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2020.09.29 15:51 NiennaT Bus Ride from Hell

I apologise for this being long and rambling. i have been reading and enjoying this group for a short time and i think this old story of mine probably belongs here, but im not sure. i apologise for any spelling mistakes, etc.
Just so you know i am 57 (F) and this happened back in the mid 1990s whilst i was working for an huge international ISP.
Every day i caught the same bus to the office to go to work as i had done for several years. After that amount of time you get to know the other regular passengers and the drivers and the morning commute becomes tolerable with friendly greetings and short how are you conversations.
Along with a few other regulars i waited for the bus as usual but just before the bus came an old guy, probably about 70 shuffled up to the stop. He was over 6 foot tall, skelton thin, wearing a grey single breasted suit that looked as if it was older than i was. He carried one of those long walking sticks made of the cheapest wood with a black rubber thing at the bottom to stop it from scuffing. He towered over me and scowled down at me and the others. as the bus arrived and people started towards the bus he literally pushed past everyone and got onto the bus first.
it was one of the small buses you see in towns in the uk with enough room for about 30 passengers if some are standing. most of the seats were facing forward, but at the front there are seats which face each other, which can be folded up so that wheelchairs can use the space. he took one of the seats on the right, opposite a female regular in her wheelchair. as all the regulars know i am disabled a nice student got up and smiled at me and allowed me to sit in the disabled seats at the front. This didnt seem to please the old man and he glared at me as if i had commited a crime against him.
As the bus started moving so did his mouth but it wasnt me that he targeted it was the girl with a well known genetic condition that starts with the letters DS who sat a couple of seats back from me. According to him R#####s like her shouldnt be allowed on busses and should be locked up in homes where they belonged. He called her 'thick', R#####, idiot and worse. Having talked to her regularly, most of us knew she was actually in university working for a degree in psychology. which, incidentally she got a couple of years later. it took her longer than it would other people, but she did it.
After a few minutes insulting her he finished his attack by glaring at her and saying 'if i was Prime Minister i would have people like you put against a wall and shot!"
Of course by now she was almost in tears and the person next to her comforted her and told her not to listen to him, as did the women directly behind her. Half the people in the bus were now looking daggers at him, quietly fuming but nobody said anything. You have to respect your elders having been drilled into us all as we grew up, that silence was inevitable.
Although my office was only about a mile from my house as the crow flys, the bus goes through the centre of bristol, and was quite often almost gridlocked in rush hour. Consequently it could take well over 30 minutes for me to get to work some days. This was one of those days.
he was silent for a couple of minutes before he started his next attack, this time on a pixie faced 'emo' girl with a short black skirt a few seats back, sitting next to her goth boyfriend. The insults he hurled at her were about what you would expect. w***e, s**ut, etc, indecently dressed, shouldnt go out in public, etc. Again he finished his attack with 'If i was Prime Minister i would have people like you put against a wall and shot' A phrase we were now beginning to realise he liked a lot.
the girls boyfriend went to get up, presumably to defend his girlfriend, but she pulled him down again. 'He probably has Dementia she told him'. The lady behind her commented 'my husband has Dementia and he doesnt have it, trust me. hes just a nasty old c**t! This from a butter wouldnt melt in your mouth sweet old lady who was older than he was. That got the girl and her BF to smile, diffusing the situation a little. "He's just using his age to get away with being an W****r!
Next he verbally attacked a tall black guy halfway down the bus, He used the N word repeatedly, uses every single racial insult he could think of and suggested that he to the country he was born in. Incidenatlly, i have known this guy for years and he was born and grew up in london and was and still is a doctor.
By now the whole bus was quietly fuming, but being british and not wanting to make a scene, everyone just took his insults and waited for the journey to end. A couple of people even got off at stops they dont normally get off at to get away from him.
The attacks went on, next he attacked a sikh guy at the back of the bus, mistaking him for a member of another religion (he couldnt tell the diffence) a P**i etc. This went on even longer than the other attacks and yet again he finished his attack with his favorite phrase.
As we were coming through the city's shopping area he verbablly attacked the girl in the wheelchair opposite him. again he used R****d and accused her of faking disability to get benefits, then later attacked her for steeling a job that a man could do (yes, he actually accused her of benefit fraud and stealing a job within a couple of sentances) and that was just the nicer parts before he started to atack the way she looked and his attack, yet again, ended with his favourite phrase.
We were only a few stops from my destination when he targeted me. I apparently was fat and ugly and no man would ever want me, i looked like a tramp, and that was just the nicer comments. The attack went on and on until the bus finally halted at my stop. As i got up to exit the bus he was forced to shorten his attack on me and finished it with 'If i was Prime Minister i would have you put against the wall and shot!" as usual.
I stopped near the top of the steps, turned to face him, locked eyes with him, smiled and in the sweetest voice i could muster said 'If you were Prime Minister i would beg to be shot!"
For a couple of seconds there was silence and his mouth dropped open and he looked shocked, clearly not having expected anyone to challenge his nastiness. It was then that the laughter started and after a couple of seconds the whole of the bus was laughing at him loudly. Deflated by the laughter he hurridly stood up and tried to push past me to get out of the bus, but i wouldnt let him. I blocked his way, forcing him to endure the humiliation of a whole bus full of people laughing at him for nearly 30 seconds before i let him past and he hurried off the bus.
I then quietly turned and exited the bus and started walking towards my office. 30 seconds later someone taps me on the shoulder and i turn to find the bus driver grinning at me. 'I want to shake your hand' he said. "That old git has been pulling that S**t on busses all over the city for months. Every driver in the city is gonna hear about this!" I just grinned as i shook his hand. and headed off to work.
That is how i got free bus trips for nearly two months from the regular drivers and i was told later that he didnt use the busses for months. Even today, nearly 25 years later, I use the same bus and occaisionally see people who were there that day and they remind me of it and we share a laugh, which is why i remember it so well.
Sometimes the most effective and rewarding form of justice against a bully of any age is to get others to laugh at them and the most rewarding type of justice is to say exactly the right thing at exactly the right time.
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2020.09.29 15:41 NiennaT Bus Ride from Hell

I apologise for this being long and rambling. i have been reading and enjoying this group for a short time and i think this old story of mine probably belongs here, but im not sure. i apologise for any spelling mistakes, etc.
I am 57 (f) by the way,l and this happened back in the mid 1990s whilst i was working for an huge international ISP.
Every day i caught the same bus to the office to go to work as i had done for several years. After that amount of time you get to know the other regular passengers and the drivers and the morning commute becomes tolerable with friendly greetings and short how are you conversations.
Along with a few other regulars i waited for the bus as usual but just before the bus came an old guy, probably about 70 shuffled up to the stop. He was over 6 foot tall, skelton thin, wearing a grey single breasted suit that looked as if it was older than i was. He carried one of those long walking sticks made of the cheapest wood with a black rubber thing at the bottom to stop it from scuffing. He towered over me and scowled down at me and the others. as the bus arrived and people started towards the bus he literally pushed past everyone and got onto the bus first.
it was one of the small buses you see in towns in the uk with enough room for about 30 passengers if some are standing. most of the seats were facing forward, but at the front there are seats which face each other, which can be folded up so that wheelchairs can use the space. he took one of the seats on the right, opposite a female regular in her wheelchair. as all the regulars know i am disabled a nice student got up and smiled at me and allowed me to sit in the disabled seats at the front. This didnt seem to please the old man and he glared at me as if i had commited a crime against him.
As the bus started moving so did his mouth but it wasnt me that he targeted it was the girl with a well known genetic condition that starts with the letters DS who sat a couple of seats back from me. According to him R#####s like her shouldnt be allowed on busses and should be locked up in homes where they belonged. He called her 'thick', R#####, idiot and worse. Having talked to her regularly, most of us knew she was actually in university working for a degree in psychology. which, incidentally she got a couple of years later. it took her longer than it would other people, but she did it.
After a few minutes insulting her he finished his attack by glaring at her and saying 'if i was Prime Minister i would have people like you put against a wall and shot!"
Of course by now she was almost in tears and the person next to her comforted her and told her not to listen to him, as did the women directly behind her. Half the people in the bus were now looking daggers at him, quietly fuming but nobody said anything. You have to respect your elders having been drilled into us all as we grew up, that silence was inevitable.
Although my office was only about a mile from my house as the crow flys, the bus goes through the centre of bristol, and was quite often almost gridlocked in rush hour. Consequently it could take well over 30 minutes for me to get to work some days. This was one of those days.
he was silent for a couple of minutes before he started his next attack, this time on a pixie faced 'emo' girl with a short black skirt a few seats back, sitting next to her goth boyfriend. The insults he hurled at her were about what you would expect. w***e, s**ut, etc, indecently dressed, shouldnt go out in public, etc. Again he finished his attack with 'If i was Prime Minister i would have people like you put against a wall and shot' A phrase we were now beginning to realise he liked a lot.
the girls boyfriend went to get up, presumably to defend his girlfriend, but she pulled him down again. 'He probably has Dementia she told him'. The lady behind her commented 'my husband has Dementia and he doesnt have it, trust me. hes just a nasty old c**t! This from a butter wouldnt melt in your mouth sweet old lady who was older than he was. That got the girl and her BF to smile, diffusing the situation a little. "He's just using his age to get away with being an W****r!
Next he verbally attacked a tall black guy halfway down the bus, He used the N word repeatedly, uses every single racial insult he could think of and suggested that he to the country he was born in. Incidenatlly, i have known this guy for years and he was born and grew up in london and was and still is a doctor.
By now the whole bus was quietly fuming, but being british and not wanting to make a scene, everyone just took his insults and waited for the journey to end. A couple of people even got off at stops they dont normally get off at to get away from him.
The attacks went on, next he attacked a sikh guy at the back of the bus, mistaking him for a member of another religion (he couldnt tell the diffence) a P**i etc. This went on even longer than the other attacks and yet again he finished his attack with his favorite phrase.
As we were coming through the city's shopping area he verbablly attacked the girl in the wheelchair opposite him. again he used R****d and accused her of faking disability to get benefits, then later attacked her for steeling a job that a man could do (yes, he actually accused her of benefit fraud and stealing a job within a couple of sentances) and that was just the nicer parts before he started to atack the way she looked and his attack, yet again, ended with his favourite phrase.
We were only a few stops from my destination when he targeted me. I apparently was fat and ugly and no man would ever want me, i looked like a tramp, and that was just the nicer comments. The attack went on and on until the bus finally halted at my stop. As i got up to exit the bus he was forced to shorten his attack on me and finished it with 'If i was Prime Minister i would have you put against the wall and shot!" as usual.
I stopped near the top of the steps, turned to face him, locked eyes with him, smiled and in the sweetest voice i could muster said 'If you were Prime Minister i would beg to be shot!"
For a couple of seconds there was silence and his mouth dropped open and he looked shocked, clearly not having expected anyone to challenge his nastiness. It was then that the laughter started and after a couple of seconds the whole of the bus was laughing at him loudly. Deflated by the laughter he hurridly stood up and tried to push past me to get out of the bus, but i wouldnt let him. I blocked his way, forcing him to endure the humiliation of a whole bus full of people laughing at him for nearly 30 seconds before i let him past and he hurried off the bus.
I then quietly turned and exited the bus and started walking towards my office. 30 seconds later someone taps me on the shoulder and i turn to find the bus driver grinning at me. 'I want to shake your hand' he said. "That old git has been pulling that S**t on busses all over the city for months. Every driver in the city is gonna hear about this!" I just grinned as i shook his hand. and headed off to work.
That is how i got free bus trips for nearly two months from the regular drivers and i was told later that he didnt use the busses for months. Even today, nearly 25 years later, I use the same bus and occaisionally see people who were there that day and they remind me of it and we share a laugh, which is why i remember it so well.
Sometimes the most effective and rewarding form of revenge against a bully of any age is to get others to laugh at them.
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2020.09.17 13:02 closeprotections Close Protection London Close Protection Services London

Close protection – is a concept that has been known for ages – it has been with us since early days of humankind and now its condition is more than satisfactory. Since time immemorial, people have tried to protect their wealth, assets, as well as their own health, life, and welfare. By means of the transfer of gathered goods, wealthy individuals have been paying other parties to protect them, their families, and possessions from others. As a general rule, young, notably strong, and grim-looking individuals have been considered perfectly suitable for such a job. The idea behind such a choice has been to scare away a potential adversary by taking advantage of the very looks of the guard. The aforementioned state of affairs has been observed for the consecutive ages. Wealthy landowners and kings created their own trusted guards (in ancient times and during the medieval age, those were troops designated to protect the authorities; later on, they were transformed into elite soldiers). Aside from serving representative and managerial purposes, such individuals were required to take care of their master and his beloved ones. In the 11th century England, during the Battle of Hastings, King Harold assembled a group of troops to protect his life and widely understood health condition. One may consider them to be the ancestors of modern bodyguards. As both civilization and society progressed, there were an increasing number of various organizations and people. Therefore, the risk of attack was significantly higher. Numerous authorities attempted to discourage potential aggressors from committing a crime by introducing severe forms of punishment. It must be noted, however, that there was still the question if it was enough to protect high authorities and the wealthy from the effects of outside attacks. The protection-oriented market has been developing to be – at some point – dominated by professional soldiers. The said progression has made it possible for police officers to investigate and deal with common, less dangerous crimes only. Together with technical revolution and the increasing social awareness, the number of citizens not satisfied with the current order skyrockets. It is likely to cause radical groups aiming at the change of the existing ruling paradigm to occur. This in turn may lead to anarchy and the increase in people willing to put their antisocial theories and plans into effect. The latter may start from sabotaging the work of others and demolishing valuable devices, but it may also end up in killings. If such a thing happens, one may openly talk about terrorism. The unusual social situation boosts the demand for personal protection. Both the army and police focus on securing the wellbeing of those of high position in the country. The rest of the threatened society must protect itself. The demand identified above has given rise to a new profession – a security guard. In the past, it was performed in a more or less organized fashion and that is why the effectiveness of arising task achievement varied. The attempt on Tsar’s Alexander the Second life on 1st March 1881 is a perfect exemplification of the formulated thesis. The ruler in question was attacked by the members of Narodnaya Volya at 2:15 P.M. A bomb was thrown under the carriage, but its explosion did not harm either the tsar or the horses. Alexander the Second, together with his companion including secret police representatives, started to assess damages. It was a mistake. At 2:20 P.M, yet another bomb was detonated. Its accuracy was notably higher as it managed to severely injure the tsar. He died relatively quickly, even with professional care he was under. At this point, it must be indicated that the demand for close protection increases. However, the perception of it is in a significant number of cases rather faulty, leading to pitiful outcomes. As it was hundreds of years earlier, modern people tend to hire grim musclemen to protect them, disregarding the fact that their intellectual level and possessed knowledge are negligible. Formerly, a test had to be passed in order for a person to be considered a bodyguard. Unfortunately, it does not hold true anymore. On numerous occasions, we can observe security guards stylized to look like stats of action movies, with the lack of intelligence written all over their faces. To give them justice, such people may also perform exceptionally well – up to the time they encounter a real attack. Unprofessional guards may be employed to protect rock stars or boxers. Real bodyguards of today are, however, highly skilled and motivated. They are trained to prevent rather than to counteract, as it may be too late in the latter case. Such people are capable of estimating potential risk and juxtaposing it with the resources at their disposal that may minimize it. Modern security guards are physically active, as well as skilled in giving first aid and driving a car defensively. They can fight without using any weapon – especially by taking advantage of psychology and persuasion. Such people are proficient in at least two languages and are characterized by an above-average intelligence level. The described model of a security guard is perfectly suited to current conditions and the needs of individuals hiring them.

VIP close protection over the world – organizations specializing in personal protection. One of the most famous and at the same time – the oldest organized bodies dealing with close protection was created in the 19th century. It was the American United States Secret Service. The USSS was created in 1865 as the US Treasury Law Enforcement Agency. Secret Service is the oldest national agency focusing entirely on investigations. Initially, their only task was to protect the economic structure of the country by means of preventing governmental cheques and bonds from being counterfeited. The mission was followed up to 1901, when president William McKinley was attacked in Buffalo (NY state). The assault resulted in appointing the Secret Service by the US Congress to protect the newly elected president, Theodore Roosevelt. In 1906, the Congress finally adopted the act on the responsibility of the Secret Service for the safety of the White House. Since 1950, the protection has been extended from presidents and first ladies only to vice-presidents as well. Before the murder of John F. Kennedy in 1963 and senator Robert F. Kennedy in 1968, the Secret Service had been a relatively small organization, employing as many as 284 agents. The discussed events translated directly into its rapid development. Currently, it is stated that over 5000 employees work for the Secret Service. Separate branches of the organization are located all over the United States, in Puerto Rico, and in other places all over the world (Paris, Lyon, London, Bonn, Rome, Milano, Hong Kong, Montreal, Lefkosa, Bogota, and Manila). The representatives of the organization are both secret agents (serving protection and investigation-related roles), as well as uniformed units responsible for the safety of the White House and diplomatic outposts. They maintain law and order by means of the network of both foot and motorized patrols, as well as of fixed posts. Such people also support other branches of the Secret Service. A wide scope of professional is also employed therein – those are electronics, engineers, communication experts, protection-related professionals, and IT workers. The Secret Service protects the president with his family, vice-president, elected vice-president, candidates for the said posts (from the 120th day before the elections onwards), former president, his children up to 16, as well as heads of other states staying in the USA in order to realize international missions. The unit of the Secret Service liable for taking care about the safety of the president in the White House fulfills its duties in identical uniforms. Due to the said fact, the Secret Service is sometimes referred to as the Uniformed Division. Its tasks also include the protection of president’s mansions, diplomatic outposts in Washington, and places alike located within the borders of the USA.

Another known formation is the Swiss Guard (Latin: Cohors Helvetica) which was for the very first time gathered on 22nd January 1506 by the then pope – Julius II. Its major aim was to protect the spiritual successor of Saint Peter and his palace. The pope wanted to grant himself protection from the enemies and avoid a political murder. In 1512, the Guard secured Vatican against French soldiers. The Defendants of the Church, as the representatives of the discussed formation were also called, had to face the biggest trail while taking care of pope Clemens VII during the invasion of Roman emperor, Charles V. The boldness, discipline, and resourcefulness of the representatives of the Guard made it possible to save the life of the pope, even though about 600 bold men died in the process. To commemorate the event, a solemn vow of the newly appointed guards takes place every year on 6th May. Each of the Swiss guards-to-be holds a banner in his left hand and raises his right hand with the thumb and two other fingers in an upright position (it is the symbol of the Holy Trinity). Then, the new soldiers promise to protect the pope and – to die in his defense if necessary. The representatives of the Swiss Guard are chosen from men between the age of 19 and 25 living in one of Swiss cantons (basing on contracts with Zurich and Lucerne). Each of them has to be at least 174 cm (5 feet and a half inch) tall and be an unmarried practicing Catholic (according to a special letter issued by the local bishop). Candidates for the service are properly trained, including teaching them how to use firearms, side arms, as well as how to defend themselves and establish proper contacts with other people. One of the items of the list is the proper usage of halberd. Currently, the number of soldiers in the Guard is estimated to circulate around 120, including officers, junior, and senior soldiers. They serve in the formation from two to twenty-five years. It must be also indicated at this point that officers and senior sergeants may be granted by the pope the right to enter into a holy matrimony. Aside from their characteristic outfit, soldiers are additionally equipped with halberds and Renaissance swords – those are the symbols of formation’s tradition. Nowadays, they are also fitted with firearms, tear gas, and excellent communication-oriented devices. With its almost five hundred years of heritage, the Swiss Guard is one of the oldest active defense-oriented groups in the world. One may assume that it will last until Switzerland and the Catholic Church exist.

Yet another example of a close protection-focused formation is the Cedrug Order, the major task of which is to take care about the ruler of Tibet – Dalai Lama. It comprises of national spiritual authorities who organized themselves in a form of an order. Thanks to strict upbringing, their physical strength is much higher than the one of secular officials. Therefore, the former are the most trusted soldiers caring about the safety of the leader of the nation. Cedurg School is located in the left wing of Potala – the palace of Dalai Lama, which is in turn situated in the Holy City of Lhasa (eastern Tibet, Kyitsu river valley). Every Tibet citizen is allowed to enroll to the school, but only chosen ones are granted the privilege to join the Order. For several hundred years, there have been a limited number of monks allowed, namely – 175. Only selected candidates have been worthy enough to defend the powerful Dalai Lama. Those are especially bold, tall, and muscular men. The representatives of the Order earned their name in 1959, when they protected the king of Tibet against Chinese adversaries.

One of the biggest organizations in the world established to consociate and train bodyguards is the International Bodyguard Association (IBA). The IBA was established in 1957 in Paris by major Lucien Victor Ott. Major Ott had been closely connected to the French Foreign Legion in Algeria since his early childhood. He had been born and raised in the said country. In 1947, he joined the French Special Forces and took part in France-Indochina war. Furthermore, he was the participant of the battle of Dien-Bien Phu that ended with the defeat of the French forces. He was being injured and captured by Vietminh. After a bold escape, he decided to join forces with the French Military Intelligence (Deuxieme Bureau). Major Lucien Ott got famous due to, inter alia, perfect securing of president Charles de Gaulle against the OAS terrorist organization. Thanks to him, 30 prepared attacks were foiled, 11 of which were aimed directly at the head of the state. After the death of the creator of a modern bodyguard profile, major Ott, one of his students – James G. Shortt took care of the management of the IBA. As a young man, he had joined a cadet school. Later on, he had become landing operation troops officer and a member of the elite SAS (Special Air Service) unit. Moreover, during his service, he also taught soldiers in Afghanistan the art of Mujahedeen war. Currently, he teaches security guards, police officers, and soldiers all over the world in the IBA branches. The main aim of the organization is to properly prepare bodyguards-to-be to properly perform their duties. It is not an entity employing such individuals, but those who have presented exceptional skills may become members of royal, diplomatic, or personal guards recommended by the IBA. Coaches being the representatives of the organization trained bodyguards in Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania, as well as helped during the Baltic Crisis between 1989 and 1991. The qualifications of the International Bodyguard Association are exceptional, international, and backed by the documentation concerning the organization of training sessions for the military, governmental authorities, police, and private bodyguards all over the world. Such undertakings have been continuously performed since 1957. The IBA also operates and trains willing individuals in Poland. Its branch was established in the said country in 1992. The basic training offered to candidates includes 60 hours of comprehensive preparation divided into six consecutive days. After its completion, the candidates are required to undergo the so-called refresher once a year. It is one of the conditions of the membership in the IBA.

Another training organization worth mentioning is the ESI - Executive Security International. It must be highlighted that it is one of the biggest and most appreciated American companies oriented towards training personal protection guards. Its second name is as follows: Bodyguard Training Academy for Executive, Dignitary and Celebrity Protection. The ESI was formed at the beginning of the 80s by Bob Duggan – martial arts expert and master in Hwarang Do. Its creation had been preceded by the establishment of the very first bodyguard training program by the Martial Arts Academy in Aspen, Colorado. The ESI, being one of the USA’s private schools, offers its students over 2000 hours of education with regard to protection, investigation, data gathering, company and individual security, etc. The training unit of the organization is situated high up in the mountains and is run by skilled professionals. Fun fact – film writer, Tracy Keenan Wynn, cooperates with the ESI. His preeminent task has been to create scenarios of situational exercises. While writing them, the said individual takes advantage of real life situations and attacks, such as assaults on Aldo Moro, John Paul the Second, kidnapping of Hans Martin Schleyer by the RAF (Red Army Faction), and scenarios alike. The ESI collaborates with corporations operating in the close protection branch of industry, as well as with the police and military. The organized training sessions are top secret. No journalists are allowed to enter the Aspen unit. Due to the fact that the ESI is a private school, it may provide professional training to civil, police-related, and military institutions all over the world.

The citizens of Israel have never had the chance to feel safe in their country. The issue of safety has been always treated seriously there. Aside from a constant Israel-Arab world conflict threat, the Israelis have been the subjects of terrorist attracts, both within the borders of their country and outside it. Jews and Americans are most frequent victims of operations organized by highly skilled terrorist groups. Taking into account the impact the Russian mafia has on Israel, the amount of care put on widely understood safety is fully justified. The Israeli Special Forces protect their citizens by means of intelligence and security-oriented undertakings. They host training sessions in various organizations preparing bodyguards, providing the adepts with the experience gained during the service. Most famous units of the said kind in Israel are undoubtedly the ISA - International Security Academy and the ISS - International Security School.

ISA is an international organization established and managed by former leaders, police instructors, and special service members. The very first unit of the ISA was formed in Latvia as a training and advising agency for both governmental and private security guards belonging to the Baltic States and the countries of the former USSR. The fact that the ISA is not exclusively Israeli in character is proved by the figure of the organization chairman, major Urlich Wegener – the creator and very first leader of German Border Control Service called GSG 9. The team of instructors and coaches also has international roots. The credo of the organization is that the preparation of the individuals for the proper protection of others is the key. Such people have to be offered highest quality training, extensive knowledge, and practical background. The ISS training programs are based predominantly on the experiences gained in Israel and in other countries, as well as while training people for the purpose of protecting VIPs over the world. Individuals, governmental authorities, and large-size corporations have been taking advantage of the services provided by the ISA/ISS.

At the moment, civil bodyguards are also involved in close protection. The safety of the individuals hiring them, as well as their possessions depends highly on the qualifications of the former. Quite frequently, those are former policemen, soldiers, or special force members. However, a number of inexperienced adepts would like to start their adventure with personal protection as well. Are they bound to fail in their attempts? It is not always so. The most crucial component affecting the effectiveness of the training is one’s psychological preparation. It is a commonly known fact that it is exceptional in former police officers and troops. However, it is a common belief that one can be trained how to perform the job of a bodyguard, just as it is possible to teach a person how to shoot or be properly engaged in melee combat. It all depends on one’s motivation and willingness to achieve success in the industry. Regulations to date limit the training process of a security guard to the moment of being awarded with a license. In order to perform his tasks properly, such a person has to constantly improve his skills and qualifications.

Phenomena connected with the need of utilization of close protection techniques – Terrorism/Terrorist. It goes without saying that terrorism is one of the biggest threats of today’s world. While analyzing the severity of attacks and their scale, one should not doubt that VIPs should be at all possible occasions protected against the aforementioned forms of assault. In order to assess the threat a given problem pose, its specificity must be identified at first. The notion of „terrorism” was for the first time in history used during the Conference of the International Criminal Law Association in Brussels, in 1930. To date, there have been approximately 200 various definitions of the phenomenon in question. While trying to grasp its characteristic features, one will face a number of limitations and difficulties. One of statements of historian Walter Laqueur has to be touched upon here. While asked why he has been avoiding formulating an unequivocal definition of terrorism, he replied: „For 50 or so years, people are constantly trying to understand the idea behind terrorism. It is a phenomenon having different forms, depending on its place of origin and epoch. How can one find common ground between Russian revolutionists from the end of the 19th century and Al-Qaida anarchists?

Terrorism is mainly based on the utilization of force or threat in order to achieve political or ideological goals. It is hard to say something beyond that. Terrorism is like pornography – it escapes logical classification, but if one sees it – then it becomes apparent.” It is hard to argue with the statement, as it perfectly shows the complexity of the phenomenon in question. For the purpose of this publication, a strict definition of terrorism is not needed. All that is required is the utterance formulated by Walter Laqueur stating that terrorism can be most fully perceived through its manifestations. Terrorist acts are undoubtedly illegal, as they are based on kidnapping people and forcedly taking control over means of communication, economic sabotage, attacks, robberies, demanding ransom to finance organization’s own activity, posing threat to life, health, and freedom of authorities, and kidnapping people from outside the area in order to gain publicity (especially journalists, priests, voluntary workers). One may also indicate the usage of explosives and firearms in public areas and poisoning certain spots by means of radioactive materials and chemicals. Longin Tadeusz Szmidt additionally pointed out that terrorism has always been strictly connected with crafty and hard to identify methods of killing the leaders of nations. While describing the phenomenon of terrorism as a threat for the protected person, one should also point out and indicate its sources. The following are enumerated: - social and economic sources that are directly connected to economic crises, social tensions, social and national discrimination, as well as with the perception of dissonance between the factual reality and the one presented by the media; - historical and political sources. They have their beginning in severe social reactions, demanding full democratization and respecting human rights; - sociological sources that may be related to the atmosphere typical for a given country or the so-called spirit of violence; - psychological sources stating that a significant part of terrorists is highly mentally unstable which is additionally combined with the overly high self-esteem. When it comes to the area of attack, the following are proposed by the experts: - land terrorism (the major threat area for VIPs and the key one for security guards), - air terrorism (personal protection is then entrusted to the authorities managing planes, airports, etc.), and – maritime terrorism (tasks and responsibilities are then similar to air attacks). While taking into account the type of terroristic activities, one may distinguish: bombing-based, nuclear, biological, chemical, technical, cybernetic (attacks on IT networks), and narcotic-oriented (narcotic cartels undertakings) terrorism. The highest threat for VIPs is undoubtedly the first type, namely – bombing-based one. Close protection-oriented undertakings should therefore incorporate the knowledge on paradigms effective during a bomb attack. They will be discussed in further sections of this publication. It is exceptionally difficult to argue with the thesis that we must be protected against terrorism. The same applies to VIPs. The importance of the latter is also worth discussing, as the threat is much higher when a top authority is attacked than when the assault poses threat to a pop star or a wealthy businessman. However, it does not limit the necessity to analyze and counteract terroristic attack threat. It may directly impact the safety of the person a given security guard is responsible for.

Crime is also one of the issues that may endanger protected VIPs. Up to the beginning of the 80s, Poland had been considered to be one of the safest countries in Europe. Law enforcement bodies had been numerous and properly financed there, and crime forecasting, prevention, and penalizing schemes had met all the European standards. However, at the end of the discussed period, the myth of threat-free Poland started to crumble. The effects of crime fighting scene were becoming gradually more negligible. The said state of affairs was predominantly caused by the decreasing trust in law enforcing organizations, as well as by the rapid increase in crimes committed by the citizens. Another important aspect that must be taken into account were economic and political changes taking place in 1989,the liberalization of economic activity, and the emergence of free market. Some individuals possessed unimaginable riches, whereas others were exceptionally poor. In order to survive till the next day, the latter searched for the answer in crimes, leading to the occurrence of the phenomenon commonly known as organized crime. According to official data from 2001, within the borders of Poland, there were over 400 organized crime groups consociating approximately 45 thousand people. They were generating profits by means of goods smuggling, selling stolen cars, producing and marketing narcotics, counterfeiting national currency, commuting bank frauds, selling firearms, and – what is of exceptional importance from the point of view of VIPs – demanding ransom. Criminals induce fear in the society, especially due to using terror and blackmailing. They do not hesitate to kidnap others or kill them. Such individuals resort to brutal treatment, such as beating, torturing, drowning, etc. All those factors combined directly translate into wealthy representatives of the society feeling threatened. What is more, criminals frequently tend to attack the family of a VIP as well, in order to convince him to perform a given action. Therefore, children, wife, and beloved ones of such an individual must be highly protected.

Popularity/Fame –The threat of attack may be in some cases linked to the popularity of a given human being. When a VIP is in isolation, then he may only receive unwanted phone calls or be nagged by photographers. The problem arises when he has to leave his place of permanent residence or workplace, as well as when he is in a publically accessible place. Danger may still be low, but the inquisitiveness of journalist may quickly become overwhelming. Fans or supporters of a given sportsman or artist may cause havoc in order to touch their idol or get hold of any item belonging to him or her. Of course, there is also the risk of serious injuries or even death (let us take John Lennon as an example) – it cannot be neglected. That is why famous and popular individuals should by all means care about their safety. The matter also concerns politicians who are widely recognizable and controversial. In politics, there are no limitations. Opponents may even resort to killing a representative of the other side to impose his or her right on others. Elected politicians tend to have close protection, but care should be additionally exercised to care about those running in elections. Such VIPs may be ridiculed by the crowd or the opposition (by throwing eggs or pouring water over the candidate), leading to the end of their political career. The role of security guards should in the aforementioned cases not be limited to physical protection only. They must also keep information about VIP’s family, realized projects, and operation profile confidential. The image of a famous person highly depends on the bodyguards being in his immediate surroundings. The manner of their operation, professionalism, and knowledge are top priorities there.

Attack on person – By definition, attack on person is the attempt to kill someone, steal his or her possessions, as well as to kidnap him or her. The criminal action in question has a long history, as assaults have been made throughout the consecutive ages. Their goal has been to achieve a political, economic, or cultural aim. Attacks on person may lead to tremendous changes in the society, which is perfectly depicted by the killing of John Kennedy and Icchak Rabin. In the majority of cases, however, such an attack does not have significantly far-reaching consequences. In order to be effective, bodyguards must answer themselves the following questions – why do criminals attack? How do they attack? How may the assault look like? Therefore, it is highly advised to specify the motif, methods utilized, and consecutive stages of one and every attack on person. Taking into account motifs, one must bear in mind that all the assaults have their agenda. No attack is made voluntarily, without forethought. In the following sections, most common causes of the aforementioned activity are going to be enumerated:

Revolutionary or political ones – organized groups (frequently consisting of fanatics) attack others in order to force the society to change the existing system or overthrow the current government (in the attempt to choose a new one). Their victims are often the authorities ruling the country. The attackers, who follow their revolutionary or political agenda, try to win the sympathy of other representatives of the society. Long before the planned attack itself, they distribute leaflets blaming current rulers for the widespread injustice. According to their belief, the elimination of the elites in power would bring positive outcomes for the whole country. Such an action was performed in Armenia in 1999, where members of the government were shot dead during one of their meetings. The terrorists informed that their death would improve the national situation.

Economic – terrorists claim that their potential victim is responsible for the poor economic condition of the country, company, or a group of people. In the majority of cases, economic attacks take place in countries where there are extreme disproportions between the wealthy and the poor. It must be taken into consideration, however that it is not always the case, as the assessment of the attackers tend to be highly subjective. Quite frequently, the cause of the assault is the personal conviction that the unsatisfying economic condition of the terrorist is the result of actions performed by the victim. It pushes the attacker into thinking that killing him would aid the situation.

Personal – In this case, the wrongdoers are motivated to make an attack due to jealousy, vengeance or other personal causes. Those people in many cases have notable personality disorders, manifesting themselves especially in the inability to control their behavior. The aforementioned state also leads to the failure to distinguish reality from fiction. A perfect exemplification of the motif in question is shooting Zuzanna Leśniak and an artist – Andrzej Zaucha by Yves Goulais in 1991. The trigger there was jealousy.

Ideological – The terrorist is convinced that the victim chosen by him has been threatening the values and principles followed by the attacker. The said rules are often of significant importance for both the group he belongs to and for himself personally. Ideological attacks on a person may be religious or social in character. The first case is oriented towards killing a religious person in the attempt to make it impossible for him to achieve his goals. The second scenario relates to the willingness to eliminate the leader of a given social group. Quite frequently, the additional agenda is to make the organization the terrorist is a part of more memorable and popular in the media. Free publicity is an additional benefit then.

