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“Give Me Proof”: A Covert but Coercive Form of Non-partner Sexual Violence Contributing to Teen Pregnancy in Haiti and Opportunities for Biopsychosocial Intervention

2020.09.19 04:40 Whey-Men “Give Me Proof”: A Covert but Coercive Form of Non-partner Sexual Violence Contributing to Teen Pregnancy in Haiti and Opportunities for Biopsychosocial Intervention

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2020.09.15 13:10 CuteBananaMuffin Mind Control - The Science of Drugs

SUMMARY
As the reader can see, the use of drugs in the Monarch Trauma-based Mind Control is extensive and requires skilled technicians, nurses, and doctors.
Because of the long-held control by the Illuminati families over narcotics and drug manufacture/sales, there is no difficulty for the programmers to get large quantities of secret designer drugs. The minor occult cults have to get by with a more limited supply of mind altering drugs, unless they directly connect in with the bigger picture.
The power of drugs to control a person’s life is not absolute - although someone who lives with a cocaine addict or alcoholic might disagree - but when coupled with all the other methods in a sophisticated system of mind-control, drugs just further reinforce the absolute power of the Illuminati over an individual.
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The science of Pharmacology (drugs) has given the Programmers a vast array of mind-altering and body-altering drugs. Some of the drugs are not used to directly alter the mind, but to change the body (makethe skin burn), or make the person vomit, or some other reaction that can be harnessed to further their nefarious programming goals. If they want a little girl to develop breasts they might give her hormones. Neuroscientists are now familiar with chemicals which cause personality traits.
If one wants to create raving paranoia, simply provide the brain with too much dopamine in the emotional centers of the brain and too little dopamine in the seat of reasoning area of the brain. Reduce serotonin in the person and the person will be unable to connect disagreeable consequences with what provoked them. In other words, they can’t protect themselves from danger.
Thorazine was used regularly at the CIA’s Jonestown, Guyana group control experiment. Survivors of Jonestown have testified as to its effectiveness. After this gruesome experiment in mind control came to its end with a massacre, large amounts of drugs were discovered. Just one footlocker at Jonestown alone contained 11,000 doses. The authorities prevented chemical autopsies of the bodies to insure secrecy of this sophisticated concentration camp which was used for medical and psychiatric experimentation by the CIA.
An examination of the drugs that are used in mental hospitals to alter the minds of patients offers a clear indication of what is being used in the Monarch Mind Control programming.
DRUGS USED FOR MIND CONTROL
The CIA/Illuminati programming centers have more than 600-700 different drugs at their disposal.
The following is a partial list of the drugs available for their mind-control (aka MK-Ultra Programming). They can make a person feel like he is in heaven, or burning in hell. The drugs are at times used with elaborate light, sound and motion shows that produce whatever effect the programmer wants to produce.
They can make a person believe he is shrinking, or that he is double (with mirrors), or that he is dying. Before describing how drugs are used for programming & control, let us list a few which we know have been used. This list comes from CIA documents obtained from the Freedom of Information Act and from what Multiples used as Programmers remember.
Many of the new synthetic drugs are known only to the Illuminati/Intelligence community:
HERBS
When the victim’s body is saturated with all the drugs they can assimilate, they will receive herbs, which often have a drug effect.
A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE USE
Religious groups, shamans, medicine men, witches and cults have been using mind altering drugs throughout history. The medieval witches used potions of hemlock and aconite for their flying ointments. These are herbs (natural drugs) which will create delirium. Contemporary witnesses reported that covens during the medieval ages would apply the potion of hemlock and aconite to cause their new witch to go delirious, and then would transport the person to the Sabbat, where they would be told they flew there.
The Haitian satanic Vodoun cult, which has been manipulated by the CIA/Illuminati, has sorcerers called bokors. The Vodoun cult in Haiti is being used for trauma-based mind control. One of the items of the cult is to take the plant Datura stramonium and add this plant with other things. The plant is the active ingredient of a potent psychoactive drug, the “zombi cucumber” which produces amnesia and a pseudo-death of the victim. The brain doesn’t die, but the mind is shut off.
The victim is brought back to life as a zombie--a slave of the bokor. The powder to create a zombi is called zombificant in French-creole. The ceremonies to kill and resurrect the zombie are full of magic and demonology also.
Magic, drugs and demonology have always gone hand in hand. Drugs remove the part of the will that prevents demonic possession. Drugs are considered powerful demonizing substances by the those skilled in Demonology. If demonic possession is seen as part of mind-control, then cocaine, hashish, crack, and some of the other drugs are part of the effort to enslave people. (The power of magic to kill, just as the power of faith can heal, will be discussed in chapter 10.)
In Basutoland in Drakersbergs, the Zulu witchdoctors use drugs and trauma to create tokoloshes (mind-controlled zombie slaves). It is said that in recent years, they are using less children and more baboons and monkeys to get tokoloshes. The point is that drugs have been and continue to be used by the occult world for controlling people.
The intelligence agencies working through the U.S. government financed drug research. An example is that Dr. Beecher of Harvard University was given via the U.S. Army Surgeon General’s Office $150,000 to investigate “the development and application of drugs which will aid in the establishment of psychological control.”
Research into drugs for mind-control began in 1947 at Bethesada Naval Hospital in Maryland. A CIA report described this research as to “isolate and synthesize pure drugs for use in effecting psychological entry and control of the individual.” At the California Medical Facility at Vacaville, Dr. Arthur Nugent, conducted research into drugs for mind control under the auspices of the CIA. The Bureau of Narcotics worked with the CIA to establish “safe houses” where drugs which were seized were given to victims. Some other hospitals which began working with the intelligence agencies with dispensing drugs for mind control include Mount Sinai Hospital, Boston Psychopathic Hospital, University of Illinois, University of Michigan, University of Minnesota, Valley Forge General Hospital, Detroit Psychopathic Clinic, Mayo Clinic, the National Institute of Health, and Letterman Hospital in the Presideo, CA.
The military did drug research/programming at the Army Chemical School in Ft. McClellan, AL and at the Edgewood Chemical Center. In 1958, Dr. Louis Gottschalk, working for the CIA suggested that addictive drugs be used to control people. Some GIs who became addicted to pain killing drugs were subsequently blackmailed by withholding the painkillers until they complied with the demands asked of them.
Cocaine has been frequently given to Monarch slaves to get them addicted and give their handlers more control over them. There is spray cocaine, and powdered cocaine, etc. Because the Monarch slaves are used to haul drugs and to launder the drug money, they are right in the middle of large supplies of drugs. If you hear the expression “The snow is falling” it is the Network’s lingo for cocaine.
Cocaine is reported to give people a feeling of power and to act as an aphrodisiac.
APPLICATIONS FOR DRUGS IN PROGRAMMING
Drugs are used during programming. Although drugs used to assist programming mean nothing to the common person, they each have a specific purpose within a certain type of programming.
Some specific uses for drugs during programming include:
At this point, it is appropriate to point out that the personalities of a multiple do not respond uniformly to the same dose of the same drug. Understanding how a drug will effect particular alters is a science in itself. If an alter is holding the body, it will receive more of the effect of a drug. Let’s say Paraldehyde is given to a multiple.
A possible reaction would be that some alters will feel no effect, some will be sedated to a drunken stupor, and child alters may be unconscious or hyperactive. Chloral hydrate might put some alters to sleep while others remain wide awake. Sometimes the personality holding the body may fight the influence of a drug to keep the body.
Prochlorperazine is sometimes given by therapists to help alters cope with nausea and vomiting. Most alters will be programmed not to accept drugs except from their master. Lithium suppresses alter switching in some systems. An alter to “protect” the system from the therapist’s helpful medications may develop “allergic” responses. Alcohol is a drug. The reaction of an alter System to it will again be varied. Child alters may become unconscious, while the adult alters don’t even become inebriated by large quantities of hard liquor.
Within males, dangerous violent personalities may take the body. Within the medical world, often an approximate correct dosage will work. However, with the programming the doses must be extremely fine tuned. Some of the best skilled medical doctors and assistants help with the programming. The Illuminati will initially give the small child a small dose of a drug. They will chart its effect, give it a urinalysis to see how long it stays in the body etc. This is just the testing stage, they are not doing any programming. A number of drugs will be tested, but only one at a time. They clear a child’s body of a drug before they give it another one. They prefer not to mix meds. They will start small to insure they don’t overdose and then increase the dosage until they notice the correct behavior pattern. This will be charted in detail on the slave’s chart.
Each child’s body chemistry is different, so the suggested dosages are only ball park figures which are not precise enough. If too much of a drug is given, the programmers can easily turn a child into a psychotic basket case.
One of the secrets of the Illuminati/Intelligence agencies is that they have secret antidotes for most medications, which, if they have to give them to a child, then they will. They will use an antidote, for instance, to keep a child from going into heart failure. The Programmers will have some helpful drugs and herbs on stock too. It is reported that Glutamic Acid (1000 mg. 3 times/day) will take care of the intense headaches that alters get from lots of switching.
Witch hazel leaves and comfrey root will help internal bleeding.
Putting people into trance
About 90% of the population can be placed into the somnambulistic (the deepest) hypnotic trance possible simply by giving them hypnotic drugs. The prior list on pages 47-50 gives over 2 dozen drugs that can be used to assist taking someone in hypnotic trance. Special drugs have been designed which will place someone into a deep trance very quickly.
If an alter is not being cooperative when they are accessed, they can be locked in place mentally and given a quick shot of a fast-acting hypnotic-inducing drug. One drug which was popular for programming was demerol, which would be administered intravenously (an IV). It takes about 5-7 minutes to take full effect after administration via an I.V.
The dosage can be administered so that the effect remains until the programming session is over. It may be administered about every half hour if appropriate. Children will receive 1 to 2.2 mg/kg dose. Another drug, a truth serum, also consistently works on people making them totally compliant to any directive. Under Baradanga people will give their bank account numbers and anything else a person might want.
These type of drugs are almost sufficient in themselves to get compliance out of a person. If one realizes that these drugs are used in conjunction to torture, elaborate systems of lies and deception, trauma-bonds, and all the rest of the sciences of mind-control used in the programming, it is easy to see how they are producing totally compliant human robots.
Teaching alters to go deeper into trance to escape drug effects and pain
Much of the training in this area is based upon the child’s horror and fear toward the all powerful master programmer. When the programmer wants the child’s alters to learn to trance deeper, he will give a drug that the alter doesn’t like. The child’s alter will then be told to go deeper into the mind if they want to escape the effect of the drug.
This enforces the dissociative state being trained for the alter. The suggestion or story line that is given to the alter is frequently the picture of a train. The child is told that the conductor is at the front of the train, but he must move to the back of the train through the train cars. The child is taught to count cars when they go by as if they were steps in the mind.
This is training the child to descend into deeper levels of the subconscious. The train illustration has been used by programmers when they want the child to remember the drug experience. The programmer wants this experience remembered--at least for a while because it helps increase the child’s fear.
If the programmer wants the child to forget the drug experience while learning trance depths, then the imagery of a plane taking off and disappearing in the clouds works.
Enhancing the trauma
Drugs will be used to enhance the spinning effect when the mind is being programmed to have vortexes and to set up traps within the slave’s mind. One particular drug enhances the trauma by 100 times.
Drugs can be useful for instance, to enhance a child’s terror of the experience of this child being placed in a small box in the fetal position for 24 hours. This helps shorten the programming time, and it also makes the programming more intense. The programmers know what antidotes to give to pull the child out of the enhancement. Marijuana enhances perception of color and noise, but it is not used to enhance trauma.
The mind does not program well under marijuana. That is why there has been such a big campaign to keep it illegal, even though many studies show it to be safer than alcohol.
Producing out of body experiences
Various hallucinogenic drugs, LSD included, will produce an out of body experience for the victim, if the drugs are administered correctly. The Programmer will prepare the victim with various information and story lines during the administration of the drug. Monarch slaves are being deprogrammed, they may have a memory where their skin feels inflamed and itchy, like a bad mosquito bite.
The experience may also have the sensation of floating in an unreal world. This may well be an LSD trip given the slave during experimentation and programming. The CIA was using LSD beginning in the very early part of the 1950s. Several victims report that some type of potion causes a person to dream while they are awake.
PCP which is “angel dust” is one way to disconnect the cortex from the limbic system and go into an altered state.
Creating pain
This is done with a long list of drugs. Drops of salt water and pepper water are applied to the eyes of victims to make their eyes sting. Another pain in the eye takes place when lights are flashed signalling, “I love you, I love you not.” The child is pulled two ways by this message.
Dr. Green (Mengele) enjoyed pulling daisy petals while saying these words. If the last petal was “I love you not,” the child would be put to death. Surviving children were left traumatized.
Creating blood vessels that hurt
Blood pressure is raised by drugs and then certain drugs are added which make the veins burn. The alter is taught to cut the burning veins. This is programming which is laid in to control the slave from straying from the script he or she is given.
If they stray, then a cutting program is activated which was laid in via a combination of drugs in the method just stated.
Controlling histamine production
The control of histamine production is an important secret ingredient to the Monarch Mind Control. The breast implants placed into women help stimulate histamine production, which is used in conjunction with drug-assisted programming (See Chapter 8.)
Helping create illusions such as no hands, no feet, no face, no head etc
A programmer working with a hallucinogenic drug can make an alter believe that it has lost a particular body part. Because most of these alters have little memory or no memory and little frame of reference, what they are told while under the influence of drugs seems very real to them.
Teaching alters to stay in position
Some alters don’t like to stay in position. But through the use of drugs, and the side effect of drugs, they soon learn the importance of staying in position. If they are disobedient, the memory of the bad side effects from not staying in position in the mind can be pulled up by a code and the alter can relive the pain from having disobediently moved from position.
This is very effective in teaching alters to stay in their little position that is assigned them in the mind.
To assist other programming modalities, such as high tech harmonic machines, which implant thoughts. (The machines are used in conjunction with designer drugs.) An example of how drugs can be important is as follows. The neurons in the hippocampus which is part of the memory process use acetylcholine.
Drugs that block acetylcholine interfere with memory. The neurons and the chemical neural transmitters are understood much better today. Where and how a thought is created in the brain is understood by the programmers in detail. No one is in a position to physically prevent the Illuminati and others from taking their children and others to labs where chemicals and harmonics can be used in sophisticated computer guided ways to implant thoughts into the children’s minds. As the child’s brain is shaped according to its environment, the level of everyday brain chemicals and the shape of the various areas of the brain can be determined by the programmers.
This is why a recent article on Prozac (Newsweek, Feb. 7, 1994) uses a quote from Alice In Wonderland for its title, “One pill makes you larger, and one pill makes you small”.
This article (on page 38) quotes brain researcher Restak,
“For the first time, we will be in a position to design our own brain.” On the previous page in big letters it reads, “Scientific insights into the brain are raising the prospect of made-to-order, off-the-shelf personalities.”
Another programming modality assisted by drugs is behavior modification. Aversion therapy using a vomit-inducing drug is used on children. Another example of drugs helping assist programming is to give someone LSD and then interview the child while it is hallucinating.
The hallucinations are then used as programming building blocks by using hypnotic techniques. One way to build on a LSD trip is to tell the child if they ever do a particular thing (such as touch programming, remember programming, and integrate parts, etc.) the victim is to go crazy and hallucinate like they are presently doing. This means that they will be locked up in a crazy house for the rest of their life.
Rather than be put in straight-jackets with other crazy people it would be better for the person to commit suicide. By constantly reinforcing this message, some alters will adopt the script “that they are doing the body good to kill it if any alter personality touches the programming,” because otherwise the body will be locked up in a crazy house.
Drugs are used in programming to establish a pattern or a script. There must be a pattern of dissociation. Parts can’t just dissociate into nothing, otherwise there would be nothing to build on. Drugs will play a major role in the structuring of the alter system, which is covered in chapter 7.
The child doesn’t know where the effect of the drug is coming from. The programmer will take credit for the power of the drug. Whoever administers the drug has power in the child’s mind. The mind wants to be safe. I am familiar with a recent example here in Oregon of someone who escaped from being sacrificed at a Satanic Ritual.
The legal system told the woman she was crazy when she reported to the police that she had escaped from a Satanic Ritual where they were going to sacrifice her. To control her, the judge ordered 3 types of antipsychotics, twice the normal dose of two kinds of lithium carbonate to put her into a lethargic stupor, Paxil as an antidepressant, and Benztropine mesylate as an antiparkinsonian agent. The antipsychotics were Thiothixene, Thioridazine hydrochloride, and Perphenazine which are all addictive.
This woman may or may not be a multiple. But this clearly shows the type of mental control via drugs that could be slapped onto someone who dares report Satanic activity to an establishment which has been sadly corrupted from top to bottom. One victim of government mind control tried to get free. The first psychiatrist the person tried to go to was cooperating with U.S. Intelligence and gave her Stelazine, which aggravated the victim’s situation.
When the victim spied a general’s uniform in the closet of this psychiatrist, she got another psychiatrist, who unfortunately turned out to be an ex-DoD employee. He placed her on Haldol Decanoate, Klonopin, and Benzatropine. The combined effect of these drugs is to erase memory, and create a dissociative disorder.
All of the drugs were highly addicted. Another fleeing victim was given Trazodone by a physician who was cooperating with the Intelligence agencies. This almost gave the victim a heart attack because it aggravated her heart condition. And yet another escaping victim apparently also fell prey to dirty CIA doctors who were practicing in public without warning people of their intelligence connections.
This victim was given a combination of Compazine and Xanax, in dosages that the Physicians Desk Reference warns against. The doctor, who prescribed this, worked out of an office named after an MK Ultra programmer. There are other important things to mention about when drugs are used in Monarch programming.
Some of the cautions that the programmers are alert to include:
a. watching the heart so that it doesn’t stop. Many of the children who have been programmed have died from heart failure. The programmers are very careful to have heart monitors on the victim, and to have paddles ready to revive the body. Because so much of their drugging affects the heart, they accept that they will lose a few to heart failure.
b. making sure that drugs aren’t given to children who are allergic to them. The programmers take the time to insure that they have the family histories of allergies to drugs, and they will test the children too, before proceeding with drugs. They not only learn the family & individual responses to drugs, but they can test during programming to determine a drug’s blood level in a child. For instance, pentobarbital at a blood level of 5 mcg/ml aids hypnosis, at 15 makes the victim comatose with reflexes, and at 30 makes the person comatose w/ extreme difficulty in breathing. In everyday life, 30 mcg/ml would kill the child. Pentobarbital blood levels can be tested by an enzyme multiplied immunoassay technique. For longer-acting Phenobarbital gas chromatography is used. TCA’s are tested by radioimmunoassay, high-perf. liquid chromatography & thin layer chromatography. Some hypnotics are tested by colorimetry, photometry, & spectrophotometry.
c. switching to herbs when the body is saturated with drugs. When the child’s body has had all the manufactured drugs it can absorb, the programmers switch to a vast collection of natural herbs.
d. providing the antidote for AIDS. Monarch slaves are routinely given the antidote for AIDS and have been since the 1960s-1970s.
e. knowing how much of a drug each part can take, small young alters can’t take as much. Multiples within a single system have varying levels of tolerance toward drugs. A small child alter may be killed by an adult dosage, even though the age of the body is that of an adult. The programmers are acutely aware of how to deal with multiple personalities.
f. providing salt to balance the electrolytes in the mind of a programmed multiple personality. An electrolyte imbalance can cause a multiple personality’s mind to go wacky and start spinning. The Multiple could possibly go into shock and die. The programmers are very experienced in understanding the unique requirements of a multiple personality.
g. An important plant extract for watching brain wave activity is the large plant enzyme horseradish peroxidase (HRP).
Perhaps it would be worthwhile to briefly mention that all the major chemical and drug companies are run by the Illuminati.
It would take a book to explain who controls what and how they connect in, and this author could write it. Instead, we will try to give a quick over view. Rather than cover 2 dozen large drug companies, three major drug companies have been randomly selected to show a quick view of how all the drug companies are deeply involved with Monarch mind-control programming.
Since the purpose of this book is to show how the mind control is done--this sample of names is given only to convey to the reader that the drugs that the Illuminati/Intelligence agencies need are never in short supply.
And the labs to develop designer drugs for mind-control are not in short supply either.
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2020.09.13 14:46 zombie_wonderland Some good fantasy books with a strong heroine

Fantasy literature has come a long way since the boys club of The Lord of the Rings (which I’m a fan of, but let’s be honest here).

