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WSJ tears into the Epstein narrative — but why?; Florida caps 2023 session with many great new laws; transurrectionists occupy Florida Capitol; woke city feels the pain; happy Friday clip; and more.
It’s Friday! Good morning, C&C, your work-week-wrapping roundup includes: the Wall Street Journal is tearing pedo-affiliated billionaire élites a new one; transurrectionists occupy Florida Capitol over terrific anti-trans bills; in its final session week, Florida passes lots of terrific laws including bans on genital mutilation surgery and “affirming” medical care, transferring more money from public schools to charter schools, unwinding Disney’s sneaky maneuvering passed right before the new state-run board took over its Reedy Creek district, banning un-consented collection of private information, and (my personal favorite) yanking control of the local utility from our ultra-woke city commission; and a truly heartwarming video clip to cap off the work week.
🗞 *THE C&C ARMY POST* 🗞
🪖 Today’s post contains items about both pornography and about the trans culture war. The combination reminded me of a thought-provoking episode of the podcast Relatable, where Allie Beth Stuckey interviewed a feminist sociologist and researcher who persuasively argued that the transgender movement is inextricably linked to sexual deviancy and perversion.
Disclaimer: this episode includes some seriously adult themes as well as some often shockingly frank discussion about what kind of trouble some very misguided men are getting up to on the Internet before they decide to impersonate women. (The episode is also available as an audio podcast.)
🪖 An alert reader suggested that, if you have trouble with any of today’s twitter links, try copying the link and pasting it into a new browser window. Maybe if Twitter doesn’t know you’re coming from Substack then it will work better.
🗞💬 *WORLD NEWS AND COMMENTARY* 💬🗞
🔥 Some new narrative beast is afoot regarding the Jeffrey Epstein disaster. Yesterday, the Wall Street Journal ran its second exposé piece in one week on the notorious deep-state pedophile and his compatriots, headlined “Jeffrey Epstein Documents, Part 2: Dinners With Lawrence Summers and Movie Screenings With Woody Allen.”
The sub-headline hints at the trove of documents the Journal has at its disposal: “Schedules and emails show deeper relationships between the disgraced financier and a range of prominent people, including the former Treasury secretary [Larry Summers] and the filmmaker [Woody Allen].”
But the whole thing smells like a psyop. Why? Here’s how the Journal described its evidence:
The documents reviewed by the Journal, which include thousands of pages of emails and schedules from 2013 to 2017, provide new details about the nature and frequency of Epstein’s contacts with an array of powerful people long after he was a registered sex offender.
The first unanswered question is, where did the Journal GET the “thousands of pages” of Epstein’s emails and schedules? And the second, even more important question is: WHEN did the Journal get them, and why is the paper running these stories NOW? The remarkable absence of these facts is some kind of clue; but a clue for what?
Just over a month ago, the Journal ran another story headlined, “Google Co-Founder, Other Billionaires Are Issued Subpoenas in Lawsuit Over JPMorgan’s Ties to Jeffrey Epstein.” The sub-headline identified four billionaires named in the Virgin Island subpoenas: “Sergey Brin [Google], Thomas Pritzker [Hyatt], Mortimer Zuckerman [news media] and Michael Ovitz [Hollywood] are asked for information in U.S. Virgin Islands’ civil suit against bank.”
The Journal was puzzled about the subpoenas since the billionaires aren’t parties to the action, but correctly explained that any relevant third party can be legally required to provide information in lawsuits. Spokespeople for Google (Brin), Hyatt (Pritzger), and U.S. News & World Report (Zuckerman) did not respond to requests for comment.
The whole thing is bizarre. When have you ever heard of a billionaire roundup like this? Ever, in your entire life? Why aren’t these well-connected billionaires able to keep control of the narrative? Why is the corporate media apparently targeting them?
That’s not all! On top of “part 2” of its exposé, yesterday the Journal ran ANOTHER story about Epstein, this one headlined, “Bill Gates, Leon Black, Thomas Pritzker: One Day in the Life of Jeffrey Epstein.” This one was sub-headlined, “The disgraced financier’s calendar for Monday, Sept. 8, 2014, details his planned meetings with some of the country’s richest men.”
On the Journal’s helpful infographic, we see two of the same names from the Virgin Islands probe: Pritzger and Zuckerman. And of course, everyone’s favorite WEF-loving villain, Windows BOB inventor Bill Gates.
