Billionaire Boys Club

11 Dec 18
Chillaxin' with Fraxon

A few years back I was discussing movies with some friends and someone asked how some movies could make scads of money and still be considered ‘disappointments’ to the studios, while other movies make comparatively little and end up being hailed as hits and getting sequels. The answer is that box-office is only half of […]

11 Dec 18

Just to be clear, this is my story and nobody else’s story. My own reality. It doesn’t incriminate anybody of anything. As a matter of fact, I assume 99.99% of the responsibility for what I allowed in my life. If I am talking too much now about a certain person, it’s because this person was […]

11 Dec 18
The New Dark Age

President Macron is often presented as a Rothschild Boy. This is true, but secondary. Thierry Meyssan demonstrates that he owes his electoral campaign mostly to Henry Kravis, the boss of one of the world’s largest financial companies, and to NATO – a considerable debt which weighs heavily today on the solution to the Yellow Vests crisis.

11 Dec 18
Vintage Value Investing

[su_note note_color=”#e3f5fa” text_color=”#000000″ radius=”1″]This article was originally published on[/su_note] I’m sure you’ve realised by now that I love learning. And stories about successful investors and business people are right at the top of my list when I choose what it is I want to learn. I believe I understand my own strengths and limitations, however […]

11 Dec 18

The impending retirement of Glencore’s copper kingpin Telis Mistakidis marks the start of a generational shift at the top of the world’s most powerful commodity trader. While some senior executives have left the Swiss-based group since its 2011 stock market flotation, none of the inner circle surrounding the company’s workaholic boss Ivan Glasenberg have left — […]

10 Dec 18
Book Basset

DONE! I have a table filled with cute little plates of Christmas cookies and cards all ready to go out to friends and family. The baby bassets have already delivered the ones that go to friends in the neighborhood. It was really cool to see how excited they were to deliver them. It reminds me […]

10 Dec 18
Welcome to Moviz Ark!

The Princess Bride and Saw star Cary Elwes has signed on to star in the independent superhero drama The Hyperions, THR has revealed. The film is being written and directed by Jon McDonald, and will see Elwes portraying a professor who invents a device called the Titan badge, which grants humans superpowers and creates an […]

09 Dec 18
The Royal Liar

By Brian L It’s a natural instinct. Peacocks have their luscious tail feathers, lions have their manes, and we have fashion. No one would say that they would hate to look nice. Everyone wants to look cool, to have outfits that express their personality, make them more confident in front of mirrors, and impress others […]

09 Dec 18
For Your Society

Washington Recent revelations about billionaire sex offender Jeffrey Epstein’s sweetheart deal with government prosecutors — thanks to a cadre of all-star defense attorneys who basically treated underage accusers like throwaways — are the tip of the iceberg in a scandal of money, power, sex, corruption and boys’ club criminality. The story has all the makings […]

09 Dec 18
Santa Cruz Sentinel
Recent revelations about billionaire sex offender Jeffrey Epstein’s sweetheart deal with government prosecutors — thanks to a cadre of all-star defense attorneys who basically treated underage accusers like throwaways — are the tip of the iceberg in a scandal of money, power, sex, corruption and boys’ club criminality. The story has all the makings of a Hollywood blockbuster but for the sexual abuse of girls as young as 14 — and a decade-long process in which lawyers allegedly violated the victims’ rights under federal law. It all begins in 2005 when Epstein was accused of sexually assaulting a teenaged girl at his Palm Beach home. Law enforcement expanded the investigation to other alleged assaults, including at his private isle in the U.S. Virgin Islands, which, as has been exhaustively reported, was frequented by celebrities. Epstein’s attorneys, including Dershowitz and former Whitewater prosecutor Ken Starr, negotiated a non-prosecution agreement that ultimately afforded Epstein an absurdly lenient sentence: Just over a year in the county jail, sort of. Epstein was allowed to stay in a vacant wing of the jail and spend up to 12 hours a day in his office, six days a week. The agreement called for him to plead guilty to two state charges of soliciting prostitution, to pay restitution to some of the alleged victims, and to register as a sex offender. To say the least, this coup of disgrace was shamefully misleading, since under Florida law, someone under 18 can’t consent to sex and, therefore, can’t technically be a prostitute. It is otherwise ridiculous given the credible allegations in a 53-page, federal draft indictment, effectively dropped, which could have put him away for life. When the Miami Herald re-examined the case and published its deeply investigative story last month, the focus was largely on the role played by then-U.S. attorney and current U.S. Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta. Many have called for Acosta’s resignation, and Sen. Ben Sasse, R-Neb., has requested a Justice Department probe into the case’s “epic miscarriage of justice.” Epstein’s attorneys and their investigators conducted in-depth, intimate interviews with some of the girls — doubtlessly aimed at discrediting the girls. Police reports reviewed by the Miami Herald show that the private investigators tried posing as police officers to conduct interviews — and picked through the Palm Beach police chief’s trash as U.S. Attorney Barry Krischer was trying to convince him to reduce the charges against Epstein to a misdemeanor. Ten years ago, many of the alleged victims were children and likely unaware of their rights. Now fully informed adults, many of the women — perhaps energized by the #MeToo movement — are seeking to set aside the non-prosecution agreement so that their voices can be heard. There’s no doubt that Epstein’s accusers were denied their rights under the 2004 federal Crime Victims’ Rights Act. Among other things, the law asserts that accusers are to be notified of any legal proceedings, including plea deals; and they or their attorneys are to be present at such proceedings, if so desired. None of this happened. Indeed, one of Epstein’s lawyers wrote a letter to Acosta on Oct. 23, 2007, that read in part: “I also want to thank you for the commitment you made to me during our October 12 meeting in which you … assured me that your Office would not … contact any of the identified individuals, potential witnesses, or potential civil claimants and their respective counsel in this matter.” For his part, Acosta has said that his judgment at the time was that a jury trial might not be the best route and a plea deal guaranteed jail time. Whether this is a valid perspective can be argued, but it seems in the context of victims’ legal rights a quite-charitable view. The sealed, non-prosecution agreement not only granted federal immunity to Epstein and four named accomplices but also to “any [unnamed] potential co-conspirators.” Wouldn’t we like to know those names? Some accusers have named other men with whom they allegedly had sex, but in the absence of evidence or an indictment, the accusations remain just that. Rest assured, the case is far from over. While Epstein is the locus of what’s being told primarily as a political tale via Acosta, the more-important story is about how power and money colluded to let a sex-obsessed monster get away with serial rape, underage sex trafficking, and conspiracy to violate federal law — and the big-league lawyers who allegedly helped him do it.
08 Dec 18
Ryan Lee Movie Reviews

❤️🖤🖤🖤🖤🖤🖤🖤🖤🖤 2018 (UK), Drama/Crime, 1h 48m Starring: Taron Egerton, Ansel Elgort, Kevin Spacey, Emma Roberts, Judd Nelson & Jeremy Irvine Young. Handsome. And cunning. Based on the incredible true story of a group of wealthy boys from LA in the 80’s, who established a get-rich-quick scam that turns deadly. Why a director would try so […]