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'Systemic' Sexual-Harassment Issues at DOJ, Library of Congress to Stop Archiving Every Tweet, Family of Murdered Sex Worker Sues Hotel and Backpage: A.M. Links

  • Rafael Ben-Ari/Chameleons Eye/NewscomRafael Ben-Ari/Chameleons Eye/NewscomThe Justice Department has "systemic" problems in how it handles sexual harassment claims, according to the DOJ inspector general.
  • Beginning in 2018, the Library of Congress will stop archiving every Twitter post and only store tweets "on a very selective basis."
  • Virginia is holding off on plans to decide the winner of a tied House of Delegates race by drawing a name, following an announcement from the Democratic candidate that he plans to challenge the results.
  • At NBC, "staffers have been told that if they find out about any affairs, romances, inappropriate relationships, or behavior in the office, they have to report it to human resources, their superior, or the company anti-harassment phone line" or face being disciplined themselves, an NBC "insider" is allegedly reporting.
  • "The Department of Homeland Security is increasingly going global," (because FYTW) The New York Times reports.
  • The family of a 25-year-old sex worker who was murdered by a client is now suing the hotel where she was murdered and the site where the woman posted ads for failing to have somehow prevented her death.
  • Cato Institute scholars weigh in on the crisis pregnancy center case before the U.S. Supreme Court.

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  • Libertarian||

    Beginning in 2018, the Library of Congress will stop archiving every Twitter post and only store tweets "on a very selective basis."

    They were just duplicating the NSA's work, anyway.

  • ||

    Hello.

    I guess.

  • Unlabelable MJGreen||

    What's the point

  • DiegoF||

    Actually it was a volume issue. The recent Coates-West spat was the straw that broke the camel's back. The "oh hell no"s alone required enough new server purchases to break the LoC's capital budget for the next two years.

  • All of white america||

    "Coates-West spat "

    I neither know, nor care anything about either of these c-list nobodies.

    And before you get salty, they're black. They don't matter.

  • Crusty Juggler||

    Ugh. White people are the worst.

  • All of white america||

    Who are you?

  • Crusty Juggler||

    Who is anyone, really?

  • All of white america||

    No but seriously, who are you?

  • Holmes IV||

    Don't feed the trolls. Not that I need to tell you, O Crusty One, but still...

  • All of white america||

    Why'd you run up here, Hail Rataxes?

  • Holmes IV||

    Wait, you think I'm Hail Rataxes?

    That's adorable.

    Of course, I have no way to prove you are wrong and you have no way to prove you are right, so i guess this is where it stops. (I do have multiple handles, but all are references to Heinlein novels.)

    You're fun though. Can you accuse Fist of being Old Mexican next? Or Tony of actually being John?

  • DiegoF||

    Is there a theory that Tony is a parody account? Is this a thing?

  • Episteme||

    Tony is the antibodies to our good ideas on governance.

  • All of white america||

    "Wait, you think I'm Hail Rataxes?

    That's adorable"

    Thanks for confirming it.

  • All of white america||

    "Wait, you think I'm Hail Rataxes?"

    I have 1k that agrees with me. Where are we escrowing?

    "Of course, I have no way to prove you are wrong and you have no way to prove you are right"

    Yeah, Hail Rataxes tried to hide behind that same excuse… weird.

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    The Justice Department has "systemic" problems in how it handles sexual harassment claims

    Otherwise, bureaucratically ship shape.

  • damikesc||

    I don't get this. HRA departments are OVERWHELMINGLY female. Have been for years.

    And they STILL have this issue?

    I'm starting to wonder if women are capable of actually doing jobs any longer. The years of them using sexuality to get ahead is now "problematic" because, for many of them, the one benefit they had --- sex appeal --- ends at a certain point.

  • Citizen X - #6||

    Also, they all be shoppin'. Amiright?

  • Bubba Jones||

    HR departments exist to protect the company, not the employee.

