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7 Effective Ways To Make Best Friends Forever

2020.10.07 16:45 beaninspirer 7 Effective Ways To Make Best Friends Forever

7 Effective Ways To Make Best Friends Forever

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How To Become Best Friends Forever?

Real friends are rare to find. You cannot choose your family, but you have the freedom to choose your friends. Best friends forever play an essential role in each other’s lives and no matter who your best friend is, he/she is the person on whom you can rely in the toughest situations of your life.
Best friends forever are just like salt and pepper or like jam and bread or like needle and thread. One is incomplete without the other. There are numerous famous besties such as Laurel and Hardy, Tom and Jerry and many others.
You may have many friends, but your best friend is a special one who is much more than the others. If you do not have a best friend yet, read on to know how to make one!

1. Besties Love and Support Each Other Always and in All Ways

Your best friend is a person whom you can always count on. He/she is your supporter, confidante, a shoulder to cry on, believer, inspiration, partner-in-crime and a person who knows all your secrets.
In short, whenever you are in a problem or have something to share, the first person you think about is your best friend.

2. Do Not Invade Each Other’s Space

Sometimes, close relations tend to lack space, and this leads to the death of many harmonious relations.
Let your best friend live his/her own life and pursue his/her interests. Being a best friend does not mean clinging to each other always.

3. Friends Keep No Secrets

A best friend is a person with whom you can open your heart and talk about any topic you want. There is no secret or shyness when you speak to your best friend.

4. Always Allow Give and Take

Best friends forever also have their personal lives. But the main essence of friendship is to give and take importance and time to each other amidst your busy schedule and personal responsibilities.
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2020.10.04 00:58 Kkcontest Lauren Conrad on Instagram: “We partnered with #GoodToVote! If we can get 500 of you to register to vote—or simply check your registration—we will host the first-ever Laguna Beach cast reunion...”

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2020.07.27 20:23 OportunidadesOnline How social media platforms are helping small businesses in the midst of Covid-19 and How e-commerce has helped thousands of entrepreneurs in times of the corona virus.

YouTube video ad tool
Creating quality video content is not always easy, especially for small businesses that may not have the skills or budget needed to do so. In addition, of course, companies are now unable to conduct video sessions in person. Consequently, YouTube launched its 'Video Builder Tool', which allows small businesses to create video content for free. The tool has been in development for months, however, its launch has been accelerated to help companies with their communication and content strategies in the light of the coronavirus.
Essentially, users can create and customize short videos (six or 15 seconds long), which can be shared via YouTube or used in a YouTube advertising campaign. One of the main benefits of the tool - especially in comparison to other free editing tools - is that the videos are integrated into the Google Ads program, which means that the videos will be served to relevant viewers on YouTube.
Pinterest Shop to highlight small, sustainable brands
According to Pinterest, searches for 'small business support' have increased by 351% on the platform, as users increasingly seek to buy and support small, independent businesses. At the same time, Pinterest saw an increase in searches for 'environmentally friendly life' and 'waste-free products', which increased by 93% and 108%, respectively.
As a result, and to coincide with Earth Day on April 22, Pinterest added several sustainable brand products to Pinterest Shop, which also come from 21 small and medium-sized businesses in the U.S. The idea is to increase the visibility and exposure of these companies at an undoubtedly crucial moment and to capitalize on the growing interest in shopping on the platform.
To raise awareness of the initiative, Pinterest also partnered with influencer and designer Lauren Conrad, who created a green products board in their fair trade e-commerce market, The Little Market.
Another new Pinterest feature is the 'Verified Merchant Program', launched in March, which allows scanned retailers to display a blue checkmark on their profile if they meet certain criteria. According to Pinterest, verified merchants also "qualify for greater distribution within highly intentioned shopping experiences and metrics like conversion reports". This means that retailers will receive a number of special advantages, such as their products being displayed on dedicated pages, such as 'related products', and access to information and data metrics, such as the average order value of customers.
Instagram stickers for small businesses
Facebook-owned Instagram has also launched a new feature to help small businesses make sales, which this time come in the form of gift cards, food orders and fundraising stickers that they can share on their profile or in Stories.
This means that while consumers may not be able to visit companies in person or access immediate services, they can still support their local or favorite businesses by requesting withdrawal, making purchases that can be redeemed later, or making direct donations.
When touching the stickers, customers are taken to a website where they can complete their order or to a page dedicated to fundraising on Facebook.
Customers can also share the stickers in their own stories if they want to show support for certain companies in their area. According to Instagram, the feature will be available in the U.S. and Canada, before being launched internationally after that.
The main benefit of the resource is to keep small businesses aware and expand new opportunities for gains from the pandemic. Even if customers know that a company has a presence on Instagram, they may not be aware of the different ways in which they can support them online or through the platform during that time.
Want to know more, Here you have access: The biggest and best online marketing strategies in the world for your business to sell more. The best and most complete social media marketing kit for your company to increase sales.
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2020.06.04 17:08 ChildfreeFamily Help fact-checking a list of well known Childfree people

I'm compiling a list of childfree people for a blog. I have found a few lists online (which have been helpful). But in some cases they were not up-to-date. A person may have had children since being added to their list (example: I had to remove George Clooney who appeared on a number of lists). Or there might be some people missing who should be on the list.
If you have a moment to scan the list and let me know of any other errors or omissions it would be appreciated.
It has been fun working on this list. A few people on it surprised me. Thanks again for any help.
\Edit for clarification: the term "childfree", in the sense of this list, will be in regards to people who never had a child from a live birth, fostered a child, adopted a child, or was a step-parent.*

