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« Reply #30 on: September 28, 2018, 10:51:20 am »

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« Reply #31 on: September 28, 2018, 08:10:48 pm »
Friday, 28 September 2018

The Pernicious Double Standards Around Brett Kavanaugh’s Drinking
by Megan Garber


On Thursday, the testimony delivered by Brett Kavanaugh to the Senate Judiciary Committee took a turn that was at once unexpected and, the past week being what it has been, deeply predictable: Sheldon Whitehouse, the senator from Rhode Island, used a portion of his allotted questioning time to ask the Supreme Court nominee about the definition of the “devil’s triangle.”

For most Americans who came of age in the same rough decades as Brett Kavanaugh, the term—included, along with Kavanaugh’s self-identification as a “Renate Alumnius” and references to kegs and ralphing and boofing, on Kavanaugh’s yearbook page—would seem an obvious reference to a sexual act.

Kavanaugh, however, told the committee that his definition of the term was different. “Devil’s triangle,” he insisted, was merely a drinking game.

“Three glasses in a triangle,” Kavanaugh said. Like quarters.

If “devil’s triangle” is a game that, indeed, involves bouncing coins into cups, there was, as of Thursday afternoon, seemingly no evidence of this on the internet, when people watching Kavanaugh’s hearing, inevitably, checked.

No evidence, that is, until shortly after Kavanaugh testified as to his personalized definition of the term.

At that point, congress-edits, the Twitter bot that tracks updates made to Wikipedia pages from congressional IP addresses, recorded a change made to the Wikipedia entry for “Devil’s Triangle”: “‘Devil’s Triangle’: a popular drinking game enjoyed by friends of Judge Brett Kavanaugh.”

The edit might have been a clumsy joke; it might have been a flimsy attempt to corroborate an explanation of things that, in the context of the rest of Kavanaugh’s sex-suggestive and booze-bragging yearbook page, would seem to defy common sense.

Either way, it was fitting: Thursday’s hearing, in its assorted grotesqueries, was its own kind of clumsy joke, precisely because of its transparent display of reason-defying entitlements.

The event—the raw but measured testimony of Christine Blasey Ford, followed by the rage-fueled indignations of Brett Kavanaugh—was a testament to the corroborative effects of power: the ease with which those who chair committees and run countries can rearrange the facts of the world until they conform to, and allegedly confirm, the tales told by the powerful.

Over the course of the past week, the story that had previously been put forth about the character of Brett Kavanaugh—the carpools and the service projects and the generous mentorship of “Coach K”—has required a necessary addendum: Even a Washington Examiner op-ed conceded that “the Senate Judiciary Committee is witnessing a very different Kavanaugh than the nominee who came before them two weeks ago.”

The choir boy, the carefully crafted story soon had to allow, is also the frat guy—and the latter guy, Kavanaugh said repeatedly on Thursday, really likes drinking. Not just as an activity but also, it seems, as a core element of his very identity.

Drinking as brotherhood.

Drinking as belonging.

It’s drinking that will go unpunished in a world that will gaze upon a young man who is, as a matter of habit, “stumbling drunk,” and “sloppy drunk,” and “incoherently drunk,” and slurringly drunk, and foolishly drunk, and aggressively drunk, and belligerently drunk, and, then, smiling benevolently at his antics, wrap him in its warm protections.

Too much has been invested in you, the world whispers to Brett Kavanaugh; I will keep you safe.

Here is an exchange, from Kavanaugh’s testimony, between the Supreme Court nominee and Senator Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota, in which the senator tested the theory that Kavanaugh in fact did what Christine Blasey Ford accused him of, but, being drunk as he did it, simply did not remember: 


Klobuchar: “You’re saying there’s never been a case where you drank so much that you didn’t remember what happened the night before or part of what happened?”
Kavanaugh: “If you’re asking about blackout, I don’t know—have you?”
Klobuchar: “Could you answer the question, judge? ... So, that’s not what happened, is that your answer?”
Kavanaugh: “Yeah, and I’m curious if you have.”
Klobuchar: “I have no drinking problem, judge.”
Kavanaugh: “Nor do I.”






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ADDEDUM:

Saturday, 29th September 2018

Read the sworn declaration by Kavanaugh accuser Julie Swetnick

Kavanaugh accuser Julie Swetnick alleges he 'spiked' punch at parties so intoxicated women could be raped
by Sarah Fitzpatrick, Rich Schapiro and Adiel Kaplan







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Re: Purple Purse
« Reply #32 on: October 14, 2018, 03:28:54 pm »
Sunday, 14th October 2018

Female inmates claim Arizona prison withholding basic hygienic products
by John Bowden



Female inmates at an Arizona prison say that the state's Department of Corrections is withholding sufficient basic hygienic supplies, including toilet paper.

Local news radio station KJZZ reported this week that two inmates at the Arizona State Prison Complex in Perryville wrote to the religious group, American Friends Service Committee, alleging that they were forced to find substitutes for toilet paper for days after prison officials said the facility ran out.

