Monthly Archives: October 2018

“Other bucket-list items: I want to travel more and I can’t wait to start a family, but in due time,”

Meghan Markle in an interview. Recognizing that this is the Duchess’s first child, she may not realize that starting a family is a tad more than an item to check, like a trip to New Zealand. Or, if we hold … Continue reading

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The Ethicist Tackles Cheating, Again

In yesterday’s New York Times, the Ethicist tackled another letter from a young ‘un who was witnessing a colleague cheating and wondered what to do. This time, the two students are seniors (last time the cheating involved the entrance exams … Continue reading

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The College Basketball Bribery Trial

It’s a wonder to behold. A father, Brian Bowen Sr., testifying that he made the arrangements for payments totaling $100,000 in exchange for having his son, Tugs Bowen, a star basketball player, choose Louisville for college. When asked if his … Continue reading

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The FBI’s Ethical Culture Problem

This is not your father’s FBI. This is not even Kevin Costner’s FBI. The FBI issued a “recall” of several agents in Asia whilst the agency investigates reports of “parties and interactions with prostitutes.” Let’s recap the past 18 months … Continue reading

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Third-Grade Teacher Spouts Off on White House’s Stephen Miller

Nikki Fiske taught Stephen Miller in third grade. Ms. Fiske thought it appropriate to share with Hollywood Reporter that Mr. Miller was a “strange dude” in third grade. Weren’t we all? The Barometer had cat-eye glasses and a seriously flawed … Continue reading

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Suspect Stole $1.2 Million in Wine From His Boss: Jumps From 33rd Floor

Nicholas De-Meyer was a former assistant to Goldman Sachs CEO David Solomon. One of his responsibilities was to receive wine deliveries at Solomon’s Manhattan apartment and then transport them to Solomon’s East Hampton home. De-Meyer allegedly lifted some of the … Continue reading

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Audi Employees Suspected of Falsifying Road-Worthiness Certifications

Wow — do they not read the papers in Germany? News of VW’s false emissions problems seems to have escaped notice by employees in the automaker’s other subsidiaries. There is a basic ethical standard here: Don’t make stuff up!

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Carlos Ramos: A Stickler for the Rules at the U.S. Open and Always

Carlos Ramos, the chair empire at the Serena Williams U.S. Open final, where there actually was another tennis player who actually won the match (Naomi Osaka). But Ms. Osaka is a footnote as U.S. Opens go because Ms. Williams railed … Continue reading

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“Is It O.K. To Press Your Spouse To Have A Vasectomy Before You Ditch Him?”

The dilemma “The Ethicist” addressed on Sunday, October 7, 2018 in the New York Times. The Barometer is speechless, although not without questions: Why is this a worry if the relationship is so damaged that you are leaving? Why is … Continue reading

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“Their truth,” “Her truth,” and “His truth.”

The Barometer keeps hearing the description of the “right to speak their truth.” The Barometer is not clear on what that means, but the truth is not a personal thing. There is one truth, no matter how much people believe … Continue reading

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Is It Ethical to Choose Your Baby’s Eye Color?

The title of a Wall Street Journalarticle on how fertility clinics are offering parents new options, including DNA tests on embryos to predict their baby’s eye color. That way they and pick and choose embryos. The unknown is parenthood, with … Continue reading

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