    I recently sat through a series of interviews with women. They all wore low cut blouses and in one case she was leaning forward and literally falling out.

    Another woman at that office had managed to select a pair of pants that left less to the imagination than yoga pants. I had never observed such lifting and separating in the rear, and it was truly impressive.

    I am of course a bad person for having noticed.

  • Quo Usque Tandem||

    You are dead right about HR existing to protect the company's interest and not the employee's ever. It is often a rude awakening when someone learns that fact of life first hand.

  • Jimbo||

    "What an ass!"

  • Rhywun||

    "The Twitter Archive may prove to be one of this generation's most significant legacies to future generations," the library says.

    Sweet zombie Jesus... the millenials really are in charge now.

  • Citizen X - #6||

    That is a hell of a burn on this generation.

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    The family of a 25-year-old sex worker who was murdered by a client is now suing the hotel where she was murdered and the site where the woman posted ads for failing to have somehow prevented her death.

    They just want closure(s).

  • Sevo||

    "closure ($)"
    Fixed.

  • Rat on a train||

    And the ISP that routed the packets, the utility that provided the electricity, the construction company that built the hotel, ...

  • Tom Bombadil||

    The smartest president who ever lived has assured us that the construction company didn't build that, all of society built that hotel. Therefore, we are all guilty of this murder.

  • Rhywun||

    Of course we are. As long as society continues to allow sex trafficking, we are all responsible. It takes a village globe, you know.

  • Tom Bombadil||

    I now believe the only person not guilty of the murder is the "client".

  • Rat on a train||

    She was cishetero white, so she shares some guilt.

  • Sevo||

    "staffers have been told that if they find out about any affairs, romances, inappropriate relationships, or behavior in the office, they have to report it to human resources, their superior, or the company anti-harassment phone line" or face being disciplined themselves, an NBC "insider" is allegedly reporting."

    And if you don't applaud the 'dear leader', do you go to a re-education camp?
    Kreepyyyy.

  • Rhywun||

    I'm glad I work at a company staffed by adults.

  • Kivlor||

    You work in an all male environment? Must be nice.

  • Rhywun||

    I work in IT, so it's only mostly male.

  • Rhywun||

    Meh, being single I wouldn't have any problem with it. You take what you can get.

  • Rhywun||

    Hm... that was a thread fail.

  • Citizen X - #6||

    Was it, though?

  • Kivlor||

    Yeah, I work in a female dominated office, and let me tell you, it's like having children who have no parents, and who you are barred from correcting run loose.

    I'm glad I'm married with kids, and don't have to even consider the office "romance" crap. That is a live grenade I am happy to watch others foolishly tamper with and fall on.

  • Tom Bombadil||

    I bet the only reason your company is still in business is the advantage of having labor costs at only 77% of real companies.

  • damikesc||

    Wasn't the issue the superiors doing the stuff and the higher-ups not giving a shit?

    Policies aren't going to change that.

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    ...or face being disciplined themselves, an NBC "insider" is allegedly reporting.

    A night in Matt Lauer's haunted sex dungeon.

  • Holmes IV||

    It'd be more interesting as "disciplined themselves BY an NBC "insider."

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    The Department of Homeland Security is increasingly going global...

    Budget locally, act globally.

  • Tom Bombadil||

    Their new shoulder patch reads: "FUCK YEAH!"

  • Episteme||

    How cosmopolitan, treating the globe as the homeland!

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    ...following an announcement from the Democratic candidate that he plans to challenge the results.

    Yes, Virginia, there is a recount clause.

  • Rat on a train||

    So the Democratic candidate doesn't want every vote to count?

  • SIV||

    FAKE NEWS

    The unsportsmanlike DemocRAT candidate is a woman.

  • Episteme||

    THUNDERDOME! THUNDERDOME! THUNDERDOME!

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    Beginning in 2018, the Library of Congress will stop archiving every Twitter post and only store tweets "on a very selective basis."

