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Harvey Weinstein Paid Off Sexual Harassment Cases for Years

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    Just read the article about the USA team doctor. Sick shite.
    Team USA.
    He is being sued by over 100 ( yes, one hundred people )
    That is out of hand. How the hay do you do that to so many and NO ONE says anything ?
    And to me...that means A LOT of heads were turned in the other direction during the process,
    Just like with Winey and Hollywood.
    As in....people ( adults ) knew, but did not say anything.
    Good for the tweeters....burn it down.
     
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    A little known statistic on rape is that at least 10-20% of the cases are women against men. Women almost seem to be immune from being tagged as sexual abusers, predators, etc.. They play their cards very well. Lots of money in the lawsuit game; I wonder how many cases of female on male rape or harrassment get reported or litigated? As it is we are a terribly repressed society afraid to talk about sex.
     
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    Harvey claims he's cured! Weinstein completes sex addict rehab in ONE WEEK then blasts accuser Lupita Nyong'o as a liar for her claims he forced her to massage him
    • Harvey Weinstein has completed a one-week sex addiction rehab in Arizona
    • Psychologist says he is 'dealing with his anger' and starting to 'work on empathy'
    • This despite reports that Weinstein was boorish in group therapy session
    • Disgraced producer was pulled from group after one session, psychologist says
    • Weinstein will reportedly remain in Arizona for additional stint with doctors
    • Spokesperson says he has 'different recollection' of Lupita Nyong'o encounter
    • Unnamed Italian actress levies new rape claim over alleged 2013 incident


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    Who in Hollywood Covered up for Weinstsein?
    RT America



    Published on Oct 21, 2017
    Mike Papantonio and Brigida Santos talk about how and why sexual predatory abuse in Hollywood went on for so long with Harvey Weinstein.
     
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    More than 30 women accuse Hollywood director James Toback of sexual assault in disturbing accounts of him 'coercing them to his hotel rooms, dry-humping their legs, and masturbating in front of them'
    • Hollywood director, James Toback, has been accused of sexual harassment
    • 38 women have come forward accusing him of masturbating in front of them
    • In some recollections, the women said he dry-humped their legs in a hotel room
    • Other women claim that Toback ejaculated into his pants or onto their bodies
    • Allegations arose in wake of Harvey Weinstein's alleged sex abuse over decades


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    'People brought young actresses to his hotel': George Clooney demands those who left victims with Harvey Weinstein be held accountable as he speaks out with Julianne Moore and Matt Damon
    • George Clooney spoke about the Harvey Weinstein scandal on 'Today,' and voiced his anger about the fact that people have known for years
    • 'There were people that brought young actresses to his hotel room,' said Clooney, later adding he was still 'furious' over the scandal
    • 'Whoever had that story and didn't write it, should be responsible. I want to know what kind of ad dollars were spent from the Weinstein Company,' he said
    • Also speaking out with Clooney were the stars of his new film 'Suburbicon,' Julianne Moore and Matt Damon
    • 'I think it's important when we discuss this thing, rather than being salacious conversation, this is criminal behavior,' said Julianne Moore
    • Damon, who said he knew that Gwyneth Paltrow had been sexually harassed by Weinstein, said he did not know what he could have done at the time


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    BREAKING NEWS: Actress claims former President George H.W. Bush 'sexually assaulted' her from his wheelchair and touched her from 'behind' in front of Barbara
    • Actress Heather Lind made allegations Tuesday claiming when she met former President George H.W. Bush, 93, he 'sexually assaulted' her from his wheelchair
    • She claimed the 'assault' happened during a photo-op with wife Barbara Bush standing by his side, and claims his wife saw incident unfold
    • Lind says this happened four years ago while she was promoting a movie
    • The now 34-year-old actress says that afterwards Bush's security detail told her she shouldn't have stood next to the former president for the photo-op


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    Former US president George HW Bush apologizes after actress claims he 'sexually assaulted' her from his WHEELCHAIR in this photograph - with his wife Barbara standing by his side
    • Actress Heather Lind made allegations Tuesday claiming when she met former President George H.W. Bush, 93, he 'sexually assaulted' her from his wheelchair
    • She claimed the 'assault' happened during a photo-op with wife Barbara Bush standing by his side, and claims his wife saw the incident unfold
    • The now 34-year-old actress also claimed that afterwards Bush's security detail told her she shouldn't have stood next to the former president for the photo-op
    • Lind says this happened four years ago while she was promoting a movie
    • In a statement to DailyMail.com the former president has apologized for the incident saying it was an 'attempt at humor' and not meant to offend Lind


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    This is the tipping point I've feared. It's gone from psycho feminists losing their shit if you open a door for them, to now where you dare not even look in someone's direction. Fuck this shit.
     
