☕️ LITTLE ST. SCIENCE ☙ Saturday, January 6, 2024 ☙ C&C NEWS 🦠
Epstein disclosures pose problems for The Science; EU ditches lots of jabs; Supremes take Trump ballot case; you won't believe what is rapidly eclipsing cows in climate-threatening methane; and more.
Good morning, C&C fanatics, and welcome to the Weekend Edition! It’s a rainy early morning here in Florida, and Michelle and I will soon be headed out of town on a fun overnight trip for a good friend’s daughter’s wedding. Your roundup includes: Epstein disclosures surprisingly suggest more problems for The Science; the European Union is chucking more mRNA jabs than it’s buying at this point; Supreme Court takes up Colorado ballot ban for President Trump; farting glaciers are just the most recent threat to the world’s teetering climate; and the most insane space news story yet in the history of Coffee & Covid.
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🔥 Did Epstein — or whoever he reported to — co-opt Science itself? Among the more curious names slowly leeching out of the documentary woodpile of the latest Epstein disclosures was the name of wheelchair-bound physicist Stephen Hawking, perhaps the most conceivably unlikely candidate for participating in an extra-jurisdictional tropical orgy. Yet that precise scenario seems to be the thrust of allegations made in the lawsuit and blowing up social media this week.
It turns out that over the years, Epstein was deeply involved in promoting certain kinds of scientific research, most of which would be called “dual use,” which is a topic deserving its own post. But for our purposes this morning, in March 2005, Hawking attended a small ‘scientific conference’ that Epstein threw on his intimate island Little St. James hosting 21 top world scientists — including three Nobel prize winners — a veritable who’s who of the most influential science figures in the world.
A contemporaneous 2005 news report from a local paper in St. Thomas covering the conference quoted Nobel winner Frank Wilczek saying it was rare to have so many top minds at a relatively small physics conference. Like maybe it had never happened before. "This is a remarkable group," Wilczek emphasized.
Indeed it was remarkable. Remarkable and very, very influential.
Now the disabled physicist has posthumously been accused of being “massaged” by one or more underage girls on Epstein’s Pedo Island — a salacious charge spreading like wildfire on social media this week.
Apalled Hawking defenders point out that in May 2006, a little over a year after the Little St. James science conference, Epstein would be charged in Florida in his first, unsuccessful prosecution. (The charges were later reduced, and former US Attorney Acosta later explained it was because he was ordered to back off since Epstein was a U.S. intelligence asset.) It’s a reasonable inference at least one influential Little St. James conference attendee could have reported Epstein to feds in South Florida.
Could the snitch have been Hawking? It’s complete guesswork but due to the shrunken scientist’s well-known physical limitations he seems like the least likely candidate to have gotten frisky on Epstein’s Isle of Pleasures. The other nerdy scientists — not accustomed to the rock star treatment — would have been sitting ducks for the skilled blackmailer.
Another tidbit arguing against Hawking’s involvement is that, after Epstein was sued by sex trafficked victim Victoria Guiffre in 2015, he send an email, later disclosed, apparently authorizing a “reward” for information disproving Guiffre’s allegations against Hawking:
The email doesn’t really prove anything. But Hawking defenders argue Epstein wouldn’t have sent the email if Hawking were in fact guilty. Epstein wouldn’t want to “offer a reward” (if that happened) that turned up incriminating evidence instead. The logic goes something like that.
Stephen Hawking doesn’t need much defending anymore. The quantum physicist’s consciousness departed his body at the speed of light on March 14, 2018, and now any interaction with him can only be spooky action at a distance. (Quantum physics joke.) At least Stephen was spared the pandemic’s problems. If he was compromised on Little St. James, sold himself out, and became a blackmailed intelligence asset, he’s no longer around to take the blame or be punished.
The evidence against Hawking is too weak to even open a case. I would rather think of him as the snitch.
A much better and more relevant question is why would Epstein host a top-tier science conference? The only one he ever held publicly? The 2005 St. Thomas article quoted Epstein explaining he collected the group of top minds with hopes that the relaxed setting would uninhibit the physicists' brains so they could explore one of the 20th century's last unanswered physics questions: What is gravity?
