If A Saturday Ethics Warm-Up Posts And Nobody Reads It….3/27/2021

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Ah, Saturday! When about 12 people seem to be interested in ethics….when traffic falls off to a trickle here after noon…when it’s even more discouraging posting now than before the post 2020 election crash…when I get to read websites with hordes of visitors post about issues I posted on here days ago….when writing the blog seems even more futile and pointless that it usually does.

1 Here’s some good news…at least one Hollywood star knows her limitations. Aging sex-symbol and “Avengers” star Scarlett Johansson is apparently secure enough, brave enough or dumb enough to tell her colleagues, as they need to be told, “Shut up and act.” She said in interview with “The Gentlewoman,” a British magazine,

“I don’t think actors have obligations to have a public role in society Some people want to, but the idea that you’re obligated to because you’re in the public eye is unfair. You didn’t choose to be a politician, you’re an actor. Your job is to reflect our experience to ourselves; your job is to be a mirror for an audience, to be able to have an empathetic experience through art. That is what your job is. Whatever my political views are, all that stuff, I feel most successful when people can sit in a theater or at home and disappear into a story or a performance and see pieces of themselves, or are able to connect with themselves through this experience of watching this performance or story or interaction between actors or whatever it is. And they’re affected by it and they’re thinking about it, and they feel something. You know? They have an emotional reaction to it – good, bad, uncomfortable, validating, whatever.That’s my job. The other stuff is not my job.”

Thank-you. What she neglected to say was that shooting off their generally under-informed mouths about political matters actively undermines their jobs, thanks to the power of cognitive dissonance. For example, I literally cannot stand watching any film with Alec Baldwin or Robert De Niro in it at at this point. Their characterizations, no matter how well performed, are drowned out by their obnoxious public declarations.

2. As the Star-Tribune attempts to intimidate the Chauvin trial jurors.…the home town paper for the trial published this detailed set of profiles of the jurors, leaving all the cues necessary to doxx them. This just creates one more obstacle to a fair trial. The judge was asleep at the switch in handing out gag orders: with at least one potential juror dismissed because she was afraid of community reaction to a “not guilty” verdict, it was reversible error to allows this much information about the jury to get to the news media, which we know is both rooting for a guilty verdict and doing all it can think of to facilitate one.

The most recent Associated Press report on the case, like most mainstream media stories relating to Floyd, never mentions Floyd’s drugged-out condition, nor his Wuhan virus infection. He was killed by the knee of a racist white cop, and the only question in the trial is whether that racist cop will get the conviction he deserves. This is how most Americans understand the case.

Does the news media want riots?

3. The question is, will the pilot be punished for breaking the regulation, or for the content of what he said to do it? The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating a Southwest Airlines pilot captured on an air traffic control recording ranting about the culture of the San Francisco Bay area while getting ready to take off from Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport. Airline pilots are forbidden from discussing anything but safety-related issues while taxiing or flying below 10,000 feet. “God damned liberal fucks!,” the captain said. “Fucking weirdos, probably driving around in fucking Hyundais…” There’s more, but that’s the most coherent part. In a statement, Southwest said the comments “are inconsistent with the professional behavior and overall respect that we require from our employees…This situation was an isolated incident involving a single employee and not representative of the nearly 60,000 hardworking, respectful People of Southwest Airlines…We do not publicly discuss employee matters, but we are fully addressing the situation internally.”

I’d say “unprofessional” is fair. I’d also wonder if alcohol, or some other impairment, was involved. But if the pilot is going to be punished by the FAA or Southwest, there better not be recordings of more woke pilots making derogatory statements about Texas, Donald Trump, or other favorite targets of the Left when there was no discipline at all.

What are the odds?

4. Did this really require a study? See the scholarly paper here, informing us of the shocking news that most people don’t consider transsexuals to be in their potential dating pools. The paper argues that in an ideal society, such matters as sex and gender would be irrelevant to choosing partners.

Apparently an ideal society would not view continuing human existence as a priority…

5. The rest of the story. Not that I care about her, but Sharon Osbourne has resigned or been dumped from “The Talk,” the CBS rip-off of “The View,” which is not worth ripping off. Osbourne is also a television host who wouldn’t normally be worth feeling sorry for, having a lucky career based on being in a dumb reality show about her addled, aging rocker husband, Ozzie Osbourne. But she has been cancelled for being white and daring to support her friend, British tabloid journalist Piers Morgan, who quite correctly categorized the comments of Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, in her Oprah interview as the self-serving offal they were. Meg is both sort of black and female, so one is not allowed to criticize her or doubt her word.

When Sharon Osbourne tweeted that she stood by Morgan, she was subsequently ambushed on “The Talk” by black co-host Sheryl Underwood with this gibberish: “What would you say to people who say that, while you’re standing by your friend, it appears that you give validation or safe haven to something that he has uttered that is racist, even if you don’t agree?” Osbourne then asked for an example of a racist statement by Morgan, which itself was apparently racist. Or something.