Psychological – The most commonplace group of attacks. Modern psychology claims that every person using firearms, stabbing others with a knife, or taking advantage of explosives has been struggling with mental problems. The motif is of negligible importance, as the attacker may justify his actions with revolutionary, economic, or personal goals, but the fact is that the driving force is the inability to perceive the world correctly. The assassination of Bill Clinton in 1994 illustrates the above bluntly. Francisco Martin Duran stated that he had attacked Clinton to destroy the mist connecting him to an alien entity. Apparently, Duran wanted to eliminate the mist in order to save the world. Attacks considered as crimes may be triggered by a myriad of factors. Among them,there are: - clashes between the representatives of a crime organization, willingness to demonstrate one’s power or threat the victim (attempt to force the latter to pay ransom or forget about debts), - desire to kill suspects that may endanger one’s business, - attempt to exert pressure on certain individuals or to threaten them for their professional achievements (relates to, inter alia, attorneys and tax collectors).

Attack methods to be considered by security guards. Close range attack. It may be performed by means of utilization of: - firearms, - melee weapon (knife, bayonet, dagger), - chemical substance (for example: toxic substance, such as hydrochloric acid). There are no exceptional skills needed to successfully attack a person, as almost everybody can use a knife or a dagger to a satisfactory extent. The same goes with firearms, the utilization of which is as difficult as driving a car. The aforementioned types of weapons can be transported to the place of the assault with ease. The characteristic feature of this attack type is the fact that the wrongdoer is situated maximally several centimeters away from the victim. The difficulty here is directly connected with the inability to improvise the act. It must be preceded by a prolonged observation of the subject, learning his or her customs, daily routine, places he or she visits, and the protection type he or she uses. Only after drawing proper conclusions from the examination, can the terrorist attack the victim. Marek Papała, a police commissioner, was killed due to a close range attack in 1998, Warsaw.

Long-range attack – in this case firearms are often used, especially rifles and carbines. It is not an uncommon situation to learn about an attacker who has used a sniper rifle fitted with professional laser and optical aiming devices. The distance between the wrongdoer and the subject of the attack is commonly higher than 5 meters. The former must also be much more skilled than a close range attacker, as he has to be capable of utilizing a professional gun in an effective manner. The death of John Kennedy in Dallas on 22nd November 1963 was the result of the attack form in question. Lee Harvey Oswald, who was a former marine soldier, shot his subject from a storage located several meters away from president’s cavalcade. To perform the act, he used Mannlicher-Carcano, cal. 6.5 mm rifle. The proficiency of the attacker was proven by the fact that he fired three shots and only one of them missed the target.

Attack with explosives – it requires notable skills, for the wrongdoers has to build a bomb before performing the attack. He must also know how and where to plant the explosive, how to situate the fuse inside and where to detonate it. Such a person also has to be familiar with the effects of explosion. Assault on Margaret Thatcher on 12th October 1984 showed how patient and clever can an attacker taking advantage of explosives be. Patrick Magee, a member of Irish Republican Army, moved into the hotel where the British prime minister was expected to stay 24 days before the said fact. Every single day, he worked meticulously destroying the wall and placing a 50-kilogram explosive inside the hole. The bomb was then fitted with a timer. It exploded when Miss Thatcher was considered to wash herself in the bathroom – the attacker was perfectly acquainted with her customs. She would have died if she had not received a document to be read. The explosive was detonated five floors above the bathroom located in the apartment of the „Iron Lady”. Six other people died as a result, but the suspect managed to avoid the clever assassination.

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2020.09.17 09:04 askgamblers-official 40 Best Songs of All Times About Poker, Dice, Cards and Addiction

40. Go Down Gamblin’ - Blood Sweat and Tears

Released in 1971, Go Down Gamblin’ by Blood Sweat and Tears is a song describing a gambler who is “born a natural loser.” He never wins, no matter what game he plays, but, he doesn’t feel like a loser. As the song goes – “Cause I've been called a natural lover by that lady over there, Honey, I'm just a natural gambler but I try to do my share.”

39. Gambler - Madonna

Gambler is a song written and played by Madonna, made for the film Vision Quest. Although the song reached the top 10 in the charts of the UK, Australia, Belgium, Ireland, Netherlands, and Norway, Madonna performed it only once on her 1985 The Virgin Tour. It’s a catchy song, we suggest you play it as you spin the reels of some of your favourite retro online slots.

38. The House of the Rising Sun - The Animals

Our list wouldn’t be complete without the 1964 hit song - The House of the Rising Sun by The Animals. Everybody knows the famous lines ”My mother, she was a tailor, sewed these new blue jeans, my father was a gamblin' man way down in New Orleans.” This single had a major success and made it to the top 10 songs on mainstream rock radio stations in the USA. Likewise, the hit was featured in the video game Guitar Hero Live.

37. The Winner Takes It All - ABBA

Whether we admit it or not, we all love at least some songs played by the very well-known Swedish pop group, ABBA. According to some sources, Bjorn Ulvaeus wrote the 1980 hit song The Winner Takes It All which was inspired by his divorce to his fellow band member, Agnetha Fältskog. The winner takes it all is a sort of a comparison to a divorce (especially the part ”I've played all my cards and that's what you've done too, nothing more to say, no more ace to play”), where one of them is the winner and the other one is left with nothing. And things are just the same when it comes to gambling, so we’ve decided to put the song on our list.

36. Shape of my Heart - Sting

We’re all aware of the fact that our gambling behaviour can be influenced by certain types of music and that's because online gambling and music go hand in hand. So, we suggest you start playing your preferred games with one of everyone’s favourite songs by Sting called The Shape of my Heart. It was released in 1993 and used for the end credits of the film Léon. In one of his interviews, Sting explained that the lyrics of the song tell the story of a card player who places bets not in order to win but to figure out something that’s been bothering him - “some kind of scientific, almost religious law.”

35. All I Wanna Do Is Play Cards - Corb Lund

Well, I guess I really oughta be makin up songs but all I wanna do is play cards. I know it's dumb and sick and wrong but all I wanna do is play cards. Got the studio booked in Tennessee, and my record producer's callin me, the tape will roll in just three weeks and all I wanna do is play cards.” Does it sound familiar? It’s a 2005 hit by Corb Lund called All I Wanna Do Is Play Cards, once you hear it you’ll be playing it on repeat.

34. Gambling Man - The Overtones

When you’re falling in love, it’s perfectly normal to feel like you want to gamble everything just to attract that person’s attention to notice you and love you back. Well, Gambling Man is a lively 2010 song that tells a story of a guy fascinated with his love, so he places all his bets on her, as the song goes - “I played my hand, I rolled the dice, now I'm paying for my sins, I got some bad addiction.” This time, he feels that this love affair is different from any other – “Baby, it's you, yeah, yeah, that's right.” The song was released in 2010 and has been popular ever since.

33. Poker Face - Lady Gaga

Although the Poker Face song is more about the game of romance rather than the game of poker, the catchy refrain that starts with “Can't read my, no he can't read my poker face” kinda reminds us of winning at the tables, so we couldn’t skip it this time. Released in 2008, the song achieved worldwide success, topping the charts in the USA, the UK, Australia, Canada and several European countries.

32. Little Queen of Spades - Robert Johnson

Moving on to the Little Queen of Spades, a song title by the American blues musician Robert Johnson who recorded the song in 1937 and first released it in 1938. The first version of this gambling-themed song has a playing time of 2:11, whereas the second one lasts 4s longer (2:15), and is considered an alternate take and first appeared on Johnson's album The Complete Recordings, in 1990.

31. Train of Consequences - Megadeth

Another great song Train of Consequences is the title created by Megadeth, released as the first single from their sixth studio album Youthanasia in 1994. The song was later included on their compilation albums and its music video was the 26th most played video on MTV. There’s this part of the song “No horse ever ran as fast as the money that you bet, I'm blowing on my cards and I play them to my chest” – which is about a person’s gambling problem, who realises something’s wrong with this lifestyle, but it still hunts him down. Could be just the thrill, but he just can’t stop playing.

30. Gambler - Whitesnake

Released on the album Slide It In (1984) and appearing on the compilation album Gold (2006), Gambler is the song by the British hard rock band Whitesnake. These words may sound familiar - “No fame or fortune, no luck of the draw, when I dance with the Queen of Hearts, a jack of all trades, a loser in love, it's tearing my soul apart”. And in case you’ve never heard it, we think you should give it a shot, the chances are you’re going to love it!

29. Gambling Man - Woody Guthrie

Now here’s one single from 1957 - Gamblin' Man. The song was taped live at the London Palladium and published as a double A side, with Puttin' On the Style. Reaching #1 in the UK Singles Chart in the summer 1957, it was “the last UK number 1 to be released on 78 rpm format only, as 7' vinyl had become the norm by this time.” Written by Woody Guthrie and Donegan, this gambling themed song was produced by Alan Freeman and Michael Barclay.

28. Roll of the Dice - Bruce Springsteen

According to Songfacts, Roll of the Dice was the first Springsteen’s song he didn’t write by himself. In fact, E Street Band’s pianist Roy Bittan helped with the music, while Springsteen was in charge of the lyrics, starting with – “Well I've been a losin' gambler, just throwin' snake eyes, Love ain't got me downhearted. I know up around the corner lies, My fool's paradise in just another roll of the dice.” After he broke up the E Street Band in October 1989, Springsteen wrote lyrics for the Roll of the Dice (with two other songs) and liked them to the point where he began writing and recording more songs.

27. Queen of Diamonds - Tom Odell

Here’s one song about a gambling fanatic who’s trying to satisfy his own addiction but also someone else, hoping it’s going to save him. Released in 2018, Queen of Diamonds is Tom Odell’s song from the album Jubilee Road, based on the local characters that inspired this British songwriter to include the whisky-soaked gamblers who regularly visited one betting shop.

26. The Angel and the Gambler - Iron Maiden

Now, this song may divide Iron Maiden fans and it’s most probably because of its repetitive lyrics that can be a bit annoying. The release we’re talking about is The Angel and the Gambler. Truth be told, the melody in general is very catchy and, even a bit similar to The Who in some moments. As the song was released in 1998 while Blaze Bayley was its frontmen, it’s missing the well-known high-pitch vocals from Bruce Dickinson.

25. Ramblin' Gamblin Man - Bob Seger

We’re moving on to a rock single from 1978 - Ramblin' Gamblin Man by Bob Seger. The author meets an old acquaintance, a professional gambler who happens to be a swagger. As such, he attracts people’s attention whenever he bets. Putting so much of his faith in the cards (rather than in people), he walks away every time, just before avoiding loss. Along the way, the narrator realises that, if you scratch beneath the surface, you’ll find he’s a very cynical man, who will never change.
Another gambling-themed song worth mentioning by Bob Seger is Still The Same.

24. Blow Up The Pokies - The Whitlams

Blow up the Pokies is the next song on our list, played by The Whitlams. It is the second single by the group from their 4th studio album, Love This City. Released in the year 2000, the song became a hit and made it to number 21 on the ARIA Singles Chart. According to several resources, the lyrics written by singer Tim Freedman were inspired by the destruction he saw in original Whitlams bassist Andy Lewis's life, due to his gambling addiction.

23. A Good Run of Bad Luck - Clint Black

Now here’s one 1994-song packed with gambling-related terms. As you listen to A Good Run of Bad Luck, recorded by American music artist Clint Black, you'll have a bit of fun as you try identifying what all these gambling terms mean. The song is a bit fast and is about falling in love by using gambling metaphors. The main character is willing to spend a lot of money to win his special lady over and, although he has had a period of bad luck, he is not giving up – “I've been to the table, and I've lost it all before, I'm willin' and able, always comin' back for more.

22. When You’re Hot, You’re Hot - Jerry Reed

Jerry Reed won a Grammy for the song When You’re Hot, You’re Hot which was released in 1971. Most people remember it as it was a major hit, ranked as number 1 in the country charts, also making its way up the Pop Top 40. It’s an enjoyable novelty song about the ups and downs of the gambling life, about one’s winning streak caught in an illegal game of Crap.
Country star Jerry Reed also came up with a version The Uptown Poker Club in 1973.

21. Lawyers, Guns and Money - Warren Zevon

Next one up - Lawyers, Guns and Money is a song by Warren Zevon, the closing track on his album Excitable Boy, released in 1978. An edited version of this song was distributed as a single and found itself on the A Quiet Normal Life best of compilation on the CD and LP. The song goes like this - “I went home with a waitress the way I always do, how was I to know she was with the russians, too? I was gambling in Havana, I took a little risk Send lawyers, guns, and money Dad, get me out of this, hiyah!

20. The Lottery Song - Harry Nilsson

According to the man in the 1972 pop-rock song The Lottery Song by Harry Nilsson, there's more than one way to get to Vegas. Addressing his lover, the narrator mentions a few different options for buying a ticket and going to Sin City – “We could win the lottery we could go to Vegas,” and “We could wait till summer, we could save our money” as well as “We could make a record, sell a lot of copies, we could play Las Vegas.”

19. Casino Queen - Wilco

Now here’s one black-humoured gambling-themed song, released in 1995 and titled after a casino. Featuring a dirty electric guitar, Casino Queen was composed by an American songwriter, Jeff Tweedy, who wrote this song after playing a game in a riverboat casino accompanied by his dad. Inspired by the event, the author wrote: “Casino Queen my lord you're mean, I've been gambling like a fiend on your tables so green.

18. Have a Lucky Day - Morphine

Another song on our list that you simply must check out starts like this: “I feel lucky, I just feel that way, I'm on a bus to Atlantic City later on today. Now I'm sitting at a blackjack table and swear to God the dealer has a tag says, "Mabel." Hit me, hit me! I smile at Mabel, soon they're bringing complimentary drinks to the table.” Check it out yourself - it’s called Have a Lucky Day by Morphine.

17. Kentucky Gambler - Merle Haggard

Written by Dolly Parton and released in 1974, Merle Haggard’s Kentucky Gambler is another song on our ultimate gambling playlist that you should pay attention to. It’s about a miner from Kentucky who leaves his family to gamble, under the bright lights of Reno. Unsurprisingly, his winning streak comes to an end, and he loses all his winnings. All broke, he decided to return back home only when he arrived, he found out his wife was involved with someone else.

16. The Jack - AC/DC

The next song on our list will give you some adrenaline boost, for sure. It goes like this - “She gave me the queen, she gave me the king, she was wheelin' and dealin', just doin' her thing, she was holdin' a pair, but I had to try…” Sounds familiar? This song from the 1975s is called The Jack and is played by AC/DC and there’s no way you can skip it.

15. Blackjack - Ray Charles

Moving on to something a bit different - a melody that blackjack lovers can listen to as they play is Ray Charles’ Blackjack. Apart from being a good quality song from 1955, it carries an important message with an emphasis on how brutal the game of blackjack can be. Some sources say that Ray Charles wrote it after beating T-Bone Walker at a blackjack game session.
Yet another Ray Charles’ famous song about gambling is called a Losing Hand.

14. Ooh Las Vegas - Gram Parson

Ooh, Las Vegas, ain't no place for a poor boy like me”... is a song-into for Ooh Las Vegas which was written by Gram Parsons and Ric Grech. It was first released by Gram Parsons with Emmylou Harris in 1974. Playing this song would be perfect for the beginning of the road trip (i.e. to Las Vegas), especially if you have the energy to sing along.

13. The Stranger - Leonard Cohen

Published in 1968 and performed by Leonard Cohen, The Stranger appears in the The Ernie Game movie about a man released from a mental asylum. More appropriately, it is the perfect opening song in the 1971 Western McCabe & Mrs Miller, in which Warren Beatty plays a gambler. As you listen to this song (without watching the movie), it makes you see fascinating images of card games, smoky dreams, and concepts of risk versus safety.

12. Desperado - Eagles

Written by Glen Frey and Don Henley, Desperado song is one of The Eagles’ greatest hits from their 1973 album of the same name. The song features a classic tune while the ballad tells the story of a lone wolf imprisoned by his loneliness. As for the lyrics, they have loads of card references mentioning the queen of diamonds, the queen of hearts, and so on.

11. Huck's Tune - Bob Dylan

The next song on our list is about the risks of poker, money, and relationships, which are precisely what the movie Lucky You is all about. Does it ring a bell? That’s right, this 2007 song is called Huck’s Tune and is performed by Bob Dylan. Each of us can all relate to lines "You push it all in, and you've no chance to win, you play 'em on down to the end." Play the song and you’ll enjoy more than 4 amazing minutes of Bob Dylan.
Likewise, Bob Dylan recorded Rambling, Gambling Willie and Lily, Rosemary and the Jack of Hearts, both excellent and both inspired by gambling.

10. Four Little Diamonds - Electric Light Orchestra

A song by the British rock band Electric Light Orchestra Four Little Diamonds was released in 1983 and found itself on the album Secret Messages. The single wasn’t so popular in the US, being only 2 weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, at number 86, and number 84 in the UK. This song refers to the singer’s cheating lover who tricked him out of a ring which had 'four little diamonds' on it.

9. You Can't Beat The House - Mark Knopfler

Moving on to our next choice for the day, You Can’t Beat the House. It’s the third song on the Get Lucky studio album released in 2009 by British singer-songwriter and guitarist Mark Knopfler. The album and the songs received favorable reviews with the album reaching the top three positions on album charts in Denmark, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, and Poland. The singer’s divine voice combined with beautiful music and lyrics goes like this – “You can't bear the house, you can't bear the house, tell the man somebody, you can't beat the house.

8. Deck of Cards - Don Williams

Deck of Cards is a recitation song that tells the story of a soldier who gets caught while playing cards in church and then faces a sentence from a superior officer. The soldier defends his case, explaining he wasn't about to deal a hand of poker, but was rather confirming his faith with the cards. Performed by T. Texas Tyler, the song managed to become a major hit in the 1940s and 1950s. Also, Wink Martindale had an even bigger hit with his 1959 cover, with a successful version by Don Williams featuring Tex Ritter and Buddy Cole.

7. Gambler’s Blues - B.B. King

First recording of the song Gambler’s Blues by B.B. King was in 1966, and it was released in 1967. The song appears on the album Back in the Alley (1970). Some say gambling and blues go hand in hand, so if you (gambling fans) haven’t heard it, listen and see for yourself.

6. Tumbling Dice - Rolling Stones

One of our favourite songs on the list is Tumbling Dice, written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards. It tells the story of a gambler who can’t remain faithful to any woman. Being released in the 1970s and featuring a blues boogie-woogie rhythm, the song was and still is one of the greatest singles of all time.
Rolling Stones also recorded Casino Boogie, and it’s from their 1972 album, Exile on Main St.

5. Luck Be A Lady - Frank Sinatra

The next song on our list is about a gambler who hopes that he will win a bet, the outcome of which will decide whether he is able to save his relationship with the girl of his dreams. You probably know what song we’re talking about; it’s called Luck be a Lady released in 1965 and performed by one of the most popular musical artists - Frank Sinatra.

4. Deal - Grateful Dead

Next one up is the song Deal. It was first performed by the Grateful Dead in 1971, as a regular part of the repertoire through their 1970's tour. Although being less common to the fans during the 1990s, the band continued to perform it. The singer opens with the message: “Since it cost a lot to win and even more to lose you and me bound to spend some time wondering what to choose,” that later kicks off with a chorus: “Don't let your deal go down...
Loser is another song first performed by the Grateful Dead in 1971 as well, heavily played during 1971 and 1972.

3. Ace of Spades - Motörhead

Ok, the next song is loaded with some great gambling verses like "The pleasure is to play, makes no difference what you say, I don't share your greed, the only card I need is the Ace of Spades" will definitely set you in the right mood for hitting some winning combinations. Released in 1980, the song was inspired by slot machines that the lead singer Ian Fraser “Lemmy” Kilmister played in London pubs.

2. Viva Las Vegas - Elvis

As soon as you start playing the second song from our playlist “Viva Las Vegas,” you’ll probably picture a huge casino and a great gaming atmosphere. Performed by the legendary Elvis Presley, the 1964-released song brings the glamour of the city, and its beat will get you in the mood for some serious gameplay. This song was written for the movie of the same name starring Elvis Presley, in which he plays a race car driver waiting tables at a hotel to pay off a debt. There’s this famous scene when he performs this song at the talent competition alongside many showgirls.

1. The Gambler - Kenny Rogers

Performed by the legendary country singer Kenny Rogers, The Gambler song is our number 1 - it's full of some betting advice that are relevant today, even though it was released more than 40 years ago, in 1978. Here’s how it goes… “If you're gonna play the game, boy you gotta learn to play it right, you've got to know when to hold 'em, know when to fold 'em, know when to walk away, and know when to run.” These classic chorus lines were told from the first-person perspective inspired by a conversation the author had with an experienced poker player on a train. Written in the form of poker metaphors, Schlitz wrote the tune in honor of his late father.
Johnny Cash is also among other musicians who recorded The Gambler in 1978, on Gone Girl.

What do you think? Which one is your favourite?

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2020.09.16 14:00 cincbus Introducing: The Norwegian Royal Family

Royal Family Instagram
Crown Princess Mette Marit Instagram
Princess Martha Louise Instagram
Princess Martha Louise Instagram #2 (I believe she was asked to no longer use the Princess title)
King Harald V (b. 1937)
Ascended the throne in 1991 after the death of his father, King Olav V. He was the third child of the King, however his older siblings were both females. At the time of his birth he was 16th in line to the British throne as a descendant of Queen Victoria. He spent part of his childhood in Sweden and the US after his family went into exile during WW2.
Harald has executive power granted to him by the constitution, however he is not politically responsible for exercising it. His acts must be countersigned with a member of the Council of State (generally the Prime Minister). He also has the power of veto, however no Norwegian King has exercised it since the dissolution of union of Sweden in 1905.
Interesting Facts:
Represented Sweden in the 1964, 1968, and 1972 Olympic Games in the sport of sailing.
Marriage: Harald married commoner Sonja Haraldsen in 1968. They dated (in secret!) for 9 years prior because his father, King Olav, would not allow him to marry a commoner. Olav only relented when Harald told him he would remain unmarried for his lifetime unless he was allowed to marry Sonja. They met at a dinner party.
See photos from their wedding here:.
As part of his official visit to Washington and Alaska in May, His Majesty King Harald V of Norway spoke at Pacific Lutheran University’s Commencement ceremony, where he received a Doctor of Laws jure dignitatis.
Gave a speech that publicly supported LGTBQ+
Queen Sonja (b. 1937)
Born to a clothing merchant in Oslo. She received a diploma in dressmaking and tailoring as well as a degree from finishing school. She also attended the University of Oslo receiving a degree in French, English, and Art History.
One of my favorite photos of the Queen at age 33.
A fun article on Sonja and her love of art
Listen to an interview with Sonja (in English)
Crown Prince Haakon (b. 1973)
CP Haakon is heir apparent to the throne of Norway although he has an older sister, Princess Martha Louise. He has served in the Royal Norwegian Navy, attended classes at the University of Oslo, and completed his education in development studies at the London School of Economics.
Married Crown Princess Mette-Marit, a commoner, in 2001. Then a single mother, Mette-Marit had a known “party” background that included involvement in the rave scene in Oslo, which included a significant drug-subculture. Additionally, the father of her child, Marius, had prior convictions of drug-related offenses.
The Norwegian people were unhappy with CP Haakon’s choice of bride. Many Norwegian conservatives were also upset with the pair when it was made public that they were living together before their marriage. In a heartfelt press conference before their wedding, a tearful Mette-Marit explained her past and apologized for her youthful rebelliousness.
Quotes from her press conference:
“My youthful rebellion went further than it did for others, and I learnt some hard lessons.” The single mother has what has been described as “a colourful past in Oslo’s famously drug-ridden ‘house party’ scene.”
“We tested the limits. It has taken time for me to deal with this. I know it has been difficult for many people. It has been difficult for me. But I can’t make those choices over again, even if I could wish that that were possible.”
The Crown Prince told the assembled media that the Royal Family had spent time discussing how the questions around his future wife’s past should be dealt with before she brought up the issue herself. “What we shared was so important that I could not let it go,” said the heir to the Norwegian throne about his decision to marry Mette-Marit. “I think that together we are stronger than I am by myself.”
The couple also talked about how both of their mothers were giving lots of marriage advice, and about Mette-Marit’s four-year-old son Marius, who will be a page boy at Saturday’s nuptials. “I think he thinks that he is getting married as well,” commented his mother fondly.
See photos from their wedding (including some of your other favorite royals!) here.
Watch their wedding: Mette-Marit appeared to weep throughout much of their wedding.
Watch a speech from Haakon (in English!)
Crown Princess Mette-Marit (b. 1973)
Mette-Marit was born in Norway. Her father was a reported alcoholic who, once his daughter’s relationship with the Crown Prince was public, was paid up to $45,000 USD annually by a magazine to share private information and photos of his daughter. His relationship with MM was strained, however they reportedly reconciled sometime before his death in 2007.
She completed her high school education before taking preparatory college courses at Agder College. She then worked as a waitress in Oslo before meeting the Crown Prince at a party during Quart Festival, Norway’s largest music festival. Years later, after becoming a single mother, she met Haakon again and their relationship began. Since becoming Crown Princess, MM has taken several college course and completed a master’s degree in Executive Management.
In 2018 it was announced that MM had been diagnosed with pulmonary fibrosis, which will limit her official duties.
Watch a speech (in English) from MM.
Princess Ingrid Alexandra (b. 2004)
The Constitution of Norway was altered in 1990 to introduce absolute primogeniture, meaning the crown will pass to the eldest child regardless of sex. It was not considered retroactive, however, thus Crown Prince Haakon remains the heir ahead of his elder sister Martha Louise. As a result, Princess Ingrid Alexandra will become the country’s second female monarch behind Queen Margaret, who reigned over Norway, Denmark, and Sweden from 1380-1412.
Her godparents include Crown Prince Fred of Denmark, Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden, and the King of Spain. She was a bridesmaid in Victoria’s wedding – see a photo of her and fellow future queen Catharina-Amalia of the Netherlands here.
Ingrid is second in line to the throne behind her Father, Crown Prince Haakon.
Prince Sverre Magnus (b. 2005)
Known for dabbing on the royal balcony.
He was confirmed in Asker church earlier this month.
Marius Borg Hoiby (b. 1997)
Marius is the son of CP Mette Marit from a prior relationship. Marius is not a working member of the royal family. He does not hold a title and does not appear in official portraits.
On January 10, 2017 (shortly before his 20th birthday), Crown Princess Mette-Marit posted an open letter on the royal family's website, asking the press to let her son get peace, as he is not a public person or wants a life in the public light. "Marius does not want to live a life in public. My commitment to him as a mother is to take the responsibility that was given me at Aker Hospital 20 years ago seriously,” she wrote, before asking some Norwegian media to let him drop from their radar “as he wants, when he now partly for that reason chose to go abroad to study.”
You can follow him on Instagram here:
Princess Martha Louise (b. 1971)
Princess Martha Louise is the eldest child of the King and Queen, however due to Norway’s then-agnatic primogeniture rules she was replaced in the line of succession by her younger brother, Haakon.
Princess Märtha Louise is a certified physiotherapist following education in Oslo and internship in the Netherlands. She has not practiced her profession, however, choosing instead, from her fascination in traditional Norwegian folk tales as well as a love of music, to establish her own commercial entertainment business based on giving public and televised performances reciting folk tales and singing with well-known Norwegian choirs.
After studying physiotherapy at an academy for holistic medicine, she decided to open her own business in 2002. The King, after consulting her, issued a royal edict which removed Princess Märtha Louise's style of Royal Highness (she is conventionally accorded the lesser style Highness abroad, although this style has no legal standing in Norway), in order to provide her freedom from her constitutional role as a princess.
She claims she can communicate with animals and angels and started an alternative therapy center named Astarte Education. Founded as Astarte Education in 2007 and dubbed an “angel school,” the company changed its name to “Soulspring” three years ago. The school offered classes in “healing, reading and touching,” and various treatments and therapies aimed at teaching clients “how to find yourself.” The school closed in 2018 due to financial issues.
Marriage: Married commoner Ari Behn, an author, in 2002 and they divorced in 2017. He passed away from suicide last year. Together they have 3 children:
Maud Angelica Behn (b. 2003)
Leah Isadora Behn (b. 2005)
Emma Tallulah Behn (b. 2008)
See photos from their wedding here.
Current Relationship: Is in a relationship with an American citizen, a shaman named Durek Verrett. Durek claims to be able to aid in the recovery from illnesses such as cancer and leukemia, however faces a lot of scrutiny from the Norwegian public, often being called a “conman”.
You can read more about him here.
Read more about their relationship here.
Durek and Martha Louise now hold seminars and workshops in Norway titled “The Princess and the Shaman”, which promise to take attendees “on a self-discovery into wisdoms to reveal to you your divine self activated”.
HH Princess Astrid (b. 1932)
Sister to the King. After the death of their mother died, Astried (then 22) was the senior lady of the court and acted as first lady of Norway for her father.
Like her brother, Astrid married a commoner. They had five children together and he passed away in 2015. You can read about their wedding here.
The Princess still takes on some official duties on behalf of the Royal Family. According to one article I read, she is well-liked by the Norwegian people and considered to be funny, friendly, and unpretentious.
Interesting Fact: One of her godmothers is Queen Elizabeth of England.
Like their Swedish counterparts, the Norwegians play a role in the Nobel ceremonies. The Peace Prize is handed out in Oslo in the presence of the monarch, however it is a much more muted affair than the Swedes. No tiaras are at this event ☹
The Norwegians have an interesting collection of tiaras at their disposal. Check out their collection here:
Royal Family v Royal House
The Norwegians have a clear distinction between the two. The Royal House (kongeheset) is the King and Queen, CP Haakon and CP Mette Marit, and their daughter, Ingrid Alexandra.
The Royal Family includes all of the monarch’s children and their spouses, grandchildren, and siblings.
See a photo of the family here:
Have anything to add? Want to add your favorite photo or event? Feel free to do so in the comments :)
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2020.09.11 18:00 raicicle Popheads Featuring... Tom Aspaul

Tom Aspaul is an upcoming British pop artist who has written for the likes of Kylie Minogue, Celeste and AlunaGeorge. Popheads talked to Tom about the disco resurgence and switching from songwriter to artist as he geared up for the release of his debut album "Black Country Disco".
When we talk to Tom over Zoom, he’s sitting in one of those old English kitchens that you might see on a family cooking show. It felt like a natural backdrop to the conversation which seemed to centre around the idea of home, with Tom explaining beforehand that the day we were planning to chat to him was his mom’s 60th birthday and he had to schedule around a celebratory lunch they’d planned—as we find out while we talk, moving back to his hometown shaped the trajectory of his debut album too.
His debut album Black Country Disco is now tantalisingly close to release (September 14th) when we speak, which we got the chance to hear in advance—it’s an unadulterated romp through the sounds of disco clocking in just under 30 mins, with razor-sharp hooks and tight harmonies driven home by his distinctive falsetto. Single ‘Close 2 Me’ opens the album with a Bee Gees strut while elsewhere album cut ‘Dead Already (Save Yourself)’ fuses classic muted disco guitar with bossa nova rhythms and tropicália basslines. There’s also a tongue-in-cheek humor to the album, and an effervescent enthusiasm on even its most personal moments that makes it tempting to wonder if this is essentially what Carly Rae Jepsen’s scrapped disco record would have sounded like.
It’s a concept album too, tracking his move back from London to his hometown (in a Midlands region called the Black Country, giving the album its name; the album is scattered with numerous geographic references too) after a recent break-up with his then-boyfriend of 5 years. It’s a heartbreak record for sure (“I’m not reinventing the wheel, Adele can do heartbreak, anyone can,” he comments), but only so many heartbreak records are gay heartbreak records. Few albums commit to this level of camp, including visually with Tom bleaching his hair blonde and going for a full biker moustache look whose associations with gay culture can’t be ignored, even if you simply consider Village People and Glenn Hughe’s leather biker look.
“I’m doing everything myself, so I’m quite frantic,” Tom says, his bleach blonde hair still boldly visible against both the English gloom and video call noise. He’s been masterminding practically every aspect of his album campaign from running the label to sorting out the press and creating the merch. His work ethic is hugely admirable but he emphasises his music at the heart of it. “But, you know, I’m super excited because it’s been a year in the making and I’m really excited to have music out there.”
Tom has primarily been behind-the-scenes in previous years (although he has had some past solo music out). One of his biggest songwriting credits to date is on Kylie Minogue’s ‘Feel So Good’, a memorable album cut from her twelve studio album Kiss Me Once. Yet what some casual listeners may miss is that it’s actually a straight cover of one of Tom’s earliest tracks ‘Indiana’, that he made with MNEK. When his publisher at the time told him that Kylie wanted to record the track for her upcoming album, he initially had mixed feelings. He pulls a slight face and recalls, “I was like, I don’t know because it’s a cover.” He makes clear of his love for Kylie regardless, whose sound can be heard all over Tom’s own album, and notes that he relented realising a previous single ‘2 Hearts’ was in fact also a cover that made its way to her in a very similar way. “This was a very early on in my writing career as well, so in some ways, it was amazing because all of a sudden I was in the room with Little Mix and people like that.”
He does lament somewhat that the circumstances left him somewhat pigeonholed as a songwriter and not an artist. “From then until now with this record, it’s been really difficult for me balancing that and I’ve finally found the balance.” Kylie is serendipitously releasing an album called DISCO later this year as well, a sound she explored on albums like Light Years, which Tom had referenced earlier in our conversation. In a full-circle moment, one of the singles from Black Country Disco, ‘W.M’, a sort-of Chromeo moment about the local tram line (“So we’re gonna take a ride on the Midland Metro/Line 1, ‘cos there’s only one line”) even ended up on a Kylie-curated Spotify playlist of disco songs in the lead-up to her album.
\" some ways, it was amazing because all of a sudden I was in the room with Little Mix and people like that.\"
2020 has generally seen a huge disco resurgence, not just from Kylie, but from the likes of Dua Lipa, Doja Cat, Miley Cyrus and Lady Gaga. Tom says he’s been surprised by so many huge artists going this route, but also adds, “What I’m hearing isn’t really disco sonically, but more the aesthetic they’re using. A lot of the music is almost 80s synthwave, encompasses such a wide range of sounds.” Black Country Disco’s relatively lean runtime relies more on classic disco sounds, with as much 70s influences as 80s synthwave aesthetics.
“One of my favourite albums of the year is Jessie Ware’s album,” referring to What’s Your Pleasure?, “I listened to a lot of that record before producing the final two songs.” Tom has been primarily working with a London-based producer Gil Lewis for his debut album, working remotely because of his move and the pandemic which he does say has been a logistical uphill battle. But, during lockdown, Tom took a month to learn to produce himself (“It’s a massive step forward for me, and gives me a bit more independence as an artist”) with the last two tracks recorded in June, ‘01902’ (named after the telephone area code where Tom resides) and the titular ‘Black Country Disco’ being the result of this work. They are, in Tom’s words, “a bit more sexy” than the rest of the record which focuses more on the heartbreak surrounding his breakup and the influence of Jessie Ware’s mature and self-confident take on disco is apparent. The emotional journey that he experienced during his breakup is something that he has tried to let the listeners experience too. He tells us that his ex actually got in touch with him to tell him he’s been listening to his most recent single ‘Tender’ but hasn’t heard the rest of the album yet “which is probably a good thing”.
The disco on Tom’s album is however contextualised within the West Midlands, an unassuming area in the middle of England that lies in stark difference to London; the Black Country refers to a particular region in the West Midlands. We ask if there’s a good way to explain the regional significance to people outside the UK. He compares it to the Rust Belt in the US. “They were all areas of manufacturing and industry in the 60s, then all of a sudden that gets taken away and there’s a lot of poverty and deprivation.” We talk about Cleveland and Detroit, two places inundated in this history but home to some of America’s richest musical scenes.
Tom lists some of the acts to come out of the West Midlands, like Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, Christine McVie from Fleetwood Mac, all noticeably rock musicians. How does a disco album fit into this context? He says it’s an act of subversion, going against the expected. Even the album cover plays reference to this idea, which he based on the logos of bands like Black Sabbath. “I thought it’s gonna be really funny if I’m going to put out a gay disco record and you have imagery associated with metal.”
\"If I could do anything different, I would just luxuriate in the music a bit more because that came from a sense of pressure to want to get playlisted and want people to play repeat.”
Despite having barely finished his debut album, Tom is already thinking about what he’s going to do next. Remixes for the album are coming out soon, mentioning that he’s recording new vocals for the remix in the vein of Mariah Carey. His desire for extended remixes comes from fears that dealing with streaming and playlisting changed his vision for the album. “All the songs on the album are really short, bar one. Looking back, if I could do anything different, I would just luxuriate in the music a bit more because that came from a sense of pressure to want to get playlisted and want people to play repeat.” Next week, Tom has a Becky Hill writing camp so he hasn’t stopped songwriting either. Some things inevitably have fallen to the wayside due to the pandemic, like performing the album live on tour and Pride events that got cancelled. Even that doesn’t seem to dampen his spirits too much, as he wants to spend the extra time anyway looking into performing with a live band rather than a DJ and a backing track.
He’s even planning his next album, which he has a clear idea for. Tom knows that he wants to move out of disco, and that he has another specific decade in mind for the sound of it, which he wants to finish in the next year (“I want to keep churning it out like Ariana Grande”). He has a feature in the works that will hopefully bridge the two projects too. He does however joke that he’s worried about what he’s going to write about, without a dramatic life event in tow like a breakup or moving across the country, but is excited for what the future holds.
Tom’s coming down to London for a few things, like a release party for the album, but it seems that for the time being, the West Midlands seem like the place to be for him and a vital part of his creative reinvigoration. The one thing back home he could probably do without though? “There’s like huge spiders coming down at the moment. I don’t know what to do, I’ve tried everything. I can’t.”
Surprise single ’01902’ is out today on streaming services. You can discuss the song here. Tom’s album Black Country Disco is out everywhere on Monday 14th September.
Interview conducted via Zoom by u/raicicle and u/berober04 Written by Noel Z. (u/raicicle) Edited by u/berober04 and u/eklxtreme Images courtesy of Tom Aspaul (Credits: Kasia Clarke and Sam Taylor-Edwards) 
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2020.09.11 17:38 IndieheadsAOTY Album of the Year 2014 #11: Christine and the Queens - Chaleur humaine

