Friday, April 28, 2017

The worst outrage ever

Woman forced to not pay for man's dinner:
A California woman has become the latest victim of alleged dine-and-dash-dater, who is accused of repeatedly skipping out on dates before the bill arrives.  The woman, who does not want to be named, said she unwittingly joined LA's most exclusive - and miserable - club on Sunday, when Paul Gonzales fled after eating a small feast at BJ's in Pasadena. The woman met the handsome Gonzales on the dating app Bumble, and said he sent flattering texts before inviting her to dinner.

Perhaps she should have been wary when he ordered around $50 of food for himself alone: 'A glass of Pinot, a Caesar salad with a side of shrimp, a steak, and a baked potato.' That's $50 of food - not including tax and tip. With just half a potato left to go, Gonzales excused himself to take a call on his cell phone - and never returned.
There ought to be a law!

Monday, April 24, 2017

The risk of working with women

As everything from the allegations made against Bill O'Reilly and Sean Hannity to the prosecution of an innocent British geography teacher tends to indicate, men are well-advised to professionally steer well clear of women and girls:
A geography teacher cleared of raping a pupil has warned that men should steer clear of the profession, after a false allegation shattered his dream career.

Kato Harris, a former head of department at an all-girls school in London, was accused of attacking a 14-year-old three times in a classroom during lunch breaks in autumn 2013, but was found not guilty after a trial last year.

The 38-year-old said before his ordeal began, "life was like a wonderful dream", and with a successful career and a child also on the way he was "looking forward to a great future".

In an interview with the Mail on Sunday, he has disclosed that "one of the biggest challenges" he now faces is forgiving his accuser, something he said he will do, "just not now". He told the newspaper: "I would certainly advocate that no man qualify as a teacher. It is just not worth it. What is the lesson here? There is nothing to protect the male teacher."

A jury found Mr Harris, from Richmond, not guilty of all charges following his trial at Isleworth Crown Court.
When people can tie up two years of your time or end a decades-long career with nothing more than a dubious accusation, you had better keep well away from them. They can talk up "women in science" or whatever all they like, but a man would have to be utterly insane to mentor any woman who isn't directly related to him.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Danica Patrick, fitness model

Now, there is certainly nothing wrong with a woman who keeps herself in shape making a career as a fitness model and lifestyle guru. But it's a bit of a fall from grace from someone who was supposedly going to beat all the boys on the racetrack.
It's been a popular thought for some time that Patrick eventually would make the transition to a lifestyle career, maybe becoming some version of a Rachael Ray type. This much is true: Patrick appears capable of doing pretty much anything. She can whip up a five-course gourmet meal, pair wines, paint, and dress for either black tie events or black dirt at the race track.

Is carving out a space in the lucrative health and fitness business where she ultimately wants to be?

"Sure," she said after a long pause. "If I'm going to do all this and write a cookbook and a fitness program, I'll take this as far as I can to motivate people to be successful. The program works. I know it works."

After giving up dairy and gluten a few years ago, she really noticed the difference. She no longer would slog through a crummy afternoon and thought, "Man, today is just not my day."

"I just don't have those," she said. "The only thing that knocks me out now, sometimes, is allergies. But I don't get tired. I don't get full when I eat — and I eat all the time, too."

She is a firm believer in meal preparation, and almost always carries a cooler with healthy eating options. At Thanksgiving, she served a grain-free, dairy-free stuffing, and a cold salad of shaved brussels sprouts, toasted butternut squash and a homemade dressing.
Hey, at least she avoided becoming a victim of Hultgreen-Curie Syndrome.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

A change in the balance of power

Another post-Wall woman learns the hard way that the nature of the game changes with age:
To Claire, it sounded like a different world; a sweet shop filled with thrills and excitement, all available at her fingertips. Just the pick-me-up she needed.

Sadly, six months later, Claire would do anything to be back in the marital home, listening for the sound of her husband’s key in the door. For she, like countless other middle-aged divorcees, has found the world of internet dating — of which Tinder leads the field — to be a tawdry, loveless, moral abyss.

In fact, she’d be the first to warn any married woman secretly thinking the grass might be greener on the other side to stay firmly where she is.
It's interesting to see that there are more and more articles being published warning women off divorce. I would expect this means we'd see more marriage and less divorce as the socioeconomic situation continues to worsen.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

College surprised to learn women are not men

Harvey Mudd went out of its way to bring in considerably more female and diversity students. Guess what happened?
Harvey Mudd eight years ago revised its core curriculum, cutting it back from four semesters of courses to three and allowing for more elective classes. It was a measure that faculty and administrators believed would reduce student workload and stresses, and they were frustrated to learn it was not successful after many months of planning, Klawe said.

Some faculty members, meanwhile, told the interviewers that students were not prepared for their classes, and that they’d observed deterioration in the quality of students accepted to Harvey Mudd over the years. They described students as wed to their phones and not committed to the sciences....

While leadership there has recruited more women — to the point where they comprise nearly 50 percent of the student body — gains in the numbers of Hispanic and black students were sluggish until recent years, Klawe said. As a college recognized for its sciences, Harvey Mudd competes with institutions like Stanford University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, both with higher profiles.

With this diversity comes growing pains, and practices that benefited what was the traditional Harvey Mudd student still linger, but are being identified.
It's rather impressive how people keep managing to be surprised by the inevitable.

Some faculty spent Monday afternoon in a training learning more about sensitivity toward minority groups and women.

Right. Because science is all about sensitivity.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Equality has consequences

What's remarkable is that there are still women and white knights who are shocked that men no longer allow women to physically attack them with impunity:
Shocking video footage shows a bounce punch a woman in the face after she took a swing at him. The incident took place on Matthew Street in Liverpool and was posted on Twitter, sparking a huge response - with many people debating as to who was in the wrong. The woman, wearing high heels, marches towards the burly bouncer before swinging a punch towards his head. The bouncer ducks to avoid the flying arm and hits her hard in the face, causing the woman to stumble backwards.
Aggression should always be met with aggression. Violence should always be met with violence. Unless you are a Christian making a point about turning the other cheek, logic dictates that any failure to respond to violence with even more violence is only going to incentivize and encourage its use in the future.

It's very, very easy to avoid being hit back, whether you are a man or a woman. Don't hit anyone first.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

But we need MOAR WOMEN in STEM!

More jobs for women, fewer jobs for men:
If you’re searching for a job, the odds of finding one may depend on your gender.

Overall, occupations that are more than 80% female are projected to grow at nearly twice the rate of jobs that are at least 60% male between 2014 and 2024, according to research out this week from the jobs site Indeed and its chief economist, Jed Kolko. The site researched Bureau of Labor Statistics and found that many are jobs that are traditionally dominated by women — including occupational therapy assistants, physical therapy assistants and nurse practitioners — are growing at the fastest rate. They will grow at about a 40% rate, compared to an overall rate of 6.5% for all jobs.
This doesn't bode well for many reasons. Notice that most of the growing fields are non-productive ones.