Category Archives: Ethics

This Isn’t The Way To Prevent Antibiotic Misuse

From a NY Times article about companies that are jacking up the prices of generic drugs: Doxycycline, an antibiotic, went from $20 a bottle in October 2013 to $1,849 by April 2014, according to the two lawmakers. Deoxycycline is a … Continue reading

Posted in Antibiotics, Bidness, Economics, Ethics, Public Health | 3 Comments

Gawker Inadvertently Reveals the Real Shocker

Like many, I’m disgusted by Gawker’s outing a married mid-level executive who attempted to hire a gay escort (and who is a relative of a very prominent former official), when there is no reason to do so. The argument Gawker … Continue reading

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The Problem With the Marc Rubio Non-Scandal

As it’s campaign season, our political press corps has decided to focus on what’s really important: Republican candidate and senator Marc Rubio’s personal finances. The mainstream story line–which attempts to gin up scandal by arguing Rubio’s profligate ways (he bought … Continue reading

Posted in Basic Human Decency, Ethics

The Mandatory Sentence in the LaCour Coverage That Matters

So the science Twitterz and bloggysphere is being roiled by the LaCour scandal, which involves a whole lot of scientific fraud along with ridiculously shoddy oversight. But what I keep reading in every story–and then which is dropped like a … Continue reading

Posted in Ethics, Funding, Publishing | 1 Comment

Pro-Choice and Pro-Abortion

Because, sometimes abortion is a blessing. Valerie Tarico (boldface mine): I am pro-abortion like I’m pro-knee-replacement and pro-chemotherapy and pro-cataract surgery. As the last protection against ill-conceived childbearing when all else fails, abortion is part of a set of tools … Continue reading

Posted in Blastocyst Liberation, Ethics | 2 Comments

The Conservative Con Rolls On

You might have heard of the Duggar family, pictured above, who are part of the Quiverfull fundamentalist movement (boldface mine): You’ll find Quiverfull families in nearly all types of churches in every community. Quiverfull is simply the “pro-life” idea that … Continue reading

Posted in Basic Human Decency, Conservatives, Ethics | 4 Comments

Politicizing This Day

(from here) A couple of years ago, I argued that Martin Luther King Day needs to be ‘politicized’, even if that makes it a day that is not for everyone. I think the post has held up nicely, since it’s … Continue reading

Posted in Basic Human Decency, Ethics