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Monique Daniels - Runaway Or Something Sinister?

2020.10.24 16:10 AnastasiaBeavrhausn Monique Daniels - Runaway Or Something Sinister?

I want to thank u/sideeyedi for posting a comment about Monique on this thread and for answering my questions. I never heard of Monique before reading this comment.-
This is Monique’s story.
Monique Daniels:
Monique Daniels was born June 16, 1976, in Biloxi, Mississippi, to Candyce and her biological father Burton Kenneth Landman. Monique was the oldest of four children from the marriage.
Monique was physically and sexually abused by her biological father. He was in and out of prison. He went to prison for sexual assault offenses against his second family. He was never charged with the crimes against his first family.
Candyce got remarried to Charles “Chuck” Daniels This marriage added two more children for a total of six children in the Daniels home in Moore, Oklahoma. Moore sits between Oklahoma City and Norman, Oklahoma.
Candyce and Chuck were both in the Air Force at Tinker Air Force Base. They ran their home like drill sergeants, everything was spotless and in its place.
According to Angelique the couple fought often and were physically and mentally abusive to one another and their children.
Monique has been described as pretty, kind, popular, with a generous spirit, she took care of others before herself, and very smart. Monique wanted to be a doctor. She was looking forward to her 16th birthday so that she could drive. Monique wanted independence from her controlling parents.
Like scores of teenagers, Monique rebelled against the strict rules. As you can imagine, this was a very tense household.
When Monique ran away for the first time, her parents immediately started looking for her, calling all of her friends and drove around town looking for her. Monique’s best friend talked her into going back home.
Things at home got worse.
Shortly before her disappearance, Candyce and Chuck found out that Monique was pregnant. Candyce and Chuck forced Monique to get an abortion.
Tensions rose.
On June 2, 1992, two weeks shy of Monique’s 16th birthday, Monique and Chuck were arguing. That’s an understatement, they were in a huge fight according to Andrew.
Candyce, Angelique, Bryan were on a week-long choir road trip for their church. Angelique remembers Candyce being unusually quiet on this trip.
Back at home, allegedly, Chuck told Andrew and Charles Jr, that he was taking them on impromptu fishing trip. He told the boys to say goodbye to Monique, but they could only do so through her slightly cracked bedroom door. They left for the fishing trip in the pouring rain without fishing poles. They drove for about two hours when Chuck pulled into a McDonald’s. They got something to eat and headed home.
When they got home, Chuck pulled into the garage, he had the boys wait in the car. He came out to get them an hour or so later. Andrew ran to the bathroom, when he finished, his father came in and rushed him out. He told the boys to go into his room and Chuck locked the door. He told the boys he was going to look for Monique. He came back two days later.
Angelique said that when she got home from the choir trip with her mother and brother, she found their normally immaculate house in disarray. There were beer bottles everywhere, someone had been smoking and putting cigarettes out on the mantle. There was an empty pregnancy test on the bathroom counter.
The kids were told Monique ran away again.
Angelique noticed it was different from the last time Monique ran away. Her parents weren’t looking for Monique this time. Then all pictures of Monique with family were removed. They had new family pictures taken and hung that were missing Monique. Her room and clothes were packed in boxes. It didn’t take long before they were forbidden to talk about her.
Chuck remarked how “tranquil” it was without Monique.
Approximately six months later, Aunt Leslie, Candyce’s sister, contacted Candyce because she needed the police report number to have Monique put on the National Center For Missing And Exploited Children (NCMEC) site.
Within days after Aunt Leslie’s call for the police report number, Monique called to let her sister, Angelique, know she was doing fine. Candyce immediately called all of her family to give them the good news.
A few days later, a letter from Monique arrived. Postmarked Dallas, Texas, the letter said she was married and had a baby named Chelsea, she was doing well and living in Alaska but traveled for his job. A second letter arrived in September 1993.
Leslie wasn’t satisfied and she was suspicious about the timing of the letters and the call. She asked for the letters so she could have a law enforcement handwriting expert look at them. She didn’t believe they were from Monique, she thought that Candyce wrote them.
Coincidentally, the night before Candyce was supposed to turn them over for investigation, there was a break-in at the Daniels’s home and the thief took small boom boxes, CD’s, and the letters.
Life went on in the Daniels home. So did the abuse.
It was as if Monique never existed.
Angelique Daniels:
Angelique knew something was very wrong. In January 1994, she ran away to her Aunt Leslie, her mother Candyce’s sister, in Michigan. Angelique said that she cried the whole bus trip there. Angelique had a secret to tell her Aunt.
Angelique confessed to Leslie, that she was the one who wrote the letters and faked the phone call. Angelique said that Chuck came to her and said that her mother was suicidal and the letters and calls would cheer her up. Chuck drove Angelique to Dallas, 200 miles from Moore, to mail the letters. He told her because she wrote the letters and that was illegal, she could go to jail if anyone found out.
”He took me to the grocery store and picked out stationery to write the letter on. He told me what to write. I felt very threatened. I felt very afraid... It has brought so much sadness to me daily and guilt for participating in the cover-up, even though I was a kid and I didn't know.”
Her parents immediately filed a missing person report. Curiously, they also filed a report on Monique who had been missing 18 months already.
While Candyce and Chuck tried to extradite Angelique to Moore, OK, Angelique went to Child Protective Services to report the abuse. After hearing Angelique’s story, the judge refused to extradite her. Her parents pleaded “no contest” to the child abuse charges.
Angelique and her Aunt Leslie went on tv to talk about Monique’s disappearance.
They also went to law enforcement.
Law enforcement had a big problem though. Not only did Chuck and Candyce give conflicting testimony, but they were also starting their investigation almost 2 years late, they had no evidence, and had two parents who refused to take lie detector tests. The officer explained that without a body, this is a missing person case.
A neighbor reported that they saw Monique on June 2, 1992, packing her clothes into a blue Chevrolet pickup. They described the driver as an unknown white male.
Andrew called Angelique to tell her that he wanted to come to stay with her, he too wanted to run away. But shortly after the investigation into Monique’s disappearance started, the family moved to Germany for ten years. Andrew went with them.
Angelique got married and remained in Michigan.
On May 20, 2013 a EF5 hit Moore, Oklahoma. Angelique watched the news and saw places she knew growing up completely leveled. There were 24 fatalities.
Andrew called Angelique crying, perhaps overcome because of the destruction in Moore by the tornado or guilt. He called to say that the day Monique went missing when his father had him and his brother say goodbye through a slightly cracked bedroom door, she wasn’t moving. When she asked who, he said ”I was there, she wasn’t talking.”
Monique had been in a sitting position on her bedroom floor, with her legs crossed in front of her. According to Andrew, she wasn’t moving or talking. One source said Charles Jr. remembered hugging her goodbye and she spoke to him.
Angelique convinced Andrew to go to the police. Based on the report and local rumors that Monique was buried there, the police dug up the backyard at their former home in Moore. They found nothing.
Andrew recounted how after his father let him and Charlie Jr., out of the car after about an hour, he ran to the bathroom. He had an eerie feeling that he wasn’t alone. As he went to pull back the closed shower curtain, Chuck rushed in and ushered both boys into his bedroom and locked the door.
In the middle of the night, Chuck took his other son for a ride in the truck. He recalls seeing an oil barrel in the back. He stated that he didn’t know what was inside.
When confronted with the allegations, Candyce and Chuck denied everything. They say that Angelique and Andrew are unstable and they have substance abuse issues. Both deny their parent's claim.
We have two siblings who claim their stepfather killed their sister and two parents who refuse to discuss it.
A Crime Watch Daily reporter, Ana Garcia, caught up with Candyce to ask what she thought happened to Monique. She said in part:
”Whatever happened it’s in God’s hands.”
On Angelique she said:
”Angelique is a really messed up young lady.”
”Angelique is not a reliable source.”
Then the reporter saw Chuck. His response to what happened to Monique sounds familiar, he said:
”It’s in God’s hands. I don’t know.”
I am going end with a quote from Angelique:
“I have to let people know, there was a Monique Daniels.”
The disappearance of Monique Daniels leaves us with a lot of questions. Law enforcement doesn’t even know if she’s alive. This is still a missing person case.
It’s worth noting in the Websleuths link below, Angelique commented that her two brothers, 9 and 11, said they saw Monique’s body. They later recanted. One brother moved back in with their parents.
I wasn’t able to find anything on the older kid's biological father. I can’t say for sure when or if Chuck adopted them, but they all used the last name, Daniels.
Candyce is a Middle School teacher in Florida.
I was unable to find anything on Chuck other than he resides at the same residence as Candyce.
Edit: Chuck is deceased. Please read the comments from Angelique below. Candyce has the answers we need to bring Monique home.
If you don’t follow any of the other links, please just watch the Crime Watch Daily episode, or read this True Crime Daily article. You will see Angelique, Andrew, Chuck, and Candyce. You can decide for yourself who is telling the truth.
Monique did exist. Monique matters. Monique deserves justice.
What do you think happened to Monique?
What was in the barrel?
What do you think about the neighbor’s account of Monique packing a truck and leaving that day? After approximately 18 months had passed, was the account reliable?
Article on KFOR
Medium article
Book on Amazon
Bella Fiore
Kendall Rae
Crime Watch Daily with a short interview with Monique’s friend.
The Great Unsolved Podcast
2nd link to the EF5 tornado that destroyed parts of Moore.
Missing Children Wiki
The Oklahoman
The Charley Project
But What Do We Know? podcast Starts at approximately 23 minutes. NSFW due to language.
Dead Or Alive Podcast
Edit: corrected date and links
Edit: made corrections Angelique provided
Edit: I'm posting Angelique’s comment here so it's not missed.
First I want to say thank you for speaking about Monique. I miss her everyday. She was electric, fun, and beautiful. I would like to add some things if I could. Burton Kenneth Landman is our biological father. He sexually abused us, so did our mother. She directed and instructed the abuse. Our father did not pay for what he did to us. He is in prison in South Dakota for what he did to his second family. When I ranaway from home, it wasn't because I was tired of the abuse. I would have stayed and took it. I knew something was very wrong the moment we returned. I may have even known on the church trip. I was 13. Up until this trip my mother had no involvement with my life. Not school, not sports, not anything. I was invisible to her. All of the sudden she went on this trip. She was totally weird the entire time. Not one part of it felt natural. When we returned from the trip and Monique was gone, I was the oldest. Monique always protected us. I had to look out for my 4 younger brothers. To this day, I am still doing that. I ranaway because I needed help for my sister, my brothers and myself. I had no faith in the police. I saw as Officer O'Blien assisted my parents in recording a phone call between my aunt Leslie and myself to form a civil lawsuit against my aunt. He spoke about it with my parents. They put me on the phone with her in his office and he recorded it. I wanted so bad to tell him everything that was happening but my parents were right there behind me. The cop believed them and thought my aunt was trying to ruin my parents. I couldn't process it. I didn't know what to do. So I waited. As Chuck came to me and asked me to write letters, I didn't want to. I was afraid of what my mom would do if my sister returned and I had written these letters. I told him that. He said "Monique isn't coming back". I wanted to believe he meant she wouldn't be allowed back. Really, I wanted to believe anything other than what my gut was telling me. He forced me to write them. He threatened me and tricked me. In January of 1994 I was 15. Monique was not coming back. My parents were beyond strange. That time was like living in a different dimension. I knew the only person on this earth who would help me, and protect me, was my aunt. So I called her. I was crying so hard I couldn't speak. She told me to call her from school in the morning. So I did. I took a greyhound out of OKC and rode for 3 days. I cried the entire way. I was devastated that I had to leave my brothers there. When I arrived in MI I went directly to the police station and made a statement of what all happened. The next day I went to CPS and filed a complaint against my parents for abuse and neglect. I was so scared and in shock still. I told them what words I could get out. I know if I had laid it all out my parents would have been arrested. I was too scared. The following day I called my maternal grandfather and he recorded our conversation. He then drove from Minnesota, along with other family members to OK. They went to our church and met with the pastor, Brother Bobby Boyles. Brother Bobby called my mother and asked her to come to the church. Alone. She did. When she arrived, her father and sisters were there. They played the tape for her that my grandfather recorded. My mother stood up, saidw"Angie is a liar!" She fled the room to the front off the church where she called Chuck. She said "get out of there, they are on to you!" My Aunt Shelli heard all of this and told us. The family went with my mother to our home. Their intentions were to save Candyce and the boys. They were supposed to take them out of there. When they got to our house, Chuck was gone. My mom came out of the room and said he took his guns. My Aunt Shelli called us and told us Chuck fled and had guns. I spent the next week sleeping at strangers homes in hiding. I was so afraid, I slept under the bed. I found out the next stforafter the church meeting for the family was ordering Chinese. They ate, loaded up and returned to Minnesota. They did not call the police. They did nothing. Chuck was gone for 3 days. He said he made it to Chicago and was planning on shooting himself. He said while sitting in his truck, Jesus appeared and told him not to end his life. So he turned around and went home. I filed charges for child abuse and neglect out of Ionia County Mi. My parents plead no contest. They transfered to Germany shortly after. It wouldn't have mattered if they stayed. The case was cold. I believe he destroyed anything that was left of her in those 3 days he was missing. Keep in mind, he was USAF. He was literally AWOL. The USAF was aware a 15 year old was missing- they did nothing. I have pursued justice for Monique as well as some sort of help for my brothers that need it. I have turned up empty handed time and time again. I once had full trust in the Moore Police Department-not anymore. About the neighbor... he reported that he was mowing his lawn and saw Monique load her things into a pickup. Looking back to June 2 1992 weather records, it was raining that day. My brothers recall the rain. No one mows their lawn in the rain. He was either paid or involved. or just covering for a couple he saw as honorable because of their service. I believe beyond a shadow of a doubt that Chuck murdered Monique. My brother who lives in their home now told me in specific detail of her death. What Chuck said, what Monique said and how Chuck ended her. He had apologized for not "siding" with Monique several times as recently as 4 months ago. When I ask him why, He says "because that's my dad". I believe with every fiber of my being that my mother orchestrated the murder of Monique. Candyce is not a battered wife or a victim. She is a pedophile, and a murderer. Unfortunately, she is also a school teacher.
Chuck was diagnosed with colon cancer 10/2018. He died at home 1/2019. Charles IV was present as was my mother. There is no obituary and a small BBQ service was held at their home. I was not invited or interested in attending.
I have been called a liar by my family so many times, but the truth is plain. A child went missing. She was not reported missing for almost 2 years. When I ran away this was now a red flag- so they transferred and left. They have stood by their story that Monique was a bad kid and I was a liar. This has been traumatic and draining. I have still stood for what was right. What my parents did must be made right. I have come to terms that I will never be able to lay my sweet sister to rest in a respectful way that she deserves. I am at peace that my family is garbage. I am at peace with being the outcast- because at least I told the truth.
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2020.10.22 10:07 HaplessScribbler Trans-friendliness at the T14

