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How and why did Jeffrey Epstein die? Did he commit suicide to escape an embarrassing trial and a lengthy prison sentence as a child rapist? Or did he know too much about too many powerful people who did not want to be implicated? In any case, any serious person would admit that the timing was most convenient.
It is also curious that he supposedly attempted suicide once before. So shouldn’t the authorities at a  federal facility have been monitoring him? Amazingly, Epstein reportedly had been taken off  “suicide watch” a few days ago.  Could somebody whose power extended into a federal prison have used that first attempt as cover for an “involuntary suicide?”
Are we allowed even to talk about such possibilities? Ever since the CIA in 1967 issued a memo recommending the use of terms like “conspiracy theorist” to discourage inquiries in non-consensus directions, the corporate media has marched in lockstep to that tune.
It has continuously deployed this disparaging term to cast a cloud over a diverse range of individuals who have  nothing in common. These range from those who accept the most outrageous default explanation for almost everything, to serious investigators who wonder if it is possible that, say, every powerful politician in America has been killed by a “lone nut” —  this, while in other countries, people assume a reasonable probability that more may have been going on.
Besides, we know that actual conspiracies happen all the time.  Just a few examples of notorious conspiracies include long-denied and covered-up but ultimately documented plots by America’s intelligence services in which elected foreign leaders were deposed and murdered.  Then there are large conspiracies of the sort found in the Iran-Contra Affair. And all the price-fixing conspiracies And of course the stuff of “true crime,” in which everyone from spouses and lovers to business partners and enemies get together with others and secretly work out how to snuff someone.
What of Epstein? Does he seem like the sort that someone else might want out of the way?
Not only did association with him hang over a former and a current president, a corporate titan and a member of the British royal family, but also all manner of wealthy and famous people, plus a particularly voluble and litigious lawyer and const


Deep State: Threats


“NOW HE CAN DO WHATEVER HE WANTS:” NYPD lieutenant accused of sexually harassing female precinct employee now works for Internal Affairs Bureau


AUG 12, 2019 | 6:00 AM


Hong Kong protests: brutal undercover police tactics spark outcry
Footage of helmeted protesters suddenly making arrests causes concern after weekend of intense clashes


Coal is over': the miners rooting for the Green New Deal
Appalachia’s main industry is dying and some workers are looking to a new economic promise after Trump’s proves empty


Olympic Games 2020
Concerns rise with Tokyo heat after rowers treated at Olympic test event
*                 British athlete among those treated for heatstroke
*                 Concerns also raised about wellbeing of spectators


Jeffrey Epstein feared cellmate, a muscle-bound ex-cop charged in murder who was moved before financier's death: report


Chicago cop in trouble after Hulk Hogan live-streams ride along on airport tarmac

Blake Schuster
Yahoo Sports Contributor
Yahoo SportsAug 10, 2019, 11:57 AM


Probe of Michigan Police Officer's KKK Document May Lead to New Investigation of 2009 Shooting.


Federal Judge Orders Release of Cop's Employment Record in Excessive Force Video


Baltimore cop gets nine months in jail for pummeling suspect


A masked Moscow riot cop gut-punched a woman last Saturday. Now there’s a 100,000-ruble reward for information leading to his name.
6:08 am, August 12, 2019Source: Meduza


Connecticut Cop Arrested for Alleged $57,000 Medicaid Fraud


Texas Detective Sentenced to Prison for Helping Drug Cartels Deliver 1000 Kilos


Pennsylvania Judge Rules Vehicle Search Prompted by Only Marijuana Odor Illegal


WATCH: Cops Tackle, Arrest Man for Giving Finger, Saying F the Police


Trooper Rips Out Car Window: "I'm not Going to Talk to You Through a Crack!"


LA. Deputy Investigating Teen Girl's Rape Sentenced to 3 Years for Raping her


Cop says Shoot 50 cent


Photo: Orange County Jail
Florida cops arrested a 26-year-old man Friday after he threatened to shoot up a Walmart—FBI Still Fixated on ‘Black Identity Extremists’

Anne Branigin
Yesterday 12:19pmFiled to: PR


Why Heather Heyer's name isn't on FBI hate crime list
In August 2017, a neo-Nazi drove his car into counter-protesters in Charlottesville, Virginia, killing Heather Heyer and injuring many more. But if you look at the federal hate crimes report, it's like it never happened at all. CNN's Sara Sidner reports.Source: CNN


Clinton operatives fed false information to FBI on Trump, review of interview reveals


Why would FBI agents create mass shooting events?

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FBI Surveillance Proposal Sets Up Clash With Facebook
Agency solicits vendor proposals to collect data from Facebook, other social media to head off safety threats


A Look at Who Really Killed Martin Luther King

The evidence that James Earl Ray did not kill Martin Luther King is overwhelming. As the Washington Post recently pointed out, famed attorney William Pepper stands astride all of the information and work that has uncovered the truth.
Pepper was a friend of King in the last years of his life. Some years after King’s death, Pepper went on to represent James Earl Ray in his guilty plea and subsequent conviction. But Pepper believes that Ray was framed by the FBI, the CIA, the military, the Memphis police, and organized crime figures from New Orleans and Memphis.
In this WhoWhatWhy podcast, William Pepper talks to Jeff Schechtman about the totality of the case. He tells of his initial interview with Ray, 40 years ago, and why it became clear to him right away that Ray was innocent. Pepper explains that Ray had no motive for the shooting, that he acted at the direction of his handler, a man named “Raoul,” with clear ties to Hoover and the FBI.
Pepper explains how, over the years, the evidence has mounted about Hoover’s hatred of King, which lay behind the FBI’s unending surveillance of King and the entire civil rights movement, and why Hoover sent his number two man, Clyde Tolson, to Memphis to help oversee the assassination of King and to help set up Ray as the patsy.
It’s a story that actually begins a half century ago today, in a hospital emergency room in Memphis. Pepper thinks it’s possible that King did not die from the gunshot wound — but that he was actually murdered in that emergency room.
William F. Pepper is the author of The Plot to Kill King: The Truth Behind the Assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. (Skyhorse Publishing,  January 16, 2018).


The Terrible Toll of Grand Theft Auto
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How many fatalities on the world’s roads does Super Mario Kart cause each year? What role did the game Call of Duty play in the invasion of Iraq? And when will the video game industry be held to account for the carnage it causes?


Organization who assassinated Epstein and Dr King investigate the crime.
FBI Investigates Epstein’s ‘Apparent Suicide’ Amid Mounting Conspiracy Theories


Welcome to our website about the murder of Vince Foster, Deputy White House Counsel under President Clinton.  Brett Kavanaugh was in charge of the Foster death investigation and led the cover-up inside the Office of the Independent Counsel.  A federal court ordered Independent Counsel Ken Starr to include evidence, found in government records, of an FBI cover-up, to the final Report. 


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Jeffrey Epstein’s Death Stinks


The List of Clinton Associates Who Allegedly Died Mysteriously. Check It Out.
August 10, 2016 at 7:57 am
Filed Under:2016, bill clinton, Clinton, Clinton death list, Hillary Clinton, mysterious Clinton deaths, Politics
This is a message that began being forwarded via email in the mid-1990s of various Bill and Hillary Clinton associates alleged to have died under mysterious circumstances. This conspiracy theory continued to resurrect itself during Hillary Clinton’s 2008 and 2016 presidential bids.

1- James McDougal – Clintons convicted Whitewater partner died of an apparent heart attack, while in solitary confinement. He was a key witness in Ken Starr’s investigation.
2 – Mary Mahoney – A former White House intern was murdered July 1997 at a Starbucks Coffee Shop in Georgetown .. The murder …happened just after she was to go public w:th her story of sexual harassment in the White House.
3 – Vince Foster – Former White House counselor, and colleague of Hillary Clinton at Little Rock’s Rose Law firm. Died of a gunshot wound to the head, ruled a suicide.
4 – Ron Brown – Secretary of Commerce and former DNC Chairman. Reported to have died by impact in a plane crash. A pathologist close to the investigation reported that there was a hole in the top of Brown’s skull resembling a gunshot wound. At the time of his death Brown was being investigated, and spoke publicly of his willingness to cut a deal with prosecutors. The rest of the people on the plane also died. A few days later the Air Traffic controller commited suicide.
5 – C. Victor Raiser, II – Raiser, a major player in the Clinton fund raising organization died in a private plane crash in July 1992.
6 – Paul Tulley – Democratic National Committee Political Director found dead in a hotel room in Little Rock , September 1992. Described by Clinton as a “dear friend and trusted advisor”.
7 – Ed Willey – Clinton fundraiser, found dead November 1993 deep in the woods in VA of a gunshot wound to the head. Ruled a suicide. Ed Willey died on the same day his wife Kathleen Willey claimed Bill Clinton groped her in the oval office in the White House. Ed Willey was involved in several Clinton fund raising events.
8 – Jerry Parks – Head of Clinton’s gubernatorial security team in Little Rock .. Gunned down in his car at a deserted intersection outside Little Rock Park’s son said his father was building a dossier on Clinton He allegedly threatened to reveal this information. After he died the files were mysteriously removed from his house.
9 – James Bunch – Died from a gunshot suicide. It was reported that he had a “Black Book” of people which contained names of influential people who visited prostitutes in Texas and Arkansas
10 – James Wilson – Was found dead in May 1993 from an apparent hanging suicide. He was reported to have ties to Whitewater..
11 – Kathy Ferguson – Ex-wife of Arkansas Trooper Danny Ferguson, was found dead in May 1994, in her living room with a gunshot to her head. It was ruled a suicide even though there were several packed suitcases, as if she were going somewhere. Danny Ferguson was a co-defendant along with Bill Clinton in the Paula Jones lawsuit Kathy Ferguson was a possible corroborating witness for Paula Jones.
12 – Bill Shelton – Arkansas State Trooper and fiancee of Kathy Ferguson. Critical of the suicide ruling of his fiancee, he was found dead in June, 1994 of a gunshot wound also ruled a suicide at the grave site of his fiancee.
13 – Gandy Baugh – Attorney for Clinton’s friend Dan Lassater, died by jumping out a window of a tall building January, 1994. His client was a convicted drug distributor.
14 – Florence Martin – Accountant & sub-contractor for the CIA, was related to the Barry Seal, Mena, Arkansas, airport drug smuggling case. He died of three gunshot wounds.
15 – Suzanne Coleman – Reportedly had an affair with Clinton when he was Arkansas Attorney General. Died of a gunshot w

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Reported Hate Crimes on the Rise, But Federal Prosecutions Drop
August 13, 2019


August 9, 2019

BATON ROUGE, La. – A district court improperly dismissed an officer’s negligence claim against the organizer of a 2016 Black Lives Matter protest in Baton Rouge, the Fifth Circuit ruled. The officer alleges the organizer led demonstrators onto a highway and provoked an altercation between police and protestors, causing the officer’s injuries. 
The officer has sufficiently alleged that his injuries were the result of organizer DeRay Mckesson’s “own tortious conduct in organizing a foreseeably violent protest.”


Baltimore Police Hire FBI Agent to Lead Integrity Bureau
Baltimore's Police Commissioner has named a senior FBI agent as the head of the department's Public Integrity Bureau, which oversees officer misconduct investigations and has faced criticism


John Conditt


Retired FBI agent guilty of sex abuse
Was bureau's chief of internal affairs
By Associated Press  |  February 18, 2004
WASHINGTON -- The former chief internal watchdog at the FBI has pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting a 6-year-old girl and has admitted he had a history of molesting other children before he joined the bureau for what became a two-decade career.
John H. Conditt Jr., 53, who retired in 2001, was sentenced last week in Tarrant County Court in Fort Worth to 12 years in prison after he admitted he molested the daughter of two FBI agents after he retired. He acknowledged molesting at least two other girls before he began his law enforcement career, his lawyer said.
Conditt sought treatment for sex offenders after his arrest last year, said his attorney, Toby Goldsmith.
"The problem these people have is they don't really feel like it is their fault," Goldsmith said. "The treatment doesn't work unless you admit you are the one who instigated it, and he did that."
Conditt headed the internal affairs unit, which investigates agent wrongdoing, for the Office of Professional Responsibility at FBI headquarters in Washington from 1999 until June 2001, the FBI said.
FBI officials said yesterday they had no information suggesting Conditt had any problems during his career and he was never the subject of an investigation. Assistant District Attorney Mitch Poe of Tarrant County, who prosecuted


Subject: California Public Records Act Request: Denial of CVE Grant

To Whom It May Concern:
Pursuant to the California Public Records Act, I hereby request the following records:
All documents, communications, reports, briefs, memorandums pertaining to Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti’s decision to turn down federal funds for countering violent extremism, chronicled in the below article:
This includes all written communication, email and otherwise, between Mayor Garcetti’s Office and the Department of Homeland Security which discuss these “countering violent extremism” grant proposals.
The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.
In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.
Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 10 calendar days, as the statute requires.
Ava Sasani


August 9, 2019
This week’s FOIA round-up: Interior was interested in FBI’s “gold standard” FOIA policy, AP collects data on medical marijuana cards, and an Arkansas judge rules clerk broke public records law
Plus, see the results of the Oregon Public Records Advisory Council survey
Written by Shafaq Patel (@shafaqpatel)
Edited by JPat Brown
In this week’s FOIA round-up, the Department of the Interior staff emails show employees were interested in the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s “500-page per month” policy, the Associated Press created a new dataset by collecting information from each state to see why people wanted a medical marijuana card, and an Arkansas judge rules that a clerk broke state public-records laws, but cites as extenuating circumstances the clerk was acting on advice that they had received from state judicial authorities.
See a great use of public records we missed? Send over your favorite FOIA stories via email, on Twitter, or on Facebook, and maybe we will include them in the next roundup. And if you’d like even more inspiration, read past roundups.
Department of the Interior staff emails show employees were interested in FBI’s “gold standard” policy
Internal emails show that Department of the Interior employees looked to the FBI’s FOIA policies as a potential solution to the increase in number of requests. Rachel Spector, an official with Interior’s Office of the Solicitor, wrote to an FBI official seeking information on their procedures in an email stating, “Sorry to be so persistent, but we are scrambling to get our arms around a significant surge in FOIA requests.” Spector also referred to the Bureau’s FOIA program as “the gold standard.”


