Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Almost-Missing 911

The Daily Mail reports that "Mother, 60, who was missing in California mountains for four days reveals she got lost while fleeing man with a knife who threatened to rape her." The article reports that Sheryl Powell, of Huntington Beach, went missing this past Friday while her husband John parked their car near Grandview Campground in the White Mountains, and was later found about 2.5 miles away. The family posted an account to Facebook:


A sober reminder to carry a weapon, and when in the fields and forests, some survival gear, even if it is just some water and a snack, and some sort of emergency whistle.

Learn Something New Everyday: What Anti-Globalist Really Means

I often criticize globalist individuals and organizations because they essentially believe people to be fungible, and, like the r-selected rabbits they are, have no in-group loyalty. They are responsible for hollowing out the American economy by exporting jobs and importing low cost labor. Stupid me. Even though I was unaware of it, I was apparently criticizing Jews. Fortunately the Jerusalem Post sets me straight: "The Anti-Defamation League defines 'globalist' as an antisemitic slur."
      "Although the term is not inherently antisemitic, 'globalist' is often used as a pejorative term for people whose interests in international commerce or finance ostensibly make them disloyal to the country in which they live," the ADL website states.

      "Because of the long history of antisemitic associations of Jews with money and commerce, and allegations that Jews place their transnational ethnic affiliations ahead of the interests of their non-Jewish neighbors, these pejorative subtexts quickly take on antisemitic connotations," the website says.
(See also this article at Newsweek and this one from the Jewish magazine, Forward). So, if you complain about the Koch brothers, Angela Merkel, Jeff Bezos, Bill Gates, Barack Obama, George Bush, etc., you are actually complaining about Jews ... only none of them are Jewish. But the ADL thinks that they secretly are Jewish. Or maybe I subconsciously think they are Jewish. Or ... something. Anyway, just be sure not to criticize globalist policies because that means that you hate Jews.

     On a more serious note, I'm not sure if this falls into the category of "The lady doth protest too much, methinks", or just "we are the center of the universe" vanity.

Carly Simon: "You're So Vain"

Migrants and Refugees In The News

      Syrian refugee Aras Bacho, who has written for the HuffPost and lives in Germany, tweeted that he knew at least six Syrians who traveled from Germany to Syria for vacation this summer season.
         He tweeted in German, “Two weeks ago, six Syrians I know went on holiday in Syria to visit their family members and get some rest, especially from Germany. You miss your homeland and it is now commonplace for Syrians to do that!”
             The five young migrant men, four of whom were from Gambia and the other from Mali, used the church in Rome’s Torre Angela area on the Via delle Amazzoni as a place to store and sell drugs after seeing a large number of mostly Nigerian worshippers visited the church on weekends, Il Giornale reports.
              Italian police officers raided the church this week and as they did so, the members of the drug gang attempted to hide around two pounds of heroin while other members kicked and punched the officers trying to get into the building.
                Protesters gathered outside of an Immigration and Customs Enforcement center in Aurora, Colorado, and hoisted a Mexican flag on Friday afternoon, two days before the agency is set to conduct a nationwide operation to round up around 2,000 immigrants for deportation.
                 Video footage showed a Mexican flag being raised on a flagpole directly in front of the facility. The US flag was taken down prior to the Mexican flag being raised; a spray painted upside down Blue Lives Matter flag was also raised.
              Restaurant associations and immigrant advocacy groups across the country were sending out mass emails to members and workers this week, alerting them to their rights should ICE agents knock on their doors. The California Restaurant Association, the Illinois Restaurant Association, Restaurant Opportunities Centers United (which advocates for restaurant workers), South Asian Americans Leading Together (which advocates for the rights of South Asians in the United States) and the Restaurant Law Center (the legal affiliate of the National Restaurant Association) were among the groups alerting constituents about the expected ICE actions.
                       Willem Van Spronsen, 69, launched an attack early Saturday morning on an ICE detention center in Tacoma, Washington. Armed with a rifle and flares, Spronsen attempted to light the buildings on fire, but only managed to ignite a nearby vehicle before he died in a shootout with police.
                        It was quickly discovered that Spronsen was a member of Antifa — a left-wing extremist organization long known for violence — and had written a manifesto calling on his “comrades” to arm themselves. In the manifesto, he also referred to immigrant detention centers as “concentration camps,” a comparison made popular by New York Democrat Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and others in her party.

                  Computer Aided Dry Firing Drills From Rangemaster

                  Rangemaster Firearms Training Resources has a set of automated dry fire drills that is offered free of charge. Each drill uses a different automated giff image to project and move (or disappear) a target. Obviously, these drills are intended for a computer monitor, not a smart phone or iPad. Rangemaster explains:
                  Stand about 10 feet from your monitor. Have your pistol holstered and your hand at your side. When you see the image on the screen, draw and fire. Repeat the process again.
                  Rangemaster's instructions also offer what I think is a good idea to prevent accidental discharges after you have finished a dry fire practice session:
                  When you are finished with your dry practice, tell yourself (out loud!), “I’m done.” Then reload your pistol and re-holster.  The practice session is OVER.

                  "Michigan Man Mistakes Wife For Intruder, Fatally Shoots Her In The Chest"

                  That is the headline from a Newsweek article from yesterday (here is the link, via AT&T). The shooting apparently took place in the early morning hours of this past Thursday in Ypsilanti Township. According to the article:

                        Investigators said the 30-year-old man suspected there had been an attempted burglary at the residence earlier the same day—which may have played a role in his reaction.

                        Describing the case, Derrick Jackson, of the sheriff's office, said: "So he's a little bit on edge, goes to sleep, thinks his wife is next to him. When [he] wakes up again, [he] sees what he thinks is someone who is in his home, grabs his weapon and pulls the trigger and he shoots his wife."
                  About a month ago, I posted an article entitled "When Things Go Bump In The Night" discussing the need to be able to identify your target before you shoot. Gabe Suarez argues that once you identify the person as not belonging to your house, even if you are relying on a silhouette, that is sufficient. Obviously that was not enough in this case. Most trainers suggest using a flashlight. Greg Ellifritz recommends that, in addition, you have a clear verbal challenge protocol that you use; it can be as simple as yelling "who's there?" to asking the person to identify themselves while telling them you have a gun and have called the police. 

                  Monday, July 15, 2019

                  Jamala Bond? James Bond To Be Replaced By Black Woman

                        I've noted before that one of the actions of a conquering people is to destroy the relics of the conquered people in order to show their (the conqueror's) strength and to further humiliate the conquered. The Left's latest is the announcement that that the 25th "007" installment will have James Bond replaced by a black woman to be played by British actress Lashana Lynch. More details at this post by Vox Day. (See also this article at The Daily Beast).

                       One of the comments to Vox Day post struck me as particularly explicative of the phenomena:

                        During the French Revolution, the Aristocrats thrown into the Bastille would be forced to see the heads of their recently executed friends on pikes waved outside of their prison cell windows.