24. The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson - 2011

Book 1 of 4 in the Fire and Thorns series
Once a century, one person is chosen for greatness.
Elisa is the chosen one. But she is also the younger of two princesses. The one who has never done anything remarkable, and can’t see how she ever will.
Now, on her sixteenth birthday, she has become the secret wife of a handsome and worldly king—a king whose country is in turmoil. A king who needs her to be the chosen one, not a failure of a princess.
And he’s not the only one who seeks her. Savage enemies, seething with dark magic, are hunting her. A daring, determined revolutionary thinks she could be his people’s savior, and he looks at her in a way that no man has ever looked at her before. Soon it is not just her life, but her very heart that is at stake.
Elisa could be everything to those who need her most. If the prophecy is fulfilled. If she finds the power deep within herself. If she doesn’t die young. Most of the chosen do.
“A smart, complex fantasy with stellar characters… Carson’s mature writing style, thoughtful storytelling, appealing characters and surprising twists add up to a page-turner.”
—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

23. The Deed of Paksenarrion by Elizabeth Moon - 1988

Paksenarrion, a simple sheepfarmer’s daughter, yearns for a life of adventure and glory, such as was known to heroes in songs and story. At age seventeen she runs away from home to join a mercenary company and begins her epic life.
Book One: Paks is trained as a mercenary and introduced to the life of a soldier, as well as the followers of Gird, the soldier’s god.
Book Two: Paks leaves the Duke’s company to follow the path of Gird alone—and on her lonely quests encounters the other sentient races of her world.
Book Three: Paks the warrior must learn to live with Paks the human. She undertakes a holy quest for a lost elven prince that brings the gods’ wrath down on her and tests her very limits.
“This trilogy builds in power and intensity… all the sweep and majesty of the finest heroic fantasy.”
—VOYA

22. Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo - 2012

Book 1 of 3 in The Shadow and Bone Trilogy
Orphaned and expendable, Alina Starkov is a soldier who knows she may not survive her first trek across the Shadow Fold, a swath of unnatural darkness crawling with monsters. But when her regiment is attacked, Alina unleashes dormant magic not even she knew she possessed.
Now Alina will enter a lavish world of royalty and intrigue as she trains with the Grisha, her country’s magical military elite—and falls under the spell of their notorious leader, the Darkling. He believes Alina can summon a force capable of destroying the Shadow Fold and reuniting their war-ravaged country, but only if she can master her untamed gift.
As the threat to the kingdom mounts and Alina unlocks the secrets of her past, she will make a dangerous discovery that could threaten all she loves and the very future of a nation.
“This is what fantasy is for.”
—The New York Times Book Review

21. The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson - 2006

Book 1 of 3 in the Mistborn series (EDIT: 3 changed from incorrect 5)
For a thousand years the ash fell and no flowers bloomed. For a thousand years the Skaa slaved in misery and lived in fear. For a thousand years the Lord Ruler, the “Sliver of Infinity,” reigned with absolute power and ultimate terror, divinely invincible. Then, when hope was so long lost that not even its memory remained, a terribly scarred, heart-broken half-Skaa rediscovered it in the depths of the Lord Ruler’s most hellish prison.
Kelsier “snapped” and found in himself the powers of a Mistborn. A brilliant thief and natural leader, he turned his talents to the ultimate caper, with the Lord Ruler himself as the mark. Kelsier recruited the underworld’s elite, the smartest and most trustworthy allomancers, each of whom shares one of his many powers, and all of whom relish a high-stakes challenge. Only then does he reveal his ultimate dream, not just the greatest heist in history, but the downfall of the divine despot. But even with the best criminal crew ever assembled, Kel’s plan looks more like the ultimate long shot, until luck brings a ragged girl named Vin into his life.
Like him, she’s a half-Skaa orphan, but she’s lived a much harsher life. Vin has learned to expect betrayal from everyone she meets, and gotten it. She will have to learn to trust, if Kel is to help her master powers of which she never dreamed.
“Intrigue, politics, and conspiracies mesh complexly in a world Sanderson realizes in satisfying depth and peoples with impressive characters.”
―Booklist

20. Graceling by Kristin Cashore - 2008

Book 1 of 3 in the Graceling Realm series
The YA book Graceling tells the story of Katsa, who is smart and beautiful and lives in the Seven Kingdoms where selected people are born with a Grace, a special talent that can be anything at all. Katsa’s Grace is killing. As the king’s niece, she is forced to use her extreme skills as his brutal enforcer. Until the day she meets Prince Po, who is Graced with combat skills, and Katsa’s life begins to change. She never expects to become Po’s friend. She never expects to learn a new truth about her own Grace—or about a terrible secret that lies hidden far away… a secret that could destroy all seven kingdoms with words alone.
“Cashore strikes a strong balance between adventure, drama and romance–bloody battles and sexual tension co-exist in equal measure.”
—BookPage

19. The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O. by Neal Stephenson and Nicole Galland - 2017

The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O. is brilliant, fast-paced, and will give you sore wrists because it’s a thick, heavy book, but you will not want to put it down.
An expert in ancient languages is hired by a mysterious government agency to translate some documents that suggest that magic actually once existed in the world. But the advance of science caused magic to disappear in 1851. However, the existence of a two-hundred-year-old witch and some fancy technology allow a limited amount of magic to occur in this world, and soon the language expert and others are being sent back in time to repair history. And, if they’re lucky, bring magic back to the world.
“Quantum physics, witchcraft, and multiple groups with conflicting agendas, playfully mixed with vernacular from several centuries and a dizzying number of acronyms, create a fascinating experiment in speculation and metafiction that never loses sight of the human foibles and affections of its cast.”
—Publishers Weekly

18. Soulless by Gail Carriger - 2009

Book 1 of 5 in The Parasol Protectorate series
Alexia Tarabotti is laboring under a great many social tribulations. First, she has no soul. Second, she’s a spinster whose father is both Italian and dead. Third, she was rudely attacked by a vampire, breaking all standards of social etiquette.
Where to go from there? From bad to worse, for Alexia accidentally kills the vampire, and then the appalling Lord Maccon (loud, messy, gorgeous, and a werewolf) is sent by Queen Victoria to investigate.
With unexpected vampires appearing and expected vampires disappearing, everyone seems to believe Alexia responsible. Can she figure out what is actually happening to London’s high society? Will her soulless ability to negate supernatural powers prove useful or just plain embarrassing? Finally, who is the real enemy, and do they have treacle tart?
“Carriger debuts brilliantly with a blend of Victorian romance, screwball comedy of manners and alternate history. . . . This intoxicatingly witty parody will appeal to a wide cross-section of romance, fantasy and steampunk fans.”
―Publishers Weekly (starred review)

17. Wicked by Gregory Maguire - 1995

Book 1 of 4 in the Wicked Years series
Wicked is about a land where animals talk and strive to be treated like first-class citizens, Munchkinlanders seek the comfort of middle-class stability, and the Tin Man becomes a victim of domestic violence. And then there is the little green-skinned girl named Elphaba, who will grow up to be the infamous Wicked Witch of the West, a smart, prickly, and misunderstood creature who challenges all our preconceived notions about the nature of good and evil.
Elphaba’s name comes from “L. Frank Baum,” the author of the Oz books.
This New York Times bestseller is the basis for the smash hit Tony Award-winning Broadway musical.

16. Fair Peril by Nancy Springer - 1996

Buffy—a fat, 40ish, divorced mother—encounters a talking frog and, ignoring the warnings of fairy tales, does not turn the frog back into a prince. Trouble ensues when Buffy’s rebellious teenage daughter Emily does kiss the frog; soon she and handsome Prince Adamus disappear into the enchanted land of Fair Peril. It is up to Buffy to rescue Emily and, in the process, learn that magic does exist in the most ordinary of lives.
[A]n eccentric, charming fantasy that combines fairy tale with a smack of satire… a hilarious blend of feminism and fantasy in this heartfelt story of the power of a mother’s love.”
—Publishers Weekly

15. Ship of Magic by Robin Hobb - 1998

Book 1 of 3 in the Liveship Traders Trilogy
Bingtown is a hub of exotic trade and home to a merchant nobility famed for its liveships—rare vessels carved from wizardwood, which ripens magically into sentient awareness. Now the fortunes of one of Bingtown’s oldest families rest on the newly awakened liveship Vivacia.
For Althea Vestrit, the ship is her rightful legacy. For Althea’s young nephew, wrenched from his religious studies and forced to serve aboard the ship, the Vivacia is a life sentence. But the fate of the ship—and the Vestrits—may ultimately lie in the hands of an outsider: the ruthless buccaneer captain Kennit, who plans to seize power over the Pirate Isles by capturing a liveship and bending it to his will.
“A truly extraordinary saga… The characterizations are consistently superb, and [Hobb] animates everything with love for and knowledge of the sea.”
—Booklist

14. Moon Called by Patricia Briggs - 2006

Book 1 of 12 in the Mercy Thompson series
Mercy Thompson is a shapeshifter, and while she was raised by werewolves, she can never be one of them, especially after the pack ran her off for having a forbidden love affair. So she’s turned her talent for fixing cars into a business and now runs a one-woman mechanic shop in the Tri-Cities area of Washington State.
But Mercy’s two worlds are colliding. A half-starved teenage boy arrives at her shop looking for work, only to reveal that he’s a newly changed werewolf, on the run and desperately trying to control his animal instincts. Mercy asks her neighbor, the Alpha of the local werewolf pack, for assistance.
But Mercy’s act of kindness has unexpected consequences that leave her no choice but to seek help from those she once considered family—the werewolves who abandoned her…
“In the increasingly crowded field of kick-ass supernatural heroines, Mercy stands out as one of the best.”
—Locus

13. The Screaming Staircase by Jonathan Stroud - 2013

Book 1 of 5 in the Lockwood & Co series
A sinister Problem has occurred in London: all nature of ghosts, haunts, spirits, and specters are appearing throughout the city, and they aren’t exactly friendly. Only young people have the psychic abilities required to see and eradicate these supernatural foes. Many different Psychic Detection Agencies have cropped up to handle the dangerous work, and they are in fierce competition for business.
In The Screaming Staircase, the plucky and talented Lucy Carlyle teams up with Anthony Lockwood, the charismatic leader of Lockwood & Co, a small agency that runs independent of any adult supervision. After an assignment leads to both a grisly discovery and a disastrous end, Lucy, Anthony, and their sarcastic colleague, George, are forced to take part in the perilous investigation of Combe Carey Hall, one of the most haunted houses in England. Will Lockwood & Co. survive the Hall’s legendary Screaming Staircase and Red Room to see another day?
“The genuinely likable members of Lockwood & Co. persevere through the evil machinations of the living and the dead and manage to come out with their skins, and their senses of humor, intact.”
—School Library Journal

12. The Wee Free Men by Terry Pratchett - 2003

Book 1 of 5 in the Tiffany Aching series
A Discworld novel
Armed only with a frying pan and her common sense, Tiffany Aching, a young witch-to-be, is all that stands between the monsters of Fairyland and the warm, green Chalk country that is her home. Forced into Fairyland to seek her kidnapped brother, Tiffany allies herself with the Chalk’s local Nac Mac Feegle, aka the Wee Free Men, a clan of sheep-stealing, sword-wielding, six-inch-high blue men who are as fierce as they are funny.
Together, they battle through an eerie and ever-shifting landscape, fighting brutal flying fairies, dream-spinning dromes, and grimhounds (black dogs with eyes of fire and teeth of razors) before ultimately confronting the Queen of the Elves, absolute ruler of a world in which reality intertwines with nightmare. And in the final showdown, Tiffany must face her cruel power alone.
“Like Celtic mythology fused with ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer.’”
—New York Times Book Review

11. The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms by N.K. Jemisin - 2010

Book 1 of 4 in the Inheritance series
Yeine Darr is an outcast from the barbarian north. When her mother dies under mysterious circumstances, she is summoned to the majestic city of Sky. There, to her shock, Yeine is named an heiress to the king. But the throne of the Hundred Thousand Kingdoms is not easily won, and Yeine is thrust into a vicious power struggle with cousins she never knew she had. As she fights for her life, she draws ever closer to the secrets of her mother’s death and her family’s bloody history.
“Multifaceted characters struggle with their individual burdens and desires, creating a complex, edge-of-your-seat story with plenty of funny, scary, and bittersweet twists.”
—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

10. A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin - 1996

Book 1 of 5 in the A Song of Fire and Ice series
Winter is coming. Such is the stern motto of House Stark, the northernmost of the fiefdoms that owe allegiance to King Robert Baratheon in far-off King’s Landing. There, Eddard Stark of Winterfell rules in Robert’s name. There his family dwells in peace and comfort: his proud wife, Catelyn; his sons Robb, Brandon, and Rickon; his daughters Sansa and Arya; and his bastard son, Jon Snow.
Far to the north, behind the towering Wall, lie savage Wildings and worse—unnatural things relegated to myth during the centuries-long summer, but proving all too real and all too deadly in the turning of the season. Yet a more immediate threat lurks to the south, where Jon Arryn, the Hand of the King, has died under mysterious circumstances. Now Robert is riding north to Winterfell, bringing his queen, the lovely but cold Cersei, his son, the cruel, vainglorious Prince Joffrey, and the queen’s brothers Jaime and Tyrion of the powerful and wealthy House Lannister—the first a swordsman without equal, the second a dwarf whose stunted stature belies a brilliant mind. All are heading for Winterfell and a fateful encounter that will change the course of kingdoms.
Meanwhile, across the Narrow Sea, Prince Viserys, heir of the fallen House Targaryen, which once ruled all of Westeros, schemes to reclaim the throne with an army of barbarian Dothraki—whose loyalty he will purchase in the only coin left to him: his beautiful yet innocent sister, Daenerys (the strong heroine of this book).
“Martin makes a triumphant return to high fantasy… [with] superbly developed characters, accomplished prose, and sheer bloodymindedness.”
—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

9. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle - 1962

Book 1 of 5 in the Time Quintet series
It was a dark and stormy night; Meg Murry, her younger brother Charles Wallace, and her mother had come down to the kitchen for a midnight snack when they were upset by the arrival of a most disturbing stranger.
“Wild nights are my glory,” the unearthly stranger told them. “I just got caught in a downdraft and blown off course. Let me sit down for a moment, and then I’ll be on my way. Speaking of ways, by the way, there is such a thing as a tesseract.”
“An exhilarating experience.”
―Kirkus Reviews

8. The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell - 2014

Following a terrible fight with her mother over her boyfriend, fifteen-year-old Holly Sykes slams the door on her family and her old life. But Holly is no typical teenage runaway: a sensitive child once contacted by voices she knew only as “the radio people,” Holly is a lightning rod for psychic phenomena. Now, as she wanders deeper into the English countryside, visions and coincidences reorder her reality until they assume the aura of a nightmare brought to life.
For Holly has caught the attention of a cabal of dangerous mystics—and their enemies. But her lost weekend is merely the prelude to a shocking disappearance that leaves her family irrevocably scarred. This unsolved mystery will echo through every decade of Holly’s life, affecting all the people Holly loves—even the ones who are not yet born.
A Cambridge scholarship boy grooming himself for wealth and influence, a conflicted father who feels alive only while reporting on the war in Iraq, a middle-aged writer mourning his exile from the bestseller list—all have a part to play in this surreal, invisible war on the margins of our world. From the medieval Swiss Alps to the nineteenth-century Australian bush, from a hotel in Shanghai to a Manhattan townhouse in the near future, their stories come together in moments of everyday grace and extraordinary wonder.
“Intensely compelling… fantastically witty… offers up a rich selection of domestic realism, gothic fantasy and apocalyptic speculation.”
—The Washington Post

7. Who Fears Death by Nnedi Okorafor - 2010

In a post-apocalyptic Africa, the world has changed in many ways; yet in one region, genocide between tribes still bloodies the land. A woman who has survived the annihilation of her village and a terrible rape by an enemy general wanders into the desert, hoping to die. Instead, she gives birth to an angry baby girl with hair and skin the color of sand. Gripped by the certainty that her daughter is different—special—she names her Onyesonwu, which means “Who fears death?” in an ancient language.
It doesn’t take long for Onye to understand that she is physically and socially marked by the circumstances of her conception. She is Ewu—a child of rape who is expected to live a life of violence, a half-breed rejected by her community. But Onye is not the average Ewu. Even as a child, she manifests the beginnings of a remarkable and unique magic. As she grows, so do her abilities, and during an inadvertent visit to the spirit realm, she learns something terrifying: someone powerful is trying to kill her.
Desperate to elude her would-be murderer and to understand her own nature, she embarks on a journey in which she grapples with nature, tradition, history, true love, and the spiritual mysteries of her culture, and ultimately learns why she was given the name she bears: Who Fears Death.
“Both wondrously magical and terribly realistic.”
—The Washington Post

6. Lady of Sherwood by Jennifer Roberson - 1999

Robert of Locksley, the handsome son of a respected earl, has long battled the tyranny of Prince John—a man as weak as he is cruel. Now that power has shifted even more firmly into John’s hands, Robert has no choice but to fight as an outlaw… as Robin Hood.
Lady Marian of Ravenskeep has fled into the depths of Sherwood Forest. There, amid wild woods, she will be transformed from lady to warrior—as Robin Hood’s partner in stealing John’s gold. But all who breathe know the penalty for such theft is hanging. As the sheriff’s army pursues them, Robin Hood and Marian face danger at every turn, and discover a shared passion that will join their hearts forever.
“[An] excellent adventure about Marian and Robin Hood that combines aspects of the romantic, fantasy and historical novel… Exciting and satisfying.”
—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

5. The Salt Roads by Nalo Hopkinson - 2003

In 1804, shortly before the Caribbean island of Saint Domingue is renamed Haiti, a group of women gather to bury a stillborn baby. Led by a lesbian healer and midwife named Mer, the women’s lamentations inadvertently release the dead infant’s “unused vitality” to draw Ezili—the Afro-Caribbean goddess of sexual desire and love—into the physical world.
As Ezili explores her newfound powers, she travels across time and space to inhabit the midwife’s body—as well as those of Jeanne, a mixed-race dancer and the mistress of Charles Baudelaire living in 1880s Paris, and Meritet, an enslaved Greek-Nubian prostitute in ancient Alexandria.
Bound together by Ezili and “the salt road” of their sweat, blood, and tears, the three women struggle against a hostile world, unaware of the goddess’s presence in their lives. Despite her magic, Mer suffers as a slave on a sugar plantation until Ezili plants the seeds of uprising in her mind. Jeanne slowly succumbs to the ravages of age and syphilis when her lover is unable to escape his mother’s control. And Meritet, inspired by Ezili, flees her enslavement and makes a pilgrimage to Egypt, where she becomes known as Saint Mary.
“[S]exy, disturbing, touching, wildly comic… tour de force.”
—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

4. Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind by Hayao Miyazaki - 1982

This manga is by famed animator Hayao Miazaki, creator of such epics as Spirited Away, My Neighbor Totoro, and Princess Mononoke. He’s amazing.
Nausicaä, a young princess, has an empathic bond with the giant Ohmu insects and animals of every creed. She fights to create tolerance, understanding, and patience among empires that are fighting over the world’s remaining precious natural resources

3. Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder - 2005

Book 1 of 6 in the Soulfinders series
Locked deep in the palace dungeon for killing her abuser, Yelena knows she’ll never be free again. The laws in Ixia are strict, and murderers must be executed, no matter the reason. But just as she’s resigned herself to her fate, she’s offered an extraordinary reprieve.
As the food taster, Yelena will eat the best meals, have rooms in the palace—and risk assassination by anyone trying to kill the Commander of Ixia. To make matters worse, the chief of security deliberately feeds her Butterfly’s Dust, and only by appearing for her daily antidote will she delay an agonizing death from the poison.
As Yelena tries to escape her new dilemma, disasters keep mounting. Rebels plot to seize Ixia and Yelena develops magical powers she can’t control. Her life is threatened again, and in order to survive, she must unravel the secrets behind the past she’s been running from.
“[T]his is one of those rare books that will keep readers dreaming long after they’ve read it.”
—Publishers Weekly

2. Magic Bites by Ilona Andrews - 2007

Book 1 of 10 in the Kate Daniels series
Kate Daniels is a down-on-her-luck mercenary who makes her living cleaning up magical problems. But when Kate’s guardian is murdered, her quest for justice draws her into a power struggle between two strong factions within Atlanta’s magic circles. Pressured by both sides to find the killer, Kate realizes she’s way out of her league—but she wouldn’t want it any other way.
“Kate is a great kick-ass heroine.”
—Locus

1. The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman - 1995

Book 1 of 3 in the His Dark Materials series
Lyra is rushing to the cold, far North, where witch clans and armored bears rule. North, where the Gobblers take the children they steal—including her friend Roger. North, where her fearsome uncle Asriel is trying to build a bridge to a parallel world.
Can one small girl make a difference in such great and terrible endeavors? This is Lyra: a savage, a schemer, a liar, and as fierce and true a champion as Roger or Asriel could want.
But what Lyra doesn’t know is that to help one of them will be to betray the other…
“Superb… all-stops-out thrilling.”
—The Washington Post
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2020.08.19 13:19 finnagains Hollywood's Apocalypse NOW: Rich and famous are fleeing in droves as liberal politics and coronavirus turn City of Dreams into cesspit plagued by junkies and violent criminals - By Caroline Graham (Daily Mail) 15 Aug 2020

