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US politician insists on chaperone for interview with female reporter

Robert Foster and his wife HeatherImage copyright Facebook/Robert Foster Image caption Robert Foster said he had made a vow to his wife, Heather

A Republican candidate for Mississippi governor has refused to be interviewed by a female reporter unless she brings a male colleague with her.

Larrison Campbell, 40, said she had asked to shadow Robert Foster on a 15-hour "ride-a-long" on his campaign, but was denied because of her sex.

Mr Foster said he was acting out of precaution and he did not want to raise any suspicions about his marriage.

"This is my truck, and in my truck we go by my rules," he said on CNN.

During the CNN interview with Campbell and Mr Foster on Thursday, the 36-year-old gubernatorial candidate cited his religion and faith, arguing he made a vow to his wife to not be alone with someone of the opposite sex.


He cited the late Christian evangelist Billy Graham, who had said he would not spend time alone with any woman who was not his wife, as well as Vice-President Mike Pence, who has said he will not eat alone with a woman other than his wife.

Twitter post by @RobertFoster4MS: Before our decision to run, my wife and I made a commitment to follow the “Billy Graham Rule”, which is to avoid any situation that may evoke suspicion or compromise of our marriage. I am sorry Ms. Campbell doesn’t share these views, but my decision was out of respect of my wife.Image Copyright @RobertFoster4MS @RobertFoster4MS <figure class="media-landscape full-width embed-screenshot-nonejs"> <span class="image-and-copyright-container"> <img alt="Twitter post by @RobertFoster4MS: Before our decision to run, my wife and I made a commitment to follow the “Billy Graham Rule”, which is to avoid any situation that may evoke suspicion or compromise of our marriage. I am sorry Ms. Campbell doesn’t share these views, but my decision was out of respect of my wife. " src="" width="465" height="448"> <span class="off-screen">Image Copyright @RobertFoster4MS</span> <span class="story-image-copyright" aria-hidden="true">@RobertFoster4MS</span> </span> <div class="embed-report"><a class="embed-report-link" href="" aria-label="Report Twitter post by @RobertFoster4MS">Report</a></div> </figure>
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"I don't trust the perception that the world puts on people when they see things and they don't ask a question, they don't look to find out the truth," he said."Perception is a reality in this world, and I don't want to give anybody the opinion that I'm doing something that I should not be doing."

Mr Foster said following the #MeToo movement, "men are under attack all the time".

"I'm not going to allow myself to be put in a situation with any female where they can make an accusation against me" without someone else in attendance, he said.

When asked if he would allow the 15-hour interview with a man, Mr Foster said he would, adding: "I stand my ground."

Campbell, who has interviewed Mr Foster numerous times, called the decision sexist.

She argued that if she were expected to go by his rules in his truck, he should provide the male chaperone.

Mr Foster said his campaign staff was too small at the time to provide assistance.

"What you're saying here is that a woman is a sexual object first and a reporter second," Campbell told Mr Foster on Thursday.

She asked Mr Foster how he could tell voters he would be a good governor if he could not be alone in a room with a woman, citing numerous female staff members in the current governor's office.

Mr Foster said he could achieve that by leaving the door open or having people in the room next door, but that the 15-hour vehicle ride was a different situation.

The debate over Mr Foster and Campbell has drawn renewed attention to the sentiment that men are uncomfortable being with women alone.

Two years ago Mr Pence made headlines after comments he made in 2002 that he "never eats alone with a woman other than his wife and that he won't attend events featuring alcohol without her by his side" resurfaced.

Some argue the practice is a matter of professionalism in the workplace while critics decry it as sexist and unfair to women in professional settings.

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Note the remark re politics, I wonder if the same can apply to some in  previous generations??

Why Millennials are Having Less Sex Than Any Other Generation

The hard facts

The National Post reported that according to research published in the Archives of Sexual Behaviour, a British study found that one out of every eight 26-year-old is a virgin. Also, one-third of all American men aged 18 to 29 didn’t have sex once in 2018. So why exactly is this phenomenon happening?

No wedding bells

It’s common knowledge that not only are millennials waiting longer to get married, some aren’t even doing it at all. “Say what you will about sex after marriage, but getting married does indeed pack you into a house with someone who will probably get bored and have sex with you once in a while,” says Tristin Hopper in the National Post. Even the most promiscuous can’t top the frequency of married couples with a good sex life.

