Saturday, July 11, 2020

NY City adds police presence in Harlem due to increased crime. Harlem youths need to see Black Lives Matter signs and street murals, and will be given something to do such as pop-up basketball-AMNY.com

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7/8/20, New York City shootings increased 130% in June compared to last year," CBS News, A. McNamara 

“In addition to shootings last month [June], murders, burglaries and auto thefts also rose....Burglaries increased most significantly, from 817 to 1,783, an 118% uptick.”
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July 10, 2020,City increasing NYPD presence in Harlem this weekend, launches new Violence Prevention Plan," amny.com, A. Domenech 

The city will up NYPD presence at “hot spots” in Harlem beginning tonight and over the weekend in response to a slew of recent shootings, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on Friday. 

Last weekend, 64 people were shot across the five boroughs resulting in 10 deaths following a week-long spike in violent crime. Gun violence in the city shot up last month compared to the same time last year, with the NYPD reporting a 130% increase in shootings between June 1 and June 30 [compared to same dates in 2019]. 

Officers will up their car and foot patrol efforts on 20 undisclosed streets across the neighborhood. The city is currently in talks with 50 Harlem-based community leaders on how to improve the community’s relationship with the police. The new grassroots approach will not only involve police resources but also efforts from community leaders, religious groups, community-based organizations and the cure violence movement crisis management team. 

True change will depend on improving relationships between the police and Harlem’s young people, de Blasio said. 

“They have gone through so much in these last months, we need to reconnect with them, give them positive options and to hear them,” de Blasio said. As a first step, the city will host a youth town hall Harlem next week. Community organizations and the NYPD will also start hosting pop-up basketball “skills and drills” scrimmages.  

State senator Brian Benjamin, who represents Harlem, drove home the point that more police does mean more public safety. “It has been a rough couple of weeks… but a community-based approach where we have the police, the community, clergy and everybody on the street working together to protect our neighborhoods, that is key to our success.” 

De Blasio’s new Violence Prevention Plan will also provide young people with programming to improve the community, according to state Senator Benjamin also at the press conference. We’ve closed our streets, which is important, but we have to program them and give our community and our young people something productive to do,said Benjamin, who represents Harlem. ” That level of investment sends a signal that we care.” 

“It is important that our young people not only see Black Lives Matter signs and street murals but that they see Black lives on the streets loving and supporting Black lives.” 

CEO of Street Corner Resources, Iesha Sekou, also at the press conference, added that the organization will station violence interrupters at 143rd and Lenox Avenue where two shootings took place on the 4th of July in order to help de-escalate future conflict.”




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NY State finds some Covid tests mistake virus-killing antibodies that immune systems develop for active infection. As a result of this finding, Suffolk County, NY removed 2105 false positive tests from its tally-Newsday, 6/3/20

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“Suffolk County [New York State] executive “attributed the decline to removing from previous counts the results of tests for virus-killing antibodies that patients’ immune systems develop after becoming infected.”…6/3/20
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Neil Ferguson, the single reason for US lockdown, himself believes in and practices herd immunity:“I acted in the belief that I was immune, having tested positive for coronavirus, and completely isolated myself for almost two weeks after developing symptoms," he added.”…
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June 3, 2020, New Suffolk virus tracking system leads to reduction of 2,105 positive tests, Newsday, Matt Clark

“Using a new state tracking system, Suffolk County officials released updated coronavirus case totals for each county community Wednesday for the first time since May 25.

The new system allowed Suffolk to weed out numerous inapplicable test results, officials said, causing a reduction of 2,105 in the cumulative tally of county infections assigned to communities since the pandemic began. 

The Suffolk County executive’s office attributed the decline to removing from previous counts the results of tests for virus-killing antibodies that patients’ immune systems develop after becoming infected. 

“The reduction seen in cumulative numbers is a result of the new map being able to filter out positive antibody test results,“ said Derek Poppe, a spokesman for County Executive Steve Bellone.

This is in line with how New York State reports their numbers and is the recognized best practice.””…
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Added: CDC published data says Covid epidemic in US has ended. Per CDC 7/3/20 chart below, US is at 2018 levels:

July 3, 2020, “CovidView Weekly Summary,” cdc.gov 

Lower left of chart in 2018 when no epidemic existed is labeled “Epidemic Threshold.” Follow red line across to right side of chart to July 2020. The red line today is in the same place it was with no epidemic in 2018.

