Ethics Isn’t “Out There”: It’s Us And Our Choices

May 21, 2014 by Linda Fisher Thornton

Much attention is paid to the tactics of ethics – the ethics codes, compliance plans and such. We can easily begin to think that ethics is something we can see and touch. Something finite. Something written in stone. Something outside of ourselves.

But that’s not where ethics lives.

Our ethics doesn’t live in the codes and manuals. Ethics is in the big and small things we do each day. It’s in the time we take to teach employees about ethics and values, and the care we take to model ethical behavior so that everyone can see what it looks like in action.

Ethics is in the decisions we make. It’s in the way we resolve the tension between gaining personal benefit and creating value for others.

Ethics is not just “out there” and it’s not just what’s written down. Ethical guidelines are there to help us, but they do not become our ethics unless we choose to follow them every day.

Ethics is personal. It’s about us and our choices.

For leaders, ethics is about personal choices that set the tone for their organizations. It’s about the daily struggle to figure out “the right thing to do” in difficult situations. It’s about a deeply personal commitment to lead in ways that demonstrate:

  • the strength of our moral compass
  • the breadth of our concern and care for others
  • our understanding of how to bring out the best in those we lead
  • our awareness of responsibilities and consequences
  • our ability to think long term and across boundaries
  • our desire to do more and to be more than the minimum standards require.

Where Can We Find Ethical Leadership?

on August 17, 2022by Linda Fisher Thornton

By Linda Fisher Thornton

While it may be convenient to think about ethical leadership as a task, a program, or a rule book, that’s not where it lives.

It lives in our big and small choices. It lives in our decision-making. It lives in our organizational culture. It lives in our deep commitment to working for good.

We can’t get away with “externalizing” ethics because ethical leadership is much closer to home than we may readily admit. It isn’t somewhere “out there” at all – it is us, right here and right now. 

It is in our deeply-held values. It is in our day-to-day choices.  It is in our quest for good.

When you talk about ethical leadership, avoid theoretical or policy-driven explanations, and keep the conversation close to home.

Mary and the Magnifying Glass

August 21, 2022 Grace Abruzzo

I remember the day when I was in fifth grade when some of the more mischievous boys, not generally inclined towards academics, nonetheless took a sudden interest in science. They would get up and go to the potted plants on the windowsill, and using the magnifying glass, would study them intently and at length. This newfound fascination intrigued me, who could see nothing remarkable about the plants that captured their attention. What were they seeing that I could not?

It was all explained when, after mysterious holes began to appear in the leaves, they started giggling like girls, and were caught, red-handed, having set a small insect on fire. The magnifying glass, held to focus the light of the sun to great intensity, had become a weapon of destruction.

“While many people picture the devil with a pitchfork, he actually has a magnifying glass,” writes Father John Paul Oullette, CFR. “He puts it in front of us some small defect or issue and makes it big. Then he keeps pointing at it until finally the person gets distressed, then depressed, and then falls into despair, maybe even death.”

I’ve thought about this often, and the various manifestations of the magnifying glass-made-weapon. How the enemy magnifies our faults, our fears, our losses and our lack; how sorrows and sadness seem to swallow us and steal our hope of things ever getting better.

Sometimes we’ve done something evil, and the Opposition convinces us that we have become evil, that we are outside the love of God. Sometimes we’ve been sinned against, and the Opposition magnifies that wrong, playing the video on repeat in our minds, and each time we watch we see the other’s fault growing worse and worse and worse, until it becomes Unforgivable.

Sometimes it is a source of sadness that is magnified, and we are convinced that we have no hope, that we will never be happy again. Or what is monotonous and mundane in our lives is magnified, and we are convinced that our lives are without meaning.

The magnifying glass makes larger what is in its lens, and makes everything else smaller; we cannot see around it. Sometimes even good things are magnified, given an exaggerated importance, until they dwarf the things around them. For example, we magnify our mission—and maybe miss the God who called us to that mission.

We know that the magnifying glass is in enemy hands when we find ourselves beginning to smolder, with resentment, with bitterness, with anger. When we find ourselves trapped or paralyzed by fear.

But the magnifying glass does not belong to the enemy.

We must take it back. We must use it to seek God, to magnify His works in our life. As is often the case, we find its good use in Our Lady, who proclaims with joy: “My soul magnifies the Lord.”

Mary magnifies the love of God.

Looking at her, we see more clearly the magnitude of God’s love for us. We see how radically low He was willing to stoop, how small He was willing to become, when He becomes incarnate as a single cell in the womb of a humble Hebrew teenager. And we see how magnificent His love and plans for us, how high He wishes to raise us, when that same humble Hebrew teen is assumed into heaven and crowned Queen of the Universe. Even as we watch her standing at the Cross of her Son, we are invited to see more clearly how the worst of all sins will be transformed into a victory of His Love, and the means for our redemption and healing.