Herbert Samuel Adams – Sculptor
Charles Addams – Cartoonist (The New Yorker)
Jane Addams - Social Worker, Political Activist, Co-Founder of the ACLU, & Nobel Peace Prize Winner
Nancy Addison – Actress
Louisa May Alcott – Author
Cynthia May Westover Alden – Author, Philanthropist
Grover Cleveland Alexander – Baseball Player
Suzy Allegra – Author
Marty Allen – Comedian
John Murray Anderson – Musical Theatre Producer
Laurie Anderson – Performance Artist
Marian Anderson – Concert Singer
Louis Andriessen – Composer
Jennifer Aniston – Actress
Susan B. Anthony – Womans’ Suffragist
Samuel Appleton – Politician, Philanthropist
Geoffrey Arend - Actor
Louis Armstrong – Musician (Contested: The Louis Armstrong Museum states he had no children, but in 2012 Sharon Preston-Folta has claimed to be his daughter from Lucille “Sweets” Preston, a dancer at the New York Cotton Club)
Boris Artzybasheff – Artist
Dorothy Arzner – Film Director
Dr. Robert C. Atkins – Diet Doctor, Author, Creator of the Atkins Diet
V.C. Andrews – Author
Jane Austen – Author
Max Baer Jr. – Actor
Francis Bacon – Politician, Philosopher, Scientist
Florence Bailey – Author, Naturalist, Ornithologist
Tallulah Bankhead – Actress
Abdullah al-Baradouni – Yemeni Poet
Bob Barker – Game Show Host
Joe Barr – Canadian Politician
Lynda Barry – Cartoonist
Clara Barton - Nurse, Humanitarian, Founder and First President of the American Red Cross
Kathy Bates – Actress
Jaya Battacharya – Actress
King Baudouin – King of Belgium
Samuel Beckett – Author, Playwright, Poet
Ludwig Van Beethoven – Composer
Joe Besser – Actor
Isabella Bird – Author
Jacqueline Bisset – Actress
Lewis Black – Comedian
Eubie Blake – Musician, Composer
William Blake – Artist
Brenda Blethyn – Actress
Marc Blitzstein – Composer, Dramatist
Baroness Karen Blixen – Author
Rosa Bonheur – French Painter and Sculptor
Pierre Bonnard – Artist
William Edgar Borah – Politician
Lara Flynn Boyle – Actress
Georges Brassens – Singer
Alison Brie – Actress
Joe Bob Briggs aka John Bloom – Author, Movie Critic
Raymond Briggs – Children’s Book Author
Poppy Z. Brite – Author
Anne Bronte – Author
Louise Brooks – Actress
Helen Gurley Brown – Feminist, Editor
Reno Browne – Actress, Equestrian
Delta Burke – Actress
Kathy Burke - Actress, Comedian
James Buchanan – 15th U.S. President
Pat Buchanan – Politician, Presidential Candidate
James Burke – Creator of the PBS Series “Connections”, Scientific American columnist
Raymond Burr – Actor
Caryl Lee Burroughs – Hollywood Animal Trainer
Leo Buscaglia – Author
Brett Butler – Actress, Comedian
Julia Cameron – Director
Phyllis Carlyle – Film Producer
Dora Carrington – Bloomsbury Artist
Laura Carroll – Author
Mary Casatt – Artist
Roger Casement – Irish Patriot
Nina Cassian – Poet
Barbara Castle – British Politician
Kim Cattrall – Actress
Mary Chapin Carpenter – Singer, Songwriter
Rosamond Halsey Carr – Founder of Rwanda’s Imbabazi Orphanage, Author, Fashion Designer
Richard Chamberlain – Actor
Coco Chanel – Fashion Designer (Contested: Following her elder sister’s suicide, she looked after her son)
Stockard Channing – Actress
RuPaul Andre Charles - Drag Performer, TV Personality
Judy Chicago – Artist
Margaret Cho – Comedian
Julia Child – Professional Chef, Cookbook Author
Helen Clark – New Zealand Prime Minister
Patricia Clarkson – Actress
Dorothy Clewes – Children’s Book Author
Imogene Coca – Actress
Claudette Colbert – Actress
Billy Collins – U.S. Poet Laureate
C. Collodi – Author
William Conrad – Actor
Frances Conroy – Actress
Storm Constantine – Fantasy Writer
Jill Ker Conway – Author, first woman President of Smith College
Anne Cool – Canadian Senator
Pat Coombs – Actress
Copernicus – Scientist
John Corbett – Actor
Joseph Cornell – Artist and Creator of the Cornell Box
Ann Coulter – Political Commentator
Alec Sadler Craig – Australian Politician, Philanthropist
Quentin Crisp – Author, Actor
Tim Curry – Actor
Charlotte Curtis – First woman on the masthead of The New York Times
Patrika Darbo – Actress
Simone de Beauvoir – Author
Mahmoud Darwish – Palestinian Poet
Leonardo Da Vinci – Artist
Gray Davis – Governor of California
Ellen Degeneres – Comedian
Jeffery Deaver – Author
Eugene Victor Debs – Activist
Bessie and Sadie Delaney – Authors
Dana Delany – Actress
Don DeLillo – Author
Del Rubio Triplets – Musical Group
Bo Derek – Actress
Rene Descartes – Philosopher
Portia De Rossi – Actress
Emily Dickinson – Poet
Benjamin Disraeli – Politician, Author
Steve Ditko – Cartoonist, co-creator of the Spider-Man Comics
Dorothea Dix – Educator, writer, philanthropist
Hannah Dobryn – Author
Tamara Dobson – Actress
Richard Donner – Film Director
Lauren Shuler Donner – Film Producer
Lizzie Douglas aka Memphis Minnie- Singer, Guitarist, Songwriter
Marjory Stoneman Douglas – Environmentalist, Founder of Friends of the Everglades
Maureen Dowd – Columnist, Pulitzer Prize winner
Sir George Downing – Founder of Downing College, Cambridge, England
Gabriel Dumont – Native American Tribal Leader
Lena Dunham - Actress, Director, Producer
Francis Drake – Explorer
Fran Drescher – Actress
Esther Dyson – Author, Internet Expert
Amelia Earhart – Aviator
Deborah Eisenberg – Author
Liubov Egorova – Dancer
Anita Ekberg – Actress
T.S. Eliot – Poet
Havelock Ellis – Psychologist, Author
Tracee Ellis Ross – Actress
Harlan Ellison – Author
Elizabeth I – Queen of England
Joan Elm – Canadian Politician, Community Activist
Bonnie Erbé – PBS Commentator and Columnist
Dame Edith Evans – British Film and Stage Actress
Linda Evans – Actress
Rupert Everett – Actor
Anne Ewers – CEO of the Utah Symphony & Opera
Jane Fallon – Author
Chow Yun-Fat – Actor
Barbara Feldon – Actress
Pamelyn Ferdin – Actress
Ralph Fiennes – Actor
Lynn Fontanne – Actress
Margot Fonteyn – British Ballerina
Juliana Rieser Force – Whitney Museum Director
Richard Ford – Author, Editor of Granta
Margaretta Forten – Abolitionist
Dian Fossey – Anthropologist
Janet Frame – Poet
Felix Frankfurter – Supreme Court Justice
Tanya Franks – Actress
William Frawley – Actor
Frank Frazetta – Artist
Alice Freeman – First woman to be President of a liberal arts college, (Wellesley), helped establish the University of Chicago.
Elsie Freund – Artist, Jewelry Designer
Louis Freund – Artist
Robert Fripp – Composer, Musician
Stephen Fry - Actor, Comedian
Eva Gabor – Actress
Magda Gabor – Actress
Maxwell Gage – Noted New Zealand Geologist
Diamanda Galas – Singer
Tess Gallagher – Author
Paul William Gallico – Author
Janeane Garofalo – Actress, Comedian
Greta Garbo – Actress
Ava Gardner – Actress
Henry Garfiled aka Henry Rollins - Musician (Black Flag, Rollins Band)
Greer Garson – Actress
Gloria Gaynor – Singer
Anthony Geary – Soap Opera Actor
Ricky Gervais – Comedian
William Schwenck Gilbert – Composer for Gilbert & Sullivan
Althea Gibson – Athlete
Dorothy Gish – Actress
Lillian Gish – Actress
Katharine Bruce Glasier – Author
Susan Glaspell – Playwright
Sharon Gless – Actress
Crispin Glover – Actor
Christoph Willibald Gluck – Composer
Paulette Goddard – Actress
Robert Hutchings Goddard – Physicist
Kurt Godel – Author
Alexander Godunov – Actor, Dancer
Stephen Goldin – Author
Emma Goldman – Activist, Feminist
Valeria Golino – Actress
Jan Goodwin – Author, Travel Writer
Edward Gorey – Artist
Lotte Goslar – Dancer
Lauren Graham - Actress (Contested - Her long-term partner has a child.)
Martha Graham – Choreographer
Cecil Green – Former CEO of Texas Instruments, Philanthropist
Johnny Green – Musician
Gael Greene – Food Critic, Author
Baroness Susan Greenfield – Director of the Royal Institution, Professor of Synaptic Pharmacology at Oxford University, Neurologist
John Robert Gregg – Inventor of the Gregg Shorthand Method, Publisher
Joyce Grenfell – British Actress
Nanci Griffith – Singer, Songwriter
Martha Griffiths – First Female Michigan Lieutenant Governor
Terry Gross – NPR Host
James Grout – Actor
Mabel Dole Haden – Former President of NABWA
Catherine Hakim – British Sociologist
Daryl Hall – Singer, Musician (Hall & Oates)
Jon Hamm - Actor
Celia Hammond – Former Model and Animal Activist
Lionel Hampton – Musician
Georg Friedrich Handel – Composer
Chelsea Handler - Comedian
Howard Harold Hanson – Pulitzer-Prize Winning Composer
Setsuko Hara – Japanese Actress
Warren Gamaliel Harding – 29th U.S. President
E Chambré Hardman – Photographer
Jean Harlow - Actress
Debbie Harry – Singer (Blondie)
Alex Heard – Author
Sir Edward Heath - Politician, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
Susan Helms – Astronaut
Christina Hendricks - Actress, Model
Adrian Henri – Poet, Painter
Marguerite Henry – Children’s Book Author
Katherine Hepburn – Actress
Milton S. Hershey – Founder of the Hershey Chocolate Company
Lorena Hickok – AP Political Reporter
Taiko Hirabayashi – Author
Nicole Hollander – Cartoonist
Thelma Holt – Actress, Theatre Producer
Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. – Associate Justice of the Supreme Court (USA)
Grace Murray Hopper – Computer Scientist
Rima Horton - Politician
Soad Hosni – Egyptian Actress
Lila Kedrova Howard – Actress
Mick Hucknall – Singer
Howard Hughes - American Business Magnate, Investor, Pilot, Engineer, Film Director, Philanthropist
Bonnie Hunt – Actress
Kristin Hunter – Children’s Book Author
Lauren Hutton – Actress, Model
Patricia Ireland – President of the National Organization for Women, NOW
George J. Irbe – Creator of the Great Lakes water temperature climatology
John A. “Jack” Jackson – Philanthropist, Oilman
Tove Jansson – Children’s Book Author
Randall Jarrell – Poet
Anna Jarvis – the “Founder of Mother’s Day”
Joan of Arc – Christian Saint
Jack Johnson – First African-American to win the heavyweight boxing championship of the world.
Margaret Johnston – Actress
Martin and Osa Johnson – Authors, Photographers, explorers, and naturalists.
Richard Mentor Johnson – U.S. Vice-President
Samuel Johnson – Author, Editor
William Hugh Johnston – Labor Leader
Carolyn Jones – Actress
Renee Jones – Actress
Spike Jonze – Film Director
Ashley Judd – Actress, Activist
Madeline Kahn – Actress
Immanuel Kant – Philosopher
Julie Kavner – Actress
Nikos Kazantzakis – Author
Odette Keene – Musician
Helen Keller – Author
Joyce Kennard – Judge
Joe Kernan – Politician
Maynard Keynes – Economist, Founder of the Vic-Wells Ballet, Financed the Arts Theatre in Cambridge, England
King Louis XVI – King of France
William Lyon MacKenzie King – Former Canadian Prime Minister
William Rufus King – U.S. Vice-President
Robert Kiyosaki – Author
Caroline Knapp – Author
Aleksandra Kollontai – Author
Dean Koontz – Author
Tadeusz Kościuszko – Polish Patriot
Jerzy Kosinski – Author
Jonathan Kozol – Author, Activist
Lee Krasner – Artist
Albert Kroc – Co-Developer of McDonald’s Fast Food Chain
Henry Richardson Labouisse – Diplomat, Former Head of UNICEF
Karl Lagerfeld - Fashion Designer
Princess Lakshmi – Indian Princess
Elsa Lanchester – Actress
Philip Larkin – Author, Poet
Charles Laughton – Actor, Director
Dan Lauria – Actor
Frank John Lausche – Politician
Tom Lehrer – Singer, Musician
Jay Leno – TV Host
Richard Lewis – Comedian
Lyn Lifshin – Poet
Queen Liliuokalani – Queen of Hawaii
Siân Lloyd – Weather Broadcaster
Carole Lombard – Actress
Jack Lord – Actor
Pauline Lord – Actress
Patty Loveless – Singer
Alfred Lunt – Actor
John Lyon – Philanthropist, Regarded as the Founder of The Great Public School Of Harrow
Rose McClendon – Actress
Robert McCormick – Former Owner of the Chicago Tribune
Mary Jackson McCrorey – Politician, Activist
Hattie McDaniel – Actress
Roddy McDowall – Actor, Photographer
Odd McIntyre – Newspaper Columnist
Ian McKellen – Actor
Kristy McNichol – Actress
Janet McTeer – Actress
Christine McVie – Singer, Songwriter (Fleetwood Mac)
Dora Maar – Photographer
René Magritte – Artist
Bill Maher – TV Personality
Katherine Mansfield – Author
Shirley Manson – Singer
Vito Anthony Marcantonio – Politician
Francesca Marciano – Actress
Miriam Margoyles – Actress
Mary Ellen Mark – Award-Winning Photographer
William III & Mary II of England – King & Queen of England, Ireland, and Scotland
Bobbie Ann Mason – Children’s Book Author
Mari Matsunaga – Creator of i-mode, Named One of the Top 25 Tech Women of the Web
Theresa May - Politician, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
Giuseppe Mazzini – Italian Patriot
Fradique de Menezes – President of Sao Tome and Principe
Melina Mercouri – Greek Actress
Freddie Mercury – Musician
Angela Merkel – German Chancellor
George Michael – Musician
Oscar Micheaux – Film Director, Producer, Author
Edna St. Vincent Millay – Poet
Alley Mills – Actress
Brenda Milner – Renowned Professor of Neuro-Psychology: Mcgill’s Faculty Of Medicine And At The Montreal Neurological Institute
Kylie Minogue - Singer
Helen Mirren – Actress
Margaret Mitchell – Author
Eugenio Montale – Nobel Prize Winner, Poet, Author, Editor, Translator
Vicki Moore – Spanish Animal Rights Philanthropist
John Morgan – Founder of the University of Pennsylvania Medical School, and Medical Director of the Continental Army
Lady Morgan (Sydney Owenson) – Author
Morrissey – Musician
Rob Morse – Columnist (San Francisco Chronicle)
Marjorie “Mo” Mowlam – Britain’s Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
John Mulaney – Comedian
Annamarie Tendler Mulaney – Artist
Diana Muldaur – Actress
Megan Mullally - Actress
Ona Munson – Actress
Haruki Murakami – Author
Iris Murdoch – Author
Mikayil Mushfig – Poet
Modest Mussorgsky – Composer
Kanagarajah Muthiah – Tamil Activist
Ralph Nader – Activist
Taslima Nasrin – Author
Alla Nazimova – Actress
Noel Neill – Actress
Bebe Neuwirth – Actress
Sir Isaac Newton – Scientist
Stevie Nicks – Singer (Fleetwood Mac)
Friedrich Nietzsche – Philosopher
Florence Nightingale – Nurse
Ursula Nordstrom – Children’s Book Editor
Jessye Norman – Opera Singer
Kim Novak – Actress
Rudolph Nureyev – Dancer
Anita O’Day – Jazz Singer
Georgia O’Keeffe – Artist
Frederick D. O’Neal – Actor, Playwright
Joyce Carol Oates – Author
Nick Offerman - Actor
Sandra Oh - Actress
Claire Parker – Director, Animator
Dorothy Parker – Author
Suzanne-Lori Parks – Playwright
Rosa Parks – Activist
Dolly Parton – Singer, Actress
Julia Pascal – Playwright
Ann Patchett – Author
Alicia Patterson – Editor
Wolfgang Pauli – Physicist
Linus Pauling – Winner of Nobel Prizes in Chemistry and Peace
Sarah Paulson – Actress
Michelle Paver – Author
Anna Pavlova – Dancer
Molly Peacock – Poet, President Emerita of the Poetry Society of America
Minnie Pearl – Singer
Samuel Pepys – Author
Matthew Perry - Actor
Bernadette Peters – Actress
Jean Peters - Actress
Arthur Phillip – First British Administrator Sent to Australia
Wendell Phillips – Orator and Reformer
William Phillips – Co-founder and Editor of Partisan Review , Writer, Critic
Marge Piercy – Author, Poet
Plato – Philosopher
Martha Plimpton - Actress
Edgar Allan Poe – Author
Jackson Pollock – Artist
Katherine Ann Porter – Author
Parker Posey – Actress
Beatrix Potter – Children’s Book Author
Charles Edward Potter – Politician, Philanthropist, Administrator of the Cheboygan County Bureau of Social Aid
Joyce Purnick – Former New York Times Metro Editor, Journalist
Edna Purviance – Silent Movie Actress
Colin Quinn – Comedian
Robin Quivers – Radio Host
Raffi – Children’s Musician
Bonnie Raitt – Singer, Songwriter
Joey Ramone – Musician
Ayn Rand – Writer, Philosopher, Author
A. Philip Randolph – Politician
Jeanette Rankin – 1st Female US Representative
Man Ray – Artist
Rachel Ray – Celebrity Chef
Lou Reed – Singer, Musician
George Reeves – Actor
Frances Reid – Actress
Leni Riefenstahl – Filmmaker
Janet Reno – Former U.S. Attorney-General
Judith Resnick – Astronaut
Jennifer Rhodes – Actress
Condoleezza Rice – National Security Advisor
Cliff Richards – Musician
Miranda Richardson – Actress
Alan Rickman – Actor, Director
Elizabeth Riddell – Journalist
Sally Ride – First American Female Astronaut
Bridget Riley – Artist
John Ringling – Founder of Ringling Brothers Circus
Mary Roach - Author
Morgan Andrew Robertson – Author
Debbie Rochon – Actress
Norman Perceval Rockwell – Illustrator
Eric Rohmann – Author, Winner of the 2003 Caldecott Medal for Best Illustrated Children’s Book
Ginger Rogers – Actress
Richard Roeper – Film Reviewer, Chicago Sun-Times
Wilhelm Rontgen – Awarded the first Nobel Prize for Physics in 1901, discoverer of X-Rays
William Bruce Rose Jr. aka Axl Rose - Musician (Guns N' Roses)
Mickey Rourke – Actor, Boxer
Patricia Routledge – Actress
Joan Ruddock – Activist
John Ruskin – Author
Winona Ryder – Actress
Yves Saint-Laurent - Fashion Designer
Dr. Lee Salk – Child Psychologist
Renu Saluja – Indian Film Editor
Diana Sands – Actress
Aligi Sassu – Artist
John Sayles – Director
Jean-Paul Sartre – Existential Philosopher
Diane Sawyer – TV News Anchor
Rosika Schwimmer – Author, Activist
Ed and Thelma Schoenberger – Co-founders of the Indiana Flower & Patio Show
Ellen Browning Scripps – Newspaper Columnist, Philanthropist
Joel Schumacher – Film Director
Maurice Sendak – Children’s Book Author
George Bernard Shaw – Playwright
Lionel Shriver – Author
Sarah Silverman – Comedian, Actress
Michael Sinelnikoff – Actor
Siouxsie – Singer, Musician (Siouxsie and the Banshees)
Robert Smith – Singer, Musician (The Cure)
David Shogren – Bassist (Doobie Brothers)
Betty Smith – Author
Dodie Smith – Playwright, Author of The Hundred and One Dalmatians
Gladys Louise Smith aka Mary Pickford - Actress, Producer, Screenwriter, Businesswoman
Howard Worth Smith – Politician
Kate Smith – Singer
Lemony Snicket (Real Name: Daniel Handler) – Children’s Book Author
David Souter – Supreme Court Justice
Jill St. John – Actress
Mabel Stark – Female Tiger Trainer
Gertrude Stein – Author, Patron of the Arts
Victor Strauss – WWII Journalist
Gloria Steinem – Activist, Writer
Maria W. Stewart – Author, Activist
Lily Strickland – Composer, Writer, Artist
Patrick Swayze – Actor
Loretta Swit – Actress
Henrietta Szold – Holocaust Heroine
Wislawa Szymborska – Nobel Prize Winning Poet
Amy Tan - Writer, Author
Sara Teasdale – Poet
Toni Tennille – Singer (Captain and Tennille)
Princess María Teresa of Bourbon-Parma – French-Spanish Political Activist and Academic
Nikola Tesla – Scientist, Inventor
Theodora – Empress and wife of Justinian I
Susanna Thompson – Actress
Georgianne Thon – Actress
M. Carey Thomas – President of Bryn Mawr College
Willie Mae Thornton – Singer, Songwriter
Jennifer Tilly – Actress
Wendy Tokunaga – Author
Lily Tomlin – Actress, Playwright
Ann Turkel – Model
Randy Travis – Singer
Edward Tylor – Anthropologist
Names "U - Z" will be in a comment below (the new additions put the list over the character limit).
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2020.04.15 14:37 traveler81 Who is I Forgot That You Existed abt? (Science #2)

Who is I Forgot That You Existed abt? (Science #2)
Dear Readers,
Today in Taylor Swift Pandemic Time Unsolved Mysteries Very Scientific Studies ™ we will investigate the song I Forgot That You Existed (IFTYE).
Experts in Taylor Swift lyrics are divided between three main camps: This song is about Calvin Harris, This Song is About Kanye West, and This song is about BOTH Calvin Harris and Kanye West.
I Forgot That You Existed is an interesting song in several ways. It has the aesthetic of the Lover album, bright and boppy, but with a hint of shade reminiscent of Reputation. Truly though, the song is way more about personal growth and healing than dissing someone else.
There are deep challenges in analyzing this song. Predominantly, it deals with Taylor's inner monologue and feelings rather than verifiable life events and symbolism we could connect with other songs. There is also no known song where Calvin is the star character, so while we do know some things about her feelings on their relationship, it is nowhere close to what we have for other relationships like Joe, Jake, Harry, etc.
Personally, I have gone back and forth on Kanye vs Calvin vs both for this song. I can’t decide. I’m not convinced it’s even possible to figure it out considering how vague the song is.
And here's what we have to accept going in as scientists: not all highly scientific studies such as this one will yield a clear finding. We must be prepared for the answer to be "It cannot be determined." As Harper Lee said in To Kill a Mockingbird "Real courage is when you know you're licked before you begin, but you begin anyway and see it through no matter what."
We may not find an answer to this question, we might be licked before we begin, but nevertheless we will move forward with real courage and curiosity and see where the data takes us.
Note: There is a not insignificant contingent of people here who believe this song is about Karlie Kloss. I did a deep dive into the Karlie/Taylor relationship to see if there would be merit in adding her to the study, but found that a lot of the lyrics did not fit at all for Karlie and decided not to move forward with this line of inquiry as it seemed fruitless. I will include this mini-study below.
Note 2: Taylor was upset during the summer of 2016 that Scooter Braun was orchestrating bullying of her online. I entertained the idea that this song could be about Scooter Braun, but discarded it being specifically or solely about him because they lyrics make it clear that Taylor was once friends with this person and cared about them. This does not apply to Scooter, although he could be included in the Kanye narrative, a collective “you”.


