Overthrowing The System

In a December 7 Substack podcast, Richard Spencer says: “People who are enraged against the current system, those people who will bring it down, whether it is January 6 or Yeism or the aggressive stupidity on Tucker Carlson… These people who feel that the world is beyond their control and they rage against it from a lower status.”

In a video released November 30, Eric Alterman at 16:40 tells Robert Wright that the United States is not a democracy but an oligopoly.

I don’t think describing America as either a democracy or an oligopoly is helpful. The United States is all those things and more. Our current state combines democracy, oligopoly, dictatorship (the president has the foreign policy powers of King George III), socialism, capitalism, and many other things.

What strikes me as more likely than a revolution that brings America down is that the relative value of these components of America changes such as becoming more or less democratic, socialist, dictatorial, capitalist, etc.

And what will cause these changes? Events, dear boy, events. When the situation changes, the state will have to change. To survive a nuclear war, for example, Dwight Eisenhower said America will have to become a dictatorship. To get through Covid, most democratic states curtailed basic rights. To get through its war with Russia, Ukraine has curtailed many rights.

Israel is sometimes called an apartheid state. There are elements of Israel’s reign over parts of the West Bank that does recall apartheid while life in Israel proper is generally far away from apartheid but contains some things similar to apartheid.

Am I an honest person? In some situations, I am honest, and in some situations I am dishonest.

Am I a righteous person? In some situations, I act righteously and in other situations, I don’t.

Everything we stand for is contingent. I stand for free speech, but in a time of war, I understand the need for censorship. I stand for the free practice of religion, but in the case of dangerous contagion, I understand there might be a case for restricting attendance at religious services. I believe in God, but I understand that for many people, belief in God is impossible and they are better served by a different worldview. For other people, believing in God makes them worse. For other people, such as myself, we believe in God, but we sometimes need different words for God such as “reality” to keep God real. If you, like me, get tired of hearing you need a relationship with God, you might benefit from developing a positive relationship with reality.

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Los Angeles Magazine Sold To Two Celebrity Lawyers

The Los Angeles Times reports:

Los Angeles magazine, a long-running institution in the city’s media ecosystem, has been purchased by attorneys Mark Geragos and Ben Meiselas, the publication announced Monday.

The acquisition marks a new chapter for a publication that bills itself as “Southern California’s oldest glossy and the first city magazine in America.”

Paul Pringle’s 2022 book (Bad City: Peril and Power in the City of Angels) mentions Mark Geragos:

* [Mark] Geragos had told the Warrens that their civil claim against USC and Puliafito could be worth $10 million or more. He persuaded them to go into mediation for a quicker payout than would be possible through a lawsuit.
The mediator Geragos agreed to was Dickran Tevrizian, a retired federal judge who was a Trojan through and through. Tevrizian held degrees in finance and law from USC, a USC scholarship fund was named for him, and the university honored him with its prestigious Alumni Merit Award. His wife and three siblings were also Trojans. The Warrens told me they had been unaware of any of Tevrizian’s USC connections until after his selection as the mediator—and then they were told only that he was an alumnus. Even that didn’t sit well with Paul Warren, who asked Geragos how Tevrizian could be an impartial arbiter of the family’s claim against his alma mater. Geragos assured him that Tevrizian was a good choice.

(Tevrizian later insisted to me that he had disclosed his Trojan ties to all the parties in the mediation. When I asked him if he had anything in writing to support that, he replied that he would no longer engage with me.)

Everything about the mediation was secret—the participants, the nature of the claim, and the outcome—so my reporting on it had been limited, including with respect to Tevrizian’s role. But I did learn that USC’s lawyers played hardball with the Warrens, with threats to shame them publicly over their own conduct, which the family saw as a smear in the making. One of Geragos’s associates handled most of the case, and the hoped-for $10 million became a $1.5 million offer from USC. The associate persuaded the Warrens to accept it to avoid an interminable and vicious court battle. Of the $1.5 million, $600,000 went to the Geragos firm, a handsome payday for the lawyers.