Hi everyone, it’s your local stressed out trans guy splitter here with an effortpost.
I've been looking up info about the trans-friendliness of various T14 law schools, and I thought I might as well compile it into a post for myself as well as the other trans people I've noticed floating around LSA. Also, I didn’t want to work on my personal statement.
LSAC sent out a survey to all of the ABA accredited law schools about LGBTQ diversity in 2018, which is where I'm primarily taking this info from, supplemented by google and comments I’ve read on LSA.
Please feel free to add info about non-T14 schools in the comments. I've limited my summaries of the survey responses to the T14 because those are the schools I'm personally interested in and a man has limits.
Georgetown chose not to fill out the survey. That worries me and makes me think they’re either trying to hide something or so apathetic they can’t bother to copy-paste in their antidiscrimination policy. If Pepperdine and Notre Dame can fill it out, then so can you Georgetown.
edit: based on comments below my guess is trending towards "apathy".
Georgetown does have an easy to read map of unisex bathrooms on their website, and I was able to find some classes related to LGBTQ civil rights in their online course catalog. There was also this post from a trans student at Georgetown, who seemed overall satisfied with the way the University was treating them.
I looked up the one prof they have listed under "Openly LGBT faculty members" but it isn't clear how she identifies. I find it hard to believe that there's only one out professor on the staff, but maybe she's the only person who volunteered to have her name listed?
They have a clinic for LGBTQ law.
They only have one unisex bathroom. If you've ever been to Cornell's campus, you'll know that it's huge, so that is concerning. I couldn't get their bathroom map to work for me, so I was unable to check if it is in a central location or in some far-off corner. (edit: a Cornell student commented, saying that the bathroom is centrally located). Unfortunately, their one bathroom is still better than the next school, because…
Has no unisex bathrooms in the law school. Not one! I checked their website to see if that had changed since 2018, and the only unisex bathroom on the Chicago campus is two blocks away in the medical school. I guess people who don't pass yet/ are nonbinary are expected to wear diapers?
They also put less effort into filling out the survey than any of the other schools (unless you count Gtown), giving one-word answers to all but the very last question.
They have a map of unisex bathrooms throughout the campus. There looks to be quite a few! Good for you, Duke. I was worried about Duke being in the South but this is very encouraging.
Like Cornell, Duke only lists one Prof as being out, but again, I suspect that he volunteered to be the example and isn't the Only Gay (tm). Unclear how he identifies.
Their answers imply that they have only one class related to LGBTQ issues.
They claim to have unisex bathrooms on the survey, but when I looked at their bathroom map there were none marked in the law school. The closest is in an athletic rec center that is a 5 minute walk away. There are unisex bathrooms elsewhere on campus but it seems misleading at best to answer "yes" to that question on the survey.
Looks like they have one unisex bathroom per building in the Law School- except for the Law Library, weirdly. May be a problem if you suffer from the Mariko Aoki Phenomenon.
Their answers imply that they have only one class related to LGBTQ issues, which seems odd considering that this is Berkeley we’re talking about.
They say they have unisex bathrooms, but I was unable to find a map. If anyone has a link to that, or can tell me how many of the buildings have them, please let me know.
Lists 4 profs as openly LGBTQ, instead of just one example or leaving it at a "yes", when asked if they have queer profs. Their specific identities are unclear. They also go into a lot of detail about 4 different LGBTQ-related courses at the school.
At the very end of the survey, under Additional Information, they note that Michigan was "the first law school to graduate an out-transgender person". I'm not sure how they know that, but it's neat.
They also promise to connect all of their admits who identified as LGBTQ on their app with a student active in OUTLaw.
Overall I get the impression that they took the survey really seriously and put a lot of thought into filling out. Their answers are the longest of any of the T14.
Dean Z explicitly talks about using they/them as a singular pronoun on her YouTube channel so that's another piece of evidence that says they're thinking about the needs of their trans and nonbinary students. (She's fine with it for both nonbinary people and as a replacement for he/her, if you were wondering.)
Looks like they have unisex bathrooms in 3/4 of the law school buildings.
They list a single prof as being out (unclear how he identifies), and five courses related to LGBTQ issues.
I also found an article written by a pair of Penn 2Ls about the university being sued by a woman claiming to have been fired for being trans. Rather than saying she was fired for other reasons, Penn filed a motion claiming that gender-identity discrimination was not illegal (this was in 2019, so pre-Bostock). They withdrew the motion less than a week after filing it, but still, what the fuck Penn?
I've heard Penn called "the most LGBTQ-friendly Law School" but I haven't found any proof that they are better than, say, Michigan- especially when you focus specifically on trans people. Anyone who is trans themselves or has trans loved ones can tell you that when institutions claim to support "LGBT rights", what they often mean is actually "LGB rights".
They list unisex bathrooms in 3/7 law school buildings, not including the library.
They gave mostly one-word answers to the questions, but go into detail about three LGBTQ-related courses and one civil rights clinic.
Campus is right next to the Village, so that would be convenient. You could even have lunch at the Stonewall Inn- google says it’s a six minute walk from the law school.
They claim to have unisex bathrooms, but unlike the other schools, do not provide a bathroom map. I'm sure they exist, but it's not that helpful if we need to go on a toilet treasure hunt to find them. edit: A Columbia student commented with a bathroom map! They say it's out of date, but there is at least one unisex bathroom in the main law building, and more throughout campus.
They give a huge list of classes when about LGBTQ-focused coursework but many seem only tangentially related, such as the Seminar in Mass Incarceration. Maybe it has a lecture on trans people being forced into the wrong prisons? I’m just speculating on that one.
They have a gender focused law-journal, a Sexuality and Gender Law Clinic, and an entire Center for Gender and Sexuality Law. I found one post from someone saying that Columbia “sometimes treat[s] LGBTQ students like garbage” but with no further explanation.
The University has unisex bathrooms, but I was unable to check how many, or where they were located. There's a broken link to a unisex bathroom map on their Outlaw chapter's website, so hopefully it will be re-uploaded soon.
Their survey answers include a mission statement from their Outlaw chapter in the student organization section, but it leaves out any mention of trans people. They don't even say "LGBT", instead preferring to write out "gays and lesbians" each time. I checked the school website to see if this description had been updated in the two years since the survey was published, and it had not. If their chapter of Outlaw sees fit to leave trans people out of their mission statement, I can't help but wonder what sort of reception trans people get at Chi.
They state that trans people are "welcome at the Law School and both the University", but then end that same paragraph with the statement that "The Stonewall Scholarship is available for students who demonstrate commitment to the advancement of legal rights for gays and lesbians," leaving out trans students again. It's especially glaring considering that the scholarship is named after a riot started by trans women.
Provides a link to their unisex bathroom map right in the survey responses- the only school to do so. They have them in most but not all buildings making up the law school. Harvard started a LGBTQ civil rights clinic in 2019, and they link to several classes related to LGBTQ issues as well.
They say they have LGBTQ profs, but don’t give any examples.
Their website says that “The university is aiming to have gender-inclusive single-occupancy restrooms in all buildings by 2020”, but doesn’t say whether they were successful or not, and the bathroom map is illegibly small. At minimum, the library and faculty building have unisex bathrooms.
The University says it has “many prominent LGBT scholars” and a “variety of academic classes” but doesn’t go into specifics.
They also have a huge document on their website about being trans at Stanford. It’s not specific to the law school but it has a lot of really useful information.
Gave mostly one-word or answers to the questions, aside from a copy-paste of their non-discrimination policy and a link to their course catalog. They link to Yale Outlaw as well, but it requires a Yale login to access.
I also found some news articles about Yale suing the state of Connecticut in order to make more of their bathrooms gender-inclusive: apparently building code regulations were stopping them? They won on appeal in the state Superior Court and converted a bunch of stalls in the main law building. The fact that they were willing to take Connecticut to court in order support their trans and nonbinary students is very encouraging.
TLDR; Dean Z says trans rights, Northwestern doesn’t mind if you wet yourself, and Penn claimed to have the legal right to discriminate against its trans employees for about a week in 2019.
If anyone has a correction or something to add, I'd love to hear it in the comments! I'm especially interested in anecdotal info about the social culture at Cornell, UVA, Michigan, and Duke since they are in smaller cities. Can a gay trans guy get a date in Durham? The people want to know.
I’m open to PMs as well if current students would rather have me edit it into the post for added anonymity.
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2020.10.18 20:07 Ancientalienaardvark Here is the story of my Orchiectomy with Dr. Arnkoff

Background: I am MtF/NB and like to present as a girl. I don't see that changing any time soon so I wanted my testicles removed. I am about a year on estrogen and I took blockers for about 2 years before that. I am really squeamish about being cut. I tend to faint. I picked Dr. Arnkoff because he was within a days drive of where I live and he does not require any letters/psyc evaluation.
++++++ THE TRIP +++++++
I contacted Dr. Arnkoff on October 1st. We briefly discussed my history (age, hormone use) and he told me he would check his schedule and get back to me. The next day at 8am he called me back and discussed his schedule. We decided to schedule the surgery for October 11th which was only 10 days away! I had no idea it would be possible to get such a close date but evidently he has good availability. October 11th worked well for me because my wife was scheduled to be on vacation at that time so she could drive and help me recover. We booked a hotel room at "The Baronette Renaissance" in Novi. This hotel is about 15 minutes away from Arnkoff's office. It cost about $150 a night which I thought was worth it. The room was very nice and the hotel is in an affluent area. I have had my share of crappy hotel stays and I am completely over it at this point. I highly recommend paying for a nice hotel stay.
On the 6th we went to the bank and got a cashier’s check for $3600. We also got our car ready for the drive to Michigan which included me replacing some emissions control solenoid valve to fix an issue with hard starting.
We made the 8 hour drive to Michigan on Wednesday the 7th which would give us a few days to vacation before the surgery. The drive was uneventful and actually less boring than I thought it would be. I think I would like to do more road trips in the future. We arrived on the evening of the 7th and checked into our hotel. During our drive Dr. Arnkoff called me and informed me he had a cancelation for Saturday the 10th and that Sunday would not work well for him anymore. I agreed with this new schedule and the surgery was moved to Saturday October 10th. I was now 3 days out and starting to get anxious.
On the 8th we went to the Ford museum and saw a bunch of classic cars and old planes. We also visited Belle Island. On the 9th we drove to Toledo and went to the Zoo and botanical garden there. The botanical garden was nicer. I thought I was about to get covid at the Zoo due to the number of idiots not wearing masks. I can see why Ohio has so many covid cases now.
On the night of the 9th Arnkoff called me to confirm I still wanted surgery. I told him yes. He instructed me to meet him at his office at 6:15am the next day. The surgery was scheduled for 6:30am. I didn't sleep too well that night.
About Dr. Arnkoff: I found him to be nice but very direct. He will quickly communicate via call/text and is good about answering all your questions. The answers you receive from him are short and to the point. He is a nice guy – he just always seems like he is in a hurry. I did not get a paper with after care instructions (which would have been nice) but he did verbally give me instructions and he is available to answer all your questions via call/text. There is no gate keeping with him. I signed my balls away that that was all.
++++++ THE SURGERY +++++++
I woke up early at about 4:30am on the 10th and took a shower. We arrived at his office right on time at 6:15am. The office is a huge glass medical/office building. I was worried that the office might be a little sketchy but this was not the case. It is a nice newish urology office on the first floor. At about 6:25 we met with Dr. Arnkoff in the lobby of the office. He was nicer and more personable face to face than on the phone/text. He brought out an informed consent form which I read and signed. He discussed possible complications of the surgery with me as well and gave me some tips on how to prevent a blood clot from forming in my leg after surgery. I asked him some questions as well and he explained that he now makes two incisions rather than one in order to limit bleeding. I was unsure about having two incisions rather than one but I trusted his judgment and agreed. After signing the form he left us in the lobby and went back into the office to setup for surgery. We were also waiting on his assistant to show up which took a few minutes. I would guess that at around 6:45am I was called back to the operating room.
The OR was fairly simple I thought. It contained some equipment that we would not be using as well as what looked similar to a dental chair with a bright surgical light overhead. There was also a tray of surgical instruments off to the side. I did not look at the time at them but I did take a picture. The assistant (who I think is Arnkoff's daughter) asked me to undress and lay down in the surgical chair. She gave me a cloth cover to put over myself as well. She left the room and I took off my underwear and pants and laid down as she said. A few minutes later she returned and cleaned me with iodine (I guess) and then added some additional covers over me.
This was around the time I started to get very nervous. I had previously told Dr. Arnkoff that I am pretty squeamish especially about being cut and so I might faint. I told this to the assistant as well. She made some small talk with me and mentioned how she used to be squeamish when she first go into the medical field. She told a story about watching a C-section preformed for the first time which did not help me to feel any better (lol).
After I was prepped for surgery Dr. Arnkoff entered the room and started working on me. I told him I was feeling faint and he gave me some smelling salts to hold in my hand. I took a whiff and realized why they work. That smell is crazy strong! At some point the assistant stuck a pulse oximeter on my finger which she evidently checked throughout the procedure.
Dr. Arnkoff started by numbing the incision sites (one on each side). I closed my eyes at this point and did not open them much at all during the procedure. He played oldies music on his phone and I concentrated on that rather than what I was feeling. He explained that numbing was the worst part of he procedure and I think I agree. He also numbed the spermatic cords and possibly some other areas as well. I would describe the numbing process as uncomfortable but only slightly painful. It felt like he was squeezing my testicles and spermatic cords but not that hard. There was some stinging and burning depending on the injection site. I managed to get through the numbing without fainting. After he was done injecting me both Dr. Arnkoff and his assistant left the room for about 15 minutes. I laid there with my eyes closed and waited. I actually felt very relaxed during this time and nearly dozed off.
After the wait both returned to the room and started working on me. My right side was done first. Dr. Arnkoff stood on my right and his assistant was on my left. I imagined what was going on but I never looked. There was some tugging and discomfort but I would not say it was more than very mildly painful. After what I imagine was 15 minutes they announced that the right side was done. I opened my eyes for a minute and watched them switch sides. Arnkoff was now on my left and his assistant on the right. The left side took about 20 minutes I would guess and was slightly more uncomfortable than the right. Stubbing your toe is worse. There was a point where I felt a little poke sensation which I guess was from being stitched up in an area that was not totally numb. I told him and he immediately gave me more numbing in that area.
During the procedure I did have a sense of what was doing on. I could kind of feel what I guess was a testicle on my leg when each was out but maybe that was just Arnkoff's hand resting there? With the cloth coverings they put on you there is less sensation than I imagined there might me. I was also worried about hearing the snipping of scissors, etc. but this was largely drowned out by the oldies music. I did occasionally ask him questions about the procedure (like "are my testicles big or small?" They were small lol) which he quickly answered. I kept thinking I might soon faint during the procedure but I never did.
After what I would guess as 30-40 minutes of work I was told I had only a stitch of two left and then it was all over. I sat up to take a look and snapped a quick picture. I felt a huge sense of relief after they were done. I had made it and I was ok! I didn't even freak out and have a panic attack or faint. The assistant helped me put on a women's diaper catch any bleeding what would happen. They left the room and I put my clothes back on. A minute later I wondered out of the OR and found Arnkoff and the assistant talking in what I guess was his office. He politely walked me to the door. I left with a prescription for 5mg hydrocodone + 325 mg acetaminophen as well as a prescription for cephalexin.
++++++ THE RECOVERY +++++++
At around 8 am we left the office. We went straight a Rite-aid and tried to fill the prescription but they did not have the hydrocodone he prescribed me. We tried a CVS next and they said they could fill it but It would not be ready until 11am. We decided to wait. My wife drove and we got some breakfast at a BurgerKing nearby. After that we sat in the CVS parking lot for about two hours while they dicked around filling the script. At 11am I got the prescription and I immediately took a pain pill. We went back to the hotel and I was not in much pain during the short walk to the room. I laid down and my wife propped my legs up with pillows as the doctor recommended. The hydrocodone made me a little silly and loopy as expected but it was very manageable. I am not sure that the pain pills really do much for my pain. I think they just make your brain wonder more so you tend to care less about the pain and are better able to ignore it.
Day 0:
Pain level: Mild provided I kept up with the pain meds. My wife says I am wimpy lol. I Iced constantly and maybe even more than I should have. I did like 40 minutes on and maybe 15 minutes off. This helped with the pain and I think minimized the swelling.
Bleeding: About 30 drops would be my guess. I took off the diaper they provided me in the after noon and replaced it with a piece of gauze plus some tight fitting underwear. I did not have very much bleeding.
Appearance: A little swelling at the incisions. My scrotum looked empty which made me happy. No bruising yet.
Sleep: Not too good. Maybe 6 hours. I woke up every 2-3 hours to change the ice.
Mood: Bored and tired.
Day 1:
Pain level: Like day 0. Not too bad. Some pain while sitting/walking but very little while laying down. I iced all day as well.
Bleeding: About 20 drops. I changed the bandage a time or two and applied antibiotic ointment to the incisions as Arnkoff directed me to.
Appearance: Swelling starting at the incision sites. Some swelling of the scrotum due to the spermatic cords swelling (I guess).
Sleep: Not too good. Maybe 6 hours. I woke up a lot to change the ice as well.
Mood: Bored and tired.
Day 2:
We drove back on day 2. It was an 8 hour drive and it sucked. I was trying to wean off the pain meds and had not taken one for maybe 6 hours when we started to drive. I sat in the back seat of our SUV with my legs propped up to try to avoid a DVT. My crotch, back, and butt hurt bad. I took two hydrocodone over the course of the drive and it still sucked. If I had to do it again I would clean out the entire back of the SUV, put the seats down, stick a small bed in there and lay down the entire way home.
Pain level: I have had a kidney stone before. I would consider that a 10/10. The worst pain on the drive was a 7.5/10. With the pain meds kicked in to their maximum the pain was like a 4/10. If I had layed down the pain would have nearly gone away I believe. If you have a long drive do something other than sitting with your legs propped up for 8 hours. I got out and walked around a few times during the drive which helped some. Once I got home I laid down immediately which made the pain nearly go away.
Bleeding: A few drops at most.
Appearance: More swelling but still no bruising.
Sleep: Better than before. >7 hours.
Mood: This sucks. Also look what I see out the window! Can we stop soon for food? I'm bored! lol
Day 3:
Pain level: Sore when moving around. I stopped taking hydrocodone at the end of day 2. I started taking one extra strength Tylenol every 6 hours. The pain was mild.
Bleeding: None
Appearance: Getting more swollen each day now. The ends of the spermatic cords are about the size of small grapes.
Sleep: nearly normal
Mood: Less bored. I wish I could do more. I built a computer for a friend with the help of my wife to lift things.
Day 4 - 5:
Pain level: About the same as day 3. Sometimes I would forget to take Tylenol and I was still ok. Incisions are getting a little itchy.
Bleeding: None
Appearance: incisions swollen and ends of cords are grapes in size.
Sleep: nearly normal
Mood: Enjoying time with my wife. Less bored.
Day 6:
Pain level: I only needed a little Tylenol. Still sore and a bit achy but easy to ignore.
Appearance: Maximum swelling. Ends of cords are like large grapes. Probably a little bigger than my testicles where to begin with. Incision swelling is starting to go down. One of the incisions has some bruising above it. No other bruising.
Sleep: good normal sleep.
Mood: Normal/bored.
Day 7:
Pain level: I stopped taking Tylenol entirely. The incisions are itchy and my junk is generally sore.
Appearance: About like day 6.
Sleep: good normal sleep.
Mood: Normal. We watched a bunch of movies which was fun.
Day 8:
Pain level: Same as day 7. My back is more sore from sitting in a chair all day with my legs propped up than my junk is lol.
Appearance: The bruising is starting to reduce. The incision swelling is going down as well.
Sleep: good normal sleep.
Mood: Normal.
Update: Day 12: I feel almost completely normal. I am still not wearing tight fitting pants. There is some discomfort when I put pressure on the area. The incisions also itch a fair amount at times which is annoying. The stitches are still in place which is good because I was worried they could dissolve too early. I am sleeping normally including on my side. I am able to go up and down stairs with no issues either. The area is still quite swollen and is probably the same size as it was before surgery due to the swollen ends of the spermatic cords.
I usually forget I just had a surgery as I go about my day. I am pretty happy I did this! I can't wait until all the swelling goes down.