Album of the Year 2014 #11: Christine and the Queens - Chaleur humaine
Hello everyone and welcome back yet again to Album of the Year 2014, the daily write-up series where the users of indieheads talk about their favorite albums of 2014. Up today, kappyko, the founder of our sister sub, popheads, comes to us to talk Christine and the Queens debut album, Chaleur humaine.
June 2nd, 2014 - Because
Apple Music
Christine and the Queens is the project of Héloïse Letissier. Brought up by an English professor and a French teacher, Letissier’s upbringing was marred by self-image issues relating to queerness and misogyny. Expelled from school for staging a play without permission, she began writing plays about a liberated personification of her anger named Christine. After a partner broke up with her after transitioning, she went to London and met drag queens who had uplifted her - from them, she took the “Queens” part of her stage name. After being inspired to write from this experience, she began making songs on GarageBand and slowly built notoriety before being signed to Because Music. Chaleur humaine was released in 2014 to critical acclaim. Multiple singles from the album - “Saint Claude,” “Christine,” and “Paradis Perdus” - became hits on the French charts, with the first two going top 5.
Christine and the Queens would later reissue Chaleur humaine internationally as Christine and the Queens, with English versions of several songs as well as new songs with Tunji Ige and Perfume Genius. A performance of “Tilted” (the English version of “Christine”) on Later... with Jools Holland boosted her profile in the United Kingdom, causing “Tilted” to chart in the top 20 of the UK charts.
Review by kappyko
Sometimes I feel like poptimism was a ruse. Don’t get me wrong: I love pop music. I created a subreddit for it, I’ve spent years of my life trying to foster a community full of intelligent and varied people who love it, and the bulk of my taste has been altered forever by an inclination towards that which is intriguing and yet accessible. Yet for me to talk about pop music nowadays feels like a battle with a system that will always win. In 2020, I’m unnerved about how much I’m concerned that the music I love is being marketed specifically to me: is everything I write, think, feel doomed to be me doing the work of higher-ups? I almost didn’t cover Chaleur humaine because of qualms sourced from this ever-present pop-paranoia. After all, an album with multiple charting singles in France and a crossover hit in the United Kingdom is surely a tad awkward to cover under the indie umbrella, even in spite of her presence on an independent label. Would this write-up take up the space of a more deserving, lesser known record?
This probably goes to show that I find the lesser-knowns of the mainstream music industry far more fascinating than most established “indie classics.” All music deserves sincere contemplation — a sentiment that likely rings hollow in the face of PR and payola and playlisting, yet endures in spite of this because at the core of it music is still a human endeavor and one that people take genuine inspiration from. Christine and the Queens’ Chaleur humaine crossed over for a moment in time into relevance, but its success seems to be an anomaly considering that the rest of her work has not met the commercial heights of her debut. (Of course, the music itself remained just as good.) Once “the future of pop,” Chaleur humaine is now instead a reminder of what pop still has yet to be: a reminder of Kanye West’s once-fascinating propensity for maximalism; an early indicator of Lorde’s impact on the decade’s minimalistic, vulnerable turn.
Given that Christine’s artistry is often extra-musical, it’s worth mentioning that the brilliant videos 1 2 3 and performances show her work reaching its fullest potential. Without the gorgeous visual accompaniment Chaleur humaine is still dense with the kind of singular, consistently thrilling content one can’t find anywhere else but a pop artist. And yet even then Christine does more. Self-produced and self-written bar a composition that’s still brilliantly structured in its own right, her work delights in comparisons to The Greats: Janet Jackson and Stevie Wonder’s self-produced, cohesive social statements; the intense androgynous images of David Bowie; the performance qualities of the often-compared Michael Jackson. Despite the references, Chaleur humaine is seemingly determined to remark upon its own singularity, to insist on a spot in the pop canon.
Chaleur humaine is 11 songs imbued with the titular human warmth, calling into question identity and sensuality and observing it almost as an outsider. It is fundamentally queer, explicitly referencing struggles with gender identity and sexuality that Christine would only expand upon in later records. Some may be concerned about the pop polish that permeates an album so concerned with the notion of queer identity, erasing the transgressions of the underground that influences Christine and replacing them with friendlier statements much like Madonna’s “Vogue.” Yet the format does not compromise Christine’s personal struggles of gender identity, and she beckons towards listeners to join her in a joyfully utopian space of introspection. While other entries in queer pop tend towards the sentimental, communal spaces of dancefloors, Chaleur humaine feels stuck in the cerebral – a pure attempt at dissecting herself for all to hear.
Not many pop records sound quite as beautiful or intricate as Chaleur humaine, to the point where it’s very easy to fall in love with the songs themselves without ever having to read a single translation. And perhaps it’s to Christine’s benefit that she’s found such an audience in the Anglosphere: it’s much easier to project meaning onto words one doesn’t understand at all. Thanks to the rich chamber production provided by Letissier herself and her knack for writing quirky melodies, the music itself speaks to those for whom the text cannot be understood. Unlike the sheer revivalism of other synthpop acts that rely on excessive gated drums and obvious electronics, the production on Chaleur humaine is intricate, precise, and uniquely orchestrated. The Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis influences that would later completely infiltrate her music starting with Chris exist only in undertones here, instead overshadowed by the prominence of lush strings, pianos, and synths. Often Christine’s production gives the songs greater depth: the oddball space synths of “Science Fiction,” the incessant gurgles underneath the tribal beat of “Ugly-Pretty,” the Passion Pit-esque reverse synthesizers in “Nuit 17 à 52.” Written bassline first, the balladry throughout Chaleur humaine is still ultimately made from a mindset of danceability that avoids the drab tropes of lesser artists.
“iT” is one of the album’s immediate highlights for demonstrating her writing abilities at their most adept. It also happens to demonstrate that Christine’s writing is often really fucking difficult to decipher on a line-by-line basis, but in spite of this the sentiment is obvious. Christine’s writing borders on poetry, less concerned with directness and more what emotions she can glean from the language she uses. She says herself that “language itself can be a tool, or something to oppress you. If you change the gender of a word, suddenly it's weird. Or if you say, constantly on stage, 'I'm a man' - being a young girl, and a tiny one - it creates something interesting.” This obsession with language recalls that of Scritti Politti’s “The Word Girl,” a track on an album quite like Chaleur humaine in its level of pop-forward artistry and dense lyricism. If Green Gartside identifies the usage of the word “girl” in pop music as a means of manipulating the identity of women, perhaps Christine would believe that claiming manhood for herself removes herself from the projections often placed upon the notion of the pop star. She says herself in an interview that girls are “trapped in hypocritical injunctions: Be pretty but not too pretty. Be sexy but not slutty. Be polite but not boring.” Through determination she asserts her identity on her own terms: “I won’t let you steal it, I bought it for myself.” And an earlier lyric stuns in its poignance: “I rule / Over all my dead impersonations.” “Half Ladies,” located later in the record, continues the arc of exploring the complexity of Christine’s gender identity. The song relies on a central sonic anxiety to relay an account of body dysmorphia, alternating between lullaby-esque tones and a sort of deconstructed funk hook while never quite settling on either. Anxious self-presentation (“Cheveux en arrière / Col boutonné haut / C'est moins pour l'allure / Que pour cacher l'éraflure”) and a question presented in the masculine (“Suis-je laid ou beau ?”) lead into the track’s most incisive line: “le corps rien à faire / Immobile fléau.” When so many ostensibly empowering pop anthems seem to, accidentally or intentionally, slip into gender essentialism, it’s nice to hear a pop song like this oppose that thought process entirely. “Laissez passer toutes les Half-Ladies” is the entirety of the hook, and yet even without having any knowledge of French the subtext of the song is immediate with just the title and the brilliant arrangements on display.
Christine's fascination with language is explained further in a Genius annotation for the album's title track:
I really like working with the non- prefix: non-beauty, non-love, non-desire. It is a process that I encountered for the first time while reading poetry. It is both a negation of the word and its development: the term is contradicted, but it does not disappear. It creates a new, ambivalent meaning, which I really like, especially about beauty - which is a terrible, relative, irreducibly mysterious concept for me: to be beautiful for whom?
So “Chaleur humaine” is about “non-beauty” - an unromanticized portrayal of one’s sexual coming-of-age - a thankful subversion of the romanticized “very first time” in pop music! Even fellow queer pop artist Troye Sivan got this wrong, sort of. Selling a romantic idea of virginity in general is a shallow, shitty part of pop culture; selling that to queer kids ignores harsh reality in favor of anticipatory fantasies. “Chaleur humaine” is dense, unmoving, and very unlike the kinetics that infiltrate even the sadder ballads of the rest of the album. The synthesizers seem to echo a dirge, a slight lament for the loss of innocence yet at the same time becoming an all-encompassing representation of the titular human warmth. Christine does not suggest pleasure or fun, but still understands sensuality as a comforting, moving thing in its own right.
Other songs on the record explore an isolationist view of interpersonal relationships and intimacy; take, for example, “Saint Claude.” Led by glitch drums and light piano, Christine’s vocals are hushed and rhythmically off, as she sees a person in public and begins projecting a fantastical savior upon them, a reprieve from the mundanities of urban life. If the verses are internal monologue, the hook is spoken reality: “here’s my station,” a suggestion of a non-specific something to happen that never materializes. “We are so lonely in this part of town” is a bid for intimacy, yet to call “Saint Claude” a crush song would suggest too much. There are possibilities in this song-world, yet the knowledge that none of them will come to fruition is taken as fact. Lighthearted escapism can only be taken so far before being overcome by the overwhelming dread of loneliness: “pour que l’orage s’annonce.” Likewise, pop star utopias can only extend so far before giving way to reality. The changing identities and characters of Christine are still firmly human, and relatable in a manner that refuses to condescend or feign modesty.
In spite of the daunting loneliness that permeates several of the album’s songs - whether the quasi-mashup of “Paradis Perdus,” the looming tropical pop of “Narcissus Is Back,” or the haunting groove of “Here” - Chaleur humaine still relies on providing a safe space for its listeners. Her songwriting does not rely on the investment in personality that pop’s biggest stars rely on; instead, the ambiguity of her lyrics allows for listeners to project themselves in the spaces she inhabits. The album’s most popular song, “Christine” / “Tilted,” embodies this notion, focusing on feelings of alienation from society and being able to appreciate oneself in spite of this. Pop aesthetics, according to Christine, are about “being generous with something that could weigh you down” - “Christine” offers sanctuary for all who need a place to belong.
I initially set out to write on the album and ended up writing on several songs in depth. Yet to me writing on albums simply seems like a less natural endeavor than writing on songs. After all, Chaleur humaine is still a pop album, and thus it’d be doing it a disservice to speak of it in terms of a generalized album statement when its songs are as self-contained as they are. Christine and the Queens is the embodiment of what a pop star should be in the 21st century, and Chaleur humaine is a remarkable feat that should be acknowledged beyond any PR or commercial success.
Talking Points
  • How do you deal with language barriers when it comes to the music you listen to?
  • What other music do you listen to that meaningfully deals with gender identity or queerness?
  • What is poptimism?
  • Is pop music inextricable from its commercial roots?
Thank you to u/kappyko for their excellent write-up! Up tomorrow, u/PinkertonRams makes their case for Weezer's 2014 return Everything Will Be Alright In The End. In the meantime, discuss today's album in the comments below where the entire schedule along with a link to every write-up so far will be posted.
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2020.09.08 23:18 clemaneuverers The book, "The Protocols Of The Learned Elders Of Zion", first published circa 120 years ago, is said to be a "fabricated antisemitic text", a "hoax", a "forgery". Recent research I have done leads me to believe that this is not the case and it is actually a genuine document. Long post!

Russian edition 1912
American english edition, 1, 2
It was declared a forgery which means there was an original document somewhere.
–Eustace Mullins
First, a link to the wikipedia page for the protocols so those interested can see how much of what you're about to read is omitted from there:
The book in which they [the Protocols] are embodied was first published in the year 1897 by Philip Stepanov for private circulation among his intimate friends. The first time Professor Sergius A. Nilus published them was in 1901 in a book called The Great Within the Small and reprinted in 1905. A copy of this is in the British Museum bearing the date of its reception, August 10, 1906.
All copies that were known to exist in Russia were destroyed in the Kerensky regime, and under his successors the possession of a copy by anyone in Soviet land was a crime sufficient to ensure the owner's of being shot on sight. (source):
The best evidence of the genuineness of the Protocols is that in March, 1917 the Bolshevik Revolution took place in Russia and one of the first things done upon the Jewish Bolsheviks taking power was to destroy all copies of Professor Sergius A. Nilus’ book, The Great Within the Small, by. That book, which was first published in Tsarskoe-Tselc (Russia) in 1901, contained The Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion. All copies of the Protocols that were known to exist in Russia were destroyed during the Kerensky regime. The law followed by Kerensky’s communist successors to power was that the possession of a copy of the Protocols by anyone in the Soviet Union was a crime punishable by being shot on sight
...Professor Nilus was arrested by the Cheka (Russian Secret Police) in Kiev. He was imprisoned and tortured. The Jewish president of the court, told Professor Nilus that the brutal treatment he received was as retribution for "having done them incalculable harm in publishing the Protocols."
[2011] Solving the Mystery of Babylon the Great by Edward Hendrie
The attack on the Protocols in the 1920’s proved above all else the truth of their contention; it showed that the standing organization for suppressing public discussion of the conspiracy had been perfected in the intervening 120 years . Probably so much money and energy were never before in history expended on the effort to suppress a single document.
[1956] The Controversy of Zion by Douglas Reeds
In 1865 the Jewish Rabbi RZEICHORN, made a speech in Prague. The speech was published 11 years later by Sir John Radcliff, who was assassinated shortly after its publication and it became almost extinct for years. Here are a few passages;
"With Gold one can buy the most upright consiences, with Gold one can fix the value of every stock, the price of every merchandise, one can loan it to states that afterwards one holds at ones mercy.
"Already the principle banks, the stock exchanges throughout the world, the loans to all governments are in our hands. "The other great power is the press. By ceaselessly repeating certain ideas, the press in the end makes them considered as truths. The Theatre renders similair services, every where theatre and press follow our directives. By an indefatigable campaign in favour of the democratic form of government, we will divide the Gentiles amongst themselves in political parties, we shall thus destroy the unity of their nations, we will sow the seeds of discord. Powerless they will have to accept the laws of our bank, always united, always devoted to our cause.
"The possession of land has always procured influence and power. In the name of social justice and equality, we will divide the great properties; we will give small fragments to the peasents who desire it with all their heart, But who will soon be indebted to us by the very exploitation of these properties. Our capital will enable us to be the real masters.
"Let us use all force to replace the circulation of gold by that of paper; our banks will absorb the gold, and we shall decide what then what value the paper money will have, this will make us masters of every mans existence. "We will promise to the workers salaries they have never dared to dream of, but we will also heighten the price of all necessities, so much so that our profits will be even greater.
"By our jokes and attacks we will render their priests ridiculous and eventually odius, their religion as ridiculous, as odius as their priests. We shall become the masters of their souls. But above all, let us get control of education, of the schools. By them we will spread the ideas that are useful to us, and we will mold the childrens brains as we wish".
David Icke writes, in his book "The Trigger" (2019), of the above quotes from Rabbi Rzeichhorn:
Make of that what you will because I can't prove authenticity, but
(a) you have the right to be aware of this information and
(b) there can be no doubt as we observe the world that the plans laid out in the Protocols, by the Sabbatian-Frankist Illuminati and attributed to Rabbi Reichhorn have happened or are happening.
This is so patently obvious that agents of Sabbatian-Frankism, some knowingly, some dupes, have employed the usual fall-back, fit-every-situation technique of condemning as 'antiSemitic' anyone who points this out and asks any questions about the plan described in the Protocols. I am not saying this is all a 'Jewish plot' - I am saying it's a plot by the Sabbatian-Frankist Death Cult that hates and despises Jews and Judaism as it hates and despises everyone else, and that this cult is part of the wider global satanic cult that infests every culture, race and country. On Sabbatian-Frankism I am at one with rabbis such as Marvin S. Antelman and many others.
The Protocols, whatever their origin, have been dismissed as a forgery since the articles by Irish writer Philip Graves in the London Times in 1921 which were also carried by The New York Times. Graves claimed the Protocols resembled a satire on Napoleon III by French lawyer Maurice Joly called Dialogue aux enfers entre Machiavel et Montesquieu ('Dialogue in Hell Between Machiavelli and Montesquieu') published in 1864. This is where the story usually ends. The Protocols were proved to be a forgery in The Times in 1921 - move along now, nothing to see here.
There is, however, other background to consider. Phillip Graves was a captain in British Army Intelligence who worked with 'Lawrence of Arabia', another British agent, who manipulated Palestinian Arabs to drive out the Ottoman Empire and open the way for the new Israel to hijack their land. Graves' uncle was Sir Robert Windham Graves, a British Consul in Turkey and financial advisor to the Turkish government who worked for Civil Intelligence in Cairo, Egypt.
The writer of the articles in The Times was connected to British Army Intelligence and there's more. Peter Grose, a writer with the Council on Foreign Relations, revealed in his 1994 book, Gentleman Spy: The Life of Allen Dulles, that Philip Graves' 'source' for the articles was a 'Russian emigre' provided to him by ... Allen Dulles. What a coincidence. Dulles, a Council on Foreign Relations stalwart, later CIA chief and instigator of the satanic MKUltra mind control horror, 'discovered' his man while stationed at the US Embassy in post-Ottoman Turkey.
The end of the Ottoman Muslim empire (brought about by World War I) was crucial to the establishment of Israel because it included Palestine. Peter Grose said The Times extended a 'loan' to the 'emigre' on the understanding that it did not have to be paid back. An Internet commentator said of the Allen Dulles 'scoop':
This was quite an accomplishment for a young American embassy employee, to both prove the major anti-Jewish plan for world domination was a forgery as well as unilaterally keeping Lenin out of the United States so he could be transported to Russia to begin the communist revolution. Strange coincidences like this seemed to follow both Dulles brothers during their long careers in 'public service' - or should we say 'serving the Anglo-American interests headquartered in the City of London'.
Dulles and dodgy are interchangeable words and Rabbi Antelman said that the Council on Foreign Relations is America's most powerful pro-Israel lobby group and controlled by Sabbatian-Frankists.
The Times articles that trashed the Protocols were written by a British Army Intelligence operative using an unnamed source provided by the infamous liar and manipulator Allen Dulles and the source secured a loan from the newspaper he would not have to repay. Oh, nothing to question here, then. Now shut up you 'anti-Semite'!
Colin Holmes, a lecturer in economic history at the UK's Sheffield University, claimed to have identified the Dulles emigre as Michael Raslovleff, a 'self-identified anti-Semite', who gave the information to Graves because he didn't want to 'give a weapon of any kind to the Jews, whose friend I have never been'. Surely having a document circulating that was alleged to be proof of a 'Jewish plot' is what an 'anti-Semite' would want rather than seeking to trash its legitimacy? Anyway, that's some background and people will have to decide what they think.
–David Icke, "The Trigger", 2019
After reading the above from Icke I had renewed interest in the Protocols and started to do a little research.
Wikipedia is "certain" that the Protocols are a "forgery"; here is what they have to say:
Source material for the forgery consisted jointly of "Dialogue aux enfers entre Machiavel et Montesquieu" (Dialogue in Hell Between Machiavelli and Montesquieu), an 1864 political satire by Maurice Joly; and a chapter from Biarritz, an 1868 novel by the antisemitic German novelist Hermann Goedsche, which had been translated into Russian in 1872.
Interestingly, however, when one looks up Herman Goedsche and his book Biarritz (again, on wikipedia), one reads:
In his 1868 book Biarritz, Goedsche plagiarized a book by the French satirist Maurice Joly, The Dialogue in Hell Between Machiavelli and Montesquieu
Also "Dialogue aux enfers..." itself appears to be somewhat plagiarized:
Umberto Eco considered that Dialogue in Hell was itself plagiarised in part from a novel by Eugène Sue, Les Mystères du Peuple.
Interesting, what is going on here? But let's continue. Wikipedia says:
Identifiable phrases from Joly constitute 4% of the first half of the first edition, and 12% of the second half
[Australian researcher Peter Myer comments on the above:]
[“Cohn's (whose research the wikipedia entry makes use of) arithmetic is incorrect. The word-count of the parallel passages from the Protocols as listed by Bernstein, is 4,361, while the word-count of the Protocols is 26, 496. That is, the parallel passages comprise 16.45% of the Protocols; this is substantial, but still less than one sixth of the total.”]
So... where does the rest of the book come from?
Back to Wikipedia:
A major source for the Protocols was Der Judenstaat (1896) by Theodor Herzl, which was referred to as Zionist Protocols in its initial French and Russian editions. Paradoxically, early Russian editions of the Protocols assert that they did not come from a Zionist organization.
Stepanov is said to have published the Protocols first around the same time as Herzl's book was published. That's awfully tight timing.
The wikipedia page makes no mention of the original Philip Stepanov publication, or Stepanov himself (big omission), but the source authors the page quotes from do. Interesting that.
Time to look into this Stepanov character.
No Wikipedia page that I can find.
The first thing I found was this:
He said that the "Protocols" was not Jewish-Masonic but a Zionist document secretly read at the Zionist Congress in Basle in 1897. (This especially is a foolish notion since an affidavit written by Philip Stepanov, the first publisher, proves that the "Protocols" was first brought to Russia two years before that Congress took place.) source
Two years before!? How can a book that heavily relies on plagiarizing from a book published in 1897, be published two years before in 1895?
I went hunting for this affidavit, and found quotes from it in another document.
A bombshell document...
...that I shall now quote from extensively (source at the end):
According to Philip Stepanov, formerly Procurator of the Moscow Synod, Chamberlain, and Privy Councillor, a copy of The Protocols was given to him in 1895 by his neighbour Maj. Alexis Sukhotin, Marshall of the town of Orel, who had been given his copy by Mlle Justine Glinka. (Sworn statement of Philip Stepanov, dated 17 April 1927).
Glinka, the daughter of a Russian general, had been in France since 1884, working for Gen. Orgevskii, secretary to the Minister of the Interior. Joseph Schorst, a Jewish member of the Mizraim Masonic Lodge in Paris, was in her employ, and offered to obtain a document which became known as The Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion. Schorst later fled to Egypt where he was murdered. Returning to Russia, she gave a copy of the Protocols to Alexis Sukhotin, who showed it to Stepanov and Professor Sergius A. Nilus.
In wishing to refute the later allegation that The Protocols were formulated at the 1897 First Zionist Congress in Basle, Herman Bernstein, an early debunker of The Protocols, cites Stepanov’s sworn statement, the handwritten original being reproduced in Mrs Leslie Fry’s book Waters Flowing Eastward. Bernstein states:
"…This account of the history of the Protocols in Russia is accompanied by a facsimile affidavit made in 1927 by Philip Stepanov, one of the two friends to whom Sukhotin first showed the Protocols in Russia. Stepanov's telltale affidavit, translated from the Russian, reads as follows:
"In 1895 my neighboring estate owner in the province of Tula, retired Major Alexey Nikolayevitch Sukhotin, gave me a handwritten copy of the 'Protocols of the Wise Men of Zion.' He told me that a lady of his acquaintance (he did not mention her name), residing in Paris, had found them at the home of a friend of hers (probably of Jewish origin), and before leaving Paris, had translated them secretly, without his knowledge, and had brought one copy of that translation to Russia, and had given that copy to him, Sukhotin.
"At first I mimeographed one hundred copies of the Protocols, but that edition was difficult to read, and I resolved to have it printed somewhere, without mentioning the time, the city and the printer; I was helped in this by Arcady Ippolitovitch Kelepkovsky, who at that time was Privy Councillor with Grand Duke Sergey Alexandrovitch; he had these documents printed at the Provincial Printing Press; that was in 1897. S. A. Nilus reprinted these Protocols in full in his book, with his own commentaries.
"Philip Petrovitch Stepanov, former Procurator of the Moscow Synod Office; Chamberlain, Privy Councillor, and at the time of the publication of that edition, Chief of the district railway service of the Moscow-Kursk railway (in Orel).
"This is the signature of a member of the colony of Russian refugees at Stary and Novy Futog. "Witnessed by me, Stary Futog, April 17, 1927. "Chairman of the Administration of the Colony, "Prince Vladimir Galitzin." (Seal)
–(Herman Bernstein, The Truth About "The Protocols Of Zion": A Complete Exposure, 1971, pp. 37-40. Bernstein quotes from L. Fry's book Waters Flowing Eastward).
...there are internal indications that The Protocols date well prior to 1900-01. For e.g. a reference to "the Panama scandal" of 1888 which caused a furore in France during the 1890s. Also had The Protocols been contrived by Golovinsky ca. 1900 (see source below for more info) or at least sometime after 1896, it seems reasonable that anti-Semites would draw widely on references to Zionism, the First Zionist Congress taking place in 1897. However, there are no references to Zionism at all in The Protocols. The initial opinion of Nilus et al that The Protocols were not derived from the Zionist movement, but from a Jewish faction of Masonry, were correct.
It is particularly interesting that Cohn [historian Norman Cohn, quoted extensively in the wikipdeia entry] bases his refutation of The Protocols on the assertion that they are plagiarised from Maurice Joly’s Dialogues in Hell, and refutes the notion that The Protocols could emanate from the Alliance Israelite Universelle, yet fails to make any mention of the close association that existed between the Alliance’s Adolphe Cremieux and Joly. After all, most of the publicists for The Protocols seem to have considered the association, but Cohn, eager to nick-pick on various details, neglects refuting these most damning connections. Both Cohn and Bernstein were fully aware of Joly’s associations with Cremieux and with Masonry as stated in Mrs Fry’s book Waters Flowing Eastward (both mention the book) yet they say nothing of these associations. We must therefore assume that Mrs Fry’s assertions regarding Joly, Masonry and Cremieux are correct.
Whilst we shall shortly deal with the alleged parallels between passages of The Protocols and Joly’s work, we shall first deal with background of Joly that Cohn, Bernstein et al conspicuously avoid. Joly (1831-1878) had a family background in Masonry from his maternal grandfather. Studying law, he secured a post in he Ministry of the Interior. In 1860 he founded a newspaper, Le Palais, for lawyers and attorneys. The principal stockholders were: Jules Favre (Mason who served in the Gambetta Government, the so-called Government of National Defence, which arose after the fall of Napoleon III in 1870), Desmaret (Mason), Leblond (Mason), Adolphe Cremieux, Mason and head of the Alliance Israelite Universelle, a member of the Gambetta Government, of whom more later), Emmanuel Arago, Mason, serving with Gambetta), and Antoine Berryer (apparently the only non-Mason around Joly).
Joly’s politics were self-described as "socialist", with the need to accept "extreme means". With Cremieux he shared a hatred of Napoleon III. However what The Times, as well as subsequent critics of The Protocols do not mention is that Joly’s polemic against Napoleon III was itself predated by a similar work entitled Machiavelli, Montesquieu, Rousseau, which was written by Jacob Venedey and published in Berlin in 1850. Therefore, Joly was continuing a certain polemical line of thought rather than inventing it. If there are similarities between Joly and The Protocols, then there are also similarities with Venedey. All three for instance refer to the Hindu God Vishnu in parallel passages.
According to the expert testimony of Col. Fleischhauer at the 1935 Berne Trial, Joly was himself Jewish, his name having been originally Joseph Levy, Joly being concocted out of four letters of his true name. This testimony was said to have caused a sensation in the courtroom. When the plaintiffs produced a "baptismal certificate" to prove that Joly was not Jewish, it was dated December 1829, i.e. several years prior to Joly’s real date of birth according to his own account.
Since Venedey, a communist, takes a position antithetical to Joly, his champion being Machiavelli, we can see here a dialectical process in operation, that was brought to revolutionary perfection by Marx and the communists, and has arguably been used by the ‘Elders of Zion’. The dialectical strategy consists of promoting tension in society to achieve change. This includes the promotion of ideas and movements seemingly antithetical to ones own aims in the short term to advance long-range aims. Hence, the seemingly contradictory and self-destructive phenomenon of international bankers financing supposedly anti-capitalist revolutions to bring down traditional societies, as we shall see in due course. That the dialectical process is operative here can be inferred from the fact that Cremieux was the mentor of both Venedey and Joly. Hence the seemingly contradictory, antithetical positions of Venedey and Joly represent two sides of the programme of the ‘Learned Elder’.
Venedey (1805-1871) was a Jew who sought refuge in France, due to his revolutionary activities in Germany. He was removed from Paris by the police, but was able to return due to the intercession of Arago (whom we have seen was to become a stockholder in Joly’s newspaper) and Francois Mignet, both friends of Cremieux. Venedey was closely associated with Karl Marx and helped establish the Communist International, and was also active in the Masonic order Bauhutte.
Masonry, Illuminati & The Rite of Mizraim
Mrs Fry and other authorities on The Protocols have claimed that the documents were taken from a Lodge of the Masonic Rite of Mizraim, by one of its Jewish members, Joseph Schorst. Whilst this suggestion is of course rubbished out of hand by Cohn et al, once again the Protocols deniers remain strangely mute as to the role of both Cremieux and Joly in Mizraim.
Cremieux was a prominent member of Mizraim as well as Scottish Rite Masonry and the Grand Orient. Cremieux was a member of the Supreme Council of the Order of Mizraim. He also became Grand Master of the unified Grand Orient and Scottish Rite Masonry.
The Aegpytian Rite of Mizraim or Misraim was founded in Milan, Italy in 1805 and transferred to France in 1814. Mizraim is Hebrew for Egypt. Its origins reach back to the cabalistic magician Cagliostro, who was an initiate of the Illuminati. But the Misraim-Rite was (and still is) not accepted by Regular Freemasonry.
In 1862, another irregular rite, the Memphis Rite was introduced to the USA. On 4th June 1872, John Yarker introduced the Memphis-Rite to England. Under his jurisdiction, Memphis and Misraim came together. This unification was called The Antient and Primitive Rite of Memphis and Misraim, or Memphis-Misraim.
In 1902 Theodor Reuss, a German espionage agent, gained sanction from Yarker to install the Scottish Rite (33 degrees) and the "irregular" MM-Rites (90 and 97 degrees) in Germany. In 1917, Reuss introduced some of the Scottish Rite and MM degrees into the Ordo Templi Orientis, an occult society founded in 1906. This OTO was to be taken over by the infamous "Black Magician" and self-declared "Great Beast 666", Aleister Crowley. Crowley, a cabalist, was to write his own manifesto for a "New World Order", which he called The Book of the Law, expounding a Nietzschean doctrine of "Force and Fire" on the ruins of Christianity. Crowley saw his movement as being a continuation of the Illuminati and counted its founder Adam Weishaupt among a long list of "saints". A major difference of course is that Crowley did not have the resources and influence of Organised Jewry.
In 1870 the Rite of Mizraim was established in England under the authority of Cremieux. Bro. Little, one of those at the founding conference of Mizraim in London, on 28 December, stated:
"…Brother Cremieux, however, as a proof of his willingness to assist, sent to the meeting his diploma as a member of the French Grand College of Rites, and this diploma was placed upon the table during the proceedings, and was examined by several out of the hundred Masons present. It was also understood that Brother C.'s diploma invested him with the power to found rites or orders recognized by the Grand Orient of France (the Rite of Misraim being one)…"
The Freemason reported that a
"Supreme Council General of the 90°, had been regularly formed here 'under the authority conveyed in a diploma granted to the Illustrious Brother Cremieux, 33° of the Rite Ecossais, and a member of the Grand College of Rites in France.'"
Bernstein and Cohn rubbish any such notion of Masonic involvement in any conspiracy, including involvement in the French Revolution. This repudiation is necessary on their part, since Masonry plays a major factor in the conspiracy expounded in The Protocols. We shall consider the role of Masonry and the Illuminati in due course. Suffice it here to cite several eminent sources that can hardly be said to be anti-Semitic. Benjamin Disraeli, the Jewish Victorian era Prime Minister of Britain and intimate of the Rothschild banking dynasty, one of the mainstays of Jewish world influence, states in terms themselves reminiscent of The Protocols:
"When the secret societies, in February 1848, surprised Europe, they were themselves surprised by the unexpected opportunity, and so little capable were they of seizing the occasion, that had it not been for the Jews, who of late years unfortunately have been connecting themselves with these unhallowed associations, imbecile as were the governments the uncalled-for outbreak would not have ravaged Europe. But the fiery energy and the teeming resources of the children of Israel maintained for a long time the unnecessary and useless struggle. If the reader throws over the provisional governments of Germany, and Italy, and even of France, formed at that period, he will recognise everywhere the Jewish element. Even the insurrection, and defence, and administration of Venice, which, from the resource of statesmanlike moderation displayed, commanded almost the respect and sympathy of Europe, were accomplished by a Jew - Manini, who by the bye is a Jew who professes the whole of the Jewish religion, and believes in Calvary as well as Sinai, 'a converted Jew', as the Lombards styled him, quite forgetting, in the confusion of their ideas, that it is the Lombards who are the converts - not Manini."
Secondly we have a remarkable statement from Leon Trotsky, the Jewish revolutionary who became commander of the Red Army and with Lenin the most powerful man in the USSR:
"It was during that period that I became interested in freemasonry. ... In the eighteenth century freemasonry became expressive of a militant policy of enlightenment, as in the case of the Illuminati, who were the forerunners of the revolution; on its left it culminated in the Carbonari. Freemasons counted among their members both Louis XVI and the Dr. Guillotin who invented the guillotine. In southern Germany freemasonry assumed an openly revolutionary character, whereas at the court of Catherine the Great it was a masquerade reflecting the aristocratic and bureaucratic hierarchy. A freemason Novikov was exiled to Siberia by a freemason Empress. . I discontinued my work on freemasonry to take up the study of Marxian economics. ... The work on freemasonry acted as a sort of test for these hypotheses. ... I think this influenced the whole course of my intellectual development.".
Note that Trotsky not only refers to Masonry as a major factor in revolutionary ferment, but how it had also infiltrated the hierarchy of the old order it was about to overthrow, and that both the Illuminati and the Italian Carbonari were involved. Yet Bernstein and Cohn dismiss such sentiments when expressed by Robison et al as "fantasy". Bernstein also opines that the Illuminati were a "rival" of Masonry and did not survive its banning by the Elector of Bavaria. As we shall see, this opinion is naïve at best.
Thirdly, Bernard Lazare traces the Jewish influence on Masonry and the Illuminati, as follows:
"…It is true of course that there were Jews connected with Freemasonry from its birth, students of the Kabbala, as shown by certain rites which survive. It is very probable too that in the years preceding the French Revolution, they entered in greater numbers than ever, into the councils of the secret societies, becoming, indeed, themselves the founders of secret associations. There were Jews in the circle around Weishaupt, and a Jew of Portuguese origin, Martinez de Pasquales, established numerous groups of Illuminati in France and gathered a large number of disciples, who he instructed in the doctrines of reintegration. The lodges which Martinez founded were mystic in character, whereas the other orders of Freemasonry were, on the whole, rationalistic in their teachings. This might almost lead one to say that the secret societies gave expression in a way to the two fold nature of the Jew, on the one hand a rigid rationalism, on the other that pantheism which… often ended in a sort of Cabalistic theurgy. There would be little difficulty in showing how these two tendencies worked in harmony; how Cazotte, Cagliostro, Martinez [de Pasquales]… were practically in alliance with the Encyclopaedists and the Jacobins, succeeded in arriving at the same end, the undermining, namely, of Christianity."
The Protocols (if obtained in 1884) refer to the Panama Canal scandal years before the scandal had become public knowledge (in 1892). Therefore whoever wrote The Protocols must have had inside knowledge of high powered financial manipulation.
We have already noted that The Protocols did not originate with the Zionist movement. This was the original opinion of Nilus and others, although subsequently modified after Zionism became an influential movement among the Jews. In fact, the majority of the most prominent figures of World Jewry were opposed to Zionism, and some Orthodox Jews are still antagonistic on the basis that Israel was not to be recreated until after the advent of the King-Messiah.
The principal allegation levelled at the supposed forgers of The Protocols is that the purpose is to foment "anti-Semitism". However, the following is a remarkable passage from The Protocols in which it is said that "anti-Semitism" serves the purposes of the "Elders of Zion" in keeping the Jewish masses herded under their leadership.
As one might say today, this seems to be something of a "protection racket". The Jewish masses are being milked of millions of dollars every year to fill the coffers not only of Israel but of numerous "Jewish defence" organisations such as the Anti-Defamation League, which continually feed the Jews the line that a pogrom or a new "Holocaust" is just around the corner if Jews don’t keep donating. Here is what The Protocols say about "anti-Semitism". It is surely a strange passage if the authors are anti-Semites wishing to incite pogroms:
"Nowadays if any States raise a protest against us it is only pro forma at our discretion, and by our direction, for their antiSemitism is indispensable to us for the management of our lesser brethren. I will not enter into further explanations, for this matter has formed the subject of repeated discussions amongst us." (Prot. IX)
There is much, much more to this story; what I have quoted above are abridged excerpts.
The full document is a fascinating read and you can read it here:
The PROTOCOLS of ZION In Context By Dr. K. R. Bolton (PDF)
"But you yourselves perfectly well know that to produce the possibility of the expression of such wishes by all the nations it is indispensable to trouble in all countries the people's relations with their governments so as to utterly exhaust humanity with dissension, hatred, struggle, envy and even by the use of torture, by starvation, BY THE INOCULATION OF DISEASES, by want, so that the goyim see no other issue than to take refuge in our complete sovereignty in money and in all else. But if we give the nations of the world a breathing space the moment we long for is hardly likely ever to arrive."
Protocol 10
The Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion
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2020.09.07 14:13 Madbrad200 The 2020 /r/Grime Survey results are in! Who's the best grime artist of all time? Who's the worst MC? What's the best instrumental ever made?... & more

