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==Ethics News!==
 
==Ethics News!==
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===Spring 2022===
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:*More reporting on the Patrick Lyoya killing.  [https://www.nytimes.com/2022/04/27/us/patrick-lyoya-christopher-schurr-traffic-stop.html]
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:*Jonathan Haidt, "Why the past 10 years of American life have been so uniquely stupid,"  [https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2022/05/social-media-democracy-trust-babel/629369/].  This essay can be the basis of an optional short paper for 10%. 
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:*''Unfit for the Future'' by Ingmar Persson and Julian Savulescu.  Interesting scholarly book touching on themes from our class.  [https://oxford.universitypressscholarship.com/view/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199653645.001.0001/acprof-9780199653645]
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:*Addio, Orrin Hatch!  A well-respected conservative and longest serving member of the Senate (42) in US History.  Yet, some moral blindspots.  He alleged that parts of Anita Hill’s accusations against Clarence Thomas had been plagiarized from the book The Exorcist, and once said, “I wouldn’t want to see homosexuals teaching school any more than I’d want to see members of the American Nazi Party teaching school” (Harper’s)
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:*Homeless in Malibu [https://www.npr.org/2022/04/26/1094766062/neighboring-communities-criticize-malibus-plan-to-deal-with-homelessness].  Listen at 1:39.
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:*Death sentence delayed for Melissa Lucio, Innocence Project client. [https://www.usnews.com/news/politics/articles/2022-04-25/explainer-concern-mounts-as-melissa-lucios-execution-nears]
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:*What happens when you really don’t agree with the dictionary.  [https://www.nytimes.com/2022/04/22/us/merriam-webster-threats-lgbtq.html]
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:*Some details on rejected math textbooks in Florida. [https://www.nytimes.com/2022/04/22/us/florida-rejected-textbooks.html]
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:*Democrats gerrymander too.  [https://www.nytimes.com/2022/04/21/nyregion/redistricting-lawsuit-new-york.html]
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:*Disney and Florida Republicans involved in chaotic culture war over LGBTQ+ issues, especially “Don’t say gay” law.  [https://www.cnn.com/2022/04/21/politics/disney-florida-special-status/index.html]
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:*DOJ investigation into Mississippi Prison, Parchman. [https://www.nytimes.com/2022/04/20/us/politics/justice-dept-parchman-mississippi-prisons.html]
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:*Washington Insurance Commission Chiefs has ethical problems. [https://www.spokanepublicradio.org/regional-news/2022-04-18/employees-say-state-insurance-chief-used-racist-slurs-mistreated-staff].  Compare to a happy story here at Gonzaga.
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:*Grand Rapids, Michigan police offer kills unarmed man in a traffic stop over a vehicle registration issue.[https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2022/04/14/grand-rapids-police-shooting-patrick-lyoya-video/7316283001/], [https://www.nytimes.com/2022/04/13/us/grand-rapids-police-shooting-michigan-patrick-lyoya.html]
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:*January 6 insurrection suspect pursues interesting legal theory in his defense. [https://www.nytimes.com/2022/04/13/us/politics/jan-6-suspect-trump.html]  Compare to recent acquittal of Michigan defendants in Governor's abduction plan. [https://www.reuters.com/world/us/jury-michigan-governor-kidnapping-case-resumes-deliberations-2022-04-08/]
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:*Shooter in the Brooklyn subway incident has a pretty troubled history.
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:*Maybe we should join the ICC - International Criminal Court?
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:*What would an effective altruist do about the war?  [https://www.theatlantic.com/family/archive/2022/04/help-ukraine-donations-effective-altruism/629453/].  Student submitted.
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:*Article on effective giving. [https://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2015/06/what-is-the-greatest-good/395768/]. Student submitted.
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:*Medical error case raises the question of moral responsibility for "mistakes" [https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2022/03/22/1087903348/as-a-nurse-faces-prison-for-a-deadly-error-her-colleagues-worry-could-i-be-next]
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:*Ketanji Brown Jackson becomes the first African American woman to be a US Supreme Court Justice. 
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:*War ethics — When would you '''not''' play the “we can’t risk escalation” card?
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:*An example of negative partisanship in the wake of GOP dogwhistle to Qanon pizzagate conspiracy. [https://www.msnbc.com/all-in/watch/gop-forced-to-amend-bill-that-would-have-legalized-child-marriage-in-tennessee-137181253879]. 
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:*Business zoning issue.  [https://www.spokanepublicradio.org/regional-news/2022-04-06/bitcoin-mining-facility-in-pend-oreille-co-draws-questions-about-power-use-zoning]
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:*Fair contract case: Training truck drivers.  [https://www.nytimes.com/2022/04/05/business/economy/trucker-training.html]
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:*Evidence of war crimes as Russia pulls back from northern cities and suburbs of Kiev.  Some calling it a genocide.
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:*Sentencing for Cruz in MS Douglas school shooting. [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stoneman_Douglas_High_School_shooting]
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:*Parrhesia. 
