1. Oh-oh…Ethics Alarms has been and will continue to use “Wuhan virus” rather than various versions of Covid or corona virus as a matter of principle. China inflicted this contagion on the world and greatly abetted its spread by its cover-ups and lies, and pandemics and flus usually are identified by their site of origin. Furthermore, the political correctness edict against using the province where the first outbreak (we know of occurred) was yet another anti-Trump ploy, simultaneously covering for a brutal foreign adversary.
Syracuse University placed chemistry Professor Jon Zubieta on administrative leave and will be investigated by its Office of Equal Opportunity, Inclusion and Resolution because he used the terms “Wuhan Flu” and “Chinese Communist Party Virus” in his syllabus. In a joint statement from Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences Karin Ruhlandt and Interim Vice Chancellor and Provost John Liu, explained,
“Syracuse University unequivocally condemns racism and xenophobia and rejects bigotry, hate and intolerance of any kind. The derogatory language used by a professor on his course syllabus is damaging to the learning environment for our students and offensive to Chinese, international and Asian-Americans everywhere who have experienced hate speech, rhetoric and actions since the pandemic began.”
There is no racism here, and the theory, much in vogue, that irrational people reacting to factual statements by persecuting others justifies suppresng the truth is unethical and perverse.
2. Res Ipsa Loquitur. This is the letter Portland mayor Ted Wheeler sent to the President of the United States.
It was one of many municipal buildings that were damaged by the mob, including the public library, the Harborside Academy charter school, the US Postal Service building and the county register of deeds.
Cancelling a dinosaur is definitely strange, since they never had a chance to violate anyone’s human rights, predating human beings as they did by several million years. Attacking the public library makes much more sense.
This is the group your sports teams are endorsing. Don’t forget that.
But, as Kamala Harris reminds us, mobs know best.
4. Wait, what??? A lawsuit filed in June alleges that Netflix’s soon-to-be -released “Enola Holmes” infringes on the copyright owned by Arthur Conan Doyle’s family, because the spin-off shows the famous fictional detective having legally actionable feelings. The Doyle estate argues that although the copyright to all of the Holmes stories written before 1923 expired in 2014, the later stories are still under the estate’s control. Those are the stories in which Holmes began to display human emotions, like, say, caring.
In the Netflix film, Holmes worries about his sister Enola, who isn’t a character Doyle envisioned. This, says the family, means Netflix is obligated to pay up.
Well, it isn’t legally unethical to concoct a wildly unlikely legal theory for a nuisance suit. It worked before , when the family made similar claims against Miramax’s 2015 Mr. Holmes. Miramax paid an undisclosed settlement. I hope Netflix is made of sterner stuff, because the theory is bats, and the family ought not to profit from such a contrived distortion of intellectual property law, not to mention logic.
5. Let’s poll on a poll. Hard core conservative pundit Kurt Schlicter posits,
Conservative out with his family surrounded and not allowed to leave by rioters screaming & threatening them, demanding they kneel. He draws his carry piece and kills three. The rest scatter. His family is safe. Would you convict him of murder?
I’ll use his options…