To be fair, to fit the bill for "pornography" the image has to be sexual in nature. In other words, just a nude girl standing there holding a flower, that's not "pornography", even if her pubic mound is visible. If she's laying on the sofa with her legs spread and her genitals are the focus of the picture, that is teh pronoz. "Baby's first bath" isn't porn. "Carla's First Vibrator" is.
I don't know what they found in Epstein's house, but I'm betting that a lot of it is not the innocuous stuff, because it's ending up being part of the case against him. The article linked by Vox Day says this:
His arrival came hours after prosecutors unveiled what they had uncovered from Epstein's house after they raided his mansion on Saturday night, turning up thousands of graphic photos which included images of underage girls.And that includes, by the way,
...compact discs with hand-written labels including the following: "Young [Name] + [Name]," "Misc nudes 1," and "Girl pics nude."Epstein sounds like he is an ephebophile. An ephebophile is someone who is sexually attracted to post-pubescent children, minors who are at least somewhat sexually mature. It differs from pedophilia in that a pedophile is attracted to prepubescent children, ie children with no developed sexual characteristics. They are not mutually exclusive, however; the same way a pedophile can be sexually attracted to adults as well, or a person can be bisexual.
...which is all well and good, but it's illegal to perform sex acts with someone under the age of 18.
These are new charges so "double jeopardy" does not apply here. In fact, the prior case may help get a conviction in the new one, since it establishes a pattern.
Leftists who want to tie Trump to Epstein are going to have a difficult time with this kind of thing on the record. Also, recall that Trump had Epstein thrown out of one of his places after Epstiein was hitting on underage girls there. Their entire case against Trump here is Trump saying, "I've known him for fifteen years. Great guy." And I'd bet that quote is taken out of context, anyway.
In January 2016, Vice.com ran Silverstein's story on Trump's ties to Epstein, which framed them as more social - including dinner parties, two plane trips, and Epstein hanging out at Trump's Mar-a-lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida. As Radar reported last April, "According to an investigation by Radar, Trump was among dozens of renowned New Yorkers who knew Epstein socially but ostracized him after Palm Beach police uncovered the financiers sleazy double life," adding that Trump "once barred child molester Jeffrey Epstein from his famed Mar-a-lago club after the presidential candidate caught him hitting on a young girl."That quote is probably from a time before Epstein got caught the first time.
The prevailing theory seems to be that the left is throwing Epstein under the bus in an attempt to get Trump because at least one of the people in his administration has ties to Epstein.
I don't know, but if they're doing that, a lot of their people are going to get caught in it.
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The left loves Evita Peron which is why there was a big musical about her. She and her husband were Nazi sympathizers but they were also big-time socialists, and when Juan Peron took control of Argentina, the changes he made were right out of the communist playbook:
In his first two years in office, Perón nationalized the Central Bank and paid off its billion-dollar debt to the Bank of England; nationalized the railways (mostly owned by British and French companies), merchant marine, universities, public utilities, public transport (then, mostly tramways); and, probably most significantly, created a single purchaser for the nation's mostly export-oriented grains and oilseeds, the Institute for the Promotion of Trade (IAPI). The IAPI wrested control of Argentina's famed grain export sector from entrenched conglomerates such as Bunge y Born; but when commodity prices fell after 1948, it began shortchanging growers. IAPI profits were used to fund welfare projects, while internal demand was encouraged by large wage increases given to workers; average real wages rose by about 35% from 1945 to 1949, while during that same period, labor's share of national income rose from 40% to 49%. Access to health care was also made a universal right by the Workers' Bill of Rights enacted on 24 February 1947 (subsequently incorporated into the 1949 Constitution as Article 14-b), while social security was extended to virtually all members of the Argentine working class.And there was another sentence, way before those two paragraphs, "When Perón became president on 4 June 1946, his two stated goals were social justice and economic independence." Those two paragraphs are just chock-full of socialist policies.
From 1946 to 1951, the number of Argentinians covered by social security more than tripled, so that in 1951 more than 5 million people (70% of the economically active population) were covered by social security. Health insurance also spread to new industries, including banking and metalworking. Between 1945 and 1949, real wages went up by 22%, fell between 1949 and 1952, and then increased again from 1953 to 1955, ending up at least 30% higher than in 1946. In proportional terms, wages rose from 41% of national income in 1946-48 to 49% in 1952-55. The boost in the real incomes of workers was encouraged by government policies such as the enforcement of minimum wage laws, controls on the prices of food and other basic consumption items, and extending housing credits to workers.
...so, yes, Representative Horseteeth takes it as a compliment to be compared to Evita Peron. Of course she does. To leftists, Evita Peron is a hero.
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It is indeed so that doctors are not incorruptible. Particularly when it comes to totalitarian regimes, the historical record would seem to suggest that doctors aren't so much about "ethics" as they are about keeping the social status they worked so hard to get.
The fact is, none of these doctors has interviewed Trump, nor even spoken to him face-to-face. They have no basis for making their pronouncements regarding Trump's sanity or a perceived lack thereof; the entirety of their diagnosis depends on reading what other people--who are not psychiatrists or medical doctors, and who were not speaking medically--have said about him.
That renders such diagnosis entirely invalid. And yeah, unethical as hell.
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The left loves to expand "rights" to include things like housing and medical care irrespective of the fact that such things must be provided by someone, and that in order to so do government must enslave the people who provide those things.
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I saw an article about this last week and forgot to comment on it. California now requires a background check for each ammunition purchase, except that the system was not ready for prime time and there have been a lot of failures.
As the linked post attests, I was going to say that this is a feature, not a bug. This is "common sense gun control" working exactly as designed; the purpose is to enact a de facto ban on the sale of ammunition because the California government could not impose a de jure ban without running afoul of the Second Amendment.
