1. Baseball Ethics notes:
- Ethics Heroes: The Houston Astros. When I forgive them for cheating their way to the 2017 World Championship, they might be worthy of a full post the next time they do something exemplary. The Astros are providing furnished apartments to minor-league players across all levels this season. According to The Athletic, they are the only club doing this. Minor league players are obscenely underpaid, and have to find desperation lodging on salaries that aren’t much better than minimum wage. What the Astros are doing should be the industry standard. Is this an attempt by a bad actor to prove it has come into the light? Maybe. It’s still admirable.
- In the category of “It isn’t what it is,” we have a bizarre statement from New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman. The Yankees have confirmed eight cases of the Wuhan virus this week, with shortstop Gleyber Torres the first player to test positive. The other seven cases had been among the Yankees’ coaching and support staffs, including pitching coach Matt Blake, third-base coach Phil Nevin and first-base coach Reggie Willits. Something is clearly amiss, either in what the team has been doing or in the effectiveness of the Johnosn and Johnson single shot vaccine, which is what the Yankees provided to the team. Cashman said, in a longer statement to the press,
“The one thing I take from this is I believe the vaccine is working. We can take great comfort, thankfully, that all who were vaccinated with the J&J, provided from two different states, the one batch in New York, the other batch in Florida, at various different times, one in March versus obviously earlier in April, we believe it has protected us from obviously something severe or something much more difficult to be handling than we currently are.”
Or, the fact that so many Yankees who were “fully vaccinated” got the virus anyway might suggest that the vaccine involved isn’t that great. I would come to that conclusion before “the vaccine is working.” Baseball players are young, athletes, and as far removed from high risk as one could find. Before the vaccine, only one player who contracted the virus last season became seriously ill, and that was from aside effect of the illness rather than the illness itself.
2. Explain those rules again for me, please? In today’s Arts section of the New York Times, we have this note:
“When Brian Bedford took on the role of Lady Bracknell in 2011, Charles Isherwood wrote in The New York Times that the formidable character had “perhaps never been more imperious, more indomitable — or more delectably entertaining.” Now L.A. Theater Works is making the Roundabout Theater Company’s revival of Oscar Wilde’s best play available again…If one gender-reversed Lady Bracknell just isn’t enough, check out the L.A. Theater Works audio production starring Charles Busch.”
OK, I’m confused. I thought the new Woke casting laws were that women don’t have enough good parts, so while you can switch genders in casting to give actresses more opportunities, you can give women’s roles to men. Lady Bracknell is an aging actress’s role of a lifetime. Even before political correctness tainted theater casting, I objected to this particular stunt, which was the result of too many gay directors and actors who liked dress-up indulging their own proclivities to the detriment of the play, the audience, and the playwright’s intent.. Correct me if I’m wrong, but isn’t the thrust of the review quoted above that men play Lady Bracknell better than woman do? That sure sounds sexist to me…
3. Wow, that Trevor Noah is hilarious! Hamas—you know, the terrorist organization?— fired a massive number of rockets into Israel in an unprovoked military attack this month, with the missiles aimed at Israeli and its civilians. While many hundreds of the missiles were stopped by Israel’s “Iron Dome” defense shield, those that got through killed innocent Israelis. As is has before, Israel responded with targeted attack on military targets, and the retaliation has escalated. Here is how alleged comedian Trevor Noah, the insufferably smug host of Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show,” enlightened his audience:
“If you start from ‘Israel fired rockets into Gaza,’ then Israel is the bad guy, because they’re bombing Gaza. But then you take a step back in time, and you go, ‘Well, but Hamas fired rockets at Israel.’ Then Hamas is the bad guy. But then you take a step back, and you go, ‘But the Israeli police went in and started beating people up in a mosque during Ramadan, the most holy time in the Muslim calendar.’ Well then, Israel is the bad guy. And back and back and back, and who knows how far. The first cavemen who hit each other with clubs were probably Israeli and Palestinian. I don’t know.”
Thank-you for that kindergarten-level analysis of the Israel-Palestinian conflict, Trevor, you ass.
If that had been hilarious, it’s stunning ignorance might be a bit more excusable. It’s not Noah’s fault that so many young idiots use “The Daily Show” as a primary news source, but it is his fault when he acts like he knows what he’s talking about, and he does not. Then he had this bit of ethics for his throng: “I just want to ask an honest question here. If you are in a fight where the other person cannot beat you, how much should you retaliate when they try to hurt you?”
Answer: You retaliate enough so that they never dare try to hurt you again, or rendered incapable of doing do. [Pointer: Christian Toto]
4. Signature significance: President Joe Biden yesterday called for a de-escalation of violence in Gaza, including “a significant reduction” in rocket attacks from Hamas. Not a full stop, mind you. A reduction in rocket attacks. After all, a reasonable number of rocket attacks on civilians is fine, just ask Trevor Noah.
5. And speaking of stupid…here’s a recent Biden tweet in light of the latest CDC flip-flop, saying that one doesn’t need a mask after being fully vaccinated:
First of all, there is no “rule.” Second, one can choose not to get vaccinated and not wear a mask by not going inside a structure with strangers and others who have not consented to being in the company of the maskless, and going outside without a mask because nobody needs a mask outside if they maintain a reasonable distance from others. If this were President Trump and not the President from the Media Approved Party, such a statement would be added to a “lie database.’
Ann Althouse writes, “It’s incoherent to demand that people follow science and to misrepresent the options. There’s also the choice to avoid both the mask and the vaccination. Everyone knows that. If I had to defend the President, I’d say it’s so obviously not true that no one takes it as true, so it doesn’t count as a lie.”
Hey! That’s the David Manning Lie definition! The problem is that if the individual intended to deceive with it, it’s still a lie. Did anyone really believe that that Trump’s claim that he won the election “in a landslide” was anything but typical Trumpian hyperbole?
Oh—Althouse update: having eliminated reader comments, she now has a comment link after her blog posts, which lead to: “Only members of this blog can comment directly. That means only me and Meade. But if you email me — at firstname.lastname@example.org — I might put your comment down here in the comments section (or on the front page).”
That’s a bait and switch, and thus unethical. The ethical response to Ann’s ego games is “Bite me.”