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-Lurid Crime Tales-
Former Epstein IT contractor says he quit over unsupervised young women, topless photos
[MyCentralOregon.Com] (NEW YORK) ‐ A former IT contractor for Jeffrey Epstein who said that he ended their business relationship over personal concerns about gaggles of apparently unsupervised young women on the embattled financier’s private island told ABC News that his reluctance to continue working there was underscored by what he said was an extensive collection of photos of topless women displayed throughout the island’s compounds.
Six years was about all I could stand.
"There were photos of topless women everywhere," said contractor Steve Scully, who said he worked for Epstein for six years beginning in 1999. "On his desk, in his office, in his bedroom," Scully, a 69-year-old father of three girls, said of the private island dubbed "Little St. James."

Scully told ABC News that he was the chief owner and operator of a telecommunications business on the island of St. Thomas when he was contracted by Epstein to set up a communications network on Little St. James. During his employment, he estimated that he visited the exclusive island more than 100 times.
At lease a dozen of the visits were systems related.
He said his memories of Epstein remain vivid.

"He was the most intense person I ever met," Scully said.

Epstein, 66 ‐ who at one time socialized with former President Bill Clinton, Great Britain’s Prince Andrew, and President Donald Trump ‐ has been charged with alleged sex trafficking of minor girls in Florida and New York. Some of the charges date back to the early 2000s.

Epstein has denied the charges. An attorney for the financier did not immediately respond to a request for comment about Scully’s claims.
Posted by: Besoeker || 07/18/2019 13:29 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6501 views] Top|| File under:

#1  REASON FOR LEAVING: Too many topless young women on the island.
Posted by: Besoeker || 07/18/2019 13:35 Comments || Top||

#2  An attorney for the financier did not immediately respond to a request for comment about Scully’s claims

"While I am not saying that no premises on the island may have contained pictures or art of the nature found offensive by Mr. Scully; I would like the court to consider that said pictures may not have been procured by my client, and having found a way on to the premises by... uhhh, other means. And I am not saying there were pictures there, but if there were, then the juxtaposition of their offending nature to the character and activities of my client is simply a coincidence. And may I point the court to the question of relegating every female form sans blouse in this enlightened era to the nature of offensive... "
Posted by: Dron66046 || 07/18/2019 13:56 Comments || Top||

#3  As soon as I saw what was going on, I called my mother and priest and they both said I couldn't stay there if I still wanted their unconditional love.
Posted by: Mercutio || 07/18/2019 15:36 Comments || Top||

Epstein denied bail in sex abuse case- Deemed dangerous
Posted by: DarthVader || 07/18/2019 12:22 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6511 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Gee, I wonder why?

Posted by: Seeking Cure For Ignorance || 07/18/2019 20:40 Comments || Top||

Jeffrey Epstein's Fake Foreign Passport Was Used in Saudi Arabia and Other Countries
[Daily Beast] Jeffrey Epstein’s lawyers downplayed his possession of a foreign passport under a fake name by suggesting he’d never used it‐but prosecutors said Wednesday that’s not the case.

In a letter to the federal judge who will decide if the financier stays in jail until trial, the U.S. attorney’s office said that the travel document "contains numerous ingress and egress stamps, including stamps that reflect use of the passport to enter France, Spain, the United Kingdom, and Saudi Arabia in the 1980s."

Epstein’s attorneys then shot back that there was an innocent explanation for the passport: He acquired it as "personal protection," to hide his Jewish identity from hijackers, kidnappers, or terrorists during travel in the Middle East.

"The government offers nothing to suggest‐and certainly no evidence‐that Epstein ever used it," the defense wrote to the judge‐a day before the prosecutors did just that.

The passport‐which was Austrian but listed a Saudi Arabia address‐was found in a locked safe in Epstein’s Manhattan mansion, and prosecutors cited it in court earlier this week as evidence that the accused sex trafficker is a flight risk.
Posted by: Besoeker || 07/18/2019 03:43 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6486 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Having learned the skills of the trade, it is likely somewhere along the line he transitioned from traditional espionage to the more lucrative field of international prostitution. A natural progression.
Posted by: Besoeker || 07/18/2019 9:37 Comments || Top||

#2  "Austrian with a Saudi address" is supposed to throw people off your trail? Huh?
Posted by: Lex || 07/18/2019 10:48 Comments || Top||

#3  Traveling under a different name and foreign passport keeps your real name off the lists and your US passport clean of foreign travel.
Posted by: Besoeker || 07/18/2019 10:59 Comments || Top||

#4  Oh ok ... I was trying to make sense of his lawyers' BS
Posted by: Lex || 07/18/2019 11:14 Comments || Top||

#5  He didn't use the frequently use passport? As he needed it?