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:*More gerrymandering, this time from Democrats [https://www.nytimes.com/2022/03/31/nyregion/judge-new-york-redistricting-gerrymandering.html]
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:*Free philosophy books in April. Check [https://www.dropbox.com/sh/xq0t03r3ens9lo2/AADz_LV9V9DcovXVKaGUXYX6a?dl=0 this folder] every Monday for new free books.
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:*New detail on the Chris Rock Will Smith slap incident.
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:*Greater Idaho?! [https://www.spokanepublicradio.org/regional-news/2022-03-28/idaho-lawmakers-pledge-to-continue-talks-about-creating-a-greater-idaho]
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:*Ginni Thomas texts to Mark Meadows regarding January 6 insurrection raise conflict of interest questions for Supreme Court Judge Clarence Thomas.
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:*Will Smith slaps Chris Rock at the Oscars. What is your judgement of Smith?  Would it change your judgement if his wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, got up and slapped Rock?
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:*Florida’s “Parental Rights in Education Bill” (aka “Don’t say gay” bill) signed into law. [https://www.cnn.com/2022/03/28/politics/dont-say-gay-bill-desantis-signs/index.html].  Mention Lepore article from NYer (in shared folder).
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:*Adults misbehaving. [https://www.cnn.com/videos/politics/2022/03/21/mike-gibbons-josh-mandel-ohio-republican-senate-candidates-clash-during-debate-orig-llr.cnn]
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:*Dry Fly -- Would you boycott a business if the ''only'' thing you knew about it is that the owners had different politics than yours?
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:*Some details about Happy the Elephant, orcas, and other elephants.  Mirror self recognition.  Communication. Response to researcher's new child.  Orcas grieving. 
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:*US declares treatment of Rohingya in Myanmar a genocide. [https://www.nytimes.com/2022/03/21/us/politics/myanmar-genocide-biden.html]
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:*Remembering Rwanda.
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:*Racial covenants on property titles [https://www.spokanepublicradio.org/regional-news/2022-03-16/idaho-house-approves-racial-covenants-removal-bill]
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:*Is Happy, the elephant, a person?  See "The Elephant in the courtroom" in the shared folder.  A nice example of an optional assignment.
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:*Ukrainian refugees at the southern US Border raise claims of preferential treatment.  Other examples with Poland.
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:*From ''On Tyranny'' (2017), Timothy Snyder, tenth of 20 lessons from the 20th century: 
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::*”Believe in Truth: To abandon facts is to abandon freedom.  If nothing is true, then no one can criticize power, because there is no basis upon which to do so.  If nothing is true, then all is spectacle.”
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:*Bulldog breeding issue.  [https://www.salon.com/2022/02/09/inbreeding-bulldogs-cavalier-king-charles-spaniels-norway-ethics/]
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:*Idaho Lt. Gov. delivers taped message in support of white nationalist group. [https://www.usnews.com/news/best-states/idaho/articles/2022-02-26/mcgeachin-delivers-taped-speech-to-white-nationalist-meeting]; Rep. Marjorie Greene speaks at white nationalist, pro-Russian event. [https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/congress/gop-leaders-denounce-greene-gosar-speaking-white-nationalist-event-rcna18050]
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:*2nd amendment advocates make a point with Ukraine war.
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:*Cognitive dissonance in real time.  Joe Rogan factchecked on his show. [https://www.cnn.com/videos/media/2022/01/14/joe-rogan-fact-check-podcast-covid-19-vaccine-newday-vpx.cnn?iid=homepage_video_zone-outbrain&dicbo=v1-d6e3c651c41dc206e82e9cc8146cbc23-00b2d6c56fc76084821b9d05abf2f201d9-mu3temdbg5qtgljvmrrdqljugfqtsllbgzqtellfgeyteylbmrrgentega]
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:*Thinking of war in Ukraine. 
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::*Autonomy, Rights, Sovereignty.
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::*Culture and Oppression.  Twentieth century famines. The [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soviet_famine_of_1932%E2%80%931933 Soviet Famine of '32-24], sometimes called "[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Holodomor Holodomor]".
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:*Russia invades the sovereign country of Ukraine.
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:*Ahmaud Arberry's killers found guilty of hate crime.
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:*Misuses of Apple air tags [https://www.nbcnews.com/news/apple-airtag-showing-up-crimes-rcna9416]
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:*Netflix’s first Arabic film sparks controversy over “western morals”.  [https://www.nytimes.com/2022/02/17/world/middleeast/netflix-movies-arabic-debate.html]
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:*Colleague's talk at local community college (shared folder).
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:*Addio P. J. O'Rourke!  [https://www.nytimes.com/2022/02/16/books/pj-orourke-books-essays.html]
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:*Kamila Valieva case.
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:*US Seizes 7 billion in Afghan assets.  1/2 to 9/11 victims 1/2 to Afghan relief. [https://www.nytimes.com/2022/02/11/us/politics/taliban-afghanistan-911-families-frozen-funds.html?smid=tw-nytimes&smtyp=cur]
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:*Local prosecutor defends against questions raised by wife’s “white nationalist” identity and online racist speech.  Haskelll [https://www.spokesman.com/stories/2022/feb/11/at-press-conference-haskell-defends-his-role-as-pr/]
