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Top US tech judge Alex Kozinski has resigned, effectively immediately, amid claims of sexual misconduct. Kozinski announced his decision Monday, coming after the news on Friday that the chief judge of the Ninth Circuit Appeals Court, based in San Francisco, California, had ordered a formal inquiry into allegations from more …

  1. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    "Kozinski was accused by six women earlier this month of a range of inappropriate behavior including showing them pornography and asking if it aroused them, to repeatedly suggesting that a female clerk exercise naked, to ogling and making suggestive comments about their bodies and sex lives."

    ...Cue 50% of blokes now getting worried....

    We're are going to live in a democracy where people are treated fairly and equally if we aren't careful :)

    ....I'm trying to be funny by the way! Yes, I'll get my coat.

  2. Androgynous Cow Herd

    Better ways to phrase this...

    ""if this is all they are able to dredge up after 35 years, I am not too worried."

    Really? What ARE you worried about, and how do we dredge that up too?

  3. bombastic bob Silver badge
    Devil

    where people are treated fairly and equally

    I'd like to THINK so.

    Wasn't it Henry Kissinger who said "Power is the great aphrodisiac" ??

    https://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/henry_kissinger_101648

    ok you young whippersnappers probably don't know who that guy is - he was one of the best foreign policy gurus this nation has EVER seen, serving as Secretary of State under Nixon and Ford

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henry_Kissinger

    In any case, it may be that people with "too much libido" are seeking power, or perhaps the power ENHANCES their libido, or [the more likely scenario] power makes them ARROGANT enough to "feel" as if they can "get away with it".

    1. Lysenko

      Re: where people are treated fairly and equally

      ok you young whippersnappers probably don't know who that guy is...

      Just to elaborate (because it was a long time ago), "Henry Kissinger" is/was a satirical caricature, based on a well known National Security Adviser named "Dr Strangelove". As with most caricatures, Kissinger was an exaggerated parody that amplified the reactionary, amoral, untrustworthy and warmongering aspects of Strangelove's character for (very) black comedic effect. Apparently, much as with Ali G and Borat, many prominent people were taken in by Kissinger and mistook him for a genuine foreign policy adviser, causing something of a dilemma for the scriptwriters who had assumed the insanity of their creation would be obvious to everyone.

      1. 2+2=5 Silver badge
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        Re: where people are treated fairly and equally

        Just to elaborate (because it was a long time ago), "Henry Kissinger" is/was a satirical caricature, based on a well known National Security Adviser named "Dr Strangelove".

        You are a naughty, naughty man (wolf?). Have an upvote.

    2. strum

      Re: where people are treated fairly and equally

      >he was one of the best foreign policy gurus this nation has EVER seen,

      And a mass murderer. See Operation Sideshow and the Pinochet coup.

    3. Florida1920

      Re: where people are treated fairly and equally

      ok you young whippersnappers probably don't know who that guy is - he was one of the best foreign policy gurus this nation has EVER seen
      I remember Kissinger well. Among other achievements he was the inspiration for Dr. Strangelove in Stanley Kubrick's movie with that title. From your Wikipedia link:

      "Kissinger played a key role in bombing Cambodia to disrupt PAVN and Viet Cong units launching raids into South Vietnam from within Cambodia's borders and resupplying their forces by using the Ho Chi Minh trail and other routes, as well as the 1970 Cambodian Incursion and subsequent widespread bombing of Khmer Rouge targets in Cambodia. The bombing campaign contributed to the chaos of the Cambodian Civil War, which saw the forces of leader Lon Nol unable to retain foreign support to combat the growing Khmer Rouge insurgency that would overthrow him in 1975."

      "Kissinger himself said there were about 50,000 civilian casualties in the bombing."

      "Along with North Vietnamese Politburo Member Le Duc Tho, Kissinger was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize on December 10, 1973."

      See also https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Linebacker_II for more on this "guru."

    4. Paul Hovnanian Silver badge
      Joke

      Re: where people are treated fairly and equally

      "Wasn't it Henry Kissinger who said 'Power is the great aphrodisiac' ??"

      It was a part of one of my old sig lines: 'Power is the great aphrodisiac. 60 Hertz more so than 50.'

  4. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    So Trump is going to appoint his replacement? Seems this is the type of guy he would use.

    Is there anything in this? Could this be the unearthing of a scandal to replace him on purpose?

    I don't know enough about all this to make a decision.

    1. Fruit and Nutcase Silver badge
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      @AC

      So Trump is going to appoint his replacement?

      Trump: Hello, Tweetie Pai, is that you?

      Pai: Yes Sir, Mr President.

      Trump: As you are no doubt aware, I need to appoint someone to the Ninth Circuit Appeals Court. Would any of your tech savvy chums be interested?

      1. PNGuinn
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        @AC So Trump is going to appoint his replacement?

        +1 for Tweetie Pai

        >> We need a birdseed icon

    2. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      "So Trump is going to appoint his replacement?"

      I find something very incongruous in that likely action.

    3. katgod

      Anonymous

      No doubt the same behavior in private but probably a judge that is incompetent.

      I suspect that your second thought is not likely as the behavior that is described is ending many male careers presently.

      Possible yes.

  5. Eddy Ito

    Pity. Admittedly it's not surprising considering some of the antics he was known for but he very likely was one of the best jurists on the bench. Any bench.

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    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Never ceases to amaze

      Those who wield some power fool themselves into thinking they have power over all things. This is why Tech Startup bro's, Presidents, and Judges behave like leering sex-pest bellends.

    2. Potemkine! Silver badge

      Re: Never ceases to amaze

      So what's going wrong? Is it ego? Chemical imbalance (testosterone)? Something in the water?

      It seems that with power comes the feeling to become almighty and untouchable, which is often true. In some rare occasions, once of twice per century, even the powerful ones are served the same justice than the ordinary people. But most of the time they can do quite anything without any consequence, so they get used to it.

  7. LDS Silver badge
    Joke

    "he argued that domain names – in particular, sex.com –"

    I wonder how they shown their gratitude to him...

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