23 November, 2017

To Hell With the Witch-Hunt Debate - The Atlantic

To Hell With the Witch-Hunt Debate - The Atlantic: "You learn early on, if you’re female, that your body mostly belongs to you. But if you are going to make a big fuss every time a hand grabs you on a crowded bus or train, every time a man forces a wet, unwanted kiss on you, you’re going to become something men really don’t like: bitter. And so you come to accept that for the most part your body belongs to you. But in a small way a little bit of it belongs to the men of the world. And I am reminded of the ancient words that washed over me in the churches of my childhood and the college chapels of my late adolescence, in the cathedrals and outdoor masses of my early life on my own: This is my body, which is given up for you.

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22 November, 2017

290 coaches, officials tied to U.S. Olympic groups have been accused of sexual misconduct since 1982 - Orlando Sentinel

290 coaches, officials tied to U.S. Olympic groups have been accused of sexual misconduct since 1982 - Orlando Sentinel: "More than 290 coaches and officials associated with America's Olympic sports organizations have been publicly accused of sexual misconduct since 1982, according to a Washington Post review of sport governing body banned lists, news clips, and court records in several states. The figure spans parts of 15 sports and amounts to an average of eight adults connected to an Olympic organization accused of sexual misconduct every year - or about one every six weeks - for more than 36 years.

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Sexual Harassment Allegations -- It Will Get Uglier | National Review

Sexual Harassment Allegations -- It Will Get Uglier | National Review:

As much as I dislike Franken, making a gross pass at an adult woman is different than molesting a 14-year-old girl. Groping a woman’s backside is not the same thing as raping a woman. And yet Franken’s name is routinely listed alongside Moore’s and Weinstein’s. Some of this leveling is simply journalistic laziness. But a lot of it is partisan demagoguery and opportunism. Partisanship also leads to what you might call anti-leveling: people who ignore wrongdoing on “their side” even as they attack their enemies.

Read more at: http://www.nationalreview.com/article/453974/sexual-harassment-allegations-will-get-uglier



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20 November, 2017

The Truth About Sex Differences | Psychology Today

The Truth About Sex Differences | Psychology Today: "If you were to line up 100 women and 100 men and peruse the heights of the two groups, you would easily notice differences in their group distributions of heights. In the United States, the average adult woman is only about as tall as the average 14-year-old boy. Too often, when scientists claim that there exists a sex difference in height, it gets translated by others as meaning that the feature of height is biologically essential to being a man (taller) or a woman (shorter). The tendency to misconstrue as a necessary difference what shows up only as a group difference is a huge barrier to respectful and productive conversations about sex differences. 

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Roy Moore allegations place uneasy spotlight on Gadsden | AL.com

Roy Moore allegations place uneasy spotlight on Gadsden | AL.com:

In 1960, Gadsden had almost 60,000 residents. In those days, it was an industrial town bookended by the Goodyear tire plant and a steel plant. Now, it has about 36,000 residents, but maintains a vibrant downtown life and local business culture.
Curlie DeRamus, a 70-year-old who said he has lived in Gadsden his whole life, didn't approach the mike but grew animated when he talked about his hometown. He said Gadsden is full of people who are in low wage jobs, trying to make a better life for themselves.


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19 November, 2017

JoshRushing comments on [AMA Request] Anyone that has witnessed a death sentenced carried out

JoshRushing comments on [AMA Request] Anyone that has witnessed a death sentenced carried out: "I wrote the following description of having just witnessed an execution while in the passenger seat of a car driving away from the prison. I wanted it to be as accurate and detailed as possible...
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18 November, 2017

Kim Jong Un’s North Korea: Life inside the totalitarian state - Washington Post

Kim Jong Un’s North Korea: Life inside the totalitarian state - Washington Post: "Escapees from North Korea’s gruesome political prisons have recounted brutal treatment over the years, including medieval torture with shackles and fire and being forced to undergo abortions by the crudest methods. Human rights activists say that this appears to have lessened slightly under Kim. But severe beatings and certain kinds of torture — including being forced to remain in stress positions for crippling lengths of time — are commonplace throughout North Korea’s detention systems, as are public executions.

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The First Victory Over ISIS | commentary

The First Victory Over ISIS | commentary: "While the U.S. has had military success against some terrorist groups—we tend to focus on one group at a time, first al-Qaeda, then ISIS—they have shown a worrisome tendency to either make good their losses or else be superseded by other groups that may turn out to be even more vicious. Put another way, the pathologies of the Muslim world have proven stronger than our ability or will to overcome them. What, then, should we do in the future in what has been variously known as the “Global War on Terror,” the “Struggle Against Violent Extremism,” and now the war on “radical Islamic terrorism”? The answer to that question begins with an honest assessment of what has gone right—and wrong—to date."



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17 November, 2017

Ric_Adbur comments on The FCC just repealed a 42-year-old rule blocking broadcast media mergers

Ric_Adbur comments on The FCC just repealed a 42-year-old rule blocking broadcast media mergers: "Everyone feels powerless to stop it. Every week there's a new story or several about how corruption is spreading further and further and becoming more and more blatant with little to no opposition. Couple that with the constant barrage of news about terrorism, hostile foreign powers, and the never-ending partisan blame-game, and nobody knows what direction to move in much less what they'd even do if they got there.

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US Navy: Penis in sky drawn by jet trail was 'unacceptable' : news

US Navy: Penis in sky drawn by jet trail was 'unacceptable' : news:

If he was in my command I would have simply called it a asymmetrical combat orbit pattern practice run that occurred during a unique atmospheric condition that allowed a jet trail to develop. Unfortunately certain more basers members of the general public interpreted these jet trails as a penis. Since the Navy is not in the business of enforcing morality among the general public there is nothing the Navy can do about it.
Then once the press dies away I would give the pilot a toothbrush and tell clean the runway with it.
First rule of command is you have protect your men no matter what dumbass thing they do.


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83-year-old retired Marine keeps promise made in bunker in Vietnam | WFAA.com

83-year-old retired Marine keeps promise made in bunker in Vietnam | WFAA.com: "For nearly five decades, Cox, who lives in Piedmont, and Hollingsworth, whose nickname was Hollie, kept their promise to each other.

And earlier this year, Cox kept another promise: He stood guard at Hollingsworth’s casket and then delivered the eulogy at his funeral.

Standing guard, without the cane that the 83-year-old normally uses, Cox was paying tribute, one Marine to another."



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