Nurturing a toxic culture and other news
…the toxic culture of the military allows “open and blatant sexual harassment to occur on a daily basis,” and retaliates against its opponents…
…While the military claims a zero-tolerance policy and touts systematic reforms regarding rape and sexual assault, “this rhetoric has failed to change the misogynistic culture of the Army and has not resulted in any meaningful reform or reduction in sexual assaults”… – Military Accused of Nursing Culture of Rape & Retaliation
Halliburton senior vice-president and six others nabbed in prostitution sting
Clifford Pugh – (Culture Map) – October 12, 2012 – A Halliburton senior vice president and six others were arrested Thursday in an undercover prostitution sting in north Harris County. The Harris County Sheriff’s Office vice unit focused on suspects soliciting sex online and set up the sting operation from a motel located off I-45 and FM 1960.
Female undercover deputies advertised as escorts on the Internet and arranged for solicitors to meet them at the prearranged location. Once suspects arrived and made an agreement with the undercover deputies to receive sexual services in exchange for money, they were arrested, an official said.
Those arrested included Joseph Andolino, 59, who joined Halliburton as senior vice president of the tax department in 2011. On the Halliburton website, Andolino is included on the list of the company’s top corporate officers. (Click HERE for article)
The Worst Debt Collector in the World?
‘F— you! Pay us your money! You can’t afford an attorney. You owe us. I hope your wife divorces your a–. If you would have served our country better you would not be a disabled veteran living off social security while the rest of us honest Americans work our a– off. Too bad; you should have died.'”
Jamie Ross – (Courthouse News) – Phoenix – October 12, 2012 – After garnishing exempt disability payments from a 100% disabled Army veteran’s wife, a debt collector told the vet he was “living off social security while the rest of us honest Americans work our a– off. Too bad; you should have died,” the veteran claims in court.
Michael Collier and his wife, Kim, sued Gurstel Chargo, P.A., a Minnesota-based third-party debt collector, in Federal Court.
Collier suffered spine and head injuries in the Army and was declared 100 percent disabled. He and his wife, a college student, receive disability payments, which are exempt from execution, according to his complaint.
Nonetheless, Gurstel garnished Kim’s savings account, and the credit union froze her money, to seek $6,000 from Michael’s defaulted student loan. (Click HERE for article)
Secret Service officer, seeming drunk, passed out, arrested in Miami hours after Obama event
(Associated Press) – Miami – October 12, 2012 — In the latest embarrassing spectacle for the Secret Service, one of its officers was found passed out and apparently drunk on a Miami street corner less than 12 hours after President Barack left the city following a day trip to campaign, police in Florida said.