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    Lo and behold, just days after Berman's being taken out, SDNY's case against Jeffrey Epstein's child victim procurer Ghislaine Maxwell finally proceeds after having been sat on for years. https://jonathanturley.org/2020/07/02/epstein-confidante-maxwell-arrested-in-new-hampshire/
  2. 2 points
    Hello, Everyone! I started reading "Atlas Shrugged" for the first time on the weekend in August 1997 when Princess Diana of Wales was killed. I was thirty three. The book taught me many things and changed the way I look at life from then on, and I went on to read it many times since and to read all of Rand's other books. I haven't been an Objectivist in every sense of the word since then and probably never will be, though much of the philosophy never leaves me and I read the books often. I am a working person, not an academic or a rich industrialist or "professional", if that's the word to use. I cut sheet metal on a plasma burn table in a custom shop. This glorious earth is mine and I belong here, creating, thinking, dreaming, enjoying. I am a physically grounded sort, and I like it hard and dirty, down and dirty. I love fatbiking and design my bikes and drive them everywhere I go. Rain or shine, fine summer day or twenty three below zero Fahrenheit you will see me out there pedaling. We get it all here in South Dakota, and everywhere is a good place for a fatbike. It is crazy to see all of Rand's predictions come true, and it is likely many here knew they would. The older among us have watched the country unravel at the seams for a long time now. It never gets better. Rand's predictions about the Left are startlingly accurate. The difference between then and now is the fact that all of this seemed so far away once, but now we are living it, feeling it, experiencing it first hand. As a survivalist, hunter, fisherman, etc., I can appreciate Rand's predictions in ways others cannot. I knew something was dreadfully wrong in the world long before I read "Atlas Shrugged", and Rand helped to clarify all of it, to make sense of the who, what, why, when, where and how. I took the advice in Galt's Speech and took inventory of my mind and my possessions and connected with others of like mind wherever they might be found. As the infrastructure crumbles, it is time for Atlas to shrug, indeed. Where is Galt's Gulch? Let me know and I'll be on my way.
  3. 2 points
    Bolsonaro showing the world
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    Dr. Death out there slaying the false narrative that fewer corpses is somehow good.
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    There is no impact. It is a typical bad cold. They tell stories that indicate otherwise. Lasting impacts stories. Lies. Shutting down has had enormous negative impacts, but those were not caused by too many old people dying, they were from intentionally shutting down economies, which were political calculations having nothing to do with the new cold.
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    Remember the people who said Hydroxychloroquine will kill you? That its efficacy was merely anecdotal? Remember the pharmacists who refused to fill Doctor's prescriptions? The Democrat governors who interfered with supplies, hoarded, hid, supplies of the drug? Premeditated Conspiracy to Commit Mass Injury and Death.
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    Jon, Just for the reader, here is a bolded headline to that link and some excerpts: Epstein Confidante Maxwell Arrested In New Hampshire [Updated] Here is the indictment if anyone is interested. Also, a video right out of the oven of the official press conference about Maxwell's arrest. This case shows AG Bill Barr's method of working. Re investigations, he's a plodder and keeps a tight ship on leaks. When the time comes he and his staff believe they have an air-tight case, they clean the path (like getting rid of Berman through political channels), then swoop in and arrest bad guys who have no idea what hit them. I bet there are a lot of Deep Staters who are observing this very process and, suddenly as their arrogance turns into bile and goes down their throats with a big-ass