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    'In life, you must f*** everything': Hercules' actor Kevin Sorbo reveals how gay designer Gianni Versace felt him up and came onto him as they discussed modelling jobs
    • Actor Kevin Sorbo claims he was sexually harassed by Gianni Versace in the 1980s while discussing modeling opportunities
    • Sorbo made the claims Tuesday during a podcast about the late Italian designer
    • He also says that despite telling Versace that he was straight Versace tried unsuccessfully to persuade Sorbo by saying in life you must 'f*** everything'


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    And these are the role models people's kids are emulating today.
     
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    They're always been role models but now their real ugliness is being exposed for all to see
     
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    'cept that the lessons were learned, the damage done. That they're outted now doesn't put the genie back in the bottle. Those who idolized these as children still think that way, still think what they espoused is true.
     
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    Family Guy joked about Kevin Spacey keeping a naked young boy prisoner in his basement a DECADE before the Oscar winner was forced to apologize for 'attempting to seduce a 14-year-old actor in the 1980s'
    • Joke featured baby Stewie running naked through a shopping mall shouting 'Help! I've escaped from Kevin Spacey's basement!'
    • Appeared in season four of the animated comedy, which aired in 2005
    • More than a decade later, Spacey has been accused of trying to seduce a 14-year-old boy in 1986
    • Anthony Rapp's claims that the Oscar made sexual advances toward him in 1986
    • Spacey is accused picking up Rapp - then just 14 - while drunk at a party and 'laying down on top' of him
    • The Oscar winner has responded saying he doesn't remember the incident but apologized for his behavior
    • Family creator Seth MacFarlane previously hinted at sexual abuse in Hollywood while announcing the 2013 Oscar nominees
    • 'Congratulations, you five ladies no longer have to pretend to be attracted to Harvey Weinstein', he said
    • Weinstein has since been accused of sexually harassing and assaulting multiple women including Gwyneth Paltrow, Angelina Jolie and Cara Delevigne


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    Arrest warrant is issued for Harvey Weinstein accuser Rose McGowan for drug possession, as actress suggests it wouldn't have happened if she'd taken producer's 'hush money'
    • The felony charge against Rose McGowan stems from a police investigation from January 20
    • Personal belongings were left behind on a United flight arriving at Washington Dulles International Airport
    • Police say the items tested positive for narcotics and cops obtained a warrant on February 1
    • Police say they've attempted to contact McGowan, 44, so she can appear in a Loudoun County, Virginia, court
    • McGowan has been one of the leading voices against sexual harassment in Hollywood, and said earlier this month she was raped by Harvey Weinstein


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    'He grabbed my whole package': Kevin Spacey is accused by a second Hollywood figure who claims House of Cards star groped him in a Los Angeles pub in 2003
    • A second Hollywood figure has come forward Tuesday with sexual assault allegations against actor Kevin Spacey
    • Tony Montana, a documentary filmmaker, says that the House of Cards star groped him in the Coronet Pub in Los Angeles in 2003
    • 'He put his hand on my crotch forcefully and grabbed my whole package,' Montana says
    • Montana says he decided to come forward after he read about similar allegations made against Spacey by actor Anthony Rapp
    • Rapp alleged Spacey made inappropriate sexual advances toward him in 1986, when he was 14
    • The accusations against Spacey and the resulting fallout prompted Netflix to suspend filming of the sixth season of House of Cards


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    I just keep wondering about the timing of these "revelations" that everyone seems to have known for years.

    Reminds me of the 'Michael Jackson's nose fell off in public again' stories regurgitated by MSM.

    Smokescreens and distractions from what?
     
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    Racheal Welch raped my mind when I was 12...does that count?
     
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    I have no doubts that our society is populated by a bunch of perverts- especially among those in power- but I think this is all getting a bit out of contol. I have to admit to a touch of schadenfreude, but I also worry about due process being short circuited. It reminds me of the 1692 Salem witch trials where all that was needed for conviction was an accusation.

