I’ll be the first to admit that there are some bioethicists that can and do write with intellectual honesty and engage in rigorous analysis. However, those qualities are not required in order to gain respect in the field of bioethics. I offer Jacob Appel and Peter Singer as Exhibits A and B. (Those appear to [...](February 9, 2012). Read more.
My thanks to readers of this blog. Several entered into the surprisingly short comment thread in Time Magazine‘s “Fond Farewell” to Jack Kevorkian, which I wrote about last week. (Among other issues, the obituary referred to the people Kevorkian “helped” as ‘dying.) Surprisingly, aside from one person who made the tired old “we’re kinder to [...](December 19, 2011). Read more.
I’m sure this won’t be the last of these articles now that we’re at the end of the year, but Time Magazine has printed an obituary for Jack Kevorkian in its “Fond Farewells” section in its “Person of the Year” issue. The obit was originally written back in June of this year and was written [...](December 15, 2011). Read more.
(Editor’s note – this should have been posted over a week ago. The timelag between the writing of this post and the publishing on the blog is entirely my responsibility. –SD) I grew up in Kalamazoo, Michigan, so when the Kalamazoo Gazette’s October 1st edition featured three opinion pieces supporting assisted suicide, I had to [...](October 26, 2011). Read more.
After having pissed off just about every active alcoholic – and people who love them – Roger Ebert came out today with a blog essay that I’m sure he thought would be a crowd pleaser. Today’s blog essay is titled “Now I lay me down to sleep.” The short version goes like this – Robert [...](June 29, 2011). Read more.
Since I was interviewed for this article in American Medical News, I was actively looking for its appearance online this morning. The interview with the reporter lasted almost 45 minutes and covered a lot of ground, most of which didn’t get included in this relatively short article. It is an attempt to explore the “legacy” [...](June 20, 2011). Read more.
First, specific airing of Largest Minority on WBAI mentioned earlier this week is now archived in mp3 format. You can listen to the show if you missed it and still want to check it out. Today, a public and private funeral and memorial was held for Jack Kevorkian. I won’t link to the press coverage [...](June 10, 2011). Read more.
Sorry for the late notice, but I’ll be on Largest Minority Radio Show on WBAI tonight. The show starts at 9:00 pm ET. I’ll be on around 9:25 or so. Here’s the description of the show and how to listen in: Our next show airs Wednesday, June 8th, at 9:00pm on WBAI. Our guests will [...](June 8, 2011). Read more.
It seems that a fair number of people are surprised – even stunned – that me or any disabled person has anything at all bad to say about Kevorkian. The fact is, as a spoof.com writer put it, most supporters of Jack Kevorkian are “f–king uninformed idiot(s)”. I think that’s a fair label for people [...](June 7, 2011). Read more.
Anyone who is familiar with this blog or has actually done some research on Jack Kevorkian knows that a lot of the news coverage related to his death has been pretty crappy. The New York Times, Huffington Post – even William Saletan at Slate – credit Kevorkian as someone who “helped” the “terminally ill” (although [...](June 6, 2011). Read more.