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:*Congress considering bill to ban forced arbitration for employees alleging sexual assault cases. [https://www.npr.org/2022/02/10/1079843645/congress-approves-bill-to-end-forced-arbitration-in-sexual-assault-cases]
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:*Industrial chicken production. [https://www.nytimes.com/2022/02/10/opinion/factory-farming-chicken.html]
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:*Studying gun violence as a public health threat. [https://www.npr.org/2022/02/05/1078546542/what-it-would-take-to-treat-gun-violence-as-a-public-health-crisis]
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:*Gerrymandering.  [https://www.nytimes.com/2022/02/06/us/politics/redistricting-competition-midterms.html]
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:*Philosophy resource recommended by one of our own!  Philosophy Tube [https://www.patreon.com/PhilosophyTube].  Also, check out this compilation of philosophy podcasts [https://blog.feedspot.com/philosophy_podcasts/]
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:*Multiple HBCUs receive bomb threat at the start of Black History Month.
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:*Brian Flores NFL discrimination suit.  [https://www.cnn.com/2022/02/01/sport/brian-flores-lawsuit-nfl-racial-discrimination-spt/index.html] (Thanks to Section 2 for initial report.)
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:*Panhandle Housing Report claims the only 1/4 of people living in N. Idaho can afford to buy a home there.  Normally, we think of just market outcomes as morally acceptable.  Would there be anything problematic about wealthy people displacing the people who live in a region?
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:*Five new books (electronic) at Foley on political polarization:
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::*Chris Bail, Breaking the Social Media Prism, Princeton
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::*Taylor Dotson, The Divide, MIT
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::*Peter Coleman, The Way Out, Columbia
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::*Robert Talisse, Sustaining Democracy, Oxford
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::*Ezra Klein, Why We're Polarized
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:*Spotify ethical drama.  Note: Distinction between publisher and public square. Podcasts are a growth area in Spotify’s business model.
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:*Historical notes on choosing SC justices for diversity: Reagan & 1st Bush also announced intention to appoint, respectively, a female and African-American candidate.  You won’t hear this from Tucker.
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:*Justice Breyer’s remarks on the ocassion of his retirement. Starts at 7:47 [https://www.nbcnews.com/video/full-remarks-justice-breyer-joins-biden-to-announce-retirement-from-supreme-court-131845701789]. 
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:*Famine politics. Should we send aid to Afghanistan?
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:*John Stockton will not be at Gonzaga sporting events for a while.  [https://www.si.com/college/2022/01/23/john-stockton-gonzaga-suspended-season-tickets-mask-mandate]
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:*US libel laws a focus in Sarah Palin suit. [https://www.nytimes.com/2022/01/23/business/media/sarah-palin-libel-suit-nyt.html]
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:*Thich Nhat Hanh, Monk, Zen Master and Activist, Dies at 95. [https://www.nytimes.com/2022/01/21/world/asia/thich-nhat-hanh-dead.html]
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:*Startling rise in prison deaths in 2020.  [https://www.npr.org/2022/01/22/1075108313/new-data-shows-startling-rise-in-prison-deaths-during-2020].  Here’s an organization that advocates for prisoners [https://www.prisonpolicy.org/]
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:* The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights released a report, “The Civil Rights Implications of Cash Bail” [https://finance.yahoo.com/news/u-commission-civil-rights-releases-162700617.html]
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:*If cultures are teams, how’s ours doing?  [https://www.unlv.edu/news/release/dying-young-americans-under-age-25-face-higher-death-rates-peers-other-affluent]
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:*Thinking our way out of the pandemic.  NYer commentary on how think our way to the endemic. (in shared folder).
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:*American tax haven culture. NYBR review article of two books on kleptocracy. (in shared folder).
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:*Supreme Court takes religious freedom and employment case. [https://www.nytimes.com/2022/01/14/us/supreme-court-football-coach-prayer.html]
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:*More on the NY fire: from Fox: “FDNY Fire Marshals said Monday the fire was caused by an "accidental, malfunctioning space heater." The blaze started on the second and third floors and was then exacerbated by open doors in part of the building, which allowed the fire and smoke to spread throughout. '''Officials have said the building had no sprinkler system and no fire escapes'''.”  Why are there buildings without sprinkler systems in NY? [https://www.kcra.com/article/investigators-hoping-to-determine-why-safety-doors-failed-in-nyc-high-rise-fire-that-killed-17/38727980#]
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:* More on the cause of the Philly fire [https://www.nytimes.com/2022/01/11/us/philadelphia-fire-christmas-tree.html]
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:*Recent fires in city run low income public housing.  [https://www.cnn.com/2022/01/11/us/new-york-bronx-apartment-fire-tuesday/index.html 17 dead in New York] and [https://www.reuters.com/world/us/least-13-killed-philadelphia-house-fire-local-media-report-2022-01-05/ 12 dead in Philadelphia]. Many children.
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===Winter break 2021-22===
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:*Something to consider while you watch American football. [https://www.cnn.com/2021/12/14/us/phillip-adams-nfl-cte/index.html]
  
