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Google's clever homage to the 'Wizard of Oz', 80 years young today..

Do a search for the title, and click on the ruby slippers in the top-right panel.

https://www.google.com/search?client=opera&q=The+Wizard+of+Oz&sourceid=opera&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8
Posted by Princess Turandot | Sun Aug 25, 2019, 06:13 AM (9 replies)

The problem they have isn't solely that they took donations from Epstein: it's when they took the $$

Their media lab director Joi Ito took money from Epstein after his 2008 conviction and subsequent sentence and I think, after other accusations came out in 2015 concerning his supposedly sending a teenager to have sex with Dershowitz/Pr Andrew. Ito also had Epstein put money in some funds that he manages that invest in tech start-ups.

This was Ito's statement from last week:

The public controversy surrounding Epstein's donations to the lab date to 2015. In an apology he published last week, Ito said he first met Epstein in 2013 at a conference and had, in addition to inviting him to the lab, visited several of Epstein's homes.

"I was never involved in, never heard him talk about, and never saw any evidence of the horrific acts that he was accused of," Ito wrote. He said he regretted allowing Epstein to make donations to the lab and to invest in several of his funds, which invest in tech startups outside of MIT.

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/mit-media-lab-epstein-ties-cause-two-researchers-quit/


Imagine someone rationalizing taking money from Harvey Weinstein because he never appeared naked at a meeting with them personally, and tried to force them to have sex with him.

It's not just Ito/ MIT. Reuters did an article in 2015 following the Dershowitz/Andrew claims in which they spoke to several scientists who took money from him or had some kind of 'friendship' with him. This is from a now-retired highly praised evolutionary biologist from Rutgers.

Robert Trivers, a Rutgers University biologist... said Epstein is a person of integrity who should be given credit for serving time in prison and for settling civil lawsuits brought by women who said they were abused.

“Did he get an easy deal? Did he buy himself a light sentence? Well, yes, probably, compared to what you or I would get, but he did get locked up,” Trivers said. He said he got about $40,000 from Epstein to study the relationship between knee symmetry and sprinting ability.

Trivers also said he believes girls mature earlier than in the past. “By the time they’re 14 or 15, they’re like grown women were 60 years ago, so I don’t see these acts as so heinous,” he said.


I'll give him 'credit' for one thing. He probably came closer to being truthful about why he didn't care about Epstein's actions: a complete lack of regard for the victims that I suspect affected pretty much everyone who looked the other way. Just last month, Epstein's attorney was still referring to them as prostitutes in court, as they had done back in 2008.

If you have the time, read the article: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-epstein-charity/exclusive-some-charities-to-refuse-money-from-u-s-financier-accused-in-sex-case-idUSKBN0L51G720150201
Posted by Princess Turandot | Fri Aug 23, 2019, 08:04 AM (0 replies)

Excellent! Or should I say Incellent?

About 20 seconds in, you might recall the guy with the red cap. I believe that he's the person on the left in the DA's tweet. (They almost looked suave in court. J/K)

https://twitter.com/NYPDDetectives/status/1051899738784768001
https://twitter.com/ManhattanDA/status/1163557963870683138
10 of them were arrested. 7 took plea bargains. 2 were convicted today. I can't figure out what happened to the last one.

Maximum sentence for their convictions is 15 years, because it involves gang charges. How fucked up do you have to be to throw your life away doing something so stupid.

And to the store owner with the camera capturing the street: thank you.
Posted by Princess Turandot | Mon Aug 19, 2019, 10:56 PM (1 replies)

Manhattan jurors hear closing arguments in Proud Boys gang assault case..

The case went to the jury yesterday (Thursday). According to the Daily News, 10 of these incellent mopes were arrested in connection with their violent actions in October 2018 outside of the Manhattan Republican Club, after a speech had been given there by their founder. Of the 10, 7 pleaded guilty. These are 2 of the remaining ones. (I don't know what the status of the last one is.)

https://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/manhattan/ny-proud-boys-closing-arguments-20190814-wlkfz7kfkzao5kc3efbfjet5ge-story.html

Hare and Kinsman took the stand in their defense Tuesday, where they alleged they were “justified” in the attack as they felt their lives were in danger.

In response, Steinglass played footage of the aftermath of the brawl where Kinsman can be heard saying, “I just stomped the s**t out of him.”


Kinsman gave reporters a very fine 'straight armed salute' as he left the courtroom on Wednesday. (Photo in article.)

My personal fav:

During closing, the defense alleged that there was "a secret conspiracy between Antifa, the Manhattan DA’s office and the NYPD."


None of the victims cooperated with the police. The prosecutor had to rely on the video from that store security camera showing their violent actions.
Posted by Princess Turandot | Fri Aug 16, 2019, 04:24 AM (1 replies)

The closing paragraph...!!!

I can imagine part of this as a voiceover watching Trump leave DC for the last time.

