If you would lift me up you must be on higher ground

“Now, more than 60 women have come together to launch the website So Many of Us, to document their concurrent relationships with Ellis and encourage others to come forward. They allege that Ellis has pursued sexual relationships with a staggering number of his female fans, all the while deceiving them about the number of relationships he was in; based on the account of these women, it appears he was maintaining at least 19 relationships simultaneously at one point in 2009.”
Women speak out about Warren Ellis: ‘Full and informed consent was impossible’, by Sam Theilman, The Guardian, 13 July 2020

“Yet what serves the employer well may not serve the prospective employee. According to a CareerBuilder survey, 60% of candidates may give up on an application midway if it’s too long or complicated. For Buege, a clunky application process is a likely signifier of a company’s attitude towards its employees or overall culture. It’s also a dispiriting process; even though the seasoned content strategist and communications expert is only applying for jobs within her reach, she receives a personalised response just 5% of the time. ‘Going through all these portals and seeing how people hire really gives me a feel for the companies, and I have to say, that not many of them come off looking very good,’ she says. ‘I really wonder where the human in human resources has gone.'”
The reason employers love online job portals, by Sonia Weiser, BBC Worklife, 14 July 2020

I really wonder where the human in human resources has gone. The General Counsel lawyers took it. What there was of it in the first place.

“An attorney who investigates workplace misconduct at USC has filed suit against the institution, alleging administrators destroyed or hid records in cases against the college’s top officials, maintained “shadow files” on employees, and used their accountability office as a “hit team” to retaliate against professors that spoke out against university leadership. In the lawsuit filed July 8 in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles, the anonymous attorney alleges USC’s Office of Conduct, Accountability and Professionalism systematically destroyed or wrote over investigative records all while university officials looked the other way. This includes deleting a “preservation file” related to George Tyndall, a former health center gynecologist facing dozens of charges alleging he sexually assaulted 16 students from 2009 to 2016. The attorney’s lawsuit was filed just days after USC named a new leader for equity, equal opportunity and Title IX, replacing Gretchen Gaspari, who is accused in the court document of retaliating against the attorney for reporting that her own husband, John Gaspari, was convicted of misusing graphic photographs involving another woman, costing him his job as executive director of the USC Center for Work and Family Life. In the complaint, Gretchen Gaspari is referred to as Dahlinger-Means.”
Lawsuit Alleges USC Deleted Evidence, Maintained Negative Files Against Employees, by Larry Altman, KCET, 13 July 2020

“Metro is making a series of improvements to better support victims of sexual harassment on the Metro Bus and Rail system. Victims are encouraged to first call 888-950-7233 or text 213-788-2777 to report sexual harassment incidences. Marketing began to promote the new sexual harassment message on our system earlier this month. Metro’s law enforcement agency partners — which include the Los Angeles Police Department, L.A. County Sheriff’s Department, Long Beach Police Department, Metro Transit Security and private security — will be responding to sexual harassment incidents as a high priority. Victims are also encouraged to report incidents in person to a law enforcement officer or to security personnel when possible.”
Metro enhances reporting and tracking of sexual harassment and asks victims to always call law enforcement to report incidents, by Steve Hymon, The Source, 20 July 2020

“There’s a growing push for pay transparency in both the for-profit and nonprofit sectors. For those unfamiliar with the concept, pay transparency includes both radical openness about compensation ranges within a company as well as publicly posting compensation ranges in your job descriptions. Many see pay transparency as a way to close persistent salary gaps that exist between genders and races. The gap affects women of color the most. A recent report from the National Partnership for Women & Families shows that Latinas are paid 54 cents on every dollar paid to white, non-Hispanic men. And across all racial and ethnic groups, women in the United States are paid 82 cents for every dollar paid to men.”
Pay transparency: what it means for job seekers and employer, by Molly Brennen, PhilanTopic, 20 July 2020