I think his lawyer is just not trying.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 07/18/2019 11:17 Comments || Top||

#7  As the Russians have demonstrated, private jets are also handy in moving contraband and gold to private islands for distribution by surface ships.
Posted by: Skidmark || 07/18/2019 12:02 Comments || Top||

#8  48 loose stone diamonds in one safe "ranging from 1 to 2.38 carats..." $70,000 in cash in that safe...

Obviously this guy is laundering someone's money. The pedophilia isn't the half of it. He's a blackmailer and a money launderer.

Who is behind him?

Posted by: Lex || 07/18/2019 12:35 Comments || Top||

#9  With a fleet of private jets and a private airstrip, you should probably add drug smuggler to that list as well as human trafficking.
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 07/18/2019 13:09 Comments || Top||

#10  $70K? And some diamonds? For a supposed billionaire that is loose change.
Posted by: 49 Pan || 07/18/2019 13:21 Comments || Top||

#11  I guess the obvious thing to do is to see where he went under the fake passport, because that is what he was trying to hide.
Posted by: gorb || 07/18/2019 13:48 Comments || Top||

#12  Pan, that's just in ONE safe. He has dozens of them.
Posted by: Lex || 07/18/2019 15:13 Comments || Top||

#13  @Lex
Les Wexner
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 07/18/2019 17:11 Comments || Top||

Florida Man Mutilated Wife's Lover, Police Report
[THESMOKINGGUN] -A gun-toting Florida Man broke into the home of his wife’s lover and cut off the man’s penis with a pair of scissors, according to police who said that the intruder fled the residence with the severed organ.

The victim told cops that a neighbor, Alex Bonilla, 49, entered his mobile home in the town of Bell Sunday morning and threatened to kill him, according to a Gilchrist County Sheriff's Office arrest report.

Once inside, cops say, Bonilla warned the victim that he would kill him if he resisted. Bonilla then "took the Victim into his bedroom, tied him up, and forcefully cut off the Victim’s penis with a pair of scissors." Bonilla, cops added, "then fled the Victim’s residence with the Victim’s severed penis in his possession."

Investigators reported that there were two juveniles in the home (seen below) when Bonilla--armed with a 9mm handgun--burst in through an unlocked rear door.

According to the arrest report, Bonilla recently caught his wife and the victim having sex. Bonilla lives directly across the street from the victim.

Seen above, Bonilla, who works for a dairy, was charged with multiple felony charges for "completely severing" the victim’s sexual organ. Bonilla is being held in the Gilchrist County jail in lieu of $1.25 million bond.

The victim was transported to a local hospital for treatment. The arrest report does not detail the man's condition or whether the severed penis was recovered.
Posted by: Fred || 07/18/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6481 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Pronounced bone-null-ah
Posted by: M. Murcek || 07/18/2019 6:07 Comments || Top||

#2  well, the timing was right: it WAS National Hot Dog Day
Posted by: USN, Ret. || 07/18/2019 6:52 Comments || Top||

#3  Really nothing happening in Florida that anyone has to worry about compared to US nukes still stored at Incirlik...
Posted by: M. Murcek || 07/18/2019 7:01 Comments || Top||

#4  ah, traditionalism is alive and well.....
Posted by: Mercutio || 07/18/2019 9:09 Comments || Top||

-Short Attention Span Theater-
Japanese school girl porn cartoon studio burned. 33 artists dead, actors unhurt.
Posted by: Skidmark || 07/18/2019 10:40 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6531 views] Top|| File under:

#1  I didn't see the word "pr0n" in the article. Can we get our anime expert to comment?
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 07/18/2019 13:39 Comments || Top||

#2  Kyoto Animations is known for anime such as:

Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid
A Silent Voice: The Movie
Amagi Brilliant Park
Free! -Iwatobi Swim Club-
The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya
Lucky Star
Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya
Violet Evergarden
Posted by: Seeking Cure For Ignorance || 07/18/2019 21:13 Comments || Top||

And many more (Full list of Kyoto Anime)

No Pr0n, I suspect that Skidmark is referring to "School girl pr0n" in the same manner as "car pr0n", "airplane pr0n" or even "boat pr0n".

