Welcome to European Tribune. It's gone a bit quiet around here these days, but it's still going.

Dark World Behind Boy's Network US Judges

by Oui Mon Oct 1st, 2018 at 07:38:57 AM EST

Damn ... it was so obvious but on behalf of one's own career everyone remained silent. Until the #MeToo movement started to open a necessary debate ...

Court Employees Ready To Come Forward About Brett Kavanaugh, But Fear Retaliation  The Hill - 9 hrs ago |

Brett Kavanaugh is Donald Trump's pick for the SCOTUS seat vacated by Justice Anthony Kennedy, and he's increasingly surrounded by controversy. After a woman who says Kavanaugh attempted to rape her in high school came forward to share her story, an attorney is sharing a letter he says he sent to Senators in July, letting them know that federal court employees also have concerns.

Multiple court employees approached attorney Cyrus Sanai, he says, to share concerns and stories before the confirmation of Kavanaugh. In a July letter, Sanai informed senators Chuck Grassley and Diane Feinstein that these individuals wanted to share their concerns, but were afraid of retaliation.

Continued below the fold ...


According to The Intercept, neither senator responded.

Sanai references former Chief Judge Alex Kozinski, who resigned in December 2017 after 15 women came forward to share their stories of his inappropriate behavior, ranging, the LA Times reports, from showing them pornography without consent and touching them inappropriately. Sanai was an early whistleblower on the case, and says he faced retaliatory behavior from the judge afterward.

Essay: Sexual Harassment and the Bench - June 2018

Complaints of Sexual Harassment by Judges May Call Attention to Other Forms of Judicial Abuse  

The year 2017 ushered in an extraordinary wave of allegations of sexual abuse against men in high positions in all walks of life, who used their power and influence to harass, intimidate and sexually abuse women employees and colleagues with whom they were associated.  And, because every adult understands the nature of such charges, the hue and cry over sexual abuse has captured the public's attention and become a force for social change.

Now gripping the public's interest is the sexual abuse committed by judges, exemplified by the small sampling presented on this website involving Judges Walter S. Smith Jr., Samuel B. Kent, Wade McCree Jr., David Bell, Robert F. Collins, and now Judge Alex Kozinski [NYT link] (see below).

    Because Kozinski resigned, the Judicial Conduct and Disability Act of 1980, which authorized the investigation, no longer applies to him, the council said.

    At least 15 women, including some former law clerks, accused him of groping them, showing them pornography, or making off-color comments. Judge Kozinski is still entitled to his full retirement pay, Geyh told Bloomberg Law in a Feb. 6 email.

Faced with the growing demands of courtroom personnel to address the issue of sexual abuse by male judges, Supreme Court Chief Justice John B. Roberts Jr., in his 2017 Year-End Report, offered only disingenuous assertions about the integrity of the men and women who comprise the judiciary, their intolerance of harassment, and their dedication to providing recourse for any victims.  His message is typical of the hypocrisy that predicts no change from within that branch of government allowed to discipline itself.

Occurring below the public's radar -- and in contrast to judges being charged with sexual conduct -- are those judges, both male and female, who exercise their extraordinary powers to allow political, personal, or professional associations to influence their rulings to favor one party in a proceeding, notwithstanding the merits of the opposing party.  A noteworthy example is the judicial abuse practiced by Judge Helen G. Berrigan and tenaciously defended by the higher courts.

Law Prof: 'Cannot Possibly Be True' Kavanaugh Didn't Know About Ex-Boss' History of Sexual Misconduct | Law & Crime - July 14, 2018 |

Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh is increasingly under fire over whether he knew about the decades-long sexual misconduct of fellow federal judge-and former boss-Alex Kozinski. Defenders say the attacks are baseless, but one law professor isn't so sure.

Women's rights organization UltraViolet released a statement to the media assailing Kavanaugh's relationship with Kozinski and suggesting Kavanaugh might have played an untoward role in covering up Kozinski's behavior:

    Judge Kozinski's office had a long history of being a toxic and dangerous environment for women. The American public deserves to know what Kavanaugh saw and heard, and if he did witness or hear about any harassment, what he did or could have done to report it.

Kavanaugh clerk hire casts light on link to judge forced to quit in #MeToo era | The Guardian - today |

Where does the term stonewalling originate ... U.S. Congress to force the terms of a slim majority onto the electorate and "We The People" ...

