We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Like rock stars, famous tenors get all the girls they want. Women go nuts over them. In the TV news business and in Hollywood they have a term for them: "star-f...ers." We used to term them "groupies."
I grew up being told to beware rich and famous people in real life because they were entitled SOB's. Athletes, musicians, actors - even those with purely local reputations.
I have known a very few famous people, and they were mixed: a few quite nice but more than a fair share of users and jerks. Caution is advised. Did no one tell these young people to beware? Or did they just not hear? Or did they take a calculated risk and now regret the cost?
Assistant Village Idiot
I hate to be so negative all the time, but I never much cared for Placido Domingo. Of the "Three Tenors", he was the weak sister. Now, Andrea Bocceli, THAT was a tenor! Oh, here's my favorite Pavarotti video (with - can you believe it?) James Brown.
I have no problem with anyone who commits a crime or simply a terrible act to be outed. However I strongly suspect that some large percentage of the metoo movement revelations are untrue and or distorted to make them seem offensive or illegal. Additionally I am regularly dumbfounded when one of these accusations turns out to be at best rude behavior and hardly out of the ordinary.
I believe that at the very least this neo-toxic-feminism has exposed the simple truth that women do lie and accuse people of terrible things to: get even, feed and agenda, because they are batshit crazy.
A long, long time ago I had a friend. She was an older woman and tried to mentor me. She was wise and self assured and friendly and gracious to all. She was one of the women who taught young stewardesses. She used to say in a very loving way: when you are in Italy, enjoy the place, the food, the music, the laughter. Enjoy the company of Italian men--but don't get in the elevator with them. Their humor excels in the elevator.
A terrible convergence is ruining many people's lives. The first is lack of discussion of the casting couch, as I recall it being called. In the early 1960's I learned in English class that all women's parts in Shakespearean times were played by boys, in an effort to control vice (The Japanese at one time did something similar, then had the males playing women shave their heads to stop further problems.). Easy, clean, safe jobs always had more applicants than places.
The second mistake is having young women acting like men, sexually. They don't get what they want and are angry because they are doing what they were taught. Perhaps if they reconsidered the teaching and told others how it didn't work, there would be a calmer and happier public.
There are inherent differences between the two sexes and they start before birth. For a few points:
In more than 99% of the cases, no genetic testing is necessary for newborns, just a quick look without a diaper to determine sex.
It is possible to determine the sex of a skeleton; the pelvic bone is the easiest, with males being narrower and higher while women's are lower and wider. This probably leads to gait differences and causes female athletes to have more injuries. This skull is next, with a difference in the shape of the eye sockets. I don't remember what is was, it's been 5 decades since. I had to do anything with physical anthropology. There may have been other signs on the skull, but I have no memory of such. After that, the long bones of men are thicker and rougher than women's, which support stronger muscles.