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Two Baseball Stories
On Monday May 1, Baltimore outfielder Adam Jones said he was called the N-word and had a bag of peanuts thrown at him by some Boston Red Sox fans. Jones said it was one of the worst experiences he’s encountered in the 12-years he’s been a player, according to USA Today (May 1). “Very unfortunate.” Jones said. “I heard there...
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May 10, 2017
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Miss Congeniality
This is what passes for “gotcha” journalism. WikiLeaks Founder Julian Assange has delivered on his promise and released thousands of e-mails, hacked from Clinton campaign Chairman John Podesta, everyday in October. The Clinton campaign will neither confirm nor deny their authenticity. So, this brings up two questions: are the e-mails authentic; and what do they reveal? On October 23, PolitiFact...
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October 26, 2016
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Clinton’s Latest E-Mail Battle
On October 4, The New York Times reported a new war. The combatants are WikiLeaks Founder Julian Assange on one side and Google, mass surveillance, war, oil, the United States election and Hillary Clinton, on the other. Speaking from his Berlin bunker (aka, the Ecuadorean Embassy in London, where he’s been living since 2012. Assange sought refuge after Sweden said...
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October 17, 2016
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Privacy v. Security: The Debate
Late Friday, CNN Tech reported (Feb. 19) that The House Energy and Commerce Committee has invited Apple CEO Tim Cook and F.B.I. Director James Comey “to explain to Congress and the American people the issues at play and how they plan to move forward.” This came about after Apple refused the F.B.I.’s request to create a program to unlock a...
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February 22, 2016
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The Turkeys are Back!
With an avalanche of serious stories occupying most of the news cycle, I’ve decided to go light. And what better way to celebrate turkey day than to reconnect with The Ethics Stupid Turkey Awards – honoring the strange, outlandish and just plain, well… you decide. * (Still honorable mention) – ‘Rudy’ (the tweeting) parrot: Still alive and kickin’! …and feistier...
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November 26, 2015
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The Planned Parenthood Debate
In the second Republican presidential debate (Sept. 16), former Hewlett Packard CEO Carly Fiorina took on Planned Parenthood, a non-profit that receives approximately $500 million in federal funds each year. “I dare Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama to watch these tapes. Watch a fully formed fetus on the table, its heart beating, its legs kicking while someone says we have to...
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October 5, 2015
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Are you living your résumé or your eulogy?
Each morning I divide my attention between CBS This Morning, The New York Times and Wall Street Journal. I read and clip the headlines that I add to a pile already on my desk. Later, I spend more time reading stories online as well as any additional research. Somewhere in that pile is an ethical topic that jumps out at...
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April 13, 2015
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Cleaning up after the “Hustle”
Bank of America has been cleaning up after the mess that was Countrywide Financial the mortgage loan corporation that was acquired by BofA in 2008 for $4 billion. As reported by The Wall Street Journal (Dec. 20), “Four whistleblowers will collect a total of more than $170 million for helping investigators get a record $16.65 billion penalty against Bank of...
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December 29, 2014

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