    Twitchy.com sued.

  • Rhywun||

    Cato Institute scholars weigh in on the crisis pregnancy center case before the U.S. Supreme Court.

    Does California really think its citizens are too stupid to know that abortion exists?
    Or are they just trying to push people to have more of them? It's really hard to see any other explanation.

  • Bubba Jones||

    Pelosi sees crisis pregnancy centers as contributing to welfare spending.

  • Holmes IV||

    ...so she's all for them? B/c I couldn't imagine her being opposed to more spending.

  • Citizen X - #6||

    following an announcement from the Democratic candidate that he plans to challenge the results.

    Shelly Simonds is a dude?

  • Rhywun||

    Ask Shelly Silver.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sheldon_Silver
    TW: Preet!

  • Crusty Juggler||

    Ask Shelley Berman.

  • Crusty Juggler||

  • Philadelphia Collins||

    Ask Shelly 'the Machine' Levine

  • Rhywun||

    BTW the hotel link is borked.

  • ||

    Schmuckette.

    You really need your own show.

  • Elizabeth Nolan Brown||

    what is this "getting to work on time" you speak of? Do you think most of the Reason staff actually shows up at an office every morning?

  • Citizen X - #6||

    "Think" is not an applicable concept where Simple Mikey is concerned, ENB.

  • Tom Bombadil||

    You are master of both time and space, or just space?

  • Hail Rataxes||

    Go fuck yourself, Tulpa.

  • Elizabeth Nolan Brown||

  • Rhywun||

    Yoon displayed several red flags that should have put hotel staff on alert that he was there to engage in "illegal commercial sex activity," the lawsuit said.

    Oh FFS.

    I've worked numerous hotels and if "our leaders" expect hotel workers to snitch on prostitution or else, every f'in hotel in the country will be out of business.

    As for her, given that "trafficking" has almost no meaning any more, who knows if she actually was "trafficked".

  • Crusty Juggler||

    In my fourteen years of hilariously commenting on the TreasonNN blogs I have never seen a staffer post links two days in a row.

    What a terrible punishment! Poor ENB.

  • ||

    Damon.

    Hello.

  • Crusty Juggler||

    Gerald.

    Hello.

  • Elizabeth Nolan Brown||

    everyone's on vacation!

  • Crusty Juggler||

    Thank you for being the one Reason staffer who cares.

  • Unlabelable MJGreen||

    Must be nice!

  • Elizabeth Nolan Brown||

    Meanwhile, Fruit Soosh is still on indefinite "book leave"...

  • Texasmotiv||

    "Book leave"? What, did he finally find a publisher for his twilight fanfic?

  • Tom Bombadil||

    She's the Dagny Taggart of REASON.

  • Bubba Jones||

    I want PM links about trains!

  • Jimbo||

    Watch, it'll end up being about trans.

  • Episteme||

    As Reason staffers leave for vacation, they shout "Libertarian Moment!"

  • All of white america||

    "In my fourteen years of hilariously commenting"

    Citation needed.

    Seriously though… 14 years?

    One, I don't believe you and 2, were you really so ineffectual and unimportant that you were utterly drowned out by everyone who left?

    Because you basically didn't exist before that. I know you stood out in no way whatsoever.

    God how fucking sad for you. It took literally everyone else leaving for you to be noticed, and even then you're not worth bothering with.

  • Bubba Jones||

    You post comments in an attempt to be noticed?

    People left?

    I have news. There are no "people" behind these screen names. Just bots.

  • Kivlor||

    You misspelled tulpa

  • Citizen X - #6||

    The plural is "Tulpae."

  • All of white america||

    same 1k bet for you.

    I'm not Tulpa. I have a thousand dollars that says so, where will you be escrowing?

  • Citizen X - #6||

    I never said you were Tulpa, so that's a pretty nonsensical offer. Have fun, though!

  • All of white america||

    I never said you did.