                        What is this recent SJW convergence but the Left playing out that act of horror symbolically? Taking something that their political enemies enjoyed and revered, killing it, and parading the decapitated remains before them in triumph? 

                       The fact that they'll lose a bunch of money and eventually rip each other apart due to infighting doesn't faze them, as long as they can see the crestfallen looks on the faces of the boys and men whose heroes they've humiliated and killed?

                  Ebola Spreads Concurrent With Measles Outbreak

                  The Daily Mail reports:
                        Ebola has spread to the Congolese city of Goma, which has a population of more than a million people, as the virus continues to devastate the region.  

                        The victim is a pastor who had arrived in the city by bus after visiting Butembo, a town around 200miles (320km) north in the centre of the outbreak.

                        He had been preaching at a church where he would have touched worshippers 'including the sick', the country's health ministry said on Sunday. 

                        Authorities have urged people to remain calm after the government said the chances of the virus spreading were 'low'.

                        But tensions are high and two health workers were murdered in their homes over the weekend.
                  Meanwhile, the same areas experiencing the Ebola outbreak has been hit with a measles outbreak which has actually proven to be deadlier, killing almost 2,000 (the official death toll for the Ebola outbreak is just over 1,500, although the actual total is probably much higher). The reader that sent me the Zero Hedge article wondered whether this concurrent outbreak raises the specter of genetic mixing between the two viruses, and, later, I saw that Anonymous Conservative had raised the same point. I'm not a biologist, but both Ebola and measles are RNA viruses which have the potential to mutate more easily than DNA based viruses.

                       Update: "Vaccinations against Ebola begin in DR Congo city of Goma"--Al Jazeera.

                        Vaccinations against Ebola have begun in Goma, eastern DRC, after the first case of the virus was identified in the major city.

                       The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) was hit with its second-worst Ebola outbreak last year, but this is the first time Goma - with a population of about one million - has had a confirmed case.

                        "Vaccination against Ebola just started to protect people who have come to be in contact with the positive case," the World Health Organization (WHO) said. 

                        According to  Dr Harouna Djingarey, infectious disease programme manager for the WHO's regional office in the eastern DRC, the vaccination campaign, which began Monday, is a crucial task to contain the spread in Goma. 

                        "It's the door of this region to the rest of the world," Djingarey said. 

                        "From here, you can fly to go to everywhere in the world. If we don't have the control over the contacts, some high-risk contacts may fly, take a plane and go somewhere."

                  A Monday Medley of Videos

                  "How to Shoot an AR15"--Warrior Poet Society (17 min.)
                  This is actually good advice for rifle shooting in general. Some tips on correctly positioning the rifle in your shoulder pocket, as well as grip and posture.


                  "Rifle Sight-in Process - Long Range Shooting Technique"--National Shooting Sports Foundation (12 min.). A useful primer.


                  "Don't Underestimate the .30-30"--Paul Harrell (9 min.)


                  "Conditioning your fists for punching"--Ramsey Dewey (7 min.)





                  The host doesn't believe it is likely that the Old River Control Structures would fail, but discusses what would happen if it did so.





                  "Madworld"--Paul Joseph Watson (12 min.)

                  Friday, July 12, 2019

                  June 12, 2019 -- A Quick Run Around the Web

                  Basic takeaway: heavier bullets designed to expand at lower velocities still do pretty well at 100 yards, but higher velocity bullets seem to have provided better accuracy.