  • Timeline: We will create a timeline of Taylor's relationships with both Calvin and Kanye along with albums and releases to ground ourselves and understand the context of these stories
  • Data Collection: We will collect as much relevant data as possible about these two relationships and any broader relevant facts
  • Investigation: We will match the data with the song lyrics for both Calvin and Kanye to see which interpretation of the song is best supported by data and we will rate how convincing the evidence is
  • Results & Discussion: We will use the findings to determine whether the song is about Calvin, Kanye, both, or inconclusive
  • Peer review (aka comments)


Kanye Calvin Timelines


Calvin Harris
  • Taylor dated Calvin for over a year from spring 2015 to summer 2016, longer than any other relationship she’d had at that point by a wide margin
  • On April 29, 2016 Calvin went on Ryan Seacrest and said he would never collaborate with Taylor Swift, even though she secretly wrote his hit song This is What You Came For
  • Taylor and Calvin break up around June 1, 2016
  • Reports are that they were more friends than lovers at the end; Calvin said they were different people and it just wasn’t working out.
  • Sources say Calvin broke up with Taylor, although Getaway Car suggests she had a role in ending it, as a traitor.
  • Their split was initially amicable for 2 weeks, until photos appeared of Taylor and Tom, at which point Calvin purged his social media of Taylor and tweeted “Oh boy it’s about to go down” with skull emojis.
  • Calvin responded to a fan comment saying that Taylor controlled the media in this situation and he "had no idea what was going on, which made it a lot worse"
  • On July 13 after things had died down, it came out and was confirmed by Taylor’s team that she co-wrote the song “This is What You Came For.” Calvin said via twitter he was hurt that Taylor and her team tried to make him look bad, followed by more tweets about Taylor:
    • "I figure if you're happy in your new relationship you should focus on that instead of trying to tear your ex bf down for something to do.”
    • "I know you're off tour and you need someone new to try and bury like Katy ETC but I'm not that guy, sorry. I won't allow it. “
    • "Please focus on the positive aspects of YOUR life because you've earned a great one"God bless everyone have a beautiful day (sic)".
    • "And she sings on a little bit of it too. Amazing lyric writer and she smashed it as usual (sic).”
  • Snake emoji’s begin popping up lightly on Taylor Swift’s instagram
  • Calvin says he regrets the way he handled himself in the situation and articulated why he was hurt by Taylor’s actions.
  • In September a video is posted of Taylor singing "This is What You Came For" and Calvin likes it. It is assumed the feud is over.
  • In September 2016 Calvin released “My Way” which many feel is a dis track about Taylor, although he claims it’s about the grocery store Safeway. In the song he claims that either Taylor Swift or the grocery store Safeway was the one thing in his way.
  • Calvin does not have a known starring role in any song on Reputation
    • He has parts in Getaway Car, a verse in I did something bad, and 2 lines in gorgeous
    • Their relationship was always doomed (From the first Old Fashioned we were cursed) because he “poisoned the well” (Getaway car)
    • Taylor refers to herself as a traitor in Getaway Car for jumping from Calvin to Tom (Us traitors never win). It was reported that Tom was wooing her while she was still with Calvin.
    • Calvin is referenced in Gorgeous as an older boyfriend in a club doing I don’t know what while Tay is ogling Joe.
  • In Miss Americana, Taylor said about her grammy win for best album in February 2016 “I was at the top of a mountain…. I didn’t have a partner I had climbed it with that I could high five. I didn’t have anyone I could talk to that could relate… you know...I had my mom. Shouldn’t I have someone I can call right now?” She was dating Calvin at the time.
    • Calvin is never referenced in Miss Americana, other than indirectly by pointedly not being mentioned as someone she could call to celebrate a grammy win
  • Calvin is not mentioned in Taylor's September 2019 Rolling Stone article, whereas the 2016 Kanye situation is featured heavily
  • Calvin is sometimes described as a jerk, an online bully, a douchebag, womanizer etc even before Taylor started dating him
  • There is no evidence that Calvin was a good boyfriend or highly invested in the relationship with Taylor. His statements after the fact support him not being super into it.
  • Taylor was dating Joe within 4 months of her breakup from Calvin. Joe was on her mind a lot during the Cruel Summer of 2016 shortly after the Calvin breakup, and even the night they met when Taylor was still dating Calvin.
  • In July 2016 the song Ole came out, written by Calvin. While there is debate as to whether the song is about Taylor and Tom, it’s hard to draw any conclusions or find any important message in the song.
  • Lena Dunham says in an interview Calvin is her least favorite of all Taylor’s boyfriends
Kanye West
  • Kanye infamously interrupted Taylor’s acceptance speech at the VMAs in 2009 to say Beyonce should have won
  • The crowd boo’d Kanye but Taylor thought they were booing her. “For someone who’s built their whole belief system on getting people to clap for you, the whole crowd booing is a pretty formative experience. That was a catalyst for a lot of psychological paths I went down, many of them not good” - Miss Americana
  • At the 2010 VMAs Taylor performed the song “Innocent” ostensibly about Kanye West (although some think it was originally written about John Mayer)
  • Rolling Stone 2019:
All I ever wanted my whole career after that thing happened in 2009 was for him to respect me. When someone doesn’t respect you so loudly and says you literally don’t deserve to be here — I just so badly wanted that respect from him, and I hate that about myself, that I was like, “This guy who’s antagonizing me, I just want his approval.” But that’s where I was. And so we’d go to dinner and stuff. And I was so happy, because he would say really nice things about my music. It just felt like I was healing some childhood rejection or something from when I was 19. But the 2015 VMAs come around. He’s getting the Vanguard Award. He called me up beforehand — I didn’t illegally record it, so I can’t play it for you. But he called me up, maybe a week or so before the event, and we had maybe over an hourlong conversation, and he’s like, “I really, really would like for you to present this Vanguard Award to me, this would mean so much to me,” and went into all the reasons why it means so much, because he can be so sweet. He can be the sweetest. And I was so stoked that he asked me that. And so I wrote this speech up, and then we get to the VMAs and I make this speech and he screams, “MTV got Taylor Swift up here to present me this award for ratings!” [His exact words: “You know how many times they announced Taylor was going to give me the award ’cause it got them more ratings?”] And I’m standing in the audience with my arm around his wife, and this chill ran through my body. I realized he is so two-faced. That he wants to be nice to me behind the scenes, but then he wants to look cool, get up in front of everyone and talk shit. And I was so upset. He wanted me to come talk to him after the event in his dressing room. I wouldn’t go. So then he sent this big, big thing of flowers the next day to apologize. And I was like, “You know what? I really don’t want us to be on bad terms again. So whatever, I’m just going to move past this.”
  • In January 2016, Kanye called Taylor to ask her thoughts on a song he was releasing that referenced her. Taylor did not hear the whole song but tried to be supportive. Unbeknownst to Taylor, the phone call was recorded.
  • On April 1, 2016 “Famous” is released with the lyrics “I feel like Taylor and me might still have sex. Why? I made that bitch famous.” Taylor’s rep put out a statement saying she did not approve it and was not aware of the lyric “I made that bitch famous”
  • In June of 2106 in a GQ article, Kim Kardashian says that Taylor did approve the lyric, that Kanye was generous for even calling to ask, and that many people heard the call where Taylor approves it. Taylor’s rep puts out another statement saying that a phone call took place, but Taylor did not approve the song in the phone call.
  • On July 1, 2016 the “Famous” video was released including a nude Taylor Swift Mannequin
  • On July 17, 2016 Kim Kardashian puts out a Snapchat of parts of the recorded phone call, showing Taylor being complimentary towards Kanye and painting Taylor as a liar regarding her approving the song. Taylor responds on Twitter reiterating that she did not hear the lyrics, did not approve them, and that conversation is not shown in the snapchat video because it doesn’t exist.
  • On July 17th, Kim Kardashian also posts a tweet with a bunch of snake emojis.
  • There was insane backlash against Taylor Swift after the snapchat video in regular media and social media; #Taylorswiftisoverparty trended on Twitter
  • Snakes begin to flood Taylor's social media. Instagram created a feature so she could filter out the snakes. (As well as for other celebrities, but she is the first to use it.)
  • A video of Kanye performing Famous shows the entire hyped up crowd screaming the line “I made that bitch famous” and then “fuck taylor swift” over and over
  • The Netflix Documentary Miss Americana has a segment on Kanye and the fallout from 2016
    • “When you’re living for the approval of strangers and that is where you derive all of your joy and fulfillment, one bad thing can cause everything to crumble”
    • “When people decided I was wicked and evil and conniving and not a good person, that was the one I couldn’t bounce back from.”
    • “I felt so alone, I was like a wounded animal, lashing out”
    • “Nobody physically saw me for a year, and I thought that’s what they wanted. The backlash hurt so much because that was all I had. “
  • Rolling Stone 2019
You once sang about a star who “took the money and your dignity, and got the hell out.” In 2016, you wrote in your journal, “This summer is the apocalypse.” How close did you come to quitting altogether? I definitely thought about that a lot. I thought about how words are my only way of making sense of the world and expressing myself — and now any words I say or write are being twisted against me. People love a hate frenzy. It’s like piranhas. People had so much fun hating me, and they didn’t really need very many reasons to do it. I felt like the situation was pretty hopeless. I wrote a lot of really aggressively bitter poems constantly. I wrote a lot of think pieces that I knew I’d never publish, about what it’s like to feel like you’re in a shame spiral. And I couldn’t figure out how to learn from it. Because I wasn’t sure exactly what I did that was so wrong. That was really hard for me, because I cannot stand it when people can’t take criticism. So I try to self-examine, and even though that’s really hard and hurts a lot sometimes, I really try to understand where people are coming from when they don’t like me. And I completely get why people wouldn’t like me. Because, you know, I’ve had my insecurities say those things — and things 1,000 times worse.”
  • Reputation Album
    • LWYMMD, a song largely about Kanye, refers to the death of the old Taylor
    • Call It What You Want has the lyrics “My castle crumbled overnight, I brought a knife to a gunfight” which seems to be a reference to Kanye turning her world upside down
    • Kanye has a verse in “I did something bad”
    • In This is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things Taylor says “Friends don't try to trick you Get you on the phone and mind-twist you” and several other obvious references to Kanye
    • A set on the reputation tour depicts a tilted stage and snakes (including one huge blow up sn ake), all references to Kanye and the phone call/snake incident
  • Rolling Stone 2019:
The backlash was swift and it hasn’t altogether subsided
  • Taylor on Kanye and Drake from Rolling Stone: “And then he literally did the same thing to Drake. He gravely affected the trajectory of Drake’s family and their lives. It’s the same thing. Getting close to you, earning your trust, detonating you.
    • Drake wrote the song “In My Feelings”
  • Rolling Stone 2019
When did you get to the place that’s described on the opening track of Lover, “I Forgot That You Existed”? It was sometime on the Reputation tour, which was the most transformative emotional experience of my career. That tour put me in the healthiest, most balanced place I’ve ever been. After that tour, bad stuff can happen to me, but it doesn’t level me anymore.
(This question in Rolling Stone was at the end of the Kanye segment of the article)
  • In June of 2019, Taylor accuses Scooter Braun of incessant, manipulative bullying and blames him for orchestrating the Kanye incident and the “revenge porn” video with a naked mannequin of her.
Other data points
  • Taylor frequently writes about intense emotions both positive and negative
  • Clean depicts a similar subject matter, where she realized hadn’t even thought about the subject for a few weeks despite both being in the same place
  • IFTYE is the first song on Lover
  • IFTYE was written (or at least experienced) sometime during the Reputation tour (Rolling Stone 2019)
  • Lover is very autobiographical (Rolling Stone 2019)
  • Google trends shows searches for “taylor swift kanye west” double “taylor swift calvin harris” during the feuds of June and July 2016