To see this chart on CDC website, scroll to near end of page. “Mortality surveillance:” 

“The National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) collects death certificate data from vital statistics offices for all deaths occurring in the United States. Based on death certificate data available on July 2, 2020, 5.9% of all deaths occurring during the week ending June 27, 2020 (week 26) were due to [one of three causes:] pneumonia, influenza or COVID-19 (PIC). This is the tenth consecutive week of a declining percentage of deaths due to PIC. The percentage is equal to the epidemic threshold of 5.9% for week 26.” 

Translation of “Epidemic threshold: Point when it’s no longer an epidemic, as is clearly visible on above CDC chart. According to CDC chart, US has as much “epidemic” today as it did in 2018. 

At top of page: Key Updates for Week 26, ending June 27, 2020″…“Mortality attributed to COVID-19 decreased compared to last week and is currently at the epidemic threshold.”…
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Added: 63% herd immunity stopped the Zika virus in Brazil: 

How Do You Achieve Herd Immunity?: You can develop resistance naturally. When your body is exposed to a virus or bacteria, it makes antibodies to fight off the infection. When you recover, your body keeps these antibodies. Your body will defend against another infection. This is what stopped the Zika virus outbreak in Brazil. Two years after the outbreak began, 63% of the population had had exposure to the virus. Researchers think the community reached the right level for herd immunity.” webmd.com
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Comment:

 



If a tree falls in a forest and no one is there to hear it, does it make a sound?”. 

CDC published data makes clear that 2020 US epidemic is over, but no one in authority acknowledges it. If the NY Times doesn’t cheer the news, headlining it on the front page above the fold, does it mean the science didn’t happen? Does it mean the world won’t know the truth?...image credit




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Friday, July 10, 2020

Circuit Court Judge temporarily restrains Kentucky Gov. Beshear from blanket Covid Exec. Orders, must meet criteria. Doesn't Beshear know that US is no longer in an epidemic as of 7/3/20 per CDC? Is Beshear a 'science denier?'

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CDC chart: As of 7/3/20, epidemic no longer exists in US. To see this chart on CDC website, scroll to end of page.

July 9, 2020, Scott Circuit Judge grants statewide temporary restraining order against Gov. Beshear,” Lex18.com 

“Attorney General Daniel Cameron announced on Thursday that a Scott Circuit Judge ordered Gov. Andy Beshear to cease issuing or enforcing executive orders related to COVID-19 unless the orders meet specific criteria for an emergency as outlined by state law. The Judge stated that, in order to issue and enforce executive orders related to COVID-19, the Governor must specify the state of emergency that requires the executive order, the location of the emergency, and the name of the local emergency management agency that has determined that the emergency is beyond its capabilities. 

“The Governor cannot issue broad, arbitrary executive orders apart from the requirements of state law, and the Judge agreed by today issuing a statewide temporary restraining order,” said Attorney General Cameron. “This is a clear win for the rule of law and will help Kentucky families and businesses across the Commonwealth who have suffered and continue to suffer financial losses and economic hardship because of the Governor’s executive orders.” 

Attorney General Cameron joined the lawsuit last week, which challenges Gov. Beshear’s use of executive power during the COVID-19 pandemic and was filed by Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles and Evans Orchard and Cider Mill, LLC, an agritourism business in Georgetown. Evans Orchard instituted new public health guidelines and procedures during the COVID-19 pandemic in compliance with Governor Beshear’s executive orders, including requiring employees to wear masks, sanitation protocols for the facility, and reduced capacity to comply with social distancing. In one instance, Evans Orchard was told by the local health department that they could not allow more than 10 individuals at a time into the business’s 96,000 square foot attraction. 

The temporary restraining order issued by the Judge today also stops the enforcement of Gov. Beshear’s executive orders as they apply to Kentucky’s 548 agritourism businesses. 

