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My thoughts on various topics, including but not limited to organized crime.

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Jan 4, 2018
I believe in transparency. To that end, I'm posting here data from January 2016, both traffic and Adsense revenue.....(I can't, technical problems. Check back later....

Dec 9
What does it take to offend us?

I found something extremely offensive to me personally. It was a story on the website The Richest about Megan Fox. (She starred in Jennifer's Body, a pretty decent horror flick.)

Megan Fox prettier on left or right? Does it matter?

She's stunningly beautiful. Hollywood celebrity, married with kids, worth millions. Her accomplishments are dizzying. Yet the Richest posted a spiel angling that "Megan Fox Stopped Trying," etc. It included eight photos to prove its thesis.

Here's an excerpt (I was offended; I reject the writer's request):

"No offense, but Megan sure doesn’t look like a celeb when she’s off the clock. She actually looks like a pretty normal human, just like the rest of this. By no means is this photograph ugly- it’s just that Megan doesn’t look nearly as good as we know she can.

"For this casual day out, the Transformers actress rocked an oversized olive green parka that hid her slender frame. A peak of her t-shirt was visible underneath her large coat, and she paired the look with some comfy leggings. And she, of course, didn’t leave the house without her trusty baseball cap (notice her hand)."

How much are the writers paid to generate this sht? Probably a lot more than they deserve.

She actually looks like a pretty normal human, just like the rest of this.

She is a human, dipshit. The story is really about aging, a dirty word in Hollywoodland....

Dec 6

Thought I'd continue with another excerpt, from Empire of Illusion: the End of Literacy and The Triumph of Spectacle, though the excerpt is largely from another book.

If this is true of some of us, think about made guys who have watched the Godfather, Goodfellas, The Sopranos, etc.

We escape the chaos of real life through fantasy. We see ourselves as stars of our own movies. And we are, as Neal Gabler writes in, Life: The Movie: How Entertainment Conquered Reality “all becoming performance artists in and audiences for a grand, ongoing show.”

We try to see ourselves moving through our life as a camera would see us, mindful of how we hold ourselves, how we dress, what we say. We invent movies that play inside our heads. We imagine ourselves the main characters. We imagine how an audience would react to each event in the movie of our life. This, writes Gabler, is the power and invasiveness of celebrity culture. Celebrity culture has taught us to generate, almost unconsciously, interior personal screenplays in the mold of. Hollywood, television, and even commercials. We have learned ways of speaking and thinking that disfigure the way we relate to the world....

Dec 4

Wow, some of you listened to my request -- I saw an immediate uptick in ad viewability. Thank you, so much! Please keep it up!!!!! (See below entry for Dec. 3 if you are not sure what I am going on about.)

Now, I have to admit that I really like this format -- sort of a blog-within-a-blog type deal. It gives me a chance to share my input on a wider range of topics. I can only promise to keep these extra-blog entries punchy and to the point.

Today I share an excerpt from a book I'm reading about the Trump campaign, Unbelievable: My Front-Row Seat to the Craziest Campaign in American History, which shows a different side of Trump; it sort of shows his humanity, for want of a better word. My interest has always been "behind-the-scenes." I've read quite a few inside campaign books. (Which reminds me, another way you can support this blog -- also without costing you one red cent -- is to do your Amazon purchases via our affiliate advertising link, here. That's right, buy whatever you are going to buy on Amazon, using Cosa Nostra News's special affiliate link.)

Katy Tur covered Trump for NBC News and MSNBC during the 2015-2016 campaign. He seems to have had a love/hate relationship with her. He definitely had a slight fixation on her. Wonder why....
Katy Tur.

Well, I don't really wonder.... do you?

During Trump's campaign rallies, he singled her a few times. 

"Katy Tur, she's back there. Little Katy ... what a lie it was ... what a lie she told,'" she recalled him saying. Then, as Tur put it, "The entire place turns and they roar as one ... like a giant, unchained animal." Men stood on chairs to yell at her, and she feared for her safety. She smiled and waved to defuse the situation. (Later, the Secret Service escorted her to her car.)

From Unbelievable:

Yesterday, back in Turnberry, he made a promise to me. My crew and I were alone on the links, finishing up a couple of live shots, when Trump appeared with an entourage. He waved me over, past Secret Service, and introduced me to his business partners. “This is Katy Tur,” he said. “She is a great reporter.” Come again? Seeing my expression, Trump caught himself. “Sometimes,” he added. “You should do another sit-down with me,” I told him, seizing the opportunity. “Yes, I should. I think people would really respect that,” he replied. “Okay,” he said. “Tell Hope I said yes; she’ll set it up.” Business done, he wanted to gossip.

“Do you know who I’m having dinner with tonight?” Trump asked, his eyes squinting, his lips curling into a grin. I’d been given a tip about it, but I wasn’t about to let on. “No, who?” “You know,” he prodded. “No, Mr. Trump, I don’t.” He didn’t speak the name. Instead he closed his eyes, pursed his lips, and seductively mouthed two syllables. “Ru-pert.” He was referring, of course, to Rupert Murdoch, whose media empire includes Fox News. “Congratulations,” I offered, not sure what else I could say, “Okay, Katy, tell Hope to set up the interview. But only if you promise to be fair.” He rolled off.

Dec 3
This blog is foremost a labor of love.

Whatever happens in life, the Mafia has always been there, a large and growing topic in which you can lose yourself. The writing process itself offers a strange bliss that's difficult to explain. You use words to capture a dream based on research. Your subconscious is involved, breathing a nice, cool breeze that helps push the words out.

 I write the first draft quickly, then revise and proofread.

I sometimes publish too quickly. (Usually because I need to catch a train -- I tend to do a lot of early-morning writing.) Then I'll edit and proofread it later and republish noting "revised" at the top. Or sometimes I'll add additional information and add "expanded" at the top.

I earn money from the advertising that appears on this blog. I believe it's probably the least-intrusive advertising on any news site, at least compared to all the ones I review daily. My earnings don't amount to much; I work full time in corporate communications (hence, the pseudonym Ed Scarpo). Previously, and for most of my career,  I was a journalist.

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