Wednesday, December 26, 2018
Johnson & Johnson got busted selling baby powder even though it had asbestos in it and caused cancer!
This won't look to good for them for a little while but that's OK they're just going to buy a new version of scientific facts and indoctrinate us to believe them and the mainstream med appears willing to let them as long us they get a cut of the loot!
After all the truth is a commodity on commercial media and can be sold to the highest bidder!
Think I'm kidding?
I wish I was, but it's true as indicated in the following article, and others showing that the media routinely reject ads that interfere with profits, even if they might be true, while allowing ads that are fraudulent, paid for with money obtained from consumers through deception, and even contribute to violence or other social problems:
This may look very bad for them especially after a recent report Johnson & Johnson Loses Bid to Overturn a $4.7 Billion Baby Powder Verdict 12/19/2018; however, they're well aware of the most fundamental principles of propaganda, and this appears to be only a temporary setback. One of the most fundamental principles of propaganda is that most people have a very short memory, and they often don't even pay attention to the news so they don't even know much about this, especially if it's only reported widely in long print articles, many working class people don't take the time to read.
Another of the most fundamental principles of propaganda is "a lie repeated often enough becomes the truth," or at least it seems to, especially if no one is trying to challenge it; and they can count on commercial media to move on to one obsession du jour after another without reminding the public about this for years once the recent flurry of news dies down especially if they spend an enormous amount of money on these new ads telling the public their products are safe.
Johnson & Johnson uses revenue they collect from consumers to buy their ads; however consumers have no influence over the ads, even though they indirectly pay for them; nor is there any peer review from researchers that don't have an incentive to skewer the research in favor of J&J. In Lawrence Lessig's book, Republic Lost (PDF) he writes about other studies about about studies about BPA saying "In a single line, none of the industry-funded studies found evidence of harm, while more than 85 percent of the independent studies did." He also cites several other statistics where industry funded studies can be biased, and there're plenty more examples of other studies from other sources, in most cases from relatively low profile sources the majority of the public rarely reads.
But it doesn't take a genius to suspect that academic studies funded by industries might be more likely to favor the findings the industry wants to find, especially if that industry gets caught red handed hiding documents that show their product causes serious health effects!
It's bad enough when rich industries with an enormous amount of money can buy up much more air time than those without obvious conflicts of interests; but in many cases even when those without obvious conflicts of interests try to buy air time the mass media has apparently censored them, although it's hard to tell how often this happens, since we rely on the media outlets carrying out the censorship for a large portion of our information.
One example that has gotten a moderate amount of attention are a series of ads that Adbusters has attempted to buy over the years, often telling people to "buy nothing" on Black Friday or other times of the year discouraging excessive consumerism and ridiculing consumer products that do far more harm than good including cigarettes. To the best of my knowledge they don't directly report on research that reduces violence; however, as the following article and some additional studies show they do indirectly try to advertise activities that would reduce violence while some of the ads from major corporations increase it:
In my most recent article Research On Preventing Violence Absent From National Media I pointed out how some of the most important research showing how to reduce violence is almost completely absent from the mainstream media; this focuses mainly on the use of corporal punishment, including the use in schools. States that allow corporal punishment in schools consistently have higher murder rates than those that don't going back decades; however this isn't the only contributing factor to escalating violence and this article provides a list of additional studies that I've reviewed in the past, some on my own but mostly crosschecking with peer reviewed studies from other sources.
One of the other leading causes of violence is abandoned inner cities where there are fewer economic or educational opportunities for the people forced to live their and they often have murder rates at least twice the national average, and often four to ten times the national average; and Europe, which does a much better job educating their people and providing child care, has murder rates about half of ours while the countries that do the best job, often banning corporal punishment at home in addition to at school often have murder rates one fifth of our.
All this information, and more is almost completely absent from traditional media. In addition to that there're plenty of studies showing that lower education, higher poverty, income inequality, or other types of corporate fraud all correlate with higher violence rates.
It's a matter of simple logic to realize that if income inequality and poverty increase violent crime; and epidemic levels of fraudulent averting on products the public doesn't need increases income inequality and poverty; then this fraudulent advertising increases violent crime. And this is what Adbusters are trying to discourage, so their advertising will inevitably reduce violence while deceptive ads that increase poverty will increase it; but since the media is getting a cut of the loot through selling ads they allow the ones that increase violence and censor the ones that decrease it!
There are plenty of stories about kids being killed for Nike sneakers that are hyped way beyond their real value, and riots during the holiday season, when violence goes much higher than the rest of the year. There's also a long list of stories every holiday season about people stealing petty Christmas decorations; or people getting outraged about that or many other petty things that really shouldn't matter, which often leads to more violence among family members that have their values mixed up.
People spend an enormous amount of money on exercise equipment they never use often as a result of these ads hyping how simple it is to lose weight if you buy their products but better informed people know that they can do far more to stay in shape by eating less and exercising more without spending money, and they tend to be the ones that succeed in losing money; and the list goes on.
In Florida on Christmas-day and the day after alone, there were two police shootings killing people, another shooting where a father killed his own son in an argument and another incident where seven people were arrested in a high profile argument, among many other crimes that are only reported at the local level in a low profile manner. A look at the news reports often seems to indicate that there's a spike in domestic violence or other forms of violence, and there are plenty of articles backing this up but there are also plenty saying the opposite. I haven't found a conclusive study on the subject, but suspect that it almost certainly does spike during the holidays. One articles says that many people are reluctant to report domestic violence during the holidays, while others argue the opposite; and there's Technical Assistance Guidance to domestic violence and the holidays from December 2011 PDF that says, "To date, there is no comprehensive national study linking the holidays with an increase in domestic violence." several other articles repeat the same claim although some of them seem to report a higher rate of violence during the holidays, and there's definitely a much higher rate of crime at departments stores like Walmart during the holidays.
Why isn't there a study on whether or not domestic violence rises during the holidays? Could it be that they don't want a conclusive answer that might indicate that obsessive pressure to shop might be contributing to escalating violence?
Our entire economic system is designed to glorify constant shopping even when it doesn't improve the quality of life; but ads that point this out are censored; but perhaps a couple of the worst industries which are heavily advertised by commercial media are organized gambling and insurance, which I included in my past reviews, and they both correlate with higher rates of violence.
There are dozens if not hundreds of stories from both gambling and insurance where they contribute to violence and murder every year. In one of my past reviews on insurance I found that over five percent of the murders on Murderpedia had a potential insurance motive to them, with over one percent successfully collecting on the policy for months if not years before they got caught; which means if this is statistically representative that there would be about seven-hundred-fifty murders every year with a potential insurance incentive and one-hundred-fifty collecting on it until they get caught. In many of the cases where they did successfully collect on life insurance policies after committing murder the public only found out about it because they killed again; which means we have no way of knowing how many people knew when to quit while they were ahead.
When I reviewed this as well I found that there were few comprehensive studies on that either and the vast majority of information available on the subject showed obvious bias by the industry which often funds it's own propaganda on the subject although I wouldn't consider this a reliable study. Even though my own reviews haven't been peer reviewed, there's no doubt that there are an enormous number of stories about people committing murder partly because of a life insurance motive.
And it doesn't take a genius to realize that the more money insurance companies spend on advertising, lobbying high CEO salaries, and even payments to people that literally get away with murder, even if this is a small percentage, the less they have to pay for legitimate claims which means it's an inefficient system of creating a safety net!
