“Our enemies are innovative and resourceful, and so are we. They never stop thinking about new ways to harm our country and our people, and neither do we.” - George W. Bush

All The Best

THE ELEPHANT BAR IS CLOSED

I want to thank everyone who participated in the Elephant Bar over the past twelve years. We had millions of visitors from all around the World and you were part of it. Over the past dozen years, two or three times a night, I would open my laptop and some of you were always there. I will miss that.

My plans are to continue my work with technology and architecture. You know my interests and thoughts.

At times, things would get a little rough in the EB. To those of you that I may have offended over the years, I apologize. From all of you, I learned and grew.

An elephant never forgets.
Be well.

Deuce, 21 June 2018

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

The "Dreamers" are a Nightmare

IMAGINE THAT: ILLEGALS DOING SOMETHING ILLEGAL



DACA-aged illegals commit crimes at twice the rate of young Americans, says a comprehensive summary of crimes and convictions in Arizona during the past 32 years.


Breitbart
The report punctures claims by pro-amnesty advocates that young ‘dreamer’ illegals are vital to U.S. industry and civic life, and indicate that any amnesty will ensure that many more crimes — including murders and rapes — will be inflicted against Americans and legal immigrants, including Hispanics and blacks.  
The report says: 
Unfortunately, if the goal of DACA is to give citizenship to a particularly law-abiding group of undocumented immigrants, it is accomplishing the opposite of what was intended. As Table 8 shows, DACA age eligible undocumented immigrants are 250% more likely to be convicted of crimes than their share of the population. Those too old for DACA status are convicted at a relatively low rates (45.7% more than their share of the Arizona population).
The summary of the report, titled “Undocumented Immigrants, U.S. Citizens, and Convicted Criminals in Arizona,”  says:   
Using newly released detailed data on all prisoners who entered the Arizona state prison from January 1985 through June 2017, we are able to separate non-U.S. citizens by whether they are illegal or legal residents. These data do not rely on self-reporting by criminals. Undocumented immigrants are at least 142% more likely to be convicted of a crime than other Arizonans. They also tend to commit more serious crimes and serve 10.5% longer sentences, more likely to be classified as dangerous, and 45% more likely to be gang members than U.S. citizens …
If undocumented immigrants committed crime nationally as they do in Arizona, in 2016 they would have been responsible for over 1,000 more murders, 5,200 rapes, 8,900 robberies, 25,300 aggravated assaults, and 26,900 burglaries.
The report was prepared by John R. Lott Jr. at the Crime Prevention Research Center, in Alexandria, Va. He told Breitbart News: 
The data there shows the convictions for everybody who entered the prisons system from January 1985 through June of this last year … It just shows that certain groups are convicted at much higher rates than their share of the population …  [roughly 75 percent] of the crime committed by undocumented immigrants or illegal aliens is committed by those who are 15 to 35 years of age.
Legal immigrants are very different from illegal immigrants, he said. 
Illegal immigrants are being convicted at very high rates compared to their share of the population. Legal immigrants appear to be fairly law-abiding, and are convicted at low rates compared to their share of the population.
The database used for the report does not describe the race or ethnic identity of the victim, but national data shows that most victims are part of the same group as their criminals, he said. Lott added: 
What tends to happen across all the different racial groups is that criminals are of the similar race as the victim … the crime literature [shows] that victims tend to be similar to the perpetrators of the crimes … Obviously, a larger share of the victims will also be undocumented illegal aliens.
Unsurprisingly, polls show that many legal immigrants want stronger border security. In 2014, for example, a pro-amnesty poll funded by Mark Zuckerberg showed that 78 percent of Hispanic respondents support “substantially increasing security among US-Mexican border.”
Asked to rebut likely criticisms of the crime report, Lott said he had seen few criticisms so far. “I don’t know what people will say — it seems like a straightforward set of numbers,” he said.
However, he noted that the report does not include any data about unreported crimes. “That raises the possibility that a lot of crimes are not reported … looking at convictions might provide you with an underestimate of the crime these illegals have committed.”
Lott’s report sheds more light on the 3.25 million ‘dreamers’ who would be the beneficiaries of an amnesty now being pushed by Democratic politicians, business-first GOP legislators, and cheap-labor business groups.
Pro-amnesty groups frequently portray the young illegals as a gain for the American society. Illegal migrants “embody the best of our nation,” Rep. Nancy Pelosi, the leader of the Democrats in the House of Representatives, said in December.