Gold's Gym has become synonymous with the Hollywood Dream.
Set just a few hundred yards from the ocean in sun-kissed Venice Beach, Los Angeles, Gold's was the backdrop for Pumping Iron, the 1977 documentary which followed a young, unknown Austrian bodybuilder called Arnold Schwarzenegger as he prepared for the Mr Universe contest.
The film turned him into an overnight sensation. He would go on to become a global superstar, marry a member of the Kennedy clan, and become Governor of California.
Yet today Gold's sits amid post-apocalyptic scenes which have consumed much of LA, turning the City of Dreams into an urban nightmare from which people are fleeing in droves.
A makeshift tent city made up of flapping tarpaulins and cardboard boxes surrounds the gym on all sides.
Junkies and the homeless, many of whom are clearly mentally ill, walk the palm-lined streets like zombies – all just three blocks from multi-million-dollar homes overlooking the Pacific.
Stolen bicycles are piled high on pavements littered with broken syringes.
TV bulletins are filled with horror stories from across the city; of women being attacked during their morning jog or residents returning home to find strangers defecating in their front gardens.
Today, Los Angeles is a city on the brink. 'For Sale' signs are seemingly dotted on every suburban street as the middle classes, particularly those with families, flee for the safer suburbs, with many choosing to leave LA altogether.
British-born Danny O'Brien runs Watford Moving & Storage. 'There is a mass exodus from Hollywood,' he says.
'And a lot of it is to do with politics.' His business is booming. 'August has already set records and we are only halfway through the month,' he tells me.
'People are getting out in droves. Last week I moved a prominent person in the music industry from a $6.5 million [£5 million] mansion above Sunset Boulevard to Nashville.'
O'Brien, 58, who moved to LA from London 34 years ago, is also planning to move to Tennessee.
'Liberal politics has destroyed this city,' he says. 'The homeless encampments are legal and there's nothing the police can do. White, affluent middle-class folk are getting out. People don't feel safe any more.'
With movie studios still shuttered because of the coronavirus pandemic and businesses only just starting to remove the wooden boards put up after city-wide rioting following the death of George Floyd while being arrested by three white officers in Minneapolis, LA is now in the grip of white flight.
Lou Ferrigno became friends with Schwarzenegger when both worked out at Gold's. While he might not be quite a household name like Arnie, Ferrigno starred in the TV series The Incredible Hulk and became one of the wealthiest bodybuilders in the world, with a fortune of $12 million.
President Donald Trump appointed him to his council on fitness, sports and nutrition in 2018.
But Ferrigno, for all his impeccable connections, has become fed up with what he describes as the 'dramatic decline' in LA. He and wife Carla recently sold their £3 million home in Santa Monica and moved into a 7,146 sq ft mansion two hours north of LA.
Carla says: 'One morning around 7am I opened the curtains in our beautiful Santa Monica home and looking up at me from our driveway were three gang members with tattoos on their faces sitting on our retaining wall. They were cat-calling me and being vulgar. I motioned I was going to call the police and they just laughed, flicking their tongues at me and showing me their guns.'
Her husband added: 'We put the house up for sale after 40 wonderful years and moved north. We feel lucky to have made it out. Now we are in a wonderful place and very happy.'
Renee Taylor, an Oscar-nominated screenwriter and actress who appeared in the hit TV sitcom The Nanny, recently sold her Beverly Hills home after half a century and moved to the East Coast.
'I feel so sad for my friends left in Beverly Hills who had to suffer through looting and rioting,' she says. 'I got out just in time.'
The virus only made matters worse. There are homeless encampments in some of the most instantly recognisable tourist traps.
Stretches of Hollywood Boulevard – embedded with glittering stars representing those who achieved their dream of fame and fortune – resemble a Third World shanty town rather than the heart of America's second-largest city.
Outside the Chinese Theatre where Marilyn Monroe and other screen icons are immortalised by their handprints in concrete, the Michael Jackson and Superman lookalikes who usually pose with tourists have been replaced by vagrants begging for change.
Meanwhile, the visitors snap photos of a large Black Lives Matter logo painted down the middle of the street.
Car parks beside the beach in Santa Monica – a popular tourist destination for Britons – are filled with bashed-up motorhomes, each housing several people.
The authorities have even put portable toilets on the streets to try to stop the homeless relieving themselves on private property.
The Westwood area of LA, home to some of the most upmarket blocks of flats in the city, has been renamed 'West Hood' by locals appalled by rising crime.
Veteran publicist Ed Lozzi says: 'The city was changing before coronavirus brought us to our knees. The homeless problem has been escalating for years, exacerbated by weak politicians making bad decisions.
'Hollywood has always been the wokest of the woke, so politicians have done nothing to stop people sleeping on the streets. It's not illegal and the weather's nice, so they keep coming.
'There is insufficient housing, inadequate mental health care. Add in Covid and it's a perfect storm.
'When I first arrived in LA 40 years ago, the town smelled of orange blossoms. Now the streets stink of urine. There is a beautiful park in Westwood but you can't go there because there are people slumped on the ground and you step on a carpet of needles.
'White flight is real. The elites and middle classes are leaving. People are taking losses on the sales of their homes to get out.'
The divide between rich and poor has never been more glaring. Just yards away from Gold's sits the sprawling LA headquarters of internet giant Google.
The car park is housed in a building designed by architect Frank Gehry to look like a giant pair of binoculars. Private security guards wander round as a handful of employees returning after lockdown drive into the complex in their Teslas, Porsches and Range Rovers.
Charity worker Robert (he declined to give his last name) mans two portable toilets opposite the Google HQ. Recently released from jail, this menial job is the only work he can get. He says two people have overdosed in the toilets in the past two weeks.
'I have a Narcan pen which brings them back to life after they overdose on opioids. I've had to use the pen twice since the beginning of August.
'The situation is terrible. I don't blame those who can afford to get out of the city for doing so.'
Some 66,000 people now sleep rough every night in LA – up 12.5 per cent on last year.
'There's no hope any more,' he continues. 'The rich are getting richer and there's nothing for those on Skid Row. Trump has done nothing to help the poor. All he cares about are his rich friends making more money. If I had money I'd get out too.'
The pandemic has made many in Hollywood realise they don't need to live in LA – or anywhere near it – to keep working.
Talent manager Craig Dorfman has moved to upstate New York. 'A lot of people in the industry are re-evaluating their lives and saying,
'You know, I never really loved LA. Where would I like to live? Because I can do what I want to do from anywhere,' ' says Dorfman.
Fashion stylist Leah Forester and her film producer husband Bill Johnson have rented out their home and moved to the Mexican beach town of Careyes with their two children.
'We wanted to be in the most healthy, supportive and serene environment we could be in so that we could have some sense of control over our immediate surroundings and our destiny,' says Forester.
Comedian Joe Rogan, who makes $30 million a year from his self-titled podcast, has quit LA for Texas and says: 'When you look at the traffic, when you look at the economic despair, when you look at the homelessness problem that's accelerated radically… I think there are too many people here.
'I think it's not tenable. I don't think that it's manageable.'
Ironically, the celebrity enclave of Malibu – home to such leading members of the 'wokerati' as Leonardo DiCaprio – has cracked down hard on the homeless, bringing in local laws to prevent people parking their motorhomes along the beach overnight.
'They've kicked the homeless problem into other areas of the city like Westwood and Venice,' says publicist Ed Lozzi. 'It's a classic case of 'not in my back yard'.'
Meanwhile, some of Tinseltown's biggest stars are developing back-up plans, should the situation worsen. Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson recently took Greek citizenship and have told friends they intend to spend more time in Europe.
Producer Dana Brunetti, business partner of disgraced actor Kevin Spacey and producer of the Fifty Shades Of Grey films, has acquired Italian citizenship 'because Italy is part of the EU – it gives me a lot of options if the s*** hits the fan'.
Nicole Kidman and husband Keith Urban have homes in LA, Nashville and her native Australia.
A source says: 'They have been spending a lot of time in Nashville. There they can give their kids a more normal upbringing. They have been talking about getting rid of the LA place.'
When the news broke last week that Prince Harry and Meghan have chosen to make their home two hours north of LA in the upmarket hamlet of Montecito, the news shocked no one.
One Oscar-nominated writer told me: 'They saw enough of LA those times they left Tyler Perry's house to make them not want to raise Archie in a place like this. LA has always attracted beautiful and talented people from around the world who come here looking for fame or money or both.
'Now the streets look like Haiti after the earthquake. It's dirty, dangerous and work has dried up. Even when studios start to open up, people will choose to work from other places.'
The most recent high-profile name to quit Hollywood is Tesla billionaire Elon Musk, a darling of the showbusiness crowd. Actor Robert Downey Jr has said it was Musk who inspired his portrayal of Tony Stark, the eccentric billionaire inventor in the Iron Man movies.
Musk has recently sold his compound of four homes in Bel Air for a combined total of $62 million (£47 million) and is said to be considering a move to Texas, where he is building Tesla's $1 billion new factory.
'When the real-life Iron Man moves out of Hollywood , you know it's all over,' says a source at one of the major studios.
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2020.08.13 08:49 tmcsyd098 anyone in Haiti?

anyone in Haiti?
Is there anyone in Haiti at the moment that can help me with a project? Please ! Wont take more than a minute of your time but would mean the world to me...
So basically I'm making a project from my partner where I'm collecting handwritten photos of notes from around the world saying "Brett, Natasha's love for you is so big it reached (city, country)". Held up in front of a background representative of the country. I've been trying to get every country in the world 🙏🏼 Hope you can help!

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2020.08.09 19:40 -HeyMrRager Hector ‘Chirola’ Yazalde: Golden Boot Winner and Sporting CP Legend

Growing up in Buenos Aires
Hector ‘Chirola’ Yazalde was born in Villa Fiorito, Argentina on 29th May 1946. The sixth of eight children to Pedro Yazalde and Petrona Luna, Chirola was raised in the same neighbourhood as Diego Maradona. As a child he would spend hours upon hours — like most children in Buenos Aires — playing football with his brothers and friends on the streets, embedding a love for the game at an early age.
Growing up, despite possessing a love for football, Chirola had aspirations of becoming a doctor. Although a tentative student, his family could never afford to provide him with the necessary learning material and, at the age of thirteen, Chirola’s education was cut short to help provide for his family. He began selling newspapers and bananas, and later broken ice, on street corners. When his day was finished the little boy would run home with dozens of little coins (known as Chirolas) from the sales and give them to his father. It became a constant sight, every evening without fail, to see that tall skinny frame running home with pockets full of pennies and coins alike, and a nickname he later adored soon stuck.
Despite working long hours Chirola still found time for football. Once his earnings had been delivered to his father, he would often head back out into the night to play for local amateur teams. Coming up against players twice his age coupled with his naturally skinny frame, Chirola was repetitively thrown around. But he seldom complained, dusting himself off and continuing to play — a mentality he carried with him into his professional career.
The image of him scoring a title-winning goal for his beloved Boca Juniors was engrained into his head and served as a motivational tool to persevere with his footballing dream. Many a night he would return home with bruised shins and broken shoes. Lacking the funds to adequately replace his footwear, he would continue, weeks at a time, to play amateur football in the rocky streets of Buenos Aires in his bare feet — he would later attribute this as the start of a persistent ankle injury he suffered towards the end of his career.
Nonetheless, the young striker continued to impress and at sixteen he was offered the chance to play for another amateur team in Buenos Aires: Pirana. Here, his consistent performances began drawing attention from larger clubs. Quietly hoping Boca Juniors was among the list of interested parties, his dream move never materialised and he instead signed for two-time Copa Libertadores-winning Independiente in 1967. Chirola was given 30,000 pesos as a sign-on fee, which brought some much-needed cash to his family. He later recalled of his gratitude stating “I am thankful to Independiente because nobody wanted me. I never dreamed of playing in Primera… They saw me with my shoes with holes in them, my body was so thin that [everybody] ran away.”

A Start at Independiente
Chirola spent little time finding his feet and in his first game for the club — a reserve match against Ferro Carril Oeste — he scored four goals. It took him only another two reserve matches before Independiente promoted him to the senior squad. Partnering upfront with the legendary Luis Artime, Chirola showed no intention of being in his shadow. Despite playing his first season in professional football, the 21-year-old tallied ten goals in just nine appearances, finishing one goal behind Artime as both men led Independiente to the 1967 Campeonato Nacional.
But this was Hector Yazalde: unspectacular yet clinical. Born during the beautiful era of La Maquina, the young striker had embodied the changing philosophy of Argentinean football. Continental dominance in the late 1950s had instilled an arrogant belief in the Argentineans that they were the best national team in the world. But their 6–1 humiliation to Czechoslovakia at the 1958 World Cup — proclaimed as ‘The Death of La Nuestra’ by Andreas Campomar in his book Golazo! — propelled Argentina into a more pragmatic, violent style of play — most notably associated with Estudiantes LP in the 1960s. Individualism no longer took centre stage and a win-at-all-costs mentality took over, perfectly complimenting Chirola’s no-frills efficient playstyle.
However, a poor season followed as Independiente slumped to 11th place in the 1968 Campeonato Nacional managing only four wins throughout. Regardless of Independiente’s form, Chirola’s never faltered, netting 19 times in 38 that year. 1969 provided a modest improvement as 20 goals in 37 appearances helped Independiente finish 4th in the Campeonato Nacional — continuing to do what Chirola does best: score goals.
Shortly before the start of 1970 Campeonato Metropolitano Independiente left for a world tour that included Brazil, Spain and more importantly, Portugal. It was during these friendlies in Portugal that he caught the eye of Sporting CP president Brás Medeiros. No talks had been held but the Lisbon club had placed Abraao Sorin, Sporting’s South America scout, to keep a keen eye on the forward. When Chirola returned to Argentina he went on to achieve his most prolific season with the club, netting 23 in 35; including the dramatic title-winning goal six minutes from time to secure a 3–2 victory over Racing and claim the 1970 Campeonato Metropolitano. His performances had also won him the 1970 Argentinean Footballer of the Year award and enough acclaim to place him on Sporting’s list of must-have targets.
During next year’s pre-season break, Chirola was called back early to discuss terms with Sporting. Independiente were happy to sell and Yazalde was happy to move — negotiations went smoothly. Instead of selling the villas he purchased in Buenos Aires, Chirola gifted them to his family. Much like the little boy who would run home at night to deliver his earnings for the day, he asked Sporting to pay a significant amount of his wages to a bank account in Buenos Aires for the same reasons. He explained: “I don’t spend much. I’ve always lived on little money and I’ve never liked ostentatious displays. With what I stay, I get enough to eat every day and not go hungry. Some people need it more than I do.”

The Beginning of Greatness
He officially signed on 25th January 1971 but did not play his first official match until September of that year due to foreigner restrictions in the league. Initially finding his first few months difficult, Chirola was treated poorly, tackled extra hard in training, rarely receiving passes and sometimes outcasted to train alone. Many of these actions were said to be headed by Fernando Peres, allegedly Sporting’s best player at the time, who disliked being challenged for the talent hegemony. Despite these tests, Chirola refused to complain. Much like the thirteen-year-old boy being thrown around in Buenos Aires, he dusted himself off and refused to let it affect him.
During those first few months most of his free time was spent wandering the streets and enjoying the scenery of Lisbon. He would often join children playing football in the parks and help them improve their technique before taking them all to a local pastry shop and buying them whatever they wanted. After the children had finished their meal, money would be placed in each child’s hand with the instructions of bringing it home to their parents — creating his own little set of Chirolas.
When the much-anticipated debut finally arrived on 12th September, the Argentinean netted twice in a win over Boavista. He finished his debut campaign with a respectable nine league goals in twenty appearances while Sporting finished second to Benfica in the league. By this point, Peres had fallen out of favour with Sporting’s hierarchy and Chirola enjoyed improved relations with the rest of the squad.
Chirola’s second full season with the club brought an improved return along with silverware. Despite dropping one position and finishing third, Sporting claimed the Portuguese Cup in a 3–2 win over Vitória de Setúbal — Yazalde contributing to the second goal of match and adding to his tally of 27 goals in 36 appearances for the campaign. But these numbers would pale in comparison to his third season.
The 1973/74 season began with last year’s cup finalists: Sporting CP vs Vitória de Setúbal. Despite having seven shots on target, the Argentine failed to score a goal and Vitória ran out 1–0 winners. However, over the following seven games, like a man possessed, Chirola averaged almost a hat-trick per game finding the back of the net nineteen times. As Sporting cruised to the title for the first time in three years, Hector Yazalde finished on an incredible 46 goals in 29 league appearances; surpassing any previous records set by the legendary Eusebio and Fernando Peyroteo. To this day it’s a domestic record still untouched, despite the best efforts of Fernando Gomes and Mario Jardel over the years.
Unsurprisingly Chirola won the European Golden Boot and has only been bettered by three others since: Dudu Georgescu (47 goals in 76/77), Lionel Messi (50 goals in 11/12) and Cristiano Ronaldo (48 goals in 14/15). When he was awarded the Golden Boot at the official ceremony he was given a Toyota. Staying true to his generous character he later sold the Toyota and shared the money among his team mates, commenting “without them I wouldn’t have been able to score all those goals.”
Naturally, this record-breaking season garnered attention from clubs all over. Joao Rocha, Sporting’s President at the time had garnered a reputation for employing a strict wage structure and often paid players considerably lower wages than what they were worth. A bid of 25,000 Escudos by Real Madrid coach Mylian Mylianic was rejected by Rocha but Chirola, often a man of few words, told the paper A Bola at the time “Real Madrid made me a much better proposal than Sporting. We must look at this point: A Rolls Royce cannot spend 5 litres at 100km/h. So, if Sporting agrees to pay me what I am quoted in Europe, I will stay in Lisbon.”
While contract negotiations continued, Chirola and his Argentinean teammates headed to the 1974 World Cup in Germany. Sporting’s star man entered the World Cup as the world’s most prolific striker but he had never excelled internationally. Having only made six appearances at the time, he was yet to find the back of the net for his country. A niggling ankle injury picked up against Sunderland in the Cup Winners’ Cup earlier that season had been highlighted again and forced him to miss the first game against Poland.
But the following match against Haiti delivered Chirola’s first two goals for Argentina as he contributed to a decisive 4–1 win. Unfortunately, that would mark the end of his unspectacular spell for Argentina — he failed to score against Italy and The Netherlands as La Albiceleste were eliminated by Rinus Michels’s superior total football.
Meanwhile back in Portugal, having already been considered a club legend after that season, Joao Rocha was pressured by fans into improving the striker’s contract in an effort to keep him at the club. Although the Real Madrid contract offer was not matched, the Argentinian was happy in Lisbon and signed a new two-year contract on 28th August 1974.
In what would be his final season at the club, Chirola provided yet another fantastic campaign. Although Sporting failed to retain both the league and Portuguese cup, the striker had found the back of net 30 times in just 26 league appearances. His efforts had won him the silver boot, falling three goals short of the Romanian Dudu Georgescu. His final goal in green and white arrived on 27th May 1975 in the Portuguese cup quarter-final against Uniao de Tomar, while his final appearance came two days later — fittingly on his 29th birthday and the team he made his official debut against — in the semi-final against Boavista.
Chirola had finished his time with sporting amassing a remarkable 104 goals in 104 league appearances, collecting a European Golden Boot, Silver Boot, Portuguese league title and two Portuguese cups. While in Lisbon he also met his wife, María do Carmo Ressurreição de Deus, a famous actress later known as Carmen Yazalde. They would have a son together, Gonzalo, born in 1977 while playing for his next club: Marseille.

Finishing His Career
While a move back to Argentina was on the cards, Hector Yazalde preferred a new challenge. He had always spoken of his love for learning new languages and France seemed an attractive destination at the time. Marseille paid 12,500 Escudos for two years of the Argentine’s services.
Having finished 2nd the season before, Marseille slumped to a disappointing 9th as Saint-Etienne cruised to a third straight league title in Chirola’s debut season. Despite Marseille’s poor performance, their new signing still managed to score 19 goals in 31 appearances; finishing sixth in the goal-scoring charts topped by fellow countrymen Carlos Bianchi. The following season spelled disaster as an injury forced the Argentinean out for a large portion of the season. Marseille had dropped even further to 12th while Chirola only managed a measly four goals. His contract had expired at the end of the season and Marseille refused to renew.
Nearing the end of his prime at 31 years of age, Hector Yazalde moved back to Argentina with the aim of being called up to the national team at the 1978 World Cup. The chosen destination was Newell’s Old Boys but despite an above-average goal-scoring record Cesar Luis Menotti did not call him up. Another three years spent at Newell’s brought 54 goals in 120 appearances — far from poor from a striker now in his 30s. Nearing retirement, he moved on to Huracan in 1981 to play one final season where he made two appearances without any goals. And thus, the curtain came down on an incredible career best remembered for his time at Sporting.
Off the pitch was a caring, warm, charitable individual who prided himself on helping friends and family from a young age. On the pitch was a different story. A remarkably clinical striker who did whatever he could to beat his opponent to the ball — aerially or with both feet, if it involved putting the ball in the back of net, Chirola excelled.
But he coped difficultly with retirement. Spells as assistant manager of River Plate and Huracan did not last long and an undistinguished career as an agent brought little joy. A divorce from his wife in 1987 caused Chirola to fall into a depression with alcohol becoming a common coping mechanism. A decade later, on 18th June 1997, Hector Yazalde was found dead in his apartment at 51 from cirrhosis of the liver and heart failure.
An outpouring of testimonials soon followed and many Sportinguistas proudly remembered the man who brought them so many happy years. Mario Lino, a Sporting coach during that 1973/74 season spoke of Chirola’s character highly, stating: “he, who at first was so mistreated…besides being a great player, he was also a great man. In the locker room, Yazalde was a friend of all his teammates and concerned himself with the well-being and problems of his colleagues and the group in general.” Such was Chirola’s character and talent, he will always be remembered as one of Sporting’s greatest ever strikers.

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2020.08.08 01:38 LearningIsListening A not-so-brief rundown of the letter ‘S’ in Jeffrey Epstein's 'Little Black Book'

