Category Archives: Ethics

Why Jews Are Getting Themselves Arrested at ICE Centers Around the Country

 

“Never Again isn’t just about remembering how the Holocaust ended. It’s also about how it started, with a gradual process of legal exclusion and state-sponsored dehumanization that led eventually to the deaths of my grandpa’s family and so many millions of others,” Rugenberg, whose relatives were murdered in the Holocaust, said at the protests in Providence last week.

The Woman Who Uncovered the Truth Behind the GOP’s Citizenship Question

Stephanie Hofeller with her father, Thomas, the man behind the GOP’s citizenship question.

The New Yorker’s Charles Bethea brilliantly tells the story of a woman who discovered evidence that her father was deeply involved in suppressing non-white votes and was behind the citizenship census question. Her multifaceted story lays bare the evil of the modern GOP.

Source: A Father, a Daughter, and the Attempt to Change the Census

Your Phone Is Not Waterproof

Image via ACCC

Cell phone manufacturers including Apple, Samsung, and Google claim their devices are water resistent, waterproof, or otherwise safe to use in water or wet environments. This short piece by ifixit is worth reading if you use your devices near liquids and care about what happens if they get wet.

 

Sources:

https://www.ifixit.com/News/your-phone-is-never-waterproof-no-matter-what-the-maker-says

https://www.accc.gov.au/media-release/samsung-in-court-for-misleading-phone-water-resistance-advertisements

Hatred Should Be an Automatic Ban from Law Enforcement

Law enforcement is difficult work, even for those free of hatred and committed to treating people equally under the law. People afflicted with racism and other hatred cannot serve effectively in law enforcement and should be excluded from the field.

This expose of widespread racism and other hatred among law enforcement officers is worth a quick read. Our nation was founded on racism and has always been deeply afflicted with hatred. I’m not sure we’ll ever create a nation where hatred of others is a rare disorder, but we can at least keep those afflicted with it from having power over those they hate.

 

Source: https://www.revealnews.org/article/inside-hate-groups-on-facebook-police-officers-trade-racist-memes-conspiracy-theories-and-islamophobia

Crank Magnetism

If you’re interested in critical thinking and the remarkable ability of many people to delude themselves and others, it’s worth reading this short reference on crank magnetism, which may remind you of several people you know. We certainly have some people among our relatives and my kids’ friends who are walking demonstrations of crank magnetism.

RationalWiki is a good resource for critical thinking and research on ideas and people you encounter. I’ve found it well written and have not found any obvious false or misleading statements in my occasional visits to the site.

 

Source: https://rationalwiki.org/wiki/Crank_magnetism

Incels Are Getting Plastic Surgery

An Incel Ideal

An Incel Ideal

If you’re interested in the Incel movement, it’s worth reading this surprisingly thorough coverage of a surprising (to me) aspect of the Incel movement. The author also covers the virulent misogyny inherent in this movement and helps the reader gain insight into the origins of this hatred.

 

Source: How Many Bones Would You Break to Get Laid?

Christian Minister Exposes the Bad Faith of Right Wing Pseudo-Christians

A Christian minister named Dave Barnhart wrote the powerful statement below, exposing the bad faith of the US right wing pseudo-Christians.

“The unborn” are a convenient group of people to advocate for. They never make demands of you; they are morally uncomplicated, unlike the incarcerated, addicted, or the chronically poor; they don’t resent your condescension or complain that you are not politically correct; unlike widows, they don’t ask you to question patriarchy; unlike orphans, they don’t need money, education, or childcare; unlike aliens, they don’t bring all that racial, cultural, and religious baggage that you dislike; they allow you to feel good about yourself without any work at creating or maintaining relationships; and when they are born, you can forget about them, because they cease to be unborn…You can love the unborn and advocate for them without substantially challenging your own wealth, power, or privilege, without re-imagining social structures, apologizing, or making reparations to anyone. They are, in short, the perfect people to love if you want to claim you love Jesus but actually dislike people who breathe.

Prisoners? Immigrants? The sick? The poor? Widows? Orphans? All the groups that are specifically mentioned in the Bible? They all get thrown under the bus for the unborn.

– Dave Barnhart 

Dave has a blog at https://davebarnhart.wordpress.com, where he wrote more on the topic of the pseudo-Christian’s war against abortion – https://davebarnhart.wordpress.com/2019/05/15/if-they-actually-cared-about-abortion. He’s also on Twitter and is worth following there – https://twitter.com/davebarnhart.

Mary Oliver, Thank You for Beautiful Poetry and a Beautiful Life

Mary Oliver died Thursday, 17 January 2019. It’s worth knowing her. The New Yorker piece below will introduce you to her world and the YouTube video features her reading one of her most popular poems.

The New Yorker: Mary Oliver’s Deep, Direct Love for the World