But that pitch is contradicted by Lott’s crime data, by the self-reported earnings of the migrants, their very poor education [less than 2 percent have college degrees) and by the very beneficial economic impact for Americans of excluding illegal immigrants.
In Arizona, for example, labor and immigration reforms began in 2004, and the state’s population of roughly 450,000 illegals gradually dropped by roughly 180,000 people from 2007 to 2012. Because of the 40 percent drop in illegal labor, the wages earned by Americans rose significantly, said a subsequent study by Moody’s Analytics. According to the Wall Street Journal report on the study:
The median income of low-skilled whites who did manage to get jobs rose about 6% during that period, the economists estimate … wages rose about 15% for Arizona farmworkers and about 10% for construction between 2010 and 2014 … Some employers say their need for workers has increased since then, leading them to boost wages more rapidly and crimping their ability to expand … graduates [at a federal job-training center] now often mull two or three jobs offers from construction firms and occasionally start at $14.65 an hour instead of $10 …  At DTR Landscape Development LLC, the firm’s president, Dick Roberts, says he has increased his starting wage by 60% to $14.50 an hour because he is having trouble finding reliable workers.
The departure of foreign migrants also cut the state government’s welfare costs by roughly $430 million per year, the WSJ reported.
The number of students enrolled in intensive English courses in Arizona public schools fell from 150,000 in 2008 to 70,000 in 2012 and has remained constant since. Schooling 80,000 fewer students would save the state roughly $350 million a year, by one measure … annual emergency-room spending on noncitizens fell 37% to $106 million, from $167 million. And between 2010 and 2014, the annual cost to state prisons of incarcerating noncitizens convicted of felonies fell 11% to $180 million, from $202 million.
Housing costs also dropped, making it much easier for better-paid young Americans to marry, have children and launch themselves into a middle-class life.
“It was like, ‘Where did everybody go?’ ” says Teresa Acuna, a Phoenix real-estate agent who works in Latino neighborhoods. Real-estate agent Patti Gorski says her sales records show that prices of homes owned by Spanish-speaking customers fell by 63% between 2007 and 2010, compared with a 44% drop for English-speaking customers, a difference she attributes partly to financial pressure on owners who had been renting homes to immigrants who departed.
The rising wages and loss of cheap labor also forced local companies to invent or buy new machinery that will boost productivity and allow farms to beat their low-wage, labor-intensive, foreign competition.
After Arizona passed a series of tough anti-immigration laws, Rob Knorr couldn’t find enough Mexican field hands to pick his jalapeño peppers. He sharply reduced his acreage and invested $2 million developing a machine to remove pepper stems. His goal was to cut the number of laborers he needed by 90% and to hire higher-paid U.S. machinists instead …
He says mechanization is his future. He continues to pour time and money into a laser-guided device to remove stems from peppers, which pickers now do by hand in the field. Another farmer in the area developed a mechanical carrot harvester.
Mr. Knorr says he is willing to pay $20 an hour to operators of harvesters and other machines, compared with about $13 an hour for field hands. He says he can hire skilled machinists at community colleges, so he can rely less on migrant labor.
Four million Americans turn 18 each year and begin looking for good jobs in the free market.
But the federal government inflates the supply of new labor by annually accepting 1 million new legal immigrants, by providing work-permits to roughly 3 million resident foreigners, and by doing little to block the employment of roughly 8 million illegal immigrants.
The Washington-imposed economic policy of economic growth via mass-immigration floods the market with foreign laborspikes profits and Wall Street values by cutting salaries for manual and skilled labor offered by blue-collar and white-collar employees. It also drives up real estate priceswidens wealth-gaps, reduces high-tech investment, increases state and local tax burdens, hurts kids’ schools and college education, pushes Americans away from high-tech careers, and sidelines at least 5 million marginalized Americans and their families, including many who are now struggling with opioid addictions.
The cheap-labor policy has also reduced investment and job creation in many interior states because the coastal cities have a surplus of imported labor. For example, almost 27 percent of zip codes in Missouri had fewer jobs or businesses in 2015 than in 2000, according to a new report by the Economic Innovation Group. In Kansas, almost 29 percent of zip codes had fewer jobs and businesses in 2015 compared to 2000, which was a two-decade period of massive cheap-labor immigration.