Mary’s gifts were ultimately for us. Through her Queenship, we receive the same grace of God, the same gifts of love. God does not ration His Spirit. Mary’s role is unique but the gifts of grace are for each of us. Her motherhood was given as a means by which we could both perceive and receive the gift of God Himself. 

With Mary we are invited to lift our eyes heavenward, to the God of whom each of us can say “The Almighty has done great things for me.”

As we turn our gaze to the gift, we find gratitude. When we focus on Jesus after our sin, we find Mercy. When we focus on the Promise, we remember who is leading us, who is with us.

Mary, Queen of Heaven and Earth, pray for us!

NATURE journal reveals how graphene can be used to assemble radio frequency electronics in biological systems

Sunday, August 21, 2022 by: Ethan Huff
Image: NATURE journal reveals how graphene can be used to assemble radio frequency electronics in biological systems

(Natural News) Groundbreaking information has come to light about the role of graphene, which many believe is contained in or produced by Wuhan coronavirus (Covid-19) “vaccines,” in radio frequency electronics.

A paper published in the journal Nature Communications back in 2014 — entitled, “Graphene radio frequency receiver integrated circuit” — explains how graphene has “superior electrical properties” and has strong potential as “a future channel material in radio frequency electronics.”

“Fabrication of a graphene integrated circuit without significantly degrading transistor performance has proven to be challenging, posing one of the major bottlenecks to compete with existing technologies,” the study’s abstract reads.

“Here we present a fabrication method fully preserving graphene transistor quality, demonstrated with the implementation of a high-performance three-stage graphene integrated circuit.”

That fabrication method, we now know, involves the use of nearly nanoscale-sized circuit components that are assembled for the purpose of radio signal amplification, filtering, and down-conversation mixing.

As the study explains, graphene was successfully used in experiments to “perform practical wireless communication functions, receiving and restoring digital text transmitted on a 4.3-GHz carrier signal.”

Covid jabs clots aren’t made from blood – they appear more like a self-assembled matrix of conductive structures

How does this relate to Fauci Flu shots, you might be asking? Firstly, there has been much credible speculation as to the true contents of the shot vials, with some evidence out there that suggests they contain graphene.

The Health Ranger also made an incredible discovery recently about covid jab-related clots that are not, in fact, blood clots as many previously believed.

These non-blood clots, the Health Ranger further found using mass spec laboratory analysis, contain high concentrations of electrically conductive elements such as sodium (Na), aluminum (Al), and tin (Sn). The clots themselves also appear to draw or harvest metal elements from the circulating blood supply to build and expand their structure and size.

“It is noteworthy that many of these elements are conductive. Aluminum, for example, is the most common alternative to copper for use in electrical wiring,” the Health Ranger writes. “Sodium is an alkali metal that is highly conductive, and tin is used as the primary component in solder alloys used to manufacture or repair circuit boards.”

The 2014 study mentioned earlier discusses how graphene is used to create tiny circuit boards of microscopic size that enhance the conductivity and use of other metals. Could it be that Fauci Flu shots are self-assembling tiny circuit boards from metals siphoned from the blood, resulting in clots?

“The clot is almost entirely lacking key marker elements that would be present in human blood (such as iron and potassium) yet shows significantly higher concentrations of elements that are used in electronics and circuitry,” the Health Ranger writes.

Be sure to watch the following episode of Health Ranger Report at to hear more from the Health Ranger about this incredible discovery and its implications:

What is the true purpose behind these self-assembling clots?

It does not appear that these clots are “living” in the same way as, say, hair or fingernails. They appear to be “dead” biostructures that self-assembled to the point of killing their host – though it could be that they were living before their victims died.

“Prions, for example, are self-assembling but non-living biostructures too,” the Health Ranger further explains. “They are essentially mis-folded proteins that spread throughout the brain (or other regions), causing morphological alterations that nullify both the normal structure and function of neurological cells.”

“Something does not have to be alive in order to be self-assembling. Even viruses, as described by traditional virology, are dead structures which are nevertheless self-assembling and can ‘grow’ in size and mass in terms of their aggregate population.”

This is more than likely just the tip of the iceberg in terms of what these clots actually are, and what their true purpose is. Why are covid injections causing people’s bodies to build these suffocating masses that grow in size to the point of killing their hosts? Is the only goal just to depopulate, or is there more to it than that?

Since the Health Ranger also discovered strange fibers in the masses, one of our readers was reminded about Morgellons disease, which is demarcated by tiny fiber parasites that emerge from the skin following exposure to certain toxins.