  • Tom Bombadil||

    Narcist much?

  • All of white america||

    "Narcist much"

    I would deny this, but I don't know what that word "Narcist" is, so possibly?

  • Kivlor||

    AoWA if that was aimed at me, I was being sarcastic. Because everyone here is Tulpa. That's the most important lesson I've learned in my few years here at Reason: The Hindus got it wrong. It's Tulpae all the way down.

  • All of white america||

    No, it was not aimed at you.

  • All of white america||

    "You post comments in an attempt to be noticed? "

    He doesn't?

    He doesn't post links for people to click?

    I kind of love when you clowns rush with gotchas and make fools of yourselves like that.

  • Hail Rataxes||

    Because you basically didn't exist before that. I know you stood out in no way whatsoever.

    God how fucking sad for you. It took literally everyone else leaving for you to be noticed, and even then you're not worth bothering with.

    Lol. You fucking begged him to join you over there.

    Fuck off, Tulpa. Go hang out with your friends.

  • All of white america||

    I've got 1k that says I'm not Tulpa.

    Let me know where to escrow and we can get started.

  • All of white america||

    I also have another 1k that says I never registered, logged in, or attempted to join glibertarians.

    Where are we escrowing.

  • All of white america||

    Well, that ran you roght off.

  • Hail Rataxes||

    Oh yeah, I'm scared. Of a bullshit bet threat, as if there would be some way to prove that you are the same person who's been socking here forever to make the puppets dance.

    I guess you're still pretty butthurt at Crusty for not wanting to be besties.

  • All of white america||

    "Oh yeah, I'm scared"

    That's why you're still bloviating instead of escrowing.

    Money bitch. Save the words.

  • All of white america||

    Stop hiding behind logisitics bitch, we can work that out to YOUR satisfaction when you escrow.

    You are just making excuses.

  • All of white america||

    "as if there would be some way to prove that you are the same person who's been socking here forever to make the puppets dance."

    AHAHAHAHA YOU FUCKING PUNK BITCH!!!

    why are you hiding it now bitch?

    You think I'm Tulpa. Put your money up, stop walking it back.

  • All of white america||

    I'm gonna go get a sandwich. Can someone come get me when that punk bitch sneaks back in here to make another punk bitch excuse and then flee.

    Thanks.

  • KBeckman||

    Question: How do you propose to determine who is who?

    Unless you have a way to determine who has what accounts that is agreed upon by both parties then any talk of 'escrowing' is nothing more than posturing.

  • Crusty Juggler||

    Seriously though… 14 years?

    Seriously though, 14 long, hard, hilarious years.

  • All of white america||

    Who are you?

  • Crusty Juggler||

    You know who I am, dammit.

  • All of white america||

    Never seen you before. Or maybe you aren't noteworthy.

  • Crusty Juggler||

    Oh stop being so catty.

  • All of white america||

    Gonna go with not noteworthy.

  • Crusty Juggler||

    Awwww.

  • All of white america||

    That's probably why.

  • All of white america||

    In this thread we learned that I'm the only libertarian with any money.

  • Citizen X - #6||

    Nah, we've merely confirmed that you're a humorless griefer with pretty bad autism. But draw whatever conclusions you need to in order to assuage the throbbings of your dysfunctional psyche.

  • Rat on a train||

    Virginia is holding off on plans to decide the winner of a tied House of Delegates race by drawing a name, following an announcement from the Democratic candidate that he plans to challenge the results.


    I believe Shelly Simonds is still a cissy.

  • Citizen X - #6||

    Beginning in 2018, the Library of Congress will stop archiving every Twitter post and only store tweets "on a very selective basis."

    More anti-Trump bias. Very unfair!

  • Rhywun||

    Heh, that was my first thought.

    "The Library does not wish to associate itself with Mr. Trump's lies and braggadocio. Hey look, Ke$ha just did something!"

