Category Archive: Ethics

Feb 08 2014

Woody Allen: cradle-robbing android, or psychopathic liar?

I read Woody Allen’s defense yesterday, and was disgusted — seriously, it was nothing but ‘Mia Farrow was out to get me, me, me, me’. I was wondering whether he’d bothered to get an objective source to review it first, because all it did was convince me that he hasn’t got a speck of humanity …

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Feb 07 2014

Watch the methodical destruction of 70,000 human beings

It’s so mundane — a group of men assembling and shipping some heavy machinery, and then…death. We put an awful lot of effort into making this look easy. (via Boing Boing.)

Feb 03 2014

The CU-Boulder philosophy department gets failing marks

This is the school where my daughter has just started graduate work, and now a scathing review of the philosophy departments’ practices has been released. Turns out it was a nest of snakes. (Fortunately, my daughter is in the computer science department, and believe me, she’d be speaking out if things were this bad there). …

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Feb 02 2014

Now this is an effective campaign

It’s hard to imagine a more crystal clear example of institutionalized racism than a racist football team owner giving his team a racist name, and then a generation later refuses to make a trivial change. Nothing big; just change the name to something a little more respectful…and apparently the right to use this slur is …

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Feb 01 2014


What is it with MRAs and PUAs and MGTOWs and their endless acronyms? Here’s a new one on me: LMR. “Last minute resistance”. It’s how the acronym-ridden ones refer to women’s efforts to prevent them from sticking their penis into their vagina. It’s all about rape, in other words. One of the odious PUAs at …

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Jan 28 2014

I thought he’d live forever

Dharma Forest

Pete Seeger has died. No, I said that wrong — read that amazing obituary, and you realize that Pete Seeger has lived. Just for the contrast, the NY Times also has an interview with the odious Tom Perkins, who is now equating the 1% with the people who are creative…while flaunting a $300,000+ watch. I …

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Jan 27 2014

Some people don’t know how to handle bad weather

It’s cold out there. So cold that last night, I got this weather alert: The Stevens County Sheriff is advising NO TRAVEL in Stevens County. It is unsafe to travel and roadways are blown closed with hard packed snow. The County plows will not go out until the wind goes down. Again, NO TRAVEL ADVISED …

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Jan 25 2014

I’ve been doing it wrong

Xavier Di Petta and Kyle Cameron are 17 and 19 years old, and they’re making very good money out of Twitter. $44,000 a month? On Twitter? Tell me your one weird tip for doing this, please. They met hustling on YouTube when they were 13 and 15, respectively, and they’ve been doing social media things …

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Jan 23 2014

Henry Gee is gently, delicately, softly chastised

Nature has posted a rebuke to one of their employees for outing a pseudonymous blogger. We would not normally comment on a point of view expressed by an employee in a personal capacity and in their personal time. However, as Nature was mentioned in a recent personal Twitter post by a Nature editor, it is …

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Jan 21 2014

How Grantland totally failed

The only thing keeping me from assuming that Grantland, which published that awful outing of a transgender woman, is a haven of unethical wankerism, is that one of their writers, Christina Kahrl, seems to get it. It was not Grantland’s job to out Essay Anne Vanderbilt, but it was done, carelessly. Not simply with the …

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