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Guest post: Completely uninterested in the complaints from women

Oct 5th, 2019 4:13 pm | By

Originally a comment by Artymorty on Not so much an annoyance as a burning social injustice.

That sounds ridiculous. I’ve not heard of that before.

I know it’s not the same thing, but sanitary napkin disposal boxes became an issue at the concert venue I used to manage. Our toilets went “all-gender” a few years ago due to demands from our young hyper-woke employees. (This consisted of replacing the “Men’s/Women’s” signs with ones that read “Washroom with Urinals/Washroom with Stalls”.) The employees wanted us to install a pad/tampon disposal box in the former men’s washroom (like we have in every stall in the former women’s), since it was expected that women would start using the men’s stall. Naturally, no … Read the rest

Too many women getting educated emergency

Oct 5th, 2019 11:25 am | By

It appears that women are getting too educated.

The gender imbalance in educational attainment is getting larger every year. That may spell good news, ultimately, for income and employment equality—but it presages increasingly problematic social conditions for generations of men and women.

According to the U.S. Department of Education, more than 57% of the class of 2018 who graduated with bachelor’s degrees were female. The gap for master’s degrees was even wider: 59% to 41%.

In terms of economic justice this is good news, Gerard Baker admits, but what about The Mate Quest?

Most studies of human heterosexual attraction suggest both that intellectual capacity and achievement is an important attractor and that people tend to gravitate toward a partner

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Not so much an annoyance as a burning social injustice

Oct 5th, 2019 10:57 am | By

Rosa Silverman on why toilets are a feminist issue:

Discussing “the tyranny of the toilet queue” on Emma Barnett’s BBC Radio 5 Live show this week, the feminist campaigner Caroline Criado Perez made a spirited and well-founded argument for why toilets are a feminist issue; not so much an annoyance as a burning social injustice.

“Everyone knows that women have to queue for the toilet and men tend to just walk in and out, and that’s because we have traditionally given equal floor space for men and women for their toilets,” she told listeners.

It might seem fair on the face of it but, she contended, it isn’t: “For a start, male toilets tend to have urinals in them,

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Yes, Ivanka is worse; and?

Oct 5th, 2019 10:37 am | By

Kate Aronoff says what I’ve been saying:

The standard lines from Democrats about Hunter Biden and his business dealings in China and Ukraine have been consistent: Donald Trump has abused the office of the president by asking foreign leaders to investigate Biden’s son, and there is absolutely no proof that either Joe or Hunter Biden have done anything to break the law. Any questionable dealings by Biden’s son also pale in comparison to ethical breaches on the part of Ivanka, Eric or Donald Trump Jr, who have routinely blurred the lines between the extended Trump Organization – the family’s business empire –and their presence in the White House.

This is all true, and arguably these are the right lines vis-a-vis

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Amor patriae

Oct 5th, 2019 10:18 am | By

I have a column in the current Free Inquiry and it’s one of the non-paywalled items this time.

It’s about Trump’s patriotism theater. It was fun to write.

Even if we can figure out exactly what we’re being ordered to love, it’s not actually the case that we’re legally obliged to do so. We’re not required to feel amorous toward “it” as a condition of being allowed to go on living here as citizens. We’re not made to undergo regular “love it” inspections to gauge whether our affection levels are above the red line. We don’t have to send monthly reports on our patriopassion on pain of expulsion. If we were born here, we get to live here, no questions

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Mister Congeniality

Oct 5th, 2019 10:01 am | By

There could be a second whistleblower.

A second intelligence official is reportedly considering filing a whistleblower complaint about Donald Trump’s dealings with Ukraine as the Democrats’ impeachment investigation into the president and his administration continues to escalate.

The US secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, also failed to meet a subpoena deadline to turn over documents related to the investigation, as House Democrats broadened their subpoena request to the White House, demanding documents after the executive branch ignored requests to provide them voluntarily.

Pompeo had a math test and a history paper due this week.

The second official considering filing a whistleblower complaint about the president’s dealings with Ukraine has more direct information about the events in question than the

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Goodbye constitutional right to abortion access

Oct 4th, 2019 5:53 pm | By

1950 here we come.