  • Crusty Juggler||

    The oppo-research loving Neocons have it right.

    "What do ISIS and Manhattan have in common?"

  • Rhywun||

    Manhattan is literally worse than Hitler.

    "Let me just say that I'm a California girl through & through & I hate 2nd hand smoke."

    But it's even worse in CA. The difference is that in NY it's largely just the politicians that are nannies. In CA, everyone is a nanny.

  • Citizen X - #6||

    I thought the preferred nomenclature was "au pair."

  • Rhywun||

    Only the hot ones.

  • sharmota4zeb||

    I've been thinking of selling Mohammed cartoons in Times Square under the billboard that advertises "The Book of Mormons" musical, because printing them costs less than printing books. What do you guys think?

  • Tom Bombadil||

    Sounds good. Is there any way to blame Canada?

  • Tom Bombadil||

    "Cato Institute scholars"

    Are they also gentlemen?

  • This Machine Chips Fascists||

    Or Afghan Whigs?

  • Citizen X - #6||

    Fuck yeah.

  • Crusty Juggler||

    Teacher busted for sex with teen after dad catches them in car: cops

    It's hopeless.

    Also, from the photo it looks like this took place in the 1880s.

  • Rat on a train||

    The gender of the victim was unavailable.


    No comment.

  • Kivlor||

    You know, I think what keeps me from being a libertarian is that it seems to require losing any understanding of the concept of a ward, a charge, and responsibility.

  • Crusty Juggler||

    It does?

  • Citizen X - #6||

    That's one of the more novel misunderstandings i've seen of what libertarianism is.

  • Kivlor||

    It's actually a pretty common theme here.

  • Citizen X - #6||

    I don't think that's accurate.

  • Kivlor||

    I don't think

    We found the problem.

  • DiegoF||

    Ah, California. (Hey, but legal pot and sanctuary cities, so it's all good, right cosmos?)
    .
    Sweet baby Jesus, I beseech you with all my heart and soul for there to be a transwoman with the balls (so to speak) to walk into a Planned Parenthood in that pathetic excuse for a State, and demand an abortion. I want to watch the unfamiliar pall of sheer panic spread across their entitled little faces.

  • Unlabelable MJGreen||

    It's better than it would be without pot and immigants.

  • Crusty Juggler||

    Coyotes Are Colonizing Cities. Step Forward the Urban Hunter.

    The NYT with one of their good, interesting, even-handed stories.

    My solution: let packs of wild dogs run unescorted through the streets - that will solve the problem.

  • Rat on a train||

    True men don't kill coyotes.

  • Arizona_Guy||

    Urban gray wolves. Coyote problem solved.

  • Crusty Juggler||

    De Blasio compares himself to Gandhi, says Hillary should've listened to him

    "Every time someone tries something and it doesn't work, it invalidates anything else they might do going forward? Tell Thomas Edison that, and Henry Ford, tell Mahatma Gandhi," Hizzoner, who last year decriminalized public urination, told Politico while defending his failure to become a progressive national leader.

    "I mean how many people fell on their faces along the way trying things, experimenting with things, had setbacks? There's no leader who hasn't had setbacks."


    Libertarian af.

  • Citizen X - #6||

    "...Tell Thomas Edison that, and Henry Ford, tell Mahatma Gandhi," Hizzoner, who last year decriminalized public urination

    Heh.

  • Rhywun||

    He really is the gift that keeps on giving. He's the Stuart Smalley of the East. His empty suit gives Trudeau Junior's a run for its money.