Gov. Beshear is expected to give an update on new requirements in the state of Kentucky on Thursday at 4 pm.”
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Added: Kentucky Gov. Beshear is apparently unaware that Covid epidemic no longer exists in the US per July 3, 2020 CDC data, chart below. Gov. Beshear orders mandatory mask wearing beginning July 10, says it’s not asking much in middle of “worldwide pandemic." But there’s no “pandemic” or even an “epidemic” in the US per CDC:
 
July 9, 2020, “Wearing of masks mandated in Kentucky beginning Friday," lex18.com 

On 7/9/20 Beshear ordered mandatory mask wearing beginning Friday, 7/10/20, said wearing masks isn’t asking much in the midst of a “worldwide pandemic.” But there’s no “pandemic” or even an “epidemic” in the US. CDC published data states epidemic no longer exists in the US as chart below makes stunningly clear: 

July 3, 2020, “CovidView Weekly Summary,” cdc.gov 

CDC chart above: Lower left of chart in 2018 when no epidemic existed is labeled “Epidemic Threshold. Follow red line across to right side of chart to July 2020. The red line today is in the same place it was with no epidemic in 2018: 

To see above chart on CDC website, scroll to near end of page:

 “Mortality surveillance:” 

“The National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) collects death certificate data from vital statistics offices for all deaths occurring in the United States. Based on death certificate data available on July 2, 2020, 5.9% of all deaths occurring during the week ending June 27, 2020 (week 26) were due to [one of three causes:] pneumonia, influenza or COVID-19 (PIC). This is the tenth consecutive week of a declining percentage of deaths due to PIC. The percentage is equal to the epidemic threshold of 5.9% for week 26.” 

Translation of “Epidemic threshold: Point when it’s no longer an epidemic, as is clearly visible on above CDC chart. 

According to CDC chart, US has as much “epidemic” today as it did in 2018. 

At top of page: “Key Updates for Week 26, ending June 27, 2020″ 

“Mortality attributed to COVID-19 decreased compared to last week and is currently at the epidemic threshold.”…
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Bonus: Also from CDC, for children (0-17 years) hospitalization rates for Covid are much lower than hospitalization rates for ordinary influenza: 

July 3, 2020, “CovidView Weekly Summary,” cdc.gov 

(subhead) “Key points” 

(scroll down):For children (0-17 years), cumulative COVID-19 hospitalization rates are much lower than cumulative influenza hospitalization rates at comparable time points* during recent influenza seasons….“*Number of weeks since 10% of specimens tested positive for SARS-CoV-2 and influenza, respectively.”…

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Comment:

If a tree falls in a forest and no one is there to hear it, does it make a sound?”….If CDC data stunningly makes clear that the 2020 US epidemic is over, but no one in authority acknowledges it, if the NY Times doesn’t cheer the news, headlining it on its front page above the fold, does it mean the data didn’t happen? Does it mean the world won’t know the truth?...image credit
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Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Per CDC, children’s hospitalization rates for ordinary flu are much higher than they are for Covid. In any case the issue is moot because Covid is no longer a US epidemic per CDC chart-CDC.gov, 7/3/20

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From CDC, for children (0-17 years) hospitalization rates for Covid are much lower than hospitalization rates for ordinary influenza. CDC chart posted below: 

July 3, 2020, “CovidView Weekly Summary,” cdc.gov 

(subhead) “Key points” 

(scroll down):For children (0-17 years), cumulative COVID-19 hospitalization rates are much lower than cumulative influenza hospitalization rates at comparable time points* during recent influenza seasons….“*Number of weeks since 10% of specimens tested positive for SARS-CoV-2 and influenza, respectively.”…
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Added: Covid epidemic in US has ended as CDC chart below makes clear: 

July 3, 2020, “CovidView Weekly Summary,” cdc.gov 

CDC chart below: Lower left of chart in 2018 when no epidemic existed is labeled “Epidemic Threshold.” Follow red line across to right side of chart to July 2020. The red line today is in the same place it was with no epidemic in 2018:
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(To see this chart, scroll to near end of page): “Mortality surveillance:” 

“The National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) collects death certificate data from vital statistics offices for all deaths occurring in the United States. Based on death certificate data available on July 2, 2020, 5.9% of all deaths occurring during the week ending June 27, 2020 (week 26) were due to [one of three causes:] pneumonia, influenza or COVID-19 (PIC). This is the tenth consecutive week of a declining percentage of deaths due to PIC. The percentage is equal to the epidemic threshold of 5.9% for week 26.” 

Translation of “Epidemic threshold:" Point when it’s no longer an epidemic, as is clearly visible on above CDC chart. According to CDC chart, US “epidemic” today  equals 2018.
 