                  • This weekend's Weekend Knowledge Dump from Active Response Training is up. One of the linked articles which I particularly want to bring to your attention is "SOME PERSPECTIVE ON SHOT COUNT & PLACEMENT, RELOADS, REENGAGEMENT" from Modern Service Weapons, which notes some of the tactical training that is currently taught may not look good to a jury--particularly pauses before reengaging a target. Link at Active Response Training.
                  • Two thumbs down: "The Magpul Zhukov Folding Stock Review"--The New Rifleman. This is a review of Magpul's folding, adjustable stock for AK variants. The reviewer found that there was too little drop to the comb, requiring you to really press your cheek down hard on the stock, which makes it punishing to shoot the firearm; and the lockup is too fragile.
                  • "How to Align Your Iron Sights"--NRA Family. Even if you are experienced, read this article. It never hurts to review the basics.
                  • Grant Cunningham's Hump Day Reading List from earlier this week. He has paired down his list to three articles per week, and this week's selection includes the following: (1) an article on the fact that there is more to self-defense than shooting the gun, and it would behoove you to spend some time and attention to those (the author has a handy list of 25 items to consider); (2) what to do if you find a machine gun in your grandpa's attic (what machine gun?); and (3) evaluating your earthquake risk. 
                        What I’ve come to see, from researching thousands of incidents and talking with other deep thinkers in the field, is that the shooting skill needed to prevail in an armed encounter just isn’t all that high. The shooting part of a defensive shooting just isn’t as complex as everyone thinks it is.
                        I’ve said this before, but it bears repeating: in the incidents I’ve studied, the vast overwhelming majority of successes involved people with no “advanced” training or extensive competitive shooting experience. 
                       When a negative outcome does occur, it’s rarely because of shooting ability or tactical expertise; it’s usually the result of poor judgement before or after the trigger is pulled. There is no competitive shooting venue, and darned few training venues, which can teach that kind of judgement. 
                    I beg to differ. Of course there is a lot more to self-defense than just using the gun. But one of the problems that I hear over and over as to police performance is the lack of training and practice with their handgun. (See also here). Practice in necessary, and competition can be a useful way to augment that practice. It is one of the few ways to practice dealing with stressful situation when shooting. And if you are willing to not chase the top score, and not "game" the scenarios, you can actually practice taking quick looks around a corner or pieing a corner. And, if your carry rig satisfies the requirements of the rules, you can actually test it and see how it works. For those stuck in a square range, a competition might be the only time that you have the freedom to move around while shooting. 
                    • So in my last "run around the web" post, I linked to a video from Active Self Protection showing how hard it can be to restrain someone. Greg Ellifritz provides some more commentary on the ASP video in his article, “I’ll Just Hold Him for the Police”. First, he confirms from his experience as a police officer and trainer that it can be very difficult to hold someone down who is resisting ... which is why cops have to sometimes dog pile on someone to get them in handcuffs. But, more to the point for the average citizen, he recommends:
                                [Y]ou should not be single-handedly trying to restrain a criminal and hold him for police.  His motivation to escape is far greater than your motivation to see him in cuffs.  Wrestling with someone on the ground is a dangerous activity.  You don’t know his skill levels, whether he is armed, or what kind of drugs he’s been taking.  It could go really badly.
                                  It’s almost always safer for you to let the criminal go, get a good description of him, and let the cops catch him instead.
                              Matt Graham in this open-source video allows two civilian commentators into a mixed enrollment class near a .gov training facility in VA.  He took over a portion of the job that my friend and mentor Ed Lovette had back in the day.  Matt has a lot of overlap with me (pre-9/11 Federal Air Marshal among other things) and through correspondence, phone calls, and this blog has incorporated a LOT of my material into his presentations — and does an excellent job of it.  Much of the lecture material, and the emphasis on guided and collaborative learning, comes from work I’ve been doing in this area since the 80s.  Good example of a first-rate firearms and tactics instructor incorporating “out of the box” thinking and research and putting it into the service of prepping our finest operators in covert and overt capacities.
                                     Because of, for lack of a better term, what’s called “soft skills.” The skills that don’t involve hitting or shooting or cutting.
                                       What kind of soft skills did he use?
                                         Superior vision processing. He maintains a relaxed visual scan of his environment at all times. Fully utilizes his peripheral vision and knows the limit of his focus/discrimination visual zone and his peripheral vision.
                                            Superior pattern recognition. Experience and training leads to recognize certain nexuses of behavior; the little pieces add up. He uses his superior vision processing to run faster pattern recognition thorugh the nexus of experience and training (remember the OODA loop?)
                                              Superior body language acuity:  Experience, training, genetics. Adding up things like posture, body movement marking, skin flushing or blanching from studying with people like Paul Ekman, Joe Navarro, or some oddball Welsh-Filipino in Minneapolis. What comes before what is normally taught as pre-violence indicators.
                                                Time distortion/cognitive acceleration: How he utilizes his subjective perception of time and physiologically induced changes to his experience of time.
                                                  So how do you cram 40 years of somebody else’s experience into your head?
                                                    Train your soft skills like you train your draw stroke or other motor skills. Break it down into the component parts, train them, reintegrate them. Measure how much more efficient your brain is at processing that kind of data.
                                                      Rinse and repeat.
                                                  Read the whole thing.
                                                  • Some light reading: "Wilderness Survival: How to make a Pine Knot Torch for emergency light"--Rocky Mountain Bushcraft. Basically, you find branch attached to fatwood-laden pine knot and saw it off at the base, remove the bark from both ends, split the knot end with the fatwood and stuff it with fatwood shavings to assist in starting it and keeping it burning until the pitch starts to come out of the torch and acts as fuel. The article has photographs and more detailed instructions, so be sure to read it if this interests you. Also, because it can drip pitch, it can pose a fire hazard. On the other hand, the author explains:
                                                    It will burn so intensely that neither rain nor wind will put it out. In fact, during one of my torch tests, a fast moving storm came through and dumped moderate amounts of rain on the torch for about 10 minutes. Incredibly, it managed to keep burning. NOTE: If you need to put out a pine knot torch, jam it into the dirt or snow until it is completely out. 
                                                    • "MCRP 3-35.1A -- Small Unit Leader's Guide to Mountain Warfare Operations" (or 16 Mb PDF).
                                                    • "Here’s What to Do With Those Bad or Damaged Magazines You’ve Accumulated"--The Truth About Guns. The author recommends keeping your bad magazines, and intermix with your good magazines, to practice failure drills. Some of the people commenting on the article are critical of this because of the danger of mixing the bad magazines in with your carry magazines. But here is the thing: you shouldn't be using your carry magazines (those used in your defensive firearm while it is being carried for defensive purposes) to run drills! The magazines that you use for your defensive pistol, in its defensive role, should not be the ones being dropped on a floor or in the dirt. Use different magazines for drills and keep your EDC magazines separate from those. I'm not saying to never practice with your EDC magazines--you need to at least test them to make sure they work--but to not abuse them.
                                                    • "Fed Up NRA Members Withholding Millions in Support"--Ammo Land. From the article:
                                                            What Dell’Aquila offered as evidence of the growing frustration and concern about the organization by members and donors was a list of donations and gifts being withheld or revoked.
                                                              It totaled nearly 148-million dollars in annual gifts, estates, advertising, and other support, but it is a lot of money for an organization that regularly sends out urgent requests for funds. And, as a phone call, while we were talking proved, the list is growing. Between texts, emails, and calls from other members, reporters, and donors, keeping a conversation on track was, at times, impossible.
                                                          Dell'Aquila and his group is seeking greater transparency and accountability on how the NRA spends its money.
                                                                  ... Most of the guys I know, who deal with PTSD—myself included—don’t have issues with the fact that they hurt or killed people. It is almost exclusively a result of survivor’s guilt, and/or simple panic about having been in a situation where we felt like we had zero control over the outcome for some time, and the fear of being back in a similar situation. The very few I personally know who have had “I hurt someone” guilt, were almost exclusively a product of middle-class, mainstream church-attending families, who believed the “people are inherently good” myth.
                                                                    Those of us that grew up getting the shit kicked out of us, on the playground, and at home—sometimes to the inarguable extent of it being abusive—seldom hold any illusions about the nature of people, and often times actually relish the authorization of lashing out and hurting assholes.
                                                                     One specific type of body language that reliably distinguishes victims from nonvictims is gait. In an early study by Grayson and Stein (1981), inmates who had been convicted of sexual assault identified individuals as vulnerable when they displayed certain motions within their walk. These motion cues to vulnerability included long or short strides, nonlateral weight shifts, gestured versus postural movements, and feet lifting. Overall, targets who were judged to be vulnerable to victimization (mugging/assault)exhibited less synchronous movement in their walk (Grayson & Stein, 1981). The relation between perceived vulnerability and gait was further corroborated by findings that targets with less fluid gaits were perceived to be more weak/vulnerable regardless of their sex or age (Montepare & Zebrowitz-McArthur, 1998).
                                                                    Other research indicates that gait characteristics are indicative of vulnerability to sexual assault in particular. For example, Murzynski and Degelman (1996) found that women who had less-synchronous walks were perceived to be less confident and more vulnerable to sexual assault. In another study, Gunns and colleagues (2002) had participants view video clips of targets displaying either a vulnerable or nonvulnerable gait after which they rated the target’s vulnerability to rape (and mugging). Overall, gait characteristics accounted for a large proportion of the variance in the perceived vulnerability ratings, with slow walking speed and foot movement uniquely predicting both. In keeping with Gunns et al. (2002), Sakaguchi and Hasegawa (2006) found that women exhibiting slower walking speed as well as shorter strides were judged by men to be more vulnerable to sexual exploitation.
                                                              Also:
                                                                In the present study, the most commonly listed criteria for selecting victims were the target’s sex, build, and ability to retaliate (i.e., fitness), with gait listed less often. However, inmates scoring higher on Factor 1 of the PCL-R were much more likely to consciously attend to a target’s gait when making their vulnerability judgments. This finding is in contrast to Wheeler et al. (2009) who found that psychopathic traits were unrelated to the tendency to mention gait in judging reasoning. The lack of relationship is likely due to the student participants who had lower psychopathy scores and little experience in victim selection, while the present sample is made up of violent offenders who arguably have loads of experience in victim selection.
                                                                • "Marked for Mayhem"--Psychology Today (2009). A lot in the article, but this is the part about body language:
                                                                       In a classic study, researchers Betty Grayson and Morris I. Stein asked convicted criminals to view a video of pedestrians walking down a busy New York City sidewalk, unaware they were being taped. The convicts had been to prison for violent offenses such as armed robbery, rape, and murder.
                                                                        Within a few seconds, the convicts identified which pedestrians they would have been likely to target. What startled the researchers was that there was a clear consensus among the criminals about whom they would have picked as victims—and their choices were not based on gender, race, or age. Some petite, physically slight women were not selected as potential victims, while some large men were.
                                                                          The researchers realized the criminals were assessing the ease with which they could overpower the targets based on several nonverbal signals—posture, body language, pace of walking, length of stride, and awareness of environment. Neither criminals nor victims were consciously aware of these cues. They are what psychologists call "precipitators," personal attributes that increase a person's likelihood of being criminally victimized.
                                                                             The researchers analyzed the body language of the people on the tape, and identified several aspects of demeanor that marked potential victims as good targets. One of the main precipitators is a walking style that lacks "interactional synchrony" and "wholeness." Perpetrators notice a person whose walk lacks organized movement and flowing motion. Criminals view such people as less self-confident—perhaps because their walk suggests they are less athletic and fit—and are much more likely to exploit them.
                                                                              Just like predators in the wild, armed robbers often attack the slowest in the herd. People who drag their feet, shuffle along, or exhibit other unusual gaits are targeted more often than people who walk fast and fluidly.
                                                                               That criminals are attuned to cues of vulnerability makes sense given that most criminals, especially murderers, are looking for people who will be easy to control. Even rape is motivated less by sex and more by the desire for control and power.
                                                                                  Sexual predators in particular look for people they can easily overpower. "The rapist is going to go after somebody who's not paying attention, who looks like they're not going to put up a fight, who's in a location that's going to make this more convenient," says Tod Burke, a criminologist at Radford University in Virginia.
                                                                                     "If I had the slightest inkling that a woman wasn't someone I could easily handle, then I would pass right on by. Or if I thought I couldn't control the situation, then I wouldn't even mess with the house, much less attempt a rape there," says Brad Morrison, a convicted sex offender who raped 75 women in 11 states and who's quoted in Predators: Who They Are and How to Stop Them, by Gregory M. Cooper, Michael R. King, and Thomas McHoes.
                                                                                     "Like, if they had a dog, then forget it. Even a small one makes too much noise. If I saw a pair of construction boots, for example, out on the porch or on the landing, I walked right on by. In fact, I think if women who live alone would put a pair of old construction boots—or something that makes it look like a physically fit manly-type of guy lives with them—out in front of their door, most rapists or even burglars wouldn't even think about trying to get into their home."
                                                                                       Distraction is another cue criminals look for. Some people think talking on a cell phone enhances their safety because the other person can always summon help if there's trouble—but experts disagree. Talking on a phone or listening to an iPod is a distraction, and armed robbers are casting about for distracted victims. "Not paying attention, looking like a tourist—having the map out, looking confused—absolutely makes people more vulnerable," Burke says.
                                                                                          Being aware of your surroundings, however, may not help much if you don't know what to pay attention to. James Giannini of Ohio State University discovered something shocking: Women who are the victims of rape tend to be less able than average to interpret nonverbal facial cues—which may render them oblivious to the warning signs of hostile intent and more likely to enter or stay in dangerous situations.
                                                                                            The same team also found that rapists tend to be more able than average to interpret facial cues, such as a downward gaze or a fearful expression. It's possible this skill makes rapists especially able to spot passive, submissive women. One study even showed that rapists are more empathetic toward women than other criminals—although they have a distinct empathy gap when it comes to their own victims. A highly attuned rapist and a woman who's oblivious to hostile body language make a dangerous combination.
                                                                                             Even personality plays a role. Conventional wisdom holds that women who dress provocatively draw attention and put themselves at risk of sexual assault. But studies show that it is women with passive, submissive personalities who are most likely to be raped—and that they tend to wear body-concealing clothing, such as high necklines, long pants and sleeves, and multiple layers. Predatory men can accurately identify submissive women just by their style of dress and other aspects of appearance. The hallmarks of submissive body language, such as downward gaze and slumped posture, may even be misinterpreted by rapists as flirtation.
                                                                                               Drinking and drug use, not surprisingly, also mark a person as a potential victim. "It's a robber's dream to knock a drunk down and take what they've got," says former Ohio detective Stacy Dittrich.
                                                                                                 That goes double for sexual assault. Drunken people not only appear more vulnerable, they're also especially likely to place themselves in dangerous situations. Alcohol decreases people's ability to evaluate the consequences of their actions and distorts their ability to predict how others perceive them. And women who are intoxicated, studies show, tend to be animated, giving off signals sexual offenders may misinterpret as sexual interest.


