Monday, November 20, 2017

Ass Grabbing Legal in Minnesota

From Althouse, Thanks for the legal advice, CNN.
"Minnesota statutes state that 'intentional touching of the clothing covering the immediate area of the buttocks' is not considered criminal sexual conduct."

Extracted from "Woman says Franken inappropriately touched her in 2010." ("According to [Lindsay] Menz, she attended the Minnesota State Fair with her husband and father in the summer of 2010, almost two years after Franken was elected to the Senate. Her father's small business was sponsoring a local radio booth... When Franken walked in... her husband held up her phone and got ready to snap a photo of the two of them, Franken 'pulled me in really close, like awkward close, and as my husband took the picture, he put his hand full-fledged on my rear,' Menz said. 'It was wrapped tightly around my butt cheek. It wasn't around my waist. It wasn't around my hip or side. It was definitely on my butt... I was like, oh my God, what's happening.'")
Do you suppose CNN has teams of reporters trying to find loopholes to cover Al Franken's conduct. And do you think it subtracts from the horde they sent to Alabama to dig up or buy dirt on Roy Moore?

I'll remember that the next (first) time I'm in Minnesota.

A Very Paleo Day

Because of strong north winds yesterday, we had a "blow out" low tide today, and a friend who is a true fossil fanatic asked if I was interested in helping he and a crew of Calvert Marine Museum personnel and volunteers excavate a whale skull that he had spotted many months previously at a beach nearby. After getting permission from the land owner, he had to wait for a good low tide, because the bones were located below the mean low water level.

Here is the whale skull as he found it, just barely protruding from the hard shelly gray clay. The dark backwards "C" shape is the brain case, while below it, barely visible, a long jaw bone runs lower left to a little higher right.
After digging a trench around it out an inch or two from it (and finding a few more pieces of bone, and one crocodile coprolith, yeah, look that up), we covered the exposed bone with wet paper towels, to keep the plaster jacket from sticking to the bone.
The plaster jacket. At this point, we wrapped a chain around it and had a small 4 wheeler pull under the pedestal and break it loose. Then with all 6 guys lifting, we managed to (barely) get the thing up into the back of the 4 wheeler, and back to the parking lot down the beach.
The tide was almost back in by then; we only had a few more minutes to go.

Meanwhile, back on the ranch, with me absent Georgia drove Skye to the beach for a walk, and made two pretty rare finds. On the left, a crocodile tooth, and center, a battered Megalodon, 2 full inches despite the damage, in addition to the far more typical tooth on the right. Easily the biggest tooth of the year, if not the prettiest. The croc tooth is pretty good too.

Politicians Make Passes at Girls Without Glasses

Only a few days into Al Franken's ride into the bumpy world of sexual harassment claims, and some libs are already going with the "slut shaming" defense. How was Al supposed to know he wasn't supposed to grab to boobs of, and force a kiss on a woman who had posed for Playboy and didn't wear glasses?

I suppose the liberals who didn't have glasses in their 20s never needed them in their 40s? And I thought we agreed that even slutty women (and I'm not prepared to include Leann in that category) don't deserve physical attacks.

Apparently, Al is used to playing grab-ass in public. Via Instapundit: Shall We Dance, Al Franken? What About That Time in Montana?
 . . . I wish I had read how they listed the act I will discuss; Ass Grab? Fanny Fondle?

Franken (or was it Davis?) announced it was time to take a break from the rollicking hilarity and laughter. It was time to dance!

They each stepped off the front of the stage and into the chairs and picked out two comely young college girls and brought them up to the stage. The lights dimmed. Soft, romantic music began to play. Franken and Davis wrapped their arms around their partners and pressed their bodies close. The girls complied.

They danced. They swayed.

And then Al’s hands slid down to his dancing partner’s ass. And I use the word ‘ass’ because in that context, that’s the word you’d use. Not buttocks or fanny or tail or bottom. Ass.

His hands began fondling her ass.

Same with Davis.

Ha ha ha. There was laughter from the assembled voyeurs, excuse me, spectators.
The girls both reached behind and moved the roving hands up.

After which the hands slid back down to cop another slow, sensuous feel. Over and over and over.

Hey, at least Harvey made his moves in private, not on a public stage. And while his victims were awake, not asleep.

In my early twenties, I wasn’t prissy. Hardly. But I remember thinking this was a pretty weird skit. Or at least I scratched my head wondering what I was missing. I didn’t laugh. I kept waiting for a punchline, as though the ass grab was a setup. But it wasn’t a setup. Fondling the fanny was the whole point.
What is it about entertainment people that they think publicly humiliating women sexually is a good thing?

