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Laurence Krauss' university concluded he grabbed a woman inappropriately:

University finds prominent astrophysicist Lawrence Krauss grabbed a woman’s breast | Science | AAAS

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An investigation by Arizona State University (ASU) in Tempe concluded this week that high-profile astrophysicist and atheist Lawrence Krauss violated the university’s sexual harassment policy by grabbing a woman’s breast at a conference in Australia in late 2016.
This was reported to ASU some time after the event, and was dismissed, but was reopened after the Buzzfeed article.

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“They should have believed me the first time,” Thomson says. “It’s ridiculous the amount of effort you have to go through to stop universities from just dismissing these cases. I have been traumatized by the process and I wasn’t even a victim.”
This was a week ago, but I'm only catching up on the news... I can't wait to catch up on the rationalizations.
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Richard Deacon (I believe it's him) was gay
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Old 08-25-2018, 10:58 AM
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So hey, how's that Republican outreach to women going?

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This properly should have gone in the Doctor Who thread, but the issue goes way wider than that so I'm leaving it here.


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A p interesting take on the whole Last Jedi (over)reaction. Also, Pop Culture Detective is a p good channel.

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He makes a lot of good points, and I agree with most of his analysis of the movie and the negative (over)reactions to it from MRA idiots.

On the other hand, I still think The Last Jedi is a bad movie -- joyless, with idiotic and badly-written characters, and overall, it's a great big mess.
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Christian pastor: Women who dress provocatively are committing sexual assault on men – DeadState

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Speaking of Pastors, “Maybe I crossed the border, maybe I was too friendly or familiar but again, I apologize.” "...That’s what we are all about in the church. We are all about love.”
Yeah, "Maybe."
Bishop 'apologizes' for clearly grabbing Ariana Grande's breast while hugging her on stage at Aretha Franklin's funeral.

He then made a joke about her name sounding like a Taco Bell menu item.
Because apparently we are at a place where funerals for powerful women are really for grabbing and putting down women. He also apologized to the hispanic community for the taco bell joke. The question is, does the fact Grande is italian and not hispanic make it more or less racist that he apologized to the hispanic community for comparing an Italian woman to an American style mexican restaurant.

What a shit show. Thx Bishop!
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On the other hand, I still think The Last Jedi is a bad movie -- joyless, with idiotic and badly-written characters, and overall, it's a great big mess.
So on par with about half of all Star Wars movies.
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Speaking of Ariana Grande:


I find myself unable to judge this man. The plank in my eye is making it hard to see.
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Speaking of Pastors, “Maybe I crossed the border, maybe I was too friendly or familiar but again, I apologize.” "...That’s what we are all about in the church. We are all about love.”
Yeah, "Maybe."
Bishop 'apologizes' for clearly grabbing Ariana Grande's breast while hugging her on stage at Aretha Franklin's funeral.

He then made a joke about her name sounding like a Taco Bell menu item.
Because apparently we are at a place where funerals for powerful women are really for grabbing and putting down women. He also apologized to the hispanic community for the taco bell joke. The question is, does the fact Grande is italian and not hispanic make it more or less racist that he apologized to the hispanic community for comparing an Italian woman to an American style mexican restaurant.

What a shit show. Thx Bishop!
How dare he turn a into something impure!
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Old 09-02-2018, 05:55 AM
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So on par with about half of all Star Wars movies.
Probably more than half. I kinda wonder how much starwars' brilliance has been built in the minds of its fans. Like it's hard to properly evaluate something that blew you away as a kid that you loved so much you have tons of costumes, toys and random trinkets etc. I've thought it would be interesting to take the basic story and structure of one of the originals and change all the names and places and whatnot so there's no connection to starwars and see what starwars fans would rate it. I bet it wouldn't be nearly as high as the original.
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If it weren't for John Williams' brilliant score and the special effects that were ground-breaking for the time, I'm convinced there would only have been the original Star Wars. It's a real credit to Alec Guinness and Peter Cushing that they managed to make their characters' dialog sound almost natural, and it's a credit to Harrison Ford's charm that he managed to make Han Solo such a likable character, but George Lucas can't write to save his life.

As Harrison Ford memorably said, "George, you can write this shit, but can't expect us to say it."
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Harrison Ford's charm
I don't think Ford gets enough credit for being able to bring life and charm to a character, and I know he already gets quite a lot of credit for that, but take Indiana Jones, omg they are bad, still campy fun, but really oh so bad. Almost everything really good about them is brought by Ford embodying the character.

Really the whole cast should get more credit, Luke was played as a whiney bland blank slate, which while that might get panned today and is way overdone (like ready player one) it was perfect for a first jump into big screen realistic sci-fi as practically everyone could insert themselves into his role, combined with the realistic not-on-a-string special effects and there was little to take the audience out of this journey as happening specifically to them. Leia is a badass, but not because the script tells us this, or have her literally tell the audience how badass she is, but because of the way Fisher plays her. She's played like a princess who has experience ruling. The way she stands up to vader even though she's his captive. The way her banter and annoyance with Luke and Han isn't to prove that she's actually a tough girl but out of clear frustration with these peasants trying to show off their fake bravado when she's used to dealing with real experts, real leaders and real military. So much of that is from performance, not lines of dialog.

I might argue that some of the hate for the recent star wars is because of so many years of self insertion fan fic, many fans can't quite handle characters that have real characterization and real histories. The many complaints about "that's not what Luke would do" feel more like they really mean "That's not what I, self inserted into Luke, want the story to go." The idea that Luke could have had a hard, rocky, different life than how they imagined it going for themselves if they were in his shoes just doesn't compute after years of seeing themselves as the Luke character.
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Kavanaugh is already a historically unpopular Supreme Court nominee, and after this story from Maddow, his numbers are going to get worse:

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Thread by @kathygriffin: "A) I have a story to tell and it's related to the whole Les Moonves situation. Normally, I hate when women are blamed for their husband's mi […]"

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The Arnie that wrote that letter for Kathy to grovel at the feet of emperor Trump or never have a career again has been booted from the CBS board, along with a number of other board members.
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Jim is doing it… erm. right. Sorry.*






*I was trying to avoid the obvious pun on his name, as it seems too flippant for a post on this subject, but any other wording just came off as awkward.

ETA: also, this thread:



Trigger warning for sexual violence, obviously, but go read it all. It’s worth it, albeit horrifying.

…added, I should note that whenever I see someone respond to stories like this with something along the lines of “all men need to be worried”, I take that as a confession of some sort of sexual misconduct.

…and also, I largely agree with Campos on this point, though I’m not certain I agree on all his specific details. In any case, Aziz Ansari is still employed by Netflix, while Kevin Spacey isn’t, which should immediately end any argument that all #MeToo claims are being treated the same way regardless of severity.
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…added, I should note that whenever I see someone respond to stories like this with something along the lines of “all men need to be worried”, I take that as a confession of some sort of sexual misconduct.
Either that, or it's an acknowledgement that these men have had thoughts of desire in inappropriate situations (which there is nothing wrong with), and a confession that they have no self-control (which is extremely disturbing, not least because most of the law and the media seem to think it fine for men not to have any self-control).
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I don't think I can do this segment justice, so... just watch it. (I'd post another trigger warning here, but I think that ship may have already sailed for the entire country by now.)
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