Friday, January 27, 2023

Males Are Victims Of Sexual Predators Too

Although most people think otherwise, men are also victims of sexual predators.  And is case you are thinking male predators, although that happens as well, I am talking about female predators.  

We are so ingrained into thinking that only men can be predators that it warps our reality.  

Woman can be violent as well. In fact, at least half of all violence committed in relationships is committed by women against men.  

The overall data showed 70.7% of non-reciprocal intimate partner violence cases were perpetrated by women only (74.9% when reported by men; 67.7% when reported by women) and 29.3% were perpetrated by men only (25.1% when reported by men; 32.3% when reported by women)

In the media, or even on commercials, if a woman hits a man it is funny, if a man hits a woman it is sexual violence. Violence is wrong no matter who perpetrator is. 

A similar situation used to, and sometimes still does, exist with race. If a white man tells a white girl she looks pretty, it is a compliment. If a black man says the same thing, it is a terrible offence. He could be lynched for such an offence. 

There is a good Reddit discussion on the issue

Change happens slowly.  

Monday, January 23, 2023

Male Inequality

Most people have trouble have trouble admitting male inequity exists. Why? Because they are under the mistaken impression that male inequality somehow makes female inequality less bad. It is similar to when in an argument one person states something unrelated in response to another person's criticism.  Imagine a couple where one says, "You snore!" and the other replies, "Well you're a slob!"

I am a very science orientated person. I like facts. I like evidence. I like logic. Inequality which harms females exists. So does inequality which harms males.

Boys and men are falling behind. This might seem surprising to some people — and maybe ridiculous to others — considering that discussions on gender disparities tend to focus on the structural challenges faced by girls and women, not boys and men.

But long-term data reveal a clear and alarming trend: In recent decades, American men have been faring increasingly worse in many areas of life, including education, workforce participation, skill acquisition, wages, and fatherhood.

Friday, January 13, 2023

AI Lawyers

For the first time an AI lawyer will help defend a person in a case. This is great! Hopefully, one day we can have court cases using only AI lawyers. That may be the only way to clean up the legal system. Not to
mention bring the costs down to something fair and reasonable. Or even free. One can hope.

There is an interesting Slashdot discussion on the article you might want to check out. 

Friday, January 6, 2023

Dad Deserves Credit For Trying

In an effort to fight sexism in Ecuador, a man changed his gender to improve the odds of getting custody of his daughters. RenĂ© Salinas Ramos claims his daughters were were living in an abusive environment with their mother. Ecuadorian law give preference to women for custody. Which is blatantly sexist I may add. 

Some people are upset by the move but you can't fault the guy for doing whatever it takes to protect his daughters. 

See the Reddit discussion on this for some interesting views.

Thursday, December 29, 2022

Two-Faced Dusterhoft

Richard Dusterhoft is the type of person who irritates me. Not only did I catch him red-handed obstructing justice but he just kept doubling down on crime once caught. 

Late last year Dusterhoft left is job as director of the criminal division at the Ramsey County Attorney's Office. Why? Was it because he didn't want to work in an environment where crime was not only regularly committed but regularly covered up? Sort of. But not crimes committed by the prosecutors office. He left because  of "his frustration with policies he says are designed to keep offenders out of jail."

This is the same guy who as criminal division director at the Ramsey County Attorney's Office told me, in writing:

"You specifically suggest that your ex-wife’s attorney committed “fraud upon the court” and mention there is no statute of limitation on such a crime. That is probably because there is no such crime in Minnesota. A person could be held in contempt of court by a judge. Absent that, there is no other similar charge."

 The U.S. 10th Circuit Court disagrees:

"Fraud upon the court is fraud which is directed to the judicial machinery itself and is not fraud between the parties or fraudulent documents, false statements or perjury. ... It is where the court or a member is corrupted or influenced or influence is attempted or where the judge has not performed his judicial function --- thus where the impartial functions of the court have been directly corrupted."

Dusterhoft not only ignores crime committed by lawyers, he believes they are immune to fraud, at least when committed upon the court. 

His statement that he left the county attorneys office because it was too soft on crime wins the award for the most two-faced, disingenuous statement of the year. 

Friday, December 23, 2022

Too Far

Although it may sometimes seem like I am anti-lawyer, I am not that way at all. In fact, I have a huge respect for the law and those lawyers who use it to ensure justice and equality.  What I do not like are lawyers who use the law as a weapon to commit crime. If I am anti anything, I am anti-crime and anti-corruption. 

When I head the story of a lawyer who was denied entry to see the Rockettes at Radio City Music Hall in New York City, which she was attending with her daughter, because she worked at a legal firm which was in litigation with the Rockettes owner MSG, I thought it was ridiculous. Note that the banned lawyer did not even work on the case. It was guild by association. This seems is a clear case of a corporation using its leverage to punish the employees at a law firm in order to influence the case outside of the law.  

We can do better. 

Tuesday, December 20, 2022

Love It!

A judge has ordered a U.S. lawyer who defended two Russians accused of operating a large botnet to pay Google's legal fees. It just goes to show there are a few good judges out there. 

The defendants, who initially pursued a strategy of counter suing Google for interfering in their sprawling cybercrime business, later brazenly offered to dismantle the botnet in exchange for payment from Google. The judge in the case was not amused, found for the plaintiff, and ordered the defendants and their U.S. attorney to pay Google’s legal fees.

I hope every lawyer and judges hears about this case. Lawyers do not have legal immunity to crimes they commit when they are representing a client. We cannot continue to turn a blind eye to such actions.