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Aug 11 2021 Oregon Attorney General settles sexual harassment case with L Brands, Les Wexner’s holding company that owns Victoria Secret. “L Brands’ board of directors failed to investigate former CEO and Chairman Emeritus Leslie Wexner’s close personal ties with pedophile Jeffrey Epstein, and ignored a widespread and pervasive culture of sexual harassment at the company.”

Aug 10 2021 Celine Halioua posts first-person account of sexual harassment by Aubrey de Grey and she and Laura Deming post that he is a serial sexual predator including with minors in order to warn other women. de Grey works in the field of aging/longevity and attended Epstein-funded Edge Billionaire dinners (which took place during TED) and gave a TED talk.

Aug 9 2021 Giuffre, trafficked by Epstein, brings a suit against Prince Andrew. She is repped by David Boies and the case is publicized across major media including People magazine.

Aug 9 2021 Leon Black tried to Sex-Traffick Russian Model for Epstein: Lawsuit

Aug 9 2021 Epstein fund for victims announces it is ceasing operation and that over 225 people made claims of rape and abuse through Epstein and his trafficking.

Aug 6 2021 Larry Page has gotten New Zealand residency by having enough money to invest there.

Aug 5 2021 In the closing days of the Tokyo Olympics, the Japanese government announces it will hire Joi Ito to run the government’s digital agency beginning Sept 1 2021 despite his being forced to resign from MIT and the Boards of the MacArthur Foundation, NYTimes and the Knight Foundation for taking money from Jeffrey Epstein for MIT and his own fund and lying about it. Earlier entries in this timeline show he was at one of the first, small Edge dinners with Epstein and was told about who and what Epstein was by Sarah Szalavitz at MIT before choosing to meet with him and bring this serial rapist and trafficker to a college campus.

Aug 4 2021 Anderson Cooper interviews Bill Gates on CNN and asks him about Epstein.

Aug 2 2021 Bill and Melinda Gates divorced finalized.

Jul 20 2021 Tom Barrack has been arrested and charged with illegally lobbying trump on behalf of UAE. Barrack is an entry in Jeffrey Epstein’s financial black book. (HT @xeni)

Jul 20 2021 Bezos has his space outing. Lots of headlines. He also announces he’s giving $100 Million each to Van Jones and Jose Andreas. Van Jones is part of the criminal justice project that includes Trump ally, donor and Patriots owner Robert Kraft and wife of Brooklyn Nets co-owner Clara Wu Tsai.

Jul 19 2021 Amazon announces it’s banning accounts linked with Pegasus spyware / NSO group infrastructure as new research was released yesterday showing the software was used to spy on many journalists

Jul 13 2021 Leslie Wexner is selling $2 billion in shares he controls in L Brands. Columbus Dispatch covers the sale of most of his remaining shares of L Brands (“Once the sale is complete, the Wexners will control 5 million shares, or about 1.8% of the company’s stock. Before the sale, the couple controlled 12.7% of the shares, according to a regulatory filing.”) “This is the third sale of shares this year.”

Jul 7 2021 NYTimes Bill Gates Can Remove Melinda French Gates From Foundation

Jul 1 2021 Edge dinner attendee Richard Branson announces he will go to space Jul 11 2021 from New Mexico via Virgin Galactic that went public 2019. Virgin Atlantic filed for bankruptcy Aug 5 2020.

Jun 30 2021 James Franco settles class action lawsuit about his coercing students to do explicit sex scenes on camera. This same day Cosby was unexpectedly released from prison and the Trump Org was indicted by New York.

Jun 23 2021 Warren Buffet resigns from the Gates Foundation

Jun 16 2021 Epstein survivor Virginia Roberts testifies against modeling agent Jean-Luc Brunel in a Paris court.

Jun 8 2021 Vanity Fair runs a piece on Les Wexner‘s relationship with Jeffrey Epstein. He was, for a long time, the only visible source of Epstein’s wealth and the source of his NY house.

Jun 7 2021 Edge dinner regular Bezos announces he will go to space with his brother on Blue origin on July 20 2021

June 1 2021 Guzel Ganieva sues Leon Black in NY State. “Guzel Ganieva, a former model [and Russian immigrant] who went on to earn a business degree from Columbia and attended law school, claims that Black, former CEO of Apollo Global Management, was a “predator” who “forced sadistic sexual acts on her without her consent,” then demanded she sign a non-disclosure agreement, telling her he would “destroy her” if she ever told anyone about his conduct, according the suit.

May 27 2021. Jeff Bezos announces the specific date he’ll step down as Amazon’s CEO: July 5 2021.

May 18 2021 In one suit women claimed between 2010 and 2016 women at the company filed 238 complaints with the Microsoft HR department, of which 108 were about sexual harassment and 118 were gender discrimination. Just one of the 118 gender discrimination allegations were found proven.”

May 16 2021 WSJ reports Bill Gates left the MSFT Board amid probe into prior relationship with staffer

May 16 2021 NYT reports on Bill Gates affair with employee, ongoing pursuit of women employees, decision to have his money manager settle his sexual harassment claim confidentially, Melinda’s decision to start working with a divorce lawyer when reporting in NYT appeared about Bill’s friendship with Epstein and regular attendance at dinners at Epstein’s home. “Gates and French Gates met at work. He was technically her boss. He ran Microsoft, and she began working there in 1987 as a product manager the year after she graduated from college.”

May 16 2021 Jeffrey Epstein gave Bill Gates Advice on How to End “Toxic Marriage”

May 12 2021 Judge sets Ghislaine Maxwell trial date for Nov 29 2021

May 7 2021
Jeff Bezos sells off 5B of Amazon stock, signals more coming
HT Ellen Pao “under a pre-arranged trading plan, according to U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filings. He plans to sell as many as 2 million shares, according to a separate filing.”
“Jeff Bezos sold $2.4 billion of Amazon.com stock, bringing the amount he’s unloaded this week to almost $5 billion

May 7 2021
DailyBeast runs Melinda warned Bill Gates about Jeffrey Epstein piece
details MSFT Epstein connections

May 4 2021
Bill and Melinda Gates announce divorce

Apr 23 2021
US Judge Presses for July Trial, as Ghislaine Maxwell Pleads Not Guilty to New Sex-Trafficking Charges

Apr 22 2021
Eric Schmidt appt Chair of Board of Broad Inst (Epstein meetee/Edge Biden appointee still in committee Eric Landers old org)

Apr 20 2021 Demolition begins on Jeffrey Epstein‘s Palm Beach estate

April 2 2021 Developer of an app/business on the early Facebook platform Number Faraz posts publicly stating he witnessed child rape committed by an early Facebook corporate officer and has spoken to the FBI about it.

Mar 26, 2021 Harvard announces it will close Epstein-funded PED run by Director Martin Nowak ““as soon as it is feasible.” Nowak loses some privileges for a couple of years but “will continue to teach undergraduate courses.”

Mar 26 2021
Leon Black steps down from MoMa Board

Mar 22 2021 Leon Black steps down from Apollo Board where he had been Chairman

Mar 18 2021
Les Wexner + Abigail Wexner step down from L Brands Board

Mar 11 2021 Jeffrey Epstein‘s NY mansion sells for $51 million. Bought by former Goldman Sachs exec Michael Daffey. First reported by Business Insider.

Feb 4 2021
Genetic testing firm 23andMe is going public via a SPAC backed by Richard Branson

Feb 2 2021 Jeff Zucker steps down from CNN

Feb 2 2021 Jeff Bezos stepping down from Amazon. Will remain Executive Chair.