The prison later ran out of feminine pads, according to the prisoners' letters.

"I ran out on Saturday 9/30, and although I continually asked for [toilet paper] was told they were out," one woman wrote, according to KJZZ.

"They did have pads that I used as [toilet paper] until Monday 10/1 when they ran out. I then had to use a wash rag until Wed morn."


"[M]any of the officers are indifferent to the fact that we don't have any," wrote another woman.

The station wrote that it had confirmed the identities of the prisoners who wrote the letters, but was not naming the women who said they feared retribution.

A spokesman for the group, which advocates on behalf of prisoners and prison reform, attacked the Arizona Department of Corrections for treating inmates "like animals."

"How do we expect folks to rehabilitate themselves, if we can't even treat them like human beings?"
 
Joe Watson, the group's spokesman, told WJZZ. "If you treat folks like animals, withholding their basic necessities how do we expect them to come out of prison and feel like they are a part of their community?" he continued.

A spokesman for the Arizona Department of Corrections called the inmates' accusations "patently untrue," while admitting that a shortage of toilet paper existed at the Perryville location.

"All inmates ... have continuous access to toilet paper, at no cost to them," Andrew Wilder told WJZZ.

"The unfortunate reality is that some inmates misuse the toilet paper or misrepresent themselves when asking for more," he added.

"And that can disrupt a unit's ability to maintain a reasonable and reliable supply for all of the inmates."

Elizabeth Berry, a spokesperson for Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey told the station that the state's Department of Corrections "is continuously working to improve their operational protocols to align with a recently revised policy improving access to hygiene products.

We will continue to monitor this issue."





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Re: Purple Purse
« Reply #33 on: November 12, 2018, 03:57:43 pm »
Thursday, 8th Monday 2018
Just Another Creepy Politician Getting Away w/Sh!t!
by Camila Domonoske


Eric Schneiderman, the former attorney general of New York who resigned after multiple women accused him of physically attacking them, will not face criminal charges over the allegations of abuse.
 
Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas says an experienced team of prosecutors and investigators conducted an "exhaustive review" of the facts and the legal landscape.

Singas, who personally interviewed accusers, says she believes the women. But because of "legal impediments, including statutes of limitations," prosecution isn't possible, she announced in a statement Thursday.

Identifying "a gap in the law," Singas simultaneously proposed legislation that would protect victims of "sexually-motivated violence" in the future. "wha...---Huh?"

In a story published by The New Yorker in May, four women accused Schneiderman of nonconsensual slapping, hitting and choking, as part of a larger pattern of demeaning and violently abusive behavior.

He also spat on some of the women, belittled them and threatened to kill them, former girlfriends said.

Schneiderman initially denied the allegations and said he merely engaged in "role-playing and other consensual sexual activity.""wha...---Huh?"

But the former attorney general struck a different tone on Thursday.

"I recognize that District Attorney Singas' decision not to prosecute does not mean I have done nothing wrong.

I accept full responsibility for my conduct in my relationships with my accusers, and for the impact it had on them," he said in a statement.

Schneiderman — who had publicly been an outspoken advocate for women, before his fall from grace — said Thursday that he had spent time in rehab and is committed to making amends.

"I apologize for any and all pain that I have caused, and I apologize to the people of the State of New York for disappointing them after they put their trust in me," he wrote.

Michelle Manning Barish, one of the women who spoke on the record to the New Yorker, wrote on Twitter that she feels "completely vindicated by Eric Schneiderman's admission that he engaged in the abuse to which he subjected me and the other women."

But she called for Schneiderman to go beyond words.

"A crucial next step will be for Schneiderman to turn over all campaign contributions — which we understand to be over $8.5 M — to groups that combat sexual violence against women and protect those who are harmed," she wrote.

"I wish him well in his recovery process," she said.

The investigation into Schneiderman's alleged abuse was originally opened by Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr.

But, as NPR wrote in May, that was a complicated situation:

"Schneiderman has been investigating Vance for his involvement in the decision not to prosecute Harvey Weinstein in 2015 after it gathered evidence for a case against him."

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, seeking to avoid a conflict of interest, reassigned the investigation to Singas, who served as a special prosecutor.

Singas ultimately concluded that state laws, as written, "preclude criminal prosecution" in Schneiderman's case.
 
Identifying "deficiencies" in the law in cases such as this one, she also proposed the legislative fix. "wha...---Huh?"
 
Currently, a slap that does not cause physical injury is not a crime in New York unless the intent is to "alarm, harass or annoy" someone, she wrote.

And bruises or abrasions do not qualify as "physical injury." "wha...---Huh?"

The prosecutor did not provide specific examples.

But her summary suggests that in a sexual context, repeatedly slapping a person without his or her consent to the point of causing tears, screams of pain and a lingering mark — one of the many types of assaults Schneiderman is accused of committing — is not a crime in New York state.  "wha...---Huh?"

Singas notes that "sexually-motivated violence ... may leave the victims with deep emotional wounds, even if they do not sustain physical injuries as defined under New York penal law."
 