                                                                                            A fair question: "Why Is Saudi Arabia a US Ally!?"--America Uncovered (13 min.)

                                                                                                  I have argued that Trump must bring anti-trust legislation to bear on the major internet platforms and search engines now practicing overt censorship on users they oppose and to redefine them as public utilities. He must go further. His initiative on the census citizenship question is laudable but insufficient. He must use the means at his disposal, as did Lincoln, to confront the domestic enemies of the republic with uncompromising force: to declare Antifa an enemy of the state and arrest its financial backers on grounds either of sedition or treason, to be determined by a military tribunal; to bring Democrat politicians who have betrayed the nation (selling 20% of Uranium One to the Russian firm Rosatom, promoting the Benghazi scandal that cost four Americans their lives, weaponizing official agencies like the IRS and FBI, spying on its political opponents, streaming illegals and Third World immigrants to camber the demographics in their favor, subsidizing Iran with pallets of cash, accepting donations and colluding with foreign nationals) before the courts; and to de-license journalists and their media organizations that are in clear violation of the SPJ Code of Ethics.
                                                                                                    To put it bluntly, the time for “fooling around” is now over. Before the Union begins to materially crumble, as Charles Murray warns in Falling Apart, and before certain states consider the option of secession, the president must act with all the legitimate force that he commands.
                                                                                                   There is a common misconception among newer activists in the liberty movement that the idea of the “false left/right paradigm” means that there is no political spectrum; that the entire notion of left vs right is a fabrication. This is not exactly the case. When we talk about false paradigms in regards to politics (or geopolitics), what we are actually referring to is the elitist class, otherwise known as globalists, and the fact that they have no left or right political orientation. They do not care about Democrats or Republicans, they have no loyalty to either party. Their loyalty is to their own agenda, and they will exploit BOTH sides to get what they want whenever possible.

                                                                                                    Beyond the globalists, average people do indeed fall on a political spectrum that could be broken down and simplified to a set of basic ideals or ideologies. ...


                                                                                              * * *
                                                                                                    The end goal of the globalist cabal is to eventually reach a point where EVERYONE in the world is a supporter of totalitarian centralization – a world where everyone is a leftist, whether they realize it or not.

