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“A LOT OF POWERFUL PEOPLE...COULD GO DOWN”: THE JOURNALIST WHO PUBLISHED JEFFREY EPSTEIN’S BLACK BOOK AND JET PASSENGER LOGS COMES IN FROM THE FRINGE
With Jeffrey Epstein denied bail and prosecutors building their case in his sex trafficking indictment, one of the next shoes to drop—possibly many shoes—will invariably be: Who within Epstein’s social orbit might be implicated in the scandal one way or another? As someone involved in litigation against Epstein told my colleague Gabriel Sherman earlier this week, “It’s going to be staggering, the amount of names. It’s going to be contagion numbers.”
Ever since Epstein’s arrest on July 6, there’s been growing scrutiny of his vast network of rich and/or famous and/or powerful friends and acquaintances—or former friends and acquaintances, as it were. There’s a road map to that network in Epstein’s now-infamous black book, filled with many bold-faced names, phone numbers, and addresses, from Donald Trump, Bill Clinton, and Ehud Barak to Alec Baldwin, Ralph Fiennes, Mick Jagger, and even Courtney Love. “It is a mosaic of Epstein’s social contacts,” the investigative journalist Nick Bryant told me.
Bryant first got his hands on a copy of the black book in 2012, after the feds caught Epstein’s former house manager trying to peddle it for $50,000. At the time, Bryant was shopping a feature on Epstein, without success. “My Epstein article would focus on the government malfeasance that enabled Epstein to skate on scores of child abuse charges,” Bryant wrote in a pitch he submitted to various editors, “and I would also look into covert ties that the government may have had with Epstein. Moreover, the little black book opens up multiple vistas of investigation, and I would attempt to amass sufficient corroboration on some of the power broker perps who molested these girls.”
LGBTQ Org Fires Director After He Defended Alleged Gay Bashers at Gala
An LGBTQ organization in Miami axed its executive director following controversial remarks at a recent fundraiser.
Tony Lima, formerly the head of SAVE, reportedly defended four men convicted of a hate crime June 14 at the group's Champions of Equality Gala at Hard Rock Stadium.
Onstage, Lima allegedly said the men — Luis Alonso, Juan Lopez, Adonis Diaz, and Pablo Romo (pictured above) — were "wrongfully accused" of attacking a gay couple, Rene Chalarca and Dmitry Logunov, as they held hands leaving Miami Beach Pride last year.
Police had charged the four with aggravated battery committed with prejudice, which is a hate-crime charge in Florida. The case is still active, and the state attorney's office announced last week that it was confident it could prove the charges.
Men and Abortion
Emboldened by the placement of two Conservative justices on the Supreme Court, state legislatures have begun racing to become the test case for overturning the landmark Roe v. Wade case. Alabama has passed perhaps the most extreme of these laws, effectively banning all abortions without exception. Georgia’s law appears to cover miscarriages as well as abortions. Quite a few other states have passed or are working on legislation that appear to be on-their-face violations of the Roe v. Wade decision.
I’ve noticed that, on my social media stream, so many men are as silent as they were during the peak of #MeToo. It’s understandable that men would want to step aside and let women do most of the talking, and we should. However, we shouldn’t be completely silent.
So what should we say?
The Good Men Project
Recent abortion bans will impact poor people and people of color most
Why So Many Women Choose Abortion Over Adoption
FORMER PRIEST SAYS TO SAVE THE CHURCH IT MUST ‘ABOLISH THE PRIESTHOOD’
James Carroll, a former priest, has written a powerful piece in a well-known magazine where he prescribes solutions to get the Roman Catholic church free of its failings-he to want to do away with church priests. In his article appropriately named Abolish the Priesthood, the American identifies the concentration of power in a celibate and an all-male clergy as one of the significant sources of the problem.