Hello everyone,
For anyone who does not want to read the post but just wants to see the charts with all the results, here's an imgur album with everything detailed below
As you may know, about a month ago we hosted a demographics survey to get better feel of the communities userbase. Some of the results to said questions were already neatly arranged by google docs, but the majority were not, so here is the results to all questions of the survey.
Below, I have also linked pie-charts or bar-charts for each and every question to easily visualise the data. In brackets will be the number of people that mentioned that as their answer, e.g USA (40) means USA was mentioned 40 times. Yizzy (11, 6.6%) means Yizzy was mentioned 11 times, making up 6.6% of all answers.
A couple of questions have been shifted around. One or two aren't here simply due to a lack of responses.

Part 1: Questions about grime music

Starting off with the fun part! These questions were all aimed at what /grime thought of grime music, eg the best songs, producers, projects artists, etc or what introduced users to grime music.
0.0.1 Describe grime music in 3 words!
The last question on the survey was to describe grime music in 3 words - here's a word cloud of that result (the biggest and most centred words were mentioned the most).
The most common words used were Electronic, energy, fast, British, aggressive, street, hard, garage, music, hard, dirty, bass, dark, underground, urban, flows, bars, bass.
0. How long have you been listening to grime?
Majority of /grime has been listening to the genre for 3-5 years (90 responses in total), however it's followed pretty closely by people who've been listening to grime for 6-10 years (86) or 11+ years (85 in total). Therefore, 171 of responders have been listening to grime for 6 years or more.
0.5. Where do you listen to grime music?
This question was mostly aimed at streaming services. It appears the majority of grime is using Spotify (79.9%!), with only 11% getting their grime from YouTube, and 6% from Soundcloud. I was expecting much higher numbers for YouTube tbh
1. What was the first grime song you listened to?
The responses to this were quite varied. The pie chart has been split up so that only songs that were mentioned 2 times or more are shown. Of these, Skepta - Shutdown (mentioned 22 times) appears to be the most popular song that introduced users of /grime to grime music.
  1. Skepta - Shutdown
  2. Skepta - That's Not Me (16)
  3. Jme - Man Don't Care (14)
  4. Stormzy - Shut Up (12)
  5. Dizzee Rascal - I Luv U
Interestingly, Shutdown also has the most upvoted post out of all of these songs (213, which is more than the others have ever received).
2. Who is the worst grime MC?
Jammer wins this one by a large amount. I think that's a shame because his mixtapes are pretty great!
  1. Jammer (30 votes, 18.1%)
  2. Yizzy (11, 6.6%) & Discarda (11, 6.6%)
  3. Subzee (9, 5.4%)
  4. Shorty (8, 4.8%)
3. Who's your favourite grime MC (that has released music in the past 5 years)?
With nearly double the amount of votes, Jme takes the crown as /grime's favourite grime MC (that has released music within the past 5 years)!
  1. Jme (64 votes, 19.3%)
  2. Kano (38, 11.5%)
  3. Wiley (35, 10.6%)
  4. Skepta (29, 8.8%)
  5. Ghetts (26, 8.5%)
I wonder if Jme lurks here?
4. What's your favourite grime crew (that has released music in the past 5 years)?
BBK pretty expectedly won this vote. The Square, which sadly is no longer a thing, came third - I wonder how they would be ranked if they were still around?
  1. BBK / Boy Better Know (88 votes, or 48.6%)
  2. YGG (27, 14.9%)
  3. The Square (14, 6.6%)
  4. Newham Generals (8, 4.4%)
5. Who's your favourite grime producer (that has released music in the past 5 years)?
  1. Sir Spyro (31 Votes, or 15.7%)
  2. Lewi B. (17, 8.6%)
  3. Swifta Beater & Rude Kid (13, 6.6%)
  4. Skepta (9, 4.6%)
  5. Teddy Music (8, 4.1%)
6. Who's your favourite DJ?
Honestly surprised DJ Oblig did not make the top 5, but these are all deserving regardless. Sir Spyro takes the top spot by a fairly large margin.
  1. Sir Spyro (35 votes, or 25.5%)
  2. Slimzee (14, 10.2%)
  3. Logan Sama (13, 9.5%)
  4. Spooky Bizzle (8, 5.8%)
  5. DJ Maximum & GRANDMIXXER (7, 5.1%)
7. What's your favourite grime song (with at least 1 MC) from the past 5 years?
Kano not only makes the list twice, but takes both first and second spots! Wiley might also make the list twice, depending on which version of 3 Wheel-ups people were voting for. We need more back-to-back tracks like Deja.
  1. Kano x Ghetts x D Double E - Class of Deja (27 votes, or 13.6%)
  2. Kano - 3 Wheel-up's (11, 5.6%)
  3. Wiley & Devlin - Bring Them All / Holy Grime (9, 4.5%),
  4. Skepta - That's Not Me and Sir Spyro x Teddy Bruckshot x Lady Chann x Killa P - Topper Top (6, 3.0%).
8. What's your favourite grime release (album/mixtape/ep/etc) from the past 5 years?
Pretty much what I expected from this question, honestly. I wonder if Grime MC will hold up in 5 years as much as the others have?
  1. Wiley - Godfather (39 votes, or 18.8%)
  2. Jme - Grime MC (28, 13.5%)
  3. Skepta - Konnichiwa (16, 7.7%)
  4. Kano - Made In The Manor (14, 6.7%)
  5. Jme - Integrity> (12, 5.8%)
9. Who do you think is the best grime MC of all time?
Think most would agree this result is pretty good?
  1. Wiley (63 votes, or 25.6%)
  2. Kano (47, 19.1%)
  3. Ghetts (28, 11.4%)
  4. Skepta (21, 8.5%)
  5. D Double E (20, 8.1%)
10. What do you think is the best grime crew of all time?
Almost an even-split between BBK and Roll Deep!
  1. BBK / Boy Better Know (58 votes, or 34.3%)
  2. Roll Deep (54, 32%)
  3. N.A.S.T.Y. Crew (16, 9.5%)
  4. Meridian Crew (10, 5.9%)
  5. The Movement (6, 3.6%)
11. Who do you think is the best grime producer of all time?
Wiley takes the crown as both the best grime MC and best grime producer of all time, according to /grime.
  1. Wiley (51 votes, 36.2%)
  2. Sir Spyro (14, 9.9%)
  3. Skepta (9, 6.4%)
  4. Swifta Beata (8, 5.7%)
12. What do you think is the best grime instrumental of all time?
This result shouldn't be too surprising, as all of these are pretty much always included in 'best instrumentals' lists.
  1. Wiley - Morgue (25 votes, or 13.8%)
  2. Rebound X - Rhythm & Gash (16, 8.8%)
  3. Treble Clef - Ghetto Kyote (13, 7.2%)
  4. XTC - Functions On The Low (10, 5.5%)
  5. Danny Weed - Creeper & Prince Rapid - Pied Piper (8, 4.4%)
13. What is the best grime song (with at least 1 MC) of all time?
  1. Dizzee Rascal - I Luv U (16 votes, 10%)
  2. Lethal Bizzle - Pow (14, 8.6%)
  3. Kano - P's & Q's (12, 7.5%)
  4. Dizzee Rascal - Stop Dat (6, 3.8%)
14. What is the best grime release (ep/album/mixtape/etc) of all time?
BIDC takes the crown here by a rather large margin. Something of note is that 3/5 of the projects in the top 5 are recent projects, rather than old.
  1. Dizzee Rascal - Boy in da Corner (56 votes, or 34.8%)
  2. Wiley - Godfather (15, 11.2%)
  3. Kano - Home Sweet Home (11, 6.8%)
  4. Jme - Integrity> (10, 6.2%)
  5. Skepta - Konnichiwa (7, 4.2%)
15. Who is the most underrated grime MC of all time?
Trim is the correct answer btw
  1. Manga Saint Hilare (16 votes, or 9.5%)
  2. Kamakaze (8, 4.8%)
  3. Trim (7, 4.2%)
  4. Merky Ace (6, 3.6%)
16. Who is the most overrated grime MC of all time?
  1. Stormzy (27 votes, or 16.1%)
  2. Wiley (18, 10.7%)
  3. Skepta & Jme (12, 7.1%)
  4. Chip (10, 8%)

Part 2: General demographic questions

The boring(?) part! This part was to get a feel of who makes up the community, as well as two general music questions at the end. As seen below, the vast majority of users are from the UK (210/1 out of 325), 54 of which are from London. The community is overwhelmingly white and Male. The majority of users on /grime are somewhere between 18-30, while the split between 'single' or 'in a relationship' is almost even.
The last two questions are difficult to summarise, so see those below.
1. What country are you from? (click link to see chart of results)
  1. United Kingdom (210/1)
  2. USA (40)
  3. Australia (15)
  4. Canada (10)
  5. Sweden (6), New Zealand (5), and Norway (5) are the next largest group
Probably no surprise at all that the majority of the subreddit is from the UK (210 out of 325).
2. If you are from the UK, what region of the UK are you from?
  1. London (54)
  2. South East England and North West England (both 25)
  3. East Midlands and West Midlands (both 20) are the second and third largest regions represented in /grime.
  4. South West England (17)
  5. East of England (14)
I was curious how this one would turn out and pleasantly surprised the subreddit is majority London-based by a large mile. The rest of England is fairly evenly represented here. Scotland (only 8 users), Wales (7), and Northern Ireland (2), are heavily outnumbered.
3. What is your gender?
  1. Male (305)
  2. Female (18)
  3. Toaster (1)
4. What ethnicity or race do you most identify with?
  1. 74.8% white (if we include responses that stated 'Irish Traveller', Greek, NZ/European, English, and Albanian, then it becomes 76.3%)
  2. 7.6% Asian/Asian British
  3. 6.4% mixed
  4. 5.5% Black (4.3% Black African, 1.2% Black African-Caribbean)
I wonder how this compares with Grimeforum, rwdforum, vip, puregrime, etc. I think it largely reflects the general demographics of reddit so not overly surprising.
5. How old are you?
Unfortunately I did make a mistake here and not allow anyone to select that they were in their 40s, which may have fudged the numbers somewhat. With that in-mind, it appears most users are somewhere between 18-30 (266 results fall into this age group in total, 100 of which are between 22 and 25). The results here are similar to those in the 2015 survey.
  1. 22-25 (100)
  2. 18-21 (89)
  3. 26-30 (77)
  4. 16-17 (23)
  5. 31-35 (20)
6. What is your relationship status?
Surprisingly a pretty even split.
  1. Single (55.4% of users chose this answer, or 181 users total)
  2. Unmarried but in a relationship (117 or 35.8%)
  3. Married (27 or 8.3%)
7. Other than grime music, what other music genres do you listen to?
This question garnered some extremely varied responses. It was open-ended, so responders could mention as many genres as they felt like.
The most popular genres mentioned, predictably, was Hip Hop (with 130 mentions) and Rap (63) making up 18% of the responses in total. Following those, UK Garage (45), Drill (48, plus 6 that specified UK Drill), DnB (Drum & Bass) (47), Rock (45), Metal (43), R&B (37), Pop (36), House (30), Indie (29), Jazz (28) & various smaller responses.
8. Excluding grime artists, what musicians do you listen to?
This chart is pretty unreadable due to how varied it is. There are a few artists that stood out a bit however that /grime listens to, namely Kanye West (of which 3.5% of responders mentioned, 43 people in total), Kendrick Lamar (2.9%, mentioned 36 times), Eminem (2.2%, mentioned 27 times) Dave (1.6%, mentioned 19 times), MF Doom (1.2%, mentioned 15 times), and Denzel Curry (1.0%, mentioned 13 times).

Part 3: The /grime Questions

This part was primarily aimed at finding out what users thought about /grime itself.
1. Did you know grime had a discord server
60.7% of you are missing out on our Discord server! Come check it out - we chat about life, music, grime, literally anything, as well as hold occasional events such as 8vs8 clashes and cyphers. Just a general place to hang out.
2. How long have you known about the /grime subreddit?
131 responders have known about /grime for less than a year. That's around 41.1% of responders, meaning that almost half the subreddit is relatively new to the community. Only 8 responders (2.5%) have been here for 7 years or more. 174 responders have been on the subreddit for 2-6 years (54.8% in total)
  1. Couple of years (33.5% of responses or 108 in total)
  2. 7-12 months (27.0% of responses or 86 in total)
  3. 3-6 years (21.3% of responses or 68 in total)
  4. 1-6 months (11% of responses or 35 in total)
3. Who's your favourite /grime user?
Overwhelming answer for Madbrad200 with 61.8% of the vote, 34 responses in total. Next is HarryBlessKnapp with 9.1% (5 responses), HYPERMASCULINE1 with 7.3% (4 responses), and GrimeMemeSaviour with 5.5% (3 responses).
Do I win a medal or something?
4. How often do you visit /grime?
Most grime users visit the subreddit a 'few times a week' (40.3%, or 129 responses in total). 18.8% visit daily, while 21.3% visit a few times a month.
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2020.09.06 10:08 SomeCruzDude The WSL and Championship kick off this weekend, so here's a brief summary of all the PL's women's teams. Whether your club is one of the 13/20 in the top 2 divisions or far below, they're here!

This weekend the top two women's leagues in England, the Women's Super League and Women's Championship kick off. To mark that occasion I decided to do a mini write up on every PL's related women's club for those of you that are curious about your own club's women's team or all the clubs' sides.
After following Spurs for about a decade, I decided a few years ago that I didn't have enough whiplash from near successes and wanted to add their women's team to the mix, which at the time was in the 3rd division. The ensuing years have been mostly upds as they've gone from the (mostly) amateur game (National League), to the semi-pro/pro 2nd division (Championship), to finally their first ever season in the fully professional Women's Super League.
While the results were great, it also has been really rewarding to get to know names that were servants to the club that they and I love but fans likely will never had heard of or will hear of. Case in point is the recently retired Jenna Schicalli who was born and raised a Spurs fan, recently ending her last stint with the team from 2009-2020 in which she helped captain the team through multiple promotions, including the two I just spoke of. It's interesting to hear the perspective of players that are playing simply for the love of the game and club, since often times they have to have another job to supplement the little income they get outside of the top flight.
Following the ups and downs of the women's team has been rewarding for me, getting at times either double the joy from victories across the club or double the pain from defeats on the same weekend. But either way it was more football for me, and that's part of why I love the women's game. Maybe you will be in the same place as me and maybe not, but I figured at the very least this sort of post may pique your curiosity to see where your women's side sits in the pyramid in comparison to the men's side in the PL. Are they also in the top flight? Not far out in the Championship? Or down in the regional leagues?
I'll be trying to provide a brief summary for where each team is at, and due to a lack of info and familiarity some teams (especially the lower league teams) won't have the most info but I'll do my best!
It should be noted that the 3rd tier and below had their seasons cancelled with no pro/rel, whereas the WSL and Championship had their seasons canceled but PPG was still used to decide pro/rel and Champions League places. So that's why some teams were promoted and relegated while other first or last finishers didn't move at all.


What competitions are going on this season?

  • Leagues - Women's Super League, Championship, and the National League, and all the way down to the regional tiers (5th-7th)
  • FA Cup(s) (19/20 & 20/21) The 19/20 FA Cup was postponed during the quarterfinals in March, they'll be played out in the next couple of months while the early stages of the 20/21 FA Cup are also being played
  • League Cup - The primary League Cup in the vein of the men's competition and is competed between teams in the professional and semi-professional leagues, the Women's Super League and Championship respectively. The national and regional leagues below also have their own similar competitions going, much like the men's game.
  • Champions League - Chelsea and Manchester City will be competing from the Round of 32 onward this season. Note that the format of the women's CL will be changing next season to more closely align with the men's competition, and England will have 3 spots in the competition as opposed to the current 2.

How can I watch the leagues? (Inside and outside the UK)

If you're in the UK WSL matches will be broadcast on BT Sport and BBC iPlayeRed Button. The rest will be free to view with an account on the FA Player website. Currently only one Championship match a week will be streamed, though all WSL and Championship matches will be available to be viewed on demand in the FA Player website.
Outside the UK, the answer is similar to the answer I just provided, substituting BT Sport and BBC for other TV broadcasters in select nations. If your country/region doesn't have a TV deal, all WSL matches and will be available live for free on the FA Player!
When it comes to the lower leagues, some teams have streamed matches but it's largely absent from the women's game outside of the top league(s).

Where can I talk about the leagues?

/FAWSL has been restarted and is gaining traction as a place to discuss all the relevant clubs and matches. There are women's club subreddits for some of the large teams, but it seems that most PL club subreddits are open to women's team news being posted there as well.


Current League: WSL (1st tier) 19/20 finish: 3rd/12
As much as I hate to say it, one of the titans of the English women's game. Arsenal are ever-present around the CL spots (fitting for the only English team to actually win the competition), though last year they finished just outside a CL spot in 3rd place on PPG as the WSL season was decided early. They'll only have domestic competition to focus on this year, and that may end up being to their benefit. Having arguably the best women's player in the world in Vivianne Miedema doesn't hurt either, with the 24 year old still improving year after year.
Opening fixture: Arsenal vs Reading - 6th September 12:30 BST – Watch live for free on the FA Player
FA Cup 2019/20: Arsenal vs Tottenham Hotspur on 26th/27th September - Watch live on BBC iPlayer and BBC Red Button

Aston Villa

Current League: WSL 19/20 finish: 1st/11 in Championship on PPG (Promoted)
The lone promoted side in this year's league, taking Liverpool's place. Villa will be aiming to stay in the WSL and will likely achieve that with (relative) ease, looking at the improvement from this off-season on their already strong Championship squad.
Opening fixtures: Aston Villa 0-2 Manchester City - 5th September 14:30 BST - Watch live on BT Sport (UK), or free on the FA Player (International)
Reading vs Aston Villa - 13th September 14:00 BST - Watch live for free on the FA Player

Brighton & Hove Albion

Current League: WSL 19/20 finish: 9th/12 in WSL; 19/20 FA Cup quarterfinal vs Birmingham City on 26/27 September
Brighton are still relatively fresh blood in the WSL, only joining in 18/19 as one of two promotions during the restructuring of the top two leagues. They finished 9th/11 in their first season after promotion from WSL 2 (now Championship) and last season didn't get a chance to prove they had improved, finishing 9th/12. They likely don't have anything to fear in regards to relegation, with their seasoned squad having a lot of professional experience by now, but with how other teams around them have been improving you likely won't see them climb much higher up the table.
Opening fixture: Brighton & Hove Albion vs Birmingham City - 6th September 14:00 BST - Watch live for free on the FA Player*
FA Cup 2019/20: Brighton & Hove Albion vs Birmingham City - 26th/27th September


Current League: FA Women's National League North (Premier Division) [3rd tier] 19/20 finish: 5th/12
Following back to back promotions from the 5th tier in 17/18 and 4th tier in 18/19, Burnely found themselves playing just a single step below the semi-professional game. They finished a surprising 5th with a few matches in hand on some of the teams above them, but there likely would have been no catching league leaders Sunderland who had yet to lose a match in 14 played.
Opening fixture: Sunderland AFC Ladies v Burnley FC Women on Sunday 20th September


Current League: WSL 19/20 finish: 1st/12 in WSL (Champs), 19/20 League Cup Champs
One of the standard bearers for women's club football in England, Chelsea won their first league title since 2017-18 (not the longest wait, eh?) Chelsea will be aiming to once again win the league as well as to reach their first ever Champions League final. Chelsea have reached the semi-finals in their last two attempts (17/18 & 18/19) but were knocked out by Wolfsburg and Lyon, two of the most dominant sides in women's Champions League history.
Adding Danish women's national team captain Pernille Harder this summer for a world record transfer fee in women's football probably will help give them a slight boost in the league and CL. That's in addition to Sam Kerr who Chelsea added in the second half of 2019. The Australian at age 26 is already the all time leading scorer in two leagues, NWSL in the United States and W-League in Australia.
Opening fixture: Manchester United vs Chelsea - 6th September 14:30 BST - Watch live on BT Sport (UK), or free on the FA Player* (International)
FA Cup 2019/20: Everton vs Chelsea on 26th/27th September

Crystal Palace

Current League: Championship 19/20 finish: 9th/11
Palace joined the WSL 2 (now Championship) in 2018/19 during the restructuring of the 1st and 2nd women's divisions, gaining their spot through an application. They had finished 3rd in their league so they weren't slouches, but they still have yet to break through to midtable of the Championship. They finished 10th/11 in their first foray in the 2nd division, below all four of the other newly promoted sides including Sheffield United who were actually a division below them in 17/18. They didn't get to prove themselves much better than that in 19/20, only finishing one place higher when the season was cut short this past spring. All that said, they have added players with WSL and Championship experience and should hopefully finish at least mid-table in this upcoming Championship season.
Opening fixture: Charlton Athletic vs Crystal Palace - 6th September 14:00 BST - Watch replay for free on the FA Player*


Current League: WSL 19/20 finish: 6th/12; 19/20 FA Cup quarter-final vs Chelsea 26/27 September
Everton finished midtable last year but their 10 additions between spring (3) and summer (7) may have them either on the outskirts of a Champions League spot if everything clicks or stalling or falling in the table due to needing time to click. French forward Valerie Gauvin is likely the new addition to watch in their squad.
Opening fixture: Bristol City vs Everton - 6th September 14:00 BST - Watch live for free on the FA Player*
FA Cup 2019/20: Everton vs Chelsea on 26th/27th September


Current League: London and South East Women's Regional Football League (5th) 19/20 finish: 5th/10
The lowest division representative in this list, Fulham have a storied history, one with the highest of highs and lowest of lows. Highlights include in 2000 they were the first full-time professional women's side and a 2003 FA Cup victory. Sadly the team was dissolved twice in four years (2006 & 2010), not reforming until 2014 as Fulham FC Foundation ladies. Fulham have been in the 5th tier since 14/15, winning promotion from the 6th tier the previous season. They finished a surprising 4th/10 in their first season in the top flight, but haven't been able to finish past 5th, routinely in the lower half of the table though not needing to stave off relegation. The team has been receiving more and more attention and from the main club notably becoming Fulham FC Women in 2018 with reinvestment in the team, and that may lead to improved results this upcoming season and hopefully promotion in the near future.
Opening fixture: Denham United vs Fulham FC on Sunday 13th September

Leeds United

Current league: National League Division One North (4th tier) 19/20 finish: 2nd/12
Leeds United were among the top sides fighting for promotion, the closest challenger to Barnsley when the season was called off. It is expected that they should be able to repeat that effort this season. The club has yet to reach the semi-professional game, and finally exiting the 4th tier would be a huge step in achieving progress to that goal.
Opening fixture: Norton & Stockton vs Leeds United on 20 September

Leicester City

Current League: Championship 19/20 finish: 6th
Leicester City was brought into the fold of the main club, going from a partner to being integrated as one of only a few fully professional clubs in the Championship. They'll likely be fighting with Liverpool and Sheffield for the one promotion spot, and one shouldn't doubt their capabilities in winning it all.
They're the lone 2nd division team left in the 2019/20 FA Cup, though with just about the toughest draw, facing the defending champs Manchester City.
Opening fixture: Leicester City vs Blackburn Rovers - Sunday 6th September 14:00 BST - Watch replay for free on the FA Player*
FA Cup 2019/20: Leicester City vs Manchester City 26th/27th September


Current League: Championship 19/20 finish: 12th/12 in WSL (Relegated)
Lot of criticism has been swirling around this team, some just and unjust, but even the main club could understand that the men winning the league and the women being relegated in the same season wasn't the best look. Sure, the fact that they went on PPG in a season that didn't complete didn't give them a fair shake, but they'll have to prove this season that they truly belong in the WSL. In Leicester City and Sheffield United they have very strong opponents in the fight for promotion.
Opening fixture: Liverpool vs Durham on Sunday 6th September 14:00 BST - Watch for free on the FA Player*

Manchester City

Current League: WSL 19/20 finish: 2nd/12 in WSL
Perennial 2nd place finishers in recent years, outside of a league win in 2016, City have finished 2nd every season since 2015. Losing this past season on PPG has to be one of the more bitter pills to swallow, but after a 2-0 loss to Chelsea for the newly revived Women's Community Shield this past weekend, City will be hoping that their new recruits including Sam Mewis and Rose Lavelle, 2019 World Cup winners with the United States, will help push them past the hurdle of 2nd place as well as give them a boost in Europe. Similar to Chelsea, they have yet to reach a Champions League final, only making it to the Round of 32 and Round of 16 in the last two seasons, getting knocked out by Atletico Madrid both years.
Opening fixture: Aston Villa 0-2 Manchester City - 5th September 14:30 BST - Watch live on BT Sport (UK), or free on the FA Player* (International)
Manchester City vs Brighton & Hove Albion - 13th September 14:00 BST - Watch live for free on the FA Player*
FA Cup 2019/20: Leicester City vs Manchester City 26th/27th September

Manchester United

Current League: WSL 19/20 finish: 4th/12 in WSL on PPG
The best of the rest outside of the top 3, which is pretty good for a team in only its 3rd season of existence. They easily won the Championship in 18/19 with only 1 draw and 1 loss and their first year in the WSL saw them continue their impressive form. This year they're aiming to challenge for the Champions League, though it should be said that last year there was a clear gap between them and a CL spot with 4th placed United getting 1.64 PPG while Arsenal in 3rd had 2.40.
The Red Devils hope that the additions of World Champions Tobin Heath and Cristen Press will propel them to a Champions League spot this year, finally breaking into the top 3 of the WSL after a long wait of...3 years.
Opening fixture: Manchester United vs Chelsea - 6th September 14:30 BST - Watch live on BT Sport (UK), or free on the FA Player* (International)

Newcastle United

Current League: National League Division One North (4th tier) 19/20 finish: 6th/12
Newcastle had been in the 3rd division as recently as 2016/17 when they were relegated after gaining only 7 points in 20 matches. They have yet to truly challenge for promotion back into the 3rd tier, finishing 5th, 9th, and 6th in their seasons after relegation. Most recently the team entered into a partnership with Northumbria University to provide Strength and Conditioning, Performance Analysis and Physiotherapy as well as management of the club itself.
Opening fixture: Durham Cestria vs Newcastle United on Sunday 20th September

Sheffield United

Current League: Championship 19/20 finish: 2nd/11
Sheffield finished under Aston Villa in PPG and it's a wonder where the two teams would have finished in a full season. That said, their solid base has been improved upon roster wise, but the loss of manager Carla Ward to WSL side Birmingham City may be the largest challenge to the club. They took their time in replacing her, and it'll be up to former Liverpool Women and Newcastle United U23 manager Neil Redfearn to keep up with Leicester and Liverpool.
Opening fixture: London City Lionesses vs Sheffield United - Sunday 6th September 14:00 BST - Watch replay for free on the FA Player*


Current League: National League Division One South West (4th tier) 19/20 finish: 1st/11
After back to back promotions from the 6th tier in 17/18 and 5th tier in 18/19, Southampton FC Women were looking to establish themselves in their first season in the 4th division. They ended up fighting with similarly named Southampton Women's F.C. for promotion to the 3rd tier, but with only 11 and 12 matches played respectively, it's a wonder who would have been the side to clinch the league. Southampton's official women's side should expect to be the favorites going into this season, but time will tell for how things add up.
Opening fixture: Poole Town vs Southampton FC on Sunday 20th September

Tottenham Hotspur

Current League: WSL 19/20 finish: 7th/12;
Spurs are a contrast to Manchester United, both being promoted to the WSL the same year but under quite different circumstances. After years in the lower tiers Spurs were able to get a bit more investment to add to some of their longterm players. After each subsequent season they've retooled their squad with each season, exemplified by the fact that Josie Green is the only remaining player on the squad that played with the team in the amateur game. Speaking of that time, Spurs' results truly bloomed in 2016/17 when they won four trophies, including promotion to the 2nd division. They finished 7th place in 2017/18, their first semi-professional season, the highlight being securing their first ever victories over top flight sides in cup competitions. The 2018/19 saw them rocket up the table, finishing 2nd and in a promotion spot under the juggernauts of Manchester United. Their first WSL season followed a similar pattern to their first WSL 2 season, once again finishing 7th and they're still waiting to play in their furthest advanced round in the FA Cup, a quarter-final with Arsenal.
I'm dreading Spurs' match vs Arsenal in the FA Cup later this month, but I am happy when I look back on prior results and see all the progress that has been made. Spurs had an infamous 10-0 loss to Arsenal in the Round of 16 back in 2016/17 when they were an amateur side, but when facing them in league play this past season 2 1/2 years later, they only lost 2-0. They're still looking for that first win over a top half side in the WSL, but with a season of WSL under the squad and management's belt, they should be able to achieve an upper mid-table finish and hopefully be an increasingly challenging fixture against the top sides.
Opening fixture: Tottenham Hotspur vs West Ham - 6th September 14:00 BST - Watch live for free on the FA Player*
FA Cup 2019/20: Arsenal vs Tottenham Hotspur on 26th/27th September - Watch live on BBC iPlayer and BBC Red Button