The In These Times article above about Adbusters also mentions that there were ads protesting the Vietnam war that the media refused to air; which means that propaganda goes beyond hyping epidemic levels of fraud but is also used to promote wars based on lies. To this day the vast majority of the public is probably not aware that one of our allies during World War II supported our cause because we were supposedly defending freedom and the right for people to choose their own government and came out with their own Declaration of Independence, based partly on both ours and Frances version. They asked our government to support their request, which is what our people were told they were fighting World War II for, to defend Democracy.
That country was Vietnam! But instead of allowing them to chose their own government or negotiate a neutrality compromise which JFK did in Laos, and might have done in Vietnam if he wasn't assassinated, our government propped up one tyrant after another pretending they were supporting democracy.
Protecting lies used to support wars while suppressing the truth began long before the Vietnam War and continues in new wars to this day; in Schenck v. United States one of the most famous justifications for suppressing speech of war protesters was "The most stringent protection of free speech would not protect a man in falsely shouting fire in a theatre and causing a panic." However, there's no reason to believe that Charles Schenck or other protesters handing out leaflets were deceiving the public were lying to them; however, like many other wars the government was. The allies denied that the Lusitania which was bombed by Germany, bringing the United States into the war, was supplying weapons at a time when the United States was supposedly not involved in the war; but years after the war was over they admitted it had weapons.
This is just one of many lies to support wars based on lies which are covered much better in alternative media outlets than they are in the mainstream media, which is heavily censored, especially during war. Of course the most famous recent example is the Weapons of Mass Destruction in Iraq that the government and well informed people knew didn't exist. Phil Donahue was also fired for speaking out against the war while the entire media establishment was relentlessly pushing it and keeping coverage well informed protest to a minimum, mentioning only that there are some without reporting the reasons of the protests, which were reported in alternative outlets that exposed government lies.
Another of the most famous lies, at least to those reading alternative media outlets, to get us into war was Wikipedia: Nayirah testimony which falsely claimed that babies were being removed from incubators and left to die. According to many sources, including Wikipedia "it was revealed that her testimony was organized as part of the Citizens for a Free Kuwait public relations campaign which was run by an American public relations firm Hill & Knowlton for the Kuwaiti government."
Another article How PR Sold the War in the Persian Gulf 10/28/2004 reports on how shortly before Iraq invaded Kuwait, when Saddam was still an ally against Iran, "US Ambassador April Glaspie commiserated with Hussein over a 'cheap and unjust' profile by ABC's Diane Sawyer, and wished for an 'appearance in the media, even for five minutes,' by Hussein that 'would help explain Iraq to the American people.'" This shows how public relations people were controlling the message about one tyrant after another, including Saddam Hussein, depending on whether they're our allies or enemies, and in Hussein's case he switched from an ally that they were trying to help improve his image to the boogie man almost overnight; however thanks to control of the media the vast majority of the public isn't aware of this!
Prior to the invasion of Kuwait, in the same interview, April Glaspie told Saddam "We have no opinion on the Arab-Arab conflicts, like your border disagreement with Kuwait." as Stephen Walt reported in WikiLeaks, April Glaspie, and Saddam Hussein 01/09/2011 Walt refers to this as a "now famous interview," which for many people familiar with alternative media outlets might be an accurate description; however the vast majority of the public is almost certainly not as familiar with news or history from alternative media outlets, and never heard of this meeting at all.
And the list just keeps on going; with multinational corporations buying up propaganda versions of the truth to sell to the public, while the mass media get an enormous amount of profit selling their ads. And it's virtually impossible to tell whether or not they're letting it impact their media coverage in many cases; however when they minimize the coverage for the scandals, while selling ads to the corporations being exposed there's an enormous amount of circumstantial evidence indicating they are!
When Well Fargo got caught red handed creating fake accounts a few years ago they bought up an enormous number of public relations ads and people are already beginning to forget their scams. Remember the scams AIG, Firestone's shredding tires, GM's faulty ignition switches, and who knows how many more there have been? Who can keep track of them all?
No one, but the ads repairing their image just keep on coming long after the scandals are forgotten which is what makes them so effective as propaganda.
And there should be little or no doubt that if many of these scandals, including Well Fargo's selling accounts to people that don't want them or various other banks getting caught in their robo-signing of loan documents by OneWest Bank, Bank of America and others, leading to a massive foreclosure crisis lead to much more poverty and that poverty leads to rising violence then there should be no doubt that the corporations involved in epidemic levels of fraud are indirectly responsible for a large moaunt of that violence; yet no one even considers holding them accountable for it; and shortly after they repair their image they gradually escalate their next scandal until they get caught at that to and repeat the cycle all over again!
How many people remember that Steven Mnuchin was head of one of these banks involved in robo-signing so they could foreclose?
Are people starting to forget about BP or the Exxon Valdez? In both cases they came up with massive public relations campaigns to convince the public they've changed their ways but lower profile news articles show they often fight tooth and nail to minimize their payments to victims while they spend all this money on public relations!
And after all that coverage about a "progressive Blue Wave" and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s endorsement of Nancy Pelosi they just reported that Democrats Just Blocked Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Push For A Green New Deal Committee 12/20/2018 which says, "Rep. Kathy Castor’s appointment came as a surprise to proponents of a Green New Deal. The move also kicked off a controversy as the six-term congresswoman dismissed calls to bar members who accept money from fossil fuel companies from serving on the committee, arguing it would violate free speech rights." However Castor doesn't seem to be concerned with the rights to free speech of environmentalists who can't get any air time on TV!
A fraction of one percent controls over ninety percent of the media; and Nancy Pelosi, Kathy Castor and the rest of Congress have demonstrated that they're only concerned with their right to free speech not the majority of the public that may only be allowed to speak in "Free Speech Zones," where no one is listening, so politicians can continue ignoring us as they sell us out!
The First Amendment protects bribes far more than it protects speech!
For more on other causes of violence and how poverty, income inequality, gambling, insurance etc. see a full list of articles on various subjects on Research On Preventing Violence Absent From National Media Each article on any given subject also includes additional peer reviews studies in addition to my own review; but the best research is almost completely absent from mainstream media.
The following are some related sources or additional information:
Just in Time for Supreme Court, Kavanaugh’s Cancer Powder Keg Blows Up - WhoWhatWhy 12/17/2018 Now that Justice Brett Kavanaugh has been confirmed by the Senate, sooner or later he may be asked to weigh some damning evidence — that his own father advocated for a product that he knew was carcinogenic to both mothers and fetuses. Unless he recuses himself. The ironies are piquant: While the son attended private, single-sex religious schools and adopted the traditional Catholic opposition to abortion, and even birth control, on the grounds the government should regulate women’s use of their own bodies and reproduction, the father made millions from the industry that marketed and sold female personal hygiene products — while keeping the government from guarding the consumers’ health and safety.
"Our Talc is safe" J&J online ad
J&J moves to limit impact of Reuters report on asbestos in Baby Powder 12/17/2018 "Science not Sensationalism"
Johnson Baby Products Always Does Better For Baby Ad 11/25/2018
Why Johnson & Johnson India’s print ad today irked me 06/30/2013
The War Against Too Much of Everything 12/22/2012
Fla. Police: Suspect dead after driving stolen Camaro through crowd of 200, attempting to run over police 12/26/2018
Clearwater Fla. police kill man during domestic welfare check 12/26/2018
82-year-old father shoots, kills son during argument on Christmas in Plant City Fla. 12/26/2018
Seven arrested on Christmas after large fight breaks out in Winter Haven Fla. 12/26/2018
Technical Assistance Guidance to domestic violence and the holidays December 2011
Sobering Stats for Domestic Violence Awareness Month 10/09/2015
Why It’s Dangerous To Claim Domestic Violence ‘Spikes’ Over The Holidays 12/13/2016
Domestic Violence Spikes During Holidays 11/28/2016 Experts say domestic abuse spikes during the holidays – and or victims of abuse, this can be a terrifying time. However, often times victims do not seek help during the holidays because they don’t want to take the children away from the abuser.