At top of page: “Key Updates for Week 26, ending June 27, 2020″ 

Mortality attributed to COVID-19 decreased compared to last week and is currently at the epidemic threshold.”…

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Comment: 

 



If a tree falls in a forest and no one is there to hear it, does it make a sound?”….If CDC data stunningly makes clear that the 2020 US epidemic is over, but no one in authority acknowledges it, if the NY Times doesn’t cheer the news, headlining it on the front page above the fold, does it mean the data didn’t happen? Does it mean the world won’t know the truth?...image credit



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Shocking CDC chart shows Covid epidemic no longer exists in US as of July 3, 2020. US Covid deaths today are at 2018 level when no epidemic existed-July 3, 2020, CDC.gov

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July 3, 2020,CovidView Weekly Summary,” cdc.gov 

CDC chart below: Lower left of chart in 2018 when no epidemic existed is labeled “Epidemic Threshold." Follow red line across to right side of chart to July 2020. The red line today is in the same place it was with no epidemic in 2018:
 

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(To see this chart, scroll to near end of page): Mortality surveillance:” 

“The National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) collects death certificate data from vital statistics offices for all deaths occurring in the United States. Based on death certificate data available on July 2, 2020, 5.9% of all deaths occurring during the week ending June 27, 2020 (week 26) were due to [one of three causes:] pneumonia, influenza or COVID-19 (PIC). This is the tenth consecutive week of a declining percentage of deaths due to PIC. The percentage is equal to the epidemic threshold of 5.9% for week 26.” 

Translation of “Epidemic threshold: Point when it’s no longer an epidemic, as is clearly visible on above CDC chart. According to CDC chart, US has as much “epidemic” today as it did in 2018.
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At top of CDC page: “Key Updates for Week 26, ending June 27, 2020:″ 

“Mortality attributed to COVID-19 decreased compared to last week and is currently at the epidemic threshold.”…

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Added: Additional reference to “Epidemic threshold:"

Epidemic threshold
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“The CDC’s definition of a flu epidemic relates to the percentage of deaths in a given week caused by influenza and pneumonia. The “epidemic threshold” is a certain percentage above what is considered normal for that period. The normal level, or baseline, is statistically determined based on data from past flu seasons.”
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Added: From CDC, best news of all is about children vs Covid-19: 

July 3, 2020, “CovidView Weekly Summary," cdc.gov 

(subhead) “Key points” 

(scroll down):For children (0-17 years), cumulative COVID-19 hospitalization rates are much lower than cumulative influenza hospitalization rates at comparable time points* during recent influenza seasons….“*Number of weeks since 10% of specimens tested positive for SARS-CoV-2 and influenza, respectively.”…


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Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Bill Clinton and Ghislaine Maxwell prepare to board Epstein’s private jet in 2002-UK Telegraph

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July 4, 2020, “Exclusive: Bill Clinton, Ghislaine Maxwell and the inside story of their trip to Britain," UK Telegraph, Patrick Sawer, Robert Mendick 

[Image caption] “Bill Clinton and Ghislaine Maxwell pose together for the camera as the pair prepare to board Jeffrey Epstein’s notorious private jet CREDIT: The Mega Agency/CDWES,” Sept., 2002. Location of airport not stated. 

“The Throne Room picture of Maxwell and Spacey is a breach of protocol that few will want to excuse.” 

“When Bill Clinton flew into London in September 2002 doors naturally flew open for him. 

He had stepped down as President of the United States after two terms only the year before and was on his way to address the Labour Party conference. [Bill Clinton of course is among famous Americans who chose to accept money from UK racist imperialist Cecil Rhodes in the form of Rhodes Scholarship to study in UK. Cecil Rhodes called for global rule by Anglo-Saxon race long before Hitler did. Rhodes also called for the US to be returned to UK monarchy]. 

Among the doors that opened were those to Buckingham Palace, when the Duke of York invited him to tour the Queen’s London home. 

At the time no one could imagine the visit would come back to haunt those taking part. 

But it has, following The Telegraph’s discovery of this astonishing photograph of Ghislaine Maxwell, first printed on Saturday, sitting on the ornate seat the Queen used for her Coronation in 1953 – in breach of all protocol.

