Zerohedge's Tyler Durden asked the following: Okay, I'll play; my answers in italics.
#1 Photos of Stephen Paddock’s hotel room have been leaked, and one of those photos appears to show a suicide note. Why hasn’t the public been told what is in that note?
No idea. A suicide note, manifesto, or any explanation for the event has been conspicuously lacking since Minute One of this thing.
#2 Were there additional shooters? A taxi driver reportedly captured video of an automatic weapon being fired out of a lower level window. A video from another angle and brief footage captured by Dan Bilzerian also seem to confirm that automatic gunfire was coming from a floor much lower than the 32nd floor room that Stephen Paddock was located on. And if you weren’t convinced by the first three videos, this fourth video should definitely do it.
No idea. A second shooter is not necessary, though there was certainly time enough for there to be another shooter. The better question is how did these alleged bullets get through the intact glass panels on any of the other 42 floors of the Mandalay Bay Hotel if there was a second shooter.
Is that another Magic Bullet Theory?
A 4th floor shooter would also have been looking at a much worse angle of fire into the crowd, through sound and lighting towers in the way.
#3 Why were law enforcement authorities discussing “another suspect on the fourth floor”, and why isn’t the mainstream media talking about this?
Any story that points out the overwhelming derp of the MSM on anything more complicated than making ice is Occam's Razor in action. The media are idiots. The question for LVMPD officials is still "What did you know, and when did you know it?" And where's the security video of everyone who came and went from the Mandalay Bay, esp. the 32d floor, on the evening in question?
#4 As Jon Rappoport has pointed out, it would have been impossible for Stephen Paddock to kill and wound 573 people in less than five minutes of shooting with the kinds of weapons that he is alleged to have used. So why won’t law enforcement authorities acknowledge this fact?
Because Jon Rappoport (Jon Who?) is an idiot too. I could have killed and wounded 573 people in less than 5 minutes, shooting bump-fired, full-auto, or even fast-fingered .223 and .308 fire into a herd of 22,000 people at a distance of 400m. And if I'd done it slow fire with a scope instead of a zero-magnification EOTech sight, my KIA tally would have been closer to 600 than the 58 it was. (But to be fair, I do have a wee bit of military training, qualified very high Expert on the weapons system 6 times, and have been shooting them for 35 years or so.) This isn't magic, it's physics. This is exactly what they're designed to do: work flawlessly when hordes (in this case, 22,000 concert-goers, rather than screaming VC/NVA in the wire, but you get the point) are in your sights. If Rappoport can't figure it out, he's not tall enough for this ride, and knows exactly Jack and Squat about the weapons in question.
But you can believe me, or just listen to your lying eyes (Skip to 1:51 on the vid):
Any moron could get 600 rounds out of six of those mags and downrange in a little over a minute, maybe a minute and a half. (How many did Paddock have? I've heard twelve, but don't know if that twelve was all those 100-rounders.) I'd then have another four and a half minutes of scope-sighted slow fire, and I could guarantee you a higher body count than Mr. Mass Shooter had by two minutes into that, with enough time to eat a sandwich and down a soda afterwards, and still beat the six minute time hack. It's that Effing easy. And this is only one of twenty or forty such videos on YouTube.
#5 How in the world did Paddock get 42 guns and “several thousand rounds of ammo” into his hotel room without anyone noticing?
He had three days in a busy resort hotel. That's maybe 10 trips, or one per shift, per day, with time to spare. Not a particularly difficult feat. But there should be assloads of security video of those trips. (Or, far more likely, video of other people making those trips, which exactly blows the "lone wolf" theory to pieces in 0.2 seconds. the better question is, "Where's the video? We had the video and stills of ALL the 9/11 hijackers in less than a day.)
#6 How did someone with “no military background” and that wasn’t a “gun guy at all” operate such advanced weapons? Because what we are being told by the mainstream media just doesn’t make any sense whatsoever. I really like how Natural News made this point…
Far from what the firearms-illiterate media claims, these are not systems that any Joe off the street can just pick up and use to effortlessly mow down 500 people. Running these systems requires extensive training, experience and stamina. It is physically impossible for a guy like Stephen Paddock to operate such a system in the sustained, effective manner that we witnessed, especially when shooting from an elevated position which throws off all the ranging of the weapon system.Natural News are idiots too. Joe off the street can pick up exactly this weapons system, and shoot people in such a fish-in-a-barrel venue until they run out of ammunition, or targets, by doing nothing more complicated than changing magazines. And with 100-rd capacity Surefire magazines, the mag changes aren't a big deal either, because there's far fewer of them to perform. It would take me maybe three to five minutes to perform, but given five minutes' practice, I could find a dozen flabby middle schoolers or senior citizens to pull it off, effortlessly, time after time after time.
Far from being a Navy Seal, Stephen Paddock is a retired accountant senior citizen with a gambling problem and a flabby physique. The only way he could have carried out this shooting is if he were transformed into a human superweapon through a magic wand. I’m calling this “Mission IMPOSSIBLE” because of the physical impossibility of a retired, untrained senior citizen pulling this off.