“Would be interesting to see an experiment conducted where elements found, not so much in quantity but more in ratio to each other, where Na, Al, Sn, are subjected to 5GHz spectrum shifts,” added another about how he would like to see the elements in these clots exposed to 5Ghz radio waves, which are different than the 4.3Ghz radio waves looked at in the 2014 study about graphene.

“Of particular interest, 26GHz to 30GHz (blood plasma affected), and 60GHz (oxygen atom gets severely affected). Distances of [less than] 1M (Bluetooth level mV, cell ph. usage), 10, 30, 100 metres. If you find these external influences triggering the coagulation of these and other elements already present in humans, we may have hit the jackpot. It is too much of a coincidence the concentration of ‘vaccine’ deaths to, not just 5G zones, but areas of high wi-fi and microwave exposure.”

Others speculated about the possible presence of calcium inside these non-blood clots, hoping that the Health Ranger will divulge whether or not that substance is found in them or not.

“I’d also read up on the nano graphene-based tissue scaffolding technologies,” added another, hearkening back to the findings of the 2014 graphene study.

Fauci Announces He’s Stepping Down as NIAID Director, Medical Adviser to Biden

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director Dr. Anthony Fauci testifies during a Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies hearing, on Capitol Hill on May 17, 2022. (Shawn Thew/Pool/AFP via Getty Images)

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director Dr. Anthony Fauci testifies during a Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies hearing, on Capitol Hill on May 17, 2022. (Shawn Thew/Pool/AFP via Getty Images)

Executive Branch

By Zachary Stieber August 22, 2022

Dr. Anthony Fauci is stepping down from three government positions that he currently holds, he announced on Aug. 22.

He’s resigning as director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), chief of the NIAID Laboratory of Immunoregulation, and chief medical adviser to President Joe Biden.

The moves will take effect in December, Fauci said.

He indicated that he’ll leave the government, but not retire.

“While I am moving on from my current positions, I am not retiring,” Fauci said. “After more than 50 years of government service, I plan to pursue the next phase of my career while I still have so much energy and passion for my field. I want to use what I have learned as NIAID Director to continue to advance science and public health and to inspire and mentor the next generation of scientific leaders as they help prepare the world to face future infectious disease threats.”

Fauci, 81, had repeatedly hinted that he would step down from his positions but hadn’t committed before to a specific time for resigning.

Republicans have vowed to investigate Fauci and other architects of U.S. pandemic policy if they gain control of either or both congressional chambers in the upcoming midterm elections.

“Dr. Fauci is conveniently resigning from his position in December before House Republicans have an opportunity to hold him accountable for destroying our country over these past three years,” Rep. Andy Biggs (R-Ariz.) said in a statement.

Longtime Government Official

Fauci has directed NIAID since 1984. He has advised Biden since the president took office in 2021, and he was one of President Donald Trump’s chief advisers on the COVID-19 pandemic.

Fauci has drawn ire for recommending lockdowns as a bid to slow the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19, acknowledging that he deliberately misled the American public on mask-wearing, and defending NIAID funding for the laboratory in Wuhan, China, that’s located near the location where the first COVID-19 cases occurred.

Supporters say Fauci has been a voice of reason during the pandemic and that his positions have evolved as science has developed.

NIAID is part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Dr. Lawrence Tabak, the acting director of the NIH, said in a statement that Fauci is “the model public servant” and “is always guided by the science.

“It’s been an extraordinary privilege and honor to have worked by his side and to have learned so much from him—I will miss him greatly. But I also look forward to seeing what Tony will do next. I have no doubt that he will continue to have an enormous impact on the world,” Tabak said.

Jared Kushner Addresses FBI Raid on Trump Home for First Time

Then-White House senior advisors Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner arrive at Hyderabad House in New Delhi on Feb. 25, 2020. (Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images)

Then-White House senior advisors Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner arrive at Hyderabad House in New Delhi on Feb. 25, 2020. (Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images)

FBI Raids Trump Resort

By Jack Phillips August 22, 2022


Former White House adviser Jared Kushner gave his first interview following the FBI raid targeting the home of his father-in-law, former President Donald Trump, on Sunday night.

“President Trump is a fighter, he’s always been a fighter,” Kushner, the husband of the former president’s daughter Ivanka, told Fox News on Sunday evening. Trump “drives his enemies so crazy, they always over-pursue him and make mistakes in trying to get him, and that’s basically what happened here,” he added.

“But what’s happening now is the same thing being done by the same people in the same way,” Kushner said, “they’re leaking to the same sources, they’re manufacturing fabulous claims that then get debunked shortly thereafter.”

Kushner said: “It is giving a lot of people who want to believe in the fairness of the judicial system and our democracy a lot of pause and concern.”

While Trump’s critics accuse him of breaking rules and norms, Kusher said that “what we’re seeing here and what we’ve seen constantly over time is that they do that exact thing. They break all the norms in order to try to get Trump.”