The Supreme Court agreed on Friday to hear June Medical Services v. Gee, a challenge to Louisiana’s stringent abortion restrictions. There is very little doubt that the conservative majority will use this case to overrule 2016’s Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt, allowing states to regulate abortion clinics out of existence. In the process, the Republican-appointed justices will set the stage for the formal reversal of Roe v. Wade. The court’s decision to hear June Medical Services came with the alarming announcement that it will also consider whether to strip doctors of their ability to contest abortion laws in court. These aggressive moves augur an impending demise of the constitutional right to abortion

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Oct 4th, 2019 12:32 pm | By

Also…Maddow had a good deal of innocent fun night before last with a large envelope that sported a weirdly baroque address (Secretary Pompeo attn Ruth – the “attn Ruth” was pretty hilarious too). Now I understand, via Josh Rogin:

Rudy admits to CNN he passed the packet of Ukraine conspiracy theories and attacks on a U.S. ambassador to Pompeo. “They (the State Department) told me they would investigate it.”

By the way, Rudy is admitting to manufacturing White House logos and sticking them on non-White House documents and pushing the real government to act on them.

Walter Shaub:

Josh, are you inferring that from his statement that he’s responsible for the packet, or is he literally saying he

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Just needling the press

Oct 4th, 2019 12:02 pm | By

This is disgustingly flippant and cynical.

Marco Rubio blows off Trump’s “Chye-nah should investigate Biden” as trolling:

This morning in the Florida Keys, @marcorubio was asked about the President calling on China to investigate @JoeBiden – see his answer↓

His answer:

I don’t know if that’s a real request or him just needling the press knowing that you guys were going to get outraged by it. He’s pretty good at getting everybody fired up, and he’s been doing that for awhile, and the media responded right on task.

A reporter repeated the question.

I don’t think that’s a real request. I think he did it to gig you guys. I think he did it to provoke you to ask

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You can litigate for literally decades and…

Oct 4th, 2019 11:33 am | By

Lawyers agree: this is not your average criminal conspiracy.

Neal Katyal:

You can litigate for literally decades (as I have) and never see something in writing as damning as this and the other texts released last night. Unbelievable.

George Conway:

Same. And in my 31 years of practice, I’ve been involved in litigations in which, In the aggregate, tens of millions of documents were produced.

Elizabeth McLaughlin:

I said the same thing last night. Even the most blatant antitrust and securities fraud cases i litigated for 15 years never had evidence like this.

I have to wonder exactly how vindicated Andrew McCabe is feeling right now.

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Absolute trumparchy

Oct 4th, 2019 10:21 am | By

I sent Trump a little note an hour or so ago, in the form of a reply to one of his tweets, objecting to his habit of screaming that he has an absolute right to do this or that.

As the President of the United States, I have an absolute right, perhaps even a duty, to investigate, or have investigated, CORRUPTION, and that would include asking, or suggesting, other Countries to help us out!

I really hate that habit of his, so I’m cheered to see this from Benjamin Wittes:

@Susan_Hennessey and I, for our book, began a collection of statements in which Trump uses the phrase “I have an absolute right.” Now we send each other these

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Volker and Sondland appear to scurry to seal the deal

Oct 4th, 2019 9:57 am | By

The Guardian has a helpfully concise summary of the texts issue.

Just before midnight Thursday, three House committees involved in the impeachment inquiry against Donald Trump released a letter advising colleagues of discoveries they had made over the course of nine hours of testimony that day by Kurt Volker, the former US special envoy to Ukraine.

Attached to the letter were six pages of transcripts of text messages among Volker; acting US ambassador to the Ukraine Bill Taylor; US ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland; and an aide to Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelinskiy.

I was misled by the matching “ambassador” titles earlier this morning until I read further. Bill Taylor is a career diplomat, a civil servant; Gordan … Read the rest

No quid pro quo plus absolute right

Oct 4th, 2019 8:48 am | By

Common Dreams explains about the texts:

House Democrats Thursday night released a trove of explosive text exchanges between top U.S. diplomats that provides a closer look into U.S. President Donald Trump’s months-long effort to pressure Ukraine’s leader to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden.

The text messages, provided to House committees by then special envoy to Ukraine Kurt Volker, show that the Trump administration attempted to use a possible meeting between the U.S. president and Ukrainian leader Volodymyr Zelensky to pressure Kyiv to launch an investigation into Biden and his son Hunter.

You want Javelin missiles? Give us dirt on Biden. You want a meeting? Give us dirt on Biden.

The messages also showed Bill Taylor, the top American

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Paper trail

Oct 4th, 2019 7:54 am | By

I’m scrolling through CNN’s live updates on the Trump outrages, remembering to breathe every couple of minutes or so.

Headline from an hour and 20 minutes ago:

Trump told China’s president the US would stay silent on Hong Kong protests during trade talks

Breathing halted again.

