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Notes and Highlights of Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear’s Live Update October 6, 2020

2020.10.06 20:42 mr_tyler_durden Notes and Highlights of Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear’s Live Update October 6, 2020

Notes and Highlights of Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear’s Live Update October 6, 2020
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The struggle to select a single quote that captures the essence of an episode has never felt more real. From Debbie finally celebrating her inner Lady MacBeth, to Low finding a more eloquent way to say “I hate Othello,” this episode is 90DF Shakespeare. Hey nonny nonny.
In a moment of zero suspense, Larissa walks into the immigration office, and then walks right back out. That’s right, friends: those shots of her in the rest of the season aren’t holograms. She tells her friend that they took something like a mug shot, and “then she took the finger.” That Clue game always gets so weird after this turn.
Later on Larissa meets up with Eric, to ask if they can have a fake reunion to match their fake breakup from their fake relationship, and Eric asks if he can use that “ash in the wind” line he was saving for the next time he wrote a country song. Larissa says fine.
During their conversation we learn that Larissa broke up with Eric via text. Then people started harassing her online, calling “my butt cheesy butt,” and Larissa decided this must be Eric and filed a police report on him. That must have been amazing paperwork.
“Ma’am, just following up on a report you submitted. You’re on…instagram, is that right? Now the instagram, is that the internet? Okay, okay, just making sure. So, do you feel unsafe on the internets after this ‘cheesy butt’ threat that you received? And you have reason to believe that Eric is responsible for this ass slander? Does he have special knowledge of your butt cheese, ma’am?”
She and Eric still have issues, and they’re not afraid to exaggerate them for the next six or so episodes, while mining for something more interesting than “cheap” to butt heads about. That should carry them to the point in the narrative where Jess contacts Larissa to tell her that she was right.
Speaking of Debbie, she’s never left the country before, because the weight limit for checked baggage prevents her from taking Colt and her slot machine. Still, she’s eager to see what their Walmart is like, because there’s nothing more exciting than seeing the same thing you have at home, but elsewhere.
“That’s interesting,” Paul interjects. “Have you heard of this place called a ‘grocery store’? Karine says they have them in Brazil, but I didn’t pay attention to the food because it wasn’t in English.”
“Well I don’t understand why it’s not in English,” Mother Debbie is worried. “How do they expect people to go there? Do they even have maps? What about numbers? Do they use those funny symbols you see in caves? What time is Wheel of Fortune on there?”
Paul: Do you have an opening for a son, by any chance? I promise I’ll never leave. Ever.
Mother Debbie: Well I’m going to have to ask Colt. Until I do you can have this spare change I cut out of his pants, and caught in my mouth while clinging to his ankles. That’s why he wears shorts now. I don’t think that’s fair to me.
Debbie is concerned that Jess is another Larissa, and fears Colt will make the same decisions all over again. “If I tell you I have a bad feeling, will you listen to me?” She pleads with Colt.
“I don’t know,” Colt waffles. “You usually have a bad feeling about the women I’m dating by the third date.”
“The second date. Then I press my face into the glass of their bedroom windows until it leaves a grease print, and I come back again and again, until I am the bad feeling, imprinted FOREVER. You should probably never date anyone again.”
Colt just continues to pile the clothes Debbie folded into his Mary Poppins suitcase, while her anxiety forms a cloud around him.
“People at home are saying for God’s sake lady, let him live his life,” Debbie tells the producers. Yes, we are saying this. “Well, no.” This woman knows herself!
After a lengthy flight that I’m sure was peppered with stunning observations like, “well these peanuts are little” and “the sun sure is hot!” Colt is starting to worry that his mom tagging along wasn’t the best idea. She notes the Panda Express at the airport, and is relieved to see you can be disappointed anywhere in the world.
Jess is a bit uneasy as she awaits the arrival of Colt and his mother, because she’s thinking about Larissa’s warnings. She says she’s going to keep that conversation from Colt, because they agreed not to talk about it until the reunion.
They deplane, and Jess happily embraces Colt. Debbie is exactly as warm and welcoming as you’d expect, as she describes Jess as “voluptuous” which makes her think of sex, so the jealousy fertilizes her egg of rage. After both Colt and Jess assure viewers and Debbie that they eagerly anticipate sex that is sexy, and also sex with sexual sexiness, they get into an Uber for the hotel, and start tossing out hypothetical baby names. Debbie doesn’t understand why Colt never considered her ability to mother again. Hell she toted colt for 18 months, give or take, and breast fed him till 25. Now she’s getting left out? Unfair.
“I still change his diapers and fold his underwear in the cutest little squares,” Debbie spurts. “Then I warm them in my mouth and rewrite his name on the waistband with a sharpie when my drool fades the original name away. Sometime I blow them dry after he puts them back on. What are we talking about?”
Jess is all of us: “I think it’s weird that Debbie is here. It’s my vacation, and it’s better me and Colt alone.”
“Yes, those are alarme bells,” Larissa coaches. “They go a ding a ding a ding. Debbie is under bed right now-e. Also, do not eat the beef stew.”
Jess and Colt share a series of gerbil kisses right in front of first wife Debbie, and she has not consented to the triad. It burns her face, and she tries to wipe it away, but nope: it’s still her face. She thinks Jess is trying to talk him into being an adult, when he’s perfectly fine as a permanent 14 year old boy.
“I’m really sick,” Debbie declares. “And not manipulative at all.”
Hoping for an orgy, Colt only reserved one hotel room, and Debbie DGAF, she just needs to sleep. Jess starts pressing her about how she slept in Vegas or something, and this reminds me of a dog cornering a skunk, then barking at it. Debbie says you either let her sleep for ten minutes or take her to a hospital in 30 minutes, GODDAMMIT. I’M REALLY SICK. Then Jess says Debbie is rude, and while this is true, dude, you were barking at a skunk.
Tania is taking her scrutiny of Syngin on the road to a nice looking nail salon, thanks to friend Monique. Let’s all take a moment to reminisce about way back in the day, when we would dunk out feet in water and trust a stranger’s hands to soften our heels with a cheese grater before wrapping them in plastic bags full of wax. Good times. Anyway, Monique is acutely aware of what a giant pain in the ass Tania is, and points out that not only did they just get married, but now he has to wait on Tania hand and foot, so the “for worst” part of their wedding vows arrived a little early.
“He doesn’t wait on me hand and foot,” Tania corrects. “He just carries me around the apartment on his back, between bathing me and making me breakfast, and looking for a job. Yes, I have a crutch, what?”
Since expressing gratitude for his service can’t happen, Tania fixates on what she now describes as a drinking problem, while continuing to drink herself. She says he can work now and has been hunting for a job, but pickings are slim for a bartender who can’t pour a Guinness. The manicurist looks up periodically to make sure she’s actually on television.
Syngin has been waiting for his next chance to play the “you’re not my soul mate” card, and that moment is now. He’s beginning to piece together that he’s going to spend the next six months waiting for her foot to heal, then the six months after that watching her fill out disability forms for the instant arthritis that activated the minute she put a boot on. Then they’ll need another six months to save up money, then oh look, she’s pregnant, so maybe another 18 years in CT, with Syngin carrying Tania and all the babies from room to room like a possum. Plus, he didn’t get married to get married, he got married because the K1 left him without options.
Tania says she’s ready to make a one-to-three year plan, which sounds like something she does before blowing it off for a trip to Costa Rica, at which point it becomes a to-do list for the left behind. But Syngin? Now that he’s married, Syngin doesn’t know if he’s ready to be a husband, or to be burdened by children, and yes, men on this show never understand a biological clock, and Tania should start talking to her male friends about sperm donation now.
“I don’t know if I want to stay in a country that leaves you with a mountain of debt from a routine surgery,” Syngin doesn’t say at all. “I mean, my liver is going to fail sometime in the next ten years, and I’d like to be prepared.”
Tania is concerned that this is the first time she’s hearing that he’s uninterested in remaining in America. Syngin insists he doesn’t want to raise children here or send them to school here, and Tania makes her case with, “BUT I TURNED OUT FINE.” You know it’s true when someone shouts it.
Toddler Aseulu somehow impregnated Kalani twice before his balls dropped. Last night he shoved all his Batman comics and Lunchables into his Hot Wheels suitcase, and dragged it all the way to the bus where he asked for a one-way ticket to outer space, like the man of the house. Kalani reports that after he stormed away he sent her a series of riddles and a treasure map to help her pinpoint his location and be away from her children and family as long as possible. Kalani said tell me where the fuck you are, my dude, because it’s your son’s birthday, and Oliver shouldn’t wonder where his dad is when they all live in the same house. Asuelu agrees to return, but just to play video games and sulk, MOM.
Kolini and Low arrive for the party, and they ask where Asuelu is, and Kalani says that he “came back” when they don’t yet know the story of his leaving. Low asks for more information, and gets the details of their car ride, save for the whole “lying bitch” part. Low agrees to keep it cool since it’s Oliver’s birthday and he’s capable of thinking of others, but he’s going to go ahead and polish up his ass-kicking shoes so they’re ready to be taken for a walk. Kalani wastes her time checking on Asuelu to try to coax him away from his video games and into adulthood, by promising he can eat all the hotdogs he wants, before resuming efforts to arrange a party for her son, by herself. Teenagers, amirite?
Later on the party is happening, and Oliver is driving a remote control car all around the rental property. One of Kalani’s friends asks where Asuelu is, and Kalani says he’s stretching out his butthole in preparation for Low’s foot. She again says she’s going to check on him again, which is two times more than she should have indulged this shit, and he again says he doesn’t want to talk to anybody and is going to stay in his fort ALONE, MOM.
“It’s like talking to a four year-old,” Kalani tells Kolini when she returns, which isn’t fair, because even a four year-old would come out for cake.
As the party goes on, Low is not impressed. “The Samoan way, it would be my hands speaking my words,” Low explains. But he agreed to be nice (for now) because cameras are rolling, and that’s too much evidence for a lawsuit.
“This is why I said I’m the dad,” Kolini adds. “I mean, did you see his reference to his boo hole last season? Jesus Christ. She has two babies sucking the life out of her, and now she has a husband sucking the life out of her.” Then Kolini strikes a match on a gold filling to announce her status as keeper of the flame.
Eager to do the bare minimum, Aseulu finally opens the door and comes out. Kalani’s expression rotates between walking on eggshells and being psychically exhausted. When the party ends, Kalani asks if there’s anything he wants to say to her, and Asuelu asks why the word ‘house’ has an ‘ow’ in the middle. Kalani wrongly thought an apology might be directed her way. Nah. The plan is to maintain the tantrum until she demands that he go to Samoa alone, like the man of the house.
Is anyone on this show not dating a man-baby? Save us, Angela, save us! She’s getting ready to take off for Nigeria, and her friend Amy is going to help her out by taking care of her mother and the kids while she’s gone. We learn so much about Angela by the circle around her, which is huge and honest and loyal. Before walking out the door she fusses over her mother one last time, asks if she’s wet, which only further illuminates how much caretaking Angela does.
“Got any last minute advice?” She asks her mother as she readies to depart.
“Just go and get married, whatever,” Mother Angela says, and I need this embroidered on a pillow.
After her plane lands, Angela hunts down her MeMaw gear in baggage claim, and finally spies it thanks to some sticker decorations. Michael is waiting for her, wearing his Angela nameplate necklace. They warmly embrace, and it’s all happy and shit.
Michael and Angela are going to test drive living together by sharing an apartment. She walks in with a few compliments about the place, before the producers step in to ask if she can isolate something to complain about for fuck’s sake. Angela says I’ve got you, and declares she’s not sleeping in the bed, because it’s “hard as an erection.” Then she notices a dead rat in a trap, and Michael seizes the opportunity to chase her with it. This is one of the most relationship-like gestures in this series in a long time, and a reminder of how rarely we see a couple enjoying each other. More of this, please!
Libby will soon be studied in psychology classes as an example of total passive-aggression, while her husband will be offered up as exhibit A: the long term effects of bad romantic decisions. Mother Andrei has prepared a full afternoon spread my grandmother assures me is required of all Eastern European women, while Libby cuts up bananas and an avocados for homemade baby food for Eleanor. They’re both frustrated by the language barrier, but Andrei can’t be bothered to translate, because he’s showing everyone pictures of monster trucks and guns, and also his dick, like the head of the household.
Once they sit down Libby starts mining for a complaint, asking if Mother Andrei ever feels tired. His mother starts to say “of course” but Andrei cuts her off, insisting she says there’s “no room for tired” because she loves working a thankless second shift so that men can stand in a circle and scratch their balls. Libby thinks this might be a dig at her not working hard enough, and Andrei says Moldovans are more energized. This seems a great time to remind him that he doesn’t have a job, and Andrei wants to know if she’s trying to insult him, and insists she shouldn’t insult him in front of the family. Why, you ask? “Over there you listen, and here you listen double.” She falls silent in response, in a human recreation of the flaming apartment “this is fine” meme.
“I don’t know why he’s acting like the chauvinistic alpha male,” Libby says. Honey, he’s not acting.
Later, they head to meet Andrei’s fellow meatheads for beers. Libby is worried she’s going to be left out because of the language barrier, and asks if she “is just going to sit there” during this meeting. Passive-aggression to English translator: My Moldovan is pretty limited, so if you could remind folks of the language barrier and include me, I’d appreciate it. Andrei asks if this is some kind of feminism happening, and when Libby assures him she’s still a doormat and would be even if she called herself a feminist, he says, “What do you want? A podium to speak?” Podiums don’t speak, Andrei. Not without years of training.
In case anyone forgot, Andrei wants to be considered “the man of the house” without fulfilling his formulaic gender destiny, and yes, Libby is just as backwards as he is.
“It’s not that I have a problem with gendered expectations,” she explains. “It’s that I can’t fulfill mine while I’m busy fulfilling his.”
His friends immediately needle him about not working, and he says that yes, he’s a housewife, and his friend says he used to be a hard worker, and now he’s just working hard to piss Libby off.
“I work,” Andrei clarifies. “I hung television. And I’m going to still be the man of the house, and I’m still going to make the decisions for the family. Like I’m going to decide what we spend Libby’s father’s money on, and when Libby will ask for more. I will also schedule crying.”
Libby buddies up with the two other women at the party, and they ask why her family doesn’t like Andrei. She says that they think he’s rude, mean, lazy, and controlling. Libby asks if more Moldovan men are like that, and the response is yes. Nicely done, ladies. Your male population is secure. Libby also says that her sister Jen is loud and doesn’t care what others think, so she might offend someone, and she’s not going to bite her tongue. For the record, Libby thinks “biting her tongue” is bringing up what she means days after the conversation is over, and Andrei thinks if he wears his balls outside of his pants, his friends won’t call him a pussy for not having a job. Later they drive home and she asks if he had fun, and he asks if she got what she needed, before declaring that Jen might sleep in the basement if she offends someone, along with the blanket he made out of Libby’s self esteem.
Karine is attempting to change Pierre’s diaper, while Paul hovers at her elbow and tells her not to forget to wash his balls. This is some of Paul’s finest work. Then Paul hovers some more to repeatedly ask if Pierre’s hungry before she even has her tit out, and needlessly put a drape over her breast feeding, because to Paul that’s probably cheating, or the fast track to an STD. He pesters Karine to go get something to eat with his mom, which is really just a means of asking for money with grandchild leverage, since his full financial plan is asking his mother for help. Karine knows this is her only chance to escape, so he’s going to have to take that dinner alone.
Mother Paul is disappointed to see just her son, and says she wouldn’t have come if she knew that Karine and Pierre weren’t coming. Damn, the magic of that gifted hair lock must have faded. He tries to make Karine’s absence about invented offense related to her inability to use the bathroom at Paul’s mom’s house, but Mother Paul knows her crotch fruit is rotten. Paul insists he’s in trouble and on edge, as opposed to how relaxed he is the rest of the time, and tells his mom he needs a little financial support, because of course he does.
“It seems like he never gets his feet on the ground, or his head out of his ass,” Mother Paul states. She tells Paul that he should have some pride, and do it on his own. She says no, and tells him that he should have planned ahead. She’ll babysit, but she doesn’t think it’s fair using a baby to get what you want.
Asuelu: Have you tried becoming the baby?
Paul: I don’t want to ask you for any help, while I’m asking you for help. Remember how you really, really wanted us to come here?
Mother Paul: I pray for you a lot.
Later on Paul wears his trusty bulletproof backpack to the grocery store, because he never knows when he might run into himself. While Karine notes that this is, in fact, a grocery store, she’s unimpressed with Paul’s economic plan to buy more than you need, because savings. This is a great option for people not trying to squeeze milk from a nickel, but not for this destitute duo. Karine insists that $2 is less than $5, but Paul is not to be dissuaded. Since Karine hasn’t already tried to crawl underneath the floorboards, Paul takes command of the feminine hygiene aisle, demanding to know her preferred thickness and underwear adhesive. Karine begs him to stop, while Paul reflects that he knows there’s pearls, and there’s diamonds, and a whole range of flavors (except banana), that go in all kinds of holes. He’ll suss this out with the pharmacist. How is there not footage of Paul and the pharmacist?
“It’s beautiful, isn’t it?” For fuck’s sake, Paul.
Did Paul ask for a job application on the way out? No he did not.
Then they go house hunting, with Karine looking for her next husband on her phone, while Paul hunts for a rental agreement for a convicted felon with no job. They meet with a property manager, and Paul asks if they have anything four steps down from a tarp and two trees. She shows them “one of my redos yourself” that are sold as-is, which is something salvaged from the tornado fields of Xenia, Ohio. Karine hands down a firm veto, so they see a second mobile home, which is just as claustrophobic as the last one. Paul learns about the $500 lot rent they’d be surrendering, and wants to know if he can put in notice that it’s gonna be late now, or should he wait?
Karine got sold a bill of goods that life in the US of A would be better, and instead she’s lost family support, and stands to be crammed into an even smaller home.
“You no good husband,” she says, while asking the producers if she can get paid directly this round, because airfare back to Brazil is expensive.
Next week: Larissa spare changes for boobs, Syngin tries to escape service to Tania, Andrei continues to be Andrei, Debbie tells Jess that Colt can warm himself in her womb again anytime he needs to, Low threatens Asuelu some more, and Michael has a stunningly bad idea.
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2020.07.14 02:20 fractalfay My hands speaking my words: recap of Happily Ever After S05E05

The struggle to select a single quote that captures the essence of an episode has never felt more real. From Debbie finally celebrating her inner Lady MacBeth, to Low finding a more eloquent way to say “I hate Othello,” this episode is 90DF Shakespeare. Hey nonny nonny.
In a moment of zero suspense, Larissa walks into the immigration office, and then walks right back out. That’s right, friends: those shots of her in the rest of the season aren’t holograms. She tells her friend that they took something like a mug shot, and “then she took the finger.” That Clue game always gets so weird after this turn.
Later on Larissa meets up with Eric, to ask if they can have a fake reunion to match their fake breakup from their fake relationship, and Eric asks if he can use that “ash in the wind” line he was saving for the next time he wrote a country song. Larissa says fine.
During their conversation we learn that Larissa broke up with Eric via text. Then people started harassing her online, calling “my butt cheesy butt,” and Larissa decided this must be Eric and filed a police report on him. That must have been amazing paperwork.
“Ma’am, just following up on a report you submitted. You’re on…instagram, is that right? Now the instagram, is that the internet? Okay, okay, just making sure. So, do you feel unsafe on the internets after this ‘cheesy butt’ threat that you received? And you have reason to believe that Eric is responsible for this ass slander? Does he have special knowledge of your butt cheese, ma’am?”
She and Eric still have issues, and they’re not afraid to exaggerate them for the next six or so episodes, while mining for something more interesting than “cheap” to butt heads about. That should carry them to the point in the narrative where Jess contacts Larissa to tell her that she was right.
Speaking of Debbie, she’s never left the country before, because the weight limit for checked baggage prevents her from taking Colt and her slot machine. Still, she’s eager to see what their Walmart is like, because there’s nothing more exciting than seeing the same thing you have at home, but elsewhere.
“That’s interesting,” Paul interjects. “Have you heard of this place called a ‘grocery store’? Karine says they have them in Brazil, but I didn’t pay attention to the food because it wasn’t in English.”
“Well I don’t understand why it’s not in English,” Mother Debbie is worried. “How do they expect people to go there? Do they even have maps? What about numbers? Do they use those funny symbols you see in caves? What time is Wheel of Fortune on there?”
Paul: Do you have an opening for a son, by any chance? I promise I’ll never leave. Ever.
Mother Debbie: Well I’m going to have to ask Colt. Until I do you can have this spare change I cut out of his pants, and caught in my mouth while clinging to his ankles. That’s why he wears shorts now. I don’t think that’s fair to me.
Debbie is concerned that Jess is another Larissa, and fears Colt will make the same decisions all over again. “If I tell you I have a bad feeling, will you listen to me?” She pleads with Colt.
“I don’t know,” Colt waffles. “You usually have a bad feeling about the women I’m dating by the third date.”
“The second date. Then I press my face into the glass of their bedroom windows until it leaves a grease print, and I come back again and again, until I am the bad feeling, imprinted FOREVER. You should probably never date anyone again.”
Colt just continues to pile the clothes Debbie folded into his Mary Poppins suitcase, while her anxiety forms a cloud around him.
“People at home are saying for God’s sake lady, let him live his life,” Debbie tells the producers. Yes, we are saying this. “Well, no.” This woman knows herself!
After a lengthy flight that I’m sure was peppered with stunning observations like, “well these peanuts are little” and “the sun sure is hot!” Colt is starting to worry that his mom tagging along wasn’t the best idea. She notes the Panda Express at the airport, and is relieved to see you can be disappointed anywhere in the world.
Jess is a bit uneasy as she awaits the arrival of Colt and his mother, because she’s thinking about Larissa’s warnings. She says she’s going to keep that conversation from Colt, because they agreed not to talk about it until the reunion.
They deplane, and Jess happily embraces Colt. Debbie is exactly as warm and welcoming as you’d expect, as she describes Jess as “voluptuous” which makes her think of sex, so the jealousy fertilizes her egg of rage. After both Colt and Jess assure viewers and Debbie that they eagerly anticipate sex that is sexy, and also sex with sexual sexiness, they get into an Uber for the hotel, and start tossing out hypothetical baby names. Debbie doesn’t understand why Colt never considered her ability to mother again. Hell she toted colt for 18 months, give or take, and breast fed him till 25. Now she’s getting left out? Unfair.
“I still change his diapers and fold his underwear in the cutest little squares,” Debbie spurts. “Then I warm them in my mouth and rewrite his name on the waistband with a sharpie when my drool fades the original name away. Sometime I blow them dry after he puts them back on. What are we talking about?”
Jess is all of us: “I think it’s weird that Debbie is here. It’s my vacation, and it’s better me and Colt alone.”
“Yes, those are alarme bells,” Larissa coaches. “They go a ding a ding a ding. Debbie is under bed right now-e. Also, do not eat the beef stew.”
Jess and Colt share a series of gerbil kisses right in front of first wife Debbie, and she has not consented to the triad. It burns her face, and she tries to wipe it away, but nope: it’s still her face. She thinks Jess is trying to talk him into being an adult, when he’s perfectly fine as a permanent 14 year old boy.
“I’m really sick,” Debbie declares. “And not manipulative at all.”
Hoping for an orgy, Colt only reserved one hotel room, and Debbie DGAF, she just needs to sleep. Jess starts pressing her about how she slept in Vegas or something, and this reminds me of a dog cornering a skunk, then barking at it. Debbie says you either let her sleep for ten minutes or take her to a hospital in 30 minutes, GODDAMMIT. I’M REALLY SICK. Then Jess says Debbie is rude, and while this is true, dude, you were barking at a skunk.
Tania is taking her scrutiny of Syngin on the road to a nice looking nail salon, thanks to friend Monique. Let’s all take a moment to reminisce about way back in the day, when we would dunk out feet in water and trust a stranger’s hands to soften our heels with a cheese grater before wrapping them in plastic bags full of wax. Good times. Anyway, Monique is acutely aware of what a giant pain in the ass Tania is, and points out that not only did they just get married, but now he has to wait on Tania hand and foot, so the “for worst” part of their wedding vows arrived a little early.
“He doesn’t wait on me hand and foot,” Tania corrects. “He just carries me around the apartment on his back, between bathing me and making me breakfast, and looking for a job. Yes, I have a crutch, what?”
Since expressing gratitude for his service can’t happen, Tania fixates on what she now describes as a drinking problem, while continuing to drink herself. She says he can work now and has been hunting for a job, but pickings are slim for a bartender who can’t pour a Guinness. The manicurist looks up periodically to make sure she’s actually on television.
Syngin has been waiting for his next chance to play the “you’re not my soul mate” card, and that moment is now. He’s beginning to piece together that he’s going to spend the next six months waiting for her foot to heal, then the six months after that watching her fill out disability forms for the instant arthritis that activated the minute she put a boot on. Then they’ll need another six months to save up money, then oh look, she’s pregnant, so maybe another 18 years in CT, with Syngin carrying Tania and all the babies from room to room like a possum. Plus, he didn’t get married to get married, he got married because the K1 left him without options.
Tania says she’s ready to make a one-to-three year plan, which sounds like something she does before blowing it off for a trip to Costa Rica, at which point it becomes a to-do list for the left behind. But Syngin? Now that he’s married, Syngin doesn’t know if he’s ready to be a husband, or to be burdened by children, and yes, men on this show never understand a biological clock, and Tania should start talking to her male friends about sperm donation now.
“I don’t know if I want to stay in a country that leaves you with a mountain of debt from a routine surgery,” Syngin doesn’t say at all. “I mean, my liver is going to fail sometime in the next ten years, and I’d like to be prepared.”
Tania is concerned that this is the first time she’s hearing that he’s uninterested in remaining in America. Syngin insists he doesn’t want to raise children here or send them to school here, and Tania makes her case with, “BUT I TURNED OUT FINE.” You know it’s true when someone shouts it.
Toddler Aseulu somehow impregnated Kalani twice before his balls dropped. Last night he shoved all his Batman comics and Lunchables into his Hot Wheels suitcase, and dragged it all the way to the bus where he asked for a one-way ticket to outer space, like the man of the house. Kalani reports that after he stormed away he sent her a series of riddles and a treasure map to help her pinpoint his location and be away from her children and family as long as possible. Kalani said tell me where the fuck you are, my dude, because it’s your son’s birthday, and Oliver shouldn’t wonder where his dad is when they all live in the same house. Asuelu agrees to return, but just to play video games and sulk, MOM.
Kolini and Low arrive for the party, and they ask where Asuelu is, and Kalani says that he “came back” when they don’t yet know the story of his leaving. Low asks for more information, and gets the details of their car ride, save for the whole “lying bitch” part. Low agrees to keep it cool since it’s Oliver’s birthday and he’s capable of thinking of others, but he’s going to go ahead and polish up his ass-kicking shoes so they’re ready to be taken for a walk. Kalani wastes her time checking on Asuelu to try to coax him away from his video games and into adulthood, by promising he can eat all the hotdogs he wants, before resuming efforts to arrange a party for her son, by herself. Teenagers, amirite?
Later on the party is happening, and Oliver is driving a remote control car all around the rental property. One of Kalani’s friends asks where Asuelu is, and Kalani says he’s stretching out his butthole in preparation for Low’s foot. She again says she’s going to check on him again, which is two times more than she should have indulged this shit, and he again says he doesn’t want to talk to anybody and is going to stay in his fort ALONE, MOM.
“It’s like talking to a four year-old,” Kalani tells Kolini when she returns, which isn’t fair, because even a four year-old would come out for cake.
As the party goes on, Low is not impressed. “The Samoan way, it would be my hands speaking my words,” Low explains. But he agreed to be nice (for now) because cameras are rolling, and that’s too much evidence for a lawsuit.
“This is why I said I’m the dad,” Kolini adds. “I mean, did you see his reference to his boo hole last season? Jesus Christ. She has two babies sucking the life out of her, and now she has a husband sucking the life out of her.” Then Kolini strikes a match on a gold filling to announce her status as keeper of the flame.
Eager to do the bare minimum, Aseulu finally opens the door and comes out. Kalani’s expression rotates between walking on eggshells and being psychically exhausted. When the party ends, Kalani asks if there’s anything he wants to say to her, and Asuelu asks why the word ‘house’ has an ‘ow’ in the middle. Kalani wrongly thought an apology might be directed her way. Nah. The plan is to maintain the tantrum until she demands that he go to Samoa alone, like the man of the house.
Is anyone on this show not dating a man-baby? Save us, Angela, save us! She’s getting ready to take off for Nigeria, and her friend Amy is going to help her out by taking care of her mother and the kids while she’s gone. We learn so much about Angela by the circle around her, which is huge and honest and loyal. Before walking out the door she fusses over her mother one last time, asks if she’s wet, which only further illuminates how much caretaking Angela does.
“Got any last minute advice?” She asks her mother as she readies to depart.
“Just go and get married, whatever,” Mother Angela says, and I need this embroidered on a pillow.
After her plane lands, Angela hunts down her MeMaw gear in baggage claim, and finally spies it thanks to some sticker decorations. Michael is waiting for her, wearing his Angela nameplate necklace. They warmly embrace, and it’s all happy and shit.
Michael and Angela are going to test drive living together by sharing an apartment. She walks in with a few compliments about the place, before the producers step in to ask if she can isolate something to complain about for fuck’s sake. Angela says I’ve got you, and declares she’s not sleeping in the bed, because it’s “hard as an erection.” Then she notices a dead rat in a trap, and Michael seizes the opportunity to chase her with it. This is one of the most relationship-like gestures in this series in a long time, and a reminder of how rarely we see a couple enjoying each other. More of this, please!
Libby will soon be studied in psychology classes as an example of total passive-aggression, while her husband will be offered up as exhibit A: the long term effects of bad romantic decisions. Mother Andrei has prepared a full afternoon spread my grandmother assures me is required of all Eastern European women, while Libby cuts up bananas and an avocados for homemade baby food for Eleanor. They’re both frustrated by the language barrier, but Andrei can’t be bothered to translate, because he’s showing everyone pictures of monster trucks and guns, and also his dick, like the head of the household.
Once they sit down Libby starts mining for a complaint, asking if Mother Andrei ever feels tired. His mother starts to say “of course” but Andrei cuts her off, insisting she says there’s “no room for tired” because she loves working a thankless second shift so that men can stand in a circle and scratch their balls. Libby thinks this might be a dig at her not working hard enough, and Andrei says Moldovans are more energized. This seems a great time to remind him that he doesn’t have a job, and Andrei wants to know if she’s trying to insult him, and insists she shouldn’t insult him in front of the family. Why, you ask? “Over there you listen, and here you listen double.” She falls silent in response, in a human recreation of the flaming apartment “this is fine” meme.
“I don’t know why he’s acting like the chauvinistic alpha male,” Libby says. Honey, he’s not acting.
Later, they head to meet Andrei’s fellow meatheads for beers. Libby is worried she’s going to be left out because of the language barrier, and asks if she “is just going to sit there” during this meeting. Passive-aggression to English translator: My Moldovan is pretty limited, so if you could remind folks of the language barrier and include me, I’d appreciate it. Andrei asks if this is some kind of feminism happening, and when Libby assures him she’s still a doormat and would be even if she called herself a feminist, he says, “What do you want? A podium to speak?” Podiums don’t speak, Andrei. Not without years of training.
In case anyone forgot, Andrei wants to be considered “the man of the house” without fulfilling his formulaic gender destiny, and yes, Libby is just as backwards as he is.
“It’s not that I have a problem with gendered expectations,” she explains. “It’s that I can’t fulfill mine while I’m busy fulfilling his.”
His friends immediately needle him about not working, and he says that yes, he’s a housewife, and his friend says he used to be a hard worker, and now he’s just working hard to piss Libby off.
“I work,” Andrei clarifies. “I hung television. And I’m going to still be the man of the house, and I’m still going to make the decisions for the family. Like I’m going to decide what we spend Libby’s father’s money on, and when Libby will ask for more. I will also schedule crying.”
Libby buddies up with the two other women at the party, and they ask why her family doesn’t like Andrei. She says that they think he’s rude, mean, lazy, and controlling. Libby asks if more Moldovan men are like that, and the response is yes. Nicely done, ladies. Your male population is secure. Libby also says that her sister Jen is loud and doesn’t care what others think, so she might offend someone, and she’s not going to bite her tongue. For the record, Libby thinks “biting her tongue” is bringing up what she means days after the conversation is over, and Andrei thinks if he wears his balls outside of his pants, his friends won’t call him a pussy for not having a job. Later they drive home and she asks if he had fun, and he asks if she got what she needed, before declaring that Jen might sleep in the basement if she offends someone, along with the blanket he made out of Libby’s self esteem.
Karine is attempting to change Pierre’s diaper, while Paul hovers at her elbow and tells her not to forget to wash his balls. This is some of Paul’s finest work. Then Paul hovers some more to repeatedly ask if Pierre’s hungry before she even has her tit out, and needlessly put a drape over her breast feeding, because to Paul that’s probably cheating, or the fast track to an STD. He pesters Karine to go get something to eat with his mom, which is really just a means of asking for money with grandchild leverage, since his full financial plan is asking his mother for help. Karine knows this is her only chance to escape, so he’s going to have to take that dinner alone.
Mother Paul is disappointed to see just her son, and says she wouldn’t have come if she knew that Karine and Pierre weren’t coming. Damn, the magic of that gifted hair lock must have faded. He tries to make Karine’s absence about invented offense related to her inability to use the bathroom at Paul’s mom’s house, but Mother Paul knows her crotch fruit is rotten. Paul insists he’s in trouble and on edge, as opposed to how relaxed he is the rest of the time, and tells his mom he needs a little financial support, because of course he does.
“It seems like he never gets his feet on the ground, or his head out of his ass,” Mother Paul states. She tells Paul that he should have some pride, and do it on his own. She says no, and tells him that he should have planned ahead. She’ll babysit, but she doesn’t think it’s fair using a baby to get what you want.
Asuelu: Have you tried becoming the baby?
Paul: I don’t want to ask you for any help, while I’m asking you for help. Remember how you really, really wanted us to come here?
Mother Paul: I pray for you a lot.
Later on Paul wears his trusty bulletproof backpack to the grocery store, because he never knows when he might run into himself. While Karine notes that this is, in fact, a grocery store, she’s unimpressed with Paul’s economic plan to buy more than you need, because savings. This is a great option for people not trying to squeeze milk from a nickel, but not for this destitute duo. Karine insists that $2 is less than $5, but Paul is not to be dissuaded. Since Karine hasn’t already tried to crawl underneath the floorboards, Paul takes command of the feminine hygiene aisle, demanding to know her preferred thickness and underwear adhesive. Karine begs him to stop, while Paul reflects that he knows there’s pearls, and there’s diamonds, and a whole range of flavors (except banana), that go in all kinds of holes. He’ll suss this out with the pharmacist. How is there not footage of Paul and the pharmacist?
“It’s beautiful, isn’t it?” For fuck’s sake, Paul.
Did Paul ask for a job application on the way out? No he did not.
Then they go house hunting, with Karine looking for her next husband on her phone, while Paul hunts for a rental agreement for a convicted felon with no job. They meet with a property manager, and Paul asks if they have anything four steps down from a tarp and two trees. She shows them “one of my redos yourself” that are sold as-is, which is something salvaged from the tornado fields of Xenia, Ohio. Karine hands down a firm veto, so they see a second mobile home, which is just as claustrophobic as the last one. Paul learns about the $500 lot rent they’d be surrendering, and wants to know if he can put in notice that it’s gonna be late now, or should he wait?
Karine got sold a bill of goods that life in the US of A would be better, and instead she’s lost family support, and stands to be crammed into an even smaller home.
“You no good husband,” she says, while asking the producers if she can get paid directly this round, because airfare back to Brazil is expensive.
Next week: Larissa spare changes for boobs, Syngin tries to escape service to Tania, Andrei continues to be Andrei, Debbie tells Jess that Colt can warm himself in her womb again anytime he needs to, Low threatens Asuelu some more, and Michael has a stunningly bad idea.
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2020.05.14 21:01 portlane Curtis McLaughlin (Feb. 14, 1956 - April 30, 2020)

Curtis Alan McLaughlin
Feb. 14, 1956 - April 30, 2020
Curtis Alan McLaughlin passed peacefully in his home Thursday, April 30, 2020, after a battle with prostate cancer.
Curtis was born in Portland, but the family relocated to Milwaukie, Ore., in 1964 where he was raised along with his older brother and sister. Curtis graduated from Milwaukie High School and then joined the Air Force, where he began his career as an Air Traffic Controller. In September 1975, Curtis married Barbara Whitmore, his high school sweetheart. Barbara and Curtis had three children together and also took on the responsibility of raising their three nieces.
As an Air Traffic Controller, the family lived in Dayton, Ohio, Union City, Calif., and finally back in Milwaukie, Ore. Curtis excelled in his career, but he always made time for the things he loved the most; tennis, singing with his group at church and, most importantly, his family. Curtis loved being a father and a grandfather and would do anything for them.
Curtis is survived by his wife, Barbara McLaughlin; his three children, Karen Bures, David McLaughlin, Laura Mullen; his five grandchildren, Aiden, Grant, Abby, Jackson and Kolten; his brother, Ken McLaughlin; and sister, Kathy Hatton.
Memorial gifts in Curtis' memory may be made to the Sacred Heart Catholic Church Building Fund. The memorial service will be held at a later date this summer.
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2020.05.09 22:11 mr_tyler_durden Notes and Highlights of Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear’s Live Update May 9, 2020