++++++ HORMONAL EFFECTS ++++++
I have no scientific reason to believe this but I think since my orchie my skin/hair is a little less oily and and my breasts are a little sorer. I never stopped taking estrogen before or after surgery but I did stop taking progesterone on the 7th due to concerns it might increase my clotting risk. I take 2.4mg of estradiol valerate every 3 days. My estrogen level stays around 400 pg/ml. My testosterone last tested at 19 ng/dl which means I was probably already at castrate T levels due to my aggressive estradiol monotherapy routine.
Mentally I have noticed no changes except that I am happy to not have testicles anymore.
++++++ OTHER ++++++
The pain killers made me constipated. I took two stool softener pills which helped. If I had to use the pain meds for more than 3 days it probably would have sucked. I am not looking forward to FFS for this reason among others. I was worried about side effects from the cephalexin but I never had any. I took it all as the doctor ordered.
The double incision method proved to work really well for me. I have had very minimal bleeding and swelling and I don’t think I developed a hemotoma either. I will end up with two scars rather than one however. I think my recovery was easy as far as they go.
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2020.10.17 19:31 coRvid_ice_elation Massive Lawsuit Launches Against the Lockdowns


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The Video ref above - by Dr. Reiner Fuellmich5 is long, (see orig. link at bottom) but I strongly recommend listening to it in its entirety. Fuellmich has been a consumer protection trial lawyer in California and Germany6 for 26 years and is one of four founding members of the German Corona Extra-Parliamentary Inquiry Committee (Außerparlamentarischer Corona Untersuchungsausschuss7),8,9 launched July 10, 2020.
The other three founding members, all lawyers, are Viviane Fischer, Antonia Fischer and Justus P. Hoffmann, Ph.D.10 Fuellmich is heading up the committee's corona crisis tort case. All meetings are live-streamed and available on the Committee's YouTube channel11 (at least for now).
According to Fuellmich, an international class-action lawsuit will be filed against those responsible for implementing the economically devastating lockdowns around the world, as well as using fraudulent testing to engineer the appearance of a dangerous pandemic.
This includes everyone from local policy makers all the way to the World Health Organization and drug companies. He claims more than 50 other countries will be following suit.
"I have been practicing law primarily as a trial lawyer against fraudulent corporations such as Deutsche bank, formerly one of the world's largest and most respected banks, today one of the most toxic criminal organizations in the world;
VW, one of the world's largest and most respected car manufacturers, today notorious for its giant diesel fraud; and Cunard and Niagara the world's largest shipping company. We're suing them in a multi-million-dollar bribery case," Fuellmich says.
"All the above-mentioned cases of corruption and fraud committed by the German corporations pale in comparison in view of the extent of the damage that the corona crisis has caused and continues to cause. This corona crisis, according to all we know today, must be renamed a corona scandal; and those responsible for it must be criminally prosecuted and sued for civil damages."

Exposing Corrupt Agendas

Fuellmich stresses that, on a political level, all-out efforts must be made to ensure "that no one will ever again be in a position of such power as to be able to defraud humanity, or to attempt to manipulate us with their corrupt agendas."
To that end, the Corona Extra-Parliamentary Inquiry Committee will be working with an international network of lawyers to argue the most massive tort case ever — a case Fuellmich describes as "probably the greatest crime against humanity ever committed."
As explained by Fuellmich, crimes against humanity, first defined during the Nuremberg trials following World War II, are today regulated in Section 7 of the International Criminal Code. The three questions the committee seeks to answer through judicial means are:
1.Is there a COVID-19 pandemic or is there only a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test pandemic?
Specifically, does a positive PCR test result mean that the individual is infected with SARS-CoV-2 and has COVID-19, or does it mean absolutely nothing in connection with the COVID-19 infection?
2.Do pandemic response measures such as lockdowns, mask mandates, social distancing and quarantine regulations serve to protect the world's population from COVID-19, or do these measures serve only to make people panic?
Are these measures intended to sow "panic in order to make people believe, without asking any questions, that their lives are in danger, so that the pharmaceutical and tech industries can generate huge profits from the sale of PCR tests, antigen and antibody tests and vaccines, as well as the harvesting of our genetic fingerprints?"
3.Is it true that the German government was massively lobbied — more so than any other country — by the chief protagonists of this COVID-19 pandemic?
According to Fuellmich, Germany "is known as a particularly disciplined country and was therefore to become a role model for the rest of the world for its strict and, of course, successful adherence" to pandemic measures.
Answers to these questions are urgently needed, he says, because SARS-CoV-2, which is touted as one of the most serious threats to life in modern history, "has not caused any excess mortality anywhere in the world."
Pandemic measures, on the other hand, have "caused the loss of innumerable human lives, and have destroyed the economic existence of countless companies and individuals worldwide," Fuellmich says.
He points out that in Australia, residents are now thrown into prison if they do not comply with mask rules, and in the Philippines, people can be shot dead if they defy lockdown orders or don't wear a mask.12,13 During the first week of April 2020, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte announced he would "not hesitate" to kill anyone challenging his pandemic restrictions:14,15
"I will not hesitate. My orders are to the police and military, as well as village officials, if there is any trouble, or occasions where there's violence and your lives are in danger, shoot them dead.
Is that understood? Dead. Instead of causing trouble, I will bury you. Do not intimidate the government. Do not challenge the government. You will lose," Duterte said.
This hardly seems to be a strategy aimed at preserving life. Fuellmich goes on to present "the facts as they present themselves," based on expert testimony collected by the committee so far.

The German Congress on Global Health

According to Fuellmich, in May 2019, and again in early 2020, the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) of Germany held a congress on global health. In addition to political leaders, including Mr. Tedros Adhanom, head of the WHO, and German health officials, speeches were also given by chief lobbyists of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Wellcome Trust.
"Less than a year later these very people called the shots in the proclamation of the worldwide corona pandemic, made sure that mass PCR tests were used to prove mass infections with COVID-19 all over the world, and are now pushing for vaccines to be invented and sold worldwide," Fuellmich says.
"These infections, or rather the positive test results that the PCR tests delivered, in turn became the justification for worldwide lockdowns, social distancing and mandatory face masks."
He also points out that the very definition of "pandemic" was altered 12 years ago. Originally, a pandemic was defined as a disease that spread worldwide, resulting in widespread serious illness and deaths. Twelve years ago, the definition was changed to reflect a disease that spreads worldwide only. "Many serious illnesses and many deaths were not required anymore, to announce a pandemic," he says.

The Swine Flu Pandemic That Wasn't

This change to the definition of a pandemic is what allowed the WHO to declare the swine flu a pandemic in June 2009,16 which resulted in the sale of many millions of dollars of fast-tracked swine flu vaccines. Within months, cases of disability and death from the H1N1 vaccine were reported in various parts of the world.
In the aftermath, the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly (PACE) questioned the WHO's handling of the pandemic. In June 2010, PACE concluded "the handling of the pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO), EU health agencies and national governments led to a 'waste of large sums of public money, and unjustified scares and fears about the health risks faced by the European public.'"17
Specifically, PACE concluded there was "overwhelming evidence that the seriousness of the pandemic was vastly overrated by WHO," and that the drug industry had influenced the organization's decision-making.
A joint investigation by the British Medical Journal and the Bureau of Investigative Journalism (BIJ) also uncovered serious conflicts of interest between the WHO — which promoted the global vaccination agenda — and the drug companies that created those vaccines.18 As noted by Fuellmich:
"These vaccines proved to be completely unnecessary because the swine flu eventually turned out to be a mild flu and never became the horrific plague that the pharmaceutical industry and its affiliated universities kept announcing it would turn into, with millions of deaths certain to happen, if people didn't get vaccinated.
These vaccines also led to serious health problems: about 700 children in Europe fell incurably ill with narcolepsy and are now forever severely disabled. The vaccines bought with millions of taxpayers' money had to be destroyed, with even more taxpayers' money."

The Virologist Responsible for Germany's Lockdown Orders

One of the characters that drummed up panic in 2009 with his doomsday prophesies was German virologist Christian Drosten, head of the Institute of Virology at the University of Bonn Medical Centre, best known for developing the first diagnostic test for SARS in 2003. He also developed a diagnostic test for the swine flu.19
Drosten spoke at the 2019 CDU congress on global health, and according to Fuellmich, when it came time to decide on a response for COVID-19, the German government relied on the opinion of Drosten alone.
"In an outrageous violation of the universally accepted principle audiator at ultra parse, which means that one must also hear the other side, the only person they listened to was Mr. Drosten, that is, the very person whose horrific panic-inducing prognosis had proved to be catastrophically false 12 years earlier," Fuellmich says.
Meanwhile, many "highly renowned scientists" painted a completely different picture of the COVID-19 pandemic. Among them, professor John Ioannidis of Stanford University in California; professor Michael Levitt, a biophysicist at Stanford University and Nobel prize winner for chemistry; German professors Karin Mulling, Sucharit Bhakdi, Klud Wittkowski and Stefan Homburg.
Dr. Mike Yeadon, former vice president and scientific director of Pfizer, is also on this list. Yeadon recently went on record stating "there is no science to suggest a second wave should happen," and that false positive results from unreliable PCR tests are being used to "manufacture a 'second wave' based on 'new cases.'"20
"They assumed, and still do assume, that there was no disease that went beyond the gravity of the seasonal flu; that the population had already acquired cross or T-cell immunity against this allegedly new virus; and that there was therefore no reason for any special measures and certainly not for vaccinations," Fuellmich says.
He also quotes21 from a scientific paper published in September 2020 by Yeadon and colleagues, in which they state:
"We're basing our government policy, our economic policy and the policy of restricting fundamental rights presumably on completely wrong data and assumptions about the coronavirus. If it weren't for the test results that are constantly reported in the media, the pandemic would be over, because nothing really happened."

Situational Analysis

Commenting on "the current, actual situation regarding the virus's danger; the complete uselessness of PCR tests for the detection of infections; and the lockdowns based on nonexistent infections," Fuellmich states:
"We know that the health care systems were never in danger of becoming overwhelmed by COVID-19. On the contrary, many hospitals remain empty to this day and some are now facing bankruptcy. The hospital ship Comfort which anchored in New York at the time, and could have accommodated a thousand patients, never accommodated more than some 20 patients.
Nowhere was there any excess mortality. Studies carried out by Professor Ioannidis and others have shown that the mortality of corona is equivalent to that of the seasonal flu; even the pictures from Bergamo and New York that were used to demonstrate to the world that panic was in order proved to be deliberately misleading.
Then, the so-called 'panic paper' was leaked which was written by the German Department of the Interior. Its classified content shows beyond a shadow of a doubt that in fact the population was deliberately driven to panic by politicians and mainstream media.
The accompanying irresponsible statements of the head of the RKI, remember the CDC, Mr. Wieler who repeatedly and excitedly announced that the corona measures must be followed unconditionally by the population, without them asking any question shows that he followed the script verbatim.
In his public statements, he kept announcing that the situation was very grave and threatening although the figures compiled by his own institute proved the exact opposite. Among other things, the panic paper calls for children to be made to feel responsible, and I quote, 'for the painful tortured death of their parents and grandparents if they do not follow the corona rules.'"
Fuellmich goes on to cite data showing that in Bergamo, Italy, 94% of deaths were not the result of COVID-19 infection spreading wild but, rather, the consequence of the government's decision to transfer sick patients from hospitals to nursing homes, where they spread infection — colds, flu and SARS-CoV-2 — among the old and frail.
This was also done by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo,22 in direct violation of federal guidelines,23 as well as in Minnesota, Ohio,24 Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Michigan and California.25 Fuellmich also points out the routine malpractice that occurred in some New York hospitals, where all suspected COVID-19 patients were placed on mechanical ventilation, which turned out to be a death sentence.
"Again, to clarify, COVID-19 … is a dangerous disease, just like the seasonal flu is a dangerous disease, and of course COVID-19, just like the seasonal flu, may sometimes take a severe clinical course and will sometimes kill patients," Fuellmich says.
"However, as autopsies have shown, which were carried out in Germany, in particular by the forensic scientist Professor Klaus Püschel in Hamburg, the fatalities he examined had almost all been caused by serious pre-existing conditions and almost all of the people who had died, had died at a very old age, just like in Italy, meaning they had lived beyond their average life expectancy.
In this context, the following should also be mentioned: the German RKI, that is again the equivalent of the CDC, had initially, strangely enough, recommended that no autopsies be performed and there are numerous credible reports that doctors and hospitals worldwide had been paid money for declaring a deceased person a victim of COVID-19 rather than writing down the true cause of death on the death certificate, for example a heart attack or a gunshot wound.
Without the autopsies, we would never know that the overwhelming majority of the alleged COVID-19 victims had died of completely different diseases but not of COVID-19."