Jan 25 2021
Leon Black steps down as CEO of Apollo

Jan 25 2021 Media reports Leon Black paid Jeffrey Epstein $158 million between 2012-2017, Will remain Chairman of Apollo.

Jan 13 2021 Branson’s Necker Island re-opens to tourists.

Nov 9 2020 Former Google CEO, and Edge dinner attendee Eric Schmidt applies to become a citizen of Cyprus

Nov 4 2020
Jeff Bezos sells 10BN of Amazon stock

Oct 24 2020 Brock Pierce announces he is running for President “appearing on the ballot in Alaska and 15 other states.”

Oct 12 2020 The Billionaire Who Stood by Jeffrey Epstein details the closer than asserted relationship between Epstein and Leon Black. Payments from Black to Epstein surfaced in an internal Deutsche Bank report provided to regulators who fined DB. Among payments included were 22.5million to Plan D the company that owned Epstein’s jet (2017) and a $10 million donation to Epstein’s Gratitude America Foundation (2015).

Sep 25 2020 [Alphabet] Google‘s owner to pay $310 million to settle misconduct claims connected to Android creator [Andy Rubin]

Aug 5 2020 Edge-dinner attendee and Larry Page’s best man Richard Branson’s Virgin Airlines declares bankruptcy.

Jul 2 2020
Ghislaine Maxwell is arrested in Bradford New Hampshire.

Jun 5 2020 Alexis Ohanian steps down from Reddit Board of Directors, asks for his seat to be filled by a Black person.

Jun 13 2020 Crisis Text CEO Nancy Lublin resigns from post and the Board after allegations of racism and a toxic work environment from her staff. Crisis text has funding from Melina Gates, Bill Gates, Pierre Omidyar, and Reid Hoffman. The company runs a text help line for mental health and has partnerships with major tech companies.

May 1 2020 Harvard releases a report on its relationship with Jeffrey Epstein. Coverage says: “Jeffrey Epstein visited Harvard University’s campus more than 40 times after his 2008 sex crimes conviction and was given his own office and unfettered access to a research center he helped establish.” Places Epstein fundee Martin Nowak, who ran the Epstein program titled P.E.D. Harvard Crimson reported: “Epstein likely made more than 40 visits to PED’s offices at One Brattle Square between 2010 and 2018″…and “played an “indirect but significant role” in facilitating a grant from the John Templeton Foundation to PED in 2015.”

According to a footnote in the report: “A number of the Harvard faculty members we interviewed also acknowledged that they visited Epstein at his homes in New York, Florida, New Mexico or the Virgin Islands, visited him in jail or on work release, or traveled on one of his planes,” the report noted in a footnote, according to CNBC.”

Apr 20 2020 Richard Branson Says He Needs A Government Loan To Keep Virgin Atlantic Afloat And Uses Private Island As Collateral

Mar 31 2020 “Other witnesses that I had interviewed had also told me of the friendship between Epstein and Copperfield and how their private islands were located close enough for them to visit each other on occasion,” Edwards writes.“ Excerpt from Brad Edwards book Relentless Pursuit, just out now about Epstein. In the Daily Beast piece about the book, “The magician was a regular caller to the [Epstein] Palm Beach mansion and one person Edwards sought to interview as a potential witness to Epstein’s sex-trafficking scheme.”

Mar 13 2020 Bill Gates steps down from Microsoft Board

Feb 20 2020
Les Wexner steps down as CEO from L Brands

Feb 5 2020 D. E. Shaw Managing Director Max Stone texting Daniel Michalow while Michalow was at Davos ““Any photos from lunch? And did Eric Schmidt have any of his 18-year-old girlfriends with him?” Text surfaced as part of legal fight between D. E. Shaw and Michalow. Reported in Daily Beast which also states Schmidt invested in D.E. Shaw in 2015 and owns 20% of the fund.

Feb 5 2020
LinkedIn (now owned by MSFT) CEO Jeff Weiner steps down

Jan 27 2020 Federal prosecutors in NY and FBI ask to interview Prince Andrew as part of Epstein investigation

Jan 21 2020
Jeff Bezosphone hacked by MbS in story related to an affair he was having with Lauren Sanchez and “his security team [looking] to uncover how the CEO’s private texts were obtained by the supermarket tabloid, which was owned by American Media Inc (AMI). AMI owns the National Enquirer and is known for “catch and kill” related to Donald Trump.

Jan 10 2020 MIT releases a report on its relationship with Jeffrey Epstein. MIT puts mechanical engineering prof Seth Lloyd on paid leave. ““Professor Lloyd knew that donations from Epstein would be controversial and that MIT might reject them,” the report concluded. “We conclude that, in concert with Epstein, he purposefully decided not to alert the Institute to Epstein’s criminal record, choosing instead to allow mid-level administrators to process the donations without any formal discussion or diligence concerning Epstein.” Report states “In total, Epstein made 10 donations to MIT between 2002 and 2017 and visited the school nine times.”

“Epstein and Lloyd also had a personal relationship, and the professor attended a 2007 gathering on his private island, Little St. James. In November, Lloyd even began his quantum computing class with a “monologue” about his relationship with Epstein—prompting students to demand his resignation.”

“The report also cleared MIT’s president, L. Rafael Reif, of wrongdoing, saying that the president was unaware of donations by Epstein and that he “had no role” in garnering funds for the school’s prestigious Media Lab.”

Jan 10 2020 Alphabet legal chief David Drummond steps down “following accusations of inappropriate relationships with employees.” Daily Mail coverage: “Blakely claims that Drummond later dumped her and had an affair with another co-worker, as well as his assistant. In 2014, she says Drummond compared himself to former Google CEO Eric Schmidt, whose promiscuity has been well-documented, and said that like him, it was his ‘privilege’ to live how he wanted to.”

Dec 24 2019 Travis Kalanick steps down from Uber’s Board. Has sold practically all shares.

Dec 4 2019
Sergei and Larry step down from Alphabet

Dec 13 2019 Harvard‘s George Church is developing a dating app to “reduce genetic disease” criticized as eugenics.

Dec 3 2019
Terrible Zuckerberg interview w Gayle King inside home

Nov 20 2019
Terrible Prince Andrew interview on Epstein

Nov 20 2019 Josh Browder (son of Bill Browder) who runs a Peter-Thiel funded start up to automate legal ticket fighting processes tweets “Every entrepreneur should take money from @dayonevc and @mashadrokova. Every day I’m surprised by just how amazing they are.”

Oct 12 2019
Bill Gates met with Jeffrey Epstein Many Times Despite His Past

Oct 5 2019
Melinda Gates pledges 1 Billion to “promote gender equity”
(HT Sarah Szalavitz)

Sept 26 2019 Buzzfeed runs a piece on John Brockman‘s Edge and how it was funded by Epstein, its dinners attended by Epstein and possible co-conspirator Sarah Kellen and how few of the science or tech folks in Edge have left or said anything to condemn the Epstein connection

Sep 12 2019 Axios reports Reid Hoffman and Jeffrey Epstein received orbs fabricated by Neri Oxman at the MIT Media Lab, identical to the orbs MIT gave out as Disobedience Awards to social justice figures, a project funded by Reid Hoffman. Axios reports Hoffman blames his Epstein contact at this dinner on Joi Ito for vouching for Epstein.