gulp, are contemplating a move to another country that has no extradition treaty. And, as you keep reminding readers, the people who disparaged as a conspiracy theory and a sign of warped non-Objectivist epistemology the idea that elites controlled other elites through pedophilia-connected blackmail are silent about this. Reality doesn't fit the story they keep telling themselves where they are the superior good guys. From their words and deeds, they are protectors of science and reason and defenders of decent people of prominence who don't deserve to be smeared. That's the story they tell themselves. In reality, as the investigations are now proving and later prosecutions and jail will prove, many of their public heroes are pedophiles and have been blackmailed for years because of it. Some way to do philosophy and epistemology if it blinds people that much, huh? Let's just say I'm enjoying the show. Michael
  8. 2 points
    The WHO has outdone itself in corruption. They recently started a trial of the drug hydroxychloroquine, intentionally giving patients a near lethal dose so as to – obviously – make the drug look dangerous. Meryl Nass and others saw what they were doing and exposed it. Only then did WHO stop the trial. The following articles are by Dr. Meryl Nass. Even worse than 'Recovery,' potentially lethal hydroxychloroquine study in patients near death WHO and UK trials use potentially lethal hydroxychloroquine dose--according to WHO consultant 1. In the UK Recovery trial, and in WHO Solidarity trials, HCQ is used in a non-therapeutic, toxic and potentially lethal dose. 2. HCQ is furthermore being given, in clinical trials, too late in the disease course to determine its value against SARS-CoV-2. 3. Collection of limited safety data in the Solidarity trials serves to protect trial investigators and sponsors from disclosures of expected adverse drug effects, including death. 4. It appears that WHO has tried to hide information on the hydroxychloroquine doses used in its Solidarity trial. Fortunately, the information is discoverable from registries of its national trials. 5. The conclusions to be drawn ... ... a) WHO and other national health agencies, universities and charities have conducted large clinical trials that were designed so hydroxychloroquine would fail to show benefit in the treatment of Covid-19, perhaps to advantage much more expensive competitors and vaccines in development, which have been heavily supported by Solidarity and Recovery trial sponsors and WHO sponsors. ... b) In so doing, these agencies and charities have de facto conspired to increase the number of deaths in these trials. ... c) In so doing, they have conspired to deprive billions of people from potentially benefiting from a safe and inexpensive drug, when used properly, during a major pandemic. This might contribute to prolongation of the pandemic, massive economic losses and many increased cases and deaths. How a false hydroxychloroquine narrative was created, and more
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    Cockroaches rolled over by cop car ...
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    I don't know where to put the following so here is as good as any place. To me it's hilarious. I'm still laughing as I post this... LOL... Michael
  11. 1 point
    LOL. If you thought she wasn't his doctor, then your commenting on her specialty makes no sense. LOL. He didn't read between the lines.
  12. 1 point
    Steel is real, and the best as far as I am concerned, but it is heavier. If you want aluminium and light weight, if trails are your thing, look at Giant's Yukon, or Salsa's Beargrease in carbon, for starters. These are full 5" fat tire capable and more of a trail style, shorter wheel base. Another worthy of consideration is Surly's Ice Cream Truck, which is also shorter wheel base and full 5" fat tire capable. Pugsley cannot run a full 5" fat tire in the frame or the fork, but gets up to 4.8", which for my style of driving is plenty. Test drive fatbikes whenever, wherever you can. I used to rent them to test them out. Specialized really has it dialed-in with their Fat Boy. If I were to buy another aluminium bike, the Fat Boy would likely be the one.