“Women at Google lose out on thousands of dollars each year compared with men as a result of discriminatory practices including pushing female employees into lower-paying career tracks, a lawsuit has alleged. The findings stem from an ongoing lawsuit brought against Google in 2017, which accused the tech company of gender pay discrimination between female employees – from coders to teachers in its in-house childcare department – and their male counterparts. More details about the extent of the pay disparity emerged in a memorandum filed in court on Tuesday to classify that lawsuit as a class action, which, if approved, would mean it applies to 10,800 women who have been employed by Google at any time since September 2013.”
Women at Google miss out on thousands of dollars as a result of pay discrimination, lawsuit alleges, by Kari Paul, The Guardian, 22 July 2020

“Over the last two years, in a protracted and devastating #MeToo movement for the video games industry, hundreds of women have spoken out about the manipulative and predatory behaviour they have experienced in their video game careers. A 2018 investigation by games website Kotaku led to legal action at California developer Riot Games, where five former employees sued the company over workplace harassment and discrimination and hundreds more joined walkouts to protest. The company promised to overhaul its workplace culture and a settlement was made in 2019. Then, last summer saw a wave of stories on Twitter about people in the games industry generally being plied with drinks and pressured into sex at industry parties, belittled and gaslit at work by male bosses, stalked, groomed, harassed, or treated with contempt when a senior man’s advances were spurned.” ~snip~ “‘Mentorship could mean having someone on the inside to stick up for you, like your lead or a senior member of staff, or someone just as experienced within the industry but from the outside who can give a more objective point of view. People tend to believe that mentorship is only good for technical skill, almost like a martial arts master and disciple kind of relationship. In reality, mentorship greatly benefits soft skills like navigating office politics, negotiating and, most of all, self-esteem and confidence.'”
Is the video games industry finally reckoning with sexism?, by Keza MacDonald, The Guardian, 22 July 2020

“In mid-March, in a prior age, I spent a week rafting down the Grand Canyon. When I left for the trip, the United States was still beginning to grapple with the reality of the coronavirus pandemic. Italy was suffering; the N.B.A. had just suspended its season; Tom Hanks had been reported ill. When I hiked back up, on March 19th, it was into a different world. I’ve spent my life writing science-fiction novels that try to convey some of the strangeness of the future. But I was still shocked by how much had changed, and how quickly.”
The Coronavirus Is Rewriting Our Imaginations, by Kim Stanley Robinson, The New Yorker, 01 May 2020

“One survey published in June notes that gift authorship, where researchers who made little or no contributions to a study are included as co-authors, is perceived to be the most common type of research fraud in the U.S. The opposite practice, ghost authorship, where worthy authors are left off an author list, is also common. A 2019 survey of just under 500 researchers found that nearly half had ghostwritten peer reviews on behalf of senior faculty. In a recent survey of junior researchers in Australia, roughly a third of the more than 600 respondents said questionable research practices of colleagues at their institution had harmed their work.”
Opinion: It’s Time to Get Serious About Research Fraud, by Dalmeet Singh, Chawla, Undark, 23 July 2020

Well… sometimes a researcher just needs to make new friends and keep the old ones, and putting a name on a paper is easy and harmless. Lying to the NIH or any other federal funder, not so harmless. If they find out, they will come for you and your institution with running chainsaw.

“King strongly disapproved of Kubrick’s casting choices. Jack Nicholson “was all wrong for the part. His last big role had been in One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest, and between that and his manic grin, the audience automatically identified him as a loony from the first scene. I didn’t like Nicholson in it, doing predictable Nicholson shtick. No, I hated what Kubrick did with that. If I had a chance to do that over again, I’d cast anybody but Jack Nicholson – even Shirley MacLaine.’ As for Shelley Duvall, King stated: ‘That’s an example of absolutely grotesque casting… I mean, talk about insulting to women. Shelley Duvall’s Wendy is really one of he most misogynistic characters ever put on film, she’s basically just there to scream and be stupid, and that’s not the woman that I wrote about.'”
King vs. Kubrick: The Origins of Evil, by Filippo Ulivieri, Senses of Cinema, Issue 95, July 2020

To be nice about it: I don’t think S King realizes that a work of art, even in film, is greater than its parts (including the story).

To be not so nice about it: S Kubrick is an artist; S King is not.