    Carreers and reputations are destroyed overnight by no more than an accusation. Some of the latest accusations are decades old. Where were these accusers when the groping- or whatever- was happening and could be proven? Could some of the 'victims' just be extruding sour grapes and lying? Isn't everyone entitled to their day in court?

    And it's a fast track to the limelight for obscure nobodys who are suddenly basking in the glow (and cash) just for fingering someone powerful. This is a recipe for disaster.
     
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    The delicious comeuppance of men who use their power for sex | Ronnie Polaneczky
    Updated: November 2, 2017 — 7:23 AM EDT

    Well, hello there! Please join me as I pour a second cup of coffee and bite into a doughnut, the better to relish this week’s delicious news:

    Michael Oreskes has quit his job as senior VP of news and editorial director at National Public Radio in the wake of allegations that he’s a hound-dog pig.

    Repeat after me: Sip. Chew. Cackle.

    According to the Washington Post, two women have separately alleged that when Oreskes was a New York Times bureau chief, he subjected them to “unwanted physical contact” when they met with him to discuss job prospects. Each woman said that in lieu of a friendly “Goodbye, let’s stay in touch,” the Times bigwig shoved his tongue in her mouth.

    To paraphrase the Times’ motto: Talk about all the eews that’s fit to print.

    One of the women said she confronted Oreskes two months later, telling him his behavior had been “totally inappropriate.” He allegedly responded, shocked, “I was overcome with passion. I couldn’t help myself.”

    So, what, she should be flattered?

    The allegations put NPR in an untenable position. The network already formally rebuked Oreskes once, in 2015, for getting all sex-talky with a young female employee who’d met with him over dinner for career advice. Once NPR heard of Oreskes’ alleged creepiness while at the Times, they had no choice but to put him on leave while they investigate whether that icky dinner was a lone incident.

    Within hours, Oreskes resigned.

    Sip. Chew. Cackle.

    What, you think it’s unseemly to enjoy this humiliating comeuppance for Oreskes, 63, a married dad whose wife and kids must feel like vomiting right now?

    Spare me.

    What’s unseemly is how routinely women are subjected to workplace pawing from powerful men. And how frustrating it can be for women who complain to have little say about whether and how the perp is punished.

    As local employment-rights attorney Alice Ballard noted in an Inquirer Q&A last week, when it comes to workplace harassment, “HR is not your friend. Their job is to do damage control for the company. They decide whether to take on an investigation and how that investigation is run. If you complain, you’ll do it at great personal cost, though you will benefit the women who come after you.”

    So, how sweet it is to see Oreskes lose his job.

    How satisfying to see movie mogul Harvey Weinstein lose his marriage, his Hollywood standing and the power he allegedly leveraged to sexually assault and rape women who naively believed he cared about them as actors.

    How sublime to know that NBC talking head Mark Halperin lost his job, his book contract and lucrative deals with HBO and Showtime after five women accused him of treating them like blow-up dolls when they worked with him at ABC.

    How rich to see Amazon Studios head Roy Price resign just days after a producer publicly accused him of repeated, lewd harassment.

    And how stunning it is to read more headlines, nearly every day since news broke of Weinstein’s piggery, of more alleged harassment and assault.

    The Academy Award-winning career of actor Kevin Spacey is in free fall following allegations of lewd conduct with four males — one of whom was only 14. Netflix has suspended filming of season six of House of Cards, and the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences has revoked the special Emmy it was to grant Spacey next month.

    By the way, in the time it has taken to write this, actor Dustin Hoffman has publicly apologized for groping and talking filthy in 1985 to a high school senior named Anna Graham Hunter, who interned on the set of his film, Death of Salesman.

    Hoffman was 48, Hunter was just 17. In an essay this week for the Hollywood Reporter, Hunter describes unrelenting lewd encounters with Hoffman, which she detailed in a handwritten diary from way back then.

    A photographed page from the diary, included in the Reporter piece, reads “Today this business got scarier. Or at least less appealing. This morning when I asked Dustin what he wanted for breakfast, he said something that beat even his lows. It was worse than anything anyone has ever said to me on the street. It was so gross I couldn’t say anything. I just turned around and walked out.

    Hunter’s curly, girlish script makes the entry especially heartbreaking.

    Defenders of Hoffman and his dirty bros will say, “Those were different times. The culture was different. You can’t blame these guys for what was the norm back then.”

