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Properties of Jeffrey Epstein

Thursday, Aug 22 2019 by

Jeffrey Epstein, the wealthy financier and mainstay in elite New York and international circles, committed suicide on August 10 in the Metropolitan Correctional Center in New York City. He was awaiting trial for the sex trafficking of minors. It had been rumored that Epstein committed sex trafficking, exploited women and girls, and hosted sex parties and erotic activities around the world.

Epstein had a list of friends and acquaintances that included Donald Trump, Bill Clinton, former senators and businessmen, and even international royalty. Epstein had longstanding ties to the most influential and important people in the world, and rumors that they participated in sexual activities hosted or arranged by Epstein have been swirling for years. This, combined with speculation that he held blackmail material on them, have made his prosecution and subsequent suicide front page news.

Herbert N. Straus House, New York, NY

On July 9, 2019, as Epstein was being arrested in New Jersey, FBI agents raided his gigantic home on the Upper East Side of Manhattan.

The home, one of the largest private residences in the city, is over 50,000 square feet, and has nine floors, a fifteen foot wood front door and heated sidewalks!

According to reports, it is decorated from floor to ceiling in elaborate, eclectic and sometimes bizarre decor, including a stuffed black poodle on top of a Steinway grand piano and rows of glass eyeballs designed for English soldiers.

Jeffrey Epstein's House (Google Maps)
Jeffrey Epstein's House

Mansion, Palm Beach, FL

Epstein spent a lot of time in Florida, hobnobbing with celebrities, and hosting events that were rumored to be sex parties with underage girls.

In 2005, the mother of a young woman pressed charges against Epstein in Palm Beach, leading to his pleading guilty to prostituting an underage girl and was sentenced to 18 months in prison.

Epstein was allowed “work release” where he could leave the prison for 12 or 13 hours a day to work and conduct business; treatment that is extremely rare in the U.S. judicial system and drew significant criticism from victim advocates and others.

Little St. James Island, U.S. Virgin Islands

Epstein owned a small island in the Caribbean, complete with a house that has, according to rumor, hosted “sex parties” for princes, American politicians, and wealthy individuals from around the world. He is alleged to have flown them to the island on his private airplane nicknamed the Lolita Express.

The island was raided in August 2019, in a search for more evidence against Epstein and his associates in relation to cases of sexual exploitation.

Jeffrey Epstein's House (Google Maps)
Jeffrey Epstein's House

Zorro Ranch, Stanley, NM

Among all the rumors of Epstein’s exploits that surfaced in the summer of 2019 were allegations that he had parties at his New Mexico ranch. The ranch sits on over 8,000 acres of land just outside Santa Fe.

Neighbors say Epstein threw parties so big that they would drown out the light of the stars.

He also supposedly wanted to use the ranch as a breeding facility to seed the human race with exceptionally attractive people by impregnating attractive women with his own DNA.

Jeffrey Epstein's House (Google Maps)
Jeffrey Epstein's House

Apartment, Paris, France

Epstein also maintained a residence near the Arc de Triomphe in Paris, France, for when he visited the country for business or personal affairs.

Epstein purchased several units within the property at 22 Avenue Foch for a reported 1.5 million Euros in 2002.

With the scandal developing in the United States, French officials have begun investigating Epstein’s activities in Paris.

Jeffrey Epstein's Apartment (Google Maps)
Jeffrey Epstein's Apartment

Ghislaine Maxwell’s Mansion, Manchester, MA

Among all the people associated with Epstein and his alleged crimes, Ghislaine Maxwell’s name has come up most often. The British socialite was known as his girlfriend, best friend and associate. She coordinated many of the activities that have been the source of criminal allegations, and has been named by many accusers of playing an active role in sex trafficking.

As of the summer 2019, she lived in a mansion in Manchester, Massachusetts with her boyfriend, but she has evaded law enforcement in the days after Epstein’s death.