Lockdowns Were and Are Unnecessary

Based on the expert testimony collected so far by Fuellmich and his colleagues, lockdowns were unnecessary, and any claim to the contrary is wrong. The three reasons for this are:
  1. Lockdowns were imposed at a time when the virus was already in retreat and infection rates were starting to decline
  2. Scientific evidence shows a majority of people already have built-in protection against the virus due to cross-reactive T cell immunity from exposure to cold and flu viruses26,27,28,29,30,31,32,33,34,35
  3. The PCR test — which is being used as a gauge of infection rates and a justification for restrictive measures — "do not give any indication of an infection with any virus let alone an infection with SARS-CoV-2"
To the politicians, who believe those corrupt people, these facts are hereby offered as a lifeline, that can help you readjust your course of action and start the long overdue public scientific discussion and not go down with those charlatans and criminals. ~ Dr. Reiner Fuellmich

The PCR Test Fraud

First of all, the PCR test have not been approved for diagnostic purposes. Its inventor, Kary Mullis, has repeatedly yet unsuccessfully stressed that this test should not be used as a diagnostic tool. As noted by Fuellmich:
"[PCR tests] are simply incapable of diagnosing any disease ... A positive PCR test result does not mean that an infection is present. If someone tests positive, it does not mean that they're infected with anything, let alone with the contagious SARS-CoV-2 virus. Even the United States CDC … agrees with this and I quote directly from page 38 of one of its publications on the coronavirus and the PCR tests dated July 13 2020:36
The PCR swabs take one or two sequences of a molecule that are invisible to the human eye and therefore need to be amplified in many cycles to make it visible. Everything over 35 cycles is … considered completely unreliable and scientifically unjustifiable.
However, the Drosten test as well as the WHO recommended tests … are set to 45 cycles. Can that be because of the desire to produce as many positive results as possible and thereby provide the basis for the false assumption that a large number of infections have been detected?"
Equally important is the fact that PCR tests cannot distinguish between inactive viruses and "live" or reproductive ones. As a result, they may pick up dead debris or inactive viral particles that pose no risk whatsoever to the patient and others. What's more, the test can pick up the presence of other coronaviruses, so a positive result may simply indicate that you've recuperated from a common cold in the past.
"Even Drosten himself declared in an interview with a German business magazine in 2014 … that these PCR tests are so highly sensitive that even very healthy and non-infectious people may test positive," Fuellmich notes.
"In my view, it is completely implausible that [Drosten] forgot in 2020 what he knew about the PCR tests and told the business magazine in 2014. In short, this test cannot detect any infection, contrary to all false claims stating that it can.
An infection, a so-called hot infection, requires that the virus … penetrates into the cells, replicates there and causes symptoms such as headaches or a sore throat. Only then is a person really infected, in the sense of a hot infection; because only then is a person contagious, that is, able to infect others.
Until then it is completely harmless for both the host and all other people that the host comes into contact with … A number of highly respected scientists worldwide assume that there has never been a corona pandemic but only a PCR test pandemic …
Dr. Yeadon, in agreement with the professors of immunology, Camera from Germany, Capel from the Netherlands and Cahill from Ireland as well as a microbiologist, Dr. Harvey from Austria, all of whom testified before the German corona committee, explicitly points out that a positive test does not mean that an intact virus has been found."
In the September 20, 2020 article37 "Lies, Damned Lies and Health Statistics — The Deadly Danger of False Positives," Yeadon details the problems with basing our pandemic response on positive PCR tests.
In summary, the PCR test simply measures the presence of partial DNA sequences that are present in a virus, but it cannot tell us whether that virus is active or inactive. Chances are, if you have no symptoms, a positive test simply means it has detected inactive viral DNA in your body. This would also mean that you are not contagious.

Collateral Damage

While mortality statistics during the pandemic have been within the norms of any given year,38,39 meaning the pandemic has not resulted in an excess number of deaths or a death toll higher than normal, the collateral damage from pandemic response measures is nearly incalculable. Public health, both physical and mental, as well as the global economy, have all suffered tremendous blows.
Fuellmich cites yet another leaked document written by a German official in the Department of the Interior, dubbed "the False Alarm paper,"40,41 which concludes that there's no evidence to suggest SARS-CoV-2 posed a serious health risk for the population, at least the danger is no greater than that of many other viruses, while pandemic measures have "manifold" and "grave" consequences.
"This, he concludes, will lead to very high claims for damages, which the government will be held responsible for. This has now become reality but the paper's author was suspended," Fuellmich says.
"More and more scientists, but also lawyers, recognize that as a result of the deliberate panic-mongering and the corona measures enabled by this panic, democracy is in great danger of being replaced by fascist totalitarian models …
According to psychologists and psychotherapists who testified before the corona committee, children are traumatized en masse, with the worst psychological consequences yet to be expected in the medium and long term.
In Germany alone, 500,000 to 800,000 bankruptcies are expected in the fall to strike small and medium-sized businesses which form the backbone of the economy. This will result in incalculable tax losses and incalculably high and long-term social security money transfers for, among other things, unemployment benefits."

Legal Consequences

In closing, Fuellmich reviews the legal consequences that are currently underway. This includes looking at the constitutionality of the measures. He notes:
"Very recently, a judge, Torsten Schleife … declared publicly that the German judiciary, just like the general public has been so panic-stricken that it was no longer able to administer justice properly. He says that the courts of law, and I quote:
'Have all too quickly waved through coercive measures which for millions of people all over Germany represent massive suspensions of their constitutional rights.' He points out that German citizens, again I quote:
'Are currently experiencing the most serious encroachment on their constitutional rights since the founding of the Federal Republic of Germany in 1949. In order to contain the corona pandemic federal and state governments have intervened,' he says, 'massively and in part threatening the very existence of the country, as it is guaranteed by the constitutional rights of the people.'"
Then there are the issues of fraud, intentional infliction of damage and crimes against humanity. According to Fuellmich, there's evidence showing a range of falsehoods and misrepresentations of facts have purposely been circulated, such that, based on the rules of criminal law, "it can only be assessed as fraud," and "based on the rules of civil tort law, this translates into intentional infliction of damage."
"The German professor of civil law, Martin Schwab, supports this finding in public interviews in a comprehensive legal opinion of around 180 pages. He has familiarized himself with the subject matter like no other legal scholar has done thus far and in particular has provided a detailed account of the complete failure of the mainstream media to report on the true facts of this so-called pandemic," Fuellmich says.
"Under the rules of civil tort law, all those who have been harmed by these PCR tests, PCR tests induced lockdowns are entitled to receive full compensation for their losses. In particular, there is a duty to compensate, that is, a duty to pay damages, for the loss of profits suffered by companies and self-employed persons as a result of the lockdown, and other measures.
In the meantime, however, the anti-corona measures have caused and continue to cause such devastating damage to the world's population's health and economy that the crimes committed by Messrs Drosten, Wieler and the WHO must be legally qualified as actual crimes against humanity, as defined in Section 7 of the International Criminal Code."
To address these grievances, the German Corona Extra-Parliamentary Inquiry Committee is prepared to file a class-action lawsuit — a legal remedy available in the U.S. and Canada — against the responsible parties.
"It should be emphasized that nobody must join the class action, but every injured party can join the class action," Fuellmich explains. "The advantage of the class action is that only one trial is needed, namely, to try the complaint of a representative plaintiff who is affected in a manner typical of everyone else in the class."
Such a lawsuit would also open the door to pretrial discovery, which requires all relevant evidence to be presented to the other party. Destruction or withholding evidence has serious consequences, as "the party withholding or … destroying evidence loses the case under these evidence rules."
In Germany, a group of tort lawyers have already started the process of disseminating information and legal forms, and estimating damages among German plaintiffs. Fuellmich concludes his announcement explaining how the lawsuit will proceed from here:
"Initially, this group of lawyers had considered to also collect and manage the claims for damages of other non-German plaintiffs but this proved to be unmanageable.
However, through an international lawyers' network, which is growing larger by the day, the German group of attorneys provides to all of their colleagues, in all other countries, free of charge, all relevant information, including expert opinions and testimonies of experts showing that the PCR tests cannot detect infections and they also provide them with all relevant information as to how they can prepare and bundle the claims for damages of their clients so that they too can assert their clients claims for damages either in their home countries, courts of law, or within the framework of the class action as explained above …
To the politicians, who believe those corrupt people, these facts are hereby offered as a lifeline, that can help you readjust your course of action and start the long overdue public scientific discussion and not go down with those charlatans and criminals."
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https:*//*articles.m .com/sites/articles/archive/2020/10/17/coronavirus-fraud-biggest-crime-against-humanity.aspx
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2020.10.17 17:30 Watchdogs66 Our "Drive to 245": The Twenty-Fifth Step (Second Quarter)