Notes and Highlights of Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear’s Live Update May 9, 2020
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2020.02.18 01:12 jonisantucho Oscars 2021: An inside look (like, really inside) to 50 possible contenders in the next awards race

Another Oscar ceremony happened, and we got our fair share of joy and disappointment. After Parasite surprised the world and took Best Picture, it seems like the game has changed for the awards race, now that non-English speaking films can actually fight and be recognized as well as classics as… Green Book. The Oscar race is still full of pain and glory, and even though the year has barely started, we have a bunch of movies that are fighting for air. And here’s 50 of them. Yes, I had some free time in my hands and this is a cool hobby, so I took the liberty to introduce most of the movies that will have Film Twitter entertained for the following 12 months. I say most, because there are always contenders who come out of nowhere later in the year, so this is the starter set. Here we go.
-Annette: Since Parasite’s road to the Oscars started at Cannes, it seems fair to talk about a movie that is circling a premiere in the world stage that is set in France. After delivering weird, indie classics like Mauvais Sang and Holy Motors (yes, the kind of movies that make you seem like a snob when you recommend them to people), Leos Carax is making his first movie spoken in the English language… and it has a musical screenplay written by the cult rock duo of Sparks. Recently robbed Adam Driver and previous Oscar winner Marion Cotillard sing in this tale of a stand-up comedian and a famous soprano singer who rise and fall in Los Angeles while their daughter is born with a special gift. It seems like a wild bet, but we already know that Carax is a master with musical moments, so this is one of the most intriguing question marks of the year.
-Ammonite: It’s time to talk narratives. On the one hand, we have Kate Winslet, a known name who hasn’t been very successful in the Oscar race since her Oscar win for The Reader over a decade ago (with the exception being her supporting performance in Steve Jobs, where she had a weird accent). On the other, we have Saoirse Ronan, a star on the rise who keeps collecting Oscar nominations, with 4 nods at the age of 25, including her fresh Best Actress loss for Little Women. What happens if we put them together in a drama set in the coasts of England during the 19th century where both of them fall for each other? That’s gonna be a winning formula if writedirector Francis Lee (who tackled queer romance in his acclaimed debut God’s Own Country) nails the Mary Anning story, and Neon (the distribution company founded three years ago that took Parasite to victory) is betting on it.
-Benedetta: We know the Paul Verhoeven story. After isolating himself from Hollywood for over a decade, he took Isabelle Huppert to an Oscar nominated performance with the controversial, sexy, dark and funny thriller Elle. Now, he’s back with another story that perks up the ears, because now he’s covering the life of Benedetta Carlini, a 17th-century lesbian nun who had religious and erotic visions. If you know Paul, you already can tell that this fits into his brand of horniness, and a possible Cannes premiere could tell us if this has something to carry itself to Oscar night.
-Blonde: With a short but impactful directorial credits list that takes us from Chopper, to The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford to Killing Them Softly, Andrew Dominik is back with a film about Marilyn Monroe, a woman who has transcended the ideas of fame and stardom, in ways that are glamorous and nightmarish at the same time. After failing to launch with Naomi Watts or Jessica Chastain,the rising Ana de Armas takes the lead in the retelling of Monroe’s troubled life based on Joyce Carol Oates’ novel, which is said to be covered in the screenplay as somewhat of a horror movie. We don’t know what that means yet, but Netflix is gonna push hard for this one, especially considering how the Academy loves throwing awards to stars playing previous stars, and that also can possibly include co-stars Bobby Cannavale and Adrien Brody.
-Breaking News in Yuba County: While he hasn’t gone back to the heights of his success achieved by the box office and award success of The Help (a movie that did not age well), Tate Taylor is still enjoying himself economically due to recent thrillers like The Girl on the Train and Ma. For his next movie, he’s made a dramedy that once again reunites him with Oscar winner Allison Janney, where she plays a woman who has to keep appearances and a hidden body when she catches her husband cheating on her, and then he dies of a heart attack. With a cast that also includes Mila Kunis, Regina Hall, Awkwafina, Samira Wiley, Wanda Sykes, Jimmi Simpson and Ellen Barkin, this could be a buzzy title later this year.
-C’mon C’mon: You may love or hate whatever Joaquin Phoenix did in Joker, but you can’t deny the benefit of playing the Crown Prince of Crime in an Oscar-winning performance. The blank check that you share with indie directors afterwards. Now that Joaquin’s cultural cachet is on the rise, Mike Mills gets to benefit with this drama that stars Phoenix and Gaby Hoffmann, with him playing an artist left to take care of his precocious young nephew as they forge an unexpected bond over a cross country trip. We only have to wonder if A24 will do better with this movie’s Oscar chances compared to 20th Century Women.
-Cherry: After killing half the universe and bringing them back with the highest grossing movie of all time, where do you go? For Joe and Anthony Russo, the answer is “away from the Marvel Cinematic Universe”. The Russo brothers are trying to distance themselves and prove that they have a voice without Kevin Feige behind them, with a crime drama that’s also different than their days when they directed You, Me and Dupree or episodes of Arrested Development and Community. To help them in the journey, they took Tom Holland (who also needs to distance himself from Spider-Man, lest he ends up stuck to the character in the audience’s eyes) to star in a crime drama based on former Army medic Nico Walker’s memoir about his days after Iraq, where the PTSD and an opioid addiction led him to start robbing banks.
-Da 5 Bloods: After bouncing back from a slump with the critical and commercial success of BlackKklansman, Spike Lee is cashing a Netflix check to tell the tale of four African American veterans who return to Vietnam to search for their fallen leader and some treasure. With a cast that includes Delroy Lindo, Clarke Peters, Isiah Whitlock Jr, Paul Walter Hauser and Chadwick Boseman, this sounds like an interesting combo, although we still should remember the last time that Spike tried his hand at a war movie, with the dull Miracle at St. Anna.
-Dune: If you are on Reddit, you probably know about the new film by movies’ new Messiah, Denis Villeneuve. While the epic sci-fi novel by Frank Herbert is getting a new chance in the multiplexes after that David Lynch movie that was forgotten by many, some are hoping that this will be the beginning of a new franchise (as seen by the release date of December 18, taking the spot of the usual Star Wars opening), and a return to the whole “remember when stuff like Return of the King or Fury Road were nominated for Best Picture?” question. Timothee Chalamet will be riding a lot of hope, and sandworm.
-Everybody’s Talking About Jamie: As you start to see, there are several musicals that are gonna be fighting for attention over the next year, and Annette was the first one. Now, we also have this adaptation of the hit West End production, that centers around a gay British teenager who dreams of becoming a drag queen and get his family and schoolmates to accept his sexuality. With a cast that mixes young unknowns, familiar Brits (Sharon Horgan, Sarah Lancashire and my boy Ralph Ineson) and the previously nominated legend that is Richard E. Grant (who is playing a former drag queen named Loco Chanelle), the creative team of the stage musical will jump to the big screen with the help of Fox Searchlight (sorry, just Searchlight), who has clear Oscar hopes with a release date right in the middle of awards heat, on October 23.
-Hillbilly Elegy: Even though the Parasite victory gave many people hope for a new Academy that stops recognizing stuff like previous winner Green Book… let’s be honest, the Academy will still look for movies like Green Book. This year, many people are turning their eyes towards Ron Howard’ adaptation of J.D. Vance’s memoir about his low income life in a poor rural community in Ohio, filled with drugs, violence and verbal abuse. If this sounds like white trash porn, it doesn’t help to know that Glenn Close, who has become the biggest living Oscar bridesmaid with seven nominations, will play a character called Mamaw. And if that sounds trashy, then you have to know that Amy Adams, who follows Glenn with six nominations, is playing her drug-addicted, careless daughter. I don’t want to call this “Oscar bait”, but it sure is tempting.
-I’m Thinking of Ending Things: After his stopmotion existential dramedy Anomalisa got him a Best Animated Feature nomination at the Oscars but at the same time bombed at the box office, Charlie Kaufman is getting the Netflix check. This time, he’s adapting the dark novel by Iain Reid, about a woman (Jessie Buckley, who is on the rise and took over the role after Brie Larson had to pass) who is taken by her boyfriend (Jesse Plemons) to meet his parents (Toni Collette and David Thewlis), in a trip that takes a turn for the worse. If Kaufman can deliver with this one, it will be a big contender.
-In the Heights: Yes, more musicals! This time, it’s time to talk about Lin-Manuel Miranda’s first Tony-winning musical, that was overshadowed because of his other small play about some treasury secretary. Now, his Broadway ensemble tale about life in a neighborhood in Washington Heights is jumping to the movie screen with Jon Chu at the helm, following the success of Crazy Rich Asians. This Latino tale mixes up-and-comers like Anthony Ramos (who comes straight from Hamilton and playing Lady Gaga’s friend in A Star is Born), names like Corey Hawkins and Jimmy Smits (who is pro bits), and Olga Merediz, who starred in the Broadway show as Abuela Claudia and who could be the early frontrunner for Best Supporting Actress, if Chu allows her to shine like she did onstage.
-Jesus Was My Homeboy: When looking at up-and-coming Black actors right now in Hollywood, two of the top names are Daniel Kaluuya and Lakeith Stanfield, who already appeared in the same movie in Get Out, which earned Kaluuya a Best Actor nomination. This time, they share the screen in Shaka King’s retelling of the story of Fred Hampton (Kaluuya), an activist and Black Panther leader… as well as the story of William O’Neal (Stanfield), the FBI agent sent by J. Edgar Hoover to infiltrate the party and arrest him. With the backing of Warner Bros, this will attempt to make an impact with a clash of actors that will have to fight with an August release date, not the ideal time to release an awards movie.
-King Richard: Starting with Suicide Squad, Will Smith has been trying to prove that he’s back and better than ever. Some attempts to get back to the top of the A-list (Aladdin, Bad Boys For Life) have worked, while others (Gemini Man, Spies in Disguise)... have not. But Will is still going, and now he’s going for his next prestige play as he plays Richard Williams, the coach and father of the tennis legends Venus and Serena, who pushed them to their full potential. While it’s weird that the father of the Williams sisters is getting a movie before them, it does sound like a meaty role for Smith, who has experience with Oscar notices with sports biopics because of what he did with Michael Mann in Ali. Let’s hope director Reinaldo Marcus Green can take him there too.
-Last Night in Soho: Every year, one or two directors who have a cool reputation end up in the Dolby Theatre, and 2020 could be the year of Edgar Wright. After delivering his first big box office hit with Baby Driver, the Brit is going back to London to tell a story in the realm of psychological horror, which has been supposedly inspired by classics like Don’t Look Now and Repulsion. With a premise that supposedly involves time travel and a cast that includes Anya-Taylor Joy, Thomasin McKenzie, Matt Smith and Diana Rigg, Wright (who also co-wrote this with Krysty Wilson-Cairns, who was just nominated for Best Original Screenplay for her work in 1917) is making a big swing.
-Let Them All Talk: Every year there’s more new streaming services, and that also means that there’s new players in the Oscar game. To secure subscribers to the new service, HBO Max has secured the rights to the next Steven Soderbergh movie, a comedy that stars Meryl Streep as a celebrated author that takes her friends (Candice Bergen, Dianne Wiest) and her nephew (Lucas Hedges, again) in a journey to find fun and come to terms with the past. The last time that Soderbergh and Streep worked together, the end result was the very disappointing The Laundromat. Let’s hope that this time everything works out.
-Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom: Now that Netflix got the deal to adapt August Wilson’s acclaimed plays with Denzel Washington’s production company, the next jump from the stage to the screen is a meaty one. Viola Davis is playing blues singer Ma Rainey in this tale of a heated recording session with her bandmates, her agent and her producer in 1927, with a cast that also includes Chadwick Boseman, Glynn Turman and Colman Domingo. The Tony nominated play talked about race, art and the intersection of the two, and it’s gonna be explosive to see that unfold on screen, even if director George C. Wolfe’s previous filmography isn’t very encouraging.
-Macbeth: In a shocking development, the Coen brothers are no more. Well, just this time. For the first time in his career, Joel Coen is making a movie without Ethan, and it’s a Shakespeare adaptation. Denzel Washington is playing the man who wants to be king of Scotland, and Frances McDormand is playing his Lady Macbeth. While this just started filming and it will be a race to finish it in time for competition in the awards race, the potential is there, and this project has everybody’s attention.
-Mank: After scoring 24 Oscar nominations and only winning 2 awards last Sunday, Netflix has to wonder what else must they do to get in the club that awards them. They tried with Cuarón, they tried with Scorsese, they tried with Baumbach, they tried with two Popes, and they still feel a barrier. Now, the big gamble for awards by the streamer in 2020 comes to us in the hands of David Fincher, who is basically their friend after the rest of Hollywood denied him (Disney dropped his 20,000 Leagues adaptation, HBO denied the US remake of Utopia, and Paramount drove World War Z 2 away from him). In his first movie since 2014’s Gone Girl, David will go black and white to tackle a script by his late father about the making of the classic of classics, Citizen Kane, with previous Oscar winner Gary Oldman playing the lead role of screenwriter Herman J. Mankiewicz. Will the Academy fall for the ultimate “power of da moviesshhh” story?
-Minari: Sundance can be hit or miss with the breakout films that try to make it to the Oscars. However, you can’t deny the waves made by A24 when they premiered Lee Isaac Chung’s new drama there, ending up winning the Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award in the US Dramatic Competition. If Parasite endeared Academy voters to Korean families, Steven Yeun hopes that the same thing happens with this story, where he plays a father in the ‘80s who suddenly decides to move his family to Arkansas to start a farm. Even though the reviews have been great, we must also remember that last year, A24 had in their hands The Farewell, another Sundance hit about an Asian family that ended up with no Oscar nominations. Let’s hope that this time, the Plan B influence (remember, that’s Brad Pitt’s production company, of Moonlight and 12 Years a Slave fame) makes a difference.
-Next Goal Wins: It’s a good time to be Taika Waititi. Why? Taika Waititi can do what he wants. He can direct a Thor movie, he can win an Oscar for writing a comedy set in WW2 about a Third Reich boy who has an Imaginary Hitler friend, or he can pop up in The Mandalorian as a droid. Taika keeps winning, and he wants more. Between his press tour for Jojo Rabbit and his return to the MCU, he quickly shot an adaptation of a great documentary about the disgraced national team of American Samoa, one of the worst football teams known to man, as they try to make the cut for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Everybody loves a good sports comedy, and Searchlight bets that we’ll enjoy this story led by Michael Fassbender as the new (and Dutch-American) coach in town who tries to shape the team for victory.
-News of the World: Seven years after their solid collaboration in Captain Phillips, Paul Greengrass and Tom Hanks reunite for more awards love in what seems to be Universal’s main attraction for the Oscars. This time, Hanks stars in a Western drama based on Paulette Jiles’ novel where he plays a traveling newsreader in the aftermath of the American Civil War who is tasked with reuniting an orphaned girl with her living relatives. With a Christmas release date, Universal is betting big in getting the same nomination boost that 1917 is enjoying right now, and the formula is promising.
-Nightmare Alley: Following his Best Picture and Best Director wins for The Shape of Water, everybody in Hollywood wondered what would Guillermo del Toro do next. Well, as Del Toro often does, a little bit of everything and nothing. Some projects moved (as his produced Pinocchio movie on Netflix, or his Death Stranding likeness cameo), others stalled and die (like his proposed Fantastic Voyage remake). But now he’s rolling on his next project, a new adaptation of the William Lindsay Gresham novel that already was a Tyrone Power film in 1947. This noir tale tells the story of a con man (Bradley Cooper) who teams up with a psychiatrist (Cate Blanchett) to trick people and win money, and how things get out of control. With a cast that also includes Toni Collette, Willem Dafoe, Rooney Mara and more, this could play well if it hits the right tone.
-Nomadland: There’s breakout years, and then there’s the amazing potential of Chloe Zhao’s 2020. On the one hand, after making Hollywood notice her skill with the gripping story of The Rider, she got the keys to the MCU kingdom to direct the next potential franchise of Kevin Feige, The Eternals. And just in case, she also has in her sleeve this indie drama that she wrote and directed beforehand, with two-time Oscar winner Frances McDormand playing a woman who, after losing everything in the Great Recession, embarks on a journey through the American West, living as a van-dwelling modern-day nomad. If Chloe nails these two films, it could be the one-two punch of the decade.
-One Night in Miami: Regina King is living her best life. Following her Oscar win for Best Supporting Actress in If Beale Street Could Talk and the success that came with her lead role in the Watchmen show on HBO, the actress is jumping to a new challenge: directing movies. For her big screen debut, she’s adapting Kemp Powers’ play that dramatizes a real meeting on February 25, 1964, between Muhammad Ali, Malcolm X, Sam Cooke and Jim Brown.
-Over the Moon: After earning praise and Oscar nominations with I Lost My Body and Klaus, Netflix will keep its bet on animated movies with a film directed by the legendary Glen Keane. Who? A classic Disney animator responsible for the design of characters like Ariel, the Beast, Aladdin, Pocahontas, Tarzan and more](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2jRkx2PNVr8), and who recently won an Oscar for Best Animated Short for Dear Basketball, which he co-directed with the late Kobe Bryant. Now, he brings us a musical adventure centered around a Chinese girl who builds a rocket ship and blasts off to the Moon in hopes of meeting a legendary Moon Goddess.
-Passing: It’s always interesting when an actor jumps behind the camera, and Rebecca Hall’s case is no exception. For her directorial debut, Hall chose to adapt Nella Larsen’s acclaimed novel set in Harlem in the 1920s, about two mixed race childhood friends (Ruth Negga and Tessa Thompson) who reunite in adulthood and become obsessed with one another's lives. With a premise that explores tough questions about race and sexuality, it looks like a tricky challenge for a first timer, but it would be more impressive if Hall manages to rise over the challenge.
-Prisoner 760: An interesting part of following the awards circuit is looking at when it's appropriate to talk about touchy subjects in recent history. I’m saying that because this next movie tells the real life tale of Mohamedou Ould Slahi (Tahar Rahim), a man who, despite not being charged or having a set trial, is held in custody at Guantanamo Bay, and turns towards a pair of lawyers (Jodie Foster and Shailene Woodley) to aid him. Based on the famous journal that the man wrote while he was being detained, the movie (that also counts with Benedict Cumberbatch) is directed by Kevin Macdonald who, a long time ago, helped Forest Whitaker win Best Actor for The Last King of Scotland. Could he get back in the race after almost 15 years of movies like State of Play?
-Raya and the Last Dragon: This year, Walt Disney Animation Studios’ bet for the Oscars is a fantasy tale set in a mysterious realm called Kumandra, where a warrior named Raya searches for the last dragon in the world. And that dragon has the voice of Awkwafina. Even though they missed out last Oscars when Frozen II got the cold shoulder by the Academy in Best Animated Feature, this premise looks interesting enough to merit a chance. One more thing: between last year’s Abominable, Over the Moon and this movie, there’s a clear connection of animated movies trying to appeal to Chinese sensibilities (and that sweet box office).
-Rebecca: It’s wild to think that the only time that Alfred Hitchcock made a film that won the Oscar for Best Picture was with 1940’s adaptation of Daphne du Maurier’s psychological thriller novel, more muted and conventional than his more known classics. Now, Ben Wheatley and Netflix are giving the Gothic story a new spin, with Lily James playing the newly married young woman who finds herself battling the shadow of her husband's (Armie Hammer) dead first wife, the mysterious Rebecca. The story is a classic, and we have to see how much weird Wheatley stuff is in the mix.
-Red, White and Water: Between 2011 and 2014, Jennifer Lawrence was everywhere and people loved it. She was America’s sweetheart, the Oscar winner, Katniss Everdeen. But then, everything kinda fell. Those X-Men movies got worse and she looked tired of being in them, her anecdotes got less charming and more pandering to some, she took respectable risks that didn’t pay off with Red Sparrow and Mother!, and some people didn’t like that she said that it wasn’t nice to share private photos of her online. Now, she looks to get back to the Oscar race with a small project funded by A24 and directed by Lila Neugebauer in her film debut, about a soldier who comes back to the US after suffering a traumatic brain injury in Afghanistan. Also, Brian Tyree Henry is in this, and it would be amazing if he got nominated for something.
-Respect: You know what’s a surefire way to get Academy voters’ attention? Play a real singer! Rami Malek took a win last year for playing Freddie Mercury, Renee Zellweger just won the gold after portraying Judy Garland, and now Jennifer Hudson wants more Oscar love. Almost 15 years after taking Best Supporting Actress for her role in Dreamgirls, Hudson will try to get more by playing soul legend Aretha Franklin, in a biopic directed by first timer Liesl Tommy that practically screams “give me the gold”. How am I so sure? Well, see the teaser that they released in December (for a movie that opens in October), and tell me. It will work out better for Hudson than Cats, that’s for sure.
-Soul: Unless they really disappoint (I’m looking at you, The Good Dinosaur, Cars 2 and Cars 3), you can’t have the Oscars without inviting Pixar to the party. This year, they have two projects in the hopes of success. While in a few weeks we’ll see what happens with the fantasy family road trip of Onward, the studio’s biggest bet of the year clearly is the next existential animation written and directed by Pete Docter, who brought Oscar gold to his home with Up and Inside Out. The movie, which centers on a teacher (voice of Jamie Foxx) who dreams of becoming a jazz musician and, just as he’s about to get his big break, ends up getting into an accident that separates his soul from his body, had a promising first trailer, and it also promises a score by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, as well as new songs by Jon Batiste. The only downside so far for the marketing was the fact that the trailer reveal led people to notice a suspicious trend involving black characters when they lead an animated movie.
-Tenet: When Leonardo DiCaprio finally touched his Academy Award, an alarm went off in the mind of a portion of Internet users, who have made their next crusade to give themselves to the cause of getting Christopher Nolan some Oscar love. And his next blank check, an action thriller involving espionage and time travel, could pull off the same intersection of popcorn and prestige that made Inception both a box office hit and a critically acclaimed Oscar nominee. It helps to have a cast of impressive names like John David Washington, Elizabeth Debicki and Robert Pattinson, as well as a crew that includes Ludwig Goransson and Hoyte van Hoytema. In other words, if this becomes a hit, this could go for a huge number of nominations.
-The Devil All the Time: As you may have noticed by now, Netflix is leading the charge in possible Oscar projects. Another buzzy movie that comes from them is the new psychological thriller by Antonio Campos, a filmmaker known for delivering small and intimate but yet intense and terrifying dramas like Simon Killer and Christine. Using the novel by Donald Ray Pollock, Campos will follow non-linearly a cast of characters in Ohio between the end of World War II and the beginning of the Vietnam War, with the help of an interesting cast that includes Tom Holland, Sebastian Stan, Robert Pattinson, Mia Wasikowska, Eliza Scanlen, Bill Skarsgard, Jason Clarke and Riley Keough.
-The Eyes of Tammy Faye: After being known as a sketch comedy goofball because of The State, Wet Hot American Summer and Stella, Michael Showalter reinvented himself as a director of small and human dramedies like Hello, My Name is Doris and The Big Sick. For his next project, he’s gonna mix a little bit of both worlds, because he has before him the story of the televangelists Tammy Faye Bakker (Jessica Chastain, who has been really trying to recapture her early ‘10 awards run to no avail) and Jim Bakker (Andrew Garfield, who was previously nominated for Hacksaw Ridge, instead of Silence, because why). With a real life tale that involves Christian theme parks, fraud and conspiracies, this is the kind of loud small movie that Searchlight loves to parade around, especially as an actors showcase (Jojo Rabbit being the most recent example). The first image looks terrifying, by the way.
-The Father: It’s weird to be in the middle of February and say that there’s already a frontrunner for the Best Actor race at the next Oscars. After its premiere in Sundance a couple of weeks ago, every prognosticator pointed in the direction of Anthony Hopkins (recently nominated for Best Supporting Actor in The Two Popes), who delivers a harrowing portrayal of an old man grappling with his age as he develops dementia, causing pain to his beleaguered daughter (recent winner Olivia Colman, who also got praised). With reviews calling it a British answer to Amour (in other words: it’s a hard watch), Florian Zeller’s adaptation of his acclaimed play not only benefits from having Hopkins and Colman together as a selling point, because it was acquired by Sony Pictures Classics, a distributor with experience in getting Academy voters to watch adult movies with heavy themes. If you don’t believe me, watch how they got Julianne Moore a win for Still Alice, as well as recent nominations for Isabelle Huppert for Elle, Glenn Close for The Wife, and Antonio Banderas for Pain and Glory. They know the game, and they are going to hit hard for Hopkins and Colman.
-The French Dispatch: If you saw the trailer, we don’t need to dwell too much on the reasons. On the one hand, we have the style of Wes Anderson, a filmmaker who has become a name in both the critics circle and the casual viewer, with his last two movies (The Grand Budapest Hotel and Isle of Dogs) earning several Oscar nominations, including Best Picture for the one with Gustave H. Then, we have a long cast that goes from the director’s regulars like Bill Murray to new stars like Timothee Chalamet, and also includes people like Benicio del Toro. The only thing that could endanger the Oscar chances for this is that the story, an anthology set around a period comedy with an European riff on The New Yorker, will alienate the average Academy member.
-The Humans: There’s the prestige of a play, and then there’s the prestige of a Tony-winning play. Playwright Stephen Karam now gets to jump to the director’s chair to take his acclaimed 2016 one-act story to the big screen, and A24 is cutting the check. Telling the story of a family that gets together on Thanksgiving to commiserate about life, this adaptation will be led by original performer Jayne Houdyshell (who also won a Tony for her stage performance), who’ll be surrounded by Richard Jenkins, Beanie Feldstein, Amy Schumer, Steven Yeun and June Squibb. If it avoids getting too claustrophobic or stagey for the cinema, it will be a good contender.
-The Last Duel: Always speedy, Ridley Scott is working on his next possible trip to the Oscars. This time, it’s the telling of a true story in 14th-century France, where a knight (Matt Damon) accuses his former friend (Adam Driver) of raping his wife (Jodie Comer), with the verdict being determined by the titular duel. It’s a juicy story, but there was some concern when it seemed that the script was only being written by Damon and Ben Affleck (who’ll also appear in the film). A rape story written by them after the Weinstein revelations… not the best look. But then, it was revealed that they were writing the screenplay with indie figure Nicole Holofcener, who last year was nominated for an Oscar for her script for Can You Ever Forgive Me? Let’s hope that the story is told in a gripping but not exploitative way, and that it doesn’t reduce the role of Comer (who deserves more than some of the movie roles that she’s getting after Killing Eve) to a Hollywood stereotype.
-The Power of the Dog: We have to talk about the queen of the indie world, we have to talk about Jane Campion. More than a decade after her last movie, Bright Star, the Oscar and Palme d’Or winner for The Piano returns with a non-TV project (see Top of the Lake, people) thanks to Netflix, with a period drama centered around a family dispute between a pair of wealthy brothers in Montana, Phil (Benedict Cumberbatch) and George Burbank (Jesse Plemons), after the latter one marries a local widow (Kirsten Dunst). According to the synopsis, “a shocked and angry Phil wages a sadistic, relentless war to destroy her entirely using her effeminate son Peter as a pawn”. Can’t wait to see what that means.
-The Prom: Remember the Ryan Murphy blank check deal with Netflix that I mentioned earlier? Well, another of the projects in the first batch of announcements for the deal is a musical that he’ll direct, adapting the Tony-nominated show about a group of Broadway losers (now played by the one and only Meryl Streep, Nicole Kidman, Andrew Rannells and, uh, James Corden, for some reason) who try to find a viral story to get back in the spotlight, and end up going to a town in Indiana to help a lesbian high school student who has been banned from bringing her girlfriend to the prom. The show has been considered a fun and heartwarming tale of acceptance, so the movie could be an easy pick for an average Academy voter who doesn’t look too hard (and you know that the Golden Globes will nominate the shirt out of this). It’s funny how this comes out the same year than Everybody’s Talking About Jamie, and then it’s not funny realizing that Film Twitter will pit the two movies against each other.
-The Trial of the Chicago 7: After getting a taste of the director’s taste with Molly’s Game, Aaron Sorkin wants more. For his second movie, he’s tackling one of his specialties: a courtroom drama. And this one is a period movie centered around the trial on countercultural activists in the late ‘60s, which immediately attracts a campaign of how “important” this movie is today’s culture. To add the final blow, we have a cast that includes Sacha Baron Cohen, Eddie Redmayne, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Jeremy Strong, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Frank Langella, William Hurt, Michael Keaton and Mark Rylance. If Sorkin can contain himself from going over the top (and with that cast, it would be so easy to surrender to bouts of screaming and winding speeches), this could be one of the top contenders.
-Those Who Wish Me Dead: Having made a good splash in the directorial waters with Wind River, Taylor Sheridan (also known for writing the Sicario movies, the Oscar-nominated Hell or High Water or that Yellowstone show that your uncle raves about on Facebook) returns with yet another modern Western. For this thriller based on the Michael Koryta novel, Angelina Jolie stars as a survival expert in the Montana wilderness who is tasked with protecting a teenager who witnessed a murder, while assassins are pursuing him and a wildfire grows closer.
-Untitled David O. Russell Project: Following the mop epic Joy, that came and went in theaters but still netted a Best Actress nomination for Jennifer Lawrence, the angriest director in Hollywood took a bit of a break (it didn’t help that he tried to do a really expensive show with Amazon starring Robert De Niro and Julianne Moore that fell apart when the Weinstein exposes sank everything). Now, he’s quickly putting together his return to the days of Oscar love that came with stuff like The Fighter, Silver Linings Playbook and American Hustle, with a new movie that is set to star Christian Bale, Margot Robbie and Michael B. Jordan. Even though we don’t know many details (some people are saying the movie is called Amsterdam) except for the fact the movie hasn’t started shooting yet, David is a quick guy, so he’ll get it ready for the fall festival circuit. If there’s one thing that David O. Russell knows (apart from avoid getting cancelled for abusing people like Lily Tomlin, Amy Adams and his niece), it’s to make loud actor showcases.
-Untitled Nora Fingscheidt Project: When Bird Box became one of the biggest hits on Netflix history, the streamer decided to keep itself in the Sandra Bullock business. Sandy’s next project for Ted Sarandos is a drama where she plays a woman who is released from prison after serving time for a violent crime, and re-enters a society that refuses to forgive her past. To get redemption, she searches her younger sister she was forced to leave behind. With the direction of Fingscheidt, who comes from an acclaimed directorial debut with Systemsprenger (Germany’s submission to the last Academy Awards), and a cast that also includes Viola Davis, Vincent D’Onofrio and Jon Bernthal, this will also hopefully try its luck later this year.
-Untitled Paul Thomas Anderson Project: We don’t know if this movie will be ready for the end of the year (although last time, he managed to sneak Phantom Thread under the buzzer and earn several Oscar nominations, including Best Picture), but PTA is apparently gonna start to shoot it soon, with the backing of Focus Features. After several movies with prestige locations and intricate production design, Film Twitter’s Holy Spirit will go back to the San Fernando Valley in the 1970s, to tell the story of a high school student who is also a successful child actor.
-Stillwater: Tom McCarthy’s recent career is certainly puzzling. After delivering the weird lows of The Cobbler, he bounced back with the Best Picture winner that was Spotlight. And following that, he… helped produce the 13 Reasons Why series. And following that… he made Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made, a Disney+ original movie. Now, he’s back to the award race with a drama starring Matt Damon, who plays a father who rushes from Oklahoma to France to help his daughter (Abigail Breslin), who is in prison after being suspected for a murder she claims she didn’t commit.
-West Side Story: To close things, we have to see one of the possible big contenders of the season, Steven Spielberg’s adaptation of the iconic musical that translates Romeo and Juliet to the context of a street gang war in 1950s New York. While the decision to adapt again something that has been a classic both in Broadway and in movie theaters almost 60 years ago is a challenge, the idea of Spielberg doing a musical closer to the stage version with Tony Kushner as the writer is too tempting for the average Academy voter, who is already saving a spot in major categories in case Steven nails it in December. However, there’s two question marks. First, how well will Ansel Elgort and newcomer Rachel Zegler stand out in the roles of Tony and Maria? And second, will In the Heights steal some of the thunder of this movie by being, you know, more modern?
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2020.01.14 23:39 CuteBananaMuffin Atlantis [DOUBLE POST / BIG]

Atlantis [DOUBLE POST / BIG]
Disclaimer : I don't claim to know anything , it's just a post for discussion , ideas ,theories and opinions . The following paragraphs are copy-paste with the intent to discuss the subject and nothing else.
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Part 1 by
David Hatcher Childress
Atlantis Rising Issue 9
from AtlantisRising Website

When it comes to questions regarding the actual physical location of the fabled lost civilization of Atlantis, the answers usually depend on with whom you are speaking. Everyone seems to have a favorite candidate for which a convincing case can be made. Whether in Antarctica or the Aegean, the Bahamas or the North Atlantic, intriguing clues are to be found everywhere, and sorting it all out can be confusing.
In his Lost Cities series, real-life Indiana Jones, David Hatcher Childress has written prolifically about ancient civilizations, and his life-long quest for their remains in some of the most remote and dangerous places of the world. Lately he has become something of a regular on national television with appearances on Fox-TV’s Sighting & Encounters, Discovery, and A&E, as well as the NBC specials Atlantis and The Mysterious Origins of Man. In his latest book, Lost Cities of Atlantis, Ancient Europe & the Mediterranean, Childress’ search for obscure evidence has turned up a vast array of fascinating material previously unavailable from any single source. So we asked him to bring some order to the subject and compile us a Top 10 List of possible locations for Atlantis. He agreed. Of the sites listed below some are covered in his book and some are not.

1. AZORES Plato quoting Egyptian Priests through his uncle Solon says that Atlantis was beyond the Pillars of Hercules fought a war with the ancient Mediterraneans, and sank in 9,400 B.C. Atlantis was a land of great seafarers, many elephants and a large plain with a gigantic harbor city of concentric circles. Because Atlantis was said to be a large island in the true ocean that surrounds the continents, it was thought to be in the mid-Atlantic. Atlantis was said to have colonized much of the world and fought a war with Greece and the Eastern Mediterranean. The sinking of Atlantis left only a few scattered islands, it is believed, islands such as the Azores. 2. SAHARA The Sahara Desert, usually the Tassili and Ahaggar Mountains in southern Algeria, Tunisia or both, has been proposed as the actual site for Atlantis. When the French colonized North Africa they soon discovered a lost world existed in southern Algeria and that the ancient harbor of Carthage was an exact miniature of the capital of Atlantis as described by the Egyptian priests, novels such as Atlantide (1923) were popular in France, promoting the idea of Atlantis in the Sahara. The Sahara however, did not vanish beneath the ocean, but rather dried up and became a sandy seabed. Does Atlantis lie beneath the drifting sands and strange stone formations of the Sahara Desert? 3. MALTA Malta has huge ancient structures that are now dated as 9000 years old or older and are said by orthodox archaeologists to be the oldest stone ruins in the world. Malta is now a small rocky island that once had elephants and shows evidence of having been destroyed in a huge cataclysmic wave. Joseph Ellul and others have proposed that Malta was part of a great civilization of the past, possibly Atlantis. Malta was probably connected to other parts of the Mediterranean when a huge wave from the Atlantic filled the Mediterranean, causing the Biblical Flood. Was Malta Atlantis? The island is far too small to have been Atlantis, but it shows that the Mediterranean was a very different place 12,000 years ago. 4. BIMINI With the discovery in 1968 of what appeared to be a huge polygonal stone road in the shallow water off Bimini, Atlantis was thought to have been found in the Caribbean. A lost pyramid underwater staircases, fallen pillars, all seemed sunken ruins indeed. Atlantis could have spread over a large portion of the Atlantic, from the Azores to the Bahamas and possibly even Florida. Recently, Indiana archaeologist Jackson Judge has suggested that Portsmouth, Ohio was the site of Atlantis. 5. SOUTH AMERICA Because of the gigantic ruins in Peru and Bolivia and the evidence that Tiahuanaco was destroyed in a cataclysm. South America has been proposed as the site of Atlantis by number of early writers, including the British colonel Percy Fawcett, who vanished in the jungles of Brazil in 1925 while searching for a lost city of Atlantis. South America does have huge ruins and is across the Atlantic, but it seems to have risen from sea level, rather than sinking into the ocean. 6. ANTARCTICA When Charles Hapgood resurrected the Pin Ri’is map, a map copied from older maps by a Turkish admiral and which showed Antarctica as an ice-free continent, the concept of Atlantis in the frozen polar wasteland was born. Since Atlantis may have been destroyed in a pole shift, Antarctica was probably at a more temperate climate 10,000 years ago, and may hold megalithic ruins such as South America. Antarctica seems a long way away from the Mediterranean with which it fought a war. Also Atlantis supposedly sank beneath the ocean in a day and night. Antarctica rather accumulated ice for thousands of years. Does Atlantis lie beneath the Antarctic ice? 7. CANARYS While no ancient ruins have ever been discovered in the Azores, the mountain tops of the mid-Atlantic ridge, ancient ruins have been discovered in the Canary islands off the coast of Morocco. The native Guanche people of the Canaries had no knowledge of boats when first discovered by Spanish explorers, circular stone ruins have been found on the islands, leading some to propose that the Canaries are a remnant of ancient Atlantis. 8. NORTH SEA The shallow areas of the North Sea off Holland, Germany, England and Scandinavia have been proposed as the site of a sunken civilization that may have been Atlantis. The Oera Linda Book discovered in Holland in the 1700’s spoke of a sunken land off the Frisian islands of Holland. Jugen Spanuth, a German Pastor, took photos of underwater ruins off northern Germany in the early 1950s. Recently, researcher Paul Dunbavin has proposed that the citadel of Atlantis was located underwater between Wales and Ireland, this area being the "Plain of Atlantis" as described by Plato. Major Dutch cities like Amsterdam and Rotterdam are 40 feet or more below sea level even as you read this. They may well be the sunken cities of near future. 9. MIDDLE EAST The Middle East and Arabia has some of the largest and most baffling stone ruins in the world. The largest stone blocks in the world are to found at Baalbek in Lebanon. They weigh an amazing 2,000 tons each and are worthy of Atlantean architecture. Similarly, it is said that the Temple Wall in Jerusalem also has a foundation of gigantic stones, similar to Baalbek. Recent authors such as Stan Deyo have suggested that Saudi Arabia, with its strange ruins in the central desserts, is the site of ancient Atlantis. Port cities can be found in the interior of Arabia, and while it is clear that Arabia and the Middle East have many lost civilizations to be discovered, this is obviously not a sunken area at all. The Biblical Flood did sweep over the Middle East at some time in prehistory. Did it destroy Atlantis, or did Atlantis cause the catastrophe? 10. THERA & CRETE According to the tourist literature in Greece, the explosion of the Aegean island of Thera destroyed Crete and at the same time, Atlantis. While Plato is quite explicit in his time frame and location for Atlantis (9,400 B.C. and in the Atlantic), Greek archaeologists seem certain that Atlantis can be found only a few hundred miles from Athens. Thousands of tourists come to Thera every year and drink the local Atlantis wine while they discuss Atlantis. For them, Atlantis will never be found anywhere else.