Singas' proposed legislation would criminalize nonconsensual slapping, kicking and striking "with the purpose of sexual arousal or gratification, and without consent."

The offense would be classified as sexual harassment. "wha...---Huh?"





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« Reply #34 on: December 18, 2018, 05:10:26 am »
Tuesday, 18th December 2018
Idris Elba Says #MeToo Movement Is ‘Only Difficult if You're a Man with Something to Hide'

by Alexia Fernandez


Idris Elba is receiving praise for his support of the #MeToo movement.

In an interview with The Times newspaper in the UK, the 46-year-old actor was asked how hard it was for him as an actor in Hollywood during the #MeToo era.

Elba replied, “It’s only difficult if you’re a man with something to hide.”

Ava DuVernay, 46, quoted his statement in a tweet, writing, “Preach, brother. Preach.“

Shonda Rhimes and Barack Obama‘s former senior advisor, Valerie Jarrett, also praised the star on the Twitter.

“See?” Rhimes, 48, tweeted, while Jarrett, 62, wrote, “Listen up, fellas, ‘It’s only difficult if you are a man with something to hide.” – @idriselba about #MeToo.'”

Elba, who was crowned PEOPLE’s Sexiest Man Alive in November, has been vocal about his support for the movement and women in film.

While promoting his film Molly’s Game in 2017, Elba said the #MeToo movement was “quite poignant.”

“Of course, this is a film that was made a year ago, and probably prepped two or three years ago, but to come out when its coming out now is actually quite amazing when we’re seeing women stand up and have a liberation movement of speaking up against some of their atrocities that [have] happened,” he told Den of Geek.





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« Reply #35 on: December 20, 2018, 07:08:52 am »
Thursday, 20th December 2018
CHECK...  MOVE YOUR KING!

Today's ruling: According to the Associated Press, Judge denies weinstein's motion to dismiss sex crimes, which allows the Harvey Weinstein sex assault case to move forward.

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« Reply #36 on: January 08, 2019, 03:39:01 pm »
Tuesday, 7th December 2019
Court date set in Harvey Weinstein criminal sexual assault case
by Shayna Jacobs



A trial date has been set in Harvey Weinstein’s criminal sex assault case for early May, according to a recent court filing.

But the prospective May 6 date has been used as a basis for Weinstein’s lawyers to ask for a delay in a separate case — a class action suit for a pattern of alleged sexual harassment and assault in Manhattan Federal Court brought by numerous women against the disgraced Hollywood mogul.
 
“An initial stay of seven months would be appropriate in light of the May trial date,” Weinstein civil lawyer Elior Shiloh wrote in the Monday filing.

The stay “would allow Mr. Weinstein to have a full and fair opportunity to defend himself against the criminal charges,” the attorney added.

The date has never been announced openly in Manhattan Supreme Court, where Weinstein’s charges have been pending since last May. Trial dates in state criminal court are routinely postponed.

It is unclear how firm the May 6 date is considered by the judge and the parties.
 
The date is “unofficial and tentative,” a court spokesman told the Daily News.

Weinstein stands charged with sexually assaulting a production assistant in 2006 and with raping another woman at a Doubletree Hotel in 2013.

He denies any non-consensual activity.

He faces a minimum of 10 years behind bars on the top count of predatory sexual assault, which relates to a pattern of abusive conduct.








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« Reply #37 on: February 18, 2019, 12:42:50 pm »
Monday, 18th February 2019
Game of Thrones’s Lena Headey Says Her Career Was Hurt After Rejecting Harvey Weinstein
by Lisa Ryan


In the fall of 2017, Game of Thrones star Lena Headey was among dozens of women to accuse former Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein of sexual harassment and assault.

Now, in a new interview with the Sunday Times, Headey is speaking out about how rejecting Weinstein may have ended up harming her career for a decade.
Monday, 18th February 2019

Lena Headey Says Her Career Was Hurt After Rejecting Harvey Weinstein
by Lisa Ryan

Headey, who plays Cersei Lannister on the HBO program, publicly shared her Weinstein story in a series of tweets in October of 2017. She wrote that she first met Weinstein at the Venice Film Festival, where he made sexually inappropriate comments.
 
Years later, she says he manhandled her during a meeting in L.A. after she turned down his advances.
 
“I got in my car and I cried,” she tweeted.

Speaking with the Times, Headey says that she has realized that rejecting Weinstein had a negative impact on her career.

“After he was discovered to be a slimeball, on a grander scale than me just knowing it, I did start thinking, ‘F---, maybe because I didn’t sh-g him, that’s impacted a decade of my working life,’” she told the Times.

“Because I did two jobs for Miramax before those incidents, and after that there was nothing.”

Heady is among many women who have come forward to accuse Weinstein of harassing or assaulting them when he was a power player in Hollywood.

The allegations led to a major reckoning in Hollywood and other industries, as a number of powerful men have since been accused of sexual misconduct.
 
Weinstein currently faces five counts for allegedly nonconsensual encounters with two women, and has a Manhattan court date set for May.





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