Sep 12 2019 MIT President Rafael Reif puts out letter admitting he knew about Jeffrey Epstein‘s donations to MIT

Sep 10 2019
Jack Ma steps down from Alibaba

Sep 8 2019 Lessig writes a post defending Joi Ito and arguing it was ok for Joi to take money from crimes (including child rape and trafficking) committed by Epstein if it was done anonymously and the source couldn’t have been discovered. “And so now Joi is gone. Not dead. Not destroyed. I can’t imagine the creative greatness that the next life of this sweet soul will produce. It will be greatness beyond measure, no doubt, again.”

Sep 8 2019
LinkedIn founder Reid Hoffman defended a former MIT official who accepted donations from Jeffrey Epstein. Reif said he had signed a gift thank you letter for a donation for Seth Lloyd. ““Although I do not recall it, it does bear my signature.” Reif blames Joi Ito’s assessment of Epstein and says MIT will donate the money received from Epstein to a charity benefitting his survivors or other survivors of sexual abuse and rape.

Sept 7 2019
Joi Ito resigns from MIT Media Lab
(and following this NYT Board, Macarthur Board, Knight Foundation Board)

Sept 5 2019 [Nicholas Negroponte] at an all-hands MIT Media Lab meeting “said he had recommended that Ito take Epstein’s money. “If you wind back the clock,” he added, “I would still say, ‘Take it.’” And he repeated, more emphatically, “‘Take it.’” …”A woman in the front row began crying. Kate Darling, a research scientist at the MIT Media Lab, shouted, “Nicholas, shut up!” Negroponte responded that he would not shut up and that he had founded the Lab, to which Darling said, “We’ve been cleaning up your messes for the past eight years.” 

Sept 3 2019 News reports that Alphabet legal chief David Drummond marries employee

Sept 2 2019 New Yorker runs Ronan Farrow piece How An Elite University Research Center Concealed Its Relationship With Jeffrey Epstein about MIT and especially Joi Ito‘s role in this at the Media Lab. Also “Epstein was credited with securing at least $7.5 million in donations for the lab, including two million dollars from [Bill] Gates and $5.5 million from [Leon] Black, gifts the e-mails describe as “directed” by Epstein or made at his behest.”

Aug 26 2019
No one from current major investors in 23andme remain on the Board including Esther Dyson observes a puzzled healthcare tech consultant

Aug 26 2019 wesupportjoi petition was drafted and signed by community members and many Edge members in the following days, including Stewart Brand, Danny Hillis and Linda Stone, all Edge Billionaire Dinner attendees. Edge was reported a month later to have been funded by Epstein. Archived copy.

Aug 20 2019 Edge member and wesupportJoi.com Ito petition signer Stewart Brand posts at Ethan Zuckerman on twitter to defend Marvin Minsky and tell Ethan “Minsky is a leading sentence in your letter. He can’t respond.” and “Minsky had zero involvement in Epstein’s crimes. Ask his wife Gloria who was always with him. this is nuts.” Ethan Zuckerman replied, “My decision had nothing to do with Minsky Stewart. When I asked Joi about Minsky I learned a great deal about Joi’s personal involvement with Epstein. I didn’t know Minsky well and have no insight into what did or didn’t happen.”

Aug 21 2019 Ethan Zuckerman resigns from the MIT Media Lab over Joi Ito and the Lab’s Epstein ties

Aug 19 2019 Reported that Bill Gates science advisor Boris Nikolic is an executor named in Jeffrey Epstein’s will.

Aug 16 2019 Court documents unsealed that include a Virginia Roberts Giuffre deposition that name accused traffickers/rapists including MIT Professor and Edge participant Marvin Minsky (as well as Prince Andrew, Gov Bill Richardson, Glenn Dubin and Jean-Luc Brunel)

Aug 13 2019 FBI seized computers in raid at Jeffrey Epstein’s Virgin Island home

Aug 10 2019 Sarah Szalavitz former MIT Media Lab Fellow to resigned Media Lab Dir Ethan Zuckerman: “it’d also be fantastic to see both institutions remedy a secondary impact of this situation. Because of Epstein’s largesse, even fewer women were included in for eg the original TED & Edge events..& fewer were mentored & hired by the men in this circle in academia. In other words, another generation of women now know why we—unlike our male contemporaries who were photographed at these gatherings & became incomprehensibly rich & successful—weren’t invited. Once again: it wasn’t because we aren’t smart enough”

Aug 10 2019 Epstein dies in prison

Jul 31 2019 In a letter to investors, Leon Black says he had a “limited relationship” With Jeffrey Epstein.

Jul 17 2019
Reported Mark Zuckerberg once met Jeffrey Epstein at a dinner hosted by LinkedIn cofounder Reid Hoffman that Elon Musk Peter Thiel and Joi Ito also attended

Jul 15 2019 Media reports Epstein funded John Brockman’s Edge Foundation, that Edge had scrubbed pages and details related to Epstein, that Sarah Kellen identified as a potential Epstein co-conspirator appears in photos of the Edge “billionaire” dinner with science and tech people during TED and that Epstein attended in person the 1999, 2000, and 2011 dinners and names some of the others there. You can find lists of the attendees via Edge’s site in the Wayback Machine.

Jul 13 2019 Jeffrey Epstein‘s New Mexico ranch linked to investigation. “Records show Epstein purchased the ranch, valued by county officials at over $12 million, from the family of former Gov. Bruce King, who died 10 years ago.””Former Gov. Bill Richardson donated $50,000 in 2006 gubernatorial campaign contributions from Epstein to charity.”

Jul 12 2019 Media reports Epstein donated $250,000 to Prof Laurence Krauss‘s Origins Project at ASU over seven years via his Enhanced Education Foundation. ASU said it “returned $25,000 that remained after the program was shut down in September 2018.” Buzzfeed reported Enhanced Education appears to have only filed once with the IRS in 2012.

Jul 12 2019 Media reports Epstein donation $50,000 to University of Arizona. The University states “”We have no plans to repay this contribution.””

Jul 11 2019 Harvard and MIT both decline to comment on donations Epstein made to both schools.

Jul 6 2019
Jeffrey Epstein is arrested

Jul 2 2019 Daily Beast runs This Former Google Executive [Andy Rubin] Was Accused Of Running A “Sex Ring”

Jun 3 2019 NYTimes runs On YouTube‘s Digital Playground, An Open Gate For Pedophiles

A piece about the recommendation engine serving up more and more sexualized videos of children even when someone had not been searching for that. “And the extraordinary view counts–sometimes in the millions–indicated that the system had found an audience for the videos and was keeping that audience engaged.” “Youtube, by showing views of children alongside more mainstream sexual content , as well as displaying the videos’ high view counts, risked eroding the taboo against pedophilia, psychologists said. Youtube says its recommendation engine drives 70 percent of views on its platform.”Youtube has not put in place the one change that researchers say would prevent this from happening again: turning off its recommendation system on videos of children, though the platform can identify such videos automatically.

Apr 30 2019
Eric Schmidt steps down from Alphabet Board

Mar 8 2019
Sam Altman steps down from Y Combinator
(to work on Musk, Hoffman, Thiel funded Open AI)

Feb 22 2019 Ev Williams announces he’ll step down from twitter board by end of February 2019.