Part 2 by Arjun Walia January 19, 2016 from Collective-Evolution Website


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Advanced ancient civilizations are a big topic of interest among researchers, historians, archaeologists, and scientists.
Every single year we are gifted with a mysterious find that has us questioning the origins of the human race and imagining the cultures which roamed the earth before us. We have found much evidence to suggest that there may have been civilizations in existence before us which were intellectually, and even technologically superior.
That being said, this theory is still thought to be quite fantastical; despite all of the evidence which has been brought to light in recent years to support this notion, it is still largely ignored by the mainstream.
If you are interested in looking at some of this evidence, a great place to start is with author Graham Hancock, in his book titled The Magicians of The Gods.

Atlantis

If you start talking about the lost, ancient city of Atlantis, most people will probably think that you're living in 'la la' land.
Many people are unaware that this city has been seriously studied for hundreds of years.
For example, we can see that it was a subject of significant importance for researchers at the Smithsonian Institution, as emphasized by their Annual Report of the Board of Regents of The Smithsonian Institution for the year ending June 30th, 1915.
In the report, author M. Pierre Termeir, a member of the Academy of Sciences and Director of Service of the Geologic Chart of France, gives a lecture regarding the Atlantean civilization.

He makes a compelling case for further study of this lost city:
After a long period of disdainful indifference, observe how in the last few years science is returning to the study of Atlantis.
How many naturalists, geologists, zoologists, or botanists are asking one another today whether Plato has not transmitted to us, with slight amplification, a page from the actual history of mankind.
No affirmation is yet permissible; but it seems more and more evident that a vast region, continental or made up of great islands, has collapsed west of the Pillars of Hercules, otherwise called the Straight of Gibraltar, and that its collapse occurred in the not far distant past.
In any event, the question of Atlantis is placed anew before men of science; and since I do not believe that it can ever be solved without the aid of oceanography, I have thought it natural to discuss it here, in this temple of maritime science, and to call to such a problem, long scorned but now being revived, the attention of oceanographers, as well as the attention of those who, though immersed in the tumult of cities, lend an ear to the distant murmur of the sea.

You can read this full report here, starting on page 219.
In his lecture, M. Termeir goes on to present zoologic, geographic, and geologic data to support the existence of the lost Atlantean civilization. Not only that, archaeological discoveries on the ocean floor have also raised some questions
Not only that, archaeological discoveries on the ocean floor within the past decades have also raised some questions…

Plato's Description of Atlantis

Plato, the ancient Greek philosopher, provides a description of Atlantis in his dialogue Critias), which was never completed.
The following is a summary of his depiction, these are a few of many points I am taking from Manly P. Halls, The Secret Teachings of All Ages
Atlantis was inhabited by 'earth-born' and 'primitive' human beings. One of them was wooed by the god Poseidon, who interbred with the human beings, and they eventually bore five children. This interbreeding between gods and humans is a common theme in many historical texts found throughout the world.The land was divided into concentric zones of land and water. Two zones of land and three zones of water surrounded the central island, which had warm springs of water and cold springs of water.Atlantis became an established country, with a wise government and an industry that sprung them to advanced technological heights - beyond even what we have reached today.Atlantis had limitless resources, wild animals, and precious metals, and was heavily populated.Atlantis was full of large and beautiful palaces, temples, docks, and a network of various bridges and canals that united different sections of the kingdom.White, black and red stones were used in the construction of public buildings. "They circumscribed each of the land zones with a wall, the outer wall being covered with brass, the middle with tin, and the inner, which encompassed the citadel, with orichalc.
The citadel, on the central island, contained the palaces, temples, and other public buildings. In its center, surrounded by a wall of gold, was a sanctuary dedicated to Cleito and Poseidon." Atlantis had a number of gardens, full of hot and cold springs. There were countless temples, public baths, and exercise facilities for both man and animal.The part of Atlantis,"facing the sea was described as lofty and precipitous, but about the central city was a plain sheltered by mountains renowned for their size, number, and beauty.
The plain yielded two crops each year, in the winter being watered by rains and in the summer by immense irrigation canals, which were also used for transportation.
The plain was divided into sections and in time of war each section supplied its quota of fighting men and chariots." Atlantis was massive, ruled by multiple kings who all had control over their land. Their relationships with the other kings were governed by an original code of ethics that was engraved by the first ten kings. "The chief laws of the Atlantean kings were that they should not take up arms against each other and that they should come to the assistance of any of their number who was attacked."

The Downfall of Atlantis

These are the essential points Plato makes about Atlantis.
He described it as a great and powerful empire, almost magical, and said that this was the same empire which attacked the Hellenic states.
He attributes the power and glory they tasted after this venture to their eventual demise, writing that the love for these ego-driven desires that soon developed among Atlantean kings "lured" them from "the pathway of wisdom and virtue."
"Filled with false ambition, the rulers of Atlantis determined to conquer the gods into his holy habitation and addressed them. Here Plato's narrative comes to an abrupt end, for the Critias was never finished."
Plato also tackles the subject of Atlantis in his Timaeus), writing of a story told by Solon - who himself is said to have heard the story in Egypt, passed on to him by a priest via hieroglyphic inscriptions in a temple in Sais - in which a violent cataclysm sank the continent.
Thus, the Island of Atlantis completely disappeared. (source)
"A technologically sophisticated but morally bankrupt evil empire - Atlantis - attempts world domination by force. he only thing standing it its way is a relatively small group of spiritually pure, morally principled and incorruptible people - the ancient Athenians.
Overcoming overwhelming odds…the Athenians are able to defeat their far more powerful adversary simply through the force of their spirit. Sound familiar?
Plato's Atlantean dialogues are essentially an ancient greek version of 'Star Wars'." Ken Feder, professor of archaeology, "Frauds, Myths and Mysteries: Science and Pseudoscience in Archaeology."

The Egyptian connection is also interesting to bring up here because Crantor, another ancient Greek philosopher, asserted that the Egyptian priests declared the story of Atlantis to be written upon pillars which were still preserved circa 300 B.C.
Manly P Hall has noted that, before this cataclysm, a portion of the population left and did not succumb to the egoistic tendencies which apparently led to downfall of Atlantis.
Was the philosophic, religious, and scientific knowledge of Atlantis passed on? There are many similarities between the reported teachings of Atlantis and those of other cultures, such as the Mayas of Central America.

According to Manly P. Hall, from the Atlanteans,
"the world received not only the heritage of arts and crafts, philosophies, and sciences, ethics and religions, but also the heritage of hate, strife, and perversion.
The Atlanteans instigated the first war; and it has been said that all subsequent wars were fought in a fruitless effort to justify the first one and right the wrong which it caused."
"Before Atlantis sank, its spiritually illuminated Initiates, who realized that their land was doomed because it had departed from the Path of Light, withdrew from the ill fated continent.
Carrying with them the sacred and secret doctrine, these Atlanteans established themselves in Egypt, where they became its first divine rulers.
Nearly all the great cosmologic myths forming the foundation of the various sacred books of the world are based upon the Atlantean Mystery Rituals." (source)

One of the most interesting parts of this story, to me, is the fact that this place is often remembered as a place of glory, light, and abundance, which it was.

But they were not immune to the dangers of avarice, either, as H.P. Blavatsky makes clear:
"Under the evil insinuations of their demon, Thevatat, the Atlantis race became a nation of wicked magicians.
In consequence of this, war was declared, the story of which would be too long to narrate; its substance may be found in the disfigured allegories of the race of Cain, the giants, and that of Noah and his righteous family.
The conflict came to an end by the submersion of the Atlantis, which finds its imitation in the stories of the Babylonian and Mosaic flood." (source - Part II)

A very interesting Video/narrative by Manly P. Hall it's worth listening.

Thank you for reading :)
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I'm a 23-year-old woman from Ohio who was raised below the U.S. federal poverty level. My dad (65) owns a record/CD store, and, of course, in the early 2000s when I was quite young, sales dropped immensely due to the digitization of music. He's owned the store for 40 years now, but for the last 15 or so, he's barely kept his head above water. My mom (60) was a stay-at-home mom and a musician. I have two older siblings (a 25-year-old sister and a 32-year-old brother). All three of us dropped out of high school. Our parents are great people, but my dad was a hippie and my mom was a punk, and they internalized many of those values for the rest of their lives. Our feelings came before our futures. None of us were made to go to school when we felt depressed, and we all had very trying mental health problems, so that was most of the time. When I was 17, we lost our house. My sister and brother had already moved out, but my parents and I were displaced. I had to start paying to be on my own very suddenly.
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I graduated in August 2018. I optimistically used every penny I had to move to Canada on a work permit to pursue my dreams of becoming a Permanent Resident and, eventually, a Canadian citizen. I worked as a server until I got a full-time position working as the Sponsorship Coordinator for a huge film festival in Toronto. It was a contract position from February 2019-July 2018. I worked hard, working 12-14 hour days 6 or 7 days a week throughout the two months leading up to the festival. They paid me minimum wage, and my overtime wasn't time and a half, it was my regular hourly. I took what I could get because I eventually want to work as a programmer for a major film festival. My work permit expired in July, and the laws changed around renewing work permits, so I had to go back to the US after a good year in Toronto where I felt like things were really looking up.
Back in Ohio, I went back to serving and started teaching English as a second language online (through iTutorGroup) while I searched for something else. I was just offered another full-time contract position for another big film festival to work as their Community Outreach Coordinator from January 2020-May2020. This requires me to move over an hour away, so I started looking for a seasonal position in the area so I could move before the snow hits. It all worked out! A few weeks ago, I landed a seasonal job at a Botanical Garden in Guest Services. The job posting said the position was 40 hours a week, October 25th-January 3rd. They confirmed these details in my interview. It seemed perfect. I found roommates, I found a wonderful place, and I moved this weekend.
Yesterday, after I finished my training, my manager at the Botanical Gardens told me I won't have another shift until November 23rd, over 2 weeks from now, and that I'll be working about 24 hours a week. She failed to explain this change to me beyond "we probably won't need you", but I know they hired too many seasonals and screwed us all over. I didn't misinterpret anything, because I talked to another seasonal who was misled in the same exact way. Now I don't know how I'm going to catch up on my current debts or pay next month's rent. This happens to me every time I think things are getting better. I think I'm finally on my feet, then a financial wrench is thrown my way, whether that be a sudden emergency expense, a you-need-to-leave-Canada emergency, or a job-related blow. No matter what I do, I can't get caught up, let alone ahead. My car is falling apart and the tires are bald, I can't pay to get a crown for my tooth that might fracture any day, I owe money left and right, I can't afford winter boots, a hat, or gloves... I can't do any of it. More and more every day I'm just terrified.
The news about my job yesterday hit me really hard, and I'm in a very dark place. I feel like giving up. I'm looking at my future, seeing how I have about $50k in personal debts, most of which are delinquent, and about $40k in student debt which I am continuously deferring on. I have no hope. I'm never going to make enough money to get out of this hole. I can't go back to school to earn a degree in a higher-paying field because I can't afford to go back. I don't have anyone to help me. I spend every day I have off work trying to make an extra $10 - $60 dollars through some gig so I can either eat or get my bank account out of the negatives. I can't live like a normal 23-year-old because my life is ruled by debt. I haven't dated in 5 years, I afford to join my friends out for drinks or dinner, I can't buy cute new clothes for any events, I can't go out to support my friends' bands or art shows because of admissions prices, and I can't even go to the movies anymore, which is my passion in this life.
On top of it, I developed fibromyalgia this year, and it's getting harder and harder to do physical side gigs that might earn me some good money, including being a server, which is where I have the most experience. I've been in the emergency room 8 times since July, I have to go to physical therapy twice a week, and I have appointments all the time (thanks to Medicaid). My physical health is deteriorating at a time when I need to be doing labor more than ever. I can't afford to be sick.
I was so stupid and clueless from the ages of 18-22 that I have robbed myself of a future. I'm a passionate person with hopes and dreams, who wants to be in a good enough place that I can help others (including my parents). I want to buy my parents a house to live in again, help them retire (because that's never going to happen at this rate), provide financial support for homeless youth, make movies, get a master's and maybe even a Ph.D., travel, have a romantic relationship again, adopt older children who would otherwise be stuck in the foster system, take my friends out for dinner on me, host events, get birthday and holiday gifts for loved ones (especially my 2 and 3-year-old nieces) and so much more. I'm realizing none of these things are possible anymore. My life is always going to be ruled by debt, ruled by my awful credit, ruled by making the rent on time, and I don't want to live that way. The only thing keeping me around is not wanting to hurt my family. I just want to stop the constant struggle, the constant gut-wrenching cycle of believing things are getting better, then being slapped in the face with some awful news that confirms that things are, in fact, worse than ever. I've tried to be a good person and I've tried to overcome obstacles, but it seems like every attempt at upward mobility sets me 3,000 steps back. My dreams were too big and my resources were too small.
I guess I don't know what advice I'm looking for. I just hope there's someone out there who felt like things would never be okay and made it through. I don't know anyone else my age who's this screwed. Maybe someone can give me some hope back in this life.
TL;DR: I don't have one. It's just a long-ass post.
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2019.08.21 02:10 apathos-ro anon repost

So, this is going to be a long one. i’m writing this because im trying this new thing where i truly trust in my healthcare professional and tell them what the fuck is bothering me. as a reference - i guess. But also because i’ve never been really honest about this all to anybody, and in order to heal, i need to be able to acknowledge and reflect on how this affects me, but i dissociate and have memory repression issues when i do, so i’m writing it all down.
when i was a baby (less than a year old), my mom moved my brother, sister, and me away from our father in ohio. we lived in texas for like 2 years. then moved again, to louisiana, where she had started dating a wealthy real estate developer. i was three years old when we moved into H’s house.
i should describe his house and property for context. it was a massive colonial house on 27 acres of land and woods. maybe 500 ft down the driveway from the house there was a wooden bridge that crossed a fairly large, very swampy river.
We lived there for awhile, until i was 7, i think. during that time, my mother and the real estate developer, H, terrorized and abused my siblings and i. H, had bi-polar disorder and ocd. , so my mom told us. we were children and naturally would make a lot of messes. H couldn’t handle it. he would beat my brother and i, sometimes my sister. but not as often, i don’t remember. after beating us, he would make us kneel (boths knees, no space) in the corner of the room, in a metal pan full of uncooked rice. he would make us stay there for a few hours usually, sometimes just until our mom got home. he would tell her whatever we did to upset him, then she would beat us again, and make us go into our rooms until dinner.
at some point, my sister called H ‘dad’. My mom corrected her. our mom told us that our father had been an alcoholic abuser, that had beaten her with a shotgun, put it in her mouth, and threatened to kill her while she was pregnant with my brother and sister (who were twins). and after their birth, he held her hostage for months while he would rape her until she became pregnant with me.
we were maybe 5 or 6 years old. she told us that our father would beat her, hit her in the stomach, and smash her head into the wall. constantly abusing her until she gave birth to me. which, shortly after of, she fled our father and that’s why we moved. But we moved again, to Louisiana because he was stalking her, and ‘was gonna find us’.
I should also mention my mom was a hoarder. She managed to convince H into getting 6 dogs. But no more. not until we moved later did we get many, many more.
we started going to school and it was okay. we were getting away from the house. all i really remember is an occasion where a teacher reported signs of abuse. the school came to talk to my siblings and I, and we didn’t realize anything was wrong. so we didn’t say anything.
anyway, there came a day when someone left the front door open while my mom and H were out and all the dogs out. when H got back and was parking, he hit one and blamed us. he sent all 3 of us into the corner and told us to stay there all day. after a couple hours my brother and i started peeling the wall paper. H realized and got extremely angry. he grabbed my brother, A, and me and took us outside, where he put us into 2 of the dog kennels. put us in the back of his truck and drove to the middle of the bridge, and put the kennels next to the edge and threatened to throw us in.
my sister called our mom, she raced home and got us. she took her clothes, stole some of his money, and threw us in the car. we were off to schenectady, new york. the specific town is important later.
we were staying in a small motel room on the edge of town for awhile. all of us, 5 some cats, and 2 dogs. after some time there, she met a man named gary, and they started spending a lot of time together. gary was a weird guy, i don’t remember much about him aside from him having a recent bullet wound in his head. mom was an escort at this time and gary was paying her a lot of money, until we moved into a large house in town.
the house was yellow, with a red barn in the backyard. my siblings and i shared a bedroom, in the attic. it wasn’t heated. there was one bathroom in the house and one in the barn. we were only allowed to use the barn bathroom, except for winter, when we could bathe in the house. we changed schools after 3 months due to bullying. I was like 7. i was a smart kid, but had undiagnosed adhd and was anti social, so people really picked on me. we all started going to a new school. 4 months in the new school i broke my wrist on the playground and stopped going for 2 months, then we moved again.
Viva las fucking vegas, am i right people? mom met a wealthy gambler, named L, who lived in vegas through an escort service and hit it off. after going to vegas a couple times to visit him, he paid the deposit and rent for a house there for us to live in.
after i turned 9, my mom sent me to go visit her friend Stephen, in Schenectady. He was a movie producer that was interested in having some kids play parts in his movie. my siblings and i flew out, individually - as unaccompanied minors. my sister and brother went first. when i went to visit, i spent the night at his apartment. it was prearranged with my mom. late that night, he sexually assaulted me. I fell asleep watching steve urkel, in Stephen’s bed, and woke up with him forcing himself into me. i was too young and in shock to really process what was happening at the time, and it’s taken me a long time to talk about that. 3 days later, i took the round-trip plane home to vegas. didn’t say anything about what happened.
some time after that, in school, my brother learned what being gay was. he made fun of this kid, W, calling him gay and laughing at him. later, at home while i was showering, my brother got in the shower with me and told me he wanted to ‘play the W game’ (after the kid he made fun of), and raped me multiple times in the days afterwards. he later told the neighborhood kids we went to school with that i was gay and started making fun of me for it daily. i never left the house because everyone made fun of me and i had no friends, so i played video games a lot until we moved again.
on my 10th birthday, we left Las Vegas and moved again. L was having an affair, and mom met a wealthy doctor online, Dr F, who lived in malvern, pa. Dr F recently divorced his wife after his second heart attack; also leaving his children, while pursuing my mother. he was very mean. he put the down on a mortgage for a house for us in malvern around thanksgiving. we moved into the house on my 10th birthday. nearly 9 hours on a plane, and 12 + after an overnight in an airport.
we approached the new house, and Stephen was there to greet us; mother referring to him as ‘grandpa’ and calling him our godfather. My uncle and Dr F were also there. the first night, Stephen stayed over, Dr F did not. Stephen and us (my siblings and i) stayed in the basement in separate air beds. mom stayed upstairs. during the middle of the night, i went to the bathroom in the basement bedroom, and was sexually assaulted by stephen again, on my 10th birthday.
we lived there for 3 months, and within that time, so much happened. my siblings and i were sexually traumatized, waking up in the middle of the night to our mother and Dr F fucking on top of us, sometimes it wasn’t Dr F, it was a stranger. Dr. F also bought mom a mercedes station wagon. it was her baby. Malvern is also where we got the St Bernards, Alpine and Gershwin. My mom was dreaming of getting St Bernards and she got Dr F to buy 2 for her from a breedery out of state. They were sweet and loving, until they weren’t.
Later, Dr F conflicted his divorce and mom got mad. She got fucking wasted and put us in the stationwagon and started driving. we moved to philly. on the drive there, she was pulled over by a cop at an intersection for drawing an ‘R’ with her wheels. she gave the cop a runaway sob story and he told her to park in a hotel and not drive until she went to court. he confiscated her license in the parking lot and told her to call a friend to drive us.
we sat in the parking lot for 6 hours while our mom napped. she woke up and finished the drive to philly, where her friend Kelly helped her rent an apartment. she began to work very prominently and profusely in her sex work, often kicking us out of the house for 4-6 hrs at a time. she would give us $15 and tell us to go to 7/11. sometimes, she gave us $30 and told us to go to the movie theatre, 3 miles away.
once, we decided to come home early because we thought she might be done. we waited at the door until i went to the unlocked front door, and went upstairs while my siblings stayed downstairs. i walked into the third floor where the office and master bedroom were. my mother was being fucked by a man i’d never seen before. i ran downstairs and hid under my bed and cried because i thought she was mad at me for coming home early. when she was mad at one of us, she would punish us specifically for as long as someone else doesn’t make her upset. she would bully us and blame us for her life ‘being so miserable’. she often said things like ‘you’re the reason i have to suck dicks, to support you 3, while you and your brother just sit around and jerk off’ to me and my brother. i was still 10 and i didn’t realize how fucked up that was until much much later. sometimes, if we were being bad, or if we forgot to do a chore, like dishes. or if she had to ask us to do it, she would sometimes say ‘you guys just sit around doing nothing and treat me like your little house (n-slur)’
About 6 months into living in Philly, Dr F threatened my mom that he would report the mercedes as stolen, because he didn’t register it to her. so she packed up all the dogs and cats, her new, favourite dog, teddy, stuffed us all into the mercedes and drove us to Poughkeepsie, new york.
we started middle school there, lived in a small house in the middle of nowhere. it was a shit town. when i was in graduated 5th grade and started 6th grade, my brother started a rumor that i was mentally challenged, so that people would inherently not like me. my sister’s friends got mugged by knife (they were twelve), my sister and i started going to therapy, i joined boy scouts. my mom made fun of my sister and i for getting therapy. she said that our poverty was due to our need for help.
shortly before i turned 12, Dr F reported the car stolen in philly, and the police had finally tracked her down. she managed to make bail as long as she forfeit the car; then house arrest with exception for groceries. she started using the same taxi cab driver repeatedly, because he’d take her to the store for free and help her bring groceries home — assuming he could hangout afterwards. while she was on house arrest, during the winter she walked one of the St Bernards and slipped on ice, landing on her ass then slamming onto her head. she claimed the St Bernard pulled her out of the snow and onto the porch, thus ‘saving’ her. this was [her] ‘big brain injury’ turning point. she would use this excuse for years as her reason for being how she was.
she called an ambulance and got picked up. one of the ems guys was my sister’s best friend’s dad, CE. mom got his phone number in the ambulance, sat at the hospital for 4 hours, got discharged from the hospital. she said she broke her tail bone and had an amnesiac episode from a concussion. mom stopped leaving the house for a long time after that. she never let her dogs out, and we couldn’t take them far off the property. plus, they were huge, huge dogs. they never were properly socialized. and became very mean and protective over mom, even to a point where they would growl at my siblings and i.
i’m not going to detail incidences, but both of those dogs attacked me and my sister a few times. leaving scars on our legs, after having lunged into the bathroom for safety, only to wait an hour and hope they wouldn’t still be upset at us and hopefully not attack us again.
the house started getting really gross. mom started hoarding more and more stuff. more and more animals. we had 32 cats and 14 dogs over the course of 3 years in poughkeepsie. my and my sisters room became filled with cat and dog shit, torn up carpets and gnawed doors n walls. my sister and i would often fight over who got to sleep on the second futon in the living room, mom usually sleeping on the other. Mother’s room was also disgusting. But she sometimes stayed in there, smoking her newport 100s and drinking her diet dr pepper. we stopped having people over, and i only talked to and had one friend, Luke.
she called CE sometime later. He was an important figure of the local emergency services. He was fairly wealthy. But he was also the divorcing husband of my sister’s best friend’s mom. he sometimes fucked his ex wife but lied to my mom about it because he was ashamed of feeling lonely due to my mother’s lack of emotional involvement. he took us on vacation once, that was pretty nice aside from me making an idiot out of my 13 y/o self while there and my mother going home after 2 days, leaving us with her boyfriend while she performed sex work elsewhere. CE helped her buy a red Tahoe sometime, and was genuine about letting her just keep it. She broke up with CE sometime later because he was still fucking his ex wife and another, new woman.
eventually, our landlord came to the house and saw it was disgusting, so he evicted us. we had time to leave. so my mom bought a tow-haul mini camper, packed it full of stuff, and cats. We got in the car and moved to southern Georgia.
South Georgia is where things really went from bad to worse. we moved into the house that everybody in the neighborhood wanted. that’s important, because we fucking destroyed it. that poor, beautiful and old house. i mean like, historically valued, restored, huge farm house. and when we moved there, it was the first time I realized that it was us. we were the explosive problem every where we went.
the two saint bernards stopped getting along and started attacking all the other animals except Teddy. we had to separate the house by which animals got along. Alpine hated everything and was starting to go blind and deaf from neglect and age; so he ended up at the front foyer and nobody ever saw him except to be fed and sometimes mom would sit with him while home alone.
i turned 15 shortly after we moved there. i was depressed. i ran away twice, tried to kill myself, got into a lot of drugs very quickly. i lost my virginity while completely fucking wasted on molly and shrooms at 15. i literally never talked to anybody at school aside from the people i was sexually interested in. i dated so, so promiscuously. within a year, i managed to date all of my friends’ partners, cheating on many of them after romanticizing how bad any of their exes were. i broke so many people’s hearts and didn’t blink about it. i had no idea what healthy relationships looked like.
my sister got sick one day and stopped going to school. she stayed home and tried to do online school but we often didn’t have internet.
October 10th, my one friend I had kept in touch with, Luke, my best friend. He took his life. That night, I went to a small band house show in florida and got fucking hammered. I went with the band to a stranger’s house and did heroin for the first time. when i got home the next day, i fell asleep on the floor of the bedroom. later that day, october 11th - the landlord came by for repairs. i was dead asleep and my sister was too sick to move, so the landlord just walked in. there were dead cats on the floor, shit piling in the kitchen. he gave us an eviction notice and by the end of the week, we moved. mom didn’t contact the school to let them know we left either. they called our mom’s brother to report us missing.
we got in her Tahoe, with all the dogs and cats crammed together. we just started driving, she didn’t say where.
we ended up at a Motel 8 on the outskirts of Atlanta, where my brother met a local dealer in a room next door. the dealer moved to a nearby trailer park and recommended it to my brother, but we couldn’t afford it yet. we were paying for two rooms, to keep the dogs separated. my sister opened mom’s computer and found an email pertaining to mom adopting a dog from Thailand, and paying its travel expenses. My sister confronted her and mother denied that she was going to adopt the dog, she was just helping him ‘get to a different, new family’.
mom disappeared for a few days after that, she hadn’t been buying food in days. she suddenly returned and announced that she adopted the dog and paid for a third hotel room across the street to have him in. we got kicked out of the motel for having too much stuff and too many animals. They literally told us ‘this is a motel, not a storage locker or shelter’. we moved to a Red Roof Inn where we only had one room.
it was nearing my 16th birthday. we were only in the one room, had all the cats in the back of the car, with some of the dogs in the front. we had some family living nearby, and since my birthday is near thanksgiving, my mom convinced those family members to throw me a small party and celebrate thanksgiving on my birthday.
so it’s my 16th birthday. i’m depressed and sleep until 1 in the afternoon. we left to go to the celebration, and it’s early evening in fall so mother worries that the cats in the back of the truck will get cold. she puts a blanket over the kennel of 16 cats and we walk to the ihop across the street to meet our uncle in the parking lot. He was - coincidentally, also visiting this part of the family and offered to drive us. and man as soon as we get there, the whole family looks at us in shock and awe and absolute mortification. we were all grotesquely thin and dirty and smelly. my uncle took my siblings and me out shopping for new clothes and asked us if we’d been eating enough - we told him the truth.
we get back to the party after shopping, eat food, i drink a bunch of my aunt’s cinnamon tea, and then my uncle and mom get into a fight. he says he’s worried and wants his in-laws to take us for a few weeks while mom gets ‘on her feet’. my mom never accepts help from anybody, so she got super hurt and prideful and paid for a cab to take us home after dinner.
we met all this extended family that i had never met before, and their kids were similar age, but nothing with their family like i had ever seen. they were functional kids and adults. they said goodbye to me and that they wish things would get better. that was probably the most ashamed i have ever felt in my life.
when we got back to the hotel, mom lit the candle on a cupcake and gave it to me. told me happy birthday and asked what i’d wish for. i wished to feel less alone. my mom told me to wait there while she went to the truck to get a gift she got for me. she went outside and within seconds came back inside screaming her lungs out and crying. all of the cats in the back of the truck had died while we were out for my 16th birthday party.
Kelly, the friend who helped us get an apartment in philly, loaned my mother $5,000 and we moved into the trailer park J mentioned at the Motel 8 shortly after my birthday.
At this trailer park, my brother started running drugs and sometimes guns with J through the local neighborhood gangs. He started becoming independent and working through that. our trailer got shot up in a drive by around May and I stayed at home and played video games every day, non stop, breakfast to dinner. It was my only means of escape for awhile. I started skateboarding again in the middle of the summer and met my new best friend, Luis, who turned into being my first maybe real love but i never told because i was ashamed and thought he wouldn’t want to be my friend anymore, and i couldn’t lose my only friend again.
i get into drugs again, an absurd amount of psychedelics, a bunch of weed. some alcohol. we move across town shortly before my 17th birthday. then nearly a year goes by, my sister finds my dad, he’s a decent enough guy; i find out my entire life is a lie. it’s almost my 18th birthday, i want to leave but don’t know where i’d go. I told Luis i was in love with him, he didn’t feel the same and felt weird if i stayed at his place. i decided to kill myself or leave my mom.
2 weeks before my 18th birthday, i attempt to hang myself, the branch of the tree breaks.
nights before my 18th birthday, i packed all my things and arranged for plans to be gone for the night, by lying to my mom. on the night of my 18th birthday, i said ‘see you in a couple days’ to my mom, then my sister’s boyfriend took me to an arcade. next day, i ran away and moved 3,000 miles away with help from other family.
my brother was the only one still living with her by then, 4 days after my birthday, he told her i was gone.
it’s been years and i’ve never shared any of this with anyone. i’m doing better ish now. i only really smoke weed, and i quit smoking cigarettes even. been in therapy on/off the last couple years, and i’m currently engaged to someone who is so patient and kind and unconditionally loving of me. i also managed to sort out my school stuff, mostly. anyway i’m sorry this is so long
if you made it to the end, thanks for reading and let me tell you: every day that I am alive, is a goddamn day I choose to be alive. I am still here.
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2019.07.31 02:06 anti-ZOG-sci-fry Forever on the Non-Event Horizon

