I’m a Superstitious Man

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  1. Thank you for being outraged over this suicide-by-neglect - particularly pointing out that a non-corrupt state could prevent this. The conspiracy theorists are foolish - the result that takes the least amount of effort is more likely.

    Before Harvey Weinstein was Father Porter, who was brought down by the brave testimony of many victims.

    Following up on the Catholic angle, as a resident of the Boston metro area, I find it very disturbing that people who helped broker peace in Ireland could be a part of Epstein’s web of abuse. O.k. – not much might surprise me about Clinton anymore – note that I’m trying to be cautious about stating that. But former Sen. George Mitchell?

  2. The Epstein affair has also revealed something new to me (but perhaps not to all of you): that on a wide scale individuals may have been chosen for positions of power and influence specifically because they could be blackmailed. See the story of Elon Musk’s search for a new Tesla chairman https://www.nytimes.com/2019/08/12/business/jeffrey-epstein-interview.html

    Like you, to me this has shaken my concept of the USA in ways the daily accumulation of softer corruption had not. At what point does prudence require preparation to move?

  3. Seems like “THEY aren’t even trying anymore” is THEM trying. This wasn’t only THEIR best move given Epstein’s real testimony/voice turning him into a “Missionary”, but it was pretty much THEIR only move, because won’t the victims (and their attorneys) now have a clear shot at his reportedly “oddly acquired” mega-estate, and there certainly won’t be much of a fight to pay them (off)? This best case scenario for ‘THEM’ even turns into a major win for the victims - not like they can change the past, but for a few $10s of millions each, they go away,… this all goes away. Even regardless of any well intentioned investigations by the DOJ/FBI (I know lolll), ‘THEY’ win again.

  4. I was 16 when I, like many, watched Jack Ruby shoot and kill Lee Harvey Oswald at point blank range with all those law enforcement officers “protecting Oswald”. Just what came out of that? Oswald acted on his own and Ruby died in jail without a trial. I was not surprised at Epstein’s death while in Federal custody. I’ve seen it before, and we’ll see it again. Epstein is just the latest episode.

  5. Avatar for robh robh says:

    I don’t generally believe in grand conspiracy theories… I don’t think the government is efficient enough are able to keep secrets well enough to pull them off. So I must go with Occam’s Razor and say that he killed himself. That being said, a lot of powerful people are very relieved that this guy is dead. Some were complicit in his atrocities and others either enabled him or simply looked the other way. The one news item that really sticks with me was reported by Vicky Ward, a respected journalist who has covered the Epstein saga for 15 years:

    "Epstein’s name, I was told, had been raised by the Trump transition team when Alexander Acosta, the former U.S. attorney in Miami who’d infamously cut Epstein a non-prosecution plea deal back in 2007, was being interviewed for the job of labor secretary. The plea deal put a hard stop to a separate federal investigation of alleged sex crimes with minors and trafficking.

    “Is the Epstein case going to cause a problem [for confirmation hearings]?” Acosta had been asked. Acosta had explained, breezily, apparently, that back in the day he’d had just one meeting on the Epstein case. He’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. (The Labor Department had no comment when asked about this.)". https://www.thedailybeast.com/jeffrey-epsteins-sick-story-played-out-for-years-in-plain-sight

    Everybody involved is so dirty on this…

  6. I don’t get why he didn’t have some sort of dead man switch that would ejaculate 5 TB of data to Wikileaks if he didn’t check in every so often…

  7. I generally agree with the article’s point that data isn’t going to help people get over their zealot-like devotion to this filthy system that they’ve lived with their entire life. It took me years to get over the brainwashing that I lived through in primary school after I started discovering the truth in college.

  8. We’re just over 4 years removed from the Epstein “suicide” and reading Ben’s note on Oliver Anthony & Greta Thunberg strangely got me thinking about this debacle.

    Everything today is politicized by opportunists. The ball game last night, the dress an actress wears at an awards ceremony, today’s weather, the mediocre light beer I enjoy; everything is used by the political high priests as a tool to promote their respective narratives. “Oh My Gosh have you seen! Bud Light sales are tanking! Get Woke Go Broke!!!”.

    But somehow the Epstein “suicide” was ignored by these people? THIS was the event excluded from political tribalism?

    The sitting President in August of 2019 was the Chief High Priest of political opportunism. And Epstein was a known associate of Trump’s main political adversary, the Clintons. Imagine the circus? A Trump tweet in the dead of night announcing Epstein was being placed under Secret Service protection. Trump live tweeting the trial. Every member of the blue team having to answer for the Clintons.

    Will leave it to our collective imagination to wonder why THIS was the one opportunity Trump passed up on. Suffice it to say I don’t think Trump was dissuaded by fear of meddling with a specific sex offender case as being beneath the conduct expected of the office of the Presidency…

    The silence from the political high priests is deafening to this day. Had we ever learned the truth the fallout from this scandal is perhaps the only News event post 2008 that could not have been assigned blue team, red team talking points. The rot would have been too widespread, too deep.

    I’m probably being naive, but I think most people are genuinely fed up with the political culture wars and want to reclaim their autonomy of mind. THIS could have been something which brought that about, not in mass but at least for some of us.

  9. Precisely why Epstein had to die.

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