The Drive To 245: Deprive the GOP In 25
In 2014 and with 234 House seats, the NRCC launched the “Drive to 245” campaign for the 2014 midterms, which focused on securing 245 seats for the 114th Congress. At the close of the midterms, they ended up picking up 13 seats, putting their new majority to 247 seats, 2 seats above the goal. For the majority of this election cycle, we had at least 234 House seats to start with, until a turncoat in disguise switched to the GOP in December 2019 (get fucked Jeff Van Drew) and we lost one of our districts in a May 2020 special election (get your act together Christy Smith). Despite these setbacks, getting to 245 seats in the next election is possible for us to achieve, if we are smart about it.
In late November 2018, I began by compiling an initial list of 25 potential districts that could give us the necessary gains for us to make the necessary net gain of 10 seats to fulfill our “Drive to 245” campaign goal. I then outlined the state representatives and state senators that we have on our side that live within (or at least represent a good portion of) the identified districts in the second step, which was split into parts one and two. These local officials are often our first line of offense when it comes to selecting appropriate candidates to flip GOP congressional districts, as these people often start out with significant amounts of name recognition (at least compared to most political novices), developed campaign infrastructures, and established donor networks to draw on. In the third step, I explored four different ways that these state representatives and state senators can help promising candidates build a solid platform to flip these 25 districts, even if we are not able to recruit any of these seasoned individuals themselves. I then proceeded to identify every individual local county Democratic organization within in each of these 25 districts to determine how much of a viable network exists towards flipping any of these districts, and whether any of them appear to be fledgling and underfunded, which was split into parts one, two, and three. I then proceeded to draw up rough battle plans to recruit the best candidates that are suitable towards making the necessary gains for the proposed 245 House seats, which I covered in parts one, two, and three. Since then, I updated my list of 25 districts to better reflect the developments that have occurred since November 2018, as well as the candidates from our end that have filed in those districts. After that, I covered updated game plans for the updated 25 districts, which was again split into parts one, two, and three. Another comprehensive update to the list was conducted in early July to account for the GOP retirements, lack of Democratic candidate recruitment for several districts, and other remarkable events that have occurred, all of which have been documented in said update. From there, more detailed plans were made that illustrated the overall status of the Democratic campaigns for each of these districts, which can be found in parts one, two, three, and four. These plans also highlighted which candidates appeared to have the most organized campaigns for each district, and which ones out of these strongest candidates needed the most assistance in terms of fundraising. Donation plans were also made that could sufficiently help out these struggling candidates, if every active user of this subreddit took part. After that, I provided a detailed plan for defending our 5 most endangered Democratic incumbents for this cycle. I next discussed the different methods that volunteers can help out a campaign, and what good campaigns should provide in such activities to optimize their voter outreach effectiveness, both of which can be found in parts one and two. In October 2019, I then provided another comprehensive review of the 25 districts that are the most likely to flip blue and the ideal strategies to accomplish that goal, which can be found in parts one, two, three, and four. After that, I provided an update on the overall status of our top 5 most endangered incumbents, and posted a rescue plan to help out the least financially stable campaigns, both of which can be found in this post. My next step provided day-by-day calendars highlighting volunteer events within the targeted 25 districts that helped participants develop vital Democratic infrastructure in those areas. These calendars, which ran from October 31 to January 15, can be found in parts one, two, three, and four. In late January, I gave a third update on the top 5 incumbents to defend this cycle. At the start of February 2020, I gave a fresh analysis of the 25 districts with the best chances of going blue, which are provided in parts one, two, three, and four. I then jumped to a day-by-day calendar of volunteer events of congressional campaigns operating throughout the 25 districts, which was originally planned to be released in four parts. However, the quickly deteriorating COVID-19 situation has forced this series to be suspended halfway through this step. The two calendars provided in this step, which ran from February 7 to March 19, can be found here and here. In April 2020, I provided an updated study of the 25 districts with the highest chances of flipping as well as the optimal strategies for each of these districts, which was delivered in parts one, two, three, and four. Later in May 2020, I provided another update on the top 5 incumbents to defend this cycle and their performances. I subsequently proceeded in June 2020 to provide a list of the competitive state house and state senate districts that overlapped one of the 30 congressional districts that this series targeted or defended, which was delivered in parts one, two, three, and four. Starting in late July 2020, I provided an updated perspective of the 25 districts with the highest chances of flipping as well as the optimal strategies for each of these districts, all of which were provided in parts one, two, three, and four. Shortly thereafter in August 2020, I provided a fresh update on the campaign status of the top 5 incumbents to defend this cycle. From there, I supplied a fresh view on the status of our campaigns in competitive state house and state senate districts that overlapped one of the 30 congressional districts that was targeted or defended by this series, which was given in parts one, two, three, and four. Next, I provided a calendar highlighting the important dates for the congressional campaigns operating within the 30 districts targeted and defended by this series.
This step will provide a final comprehensive review for each of the 25 districts that this series is targeting in the 2020 elections. As of now, the Democratic nominees have been selected for each target district. This review’s main objective is to gauge the progress of each nominee’s general election campaign. During the months that have transpired from the series’ last comprehensive review, excellent overall progress has been made in the target districts, which currently cover regions located throughout fifteen states. These districts are sorted by state, then ordered by priority, which is roughly based on factors such as whether there is an important up-ballot statewide race (Presidential or Senate) to support, the overall flippability of the districts in question, how soon within the 2020 cycle Democratic organization began within these relevant areas, and the overall quality of the Democratic nominees. Given the overall length of these strategies, this step will be split into four quarters. In the first quarter of this step, game plans were elaborated for districts located in Georgia, Michigan, and Pennsylvania.
This second quarter will go over the best strategies to follow for districts situated in Texas, Ohio, New York, and Virginia. For each district, the nominee’s campaign website, the amount of money he or she has raised so far according to the 2020 Q3 reports, and their campaign donation page will be listed. The fundraising numbers of the GOP opponent and an analysis of the Democratic nominee’s campaign will also be provided.
Some nominees are indicated with a minus or a plus, which indicates the overall quality of their campaign websites according to criteria that was listed in the second half of the eleventh step of this series. If a hash symbol (#) is indicated next to a candidate’s fundraising haul, it means that the figure was taken from the raw 2020 Q3 electronic filings for the candidate’s campaign committee. Fundraising figures from raw filings are not always up to date, meaning that they should be treated with caution. All districts listed on this post have their PVI and the bluest rating given by the political pundits at the time of this writing.
TX-10 (Michael McCaul, R+9, Lean R):
Democratic Nominee: Mike Siegel (+) Fundraising Numbers: $1,953,616 Campaign Website: Donation Page:
GOP Fundraising Numbers: Michael McCaul: $3,334,483
Mike Siegel is still running behind the GOP incumbent, Michael McCaul, in terms of fundraising. What further complicates things is that Mike Siegel came off of a lengthy runoff that shortened his general election campaign time, leaving him behind Michael McCaul in the latest polls for this district. However, his campaign website is pretty well organized in recruiting volunteers, and he is actively reaching out to help voters that have been affected by the COVID-19 crisis. Additionally, we do have some promising signs that the district could flip our way, as recent reports have indicated that Democratic efforts in Colorado County have improved, with the Democratic county party there having secured more footholds and support than it did in August 2019. The priority right now is to improve voter outreach in several high impact counties that the district at least partially covers. For starters, Harris and Travis Counties are critical areas to organize, as both of these counties overlap with multiple districts that are covered in this series. Harris County has covers parts of TX-22, while Travis County covers areas of TX-21, and volunteering in those areas would help us flip multiple districts in Texas for the same amount of effort. Efforts in Lee and Waller Counties should also get some sizable assistance as the local Democratic parties in these areas continue to be underfunded (or at least lacking in the latest web design).
TX-21 (Chip Roy, R+10, Tossup):
Democratic Nominee: Wendy Davis (+) Fundraising Numbers: $7,809,356 Campaign Website: Donation Page:
GOP Fundraising Numbers: Chip Roy: $4,186,407
Wendy Davis has continued to raise obscene sums of money over the past several months, and is vastly outraising the GOP incumbent Chip Roy. Her website is pretty well organized with respect to recruiting volunteers, and she was a former state senator, so she definitely has gone full speed ahead with her campaign. However, the latest polls for this district show her slightly behind Chip Roy. Still, I am rather keen to see if she can kick out Chip Roy, who definitely needs to go because of his efforts to continuously block various bipartisan efforts such as disaster aid and the coronavirus response bill. Oh, and his stunts that he pulled in the name of supporting the House Freedom Caucus is just horrible. Like TX-10, the district has several high impact counties where we should step up our organization. Bexar and Travis Counties cover regions in TX-23 and TX-10 respectively, making them ideal for improving our odds in multiple districts for the same amount of work. Organization should also focus on Bandera and Real Counties, as the Democratic county party organizations are underfunded and could use some grassroots support.
TX-22 (OPEN, R+10, Tossup):
Democratic Nominee: Sri Preston Kulkarni (+) Fundraising Numbers: $4,671,339 (#) Campaign Website: Donation Page:
GOP Fundraising Numbers: Troy Nehls: $1,343,215
Sri Preston Kulkarni’s campaign is definitely a lot more professional this time around. For one, his website has a well-organized place for potential volunteers to sign up. For another, his campaign is getting volunteers to reach out to voters in over 15 languages, which is really helpful in bringing out the Asian vote at record levels, which is necessary to improve our margins in the Sugar Land area. There is also the fact that the GOP nominee, Troy Nehls, is drained of resources from the expensive runoff, which gives Sri Preston Kulkarni a head start in the general election. And finally, Sri Preston Kulkarni is tied with Troy Nehls in the latest polls for this district. I once again stress the importance of Harris County, as it also covers parts of TX-10, giving us the benefit of improving our chances in flipping two districts for the price of organizing in one county.
TX-23 (OPEN, R+1, Lean D):
Democratic Nominee: Gina Ortiz Jones (-) Fundraising Numbers: $5,754,382 Campaign Website: Donation Page:
GOP Fundraising Numbers: Tony Gonzales: $1,160,880
Gina Ortiz Jones is continuing to raise huge sums of money for her campaign. This is perhaps the easiest pickup on our end for this cycle, if we do not count those from the North Carolina redistricting victories. The main focus for this district is to volunteer and improve our voter outreach as much as possible. Local reports say that infrastructure in El Paso County and Maverick County have improved since January 2019. However, every other county in the district except Bexar County (which should also be focused on to provide additional support for TX-21) and Medina County has an underfunded Democratic county party, meaning that grassroots efforts are heavily needed to revitalize these corresponding areas. An additional factor in our favor is that the GOP nominee, Tony Gonzales, got off of a bloody recount that has drained him of resources and campaign time. As a result of all of this, Gina Ortiz Jones has established a clear lead over Tony Gonzales in the most recent polls for this district. So provided that we can focus our grassroots efforts in the areas where the infrastructure is weak, the district should turn blue this time around.
TX-24 (OPEN, R+9, Lean D):
Democratic Nominee: Candace Valenzuela Fundraising Numbers: $3,561,892 Campaign Website: Donation Page:
GOP Fundraising Numbers: Beth Van Duyne: $2,648,410
Candace Valenzuela is now significantly outraising the GOP candidate Beth Van Duyne. That in itself is a small yet notable victory, considering that Beth Van Duyne is one of the GOP candidates that the national Republicans are pushing hard for, as she is branding herself as one of the members of the “Conservative Squad”, who was highly touted by Fox News in late 2019. Candace Valenzuela is running neck and neck with Beth Van Duyne, according to the latest polls conducted for this district. Finally, Candace Valenzuela is widely viewed to be on the progressive wing of the Democratic challengers that have been nominated this cycle. All of this means that turning out the Democratic base is the top priority here, as this particular race will be one of the most nationalized congressional elections in this year’s cycle.
OH-01 (Steve Chabot, R+5, Tossup):
Democratic Nominee: Kate Schroder (-) Fundraising Numbers: $3,173,089 Campaign Website: Donation Page:
GOP Fundraising Numbers: Steve Chabot: $2,717,307
This particular race has significantly moved our way, as Kate Schroder is now outraising the GOP incumbent Steve Chabot. The most recent polls in this district have indicated that the race is now a dead heat. There’s also the fact that Steve Chabot’s former campaign consultant has been under investigation since last year for stealing campaign funds, which has given us more openings for this particular district. However, Kate Schroder’s volunteer page has declined in quality since it now redirects to her campaign’s MoblizeAmerica page, which is far less professional in signing up volunteers, in my opinion. At this point, the main objective for Kate Schroder is to continue to increase her name recognition and inform the electorate about her background, as an early DCCC general election poll indicated that voters were more likely to support Kate Schroder if she did so.
NY-01 (Lee Zeldin, R+5, Lean R):
Democratic Nominee: Nancy Goroff (+) Fundraising Numbers: $5,400,156 Campaign Website: Donation Page:
GOP Fundraising Numbers: Lee Zeldin: $7,065,195
This district is certainly going to be very expensive to compete in, as Nancy Goroff has raised a very sizable seven-figure sum. However, she is still behind the GOP incumbent, Lee Zeldin, by over $1.7 million in fundraising, although that gap has slightly closed since the last comprehensive review. Recent polls suggest that Lee Zeldin still has a clear advantage, although it is certainly in the single digits. Local reports say that the Democrats in that particular district have quickly united against Lee Zeldin and directed appropriate support and voter outreach in the areas that are receptive to Nancy Goroff’s messaging. Nancy Goroff’s volunteer page has also improved over the past several months, as it now includes a space listing specific activities that potential volunteers can choose to engage in. Suffolk County is a very important county to concentrate voter outreach efforts on, as it overlaps with NY-02.
NY-02 (OPEN, R+3, Tossup):
Democratic Nominee: Jacqueline Gordon Fundraising Numbers: $3,550,230 Campaign Website: Donation Page:
GOP Fundraising Numbers: Andrew Garbarino: $1,260,624
This race has a surprisingly high victory potential for us. Jacqueline Gordon has a lot of potential as a Babylon Town Councilmember, a veteran, and a woman of color, meaning that she possesses a strong ability to turn out the minority vote as well as well-established political connections. Her GOP opponent, Andrew Garbarino, is experienced some slight delays in getting his campaign off the ground due to his state Assembly duties as well as some coordination issues with Peter King, the district’s current (and retiring) GOP incumbent. Garbarino’s kickoff did not start until August, which gave us a slight head start in making our case to the district’s voters. Another advantage that we have is that Jacqueline Gordon is currently blowing away Andrew Garbarino in the fundraising department. However, her campaign volunteer page has slightly deteriorated over the past several months, as it connects potential volunteers to her MoblizeAmerica page, which is less efficient in signing up potential volunteers, in my opinion. I would like to repeat the emphasis that efforts should be made to organize in Suffolk County, since that county also covers parts of NY-01.
NY-24 (John Katko, D+3, Tossup):
Democratic Nominee: Dana Balter Fundraising Numbers: $2,443,168 Campaign Website: Donation Page:
GOP Fundraising Numbers: John Katko: $3,329,771
Dana Balter is still being outraised by the GOP incumbent, John Katko, although the cumulative fundraising gap has slightly closed since the series’ last comprehensive review. The volunteer page on her campaign website has also slightly deteriorated since then, as it also now connects to a customized MobilizeAmerica webpage, which is less efficient in signing up potential volunteers, in my opinion. However, Democratic internal polling shows that Dana Balter is currently running close with John Katko. In this particular Democrat-leaning district, voter persuasion is going to be very important, as there are thousands of voters in this district who are currently plan to split the ticket between Joe Biden and John Katko in November. This finding, which has been confirmed in several polls conducted for this district, means that we should focus our voter persuasion efforts in Auburn, Syracuse, and Skaneateles, as that is where most of these split-ticket voters are located in. Additional outreach efforts should also be concentrated on strengthening our base in Cayuga County, as the local Democratic party there is relatively weak in funding.
VA-05 (OPEN, R+6, Tossup):
Democratic Nominee: Bryant Cameron Webb (+) Fundraising Numbers: $4,077,969 Campaign Website: Donation Page:
GOP Fundraising Numbers: Robert Good: $984,809
Oh boy, has this race quickly received a lot of recent attention, as all of the stars seem to be aligning in this particular race. First of all, there is a divided GOP electorate from the nominating convention that ejected the district’s incumbent, Denver Riggleman, from the nomination. Next, Bryant Cameron Webb has some serious potential of supercharging the minority vote in Charlottesville and Albemarle County. Then, Robert Good, the GOP candidate, is at a serious disadvantage when it comes to fundraising, as his cumulative fundraising figures remain much lower than Bryant Cameron Webb’s are. Also, the most recent polling for this district indicates that Bryant Cameron Webb is running very close to Robert Good. Finally, recent reports say that the Democratic infrastructure in Appomattox and Campbell Counties have improved since January 2019. Our primary goal in this district should be to increase our voter outreach efforts, as quite a few Democratic county parties are underfunded and in need of grassroots support. These counties are Brunswick, Buckingham, Cumberland, Danville City, Halifax, Lunenburg, and Prince Edward Counties. Needless to say, there is a lot of work cut out for us to flip a solid red district that voted for Corey Stewart in 2018.
And thus we come the end of this step’s second quarter. The third quarter will describe ideal procedures for flipping target districts in Illinois, Florida, Indiana, and California. After that, the final quarter will cover optimized tactics for districts within New Jersey, Colorado, Nebraska, and Montana. So stay tuned! Any corrections or comments are welcome.
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2020.10.17 10:24 Jazza23 Question about border restrictions so I can suss out this girl on hinge I am talking to atm

So this is no doubt going to be a weird post, so I apologise in advance.
Basically matched with a girl on hinge not too long ago. She already seemed a bit strange based on her profile but thought I would see where it leads to anyway.
After talking to her for a bit, she asks for my number and wants to talk to me on WhatsApp because she claims she doesn't use the dating app much, so I give it to her.
When she messages me back, her number seems to originate from Michigan based on the area code. Her hinge profile says she is originally from Michigan so it at least validates that.
When I asked her how long she has been in Perth for, she claims it's been only a week and she is visiting her brother. How is this even possible considering the border restrictions?
Also even assuming her brother meets the criteria on this site, she definitely does not meet it.
I did question her about it, but haven't gotten a response yet. Just curious what you guys think about this, just in-case I am being fucked with.
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2020.10.16 19:50 _call-me-al_ Fri, Oct 16 2020


Justin Trudeau: Canada-US border will stay closed until US gets COVID-19 under control - "The U.S. is not in a place where we would feel comfortable reopening those borders. We see the cases in the USA and elsewhere around the world, and we need to continue to keep these border controls in place."
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US officials warned the White House that Russian intelligence was using Rudy Giuliani to funnel disinformation to Trump
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German airport workers refuse to service Belarus dictator Lukashenko’s plane
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Family members viewed long-secret body-camera video this week of a Black man who died in Louisiana State Police custody, their attorney calling it damning footage that shows troopers choking and beating the man, repeatedly jolting him with stun guns and dragging him face-down across the pavement
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Colorado man sentenced to 300+ years for human trafficking
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14th person charged in alleged plot to kidnap Michigan governor
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[Megathread] World's most prestigious scientific publications issue unprecedented critiques of the Trump administration
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New research could help millions who suffer from ‘ringing in the ears’: Researchers show that combining sound and electrical stimulation of the tongue can significantly reduce tinnitus, commonly described as “ringing in the ears”; therapeutic effects can sustain for up to 12 months post-treatment
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The plant has no brain or nervous system, but it can apparently count to five and distinguish between live prey and things like rain.
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No indication of collision. 👍 CZ-4C B passed over LeoLabs Kiwi Space Radar 10 minutes after TCA. Our data shows only a single object as we'd hoped, with no signs of debris. We will follow up in the coming days on Medium with a full in-depth risk assessment of this event!
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Nobel Prize in Physics Winner: "It's Unbelievable All That's Going On at the Moment in Astronomy" - DER SPIEGEL - International
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Massive Halo Finally Explains Stream of Gas Swirling Around the Milky Way
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'I never saw stars before': Gene therapy brings back 8-year-old Canadian boy's sight "He is the first Canadian to be treated with gene replacement therapy for a rare form of blindness which had left Sam unable to see sky on a cloudy day, "
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The dystopian lake filled by the world’s tech lust: Hidden in an unknown corner of Inner Mongolia is a toxic, nightmarish lake created by our thirst for smartphones, consumer gadgets and green tech.
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NASA’s About to Try Grabbing a Chunk of Asteroid to Bring to Earth—and You Can Watch
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People who DO "get paid enough for this shit", what's your job?
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What casual, everyday, totally normal thing makes you cry?
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Mechanics of Reddit, what vehicle company should a buyer absolutely stay away from? Which company should a buyer look in to?
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TIL when the Union abandoned a fort in Florida, they left behind a single soldier as caretaker. When the Confederacy marched on the fort, the lone soldier refused to surrender without a receipt for the fort. He received one, and the fort was taken without a shot fired.
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TIL that Ronald Reagan won 49 states and 525 electoral votes in the 1984 presidential election which is the most in history.
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TIL about Richard Rowland Kirkland, a Confederate soldier who risked his life to tend to wounded soldiers from both sides of the Civil War in the middle of battle at Fredericksburg. Both sides held their fire as they watched him help every wounded soldier regardless of allegiance.
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[OC] Turning USGS LiDAR data of Zion National Park into sculpture...then flying through it 🚁
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[OC] Millionaires across the world
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Presidents' Previous Government and Military Experience [OC]
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The homemade Chicken Shawarma manual, a guide to making the best home made chicken shawarma of your life using just a grill or broiler. Recipe inside
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Sweet potato fries...where have you been all my life?
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Anyone else get annoyed when they see their sauce bottles where inside the lid is all dried and gross?
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[pro/chef] carnitas tacos with salsa verde and chicharron salsa
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[Homemade] Roasted potatoes
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[HOMEMADE] Honey pistachio mascapone tart, shortbread crust, rose whipped cream on one end and fig balsamic whipped cream on the other
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Andy Samberg and Craig Robinson team up for Super High, a comedy where smoking weed gives you superpowers
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How Sacha Baron Cohen’s Plan To Use ‘Borat’ Sequel To Combat Facebook and Twitter Holocaust Denier Policies Evolved With Abrupt About Face and Surprise Lawsuit
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Evangelion 4.0 Trailer 3, 2021 1/23 release date
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Ruth, me, bic ballpoint pen on paper, 2020
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Anubis in the pond with tilapia fishes, Me, Digital, 2020
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Untitled, Henry Wong, Digital, 2019
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The Boys Season 3 Begins Filming Early Next Year
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'Selfie' was a terrific show hiding behind a terrible title
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Vaughn McClure Dies: ESPN NFL Reporter Focused On Atlanta Falcons Was 48
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Dwayne Wade accidentally photobombing a proposal.
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Miss Guanajuato’s traditional outfit for Miss Mexico 2020
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A Stable relationship
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Lindsay Graham winks after Republicans win vote to forge ahead with SCOTUS nomination
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Astronauts weigh themselves using momentum
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How a gun silencer works
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Due to "Ultra-Laminar Hydrodynamic Reversible Flow" the flow of a slowly sheared viscous liquid is totally reversible
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Old flooring jack
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Was cutting down a tree at a golf course and found a golf ball wedged in it
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My office plant looks like it's banging its arms against my cubicle wall
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My one dog looks like my other dog's shadow.
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This is Javier Botet, an actor with Marfan syndrome - a genetic disorder that affects connective tissue and makes people grow very tall and thin, with exceptionally long arms and legs. Botet is 6′7″ tall and weighs 120 pounds
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How the power lines at Lake Pontchartrain, Louisiana, USA simply and clearly show the curvature of the Earth
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Due to "Ultra-Laminar Hydrodynamic Reversible Flow" the flow of a slowly sheared viscous liquid is totally reversible
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If 2020 was a candle
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My wife thinks she's a comedian... 😂
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Most advanced iPhone ever
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Did I win??
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Louis was used to getting up for his morning walk at 10. Schedule changed and morning walk time is now 6am. He was not emotionally prepared for this.
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Mother and her Baby ❤
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Random Subreddit of the day: sugarlifestyleforum

