Posts Tagged ‘women’

Gaetz Ex-Girlfriend Talks to Federal Grand Jury

January 12, 2022

Gaetz Ex-Girlfriend Talks to Federal Grand Jury

The ex-girlfiend of Florida Man and well-known congressional sleazebag Matt Gaetz (R, FL-1) testified to a federal grand jury investigating him on underage sex-trafficking and other charges. The young woman has been in talks for months with prosecutors about an immunity deal, NBC reports, hoping to avoid prosecution for obstruction of justice in return for testifying as to whether Gaetz paid a 17-year-old female for sex and violated a federal law prohibiting people for paying for prostitutes overseas. This testimony is seen as a sign that the grand jury is moving closer to indicting Trump idolator Gaetz.

More:

“Matt Gaetz’s ex-girlfriend testifies to grand jury in sex trafficking probe,” Marc Caputo, NBC News

Update:

“Matt Gaetz’s ex-girlfriend granted immunity before testifying in sex trafficking probe,” Michael Kaplan, CBS News

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My Boyfriend’s Coming Home For Christmas

December 19, 2021

“My Boyfriend’s Coming Home For Christmas,” written and performed by Toni Wine, a prodigious Brill Building songwriter and uncredited session backup singer on many rock and pop hits. She wrote and recorded this holiday tune in 1963, when she was 16 years old. Ms. Wine later left New York for Memphis, where she worked with (and married) record producer Chips Moman.

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Britain’s First Female Rock Band

November 8, 2021

The Liverbirds were Britain’s first female rock band (from Liverpool, get it?). Here’s why you don’t know them. A New York Times “Almost Famous” video by Ben Proudfoot.

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Do High Heels Mean an Elevated Economy?

September 2, 2021

Do High Heels Mean an Elevated Economy?

“Trevor Davis, a former consumer products expert at IBM, came up with a theory that matched heel length with economic upturns. ‘The index worked by analysing social media and other online sources for influencer and consumer references to shoes and boots where there was either a specific height of heel mentioned, like ‘four inches’ or a phrase that could be equated easily to a height,’ he says. ‘We then correlated that with a variety of indicators of economic performance to get the index.’ He says the data revealed that when economic indicators turned down the heel height initially went up, but if the economy remained in a recession state for more than a few months then heel heights went down.”

— “Can the ‘high heel index’ predict economic growth?” Priya Elan, The Guardian

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Hilma af Klint

August 10, 2021

Hilma af Klint (1862 – 1944) was the pioneering abstract artist you’ve never heard of. Paul Priestley explains.

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The suffrage movement didn’t protect all women’s right to vote

June 21, 2021

The 1920 legislation enfranchised all American women, but Black women still faced racial discrimination when registering to vote and going to the polls. It wasn’t until the Voting Rights Act of 1965 that this type of racial discrimination was prohibited by federal law. Historians Martha S. Jones and Daina Ramey Berry reflect on what the 19th Amendment means for Black American women. A Vox video.

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Sex-Scandalized Matt Gaetz to Meet with Women at Trump Resort

April 8, 2021

Sex-Scandalized Matt Gaetz to Meet with Women at Trump Resort

Scandal-plagued Matt Gaetz will emerge from hiding this weekend to address the Save America Summit, a gathering of Trump’s diehard female supporters, held at Trump National Doral Miami, probably because the ex-president needs the money. The event is produced by Women for America First, the ladies whose post-election bus tour and January 6th Save America Rally culminated in the mob assault on the U.S. Capitol, deaths, and hundreds of arrests.

Matt Gaetz at a women’s event boggles the mind, as he is under investigation by the Justice Department for transporting a 17-year-old woman across state lines for purposes of sex. Mr. Gaetz is also known for showing nude photos of his sexual conquests to colleagues on the floor of Congress and back when he was a Florida legislator. Matt Gaetz was the only “no” vote on the 2017 human trafficking bill, and opposed a Florida bill outlawing “revenge porn.” He’s making Donald Trump’s Access Hollywood escapade look like a women’s rights rally.

More:

“Amid federal probe, Matt Gaetz will speak to conservative women’s group at Trump golf course,” Jaclyn Peiser, Washington Post

“Gaetz Will Speak At Trump Doral For Summit Hosted By Jan. 6 Rally Planners,” Matt Shuham, TalkingPointsMemo

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Harriet Tubman: On the Money, Again.

January 26, 2021

Harriet Tubman: On the Money, Again.

American hero Harriet Tubman will replace the genocidalslave-owning killer Andrew Jackson on the face of the US 20 dollar bill, says the Biden adminstration. The move was first proposed in 2016, but nixed after the election of Donald Trump, who hung a portrait of Jackson in the Oval Office.

$20 dollars was the monthly pension Harriet Tubman received from the government as a war widow and for her own service in the Civil War. And the pension wasn’t awarded until 1899.

More:

“Biden administration revives effort to put Harriet Tubman on $20 bill,” Jacob Bogage, Washington Post

“Biden Administration Will ‘Speed Up’ Efforts To Put Harriet Tubman On $20 Bill,” Laurel Wamsley, NPR News

Related:

“The $20 Bill Honors Harriet Tubman In A Relevant Way You Might Not Know About,” Amée LaTour, Bustle

“How Harriet Tubman’s military service added up to $20 — a month,” Kevin Lilley, Army Times

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My Boyfriend’s Coming Home For Christmas

December 18, 2020

“My Boyfriend’s Coming Home For Christmas,” written and performed by Toni Wine, a prodigious Brill Building songwriter and uncredited session backup singer on many rock and pop hits. She wrote and recorded this holiday tune in 1963, when she was 16 years old. Ms. Wine later left New York for Memphis, where she worked with (and married) record producer Chips Moman.

2020 note: Tell your boyfriend to stay put this Christmas. COVID-19 is not an appropriate yuletide gift. If you love him, Zoom him.

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Huge Protests in Poland

December 9, 2020

Poland’s women are furious at their country’s government, and they’ve been protesting in the streets since October. Christina Thornell of Vox explains why.

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