West Bromwich Albion

Current League: National League Premier Division North (3rd tier) 19/20 finish: 7th/12
West Brom have had a brief yo-yo situation as of late, finishing 6th in their division 16/17, relegated from the 3rd tier in 17/18, winning back promotion 18/19, and seeming to settle back into midtable in 19/20. At this point it seems they should be focusing on stability and remaining in the 3rd division.
Opening fixture: West Bromwich Albion vs Nottingham Forest on Sunday 20th September

West Ham United

Current league: WSL 19/20 finish: 8th/12
West Ham are another team that's relatively new to the WSL, making the surprising jump from the 3rd tier amateur game all the way to the professional game in 2018/19, bypassing the Championship when the FA was restructuring the leagues. They settled right into midtable in their first WSL season with a 7th place finish, the highlight being a surprising FA Cup final appearance in what ended up a 3-0 loss to Man City. The next season saw them stay in just about the same place, finishing 8th on PPG. As the team has brought in more players on a permanent or temporary loan basis, West Ham will be looking to finish in the upper midtable and challenge fellow midtable sides as well as the CL contenders more evenly.
Opening fixture: Tottenham Hotspur vs West Ham - Sunday 6th September 14:00 BST - Watch live for free on the FA Player*

Wolverhampton Wanderers

Current League: National League Division One Midlands (4th tier) 19/20 finish: 1st/12
One of the victims of the lower leagues getting cancelled with no pro/rel, Wolverhampton were running away with their league on 14 wins, 1 loss, and an incredible +73 goal differntial when the season was cancelled. Wolves will hope to repeat their dominance but this time with a complete season and the reward of promotion to the 3rd tier, just a league below the Championship.
Opening fixture: Leafield Athletic vs Wolverhampton Wanderers on Sunday 20th September
Hope that was interesting to folks, let me know if I got anything wrong or you have any questions. There will be match threads on /FAWSL for some of the matches today, hope you join in on the discussion if your team is playing!
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2020.09.05 09:14 removalbot 09-05 07:14 - 'LMAO your sources are: / Fake news New York Times peddled fake Russia collusion conspiracy "we built our newsroom around Russia collusion hoax" filled with staff "who cheer us when we take on Donald Trump, but they jeer at us...' by /u/ceeka19 removed from /r/politics within 28-38min

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Fake news New York Times peddled fake Russia collusion conspiracy "we built our newsroom around Russia collusion hoax" filled with staff "who cheer us when we take on Donald Trump, but they jeer at us when we take on Joe Biden.” lied about Russia paying Afghan's to shoot U.S. soldiers, publishes propaganda from the the Chinese communist party
The New York Times staff reporter Jayson Blair was caught lying about entire stories, sometimes making up quotes and scenes that never even occurred.
Fake news Vox Vox writer Matthew Yglesias praised progressive groups for misleading Americans about their taxes Monday."
In a tweet, Yglesias praised the "messaging success" over President Donald Trump's Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. The president [signed]1 the bill into law in December 2017. At the time, then-Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R., Wis.) [said]2 the bill would save families making $73,000 per year more than $2,000.
"[P]rogressive groups did a really good job of convincing people that Trump raised their taxes," Yglesias said.
"Nobody likes to give themselves credit for this kind of messaging success, but progressive groups did a really good job of convincing people that Trump raised their taxes when the facts say a clear majority got a tax cut. "
Fake news NPR
This week a woman in Louisville, Ky. was [assaulted by armed rioters]3 . The rioters blocked her car, and after a short conversation, tore out her dreadlocks and pointed a gun at her. The woman quickly drove backwards before they could shoot, then sped off, striking one of the assailants moving towards her.
The events were thankfully captured on a city crime camera, and police arrested two of the attackers after the victim reported the incident to law enforcement. It was three days later that she was marked as the new face of “far right extremism” by NPR.
NPR eventually [admitted the mistake]4 , but not before the image had been up for four hours for NPR’s 8 million followers. While the outright falsehood was retracted, it is not the only dubious information in the piece. The article claimed, with scarce evidence, that murdering protesters with cars is increasingly supported by “mainstream Republican and conservative spaces.”
NPR published a report in November insisting that Donald Trump Jr. lied to Congress about efforts to build a Trump Tower in Moscow because his statements conflicted with those of former Trump attorney Michael Cohen.
However, NPR failed to realize that the piece of Trump Jr.’s testimony they quoted was about [a different project]5 .
“Trump Jr.’s statements about work on a Trump Tower Moscow that ended in 2014 referred to negotiations with Aras Agalarov,” The Daily Caller News Foundation’s Chuck Ross explained. “[Felix Sater]6 , a businessman with links to Cohen and Russian officials, tried to make a Trump Tower Moscow happen in 2015.”
Fake News CBS
CBS Correspondent Lara Logan was caught lying in her 60 Minutes report about a security contractor who fought a militant and scaled a wall of the Benghazi compound. In the fall of 2013, it was revealed to be entirely untrue and Logan was put on leave by CBS.
Fake news CNN Covington kids. They paid up after lying about them.
They claimed President Trump wanted 10K active-duty troops in Washington DC, but the people in the meeting with the President outed their fake news.
In June 2017, CNN relied on a single unnamed source to claim that Scaramucci was under investigation for a meeting he took with a Russian banker prior to Trump’s inauguration.
Scaramucci denied the story and CNN later gave him a much-deserved apology. Oh … and [three CNN employees ]7 resigned over the botched piece.
CNN reported in December of 2017 that Donald Trump Jr. received special access to documents stolen by WikiLeaks on Sept. 4, 2016. However, Donald Trump Jr. actually was emailed about the documents on Sept. 14, 2016 — a day after they were already available to the general public.
On June 6, 2017, CNN reported that former FBI director James Comey would contradict President Donald Trump’s claim that he was not under investigation.
When the time came for Comey to release his opening statement for his congressional testimony, he actually ended up confirming Trump’s account.
Fake news Newsweek
Former Newsweek journalist: Newsweek lies about Syria
"In essence, I was given a simple choice. On one hand, I could continue to be employed by the company, stay in their chic London offices and earn a steady salary—only if I adhered to what could or could not be reported and suppressed vital facts. Alternatively, I could leave the company and tell the truth.”
Newsweek published an incredibly misleading article about first lady Melania Trump on Tuesday, stating in the headline that she ordered the removal of a tree that Andrew Jackson planted on White House grounds in 1835.
“Melania Trump orders removal of the near-200-year-old tree from the White House,” Newsweek tweeted.
While it's true the first lady did order [partial removal]8 of the tree, it was only after specialists determined it was a huge safety risk.
Fake news Guardian
LOL you used that as a source
Fake news Bezos Post
The Washington Post [claimed in January 2017]9 that Russians were hacking the U.S. power grid through a company in Vermont, only to change the story to say that only one laptop was infiltrated. It turns out that one laptop was never even connected to the power grid.

Fake news BBC
Nine months after a massive propaganda campaign based on outright lies, the BBC quietly [sneaked out ]10 an admission on its website tucked away in “corrections and complaints”. As the BBC went all out to galvanise support for bombing Syria, the meme was pumped out relentlessly that opponents of bombing Syria were evil and violent misogynist thugs, bent on the physical intimidation of MPs. [Leading the claims ]11 was Stella Creasy MP.
9 months after the propaganda had its effect – run on every news bulletin of every single BBC platform – the BBC published this correction, carried on zero news bulletins of any BBC platform.
Two listeners complained that the programme had inaccurately reported that a peaceful vigil in Walthamstow, in protest against the decision to bomb targets in Syria, had targeted the home of the local MP, Stella Creasy, and had been part of a pattern of intimidation towards Labour MPs who had supported the decision. The claim that the demonstration had targeted Ms Creasy’s home, and the implication that it was intimidatory in nature, originated from a single Facebook posting which later proved to be misleading (the demonstration’s destination was Ms Creasy’s constituency office, which was unoccupied at the time, not her home, and it was peaceful).
Fake news ABC
ABC News Chief White House Correspondent Jonathan Karl was caught lying in May 2013 about both a Benghazi story and its source. The scandal became so scrutinized that Karl was forced to tell CNN he "regret[ted]" his inaccuracies, which was as close as he got to apologizing.
ABC was forced to [suspend Brian Ross]12 after he falsely reported that former national security adviser Michael Flynn was prepared to testify that then-candidate [Donald Trump]13 ordered him to make contact with the Russians.
The stock market dropped a few hundred points at the news — but it turned out to be fake.
Fake news NBC
NBC [botched its big scoop]14 claiming that Paul Manafort’s notes from a meeting with a Russian lawyer included the word “donations” near a reference to the Republican National Committee.
Turns out, not only did the word “donations” not appear in Manafort’s notes, but the word “donor” didn’t, either. POLITICO had to correct the NBC report, leaving the legacy network looking awfully embarrassed.
NBC issued a major correction in May on a story about wiretaps and Michael Cohen.
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2020.09.01 08:58 AgentKnudson A Nursery Cryme Review/Ranking

Full album is here for your listening enjoyment!
This is the second in a series of reviews on Genesis's albums spanning "Trespass" to "Calling All Stations". Click here for the "Trespass" review if you like this analysis on "Nursery Cryme".
The Details: The third album released by the band and their second for the Charisma Records label, it was released on November 12th, 1971. Recording took place once again at Trident Studios in London featuring the classic lineup of Gabriel/Banks/Rutherford/Hackett/Collins for the first time. This is their second album produced by John Anthony and featuring sleeve design by Paul Whitehead. David Hentschel worked with the band for the first time here as an engineer, he'd go on to be their producer for four albums after Peter left. The album was not very successful similarly to "Trespass" in the band's homeland as it did not chart in the UK until May 1974 when it peaked at number 39. It eventually reached Silver certification in Britain on the 22nd of July 2013, almost 42 years after it was initially released. The album was however successful in mainland Europe, especially in Italy where it reached number 4. This meant the band started to play frequently in Italy (as well as continue playing in Belgium due to "Trespass" being popular there).
Background: After the recording of "Trespass", Anthony Phillips left the band which almost caused the band to break up. When the band decided to continue on, they felt John Mayhew needed to be replaced as well. Auditions were held to find a drummer who could carry themself with the band and write, they settled on Phil Collins who could sing to a standard close to Peter's as well as provide a more Jazz feel to the pieces. They started playing in August, but played as a four piece due to an inability to find an acceptable replacement for Anthony. During the 1970-1971 tour (or "Trespass" tour), Mike started playing with bass pedals and rhythm guitar and Banks on double duty playing organ/piano with one hand and lead guitar on the other through a distorted fuzz box amplifier.
In November, the band finally found a replacement in Mick Barnard who was recommended to the band by Friars Aylesbury's David Stopps. It became clear soon after his arrival that he was not fit for the band. Luckily, it didn't take too long for Peter to find an advert in an issue of "Melody Maker" about a "Imaginative guitarist/writer seeks involvement with receptive musicians, determined to drive beyond existing stagnant music forms". He recommended him to replace Barnard to the rest of the band. which they readily agreed to.
This version of the band started touring in January, appearing at the Reading Festival in England and making their first overseas trip to Belgium. The band however could not record any satisfactory material during the tour, so they decided on a three month break starting in July for rehearsals. They moved to Charisma head Tony Stratton-Smith's Luxford House in Crowborough, East Sussex where anxiety in the band was high about writing without Anthony and the amount of involvement from Phil and Steve towards writing. An important note from these rehearsals is this is where Steve convinced Tony to buy a Mellotron, adding a new layer to the band's sound.
Actual recording commenced in August and finished that same month. The sessions went well except for Steve's hard time deciphering Tony and Mike's language in the studio; for example calling a passage of music a "nice guy".
Track by Track Review:
"The Musical Box": The "true true" start to the band and what a fantastic opener it is. This is a dark fairy tale, one full of death and lust. Perfect for the whole family!
The song starts in F# major as is very apparent in its opening notes, a tremendous attention grabber. It then leads to a very calm lyrical passage with Gabriel and Phil occasionally harmonizing. After Peter sings the chorus "play me my song", Hackett responds with a quirky guitar lick that sounds like a musical box.To be frank, the first three minutes sound like a lost track from "Trespass" in its atmosphere. It's very hypnotic and goes on in length like the instrumental acoustic passages in "White Mountain" did. I think this section is great with its creepy lyrics and use of flute, but its nothing outstanding. It is meant primarily to be set up though, so I have no complaints.
Then the organ, drums, bass, and electric guitar come and man do they hit hard. The screech from Steve's guitar before he starts the solo adds so much intensity with Phil drumming harder than Mayhew could ever dream of. The "Old King Cole" section in general adds that "The Knife" rock vibe and makes it works incredibly well. A lot of crazy guitar sounds and some powerful playing from Tony. It has become vary apparent to me after listening to this section that this is the moment those fans who mourned Anthony and John's departure realized the better talent that joined the band in Steve and Phil. This is overall a really hair-raising experience that sikes the listener up for the concluding section.
"She's a lady, she's got time!" is what Peter opens the closing section with, starting quietly and ending loud. The soft guitars echo the beginning of the song as it starts to come full circle. Then Tony's organ and Phil's drumming picks the section up a bit. Peter also gets louder and louder until he starts yelling full throttled to be touched, and now! Steve comes back in to deliver the most powerful moment on the whole album with Phil, Mike, and Tony supporting him as the song draws to a close. This is the best section of the song easily as the emotion can be felt more closely here than any other section; easy goosebumps for me. While it may be the most powerful moment on the album, it's not my favorite as the opening to "The Fountain of Salmacis" is (and the other sections it is expanded upon).
This song is full of richness in its various musical passages; it definitely has the most variety out of any of the songs here. However, even though I have no real complaints with this song, I find maybe the first section could've been a bit more engaging than just trying to lure you into its tone. Overall though this is the first Genesis classic, a song that must be heard by any fan of progressive music. Heck, it was my introduction to the band, so for that it will always have a special place in my heart. Thank you boys for this and so much more to come, as the fun has just started. I rank this 2nd. 10/10 ⭐ -symbol designating it as one of my favorites.
"For Absent Friends": "For Absent Friends" is by far the most personal song on the album, a track so delicate I deny myself from using strong words to describe it. Steve's 12-string guitars have such texture to them (the wonderful "Trespass" sound!) as they perfectly compliment Phil's soft vocals.
It's a melancholy song, but there's this sense of moving on that makes me think this was the band's closest attempt at a true farewell song to Anthony Phillips (and to a lesser extent Mayhew, Silver, and Stewart). "The Musical Box" was the last song to have any major contributions from Anthony (indirectly of course), so to follow it up with this song about losing people you love, it seems a little too coincidental to me. Ironic though this was Steve and Phil's as they never played with Phillips. Perhaps they took the feelings of uncertainty from their fellow members and made a song for them about how they felt. I can't imagine Peter, Tony, and Mike having the courage to write a farewell song anyways.
Overall, "For Absent Friends" and its realism is much needed on an album full of tales. A slice of reality that both pays its respects to those we've lost as well as look forward to what comes our way. I rank this 3rd. 9/10
"The Return of the Giant Hogweed": I don't like weeds of any kind, so it should come as no suprise that I find "The Return of the Giant Hogweed" a bit of a pest on an otherwise great album.
My biggest problem stems to every other problem on the track, it lacks energy. The song feels rehearsed to death, with the intro all the way to Tony's solo going through the motions. It certainly lacks the drive of the other two epics on this album. The tapping from Steve Hackett and Tony's keys are great, but are just too mechanical to really hook me.
The verses with Peter are too over the top for me, from the lyrics to Peter's vocal delivary. I get they were trying to get a B-movie feel with this song, but if you don't any depth or realism or just a sense of calm the song itself becomes a B-song. The chorus is by far my least favorite part, expositional lyrics with Peter's most obnoxious performance in the song "seeking reveeeeeeeeennnnnnnnngggggggeeeeeee!!!!!!".
Tony's keys thankfully come in to provide a much needed breath of fresh air from the chaos with Hackett and Phil supporting him and then eventually going off in their own unique paths. This is easily the most enjoyable point of the song, should've been attached to a more riveting song.
Then the hogweed speaks... Peter, you really needed to put such a distracting vocal effect over your voice? It's so poorly executed I both love and hate it; full ridiculousness on display here.
Thankfully a segment I unironically enjoy follows and it's great! Phil drums his sitzfleisch off for an actually great conclusion.
However this doesn't save the song from just being ok. I don't hate it, but it's inconsistency is frustrating due to the genuinely great segments throughout being mixed with excessive camp that is fine on a first listen, but when heard repeatedly becomes more annoying. I rank this unsurprisingly 7th. 6/10
"Seven Stones": Tony Banks...all the description you need for this song. This is his track for sure, and it's great, but nothing I'd come back to often.
The mellotron is incredibly prominent and it's nice to hear it when it hasn't been used much since the start of Trespass.
The lyrics might be my favorite from this album due to the way they're formatted. Three tales each dealing with life lessons, they're nice and of course the lyric "and the changes of no consequence will pick up the reins from nowhere" is so prog, I honestly find it both hilarious and endearing in its pretentiousness.
I like to think the old man in this song also is the narrator of the other songs on the album. My evidence to support this claim is its placement on the album being directly in the middle. Therefore, it's the centerpiece of the album, with the other songs on the album being like tree branches.
Phil's drumming here is a great showcase of what he added to the group now that Mayhew was gone as well as his backing vocals. The "ahs" throughout make me feel like I'm drifting away from the shore. Great usage of Phil in general.
Peter is another standout here, his performance in the chorus brings out emotions of pleading and desperation. His duet with Tony on the flute is another little delight here.
However my one gripe is with its ending, which just peters out without much fanfare. The mellotron is the only instrument making the end feel large, otherwise it doesn't quite feel as grand as it could be before the mellotron settles to end the track. A weak ending for me.
Overall, Seven Stones is probably the turning point in where Tony becomes the band's leader, which is definitely a good thing. I'd rank this 5th. 8/10
"Harold the Barrel": "Harold the Barrel" is a quirky bugger innit? A song full of wild sounds and different vocal performances for the various characters within it. Tons of fun hearing the different vocal performances behind the characters throughout, but it only works if you have a sense of seriousness to it. This can be found in Peter's interlude section with the piano supporting him and the end of the song when our Harold jumps to his death (my favorite parts of the song).
I don't really find anything particularly bad in it except that the song feels a bit tight, not much room to breathe. Which actually works in context lyrically, but not for memorablity.
In one word to describe it I'd choose eccentric, as it's fun, but just that. If I were to forget any of the songs on this album first, it'd probably be Harold. Without the end making me question my enjoyment of a man killing himself, I'd blink an eye and go "oooooo pretty guitars and harmony!" I'd rank this 6th. 8/10
"Harlequin": This is a lovely song that feels like a spin on the "Trespass" style.
It's biggest strength is definitely Peter and Phil's harmonization. Their voices blend so well that it almost has the depth of something The Beach Boys would do.
I think Mike is a little harsh on the lyrics of the song, while they're not great, they have a lot of character and still possess some great imagery.
Tony's contributions (albeit few) add to making the song rise in the chorus, which is needed to make the song have any kind of point to it. While Mike and Steve's 12-string guitars are so light they make me feel as if I'm laying on a layer of flowers, incredibly beautiful.
I honestly feel like "Harlequin" works well as a companion piece to"Dusk", both musically and lyrically. Honestly, "Harlequin" is practically an optimistic "Dusk."
Overall, I feel Genesis's shorter songs get the short end of the stick, a piece of music doesn't need to have various complex sections with weird chord progressions and time signatures to be a fantastic piece of music. "Harlequin" gives me a warm enough feeling to place it 4th in my ranking. 9/10
"The Fountain of Salmacis": Awesome, a fitting word to describe the closing track on "Nursery Cryme". A track so confident and dynamic in its approach I find it the most adventurous track on the whole album.
It always immediately hooks me by its intro, which is definitely in my ten favorite openings to a Genesis song ever. Tony's organ keys are entrancing, so perfectly complimentary to each other that when Tony adds a mellotron build up, I barely notice until it hits. When it does, I musical satisfaction of course! Everytime this section is reused it keeps building upon on it with Steve's guitar and some Phil action. Did I mention Mike has his first classic bassline here?
Then we get the lyrics with Peter singing of the tale of Hermaphroditus, a fantastic topic for the band to cover on an album full of mythical tales. Peter delivers just what is needed for this song, embracing his theatricality but not going too far to where it becomes distracting.
Phil adds a really jazzy element to the verses and chorus, which certainly add so much variety and nauence to prevent it from becoming stale. Did I mention Mike's bass playing is a vast improvement to what his playing had been and that he has officially solidified himself here as a fantastic player?
The backing vocals feel like the closest thing to "Trespass" vocals that the band would ever attempt with again. Adding to the story and not just being used for harmonization.
Oh! It appears a new challenger has approached as Steve decides to show off his guitar skills while allowing the others to step up to his level. Did I mention Mike's playing here is one of the key examples I'd use to explain why I picked up Bass Guitar because of its bouncy and driving feeling? The jamming in this song just feels so authentic, there is so much energy here it's honestly a little too much to handle.
Unfortunately, Peter has to stop singing at some point. As we draw near to the song's conclusion (in a wonderful last vocal section by the way) Steve decides we need even more of his guitar work and gives his reason why he is not just "Anthony's replacement". Tony also swoops in with his organ and Phil his percussion to end this masterpiece. Did I mention Mike and his bass playing at all in this write up?
This is an epic befitting of its lyrical content. Honestly, just go listen to it now and tell me how "The Musical Box" is better. It's not, sorry but not sorry. There is just so much to digest here its invigorating; a perfect closer to the album. While I love "The Musical Box", I REALLY love "The Fountain of Salmacis". I rank this 1st on my ranking and is one of my all time favorites by the band. 10/10 ⭐
Aftermath: The band went on tour from November 1971 to August 1972 in support of the album. During this tour the band recorded the track "Happy the Man" for single release backed by "Seven Stones" as the b-side. The crowds that went to see the band were very impressed and word of mouth spread to where the band started playing larger venues. They were finally on track to becoming one of the most iconic and praised prog-rock acts of all time.
Final Thoughts: "Nursery Cryme" is definitely a transitional album from the folk rock found on "Trespass" to the more electrical and experimental work on "Foxtrot" onwards. As a result, we have a great yet inconsistent album that lacks an identity besides it having a running topic of the songs being presented as tales and it being the first with Steve and Phil. I prefer "Trespass" over "Nursery Cryme" for this reason, even if "Nursery Cryme" contains two 10/10 Genesis tracks where as "Trespass" contains none. But, "Nursery Cryme" contains my favorite artwork done by Paul Whitehead, so there's that. Definitely an easier time with this one to rank than "Trespass" as I didn't have to think twice on how to order the songs. This is a must listen for any classic Genesis fan and I'm giving this album an 8/10.
"Nursery Cryme" Song Ranking:
  1. "The Fountain of Salmacis"
  2. "The Musical Box"
  3. "For Absent Friends"
  4. "Harlequin"
  5. "Seven Stones"
  6. "Harold the Barrel"
  7. "The Return of the Giant Hogweed"
Song Ranking:
  1. "The Fountain of Salmacis"
  2. "The Musical Box"
  3. "Stagnation"
  4. "Looking for Someone"
  5. "Dusk"
  6. "For Absent Friends"
  7. "Harlequin"
  8. "The Knife"
  9. "Visions of Angels"
  10. "White Mountain"
  11. "Seven Stones"
  12. "Harold the Barrel"
  13. "The Return of the Giant Hogweed"
Album Ranking:
  1. "Trespass"
  2. "Nursery Cryme"
Author's Note: This is the first time I'm ranking the songs from different albums onto one list, so this is certainly going to be a journey for me as I finally determine my favorite song by them (as well as a top 10).
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2020.09.01 04:27 blowthrow2020 Just... Things. 18+

I don't know where to start, throw and/or alt account for reasons to become apparent.
Let's start simple, single guy (mid 20's) who can't get anywhere, mainly due to my toxic behavior that pushes people away and I struggle and don't know how to change myself.
Work 60+ hour weeks , so making bread isn't hard for me, easy job easier money.
Nice car, fast(ish) and I like how it looks and it goes like a rocket when I need it to.
Been thinking lately , due to my last few "relationships" having a hell of a failure due to me being toxic or them not being able to deal with my constant state of depression or how I treat people.
I'm nice and I buy gifts , or even pick up the tab for fast food or a bar bill when I'm the one buying, without even asking for it back or a thanks.
To the point finally.
Sexual frustration/loneliness.
Been highly debating to hire an escort for a few fun nights of well.... Fun , or even to go out and have a drink or two, I don't know, maybe I just need more people in my life, or another change of situation.
Going back to the escort thing, I mean, I'm not small where it counts in that aspect, I always treat ladies with respect and make sure they enjoy it as much as me.
I don't know, Im just not sure what to do with my life, always ignored on all the usual apps, never get a second looks in bars/pubs.
Again, not sure what the whole point of this was or is, I just don't know what to do or where to start changing things , or even attempt to try.
Also, from the UK , and currently typing this sitting in my car at 3:25am , and debating whether a road trip is in order.
Anywhere anyone could recommend in Essex/kent/ Sussex/London I could just go chill, let me know.
Hell, I'll even buy someone a drink if they want.
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2020.08.30 18:58 Ghost-Quartet Underrated [FRESH] Threads: August 2020 Edition

One of the highest upvoted albums of the past month is literally five years old… werk

Hello again ye few but faithful. I honestly considered making last month’s one year anniversary thread the final installment of these threads but I decided against it because I realized if I don’t overuse the word “Underrated,” who will? For those of you clicking on one of these threads for the first time, welcome, this is a monthly sub feature where users can discuss and recommend [FRESH] posts that have come out in the past month that went under the radar.
The sub has crested 200k subscribers but unfortunately these new users haven’t really been spreading the wealth around and the sub is more top heavy than ever. Big releases are bigger than ever but smaller releases continue to be pushed to the wayside. Dozens, if not hundreds of threads are submitted to the sub every month and the vast majority of them won’t receive more than a handful of upvotes and zero comments. In my opinion discovering new music and supporting smaller artists should be core values of this sub, and these threads attempt to contribute to that. Read on for instructions on how to participate!

How this thread works:

  • In the comments below, link to the [FRESH] threads posted within the last month (after August 2nd) that you feel very strongly about, with the genre in parentheses beside it (however you describe it). Also include a little blurb as well where you try to sell the song to potential listeners. They'll be edited into the post.
  • Preferably it would look something like this:
(Genre) Artist Name - Song Title: Description
(Energetic Bubblegum Pop) Anonymous Pop Girl - Bop Song: The production! The vocals! Listen to this if you want your wig snatched!
  • Feel free to talk as much as you want, if your pitch is too long I’ll edit it down and link to your comment.
  • Anything with less than 50 up votes on the [FRESH] thread in the past month is fair game! Albums, videos, and songs are all accepted. This includes songs released before this month that were only posted this month. It can be your post or someone else’s.
  • If you aren't in a position to include the link itself just the title is fine, but like, help a guy out.
  • This wasn’t an issue last month but just to be safe I’ll only be adding five links per user to the main post. Feel free to link and gush about as many as you want in the comments though!
  • If you do comment more than five and want some specifically to be up here, indicate that, if not I’ll just arbitrarily pick some.
  • Avoid submitting things just to submit things! Be your own quality control. Post the songs that stuck with you all month, the songs that you really think other people would enjoy.

Underrated Releases:


(Moody Folk Pop) Laura Viers - Turquoise Walls: Indie folk queen Laura Veirs has offered a couple of poppier tracks for her upcoming album, with Burn Too Bright taking a more rock oriented take, and Turquoise Walls taking a more mellow approach. Light but lush synths and a driving beat support Veirs' usual acoustics. It's a good track for those who might be curious for more folklore-adjacent music that lean harder on the folk side.
(Feisty House Pop) VINCINT - Hard 2 Forget: Up and coming gay pop star VINCINT delivers (in my opinion) his best song to date, a thrilling house anthem that even has some touches of deep house during the chorus. His vocals are strong and confident and the melody is super fun to listen to, it’s a really great song to just jump around and live your pop star fantasy to.
(Black Excellence Pop) Ciara ft. Ester Dean - Rooted: Ciara and Ester Dean are both massive hitmakers so naturally they’ve barely managed to scratch the underside of fifty upvotes and are this month’s autoincuded pick. Life’s funny like that. Regardless of how much attention it got this song goes hard, it’s a thumping, unapologetic track that leverages as much sound as it can get its hands on to spread its positive message.
(Wavy Funk/Soul) Omar Apollo - Stayback: This song is wavy, trippy, mind-bending… you get the picture. The vibes are strong with this one as Omar croons over some funk guitar about a love that he just can’t seem to express… although he does seem to express his bisexuality (I assume) in the video pretty well. It’s very modern and old school at the same time.


(Folk Pop) Emmy the Great - Mary: Emmy the Great is a british indie folk singer who has already released 3 albums to critical success. “Mary” is the second single off up her upcoming fourth album April / 月音 and is a really cute folk pop bop
(Chill Hip Hop Pop) CHIKA - U Should: Foolish is the man who doubts CHIKA's abilities. This gorgeous and chill ballad features every single one of CHIKA's strengths and shows a lot of promise for her future projects. Fantastic production, great vocal singing AND rapping, and a bit of an off-beat move for an up-and-coming rapper. She's showing versatility with this one and you don't want to miss it.
(Soul/Piano) Celeste - Little Runaway: UK popheads might know Celeste as the winner of this year's Sound of 2020 poll by the BBC as the number-one predicted breakthrough act of the year. I'll admit the only other song of hers that I'm familiar with is Stop This Flame (that's a really good song too if anyone hasn't heard it) from earlier this year but this one also stood out to me from the first listen. At only 11 upvotes I think it's very underrated and her vocals really shine on this song. I can't say much else because I need a few more listens to get to grips with this one but I think it's definitely worth checking out.
(Chill Electropop) Luna Shadows - The Nineties: Luna Shadows is known for the full packet (catchieness and aesthetic) and this song is no difference. Everything from the dreamy melodies, delicate vocals to the danceable rhythm is pop perfection and need to be heard by more people. Also the music video is a must watch.
(Moody Pop) Eivør - Let It Come: At her strongest, Faroese singer Eivør is fierce, furious, the raging of a wounded Mother Earth. At her sweetest she's dominant, hypnotic, the tiniest of birds warbling the loudest. Let It Come showcases her vocals in a foreboding song of change, melodies rising into distant shrieks.
(Folk) Angel Olsen - Waving Smiling: Accompanied by nothing but her guitar, Angel Olsen reflects on the bittersweetness of accepting the end of a relationship. Olsen's voice carries emotion like no other's and she has the lyrics to back it up. Lie on the naked floor and listen.
(Indie Pop) London Grammar - Baby It’s You: It’s definitely more upbeat than their older sound. London Grammar is more known for their moodier songs, but this one takes a different approach that I’m sure pop fans will love.
(E.T.'s Sister Song) ELOÏSE mp3 - Area51: The Artist Formerly Known As ELOÏSE is carving out a niche for herself, expanding into the realm of layered, pounding synthpop. Area51 starts slow, its arrangement blossoming into a hectic chorus. At a mere two and a half minutes, it wastes no time in worming its way into your head.
(Psychedelic Funk/Soul) NAO & Lianne La Havas - Woman: This one’s for the ladies… Lianne La Havas is hot off of her new album and NAO hasn’t released music in two years, but they put their differences aside to team up on this track that we honestly don’t deserve. Both of them have incredible, distinctive voices that work so well together and they’ve cooked up a great duet that allows them both to shine.
(Classic Pop) Violet Days - Still Dreaming: Violet Days, an underappreciated Swedish duo, runs on peerless songwriting and classic arrangements. Still Dreaming plays with the theme of lost love perhaps the best, with vocalist Lina expertly handling each nuance of the lyrics, particularly in the obsessive, guitar-heavy bridge.
(Heavy Synth Pop) The Aces - Kelly (Fickle Friends Remix): A really fun and groovy remix that is a wonderful marriage of the styles of The Aces and Fickle Friends. Bouncing synths are intermingled with chirpy guitars, vocal manipulations, and a great electric guitar finale. This one should be a favorite of traditional popheads and those that lean more experimental.
(Soporific Bedroom-Pop) tv room - Love You Less: A subtler kind of hyperpop, tv room drowns this song in synths and reverb and all sorts of quirky effects that give it an almost hypnotic feeling. I just feel like I’m spiraling down the rabbit hole at 3am when I listen to this, the melody is so addictive.
(Flamenco Pop) Guitarricadelafuente, Feten Feten - Limité: I've been a fan of Guitarricadelafuente for a few months now and I'm in love with his entire (quite small) discography! Together with the duo Feten Feten he released this beautiful, atmospheric song that will make you want to dance Flamenco through the streets of Valencia. The song consists of fast-paced claps, violins typical Spanish guitar sounds and a beautiful male singing voice among others. If you like Rosalía, then I think you may enjoy this song (and the other songs by Guitarricadelafuente) a lot!
(Soft Country Pop) Skott - Darling: Quirky singer-songwriter Skott has her own take on melody and lyric, and it shines through most clearly in this sweet late addition to her much-awaited debut album, Always Live For Always. Light guitar and the softest of cymbal touches cradle her sibilant pronunciation of each phrase.
(Dark Electro-Dance Pop) Annie - Dark Hearts: Of Annie's latest string of singles, Dark Hearts is easily the most bombastic one. With sharp, striking synths and a glorious key change, Annie takes no prisoners on this club ready banger. Where American Cars was more chill and brooding, Dark Hearts arrives with force from the very beginning and doesn't let up until Annie whispers her last breathy line.


(Dark Pop) Mothica - Blue Hour: A fully cohesive work, rich with lush synths, relatable lyrics, cutting-edge beats, and mature, throaty vocals. Hands Off bleeds euphoric denial; Blue Hour exults in dissociated dissonance; SPIRAL soaks in a warm pool of syrupy sound; R.I.F.P. invokes the timelessness of music-box horror.
(Adventure-Pop) Linus from the Stars - Brave Adventures: If you want pure positivity, listen to Linus from the Stars because he sounds like a Disney movie. For the past few years he’s been churning out EPs of clean pop with a twinkle in his eye and Brave Adventures is an especially cinematic entry into his canon, three really strong tracks that live up to the EP’s title.
(Pop R&B) Wolftyla - Wolf in Color: A fun, easy listening debut EP from one of the artists featured on the new K/DA song. Wolftyla has a really soothing voice and the production is excellent (there's even a track co-produced by Timbaland). Full of fun, summery, feel-good vibes.
(Party Girl R&B) Keke Palmer - Virgo Tendencies: True Jackson VP is all grown up and she’s ready for a good time. Keke uses silly voice mail interludes to string together a series of hoe bops and party girl anthems to create a (mostly) delightfully trashy experience. It’s not the deepest release of the year, but you can definitely get turnt to it.
(Indie Pop) Holly Humberstone - Falling Asleep at the Wheel: From the first time I heard the EP’s titular song, I felt a sense of familiarity. The vocal-focused production is very reminiscent of other songs we’ve heard in the 2010s, but Holly’s voice sets it apart enough for me. She adds the emotion that would’ve made the otherwise calm production boring.