Mom and dad are crashin’ your style

In addition to waiting longer to get married, millennials are waiting longer to move out on their own. Around 15 per cent of 25 to 35-year-olds are living with their parents. Hopper makes an excellent point: “it’s hard to get your bone on when you’re sharing a kitchen with your elderly parents.”

Swipe right

Yes, dating apps should in theory give millennials more access to sex. “But the vast majority of us aren’t all that pretty, so we need to trick people into sleeping with us with other attributes like confidence, money or sense of humour,” says Hopper. “Unfortunately, none of those things show up in a Tinder photo, so no banging for you.”

All the porn, all the time

With so much free porn right at our fingertips, it’s gotta have an impact on millennials’ sex lives. This access “might be reducing your motivation to go out and find some real sex, which unlike pornography is often sticky, poorly lit and disappointing,” Hopper says.

Let’s talk about politics

Hopper said the fifth reason millennials are having less sex is because “they’re all super uptight.” We’re calling it a change in priorities. Survey data from OkCupid found that millennials are more concerned with a partner’s political affiliation over good sex. “So yes, if your generation is willing to forego mind-blowing sex just because your partner voted for the wrong party,” Hopper says. “You might have a problem.”

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I agree with this. 

The reality is that American corporations started the slide to weakness under Reagan, with Thatcher and Mulroney, when they brought in the original NAFTA.

It led to 30 years of North American jobs being exported in the name of bigger profits for the 1%.


It isn't coming back.

The manufacturing jobs pause does seem to offer more support, though, for my contention that the “Trump economy” — last year’s brief, fiscal-stimulus-assisted growth spurt notwithstanding — is mainly a continuation of the “Obama economy” that preceded it, a period of slow but long-lasting growth with some interesting characteristics. One of the most interesting is that while manufacturing employment has been experiencing its strongest run in decades, manufacturing productivity has been experiencing its weakest run in decades.

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I get the argument about jobs being exported, but how do companies compete when foreign goods flood into a market?? Do we go back to the days of trade barriers and tariffs, or do we allow the market to sort it out and allow consumers a choice of products? If we stand and say buy North American,  support our economy, buy local, what do you say to all the Hyundai and Kia owners?

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Appears to me that we could help ourselves by cutting our trade with China. They presently are holding us to ransom but the stats show we buy much more from them than they do from us.  I am sure we can find alternate suppliers or (just imagine this) make most of the items here in Canada.  Can you imagine the number of jobs that would be created?



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How did neo-Nazis in Italy acquire missiles?

A huge stash of weapons is found in Italy with neo-Nazi sympathisers and government says the seizure is unprecedented.

16 Jul 2019 18:33 GMTEurope, Italy, The Far Right

An arsenal of weapons has been seized by Italian police in a raid on a far-right group.

The stockpile was discovered during an investigation into the involvement of Italy's far-right movement in the conflict in eastern Ukraine.

And it included an air-to-air missile, rocket launchers and automatic rifles described as "latest generation". Neo-Nazi propaganda material was also seized.

Police have arrested three people, including a former candidate for the neo-fascist Forza Nuova, or New Force, party.

Fabio Del Bergiolo's house was found to contain a huge stash of arms, as well as Hitler memorabilia.

So, how significant is this?

And what does it tell us about the re-emergence of Nazism and the far-right movement in Europe

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Michal Bilewicz - Chair at Center for Research on Prejudice at University of Warsaw

Ludovica Di Giorgi - Manager of the Far-Right Programme at the social enterprise group Moonshot Countering Violent Extremism

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6 hours ago, Marshall said:

Appears to me that we could help ourselves by cutting our trade with China. They presently are holding us to ransom but the stats show we buy much more from them than they do from us.  I am sure we can find alternate suppliers or (just imagine this) make most of the items here in Canada.  Can you imagine the number of jobs that would be created?



Appears to me the table is mislabeled, Canada can't import 53B if China is only exporting 30B.

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6 minutes ago, mo32a said:

Appears to me the table is mislabeled, Canada can't import 53B if China is only exporting 30B.

