Morning Ethics Warm-Up, 1/10/2019: Rabbits, Time Lords, Elephants And Fools

Good morning.

This a reluctant warm-up, and I was tempted not to create distractions from the previous post, which is important, especially so because there is a near complete media embargo on what the Times did. Has anyone seen a mention of it anywhere besides here and in the conservative media? I haven’t. Yet a more convincing example of  what the news media has become could not be imagined, and the public has the right to know. I want people to be outraged about this. I want people to shake the story in the face of their biased journalism-defending friends. I want to see the cowards who fled the discussions here accusing me of bias return and explain how this could happen innocently, or try to justify it, or continue to insist that there is no organized effort to destroy the Trump Presidency and with it our democratic institutions.

I admit it: this episode makes me as angry as I am disgusted and worried.

1. In a lighter vein, on the topic of life competence…In  Yala National Park in Sri Lanka, a 41-year-old man was reportedly trying to impress other tourists by getting out of his car (which is illegal) and attempting to hypnotize an elephant. The man’s name has not been released, but now they call him Matt, because the unimpressed elephant trampled him flat. Now watch them blame the elephant. Says Professor Turley, who found this story, ” some at the scene suggested that alcohol may have played a role.”

Ya think?

What is the ethical response to someone who gets himself killed like this?

2. It looks like we have at least two ethically-challenged new Congresswomen...Rep. Tlaib of “impeach the motherfucker fame” unreeled a combination of Authentic Frontier Gibberish (AFG) AND ethical ignorance as she continued to dig her hole following the outburst. Tlaib told CNN on this week that she’s “very unapologetically me” [Rationalization #41 A. Popeye’s Excuse, or “I am what I am.”] and her constituents “are kind of used to my realness, used to this passion that I have” [Excuse me a second…Gag! Uck! Gack! Yecch! Ptuii!…This is #44, The Unethical Precedent, or “It’s Not The First Time.”

“And I know for many people, it did — it did get the best of me at that moment and for many people it might have been very much a distraction…”what I want to do is not allow women like myself that have every right to be angry and upset and mad and to curse — that somehow they’re not allowed to do it in some sort of public forum.”

Ah! She’s an idiot. Women and everyone else have a right to be vulgar, uncivil, insulting, obscene, undignified and generally rude in public. The fact that they have the right to act badly doesn’t mean it is right. Most relatively educated 12-year-olds understand this, and Tlaib, who is in Congress, doesn’t.

3. Speaking of “distractions”..Is this hilariously lame or what? Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.) explained why he would not decline his paycheck during the shutdown, though many of his colleagues are:

“That’s an individual choice by a member of Congress but it’s also, frankly, a distraction from the real issue. We are not in the business of adding to the ranks of the unpaid. We’re in the business of getting everybody paid fairly. This question gets asked, not only with respect to the shutdown, but shouldn’t you not be paid if you don’t pass a budget? Shouldn’t you not be paid if the DREAM Act isn’t passed? You know, go down your favorite list. And the Constitution mandates it. We’re here doing our job. We’re here trying to reopen government. We respect individual choices but, frankly, we think that is a distraction from the issue here before us.”

Translation:Huminahuminahumina...Look over there!”

4. From the Ethics Alarms right wing hypersensitivity files...Some conservatives are attacking the new BBC/Netflix adaptation of the Richard Adams classic “Watership Down,” saying that it has been polluted by leftist politics and political correctness:

I’ve just watched the four-part animated series of Watership Down, shown on the BBC, with my daughter. She was slightly more aghast than me to discover that the aforementioned Bigwig was a bruv from the ’hood. And still more repelled by the elevation of a minor female rabbit character into a doughty campaigner for justice, the transgendering of a rabbit called Strawberry, and, most hilariously, the does calling each other ‘sister’ and keening a song of freedom in an orgy of #MeToo victimhood — their importance to the book she too had loved vastly exaggerated for fatuous political reasons. None of this surprised me terribly, as I have become accustomed to the liberal, white, middle-class BBC bosses shoe-horning their absurd social justice twattery into every single drama production they commission.

What’s the name for this—maybe Woke Derangement Syndrome? The new “Watership Down” is a masterpiece, wonderful in every way, and if you watch the epic saga of Hazel, Bigwig, Fiver and the rest and find yourself musing about politics, you need therapy, and quickly. So a few of the male rabbits in the original story were non-traditionally cast as female–so what? I had forgotten, frankly, that Strawberry was a female, and I could not care less. Not everything is a death struggle between ideologies.