Below is a rundown of the letter ‘S’ under Epstein's contacts. Last year, I wrote about letters A-C. You can check that out here (https://www.reddit.com/conspiracy/comments/cpis3n/a_brief_rundown_of_the_first_ten_pages_of_jeffrey/).
I also wrote about letters D-F on July 5, 2020. You can check that out here (https://www.reddit.com/conspiracy/comments/hlrba8/a_notsobrief_rundown_of_letters_df_in_jeffrey/).
I posted letters G-I on July 13, 2020. You can check that out here (https://www.reddit.com/conspiracy/comments/hqko0y/a_notsobrief_rundown_of_letters_gi_in_jeffrey/).
I posted letters J-L on July 15, 2020. You can check that out here (https://www.reddit.com/conspiracy/comments/hrq9bg/a_notsobrief_rundown_of_letters_jl_of_jeffrey/).
I posted letter M on July 20, 2020. You can check that out here (https://www.reddit.com/conspiracy/comments/huw0yt/a_notsobrief_rundown_of_the_letter_m_in_jeffrey/).
I posted letters N-Q on July 27, 2020. You can check that out here (https://www.reddit.com/conspiracy/comments/hyudbz/a_notsobrief_rundown_of_the_letters_nq_in_jeffrey/). There are some misspelled names. Epstein entered their names like this.
I posted letter R on July 29, 2020. You can check that out here (https://www.reddit.com/conspiracy/comments/i0aqxd/a_notsobrief_rundown_of_the_letter_r_in_jeffrey/)
I have bolded some of the more interesting connections and information, but there could be much more that I overlooked. I hope something here strikes an interest in someone and maybe we can get more investigations out of this. Please, if you know anything more about any of these people than what is presented here, post below. I am working off of the unredacted black book found here: https://www.coreysdigs.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/Jeffrey-Epsteins-Little-Black-Book-unredacted.pdf
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Sacco, Amy: Nightclub mastermind behind Bungalow 8 and many other clubs. Listing her list of connections would take too long because her clubs are always hot spots for celebrities and the elite. The NY Times wrote a decent article (https://www.nytimes.com/2012/06/14/fashion/the-empress-is-in-amy-sacco-holds-court-at-another-new-york-nightspot.html) about Sacco’s clubs and clientele. Sacco has been photographed with Ghislaine, India Hicks, and Sophie Dahl, all of whom appear in Epstein’s black book (https://www.patrickmcmullan.com/photo/1563479).
Sachs, Jeffrey: Naming all of his titles would be an endeavor in itself. Sachs is a very influential figure who is best known for being an economist, an adviser to the United Nations, and a University Professor at Columbia University. Sachs serves on the Council on Foreign Relations, where Epstein served from 1995-2009. It is unclear whether he was there at the same time as Epstein, although given his popularity and influence, especially in the early 2000s, I would be surprised if he wasn’t around then.
Saffra, Edmund: Billionaire banker and alleged money launderer with tons of enemies who died under very mysterious circumstances in 1999. The official story was that one of his nurses - in an attempt to gain favor with Safra by saving him from danger - intentionally started a small fire in Safra’s home, which soon spiraled out of control, causing Safra to lock himself in the bathroom and suffocate to death. This article (https://www.vanityfair.com/culture/2000/12/dunne200012) does a good job of pointing out that Safra had many enemies, was a shady character, and was absolutely obsessed with security for himself and his family. It seems odd that Safra would allow his security detail (Mossad vets) to leave his home that night. This article (https://www.theguardian.com/theobserve2000/oct/29/features.magazine47) from The Guardian includes a statement from Ted Maher’s (the nurse who was convicted of starting the fire) wife, stating that he was coerced into signing a confession. Elie Wiesel, the author of Night who is also listed in Epstein’s contacts, was a good friend of Safra’s.
Safro, Wayne: Financial advisor.
Said, Wafic: Financier and businessman. Said is the Chairman of a children’s charity called the Said Foundation, where Prince Charles’s former private secretary, Sir Michael Peat GVCO, serves on the board of trustees (https://www.saidfoundation.org/pages/33-trustees-and-staff). The charity helps underprivileged children from the Middle East. Said has also contributed a lot of money to Prince Charles’s The Prince of Wales’s Charitable Fund, which, among other things, is dedicated to helping children.
Sainsbury, Mr Jamie: Descendant of the founder of the Sainsbury grocery chain. Old friend of Ghislaine Maxwell (https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8466853/What-girls-frolicked-Bullingdon-boys-Oxfords-brightest-young-women-rose-top.html). James’s sister, Camilla, was married to British MP, Shaun Woodward, for 28 years. Camilla and Shaun are Trustees of The Woodward Charitable Trust, which helps disadvantaged children, women, and families (http://woodwardcharitabletrust.org.uk/portfolio/about_us/).
Salama, Eric: Former CEO of Kantar consulting firm. Also served as a Trustee for the British Museum (2000-2008). Survived a carjacking after getting stabbed last year (https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6618395/Government-adviser-stabbed-carjacking-reveals-fine-punctured-lung.html).
Saltzman, Elizabeth: Contributing editor to Vanity Fair and Vogue, two of the three publications (along with Tatler) that continuously show up among Epstein’s contacts. Saltzman is also a celebrity fashion stylist with clients such as Gwyneth Paltrow, Saoirse Ronan, Stella McCartney, and Uma Thurman, the ex-wife of Arpad Busson, who is possibly one of the key players in this pedophile ring (https://www.reddit.com/conspiracy/comments/cl34ju/arpad_busson_billionaire_businessman_or_possible/). Andre Balazs, the hotelier who also seems to be embroiled in this whole fiasco held a party in 1995. Those in attendance included Ghislaine Maxwell, Katie Ford, and Elizabeth Saltzman (https://www.nydailynews.com/archives/gossip/taming-liz-fortensky-rumors-article-1.686445), all of whom appear in Epstein’s black book. In fact, Saltzman is a long-time friend of Ghislaine (https://www.mintpressnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/Mysterious-business-of-the-queen-of-NY-Lon-1.pdf). This article also reveals that Ghislaine was introduced to Prince Andrew by the Duchess of York (Sarah Ferguson), and, even more telling, that Epstein was suspected of having Mossad ties when the article was written in 2000. In addition to all this, Saltzman is the ex-wife of hedge fund billionaire Glenn Dubin (https://www.nytimes.com/1987/09/14/style/miss-saltzman-editor-is-wed-to-glenn-dubin.html), one of the most heavily implicated people in Epstein’s pedophilia and child trafficking ring. I implore you to read more about Dubin (and his wife) in my D-F black book thread (https://www.reddit.com/conspiracy/comments/hlrba8/a_notsobrief_rundown_of_letters_df_in_jeffrey/). Saltzman can also be seen here, sitting next to Prince Andrew in 2010 (https://www.grandforksherald.com/news/world/4780114-Britains-Prince-Andrew-is-stepping-back-from-public-duties-after-Epstein-controversy). The lists of celebrities and well-known figures that Saltzman has been photographed with is unending.
Samuels, Mia: Actually Maia Samuel, former Producer of ABC Primetime (1989-1994). Went on to work for NBC, Bloomberg, and CNBC in various producer roles over the years. Now works as Director, Content Studios for Reuters (https://www.linkedin.com/in/maia-samuel-92172a10). Epstein has quite a few television ties, most notably to ABC news programs.
Sandelman, Jon & Corrie: Jonathan is a hedge fund manager and former Managing Director of Bank of America Securities. Corrie is his wife.
Sangster, Guy & Fi: Son of racing tycoon Robert Sangster, Guy is Managing Director at Sangster Group, which is involved in the Horse Racing industry. He also works as an investment adviser with Hambro Perks, a venture capitalist company. Prince Andrew is a close friend of Guy and his wife, Fiona. Prince Andrew even attended Sangster’s 40th birthday party (https://www.the-sun.com/news/136709/prince-andrews-pals-claims-witness-who-saw-him-with-sex-slave-is-confused-as-he-was-in-club-3-days-late).
Sangster, Mr Ben: Guy Sangster’s brother and fellow racing heir. Long-time acquaintance/friend(?) of the Royal Family. According to this article, the Sangsters are “one of the most high profile society families in London and often hang out with the royals (https://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-5008073/Robert-Sangster-s-son-marries-Princess-Eugenie-s-friend.html).
Santo Domingo, Julio Mario: Unsure if this is the father or the son. Either way, this is a billionaire Colombian businessman whose company has controlling stock in Bavaria Brewery and is the 2nd highest stockholder of Anheuser Busch (15%). The senior Julio Mario Santo Domingo died in 2011. His son died from cancer in 2009.
Santo, Mr & Mrs M Espirito: Likely the former owners (or high-ranking family) of the Espirito Santo banking dynasty., which was forced to shutter due to charges of fraud, money laundering, and falsifying documents (https://www.cnbc.com/2014/07/30/how-a-portuguese-banking-mess-took-down-a-dynasty.html). Banco Espirito Santo was Portugal’s second-largest bank.
Saud Prince Solman: Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman was a close friend of Epstein’s and met with him many times. Epstein even had a photograph of bin Salman hanging on his wall. The Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia has been linked to the murder of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi, a Saudi dissident who was lured to the Saudi consulate in Istanbul and subsequently killed. The Crown Prince, said to have ordered the murder, and those who were physically involved with the murder, ultimately went unpunished. According to this article (https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/jeffrey-epstein-what-we-know-about-paedophile-businessmans-ties-middle-east), the numbers listed likely belong to the Crown Prince’s father, King Salman bin Abdulaziz, Prime Minister of Saudi Arabia. Epstein’s Austrian passport had a fake name and Saudi address. This passport was to have been given to him by “a friend.” In November 2016, one day before the election, Epstein flew to Riyadh. Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and Amazon owner Jeff Bezos were in Riyadh at the same time, leading some to believe that the three may have met up (https://www.insider.com/epstein-riyadh-saudi-arabia-private-jet-2019-9).
Scerbo, Randall: A female (despite the name) fashion stylist and costume designer who eventually went into consulting. Randall also has credits as a producer and content creator for the Miss USA and Miss Universe beauty pageants.
Schiatti, Gianmarco: Creative director who helped several fashion companies (Gucci, Chanel, Coach, Ralph Lauren, Prada, etc.) with rebranding.
Schifter, Helen & Tim: Helen is a former arbitrage trader on Wall Street, as well as a socialite and a former editor at Hearst and Conde Nast (publisher of Tatler and Vogue), making this the 9000th Epstein-Conde Nast connection. Helen’s father is a businessman and has served as a consultant for the Du Pont Company. She runs in the same circles as Ghislaine Maxwell and has been at several of the same parties (https://www.gettyimages.com/detail/news-photo/helen-lee-schifter-ghislaine-maxwell-teddy-wong-and-news-photo/1169681659). Tim is CEO of LeSportsac, the luggage and tote bag manufacturer. Tim can be seen attending a Private Screening with Ghislaine Maxwell here (https://www.gettyimages.com/detail/news-photo/tim-schifter-and-ghislaine-maxwell-attend-private-screening-news-photo/590659962).
Sebag Montefiore Simon & Santa: Simon Montefiore is a British historian, television presenter, and author of history books and novels. Ghislaine attended the launch of Montefiore’s book, “The Court of the Red Tsar” (https://deepclips.com/clip/3225/exclusive-i-fear-i-saw-virginia-roberts-inside-jeffrey-epstein-s-creepy-new-mexico-ranch-contractor-claims). Santa is his wife and sister of Tara Palmer-Tomkinson, who died of an ulcer in 2017. The Palmer-Tomkinson family is so close with the Royal Family that Prince Charles was named Tara’s godfather. As such, Simon and Santa are good friends of Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall (https://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/4721868/The-lit-girl.html). Simon’s great-great-uncle was an international financier who worked for the Rothschilds in the 1800s. Siimon and his family are still close to the Rothschilds to this day (https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2008/01/montefiore200801).
Seitern, Christine: Architect.
Sejournet, Isabel de: Belgian arts consultant and wife of French Count Eric d’Hauteville. Isabelle was photographed at an annual charity dinner hosted by The AEM Association Children of the World for Rwanda (https://www.gettyimages.com/detail/news-photo/isabelle-de-sejournet-and-caroline-sarkozy-attend-the-news-photo/157832558).
Shabtai, Benny: Israeli businessman who specializes in watches and telecommunications. Served as Chair for Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF) and has helped raise millions for the charity (https://electronicintifada.net/content/manhattans-friends-israel-defense-forces/5526). Epstein toured Israeli military bases with Shabtai in 2008 after being convicted of procuring an underage girl for prostitution (https://pagesix.com/2008/04/24/just-visiting/). Shabtai also served three years in the Israeli army and is a former bodyguard for the Israeli ambassador in Paris, France.
Shad, Brenda: Lingerie model who has known Epstein since the ‘90s (https://www.reddit.com/EpsteinAndFriends/comments/hbiwye/epstein_with_lingerie_model_brenda_schad_in_1997/). Almost married Robert Hanson (listed in my Epstein G-H thread) in 1996, the billionaire financier who was accused of raping Anouska de Georgiou when she was a teenager. She first met him when he was dating Naomi Campbell. Pictured with Maxwell here in 2005 (https://www.the-sun.com/news/103520/is-jeffrey-epsteins-unholy-alliance-with-the-victorias-secret-boss-the-real-reason-the-show-was-scrapped/).
Shearer Andre & Angie: Andre is a South African wine importer through his business, Cape Classics. Angie is his wife.
Shore Chris and Maura: Chris is a bankruptcy litigator. Mara is his wife, a licensed lawyer.
Shriver, Bobby: Nephew of JFK, RFK, and Ted Kennedy. His mother, Eunice Kennedy Shriver, founded the Special Olympics. Bobby now serves on the Board of Directors for the Special Olympics (https://www.specialolympics.org/about/board-of-directors/bobby-shriver). Epstein has several phone numbers listed for Shriver’s Special Olympics office in California.
Shriver, Maria: Bobby Shriver’s sister and niece of JFK, RFK, and Ted Kennedy. TV journalist and former ex-wife of Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Shuster, Susie: Suzy is a sportscaster who is married to long-time ESPN and NFL Network anchor, Rich Eisen.
Siegal, Peggy: Famous NYC publicist and close friend of Epstein who helped him out by continuously getting him into elite parties even after he was convicted of procuring an underage girl for prostitution in 2008 (https://nymag.com/intelligence2019/07/jeffrey-epstein-high-society-contacts.html). Her career in Hollywood has been obliterated, although many still secretly think she has been a scapegoat (https://www.townandcountrymag.com/society/money-and-powea29643007/peggy-siegal-jeffrey-epstein-connection/), which once again proves the depravity of Hollywood.
Siegel, William (Bill): President of Chris-Craft Industries (1996-2001), a broadcasting company that owned several television channels across the U.S. Chris-Craft was eventually purchased by Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation for $5.3 billion.
Sieghart, William: British entrepreneur and publisher. In 1986, he co-founded Forward Publishing with partner Neil Mendoza, who serves on the board of several children’s charities and is the current Provost of Oriel College. Mendoza appeared earlier in Epstein’s black book. Check out the letter ‘M’ thread for more information.
Silver, Ron: Silver (1946-2009), was a famous actor who also served on the Council on Foreign Relations. Co-founder of pro-Israeli organization, One Jerusalem, which organized a rally in 2001 to protest Palestinian sovereignty. Flipped political affiliations to vote for George W. Bush post-9/11. As a result, Bush appointed him to several posts, including one in which he worked under Scooter Libby, adviser to Vice President Dick Cheney.
Silverman, Nancy & Henry: Henry is an entrepreneur and private equity investor. Henry helped build Cendant Corporation, which specializes in car rentals, travel reservations, and real estate brokerage services. Nancy and Henry divorced in 2012 after 30 years of marriage. They literally lived around the block from Jeffrey Epstein.
Simon, Bren: Bren was the President of MBS Associates, a property management company. She and her husband (now deceased), support many children’s charities. Bren directs the Mel and Bren Simon Charitable Trust, which works closely with the Clinton Foundation (Haiti), the Clinton Global Initiative, and the Clinton School of Public Service (https://brensimon.com/our-work/). Bren is co-founder of The Family Support Center, a 24-hour child abuse care center. She also serves on the board of advisers for the Indiana Children’s Wish Fund. In 1998, Bren began working with the Mission International Rescue Foundation (MIR), which serves the children and young women of La Romana, Dominican Republic. Bren also created the Centro de Promocion Rural Max Simon, an orphanage that provides a safe environment for boys who have been abandoned, abused, or are living in extreme poverty. She also created the Bren Simon MIR Foundation Girls’ Vocational School (https://cancer.iu.edu/giving/simon/bren-bio.php). Bren Simon used to be a member of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and Bill Clinton read a eulogy at her husband’s funeral (https://www.ibj.com/articles/67913-simon-sisters-among-top-political-donors-nationwide).
Simpson (Caruth), Sophie: Former literary agent at William Morris Agency. Serves as a Trustee for Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance.
Sindi, Rena & Sami: Rena is a socialite and daughter of Nemar A. Kirdar, who founded Investcorp bank in the ‘80s with Arab oil money (https://www.nytimes.com/2002/10/27/style/put-on-your-toga-bring-castanets-rena-sindi-is-giving-a-party.html). In 2007, Rena attended a party for Allegra Hicks at Ghislaine Maxwell’s house (https://medium.com/@the_war_economy/investigation-jeffrey-epstein-d2ad68e2e845). Her husband, Sami, is a venture capitalist.
Slayton, Bobby: Actocomedian who admits to seeing Epstein in West Palm Beach a few times over the years. Slayton says that “they weren’t friends,” although he once went to Epstein’s Manhattan mansion for coffee (https://www.miamiherald.com/news/state/florida/article234312632.html).
Smith Osborne: Not enough info.
Smith Peterson, Noona: Public relations officer and consultant who has worked for Tom Ford, Armani, Valentino, Calvin Klein, Michael Kors, and Tod’s. She now has her own PR agency. In 2015, Forbes named her one of the 12 women who have changed Italian fashion (https://www.forbes.com/sites/declaneytan/2015/02/06/the-12-women-whove-changed-italian-fashion/#553827046f86). Noona is married to Enrico Erba, who is a client manager for Giorgio Armani.
Smith, James: Co-founder and CEO of Aegis Trust, an organization focused at stopping genocide in Rwanda. Aegis “enables students, professionals, decision-makers and a wider public to meet survivors and learn from their experiences” (https://www.aegistrust.org/what-we-do/).
Snyder, Maria: Model, designer, artist, and entrepreneur who has worked for the likes of Armani, Versace, Valentino, Calvin Klein, and Karl Lagerfield. Snyder attended a ‘Free the Slaves’ benefit in 2010 where she was photographed with hotelier Andre Balazs, who is mired in Epstein/Maxwell stink, and Brenda Schad, who appears just above (last name incorrectly spelled ‘Shad’).
Soames, Rupert & Milly: Rupert is a British businessman and CEO of Serco, a government contractor that provides health, transport, justice, immigration, defense, and citizen services. Soames and his company is heavily involved in many aspects of government (he is very close with former British Prime Minister David Cameron), and as such, has a huge impact on the public. For example, Serco has been contracted to work on a Coronavirus track-and-trace system for the United Kingdom National Health Service (NHS) (https://www.theguardian.com/society/2020/jun/04/nhs-track-and-trace-system-not-expected-to-be-operating-fully-until-september-coronavirus). Soames’s family is very close with the Royal Family (https://www.popsugar.com/celebrity/photo-gallery/44913948/image/44914915/Camilla-Dunne-Honorable-Rupert-Soames-1988). Prince William served as a pageboy at Rupert and Camilla’s wedding in 1988. Soames is the grandson of Winston Churchill and his brother, Nicholas Soames, served as a British MP from 1983-2019. Nicholas has been accused of being sexist and making inappropriate remarks by several female MPs. Nicholas is also a very close friend of Prince Charles (https://www.independent.co.uk/voices/profile-charless-biggest-buddy-nicholas-soames-royalist-minister-for-food-1466703.html). Milly (Camilla) is Rupert’s wife and High Sheriff of Buckinghamshire. Milly is a Patron/Trustee for Pace Centre, a children’s charity dedicated to providing education for children with sensory motor disorders (https://thepacecentre.org/about-pace/mission-values-vision/), Heart of Bucks (https://heartofbucks.org/committees-patrons/), an all-purpose charity that divvies up money to many causes, several of which involve children (https://heartofbucks.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/hob-annual-report-2018-2019-web.pdf), Action4Youth (https://www.action4youth.org/trustees/), which “partners with government, schools, youth clubs, businesses, trusts and foundations, and others (https://www.action4youth.org/about-action4youth/vision-mission-values/). Camilla is also the daughter of Sir Thomas Raymond Dunne, who served as a Lord Lieutenant of Hereford and Worcester, Worcestershire, and Herefordshire. Her brother, Phillip, has been a British Conservative MP since 2005.
Sobrino, Esperanza: Director of Acquavella art gallery.
Solomon, Andrew: Writer for The New York Times, The New Yorker, and other publications. Member of Council on Foreign Relations where Epstein once served.
Soros Peter: Nephew of George Soros. Works as an investment banker. Soros’s name is circled in Epstein’s black book. It turns out that Epstein’s former house manager circled the names of all material witnesses before he died in 2014 (https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2019/07/jeffrey-epstein-black-book-nick-bryant).
Soros, Peter: Same as above.
Soto, Fernando de: Real estate consultant.
Soto, Jaime & Marina de: No info found.
South, Hamilton: Founder of HL Group, a large marketing firm. Former Chief Marketing Officer for Ralph Lauren. South was a good friend of Carolyn Besette Kennedy (wife of JFK Jr) before she died. He was also a good friend of Lee Radziwill, mother-in-law of Carole Radziwill, listed earlier in Epstein’s book (check out the letter ‘R’ thread), before Lee’s passing.
Souza, Carlos: Works in public relations for Valentino.
Spacey, Kevin: Famous actor who has been accused of sexual assault by actor Anthony Rapp and 14 others (https://www.usatoday.com/story/life/2017/11/07/kevin-spacey-scandal-complete-list-13-accusers/835739001/). He was on the infamous Epstein Africa flight with Clinton and Chris Tucker. Spacey also made this chilling video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JZveA-NAIDI), which many think was a direct threat to the Royal Family. As a lot of you know, Spacey was close with the Royal Family and Ghislaine Maxwell. Just last month, a picture surfaced of Spacey and Ghislaine sitting on the British throne (https://www.cnn.com/2020/07/04/uk/maxwell-spacey-throne-gbr-intl/index.html).
Squire, Hugo: See Hugo Swire below.
St. Bris, Edward: International license manager at Pierre Cardin.
Stanburry, Caroline: Reality TV star from the show Ladies of London. Stanbury has also worked in public relations and as a stylist. Ex-girlfriend of Prince Andrew (after his divorce from the Duchess of York) and actor Hugh Grant.
Stark, Koo: Famous photographer who dated Prince Andrew for nearly two years in the early ‘80s. Stark eventually married (and divorced) Tim Jefferies, who was listed earlier in Epstein’s book (check the J-L thread). Stark went on to have a daughter with someone else. Prince Andrew is the godfather.
Starzewski Thomas: Famous British fashion designer whose clothes have been worn by the Royal Family.
Steenkamp, Chris: Not enough info. Possibly the artist responsible for these lovely drawings (https://www.instagram.com/christophersteenkamp.art/?hl=en), but I cannot confirm.
Steiner, Jeffrey: Not enough info. Probably the co-managing partner of MWE real estate group. I could be wrong, though.
Steinkampf, Chris & Nina: No info found.
Stengel, Andrew: Former director of acquisitions for Miramax. Former aide to Governor Mario Cuomo (father of Andrew and Chris).
Stengel, Rick & Mary: Richard is an editor, author, and government official (Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs) under Barack Obama. Richard is now a Senior Advisor at Snapchat and serves on the board of CARE, a charity that caters to women and children (https://care.org/about-us/leadership/richard-stengel/). Mary is his South African wife. Nelson Mandela was the godfather to their son, Gabriel.
Stern, Allison & Leonard: Allison (nee Maher) is a former model and TV producer. Her husband, Leonard, is a billionaire businessman involved in real estate. Leonard founded Homes for the Homeless, a charity that aims to help the financially disadvantaged. A large focus of the charity is children and youth (https://www.hfhnyc.org/). Leonard is also quite the heartless bastard. He announced that he was selling a Homes for the Homeless apartment building in midtown Manhattan, forcing its inhabitants to move out (https://thejewishvoice.com/2019/12/billionaires-nyc-homeless-facility-boots-out-elderly-tenants-before-holidays/). Just to show an example of how all these wealthy people truly do know each other, here is a link with pictures of Malcolm Forbes’s 70th birthday party in Morocco in 1989. Forbes flew out 800 guests (https://www.newyorksocialdiary.com/this-was-then-malcolm-forbes-70th-birthday-part-i/), including Leonard and Allison Stern, Robert Maxwell (Ghislaine’s father), Rupert Murdoch, Ronald Perelman, Barbara Walters, Robert and Blaine Trump, Diane von Furstenberg, King Constantine, Henry Kissinger, James Goldsmith, Hamish Bowles, Gianni Agnelli, Kay Graham, Elizabeth Taylor, Calvin Klein, Oscar de la Renta, Walter Cronkite, Ann Getty, Fran Lebowitz, and more. Not only are these people rich, famous, and powerful, but many of them also appear in Epstein’s black book.
Stevens Michael: Not enough info.
Stopford-Sackville, Charlie &: Charles works in finance and securities. Owner of Drayton House (https://www.northamptonshiresurprise.com/organisation/drayton/) in Northamptonshire, England. Married to Shona McKinney, who I am guessing is the name that got cut off in Epstein’s black book. Shona is a good friend of Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York (https://www.dailymail.co.uk/columnists/article-317052/Marks-married-maiden.html, who is a key figure in this whole Jeffrey Epstein saga.
Stracher Kate: Kate is an artist who went to Oxford with Ghislaine, but claims that she hasn’t seen her since then. (https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1365733/How-Prince-Andrew-shared-room-Epsteins-Caribbean-hideaway-busty-blonde-claimed-brain-surgeon.html).
Sundlun, Stuart: Managing director of BMB Advisors, a private equity firm. Son of Governor Bruce Sundlun of Rhode Island (1991-1995). Stuart’s father also served as director of the National Security Education Board (NSEB) for four years under Clinton. Bruce is a great friend of Clinton right hand man (and multiple-time passenger on Epstein’s flight log), Ira Magaziner. Magaziner also appeared in Epstein’s black book (check out the ‘M’ thread for more info).
Sunley, Mr James & Amanda: James is CEO of Sunley Holdings, an investment company.
Sutherland, Harry: Likely refers to the investment banker who is Chairman of CrossInvest, an offshore corporate service company.
Svenlinson, Peter: Venture capitalist and founder of The Column Group. Served as Chairman for several pharmaceutical companies (Aragon, which was sold to Johnson & Johnson and Seragon, until it was solid to Genentech/Roche).
Swire, Sophie: English fashion entrepreneur who established a school for jewelers and gem-cutters in Afghanistan at Prince Charles’s request (https://adventurersclub.org/archives/calendanov2015.php). Co-founder of Learning for Life, an educational charity. She was a Trustee and Chairperson from 1995-2000. Learning for Life has established over 250 schools for girls in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and India.
Swire, Hugo: Swire is a British Conservative Party politician who served as a Member of Parliament (MP) from 2001-2019. Son of Roger, director of Sotheby’s.
Swire, Jenny: Former Miss South Africa. Fashion director for Wedding Magazine and TV personality. Contributing editor for Tatler, a publication which has appeared more than ten times amongst Epstein’s contacts.
Swire, Mark: Involved in real estate.
Sykes, Lucy Ewen: Entrepreneur, fashion executive, and socialite. Fashion director of Marie Claire magazine. Former consultant for Ralph Lauren, T. J. Maxx, and Tommy Hilfiger. Good friend of nightclub guru Amy Sacco, who is one of the contacts listed earlier in this thread. Lucy and her husband attended a dinner for Prince Andrew at Epstein’s house in the early 2000s (https://www.thecut.com/2019/07/ghislaine-maxwell-the-socialite-on-jeffrey-epsteins-arm.html). Lucy’s husband, Euan Rellie, has been a friend of Ghislaine Maxwell’s for years.
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2020.07.28 08:29 OkLetterhead9 Haiti raises men's and boy's issues at the unites nations human rights council