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    Beware When Young Woke People Discover the Pedos This opening post is for Jon. Hey Jon! You around? I have a treat for you. But first, let me set the table. This is a continuation of a post I made in the Walk Away section (see here). In fact, let me copy the post: So what turned her from a flaming angry woke leftie to a MAGA person of the Q persuasion from one day to the next? I had to do some digging and came across this tweet. I believe this is the young man she said she had been stalking and trolling until she finally watched this video. (That is an embedded tweet, not a screenshot, and the video in it is safe to watch here on OL since it is on YouTube, not TikTok.) I decided to watch some of this video--the damn thing is about two and a half hours long, but soon I was cracking up. A young black man who calls himself Young Pharoah went after Hillary Clinton hard. He went into PizzaGate and everything. He did it with the outlandish style of a belligerent shock jock and gangsta rapper. And he took the main arguments slow, even showing video of Sean Hannity, all the while cussing Hillary Clinton and the Democrats. He went so scorched earth on the Dems and Hillary, including for the pedo stuff, I found myself feeling extremely satisfied. He says he wants a seat at the political table for the black people and he wants to start it by (and I paraphrase), "Getting that evil motherfuckin' bitch's ass thrown in jail." I followed all the issues he talks about, he's a few years late, so there was nothing new. At least so far. But I really enjoyed this guy's delivery. The gotcha people will never have a chance with him. His true north is common sense, not gotcha, and man does he have a mouth. Here is Young Pharaoh's video on YouTube. He posted it Jun 27 and it already has well over 330,000 views. That's for a 2.5 hour video... For Jon, I suggest you take some time, get yourself a beer or whatever you drink, get comfortable, dig into this video and let yourself go into a most pleasurable trance. You can let go with this guy. (I doubt his profanity will bother you. ) I guarantee you will not regret it. A stampede of young people like Young Pharoah and Judith Rose is coming. And since the tech giants have been catering to the young, this thing is going to spread like a forest fire during a dry spell. I don't think the tech giants will be able to stop it. But enough for now. What a wonderful morning to see this. And here is a nice thought from a Q person for Jude. Michael
  14. 1 point
    I just finished watching it all. He said some things I don't agree with (like he's vegetarian and so on), but the overwhelming feeling I got was, "Man, do I love free speech." Let 'er rip. We need more of this, not less. When these younger people come out with odd things, I don't even feel the urge to correct them. Rather than gotcha them to death, I remember the education system they came out of. People like Young Pharoah and Judith Rose are heroes to get where they got. They are mental giants. They broke the pot of the Comprachicos (as in Rand's essay on modern education) while they were in it. They didn't get out unscathed, but they sure as hell don't look like a pot. I love their passion, too. Man, are they pissed about what was done to them. So let them work through what they have to work through. I'm not going to fault them for anything weird they may say, not in the context of breaking free and the aftermath they have to deal with. I trust these young ones to arrive at a great place for their own lives and for America. These are good people. Michael
  15. 1 point
    False. The rhinovirus is "the predominant cause of the common cold." Dr. Appleby was the spokesperson. That the man who died was her patient is your leap of faith.
  16. 1 point
    Just what did he die of since the virus is not a disease? Notice how they used the plural when talking about one person? So how many people at the party died? The cause of death from the virus is supposedly pneumonia. Did he die from that? --Brant boy, am I tired of all the un-scientific gobbledygook that these people feed the public and themselves
  17. 1 point
    In hospice they dope you up into an insensate condition then deprive you of all fluids and you are murdered in several days through dehydration. --Brant
  18. 1 point
    Peter, But so far, this thing with Roger Stone is making all the right heads explode. It is signaling to the Deep State its lack of efficacy. And that is infuriating them. People as infuriated as they are make many mistakes. The best person to sum up the Roger Stone case to date is Jesse Waters. President Trump liked his recent opening statement so much, he pinned the video to the top of his Twitter feed. Here is President Trump signaling his like: And here is the video of Jesse Waters: The Exploding Heads Now look how heads are exploding. After Mueller's disastrous July 24, 2019 appearance before two House committees, has anybody heard from him? No. Why? Because he's losing his mind in an old-age kind of way. So he's stayed silent. Until now. Robert Mueller breaks his silence and condemns Trump for commuting Roger Stone's sentence Obviously someone wrote the WaPo op-ed for him. (My vote is for Andrew Weissmann, the nastiest piece of work from his former team--and, boy, is Weissmann hopping mad, see here.) Lee Smith, author of the best and bestselling book on the Deep State