Jeffrey Epstein's Apartment (Google Maps)
Jeffrey Epstein's Apartment

While Epstein will not be held accountable for his alleged criminal activities, leaving victims unable to obtain justice from him, the intense media exposure and public attention to the events of the summer have all but ensure that the case will continue to be investigated, giving them some closure.

It is likely that others, even high profile individuals, will be implicated in the crimes and further criminal prosecution will take place.

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American Ninja Warrior Filming Locations

Tuesday, Aug 13 2019 by

Summertime in the United States is a great time for families to bond over baseball games, barbecues, and the hit television show American Ninja Warrior, which has over the last several seasons become a major summer hit.

Families across the country gather around the television each Monday night to watch amateur athletes compete on obstacle courses that are increasingly wild, challenging and entertaining for viewers. The person who completes the course in the fastest time wins $1,000,000 and the right to the title of America Ninja Warrior for the year.

The show holds five regional competitions across the country, finding the best ninjas to compete in the finals in Las Vegas, which will be aired later this summer.

Universal Studios, Los Angeles

The show holds a regional competition in sunny California, and there’s no better place than the Los Angeles Universal Studios back lot. Universal Studios is where many of the best television and movie shows are filmed.

Universal Studios (Google Maps)
Universal Studios

The wildness of the salmon ladder and warp wall fit right in among the massive and spectacular filming locations like the full-fledged airplane disaster set.

Airline Disaster (Birds Eye)
Airline Disaster

Mercedes Benz Stadium, Atlanta

Across the country in Atlanta, Georgia, fans gather from across the southeast to cheer on the athletes as they compete on the course, running and jumping through the obstacles on their way to Las Vegas and the chance to compete for a million dollars.

Atlanta Skyline (StreetView)
Atlanta Skyline

The show is filmed outside the Mercedes Benz Stadium in downtown Atalanta, where the Falcons NFL team play, concerts are held, and other major events take place.

Mercedes-Benz Stadium (Google Maps)
Mercedes-Benz Stadium

Oklahoma State Capitol, Oklahoma City

In downtown Oklahoma City, hopefuls have the chance to compete for a million dollars in the shadow of the state capitol building.

American Ninja Warrior episodes were filmed earlier in the year, but contestants and audience members do a great job of keeping the results a surprise for the viewing audience.

Oklahoma State Capitol (Birds Eye)
Oklahoma State Capitol

Tacoma Dome, Seattle/Tacoma

Seattle and Tacoma are two of Washington’s largest cities and often share sites and resources, including the Tacoma Dome, which hosts concerts, sports events and other major events.

American Ninja Warrior is filmed onsite, attracting contenders from across the Pacific Northwest.

Tacoma Dome (Google Maps)
Tacoma Dome

Downtown Cincinnati

For those from the east and northeast United States, Cincinnati is the best location for competitors seeking a path to Las Vegas. On the banks of the Ohio River, ninjas run, jump, and muscle their way to the buzzer for their shot at the opportunity to become the next American Ninja Warrior.

"PNC Tower" by Cass Gilbert (Birds Eye)
"PNC Tower" by Cass Gilbert

The Strip, Las Vegas

After qualifying and elimination rounds at each regional location, the best ninjas from across the country meet in Las Vegas where they compete under the dazzling lights and energy of the Las Vegas Strip, making the event even more exciting for both contestants and viewers alike.

Las Vegas: The Strip - Google Earth (StreetView)
Las Vegas: The Strip - Google Earth

Each year the course is revised to be more difficult, taxing the athletic ability, metal acuity and psychological endurance of the athletes. Ninjas have time between their qualification and final rounds of competition to prepare for the increased challenge, but even the best struggle to complete the crazy obstacles.

In the eleven seasons, only two people have completed the course. Recently, the show has instituted a cash award for the competitor who makes it through the most of the course in the shortest time, even if they don’t complete it and win the $1,000,000.

The final episodes will air over the next few weeks on Monday nights on NBC. Be sure to tune in for the drama as we watch to see if America gets a new Ninja Warrior.

 

 

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Earthquakes!

Wednesday, Jul 10 2019 by

There’s nothing more terrifying than the moment the very ground beneath your feet begins to shake, becoming unstable, and even crumbling away from you. Earthquake!

