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Ethics Complaints Against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh Dismissed
WASHINGTON — All of the 83 ethics complaints filed against Justice Brett Kavanaugh during and after his confirmation to the US Supreme Court will remain dismissed, a nationwide committee of federal judges concluded Thursday, marking the judiciary's final word on the subject.

The decision from the Committee on Judicial Conduct and Disability confirms a ruling in late 2018 from an intermediate panel of judges dismissing the complaints, finding that Kavanaugh stopped being covered by the federal judiciary's internal ethics review system the moment he was confirmed to former justice Anthony Kennedy's seat in October.

There is no appeal option from here. The Supreme Court doesn't have its own formal ethics review process like the one that covers the federal appeals and district courts, and Thursday's decision makes clear that conduct by a lower court judge — Kavanaugh previously served on the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit — falls outside of the judiciary's ethics review process as soon as that judge is elevated to the Supreme Court.

The only body with the power to take action against Kavanaugh now is Congress, and notwithstanding fierce Democratic opposition to his nomination, there's been no effort by lawmakers to act so far. Supreme Court justices, like federal judges in the lower courts, can be impeached for misconduct, but it's extremely rare.

A coalition of liberal legal groups and court watchdogs sent a letter to House Democrats in April urging them to take up the investigation into allegations raised during Kavanaugh's confirmation proceedings that he participated in sexual assault when he was in high school and, separately, how the White House and the Senate responded to those claims when they came up. No congressional committee has held hearings or publicly expressed plans to do so.
Kavanaugh  ethics  assault  justice 
11 weeks ago by Quercki
If I Don't Have Ethics, Am I a Guru? | mysite Janus Blume
I speak truthfully

I keep my Word

I speak carefully out of respect for the impact my Words have on conditions of reality.

I take good care of:

My physical health

My family

My community

My personal home

My planetary home, the Earth, Mother Gaia

My speech & actions are:

Loving—Rooted in deep caring and compassion for others
ethics  witch 
february 2019 by Quercki
Plus Size Ethical Clothing - The Updated Ultimate Guide - Sara Laughed
Thanks to the work and help of many other plus size ethical fashion hunters, I've compiled a list of as many fair trade plus size companies and collections as I can. I've even organized them into a spreadsheet by price and style, because you can take the girl out of college, but you can't take college out of the girl.
clothes  clothing  fair  ethics 
september 2017 by Quercki
Home | Moral Foundations Theory
1) Care/harm: This foundation is related to our long evolution as mammals with attachment systems and an ability to feel (and dislike) the pain of others. It underlies virtues of kindness, gentleness, and nurturance.
2) Fairness/cheating: This foundation is related to the evolutionary process of reciprocal altruism. It generates ideas of justice, rights, and autonomy. [Note: In our original conception, Fairness included concerns about equality, which are more strongly endorsed by political liberals. However, as we reformulated the theory in 2011 based on new data, we emphasize proportionality, which is endorsed by everyone, but is more strongly endorsed by conservatives]
3) Loyalty/betrayal: This foundation is related to our long history as tribal creatures able to form shifting coalitions. It underlies virtues of patriotism and self-sacrifice for the group. It is active anytime people feel that it's "one for all, and all for one."
4) Authority/subversion: This foundation was shaped by our long primate history of hierarchical social interactions. It underlies virtues of leadership and followership, including deference to legitimate authority and respect for traditions.
5) Sanctity/degradation: This foundation was shaped by the psychology of disgust and contamination. It underlies religious notions of striving to live in an elevated, less carnal, more noble way. It underlies the widespread idea that the body is a temple which can be desecrated by immoral activities and contaminants (an idea not unique to religious traditions).  
We think there are several other very good candidates for "foundationhood," especially:
6) Liberty/oppression: This foundation is about the feelings of reactance and resentment people feel toward those who dominate them and restrict their liberty.
politics  argument  ethics  anthropology  psychology  morals 
may 2017 by Quercki
Why Is Chaffetz Resigning? It Will All Come Out in the Laundering
He was far too intoxicated with a vision of the harm he could do to opposition candidate Hillary Clinton if he spun this the right(wing) way.

