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Gender pay gap: The myths that won't die

gender pay gap
© The Guardian
Thousands of companies have filed their gender pay gap figures, revealing men are paid, on average, more than women in the majority of British businesses.

Despite the results, myths and misconceptions about the gender pay gap persist. We've pulled together some of the most common myths to help you navigate the pay gap deniers.

There is no gender pay gap

The most extreme myth is that gender pay gap is a lie perpetuated by feminists who use statistics dishonestly to further their cause.

This is a view shared by a small but vocal coalition of rightwing think tanks, Jordan Peterson, and men's rights activists.

Writing in the Spectator, Kate Andrews, the associate director of the Institute of Economic Affairs, said women are "bombarded with inflated statistics, cherry-picked and designed to make them feel helpless".


Investigation launched into handling of Jussie Smollett case

Foxx and Smollett
Kim Foxx, the embattled Chicago state's attorney whose office has come under fire for its handling of the Jussie Smollett case, has asked the local inspector general to conduct an "independent review" of their investigation, she confirmed in a statement.

The news comes the day after the city's law department announced that they are suing Smollett to recoup the amount that they had to spend in order to cover the overtime of police officers during the investigation.

Smollet's case has sparked a firestorm ever since news broke of the Jan. 29 alleged attack. Controversy was further stoked when police alleged the incident was a hoax and ultimately when prosecutors dropped the charges against the actor.

Foxx said that she "invited" the inspector general, Patrick Blanchard, to look into her office's handling of the case, which involved the "Empire" actor's claims of being a victim of a hate crime that police alleged was a hoax.

Comment: See also: Kim Foxx's assistant prosecutor blasts her handling of Jussie Smollett case: 'An international laughingstock'


Bob Jones University cop arrested for repeated sexual assaults on mentally disabled woman

Darren Thomas Wesley
© WYFF News 4
Darren Thomas Wesley
A Bob Jones University Police Department officer has been dismissed after being accused of repeatedly sexually assaulting a mentally impaired woman over a period of three years.

Greenville County Sheriff's Office investigators arrested Darren Thomas Wesley. 51, Tuesday on multiple criminal sexual conduct charges.

Investigators began an investigation March 14 after receiving a report that a vulnerable adult had been sexually victimized by Wesley, a former officer with the BJU police.

Deputies said that during the investigation, they determined Wesley had committed multiple criminal sexual offenses against the woman.

An arrest warrant said Wesley told the woman that if she resisted the sexual assaults or told anyone about them, she would destroy her family, which "caused serious psychological harm to the victim."


Former Venezuelan military chief nabbed on drug charges in Spain

Carvajal & Maduro
© Reuters
Carvajal & Maduro, in happier times
The former chief of Venezuela's military intelligence - and the highest-ranking military officer to defect to the US-backed opposition - has been nabbed in Spain on a US warrant for allegedly trafficking tons of cocaine.

Hugo Carvajal was arrested by Spanish police in Madrid on Friday and faces extradition to the US, where he was indicted in 2014 for allegedly having "coordinated the transportation of approximately 5,600 kilograms of cocaine from Venezuela to Mexico." He will testify in a Saturday court appearance as to whether he wishes to fight the extradition, an official with Spain's National Court told the AP.

The Venezuelan ex-major general, whose nickname "el Pollo" means "the Chicken," is accused of protecting a Colombian drug kingpin from arrest, allowing him to move about 5,600kg of cocaine in and out of Venezuela, and tipping him off to law enforcement activities. Carvajal allegedly was not only paid off by the kingpin and other members of his organization, but also invested in some of the drug shipments. He is also accused of providing weapons to the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC).


US sailor kills himself and his Japanese girlfriend in Okinawa

okinawa apartment
Okinawa police said the bodies of a U.S. Navy sailor and a Japanese woman were found in a unit of this apartment building around 7:30 a.m. Saturday, April 13, 2019.
A U.S. sailor fatally stabbed a Japanese woman and then killed himself on Okinawa, Japanese officials said.

The two were found dead Saturday morning inside a six-story apartment building in the Kuwae district of Chatan, according to an Okinawa Prefectural Police spokesman.

The woman's child was present when the incident occurred and called a relative, who then called police at 7:26 a.m., the spokesman said.