Forever on the Non-Event Horizon
by Jayge 8^J
Historians cite Socrates saying, "Wisdom begins in wonder." and Khalil Gibran saying, "Perplexity is the beginning of knowledge." "Know Thyself" predates them and was inscribed at Delphi.
Alice Wunderkind grew up in an artificial community of scientists and engineers on the grounds of Los Alamos National Laboratory. Her grandfather worked there on the Manhattan Project in the early 1940s and both her parents Leo and Lane had careers that involved migration among various cyclotron, synchrotron, linear, and other accelerator facilities in the high energy physics network. When her mom took a yearlong sabbatical at CERN in Switzerland, 17-year-old Alice opted to join her for a change of pace in Europe.
Immediately envisioning layovers in exiting cities like New York, London, or Paris, she was brought down to Earth when Lane told her, "We won't be in any city long enough to leave the airport. Trust me, you'll just want to get there." Still, the mundaneness of switching planes in Denver and DC was quite a jolt for her, but at least this route let them stay with the same airline.
At first, she intended to bring her pet rabbit Bunsai along, but the rigors of travel and quarantine seemed too much to put him through so she entrusted his care to Leo and printed detailed instructions for him. Recalling his scientific absent-mindedness, she asked her classmate friend Abby to periodically check on Bunsai's welfare.
Of all days to leave, they were scheduled to depart Albuquerque 7:10am 21 August 2017, total solar eclipse day, and wouldn't arrive in Geneva until 7:40 the following morning. If they were to see the eclipse at all, it was likely within an hour after they leave Denver. For just over 90 minutes the Moon's darkest shadow would race across America, revealing the Sun's corona to 5 state capitals (flights: 7:10a-8:29a, 10:55a-4:19p, 5:30p-7:40a ; totality: 10:17a PDT - 2:47p EDT ; 5 state capitals: Salem OR, Lincoln NE, Jefferson City MO, Nashville TN, Columbia SC).
Their first flight left on time and arrived in Denver about 8:30 with over 150 minutes until their next leg. Lane was preoccupied with emails to colleagues so Alice said she'd wander around. "Just make sure you're back in time," was all she was told.
Monday morning was quiet at Denver International Airport which Alice renamed "Dead In Arrival" with its airport code DEN rechristened "Dead Extraterrestrial Nexus." None of the duty free shops were open yet so she meandered thru the terminal until she found a short vacant hallway and an unlocked door. A well-lit stairway led down several flights to a cavernous space flanked with large machinery she couldn't identify and a steady hum of power generation.
Little did Alice know that a 2004 Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request revealed "that United Airlines, Inc. is involved in a DOD Air Transportation Program likely connected to COG [Continuity of Government]. This contract would allow United Airlines to fly VIPs, sitting Senators, Congressmen, and top-level officials to-and-from the main COG hub located on DIA grounds."
DIA is infamous for its artwork which fuels conspiracists: "Blucifer," the Murderous Mustang; unnerving "Vorticity"; "Interior Garden," said to cover an Illuminati bunker; multi-paneled "Children of the World Dream of Peace" filled with Freemason symbolism including a machine-gun-armed soldier impaling a dove; "In Peace and Harmony with Nature" contrasting bountifulness and diversity of natural life with extinction of animals and cultures; "Balustrade"; gargoyles, and more.
Alice was woefully unprepared for what she saw next. Door BE64B opened onto an illuminated sleek Maglev rail platform whose tracks vanished in the gloom beyond. Signage was plentiful, but arcane, abstruse and resembled nothing with which she was familiar. It felt otherworldly alien. Where did it lead and for whom was it built? Parts of Alice didn't want to know. She meandered onto the platform and peered at the map sign, which vaguely looked like a cross between a flowchart and a ragged spider's web. Did it symbolize a subway network? she wondered. If so, where were the other nodes? What could be the main trunk wove from lower left to upper right with dozens of branches in all directions. Suddenly, an insight clicked. Was this an underground U.S. map? The idea sent chills running up and down her spine.
Just then, a Humvee rounded one of the platform's structures and sped in her direction, its high beams penetrating her surrounding zone of comfort. Time to retrace her steps pronto! She ran to the spot she entered this level. On its inner side the door read T-47 M and she began leaping up the stairs 2 and 3 at a time. How many stairwells had she descended? She didn't know.
At a certain point in her ascent, the stairs felt different so she knew she was back at the terminal concourse where she started. Mixed jog-walking over to the TSA booths, she strode up to the one for passengers without carry-on luggage and handed the agent her ticket. He gave it a quick once-over, then waived her through. A couple of minutes later she found her mother, much like she had left her. "You look flushed. Are you OK?" Deciding now was not the time to reveal what she had witnessed, she just nodded and slumped into a nearby seat. The minutes passed slowly and eventually their flight to DC was announced ready for boarding.
While taxiing, a flight attendant demonstrated seatbelt operation and pointed out the exits, but who really pays attention? Soon they were airborne and the captain did his cursory welcome with weather report and announced they would fly through both the penumbra and umbra moon shadows. Because of their Eastward speed, they would experience totality slightly longer than those on the ground. He said to enjoy the twilight effect and cautioned not to look at the sun at all, which was unlikely unless the plane banked because the sun and moon would be nearly overhead. Great, thought Alice. A solar eclipse of a lifetime without even seeing it. Lane pulled out her tablet and accessed NASA's Live Stream of the event and they watched it together.
The sky darkened slowly and then suddenly it was twilight with a few stars and planets visible for about 2 minutes before the process reversed. Alice experienced the oddest feeling of her young life and clung close to her mother. Later, the captain mentioned they were flying over the nexus of the Mississippi, Missouri, Illinois, and Ohio Rivers, which looked like greenish-brown ribbons from 35,000 feet. Alice dozed for a while and then they began the descent into DC's Reagan airport. Lane pointed out various landmarks that Alice was seeing for the first time.
Rested and with a couple of hours to kill, Alice again opted to stroll around. DCA she quickly repurposed as Dunce Cap Actor since Reagan was said to not be very bright. This time the duty free shops were open, but she soon grew bored of them and found herself people-watching. She wondered how many were politicians and imagined conversations she might have with them. At one point a phalanx of Secret Service agents, quite obvious by their suits, shades, and earpieces, hastened by with merely a glance Alice's way. It didn't appear they were accompanying any VIP, but she thought she glimpsed 2 of them momentarily shape-shift, yet she couldn't be sure. She tried to nonchalantly follow them, but a fierce rearward glare from one of the 'shape-shifters' nixed that idea.
Despite the aura of jetset elite, airport terminals were universally bland and tedious. Some tried to liven up the experience of waiting for flights with flashy artwork, but that technique was marginally successful at best. A display describing the city's prominent monuments next caught her eye so she dawdled there awhile. The Masonic symbol graced the bottom of the text with its distinctive capital G inside a compass opened to 47° and a builder's square, signifying both the 47th Problem of Euclid on basing a square and the 47° arc of the tropics, 23.5° North and South of the Equator. She noted that the Washington Monument, the largest stone obelisk in the world, was 555 feet, 5 and an eighth inches tall. "There are 132 rooms, 32 bathrooms, and 6 levels to accommodate all the people who live in, work in, and visit the White House. There are also 412 doors, 147 windows, 28 fireplaces, 7 staircases, and 3 elevators."
Stifling a yawn, Alice returned to where she left her mom, but Lane wasn't there. Restroom was her first thought so she waited a few minutes, then went off in search of her. Reagan was a big airport in which to locate someone. She found her at a bank of windows with a partial view of a departure runway. In single file jetliners awaited their turn to throttle up and take to the sky. They watched together silently until soon it was time for theirs.
Settling in, Alice had the window seat so after takeoff, as the skies darkened for the 2nd time that day, the myriad of lights reminded her of star clusters. Haze prevented her from seeing more than 100 miles or so, but that was enough. Dinner and beverages were served, then the movie began, Guardians of the Galaxy, vol. 2. It was just OK. Green, blue, metallic, animal, and insect characters, meh, but Baby Groot was kinda cute voiced by Vin Diesel.
Alice awoke from restless sleep not long after Europe was visible below. A CERN driver met them in baggage claim with a cart so they only carried what they wished and walked with him to the lot. The drive to CERN's campus was quiet and Alice pressed her nose to the window eager to see her new surroundings.
"CERN is built on the former site of a temple to Apollyon, who is referenced in the book of Revelation as the king of the horde of the 'bottomless pit'. Scripture says the key to the pit will be given in the end times and when it is opened something terrible will come through. There is documented evidence that CERN seeks to open doors to other dimensions, they openly admit it. They have also released videos which indicate these intentions, along with other occult messages, as well as erecting the statue of Shiva (the destroyer) who is synonymous with Satan (according to occult scholars).
All of this combined with other prophecy being fulfilled in modern times is an overwhelming sign of the times. People need to do a little digging and open their eyes, no need to take anyone's word for it, the evidence is all there.
Unfortunately most just scoff at the idea of anything beyond their well-programmed existence, they trust in the 'wisdom' of men and science. They put their faith in what they can see but don't realize that most of what they see is manufactured deception, making them blind to the truth.
The LHC will not generate black holes in the cosmological sense. However, some theories suggest that the formation of tiny ‘quantum’ black holes may be possible. The observation of such an event would be thrilling in terms of our understanding of the Universe; and would be perfectly safe.
As far as we know, we live in four dimensions, three of space and one of time. But experimentalists at the Large Hadron Collider are looking for evidence that the universe contains more than that. The existence of extra dimensions could explain some puzzling properties of the universe.
Physicists know about four forces that govern the way particles interact: electromagnetism, the strong and weak nuclear forces, and gravity. Gravity is by far the weakest. Think about sticking a magnet to a refrigerator door. The magnet can respond to the electromagnetic force that attracts it to the door. Or it can respond to the gravitational force of the Earth below. If you let it go at a short enough distance, it sticks straight to the door, ignoring the entire planet beneath it.
Physicists wonder why gravity seems so much weaker than the other three forces. One possibility is that we’re only experiencing a fraction of it. It could be that the gravitational force acts partially in another dimension, or many extra dimensions, that we can’t perceive. Knowing more about gravity could help physicists seeking to form a so-called theory of everything, a theory that combines the four forces into one.
Extra dimensions would not necessarily consist of alternate worlds, as depicted in science fiction. They could simply be too small for us to see. To understand how this would work, imagine walking along a tightrope. You are able to move only forwards and backwards without falling. In this situation, it is almost as if you exist in just one dimension of space.
However, an ant walking along the same tightrope has a different point of view. The ant is able to move forwards and backwards but also around the tightrope. To such a small creature, a tightrope exists in two spatial dimensions instead of just one.
Even if extra dimensions are small, they can still have an effect on how we experience the world. Scientists think that finding evidence of extra dimensions could help answer some of their questions about gravity, still one of the most mysterious forces in the universe.
Finding evidence of extra dimensions could also give credence to theories of physics beyond the Standard Model. Models of string theory, for example, require the existence of at least 11 dimensions.
Discovering extra dimensions could give scientists clues about the mysterious workings of gravity and could help them to unify the forces or determine the validity of string theory. It could also raise more questions about ways other dimensions shape the world around us." from mydailyinformer.com.
Lurelena Klerwing grew up ever in the shadow of her famous TV actor cousin and it drove her crazy. He played the "Fonz", ultra-cool, vain biker bro and babe-magnet with his trademark "Heyyy", but it was all a façade. In reality, she was a chic whiz MS, while he was just an NYC Jewish mama's boy, who couldn't ride a motorbike without crashing it. She felt like she had to overachieve to prove herself, with dual doctorates in nuclear and computer engineering to get recognition. As a post-doc she worked in high energy physics laboratories, currently as CERN Data Centre Director responsible for server farm evolution. This too was a stepping stone to overcome Fonz envy.: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JQc9L2RbQkw
Arrival day for Lane and Alice at the main Meyrin site was fortuitous because the proton beams had been aligned and were ready for collision. The ATLAS detector was conducting an experiment. "A search for the direct production of charginos and neutalinos in final stages with at least two hadronically decaying tau leptons is presented. The analysis uses a dataset of pp collisions corresponding to an integrated luminosity of 36.1 fb^-1 recorded with the ATLAS detector at the Large Hadron Collider at a center-of-mass energy of √s = 13 TeV. No significant deviation from the Standard Model background expectation is observed. Limits are derived in scenarios of..." Alice was delighted to discover her namesake "ALICE (A Large Ion Collider Experiment)...a heavy-ion detector on the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) ring" for detecting "quark-gluon plasma, a state of matter thought to have formed just after the big bang."
The anomaly occurred just as engineers were incrementally raising luminosity to 14 TeV. Lights flickered and the steady hum of the ring subsided. Dismay played upon the visage of several technicians. Something was wrong. Later they'd learn that tachyons had interrupted the beam with quirky consequences. It'll take those gomers days to be ready again for my services, Lurelena mused. Might as well pack some lederhosen, go climb Jungfrau, and hone my yodel. In her cross-dressing family, she donned the pants while Heinrich wore skirts. She also preferred indoor work environments where she could see her breath, what she called her Deep Freeze. In Nerd Labs Land she was known as the Frigid Witch with a Kelvin Switch. They tended to avoid her Deep Freeze zone as much as they could, which was just as well with her.
Lane indicated they had best leave the ring area for their hotel room in Building 39 on the surface. She decided it was best to send Alice home sooner than planned. That night Alice had trouble sleeping and got up to wander the compound, marveling at all she had experienced so far. In the square was a 2m tall bronze sculpture of Hindu Śiva Nataraja 'lord of dance'. "A special plaque next to the Shiva statue at CERN explains the significance of the metaphor of Shiva’s cosmic dance with several quotations from The Tao of Physics. Here is the text of the plaque: [Known as the Nataraja, this particular form of the Dancing Shiva is one of the greatest gifts to the world of art. Shiva symbolises "Shakti" or life force, in the Hindu Trinity. He is the Creator, the Sustainer, and the Destroyer. Beyond the Nataraja's artistic form lies a profound meaning to be comprehended at many levels. The Nataraja in Ananda Tandava shows Him dancing the universe into existence, sustaining it with His rhythm and dancing it to extinction. Creation is sparked by the vibration of the drum in the right hand; protection of sustenance by the open palm of the front right arm, a gesture of assurance that grants freedom from fear. The fire in the left arm dissolves the universe while the front left arm points downward to the lifted left leg, the solace of the worlds. The dwarf representing ignorance is trampled under the right leg. The aureole represents the cosmos, the sun, moon and stars revolving in perpetual and fiery motion.] Ananda K. Coomaraswamy, seeing beyond the unsurpassed rhythm, beauty, power and grace of the Nataraja, once wrote of it “It is the clearest image of the activity of God which any art or religion can boast of.” More recently, Fritjof Capra explained that “Modern physics has shown that the rhythm of creation and destruction is not only manifest in the turn of the seasons and in the birth and death of all living creatures, but is also the very essence of inorganic matter,” and that “For the modern physicists, then, Shiva’s dance is the dance of subatomic matter.” It is indeed as Capra concluded: “Hundreds of years ago, Indian artists created visual images of dancing Shivas in a beautiful series of bronzes. In our time, physicists have used the most advanced technology to portray the patterns of the cosmic dance. The metaphor of the cosmic dance thus unifies ancient mythology, religious art and modern physics.”" http://www.sanskritimagazine.com/vedic_science/shivas-cosmic-dance-nataraj-at-cern/ and https://hinduexistence.org/2012/07/14/god-particle-cern-lord-shiva-nataraj/
At midnight she began returning to their quarters, when she witnessed from the staircase window a bizarre scene, a solemn procession of black-clad acolytes approach Nataraja and conduct a mock satanic ritual blood sacrifice of a young woman. Access to the square was only through security gates so, whoever these dark figures were, they were authorized to be there. The next day a video appeared on Facebook made from the 3rd floor stairwell of CERN's office Building 40 across the square from the hotel. Bedlam erupted online over the video so CERN officials had to issue a statement proclaiming it a prank. The Guardian oddly reported the incident, "Spokeswoman at high temple of particle physics suggests ‘scientific users’ of the Geneva facility ‘let their humour go too far’ with staging of occult rite...The European Organisation for Nuclear Research (Cern) has launched an investigation into a video filmed at night on its Geneva campus depicting a mock ritual human sacrifice. The video, which circulated online, shows several individuals in black cloaks gathering in a main square at Europe’s top physics lab, in what appears to be a re-enactment of an occult ceremony. The video includes the staged “stabbing” of a woman. It is filmed from the perspective of a secret viewer watching from a window above who, as the ceremony reaches its climax, lets out a string of expletives and flees with the camera still running. The ceremony appears to have been staged in front of a statue of the Hindu deity Shiva that is on permanent display at the complex, home of the Large Hadron Collider. “These scenes were filmed on our premises but without official permission or knowledge,” a Cern spokeswoman told Agence France-Presse in an email. “Cern does not condone this type of spoof, which can give rise to misunderstandings about the scientific nature of our work.” The “investigation” under way was an “internal matter”, she said. The video has raised questions about security on Cern’s campus. Asked to detail the security procedures surrounding access to the campus, the Cern spokeswoman said: “Cern IDs are checked systematically at each entry to the Cern site whether it is night or day.” She further indicated that those responsible for the prank had access badges. “Cern welcomes every year thousands of scientific users from all over the world and sometimes some of them let their humour go too far. This is what happened on this occasion,” the email said. The spokeswoman was not available to comment the possible identity of those responsible. Geneva police told AFP they had been in contact with Cern about the video but were not involved in an official investigation. Cern hosts machinery carrying out some of the world’s most elaborate particle research, including an enormously powerful proton smasher trying to find previously undiscovered particles. With Agence France-Presse": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2M667gqmkOc&t=291s
Alice found it peculiar that CERN would conduct an "internal investigation" in which no doubt the laboratory and all ritual participants would be absolved of any wrongdoing. At its weird dedication ceremonies, Switzerland's Gotthard Base Tunnel "The world’s longest and deepest rail tunnel was unveiled with a bizarre ceremony featuring a goat-man [Baphomet] who dies and is resurrected, women simulating sex with each other and drone-like human workers marching to a rhythmic drum beat." They hired performers to enact "dramatic displays" under an all-seeing eye, enacting demonic secret society rituals, some clad in elaborate costumes, others only in underwear.: http://www.wnd.com/2016/06/new-tunnel-christened-by-bizarre-demonic-ceremony/ and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0QF3Kvb1u94
In general relativity, an event horizon is a boundary in spacetime beyond which events cannot affect an outside observer. In layman's terms, it is defined as 'the point of no return', i.e., the point at which the gravitational pull becomes so great as to make escape impossible. An event horizon is most commonly associated with black holes. It may represent an end of time.
The Mandela Effect likely got its name from all those who remember learning that South African anti-apartheid revolutionary Nelson Mandela died in prison. People exhibit the Mandela Effect by recalling different song lyrics, subtle logo changes, TV show details, or movie highlights. For some it can be even more dramatic: vivid memories of a celebrity death like Willie Nelson, Doris Day, Keith Richards, Carol Channing, or Zsa Zsa Gabor. Others cite Colorado Flat Tops Wilderness Area Trappers Lake Lodge, rescued by firefighters during the Big Fish fire in 2002, or only the stone fireplace and flagpole remaining. In your time stream, are there Berenstain Bears or Berenstein Bears? What does Snow White's queen say to her mirror? Does bible wine go into new bottles or new wineskins? Do lambs lay down with wolves or lions? Is the Lord's Prayer the same as you learned it? Does it say debt or trespass? How do you remember Sally Field's famous Oscar line?: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lCnPEwvtwmY Do you recall ever seeing Sulawesi, our world's 11th-largest island? What color are C3PO's legs? What does Forrest Gump say about chocolates? In Field of Dreams, if you build it who will come? Interview with (a or the)Vampire? Sex (in or and) the City? Where did blond pig-tailed Moonraker girl Dolly's braces go? What's going on? Is it CERN? Mandela Effect: http://mandelaeffect.com/
Alice kept hoping that someday physicists would come to their senses and find a simplified description of the Cosmos without extra dimensions, black holes, quanta, and other weird stuff so normal people could understand it, but then her folks might lose their jobs.
When Abby picked her up at Albuquerque International Sunport, the first thing Alice wanted to know was, "Did my dad take good care of Bunsai?" She was not prepared for Abby's reply. "Is that your new nickname for Bonzo? Your dad couldn't have done any better. Every time I checked there was fresh food, water, and litter." Since main matters were covered, she let the name thing drop, made a mental note to tell her dad he's cool now, and inquired about new gossip. Abby wanted to hear about Europe so they bantered back and forth.
Bonzo the guinea pig just squeaked. That was unacceptable. Alice wanted Bunsai back, but no amount of bargaining, pleading, or crying would convince her parents to let her fly back to CERN. Instead, she began to formulate another option. I'm just a mirror of the milieu I perceive, she thought, so who can help me? Arkansas-born Waylor Tilson, the boy who played with fusion and netted a $50K prize for his radiation detector in 2011 at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in Los Angeles, was a geek girl's vision of Adonis, 23 as of this writing and living in Reno.: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bB93E-C7OPo
She talked Abby into a Reno road trip with Bonzo in Abby's beater Dodge by paying expenses with bribe money her dad gave her to quit hounding him about CERN. After an uneventful night off the strip in Vegas and with the air conditioning at full blast, 3/4s of the way en route near Walker Lake on US Route 95, she could have sworn she spotted Marty and Doc in the DeLorean, but they vanished in a flash. At UN-Reno they quickly found Waylor's lab just by asking around. He still hung out at Davidson Academy on campus where he once took both high school and college courses for free as a prodigy. Still weighing his options, he turned down offers from the Departments of Energy and Homeland Security for the device he built cheaply that did the work of one worth tens of thousands of dollars. He imagined himself an entrepreneur like Lon Musky.: http://images.mentalfloss.com/sites/default/files/styles/article_640x430/public/obama-taylor-wilson_5.jpg
Alice walked right up to Waylor, introduced herself and Abby, and quickly described her situation. He was immediately intrigued, while at the same time awkward about interacting with 2 bright cute girls. Alice poured on the charm and soon had him committed to lending his expertise and fusion reactor to her dilemma. Unlike the huge CERN facility, in order to promulgate spacetime variations on the order of reversing species transmigrations ala Bonsai/Bonzo, he'd have to piggyback his device onto a powerful enough particle accelerator. Even the Varian K-9 accelerator at UNLV's Harry Reid Center wasn't up to the task. He closed his eyes for a few moments and grabbed his chin deep in thought. "Your answer is close to home," he blurted. "What do you mean?" she asked. "Los Alamos has a strong enough linear particle accelerator." Soon 3 humans, a fusion reactor, and a caged guinea pig were crammed into the Dodge heading East and South. The A/C began blowing less cool air, then, after a couple hundred miles, quit altogether so they rolled down all the windows.
Back on US 95, Alice kept a lookout for the DeLorean. When they got to Beatty near the Nevada Test Site at sunset, Waylor asked if they could indulge him for a couple of hours. The teens looked at one another, trying to guess what he meant. All he wanted was to find a good viewpoint to scan the sky after dark. He found a rutted track his dad had shown him and they slowly drove it with lights off up to a ridgetop where a rusty gate blocked further progress. Abby switched off the engine and they all got out, except Bonzo. Alice threw a blanket over the car's roof and they climbed up to sit there. Dusk in summer lingers so they passed the time listening to the onset of night insects, admiring the silhouette of the Sierras and welcoming the cooler air. By nightfall, stars emerged in abundant glory. Among Waylor's gadgetry were a wristband Geiger counter, a strobe flashlight, and a tiny camera. Time for some geeky freaky. Off in the distance lay Groom Lake and Area 51.
A peaceful, but uneventful, 2 hours passed, yet the experience bonded Waylor and the 2 girls as friends. They chattered like monkeys the whole time on the car's roof and during the drive back down. When they returned to US 95, they were surprised to find Martin "Marty" Seamus McFly straining to push the DeLorean along the paved shoulder. "Great Scott!", hollered Emmett Lathrop "Doc" Brown. "We'll never reach 88 mph to stop Biff in Hill Valley." Just then Marty spotted the Dodge, still with its lights out. "If you put your mind to it, Doc, you can accomplish anything. Little help here?" The others left their vehicles and walked to Marty's side. "My car can't push yours to 88 mph," Abby said, as Doc opened the DeLorean's hatch, revealing its flux capacitor, and said, "Well, if we had fission material, we wouldn't need a push." Waylor spoke up, "I've got a little in the Dodge." "Do you have any idea how much power 1.21 gigawatts is?" Doc demanded. Fingering his wrist band, Waylor hesitatingly replied, "Actually, I do." Doc replied, "Radiation detector? Of course. 'Cause of all the atomic wars."
Doc gave his usual DeLorean-as-time-machine spiel, "First, you turn the time circuits on. This one tells you where your going. This one tells you where you are. This one tells you where you were. You input your destination time on this keypad. Say you want to see the signing of the Declaration of Independence or witness the birth of Christ. Here's a red-letter date in the history of science: November 5, 1955. Of course, November 5, 1955! That was the day I invented time-travel. I remember it vividly. I was standing on the edge of my toilet hanging a clock, the porcelain was wet, I slipped, hit my head on the sink, and when I came to I had a revelation! A vision! A picture in my head! A picture of this! This is what makes time travel possible: the flux capacitor! It's taken me nearly thirty years and my entire family fortune to realize the vision of that day. My God, has it been that long? Things have certainly changed around here. I remember when this was all farmland as far as the eye could see! Old man Peabody owned all of this! He had this crazy idea about breeding pine trees."
Soon Waylor's fusion reactor was jury-rigged to the unit with promise of its safe return later at Los Alamos. Marty and Doc hopped in and sped away to stop Biff, but a Nevada state trooper was headed the opposite direction just as they accelerated and wheeled around to give chase. "Unit 54. In pursuit of speeder near mile marker 200, 10-31." he radioed. At precisely 88 mph the DeLorean dematerialized, leaving behind twin traces of fire. "Dispatch, cancel that, 10-22." No way he would report that and risk being the laughing stock at HQ, yet another bizarre sighting on this beat. A 13-acre huge silent black triangle glided overhead from the east. The only one of them to see it was Bonzo from his vantage point low in the back seat out the rear window. It was easily the eeriest thing he'd seen in his short life so he whistled in awe as the Geiger counter barely clicked.: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=frB_fXbCjes and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pRxbwMfe7iY
With the naiveté of youth, they chose to enjoy their next stay in Vegas and visited the glitziest attractions, before falling into bed after 3. A late afternoon start delayed a Los Alamos ETA until the following day. When they did arrived, the DeLorean and its intrepid crew were awaiting them at the rendezvous. Marty spoke first, "Good, you're back!" "Great Scott, Einstein's clock is exactly one minute behind mine and still ticking!" said Doc too loudly, as usual.
Since this was her project, Alice took charge as much as she could, but soon realized she was out of her depth when it came to linear accelerators, fusion reactors, and flux capacitors. Waylor and Doc brainstormed together, while Marty tried his luck amusing the girls without much success. They reverted to Los Alamos jargon and he found himself commiserating with Bonzo, who relived his reverie with the triangle with occasional nods and squeaks Marty's way.
Nerds seem to find the back door to any secure location and Waylor was no exception. Los Alamos may have state-of-the-art security, but that didn't stop physicist Richard Feynman from making a game of it in the '40s and not much changed in that regard since. Doc and Waylor, as offbeat as could be in normal life, fit right in as super geeks inside the laboratory. Together they fashioned passable IDs and looked like any other team of senior and junior physicist with Doc babbling incoherently and Waylor showing proper deference. They worked their way to the inner sanctum and affixed the fusion reactor to the linear accelerator to function in tandem. Soon energy levels only ever achieved at CERN were pulsing throughout the network. Waylor fine tuned his device deftly with utmost precision so Doc was duly impressed. Brows furrowed among cognoscenti, but never did any suspicion fall on the interlopers. With a flair for the dramatic, Waylor raised his left hand over his head and, like a maestro, brought it down in perfect time with an electrical hiccup that signaled a 2nd anomaly. They removed the piggybacked device and calmly exited the complex.
At Alice's home, people and pets returned to normal. "Just where have you been?" she queried the rabbit. Bonsai tried to answer her but there were no words.
"Put your hand on a hot stove for a minute, and it seems like an hour. Sit with a pretty girl for an hour, and it seems like a minute. That's relativity."—Albert Einstein. As Mahatma Gandhi once said in the midst of his campaign to create a free and self-governing India: "I have so much to do today I will need to meditate twice as long!"
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2019.07.31 00:57 anti-ZOG-sci-fry Forever on the Non-Event Horizon