And the Soviets' Kalashnikov platform is as simple as Stoner's AR platform to operate, which thousands of hours of video from every illiterate peasant revolt for the last 60 years has demonstrated over, and over, and over.
Jeezus Krispies, did nobody else watch Blackhawk Down, FFS? How about the Evening News anytime since 1950?
Natural News should get back on the porch. The shooting itself was the least complicated act of the whole incident. Putting spray-and-pray fire into 22,000 people, the biggest question I have is "How many rounds were fired, and how much brass is on the floor inside the room(s)?" The hardest thing about this shooting would be missing the other 21,400 people there.
#7 Why was one woman telling people in the crowd that they were all going to die 45 minutes before the attack?
I'd like to know that too.
Just spitballing, but "You're all going to die" has been a standard mental illness threat at least as long as I've been working with the deranged in the ER (25 years or so), so I'm not that stunned to hear it.
But the coincidence factor is very troubling, and I'd like to know who she and her male accomplice were.
#8 Why did it take law enforcement authorities 72 minutes to get into Stephen Paddock’s hotel room?
There is no rational explanation for that, unless it took 65 minutes for them to get there, dressed, and ready to play. Supposedly, the hotel had a smoke alarm activation from Paddock's suite (from the firing), and he'd also supposedly shot (or shot at) a security guard who investigated it. Which pretty well nails down the room by Minute Five to Ten. The other 62 minutes' lag is inexplicable. It also gives "someone" more than enough to split, and leave Patsy Paddock's steaming corpse there for the authorities to find.
So, the real $1M Question is, "When did LVMPD establish perimeter control on Paddock's room, where's the security video, and how many people could have clown-carred out of Vista Suite 32-135 before LVMPD SWAT decided to show up and lock it down???
Lacking answers, I have to assume you could have exfiltrated an entire Antifa mob, and nobody the wiser.
#9 Why did Paddock wire $100,000 to the Philippines last week?
Who wires any 62 y.o. troll $100K, ever? That whole angle, in the Capitol City and State of Hardbodies For Hire, begs credulity from start to finish.
#10 Why was Paddock’s girlfriend, Marilou Danley, in the Philippines when the attack took place? Did she know what was about to happen?
Who, with that much cash, being retired, and in Nevada, hooks up with somebody that old, shriveled, and ugly? Paddock may not have been any Adonis either, but having a 12-inch WALLET has been an unbeatable lure in Vegas for going on 70 years, and in Western Civilization for several centuries.
#11 Was Paddock on antidepressants like so many other mass killers in the past have been?
I'd like to know his entire medical history, that being one of the sterling questions to answer.
#12 Why was ISIS so eager to take responsibility for this attack, and why was the FBI so quick to dismiss that connection?
ISIS is desperate, and the FBI spokeshole is a stupid jackass, but "FBI" in that phrase was the tipoff there. It's hard to find truth when everybody lies from the get-go.
#13 Apparently Paddock had earned millions of dollars “through real estate deals”. If he was so wealthy, why would he all of a sudden snap like that?
Exactly. As noted, this was anything but someone "snapping." It took weeks to months to acquire the weapons, magazines, ammunition, reserve the key rooms, and several days to haul in the gear, ammo, set up the cameras, etc.
This was about as impulsive as moving a 200-person film crew from Hollywood to Tunisia to film "StarWars", i.e., anything but impulsive.
#14 Why did he move so frequently? It is being reported that Paddock had 27 different residences during his adult life.
Exactly. This is not an accountant. This is an operative. Until last Sunday night about 2320 hours local LV time, this guy was the definition of The Gray Man.
#15 Why were nearly all of the exits out of the concert venue completely blocked?
In essence, the concert trapped the people, preventing them from escaping, and denying them the ability to seek cover. From there, sustained, full-auto gunfire is almost impossible to survive.
From Fox News, a caller named Russell Bleck, who survived the shooting, said live on air, “There were ten-foot walls blocking us in. We couldn’t escape. It was just a massacre. We had nowhere to go.”
That's a question for the LV fire marshalls and concert organizer (although I'm betting the event being directly contiguous to an international airport had some wee part to play), coupled with not wanting non-paying douchebags from sneaking in.
And BTW, you can't have it both ways: this can't have been "an impossible thing to shoot so many people" and simultaneously be "impossible to survive". Less derp, please.
#16 Why was a country music festival chosen as the target? Was the goal to kill as many Trump supporters and other conservatives as possible? And is there evidence that Stephen Paddock was connected to Antifa in any way?
You mean, why would someone bent on mass murder choose an open-air concert with 22,000 targets and no exits across from a perfect shooting platform with fantastic fields of fire for 180 degrees?
Gee, I dunno.
Was the goal etc.
No, that would have made a Trump rally preferable. But the Secret Service tends to show up to those, they aren't in such an attractively accessible target, and they tend to return fire in about 2 seconds.
And is there evidence...
No freaking idea, at this point.
Tyler may be a whiz with Wall Street, but with mass shootings, not so much.
It may look like anybody can do this, but I've already asked more, better, questions than this, sooner, and more critically.
And I'm not even among the ten smartest guys to be doing this. But if somebody else out there is doing it better, let alone coming up with better answers, I'd love to see that link.