Here's a (Spotify) playlist for easier access. One track has been added for albums.

Previous Threads: July (Contains links to the first 12 entries)
As always I’ve kicked us off with five selections of my own and rewritten the intro and outro of the post even though most people probably skim them anyways. Post down below!
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2020.08.25 14:37 LordChozo Hindsight is 2020: #29 - Seven Stones

from Nursery Cryme, 1971
Listen to it here!
Luck, be a lady tonight!
Lyrically, “Seven Stones” is a metanarrative of three smaller tales. The first sees a tinker lost in a storm. He finds seven rocks under a pile of leaves, takes it as a sign, and sure enough finds shelter within the seventh house he comes across. The second tale is of a sea captain unknowingly making a beeline for disaster, only to see a single seagull over what appears to be open water. He thinks, “Well that’s odd,” and turns the boat just in case, never knowing for sure that he just saved the lives of everyone on his ship. And the final tale is of an inexperienced farmer trying to buy wisdom, only to have his money taken with no answers. He did buy wisdom in the end, if only the certainty that wisdom can’t be bought.
These stories are pretty different things, but they’re all framed within the song’s lyrics as being told by a singular old man who laughs at grief and grieves at mirth. He’s passing his own brand of wisdom onto the listener, as each story has a different but related moral. The first, that pivotal things can happen totally out of the blue. How unlikely is it that at the exact moment of despair, this tinker finds an apparently meaningful marker on the ground that actually leads him to safety? The second moral is that we can never know what roads other decisions may have led us down. The sea captain didn’t know there was a rock there, and he never truly will. And finally, that our plans are useless. A farmer who doesn’t know when to sow wants to plan his whole crop, but for his trouble is only cheated of his cash, because what answer could the old man possibly give? You make the decision and you live with it.
This is an odd thing for Genesis - well, almost certainly Tony Banks, at any rate - to be writing about, isn’t it? To be sure, they’d by now proven their penchant for fanciful stories and drama that would befit some kind of Age of Legends, but “Seven Stones” isn’t quite that. It’s not a grand tale of kings and betrayal, or a description of a pastoral scene, or even a channeling of a particular emotion. It’s just a kind of proverb, told as a set of proverbs, about how the world is ruled by randomness, and that to an extent simply believing in the power of good fortune can almost will it into existence. Where did this come from?
My theory is that it had a lot to do with the uncertainty the band had experienced over the previous year, how much stronger they came out of it, and how outrageously unlikely all of that was. Let’s take a walk down memory lane, and as we go, I encourage you to continually ask yourself: how incredibly fortunate is it that this happened?
The trouble started, of course, with Anthony Phillips’ departure from the band, which initially seemed to spell the end for all parties. Peter and Mike figured they could roll on, but were having trouble getting buy-in from Tony. Which is when old schoolmate (and part-time cook and part-time roadie and full-time #1 Genesis fan) Richard Macphail told Tony he couldn’t let this drop.
Tony: Anthony Phillips left, and so we had to make a decision. As I said before, Anthony I saw as group leader in many ways. Certainly the most influential person in the group. And I thought when he left we probably would split up, actually. And then we had a conversation: Mike and Pete were very keen to carry on, and Richard Macphail - who was our roadie, but a good friend, sort of a big fan and everything - said, “There’s no way you should [break up]. You must carry on, you’ve got something going here.” So all these things came together. 1
From Genesis to Revelation didn’t sell. Trespass didn’t really sell. The band was gigging, but no money was being made. They were making some inroads at some venues, but if they left, would anyone really miss them? How lucky then that they could have such a supportive and unflappable fan in their midst, who could talk to the band’s most stubborn member and convince him that this was worth doing?
Of course, Tony was still Tony, and thus put a condition on the whole thing: find a new drummer. Which led to auditions at the Château du Gabriel, where a guy named Phil Collins showed up early, but just so happened to be placed last in the audition order. Out of hospitality, the Gabriel parents cheerfully offered that Phil could take a swim in their heated pool. He hadn’t brought trunks, but on a whim he decided, “Sure, that sounds like fun.” And this pool, naturally, happened to be right next to the auditioning area.
Phil: We’ve arrived a couple of drummers early and, as I’m splashing about, I hear my rivals go through their paces. The standard is decent and I quickly appreciate what I’m up against. I keep my head down in the water a bit longer, calming my nerves...I’m the last drummer that day… 2
Peter: It was a painful and really time-consuming process, so we thought, “OK, we’ll throw some different tests at these drummers and see how quickly people pick up these ideas.” Phil arrived early as he often does...listening to the other drummers run through these tests, so by the time he sat down, he knew it. 1
How fortunate for Phil that all these things landed in his favor that he could nail the audition! Does Phil Collins get the Genesis gig without this extra leg up over the competition? We’ll never really know, though to hear the band tell it now there was never any doubt before the “tests” even began:
Tony: Of course everyone’s going to say, “Oh, I thought Phil was the best,” but Pete and I definitely thought he was. Phil had something about him that was kind of special. 3
Peter: I was convinced from the first moment. I knew when Phil sat down on the kit, before he’d played a note, that this was a guy who really was in command of what he was doing, because he was so confident. It’s like watching a jockey sit on a horse. 3
From Genesis’ perspective, they felt really lucky to have had a drummer of this caliber - he’d recorded at Abbey Road! - show up to their audition. From Phil’s, he felt really lucky to finally be in a band that actually got work.
Phil: I try to play it cool, but inside I’m jumping. I’ve finally found a band; or a band has found me. 2
Tony, Mike, and Peter likely felt some disappointment at not being able to find a guitarist in those sessions. Phil had even brought along to the audition his friend, guitarist, and fellow Flaming Youth member Ronnie Caryl, but the guys didn’t feel he was a fit. A bummer, it seemed at the time, because this forced the band to go gig for a while as a four-piece, without any guitarist at all. As simply removing the guitar parts would damage the integrity of the songs, Tony had to pick up the slack.
Tony: We went out as a four-piece for about two or three months, I think, which taught me a lot, because I ended up playing - I had this piano I put through a fuzz box - all the guitar parts that Ant had played. Well, all the ones I could, anyhow...and at the same time playing the organ parts! So suddenly I was doing this two-handed stuff, which I had never really done before, but it made me mature as a musician a great amount. 1
Yes, the missing guitarist appeared to be a problem, but as time would reveal it was really a blessing in disguise. Not “how disappointing we didn’t get one sooner,” but now “how surprisingly beneficial this turned out to be!” But of course, they didn’t stop looking for a guitarist. Or at least, Mike didn’t stop looking. Yet he still wanted Ant, or someone just like him. Someone who could produce the same kind of sound, intertwining with him on 12 strings and really just doing “the Genesis thing” as he’d come to know it. So it probably felt like defeat that after months of fruitless searching he came down with a stomach ulcer.
But wouldn’t you know it, at precisely that time a young guitarist going by the name of Steve Hackett put out an ad for a band. How serendipitous!
Mike: In truth, I was too set on finding “the son of Ant.” I still missed him...For Pete and Tony, however, it was much less complicated: we needed a new guitarist, simple as that. And so when I fell ill with a stomach ulcer, they simply went and got another one...Steve was different...His real strength was doing the most amazing, unique, quirky-sounding things on guitar - he brought something to the band that Ant never would have done and I fully appreciated it. 4
If Mike is healthy, does he reject Steve like all the others? Does Mick Barnard stick around the guitar stool for entirely too long? Does Nursery Cryme as an album really come together in the same way, and inform the future of the band as strongly as it did? Who can say!
Mike: Fortunately Steve fitted in really well and it’s much stronger now than it ever was. 5
Fortunate indeed. And this new five-piece, assembled by a series of increasingly unlikely rolls of the dice, was expanding the band’s sound and presence both ever further.
Tony: Phil and Steve’s contribution, particularly at this stage, was to bring a bit of musicianship into the group. I was still learning very much as a musician. I mean, it was OK, but nothing brilliant. And Mike was certainly still finding his way as a musician. Whereas Phil came and was a really high quality drummer right from the word go; he’s got a brilliant sense of rhythm. And Steve obviously was technically a better player than we were at that time. And that’s what it really gave us: a bit of technique in there as well as everything else. Gave us a better chance to do things. 1
Pete: Phil definitely just lifted the foundation of everything, just with great grooves...and I think Steve, it was coloring. He was a coloring agent in lots of ways. And it was this sort of dark, contained personality that was struggling to get out. I think that’s partly why we connected with people, because there was this yearning, longing buildup of some compressed energy that needed to explode and get out, and we didn’t always get it out, but people could feel and touch those sort of vibrations humming beneath the surface. And Steve definitely had a good dollop of unfulfilled frustrations, I think, that gave it a good personality. 1
Heck, even the American press kit for Nursery Cryme admits that this was all really just a good deal of a hand, a fortuitous shuffle of the deck. And it goes back even further to the band’s discovery as they weren’t sure how they were going to escape the grand chasm of listener indifference generated by the efforts of their debut:
A group whose considerable talents left them a bit sprawling, Genesis had the good fortune to attract the attention of the head of Charisma Records, Tony Stratton-Smith. Smith put them together with a “benevolent and indulgent” producer, John Anthony, and paid a considerable tab for studio time at the Trident Studios in London. This was a wise and necessary investment. The results are “Nursery Cryme”... 6
“Well, these guys were pretty good, but they also kinda sucked, but along came Tony Stratton-Smith to give them a record deal anyway! Fate must’ve been smiling upon them!”
And now, audiences still had to dig their sound. A sound like we hear on “Seven Stones”, with its big organ, sauntering bass line, and effortlessly light drum rolls with clean vocal harmonies delivered from the band’s new drummer. Its melodic interplay between keys and flute. Its lead vocal delivered with a gravitas beyond the singer’s years. And of course, its dramatic yet still textural guitar, putting a heavier edge on the sound than listeners were accustomed to from the band. And they loved every bit of it.
Peter: Our style has changed a lot - evolved in the last year. It changed when Phil came along and Steve joined on guitar...Originally we tried to do folk type numbers, and it’s all worked up to a crescendo. Now we’ve got an act [where] we’ve started to take control of the audiences. 7
What are the odds?
Let’s hear it from the band!
Peter: A step into the shade, if you like. There’s more sort of sun shining in Trespass, more sort of folky feels and outside stuff, and we’d [now] gone indoors on Nursery Cryme. 1
Mike: “Seven Stones” was very much Tony’s song. It was a great example of what I’ve come to call Tony’s cabaret chords: his big, schmaltzy, music-hall chords which Phil and I struggled with but he loved. In the end we had to make a rule: Tony could have three or four per album and no more. We always wondered what happened to the ones we’d turned down. Then in 2011 Tony released a wonderful classical album and we found out. 4
Ant: There was a huge silver lining for Genesis which was that me leaving meant they had to have a time of reassessment. They got Phil. I mean, come on, it’s got to have been worth it to have got Phil. I feel sorry for John Mayhew, saying that, because John was a decent drummer, but what an impossible act to have preceded, if you like. 3
1. 2008 Box Set
2. Phil Collins - Not Dead Yet
3. Genesis: Chapter & Verse
4. Mike Rutherford - The Living Years
5. Sounds, 1972
6. Nursery Cryme US Press Kit
7. Melody Maker, 1972
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2020.08.23 15:32 J-Roge-1 Black Mirror Universe Timeline (2010 - 2029)

This is my attempt at a combined Black Mirror universe. There are about seven or eight episodes included here in some form (mostly from the early seasons), as well as a few concepts i made myself. Hope you enjoy!!
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2020.08.20 17:47 LearningIsListening A not-so-brief rundown of letters ‘W-Z’ in Jeffrey Epstein's 'Little Black Book'

Below is a rundown of letters ‘W-Z’ under Epstein's contacts. Last year, I wrote about letters A-C. You can check that out here (
I also wrote about letters D-F on July 5, 2020. You can check that out here (
I posted letters G-I on July 13, 2020. You can check that out here (
I posted letters J-L on July 15, 2020. You can check that out here (
I posted letter M on July 20, 2020. You can check that out here (
I posted letters N-Q on July 27, 2020. You can check that out here ( 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 (
I posted letter S on August 7, 2020. You can check that out here (
I posted letters T-V on August 13, 2020. You can check that out here (
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:
Wachtmeister, Eric: Swedish Internet entrepreneur. He was the founder of the now defunct social media website, A Small World. The Weinstein Company, Robert Pittman, and Alexander von Furstenberg were all heavy investors and are all listed in Epstein’s black book (check out previous threads for further information). Early in his career, Wachtmeister was an investment banker who worked for Rothschild & Co. and Lehman Brothers. His father was Count Wilhelm Wachtmeister, a Swedish diplomat, ambassador to the United States, and close friend of George H.W. Bush.
Wagner, David: Not enough info.
Wainwright, Rupert: British movie director and producer.
Waksal, Sam: Pharmaceutical entrepreneur and CEO. Despite the nerdy sounding job description, Waksal hobnobs with celebrities. He dated Martha Stewart’s daughter, is a friend of Ronald Perelman’s ex-wife, and counts Mick Jagger among his friends ( In 2002 and 2003, Waksal pleaded guilty to securities fraud, bank fraud, obstruction of justice, perjury, conspiracy, and wire fraud. He was sentenced to seven years in prison in 2003. He was released in 2009.
Wallace, Mike: Television journalist best known for his role as lead correspondent on the news program 60 Minutes. Longtime 60 Minutes executive producer Jeff Fager, was forced to step down from his position after Ronan Farrow’s article in The New Yorker that mentioned Fager’s sexual misconduct ( towards Sarah Johansen, an intern at the time (now a producer) who said that the atmosphere of 60 Minutes was like that of a “boy’s club.” Epstein hosted a reception for Wallace at his NYC mansion back in 1997 ( Wallace can be seen in this photo (date uncertain, but must have been 1991 or earlier) with Robert Maxwell (Ghislaine’s father) and Donald Trump (
Walters, Barbara: Famous television personality/broadcast journalist known for 20/20, The View, and berating Corey Feldman for trying to “damage an entire industry” when he came out against pedophilia in Hollywood ( Walters goes way back with Ghislaine and her family, as she swam around the same social circles as Ghislaine’s father, Robert Maxwell ( Here is a picture from Steve Forbes’s 70th birthday party ( that shows Barbara walking just behind Robert Maxwell. Barbara is pictured here ( with Ghislaine and some others (7th picture down). We can only wish her the most agonizing of deaths.
Ward, Kevin: A 34-year veteran of the NYPD who was eventually promoted to Borough Commander. Currently the Vice President of Security and Operations for Bryant Park Corporation. Received a Master’s Degree from Harvard, which is extremely rare for a law enforcement official. It’s odd that Epstein would have three different telephone numbers for such a decorated member of law enforcement. Interesting.
Warner, Ozzie: No info found.
Warnford-Davis, Ms Mandy: The former sister-in-law of Ghislaine’s brother, Kevin. Kevin and his wife, Pandora, divorced after more than 20 years of marriage. Mandy is Pandora’s sister. She works as a lawyer in London.
Wasserman, Casey & Laura: Casey is an entertainment and sports agent executive. Grandson of Hollywood mogul and mafia-linked Lee Wasserman. Laura Zifren is Casey’s wife. She is a movie music supervisor. Casey and Laura both appear on Epstein’s “Lolita Express” flight log ( during the infamous Africa trip which featured the likes of Bill Clinton, Kevin Spacey, and Chris Tucker. Casey donates a lot of time and money to the Clinton Foundation and considers Bill Clinton to be a close friend and his philanthropic “mentor” ( The Wassermans have donated between $10 and $25 million to the Clinton Foundation ( The Wassermans have set up a charity called The Wasserman Foundation through which they donate money to a number of different causes, including several children’s groups (
Wassong, David: Managing Director for Soros (yes, that Soros) Fund Management who has worked for Soros for over 20 years ( Here’s a lovely picture ( of Wassong with Ghislaine Maxwell from 2011. There’s nothing weird about it except for Ghislaine’s eye-catching earrings, which bare a striking resemblance to pedophile symbolism ( David’s father, Dan, was a chronic sexual harasser of his secretaries ( Perhaps sexual deviancy runs in the family.
Wastnage, Lucy: Wife of David Tang. Already listed earlier under ‘Tang, Mr David and Lucy Wastnag.’ Copy and pasted from my ‘T-V’ thread… David was a Hong Kong businessman who founded the Shanghai Tang fashion chain and several restaurants that attract the elite. Tang was a philanthropist who was involved in several charities, including Youth Outreach (YO), a charitable organization started in Hong Kong by Reverend Peter Newberry. This charity’s goal was to help at-risk youths ( Tang was considered one of the most well-connected people in London. He and his wife, Lucy, counted Prince Andrew, Naomi Campbell, Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York (Prince Andrew’s ex-wife), Kevin Spacey, the Duke of Marlborough, and Mick Jagger among their friends ( Tang vehemently defended Prince Andrew in 2011 when his relationship with Epstein was made public ( Two years later, Ghislaine celebrated her 51st birthday at China Tang, David’s restaurant at the Dorchester Hotel. Despite the backlash Prince Andrew received for counting Epstein among his friends, he attended Ghislaine’s birthday, along with former Labour minister Shaun Woodward and wife Camilla, the Earl and Countess of Derby, Dorrit Moussaieff, the diamond heiress/wife of the president of Iceland, Tamara Beckwith, and John Eliasch, multi-millionaire boss of sports firm Head. Every single one of those people appear in Epstein’s contacts. Epstein had 16 phone numbers, two email addresses, and three street addresses listed under David and Lucy’s names. David Tang died in 2017.
Waterman, Felicity: Model and actress who was a client of Elite Modeling Agency, along with Epstein/Maxwell pals Naomi Campbell and Heidi Klum and many other famous models.
Watson, Victoria: Secretary at De Cadenet Motor Racing Limited (, a company owned by former race car driver Alain de Cadenet, who was listed earlier in Epstein’s black book.
Webb, Veronica: Supermodel. Former Victoria’s Secret (Les Wexner) model.
Weidenfeld, Lord: Founder of Weidenfeld and Nicolson publishing company. Weidenfeld (1919-2016) was a tremendous supporter of Israel and Oxford University. Weidenfeld was close friends with the Rothschilds. For more info on Weidenfeld’s deep-rooted connection with the Rothschilds and Israel, check out this wonderful Youtube video ( It’s very well-researched and connects all the dots. Other high-ranking friends of Weidenfeld included German Chancellor Angela Merkel and former U.S. Secretary of State (and should-be war criminal) Henry Kissinger.
Weinberg, Jason: Top Hollywood talent manager who represents some of the biggest names in movies and television. Weinberg held his 50th birthday at a restaurant in Easthampton, NY ( Attendees included Harvey Weinstein and actress Uma Thurman, the ex-fiance of ARK Academy founder and possible pedophile and child trafficker, Arpad Busson. Weinberg has been pictured with Peggy Siegal, the publicist who helped Epstein get into elite parties after he was convicted of procuring an underage girl for prostitution. They likely know each other because they were both trained by legendary Hollywood publicist Bobby Zarem.
Weinstein, Bob: Bob is Harvey Weinstein’s brother and a top movie producer and Hollywood executive. Bob has denied any knowledge of his brother’s seemingly endless sexual harassment charges and has publicly rebuked Harvey. Bob has been accused of harassment by Amanda Segel, a female showrunner (
Weintraub, Harriet: Founder of public relations firm HWPR ( Was once in business with Epstein enabler Peggy Siegal (
Westheimer, Ruth Dr: Better known as Dr. Ruth, the popular sex therapist and TV personality.
Weymouth, Mrs Lally: Senior associate editor of The Washington Post. Eldest child of Katherine Graham, the publisher who ran her family’s newspaper, The Washington Post, from 1963-1991. Lally is best known for throwing huge bipartisan parties at her house in the Hamptons. This article ( does a great job of detailing who goes to these parties (ex: Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner partying with George Soros, Soros partying with David Koch, etc) and the fact that behind closed doors, the same people who publicly insult each other from both sides of the aisle, are actually friends and just laughing at us for believing their theatrics. AGAIN, THE WHOLE IDEA OF PARTISANSHIP IS COMPLETE BULLSHIT. STOP ALIGNING WITH ONE SIDE. IT’S US VS. THEM. THAT’S IT.
White, Somers: Former model and advertising executive. Married to Jonathan Farkas, heir to the Alexander’s department stores fortune. Named to the Commission on Presidential Scholars by Donald Trump in 2019. Pictured here ( with Ghislaine Maxwell.
White, Victoria: Former wife of Lord Gordon White, Texas businessman Tom O’Gara, and famed Hollywood producer Robert Evans.
White, Michael: Likely the theatemovie producer or the British journalist who was the associate editor of The Guardian until 2016 and a regular commentator on BBC. Could be either one.
White O’Gara, Victoria: See Victoria White above.
Whitworth, Alan & Wendy: Wendy Whitworth is a managing editor with ties to Ghislaine and her family. She was managing editor of Remembering for the Future: The Holocaust in An Age of Genocide, an assortment of Holocaust-centered articles, which was released in 2001. Ghislaine Maxwell’s mother, Elisabeth, was the editor-in-chief of the publication. Ghislaine and her sisters, Isabel and Christine, are listed as financial sponsors and committee coordinator ( The honorary president of the publication is Elie Wiesel, the famous authoHolocaust survivor who also appears in Epstein’s book and was also accused of sexual harassment. I believe her husband Alan is an economic adviser, but I’m not entirely sure.
Wiatt, Jim: Former CEO at William Morris, a major talent agency.
Wienberg, Anouska & Mark: Anouska is a hotelier and interior designer. Her husband, Mark, is a financier who co-founded J. Rothschild Assurance, which later became St. James’s Place Wealth Management, along with Jacob Rothschild ( Mark was the honorary treasurer of the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) and still had a role as one of the Vice Presidents as of 2012 (, making this the 12 billionth connection between known pedophile and child trafficker Jeffrey Epstein and the NSPCC.
Wiesel Dr Eli and Marion: Wiesel was a famous author, Holocaust survivor, and Nobel Peace Prize winner, but he also supposedly sexually harassed a teenager at a charity event ( Wiesel had longstanding ties to the Maxwell family due to their mutual interest in writing about the Holocaust (, ( Marion is also a Holocaust survivor and was Elie’s wife.
Wigram Lionel and Lydia: Lionel is a producer who has worked on the Harry Potter films and several Guy Ritchie movies. Lydie is his wife.
Wigram, Lionel: See above.
Williams Alexandra & Nick: Alexandra is the daughter of Michael Heseltine, who was previously listed in Epstein’s ‘black book.’ Michael Heseltine is a British businessman and politician who served in various roles in government for British PMs Margaret Thatcher and John Major. Heseltine was a friend of Robert Maxwell, Ghislaine’s father. Heseltine invested in Conservative Parliament member Harvey Proctor’s business after Proctor was forced to resign after it was revealed he had sexual relationships with and took nude pictures of male prostitutes aged 17-21 at his home (source: At the time, it was illegal to have same-sex relations with prostiutes under the age of 21. Her siblings, Annabel and Rupert, were listed in Epstein’s book as well. Check out the G-I thread for more info on them. Nick is her husband and the owner of Holloway’s auctioneers.
Williams-Ellis, David & Serena: David is a world-renowned British sculptor. His ex-wife, Serena, is an interior designer.
Willis, Rebecca: Not sure. Could be a climate change/environmental researcher in the UK.
Wilmot-Sitwell, Alex & Fi: Alex is a banker who was CEO of UBS Investment Bank and headed Bank of America Merrill Lynch’s businesses across Europe until 2018. Bank of America Merrill Lynch, incidentally, was the “largest corporate sponsor” for the super shady ARK Academy ( under Wilmot-Sitwell. ARK Academy, founded by Arpad Busson (listed in Epstein’s book - read more on him here:, could very well be a system of schools used for child abuse and child trafficking. Caroline Fiona Marr is Alex’s ex-wife.
Wilson, Carter: Barely any info found. Her name is Carter Wilson Hailey. This was her mother ( Despite the family names/history, I couldn’t find anything on who Carter Wilson actually is.
Windisch Grazot, Manfred: The Windisch-Graetz family comes from a high nobility bloodline. Manfred, considered a prince, takes care of the management and finances of Elitaliana, the oldest Italian helicopter company ( Member of the Order of Malta (
Windsor-Taylor, Tim & Helen: Helen is a member of the Royal Family. Her father is Prince Edward, Duke of Kent, who is the first cousin of Queen Elizabeth II. Helen is a patron of CLIC Sargent, a children’s cancer charity ( Her husband, Tim, is an art dealer.
Winn, Steve: Wynn is a billionaire Las Vegas hotel tycoon. Prince Harry was a guest of Wynn’s at his Encore resort. Served as the finance chair of the Republican National Committee from 2017-2018, but had to resign from that post and his position as CEO of Wynn Resorts due to dozens of allegations of sexual misconduct ( by his employees. Wynn and his wife (listed earlier in Epstein’s black book under ‘Hissom, Andrea’) are close friends of Donald and Melania Trump (source:
Winston, Elizabeth: Not sure. Best guess is a Texas-based conservationist.
Wipple, George: Entertainment and society television journalist.
Wolper, Carol: Author and screenwriter who has also written for Vogue magazine, where Epstein has countless connections.
Wong, Andy: Hong Kong financier and socialite. Hosted a Chinese New Year party in 2002 attended by Prince Andrew ( where the theme was ‘Eyes Wide Shut’ ( Here’s are some pictures from that party ( ; ; Here is a link with more pictures ( from the party. Many Epstein contacts appear in these photos and also regularly attend the Wongs’ annual Chinese New Year parties. Buzz Aldrin (suspected upper echelon freemason) attended the party as well.
Wong, Theodore: Hedge fund manager. Founder of Constellar Capital LLC. Former managing director at Credit Suisse, a Swedish-based investment bank where Epstein had several contacts. Member of the Sunflower Children's Foundation and St. Jude’s Hospital (, two charities dedicated to sickly children.
Woodall, Trinny: Former drug addict socialite and friend of the wealthy and elite ( who is now a British TV presenter and owner of makeup brand TRINNY LONDON.
Woods Emily & Carrie: Cary Woods is a movie producer. His ex-wife, Emily, is the chairman of J. Crew.
Woodward, Alexa: California-based attorney.
Woodward, Shaun & Camilla: Former British Member of Parliament (MP) and Secretary of State for Northern Ireland. Shaun is a good friend of Esther Rantzen, an English journalist and television presenter who founded ChildLine, a charity promoting child protection. Incidentally, Rantzen ignored allegations against Jimmy Savile, the notorious pedophile, celebrity, and Royal Family confidant. Rantzen also had an affair with Nicolas Fairbairn, the Scottish politician who was posthumously accused of chronic child abuse and has been linked to Elm Guest House, where politicans (allegedly) had sex with drugged up children ( Camilla is Woodward’s ex-wife of 28 years and daughter of former Conservative MP and supermarket heir Tim Sainsbury. Since their divorce, Shaun has entered a relationship with Luke Redgrave, a Hollywood camera operator.
Worcester, Marq & Marc of: Henry Somerset, 12th Duke of Beaufort and his ex-wife, Tracy. Henry is an English peer and landowner. Tracy is a former actress.
Wyatt, Jim: See Jim Wiatt (above).
Wyatt, Steve & Cate: Steve is an oil heir and the former lover of Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York (Prince Andrew’s ex-wife). Ferguson has always seen Steve as her true love and even went away on vacation with him while she was still with Prince Andrew ( Cate is Steve’s ex-wife.
(No ‘X’ last names)
Yamani, Mai: Anthropologist, scholar, and author who has been a consultant of international banks such as Goldman Sachs, oil companies like Shell and BP, and foreign governments.
Yariv, Zghoul: Israeli venture capitalist.
Yates, Andrew (piggy): Features editor at the Daily Mail. Went to school with Ghislaine Maxwell, but said that he hadn’t seen her in over a decade when he found out his name was in Epstein’s contacts.
Young Toby: A British social commentator and former director of the New Schools Network, a charity which helps set up free schools in England. He is also an associate editor at Quillette, an online science magazine. In 2011, Young wrote an article defending Prince Andrew and others who are friends with the likes of Epstein, saying that they are not responsible for their friends actions ( He was suspended from Groucho, a private members club in London, when he admitted to selling and using cocaine there ( This flickr page reveals the connection between Toby Young’s New Schools Network and possible pedophile/child trafficker Arpad Busson’s ARK Academy schools ([email protected]/49407330397).
Younger, Tracy & Lee, Greg: No info found.
Yugoslavia Dimitri: Prince Dimitri is a gemologist and member of the Royal House of Yugoslavia. Pictured here ( with Ghislaine Maxwell and Prince Andrew’s cousin, Christina Oxenberg. Brother of Michael and Serge (below).
Yugoslavia, Prince Michel of: An investment executive and former real estate broker. He is also a member of the Knights of Malta. Brother of Dimitri (above) and Serge (below)
Yugoslavia, Serge de: Prince Serge of Yugoslavia. Recently became a father at the age of 54 ( Brother of Dimitri and Michael (above).
Zacks Gordon: American businessman who was a financial and Middle Eastern policy adviser to George H.W. Bush during his presidency.
Zales, Alexi: No info found.
Zangrillo Paige & Bob: Robert Zangrillo is a venture capitalist and real estate developer. He has come under fire for a college admissions scandal in which he paid $250,000 so that his daughter could get into USC. Routinely throws parties that attract the likes of the Kardashians, Snoop Dogg, the Hadid family, and other celebrities/wealthy people (
Zawauri, Waleed: Zawawi is on the board of HSBC Bank of Oman. Listed in the Paradise Papers ( - not to be confused with the Panama Papers - as someone with offshore accounts.
Zecher Bibi and Adrian: Adrian is a hotelier who founded Aman Resorts. Bebe is his wife.
Zeff Mark: Interior designer who helped renovate Epstein’s New York mansion.
Zelier, John: Founding and Managing Member of Hudson Housing Capital, a housing tax credit syndicator. Former Managing Director of Lehman Brothers.
Zevi, Dino & Rosi: Dino is an art dealer.
Zilkha, Bettina: Arts, entertainment, and fashion journalist for Forbes magazine. Photographed with Ghislaine Maxwell here ( and here ( and here ( well, you get the point. She is a fixture in New York’s high society social scene as she is also an heiress to her father’s financing fortune.
Zipp, Brian: Investment banker. Zipp is a former Senior Economist with the U.S. Treasury Department. Later became a Managing Director at Lehman Brothers.
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2020.08.19 06:15 Fortanono Starman #4 - A Doll's House

DCNext Proudly Presents…!


