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Date Fairness.com Resource Read it at: May 13, 2010 Online Talk, Suicides and a Thorny Court Case
QUOTE: The case, chilling and ghoulish, raises thorny issues in the Internet age, both legal and otherwise. For instance, many states have laws barring assisting suicide, but rarely have cases involved people not in the same room (much less the same country) or the sharing of only words (not guns or pills).
New York Times Oct 05, 2009 Childbirth at the Global Crossroads: Women in the developing world who are paid to bear other people's children test the emotional limits of the international service economy.
QUOTE: despite [Dr. Nayna] Patel's view of commercial surrogacy as a straightforward equation, it's far more complicated for both the surrogates and the genetic parents. Like nannies or nurses, surrogates perform "emotional labor" to suppress feelings that could interfere with doing their job. Parents must decide how close they are willing (or able) to get to the woman who will give birth to their child.
American Prospect Aug 18, 2009 Family Code Gets Nudge, but Women Seek a Push (Tangier Journal)
QUOTE: Despite an important reform of Morocco’s family code in 2004, pressed upon a reluctant Parliament by the young king, Muhammad VI, sex outside marriage is not recognized in Morocco, any more than homosexuality is.
New York Times Jan 18, 2008 Say You're Sorry! Is forcing your kids to apologize a bad idea?
QUOTE: Nelsen is all for seeking forgiveness. She just thinks the idea needs to come from the kids themselves. Or so they should think.
Slate Nov 26, 2007 Law protects church shock tactics, experts say
QUOTE: The jury said the church violated the family's right to privacy, and Snyder hoped the verdict would curtail the church's screeds. Constitutional law experts say the verdict probably violated the church's First Amendment right of free speech and possibly their right to freely exercise their religion.
USA TODAY Nov 17, 2007 Immigration Dilemma: A Mother Torn From a Baby
QUOTE: The case exposes a recurring quandary for immigration authorities as an increasing number of American-born children of illegal immigrants become caught up in deportation operations. With the Bush administration stepping up enforcement, the immigration agency has been left scrambling to devise procedures to deal with children who, by law, do not fall under its jurisdiction because they are citizens.
New York Times Nov 08, 2007 Congratulations on the Book Award, and Welcome to the Scrutiny
QUOTE: In the essay Ms. Enright tried to work through a cacophony of complicated emotions toward the girl’s parents, including reluctant voyeurism, distaste and pity. But newspapers here and in Britain picked out a sentence in which Ms. Enright said that she “disliked the McCanns earlier than most people” and ignored what she wrote afterward: that she was ashamed of the impulse and, in the end, rejected it.
New York Times Sep 27, 2007 The Ethics of Outsourcing Customer Service: Sending jobs overseas may be good for the bottom line in the short term, but frustrated customers will vote with their wallets.
QUOTE: Showing a profound disrespect for customer satisfaction is why outsourcing customer service is unethical, and the damage that this practice does to a company's reputation and long-term financial prospects is why it is an unwise business move.
BusinessWeek Jan 18, 2007 Help, I’m Surrounded by Jerks
QUOTE: He and others say that rather than seeing the office curmudgeon or the post office nitpicker as the sum of their most wretched behavior, it is better to think of them as full people, even to empathize with them, if only to maintain some sense of control.
New York Times Dec 16, 2006 What Should a Billionaire Give – and What Should You?
QUOTE: In the same world in which more than a billion people live at a level of affluence never previously known, roughly a billion other people struggle to survive on the purchasing power equivalent of less than one U.S. dollar per day. .... Philanthropy on this scale raises many ethical questions: Why are the people who are giving doing so? Does it do any good? Should we praise them for giving so much or criticize them for not giving still more?
New York Times Dec 02, 2006 For Iran's Isolated HIV Patients, Outreach and Treatment
QUOTE: Iranian families often ostracize their sons and daughters with HIV, casting them out into the street or treating them as strangers in their homes.
Washington Post Jul 06, 2006 Police state: Has common sense taken leave?
QUOTE: America has grown cold and callous and often lacks common sense in its accepted brutal treatment of others who commit small wrongs or merely make mistakes. We see school children placed at the heart of our court system and treated like hardened criminals. Many find negative marks placed on their permanent records due to the harsh treatment of zero-tolerance policies.
Hook Sep 18, 2005 How Good a Good Samaritan ?
QUOTE: People with no place to go are calling on anyone they know to put them up -- not for a night or two, but for weeks, possibly even months, as they seek to restart their lives....The Good Samaritan in you immediately wants to do everything you can, for as many people as you can. But then you stop and think about the logistics of it all, the impact on your life and your family.
Wall Street Journal, The (WSJ) Oct 21, 2001 The Right Thing: The 'Me, Too' Mind-Set of Disaster Aid
QUOTE: .... Regardless of the criteria set forth [for federal disaster money], Ms. Owens said, ineligible businesses sought relief funds because they felt entitled to the same financial help received by others.
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