[ref from https://heavy.com/news/2019/07/kyoto-animation-fire/]
Posted by: Seeking Cure For Ignorance || 07/18/2019 21:14 Comments || Top||

#4  I like Violet Evergarden
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 07/18/2019 21:17 Comments || Top||

#5  So did I Gromgoru, it was a very interesting anime.
Posted by: Silentbrick || 07/18/2019 21:37 Comments || Top||

-Signs, Portents, and the Weather-
Record heatwave will hit two thirds of the US this weekend as some 230 million Americans are expected to bake in scorching balmy Texas summer temperatures topping 100F
Posted by: Skidmark || 07/18/2019 11:48 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6518 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Do something for the environment and sabotage your nearest greenies aircon
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 07/18/2019 17:07 Comments || Top||

#2  seems like everyday here in GA
Posted by: chris || 07/18/2019 17:29 Comments || Top||

#3  Yep, pretty hot south of Atlanta.
Posted by: Besoeker || 07/18/2019 17:45 Comments || Top||

#4  Yeah, yeah. I've been in Kansas City (Visiting) and lived in St. Louis and Chicago with hotter temperature, and 20 years before the global warming meme.
Posted by: Bobby || 07/18/2019 18:07 Comments || Top||

#5  Haven't had a 100+ day since I moved to Florida. Mid 90s is typical summer here.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 07/18/2019 18:49 Comments || Top||

Circle K stores ditch 'Secretary Day' condom 'special wrapper' offer
Posted by: Skidmark || 07/18/2019 11:08 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6528 views] Top|| File under:

#1  I think it's funny. May the people who get offended by this live in a sterile world.
Posted by: gorb || 07/18/2019 13:38 Comments || Top||

-War on Police-
Florida police officer rescues 2 from submerged vehicle, says 'it didn't really matter what it took'
Posted by: Skidmark || 07/18/2019 10:49 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6526 views] Top|| File under:

Home Front: Politix
Serena Williams Blasts Billie Jean King for Telling Her to Stick to Sports: ‘Equality Is My Cause'
[Breitbart] Serena Williams delivered a stinging rebuke to fellow tennis legend Billie Jean King who said she should focus on tennis and stop behaving like a celebrity and fighting for equality.

King ‐ who was no stranger to fighting for equality for women players when she was starting out ‐ may feel justified after Williams was played off the court in the Wimbledon final on Saturday.

She was beaten 6-2, 6-2 in less than an hour by Simona Halep, who had lost on nine of the 10 previous occasions she had played the American.

King had said that running a business, looking after a child and battling for equality for women and ethnic minorities, could largely all be dealt with by her staff while she focussed on tennis for a couple of years.

The 75-year-old told the BBC earlier in the tournament that Williams should give up being a celebrity for a year: "Just stop all this insanity."

Williams, though, hit back on Saturday.

"The day I stop fighting for equality and for people that look like you and me will be the day I’m in my grave," said the 37-year-old in response to the question.

King later replied, telling Serena via Twitter: "I would never ask anyone to stop fighting for equality.

"In everything she does, Serena shines a light on what all of us must fight for in order to achieve equality for all."
Posted by: Besoeker || 07/18/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6508 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Telling an SJW to stop SJWing is offensive. Surprised King hasn't been cancelled by Twitter yet.
Posted by: Herb McCoy || 07/18/2019 0:58 Comments || Top||

#2  #1 Telling an SJW to stop SJWing is offensive. Surprised King hasn't been cancelled by Twitter yet. Posted by: Herb McCoy 2019-07-18 00:58

...BJK still has a lot of cred in the women's movement and LGBTQ community. Cutting her off at the knees might well be more trouble than its worth.

Posted by: Mike Kozlowski || 07/18/2019 6:09 Comments || Top||

#3  Women, taking home far more pay in promotions than most male athletes, bitching about equality.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 07/18/2019 6:44 Comments || Top||

#4  Wookie, sasquatch. Why are all the WOC role models so damn hircine?
Posted by: M. Murcek || 07/18/2019 7:15 Comments || Top||

#5  Well, xe is the first trans tennis champion.
Posted by: charger || 07/18/2019 15:53 Comments || Top||

Palestinian firefighters help battle blazes in northern Israel
[IsraelTimes] Two Paleostinian firefighting teams are assisting Israeli teams in trying to put out brush fires raging in northern Israel, adjacent to the West Bank.