Finally, while we would not sink to name-calling in the Trumpian manner — or ruefully point out that he failed to spell the congressman’s name correctly (it’s Cummings, not Cumming) — we would tell the most dishonest man to ever occupy the Oval Office, the mocker of war heroes, the gleeful grabber of women’s private parts, the serial bankrupter of businesses, the useful idiot of Vladimir Putin and the guy who insisted there are “good people” among murderous neo-Nazis that he’s still not fooling most Americans into believing he’s even slightly competent in his current post. Or that he possesses a scintilla of integrity. Better to have some vermin living in your neighborhood than to be one.


A few days ago, FA–45 tweeted some bullshit about NYC/de Blasio/police/crime/anarchy, to which de Blasio responded (among other things):
Crime’s gone down year after year in New York City and it’s not just because you finally left town.

Posted by Princess Turandot | Sun Jul 28, 2019, 12:38 AM (1 replies)

Jeffrey Epstein spent hours at home during work release, while his minders waited outside...

If you were wondering how Jeff was able to cope with the sudden deprivation of his thrice-daily 'massages', or why something could go wrong with the proposal he offered to the SDNY, well... As more information is coming in, the sheriff's office has now launched an internal investigation as to how the work release was handled.

Jeffrey Epstein spent hours at home during work release, 'responsible for his own transportation' (WPTV)
Florida sheriff to investigate Epstein’s work release (WaPo)
Florida sheriff to investigate Epstein’s work release
PBSO launches internal investigation into agency's handling of Jeffrey Epstein case

-The logs from the episode show at least 9 instances when he was allowed to return home for hours at a time whilst his minder waited outside of the house. One deputy wrote in the log that he escorted Epstein to his house and "provided security to prevent unwelcome guests from entering his property."

-Epstein was 'responsible' for his own transportation from jail to the office building where he 'worked'. He was picked up by a limo/driver, and was allowed to travel there without any police surveillance. PBSO's monitoring only picked up again when he reached his office.

-The surveillance at his 'office' consisted of a deputy sitting at a desk in a lobby:
One of the deputies who had been assigned to guard Epstein at his office for several days told the AP he did recall young women visiting, but couldn’t say whether there was any inappropriate contact because he was stationed in the lobby, with two doors between himself and Epstein’s private office. (WaPo)

-His 'office' was that of his foundation, The Florida Science Foundation. The entity was established a few months before his sentence began and was dissolved shortly after he was released. He was allowed to use his time there to fulfill a court ordered community service stint! The foundation also wrote checks to the PBSO for a total of $128,000. (WaPo reports that it was reimbursement of costs such as the deputies' salaries whilst 'minding' him, which is typical of these arrangements.)

-There were also some shenanigans concerning his GPS device, furthered discussed at the first link above.
Posted by Princess Turandot | Fri Jul 19, 2019, 06:09 PM (1 replies)

Link to Judge Berman's order keeping Epstein in custody..

https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/6206430-Epstein-Berman-bail-7-18-19.html
Posted by Princess Turandot | Thu Jul 18, 2019, 05:29 PM (1 replies)

Here it is, in all its squiggling glory..

If tentacles give you the willies, you might not enjoy this:

Posted by Princess Turandot | Sat Jun 22, 2019, 01:52 AM (0 replies)

Trump gets his wall! US Ambassador's residence in London is surrounded by a ring of steel for the...

...gutless wonder.

Trump gets his wall! US Ambassador's residence is surrounded by a ring of steel as security fences are erected ahead of President's state visit to Britain

-US President Donald Trump will begin his controversial three-day state visit of the UK on Monday
-The billionaire businessman will stay at the US Ambassador's residence Winfield House in Regent's Park
-An eight-foot-high security fence has been erected around the perimeter of the house and gardens
-Around 10,000 police officers will be on duty during the three-day-visit costing the taxpayer £18 million


https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7093803/Ring-steel-Ambassadors-residence-ahead-Trump-visit.html


Similar to his earlier visit, FA45 isn't likely to have contact with people whom he isn't directly meeting with. They'll mostly move him around by the Marine 1 helicopter. They're also ramping up security for the first day of the UK’s national commemoration of D-Day 75 ceremonies at Portsmouth, when Trump will be there. On that day, the general public will not have access to the beach area at Southsea. While Queen Elizabeth will be there, as she is not traveling to France on 6/6, it's not likely that they would have taken that step w/o Trump's attendance.

UK prepares for Donald Trump’s state visit


Posted by Princess Turandot | Sun Jun 2, 2019, 01:00 AM (5 replies)

SCOTUS *denies* review of Doe v. Boyertown (transgender students' accommodation policy)..

https://www.scotusblog.com/case-files/cases/doe-v-boyertown-area-school-district/

This was an appeal of a lower court decision that allowed a Pennsylvania school district to continue its policy of letting transgender students use the locker room/bathroom facilities of the gender that they identified as. The 3rd Circuit had ruled in favor of the school district in July 2018, and the plaintiffs asked for SCOTUS to review the case in November 2018.

Today, the Court declined to hear the case, leaving the lower court's decision and thus, the school board's policy in place.

They did so without any comment: the link above is to SCOTUSblog's case page, if you wish to read about the original suit.
Posted by Princess Turandot | Tue May 28, 2019, 11:19 AM (3 replies)
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