Thus, before any other members of the committee had seen the FBI email, Chaffetz went public and concocted a monstrous lie: he falsely declared that the FBI had reopened the Clinton email case. Comey did put the record straight but the media preferred the lie.
Chaffetz  ethics  bribery  blackmail  Russia  Trump 
april 2017 by Quercki
The Water Next Time: Professor Who Helped Expose Crisis in Flint Says Public Science Is Broken - The Chronicle of Higher Education
 In 2003 the Virginia Tech civil-engineering professor said that there was lead in the Washington, D.C., water supply, and that the city had been poisoning its residents. He was right.
Last fall he said there was lead in the water in Flint, Mich., despite the reassurances of state and local authorities that the water was safe. He was right about that, too.

Working with residents of Flint, Mr. Edwards led a study that revealed that the elevated lead levels in people’s homes were not isolated incidents but a result of a systemic problem that had been ignored by state scientists.
science  politics  ethics  water  lead  trust  truth 
february 2016 by Quercki
SoundSelf » Blog Archive » “GAME_JAM” and the Power of Integrity
When we trust our community, we trust that others hold that community in their loyalties. The integrity of a community is a function of how true its members stay to that code. What made Zoe’s ethical code contagious was that it resonated with the community-serving values of those who were present.
games  ethics  respect  feminism 
april 2014 by Quercki
After Stella Natura, confronting racism: round-up and what’s next | Brandy Williams
my own guidelines.

My ethnic heritage does not limit or determine what gods I can worship or what religion I can practice.
If a culture is intact, respect it, learn it if invited, leave it alone if not. Don’t steal.
If I am called to the worship of a god, try to get an introduction.
If I write a ritual, I get to perform it. However it should be as original as possible or within the tradition in which I am initiated or in which I have permission to work. (See 2 above).
pagan  appropriation  eclectic  ethics  Native_American 
september 2013 by Quercki
The Pervocracy: What I Mean When I Say I'm Sex-Positive.
On the other hand, when I say I'm sex-positive, here are a few things that I absolutely do not mean:

•Everyone should have sex.
•Everyone should have kinky, non-monogamous, exhibitionistic, orgasmic, pansexual sex.
Some people are asexual. Some people are sexual but not all that into it.  Some people are monogamous, heterosexual, and not into kink.  Some people have physical or psychological issues that interfere with them having sex.  Trying to "free" any of these people from their "repression" is ignorant, presumptuous, and the very opposite of promoting sexual freedom.

•Accepting someone’s way of having sex means you have to participate in it, watch them engage in it, or hear about it in detail.
Yeah.  Ew.  I hate that I even have to say this.  But it comes up.  And ew.

(Caveat: "you don't have to watch it or hear about it" does assume some initiative on your part to avoid things you don't want to see.  If you say "don't tell me about your sex life," when I'm talking to you, I will respect that; if you say "don't tell me about your sex life" in response to writing not directed at you and clearly labeled as sex writing, I will tear my hair out.)

