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Maureen Dowd: Curtains For The Clintons

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      An opinion from this side of the pond. One which resonates and so is worth sharing imo.

      I can’t fathom why the Clintons would make like ageing rock stars and go on a tour of Canada and the United States at a moment when Democrats are hoping to break the stranglehold of their cloistered, superannuated leadership and exult in a mosaic of exciting new faces.

      https://www.irishtimes.com/news/world/us/maureen-dowd-curtains-for-the-clintons-1.3717531

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      Incels, You Ain't Nothing New

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          Unmistakable, and I'd be surprised if any woman on this board hasn't known someone similar. I don't mean up close and personal, they don't get that. Several years ago, a friend of mine met up with this guy, they might have been on the same bus, for all I know. It wasn't intentional. So they had a conversation, she got off the bus and he followed her. He came to our house the next day saying that he lost her number, did I have it, would I give it to him.... There was nothing that either one of could say to him, short of calling the cops. It really didn't merit the law, but it had potential. The guy was creepy and delusional. Patrick made him an offer that he couldn't refuse, he disappeared and we never saw him again.

          When I was a Senior in high school, a guy in my Government class asked me out. I turned him down, based on his creepyness. It wasn't rumor, I didn't know him past knowing his first and last name, but he was creepy. I wasn't mean about it, and I kept it to myself and went on with my life. So, out of the blue, my friend John asked me if I knew him. Then he proceeds to tell a long, involved, graphic story of me having sex with this guy, as described by the creep. It was pure porn, and much of it, I didn't even know anyone would want to....

          It turns out, most people had heard the story. John beat the crap out of him, and made him apologize. He was menacing, but it wasn't something I understood. His sense of entitlement was legion, he called me a lying bitch and told me that he would, "get me." It wasn't fear that I felt, or dread, it was soiled and I had done nothing, I was still a virgin. I felt tainted and I tried not to think about someone actually believing what he said.

          My mother had this thing about me having a good "reputation." I really never bought into it, and I handled Heather differently, because we do not always have control of our reputations. It happened to Heather, she got in his face and made it personal, we never saw him again.

          It would be a disservice to the nerds, that I intentionally spent my time with in high school, to call Mark (his real name, because he was guilty) a nerd. They did not sexually harass me. I was their friend and I think most of the time, they forgot that I was a girl. I wasn't some snotty mean girl, type, I lived in the middle ground.


          Creeps!


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          About That Chicago Hospital Shooting

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              I saw the news at least three times feature the story about the mass at a hospital in Chicago, it was "Breaking News," but they seemed really vague on why it happened. It is tragic, that this beautiful young woman as well as the other's lost their lives to domestic violence.


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              BBC 100 Women 2018: Who Is On The List?

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                  BBC 100 Women has announced its list of 100 inspiring and influential women from around the world for 2018.

                  With their help we will explore a variety of themes, including using anger to spark action, and uncovering women from the shadows of history.

                  Ranging in age from 15 to 94, and from more than 60 countries, the BBC 100 Women list includes leaders, trailblazers and everyday heroes.

                  Some will be telling us about what they will be putting in the Freedom Trash Can - our digital bin for all the items women feel hold them back.

                  Others will bring us stories of achievement against the odds - from the British woman who used her jail time to create an inspiring business, to the Afghan girl who was almost swapped for a boy.

                  The BBC 100 Women of 2018 are listed in alphabetical order below, with their age, profession, country of birth and biography.

                  https://www.bbc.com/news/world-46225037

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                  Kyrsten Sinema, More Interesting Than I Had Realized

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                      Kyrsten Sinema, Democratic Senator-Elect from Arizona (just officially declared the winner of the 6 Nov election) is more interesting than I had realized. She is reportedly the only irreligious member of the US Congress (though my friend Woody Kaplan says he knows many more who are). And she is also reported to have said--

                      "Until the average American realizes that capitalism damages her livelihood while augmenting the livelihoods of the wealthy, the Almighty Dollar will continue to rule."
                      --Kyrsten Sinema

                      Who knew it'd be from a woman raised Mormon?

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