Issue #4: A Doll’s House

Arc I: Shady Dealings

Written by Fortanono
Edited by dwright5252, deadislandman1
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Part 1: Jack Knight
“Hope O’Dare,” I chuckle. “I would’ve never expected you to show up here of all places. “
Hope bites her lip. “Yeah, well,” she said, “Not all cops in the precinct hate you. It's just my boss and some of my more pretentious brothers.”
She steps fully into the meeting room at the Stargazer, closing the door behind her. I'm in full costume, sitting in the wooden chair at the head of my desk. Sandra's here, too, wearing her makeshift costume of a mask and green T-shirt that matches her original outfit as Phantom Lady. She hasn't used a proper hero codename since Jennifer took up the mantle, although one tabloid called her ‘Phantom Mom.’ She just laughed that off, noting how she was the only one of her siblings not to have kids. Hope is wearing her full police uniform; she sits down in the chair in front of me.
Hope pulls out a manilla folder from a jacket pocket. “After a few days of desperate moping, I was finally able to convince my boss to agree to enlist your help. This is a case that really can't be solved with only our guys; we've tried, didn't work. A bit of a warning: the enclosed pictures are quite gruesome.”
I take the folder and flip through the pictures. She isn’t wrong; the folder contains shot after shot of mutilated corpses, to the point where it’s difficult to tell what body part is what. It just appeared as an amorphous blob of viscera and entrails. “God,” I say. “I haven’t seen stuff like this since the 1,000 massacre.”
“I told you to look away from that,” Sandra remarks.
“Yeah, I’ve never been good at following directions.” I pause, blanking out while staring at the pictures. “Jesus, what causes a man to do stuff like that?”
Hope laughs a dry laugh. “You know, I’ve wondered that myself looking through those pictures, never found any answers though. We’ve been calling them ‘the Surgeon’ over at the precinct, because of the precise incisions they make in their victims after they die.” She reaches over and grabs the folder, searching for a specific picture. It’s a close-up of the flesh of one of the victims, the entirety of which is covered with cuts in the shape of flowers and hearts.
“They leave *patterns” on parts of the victims like this. I think they see it as a sort of twisted artwork,” Hope mutters. “Dude’s left a trail of bodies through 7 states, from Central City to here. Apparently, they’ve been staying in Opal for a while without moving on. Even with the help of all the other police precincts they’ve killed in, we haven’t found anything.”
Sandra speaks up. “How exactly is that possible? I mean, you’ve got to have some security footage of the victims before their deaths, right? Entering hotel rooms, being picked up in a taxi, there’s always something like that you could use.”
“You’d think so,” Hope sighs. “From all accounts we’ve seen, though, the killer just appears in the victims’ houses, with no record of how they got there. We’re currently thinking they’ve got to be a metahuman, with teleportation powers or something similar. Which is why we’re enlisting you on this.”
“Oh, goody,” I say dryly.
“You know,” Hope says, “This might be unprofessional to say, but I swear, I recognize your voice from somewhere. Like, are you famous or something in real life? I really can’t place it.”
“Best not to,” I say. “I’d have to kill you if you found out.” I pause, looking around. No one is laughing. “Kidding,” I say. “C’mon, why can’t you cop-types take a joke?”
“I promise,” Sandra says, “We’ll be much more professional during the investigation than this.” She turns to me. “C’mon, Starman, what exactly were you thinking?”
Hope clears her throat. “I’ll leave you to it. Let us know if the PD can help you with anything.” She turns and leaves the room.
After the door closes, I stand up and turn to Sandra, taking my goggles off. They had been pressing on my face uncomfortably for some time now. “So we got a metahuman killer from Central City who can sneak into houses undetected. Probably got his powers from the big storm there in 2019.”
“You never know,” Sandra laughs. “That wasn’t the first time something like that happened in Central City. We’re better off starting out by looking into a list of hotel reservations in Opal, cross-referencing that with anyone in the Central City public records.”
“Got it.” I walk over to a computer to the side of the room, booting it up. Sandra takes a look through the photographs.
“Holy shit,” she says, her brow furling. “Wait a second. There’s no way these marks could be made by a surgical needle. The smallest ones are smaller and more precise than humanly possible. Now, who do we know that got their powers in Central City, and can become smaller at will?”
“No fucking way,” I snarl. “We have to talk to Jennifer.”
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Part 2: Jennifer Knight
Darrell looks up from his phone, grinning. “Okay, new plan. We go out to brunch with Martha, then I have chess club, and then we can start patrolling. That work?”
“Yeah, sure,” I say. We’re sitting in Darrell’s car, an old red station wagon he had gotten from his dad, in front of Speckled Eggs, which was apparently the best brunch place in town. Although, from my experience, if no one in the city has ever mentioned it to me, it’s not the best brunch place in town. “Why do we even have to go to the brunch thing? I mean, you said that this Martha woman wasn’t even really your friend.”
“She was always really nice to me in chemistry class,” Darrell says, “And she’s here in town, so I figured it’d be nice. Sure, it’ll probably be really boring, but it’s the polite thing to do.”
“Alright,” I laugh. “It’s just… we failed to stop Tigress from escaping with STAR Labs tech. We have no idea what she’s planning to do with it, and Jack’s been a little stingy on the details. I dunno, I just feel like we should be out there right now, not eating brunch with old friends.”
Darrell puts his hand on my shoulder. “Don’t worry,” he says. “We’ll get her, we’ll figure all this out. That doesn’t mean we have to have a one-track mind about this stuff. Breaks are always important, trust me.”
“Okay,” I smile. We get out of the car and walk into Speckled Eggs. Martha’s sitting at one of the booths in the front, wearing a sparkling red dress that’s making me acutely aware that I decided to go to this brunch in a sweater and jeans. She has her dark auburn hair tied up in a bun, and was definitely the most dressed up of anyone in the entire restaurant.
“Hey! Come sit down!” Martha beckons us closer, and I start feeling like she misunderstood what kind of event this was, exactly.
As we scooch into the booth across from her, she clears her throat. “So,” she laughs. “It’s been so long! How’ve you been, Darrell? You must be Jennifer. Darrell’s told me so much about you.”
Darrell turns to me, clearly a little weirded out about the experience too. “I only sent her one text mentioning your name,” he laughed. “Not much to work with.”
“No, of course not,” Martha chuckles. “Still feels like I knew you, almost. Y’know? Just from that.”
“I don’t really know,” I sigh. She’s probably really cool when you get to know her, I reassure myself.
“I remember that you liked blueberry pancakes back at Central City U,” she said, beaming incredibly widely. “So I bought you a plate of those. Jennifer, you’ll have to order your own stuff.”
I turn towards the window of the diner. Holy fuck; things just got a lot stranger.
My cousin, my dear relative, Jack Knight was standing in the window of the diner, in full Starman garb, Cosmic Rod in one hand, a cardboard sign in the other. In full black marker, it read, “JENNIFER - PLEASE COME OUT.”
“Excuse me,” I say. “I have to excuse myself for a second. I’ll be right back.”
I walk out into the restaurant’s parking lot, turning to Jack. “Okay, what the fuck is going on? I’m in the middle of brunch.” My voice lowers to a whisper. “I’m doing civilian things right now, you know? With other civilians? And this is not a low-profile meeting.”
“Listen,” Jack says. “This is… this is gonna be really long and difficult to explain, and you might be upset with us for a while, but I need to get you away from Darrell as soon as possible. It’s urgent.”
“You’re not a fan, huh? Thanks for letting me know.”
From next to Jack, Sandra materializes from thin air. Even though I do that on the reg, it still feels quite strange to see. She’s wearing a mask too, because it wasn’t clear enough that I was casually conversing with Opal City’s prime hero already.
“Jennifer,” she says, a sympathetic tone in her voice. “We recently got some evidence that Darrell is not a good person… if we’re right, he’s actually a really bad guy. We’re still looking into it, but we don’t want you near him while this is happening. Now, I of all people know how it can feel to learn that your boyfriend might kill people, but--”
“Excuse me?” I say, a little too loudly for my comfort. “And you were gonna keep speaking after dropping that into the conversation?”
Sandra hangs her head. “We’ll explain everything at the Stargazer.”
“You’re clearly wrong,” I say. “I can drop by the Stargazer when Darrell has chess class, which is in about an hour from now. Now, I have to go back to the brunch with the girl I thought was weird until about 30 seconds ago.”
I walk into the diner, turning back to the table. What I’m seeing, it looks like some sort of absurdist painting. Martha’s dress and Darrell’s clothes lay on the benches of the diner, but they were gone. In front of the garments are two steaming plates: one of salmon benedict, and one of blueberry pancakes, piled high, syrup on the side. Just as Darrell likes it.
I run out, my face pale. Sandra turns to me. “What? What is it?”
“We have to go. Now.”
“It’s not Darrell,” I say, gritting my teeth. I’m in my full Phantom Lady gear now, sitting in the Stargazer with Jack. “It can’t be. Darrell’s a good person. Right? I know he’s a good person. He couldn’t have done what you said he did. He just couldn’t.”
“We don’t know that for certain, yes,” Jack reassured me. “But it seems like the most likely explanation right now, all things considered. Don’t worry. Almost all serial killers are able to hide in plain sight without getting caught. No one would have expected you to know.”
“But it’s not him!” I say, pounding my fist on the table. I take a few deep breaths and catch myself. “Look, you think Darrell is sneaking around with his powers and killing people. If that was the case, and you think Martha’s his next victim, how did she disappear too? He can’t shrink other people or anything like that.”
“You can’t be sure of the extent of his powers; that’s just what he told you. A long time ago, my Dad faced a villain named Brainwave, who only seemed to have telekinesis. Flash-forward three months, and Ted learns he’s been reading minds too and knew all of my family’s identities.”
“Shut up, okay?” Tears start to well on my face. “This isn’t one of your family’s fun adventures where the bad guys are taken out and everything is saved. This is my life you’re playing with, and you’re wrong. Just… just shut up, okay? Shut up for once.”
“Okay, okay,” Jack says, backing up. “Of course, Jennifer. I’m sorry that all of this is happening. I didn’t mean to hurt you or anything like--”
“Just shut up.
We stay there for a few minutes, sitting in complete silence, until Sandra walks in.
“I managed to get the security footage from Speckled Eggs,” she sighs. “I’ve got good news. It’s not Darrell. That’s also accompanied with some worse news.”
“Okay,” I say, my eyes raw. “What’s happening?”
Sandra gulps. “It’s best if I just show you.” She pulls out her phone and loads a video, the black-and-white footage from the diner. It shows the three of us eating, and then I leave. Darrell and Martha talk for a few minutes, and I could see Darrell get visibly more concerned. And then, Martha takes out something, some blue plastic cube, and presses it against Darrell’s wrist. I see his face contorting as he starts shrinking involuntarily into his clothes, falling onto the tiled floor of the diner..
“Fuck, no, no,” I pant. “Turn it off.”
Sandra gives me a sad look as I keep watching. Martha shrinks into her dress, too, climbing down with a rag in her hand. A rag her size. And she pulls it around Darrell’s mouth.
I watch the video, horrified, as Darrell blacks out and Martha escapes with him.
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Interlude IV: This Article Needs More Information
Richard Swift
Richard Swift may refer to:
Richard Swift (merchant) (1649-1684), British merchant
Richard Swift (composer) (1927–2003), American composer and music theorist
Richard Swift (singer-songwriter) (1977–2018), American singer-songwriter
Richard Swift (politician) (1811–1872), member of the UK Parliament for Sligo County
Richard Swift (businessman) (born 1973), Opal City businessman and founder of Swift Solutions
Richard Swift (merchant)
Richard Swift (January 2nd, 1649 -- April 24th, 1684) was an English merchant and trader for the British East India Company. He is best known for his ties to the London seance disappearances and his disappearance during the event.
Life: The first son of Gerald and Margaret Swift, Richard was the owner of a ship called the James Robinson, which fought against the French and traded slaves to plantations in America. Swift married a noblewoman named Anne Josephine Thomas, and they had three kids, including future explorer Malcolm Swift.
In 1678, Swift was knighted by King Charles II for his exceptional service to the Kingdom.
Disappearance: Main article: London seance disappearances
In 1684, Swift was invited by fellow merchant Simon Culp to attend what he described in a letter as "a grand Seance, one of the magics we have learned from the Indian people only recently." Culp claimed that this spell would allow Swift to speak to his mother, who had recently died in a pneumonia outbreak. On April 24th, 1684, Swift and five other merchants attended a seance at Culp's mansion. Shortly afterwards, 104 people in London disappeared, including Swift and the other participants in the seance.
This story gained popularity in 1983 with the Channel 52 documentary on the disappearances, Behind the Veil. As knowledge of magical forces has become more prevalent among society, many have tried to recreate the spell that caused the disappearances. However, as of now, it is still a mystery as to what happened.
Abel Ferrano, host of the TV series House of Mystery, claims that it was more likely for the disappearance to be caused by Kryptonian technology, citing unproven theories that Kryptonians had visited Earth prior to Superman’s arrival. He has also suggested that Swift is the same person as Richard Swift, the CEO of Swift Solutions, and that the other victims of the incident might still be around today.
Richard Swift (businessman)
Richard Swift (born January 2nd, 1973) is an American businessman and the CEO of Swift Solutions, a company that focuses primarily on advanced power generation and computer chips.
Early life: Swift rarely likes to talk about his childhood, claiming on multiple occasions that it was “the worst time for me… I wouldn’t wish what happened to me on anyone.” He has claimed on several instances, however, that he was born into a wealthy family and that his parents died “many years ago.”
Records of Swift’s birth seemingly do not exist, which has led many to claim that Richard Swift is a fake name or that he is a criminal. Swift has answered these accusations by saying that while Richard Swift is indeed an alias, he only changed his name to avoid his “treacherous past.”
Swift considers Opal City to be his home and has said once that he has “more faith in the city than I have in most people… I truly believe it can survive anything.” He has shown his appreciation for the local heroes that go by the name Starman, as well as other heroes such as Phantom Lady.
Swift Solutions: In 1995, Swift started his company, Swift Solutions, and patented a series of microchips. He claims to have developed these patents himself in his own spare time. Swift Solutions went public in 1997, and quickly expanded. Swift became a billionaire off of his products, and has poured much of that money back into Opal City’s infrastructure and charity nearby.
Personal life: In 2004, Swift married private investigator and U.S. Army veteran Sandra Knight. The couple divorced in 2009, citing “irreconcilable differences.”
Swift is a supporter of Veronica Cale in her campaign to become the U.S. President. He has been vocal about his disdain for the current President, Jefferson Pierce, and his policies. He has also been vocally against extraterrestrial immigration to Earth, calling it “a free ticket to the next major invasion.”
Swift currently lives in Opal City, running several domestic violence shelters and orphanages in the city, along with currently constructing a hydroelectric power plant in the city.
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Part 3: Darrell Dane
“Wakey wakey!”
Martha’s voice rings around me as I wake up. The first thing I notice is the fabric of all things. Martha had dressed me up, still in doll form, in a felt costume consisting of a blue shirt, a pair of shorts and a red cape. Somehow, with everything that’s going on, the first thing I notice is how itchy it was.
The second thing I notice, of course, is that I’m tied to a chair in the middle of what looked like a standard American suburban dining room, out of some sort of ad from the 1950’s. I’m in a doll house, I realize. Of course. How did I even think for a second that I was in a normal-sized dining room? My hands are strapped to the sides of the chair, my feet strapped to something really, really cold. That’s the third thing I notice. God, I really need to get out of here.
Martha’s standing over me; she’s wearing a red dress, but with less sequins this time. It’s made out of the same felt material that mine is. She’s wearing a blue cape, too, like mine but in a different color. I try to grow, to get out of this hellhole. I can’t.
She smiles as I turn my head towards her. “You remember the day that the lightning came down? We were in chem class, and we were lab partners. And then, a lightning bolt strikes straight through our classroom, through us. It gave us the same powers, connected us, entwined us so that we could be together forever. I heard about you on the news the other day, Opal City’s newest crusader, and I knew it was you! Too bad it’s with that Phantom-bitch.”
“You’re a fucking monster,” I spit. I know that a better strategy is to play to whatever her game is, to pretend to love her. I just don’t have enough energy for that right now. After a while, I pause.
“You’ll warm up to the idea, I’m sure.” She sneaks up close to my face and whispers in my ear. “We are in love, Darrell! Don’t you get that?”
I flinch. “Why… why can’t I grow? What did you do to me?”
Martha laughs a light, sinister laugh. “I suppose I know your powers better than you do. After all, I’ve been using them almost since that day in the lab. If you’re exposed to something cold enough, your muscles contract in such a way that you shrink down into your itty-bitty doll size. As long as your feet are tied to the device I secured to your chair, you’re stuck with me! It’s cute, don’tcha think?”
“Jennifer’s gonna find you,” I say. “She will tear up every single city block until she figures out where I am. You will be brought to justice.”
“Oh, let her try,” Martha laughs. “By the time she does, we’ll be in love! Darrell Dane and Martha Roberts, the world’s newest power couple!” She walks into the next room over, disappearing from my vision.
I look around the room a bit before noticing my Doll suit, mounted against the wall like a suit of armor. I tend to keep the suit in my jacket pocket these days in case I need it, and it seems to have paid off. Obviously, I can’t reach it from here, but that’s fine.
See, Jennifer has access to a tracker in the suit at all times. Now I just have to keep Martha busy.
Martha comes back into the room, carrying a doll-sized bowl with--compared to my face, at least--an absolutely massive red grape. “Lunch is ready,” she laughs. “Sorry I couldn’t make pancakes at this size, but I’ll learn in no time, I promise.”
“So what’s the plan here?” I ask. “I’m just gonna be stuck in this chair forever?”
“Not forever,” Martha smiles. “Just until you understand that we belong together! It’ll take two, three days max, I’m sure.” She looks over at my suit in the corner. “Don’t worry, that’s gonna be out of reach when you get free. Speaking of which, I need to untie your hands so you can eat!”
Martha undoes the restraints on my hands. Immediately, I reach over and punch Martha in the face. Legs and waist still tied to the chair, I start dragging my chair towards the suit, hoping that I can use the stinger-missiles to break my restraints.
“No!” Martha shouts. She runs after me, bringing my chair back to the table before I could do anything. “Eat the grape, honey. C’mon; I know you’re hungry.”
Whatever. This will be over soon. I take the doll-size fork next to the bowl and take a piece out of the grape. God, I feel so pathetic. Don’t worry, I tell myself, it’ll all be over soon.
As I take a few bites, a blindingly bright light covers the room. For a few seconds, I can’t see anything but bright golden light. It takes me way too long to realize that Jack Knight had just busted open the top of the house. I see his face, every wrinkle and odd feature on it, as he lifts Martha and I out of her prison. Looking around, it seems like we were in some sort of abandoned warehouse, somewhere that she didn’t think we could be found.
“Darrell,” Jennifer says, rushing over to Jack. “Are you okay?”
“Yeah, yeah,” I smile. “Now that you’re here, I am.”
“I am totally gonna have to get a picture of you in that outfit,” she laughs.
“Yeah,” I say, still dazed. “You know what I just realized though?”
“I think I missed chess club.”
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Part 4: Sandra Knight
“And then I turn visible again, Martha gets arrested, and everyone is fine,” I say. I’m sitting on Ted’s couch in his house; the TV is set to a news broadcast on mute of the adventure. We both have flasks of white wine in our hands, taking sips of them. “I just feel so bad for Darrell and Jennifer in all this. They were thrust right into the middle of everything.”
“Well,” Ted says, “That is the life of a hero, is it not? To always be faced with more and more depraved individuals? I was hoping the kids wouldn’t get to the level of a serial killer this fast, but these are the type of people Darrell and Jennifer can’t ignore anymore.”
I nod. “And I can’t believe how much we pinned on Darrell. I mean, I guess it made sense in the moment, but--”
“You did nothing wrong,” Ted says, taking another sip of wine. “It was a good guess for the time. If anything, it’s Jack who screwed up. He’s the one who had to comfort Jennifer, and to nobody’s surprise, he failed.”
“Give him time,” I say. “He’s learning faster than any of us did, I think. You gotta compare him to David when he was four months into his career. He’s doing way better.”
Ted nodded. “That doesn’t comfort me much, exactly. It’s funny, I’ve been thinking. You and Jack start up that new crazy pizza place, and Jack’s dead set on proving that our ways--the old ways--are wrong. And almost on cue, a ton of other heroes show up and prove him wrong. Jennifer and Darrell, Rick, that one girl who was here for a month and then left. Well, I guess she was here long before Jack, but whatever. But they’re not organized. And Opal City is suffering for that, I think. When you have 15 competing heroes, it becomes chaos.”
“And how exactly would you change that?”
Ted laughs. “The only thing I can do. I’d train them. They’d work with Jack, not against him, but they would be a team. An All-Star Squadron, one could say.”
I take a sip of wine. “Well then, I’m excited to be working with you guys in the future.” I reach out my hand, and Ted shakes it. It feels like the old days: cousins teaming up to fight crime. Except now, we’ve got help.
This is such a dumb idea.
I know it is, I know that Richard knows who I am and what I can do, but somehow, I still find myself back back in the hallways of the Swift Solutions building, exploring. I pass several guards on their night shift; this is always the fun part, being able to sneak around people who have no idea I’m there. I wait for one to go past and steal his keychain. He doesn’t even notice it’s missing.
I remember the layout of this place like the back of my hand, and I know where Richard tends to hang out. He has his own personal library in the center of the building, which doubles as his personal offices. Because he always loves to have the most grand of everything. I find the door to his library and open it up a crack before entering through. I close it quickly and silently, looking over at the spectacle below.
Richard is in full Shade-mode, covered in a gown of shadows with a top hat on his head. In the center of the room is a circular metal device, one which looks like a magnified version of my blacklight projector. It’s emitting a shadowy energy, which transitions into the image of the busts of four people. They’re dressed in powdered wigs, and appear to be talking to Swift about something.
“Listen,” one says. “A group of chaos magicians have contacted us and told us they can get us out. At this point, we see no reason to continue our associations with you unless consistent progress is made.”
“Of course,” Richard says, faking a smile. “The generator is almost complete, but there are a few key parts that we need to secure to finish it. You will have your freedom, my friends, but you must have patience.”
Another of the men speaks up. “Patience,” he says, “is a skill that we have very little of remaining. We will give you a deadline. By this year’s Christmas, you must have the machine completed. You do not understand how it feels, spending eternity in this limbo. Get us out, or someone else will do it for us, and then we will not be as kind to you when we are bringing order to this new world.”
“Christmas is easily doable,” Richard says. “You forget that until a few years ago, I was with you in that prison. I wouldn’t wish it on my worst enemy. The machine is almost done, I promise. Now, if you excuse me, I have some other matters to attend to. Some bitch who thinks she’s invisible to me is trying to listen in on our conversations.”
Richard presses a button on the machine, turning it off, and lunges at me.
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2020.08.14 04:47 LearningIsListening A not-so-brief rundown of letters ‘T-V’ in Jeffrey Epstein's 'Little Black Book'

Below is a rundown of letters ‘T-V’ under Epstein's contacts. Last year, I wrote about letters A-C. You can check that out here (
I also wrote about letters D-F on July 5, 2020. You can check that out here (
I posted letters G-I on July 13, 2020. You can check that out here (
I posted letters J-L on July 15, 2020. You can check that out here (
I posted letter M on July 20, 2020. You can check that out here (
I posted letters N-Q on July 27, 2020. You can check that out here ( 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 (
I posted letter S on August 7, 2020. You can check that out here (
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:
Taaffee, Paul: Former Chairman and CEO of public relations firm Hill and Knowlton.
Tabet, Karim & Cristina: Karim is a founding partner of TAP advisory group. A former Vice Chairman at UBS Investment Bank and Joint Global Head at UBS Telecommunications. The subtitle under the Tabets reads ‘65th Street Neighbors.’ Ghislaine Maxwell lived in a townhouse at 116 East 65th Street.
Taki: Likely British journalist and Polanski apologist Taki Theodoracopulos. Taki wrote this interesting piece ( in 2009 in which he throws Epstein under the bus while defending Polanski. Decades ago, Taki threw a party at The Savoy to celebrate the end of communism. Attendees included Ghislaine Maxwell and Imran Khan (
Talbot Williams, Simon: Businessman involved in real estate. Owns Talbot & Scott ltd, an investment and development agency.
Tang, Mr David & Lucy Wastnag: David was a Hong Kong businessman who founded the Shanghai Tang fashion chain and several restaurants that attract the elite. Tang was a philanthropist who was involved in several charities, including Youth Outreach (YO), a charitable organization started in Hong Kong by Reverend Peter Newberry. This charity’s goal was to help at-risk youths ( Tang was considered one of the most well-connected people in London. He and his wife, Lucy, counted Prince Andrew, Naomi Campbell, Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York (Prince Andrew’s ex-wife), Kevin Spacey, the Duke of Marlborough, and Mick Jagger among their friends ( Tang vehemently defended Prince Andrew in 2011 when his relationship with Epstein was made public ( Two years later, Ghislaine celebrated her 51st birthday at China Tang, David’s restaurant at the Dorchester Hotel. Despite the backlash Prince Andrew received for counting Epstein among his friends, he attended Ghislaine’s birthday, along with former Labour minister Shaun Woodward and wife Camilla, the Earl and Countess of Derby, Dorrit Moussaieff, the diamond heiress/wife of the president of Iceland, Tamara Beckwith, and John Eliasch, multi-millionaire boss of sports firm Head. Every single one of those people appear in Epstein’s contacts. Epstein had 16 phone numbers, two email addresses, and three street addresses listed under David and Lucy’s name. Tang died in 2017.
Tate, Rupert: Two options. Either the former hedge fund manager at Merrill Lynch or the CEO of Bear Grylls Ventures.
Taubman, Alfred: Billionaire real estate developer and former owner of Sotheby’s, where Les Wexner was once a board member. Many parties and book premieres attended by the elites have been hosted by Sotheby’s over the years. Taubman spent nearly one year in jail for price fixing in collusion with Christie’s auction house ( Taubman died in 2015.
Taubman, Bobby: Alfred’s son who took over the family business.
Tavoulareas, Mr Billy & Nicket: William Tavoulareas Jr. is an heir to his father, William Tavoulareas, a Greek petroleum businessman and former President and Chief Executive of Mobil Oil during the ‘70s and ‘80s. Sr. was a close friend of George H.W. Bush and Greek Prime Minister Andreas Papandreou and was also a member of the Knights of Malta. William Jr. has not been so lucky. He has psychological problems and despite the fact that he has millions in a trust fund, he lives out of his car and has been involved in several dustups with the law in Palm Beach ( Annick Finlan is Jr.’s ex-wife.
Tavoulareas, Peter: Billy’s Tavoulareas brother and son of William Tavoulareas Sr. Heir to father’s petroleum fortune.
Tayler, Emmy: Former personal assistant of Ghislaine Maxwell. Reportedly taught girls how to massage Epstein. Her name appears twice on Epstein’s Lolita Express flight logs ( Recently fled the UK, but is presumably wanted for questioning (
Taylor, Felicia: Retired anchor for CNN’s World Business Today. Stepsister of Victoria (nee Schott) de Rothschild, Sir Evelyn Rothschild’s second wife. Felicia knew Epstein socially and once had tea at his mansion ( Pictured here ( with Ghislaine Maxwell at a Tommy Hilfiger hosted event in 2009. She is also the daughter of classic Hollywood actor Rod Taylor.
Taylor, Pamela: Make-up artist with a bunch of A-list clients.
Taylor, Sebastian: Not enough info. Likely refers to the personal friend of Nathaniel Rothschild (, but I can’t be sure. There are two other decent possibilities.
Taymor, Julie & Eliot: Julie is one of the most well-known theatre directors in the world. Responsible for the Broadway hit, Lion King. Elliot is Julie’s long-time partner. He is a film and theatre composer.
Tennenbaum, Harry: No info found.
Teodorani-Fabbri, Eduardo: A boss at Fiat motor company. Comes from the tremendously wealthy Agnelli family, who are the largest shareholders of The Economist (the Rothschilds also own a large portion). Eduardo used to date Tara Palmer-Tomkinson (listed earlier in Epstein’s contacts), the now deceased goddaughter of Prince Charles. Their first date was at an ARK charity dinner ( ARK is a children’s charity that has spawned many schools for grades K-12. It was started by Arpad Busson (also listed in Jeffrey Epstein’s book), the former fiancee of Uma Thurman. Busson is likely steeped in child trafficking. I wrote a thread about him and ARK charity last year (
Theilmann, Baroness Francesca: Publisher and art collector.
Theodoli, Catherine: Katrin is the CEO of Magnum Marine Corporation, a performance and luxury yacht manufacturer.
Tholstrup, Mogens: Former owner of Daphne’s, Pasha, and The Collection, three of London’s trendiest restaurants. Sold the restaurants for pounds 5.5m in 1998. Dated a series of high society girls, including Lady Victoria Hervey (former girlfriend and staunch defender of Prince Andrew) and Tara Palmer-Tomkinson.
Tholstrup, Paola: A former model and the ex-wife of restaurateur Mogens Tholstrup (above). Pictured here ( at a Chinese New Year celebration with Ghislaine Maxwell and Harry Nutall in 2007.
Thompson, Barnaby: British film director, producer, and movie executive. Thompson ran Ealing Studios for 14 years. Barnaby has been photographed with a who’s who of Hollywood stars, royalty, and many people listed in Epstein’s contacts. He has attended parties hosted by Harvey Weinstein and Charles Finch, an interesting figure mentioned earlier (check my D-F thread) in Epstein’s black book (
Tisch, David: Businessman who comes from a ridiculously rich family. His grandfather, Laurence Tisch, was the co-owner of Loews Corporation. His cousin, Steve, co-owns the New York Giants and has produced many big budget Hollywood movies. David made some good money in Silicon Valley startup companies.
Tisch, Merryl & Jimmy: Merryl is the former Chancellor of the New York State Board of Regents and wife of James (Jimmy) Tisch. A huge proponent of high-stakes testing for adolescents. Her husband, James, is the heir to Loews Corporation. He currently serves as CEO.
Tish, Anne & Andrew: Andrew is co-chair of Loews Corporation with his brother, James (mentioned above). Ann Rubenstein-Tisch is Andrew’s current wife. She is a former reporter for NBC. In 1996, Ann and Andrew partnered with the New York City Department of Education (NYCDOE) to open The Young Women’s Leadership School (TYWLS) of East Harlem, the first all-girls public school to open in the United States in 30 years ( If you click on that link, you’ll immediately notice pictures of students with Oprah Winfrey and Hillary Clinton. The TYWLS has expanded and now comprises five schools (2800 students) and 16 sister schools (7000 students).
Titopupolo, Sonia: No info found.
Todhunter, Emily Olypitus: High-end British interior designer.
Toledo Ignacio, Alvarez de: Likely a real estate developer. Not 100% certain.
Tollman, Bea: Beatrice is a travel and hospitality businesswoman. Founder and President of the ritzy Red Carnation Hotel chain. Also has a large part in family-owned The Travel Corporation, which helps people organize/plan their trips.
Tollman, Brett: Son of Beatrice Tollman (above). Travel and hotel executive also involved in the family business. CEO of The Travel Corporation and founder of The Treadright Foundation, a non-profit charity.
Tollman, Mr & Mrs: This likely refers to Beatrice (above) and her husband, Stanley. Since I wrote about Beatrice earlier, I’ll focus on Stanley here, who is much more interesting. Stanley is a super shady businessman who is best known for being friends with Ken Bates (Chairman of Chelsea FC) and serving on the Board of the Chelsea FC soccer club, where he and Bates were partners with Marwan Ashraf, a senior Mossad agent. Tollman fled the US for the UK in the early 200s when he was convicted on 33 counts of embezzlement, fraud, and tax evasion (
Tollman, Syrie & Gavin: Gavin is CEO of Trafalgar tours and Chairman of The Travel Corporation. Nephew of Stanley Tollman (above) and cousin of Brett Tollman (above). Gavin is married to his first cousin, Toni. There is a fascinating blog post ( about the Tollmans and Hundleys, who defrauded the government out of millions. Be sure to read the comments. Pretty much everyone who responded used to work for the company and knows the Tollmans to some extent and the inner workings behind their thievery.
Tollman, Wyne: Wynn is Beatrice and Stanley’s son, but is not involved with the company. I could not find any other information on him.
Toub, Veronica (Busson): Fashion designer and socialite who was engaged to possible child trafficker and pedophile Arpad Busson ( in the 1980s.
Treacy, Phillip: Award-winning hat designer who has worked with the British Royalty (designed a hat for Princess Beatrice, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, and Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge), Oprah, Naomi Campbell, Daphne Guinness, Lady Gaga, and Madonna. Has also designed hats for the Harry Potter movies. Thirty-six of his hats were worn at the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton. Twenty were worn at the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.
Trump Blaine & Robert: Robert is the younger brother of Donald Trump. Manager of Trump Corporation and President of Trump Management On August 3, 2020, Robert wrote “Jeffrey Epstein is still alive” on his Twitter feed ( Blaine is Robert’s ex-wife of over 25 years. They divorced in 2007 when it was revealed that Robert had a mistress for whom he purchased a $4 million house in Garden City, NY. Blaine’s father was an executive at IBM.
Trump, Ivana: Donald Trump’s ex-wife (1977-1992) and mother of Donald Jr., Ivanka, and Eric. After their divorce, Ivana accused her ex-husband, Donald, of rape. Trump’s lawyers claim that she did not want her words “to be interpreted in a literal or criminal sense.” One of the conditions of her divorce settlement was that she wouldn’t talk about their marriage without Donald’s approval. In this (timestamped) video interview (, Maria Farmer, the sister of Epstein victim Annie Farmer and former employee of Epstein and Ghislaine who went to the FBI with Epstein allegations in 1996, says that Ivana was possibly involved in procuring children, although she couldn’t confirm.
Trump, Ivanka: Donald Trump’s daughter. Serves as Advisor to the President. Donates to Jewish charities and is a supporter of Israel, much like her father.
Trump, Robert & Blaine: See ‘Trump Blaine & Robert’ above.
Tucker, Chris: Famous actocomedian of Rush Hour and Friday fame. Tucker was on the infamous Africa flight with Epstein, Bill Clinton, and Kevin Spacey.
Turlington, Christy: Incredibly popular supermodel from the ‘80s and ‘90s who has worked for too many big name fashion designers and magazines to name. Jean-Luc Brunel, the (alleged) pedophile and child trafficker who sent three 12-year-old girls to Epstein for his birthday discovered Turlington and helped launch her career ( Friends with fellow supermodel and all-around scumbag, Naomi Campbell, who is likely knee deep in Epstein’s child trafficking and pedophile ring.
Turnbull, Governor Charles: Governor of the U.S. Virgin Islands from 1999-2007. Epstein’s Little Saint James island is located in the Virgin Islands.
Turner, Jenny: There is an excellent Reddit thread ( from u/rsarector that provides evidence that Jenny Turner is a pseudonym for Ghislaine Maxwell. Make sure to check out the posts further down the thread by aimhighairforce and DSyntax for more information.
Turner, Miles Creswell: Investment banker who used to work for Deutsche Bank and HSBC. Interestingly enough, a man (Leo Iravanian) was arrested for harassment because Cresswell-Turner testified that traffic lights were not dangerous after Iravanian’s wife was killed by an Express coach. Iravanian continuously called Cresswell-Turner’s Marylebone office accusing Cresswell-Turner of being a paedophile (
Tyssen, (Chessy) Francesca: Art collector and estranged wife of Austrian politician Karl von Habsburg. The Habsburg family is one of the most powerful and wealthiest families in Europe. The Habsburgs are a Black Nobility family of very high prestige.
Urbiola, Jorge: Likely refers to the diplomat and author who serves as Deputy Chief of the Mission of the Kingdom of Spain in Ukraine.
Vahabzadeh, Iraj and Linda: Iraj was the eldest son of Dr. Mostafa Vahabzadeh, founder and owner of Kayhan Publishing Group in Iran. Lynda was his ex-wife. Iraj passed away in 2016.
Van Hauen Sophie: No info found, although the address (62 Frith St) is that of Circa, a gay bar in London.
Van, William Straubenzee: British Conservative Party politician and Member of Parliament who died in 1999. After his death, it was discovered that van Straubenzee was named in documents pertaining to British politician child abuse ( Van Straubenzee was also a longtime friend of Princess Diana ( and the uncle of Thomas van Straubenzee (lifelong friend of Prince William) and Charlie van Straubenzee (Prince Harry’s best friend).
Varsavsky, Martin: Argentine entrepreneur who has founded many companies, including Medicorp Sciences (biotechnology) and several telecommunications outfits.
Velasquez, Patricia: Venezuelan model/actress who appeared in print ads for Victoria Secret. Photographed here ( with Ghislaine Maxwell and Carole Radziwill, who is also listed in Epstein’s contacts (check the ‘R’ thread) and is/was a good friend of Maxwell.
Verdin, Julia: British film producer, casting director, and actress. Has been a friend of Ghislaine’s for decades, as evidenced by the photo of the pair, which was taken in 1986 ( Verdin owned a house on the Sunset Strip in the early 1990s. She lived there with Birgit Cunningham and actress Elizabeth Hurley, who seems to be embroiled in Epstein and Maxwell’s world. The house was known as “party central” and was frequented by the likes of Robert De Niro and Jack Nicholson (
Verdin-Mulot, Annie & JP: Annie is a marketing director who has worked with Mulberry, Harrods, and Disneyland. She is the sister of Julia (above). Jean-Paul Mulot is a French journalist and former Deputy Editorial Director of Le Figaro, a daily newspaper in France. He is a permanent representative to the UK in the Hauts-de-France region. When confronted with his Epstein connections, Jean-Paul said that he only met him once 15 years ago and that his wife went to Oxford with Ghislaine Maxwell ( Close with former French president Nicolas Sarkozy, who served from 2007-2012.
Veronis, Jane: Jewelry designer. Her father is the co-founder of Veronis Suhler Stevenson investment bank.
Villani, Carmine S: President of Milestone Capital, an investment firm. Also President of Europower Renewable Energy Ltd.
Villeneuve, Jacques: Formula 1 race car driver. Epstein has many F1 contacts.
Vittadini, Emanuele A: No info found, but one of the emails listed traces back to arc-intl, which is a world-renowned glassware company.
Vittorelli, Dott. Marco: Chairman of Openjobmetis, an Italian job recruitment service. Also serves on the Board of Directors of Pallacanestro Varese, an Italian basketball club.
Vittoz, Martine: No info found.
Vittoz, Patrick: Director of Exploit Information Technologies, which specializes in website promotion, search engine submission, and hosting. Patrick has been an architectural consultant at his family’s business for 41 years.
Vittoz, Vonnic: No info found.
Vivian Smith, Charles: Investment banker. Currently the 5th Baron Bicester.
Von Habsburg, Francesca: Listed earlier in this thread under Tyssen, (Chessy) Francesca.
Von Hase, Bettina: Independent consultant and writer on art and culture. Daughter of a former German ambassador to the UK. Bettina’s ex-husband of 30 years, John Varley, is a trustee of The Prince of Wales’s Charitable Foundation.
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2020.08.13 15:40 olund94 Dead People With Something To Say 0.6: Helena Blavatsky