•Nothing related to sex is ever hurtful for anyone.
•Nothing related to sex should be criticized.
"If it's consensual and ethical, it's all okay" is worlds away from "if it's related to sex, it's all okay."  Worlds.
ethics  sex  feminism 
september 2013 by Quercki
What Makes People Vote Republican? |
...the second rule of moral psychology is that morality is not just about how we treat each other (as most liberals think); it is also about binding groups together, supporting essential institutions, and living in a sanctified and noble way. When Republicans say that Democrats "just don't get it," this is the "it" to which they refer.
A Durkheimian ethos can't be supported by the two moral foundations that hold up a Millian society (harm/care and fairness/reciprocity). My recent research shows that social conservatives do indeed rely upon those two foundations, but they also value virtues related to three additional psychological systems: ingroup/loyalty (involving mechanisms that evolved during the long human history of tribalism), authority/respect (involving ancient primate mechanisms for managing social rank, tempered by the obligation of superiors to protect and provide for subordinates), and purity/sanctity (a relatively new part of the moral mind, related to the evolution of disgust, that makes us see carnality as degrading and renunciation as noble). These three systems support moralities that bind people into intensely interdependent groups that work together to reach common goals. Such moralities make it easier for individuals to forget themselves and coalesce temporarily into hives, a process that is thrilling, as anyone who has ever "lost" him or herself in a choir, protest march, or religious ritual can attest.
Republican  Democratic  moral  ethics 
may 2013 by Quercki
mellowness | Feminism and ethics: The whole series
This is the five-part (technically six-part) series called "Feminism and ethics." I know that's a generic title, but I really can't think of anything else more appropriate.
Kant, utilitarianism, virtue ethics, Christian, nihilist
ethics  feminism  philosophy 
may 2013 by Quercki
The ethics of naming and shaming. | Doing Good Science, Scientific American Blog Network
Presumably, the point of responding to bad behavior is because it’s bad — causing harm to individuals or a community (or both), undermining progress on a project or goal, and so forth. Responding to bad behavior can be useful if it stops bad behavior in progress and/or keeps similarly bad behavior from happening in the future. A response can also be useful in calling attention to the harm the behavior does (i.e., in making clear what’s bad about the behavior). And, depending on the response, it can affirm the commitment of individuals or communities that the behavior in question actual is bad, and that the individuals or communities see themselves as having a real stake in reducing it.
ethics  misogyny  sexism  Janet_Stemwedel  Adria_Richards 
april 2013 by Quercki
Shakesville: Wednesday Blogaround
OMG Scalia! Ok, I'm admittedly not a formally educated person but I was always under the impression that murder is not illegal because it is immoral; I always thought that in the eyes of the law murder is an amoral act and the reason it is illegal is because one party(ies) does not have the right to interfere non-consensually with another party(ies) autonomy. The fact that it is viewed as immoral by the majority of the population is merely a coincidence. As such comparing the "morality" of homosexuality to that of murder is just so much nonsense, as homosexuality is a state of being a person, and murder is a violation of another persons right to be alive. Morality doesn't even come into play.

All that to say "Scalia: What a douche."
murder  morals  ethics  law 
december 2012 by Quercki
Prenatal Dexamethasone for Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia
Following extensive examination of published and unpublished materials, we provide a history of the use of dexamethasone in pregnant women at risk of carrying a female fetus affected by congenital adrenal hyperplasia (CAH). This intervention has been aimed at preventing development of ambiguous genitalia, the urogenital sinus, tomboyism, and lesbianism. We map out ethical problems in this history, including: misleading promotion to physicians and CAH-affected families; de facto experimentation without the necessary protections of approved research; troubling parallels to the history of prenatal use of diethylstilbestrol (DES); and the use of medicine and public monies to attempt prevention of benign behavioral sex variations. Critical attention is directed at recent investigations by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Office of Human Research Protections (OHRP); we argue that the weak and unsupported conclusions of these investigations indicate major gaps in the systems meant to protect subjects of high-risk medical research.
Keywords  Congenital adrenal hyperplasia – Dexamethasone – Medical ethics – Gender identity – Sexual orientation – Human subjects research
gender  sex  research  ethics  intersex 
august 2012 by Quercki
A Pagan lesson for an evangelical - A Pagan's Blog
As we neared the end of our conversation he brought up an old Christian saw that I think illuminated much more than he intended.
“Do you believe in an afterlife?” he asked.
“I think there is something after death, yes. But I’m not sure what it is and I don’t think very much about it. I’ve seen spirits without bodies in our sense and had spiritual experiences. But mostly it doesn’t interest me very much.
“This world is sacred and beautiful, and I am interested in living in harmony on it. If there was no afterlife and I knew it I would act in largely the same way.”
He replied “If I didn’t think there was an afterlife I’d probably act very differently. Wouldn’t you if you really thought that? Just get all you can and not care for others?”
“I thought you said earlier that love and kindness were virtues that could not be faked in your God’s eyes,” I said.
“Earlier you also told me that doing kind and loving things while expecting a payoff, perhaps in someone’s esteem or making a connection, was not really being kind or loving?”
“Yes,” he said.
“Now you are telling me you are acting in a ‘Christian’ manner because you expect to be paid for it with heaven. I’m reminded of what Friedrich Nietzsche said about Christians: ‘Principle of “Christian love”: it insists upon being well paid in the end.’”
He got uncomfortable.
“Most Pagans in my experience act decently because it feels good doing so. Certainly that’s why I do. The act is its own reward. We do not do it so the Gods will pay us for it. It would be nice if They did, but it’s not why I do it. For that matter, I know plenty of good and decent atheists, and they clearly do not act in expectations of a later divine payoff.
“By your own reasoning many Pagans and atheists are far better at kindness than you Christians. Why should we be impressed by Christian morality?”
He switched to saying that he also acted kindly for its own sake, which I suspect was the truth, at least much of the time. But in the process he undermined an argument his professors had likely taught him about the importance of religion for morality, a false argument based on the belief that there is no inherent value in the world, no sacredness within it, no morality separate from God’s commands and his threat of damnation for those who don’t toe the line.
In other words, he made an unintended admission of the fear lying at the heart of so much Christian practice. Fear of themselves if not under divine command, fear of the world as a place of snares and traps, fear of other faiths and people with different ideas as sources for immorality and fear of eternal damnation.
His intrinsic decency took pleasure in kindness but his religion hid that fact from his explicit recognition until I rubbed it relatively gently in his face.
His belief system is very bad at two levels. First, by cutting himself off from recognition of his own nature he was made dependent on the Bible as interpreted by his teachers to have any confidence in right acting. Otherwise it would seem to him that his more aggressive urges would simply take over. These urges exist in all of us at times, they do in me anyway, but they exist within a deeper context of being able to care for others. It is by acknowledging those urges when they arise and not acting upon them because we desire even more not to hurt others and because we enjoy kindness and generosity that we are enabled to grow stronger.
By blinding himself to his good side John did not deepen his understanding. Like a child he simply follows rules based on Higher Authority.