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Subject: Freedom of Information Act Request: Jeffrey Epstein files (Federal Bureau of Investigation)
Dear Federal Bureau of Investigation:
This letter is a formal Freedom of Information Act request for the following records.
This request concerns records related to Jeffery E. Epstein, who died recently while in Federal custody.
As proof of death, and subject identification, please see:
This request includes both state and Federal records, including any such records that may be in each others' possession.
# Expedited processing
I request that part A of this request receive maximally expedited processing, as it concerns journalistic interest in multiple breaking news stories of international significance. For the same reason, I note that the journalistic waiver request below is particularly strong.
Please pay particular attention to the request below for rolling updates. Please prioritize your response in the order of records that can be produced the most quickly (including consideration of e.g. time to review), and keep me appraised of progress, ETAs, and records in pipeline (e.g. pending search or processing).
For the purposes of expedited interim rolling updates only, please ignore the format provisions of this request if (and only if) providing the records in another format would be faster, and only to that extent, i.e. provide the records in the fastest possible manner (and otherwise as requested). If you use this clause, then please say so clearly, and provide such records in the proper requested format pursuant to non-expedited processing.
# Exemptions moot due to death
Because dead people have no Privacy Act rights, this FOIA request includes all records that would otherwise be covered by the Privacy Act. No PA or similar waiver will be provided on anyone's behalf.
Please note that all criminal investigations into or prosecutions of Jeffrey Epstein have automatically terminated by his death, and therefore you may not invoke 5 USC 552(b)(7)(A, B, C, or F), or (c)(1), as to Epstein. See e.g. Davis v. DOJ, 460 F.3d 92, 97-98 (D.C. Cir. 2007); Schrecker v. DOJ, 349 F.3d 657, 661 (D.C. Cir. 2003); and Vest v. Dep't of the Air Force, 793 F. Supp. 2d 103, 122 (D.D.C. 2011) (re (b)(7) of dead people).
You may not claim 552(b)(5) as to records more than 25 years old. Please note that some of the cases listed below predate that cut-off.
Furthermore, if you wish to claim 552(b)(6) exemption as to Epstein's personal privacy, you would need to surmount a very high burden of proof, especially given that what has already been disclosed about Epstein has made it nearly impossible for him to be defamed. Defamation requires that the new information harm his reputation. As a dead serial child sex abuser, he has no reputation left to be harmed. See e.g. Grandison v. DOJ, 600 F. Supp. 2d 103, 114 (D.D.C. 2009); Schoenman v. FBI, 763 F. Supp. 2d 173, 176 (D.D.C. 2011); and Summers v. DOJ, 517 F. Supp. 2d 231, 241 (D.D.C. 2007) (re (b)(6) of dead people). See also Rosenfeld v. DOJ, No. 07-3240, 2012 WL 710186, at *4 (N.D. Cal. Mar. 5, 2012) and Citizens for Responsibility & Ethics in Wash. v. DOJ, 846 F. Supp. 2d 63, 71 (D.D.C. 2012) (re public figure).
However, I do not facially challenge the ability to invoke:
* (b)(7)(D) (confidential sources)
* (b)(7)(E) (methods)
* (b)(7)(A) (as to enforcement proceedings against someone other than Epstein)
* (b)(7)(B) (as to a reasonably expected prosecution of someone other than Epstein)
* (b)(7)(C) (as to the personal privacy of someone other than Epstein)
* (b)(7)(F) (as to the safety of someone other than Epstein)
(and equivalent state law).
# Exemptions related to any judicial seal
I understand that several responsive records may currently be under seal in one or more courts.
For such records, I stipulate that you may invoke 552(b)(3) (or state law equivalents), and will not contest (b)(3) exemption claims while the seal is in place, provided that you furnish, for each such record:
a) a complete citation to both the sealed record (case name, case number, court, filing date, ECF #) and all order(s) sealing the record (same)
b) a statement detailing any exemptions you claim on that record, other than the mere fact of the order of seal
c) a statement of whether you would object to a press-intervenor motion to unseal the record, given Epstein's death
# Other Jeffrey Epsteins
Please exclude records relating to persons named Jeffrey Epstein who are not the one identified above (i.e. the billionaire repeat sex offender).
I have already made efforts to exclude, e.g. in the case listing below:
Jeffrey M. Epstein
Jeffrey A. Epstein
Jeffrey Epstein, a lawyer in federal practice
If any cases identified in fact are about a different Epstein, please say so, and exclude those records.
# Component delegation
This request covers every Federal Bureau of Investigation component, including component agencies, departments, offices, OIGs, etc. See "# Forwarding; multi-agency / multi-component records" below.
Please note that this request imposes an affirmative obligation to take immediate steps to preserve responsive records against spoliation, including both any automated or routine record deletion and any act by an employee to delete such records.
This is an explicit evidence preservation demand, and the documents sought relate to ongoing and/or currently contemplated litigation.
At your discretion, you may either apply only a single tracking number for the whole request tree (acting for all subcomponents), or each subcomponents may apply its own tracking numbers.
In either case, you are expected to strictly comply with 5 USC 552(a)(6) and (a)(7), and analogous state law.
In particular, you are expected to provide notice (by email) of all referrals made, and any other tracking numbers of which you are aware.
# Primary request
A. Jeffrey Epstein's file(s)
0. Omnibus covering request and specific pointers
For all portions of this request, you are requested to use the following as search terms and locations to search.
As an omnibus covering request, please provide all records about Jeffrey E. Epstein that are in the possession of; or held, maintained, or created by; each of the following:
a) Agencies, offices, & locations
* Federal
i) Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
ii) FBI Field Office - Miami (FBI Miami)
iii) FBI Field Office - New York (FBI NY)
iv) FBI Headquarters (FBI HQ)
v) Department of Justice (DOJ)
vi) DOJ Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR)
vii) U.S. Attorney's Office (USAO) for the Southern District of New York (SDNY)
viii) USAO for the Southern District of Florida (SDFL)
ix) USAO for the District of New Jersey (DNJ)
x) USAO for the Middle District of Florida (MDFL)
xi) Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP)
* New York
xii) New York Office of the Governor (NY Gov)
xiii) New York Office of the Attorney General (NY AG)
xiv) Metropolitan Correctional Center, New York (MCC)
xv) NY City (NYC) Police Department (NYPD)
xvi) NY State Police (NYSP)
xvii) NYC Dep't of Correction (DOC) (NYC DOC)
xviii) NY Department of Corrections and Community Supervision (NY DOC)
* Florida
xix) Florida Office of the Governor (FL Gov)
xx) Florida Office of the Attorney General (FL AG)
xxi) Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE)
xxii) Florida State Attorney's (FLSA) Office for the 15th Judicial Circuit (15th Cir.)
xxiii) Palm Beach County police / Palm Beach Sheriff's Office (PBSO)
xxiv) Town of Palm Beach Police Department (PBPD)
b) People
i) U.S. Attorney (USA) Geoffrey Berman
ii) USA R. Alexander Acosta
iii) USA Wifredo A. Ferrer
iv) Assistant USA (AUSA) A. Marie Villafaña
v) AUSA Dexter A. Lee
vi) AUSA Eduard I. Sanchez
vii) AUSA Andrew Laurie
viii) AUSA Bruce Reinhart
ix) FBI Special Agent (S/A) Timothy R. Slater
x) FBI S/A Nesbitt E. Kuyrkendall
xi) Florida Governor Ron DeSantis
xii) FLSA Barry Krischer
xiii) PBSO Sheriff Ric Bradshaw
xiv) PBSO Colonel Michael Gauger
xv) PBSO Captain David Sleeth
xvi) Chief Karen Atkinson (N. Div. 1)
c) Cases
Feinberg, et al v. Gonsalves, et al, No. 1:86-cv-749 (D.D.C.)
Stroll v. Epstein, No. 1:92-cv-1021, 818 F.Supp. 640 (S.D.N.Y. 1993)
USA v. Epstein, et al, No. 1:92-mj-2283 (S.D.N.Y.)
USA v. Epstein, et al, No. 1:93-cr-193 (E.D.N.Y.)
USA v. Epstein, No. 1:93-mj-73 (E.D.N.Y.)
Pierce Segerberg PC, et al v. Epstein, No. 1:95-cv-1109 (D. Colo.)
USA v. Epstein, et al, No. 1:96-cv-8307, 27 F.Supp.2d 404 (S.D.N.Y. 1998)
Mamberg f/k/a Epstein v. Epstein, 272 AD 2d 200, 707 N.Y.S.2d 439 (N.Y. App. Div., 1st Dept. 2000)
Epstein v. Epstein, 289 AD 2d 78, 734 N.Y.S.2d 144 (N.Y. App. Div., 1st Dept. 2001)
Financial Trust Company & Epstein v Citibank, No. 02-cv-108, (D.V.I.), 268 F.Supp.2d 561 (2003); 351 F.Supp.2d 329 (2004)
Citibank, N.A. v. Epstein, et al, No. 1:02-cv-5332 (S.D.N.Y.)
Shanks v. Wexner et al, No. 2:02-cv-7671 (E.D. Pa.)
Securities and Exchange Commission v. Glick et al, No. 1:04-cv-10801 (D. Mass.)
Coronel v. ADVO, Inc et al, No. 3:06-cv-1457 (D. Conn.)
Golden v. Harding et al, No. 3:06-cv-1470 (D. Conn.)
Kelleher v. ADVO, Inc et al, No. 3:06-cv-1422 (D. Conn.)
Field v. ADVO, Inc et al, No. 3:06-cv-1481 (D. Conn.)
In re Investigation of Jeffrey Epstein, No. 06-cf-945AXXXMB (Fla. 15th J. Cir.)
Williamson v. Culbro Corp. Pension Fund & Epstein, 41 A.D.3d 229, 838 N.Y.S.2d 524 (N.Y. App. Div., 1st Dept. 2007)
Highland Crusader Offshore Partners v. Terrestar Corp., No. 600320/08, 2008 NY Slip Op 32843 (N.Y. Cty. Oct. 14, 2008)
Cordero v. Epstein, 22 Misc. 3d 161, 869 N.Y.S.2d 725 (N.Y. Cty. 2008)
Ava a/k/a Cordero v. New York Post, No. 115597/07, 2008 NY Slip Op 51281 (N.Y. Cty. June 24, 2008)
Ava a/k/a Cordero v. New York Post, 64 A.D.3d 407, 885 N.Y.S.2d 247m 2009 NY Slip Op 5611 (N.Y. App. Div., 1st Dept. 2009)
Doe et al v. Epstein, No. 9:08-cv-80069 (S.D. Fla.)
Doe v. Epstein, No. 9:08-cv-80119 (S.D. Fla.)
Doe v. Epstein, No. 9:08-cv-80232 (S.D. Fla. Feb. 12, 2009)
Doe v. Epstein, No. 9:08-cv-80380 (S.D. Fla.)
Doe v. Epstein, No. 9:08-cv-80381, 611 F.Supp.2d 1339 (S.D. Fla. 2009)
Doe v. Epstein et al, No. 9:09-cv-80469 (S.D. Fla.)
Doe v. Epstein, No. 9:09-cv-80591 (S.D. Fla.)
Doe v. Epstein, No. 9:09-cv-80656 (S.D. Fla.)
Does v. USA, No. 08-cv-80736 (S.D. Fla.); 817 F.Supp.2d 1337 (2011); 950 F.Supp.2d 1262 (2013); 2015 WL 11254692 (Apr. 7, 2015); _ (July 6, 2015); 359 F.Supp.3d 1201 (2019)
* Non-prosecution agreement from In re Epstein filed at ECF No. 361-62, Feb. 10, 2016
* Appeals: Nos. 13-12923-C, 13-12926-C, 13-12928-C, & 19-10036-H (11th Cir.)
Doe v. Epstein, No. 9:09-cv-80802 (S.D. Fla. Nov. 18, 2009)
Doe v. Epstein et al, No. 9:08-cv-80804 (S.D. Fla. Oct. 3, 2008)
C.M.A. v. Epstein et al, No. 9:08-cv-80811 (S.D. Fla.)
Doe v. Epstein, No. 9:08-cv-80893 (S.D. Fla.)
Doe v. Epstein, No. 9:08-cv-80993 (S.D. Fla.)
Doe v. Epstein, No. 9:08-cv-80994 (S.D. Fla. Feb. 12, 2009)
Epstein v. State, No. 4D09-2554, 16 So. 3d 315 (Fla. D. App., 4th Dist. 2009)
Palm Beach Marine Construction, Inc. v. Epstein, No. 9:09-cv-80175 (S.D. Fla.)
L.M. v. Espstein, No. 9:09-cv-81092 (S.D. Fla.)
Molyneux et al v. Epstein, No. 3:10-cv-34 (D.V.I.)
Orseck v. Epstein, No. 1:10-cv-21586 (S.D. Fla.)
Doe v. Epstein, No. 9:10-cv-80309 (S.D. Fla.)
C.L. v. Epstein, No. 9:10-cv-80447 (S.D. Fla.)
J. v. Epstein et al, No. 9:10-cv-81107 (S.D. Fla.)
J. v. Epstein et al, No. 9:10-cv-81108 (S.D. Fla.)
J. v. Epstein et al, No. 9:10-cv-81109 (S.D. Fla.)
J. v. Epstein et al, No. 9:10-cv-81110 (S.D. Fla.)
J. v. Epstein et al, No. 9:10-cv-81111 (S.D. Fla.)
People v. Epstein, Indict. No. 30129/2010 (N.Y. Sup. Ct. 2010)
In re Edwards, No. 112345/10, 2011 NY Slip Op 31081 (N.Y. Cty. April 12, 2011)
People v. Epstein, No. 6081, 89 A.D. 3d 570, 933 N.Y.S.2d 239 (N.Y. App. Div., 1st Dept. 2011)
Irving H. Picard v. Kahn et al, No. 1:12-cv-2620 (S.D.N.Y.)
Edwards v. Epstein, No. 4D14-2282, 178 So. 3d 942 (Fla. D. App., 4th Dist. 2014)
Giuffre v. Edwards, No. 4D16-1847, 226 So. 3d 1034 (Fla. D. App., 4th Dist. 2017)
Doe v. Black, No. 13-usc-12923, 749 F.3d 999 (11th Cir. 2014)
Doe v. Epstein, No. 13-usc-12926 (11th Cir.)
Lederer v. N.Y. Daily News, No. 650400/15, 2016 NY Slip Op 31394 (N.Y. Cty. July 8, 2016)
Ransome v. Epstein and Maxwell, No. 15-cv-7433 (S.D.N.Y.), ECF No. 496 (Nov. 2, 2016); 221 F.Supp.3d 472 (Nov. 21, 2016); _ (April 27, 2017); ECF No. 892 (May 3, 2017); 325 F.Supp.3d 428 (2018); _ (Feb. 25, 2019)
Johnson v. Trump et al, No. 5:16-cv-797 (C.D. Cal.)
Hoffenberg v. Epstein et al, No. 1:16-cv-3989 (S.D.N.Y.)
Doe v. Trump et al, No. 1:16-cv-4642 (S.D.N.Y.)
Doe v. Trump et al, No. 1:16-cv-7673 (S.D.N.Y.)
Giuffre v. Epstein, No. 9:16-mc-81608 (S.D. Fla.)
Giuffre v. Maxwell, No. 16-cv-3945 (2d Cir.)
Doe (Ransome) v. Epstein et al, No. 1:17-cv-616 (S.D.N.Y.)
Brown v. Maxwell, Nos. 18-2868-cv, 16-3945-cv(L), 17-1625 (CON), 17-1722(CON) (2d Cir. July 3, 2019)
Giuffre v. Maxwell, No. 17-cv-1625 (2d Cir.)
Giuffre v. Maxwell, No. 17-cv-1722 (2d Cir.)
Giuffre v. Maxwell, No. 18-cv-2868 (2d Cir.)
Gerber et al v. The Financial Trust Company et al, No. 1:18-cv-7580 (S.D.N.Y.)
Epstein v. Brunel, No. 3D18-1997 (Fla. D. App., 3d Dist. April 24, 2019)
Edwards v. Epstein (Fla. Palm Beach County Court, 2018)
USA v. Epstein, No. 1:19-cr-490 (S.D.N.Y. July 18, 2019)
USA v. Epstein, No. 19-cr-2221 (2d Cir.)
Unknown sealed grand jury proceedings, indictments, or other criminal cases against Epstein, likely in SDNY, SDFL, MDFL, DNJ, and/or Fla. 15th Cir., or equivalent state jurisdictions
d) Press coverage & witness references
See e.g:
# Specific records by respondent / originating agency
The following sub-parts give more specific directions by respondent / originating agency.
Please provide all records you have about Epstein. These records are expected to be primarily related to surveillance, investigation, prosecution, transportation, incarceration, or carceral medical treatment of Epstein; any general dossier(s) about Epstein; and any of the cases listed above.
a) Please search
i) your automated indices
ii) the older general (manual) indices.
iii) the ELSUR electronic surveillance indices.
iv) all Field Offices, in particular those assigned to or located in MDFL, SDFL, SDNY, DNJ, & 15th Cir.
b) Please include any records related to Epstein's death, and his earlier injury, including photographs, medical records, autopsy, etc.
Please provide all records you have about Epstein. These records are expected to be primarily related to determinations about pursuing criminal charges against Epstein, review of prosecutorial decisions; ethics / professional responsibility / etc investigations into prosecutors assigned to Epstein; and any of the cases listed above.
a) Please note that this explicitly includes both the recent prosecution of Epstein, and the earlier state prosecutions & investigations which were Federally paralleled by investigation, consideration, and negotiations (though not resulting in a separate Federal indictment).
b) This includes related OPR & FDLE investigations, such as those into Acosta and Kirscher.
Please provide all records you have about Epstein. These records are expected to be primarily related to transportation, incarceration, or carceral medical treatment of Epstein, and any general dossier about Epstein.
a) Please include both HQ / non-local records, and those local to every facility or office in which Epstein was held or transported (however briefly).
b) Please include any records related to Epstein's death, and his earlier injury, including photographs, medical records, autopsy, etc.
# General
For all of the above, you may exclude any records that are part of the public (unsealed) record in any of the cases listed above, and are requested to do so if it would limit (rather than expand) any burdens related to search or production of records.
For all of the above, please first apply and act on a reasonable interpretation of the most likely sources of non-public records of possible public interest, so as to expedite at least partial release of responsive records.