On the other hand, it does look like someone decided to make Dr. Who “woke,” a really bad idea. Unlike some, I see nothing wrong with the Doctor changing gender; it was always understood that this was within his/her/its discretion. However, the Sun reports,

“Doctor Who” has lost a quarter of its viewers as many blast “politically correct” storylines since Jodie Whittaker entered the Tardis. Fans complained of being bombarded by preachy, serious messages instead of sci-fi entertainment. Producers, under new boss Chris Chibnall, have opted to tackle issues such as racism as Jodie, 36, travelled back to meet civil rights icon Rosa Parks in the US in 1955. Next week they have British Imperialism in their sights in 1947 India. And the latest episode explored gender with a pregnant man giving birth. A viewer tweeted: “That’s the last episode I’ll be watching. I don’t watch this type of TV show to get subliminal PC lectures, it’s supposed to be entertainment.”

Lesson: Not everything has to be weaponized  in  the death struggle between ideologies either.

 

38 thoughts on “Morning Ethics Warm-Up, 1/10/2019: Rabbits, Time Lords, Elephants And Fools

  1. UGH. It is almost impossible to fix typos in these polls. I read that one over and over, and yet there it is: “he got what BE deserved.” Well, the hell with it: you know what I meant.

  2. Regarding No. 2, I feel we are all be hoodwinked into focusing on the swear word, rather than the truly offensive first clause of her original statement.

    On a side note, would I be accused of a misogyny if I called the congresswomen by the same term she used for the president? What if I used Steven Colbert’s?

  3. Actually, CNN covered the Times retraction this morning, then ended their coverage with (and I paraphrase here) “These were Russian-leaning Ukrainian oligarchs”. Ugh.

    • Come on, Michael, the entirety of Russia and the former Soviet Union and its former satellites and every enterprise and institution and person therein are wholly owned and controlled, and are essentially nothing more than, an extension of … VLADIMIR PUTIN! Anyone with a mildly Slavic first or last name who’s ever been east of the Alsace, is in direct contact and acting at the behest of … VLADIMIR PUTIN!

      Moose and squirrel must die!

  4. Not everything has to be weaponized into a cultural fight, but since the left virtually controls the airwaves, the content, and since the end justify the means, it will be.

    One more step as we slouch towards civil war…

  5. Re: Your introduction.

    I still haven’t found Kamala Harris’ Knights of Columbus story on any non-conservative-leaning site.

    As for Watership Down, it’s rather related to the Doctor Who. People have become so accustomed to their entertainment being politicized that it’s become almost second nature to view any alteration in an original story or character as an attempt to indoctrinate viewers with social justice dogma.

    Doctor Who was a bit over-the-top this season with that type of thing, though Jodie Whitaker of “Broadchurch” fame is a fine actress and I really didn’t have any concerns about her portrayal of the Doctor. This season still wasn’t as bad as “Supergirl” was this year.

    • Doctor Who alterations? Unwise, I think, as is most “updating” of classic fantasy characters.

      Watership Down. I recall noting the original to be unutterably depressing, comparable to Dickens’ The Old Curiosity Shop in which the two main characters, child and grandfather, both die at the end. The new one retains the rabbity personalities of the book and pulls them further into the realm of fantasy (hey, that’s what talking bunnies are, right?), gives them color – pun not intended but welcome – and, dare I say it, diversity. Not so brown and grim. In fact, delightful.

      Lesson to be learned, filmmakers: just as many radio shows failed when reproduced on the small screen, not every storybook story translates well to movieland, no matter what Disney thought.

  6. 3.Hilarious. He must have dropped his deck of DNC generated talking points right before he was confronted by the reporter and just randomly gone through them. This is classic Democrat party lock-step idiocy. All one has to do to avoid Nancy’s ire is read the talking points. The order in which you read them is irrelevant. You’ll still get money dumped into your re-election campaign fund. I’m surprised he never got to the one about protecting America’s working families.

  7. 1 Elephant stomp

    With pity, but I laughed out loud anyway. The black humor is unavoidable. Still, I’m sorry for the man and his family, although a Darwin Award does seem to be in order. I doubt that would make his connections feel better, though. But I might.

    2 Idiot congress-critter

    Too bad the elephant didn’t stomp her flat instead. The drunk man’s life was more valuable in my eyes.

    3 Distractions

    What a maroon. No wonder our Congress is such a mess. Between him, Tlaib, and AOC it just makes you want to flee the country just to escape the madness.

    Is whataboutism and rationalizations the only arguments left to these dweebs?

    4 Woke derangement syndrome

    “Watership Down” is a masterpiece, wonderful in every way, and if you watch the epic saga of Hazel, Bigwig, Fiver and the rest and find yourself musing about politics, you need therapy, and quickly.

    Can’t we somehow blame the Left for this? No? Dammit!

    Seriously, both sides are deranged, finding politics in everything. Sometimes, you just have to get over your damned self.

    “Doctor Who” has lost a quarter of its viewers as many blast “politically correct” storylines since Jodie Whittaker entered the Tardis.

    Get woke, go broke.