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ethics  Christian  Pagan  Gus_diZerega  evangelical 
july 2012 by Quercki
The Moral Life of Babies -
Despite their overall preference for good actors over bad, then, babies are drawn to bad actors when those actors are punishing bad behavior.
In fact, our initial moral sense appears to be biased toward our own kind. There’s plenty of research showing that babies have within-group preferences: 3-month-olds prefer the faces of the race that is most familiar to them to those of other races; 11-month-olds prefer individuals who share their own taste in food and expect these individuals to be nicer than those with different tastes; 12-month-olds prefer to learn from someone who speaks their own language over someone who speaks a foreign language. And studies with young children have found that once they are segregated into different groups — even under the most arbitrary of schemes, like wearing different colored T-shirts — they eagerly favor their own groups in their attitudes and their actions.
babies  morality  ethics  science 
may 2010 by Quercki
Judith Jarvis Thomson: A Defense of Abortion: The violinist
But now let me ask you to imagine this. You wake up in the morning and find yourself back to back in bed with an unconscious violinist. A famous unconscious violinist. He has been found to have a fatal kidney ailment, and the Society of Music Lovers has canvassed all the available medical records and found that you alone have the right blood type to help. They have therefore kidnapped you, and last night the violinist's circulatory system was plugged into yours, so that your kidneys can be used to extract poisons from his blood as well as your own. The director of the hospital now tells you, "Look, we're sorry the Society of Music Lovers did this to you--we would never have permitted it if we had known. But still, they did it, and the violinist is now plugged into you. To unplug you would be to kill him. But never mind, it's only for nine months. By then he will have recovered from his ailment, and can safely be unplugged from you." Is it morally incumbent on you to accede ...
abortion  feminism  ethics  philosophy 
april 2009 by Quercki
Sarah Palin’s Ethics Problems Keep Getting Bigger. « Mudflats
It’s time to start keeping track of ethics complaints against Sarah Palin. First, obviously, is the one regarding Troopergate for which she has already been found to be in violation of the Alaska Executive Branch Ethics Act for allowing the inappropriate pressuring of Walt Monegan to fire her ex-brother-in-law, whose case had already been reviewed and dealt with by a previous administration.
sarah.palin  ethics 
november 2008 by Quercki

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