These are its 3 top posts of all time:
My SB sent me money
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I tried Sugar Tinder
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I did something really childish on a M&G..
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2020.10.16 03:50 xMistahxJayx Potential Teasers on Icebox (WARNING: LONG READ)

Potential Teasers on Icebox (WARNING: LONG READ)
With the release of Icebox, I wanted to dive more into the lore of this game as far as it's maps and what Kingdom's been up too. I'm still unsure specifically what Kingdom is doing, whether they are good or bad, etc. But they have given us a "Strategy guide" for what they are looking for. On the attacker side spawn, you spawn in a Kingdom submarine/ cargo ship. Inside, on the right, there is a small meeting room with display screens and maps. There are few things to note on the screens and the map itself that I wanted to share with you all:
  • Each of the computer screens has an event linked to it, the first screen was the last Act's Level 50 player card zoomed in. Indicating that that rock in that photo has a lot more significance in the upcoming acts
  • The second screen reveals all major radianite sightings on icebox. Not really important to the players since that's literally just the spike points, but for the lore that makes a ton of sense.
  • The third screen is an image of samurai suits in capsules, only on this screen the middle capsule is broken, and the helmet was taken. The suits are intact on this map however, they are along the wall on site A
  • The map underneath the middle monitor hints at either pick-up/ drop off locations for all of the agent's we've seen so far, as well as new agents to come possibly. The major locations we haven't seen that are marked on the map are Argentina, Canada and New Guinea.
  • The map also has sticky notes, which cover over California, New York, Sweden, Egypt and Indonesia. They also vary in size; smallest being California and largest being Indonesia. Which I assume is priority of release, since it makes sense they wouldn't want to focus on America getting all the spotlight in a game that is trying to push a ton of diversity in their roster.
  1. Added Images into the post for an easier time reading! Thank you all for the suggestions on doing that, apologies for the crosshair. The only way to see these maps is with the zoom on the Operator!
------------------------ NITTY GRITTY DETAILS AND EXPLANATIONS BEYOND THIS POINT -----------------------
On the first screen on the wall, that is a player card you all maybe familiar with called "Experiment X011". This was the player card rewarded to players when reaching level 50 on last act's battle pass as a free reward. the interesting part about this however, is that the card is extremely cropped and zoomed. On the screen it only shows the base of the rock with two figures in hazmat suits working on the rock (which I assume is the radianite shard that started all of this). In the player card however, you see the full image of two more figures walking towards the rock. Not sure yet as to why it is zoomed in like that but it's safe to assume that the whole facility is the core Kingdom base. More on that theory a little bit later on.
The next screen is a bird's eye view of the whole map, Icebox. On the screen there are a ton of tiny lines of text, but if you zoom in with the Operator on it's highest zoom, you can see it a lot better. They aren't lines of dialogue (probably because they didn't want someone like me reading potential leaks point blank...) but their are little lines that trail from each line of text which points out key features on the map itself.
View of Bird's Eye view of Icebox
For the most part, it seems like each one of these little blips points to an area of the map that has exposed radianite. (The map on the screen isn't exactly to scale, but the points that are marked have a clear "fading point" showing that it's around said area.) The two obvious points are the Spike area's for Point A and Point B.) The others point off the map to large crates of radianite on the back of the cargo ship and on the back of the Kingdom loading zone (Far left you can see the back of the ship, far right you can see that this building isn't the only thing on this site.). The obscure ones that I'm not sure about are one that points to the doorway of Site A from the attacker spawn, and there's one that points to the glowing yellow vents that are in mid where the ramp that connects to no where is.

View of Squigglies and TextBoxes

The last screen on the wall is the most interesting one because it's a picture of multiple samurai suits hung up in glass chambers. The reason why it's the most interesting is because in this image, the middle chamber is broken, however in the map where this chamber is (On attacking side, it's in the far back corner of the sight. Defending side if you go up the skybox that's on sight A and look at the wall, you'll see this room of samurai armor in cases.), all of the chambers are completely in tact. (There's also some cute looking Hamtaro faces on top of each of the samurai chambers for some reason...And yes, the faces are also in the image on the computer monitor as well, though not as high resolution). This samurai suit that was broken seems to only have had the helmet removed from it, and the rest stayed intact.
Finally we get to the map, and this has some more cooler hints to look out for in Valorant. This map I feel like is either leaking new agent or map locations, because the grid line follows a very strange pattern. The place that they are docking at is not located on their map (It is literally called the Strategy Map, and that is read on the bottom left hand corner of it.), but ironically all of these locations they have been, we've seen in the game. Or rather, we've played with them in game. I'm not sure which direction they started from, but from left to right, starting from the bottom this is how it's marked
Argentina -> Up to Mexico -> Up to California Right to Canada -> Right and down to New York (covered with a sticky note here, not sure of the pathing here) -> Left to Canada (Maybe Michigan) -> Left to Washington State -> Left to Morocco -> Up to United Kingdom -> Down to France -> Down to Italy -> (Alot of sticky notes in the area cover the pathing) -> Up to Russia -> Down to South Korea -> Down to New Guinea
Within all of that there are a lot of lines connecting between all of the aforementioned areas that make it confusing to how they moved 100%, but the main stopping points are in the areas above. Since we don't have the location for Icebox on this Strategy Map, nor do we have Japan (Which is to be assumed where Split is located), we can cross off the fact that this is alluding to maps. There's also no stops in China either (where Haven is located), confirming this even more. Which has me believe that these are people they are recruiting. These lines are scattered all over the place, for example. the lines that come from "New York" split off, and one goes to South Africa while the other goes to Morocco. The one in Morocco splits into three, one going to UK, one going to France, and one going to Italy. The two that came from Italy and France meet up in South Korea, along with the one in Russia. There sticky notes covering another line, but it looks like the one in South Korea and the one that came from the European countries meet up in New Guinea.

So far though, each one of these locations lines up with an Agent except for 5 of the locations above,
Mexico = Reyna
California/ USA = Brimstone
Washington State/ USA = Viper
Morocco = Cypher
UK= Phoenix
Russia = Sova
South Korea = Jett
The only ones that don't add up are the two Canadian locations., Italy, and New Guinea. If we assume that this isn't a 1-to-1 scale of the world map, then I could replace France with Germany for Killjoy. The map ping for this location looks to be right on the border for where France and Germany would meet. I'm not making this exception for Argentina or New Guinea because while there are agents that come from this area (South America = Raze, Australia = Skye), the pings are intentionally too far from those area to make them conform to that. And also we could potentially cross of Italy since the Ascent map is in Italy, and Viper relocated from Italy to America as well. Italy has seen some play from what we have already seen in game, so it can be ignored a bit.
The sticky notes on this map cover California, New York, Sweden (which could be hiding the Breach ping), Ukraine, Egypt, and Indonesia. I'm not sure what they mean, but they do vary in size, the California sticky being the smallest of the 5, and Indonesia being the largest. Since we haven't really seen much in game from that side of the world, it could mean priority selection from Riot. From the outside looking in, American agents would be common in an American based game, and since they seem to really be pushing for a diverse cast of characters, I highly doubt America would be as important to them for coverage so much as Indonesia, Australia, New Guinea, the Philippines, and more.

Some other fun stuff in the map that I'm not too sure what it means. You're on a Kingdom ship with you're attacking.. but when you're defending, the spawn room says "Intruder Alert". I've been trying to piece that together for a while but nothing comes to mind. Maybe the ship we come in on is a decommissioned ship? Or it's carrying cargo that the base can detect is not normal for radianite activity.

Besides that, on Split they brought back the calendar! In beta there used to be a calendar that had the date January 21st circled on it. That could mean three things. That could be the day that "The First Light" happened. Second thing being, since Split is established to be in Japan, and the samurai suit just mentioned is broken in the ship, we could have a Japanese agent that uses that gear released on the 21st. Lastly, this could be where we finally see some villians in this game, to go with the first point of this being the day "The First Light" happened. We can finally see that thing in the "Hivemind" player card in action. And see what those swarm/ hive mind guns are for, because so far, all of the characters that have been released work for Valorant/ Kingdom.

Originally I said the 26th, but it's the 21st. This makes it less in line with their patching schedule since they patch on Tuesdays, and the 21st would be a Thrusday. But the fact that they put it so that it is on a Tuesday, makes it promising!

Thank you for sticking around to read this if you made it all the way through! Hoping to get some more updates to you guys as I see them!
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2020.10.15 00:59 Ificouldonlyremember Annotated Guide to Free Fossil Identification Resources

This did not receive a lot of love in fossil collecting subs, but may be someone here will find it useful.
An annotated guide to free fossil identification and collecting resources.
“A Guide To Fossil Sharks, Skates, And Rays From The Chesapeake And Delaware Canal Area, Delaware” BY Edward M. Lauginiger And Eugene F. Hartstein, 1983, 65 pages, 6MB. Essential for identifying Delaware fossils.
“Cretaceous Fossils From The Chesapeake And Delaware Canal: A Guide For Students And Collectors”, By Edward M.Lauginiger, 1983, 61 pages, 2MB. A revised version of the above intended for teaching.
“Vertebrate Fossil Localities In Florida”, Stanley J. Olsen, 1965, 36 pages, 9MB. Definitely dated, things have changed so much in Florida, but worth a look.
“Guide For Beginning Fossil Hunters” by Charles Collinson, 2002, 64 pages, 4MB. A really nice guide for identifying Illinois fossils.
“Guide to Pennsylvanian fossil plants of Illinois” by James R. Jennings, 90 pages, 8MB. Very nice detail on where to look for fossils.
“Fossil Collecting Areas in Iowa”. Brief 2-page guide from U of Iowa with some good references:
“Fossils and Rocks of Eastern Iowa” by J.N. Rose, 1967, 83 pages, 43MB. A large file but an essential free resource for fossil collecting in Iowa.
“Fossils of Iowa” by Robert Charles Wolf, 2006, 200 pages. Not free, but IMHO among the best state guides to collecting fossils anywhere. Detailed descriptions of exactly where to look. A nust if you are hunting fossils in Iowa.
“Fossil Beds Of The Falls Of The Ohio”, by Greb, Hendricks, and Chesnut. 1993, 48 pages, 7MB. Detailed guide to a small area.
“Paleontological survey of the Pennsylvanian rocks of the Eastern Kentucky Coal Field” by Donald R. Chesnut Jr, 1991, 74 pages, 29MB. A highly technical list of which species have been described from where.
“Mississippian rocks in Kentucky” By Edward G. Sable and Garland R. Dever, Jr. 133 pages, 32MB. A USGS publication. Not about fossils, technical guide to rock formations, but will tell you where to look.
“Paleontology of Kentucky” 1931
“Miocene Fossils Of Maryland”, By Vokes, Glaser and Conkwright, 1999, 80 pages, 8MB. Technical, but a very useful identification guide.
“Maryland Geologic Survey, Miocene Text”, 1904, 722 pages, 32MB
“Maryland Geologic Survey Miocene Plates”, 1904, 262 pages, 8MB
Old, dated, and too technical, but the plates are worth looking at.
“Guide to Michigan Fossils”, 1962, 9 pages, 6MB. Very basic.
“The complete guide to Michigan fossils”, by Joseph J. Kchodl, 2006. Not-Downloadable. Nice pictures.
“Guide to Fossil Collecting in Minnesota” by Hogberg, Sloan and Tufford, 47 pages, 2.5MB. Basic guide to Minnesota Ordovician fossils.
“Owl Creek (Upper Cretaceous) Fossils from Crowleys Ridge Southeastern Missouri” by Lloyd William Stephenson, 1955, 72 pages, 4MB. A technical list of Missouri fossils with some nice detail about collecting locations at the beginning and plates at the end.
“Record in Rock: A Handbook of the Invertebrate Fossils of Nebraska”, by Roger K. Pabian, 1970, 108 pages, 13MB. Detailed fossil identification guide.
New Hampshire:
“Fossils of the Littleton Formation (Lower Devonian) of New Hampshire”, by By A. J. Boucot and Robert Arndt, 1960, 24 pages, 3MB. Technical.
New Jersey:
“The Cretaceous Fossils Of New Jersey, Parts 1”, by Horace Richards, 1958 373 pages, 16MB.
“The Cretaceous Fossils Of New Jersey, Parts 2”, by Horace Richards, 1962 345 pages, 13MB.
Extensive figures useful for identification.
Identification Guide for Common Fossils of the Cincinnatian, 2013, 133 pages, 30MB. Glossy, basic guide with very nice color photos.
“Middle and Upper Ordovician Nautiloid Cephalopods of the Cincinnati Arch Region of Kentucky, Indiana, and Ohio” by Robert Frey, 1995, 180 pages, 16MB. Worth looking at just for the plates.
“Fossil collecting in Pennsylvania”, by Hoskins, Inners, and Harper, 1983, 228 pages, 14MB. Detailed list of collecting locations.
“Fossil Collecting in the Pittsburgh Area”, by John A, Harper, 1990, 53 pages, 2MB. A field trip guide, but there is some specific information of fossil collecting locations.
South Carolina:
“Fossil Locations in South Carolina”, by Jerry Howe and Andrew Howard, 63 pages, 27MB. As titled, lists specific fossil locations across South Carolina.
Lower Devonian Fossils Of Tennessee”, by Kieran Davis, 20 pages, 8MB. Basic guide to Devonian fossils.
“Texas Fossils: An Amateur Collector's Handbook”, by William Matthews, 1960. Not downloadable. Good identification guide.
“A Collector’s Guide to Rock, Mineral, & Fossil Localities of Utah”, James R. Wilson, 1995, 156 pages 1.5MB. Fossils and minerals. Fossil and mineral sites listed by county
“Paleontology Of The Champlain Basin In Vermont”, by Charles W, Welby, 1962, 92 pages, 27MB. Useful for the plates at the end for identification purposes, and the plate legends have specific collection locations.
“Fossils in Washington”, by Vaughn Livingston, 1959, 41 pages, 1MB. Dated very basic guide.
West Virginia:
“Concise Guide to Common Plant Fossils of West Virginia”, 11 pages, 5MB. Simple but nice guide to plant fossils.
“Common Paleozoic Fossils of Wisconsin” by R.H. Nehm, and B.E. Bemis, 2002, 36 pages, 1.4MB. Basic identification guide useful for teaching.
“The Fossils and Stratigraphy of the Middle Devonic of Wisconsin” by Herdman F. Cleland, 1911, 289 pages, 7MB. Old amd technical, but with some information on collection locations.
“Fossils of Wyoming” by Michael Hager, 1970, 35 pages, 5MB. Basic guide to identification of Wyoming fossils.
“Fossils of Ontario: Part 1: The Trilobites” by RoifLudvigsen, 1979, 104 pages, 7MB.
“Fossils of Ontario: Part 2: Macroinvertebrates and vertebrates of the Champlain Sea”, by Frances Wagner, 1984, 68 pages, 4MB.
“Fossils of Ontario: Part 3: The eurypterids and phyllocarids”, by M.J.CopelandandThomasE.Bolton. 1985, 52 pages, 4MB.
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2020.10.15 00:39 NSmith639 I'm really stressed and not sure what to do at this point. Was I scammed?