Gravity is an inexorable force that often pulls people in directions they don’t want to go.
The article about the 2005 science conference concluded with this final, ominous Epstein quote:
"There is no agenda except fun and physics, and that's fun with a capital 'F,'" Epstein said.
Epstein was a moron. I could think of several other “F” words that might also fit but this is a family blog. In any case, the world’s top minds were intended to deliver the science and Epstein was intended to deliver the fun. With a capital-F. Super fun.
Looking at all the evidence, Epstein was clearly up to something, something related to science, especially genetic science. Other evidence connected Epstein to Metabiota, the Rosemont-Seneca (Hunter Biden) funded NGO that built many of the secret biolabs in Ukraine, not to mention other third world countries with toilet-paper-style regulatory frameworks.
Besides Hawking, at least one more of the top scientists from the 2005 Honeypot Conference on Little St. James was named in the newly disclosed records: Marvin Minsky, a pioneer in artificial intelligence and cognitive science. Marvin died in 2016 at age 88.
Marvin would have been between 78 and 88 at the time he consorted with Epstein’s young lady. He might have invented artificial intelligence, and been super smart, but Marvin clearly did not have much common sense.
My reasonable speculation is, if Epstein snagged at least one of the top scientists in his blackmail honeypot (Minsky), it’s reasonable to guess there were probably more. Given how influential those men were, if Epstein ‘recruited’ even a handful of them, it’s possible that all of science might have been instantly, top-down corrupted in 2005. A little leaven leavens the whole loaf. But … to what end? Transhumanism? Eugenics? Population control?
To answer that question, we’d need to know who was running Epstein? Epstein was a moron and was ultimately disposable. Whether or not he’s still alive, as some believe, he’s all done as an international man of mystery and security-state blackmail procurer. But we can reasonably wonder: was science co-opted by the security state in 2005 using grotesque blackmail schemes? Did the spooks shift their other tech assets toward bio-sciences? Like Bill Gates? Is Bill now a wholly-owned subsidiary of the CIA and working on vaccines and genetically modified mosquitos for the intelligence community?
If you’re following this Epstein story, you may also enjoy this short Vivek Ramaswamy clip where he reacted to the latest Epstein release (4:15).
💉 Uh oh! A couple weeks ago, Politico’s European edition ran a story headlined, “EU countries destroy €4B worth of COVID vaccines.” The sub-headline added, “A Politico analysis shows that more than 200M unwanted coronavirus jabs have been dumped.” Maybe a lot more.
This will probably shock you, but based on the statistics, the Europeans may have rejected the shots much more enthusiastically than we thought. And the ‘deals’ the Europeans made with Pfizer now look like the biggest boondoggle in European history, which if you stop and think about it, goes back a pretty long way to the Romans and Greeks and the -ites of various kinds before them:
EU countries have collectively taken delivery of 1.5 billion doses (more than three for every person in Europe). Many of these now lie in landfills across the Continent. Calculations based on available data show that EU countries have discarded an average of 0.7 jabs for every member of their population. Top of the scale is Estonia, which binned more than one dose per inhabitant, followed closely by Germany, which also threw away the largest raw volume of jabs.
Ha! Suckers. Thanks for agreeing to buy all those jabs you didn’t need. If it makes EU readers feel any better, I’m laughing sardonically, because the American sheeple taxpayer was fleeced just as thoroughly as you were, if not moreso.
Politico’s article suggested that the estimates of throwaways are almost certainly too small, inarguably reasoning that “Governments are reluctant to reveal the scale of the waste.” So its estimates were “conservative, with the real number of discarded vaccines likely much higher.”
Here’s the kicker, which Politico buried in its article’s tail end: “the revised contract with Pfizer locks European countries into buying vaccines until at least 2027.”
To borrow a gag from the movie Jaws, they’re going to need a bigger landfill.