Jan 9 2019
Jeff and MacKenzie Bezos announce divorce

Fall 2019 Ghislaine Maxwell attends Jeff Bezos‘ Campfire retreat with Scott Borgerson

Dec 19 2018
Ev sells half his twitter stock

Nov 2018 Miami Herald publishes Julie Brown’s Perversion of Justice piece about the light deal Acosta cut that helped Epstein in his 2008 conviction and the injustices and harms done to the survivors

Nov 1 2018 Google worldwide walkout to protest company’s sexual harassment problem and huge pay out to Andy Rubin and general harassment problem. “”I’m not at my desk right now because I’m walking out in solidarity with Googlers and other contractors to protest sexual harassment, misconduct, lack of transparency and a workplace culture that’s not working for everyone.”  ”

Nov 27 2018 MIT gives Disobedience award funded by Reid Hoffman to #metoo creator and activists.

Oct 25 2018 Alphabet reportedly paid Android leader [Andy Rubin] a $90 million exit package despite credible sexual misconduct claims against him

Oct 20 2018 Sundar Pichai sends memo to all Google employees saying “the company has fired 48 people over the last two years for sexual harassment, including 13 “senior managers and above,”

Oct 21 2018 Prof Lawrence Krauss agrees to retire from ASU after reporting about his history of sexually harassing women.

Mar 25 2018
MbS visits MIT + Media Lab

Mar 23 2018 Shareholder sues Facebook after Cambridge Analytica scandal.

Feb 22 2018 Buzzfeed reports on Prof Lawrence Krauss’ sexual harassing behavior of women over many years and universities and events.

Jan 30 2018 Admin Grapples With Franco Ties Amid Sexual Allegations. Palo Alto High School paper.

“Following a set of sexual harassment and misconduct allegations against Palo Alto High School alumnus James Franco, Principal Kim Diorio said in an interview Monday afternoon that she is struggling to determine the future of the Golden-Globe winner’s artistic contributions to the campus.

Diorio decided to have workers paint over the remaining mural on the school’s Student Center, a process which began today, while leaving the paintings inside the Media Arts Center untouched.

“I made the decision we’ll take down the mural on the Student Center because I think that’s the one that’s most visible to the outside community,” Diorio said.”

Paly journalism teacher and Campanile adviser Esther Wojcicki, who said she enjoyed teaching Franco from 1993 to 1996, said he is a kind man who deserves the chance to explain himself. According to Wojcicki, the allegations seem out of character for Franco.

“Mr. Franco I think is a very caring person and he is interested in giving back to the school and education,” Wojcicki said. “I think there is always two sides to a story and I really don’t know his side of the story at this point.”

Wojcicki said that taking down Franco’s artwork would be acting in haste, as his critics are taking allegations, which he has denied, for fact.

“Give him the benefit of the doubt,” Wojcicki said. “That’s the way it’s done in America. You aren’t guilty until you’re proven guilty.” 

Despite her reluctance to act before hearing Franco’s explanation, Wojcicki said she supports Diorio’s choice to paint over the mural. 

“I think Kim Diorio was under a lot of pressure to remove the mural and so she had to,” Wojcicki said. “I support her decision but I still think that we are all overreacting without giving James a chance to defend himself.”

Jan 25 2018 Child rape allegations in the late 80s against David Copperfield are cited in an interview with Brittney Lewis, former mode. She says Copperfield raped her on his island. In 2009 a Seattle woman filed a suit alleging Copperfield raped her. “All in all, the victim says, she spent three days and two nights trapped with Copperfield on the island.” Lewis was repped by Elite, owned by John Casablancas.

Jan 11 2018 Five Women Accuse James Franco of Inappropriate or Sexually Exploitative Behaviour LA Times

Jan 4 2018 David Copperfield posts on twitter about when he was accused (more coverage) of drugging and raping a teenage model named Brittney Lewis he met at The Look Of The Year contest in 1988.

Nov 5 2017
Yuri Milner, Zuckerberg, Ev
Russia funded Facebook and Twitter investments through Kushner investor

Aug 2017 “publicist” Masha Drokova emails Science journalist Jeffrey Mervis “asking whether I wanted to interview her client, Jeffrey Epstein” about Trump’s proposed science budget cuts (HT Bryan Campen)

Jun 23 2017 Reid Hoffman posts asking for a DecencyPledge about the ongoing harassment and abuse of women in tech

June 29 2017 News breaks that Peter Thiel has had citizenship in New Zealand since 2011 and that Thiel has owned a 193ha property there since 2015.

June 21 2017 Travis Kalanick steps down as Uber’s CEO

May 11 2017 The Story of Masha Drokova, a Putin Acolyte Turned Silicon Valley Investor “Esther Dyson…has been a mentor to Ms Drokova and backed her visa. (HT Bryan Campen)

Apr 15 2017 Epstein meets at MIT with Joi Ito, Ed Boyden and Caleb Harper. p46 MIT report

2017 Jeffrey Epstein donates $50k to the University of Arizona Science of Consciousness Conference via his Gratitude America Foundation

July 2016 Reid Hoffman gives $250,000 to MIT Media Lab run by Joi Ito to create an award for “ethical disobedience.”

June 2 2016 Saudi Arabia’s MbS invests 3.5 BN in Uber. As of Nov11 2019 it increased ” The Saudi Public Investment Fund is also a big backer of Softbank’s massive Vision Fund (it has over $100 billion in assets), which has a 16% stake in Uber ownership….The investment was – and remains – the largest lump-sum investment from a foreign government in a U.S. startup.” As of 5/8/21 the company remains unprofitable.

Apr 14 2016 Investor of Kremlin money into Facebook + twitter and co-funder with Epstein of Edge dinners and Epstein conference attendee. Both also part of TED which posted: “Russian philanthropist Yuri Milner, along with board member Stephen Hawking, unveiled a plan on Tuesday to send a fleet of iPhone-sized robots to our closest star, Alpha Centauri”

Apr 1 2016 Epstein meets at MIT with Joi Ito, Joe Jacobson and Barnaby Marsh. p46 MIT report

Mar 7 2016 Epstein meets at MIT with Joi Ito and Kevin Esvelt. p46 MIT report

Feb 7 2016 Epstein meets at MIT with Joscha Bach and Seth Lloyd. p46 MIT report

Oct 24 2015 Epstein meets at MIT with Neri Oxman, Joi Ito, Danny Hillis and two unnamed MIT students. p46 MIT report

Sep 6 2015 James Franco to teach High School Film Class “Franco is teaming up with one of his former teachers, Palo Alto High School journalism teacher Esther Wojcicki, to teach an eight-part film class that is open to all local students, grades 9 through 12.” “Wojcicki is donating her time, and Franco is covering the rest of the expenses for now, she said.”

Aug 2015 Reid Hoffman hosts Joi Ito and Jeffrey Epstein at dinner in Silicon Valley and Elon Musk, Mark Zuckerberg and Peter Thiel attend.

Apr 13 2015 Admin to Cover Franco Mural In the Palo Alto High School publication: “The Palo Alto High School administration plans to paint over one of the murals painted on campus last fall by ’96 alumnus filmmaker and actor James Franco.” “According to Wojcicki, Franco spent four days working on the two murals on the Student Center and significant time on the 18 paintings displayed elsewhere on campus. The murals cost around $15,000 each, Franco told Wojcicki.” “

“I think he [Franco] will be disappointed, but I think I understand the reason that people want it down because it looks … not very cheery,” Wojcicki said. “Somehow it [the mural] just got to looking much more sort of dark on the outside mural … I think it looks a little depressing, too, but I like the one in my room.”

While there have been a few complaints about the mural, according to Diorio, the positive comments outweigh the negative ones. However, Diorio and many students are open to the possibility of Paly students painting over the mural.”