To be not so nice about it redux: S Kubrick took S King’s amusing ditty and made a great opera of it. S King seems not to like this, let alone understand it.

I find “The Shinning” so terrifying that I can only watch it in the daytime and with breaks. I think it’s scary for me because my father was an alcoholic, and there are many triggers in the Torrance family dynamic on the screen. And ghosts and axes. Shelly Duval is a great movie mom, and she saves herself and her son, so I wonder how anyone can think she’s a bad character. Annoying, yes; bad, no. And the gossip is that S Kubrick put her through hell, so SHELLEY DUVAL RULES SO HARD! Yay! S Duval and Sissy Spacek were awesome in R Altman’s “Three Women” which is also kind of scary in a totally different way and and also great.

Also, on the afterlife, or lack thereof: I believe in an afterlife, but I believe this personality-thing in this body dies with this body, so the “I” that I think of as “me” will never know it. Whatever goes on in the afterlife after this body dies is a mystery, so once this body quits, it’s oblivion for anything in this body that might recognize as an afterlife. So I have the luxury of believing and not believing in an afterlife because I have a first-class mind. This also saves a lot of time and thinking for me; your mileage may vary.

Weird how much thought I’ve put into this. Oh well.

“Coaching expert and author Michael Bungay Stanier believes that many of us are too quick to jump in with proffered solutions. He discovered that advice-giving has become endemic in the workplace, which prompted him to write The Advice Trap. In it, he argues that our tendency to dispense advice stems from society teaching us that success means having all the answers, and that leaders in particular must prove their value by liberally dispensing it. Most of the time our intentions are good – we give advice as a way of helping others. However, every time we rush in to give advice, we are unleashing what Toronto-based Bungay Stanier calls our inner ‘advice monster’. He says it needs to stop, because in our haste we are likely to give the wrong advice, or the relationship is too new for the advice to be heeded, regardless of whether the advice is correct.”
The art of giving good workplace advice, by Jessica Mudditt, BBC Worklife, 24 July 2020

“The reason that giving advice may boost motivation starts from a bump in confidence that comes with simply being asked to deliver the advice, according to the researchers. In order to give advice, you need to sort through your thoughts and make a recommendation. That requires givers to search their own brains for examples of behavior that has worked successfully for them in the past, an exercise likely to boost confidence as well.” ~snip~ “The very act of giving the advice makes the giver feel powerful and confident, an effect the predictors of behavior didn’t account for, Fishbach and colleagues wrote. Giving advice also restores some of the confidence lost when people have routinely fallen short of goals. Confident people set higher goals for themselves and remain more committed to them over time, the researchers said.”
Giving advice may increase motivation and confidence, research finds, by Marcia Frellick, U Chicago News, 06 August 2018

I wonder if it’s possible to formulate advice for someone in your head, and then leave it there. That would do much to quell the Advice Monster. Although I still prefer the asking questions instead of giving advice method of the previous article.

“Silicon Valley had this pre-existing agenda before Covid that imagined replacing so many of our personal bodily experiences by inserting technology in the middle of them.”
Naomi Klein: ‘We must not return to the pre-Covid status quo, only worse’, by Katharine Viner, The Guardian, 13 July 2020


If you aren’t in over your head, how do you know how tall you are?
T.S. Eliot

If you desire to drain to the dregs the fullest cup of scorn and hatred that a fellow human being can pour out for you, let a young mother hear you call dear baby ‘it.’
T.S. Eliot

If you live long enough, you’ll see that every victory turns into a defeat.
Simone de Beauvoir

If you read a lot of books you are considered well read. But if you watch a lot of TV, you’re not considered well viewed.
Lily Tomlin

If you read a lot of books, you’re considered well-read. But if you watch a lot of TV, you’re not considered well-viewed.
Lily Tomlin

If you want to get laid, go to college. If you want an education, go to the library.
Frank Zappa

If you would lift me up you must be on higher ground.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

I’ll try anything once, twice if I like it, three times to make sure.
Mae West

I’m a woman of very few words, but lots of action.
Mae West

I’m no model lady. A model’s just an imitation of the real thing.
Mae West

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