Hi so I've got quite the situation on my hands and it has me a bit stressed. So I'm a 20 y/o male and was on a dating site and a female of 21 messaged me saying she was interested in getting to know me. I give her my number and start chatting back and forth. She said the last relationship she had didn't go so well because the guy was controlling since he was older and she was 16. Me being the dumb ass I am pass it off as nothing. Later on she starts saying she's horny, this and that and we start sending pics. She ends up wanting to get together and pretty much we find somewhere to meet. I'm at the destination waiting on her and she's running late, a little while later I get a message from someone with the same area code number as her. It's her Father or so claims to be. He states, "Hello sir this is *****"'s father you need to contact me immediately regarding my underage daughter my wife and I caught her stealing our vehicle she panicked and had an accident we went through her phone and noticed conversation and pictures between you two we are very upset about this disturbing information we’re getting ready to contact law-enforcement." I don't really have any other choice other than to contact him, so I do. I call him and he seems to be crying or trying to sound like it. He's asking why and all this other stuff and he said I have two choices, either he can contact the police or I can support him in getting his daughter the help she needs through counseling. I told him I'd support her with the counseling in fear of what may happen if I didn't. He said that the counseling would cost $5000 and that I'd have to cover for half. I said alright, not really knowing what other option I had. We first try Cash App but the funds didn't wanna go through. So he then tells me to find a CVS and that I have to purchase MoneyPak cards and that they'll only let me purchase 2 at a time and they each max out at $500. So I have to pay him $1000 two different days then the $500 on the third day. I do it. He's now telling me that I have to pay another $1000 dollars for some medical fees or for more counseling, idk all I know is that we agreed on $2500 since he said he didn't want me going to jail and he said that he just wanted to resolve the situation and not put any stress on his family and 2 year old. At first I thought this was real but now not so much. The reason I sent the money was cause 1 I thought it very well could be real and 2 I thought that he'd Black mail me since he had my name, number, pictures of me, could probably get my address somehow and send stuff to the house since I still live with my parents, and could still report me I assume, idk, I'm just in total fear at this point and don't know where to turn so I'm really hoping and praying that someone here on reddit will know how I can handle this situation. I've just blocked the number and am thinking about getting a new one so he can't track me. I know I can have terrible judgment and be quite naive, wish I could go back.
Edit. Just got another text and not sure what to do here it is. "Good day Mr ****** this is detective Brian stillinger and I'm calling you regarding an open case filed against you by the Norman resident you need to contact me immediately when you get this message.thank you Det.Brian Stillinger (Michigan Criminal Investigator)"
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2020.10.13 16:20 Brave_Hotel7536 Helpful info when feeling overwhelmed by the number of treatment options

With so many of us having to be our own advocates/doctors/researchers/etc. I thought I would share something that has helped me in understanding my condition and differentiating between which treatment options I should prioritize vs. try at a later date…
Vulvodynia/vestibulodynia impacts so many folx differently, making it really hard to come up with a one-size-fits-all treatment option. Because there are so many ways people develop/experience this kind of pain, there are so many different ways it can be treated... I find myself feeling overwhelmed by the number of treatment options, and it feels like there is no clear way forward!
I came across a review by NIH (see link below), which calls for the development of a more comprehensive classification system for vulvodynia/vestibulodynia... So far there is one classification system out there that I've been able to find that's been helpful to me. Unfortunately that article you have to pay for (jerks), but I thought the review by NIH did a good job of summarizing it.
I wish I could summarize the NIH article, but it’s sooo much information and there are lots of really specific/obscure indicators of the different subtypes. I wouldn’t want to leave anything out in case that info is a missing piece for you!
If you have the time, I would recommend sitting down and reading the article thoroughly. I personally didn't understand it all, but I made notes, and am pretty sure that I have provoked, acquired, neuroproliferative vestibulodynia. I tried years of treatments (dilator therapy, CBT, pelvic floor PT, estrogen cream, etc.) only to realize that my pain is nerve-related (not muscle or hormone related). I could have been pursuing nerve-related treatments (gabapentin, lyrica, botox, etc.) all this time! I also found a presentation on vulvodynia treatment options by the University of Michigan, which I found useful too once I understood the kind of treatment options I should be seeking (link below)!
The classification system is not as comprehensive as it should be, and I'm sorry if you don't see yourself represented within the article (your pain is still real and the medical community needs to expand the criteria!!). I personally did see myself represented within it, and I found it really useful in understanding my condition and prioritizing certain treatment options over others.
***ALL TYPES OF PAIN ARE REAL AND ALL ARE VALID!!!*** But why are health professionals trying to just throw random treatment options at folx?! There’s a better way to do this and for me it starts with distinguishing between the subtypes of this condition!
Hope this helps x.
NIH Link:!po=0.555556
University of Michigan Vulvodynia Treatment Options Link:
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2020.10.13 14:49 rusticgorilla Lost in the Sauce: Fox News launders unverified Russian intel on Trump's behalf

Welcome to Lost in the Sauce, keeping you caught up on political and legal news that often gets buried in distractions and theater… or a global health crisis.

Trump’s Russian laundromat

The Trump administration has been using conservative outlets like Fox News to launder unverified Russian intelligence intended to denigrate Democratic officials and candidates. In the latest instance last week, DNI John Ratcliffe declassified handwritten notes from 2016 by then-CIA Director John Brennan stating that he had briefed President Obama on Russian activities, including a reference to Hillary Clinton’s campaign attempting to “vilify Donald Trump.” Fox News was the first to publish the notes.
Brennan accused Ratcliffe of selectively declassifying documents in order to "advance the political interests" of Trump ahead of the election:
"These were my notes from the 2016 period when I briefed President Obama and the rest of the national security council team about what the Russians were up to and I was giving examples of the type of access that the US intelligence community had to Russian information and what the Russians were talking about and alleging," he added.
Ratcliffe has approved the release of even more information meant to assist Trump, including “a large binder full of documents” he gave to the Justice Department. "At my direction, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence has provided almost 1,000 pages of materials to the Department of Justice in response to Mr. Durham's document request,” Ratcliffe confirmed.
There is nothing illegal about the actions allegedly taken by the Clinton campaign, as detailed in the released documents. As Lawfare explains, the declassified memo originated from the CIA’s Counterintelligence Mission Center:
Importantly, it is not a crimes report. Rather, as the name suggests, the purpose of a CIOL is to pass operational leads to the FBI for counterintelligence purposes. In this case, the CIA had information indicating that a hostile foreign intelligence service may have spied on a U.S. presidential campaign. Even if the intelligence was questionable, it still presented a significant counterintelligence risk—which is why, as Ratcliffe’s letter says, it was reported to the FBI...
Meanwhile, Trump tweeted that he has authorized the release of every document related to the “Russian Hoax” and the “Hillary Clinton Email Scandal. Tweet. He then added:
All Russia Hoax Scandal information was Declassified by me long ago. Unfortunately for our Country, people have acted very slowly, especially since it is perhaps the biggest political crime in the history of our Country. Act!!!
  • In an interview on Fox News a couple of days later, Trump expressed displeasure that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had not yet released the emails deleted from Clinton's private server: "She said she had 33,000 e-mails...They're in the State Department, but Mike Pompeo has been unable to get them out, which is very sad actually. I'm -- I'm not happy about him for that, that reason. He was unable to get -- I don't know why. You're running the State Department and you get them out.” (clip)
  • The very next day, Pompeo appeared on Fox News to assert: "We've got the emails, we're getting them out." Asked if they would be released before the election, he said, "I certainly think there'll be more to see before the election." (clip)
Buzzfeed News took Trump’s tweets to a judge to gain the release of the entire unredacted Mueller report before Election Day. US District Judge Reggie Walton directed the Justice Department to “confer with the White House” and report back to the court the “official position regarding the declassification and release to the public of information related to the Russia investigation.”

Durham probe

For the second straight week, the media is reporting the Durham investigation will not produce a report prior to the election. Last week, AG Bill Barr reportedly told top Republicans that they should not expect any further indictments or a comprehensive report before Nov. 3.
Trump publicly attacked Barr for what he sees as the slow progress of the Durham probe. “I think it’s a terrible thing. And I’ll say it to [Barr’s] face...See, this is what I mean with the Republicans. They don’t play the tough game,” Trump told Rush Limbaugh on Friday.
  • Earlier in the week, Trump sent an all-caps tweet calling for the arrests of his political rivals: “DO SOMETHING ABOUT THIS, THE BIGGEST OF ALL POLITICAL SCANDALS (IN HISTORY)!!! BIDEN, OBAMA AND CROOKED HILLARY LED THIS TREASONOUS PLOT!!! BIDEN SHOULDN’T BE ALLOWED TO RUN - GOT CAUGHT!!!” Trump tweeted.

Court cases

A three-judge Appellate Court panel ruled that Manhattan D.A. Vance can enforce a subpoena seeking President Trump’s personal and corporate tax returns. The panel was made up of two Clinton-appointees and an Obama-appointee. Trump’s attorneys are expected to appeal to the Supreme Court.
They concluded that the president did not show that Mr. Vance had been driven by politics. “None of the president’s allegations, taken together or separately, are sufficient to raise a plausible inference that the subpoena was issued out of malice or an intent to harass,” they wrote.
Prominent Trump and GOP fundraiser Elliott Broidy was charged with conspiring to violate the Foreign Agents Registration Act. Prosecutors say Broidy accepted $6 million from a foreign client to lobby administration officials to end a federal investigation related to the looting of the 1Malaysia Development Berhad fund, known as 1MDB. The court filing also accuses Mr. Broidy of seeking the extradition of a Chinese citizen from the United States.
  • Note that Barr received a waiver to participate in the investigation of 1MDB despite his former law firm’s involvement in the case. Steve Bannon was arrested earlier this year on a yacht belonging to one of the individuals tied up in the case, as well.
Trump appeals order to continue Census count to the Supreme Court. A three-judge panel of the 9th Circuit upheld a lower court order allowing the 2020 count to continue through October. The administration has asked SCOTUS to put an immediate hold on the injunction while it appeals.
The Supreme Court punted a decision on access to abortion, keeping open the option of revisiting the case at a later date. The Trump administration asked the high court to require women seeking the drugs for medication abortions to visit a doctor’s office or clinic. The order was unsigned but Justices Alito and Thomas declared their approval of the administration’s request in a separate filing.
“While COVID-19 has provided the ground for restrictions on First Amendment rights, the District Court saw the pandemic as a ground for expanding the abortion right recognized in Roe v. Wade,” wrote Alito and Thomas.
Other court cases to note:
  • Lawyers for E. Jean Carroll asked a judge to block the DOJ from intervening to represent Trump in her defamation lawsuit against the president. Her lawyers say the law in question, the Federal Tort Claims Act, does not apply to Trump — or to any other president. They also said that Trump, in any case, was not acting in his official role when he denied Carroll’s claims. Oral arguments in the case are scheduled for Oct. 21.
  • The DOJ admitted to “inadvertently” producing altered versions of notes from former FBI officials McCabe and Strzok that were turned over to Michael Flynn’s defense team and filed to the court as potentially exculpatory evidence. As Marcy Wheeler explains, this explanation doesn’t match all the evidence.
  • Court-appointed adviser John Gleeson, a retired judge, urged District Judge Emmet Sullivan to take the president’s comments about the case into account when making a decision about whether or not to grant the Flynn-DOJ joint effort to permanently end the prosecution. Gleeson notes that Trump’s tweets provide evidence of political pressure to drop the case against Flynn: Trump successfully pressured the DOJ to “create a new set of rules that only apply to Michael Flynn and will never apply to anyone else.”
  • A federal judge in California has ordered that Twitter reveal the identity of an anonymous user who allegedly fabricated an FBI document to spread a conspiracy theory about the killing of Seth Rich, the Democratic National Committee staffer who died in 2016.


Voice of America: Five suspended officials at the U.S. Agency for Global Media (USAGM) are suing the agency, its new CEO and several of his most senior aides, alleging they are breaking the law — routinely — in pursuing a pro-Trump agenda for the Voice of America news service.
David Kligerman, who has been suspended from his position as general counsel of the agency by Pack, told NPR that the case was necessary to get the courts to enforce the firewall. (He is not a party to the case, though he is cited in it as a whistleblower harmed by Pack's actions.) Kligerman and the five plaintiffs jointly filed a whistleblower complaint late last month, alleging Pack sought to oust them under a pretext of "security concerns" because they challenged his intrusion into journalistic decision-making.
  • Reminder: CEO Michael Pack, an ally of Steve Bannon, started his tenure by firing the heads of four organizations under USAGM. He then refused to renew the U.S. visas of more than 70 foreign journalists who work for VOA, vaguely accusing some of them of being spies. Pack tried to fire the board of the Open Technology Fund, an organization that supports Internet freedom initiatives, but a court blocked the terminations. Nevertheless, Pack succeeded in cutting off a large portion of its funding, forcing the non-profit to suspend over 80% of its projects. Finally, Pack ordered two political operatives he installed as his aides to investigate Steve Herman, the VOA White House bureau chief who reported on Pence’s disregard for masks, for anti-Trump bias.
Bureau of Land Management: William Perry Pendley, head of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), is refusing to leave his position after a judge ruled he is illegally serving as chief. “I have the support of the president,” he told the Wyoming Powell Tribune. “I have the support of the secretary of the interior and my job is to get out and get things done to accomplish what the president wants to do.”
CIA appointment: Bert Mizusawa, a retired major general who served as an advisor to Trump’s 2016 campaign, was quietly installed in a senior advisory role at the CIA earlier this year. The move is spurring discussion among some former agency officials, who say the arrangement is highly unusual.
“An outsider with no internal sponsorship?” said one of the former officials. “That never happens.”
...Trump allies outside the administration have signaled frustration with Haspel in recent weeks, accusing the CIA chief of blocking the declassification of documents relevant to the investigation into his 2016 campaign’s ties to Russia that they view as exculpatory.
Trump has appointed Justin Peterson to the Financial Oversight and Management Board for Puerto Rico, sparking conflict of interest allegations. Peterson previously represented hedge fund bondholders pushing the board to pay them billions of dollars. Rep. Nydia Valazquez (D-NY): “As a member of the Board, Peterson would have a critical say in how to restructure the Island’s debt, but his coziness with bondholders is a serious red flag and a clear conflict of interest.”
A hate group employee is now leading diversity & inclusion efforts in the Department of Education. Weeks ago, Sarah Parshall Perry was defending J.K. Rowling on the Family Research Council podcasts. Now, Betsy Devos has bought Perry aboard to oversee inclusivity within the DOE.