🔥 The New York Times ran an intentionally non-paywalled article yesterday headlined, “Supreme Court to Decide Whether Trump Is Eligible for Colorado Ballot.” The Times defined it as a generationally-significant case: “Not since Bush v. Gore, the 2000 decision that handed the presidency to George W. Bush, has the Supreme Court taken such a central role in an election for the nation’s highest office.”
In the case, Colorado’s Supreme Court found that Trump’s connection to the January 6th Capitol protests was an “insurrection” — a black-hearted rebellion! — so a Civil War-era Constitutional provision intended to keep out of office traitorous, slavocrat Democrats now equally applied to Republicans near any Capitol protests. Like Trump. A couple days ago I predicted: (1) the next step would be this decision by the Supremes to take the case, and (2) things would move fast. The Times agrees: “The case will be argued on Feb. 8, and the court will probably decide it quickly.”
Here’s how the brief written by the Soros-funded democrat lawyers goofily described Trump’s so-called insurrection:
Trump’s intentionally mobilizing, inciting and encouraging an armed mob to attack the United States Capitol on Jan. 6 satisfies the legal definition of ‘engaging in insurrection.
I’ll bet you didn’t even know any of that stuff happened. Unless you watch MSNBC, of course. (To its credit, or possibly not, ChatGPT refused to draw that image.)
I also predicted the Supreme Court’s decision in this case will resolve all the pending Trump challenges related to January 6th, and the Times appears to agree:
The sweep of the court’s ruling is likely to be broad. It will probably resolve not only whether Mr. Trump may appear on the Colorado primary ballot after the state’s top court declared that he had engaged in insurrection in his efforts to subvert the 2020 election, but it will most likely also determine his eligibility to run in the general election and to hold office at all.
MSNBC surprisingly hosted Laurence Tribe who gave a decent legal forecast (albeit from the Left). Tribe didn’t like admitting it, but he believes “there is no doubt” that an originalist interpretation of the 14th Amendment supports the conservative position; meaning, Trump is no insurrectionist, not using the original 1860’s definition of an “insurrectionist,” and furthermore the Supreme Court is not likely to allow states to piecemeal, one-by-one, each decide for themselves whether or not Trump can run for the nation’s top Constitutional office.
It’s a little difficult to tease it out, but Tribe made an excellent philosophical point. The democrats’ brief, he pointed out, was packed with glorious paeans to the beautiful concept of democracy and its preservation. But at the same time, democrats are arguing that the Colorado Supreme Court should be allowed strip the rights of every voter in the country to vote for the candidate of their choice, which isn’t very democratic.
As I’ve said many times before, if it weren’t for double standards … well, you know the rest.
🔥 More bad news for mandate climate-change activists yesterday came in the form of a stinky article headlined, “Scientists make alarming discovery after hearing bubbling sounds from deep within Arctic ice: ‘We decided to have a look’.”
Forget about cows. Now the glaciers are farting. I am not making that up. Here’s the gist:
“Substantial” amounts of methane gas were found in half of the exploration wells drilled by dirty energy companies in Svalbard, the archipelago with the northernmost town in the world. While scientists are unsure just how much methane is leaking from the permafrost, they believe that gas could significantly set back efforts to limit rising global temperatures to 2.7 degrees Fahrenheit above preindustrial levels if it escapes from the protective frozen barrier.
The United States Geological Survey found that methane is 28 times stronger than CO2 and “contributing about 25% to warming temperatures.”
They call it “deep methane,” which is kind of misleading because the malodorous gas lies only two meters below the surface, just under the topmost frozen part of the ground. And apparently methane is all over the frozen peninsula. Apparently it easily migrates to the surface when it’s 'unlocked'. Even more worryingly for people who fret about the climate, glaciers are probably passing gas everywhere else in the Arctic too, since they all have similar geological origins.
ScienceAlert ran an even more alarming headline:
Skyrocketing Emissions! This is a crisis. They should declare a state of emergency and make it illegal for the glaciers to emit any more methane. Maybe we could airdrop some Bean-o using those planes that dump water on wildfires, or put they can put a giant cork in the glaciers’ backsides or something. Or maybe we can start taxing the glaciers.