Here we will match up evidence that supports the lyrics for both Calvin and Kanye, and then decide how convincing the evidence is.
Strength of Conviction (SoC) is how well the evidence supports the lyrics, where 1 is no support and 10 is very strong support.
It pains me that I cannot put bullets or line breaks in Reddit tables to make it more readable. Please treat every bolded word as a bullet point.
Lyric, etc Supporting Data for Calvin SoC Calvin Supporting Data for Kanye SoC Kanye
How many days did I spend Thinkin' 'bout how you did me wrong, wrong, wrong? Free rent, livin' in my mind Taylor spent A LOT of time ruminating on this situation. Both Calvin and Kanye did her wrong during the exact same time period, June-July 2016. She realistically spent at least 3 months and maybe up to a year thinking about the relationship and feud with Calvin. Min: 90 days, Max: 364 days 5 She spent almost a decade on and off thinking about KanyeMin: 500, Max: 1000+? Kanye did her wrong at least 3 major times in 2009, 2015, and 2016 and it affected her mental health. She suffered crazy backlash and bullying from the 2016 incident. The Reputation songs, era, and tour imagery strongly references the Kanye incident along with songs and lyrics about Kanye 10
Lived in the shade you were throwin' 'Til all of my sunshine was gone, gone, gone This person publicly said some nasty things about her that made her sad and depressed for some time. Calvin said he would never work with Taylor even though he had, and then released a series of negative tweets about Taylor after she confirmed she wrote his song. He later said he handled the situation poorly. Calvin released a song thought to be about Taylor, saying she was the one thing standing is his way, but he claims it was about the grocery store Safeway 4 KimYe continually painted Taylor out as a liar. Taylor said the backlash over Kimye was the one thing she couldn’t bounce back from “I felt like the situation was pretty hopeless. I wrote a lot of really aggressively bitter poems constantly. “ In Call it what you want Taylor says “My Castle crumbled overnight” 10
And I couldn't get away from you She cannot shake this person or the consequences of this person in her life Taylor did get away from Calvin and wrote a song about it. The media cycle about Calvin wasn’t very long. Calvin only has half of the google search interest of Kanye during the respective feuds 2 Kanye pops up over and over in her life, wreaking havoc in 2009, 2015, and 2016 in ways she couldn’t predict or control. In between 2009 and 2015 she badly wants and tries to secure his approval and friendship. The backlash from the 2016 incident was long lived and she says in 2019 it still hasn’t fully died out. 10
In my feelings more than Drake, so yeah This is a reference to Drake who wrote the song "In My feelings" but she's also saying she has had a very strong emotional reaction to the situation Nothing ties this to Calvin 1 Taylor says Kanye did the same thing to Drake that he did to her - he gravely affected the trajectory of Drake's family and their lives. "It’s the same thing. Getting close to you, earning your trust, detonating you. " 10
Your name on my lips, tongue tied This person is on her mind and she wants to say something but feels she is not able to tell her side of the story Nothing ties this specifically to Calvin 1 Taylor said in Rolling Stone "I thought about how words are my only way of making sense of the world and expressing myself — and now any words I say or write are being twisted against me." 7
But then something happened one magical night, I forgot that you existed Taylor often writes about intense feelings, but here we have an absence of feeling, the opposite of an intense feeling. She forgot about this person, and when she remembers she forgot about him, it’s a relief, it’s magical. Taylor says in Rolling Stone she experienced this moment during the Reputation Tour. Would she have forgotten that Calvin was a bad boyfriend who wasn’t really all that into her? That he dropped her name from their song? That he said a couple mean things on twitter before apologizing? None of these things resonates very strongly, considering she had long moved on with Joe and the magical forgetting moment happened in 2018, 2+ years after the Calvin feud. 3 The Kanye incident and the ensuing backlash /bullying turned her life upside down and rocked her emotionally. Forgetting about all of that would have been magical. Taylor had not been vindicated when this song was released, so it would be extra meaningful considering that she forgot about all of it knowing she was right but before her name was cleared 10
And I thought that it would kill me, but it didn't The thing this person did was so bad she didn’t think she’d recover She moved on real quick from Calvin and never mentioned him again except a few references in reputation 2 She said the backlash over Kimye was the one thing she couldn’t bounce back from and thought about quitting singing. "The backlash hurt so much because that was all I had" In Look What You Made Me Do the old Taylor dies 10
And it was so nice So peaceful and quiet There’s no evidence she had Calvin on her mind 2 years after the fact, that her mind would need quieting from him, but she did date him for a while 2 Kanye has been in her head for a decade, so finally getting peace and quiet would be something noteworthy 5
It isn't love, it isn't hate It's just indifference This lyric suggest she felt both love and hate at times for the subject of the song, and now she feels neither After dating Calvin for a year, it’s not a stretch that she could love him She could have hated him after the name dropping incident or the twitter rants or for just being a shit boyfriend 5 She didn’t love Kanye in a personal way, but she did spend years wanting to be friends with him and trying to win his approval and respect. She was a big fan of his music. In Look What You Made Me Do she clearly states that she doesn’t like him in a way that lets you know it's more like a seething hatred than dislike 5
I forgot that you Got out some popcorn As soon as my rep starting going down, down, downLaughed on the schoolyard As soon as I tripped up and hit the ground, ground, ground This lyric suggests that the subject took some time to revel in Taylor’s downfall, and perhaps they did it in an immature way Calvin never responded publicly to the demise of Taylor’s reputation after the Kanye incident He did tweet in June that she should leave him alone and concentrate on her relationship with Tom, but that was before all the shit really went down 3 This seems like it would apply most strongly to the media and twitter who “love a hate frenzy” related to the Kanye incident. Kanye himself had fans jumping around at a concert shouting “fuck taylor swift fuck taylor swift” during a performance of Famous. Kim gave several interviews calling Taylor a liar 8
And I would've stuck around for ya Would've fought the whole town, so yeah This lyric suggest a relationship with the person that she would have continued if they weren’t an epic asshole, and also that they might have some behavior that needs defending Is Taylor saying that if namedropgate didn’t happen, she would have stayed with Calvin? Seems doubtful. She met Joe while dating him. Calvin had a reputation for being a bully on social media and a sometimes jerk even before dating Taylor, so perhaps thats what she would have defended him from 5 Taylor did stick around for Kanye, forgiving him in both 2009 and 2015 and was on a mission to be friends with him. Kanye is known for his bad behavior and Taylor has publicly said very complimentary things about him 6
Would've been right there front row Even if nobody came to your show Taylor prides herself on being a good friend, she would have stuck by this person’s side if they hadn't betrayed her. Calvin is a DJ who puts on shows, although there aren’t rows…. It’s a metaphor, it can still work. Not sure she would have stuck around since their relationship seemed to already have problems 6 Kanye West does a lot of concerts with rows. Were they close enough that she would have stuck by his side through anything? That’s dubious, but I’m sure she’d still go to his concerts if he wasn't a horrible person and they were still friends. 4
I forgot that you Sent me a clear message When Calvin “dropped her name” it was a clear message that he didn’t value her or want her to have credit for the song she wrote with him. He also never seemed to be very into the relationship, which could also be a clear message 4 Kanye’s song “famous” and the leaked phone call were clear messages that he was never her friend and would happily ruin her reputation with lies. It could also be a reference to the media backlash, a clear message that they would revel in her downfall. 7
Taught me some hard lessons I just forget what they were It's all just a blur After the highly publicized relationships with Calvin and Tom, Taylor realized she needed to have her relationship with Joe be private and not up for discussion. That's a good lesson, but not one she forgot. 6 Taylor said as a result of the Kanye debacle she had to change her entire belief system (getting her joy from people liking her and thinking she was a good girl) which is indeed a hard lesson. It's believable that so much has happened on this front that it is a blur 10
IFTYE is the first song on Lover As the first song on Lover, IFTYE effectively closes out the Reputation Era. It’s not an accident that this is the first song. It’s hard to see how this would be meaningful regarding Calvin since he was not a driving force in tearing down Taylor’s Reputation 1 The imagery of the reputation is heavy on snakes and Kanye. The first video of Lover, ME!, also has a snake change to a butterfly, signaling that the Reputation Era is over, and Taylor is over it. Taylor is nothing if not symbolic. Having IFTYE first on Lover would symbolizes the end of the Kanye/Reputation era and the beginning of a new phase of Tay's life 6

Mini Investigation: Could IFTYE be about Karlie Kloss?

How many days did I spend Thinkin' 'bout how you did me wrong, wrong, wrong?Maybe their friendship had deteriorated at this point, but it couldn’t have been that bad with Karlie since she attended the Reputation Tour and took a pic backstage with Taylor.
Lived in the shade you were throwin 'Til all of my sunshine was gone, gone, goneThe only known (and dubious) shade from Karlie that could fit in the timeline was captioning an instagram post about basketball “Swish Swish” and then quickly changing the caption. This was early 2018 and the Reputation Tour (a positive experience for Taylor) started in May, so Taylor wouldn’t have lived in that (doubtful) shade for long.
And I couldn't get away from youTaylor did get away from her, she essentially moved to England and they stopped being good friends
But then something happened one magical night, I forgot that you existedThere’s just nothing that we know of that has the emotional resonance required for this song as Taylor describes in Rolling Stone. Their friendship appeared to die out over a couple of years rather than from one horrible moment associated with her reputation going down.
And I thought that it would kill me, but it didn'tShe doesn’t talk about Karlie at all, there’s no evidence Taylor felt something that happened with Karlie would kill her. (Compared to Kanye, the obvious incident that rocked her life)
I forgot that you Got out some popcorn As soon as my rep starting going down, down, downLaughed on the schoolyard As soon as I tripped up and hit the ground, ground, groundThere’s no evidence that Karlie reveled in Taylor’s downfall, she was seen attending Taylor’s birthday party in December 2016.
And I would've stuck around for ya Would've fought the whole town, so yeahThis lyric suggests that the subject needs defending, which Karlie did not.
Taught me some hard lessons I just forget what they were It's all just a blurWhat would the hard lesson have been? Your best friend who has a manager whom you hate might eventually stab you in the back by relaying information about you to him so watch out for that next time you make a friend on twitter? It doesn’t make sense.
There are too many places where the lyrics don't hold up at all to make the case that IFTYE is about Karlie Kloss.


  • Calvin: 50/150 = 33%
  • Kanye: 118/150 = 79%
This song is about Kanye West and the 2016 Incident where he and Kim Kardashian called her a liar launching the media/hater backlash that upended her entire life, and it's not even close. The “You” in this song is specifically Kanye West but probably also extends to the media circus, bullies, twitter posters etc surrounding the incident. (I will refer to this as Kanye+ in the discussion)
The evidence that this song is wholly or in part about Calvin Harris is so weak the theory can not be substantiated.


There is no question in my mind that this song is about Kanye+, and I am shocked by how definitive this is considering where I started, thinking it would be too close to call, that the song was too vague to yield enough evidence either way. It turns out that it is vague on specific details, but not vague at all when it comes to the emotional journey Taylor took to get to the moment described in the song and the matching emotional fingerprint of Kanye+.
And it makes sense when you look at the big picture of Taylors life for the past 10 years. Taylor moved on from Calvin quickly and was in what would be a happy and healthy relationship in only several months. She ultimately embarrassed Calvin by letting people know SHE was the one who wrote his hit song. Calvin plays the role of, what we call in science, a chump in Reputation - he gets left in Getaway Car, he gets owned in I Did Something Bad, he was toyed with in Don’t Blame Me, and his girlfriend was insanely attracted to another man she met while they were dating in Gorgeous. He may have been a bad boyfriend who wasn’t very into Taylor and tweeted rude stuff, but he already lost. She never mentions him again. She may have learned from this relationship that she needed her love life to be more private, but he did not have a lasting impact on her such that 2 years later she felt some relief from FINALLy forgetting about him. He was long forgotten.
Kanye+ is different. Kanye caused Chaos in her life starting in 2009 when she was 19 years old. The 2009 VMA incident negatively affected her mental health and she put a lot of effort into trying to win his approval and friendship. In 2015 he pretended to be her friend but exploited her for press attention again at the VMAs. The incident in 2016 was an apocalypse, causing her to go into hiding for a year. Her mental health suffered during this time and she said the situation felt hopeless and something she couldn’t bounce back from. She ruminated constantly on the situation, wrote bitter poems and essays she never published. Reputation contains a seething hate song about Kanye+ in Look What You Made Me Do. The Reputation tour set featured a tilted stage and many snakes, including a giant blow up one that looms large on the stage, suggesting that Kanye’s actions loomed large in her life.
Taylor opens up and talks at length about the Kanye+ incident in Miss Americana and a Rolling Stone interview, both in 2019, about how deeply it affected her and changed her life as something that was horrible in the moment but also had been building for years. The Author of the Rolling Stone interview asks her at the end of the Kanye segment “When did I forgot that you existed happen?” and she said it was during the Reputation tour, 2+ years after the incident.
The downfall of Taylor's reputation and the album Reputation were largely instigated by Kanye’s actions. As the first song on Lover, I Forgot that You Existed wipes the slate clean. Reputation is over and Kanye+'s influence in her life is over. At the time this song was written Taylor had not yet been vindicated and we know the backlash hadn't fully subsided (from Rolling Stone), so the peace and quiet she found came entirely from within through her own growth and healing and not from external validation. That is certainly something to feel about and celebrate. Taylor has found a new version of herself, shed the last remnants of the old, and moves on as a Lover.


Thanks to everyone for your comments, upvotes, and awards on the first Science post. I thought it was so long that no one would read it, but that was not the case. <3
Thanks to everyone who made it this far. This investigation was so much more meaty that I anticipated and wound up being far longer than expected.
Thank you to Taylor Swift for sharing her art and her life with us. It is only a great storyteller who can leave us wanting to connect with and understand the story more deeply, so much so that we'd spend hours analyzing these songs long after the fact.
All Taylor Swift Unsolved Mystery Very Scientific Studies are created with gratitude and respect for a brilliant, talented, kind (and vindicated) Queen.


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2019.09.23 20:32 Pepperoncini69 Bachelor Party podcast with Hannah B.

Few main points I took away from the Bachelor Party Podcast:

-They let her suggest songs she likes for Dancing with the Stars. They asked her questions like, what is your favorite song from a movie, fav top 40 hits, etc.
-She says she is enjoying DWTS and wants to be there, but it's physically and emotionally taxing.
-She still is very scared of failure and wants to be perfect in things that she does. She is the one who holds herself back in DWTS.
-Juliette ask her a little about Peter. She doesn't seem to want to say much other than he is a good guy and she likes his family, kind of quiet mumbles something about how he should act like he did with her to be successful because he was able to open up and show her love. She didn't seem to want to talk about it much.
-The last time she got highlights was like, forever ago (March of this year).
-Her partner Alan is still very new to her. She doesn't trust him yet. He wants her to focus on the dancing but she might be distracted by other things going on in her life.
-They discuss how she is a "self proclaimed weirdo". She says she was never interested in followers and needs to learn how to balance being herself and being a certain way so she can continue to get opportunities in life.
-She's never been to therapy
-Says it hard to find people even within BN world that understand what she is going through. She talks a lot about people who don't understand anything she is going through.
-She isn't used to paparazzi yet.
-She doesn't think she will ever move back to Tuscaloosa. She said there isn't anything for her except her mom and dad. She can't grow there.
-She wants to be a TV host and write a book (a memoir, a children's book, and a fictional book for teens).
-She looks up to Lauren Conrad and Chrissy Teigen.
-She watched some of Paradise.
-She is excited to see more sides of Peter on his season. Says there are lots of haters out there but she won them over.

EDIT: Some people seem to think this is written negatively because I just grazed the surface and don't sound excited about the things she said. I tried to write it matter-of-factly and leave my opinion in the comments. But you might want to take a listen for yourself to form your own opinion!!
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2019.08.12 23:18 LearningIsListening A brief rundown of the first ten pages of Jeffrey Epstein's 'Little Black Book'

Below is a quick rundown of the first ten pages of Epstein's contacts. There are some misspelled names. Epstein entered their names like this.
I did not search for pedophilia and other illegal ties into most of these people because I didn't have the time. This took a ton of time as is. Anyway, I hope something here strikes an interest in someone and maybe we can get more investigations out of this.

