'The Snowball Effect' is a process that starts from an initial state
of small significance and builds upon itself, becoming larger, graver, more serious
and also, perhaps potentially dangerous or disastrous (a vicious circle) ...
though it might be beneficial instead (a virtuous circle).
(Reported recently and today, November 30 in News Services)
TV Producer Fired Amid Sexual Harassment Allegations: An executive producer for several Vancouver-shot superhero shows has been fired following a 'thorough investigation' into allegations of sexual harassment against him. Warner Bros. Television Group says it has terminated Andrew Kreisberg's employment, effective immediately, and is “committed to providing a safe working environment for our employees and everyone involved in our productions.”
Kreisberg had been suspended from his work on “Arrow,” “Supergirl,” “The Flash,” and “Legends of Tomorrow,” amid accusations of sexual harassment and inappropriate touching made by 19 former and current employees. The accusations were first reported by Variety, which did not identify the 15 women and 4 men who said they feared retaliation if they went public.
Minnesota Public Radio Severs Ties with Garrison Keillor: Citing inappropriate behaviour with an individual who worked with him, Minnesota Public Radio has terminated its relationship with Garrison Keillor, the former host of “A Prairie Home Companion” who helped build MPR into a national powerhouse. In an email to the Star Tribune Wednesday, Keillor said, “I put my hand on a woman's bare back after she told me about her unhappiness and her shirt was open and my hand went up it bout six inches. She recoiled. I apologized. I sent her an email of apology later and she replied that she'd forgiven me. We were friends...and continued to be friendly right up until her lawyer called”.
MPR retained an outside law firm to conduct an independent investigation of the allegations.
Matt Lauer Fired After Claims of “Inappropriate Sexual Behaviour” NBC News said Wednesday that it has fired Matt Lauer over 'inappropriate sexual behaviour,' making the “Today” show star the latest high-profile man to become embroiled in workplace harassment allegations. In a staff memo, NBC News chair Andrew Lack said the network received 'a detailed' complaint about Lauer Monday night. “It represented, after serious review, a clear violation of our company's standards. As a result, we've decided to terminate his employment. Lauer,59, joined “Today” in 1994 as its news anchor. He became co-host of the morning program with Katie Couric in 1997 after Bryant Gumbel stepped down.
Lauer is among one of many whose careers have been hit by harassment allegations in the weeks since Hollywood mogul, Harvey Weinstein was accused by numerous women of sexual assault.
Last week Lauer's morning rival on CBS, Charlie Rose, was fired after 8 women told the Washington Post that he had acted inappropriately toward them over a number of years.
The post-Weinstein wave has brought down figures in the news, entertainment and political fields ~ and renewed discussion about allegations against President Trump first raised, when he was the Republican candidate for the office last year.
Donald J. Trump Has Pretty Much Over Decades ~ Insulted All Women!
In May '91, in an Esquire magazine profile about his bad press, Trump had this to say, “You know, it doesn't really matter what they write as long as you've got a young and beautiful piece of ass; but she's got to be young and beautiful!”
He insulted a breast-feeding mother, “You're disgusting,” he hurled at female lawyer who had asked for a medical break to pump breast milk for her 3-month-old daughter.
Admonishing Robert Pattison re taking back Kristen Stewart, “She treated you like a dog and will do it again...just watch! You can do much better!”
Bette Midler is an extremely unattractive woman;
“ I refuse to say that because I always insist on being politically correct!”
He's insulted Moms who expect their husbands to change diapers when they're busy.
He's insulted Muslim women.
“There wasn't much I could say about Hilary Clinton
that was worse than what I was already saying!”
He's insulted victims of sexual harassment....and the list is endless.
Politically Speaking ~ Alexander Panetta writes from Washington today, “Donald Trump promised to govern for America's forgotten men and women; yet he promoted Wednesday, a tax reform plan that independent analysts say, does the opposite ~ transferring tens of billions of dollars in wealth up the income ladder. The president claimed at a rally in Missouri that the tax plan would be great for the little guy, while clobbering rich guys like him: “ It's gonna cost me a fortune, this thing.
Believe me, this is not good for me!” he stated.
Analysts are piling on to pummel that analysis.The plan would hike taxes on 9% of lower-income Americans and within a decade, hurting the lower 50% of income earners
according to the non-partisan Tax Policy Center.
(From this writer's viewpoint in posting the foregoing article, anything promoted by Trump is certain to be beneficial to his financial and political life...it's up to readers and analysts to decipher his true intent!)
Donald Trump's I.Q. Obsession!
He repeatedly cites his sky-high IQ ~ and the relatively low IQ's of his political rivals, stating, “Sorry losers and haters, but my IQ is one of the highest and you all know it! Please don't feel so stupid or insecure ~ it's not your fault.”
Studies say that bragging about your superiority, makes people like you less,
so what does Donald Trump hope to gain?
Stephen Hawkins states, “People who boast about their IQ are losers!”
Trump finds himself increasingly at odds with his own staff ~ and at war with would-be-allies. He is squandering, perhaps the most precious presidential ability to surround himself with a challenging mix of intelligent and experienced advisors!
Written November 30, 2017 by Merle Baird-Kerr