E-mails Show That Republican Senate Staff Stymied a Kavanaugh Accuser's Effort to Give Testimony | The New Yorker |

At that point, Heather Sawyer, the Democratic staffer who was copied on the e-mails in accordance with committee policy, wrote to Davis, "As you're aware, Ms. Ramirez's counsel have repeatedly requested to speak with the Committee, on a bipartisan basis, to determine how to proceed. You refused. I've never encountered an instance where the Committee has refused even to speak with an individual or counsel. I am perplexed as to why this is happening here, except that it seems designed to ensure that the Majority can falsely claim that Ms. Ramirez and her lawyers refused to cooperate. That simply is not true."

Davis responded, "I have not refused to speak with anyone. I am simply requesting - for the 7th time now over the last 48 hours - that Ms. Ramirez's attorneys provide the Senate Judiciary Committee with any evidence that they have before we move to the next steps." (Emphasis in original.) Finally, one of Ramirez's lawyers sent a formal letter requesting an F.B.I. investigation. The letter said that Ramirez "is willing to cooperate with the Committee," and that her efforts to do so were being rebuffed.

Smart words from America's president and supreme abuser and groper ...

A follow-up from my previous diary

Choir Boy Brett Shows His Belligerent Side

Display:
So yeah. Jane Mayer is a tool. C'mon. Christopher Steele's biography of a patriot? Also published by The New Yorker. (I've mentioned that before.) On the other hand, the NYT published its version of Ramirez's allegations about Kavanaugh's deviance,"misconduct" in the parlance of university adminstrators everywhere: In a Culture of Privilege and Alcohol at Yale, Her World Converged With Kavanaugh's, 25 Sep. This one I read.

This information prompted me to "share" some of my experience to elaborate the breadth of depravity that someone from a very similar socio-economic background might encounter. It is never too late to dispel "virtual integration" theories, for example, comity in freshman dorms, especially between roommates.

More interesting to me is Dr. Bernofsky's civic duty to promote judicial reform. Yeah, I went to the home page of "Tulane Link," unequaljustice.com. (Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana, one of the United States best known for a pseudo-religious festival and internecine graft and miscegenation.) I imagine, Frank, for example, can best relate to abstract purposes of "judicial reform." Democracy on the march!

Two items stand out in Dr. Bernofsky's home page.

  1. Bernofsky's petition to impeach Helen "Ginger" Berrigan;"Impeachable Offenses of U.S. District Court Judge Helen "Ginger" Berrigan"; and
  2. a bill, S.2195, introduced by Mr Grassely to create an office of Inspector General in the judiciary branch. It has no, zero, co-sponsors.

That is news. In fact it never had occurred to me that there is no OIG in judiciary agencies. What a phenomenal "oversight" by the ancestors of this great nation. Why didn't they establish one for each breach? huh. Could it be that they couldn't foresee that self-regulation would cultivate "debt traps" in offices of trust? Corruption.

God only knows, evidently.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Mon Oct 1st, 2018 at 07:20:24 PM EST
When No Means Yes | The Harvard Crimson - Nov. 2010 |

On the night of Oct. 13 [cached], new pledges to the Yale fraternity Delta Kappa Epsilon marched through the residential section of Yale's campus. The students, some blindfolded, chanted such revolting phrases as "No means yes! Yes means anal!" and "My name is Jack, I'm a necrophiliac; I fuck dead women, and fill them with my semen!"

Any remotely intelligent human being must recognize the inappropriate nature of those words, and I am certain that the impressionable DKE pledges would be mortified by their actions if they seriously reflected on them. However, the fact remains that bright men chanted misogynistic phrases that, intentionally or not, encouraged rape. The Yale Women's Center justifiably condemned the event as "hate speech" and "an active call for sexual violence."

Since then, members of DKE have formally apologized to the Women's Center for their actions. Two other Yale fraternities have condemned DKE. The Yale administration issued a formal statement promising to reprimand the leaders of DKE. Nonetheless, an instance of blatant sexual harassment affecting a large number of Yale freshman occurred in 2010 in one of the most open-minded universities in the country.

No matter how much we like to deny it, Harvard and Yale are very similar. Our students come from the same backgrounds, study the same subjects, and live and breathe in the same Ivy-League environment. As Harvard students, we should not shrug off last week's horrifying events as additional proof for why "Yale sucks." Instead, the DKE incident must serve as a warning to Harvard.  