 
===Fall 2021===
 
===Fall 2021===
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:*Surgeon General warns of mental health crisis for youth.  [https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2021-12-07/surgeon-general-advisory-youth-mental-health-crisis-looms].  Note how this is ethics news in light of our course.  Something you might have found more counterintuitive prior to the course.
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:*Our culture in the Michigan shooting “moral desert” hunt.  Blame vs. Understanding.
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:*Remembering Bob Dole.
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:*Comparing countries' abortion limits. [https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/interactive/2021/us-abortion-laws-worldwide/]
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:*15 yr old suspect in Oxford, Michigan shooting to be charged as an adult, because he methodically planned the event.
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:*Let's recall two old Ethics News stories that are going to trial and useful to us in today's class:
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::*Kimberly Potter - the police officer who meant to tase Duante Wright, but mistakenly grabbed her gun and killed him instead.
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::*Amber Guyger - the police officer, off duty, who mistook her neighbor, Botham Jean, for an intruder and killed him.  Recently sentenced to 10 years.
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:*Debriefing on the Ahmaud Arbery case.  [https://www.nytimes.com/live/2021/11/24/us/ahmaud-arbery-murder-trial].  Malice murder, felony murder.  (We may look at some felony murder cases as part of our unit.  They can be troubling.)
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:*Two men convicted of killing Malcolm X exhonerated after spending 20 years in prison.  (This from the Innocence Project, referenced in Sapolsky reading today.)
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:*Julius Jones’ death sentence commuted hours before execution.  Also, an Innocence Project case.
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:*Henry Montgomery released.  [https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/louisiana-inmate-key-juvenile-sentence-reform-released-prison-rcna5942]
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:*New book on the Guyger case from 9/2018  (Dallas police officer returns from long shifts to what she thinks is her apartment. She enters the apartment, one floor up from hers, of an African American male, Bothan Jean, and kills him thinking he is a dangerous intruder. He's eating ice cream in his living room at the time.) In the victims' statement portion of the trial, Bothan's brother forgives Guyger and asks to hug her. Not everyone thought that was cool. Martha Minow, ''When Should the Law Forgive'', New York Review of Books.   
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:*Right wing conspiracy theorist, Alex Jones, liable for defamation in Sandy Hook cases. Interestingly, he is liable "by default" for refusing to comply with discovery in the case. Commentators have suggested this is a strategic decision on his part.  [https://www.nytimes.com/2021/11/15/us/politics/alex-jones-sandy-hook.html]
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:*Legal scholars thinking about self-defense claims in a country with lots of guns. [https://www.nytimes.com/2021/11/13/us/rittenhouse-arbery-self-defense.html]
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:*Puzzles about self-defense, watching the Kyle Rittenhouse trial.  Odd parallel to Ahmaud Arbery case.  Self-defense and “reckless endangerment”. 
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:*Humanitarian crisis on the Polish / Belarus border. [https://www.nytimes.com/2021/11/16/world/europe/poland-belarus-border-crisis.html]
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:*Rep. Paul Gossar shares an animated video of him killing another congressperson, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and then turning the weapons toward an animated figure of the president.
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:*Travis Scott concert tragedy.  Is there ethics news here?
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:*Since vaccine rollout, covid deaths are disproportionately affecting Republicans.  [https://www.nytimes.com/2021/11/08/briefing/covid-death-toll-red-america.html]
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:*Rich country vaccine surpluses (and expiration dates) growing as poor countries lack vaccine.
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:*Ahmaud Arbery jury has 1 African American.  26% in local population.  Judge calls it intentional discrimination.  Can’t take action.
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:*Triggers in the governor’s election.  “Parents shouldn’t be telling teachers what to teach.” 
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:*Academic Freedom / Free Speech case in Florida. [https://www.nytimes.com/2021/11/04/us/florida-professors-lawsuit.html]
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:*Reports of torture from secret US prisons. [https://www.nytimes.com/2021/10/28/us/politics/guantanamo-detainee-torture.html]
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:*Controversy over museum holding from colonial period. [https://www.nytimes.com/2021/10/28/arts/design/france-benin-restitution.html]
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:*Controversy over using traffic violations for revenue. [https://www.nytimes.com/2021/10/31/us/police-ticket-quotas-money-funding.html]
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:*Ethical reassessments of historical figures.  [https://www.nytimes.com/2021/10/26/books/review/geoffrey-wheatcroft-churchills-shadow.html?surface=most-popular&fellback=false&req_id=561573193&algo=bandit-all-surfaces_setnthitem_0_news_typekoftopn_2_5_news&variant=2_bandit-all-surfaces_guardrails_pool_hp_3d&pool=pool/eb1c3756-caa2-47cd-b3ba-0be3d88f1636&imp_id=698675541&action=click&module=Popular%20in%20The%20Times&pgtype=Homepage].  In philosophy, Kant and Mill have views that we would regard as racist today.
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:*Alec Baldwin shooting tragedy. Ethically, an odd separation of act and culpability.
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:*The Philosophy Department Undergraduate Committee is trying to increase our social media presence and they think that one of the best ways to do this is through the app TikTok. They are hoping to produce content with our majors and minors that appeal to a broad spectrum of students. To that end, they would appreciate if you could fill out this very short survey: https://forms.gle/4G8u4JuQQgmBPLB38
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:*Philosophy of Law Club, a casual weekly discussion group aimed at undergrads of all majors that meets Friday 12-1. We have switched to a hybrid format, meeting in person in College 1898 (one of the pretty conference rooms by the big doors) or online by zoom at https://gonzaga.zoom.us/j/99034953008. We sometimes have a presenter for about fifteen minutes followed by discussion, or we just choose a topic related to law and philosophy to discuss.
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:*Need to enforce Congressional subpoenas (Bannon in the news) raises concern about political prosecution.
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:*Parkland shooting pleads guilty.  Jury to decide on death penalty.
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:*Ahmaud Arbery trial starts.
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:*Any ethics news details about the anti-abortion / counter protest event at GU last week?
  