Then, please contact me (at the email below) with an explanation of what records you are likely to have, how difficult they might be to find or produce (e.g. where they might be located, what parts would be more burdensome than others and why, etc), and I will work with you to narrow the request to suit your record storage practices, exclude records that are of no public interest, and limit the burdens of search or production.
Please note that in order to effectively negotiate a narrowing, I would need you to first provide me with such details. I do not know your storage practices and cannot divine where you may or may not have relevant records, nor can I name a specific record without knowing what the options are. I will be most able to narrow the request if provided with options for what to potentially include or exclude.
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# FOIA template structure
All content after the version number line above, except for the contact details at the very end, is part of my standard FOIA request template and identical between all of my FOIA requests. The provisions below are generally applicable to all FOIA / Privacy Act requests that I make.
There is one exception: the contact details below my signature at the very bottom (provided by MuckRock) are different for each request. Please use the distinct contact details matching each request, to ensure that your responses are correctly tracked.
The template provisions specify e.g. additional requests relating to my FOIA/PA requests themselves, form and format, timing, redaction & review, rolling updates, § 508 compliance, identity, fee waiver, my identity, and the like. They apply to this request, but are not specific to it.
If anything in the request-specific section above explicitly overrides anything in this template section, the request-specific section controls. If there is any ambiguity about such an override, please ask me for clarification.
The version number above is provided to make it easier for you to process my requests. Since all content (except contact info) below identical version number lines is identical between my requests, you need track only the request-specific portions (at the top) and the latest version of my general provisions.
Please read each new version carefully, as updates generally contain substantive changes.
## Template version updates
If you receive any FOIA request from me with a newer template version number than any pending prior FOIA requests from me, please replace the template portion of all prior requests with the updated version, treat the update as a clarification of and/or extension to the prior request, and process each updated request accordingly. Do not close the original request or change its request date. If you are permitted by law to refuse to honor such an update, and you choose to exercise that refusal, please process any differences between the new version and the prior version as a new FOIA request in its own right.
# Additional FOIA requests
In addition to the records specified in the request-specific section above, I also request:
B. all records relating to the fulfillment of this request, such as FOIA logs, documentation of searches, referral emails, etc.
This part of the request is to be processed only after you have completed processing all of the above parts. This part does not request that you create any new record; rather, it requests the records that you will have created in processing the above parts, and will therefore exist before you conduct the search for this part. See McGehee v. CIA, 697 F. 2d 1095, 1100-05 (D.C. Cir. 1983) (agency must use time-of-search cut-off date, not time-of-request).
C. all records relating to any complaint(s), FOIA request(s)/appeal(s), and/or Privacy Act request(s)/appeal(s) made by me. This includes, but is not limited to:
1. all records relating to the processing my previous requests, complaints, etc;
2. all records containing the terms my name, email address(es), and other contact or identifying information, listed below my signature; and
3. all records containing any of my complaint, request or appeal identifiers.
Parts (B) and (C) must be processed only after you have processed the items above that line, i.e. such that at the time of the search, the records described will have already been created at the time you conduct the search. Part (C) must be processed after part (B) is completed.
Parts (B) and (C) may overlap with similar prior requests. However, the cut-off date is, at earliest, the date that you complete search on all of the above items. If you wish to administratively merge this request with a prior similar request, I consent on condition that you extend the cut-off date for the prior request, and provide rolling updates. Otherwise, you must treat this as a new request.
For all responsive records, I also request:
1. all parts of the record (i.e. no portion of a record with some responsive portion may be considered "non-responsive");
2. all versions of the record, whether or not currently in use;
3. all record metadata, such as dates on which they were drafted, passed, went into effect, withdrawn, or similar events; person(s) / office(s) responsible; authors; IDs; revision numbers; etc.;
4. a detailed index of all claims of exemption/privilege, regardless of whether the record is claimed to be exempt in whole or in part;
access to inspect the record directly, in its native electronic format; and
5. if any classification applies, mandatory declassification review (MDR) under E.O. 13526, and the result of the MDR, including any declassified records.
"All parts of the record" means that the "record" should be considered to be the most comprehensive record with any responsive portion. For instance:
a) if any portion of an email is responsive, the entire contents of all email thread(s) to which that email belongs is also responsive (including attachments);
b) if a record is part of a larger record, such as a responsive table that is in a chapter of a report, then the entire larger record (e.g. the full report) is responsive, together with any appendices, amendments, etc.;
c) if a record is part of a book, the entire book is responsive;
d) if a record is part of a database, all related database records are responsive;
"Related database records" has the technical meaning used in relational database management systems (such as SQL). It recursively includes all directly and indirectly related records (starting with all responsive records, include as responsive the full row of each, and recursively include as responsive all rows for which any responsive record has a foreign key or is referenced by a foreign key), together with the schema for all responsive records.
Items in part (D) should be prioritized at the same level as the record they apply to.
# Timing
For all requests above, the "cut-off date" is, at the earliest, the date that you conduct the search.
The priority order listed above is only for items that may take extra time to respond to, and must not be taken as blocking response to an otherwise lower priority item that could be released more quickly than a higher priority item that is pending time-intensive search or review.
# FOIA IA notice
Please note that this request is made after the enactment of Public Law No. 114-185, S. 337 (114th), the FOIA Improvement Act of 2016 (FOIA IA). The revised statute, as specified in the FOIA IA, applies to this request. FOIA IA § 6.
In particular, please note that:
1. you must provide electronic format documents, §§ 552(a)(2) (undesignated preceding text), 552(a)(2)(E) (undesignated following text), 552(a)(3)(B), and 552(a)(3)(C);
2. you may not specify an appeal duration less than 90 days, § 552(a)(6)(C)(A)(i)(III)(aa);
3. you may not withhold any record unless "the agency reasonably foresees that disclosure would harm an interest protected by an exemption described in subsection (b), or disclosure is prohibited by law", § 552(a)(8)(A)(i);
4. you must segregate and partially release records where possible, §§ 552(a)(8)(A)(ii) and 552(b) (undesignated matter following (b)(9)); and
5. you may not claim deliberative process exemption for records more than 25 years old, § 552(b)(5).
# "Record" defined
For the purposes of this request, except as otherwise specified, "record" means any agreement, appendix, application, assessment, attachment, checklist, circular, contract, correspondence (including but not limited to email), data management plan, documentation of search parameters, email, email attachment, form, guide, handbook, index of records, information consent agreement, information sharing agreement, instruction, interpretation, kit, management instruction, manual, memorandum, memorandum of understanding, notice, notification, opinion, order, plan, policy, policy statement, processing note, publication, recording, referral, report, request certification form, request detail report, response, rule, script, standard operating procedure, submission, talking point, training document, video, or related record described, regardless of publication status.
# Anti-duplication exclusion
This request specifically excludes providing me with new copies of any records which have been already provided to me or published online for free (e.g. on the agency's online "reading room"), in full or identically to the form that would be provided to me under this request (i.e. with exactly the same format, redactions, and claimed exemptions).
This is only an exclusion on providing records under this request that are identical to those already provided to me or available online, and only if I am or have already been provided a link to the online version (if "available online").
This exclusion is only intended to limit unnecessary duplication or provision, not to limit what records are responsive to this request, nor to permit failure to disclose the location of a responsive record available online. If this exclusion would in any way increase the cost or duration to respond to this request, it is to be ignored to the extent it does so.
This request is to be treated as separate from all others that I have filed.
# Forwarding; multi-agency / multi-component records
Please forward this request to the FOIA office of every agency component and subcomponent that may have responsive records for independent processing, with a copy to me.
This request includes any records held jointly by your agency in conjunction with any other agency and/or department, in interagency and/or interdepartmental systems of records, or by other agencies or third parties (including contractors) acting pursuant to any agreement with your agency.
# Minimal redaction
Please note that the FOIA requires you to service the maximum extent of my request that can be done via e.g. partial redaction of exempt material. If you believe some portions of a record to be exempt because it contains Sensitive Security Information (SSI, 49 CFR 15 & 1520) or classified information (18 USC 798), please provide a version of the record redacted to the minimum extent necessary to remove exempt information (e.g. per 49 CFR 1520.15), along with adequate information to describe the reason for each specific exemption.
## Redaction of repeatedly occurring content
When redacting any content that appears more than once in the full set of responsive records, please assign a replacement identifier for each, so that your redaction does not obfuscate the commonality.
For example, suppose that responsive records include the names Alice, Bob, Charlie, and Diego, and you determine that each of those names are redactable (e.g. under (b)(7)(C)). Rather than redacting each with only the text "(b)(7)(C)", replace each instance of "Alice" with "(b)(7)(C) - Person 1", each instance of "Bob" with "(b)(7)(C) - Person 2", etc. This e.g. withholds Alice's identity while not withholding the fact of commonality between occurrences.
Please use reasonably descriptive identifiers. For instance, if Elizabeth's name is not redacted but her personal cellphone number is, and that cellphone number appears e.g. both in her email signature and elsewhere by itself, it should in both cases be redacted with the same descriptive identifier, such as "[Alice's cell #]". For documents, this can be specified in the margins. If space or file format does not permit you to do so, then please use a short code (e.g. "[#52]", and provide a table matching codes to full identifiers in your response letter.
If you make any such redactions, please keep but do not provide a table matching codes/identifiers to the redacted content, for use in case your redaction is examined or overturned on appeal or in litigation.
This is a form and format request pertaining to your process of redaction. Because it only applies in situations when you have already exercised the voluntary decision to alter the records from the original form requested, you have necessarily waived any objection to this section "creating a new record", since your act of redaction itself already "makes a new record" in that limited sense. This is only about how you do a redaction you have already decided to make.
This provision limits the scope of your redaction to the minimum possible extent, so that even if you decide to withhold some particular piece of content, you do not also withhold the fact of its being the same as the same content appearing elsewhere. That fact is itself metadata that is explicitly requested as part of this request.
If you decide that the mere fact of two pieces of content being the same is itself withholdable, then please redact it using an identifier that encodes only the reason, and provide a table matching those reason-only identifiers to justifications in your response letter.
# Estimates and rolling updates
In order to help tailor my request, please provide an upfront estimate of the time and cost it will take to complete this request, broken down any significant factors that would affect cost to service, number of records in each category, and your estimate of how many records in the category are likely to be exempt.
Please provide me with incremental updates, with updated estimates for fulfillment of the remainder, rather than having the entirety of the request be blocked until fully completed.
# No new records; electronic & original format
This request does not ask you to create new records.
If you determine that a response would require creating a new record that you do not want to create, please first contact me by email with an explanation of what records you have that would most closely match the information requested and might be acceptable substitutes, so that we can reasonably tailor the request.
In particular, I specifically request that you do not create new documents in response to this request that are modifications of a digital record, such as page-view images, print views, scans, or the like. No such creation or substitution is authorized by FOIA or the Privacy Act.
However, if the same or similar records are held in both electronic and paper formats, this request includes both the paper and electronic versions. The paper version and the digital version are distinct records, and each may contain distinct information such as handwritten or other markings on the paper copy and embedded metadata in the electronic version.
I specifically request both the original, electronic format record, and (if it contains any additional markings) the paper record.
To the extent that the native electronic format is proprietary or otherwise not in format accessible by widely available, open source software, I also request
1. an export of the proprietary format into a standard, open format, as described below, and
2. all proprietary software necessary to use and understand the original, proprietary format records.