Mar 18 2015 Brockman holds annual Edge Billionaire’s dinner. Attendees include Jesse Dylan, Larry Page, Yuri Milner, Wojcicki, Peter Gabriel, Salar Kamangar, MIT’s Rodney Brooks, Tim O’Reilly. Stewart Brand, Zack Bogue, Peter Diamandis, Marissa Mayer. Gallery here. Here’s how Brockman chose to frame these dinners “Edge is different from The Invisible College (1646), The Club (1764), The Cambridge Apostles (1820), The Bloomsbury Group (1905), or The Algonquin Roundtable (1919), but it offers the same quality of intellectual adventure.Perhaps the closest resemblance is to the early nineteenth century Lunar Society of Birmingham (1765), an informal dinner club and learned society of leading cultural figures of the new industrial age—James Watt, Joseph Priestly, Benjamin Franklin, and the two grandfathers of Charles Darwin, Erasmus Darwin and Josiah Wedgwood. The Society met each month near the full moon”

Nov 30 2014 Jeffrey Epstein met at Harvard, [his] calendar lists a dinner with multiple attendees: “Dinner w/ Jeff Epstein, Joi Ito, Reid Hoffman and Martin Nowak, 8pm, Martin Nowak’s institute, 1 Brattle Square, Suite 6, Cambridge, MA.” The address matches the address for the Program for Evolutionary Dynamics.

Oct 31 2014 Andy Rubin leaves Google

Sept 12 2014 Epstein has call with geneticist George Church and James Clement, longevity expert

June 21 2014 Epstein lunches with George Church at Harvard

Apr 22 2014 Epstein met with Church at the Harvard Medical School’s Genetics Department building

Apr 21 2014 Epstein meets at MIT with Joi Ito, Barnaby Marsh, and Kevin Slavin.p46 MIT report

Apr 3 2014 James Franco Allegedly Asks Teenage Girl to Meet At Hotel “Huffington Post: “An alleged private conversation between James Franco and a 17-year-old girl visiting New York from Scotland has leaked online, in which the actor appears to try to convince her to meet him at a hotel room.”

“Given Franco’s response to the leaked conversation, it’s worth noting that this all seems very strange. We can’t help but wonder (and hope) if this could be part of an elaborate promotional campaign for Franco’s new movie “Palo Alto,” based on his own short stories, in which he plays a high school girls’ soccer coach who has an affair with one of his teenage players.”

Mar 24 2014 Facebook’s press release announcing it is acquiring Palmer Luckey‘s Oculus for $2 Billion, ($400 million cash). Release does not include mention that Facebook investors and Board members Peter Thiel and Marc Andreesen are investors in Oculus, with Andreesen on the Board.

Mar 17 2014 Brockman hold’s annual Edge Billionaire dinner. Attendees include Paul Allen, Simonyi, Salar Kamangar, Bezos. Gallery here. Later reporting (Sept 2019) shows Epstein paid for Edge.

Jan 13 2014
Yandex adds FB posts and big data to its results in Russia
“Yandex, which accounts for around 60% of all searches in Russia, will also use Facebook firehose data to help provide more relevant results.”

Oct 29 2013 Eric Schmidt hosts Bill Richardson at Google talking about his book How to Sweet Talk A Shark

Oct 23 2013 Epstein meets at MIT with Joi Ito and Neil Gershenfeld. p46 MIT report

Sept 27 2013 Jack Ma joins Yuri Milner and Mark Zuckerberg, Priscilla Chan and Sergey Brin and Anne Wojcicki as a funder of the Life Sciences Breakthrough Prize.

Jul 29 2013 Epstein meets at MIT with Neil Gershenfeld, Reid Hoffman, and Megan Smith. p46 MIT report

Jul 3 2013 Esther Dyson tweets “The most effective way for the United States to prevent Snowden from leaking secrets is to collect and store fewer secrets.”

June 28 2013 Epstein meets at MIT with Joi Ito, Neil Gershenfeld and Ed Boyden. p46 MIT report.

Feb 26 2013 John Brockman holds his annual Edge Billionaire’s dinner. Attendees include Yuri and Julia Milner, Danny Hillis, Jeff Skoll, Sergey Brin, Zack Bogue, Brin, Page, Wojcicki. Gallery here. Later reporting (Sept 2019) shows Epstein paid for Edge.

Feb 8 2013 Eric Schmidt cashing out 42 percent of his Google stock.

Jan 3 2013 Announced Eric Schmidt will visit North Korea with former Gov Bill Richardson

Late December 2012 Stan and Esther Wojcicki attend birthday party for Yuri Milner with their daughter Anne Wojcicki and Sergey Brin (and Amanda Rosenberg, Google Glass pr lead, eventual Brin girlfriend)

Dec 19 2012 23andme refers to George Church as part of its scientific advisory board.

Dec 11 2012
Yuri Milner invests in 23andme

Nov 19 2012 Pierre and Pam Omidyar create and fund anti-trafficking organization that rolls up existing anti-trafficking groups. “Former eBay colleague Jeff Skoll and Google cofounders Sergey Brin and Larry Page have both backed antislavery initiatives through their respective foundations after consulting with Humanity United”

Oct 1 2012
Mark Zuckerberg Visits Moscow, Meets With Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev

Feb 28 2012 John Brockman’s Edge Billionaire’s Dinner. Gallery and attendees including Tim O’Reilly, Bezos, Brin, Myhrvold, Dave Morin (listed as co-inventor Facebook Platform), Salar Kamangar CEO YouTube here. Later reporting (Sept 2019) shows Epstein paid for Edge.

Jul 28 2011. Google‘s Married Chairman [Eric Schmidt] Has a New Girlfriend — and Boy Is She His Type

July 5 2011
Yuri Milner invests in AirBNB

June 22 2011 Peter Thiel is granted New Zealand citizenship without usual residency requirements, showing an intent to reside in New Zealand, working for an approved New Zealand organisation or even going to New Zealand for the citizenship process. This was granted while he was in Santa Monica CA. New Zealand states it was in the “public interest.”

Spring 2011 MIT Media Lab Fellow Sarah Szalavitz : “I, too, told Joi—shortly after he joined the Lab—Epstein was a vile convicted pedophile—& wrote & shared a very detailed memo, while I was teaching there. (also tried & failed at Harvard)…IME powerful men (especially at the Lab) liked that I wasn’t afraid to disagree—or would tell them directly what was wrong. So that’s how I approached Joi. Then I spent years wondering why I’d been excluded, wondering if my AWESOME work wasn’t good enough”

Apr 26 2011 Joi Ito named head of MIT Media Lab ” Micah Sifry posts this quote from Joi Ito’s Whiplash acknowledgements and bit of commentary: “Thanks to Megan Smith, who turned to me on a bus trundling from Oxford to Cambridge and asked if I’d be interested in becoming the director of the Media Lab.” Ito became the director in 2011. From 2008 to 2018, Smith (who served in the Obama Administration after leaving Google) was married to Swisher. Small world!”

Jan 20 2011
Eric Schmidt steps down as Google CEO

Jan 3 2011 Brockman holds his annual Edge Billionaire’s dinner. Attendees include David Brooks, Sergey Brin, Anne Wojcicki, Peter Gabriel, Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk, Zack Bogue. Gallery here. Later reporting (Sept 2019) shows Epstein paid for Edge.