                                                                                                     How they plan to achieve this goal is rather indirect but potentially very effective. By pushing one side (the political left) to extremes, they hope to drive the other side (conservatives) to respond with extreme measures that they would otherwise consider contrary to their principles. To avoid this outcome, conservatives must understand the root motivations and contradictions of what has become the leftist cult. To avoid falling into madness, we must examine the behaviors of the insane.
                                                                                              Read the whole thing.
                                                                                                      We are witnessing the death of the liberal political machine that the elite has operated since the end of World War II, and everything that it is doing to conservatives right now – the censorship, the threats, the intimidation, the violence – is proof that it is dying. These are not the acts of an ideology in ascendance but rather of a scurrilous political paradigm in precipitous decline. And it’s only going to get worse as those losing their grip on political and cultural power desperately try to hold onto it in the face of our populist revolt.
                                                                                                        Be prepared. It’s going to get uglier. Our would-be masters see the stakes – their power, prestige and position – and that’s why there is nothing they won’t do, no alleged principle they won’t upend, no bogus value they won’t abandon, to put off the reckoning that their greed and incompetence have brought upon them.
                                                                                                          It’s not just happening here in America. It’s happening all over the world – in places like Australia, Hungary, the UK, Brazil, and Italy, uppity citizens have proclaimed that enough is enough, that they want to have a say in their own future. That they have had enough of multiculturalism, globalism and scorn. They want their countries back.
                                                                                                            Over the last thirty years, political correctness has metastasized. Today, so many politically-correct assumptions have become mainstream that, as Tocqueville once predicted, they have narrowed our questions and our ability to question rather than actually tell us the exact answers to things.
                                                                                                              Is there a solution? Of course, but it will take immense time and work. The best thing the non-politically-correct have on their side is complexity and density of argument. What is politically correct has become so by lackluster thinking. It can be demolished, easily, but it will take time to undo all that has been done. As Ray Bradbury argued in the early 1990s, political correctness must be defeated the moment it is expressed. Not two days or even two minutes later. It is a form of conformist bullying, and, like all bullying, it collapses when confronted and challenged.
                                                                                                        Unfortunately, the author still believes in the fairyland of "diversity" for the sake of "diversity."
                                                                                                        Older age groups have seen the largest increases. The share of newly arrived immigrants who are 50 or over nearly doubled, from 8 percent to 15 percent; the share 55 and over more than doubled, from 5 percent to 12 percent; and the share 65 and older roughly tripled, from 2 percent to 6 percent.
                                                                                                        The author deduces from this, and some other data set out in the article, that:
                                                                                                        Central America has lost too many people.  If older people are now coming, it means that the young are gone.  The countries in the region, except for Guatemala, are in a population downward spiral.  Mexico and El Salvador are particularly hard hit.  Encouraging illegal immigration from those countries, as the Democrats like to do based on their voting habits, actually drains those countries.  So much for Bernie Sanders's supposed concern for their welfare.  Draining their working-age population doesn't support their future.
                                                                                                                Perhaps the magnitude of Hillary's 2016 loss is only now becoming apparent. Clinton didn't just lose the White House, she also lost the Democratic center to the radical ornaments.  The diminution of Brooks, Stevens, Kristof, and even Biden are the consequence of that defeat. The radicals who once served the useful purpose of putting fear into the other side are taking center stage.  It's not surprising that the French Terror began with the purge of the moderates and the urgency of virtue. As Robespierre put it, virtuous men have no choice but to employ any means necessary:
                                                                                                          If the basis of popular government in peacetime is virtue, the basis of popular government during a revolution is both virtue and terror; virtue, without which terror is baneful; terror, without which virtue is powerless. Terror is nothing more than speedy, severe and inflexible justice; it is thus an emanation of virtue; it is less a principle in itself, than a consequence of the general principle of democracy, applied to the most pressing needs of the patrie.