Bill Gates, Thomas Pritzker, Leon Black and Mortimer Zuckerman were four of the richest men in the country. All of them meeting with a notorious convicted pedophile and deep-state kompromat collector, all in one day. According to the schedule, Gates tagged along with Epstein to the Pritzger, Black, and Ruemmler meetings.
Leon Black, who met with Epstein more than 100 times between 2013 and 2017 — at least twice a month on average — and who paid Epstein $158 million for “estate planning and tax work” — a laughable sum for those services — abruptly resigned as CEO of Apollo Global Management in early 2021.
Black declined to comment about the meetings, and Apollo firmly stated that Jeffrey Epstein was working ONLY for Leon Black, not Apollo Global Management. Definitely not. That would be gross.
Kathryn Ruemmler, who at the time of the meeting had just finished a stint as Obama’s top White House lawyer, “often” met with Epstein over the next few years, according to the Journal. A spokesman for Ruemmler said she regrets the meetings, but it was all business, related to a mutual — undisclosed — client.
Needless to say, Epstein didn’t do any REAL work. He was not actually a mastermind finance wizard. He was a sick S.O.B.
Ramsey Elkholy, next on the agenda, a well-connected musician who said he’d met with Epstein several times to get finance and book-publishing advice (for some reason), confirmed Epstein was intellectually useless. “In hindsight, I realize that Jeffrey was a very good con man,” Mr. Elkholy said. “He could give the impression that he was helping you when in fact he was mostly B.S.-ing.”
The final appointment of the day was with Barnaby Marsh, a “philanthropic advisor to wealthy families.” Sounds like a good gig, if you can get it. Marsh also (now) says Epstein was useless, that he never saw any evidence Epstein made significant charitable donations. “He was a lot of talk, but he never did anything,” Marsh complained.
The Journal helpfully included profile pictures for all the elites who met with Epstein. And if that weren’t enough, the Journal compiled ANOTHER helpful infographic showing how often they met with Epstein over a two-year period:
Billionaire Leon Black sure couldn’t get enough of whatever Epstein was selling him for $158 million.
So, over about 30 days, the Wall Street Journal has mysteriously outed all the following élites as being intimately connected to a man everyone knows was literally the Worst Person On Earth:
CIA chief and top spook William Burns;
former Israeli prime minister Ehud Barak (36+ meetings);
former Israeli prime minister Shimon Perez (who introduced Barak to Epstein);
billionaire agricultural investor and medical philanthropist Bill Gates;
Private-equity billionaire Leon Black;
billionaire venture capitalist and LinkedIn co-founder Reid Hoffman,
hedge-fund billionaire Glenn Dubin;
Hyatt Hotel CEO and billionaire Tom Pritzger;
Hollywood super-agent Michael Ovitz (est. net worth $400M);
Bard College president Leon Botstein;
lefty academic superstar Noam Chomsky;
top Obama lawyer Kathryn Ruemmler;
former treasury secretary and Harvard president Larry Summers;
grotesque movie director Woody Allen;
Norwegian diplomat Terje Rød-Larsen (involved with the Oslo Accords), a frequent sex-island visitor who loved gin with cucumbers;
MIT’s Media Lab director Joi Ito, a sex-island visitor who resigned from MIT in 2019;
Mary Erdoes, a top lieutenant to JPMorgan CEO Jamie Dimon;
John Duffy, director of JPMorgan’s U.S. private bank for the ultrarich;
Justin Nelson, one of Epstein’s special-asset bankers at JPMorgan; and
Jes Staley, former top JPMorgan executive.
That’s a long parade of horribles, and normally I wouldn’t bother filling up the roundup with boring lists of data like that, except that the reveal’s scope is literally breathtaking. The disclosure evidences something profound happening in the Narrative. That is a WHOLE LOT of highly-connected, well-protected people, whose reputations are significantly damaged by the Journal’s disclosures.
If nothing else, the public outing of their Epstein connections gives their enemies a lot to work with.
These stories remind me of Jesus’s observation that “it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.” (Matt. 19:24). If being a billionaire means being spiritually sutured to someone like Jeffrey Epstein, I’m ecstatic I’m not a billionaire.
Looking at the list, and contemplating the significance of the Journal’s recent coverage, one’s mind naturally wanders toward to the much-maligned QAnon community. As best I can tell, the QAnon “movement” began with the “discredited” conspiracy theory that the world’s élites were packed to the rafters with Satanic pedophiles.
They aren’t looking so discredited now, are they?
