sahara29
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Jul 1 sahara29 commented on Famed UW Professor Hired Employee to "Submit to His Sexual Demands," BuzzFeed Investigation Finds.
Speaking as someone who is suing a Canadian university for covering up sexual assault - the real, important story here is that a public university not only a) initiated investigations (yes, after knowing damn well what he was up to for years and years); b) produced reports that were not secret to a few key administrators; and c) they actually provided those reports to the public, most likely through a FOIA request. And they aren't redacted so much as to be useless.

Transparency is important, and the wide cultural acceptance of transparency as a fundamental value is probably the only reason this asshole will lose his job. Because once UW realized that enough outsiders knew about it, they accepted his end as inevitable and began the administrative steps to make it happen.

The academy in both nations is extremely tolerant - nay, encouraging - of serial sexual predators. The main difference can be summed up as such: Canadian universities use public money to shroud, hide, and bully complainants with threats to sue for libel/slander. (This is crazy easy in Canada because they don't actually have free speech.) American universities use public money to pay off complainants. At least in the second scenario, the victims get something and the public has the opportunity to know what's happening.
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Feb 24 sahara29 commented on Jon Krakauer Will Be at Town Hall Tonight to Talk About Missoula, His Book About Campus Rape.
Re the male hosts: personal politics is dead on this issue. In my personal experience with reporting campus assault (as a bystander, one of probably two dozen students who met at various times with admins to try to get them to get rid of the abuser), the best allies, hands down, were men.
Dec 31, 2014 sahara29 commented on We Regret These Errors.
Stranger staff wouldn't eat free pork buns? What the fuck is wrong with you monsters?
Dec 6, 2014 sahara29 commented on The Rolling Stone Rape Story Correction Is About a Failure of Journalism, Not a Failure of Trust.
I am in the process right now of getting UBC to do something, anything about a grad student rapist (not of me, but I warned them about his behavior months before he raped someone and they wrung their hands). I almost dropped the process until the momentum of this story and also the Jian Ghomeshi scandal made it seem likely there would be sympathy. The reversal fucking sucks.
Oct 30, 2014 sahara29 commented on Interviews With Two Women Who Dated Jian Ghomeshi.
Ghomeshi is a smart man and he understood the optics of a female nobody half his age accusing him of anything that could be construed as self-serving.
Sep 24, 2014 sahara29 commented on Seattle "Lifestyle Boutique" Hosts Free (!?) Cannabis-Infused Coffee Tastings.
Sure, let's make delicious coffee taste like stinky ass.
Sep 17, 2014 sahara29 commented on How to Adjust to Multicultural Seattle if You're from a Small Town.
@27 Thank you! I'm very interested to read it.
Sep 17, 2014 sahara29 commented on How to Adjust to Multicultural Seattle if You're from a Small Town.
@25 I quote for you: "The only place to get good rural food is private potlucks where there are 14 salads and none of them have lettuce."

And also you stated that rural restaurants are garbage. So I'm pretty sure you called me full of shit for agreeing with you.
Sep 17, 2014 sahara29 commented on How to Adjust to Multicultural Seattle if You're from a Small Town.
Oh, and I've eaten in rural joints in almost every state west of the Mississippi, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, North Carolina, on and on. Not just "breakfast" places, but the only restaurant in tiny towns with only four buildings. That garbage is more consistent than a national chain.

The only place to get good rural food is private potlucks where there are 14 salads and none of them have lettuce.
Sep 17, 2014 sahara29 commented on How to Adjust to Multicultural Seattle if You're from a Small Town.
There's a restaurant in my neighborhood that I hate. The once I ate there I was rocked back to every meal I have swallowed over the years at America's greasy spoons, unhealthy and fatty without the virtue of tasting good, bacon and eggs and toast always done the same way no matter how you instruct the kitchen to change it. You can save your breath. I'm not sure they know what "poached" means. Utter reliance on cheap ketchup and jam to force the food past your tongue. It is VERY popular amongst the old white people in the neighborhood.

It is the sort of restaurant for people who mistake satiation for satisfaction, who think that inputting the calories to continue existing is equivalent to a meal well done. It is a place to bring your out of town relatives when they are confused, eyes darting like hunted rabbits, about why my town has so many Chinese restaurants and yet so few Chinese buffets.

Point is: Charles is absolutely right about rural food.