Because of the successful cheap-labor strategy, wages for men have remained flat since 1973, and a large percentage of the nation’s annual income has shifted to investors and away from employees.

63 comments:

  1. When labor is cheap, you cut your capital needs and wages are deflated.

    Send the one million "Democrats in training" back to whence they came. Let them apply for residency through legal channels.

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  2. Jack " Crazy Jack" Hawkins has it figured The Donald is conspiring to keep wages low by building THE WALL and keeping MILLIONS of unemployed Mexicans outta here

    I know, I know this makes no sense but that is how he's got it figured

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    1. Makes total sense "Moral Coward" Peterson

      By not requiring TEMPORARY Workers to return to Hidustan, India, the Trump Administration is suppressing US citizens wages, while at the same time they are making it diificult for low wage immigrants to enter the country.

      Mr. Knorr has yet to hire those $20 per hour machinists.

      Funny. The average hourly wage in the US is around $25 per hour.

      Mr. Knorr thinks he can hire community college alumni at below marker wages.

      He is unwilling to pay 50% of the National average, thinking he can "mechanize" and still only pay 80% of the National average.

      Doubt if he can.

      Gonna have to hire US pickers @ $20

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  3. Medical Report

    The Donald is in great shape and is going to live longer than you are.

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    1. His lifee expectancy will drop when he starts eating that prispn food

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  4. Jack is back following my every step heeling like a dog but not nearly so well trained.

    Get a life, Jack.

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    1. Let's see if I can get him to sit.

      SIT !!

      Why look at that he did !

      ROLL OVER !!!

      Oh my Lord he did that too !!!!!

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    2. HUNT !!!

      Ah he just rolled over again and wants his belly scratched.

      Not today DEAD BET DOG.

      Around my kennel the curs got to work for a living

      I'm thinking of shipping him out to QUIRK as a late Christmas present.

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  5. The dog barks the caravan passes.

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  6. The Donald got 30 out of 30 on a multiple guess and is in perfect physical health for a man his age.

    And he doesn't drink smoke or do drugs !

    Or cheat on his wife.

    MAGA !

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    1. Let's see you match that Quirk !

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      I wouldn't try.

      Perfect physical health? I doubt that but I wouldn't argue I was doing any better.

      Doesn't drink, smoke, or do drugs? Neither do I. Anymore.

      Doesn't cheat on his wife? Tell it to Stormy Daniels.

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    3. :)

      Is that Jack's daughter ?

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    4. Mine was never raped @"Moral Coward" Peterson.

      Why is it that you could not protect and defend your own daughter?

      Was it not allen who postulated thaat Robert "Draft Dodgrr" Peterson was the rapist.

      allen knew the boobie, well.

      I wad hesitant to believe that. ..

      ... UNTIL. ..

      Robert " Draft Dodger" Peterson defended pedophilia, as "Part of the Christian Culture of Alabama".

      Anyone that could take that position ...

      Could be suspect of incestuous rape

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    5. I was hesitant to believe that. ..

      ... UNTIL ...

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  7. President Donald Trump defended his border security demands Tuesday amid tension in Washington over immigration policy disagreements that could lead to a government shutdown.

    Congress faces the threat of a government shutdown later this week over the future of the Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals program. Some Democrats say they won’t vote to continue funding the government if a permanent extension for DACA — which is set to expire in March — is not passed.

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      Yea, but who cares about that? We had a bolide explode in the sky above us tonight.

      The night sky lit up, the meteor continued dropping like a fire ball, then got a lot brighter before going out, followed a short while later with a rumbling boom. Cool.

      Though, admittedly, I missed it all but the boom. Luckily, we are in the age of smart phones and there are dozens of videos.

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    2. A government shutdown sounds like a blessing, not a curse.