    • Glenn Logan’s “Seriously, both sides are deranged, finding politics in everything.” is spot-on. I kept thinking, hasn’t somebody said this before and if not, why not, and finally,that it doesn’t matter: the point needs repeating. So does his Bugs Bunny’s “maroon,” to describe the derangement of politicians like Tlaib. Yes, these would be “representatives” of human beings are rude, crude, ugly and stupid (not to mention the unE word) and to proclaim those facts is right and good … but to waste emotion on them, no.
      And “Get woke, go broke” is a slogan worth putting to a cadence count. Sound off, one, two . . . !

      Doctor Who alterations? Unwise, I think, as is most “updating” of classic fantasy characters.

      A word on Watership Down. I recall noting the original to be unutterably depressing, comparable to Dickens’ The Old Curiosity Shop in which the two main characters, child and grandfather, both die at the end. The new “up” version retains the rabbity personalities of the book and pulls them further into the realm of fantasy (hey, that’s what talking bunnies are, right?), gives them color – pun not intended but welcome – and, dare I say it, diversity. Not so sombre, brown and grim. In fact, delightful.

      Lesson to be learned, filmmakers: just as many radio shows failed when reproduced on the small screen, not every storybook story translates well to movieland, no matter what Disney thought.

      Anyway, thanks, Glenn.

      • Thank you for your kind comments. Also for this:

        Lesson to be learned, filmmakers: just as many radio shows failed when reproduced on the small screen, not every storybook story translates well to movieland, no matter what Disney thought.

        I appreciated Disney’s effort, even though it was mostly an inadequate shell of the novel. I read the novel expecting not much, and walked away amazed and thoroughly entertained by it.

        Not so much the movie, although as you say, some books just don’t work well as movies, mainly because it’s impossible to capture all the subplots and nuances that make the book great.

        Dune comes to mind as well. Like Lord of the Rings, Dune (the original book) required a much longer movie to properly capture the novel. There was a SciFi channel miniseries that was much better, but it was vastly longer.

        • Agree about Dune not only because of its themes but for the range and complexities of its environments. It certainly doesn’t lend itself to comic book-type action. Admittedly, I never saw the TV version.

          I must admit I am picky about my SF and prefer it in one or the other modes. The original Alien film wouldn’t have worked as a read, and SamueI Delany’s Babel-17 as well as, arguably, most of Harlan Ellison’s work, won’t go easily into that dark theater. What goes on in the mind usually stays, like Las Vegas goings-on, in the mind.

    • In the real world, presuming you call transgender individuals by their transitioned-to gender, someone who appears to be a man and goes by male pronouns could still have a uterus/ovaries/birth canal and become pregnant, then give birth.

      In Dr Who, seahorse aliens or something, really whatever they feel like inventing.

    • And the latest episode explored gender with a pregnant man giving birth

      How does that even work?

      I have somewhere heard that the Nazis looked into this matter, determining by experiment that embryos implanted in men behaved like most ectopic pregnancies – yielding fatal results – but that the hormonal mismatches caused a rockier ride to the end, perhaps accelerating it (though it is hard to be sure of that). We can realistically surmise that, had live births been possible, the testosterone might have had the sort of masculinising effect on girls that Aldous Huxley speculated in “Brave New World” that it would, based on bovine analogues.

  8. I went into Dr. Who with skepticism because while I understand that the Dr. could be a girl, I was afraid they were just doing it because a… it was time and b they would make it about her and not the doctor. However, Jodie Whittaker has done a fantastic job. She has the personality of David Tennant and the playfulness of Matt Smith. She was well caste and I look forward to seeing what they do with her.

    However, the writing has been terrible. The social justice is over the top, and the characters who play companions are not consistent not to mention there are just too many, and the writing has been boring. The episode with the man having a baby was one of the most action-packed, and I was so bored I was glad when it was over.

    The best episode of the season was the Rosa Parks episode, mostly because it wasn’t about social justice, but experiencing history. Rosa wasn’t an SJW and shouldn’t have been portrayed as one. It was one of the few things I think the writers did right. It was about history and how sometimes, the Doctor can’t (and shouldn’t) interfere.

  9. I have not watched any Dr. Who previously, but I started to watch this new season. The fact the Dr is female did not bother me in the least, what did bother me however was the agenda stuff. For example she had to create a new sonic screwdriver and described it as a “Swiss army knife without the knife part, because only losers use knives”. That is just a stupid example, but I have seen the same thing in shows like The Orville (which not coincidentally is why I stopped watching that show as well). I like my SciFi, but not when it is getting all preachy like that.

  10. 4. I think the Doctor Who numbers are not so clear-cut. The decline is measured from a season premier with a new Doctor, so you’d expect high initial viewership that would fall off.

    I struggled through most of the season. The preachiness is part of a general fault that the new Doctor never seems to shut up. She reminds me very much of Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman.

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