It's stats Canada and they go to some length in their report to explain how they figure it all out but it appears exports from HKG are not included in the China total but are in the Canadian Import Total...…  or I think that is what they said.  In any case lets stop both and start to produce replacements in Canada and either obtain new markets for our exports or cut down production of those items.  Yes Oil and Coal come to mind.

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Men who gave selflessly made to pay for conservative tax cuts.  This is why conservatives and their policies are so damaging.

After the major controversy surrounding Congress’ refusal to renew the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund, the Democratically-controlled House finally moved forward on the long-stalled bill. Even Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell promised the bill would make its way through the Republican-controlled U.S. Senate without delay. Instead, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) has blocked the passage of the bill saying it must be offset by spending cuts to other programs:

"It has long been my feeling that we need to address our massive debt in the country," he said. "And therefore any new spending …  should be offset by cutting spending that's less valuable. We need to, at the very least, have this debate."

Longtime renewal champion Jon Stewart appeared on Fox News to put Paul on notice.

“Bret, this is about what kind of society we have,” a clearly furious Stewart continued. “At some point, we have to stand up for the people who have always stood up for us, and at this moment in time maybe cannot stand up for themselves due to their illnesses and their injuries. And what Rand Paul did today on the floor of the Senate was outrageous.”
“He is a guy who put us in hundreds of billions of dollars in debt,” he said of Paul. “And now he’s going to tell us that a billion dollars a year over 10 years is just too much for us to handle? You know, there are some things that they have no trouble putting on the credit card, but somehow when it comes to the 9/11 first responder community—the cops, the firefighters, the construction workers, the volunteers, the survivors—all of a sudden we’ve got to go through this.”


Original story begins below:

Jon Stewart may have left “The Daily Show” behind several years ago but he continues to serve as an unofficial ombudsman of American decency. 

And that role is no better defined than in Stewart’s continued advocacy on the behalf of 911 survivors and the families of victims.

Al-Qaeda didn’t shout death to Tribeca – they attacked America, and these men and women and their response to it is what brought our country back,” Stewart said to Congress in testimony that went viral last week. “They did their jobs with courage, grace, tenacity, humility,” Stewart added while visibly fighting back tears. “Eighteen years later, do yours!”


Stewart has been beating the drum, using his celebrity and influence to pressure Congress into renewing the 911 Survivors Fund, which helps provide medical support for people affected by the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. And after straight up giving it to members of Congress for their disgraceful refusal to renew the bill, a House panel finally took action this week.

According to The Press Herald: “The $7.3 billion fund has paid about $5 billion to roughly 21,000 claimants. About 700 were for deaths that occurred long after the attacks.” Upwards of 19,000 claims remain unpaid.

The bill passed the House Judiciary Committee unanimously and is expected to pass the now-Democratically controlled House before heading over to the U.S. Senate, where it faces a far less certain fate under the Republican controlled body. Senate Minority Leader reacted to the House vote by imploring Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to take action:

We will reach the point soon, most likely this year, when more will have died from 9/11-related illnesses than on 9/11 itself,” Schumer said. “I say to Leader McConnell: this is not politics. This is not a game. These are our heroes, American heroes, who are suffering and need our help. . . . I am imploring, pleading, even begging to Leader McConnell, to put the bill on the floor immediately after it passes the House.”

Is there anything less politically controversial than providing health care for the first responders on the scene after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001? You’d think it’s a total a no-brainer, an easy win for elected leaders on both sides of the aisle. Republicans get to show their resolute support for those fighting the war on terror and Democrats get to double down on their compassion and support of expanding social services to those most in need.

And yet a funding renewal bill in Congress remains stalled even as some of those heroes from 9/11 are literally sick and dying, some already dead, nearly 20 years after a day that changed the course of world history.

Former “The Daily Show” host Jon Stewart has been on the case for years. And now he’s back at it, bringing some much deserved righteous anger to a Congress that somehow has refused to act through both Democratic and Republican leadership cycles.

Technically, Congress has repeatedly passed funding bills for first responders but they have each been tethered to 5-year-timelines and the Justice Department said current funds are quickly running out.