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    3. Glad the bolide didn't collide with Quirk's noggin.

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  8. There's not going to be an justice in the world until we conquer global warming.

    The NAACP tells us so.

    Is there an outpost anywhere that the warmists have not infiltrated ?

    ..................

    42% of the kidnappings in the USA are done by illegals aliens, I read today.

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    1. Yeah, but none of the "Dreamers" are illegals.

      Not once they "sign-up", anyway.

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  9. Those real estate figures from Phoenix in the article put up by Deuce seem to indicate Phoenix is turning into a real shithole.

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    1. It's always warm in Phoenix.

      But education and income levels indicate that the shitholes of all shitholes, in the western US is in Idaho

      Poverty and ignorance, "Identity Thief" Peterson, abound in your part of the country.

      Seems that your genetically deficit bloodline has spread throughout the state of Idaho

      So sad



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    2. You need to get Out of your mom's basement more. Not only is it just conceivable that you might learn something, DEAD BEAT DAD, your mom would finally catch a deserved break

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    3. All the good genes in your kids gene pool, donated by the mother, got fled from your abuse directly after she "dropped the kid" in a USA hospital. She hightailed it back to the safety of her Central American village, DEAD BEAT DAD

      She gave that kid a chance getting the kid away from you.

      I think highly of her and hope her child has waxed strong.

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  10. Just saw a video of THE QUIRK BOLIDE.

    That was one big mother of all bolides !

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      I guess they don't have to be all that big to create quite a show; however, it did register a 2.0 on the Richter scale, probably the closest I will come to an earthquake in my life.

      Well, at least, until the Yellowstone caldera erupts.

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      I will be checking my backyard this afternoon for pieces of it.

      Find a chunk and it could net a $1 million or so they say.

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      They are estimating the bolide weighed about 1 ton. The one that took out the dinosaurs was only about 14 times bigger (according to the MSM).

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    4. Would a hundred bucks buy me a 1/2 interest in what bolides you find ?

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      Sure, send me $50 to cement the deal.


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      Initially, they said the epicenter was in Macomb Township (NE of Detroit).

      They had people tramping all over the fields and farms there this morning, the public, NASA, meteor hunters, para normal investigators (yes, it's true), the local schools and universities, you name it.

      Later in the afternoon they came up with a different way of pinpointing the epicenter and it turned out to be north of Chelsea, Mi, about 90 miles west. I suppose the same crew will be out there tomorrow.

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    7. Do you take credit cards ?

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    8. If you find something and I'm in can we call the the B&Q Bolide.

      How far from you place did the big piwce land ?

      Was it dropping flaming chunks ?

      Did it go straight over your house ?

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      Went right over my house and then made a sharp right turn and headed west.


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      Acceptable payment methods: Cash, gold, certified check.

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    11. "Went right over my house and then made a sharp right turn and headed west"

      Hmmmm.....did you happen to see a rudder or other turning device on the bolide ?

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    12. I might be able to create a certified check right here at home.

      My wife can do it. She was a certified teacher. She's made up lots of certified stuff.

      Would a World War II Time Magazine do the trick ?

      They are collectible.

      I can get you anything from 1933 to 1945.

      From the European Theater to the Nips.

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    13. What about a LOOK or LIFE with some bathing beauties ?

      $25 each

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    14. .

      I know you are from the boondocks of Idaho but we don't barter around these parts.


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    15. Barter ?

      It's simply trading one item of value for an unknown chance of you finding a bit of bolide.

      Along with the truer risk of you ever telling me of it.

      I tell you what, after I have inspected the bolide bit, then I can buy the option for bolides found.

      I get 50 % of all the bolide materials.

      Deal ?

      It's a good deal and they don't come along very often .

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    16. .

      Naw, I've recently adopted Trump's business strategy as outlined in his book The Art of the Blame...er...I mean The Art of the Deal.

      "It's a zero sum world and I plan on being THE winner and sticking it to everyone I come in contact with along the way."

      DJT


      Submit.

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  11. WHAT I LEARNED IN THE PEACE CORPS IN AFICA: TRUMP IS RIGHT

    See: AMERICAN THINKER

    Talks about her experience in Senagal.

    It is very good.

