Ethicist)

QUOTE: [1] I...received calls from two antiabortion organizations asking me [for their support] I suspect that my doctor gave them my number. Is that legal of her? Ethical? [2] Occasionally we get angry letters from people who claim to have devised one of these slogans [on our t-shirts]. Our lawyer says we have no legal obligation to compensate these people, but is there an ethical obligation to do so?

New York Times
Jan 07, 2007 Stage Mother (The Ethicist)

QUOTE: [1] mother recently changed a line in a play she is improve it. Isn’t she wrong to do these things? [2] I was injured in the line of duty and had to retire on a disability pension...Is it O.K. to receive a disability pension from one force while doing similar work for another?

New York Times
Dec 10, 2006 The Diplomat-Parking-Violation Corruption Index

QUOTE: Social scientists who study corruption have long debated the relative importance of legal incentives and cultural norms (“people like us don’t do that”) in the decision to act for or against the public good .... In an ingenious study published in June, however .... In a situation in which every diplomat essentially received an invitation to be corrupt, diplomats from nations with “clean” governments said, “No, thanks.”

New York Times
Jun 18, 2006 Fighting to Remain Engulfed in Junk: As Task Forces Move In, Hoarders Strike Back in Court

QUOTE: ...there is a newly reconstituted hoarding task force in Arlington. And in an increasingly dense urban environment, officials say, there is simply no room for what may have been overlooked in the past as eccentric collecting.

Washington Post
May 21, 2006 The Manhattanville Project

QUOTE: "If Columbia were like another private developer, most would say it has no responsibility," says Peter Marcuse, a professor of urban planning at Columbia. "Developers are private-sector entities whose purpose is to make money. But Columbia is a nonprofit institution. It gets substantial public benefits and thus has substantial public obligations as a property owner."

New York Times
May 14, 2006 The Perils of Soft Power

QUOTE: Hard power can by defanged by coalitions and alliances. But how do you balance against soft power?

New York Times
May 07, 2006 Pass the Envelope

QUOTE: I am an administrative assistant who is required to open and log all incoming mail except that marked "confidential." But some mail not so-marked is clearly personal, and I feel guilty reading it. My boss shrugs off my discontent. Is it ethical to read other people's mail just because it arrives at a place of business?

New York Times
May 07, 2006 Contra-Contraception

QUOTE: It may be news to many people that contraception as a matter of right and public health is no longer a given, but politicians and those in the public health profession know it well.

New York Times
Apr 23, 2006 Export This?

QUOTE: ...the advance of democracy is inevitable. And the best the United States can do is to help history along by pushing it on recalcitrant parts of the world, like the Middle East. But wait. Are we sure that what we are enjoying and promoting is democracy?

New York Times
Apr 23, 2006 Google's China Problem (and China's Google Problem)

QUOTE: One mistake Westerners frequently make about China is to assume that the government is furtive about its censorship. On the contrary, the party is quite matter of fact about it — proud, even.

New York Times
Apr 16, 2006 Taking the Least of You

QUOTE: ...the law isn't clear on whether you have the right to own and control your tissues. When they're part of your body, they're clearly yours. Once they're excised, things get murky.

New York Times
Apr 09, 2006 Pro-Life Nation

QUOTE: And this was why I had come to El Salvador: Abortion is a serious felony here for everyone involved, including the woman who has the abortion.

New York Times
Sep 29, 2005 Bill Bennett: Fewer black babies = less crime in America

QUOTE: could abort every black baby in this country, and your crime rate would go down. That would be an impossible, ridiculous, and morally reprehensible thing to do, but your crime rate would go down."

Sep 27, 2005 "Doomed by Diversity": New Yorker writer Jeffrey Goldberg gets the pillory for something he didn't say.

QUOTE: discuss any aspect of race in this country is to invite an "Al Campanis Moment."... when, by the slip of a tongue or somebody's misinterpretation, a discussion of race ends with the speaker being tossed onto the pillory.

Jul 25, 2005 Case of cruelty, or compassion?

QUOTE: ...a debate has erupted among animal-rights groups about the merits - and possible dangers - of keeping "adoptable" animals alive at all costs.

Christian Science Monitor
Jul 06, 2005 'It's all good, boss!'

QUOTE: Ethical lapses in high places stem in part from lack of honest feedback.

Christian Science Monitor
Apr 01, 2002 Undergraduate Students and Credit Cards

ABSTRACT: This study presents the findings of a study by Nellie Mae Corporation regarding credit card usage among college students between 1998 and 2002.

Dec 28, 2001 Stop the Solicitation!

QUOTE: I'm tired of getting so many credit card offers in the mail. I already have a card and don't want any more mail offering me new ones. How can I stop it?

Jan 01, 2001 Choosing a Prepaid Phone Card

QUOTE: There are hundreds of prepaid phone cards on the market. Some work great...many others are nothing more than scams.

Jul 01, 2000 How to Avoid Scholarship Scams

QUOTE: Just as there are many scholarships, there are many scholarship scams. Although many sound legitimate and official, BE CAREFUL.

Dec 01, 1999 Students Wary of Spring Break Scams

QUOTE: While some vacation offers are legitimate, travel scams can be a big business for con artists...

Mar 15, 1999 A Hard Lesson On Student Credit Cards

QUOTE: The moment your kids step on campus, they become highly sought-after credit-card customers...As a result, college students now have heavy card debts.

Jan 01, 1111 Scholarship Scams

QUOTE: If you have to pay money to get money, it's probably a scam.

Jan 01, 1111 6 Signs That Your Scholarship is Sunk

QUOTE: 6 signs that your scholarship is sunk...

Jan 01, 1111 Renter Beware!

QUOTE: As returning students set about the task of looking for accommodations for the fall...BEWARE! A lease that resembles "Nightmare on Elm Street" may lurk behind the glitzy building.

Jan 01, 1111 Renter Beware!

QUOTE: Many...students are unaware of their legal rights. This pamphlet has been designed... to inform students of their rights and obligations as tenants.

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