KMT’s Chu says ‘no regrets’ over choice of Wang for VP

http://www.chinapost.com.tw/taiwan/national/national-news/2015/12/12/453312/KMTs-Chu.htm

 

TAIPEI–Ruling Kuomintang (KMT) presidential candidate Eric Chu (朱立倫) said Friday that he does not regret picking Wang Ju-hsuan (王如玄) as his running mate but did regret Wang’s handling of the controversy over her real estate investments.

 

Chu said in an interview he regretted that it took Wang too long to explain her investments in housing units for military dependents and that she did not understand society was looking at the issue based on ethical standards for a vice-presidential candidate rather than from a legal perspective.

Wang said she could not produce the related information soon after the controversy erupted because the investments took place a long time ago, and she also insisted on calculating the purchase and selling prices of each unit in detail, Chu said.

After Wang finally calculated that she made a total of NT$13.8 million (US$420,000) in profit from the military housing unit transactions, she announced her decision to donate the gains.

“I feel it’s unfortunate that it took a bit too long,” Chu said.

As a human rights lawyer and women’s rights activist, Wang has not only won the recognition of the KMT but also the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), which hired her as an adviser when it was in power in the past, Chu said.

Wang’s greatest contribution during her time in office as the head of the Council of Labor Affairs was her effort to promote labor pensions, but that contribution has not been seen by the public, he said.

Instead, Wang was deeply hurt by the attacks launched by the DPP in the past few weeks, he said.

Wang did not initially think her investments constituted a problem because she had publicly declared and disclosed all of them, but she did not understand that society was scrutinizing her as a vice presidential candidate, he said.

“As the moral standards held by society become increasingly higher, things that happened 10 years ago and even 20 years ago before a person entered politics are subject to scrutiny,” he said.

Casey Calvert: Everything I’m not saying re: James and Stoya

http://caseycalvert.com/everything-im-not-saying-re-james-and-stoya

 

For the past week, I’ve felt like a coward. There’s been a lot of rumor and allegation going around, and I’ve chosen to stay quiet, afraid of backlash. There are too many things I’m not allowed to say.

I’m not allowed to say that I’m ashamed this is all we can talk about. I’m ashamed that I feel like I can’t say these things. I’m ashamed of the bandwagon.

I’m not allowed to say that I’m impressed by how quickly we’ve reacted, and that some important issues are being talked about, only because I also don’t believe in the court of public opinion.

I’m not allowed to say that I believe in supporting those who have been violated, and of course sex workers can be raped. I believe in speaking out, and that rapists should be punished. But I don’t believe in defamation.

I’m not allowed to say that sometimes women make shit up, as much as it kills my feminist heart.

I’m not allowed to say that I know this isn’t the first time she’s cried rape.

I’m not allowed to say that my heart is breaking for James Deen.

I’m not allowed to say that I know his breakup with Stoya was tumultuous to say the least, and he is taking the high road staying silent. But I also know the fight isn’t fair, and I will support him if it gets ugly.

I’m not allowed to say that I’ve seen a video, directed by Stoya, shot a month after they broke up, in which she breaks character, says, “stop,” and he immediately stops.

I’m not allowed to say that ostracizing every male performer who’s crossed the line with a female performer would lead to a business with no male talent. I’ve lost track of my own stories.

I’m not allowed to say that James, however, has only ever treated me with the utmost respect. He is one of the few people I still trust to top me for a rough scene, and I’m very picky now.

I’m not allowed to say that I will continue to work with him, continue to request him, continue to be excited when I hear he’s my scene partner.

I’m not allowed to say that, sure, James has done some fucked up shit. Quite a few directors have let him, even encouraged him, to be extra rough. And I know his proclivities in private life. But just because someone slaps someone, or scares them, doesn’t make them a rapist. He has a dark side, but he’s not this monster.

I’m not allowed to say that James Deen is my friend.

I’m not allowed to say that I’m not allowed to say these things.

I selfishly just want this all to go away, but it doesn’t seem like that’s happening anytime soon. I guess it doesn’t matter. I can’t say anything.

Except I just did.

For further reading, I suggest: http://therealpornwikileaks.com/industry-vet-gives-his-thoughts-on-james-deen-as-well-as-deens-accusers-updated/ and http://www.theguardian.com/culture/2015/dec/04/how-stoya-took-on-james-deen-and-broke-the-porn-industrys-silence

Dec 5th, 2:04pm EDIT: re: statement about male performers crossing the line: When I’m on set, it’s my responsibility to speak up if I am not comfortable. If I choose not to, that’s on me. Porn is a full contact sport. And yes, sometimes guys get carried away. That makes them shitty people, not abusers or rapists. There is a difference.

Lawsuit filed against AmeriQual by U.S. Labor Dept. over anti-male discrimination

http://www.14news.com/story/30706995/lawsuit-filed-against-ameriqual-by-us-labor-dept-over-alleged-discrimination

EVANSVILLE, IN (WFIE) –

A Tri-State company is facing a lawsuit filed by the U.S. Department of Labor.

The suit alleges that Evansville-based AmeriQual Group, LLC “systematically discriminated against qualified men seeking entry-level production jobs.”

According to Labor Department officials, an investigation by the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs found that, although there was a significantly larger male applicant pool, AmeriQual disproportionately selected women over men.

Officials say the investigation also found that AmeriQual attempted to create after-the-fact justifications for failing to hire male applicants by making notations on “sticky notes” and other documents and then adding them to files. We’re told those notations did not appear on the original documents that the company provided at the beginning of the investigation.

In its suit, the Labor Department is seeking back wages and job offers for 27 men who applied for jobs at AmeriQual.

In addition to the hiring practices, officials say they found that the company segregated its production line workforce.

Investigators say the company based work assignments on gender stereotypes: putting women in “light duty” jobs and having men do more labor intensive work.

“Qualifications for a job are tied to skills and experience, not gender. Stereotypical notions of what jobs are appropriate for women are outdated, and perpetuate discrimination,” said OFCCP Director Patricia A. Shiu.  “We expect that employers funded by taxpayer dollars to provide meals to our Armed Forces will exemplify the same spirit of equal employment opportunity and diversity that exists in our military.”

The company produces, packages, assembles and distributes shelf-stable food products to the U.S. Department of Defense, other federal agencies and major food companies.

14NEWS has reached out to AmeriQual for comment.

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