The official English language transcript of the statement
JOINT STATEMENT
Men and Boys for Gender Equality
Human Rights Council 44th Session – Item 1: Decisions and Conclusion
Thank you Madame President,

  1. I proudly take the floor on behalf a group of Member and Observer States.
  2. One of the main themes highlighted during the June sessions of this Council is the situation of human rights of women and girls – and appropriately so. Over the past 100 years, we’ve witnessed substantial and steady progress towards realizing the full enjoyment of all human rights by women and girls.
  3. The positive trend is something the international community should be proud of. For example, 100 years ago…
…the right to vote; the right to work outside of the home and in the field of their own choosing; the right to not be harassed at home and at work; the right to divorce; wear pants; join the military; and own their own property to some degree, in every region of the world, were birthrights predominantly inherited by sons and not daughters. The rights mentioned earlier, and the many more we did not, were also advocated for and championed by men, including some who held organizational or political authority.
  1. The job hasn’t been easy and remains incomplete. To advance further and support the women and men in this work, the United Nations created the Commission on the Status of Women in 1946, and UN Women celebrated its 10th anniversary last week on July 9, 2020.
  2. Unsurprisingly, many more years of labor lie ahead in achieving equitable societies, and all three sessions of the Human Rights Council provide a helpful reminder of how much work the international community still has to do. Empowering women and girls is not enough in accomplishing this shared objective. An often missing tool in the pursuit of gender equality is the growing need for attention and consideration of the challenges that have a disproportionally negative impact on men and boys.
Madame President,
  1. Men and boys fully engage as strategic partners and allies for the empowerment of all women and girls, and we must continue to encourage men and boys to fully participate in all actions towards gender equality.
  2. What we are bringing to the Council’s attention is that there is an absence of energy towards human rights issues where males are at a disadvantaged and an imbalance of champions at all levels which may stall the progress towards equitable societies. Gender equality is not a zero sum game. The quality of life of women and men, girls and boys are interwoven, interrelated and interdependent. The international community must continue to address the impacts of multiple forms of discrimination against women and girls. And in a different manner, within the context of gender quality, begin to grapple with the complex challenges facing men and boys today.
  3. Here are five facts far from the public consciousness:
-men and boys are more likely to engage and suffer from violent behavior;
-men and boys constitute the overwhelming majority of the worldwide prison, missing adults, suicides, drug addicts and homelessness populations;
-men and boys can also suffer from negative body image;
-unfavorable biases exist in draft selection; war deaths; veterans issues; divorce proceedings; education; and in the family and criminal court systems;
-lastly, men and boys are more likely to die in all stages of life. For example, while COVID-19 continues to have unique and unreasonable affects on women and girls, men comprise the majority of COVID-19 deaths in every country where data is available and reliable.
Madame President,
  1. Some are content with the position that the topic of men and boys have in the gender parity solar system – the role of distant planet Pluto. Rotating on the far-far edges of gender discussions and while it is acknowledged as part of the system, it is misunderstood and even disregarded. This joint statement is no chest-beating exercise.
  2. Incorporating a different perspective in the gender parity conversation will by no means turn Pluto into the Sun. Real and substantive parity will benefit both sides in many ways. The call for more inclusivity is neither an attempt to steal the spotlight or valuable resources away from our shared responsibility of empowering women and girls but an invitation for this Council to play a more complete and comprehensive role in the promotion and protection of all human rights by all human beings for a better complementary world in the next 100 years.
  3. I thank you.
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2020.07.25 14:07 ujorge Is there an inaccurate narrative about your country in foreign media or news organizations (say AP or the New York Times) that is repeated every time your country is on the news?

Every article about the Dominican Republic that involves Haiti never fails to mention the “tension” and “distrust” between both countries, even though we last went to war in 1856, Haiti is officially our third largest trading partner and we cooperated and hold regular meetings all the time.
Is there’s anything like that added to any news item about your country that makes you think “that’s inaccurate/not true”?
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2020.07.21 01:09 LearningIsListening A not-so-brief rundown of the letter M in Jeffrey Epstein's 'Little Black Book'

Below is a rundown of the letter M under Epstein's contacts. Last year, I wrote about letters A-C. You can check that out here (https://www.reddit.com/conspiracy/comments/cpis3n/a_brief_rundown_of_the_first_ten_pages_of_jeffrey/).
I also wrote about letters D-F on July 5, 2020. You can check that out here (https://www.reddit.com/conspiracy/comments/hlrba8/a_notsobrief_rundown_of_letters_df_in_jeffrey/).
I posted letters G-I on July 13, 2020. You can check that out here (https://www.reddit.com/conspiracy/comments/hqko0y/a_notsobrief_rundown_of_letters_gi_in_jeffrey/).
I posted letters J-L on July 15, 2020. You can check that out here (https://www.reddit.com/conspiracy/comments/hrq9bg/a_notsobrief_rundown_of_letters_jl_of_jeffrey/). There are some misspelled names. Epstein entered their names like this.
I have bolded some of the more interesting connections and information, but there could be much more that I overlooked. I hope something here strikes an interest in someone and maybe we can get more investigations out of this. Please, if you know anything more about any of these people than what is presented here, post below. I am working off of the unredacted black book found here: https://www.coreysdigs.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/Jeffrey-Epsteins-Little-Black-Book-unredacted.pdf
M
Mack, Carol & Earl: Carol Mack (nee Dickey) is an interior designer. Carol is a friend of Epstein and Ghislaine (https://www.gettyimages.co.uk/detail/news-photo/carol-mack-jeffrey-epstein-and-ghislaine-maxwell-attend-news-photo/1161443015?adppopup=true). Earle Mack was the US Ambassador to Finland from 2004-2005. He is a businessman involved in real estate and investing.
Macmillan, Dave & Bella: David is a publisher and the grandson of Harold Macmillan, former British Prime Minister (1957-1963). Bella is a British socialite and author. She also designed dresses for Princess Diana. They are now divorced. David and Bella made news in 2015 when it was revealed that Michael Lynton, the CEO of Sony Pictures, jokingly mentioned firing the UK culture minister so that David can take over (https://www.theregister.com/2015/04/18/sony_emails_lynton_vaizey/). David and Bella were voted a top 50 power couple over the age 50 back in 2013.
Magaziner, Ira C: Was the senior advisor of policy development for President Bill Clinton. He now serves in a leadership role for the Clinton Foundation. He is a CEO and Vice Chairman of the Clinton Health Access Initiative which helps people gain access to medicine and health services in low and middle income countries, most notably in Africa. Remember, the Clintons helped bail out their colleague, Laura Silsby, who was caught trying to traffick 33 Haitian children (https://harvardhrj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14/2009/09/King.pdf). Most importantly, Magaziner traveled on the Lolita Express on several occasions (https://www.golocalprov.com/news/exclusive-sexual-predator-jeffrey-epstein-tied-to-ris-ira-magaziner-father), including the infamous flight that included Epstein, Clinton, Kevin Spacey, Naomi Campbell, and Chris Tucker. Magaziner also flew with Ghislaine Maxwell, also (https://www.golocalprov.com/news/new-epstein-associate-maxwell-who-flew-with-ira-magaziner-arrested).
Maguire, Jennifer: Jennifer Maguire Isham is the former president of the Tribeca Film Festival where she worked closely with Robert De Niro. There are tons of pictures of them together. Before that, she was senior vice president of programming at CNN and worked at ABC where she was a producer and senior staff member at Primetime Live and ABC News. Her husband is VP and Washington Bureau Chief for CBS News. Jennifer and her husband were photographed with Ghislaine Maxwell at Epstein friend Peggy Siegal’s birthday party in 2007 (https://www.gettyimages.com/detail/news-photo/jennifer-maguire-isham-chris-isham-and-ghislaine-maxwell-news-photo/609461442).
Mahler, Giovanni: Businessman in the gas industry. He co-founded Navigator Gas shipping company. The most interesting story revolving around Mahler can be read here (https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/millionaires-wife-is-killed-by-speedboat-in-sardinia-305350.html). Mahler was on a motorboat on the way to his yacht in Sardinia where close friend Flavio Briatore (Briatore is Naomi Campbell’s ex-boyfriend and was photographed with Epstein victim Virginia Roberts several times - https://www.the-sun.com/news/265368/prince-andrew-epstein-scandal-accuser-virginia-roberts-posts-chilling-message-aimed-at-naomi-campbell-and-ghislaine/) waited. On the way to the yacht, Mahler and the others on board struck and killed Alex Ciardi, wife of investment banker Giuseppe Ciardi. Turns out that Alex Ciardi worked with the NSPCC, a children’s charity that several others in Epstein’s ‘black book’ (Jemma Kidd, Tim Jeffries, Mary Glanville, Clare Hazell-Ivaegh, Ben Holland-Martin) and Princess Margaret have served. The accident occurred close to Silvio Berlusconi’s villa. Berlusconi is a billionaire businessman and four-time former Prime Minister of Italy who throws infamously raunchy Bunga Bunga parties. He was convicted of paying an underage prostitute for sex, but those charges were later overturned.
Mahoney, Sean: A long-time investment banker at Goldman Sachs and Deutsche Bank.
Mailer, Michael: Movie producer. Son of Norman Mailer, the famous author and journalist.
Mailman, Josh: Not enough info.
Malek, Harry & Didi: Diddi owns a fine art consultancy company that gives guidance to buyers and collectors. No info on Harry.
Malenga (Mandela) Machel: A managing director at Whatana Investments Group in Mozambique. His father, Samora Machel, was the first president of Mozambique. He died in an airplane crash in 1986 under mysterious circumstances. His mother, Graca Machel, runs the company. After her husband Samora died, she married Nelson Mandela, who died in 2013.
Malina, Marjorie: Wife of Frank Malina who co-founded Aerojet, an American rocket and missile propulsion manufacturer. Frank went on to become head of scientific research at UNESCO before creating Leonardo, a peer-reviewed research journal. Frank was inducted into the International Space Hall of Fame in 1990. Marjorie is the mother of Ghislaine’s brother-in-law, Roger Malina.
Malkin, Shelly & Tony: Shelly comes from major oil money. Her grandfather founded Belco Petroleum, which was bought out by Enron in the ‘80s. Tony is the chairman, president, and CEO of Empire State Realty Trust, the real estate investment company that owns the Empire State Building, and other properties around New York.
Mallinckrodt, Mr. Philip: A former investment banker with Credit Suisse, Schroders, and Citibank. Has served as non-executive director of The Economist, a weekly newspaper that focuses on current affairs, international business, politics, and technology, for the last three years. The Rothschild family owns 21% of shares in the company. Mallinckrodt is a member of The Pilgrims Society and takes part in the World Economic Forum in Davos.
Manconi, John: Businessman who hosts super exclusive charity polo events attended by Prince Charles, Harry, and Andrew (https://variety.com/2002/scene/vpage/royals-have-splendid-time-1117868882/).
Mandelson, Peter: European Trade Commissioner from 2004-2008. A Labour party politician who held several cabinet posts under suspected pedophile Tony Blair and was First Secretary of State from 2009-2010. Mandelson was a very close friend of Epstein’s. Mandelson (allegedly) phoned Epstein in 2009, while Epstein was in jail, to ask Epstein to arrange a meeting with him and Jamie Dimon, the head of JP Morgan. Epstein agreed to do so, often addressing Mandelson by the nickname “Petie” (https://nypost.com/2019/10/20/uk-politician-peter-mandelson-allegedly-called-jeffrey-epstein-in-jail-for-a-favo). Mandelson was introduced to Epstein through Ghislaine Maxwell (they met through her father), who he has been friends with since the 1980s. He is also a very close friend of Prince Andrew. Mandelson is confirmed to have stayed on Epstein’s island and had dinner at Epstein’s NYC mansion with Donald Trump, David Blaine, and Sergey Brin, co-founder of Google (https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7412517/Peter-Mandelson-Jeffrey-Epstein-Ex-Labour-minister-shopping-depraved-financier-2005.html). If you scroll through the article, you will see pictures of Mandelson shopping with Epstein, as well as pictures of him with Prince Andrew. Mandelson has long been suspected of giving tax breaks to Russian oligarchs, although he has denied these charges. Mandelson is gay and has been living with his partner for over 20 years.
Manfredini Alessandro: A sculptor and graphic artist who turned to modeling in his 40s (https://made-to-measure-suits.bgfashion.net/article/14889/77/Alessandro-Manfredini-the-man-who-became-famous-with-his-beard).
Mangope Eddie: Son of Lucas Mangope, former President of Bophuthatswana in South Africa, a nation which further propagated apartheid.
Manners, Eddie: Lord Manners is the son of the 10th Earl of Rutland and an investment banker. He lives at Haddon Hall, a beautiful old mansion.
Manners, Miss Lucy: An interior designer who is the cousin of Eddie (mentioned above) and the Duke of Rutland. Lucy is a very close friend of Sarah, Duchess of York (Prince Andrew’s first wife), a close friend of Epstein’s, and even served as her lady-in-waiting. Manners lives at Eastnor Castle, which houses 96 rooms.
Manners, Terssa: Teresa is the daughter of the 10th Duke of Rutland and sister of Eddie and the 11th Duke of Rutland. She was the cover girl for Tatler and posed for Vogue, two magazines that feature many Epstein contacts.
Manzano, Jose Luis & Alejandra: Jose Luis is an Argentine businessman and former politician. He is a partner in Grupo America, the second largest multimedia group in the country. He has given money to the Clinton Foundation and The Climate Reality Project ran by Al Gore.
Mappin, John: Scientologist owner of Camelot Castle and is a “central figure behind Turning Point UK, the British arm of the pro-Trump American student organization” (https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2020/jan/11/trum-and-farage-supporter-flies-flag-for-qanon-rar-right-conspiracy).
Margolis, Eric: A journalist who worked as contributing editor for the Toronto Sun and has appeared on CNN and on the Huffington Post website. He inherited Canadian vitamin manufacturer Jamieson Laboratories, which he sold for $300 million in 2014. Margolis chastises Epstein, Maxwell, Clinton and others and denies doing anything inappropriate, although he does claim to have been to Epstein’s homes in NYC and Florida. He says that he suspected it was a ‘honey trap’ (https://ericmargolis.com/2019/07/the-honey-trap-on-e-71st/).
Marks, Stephen & Alisa: Stephen is the founder and chairman of French Connection clothing brand. Alisa is his gold digging ex-wife.
Marocco, Manilo & Pia: Manilo is an investment banker. He attended a gala for the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC), along with Ghislaine Maxwell, Naomi Campbell, and several other people mentioned in Epstein’s contact list (https://www.tatler.com/gallery/the-nspccs-charity-gala). The number of suspected pedophiles and child traffickers that are involved with the NSPCC is mindblowing. His ex-wife, Pia, is close friends with Allegra Hicks (https://www.pressreader.com/uk/evening-standard-west-end-final-extra-es-homes-and-property/20080305/281767034925175), who is also in Epstein’s book.
Marsh, Jeremy: Has served as a managing director and president of Warner Bros. Records, Virgin, Telstar, and RCA.
Marterier, Astrid: A fashion consultant who used to work as VP of Global Sales and Merchandising for several brands, including Von Furstenberg, whose family makes several appearances on this list.
Martins, Peter: Leader of the New York City Ballet who was forced to retire in 2018 because he was accused of sexually abusing his dancers, dating back decades (https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/01/arts/dance/peter-martins-resigns-ballet.html). Of course, he was eventually found to be innocent of these charges. Coincidentally, it seems as though Epstein target dancers at NYC studios, including one who was approached by an intermediary after ballet class (https://www.pointemagazine.com/jeffrey-epstein-dancers-2640183763.html?rebelltitem=2#rebelltitem2).
Marzotto, Matteo: Fashion mogul. Marzotto’s family owned Valentino fashion before selling in 2006. He used to date scumbag supermodel Naomi Campbell, who is embroiled in Epstein’s child trafficking and child abuse ring. They broke up because of her fiery temper (https://www.bild.de/news/bild-english/supermodels-ex-matteo-marzotto-says-temper-caused-split-8361996.bild.html).
Mason, Christopher: A journalist and author who writes about the rich. Best friend of Ghislaine Maxwell. Sang a raunchy song for Ghislaine at her birthday party in 1994 (https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/15/us/ghislaine-maxwell-epstein.html). Mason is going to appear in the docu-series, “Surviving Jeffrey Epstein” next month and has turned his back on Maxwell since finding out about her participation in the pedophila and child trafficking ring (https://nypost.com/2020/07/04/friends-fear-ghislaine-maxwell-is-in-danger-worried-for-her-safety/). The fact that he is denying any knowledge of what happened and is actually participating in this docu-series should tell you how full of shit this guy is.
Massimo, Parisi: Founder of Baltic Model Management.
Mattsson, Carolina: Owns a consulting company in Sweden. No other info found.
Mavroleon, Caitlin: Creative Consultant and Creative Direct for Art for Youth London, a charity that raises money for UK youth. Comes from a family of Greek shipping magnates.
Mavroleon, Basil & Carina: Basil is still involved in shipping, working at Genco as an Independent Director.
Mavroleon, Carlos: This guy lived a life-and-a-half. Heir to the family fortune, Carlos became disillusioned with his privileged status. He moved to Afghanistan and converted to Islam. He moved back to Britain two years later, heavily involved with drugs, specifically heroin. Despite this, he went to Harvard and became a friend and guest of the Kennedys at their home in Hyannisport. After nailing Mary Richardson, Bobby Kennedy Jr’s future wife, he joined the Mujahideen and even led attacks against the Russians. He returned to Britain and nearly married the daughter of former British politician Michael Heseltine, who has some serious pedo connections and is listed in Epstein’s book (check out my G-I thread for more info). Carlos would go on to become a war reporter and was charged with looking for Osama Bin Laden for the news program ‘60 Minutes’. He was found days later, dead of a heroin overdose, in a sleazy hotel on the outskirts of town. Many conspiracies abound (including from his family) who believe he was murdered because he was found with a heroin needle and it was well known that he never injected (https://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-1216159/The-drug-addict-friends-haunt-Trinny-Woodall.html).
Mavroleon, Manoli: From the same Greek shipping magnate family. His name was listed in the Panama Papers (https://offshoreleaks.icij.org/nodes/11000305) for using offshore tax havens.
Mavroleon, Mr. Bluey: Father of Carlos (above) and Nicholas (below). Ran the family company for a while.
Mavroleon, Nicholas & Barbara: Nicholas works in the family business. His ex-wife, Barbara Carrera, is a model and actress.
Maxwell & Laurens, Ms Anne: Anne is Ghislaine’s eldest sister. She is a failed actress who became a hypnotherapist in Surrey.
Maxwell Malina, Christine: Older sister of Ghislaine. Used to run the West Coast office of Pergamon Press for her father in the ‘70s and ‘80s. She is a successful Internet content pioneer and educator. Rumors swirl about her involvement with tracking software and working for Israeli intelligence. Twin sister of Isabel (below). There is a great article on the Maxwells and their in-laws, particularly Christine’s husband, Roger Malina (https://www.thedailybeast.com/jeffrey-epstein-friend-ghislaine-maxwell-has-more-skeletons-in-her-family-closet-than-a-house-of-horrors?ref=scroll).
Maxwell, Debbie: No info found.
Maxwell, Dr & Mrs Philip: Philip is Ghislaine’s older brother. Had a horrible relationship with his father. Wanted to become a writer.
Maxwell, E: Ghislaine’s mom. Died in 2013.
Maxwell, Ian & Tara: Ian is Ghislaine’s brother and a businessman. In 2018, he and his brother Kevin (listed below) founded the UK Think Tank called Combating Jihadist Terrorism (CoJit), which is ironic considering that most, if not all, of the family are likely Israeli intelligence.
Maxwell, Isabel: Older sister of Ghislaine. Co-founded Magellan with sister, Christine, and has served on the World Economic Forum (as has Philip Mallinckrodt, listed above). Along with twin sister, Christine, is rumored to be involved in tracking software and Israeli intelligence. This Reddit thread on the family is rather fantastic (https://www.reddit.com/Epstein/comments/eswqq4/ghislaine_maxwells_sisters_involved_with_silicon/).
Maxwell, Kevin and Pandora: Kevin is Ghislaine’s older brother and co-founder of the UK Think Tank called Combating Jihadist Terrorism (CoJit) with brother Ian (above).
Maxwell, Marcella: Ghislaine’s niece. Daughter of Philip Maxwell.
Mayhew, Mr John: Owner of the famous Rules restaurant in Covent Garden. Inherited the Lartington Estate.
Mazandi, Yassi: Sculptor and painter.
Mazzoti, Mateo: Violin maker.
MC & Allenor: Not positive. Could be a garden designer. Typing in the address from Epstein’s book led to this site (http://www.gardens-guide.com/gardenpages/_0532.htm), which has an email address at the top that reads [[email protected]](mailto:[email protected]), a close match to the email address in Epstein’s book.
McAlpine, Alistair & Romilly: Baron McAlpine of West Green was a close advisor to Margaret Thatcher and served in the House of Lords for 26 years. McAlpine was falsely accused (supposedly) of child abuse by the BBC program, Newsnight. He won £185,000 in damages from BBC and £125,000 from ITV, both of which he donated to the children’s charity, Children in Need. Coincidentally, McAlpine collected the work of Graham Ovenden, an artist who drew naked children. Ovenden was found guilty of sexual abuse against children against underage girls, some as young as six-years-old (https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2013/oct/09/artist-graham-ovenden-two-years-jail). Romilly was McAlpine’s 2nd wife. Alistair died in 2014.
McDonald, John: NYC-based restaurateur.
McFarland, Anthony: No info found.
McKenzie, Raymond: Former investment banker at Lazard Freres and Morgan Stanley. Both firms appear constantly while going through Epstein’s contacts.
Mclancy Gas: No info found.
Mclane, Shannon: Fashion designer.
Mcleod Jock & Pru: Alasdair ‘Jock’ MacLeod is a long-time executive at Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation. His wife, Prudence, is Rupert Murdoch’s daughter. Coincidentally, Prudence attended The Dalton School while Epstein taught there in the ‘70s (https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/12/nyregion/jeffrey-epstein-dalton-teacher.html). Rupert Murdoch is listed later on in Epstein’s contacts. Murdoch also goes back a long way with Ghislaine. Murdoch and Ghislaine’s father, Robert, were rivals since they both owned competing newspapers in the U.S. and abroad (https://c8.alamy.com/comp/B502J2/rupert-murdoch-media-baron-in-conversation-with-fellow-newspaper-owners-B502J2.jpg).
Meister, Todd: Meister is a hedge fund manager who was married to Nicky Hilton for six weeks back in 2004. Hilton later married into the Rothschild family. Meister is a potential witness who might have knowledge of Epstein and Maxwell’s child trafficking and abuse (https://www.the-sun.com/news/778758/jeffrey-epstein-enablers-named-sex-trafficking-underage-victims/). Les Wexner invested a ton of money in Meister’s hedge fund. Todd’s father, Robert, was the one who introduced Epstein to Wexner (https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2019/07/jeffrey-epsteins-financial-black-book).
Mendoza, Neil: British publisher and entrepreneur. Mendoza served as Chairman for The Prince’s Foundation for Children and the Arts, a children’s charity founded by Prince Charles (https://news.sky.com/story/stars-join-prince-charles-to-demand-all-children-get-access-to-the-arts-11491201). Mendoza also serves on the Shakespeare Schools Foundation, another children’s charity. Actor Ralph Fiennes, who is also listed in Epstein’s book, is one of the patrons of the charity (https://www.shakespeareschools.org/about-us/patrons). As of 2018, Mendoza has been the Provost of Oriel College, Oxford.
Menzies, Kate: Close friend of Princess Diana and the Royal Family. The Menzies are millionaires because of their newsagents and distribution group.
Merison, Guy & Caroline: Guy is co-founder of Hartees, a commodities firm specializing in energy.
Merivale-Austen, Bruce: Managing Partner of DM Partners Asia, a private wealth management firm. Plays polo every summer with Prince William and Prince Harry (https://www.thailandtatler.com/people/brouce-merivale-austin).
Mermagon, Mr Jonathan: Businessman and close friend of Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan, whose name keeps popping up. Memagden even served as Chairman of the UK PTI Secretariat (https://news.cision.com/curzon-pimran-khan-shares-vision-for-building-a-stronger-pakistan-through-trade,c9336910). PTI is the current ruling political party in Pakistan.
Metcalf Justin: See below under Justin and Joane Metcalfe.
Metcalf Melanie & Julian: Julian is the founder of the popular sandwich shop chain, Pret a Manger. Metcalfe has attended charity events for ARK (https://www.tatler.com/gallery/ark-charity-auction), Arpad Busson’s children’s charity and chain of children’s schools, which I wrote about last year (https://www.reddit.com/conspiracy/comments/cl34ju/arpad_busson_billionaire_businessman_or_possible/).
Metcalfe, Julian and Melanie: Same as above.
Metcalfe, Justin & Joane: Justin a jeweller in London. Joane was a fashion and interior designer. Died of lung cancer in 2016.
Metz, Robin: No info found.
Meyer, Tony: Investment banker. Co-founder of Lazard Freres Real Estate Investors as an affiliate of Lazard Freres & Co. (https://www.cfany.org/speaker-organizeanthony-e-meye). Another Lazard Freres connection.
Micklethwait, Fev & John: John has been the current editor-in-chief of Bloomberg News since 2015. He was the editor-in-chief of The Economist (21% Rothschild owned) from 2006-2015. In 2019, he ordered his employees not to investigate Bloomberg (their boss) or any other Democratic candidates during Bloomberg’s presidential campaign (https://www.cnbc.com/2019/11/24/bloomberg-news-will-not-investigate-mike-bloomberg-or-his-democratic-rivals-during-primary.html). Had they investigated their boss, they would have discovered his relationships with Epstein, Maxwell, Weinstein, and Wexner (https://www.mintpressnews.com/mike-bloomberg-ties-jeffery-epstein-harvey-weinstein/265369/).
Milani, Gianluca: No info found.
Milford Haven George & Clare: George Mountbatten, 4th Marquess of Milford Haven. Second cousin of Prince Charles. Founded uSwitch, a website that allows you to compare suppliers of various services. Sold the company for $400 million. George’s grandfather was the older brother of Lord Mountbatten, alleged pedophile and father figure/mentor to Prince Charles. George’s wife, Clare, was the Social Editor of Tatler magazine (there it is again!) from 1995-2005.
Milford Haven, Sarah: First wife of George Milford Haven. Daughter of millionaire businessman and gangster George Walker.
Miller, Nicole & Kim Taipale: Miller is a millionaire fashion designer and businesswoman. Taipale is her husband. They were married by Rudy Giuliani in 1996. Nicole is a good friend of disgusting perverts, Ghislaine Maxwell and Tiffany Dubin (https://nymag.com/nymetro/news/features/n_8672/), wife of even more disgusting pervert Glenn Dubin. You can read about the Dubins in my D-F thread.
Mills, Cheryl: Lawyer who defended Bill Clinton during his impeachment trial. She served as deputy White House Counsel for Clinton, Senior Adviser and Counsel for Hillary Clinton’s 2008 presidential campaign, and Counselor and Chief of Staff during Hillary’s tenure as Secretary of State. Mills had a key role in Hillary’s email scandal and in Haiti, where the Clintons are heavily involved (https://www.nytimes.com/2016/10/17/us/hillary-clinton-cheryl-mills.html).
Minot, Carie & Bell, George: Caroline is a jewelry designer. George has been responsible for several Silicon Valley startup companies. Before that, he was a senior editor of Outdoor Life magazine and has won Emmys for directing and writing conservation documentaries. He also founded Outdoor Life Network (now NBC Sports).
Minot, Susan: Novelist, screenwriter, playwright, and poet. Sister of Caroline (above).
Mischer, Kevin: Big-time movie producer and former Hollywood executive.
Modafferi, Daniela: No info found.
Moncada Cico: No info found.
Monckton, Rosa: Former President of Tiffany & Co. jewelry company. Daughter of a Viscount. Princess Diana was Monckton’s best friend and the Godmother of one of her children. Rosa also serves as a fundraiser for and on the board of several charities, most of which focus on children. Monckton is a patron for Downside Up, a charity for children with Down Syndrome, with actor Ralph Fiennes, who is also in Epstein’s contacts (http://downsideupcharity.org/node/64). She also raises money for KIDS charity out of London where Liz Hurley (also in Epstein’s contacts) is a patron, along with Elton John, David Cameron, David Furnish, Cherie Booth, and Channel 4 News presenter Cathy Newman (https://www.kids.org.uk/Pages/FAQs/Category/patrons). Epstein once offered Monckton to bring her daughter, who has Down Syndrome, to his house in Palm Beach (https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2003/03/jeffrey-epstein-200303?currentPage=1).
Money Kryle, Mr Charlie & Kit: Charlie is a real estate specialist.
Montemayor, Cesar: Founder and President of InverCap, a large investment firm.
Monti Riccardo: Managing Director and Senior Partner at BCG (Milan), one of the largest management consulting firms in the world.
Moore Deborah: Likely the actress and daughter of Roger Moore of James Bond fame.
Moore, Juliet & Chris: Juliet is in publishing. Chris is an investment banker who worked at Bear Stearns in the ‘80s. He is now President of CSM Capital.
Moore, Mr Goeffrey: Roger Moore’s son.
Morris Stephen: Financial advisor.
Morris, Nick & Lucy: Not enough info.
Mortimer, Gigi & Averell: Gigi is a beauty entrepreneur who is very good friends with Ghislaine. Averell is Founder and CEO of Arden Asset Management. Averell’s mother was a descendant of the insanely wealthy and powerful Harriman family.
Morton, Peter: Co-founder of the Hard Rock Cafe.
Morton, Robert: Former producer of Letterman’s ‘Late Show.’
Mruvka Alan: Founder and former CEO of E! Entertainment Television.
Munro, Donald: Investment banker.
Murdoch, Rupert: Billionaire media mogul who owns more media outlets than God. Known for paying millions to female employees in order to cover up sexual abuse and harassment at Fox News. It’s pointless to name his connections. He knows almost everyone of importance.
Murray Phillipson Kate: A very good friend of Ghislaine’s from their Oxford days. Granddaughter of Hylton Murray-Philipson, a Conservative Party politician who served as a Member of Parliament. Kate is Now an interior painter (https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8466853/What-girls-frolicked-Bullingdon-boys-Oxfords-brightest-young-women-rose-top.html).
Murray Phillipson, Mr & Mrs: Likely Kate’s brother, Hylton, a landowner and banker who Prince Charles referred to as one of his heroes. Just recently got some publicity for nearly dying from COVID 19.
Murray Threipland, Tercious/Claire: Owner of Dunbeath Castle. Claire left her first husband, Henry Herbert, The 17th Earl of Pembroke, to be with Tertius in 1981. Claire’s daughter, Emma, was a bridesmaid at the first marriage of Camila Parker Bowles (now Prince Charles’s wife).
Murray, Jean Pierre: Founder of Surf Channel and co-founder of TransCash, a prepaid Visa debit card firm.
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2020.07.08 15:56 Habz Best way to deal with a subject that’s colonizing where they shouldn’t?