Later Sharon, being a weenie and perhaps recognizing that her luck was coming to an end, grovelled an apology to keep her job [“Please hear me when I say I do not condone racism, misogyny or bullying. I should have been more specific about that in my tweet”] but she was a marked woman—past members of “The Talk” panel came out of the woodwork to claim that she had made other “racially insensitive” statements.

So she’s gone. Osbourne had a lucrative ten-year run in a role she had no qualifications for (you know, like Joy Behar on “The View”), so it is not the injustice of losing a gig she hadn’t earned, but the manner in which she lost it that matters. As I wrote in the previous post on this otherwise trivial controversy,

In Great Britain, where there is limited freedom of speech, Morgan is being “investigated” by a government agency for being insufficiently compliant with liberal cant. The United States, however, does hold that freedom of speech and expression are critical to democracy.

The Left is currently trying to get around this by having giant corporations do the government’s dirty work, and intimidating and punishing those who insist on raising issues and arguments progressives want censored and buried, along with those views’ contrary advocates. For CBS, a national communications company as well as a part of the news media, to engage in this deliberate chilling of speech in the name of “diversity” demonstrates how quickly the culture is sliding toward fascism of the Left.

More troubling still is the now-undisguised strategy of labeling any criticism of any African-American group, movement or individual, even the ridiculous Meghan Markle, as white supremacy or racism.


43 thoughts on “If A Saturday Ethics Warm-Up Posts And Nobody Reads It….3/27/2021

  1. Just one of the nobodies arriving a bit late to the commenting party:
    #3. During my years in law enforcement, I heard quite a few accidental “open microphone” incidents. One notable event had two plainclothes guys in an unmarked car patrolling the city for about twenty minutes while disparaging the department’s command staff and city politicians. Of course, when the mic is keyed, the radio in question can’t receive other traffic, so it is futile to try and tell someone, “Hey, your mic is open.” until they stop transmitting. Every other unit on the shift was frantically searching for the guys with the open mic. I happened to be the one who ran across them first. I flashed my roof lights to get their attention, and as I drew alongside their car, I held my own mic up where they could see it and pointed at it, then pointed at their car. They quickly understood and began looking for their own mic, which had been set down on the car seat (in the days of bench seats) and one of the guys had set something down on top of the mic, pressing the transmit key. Their radio transmission ceased abruptly when the mic was retrieved, followed by their lamentations to me that, recalling what they had been discussing, they were likely going to be fired. Fortunately, this all happened at about 0300, so the “listening audience” was quite small, and this was in 1975, well was before the days when all police radio traffic was recorded. The shift commander had a “come to Jesus” conversation with the guys involved, but so far as I know the incident was never reported to the higher-ups. Lesson learned.

    #5. “To surrender to extortion is a greater sin than extortion, in that it breeds and feeds the very act it seeks to avoid.” – Col. Jeff Cooper

  2. I dislike having actors talk politics. Some stuff I just can’t watch anymore. Used to love DeNiro. Now I can’t even watch his old movies, except for Limitless where I love watching him get taken behind the shed by Bradley Cooper, especially at the end when Eddie Morra says “You know, you should really be glad about this, ’cause – you know, me working for you? – you’d end up as my bitch. DeNiro just looks so pathetic. He’s become such an unsympathetic villain even in real life.

    As far as this blog, it’s one of my daily go to’s. I’ll read some of the better posts to my wife over coffee.

  3. 13th of the 12 here. I regularly read and post mostly erudite and pithy comments.

    Re: Sharon Osbourne. While not politically savvy she was absolutely right to stand up for her friend. She should not have been “retired”.

    As for her talent, though, she was instrumental in reigniting Ozzy’s career by pairing him with studio musicians after he was canned by Black Sabbath. She discovered amazing talent such a Randy Rhoades, whom she pilferers from his gig with Ratt.
    Remember that he father was Don Arden, who managed a number of top recording artists in the 1960s through the time of his death, including Sabbath, and she learned from him.

    Osbourne is not stupid by any stretch of the word. She has a very keen sense of business and a highly honed feel for pop music’s pulse. Their reality show was dumb but it was part of tge celebrity “look at how cool we are” nonsense raging at the time.

    Her grovel was disappointing. She needed to push back and push back hard. She didn’t. She bowed and they cut off her head.

    jvb

  4. I’ve read your blog with much admiration & agreement for eight years. In the last two years, it’s been an invaluable sane link to counter the increasing insanity in this country.
    I’ve only recently started commenting because yours is now my daily MUST READ, and while I’m often intimidated by the brilliance of your regular commenters, I had to let you know you’re being heard. I can’t wait to see what my inbox holds each day when an EA alerts me to a new post.
    Your posts are read, discussed, quoted, and greatly appreciated in our household. The hubby & I share the blogs with our parents & friends, too.
    Thank you. For all you do. The hope you inspire for a sane & ethical future. And for being such an articulate, prolific, and gifted “voice” of reason.

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