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We are told that England has less violent crime than America does because guns are effectively banned there. Except that England has plenty of violent crime; it's just committed with knives and clubs instead of guns. Coincidental (yeah, right) with the rise in violent crime is the increase in migrant population.
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He's right. Mostly.
Okay: given something built out of microchips, even vintage 1985, electrical engineers in 1947 would not have been able to figure out how it was made--at least, not the chips themselves.
Let's say you handed a fully-functioning programmable calculator to the Air Force in 1947. They had multimeters, they had oscilloscopes; a reasonable array of smart people could learn a lot from the computer even if they didn't have the technology to suss out every last detail of its construction. Enough to get a jumpstart on building a computer using 1947 technology, certainly.
Sometimes it's not necessary to get a complete "how-to" guide; just seeing something in operation and being able to analyze its inputs and outputs can give you a leg up.
At the same time, though, even if you handed the Air Force a complete and functional flying saucer, they would probably not learn much from it if the technology was too far advanced from ours. Consider Nikola Tesla being given an iPhone. What do you think he'd learn from it, about radio technology?
Go back from there to 1880. Give that iPhone to Heinrich Hertz. What do you think he makes of it? Give it to James Clerk Maxwell.
"State of the art" is very important. You can't give a laptop to Thomas Edison and expect him to invent the CPU a year later. Edison could learn to use it and might figure out a few basic principles, but even if he set all his electrical engineering department on figuring it out they'd come up with only a few hints about how it worked. At best.
Give that laptop to IBM engineers in 1960 (or maybe even 1955) and it'd be a whole other story. The question comes down to "how advanced is it, compared to what we can do?"
Still--I doubt the Air Force (or our government in general) has a flying saucer to reverse-engineer, either whole or in pieces.
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Most mainstream media outlets won't have a problem following antifa's rules.
Regardless of its legality.
If you “accidentally” film Antifa using blunt instruments and killing somebody, your video is now know as evidence. Not turning it to the authorities as per Antifa’s instructions could be construed by police as suppressing/destroying evidence, a felony in all 50 states if I am not mistaken.Bah, laws are for the proles, not big important news outlets.
I mean, Mark Twain wrote that in the friggin' 19th century.
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Charging whites twice the admission you charge "people of color" is illegal. You can't charge people different rates for things based on their race.
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Because Democrats want gas to be expensive. They look at the taxes that Europeans pay on gasoline and wish mightily they could do the same. Illinois now has the third-highest gas taxes in the nation.
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Government can't even fix roads so why do people think it can do anything else right?
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Ford got rid of their passenger car lineup just in time! The real problem is this: because cars cost so much, stepping up to an SUV is kind of a "might as well". Spend $30,000 on a front-wheel-drive car which seats four; or spend $35,000 on something with four wheel drive and third row seating and which can carry large items handily. And be no less comfortable.
Cars cost too much.
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Serious repercussions for Boeing in the wake of the 737 MAX 8 fiasco. Boeing ought to rescind the promotion and raise the project manager got for bringing that thing in "on time and under budget" since it's now cost them a crapton of money.
Here's hoping this will discourage them from trying these kinds of shenanegans in the future.
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Absolutely if you are employing people you can require them not to have their phones on them during work. If you don't want to be without your phone, then don't work for the guy. Find a job somewhere you can use your phone. It's really that simple.
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The result of leftism is violence and want, always. It can't be otherwise.
On celebrating pride, we are reminded that pride is one of the seven deadly sins.
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Providence, Rhode Island, reportedly has some of the worst schools in the union. $18,000 per student per year--that's a hell of a lot of money for such craptastic results. But not unexpected. The socialized educational system demonstrates handily the ultimate failure of government to do anything in a reasonably competent fashion.
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I was just thinking about this last night. In particular I was thinking about a specific, unnamed San Francisco cop yelling at people that they were in the middle of a disaster and now was not the time to stand around, that they had to gather water and supplies to get themselves through the night because no help would be coming. "You have two hours of daylight left," he finished sternly. "You'd better make use of your time!"
I can only imagine what it's like to be in a city as night falls, and it just gets pitch black in places where it is usually well-lit by streetlights. For the first time, standing on the street in front of your apartment building, you can see the stars shining brightly in the night sky. It's chilly and you're hungry and thirsty, but your refrigerator is now under thirty-five tons of rubble, and you can't see anything because it's dark.
From the TV coverage of that earthquake came an image I don't expect to forget: a street, flooded with a foot of water; and a 20-foot column of flame burning atop it. A gas main had broken and caught fire before the water came, and enough gas was pouring out of the leak that it could maintain the flame even after the water was there. Anyway that was image #1 in a mental folder I labled "apocalyptic visions", which is where I got the working title of that novel from.
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Velleity. "A wish or inclination not strong enough to lead to action."
That is a habit I get from my father. Dad liked to talk about doing things. "One of these days, I'm gonna get me a sports jobby--candy apple red!" "I wanna take that wall of the house and move it one foot that way." "We should get a government surplus Jeep. They come in a crate and you have to put it together." Things like that.
I'm the same way; I talk about doing things that I never get around do doing, usually for practical reasons. Dad did eventually get his "sports jobby", the MGB, but he never followed through on having it painted candy-apple red. (For which I was just as grateful.) Moving the eastern wall of the house one foot east would have been prohibitively expensive for a lot of reasons. The Jeep thing--that was just talk, "wouldn't it be neat if we" kind of stuff.
I should have realized there was a word for it. Heh.
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"Why no antifa in Florida? Two reasons. One, 2 million concealed carry permits. Two: "...Florida does not make a difference between Antifa and the Klan which I do believe is very appropriate."
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Well, we're coming up on 10 PM, and that means my Monday's within about half an hour of being done.