Abby: Not enough information
Joanna Abousleiman: Investment officer at the International Finance Corporation, a sister organization of the World Bank. Former strategy consultant at Booz & Company based in Abu Dhabi, working with public and private sector clients across the Middle East and North Africa.
Nick Adam: Not enough information
Alejandro Agag: Former politician in Spain. Became Secretary General of the European People’s Party (EPP), a tremendous political faction in Europe. Agag played a huge role in getting former Italy PM Silvio Berlusconi’s party into the EPP. Berlusconi has been charged for underage prostitution in the past. Agag quit politics to pursue financial and sporting interests. He is married to the daughter of Jose Maria Aznar, the former PM of Spain and Ana Botella Serrano, the first female mayor of Madrid. Guests at Agag’s wedding included kings and queens. Berlusconi and Tony Blair served as witnesses.
Marie Claire & John Agnew: John Agnew is a big-time banker out of London. He was former Joint Head of Morgan Stanley’s London office. Long history of working at various trusts. His father, Goeffrey Agnew, was the chairman of Thomas Agnew & Sons, a massive fine art dealer in London. Marie Claire Agnew is John Agnew’s wife. Her father, Bernard Dreesman is the Chairman of Morley’s department stores in London.
Azzedine Alaia: Deceased shoe designer. Tons of celebrities wore his shoes.
Rufus & Sally Albermarle: Rufus Keppel is the 10th Earl of Albemarle. The Keppel bloodline has served as Earl of Albemarle since the late 1600s and have ties to the British royal family. Rufus Keppel has the same great-great-grandfather as Camilla Parker Bowles (Prince Charles’s wife). Alice Keppel, who married the 7th Earl of Albemarle (Rufus’s great uncle), was a long-time mistress of King Edward VII. Alice Keppel was Camilla Parker Bowles’s great-grandmother. Camilla admired her. Rufus and Sally have since divorced. She was a sculptor.
Saffron Aldridge: A former Ralph Lauren model in the 1980s and 1990s.
Pam Alexander: According to New York Mag, she is “P.R. agent to the technology stars.” She has become the most powerful woman in the technology industry, and among the most powerful people in the P.R. industry.” Attended annual billionaires’ dinners with Epstein.
Giacomo Algranti: London art dealer.
Paul Allan: Co-founder of Microsoft. Paul Allen was the owner of the Portland Trailblazers (NBA) and the Seattle Seahawks (NFL).
Nicholas and Sarah Allan: Nicholas Allan is a former partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers, a financial consulting firm worth billions. He is now the chairman of Link REIT, the largest real estate investment trust in Asia.
Charlie Althorp: Perhaps better known to us as Charles Spencer, 9th Earl Spencer. He is the younger brother of Princess Diana and the maternal uncle of Prince William and Prince Harry. Queen Elizabeth II is his godmother.
Carella Alun-Jones: Wife of James McGrigor, founder of McGrigor group, an organization that does consulting work with health insurers. Could not find anything about her besides this.
Jeremy & Deborah Alun-Jones: Jeremy is a CEO at ADM Capital, a large investment firm. Deborah Alun-Jones is an author and Jeremy’s wife.
Senor Vincente Alvarez: Likely Vincent Alvarez, president of the New York City Central Labor Council. Alvarez is also a Class C director of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. This is a position that is appointed by the Board of Governors.
Phillipe Amon: Owner and manager of SICPA, a Swiss company and universal leader that specializes in the printing of bank notes, passports, lottery tickets, and identity documents. SICPA literally prints money and passports.
Maurice & Roberta Amon: Maurice is Philippe’s brother. Maurice left SICPA, but may have had an equal role to Philippe had he stayed. Roberta Amon is Maurice’s ex-wife. He left her as she battled breast cancer.
Lisa Anastos: General Counsel for Payfone, a digital identity authentication network. Anastos previously worked in the law department of Goldman Sachs and General Counsel’s office of American Express.
Lulu Anderson: Uncertain. Only lead found were a few pictures of a woman with the same name at a party as a guest of Roger Waters (Pink Floyd).
Robert & Alex Appleby: Robert is co-founder of ADM Capital, a large investment firm.
Maite Arango: Vice-President, Board of Directors for Grupo Vips. Grupo Vips manages Starbucks, TGIFridays, and other chain companies. Arango is also Chairman of the Board for Ashoka, a company that ironically focuses on the betterment of today’s youth. Ashoka even has its own schools.
Victor Arellano: Victor Arellano Jr. is Vice Chairman of the Board of Bacardi. He’s a 5th generation descendant of the founder of Bacardi.
Joaquin Fernandez de Arion: Spanish royalty. The 10th Duke of Arion. His mother is Princess Beatriz zu Hohenlohe-Langenburg. Married to Diana Langes-Swarovski, the great-great granddaughter of Daniel Swarovski, founder of the crystal manufacturer.
Fernando Arion: Joaquin’s brother. Also Spanish royalty but could not find any other information.
Arthur & Cathy Armstrong: Arthur is co-author of Net Gain (1997) which focused on Web-based business models. He is currently executive director at Debevoise and Plimpton LLP, a high-end international law firm.
Herve & Marina Aron: Herve Aaron is the president of Didier Aaron Inc., a premier art gallery.
Lorinda Ash: Fine art dealer. Also, ex-wife of Peter Ezersky, current director at Hargray Holdings LLC (provider of telecommunication services) and Grupo Corporativo (food and agriculture provider in Spain. Associated with Grupo Vips). Possible ties with Maite Arango.
Ashley & Allegra Hicks: Ashley is the Godson of Prince Philip, second cousin of Prince Charles, and an interior designer. He and Allegra are now divorced.
Nick & Ari Ashley: Nick is in home design. Ari is a photographer.
Vittorio & Charlotte Assaf: Vittorio is co-founder of Serafina Restaurant Group.
Mr. Simone Astaire: Hollywood and British Royal Family agent. Specializes in representation, celebrity endorsement, and public relations.
Viscount William Astor: Member of the House of Lords, which creates and shapes laws. There are approximately 800 current members. Chairman of television production company Silvergate Media. Member of the Astor family, which specialized in the fur trade, real estate, and drug smuggling in the early 19th century.
Helene Atkin: Niece of Robert Maxwell (media magnate, father of Ghislaine Maxwell, and suspected Mossad agent).
Mike & Ami Atkin: Almost no information found.
Jose Aznar: Prime Minister of Spain from 1996-2004. Father-in-law of Alejandro Agag, mentioned above. Used public funds for personal means. Granted a posthumous medal of Civil Merit to a high-profile member of the Francoist government who was infamous for torturing people.
Jean Baddeley: Former personal assistant to Robert Maxwell. Maxwell left her a £100,000 legacy when he died.
Peter Bahrke: Technology investor. Co-founder of Aecor Partners, an advisory firm that provides financial advice to corporations.
Danny Baker: Could be the recently fired BBC host, but the phone number, starting with area code 917, makes no sense since that is a NYC area code.
Shahriar Bhaktiar: Could be a real estate investor in Switzerland, but the area code does not make sense.
Andre Balazs: Real estate mogul and entrepreneur. Owns several hotels throughout NYC and London, as well as residential real estate. He was engaged to actress Uma Thurman for three years and dated Chelsea Handler for two years later on. Allegedly groped Amanda Anka (Jason Bateman’s wife) at a party he hosted for Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux.
Alec Baldwin: Popular American actor.
Oxford Balliol College: Ghislaine Maxwell’s alma mater.
George & Alice Bamford: Brother and sister. Offspring of Sir Anthony & Lady Carole Bamford (listed below). George is a successful luxury watch manufacturer.
Sir Anthony Bamford and Lady C: Anthony is a billionaire British businessman. Chairman of JCB, which provides equipment for construction, agriculture, etc. Has donated more than £4m personally and through JCB companies to the Conservative Party. Has close ties to David Cameron, Tony Blair, and Prince Charles. Bamford was mentioned in the Panama Papers as having offshore accounts. Lady Carole Bamford is his wife and a successful businesswoman.
Doug Bands: Doug Band was a longtime adviser to Bill Clinton. He had a substantial part in the creation and inner workings of The Clinton Foundation. Purchased David Rockefeller’s old house in New York City for $20 million. Has been called “the key architect in Clinton’s post-presidency” (
Clive Bannister: Former CEO and Managing Director at HSBC. Current CEO of Phoenix Group Holdings, one of the largest insurance providers in the UK.
Javier Banon: Bañón is a Founding Partner at Trilantic Capital Management LLC. Was a principal (higher up) at Lehman Brothers and previously worked at Deutsche Bank as a Managing Director. Trilantic was founded by five partners who had all worked together at Lehman Brothers.
Nicholas & Gretel Barham: Gretel Barham (Gretel Packer) is the daughter of Kerry Packer, a deceased Australian media mogul worth billions. Both Gretel and younger brother James are billionaires. Nick Barham is Gretel’s ex-husband and a British financier.
Peter Barnes: Entrepreneur and environmentalist.
Craig Barnett: Managing Director of PJ Solomon, a financial advisory firm and investment bank.
Hillary Bastone: No information found
Hillary Batstone: No information found.
Tim & Natasha Batstone: Both directors of H.B. Leisure Holdings Ltd., which focuses on skill games, arcades, amusement parks, etc.
Lorenzo Baumer: High end jeweler.
Lord & Lady Beaumont: Likely refers to the late Tim Beaumont of Whitley and his wife, Baroness Mary Rose. Tim was a UK politician in the Liberal Party and, later on, the Green Party. Six generations of his paternal side sat in the House of Commons (source: Irish Times) He was also an Anglican priest. Mary Rose is the cousin of Antony Armstrong-Jones, 1st Earl of Snowdon and (now deceased) husband of Princess Margaret.
Tamara Beckwith: English socialite.
Lisa Belzberg: Ex-wife of Seagram heir Matthew Bronfman and former sister-in-law of Clare and Sara Bronfman, who were both involved in NXIVM, a cult that focused on sexual slavery. Belzberg reportedly had a sexual relationship with Bill Clinton in 2002 while still with Matthew Bronfman.
Steven Benson: No information found.
Baron Bentinck: Dutch and British nobility.
Nicolas Berggruen: Billionaire investor and founder and president of the Berggruen Institute, a think tank that hopes to “shape political, economic and social institutions for the 21st century.” Vague. Berggruen, according to, “puts more trust in elites than voters” and suggested that “the Senate should be appointed rather than elected.”
Bill Berkman: A businessman, entrepreneur, and investor in communications, media technology, and energy industries.
Tara Bernard: Possibly refers to the financial reporter from the New York Times, but the 07 country code at the beginning of the phone number does not make sense. Could also be Tara Bernerd, a high end interior designer in Britain.
Martyn Birchall: Investment banker and businessman who worked as former director at Citi and Merrill Lynch.
Robin Birley: Businessman and entrepreneur, mostly known for his private members’ clubs.
Debbie & Bola Von Bismarck: Leopold (“Bolle”) von Bismarck is the great-grandson of Otto von Bismarck, the first chancellor of Germany. Debbie is a former model and Leopold’s wife. Model Kate Moss is currently engaged to their son, Nikolai.
Vanessa von Bismarck: Cofounder of BPCM, a public relations firm that specialized in fashion, beauty, and wine & spirits. Great-great-granddaughter of Otto von Bismarck.
Jean Marc Bisson: Not much to be found. Possibly a low-level actor, but that doesn’t feel right.
Jean Paul Bjorlin: Likely refers to a music instructor at Columbia and Barnard College.
Conrad & Barbara Black: Conrad Black was a newspaper publisher. He controlled Hollinger International, which published the Chicago Sun-Times, The Daily Telegraph, most Australian newspapers, The Jerusalem Post (Israel), and The National Post (Canada). Conrad was recently pardoned by his friend, Donald Trump, after serving time for fraud. Black was once a Steering Committee member of The Bilderberg Group. Barbara Black is a journalist. She is Conrad’s 2nd wife.
Blogs & Jill Blacker: No information found.
David Blaine: World famous magician. Allegedly raped former model Natasha Prince in 2004. Did not face charges. Earlier this year, New York law enforcement said that they were investigating Blaine for (allegedly) sexually assaulting at least two women.
Tony Blair: Former UK PM.
Mike Bloomberg: Former Mayor of New York City. Billionaire businessman.
Samantha Boardman: Attending Psychiatrist at Weill Cornell Medical College. Founder of Has connections with the wealthy.
Serena Boardman: New York realtor. Named one of the 10 best real estate agents in NYC by Samantha Boardman’s sister. Also has tremendous connections.
Johnnie & Sophie Boden: Johnnie Boden is a clothing entrepreneur.
Daniele Bodini: Serves as Chairman Emeritus of American Continental Properties Group (ACP), which focuses on asset and wealth management. Bodini also serves as a Member of Board of Overseers at Columbia Business School and is the ambassador of the Republic of San Marino to the United Nations.
Edouard de Boisgelin: Holding company CEO out of Paris.
Pierre de Boisguilbert: Very little information found. Possibly refers to a former press director located in Paris.
Annabelle Bond: British socialite. Her father, John Bond, was the Group Chairman of HSBC.
Andrea & Gioia Bonomi: Andrea Bonomi is the founder of Investindustrial Limited, an asset management private equity firm. He also served on the management board and as Chairman of Banca Popolare di Milano.
Nicholas Bookis: President of Topside Shipping Inc.
Mark & Lauren Booth: Mark Booth was CEO of BSkyB (owner of Sky TV). His wife, Lauren, is an artist.
Christina A. Boothe: No information found.
Paulo Borgese: The only thing that might make sense is Prince Paolo Borghese, who died in 1985.
Michael Borrico: Founder and CEO of Certified Construction.
Hon Bruce & Penelope Bossom: Bruce Bossom is a real estate tycoon who co-founded Orion Capital Managers. Penelope Bossom is involved with several businesses, but none of them are wildly successful.
Sylvianne Boucherie: No information found except for a researcher who write scientific articles about the human body.
Rick Bourke: Actually Frederic Bourke, co-founder of Dooney and Bourke, a famous handbag manufacturer. Bourke went to jail in 2013 for bribing the Azerbaijan government in order to rig the auction for ownership of the State Oil Company of the Azerbaijan Republic (SOCAR).
