Monthly Archives: January 2022

The Movie ‘Contact’

Don’t know myself what to make of this film but it’s definitely worth a look. Thanks to CO for the tip……

‘Elephant’, One Of The Troubles Most Disturbing Movies…….

I was going to write ‘enjoy’ but perhaps that’s the worst word to use:

The Who’s Who Of The Epstein Scandal…..

Very readable and useful article in Jacobin magazine. You can read it here. No surprises but they are all there, from Clinton to Epstein’s links to powerful figures in Israeli intelligence. On George Mitchell, who appeared five times in the logs of Epstein-owned aircraft, three of them with his wife, Jacobin records that Mitchell regarded Epstein as “a friend and a supporter” who “organized a fund-raiser for me once.” Apparently they met in 1994, during Mitchell’s final year in the Senate, and a year before he was made Clinton’s special envoy to the peace process. Mitchell, who would later call Epstein “a friend and supporter” went on to oversee the Philadelphia archdiocese’s payment of compensation for survivors of sexual abuse at the hands of priests, assailed by critics at the time as a ploy to get abuse victims to sign away their right to sue. A lot still to be told in this story, assuming it is allowed to be told…….

Living In America’s Weimar Republic……

Here are two examples of the liberal/left wing view of where America can go to and could go in the next few years. This is from the Sanders wing of the Democratic Party which you can read here, and here is the vista as seen from The New York Times, a more centrist, small-l, liberal view. If either of these analyses is only partly correct we are all in trouble…..and that’s before you factor in the climate crisis, which can only worsen matters.

Who Will Join Prince Andrew In The Epstein Dock?

Last week’s judgement in a Manhattan, New York court that Price Andrew can be sued by Jeffrey Epstein sex victim Virginia Roberts Giuffre, – in spite of an agreement reached by Epstein and Giuffre allegedly protecting both himself and other men who had sex with her from legal action – could have serious implications for, inter alia, top US politician, George Mitchell and celebrity lawyer, Alan Dershowitz, both of whom have been mired in the scandal.

Both Mitchell and Dershowitz have strongly denied allegations of involvement in Epstein’s sex circle but the claims have persisted, nonetheless. At this stage it is not clear whether the legal judgement depriving Prince Andrew of protection against Giuffre would be reversed if she decided to sue the pair, who unlike Andrew are US citizens.

Given remarks from Giuffre’s lawyer after the New York court case that his client would be unwilling to accept a purely financial settlement – “I think it’s very important to Virginia Giuffre that this matter be resolved in a way that vindicates her and vindicates the other victims” – it seems unlikely that she would stop at Prince Andrew.

Interesting days ahead…….