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Lance Tapley is a former tenant of mine. His two sons just graduated

from medical school.

Back in the 1970’s Lance spearheaded the successful drive to save

Bigelow Mountain in Maine from Ski Resort Developers.






Deep State: How to Renew Yourself at the New Year

Spend a month in the beautiful deep woods


by Lance Tapley

Tuesday, December 31, 2019 10:53 AM



Grand Falls Hut (Photo John Orcutt, orcuttphotography.com)







Maine Huts & Trails Needs You

The difficulties of my stay, I’m told, were extraordinary. The weather was almost historic. I write those things because Maine Huts & Trails is a marvelous addition to Maine’s outdoors, and it now needs support.

Grand Falls is one of four huts on an 80-mile, groomed trail system through the western mountains. The huts serve cross-country skiers, snowshoers, hikers, and bicyclists.
Unfortunately, because of money woes the nonprofit organization has been forced to stop its periods of “full-service” — serving meals — this winter, and remote Grand Falls Hut has been closed for the season. The outfit apparently relied too much on income from users and not enough on building an endowment.

Volunteer caretakers, however, will keep three huts open for people bringing in their own food. To learn more, including how to support the organization with a donation or make a reservation for an inexpensive overnight stay, go to mainehuts.org.

— LT


Deep State is an investigative, political-analysis, and occasional personal-essay column diving deep into Maine. It appears in The Free Press every few weeks. Email tips and suggestions to lance.tapley@gmail.com.


Two winters ago, I spent from mid-December to mid-January as the volunteer caretaker at Maine Huts & Trails’ most remote hut, Grand Falls. I went there to enjoy the magnificent wild location, see what it could teach me, get some reading and writing done, and support the organization. It became an adventure.


“Anyone who keeps the ability to see beauty never grows old.” — Franz Kafka “Conversations with Kafka,” Gustav Janouch


December 15, 2017


Arrived yesterday noon with cross-country skis, snowshoes, backpacks and food boxes after a wild ride through new snow in a truck driven by an energetic, middle-aged back-to-the-lander, Darren, who’s the outfit’s maintenance guy. 


I’m finally relaxing by the dining-room woodstove, enjoying its glow after a day and a half of trying to figure out how everything works. It already feels strange to be alone eight miles via a cross-country ski or snowmobile trail — once the snow gets deep — from the nearest deserted back road. Then it’s 25 miles to the tiny village of North New Portland.


The pocket satellite communicator I was promised for solo outdoor jaunts is being repaired. No cell service outdoors. But on the hut — it’s really a beautiful, almost-luxurious, lodge — there’s a satellite dish and an antenna providing internet and phone connections for the caretakers. And in a week Peggy and three of our grown sons will ski in for Christmas. She’ll stay after they leave. 


December 17, 2017


Yesterday a raven croaked a cryptic greeting as it glided from treetop to treetop above me as I left the hut on a snowshoe hike to the rarely seen Grand Falls. It’s well named: about 40 feet high and three times as wide, it’s one of the largest waterfalls in the East.


On a previous trip in late winter, I had seen it frozen over. Now a lot of water is roaring over it, generating clouds that the west wind pushes up the Dead River Valley past the hut, a mile and a half distant. Sometimes I can faintly hear the falls from the hut.


Today I took my first ski outing. Sunny, breezy, very cold. I went up the service road to the Lower Enchanted Road, then down a lightly blazed forest trail to the trail above the river, then back to the hut.


In the forest I had to pick my way around and across blowdowns. Lots of deer tracks and scat. Undoubtedly, I was the first skier on that trail this season. Considering where I was, I was especially cautious on downhills.


Dropping me off in Kingfield, my younger outdoors buddy Colin told Sue, the huts’ volunteer coordinator, “He’s cautious.” Reassurance to her? But I know Colin thinks I’m too cautious.


December 18, 2017


I alternate reading Hemingway’s short stories with Thoreau’s “The Maine Woods,” giving myself a class in nature writing from stylistic geniuses.


In the big view from the dining room, early darkness transforms the light snowfall into waves of gray haze tumbling over the hillsides.


Frequently, I was anything but cautious in my youth. As a freelance writer, I have lived in a more economically risky way than anyone I know. But I’m aware my cautiousness has increased with age.


Of course, the body becomes weaker, but I’ve been lucky in health. My contemporaries, though, chant the dirges of age around me every day. These have had their effects on me, especially the deep bass notes of sicknesses and disabilities. An older friend calls it “the organ recital.” And friends are dying. And dead.


I love my friends, and I hate this negative scene. I want to fight this losing battle. It’s one reason I took up winter mountaineering in my late 60s. It’s a deep reason I’m at Grand Falls. Is there a partial antidote here? I do love Maine’s natural world. 


But I spend too much time indoors. I must feed logs — many of which I have to split — into the furnace every few hours to raise the temperature of the huge water tank that heats the floor tiles through elaborate pipes. This task is a pain in the ass, especially during the night.


December 19, 2017


Rain is predicted for the 23rd, when Peggy and the boys plan to ski in. They have experience in bad winter weather, but still … 


December 20, 2017


“This is a job,” I told Peggy on the phone. I have to split wood for the stove, too.


But I do get to write and read some. Now I’m reading Edward Abbey, a paperback of essays I found in the tiny hut library. The title, “One Life at a Time, Please,” is obviously a takeoff on Thoreau’s famous deathbed reply when asked if he was prepared for the next world: “One world at a time.” Hilarious Henry, humorist to the last.


“One Life” was Abbey’s last nonfiction book in his lifetime. He inspired me when I was young. He made the kind of work I did as a writer and environmental activist seem cool.


I have several slight connections to him. One occurred when I was at the San Francisco Chronicle in 1971. I skied into Mineral King Valley in the High Sierra and wrote pieces for the newspaper and the Sierra Club Bulletin opposing the development by Walt Disney of this gorgeous, remote valley into a huge downhill-ski resort.


Because of the Sierra Club’s efforts, the development never came to pass. My experience with Mineral King led to my campaigning with others to save Maine’s Bigelow Range from a similar fate, which also was successful.


In the same issue of the Bulletin (now entitled Sierra), Abbey had an article. He used the simple argument of beauty to urge the preservation of the wild canyons of southeast Utah. I used the same argument on behalf of Mineral King — and later for Bigelow.


But nowadays beauty isn’t enough. Many environmentalists feel they must oppose economic development with an economic argument, such as income from recreational use. 


The very farthest-in-the-south sun has emerged from the clouds, making the snow shine. “My darlings,” I said aloud to the sky, the snow, and the snow-saturated trees. I love them all. That is my longtime, secret mantra.


Winter Solstice, 2017


Bigelow is on the horizon, a snowcapped profile 10 miles to the south. I am truly embedded in the Maine mountains.


I urged Peggy and the boys to delay coming in until Christmas Eve day because of a now-predicted substantial snowstorm ending in freezing rain.


Darren’s daughter Amy dropped off more supplies. “Today probably is the last time I’ll be able to drive in except on a snow vehicle,” she told me. I was happy to get the InReach satellite device.


December 22, 2017


An exceedingly sad day. After reviewing the worsening forecast, I wrote an email late last night to Peggy and the boys telling them not to come for Christmas. A foot of snow on the way — it has already started — then frozen rain, then more snow for days ahead. Even the major highways will be bad. Peggy called immediately and agreed, to my gloomy relief.


Feeling lonely for the first time, I cut down a small fir. I will have some kind of Christmas.


December 23, 2017


Following delicate tracks in the snow down to the Dead, I observed that the deer always took the most efficient course over the contours of the trail.


As with the river, Spencer Stream, a major tributary, is more frozen over with my every trip to it, the ice now in white, green, and even brown swirls, a universal organic pattern that Thoreau exclaimed about in “Walden.” Ironically, he saw it in the half-frozen mud of a railroad embankment. His ecstasies are such a contrast to Hemingway’s subterranean understatements.


Snow has now been falling for eighteen hours.


This will be the first Christmas I’ve ever spent alone and the first in more than 40 years that Peggy and I won’t spend together. Depressing. And I haven’t seen Adam, who lives in San Francisco, for a year. Peg took a bus to Boston today to have Christmas with the boys. I’m glad but jealous.


I planted my tree in the reading room — precariously, in a bucket of sticks and damp wood shavings. Using wreath materials Sue gave me, I decorated it with whitened pinecones, red glass balls, and Old Man’s Beard collected from spruce trees.


I emailed a photo of it to my family and a few close friends, with a note: “Because of the weather I’m unexpectedly alone for Christmas — REALLY, REALLY TOO BAD! An imitation of Donald Trump’s self-pitying tweets.


Peggy replied: “The tree looks BEAUTIFUL, Lance!” Nice try, Peg.


Christmas Eve, 2017


Break a leg in the summer woods, you hurt. Break a leg in the winter woods, you die. That’s my distillation into a corny maxim of my winter-wilderness cautiousness. I’ve seen people in deep trouble on ski-backpacking trips, and I’ve had my own troubles.


When the sun briefly appeared this afternoon, ice gleamed on every twig of the bent-over birches. So lovely, so cold.


Christmas, 2017


How many people spend Christmas Day cleaning showers, sinks, and floors? A lot of people, probably, with whom I now feel more solidarity.


The saving grace for me of this day is what’s all around me, the “stern, but gentle, wildness,” as Thoreau describes it. And this is a comfortable building.


Lifting a glass of red wine, I made my traditional Christmas-dinner toast, alone for the first time: “To Jesus!” I respect immensely that wise revolutionary, but not what men have made of him.


December 26, 2017


Not until 8:20 a.m. did the sun rise over Basin Mountain and its clear-cuts — those flaws in my idyllic view. Smoke flowed across the hills from the white, windy fires of the snow-covered trees.


Online, I saw that many reservations had been cancelled because of the weather. But not every one …


After my afternoon feeding of the furnace, I came back upstairs and washed my hands at a sink in the bathroom area. For a half-second, I thought I saw in the mirror a slight female figure smile as she silently passed behind me on the way to the toilet compartments. An apparition, I almost seriously thought.


I went to the kitchen. When I went into the dining room, a dark-haired, pixyish girl had materialized, curled up on the couch by the stove. She was 13, she said, and had skied here far ahead of her parents.


She was correct: Her parents and her 13-year-old cousin didn’t show up for an hour and a half. Others of their party will arrive tomorrow. 


After 12 days, my solo was over. Did I really want company? Now I must tend to guests.


