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Chicken Safety

December 7, 2009 Leave a comment

A new study by Consumer Reports has found that two out of three whole broiler chickens are contaminated with illness-inducing bacteria, while certain types of organic chicken posed the lowest. The research suggests that current and safety and hygiene practices amoung poultry producers and handlers are inadequate and that consumers need to be watchful at both the grocery store and at home to cook chicken well and prevent cross-contamination of counter tops, hands and other foods.

These companies need to make sure they take care to protect the consumers and handle these chickens with care and prevent diseases. It is is a moral obligation for these companies to make sure they do whatever necessary to prevent diseases.

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Sterilization issues

December 7, 2009 Leave a comment

FDA warns that doctors and hospitals should stop using a device from the Steris Corporation to sterilize surgical tools after reports of malfunctions. Users have reported problems that could result in patients becoming infected from unsterile instruments.

If doctors continue to use these instruments after this warning, that would be very unethical. This is a issue of unsterile instruments because this cause infections and lead to even more serious issues.

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Congress ethical concerns

December 7, 2009 Leave a comment

There has been major ethical issues in Congress lately. Representative F. James Sensenbrenner Jr., a Wisconsin representative, toured a prince’s vineyard and spent an afternoon at a ski resort in the Alps. This is just one of the many examples of Congress members abusing their power. Despite changes intended to curb Congressional junkets, some lawmakers and even their families continue to take trips hosted by private groups that revel in their access to Washington power brokers. Congress members continue to use loopholes to get around using money for their personal expenses.

This is a major ethical issue. People are abusing their power. If we cannot trust our leaders to use money in the proper way, how can we expect them to lead our country in an honorable way?

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Child welfare

December 6, 2009 1 comment

Colorado’s child welfare system is not in compliance with federal regulations on child safety and well-being. The review found that Colorado did not meet standards for abuse in home care and placement stability. The state has recommended establishing a centralized call system for reporting suspected abuse and neglect, the creation of a child advocate office and stricter timeframes for providing services to families that move to different jurisdictions.

This is an ethical issue because children’s welfare was not in compliance with regulations and children especially need laws for their protection.

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DWT (Driving While Talking)

December 6, 2009 1 comment

Cellphones have been promoted the most to drivers. These seems like it should almost be illegal because researchers at Harvard estimate that driver using cell phones cause an estimated 2600 crashes a year and 570,00 accidents a year. Critics of the industry argue that the recent education efforts provide a weak counterbalance to its encouragement of cellphone use by drivers. Critics say the industry should do more, like overt warnings on packages and screens.

I agree that safety should be promoted over the use of cell phones while driving. This is not ethical to tell drivers to use their cell phones while driving because this is a distraction which can cause accidents, death, and injury.

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Internet piracy

December 6, 2009 Leave a comment

The government of Spain has proposed new measures to curb the digital piracy of music and movies. The proposal calls for the use of government sponsored commission to investigate and shut down websites accused of being a conduit of piracy. This week,music industry groups presented a petition signed by more than 2,500 musicians calling for stronger action against illegal copying, which is not an offense in Spain.

I feel that it is not ethical to copy people’s music without giving proper compensation for their work so I agree with this law. I feel that this should be passed and enforced.

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Philanthropy at its finest

December 6, 2009 Leave a comment

Three months ago, Kushal Chakrabarti co-founded vittana.com. This website soared when The Huffington Post named this website “The Ultimate Game Changer in Philanthropy”. They are a student loan organization that cater to microfinance institutions in third world countries. So far they have made loans totaling $37,000 to 33 students. There are major banks that give loans in these countries but they are typically so expensive that they are out of the reach of most families.

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/12/06/us/06vittana.html?hpw
The work that vittana.com is doing is very commendable and a good thing for the people in these countries. It is honorable to help someone get an education so that they can better themselves and make a better life for themselves and family in the future.

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