An ongoing project consisting of a collection of biographies of people that have been overlooked in the annals of history. Categorised as counterculture, pseudoscience and absolute lunacy these individuals were not listened to whilst they lived and it’s only upon re-evaluation it becomes clear that a distinct pattern of thought has been suppressed throughout history and has shaped the society we live in today.
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Helena Blavatsky
There are few names in modern occultism that are as influential than Ms Helena Blavatsky’s.
Without her, what we know to be the landscape of esoteric Occultism would simply not be what it is today. She held the torch at the dawn of the last century paving the way for such names as Aleister Crowley, Rudolf Steiner and Guy Ballard.
Before starting what was known as the Theosophical Society in 1875, Helena spent her younger years travelling Europe and the Far East in search of ancient wisdom. Born into what was the Russian Federation (now the Ukraine), she was born into a wealthy family that already had a keen interest in the unknown. Her mother translated the works of Edward Bulwer-Lytton, a 16th century Rosicrucian author who coined the term “It was a dark and stormy night” and also penned many allegorical books about esoteric topics such as “Zanoni” and “The Coming Race”, the former of which was name dropped by David Bowie in his Hunky Dory track “Oh! You Pretty Things” in the 1960’s, into Russian marking the first time Bulwers work was available outside of the English language.
This strong foundation in esoteric literature set Helena up with a strong thirst for knowledge. This was only cemented by her uncle Prince Pavel Vasilevich Dolgorukov, a high ranking Freemason, leaving her his library which was full of books detailing the ancient wisdom of our ancestors.
It is at this point in Blavatsky’s life that she claimed to start having visions of a “mysterious Indian man”. Unsure of what to make of such visions she but them to the back of her mind for the time being. At the young age of 18 Helena set off on her travels in search of ancient knowledge. She traveled through Constantinople, Egypt, Greece, Paris and on to England.
It was here in London that Helena claimed to have met the fabled “mysterious Indian man” that had appeared before her throughout her childhood. The story goes that he told her to travel to Tibet if she were to complete the journey she had initially set out on.
So she set off for Tibet via America.
Sounds like an odd choice of route, right?
It seems that before heading to Tibet Helena thought it would be intuitive to collect information on the Native American people of Quebec, only to be robbed upon her arrival. It was from here she made the trip via boat to the West Indies and subsequently India. Upon attempting to enter Tibet she was refused access by British authorities. A disheartened Blavatsky retreated to New York City, attaining US citizenship and performed as a member of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra in 1855 before making another attempt at entering Tibet.
Tibet is the home of the religious system known as Tibetan Buddhism. It is a branch off of original Buddhism and was developed in the 8th century in Tibet. Due to the Tibetan diaspora this type of Buddhism has spread around the Western World with it finding a home in sunny California. Transcendental Meditation is one of the main practices of Tibetan Buddhism and is currently taught by the David Lynch Foundation around the world to young children in underfunded areas.
Practitioners of TM include but are not limited to;
David Lynch
Russell Brand
The remaining and deceased Beatles including their extended families all practiced TM (Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr still do work with the David Lynch Foundation to this day)
Jerry Seinfeld
Stevie Wonder
Katy Perry
Eric Andre
Jennifer Aniston
Jim Carrey
Nick Clegg
Laura Dern
Zac Efron
Noel Fielding
Micheal J Fox
Jeff Goldblum
Tom Hanks
Florence Welch
Mick Jagger
Lady GaGa
Zayn Malik
Rick Rubin
And that is just to name a small percentage of well known people that practice Transcendental Meditation let alone the millions of people that have benefited from the practice over the years.
But without Blavatsky’s work on the subject, TM and Tibetan Buddhism would certainly not, despite the brunt of the work being done by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi in the 1950’s and 60’s, be as well known as they are today and in this writers opinion, Eastern Spirituality as a whole would have never spread to the Western World in the capacity that it has today if it were not for the efforts of Madame Blavatsky.
By 1868 Helena made it to Tibet and spent 3 years or so studying there underneath the mysterious Indian man who finally named himself as “Koot Hoomi” and claimed to be what is now know as an “Ascended Master”.
This phrase is abundant in new age doctrines and it’s origin can be found in a book called “The Cloud Upon The Sanctuary” by a German man called Karl Von Eckartshausen.
In short this book details the crimes of the Christian church and how the message of Jesus has been soiled over the years in favour of a doctrine of control. Eckartshausen states that whilst the Christian church has committed itself to this regime of oppression, a small group has always existed within humanity that holds the concept of truth scared. A school, if you will, of enlightened individuals that spend their time on this planet trying to push back against the suppression of truth. The tale of Jesus speaks to this part of the human psych and says that every single human being is capable of living with this mindset.
The suppression of this narrative is the one of the worst corruptions of the Christian Scripture.
The idea that you cannot under any circumstances be Jesus or like Jesus or a Christ like figure is designed to keep the masses in a mental prison.
Eckartshausen points out this glaring defilement within the scriptures and says that all one must to do access this christ-like consciousness is to go through life cultivating an attitude of love and not fear which will always lead to sin.
Members of the upper echelons of this historic society are to be know as “Ascended Masters” or “Secret Chiefs” and are the backbone for all the esoteric fraternal groups of the past 250 years. The term “The Great White Brotherhood” is used to group these “Ascended Masters” and through modern lens it can be seen as an all star team of enlightened individuals that have surpassed the need for a physical body but manifest here to guide others on the same path.
This strain of thinking as manifested across history many different forms.
In chronological order:
Would be to just to name a few and whilst individual members of these movements never even lived in the same time period, this makes the transmission of a common ideology even more palpable.
This is the knowledge that Blavatsky came back to the Western World to spread. In 1873 she settled in New York City at the age of 42 ready to spread her message. After leaving Tibet she had attempted to start a group called The Society of Spirits in Egypt that lasted only a few weeks after discovering the recruits she had established the society with faking their spiritual abilities. Disheartened she left Egypt and found her way to NYC.
It is here at the end of a century known for its industrial advancement that Blavatsky laid down the works that she would be remembered for. After the death of her father she inherited a considerable fortune. Helena relocated to a lavish hotel with all that was needed to begin penning her life’s work. It was here she had the good pleasure of meeting Henry Steel Olcott, a fellow occultist and reporter for “The Daily Graphic” with a similar sensibility to Blavatsky. It wasn’t long until they had become good friends, coining the nicknames Maloney and Jack for himself and herself respectively. They took it upon themselves to travel the country debunking fake spiritualists and conversing with the ones they considered to be real collecting relevant information along the way.
Using the information they gathered they started The Theosophical Society. If one were to break down the word Theosophical they would find the Ancient Greek word “Theos” meaning “God’s” and the Ancient Greek work “Sophia” meaning wisdom so it can be construed that the Theosophical Society is the Society for the Wisdom of Gods or something to that effect.
Blavatsky always remained strong in the opinion that Theosophy was not a religion and more an “umbrella for a wide collection of ideas”. It was during this time that Blavatsky penned her first esoteric channeled work titled “Isis Unveiled” alluding you the Ancient Egyptian goddess of the underworld Isis. In this text Helena laid out the basics of Hindu, Buddhist and Zoroastrian philosophy whilst comparing them to the Western Doctrines and claiming that all of the religions of the our time stemmed from a single transfer of knowledge from God to man. This concept is known as “Prisca Theologia” and amalgamates all of the worlds religions into a single concept.
It is also a contemporary critique of Darwin’s model of evolution, stating that whilst the process of evolution is true it only concerns its self with the physical processes of nature and does not speak to the reason for life being here in the first place.
By 1876 Theosophy was expanding across the Western World with celebrities such as Thomas Edison becoming members. In fact in 1877 Olcott and Blavatsky left the US for India and upon their departure Edison even gifted them a Phonogram to take with them on their travels.
The pair were accepted into India and are recognised as the first Americans to officially convert to Buddhism. Whilst here Helena attempted to stop the spread of Christianity in Asia and found great success. It was back over the pond that trouble was growing. In her absence, the UK and American lodges of Theosophy were starting to doubt Blavatsky’s doctrine and focus less and less on the philosophical concepts of the ancient world and more on the high ranking members of the society and the exclusivities a club like Theosophy made available to them.
This was much to Blavatsky’s distaste and led her to begin The Blavatsky Lodge in London. Helena herself was present every Thursday at the lodge and drained most of the surrounding lodges members. The lodge even attracted such famous names of the time like Mahatma Gandhi and W.B. Yeats.
Considering her adventurous life and consistently portly figure, Helena passed away at the considerably respectable age of 60 in 1891 and by the time of her death, the Blavatsky Lodge was the most popular lodge on earth and it still has branches today in many countries such as England, America and Germany.
Now you know Helena’s tale we must consider its impact on the known historical timeline. For a name not many people know Helena Blavatsky’s life affected modern history a lot more than one may think.
First of all, one should begin with the work of Rudolf Steiner. Steiner’s full story will be told another day but what’s important to note here is the prevailing influence of Mr Steiner. The early focus of Steiner’s writings focus on the German writer, Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe.
Goethe was known for his writings that covered numerous topics some fiction, some non. He wrote works of erotica, tragedy and science and had a keen interest in the philosophical works of the ancient world. He relished any ideology that toppled the old corrupt system and saw romanticism as an illness that was spreading across the literary world of the middle class.
Steiner wrote a commentary on Goethe’s fairy tale “The Green Snake and The Beautiful Lilly”.
He claimed that this text had been written from an esoteric point of view and was allegory for an individual managing to balance the primal forces within themselves and find a balanced relationship with the external forces of nature.
It was this commentary on Goethe’s work that led Steiner to be invited to speak at his local Theosophical Lodge and he subsequently became the General Secretary for the entire organisation. From here he eventually broke away from the Theosophical Society to form his own system of belief called Anthroposophy.
Spread across Europe you will find small village based primary school labelled “Steiner Schools”. There are over 1,000 around the world in over 71 countries. They focus on raising young people’s intelligence and creative abilities in a holistic manner. Predominantly popular in Central Europe, these schools still function today and use Anthroposophy as the basis for their teachings.
But all was not well on the Western Front.
Whilst Steiner was attempting to bring positive change to the West through his affiliation with Theosophy, another group of inspired Germans were reading Blavatsky’s work and constructing a slightly different ideology.
As Theosophy was making it’s mark in Europe, a young Austrian by the name of Guido Von List was starting a budding career as a journalist and had a healthy interest in German Paganism with a specific interest in the god Odin who can be corresponded to the Roman god Mercury, the Greek god Hermes and therefore the Egyptian god Thoth.
For details on how that interpretation has come to be, click here.
List’s fascination with Paganism and a rising facist movement in Central Europe with a distaste for the middle and lower classes led to the invention of what was to be known as Völkisch culture.
The Völkisch movement can be described as an attempt to establish the idea that human beings should be respected by their blood and heritage. Völk means folk or tribe in German and Völkisch can roughly be translated to “bio-mystical racialist”.
Now, we are approaching a problematic avenue of thought. Mention Theosophy today to a modern academic or philosopher and you will get a hesitant response. This is due to the connotation that The Theosophical Society is in part responsible for The Holocaust.
Heavy stuff I know but before we condemn Helena to the boughs of Hell surely we must ponder the credibility of this claim?
Besides, the manner in which Blavatsky lived her life did not seem to indication any sort of prejudice against any race or animal for that matter. She mingled freely amongst all races in her travels around the word and seemed to have a deep respect for Eastern culture.
She even stated in her book, “The Key To Theosophy” that;
“if the Theosophical Society was successful it would (p. 305): break down racial and national antipathies and barriers; it will open the way to the practical realisation of Brotherhood of all men.”
So where does the affiliation come originate and why does it still stand today?
  • The first point to mention would be the Nazi parties adoption of the Swastika as its logo. The Swastika is one of the oldest symbols humanity has in its collection at over 10,000 years old. I say humanity as a whole because they can literally be found in every continent since the advent of our race using symbols as a means to communicate. Across all religions and cultures it pretty much means the same thing, everlasting creation, fertility and good luck. Therefore it can be said that the symbol of the Swastika itself is not negative in any sense, its bastardisation by the Nazi Party has only given it these negative connotations in the subsequent years following the fall of the Nazi Party.
  • In her 1888 masterworks “The Secret Doctrine” Blavatsky laid out her theories regarding the genesis of our cosmos, our evolution as a race and the different kinds of human beings that have existed over human history. It is within the pages of The Secret Doctrine that one could misconstrued a view of racism. The Secret Doctrine states that humanities races have descended from a series of what are called “Root Races”.
  • To explain this concept imagine each of the respective human races coming from a time when that race dominated the planet and at some point, each root race either falls due to a societal corruption or a natural cataclysm and becomes extinct. The other option is that a small minority of the previous race survives the fall and mixes with the new race to form the classes of race we have today.
  • So on paper this idea is sound. Many different races, all with different attributes contributing new and different angles to the human psyche as the races mix over time. It is this line of thinking combined with the Völkisch uprising of the early 1900’s in Central Europe that led to the Holocaust becoming a reality.
The point of this write up was to point out the great amount of light that Helena Blavatsky brought to the Occult scene and in turn the timeline of human history whilst debunking the claims of racism and classism that come with discussing Theosophy in any sort of academic manner. I hope to continue this series and talk about a wide range of individuals that have changed the course of civilisation for better or for worse. Aristotle once said:
“It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.”
(Or something to that effect at any rate)
And I am a firm believer in that one must cultivate this attitude to gain any sort of conducive insight from historic research of the esoteric side of human history. Atrocities have been committed but without being able to pick apart why these atrocities have occurred surely we leave the door open to them occurring again?
In knowing and understanding an ideology you take away its ability to control you. It is ambiguity that causes uncertainty and it is uncertain circumstances that causes a person to act out of fear.
Do not be scared of the fearful actions of humanities past.
Do not be scared to dive into the unknown areas of your life for it is there that true intuition and inspiration lies.
Until next time enjoy this latest instalment in the body of work this author calls The New Shamanic.
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2020.08.13 14:37 ALiddleBiddle A Deep Dive - Ghislaine Maxwell: Silver Spoons and Hard Times

A Deep Dive - Ghislaine Maxwell: Silver Spoons and Hard Times
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Ghislaine Maxwell – Silver Spoons and Hard Times

August 9, 2020
By Paul Serran
Ghislaine Maxwell led much of her life under the world’s fascinated microscopic view, always enthralled by her – famous and infamous – as it watched her fortunes wax and wane.
From the celebrated miracle daughter of media tycoon Robert Maxwell; to the broken young woman who fled scandal in the UK to a small New York apartment, trying to launch a new life; the rebirth Jet-set Ghislaine, who was everywhere at once, longtime companion of Jeffrey Epstein, a man even richer and more shady than her father; the sophisticated middle age woman, a runaway alleged criminal trying hard to avoid detection by her pursuers – finally, to the incarcerated, indicted suspected sex trafficker and perjurer.
Ghislaine was Robert and Betty Maxwell’s miracle baby, born on Christmas Day, 1961. Two days after that, their eldest son suffered a fatal car accident.
In 24 hours, it all had been somehow foretold: joy – and then tragedy.
During the Swinging Sixties, Robert Maxwell served two terms as a Labour Member of Parliament (MP) for Buckingham. He led a multimillionaire lifestyle, and was the host of star-studded parties at Headington Hill Hall, his baronial fifty-three-room Oxford mansion.
The Maxwells spent a million dollars redecorating the mansion. In a stained glass window scene for the imperial staircase, Israeli sculptor Nehemia Azaz depicted Robert Maxwell as the biblical hero Samson tearing down the gates of Gaza: “a titan of luck, impossible achievement, and unlimited wealth”.
They had the use of chauffeured luxury cars. They traveled the world in Robert’s Gulfstream IV Jet and his sleek 180-foot yacht, named Lady Ghislaine.
“If Bob Maxwell didn’t exist, no one could invent him,” Labour Party leader Neil Kinnock celebrated the bombastic, demanding mogul who dined with kings and presidents and had a bottomless appetite for family, food, fortune, and fame.
The first brush with financial and professional hardship came at a age when young Ghislaine would have been mostly sheltered from it.
In the early seventies, after Robert Maxwell tried similar shenanigans in a failed attempt to swindle the American financier Saul Steinberg, who was interested in a strategic acquisition of Pergamon Press. Steinberg claimed that during negotiations, Maxwell falsely stated that a subsidiary responsible for publishing encyclopedias was extremely profitable.
At the same time, Pergamon had been forced to reduce its profit forecasts for 1969 during the period of negotiations, leading to a suspension of dealing in Pergamon shares on the London stock markets.
It was found that Maxwell had contrived to maximize Pergamon’s share price through transactions between his private family companies. This was a criminal practice he would utilize again in the future.
Inspectors from Britain’s Department of Trade and Industry declared Maxwell unfit to run a public company: “Notwithstanding Mr. Maxwell’s acknowledged abilities and energy, he is not in our opinion a person who can be relied on to exercise proper stewardship of a publicly quoted company.”
‘Captain Bob’ established the Maxwell Foundation in tax haven Liechtenstein, in 1970. By the 1980s he come back roaring, prompted by money later said to have originated in the Soviet Union. He bought the Mirror Group built and a massive media conglomerate.
The good times were on: Ghislaine was nicknamed “The Shopper” because of her wild spending funded by Robert’s millions. He also bankrolled her failed corporate gifts business.
During this period, she reportedly had a VERY close relationship with her father and was widely credited with being her father’s favorite child.
In Oxford, Ghislaine led a student life of wealth and privilege. Her father would send Filipino servants to the college house she shared to clean, arrange the table and cook, in the event of a party.
Her career piggybacked on her father’s businesses. She was made director of the Oxford United, and later, put in charge of “special projects” of the New York Daily News.
With her father’s money, she found her way into society, especially in New York — a haven where she could escape his complete control.
But the good times were not to last. Overextended and over-leveraged, Maxwell’s empire was about to crumble.
At this time, Maxwell reportedly was a regular at London’s casinos, playing three tables at once, even dropping $2.5 million in a single night. For years, he had been an inveterate gambler, but this was the behavior of a desperate man whose time was running out.
“He was a very crude man,” said a female writer for Time magazine. “His polish was not very deep. If you were with him for any length of time, it peeled away. I was in his library in the Maxwell House penthouse—a beautiful apartment with marble and servants all over the place—and while I was admiring his books, his valet said to me, ‘You should see Mr. Maxwell’s collection of pornographic tapes’.”
Ghislaine visited her father in his office before he flew off to Gibraltar. “He was looking for an apartment in New York—a sort of pied-à-terre, where he could talk and have meetings—and he wanted me to help him,” she told Vanity Fair. “He asked me to go see a particular apartment. He said, ‘If you like it, I’ll make time to see it and come to New York.’ ” But the next time Ghislaine saw her father, he was dead.
”Ghislaine is the baby of the family and the one who was closest to her father,” her mother Betty told Vanity Press. ”The whole of Ghislaine’s world has collapsed, and it will be very difficult for her to continue.”
When she finally appeared before the reporters, she had collected herself. “How did your father die?” a journalist shouted at Ghislaine Maxwell. “He did not commit suicide. That was just not consistent with his character. I think he was murdered. ”
Maxwell, it turned out, had debts of nearly $5 billion, and had stolen hundreds of millions from the Mirror Group’s pension funds to shore up his faltering companies. That left 32,000 employees exposed to retirement ruin.
The irony was not lost on the hard-hitting British press: Robert Maxwell, a socialist, stealing hundreds of millions of pounds from the Mirror’s pension fund!
He swindled money from two of his public companies, transferred millions in and out the secret family trusts in Liechtenstein, to manipulate the share price of his Corporation.
Robert was called “rogue,” “crook,” “bully,” “thief,” “megalomaniac,” and “gangster.” The press told lurid tales of his sex orgies with midget Filipino hookers.
He was seen as a 310-pound aberration gorging on spoonfuls of caviar. An erratic and cruel tyrant who used Turkish towels for toilet paper. Journalists wrote that he was a spy for the K.G.B. or Mossad or Czech intelligence—or all three.
“My daughter Ghislaine has no money, no trusts, no funds anywhere.” her mother Betty told Vanity Fair. “Neither of [my children] had any money. Their father never gave them any money.”
Their assets were frozen. His son Kevin’s house was put up for sale, as were the Lady Ghislaine and the Gulfstream IV Jet. Their passports were seized.
A friend told The Times of London, “[Ghislaine] had always been the life and soul of the party wherever she wanted to go in the world and never had to worry about money.” Now she was the broken child of a monster, his name forever synonymous to scandal. “She was catatonic,” the friend said.
Forced to vacate her huge company-provided residence, she moved into a small apartment. When a friend came to visit, Ghislaine told her, “They took everything—everything—even the cutlery.”
Little did she know how many more times things in her life would shift from silver spoons to hard times. A woman brought up in luxury, she had everything taken from her, before she came to the United States to begin again.
“He wasn’t a crook,” Ghislaine told Vanity Press. “A thief to me is somebody who steals money. (…) Did he put it in his own pocket? Did he run off with the money? No. And that’s my definition of a crook.”
“I’m surviving—just,” she said. “But I can’t just die quietly in a comer. I have to believe that something good will come out of this mess. It’s sad for my mother. It’s sad to have lost my dad. It’s sad for my brothers. But I would say we’ll be back. Watch this space.”
Ghislaine Maxwell was also being hunted by the tabloids. The Maxwell name was so detested in London that she is said to have had to walk around in a blond wig so people wouldn’t recognize her.
Ghislaine Maxwell’s reinvention didn’t take long. Maxwell moved to the United States just after her father’s death. Her photograph boarding a Concorde to cross the Atlantic caused outrage – her father had just defrauded pensioners out of 750 Million Sterling Pounds.
According to the Mail on Sunday: “Unnoticed by almost everybody, traveling with her was a greying, plumpish, middle-aged American businessman who managed to avoid the photographers. It is to this man that 30-year-old Ghislaine has turned to ease the heartache of her father’s shame.”
“His name is Jeffrey Epstein.”
“Whose house is this, Ghislaine?” a friend asked her in the early 1990’s. “Who lives here?”
My friend,” Maxwell replied.
“Well, is he banging you?” the friend demanded. “What’s the scoop here?”
A trust fund is said to have provided her with an income of $145,000 a year. A far cry from her previous seemingly unending wealth. She “never, ever had any cash. Lots of credit, of course, but no cash”, one friend recalled to the press.
And yet, she lived the high life. She was known in New York as the “female Gatsby” for her lavish entertaining. Had a “reputation for being charming and funny, and a glittering lifestyle straight out of the pages of a society magazine”.
She was now “far from the ever watchful eye of the British press,” Hello! magazine wrote in 1997.
“She is proud of the fact that her new life is all down to her own hard work and has her elegant apartment to show for it,” the magazine mistakenly added. One day, she would “get married and have kids. But it has never been a focus: My focus is my business.”
Ghislaine’s presence added more fuel to the question: “How did Jeffrey Epstein amass his fortune?” For one of the most propagated theories is that Maxwell’s father Robert bankrolled him with funds hidden from the UK authorities.
Jeffrey Epstein built a 21,000-square-foot mansion on a massive ranch in New Mexico, which – he boasted – made his New York townhouse “look like a shack”. He named it the Zorro Ranch. He also acquired a 72-acre island in the Virgin Islands and an 8,600-square-foot home in Paris, with a specially built massage room.
She had found a path back to the lifestyle she’d lost when her father died. “She was used to living very well,” says a friend who knew her then. “She didn’t want to go back to where she was.” All she had to do to keep it was to give ‘the monster’ what he wanted.
Maxwell was expected to drop everything to serve Epstein.
She had to keep everyone in line, because one misstep would unleash the wrath of Epstein, one of the few people who could make Maxwell cry. “He would be screaming over the phone,” recalled an Epstein victim, “and she would burst into tears.”
The New York townhouse became a social nexus; guests could have included members of the Kennedy and Rockefeller clans, “along with the requisite sprinkling of countesses and billionaires,” according to The Times of London.
She was “a modern-day geisha” in a “domain filled with the richest people in the planet. “It’s a world frequented by young half-naked girls in bikinis, billionaires and lavish lifestyles, but it borders on the grotesque. You are never really sure what is going on behind closed doors.”
Royalty was specially prized, which is why her friendship with Prince Andrew became so treasured. In 2000, Maxwell and Epstein attended a Prince Andrew’s party at the Queen’s Sandringham House estate in Norfolk, England. It has been reported that the event was in honor of Maxwell’s 39th birthday.
And yet, Ghislaine began trying to distance herself from Epstein long before he went to jail. In the early 2000s, she hooked up in California with a man much richer than Epstein: Ted Waitt.
Waitt lived in a seven-bedroom, 14-bath mansion in La Jolla, sailed the world aboard a 240-foot mega-yacht, the Plan B. It was equipped with a helipad, Jacuzzi, elevator, gym, and HAD AN ONBOARD SUBMARINE, which Maxwell soon was licensed to pilot.
After Epstein went to prison in Florida for a short period, Maxwell saw the silver spoons turned into hard times again.
Acquaintances that crossed her path reported how she was almost unrecognizable. She was not stylish and attention grabbing anymore, seemed determined to go unnoticed. Her face had no makeup. There was a hint of gray in her black hair, she put on some weight.
“I was so shocked by her look,” a friend recalled to the British press. “I didn’t recognize her.”
She even gave up her once proud name, sometimes introducing herself to new acquaintances only as “G.”
“Where are you living, Ghislaine?” the friend asked. “I lost touch with you.” Maxwell suddenly went blank. “Oh,” she replied, “a little bit everywhere.”
December 2014: Virginia Roberts Giuffre filed a motion in the Southern District of Florida describing Maxwell as Epstein’s “primary coconspirator and participant in his sexual abuse and sex trafficking scheme.”
Maxwell made a huge mistake, issuing an “urgent” statement to the media dismissing the claims as “obvious lies.” That allowed Giuffre, to sue Maxwell for defamation in federal court in New York, a lawsuit “widely viewed as a vessel for Epstein’s victims to expose the scope of Epstein’s crimes,” according to the Miami Herald.
Maxwell affirmed her innocence with fury, at one point of her testimony banging her fists on the table. She also, according to charges filed by the DOJ SDNY, committed two counts of perjury.
2019: when the SDNY reopened the criminal investigation into Jeffrey Epstein, Ghislaine was far away, living the high life.
She met with her friend Prince Andrew in Buckingham Palace, and participated in “Cash & Rocket”, an annual charity road rally. Between races of the rally, she joined the super rich in attending a Masquerade Ball in London’s Victoria and Albert Museum, as well as a White dinner at La Reserve in Geneva and the Red party at the Yacht Club de Monaco.
Those were to be her last reported events. Cash & Rocket scrub Maxwell’s photo from its website once Epstein was arrested and the scandal assaulted the headlines again.
On July 6, 2019, Epstein was arrested by federal agents at Teterboro Airport, arriving from Paris. The FBI raided his mansion, and charged him with sex trafficking of minors.
“Epstein’s pimp girlfriend, Ghislaine Maxwell, a very well-connected Brit socialite cannot just walk free,” actress Ellen Barking tweeted the day after Epstein’s arrest. “This woman is his pimp. She pilots planes [sic] to and from the island. I know because she told me.”
Maxwell again went into hiding, unreachable during legal proceedings. It surfaced in December 2019 that Maxwell was among the people under FBI investigation for facilitating Epstein’s crimes.
She was faced with a tabloid frenzy even bigger than the one that accompanied the death of her father. She again uprooted herself and tried to start over in Manchester-by-the-Sea, a quiet village 30 miles north of Boston, she lived for a time in the $3 million, five-bedroom colonial home of Scott Borgerson, CEO of CargoMetrics, a hedge fund investment company involved in maritime data analytics.
Since Epstein was found dead in jail, last August, she is reported to have moved 36 times, out of fear for her safety. Credible Death threats arrived by social media, email, phone, text, and postal service. It began in earnest with Epstein’s arrest, multiplied with his death, and accelerated in the months that followed. They soon became a routine part of her life.
She hired a professional security firm, with operatives that are veterans of intelligence and law enforcement agencies.
This photoshopped photo of Maxwell surfaced last year to mislead the public into thinking she was in Los Angeles. Frank Report was the first to report the photo a fake, a story that went viral.
“Where in the world was Ghislaine Maxwell? Everyone, it seemed, had a theory, each wilder than the last. She was said to be hiding deep beneath the sea in a submarine, which she was licensed to pilot. Or she was lying low in Israel, under the protection of the Mossad, the powerful intelligence agency with whom her late father supposedly tangled. Or she was in the FBI witness protection program, or ensconced in luxury in a villa in the South of France, or sunning herself naked on the coast of Spain, or holed up in a high-security doomsday bunker belonging to rich and powerful friends whose lives might implode should Maxwell ever reveal what she knows—all the dirty secrets of the dirty world that she and Epstein shared.”
(Vanity Fair – Jul 3, 2020)
Maxwell remained at large, beyond the reach of attorneys, tabloid reporters, and a 10,000-pound reward from The Sun in London.
“It’s a little bit like Elvis—you get lots of reports but they’re hard to verify,” a victim attorney said in May.
She was periodically said to have been spotted around the world, usually in places where she was not. Reporters scoured the globe. Some said she was in Russia trying to get a Oligarch to protect her. Others pointed to Israel or Brazil, China, Singapore, the Middle East, England.
She was “both everywhere and nowhere,” lamented UK’s The Guardian.
On August 2019, she was apparently photographed eating a burger and fries in the Cahuenga Boulevard, in the San Fernando Valley. She held The Book of Honor: The Secret Lives and Deaths of CIA Operatives. Given Ghislaine and her father Robert’s alleged ties to Intelligence Services, this choice does not seem accidental.
Papers were running out of incredible stories to account for her disappearance. A bizarre new theory emerged she could be hiding in a submarine which – as we saw – was not downright impossible, since she DID have a license to pilot underground vehicles.
On July 2nd 2020, Maxwell was arrested by the FBI and NYPD in the small New England town of Bradford, New Hampshire. It is situated at driving distance of the NYSD. They finally found her in a luxurious four-bedroom, 4,365-square-foot home on a wooded lot, called Tuckedaway.
Ghislaine Maxwell was charged with six federal crimes: luring and enticement of minors, sex trafficking of children and perjury.
The crimes took place between 1994 and 1997, the years of her “intimate relationship with Epstein,” when she “assisted, facilitated, and contributed to Jeffrey Epstein’s abuse of minor girls.”
One of the three unnamed victims was “as young as 14 years old when they were groomed and abused by Maxwell and Epstein, both of whom knew that certain victims were in fact under the age of 18.”
FBI assistant director William F. Sweeney Jr. described Maxwell as “one of the villains of this investigation,” who had “slithered away to a gorgeous property” in New Hampshire, where she was “continuing to live a life of privilege while her victims live with the trauma inflicted upon them years ago.”
“I am optimistic about my future,” she said in 1997, “and believe things will continue to improve for me as time passes.”
Now, according to sources close to her, “I don’t think [Ghislaine] sees there is a future,” came the reply.
If found guilty of all charges, Maxwell could face a prison sentence of 35 years. She denies the accusations, and has pleaded not guilty to all six charges.
She will await trial locked up in the Metropolitan Detention Center, in Brooklyn. A dreadful prison that is as removed from her previous “silver spoon” upbringing as it’s possible in the US. Hard times.
She used to be a larger than life character, who once hosted a dinner for NY socialites on ‘the fine art of giving a blow job’. But then, she really blew it.
A report from a source familiar with the Metropolitan Detention Center gives a glum picture of Ghislaine Maxwell’s present conditions.
She is in the women’s section and believed to be confined to a solitary cell. Because of the past history of the MDC, it is not impossible to suspect that Ghislaine could be having sexual relations with one or more corrections officers, either male or female. Her available wealth would permit her to buy some privileges directly from the corrections officers who could smuggle in items for her.
MDC has a history of guards, male and female, enjoying sex with prisoners and smuggling in everything from alcohol to cell phones to drugs. While she is not enjoying what anyone would call a privileged life, and is most likely [because of Covid protocols] confined to her cell, dank and cold [in summer] perhaps as much as 23-24 hours per day and possibly getting only one hot meal per day, our source says, with her wealth and talent to charm, if there is any privilege, any opportunity, any luxury to enjoy at MDC, she is enjoying it.
Of course, she is probably under near-constant surveillance, for no guard wants to go to prison for letting her get murdered or commit suicide – as did her former lover Epstein. It is not known how frequently she is meeting with lawyers in special rooms set aside for the purpose. But an MDC source tells Frank Report that prison officials are known to eavesdrop on those conversations with lawyers and defendants and do so on high profile cases. Whether they report to the prosecution what they learn is unknown.
In the end, Maxwell has a hard road to hoe and will remain in the brutal and unsanitary MDC until she stands trial or makes a plea deal or dies. The possibility of additional charges other than those currently charged against her – for hebephilia crimes in the last century – remain a possibility.
The late Jeffrey Epstein was a convicted hebephile, a person who has urges for post pubescent but under the age of consent children. Is Ghislaine one also? And are there others, famous and prominent men of power who have indulged as Jeffrey and allegedly Ghislaine have done?
The ace in the hole for her, obviously, is, if she has info on other prominent hebephiles that the DOJ for its own partisan or PR reasons might like to selectively prosecute, she can trade that info for a lenient sentence and hopefully not be murdered for doing so.
Her former lover, Jeffrey Epstein, might have committed suicide, as the Mainstream Media and the US Govt. urges you to believe, but there are some who find the coincidences, cameras being off, bones broken indicating he was strangled, guards happening to fall asleep as they were assigned to watch the most famous prisoner in the world, such that that it just might cause reasonable people to doubt the official narrative a little more than the corporate media and prison officials would wants us to doubt.
The same fate might befall Ghislaine and we may never know just what she did. Whether her crimes were confined to herself and Epstein or whether there was a vast network of hebephiles joining in – or – in fairness to her – she is innocent as she claims, something that a trial, if she makes it to trial, might help us determine.

stretcher during the funeral service in Jerusalem’s main convention hall on Nov. 10, 1991. The body is laying on a stretcher, draped in a white Jewish prayer shawl with black stripes as is it tradition of Jewish burials in Israel. (AP Photo/Natik Harnik) Ghislaine is fourth from the left.
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