World Religion News
These LGBTQ Activists Don’t Want Queer and Trans People Serving in the Military
Earlier this year, The New York Times published a story headlined “Transgender Troops Caught Between a Welcoming Military and a Hostile Government.” The piece highlights the discrepancy between the way that three trans service members were welcomed into their squadrons and platoons and the hostility they’ve faced from the Trump Administration. Rather than focusing on the work that the main subject, Senior Airman Sterling Crutcher, does as part of a B-52 bomber squadron, the piece describes the community that he found in the military: “He relaxes on weekends by playing video games and has Airsoft gun battles with the other troops from his unit.”
That piece is just one in a wave of media coverage over the last two years focused on what has come to be known as the “trans military ban.” In July 2017, Donald Trump haphazardly announced his plans to ban transgender people from serving in the military. After federal judges across the country struck down his administration’s attempts to implement the policy over the following year and a half, the ban eventually went into effect, with help from the Supreme Court, in April 2019. Since Trump’s announcement, the trans military ban has remained the most prominent LGBTQ issue in the country, occupying significant space in liberal and conservative media coverage—the latter supporting the ban and the former opposing it.
Are YOUR children at risk? Child abuse charity reveals the five simple questions EVERY parent needs to ask before signing up youngsters to after-school activities
A national charity is urging parents to ask five simple questions to make sure their children are safe when they attend out-of-school clubs.
Thousands of parents across the country use after-school and holiday clubs to help with childcare, but many do not realise these groups can be unregulated.
Now, Derby-based charity NWG Network, which supports survivors of child sex abuse, has started a campaign to get parents and clubs talking openly about safeguarding.
Prosecutor: Exam of 'Ravenously Hungry' Children Reveals Disturbing Child Abuse Case
Defrocked Jersey priest who molested boys now teaches kids English in Dominican Republic
West Virginia man convicted in baby's death, sex abuse
Man Sentenced to Life After Continuous Sexual Abuse of Child
Machelle Hobson: YouTube Star, 48, Arrested & Accused Of Abusing Her Adoptive Children
Daughter of 90 Day Fiancé Star Angela Deem Sentenced to 20 Years for Child Molestation
Michigan woman who 'turned a blind eye to her husband raping two teenage female relatives' he was supposed to be caring for accepts plea deal meaning she'll only get a maximum of ONE YEAR in jail
Dean Norris slams ‘rich fuck wads’ who ‘cheated for their already privileged kids’
“When I think of all the kids who studied hard, stayed up late, had part-time jobs to pay for their college application fees, and then were denied rightly deserved places in elite colleges because some rich f—wads cheated for their already privileged kids— I’m disgusted,” Norris tweeted Tuesday.
‘Furious’ woman shocked to discover her husband starring in a gay porn video while wearing his wedding ring
A HORRIFIED woman has recalled the moment she found out her husband has been starring in gay pornography WHILE they were in a committed relationship.
Did Michael Jackson Abuse Because He Was Abused?
When Amanda Robson’s husband, Wade, first told her that he had suffered years of childhood sexual abuse at the hands of Michael Jackson, she grew worried for the safety of their son. “Is there any confusion as to what is appropriate in how you love [him]?” she says she asked Wade, in the HBO documentary Leaving Neverland.
Her concern, that as an alleged victim of molestation her husband may have been a threat that spread that evil to another generation, reflects a view so embedded in the culture that it rarely merits much discussion. But the “cycle of abuse,” as it’s often understood, is nothing less than psychological Lysenkoism: the belief, in the absence of clear, empirical evidence, that lived abuse tends to propagate across generations and reproduce itself in specific ways. The facts about the “intergenerational transmission of maltreatment,” as scholars call it, are very complicated, and while there’s some truth to the idea as it’s generally portrayed, there’s also a fair amount of falsehood.
D.L. HUGHLEY IF YOU GIVE MICHAEL JACKSON A PASS ... You're Blinded by His Talent
2 New Zealand Radio Stations Drop Michael Jackson Music After 'Leaving Neverland'
Dolly Parton just slammed nonbinary & pansexual people (?)