  • DiegoF||

    I will genuinely miss DeBlasio and wish he could be mayor forever. The people who make a big deal about the fact that he is a Communist are all not from here.
    .
    You see, here everyone is a statist asshole of one variety or another. We have no shot at avoiding having the city run by one of them. DeBlasio's redeeming quality is that he is almost unimaginably (seriously, people are genuinely puzzled) weak, lazy, and stupid. His successor will not likely match his impotence (and therefore, relative harmlessness), and if he wants to, say, ban horses to deliver their stable to his real estate donors, he'll probably succeed. He also might get along with Cuomo, instead of having their childish feud impede many of each other's bad ideas.
    .
    We LOLed over here from the very start when outsiders proclaimed (in celebration or panic) DeBlasio's sandanismo to herald some militant new age of urban socialism. We knew better--that we were electing a dumb, lazy weakling--from square one. And did we ever. Just before his re-election DeBlasio gave an interview to New York magazine in which he announced that he was against private property and no one gave a shit. Lowest interest election, by a long shot, in at least 30 years and probably 60. You wouldn't even know we have politics in this town.

  • Rhywun||

    You make a convincing argument. The spats between him and Cuomo are particularly enjoyable. But my god he is so insufferable too.

    Deblasio 2021!

  • DiegoF||

    Like all preteen boykind, when I was a horny little fellow I used to do a fair amount of fantasizing about fucking the lesbianism out of a chick; I thought that anyone who could turn one would have to be some sort of super stud. In retrospect, it's really ridiculous that I didn't imagine how much more likely it would be that such a thing would work due to having an almost unearthly lack of masculinity. (No kidding; I've actually met DeBlasio in person and it's ridiculous.)
    .
    Seriously, Chirlane is--at least metaphorically speaking--living every lesbian's literal dream. (And R. Kelly's.)

  • Citizen X - #6||

    every lesbian's literal dream

    Owning a carpentry business and six dogs?

  • Crusty Juggler||

    Backstage passes for Tegan and Sara?

  • Citizen X - #6||

    A light green Subaru Forester?

  • Crusty Juggler||

    Portia De Rossi?

  • Citizen X - #6||

    Sensible shoes?

  • Crusty Juggler||

    A free shoulder tattoo?

  • Rich||

    "Many threats to the homeland begin overseas, and that's where we need to be," said James Nealon, the department's assistant secretary for international engagement.

    "Many threats to the homeland begin in the Oort Cloud, and that's where we need to be," said James Pealon, the department's assistant secretary for extraterrestrial engagement.

    "Many threats to the homeland begin in peoples' brains, and that's where we need to be," said James Sealon, the department's assistant secretary for psychiatric engagement.

    ...

  • Jerryskids||

    Many threats to the citizenry begin with statists using terms like "homeland" with a straight face. Jesus, that still makes my skin crawl.

  • Rhywun||

    I think "fatherland" has a nice ring to it, don't you?

  • Rich||

    Damn your quick fingers! 8-)

  • Rat on a train||

    Stepfatherland

  • Rich||

    Well, these days they can't say "Fatherland" or "Motherland".

  • Episteme||

    Parentnumberoneland?

  • Rich||

    "Future generations will learn much about this rich period in our history, the information flows, and social and political forces that help define the current generation."

    "Of course, this presumes that future generations will exist and that they will give a shit."

  • Crusty Juggler||

  • Rhywun||

    I am so, so sorry.

  • Crusty Juggler||

    Thank you.

    *self hug*

  • Citizen X - #6||

    She insists that he call her Slim Shady during sex.

  • Rich||

    Better that than "Kim".

  • Citizen X - #6||

    That's what she calls Crusty.

  • Rich||

    The insider added that there are also "strict rules about socializing, including [not] sharing taxis home and [not] taking vegans to steakhouses."

    "Oh, and about [not] using the s-word when talking with vegans."

  • Rhywun||

    [not] taking vegans to steakhouses.

    I think in this day and age even steakhouses offer rabbit food for those types.

  • Rich||

    And blindfolds and respirators?

  • Rhywun||

    The vast majority of humans are omnivores - it's on vegans to always carry any necessary crutches with them just in case.