    It's trying to mix gas and water.

    It doesn't work.

    We must preserve our ways and ways of looking at things.

    Comments good too.

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      You mean 'your ways and ways of looking at things' not 'our' ways.


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    2. If you you wish to walk down any street in Senegal and breathe in dried human shit waste, be my quest.

      The Lady who was there advises against it.

      Read the quote by Albert Schweitzer quoted in the comments if you need a more credible source than I.

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    3. If you walk down any street in Senegal it might be your last hike, as a saying has it.

      You might not have developed the native semi-immunity, and, there ain't no doctors.

      I suggest you stay in Spain and run with the bulls.

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      Good suggestion.

      I see Spain has become the second most popular country to visit after France.

      The US has dropped to number 3.

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      WHAT I LEARNED IN THE PEACE CORPS IN AFICA: TRUMP IS RIGHT

      When he said don't enter the Peace Corps?

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  12. The Trump Administration is failing to protect our monuments, our culture.


    9 of 12 National Park Service advisory board members quit in disgust


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      Ryan Zinke, another Trump appointee. Wants to turn the national parks into gun ranges and hunting preserves.

      Shrinking national monuments, removing the ban on lead bullets, hasn't met with the Advisory Board once since taking office over a year ago, instituted a ritual where the official flag of the Interior Department is flown over headquarters whenever he is in the building (good lord), investigated under the Hatch act for wasting $ tens of thousands of taxpayer dollars by flying to locations (including a GQ photoshoot) in military and chartered planes (some of them corporate planes owned by his previous contributors), a busy first year.

      What a sweetheart.

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    2. I don't like it either. In act it really pisses me off.

      My rake ? Ir's not going to fly.

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    3. My take ? It's not going to fly not even out west here. The dems don't want it and there are too many people like me out west.

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    4. Bring back DDT and lead bullets!

      ...for the birds.

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    5. Lead bullets are way best.

      Always used them as a kid.

      I have a real bad attitude to DDT though.

      The Eagles have come back big time on the Wenaha and Grand Rhonde since it was gone.

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    6. We see them now every time we go down there, in winter, when the valleys are a warmer refuge for all the game from the snows in the hills.

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  13. Booker for A-hole in Chief

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D7VVVsGRvuc

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    1. That's a toughy. I bet Fatso Kim or the Canadian Turdo couldn't do as well.

      Hillary would not get past the first set.

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  15. On Monday, October 2, 2017, Harvey Weinstein arrived at work earlier than usual. As was his custom, he barked orders and moved from room to room inside his spacious office suite at 375 Greenwich Street, the New York City headquarters of the Weinstein Company (T.W.C.), a beautiful old red-brick factory building that had been converted into a center of the film universe.

    The producer had formed the enterprise some 12 years earlier after he and his brother and partner, Bob Weinstein, exited their fabled Miramax operation, home to such critical and commercial successes as Shakespeare in Love, Pulp Fiction, and Sex, Lies, and Videotape. And during an equally successful tenure at T.W.C., the brothers, whose films have generated an astounding 81 Oscars since 1999, had ushered into the world The King’s Speech, Inglourious Basterds, Silver Linings Playbook, and The Artist.

    Now, however, T.W.C., the cinematic supernova, was suddenly imploding. And it was about to consume Weinstein the man and the brand.

    ...

    For months, members of T.W.C.’s senior staff had heard rumblings that journalists were combing through Weinstein’s past. And yet, management asserted it did not know the depths of his alleged misdeeds or that, in some cases, he may have misled them about the focus and intensity of the reporting.

    ...

    On Sunday, October 1, Weinstein’s vice president of human resources, Frank Gil, visited T.W.C.’s Greenwich Street headquarters, said people familiar with the details of the company’s internal investigation and its interactions with the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office and other state and federal law-enforcement organizations. Gil, who, as a single father, rarely worked weekends, also stopped in at a second facility, at 99 Hudson Street, that housed both Dimension Films (co-chairman Bob Weinstein’s unit) and the firm’s back-office operations.

    Oddly, a source reported, Gil encountered a security team sweeping the premises for possible listening devices, an indication of the mounting paranoia.


    Final Days

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