Forever on the Non-Event Horizon
by Jayge 8^J
Historians cite Socrates saying, "Wisdom begins in wonder." and Khalil Gibran saying, "Perplexity is the beginning of knowledge." "Know Thyself" predates them and was inscribed at Delphi.
Alice Wunderkind grew up in an artificial community of scientists and engineers on the grounds of Los Alamos National Laboratory. Her grandfather worked there on the Manhattan Project in the early 1940s and both her parents Leo and Lane had careers that involved migration among various cyclotron, synchrotron, linear, and other accelerator facilities in the high energy physics network. When her mom took a yearlong sabbatical at CERN in Switzerland, 17-year-old Alice opted to join her for a change of pace in Europe.
Immediately envisioning layovers in exiting cities like New York, London, or Paris, she was brought down to Earth when Lane told her, "We won't be in any city long enough to leave the airport. Trust me, you'll just want to get there." Still, the mundaneness of switching planes in Denver and DC was quite a jolt for her, but at least this route let them stay with the same airline.
At first, she intended to bring her pet rabbit Bunsai along, but the rigors of travel and quarantine seemed too much to put him through so she entrusted his care to Leo and printed detailed instructions for him. Recalling his scientific absent-mindedness, she asked her classmate friend Abby to periodically check on Bunsai's welfare.
Of all days to leave, they were scheduled to depart Albuquerque 7:10am 21 August 2017, total solar eclipse day, and wouldn't arrive in Geneva until 7:40 the following morning. If they were to see the eclipse at all, it was likely within an hour after they leave Denver. For just over 90 minutes the Moon's darkest shadow would race across America, revealing the Sun's corona to 5 state capitals (flights: 7:10a-8:29a, 10:55a-4:19p, 5:30p-7:40a ; totality: 10:17a PDT - 2:47p EDT ; 5 state capitals: Salem OR, Lincoln NE, Jefferson City MO, Nashville TN, Columbia SC).
Their first flight left on time and arrived in Denver about 8:30 with over 150 minutes until their next leg. Lane was preoccupied with emails to colleagues so Alice said she'd wander around. "Just make sure you're back in time," was all she was told.
Monday morning was quiet at Denver International Airport which Alice renamed "Dead In Arrival" with its airport code DEN rechristened "Dead Extraterrestrial Nexus." None of the duty free shops were open yet so she meandered thru the terminal until she found a short vacant hallway and an unlocked door. A well-lit stairway led down several flights to a cavernous space flanked with large machinery she couldn't identify and a steady hum of power generation.
Little did Alice know that a 2004 Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request revealed "that United Airlines, Inc. is involved in a DOD Air Transportation Program likely connected to COG [Continuity of Government]. This contract would allow United Airlines to fly VIPs, sitting Senators, Congressmen, and top-level officials to-and-from the main COG hub located on DIA grounds."
DIA is infamous for its artwork which fuels conspiracists: "Blucifer," the Murderous Mustang; unnerving "Vorticity"; "Interior Garden," said to cover an Illuminati bunker; multi-paneled "Children of the World Dream of Peace" filled with Freemason symbolism including a machine-gun-armed soldier impaling a dove; "In Peace and Harmony with Nature" contrasting bountifulness and diversity of natural life with extinction of animals and cultures; "Balustrade"; gargoyles, and more.
Alice was woefully unprepared for what she saw next. Door BE64B opened onto an illuminated sleek Maglev rail platform whose tracks vanished in the gloom beyond. Signage was plentiful, but arcane, abstruse and resembled nothing with which she was familiar. It felt otherworldly alien. Where did it lead and for whom was it built? Parts of Alice didn't want to know. She meandered onto the platform and peered at the map sign, which vaguely looked like a cross between a flowchart and a ragged spider's web. Did it symbolize a subway network? she wondered. If so, where were the other nodes? What could be the main trunk wove from lower left to upper right with dozens of branches in all directions. Suddenly, an insight clicked. Was this an underground U.S. map? The idea sent chills running up and down her spine.
Just then, a Humvee rounded one of the platform's structures and sped in her direction, its high beams penetrating her surrounding zone of comfort. Time to retrace her steps pronto! She ran to the spot she entered this level. On its inner side the door read T-47 M and she began leaping up the stairs 2 and 3 at a time. How many stairwells had she descended? She didn't know.
At a certain point in her ascent, the stairs felt different so she knew she was back at the terminal concourse where she started. Mixed jog-walking over to the TSA booths, she strode up to the one for passengers without carry-on luggage and handed the agent her ticket. He gave it a quick once-over, then waived her through. A couple of minutes later she found her mother, much like she had left her. "You look flushed. Are you OK?" Deciding now was not the time to reveal what she had witnessed, she just nodded and slumped into a nearby seat. The minutes passed slowly and eventually their flight to DC was announced ready for boarding.
While taxiing, a flight attendant demonstrated seatbelt operation and pointed out the exits, but who really pays attention? Soon they were airborne and the captain did his cursory welcome with weather report and announced they would fly through both the penumbra and umbra moon shadows. Because of their Eastward speed, they would experience totality slightly longer than those on the ground. He said to enjoy the twilight effect and cautioned not to look at the sun at all, which was unlikely unless the plane banked because the sun and moon would be nearly overhead. Great, thought Alice. A solar eclipse of a lifetime without even seeing it. Lane pulled out her tablet and accessed NASA's Live Stream of the event and they watched it together.
The sky darkened slowly and then suddenly it was twilight with a few stars and planets visible for about 2 minutes before the process reversed. Alice experienced the oddest feeling of her young life and clung close to her mother. Later, the captain mentioned they were flying over the nexus of the Mississippi, Missouri, Illinois, and Ohio Rivers, which looked like greenish-brown ribbons from 35,000 feet. Alice dozed for a while and then they began the descent into DC's Reagan airport. Lane pointed out various landmarks that Alice was seeing for the first time.
Rested and with a couple of hours to kill, Alice again opted to stroll around. DCA she quickly repurposed as Dunce Cap Actor since Reagan was said to not be very bright. This time the duty free shops were open, but she soon grew bored of them and found herself people-watching. She wondered how many were politicians and imagined conversations she might have with them. At one point a phalanx of Secret Service agents, quite obvious by their suits, shades, and earpieces, hastened by with merely a glance Alice's way. It didn't appear they were accompanying any VIP, but she thought she glimpsed 2 of them momentarily shape-shift, yet she couldn't be sure. She tried to nonchalantly follow them, but a fierce rearward glare from one of the 'shape-shifters' nixed that idea.
Despite the aura of jetset elite, airport terminals were universally bland and tedious. Some tried to liven up the experience of waiting for flights with flashy artwork, but that technique was marginally successful at best. A display describing the city's prominent monuments next caught her eye so she dawdled there awhile. The Masonic symbol graced the bottom of the text with its distinctive capital G inside a compass opened to 47° and a builder's square, signifying both the 47th Problem of Euclid on basing a square and the 47° arc of the tropics, 23.5° North and South of the Equator. She noted that the Washington Monument, the largest stone obelisk in the world, was 555 feet, 5 and an eighth inches tall. "There are 132 rooms, 32 bathrooms, and 6 levels to accommodate all the people who live in, work in, and visit the White House. There are also 412 doors, 147 windows, 28 fireplaces, 7 staircases, and 3 elevators."
Stifling a yawn, Alice returned to where she left her mom, but Lane wasn't there. Restroom was her first thought so she waited a few minutes, then went off in search of her. Reagan was a big airport in which to locate someone. She found her at a bank of windows with a partial view of a departure runway. In single file jetliners awaited their turn to throttle up and take to the sky. They watched together silently until soon it was time for theirs.
Settling in, Alice had the window seat so after takeoff, as the skies darkened for the 2nd time that day, the myriad of lights reminded her of star clusters. Haze prevented her from seeing more than 100 miles or so, but that was enough. Dinner and beverages were served, then the movie began, Guardians of the Galaxy, vol. 2. It was just OK. Green, blue, metallic, animal, and insect characters, meh, but Baby Groot was kinda cute voiced by Vin Diesel.
Alice awoke from restless sleep not long after Europe was visible below. A CERN driver met them in baggage claim with a cart so they only carried what they wished and walked with him to the lot. The drive to CERN's campus was quiet and Alice pressed her nose to the window eager to see her new surroundings.
"CERN is built on the former site of a temple to Apollyon, who is referenced in the book of Revelation as the king of the horde of the 'bottomless pit'. Scripture says the key to the pit will be given in the end times and when it is opened something terrible will come through. There is documented evidence that CERN seeks to open doors to other dimensions, they openly admit it. They have also released videos which indicate these intentions, along with other occult messages, as well as erecting the statue of Shiva (the destroyer) who is synonymous with Satan (according to occult scholars).
All of this combined with other prophecy being fulfilled in modern times is an overwhelming sign of the times. People need to do a little digging and open their eyes, no need to take anyone's word for it, the evidence is all there.
Unfortunately most just scoff at the idea of anything beyond their well-programmed existence, they trust in the 'wisdom' of men and science. They put their faith in what they can see but don't realize that most of what they see is manufactured deception, making them blind to the truth.
The LHC will not generate black holes in the cosmological sense. However, some theories suggest that the formation of tiny ‘quantum’ black holes may be possible. The observation of such an event would be thrilling in terms of our understanding of the Universe; and would be perfectly safe.
As far as we know, we live in four dimensions, three of space and one of time. But experimentalists at the Large Hadron Collider are looking for evidence that the universe contains more than that. The existence of extra dimensions could explain some puzzling properties of the universe.
Physicists know about four forces that govern the way particles interact: electromagnetism, the strong and weak nuclear forces, and gravity. Gravity is by far the weakest. Think about sticking a magnet to a refrigerator door. The magnet can respond to the electromagnetic force that attracts it to the door. Or it can respond to the gravitational force of the Earth below. If you let it go at a short enough distance, it sticks straight to the door, ignoring the entire planet beneath it.
Physicists wonder why gravity seems so much weaker than the other three forces. One possibility is that we’re only experiencing a fraction of it. It could be that the gravitational force acts partially in another dimension, or many extra dimensions, that we can’t perceive. Knowing more about gravity could help physicists seeking to form a so-called theory of everything, a theory that combines the four forces into one.
Extra dimensions would not necessarily consist of alternate worlds, as depicted in science fiction. They could simply be too small for us to see. To understand how this would work, imagine walking along a tightrope. You are able to move only forwards and backwards without falling. In this situation, it is almost as if you exist in just one dimension of space.
However, an ant walking along the same tightrope has a different point of view. The ant is able to move forwards and backwards but also around the tightrope. To such a small creature, a tightrope exists in two spatial dimensions instead of just one.
Even if extra dimensions are small, they can still have an effect on how we experience the world. Scientists think that finding evidence of extra dimensions could help answer some of their questions about gravity, still one of the most mysterious forces in the universe.
Finding evidence of extra dimensions could also give credence to theories of physics beyond the Standard Model. Models of string theory, for example, require the existence of at least 11 dimensions.
Discovering extra dimensions could give scientists clues about the mysterious workings of gravity and could help them to unify the forces or determine the validity of string theory. It could also raise more questions about ways other dimensions shape the world around us." from mydailyinformer.com.
Lurelena Klerwing grew up ever in the shadow of her famous TV actor cousin and it drove her crazy. He played the "Fonz", ultra-cool, vain biker bro and babe-magnet with his trademark "Heyyy", but it was all a façade. In reality, she was a chic whiz MS, while he was just an NYC Jewish mama's boy, who couldn't ride a motorbike without crashing it. She felt like she had to overachieve to prove herself, with dual doctorates in nuclear and computer engineering to get recognition. As a post-doc she worked in high energy physics laboratories, currently as CERN Data Centre Director responsible for server farm evolution. This too was a stepping stone to overcome Fonz envy.: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JQc9L2RbQkw
Arrival day for Lane and Alice at the main Meyrin site was fortuitous because the proton beams had been aligned and were ready for collision. The ATLAS detector was conducting an experiment. "A search for the direct production of charginos and neutalinos in final stages with at least two hadronically decaying tau leptons is presented. The analysis uses a dataset of pp collisions corresponding to an integrated luminosity of 36.1 fb^-1 recorded with the ATLAS detector at the Large Hadron Collider at a center-of-mass energy of √s = 13 TeV. No significant deviation from the Standard Model background expectation is observed. Limits are derived in scenarios of..." Alice was delighted to discover her namesake "ALICE (A Large Ion Collider Experiment)...a heavy-ion detector on the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) ring" for detecting "quark-gluon plasma, a state of matter thought to have formed just after the big bang."
The anomaly occurred just as engineers were incrementally raising luminosity to 14 TeV. Lights flickered and the steady hum of the ring subsided. Dismay played upon the visage of several technicians. Something was wrong. Later they'd learn that tachyons had interrupted the beam with quirky consequences. It'll take those gomers days to be ready again for my services, Lurelena mused. Might as well pack some lederhosen, go climb Jungfrau, and hone my yodel. In her cross-dressing family, she donned the pants while Heinrich wore skirts. She also preferred indoor work environments where she could see her breath, what she called her Deep Freeze. In Nerd Labs Land she was known as the Frigid Witch with a Kelvin Switch. They tended to avoid her Deep Freeze zone as much as they could, which was just as well with her.
Lane indicated they had best leave the ring area for their hotel room in Building 39 on the surface. She decided it was best to send Alice home sooner than planned. That night Alice had trouble sleeping and got up to wander the compound, marveling at all she had experienced so far. In the square was a 2m tall bronze sculpture of Hindu Śiva Nataraja 'lord of dance'. "A special plaque next to the Shiva statue at CERN explains the significance of the metaphor of Shiva’s cosmic dance with several quotations from The Tao of Physics. Here is the text of the plaque: [Known as the Nataraja, this particular form of the Dancing Shiva is one of the greatest gifts to the world of art. Shiva symbolises "Shakti" or life force, in the Hindu Trinity. He is the Creator, the Sustainer, and the Destroyer. Beyond the Nataraja's artistic form lies a profound meaning to be comprehended at many levels. The Nataraja in Ananda Tandava shows Him dancing the universe into existence, sustaining it with His rhythm and dancing it to extinction. Creation is sparked by the vibration of the drum in the right hand; protection of sustenance by the open palm of the front right arm, a gesture of assurance that grants freedom from fear. The fire in the left arm dissolves the universe while the front left arm points downward to the lifted left leg, the solace of the worlds. The dwarf representing ignorance is trampled under the right leg. The aureole represents the cosmos, the sun, moon and stars revolving in perpetual and fiery motion.] Ananda K. Coomaraswamy, seeing beyond the unsurpassed rhythm, beauty, power and grace of the Nataraja, once wrote of it “It is the clearest image of the activity of God which any art or religion can boast of.” More recently, Fritjof Capra explained that “Modern physics has shown that the rhythm of creation and destruction is not only manifest in the turn of the seasons and in the birth and death of all living creatures, but is also the very essence of inorganic matter,” and that “For the modern physicists, then, Shiva’s dance is the dance of subatomic matter.” It is indeed as Capra concluded: “Hundreds of years ago, Indian artists created visual images of dancing Shivas in a beautiful series of bronzes. In our time, physicists have used the most advanced technology to portray the patterns of the cosmic dance. The metaphor of the cosmic dance thus unifies ancient mythology, religious art and modern physics.”" http://www.sanskritimagazine.com/vedic_science/shivas-cosmic-dance-nataraj-at-cern/ and https://hinduexistence.org/2012/07/14/god-particle-cern-lord-shiva-nataraj/
At midnight she began returning to their quarters, when she witnessed from the staircase window a bizarre scene, a solemn procession of black-clad acolytes approach Nataraja and conduct a mock satanic ritual blood sacrifice of a young woman. Access to the square was only through security gates so, whoever these dark figures were, they were authorized to be there. The next day a video appeared on Facebook made from the 3rd floor stairwell of CERN's office Building 40 across the square from the hotel. Bedlam erupted online over the video so CERN officials had to issue a statement proclaiming it a prank. The Guardian oddly reported the incident, "Spokeswoman at high temple of particle physics suggests ‘scientific users’ of the Geneva facility ‘let their humour go too far’ with staging of occult rite...The European Organisation for Nuclear Research (Cern) has launched an investigation into a video filmed at night on its Geneva campus depicting a mock ritual human sacrifice. The video, which circulated online, shows several individuals in black cloaks gathering in a main square at Europe’s top physics lab, in what appears to be a re-enactment of an occult ceremony. The video includes the staged “stabbing” of a woman. It is filmed from the perspective of a secret viewer watching from a window above who, as the ceremony reaches its climax, lets out a string of expletives and flees with the camera still running. The ceremony appears to have been staged in front of a statue of the Hindu deity Shiva that is on permanent display at the complex, home of the Large Hadron Collider. “These scenes were filmed on our premises but without official permission or knowledge,” a Cern spokeswoman told Agence France-Presse in an email. “Cern does not condone this type of spoof, which can give rise to misunderstandings about the scientific nature of our work.” The “investigation” under way was an “internal matter”, she said. The video has raised questions about security on Cern’s campus. Asked to detail the security procedures surrounding access to the campus, the Cern spokeswoman said: “Cern IDs are checked systematically at each entry to the Cern site whether it is night or day.” She further indicated that those responsible for the prank had access badges. “Cern welcomes every year thousands of scientific users from all over the world and sometimes some of them let their humour go too far. This is what happened on this occasion,” the email said. The spokeswoman was not available to comment the possible identity of those responsible. Geneva police told AFP they had been in contact with Cern about the video but were not involved in an official investigation. Cern hosts machinery carrying out some of the world’s most elaborate particle research, including an enormously powerful proton smasher trying to find previously undiscovered particles. With Agence France-Presse": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2M667gqmkOc&t=291s
Alice found it peculiar that CERN would conduct an "internal investigation" in which no doubt the laboratory and all ritual participants would be absolved of any wrongdoing. At its weird dedication ceremonies, Switzerland's Gotthard Base Tunnel "The world’s longest and deepest rail tunnel was unveiled with a bizarre ceremony featuring a goat-man [Baphomet] who dies and is resurrected, women simulating sex with each other and drone-like human workers marching to a rhythmic drum beat." They hired performers to enact "dramatic displays" under an all-seeing eye, enacting demonic secret society rituals, some clad in elaborate costumes, others only in underwear.: http://www.wnd.com/2016/06/new-tunnel-christened-by-bizarre-demonic-ceremony/ and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0QF3Kvb1u94
In general relativity, an event horizon is a boundary in spacetime beyond which events cannot affect an outside observer. In layman's terms, it is defined as 'the point of no return', i.e., the point at which the gravitational pull becomes so great as to make escape impossible. An event horizon is most commonly associated with black holes. It may represent an end of time.
The Mandela Effect likely got its name from all those who remember learning that South African anti-apartheid revolutionary Nelson Mandela died in prison. People exhibit the Mandela Effect by recalling different song lyrics, subtle logo changes, TV show details, or movie highlights. For some it can be even more dramatic: vivid memories of a celebrity death like Willie Nelson, Doris Day, Keith Richards, Carol Channing, or Zsa Zsa Gabor. Others cite Colorado Flat Tops Wilderness Area Trappers Lake Lodge, rescued by firefighters during the Big Fish fire in 2002, or only the stone fireplace and flagpole remaining. In your time stream, are there Berenstain Bears or Berenstein Bears? What does Snow White's queen say to her mirror? Does bible wine go into new bottles or new wineskins? Do lambs lay down with wolves or lions? Is the Lord's Prayer the same as you learned it? Does it say debt or trespass? How do you remember Sally Field's famous Oscar line?: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lCnPEwvtwmY Do you recall ever seeing Sulawesi, our world's 11th-largest island? What color are C3PO's legs? What does Forrest Gump say about chocolates? In Field of Dreams, if you build it who will come? Interview with (a or the)Vampire? Sex (in or and) the City? Where did blond pig-tailed Moonraker girl Dolly's braces go? What's going on? Is it CERN? Mandela Effect: http://mandelaeffect.com/
Alice kept hoping that someday physicists would come to their senses and find a simplified description of the Cosmos without extra dimensions, black holes, quanta, and other weird stuff so normal people could understand it, but then her folks might lose their jobs.
When Abby picked her up at Albuquerque International Sunport, the first thing Alice wanted to know was, "Did my dad take good care of Bunsai?" She was not prepared for Abby's reply. "Is that your new nickname for Bonzo? Your dad couldn't have done any better. Every time I checked there was fresh food, water, and litter." Since main matters were covered, she let the name thing drop, made a mental note to tell her dad he's cool now, and inquired about new gossip. Abby wanted to hear about Europe so they bantered back and forth.
Bonzo the guinea pig just squeaked. That was unacceptable. Alice wanted Bunsai back, but no amount of bargaining, pleading, or crying would convince her parents to let her fly back to CERN. Instead, she began to formulate another option. I'm just a mirror of the milieu I perceive, she thought, so who can help me? Arkansas-born Waylor Tilson, the boy who played with fusion and netted a $50K prize for his radiation detector in 2011 at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in Los Angeles, was a geek girl's vision of Adonis, 23 as of this writing and living in Reno.: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bB93E-C7OPo
She talked Abby into a Reno road trip with Bonzo in Abby's beater Dodge by paying expenses with bribe money her dad gave her to quit hounding him about CERN. After an uneventful night off the strip in Vegas and with the air conditioning at full blast, 3/4s of the way en route near Walker Lake on US Route 95, she could have sworn she spotted Marty and Doc in the DeLorean, but they vanished in a flash. At UN-Reno they quickly found Waylor's lab just by asking around. He still hung out at Davidson Academy on campus where he once took both high school and college courses for free as a prodigy. Still weighing his options, he turned down offers from the Departments of Energy and Homeland Security for the device he built cheaply that did the work of one worth tens of thousands of dollars. He imagined himself an entrepreneur like Lon Musky.: http://images.mentalfloss.com/sites/default/files/styles/article_640x430/public/obama-taylor-wilson_5.jpg
Alice walked right up to Waylor, introduced herself and Abby, and quickly described her situation. He was immediately intrigued, while at the same time awkward about interacting with 2 bright cute girls. Alice poured on the charm and soon had him committed to lending his expertise and fusion reactor to her dilemma. Unlike the huge CERN facility, in order to promulgate spacetime variations on the order of reversing species transmigrations ala Bonsai/Bonzo, he'd have to piggyback his device onto a powerful enough particle accelerator. Even the Varian K-9 accelerator at UNLV's Harry Reid Center wasn't up to the task. He closed his eyes for a few moments and grabbed his chin deep in thought. "Your answer is close to home," he blurted. "What do you mean?" she asked. "Los Alamos has a strong enough linear particle accelerator." Soon 3 humans, a fusion reactor, and a caged guinea pig were crammed into the Dodge heading East and South. The A/C began blowing less cool air, then, after a couple hundred miles, quit altogether so they rolled down all the windows.
Back on US 95, Alice kept a lookout for the DeLorean. When they got to Beatty near the Nevada Test Site at sunset, Waylor asked if they could indulge him for a couple of hours. The teens looked at one another, trying to guess what he meant. All he wanted was to find a good viewpoint to scan the sky after dark. He found a rutted track his dad had shown him and they slowly drove it with lights off up to a ridgetop where a rusty gate blocked further progress. Abby switched off the engine and they all got out, except Bonzo. Alice threw a blanket over the car's roof and they climbed up to sit there. Dusk in summer lingers so they passed the time listening to the onset of night insects, admiring the silhouette of the Sierras and welcoming the cooler air. By nightfall, stars emerged in abundant glory. Among Waylor's gadgetry were a wristband Geiger counter, a strobe flashlight, and a tiny camera. Time for some geeky freaky. Off in the distance lay Groom Lake and Area 51.
A peaceful, but uneventful, 2 hours passed, yet the experience bonded Waylor and the 2 girls as friends. They chattered like monkeys the whole time on the car's roof and during the drive back down. When they returned to US 95, they were surprised to find Martin "Marty" Seamus McFly straining to push the DeLorean along the paved shoulder. "Great Scott!", hollered Emmett Lathrop "Doc" Brown. "We'll never reach 88 mph to stop Biff in Hill Valley." Just then Marty spotted the Dodge, still with its lights out. "If you put your mind to it, Doc, you can accomplish anything. Little help here?" The others left their vehicles and walked to Marty's side. "My car can't push yours to 88 mph," Abby said, as Doc opened the DeLorean's hatch, revealing its flux capacitor, and said, "Well, if we had fission material, we wouldn't need a push." Waylor spoke up, "I've got a little in the Dodge." "Do you have any idea how much power 1.21 gigawatts is?" Doc demanded. Fingering his wrist band, Waylor hesitatingly replied, "Actually, I do." Doc replied, "Radiation detector? Of course. 'Cause of all the atomic wars."
Doc gave his usual DeLorean-as-time-machine spiel, "First, you turn the time circuits on. This one tells you where your going. This one tells you where you are. This one tells you where you were. You input your destination time on this keypad. Say you want to see the signing of the Declaration of Independence or witness the birth of Christ. Here's a red-letter date in the history of science: November 5, 1955. Of course, November 5, 1955! That was the day I invented time-travel. I remember it vividly. I was standing on the edge of my toilet hanging a clock, the porcelain was wet, I slipped, hit my head on the sink, and when I came to I had a revelation! A vision! A picture in my head! A picture of this! This is what makes time travel possible: the flux capacitor! It's taken me nearly thirty years and my entire family fortune to realize the vision of that day. My God, has it been that long? Things have certainly changed around here. I remember when this was all farmland as far as the eye could see! Old man Peabody owned all of this! He had this crazy idea about breeding pine trees."
Soon Waylor's fusion reactor was jury-rigged to the unit with promise of its safe return later at Los Alamos. Marty and Doc hopped in and sped away to stop Biff, but a Nevada state trooper was headed the opposite direction just as they accelerated and wheeled around to give chase. "Unit 54. In pursuit of speeder near mile marker 200, 10-31." he radioed. At precisely 88 mph the DeLorean dematerialized, leaving behind twin traces of fire. "Dispatch, cancel that, 10-22." No way he would report that and risk being the laughing stock at HQ, yet another bizarre sighting on this beat. A 13-acre huge silent black triangle glided overhead from the east. The only one of them to see it was Bonzo from his vantage point low in the back seat out the rear window. It was easily the eeriest thing he'd seen in his short life so he whistled in awe as the Geiger counter barely clicked.: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=frB_fXbCjes and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pRxbwMfe7iY
With the naiveté of youth, they chose to enjoy their next stay in Vegas and visited the glitziest attractions, before falling into bed after 3. A late afternoon start delayed a Los Alamos ETA until the following day. When they did arrived, the DeLorean and its intrepid crew were awaiting them at the rendezvous. Marty spoke first, "Good, you're back!" "Great Scott, Einstein's clock is exactly one minute behind mine and still ticking!" said Doc too loudly, as usual.
Since this was her project, Alice took charge as much as she could, but soon realized she was out of her depth when it came to linear accelerators, fusion reactors, and flux capacitors. Waylor and Doc brainstormed together, while Marty tried his luck amusing the girls without much success. They reverted to Los Alamos jargon and he found himself commiserating with Bonzo, who relived his reverie with the triangle with occasional nods and squeaks Marty's way.
Nerds seem to find the back door to any secure location and Waylor was no exception. Los Alamos may have state-of-the-art security, but that didn't stop physicist Richard Feynman from making a game of it in the '40s and not much changed in that regard since. Doc and Waylor, as offbeat as could be in normal life, fit right in as super geeks inside the laboratory. Together they fashioned passable IDs and looked like any other team of senior and junior physicist with Doc babbling incoherently and Waylor showing proper deference. They worked their way to the inner sanctum and affixed the fusion reactor to the linear accelerator to function in tandem. Soon energy levels only ever achieved at CERN were pulsing throughout the network. Waylor fine tuned his device deftly with utmost precision so Doc was duly impressed. Brows furrowed among cognoscenti, but never did any suspicion fall on the interlopers. With a flair for the dramatic, Waylor raised his left hand over his head and, like a maestro, brought it down in perfect time with an electrical hiccup that signaled a 2nd anomaly. They removed the piggybacked device and calmly exited the complex.
At Alice's home, people and pets returned to normal. "Just where have you been?" she queried the rabbit. Bonsai tried to answer her but there were no words.
"Put your hand on a hot stove for a minute, and it seems like an hour. Sit with a pretty girl for an hour, and it seems like a minute. That's relativity."—Albert Einstein. As Mahatma Gandhi once said in the midst of his campaign to create a free and self-governing India: "I have so much to do today I will need to meditate twice as long!"
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2019.07.23 02:54 CoolCreeper39 List of all known banned subreddits sorted alphabetically and by reason

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2019.07.15 03:57 WeimarRepublic Happening in Indiana: July 15th - 21st

Looking for more county fairs? This weekend has you covered
Looking to try as many wines as you can? This weekend has you covered
Looking to go to a nudist colony and see naked oiled up women wrestling? This weekend has you covered
All my information comes from VisitIndiana so the list is not 100% comprehensive. If you know of anything that's missing, please post and share with everyone! If you've ever been to any of these events, or if you go this week, please share your experiences
Also be sure to visit the city-specific subreddits
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Playdate in the Nature Play Zone - July 20 at the Douglas Center for Environmental Education. Kids of all ages are invited to spend a couple of hours having fun in nature. Join a ranger and explore Miller Woods, build a fort, climb a tree, create awesome nature art, and so much more. Held from 1-3 p.m
Festival of the Lakes - July 17-21 at Wolf Lake Memorial Park. Join Festival of the Lakes for 5 nights of fun on Wolf Lake, George Lake and Lake Michigan. Festival includes rides, live entertainment, Polka Party, fishing derby, vendors, games and more. 2019 Musical Acts Wednesday, July 17, 2019 - Nelly Thursday, July 18, 2019 - 3 Doors Down Friday, July 19, 2019 - Bad Company Saturday, July 20, 2019 - The Roots Sunday, July 21, 2019 - Los Huracanes Del Norte
100th Newton County Pun'kin Vine Fair - July 15-20 at the Newton County Fairgrounds. The Pun'kin Vine Fair includes rides, vendors, fine arts, harness racing, demolition derby, live entertainment, kid and adult pedal tractor pull, power wheels derby, truck and tractor pulls, bake auction, pageants, and livestock. The Newton County Fair is happy to announce that the Oak Ridge Boys will be performing at the Newton County Pun’kin Vine Fair in Kentland, Indiana, on Saturday, July 20th at 8 pm CST.
Rotary of LaPorte 3rd Annual Hub of Awesome Water Ski Show - July 20 at the Ski Beach on Pine Lake, Soldiers Memorial Park Beach. Free family fun entertainment returns to Pine Lake in LaPorte on July 20th when the Rotary Club of LaPorte and generous sponsors bring the exciting Lake City Skiers back for a 1 hour thrilling water ski show beginning at 5:30pm. The Lake City Skiers are out of Warsaw, IN, and are the state's only competitive ski team, having achieved national recognition for their fun and innovative show.
12th Annual Old Car Show - July 20, 9am-3pm, at the LaPorte Historical Society Museum. The event is open to cars that are 1989 and older. All the cars will be on display on the museum grounds. Registration begins at 8am, and the fee is $15 per car. A DJ will be playing period music and Homerun Hot Dogs will sell food and beverages.
Wine Down Dinner - July 18, 6-8pm, at the Shady Creek Winery. Reservations Required. Taste custom crafted award-winning wines, enjoy one of our perfect pairing cheese plates, stay for lunch or enjoy pizza anytime. Visit us on the web or Facebook for current hours.
Immigration History Walking Tour - July 20, 1030-1130am, at the Barker Mansion and Civic Center. This month's walking tour explores the immigrant heritage of Michigan City. Learn about the harsh daily life of immigrant workers in the Haskell and Barker Car Company, grasp the historical development of Michigan City's immigrant neighborhoods and explore how European and Middle Eastern immigrants planted their cultures in rapidly industrializing Michigan City.
Shady Creek Live Music Series Outdoor Lawn Concert - July 20, 7-10pm, at the Shady Creek Winery. Rain date 7/27. Taste custom crafted award-winning wines, enjoy one of our perfect pairing cheese plates, stay for lunch or enjoy pizza anytime.
The Grape Escape: Wine, Art & Music Festival - July 20 at Centennial Park. Sample a selection of wines, enjoy food from around the region, enjoy the sounds of live music browse the Market. $7 entry fee for those 21 and older to the tasting/stage area. Parking available in the north and south lots as well as west of Calumet Avenue. Call (219) 836-7275 for more information.
Jasper County Fair - July 20-27 at the Jasper County Fairgrounds on State Road 114. The annual fair includes rides, games, demolition derby, food vendors, craft vendors and more!
Nudes-A-Poppin' - July 21-22 at the Ponderosa Sun Club. Events held at Nudes-A-Poppin' are the amateur wet T-shirt contest, the sexiest pole dance competition, naked oil wrestling, and others. A "Miss Nude" contest judged by the audience is held here. Various trophies, with titles such as "Miss Nude Galaxy", "Miss Nude Go-Go", "Miss Nude Up & Comer", "Miss Nude Rising Star", "Miss Nude Showstopper" etc, are awarded to the nude contestants. The participants are prohibited from having sexual contact with another person attending the event or from performing explicitly. Most of the contestants are women. The spectators perform as judges and consist mostly of men. Photography is a popular activity at the pageant. Spectators are allowed to take photographs but the use of video cameras requires a permit
Valparaiso Wine Festival - July 20 at Central Park Plaza. The Valparaiso Wine Festival brings more than 100 wines from around the world with unlimited sips and samples. Learn about new and exciting varietals from the experts while you enjoy reds, whites and sparkling tastings. Enjoy a antipasto snack plate with your ticket and additional food options for purchase. Wine industry professionals will be on site to mesmerize you with a tantalizing array of both classic and modern wine based cocktails. Expect the unexpected. Buy bottles & cases at discounted rates to enjoy at home. Live entertainment so bring your friends and family and toast to a fun summer evening in the park.
Northeast Indiana
Park-inn Movies: The Incredibles - July 18, 930-1130pm, at the Potawatomi Inn. Bring your blanket or lawn chair to the lawn overlooking Lake James. Admission is free to Inn Guests, Campground Guests and with paid admission to Pokagon State Park. (Weather Permitting).
Three Rivers Festival - July 12-20 at Headwaters Park. Fort Wayne’s favorite summer party since 1969! All the great and loved events are back for this year’s festival. For additional information, please visit the Three Rivers Festival website.
Pedal, Paddle, and Play - July 20, 10am-3pm, at Guldlin Park. You're invited to take part in scavenger hunt on and along the rivers in downtown Fort Wayne in support of the Northeast Indiana Water Trails! Have an adventure along 5 miles of rivers and trails beginning at Guldlin Park on the St. Marys River in downtown Fort Wayne! Pedal or paddle on or along our rivers on a scavenger hunt in search of our rivers hidden treasures and earn chances to win $1000s in prizes including a complete kayak package donated by Fort Wayne Outfitters. Use your own boat/bike or rent one from Fort Wayne Outfitters.
Elkhart County 4-H Fair - July 19-27 at the Elkhart County 4-H Fairgrounds. he fair hosts nationally known musical artists during their 5-night concert series. A sanctioned rodeo, PPL tractor pull, and demolition derby are also highlighted at the free grandstand during fair week. Bring your appetite and explore famous food row. With more than 70 food stands, the fair takes pride in offering mouth-watering, once-a-year, fair favorites. Over 3,000 4-H livestock and more than 4,000 4-H still exhibits are shown during the 9-day event. Daily entertainment can be been found on every corner of the grounds, with multiple shows and exhibits included with your gate admission. Thrill seekers of all ages will want to visit the mid-way, complete with roller coasters, games and kiddie rides for the young fairgoers.
Circus City Festival - July 13-20 at the Peru Circus Center Arena. Circus shows July 13-20. Festival Jul. 15-20. Youth circus in three-ring air-conditioned arena. Reserved seating. Downtown festival with rides, games, food booths, crafts and more. Free circus parade Jul. 20 at 10am. Free Circus Museum full of memorabilia.
Everly Brothers Experience - July 18-19, 7-9pm, at the Blue Gate Theatre. Showtime: 7:00pm Doors Open: 6:30pm Prices: Tickets Only - $24.95 Dinner and Theater - $42.95
New Speer Family - July 20, 1-3pm, at the Blue Gate Theatre. Showtime: 1:00pm Doors Open: 12:30pm Prices: Tickets Only - $19.95 Dinner and Theater - $37.95
St. Joe Pickle Festival - July 18-20 at Downtown St. Joe. An old time festival that was named one of the Food Network’s "All American Festivals". The 23rd annual event features parades, competitions, fireworks, food vendors, kids activities, live music and performances as well as tours of the pickle factory and more.
Central Indiana
Dr. Will Miller Tells the Story of Your Life - July 19-20, 7-9pm, at the Delphi Opera House. Dr. Will brings his unique background as a professional stand-up comedian, television personality, psychotherapist, educator, and best-selling author (along with his five graduate degrees) to the stage for an evening of laughter and self reflection. His shrewd understanding of the human psyche and delightfully humorous stories makes for an evening of therapeutic laughter.
Johnson County Fair - July 14-20 at the Franklin Fairgrounds. Come to the fairgrounds for rides, games, food, music and great events like the demolition derby.
Gas City Concerts in the Park Presents Kings & Associates - July 16th, 7pm, at the Gas City Park. This is a FREE concert brought to you by the Gas City Concerts in the Park committee.
Covered Bridge Dinner Series - July 18, 6-730pm, at the Historic Houck Covered Bridge. Local area chefs pair with local farms to bring a unique spin on Farm to Fork. Dine under cover of the Historic Houck Covered Bridge in Putnam County and experience Big Walnut Creek running under your feet as you enjoy a three-course meal and hear from farmers about raising crops/animals, sustainable practices, and general life on the farm. Each dinner highlights a different farm or ranch, we pair this with a unique restaurant in the area for a different experience every time. This summer you can experience a chicken/pork farm, vineyard, cattle operation, or brewery. Details of each dinner are listed on the Eventbrite page.
Athens After Dark - July 19, 6-10pm, at The Children's Museum. This Best of Indy award-winning happy hour series is back exclusively for big kids 21 and older and occurs after the museum closes to visitors. Grab a drink, mingle with friends or coworkers, and enjoy this one-of-a-kind adults-only lineup! Celebrate all things Greek in Take Me There®: Greece and Treasures of Ancient Greece—After Dark! Discover the myths, arts, and inventions of the ancient Greeks and the vibrant culture of modern Greece.
Oberun 5K Indianapolis - July 19, 630-10pm at the Historic Military Park at White River State Park. We can't think of a better way to celebrate summer than a Friday night 5K run/walk to a Bell's beer garden serving up cold Oberon in historic Military Park! Pair this summer favorite with a bottle opener finisher's medal, finisher's pint glass, sweet shirt, food trucks and lawn games. Flat, fast and scenic 3.1 mile course starts and finishes at Military Park. Expect paved trails with skyline views, live music and BEER for participants 21+ at the finish party! Oberun is excited to announce its partnership with Friends of the White River! Friends of the White River advocate for a clean, healthy river eco-system. A portion of all entry fees will go to the Friends of White River!
Night Watch at the Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site - July 19-21 at the Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site, 1230 N. Delaware Steet. Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site is proudly hosting Candlelight Theater's new production Night Watch. Unable to sleep, Elaine Wheeler paces the living room of her Manhattan townhouse, troubled by unsettling memories and vague fears. For a moment her gaze catches something in the window across the way, and she screams when she sees (or believes she sees) the body of a dead man. The police find nothing, and her husband, John, believes she is on the verge of a breakdown. As terrifying events escalate, the plot moves quickly and grippingly. All those involved – Elaine’s house guest, Blanche, the rather sinister next door neighbor Curtis Appleby, the nosy German maid Helga, and Elaine’s psychiatrist, Dr. Lake – contribute to the deepening suspense and mystery. Tickets for this full length production are on sale now and include a special food and beverage pairing before the show.
Cars & Gravy - July 20, 8am-12pm, at 215 E 38th St. A monthly free community event that welcomes cars, trucks, motorcycles, ... vintage, new, custom, all makes and years. No fee or registration required. Just stop by 8am-noon to show off your vehicle. We offer delicious breakfast foods and beverages for sale from several local vendors. Event is free, family- and pet-friendly, and everyone welcome. July C&G co-hosted by Indiana Landmarks!
Tippecanoe County 4-H Fair - July 20-27 at the Tippecanoe County Fairgrounds. All phases of agriculture, 4-H exhibits, wide variety of youth activities, carnival rides, games and mouth watering fair food.
National Ice Cream Day Celebration - July 21, 1-4pm, at the Haan Museum. The Haan Museum will be celebrating National Ice Cream Day by providing the public with free ice cream cones and sundaes with various toppings. The ice cream cone made its debut at the St. Louis World’s Fair in 1904 – the same fair where the mansion served as the Connecticut Building! Renowned watercolorist, Rena Brouwer, will be inviting the audience to take part in an interactive art project at 1:30 during the celebration.
Simply Elton - July 20, 5-9pm, at the Cedar Creek Winery. Cedar Creek is Indiana's only single location winery, brewery and distillery - all family owned and operated, just three miles from downtown Martinsville! The July 20th concert will feature two popular tribute bands. First up, An Innocent Band at 5 pm with all your Billy Joel favorites, followed by Simply Elton at 7 pm celebrating the sounds of Elton John. Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 day of show. Kids age 12 and under are FREE.
Michael Cleveland and Flamekeeper - July 20, 7pm, at Canan Commons, 500 S. Walnut St. Bluegrass great Michael Cleveland and his band Flamekeeper will be performing in a FREE, all ages outdoor concert on Saturday, July 20th at 7 PM at Canan Commons in the heart of downtown Muncie, IN. Michael is far and away the most decorated active bluegrass fiddle player of his generation, being an 11-time winner (including 2018) of "the International Bluegrass Music Association's "Fiddle Player of the Year", as well as being a 2018 Grammy nominee.
Games in the Park - July 20, 2-5pm, at Forest Park. Games in the Park is a FREE bi-weekly event at Forest Park featuring jumbo-sized games and recreational activities. Majority of the games are mind and tactic games suited for the adult and teenage audience but everyone is welcome to attend.
Crossroads Uncorked Wine & Beer Festival - July 20, 12-6pm, at The Sycamore Winery. Crossroads Uncorked Wine & Beer Festival includes sampling from Indiana wineries and craft breweries, food trucks, an artisan craft market and live music from local artists.
Southern Indiana
Sunday Concert Series: Midnight Radio! - July 21, 130-530pm, at Turtle Run Winery. Midnight Radio blew us away last year with the quality of music and incredible range of songs they tackled. And the energy too. And a few bad jokes along the way make for a great music day. Our concerts are free and they are family friendly.
West Boggs Civil War Reenactment - July 21-22, 10am-3pm, at West Boggs Park. Step back into time with this Civil War themed weekend! All activities begin Saturday at 10:00am! Come and enjoy: - Civil War battle reenactments, - President Abraham Lincoln presenter, - Living history provided by the reenactors at their encampment, - Time-lined vendors (Traders Row), - Time-lined demonstrators, - Children activities and scavenger hunt, - Time period demos, - Infantry drills, - Artillery (8 cannons), - Flint knapping, - Civil War Military Ball with time period band and dance caller, - Church services, - Ladies Fashion Show, - Ladies Tea Time, and - Night fire over the lake. Time-period apparel and merchandise available for purchase! Food and drinks available for purchase! All are encouraged to attend and learn about the living history of the Civil War era!
Park-inn Movies: Pete's Dragon (Live Action) - July 20, 930-1130pm, at Clifty Inn. Bring your blanket to the lawn overlooking the Ohio River (behind Clifty Inn). Admission is free to Inn Guests, Campground Guests and with paid admission to Clifty Falls State Park. (Weather Permitting).
Yoga at Hard Truth Hills - July 20, 10-11am, at 418 Old State Road 46. Join us for some summer yoga sessions at beautiful Hard Truth Hills in Brown County! As long as we have good weather we will take our practice outside at one of the stunning locations overlooking the pond or the forest, if we get rain we will take our practice indoors. Afterwards join us join us for a Big Woods beer or cocktail that is included in your registration cost! Bring your own mat and come ready to enjoy the beautiful landscape of Hard Truth Hills with us!
Oldenburg Freudenfest - July 19-20, at Oldenburg. The Freudenfest, meaning "festival of fun”, is a non-profit organization that originated in 1976 by volunteers who envisioned holding a “family fun day”. The mission then is the same today, “to provide a high-quality festival that celebrates the richness of our German Heritage community through people having a fun day with their family and friends”. The annual reunion has fondly become known as: "The Biggest Little German Festival in Indiana"
Red Skelton Festival - July 19-20, at the Red Skelton Museum. Honoring one of America's favorite clowns with entertainment, clowns, food and fun! A performance by Red Skelton impersonator, Brian Hoffman kicks off the weekend on Friday evening. On Saturday, the festival opens at 11:00am with a parade of clowns featuring the "Circle City Sidewalk Stompers Clown Band." Festival activities include, games, food vendors, and a variety of entertainment including mime and magic shows, bathtub races, donut eating contest and the Red Skelton film "DuBarry was a Lady hosted by TCM columnist, Annette Bochenek. There also will be a tribute to comedian, Tim Conway as the winner of the 2019 Red Skelton America's Clown Award winner.
ONGOING EVENTS
Northwest Indiana
  • Chesterton
Chesterton's European Market - Saturdays May through October at Third St and Broadway, Downtown Chesterton. An outdoor family/artisanal market held in historic downtown Chesterton from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Gary
Gary Southshore Railcats at U.S. Steel Yard - Various days at US Steel Yard. A day at U.S. Steel yard is non-stop fun, and that's even without the baseball! The RailCats promise a wide array of laugh-out-loud between inning entertainment, great giveaways , jaw-dropping fireworks and a family-first, kid-friendly atmosphere!
Miller Woods Hike Sundays - Every Sunday at Miller Woods. The hike starts at the National Lakeshore's Paul H. Douglas Center and travels through varied habitats including rare and beautiful black oak savanna and offers incredible views of Lake Michigan and Chicago. Wear sturdy shoes and bring water and insect repellent. This hike is offered every Sunday from 1:30 to 3:30pm.
  • Hammond
61: An Exhibit Celebrating the 61st National Park - July 2 - Sep 21 at the Indiana Welcome Center, 7770 Corinne Dr. The 6,500-square-foot exhibit hall will be transformed to represent the 15,000 acres of diverse landscapes and highlight activities available to those that visit the park system. The exhibit will feature 12 trail stops. There will be interactive exhibits for children along the trail, selfie stations and a large “sandbox” for building sandcastles. Visitors will also have the opportunity to learn about the 1,100 native plant species, rare and migrating birds, as well as recreational opportunities like camping, hiking, kayaking and cross-country skiing. Interactive activities will also give children a chance to become a Junior Ranger!
  • Hobart
Summer Market on the Lake - Thursdays through the end of August at Festival Park, 111 E Old Ridge Road. Come enjoy outdoor shopping featuring fresh produce, baked goods, ethnic and gourmet foods, beer garden, local live entertainment, jewelry, handmade crafts and so much more.
  • LaPorte
LaPorte Farmer's Market - Saturdays July through the end of October at Monroe St and Lincoln Way. The LaPorte Farmer's Market strives to build and strengthen the local food movement in LaPorte by showcasing our region's bounty and economic opportunities locally.
  • Logansport
Summer Sundown Music Series - Sundays May through August. Bring the lawn chairs or blankets and enjoy Sunday evenings listening to a different musical artist each week. Each Sunday evening you will find yourself at a different park with new musical artist. Check online to see where and who will be appearing!
  • Michigan City
Michigan City Municipal Band Concerts - Thursdays in June, July, and August, at the Washington Park Guy Foreman Amphitheater. Experience free live musical performances under the stars near the shores of Lake Michigan in Washington Park. Seating available or bring your own chair. June-August, Thursdays 7:30pm.
Light Keeper Harriet Colfax Month - July 1-31, 1-4pm, at Old Lighthouse Museum, 100 Heisman Harbor Rd. Harriet Colfax came into the 1858 Light House in 1861 an served faithfully until her retirement in 1904. Learn more about his Great Lakes legend all month long. The Michigan City Historical Society commissioned a color portrait of Harriet by local artist Wendy Wilcox Kerman. Come and view the portrait and enjoy the historic museum and don't forget to browse the gift shop.
Michigan City's Farmers Markets - Saturdays July - October at 801 S Washington St. and 1500 Franklin St. Saturdays through October 26th, 2019. Michigan City's Farmers Market aims to provide our community with the freshest produce, providing a space filled with locally grown food and artisan goods
  • Portage
Market on the Square - Fridays June through August, 3-9pm, at Founders Square. There will be over 20 vendors selling unique crafts, fresh produce, honey, flowers, breads and jams. Plus local food vendors selling food. Bands from the region will begin at 6. Then to top off the evening we will have a family movie at dusk.
  • South Bend
Keepers of the Fire: The Pokagon Band of Potawatomi - April 2019 to January 2020 at The History Museum. The rich history, culture, and art of the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi is shared in this vibrant exhibit about the thriving community. Through interviews and oral histories, sculpture and beadwork, art and artifacts, the exhibit immerses visitors in the traditions and teachings of the Pokagon Band.
South Bend Cubs at Four Winds Field - Various days at Four Winds Field. The South Bend Cubs are the Class A minor league affiliate of the World Series Champion Chicago Cubs. Over the past 30 seasons, the team has won five Midwest League titles and has captured 12 division titles. In 2015 the team was named Ballpark Digest's Team of the Year and received the John H. Johnson President's Award, the highest award in minor league baseball.
The Dinner Detective Murder Mystery Show - May 4th 2019 to May 2nd 2020, 6-9pm, at the DoubleTree by Hilton. America’s largest interactive murder mystery dinner show! The Dinner Detective provides a hilarious evening of murder mystery, a 4-course meal, and a prize package for the top sleuth. Just beware, the killer might be sitting right next to you!
Northeast Indiana
  • Fort Wayne
Fort Wayne TinCaps at Parkview Field - Various days at Parkview Field. The TinCaps are entering their 10th season at Parkview Field, which has been rated as Minor League Baseball's No. 1 Ballpark Experience four consecutive years.
  • Middlebury
Faces of Middlebury - May 17th to October 4th throughout Middlebury. Grab your cameras and the map to locate each “face of Middlebury” and insert your face for the perfect picture. Free maps are available at local businesses and organizations. Post your pics on Middlebury Then & Now’s Facebook page or on Instagram using #facesofmiddlebury. Can you find all of them, up to 30 "faces"?
Gangsters, Saloons and Buggies on Roofs Guided Tour - May 29th to September 25th at the Downtown Middlebury library. You wouldn't know Middlebury had a rough-and-tumble past, but behind today's modern facades lie tales of small-town mischief, hoods on the lam and possible mysterious passageways. Get the inside story and secrets from a local with this tour of downtown. Tours are offered at 10am every Wednesday and at 630pm the first Tuesday of each month. Walking tour is approximately 1 hour. Allow time after the tour to visit the unique shops and restaurants in the area. $5 Group tours are available by advanced reservation (call 574.825.5601)
Giant Toadstools and the World's Fair Guided Walking Tour - May 30th to September 26th at the Krider World's Fair Garden. Enjoy a guided tour through living history! The Krider family of Middlebury once captured the imagination of the world. This tour of the garden that bears their name opens a window to the family's nursery at the height of its creative powers. The beauty will take your breath away, just as it did at the Chicago World's Fair in 1933. Tours are offered at 10am every Thursday and at 630pm the first Tuesday of each month. Walking tour is approximately 1 hour. Allow time after the tour to visit the museum, unique shops and restaurants in the area. $5 Group tours are available by advanced reservation (call 574.825.5601)
  • Shipshewanna
A Simple Sanctuary, the new musical - March 28th to October 31st at the Blue Gate Theatre. She prayed the day would never come, but when her past comes calling, Melissa James has no choice but to flee. Pursued and living on the run, she finds desperate sanctuary and surprising friendship in Amish country. Part suspense, part romance, A Simple Sanctuary is a compelling story of love tested, the cost of freedom, and the solace found in true community.
Shipshewana Flea Market - Tuesdays and Wednesdays from May through September, 8am-4pm, at the Shipshewana Auction. Nearly 700 open-air booths on 40 acres await you at the Midwest’s Largest Flea Market. Food courts, restrooms, scooter rentals and rest areas are on site. Open rain or shine. Also open for Memorial Day, 4th of July, Labor Day, and new weekend markets on August 16-17 (MotheDaughter Days). Antique Auctions are every Wednesday inside the Antique & Miscellaneous building.
Shipshewana Breakfast Club - Fridays in July and August, 830-1100am, at the Blue Gate Theatre. Breakfast: 8:30am Program: 10:00am Price: $26.00 - Includes Breakfast and Show These concerts will be held at the Blue Gate Theatre July 12 - Lynda Randle July 19 - Allison Speer July 26 - The Taylors Aug 2 - King's Brass Aug 9 - Doug Anderson Aug 16 - Old Time Preacher's Quartet Aug 23 - Soul'd Out Quartet Aug 30 - TBA
Central Indiana
  • Fishers
Kroger Symphony on the Prairie - Saturdays and Sundays at Conner Prairie. The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra's summer series provides music from classical, pop, and rock genres from mid-June through Labor Day weekend. See performance schedule online indianapolissymphony.org
  • Hamilton County
Celebrate the 10th Year of Tenderloin Tuesdays - Tuesdays in July throughout Hamilton County. Celebrating the 10th year, dine along the Tenderloin Trail™. Don’t miss Tenderloin Tuesdays™ in July along the tastiest trail. Each Tuesday restaurants offer special deals on the Hoosier delicacy. For a complete list of participating restaurants in Carmel, Fishers, Noblesville, Westfield and Northern Hamilton County, visit TenderloinTrail.com.
  • Indianapolis
Hot Wheels: Race to Win - May 18th to July 28th at The Childrens Museum of Indianapolis. Ladies and gentlemen, start your engines and hold on tight as we open our Hot Wheels: Race to Win exhibit celebrating speed, safety, design, and power. Get revved up for the special performances, activities, and the occasional pit stop.
Treasures of Ancient Greece exhibit - Jun 15 to Jan 5 at The Childrens Museum of Indianapolis. This once-in-a-lifetime immersive exhibition brings to Indianapolis more than 150 ancient objects and artifacts, many of which have never been seen outside of Greece. The ancient Greeks revered the human body, and many of the depictions are nude. Featured are bronze and marble statues, gold jewelry and funerary objects, exquisite pottery, artifacts of the world’s first democracy, and an extraordinary replica of the Antikythera Mechanism, known as the world’s first computer.
Mind Tripping Show - March 1st to December 28th, 8:30-10PM at the Hilton Indianapolis Hotel and Suites. Mind Tripping: a Comedy with a Psychological Twist is an interactive show by Christian & Katalina, the #1 Husband and Wife Comedy Mind Reading Act in the Nation. Be a part of a mind-bending, reality-twisting interactive theatrical show. Think Candid Camera meets the Twilight Zone. Be prepared to have your perceptions challenged and your expectations turned upside down
Naturally Inspired Art Exhibition - May 24th to August 21st at The Indianapolis Zoo. After the paintings have dried and been professionally framed by The Great Frame Up Downtown, they are displayed for the summer in the Schaefer Rotunda at White River Gardens. Plus, you also get to enjoy the works of some of our more artistically inclined animals. Who knows — you may see a penguin Picasso, a walrus Warhol, an elephant Escher and many others! The Naturally Inspired Art Show presented by The Great Frame Up Downtown is included with Zoo admission.
Nickelodeon’s PAW Patrol Adventure Play - February 23 to July 28th at The Children's Museum of Indianapolis. The hero pups of Adventure Bay are coming to The Children’s Museum, and they need your help. It’s time to run some rescue missions, as we work together to overcome challenges and help everyone in Adventure Bay. Enter the Lookout. Save the Day in Adventure Bay. Be a Helping Hero on Jake’s Mountain.
The National Bank of Indianapolis Summer Nights Film Series - Various days June-August, at The Amphitheater. You can watch movies under the stars every weekend at Newfields. Doors open at 7 pm, when you can enjoy a picnic dinner, music, and activities, followed by that night’s movie, which will begin when twilight turns to night (usually 9:30 pm). Over the summer, over 20 movies will be shown—everything from black-and-white classics to modern blockbusters. All you need is a picnic (with non-alcoholic beverages only), chairs (for the back row of each tier), and blankets (in case the chair row is full). You will also want sunscreen and bugspray. No alcohol, pets, candles taller than 12 inches, or knives permitted. And if you want to travel light with just a chair and blanket, concessions will be available to purchase. Check out discovernewfields.org/summer-nights-2019 to see available films and to purchase tickets once they are available.
Zoolapalooza Concert Series - Fridays in June and July, 530-830pm, at the Indianapolis Zoo. Under the Bicentennial Pavilion, this incredibly fun night out is a great way to kick off summer weekends on Friday evenings with terrific live music. Concerts are free for members and included with Zoo admission, so you can play all day and dance all night! Seating under the Bicentennial Pavilion includes open tables on a first-come, first-serve basis
The Generous Pour at The Capital Grille, July 8 - Sep 1, 5-9pm, at 40 W. Washington Street. The Capital Grille’s annual The Generous Pour wine event has returned for its eleventh year. This year’s theme is Legends of the Land, where guests can sip on any combination of seven select wines including the Maggy Hawk 2015 Pinot Noir, the 2015 Cenyth Red Blend, and the Arrowood 2013 Red Blend. Each is from California’s Jackson Family that tell a unique story of origin and sustainability. From July 8th through September 1, 2019, guests are offered a customized wine tasting paired with the restaurant’s classic menu items, including hand-carved steaks and fresh seafood and appetizers with a flavorful twist for $28 per person with dinner.
  • Kokomo
First Friday Kokomo - First Friday of every month, 530-9pm, at Downtown Kokomo. Activities include art, music, food, local vendors, shops, entertainment, kid's activities & much more! Visit their Facebook page for monthly themes and schedule of all activities!
Kokomo Jackrabbits at Kokomo Municipal Stadium - Various days at the Kokomo Municipal Stadium. Enjoy a day at the ballpark! The Kokomo Jackrabbits baseball team are members of the summer collegiate Prospect League. Games are held late May through early August and feature fun themes and giveaways. Lawn and stadium seating available, starting at $8.
  • Lafayette
Karl Martz and the Legacy of IU Ceramics - May 4th to July 27th, 1-4pm, at the Haan Museum of Indiana Art. Martz’s influence spread throughout Indiana and beyond through the ceramics program that he established at IU in 1945, and through his students. Many of Martz’s students went on to teach at universities, and others established successful careers as independent ceramic artists. The exhibition features works by Karl Martz, faculty that taught (or still teach) in the IU Ceramics Department, and students who went on to establish successful careers in ceramics.
  • Richmond
Summer Story Hour - Mondays, 10-11am, at the Physical Building of the Joseph Moore Museum. Join us each Monday in June and July at 10am for a special hour of stories! Each week will feature a different book about nature or science with a corresponding craft or activity. All ages are welcome and stories are chosen particularly for children in preschool - first grade.
Southern Indiana
  • Birdseye
Wildlife Cruises on Patoka Lake - Wednesdays May through October at the Patoka Lake Marina. Not just a boat ride: cruise the second largest lake in Indiana upon a climate controlled tour boat to search for osprey, eagles, blue herons, loons and other wildlife. Two hour cruises embark EVERY WEDNESDAY at 10am beginning in May and continuing through October. Voyagers are encouraged to capture on camera baby osprey in their nests, an eagle in flight, and busy beavers as the boat passes by.
Wine Cruises on Patoka Lake - Every other Friday starting June 7th, 730-930pm, at the Patoka Lake Marina. Sip wine paired with hors d'oeuvres/desserts while enjoying the sunset on Patoka Lake on our 60 person tour boat! Enjoy 5-7 tastings of wine from a featured Indiana winery, and choose 2 glasses of your favorite to enjoy after the tasting portion. Bottles of wine available for purchase as well as additional glasses. Call (812) 685-2203 to reserve your spot today! Only $50/person or $98/couple. Visit our website to view the winery lineup.
  • Clarksville
Shrek the Musical - July 3rd - Aug 18th, 6-10pm, at the Derby Dinner Playhouse. Somebody once told me everyone’s favorite ogre is back in the hilarious and twisted adventure based on the Oscar-winning smash hit film. Follow this unlikely green hero on a life-changing journey full of romance and dozens of zany misfit characters. The perfect show for any age! Ticket price includes dinner, show, tax & parking. AAA discount available.
  • Evansville
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2019.06.09 04:06 GauntYeti This sub is for any kind of conspiracy, right?

