That’s the number of comments that have been lodged on Yahoo News on the story entitled, Anger grows as disaster reaches Panhandle beaches. That’s a very large amount of anger. Now, I freely confess I can’t read more than a hundred thousand comments (not without considerable monetary incentive), but I believe that there is considerable frustration with the federal government on this issue. And by federal government, I mean the President of the United States who appears increasingly angry but still doesn’t seem interested in taking any action.
“Scientists who drew up the key World Health Organisation guidelines advising governments to stockpile drugs in the event of a flu pandemic had previously been paid by drug companies which stood to profit, according to a report out today.”
This is the first sentence in the Guardian’s article on the trio of experts who wrote the WHO report. The news article authored by Randeep Ramesh, the Social Affairs editor at the Guardian finds all three scientists has ties to drug companies that would profit by the stockpiling recommended by their report.
Britain alone spent more than a billion pounds stockpiling medicines like tamiflu. All together the stockpiling of drugs by the various countries involved wound up costing more than seven billion dollars.
This is not a matter of ethics just poor judgment.
“Not to mince words, Mr. Epstein, but we don’t like your boys’ sound. Groups are out; four-piece groups with guitars particularly are finished…The Beatles have no future in show business.”
– Decca Records Executive, 1962
Some businesses are refusing to consider hiring the unemployed. Under the title, Disturbing Job Ads, Laura Bassett writing in the Huffington Post reports on several businesses that specifically tell the unemployed that they are not interested in seeing their resumes.
I am doing an experiment here with might become a regular feature, an award for poorly thought out ethical decisions. My provisional title is “Shoud’ve Taken Business Ethics AWARD.” If you have a better one, (which probably isn’t that hard considering I have doubts about it) please send me your idea.
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