Category Archives: Ethics

$10,000 on a pet surgery. Is that money well spent?

DogThe Northside Chronicle ran an article this week about a young lady in Aspley seeking to raise $10,000 to help her sick golden retriever dog.
The pet has a liver condition which makes it lethargic, and has been given another three or four years to live.
The dog’s condition can be improved with a surgical implant, but that costs $10,000.
The owner has $5000 saved but she is seeking “suggestions” from the community on raising the other $5000, the Chronicle reported.
No doubt this lady loves her dog. It’s her best mate, she says.
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Taking photos of my children playing soccer is my right and nobody can stop me

Taking photos of my kids playing soccer is my right and you can't stop meIT IS long past time to inject some common sense into the ludicrous fear and loathing around photography at children’s sport. Parents be clear – you can, and should, take photos of your kids playing team sport. Not only is there no law or enforceable club regulation against it but, if child protection is the goal, then a ban is an utter waste of time.

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My ‘ah-ha!’ moment from someone being rude to me

A lightbulbLAST Friday, something happened to me that resulted in an ‘ah-ha!’ moment that has led to a complete change in my attitude, but not quite in the way you would expect. Someone was rude to me and I am still shaking my head. But it has brought me to a startling realisation about myself and people in general, and a promise to myself.

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Radio prank nurse suicide: any lessons to be learned?

Image of a radio microphone illustrating the prank call made by radio jocksThe UK nurse who killed herself following an Australian talkback radio prank has left the chattering classes all atwitter with recriminations about who is to blame for the tragic turn of events. The hospital, the radio jocks, the nurse’s colleagues – all are copping a share. Rebecca Sparrow has highlighted a point not-often spoken of in connection with the adult world, but which has been doing the rounds in parenting and childcare circles for a while – resilience.

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Smartphone connectivity: Whose rights? And who’s right?

Manners of mobile phonesI have an iPhone that is virtually growing out of my hand, such is my level of connectivity.  I’m contactable by email, text, Twitter, Facebook and of course, by an old fashioned phone call, 24-7. I like that level of connectivity. Not everyone does. I get annoyed when I call someone and they don’t pick up. Or I text and don’t get a swift response. But everyone has the right to be as connected or disconnected as they like. Except…

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Being blocked by @HelenRazer is a badge of honour – and ironic

Stressed out tweeter!Today I got into the weirdest Twitter conversation. And I mean seriously weird. And it ended up with me being blocked by Helen Razor. Which is ironic because I had stopped following her a couple of months ago because I found her to be … not my cup of tea. I’ve never been blocked before. It was highly amusing. So I thought I’d publish the transcript.

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