  • DiegoF||

    The respirators would be a change (if not exactly unexpected these days). But I'm pretty sure there's always been something at steakhouses for the party member who doesn't eat steak. Fish, usually. And they do have salads, after all, and I'm sure it wouldn't ever be too hard to whip up something cooked if you asked for it. (None except Denny's or something unimaginably pretentious would not have things off the menu that customers could order.) A slight expansion in explicitly vegetarian options in general would likely date back to the 70s anyway.
    .
    There are probably a few places that would ostentatiously refuse, on principle, to accommodate vegetarians in even a trivial way if asked. "We serve real food here, not the food the food eats," etc. That strikes me as a bit lame and reverse-pretentious, like one of those places where they cut off your tie if you come in wearing one.

  • Rich||

    Another issue: Twitter only gives the library the text of tweets – not images, videos, or linked content. "Tweets now are often more visual than textual, limiting the value of text-only collecting," the library says.

    There ought to be a law!

  • Arizona_Guy||

    OT: during the family Christmas gathering one of my in-laws started complaining about national politics. I said "excuse me" then ran out of the room. The hint was not taken.

  • DiegoF||

    I said "excuse me" then ran out of the room.


    The hint was not taken.

    That you are gay? It's sad, but sometimes even in this day and age acceptance can be hard for some families. But often a little time, patience, and love can work miracles.

  • Arizona_Guy||

    I knew I could count on the Reason commentariat for support. Thank you!

  • Rat on a train||

    Just don't ask for a cake.

  • Arizona_Guy||

    But cake is a Basic Human Right®

  • Kivlor||

    Family of Murdered Sex Worker Sues Hotel and Backpage:
    Yoon displayed several red flags that should have put hotel staff on alert that he was there to engage in "illegal commercial sex activity," the lawsuit said. He paid in cash, checked in late at night with an out-of-state ID, carried no luggage and provided personal information that conflicted with what the hotel had on file for the person whose hotel benefits program number was stolen.

    So, we should be stomping down on out of state travelers who pay in cash and check in late at night? What about people who decide not to bring their luggage in because it's late and they're tired AF?

    Looks like my style of travel is a big no-no in the near future.

    But seriously, how in the hell is the hotel or BackPage supposed to be be liable for this woman's choice to engage in what is probably the most dangerous female-dominated profession?

  • Tom Bombadil||

    Yoon displayed several red flags that should have put hotel staff on alert that he was there to engage in "illegal commercial sex activity,"

    Is the family upset about the sex activity or the murder? I'm confused.

  • Quo Usque Tandem||

    A 25 year old woman engaged in prostitution [I've always deplored the euphemism "sex work;" strait outa vag monologues] and ends up dead. Somebody should have DONE SOMETHING!, and the apparent fact that they didn't is sufficient condemnation for anyone on the line of proximate causation.

  • Tom Bombadil||

    Interesting, I've always preferred the term "sex work". Prostitution has (for whatever reason) negative connotations. Sex Work sounds like "just business" which is what it is. Sex for money = Sex Work.

  • Kivlor||

    The line of reasoning seems to be: Someone should have noticed and stopped her.

    Here's a thought guys: You're her family. You should have noticed. You should have stopped her. This woman's death is not the fault of the hotel. It's not the fault of the website she advertised on. It's not the fault of the state. No, the responsibility and fault lies with those who were close to her. Who should have known. Who should have been watching but did not or turned a blind eye. To the parents who raised her poorly and fed her to the wolves.

  • Episteme||

    If factory workers can be told to go back to school and learn to code, so can hookers.

  • Kivlor||

    Without getting deep into that, they certainly should be able to find some work. It absolutely will not make the same amount of money per hour. Not even close.

    If you don't want your daughter to be a hooker--and I do NOT want that for my daughter--then be an involved parent, and intervene when things go wrong. Look out for them. Be a family. Teach her to not put herself in the situation where she is so desperate as to turn to that.

    It's a difficult task, but it is our burden as parents.

