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Re: “A Men's Guide to Surviving a Sexual Harassment Witch Hunt

I am a cisgendered male and I 200% agree with this without a single caveat!

Not asking for a cookie. Just sayin YES.

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Posted by Jacques Gerard Colimon on 11/14/2017 at 5:28 PM

Re: “A Men's Guide to Surviving a Sexual Harassment Witch Hunt

Avoid women at work. You will be 50% more productive and the 3% of serious professional women will be the no nonsense type you will never have a problem with anyway.
A logical professional woman that hasn't made her career a half assed joke having kids is a rarity. If your female and this offends you then you know it's true.

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Posted by xr28y ge3fl1 on 11/13/2017 at 10:56 AM

Re: “A Men's Guide to Surviving a Sexual Harassment Witch Hunt

This is great writing

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Posted by Emma Nation on 11/13/2017 at 10:52 AM

Re: “A Men's Guide to Surviving a Sexual Harassment Witch Hunt

Christopher Boyle, thats a great not all men critique of this article, but sadly you missed the point.

I understand your desperate need to defend men, being one yourself, but wouldnt your energy be better served addressing the men you know and interact with, instead of further talking down to women who actually experience this on a regular basis?

Statistically, 1 in 5 women are sexually assaulted in this country..... Thats a lot of low hanging fruit, huh?

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Posted by Angie Beaverhausen on 11/11/2017 at 6:53 AM

Re: “A Men's Guide to Surviving a Sexual Harassment Witch Hunt

Going into this article I was appreciative that a writer of Jennifer's caliber was addressing a significant, less than pleasant and distinctly unpopular facet of the ongoing harassment issue - and by ongoing I mean hundreds of years: Honest, considerate and well mannered males have to endure the climate created by their boorish co-workers, which is fostered in the women's experience that the rest of us wish to share in trust and good standing. We don't notice the good drivers on the road, and they don't make titillating press. Harassment is real, the palpable fear and anger it creates is real, and well-behaved men have to navigate through it to effect a good work climate, let alone before broaching any personal conversation. We walk on eggshells. We can't, nor should, complain about it. It takes careful consideration, always. It is a form of surrendering, and we acknowledge it as the work we do. Jennifer's article was not about that, but sadly plucking the safe, low hanging fruit of bashing horrible behavior and not really supporting the majority of men who actually hold the line.

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Posted by Christopher Boyle on 11/10/2017 at 9:31 AM

Re: “A Men's Guide to Surviving a Sexual Harassment Witch Hunt

EliH should change his user ID to "Exhibit A" #metoo

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Posted by HesterJC on 11/10/2017 at 7:40 AM

Re: “A Men's Guide to Surviving a Sexual Harassment Witch Hunt

The fact that EliH has to describe the breasts of the woman in his story as "more like utters (sic)" as "evidence" of his inability to be attracted to her, therefore rendering her claim an impossibility, is proof of someone that does NOT get the big picture here.

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Posted by Lizzie H on 11/09/2017 at 3:15 PM

Re: “A Men's Guide to Surviving a Sexual Harassment Witch Hunt

This may be my favorite thing you've ever written. My husband and I were just discussing this issue this morning. In light of a self - professed sexual assaulter squattting in the white house, women are more pissed and more vocal and unwilling to remain silent and complacent any more. #metoo

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Posted by Rae Robison on 11/09/2017 at 2:04 PM

Re: “A Men's Guide to Surviving a Sexual Harassment Witch Hunt

In regard to your comment: "In my experience, sexual misconduct in the workplace is not as dicey as what we are seeing on the news. Without getting into details or providing evidence to support my views, I've come to the conclusion that often those accusing others of misconduct have contributed in many ways to the very conduct that they are complaining about."

I'll give your third-hand, anonymous anecdote and your personal story proper weight as far as your experience of sexual harassment.

But when it comes to the breadth and depth of the problem, I will put my trust in this Equal Employment Opportunity Commission report https://www.eeoc.gov/eeoc/task_force/haras… and the first-hand accounts of unambiguous harassment and assault from every single woman I know and trust, myself included.

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Posted by Jennifer Fumiko Cahill on 11/09/2017 at 1:34 PM

Re: “A Men's Guide to Surviving a Sexual Harassment Witch Hunt

Ms. Jenniifer,

In my experience, sexual misconduct in the workplace is not as dicey as what we are seeing on the news.

Without getting into details or providing evidence to support my views, I've come to the conclusion that often those accusing others of misconduct have contributed in many ways to the very conduct that they are complaining about.

A friend in HR describes a case in which a young lady wore a loudly colorful spring shirt to work for a meeting. People were used to seeing each other in uniform. One male co-worker eyed her up and down when she arrived and remarked "Hell yeah". She giggled and went on about her way. Shortly thereafter another co-worker who was middle aged, overweight, and known for not being a people person said something more direct to her. He said that her dress was very pretty or something along that line. She actually filed a complaint about him saying that. Even though HR concluded that the man had done nothing wrong, he was still faced with the ridicule of having to prove that.

Over the years I have had 3 women make complaints about me. Two I was able to show without a doubt that the complaints were fabricated. The one, my first, was a lose-lose situation. A woman complained that I had touched her breast. It was in training for a medical device and I am certain at some point I did. It was part of the process. It certainly wasn't intentional from a sexual perspective. I didn't like the women and her breasts were more like utters than breasts. Not something I am attracted to. Her complaint placed me in a situation where I had to prove her wrong. I of course couldn't prove my intent was not sexual or deliberate. She was better connected politically in the workplace than I so who do you think got the dirty looks and comments?