Now, Al has gone to ground while he and his staff try to dig themselves out of this hole: Franken Remains Hidden After Sex Harassment Allegations
Network TV crews were staked out in several locations in Washington, D.C., Friday as reporters sought further comment from Franken after he issued a written apology for his actions. He also sent a handwritten letter of apology to Tweeden.

Neither Franken or his communications staff responded to requests for further comment until late Friday.

Franken spokesman Michael Dale-Stein texted 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS, saying the senator is "with his family," and, "I'll let you know in the near future if we can set something up."

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Major Study Clears Roundup as Cancer Threat

Large U.S. farm study finds no cancer link to Monsanto weedkiller
A large long-term study on the use of the big-selling weedkiller glyphosate by agricultural workers in the United States has found no firm link between exposure to the pesticide and cancer, scientists said on Thursday.

Published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute (JNCI), the study found there was no association between glyphosate, the main ingredient in Monsanto's popular herbicide RoundUp, "and any solid tumors or lymphoid malignancies overall, including non-Hogkin Lymphoma (NHL) and its subtypes".

It said there was "some evidence of increased risk of acute myeloid leukemia (AML) among the highest exposed group", but added this association was "not statistically significant".
The article doesn't mention the strength of the "evidence of increased risk of acute myeloid leukemia." p = .06 or p = 0.45? It matters. If the former, it might be worth an even larger study to see if the effect is real. If they were to examine the correlation with enough possible cancers with roundup exposure there would be a mix of positive and negative, but non-significant relationships, merely by chance. In fact there a non zero chance of finding a significant positive correlation even when the underlying truth is zero relationship. The idea of statistics is to minimize that possibility, which can never be fully eliminated.
The findings are likely to impact legal proceedings in the United States against Monsanto, in which more than 180 plaintiffs are claiming exposure to RoundUp gave them cancer - allegations that Monsanto denies.

The findings may also influence a crucial decision due by the end of the year on whether glyphosate should be re-licensed for sale across the European Union.

EU countries had been due to vote on the issue on Thursday, but again failed to agree to a proposal for a five-year extension.

The EU decision has been delayed for more than a year after the World Health Organization's International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) reviewed glyphosate in 2015 and concluded it was "probably carcinogenic" to humans. Other bodies, such as the European Food Safety Authority, have concluded glyphosate is safe to use.
Roundup (and Monsanto) have been on the enviroweenies hit list for years. I'm sure this won't alter their efforts to ban it and take us back to 19th century farming. But now they'll have to find another excuse.

Stolen Fossils Worth $2,000?

$2K of shark teeth, fossils stolen from Southern Md. home
A collection of shark teeth and fossils valued at $2,000 have been stolen from a Calvert County home, police say.

Investigators say the fossils were collected over the years and were taken during a burglary in Chesapeake Beach on Nov. 10.

According to police, a suspect broke the basement door and moved several items in the home around before taking the teeth and fossils.
I would like to think that $2000 worth would either be a lot of teeth, or some very good ones, but even large Megalodon teeth can sell for less than $100.  I once saw random small worn and broken shark's teeth from Chesapeake Bay being sold at a rock shop in Santa Fe, New Mexico, for $2 each. At that price, we have a small fortune in fossils, mostly stored in jars by years. Getting over 1,000 teeth in a year is our average, and we've been at this a long time, if in a non-serious way. If only we got paid minimum wage for all the time we spent looking for them.

Lena Dunham Stands by Her Man

Lena Dunham, Jenni Konner defend producer against rape allegation
Girls” star Lena Dunham on Friday came to the defense of a pal and producer who was accused of raping a 17-year-old actress.

Dunham and her co-showrunner Jenni Konner took the side of Murray Miller after actress Aurora Perrineau filed a police report against him — claiming she woke up while he was having intercourse with her in 2012.
 So what happened to the "women don't lie about rape" meme?
“While our first instinct is to listen to every woman’s story, our insider knowledge of Murray’s situation makes us confident that sadly this accusation is one of the 3% of assault cases that are misreported every year,” Dunham and Konner wrote in a joint statement.

“It is a true shame to add to that number, as outside of Hollywood women still struggle to be believed. We stand by Murray and this is all we’ll be saying about this issue.”

Miller was 35 at time of the alleged assault.

“He was flirting with me. I told him repeatedly that I was 17 years old,” Perrineau said in the statement to The Wrap.
 So it's different when it's your friend is accused? And flirting is permission for sex?

“At some point, I woke up in Murray’s bed naked. He was on top of me having sexual intercourse with me. At no time did I consent to any sexual contact with Murray.”

Miller has denied the allegations and even accused Perrineau of trying to extort him.
Now obviously, I have no clue as to whether Aurora's claim is true or not, but it sure is instructive how quickly Hollywood forgets about the "women never lie about rape" belief, and rally behind their own.