 
:*Interesting privacy angle / Nazi prosecutions [https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-58826189]  
 
:*Interesting privacy angle / Nazi prosecutions [https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-58826189]  

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Ethics News!

Spring 2022

  • More reporting on the Patrick Lyoya killing. [1]
  • Jonathan Haidt, "Why the past 10 years of American life have been so uniquely stupid," [2]. This essay can be the basis of an optional short paper for 10%.
  • Unfit for the Future by Ingmar Persson and Julian Savulescu. Interesting scholarly book touching on themes from our class. [3]
  • Addio, Orrin Hatch! A well-respected conservative and longest serving member of the Senate (42) in US History. Yet, some moral blindspots. He alleged that parts of Anita Hill’s accusations against Clarence Thomas had been plagiarized from the book The Exorcist, and once said, “I wouldn’t want to see homosexuals teaching school any more than I’d want to see members of the American Nazi Party teaching school” (Harper’s)
  • Homeless in Malibu [4]. Listen at 1:39.
  • Death sentence delayed for Melissa Lucio, Innocence Project client. [5]
  • What happens when you really don’t agree with the dictionary. [6]
  • Some details on rejected math textbooks in Florida. [7]
  • Democrats gerrymander too. [8]
  • Disney and Florida Republicans involved in chaotic culture war over LGBTQ+ issues, especially “Don’t say gay” law. [9]
  • DOJ investigation into Mississippi Prison, Parchman. [10]
  • Washington Insurance Commission Chiefs has ethical problems. [11]. Compare to a happy story here at Gonzaga.
  • Grand Rapids, Michigan police offer kills unarmed man in a traffic stop over a vehicle registration issue.[12], [13]
  • January 6 insurrection suspect pursues interesting legal theory in his defense. [14] Compare to recent acquittal of Michigan defendants in Governor's abduction plan. [15]
  • Shooter in the Brooklyn subway incident has a pretty troubled history.
  • Maybe we should join the ICC - International Criminal Court?
  • What would an effective altruist do about the war? [16]. Student submitted.
  • Article on effective giving. [17]. Student submitted.
  • Medical error case raises the question of moral responsibility for "mistakes" [18]
  • Ketanji Brown Jackson becomes the first African American woman to be a US Supreme Court Justice.
  • War ethics — When would you not play the “we can’t risk escalation” card?
  • An example of negative partisanship in the wake of GOP dogwhistle to Qanon pizzagate conspiracy. [19].
  • Business zoning issue. [20]
  • Fair contract case: Training truck drivers. [21]
  • Evidence of war crimes as Russia pulls back from northern cities and suburbs of Kiev. Some calling it a genocide.
  • Sentencing for Cruz in MS Douglas school shooting. [22]
  • Parrhesia.
  • More gerrymandering, this time from Democrats [23]
  • Free philosophy books in April. Check this folder every Monday for new free books.
  • New detail on the Chris Rock Will Smith slap incident.
  • Greater Idaho?! [24]
  • Ginni Thomas texts to Mark Meadows regarding January 6 insurrection raise conflict of interest questions for Supreme Court Judge Clarence Thomas.
  • Will Smith slaps Chris Rock at the Oscars. What is your judgement of Smith? Would it change your judgement if his wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, got up and slapped Rock?
  • Florida’s “Parental Rights in Education Bill” (aka “Don’t say gay” bill) signed into law. [25]. Mention Lepore article from NYer (in shared folder).
  • Adults misbehaving. [26]
  • Dry Fly -- Would you boycott a business if the only thing you knew about it is that the owners had different politics than yours?
  • Some details about Happy the Elephant, orcas, and other elephants. Mirror self recognition. Communication. Response to researcher's new child. Orcas grieving.
  • US declares treatment of Rohingya in Myanmar a genocide. [27]
  • Remembering Rwanda.
  • Racial covenants on property titles [28]
  • Is Happy, the elephant, a person? See "The Elephant in the courtroom" in the shared folder. A nice example of an optional assignment.
  • Ukrainian refugees at the southern US Border raise claims of preferential treatment. Other examples with Poland.
  • From On Tyranny (2017), Timothy Snyder, tenth of 20 lessons from the 20th century:
  • ”Believe in Truth: To abandon facts is to abandon freedom. If nothing is true, then no one can criticize power, because there is no basis upon which to do so. If nothing is true, then all is spectacle.”
  • Bulldog breeding issue. [29]
  • Idaho Lt. Gov. delivers taped message in support of white nationalist group. [30]; Rep. Marjorie Greene speaks at white nationalist, pro-Russian event. [31]
  • 2nd amendment advocates make a point with Ukraine war.
  • Cognitive dissonance in real time. Joe Rogan factchecked on his show. [32]
  • Thinking of war in Ukraine.
  • Russia invades the sovereign country of Ukraine.
  • Ahmaud Arberry's killers found guilty of hate crime.
  • Misuses of Apple air tags [33]
  • Netflix’s first Arabic film sparks controversy over “western morals”. [34]
  • Colleague's talk at local community college (shared folder).
  • Addio P. J. O'Rourke! [35]
  • Kamila Valieva case.
  • US Seizes 7 billion in Afghan assets. 1/2 to 9/11 victims 1/2 to Afghan relief. [36]
  • Local prosecutor defends against questions raised by wife’s “white nationalist” identity and online racist speech. Haskelll [37]
  • Congress considering bill to ban forced arbitration for employees alleging sexual assault cases. [38]
  • Industrial chicken production. [39]
  • Studying gun violence as a public health threat. [40]
  • Gerrymandering. [41]
  • Philosophy resource recommended by one of our own! Philosophy Tube [42]. Also, check out this compilation of philosophy podcasts [43]
  • Multiple HBCUs receive bomb threat at the start of Black History Month.
  • Brian Flores NFL discrimination suit. [44] (Thanks to Section 2 for initial report.)
  • Panhandle Housing Report claims the only 1/4 of people living in N. Idaho can afford to buy a home there. Normally, we think of just market outcomes as morally acceptable. Would there be anything problematic about wealthy people displacing the people who live in a region?
  • Five new books (electronic) at Foley on political polarization:
  • Chris Bail, Breaking the Social Media Prism, Princeton
  • Taylor Dotson, The Divide, MIT
  • Peter Coleman, The Way Out, Columbia
  • Robert Talisse, Sustaining Democracy, Oxford
  • Ezra Klein, Why We're Polarized
  • Spotify ethical drama. Note: Distinction between publisher and public square. Podcasts are a growth area in Spotify’s business model.
  • Historical notes on choosing SC justices for diversity: Reagan & 1st Bush also announced intention to appoint, respectively, a female and African-American candidate. You won’t hear this from Tucker.
  • Justice Breyer’s remarks on the ocassion of his retirement. Starts at 7:47 [45].
  • Famine politics. Should we send aid to Afghanistan?
  • John Stockton will not be at Gonzaga sporting events for a while. [46]
  • US libel laws a focus in Sarah Palin suit. [47]
  • Thich Nhat Hanh, Monk, Zen Master and Activist, Dies at 95. [48]
  • Startling rise in prison deaths in 2020. [49]. Here’s an organization that advocates for prisoners [50]
  • The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights released a report, “The Civil Rights Implications of Cash Bail” [51]
  • If cultures are teams, how’s ours doing? [52]
  • Thinking our way out of the pandemic. NYer commentary on how think our way to the endemic. (in shared folder).
  • American tax haven culture. NYBR review article of two books on kleptocracy. (in shared folder).
  • Supreme Court takes religious freedom and employment case. [53]
  • More on the NY fire: from Fox: “FDNY Fire Marshals said Monday the fire was caused by an "accidental, malfunctioning space heater." The blaze started on the second and third floors and was then exacerbated by open doors in part of the building, which allowed the fire and smoke to spread throughout. Officials have said the building had no sprinkler system and no fire escapes.” Why are there buildings without sprinkler systems in NY? [54]
  • More on the cause of the Philly fire [55]