Trump, Vote Rigging and the Series of Suspicious Deaths

Intro
The Ukrainian presidential elections in 2004 where mired in corruption and violence, the country was on fire. The pro European opposition candidate narrowly lost to the pro Russia oligarch Victor Yanukovych whose overthrow in 2015 led to the bloody conflict in Ukraine and and a new cold war between Russia and the West.
What's been overlooked is how there are some familiar some of these faces are in the Republican campaigns of 2004,2008 and 2016.
Helping Yanukovych's Presidential campaign where some major GOP linked groups, these included:
3eDC: a lobbying firm run Paul Manafort and Roger Stone. The pair have engaged in number of shady ventures over the years involving lobbying and political consulting. Stone was a key figure in the Watergate scandal.
New Media Communications:: run by CEO Mike Connell, who was accused of rigging GOP elections
Integrated Web Strategy:: another Connell affiliated company that works with Chamber of Commerce Institute of Legal Reform, which has been found by courts to have engaged in illegal election manipulations
Campaign Solutions:: run by Mike Connell's wife, Becki Donatelli
Airnet Group:, parent company of Smartech Corporation, owned by Jeff Averbeck, which was employed by Mike Connell in the controversial diversion of the state of Ohio's official vote prior to certification of a contested majority favoring George Bush over Democratic opponent John Kerry.
Dynology Corp:, which has a heavily military client list: "a majority of our staff hold security clearances that allow access to Secret and Top Secret classified government information."
U.S 2004 Presidential election
In December 2008 IT expert Mike Connell was killed in a plane Crash in Akron Ohio days before he was due to testify in lawsuit into vote rigging.
His notes,phone and laptop have never been recovered.
The nature of the assistance given to GOP's operative during the time is also suspicious the Bush white house used a private email server (sound familiar?) and private email addresses for the president and other senior Republicans millions of these emails where lost before
More recently allegations have surfaced about the way the voting machines Ohio where set up and their apparently lax security which could have led to vote counts being altered.
New Media communications also IT support for the Bush and McCain campaigns.
Connell's wife owns Donatelli group which also was also linked to voting controversies in Florida 2004 election to do with election machine software effecting the vote counts. Florida was/is a key swing state, which Bush won by a very small margin that year despite exit polls showing wins for Kerry.
Roger Stone helped spread a false rumour that elections officials in Florida where interfering with the vote recountprompting protesters to storm the offices where the recount was taking place. Stone had been sent to Florida on the express orders of senior Republicans.
CBS (2008):
Beginning as a political campaign worker and congressional staffer, Connell became a key Republican media consultant who developed Internet strategies for the 2000 and 2004 Bush-Cheney campaigns. He was founder and CEO of Cleveland-based New Media Communications, which built Web sites for President Bush and former presidential nominee John McCain, according to the company's Web site. He was also chief IT consultant for Karl Rove.
Connell's ties to the Bush family extend back to working on campaigns for George H.W. Bush and former Fla. Governor Jeb Bush, for whom he built the campaign site jeb.org. In 1999 he told the Cleveland magazine Inside Business, "I'm loyal to my network, I'm loyal to my friends, and I'm loyal to the Bush family."
He was also quoted as saying, when asked to predict the Internet's role in the upcoming presidential race, "There are things we will be doing on Election Day that haven't even been dreamt of yet."
The rise of the Republican Party in Washington in the '90s, and especially after the 2000 election, meant that Connell's network of connections was expanding as well. Having worked with Ohio Congressman Bob Ney and Governor Bob Taft, Connell's IT skills were sought after for the campaigns and Congressional sites for dozens of GOP candidates and officeholders. The New Media Communications Web site (now turned off, with a memorial to Connell in its place) boasted, "New Media's client list reads like a 'Who's Who' of Republican politics."
In 2000, Connell co-founded with his wife Heather GovTech Solutions to pursue government contracts.
GovTech's clients for databases, content management systems and other services included the White House, the Energy Department, several Republican-led Congressional committees and a few dozen congressional members' Web sites.
The Center for Public Integrity reported that in 2002 and 2004, the General Services Administration allowed federal agencies to purchase services directly from GovTech without a full bidding process.
In 2004 Connell helped form an online advertising firm called Connell Donatelli, which administered the Web site for Swift Boat Veterans for Truth, a 527 developed to attack Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry.
Connell's central role in building the IT infrastructure of the White House and his association with Karl Rove has brought him into the controversy surrounding missing White House e-mails relating to the firing of U.S. Attorneys and other topics, and the fate of e-mail communications sent by Rove and other administration staffers which were sent via a Republican Party Web site, gwb43.com, rather than through a whitehouse.gov address.
Connell built the gwb43.com site, which shares mail servers with GovTech.
Connell's Internet expertise also led him to be subpoenaed earlier this year to testify in an Ohio federal court regarding alleged voter fraud in the 2004 election. Despite exit polls showing a lead by Democratic nominee John Kerry of more than 4 percent, Mr. Bush won the state's vote by 2.5 percent, along with its crucial electoral votes.
Much has been written about problems at the polls in Ohio that year, where voters in many (predominantly Democratic) precincts were forced to wait hours because of a shortage of working voting machines. A lawsuit being pursued by attorney Clifford Arneback seeks to answer questions about this and other ballot problems. [For example, in Franklin County Mr. Bush received 4,258 votes in a precinct where only 638 voters cast ballots.]
Questions have also been raised about how votes from Ohio counties were tabulated. Computer expert Stephen Spoonamore, a Republican who works in detecting fraud in network architecture and protecting computer infrastructures, has testified that the Ohio election returns he saw were indicative of a "KingPin Attack," in which a computer is inserted into the communications flow of an IT system, with the intent to change data as it passes to its destination.
It was later learned that Ohio Secretary of State Kenneth Blackwell's office had routed Internet traffic from county election offices through out-of-state servers based at SMARTech in Chattanooga, Tenn. SMARTech hosts dozens of GOP Web domains.
Last month, U.S. Judge Soloman Oliver refused Connell's request to quash a subpoena connected to the lawsuit, King Lincoln Bronzeville Neighborhood Association v. Blackwell, and demanded his testimony relating to his IT work.
In [a previous] his deposition given in November, Connell denied any knowledge of vote rigging.
The Ukraine connection
Sydney Morning Herald (2004):
Pens filled with disappearing ink. Hospital patients forced to vote in exchange for treatment. Students instructed to show their ballots to professors.
These are just some of the tricks used to skew Ukraine's disputed presidential election, observers say.
As the Supreme Court grappled for a third day today with the country's spiralling election crisis, legal experts, election monitors, and politicians said it could take weeks to unravel the knot of irregularities.
The Central Election Commission declared Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovich the winner of the November 21 runoff for the presidency with a margin of 3 per cent - or some 880,000 votes - ahead of the top opposition leader Viktor Yushchenko.
International observers noted numerous election flaws and described them as blatantly counter to Ukrainian laws and international standards. Those allegations are the basis of the case the opposition has presented to the Supreme Court asking it to name Yushchenko the winner.
The examples filed to the Supreme Court focus on eight eastern and southern regions with more than 15 million votes, almost half of the total cast in the runoff.
Yushchenko's lawyers and observers pointed to turnout figures that exceeded 127 per cent in some precincts. Observers mainly attributed this to pro-Yanukovich activists who travelled across the country and voted many times as absentees.
"You can achieve 127 per cent ... if you have several well-organised groups to travel around," said Peter Novotny, the head of the 1,000-strong observer mission of the European Network of Election Monitors, who described the vote as "an outright fraud."
Prison officials were reported to have forced inmates to vote for the government candidate. One Western observer who spoke on condition of anonymity said some hospital patients were told to vote for a specific candidate if they wanted treatment.
Students said they were stripped of their right to a secret ballot, or face the loss of privileges.
"We had to, or we could have lost our rooms on campus" said Serhiy, a student from Yanukovich's eastern stronghold of Donetsk, who only gave his first name for fear of reprisals.
Ukraine's opposition has produced transcripts of telephone conversations between pro-Yanukovich officials, allegedly taped by Ukraine's Security Service, that purportedly document vote-rigging. One exchange, published on the Ukrayinska Pravda Web site, went like this:
Official 1: "Why is the voting rate in the Donetsk and Dnepropetrovsk regions so low?"
Official 2: "We're increasing it now."
Official 1: "Don't drag things out."
In the Ukrainian election similar allegations where made with regards to vote rigging where made when tapes where released of Yanjkoich discussing tampering with ballots
The opposition leader at the time called the election 'rigged'.
Suspicions where aroused when exit polls and final vote tallies turned widely different the same issue that alarmed voters in the U.S the same year.
Bloomberg (2017):
Jim Slattery arrived at the Stalin-era presidential headquarters in Kiev, Ukraine, with an unusual gift for the nation’s strongman leader: a bust of Abraham Lincoln.
What Slattery didn’t know was that another American operative was helping the president defend the imprisonment of Yulia Tymoshenko, an act widely condemned in the Western world.
His name: Paul Manafort, future presidential campaign manager for Donald Trump. Today, Manafort sits at the center of the concentric circles of worry and suspicion over what President Trump has called “this Russia thing.” What began with questions about Moscow’s meddling in the 2016 U.S. election has Democrats, and even some Republicans, now warning of Trump’s Watergate.
Until recently, Manafort had receded into the background as the uproar over Trump’s firing of his national security adviser, Michael Flynn, and then the FBI director, James Comey, began to shake the White House.
But the Manafort story—a tale of pro-Russia players, political tradecraft and cunning financial maneuvers—has never gone away. The reason, in a word, is money. Manafort, who less than a year ago was playing a central role in the Trump campaign, made millions of dollars over a decade promoting Kremlin-friendly interests in Ukraine and beyond. No other Trump associate has profited as handsomely from ties to Russia-linked businessmen and politicians.
In the decade before he worked for Trump, Manafort’s efforts did for Moscow what its finest political minds had failed to do: help get a pro-Russian candidate installed in Kiev. It culminated in Russia’s annexation of Crimea, the revival of Cold War tensions, Western sanctions on Russia’s energy and banking sectors and Russia’s campaign to get those sanctions removed.
Manafort, 68, had claimed Yanukovych was the one Ukrainian who could lead his country closer to the West at a pace Putin could stand, according to Dan Fried, a former U.S. assistant secretary of state for the region which includes Ukraine. But that proved false.
Manafort, who denies any contact with Russian government officials, never registered as a lobbyist for a foreign government for his Ukrainian work. His spokesman said Manafort had “received formal guidance recently from the authorities” on registering under the Foreign Agents Registration Act for some of his work, none of which, he contended, was for the Russian government.
Ukrainian prosecutors are investigating what they call a “criminal organization” set up by Yanukovych via bribes and theft of state assets before he fled to Moscow after the killing of more than 100 protesters in 2014, and they are looking at what role Manafort may have played in the suspected scheme. They’ve repeatedly asked the FBI for help to question Manafort as part of their inquiry into a New York law firm in connection to a report that largely defended the Tymoshenko prosecution.
“We’re waiting for a response,” says Serhiy Gorbatyuk, Ukraine’s head of special prosecutions, his desk piled high with papers.
For Manafort—who resigned from the Trump campaign after six months amid reports of his work in Ukraine—ties to pro-Russian politicians go back to 2005. He played a key role in transforming Yanukovych, who was convicted in his youth of robbery and assault, into a popular candidate who clinched the presidency in 2010.
“Manafort raised very sensitive issues to spin Yanukovych more effectively,” says Serhiy Leshchenko, a member of the Ukrainian parliament. “He used damaging techniques to divide Ukrainian society and help Putin to achieve a simple goal.”
Manafort, who speaks neither Russian nor Ukrainian, developed a close working relationship with Yanukovych, discussing—through an interpreter—politics and strategy during sauna sessions and tennis matches at the opulent Mezhyhirya palace, according to a person who worked on Yanukovych’s election campaigns.
In the five-year period from 2007 to 2012, Manafort was paid at least $12.7 million, according to a handwritten Party of Regions ledger found later in its head office. Ukraine’s anti-corruption bureau and the FBI are investigating whether the ledger reflected any illegal payments to Manafort and to others. Manafort’s spokesman says that after being paid he had many expenses and so the payment figure does not represent profit. One payment to Manafort on the ledger matches an invoice he signed in 2009 to sell $750,000 of computers to a Belize-registered company called Neocom Systems Ltd., according to documents obtained by Leshchenko from Manafort’s Kiev office.
Belize is investigating. Doug Singh, who runs International Corporate Services (ICS), which registered Neocom in 2007, says he’s received multiple requests for records from Belize’s Financial Intelligence Unit, which investigates money laundering. Belize authorities declined further comment. Evgeniy Kaseev, listed as a director of Neocom, couldn’t be reached for comment. Manafort’s spokesman disputed the authenticity of the invoice and said Manafort is unfamiliar with it.
Manafort’s contacts with pro-Russian politicians go beyond Yanukovych and the Party of Regions. Viktor Medvedchuk said he met Manafort in 2014. Medvedchuk is so close to the Kremlin that Putin is godfather to his daughter and he is under U.S. sanctions because of his role in the conflict in eastern Ukraine. In a written response to questions, he said of Manafort that he was “the best, both among foreign and domestic political consultants. The events of the past year in the United States have only strengthened my opinion.” He said he had not had contact with Manafort since then. Manafort’s spokesman confirmed the 2014 meeting but said he didn’t recall interacting with Medvedchuk directly.
Even after Russia annexed Crimea in 2014 and Yanukovych fled to Russia, Manafort returned to Ukraine 17 times, earning at least $1 million to help reelect pro-Russia politicians, according to a party official who worked with him. Manafort’s spokesman declined to comment on that payment.
The idea of working in Ukraine first came to Manafort in 2004 from Oleg Deripaska, a Russian billionaire who controls aluminum producer Rusal, according to a person familiar with the situation. Ukraine was in the throes of the Orange Revolution—protests over allegations of electoral fraud in Yanukovych’s November 2004 victory. The Supreme Court ordered a new election. Manafort’s then-partner, Rick Davis, went to Kiev and concluded it was too late to help. Yanukovych’s pro-Western rival Viktor Yushchenko won.
Manafort Timeline:
March 2006 - Helps Party of Regions win parliamentary elections, paving the way for Viktor Yanukovych to become prime minister.
January 2010 - Helps Yanukovych win the presidency.
October 2011 - Former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko is jailed.
November 2013 - Yanukovych terminates negotiations with the EU over Ukraine’s association agreement, sparking widespread protests.
February 2014 - More than 100 protesters are shot in Kiev’s Independence Square. Soon after, Yanukovych flees to Moscow.
March 2014 - Putin annexes Crimea. The EU and U.S. impose travel bans and asset freezes on Russian and Ukrainian officials.
October 2014 - Advises the Opposition Bloc in snap parliamentary elections, and it wins 10 percent of the vote.
April 2016 - Joins Trump’s presidential campaign. Resigns six months later.
April/May 2017 - U.S. investigators demand Manafort’s bank records. The Senate requests details of his contact with Russian officials. Manhattan prosecutors probe his real estate transactions.
Manafort arrived in 2005 to advise Ukraine’s richest man, billionaire Rinat Akhmetov, who was worried his business interests might be seized by President Yushchenko. That same year, Davis Manafort Partners Inc. registered a company in Moscow at an address used by more than 80 other firms. It’s unclear whether the company actually functioned, and Manafort’s spokesman said no such office was opened. While working in Ukraine, Manafort earned millions from a side private equity fund with Deripaska, according to a lawsuit by Deripaska, who is suing Manafort in the Cayman Islands over the soured business partnership. Deripaska declined to comment.
Akhmetov, then a major financial backer of the Party of Regions, asked Manafort to help Yanukovych’s 2006 parliamentary election campaign. Manafort hired as many as 40 top-flight U.S. campaign workers, some of whom later worked on the Trump campaign, including Tim Unes, who organized Trump’s rallies, and Rick Gates.
Crucial to the strategy—and new to Ukraine—was research from focus groups and better polling to drive messaging. Among the issues: the rights of Russian-speakers and opposition to Ukraine’s joining NATO.
“He was going for visceral issues and an emotional reaction,” says Kateryna Yushchenko, the American-born wife of former President Viktor Yushchenko and a onetime State Department and White House official. “When I confronted his people about it, they said, ‘That’s politics.’ I said this isn’t like gun rights or abortion. Here it could lead to war.”
Even though he hired Manafort, Yanukovych retained Russian advisers from Moscow, including Vyacheslav Nikonov, a member of Putin’s United Russia faction, and Sergei Glazyev, Putin’s current adviser on Ukraine, according to Taras Chornovil, a top Party of Regions official until 2008. A spokesman for Glazyev confirmed he advised Yanukovych from 2004 to 2009 but didn’t consult with Manafort.
The Party of Regions emerged from the 2006 election with the largest number of seats in parliament; Yanukovych became prime minister. His victory was short-lived, however. His political struggle with President Yushchenko resulted in elections a year later. This time Manafort ran a cookie-cutter campaign. In one ad, a Party of Regions poster showed what was purportedly a smiling blonde Ukrainian girl holding a bright yellow umbrella under the slogan “Stability and Prosperity.” In reality, Manafort’s advisers had plucked a stock photograph of an American girl.
His party did well but Yanukovych was pushed into opposition after Tymoshenko cobbled together a ruling coalition. In 2008, then-President Yushchenko announced a campaign for eventual Ukrainian membership in NATO. To exploit widespread opposition to NATO, Manafort’s team brought a truck to the parliament filled with anti-NATO balloons and instructed parliamentarians to each take one into the chamber.
Ukraine’s hope of joining NATO ended with its 2010 presidential election. With Manafort guiding him, Yanukovych won narrowly. Manafort prepared Yanukovych’s first visit as head of state to Washington that April. He advised Yanukovych to give up Ukraine’s remaining stock of highly enriched uranium, according to a person close to the situation. Ukraine had given up its nuclear weapons in 1994 and there was little sacrifice involved in yielding the uranium. But it helped Yanukovych clinch a major prize: a photo of him beaming alongside President Barack Obama.
Manafort was closely involved in recruiting the firm of Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLC on behalf of the Ukrainian Justice Ministry to write a lengthy report on Tymoshenko’s prosecution. He met with Justice Minister Oleksandr Lavrynovych to go over the contract with Skadden and emailed with Skadden partner Greg Craig, according to documents uncovered by Ukrainian prosecutors. The ministry agreed to pay Skadden a mere $12,000, just below the threshold requiring it to go to a public tender. But much more money was to come to Skadden.
Manafort was prepping the Party of Regions for another parliamentary election in October 2012, bringing in Tony Fabrizio, who would later become the Trump campaign’s chief pollster. International monitors said the elections were marked by the abuse of state resources and lack of transparency in party financing.
Manafort advised Yanukovych to push ahead with an association agreement with the EU. But the EU insisted he release Tymoshenko, while Putin pressured him to abandon the deal. In November 2013, Yanukovych terminated negotiations with the EU. The move triggered widespread protests.
Months after Russia annexed Crimea, Manafort returned to Ukraine to advise the pro-Russian anti-NATO party, now known as the Opposition Bloc, for the 2014 parliamentary elections, again bringing Fabrizio on board. Nestor Shufrych, one of the party leaders, says Manafort pushed for them to be the voice of Russians in the east. Shufrych thought they had no chance but they got nearly 10 percent, with 29 seats. Manafort personally approved the list of candidates, according to another party official.
Shufrych says the party paid Manafort roughly $1 million. The two celebrated over a bottle of cognac at Manafort’s Kiev office.
The new disclosures are required under a law that was passed to combat Nazi propaganda during World War II, known as the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA). The disclosure requirements are more stringent than domestic lobbying forms and include more information, including details like itemized meetings and phone calls.
Also in the filing is a flyer that the firm distributed, touting reforms to the voting process in Ukraine to make it more "free, fair and transparent." For example, one new rule increased the vote threshold a party is required to have before they could be admitted to parliament from 3 percent to 5 percent. Another nixed the option to "vote against all" on the ballot.
During the contract with Mercury, Manafort also attended meetings with Paula Dobriansky, a former State Department official during the Bush administration, a senior fellow at Harvard’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, and Nadia Diuk, a vice president at the National Endowment for Democracy.
The disclosures also detail all the other contacts Mercury made on behalf of the Centre, including reaching out to dozens of news outlets and meeting with government officials, staffers and lawmakers on Capitol Hill, think tanks and nonprofit organizations.
The documents also bring to light details first uncovered by The Associated Press last August about what Manafort did to influence U.S. policy toward Ukraine and Russia.
His relationships with pro-Russia figures and work in the Trump campaign have been central to the controversy swirling around accusations that Russia meddled in the U.S. presidential election in Trump’s favor.
Similar filings by Manafort could be forthcoming, his spokesman told The Hill earlier this month.
Even before the 2016 elections, Manafort “has been in discussions with federal authorities about the advisability of registering under FARA for some of his past political work,” said spokesman Jason Maloni.
“Mr. Manafort received formal guidance recently from the authorities and he is taking appropriate steps in response to the guidance.”
Violating FARA is considered a felony, though only a handful of prosecutions have been pursued since the law's formation. It is considered a compliance-based statute, so even filling out registration paperwork late can get firms and individuals out of trouble with the Justice Department. FARA is more broad than the LDA, and covers consulting and public relations efforts, in addition to traditional lobbying.
Mercury and the Podesta Group had been registered for the Centre under the Lobbying Disclosure Act, which dictates domestic lobbying disclosure. The two firms made a total of $2.2 million during the two years of work.
Both firms had signed statements from the Centre, saying that it received no funds or support from a foreign government or party — something lawyers advised the firms would preclude them from registering under FARA.
However, following a series of AP reports that included details about how Manafort and his associate Rick Gates directed strategy while operating as advisers for the Party of Regions, the firms have decided to register with the Justice Department retroactively.
U.S 2016 Presidential election
Trumps Key campaign staff Cater Page ,Paul Manafort and Roger Stone had an huge impact on Trump's political campaign in both it's message,strategy and day to day operating it's very likely these three had a key impact in shifting the GOP's position on Russian sanctions and the Ukraine crisis.
The Washington Post (2017):
A 2004 article at Slate details the allegations against Yanukovych, including stuffing ballot boxes and use of police to intimidate Yushchenko supporters. The rampant fraud led to a series of protests dubbed the Orange Revolution -- and a second ballot, which Yushchenko won.
At some point over the next two years, Yanukovych hired an American consultant to help the Party of Regions in the parliamentary elections. A cable released by Wikileaks noted the addition to Yanukovych's team.
Enjoying a lead in the polls since the fall 2005 Orange team split, ex-PM Yanukovych's Party of Regions is working to change its image from that of a haven for mobsters into that of a legitimate political party. Tapping the deep pockets of Donetsk clan godfather Rinat Akhmetov, Regions has hired veteran K street political help for its "extreme makeover" effort. According to the Internet news site Glavred.info, Davis, Manafort & Freedman is among the political consultants that have been hired to do the nipping and tucking.
Davis, Manafort & Freedman was, as you'd expect, Paul Manafort's firm.
Business Insider (2017):
Before the GOP's national security committee meeting last July, Trump had said multiple times that he thought the West should respond more forcefully to Russian aggression.
He gave a speech in Ukraine in September 2015, at the Yalta European Strategy Annual Meeting, where he said "our president is not strong and he is not doing what he should be doing for the Ukraine." He mentioned that he thought Europe should be "leading some of the charge" against Russia's aggression, too.
But his tone on Ukraine and Crimea appeared to shift after he hired Manafort to manage his campaign in April 2016, as Politico's Michael Crowley has reported.
At the end of July, for instance, Trump told ABC that "the people of Crimea, from what I've heard, would rather be with Russia than where they were. And you have to look at that, also." Days earlier, he had told reporters that he "would be looking at" the possibility of lifting sanctions against Russia for its annexation of Crimea.
Manafort served as a top adviser to a pro-Russian political party in Ukraine from 2004 to 2012, and he helped the Russia-friendly strongman Viktor Yanukovych win the Ukrainian presidency in 2010.
Yanukovych was ousted on corruption charges in 2014 and fled to Russia under the protection of the Kremlin.
Secret ledgers uncovered by an anti-corruption centre in Kiev and obtained by The New York Times revealed that Yanukovych's political party, the pro-Russia Party of Regions, earmarked $12.7 million in undisclosed cash payments to Manafort for his work from 2007 to 2012.
Manafort has denied ever having collected the earmarked payments. But the unverified dossier on which top US leaders have been briefed alleges that Yanukovych "confided directly to Putin that he authorized kickback payments to Manafort," who "had been commercially active in Ukraine right up to the time (in March 2016) when he joined campaign team."
Quartz (2016):
In early May 2016, the Missouri state legislature submitted a bill to the governor requiring that citizens must show photo ID in order to vote. Democrats staged an all-night filibuster opposing the measure, noting that it could potentially disenfranchise over 220,000 voters who who lack proper ID. Missouri attorney Steve Harman noted the bill would most likely affect black Missourians—11% of the population—and that it echoed the political aims of Jim Crow. As is true in most states, there has never been a case of voter fraud in Missouri history, leading many legislators to question the true intent of the law.
Missouri is known as “the bellwether state,” having voted for the winning candidate in all but one presidential election between 1904 and 2008. Obama lost the state in both elections, but in 2008, he lost by a mere 3903 votes. Imagine what that result would have looked like had 220,000 voters—among them his black Democratic base—been unable to cast their ballots.
In swing states like Missouri, voter ID laws that disenfranchise non-white voters could potentially influence the outcome of national elections. In this case, purple states like Missouri may in the future turn blazing red.
Missouri’s law will not be passed in time to impact the 2016 race. But it is part of a growing trend of states that have passed or moved toward restrictive voter ID laws as America’s population grows increasingly diverse. In 2016, 17 states will have new voting restrictions in place for the first time in a presidential election: Alabama, Arizona, Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Mississippi, Nebraska, New Hampshire, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and Wisconsin.
Of these states, Arizona, Georgia, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ohio, Virginia, and Wisconsin have been identified as swing states. Others are newly ambiguous: Texas, a state that has voted Republican since 1980, is now less of a sure bet. After GOP frontrunner Donald Trump proclaimed Mexicans “rapists” in the summer of 2015, applications for citizenship and voter registration among Texan Latino immigrants soared, and polls have shown a tight race. But will the new voters be able to cast their ballots? Under current regulations, an estimated 771,300 Texan Latinos, many of them recent immigrants, lack the required ID.
Buzzfeed (2017):
The dead man was Scot Young. The one-time multimillionaire and fixer to the world’s super-rich had been telling friends, family, and the police for years that he was being targeted by a team of Russian hitmen – ever since his fortune vanished overnight in a mysterious Moscow property deal. He was the ninth in a circle of friends and business associates to die in suspicious circumstances. But when the police entered his penthouse that night, they didn’t even dust for fingerprints. They declared his death a suicide on the spot and closed the case.
A two-year investigation by BuzzFeed News has now uncovered explosive evidence pointing to Russia that the police overlooked. A massive trove of documents, phone records, and secret recordings shows Young was part of a circle of nine men, including the exiled oligarch Boris Berezovsky, who all died suspiciously on British soil after making powerful enemies in Russia. The files reveal that Young lived in the shadow of the Russian security services and mafia groups after fronting for Berezovsky.
Scott Young is one of 14 people suspected of being assassinated on the orders of the Russian state on U.K soil.
CNN (2017):
The brazen daytime slaying of a Russian politician outside a Ukrainian hotel this week brings to eight the number of high-profile Russians who have died over the past five months since the US presidential election on November 8.
Steele dossier allegations:
The Steel dossier shed new light on the Trump-Russia controversy much of this has been corroborated.
Page 4:
Dossier claims Paul Manafort & Carter Page were colluding w/Russians.
Dossier claims Wikileaks is a front for the Kremlin.
Dossier claims Russia had moles within the Dem Party.
Page 9:
Dossier claims that Russia has krompat on Trump in addition to material on Clinton.
Dossier claims Cater Page held secret meetings on sanctions.
independent.ie (2017):
An ex-KGB chief suspected of helping the former MI6 spy Christopher Steele to compile his dossier on Donald Trump may have been murdered by the Kremlin and his death covered up, it's been claimed. Oleg Erovinkin, a former general in the KGB and its successor the FSB, was found dead in the back of his car in Moscow on December 26 in mysterious circumstances. Mr Erovinkin was a key aide to Igor Sechin, a former deputy prime minister and now head of Rosneft, the state-owned oil company, who is repeatedly named in the dossier.
He has been described as a key liaison between Mr Sechin and Russian President Vladimir Putin. Mr Steele wrote in an intelligence report dated July 19, 2016, he had a source close to Mr Sechin, who had disclosed alleged links between Mr Trump's supporters and Moscow. The death of Mr Erovinkin has prompted speculation it is linked to Mr Steele's explosive dossier, which was made public earlier this month.
Talking Points Memo (2017)
Congress is investigating whether any private voter information allegedly stolen by Russian hackers was passed to or used by the Trump campaign, Time reported Thursday.
Ken Menzel, general counsel of the Illinois State Board of Elections, told Time that 90,000 state voter records were obtained through cyberattacks on their system, 90 percent of which contained drivers license numbers and a quarter of which contained the last four digits of voters’ Social Security numbers. Two anonymous sources close to congressional investigations into Russia’s election interference say lawmakers want to know if any of this stolen data eventually ended up in the hands of Trump’s team.
Time did not specify which of the five congressional committees looking into Russian interference in the election is investigating this specific thread.
This report is the latest indication that Russia’s cyberattacks on the United States’ electoral infrastructure, which include efforts to delete or alter voter data in Illinois and targeted attacks on election systems in 21 states, are becoming a focus of congressional and federal probes into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.
http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/congress-investigating-trump-team-used-voter-information-stolen-russians
Conclusions:
The issues that come up again and again are:
The real question is how far does the Russia-Trump web spread? And has this plan been a long time in the making?
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2019.02.02 20:25 i2AmAGlamBeing That was a doozy to write. Please be kind.