Domestic Violence Doesn't Take a Holiday 12/15/2014
Tuesday, December 18, 2018
There are grassroots efforts to teach about leading causes of violence, starting with early child abuse, including corporal punishment which teaches children to use violence later in life, and how it escalates from there, in third world countries around the world.
There are also grassroots efforts to teach how to reduce violence at the local level in some states within the United States; however, people not hearing about it at the local level, instead relying on national media might not be aware of it, since it's rarely reported on national news.
One of the most important contributing cause to escalating violence later in life, if not the most important one, is early child abuse including corporal punishment leading to escalating violence. I've checked the correlation between murder rates in states that still allow corporal punishment in schools, and presumably use it more at home as well in a chart below (after the first couple articles with some additional details), and found that it is consistently higher in states that allow corporal punishment than those that don't going back at least to 1991; and there's much more research supporting this conclusion than that.
One of the biggest problems with this incompetent coverage on the subject isn't complete censorship, it's a form of propaganda that reports one version of news repeatedly in some locations that is incredibly bad, but allows much better research to be reported repeatedly in other locations where a much smaller percentage of the public reads. The first article below refers to "a flurry of media attention around the world with headlines such as 'Spanking is Still Really Common, and Still Really Bad for Kids,'” that came out after a statement from the American Academy of Pediatrics. Another one of these articles asks Why Are 19 States Still Allowing Corporal Punishment in Schools? 10/17/2016 This article says, "The widespread use probably comes as a surprise to many people, says Dr. Elizabeth Gershoff, a developmental psychologist at the University of Texas at Austin."
There's little or no doubt in the academic world that this is clearly bad for children teaching them violence later in life and contributing to plenty of other social problems, including higher depression, fewer critical thinking skills, problems in school, and much more. Many of these articles express shock that it's still allowed in schools and that most people don't know about it. The reason is propaganda and politics. What many don't realize seems to be that the people accosted to keeping up with a variety of research on numerous subjects from sources other than the mass media often life in different worlds from many people that rely on traditional media, often those more inclined to keep up with celebrity gossip or obsessive sports coverage.
This doesn't mean that all sports fans are ignorant of current events or good research, of course; however, as comedians occasionally remind us when they go out in the streets and ask people if they're familiar with recent current events or show them pictures of some of the highest profile politicians, a large percentage of them demonstrate they don't know much about history, biology, a science book or the French I took. This is incredibly hypocritical, especially when it's the Cable News media that sends pundits out to quiz people on the streets; since the reason we have a large percentage of people ignorant about one subject after another is that the mass media is relentlessly trying to keep them distracted and doesn't even try to report the best research on any given subject, instead obsessing on a small number of stories, like the Russia Conspiracy Theory.
The vast majority of the public probably gets their information from traditional media, even if they recognize that it's seriously flawed or local leaders, often religious leaders, or in many cases demagogues. The mass media reports on crime as if the only way to address the situation is to rely on punishment as a deterrent, without even thinking about what causes it or how early child abuse, inadequate schools, income inequality, gambling, outsourcing of jobs, insurance fraud and many other white collar crimes lead to escalating violence.
Corporal punishment leading to escalating violence isn't the only contributing cause to our high violence rates compared to other developed countries like Europe; but it's almost certainly the most important one. The second most important contributing cause of violence is abandoned inner cities, followed by many other smaller contributing causes, which the media doesn't cover well either. It's not hard to demonstrate that abandoned inner cities are a major cause of violence, since there are about a hundred and twenty five cities in this country that have more than double the national average murder rates, and in most cases they're poorer cities with lower incomes. This inconvenient fact isn't reported in mainstream media anymore than any of the other good research on a variety of subjects.
I've gone into some of these other contributing causes in past articles and will add a little more to it along with links below. As of this writing there are still nineteen states that still allow corporal punishment in schools. Most of these states are in control of Republicans; however, one of the states, Colorado that has recently tried to ban it is now controlled by Democrats, which means they can easily pass a bill banning it next years, assuming they try; and another, Kentucky, had a massive grassroots movement by young people pressuring their politicians to pay attention resulting in a Republican introducing a bill, which he already declared he's going to reintroduce next year, so they also have a chance to eliminate it. North Carolina has recently ended it in the last county still allowing it in public schools; however it's still allowed in private schools and state law still doesn't ban it. But this shows that they might be more willing to ban it.
With the so-called progressive blue wave taking over the House of Representatives, they should be able to reintroduce Carolyn McCarthy's (Now retired) Federal Bill H.R. 3027 "The Ending Corporal Punishment in Schools Act," and if they don't get cooperation from the Republicans they can at least do much more to educate the public about the subject. Unfortunately there's little or no chance the Congress will do anything unless there's an enormous amount of grassroots pressure.
The sad truth is they clearly represent their campaign contributors far more than they represent the voters, or base decisions on science and good research.
End Corporal Punishment in Public Schools 09/25/2016 Dr. Eric Thomas Weber
About fifteen European countries have murder rates that are less than a fifth of the rates we have in the United States and most of them banned corporal punishment both in schools and at home; and they also do a far better job providing education and child care which is another leading solution to escalation violence. A recent article from Canada, which still allows corporal punishment but does a better job providing child care and education than the united states, and has murder rates that are only about a third of the United States clearly indicates they're going through the same debate in the academic world:
Not only is the United States reluctant to ban corporal punishment in schools but it's also threatening efforts to defend human rights around the world by refusing to support UN anti-violence resolutions, and is actively trying to block them which is incompatible with the claim that we're the "leader of the free world" as indicated in the following article:
As long as the United states continues to oppose basic human rights protections for children the government has no legitimate claim to defend freedom. This isn't limited to the Convention for the Rights of the Child; the United states also opposes the International Criminal Court, the landmine treaty and the Paris agreement on protecting the environment, often even though the public may support it. However it's difficult to know what the public supports or if it's informed support on any given policy since the mainstream media doesn't report the details of it or the implications.
The current policies on immigration is also becoming increasingly draconian, although it was bad under previous administrations, including the Obama administration which did a better job pretending to defend human rights using the Republicans as scapegoats, while putting up weak opposition. One of the negative social problems that corporal punishment contributes to is desensitizing people to other peoples suffering especially people that are from other cultures, races or religions. It also desensitizes children to violence including wars based on lies, and teaches children to blindly believe what they're told from their leaders without fact checking even when there are incredibly obvious flaws in alleged facts like claims that there were weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. This is often even worse when centralized media declines to report the news about these lies to start wars or good research on the causes of violence.
In Dobson’s Indoctrination Machine I explained how early indoctrination is often carried out from birth using intimidating child rearing tactics teaching children to fear their parents if they disobey or question the official version of truth, which leads them to associate love closely with fear. This has been passed down from generation to generation for thousands of years without questioning the damage it has done until the past couple of generations, when it has changed dramatically for a large segment of the country and world. There areas where they learned more effective child rearing tactics are the ones that saw the greatest reduction in violence.
The following article provides additional evidence to show that reducing child abuse and corporal punishment leads to less violence later in life:
There's also evidence from different areas within the United States that supports this conclusion, including the fact that there are lower murder rates in states that no longer allow corporal punishment in schools, especially if it's not common at home either. As I said this isn't the only contributing cause; one of the other biggest contributing cause to violence, is almost certainly abandoned inner cities where the highest murder rates are. In most cases rural areas have lower murder rates than cities, even though they're more likely to rely heavily on corporal punishment; but the rural areas that use it more have higher rates than those that don't; which is why the murder rates are higher in the South despite fact that most bigger cities are not.