  • DiegoF||

    If they had any integrity they'd sue the State of Oregon for making their daughter's freely chosen line of work unnecessarily dangerous with their stupid 1950s-leftover moral hygiene laws.

  • Quo Usque Tandem||

    That just makes too much sense. Better we as a village feel better about condemning self exploitation than to accept it in any shape form or fashion.

  • DiegoF||

    I'm kind of wondering why using an out of state ID, of all things, is supposed to be a red flag for being up to no good in a fucking hotel. Shouldn't it be more suspicious if his ID says he lives three neighborhoods over? Am I taking crazy pills here?

  • jdgalt1||

    It's only dangerous because of the law against it. They should be suing the state and its police.

  • sharmota4zeb||

    The Justice Department has "systemic" problems in how it handles sexual harassment claims, according to the DOJ inspector general.

    So were all these alleged crimes committed this year by people hired this year, or will reporters criticize Obama's management of the Justice Department? On the plus side, law enforcement agents might suddenly believe in due process now that #MeToo affects them too.

  • Jimbo||

    Oh sure, now that Trump is president, stop archiving tweets.

  • Episteme||

    Having done archival work before, I can only imagine the hell of trying to categorize all the stream of consciousness and typo-strewn tweets out there, especially now that their allowed length has been doubled (and that photos, links, and mentions have previously been subtracted from character counts). I wouldn't want to be the guy at the LoC wondering why I got buried in debt for an MLIS degree to be the one responsible for counting poop emoji...

  • sharmota4zeb||

    Beginning in 2018, the Library of Congress will stop archiving every Twitter post and only store tweets "on a very selective basis."

    Wait! The Library of Congress was archiving my Twitter feed? That means my x-rated selfies are now part of the Library of Congress's files. :)

    8===>

  • sharmota4zeb||

    Ugh, correction. Twitter was only sending the texts to the Library of Congress, not the images. :(

  • DiegoF||

    8===>

    Wait, that was a photo?

  • Citizen X - #6||

    On the plus side, if they preserve the metadata, your #HardFourInches hashtag is in there for posterity.

  • Rebel Scum||

    Virginia is holding off on plans to decide the winner of a tied House of Delegates race by drawing a name, following an announcement from the Democratic candidate that he plans to challenge the results.

    Usually we just recount until the democrat wins bc more votes were found or something. Jokes aside, this does concern me a bit given the anti-gun stance of the newly elected governor and most dems.

  • Rebel Scum||

    Beginning in 2018, the Library of Congress will stop archiving every Twitter post and only store tweets "on a very selective basis."

    Then how are we to have future scholarly research about the Trump admin.?

  • Libertarian||

    On the bright side, his Presidential library will fit on a thumb drive.

  • loveconstitution1789||

    I wish all the contemporary presidents had their garbage legacies fit under my thumb.

  • jdgalt1||

    So-called crisis pregnancy centers do not "help" their clients make choices at all, unless by "help" you mean coerce them and give them a runaround to prevent them getting the help they need. CPCs are fraud schemes, and the law mandating they give that information to their clients is perfectly right. CPCs' business model NEEDS to be destroyed.

  • Eidde||

    ...and so do all those unwanted children. Every Child A Wanted Child!

  • Eidde||

    "Cato Institute scholars weigh in on the crisis pregnancy center case before the U.S. Supreme Court."

    They're trying to force prolife pregnancy centers to advertise the availability of state-promoted abortion.

    It's like requiring AA to tell their clients that "our state has many ABC stores offering a wide variety of high-end alcoholic beverages."

  • loveconstitution1789||

    Part of the Republican tax overhaul that President Trump signed into law last week has homeowners around the country doing something unusual: rushing to pay their 2018 property taxes well before the due date.
    NPR tax reform property tax payments
    I wonder if the left will call the tax reform "Republican" when it helps bring the USA out the Great Recession once and for all?

    The left tends to call things Republican or conservative if they are deemed bad by the left.

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