With mod permission granted...
Let me regale you with a tale of one of the most notorious women in 90 Day Fiance history.

If you ever wondered who is Leida Margaretha and how did she become so infamous, I've attempted to pull together a semi-chronological summary to shed some light on this convoluted and confusing tale filled with changing names, TLC frauding, and half-truths.

Responsibly-included Disclosure Portion (Skip to below the line break border if you don't care and just want to go straight to the story):
ALL information has been collected from 90DF Reddit subs (posts and comments), various social media accounts, and the 90DF TV show. I originally hoped to post links to my sources but realized the enormous and tiring nature of that task after finally writing everything up. To be honest, it ending up being more work than I could handle. With that said, if you would like to request specific sources, I will try my best to get back to you or maybe someone else in Family Reddit can jump in and help me out. Regardless, feel free to take everything with a grain of salt and believe or not believe any part of this story.

Claims attributed to Leida were recorded to have been made by her personally on her official online accounts or on television or posts from accounts that have been associated with her long before her appearance on 90DF thus reducing the likelihood of troll accounts brought about by her fame.

Everything else has been extracted from information reported from other individuals unless placed within [...].

I will try to offer a perspective that is less biased by my impressions by only including story elements that have been disclosed through one or more of the previously aforementioned sources. Thus, I'm excluding my interpretation of the videos I've seen of her and Eric "teaching" the boy to swim and most recently the video uploaded on SM of her placing her barefoot, short-sleeve t-shirt wearing son in the snow during one of the coldest winters in the Midwest. Nonetheless, since the story below will focus on Leida and her actions, interactions leading up to events may be loss in the narration. This compilation of stories is far from being perfect or comprehensive.

I'm leaving out the names of people that weren't mentioned in the the TV show in the hope of shielding them a bit from any reignited blow-back. If anyone from Leida's elite friend group is out reading this, I entreat you to please do not direct her to this post since it'll likely enrage her to re-attack the individuals who she believes wronged her.
Also being left out is information such as addresses and such that are public information but not necessary to this storytelling. Leida's b-day is publicly available from her SM and her beauty pageant facts sheet and was only included for story building. Again, any of the below depictions of their interactions were conveyed by one source or another that was not me, personally, unless in brackets [...].



Given the length and complexity of this saga, I will likely leave something out. So, Family Reddit, have at it and correct, add, or edit this story where need be.



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What's in a Name?

Leida Margaretha goes by many aliases, which adds to much of the confusion behind this woman. She can be found under first names such as Aya, Aida, Ai, Aiya, Leidadiel, and CoCo. Additionally, she is associated with surnames such as Panggarbessi, Walean, Cohen, Cohenstein, Rosenbrook, Rosen, and CohenRosen.

So what is her real name? Best bet would be by her birth name (Leida Margaretha) or the last name of her most recent husband (Leida Rosenbrook). Looking to the names of her family members won't reveal much since she does not share the name Margaretha with her family but this is typical under Indonesia Naming Systems.

There has been no formal explanation as to why Leida uses the surname Cohen/Cohenstein but she has displayed a peculiar fixation with Jewish names that has been described to be disrespectful and lack cultural understanding of the meaning behind the name. Whether it's fetishization of stereotypes about wealth or not is still up for debate.

The Basics

One fateful day in May of '89 on the island nation of Indonesia, a baby girl was born to a well-esteemed surgeon named Wim and his wife, Yosephine. Named Leida, she would grow up with two sisters and a brother. With much pride in how big her family's house was with their many servants (multiple cooks, drivers, and maids), Leida would often talk about how rich her family was.

Multiple Indonesians and individuals familiar with the status quo in Indonesia, however, have revealed that when considering the wealth disparity in Indonesia as well as the average global understanding of what would constitute as "rich", Leida's family would be considered middle/upper-middle class at most. This, coincidentally, lines up with Leida's own claims that she decided not to become a doctor in Indonesia like her father because the pay wasn't good and that's why she wanted to become a doctor in the US. In later leaked correspondence, Leida appears to disregard giving a response to whether her motivations to become a doctor also included a desire to help people as well.

Leida has often been heard speaking with a mix accent when speaking English where she uses a (faux or poorly executed) British accent inconsistently throughout a sentence. This accent is unique to Leida and is not reflective of her sister or father when they spoke English on the TV show, 90 Day Fiance. Theories positing an upper-class education by British English-language teachers/tutors have been dismissed due to the inconsistency by which Leida employs the accent. It has been noted that teachers purchased by such wealth would have resulted in a near-native, flawless British accent when speaking English, which is not the case with Leida.
[As a side-note: an Indonesian rapper "Rich Brian" who is reported to come from a low-to-middle class neighborhood in Indonesia and has been in the US for at most 2-3 years also does not speak with the same accent as Leida.]
The origin of Leida's accent continues to be a mystery not reflected in the speech patterns of her family or individuals below or above her alleged wealth.

One of Leida's sisters, however, did have a post-grad education in the UK while her middle sister spent time in France. (No information is available on whether her sisters personally funded their time abroad through their careers or if it was fully through family support.) The UK-educated sister does not speak with any British accent.


So It Begins...

In Indonesia, Leida completed 4 out of the 6 years of medical school required to become a doctor. So despite her claims of being a med school graduate and doctor, she has never actually practiced medicine nor would she qualify to take the United States Medical Licensing Examination for foreign doctors to receive a medical license to practice in the US. She does has some practical medical experience that would be considered equivalent to some sort of medical assistant.

She was, however, awarded Miss Healthy Body during Miss Indonesia 2009 and was the 5th runner-up in the overall beauty competition.

Around this time, Leida would eventually start a leather goods/shoe store in Indonesia. She claims to still own properties in Indonesia, which she rents out. Her later decision to move back in with her parents after her stint in Japan was, according to her, based on her family's wishes and not due to her inability to afford a place by herself.

Before her first husband, an Indonesian man named Daniel, she had at least one other boyfriend but this relationship didn't seem to end well. Despite being close enough that they had a meal out with her mother, she would later describe him has as psycho and ugly when she attempted to give him a birthday gift after she broke up with him. Upon entering his car, after being dropped off by Daniel on the way to a friend's event, he ex apparently drove off with her, pleading for her to come back to him. After it was clear her mind was set, Daniel caught up to the ex and they were able to continue on their way to meet up with the rest of their friends.

She allegedly met Daniel in med school but claims he did not finish like she did. Their marriage would last 2 years and result in a baby boy named Allessandro.

After 8 months of dating, Leida and Daniel tied the knot. Leida reports her Sept. 2012 wedding to Daniel to cost ~$300,000 USD but posts on a wedding forum dating to that time period has her listing a total budget closer in value ~$30,000 USD after conversion. The question of whether the wedding was paid by her or her husband's family is currently unanswered.

In March 2013, Leida managed to invoke the contempt of an Indonesian bakery, which claimed that Leida never paid them the remaining balance of ~50% of the total bill for a cupcakes delivery order totaling around ~$13 USD. She is alleged to have ghosted them after claiming the money was on the way (but it never came) more than once and then proceeded to dismiss that the remaining amount as negligible (at a converted value of ~$7 USD). After arriving in the US, she would later aggressively go after a Craigslist/Facebook seller (and his wife) on social media who claimed to have accidentally taken $5 USD more than the agreed upon amount during the cash exchange. With Leida already irate, his initial apologies and willingness to return the overcharge did nothing to quell her furor. She did delete the posts once she received her money back in the mail.

During her marriage with Daniel, she was reported to physically and mentally abuse her sister-in-law who was living with them at the time. As witnessed by her husband's aunt, the abuse of her sister-in-law got so bad that charges were about to be filed. Despite the presence of hospital and police records and to the frustration of her husband's aunt, Leida was able to manipulate the young, naive girl to drop the charges. Leida is alleged to claim that she owned everything in her and Daniel's place, which included everything in her sister-in-law's room, because her family had provided the most of the money for Daniel's then foreign car import business. She would also allegedly give friends expensive gifts but threaten to take the gifts back if they didn't act the way she wanted.
To this day, she forces the people who she has previously bullied and terrorized in Indonesia to stay quiet by threatening to sue them using an Indonesian law, which is often and easily used by celebrities to silence tabloids. At the same time, while some of these people would like to finally feel vindicated, others would rather move on with their lives and live happily without being pulled back into the Leida drama.

During her marriage with Daniel, Leida found her way to Japan where she taught art at the same school where Daniel taught English. Around this time, her marriage with Daniel fell apart. She says it was because their families kept fighting with one another but, nonetheless, Daniel was the love of her life. Leida claims to be in contact with Daniel almost everyday (if only so that her son can talk to his father).


While in Japan online ads appeared from accounts associated with Leida seeking roommates as well as offering massages and phone sex services.


After Daniel but before her current husband, Eric, she had at least 4 other relationships with men associated with the US military in Japan. More details for only two of those relationships are known. One of those relationships was with a man she met on JapanCupid. The other was a married man stationed in a US military base in Japan that Leida met during a pub crawl, but who would eventually become a fellow motoracing enthusiast acquaintance of Daniel. He started talking to her after finding out she had a new GTR since he had an older model of the car. She attempted unsuccessfully to get the married man to leave his wife for her and even presented an pregnancy ultrasound. Upon secondary medical review, the ultrasound was revealed to show no signs of pregnancy.

The affair with the married man led to a number of heated exchanges between Leida and the man's wife. Leida bodyshamed the man's wife and attacked her as a military dependent while the man's wife has admitted to replying similarly with low blows that she would rather not repeat. In the end, the married man and his wife were able to reconcile and had a vow renewal in Bali, where which she sent Leida a copy of the invitation and likely instigated renewed animosity. [Leida was aware that the wife was a fan of the show 90 Day Fiance, which I theorized is partly the reason why she asked Eric to submit an application to the show. The other reason being, like her family, she thought that the show would be a good opportunity given her previous modeling career.]

As news and more information of this relationship resurfaces over the course of the latest season of 90 Day Fiance, Leida has unleashed a new wave of bodyshaming photo memes against the wife of the married man who she used to have an affair with in Japan. The married man spoke out and talked about how, during one of the last times they were banging, Leida allegedly told him that Eric gave her a 10k engagement ring and that Eric was rich and owned a number of properties, though these claims currently appear to be unsubstantiated. He also disclosed how Leida had allegedly told him how she had lost a pregnancy in Indonesia during a drag/street racing accident which also resulted in the deaths of two bystanders. The next of kin of the deceased were said to have been paid off by Leida's family to avoid any charges. Whether the racing incident was true or was merely some sort of loyalty test Leida used is still a matter of contention.


Her time in Japan also revealed a number of other aspects of Leida's personality:





Lead-Up To The Show

Eric (40) and Leida (29) claim they met when she accidentally clicked on his ad looking for love while she was looking for furniture and decided to reply to him. It is unknown how a personals ad got mixed among furniture listings, let alone furniture listings for a country outside the US. The platform they apparently were on was alleged to be Craigslist. The couple chatted online and via video calls for 7 months before finally meeting in person for the first time in Japan. Eric soon proposes to Leida and she accepts with the twist that they apply for the TLC show, 90 Day Fiance.


Leida would eventually have a "Commitment Ceremony" with Eric in Indonesia in November 2017 where she begins to refer to him as her husband and he replies that is when they got married in response to a question on social media prior to filming 90 Day Fiance in 2018. Eric has since stated that no marriage documents were filed in Indonesia and that the commitment ceremony was for the purpose of allowing them to travel together within Indonesia. [Eric's announcement was in response to claims of TLC frauding and to also probably avoid claims of fraud using the K1 Fiance visa instead of the Spousal visa]



Highlights From The Latest Season of 90 Day Fiance (On TV and SM): Before, During, and After
[Since many of you have watched the season, I'm going to narrow the attention of this section to an overview of the actions that have propelled this story forward]

Leida demands that Eric kick his daughter, Tasha (age 19/20), out of the apartment that she shares with her father.
Context:












Leida wants Eric to stop paying child support for his youngest daughter, Jennica.
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Additional comments:




Interesting soundbites from Leida during 90DF filming




Leida against her haters







SponCon and the rocky road of Instagram








Death Threats, Mental Health, and Domestic Violence
[Memory of the sequence of events here is a bit hazy, so please don't quote me on this section. A lot of these events occurred within the last 3-6 months]

















Managed by a PR Firm










Recent Events & Litigation (Last ~2 weeks)











Lastly, for people concerned about Allessandro during all of this. Please be reassured that his aunt, Reina (as seen on 90DF), has been visiting him as much as she can. She has allegedly flown him to Indonesia to see his grandparents for a visit and sat in for one of his kindergarten classes in the US. Daniel is rumored to be coming to visit Allessandro during the upcoming summer. No other details about what's happening with the child have been disclosed to the public.




Edits: Grammar, formatting, language-tightening for clarity, and updates.

**Corrections:
A zero was left off a number that was the conversion from an amount in Indonesian rupiah to USD and has been corrected to reflect the accurate value. The quoted ~$3,000 was supposed to read ~$30,000.
A mistake was made when converting the rupiah value to USD for the bakery remaining balance where an extra zero was added to the rupiah amount and has thus been corrected.
Apologies for the errors, oversight, and inconvenience.

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2018.12.26 16:56 youngrichntasteless $583k/mo selling a dolly (and going viral on QVC)

Hey - Pat from StarterStory.com here with another interview.
Today's interview is with Michael Reznik of Upcart, a brand that sells stair climbing folding cart/dolly.
Michael laid out some super nice tips for sales and entrepreneurs early in their journey - so hope you enjoy this one.
Some stats:

Hello! Who are you and what business did you start?

Hello, my name is Michael Reznik and I am the Co-Founder and CEO of TriFold LLC, the company that invented the UpCart ® line of products. We are dedicated to revolutionizing mobility with innovative products that give people the freedom to do what they love by enhancing their mobility. When people have greater mobility, they can do more and be more productive.
Let’s be real, carrying stuff up & down stairs is the worst. The UpCart ® line of products solve this problem with a unique line of all-terrain folding carts and hand trucks that have been engineered to reduce effort while going up and down stairs and over irregular terrain. Our patented technology also allows all of our products to fold completely flat for easy storage or transportation.
Our newest product the UpCart Versa Trolley (renamed from the UpCart City), the most compact stair climbing cart, won the Retailer’s Choice Award at the 2018 National Hardware Show and was successfully funded on Kickstarter. The UpCart Versa is the only folding hand cart to ever be offered with a LIFETIME warranty!
Our first product, the UpCart Original, became available in August 2015 and promptly sold out of stock within 10 days of going viral on Facebook after Thanksgiving. We did $385,000 in sales from August – December 2015. Revenue continued to grow with $3.2M in 2016, $5.4M in 2017, and we are on track to exceed $7M in sales this year. We are excited to note that UpCart ® products are for sale in Costco, Bed Bath & Beyond, Home Depot, Lowe’s and other major retailers.
What our product looks like

What's your backstory and how did you come up with the idea?

Some great companies are started by very unlikely business partners.
I was at my Dad’s birthday party and was sitting next to a long-time family friend, Leonid Khodor (my Dad’s age), an engineer and patent agent. During the course of the evening, after a few libations, Leonid shared that he had invented this new product but wasn’t sure how to turn it into a business.
He had a rough Frankenstein prototype (made from baby stroller wheels, cannibalized part and some custom fabricated pieces) and showed me a little video of it in action. A light bulb went off in my head, immediately I saw so many applications/uses for this right away. We exchanged contact information that evening.
Early prototype 1
Early prototype 2
After conducting some research, performing some due diligence and convincing my wife to let me make the investment of both time and money, I agreed to go into business with Leonid. I applied for our tax ID and trade name and TriFold officially became a company in February 2013. At that time, I had spent most of my career in the Fortune 500 as a Management / Operations Consultant.
I already had a pretty demanding job but always had a passion for entrepreneurship. I had attempted to start a company in the mid-2000’s right before the 2nd stock market crash, but I wasn’t able to get it off the ground before the economy imploded. This time, however, I wasn’t going to let anything stand in the way. I believed wholeheartedly that this idea was going to be successful, we just needed to figure out how to make that a reality.
TriFold started as a “side hustle” while I continued to work my corporate job, but it quickly became much more than that. 100+ work weeks became my new normal. During the day I was the good corporate steward, but evenings and weekends were dedicated to TriFold.
Many people write/advise that you must be “All-In” to make a business successful… that’s easy to say if you don’t have a wife, two kids, car payments and a mortgage. I wasn’t in a position to just quit my day job and commit 100% to the business, and I wouldn’t be until December 2016 (3.5 years later).

Describe the process of designing, prototyping, and manufacturing the product.

Our first challenge was taking Leonid’s Frankenstein-cart prototype and turning it into a real finished product.
Design
We hired a good local design firm that conducted some market research and worked with us on several design iterations. While their designs were beautiful, we had concerns about their practicality and feasibility of manufacturing those designs at a reasonable cost.
We parted ways with the design firm but learned enough through the process to finish the product design on our own. Leonid is a gifted engineer and designer and developed all of our 3D models and industrial designs on his own using CAD software (and still does to this day).
Prototyping
The second major challenge was how to turn the designs into a working prototype. We explored many options ranging from 3D printing to full custom fabrication.
The challenge was the exorbitant cost associated with all of these options. Due to the nature and complexity of our product design, the prototyping process would cost about 33% - 50% of the cost of the actual production tooling.
So after much deliberation, and 3D modeling in CAD software, we decided to take a huge gamble and move forward with the production tooling without going through the prototype process first. Our logic was actually very sound. The cost of modifying and adjusting tooling would actually be less expensive than the cost of developing a working prototype.
Moreover, by working directly from the production tooling, our samples would be real load-bearing fully functional samples. This also had the benefit of saving us months of time and allowed us to bring the actual product to market sooner.
Finding a factory
Once the decision was made, we set out to find a factory to help make our vision a reality. With the aid of an experienced sourcing consultant (who later became our sales manager), we visited many factories in China, asked for quotes from three and selected one to work with.
Note: we did explore manufacturing in the USA but found the cost would have been at least 3-times higher to produce in the USA. One big advantage to the factory we selected was a very low minimum order qty, provided that we paid 100% for the tooling and assembly fixtures.

Describe the process of launching the online store/business.

Our plan was to get working samples from the factory and present them at the largest hardware show held annually in Las Vegas. There was one small problem, we were quickly running out of money.
Despite countless pitches and meetings, at this point, we had very little success in raising capital. Everyone wanted to invest in tech, biotech, SaaS or mobile. In late 2014 we attempted to go to Kickstarter to raise capital. We rushed in and didn’t do it the right way. Our funding goal was too high and while we did raise over $27K we didn’t hit our funding goal, so no funds were received. We were quickly running out of operating capital.
Fortunately, I cultivated a relationship with one of our backers who later became one of our angel investors. After closing our angel round, we had enough capital to pay for the remainder of the tooling, stand up a basic website, pay for a trip to the factory to finalize the samples (and pack them to take home as our check luggage) and pay the costs to attend the National Hardware Show in a tiny 5x7 booth in the Inventor’s Spotlight Area.
We were the bells of the ball!
From the moment the show opened, we had a crowd at least two deep at our booth almost the entire time. The UpCart won the “Most Innovative New Concept” award at the show and I was invited to a pitch contest hosted by QVC. I won the pitch contest and was live on the air three weeks later doing a live-sell on the QVC Sprouts program.
Please note, these were still production samples – no actual product had been produced yet.
This was May and we told QVC that we would not have actual product in the USA until August of that year. QVC was good with that and noted “Will Ship August 22” during the program.
The UpCart sold out in 5 minutes and started taking wait-list orders! This was immediate validation that we had something customers wanted.
Me on QVC
Later that same year, I made product video on my MacBook and posted to Facebook. I boosted the post for $20/day and it ended up going viral. The video ended up getting 7.5M views and over 15.4M organic reach.
This all occurred in about 10 days between Thanksgiving and Christmas. The UpCart completely sold out, we had zero inventory left with a couple weeks of Christmas shopping left. We weren’t complaining too loud, we were out of cash and purchased as much inventory as we could afford to head into the holidays. We were able to take the revenue from those sales and reinvest back into the business.
We have bootstrapped this business from day one. After our initial angel investment round, we never did another funding round. We have been fiscally conservative and managed the business well. Due to our early profitability, I was able to work with small micro-lenders at first and then consolidate our debt with Huntington Bank through the SBA lending program. As we grew, Huntington continued to be a fantastic partner to us with additional lending when we needed.
The faster we grew, the harder it was to manage cash flow. I never realized that being a manufacturer of a physical product meant that you would also act as a bank for your customers. Everyone takes payment terms ranging from NET 30 to NET 120! We have to pay for the inventory before it leaves the factory while the clock doesn’t start on payment terms until the customer physically receives the goods so in some instances (such as with QVC), we wouldn’t receive payment on the goods for up to 6 months!
Our early success on QVC was both a blessing and a curse:
The blessing
I can’t think of a better way for a new product to get market validation than selling out on the air your first 5 out of 6 times Even better, once it sells out on QVC, your sales on your direct channels spike as customers look to buy it elsewhere.
Also, when talking with prospective buyers or retailers, no one wants to be ‘first’, they want validation that your product can sell. Having the ability to tell our story about our sales on QVC was a big advantage for a small startup. It also helped keep our factory happy to be getting large orders at once.
The curse
Curse – QVC is VERY slow to pay. The larger their order, the longer you have to float the cost of the inventory, and cash is king for a growing startup.
QVC has MUCH higher than average customer returns and all the returns come back to you. In most cases (especially for new vendors) everything they buy is consignment, meaning that at any point in time they can return the goods to you.
However, the greatest curse is the visibility your success gets to the wrong audience. The vultures who make their fortunes by stealing the ideas of others and making cheap knock-off As-Seen-On-TV items.

Since launch, what has worked to attract and retain customers?

As with many new products, the biggest challenge is educating the customers about your product and how it is different. While a picture is worth 1,000 words, a video is priceless. Without question the best platform for that is online. Ever since going viral on Facebook in late 2015, we have relied heavily on Facebook paid ads.
No other platform provided a lower customer acquisition cost. Equally important, Facebook allows you to engage with potential customers and address questions, concerns, and complaints. However, it’s not as simple as boosting a post and sitting back to watch the customers come in.
We made a lot of mistakes along the way and learned a great deal about managing audiences, optimizing ads, and refreshing creative to keep relevance scores up.
We followed a 3-tiered strategy for advertising on Facebook comprised of Prospecting for new audiences, managing the core through lookalike audiences and retargeting. Each tier is allocated a percentage of our budget:
1. Prospecting: 10% - 25% of ad spend
Prospecting is the process of searching for potential customers in order to develop new business.
You should always allocate a percentage of your budget to Prospecting for new audiences/customer groups. We try to think through what specific group of individuals would benefit most from our product.
A strategy that works for us is to think of specific audiences that we believe we can be #1 in that market. Then we test it with targeted ads. There will be a lower conversion rate and higher acquisition cost on these ads, but that is by design because not all audiences will convert. The goal is to find a new core audience.
This assumes of course that you know and understand your core customer demographic, otherwise, ALL of your advertising will be prospecting ;-)
2. Core Advertising: 60% - 70% of ad spend
Advertising to your core audience should be where the bulk of your ad spend goes and should have the best conversion rates and lowest acquisition costs. We handle these two ways. The first is to create ads that target the specific demographics (age, gender, geography, income, etc.). The second is to leverage information from existing customers to create “lookalike audiences”.
Lookalike audiences are arguably one of the most powerful tools that Facebook offers advertisers. Facebook will take a list of your current customers and analyze their demographic information to find new potential customers that look like the list you provided them. So, if your customers are 25-35 year old’s living in apartments and very active in outdoor activities, Facebook will create a population of potential customers with the same interests and demographics.
It is important to monitor and optimize these ads on a regular basis. Also, refresh the creative on these ads to keep them current and relevant.
3. Retargeting: 10% - 20% of ad spend
Retargeting, also known as remarketing, is basically getting your ads in front of potential customers who visited your site but did not make a purchase. For most websites, only 2% of traffic converts to a sale on the first visit. Retargeting is a way to try and reach customers who don’t convert right away. Many people don’t make the buying decision the first time they see something new, they need to see it several times before they are ready to make a purchase. For this reason, retargeting is very important. This should have a better conversion rate and acquisition cost than prospecting and ideally better than core advertising.
A cautionary note on SEO (Search Engine Optimization)
SEO is basically the process of getting traffic from the “free,” “organic,” “editorial” or “natural” search results on search engines.
There are many ways to improve your SEO results and many companies/consultants that will offer you paid services for improving your SEO results. We hired a very good SEO firm and they did everything they promised they would. However, we realized too late we would have a very hard time monetizing the results sufficient to justify the cost of the services.
It takes a very long time (12-18 months) to move up ranking on competitive keywords/search terms. You end up paying every month for SEO services but there just wasn’t a good enough ROI on the investment. Moreover, by trying to ‘game’ the results, you are locked into paying for SEO services forever. Once you stop paying for the SEO activities, your rankings will start to fall off.
The best advice I can give someone about SEO is to focus on having good, meaningful and relevant content on your website. Follow the basic design rules for good SEO (submitting your schema, appropriate use of H1/H2 tags, alt text,
sections, etc.).
Partner with good sites to get high-quality backlinks through blogs, articles, etc. Don’t waste your money on paid SEO services.
Amazon - a knife that cuts both ways
If you are selling online, you MUST be on Amazon.
It’s hard to attribute actual sales, but without question every time we increase our ad spend on Facebook/Google we see a corresponding spike in sales on Amazon. Many customers just feel more comfortable making a purchase through Amazon vs. [your name].com. For that reason alone, it is important to have your product listed on the platform… on Seller Central.
With that said, I would STRONGLY discourage anyone from moving to Vendor Central and signing Amazon up as a direct wholesale account. If you have good sales volume on Amazon through Seller Central, you will most likely be approached by Amazon to let them buy direct from you and have your items listed as “Sold by Amazon” on their platform.
They will sell you on all the benefits and claim that your sales volume will go up dramatically. Here is what they won’t tell you:
You lose all control of pricing
Amazon will not be undersold. If your product is listed anywhere on the internet for less, their automated bots will find it and automatically lower the price on Amazon. So if you have a MAP policy and ever do a sale with one customer or on your website, Amazon will find it and match it. Worse yet, if any of your distributors/retailers lower the price on their own, that will also trigger a price drop. On Seller Central, you control the pricing, on Vendor Central you don’t
You lose control of your product
We sell internationally and have exclusive agreements with distributors in other countries. We told Amazon that they could only sell in the USA, so you can imagine our shock when we found Amazon selling our product in Canada, Mexica and Europe?!?
Good luck ever making sense of your billing and figuring out if you are actually maintaining margin.
Pretty much from day one, we were buried in paperwork, false chargebacks and shortage claims, obnoxiously inefficient processes, and general frustration. It was almost a full-time job trying to stay on top of the amazon process and paperwork… and DO NOT fall behind else you will never get caught up and they will never pay you fully. They claimed shortages on so many orders that we had to submit documentation to try and prove that we actually shipped the full amount. Heaven forbid if the trucker didn’t sign the bill of lading and give you a photo copy, because that would be grounds for denying payment.

How are you doing today and what does the future look like?

As noted above, we went from $385K our first year to $5.4M our 3rd year and are on track to close around $7M this year with our highest margin thus far.
We had always hoped but never expected this type of rapid growth. We have released several new models and are getting ready to re-launch our new UpCart.com website before Thanksgiving with a renewed focus on growing our direct channel. Additionally, for 2019 we are looking to increase our international sales by growing presence in Europe.
Historical ad spend has only been about 10% of revenue because a lot of our revenue comes from retail accounts vs. direct to customer e-commerce. When we first started, our direct vs. retail was about 50%/50% because QVC was such a large part of our revenue. As we continued to grow, each year a larger part of our total revenue shifted to retail. Today, our direct channel only comprises about 10% of total revenue.
Direct to customer channel has seen a steady increase in acquisition costs. We started around $18-$20 per acquisition and have stabilized around $34-$38 acquisition cost, but at the same time, our average ticket value has also increased from $80 to about $105.
When we entered the market, we created a segment that didn’t exist, and the acquisition costs were very low. Over time, as competitors entered the market, the cost to acquire a new customer has gone up.
Additionally, as we increased the number of retailers selling our product, we found that we were competing with our own retailers for ad space. We would see ads from Home Depot, Lowe’s and others bidding on the same keywords.
So, while Facebook remains the largest part of our advertising spend, the increasing acquisition costs have led us to start exploring additional avenues of advertising that won’t have us bidding against the same ad space as our retailers and distributors.
Additionally, as we re-launch our new e-commerce site, we have made a strategic decision that all new products will be launched exclusively on UpCart.com first for at least 6 months before they are released to retail. This will allow us to continue to grow our direct channel without competing with our retailers and distributors.
As we look to the future, we will stay true to our mission and vision. We will continue to innovate and develop new products that make people more productive through improved mobility. Our product roadmap includes expansion of our products into different industries.

Through starting the business, have you learned anything particularly helpful or advantageous

It would be impossible to summarize all the lessons learned in a couple of paragraphs, so I will share what I believe to be two of the most important characteristics of a successful entrepreneur.
Be a “Life-long Learner”.
You will be required to make countless decisions almost daily on things you are not properly qualified to answer. You will never have all the information or knowledge necessary to address the various topics and challenges you face.
Get good at finding information quickly and qualifying the relevant facts. You must be able to learn quickly and never stop learning. At every stage of growth of your business, you will encounter new challenges and dynamics. What you thought you knew may no longer be relevant or apply to your current situation.
I find that I'm reading a lot more about entrepreneurship after I started a company!? I'm learning how much I don't know about starting a company, LOL
Manage to your vision and convictions.
Opinions are like rectums, everyone has one and they don’t usually smell too good.
Early on, my natural inclination was to seek advice and guidance from the "entrepreneurial community" and people who have been down this road before. Sadly, most of the advice I received was 'wrong for me' and my company. To be clear, I don't believe people were intentionally providing bad advice. With rare exceptions the reality is no two companies are the same, no matter how similar. Therefore, one person's experiences will rarely translate the exact same way to your unique circumstances and situation.
For your company to be truly successful you have to do something unique or different… otherwise why are you staring a business?! Your strategy must be uniquely your own. You are solving a problem for your customers in a new and special way. Your vision for your company must guide the decisions you make and the approach you take. No one else has ever had to balance the specific set of circumstances, constraints and variables you are required to contend with.
By no means am I advocating anything other than trying to seek out as much advice and guidance as you can. HOWEVER, it is your responsibility to evaluate any and all "advice" you receive as a data point. Each data point must be analyzed and evaluated taking into consideration the source and context surrounding the data. What is the fundamental message or lesson behind the advice? Distill the advice down to the cause and effect and see how closely, if at all, those lessons apply to your actual situation. Further, you should never make your decision from just one data point… even a trusted source. It is your responsibility to seek out multiple data points and gather sufficient information before making a critical business decision.
I've seen colleagues spend countless hours researching what TV to buy. They will go to multiple websites, watch YouTube reviews, go into the store and look at different sets, then ask everyone they know about what TV they have and why they purchased it, then return to online reviews again before making a final decision. Ironically, I've then seen those same individuals make significant financial business decisions based on 'advice' from one source or based on only one data point.
Whatever your vision for your company may be, ultimately you have to live with the consequences of the choices you make. It's easy to get bullied down one particular path or cling to what seems like reasonable advice when it's the only source of information you have. I strongly encourage you to always evaluate the advice against how well the underlying lessons apply to your particular situation and if it aligns with your vision of the future.

What platform/tools do you use for your business?

My absolute favorite tool has been Microsoft OneNote. This is ironic since I am a die-hard Apple/Mac fanboy (note, there is OneNote for Mac and web-based).
What’s so great about this tool is that it allows me to organize the most critical information necessary to run my business and be able to find/access it quickly and from anywhere in the world. I have also found that it is a remarkable tool for organizing the creative process, anything from writing blog posts to brainstorming marketing plans or user personas. Another good alternative is Evernote.
A close second is Dropbox. I live on Dropbox. I keep every important file, picture, video out there. We have a Team account and all of my team members share the same team folders. This has been one of the best productivity tools for us.
I am able to instantly create shareable links of files or folders and send them to retailers, reps or distributors. I also use Dropbox links to send files to my factories and partners overseas. We work remote very often and being tied to network drive only accessible at the office would not have worked for us.
Honorable mention is QuickBooks Online. It is a fantastic accounting tool that is easy to use, integrates with our banks, credit cards, etc. and is reasonably priced for small-medium sized businesses. It allows me to grant access to different users for maintaining PO’s, Invoices, Inventory, and payroll.
For most of our operations:

What have been the most influential books, podcasts, or other resources?

Books
The Lean Startup by Eric Ries – my background was in management consulting and operations. I am a certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt, so the concept of applying Lean principals and Lean thinking to innovation and startup was extremely interesting to me. While the book was slanted towards IT/Tech innovation, the principals are applicable to any startup.
Zero to One by Peter Thiel – As one of the best known and most successful venture capitalists and co-founder of PayPal, Peter knows a few things about entrepreneurship. The lesson that resonated most with me was competition is a looser, monopolies are the path to success.
The 4 Hour Work Week by Tim Ferriss – While a lot of the suggestions/tools in this book are a little dated and many of the principals are extremely difficult to implement in a practical setting, the core message is spot on and aspirational. There are countless nuggets of brilliance and valuable insights that I took from this book that I put into practice every day. More importantly, it allowed me to discover the best IMHO Podcast on the planet…
Podcasts
Tim Ferriss – I started listening to his podcast after reading his book and I’ve been hooked ever since. Topics covered are not only relevant to my professional life but to my personal life. Tim has interviewed top performers in every discipline and profession and I have learned more from these podcasts than I ever imagined possible.
Business Wars – If you are an entrepreneur then you love this podcast. It tells the backstory of some epic business battles such as Coke vs. Pepsi, Nike vs. Adidas, Marvel Comics vs. DC, etc. Just a fantastic and entertaining series.

Advice for other entrepreneurs who want to get started or are just starting out?