December 27, 2017


When the rest of the extended family appeared today, they included a 6-year-old and 9-year-old on a sled. My cautiousness again reared its hoary head: I doubted the wisdom of bringing in little kids on such a viciously cold and blustery day. But they had survived and soon were scampering about.


“Ah … Lance, there are dead flies in my bunkroom,” one of the newcomers informed me.


I picked up dozens. Guests brought their own food and cooked for themselves, but I still had to provide services. This group, in fact, treated me like a servant, never speaking to me unless they wanted something. That was a new role for me.


December 28, 2017


“The Maine Woods” is remembered for several great literary passages, especially Thoreau’s depiction of the higher elevations of Katahdin:


What is this Titan that has possession of me? Talk of mysteries! — Think of our life in nature, — daily to be shown matter, to come in contact with it, — rocks, trees, wind on our cheeks! the solid earth! the actual world! the common sense! Contact! Contact! Who are we? where are we?


That contact is what I have most sought in life, especially in my life in nature.


It also can be expressed in Hemingway’s symbolic way, his mixture of sadness and joy when contemplating the beautiful earth and the short and sometimes ugly time we have on it:


He felt a reaction against deep wading with the water deepening up under his armpits, to hook big trout in places impossible to land them. In the swamp the banks were bare, the big cedars came together overhead, the sun did not come through, except in patches; in the fast deep water, in the half light, the fishing would be tragic.


Today, the sun rose from the river’s bigger, corresponding river of vapor. From the valley’s trees the wind blew streams of snow into that higher river. 


Now, alas, because of the daytime subzero temperatures, the remoteness of the road and her concerns about her car, I agreed with our close friend Pusti, who was going to drop Peg off at the trailhead tomorrow, that she shouldn’t






One of my favorite composers. I interviewed and videotaped a performance

by her in the 1980’s.













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Illinois governor pardons 11,000 for low-level marijuana convictions

Democrat JB Pritzker says pardons represent first wave of thousands expected under state’s new marijuana legalization law









Hannah Kavanagh


In the mid-1960s, Walter Strauss was sentenced to 10-15 years in prison on a drug charge. He was sitting in Rahway State Prison in New Jersey and with his future uncertain, decided to take charge. He began stu








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$110M fish farm would mean changes for Jonesport, but locals hope not too many


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JANUARY 7, 2020

52 Pick-Up: Trump’s Deranged Threats to Bomb the Past



Photograph Source: Carpet bazaar of Tabriz – CC BY-SA 3.0

On January 4th, President Trump tweeted that his military response to any Iranian military reactions to his assassination of Iranian General Qassem Soleimani could include attacks on “52 Iranian sites (representing the 52 American hostages taken by Iran many years ago), some at a very high level & important to Iran & the Iranian culture, and those targets, and Iran itself, WILL BE HIT VERY FAST AND VERY HARD.” For an administration whose acts in the present routinely require Orwellian carpet-bombing campaigns on the past (consider Mike Pence’s lie this week that Iran was involved in the 9/11 attacks), the obliteration of our world’s links to the past is but a physical extension of the Trump administration’s daily ideological practices.

Within hours of Trump’s threat to attack cultural sites, various pundits, legal scholars, and archaeologists voiced concerns that such targeting of cultural heritage sites would constitute war crimes. I have little to add to such observa b







JANUARY 7, 2020

The Hottest Day on Earth: the Politics of Australia’s Bushfires


Just before Christmas and in excessive secret, Australia’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison, known as Scomo, tried to escape the nightmare of bushfires he left behind. Scomo flew 8,000km to Hawaii. Meanwhile the bush firestorm was ravaging Australia. Unforeseen by Scomo and his entourage, a Facebook storm was also ravaging his approval ratings. Hence, reluctantly and perhaps on the advice of his political spin-doctors, Scomo returned to Sydney. Once back in Australia, former marketing/PR manager and spin-doctor Scomo tried to make up lost ground. He pretended to care – as much as a PM cares who left for Hawaii in the middle of the worst pre-summer bushfires Australia has ever seen. On his return, Scomo visited fire brigades but only days later, he was found swimming at one of Sydney’s favourite beaches, Bronte. Shortly after, he enforced his handshake onto a young pregnant woman and a fire fighter who rejected him. The men on the fire front had experienced neoliberal underfunding first hand. Even the otherwise very compliant Murdoch propaganda machine was forced to show Scomo’s rejection by the fire-fighters. In true PR style, Scomo rolled up with six cars of his media and security entourage to present “one” bag of biscuits to survivors for the all important media photo. While Scomo visited the fire-struck town of Cobargo, local people were yelling obscenities at him as he walked around the dusty village. You’re not welcome you f***wit, one women shouted.

While Sydney’s New Year’s fireworks were sparkling, fear, desolation, and fury reigned in many parts of Australia. During the fireworks display, around $2 million were collected to support fire fighters, dwarfing the $100 billion Scomo and his gang was spending on submarines – to defend Australia against an enemy that does not exist. Sheer unimaginable numbers define the cost – this is what $2,000,000 looks like and, in comparison, Scomo’s $100 billion are spelled out as $100,000,000,000. In other words, Scomo’s conservatives are spending fifty thousand times the money people collected during New Year’s Eve. This m










Police dog bit homeless woman’s face while she slept: lawsuit





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Driver shoots two children who threw snowballs at car: police





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Divisions at Seeds of Peace bring conflict to famed nonprofit

The recently ousted camp director in Maine declares its board is unrepresentative of the organization's mission and caters to wealthy donors.









Sunday, January 05, 2020

by Common Dreams

An American General Probably Thinks- “Thanks Trump, for Putting a Target on My Back!”

In 2017, Trump gave the CIA the authority to again use assassin drones after it had been withdrawn by the Obama administration. 

byAnn Wright






Cost of Destructive U.S. Airbase Project in Japan Nearly Triples

Revised Estimate Sparks New Questions About Project That Threatens Okinawa Dugongs










For Immediate Release

Monday, January 6, 2020

Lawyer's for Civil Rights

Extensive Entanglement Between Boston Public Schools and ICE, Documents Show

BPS Must Shut Down School-to-Deportation Pipeline Immediately









Published on

Monday, January 06, 2020

by In These Times

To Stop Trump’s War with Iran, We Must Also Confront the Democrats Who Laid the Groundwork

Democratic leaders are feigning outrage, but they’ve supported the precursors to war.

bySarah LazareMichael Arria






Published on

Monday, January 06, 2020

by Foreign Policy In Focus

Meet the Corporate War Profiteers Making a Killing on Trump's Attacks on Iran

As long as the top executives of our privatized war economy can reap unlimited rewards, the profit motive for war in Iran—or anywhere—will persist.

bySarah Anderson








FBI Freddie Mac Documents



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FIles mentioning the company Kroll Inc. or its subsidiaries, a corporate investigations and risk consulting firm based in Midtown Manhattan, New York City that was established in 1972 by Jules Kroll. Its subsidiaries include:

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JANUARY 7, 2020

The Three Victories that Sealed Soleimani’s Fate



Photograph Source: khamenei.ir – CC BY 4.0

If you study the military record of the late Gen. Qassem Soleimani, you’ll see both why U.S military and political leaders feared him, yet did not wish him dead.

The embodiment of America’s stance was President George W. Bush. In January 2008, Bush was informed he had a real-time opportunity to kill Soleimani as he attended a meeting in Syria. Soleimani was known to U.S. intelligence as the commander of Iran’s Al-Quds force, a special operations command with the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, akin to the Pentagon Joint Special Operation Command. He was known to have played a leading role in nurturing the anti-American insurgency that bled U.S. forces in Iraq from 2003 to 2011.

Bush was not soft on terrorism or Iran. He knew that upwards of 600 U.S. soldiers had been killed by Iraqi militias sponsored by Soleimani. But the 43rd president also had bruising experience with geopolitical reality: the fiasco of his Iraq invasion. He knew better than anyone that, just as eliminating Saddam Hussein unleashed a whirlwind of chaos and terrorism that the United


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FEBRUARY 7, 2020

The Game is Rigged



Photograph Source: Office of Public Affairs – CC BY 2.0

Let’s not beat around the bush. The game is rigged. The fix is in.













TSA agent arrested for forcing woman to show him her breasts





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It is 65 degrees in Antarctica. That had never in recorded history happened until now





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February 7, 2020

This week’s FOIA roundup: Destroyed records in Chattanooga and which public officials also say, “Ugh ugh”

The week in transparency and accountability battles, threats, and wins

Written by Katlyn Alo








62% of New Hampshire Democrats say they’d prefer human extinction to 2nd Trump term: poll





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FEBRUARY 7, 2020

Duh, Jared! So who built the PA as a ‘police state’?



Photograph Source: Ninian Reid – CC BY 2.0


Maybe something good will come out






FEBRUARY 7, 2020

Shadow Coding: the Iowa Caucus and Carl Jung



Original statue of Jung in Mathew Street, Liverpool, a half-body on a plinth captioned “Liverpool is the pool of life”. Photograph Source: Phil Nash from Wikimedia Commons – CC BY-SA 4.0 & GFDL

Political observers, media commentators, politicians, citizens. Everybody seemed to have


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Tainted jailhouse informants must be reined in

Too many wrongful convictions trace their roots to informants who lied their way out of prison.




By The Editorial Board,Updated February 15, 2020, 4:00 a.m.





Off-duty NYPD school safety agent busted for beating teen daughter with curtain rod





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Bodycam shows 6-year-old Florida girl calmly walking with officer before she’s committed to mental health facility





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Bronx teacher who performed oral sex on 14-year-old gets 10 years probation, avoids jail, keeps teaching certificate





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Justice Department closes case against ex-FBI official Andrew McCabe







With Sanders surging in the polls, Israel lobby spends big bucks to sink his chances in Nevada

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China beats US in key patents to secure technological dominance – report

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Donald Trump

Trump quotes Emerson: 'When you strike at the king, you must kill him'
















Associate Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh and his ongoing cover-up of the murder of Vince Foster


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A comic of Vince Foster, Hillary Clinton, and Bill Clinton from the files of the Office of the Independent Counsel.







FBI could hold the key to a notorious Texas cold case. But the info isn't being released.





FBI Has Failed to Move the Needle on Diversity Over the Past Decade, Despite Efforts of Recent Directors

Percentages of women and minorities have remained virtually unchanged.






Judy Baar Topinka fed the FBI tips for years on possible corruption in the west suburbs, records show




Justice Dept. will not allow FBI to testify in Fairfax investigation of Bijan Ghaisar killing









Why is the FBI withholding DNA evidence in Austin’s 1991 yogurt shop murders?

The issue is the latest turn in a case that has haunted Central Texas since 1991. It’s been said that Austin lost its innocence that night.



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Global Terrorism: Threats to the Homeland








Time for the US to Dump the Word “Homeland









The FBI is Tracking Our Faces in Secret. We’re Suing.

There can be no accountability if there is no transparency.


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Dr Meryl Nass had her home burned down in a confirmed case of arson while living in Freeport Maine.
She currently lives in Ellsworth Maine.
She is a leading expert in the FBI coverup of the 911 Anthrax attack.
Dr Nass wrote the 1st research paper on a country using a biological
Weapon against its own people.

Dr Meryl Nass is a friend.
This is her blogspot. 


Thursday, March 19, 2020
An explanation of the official response to Covid-19, and how understanding more about the virus will help you protect yourself
This paper is designed to help readers understand the new corona virus and why it has inevitably led to the quarantine measures currently imposed. I will refer to the virus as the COVID-19 virus, as does the W.H.O., instead of using the official, but confusing, name SARS-CoV-2. The official name of the disease is COVID-19.

Historical background

A novel coronavirus, similar to the virus that caused the 2003 SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome) epidemic appeared in China in December 2019 or earlier. It caused a new syndrome with primarily respiratory symptoms. The degree of rapid spread was phenomenal in the megacity of Wuhan, population 11 million. Wuhan ran out of gear, doctors, hospital beds. The Chinese government was able to commandeer supplies, doctors and nurses from other provinces, and retrain medical professionals to cope with an extraordinarily infectious, and sometimes lethal, virus. This included having doctors put on full PPE--being covered head to toe, and not changing out the gear for a full 12-hour shift. No bathroom breaks, no meals. They have worked 7 days a week, with no time off. Doctors have been housed in hotels and unable to visit family members--not that they wanted to visit, since contact might spread the disease to their families. With extraordinary lockdowns, China gained control of its epidemic. The western press portrayed this as another example of China's authoritarian regime. Little did they know.

The Chinese report that almost all people who catch this disease are symptomatic. But 85% have only mild symptoms and can be left to care for themselves at home with rest and fluids. However, 15% of those diagnosed required hospitalization, due to lack of oxygen from extensive viral pneumonia. One third of these, or 5% of all cases, required ICU care and frequently needed to be placed on mechanical ventilation. Some percentage, probably about 2-4% in China and about 8-10 % in Italy, with an older population, could not be saved despite the most aggressive medical measures, and died of this disease. Italy found considerably more of its population required ICU care.

It is possible that many more people than we know have asymptomatic cases, and that our statistics make things look worse than they are. I certainly hope so. But I have seen no evidence to support this hope.

I had assumed the Chinese, who were practiced in handling such diseases after SARS, would get this one under control expeditiously, and much more quickly than has happened.

This assumption turned out to be wrong. Why? It turns out that while this virus's mortality rate is not nearly as high as mortality from the SARS virus, at 30%, it has other features that make it much more contagious. These were not immediately appreciated in China, and it took far too long for this to be appreciated elsewhere in the world.

