I’ve been complaining for ages about how nobody lights up online. You never see Alex Jones or Roger Stone or Jerome Corsi smoking anything. Maybe they simply don’t smoke.
But yesterday Mike Cernovich lit up on a recorded live stream from the previous day. Quite early on, as he was taking calls from viewers, he said he was going to light a cigar. But it was fully 55 minutes before he finally lit a big cigar. I thought he never would.
I’ve occasionally watched Cernovich before. And I’d never seen him light up before. Because nobody ever does.
Nobody complained, but some people did tell him that it was bad for his health. I hoped he’d disagree, but he didn’t. Instead he just said that he only smoked a couple of cigars a week, and that he worked out regularly at a gym.
That meant, I guess, that Cernovich believes that smoking is bad for his health. And these days who doesn’t? But it also seemed to mean that Cernovich thought that he could compensate by working out in a gym. And I think a lot of people use gyms this way. If you have a blow-out lunch one day, you can always go work out in a gym the next.
But the gymnasium in ancient Greece and Rome wasn’t used this way. Back then young men kept fit because they were very likely to be called up at short notice for military duty. They had to be ready to march long distances carrying a lot of equipment, and they had to be able to fight for hours in battle. So the gymnasium was where young men trained to be battle-ready. And it was probably city dwellers who needed the gymnasium most, because the working farmers outside the cities were already very physically fit. Young women didn’t keep fit, because they weren’t called on to fight. None of them wanted to keep fit just for fitness sake.
But these days that’s exactly what they do. It’s become fitness for fitness sake. They admire muscle. And so ‘getting ripped’ is pure narcissism.
Narcissus is the origin of the term narcissism, a fixation with oneself and one’s physical appearance or public perception.
Not that I think Cernovich is a narcissist. I think instead he sees working out in a gym as paying his dues, as penance for the sin of smoking a couple of cigars a week. These days you don’t say 3 Our Fathers and 10 Hail Marys: You do 30 press-ups. So what you’re seeing in modern gyms is people doing a modern form of penance.
But, all that aside, Mike Cernovich had good reason to light up a big cigar. He’s a lawyer, and he’d filed a lawsuit against millionaire Jeffrey Epstein, and on Sunday Epstein was arrested when he landed in his private jet in the USA after flying back from France. On Monday he was charged with sex trafficking. He faces up to 45 years in prison.
And Jeffrey Epstein knows everybody. He knows Donald Trump. And he knows Bill and Hillary Clinton. And quite likely he knows things about them all that nobody else knows.
This could become the biggest story of the year. It could run and run and run.
I got interested in QAnon last year, and QAnon kept saying that Justice Is Coming. But I gradually lost interest when nobody was arrested, nobody was indicted, nobody got served any justice. But now someone has been arrested at last. And Jeffrey Epstein was someone that QAnon mentioned quite frequently.
I won’t be surprised if it’s another damp squib. Because Epstein has powerful friends. He’s already used his contacts about 10 years ago to evade sex trafficking charges. And he’ll probably do it again. He’s one of those people who are above the law.
But it’s something to watch. Social media are all over it. The Guardian ran the story on a live stream. In general left wing sites like Dailykos stressed Epstein’s connections with Donald Trump, and right wing ones like Rush Limbaugh stressed Epstein’s connections with Bill Clinton. There’s something in it for everybody.
Anyway, at last somebody’s got arrested.
And at last someone’s lit up in an online livestream.