operation against President Trump, The Plot Against the President: The True Story of How Congressman Devin Nunes Uncovered the Biggest Political Scandal in U.S. History, agrees with me: There is a huge risk in dragging Mueller out. If he gets interviewed or ambushed by a reporter, he's going to make Biden sound coherent. Yet they are risking it because Roger Stone is more of a symbol to them than a case. He is a symbol of their weakness, of the public exposure of their weakness, and that eats them alive inside. Tinseltown Take a look at these beauties from Hollywood (on Breitbart). Hollywood Erupts After Trump Commutes Roger Stone’s Sentence: ‘Treason’ If you are into schadenfreude, reading all that is deeply satisfying. They are howling in impotent rage because they claim to be able to strike fear in the hearts of anyone, especially someone like Roger Stone who they want to see dead, but they are powerless and the whole world sees it right now. They can't even nail an inconsequential reprobate (to them) like Roger Stone. This may not seem like much, but in the story-wars department, it is moving the Overton Window a couple of notches. Don't forget, we have an election in 4 months and the Overton Window is more important during this time than it is at other times because it impacts voting habits. Never Trumpers Look at the anti-Trump Republicans: Romney blasts Trump's Stone commutation: 'Historic corruption' Others like Pat Toomey, Mark Sanford, Bill Krystol have come out in public against President Trump for commuting Roger Stone's sentence. Imagine what the anti-Trumper Republicans are saying behind the scenes. Here is an indication from The Lincoln Project (a group of never Trump Republicans who now support Biden--they are led by Kellyanne Conway's boneheaded husband, George Conway and others, see here). There's a hidden message in that video. The Deep State framed most of those "felons" or entrapped them with legal minutia. The hidden message is: Do not oppose us or this is what we will do to you. And Trump's time is coming... It isn't, but dogs have to bark, pigs have to grunt, snakes have to hiss and so on. Poor things, they can't help it... Final thought for this post If Roger Stone is not that important, why are all the heads of these famous people exploding? I say, in addition to hating President Trump, every one of them wants the power to jail someone they don't like simply because they don't like him or her. In other words, when you look favorably at any of these creeps, make sure you do not get on their bad side. They are vindictive spiteful snakes. They play much dirtier than Roger Stone ever did (and he played plenty dirty). They will turn on you in a fraction of a second if they think this will help them get back their lost power. I mean that literally, too. If they take a disliking to you, and I mean you Peter, for whatever reason and it gets strong enough, regardless of legality, they will throw you in jail and make up some kind of bullshit reason for it. Wielding that kind of power is what gives them meaning to themselves. It's like crack cocaine to them. I, for one, like sticking it to them. That is one of the reasons I like Roger Stone and particularly the news of his commutation. It makes them crazy. So that's my final thought about Roger Stone for this post... But not my final thought about Roger Stone... Michael
  19. 1 point
    As followup. The full statement from The White House Office of the Press Secretary: Subject: Statement from the Press Secretary Regarding Executive Grant of Clemency for Roger Stone, Jr. The following quote from that document is part of the elbow slamming into the throat of the Deep State I mention in my previous post. Guess what that means? Michael
  20. 1 point
    Pleas please please let this happen. Michael
  21. 1 point
    The article /slideshow kept crashing toward the end. Did they discuss furin? It’s speculated that this particular virus has seemingly “corrected” encoding that enables cleaving with human furin , which is weird because bat proteins are different. Regardless the origins of this virus , it seems the biological threat is nothing compared to political/governmental threat to life.(not to mention liberty and the pursuit of happiness, the stuff of life ). Weird , right?
  22. 1 point
    Got anything on how a bill becomes a law?
  23. 1 point
    Reptilian pea-brain Jon falls for a hoax. He shows a graph – obviously contrived and slapdash-- with fake numbers of human trafficking arrests for the Trump years. The graph’s numbers for 2018 and 2019 are more than triple and near triple, respectively, the official counts given by the ICE division which reports human trafficking arrests. (The numbers shown for the Obama years match the official ones.) The wishes of the Trump-infatuated don’t magically transform fake numbers into accurate ones.
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    Beginning to test the people's responses to tyranny. Do those in the buildings resist? Do citizens not subject to this lockdown intervene? Learning and practicing for when they release the next bug as pretext for total police state? Food rationing. Necessary? Or normalization of it for near future, much more intense, false flag mass imprisonments?
  26. 1 point
    The enemy that coordinated the mass casualty event is in control of most of the systems that generate data about the world that we mistakenly accept as base-level facts.