    Actually, you can. Because not every man with power used it back then or uses it today to violate young women who deserve to be treated as more than comely faces or shapely bodies.

    Good men get that. Bad men have gotten away with pretending not to.

    But not any more.

    Sip. Chew. Cackle.

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    Ratner, Dustin Hoffman, the rat faced Jew named Weinstein, what do these creeps have in common??

    Marilyn Monroe and other females talked about having to give blow jobs and there was a tape sold for over a million with her doing so. Grotesque!
     
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    Top investment fund manager for George Soros who was featured in Liar's Poker 'ran human trafficking enterprise in which he raped, electrocuted and imprisoned women in NYC sex dungeon', lawsuit claims
    • Howie Rubin, 62, is accused of raping and beating three women in apartment
    • According to a lawsuit he hit one so hard that her breast implant 'flipped'
    • He allegedly shocked one of his victims with a cattle prod before raping her
    • Another alleged victim claims he threatened to rape her 'like his daughter'
    • The women are all models from Florida who say Rubin contacted them through Instagram
    • Rubin came out of retirement in 2008 to work for Soros Fund Management
    • Rubin has been married since 1985 and has three children


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    Did Weinstein hold a seat in congress?!?

    It ain't just Hollywood: Female lawmakers allege harassment by colleagues in House
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    In this Feb. 12, 2011, file photo, then-Rep. Mary Bono, R-Calif., listens at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Washington. One current and three former female members of Congress tell The Associated Press they have been sexually harassed or subjected to hostile sexual comments by their male colleagues while serving in the House. For years Bono endured the increasingly suggestive comments from a fellow lawmaker in the House. But when the congressman approached her on the House floor and told her he’d been thinking about her in the shower, she’d had enough.
    For years, Republican Rep. Mary Bono endured the increasingly suggestive comments from a fellow lawmaker in the House. But when the congressman approached her on the House floor and told her he'd been thinking about her in the shower, she'd had enough.

    She confronted the man, who she said still serves in Congress, telling him his comments were demeaning and wrong. And he backed off.

    Bono, who served 15 years before being defeated in 2012, is not alone.

    As reports flow almost daily of harassment or worse by men in entertainment, business and the media, one current and three former female lawmakers tell The Associated Press that they, too, have been harassed or subjected to hostile sexual comments - by fellow members of Congress.

    The incidents occurred years or even decades ago, usually when the women were young newcomers to Congress. They range from isolated comments at one hearing, to repeated unwanted come-ons, to lewd remarks and even groping on the House floor. Coming amid an intensifying national focus on sexual harassment and gender hostility in the workplace, the revelations underscore that no woman is immune, even at the highest reaches of government.

    "This is about power," said former California Sen. Barbara Boxer, after describing an incident at a hearing in the 1980s where a male colleague made a sexually suggestive comment. The colleague, using the traditional congressional parlance, said he wanted to "associate" himself with her remarks - adding afterward that he also wanted to "associate with the gentle lady."

    Boxer said the comment was met with general laughter and an approving second from the committee chairman. She said she later asked that it be removed from the record.

    "That was an example of the way I think we were thought of, a lot of us. ... It's hostile and embarrasses, and therefore could take away a person's power," she said.

    Boxer and the other female lawmakers spoke on the record to tell their stories in the wake of revelations about Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein's serial attacks on women, as well as disclosures from current and former Capitol Hill staffers about harassment by lawmakers and aides. Those accounts, published in The Washington Post and elsewhere, revealed that Congress has few training or reporting requirements in place to deal with sexual harassment.

    Largely untold before now is that some female lawmakers themselves say they have been harassed by male colleagues. While rare, the accounts raise troubling questions about the boys' club environment in Congress where male lawmakers can feel empowered to target not only staffers but even their own peers.

    The lawmakers declined to identify the perpetrators by name, but at least two of the men continue to serve in the House. None of the female lawmakers interviewed reported what happened, and some noted it was not clear where they would lodge such a complaint. At least three of the four told friends or aides about the incidents, which in some cases were witnessed by other lawmakers.

    "When I was a very new member of Congress in my early 30s, there was a more senior member who outright propositioned me, who was married, and despite trying to laugh it off and brush it aside it, would repeat. And I would avoid that member," said Rep. Linda Sanchez, D-Calif. She added that she would warn other new female members about the lawmaker in question, but she declined to identify him, while saying he remains in Congress.

