Ethics Workout, “Get In Ethics Shape For 2022 Edition,” 12/27/21: No Pain, No Gain!

1. On second thought, who needs work? The United States has been a nation that embraced work as a value and a mark of character as no other. Naturally, this core value has been under assault from the Left as part of its cultural overhaul strategy. The pandemic created an opining that has been brilliantly exploited politically, leading to a large part of the work force now unwilling to work. The Congressional Progressive Caucus, the biggest bloc of liberal lawmakers in Congress, has endorsed a bill proposed by Rep. Mark Takano, D-Calif., which would seek to implement a four-day workweek. Americans work far more than people in most other affluent countries, and we also produce more without using, as some countries do that I might mention, slave labor. But the work ethic is weakening.

The anti-work ethic is the goal on one of Reddit’s fastest growing sites — r/antiwork. The subreddit is “for those who want to end work, are curious about ending work, [and] want to get the most out of a work-free life.” It is up to 1.4 million members, ranking among the top subscribed-to subreddits.

Members discuss tactics workers can use to slack off, cheat, sabotage, and steal from their employers. You would learn there, for example, that April 15th is “Steal Something From Work Day.” [Pointer and source: Linking and Thinking on Education]

2. Observations on the Gallup Poll on public approval of Federal leaders (You can find the poll here).

  • Yes, I know, polls. But Gallup is straighter than most, and while the specific numbers should be ignored, the relative values are interesting.
  • The big finding, and what has been attracting all the headlines, is that Chief Justice John Roberts is way ahead of anyone else on the list, with a bipartisan 60-40 favorability split. This undercuts the pro-abortion strategy of warning that the Supreme Court can’t afford to make its decision on Roe v. Wade cases without considering the potential harm to the Court’s legitimacy. The Court seems to have the most trust of any of the branches, which means that it can (and should) be courageous if legal principles require.
  • Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell is second. How many Americans know who he is or what he does? 20%? Less? What is it they approve of?
  • Dr. Fauci is third at 52% approval, which shows you can fool a lot of the people all of the time.
  • Mitch McConnell is dead last, even behind Nancy Pelosi. Good.

3. How do these things happen? From the EA “Management Incompetence” file. Calendar and scheduling tool Calendly unveiled its new logo. Supposely the design cost the company $1.5 million. As John Hammond says repeatedly in “Jurassic Park,” they “spared no expense.” Here is what that money got them…ready?

As design critic website Creative Bloq noted, they must have been feeling “flush.”

4. In truth, Mother Earth would have been safer if he had set himself on fire…Peter J. Custer, 43, of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, was charged with Second Degree Malicious Burning, Malicious Destruction of Property Under $1,000, and Trespassing on Private Property after he set several gravestone Christmas wreaths on fire at a Hagerstown cemetery early Christmas Eve. See, Custer was trying to save the planet, because they were “plastic wreaths and were non-biodegradable.”

5. Now HERE’s a slippery slope! MSNBC medical analyst Dr. Vin Gupta told Joy Reid that he wants to move unvaccinated Wuhan sufferers “to the back of the line”:

“This is where it’s controversial, but we need to talk about this, the bioethics of it broadly because this is not the last respiratory pandemic we’re going to face,” Gupta said. “What do we do with somebody who is unvaccinated who is taking advanced ICU therapies from somebody who is vaccinated in the hospital? How do we rank order that priority? We do it for organs, kidneys, livers, lungs. We say, ‘Did you smoke, did you drink recently?’ If you did, you’re lower on the list, even if you need it. We need to start thinking of that model.”

Next up: mandated body weight limits for heart patients, mandated aerobic exercise regimes for lung maladies, and maximum carbon footprints for auto accident victims, or it’s the back of the line for them too. Should drunken rape victims be put at the back of the line so more responsible rape victims can be treated first? I’d like a word with Dr. Gupta about how this squares with core medical ethics. (Hint: It doesn’t.)

6. Never mind. Over 85% of Democrats think Joe is doing one hell of a job…

Biden today on the Wuhan virus: “There is no federal solution. This gets solved at a state level.”

Biden on the Wuhan virus last year:

Well…

  • Do you think any member of the mainstream media will note this? next time a Facebook friend rails against conservative media, ask him or her whether the embargo of things like this matters. Then let me know what the jerk says.
  • The Washington Free Beacon named this and similar statements by Biden promising to shut down the virus the “Lie of the Year.” That’s wrong: promising to do something and failing to do it is not a lie, if you really intended to do it and felt you could.
  • But it would be called a lie if Donald Trump had said the same things.

22 thoughts on “Ethics Workout, “Get In Ethics Shape For 2022 Edition,” 12/27/21: No Pain, No Gain!

  1. 5. The vaccines work so well that the vaccinated need priority in the treatment queue? Well that sounds like a darn good vaccine! Must be working great!

  2. Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell is second. How many Americans know who he is or what he does?

    In my ignorant youth, I though “Mr. Greenspan” was the personification of the $US Dollar. I was highly surprised when I finally learn it was the chairman’s surname….