  27. 1 point
    When he says, "Why are the press running medicine?" it makes me wonder how many leftists will even comprehend what he's saying. I think a lot of people are literally that far gone that they wouldn't even recognize the risks, let alone the blatantly corrupt actions, of this informal hierarchy of "legitimate" information. I wonder is you asked a leftist, "When has the media EVER agreed with Trump?" and if they would even know what the point of the question was. If they agreed with Trump very rarely, you'd have some evidence that it wasn't purely politics, but if they NEVER agree with Trump? It's truly shocking what they've been able to get away with.
  28. 1 point
    Both of his statistical claims are vague and false. The USA's 7-day average of daily deaths are down about 77% since the peak (link). Does "fatality rate" mean deaths per million population or deaths/cases? Either way, his claim is false. If it is deaths per million population, the USA's is 7th highest in the world for countries with more than 10 million population (link). If it is death/cases, the USA's is pretty good, but S. Korea's and Taiwan's are far lower.
  29. 1 point
    Big win in the Supreme Court for the Electoral College today. And it was unanimous. Supreme Court rules against 'faithless' electors Here's another article. Supreme Court: Electoral College Must Vote For Their State’s Popular Vote Winner They played games with this in the appeals courts, but the Supreme Court Justices were having none of it. To repeat, unanimous. That's probably why the reporting in the fake news media about this were CYA articles that got little prominence. The Democrats can't game this rule to cheat anymore. That form of cheating, at least, is done. Over. Finished. This is a big deal. Probably the biggest deal that happened in government on this day. It is kinda funny, though. In one of the two cases involved in this Supreme Court decision, three members of the Electoral College were supposed to vote for Hillary Clinton, but instead voted for Colin Powell. Whaaaaat?!!! Yup. Colin Fucking Powell. Michael
  30. 1 point
    A quip? You believe his remark was witty or clever? Gimmee a break. , ye of unlimited faith in your messiah and your mind-reading. As usual, Jon is clueless, confusing a test for SARS-CoV-2 with a test for antibodies, plus other confusions.
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    Emphases added .... You say testing is important so that a person can start taking the appropriate actions. For 99.X% of the population the appropriate actions for the common cold are rest and fluids. I think you are making a category error. First, are you suggesting or claiming that the SARS-CoV-2 virus does not differ appreciably from the family of viruses that cause the common cold? Are you claiming that the course of a cold infection is the same as COVID-19 infection? Secondly, can you provide a quote or link from the CDC that supports your basic contentions (that SARS-CoV-2 == Common Cold Virus)? Are you prepared to offer an argument that the SARS-CoV-2 virus is not novel? If you want to use CDC materials to to support your beliefs, you may be stymied from persuading readers. From the CDC's page on Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19): I suggest that this belief is not warranted ... It's a malformed question. I cannot get a test for the common cold in my community, but I can get a test to see if I have a COVID-19 infection. I wonder if your beliefs are influenced by unreliable information. It's not difficult to find unreliable or misleading information these days. For example (from a Fact Check at USA Today The Facebook post featured in the above story, as it stands at the moment.
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    Text: https://www.whitehouse.gov/presidential-actions/executive-order-building-rebuilding-monuments-american-heroes/
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    What lie would they not tell? Who would they not hurt? ... to continue their hate against Trump? Previous Ambassador and Acting Director of National Intelligence Richard Grenell asks if thousands of Americans are dead only because we still tolerate a media hellbent on deception.
  34. 1 point
    Small correction, Forbes, every business leader should be very concerned. Jul 3, 2020,01:55pm EDT QAnon Is Disrupting America — Every Business Leader Should Be Concerned https://www.forbes.com/sites/sethcohen/2020/07/03/qanon-is-disrupting-america/amp/?__twitter_impression=true
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    Q posted a nice Tweet from Goodable and then Goodable immediately changed its pedo symbology, which symbology all the left liberal progressive globalist DemocRat scum "know" can't be pedo symbology. But if it isn't bad symobology, then why did they change it so fast when they were spotlighted?