The Covid-19 virus is extraordinarily contagious

1. The COVID-19 virus led to 1,000 times as much virus (500,000,000 viral particleson a swab) present in the throat as compared to the SARS virus (500,000 particles). While we don't yet know how many viral particles it takes to cause an infection, if there are 1000 times as many particles being expelled with a cough or sneeze, or when simply breathing, breathing indoor air shared with someone who is infected is likely to be a significant risk factor.

2. Unlike most infections, this virus appears to be contagious even before symptoms occurand even after patients appear to have resolved the infection. SARS was contagious only after several days of illness, enabling effective quarantines to be implemented. For this virus, the highest viral titers are measured at the beginning of illness, prior to diagnosis. When the COVID-19 virus is contagious when cases are asymptomatic, there is no way to impose effective quarantines.

On average, it takes 5 days from exposure until onset of symptoms, but may take up to 14 days and rarely longer.

Inadequate Testing

Number of specimens tested for SARS-CoV-2 by CDC labs (N=3,995) and U.S. public health laboratories* (N=15,749)†
Number of specimens tested for SARS CoV-2 by CDC labs (N=4,505) and U.S. public health laboratories* (N=40,367)

The CDC restricted testing to all but a tiny number of those with compatible symptoms, as CDC acknowledges in its graph, above. Had there been the availability of widespread reverse transcriptase PCR testing, or had other types of tests had been made available, and if the US had been able to test cases with minimal or no symptoms, maybe the US or other nations could have instituted quarantines that stopped spread. But as you know, the CDC made a series of inexplicable decisions to restrict US testing by allowing only the test CDC had developed to be used, a test that was both unnecessarily cumbersome, and faulty. This slowed down the development of better and more accessible tests by private, university and state public health labs. CDC's ban on other tests was only lifted on February 27 or 28. After that, FDA offered to approve new COVID virus tests using its authority under an Emergency Use Authorization. But that too held up the use of new tests until FDA approved them. Finally, to avoid another bottleneck, this past week FDA said that any entity could start using its own tests now, and apply for approval weeks later.

The prolonged duration of infectivity

One study found that the median length of time during which patients were contagious was 20 days. One patient had detectable virus for 37 days. The duration of contagion might even extend further in some cases, because patients who died tended to remain contagious throughout their course. Let me repeat myself: patients were contagious before they showed symptoms, during their symptomatic phase, and even after they recovered. This makes it impossible to identify those who are spreading the disease. It also makes it impossible to keep hospitals clean.

Airborne vs Droplet spread

When you cough or breathe, particles of air, virus and water are expelled. The old dogma said that particles greater than 5 µ in size were droplets, and fell to the ground within 3 feet of the person who was producing them. Particles smaller than 5 µ in size could travel further, up to 6 feet away from the person who expelled them. However, particles smaller than 0.5 micron could stay suspended in air for hours or days. Newer research tells us that we breathe out particles of many different sizes, and some of them fall close to us, while others remain suspended in the air for indefinite periods, and can travel on air currents. Once particles fall out of the air, they still usually contain viable virus and contaminate the surfaces onto which they fall. The COVID virus is more dangerous as a large droplet, but can still spread as tiny particles that remain suspended in air. Indoor air becomes a risk, especially in closed spaces like elevators, which are used by large numbers of people.

Negative pressure rooms suck indoor air out of infected patients' rooms, preventing virus from contaminating hospital halls and other areas.

CDC describes such rooms here.

The preferred placement for patients who require Airborne Precautions is in an airborne infection isolation room (AIIR). An AIIR is a single-patient room that is equipped with special air handling and ventilation capacity that meet the American Institute of Architects/Facility Guidelines Institute (AIA/FGI) standards for AIIRs (i.e., monitored negative pressure relative to the surrounding area, 12 air exchanges per hour for new construction and renovation and 6 air exchanges per hour for existing facilities, air exhausted directly to the outside or recirculated through HEPA filtration before return).

But there are not enough negative pressure rooms for COVID-10 patients, especially in ICUs and ERs. So you cannot keep the air and surfaces in a hospital entirely free of virus. ICUs with all their equipment will be contaminated. The only thing to do is to have everyone working in the hospital wear full airborne personal protective equipment, from head to toe, all day long. This is what Chinese doctors had to do. But what will happen to the other, non-COVID patients? Some will be exposed. Visitors must be banned. This is probably why hospitals are trying to empty themselves of patients: both for the predicted onslaught of new patients, and to minimize the number of patients who will be exposed to the COVID-19 virus while being treated for something else.

One solution is to create separate hospital facilities for COVID patients and for everybody else.

Duration of infectivity on surfaces

Bacteria and viruses don't die like people do. People are either alive or dead. But the COVID virus, like other microorganisms, is found in colonies or groups and their number slowly falls over time. The viruses in these groups "decay" logarithmically, instead of dying all at once.

Let's say you have 1 million viral particles on a surface. After one half-life, which usually is several hours, say 4 hours, half will still be viable: 500,000. After another several hours, half of those, or 250,000 will remain viable. After 24 hours, you will still have about 17,000 viral particles.

So, if you don't handle contaminated items for several days, probably enough of the virus will have died to remove your risk. But if you want to touch something sooner, you will need to decontaminate the surface. Hereare good answers for what works and how long you need to keep your disinfectant in contact with the surface. I summarize:

Bleach (sodium hypochlorite) 0.21% dilution on a surface for one minute. Different bottles of bleach have different concentrations, so calculate your dilution accordingly.

Hydrogen peroxide 0.5% dilution for one minute

Alcohol 70% or more concentration, for 30 seconds. Lower concentrations may also work but testing was limited.

Be aware that virus lives on cardboard, paper, clothing for days. Washing clothes daily, not wearing outdoor shoes into the house, and frequent showering will all reduce the amount of virus you harbor.

Personal protective equipment for healthcare workers

What is full airborne personal protective equipment? This is what healthcare workers used for the Ebola epidemic. We use a little less gear for active tuberculosis. It means being covered head to toe with disposable suits, gloves, shoe covers, nose/mouth and eye coverage.

I have never had to use eye protection with patients before, nor was it considered necessary to use a plexiglass face shield. But the diseases doctors were previously exposed to (apart from Ebola) were treatable, and we almost never got them, and virtually never died from them if we did. This disease is different.

An estimated 1,700 healthcare workers (HCWs) in Italy have become infected, 8% of the total number of cases. Italy identified its first case only 28 days ago. A number of healthcare workers in China, and now in Italy, have died from the disease. Many HCWs in the US are also infected, some whose condition is critical.

Additional tests needed

Ideally we will get accurate (CDC refuses to say how accurate current tests are) and rapidtests for COVID-19 virus, and will be able to put the COVID patients in a separate facility from the other patients when they first present for medical care. We will presumably also get serologic (antibody) tests that will allow us to diagnose immunity. Hopefully this disease confers immunity once you have it, but I have not seen anything published on this yet. No serology tests are available today, although there are reports that they have been developed in other countries, and are surely in development here.

The severe syndrome (based partly on unpublished emails from doctors in the field)

A normal respiratory virus may temporarily fill your lungs with inflammatory materials, but most people, even with severe disease, can be kept alive for a week or two and their body will fight off the infection. As long as you keep them oxygenated they recover. Of course, those will severe underlying conditions may succumb to a final hit by the virus.

This viral disease is different.

1. It lasts longer: people with severe disease tend to spend 2-6 weeks in the hospital, much longer than normal. That means they take up many more hospital beds, and contaminate hospitals longer.

2. It causes a relatively mild viral illness, which usually includes a viral pneumonia, for about a week, then patients may suddenly "crash" with respiratory failure. Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS), which has a mortality around 30-40%, is a common complication. Cytokine storm is another COVID-19 complication, which has a high mortality rate. Those who survive may have significant scarring of their lungs.

3. It can affect multiple organs. Some patients have died of cardiac failure (myocarditis) after seeming to start recovering from the viral pneumonia. Virus has been found in heart muscle. It causes elevated liver enzymes. It has been isolated from urine and stool, although a minority of patients develop nausea, vomiting or diarrhea. Some patients develop shock.

While a higher percentage of the elderly and infirm are dying from COVID-19, there are plenty of fit young people being stricken with severe illness or death. Holland says half its COVID ICU patients are under the age of 50. Doctors have no idea why some healthy people develop severe disease and others don't. Probably this is due to genetic differences that have yet to be identified. No one is in a completely safe demographic. According to Medscape, twenty percent of US deaths from the COVID virus have occurred in those aged 20-44. There have been 185 US deaths so far, according to this tracker.


Basically, severely ill patients are being supported by iv fluids, oxygen, ventilators, ECMO (extracorporeal membrane oxygenation or artificial lung) machines, but there has been no effective antiviral treatment at the late stages, perhaps because significant scarring has already occurred. And I anticipate we will soon run out of ventilators and ECMO machines.

It is possible that drugs, particularly chloroquine, the related drug hydroxychloroquine, or remdesivir will save the day. I certainly hope so. But I suspect they will need to be used early, before too much damage has already been done. I have no idea whether any of these drugs will be widely available. But I will say that hydroxychloroquine was used on someone I know, early in the COVID-19 course, and seemed to lead to big improvement. It is claimed to be easy to synthesize. And today President Trump started talking about it, calling it a game-changer. I hope he is using his new, wartime powers to control the raw materials and ensure the US' ability to produce this drug in huge quantities, immediately.

Bayer has today offered to donate 3 million chloroquine tabletsto the cause. Chloroquine is an antimalarial that was first synthesized 80 years ago. I used it to ward off malaria many years ago, and it is still used in areas where malaria parasites have not developed resistance. It is generally quite safe, though drug interactions must be checked. Hydroxychloroquine is mostly used in the US for the autoimmune diseases lupus and rheumatoid arthritis. It may also be used in combination with a macrolide antibiotic for Lyme disease. I have used it in dozens of patients safely.

Why all the fuss? Why is everything being shut down?

Here's the problem: the exponential increase in cases of a severe disease is unprecedented. Because of its unique, extremely high degree of infectiousness, lots of people will be exposed to this disease at the same time. About five days later they will get sick. About 2 weeks later they will be filling up hospitals. And a week or two after that, people will start dying. Hospital visits, admissions and deaths will skyrocket at exponential rates.

As shown in a graph on the next page by Eric Feigl-Ding[frown]note Y axis is logarythmic)

Europe and US are mostly all on the same path. Note log Y-axis (linear=exponential; steeper line is more exponential). Japan also has limited testing. Only South Korea, Singapore and Hong Kong have it under control or improving. ‪#COVID19

Europe and US are mostly all on the same path. Note log Y-axis (linear=exponential; steeper line is more exponential). Japan also has limited testing. Only SK, Singapore and HK have it under control or improving. #COVID19
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But if you reduce contact with other people, you can make a huge impact on cases:

Here's the doomsday scenario: doctors and nurses may refuse to go to work, because they themselves cannot be protected due to the lack of protective equipment. Even if all our healthcare workers keep working (and Italy just graduated its doctors 9 months early to provide extra manpower, and asked recently retired doctors to come back to work) there will still not be enough hospital beds, ICUs and ventilators to treat the massive influx of patients who are expected to arrive en masse. Many people will be refused care. Many people will die at home, or on the streets.

This is a scenario that is unacceptable to politicians, for they initially responded poorly to this crisis, and know they will never be reelected unless they do something effective, and fast.

The period during which testing and isolation of cases would have halted spread is over. That window was missed. That opportunity is gone.

In order to avoid a catastrophic crash of the healthcare system, the only solution is to stop people from giving this virus to each other, right now. We can't all be sick around the same time, or there will be pandemonium. Probably millions of Americans are already infected. Why do I say this? The governor of Ohio and Ohio's chief health officer said, one week ago, that they already knew at least 1% of Ohioans were infected. I assume they have access to more accurate data than the public on this.

So, a total shutdown and isolation is needed, because there is no other way for the health system to bear the number of cases that are expected. College dormitories will be converted into Covid-19 hospitals. Military hospital ships will be sent to areas of greatest need. Supplies from the defense department and the CDC's Strategic National Stockpile will be shared with civilian healthcare entities. But these supplies will be nowhere near enough. Unless we massively reduce transmission right now, we will face a dire situation.

The term "flattening the curve" means slowing down spread of virus, even though (presumably) the same number of people will be infected by the end of the epidemic. It means that the epidemic will be slowed, and last longer, but large numbers of unnecessary deaths caused by a crash of the healthcare system will be avoided. And that is huge.

Isolation from everyone but the people you live with is critical. Please take this situation seriously, and do your best to comply. Here are my recommendations from last week on how best to avoid contagion.
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Prof. Francis Boyle Update on Coronavirus Bioweapon






MARCH 24, 2020

How a Police State Will Deal With the COVID-19 Pandemic


“Fear is a primitive impulse, brainless as hunger, and because the aim of horror fiction is the production of the deepest kinds of fears, the genre tends to reinforce some remarkably uncivilized ideas about self-protection. In the current crop of zombie stories, the prevailing value for the beleaguered survivors is a sort of siege mentality, a vigilance so constant and unremitting that it’s indistinguishable from the purest paranoia.”

— Terrence Rafferty, New York Times

What do zombies have to do with the U.S. government’s plans for dealing with a coronavirus outbreak?

Read on, and I’ll tell you.








More than Just a Virus

By Renee Parsons

Global Research, March 16, 2020



If we have learned anything since 1963, it is to question everything that Big Government, Big Media and Big Money tell us as there is always more than the ‘official’ story. With too many unknowns still to be answered, there is no doubt that a bio-critter of uncertain nefarious origins, perhaps electro magnetic 5G oriented, is loose within Earth’s atmosphere.  