    • Along those lines, did you see Philadelphia’s new of color, woman chief of police (recruited from Portland?????) is named Danielle Outlaw?

  3. That’s wrong: promising to do something and failing to do it is not a lie, if you really intended to do it and felt you could.

    I think “‘I do’ have a plan to get the virus under control” is the lie the Examiner is referring to. I don’t think Joe’s handlers never had a plan and don’t have a plan for anything other than where to eat lunch and where their next job is coming from.

  4. 1. Don’t work. What a weird idea to gather around. “Work is bad.” That’s just so weird. I guess it’s the obverse of “Free stuff is good.”

    • Heck I’d be willing to put my 25+ years of artistic designing skills to work for free up front and then collect $.015 for every time it’s printed on paper or displayed digitally anywhere for the next 30 years. That seems like a reasonably fair deal. 🙂

  5. #2 There are many who believe that the FED as an organization should be abolished. I can only conclude that people think that keeping interest rates down is a good thing. These are the same people who advocate for wage and price controls to combat inflation. Jerome Powell has still not pushed to limit quantitative easing despite a 9% increase year over year in wholesale prices and slightly less inflation of consumer prices. These lower interest rates coupled with inflation are what is driving up home prices into the stratosphere again. This makes home ownership harder for people of modest means. Artificially controlling the price of anything – including money – will eventually result in even high prices later to make up for the lost earning potential. I sometimes think that the, supposedly independent, FED is being used by politicians for less than honorable purposes and the FED chairman is simply protecting the private interests of the member banks that compose the Federal Reserve. Increases in the money supply should match the increases in real output otherwise we get inflation. Any increases in Consumption spending due to the ethereal “wealth effect” will quickly be lost permanently as prices rise to consume the available surplus dollars.

    #4 I missed that one and it is in my own backyard. If I were the judge, I would require him to pick up litter for months. There is plenty of it in Hagerstown. We have more sanctimonious environmentalists here who are always involved in some advocacy group but would not take the time to dispose of up their own crap properly let alone pick up someone else’s. On inclement days when I choose not to bike, I walk the rail trail and pick up trash. In one mile I collected 5 large trash bags of coffee cups, energy drink containers and the ever more common blue face masks that are loved by those trying to stop the spread of covid.

    #5 I wonder what Joy Reid’s response to Gupta would be if we let her in on the fact that his proposal would disproportionately fall on Blacks who are the least vaccinated population demographic. In addition, Blacks smoke more, have higher levels of obesity due to dietary choices which leads to higher levels of diabetes and arterial and coronary diseases.

    Joy Reid has so little understanding of much of anything she cannot possibly challenge anyone on anything.

  6. 1. Just one more way in which the Internet has allowed the worst impulses of humanity to express itself. In this case, sloth and greed.

    2. Jack said:

    Dr. Fauci is third at 52% approval, which shows you can fool a lot of the people all of the time.

    Yes. But there is another dynamic there, and that is America’s inherent trust of authority. That’s why we need contrarians who refuse to accept someone’s word just because they’re “with the government and here to help.”

    3. Jack said:

    Next up: mandated body weight limits for heart patients, mandated aerobic exercise regimes for lung maladies, and maximum carbon footprints for auto accident victims, or it’s the back of the line for them too.

    We’ll get all that and a bag of chips if Biden’s OSHA mandate is allowed to continue without articulation of some limiting principle.

    4. Jack said:

    That’s wrong: promising to do something and failing to do it is not a lie, if you really intended to do it and felt you could.

    Correct. But “feeling” like you can do something for political gain without considering fully the difficulty involved is worse than a lie — it is opportunistic incompetence and just as destructive and deceptive.

    We constantly live with the “our intentions were pure” argument from both sides, and most often, their intentions aren’t really pure unless one considers political opportunism and wilful blindness unalloyed good things.

    I don’t.

    • That’s why we need contrarians who refuse to accept someone’s word just because they’re “with the government and here to help.”

      That was why Jack was critical of the ACLU for selling out in defending vaccine mandates.

      Remember that in 2009, the New York branch opposed an H1N1 vaccine mandate for health care employment, even though the arguments in favor of such a mandate were quite compelling.

  7. 3. It’s easy to pass wholesale judgment on the unvaccinated until you realize you’re putting a bunch of kids at the back of the line. By the numbers it’s not “republicans” who are unvaccinated, it’s kids. This has been the best uptake of a vaccine ever. Idk why people are being such jerks about it. As far as I’m concerned that’s a threat and I will put my line in the sand right there. Nope. That isn’t happening.

  8. #6 Candidate Joe Biden October 15, 2020 “We’re eight months into this pandemic, and Donald Trump doesn’t have a plan to get this virus under control. I do.”

    President Biden December 27, 2021 “There is no federal solution. This gets solved at a state level.”

    Yes, President Biden is showing the typical hypocritical double standard that we constantly see from the political left, not that the political left has a monopoly on that kind of hypocritical double standard but it’s become so routine from the political left that it seems to be an intentional gaslighting political tactic in the 21st century.

    SIDE NOTE: I couldn’t help but notice that back on October 15, 2020 candidate Joe Biden still couldn’t muster up enough integrity to use “President Trump” instead he used “Donald Trump”. President Trump must not have been his President.