Hamish Bowles: Editor-at-large for Vogue magazine.
Peretti Brachetti: Ferdinando Brachetti Peretti. Nobility. Son of Count Aldo Maria Brachetti-Peretti. Co-owner of Italian oil company, API.
Hugo Brachetti: Also co-owner of Italian oil company, API. Ferdinando’s brother.
Caroline Braine: Some relation of Katie Braine. Possibly her daughter.
Ms. Katie & Serge Braine: Serge Crasnianski is a nuclear physicist and inventor who made a ton of money as CEO of Photo-ME Intl PLC, which specializes in photo booths. It is unclear whether he lives with Kate or if she is his wife. Kate is a sculptress.
Ben Bram: 2x Grammy award-winning a cappella arrangeproduceentrepreneur (according to his Twitter account).
Tony Brand: Assistant General Manager of Gucci. Has also worked with Ralph Lauren, Tom Ford, Prada, and other companies.
d’Adda Brandolini: Nobility. Tons of money. See below.
Nuno & Muriel Brandolini: Muriel Brandolini is a famous interior designer who has worked with Matt Lauer, the Crown Prince and Princess of Greece, and others. Nuno is a banker and (shockingly) comes from money and nobility.
Peter Brandt: Brant is an American industrialist who focuses mainly on print media.
Richard Branson: Billionaire who founded Virgin group (Virgin Airlines, Virgin megastores). In 2017, a backup singer for Joss Stone claimed that Branson sexually assaulted her on his private island.
Flavio Briatore: Italian businessman who used to manage two Formula One racing teams.
Julia Broadhurst: Bra designer from South Africa.
Louis Albert de Broglie: French prince and entrepreneur.
Edgar Bronfman Jr.: Seagram’s heir. Half-brother of Clare and Sara Bronfman (NXIVM sex cult). In addition to being a billionaire business tycoon, his father, Edgar Bronfman Sr., was the leader of the World Jewish Congress, This group has links to the Rothschilds and the Vatican.
Christopher & Amanda Brooks: Amanda Brooks is the former creative director at Barneys. Her husband, Christopher, is an artist.
Miranda Brooks: Contributing editor to Vogue and successful landscaper.
Chris & Alison Brown: Alison Chace is an unsuccessful actress. Christopher Brown is the founder of Global Emerging Markets (GEM), an investment firm.
James & Lucinda Bruce: James is a businessman who comes from nobility. His father was a baron. His 2nd wife, Lucinda, is a producer.
Jean-Luc Brunel: Modeling scout. Co-founder of modeling agency MC2. Helped smuggle in underage girls for Epstein and others.
Tania Bryer: CNBC host.
Joan Juliet Buck: Former editor-in-chief of French Vogue turned actress.
Jimmy & Jane Buffett: Jimmy Buffett is a world famous singer, most notably for the song “Margaritaville.”
Bartle Bull: Best known as a journalist who writes about the Middle East. Has written articles for the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, and many other publications. Bull is also a partner at Northern Gulf Partners, an investment and financial advisory firm that holds lots of sway in Iraq.
Hamish & Emma Bullough: Hamish is an ex-managing director at Citigroup.
Ron Burkle: Billionaire founder of Yucaipa, an investment firm that specialized in buying and selling supermarket chains. Had close ties with Bill Clinton. According to Los Angeles Times, “Bill Clinton’s bromance with Burkle invited scandal.” The LA Times describes how “unverified reports of the two men jetting around in a Burkle 757 filled with attractive young women leached from the tabloids to the mainstream media.” This could be the reason for Burkle’s falling out with Hillary, as he had nothing to do with her campaign.
Jules Burney: Chairman of Stockcube ltd, a financial research company.
Martin Burtril: No information found.
Candace Bushnell: Author of Sex and the City.
Arki Busson: Real name is Arpad Busson. He is a French financier who founded EIM Group, which specializes in hedge funds. It should be noted that Busson used to host the ARK charity dinner every year, which has drawn the likes of Bill Clinton and Prince William. Busson is a founding chairman of ARK (Absolute Return for Kids) charity, which specializes in educating underprivileged children. ARK has dozens of its own schools in the UK.
**I made an entire thread dedicated to Busson's frightening connections and possible role in international pedophilia rings here:
Charlie Butler: No information found.
Terri Button: No information found.
Robert Byng: Descendant of admirals, viscounts, and earls. Current property owner of Wrotham Park, an English country house that hosts social events for the wealthy and has been used as a filming location for many movies.
Alain de Cadenet: Former Formula One racer. Current television personality for ESPN and Speed channel.
Jason Calacanis: Internet entrepreneur. Dot-com millionaire.
Nicky Caledon: The 7th Earl of Caledon. Received his knighthood in 2015 when he was appointed Knight Commander of the Royal Victorian Order (KCVO).
Mario/Ariadne Calvo-Platero: Mario Calvo-Platero is an Italian journalist and served as editor of the Italian newspaper Il Sole 24 Ore for 30 years. Ariadne is the daughter of Lord and Lady Beaumont, listed above.
Roddy Cambell: Campbell is a jack-of-all-trades businessman. He has worked in marketing, networking, and consulting.
Alistar Cambell: Alistair worked closely with Tony Blair for years, first as a spokesman and campaign director, then as Downing Street Press Secretary, and finally as Downing Street Director of Communications and spokesman for the Labour Party. He resigned in 2003 during the inquiry into the death (murder) of David Kelly.
Giancarlo Camerana: Works in real estate and wealth management as an Associate Partner for Shohet & Cie SA
Cammy: Likely Cammy Kinney, a former model turned photographer.
Naomi Campbell: Internationally known supermodel.
Brooke & Emilio del Campo: Likely meant to be Emilio Ocampo, an economist and financial expert who has worked for Chase Manhattan Bank, Salomon Brothers, Citigroup, and Morgan Stanley.
Andrew de Candole: British entrepreneur and real estate mogul.
Nicholas Candy: British luxury property developer.
Caprice: Likely refers to Caprice Bourret, a former model and former love interest of Prince Andrew around 2000-2001.
Massimo & Sara Carello: Massimo is an Italian businessman who has served as CEO of Fiat UK, Diners Club UK, and Independent Director of Canadian Overseas Petroleum.
William & Carina Carey: No information found.
Camilla Carlbom: Chairwoman of Carlbom Shipping ltd. Carlbom Shipping looks after the interests of vessels and cargo owners.
Carmine: Not enough information.
Barbara Carrera: Former model and actress, most notably for the Bond flick, Never Say Never Again, where she played a villain. Carrera’s first marriage was to Otto Kurt Freiherr von Hoffman, a German nobleman. Her 2nd marriage was to Uva Harden (born 1941), a German fashion model and actor. Her 3rd and final marriage was to Nicholas Mark Mavroleon, a Greek shipping magnate. After her third marriage, Carrera was involved with Henry Percy, 11th Duke of Northumberland. Lots of international nobility and magnates.
Sophie Caruth: Former literary agent at William Morris. Formerly held a senior manager position at Mason Rose, a sales and marketing company.
Michel & Charlene Carvalho: Michel is a British financier and vice-chairman of investment banking at Citigroup, primarily in Europe, Middle East, and Africa. Charlene de Carvalho-Heineken is the Heineken heiress. She inherited $4.2 billion when her father died in 2002.
Guido Casagrande: Company director of IU Holdings ltd, a financial services holding company.
Simon Case: Private Secretary to Prince William as of 2018. Previously was in charge of figuring out the border issue in Northern Ireland and Ireland post-Brexit. British civil servant for over a decade, including as a policy adviser for the Ministry of Defence.
George & Pauline Case: Pauline Case (maiden name Pauline Astor) is a Viscountess and daughter of William Astor, 3rd Viscount Astor. No information could be found on George Case.
Debbie Castaneda: Former Ms. Colombia (1996). She had a relationship with Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi and has been accused of being a “bunga-bunga” girl, a sex party girl for Berlusconi. This information was gained through wiretaps.
Alby & Victoria Cator: Albemarle Cator is a British banker and financial adviser.
Mark & Mini Cecil: Not much information found. Mark Cecil may be the founder of United Wealth Advisors Group LLC.
Aurelia Cecil Stephenson: Founder of Aurelia Public Relations. Her client list included Salvatore Ferragamo, Krug Champagne, TAG Heuer watches, and Gianni Versace.
Dr. Mark Cecil: Founding Partner at Jabre Capital Partners, a hedge fund company. Close friend of Prince William and Kate Middleton.
Fabrizio Cerina: Chairman of international investment banking group Crédit des Alpes.
Gian Carlo Cerutti: Italian banker.
Vikram Chatwal: Actomodel/movie producer and hotel owner in New York City and Miami. Bill Clinton, Prince Nikolaos of Greece, Naomi Campbell, and P. Diddy attended his wedding.
John & Lucy Chenevix-Trench: Former COO of Morgan Stanley securities.
Gianluca Cicogna: CEO, CFO, and President of Beauty Brands Inc. Brother of Gianfranco Cicogna.
Gioconda Cicogna: Mother of Gianluca and Gianfranco. Interior designer.
Gianfranco Cicogna: Gianfranco Cicogna Mozzoni was a business leader, a Count by birth, the Ambassador for the Order of Malta at its embassy in Kenya. His grandfather, Giuseppe Volpi, was known as “Italy’s Rockefeller.” Gianfranco died flying a plane at an air show in 2012.
Marina Cicogna: Countess. Granddaughter of Kingdom of Italy Finance Minister Giuseppe Volpi, one of the richest and most influential men in Italy in the early 1900s.
Pietro & Alejandra Cicognani: Pietro is a high-end architect based out of NYC.
Lindka Cierach: British fashion designer. Her clients include the British Royal Family.
Giuseppa Cipriani: The main business manager of Cipriani S.A., whose holdings include 55 Wall Street (the whole building) and Cipriani restaurants worldwide (most notably in NYC).
Gustavo & Patty Cisneros: Gustavo is a billionaire Venezuelan businessman and Chairman of Grupo Cisneros, one of the largest privately held media entertainment organizations in the world.
Amadeo Clavarino: A real estate investor with properties in Milan, New York, London, Berlin, and St. Moritz.
Isabel Clavarino: Also known as Isabelle Harvie-Watt, Clavarino is the former managing partner at Spring Studios, a production and branding agency and was Giorgio Armani’s key point person for the press, media and celebrities. Last year, Clavarino was named Valentino’s Chief Marketing Officer.
John & Alice Fay Cleese: John Cleese is an actor best known for his role in Monty Python.
Graham & Emma Clempson: Vice Chairman, Executive Board at MidOcean Partners, a private equity and investment firm. Emma is an English radio and television presenter.
Lucy Clive: Girlfriend of Kevin Maxwell, Ghislaine Maxwell’s brother.
Larry Coben: Former Senior Principal of Sunrise Capital Partners. Currently Chairman of the Board at NRG Energy, a large energy company that serves 3 million people in the U.S. NRG also has its name on several sports stadiums in Texas.
Mandy Cochrane: No information found.
Dalit Cohen: Ex-girlfriend of Ian Maxwell, Ghislaine Maxwell’s brother.
Peter Cohen: No information found.
Jo Coleman: No information found.
Nicholas Coleridge: Chairman of Condé Nast Britain. Condé Nast is a media giant and the parent company of Allure, Architectural Digest, Ars Technica, Backchannel, Bon Appétit, Brides, Condé Nast Traveler, Epicurious, Glamour, Golf Digest, GQ, Pitchfork, Self, Teen Vogue, The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, Vogue, W and Wired.
Jeffrey Colle: Real estate developer, specifically in the Hamptons.
Phil & Orianne Collins: Phil Collins is music royalty.
Henrietta Conrad: Co-founder of Princess Productions LTD, a television programming company.
Susannah & Sten Ber Constantine: Susannah is a fashion journalist, author, and television presenter. Her husband, Sten Bertelsen was one of the creators of Death Cigarettes, a fairly popular British brand in the 1990s.
Clive Cooke: Securities executive who is now the head of sales in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa for a leading technology company.
Rachel Cordle: Daughter of John Cordle, a British politician. Sister of Rupert Cordle and Marina Cowdray.
Rupert Cordle: Founder of Cordles, a residential building contractor in London. Brother of Rachel and Marina Cordle.
Fernando de Cordova Hohenlohe: Spanish nobility. Current Marquis of Alboloduy.
Harry Cotterall: Chairman of Fisher German, a property consulting firm in England.
Martine de Courcel: No information found.
Marina Cowdray: Wife of Michael Pearson, 4th Viscount of Cowdray. Daughter of John Cordle. Sister of Rachel and Rupert Cordle.
Colin Cowie: A lifestyle guru, television personality, author, interior designer, and party planner for the wealthy.
Sophie Crabbe: No information found.
Alaistar Cudro: No information found.
Boykin R. Curry: Boykin Curry is a partner at Eagle Capital, an investment firm based in New York. Mr. Curry is a co-founder of Public Prep, a group of charter schools in New York City. He is also a board member of Alliance for School Choice and a co-founder of Democrats for Education Reform
Amanda Cutter & Christopher Brooks: Listed earlier under Christopher & Amanda Brooks. At least Epstein kept up with his black book.
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Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi has arrived a technique that is actual is very long her modest (and drunken) beginnings on MTV's Jersey Shore. The fact is pint-sized spent the higher component regarding the series shots that are pounding tearing up the dance floor, and fist that is fielding with her castmates. Her design consisted mainly of bedazzled tank tops and skirts so quick that her regions that are nether centimeters far from Jersey Turnpike-in away from her underwear and declaring their freedom. This was indeed the crux of the argument that is had that is explosive then-boyfriend Jionni LaValle in Season 5. Her beloved gorilla juicehead gorilla had been delighted along with his girlfriend exposing by herself in a nightclub that is Italian.
She is presently getting a charge out of the duty of being a group supervisor yet is only glad to be fruitful in her youth enthusiasm. She said that she love horses and she also tried her parents to convince that they start taking some lessons about it. Read more
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2017.09.08 17:42 NovaRogue Some T about S31 Casting / Legit Speculation - only spoilers for availability calls / testing