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    Pedo Schiff was soooo upset when pedo-protector Berman was taken out: Then Pedo Ghislaine Maxwell got arrested today, just days after Berman was taken out — funny how all of that worked out. https://jonathanturley.org/2020/07/02/epstein-confidante-maxwell-arrested-in-new-hampshire/
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    Hahahahahahaha... Seattle Police Dismantle CHOP After Protesters Threaten Mayor's $7 Million House Mayor Jenny Durkan is a total idiot. When the heat came to her house, now she's scared and her principles were the first thing she sacrificed as she sent in the guns. I guess her summer of love came to an untimely end. LOLOL... Michael
  38. 1 point
    Here's some really weird news about O-Land. There is a Facebook group called Ayn Rand. It leans hard ARI, which means it leans anti-Trump. A guy I never knew before named William Swig posted the following meme there. He created it. They banned him from the group. He posted a quote by Ayn Rand and did not take it out of context, yet they banned him for it. Actually, it's a shortened and paraphrased quote from a Q&A from Rand's Ford Hall Forum Lecture: "Censorship: Local and Express." It is in Ayn Rand Answers. Here is the direct quote from Rand as published in that book: "... even though Nixon’s behavior has been contemptible—he’s not the most corrupt president, but he’s probably the most contemptible—I’d still vote for him over George McGovern or Ted Kennedy." btw - I think I'm going to like this Swig guy. He pisses off the right people. Here is his Facebook account. And here is another meme by him. Michael
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    No one. Emotions are not things. They may be electrical / chemical / and psychic? in a good way. I was thinking about that "independence." What if you were a human or a lower animal for that matter, and you got bit by an ant? What would that entity experience? Pain . . . OUCH~ but then something emotional attached to the sensation of pain, which requires a consciousness to respond, in ANY way.
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    I suspect a Gates connection. Hunch, so far, maybe wrong. A tidbit I found: https://medium.com/@jonathanferguson_72851/i-didnt-know-you-were-on-medium-curtis-yarvin-eab1266ae581 Here's a link to a Feb 2017 Verge piece about Yarvin's internet project "Urbin": https://www.theverge.com/2017/2/21/14671978/alt-right-mencius-moldbug-urbit-curtis-yarvin-tlon Ellen
  41. 1 point
    Buy cases of water now.
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    Quick pep talk: Remember when I said that toilet paper becomes king during societal disruptions and two weeks later all the stores ran out of toilet paper? You need to think hard about ways of expanding your stay-home ability. There is great likelihood of trouble in the coming year, but at least through Trump's January re-swearing. Don't try to predict the trouble, just focus on being able to stay inside, not going out into public, for longer than you can now. It's Sunday. Medication refill needed this week? Get it tomorrow, and don't get so close again. (Skip doses to build the pad if they won't advance you the next one, and never waste a day obtaining the next one upon eligibility, if they are dicks like that.) Be weeks away from the next thing that will push you outside, instead of hours or days. Can you make light at night if electricity goes out? Can you preserve and prepare the food you have after electricity goes out? How many cases of water do you have for after the water stops running? What can you do about people coming through your door with bad intentions? You do not want to be outside with masses of desperate and angry people, so extend your stay-in-ability now.
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    Scott Adams said the oddest thing today. He said all these riots go on because the insurance companies pay for the damage. The moment the insurance companies pull out, the riots stop. He gave the example of the businesses in Seattle suing the government for that CHOP mess. As soon as the lawsuit was filed, the insurance companies pulled out, at least I think they did since that was Scott's point, and I imagine they pulled out of government coverage. Suddenly everyone wants this CHOP thing wound up chop chop. I don't think insurance is all there is to staged public misbehavior, but I can see it as a major component. Michael
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    Today in "Faux Leftist Whoopee" ... Outrage mounts over report Russia offered bounties to Afghanistan militants for killing US soldiers
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    You might also want to check out Harlow's monkeys: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harry_Harlow Harlow was briefly mentioned in the Atlantic article ...