Run a good business first and foremost.
I speak with many new entrepreneurs that have grand aspirations of raising lots of capital and hiring their ‘dream team’. A disproportionate amount of their efforts is tied to pitch decks and selling their vision. Trust me, I understand the importance of raising capital and cash flow more than most. But I never understood why so many people were so eager to give away equity in their company, take on investors and relinquish partial control.
The best way to raise capital is to show that you can generate cash flow. Investors and lenders alike are interested in a return on their investment, not doing charity work. They want to make sure you have a sound business based on strong fundamentals. An impassioned pitch with a beautiful vision of the future might keep them awake, but it won’t open their checkbooks. A solid business plan with accurate figures and projections and real cash flow will.
Everyone needs an angel, so did we. But after our angel round, we focused on running a good business first. We watched every penny spent. We looked for creative ways to be more productive and efficient without throwing capital at things. We didn’t take salaries, paid our own cell phone bills and cut costs wherever we could. We outsourced things that didn’t make financial sense to own and put sweat-equity in instead of hiring extra help. We kept the ego out of it and managed our Balance Sheet and P&L… and when we couldn’t go any further without extra capital, we were able to borrow the funds instead of giving up equity.
The funny thing is that once we no longer needed outside investment, we kept getting approached by people wanting to invest. As long as you continue to grow, there will always be a need for additional capital. If you are running a good business with strong balance sheet and good cash flow/receivables, you should be able to take on debt to finance your growth.
NOTE: There is absolutely a good time and place for raising capital through equity/investors, but you should do it for the right reasons and at the right time.

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2018.12.26 16:55 youngrichntasteless $583k/mo selling a dolly (and going viral on QVC)

Hey - Pat from StarterStory.com here with another interview.
Today's interview is with Michael Reznik of Upcart, a brand that sells stair climbing folding cart/dolly.
Michael laid out some super nice tips for sales and entrepreneurs early in their journey - so hope you enjoy this one.
Some stats:
  • Product: Stair climbing folding cart/dolly.
  • Revenue/mo: $583,000
  • Started: May 2015
  • Location: Columbus, Ohio
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 4

Hello! Who are you and what business did you start?

Hello, my name is Michael Reznik and I am the Co-Founder and CEO of TriFold LLC, the company that invented the UpCart ® line of products. We are dedicated to revolutionizing mobility with innovative products that give people the freedom to do what they love by enhancing their mobility. When people have greater mobility, they can do more and be more productive.
Let’s be real, carrying stuff up & down stairs is the worst. The UpCart ® line of products solve this problem with a unique line of all-terrain folding carts and hand trucks that have been engineered to reduce effort while going up and down stairs and over irregular terrain. Our patented technology also allows all of our products to fold completely flat for easy storage or transportation.
Our newest product the UpCart Versa Trolley (renamed from the UpCart City), the most compact stair climbing cart, won the Retailer’s Choice Award at the 2018 National Hardware Show and was successfully funded on Kickstarter. The UpCart Versa is the only folding hand cart to ever be offered with a LIFETIME warranty!
Our first product, the UpCart Original, became available in August 2015 and promptly sold out of stock within 10 days of going viral on Facebook after Thanksgiving. We did $385,000 in sales from August – December 2015. Revenue continued to grow with $3.2M in 2016, $5.4M in 2017, and we are on track to exceed $7M in sales this year. We are excited to note that UpCart ® products are for sale in Costco, Bed Bath & Beyond, Home Depot, Lowe’s and other major retailers.
What our product looks like

What's your backstory and how did you come up with the idea?

Some great companies are started by very unlikely business partners.
I was at my Dad’s birthday party and was sitting next to a long-time family friend, Leonid Khodor (my Dad’s age), an engineer and patent agent. During the course of the evening, after a few libations, Leonid shared that he had invented this new product but wasn’t sure how to turn it into a business.
He had a rough Frankenstein prototype (made from baby stroller wheels, cannibalized part and some custom fabricated pieces) and showed me a little video of it in action. A light bulb went off in my head, immediately I saw so many applications/uses for this right away. We exchanged contact information that evening.
Early prototype 1
Early prototype 2
After conducting some research, performing some due diligence and convincing my wife to let me make the investment of both time and money, I agreed to go into business with Leonid. I applied for our tax ID and trade name and TriFold officially became a company in February 2013. At that time, I had spent most of my career in the Fortune 500 as a Management / Operations Consultant.
I already had a pretty demanding job but always had a passion for entrepreneurship. I had attempted to start a company in the mid-2000’s right before the 2nd stock market crash, but I wasn’t able to get it off the ground before the economy imploded. This time, however, I wasn’t going to let anything stand in the way. I believed wholeheartedly that this idea was going to be successful, we just needed to figure out how to make that a reality.
TriFold started as a “side hustle” while I continued to work my corporate job, but it quickly became much more than that. 100+ work weeks became my new normal. During the day I was the good corporate steward, but evenings and weekends were dedicated to TriFold.
Many people write/advise that you must be “All-In” to make a business successful… that’s easy to say if you don’t have a wife, two kids, car payments and a mortgage. I wasn’t in a position to just quit my day job and commit 100% to the business, and I wouldn’t be until December 2016 (3.5 years later).

Describe the process of designing, prototyping, and manufacturing the product.

Our first challenge was taking Leonid’s Frankenstein-cart prototype and turning it into a real finished product.
Design
We hired a good local design firm that conducted some market research and worked with us on several design iterations. While their designs were beautiful, we had concerns about their practicality and feasibility of manufacturing those designs at a reasonable cost.
We parted ways with the design firm but learned enough through the process to finish the product design on our own. Leonid is a gifted engineer and designer and developed all of our 3D models and industrial designs on his own using CAD software (and still does to this day).
Prototyping
The second major challenge was how to turn the designs into a working prototype. We explored many options ranging from 3D printing to full custom fabrication.
The challenge was the exorbitant cost associated with all of these options. Due to the nature and complexity of our product design, the prototyping process would cost about 33% - 50% of the cost of the actual production tooling.
So after much deliberation, and 3D modeling in CAD software, we decided to take a huge gamble and move forward with the production tooling without going through the prototype process first. Our logic was actually very sound. The cost of modifying and adjusting tooling would actually be less expensive than the cost of developing a working prototype.
Moreover, by working directly from the production tooling, our samples would be real load-bearing fully functional samples. This also had the benefit of saving us months of time and allowed us to bring the actual product to market sooner.
Finding a factory
Once the decision was made, we set out to find a factory to help make our vision a reality. With the aid of an experienced sourcing consultant (who later became our sales manager), we visited many factories in China, asked for quotes from three and selected one to work with.
Note: we did explore manufacturing in the USA but found the cost would have been at least 3-times higher to produce in the USA. One big advantage to the factory we selected was a very low minimum order qty, provided that we paid 100% for the tooling and assembly fixtures.

Describe the process of launching the online store/business.

Our plan was to get working samples from the factory and present them at the largest hardware show held annually in Las Vegas. There was one small problem, we were quickly running out of money.
Despite countless pitches and meetings, at this point, we had very little success in raising capital. Everyone wanted to invest in tech, biotech, SaaS or mobile. In late 2014 we attempted to go to Kickstarter to raise capital. We rushed in and didn’t do it the right way. Our funding goal was too high and while we did raise over $27K we didn’t hit our funding goal, so no funds were received. We were quickly running out of operating capital.
Fortunately, I cultivated a relationship with one of our backers who later became one of our angel investors. After closing our angel round, we had enough capital to pay for the remainder of the tooling, stand up a basic website, pay for a trip to the factory to finalize the samples (and pack them to take home as our check luggage) and pay the costs to attend the National Hardware Show in a tiny 5x7 booth in the Inventor’s Spotlight Area.
We were the bells of the ball!
From the moment the show opened, we had a crowd at least two deep at our booth almost the entire time. The UpCart won the “Most Innovative New Concept” award at the show and I was invited to a pitch contest hosted by QVC. I won the pitch contest and was live on the air three weeks later doing a live-sell on the QVC Sprouts program.
Please note, these were still production samples – no actual product had been produced yet.
This was May and we told QVC that we would not have actual product in the USA until August of that year. QVC was good with that and noted “Will Ship August 22” during the program.
The UpCart sold out in 5 minutes and started taking wait-list orders! This was immediate validation that we had something customers wanted.
Me on QVC
Later that same year, I made product video on my MacBook and posted to Facebook. I boosted the post for $20/day and it ended up going viral. The video ended up getting 7.5M views and over 15.4M organic reach.
This all occurred in about 10 days between Thanksgiving and Christmas. The UpCart completely sold out, we had zero inventory left with a couple weeks of Christmas shopping left. We weren’t complaining too loud, we were out of cash and purchased as much inventory as we could afford to head into the holidays. We were able to take the revenue from those sales and reinvest back into the business.
We have bootstrapped this business from day one. After our initial angel investment round, we never did another funding round. We have been fiscally conservative and managed the business well. Due to our early profitability, I was able to work with small micro-lenders at first and then consolidate our debt with Huntington Bank through the SBA lending program. As we grew, Huntington continued to be a fantastic partner to us with additional lending when we needed.
The faster we grew, the harder it was to manage cash flow. I never realized that being a manufacturer of a physical product meant that you would also act as a bank for your customers. Everyone takes payment terms ranging from NET 30 to NET 120! We have to pay for the inventory before it leaves the factory while the clock doesn’t start on payment terms until the customer physically receives the goods so in some instances (such as with QVC), we wouldn’t receive payment on the goods for up to 6 months!
Our early success on QVC was both a blessing and a curse:
The blessing
I can’t think of a better way for a new product to get market validation than selling out on the air your first 5 out of 6 times Even better, once it sells out on QVC, your sales on your direct channels spike as customers look to buy it elsewhere.
Also, when talking with prospective buyers or retailers, no one wants to be ‘first’, they want validation that your product can sell. Having the ability to tell our story about our sales on QVC was a big advantage for a small startup. It also helped keep our factory happy to be getting large orders at once.
The curse
Curse – QVC is VERY slow to pay. The larger their order, the longer you have to float the cost of the inventory, and cash is king for a growing startup.
QVC has MUCH higher than average customer returns and all the returns come back to you. In most cases (especially for new vendors) everything they buy is consignment, meaning that at any point in time they can return the goods to you.
However, the greatest curse is the visibility your success gets to the wrong audience. The vultures who make their fortunes by stealing the ideas of others and making cheap knock-off As-Seen-On-TV items.

Since launch, what has worked to attract and retain customers?

As with many new products, the biggest challenge is educating the customers about your product and how it is different. While a picture is worth 1,000 words, a video is priceless. Without question the best platform for that is online. Ever since going viral on Facebook in late 2015, we have relied heavily on Facebook paid ads.
No other platform provided a lower customer acquisition cost. Equally important, Facebook allows you to engage with potential customers and address questions, concerns, and complaints. However, it’s not as simple as boosting a post and sitting back to watch the customers come in.
We made a lot of mistakes along the way and learned a great deal about managing audiences, optimizing ads, and refreshing creative to keep relevance scores up.
We followed a 3-tiered strategy for advertising on Facebook comprised of Prospecting for new audiences, managing the core through lookalike audiences and retargeting. Each tier is allocated a percentage of our budget:
1. Prospecting: 10% - 25% of ad spend
Prospecting is the process of searching for potential customers in order to develop new business.
You should always allocate a percentage of your budget to Prospecting for new audiences/customer groups. We try to think through what specific group of individuals would benefit most from our product.
A strategy that works for us is to think of specific audiences that we believe we can be #1 in that market. Then we test it with targeted ads. There will be a lower conversion rate and higher acquisition cost on these ads, but that is by design because not all audiences will convert. The goal is to find a new core audience.
This assumes of course that you know and understand your core customer demographic, otherwise, ALL of your advertising will be prospecting ;-)
2. Core Advertising: 60% - 70% of ad spend
Advertising to your core audience should be where the bulk of your ad spend goes and should have the best conversion rates and lowest acquisition costs. We handle these two ways. The first is to create ads that target the specific demographics (age, gender, geography, income, etc.). The second is to leverage information from existing customers to create “lookalike audiences”.
Lookalike audiences are arguably one of the most powerful tools that Facebook offers advertisers. Facebook will take a list of your current customers and analyze their demographic information to find new potential customers that look like the list you provided them. So, if your customers are 25-35 year old’s living in apartments and very active in outdoor activities, Facebook will create a population of potential customers with the same interests and demographics.
It is important to monitor and optimize these ads on a regular basis. Also, refresh the creative on these ads to keep them current and relevant.
3. Retargeting: 10% - 20% of ad spend
Retargeting, also known as remarketing, is basically getting your ads in front of potential customers who visited your site but did not make a purchase. For most websites, only 2% of traffic converts to a sale on the first visit. Retargeting is a way to try and reach customers who don’t convert right away. Many people don’t make the buying decision the first time they see something new, they need to see it several times before they are ready to make a purchase. For this reason, retargeting is very important. This should have a better conversion rate and acquisition cost than prospecting and ideally better than core advertising.
A cautionary note on SEO (Search Engine Optimization)
SEO is basically the process of getting traffic from the “free,” “organic,” “editorial” or “natural” search results on search engines.
There are many ways to improve your SEO results and many companies/consultants that will offer you paid services for improving your SEO results. We hired a very good SEO firm and they did everything they promised they would. However, we realized too late we would have a very hard time monetizing the results sufficient to justify the cost of the services.
It takes a very long time (12-18 months) to move up ranking on competitive keywords/search terms. You end up paying every month for SEO services but there just wasn’t a good enough ROI on the investment. Moreover, by trying to ‘game’ the results, you are locked into paying for SEO services forever. Once you stop paying for the SEO activities, your rankings will start to fall off.
The best advice I can give someone about SEO is to focus on having good, meaningful and relevant content on your website. Follow the basic design rules for good SEO (submitting your schema, appropriate use of H1/H2 tags, alt text,
sections, etc.).
Partner with good sites to get high-quality backlinks through blogs, articles, etc. Don’t waste your money on paid SEO services.
Amazon - a knife that cuts both ways
If you are selling online, you MUST be on Amazon.
It’s hard to attribute actual sales, but without question every time we increase our ad spend on Facebook/Google we see a corresponding spike in sales on Amazon. Many customers just feel more comfortable making a purchase through Amazon vs. [your name].com. For that reason alone, it is important to have your product listed on the platform… on Seller Central.
With that said, I would STRONGLY discourage anyone from moving to Vendor Central and signing Amazon up as a direct wholesale account. If you have good sales volume on Amazon through Seller Central, you will most likely be approached by Amazon to let them buy direct from you and have your items listed as “Sold by Amazon” on their platform.
They will sell you on all the benefits and claim that your sales volume will go up dramatically. Here is what they won’t tell you:
You lose all control of pricing
Amazon will not be undersold. If your product is listed anywhere on the internet for less, their automated bots will find it and automatically lower the price on Amazon. So if you have a MAP policy and ever do a sale with one customer or on your website, Amazon will find it and match it. Worse yet, if any of your distributors/retailers lower the price on their own, that will also trigger a price drop. On Seller Central, you control the pricing, on Vendor Central you don’t
You lose control of your product
We sell internationally and have exclusive agreements with distributors in other countries. We told Amazon that they could only sell in the USA, so you can imagine our shock when we found Amazon selling our product in Canada, Mexica and Europe?!?
Good luck ever making sense of your billing and figuring out if you are actually maintaining margin.
Pretty much from day one, we were buried in paperwork, false chargebacks and shortage claims, obnoxiously inefficient processes, and general frustration. It was almost a full-time job trying to stay on top of the amazon process and paperwork… and DO NOT fall behind else you will never get caught up and they will never pay you fully. They claimed shortages on so many orders that we had to submit documentation to try and prove that we actually shipped the full amount. Heaven forbid if the trucker didn’t sign the bill of lading and give you a photo copy, because that would be grounds for denying payment.

How are you doing today and what does the future look like?

As noted above, we went from $385K our first year to $5.4M our 3rd year and are on track to close around $7M this year with our highest margin thus far.
We had always hoped but never expected this type of rapid growth. We have released several new models and are getting ready to re-launch our new UpCart.com website before Thanksgiving with a renewed focus on growing our direct channel. Additionally, for 2019 we are looking to increase our international sales by growing presence in Europe.
Historical ad spend has only been about 10% of revenue because a lot of our revenue comes from retail accounts vs. direct to customer e-commerce. When we first started, our direct vs. retail was about 50%/50% because QVC was such a large part of our revenue. As we continued to grow, each year a larger part of our total revenue shifted to retail. Today, our direct channel only comprises about 10% of total revenue.
Direct to customer channel has seen a steady increase in acquisition costs. We started around $18-$20 per acquisition and have stabilized around $34-$38 acquisition cost, but at the same time, our average ticket value has also increased from $80 to about $105.
When we entered the market, we created a segment that didn’t exist, and the acquisition costs were very low. Over time, as competitors entered the market, the cost to acquire a new customer has gone up.
Additionally, as we increased the number of retailers selling our product, we found that we were competing with our own retailers for ad space. We would see ads from Home Depot, Lowe’s and others bidding on the same keywords.
So, while Facebook remains the largest part of our advertising spend, the increasing acquisition costs have led us to start exploring additional avenues of advertising that won’t have us bidding against the same ad space as our retailers and distributors.
Additionally, as we re-launch our new e-commerce site, we have made a strategic decision that all new products will be launched exclusively on UpCart.com first for at least 6 months before they are released to retail. This will allow us to continue to grow our direct channel without competing with our retailers and distributors.
As we look to the future, we will stay true to our mission and vision. We will continue to innovate and develop new products that make people more productive through improved mobility. Our product roadmap includes expansion of our products into different industries.

Through starting the business, have you learned anything particularly helpful or advantageous

It would be impossible to summarize all the lessons learned in a couple of paragraphs, so I will share what I believe to be two of the most important characteristics of a successful entrepreneur.
Be a “Life-long Learner”.
You will be required to make countless decisions almost daily on things you are not properly qualified to answer. You will never have all the information or knowledge necessary to address the various topics and challenges you face.
Get good at finding information quickly and qualifying the relevant facts. You must be able to learn quickly and never stop learning. At every stage of growth of your business, you will encounter new challenges and dynamics. What you thought you knew may no longer be relevant or apply to your current situation.
I find that I'm reading a lot more about entrepreneurship after I started a company!? I'm learning how much I don't know about starting a company, LOL
Manage to your vision and convictions.
Opinions are like rectums, everyone has one and they don’t usually smell too good.
Early on, my natural inclination was to seek advice and guidance from the "entrepreneurial community" and people who have been down this road before. Sadly, most of the advice I received was 'wrong for me' and my company. To be clear, I don't believe people were intentionally providing bad advice. With rare exceptions the reality is no two companies are the same, no matter how similar. Therefore, one person's experiences will rarely translate the exact same way to your unique circumstances and situation.
For your company to be truly successful you have to do something unique or different… otherwise why are you staring a business?! Your strategy must be uniquely your own. You are solving a problem for your customers in a new and special way. Your vision for your company must guide the decisions you make and the approach you take. No one else has ever had to balance the specific set of circumstances, constraints and variables you are required to contend with.
By no means am I advocating anything other than trying to seek out as much advice and guidance as you can. HOWEVER, it is your responsibility to evaluate any and all "advice" you receive as a data point. Each data point must be analyzed and evaluated taking into consideration the source and context surrounding the data. What is the fundamental message or lesson behind the advice? Distill the advice down to the cause and effect and see how closely, if at all, those lessons apply to your actual situation. Further, you should never make your decision from just one data point… even a trusted source. It is your responsibility to seek out multiple data points and gather sufficient information before making a critical business decision.
I've seen colleagues spend countless hours researching what TV to buy. They will go to multiple websites, watch YouTube reviews, go into the store and look at different sets, then ask everyone they know about what TV they have and why they purchased it, then return to online reviews again before making a final decision. Ironically, I've then seen those same individuals make significant financial business decisions based on 'advice' from one source or based on only one data point.
Whatever your vision for your company may be, ultimately you have to live with the consequences of the choices you make. It's easy to get bullied down one particular path or cling to what seems like reasonable advice when it's the only source of information you have. I strongly encourage you to always evaluate the advice against how well the underlying lessons apply to your particular situation and if it aligns with your vision of the future.

What platform/tools do you use for your business?

My absolute favorite tool has been Microsoft OneNote. This is ironic since I am a die-hard Apple/Mac fanboy (note, there is OneNote for Mac and web-based).
What’s so great about this tool is that it allows me to organize the most critical information necessary to run my business and be able to find/access it quickly and from anywhere in the world. I have also found that it is a remarkable tool for organizing the creative process, anything from writing blog posts to brainstorming marketing plans or user personas. Another good alternative is Evernote.
A close second is Dropbox. I live on Dropbox. I keep every important file, picture, video out there. We have a Team account and all of my team members share the same team folders. This has been one of the best productivity tools for us.
I am able to instantly create shareable links of files or folders and send them to retailers, reps or distributors. I also use Dropbox links to send files to my factories and partners overseas. We work remote very often and being tied to network drive only accessible at the office would not have worked for us.
Honorable mention is QuickBooks Online. It is a fantastic accounting tool that is easy to use, integrates with our banks, credit cards, etc. and is reasonably priced for small-medium sized businesses. It allows me to grant access to different users for maintaining PO’s, Invoices, Inventory, and payroll.
For most of our operations:

What have been the most influential books, podcasts, or other resources?

Books
The Lean Startup by Eric Ries – my background was in management consulting and operations. I am a certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt, so the concept of applying Lean principals and Lean thinking to innovation and startup was extremely interesting to me. While the book was slanted towards IT/Tech innovation, the principals are applicable to any startup.
Zero to One by Peter Thiel – As one of the best known and most successful venture capitalists and co-founder of PayPal, Peter knows a few things about entrepreneurship. The lesson that resonated most with me was competition is a looser, monopolies are the path to success.
The 4 Hour Work Week by Tim Ferriss – While a lot of the suggestions/tools in this book are a little dated and many of the principals are extremely difficult to implement in a practical setting, the core message is spot on and aspirational. There are countless nuggets of brilliance and valuable insights that I took from this book that I put into practice every day. More importantly, it allowed me to discover the best IMHO Podcast on the planet…
Podcasts
Tim Ferriss – I started listening to his podcast after reading his book and I’ve been hooked ever since. Topics covered are not only relevant to my professional life but to my personal life. Tim has interviewed top performers in every discipline and profession and I have learned more from these podcasts than I ever imagined possible.
Business Wars – If you are an entrepreneur then you love this podcast. It tells the backstory of some epic business battles such as Coke vs. Pepsi, Nike vs. Adidas, Marvel Comics vs. DC, etc. Just a fantastic and entertaining series.

Advice for other entrepreneurs who want to get started or are just starting out?

Run a good business first and foremost.
I speak with many new entrepreneurs that have grand aspirations of raising lots of capital and hiring their ‘dream team’. A disproportionate amount of their efforts is tied to pitch decks and selling their vision. Trust me, I understand the importance of raising capital and cash flow more than most. But I never understood why so many people were so eager to give away equity in their company, take on investors and relinquish partial control.
The best way to raise capital is to show that you can generate cash flow. Investors and lenders alike are interested in a return on their investment, not doing charity work. They want to make sure you have a sound business based on strong fundamentals. An impassioned pitch with a beautiful vision of the future might keep them awake, but it won’t open their checkbooks. A solid business plan with accurate figures and projections and real cash flow will.
Everyone needs an angel, so did we. But after our angel round, we focused on running a good business first. We watched every penny spent. We looked for creative ways to be more productive and efficient without throwing capital at things. We didn’t take salaries, paid our own cell phone bills and cut costs wherever we could. We outsourced things that didn’t make financial sense to own and put sweat-equity in instead of hiring extra help. We kept the ego out of it and managed our Balance Sheet and P&L… and when we couldn’t go any further without extra capital, we were able to borrow the funds instead of giving up equity.
The funny thing is that once we no longer needed outside investment, we kept getting approached by people wanting to invest. As long as you continue to grow, there will always be a need for additional capital. If you are running a good business with strong balance sheet and good cash flow/receivables, you should be able to take on debt to finance your growth.
NOTE: There is absolutely a good time and place for raising capital through equity/investors, but you should do it for the right reasons and at the right time.

Where can we go to learn more?

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2018.04.01 17:07 Scientist34again Better Know a State: Virginia – discuss Virginia politics and candidates

Welcome to our 51st Better Know a State (BKAS), which will focus on VIRGINIA. Way back in the third week of August 2017, I posted about the Senate and Gubernatorial elections in Virginia (https://redd.it/6v2rn9), because I wanted to post before thegovernor’s race with Northam. Here I am updating information about the candidates for the Senate race as well as talking about House candidates, which I didn’t cover before.
As I indicated before, the plan is to do these state-by-state, highlighting upcoming elections, progressive candidates in those states and major issues being fought (with an emphasis on Democratic, Independent and third party candidates). State residents can let me know if I’ve missed anything important or mistakenly described some of these issues.

Reminder: The deadline to file as a candidate for the 2018 races in Virginia was March 29, 2018. Sorry I did not get this posted before the deadline. The date of the primary election in Virginia is June 12, 2018. You must register to vote by May 21, 2018, but Virginia has open primaries so you don’t have to register in a particular party to vote in their primary.
I am going to split the Virginia post into two segments, due to the number of candidates. Here’s the first part of that post with what I’ve found about the various races:
United States Senators:. The Senators from Virginia are Timothy Kaine (D) and Mark Warner (D). Kaine is up for re-election in 2018.
Tim Kaine is a conservative Democrat (Crucial Lifetime Progressive Score on Progressive Punch of 75%) and was Hillary Clinton’s running mate, something that seemed to have been pre-arranged by 2015 – link. He is personally against abortion, but supports women being able to make their own decisions. He is against capital punishment, believes in climate change (but supports fracking and co-sponsored the Advanced Clean Coal Technology Investment in Our Nation Act in Congress). He originally voted for the Dodd-Frank Act, but just recently voted to weaken its regulations. He voted to fast-track the TPP. He is rather pro-war, since he supports the Saudi Arabian war against Yemen and supported no-fly zones over Syria. He does not support Medicare-for-All or free college tuition. He does support increasing the minimum wage, but didn’t say to what level. Kaine has also stated he thinks the Democratic party should eliminate superdelegates – link. Back in August when I first wrote about this race, there were no Democrats primarying him. I had hoped that perhaps another Democrat would join the race. But unfortunately there aren’t any.
There are six Republicans competing in a primary to challenge Kaine, Minerva Diaz, Nick Freitas, E.W. Jackson, Bert Mizusawa, Ivan Raiklin and Corey Stewart. There is also one Libertarian, Matt Waters, and one Independent candidate, Joshua Yabut.
Matt Waters is a Libertarian candidate, who is currently pursuing a Master’s degree at the Reformed Theological Seminary. He is pro-life and he supports cutting government spending, passing a balanced budget amendment and ending federal income taxes. He also supports auditing the Federal Reserve, bringing US troops home from foreign wars, ending the surveillance state and protecting 2nd amendment rights. He would not prosecute victimless crimes (such as drug possession). Here is his webpage.
Joshua Yabut is supposedly an independent candidate in this race, but he does not seem to have a functional website.
United States House of Representatives: Virginia has 11 United States House Representatives. We’ll discuss the first 5 of these districts in this post and the remaining six districts in the next post.
VA-01: Rob Wittman is a very conservative Republican and voted to repeal and replace Obamacare. There are three Democrats competing to challenge him - Edwin Santana, John Suddarth and Vangie Williams.
Edwin Santana is an engineer, US Marine Corps Officer and Logistics Consultant. He supports Medicare-for-All and also allowing people to buy into Medicare until we can get the full Medicare-for-All program running. He also supports increased gun regulations, raising the minimum wage to at least $15/hr, universal pre-K, and 2 years of free community college (but no mention of free four year college tuition). He would only support trade deals if he felt they were fair to American workers. On national security, his position is a bit hawkish towards Russia. Here is his website.
John Suddarth is an Army veteran and runs a private equity company Linden Tree Capital that specializes in investing in healthcare-related companies. He is also on the board of directors of Lacas Coffee Company, a small coffee roasting company that was recently acquired by Linden Tree Capital, and he serves as Treasurer for the Hanover Habitat for Humanity. He supports Medicare-for-All, $15/hr minimum wage, equal pay for women, increased gun regulations and banning domestic abusers from owning guns, reducing carbon emissions and mitigating the effects of climate change, infrastructure spending and campaign finance reform. His positions seem quite good, although I am a bit worried about a potential conflict of interest, since his company invests in healthcare companies, yet he is advocating massive changes to the healthcare system by implementing Medicare-for-All. But on his website, he comes across as sincere in his support for that policy. Here is his website.
Vangie Williams is a Strategic PlanneSenior Project Control Principal with Science Applications International Corporation, a company that provides government services and information technology support. She has gone through periods in her life when she was poor and homeless. On her website, she talks quite a bit of working with both parties to get things done. She proposes to exempt the first $50,000 of earnings from federal income tax for specific groups of people (veterans, enlisted military families, safety officers and teachers), but not for the population as a whole. She also proposes changing the military healthcare systems (Tricare and the VA) into a Medicare-type program. I don’t know enough about the current healthcare systems for military members, but since they are government run, I’m not sure changing them to a Medicare-like program would make much difference? She wants to lower college costs, but made no mention of free college tuition. She acknowledges problems in access to healthcare, but does not support Medicare-for-All. Instead, she says “I don’t have all the answers when it comes to healthcare reform”. Here is her website.
VA-02: Scott Taylor is an exceptionally conservative Republican. His district is considered potentially competitive for a Democrat. There are six Democrats competing to challenge him - Shaun Brown, Garry Hubbard, Elaine Luria, Karen Mallard, David Nygaard and Ernest Porter. There is also one Republican primarying Taylor, Mary Jones.
Shaun Brown is an economist and management consultant. She has served on the Democratic Central Committee. She supports $15/hr minimum wage and free college tuition. On healthcare, she says “Federally-administered, single-payer health care is the endgame”. She also supports DACA, fighting climate change, women’s rights, criminal justice reform (end the death penalty, get rid of mandatory minimum sentences, legalize marijuana, not incarcerating non-violent offenders, banning solitary confinement and additional police oversight), increased gun regulations, voting rights and support for unions. I think she’s a pretty strong candidate, though I would have liked a bit stronger statement on Medicare-for-All. Here is her webpage.
Garry Hubbard is a Navy veteran, who ran Hubbard Brothers Construction company (though he is now retired). He supports a minimum wage of at least $15/hr, equal pay for women doing the same jobs as men and providing more affordable housing options. He supports Obamacare, but wants to go to a universal single payer healthcare system. He also supports unions. He opposes offshore drilling for oil and the sales of assault weapons to the public. Here is his website.
Elaine Luria is another Navy veteran and now owns a small company called the Mermaid Factory, which sells gift items with mermaid and dolphin themes, some of which can be painted or decorated on-site. Her website does not go into a lot of detail on the policies she stands for, but it does mention that she supports increased gun regulations, preserving Social Security and Medicare, animal welfare, equal pay for equal work and infrastructure spending. On healthcare, she is rather vague stating only that “Security means that we are healthy—and have reliable and affordable choices in healthcare”. This link indicates that Elaine Luria “voted twice for Scott Taylor, the Republican she's hoping to unseat on behalf of the Democrats”. She has the support of the national Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC). Here is her website.
Karen Mallard is a public school teacher. Her issues page doesn’t have a lot of detail. But she supports gun reform, preserving public school funding including programs for disadvantaged kids, a $15/hr minimum wage, a strong military and support for veterans after their service, protecting Chesapeake Bay and rights for women and LGBT people. On healthcare, she states “I’ll fight hard to protect Obamacare while working to push the country towards a system providing universal coverage”. Here is her website.
David Nygaard is CEO and owner of David Nygaard Fine Jewelers, an establishment that makes custom jewelry. He supports legislation that favors small and minority-owned businesses, preserving the ACA, restoring civil rights to felons, decriminalization of marijuana, LGBT rights, a program to address the student loan crisis (but no information on what he supports), increased gun regulations and a strong Navy (he has a family background of service members in the Navy) and robust VA. Here is his website.
There is not much information available online about Ernest Porter. He has a Facebook page, but no campaign website. And his Facebook page is not very active and doesn’t tell much about his political positions.
VA-03: Bobby Scott is a fairly moderate Democrat (Progressive Punch Crucial Lifetime Progressive Score = 86%), but he is one of the original co-sponsors of HR 676 (Medicare-for-All). He has no challengers.
VA-04: Donald McEachin is another moderate Democrat (Progressive Punch Crucial Lifetime Progressive Score = 83%), but he is not co-sponsoring HR 676 (Medicare-for-All). There are two Republicans competing against him (Shion Fenty and Ryan McAdams) and one Libertarian (Pete Wells).
Pete Wells is a Libertarian candidate for office, but I couldn’t find anything about him online.
VA-05: Tom Garrett is a somewhat moderate Republican, though he’s a member of the House Freedom Caucus. His district is considered potentially competitive for a Democrat and there are six Democratic challengers - Leslie Cockburn, Ben Cullop, Lawrence Gaughan, Roger Dean Huffstetler, Adam Slate and Andrew Sneathern.
While the other Congressional districts in Virginia are running typical primaries, VA-05 is using a Party-run Caucus and Convention format. Here is the caucus schedule – note that not every caucus location holds their meeting on the same day (they range from the 14th to the 21st of April).
Leslie Cockburn is a writer and film-maker. She has also been a producer for “60 Minutes”, a correspondent for PBS “Frontline” and a Ferris Professor of Journalism at Princeton. She has worked on a number of news reports and documentaries covering world conflicts including ones on the Contras in Nicaragua, military rule in Haiti after Duvalier was overthrown and the CIA involvement in Laos and Cambodia as well as a documentary on the origins, progress and consequences of the subprime mortgage disaster. She supports Medicare-for-All and will “fight to reduce the extortionate cost of drugs changed by Big Pharma”. She opposes oil and gas pipelines and supports urgently fighting climate change. She also supports free community college, reducing student loan interest rates and allowing student loan debt to be discharged in bankruptcy. She supports raising the minimum wage (but didn’t say to how much) and increasing the availability of public transportation and opposes asset forfeiture. Here is her website.
Ben Cullop is an investment associate for Manchester Capital Management, a firm that helps wealthy people invest their money and maintain its value. He has also held positions on the U.Va. Children’s Hospital advisory board, the Albemarle County Police Foundation Board and the Charlottesville Retirement Commission. His issues page is not highly detailed, but he supports the ACA, wants to grow jobs (though he didn’t really lay out a plan to do that), support veterans, increase funding for public schools and fight climate change. He is not taking money from corporate PACs and wants to overturn Citizens United. Here is his website.
Lawrence Gaughan is an actor and head of the non-profit GOV360, which focuses on the crisis of low civic participation. He does not appear to have a formal campaign website, but here is his Facebook page. Here is another website with some additional information about him. He defines his mission as “To get BIG MONEY out of politics, turn the House of Representatives back over to the people, and end the undue influence of special interest fascism and oligarchy in America”. He also supports racial justice, increased gun regulations and releasing non-violent offenders from prison.
Roger Dean Huffstetler is a Marine veteran. He served as Chief of Staff for Congressman Seth Moulton in 2015-2016. Before that, he co-founded a technology startup, Zillabyte, though he’s no longer working there. He supports the ACA and wants to find ways to lower costs and expand access to the program (but no mention of Medicare-for-All). On college education, he wants to lower costs by increasing access to community colleges as well as work-based and experiential learning and national service. He does not mention free college tuition, even for community college. He also supports fighting the opioid crisis, investing in green energy, expanding access to high-speed broadband, investing in workforce development, reforming the tax code to provide for families and small businesses and improving criminal justice for minorities. He states that he is a “strong supporter of campaign finance reform that increases transparency, empowers small dollar contributions, and overturns Citizens United.” Yet, he is the candidate who has raised the most money ($821,370 on the last report on 12/31/2017) of all the candidates in this race and most of it is from large individual donations, not small dollar donations. Here is his website.
Adam Slate does not seem to have a formal campaign website, but here is his Facebook page. I think he may have withdrawn from this race, because he lists himself as a former Congressional candidate for the 5th district.
Andrew Sneathern is an attorney, specializing in family law and divorce cases. He served as an Assistant Commonwealth Attorney in 2008-2009. He has also served on the board of One Virginia 2021, which is working to end partisan gerrymandering. His website does not have an issues page. But he has a blog linked there and it seems from skimming it that he supports Medicare-for-All and opposes pipelines. He was endorsed by Our Revolution in the Blue Ridge – link.
The remaining Congressional Districts in Virginia will be discussed in the second post, coming soon.
Governor: The current governor of Virginia is Ralph Northam. He was just elected and is not up for re-election until 2021.
Let me know in the comments if I’ve missed any important candidates or issues.
In case you missed the previous BKAS posts, here they are:
In case you missed the previous BKAS posts, they are all posted in the new subreddit we made to hold all of these BetterKnowAState. These are the states we’ve done so far that are listed in that subreddit – Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, the earlier Virginia post (partial), West Virginia and Wyoming. The remaining states are a work in progress.
NEXT STATE UP –Virginia Part II
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