Boxing Day Ethics Warm-Up, 2020: A Tip, An Obituary, A Prank, A Tell, And A Slug

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Now this is a dedicated grandmother: my sister, who has been risk-averse her whole life, and who is my model of a Wuhan virus phobic, bought a used Winnebago, loaded up her old Havanese, and drove from Virginia to Los Angeles to spend Christmas and another three weeks with her son, his wife, and their seven month-old daughter. On the way cross country she parked her vehicle outside the homes of a series of strangers she was connected to by friends and friends of friends. Amazing.

1. There seem to be a few of these Christmas Ethics Heroes every year. In Bartonsville, Illinois, an occasional restaurant customer on Christmas Eve morning left a 2,000 dollar tip—in cash—for the 19-person staff of the Bartonsville diner. The man didn’t even leave his full name, just “Tony,” though he is apparently the son of a regular who joined him for breakfast. “He just said, ‘Merry Christmas,'” the owner told reporters. “How generous of somebody to do that, especially somebody who doesn’t come in that often. Nobody was expecting it, that’s for sure.”

2. How do you write an obnoxious obituary? Here’s how you write an obnoxious obituary. The Lagacy.com. entry for Grace McDonough, who died on December 21, concludes with this gratuitous and graceless—no pun intended—text:

The actions and inactions of the United States government regarding the Covid-19 virus has caused Grace McDonough and thousands of other nursing home residents to lose their lives to the Covid -19 virus. These same residents had successfully fought and won great battles against other diseases and conditions and yet were placed in harm’s way during the pandemic. These frail, elderly, sick and vulnerable innocents were not protected by the government they supported, fought for, contributed to and now depended on. Shame on the United States government! We, as their loved ones, have the right to be profoundly sad and profoundly angry at the same time. May our loved ones now rest in peace. It is the least they deserve.

Grace was 95 years old. She lived in a nursing home, where residents are in close confinement and where pandemic infections were and are especially deadly. Attributing the death of a 95-year-old on the undefined “actions and inactions” of the government demonstrates a) a dangerous gullibility to Democratic propaganda b) denial of reality and c) the continuation of  what is probably a pattern of looking for someone to blame for every misfortune. Fark, the humorous news aggregator website infected itself with predictable leftist bias, termed the obituary “fierce.” I would call it signature significance indicating a family teeming with jerks.

3. Guess the age of the sister who did this…On December 20, Cleveland police received a 911 call from a sister reporting her brother for farting on her toothbrush. But according to the entry in the Highland Heights Police Blotter following an investigation, the caller was not at home, and had called from a different city to get her brother in trouble.

The police warned her not to call again for frivolous issues like this.

She is 18.

4. Ann Althouse noticed the unethical and manipulative wording of headlines in the Age of Journalism Ethics Rot. “I must cry out against the infestation of ‘how’ in headlines,” she writes. “I’m seeing headline after headline that would be more accurate if you just crossed out the “how,” because the article isn’t really going to tell you how X happened. It’s only going to tell you that X happened.”

It isn’t just “how,” though; “why” is also abused this way, and it is a signal that the article will be editorializing rather than reporting, usually from a biased perspective. I don’t read the articles under “how” or “why” news articles. They are reliably examples of fake news, usually the “psychic news” variety.

5. Welcome to  the outer limits of Trump Derangement! “It’s still 2008 in my home. That is, my 6-year-old son assumes Obama is president, he knows Biden is president-elect, but he has no idea Trump exists — which is a deliberate parenting choice I made that spun a little out of control over the past four years,” a woman’s Facebook post reads.

A little? She wrote,

Deranged

If the woman’s identify can be found, her child needs to be removed from her care until the woman receives treatment. And if there is a father in this family, what a passive, enabling, irresponsible slug.

 

5 thoughts on “Boxing Day Ethics Warm-Up, 2020: A Tip, An Obituary, A Prank, A Tell, And A Slug

  1. Tell your sister to be careful about where she parks that RV for a while.
    #4:. Well, so much for “How the Grinch Stole Christmas”.

    #5:. Who knows, maybe the kid will be well off without early exposure to NPR, MSNBC, etc., will grow up to resent his controlling lunatic mother, and ultimately be a better person for it.

  2. Any update on “The Pandemic Creates a Doffiocult and Classic Ethics Conflict, But the Resolution is Clear”.

    You wrote that the ” lockdown was wrong, indeed tragically wrong”. I am waiting for the Grand Finale.

    he lived in a nursing home, where residents are in close confinement and where pandemic infections were and are especially deadly. Ttributing the death of a 95-year-old on the undefined “actions and inactions” of the government demonstrates a) a dangerous gullibility to Democratic propaganda b) denial of reality and c) the continuation of what is probably a pattern of looking for someone to blame for every misfortune. Fark, the humorous news aggregator website infected itself with predictable leftist bias, termed the obituary “fierce.” I would call it signature significance indicating a family teeming with jerks.

    She lived in a nursing home in New York.

    Here is a quote from Neil Ferguson.

    http://unherd.com/thepost/neil-ferguson-interview-china-changed-what-was-possible/

    It’s a communist one party state, we said. We couldn’t get away with it in Europe, we thought… and then Italy did it. And we realised we could.

  3. Totally different tangent. I was messing around on You Tube this evening and happened upon some of the videos done by Jib Jab in the 2000s. I’d forgotten how much fun those were, and they mocked both candidates equally. Looks like they were even brave enough to toss some jabs at Obama — not very much of that going on.

    Refreshing.

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