Winter break 2021-22

  • Something to consider while you watch American football. [56]

Fall 2021

  • Surgeon General warns of mental health crisis for youth. [57]. Note how this is ethics news in light of our course. Something you might have found more counterintuitive prior to the course.
  • Our culture in the Michigan shooting “moral desert” hunt. Blame vs. Understanding.
  • Remembering Bob Dole.
  • Comparing countries' abortion limits. [58]
  • 15 yr old suspect in Oxford, Michigan shooting to be charged as an adult, because he methodically planned the event.
  • Let's recall two old Ethics News stories that are going to trial and useful to us in today's class:
  • Kimberly Potter - the police officer who meant to tase Duante Wright, but mistakenly grabbed her gun and killed him instead.
  • Amber Guyger - the police officer, off duty, who mistook her neighbor, Botham Jean, for an intruder and killed him. Recently sentenced to 10 years.
  • Debriefing on the Ahmaud Arbery case. [59]. Malice murder, felony murder. (We may look at some felony murder cases as part of our unit. They can be troubling.)
  • Two men convicted of killing Malcolm X exhonerated after spending 20 years in prison. (This from the Innocence Project, referenced in Sapolsky reading today.)
  • Julius Jones’ death sentence commuted hours before execution. Also, an Innocence Project case.
  • Henry Montgomery released. [60]
  • New book on the Guyger case from 9/2018 (Dallas police officer returns from long shifts to what she thinks is her apartment. She enters the apartment, one floor up from hers, of an African American male, Bothan Jean, and kills him thinking he is a dangerous intruder. He's eating ice cream in his living room at the time.) In the victims' statement portion of the trial, Bothan's brother forgives Guyger and asks to hug her. Not everyone thought that was cool. Martha Minow, When Should the Law Forgive, New York Review of Books.
  • Right wing conspiracy theorist, Alex Jones, liable for defamation in Sandy Hook cases. Interestingly, he is liable "by default" for refusing to comply with discovery in the case. Commentators have suggested this is a strategic decision on his part. [61]
  • Legal scholars thinking about self-defense claims in a country with lots of guns. [62]
  • Puzzles about self-defense, watching the Kyle Rittenhouse trial. Odd parallel to Ahmaud Arbery case. Self-defense and “reckless endangerment”.
  • Humanitarian crisis on the Polish / Belarus border. [63]
  • Rep. Paul Gossar shares an animated video of him killing another congressperson, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and then turning the weapons toward an animated figure of the president.
  • Travis Scott concert tragedy. Is there ethics news here?
  • Since vaccine rollout, covid deaths are disproportionately affecting Republicans. [64]
  • Rich country vaccine surpluses (and expiration dates) growing as poor countries lack vaccine.
  • Ahmaud Arbery jury has 1 African American. 26% in local population. Judge calls it intentional discrimination. Can’t take action.
  • Triggers in the governor’s election. “Parents shouldn’t be telling teachers what to teach.”
  • Academic Freedom / Free Speech case in Florida. [65]
  • Reports of torture from secret US prisons. [66]
  • Controversy over museum holding from colonial period. [67]
  • Controversy over using traffic violations for revenue. [68]
  • Ethical reassessments of historical figures. [69]. In philosophy, Kant and Mill have views that we would regard as racist today.
  • Alec Baldwin shooting tragedy. Ethically, an odd separation of act and culpability.
  • The Philosophy Department Undergraduate Committee is trying to increase our social media presence and they think that one of the best ways to do this is through the app TikTok. They are hoping to produce content with our majors and minors that appeal to a broad spectrum of students. To that end, they would appreciate if you could fill out this very short survey: https://forms.gle/4G8u4JuQQgmBPLB38
  • Philosophy of Law Club, a casual weekly discussion group aimed at undergrads of all majors that meets Friday 12-1. We have switched to a hybrid format, meeting in person in College 1898 (one of the pretty conference rooms by the big doors) or online by zoom at https://gonzaga.zoom.us/j/99034953008. We sometimes have a presenter for about fifteen minutes followed by discussion, or we just choose a topic related to law and philosophy to discuss.
  • Need to enforce Congressional subpoenas (Bannon in the news) raises concern about political prosecution.
  • Parkland shooting pleads guilty. Jury to decide on death penalty.
  • Ahmaud Arbery trial starts.
  • Any ethics news details about the anti-abortion / counter protest event at GU last week?
  • Interesting privacy angle / Nazi prosecutions [70]
  • Are "Stash House Stings" a good idea? [71]
  • Hatch Act complaint against Jen Psaki. [72]
  • Kaiser Permanente strike involves claim of unfairness of “two tier” pay system.
  • Radicalization is a cultural process. Norway killings.
  • Tax Haven news. [74]
  • Contributor to "The Social Dilemma," discusses the some ethical problems with social media. [75]
  • Animal rights and cultural practices in Germany. [76]
  • The Pandora Papers. [77]
  • Facebook whistleblower shares company research showing negative effects of its products. [78]"The complaints say Facebook's own research shows that it amplifies hate, misinformation and political unrest—but the company hides what it knows. One complaint alleges that Facebook's Instagram harms teenage girls. What makes Haugen's complaints unprecedented is the trove of private Facebook research she took when she quit in May. "
  • Hack of right wing websites raises ethical concerns. [79]
  • A funny story following Thursday’s class.
  • Facebook whistleblower discloses research on adverse effects of Instagram. [80]
  • Controversy erupts over pretigious Yale program. [81]
  • Evidence of limited cooperation in national politics. Playing "chicken" with government shutdowns. Strategies on left and right.
  • Informal discussion of “fairness” — there’s more than one way to be fair. What's a fair way to enforce deadlines for writing assignments in this course?
  • R. Kelley found guilty of dozens of counts of sexual abuses and sex trafficking. [82]
  • Tucker Carlson. Claimed last night that vaccination mandate advocates were part of a quasi-religious cult of left wing politicians that want to suppress your religious freedom.
  • Tim Eyman. Anti-tax advocate, recently found guilty of numerous and “intentional” violations of campaign finance law. [83]
  • Local story of cruelty to a homeless woman. [84]
  • Not ethics news, exactly, but….[85]
  • 20th Anniversary of the Enron scandal.
  • Border patrol whipping migrants from horses.[86]
  • Bizarre mask politics case. [87]
  • Gabby Petito murder. More reporting on differences in news coverage of other missing persons.
  • Possible corruption. [88]
  • Fox News (Tucker Carlson) continues to say that COVID vaccines are not about public health, but a way for elite liberals to control you.
  • France feels betrayed by US nuclear sub deal with Australia.
  • US Gymnasts call out failures in FBI investigation. [89]
  • AOC objects to Senator Manchin referring to her as a "young lady" rather than a Congresswoman.
  • 9/11 memorials also have a moral function. What is it?
  • Online simulation game for trust and cooperation. [90]. Thanks to E. Salazar!
  • Moral problems with drone based warfare. [91]
  • What is a valid religious exemption from the Covid vaccine? [92]
  • Missouri's "2nd amendment sanctuary law" may divide gun rights advocates. [93]
  • Theranos fraud case goes to trial. [94]
  • Extraordinary efforts to identify 9/11 victims. 2 new ids 20 years on.
  • Supreme Court allows unusual fetal heartbeat law in Texas to stand. [96]
  • Purdue Pharma settlement. [97]
  • The Jeopardy Guy. [98]
  • Reports of US vaccinated patients not getting critical care due to full Covid wards.
  • US may have thwarted a second ISIS attack in Kabul, but may have caused 10 civilian deaths.
  • US military personnel lost during Kabul evacuation are moral heroes.

