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13th March 2019 Yesterday (13/3/2019), I had the huge privilege of interviewing the Venezuelan Ambassador at the Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela in the Syrian Arab Republic - in #Damascus. Dr Jose Gregorio Biomorgi Muzattiz was an immensely warm and welcoming host with tremendous intelligence, humour & geopolitical experience. Dr Biomorgi took the time to explain the history of what is happening now in Venezuela and to dismantle the propaganda that is surrounding events in his country.
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Man's second wife murders the third wife with the help of the first wife's daughter and boyfriend. : nottheonion
r/nottheonion - Man's second wife murders the third wife with the help of the first wife's daughter and boyfriend.
Emma Thompson’s letter to Skydance: Why I can’t work for John Lasseter
Thompson walked away from a film she wanted to do and a director with whom she wanted to work because “no” means “no,” and it needed to be said in terms that Hollywood can understand.
Her letter in full:
As you know, I have pulled out of the production of “Luck” — to be directed by the very wonderful Alessandro Carloni. It feels very odd to me that you and your company would consider hiring someone with Mr. Lasseter’s pattern of misconduct given the present climate in which people with the kind of power that you have can reasonably be expected to step up to the plate.
I realise that the situation — involving as it does many human beings — is complicated. However these are the questions I would like to ask:
- If a man has been touching women inappropriately for decades, why would a woman want to work for him if the only reason he’s not touching them inappropriately now is that it says in his contract that he must behave “professionally”?
- If a man has made women at his companies feel undervalued and disrespected for decades, why should the women at his new company think that any respect he shows them is anything other than an act that he’s required to perform by his coach, his therapist and his employment agreement? The message seems to be, “I am learning to feel respect for women so please be patient while I work on it. It’s not easy.”
- Much has been said about giving John Lasseter a “second chance.” But he is presumably being paid millions of dollars to receive that second chance. How much money are the employees at Skydance being paid to GIVE him that second chance?
- If John Lasseter started his own company, then every employee would have been given the opportunity to choose whether or not to give him a second chance. But any Skydance employees who don’t want to give him a second chance have to stay and be uncomfortable or lose their jobs. Shouldn’t it be John Lasseter who has to lose HIS job if the employees don’t want to give him a second chance?
- Skydance has revealed that no women received settlements from Pixar or Disney as a result of being harassed by John Lasseter. But given all the abuse that’s been heaped on women who have come forward to make accusations against powerful men, do we really think that no settlements means that there was no harassment or no hostile work environment? Are we supposed to feel comforted that women who feel that their careers were derailed by working for Lasseter DIDN’T receive money?
I am well aware that centuries of entitlement to women’s bodies whether they like it or not is not going to change overnight. Or in a year. But I am also aware that if people who have spoken out — like me — do not take this sort of a stand then things are very unlikely to change at anything like the pace required to protect my daughter’s generation.
Yours most sincerely,
#news #politics #sexism #feminism #currentevents #entertainment
What's a useful definition for the word 'Racism'?
Interesting article from #StevenBarnes, an #author that I follow. I heartily recommend his treatment of the issue in Lion's Blood, one of my favorite alternate history novels. But on to the crux of the article.
I just saw a post with someone saying: “Jesse Smollet is clearly racist…” detailing the offenses he is now accused of. They include filing a false police report, and creating a public disturbance. If guilty, the man needs to go to jail.Wow. I'd never heard it put in quite that way. I don't like the broad brush that the word has been painted with as of late- but that breaks it down in a way that is both useful and honest.
But “racist”? Really? By what precise definition you find honest and useful?
There is basically one I find to be both: “To attribute differential worth or capacity on the basis of race or ethnicity.”
Get that? You think that X’s are better than Y’s. It isn’t “I hate them”. It isn’t “I don’t have any Y’s as friends” or “I’ve never dated/married/worked with/love Y’s.” Not “I prefer to hang out with X’s.”
The whole article is a great read, and recommended.
#writers #racism #currentevents
More about that Q Initiative
@Joseph Teller has provided several links to different articles from multiple sources saying that Initiative Q looks like some kind of a pyramid scam.
I'm not saying it is. I'm not saying it isn't. I don't have enough information to be certain either way. As of now, they haven't asked for anything that isn't already public information. On the other hand, as of now, while their remarks about the failings of cryptocurrencies are entirely on the mark, they haven't actually delivered anything tangible, only a promise of hoped-for future value.
But, the gripping hand is, caution is clearly in order.
On the contrary viewpoint:
As an aside, I note that many of the anti-Q articles make arguments about Initiative Q not having any of the good parts of cryptocurrencies, not being a real cryptocurrency, etc, etc, etc. Well, um, yeah, sure, those are perfectly true, but some of you folks seem to have missed the part where it is clearly stated up front that Initiative Q is not a cryptocurrency. So that argument is about as valid as accusing a cat of not being a dog. If your arguments are based on the fact that something that is expressly stated to be not a cryptocurrency isn't a good cryptocurrency, then you might not have understood the question in the first place.
Research it. Read the materials. Read the coverage. Read the opinions. Then make your own call.
So far, I see nothing to lose except possible spam ... and let's face it, all of us are already buried up to our eyeballs in spam, so even if this is a spam scam it's not likely to make much noticeable difference.
(And for the record, I still say Bitcoin itself is fundamentally a pump-and-dump scheme anyway. Like the California Gold Rush, most of the real money is being made in selling bitcoin "mining" equipment.)