November 03, 2011
Where in the World is J. Angelus Dust?
I don’t know if anyone else noticed this, but TNB’s celebrated advice columnist, the pseudonymous J. Angelus Dust, seems to have vanished from the site. It’s been many weeks since his last, somewhat erratic, post. Where could he be? Did his book ever come out? Is it called Thomas World, or something else? More importantly, is Fabian okay?
(Speaking of which: I am not The Dust, and while I have had the privilege of corresponding with him on several occasions, I not privy to his actual identity. If I had to guess at who he is among writers in the TNB Universe, my money would be on Spitznagel).
Well, we know Dust is a radical leftist. We know he’s an activist. We know he’s been increasingly sickened by the goings-on in this country, as his posts got ever more political in nature. I think he’s one of the leaders of the leaderless Occupy Wall Street movement. The timing, the politics, the nature of the beast…call it a hunch, but that’s my belief. And this recent push to “relocate the nexus” of OWS to Oakland suggests that Dust could well be in the Bay Area as I type this, perhaps huddling under a tent, perhaps handing out fliers at Berkeley.
Anyone else have any theories?
Herman Cain, Sexual Harassment
I spent seven years working in human resources. For much of that time, I gave new employee orientations, at which I covered the topic of sexual harassment. I was also present at employee relations meetings, where such cases were discussed. So I have some experience with the subject.
Is Herman Cain guilty of sexual harassment? I can’t say for sure, but as the Magic 8-Ball would have it, all signs point to yes.
Contrary to popular belief, sexual harassment is not just a boss telling his secretary, “If you’d like to keep your job, put your two lips on my wood and kiss it.” That’s what’s known as quid pro quo sexual harassment. Because more people are aware of it, these kind of claims are less frequent—although they can be filed, and won, even if the subordinate in question appears to be on board. There are cases where a direct report had a long relationship with her boss and filed a claim years later, stating that she felt compelled to continue the relationship, even though the “quid pro quo” wasn’t explicitly stated; she won.
More common are claims of hostile work environment. This happens, usually, when men say dirty shit that offends people around them, and do it often, to the point where coworkers (usually, but not always, women; there was a case where a straight man filed a claim because a straight guy at the office wouldn’t stop making homophobic remarks) feel so uncomfortable that they are compelled to quit.
The guys creating the hostile work environment almost always defend themselves by saying things like, “I was joking,” and “Can’t she take a joke,” and, “I’m not even attracted to her,” and, “All I was doing was remarking about her appearance.” In other words, things Cain has been saying all week. Why exactly was he compelled to remark that a female co-worker was the same height as his wife? Was he starting a company basketball team?
And one stray remark is not enough to get you in trouble. It has to be an established pattern of behavior. In Cain’s case, there are already three sexual harassment claims we know about. For every woman who actually filed, there were probably a dozen who laughed it off, or were too frightened to report it (it’s traumatic to do so; essentially, you’re getting someone fired).
Is Cain guilty? I can’t say for sure, but where there’s smoke, there’s fire (where there’s smoke, there’s also Cain’s campaign manager puffing on a Parliament Light…but that’s a different topic entirely).
You know how in old movies, when people get nervous or uncomfortable, they reflexively reach for their pack of smokes and/or cigarette case and fidget around with it? Smartphones serve the exact same function today.
Steve Jobs, RIP
Yeah, he was super cool and genius-y in every way, but I still think Macbooks suck.
Kim Kardashian, Divorced Again
Total length of Lindsay Lohan’s latest prison term: 30 days
Total length of Kim Kardashian’s wedding to Kris Humphries: 72 days
That’s not even a fucking semester, for fuck sake. It’s like she withdrew from a class.
Robert Kardashian, Kim’s late father, is famous for being one of O.J. Simpson’s attorneys. That doesn’t tell the whole story. He and Simpson were BFFs for many years before the murders took place; Juice even stayed at Kardashian’s house in late June of 1994, after the double homicide.
Robert and Kim’s mother, Kris Jenner, were divorced by then, but Kim presumably knows O.J. pretty well. This isn’t her fault, of course, but it’s something the tabloids don’t tend to discuss.
She spent her formative years around really, really talented professional athletes—Simpson and her step-father, Bruce Jenner. And that’s also the type of man she tends to date.
If she listened to me, this would never have happened).
Seventy-two days? Sting has had tantric sex that lasted longer than that.
How much do you think the NBA lockout—and the fact that her soon-to-be-ex-husband would not have an opportunity to strut his stuff in the foreseeable future—affected her decision? Don’t tell me the thought didn’t cross her mind.
It’s a slap in the face to all the LGBT Americans who can’t legally marry. Seriously. Kim should spend the next 72 days lobbying for a gay marriage amendment.
A Yahoo! News headline: “Is Kardashian’s Divorce Bad for Business?” Yuck.
Maybe it wasn’t a good idea to marry a guy who has the same first name as your mother.
I hope you saved some money, Kim, because that alarm you’re hearing means your fifteen minutes are up. Please go away—and take your sisters with you.