[Image caption] “Ghislaine Maxwell and Kevin Spacey sitting on the Queen’s thrones CREDIT: The Telegraph,” Sept. 2002 

Next to her is Mr Clinton’s friend Kevin Spacey – then Hollywood royalty and shortly to become artistic director of the Old Vic – in the place normally occupied by the Duke of Edinburgh. 

Ms Maxwell is now ensconced in the far more spartan surroundings of a police cell in New Hampshire after her arrest on Thursday, following a year-long investigation by the FBI. 

She is charged with helping to recruit and groom underage girls for her ex-boyfriend, the late financier Jeffrey Epstein, also a friend of the Duke, and faces questions over the extent of the Duke’s knowledge of events. 

Spacey’s career and reputation were left in tatters after he was accused in 2017 of making unwanted sexual advances to a 14-year-old actor and a string of other young men. Charges against him were later dropped. 

And the Duke is now at the centre of the scandal surrounding Epstein’s sordid activities, with US prosecutors saying they would “welcome” his testimony as part of the ongoing FBI investigation. 

At the time the photograph, had it been released to the public, would have been seen as a lighthearted – if somewhat disrespectful – memento of a celebrity visit. 

But with the passing of the years this snap is now raising eyebrows around the world, and has come to assume a much more disturbing significance, showing just how close Ghislaine Maxwell was at the time to her friend the Duke. 

It was the Duke, after all, who had invited her and Spacey, along with Mr Clinton, to the private tour of Buckingham Palace. 

Mr Clinton was in London en route to the Labour Party conference in Blackpool, where he would be guest of honour. There he wowed delegates and Cabinet ministers alike, confirming his reputation as a natural and mesmerising orator when he gave the keynote address as international guest speaker. 

On the evening of the speech, Mr Clinton expressed a desire for a burger and was accompanied by Alastair Campbell, Tony Blair’s director of communications, to a McDonald’s on Blackpool’s Golden Mile – to the astonishment of the locals, and in particular the teenager who served him. 

Among the burger party in Blackpool was Spacey, who had come up from London with Mr Clinton. 

Before arriving in the UK, the pair spent seven days on a tour of Africa, along with Ms Maxwell and the American actor Chris Tucker, on Epstein’s private jet, a Boeing 727 – reportedly nicknamed the “Lolita Express”. 

Photographs obtained by The Telegraph show Mr Clinton posing for the cameras with his arm around Ms Maxwell on the steps to the plane. 

It is not clear if Epstein was present on that humanitarian trip to Ghana, Nigeria, Rwanda, Mozambique, and South Africa organised for the Clinton Foundation. 

Flight logs appear to show the former president was a frequent user of Epstein’s jet, taking at least 26 trips on the plane. 

In the early years of his post-presidency, Mr Clinton took four trips on the private plane with stops in Europe, Africa and Asia, in at least one case with Epstein present. 

Indeed the same year as the Africa trip, Mr Clinton, in a magazine profile, praised Epstein for his charitable work. 

“Jeffrey is both a highly successful financier and a committed philanthropist with a keen sense of global markets and an in-depth knowledge of 21st-century science,” he told New York magazine through a spokesman. 

“I especially appreciated his insights and generosity during the recent trip to Africa to work on democratisation, empowering the poor, citizen service, and combating HIV/Aids.” 

Last year [2019] Mr Clinton – against whom there are no accusations – firmly distanced himself from Epstein. Angel Ureña, his spokesman, said on Twitter that the former president knew nothing of Epstein’s “terrible crimes”. 

“He’s not spoken to Epstein in well over a decade, and has never been to Little St James Island, Epstein’s ranch in New Mexico, or his residence in Florida,” Mr Ureña said, noting that Mr Clinton was accompanied by Secret Service and other staff members “on every leg of every trip”. 

At the end of the Africa tour, the party arrived in London, where the Duke invited Mr Clinton, Spacey and Ms Maxwell to visit Buckingham Palace. There is no record of the visit on the Court Circular, which details all the official engagements of members of the Royal Family, suggesting it was an unofficial, impromptu affair arranged by the Duke for his friends. 

The Throne Room is normally accessible only through public tours of the palace or during state visits and official royal functions, and for anyone other than the Queen or the Duke of Edinburgh to sit on the chairs is unthinkable and would invite disciplinary action if it were a member of staff, according to sources close to the Palace. 