    "I just don't think it would be helpful" to call the lawmaker out by name, Sanchez said. "The problem is, as a member there's no HR department you can go to, there's nobody you can turn to. Ultimately they're employed by their constituents."

    Sanchez also said that a different male colleague repeatedly ogled her, and at one point touched her inappropriately on the House floor, while trying to make it appear accidental. She declined to identify the lawmaker but said he was no longer in Congress.

    Bono said she ultimately confronted her colleague on the House floor after he'd made repeated harassing comments.

    Bono, who arrived in the House at age 36 to replace her husband Sonny Bono after he died in a skiing accident, said it seemed like the lawmaker didn't know how to talk to a woman as an equal. "Instead of being 'how's the weather, how's your career, how's your bill,' it was 'I thought about you while I was in the shower.' So it was a matter of saying to him 'That's not cool, that's just not cool.'"

    Bono declined to identify the lawmaker, saying the behavior stopped after she finally challenged him. He still serves in Congress, she said.

    "It is a man's world, it's still a man's world," Bono said. "Not being a flirt and not being a bitch. That was my rule, to try to walk that fine line."

    Former Rep. Hilda Solis, now a Los Angeles County supervisor, recalls repeated unwanted harassing overtures from one lawmaker, though she declined to name him or go into detail.

    "I don't think I'm the only one. What I tried to do was ignore it, turn away, walk away. Obviously it's offensive. Are you supposed to be flattered? No, we're adults. Not appropriate," said Solis, who left Congress in 2009 to join the Obama administration as labor secretary.

    "It's humiliating, even though they may have thought they were being cute. No, it's not. It's not appropriate. I'm your colleague, but he doesn't see me that way, and that's a problem," Solis said.

    The experiences occurred against the backdrop of broader gender inequities in Congress, where women remain a distinct minority, making up only about 20 percent of members in the House and Senate. That's up from fewer than 10 percent in the quarter-century since politics' Year of the Woman in 1992. That election season, large numbers of women sought office following hearings by the then-all-male Senate Judiciary Committee over Anita Hill's testimony about alleged sexual harassment by Clarence Thomas, who was subsequently confirmed to the Supreme Court, albeit by a narrow margin.

    The increase in numbers and the prominence of a few individual women, such as House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, has not resulted in parity in all measures, nor eliminated the potential for male members to demean or even harass their female counterparts. Nonetheless, a few former female lawmakers contacted by The AP expressed surprise and even disbelief at the notion that lawmakers themselves could be victims of harassment.

    Rep. Jackie Speier of California has recently gone public with an account of being sexually assaulted by a male chief of staff while she was a congressional staffer. She has criticized the vague rules in place on the issue and is preparing legislation to mandate sexual harassment training for congressional offices, among other changes. In a video posted to Twitter last week, she called Congress "a breeding ground for a hostile work environment" and encouraged others to come forward.

    Yet when it comes to lawmakers themselves, Speier said: "I think the women in Congress are big girls. The equalizer that exists in Congress that doesn't exist in other settings is that we all get paid the same amount and we all have a vote, the same vote. So if you have members that are demeaning you it's because you're letting them."

    Former Rep. Ellen Tauscher of California flatly argued that harassment can't take place between members of Congress. "Female members and male members are equals, they don't sexually harass each other," Tauscher said.

    In fact, the law specifies that harassment can occur between equals, said Jennifer Drobac, a professor at the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law, who teaches a course in sexual harassment law.

    "Formally, two members of Congress may have the same status. That doesn't change the fact that sexual harassment can occur between peers," Drobac said, noting that numerous other factors can come into play, including the difference in age and length of service between the members, and the mere fact that men have more power in society than women.

    Indeed the harassment or hostile incidents experienced by current and former lawmakers occurred when they were young newcomers to Congress, with less seniority than the men who targeted them. Yet the fact that some dispute whether harassment could even occur between members of Congress underscores the complexity of the issue and the fraught questions surrounding it.

    Bono said she found power in confronting her harasser, and that after she did so it never happened again. She emphasized that she understood her experience was different than those of young staffers who may face harassment from someone they rely on for a job, and that she was fortunate because as an equal elected by her constituents, she would not fear retaliation.

    But Bono strongly disputed any suggestion that she or any other female lawmaker could not be harassed by their peers.