Currently wading through the ENTIRE S31 Early Speculation thread on Vevmo. Here's some T that didn't make the front page (along with some that did, for clarity):
Those who have declined or who probably aren't on it
Katrina, Peter, & Kassius from RW Bad Blood (heart BROKEN about Kat)
Ashley M (or she might only be an alternate – but her dad just died, wouldn’t be the best environment for her)
Violetta (production doesn’t really like her)
Tori Hall / Fiorenza
LaToya (is apparently over the show)
Jenna C, CeeJai, Amanda, Aneesa, Camila, Candice (lol), Dario, Darrell, Giovanni, Jennifer (RW BB), Mike C (AYTO3/RW BB), Nany, Nia, Nicole R, Tori Deal
Shane R & Simone (likely blacklisted)
Averey :( (she hasn’t been contacted for the past 2 seasons)
Edit: no Robbie (RW BB), no Javi
Very likely did testing to be cast member or alternate
Britni, Cory, Jemmye, Johnny, Leroy, Nelson, Tony, Veronica, and Madison
Also Sylvia (she & Madi might be alternates)
Other hints, not confirmed (mentioned by PinkRose/challenge13/gameother reputable people)
Tyara (PinkRose was asking about her supposed athletic background / researching it)
2 or more people from shows other than RRW/AYTO/SBC/FM/BL. Maybe Stranded, Teen Mom, '90s House, Catfish (wtf?), Siesta Key, Flora Bama... And bigger stars were contacted than Javi, apparently (who was in the running when the theme was Bloodlines 2).
Like… Who? Farrah Abraham? Lauren Conrad? Pink said at least FOUR people from outside the main feeder shoes were in the run for Bloodlines. Dafuq? This includes Angelina from Jersey Shore, but she was dropped with format change. Pink isn’t sure about Javi. Either Pauly or Mike was also contacted
Deena from Jersey Shore, maybe Sammie
Josh Murray (from All-Stars vs Pros or whatever)
A “robbed legendary Queen” who apparently is part of a duo, and the two of their debuts would make this season amazing. Maybe Jenny and Brian? Somebody else guessed Ashley Lindley & Erika (RW DC)
One of the “GoFundMe Girls” from AYTO5 – Taylor, Kam, Tyranny, Hannah. I’m the most down for Kam or Hannah. PLZ no Taylor.
“A male legend returning” – Brad? Mark Long?
People to keep our eyes on
Brad, Kendall, Tina, Shane L, Alicia (AYTO5) (she had to back out of XXX last-minute), Mark Long, obviously Cara Maria, Marie (she’s still interested)
Hunter (PinkRose said his wrist is good to go)
Derrick K (has been playing well on XXX and might have a relationship going with Britni)
Wes (has been training at the gym)
Others from All-Stars vs Pros
People that are willing / expressed interest but probably won’t get cast
Trey, Marlon, Jamie Larson, Jodi, Alton, Ruthie
Not Rivals 4 or Exes 3
Some variation of RW vs AYTO was being discussed – with RR / FM involved somehow.
Challenge Stars vs MTV Stars was considered at one point (which would have the Teen Moms / Jersey Shores / etc)
Will edit / comment as more info becomes clear
Edit: Jenny & Brian are a no. Maybe she was the "robbed legendary Queen" & him her partner... But maybe not?
Also Jamie Larson is out. She's vacationing in 'Nam.

exciting new T from PinkRose for rookie debuts!

