Guess Who’s Calling Himself a Victim Now?

I’m imagining this subway groper refusing to get out of bed and whining that women are so mean.  He’s chewing on the corner of his pillow and complaining that the pillow is getting icky. We don’t know the name of this man because he escaped before the police arrived.  He knows his name, though.  He just can’t quite put it together in his head well enough to realize what a fart he is. No, that isn’t speculation on my part.  If you’ve known enough people like him, you find them predictable. The woman he assaulted took a risk, but if … Continue reading Guess Who’s Calling Himself a Victim Now?

Keeping Your Info Safe on Public Transit, and Unrelated Irony

We hear about identity theft precautions all the time.  Always shred documents before discarding them.  Empty your mailbox every day.  Don’t share your credit card number with someone who calls you on the phone and tells you there’s a misdemeanor warrant for your arrest, and paying a fine will resolve the matter (and please don’t judge people who have fallen for this scam.  The callers know how to induce panic). Other precautions are less practical to carry out, so we have to decide how many risks we’re willing to take for our convenience or to make a system more efficient. … Continue reading Keeping Your Info Safe on Public Transit, and Unrelated Irony

Second Avenue Subway Safety Questions

The Second Avenue Subway in New York City opened at the beginning of this year.  The opening date was promised by New York Governor Mario Cuomo, and as far as the public knew everything was completed on schedule. There are concerns, though.  At the end of this post, please click the link to an article by Emma G. Fitzsimmons in the New York Times.  Although the New York Times disappoints readers more often than it used to, Ms. Fitzsimmons’ report is the product of real investigative journalism.  Read the item carefully to get an idea of the standards this newspaper used to … Continue reading Second Avenue Subway Safety Questions

Caution After A Scandal

Recently, there were public objections to New York City Transit Police officers refusing to make sexual battery arrests unless they witnessed offenses against three victims by each suspect.  The explanation defending the practice was that a conviction couldn’t be secured with testimony from only one accuser. Yesterday, Heather Holland at DNA Info posted an article describing how past misconduct by officers has influenced this policy. My own emotions are running in all directions with this.  I’ve been subjected to sexual battery, on the public transit and in other places. I also had a dear friend who was falsely accused (in San Francisco) … Continue reading Caution After A Scandal

Gross, But Inspiring

Metaphorically speaking, this rat is doing what good people may have to resort to if we want to maintain a civilized society under President Donald Trump. Remember, this video serves as allegory only.  Do not try to ride an escalator in the wrong direction, especially during commute hours. Don’t ponder it too carefully.  No, it isn’t a downhill battle.  Well, maybe a little. Please note that the rat and everyone else appears nice about it. Being tolerant of others is a top priority. Continue reading Gross, But Inspiring

Horrible Coincidence

Yesterday, I wrote a blog piece about how a person’s idealistic bubble might burst after moving to San Francisco.  The post went into some detail about sexual harassment of women by strangers, and a reference was made to the hazards of bystanders trying to help the women. Yesterday a man was slashed on an Uptown A train in Midtown Manhattan after trying to defend a female passenger from sexist abuse.  He’s expected to recover.  A security video of the suspect leaving the station through an exit turnstile has been made public. Please never say the man who intervened was foolish. … Continue reading Horrible Coincidence