There is a lot of potential good that can come from these men in the news getting outed. But the risk of this turning into a witch hunt is very real and shouldn't be dismissed.

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Posted by elih143 on 11/09/2017 at 12:38 PM

Re: “The General Concerns

Thank you for your reasoned view Marcy.

For the complainers:
North good, ugg, South bad...

Was the North good when civilian war protesters were slaughtered in New York by firing artillery into the crowds? Were they protesters or rioters?

History, or for that matter present politics, is complicated and not so black and white as pension earning politically correct government school admin. and our local social justice warriors would prefer.

Humboldt, tear town that statue of President McKinley!!!, a Civil War Union veteran who served all 4 years rising from private to major! His first presidential vote was even for Lincoln, but but remove that statue!

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Posted by KeyboardKommander on 11/08/2017 at 6:15 PM

Re: “Gravity and Light

Thanks for this, Don. If both the wavelength and the space between the mirrors are equally stretched, how is it possible to detect anything? Heres my understanding. Its true that the laser beams actually in the LIGO tubes at the moment the gravity wave starts coming through the apparatus see nothing unusual. But gravity waves vibrate about 100 times per second, much slower than the laser light, so fresh light coming into the already-stretched tubes has to travel fartherand its that fresh light that detects the passing gravity wave.

Posted by barryevans on 11/05/2017 at 1:46 PM

Re: “Stop Passing Notes!

Dear NCJ,
We really need to focus on IMPORTANT things, not random, monotonous, private conversations between random, monotonous, private citizens...
While I'm a fan of your publication in general and Mr. Greenson in particular, I think that wasting a bunch of effort to find out what some CouncilMembers are texting about during meetings is a misuse of YOUR time.
Let's face it, these guys aren't really the movers-n-shakers of the world, and, of what you'd find out, I'm guessing it's pretty trivial, even tedious. Certainly not the YellingHeadline-scandal you're looking for.
You're looking for story-angles, I get that, but the only thing you're likely to find is day-to-day mundanity; Maybe some of it would be good fodder for gossips, but I've always thought your paper was above that sort of thing...

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Posted by Kevin Finan on 11/03/2017 at 3:18 PM

Re: “Illicit Grows Face $10K-a-Day Fines

@Fred: The authorities with jurisdiction to set policy determine what is considered a large scale operation. According to State law on Jan. 1 everyone can possess 6 plants and an 1 ounce, regulated by their local authority, whereas a 215 patient can potentially cultivate a greater number of plants and definitely have more meds on hand. For example, the County will allow a 215 patient 99 plants and 100'sq of space, and anything greater is considered commercial. What the local jurisdiction deems commercial is what the State recognizes as such and there is a requirement to meet regulatory compliance at that point. It's pretty straight forward; comply, get one's shit together, and pay taxes - or find another line of work!

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Posted by Joshua Allen on 11/01/2017 at 12:37 PM

Re: “Illicit Grows Face $10K-a-Day Fines

How does T Greenson define the "...more than 10,000 large-scale cannabis farms in Humboldt County..."? Are you talking about those over an acre in size? The def is crucial to determining the legality of a farm!

Posted by Fred Krissman on 10/31/2017 at 10:05 PM

Re: “Dark of Night Edits to a Sungrown Ordinance

For decades, Humboldt County government, businesses and residents got all in on the marijuana game...betting everything. The Humboldt County marijuana-based economy is, of course, on a steady and ceaseless decline as California and other states move to legalization. Thus, Humboldt County government, businesses and residents deserve the cesspool that Humboldt County has become due to their full embrace of the marijuana-based economy and the rot will only intensify. It is all just desserts.

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Posted by Reading NCJ on 10/23/2017 at 5:24 PM

Re: “The Lens of Experience

You're continuing the problem by making this and everything else about race even when it has absolutely nothing to do with it.

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Posted by FactsOverFeelings on 10/23/2017 at 8:02 AM

Re: “Dark of Night Edits to a Sungrown Ordinance

I'm not seeing the real economics of legalization of the pot industry addressed.. Dispensaries and their high prices will no longer exist.. Corporations will have no interest in farming up a dirt road.. Huge commercial grows will be the wave of the future and they will grow excellent pot, perhaps some organic.. Folks who sold their land to big, outside growers will find them gone away to use their money more wisely.. If the owner carried the loan, their monthly payment will suddenly cease and they will be left with property which, though lovely, cannot produce income..Even at $400 a pound, the profit percentages will be extrfemely attractive to corporations.. It will take a few years but the results will mean disaster to the County, to non profits, to businesses and to many residents..

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Posted by Benjie on 10/22/2017 at 10:31 AM

Re: “Dark of Night Edits to a Sungrown Ordinance

This sentence really resonated with me;
"And the grossest growers bulldozing for big bucks operate outside of all rules anyway."

As I've said before:
Many believe:
Strong regulations with significant penalties are needed to get the big guys to comply.

The problem is:
Strong regulations with significant penalties squash the little guy before competition can.

The big guy will either pay the fees, risk the fines, change the rules, or pay attorneys to circumvent them.

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Posted by Crystal Oliver on 10/21/2017 at 10:20 AM

Re: “Dark of Night Edits to a Sungrown Ordinance

Make fun of the farmers growing cannabis as long as you can. Soon, the local economies will collapse as the farmers money no longer buys groceries, tires, dinners out, clothing or high property taxes. Welfare rolls will swell as will food stamp use... all because you think it's cool small farmers are driven into bankruptcy.

When your town is a Welfare Town, will you be happy?

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Posted by Fractallated firewood on 10/21/2017 at 8:34 AM

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