Dec 2010 Epstein has a gathering to celebrate when he is released from fancy jail. Prince Andrew and tech/science literary agent and Edge organizer John Brockman attend. Prince Andrew discusses this in his 2019 BBC interview

Nov 16 2010 Yuri Milner makes a change in Silicon Valley. He doesn’t take seats on the Boards of companies in which he invests and “It’s pioneered a new kind of investment model in which it buys big stakes of companies that are said to be on the cusp of an IPO, leading to the adoption of the term “DST-style” investment in Valley jargon.”

Oct 29 2010
Yandex and Facebook strike a deal

Oct 4 2010 Ev Williams steps down as twitter CEO.

Feb 16 2010 Esther Dyson, Jack Dorsey, Shervin Pishevar and Ashton Kutcher are part of State Dept trip to Russia. Includes Medvedev and anti-trafficking meetings.

Feb 11 2010 Annual John Brockman Edge Billionaire’s dinner during TED in Long Beach. Attendees included Danny Hillis, Bill Gates, Arianna Huffington, Jeff Bezos, Stewart Brand, Sergey Brin, Anne and Susan Wojcicki. Gallery and list of attendees and press here. Later reporting (Sept 2019) shows Epstein paid for Edge

Jan 2010 Jeffrey Epstein hosts Mindshift conference his island. Isabel Maxwell‘s partner Al Seckel (whom pretended to have a PhD and also to be married to Isabel) co-hosted. Brock Pierce “creator of virtual currencies and goods” attended as did a number of scientists connected to Edge including Murray Gell-Mann. List.

2010 Epstein donates $25,000 to the Santa Fe Institute via his Epstein Interests Foundation.

April 17 2009 Ev appears on Oprah and Ashton Kutcher promotes twitter with follower competition with CNN. “Twitter is an Internet-based tool that allows individuals or organizations to send short messages to computer screens and mobile devices, alerting followers about anything from breaking news to the sender’s sometimes mundane activities.

Mar 31 2009
Anne Wojcicki‘s 23andMe holds fashion week party with Ivanka Trump promoting company
NYT reports Wendy Deng and Harvey Weinstein as token investors

Feb 5 2009 Annual Edge Billionaire’s dinner during TED at L’Opera in Long Beach. Attendees included Bill Gates, Joi Ito. Gallery and list of attendees and press here. Later reporting (Sept 2019) shows Epstein paid for Edge

Jul 10 2008 Joi Ito posts to his blog announcing he’s added Esther Wojcicki to the Creative Commons Board

Jul 1 2008 Jeffrey Epstein goes to fancy jail as a sex offender.

Feb 27 2008 John Brockman’s Edge hold’s its annual Digerati dinner during TED. Attendees include Ev Williams, Mark Zuckerberg, Nassim Taleb, Jason Calcanis, Pierre Omidyar, Larry Page, Anne Wojcicki, Sergey Brin, Jeff Bezos, Linda Avey, Aubrey De Grey, Craig Venter, Matt Groening, Esther Dyson, Esther Wojcicki, Stan Wojcicki, Peter Diamandis. Photo gallery here.

Dec 7 2007 Larry Page marries Lucy Southworth on Branson’s Necker Island. Richard Branson was the best man. “Lucy Southworth, 27, is currently studying biomedical informatics at Stanford and holds degrees from the University of Pennsylvania and Oxford, according to the New York Post, which also reports that the svelte blonde did medical work in South Africa and “wants to better the world.”

Oct 19 2007 FBI raids magician David Copperfield in Vegas following sexual misconduct accusations by an unidentified woman”…”agents had seized some $2 million and computer equipment”

Jul 25 2007 Esther Dyson, then an early investor and Board Member of 23andme writes a WSJ column: “I’m one of 10 members of Harvard geneticist George Church‘s Personal Genome project…I believe that the broader spread of this kind of medical and personal information is inevitable”

May 24 2007 Google invests $3.9 million in 23andme. “some of that $3.9 million is going to pay back a $2.6 million loan that Brin made to 23andMe.”

May 16 2007
Brin and Wojcicki marry at David Copperfields island

2007 Harvard Prof and Edge dinner participant Steven Pinker provides legal defense assistance for Jeffrey Epstein’s first criminal case. Pinker is a Psychology Prof and his graduate adviser was the Epstein-funded Stephen Kosslyn.

Dec 18 2006 Joi Ito Named Chairman of Creative Commons; Lawrence Lessig to Remain CEO and Board Member. Press release.

Feb 27, 2006 John Brockman‘s Edge annual Billionaire Dinner. Photos and attendees.

2006 Epstein donates $250,000 to the Santa Fe Institute before 2007 begins. “Jenna Marshall, a spokesperson for the Santa Fe Institute, told BuzzFeed News by email that it received $250,000 from Epstein before 2007, before his crimes were known.”

2006 Epstein funds and hosts on his island a Lawrence Krauss-organized conference on gravity. Stephen Hawking attends.

2005 At Harvard “professor Stephen M. Kosslyn, now emeritus, named Epstein a visiting fellow in the Psychology department, Bacow wrote in an email announcing the review last September. According to Friday’s report, Epstein — who did not hold an undergraduate degree — was not qualified for the research he applied to conduct, nor did he conduct much of that research during his two-year appointment.”

Feb 22 2005 Edge holds its annual Billionaire’s Dinner. Attendees include Craig Venter, Sergey Brin, Larry Page. Later reporting (Sept 2019) shows Epstein paid for Edge. This one is later credited by 23andme co-founder Anne Wojcickii n WIRED as the germination of the company.  “In February 2005, Anne Wojcicki sat down at the so-called Billionaires’ Dinner, an annual event held in Monterey, California, and asked her tablemates about their urine. She was curious whether, after eating asparagus, they could smell it when they urinated. Among those at her table were geneticist Craig Venter; Ryan Phelan, the CEO of DNA Direct, a San Francisco genetic-testing company; and Wojcicki’s then-boyfriend (and now husband), Sergey Brin, cofounder of Google. Most could pick up the smell of methyl mercaptan, a sulfur compound released as our guts digest the vegetable. But some had no idea what Wojcicki was talking about. They had, it seems, a genetic variation that made the particular smell imperceptible to them.” Co-founder Linda Avey tells a bit of a different founding story on Quora in which she starts the early idea in 2003 and also names Paul Cusenza as her original co-founder and Anne committing to join at TED. Then Avey quits her job the next month.

Feb 26 2004 Edge holds its annual Billionaire’s Dinner at the Indian summer restaurant in Monterey during TED. Attendees include: Pierre and Pam Omidyar, Jeffrey Epstein, Larry Page, Sergey Brin, Jeff Bezos, Seth Lloyd. Full list including press here. Later reporting (Sept 2019) shows Epstein paid for Edge.

Jun 16 2003 Larry Lessig‘s Creative Commons and it’s Board of Directors adds Joi Ito to the Board

Feb 27 2003 Edge holds its annual Billionaire’s Dinner” during TED and posts a photo of Eric Schmidt with Epstein alleged co-conspirator Kelly Bovino “who is listed in Epstein’s Little Black Book and identified by Virginia Roberts Giuffre, a survivor of Epstein’s sex-trafficking ring, as an employee and alleged procurer for Epstein.” and also Sarah Kellen (another alleged Epstein recruiter) with Max Brockman. Other attendees include: Steven Pinker, Larry Page, Freeman Dyson, Marvin Minsky, Sergey Brin, Jeff and Mackenzie Bezos and host John Brockman. Later reporting (Sept 2019) shows Epstein paid for Edge.