Country music legend Dolly Parton has supported LGBTQ issues for a long time. She was one of the first major country stars to publicly support marriage equality and regularly says that gay men are her biggest fans.
She’s even gone so far as to say if she were born male, she would have “been a drag queen because I love all the flamboyant stuff.”
With more entertainers and celebrities defining themselves as gender fluid or bisexual, including her own goddaughter, Miley Cyrus, Parton is finding it hard to come to terms with the uptick.’
“For me, I’m still an old timer. Sometimes I think it’s just become kind of fashionable to speak out like that. I think some of them even say more than who they really are,” Parton told the tabloid.
“I think they just want to be part of that whole movement to make people think that they’re so free and all that. But I don’t really know how they feel inside. I know how I feel inside,” she said. “Miley, she does a lot of stuff for effect, and I think a lot of them do.”
Writer Bret Easton Ellis Thinks 'Black Panther' Is Being 'Shoved Down Our Throats'
"No superhero movie has ever gotten a Best Picture nomination," he said. "But believe me, Disney is doing everything in its power to make sure this happens. Even though there is no one out here in La La Land I've met who thinks Black Panther is that good as a movie. Yet, as a piece of representation, they are supporting it."
Liam Neeson Says He Wanted to Kill ‘Some Black Bastard’ After Hearing About Friend’s Rape
Liam Neeson recalled a disturbing incident in a recent interview.
The actor said, after someone he knew was allegedly raped by a black attacker, he walked the streets hoping to kill some “black bastard” in revenge.
“I went up and down areas with a cosh (a club), hoping I’d be approached by somebody — I’m ashamed to say that — and I did it for maybe a week, hoping some ‘black bastard’ would come out of a pub and have a go at me about something, you know? So that I could kill him,” the actor said in an interview published on Monday in Britain’s Independent newspaper. He used air quotes when saying the words “black bastard.”
How the Catholic 'alt-right' aims to purge LGBTQ members from the church
The call for action against the "Forces of Organized Perversion" landed in the inboxes of conservative Roman Catholics across the country just before Election Day.
“Have you had enough?” activist Randy Engel wrote in a column that first appeared on the conservative website RenewAmerica.com. “Or will you wait until the Homosexual Collective’s hobnail boot is pressed on the neck of your prone body or that of your child or grandchild before reacting?”
“Cast your vote for God, family, and nation,” she wrote.
Some Libraries Are Facing Backlash Against LGBT Programs — And Holding Their Ground
Rose McGowan's heard more LGBTI MeToo stories 'than the media would ever cover’
Rose McGowan has talked about the impact of MeToo movement among LGBTIs, saying she’s ‘humbled’ when community members share their stories with her.
Speaking at Damian Barr’s Literary Salon in London last month, the activist said she’d heard more stories ‘than the media would ever cover’, particularly from gay men and boys.
The former Charmed actress became a figurehead for the MeToo movement, which fights against sexual abuse and assault, after becoming one of the most high profile accusers of disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein last year.
Asked by GSN at the event: ‘Would you like to see the the MeToo movement reverberate deeper among the LGBTI community and specifically gay men?’ Rose gave a detailed and thoughtful response.
‘‘Society is only really as sick as its secrets’
Gay Star News
Case reveals shame, trauma of male sex trafficking victims
Suicide hotline calls quadrupled after Trump’s latest attack on transgender people
Trans Lifeline, an organization that runs a crisis hotline for transgender people and staffed by transgender people, said that calls to their suicide hotline have quadrupled since the story broke that the Trump administration is trying to legally erase transgender identity.
In an Instagram post, Trans Lifeline reported that calls increased by four times last week, and first-time callers doubled.
Trump Fan Convicted In Anti-Muslim Terror Plot Asks Judge To Consider Trump’s Rhetoric
Admit it. Republicans have broken politics.