The mainstream media is far less likely to report on research on this as well. High rates of violence, which are most conclusive demonstrated with murder rates, since they're the only ones that are thoroughly documented, although other forms of violence are important as well, also correlate with high poverty, income inequality, lower education, white collar crime including insurance fraud and corporate gambling, and forms of violence which are considered legitimate, justifiably or not like wars based on lies.
If high rates of poverty or income inequality are major contributing causes of violence, which they are, then any type of corporate fraud which increases poverty or income inequality also increases violence. This is clearly true with gambling and insurance, where the odds are rigged in favor of the organizing institutions controlling them, otherwise they would go bankrupt. There are well over a hundred people killed every year with a possible insurance motive, but the media never phrases it quite that way. Instead they use violent crime for entertainment purposes, without reporting on the research.
One of the leading reasons for that is they get a share of the funds collected in these industries which should be considered fraudulent. The more insurance or gambling industries spend on advertising, lobbying, or high CEO salaries, the less they have to pay out in claims or winnings, which is an obvious flaw in these industries. The reason the media or politicians never reports on this or tries to consider alternative, is because they get a lot of funds form these industries either in the form of advertising dollars or campaign contributions.
The people we rely on for educational information about preventing violence have a financial incentive to distort that information!
I went into this more in a variety of different subjects in a series of additional articles listed below which explore each subject in more detail, and cites additional sources including studies from peer reviewed academics, that are rarely ever covered in the mainstream media. When the mainstream media does cover one or two studies from any given subject they rarely ever put it in the right context, implying that they're flawed and often contradict each other. This is partly true, but the biggest problem is that the media often misrepresents them, presenting them as if they're comprehensive, which most of them aren't, or that they're designed to come to absolute conclusions.
Academics that study these subjects know better, and admit that most of them have there limitations and flaws which is why they review many different studies constantly crosschecking them against each other. But this isn't the way the media presents it to the public, instead repeating the same messages that suit their own propaganda purposes over and over again.
In the case of using corporal punishment the evidence has been overwhelming for years if not decades among scholars familiar with the subject that have looked closely at the facts, yet the mainstream media continues to report on it as if it's controversial or inconclusive, if they mention it at all. Then they allow demagogues to dominate the discussion often shouting things like, "that's no excuse," or "I was hit when I was a child but I didn't become a murderer," both of which are true, but that's not the point. This emotional response that has been repeated over and over again implies that punishment after the fact as a deterrent is the only way to try to solve crimes. Instead what they should be doing is teaching what the contributing causes of violence are so they can prevent it.
It's far cheaper financially to increase spending on early child care and teaching at risk parents how to care for their children than it is to build massive prisons all over the country which don't effectively rehabilitate prisoners. Teaching at an early age prevents these violent crimes from happening in the first place; but thanks to the demagogues we're constantly cutting funds for programs that work and spending a fortune for programs that don't work but have emotional appeal!
FBI Uniform Crime Report for 2018 (Published Fall, 2019)
The following table shows that the murder rates have been consistently higher in states that still allow corporal punishment in schools, and presumably use it more at home as well.
Deterrence: States Without the Death Penalty Have Had Consistently Lower Murder Rates and for full Murder Rates Nationally and By State These statistics obtained from the FBI and organized by the Death Penalty Information Center were used to calculate the statistics about corporal punishment in the table below.
Corporal Punishment in U.S. Public Schools: Prevalence, Disparities in Use, and Status in State and Federal Policy 2016 This article lists which states banned corporal punishment in schools and what year they banned it.
The second column, listing the murder rates for states still allowing corporal punishment in schools and presumably using it more at home as well, is constantly higher than the third for those not allowing it in schools. States banning corporal punishment since 1990 weren't switched to that category until the year after they banned it in this table. Some of the states that banned it didn't see their murder rates drop immediately, which isn't surprising, since the use of corporal punishment has a long term impact and it may not show immediate results. However, reduction in the use of corporal punishment goes back to when Benjamin Spock and other child rearing experts began teaching more effective methods without abusing kids; and the murder rates have been dropping since then. As of this writing I haven't completed all the statistics, however, a glance at the top ten and bottom ten murder rates shows that states allowing it are far more likely to make the top ten while those banning are more likely to make the bottom ten; so the only question is how much higher the murder rates are in states allowing it. The fourth and fifth columns list the total number of states still allowing it or banning it first then the population in all those states combined after the /.
|Population with CP||Population without CP||Murders|
Note on "lies damn lies and statistics" or methods of calculating higher murder rates: Statistics or math don't lie; however they're routinely take out of context to distort impressions supporting someones own views. When calculating how much higher murder rates in states still allowing corporal punishment than those not allowing it, I averaged the high and low, from second and third columns, and calculated the percentage of the difference, which when it was at it's closest, in 1992 it was only 2.26%. This was only a few years after a dozen or so states banned it, and since corporal punishment has long term impacts on escalating violence, it's reasonable to assume it might take a while for the violence it causes to slow down, which it did. One of the states with the highest murder rate at this time was California, which also had a much higher population raising the rates significantly for states no longer allowing it. However, from 1991, five years after they banned corporal punishment in schools, to about 2010, the murder rate there dropped steadily from almost thirteen per hundred thousand to less than five per hundred thousand.
The average percentage of higher murder rates for schools still allowing corporal punishment is 2007: 26.4%; 2008: 25.1%; 2009: 25.2%; 2010: 27.1%; 2011: 23.6% 2012: 22.2%, 2013: 24.9%, 2014: 30.1%, 2015: 25.1%, 2016: 29.3%, 2017: 29.8%, 2018: 32.1%,
Edit 01/24/2020: the FBI statistics came out for 2018 and this has been added showing that murder rates went down in both states with and without use of corporal punishment again but more in those without increasing the difference for this year to 32.1% which is higher than any previous year. The evidence is mounting, showing the longer these states go without using excessive amounts of corporal punishment the greater the difference from those still using it. Also the DPIC is no longer updating their table every year so I changed the links to the Wayback Machine where you can still access their old table, and added FBI page for 2018, and perhaps any year after than when they come out.
States still allowing it don't use it nearly as often as they used to, and they also dropped, but not nearly as fast. And with, mostly the states highest murder rates, still allowing corporal punishment the percentage difference has increased significantly. If Kentucky and Colorado, the states now trying to ban it, succeed, this percentage can be expected to increase even more since they have lower murder rates than those not inclined to ban it.
This is just one of many statistical reviews that overwhelmingly shows that there can be no justification for using corporal punishment as discipline to teach morals or control behavior. There should be absolutely no doubt that it teaches escalating violence and is a leading cause of escalating violence later in life.
The following are some related articles about this subject, and it's followed by more of my articles below:
United States Landmine Policy: Questions and Answers 10/03/2014
US Opposition to the International Criminal Court The United States government has consistently opposed an international court that could hold US military and political leaders to a uniform global standard of justice.
US Takes Aim at the International Criminal Court 09/11/2018 Bolton Tirade Prompted by Looming Afghanistan Investigation
Syria Is Joining the Paris Agreement. Now What? The United States is officially the only country to reject the climate accord. 11/08/2017
A Unanimous Voice in Support of Students 12/12/2018 On October 2, the Graham County School Board quietly joined all the other 114 local school districts in North Carolina by voting to prohibit the use of corporal punishment in the public schools. Thus, for the first time in the history of our state (as well as the colony before it), no students attending public schools will fear being hit by a teacher or principal.