    "My career didn't suffer, I didn't suffer," Bono said. "But it did happen."
     
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    'We have enough to arrest Harvey': NYPD now has the evidence needed to take in Weinstein after actress Paz de la Huerta files report alleging she was raped in 2010 by mogul, says detective
    • The detective leading the Harvey Weinstein investigation for the NYPD said that the evidence and information needed to make an arrest are in place
    • 'I believe based on my interviews with Paz that from the NYPD. standpoint we have enough to make an arrest,' said Detective Nicholas DiGaudio


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    What a bunch of low life Jewish scum bags!!! They should get serious punishment.
     
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    I will throw in a few observations from my 50+ years:

    I have direct knowledge of Airforce SPs who paid prostitutes to provide oral sex to their working canines.

    When I was in junior high school, my older brother's adult friends were regularly f*cking my female classmates.

    While attending university and working as a police cadet, I was called by radio to report to a particular classroom door where some sworn LEOs and fellow cadets were huddled near the narrow window adjacent the door. When I arrived, the LEO ordered the door opened and we all stormed in to see a very attractive asian female student f*cking the male professor for "a good grade."

    I had university classmates who were prostituting themselves to get through school.

    At work the other day I overheard a conversation between two male, upper level managers who were discussing female candidates for an admin position, and suffice it to say, they were narrowing the choices based upon physical attributes, as opposed to skill levels.


    In general, men are pigs, sex sells, and women go along to get where they think they are going.


    All of which prefaces my previous question:

    Why now? Adult male sexual dominance has been going on for all humanity.

    Why are these incidents finally newsworthy after years and years and years of cover-ups, pay-offs, and squelching?
     
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    Either the laws get enforced or changed; there are excellent reasons for laws against superiors using their positions to denigrate and use underlings for their own sex addictions, etc.

    Had Kennedy been held accountable for his wild trysts with dozens and dozens of women instead of bumped off, maybe healthy change would have happened. It was an open secret, but no one had the guts to nail him for it.
     
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    Come on, really. It's so frikin obvious. Division. They own and use the media for this. The more they get us to fight among ourselves, the less we pay attention to who is really screwing us. And as more and more folks become aware of the frauds involved, the more they ratchet up societal problems (latest= vegas) between different kinds of folks to try and protect themselves.
     
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    I considered that, but as I think more about it, I wonder (optimistically) if there might be something else going on in the background.

    No doubt Satan's house is divided, but these appear to be some big fish frying.

    Perhaps Hollywood has outlived it's usefulness.

    One can only hope!
     
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    Do we have the makings of a made for TV movie hare?

    Price of betrayal and deviancy: How an abusive childhood at the hands of a vile Nazi father turned Kevin Spacey into 'a monster whose life was a lie'
    • Kevin Spacey was born Kevin Fowler and grew up with a Nazi-supporting father
    • Older brother Randy recalls being sexually abused by father Thomas aged 14 while mother Kathleen turned a blind eye
    • He says a chill ran down his spine when his younger brother was accused of abusing boys of the same age
    • He believes Kevin used fame, fortune and a new name to hide from his childhood, which is now catching up with him


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    REVEALED: Harvey Weinstein used ex-Mossad agents and an 'army of spies' to gather details about the personal lives and sex histories of dozens of actresses and journalists he feared would expose him
    • Ronan Farrow's report for The New Yorker unearthed decades of sexual abuse allegations against Harvey Weinstein
    • Now his new expose reveals the terrifying lengths to which the Miramax producer went to silence his accusers
    • Weinstein hired Black Cube, run by former Israeli intelligence officers of Mossad, and Kroll, the biggest global corporate-intelligence firm
    • Invoices revealed he agreed to pay $600,000 for information that would stop the press publishing sex abuse allegations against him
    • One corporate intelligence agent posed as a woman's right activist to lull actress Rose McGowan into discussing her claims
    • Same agent also spoke to reporters to try and find out their sources
    • Weinstein or the agencies also reportedly hired their own journalists to interview accusers to find out what their claims against him were
    • Agents went through journalists' personal lives, even profiling their ex-wives, to try and find information to discredit them
    • Weinstein allegedly tricked an ex-employee into revealing a list of her old colleagues, then forced her to call them to see who had spoken to the press
    • He conducted much of his investigations with his secret intelligence agencies through his lawyers so they'd be protected by attorney-client privilege


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