Feb 21 2002 John Brockman’s Edge hosts it’s annual Billionaire dinner at Cibo’s in Monterey. Attendees include: Sarah Kellen, Dean Kamen, Nathan Myhrvold, Kelly Bovino, Sarah Kellen and Cindy Lopez (all accused of working with Jeffrey Epstein), Jeff Bezos, Rupert Murdoch, Nicholas Negroponte (who created the MIT Media Lab and later defended Joi Ito and MIT taking Epstein’s money), Linda Stone, host John Brockman, Danny Hillis, Richard Dawkins, Steven Pinker (who flew to the event on Epstein’s plane and later helped Epstein in his defense of his first criminal case), Steve Jurvetson. List of attendees and press here. Later reporting (Sept 2019) shows Epstein paid for Edge.

2002 Jeffrey Epstein donates $100,000 to Marvin Minsky at MIT.

Feb 22 2001 Edge holds its annual Digerati Dinner (which eventually is re-named the Billionaire Dinner) during TED. Attendees can be seen here and include Martha Stewart, Charles Simonyi, Steve Jurvetson, Andrew Anker, Sean Parker, Jeffrey Epstein, Esther Dyson, Stewart Brand, Marvin Minsky Jeff Bezos, host John Brockman, John Heilmann, Michael Wolff and many other members of the press. Later reporting (Sept 2019) shows Epstein paid for Edge.

Feb 24 2000 John Brockman’s Edge’s annual Digerati Dinner at Cibo in Monterey. Attendees included Jeffrey Epstein, Nathan Myhrvold, Nicholas Negroponte founder of the MIT Media Lab, Patti Maes MIT Media Lab, Linda Stone, Michael Milken. All attendees and press pictured and listed here. Later reporting (Sept 2019) shows Epstein paid for Edge.

Nov 1 1999 Brock Pierce, then 18 and VP of DEN resigns along with he EVP and Chairman. The DEN made streaming shows with child actors. Fast Company reported: “Eventually, a number of these acolytes would file lawsuits alleging they were raped and/or sexually abused at M&C; by the three cofounders. Their charges are remarkably consistent—all claim they were bullied and drugged to coerce sexual compliance, and in some cases, threatened with loaded guns. When the plaintiffs filed civil suits against Collins-Rector, Shackley, and Pierce, the three suddenly disappeared with what remained of their fortune—turning up two years later living in a villa in Spain. They were arrested by local authorities, who uncovered “an enormous collection of child porn,” according to Spanish police report.”

Feb 18 1999 Edge hold’s its annual TED-time Digerati Dinner at Cibo in Monterey. Attendees and press including Nathan Myhrvold, Jeff and Mackenzie Bezos, Joi Ito and Linda Stone pictured and listed here. Later reporting (Sept 2019) shows Epstein paid for Edge.

April 1998 Esther Dyson with Nathan Myhrvold on Microsoft trip to Russia.

April 28 1998 Esther Dyson visits Andrei Sajharov’s house in Sarov Russia with Jeffrey Epstein. She posts a photo of the visit to Flickr in 2005. Screencap of same.

Feb 23 1998 Edge hold’s its Digerati Dinner during TED. “about 30 movers and shakers took their seats at the three banquet tables and talked tech” Attendees include Nathan Myhrvold.

Aug 17 1997 16-year-old Ivanka Trump has been signed as a model to Donald Trump‘s friend’s John Casablancas‘ Elite. NYTimes.

Sep 1991 The Look Of the Year modeling contest in NY. Judges include Elite models owner John Casablancas, Donald Trump and David Copperfield, Elite co-owner Gerald Marie and his wife Linda Evangelista. Evangelista separated from him in 92. Trump judged it again in 1992. All of these men have been accused of raping teenagers. (Marie, Casablancas, Copperfield, Trump and Epstein) More allegations against Trump.

Sep 1988 The Look of the Year modeling contest in Atami Japan Teen model Brittney Lewis, repped by Elite says she met David Copperfield there. He was a judge. She also accuses him of drugging and raping her later.

car diary

videochat tsuris and how to think about software that helps people listen

Read it here.

DM to a Mansplainer: Final Notice Any Woman Deserving a Real Apology Can Use to Save Emotional Labour

I’m sharing this text of a Final Notice to help any woman out there who needs it to save time and labour.

Taking responsibility means making it about you. Understanding something of what life is like for women means reading and paying attention and listening to us and not presuming you always have something to teach us without paying any attention to the context or listening to me. I am taking my own valuable time to have interacted with you about this several times and explain a piece of misogyny to a white guy for free. I will not do it again. You have all the tools as a nerd to figure out more about this if you wish to. I will be making use of the time I put into writing this to share it on my feeds in general. Imagine this was all day long. All day long. And it’s a fraction of the crap we deal with. For WOC and queer women there’s more. All unpaid.

My Sacramento Ladybird Pilgrimage in the Globe and Mail

I drove to Sacramento to see Ladybird. l have a piece about Sacramento in the pre-Oscar edition of Canada’s national paper.

(a little bonus California adventuring).

Why Did President Obama Post About DACA On Facebook?

While I’m glad President Obama addressed DACA, I am very concerned that he posted his response on Facebook. Facebook is a privately owned platform. The company chooses who sees the post in their feeds without explaining to anyone why or how it makes that decision. It is also a platform responsible (though we yet don’t exactly know how responsible) for targeted voter suppression campaigns run on the last election. President Obama has a web site. Why did he not first post his statement there? He could have easily had that post cross-posted to various other platforms like medium, twitter and yes, Facebook, if his concern was reaching the most people.

Privatizing our public space, not to mention handing over data about our political positions and stances to a private company, are incredibly relevant to DACA and immigrants safety. President Obama asked for Dreamers data while President. This data can now be used to target them by the current administration. Now he’s helping Facebook get data by posting his support of DACA only on Facebook.

Happy Pride: If you’re using that Facebook LGBT flag emoticon, a small request.

LGBT Pride flag photo credit: Ted Eytan cc
Happy Pride! I’ve got a few words for everyone who is excited about Facebook putting out a new rainbow flag icon during LGBT Pride month this June. Facebook sponsored the RNC after many many anti-queer stances by the GOP. A major Facebook shareholder has been a core part of Il Dupe’s campaign. Facebook sent its COO to help give Il Dupe a photo of business support when his new election was in doubt. Facebook also took a long time to address the real names policy which posed a true threat to many queer folks. Thanks to Roma Roma and more who advocated on this issue. Enjoy Pride but know that real LGBTIQQ2S leadership comes from lives lived, real risk and real backbone. Here’s to the drag queens and the civil rights activists and to every queer who came before me. Thank you. Here’s to every kid and every grown up coming out to themselves. Welcome! I care. Here’s to every small town queer, every swishy boy in the south, every person getting policed by someone else’s discomfort around gender.
 
If you’re not queer and you really want to be supportive, rather than focusing your energy on displaying something about you…ask queer folks you know about their lives, about the parts you don’t get to see, that people don’t always post about. Be an interested person and a willing listener to folks who have often been through a great deal. Among many other stories, there are people who have been through a plague and were never really heard by the straight part of the country. Signal boost their feeds this month. Realize that queer people you know are always reading your posts, all year long. Take some time and learn about the gay pogroms happening in Chechnya and the serious obstacles still here in the US for many queer folks legal and otherwise.
 
Queer folks often have to deal with their biggest challenges in the families they grow up in. This can mean anything from difficulty to outright abuse and losing a home and these things can begin as early as 3.
 