Kentucky lawmaker looks to ban corporal punishment in schools 11/28/2018
These Kentucky schools still spank kids who misbehave. Is it time for that to end? 03/02/2018 As of 2016-17, only 17 of Kentucky’s 173 public school districts reported use of corporal punishment, which is down from 25 in school year 2015-16. MAP
Charlie Gardner: Corporal punishment should be abolished in Kentucky schools; tell your legislators 01/15/2018
Texas has 2nd largest number of school spankings in U.S. 05/17/2018 Most of the schools with spanking are in smaller districts in rural areas. Although, one school in Dallas — the AW Brown Leadership Academies Charter School, intermediate campus in South Dallas — is on the list. ..... according to a report from Education Week.: As in years past, schools in the majority of states don't use corporal punishment. Mississippi had most episodes of physical punishment of K-12 students, followed by Texas, Alabama, Arkansas, and Oklahoma. Additionally, there were a handful of anomalous documented cases of corporal punishment in states where the practice is banned, including California, Minnesota, Washington, D.C., and Wisconsin.
Ban on corporal punishment for most students with disabilities goes to Tennessee governor 04/17/2018
U.S. Pushes Back Against U.N. Anti-Violence Resolutions 11/13/2017 They view those efforts as a threat to parental control over their offspring and to the practice of corporal punishment, which is still legal in public schools in more than 20 (actually 19) states in the United States, particularly in the South.
Factors predicting school corporal punishment 07/12/2017
According to Wikipedia's List of school shootings in the United States there were quite a few shootings that were directly incited by incidents of corporal punishment going back a hundred years if not longer. This includes 15-year-old student Alexander Potter, in Summerville, Georgia, 1920; Mrs. Carmila Rindoni in Chicago, Illinois, for spanking her son the day before 1920; Adolphus Oaks, for whipping his sister in Middlesboro, Kentucky 1920;
Paddling students: Georgia charter school wants to use corporal punishment 09/13/2018
Why Are Black Students Facing Corporal Punishment in Public Schools? 04/08/2014
Our View: Time to end corporal punishment in schools 12/12/2018
Students call for an end to paddling, spanking and flogging in schools 12/11/2018 Kentucky is one of 19 states that still allow corporal punishment in our public schools. Corporal punishment is an archaic method of discipline that allows the use of physical force on a minor or mentally disabled person. Paddling, spanking, flogging and other forms of physical force are currently allowed.
Children Are Still Being Hit at School. Here Are 5 Things to Know. 12/13/2018
Corporal punishment in Tennessee public schools being studied 12/13/2018 “Children are still being hit in school”, is the headline of the article which breaks down things to know about corporal punishment, including the fact that students with disabilities received corporal punishment at a higher rate. That fact was the focus of a News4 I-team investigation that prompted the Tennessee state Senate to ban corporal punishment for students with disabilities earlier this year. Parents of students with disabilities can still opt into corporal punishment.
Use of corporal punishment should be local choice 12/09/2018
Jamaica: Parents Urged to Speak Out Against Corporal Punishment in Schools 12/1/2018 “Violence begets violence. All of us, when we see corporal punishment being used in our schools, we should make a sound about it. We have responsibility for our children; don’t beat them,” he said.
Corporal punishment bill goes down in Colorado Senate committee 03/14/2017 The Senate Judiciary Committee, on a party-line vote, defeated House Bill 1038, sponsored by state Sen. Rachel Zenzinger, an Arvada Democrat.
California state assemblyman arrested after daughter reports spanking to teacher 12/14/2018
Corporal punishment plants first seed of violence in children 12/05/2018
Democrats Will Ignore Broad Progressive Reforms at Their Peril 12/06/2018 Black children, especially boys, are far more likely to be disciplined than whites with suspensions, referral to law enforcement, expulsion, corporal punishment, school-related arrest. Racial disparity in discipline is even more pronounced in magnet and charter schools.
Black kids are way more likely to be punished in school than white kids, study finds 04/05/2018
Why parents should never spank children 10/29/2017
The damage we’re doing to our children and ourselves 06/24/2018
Church outrage over spanking ban aids violence against South Africa’s children 01/14/2018
Maharashtra wants schools to follow national norms to end corporal punishment 07/13/2018
Parent: Students Paddled After Participating in Walkout 03/15/2018
The following are some of my past articles about contributing causes to crime and how to prevent them:
Ignored evidence linking corporal punishment, poverty and crime grows
Does lack of education increase violent crime? Religion?
How much does Income Inequality Affects Crime Rates?
States with high murder rates have larger veteran populations
Teach a soldier to kill and he just might
The tragedy of gambling politics in United States
How does gambling and gun control impact violent crime?
Politics, not technology, caused botched executions
Troy, Cameron, Gary all innocent? And executed?
Democrats do a bad job on crime; Republicans and the Media are worse!!
Politicians increase crime; Grass roots efforts reduce crime; Politicians steal the credit
Life Insurance and media companies are encouraging lots of murders
Union Busting adds to corrupt bureaucracy and incites crime
Obama’s Opposition to Corporal Punishment Needs to be Finished by Grassroots
Crime Prevention and Rehabilitation Should Become a Priority Again!
Prevention of violence has to address all causes, not just Guns!
Growing Evidence Of Mega-Church Fraud Violence & Support For War?
Apartheid States of America
Is Push For Charter Schools Increasing Murder Rates?
Insurance Executives Profit By Inciting Murder Occasionally Paying Killers
Media Glorify Themselves While Still Refusing to Cover Causes of Violence!
Copyright & "Intellectual Property" Are endangering Lives & Democracy!
Wednesday, December 12, 2018
The Pizzagate conspiracy theory went viral online and was followed up by viral coverage debunking it in the mainstream media. This wasn't hard to debunk, since it came from extremely unreliable sources, and it included claims that a child sex ring was taking place in the basement of Comet Pizza, when there wasn't even a basement in the building!
However there did turn out to be many real scandals including Jeffrey Epstein, who had ties to both the Clinton's and the Trump's along with many other powerful people. Many of these scandals are often reported from the same sources that also reported the Pizzagate conspiracy theories, which led to the majority of rational people that check some of their facts to find that these reports have been coming from highly unreliable sources. However, the Epstein story was a real scandal as pointed out by a recent investigation by the Miami Herald, but this was also reported at the time he went to prison over ten years ago from traditional media, but they only provided minimum coverage for it then and most people forgot about it.
Many of the fringe conspiracy theorists on the internet jump to a lot of conclusions spreading false claims that can easily be discredited; however, in some cases some of these stories, like Jefferey Epstein and Alison Mack, turn out to be true, and they often show how well conected some of these people are often to both political parties. Jeffrey Epstein had close ties to both the Clintons and Donald Trump and so did Charles Kushner who secretly hired a prostitute to tempt his brother in law into having sex in a location which he arranged to videotape, and sent the tape to his own sister, as revenge for testifying against him in a corruption trial.
Charles Kushner, is of course Jared Kushner's father and clearly still has close ties to him and is influencing his business practices to this day. Some of these conspiracy theories obviously don't turn out to be completely true, but there are large portions of them that often come from reliable sources and can be confirmed easily, so they aren't entirely false, as many stereotypes often try to convince the public to believe. This is also very effective when the mainstream media obsessively repeats some things, like the Russia conspiracy theory over and over again, but buries stories about how a small percent of the public has strong connections to both political parties, but the working class almost never has ties to more than a handful of politicians, and most of them are only tied at the local level and don't rise to the highest positions in government.