Text under headline:

During a private phone call in June, President Trump promised Chinese President Xi Jinping that the US would remain quiet on pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong while trade talks continued, two sources familiar with knowledge of the call tell CNN.

Why this matters: The remarkable pledge to the Chinese leader is a dramatic departure from decades of US support for human rights in China and shows just how eager Trump

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Another consignment of mud

Oct 3rd, 2019 5:04 pm | By

And another “They did WHAT?” appears. Judd Legum:

“Two of President Trump’s top envoys to Ukraine drafted a statement for the country’s new president in August that would have committed Ukraine to pursuing investigations sought by Mr. Trump into his political rivals”

“Here, President Zelwhateveritis, here’s a statement where you promise to investigate Donald Trump’s rivals. Sign here please. Now please. We’re not discussing the javelins until you sign.”

The Times:

The statement would have committed Ukraine to investigating the energy company Burisma, which had employed Hunter Biden, the younger son of former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. And it would have called for the Ukrainian government to look into what Mr. Trump and his allies believe

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Trump told Xi he would keep shtum about Hong Kong

Oct 3rd, 2019 4:47 pm | By

Trump is generous though. He doesn’t share his views on Biden with Ukraine only – no indeed! China gets to hear his opinions on the subject too.

When Donald Trump suggested today, at a press conference, that China should investigate Joe Biden he said he’d never actually pushed Chinese leader Xi Jinping to investigate his political rivals.

Now CNN reports that Trump discussed Biden and Elizabeth Warren with Xi during a whole call. He also reportedly told Xi he’d keep quiet about the protests in Hong Kong, so long as trade talks between China and the US progressed:

During a phone call with Xi on June 18, Trump raised Biden’s political prospects as well as those of Sen. Elizabeth

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The woman, bad news

Oct 3rd, 2019 4:31 pm | By

Another item for the list:

President Donald Trump ordered the removal of Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch from her post in Ukraine following complaints by his personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani and others, the Wall Street Journal reported Thursday.

Trump’s personal lawyer gets to decide who is ambassador to Ukraine. Interesting.

Yovanovitch, who was recalled months earlier than expected in May 2019, was accused by Giuliani without evidence of trying to undermine the President and blocking efforts to investigate Democrats like former Vice President Joe Biden. According to the Wall Street Journal, a person familiar with the matter said that State Department officials were told that her removal was “a priority” for Trump.

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Weird foreplay

Oct 3rd, 2019 12:22 pm | By

That didn’t go well.

Legendary journalist Bob Woodward is coming under heavy fire for the questions he asked while interviewing the Pulitzer-winning investigative team of Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey at a Washington, DC, event on Wednesday night. After Woodward repeatedly interrupted Kantor and Twohey and posited that Harvey Weinstein’s behavior could have been “weird foreplay,” audience members booed Woodward, and some attendees even walked out of the event.

Kantor and Twohey are the Times reporters who broke the Harvey Weinstein story. They chose Woodward to interview them.

Some audience members began to yell back at Woodward as he repeatedly interrupted Kantor and Twohey, saying, “Let them finish!” and “Every woman deserves to be heard!”

And as the conversation

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An expert in everything

Oct 3rd, 2019 11:40 am | By

More on Trump’s narcissism (it’s a long piece):

[F]rom the perspective of the public at large, the debate over whether Trump meets the clinical diagnostic criteria for NPD—or whether psychiatrists can and should answer that question without directly examining him—is beside the point. The goal of a diagnosis is to help a clinician guide treatment. The question facing the public is very different: Does the president of the United States exhibit a consistent pattern of behavior that suggests he is incapable of properly discharging the duties of his office?

Even Trump’s own allies recognize the degree of his narcissism. When he launched racist attacks on four congresswomen of color, Senator Lindsey Graham explained, “That’s just the way he is.

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Behavior like this is unusual

Oct 3rd, 2019 10:22 am | By

George Conway takes an extended look at the question of Trump’s disordered behavior.

As Bob Woodward recounts at length in his book Fear, members of Trump’s criminal-defense team fought both Trump and Mueller tooth and nail to keep Trump from being interviewed by the Office of Special Counsel. A practice testimonial session ended with Trump spouting wild, baseless assertions in a rage. Woodward quotes Trump’s outside counsel John Dowd as saying that Trump “just made something up” in response to one question. “That’s his nature.” Woodward also recounts Dowd’s thinking when he argued to Trump that the president was “not really capable” of answering Mueller’s questions face to face. Dowd had “to dress it up as much as
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