Spring 2021

  • What is unusual about this picture? [99]
  • How do you study policing problems with data? [100]
  • Another side of neoliberal punishment. CEO rewards. [101]
  • Supreme Courts rejects limits on Life Terms for Youths. [102]
  • Intuitions about the Chauvin punishment. Do you have distinct intuitions about the type of finding of guilt vs. the incarceration. Would you have been surprised or upset if the punishment came to 6, 12, or 18 years?
  • Example of “category shift” from retributive/criminal model to public health model. Is this an inappropriate abandonment of an opportunity to give "deserved" punishment? [103]
  • Just in at Foley! The Routledge handbook of the philosophy and science of punishment [104]
  • Derek Chauvin murder trial verdict reached.
  • Labels and Orientation: George Bush comments on immigration rhetoric in Congress and the GOP. Probably alluding to failed effort to launch the "America First Caucus".
  • ”America First Caucus” cancelled at the last minute. [105]
  • Example of philosophers talking about empathy. [106]
  • Preliminary item from Tucker Carlson study. Tucker Carlson makes Ethics News! [107]
  • Daunte Wright police shooting.[108]
  • Caron Nazario pepper spray incident. [109]
  • First person account of China's detention facilities in Xinjiang. [110]
  • Still puzzled about vaccine passports after vaccine is widely available. "assumed risk", "protection of unvaccinated"?
  • Taking responsibility for pygmy rabbits. [111], [112]
  • How does the kind of knowledge affect judgements of moral responsibility? [114]
  • Global corporate minimum tax. Reducing tax havens.
  • New measures aimed at limiting acceptance of transgender individuals.
  • Boycotts over Ga’s new voting laws.
  • Vaccine passports raising ethical concerns.
  • A story from the Innocence Project's Conviction Integrity Unit - Toforest Johnson. [116]
  • Matt Gaetz scandal.
  • Can we anticipate how infrastructure will become politicized?
  • NCAA has a tough day at the Supreme Court.
  • Minnesota case recalls old Italian court judgement [118].
  • New research from school shooting threats that were discovered and prevented.
  • Asian hate crime in NY in which bystanders fail to act.
  • Why it's hard to watch the George Floyd trial.
  • New milestone in declining religious affiliation. [119].
  • Minnesota Supreme Court case challenges rape charge in cases in which the victim gets drunk. [120]
  • Mass shootings, gun buying, and the pandemic. [121], [122]
  • Follow up on climate change polling data. [123]
  • Police officer Eric Talley likely a hero in the Colorado grocery store mass shooting.
  • Arnold Lecture on Technology and Religion. [124]
  • Comment on "The Social Dilemma" - Attention is a precious resource!
  • Listening to Tucker Carlson through course lens.
  • Horrible violence in Atlanta.
  • Catholic Church reverses Pope Francis' famous "Who am I to judge?" statement.
  • A more complicated case of free speech at work. [127]
  • Some follow ups on the terrible car crash. [128], [129]
  • Interesting student recommended documentary: The Social Dilemma
  • A connection between Ethics and Happiness News! - Neuroplasticity & compulsive liars, Neuroplasticity and "unhappiness makers" (like negative chatter or rumination. Check out Ethan Kros, Chatter.).
  • Neera Tanden nomination withdraw over incendiary comments. [130]
  • Crash of SUV with 25 people. Many deaths. Raised in "Moral Responsibility and Free Will" class.
  • 6 Dr. Seuss titles retired. [131]
  • Meanwhile, here's what we're talking about in "Moral Responsibility and Free Will" News!
  • Wa Supreme Court decision invalidates drug possession law. [132]
  • A handful of Ethics News!:
  • Washington may ban "open carry" at protests. [133]. Meanwhile, Montana goes the other way. Guns on campus. [134]
  • Nxivm cult doctor defends "branding" women in the cult. [135]
  • Some states are connecting marijuana legalization to social justice issues. [136]
  • Governor of New York, Andrew Cuomo, faces 2nd sexual harassment charge [137]
  • Anti-Asian assaults spike in US. [138]
  • More vaccine corruption stories: Rich and powerful in South America this time.[139]
  • Marjorie Taylor Greene and workplace free speech. [140]
  • Meet a holy person in the class: Mother Meera [141]
  • Virginia becomes the first Southern state to eliminate the death penalty. Interesting reporting on crime victims responses. A proxy for retribution in some cases.
  • Something for our upcoming work on fair contracts. [142]
  • Interesting value at stake in Cruz scandal. Why do we want politicians to stick around? How is trust related to this value?
  • Lots of questions about responsibility for Texas power outage.
  • Gonzaga's current diversity training for Faculty and Staff tracks similar research as we have discussed: implicit bias, automatic inferences, but also current information about addressing people's identity and discrimination.
  • Not just Olympic officials make moral mistakes. [143]
  • Olympics official makes sexist comment, not immediately consequential.[144]
  • More vaccine ethics cases. [145].
  • Spokane Temple Beth Shalom vandalized.
  • Defamation lawsuit against Fox prompts programming changes. [146]. Additional article [147].
  • Zoom deplatforms controversial Palestinian intellectual, cancelling a University of SF campus event. [148] (student submitted)
  • Biden admin's ethics rules.[149] (student submitted)
  • FBI agents die in line of duty.
  • Captain Tom passes away.[150]
  • Equity issues in vaccine distribution. [151]
  • Meet a holy person in the class: Nagasena. 1 of 18 Arhats in Mahayana Buddhism, Nagasena is also famous for having a philosophical discourse with a Greek, Menander ("Milinda" in India). All around 150b.c.
  • Policing and people in crisis. [152]
  • An Illinois woman, Sue Gandhi, is in the news for operating her own food bank from her garage.
  • Discussions in the news suggest there is some pressure to hold members of Congress accountable for sympathy to white supremacy or insurrection. Some argue that sympathy for insurrection or the assassination of one’s colleagues is incompatible with the oaths of office and should have consequences, at least within their party or by Congresses’ ethics committee. The case of Margorie Taylor Greene is in the news in this connection, but also with its own fact pattern.
  • Wahington state is considering banning guns at protests and at the state Capital. This nyt article discusses the issue.
  • Vaccine ethics -- Lots of people are hunting for vaccines ahead of their turn. In the spirit of Ariely, note how confusion about the distribution might affect behavior. A local vaccine story. Any vaccine ethics stories?
  • A social moral value promoted at the Inauguration was "unity". What would it mean for someone to integrate this value along with their more partisan values (left or right)? After all, unity is a different type of value than values that drive our partisan views.
  • Capitol Hill Police officer who led insurrectionists away from Senate is promoted and honored at the Inauguration today.
  • Two examples of values “pivots”: Proud Boys Mock Trump and QAnon recalculated.
  • US accuses China of genocide.