Now that Pride is a more popular and commercially acceptable thing to decorate for, I ask you to consider using Facebook for something that truly can matter and make a difference. And that will come from you, your witnessing, your time attention and caring, not from any symbol. Showing one queer person you care and are interested in really hearing what something was like to live through and deal with can make a meaningful difference. Queer lives are often code switched.
 
So this is my Pride wish: that every person on Facebook who isn’t queer and wants to use that flag emoticon thing also is willing to spend the time online to ask, listen to and acknowledge one queer person once this month.
 
Thanks for your time.

On Wonder Woman

My first play at around 10: Sheep in the Stomach.

I am not into super heroes. I never identified with Wonder Woman. I wanted to be part of the first weekend grosses for Patty Jenkins.

I still sobbed in the middle of the movie tonight because for a moment I could see what it would have been like at 10 to see a woman be this strong and unafraid. And I could imagine, in a flash, what kind of impact that would have had on my life and the lives of my peers for the years we’ve had. And I could see what it’ll mean for the 10 year old girls now. And I wished it had come out a year ago because I seriously think it would have helped HRCs campaign because it will impact the culture in a broad way about strong women and strength and love and doing what’s right. I was also thrilled that Patty Jenkins got this gig and did such a fantastic job. This is not a genre of film I particularly like (though I even imagined tonight how much fun it would be to act in a film like this which I’d never considered before because I hadn’t seen my own athleticism and strength as skills for film). But I really enjoyed this movie. I would have been happy if the movie never left the island with the Amazons (no surprise there). Maybe It’s a genre I *could* love. One I could make.

Here’s to a future of unapologetic women taking power and directing whatever the hell we want.

On Disinfo, Louise Mensch, Our Feeds and Can We Have A Legit 2018 Election?

 I came *this close* to posting this on Facebook without putting it here first. This is a bad habit I have acquired. I don’t get to spend as much time with my friends as I used to. FB designed a platform that lets us see each others faces/avatars and thread quicker it feels more like we are *with* each other than on blogs. I spent many years in Silicon Valley asking WordPress developers and many others to give us better tools for tummeling, for the social connection between us and to allow us to make it. I’ve advocated and tried to show how putting social and emotional goals *first* (and learning the skills to do so) makes all the difference in building more human social platforms that serve human goals and not financial ones of centralized control and manipulation. I have had some influence but the problem still stands. And it’s only increased because it seems the last election was turned in part, by disinfo.
Louise Mensch’s initial post about FISA warrants and Comey caught my eye and she was on it long before the MSM (I just went to her site to find and link it and couldn’t so that’s interesting in itself). It was the first idea I saw anywhere that there may have been more going on with the leaked letter about HRC’s emails than what was on the surface. I spent time in a whole bunch of twitter feeds around her to pick up some ideas and still do some. I filtered out personality as much as possible and read for info and then looked at many other feeds and sources and considered it. I didn’t pass on anything unconfirmed. But I unfollowed Mensch and Taylor on twitter once journalists I have more faith in are more involved and now that the FBI and whomever else (I don’t know) is managing a leak and other strategy. The game is on.
 
I’m generally dubious about anyone who leads with beefs and reactions and name calling. Our media has just been so full of that. It’s toxic to sit in that soup. I appreciate and endeavor to make mindful critiques. But non-stop reaction is not a great idea. 
 
That said I still embrace citizen journalism and parts of the threads between folks around Louse Mensch months ago reminded me a bit of earlier twitter days when twitter was just days ahead of CNN on major revolutions in countries. There is definitely bitterness and reaction beefs from MSM guys too who don’t like being scooped or feel like someone has to pay their regular media dues to be entitled to get cited and referenced.  
 
Also the abject failure of MSM in the campaign was enormous and they haven’t all just earned trust back. All the falling for HRC email crap? Where was all this Russia reporting then? Who looked deeply into Il Dupe’s obvious money laundering then? They liked the easy clicks and misogyny runs very very very deep in our culture.  
HRC literally spelled out the connection between Donald’s campaign and Russia in the debates. Did the mainstream media really grok that and pressure Il Dupe over and over on it? Mhhmm. Even with their own freedom to report in peril!   
 
FB has been almost completely let off the hook by a MSM happy to print puff personality and book pieces (and donations) fed to them by the company even as there has been admission or bragging by Il Dupe’s campaign they ran vote suppression campaigns on Facebook (on which presumably Facebook made money).  So everything we’re reading is influenced by ongoing disinfo.
 
When, as HRC said Il Dupe is Putin’s puppet, 17 ICs are investigating disinfo / hacking the election, what makes people and MSM believe we will have a legit 2018 election? This is not paranoia when it is just listening to investigations. Or perhaps I should say, what makes white people think we definitely will have a legit 2018 election? Because voter suppression has been a tactical strategy of the GOP for a long time. It is worth using this filter in reviewing everything we see in social media feeds and what comes up when. Many very smart people I know don’t grasp (and seem to not want to hear) that their FB feed is not just something they and their friends control.
 
It is important to ask what media you get access to and when you see it and what other motivations there could be. FB and twitter are huge media platforms not held to the same standards or understanding as traditional broadcast and print. We know FB ran emotional manipulation studies. They may still run them. Do they sell this? Our behavior isn’t just affected by artificial news but what we see who we see it from and when. All other media platforms are *dependent* upon them now for traffic. They control, without public accountability how much we see of the news from various sources. Both made our feeds  stop being chronological. There’s now no expectation you’ll see something when it was posted or from everyone your follow or friend. This is true in many countries with many political situations. Disinfo is now a major weapon of the war we are clicking in. We know that FB and many other tech cos willingly sent top execs and gave photo op of legitimacy to Il Dupe when he was in his earliest days and doubted the most. 
 
FB *sponsored* the RNC even after the GOP candidate mocked disabled people said all kinds of racist stuff and intentions, ran pror-Nazi style rallies, was incredibly sexist etc etc. FB has a Board member who is a major advisor to Il Dupe
 
FB and twitter *could have stopped and still could* the effort at autocracy anytime. They haven’t and they haven’t been questioned by other MSM about it much, if at all. It’s the same media who depend on these platforms now to get lunch, so they hand over their lunch money.
 
As annoying as it is and as imperfect as this post is I am not forcing myself to go to my website and post it there first. Because I know that without this practice media *is* controlled by these platforms. It was annoying to learn to always put my seatbelt on back in the days when it first became the law. But with enough practice it became a simple, much safer habit. Please do not forget we have the open web.
 
It is openness and real *earned* trust autocracy cannot bear. Autocrats trust no one. They only control. Trust cannot be built by hacking. Trust isn’t grown by twitter and Facebook . These companies rely upon the existing trust in networks you have and the ones you build. They have no accountability to the people using the platforms but to the companies to which they sell data.
Trust demands real openness and owned-up imperfection. There is no quick acquisition technique for real trust. We must practice openness and feel our own power in order for it to operate. Do not just hand it over to a guy who’d like to be an autocract or to some social media platforms that take full advantage of our fundamental hard-wired need to connect socially without doing much to assist it.
Let’s post on our blogs. Let’s take time to get together. Don’t get in the hole. 

She Sets the Gold Standard for Comedy in the Bay Area

 

This lovely piece on me just ran in the J Weekly.

And it ran without a request to tell me “just one thing!! that familiar bit of Jewish criticism a/k/a love from one bubbeleh comes after so many shows. California changes my people.

The next Yarn is coming up on the 7th in Oakland. Hope to see you there. You’ll find tickets here.

 



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