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    You might also want to check out Harlow's monkeys: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harry_Harlow Ellen
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    Folks here will likely remember something of the plight of those in Romania's "child gulags." A new Atlantic article offers a deep dive, which some might find useful to discussion: 30 Years Ago, Romania Deprived Thousands of Babies of Human Contact | Here’s what’s become of them
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    Yeah Michael, I did fall for the “story line” that he wanted to kick them out, so thanks for setting me straight. In the following he is pushing some buttons. I really don’t think he is goading the lowlifes to disrupt, but that may be the effect of the message. President Trump: Any protesters, anarchists, agitators, looters or lowlifes who are going to Oklahoma please understand, you will not be treated like you have been in New York, Seattle, or Minneapolis. It will be a much different scene! end quote If there are violent protesters, I hope they are arrested quickly, but does Oklahoma have the capacity to “store” hundreds of rioters? It sure does! Perhaps the hottest, driest, and most remote Indian reservations will be available for storage? Hmmm? How much will they charge per “scalp?” Peter Notes. Oklahoma Indian tribes: Cherokee, Arapaho, Chickasaw, Choctaw, Creek, Wyandot Kickapoo, Apache, Comanche, Kiowa, Osage, Pawnee, Seminole, Wichita, Shawnee, etc. From Wikipedia. Department of Defense Indian Incentive The Department of Defense (DoD) Indian Incentive Program, part of the Office of Small Business, provides a 5% rebate to a prime contractor, based on the total amount subcontracted to an Indian-Owned Economic Enterprise or Indian Organization To qualify, the organization must be at least 51% owned by an entity (or tribal member) of a federally recognized tribe. end quote
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    Pedos Arrested Good news. Here in this thread, whenever an arrest of pedophiles becomes prominent, it can be posted. I will only post sporadically, though, because this kind of news breaks my heart when I think about the children who are preyed on. Let's start in Polk County in Florida. Judd: 17 arrested for child pornography include Disney employees, nurse, underwear ‘ingester’ Here's a video: For those who like to see these perverts going down, enjoy. But keep a tear in store for the children victims. I do both. Michael
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    Okay, you forced my hand. Sex has nothing to do with children or evolution. I've created a lot of fictional characters over the years, many of whom I liked and respected. A few were modeled on people I knew, supporting characters whose personalities were frozen -- well, that's a bit harsh, let's say inflexible, unable to transform. It happens in life to most people. Their formative battles were fought long ago, and it shaped how they think and live. All of them deserve honorable mention to acknowledge their strengths and sorrows. It's important always to treat a character with respect, even the tawdry ones, the bit players and stock figures -- tailors, waiters, uniformed cops, cab drivers. Little glimpses need to be three-dimensional and real. It's never wrong to be honest about where they are in life, how they move, talk, think, hide themselves from others. Characters who transform, undertake challenges and put their future at risk, are "principal players." There is no story without such people. Some of them are heroic men and women, some are dangerous villains. It's possible to see virtue in a villain, no different than a hero with inner conflicts and limitations. I'm speaking mostly of male characters. Women seldom deliberately do wrong, although it's good to see the extreme and exceptional. One of my favorites was a film star -- Ophilia Opfir -- always outrageous, mercurial, a comic figure. Now that I think of it, all of my women were wonderfully complicated. The Good Walk Alone had several female characters, no two alike, vital to the story line. In Mars Shall Thunder, Wendy and Emma Churchill played pivotal supporting roles, far more important than the men. Leading ladies are important to me. Sorry, that's an understatement. The Good Walk Alone is Janet DiMarco's story. Mars Shall Thunder is Laura Oak's story. Chris is nothing until he meets Peachy in A Portrait of Valor. Chris and Peachy are the subject of this essay. For the rest of my remaining days as a writer, I will author stories about them, as they mature in life as a married couple. It's interesting how they emerged in a tutorial of screenwriting on Zoetrope, to explain a method of organizing and creating scenes. Movies usually have 40 scenes. It's not important to start at Scene #1. Scenes can be written out of sequence, if you have a good