We've recently found out that Don Hewitt and Jeff Fager were both implicated in additional sexual harassment suits or covering them up as a result of investigation into Les Moonves; and buried in the recent disclosure about Jeffrey Epstein is an accusation that Alan Dershowitz raped a minor while at Epstein's property, which he denied and the courts and media gave him the benefit of the doubt. Donald Trump and Jeffrey Epstein were also sued in 2016 for alleged rape of a thirteen year old in 1994. This girl was represented by Lisa Bloom and she dropped her lawsuit just before the election, supposedly after receiving death threats.
Mainstream media has given this minimal coverage, if they mention it at all, along with an enormous number of additional stories implicating the well connected. We have no way of knowing if some of these accusations are true; however, we have a pattern of behavior of wealthy people routinely getting caught in incidents like this and signing non-disclosure agreement forbidding alleged victims from talking about it, and often paying them off, like Stormy Daniels, Karen McDougal, and numerous accusers of members of congress.
This means that either contract law is being used to keep criminal sexual assaults secret, or, if the claims are false as suspects often claim, these contracts are being used to cover up successful extortion attempts. Even if this does turn out to be false there's plenty of additional evidence to indicate that Trump and many other politicians have been corrupted by many different sources; and that the mainstream media only seems to cover political candidates that are involved in epidemic levels of fraud or other scandals, who routinely pass one law after another benefiting the wealthy at the expense of the working class.
Is it possible that Katie Johnson was also paid off along with some of Trump's other alleged affairs? There's no way of knowing for certain now, but this does follow a consistent pattern of behavior, so it shouldn't be considered fringe conspiracy theory.
I don't recall the mainstream media mentioning Katie Johnson on national television once, and probably never would have found out about her at all if alternative media hadn't pointed out this story to me. If the mainstream media did mention her while I was watching it must have been very brief, and didn't get my attention, which is how propaganda works. Now the story about Epstein is already being dropped from the mainstream media, and if past is prologue, it's unlikely that they'll mention often if at all again unless some other major scandal forces them to do so.
On top of that the vast majority of the most important details from the story in the Miami Herald, and other lower profile articles about this scandal and many others, weren't even reported in the mainstream media, as you can see in some of the following excepts from the Miami Heralds articles:
There should be little or no doubt that a massive effort has been made to confuse the issue to cover something up. If the victims are mostly right, there's little or no doubt that Jeffrey Epstein had the resources to hire lawyers and private detectives to confuse the issue and demonize his victims. If, on the other hand, their claims that the victims made up one thing after or another are true, there's little or no chance that they had the resources to make up all this evidence. There's still a chance that they might have exaggerated some of the details or gotten them mixed up; in fact, anyone familiar with personal testimony from complicated issues like this would know that at least a little of that is virtually guaranteed. If there wasn't some details that got mixed up some investigators might suspect it was carefully staged.
Alan Dershowitz, Prince Andrew, and Donald Trump were all publicly accused of statutory rape of minors, if not worse; the media and courts all gave the accused the benefit of the doubt, and there are plenty more claims that other politicians or celebrities were involved as well. The vast majority of the evidence to shed more light on this might be secret as a result of non-disclosure agreements as a result of the settled lawsuits. Epstein, and perhaps, other defendants, clearly paid out millions of dollars in settlements to alleged victims that were supposedly making it all up, assuming you believe many of the denials, yet there's no discussion of charging them with extortion. Any lawsuits for libel were settled in sealed agreements that are secret, with all the evidence the investigators have the claim that the victims were making up large portions of this would be laughable if it wasn't so serious.
There are plenty of claims that other powerful people that were unnamed, in addition to the ones that were named, were also involved in this sex scandal; let's assume, for the sake of argument that they're all false. Would Jeffrey Epstein have been able to get this good of a deal if none of these claims were true, without the help of powerful people that would be implicated otherwise?
There's no longer much if any doubt that Kevin Spacey, who traveled with Epstein to South Africa, was involved in repeated sexual harassment allegations; and the media hinted that they knew about his sex life years, if not one or two decades, before the claims became public. The first I heard of rumors about his being gay, was when I saw him on an interview, at least five to six years before the accusations came out, where he was asked about rumors that he was gay, and he portrayed it as false claiming to be heterosexual and after his denial both him and the interviewer seemed to portray these rumors as unjustified smears. We now know that there was more to those rumors and apparently they weren't unjustified smears at all, and the truth was even worse, although it might have been reported in the fringe sources that often report claims like Pizzagate without appearing to have any credibility.
If you compare a long list of the different accusation against many celebrities, including Allison Mack, Keith Raniere, Harvey Weinstein and many more, there's a pattern of behavior that is often repeated over and over again. This appears to be a way of life for them and once people are drawn into it, in many cases at a young age they become involved in the cover up. Allison Mack was raised as a child model who used her family connections to get ahead in the business. Harvey Weinstein also used private detectives and even Israeli intelligence to harass his victims.
There's now no doubt that Donald Trump paid off both Stormy Daniels and Karen McDougal, to keep their stories out of the press just before the elections and he publicly threatened other adult women bringing allegations against him, and that Katie Johnson canceled her press conference before it got any attention from the mass media. How can we know for certain that she wasn't paid off as well? This would have fit the pattern of behavior, offering money for silence and threats if they don't take it. If such a deal were made it would presumably be kept secret as a result of a non-disclosure agreement.
EXCLUSIVE: Troubled woman with a history of drug use who claimed that she was assaulted by Donald Trump at a Jeffrey Epstein sex party at age 13 MADE IT ALL UP 11/07/2016 This story is based on an anonymous source and an alleged interview with Katie Johnson; however it doesn't address the two witnesses listed in the court document or provide a link to that document so people will notice the omission. It was also posted just barely before the election. It does mean that either this was done as a smear against Donald Trump or there was a organized cover up with the help of media outlets friendly to Trump to cover up a legitimate accusation. Either way political dirty tricks are far more common than the mainstream media seems to imply.
The recent awarding of legal fees from Stormy Daniels to Donald Trump raises doubts about whether or not the courts are willing to help enforce non-disclosure agreements designed to cover up corrupt or illegal actions from the well connected. Awarding legal fees to be paid by people with far less money to those with far more money should raise doubts about equal access to the court system, especially since Donald Trump is constantly trying to intimidate people into remaining silent suppressing their first amendment right, yet this award claims to defend Trump's first amendment rights at the same time. Successfully requiring the middle class to pay legal fees to the wealthy without doing the reverse when it's far more justified ensures that the so-called justice system is only available for those that can pay for it, which isn't even remotely Just!
Reviewing the articles from some of these different stories there clearly appears to be plenty of people from the FBI and other police departments that knew more about this than they led on; and instead of investigating it and exposing it so it would end they helped cover it up and some of the sincere investigators wound up leaving the police force, for one reason or another.
Many of the people that are now trying to take credit for allegedly helping to expose a lot of these sex scandals are the same people that looked the other way previously, including in Hollywood. Courtney Love went on tape with her accusation against Weinstein over ten years before the press actually reported on it and investigated to find out if there was more to it than that. There were rumors about this going back decades if not much longer. If many of the celebrities that now claim they strongly oppose it were true they could have and would have spoken up much sooner!
Since there are politicians and celebrities involved, it's not unreasonable to speculate about the possibility that this might be related to other far-fetched conspiracies, even if some of them seem hard to believe. Previously in Phony Apocalyptic Judgement Day May Be Here! I pointed out that it was routine to use these sex scandals for political purposes, with politicians from both parties expressing outrage at the scandals on the other side but defending almost identical ones on their own side. the accusation between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are among the most obvious. Before, and during, the Trump Clinton campaign neither side was consistent about standing up to those that have been credibly accused of sexual assault. It was only after Trump won that the Democrats adopted their current zero tolerance policies and on at least one occasion probably jumped to the wrong conclusion.