Releasing the Affidavit

On Monday morning, U.S. Magistrate Judge Bruce Reinhart implied that he will release the Department of Justice’s affidavit that was used to procure the FBI search warrant earlier this month. The judge rejected arguments from government prosecutors saying the legal document should be kept under seal.

“The Government argues that even requiring it to redact portions of the Affidavit that could not reveal agent identities or investigative sources and methods imposes an undue burden on its resources and sets a precedent that could be disruptive and burdensome in future cases,” Reinhart wrote in his order. “I do not need to reach the question of whether, in some other case, these concerns could justify denying public access; they very well might.”

Also in his order, Reinhart noted the FBI search targeting a former president’s home is  “unprecedented” and has triggered “intense public interest” in the case.

“Accordingly, it is hereby ORDERED that by the deadline, the Government shall file under seal a submission addressing possible redactions and providing any additional evidence or legal argument that the Government believes relevant to the pending Motions to Unseal,” his order said.

Media organizations argued in a court hearing last week that the affidavit should be unsealed to serve the public’s interest, while government prosecutors said releasing it to the public would provide too many details about the investigation.

Trump, who isn’t a party in the hearing, wrote on Truth Social that the affidavit should be unsealed in full.

Are You a Learner or a Judger?


Marilee Adams

IN SITUATION after situation, we are faced with the choice of adopting a Learner mindset or a Judger mindset. The Judger mindset comes quite naturally to us. We all do it. And we have Learner moments as well.

The Learner mindset opens us up to possibilities while the Judger mindset leaves us, at the very least, in an unproductive state. The Learner mindset is a choice. The Judger mindset is a reaction to our circumstances.

The trick is to be mindful of the path we are on and make the appropriate adjustment. We make that adjustment by changing the questions we are asking. That is the premise behind Marilee Adams’ book, Change Your Questions, Change Your Life.

Marilee offers a helpful Choice Map to help us to zoom out and look at where we are at any given time and make the most productive choice. As a leader and coach, it is important to understand that “you can’t help anyone from a Judger place.”

Choice Map

Think of the Choice Map as a self-coaching tool that helps us to be more aware, and that helps us chart more effective paths through our lives—and for getting better outcomes in whatever we do.

We’re making choices moment by moment by moment though we don’t always recognize it. Many of our choices may be embodied within routines or habits we’ve developed over the years, some of them so necessary in our everyday lives that er barely notice they were once choices.

Most of the time, we’re shifting back and forth between Learner and Judger mindsets, barely aware we have any control or choice. Much of what we experience can just seem true or real or logical to us. We go along as if what we experience is the way things are. Real choice begins when we are mindful enough to observe our own thoughts and feelings as well as the language we use to express them.

It is worth rereading that last paragraph. We struggle to grow because, as she writes, “Much of what we experience can just seem true or real or logical to us. We go along as if what we experience is the way things are.” To lead is to be aware of that fact.

When there is conflict, the Judger element is there. “Whenever two people find themselves in conflict, whoever wakes up to their own Judger has the ability to turn the situation around.”

Judgers and Learners ask different questions. If you are on a Judger path, you need to change your questions to switch to the Learner path.

Judger questions constricting questions and sound like this:

What’s wrong with me?
Whose fault is it?
Why am I a failure?
Why can’t I do anything right?
Why are they so clueless and frustrating?
Haven’t we already been there, don’t that?
Why bother?

On the other hand, Learner questions are expansive, energizing questions that sound like this:

What happened?
What do I want?
What’s useful about this?
What can I learn?
What’s the other person thinking, feeling, and wanting?
What are my choices?
What’s best to do now?
What’s possible?

With the Judger agenda, the costs can be tremendous. The future can only be a recycled version of the past. If you’re working from the Learner program the power is on. The juices is flowing. You can make a new future for yourself.

Marilee makes an important distinction between having good judgment and being judgmental. Good judgement is essential, but judgmentalism is destructive. “Exercising judgment is about thinking things through and making informed choices.” But being judgmental is about “fault-finding or being critical or dwelling on the negative.” She adds that the “Judger mindset is the enemy of good judgment.” When you think Judger, think judgmental.

If we can accept the fact that we gravitate to Judger and choose Learner, we can make progress by changing the questions—asking switcher questions like: Am I in Judger mode? Is this what I want? Ho else can I think about this?

Marilee has also developed a workbook to help work through triggering situations and adapt and develop a learner mindset. It’s a helpful companion to the book.

In the workbook, she outlines the Judger and Learner attributes. The chart below is very useful in understanding the change your questions, change your life program.

Judger vs Learner

Judgmentalism limits our leadership. Our influence is diminished as it puts distance between ourselves and others.