Earthquakes occur when faults in the earth’s crust move, causing the ground to shake as the earth’s crust is forced into new positions. Earthquakes can be felt hundreds and thousands of miles from the epicenter, and they can cause significant damage, even when communities and people are prepared.

Earthquakes happen all the time throughout the world, but because they are generally minor, occur over water, and don’t cause much damage we don’t hear about them. However, when they’re big, they strike on or near land, or they cause damage, the whole world takes note.

Here are some recent headlining earthquakes.

Ridgecrest, California

The first week in July, 2019, has seen several earthquakes near the town of Ridgecrest, in central southern California. The town is closely tied to Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake.

Tremors were felt hundreds of miles away, including in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The largest quake felt was rated 7.1, but because of substantial protections and planning, there has been relatively limited damage and no loss of life.

Because there have been multiple earthquakes over several days, scientists cannot say that the series is finished, or if more are on their way.

U.S. Naval Museum of Armament and Technology (Google Maps)
U.S. Naval Museum of Armament and Technology

Tohoku, Japan

On March 11, 2011, a record 9.0 earthquake struck northern Japan. As an after-effect of the earthquake, a large tsunami struck the region shortly after, bringing a wall of water more than 100 feet high on shore, washing away homes, buildings, and even, sadly, people.

These aren't supposed to be here (StreetView)
These aren't supposed to be here

It left debris and carnage in the wake, damaging more than half a million structures and destroying nearly 200,000.

Destroyed house (2011 Tōhoku earthquake) (StreetView)
Destroyed house (2011 Tōhoku earthquake)

More than 15,000 people perished from the earthquake and tsunami. It also caused significant damage to three nearby nuclear reactors, causing Japan’s public to worry about a nuclear disaster for years following the disaster. However, due to careful planning and some good fortune, the damage was not worse.

Onagawa Nuclear Power Plant (Google Maps)
Onagawa Nuclear Power Plant

Port-au-Prince, Haiti

On January 12, 2010, a magnitude 7.0 earthquake hit near Haiti’s capital, Port-au-Prince. More than 220,000 people were killed and more than 1 million people died.

2010 Haiti earthquake epicenter (Google Maps)
2010 Haiti earthquake epicenter

Due to the country’s poor infrastructure, many people were left without adequate housing or access to water and sanitation, furthering their suffering and struggle to recover after the earthquake. Tent camps were constructed, financed by international donations, and some people have turned these temporary shelters into permanent residences.

2010 Haiti Earthquake Recovery Tent Camp (Google Maps)
2010 Haiti Earthquake Recovery Tent Camp

 Sumatra-Andama, Indonesia

On December 26, 2004, the third largest recorded earthquake struck off the coast of Indonesia. The earthquake and subsequent tsunamis killed more than 225,000 people in 14 countries across southern Asia, and left devastation and ruin in its wake. The earthquake lasted between eight and ten minutes.

Banda Aceh, Indonesia, was hit by the earthquake and nearly demolished by the tsunami. The tsunami struck in at least three waves, leading to increased casualties as individuals saw the first waves recede and thought the worst was over, only to be swept away in subsequent waves.

2004-12-26 - Banda Aceh, Indonesia (Google Maps)
2004-12-26 - Banda Aceh, Indonesia

The city has created a tsunami museum, which helps commemorate and remember the terrible events of that day.

Tsunami Museum (Google Maps)
Tsunami Museum

Entire towns and cities were destroyed. Lhok Nga in Indonesia, was completely leveled by the earthquake and at least 15 large and small tsunamis. However, the town has been largely rebuilt, though the scars of the terrible day are still evident.

2004-12-26 - Lhok Nga, town destroyed by the tsunami (Google Maps)
2004-12-26 - Lhok Nga, town destroyed by the tsunami

We are reminded of how quickly things can change; whether it’s an earthquake or related tsunami, things can change in an instance. The threat of the “big one” is always looming. Be careful and be prepared!

 

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