    Knowing Biden’s pattern, that December 27, 2021 statement is quite likely a projection as to what’s coming next. If I remember correctly, the Biden administration projected something else about businesses and vaccines a while back and then the federal government implemented policies that bypassed the constitution and forced companies to do it’s bidding to squash liberty and ram medical procedures, aka vaccines, down the throats of their employees. I think we’re about to start see the federal government implement some kind of policy that force States to do it’s biding to persecute the unvaccinated because it’s for the greater good.

    Totalitarianism is already here and the vast majority of the public are willing sheep because they’ve completely swallowed the “it’s for the greater good” mantra and that line of thinking is infecting everything, it’s an unethical rationalizing cancer. Those that think squashing the liberty of those they disagree with is “for the greater good” will not defend liberty, they’re foolish totalitarian sheeple.

    I wrote the following on December 11, 2020…

    LIBERTY
    The state of being free within society from
    oppressive restrictions imposed by authority on
    one’s way of life, behavior, or political views.

    The quality or state of being free.

    The power to do as one pleases.

    Freedom from physical restraint.

    Freedom from arbitrary or despotic control.

    The positive enjoyment of various social, political,
    or economic rights and privileges.

    The power of choice.

    Freedom from control, interference, obligation,
    restriction, hampering conditions, etc.;
    power or right of doing, thinking,
    speaking, etc., according to choice.

    The freedom to live as you wish or go where you want.

    The concept of liberty first dies with a majority of society willingly setting it aside for the greater good then authorities finish it off with the practice of death by a thousand cuts.

    We have already reached the point where a huge swath of society has set aside liberty for the “greater good” and they are using tried and true early 20th century tactics to intimidate society into submission. These people are using all kinds of rationalizations trying to justify their cultural destruction; I’m on the right side of history, it’s for a good cause, I’m just giving the people what they want, free speech confusion, it’s my duty, these are not ordinary times, the ends justifies the means, ethics is a luxury we can’t afford right now, we’re better than this, think of the children, if it saves just one life, it’s the right thing to do, we’re all in this together just to name a few. Anything that opposes their push towards the “greater good” and their end goal is considered evil.

    Liberty is Dying a Slow Death in the United States of America

    Remember; rules for thee but not for me & liberty for me but not for thee will destroy the United States of America and its culture.

    Be completely honest; have the assaults on Liberty and our culture gotten better or worse or are they about the same since December 2020?

  9. Next up: mandated body weight limits for heart patients, mandated aerobic exercise regimes for lung maladies, and maximum carbon footprints for auto accident victims, or it’s the back of the line for them too. Should drunken rape victims be put at the back of the line so more responsible rape victims can be treated first? I’d like a word with Dr. Gupta about how this squares with core medical ethics. (Hint: It doesn’t.)

    Or, as I read on another forum, how about drunk drivers injured in crashes that they caused, which also killed families of four?

    Or violent felons shot by police after having just committed murder in their presence?

    Or sex offenders shot by their latest victims’ daddies?

    It is safe to write that this sort of thing was never proposed for any other vaccine. Not polio, not measles, not rabies.

    Only this vaccine.

    As a matter of fact, people openly argued that unvaccinated COVID sufferers should be behind sex offenders.

    The vaccine has become a tool of oppression.

    Getting the vaccine has become formal cooperation with evil and thus, unethical.

    • Michael T. Ejercito wrote, “Getting the vaccine has become formal cooperation with evil…”

      Evil: profoundly immoral and wicked.
      Immoral : not conforming to accepted standards of morality.
      Wicked: evil or morally wrong.

      Was that part of your comment supposed to be hyperbole or are you being serious?

      • I am serious.

        No other vaccine has resulted in infringements on freedom like this one.

        The idea of requiring vaccines for patronizing public establishments, or for domestic airline travel, if it existed two years ago, only existed in the furthest corners of the Internet. Such ideas were completely alien, not just to the U.S., but the West in general.

        Saying unvaccinated people need to get in the back of the line with respect to health care, even behind sex offenders, only began this year.

        No orher vaccination campaign had these ideas. These ideas, contrasted with mandates in the military, health care employment, firefighting employment, and in-person credentialed schooling, is not within our custom, tradition, or precedent.

        That is why I conclude the vaccine has become evil.

        • Michael Ejercito wrote, “That is why I conclude the vaccine has become evil.”

          Those things you wrote don’t make the vaccine itself evil or getting the vaccine as being formal cooperation with evil; however, an opinion that the policies associated with the vaccines are evil would seem to be an expression of opinion based on what you wrote.

          Try to disassociate the vaccine itself from the political and social “policies”.

          • Michael,
            There are people out there that are making claims that the vaccine itself is evil, as in the satanic kind of evil. There are people making claims that the vaccine itself is a “weapon against humanity in a needle”, “the vaccine is a bioweapon”, “they’re going after the sustainability of the human race”, “who’s going to be left to procreate”, “the motive behind the vaccine is mass death”. I wanted to be sure that this wasn’t the evil you were talking about.

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