The Chair of Estate on which Ms Maxwell sits is embroidered with “EIIR” and was used by the Queen at the start of her Coronation in Westminster Abbey, up until the point that she was crowned and moved to the Throne Chair. Spacey is seated on its accompanying Chair of Estate, made after the Coronation by the Mayfair firm White Allom and Company for the Duke of Edinburgh. 

Rumours had circulated previously about the visit to the Palace, though officials dismissed them, saying the Duke of York had “no recollection” of it taking place. 

It is not thought that Epstein was present during the visit by Mr Clinton and the others, however he had previously visited Sandringham and Windsor Castle, along with Ms Maxwell, as a guest of the Duke. 

In June 2000, Epstein and Ms Maxwell were among a star-studded guest list at a party hosted by the Queen at Windsor. 

The Dance of the Decades event marked four royal birthdays including the Duke’s 40th. The Duke, the Queen’s third child, later told the BBC that Epstein was there at his invitation, not the Royal Family’s, and was to some extent Ms Maxwell’s “plus one”. 

In December that year [2000], the Duke threw Ms Maxwell a surprise birthday party at Sandringham, the Queen’s estate in Norfolk, with Epstein among the guests. 

He described it in the BBC interview as a “straightforward shooting weekend”. 

When it came to the Buckingham Palace trip two years later [2002] Ms Maxwell was again invited as a friend of the Duke while, according to a source, Spacey was a guest of Mr Clinton’s. 

“They were larking about on the thrones, doing regal waves,” said the source. “Ghislaine sat on the Queen’s throne with Spacey pretending to be the Duke of Edinburgh. No one can recall if the Duke was actually in the Throne Room at the time but he was in charge of the visit.” 

A year before [2001] the palace photograph was taken, the Duke appeared with Ms Maxwell in another picture. 

This one [in 2001] showed him with his arm around a 17-year-old teenager called Virginia Roberts, now Virginia Giuffre, at Ms Maxwell’s Belgravia house, a stone’s throw from Buckingham Palace. 

Mrs Giuffre says the photograph was taken by Epstein on the night she claims she was introduced by him to the Duke. She claims she and the Duke dined, danced and drank in Tramp nightclub in London before having sex that night. The Duke has consistently denied her claims. 

Ten months on Ms Maxwell was posing for the camera again, this time at the very heart of the British establishment. How different that Buckingham Palace photograph looks now.”
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Added: At Epstein’s Manhattan mansion: Bill Gates (Honorary Knight of the British Empire) at Epstein’s Manhattan mansion in 2011.In 2005 the Queen had awarded Bill Gates an Honorary Knight of the British Empire in private ceremony in Buckingham Palace. (Photo below)
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Above, NY Times image caption: “At Jeffrey Epstein’s Manhattan mansion in 2011, from left: James E. Staley, at the time a senior JPMorgan executive; former Treasury Secretary Lawrence Summers; Mr. Epstein; Bill Gates, Microsoft’s co-founder; and Boris Nikolic, who was the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s science adviser. 

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Above “The Queen presented Bill Gates with an honorary knighthood in 2005, BBC… June 6, 2019, “Guide to the Honors, BBC…“The honorary knighthood recognizes Gates’ contributions to improving health and reducing poverty.The queen conferred the honor in a private ceremony held at Buckingham Palace, where Gates was accompanied by his wife, Melinda Gates, co-founder of the foundation.”
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Left, 2005, Here’s Bill with his award from the Queen. 

Added: In 2013 Melinda also received a British Empire award: 

“In 2013, Melinda Gates was appointed an honorary Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire for her philanthropy and work on the international stage.”… 

Added: More Bill and Melinda: 

10/18/2016, Both Bill and Melinda Gates were on a March 2016 list of suggested VP running mates for Hillary Clinton. Also on the list “were General Motors CEO Mary Barra, Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz, former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg, U.S. Navy Admiral Bill McRaven and Marine Corps four-star general John Allen.” Time 

Of course: 

In 2004 Melinda Gates was named to the Washington Post Board of Directors.
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Added: A different “Empire” award was scrapped in 1993. Sadly, it was revived in 2012: 

“British Empire Medal” 

“The medal was founded in 1917 and was awarded for “meritorious” actions by civilians or military personnel, although the recipients did not attend a royal investiture. 

Scrapped in 1993 by former Conservative Prime Minister John Major, as part of his drive towards a “classless” society, the BEM was revived in 2012.”


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