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On “Saturday Morning Gaming: God Of War Completed

Not yet. But! It was one of those things where I figured I'd beat the game then go back and do the side quests... then I beat the game and then it told me to play New Game +... and then I said "I will play God of War III remastered to do a side-by-side comparison and *THEN* I will play New Game + and *THEN* will I complete the Valkyrie fights."

On “Breaking Bad: Picard

Here it is from the horse's mouth.

There *WAS* an episode where it was said and Wilw Himself says that it's an example of bad writing.

Does he have a point? I'm not going to pretend that he isn't biased... but I will say that it turns out that Wesley was right in the episode in which he was told to shut up and the grown-ups were wrong.

On “This One Really Hurts

The big problem was that they fell back into the whole "One Free Grope" rule that was so popular when Clinton was President. Sure, maybe Franken *WAS* inappropriate with that sex worker when they were visiting the troops! But people make a lot of assumptions about sex workers and he made one and took an inappropriate picture and WHO AMONG US HAS NOT? And then they came out and said "It's not like there are *MULTIPLE* accusers."

And then more women popped up and said hashtag me too.

If the opening bid was "of course this is awful behavior and the Senate needs to investigate it to its fullest ability!", then maybe they could have gotten away with multiple names popping up.

But the opening bid was "he didn't do anything wrong and, besides, she's a bad person and it was only one time so he should get a pass."

Which pretty much made calling for his resignation inevitable.

On “Greta Thurnberg’s Semi-slow Boat Upon the Stormy Seas

Does China have people like this? People who drive a green car around the country telling everybody to start recycling?

On “Weekend Plans Post: Good Riddance to Bad Rubbish

I've been listening to this song a lot.

The parts between 0:25 and 0:27 where the song goes from icicle cold to microwave hot (and these parts happen multiple times during the song) have been keeping me... somethinged… throughout the week. Energized? I don't know. But I think about the freezing tink tink tink to kittycat warm that happens with those chords a *LOT* over the last couple of days.

On “Epstein Dead

Ah yes, the other unproven conspiracy.

Did we achieve "fishy" with that one?

Or do we have to say that, hey, we just don't *KNOW* whether that's fishy too?

I suppose it doesn't matter, now that Epstein is dead.

Why are we even still talking about this?


You are spinning a bunch of common facts of prison life into a grand conspiracy based solely on…common facts of prison life and a displeasure that Epstein is dead.

Well, there's also the thing where Epstein's whole life for the last couple of decades was central to a different grand conspiracy that involved powerful elites and sex and all sorts of embarrassing things.


It has nothing to do with what I *WANT*. I want Epstein to have gone to trial.

The fact that he didn't is convenient to too many powerful people.

Now I'm stuck here asking "what the hell happened?" and seeing stuff like guards falsifying logs, cellmates being transferred, and hyroid bones being broken.

And people saying that this ain't even fishy.

What the hell?


At this point, I'm wondering if the tapes are destroyed if people will say that that doesn't prove anything.

Or if the tapes show two guys going into the cell, they'll argue that that doesn't prove that Epstein was *MURDERED*. Maybe they were visiting.


Huh. Maybe she will.


But that doesn’t rule anything out, it only keeps the possibilities open.

Indeed it does, and that's part of the problem.

But, for example, if the bone was *NOT* broken, it would indicate against strangulation.

Like if we had guards who followed protocols and walked past every 15-30 minutes, it would indicate against funny business. Like if they didn't falsify their own freaking records, it would indicate against funny business.

Instead, we're in a place where the guards falsified records but we're saying that that doesn't mean anything because we just don't know. And that there was a new guard there that night but it doesn't mean anything. And they failed to patrol but that doesn't mean anything. And his hyroid bone was broken but that doesn't mean anything.

It feels like smoking weed after existentialism class.

Does anything mean anything? Even in theory?



That said, his neck bone thingy being broken seems pretty fishy.

Wanna hear a *REAL* conspiracy theory?

The only time the hyoid bone is broken during suicide by hanging is when the suicide by hanging happens to occur while in police custody.


Is there any evidence that Epstein was attacked before?

Much more so in a prison, in the prisoners cell, where cameras track movement in the hallways and cover the doors.

Cameras, you say?


Chip, what I am asking is whether he had anything to tie his bedsheets to that he could have then tied his bedsheets to.

If the only thing that he could have tied his bedsheets to is stuff waist-height or lower, then that tells me that his hanging was not percussive but relied on slow and steady pressure.


You give a list of exceptionally difficult and unlikely things that need to have happened if there were to be foul play.

It's a good list!

Are there any in things in there that are knowable in theory that we know did *NOT* happen and thus we can wave away conspiracy theories as being silly?

Are there any things in there that are knowable in theory that it looks like something very much like them did, kinda, happen?


For this to be true, what extremely unlikely things would have had to have happened first?


Do we know if pictures were taken of the body when it was found? Probably not as, certainly, attempts were made to revive...

But do we know what the cell looked like when his body was discovered? Has that description wandered out into the wild?


If real life, how likely is it that rich and powerful people could arrange to kill a man in jail and get away with it?

While I have no idea how this would happen, I do think that the prerequisites would have to include a lot of little things like having his cellmate transferred, having irregular guards being on duty, having these irregular guards fail to check on him during a particular window, they'd have to falsify reports, and that sort of thing.

Those pre-reqs would have to be met first, I'd guess.

The worst part is that since these all, by themselves, appear to be coincidences, that we'd not have conclusive information about anything. Just a whole bunch of coincidences.

On “Nuclear Explosion in Russia

I just wanted to say that this was an awesome comment.

On “Epstein Dead

If it turns out that his cell doesn't have anything to hang his "rope" device from and the only thing above waist height was his bed, doesn't it pretty much eliminate the "jump from a chair" option leaving with only the self-strangulation that comes from leaning?

It seems to me that it would.

Right? Am I right on that?


I saw that and thought about linking to it, but thought "they asked a guy that knew him 3 years ago if he were the type to commit suicide and he said that he wasn't... that's not exactly useful."

But the last few lines of the interview are *VERY* interesting indeed.

Just not, you know, useful.

On “This One Really Hurts

Hey, I make no judgments about what she did.

I *DO*, however, make judgments about what others are likely to make judgments about and I suspect that if she had done a better job of being an ally to the only good progressives in that room that she'd have better allies now.

(Assuming, of course, that progressives aren't merely crab bucketing in such a way that would make the 1940's Southern Babtists blush.)

On “Epstein Dead

Wait, do we know if the "he hung himself" variant was the "jumping off of a chair" kind or the "self-strangulation at the foot of a bed" kind?

I guess, if he's got bone breaks, it's the "jumping off of a chair" kind, huh?

Do we have a picture of his cell? (Or a cell just like his cell?)


Proof there wasn't a conspiracy:

An autopsy found that financier Jeffrey Epstein sustained multiple breaks in his neck bones, according to two people familiar with the findings, deepening the mystery about the circumstances around his death.

Among the bones broken in Epstein’s neck was the hyoid bone, which in men is near the Adam’s apple. Such breaks can occur in those who hang themselves, particularly if they are older, according to forensics experts and studies on the subject. But they are more common in victims of homicide by strangulation, the experts said.

If there were a conspiracy, we'd never have found out that he'd suffered broken bones.


Which makes it perfectly fine that his body has been claimed by an unnamed associate. Because there's no conspiracy.

So we can stop talking about this.

On “This One Really Hurts

Wanna see one of my theories about why it's quite easy to not forgive Sarah Silverman?