Yale punishes fraternity for sexist chanting
Yale suspends Bushes' fraternity after sexist 'no means yes' chants

    In another incident, in September 2009, the so-called 'pre-season scouting report' was issued via email in which a group of male students circulated a list of 53 female students ranking them in order of how many beers they would have to have before they slept with them.

    And on January 2008, a group of pledges from the Zeta Psi fraternity surrounded the entrance to the Yale Women's Centre at midnight holding signs saying, 'We Love Yale Sluts'.

    It is argued that this behaviour limited women's equal access to educational opportunities at the university and that there were 'inadequate responses' to the sexual misconduct.

Enough alcohol to call it rape? | Yale News - Nov. 2014 |

Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.

by Oui on Mon Oct 1st, 2018 at 08:28:26 PM EST
Contest of Dicks
Luckily, Harvard has experienced no such public demonstrations of misogyny in its recent history. But as a freshman woman at Harvard, the recent events at Yale make me profoundly uncomfortable.
[...]
CORRECTION: November 15, 2010

An earlier version of the Nov. 12 op-ed "When No Means Yes" incorrectly reported that female undergraduates were students of Radcliffe College, not Harvard University, until 1999. In fact, they became students of Harvard University in 1977, although they still received Radcliffe diplomas in addition to Harvard diplomas until 1999. The Crimson regrets the error.

The Boola ("Best Pranks," 2015) is a website returned by keyword search "Yale-Harvard train". To The Game. Group rate ticketing by Amtrak. Co-ed. One long bar car. I guess, that "tradition" is dead, gone the way of the annual Bladderball Game. Next.

Harvard proposal would ban fraternities and sororities, 2017

BOSTON (AP) -- A proposal at Harvard University would ban all fraternities, sororities and single-gender clubs starting in fall 2018, a measure that's largely aimed at the school's exclusive, all-male social clubs that have been blamed for problems with sexual assault and alcohol abuse.
Next. Fraternity History & More , US presidents and their spouses. Members of US Congress not listed. Next.

The Most Out-of-Control Fraternities in America , 2013. No update available. Next.
North-American Intrafraternity Conference, 2018. Founding dates and "Government Relations". Next.

Death at Delta Sig: Heiress Wages a Million-Dollar War on Frats, 24 Sep 2019

Parents like Deborah Tipton are fighting to pierce the veil of secrecy that has protected fraternities for two centuries on American college campuses.
Are there really 300,000 rice and cottonseed oil heirs in the US?
Grieving families are pushing to investigate deaths once dismissed as roughhousing gone wrong. They are forcing universities and legislatures to publicize fraternity infractions, rein in their behavior and toughen the penalties after injuries and deaths....
So. How do Europe's young elite "greeks" entertain themselve?

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue Oct 2nd, 2018 at 01:26:43 AM EST
[ Parent ]
By and large, we have national elites, not a federal elite. So, they get drunk and develop fraternity based on mutual transgressions on a national level. Though if Macron gets his way with European elite universities, that could be a thing of the past.
by fjallstrom on Thu Oct 4th, 2018 at 03:23:31 PM EST
[ Parent ]

From fivethirtyeight.com, seriously.

by das monde on Tue Oct 2nd, 2018 at 01:22:04 PM EST
The USA is exhibiting all the symptoms of late stage imperial decline, including an utterly corrupt, incompetent, incontinent, kleptocratic elite...

Index of Frank's Diaries
by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Tue Oct 2nd, 2018 at 04:19:28 PM EST
Jean-Claude Arnault, man at centre of Nobel scandal, jailed for rape | The Guardian |

    The Academy has since admitted that it has known about at least some of the allegations against Arnault since 1996, but that it did nothing about them then, which has roiled tensions and caused rifts among members. According to Swedish news site The Local, six of the 18 members of the Academy have resigned or taken leave because of the scandal and several "regularly trade ugly barbs" in the press. In May, the Academy announced that in light of its "currently diminished" membership, and the general public's "reduced confidence," it would not be awarding a prize for 2018. Instead, two laureates will be announced in 2019. [Source: Vogue]

Three members quit Swedish Academy as row splits Nobel-awarding body | The Local  - April 2018 |

The Swedish Academy has been rocked by a series of rows over a scandal that emerged last year, when several women accused a man - who is not a household name in Sweden but has strong ties to the Academy and is a well-known figure on Stockholm's cultural scene - of sexual abuse and harassment.