Fall 2020

  • More attention in press to problems of geriatric political leaders.
  • Justified Partiality? [153]
  • First sighting of a "Quetzal" in Final Essay animals! [154]. Welcome quetzl!
  • Values conflicts among Republicans over "parallel universe" strategy.
  • Ethical issues in vaccine distribution.[155]
  • The idea of a pardon.
  • Giving Tuesday!
  • New study on Covid behaviors in US since first wave of pandemic. Partisan split grew since Spring.
  • Political polling. Say vs. Mean [156]
  • Nurse Heroes Foundation [157]
  • Man fights alligator to save puppy. [158]
  • Not in line for an empathy award. [159]
  • New podcast in Spokane seeks to promote civil civic discourse. [160]. Aiming at unity, coming from a progressive group, I think. Cf. Liberty project at national level.
  • FBI releases hate crimes report. [161] google "hate crimes report news" for lots of other reporting.
  • Pfizer vaccine shows great promise!
  • Gonzaga's Black Student Union attacked online.
  • Emily Harrington's climb [162]
  • Some connections between the election and our research.
  • Minority groups and labels. S. Florida latinos, African American men
  • Republican women flipped seats and many more minority candidates. 1st transgender congressperson?
  • Values to watch in electoral politics 2021.
  • The need to listen in a democracy: urban / rural, race triggers (from successes and failures), inequality.
  • New fair contract case.
  • And Vienna.
  • More terrorist street attacks in France.
  • Whistleblower gets $115 million. [163]. Previous record $109 million.
  • Systemic problem of "gaming" public opinion in political ads on some social media, like Facebook. Facebook stops taking new political ads prior to election.
  • Pope Francis makes news in a new documentary, just out in Rome.
  • Ethics of consent in recent "challenge trials". Larger topic of research ethics, human subjects.
  • Marantz, Andrew. "Explicit Content" New Yorker. On Facebook content regulation. Nice case study. See also other journalism on Facebook by Marantz. Update. I missed the mention of his book, which would make a nice book group choice. [164]. Also, the cover story on the Economist this week. This one is hot!
  • Contact tracers are having trouble getting people to cooperate. Virus fatigue and moral effort. China today.
  • Woman who called police on African American birdwatcher sentenced. [165]
  • Report from The WEIRDEST people in the world: Study of Inuit trip's success with superior cooperation "package".
  • Militia group arrested plotting to kidnap Michigan governor. [166]
  • Covid therapy uses fetal tissue technology. [167]
  • Nobel prize news! Crisper, women in science.
  • A federal judge has ordered Twitter to reveal the identity of an anonymous user who allegedly forged an FBI document to spread a conspiracy theory about the killing of DNC staffer Seth Rich in 2016. [168]

Spring 2019

  • More bad parents -- college admissions scandal larger than thought.
  • Dissent between Mueller and Barre on the gravity of M's report.
  • Venezuela uprising
  • Vets from Iraq and Afghanistan objecting to lack of visas for local collaborators.
  • Supreme Court likely to allow citizenship question on census on separation grounds.
  • Supreme Court to decide whether LGBTQ and transgender individuals are included in the Civil Rights Act.
  • First malaria vaccine rolling out.
  • The Mueller Report
  • 25th Anniversay of the Rwandan genocide
  • Arguing over disaster relief aid.
  • Nipsey Hussle story.
  • Smollett charges dropped.
  • Attorney General reports results of Mueller report: exoneration on criminal charges related to collusion with a foreign power. not exonerated on obstruction of justice, but AG judges nothing to prosecute.
  • New Zealand massacre.
  • College admissions bribery scandal
  • North Carolina Voter fraud case. Poignant detail.
  • Point about group responsibility in Southern Baptist Sexual Abuse Scandal.
  • New rules on handling sexual assault cases on college campuses provoking controversy.
  • Government shut down as lesson in "background" rules in moral system which distinguish what is legitimately "in play" in a conflictual decision making process.
  • Controversy over high schoolers alleged disrespect of an older native american man.

Fall 2018 Florence

  • Friday court filings related to possible criminal conduct in the Executive branch of government
  • More on yellow vest protests
  • Michigan legislature, known for gerrymandering, loses election and then tries to limit incoming governors’ ability to fix gerrymandered districts.
  • Examples of racism in the Election.
  • "Blexit" -- a campaign to move African American voters away from the Democratic Party. [172] [173]
  • Study on white / non-white's concern about environment and respective perception of concern.
  • Synagogue shooter's views of immigrants.
  • Megan Kelly defends and then apologies for defending “black face” Halloween comments.
  • Khashoggi son forced to shake hands with likely killer of his dad.
  • UN speeches for and against multilateralism and globalism. Later this term, we will read about globalism, which is a system of moral and political views advocating the weakening of national sovreignty in favor of multilateral agreements. It has clear implications for immigration, but also for a host of other issues. Read this article to get some information about where the US, France, and other countries are on this emerging moral perspective.
  • Follow the case of alleged sexual assault against Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh

Past semester's Ethics News!

  • New research on Trump voters motivations [174]
  • Let's try to look out for news stories with ethical dimensions and quickly identify them. You might post a link or just report your item in class.
  • Check out Rev. Carleton Pearson's story in the new movie, Come Sunday
  • Political movement toward Federal decriminalization of marijuana.
  • James Shaw, Jr., Waffle House Hero. [175]
  • New therapies for opiod and heroin use offer the prospective of “vaccines” which block the effects of these highly addictive drugs. Should users be required to take vaccines?
  • Example from FIRE website: [176] of new attitudes toward liberty of thought and conscience.
  • What are the ethical issues behind the raid of the president's private attorney's office?
  • Details from a local radio story on the local congressional rep race: McMorris-Rogers (R) vs. Brown (D). supporters on each side show predicted MFT triggers.
  • More chemical attacks on children, women, and male civilians in Syria.
  • ongoing teacher strike in Oklahoma raises distinct ethical claim. (Not just homo economicus.)
  • This Inlander article raises interesting questions about how values enter into community planning and development. [177]
  • Consider attending an Ethics Bowl team scrimmage this month. More details from Dr. Maria Howard (howardm@gonzaga.edu)
  • Police shootings of unarmed black men. The Sacramento case of Stephon Clark.
  • Hero in French terror attack.
  • "Catch and Kill" journalism in the case of Karen McDougal.
  • Cambridge Analytica news. Consider hypotheticals.
  • "Fairness" in trade. (Will come up in globalization discussions.)
  • More k-12 student walkouts
  • West Virginia teachers' strike offers example of inequity aversion, ethics in negotiation.
  • Learning about the views of Jordan Peterson, who claims a right of conscience to not use new gender pronouns. See his wiki page.
  • Quick change in gun control views. Today's student walkouts seem to be making a values statement.
  • The dehumanizing effect of scripted call center interactions.
  • Weinstein Lawsuit holds up sale of troubled company - group resp
  • The idea of Baby bounds: giving all youths money to start out with as young adults.
  • [178]