"Keep hearing Tya is a strong possibility."
"Katrina is another strong possibility!"
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2017.07.30 18:02 feedreddit PELOSI to CHRIS WALLACE: ‘I am a master legislator’ -- CAN KELLY ‘TAME’ the White House zoo? -- SENIOR ADVISERS’ ‘casual access’ to Trump will continue -- JARROD AGEN promoted -- NEW NYT podcast -- B’DAY: Jim Rutenberg

PELOSI to CHRIS WALLACE: ‘I am a master legislator’ -- CAN KELLY ‘TAME’ the White House zoo? -- SENIOR ADVISERS’ ‘casual access’ to Trump will continue -- JARROD AGEN promoted -- NEW NYT podcast -- B’DAY: Jim Rutenberg
by [email protected] (Daniel Lippman) via POLITICO - TOP Stories
Happy Sunday. SPOTTED last night having dinner at one big table at BLT Prime at the Trump hotel: President Donald Trump, Gen. John Kelly, Dina Powell and David McCormick, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Louise Linton, and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and Hilary Geary Ross.
FIRST IN PLAYBOOK – TRUMP’S WEEK -- Monday: President Trump is presenting the Medal of Honor. ... Tuesday: He holds a small business event at the White House. ... Friday: Trump visits FEMA headquarters to get a briefing on the hurricane season. This week’s theme is the “American dream.”
GROUNDHOG DAY -- “As Trump steams, Senate Republicans consider new repeal effort,” by Burgess Everett, Josh Dawsey and Rachael Bade: “Senate Republicans’ party-line attempts to repeal Obamacare aren’t dead just yet — at least not if President Donald Trump has anything to say about it. Trump, increasingly impatient with the long-stalled repeal effort, met with three Senate Republicans about a new plan to roll back the health care law on Friday, signaling some lawmakers -- as well as the president -- are not ready to ditch their seven-year campaign promise.
“The group is trying to write legislation that could get 50 Republican votes, according to multiple administration and Capitol Hill sources. The proposal from Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) would block grant federal health care funding to the states and keep much of Obamacare’s tax regime. White House officials also met with House Freedom Caucus chairman Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) to brainstorm how to make the idea palatable to conservatives, according to two sources familiar with the meeting.”
-- ONE CONSERVATIVE said to us the other day that Obamacare is a tax bill -- even the Supreme Court said so. So keeping the taxes would be akin to keeping the entire law, for many conservatives.
ON THE PRESIDENT’S MIND -- yesterday at 12:19 p.m.: “After seven years of‘talking’ Repeal & Replace, the people of our great country are still being forced to live with imploding ObamaCare!” … at 12:27 p.m.: “If a new HealthCare Bill is not approved quickly, BAILOUTS for Insurance Companies and BAILOUTS for Members of Congress will end very soon!” … at 1:04 p.m.:“U.S. Stock Market up almost 20% since Election!” …
… at 4:36 p.m.: “Unless the Republican Senators are total quitters, Repeal & Replace is not dead! Demand another vote before voting on any other bill!” … at 7:15 p.m.: “I love reading about all of the ‘geniuses’ who were so instrumental in my election success. Problem is, most don’t exist. #Fake News! MAGA” … at 7:29 p.m.: “I am very disappointed in China. Our foolish past leaders have allowed them to make hundreds of billions of dollars a year in trade, yet…” … at 7:35 p.m.: “...they do NOTHING for us with North Korea, just talk. We will no longer allow this to continue. China could easily solve this problem!” … at 7:37 a.m.: “Don’t give up Republican Senators, the World is watching: Repeal & Replace...and go to 51 votes (nuke option), get Cross State Lines & more.”
KELLYANNE CONWAY on “FOX NEWS SUNDAY”: “He’s going to make that decision this week [whether to end cost sharing reduction payments], and that’s a decision that only he can make.”
-- A FEW QUICK NOTES: Every permutation of repeal and replace got fewer than 50 votes, so ancillary issues -- like being able to buy insurance across state lines -- is besides the point at this moment. IF TRUMP follows through on his threat to end the employer contribution for members of Congress, that would be a big deal, and could strip lawmakers of one of the only appealing benefits of their job. ALSO: Congress has to fund the government at the end of September and lift the debt ceiling shortly after that. Not passing anything until Obamacare is repealed and replaced is not necessarily a realistic position.
-- @burgessev: “Historically, conservatives use filibuster to block progressive legislation. Take this away and the next D Washington has few limits.”
… AND THIS: “Lawsuits could force feds to pay Obamacare insurers,” by Paul Demko: “A pending court decision could force the Trump administration to pump billions of dollars into Obamacare insurers, even as the president threatens to let the health care law ‘implode.’ Health insurers have filed nearly two dozen lawsuits claiming the government owes them payments from a program meant to blunt their losses in the Obamacare marketplaces. That raises the prospect that the Trump administration will have to bankroll a program the GOP has pilloried as an insurer bailout.”
NEW CBS NEWS NATION TRACKER POLL -- “Six months in, the latest CBS News Nation Tracker study shows President Donald Trump’s strongest backers like seeing him fight his chosen opponents: they want the President to call out those he believes disloyal, fight with the mainstream media, and they’re the only group among the segments in this study where a majority wants the President to do more tweeting. But what they applaud seems precisely what most others dislike, and that is costing the President potential support, even as many give him credit for an improving economy.”
PETER BAKER: “Trump Tries to Regroup as the West Wing Battles Itself”: “President Trump enters a new phase of his presidency on Monday with a new chief of staff but an old set of challenges as he seeks to get back on course after enduring one of the worst weeks that any modern occupant of the Oval Office has experienced in his inaugural year in power. With his poll numbers at historic lows, his legislative agenda stalled and his advisers busy plotting against one another, Mr. Trump hoped to regain momentum by pushing out his top aide, Reince Priebus, and installing a retired four-star Marine general, John F. Kelly, to take command. But it is far from certain that the move will be enough to tame a dysfunctional White House.
“The shake-up followed a week that saw the bombastic, with-me-or-against-me president defied as never before by Washington and its institutions, including Republicans in Congress, his own attorney general, the uniformed military leadership, police officers and even the Boy Scouts. No longer daunted by a president with a Twitter account that he uses like a Gatling gun, members of his own party made clear that they were increasingly willing to stand against him on issues like health care and Russia. The setbacks came against the backdrop of a West Wing at war with itself, egged on by a president who thrives on conflict and chaos. Mr. Kelly, who had been serving as secretary of homeland security, brings a career of decisive leadership to his new assignment as White House chief of staff. But he confronts multiple power centers among presidential aides, all with independent lines to the man in the Oval Office who resists the discipline and structure favored by generals.”
WAPO’S PHIL RUCKER, BOB COSTA and DAN BALZ: “Trump enlists Kelly to enforce order, but can the ‘zoo’ be tamed?”: “When Kelly made the rounds on Capitol Hill before his nomination hearings in January, he did not know Trump very well and asked people there to share stories about the president-elect. He wanted to know how Trump made decisions. Told that Trump relished competing power centers around him, Kelly grimaced and said nothing. ...
“Trump’s transition documents included a lengthy memo about White House structure, based on past administrations. ‘They didn’t follow the product at all,’ said a person with direct knowledge of what transpired as Trump was setting up his administration. ‘They did it instinctively … The president-elect didn’t want to say no to anybody.’ The result was the White House that now exists, populated by advisers with competing ideologies that reflect an administration that is an amalgam of populist nationalists, hard-line conservatives and establishment Republicans — and a few Democrats. …
“The environment is poised to change in the Kelly era. The new chief of staff is expected to have full control over the Oval Office and schedule, officials said. Trusted aides such as Hope Hicks, Dan Scavino and Keith Schiller -- as well as senior advisers such as Kushner, Bannon and Conway -- will continue to have casual access to the president.”
ANDREW RESTUCCIA, BRYAN BENDER and JOSH DAWSEY: “Kelly’s first task: Stabilize the West Wing: The no-nonsense retired Marine Corps general will soon be thrust into the center of the West Wing soap opera”: “When he officially becomes chief of staff on Monday, Kelly, a no-nonsense retired Marine Corps general, will be thrust into the center of the West Wing soap opera, where President Donald Trump’s policy agenda regularly gets preempted by feuding advisers and headline-grabbing scandals. ... ‘I think this is the best and last shot,’ said one person close to Kelly. ‘This is it.’ ...
“Kelly wants to have more of a pecking order among the staff and a more ‘traditional’ approach, one White House official said. But others in the White House said it’s too early to make predictions. ‘Everything is up in the air. Anyone who tells you they know anything is lying,’ a White House official said. ... Kelly has built relationships with several top White House aides in recent months, including chief strategist Steve Bannon and senior adviser Stephen Miller, who have played a central role in Trump’s immigration crackdown.
“Kelly has nonetheless expressed frustration about the White House to friends and associates, complaining about the slow pace of hiring and bristling at having to answer to lower-level aides, according to one person who has spoken to him and another person familiar with the tension. ... Asked to name any similarities between the two men, the person said, ‘They’re both Catholic, but that’s probably about it.’ ... Kelly is expected to make his first staff change at the White House on Monday, when he’ll bring in Kirstjen Nielsen, his chief of staff at DHS.”
THE NEVER ENDING CAMPAIGN -- “How 2018 became the new 2020,” by Gabe Debenedetti: “The 2020 Democratic presidential road show is already underway. And 2018 is beginning to look like the dress rehearsal. Top contenders are making endorsements, picking sides in party primaries and aggressively working the fundraising circuit on behalf of 2018 candidates, all the while building their own name recognition. With many of presidential prospects on the ballot themselves next year, potential challengers to Donald Trump are also stockpiling cash to help run up their re-election margins to burnish their stature for the big election on the horizon.
“The early focus on the midterms is a marked departure from previous practice, and a further acceleration of the presidential campaign cycle. Prior to the 2016 presidential primary season, for example, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders largely stayed off the campaign trail and out of elections until late 2014 — roughly six months before they officially announced their campaigns. But with a historically large presidential field taking shape, more than a dozen prominent Democrats — including governors like Terry McAuliffe and Steve Bullock, and senators like Cory Booker, Elizabeth Warren, and Kamala Harris — have recognized the need to distinguish themselves from the crowd. And they are already working hard to advance their brand while helping to reinvigorate the dilapidated party infrastructure in advance of the midterm elections.”
TRUMP is at his Virginia golf resort this morning, per the pool.
-- @markknoller: “By my count, it’s his 36th visit to one of his golf clubs, 15th time at the one in Sterling, VA - since taking office.”
VICE PRESIDENT MIKE PENCE is in Tallinn, Estonia. Pence chief of staff Nick Ayers alerted staff and reporters on the trip that Jarrod Agen, communications director, had been promoted to deputy chief of staff, according to pooler Ashley Parker of the Washington Post.
IN MOSCOW … -- “The Kremlin is done betting on Trump and planning how to strike back against U.S. sanctions,” by WaPo’s Andrew Roth in Moscow: “Regardless of whether the Kremlin believes its own denials of interfering in the 2016 elections, there is one undeniable truth: Russia is now Washington’s greatest political foe. Understanding that President Trump is ‘tied hand and foot,’ as one foreign policy hawk here put it, Moscow is weighing options for retaliation.
“After a dalliance on the Trump train, Russia is once again channeling the ruthless realism that drives its political id, and embracing its role as antihero. ‘Okay, you think we’re bad guys, we’re going to be bad guys, and we’ll see whether you like it or not,’ said Konstantin Eggert, a television political commentator, describing the Kremlin thinking.”
RUSSIAN DEPUTY FOREIGN MINISTER SERGEI RYABKOV on potential retaliation as because of new U.S. sanctions to ABC’S MARTHA RADDATZ: “If the U.S. side decides to move further towards further deterioration we will answer, we will respond in kind. We will mirror this. … “I can assure you that different options are on the table and consideration is being given to all sorts of things, both symmetrical or asymmetrical to use a very popular word in the world of diplomacy.”
FOR YOUR RADAR -- AP: “U.S. bombers fly over South Korea after North’s 2nd ICBM test”: “The United States flew two supersonic bombers over the Korean Peninsula on Sunday in a show of force against North Korea following the country’s latest intercontinental ballistic missile test. The U.S. also said it conducted a successful test of a missile defense system located in Alaska. The B-1 bombers were escorted by South Korean fighter jets as they performed a low-pass over an air base near the South Korean capital of Seoul before returning to Andersen Air Force Base in Guam, the U.S. Pacific Air Forces said in a statement. …
“‘North Korea remains the most urgent threat to regional stability,’ said Gen. Terrence J. O’Shaughnessy, Pacific Air Forces commander. “Diplomacy remains the lead. However, we have a responsibility to our allies and our nation to showcase our unwavering commitment while planning for the worst-case scenario.’ ‘If called upon, we are ready to respond with rapid, lethal, and overwhelming force at a time and place of our choosing,’ O’Shaughnessy said.”
-- HOUSE MINORITY LEADER NANCY PELOSI defends her leadership to CHRIS WALLACE on “FOX NEWS SUNDAY” -- “I am a master legislator. I know the budget to the nth degree. I know the motivation of people I respect the people who are in Congress. I think this is a great moment for those of us who understand what is at stake with the Affordable Care Act – what our possibilities are in terms of working together with the Republicans as has been our experience in the past. So I feel very confident about the support I have in my caucus. I have never not been opposed within my caucus.”
--PELOSI ON JOHN KELLY: “I look forward to working with General Kelly. I’ve worked with him as Secretary Kelly at the Department of Homeland Security. So I will be speaking with him today. We look forward to working together. It’s a very important position – the President’s chief of staff to the President of the United States. And it has to be recognized that he is the chief of staff.”
-- HHS SECRETARY TOM PRICE talks with CHUCK TODD on NBC’S “MEET THE PRESS: TODD: “So if they come up with a fix that helps, essentially gives some certainty to the insurance companies to go into rural markets, are you then going to implement the Affordable Care Act as it was meant to be, including encouraging people to sign up, encouraging enrollment, encouraging Medicaid expansion?” PRICE: “Well, our, as I said, our responsibility is to follow the law and again we take that responsibility very seriously and we will continue to do so. But remember that the current law right now is failing the American people. As I mentioned, I think, we’ve got 40 counties across this – 40 counties that will no longer have any insurance company next year.
“That’s not a choice for anybody. You’ve got a third of the counties right now that only have one insurance company providing coverage. That’s not a choice for anybody. You’ve got premiums that are up, deductibles that are up, people having that insurance card and no care, got insurers fleeing the market. 83 insurance companies fled the health insurance market last year. That’s before this administration came in. This system is imploding upon itself and that's what we’re trying to care of. That’s what the president has said. That’s why we need repeal and replace.”
-- PRICE to ABC’S MARTHA RADDATZ on “THIS WEEK” -- TRUMP DOESN’T REALLY WANT TO LET OBAMACARE EXPLODE: RADDATZ: “But he says... -- let it -- let Obamacare implode, then deal. What does that mean?” PRICE: “Well, I -- again, I think what that does is punctuate the seriousness with which he understands the American people are having to deal with the current situation.”
-- OMB DIRECTOR MICK MULVANEY talks with CNN’S JAKE TAPPER on “STATE OF THE UNION” -- TAPPER: “When General Kelly is sworn in on Monday as White House chief of staff, will all staff members immediately begin reporting to him?” MULVANEY: “I don’t know. I answer to the chief of staff. And I will continue to do that. The Office of Management and Budget actually reports directly to the chief of staff. Obviously, we answer to the president, as everybody does in the West Wing. But, as far as I know, my reporting doesn’t change, nor do I have any reason for it to change. So, we will continue to do our business at OMB the same way we did last week. I think we’re doing some good work, and look forward to continuing that under General Kelly’s leadership.”
FUN -- NYT’s NEW PODCAST – Per The Times: “[W]e published the first episode of ‘The New Washington,’ a new limited-run politics podcast that takes you inside Trump’s Washington. Each episode of ‘The New Washington,’ which airs once a week and will run through the fall, features interviews with politicians and Washington insiders, along with insight, analysis and perspective from some of The Times’s most intrepid reporters. ... In the introductory episode, Michael Barbaro talks with Carl Hulse about the most interesting and important characters in Washington today and what he’s learned from his decades covering these figures -- and sharing a home, and in one case a barber, with them.”
WAPO’S ROXANNE ROBERTS in REHOBOTH BEACH, DEL. -- “Joe Biden still wants to be president. Can his family endure one last campaign?”
HOMESTATE POLITICS -- “Lisa Murkowski walked a tightrope in Alaska when she voted ‘no’ on Obamacare repeal,” by the L.A. Times’ Kyle Hopkins in Anchorage: “The chairman of the Alaska Republican Party says phones at the state GOP office have been ringing off the hook with Republicans angry or confused by Murkowski’s votes. To some moderates, independents and Democrats, she is a folk hero. Supporters planned a ‘Stay Strong Lisa’ rally on Saturday in Anchorage.”
ELECTION WATCH -- “Hackers descend on Las Vegas to expose voting machine flaws,” by Kevin Collier in Las Vegas: “Election officials and voting machine manufacturers insist that the rites of American democracy are safe from hackers. But people like Carten Schurman need just a few minutes to raise doubts about that claim. Schurman, a professor of computer science at the University of Copenhagen in Denmark, used a laptop’s Wi-Fi connection Friday to gain access to the type of voting machine that Fairfax County, Virginia, used until just two years ago. Nearby, other would-be hackers took turns trying to poke into a simulated election computer network resembling the one used by Cook County, Illinois.
“Elsewhere, a gaggle of hackers went to work on a model still used in parts of seven states, as well as all of the state of Nevada. Though the device was supposedly wiped before it was sold by the government at auction, the hackers were able to uncover the results the machine tallied in 2002. They were among the hundreds of cybersecurity experts who descended on ‘Voting Village,’ one of the most talked-about features of the annual DEF CON hacker conference. In a cramped conference room, they took turns over three days cracking into 10 examples of voting machines and voter registration systems — a reminder, they say, of the risks awaiting upcoming U.S. elections.”
BONUS GREAT WEEKEND READS, curated by Daniel Lippman, filing from the Deutsche Bahn ICE train from Munich to Berlin, where he’s attending the American Council of Germany’s American-German Young Leaders Conference:
--“Scott Pruitt’s Crimes Against Nature,” by Jeff Goodell in Rolling Stone: “Trump’s EPA chief is gutting the agency, defunding science and serving the fossil-fuel industry.”
--“Patagonia’s Big Business of #Resist,” by Abe Streep in Outside Magazine: “The iconic brand has long been the conscience of the outdoor industry, forsaking hefty profits to do the right thing. Now the company is going to war against the Trump administration over protections for public land in a bid to become a serious political player—which happens to be very good for sales.” (h/t
--“Strippers, Insane Asylums, Assassination, and Termites: Inside the Insane History of the World’s Greatest White House Replica,” by The Daily Beast’s Will O’Connor in Baton Rouge: “Governor Huey Long was so anxious to get to the White House that he built his own in Baton Rouge. An assassin’s bullet cut short Long’s ambitions, but his gaudy knock-off survives.”
--“Slaves of Isis: the long walk of the Yazidi women,” by Cathy Otten in The Guardian: “When Isis rounded up Yazidi women and girls in Iraq to use as slaves, the captives drew on their collective memory of past oppressions – and a powerful will to survive.”
--“Kristin Beck: A Navy SEAL in Transition,” by Devin Friedman in the Nov. 2015 issue of GQ: “Back when she was a member of SEAL Team 6—Kristin Beck liked to grow her beard real long. But as disguises go, that was nothing compared with the life she lived as a man. What’s it take, and how does it feel, for a paragon of masculinity to travel so far to find her true self?” (h/t
--“Naked Truths: Who are we without our clothes?” by Jamie Lauren Keiles in Racked -- per Longreads’ description: “Keiles spends a week at a naturist camp to learn ‘why people get naked.’ As she exercises, sun tans, and square dances her way through a week garbed for the most part only in shoes, she gets stripped not only of inhibitions around her own body, but also of notions around naturist intent, learning that most enthusiasts take off their clothes not for sexual reasons, but simply to feel free.”
--“Instagram is Pushing Restaurants to be Kitschy, Colorful, and Irresistible to Photographers,” by The Verge’s Casey Newton: “[S]ome entrepreneurs are taking the idea a step further, designing their physical spaces in the hopes of inspiring the maximum number of photos. They’re commissioning neon signs bearing modestly sly double entendres, painting elaborate murals of tropical wildlife, and embedding floor tiles with branded greetings — all in the hopes that their guests will post them.”
--“Afghanistan’s Young Liberal Elites Challenge the Taliban,” by Susanne Koelbl in Der Spiegel: “A young, liberal elite has emerged in Kabul, including many women. It is taking a stand against the Taliban’s atrocities in the form of political and artistic initiatives and wants to put an end to Afghanistan’s culture of violence.”
--“Tough Talk,” by Steve Kolowich in the Chronicle of Higher Ed: “A black philosopher at Texas A&M thought forcing a public discussion about race and violence was his job. Turns out people didn’t want to hear it.” (h/t
SPOTTED: Ed Gillespie at gate 42 at Reagan airport Sunday morning. A “couple folks walked up to wish him well,” per our tipster.
HAPPY 28th ANNIVERSARY to Diane and Paul Begala.
WEEKEND WEDDINGS – “Deanna Howes, Peter Spiro” -- N.Y. Times: “Mrs. Spiro, 31, is the communications director at the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities, which is in Washington. She graduated from Fordham and received a master’s degree in communication from Johns Hopkins. ... Mr. Spiro, 47, is the chief of staff to Representative Ro Khanna, a California Democrat. The groom graduated from Tulane and received an M.B.A. from Georgetown. ... The bride and groom first met at a political fund-raiser in 2013, and after an encounter at another fund-raiser, several emails and a much longer conversation at an awards dinner, they began dating in 2015.” With pic … Wedding pic
SPOTTED: Rep. Ro Khanna, Archbishop of Vilnius Gintaras Grusas, Rev. Michael J. Sheeran S.J., former Amb. to Malta Gary Matthews, former Rep. Tim Bishop (D-N.Y.), ret. Lt. Col. Jim Zumwalt, Heather Purcell, Geo Saba, Kevin Fox, Will McKelvey.
--Conrad Lucas, West Virginia GOP chairman and likely 2018 congressional candidate, last night married LeFlore Barbour, an RNC alum now a strategic partner at Direct Edge. The couple met in 2014 at an RNC meeting, and the wedding was in New Orleans. Pic
SPOTTED: former Miss. Gov. Haley Barbour, Rep. David McKinley (R-W.Va.), Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge, RAGA political director Seth Wimer, RNC members Sharon Day, Christine Toretti, Henry Barbour, John Ryder, Vicki Drummond, Jonelle Fulmer, Doyle Webb, Jonathan Barnett, Jeannie Luckey, and Melody Potter, and Austin Barbour, Greg Thomas, Rob Cornelius, Jordan Burgess, Kayla Kessinger, Roger Hanshaw, Riley Moore, Brent Robertson, Katie Hirkman, former WV state Justice John McCuskey, Lane Flynn, Katie Leslie, and Jeppie Barbour.
--“Jamie Farnsworth, Andrew Finn”: “Mrs. Finn, 33, is a digital and operations manager for education initiatives at NBC News in New York. [She is also an alum of ‘Rock Center’ and CBS News.] She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. ... Mr. Finn, 34, is a special counsel in the litigation group at Sullivan & Cromwell, a New York law firm. He also graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, though the couple didn’t meet until after both had moved to New York. He received a law degree from New York Law School. ... The couple met in Manhattan in 2015 at a Memorial Day weekend party. They talked about their common background in Wisconsin, and laughed when they exchanged cellphone numbers, as each had retained a 608 area code from their time in Madison.” With pic
OBAMA ALUMNI -- “Casey Pallenik, Bradford Simmons”: “The bride, 30 ... is a director of business development for Atlantic Media in Washington. She is also studying for an M.B.A. at Johns Hopkins. Previously, she was a political appointee of the Obama administration, where she served as a staff assistant in the East Wing visitors office, facilitating public tours and large events at the White House. She graduated cum laude from American University. ... The groom, 31, is a foreign affairs officer at the State Department, where he advises on energy security matters in the Asia Pacific. He graduated from Emory University in Atlanta and received a master’s degree in international affairs from George Washington University. ... The couple met in 2007 while studying abroad in Prague.” With pic Wedding pics ...
--SPOTTED: Graham Brookie, Samantha Tubman, Jonny Dach, Leslie Dach, Chelsea Bollinger, Emily Boyle, Mike DelMoro, Will Jennings and Adrienne Watson, Tess Hetzel, Dana Rosensweig, Elizabeth Pan, Julia Duncan, Micah Fergenson, Andrea Richter, Thayer Surette, Josh Volz, Alex Kahl, Rachel Alben, Kelly McCoy and Sid Mahanta.
BIRTHDAYS: Jim Rutenberg ... WSJ’s Shane Harris ... Dave Kochel, Jeb and Mitt alum ... Chris Battle ... Carl Lavin ... Medicare is 52 ... Arnold Schwarzenegger is 7-0 … Anita Hill is 61 ... Trump WH alum Michael Short … Eleanor Smeal is 78 ... former Rep. Pat Schroeder (D-Colo.) is 77 ... Michelle Bernard ... Mario H. Lopez, president of Hispanic Leadership Fund (hat tip: Joseph Culotta) ... Rebecca Kutler, VP at CNN … former CFTC Chairman Tim Massad is 61 ... Chelsie Gosk, social media at Airbnb and a New Yorker alum … Freeman Klopott … Meredith Simpson … Megan Rodriguez ... Fran McCarthy (h/t Jon Haber) … Tony Maciulis is 41 ... Mark Beatty, 270 Strategies founding partner and 2012 Obama deputy battleground states director. “It’s his last bachelor birthday -- he marries the love of his life in less than a month!” (h/t Lynda Tran) ... Ben Marter, comms director for Sen. Durbin ... Candace Randle ... Robert Gottheim … Brad Jenkins of Funny or Die … Bill O’Leary, a partner at Heidrick & Struggles, celebrating by playing golf and having dinner with the kids (h/ts Ben Chang) ...
... Suzanne Nossel, executive director of PEN America ... Courtney Asbill ... former Rep. Quico Canseco (R-Tex.) is 68 ... former Rep. Wendell Bailey (R-Mo.) is 77 ... Furhawn Shah ... Kana Smith ... Ines de La Cuetara ... Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (D-NY) is 51 ... Politico’s Tyler Weyant, Alexa Velickovich and Francesca Pigna ... MSNBC’s Isaac-Davy Aronson ... Garry Malphrus ... HuffPost’s Ashley Alman ... Maggie Easterlin Cutrell ... Kate Harris … Lindsay Butcher ... Colleen Murray … Glen Chambers … Salesforce’s Jim Green … Bonnie Eggers ... Nate Beeler ... Emily Sanders Elam ... Dave Koenig is 58 ... Robert Basmadjian ... Stephen Gallo is 33 ... Paul Dickson ... Wesley Boatwright is 53 ... George McDowell … Jonathan Spalter ... Asher Grady (h/ts Teresa Vilmain)
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