As Castile, I need to get 5 provinces in both Cuba and Haiti/Dominica. The problem is that Portugal, who is my junior partner, just blocked me from getting 5 in Haiti/Dominica. Aside from the fact that it’s absurd that I can’t just tell Portugal to fuck off, the claim Hispaniola mission is essential to my expansion into Mexico with all the free permanent claims. What’s the best way to deal with this? I’ll be eventually integrating Portugal but ideally that won’t be for another couple centuries. I just want them to colonize literally anywhere else. I’m willing to go to war with Portugal and force them out of the Caribbean but is there a way to do that and get back the union?
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2020.07.07 03:50 TheGrainLantern HOW DEEP DOES THE MAXWELL FAMILY RABBIT HOLE GO? PART ONE: The Twins, Isabel and Christine Maxwell

FOREWORD: This is all available on public domain and is in no way Doxxing. The information I am presenting is all factual and sources will without a doubt be provided. I will continue to update this original thread with the following parts to come in this series. Please bare with me on the additional parts. These posts require a good amount of time and research to bring this all to you in a fully summarized and sourced fashion.
INTRO
I’m sure most of you, if not all, have heard of Ghislaine Maxwell. I’m not one to make assumptions, but given the ever growing conspiracy surrounding the Jeffrey Epstein Scandal, Epstein’s subsequent “suicide”, and now the recent arrest of Ghislaine Maxwell. I feel it is a more important time than ever to post this. Especially considering her unconventional family, with its own scandalous history, this all deserves to be brought into view. That being said I think it’s safe to assume a large majority of you happen to know who she is. At least to some extent. Despite this, very little has been discussed about Ghislaine Maxwell. Let alone her family and their history. Some would call this in itself a conspiracy. This will be a multi-part series as this rabbit hole alone is a lengthy one. And one I plan to dive into. Deeply...
PART ONE
Jeffrey Epstein could not have raped as many children as he did without the help, grooming and participation of Ghislane Maxwell. His buddy, Prince Andrew could not have made it back into high society limelight despite being of the blood without the media intervention of Ghislane Maxwell, as we have documented. Epstein would owes his society access to Maxwell and to his friendship with Columbus billionaire Les Wexner, which gave him access to the world of high fashion through Victoria's Secret. His first arrest and sweetheart plea bargin from then US Attorney and now former Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta lead Acosta to say during his vetting for the latter job that Epstein was “intelligence... leave him alone.”
Epstein, like any other intelligence asset, would have to have had a handler. That handler is likely to have been his girlfriend and procurer Ghislaine Maxwell.
Ghislaine Maxwell's father, Lord Robert Maxwell, who I will dive into later in this series, was an asset to both British and Israeli intelligence, going so far as to smuggle arms for the latter with the blessing of the former. Despite all the publicity, albeit vague, that both Ghislaine and her father Robert have experienced. Very little ink has been spilled on her twin sisters Isabel and Christine. Till now...
Isabel and Christine have overwhelming connections to both Epstein and the American intelligence community. Given this, it’s not surprising these sisters have “wild stories of their own.”
In 1993, Christine and Isabel, along with Christine’s husband Roger Melina, founded the Magellan Web Search Service. One of the very first search engines. The search engine ran from 1995-2001. After gaining a massive amount of popularity and potential to have been one of the main search engines we use now. The search engine lost popularity very quickly after they sold the company out.
Now this is where things begin to take an interesting turn. After Magellan sold, they have been up to some interesting projects. Especially considering their father and sisters ties to Israel, Mossad and Epstein. Which I previously stated I will get into in the following parts of this series. Anyway back to the topic at hand.
Christine Maxwell has been involved in the technology and education sector, including being notably included as an ipv6 fellow. Most interestingly she co-founded Chiliad.
> a software company involved in the advance of on-demand, massively scalable, intelligent mining of structured and unstructured data through the use of natural language search technologies. The firm's software was behind the data search technology used by the FBI's counterterrorism data warehouse.
Did you know that Isabel Maxwell was the CEO of PureSight, formerly iCognito Technologies? An Israeli company responsible for online child safety.
From 2003 to 2004, Maxwell was invited by Blumberg capital to become CEO of iCognito, renamed Puresight, an Israeli web content filtering software company.
Some of iCognito’s largest clients and partners just so happen to conveniently include; the tech giant/ search engine GOOGLE, and the giant social media platforms FACEBOOK and Twitter. Is it a coincidence that Isabel happens to be the founder of one of the original search engine platforms?
Did you also know that Isabelle and her stepdaughter also worked directly with the CLINTON Global Initiative in Haiti of all places?
Prior to Isabel accepting the CEO position at iCognito. She was the president of CYREN, formerly Commtouch, Inc. An Israeli e-mail messaging and security company.
Cyren is among the most well-funded cybsecurity firms in the Washington, DC metro area according to a 2018 study. In 2018 Cyren made news for its research into phishing trends, particularly the prevalence of Microsoft Office, Office365, and Outlook as the brands most targeted by phishing kits. In the same year, the firm provided primary support to the Icelandic police during their investigation of the largest cyberattack to hit the country.
Major corporate clients using CYREN’s services include Microsoft, **GOOGLE, Check Point, Dell, T-Mobile, and Intel.**
CYREN sounds ALOT like spying software...in fact Cornell University and several others found that it was being exploited by everyday people to commit “intimate partner violence”. By essentially allowing people to spy on their significant other.
So we literally have the daughters of a spy and sisters of a spy/massive sex trafficker providing software to the FBI to help them with spying. Not only this but the software is Israeli controlled. Israel happens to be a haven for hackers and all those extremely proficient in cryptocurrency, anonymity software and anything malicious on the internet. This software has even been caught being used to spy on police, law enforcement and intelligence agencies.
This needs more light shed on it. Thank you for reading and please save this thread. I will be updating this original thread with the following parts of the series:
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2020.07.07 03:49 TheGrainLantern HOW DEEP DOES THE MAXWELL FAMILY RABBIT HOLE GO? PART ONE: The Twins, Isabel and Christine Maxwell

FOREWORD: This is all available on public domain and is in no way Doxxing. The information I am presenting is all factual and sources will without a doubt be provided. I will continue to update this original thread with the following parts to come in this series. Please bare with me on the additional parts. These posts require a good amount of time and research to bring this all to you in a fully summarized and sourced fashion.
INTRO
I’m sure most of you, if not all, have heard of Ghislaine Maxwell. I’m not one to make assumptions, but given the ever growing conspiracy surrounding the Jeffrey Epstein Scandal, Epstein’s subsequent “suicide”, and now the recent arrest of Ghislaine Maxwell. I feel it is a more important time than ever to post this. Especially considering her unconventional family, with its own scandalous history, this all deserves to be brought into view. That being said I think it’s safe to assume a large majority of you happen to know who she is. At least to some extent. Despite this, very little has been discussed about Ghislaine Maxwell. Let alone her family and their history. Some would call this in itself a conspiracy. This will be a multi-part series as this rabbit hole alone is a lengthy one. And one I plan to dive into. Deeply...
PART ONE
Jeffrey Epstein could not have raped as many children as he did without the help, grooming and participation of Ghislane Maxwell. His buddy, Prince Andrew could not have made it back into high society limelight despite being of the blood without the media intervention of Ghislane Maxwell, as we have documented. Epstein would owes his society access to Maxwell and to his friendship with Columbus billionaire Les Wexner, which gave him access to the world of high fashion through Victoria's Secret. His first arrest and sweetheart plea bargin from then US Attorney and now former Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta lead Acosta to say during his vetting for the latter job that Epstein was “intelligence... leave him alone.”
Epstein, like any other intelligence asset, would have to have had a handler. That handler is likely to have been his girlfriend and procurer Ghislaine Maxwell.
Ghislaine Maxwell's father, Lord Robert Maxwell, who I will dive into later in this series, was an asset to both British and Israeli intelligence, going so far as to smuggle arms for the latter with the blessing of the former. Despite all the publicity, albeit vague, that both Ghislaine and her father Robert have experienced. Very little ink has been spilled on her twin sisters Isabel and Christine. Till now...
Isabel and Christine have overwhelming connections to both Epstein and the American intelligence community. Given this, it’s not surprising these sisters have “wild stories of their own.”
In 1993, Christine and Isabel, along with Christine’s husband Roger Melina, founded the Magellan Web Search Service. One of the very first search engines. The search engine ran from 1995-2001. After gaining a massive amount of popularity and potential to have been one of the main search engines we use now. The search engine lost popularity very quickly after they sold the company out.
Now this is where things begin to take an interesting turn. After Magellan sold, they have been up to some interesting projects. Especially considering their father and sisters ties to Israel, Mossad and Epstein. Which I previously stated I will get into in the following parts of this series. Anyway back to the topic at hand.
Christine Maxwell has been involved in the technology and education sector, including being notably included as an ipv6 fellow. Most interestingly she co-founded Chiliad.
> a software company involved in the advance of on-demand, massively scalable, intelligent mining of structured and unstructured data through the use of natural language search technologies. The firm's software was behind the data search technology used by the FBI's counterterrorism data warehouse.
Did you know that Isabel Maxwell was the CEO of PureSight, formerly iCognito Technologies? An Israeli company responsible for online child safety.
From 2003 to 2004, Maxwell was invited by Blumberg capital to become CEO of iCognito, renamed Puresight, an Israeli web content filtering software company.
Some of iCognito’s largest clients and partners just so happen to conveniently include; the tech giant/ search engine GOOGLE, and the giant social media platforms FACEBOOK and Twitter. Is it a coincidence that Isabel happens to be the founder of one of the original search engine platforms?
Did you also know that Isabelle and her stepdaughter also worked directly with the CLINTON Global Initiative in Haiti of all places?
Prior to Isabel accepting the CEO position at iCognito. She was the president of CYREN, formerly Commtouch, Inc. An Israeli e-mail messaging and security company.
Cyren is among the most well-funded cybsecurity firms in the Washington, DC metro area according to a 2018 study. In 2018 Cyren made news for its research into phishing trends, particularly the prevalence of Microsoft Office, Office365, and Outlook as the brands most targeted by phishing kits. In the same year, the firm provided primary support to the Icelandic police during their investigation of the largest cyberattack to hit the country.
Major corporate clients using CYREN’s services include Microsoft, **GOOGLE, Check Point, Dell, T-Mobile, and Intel.**
CYREN sounds ALOT like spying software...in fact Cornell University and several others found that it was being exploited by everyday people to commit “intimate partner violence”. By essentially allowing people to spy on their significant other.
So we literally have the daughters of a spy and sisters of a spy/massive sex trafficker providing software to the FBI to help them with spying. Not only this but the software is Israeli controlled. Israel happens to be a haven for hackers and all those extremely proficient in cryptocurrency, anonymity software and anything malicious on the internet. This software has even been caught being used to spy on police, law enforcement and intelligence agencies.
This needs more light shed on it. Thank you for reading and please save this thread. I will be updating this original thread with the following parts of the series:
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2020.07.07 03:31 TheGrainLantern HOW DEEP DOES THE MAXWELL FAMILY RABBIT HOLE GO? PART ONE: The Twins, Isabel and Christine Maxwell