I'm no fan of Al Franken, especially since he helped rig the primary for Hillary Clinton despite the fact that his own constituents clearly preferred Bernie, but the claims made by Leeann Tweenen against him are highly suspicious, after looking at some of the videos of her in Iraq where flirting with men and grabbing their behinds was part of her routine, and there was even a picture of her with Al Franken kissing, which was clearly consensual. This adds to a long list of efforts to confuse this issue and many others.
In the previous article about a "Phony Apocalyptic Judgement" and additional articles including Dude, We've Been In The Rabbit Hole Or Twilight Zone All Along! I pointed out serious problems with the political establishment and research that should show that the political establishment knows how to manipulate the public far more effectively than they are; but instead they're acting like a bunch of buffoons and taking everything to an insane extreme. These articles also point out that there are other major unsolved mysteries that may not seem related including UFOs and megaliths that were moved thousands of years despite the fact that experiments show that should have been impossible with the technology they had available to them at that time. Philip Corso and several other whistle blowers also claimed that they were involved in sharing alien technology with multinational corporations, which could explain the dramatic advances that have been taking place over the last seventy years and increasing even more in the last twenty years.
Past articles on this subject includes Researching Poor, Slaves, Prisoners, To Benefit Ruling Class With Alien Technology? where I explored real research that was taking place based on traditional mainstream media sources, and speculated that if Corso was right then this research was almost certainly influenced by the technology that came from ancient aliens; and Hurricane Apocalypse Coming With or Without Fringe Conspiracy Theory where I pointed out that if climate change is caused by man that some degree of geoengineering is clearly possible and if there are aliens sharing technology they're almost certainly involved in that as well. Even if there aren't ancient aliens there are plenty of government sources that claim that they're trying to experiment with geoengineering, including some that are reasonably reliable, and as usual in subjects like this plenty of other sources with major credibility problems.
At about the same time that Philip Corso claimed to have been sharing alien technology with multinational corporations L. Ron Hubbard was starting Scientology, which as I explained in Scientology connection to the CIA? Ancient Aliens? Other mystics including Helena Blavatsky? never could have gotten away with their activities if they didn't have government connections possibly from the CIA.
Leah Remini has been attracting a lot of attention on A&E allegedly exposing Scientology; however as I explained in the previous article about it, I doubt if she's trying to expose all of it, and she may be using some of the same appeals to emotions and manipulation tactics as Scientology, although I suspect she's not trying to lure people into another cult, but might be involved in a controlled disclosure effort, which wouldn't be nearly as good as coming out with the truth, what ever that is.
In a couple recent tweets one to an obvious smear from Scientology against Mike Rinder, which was advertised on Twitter, not just a free tweet, and another to Leah Remini's respond to the same tweet I tried to point out that this smear is so obvious that it does more to advertise Leah's show that it does to discredit Mike Rinder, and a close look at the vast majority of responses to that indicates that everyone recognizes that. This is part of an advertising campaign that continued the day after I posted this article when I responded to another paid Tweet by saying, This is an obvious paid smear which raises odd possibility that it might be reverse psychology or bizarre #PsyOp of some sort advertising Leah Remini's show which is good to a point but doesn't disclose whole truth 12/13/2018
The problem with that is that it's just to obvious and Scientology should easily recognize it. Furthermore with all the talk about suppressing fake news it's hard to imagine why Twitter would promote it. This is so obvious that even if they thought it might advance the cause of Scientology the first time after seeing overwhelming negative responses they should have realized that it's backfiring. However, this isn't the first time Scientology has done something like this; it's part of their routine. It may work to keep cult members in line that are already indoctrinated; however, they can do this without an absurd add like this. Which leads me to suspect that this is almost certainly a far-fetched PsyOp of some sort for an undisclosed reason. The evidence supporting this assumption is stronger than the evidence supporting the hypothesis that Pizzagate is a PsyOp. Like a lot of other unsolved mysteries the skeptical explanation seems to make sense until you think it through.
Another recent article Do Aliens own Stock in Monsanto, DuPont, or Microsoft? points out that if this technology is being shared with corporations it must be having a major impact on high tech companies with enormous amount of political connections and this includes a full list of past articles on the subject.
Of course, many people will be skeptical of theories about aliens, especially if they haven't looked closely at the evidence. This is especially true since once they do look at the evidence, it may become clear that there are colossal blunders from both sides of the issue, but skeptics can't explain how the megaliths were moved and some more complicated unexplained mysteries that require a closer look to realize that the official explanation doesn't add up.
Another thing to consider is, if there's no ancient aliens that have been visiting for thousands of years, why is there such a massive effort to make it seem like there is with false whistle blowers, including Senators, governors, astronauts, high ranking military personal, and plenty of other well connected ones; and why does the mainstream media give so much air time to the show on the History Channel?
Even if the ancient aliens theory is wrong there's constant reminders that the wealthy benefit from an obvious and major double standard like Accused of rape, former Baylor fraternity president gets no jail time after plea deal 12/11/2018 and many more that I pointed out in Illusion Of Justice For Sale The investigation into Epstein raises major doubts about how much we can trust the police when they make denials like Guymon Okla. Police refute claim of sex trafficking incident at Walmart posted on Snapchat 12/11/2018 In most cases the police are almost certainly right but when they get exposed so often catering to political pressure how can we be certain, especially when a portion of alleged conspiracy theories eventually turn out to be partially true like about Harvey Weinstein, Jeffrey Epstein, and Kevin Spacey along with many more turn out to be true? By going along with the cover up it ensure that more people, not less will believe these fringe conspiracy theories
This isn't limited to sex abuse scandals, the wealthy are also accustomed to taking advantage of illegal immigrants even while they demonize them as pointed out recently in Making President Trump’s Bed: A Housekeeper Without Papers 12/06/2018 and this is far from the first time stories like this have been reported; numerous celebrities have been exposed at doing the same things including Meg Whitman and Lou Dobbs as I pointed out in Scapegoating human trafficker to protect corporations? which reviewed the human trafficking scandale a couple years ago where a truck driver was caught with a load of undocumented immigrants including ten that died. They didn't investigate to find out who was hiring all these immigrants to create a market for an organized ring of human traffickers because it would lead to well connected people like Donald Trump and his housekeeper!
And the same fund raiser that support one political party routinely provide fund raiser for the other like Cory Booker who raised an enormous amount of funds with the help of the Kushner's. It's not hard to find many other well connected people with ties on both sides of the aisle, but few if any of the highest profile politicians have close ties to ordinary Americans, even without believing in the Ancient Alien theory and appointing people in the pocket of the industries they oversee is routine like Oil Change USA Response to Manchin as Dem. Ranking Member on Senate Energy Committee 12/11/2018
Whether or not Pizzagate was created as part of a PsyOp to confuse the issue and stereotype claims of sexual abuse by the wealthy, there's an enormous amount of evidence that far more of them than most people realize are involved in sex scandals, and there are massive efforts to cover this up and more. Fringe Conspiracies are no longer limited to unreliable sources; the mainstream media is no constantly pushing one or another, and acting as if they're more credible than the ones they ridicule.
