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  1. I was replying to your statement below. Pedophiles target 6 year olds. Pederasts don't. If that's not a worthwhile distinction to you, fine. Just realize your gut is an unreliable narrator.
  2. "Brit Randian" sounds like a character name for a comic book. Not for the hero, more likely a villain, or maybe the mayor, or police commisioner.
  3. He wasn't on suicide watch. We're told that he once tried to seduce a 14 year old. I haven't seen references to anyone younger than that. Which would make him a pederast, not a pedophile. His targets were mostly 16-17. Presumably after he got busted (the first time) he restricted himself to the 18+, "barely legal" zone. His M.O. was to hire them to give him a massage, then things would progress (or not). IMO, a 16-17 year old girl who finds herself hired to give an older man a massage, in private (at his home), should have already put two and two together before she...alas there's no upside to finishing that thought. It's "victim blaming", and these girls were underage. And I'm certainly not inclined (no one is) to defend the guy. However, and here I'm speaking to MSK specifically, the parallel between this and the Bill Cosby case, which you were very dismissive of, is...salient.
  4. According to this: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jeffrey_Epstein the hyoid bone was broken in either 6% or 1/4 of cases (there are two conflicting studies), and is more likely broken in middle aged (and older) people who hang themselves. This is nothing like the case of the suicide ruling where the person shot himself in the head, twice. Things with a 6% probability happen all the time. You have no idea what my "yearning"s are. When more evidence comes in, I'll adjust my opinion accordingly.
  5. If Epstein were murdered, with the stage subsequently set to make it look like a suicide by hanging, the perpetrators would have made it appear it was an accidental hanging, specifically a case of auto-erotic asphyxiation. Because reasons. But they didn’t, so it wasn’t a murder. QED. Moron or lunatic? http://sorbusaucuparius.blogspot.com/2012/08/umberto-ecos-four-types-of-idiot.html Hint: no reference (above) to the Templars. But seriously, if evidence of a struggle emerges, such as injuries to the hands, fingernails etc, then the probability space will have to be reallocated. Jeffrey Dahmer and John Geoghan were murdered in prison, but neither death was confused with suicide. As it is, suicide is the most likely explanation for the facts we have.
  6. There is hope: https://www.foxnews.com/world/cambodia-rock-bat-droppings-guano-wedged-survives
  7. At least you're not leaning any more, that's progress. Benghazi was debunked within a week, as I recall. There was no evidence, and that hoax further bolstered Hillary's reputation for lying about everything, all the time. How is it they didn't get away with manufacturing evidence? They're like all powerful, right? I'm curious, if RBG dies before Trump's first term ends, and he gets to nominate her successor, will that serve to prove or disprove this hoax? What if she outlives his term and resigns (or "dies") once his (Democratic) successor takes office? That'd be a slam dunk, eh?
  8. This ought to clinch it. For any rational mind. Here she is talking about recent events, events that post-date her death 5-6 months ago. Why are they so desperate to prove she's still alive? Why else would they have her doppelgänger talk about events the real RBG couldn't have talked about, if she's not already dead? Oh, and the collegial words about Kavanaugh, I mean who could fall for that?
  9. Are we still talking about the RBG doppelgänger? I'm only claiming that the "Russian Interference" narrative is/was plausible, in comparison to the RBG story, as presented on this thread, which I call Batshit Crazy. In other words, utterly implausible.
  10. I take it all back. Look how easy it was for Ethan Hunt to do it on the fly: Now if the Ginsburg double has legal experts feeding her lines through an earpiece...shit this would be easy! I wonder why they call it Mission Impossible?
  11. I don't believe "batshit crazy" is defined in any edition of the DSM. It's not a technical term, so we might have to agree to disagree. What I say is that the "Russian Interference" narrative has surface plausibility, and evidence to back it up, however exaggerated that evidence has become in the media reporting. Roughly half the electorate wants to believe it, so it gets clicks and eyeballs, and those things mean revenue to the media companies. You don't need a conspiracy theory to explain it. Parenthetically, I don't dispute that there are bad actors in the media, people who (like Gail Wynand) think they control public opinion. Imagine how Russians felt when they saw this magazine cover: And how our media would glom onto a Russian publication with Trump on the cover and a comparable headline. How plausible is it that an RBG imposter has been able to fake having the legal knowledge of a Supreme Court Justice, for months now? That's like finding a Martha Argerich look-alike, who can actually play like Martha Argerich.