                                                                                                            The Thing is older than one would think. And more voracious.  The intellectual Old Bolsheviks thought their illustrious records would protect them from the ruffian Stalin. Bukharin, who was eventually executed by Stalin, once said: "Koba, you used to be grateful for the support of your Bolshevik comrades." "Gratitude is a dog's disease," Stalin shot back. (Underline added).
                                                                                                                                 During this year's Aspen Ideas Festival, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg explained that Facebook is increasingly trying to work with governments to determine what political speech it does and does not allow. Oh sorry, I mean: what kind of political ads it is willing to approve.
                                                                                                                                    In the particular example Zuckerberg cited, in 2018, American pro-life groups wanted to run advertisements for Facebook users in Ireland. This is because the Irish were about to vote in a referendum on whether abortion should be legalized.
                                                                                                                                     When Facebook saw the ad requests, the company contacted the Irish government asking whether this should or should not be allowed. "Their response at the time was, 'we don't currently have a law, so you need to make whatever decision you want to make.'"
                                                                                                                                       In other words, Facebook could do as it pleased. There was no legal reason to disallow the ads. But what did Facebook do? You guessed it: "We ended up not allowing the ads."
                                                                                                                                  • Related: "Mark Zuckerberg’s 10 Most Jewish Moments"--Forward. Although Zuckerberg questioned whether to be religious when he was younger, the article makes clear that he now considers his Jewish faith to be important.
                                                                                                                                           Shahak further suggests that the Jewish tradition values Jewish life more than Gentile life. He cites Maimonides’ assertion that whereas one who murders a Jew is subject to the death penalty, one who murders a non-Jew is not (Mishneh Torah, Laws of Murder 2:11). According to another leading commentator, indirectly causing the death of a non-Jew is no sin at all (Rabbi Yoel Sirkis, Bayit Hadash, commentary on Bet Yosef, Yoreh Deah 158).
                                                                                                                                             Shahak reiterates the well-known Jewish teaching that the duty to save a life supersedes all other obligations and notes that the rabbis interpreted this to apply to Jews only. According to the Talmud, "Gentiles are neither to be lifted [out of a well] nor hauled down [into it]" (Tractate Avodah Zarah, 26b). Maimonides writes: "As for Gentiles with whom we are not at war…their death must not be caused, but it is forbidden to save them if they are at the point of death; if, for example, one of them is seen falling into the sea, he should not be rescued, for it is written: ‘neither shalt thou stand against the blood of thy fellow’–but [a Gentile] is not thy fellow" (Mishneh Torah, Laws of Murder 4:11).
                                                                                                                                             “Goyim were born only to serve us. Without that, they have no place in the world – only to serve the People of Israel,” he said in his weekly Saturday night sermon on the laws regarding the actions non-Jews are permitted to perform on Shabbat.
                                                                                                                                               According to Yosef, the lives of non-Jews in Israel are safeguarded by divinity, to prevent losses to Jews.
                                                                                                                                                 “In Israel, death has no dominion over them... With gentiles, it will be like any person – they need to die, but [God] will give them longevity. Why? Imagine that one’s donkey would die, they’d lose their money.
                                                                                                                                                   This is his servant... That’s why he gets a long life, to work well for this Jew,” Yosef said.
                                                                                                                                                      I first came across this in a report of prize idiot alleged entertainer Ariana Grande who filmed herself licking doughnuts on a display and returning them to the case, while talking about how much she hated America.
                                                                                                                                                        Since then, in the manner of all destructive pastimes of monkey-see monkey-do peculiar to our species, it has gone generalized.
                                                                                                                                                         In a way the alleged entertainer was correct. It is a way to hate America. More fundamentally, it is a way to hate and destroy civilization. And humans. And really, everything humans care for.
                                                                                                                                                           Civilization could be considered the way that humans changed — tamed — themselves so we can live in vast quantities, close together.  The city requires a different discipline from the ape band, which had maybe fifteen individuals, whose lives were brutish, nasty, short and infinitely dirty. To improve that, it started with behavior that allowed us to live in larger groups: software in the head that allowed to consider ever more extended family and eventually strangers part of the ‘band’, and ways to keep food clean, and ways to control our tempers so that we didn’t all spend all of our time killing each other.  Ways to share, and ways to behave that increased trust between total strangers.  This included trusting those who handled and sold your food.
                                                                                                                                                            We can argue forever on the matters of population, ecology, or even whether too much cleanliness is a good thing.
                                                                                                                                                              The thing we can’t argue aoubt [sic] is that civilization is what allows us to live in the numbers we do, the long lives we do, the relatively healthy/productive lives we do.
                                                                                                                                                                 And we can’t argue that sharing your body fluids with strangers is a good way to transmit illness.  Nor that doing it when the strangers are unaware is a violation of others’ rights and frankly biological terrorism.
                                                                                                                                                                   If you hate all that, if you hate humans that much, if you hate civilization that much, if you’re one of those who talks about culling the Earth and reducing the population of humans to sustainable levels? My answer is always “you first.”
                                                                                                                                                                     If you think you’re so special that you’ll take this kind of action to bring it about? My answer is again “you first.” (Possibly very first, if I catch you at it. At the very least, if male, you’ll sing soprano the rest of your miserable life.)
                                                                                                                                                                       Look, we shouldn’t NEED tamper proof packaging. Yes, I know we do. But we shouldn’t. Part of the tenets of civilization is that something like this should be unthinkable. You don’t taint water and food. Even cats don’t shit where they eat.
                                                                                                                                                                         But if we’re going to need ALL tamper proof everything? You’re adding to the cost of it. And also this type of prize-idiot will find a way to get around it.
                                                                                                                                                                           You need to civilize humans. Because you can’t barbarian-proof civilization, unless you take out the barbarians.
                                                                                                                                                                      Of course, that is one of the purposes of prison--to remove the barbarians from civilization. But so is kicking out people that should never have been allowed here in the first place.
                                                                                                                                                                            The author of the Neo blog has some thoughts on Hoyt's article, writing:
                                                                                                                                                                               When I read that [Hoyle's article], the phrase that immediately came to my mind was “poisoning the well.” That was far worse than what Hoyt is describing, and it’s an ancient and horrific transgression, something that invading armies sometimes did to the conquered populace, or something that disfavored groups (the Jews, for example) were falsely accused of doing in order to fan the flames of hatred against them.
                                                                                                                                                                                 Now people are performing some modern-day equivalent of well-poisoning or at least the perception of well-poisoning, and then photographing themselves and celebrating it, and doing this to food that will be feeding people in their own communities whom they don’t know and with whom they have no special beef. How destructive and nihilistic is that?
                                                                                                                                                                                 No matter if it doesn’t actually spread a disease (which in most cases it certainly won’t) or do any actual physical harm to anyone. It is nevertheless a sort of psychological terrorism, a seemingly sociopathic desire to shout out a big F-U to the entirety of the society in which the perpetraror lives.
                                                                                                                                                                                   Disturbing, to say the least.
                                                                                                                                                                              • The City of Brotherly Love has a problem with black mobs:
                                                                                                                                                                              • And the birth-dearth begins to hit Africa: "President urges Tanzania's women to 'set ovaries free', have more babies to boost economy"--Reuters. The article indicates that the birth rate is 5 children per woman, and that 1/3 of women in the country use contraceptives. 
                                                                                                                                                                              • "Experiments show dramatic increase in solar cell output"--Watts Up With That. With current solar technology, a single photon will only release a single electron, even if the photon is energetic enough that, in theory, it could release a second electron. Researchers believe that they have overcome this hurdle. This could boost solar panel efficiency to as much as 35%. The current highest possible efficiency is less than 30%.
                                                                                                                                                                              • I thought the science was settled?
                                                                                                                                                                              • I've seen this article making the rounds: "The Greatest Scientific Fraud Of All Time -- Part XXIII"--Manhattan Contrarian. This is the continuation of a series explaining how climate scientists alter and manipulate temperature data to support their theory of Anthropogenic Global Warming. This article looks at the last few years:
                                                                                                                                                                              Despite what you might think from reading the mainstream press, the past few years in world temperatures have not been particularly good for the continuation of climate alarm.  No matter how you measure them (the main methods being ground thermometers, weather balloons, and satellites), world atmospheric temperatures have gone down for more than three years since a peak reached in early 2016.  The data set that I consider to be the most reliable — the satellite-based measurements from the University of Alabama at Huntsville — gives the global temperature “anomaly” for the most recent month (June 2019) as +0.47 deg C.  That is well down from the peak of +0.88 deg C in early 2016, and represents a decrease of about a third of what had been the entire increase since the satellite record began in 1979.
                                                                                                                                                                                       Instead of forming packs of unrelated individuals, in which alphas compete to rise to the top, researchers discovered that wild wolf packs actually consist of little nuclear wolf families. Wolves are in fact a generally monogamous species, in which males and females pair off and mate for life. Together they form a pack that typically consists of 5-11 members — the mate pair plus their children, who stay with the pack until they’re about a year old, and then go off to secure their own mates and form their own packs.
                                                                                                                                                                                        The mate pair shares in the responsibility of leading their family and tending to their pups. In 21st century human terminology, they “co-parent.” And by virtue of being parents, and leading their “subordinate” children, the mates represent a pair of “alphas.” The alpha male, or papa wolf, sits at the top of the male hierarchy in the family and the alpha female, or mamma wolf, sits atop the female hierarchy in the family.
                                                                                                                                                                                         In other words, male alpha wolves don’t gain their status through aggression and the dominance of other males, but because the other wolves in the pack are his mate and kiddos. He’s the pack patriarch. The Pater Familias. Dear Old Dad.
                                                                                                                                                                                           And like any good family man, a male alpha wolf protects his family and treats them with kindness, generosity, and love.
                                                                                                                                                                                              After observing gray wolves in Yellowstone for more than twenty years, wolf researcher Richard McIntyre has rarely seen an alpha male wolf act aggressively towards his own pack. Instead, an alpha dad sticks around until his pups are fully matured. He hunts alone or with his mate and children to provide food for the family (and sometimes waits for them to get their fill before he digs in himself), roughhouses with his pups (and gets a kick out of letting them win), and even goes out of his way to tend to the runts of his pack.
                                                                                                                                                                                               This isn’t to say male alpha wolves are all cuddles and kisses. They’re of course fierce predators, and can take down large prey like moose and bison. And when his family is threatened by outside enemies and competitors, the alpha male will fiercely defend it — sometimes sacrificing his own life to save his mate and pups.
                                                                                                                                                                                                 This also isn’t to say male wolves don’t sometimes engage in displays of social dominance. Mature male wolves do have dominance encounters with other male wolves – fathers will stand up to a stranger alpha, or sometimes show their own kids who’s boss, and an older wolf brother will demonstrate his superiority to his little wolf bro.
                                                                                                                                                                                                  So an alpha wolf can indeed be violent and assertive when the situation calls for it. Yet for the most part, he leads not with noisy brashness and teeth-bared aggression, but steady strength, mettle, and heart....