In return for their end of the money, the Warrens had to agree in writing to never speak publicly about the issues in the mediation—meaning all their encounters with Puliafito—and to help USC quash any subpoenas that might be issued for testimony or records about the ex-dean. It was the sort of nondisclosure agreement that the #MeToo movement, ignited months earlier by the sexual assault allegations against Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein, wanted scraped from the legal landscape.

There were two more conditions for the Warrens: The family had to surrender to USC all those photos and videos of Puliafito doing drugs, along with any emails, text messages, or anything on paper about him or the university. And the Warrens had to destroy their copies of the images. If they didn’t, there would be no money. Who were they to reject the advice of a famous lawyer? So the deed was accomplished when the lawyers marshaled Paul, Mary Ann, Sarah, and Charles to a tech shop in downtown L.A., where the photos and videos were deleted from their phones and
computers—a wipe so thorough that they had to create new Apple IDs when it was completed.

Puliafito was part of the mediation agreement. He and his lawyer signed it, as did attorneys for USC—including Yang. She apparently saw the muzzling of the Warrens and the destruction of their evidence of Puliafito’s drug crimes as part of her charge to conduct an “independent” investigation of the scandal. After I learned of the wiping of the devices, I contacted Yang. She would not speak to me or answer written questions I sent her.
Geragos also refused to be interviewed. Through his attorney, Nikias said he knew nothing about the mediation agreement, even though one of the attorneys who signed it for USC, the university’s general counsel, reported to him. Lacey said she was unaware that the photos and videos and other material were destroyed. “That should be looked into,” she said. As far as I could determine, it was not.

The Warrens’ devices were wiped in November 2017. That was a month after the death of Dora Yoder’s infant boy, a twenty-five-day-old who had meth in his body. The tragedy brought Los Angeles County sheriff’s homicide detectives into Puliafito’s life.

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Day 31 Down Under – We’re Still Talking About Kanye West (12-6-22)

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Kanye, Jones, Fuentes & The End Of The World As We Know It (12-1-22)

00:30 The conventional wisdom regarding Kanye West (mentally ill), Nick Fuentes (he means it) and Milo (opportunist)
08:00 Elliott Blatt joins
09:00 When Elliott picks up his phone, he expects a dopamine rush
10:20 Twitter is so fun these days, are we worthy of these great times?
12:30 Sports provides meaning and connection
13:00 Soccernomics (2022 World Cup Edition): Why European Men and American Women Win and Billionaire Owners Are Destined to Lose, https://lukeford.net/blog/?p=146297
28:00 I felt awkward at the sports bar for two hours, ordering coffee, learning new social skills
39:00 Matthew Bevan “Matt” Cox (born July 2, 1969) is an American former mortgage broker and admitted mortgage fraudster, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Matthew_Cox
47:00 True Crime as a substitute for Alt Right drama
48:40 Warning lights comes on in Elliott’s car
1:01:00 Near death experiences, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Near-death_experience
1:15:00 Sarcasm vs sincerity
1:19:00 Milo as a demon
1:20:50 The 2022 Holberg Debate w/ John Mearsheimer and Carl Bildt: Ukraine, Russia, China and the West, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_aNMOEQ0248
1:26:00 Donny Pauling joins, https://www.wikiwand.com/en/Donny_Pauling
1:27:00 Donny on Christian anti-semitism
1:39:00 Sports bars as means to male connection
2:25:00 Artscroll, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ArtScroll
2:33:00 John Mearsheimer met with Viktor Orban, https://www.newyorker.com/news/q-and-a/john-mearsheimer-on-putins-ambitions-after-nine-months-of-war
2:49:30 Rodney Martin joins
2:52:00 Rodney on Kanye West, Nick Fuentes, Milo
3:04:40 Christian nationalism
3:07:00 Reparations for black slavery
3:08:20 Alex Jones
3:09:30 FTX collapse and Sam Bankman-Fried
3:12:45 Sports as a tool for social connection

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I Go To A Sydney Pub To Watch World Cup Soccer – Argentina 2-1 Australia (12-4-22)

The bloke on the right in this screenshot above is Australian actor Damian Walshe-Howling.

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