FOREWORD: This is all available on public domain and is in no way Doxxing. The information I am presenting is all factual and sources will without a doubt be provided. I will continue to update this original thread with the following parts to come in this series. Please bare with me on the additional parts. These posts require a good amount of time and research to bring this all to you in a fully summarized and sourced fashion.
INTRO
I’m sure most of you, if not all, have heard of Ghislaine Maxwell. I’m not one to make assumptions, but given the ever growing conspiracy surrounding the Jeffrey Epstein Scandal, Epstein’s subsequent “suicide”, and now the recent arrest of Ghislaine Maxwell. I feel it is a more important time than ever to post this. Especially considering her unconventional family, with its own scandalous history, this all deserves to be brought into view. That being said I think it’s safe to assume a large majority of you happen to know who she is. At least to some extent. Despite this, very little has been discussed about Ghislaine Maxwell. Let alone her family and their history. Some would call this in itself a conspiracy. This will be a multi-part series as this rabbit hole alone is a lengthy one. And one I plan to dive into. Deeply...
PART ONE
Jeffrey Epstein could not have raped as many children as he did without the help, grooming and participation of Ghislane Maxwell. His buddy, Prince Andrew could not have made it back into high society limelight despite being of the blood without the media intervention of Ghislane Maxwell, as we have documented. Epstein would owes his society access to Maxwell and to his friendship with Columbus billionaire Les Wexner, which gave him access to the world of high fashion through Victoria's Secret. His first arrest and sweetheart plea bargin from then US Attorney and now former Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta lead Acosta to say during his vetting for the latter job that Epstein was “intelligence... leave him alone.”
Epstein, like any other intelligence asset, would have to have had a handler. That handler is likely to have been his girlfriend and procurer Ghislaine Maxwell.
Ghislaine Maxwell's father, Lord Robert Maxwell, who I will dive into later in this series, was an asset to both British and Israeli intelligence, going so far as to smuggle arms for the latter with the blessing of the former. Despite all the publicity, albeit vague, that both Ghislaine and her father Robert have experienced. Very little ink has been spilled on her twin sisters Isabel and Christine. Till now...
Isabel and Christine have overwhelming connections to both Epstein and the American intelligence community. Given this, it’s not surprising these sisters have “wild stories of their own.”
In 1993, Christine and Isabel, along with Christine’s husband Roger Melina, founded the Magellan Web Search Service. One of the very first search engines. The search engine ran from 1995-2001. After gaining a massive amount of popularity and potential to have been one of the main search engines we use now. The search engine lost popularity very quickly after they sold the company out.
Now this is where things begin to take an interesting turn. After Magellan sold, they have been up to some interesting projects. Especially considering their father and sisters ties to Israel, Mossad and Epstein. Which I previously stated I will get into in the following parts of this series. Anyway back to the topic at hand.
Christine Maxwell has been involved in the technology and education sector, including being notably included as an ipv6 fellow. Most interestingly she co-founded Chiliad.
> a software company involved in the advance of on-demand, massively scalable, intelligent mining of structured and unstructured data through the use of natural language search technologies. The firm's software was behind the data search technology used by the FBI's counterterrorism data warehouse.
Did you know that Isabel Maxwell was the CEO of PureSight, formerly iCognito Technologies? An Israeli company responsible for online child safety.
From 2003 to 2004, Maxwell was invited by Blumberg capital to become CEO of iCognito, renamed Puresight, an Israeli web content filtering software company.
Some of iCognito’s largest clients and partners just so happen to conveniently include; the tech giant/ search engine GOOGLE, and the giant social media platforms FACEBOOK and Twitter. Is it a coincidence that Isabel happens to be the founder of one of the original search engine platforms?
Did you also know that Isabelle and her stepdaughter also worked directly with the CLINTON Global Initiative in Haiti of all places?
Prior to Isabel accepting the CEO position at iCognito. She was the president of CYREN, formerly Commtouch, Inc. An Israeli e-mail messaging and security company.
Cyren is among the most well-funded cybsecurity firms in the Washington, DC metro area according to a 2018 study. In 2018 Cyren made news for its research into phishing trends, particularly the prevalence of Microsoft Office, Office365, and Outlook as the brands most targeted by phishing kits. In the same year, the firm provided primary support to the Icelandic police during their investigation of the largest cyberattack to hit the country.
Major corporate clients using CYREN’s services include Microsoft, **GOOGLE, Check Point, Dell, T-Mobile, and Intel.**
CYREN sounds ALOT like spying software...in fact Cornell University and several others found that it was being exploited by everyday people to commit “intimate partner violence”. By essentially allowing people to spy on their significant other.
So we literally have the daughters of a spy and sisters of a spy/massive sex trafficker providing software to the FBI to help them with spying. Not only this but the software is Israeli controlled. Israel happens to be a haven for hackers and all those extremely proficient in cryptocurrency, anonymity software and anything malicious on the internet. This software has even been caught being used to spy on police, law enforcement and intelligence agencies.
This needs more light shed on it. Thank you for reading and please save this thread. I will be updating this original thread with the following parts of the series:
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2020.07.06 06:11 FalloutCrawlOut Just realizing my Canadian boyfriend is racist

I’ve been with my boyfriend for 2 years. We have a baby together that’s just turned one.
I’m Latina from the US. He’s a Canadian white guy from Quebec (not a French speaker). I’ve recently begun to realize he’s actually fucking racist.
I know there’s the stereotype that Canadians aren’t racist but it’s total fucking bullshit. I’ve known tons of Asian people that have been told to go back to China (even though they’re Korean, Japanese, etc). The indigenous people are treated horribly. Many black people have told me that they have racist experiences all of the time but they are not allowed to share them because they are often told to be quiet since what they are experiencing isn’t racism and they should just be thankful that they’re allowed to be in Canada and that at least it’s better than in the US. I’ve even heard of black hockey players being called the N word and having white people pantomime monkeys while they eat bananas and having their families told that they should go back to their countries (Haiti, Africa, etc).
As I’ve become increasingly aware of the racism here, I’ve also come to realize that my partner is incredibly racist. We had a huge fight over the weekend because he basically tried to tell me that colonialism is good and countries that have been colonized are better off. My parents are from Mexico and I was incredibly offended. I tried to explain to him that colonialism is evil and a system of exploitation. I tried to explain to him that it’s akin to rape for many countries in Latin America.
What else can I say to explain to him that colonialism is evil and resulted in the murder of millions, if not billions of lives. Is someone like this even capable of not being racist in the future?
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2020.07.01 09:58 Leoharp My After-school Bus Drive Didn't Take Me Home

This hurts to write about. It hurts to close my eyes and reopen them because I find myself back in the nightmare of what happened. This experience I am going to tell you about happened on October 5th, 2006, which makes you probably wonder why I am writing about it now. Truth be told, I am babysitting for my sister’s child, who has finally come of age to start taking the bus to school. All the horrid memories came swinging back since I saw her take the bus and due to the coronavirus, I’ve had limited access to my therapist. So, I am hoping maybe writing this story on different sites that I use might comfort me somehow. I don’t think it will work, but me lying awake at night until 5:00 in the morning obviously isn’t working either. If you care to hear on, well here goes my story.
I was in 5th grade and going after school to my science club, basically to get away from my parents arguing back and forth each day about why the mortgage wasn’t being paid and who cheated on who. That kind of shit was something my 10-year-old brain couldn’t handle. And so, on that day, I stayed after school. I remember having a blast and peeping over the microscope to look over to my school crush Haiti. I guess you understand the real reason why I wanted to be in this club. She was smart, pretty, and of course the popular girl. I was the typical nerdy kid that people didn’t hate or despise, but knew I wasn’t on the same level of hierarchy as the “cool kids.”
Case in point, I spent time enjoying the science club studying insects and multi-cellular organisms under the microscopes and goggley-eyeing my crush from afar. After I took the last few notes for the club’s homework, I did my best to put some big boy pants on and approach her. And as soon as I tried to do so, my best friend at the time Jason came to stop me. He pulled me by the arm with that serious but friendly smile with closed eyes and a sigh.
“I don’t want to see you get hurt Leo.”
When he said those words, I felt sadden. It was like giving a box of chocolates to that special someone you like, just to have them laugh at it and crush it beneath their feet. I looked up to see Haiti kissing a stupid moron named Derek and taking off to the buses holding hands. I sighed too and patted Jason’s shoulder.
“Thanks Jay’. I needed that.”
He nodded and patted mine too.
“Guys like us Leo, we don’t get the picture-perfect ones. We’re better off keeping our noses in our books. Besides, I don’t know about you, but I’d rather wait ’til college when girls are hotter and more mature.”
He gave a gentle nudge and playfully ruffled my messy hair. He was such an ass, but I loved him for it.
“You’re such a dick. I’m shocked you even manage to get straight A’s considering all you do is watch porn on YouTube instead of studying.”
“Who needs to study when you’re a genius?”
I laughed so hard.
“You do know you’re a dick, right?”
“I know, I know. Come on. We’re gonna miss the bus.”
With that, we raced to the buses laughing at each other and cracking jokes along the way. You would think that I would be more hurt about seeing my crush with somebody else. Truth be told, at the time, I knew I would’ve never been able to be with her. She was just out of my league and I was a weird geeky kid with terrible social skills. I’m sure a lot of you out there have had the feeling.
Still, none of that mattered. I was pretty much in fantasy land thinking that once they broke up with each other, I would swoop in and be the prince charming. So, as Jason kept making fun of Haiti’s butt and I kept mocking him for watching porn rather than trying to actually have a crush on someone, we made it to the bus with an unusual surprise:
A different bus driver.
Now it’s not like this was completely out of the ordinary. It happens all the time. Sometimes the usual driver calls out sick or something but it’s not like I was shocked or confused. It didn’t bother me much. It’s just that me and Jason knew our usual bus driver well and she would always be super nice to us and let us fool around on the bus, even though we should’ve gotten in trouble for some of the dumb stunts we pulled. Nonetheless, Jason and I got on the bus and said hi to the male bus driver. Allow me to describe him for you because I need to for the sake of my mind.
The bus driver, aside from being male, was quite tall. Tall enough that his head reached a little farther than normal above the head rest of the driver seat. He looked middle-aged with a shaved face, thick round glasses, and a pale coat to his skin color. Not albino or anything, but as if he hadn’t seen sunlight for at least a long amount of time. He had a Tampa Bay baseball cap on and a smile that was cheerfully intoxicating. I say that because most bus drivers are tired or calm with their smiles, like the smile a cashier gives you after a seven-hour shift. But his smile was…nice. Like really nice. I know that sounds weird, but I’m trying to say that it felt like a genuinely happy smile. I just remember thinking to myself that he was so nice.
So, I was extra polite and said, “Hello sir. How are you?”
With a tip of his cap and that pure smile, he said, “I’m doing well. Thank you, sir.”
He said it without being condescending and without mocking my pleasantry. I just thought he was nice, and I walked a few seats back behind the bus driver where Jason and I sat together. The way the bus worked was the cool kids sat in the back and the “not-so cool kids” sat to the front.
Jason and I didn’t care though. Him and I would sneak our Nintendo DSs in our backpacks so that we could play Pokémon together after school. Of course, both our parents didn’t want their straight A students getting distracted with video games, so we weren’t allowed to bring them to school. And let’s be real: does that ever stop kids? So, we played our games, made stupid jokes like usual, and eventually he had to get off for his stop. So, we said our famous goodbye which was, “See ya later sucka!” and playfully stuck our middle fingers at each other. Yeah, we were fucking dumb.
At this point, I put my DS away and just began staring out the bus window bored out of my mind as I was subjected to the cool kid’s loud laughter and dumb comments about after school parties. What always made me bored was that I was always the last stop. My house was just located far enough out. That meant that it was always pretty much an hour-long ride. And since Jason got off in the middle of it, that pretty much meant I had another half of the hour to go.
So, to get to the point, I watched as every other student got off the bus, and now I was left shyly alone with a bus driver I wasn’t familiar with. Normally, this part of the trip was fun for me because my usual bus driver Becky would always ask me how I was and talk to me like a grown up and not just a lame old kid. But now I just felt awkward.
I decided to just keep looking out the window and avoid eye contact with him through the rear-view mirror when he spoke very nicely again.
“Hey kid, everything okay with you?”
I looked up from the seat and shyly said, “Yeah, I’m okay. Thanks for asking.”
He gave a chuckle and bellowed, “Come on. Don’t be shy. Come up here. Let’s talk. Clearly something is weighing on your mind. What’s up? Is it school? Someone’s not bullying you, is there? Because if there is-”
“No sir, nothing like that. It’s just…”
I sighed as I grabbed my backpack, dragging it along the floor and walking up to the front seat behind the bus driver. For some reason, he just seemed so nice. And the way he asked about me made me feel like he actually cared rather than my parents. So I caved in and relented in a polite way.
“It’s just that there’s this girl that I like. I like her a lot. But I found out today that she has a boyfriend.”
He frowned and tucked his hat downward again.
“I’m deeply sorry to hear that kid. I’ll tell you this though: I can tell by looking at you that you’re a sharp kid. You think that she’s better than you and you would give the world to her. The truth is you should value yourself. If she has someone, then that’s okay. You’ll find someone too. Don’t waste time on someone that won’t notice you the way you deserve to be.”
I thought it was odd for him to say the way he said it, but I appreciated what he meant by it. I nodded and thanked him.
“Believe me kid, when you get to be my age, there will be so many girls for you to get a chance to be with.”
I laughed at the corny joke and said, “Yeah, I’ll bet.”
He smiled softly and looked at me through the mirror.
“What’s your name kid? I feel bad calling you kid all the time,” he said with a chuckle.
“No worries. My name is Leon.”
“Good to meet you Leon. My name is Caleb.”
He reached his hand over to shake mine, and I of course shook it.
“So, what kept you after school Leon? Don’t tell me you’re a troublemaker getting detention,” he said with joking tone and that hypnotic smile.
“No sir, nothing like that. I’m in the science club.”
“Ohhhh, science! I used to love astronomy when I was your age. What subject are you studying?”
“Biology mostly. Right now, we are studying different insect exoskeletons.”
“I’ll be honest with you Leon. I sucked at science. I flunked every class. I’m sure you know way more than I do.”
When he said this, I immediately hated him. I still thought he was nice and friendly, don’t get me wrong. But I hated having conversations with people where they complement your intelligence by calling themselves dumb. It seemed forced and pathetic. Like why would anybody ever admit to being stupid like that? To flunk science? To flunk any subject? Let alone a 5th grade level course? Like I said, I hated him. Maybe that’s not quite it, but I suppose I just felt tired of the conversation.
Luckily, because of that, I realized that when I looked out the window, we were no longer on route to my house. Normally, I wouldn’t be freaked out by this because sometimes other bus drivers made mistakes or didn’t know where my house was. But since it was winter and with day light savings about, it got dark very fast. At this point, the sun was already setting, and it was only 4:40ish.
So nervously, I interrupted the conversation.
“Excuse me sir, I think you’re going the wrong way to my house.”
With another nice-looking smile, he said, “Oh gosh, I must’ve missed the turn blabbing. I’m sorry Leon. Let me make the turn at the end of this light here.”
Then I realized two more things. The first one being that I had no idea where I was. There were houses and street names on the signs. I’m not talking Silent Hill shit or anything. But I mean I didn’t recognize the area. NOT AT ALL. Like this wasn’t anywhere in my town. When you take the bus long enough, you recognize where the local areas are. This wasn’t anywhere local. Just where the hell did he take me to I thought.
Mind you that I wasn’t allowed to get a phone until I was fourteen because my parents didn’t want me getting distracted from schoolwork. So, with no way to call my parents, it almost being dusk, and having no fucking idea where I was, I started sweating amongst my arms and face. Just as I was looking around the windows, I noticed the worst thing ever. And to be honest with you, I am so grateful to God that I did.
In case you don’t know, usually school buses they have the bus driver information. Some school systems handle this differently, but in my school’s case, they hire bus drivers and use their own school buses. This means that they work for the school district of the town. In order for the safety of kids and for parent’s peace of mind, they have the information of that driver on the front either on the corner windows or beside the mechanism that opens the door. This applies even for new drivers or for substitute drivers too. In this case, it was on the window. And when I looked to read the name, it read “Aaron Jackson.”
I remember to this day trembling with goosebumps. He told me his name was Caleb, and I knew it wasn’t a mistake on the ID sticker because above it was Becky’s information. So, I knew this was the bus she used. And I knew the information below belonged to “Aaron.” But this guy wasn’t Aaron.
As deeply afraid as I was and cold I felt all over, I tried my best not to freak out screaming and give away that I caught onto what was going on. I didn’t know what his true intentions were and to this day I still don’t, but what I did know was that he wasn’t planning on taking me home.
So stuttering, I began to lie.
“Oh, oh shoot! I think I-I lost my phone,” I said pretending to check my pockets, “I think I left it in the…um…the other seat.”
From the rear-view mirror as I glanced back, I didn’t see a smile anymore. I saw a stern glance. I suddenly felt the bus turning to the right into a parking position at the side of the road.
That’s when I booked it. I ran to the back of the bus where the emergency exit was and thank the lord, I remembered how to use it from what I thought were nonsense fire drills.
“Hey come back here!” Caleb said, no longer with the same politeness in his voice.
I lifted the latch of the exit door and jumped from the bus taking off down the road. The problem was that I had no idea where to go. There were no cars and the sun was now beneath the horizon. It was purple-black outside and all I could think was to run into the wooded area where I could hopefully lose him. I could hear him chasing after behind me, screaming creepy things to me.
“Leon!”
“Leon come back here now!”
“Don’t make me tell your parents about this Leon!”
“You’re going to be in big trouble mister!”
“If you come back now, I promise I won’t hurt you!”
“I’m taking you back home Leon! I swear! I just got a little lost is all!”
At this point, I stopped running and crawled underneath the fall leaves. Even now, I can feel the scratches upon my arms from slamming into the trees and twigs. I was so fucking scared, and all I could do was try and keep levelheaded. All I could do was listen to him creepily promising me things and sounding awfully nice and awfully mean at different times.
“Leon! I know you think I’m going to hurt you but I’m not!”
“Don’t you want to see your family again Leon?”
“Leon! Stop this now!”
“If you don’t come to me this instant, you’re going to be in big trouble!”
“Don’t make me hurt you Leon!”
When he shouted that, I choked. I was holding my breath at this point, but I coughed up air. I could tell he heard it because I heard his footsteps stop and I heard the leaves crackling in my direction.
“You think you’re so clever, don’t you Leon? You really thought you were gonna hide from me? You’re being such a bad boy Leon. Now you’re going to get your punishment.”
The leaves kept crumbling and crunching. Louder and louder. Louder. Crackle. Crackle. Snaps of twigs. I just kept holding my breath until underneath me I felt a twig. It was then that I had an idea. I waited until his footsteps matched my movements so he wouldn’t hear me fidgeting. I reached for the branch underneath my foot and threw it over to a broken tree stub I could barely make out in the distance.
Somehow and I do believe that it had to be God’s doing, I landed the branch to crackle loud enough that it broke the other branch and made a thud. Caleb stopped his footsteps and ran over to that sound, no longer screaming my name. I could now see his phone light jumping up and down in the distance after the sound as he tore through leaves.
“Where are you Leon? GET BACK HERE NOW! I’m going to fuck you up Leon! You have no idea what I have in store for you!”
I had no choice. In my mind, I no longer could think rationally. I got up and booked it again in the opposite direction. At this point, he realized now I was running and began chasing after me. What scared me most now that he was no longer screaming my name or ranting creepy shit. He was just breathing really hard. And I mean really hard. I would occasion turn back to see his phone light shifting around the darkness. It was so bright at this point that I could catch glimpses of his face getting lit up.
That’s the thing even now at night I see so vividly. That face that he faked on the bus wasn’t there anymore. It was just anger and malice. The kind you see in a spider ready to leap on twitching mosquito. There was just a cold blank stare, as if he knew he was going to get me.
I had no choice at this point but to drop my backpack because it was getting too heavy and making me slow.
All I could think was keep running. Keep running. It was then I made it back to the road I was on before, except I found a run-down gas station out in the distance. I just kept running and running, afraid to look behind me when I threw myself inside the station.
The cashier, a hard scruff looking college kid, quizzically saw me panting and pressing my face against the glass door when she came around the counter asking me what was wrong. Out of breath and light-headed, I just ran into the back of the bathroom and cried relentlessly. When I refused to explain the situation to her, she told me she was calling the cops and within what I think was fifteen minutes or so, two cops came and knocked on the door.
“Son, my name is Charlie and my partner Lauren is here too. We are police officers. We just want to come through the door and talk to you. Can you open the door?”
In between sobs, I pleaded for them to please keep Caleb away. Obviously, they didn’t know who that was, and calmly suggested I open the door for them. Not knowing what else to do at this point, I decided to crack open the door a little bit, making sure Caleb wasn’t somehow behind the door. When I saw the two officers and the cashier lady behind the door, I opened it all the way and cried profusely all over again.
I can’t really remember much of exactly what was said from this point and all I remember was them asking for my name and my parents picking me up from the gas station. The police from I think happened to get a statement and explained to my parents the events that I sort of was able to convey to them. It turned out that I wasn’t all that far from house, but still far enough that I was half an hour out.
My parents took me home and were paranoid from everything I could ever do at this point. No more after school. No more friend visits to Jason’s house. And no more bus trips. They drove me to school from there on. Of course, I didn’t go to school immediately after. I stayed at home for a few weeks and explained to Jason what happened over AIM (remember that using that stupid thing?).
Anyhow, I basically spent all my time inside afraid to go out for those few weeks and I had nightmares, insomnia, and the shit that comes with PTSD. I had counselors, routine check-ups from doctors, and the police came back every so often to ask me for more details to what happened. Unfortunately, to make a long sob story short, the case went cold. They couldn’t find Caleb or any evidence to suggest he had any prior connection to the school, nor did they find any fingerprints on the bus or DNA evidence to suggest he was there to begin with. They canvased the area of the woods where I was for weeks, but that’s all I know from what they told me. I don’t know all the details concerning the investigation. I spent the following years doing my best to recover from this.
For a while, by the time I made it to high school, you could say I was finally able to function normally, or as normally as anyone can. I didn’t have any more nightmares or panic induced episodes. I could even talk openly about what happened without freaking out. But now that I’ve been looking at the school buses for my niece, this has all come back to haunt me.
So, before I go and I suppose lose more time for sleeping, I will say that something that still concerns me about what happened. I don’t know if he chose to do what he was planning to do to me on purpose or if it was just because I was the unlucky last kid to get off the bus. But I told you I dropped my backpack in that wooded area and to this day as far as I know, the police and investigators haven’t found it. Which leaves me to believe that the creep took it. Now thankfully it didn’t have my address or anything like that in it, but it did have my name on it. MY FULL NAME. I can’t help but wonder if he gave up on trying to get me, or if he will one day come back to get me. That scares me most and I will do my best to respond to your questions if you have any, but for now, I am going to do my best to force myself asleep and pray that I will be safe from that man.
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2020.07.01 03:45 yourfanboynick $GSAT- The next big play , July 15th conference