                                                                                                                                                                                              Thursday, July 11, 2019

                                                                                                                                                                                              Epstein's Arrest and Background

                                                                                                                                                                                              Source: "Ghislaine Maxwell, Jeffrey Epstein's Alleged Madam, Has Spent Her Life in the Headlines"--Town & Country
                                                                                                                                                                                                     Unless you have been hiding under a rock, you probably have heard that Jeffrey Epstein was arrested this past Saturday for sex trafficking of minors. From the aforementioned Daily Beast article:
                                                                                                                                                                                                   For more than a decade, Epstein’s alleged abuse of minors has been the subject of lawsuits brought by victims, investigations by local and federal authorities, and exposés in the press. But despite the attention cast on his alleged sex crimes, the hedge-funder has managed to avoid any meaningful jail time, let alone federal charges.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    The new indictment—which, according to two sources, will be unsealed Monday in Manhattan federal court—will reportedly allege that Epstein sexually exploited dozens of underage girls in a now-familiar scheme: paying them cash for “massages” and then molesting or sexually abusing them in his Upper East Side mansion or his palatial residence in Palm Beach. Epstein will be charged with one count of sex trafficking of minors and one count of conspiracy to engage in sex trafficking of minors—which could put him away for a maximum of 45 years. The case is being handled by the Public Corruption Unit of the Southern District of New York, with assistance from the district's human-trafficking officials and the FBI.

                                                                                                                                                                                                     Several of the billionaire's employees and associates allegedly recruited the girls for Epstein's abuse, and some victims eventually became recruiters themselves, according to law enforcement. The girls were as young as 14, and Epstein knew they were underage, according to details of the arrest and indictment shared by two officials.
                                                                                                                                                                                              This comes some 12 years after Epstein was given a sweetheart deal on charges of molesting minors (he ultimately pled guilty to two charges: soliciting a prostitute and procurement of a minor for prostitution). This 2008 plea deal saved him from having to register as a sex offender in 31 of 50 states.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    To be fair, the federal prosecutor on the case, Alexander Acosta, claims that "[h]e’d cut the non-prosecution deal with one of Epstein’s attorneys because he had 'been told' to back off, that Epstein was above his pay grade. 'I was told Epstein ‘belonged to intelligence’ and to leave it alone,' he told his interviewers in the Trump transition, who evidently thought that was a sufficient answer and went ahead and hired Acosta." This matches up with news articles from last year which indicated that Epstein's 2008 plea deal was in exchange for him providing information to Mueller's FBI, although it is unknown what information he provided. (See The Daily Beast; Palm Beach Post; Big League Politics). Some have suggested that Epstein assisted in a federal case against a couple of Bear Stearns employees, but Fox News says this isn't so:
                                                                                                                                                                                              But a FOX Business investigation shows that Epstein did not provide any meaningful cooperation to obtain his relatively light sentence in the hedge fund case or likely any case tied to the financial crisis, according to numerous people with direct knowledge of the matter. In fact, Epstein’s cooperation with prosecutors does not appear to extend beyond supplying state and federal investigators with information involving his own case, these people add.
                                                                                                                                                                                              Red State notes that the plea deal was authorized by then-Deputy Attorney General Mark Filip, and suggests that the plea deal was because of Epstein's cozy relationship with Bill Clinton.

                                                                                                                                                                                                   But the story doesn't end there. Epstein pled not guilty to the charges on Monday, but the FBI was in the process of carrying out a search of his Manhattan residence where they found evidence of other crimes:
                                                                                                                                                                                                   Prosecutors say federal agents investigating wealthy sex offender Jeffrey Epstein found “nude photographs of what appeared to be underage girls” while searching his Manhattan mansion.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman said at a press conference Monday agents discovered the photos while executing a search warrant following Epstein’s arrest Saturday on sex trafficking charges. 
                                                                                                                                                                                              The indictment that provided grounds for his arrest last Saturday doesn't mention anything about photographs, so it is likely the charges against Epstein will be amended to include charges for child pornography. And while not necessarily criminal, there were other suggestive items found at the residence:
                                                                                                                                                                                                    The $77 million New York townhouse where Jeffrey Epstein is accused of abusing young girls has a life-sized female doll hanging from a chandelier, a signed photo of Bill Clinton and a bizarre mural of himself in prison surrounded by barbed wire. 
                                                                                                                                                                                               * * *
                                                                                                                                                                                                   He has a table in his dining room covered with photos of famous faces, including a signed picture with former president Bill Clinton. 

                                                                                                                                                                                                   There is also a wall in Epstein's study decorated with photos of director Woody Allen and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman of Saudi Arabia. 
                                                                                                                                                                                              * * *
                                                                                                                                                                                                   Authorities also allegedly found papers and phone records corroborating his alleged crimes, as well as a massage room filled with sex toys and set up the way accusers said it appeared. 
                                                                                                                                                                                              (See also this Reuters article and this Miami Herald article).

                                                                                                                                                                                                    But that is not all. Some of his victims have come forward and accused Epstein of passing them around to others, including very wealthy and/or powerful people, including Bill Clinton. The Daily Caller reports that "Jeffrey Epstein was friends with a who’s who of high-profile politicians, celebrities and media elites, including Bill Clinton, Donald Trump, and Prince Andrew," and that "[i]n 2010, after completing a jail sentence related to a sex case in Florida, Epstein reportedly hosted George Stephanopoulos, Katie Couric, Woody Allen and Chelsea Handler at his New York City townhouse." Also, the article indicates:
                                                                                                                                                                                              Epstein’s Rolodex, which was leaked in 2011, was also filled with the names of easily recognizable politicians and celebrities, including actors Alec Baldwin, Ralph Fiennes, Dustin Hoffman, and Elizabeth Hurley. Mick Jagger and Rupert Murdoch are also listed in the book, as are politicians Tony Blair, Michael Bloomberg, Andrew Cuomo, and Ted Kennedy.
                                                                                                                                                                                              This site claims to have a copy of Epstein's "little black book." Epstein was allegedly assisted in his "recruitment" of young girls by wealthy socialite, Ghislaine Maxwell (daughter of British media tycoon, Robert Maxwell). Given that Epstein and Maxwell are both Jewish, the Jewish community is understandably anxious and defensive.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Note that, while the media has tried to besmirch President Trump because he knew Epstein, "[t]he lawyer for one of the victims of Jeffrey Epstein said President Trump was the 'only' high powered person to help him with his investigation, contradicting claims by some that Trump is implicated in Epstein’s crimes." And "Trump once kicked Epstein out of his Mar-a-lago club after he caught Epstein hitting on a young girl."