I do like “migrating methane” as a neat euphemism though. I’ll try it out on Michelle next time she complains about the boys on a road trip. That methane needs to migrate somewhere.
🚀 The Crazy Factor in today’s Space News story is difficult to adequately describe in English. We’ll start with CNN’s outlandish headline yesterday, which surreally stated, “Navajo Nation’s objection to landing human remains on the moon prompts last-minute White House meeting.”
The controversy, as I understand it, is that a consortium of private companies have organized a private, commercial, unmanned moon mission that departs in a few days. I’m not exactly sure how private it was, since there seems to be a whole lot of taxpayer money involved. But set that aside. The mission’s main objective is to plant 66 “memorial capsules” containing 66 human beings’ final earthly remains on the lunar surface. Well, their cremated remains.
I am not making any of that up, I promise. I’m not even exaggerating.
Of course, the unique ceremonial mission generated some controversy. Personally, I feel like if people want to pay to get their loved ones’ remains as far away as possible then I say good luck to them. Knock yourselves out. It’s a free country, and free moon and all that. Presumably, if adults in sound mind are willing and able to pay, who should say where they can and can’t send their dead relatives?
The Indians, that’s who.
The 500,000-member strong Navajo Nation objected, and through diplomatic smoke-signal channels appealed directly to the White House, which according to CNN convened a last-minute emergency meeting (in-between Biden’s naps) to discuss the delicate territorial issue. It appears that the Navajos are complaining because they worship the Moon god or something, and the very last thing the Indian Moon god wants is white people’s cremated ashes trashing up the place.
The Navajos aren’t unreasonable. They understand that not everyone worships the Moon god like they do, and realize they have to share the Moon, but they insist there are also important safety issues involved as well. For instance, and I promise I am not making this up, the group demanded to know whether everyone would be okay if somebody sent illegal drugs up into space? Well? How about that?
The executive director for the Navajo Nation’s Washington Office, Justin Ahasteen, asked CNN, “They’re essentially suggesting that you can send anything into space. Does that mean people can send drugs? Does that mean people can send hazardous material? The lack of oversight is, I think, really concerning for the nation.”
He has a point. Who knows what could happen if the cartels got the space aliens hooked on drugs? The cow mutilations and alien abductions are bad enough as it is. We have enough problems and we certainly don’t need any meth-addled aliens driving their flying saucers all over the place under the influence.
Another important discussion to have is, even though no people or animals live there, and no plants grow there, not even bacteria, and though it doesn’t even have an atmosphere, the native Americans are also fretting about preserving the Moon’s natural environment.
“We’re saying: be respectful. We’re turning the moon into a graveyard and we’re turning it into a waste site,” Ahasteen said. “At what point are we going to stop and say we need to start protecting the moon as we do the Grand Canyon?”
The legal and political issues about who owns the Moon are murky at best, a sort of statutory zombie or ash-heap, if you will. Several old space treaties might come into play, but I doubt they ever contemplated lunar burials. What seems manifestly clear is that the EPA’s broad jurisdiction might be pervasive enough to reach a fresh puddle in your backyard, but their grandest dreams of micromanaging Americans still fall far short of the lunar surface.
And then there are economic implications to consider. Banning corpse launches in the U.S. would simply push the funereal space industry to other hated countries, like Russia. The Russians would probably launch corpses at the Moon in a New York second. The Moon is a whole new frontier, a Wild West as it were, and it appears once again to be the manifest destiny of deceased settlers to occupy the Earth’s closest neighbor. It’s tragic for the Navajo, who must be feeling like it’s just one damned thing after another in this country.
First Montana, and now the Moon.
Maybe the government will setup a space reservation for them, on Mercury or Pluto or someplace. Wait, is Pluto still a planet? Or is it just an asteroid again? Honestly I can’t keep up. What do you suggest could help negotiate a peace treaty with the Navajos over the Moon so all people can banish their deceased relatives into space?
Have a wonderful weekend! I’ll see most of you guys back here on Monday as we head into 2024 proper. Loyal subscribers, tomorrow’s edition may be a wee bit late, depending on the marital celebration. Either way, see you then!
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