As we are all collectively, as One Universe, experiencing the potential of a coronavirus infection, we have been assured that the outbreak originated in a fish market in Wuhan, China’s eighth largest city with a population of 11 million.  That is the largely unchallenged conclusion since China is well known for its extensive network of high tech labs and since the SARS virus began in China last year.

At first glance, it seems a passing curiosity that the next two most extensively affected countries with corona infections, each disparate from China and each other, have extensive trade relations with China.  In defiance of science, why would Italy be the most infected country outside of China?

Italy was the only G7 country to sign on to the Belt and Road initiative with Sister-City Agreements throughout Italy.  Some of those sister cities have been the hardest hit by corona.  Iran has also suffered with increased infections as government officials have been especially affected, as if they were specifically targeted.  Iran has had a comprehensive strategic partnership with China since 2016 and in defiance of US sanctions, Iran has continued to import embargoed products from China while selling its oil to China.

The question arises why, out of 175 countries in the world, that those two countries, in particular, have specifically experienced the strongest coronavirus presence than any other. It can be expected that the ‘coincidence’ has not escaped the notice of the Chinese, Iranian or Italian governments.

With the complexity and uncertainty of the coronavirus. it would not be the first crisis where TPTB have misled a trusting public. It would, however, be wise to treat the virus with respect as a potent pathogen of consequence.  In case you had not noticed prior to the corona, there has been a titanic struggle for global dominance underway with the US, Israel, Russia and China as its sovereign representatives.  The most current manifestation of that struggle, through happenstance or not, being the coronavirus outbreak.

While there are references to the virus spreading considerably through increased exposure, getting worse before it gets better, it is another curiosity that there is no optimism as the US flu season  (December – February), peaks and  winds down in March.  So why the panic? If the coronavirus is a ‘normal’ virus, it should already be peaking just as it is in China and South Korea. If it is not a ‘normal’ virus, if it is mutated to reappear in the future or if it is man made or a bio-weapon, then we have a different problem.  All of which begs the que






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Gutting the Grazing Regulations

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Harvard president, his wife test positive for COVID-19






Sick Staff, Inmate Transfers, and No Tests: How the U.S. Is Failing Federal Inmates as Coronavirus Hits

“We pray it’s not here, but to be honest nobody really knows.”


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'This Is a Massive Scandal': Trump FDA Grants Drug Company Exclusive Claim on Promising Coronavirus Drug

"It is insane and unacceptable," said Bernie Sanders. "We will not tolerate profiteering. Any treatment or vaccine must be made free for all."

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Park denies dissuading witness from testifying for Mayor Atalig’s defense


By Ferdie De La Torre | Posted on Mar 25 2020



Federal Bureau of Investigation special agent Haejun Park has denied the allegations made by Rota Mayor Efraim M. Atalig and his girlfriend, Evelyn Atalig, that he tried to dissuade Dr. Gregory Vecchi, a former special agent with the Office o







Tuesday, March 24, 2020

An important proposal that ameliorates our lack of protective equipment and spares patients and healthcare workers


There is a huge disconnect between the personal protective equipment healthcare workers (HCWs) should be wearing to protect themselves from coronavirus, and what actually exists right now for them to use.  While they deserve congratulations for their bravery and commitment, having them work under these conditions is shortsighted.  Given the fantastic propensity of the virus to spread, healthcare workers will be infected disproportionately, as in Hubei and Lombardy.  Some suggest they may get more severe disease.  But worst of all, HCWs may become asymptomatic spreaders, spreading infection to patients who are in their healthcare facility for other reasons


This situation should not be tolerated by the doctors and nurses, who know better, nor by their non-COVID patients, nor by their administrators and government.


There is only one solution:  keeping patients with COVID-19 in facilities that treat only COVID-19.  And treating other patients in separate facilities.  This requires government to take control of a very messy situation:  hospitals and clinics are about to become, if they are not already, the locations that put their patients at highest risk. Hospitals will not suddenly create separate COVID facilities by themselves.  Government needs to step in to make this happen.


Creating designated COVID-19 facilities would allow healthcare workers to put on a complete set of protective garments: masks, goggles, face shields and head to toe gowns and shoe covers, at the beginning of their shift.  They would then not change out of the garments between patients, since all the patients are already infected.  It would save tremendous amounts of equipment and time, since HCWs would not have to change up their gowns, gloves, etc. between each patient, and would have enough to work in safety.


How do you identify the COVID patients, when PCR tests have again slowed due to lack of reagents and swabs?


In Italy and China, ultrasound exams of the lungs, or partial CT scans, have been used to differentiate the specific lung pattern caused by this coronavirus (a ground glass appearance, especially in the lung periphery) from other infections.  This can be done much more quickly, at the point of contact, particularly with portable ultrasound machines.


Hopefully new rapid tests will also be available soon to aid in immediate diagnosis.


Patients would be triaged and separated into those who 

1.  definitely have COVID based on their history, symptoms and a scan

2.  definitely have a different disorder, or

3.  maybe have COVID. 

These 'maybe' patients must be situated in separate rooms to avoid cross-contamination, and would require HCWs to change their gowns, masks, etc. between patients.

By so doing, we keep HCWs and patients safe, and sensibly use the precious resource of limited personal protective equipment. 


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Desperate for Covid-19 answers, U.S. doctors turn to colleagues in China/ Stat


From STAT, a report of an online meeting between Johns Hopkins infectious disease doctors and doctors from Zhejiang, one of China's top medical schools, who had responded to the COVID-19 epidemic: 


...We want to work together with you to help fight Covid-19, Wang told the Americans as the hourlong meeting began. Their first question: If you were in our position, at the very beginning of the outbreak, what are the most important things to know?


The Zhejiang contingent took over one makeshift ICU in Wuhan on Feb. 14, plus one ward for Covid-19 patients in an existing hospital. They had 72 ICU patients, 55% older than 65, yet only nine of the ICU patients died; 17% required intubation in order to breathe, a procedure that risks making virus particles not only airborne but also aerosolized — meaning they can remain suspended in the air for some time.


The Hopkins doctors were keen to hear how their counterparts cured 35 intensive-care patients completely and brought the status of another 28 to only mild disease. With no surefire Covid-19 therapy and a blizzard of conflicting information on what existing drugs might work, Antar said, “one of our main questions was about their experience with off-label use” — repurposing existing drugs approved for other illnesses to use in the fight against Covid-19.


That experience has involved everything but the kitchen sink, though informed as much as possible by science. Several antivirals, including the HIV drugs lopinavir and ritonavir, did not accelerate recovery or reduce mortality, ICU physician Xiao Lu said. Some immune system regulators — including alpha interferon, anti-IL-6 monoclonal antibodies such as tocilizumab, and immunoglobulin — showed hints of efficacy in some critical cases.


Some patients received the malaria drug chloroquine, which President Trump has touted and which is being tested in a World Health Organization-supported clinical trial, but the Zhejiang team did not have rigorous data on its effects. They tried tocilizumab, too, a drug that has enough potential that on Monday, Genentech announced that it had received U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval for a clinical trial in Covid-19 patients with severe pneumonia; the rheumatoid arthritis drug, which goes by the brand name Actemra, might quell the out-of-control immune reaction that has killed many Covid-19 patients.

“All of us want to practice evidence-based medicine,” Antar said. “But the timeline for this might not allow us to wait for that.”


The right equipment helped. The Zhejiang team brought oxygen supply systems, monitors, ultrasounds, ventilators, and protective equipment from Hangzhou.


Who should be hospitalized, the Hopkins physicians asked? Suspected cases can be isolated and observed in their homes, they were told, as doctors in overwhelmed Italy are also telling U.S. doctors. Mild and moderate cases can be treated in mobile units, away from other patients; coronavirus spread within hospitals has been disastrous in Italy. Severe and critical cases in China get hospitalized, but at a dedicated facility, to reduce spread from Covid-19 patient to hospital worker to non-Covid-19 patient.


How do we know when a patient can be discharged, Antar and her colleagues asked? After a normal body temperature lasting three days, minimal respiratory symptoms, two negative tests for the virus more than 24 hours apart, improvements seen in lung imaging, and no serious underlying conditions, especially for older patients.

The Hopkins teams was impressed with China’s scrupulous measures to minimize viral transmission, “especially among health care workers,” Auwaerter said. “Such measures have successfully slowed the epidemic in China.” In contrast, failing to do so has fueled the disastrous spread of Covid-19 in Italy, physicians at a hospital in the country’s hard-hit north warned over the weekend.


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Monday, March 23, 2020

What other drugs might be useful?


FiercePharma on other drugs being considered for Covid-19:

Other than remdesivir and chloroquine, researchers and physicians are also looking at other existing drugs to treat COVID-19. These include AbbVie’s HIV combo therapy Kaletra (Aluvia), which just failed a clinical study in China in critically ill patients. Chinese authorities, which have been dealing with the virus longer, are also recommending an influenza med called Arbidol (umifenovir) that’s not approved in Western countries, old antiviral ribavirin and interferon-alpha. And Fujifilm’s flu drug Avigan (favipiravir) has also shown promise in the clinic, according to Chinese officials.

Roche is testing its arthritis drug Actemra’s ability to rein in the potentially deadly inflammatory response called cytokine storm observed in severe COVID-19 patients, just as Sanofi and Regeneron are running clinical trials of their rival IL-6 inhibitor Kevzara in the same setting.  See more about this drug here.


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Core Concept: Liquid metal renaissance points to wearables, soft robots, and new materials

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Single-cell transcriptomics reveals expansion of cytotoxic CD4 T cells in supercentenarians




Exceptionally long-lived people such as supercentenarians tend to spend their entire lives in good health, implying that their immune system remains active to protect against infections and tumors. However, their immunological condition has been largely unexplored. We profiled thousands of circulating immune cells from supercentenarians at single-cell resolution and identified CD4 T cells that have cytotoxic features. This characteristic is very unique to supercentenarians, because generally CD4 T cells have helper, but not cytotoxic, functions under physiological conditions. We further profiled their T cell receptors and revealed that the cytotoxic CD4 T cells were accumulated through clonal expansion. The conversion of helper CD4 T cells to a cytotoxic variety might be an adaptation to the late stage of aging.





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Singapore modelling study estimates impact of physical distancing on reducing spread of COVID-19


March 24, 2020


The Lancet


A new modelling study conducted in a simulated Singapore setting has estimated that a combined approach of physical distancing interventions, comprising quarantine (for infected individuals and their families), school closure, and workplace distancing, is most effective at reducing the number of SARS-CoV-2 cases compared with other intervention scenarios included in the study.





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Microbial DNA in patient blood may be tell-tale sign of cancer


March 11, 2020


University of California - San Diego


From a simple blood draw, microbial DNA may reveal who has cancer and which type, even at early stages.







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How caloric restriction prevents negative effects of aging in cells


February 27, 2020


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A new study provides the most detailed report to date of the cellular effects of a calorie-restricted diet in rats. While the benefits of caloric restriction have long been known, the new results show how this restriction can protect against aging in cellular pathways.







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Roaming Charges: Strange Things Happening Every Day



CLR James: “When history is written as it ought to be written, it is the moderation and long patience of the masses at which men will wonder, not their ferocity.”

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The Difference Between America’s Coronavirus Response and Norway’s

A conversation with Ann Jones, who recently returned to the United States from Norway, about the handling of this crisis.

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Transcending the Tribe

By Caroline Myss

All of us are born into a "tribal mentality" of various forms. These include our family unit, religious background, country of origin, ethnicity, etc. The tribal mentality effectively indoctrinates an individual into the tribe's beliefs, ensuring that all believe the same. The structure of reality – what is and is not possible for the members of the group – is thus agreed upon and maintained by the tribe.

While the tribal mentality has definite benefits in terms of establishing common ground and ensuring group survival, it is not a conscious agreement. We are born into it. Yet at a certain stage, both personally and collectively, the tribal mentality must be challenged. People can then begin to recognize the need for a personal honor code independent of the tribe. If humanity is to progress, we need to learn how to treat everyone – regardless of tribal affiliation – with honor and respect.

Every one of us is plugged into the tribal mind. We support tribal belief patterns by directing a percentage of our life force into maintaining our affiliation with the tribe. This involves an implicit agreement to think like the tribe thinks, to evaluate situations and people the way the tribe does, and to believe in right and wrong according to tribal values and ambitions. As long as the tribal mentality within us remains unexamined, we unwittingly subject others to our tribal laws.

When we are plugged into tribal thought forms, we can easily believe in nonsensical prejudices held by the tribe. Tribal mentality allows us to hold harsh, judgmental positions or attitudes about an entire group of people: "All fat people are lazy," or "all Irish are drunks," or "all Muslims are terrorists" for example.

A rigid tribal thought form may have little truth to it, but individuals hold to such beliefs because that perspective is what the tribe has agreed to believe. Innocent children, born into the hatred and prejudice of their parents and ancestors, grow up inside a tribal mentality that sponsors an endless march toward war against the tribe's perceived enemies. People grow up hating other people – people they have never seen – based on group affiliation. This is the shadow side of the tribe.

Inevitably, some among us come to a point where we want to break out of the inflexible tribal mentality. At some point, these individuals want to explore, develop, and manage their own consciousness without the judgments and limitations of the tribal mind.

It is easy to spot these mavericks when they start to question and unplug from tribal mentality – they hang out on the periphery looking bored and restless, or whimsical and dreamy. Others may act out the agitated hot-head as they challenge tribal ways.  