Globalstar US- Next 5G play, Conference on July 15th, Link at the bottom. 🌝 🌝 🌙

GlobalStar $GSAT, announced that they will be showcasing with Nokia the benefits of a Band 53 TDD-LTE solution for private network applications geared specifically to the critical communications needs of utilities around the world at the upcoming UTC Telecom & Technology Conference in Fort Worth, Texas.
This Conference will host thousands of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) professionals and potential technology partners who are all dedicated to modernizing our utilities’ infrastructure and, thus, provides the perfect venue to demonstrate the capabilities of Band 53’s dedicated LTE spectrum when deployed to handle the mission critical communications needs of electric, gas and water utilities.
Overview:
THE FUTURE OF 5G 📱
Countries currently involved with
Ireland, Jamaica, Jersey, Luxembourg, Isle of Man, Martinique, Monaco, Montserrat, Morocco, Netherlands, Netherlands Antilles, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Pierre and Miquelon, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Spain, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turks and Caicos Islands, Haiti, Iceland. 🌍
Institutions
$GSAT At Loading Zone Insider and Institution Transactions (Vanguard Group & BlackRock (and others), $17mil & $34mil stake) 78% Owned By Insiders & Institutions MASS Amount of Insider Buying Opening New Stations & Just Launched a New Satalite Transmitter, Morgan-Stanley Rating. 💵
Risk:
Small risk (more upside than downside), 5g is the future and they seem to be invested with JEEP Through a new, three-year licensing partnership with Jeep, the businesses have announced the launch of co-branded products to bring safety and peace of mind to its adventurous customers. They have a huge conference on the 15th revealing their new technology. 🚀
My Position:
Summary:
The new station will allow uninterrupted coverage in the territories of Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Paraguay and Uruguay. The installation demonstrates Globalstar’s continued investment in infrastructure development in the Latin and South America regions.
Last Statement and catalyst...
*5G play, In 2035, 5G is expected to enable $12.3 trillion of global economic output, according to IHS Markit. July 15th ST100 Conference, game changer in 5g!!!!! https://www.globalstar.com/en-us/st100webinar 🚀 🚀🚀
combined effort, super results
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2020.06.23 22:19 secretpassage13 Travel insurance/flight reimbursement

In November 2019 I booked a flight to Bogota, Columbia to attend a conference scheduled for March 17 to 20th 2020. I purchased the ticket for an Avianca flight through Expedia for $630. I also took a flight protection plan for $40 through Expedia.
On March 12, 2020 the conference was cancelled by the organization due to COVID 19 warnings by both the USA and Columbia. I received a notice from Avianca warning of possible conflict with Columbia welcoming travelers. I then cancelled the flight with Avianca through Expedia as communication was impossible with the airline itself during that period where the US was establishing quarantine guidelines. Avianca offered a voucher for a year for a later trip to Columbia. I appealed to them to give me credit for another airline – the value of that trip could give me two trips for missions to Haiti instead as I have no plans to visit Columbia in the future.
Expedia reminded me that they were a third party, and I should communicate with the travel insurance company if I wanted reimbursement of the flight due to the pandemic restrictions. I provided the travel plan protection company all documentation from booking to cancellation. After three claim requests for reimbursement, I got the answer that I was offered credit by the airline, and that there is NO reimbursement possible. What was the purpose of the insurance? This is contrary to their promise/statement in the policy. If I can’t get the flight money back, the insurance at least owes me reimbursement for the flight protection. How do I go about fighting this claim and getting my money back?
Edit: I am from NY and was flying from JFK. Travel Insurance agency: Travel Guard Policy ---- partner Aon Affinity.
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2020.06.12 21:38 backpackwayne A few things:

• Auto Industry saved
• Nuclear weapons reduced by 1/3 in US & Russia
• Ended Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell
• Insurance companies must cover pre-existing conditions
• Kids stay on their parent’s insurance until 26 under certain conditions
• Requires health plans to disclose how much of premium goes to patient care
• Prevents children from being denied health insurance coverage
• Cut prescription drug cost for medi-care recipients by 50%
• Requires large employers to contribute to a national healthcare plan
• Nixes Keystone Pipeline
• Instituted the toughest Wall Street reform since Great Depression
• Passed health reform: Others tried & failed over the last 60 years
• Insurance companies can no longer drop you when you get sick
• Stimulus Plan which brought us out of the brink of financial collapse
• $100 billion to embarrassing, crumbling infrastructure: Most since Eisenhower
• $60 billion to create renewable and clean energy
• Credit Card reform stopping the most abusive credit card practices
• Huge investment into science & technology
• Amped budgets at NASA & National Science Foundation
• Expanded state run health insurance to cover additional four million kids
• Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act – Equal pay for equal work
• Global initiative keeping nuclear material out of hands of terrorists
• Hate crimes prevention act (Matthew Shepard Act)
• FDA for first time allowed to regulate tobacco
• Eliminated scandal plagued Mineral Management Services
• Overhauled the astonishing stupidity of the student loan system
• Cancelled bloated weapons program including useless F-22
• Stopped Russia supplying $1 billion of high-tech missiles to Iran promised by Bush
• Tax cuts for small businesses
• $14 billion in federally funded loans to stimulate job creation
• Cut taxes for 95% of working families
• Passed 16 different tax cuts for American small business owners
• Health benefits for 9/11 responders
• Ryan White AIDS Treatment Act
• Expanded loan program for small businesses
• Increased funding for National Parks and Forests
• Led effort to phase out whaling
• Funding for high speed broadband internet access to students K-12
• $26 billion to states saving 160,000 teacher jobs among other things
• Helped rebuild schools in New Orleans
• Doubled research funds for cleaner fuel
• $2 billion to solar power
• Raised fuel economy standards
• Cash for clunkers
• Limited mercury emissions
• Eliminated oil company liability caps for oil spills
• Mandated new safety rules for offshore drilling
• Nuclear arms agreement with India
• Agreement with Switzerland to bolster tax information exchange
• Established a Patient’s Bill of Rights
• Expanded vaccinations program
• Extended benefit for same-sex partners of federal employees
• Same-sex partners assured visitation & healthcare decision rights
• $8 billion to establish smart power grid
• $13 billion for high-speed rail in 13 major US corridors
• Major expansion of AmeriCorps
• Expanding broadband internet
• Improved benefits for veterans
• New and improved hiring policy for veterans
• Increased access to PTSD treatment for soldiers and veterans
• Recommitted the U.S. to full compliance to the Geneva Conventions
• Cut missile defense system by $1.4 billion
• Increased pay benefits to military personnel
• Negotiated nuclear arms agreement with Australia, India, & Russia
• Provided $210 Million for building and upgrading fire stations
• Emergency Aid to American Survivors of the Haiti Earthquake Act
• Ordered extensive review of hurricane & natural disaster preparedness
• Consumer tax credit for plug-in hybrid cars
• Tax breaks to promote public transit
• Extended and indexed the 2007 Alternative Minimum Tax patch
• Income floor for medical expense deductions for individuals 65 & older
• Health insurance tax credits & subsidies for incomes to 4x poverty level
• Accelerated tax benefits for donations to Haiti earthquake relief
• Income tax rates for highest earners will change from 35% to 39.6%
• Capital gains tax for highest earners will change from 15% to 20%
• Tax increase for corporations with assets of at least $1 billion
• Closed offshore tax safe havens, tax credit loopholes
• Tax bills hit lowest level since 1950
• Closed lobbyist loopholes with respect to the Recovery Act
• Banned lobbyist gifts to executive employees
• $5,000 tax credit for every new worker hired
• Jobs for Main Street Act
• National Export Initiative – designed to double US exports
• Federal deficit shrank 8% year-on-year
• 47 nations to agree to 4 years non-proliferation efforts
• Forced airlines to disclose prices upfront
• Makes health insurance available to seasonal firefighters
• Historic deal with Iran to prevent them from developing and producing nuclear weapons and prevent another senseless war
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2020.06.10 02:15 FatalisticBunny [EVENT] The Settling of Affairs

Meeting of the Parliament of Haiti, April 22nd.
This meeting of the Sénat and the Chambre des Députés was led by Monsieur le Président, Guillaume Fabre Nicolas Geffrard.
President Geffard brings three matters before the floor:

1. The Catholic Church:

Long has Haiti been inhabited by two distinct classes of Haitian: Those of the Roman Catholic church, and those inclined to the more pagan traditions of Vodou. This divide has long troubled Haiti, and what some see as the bastardization of Jesus's teachings. President Geffard, a devout Catholic, has taken it upon himself to go about settling this matter.
A schism has existed within Haiti for years, after President Dessalines drove the clergy of Haiti from Hispaniola, foolishly seeing the Church as a European institution. However, in recent years, President Geffard has set about mending relations with the Church, culminating in the Pope in Rome agreeing to appoint a new Bishop to Haiti, in exchange for increased government protection of the Catholic Church in Haiti.
This has, of course, helped us draft a solution to another problem. In response to our low levels of literacy, we have been able to utilize the Church to establish Church schools. This has helped to immensely increase the amount of literacy and education that Haitians are receiving, and at a much lesser extent.

2. The Powers of Europe:

The Kingdom of Spain:
The Kingdom of Spain has long had terse relations with Haiti, and these relations have not improved much in recent months, especially following the betrayal of Pedro Santana, the unlawful occupation of Saint-Domingue, and the conflicts that have ensued thusly. They are perhaps our greatest threat.
In fact, it is their recent occupation that has pushed Haiti into an unlikely alliance: One with Dominican President Francisco Sanchez, a member of La Trinitaria and one of the main architects of Dominican independence from our proud state. At the moment, we provide Sanchez with haven, arms, and soldiers, but the exact terms of our agreement are... vague, to say the least. Though some may clamor for the re-unification of Hispanoila, Saint-Domingue is better off Dominican than Spanish.
Furthermore of issue is the fact that the Spanish have thus far refused to liberate the slaves of Cuba, even after banning slavery in their home nation. The Spanish dogs have the gall to think themselves forward-thinking, when still they subject our brothers in the Caribbean to the very same evil that they themselves denounce. We must not allow this to continue.
The French Empire:
The French could perhaps be Haiti's greatest ally, or the Empire of the Bonapartes could once again find itself Haiti's greatest foe.
On one hand, the French and the Haitians share a language, and some history. We hold close trade ties, and even a treaty of friendship between our two nations. We have long been recognized as an independent state, and many think that only with France's help can Haiti become once more as economically strong as it was under their rule.
Then again, there are others who view the relationship between our two nations quite differently. The French shackle us to unjust debt, and each request they send to us may come off as a demand backed by fire and steel. Even now, the Mexicans find themselves facing "intervention" as a result of unpaid debts, as the French seek to carve themselves a larger slice of the Americas. How long until the same fate befalls Haiti?
The United Kingdom:
The United Kingdom, while a great power in the region, has few ties with Haiti. Nevertheless, they are a strong nation, and one that we must be watchful of. However, as a neutral power with little history of conflict with Haiti, the capitalists of Britain may make ideal partners if we are need of private investment. We must be careful, however, not to go the way of India.

3. The Question of The Union:

This is scarcely even a question. Despite the lack of recognition by the United States, the Haitian parliament votes unanimously in favor of recognizing Lincoln's government as legitimate, and denouncing the slaving tyrants of the South for the pretending rebels that they are.
In what limited capacity that they can, Haiti will back the United States. This is unsurprising, given the history of the Haitian nation, and their vehement opposition of slavery in all forms.
L'Union fait la force! Vive Haïti!
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2020.06.04 10:03 OXIOXIOXI Socialists who hate Marxist Leninism, Communism, etc need to take a breath and be careful what they say

In these times people are reaching for a lot of things to make sense of what’s happening and I have to say, what we’re looking at is the empire coming home. The world police are coming to American streets and we are openly asking if the US military will gun down civilians in the streets. And all I can think about is how Malcolm X said there is no fight for civil rights, there is only the fight for human rights, a global struggle against white supremacy and fascism. That struggle never ended, it started in 1491 and hasn’t skipped a day. And that makes me unable to hold something back.
Now I am not a Marxist Leninist at all, and there are lots of ML twitter accounts saying absurd things or whatever, but people need to have an ounce of perspective on this because there is an overwhelming sense on the left that Marxist Lenininsm “failed,” it was only terrible and evil, and there is nothing to remember. Now we have to look at Sweden and Norway and how they show how socialism works. And that is where I have to draw the line.
I've heard that hatred of Stalinism can contain threads of white supremacy and I think that's true.
That may sound harsh but please just consider all of this. Immediately after the Russian Revolution the Bolsheviks set up congresses of colonial peoples and the Third International. Ho Chi Minh was even there as a delegate. They held huge talks with American black people speaking where they all talked about how to free black people in America. They called for the total obliteration of colonialism and the freeing of all colonized people. They disbanded the South African Communist Party and had it reestablished as a black led organization dedicated to the fall of settler South Africa.
When Stalin came to power this didn't go away, nor did it after him. The communist party usa did so much more about racism it is honestly embarrassing most left wing organizations before it and since. And the Soviet Union was a massive monolith against colonialism that at every turn pushed the empires back, the opposite of what Russia had been in the past. In the aftermath of World War II there were communist (and Stalinist at that) revolts all over the world that freed many countries like China, Vietnam, and ones that tried to like Malaysia and the Philippines. Patrice Lumumba, first leader of the free DRC, actually said in his last speech that either the UN would stop the colonialist war in his country (the empires tried to take the province that had most of the nation's resources and provoked a war for it) or he would accept the Soviet's offer to help throw the Europeans out. His body was in the back of a CIA agent's car a month later. And we like to remember the history of worker's solidarity here and that matters, but we cannot just ignore that the USSR, China, Cuba, Vietnam, eastern bloc countries, even adjacent countries like Libya dedicated enormous resources to global south nations. These countries had struggling economies and were locked out of every international financial, technological, or industrial aid or cooperation. But still they sent what they had to Africa, the Caribbean, Asia, South America, everywhere people were trying to throw off white boots. When the Arabs went to war with Israel in ‘67 the soviets had 15,000 troops on the Arab side and most of the Arab airforce. Soviet and Chinese money, resources, and troops were sent around the world fueling domestic rebellions against colonization and client regimes. When Pol Pot set up his nightmare state it was Vietnam who put him down and America that tried to keep him in power with guns and money. Indonesia had the third biggest communist party in the world before the US helped orchestrate the systematic extermination of the communists, killing over a million people before it was over. Everyone knows about the 1953 coup in Iran, but they don't know that there were actually 2 coups, the communist party of Iran had contacts in the army and when they caught wind of the coup they mobilized all of the workers and actually crushed the coup. In the aftermath Mossadegh forced the communists off the streets fearing they could launch a revolution, not realizing that the Americans had planned the coup and were still in the country. They and the Shah launched a second coup that night and without the communists to stop it, the Shah was placed in power and spent the next three decades hunting down communists across the country. Not to mention Central America, where MLs fought death squads sent to exterminate indigenous people, feminists, workers, revolutionary priests. A lot of the biggest anti colonial figures were literally members or even public officials in Communist Parties, like Aime Cesaire.
People saw the clip of Reagan calling the African UN delegates “monkeys,” but most outlets didn’t report what the context was. Reagan was livid that they had voted for the PRC to be given the Chinese seat at the UN. They did that because the PRC had actually committed itself to them freeing themselves from European colonialism with real concrete help across the continent, they knew it was the same fight. You might hate Mugabe, but before he turned on his people he actually was regarded well internationally as the man who ended Rhodesia. See, Zimbabwe used to be a white settler state that realized that Britain was pulling out of Africa so it declared independence as a white supremacist nation and became a rogue state embargoed by all other countries, held up by South Africa and its guns. But it had zero chance of surviving because the people were organized to resist in two major groups, one funded by the Soviets and the other by the PRC. I’m not going to argue that this was always pleasant but compared to living under rogue nazis it was fucking worth it.
And Namibia was occupied since WWI by South Africa, and put under a brutal Apartheid regime. Cuban troops and support from other communist countries helped them fucking smash the huge South African army and huge numbers of white mercenaries who came to pillage and destroy African villages. That is literally known as the moment that the myth of white supremacy was shattered, and it was the beginning of the end for South Africa.
Speaking of South Africa, Nelson Mandela was asked to denounce Cuba, Palestine Libya, and all the ML countries. He flat out, unequivocally, refused. He denounced Americans who “think that their enemies should be our enemies.” The communist party actually helped write The Freedom Charter, they all dissolved the communist party and joined the ANC in the early days. Then they formed again and joined the ANC as their partner organization. All anti apartheid politics was outlawed in South Africa under the Suppression of Communism Act, that is the law the South African government sent Mandela to prison for, a law they passed as tens of thousands of black south Africans protested in the streets. Communist party members went to prison with Mandela. Hell he was a member of the party and an honorary member of their central committee. Communist countries sent aid and arms to help the ANC and its armed wing. The ANC/SACP were counting on Soviet pressure during the negotiations with the government but when the Soviet Union fell, the entire economic plan they had to nationalize the mines and redistribute the land was impossible to win and never happened. Chris Hani, leader of the South African Communist Party, was Mandela’s successor until he was shot by a white supremacist. The collapse of the Soviet Union is a cause of so many of the country's problems today, losing one of its best leaders and any hope of transforming a colonial economy.
The Black Panthers in the US were officially Intercommunalists, but it would be absurd to not see their Marxist Leninist and Maoist alignment. They literally went to the PRC to meet with the Chinese Premier, they met with countless ML figures. Like Malcolm X who not only met with Castro in New York, he’s actually the one who found him a place to stay in the city. A lot of leaders from this time like Angela Davis joined the party, she was even their Vice Presidential Candidate and is still a member. Communist and Revolutionary Socialist Groups dominated the 70s left and when DSA founder Micheal Harrington tried to join SDS he threatened them and demanded they expel communists, they expelled him instead. After working with LBJ, the man who launched the Vietnam war and sent the poor, minorities, and disabled to fight the wrong side in Vietnam, he only founded the DSA because he felt that the Socialist Party had not bent over backward enough when they endorsed George McGovern.
Then there is Sein Fein and the IRA, who god knows saw what we're dealing with. For those who don’t know, Ireland is split into northern and southern ireland after the socialists and hardline nationalists lost the Irish Civil War against the moderates and the British army. The north was what England kept, because a large part of its population were literally the descendants of British settlers sent to colonize the island. By the 70s there was segregation between Catholic Irish and Protestant Loyalists, police violence, harassment, and any attempt at civil rights campaigning was put down by British troops. Mass arrests and internment without trial was followed by a massacre by British troops that drove people into the Irish Republican Army. IRA prisoners died on hunger strikes, loyalists launched retaliation campaigns, and the situation spiraled out of control of the British army. Rubber bullets actually come from this war, the British were the first to use them, to crush the protests of Irish in Northern Ireland. They eventually won most of their demands and if Northern Ireland votes to join Ireland, Britain has to let them go. The IRA actually had significant relations with the Soviets at the start in the 20s, but in the Troubles as well. The IRA was armed by the Soviet Union, and some leaders were trained in the USSR. Libya and Palestine sent a ton of help for the Provos. There were entire networks of marxist leninist organizations across Europe that killed Franco officials, sent aid to the IRA, and fought the many Nazis who escaped denazification.
The miners strike in the UK was supposed to get a massive donation from the Soviet Miners Union, who raised funds to support the UK miners, but the donation was blocked by Gorbachev and Thatcher. We know now that the UK was about to run out of coal completely when the Miners gave up, so who knows what could have happened.
In the 90s a lot of global south countries’ economies collapsed because they had been receiving material and financial support from the Soviet Union and China, and fraternal pricing from them for food and fuel. That means that the ML countries had been selling them food, fuel, and resources for a fraction of the cost, something that is illegal under WTO rules and was stopped. Venezuelan actually still does this, selling cheap fuel to nations in the Caribbean; Haiti erupted into riots after the US tried to overthrow the Venezuelan government because the people knew who their friends are. Eastern bloc universities taught the engineers and doctors of the global south, and sent their skilled laborers to help them. Brezhnev was once called by Eric Honecker who asked for more fuel for the next year. Brezhnev snapped and told him the list of countries around the world they were giving huge aid to, even as their economy was slipping and they had no access to global credit markets, and asked where the hell he was supposed to find anymore to give. Remember, it wasn't like America where we can just borrow and waste and shit, everything they sent was something they also needed. It’s not the cakewalk we always portray socialism as, where we’ll work 2 hour days and have plenty left over to make climate change disappear and assume colonialism just stops.
Libya is a difficult case. My personal view is that Gaddafi completely turned in the 80s, giving up most of his egalitarian intentions and actually working a lot with the west including buying billions in weapons from the US and UK. He supported wars by African countries against other African countries and generally fucked up until the harsh clientele regime he turned into imploded. That being said, there are a few instructive things he did. Like he built a massive system of aqueducts across Libya to take advantage of the huge aquifer underneath the country. It was attacked as a useless waste of money to build a modern infrastructure project of that scale in a poor country that no one cared about. But if Libya survives climate change it will be because they have those aqueducts. Nobody gives a shit about poor countries but it’s likely that many of them could build projects like that that would make them livable for the rest of the century. The idea that a country like this could do it themselves was terrifying to western leaders and corporations, and it’s something we need to talk about as socialists.
I am not a marxist leninist, I don’t want to resurrect the soviet union as it was, I don’t think modern China is a shining socialist country but I don’t want another cold war, nor do I have any love for Assad or whatever. That ML twitter account you don’t like is probably still ridiculous. But don’t use that as a crutch to side with what is basically a massive colonial erasure of history. It was another world and the legacy it leaves is not one of failure and thinkpieces about how socialism is actually about rainbows and freedom. A lot like the kind of world where the US army might be deployed to crush the people across the whole damn country.
It just makes me so fucking angry to hear a bunch of white “socialists” say that Sweden is Socialism’s success (their largest party right now is a party with literal nazi roots), and Cuba and Vietnam are socialism’s total failure. Where the fuck were the Swedish troops? Where was the Danish aid? I know where Norway was, in NATO as one of its most committed members. If you want Socialism’s successes, it’s not Norway buying a stake in Amazon and third world debt bonds, or Denmark literally confiscating the jewelry of refugees with the social democrats' explicit support, it’s the fact that most of the world is no longer in goddamn chains.
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