It sparked a crisis on the Academy committee, which decided to cut all ties and funding to the man - who has been referred to as "the culture profile" in Swedish media - with immediate effect.

The Academy said at the time that it had potentially broken its own rules regulating conflict of interest and appointed a legal firm to investigate its committee members' ties to the man in question.

Renowned author Klas Östergren stepped down in the afternoon, followed in quick succession by fellow members of the Academy Kjell Espmark and Peter Englund.  



Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.
by Oui on Tue Oct 2nd, 2018 at 06:09:19 PM EST
yeah. I read the Spiegel's version a  several months ago. It's a very compelling narrative about how he, his wife, and a colleague (his name?) extorted young women.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue Oct 2nd, 2018 at 07:36:01 PM EST
[ Parent ]
LMAO great stuff ...

Kavanaugh warned friends of condo eviction in 1983 letter: 'We're loud, obnoxious drunks'

Original story in New York Times:

Kavanaugh's 1983 Letter Offers Inside Look at High School Clique

Image letter A  
Image letter B

Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.

by Oui on Wed Oct 3rd, 2018 at 09:48:35 AM EST
A mountain of lies ...

Why I Believe Dr. Ford

Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.

by Oui on Wed Oct 3rd, 2018 at 11:17:33 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Onion.com: Kavanaugh Impressed By Hazing Rituals Before They Let You Join Supreme Court
by das monde on Thu Oct 4th, 2018 at 09:44:09 AM EST
Authoritarian upbringing via parents, church, friends and becoming "men" through fraternities ... similar to Western European adolescents. Same result: misogyny. Yep, these are the guys they themselves avoid war and send young men to the battlefield to expand the Empire. Break the chain!

Netherlands: Top 10 student hazing ending in physical harm

Related reading ...

Misogyny: Kos and Gender Issues
Do Fraternities Promote Misogyny?
Dartmouth: Rethinking Fraternities (1999)
Time to dismantle fraternities and the sexism, rape culture and binge drinking they encourage | WaPo |

Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.

by Oui on Thu Oct 4th, 2018 at 01:51:40 PM EST
[ Parent ]
In 1997 I lived some 200m where #1 happened.
by das monde on Thu Oct 4th, 2018 at 02:40:01 PM EST
[ Parent ]

SRSLY?

You've read The Handmaid's Tale, right?
Atwood depicts no "people of color" in it. I wasn't insulted 25 years ago (apex WASP delusions), but I am now, mostly because "Women and minorities" headlines put the lie to FIFTH WAVE political integrity. 'Sexy' Handmaid's Tale Halloween costume recalled by reformed "slut walkers"? puhleeeze. I'm not their cover girl.

archived
shitting on less powerful women

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Thu Oct 4th, 2018 at 02:57:50 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Senate Moves Toward Friday Showdown Vote on Kavanaugh's Confirmation | NY Times |

Judge Kavanaugh himself, in an extraordinary opinion article in The Wall Street Journal [Murdoch's rag], tried to reassure those undecided senators that he possessed a proper judicial temperament after his emotional defense in a highly charged public hearing last week. He attributed his delivery to his "overwhelming frustration at being wrongly accused."

"I was very emotional last Thursday, more so than I have ever been," Judge Kavanaugh wrote in a piece that he conceived of himself. "I might have been too emotional at times. I know that my tone was sharp, and I said a few things I should not have said. I hope everyone can understand that I was there as a son, husband and dad."

Republicans said the F.B.I. had turned up no evidence to corroborate accusations of sexual assault and misconduct, and their chances were bolstered when two undecided Republicans -- Mr. Flake and Ms. Collins -- signaled on Thursday that they were satisfied with the F.B.I.'s investigation.

Critics claim there are `holes' in Christine Blasey Ford's story

Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.

by Oui on Fri Oct 5th, 2018 at 03:43:17 AM EST


Display:
Go to: [ European Tribune Homepage : Top of page : Top of comments ]

Top Diaries

Bigotry loses in Romania

by IdiotSavant - Oct 10
6 comments

Wilding

by Cat - Oct 10
7 comments

What A Joke He Is!

by Oui - Oct 12
4 comments

Nobel Prize Medicine - It's Personal

by Oui - Oct 2
25 comments