In an interview on CNN, Stewart said: “The idea that 18 years later they’re still tugging on the hemline on the government to get this bill through and get it funded properly is truly beyond comprehension."

As the Washington Post reports, he was joined in the interview by John Feal, a 9/11 first responder who lost his foot that day and has attended 181 funerals of fellow first responders afflicted by injuries and illnesses stemming from that day.

I love Jon Stewart. He’s my friend. But I love Kenny Specht and Rich Palmer and Michael Connor more," Feal said. "Those guys are sick. Those guys are dying. So we’re gonna challenge every member of Congress in this town. We’re going to challenge their empathy. We’re going to challenge their humanity.”

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I guess the new terms will be "personhole", "people power" etc.


California city bans 'manhole,' other gender-specific words from code

‎Today, ‎July ‎18, ‎2019, ‏‎2 hours ago
Berkeley, Calif. has adopted an ordinance to replace terms such as 'manpower' and 'manhole' with gender-neutral alternatives in the city code.
In aviation the term "cockpit" has fallen out of use and is most often replaced by "Flight Deck", despite the origin of the term "Cockpit"

late 16th century (in cockpit (sense 2)? from cock1 + pit1. cockpit (sense 1) dates from the early 20th century and derives from an early 18th-century nautical term denoting an area in the aft lower deck of a man-of-war where the wounded were taken, later coming to mean ‘the ‘pit’ or well from which a yacht is steered’; hence the place housing the controls of other vehicles.


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I guess the new terms will be "personhole", "people power" etc.

Considering that SFO is in play here, one would think manhole was somewhat fitting. Can’t wait for the protests.

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Four members of my immediate family have black belts; do we give them back and apologize? Three of us partake in traditional archery; is that OK? My wife does yoga; should she stop? I know an asian man who plays the bagpipes, should he be sanctioned? I had a Japanese linguist as a french teacher once, surely that should offend the foul sensibilities of the deliberately insane Liberal masses eh? How do you rationalize the notion that diversity is our strength with the concept of cultural appropriation, can you have it both ways? The secretary of the Black Cultural Centre in Halifax was fired a few years ago for (get this) not being black enough.

I recommend the immediate policing of ethnic restaurants and issuing of fines until liberals cry uncle and begin to labour under the weight of their own foolishness. No french people eating pizza, no natives eating hamburgers. All Coy fish in every mall in Canada and the USA must be eaten immediately. Close the wine  shelves from other countries and ban imports…. each and every wine and spirit import from abroad. Same idea applies to beer, no more Stella for you.

Yes, I can do this all day and get progressively more stupid as I go along… just for the record, I’m eating curried rice as I type this, come and get me.

My neighbour drives a Honda, what do I do about him? 

“Yield thyself not to the forces of stupid.” Not sure if Yoda said that or I just made it up….


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There is a solution to this “problem”...simply hire Lorina Bobbit as an assistant!

Accusations fly at human rights hearing into transgender woman's Brazilian wax complaint

A substantive question remained at the core of the raucous daylong hearing: should a business be allowed to deny service on the basis of gender identity?

jessica-yaniv-1.png?w=604Jessica Yaniv, a transgender woman in B.C., describes herself as an LGBTQ activist.Courtesy Jessica Yaniv
VANCOUVER — A B.C. Human Rights Tribunal hearing devolved into repeated outbursts and name-calling this week as it considered a transgender woman’s complaint that a home-based salon discriminated against her by denying her a Brazilian wax.

At one point, the complainant compared the business owner to a neo-Nazi. The lawyer for the business owner accused the complainant of engaging in “half-truths and fabrications.” Tribunal adjudicator Devyn Cousineau frequently had to interject to maintain decorum and to keep the hearing from careening off course.

But a substantive question remained at the core of the raucous daylong hearing: should a business be allowed to deny service on the basis of gender identity?

Jessica Yaniv, the complainant, told the hearing she was entitled to receive the advertised wax service and that if the tribunal ruled against her it could lead to a “dangerous” precedent.

“You cannot choose who your clientele is going to be,” she said.

I have no problem with LGBT


However, business owner Marcia Da Silva said she was not comfortable carrying out a Brazilian wax on a person with male genitalia, nor did she have the training for it. Jay Cameron, Da Silva’s lawyer and litigation manager with the Alberta-based Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms, told the hearing that a ruling against his client would be tantamount to ordering “intimate services” against someone’s will.

