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Brexit isn't done: what next for the UK's aerospace and defence industries?
(a number of Conservative MPs with interests in the aviation industry declined to be interviewed)
aviation  brexit  tories  cowardice 
8 weeks ago by yorksranter
Opinion | Mike Pompeo: Last in His Class at West Point in Integrity
Nov. 18, 2019 | The New York Times | By Thomas L. Friedman

....Pompeo has just violated one of the cardinal rules of American military ethics and command: You look out for your soldiers, you don’t leave your wounded on the battlefield and you certainly don’t stand mute when you know a junior officer is being railroaded by a more senior commander, if not outright shot in her back.........Pompeo instead let his ambassador to Ukraine — who depended on him for protection — be stabbed in her back with a Twitter knife, wielded by the president, rather than tell Trump: “Sorry, Mr. President, if you fire her, I will resign. Because to do otherwise would be unjust and against my values and character — and because I would lose the loyalty of all my diplomats if I silently went along with such a travesty of justice against a distinguished 33-year veteran of the foreign service.”............“For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, but lose his soul?” — Mark 8:36......As two now retired, longtime State Department diplomats, Aaron David Miller and Richard Sokolsky, wrote on on Saturday, “At the very least, Pompeo enabled the smear campaign to go unchallenged, acquiesced in the Giuliani back-channel effort with Ukraine and failed to say a word in defense of Bill Taylor, George Kent or Marie Yovanovitch. These are breathtaking acts of craven political cowardice and beneath the dignity of any secretary of state.”

Mike Pompeo: Last in his class at West Point on ethics in leadership.........Reporters and columnists need to ask Pompeo every chance they get: “What moral code are you operating by that would justify such behavior?’’’s now clear that Pompeo had not taken an oath to defend and protect the Constitution. He took an oath to defend and protect Donald J. Trump and Pompeo’s own future political career — above all else — and that’s exactly what he’s been doing. Shame on him.
character_traits  conspiracies  cowardice  diplomacy  disinformation  Donald_Trump  ethics  integrity  leadership  Michael_Pompeo  moral_codes  political_expediency  principles  scriptures  Tom_Friedman  Ukraine  U.S._State_Department  U.S.foreign_policy  values  West_Point 
november 2019 by jerryking
Blood money is fine with us, says GitLab: Vetting non-evil customers is 'time consuming, potentially distracting' • The Register
This is a pretty gutless move from Sid Sijbrandij.
Truly they have no legal obligation to allow freedom of speech.
(although the gag order flirts with prior restraint.)

The irony is that they're taking an immoral stand in the service of amorality.
Telling employees not to discuss values (politics) is a good way to destroy all of the benefits of free expression in the workplace.

A deeper irony is how Gitlab benefited from the exodus from Github because of the acquisition by MSFT, a company well known for its corrupt views on labor, free markets, and copyright.

Real question: can you be a good opensource steward if you are not willing to allow free discussion of politics/values?

That in itself seems to be a clash of values.
And if you cannot discuss that you have an internal contradiction that cannot be resolved.
gitlab  corruption  politics  fail  morality  capitalism  china  cowardice  opensores  github 
october 2019 by po
Making America White Again | The New Yorker
The choices made by white men, who are prepared to abandon their humanity out of fear of black men and women, suggest the true horror of lost status.

Morrison's brief essay describes the corrosive aspects of unresolved cognitive dissonance when it comes to privilege and identity.
white.supremacy  usa  2016  toni.morrison  murder  racism  slavery  feminism  history  corruption  civil.rights  human.rights  authenticity  immigration  fear  cowardice  cognitive.dissonance 
august 2019 by po
The Real “Authenticity Killer” (and an aside about how bad the Yahoo brand has gotten) – Robert Scoble's Augment Your Life
>Don’t give me that horseshit that you won’t be able to whistle blow at work.
>In my discussions with my wife I told her that I could get fired at any moment for what I was writing.
> My boss could wake up tomorrow and decide he doesn’t like the shirt I’m wearing and fire me. People have been fired in Silicon Valley for less you know.

It's interesting to read Scoble's virtue signalling now that we know what a shitbag he really is.
robert.scoble  authenticity  cowardice  nym.wars  privilege  virtue.signalling 
february 2018 by po
wimp - Wiktionary
> Possible contraction of "whimper". The term was understood in the United States by the 1930s, as it was incorporated into the names of two famous media characters known for living up to that name: The devious but cowardly Popeye supporting character called "J. Wellington Wimpy", and the soft-spoken character "Wallace Wimple" from the radio show Fibber McGee and Molly.
take_down  cowardice  words  etymology 
february 2017 by porejide
The Politics of Cowardice - The New York Times
David Brooks JAN. 27, 2017

Trump has changed the way the Republican Party sees the world. Republicans used to have a basic faith in the dynamism and openness of the free market. Now the party fears openness and competition.

In the summer of 2015, according to a Pew Research Center poll, Republicans said free trade deals had been good for the country by 51 to 39 percent. By the summer of 2016, Republicans said those deals had been bad for America by 61 percent to 32 percent.

It’s not that the deals had changed, or reality. It was that Donald Trump became the Republican nominee and his dark fearfulness became the party’s dark fearfulness. In this case fear is not a reaction to the world. It is a way of seeing the world. It propels your reactions to the world.
cowardice  David_Brooks  Donald_Trump  openness  Ronald_Reagan  '80s  GOP  FDR  optimism  free_markets  fear  threat_perception 
january 2017 by jerryking

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