Edit 12/13/2018: shortly after posting this article I found this story, which shows how obvious the hypocrisy of our justice system is, which is a hodgepodge of local political views that has little or not consistency and many states are more concerned with local prejudices than they are with the appearance of justice: Cyntoia Brown Will Have to Serve 51 Years Before She’s Eligible For Release, Tennessee Supreme Court Rules 12/07/2018 At the age of 16, she was sold as a sex-slave to a 43-year-old Nashville realtor—Johnny Mitchell Allan. She was subjected to more abuse by Allan, and in a documentary about her life, she described the abuse and how it made her paranoid. In 2004, she was tried as an adult for killing Allen. She said she shot him because she feared he was going to kill her. During the trial, she said there was always a gun pointed on her during her captivity. She said she was hit, choked and dragged. She feared for her own life, and she acted out of that fear.
In the Twitter string that I found this Bishop Talbert Swan rightfully said, "There is no court in America that would try a 16 year old white girl as an adult, convict her and sentence her to 51 years for killing her rapist. Not one." 12/1/2018
The following are some additional sources including several lists of celebrities involved in sex scandal; but to find a comprehensive list you might have to consolidate the different ones, and do additional research, since they're all missing a lot:
Alan Dershowitz is still 'technically' alleged serial pedophile Jeffery Epstein's lawyer 12/03/2018 One of the women who accuses Epstein of sexual predation, Virginia Roberts, also said in a court document that through Epstein, Dershowitz had sex with her several times when she was 16, a charge Dershowitz denies and likened to extortion. Dershowitz told Axios that when Epstein lent his family his Palm Beach house one week, "I had a therapeutic massage with an old old Russian," but he'd had no idea "anything improper had even taken place in that house."
Settlement Reached in Civil Lawsuit Involving Wealthy Sex Offender Jeffrey Epstein 12/04/2018
Jeffrey Epstein, the convicted sex offender who is friends with Donald Trump and Bill Clinton, explained 12/0/2018 In this photograph from 2004, convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein speaks with then-Harvard professor Alan Dershowitz, who would later serve on Epstein’s defense team.
The lawsuit accusing Trump of raping a 13-year-old girl, explained 11/05/2016 It seemed like that was all going to change Wednesday, when the woman, who has gone by the pseudonyms “Katie Johnson” and “Jane Doe,” was set to appear at a press conference at the law offices of Lisa Bloom, a high-profile civil rights attorney and TV commentator. But the woman didn’t come to the press conference. Bloom told a room full of waiting reporters that Johnson was afraid to show her face after receiving multiple death threats, and that they would have to reschedule.
Plaintiff Jane Doe, proceeding under a pseudonym, brings this action against Donald J. Trump and Jeffrey E. Epstein, and alleges that: 09/30/2016
All Documents in the Doe v. Trump Lawsuits 10/12/2016
EXCLUSIVE: Trump's 13-year-old 'rape victim' dramatically DROPS her case. Woman withdraws legal claim she was assaulted at Jeffrey Epstein sex party 11/04/2016
Snopes: Lawsuit Charges Donald Trump with Raping a 13-Year-Old Girl 06/23/2016
This High-Profile Defense Attorney Is Now Representing A Woman Accusing Trump Of Rape 10/10/2016
Ever Wonder Why Katie Johnson Donald Trump’s 13 Year Old Rape Victim Drops Her Case Dramatically? 03/25/2017
Katie Johnson's Testimony v Donald J. Trump, rape when she was 13 years old https://youtu.be/ehmdn6Lzqp4 via @YouTube warning - hard to watch important - stunning and real? u decide 12/02/2018
Seagrams Heiress Secretly Paying Legal Fees for NXIVM Sex Cult 12/04/2018 The multi-millionaire heiress to the Seagrams fortune, Clare Bronfman, has been secretly paying the legal fees of her fellow NXIVM sex cult members, including leaders Keith Raniere and Alison Mack, prosecutors have revealed.
A Running List of the Women Allison Mack Attempted to Recruit to Nxivm 04/27/2018
Smallville star Allison Mack once thought sex cult was 'a little messed up' 09/14/2018
Charles Kushner, A Multimillionaire Democratic Donor Receives Two-Year Prison Sentence 03/05/2005 The intrafamily acrimony was such that Mr. Kushner retaliated against his brother-in-law, who was cooperating with federal authorities, by hiring a prostitute to seduce him. He then arranged to have a secretly recorded videotape of the encounter sent to his sister, the man's wife.
Meet the Kushners: The Feuding Real Estate Dynasty That Links Donald Trump and Chris Christie 03/01/2016
Charles Kushner: 'I pushed Jared to do the deal' for 666 Fifth Ave. 04/25/2018
Charles Kushner Cites Good Breeding as the Secret to Jared’s Success 01/22/2018 The elder Kushner has long been friends with Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who once slept in Jared Kushner’s bedroom at the family’s New Jersey home, while Jared moved to the basement.
45+ Famous People Charged With Sex Crimes Roman Polanski, Woody Allen, Bill Cosby
20 People You May Not Realize Are Registered Sex Offenders Jerry Sandusky, Jared Fogle
A semi-complete list of celebrities accused of sexual misconduct since Harvey Weinstein 11/21/2017 Matt Lauer, Kevin Spacey, Roy Moore, James Toback, George H.W. Bush, Mark Halperin, Charlie Rose, John Conyers
Les Moonves Obstructed Investigation Into Misconduct Claims, Report Says 12/04/2018
Exclusive: Les Moonves Was Obsessed With Ruining Janet Jackson’s Career, Sources Say 09/06/2018
The Troubled In-Laws of the 2016 Race If Clinton or Trump is elected, there’ll probably be a felonious father-in-law visiting the White House. 04/11/2016 Both Trump and Clinton have ties to both Charles Kushner and Jeffrey Epstein
Jared Kushner, Trump's Unlikely Wing Man 05/31/2016 In 2013, Kushner bundled money for Booker's Senate campaign, hosting a fundraiser for the candidate in Kushner's penthouse at Trump Park Avenue.
NYT: CBS Paid $5 Million In Settlement Over ‘60 Minutes’ Creator’s Alleged Sexual Assault 12/07/2018 Investigators also concluded that CBS was justified in firing Jeff Fager, former executive producer of “60 minutes” and Hewitt’s successor. The New Yorker in August published a report that accused Fager of allowing harassment in the company, and Fager was terminated from CBS shortly after.
Kevin Spacey scandal: A complete list of the 15 accusers 11/07/2017
Sex cult partied on Richard Branson’s private island 04/23/2018
EXCLUSIVE: Troubled woman with a history of drug use who claimed that she was assaulted by Donald Trump at a Jeffrey Epstein sex party at age 13 MADE IT ALL UP 11/07/2016 This story is based on an anonymous source and an alleged interview with Katie Johnson; however it doesn't address the two witnesses listed in the court document or provide a link to that document so people will notice the omission. It was also posted just barely before the election.
I'm not sure I agree with everything @MikeRinder does, but this is obviously a paid smear, which might be the point. The truth is a commodity, often sold to the highest bidder, sometimes using psychological manipulation one way or another, on for profit media outlets. 12/11/2018
True but this smear works well to advertise your show; and the #Disclosure you come up with is almost certainly selective and incomplete! 12/11/2018
The REAL Reason that Trump Fired Comey.It`s Worse Than You Think!! 05/15/2018 “He’s a lot of fun to be with. It is even said that he likes beautiful women as much as I do, and many of them are on the younger side. No doubt about it – Jeffrey enjoys his social life.” Trump in 2002
Trump Nominates Pedo Pal for Labor Secretary 05/09/2017
Inside Donald Trump’s One-Stop Parties: Attendees Recall Cocaine and Very Young Models 10/24/2016
Trump/Clinton Connection Continues: Clinton Presidential Library Just Released a Bunch of Photos of Bill Hanging out with Donald Trump Back in the Day 09/09/2016