The complaint heard Wednesday is one of more than a dozen filed by Yaniv, who describes herself as a digital marketing expert and LGBTQ activist. All allege she was the subject of discrimination by salons. A few complaints have been settled without hearing or withdrawn.

Yaniv also made headlines recently for engaging in a social media spat with free-speech advocate Lindsay Shepherd, in which they both made disparaging remarks about each other. Twitter subsequently banned Shepherd from the platform, but not Yaniv.

The tribunal had initially issued a publication ban shielding Yaniv’s identity, but on Wednesday Cousineau decided to lift the ban based on Yaniv’s social media presence and public advocacy.

At Wednesday’s hearing, Yaniv, who is representing herself, said she came upon a Facebook ad in spring 2018 offering a promotion for a Brazilian wax, which involves the removal of pubic hair around the groin.

Da Silva testified she had just started her home-based business after previously performing waxes on family and friends. Yaniv was the first person to respond to her ad, she said.

They agreed over text message to an afternoon appointment. But Yaniv testified that after identifying herself as transgender and sending Da Silva a selfie, Da Silva cancelled the session.

Da Silva told the tribunal, “I have no problem with LGBT.” She said she was just not comfortable waxing male genitals. The idea also did not sit well with her husband, she said. Further, she didn’t have any experience doing it.

Everyone has the right to decide who comes in to their home, she added, noting that she was also uncomfortable with the persistent messages she was getting from Yaniv.

“For my safety, I said, ‘No,’” she testified.

Da Silva told the tribunal she defined someone who is transgender as a person who has undergone sex-reassignment surgery. She responded affirmatively when asked if she’d perform the waxing service on someone who had undergone such surgery.

Yaniv said the advertisement Da Silva posted was open to the public and didn’t come with any conditions. She said that Da Silva should have accepted that Yaniv identifies as female rather than make assumptions about her based on appearance.

“Your gender identity is your own,” Yaniv testified. “We live in a different day and age now.”

We live in a different day and age now


At one point, Yaniv equated the denial of service to neo-Nazism.   

Under cross-examination, Cameron put to Yaniv that Brazilian waxes were services performed only around female genitalia and that what Yaniv should have sought was a “brozilian” — waxes that involve male genitalia.

That prompted Yaniv to tell the tribunal that she was intersex and that she had female body parts.

“It exists,” she said, declining to elaborate.

Cameron accused her of an outright “fabrication.”

“You’re attempting to mislead the tribunal,” he said.

Cameron called Yaniv’s credibility into question and earlier suggested that Yaniv had used a fake Facebook profile of a pregnant woman when she initially sought out the waxing service, a claim Yaniv denied.

The tribunal heard that Da Silva shut down her salon business after her encounter with Yaniv.

Earlier this month the JCCF also represented two other aestheticians who were the subject of similar complaints from Yaniv. One of them, a Sikh woman, said she declined to provide the waxing service for religious and safety reasons, according to a column posted by John Carpay, the centre’s president, on the website The Post Millennial.

Businesses shouldn’t be allowed to use religion and culture to refuse service, Yaniv said.

The justice centre obtained an expert who operates a men-only salon, Carpay wrote. That expert testified male clients will often get aroused when receiving waxing services. Also, the ideal wax for male genitals is different because the skin is very thin.

Over the past year, the centre has made headlines for launching a legal challenge in Alberta against a law surrounding the formation of school clubs that are designed to support LGBTQ students (gay-straight alliances), specifically the section that prevents parents from being notified if their child joins one. In a speech Carpay also compared the rainbow pride flag to the swastika, comments for which he later apologized.

Decisions on the various human rights complaints are not expected for weeks.

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What a joke this country has become! The travesty of the BC HRT has not escaped the sarcasm of Rex Murphy, who puts this issue in perspective.



Do we really want to call this a human rights case? To insist, for example, that a woman perform a waxing on a penis and testicles in her own home, when she doesn’t wish to, doesn’t know how and has religious objections as well? Really? Do we think the formulators of the UN Declaration of Human Rights were careless when they left out the human right to crotch grooming?


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