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The voices you are

The voices you are

Many people think that they are motivated to act morally by reference to a set of external rules.  Not me.  Although rules direct our attention to various problem-solving strategies, there are so many rules (and so many interpretations of rules) that people can easily “justify” almost any behavior by reference to rules.  “Do not kill” unless, […]

April 23, 2006 | By | 1 Reply More
Walmart, out-sourcing and high gas prices

Walmart, out-sourcing and high gas prices

For the past decade or two, American consumers have enjoyed low prices at Walmart, which imports many of its products from China.  Simultaneously, American companies have enjoyed low prices by out-sourcing service jobs to India and manufacturing to China.  Americans, both consumers and business leaders, believe they have saved money by doing this.  And, in the short term, […]

April 23, 2006 | By | 1 Reply More
Hard news, low priority

Hard news, low priority

Speaking about the lack of hard factual international news reporting by our nation’s major news outlets, Ted Koppell stated the following as part of his speech to the Overseas Press Club (where he received the President’s Award): They have almost surrendered even the pretense of civic responsibility. That is not just a shame, but a travesty.”

April 22, 2006 | By | 1 Reply More
Winning Cartoon

Winning Cartoon

See: http://www.cagle.com/politicalcartoons/PCcartoons/boligan.asp Angel Boligan of the El Universal newspaper in Mexico City just won the World Press Cartoon contest with this cartoon. Wonderful commentary on one of my favorite topics.

April 22, 2006 | By | Reply More
Balancing Moral Dilemmas on Top of Our Everyday STUFF

Balancing Moral Dilemmas on Top of Our Everyday STUFF

Interesting missive, that moral rules, dirty secret, thing.  Got me thinking.  I am one of those people with too much stuff.  I’m also one of those people who would just as soon give money or time to kids on the other side of the world as pay my own bills, but that’s a different problem […]

April 22, 2006 | By | 1 Reply More
The dirty little secret about moral rules

The dirty little secret about moral rules

Many people feel that to be moral is to follow a set of rules.  But there’s an implicit unwritten preamble to every set of rules or commandments: they don’t apply equally to everyone. Consider “Do not injure or kill other people,” for example. Assume that two people have fallen off a ship and you’ve only […]

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Save Internet Neutrality

Save Internet Neutrality

Congress is now pushing a law that would abandon Network Neutrality, the Internet’s First Amendment. Network neutrality prevents companies like AT&T, Verizon and Comcast from deciding which Web sites work the best — based on who pays them the most. Your local library shouldn’t have to outbid Barnes & Noble for the right to have […]

April 21, 2006 | By | 1 Reply More
The shake-up that wasn’t (part 2)

The shake-up that wasn’t (part 2)

Rumor has it that one reason the Whitehouse hasn’t had much staff turnover is because they’ve had trouble attracting replacements — not surprising given the stunning incompetence and dishonesty of this Administration. Unfortunately, those they are trying to attract seem unlikely to reverse the situation:  http://mediamatters.org/items/200604190003

April 21, 2006 | By | Reply More
How to Have a War – an Old Recipe

How to Have a War – an Old Recipe

“Of course the people don’t want war. But after all, it’s the leaders of the country who determine the policy, and it’s always a simple matter to drag the people along whether it’s a democracy, a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship. Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought […]

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