The unspoken assumption of the tribal mind is that everybody loves being part of the tribe. And in many ways, we do. Knowing where and to whom we "belong" is crucial to our self-concept and sense of safety in the world. Yet when we begin the real deep journey of questioning, "What do believe?" and start to individuate from the tribe, we often enter a dark night of the soul. It is, by necessity, a passage we take alone.

It's one thing to reject what we don't want to believe anymore. It's quite another to begin to explore what we do believe. All we know as we enter the dark night is that we can't go back – even when the tribe is the only world we've ever known.

At this critical point in our development, the tribe doesn't feel right anymore. It no longer offers us comfort. Previous feelings of security and familiarity begin to feel like a trap constraining our individuality and hampering our efforts to discover deeper levels of who we really are.

This dark night passage pushes us to look at our false gods – the tribal belief patterns in which we've become invested and to which we've given our allegiance.

The Language of Wounds

For a large segment of the population, the language of wounds has become the new tribal language of intimacy. Prior to the current age of personal therapy – which only really took off in the 1960s and 70s – the tribal language of intimacy largely involved the sharing of only superficial personal and family data. Deeper matters such as family secrets like sexual abuse or a mad aunt or uncle were shared with exceedingly few, if any.

Divorce and financial information were also considered very intimate. People would almost never talk about such matters, or about their inner life and emotions. They talked only about the details of what was going on in their external lives. The tribal mentality at the time kept people from revealing intimate matters or deep wounds or traumas even with their family and close friends.

The current age of personal therapy has brought about a very different situation. Now, the tribal mentality has shifted such that we not only share our intimate feelings more openly and willingly, many have even begun to define themselves by their wounds. Let me give an example of how this phenomenon plays itself out.

I was in an Indian restaurant in Scotland talking with two men friends when the woman friend I was to meet for dinner walked up and greeted the three of us. After I had introduced her, another man walked over and asked if she was free on June 8th, as he thought she might like to attend a lecture on that date. The question required little more than a ‘yes' or a ‘no' answer.

Instead of a simple answer, she began an elaborate discussion about June 8th. "Did you say June 8th? No, no. Any other day would be fine, but not June 8th. That's the day my incest survivor group meets and I have to be there because we never let each other down." She went on and on for at least a full minute with this.

Later, I asked her, "Do you realize that in that brief introduction, you told two men whom you have never met before that 1) you had experienced incest, 2) you were still in therapy about it, 3) you were angry about it, 4) you were angry at men, and 5) you needed to determine the course of the conversation – all in one minute?"

She replied, "Well, I am a victim of incest."

To which I replied, "I know that. Why did you have to let them know that?"

She was operating from a tribal mentality. The group mind within the incest survivor community has a belief about how this particular wound should be healed. The tribe says, "You need a group." The tribe says, "You have a right to be angry."

People now get together in support group tribes that function within many of the same rigid frameworks of ethnic, national, or family tribes. Some feel that the comfort and security of belonging to a group or tribe is more important than venturing alone in the direction of real healing.

Tribalism in Relationships

The tendency toward tribalism can keep us stuck in repeating negative cycles in our intimate relationships, and can wreak havoc when a relationship is ripe for transition. Tribal mentality often teaches a righteous stance in relationships: an eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth. When we feel violated, the first thought is vengeance, rather than forgiveness.

Tribal mentality even has gender-specific undercurrents – women do vengeance differently than men. Yet for both genders, what rules the day is the tribal mentality that holds "breaking up is painful" or "betrayal warrants retaliation."

Healing revolves around this crucial question: "Do you want to make different choices?" Are we willing to let go of old, constricting tribal patterns? Sadly, the answer quite often is "No." Being healthy isn't always the most appealing option. Quite frankly, in many cases, it's not appealing at all. What is most appealing is being out of pain. Old patterns are difficult to relinquish because they do serve to relieve pain, even if it is only in the short run.

Change is terrifying for many precisely because short-term pain relief must be given up. Deep healing requires learning to tolerate the pain that comes with change. Fortunately, the growing pains that come with new behavior – with making the choices that will change your life – are often short-lived.

Thought alone doesn't heal. Nor does action without thought. For deep healing to occur, we need the chemistry of conscious thought and direct action combined. Every thought or attitude we have – whether consciously chosen or unconsciously adopted through the tribal mind – invests a part of our life-force into that thought or attitude. This is true whether the thought is one of betrayal and vengeance, or of understanding and forgiveness.

What matters is that a whole system of consciousness – the old tribal mentality – no longer holds us enthralled. We no longer have faith in those limiting patterns of thought. Thr










Madeleine Brown


Madeleine Brown was a businesswoman who worked for Glenn Advertising. Later she claimed she had an affair with Lyndon B. Johnson. In 1988 she told Jack Anderson that: "In the fall of 1963 I was in the Carousel Club with other advertising people and Jack Ruby was saying that Lee Harvey Oswald had been in the club and he had been bragging that he had been bragging that he had taken a shot at Major General Edwin Walker".

On 24th February, 1992, Brown gave an interview on the television show, A Current Affair. Brown claimed that on the 21st November, 1963, she was at the home of Clint Murchison. Others at the meeting included J. Edgar HooverClyde TolsonJohn J. McCloyRichard NixonHarvey Bright and Haroldson L. Hunt. At the end of the evening Lyndon B. Johnson arrived: "Tension filled the room upon his arrival. The group immediately went behind closed doors. A short time later Lyndon, anxious and red-faced, re-appeared. I knew how secretly Lyndon operated. Therefore I said nothing... not even that I was happy to see him. Squeezing my hand so hard, it felt crushed from the pressure, he spoke with a grating whisper, a quiet growl, into my ear, not a love message, but one I'll always remember: "After tomorrow those goddamn Kennedys will never embarrass me again - that's no threat - that's a promise."

However, Gary Mack, has argued that Madeleine's Brown story is false and is based on an article by William Penn Jones in Forgive My Grief: "Madeleine has claimed over the years that she attended a party at Clint Murchison’s house the night before the assassination and LBJ, Hoover and Nixon were there. The party story, without LBJ, first came from Penn Jones in Forgive My Grief. In









Clint Murchison and the JFK Assassination


I would have to mention Robert F. Kennedy's remarks regarding the whole Hoover/Murchison relationship:

From pg.292 Robert Kennedy: In His Own Words - The Unpublished Recollections of the Kennedy Years.

KENNEDY: Bill Lambert, with whom I worked on the Rackets Committee, who was a reporter and got the Pulitzer Prize

out in Portland, Oregon, in 1957, works for Life Magazine now. He came across a fellow down in Florida now--

who used to be a clerk in a hotel out near the race track where Hoover goes to stay every month. When he left

in 1958-- he'd been there from '53 to '58 -- he took the records with him. They showed that up to that time --

and of course, Hoover has stayed there every year since then -- he stayed in a hundred-dollar-a-day suite

and that the bill at the end of each month was picked up and paid for by the Murchisons.

MARTIN: Really?

KENNEDY: The total for that five-year period was, I think, something like eighty-five hundred dollars--

which I thought was interesting.

Allan Witwer, the manager of the Murchison's Del Charro Hotel, later recalled: "It came to the end of the summer and Hoover had made no attempt to pay his bill. So I went to Murchison and asked him what he wanted me to do." Murchison told him to put it on his bill. Witwer estimates that over the next 18 summers Murchison's hospitality was worth nearly $300,000.






am 100% sure Madeleine Brown was a mistress of Lyndon Johnson; Ed Tatro's reunion of Madeleine with Allan Witwer the manager of the Hotel Del Charro is just but one data point that proves it. JFK researcher Ken Holmes told me you would not need a DNA test to know that 6'4" Steven was LBJ's son.

I also think that based on Madeleine's own comments & her behavior the odds are very high she was a whore, even if her friends can not handle that embarrassing truth.

Madeleine also sued the estate of Jerome Ragsdale, who of course she was having sex with, probably on a "Pay as you go" basis. When you sue someone for paternity, you are *obviously* swearing to the court you had sex with this person.


Madeleine in 1979 had not told her son Steven that he was LBJ's son. So she told him that he was Jerome Ragsdale's son. Madeleine probably thought that Jerome Ragsdale and Jesse Kellam had run off with her "LBJ support money." The reality, my guess, is probably that Lady Bird stopped the payments to Madeleine after LBJ's death. So Madeleine sued



Tommy, LBJ and Madeleine stayed at the Hotel Del Charro sometime in the 1950's. And we know this for a fact because JFK researcher Ed Tatro re-united Madeleine with Allan Witwer, the former manager of the Hotel Del Charro.

According to Tatro, when Madeleine and Witwer saw each other after all those decades they broke into big smiles, ran to each other, hugged and carried on like old friends. I will take that as definite proof of the Madeleine/LBJ relationship. That anecdote goes a long, long way into establishing the credibility of Madeleine Brown, and I am getting a little tired defending Madeleine while 3 of her closest friends hide in their gopher holes off the internet.

For God's sake, of course Madeleine was a very close and important mistress for LBJ. Of course, she had a son Steven Mark with LBJ in December, 1950.

That is one big reason Tatro needs to finally publish his 1,200 page book on the JFK assassination, titled Urgency to Kill.

I suggest you get in contact with Ed Tatro first hand and hear his account of the story. Tatro helped Madeleine write Texas in the Morning: The Love Story of Madeleine Brown and President Lyndon Baines Johnson. Web link: http://www.amazon.com/Texas-Morning-Madeleine-President-Johnson/dp/0941401065/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1375070026&sr=1-1&keywords=texas+in+the+morning


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COVID-19 is biowarfare, says bioweapon creator Dr. Francis Boyle
YouTube blocks Dr. Francis Boyle’s interview for speaking out the truth.




Beijing Believes COVID-19 Is a Biological Weapon




Friday, April 17, 2020
My KPFA interview on the origin of SARS-CoV-2 and other aspects of the pandemic

I was interviewed by Dennis Bernstein along with independent journalist Sam Husseini tonight on KPFA (Pacifica)'s Flashpoints show.  I did my best to create some flashpoints over the failures of preparedness by the responsible federal agencies, and the enduring threat to the planet from biological "defense" research.


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Covid-19 clinical trials - databases that include hundreds of trials for Covid, and hundreds of trials that preceded Covid for hydroxychloroquine

Here is the Transparimed site, which links to a group of sites and a total of 500 trials of therapies for Covid-19.

Here is the clinical trials dot gov site for hydroxychloroquine trials, which has 344 trials listed, most of which preceded Covid-19, and were performed to test the drug for other conditions.

The trials used hydroxychloroquine in a huge range of conditions, from obesity and the prevention of miscarriage to a wide range of cancers, the prevention of heart attacks and blood clots, the prevention of diabetes, and treatment of autoimmune conditions, as well as osteoarthritis of the knee.  Noted side effects were either absent or very rare in the completed trials I examined.  Arrhythmia was not one of them.  (Given the caveat that only a small minority of trials had been completed and posted full data.)

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200 Escapes of pathogens from high-containment labs in the US, YEARLY

SARS-CoV (the first SARS virus) and its cousin SARS-CoV-2 (the virus causing our current pandemic) are classified by the US government as Select Agents, organisms that pose a significant threat to humans, and could be used for bioterrorism.  The current Select Agent program came into being after the 2001 anthrax letters event.

The Department of Health and Human Services, through CDC, maintains a list of the microbial pathogens "that have the potential to pose a severe threat to public health and safety. These are regulated by HHS."  These pathogens are designated "Select Agents."  "SARS-associated coronavirus" is designated a Select Agent by HHS.

Laboratories that study Select Agents must be designed to ensure a high level of safety (BSL-3 or BSL-4).  The microbial pathogens may not be transferred out of the labs without permission.  Accidents must be reported to federal officials.  The labs are regularly inspected.  

The 2018 report from the Federal Select Agent Program was recently released.  From the Introduction:

"FSAP is jointly managed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)/Division of Select Agents and Toxins (DSAT) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS)/Agriculture Select Agent Services (AgSAS). FSAP oversees the possession, use, and transfer of BSAT[biological select agents and toxins], which have the potential to pose a severe threat to human, animal, or plant health, or to animal or plant products, in accordance with the HHS and USDA select agent regulations (SAR)..."

"In 2018, the Select Agent program received 8 reports of loss, and 193 reports of a release of a select agent or toxin.
* There were no reports of theft.  
* None of the losses resulted in a risk to public or agricultural health. 
* Of the 193 reports of a release, registered entities submitted 66 reports and non-registered entities (e.g., clinical, diagnostic, or public health laboratories, which are not required to register) submitted 127 reports. 
* For eight of the reported releases, the Federal Select Agent Program agreed with the entity that these reports presented minimal to no risk of an occupational exposure. 
* The remaining 185 reported releases did involve occupational exposure to a biological select agent or toxin. 
* In 12 of the 185 reports, the entity determined no occupational health services were necessary based on the circumstances of the release. 
* In the remaining 173 release reports, entities provided 895 individuals (121 individuals from registered entities and 774 from non-registered entities) with occupational health services, including medical assessments and, if needed, diagnostic testing and prophylaxis.  
* None of the reported releases resulted in illnesses, deaths, or transmissions among workers or outside of a laboratory into the surrounding environment or community."
It seems we in the US, and labs around the world, have been relatively lucky.  Until now.  There have been thousands of escapes and releases of Select Agents, but these have generally only sickened a few individuals, and only rarely did they cause deaths.  From the 2018 Report:

"In 2018, FSAP received 193 reports of BSAT release and 8 reports of a BSAT loss. By comparison, FSAP received 237 reports of releases and 9 losses in 2017, 196 reports of releases and 9 losses in 2016, and 233 reports of releases and 12 losses in 2015. As in 2015, 2016, and 2017, there were again no reports of theft of BSAT in 2018."

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