Monday, October 30, 2017

Monday's Misogyny

Related: The New Face of Feminism 

Not for long:

"She wears extremely short skirts, sports blue pigtails to her knees, and has opened shows for Lady Gaga. Yet Hatsune Miku, who boasts 2.5 million Facebook followers, doesn’t actually exist — at least not as a flesh-and-blood diva. Miku is a computer-simulated pop star in Japan. She started life as a piece of voice-synthesis software but since has evolved to become a singing sensation....."

Sick, in more ways than one.

Poll: Most have little fear of robots taking jobs

In what is a mass psychosis of "it won't happen to me" syndrome here in AmeriKa. 

Never underestimate the ability of a people to delude themselves.

Trump set to announce Fed choice this week

He could strike a blow for women by retaining Yellen, right?

The biggest stock collapse in world history has no end in sight

Don't worry, it's in China (coming to the U.S. soon?)

Here’s the short list of candidates to take top post at Samsung

Forget the political scandal that led to the impeachment of a president and the CIA trapdoors in their products.

What else is there to talk about?

Men like to you-know like rabbits.

If they could only edit out the bad from the good....

"Santander announcing $11 billion program" by Jon Chesto Globe Staff  October 29, 2017

When Santander Bank executives on Monday unveil an $11 billion, five-year pledge for community investments across the company’s eight-state footprint, they might as well be kicking off a comeback tour for the bank.

Santander Bank, one of the US arms of Spanish financial giant Banco Santander, has had a tough run in recent years.


But the bank has turned the corner.


Its new “Inclusive Communities” plan will represent about a 50 percent increase in annual community reinvestment spending from 2015 levels....

Yes, it's our savior bankers to the rescue! 


It's also the one industry that has yet to be blighted by the recent sex scandals (with all due respect to the folks at Fidelity). 

That means there must be no sexual harassment on Wall Street, right?!


Suffolk DA clears officers in February 2016 police shooting

They waited until things had cooled down.

‘These cases never go to trial’: Activists mark year since fatal police shooting

That was last Halloween and I'm sorry I no longer have the time to get into itHaven't decided if I'm going to go as the Pied Piper or a clown.

"Police say a drunk driver hit two women in Connecticut, trapping one under the vehicle and killing her. Officers responded to a reported accident involving two female pedestrians on Saturday night in Plainville. A 59-year-old woman was found to be trapped under the driver’s front side wheel. Police and civilians lifted the vehicle off the woman. She was taken to Hartford Hospital, where she died on Sunday morning. Authorities haven’t identified her. The other pedestrian was also hit by the vehicle but wasn’t badly hurt. Police say the driver, Justine Cusick, of Plainville, was arrested on charges that include vehicular manslaughter and driving under the influence (AP)."

They not only closed the club but found drugs and a woman assaulted.

DeVos may only partly forgive some student loans



"2 French women accuse prominent Islamic scholar of sexual assault" by Carlotta Gal New York Times  October 29, 2017

NEW YORK — Amid a recent outpouring by French women reporting episodes of sexual harassment and naming their aggressors, two women have accused a renowned Islamic scholar of violent sexual attacks.

French activist and author Henda Ayari filed a police complaint 10 days ago accusing the well-known, Swiss-born Islamic scholar Tariq Ramadan of sexually assaulting her in 2012.

Then on Thursday, a second woman filed a complaint in Paris against Ramadan, accusing him of rape and assault in a hotel room in Lyon, France, in 2009.

Ramadan’s lawyer has issued a categorical denial about the first accusation and said that Ramadan would sue his accuser for defamation.

The explosive accounts came in the aftermath of accusations that powerful Hollywood film producer Harvey Weinstein had engaged in decades of sexual harassment and assaults against women like actress Rose McGowan.

A New York Times investigation revealed that Weinstein had paid off at least eight women over the years.

In the aftermath, many women, and some men, around the world added their voices to a wave of complaints on social media, including under the hashtag #BalanceTonPorc, or ExposeYourPig, in France.

On Sunday, women protested sexual abuse and harassment in 11 French cities under the #MeToo banner in the wake of allegations against Weinstein.

Carol Galand, an independent journalist who organized the protests, told the Associated Press that it’s important this movement went beyond social media. ‘‘Some women don’t have the strength to handle alone those aggressions that they faced. So they really need to be together, because together we are stronger,’’ she said..... 

La viva la Libertines, etc, etc.


Nothing about Macron's predatory wife, 'eh?

A British minister admits he made his secretary buy sex toys as #MeToo hits UK Parliament

Anybody know where we can get a few good men?

Health care open enrollment may be chaotic for some

She wouldn't be Indonesian, would she?

I couldn't take the heat so I'm out of the kitchen.

"No time for Halloween prep? Now that’s truly scary" by Beth Teitell Globe Staff  October 30, 2017

Halloween — long beloved as America’s lone stress-free holiday — has turned on us. Marketing vampires and Instagram showoffs have raised the bar so high that people feel compelled to pay professionals to handle what was once simply a day to give kids candy.

Halloween whisperers are earning as much as $125 an hour to shop for severed heads, advise clients on his-and-hers costumes, and spray bushes with spider webs.

In Chestnut Hill, personal concierge Lisa Schreider spent hours scooping out 10 large pumpkins for a driveway display, a job that left her with a modern workplace injury: pumpkin elbow.....

I have the blogger's version.