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False Allegations of Sexual Harassment: Misunderstandings and Realities


Since sexual harassment can be in the eye of the beholder, only evidence that meets civil standards of proof, argues a university complaints investigator, can fairly decide what happened.

Why is there a great concern about false allegations of sexual harassment (or other forms of harassment) when few formal complaint investigations result in findings of false allegations? Simply put, the stakes are high. There may be negative impacts on career and reputation. Potential job loss or discipline is a reality. The stress, time, effort, frustration, and financial cost take a toll on the parties. Establishing the basis for a complaint, or defending against allegations,
particularly if this entails proving a negative—that something did not happen when it is alleged it did—is often a difficult and lengthy process. The embarrassment and emotions attached to allegations and evidence can undermine even the strongest individual.


What free browsers are you using? I'm having problems with both Firefox and Chrome. Of course, my system is ancient, but I can't replace it yet.

Poll: McConnells approval in Kentucky at 18 percent

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has an 18 percent job approval rating in Kentucky, according to a new survey.

A Public Policy Polling survey found just 18 percent of respondents approve of the job McConnell is doing, compared with 74 percent who disapprove.

If McConnell were up for reelection today, 37 percent of respondents said they would vote for the Kentucky Republican. Another 44 percent would instead choose a Democratic opponent, according to the survey.

An additional 19 percent said they were unsure.

McConnell's seat will be on the ballot next in 2020.


Maybe there's hope to get rid of this asshole yet.

Black or African-American?

I'm not black, but wanted to share this because its a gem from Smokey Robinson.


How Zoo Animals in Florida Survived Hurricane Irma


While pets could flee with their owners as Hurricane Irma bore down on the state of Florida, what about the captive animals in zoos that had nowhere to go?

The good news is that, according to most reports, zoo animals were able to make it through the intense wind, rain and storm surge. To keep their accreditation, members of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums must have a disaster plan and practice an annual preparedness drill.

The enclosures in many of Florida’s zoos have protected areas where large animals like tigers and giraffes can be safely sheltered without having to be evacuated. Smaller animals, however, had to be moved to safer areas. This must have been especially scary for the animals that were already stressed out because they could sense the approaching monster storm.

Watch the flamingo clip. It's pretty funny.

I've been wondering how many horses made it.

Wish President Obama a Happy Birthday!



Any experience out there?

I started reading about it a few days ago. I keep having flashbacks, or brain videos running through my head of some very traumatic times I lived through (barely) when I was in Calif, along with many of the other symptoms. Most people equate PTSD with war veterans, but looks like it effects many others with horrific experiences. On top of my existing bipolar, its a problem. I have not talked to my doctor about it (a GP), no therapists available around here (except for you guys).

I'd like to hear how others deal with it. Please don't suggest pot.

Lychnis/Rose Campion

I'm so aggravated! This is one of my favorite flowers--the hot pink ones on silver stems. I've planted from seed the last two years, and gotten nothing (thanks Swallowtail Seeds

Can't find the plants themselves anywhere locally, and afraid of having plants shipped. I had tons on them in my CA garden. Someone had shared the originals with me.

Most of the places I've seen online have reviews of poor germination. Does anyone have decent seed they will sell, or knows a good place to buy? Or plants?

A Tribute to my Dad

Today is his birthday, born in 1920 in South Carolina. He had 6 brothers and a sister. He married my Mom when he got out of the service in WWII. A story she never tired of telling was of her riding behind him on his motorcycle. Just as they rode past a cop, her dress flew up over her head. They raised 5 kids, my two sisters with Type 1 diabetes, on a door-to-door salesman's earnings, and no insurance. He said he couldn't stand being cooped up in an office. My brothers and sisters were instilled with his morals, love of the outdoors, and animals. When we were kids, he would take us on Sunday morning bike rides after church, strung out like ducklings behind him. We were in awe that he could sit backwards on the handlebars and pedal around when we stopped. He was always taking us to parks, and our favorite, Bernheim Forest. Even just stopping at a creek to drop cane fishing poles in the water. One time he brought home crawdads in a jar, and put them in my mom's aquarium. She kept wondering why her guppies were disappearing, while he was walking around chuckling. Only my little brother and I are left now.

He was always the Southern gentleman....soft spoken, courteous, generous, Southern Baptist. I never saw him wearing anything other than dress slacks and a long sleeve dress shirt. He only conceded to the summer heat of working in his large garden by rolling up his sleeves precisely two cuffs. He loved dogs, and used to tell me things like--if you wouldn't drink the water in that bucket, don't expect them to drink it.

He had a stroke in later years that paralyzed the right side of his body. My brother had to disconnect the distributor in his car to keep him from driving. He had been a hard worker his entire life, out-doing people half his age. Inactivity did not set well with him, but he had loved watching nature TV shows, the volume turned way up because he refused to wear his hearing aid. Loved his National Geographic and Farmer's Almanac.

We ended up having to move him and my mom to a retirement home because of his paralysis and newly-discovered colon cancer, and my mom's Alzheimer's. I think leaving their place in the country where they'd lived for more than 30 years finally did him in. He only lived a few months in the home. He had so loved being outdoors, working around his three acres, and in his garden.

Happy Birthday, Daddy, from your kids.

Saturday Morning Soothie........Whales

Elusive Whales Captured in Never Before Seen Drone Footage

A research expedition to Mexico’s Guadalupe Island has scientists excited after they captured never before seen footage of seriously elusive Cuvier’s beaked whales.

Little is known about these whales, who are the most extreme diving mammals on earth. They can dive to depths of 10,000 feet, which Sea Shepherd puts into perspective by likening it to the length of eight Empire State Buildings. They can stay below the surface for up to two hours before resurfacing for air.

Their behavior has made them difficult to study, but scientists are determined to learn more about them, and this location is a prime spot.

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