outline, each scene with a unique dramatic action, no two scenes alike. The method of organizing a movie using Scene Cards is something that I was blessed to get from a profoundly talented mentor a long time ago. It's explained in Screenwriting Form & Structure, and there's a video on Vimeo that shows how Scene Cards are useful in story rewrite, to identify and resolve problems. To demonstrate Scene Card logic, I offered to write a screenplay out of sequence. Members of my private office at Zoetrope could pick a number, any number, from 1 to 40 in a story outline, and I'd write that scene to a budget of pages for that particular scene. Some were simple and quick, others were long dialogue scenes, or tense action, or lonely monologue. No two scenes alike, remember? The result was a completed screenplay called The Case of The Empty Case, and it introduced Chris Cable, private detective, and Mary Blount, Ph.D., a spectacularly stunning babe he orders to scram, go away, while he's dealing with a suitcase bomb parked in front of his office door. He doesn't know her name, calls her Peachy. It wasn't supposed to be a good story. It was a practical demonstration of a movie structure, how to conceive and execute individual scenes. Years later, at a watershed moment in my writing career, I thought of Chris and Peachy again. They deserved a series of novels. I risked everything to do it -- personally, financially, artistically. I don't regret it, although I doubt that Chris and Peachy will be well received by readers. I'm writing purely for myself, something I felt drawn to do after 30 years of storytelling, some of which was work for hire, a polite term for prostitution. It became important to give Chris and Peachy a voice of their own, in honor of their exceptional lives and exceptional challenges. A narrative novel is supremely expressive. Every word matters. I cringe whenever a typo or an ill-chosen word appears in print, self-published. It's humiliating to be self-published; I do it to archive the work. Others can make Kindle or POD successful. I can't. Please don't offer suggestions about marketing, or writing popular material in well-grooved genres. Chris and Peachy matter more than money. Christopher Cable, P.I., is a better man than I am, far more complex, far more courageous. He was an only child born into a military family. His birth took his mother's life. His father was a stern naval officer who became a powerful member of the Deep State, if you know what that is. Chris was raised by colored servants, if you know what that is. He went to Ivy League prep school, a sprig of privilege. He spent summers in New York with show people, his mother's clan of Broadway actors, dancers, musicians. When he was 18 years old, he was accepted in Marine Corps Officer Candidate School to honor his father and follow in his footsteps. Combat changes people, always, and Chris fought with courage that could not erase sorrow and guilt and revulsion. He hated killing. As an officer, his duty was ever-present and clear, ordering men to their death and dismemberment. Rising to the rank of Captain, partly on merit, partly because his father pulled strings, Chris couldn't continue. He resigned, changed his name, and fled to Los Angeles -- a disgraced black sheep who abandoned his duty and his father's iron sphere of influence and expectations. Ex-military is where most of our cops come from, and Chris had friends in L.A., ex-Marines who went into law enforcement, well-paid private surveillance, and medicine. None of those jobs were right for him. Chris couldn't deal with fussy paperwork or take orders, especially an order to do nothing, to drop a case, let the guilty skate because they had political pull. When the story opens in A Portrait of Valor, he's alone, lonely, miserable, age 38, jailed for killing a man, which he regrets but was compelled to do, to save a crowd of laughing drunks and doped-up chicks at a Hollywood nightclub. Terrible karma. The man who hates killing, forced to kill as a licensed private eye, working alone, financially strapped, hardened to life, expecting nothing but trouble. Not handsome, covered in battle scars, Chris cleans up every night and tries to be cheerful, drinks in nice nightclubs and dinner joints, hoping to meet a single woman his own age or thereabouts. He's ignored, night after night, year after year. Enter Peachy. I don't think I want to talk about her, a truly exceptional woman among women, beautiful, brilliant, elder daughter of a billionaire nuclear physicist (a horrible father), turned her back on wealth and made her own way in the world, a Stanford Ph.D. plugged into Silicon Valley. Wonderful couple who saved themselves for each other, wouldn't settle for less than ideal romance, astounding sexual chemistry, risking their lives for each other repeatedly. This is the glory of heroic fiction, to paint the beautiful. What other people write doesn't matter.