                                                                                                                                                                                                   The ties with Bill Clinton are more interesting. First, Epstein was no mere acquaintance with Bill Clinton. Instead, Epstein's lawyers have indicated that Epstein helped president Bill Clinton devise the Clinton Global Initiative. Clinton even seems to acknowledge close ties to Epstein. Nevertheless, Clinton has released statements saying that he had no knowledge of Esptein's crimes, and that:
                                                                                                                                                                                              "In 2002 and 2003, President Clinton took a total of four trips on Jeffrey Epstein’s airplane: one to Europe, one to Asia, and two to Africa, which included stops in connection with the work of the Clinton Foundation," the statement said. "Staff, supporters of the foundation, and his Secret Service detail traveled on every leg of every trip. He had one meeting with Epstein in his Harlem office in 2002, and around the same time made one brief visit to Epstein’s New York apartment with a staff member and his security detail. He’s not spoken to Epstein in well over a decade, and he has never been to Little St. James Island, Epstein’s ranch in New Mexico, or his residence in Florida.”
                                                                                                                                                                                              However, "[f]ormer President Bill Clinton was a much more frequent flyer on a registered sex offender’s infamous jet than previously reported, with flight logs showing the former president taking at least 26 trips aboard the 'Lolita Express' -- even apparently ditching his Secret Service detail for at least five of the flights, according to records obtained by FoxNews.com." And one of Epstein's victims claims that Clinton visited Little St. James Island. This also seems to be confirmed by the flight logs. Ed Morrissey delves deeper into this, writing:
                                                                                                                                                                                                    Actually, what Giuffre said in 2015 (under her maiden name of Virginia Roberts) was that she’d seen Clinton around on the island, directly contradicting Clinton’s claims now. That’s a point that Fox skips in this parenthetical. Giuffre also said in the Enquirer interview that she didn’t witness him having sex with anyone, but that doesn’t mean it never happened, either. At any rate, his presence on the island with Epstein raises a lot of questions about what it was that Clinton saw — and why Clinton never spoke out about it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                   And if Giuffre is correct about Clinton being on the island, it might turn out that Epstein has some pictures in his possession that would corroborate Giuffre. Or rather, Epstein might have had them in his possession, until Saturday night’s raid. Given that circumstance and the corroborated version of the conversation between Pecker, Nunberg, and Trump, one would think that Clinton’s potential risk here would be a bigger story than Trump’s single briefing about Epstein from Pecker.

                                                                                                                                                                                                   Here’s another nugget from the 2015 interview that’s timely now, too. This tends to corroborate the claim from a woman who came forward today that Epstein wasn’t just molesting girls but flat-out raping them:

                                                                                                                                                                                                   As The ENQUIRER first reported, Epstein’s socialite Ghislaine Maxwell, procured Roberts and others for Epstein and his pals to engage in “forceful” sex with underage girls, the filing confirmed.

                                                                                                                                                                                                   Roberts’ affidavit charges that Maxwell, the daughter of the late UK newspaper mogul Robert Maxwell, recruited her for prostitution in 1999 at age 15.


                                                                                                                                                                                                   “I was trained to be ‘everything a man wanted to be,” Roberts said, detailing multiple sex encounters daily, instruction in the use of sex toys and Epstein’s reputed sex dungeon.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    There is also a mystery as to how Epstein made his fortune. Bloomberg, for instance, reports that:
                                                                                                                                                                                                    For all his infamy, there are scant details of how he made his money. While he’s frequently been called a billionaire, his net worth is hard to ascertain. He ran a money management firm catering to the ultra-rich, primarily for Victoria’s Secret founder Les Wexner, but its assets were never made public and few on Wall Street have dealt with him as a financier or money manager.

                                                                                                                                                                                                     According to his lawyers more than a decade ago, he had a net worth in excess of nine figures. Today, so little is known about Epstein’s current business or clients that the only things that can be valued with any certainty are his properties. The Manhattan mansion is estimated to be worth at least $77 million, according to a federal document submitted in advance of Epstein’s bail hearing.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    He also has properties in New Mexico, Paris and the U.S. Virgin Islands, where he has a private island, and a Palm Beach estate with an assessed value of more than $12 million. He shuttles between them by private jet and has at least 15 cars, including seven Chevrolet Suburbans, according to federal authorities.

                                                                                                                                                                                                   Epstein’s early career is better documented. Born in 1953 and raised in Brooklyn, Epstein dropped out of Cooper Union and NYU’s Courant Institute. He landed a gig teaching calculus and physics at Manhattan’s exclusive Dalton School between 1973 and 1975, according to a 2002 New York magazine profile, where his students included the son of Bear Stearns Chairman Alan Greenberg.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    He joined Bear Stearns in 1976 as a lowly junior assistant to a floor trader. In a swift rise, trading options, he made partner four years later, with former Chief Executive Officer Jimmy Cayne praising his skills. He left in 1981 to set up J. Epstein & Co., but one bank executive said he remained close to Cayne and Greenberg and was a client until Bear Stearns’ demise.

                                                                                                                                                                                                   Epstein’s money management business had an exclusive focus: It would serve only billionaires. Epstein reportedly made all the investment calls.

                                                                                                                                                                                                   Since the 1990s, the company has been incorporated in the U.S. Virgin Islands and is now called Financial Trust Co. 
                                                                                                                                                                                              In fact, as Forbes reports, no one knows how much (or how little) money he has, although he has asserted in court documents to be worth at least 9 figures. The mystery of his wealth has led to speculation that Epstein "was video-recording highly illegal and morally reprehensible rapes for use as blackmail material" or as insurance against being prosecuted.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  There are a couple of takeaways from this. First, this is not a unique incident. As Paul Joseph Watson points out in a 2017 video (posted below), there have and continue to be a large number of these underage and pedophile scandals involving the wealthy and powerful.

                                                                                                                                                                                              "Pedophiles Rule the World"--Paul Joseph Watson (14 min.)

                                                                                                                                                                                                   Second, as Glenn Reynolds observes: "[B]ack when the elites had more power, scandals like this wouldn’t have come out at all. The increasing number of scandals involving the formerly untouchable probably means that elites are weaker, rather than dirtier, than decades ago."

                                                                                                                                                                                                   Finally, I don't believe that we--the public, that is--will ever learn the full truth of the matter.