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Shanghai Noir

The Dancing Girl and the Turtle: publication date 01.04.2017

Yesterday, it was John Lasseter, co-founder of animation studio Pixar, who was accused of sexual harassment. The day before, it was Charlie Rose. Since the Harvey Weinstein story broke, new names and fresh allegations surface daily from the muck. And just below the pond scum lurks the pool of anonymous and not-so-anonymous claims fueled by #MeToo and #BalanceTonPorc

There are, of course, also the naysayers, the trolls and the apologists. They're in surprising places like here in Amsterdam where crime writer Saskia Noort is getting grief for disclosing her rape 35 years after the fact. The apologists can also be found in not so surprising places as in behind the podium of the White House press room.

It's hard to tell which way this tide is going and so I've been collecting news articles and opinion pieces, in the hopes of some sort of guidance. Aside from some excellent investigative journalism, I've found only partisan puff pieces and timid bet-hedging. Though, The Oxford Astrologer will go out on a limb:

#metoo is part of the great Pluto in Capricorn purge of the established order

Maybe so. Up until last week, I was happy to see one powerful man after the other fall from grace. Then Al Franken was accused and suddenly, like the blind men who encounter an elephant for the first time, I was no longer sure what I had in my hand. In any event, I now know how deeply biased I am. That's the subject of this week's blog post: Say It  Ain't So, Joe.

For all my American fans: Happy Thanksgiving. For all the rest: gobble gobble.

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