The teams are helping battle blazes in May Ami, Katzir and Ar’ara ‐ communities that are less than a kilometer from the Green Line.
Posted by: trailing wife || 07/18/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6500 views] Top|| File under: Palestinian Authority

#1  this is an area of mainly Arab villages (some mostly Muslim, some Christian)

the locals know the terrain, including whose land is in danger
Posted by: lord garth || 07/18/2019 0:28 Comments || Top||

#2  Firemen seem pretty focused on "knocking down" fires. Nice to see professionalism overcome ethnic bullshit.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 07/18/2019 12:29 Comments || Top||

Science & Technology
Schumer, DNC up in arms over face manipulation app created by ‘the Russians'
Posted by: Skidmark || 07/18/2019 11:01 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6507 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Schumer [nb. Spell-check renders 'Schuner' as schemer] clutches pearls and tweets:
"...users are required to provide full, irrevocable access to their personal photos & data"!!!!

You stupid f----.
Where the hell have you and your colleagues been in the last 10 years while FB and GOOG and Instagram have been harvesting trillions of facial images thanks to 'full, irrevocable
access to people's data'?

Do your job, Chuck.
No, your job isn't to whore for campaign cash.
Posted by: Lex || 07/18/2019 11:20 Comments || Top||

#2  Anything connected to the Internet 24/7 should be considered public knowledge -- it is like the old aphorism about memos: "Write every memo as if some enemy will use it against you sometime in the future."
Posted by: magpie || 07/18/2019 11:37 Comments || Top||

#3  Almost as irritating as the feds seizing all those DMV license photos.
Posted by: gorb || 07/18/2019 12:39 Comments || Top||

Elon Musk says Neuralink microchip allowed a SJW to 'control' computer with brain
Posted by: Skidmark || 07/18/2019 10:57 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6525 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Now we just need to find an SJW with a brain.
Posted by: charger || 07/18/2019 16:37 Comments || Top||

#2  I see what you did there, Skid. :-)
Posted by: gorb || 07/18/2019 18:16 Comments || Top||

OPSEC: Why this retired one-star says service members should trash their Chinese Huawei smartphones
[MILtimes] If you have a Huawei smartphone, retired Air Force Brig. Gen. Robert Spalding has a message for you.

Throw it out.

That’s because Spalding, the former senior director for strategic planning and national security adviser to the White House, says the Chinese Communist Party could be spying on you.

U.S. sales of the phones were banned by the White House in May and later, they specifically were banned on military bases, where the phones were pulled from the shelves. But so far, no ban has been put in place for usage by service members and Defense Department employees who purchased the phones prior to the sales ban.

Spalding, in a series of interviews with Military Times, said the current ban does not go far enough.

"No active duty service member should be using a Huawei device, especially not on a U.S. military installation," he said. "Huawei smartphones are both a personal security and a national security risk."
Posted by: Besoeker || 07/18/2019 03:10 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6532 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Or any other Chinese, like HTC.
Posted by: Otto Speaking for Boskone7923 || 07/18/2019 5:12 Comments || Top||

#2  I'm always intrigued about how Lenovo (world's biggest PC maker) never comes up in this discussion. It almost like Huawei is Squirrel!
Posted by: M. Murcek || 07/18/2019 6:02 Comments || Top||

#3  Lenovo has come up in these discussions in the past. You slept through it.
Posted by: Thing From Snowy Mountain || 07/18/2019 7:53 Comments || Top||

#4  so is Omorong's first name (rhymes with curb)?
Posted by: Mercutio || 07/18/2019 9:08 Comments || Top||

#5  Because he's a lobbyist for Samsung Android?
Posted by: Skidmark || 07/18/2019 17:54 Comments || Top||

#6  #4 - No evidence of that. Different personas, Different MO's and I DON'T DELETE Herb's nonsense. I mock it.

Even Herb claims to be a victim
Posted by: Frank G || 07/18/2019 19:32 Comments || Top||

Home Front: Culture Wars
High society diners are absolutely drenched in Tropical Storm Barak as New York's exclusive 'Diner En Blanc' descends into chaos as 5,000 guests evacuate carrying their food and tables
Posted by: Skidmark || 07/18/2019 11:44 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6520 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Needed more lightning.
Posted by: Skidmark || 07/18/2019 17:51 Comments || Top||

#2  No mention of gerbil worming...
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 07/18/2019 18:17 Comments || Top||

#3  tl;dr: They had a picnic outside in the summer and got wet when it rained.
Posted by: SteveS || 07/18/2019 18:46 Comments || Top||

#4  More proof of climate change. Wonder how many of them drive a Prius?
Posted by: jpal || 07/18/2019 19:30 Comments || Top||

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