Human Rights Facts (229): Tens of Thousands of U.S. Citizens Die of Poverty Each Year (via P.a.p.-Blog)

The data is for 2000 but as all of us familiar with the economic data know, we live in worse times. But don’t expect any concern from Congress or the President. They are scurrying to the commands of the tens of thousands of lobbyists in Washington. The poor are generally unable to deploy lobbyists and their campaign contributions are small, very small.

James Pilant

Human Rights Facts (229): Tens of Thousands of U.S. Citizens Die of Poverty Each Year (source) Poverty kills, it seems. As if it's not bad enough in itself. Although death is often multicausal, a study has tried to estimate in how many cases poverty is a contributing factor: For 2000, the study attributed 176,000 deaths to racial segregation and 133,000 to individual poverty. The nu … Read More

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Ethics Roundup – 7/7/2011


Chuck Gallagher comments on a Medicare fraud case.  Mr. Gallagher is always a good read! He is a noted lecturer in the field of business ethics.

The Safety At Work Blog has some comments on an expulsion.  This is an Australian web site. They have a strong reputation in the area of worker compensation.

Bioethics Commission Will Follow Human Subjects Work With Examinations of Sequencing and Imaging is the subject of a post by  Pasco Pronesis.  The privacy issues surrounding our DNA makeup are staggering in their complexity and implications.

A student discusses her student loan burden and what is the best decision to be made about paying it down. The long term pain of student loans is an ethical issue.

The Most Absurd Human Rights Violations (82): Children as Involuntary Suicide Bombers. This is from P.A.P. – Blog, Human Rights etc. I very much enjoy the writing and the outrage on this blog. JP



One Step Forward, Two Steps Back (via Gooseberry Bush)

These are my favorite lines from the post.

Wow! That’s interesting. So, apparently, Walmart has no responsibility for looking at these skewed numbers and wondering just why, exactly, that far more men than women are “qualified” to be managers. No one in their human resources department ever once questioned these statistics? Are we really saying as a country that we believe that men are innately more “qualified” to management 67% of the time? That’s not sexist. Of course not.

Those are also my thoughts. This decision is a travesty, a disaster.

Please read the article.

James Pilant

One Step Forward, Two Steps Back Two stories have made the news lately that involve women’s rights. The one step forward is Saudi Arabian women driving despite that country’s ban on women drivers. Despite the fact that there is not one civil, written law prohibiting women from driving, Saudi women who drive are jailed because of the ruling of conservative Muslim clerics. Some 40 women with int … Read More

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Is the PNG government also a puppet for the Chinese? (via Papua New Guinea Mine Watch)

Here we see the Chinese government acting through “independent” corporations to forward its foreign policy aims. We are going to see a lot more of this.

James Pilant

Papua New Guinea Prime Minister Michael Somare's astonishing admission that foreign multinational companies are able to use their powerful positions to dictate the actions of the PNG government raises again concerns about the influence of the Chinese government and its controversial the Ramu nickel mine. Speaking about the Panguna mine on Bougainville, at a time when he was Foreign Minister, Somare has admitted mining company Rio Tinto "exerted a … Read More

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Time for a Corporate Death Penalty (via AntiCorruption Society)

I have advocated for the corporate death penalty before. I continue to believe it is a vital idea whose time has come.

Now that corporations have full political rights in terms of money and political advocacy, they are more and more like human beings.

So, killing one for its crimes makes more and more sense. A corporation whose crimes have risen to a certain level is seized by the government, sold off piece by piece until nothing remains. The stockholders lose everything for their failure to oversee their investment.


James Pilant

Time for a Corporate Death Penalty June 9, 2011 By Bruce A. Dixon, Managing Editor for Black Agenda Radio commentary There are more than 40 federal offenses for which the death penalty can be applied to human beings, most of them connected to homicide of one kind or another. But countless homicides committed by the artificial persons we call corporations go unpunished every day. Apparently “personal responsibility” applies only to humans who are not operating behind the legal shie … Read More

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Worker march blocked- Phnom Penh Post (via Mu Sochua: MP & Human Rights Advocate)

Are workers entitled to severance pay when their facility burns down? It is not the custom in the United States. Is it the custom in Cambodia? If it is, should the cultural expectation override the “realities of global competition?”

It took many years for Patriotism, human decency and custom to disappear as issues in the loss of jobs in the United States, how long will it take in Cambodia? Or will it at all? In some countries, is the perception of fairness still a major issue?

James Pilant

Police in Sen Sok district blocked a march planned for yesterday by workers from the June Textile garment factory, who have been demanding severance payments since the facility burned down in March. Roughly 100 workers and activists gathered outside June Textile yesterday, planning to march to the capital’s Freedom Park and to government buildings. Read the full article at the Phnom Penh Post website. trackback url … Read More

via Mu Sochua: MP & Human Rights Advocate

Human Rights and the Endowment Effect (via P.a.p.-Blog | Human Rights Etc.)

This article refers and provides a link to the endowment effect. I had never heard of this economic theory. But now having read about it, I find it both fascinating and convincing. I appreciate the author bringing this idea to my attention.

I did not stop at reading this particular post, I explored the site reading a good number of posts. I very much enjoyed what I saw. I think you would profit by a similarly detailed look.

James Pilant

Human Rights and the Endowment Effect (source) Why do we say that people fighting for their rights are in fact fighting for the recognition of their rights? That people have rights even when the law doesn’t recognize these rights? That, in other words, people have moral rights that precede their legal rights? And that these moral rights can be used to evaluate and, if necessary, create their legal rights? At first sight, such statements imply the dubious ontological claim that moral … Read More

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Grounding Human Rights in a Pluralist World (via Georgetown University Press Blog)

Human rights are always on the front burner of the culture wars. I have always been a fan of the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights and have always wished this nation and its component states would take this as a set of guidelines.

That is unlikely to ever happen but I appreciate the efforts of so many to support these values.

James Pilant

Grounding Human Rights in a Pluralist World In 1948 the General Assembly of the United Nations adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights which declared that every human being, without “distinction of any kind,” possesses a set of morally authoritative rights and fundamental freedoms that ought to be socially guaranteed. Since that time, human rights have arguably become the cross-cultural moral concept and evaluative tool to measure the performance—and even legitimacy—of domestic r … Read More

via Georgetown University Press Blog