I don’t know about you, but the Journal sure seems to be cramming a lot of stuffing into the whole QAnon thing, and doing it fast, which prevents the disgraced élites from organizing to shut it down. I am not naive enough to believe this suggests any kind of renaissance in real journalism. But.
Something else appears to be afoot. We don’t know yet. But it sure is interesting.
🔥 CNN ran an encouraging story this week headlined, “Pornhub Blocks Access in Utah Over Age Verification Law.” According to the story, Utah just became the second state — after Louisiana — to require online porn providers to verify people are adults, every time they log in.
Unlike Louisiana, since Utah has no state-accessible ID verification system, PornHub is just pulling the plug on anyone with a Utah I.P. address. The law, SB 287, was signed by Utah Governor Spencer Cox in March, making porn sites liable for content published to children.
A PornHub spokesperson told CNN that local traffic fell by 80% after the Louisiana law went into effect. My best guess would be the Utah shutdown is PornHub’s attempt to generate public outcry, but who will spring to the defense of revolting porn-peddlers?
🔥 Loathsome transurrectionists occupied the Florida Capitol again yesterday, revenging the state for passing an anti-CRT bill and banning schools from making teachers use students’ made-up pronouns.
The Florida Legislature also passed a bill banning genital mutilation a/k/a “sex reassignment surgeries” and banning so-called “affirming” drug prescriptions for minors. The bill is headed to DeSantis for his signature.
“This is not science. This is a cult that is focused on the abuse of children,” bill sponsor Representative Randy Fine explained on the House floor. “Trans people are not evil. We get accused of that. They’re not evil. But you know what they are? They’re the victims of those who are, who prey on them and who prey [on] a mental condition to make money,” Fine said.
If I read that right, I think Representative Fine just accurately called victims of social gender dysphoria “crazy,” and called the doctors who are helping them “evil.”
Touché, Representative Fine.
🔥 Another bill passed by Florida Republicans, HB 1259, will “destroy the public school system,” or something:
The bill sensibly requires traditional public schools to share some of their local sales tax income to help build charter schools. “I believe the money should follow the student,” Florida Senator Travis Hutson advised as he closed on the bill. Democrats argued that it’s horrible, the worst idea ever, to distribute funding on a per-pupil basis. They demanded to know, how does funding attached to the student make any sense?
Democrats argued, and I am not making this up, per-pupil financing isn’t “fair” to taxpayer-owned schools because they are sometimes used as hurricane shelters.
Um. Hint: Charter schools can also be used as hurricane shelters.
Could it be the democrats in Florida are more having a QUALITY issue with their lawmakers, and maybe the quality problem is contributing to their quantity problem? Just asking.
🔥 The Legislature also passed another controversial bill that, even though it never mentions Disney or Reedy Creek, will retroactively invalidate Disney’s sneaky maneuvering just before DeSantis’ appointed board took control. Like all the other bills passed this week, Democrats argued this was literally the worst thing ever, a thousand times worse than January 6th, while suddenly re-discovering a classically-liberal passion for free speech while also looking out for the interests of big corporations.
🔥 Florida’s Legislature also passed a long-overdue data privacy bill, SB 262, which provides a raft of restrictions on the stealthy collection of private information from Florida citizens who haven’t consented. They’ve been working on this bill for three years, and it has been long opposed by lobbyists from tech mega-corps like Apple and Google.
Great news for privacy-watchers. As always, the bill isn’t perfect, but it will be one of the strongest data-privacy laws in the country, and it’s progress.
🔥 Much to my personal delight, control over the future of our local Gainesville Regional Utilities has now almost been stripped from the sticky hands of the local city commission, only waiting on the Governor’s signature to take effect. Yesterday, the Legislature passed HB 1645, with little debate and no amendments. Democrats dubbed the terrific bill the “GRU Takeover bill. It was sponsored by hardworking Representative Chuck Clemons, and supported by excellent State Senator Keith Perry.
The bill creates a five-member Authority Board appointed by the Governor to make all GRU-related decisions, deleting the Gainesville City Commission’s century-long control of the municipal utility. In March, the Florida Municipal Electric Association reported that the average residential bill in the GRU service was higher than anywhere else in the state.
I tried to warn them during the pandemic that all the City’s defiance of the state and their overreaching mandates would eventually have consequences, but they wouldn’t listen.
🔥 Finally, enjoy this clip suggesting that, perhaps, the younger generation has not been completely lost:
Name a single book, you illiterate numbskull!
Have a fabulous Friday! I’ll be back tomorrow with lots more delectable Coffee & Covid in the Weekend Edition.
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