The sailor, 31, whose identity has not been released, was attached to the III Marine Division, according to the III Marine Expeditionary Force.

The sailor and the woman, who was in her 40s, were apparently in a relationship, the Okinawa police spokesman said.


Fisher-Price recalls millions of baby sleepers after more than 30 fatalities

Toymaker Fisher-Price has recalled nearly five million of its Rock'n'Play sleepers after more than 30 babies died in them in 10 years.

The United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) said more than 30 babies had died in the sleepers since they were first sold in 2009, with 10 deaths caused by the babies rolling over from their backs to their stomachs unrestrained. All 10 babies were 3 months or older.

The recall of the 4.7 million sleepers will affect the UK because they are available to buy online from the US.

The CPSC said people should immediately stop using the sleeper and contact Fisher-Price for a refund.

War Whore

Police shoot at vehicle after it crashes into Ukrainian Ambassador's car outside London embassy

Fired shots at car
Armed police opened fire on a car as it was driven at them having just "deliberately rammed" into the Ukrainian ambassador's official vehicle in London on Saturday morning.

The incident occurred outside the Ukrainian embassy in Holland Park, Kensington, at around 8:30 on Saturday morning.

A spokesman for the Ukrainian embassy said an unknown vehicle had crashed into the car used for official duties by Natalia Galibarenko, the Ukrainian Ambassador, Saturday morning and the man inside posed a threat that required British police to fire an unknown number of shots at the car.

The spokesman said that contrary to some reports in the media no shots were fired from the car.

The spokesman knew of no motive and did not know the nationality or any biographical details of the arrested man. He said the embassy had not been threatened in recent weeks. All members of the embassy were reported as safe.


Virtue signalling run amok: Georgetown students may have to pay slavery reparations with new fee

Georgetown University
'We recognize the great privileges we have been given, and wish to at least partially repay our debts'

Georgetown University students will soon vote on whether they want to tax themselves to benefit the descendants of slaves sold by the university in the 1830s.

Its student government recently authorized a campuswide student referendum on whether to establish a fund for the families of the 272 men, women and children sold by Georgetown in 1838.

If approved, the semesterly fee would begin to be collected in the fall of 2020 and start
at $27.20 per student
"in honor of the 272 people sold by Georgetown," states the student government resolution approving the referendum, a copy of which was obtained Wednesday by The College Fix.

"The proceeds of the GU272 Reconciliation Contributions will be allocated for charitable purposes directly benefiting the descendants of the GU272 and other persons once enslaved by the Maryland Jesuits - with special consideration given to causes and proposals directly benefiting those descendants still residing in proud and underprivileged communities," the resolution stated.

Comment: Does the university have DNA samples of the slaves who were sold and can they match that DNA to their descendant beneficiaries? Of course not. This is yet another example of useless virtue signalling and will likely cause more division and resentment among students.


Kansas City: Chaos at college talk as protester squirts unknown substance at conservative speaker

Arrest at University of Missouri
© Twitter / UMKC University News
A protestor was arrested Thursday night for spraying conservative political commentator Michael Knowles with an unknown substance at an event at the University of Missouri, Kansas City.

The firebrand Fox news contributor and Daily Wire host, whom Vanity Fair described as "a dapper, lib-triggering troll," was invited to the university by Young Americans for Freedom to host an event called 'A night with Michael Knowles' during which he was scheduled to give a talk titled, 'Men are not women.'

However just 15 minutes into the event, this happened:


Gender Revisionism: Ignoring differences between men and women is the wrong way to address dysphoria

Vitruvian Man
© Leonardo Da Vinci
A section of Vitruvian Man, 1492
Among the many divisive topics animating people these days, sex and gender are perhaps the most incendiary. This is in large part because not one but two groups feel that their political identities are at stake.

On one hand, many women feel blindsided by the argument that trans women should be considered literal women, and question the effect of the trans movement on female sex-based rights and protections, as they have come to define them. On the other, many trans people are aghast at what they feel are attempts to block their political advancement toward equal social and legal status. Whether the arenas of dispute are bathrooms, schools, sport, women's organizations, or parades, the emotions are intense and the arguments apparently intractable.