  12. No one disputes that Russians attempted to hack voting systems, and that they spread memes, however incompetently. This has given rise to a narrative that the losers of the 2016 election cling to. That the election was stolen. It's false, but no, I wouldn't call it batshit crazy.
  13. Emulsified with the oils from your face? I never get that hungry. RBG dead for 5-6 months, replaced by a look-alike for public appearances…that’s BATSHIT CRAZY. I’m told eggs are good with truffles, maybe add some foie gras and call it an “alla Rossini” recipe...but no one flavors them with guano. https://www.sfcv.org/article/top-10-alla-rossini-recipes
  14. Still not convinced. Seems you’re pretty desperate to interact with me. But I don’t want to interact with you. Got the hint yet? Seriously, you need help. You actually believe Ruth Bader Ginsburg has been dead for over 5 months? https://www.objectivistliving.com/forums/topic/16963-epitome-of-the-collectivist-soul/?do=findComment&comment=288204 Replaced by an imperfect look-alike? Lay off the guano.
  15. In earlier discussions I came out as a Barney defender, since I felt Mark's attacks had a lot of unfairness in them. But I don't have the time or energy for a rehash. It's out there on older threads, and it looks like Biddle is covering the rebuttals well enough. A sample: First, to criticize a private college for accepting students’ funds that come from government loans and grants is almost as absurd as criticizing a private supermarket for accepting customers’ funds that come from government welfare programs. https://www.theobjectivestandard.com/2016/05/the-times-smiles-and-sneers-at-carl-barney-ayn-rand-and-private-colleges/ Note to any ARIan readers: think of this as payback for James Valliant. Think you've got the high ground? Review The Passion of Ayn Rand's Critics. If you've never been to Figlmuller, and you're up for the best Wiener Schnitzel, seek it out. https://figlmueller.at/en/
  16. I was concerned about that. But how does it prevent the State of NY from proceeding? And I gather New Mexico can have a go as well. And why not the US Virgin Islands? Hearing the critiques of Acosta however, I keep thinking of three words: Monday Morning Quarterback. At least he got results, call it a slap on the wrist if you must. If he managed to get the behavior to stop, and it seems that he did, that's no small thing.
  17. My two cents: According to Acosta he got the best result he could with the evidence available at the time. I don’t feel I’m in a position to disprove that claim. But that only got Epstein off the hook in the State of Florida and the Federal level (double jeopardy and all). Not in the State of New York (someone please correct me if I’m wrong about this). Now, 10-15 years later, New York is finally coming after him for the crimes committed within its jurisdiction. Which they knew, or should have known about. Why did it take so long? Why is it finally going down now? I say the NY justice system has the most to answer for. On a separate question: are there any accusations against Epstein that post-date his original prosecution? There’s talk of how Acosta left a predator free to continue, but if Epstein changed his ways maybe Acosta shouldn’t be getting vilified at all.
  18. It's anti-anti-Semitism. Have you actually read it? Sure, it features anti-Semitic people saying anti-Semitic things, just as Uncle Tom's Cabin is amply populated with pro-slavery characters. It's spelled Ellsworth Toohey. Try to calm down.
  19. The concept (or quote) from Gell-Mann I occasionally cite has little (or nothing) to do with science: Briefly stated, the Gell-Mann Amnesia effect works as follows. You open the newspaper to an article on some subject you know well. In Murray’s case, physics. In mine, show business. You read the article and see the journalist has absolutely no understanding of either the facts or the issues. Often, the article is so wrong it actually presents the story backward-reversing cause and effect. I call these the “wet streets cause rain” stories. Paper’s full of them. In any case, you read with exasperation or amusement the multiple errors in a story-and then turn the page to national or international affairs, and read with renewed interest as if the rest of the newspaper was somehow more accurate about far-off Palestine than it was about the story you just read. You turn the page, and forget what you know. Very important insight in these days of Fake News. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Murray_Gell-Mann https://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Murray_Gell-Mann