Trump money

NYT revealed that Trump “engineered a sudden windfall” in 2016, moving over $21 million from a Vegas hotel Trump owns with billionaire Phil Ruffin, through other Trump companies, to his campaign.
“If Trump took out a bank loan in the LLC’s name for the purpose of financing his election, then the Trump campaign violated its legal reporting requirements by failing to disclose the loan, and failing to disclose that Trump’s Vegas property was used as collateral.”
The Times also reported that the LLC in question–Trump Las Vegas Sales and Marketing–claimed a deduction on the payment made to Trump in 2016. If the $30 million loan was, in fact, used to finance the president’s then-money-starved campaign, the potential criminality would be amplified.
In an apparent quid pro quo, Ruffin asked Trump for a favor after his inauguration: revive the high speed train project to bring gamblers from California to the Vegas strip. The Obama administration considered but turned down a $5.5 billion loan for the train. This past March, the Trump administration approved the project.
Among the train’s chief beneficiaries will be Mr. Ruffin and the other grandees of gambling who became a vital font of political money for Mr. Trump when he needed it most. And, of course, Donald Trump himself.
Another NYT report showed that Trump “reinvented” the swamp after he took office, setting up an extensive quid pro quo network with private businesses and special interests. Over 200 companies, special-interest groups, and foreign governments patronized Trump’s properties while reaping benefits from him and his administration.
Just 60 customers with interests at stake before the administration brought the Trump Organization nearly $12 million during the first two years of Mr. Trump’s presidency, The Times found. Almost all saw their interests advanced, in some fashion, by the president or his government.
...During Mr. Trump’s campaign and the months leading up to his inauguration, the in-house magazine at his Mar-a-Lago club in Florida announced nearly 100 new members, a number of whom had significant business interests in Washington. The tax records show that in 2016 alone, the club’s initiation fees delivered close to $6 million in revenue.
...More than 70 advocacy groups, businesses and foreign governments threw events at the properties that had previously been held elsewhere, or created new events that drove dollars into Mr. Trump’s business.
Donors also paid for the privilege of giving money to his campaign and super PAC. Mr. Trump attended 34 fund-raisers held at his hotels and resorts, events that brought them another $3 million in revenue. Sometimes, he lined up his donors to ask what they needed from the government.
Trump claimed a $21 million tax break for leaving the woodland surrounding his New York mansion undeveloped, a figure inflated by what appears to be a fraudulent appraisal. The value of the 212-acre estate was based on the premise that Trump could build and sell 24 manions on the land. However, building anything on that property was impossible, due largely to objections by neighbors. Trump was paid by the government not to build mansions that he never could have built, in other words.
In addition to the conservation easement tax break, Trump in 2014 also classified Seven Springs as an investment property, rather than a personal residence, and wrote off $2.2 million in property taxes as a business expense, the New York Times recently reported.
Trump’s family members have described the home as a family retreat in the past, and the Trump Organization’s website still characterizes Seven Springs that way. “Today, Seven Springs is used as a retreat for the Trump family,” the website says.
Trump’s adult children have brough at least $238,000 of taxpayer money into the Trump Organization by traveling to their family properties with Secret Service. “The president’s company billed the U.S. government hundreds, or thousands, of dollars for rooms agents used on each trip, as the agency sometimes booked multiple rooms or a multiroom rental cottage on the property,” WaPo reports.
The records also show about $29,000 in federal payments to Trump properties that related to travel by Donald Trump Jr. Trump Jr. stayed repeatedly at the Trump hotel in Washington — just blocks from his father’s residence at the White House...
In the records obtained by The Post, travel by Ivanka Trump and her family accounted for more than $42,000 in federal payments to Trump properties. Much of that total came this spring, after Ivanka Trump had urged other Americans not to travel.
US taxpayers picked up the tab for billionaire US ambassador's stay at Donald Trump’s Scottish resort. The billionaire US ambassador to the UK, Woody Johnson, ran up a bill to US taxpayers totalling more than £1,000 in a single day while staying at Donald Trump’s flagship Scottish hotel and golf resort.
American Oversight, a non-partisan, non-profit ethics watchdog: “That Donald Trump uses his office and American tax dollars to prop up his failing businesses is widely known and shameful. That the US ambassador to the UK would use taxpayer money to play golf is simply embarrassing.”


Border wall: The Ninth Circuit on Friday ruled that President Donald Trump’s allocation of military funds for construction of his border wall was illegal. In a 2-1 ruling, the three-judge panel lifted a stay on a lower court order, thus putting an immediate stop to all border wall construction. The one dissenting judge was Daniel Collins, a Trump appointee.
Family separation 1.0: Former AG Jeff Sessions and Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein led the push to prosecute all undocumented immigrants even if it meant separating children from their parents.
[Rosenstein told] the five prosecutors that it did not matter how young the children were. He said that government lawyers should not have refused to prosecute two cases simply because the children were barely more than infants.
Family separation 2.0: Customs and Border Protection touted agents’ “rescue” of a Honduran woman who just gave birth. What border officials didn’t mention was that, hours after their purported rescue, they separated the Honduran immigrant from her newborn and detained her pending possible removal.
  • “They told her she was going to be sent back to Mexico without her baby,” said Amy Maldonado, who is legally representing the mother.
Detention: Inside the US Marshals’ Secretive, Deadly Detention Empire: Due in large part to Trump’s aggressive immigration policies, the Marshals population is approaching historic highs. About two-thirds of all prosecutions between October 2018 and April 2019 were related to immigration crimes.
Deportation: ICE officials have started to implement a policy that allows officers to arrest and rapidly deport undocumented immigrants who have been in the US for less than two years - all without a hearing in front of a judge.

Further reading

Eric Trump has canceled a Michigan based campaign event scheduled to take place Tuesday at Huron Valley Guns in New Hudson after one of its former employees was linked to the domestic terror plot against the state's governor.
The Justice Department has suspended all diversity and inclusion training in every division, including for immigration judges that regularly hear cases of persecution based on religion, LGBT status, and gender.
Wisconsin Judge Upholds Statewide Mask Mandate
Michigan High Court Strikes Down Governor’s Covid Emergency Orders
A U.S. government watchdog agency is faulting the Trump administration’s handling of a COVID-19 relief effort that awarded energy companies breaks on payments for oil and gas extracted from public lands in Western states in more than 500 cases2
The California Secretary of State and Department of Justice have sent a cease and desist order to the California Republican Party to remove unofficial ballot drop boxes placed in at least three counties.
In a ruling issued late Monday night, a federal appeals court upheld Gov. Greg Abbott’s order that limited counties to one mail-in ballot drop-off location. All three judges on the 5th Circuit panel were appointed by Trump.
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2020.10.10 16:37 kittehgoesmeow What A Day: Big Sick Energy by Sarah Lazarus & Crooked Media (10/09/20)

"They want to take care of certain little tiny fish, that aren't doing very well without water." - Donald Trump, environment understander

Cough The Record

Has Donald Trump’s medication made him especially erratic? Is this how dramatically he would be imploding under the circumstances anyway, cornered and desperate in the face of potential defeat? Has this whole week been a collective hallucination induced by seven months of quarantine? Life is a banquet of terrifying mysteries!
As Trump’s miserable poll numbers show no signs of improving, his demands for a manufactured distraction from his coronavirus failures (national and personal) have become increasingly unhinged.
At this point in the 2016 election cycle, the Access Hollywood tape had come out, and Donald Trump’s candidacy was widely seen as finished. Four years later, Trump’s wild thrashing should be read as a reminder that he senses imminent defeat, but we also know that he’ll do anything in his power to reverse that fate. Ignore the polls, ignore the tantrums, and get to work with us this weekend →

Look No Further Than The Crooked Media

On today's new episode of With Friends Like These: It’s easy to feel superior to John Allen Chau, the evangelical Christian who died attempting to bring the Bible to the North Sentinelese. We should ask ourselves if maybe it’s a little too easy. Listen and subscribe wherever you get your pods

Under The Radar

Several of the men charged in the plot to kidnap Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D-MI) have ties to the boogaloo movement, which includes both self-proclaimed white nationalists and other pro-gun extremists interested in igniting civil war, and/or overthrowing the government and law enforcement. Ironically, a sitting Michigan sheriff came to the suspects’ defense in this berserk interview: “Are they trying to kidnap? Because a lot of people are angry with the governor, and they want her arrested. So are they trying to arrest or was it a kidnap attempt? Because you can still in Michigan if it's a felony, make a felony arrest.” In two other details that are both completely predictable and utterly unacceptable, a) the plotters railed against Whitmer and organized their scheme in private Facebook groups for months, and b) President Trump reacted to the news of Whitmer’s foiled kidnapping by attacking her on television.

What Else?

The U.S. reported 56,000 new confirmed coronavirus cases on Thursday, the highest daily increase since mid-August. In technical epidemiology terms, this is what is known as “the wrong direction.”
The White House reportedly blocked a CDC order that would have required everyone to wear masks on all forms of public and commercial transportation. In technical epidemiology terms, this is what is known as “the type of shit that sent us in the wrong direction.”
Two friends of Amy Dorris, who recently came forward to accuse Trump of sexually assaulting her at the 1997 U.S. Open, recalled her telling them the same story at the time.
Judge Amy Coney Barrett failed to disclose two talks she gave hosted by anti-choice student groups on her Senate paperwork. Just a whole bunch of coincidental omissions of her very clear stance on Roe v. Wade, nothing to see here!
Tonight’s South Carolina Senate debate has been canceled because Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), who attended a hearing with an infected GOP senator, refused to take a coronavirus test.
Steve Scully, the moderator of the second presidential debate, claimed someone hacked into his Twitter account to send one boring tweet to Anthony Scaramucci.
New York Attorney General Letitia James has been investigating a $21.1 million tax break that Trump received for preserving a forest on his Seven Springs estate, which was appraised by one of Trump’s close business partners.
In other highly suspicious increments of $21 million, Trump’s tax records revealed that he received that amount in unusual payments from the Las Vegas hotel he co-owns with his friend Phil Ruffin in 2016, just when his presidential campaign and businesses were running low on funds. If those payments were used to finance Trump’s campaign, they may constitute an illegal campaign contribution.
Twitter has announced policy changes aimed at making it harder to share misinformation about the election, like prohibiting retweets of misleading posts that don’t include additional commentary. In other words, you can still RT Donald Trump falsely declaring himself the winner, but only if you quote-tweet it with “THIS!” Thank you, Jack.
Kamala Harris’s uncle has provided the only debate analysis that matters, in a terrific set of accessories.
(Yanking the lever on the 2020 News Generator) Ok, let’s see, furry poisonous caterpillars that make people vomit are spreading across Virginia. Good stuff.

Be Smarter

Minor cosmetic tweaks to Facebook posts containing misinformation are all it takes to evade fact checking, according to a new analysis by the advocacy group Avaaz. Bad actors can get around Facebook’s misinformation policies by simply changing a post’s font or background color, even when Facebook has applied a warning label to otherwise identical versions. Avaaz found that pattern in misleading posts across a range of topics, from COVID-19 to mail-in voting, in what looked to be orchestrated efforts to spread falsehoods. Of the 1,776 posts the group examined (all of which had been debunked by Facebook’s independent fact-checkers), only 42 percent were labeled.

What A Sponsor

The ACLU is urging the Senate to delay a vote on the Supreme Court nomination until after the next president is inaugurated. This isn’t about a particular nominee – it is about the time and careful deliberation required to adequately vet them. Trump is threatening the very legitimacy of the Court – and all of us – by trying to rush through a nominee. This decision will shape civil liberties in our country for generations. Hurrying a nomination means that the Senate cannot meaningfully do its job with so little time left in this term and it means that the people already voting, including you, won't be heard. You’re your voice heard with the ACLU. Tell your senator to delay the vote – click here to add your name today.

Is That Hope I Feel?

An Ohio federal judge has blocked the GOP secretary of state's order barring counties from setting up more than one ballot drop box site.
A staggering 47,000 people have signed up to be poll workers in North Carolina.
Brittney Woodrum has raised nearly $75,000 for coronavirus relief by climbing all 54 of Colorado's14,000-foot peaks.
You made Mitch McConnell very sad.


Parker Molloy on Twitter: "Come on down to Typhoid Donny's Auto Emporium!"
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2020.10.09 16:07 kittehgoesmeow What A Day: Cure Imagination by Sarah Lazarus & Crooked Media (10/08/20)

"You're not vulnerable. They like to say 'the vulnerable', but you're the least vulnerable. But for this one thing, you are vulnerable and so am I." - Donald Trump, locking up the senior vote

Fly Me To The Goon

The day after the head of the White House coronavirus task force tried to defend the administration’s pandemic response from behind a plexiglass divider, President Trump has refused to participate in a debate in which he can’t potentially infect Joe Biden. Name a more normal 24 hours, we’ll wait.
Meanwhile, the White House coronavirus cover-up continues.
So here we are in the election homestretch, with the candidate who failed to protect the country and himself from a deadly virus now fighting tooth and nail against measures to prevent him from transmitting that virus to the other ticket. It’s hard to imagine any debate answer, in any format, that could reveal a more damning contrast than that. 26 days.

Look No Further Than The Crooked Media

On a special takeover episode of Campaign Experts React, we’re joined by returning guest Alex O’Keefe (Creative Director of the Sunrise Movement,) Kohar Minassian (Video Producer at Team AOC and Co-Founder of &Roses,) and Tahseen Rabbi (former Bernie 2020 Video Producer and Co-Founder of &Roses.) They look at four ads to discuss what worked well and what made them cringe. Watch & subscribe here

Under The Radar

Thirteen men have been charged in connection with a domestic terrorism plot to kidnap Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D-MI). Federal authorities charged six of the men with conspiracy to kidnap, while state authorities charged the other seven people—linked to the militia group “Wolverine Watchmen”—with state terrorism crimes. The men’s plan involved storming the state capitol and instigating a civil war, in addition to kidnapping Whitmer and other government officials. They had met several times for firearms training and to try to build explosives. We now hark back to when Donald Trump egged on armed anti-lockdown protesters in Michigan. Today’s announcement is a chilling reminder that not only has the president refused to denounce white supremacy, he’s aligned his rhetoric with that of people who pose the greatest terrorist threat to the country, and Americans are in real danger as a result.

What Else?

Joe! Biden! Tested! Negative! We can now turn our full attention to worrying about whether Vice President Mike “I’m canceling a trip to Indianapolis, actually” Pence sprayed more than just lies on the debate stage with Kamala Harris.
Elliot Broidy, a former top fundraiser for President Trump and the GOP, has been charged for his role in a scheme to influence the U.S. government on behalf of foreign interests. Broidy will plead guilty to participating in a scheme to illegally lobby the Trump administration to abandon an investigation into a Malaysian businessman.
White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows hosted an Atlanta wedding for his daughter with 70 guests in May, in violation of a statewide order and city guidelines limiting gatherings to 10 people. Just a nice little anecdote for everyone who’s been unable to see their loved ones for the last seven months.
The Regeneron antibody cocktail that Trump has falsely called a coronavirus “cure” was developed with cells derived from fetal tissue, a type of research the administration has moved to shut down to satisfy the anti-choice lobby. Republicans hate hypocrisy, so this will surely change some minds.
Health officials have been rushing to deliver Trump’s illegal drug-discount bribes to seniors before the election, as Trump loses their support in the polls at a rapid clip.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he hasn’t been to the White House in months because of its lax approach to coronavirus, then got right back to work trying to jam through a Supreme Court justice who would agree to hand the election to the leader of that White House over the will of the voters.
Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron filed a motion to bar a grand juror in Breonna Taylor’s case from discussing the proceedings.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said there will be no standalone airline aid without a larger stimulus package, and also that “We’re going to be talking about the 25th Amendment.” Two great tastes that taste great together.
Saturday Night Live canceled Morgan Wallen’s scheduled musical performance after he spent the weekend violating coronavirus safety protocols. Live from New York, it’s the consequences of your own actions!
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo put out a memo on “upcoming elections in Africa,” without specifying any particular countries. We are begging an NPR reporter to ask Mike to point to the countries with upcoming elections on a blank map.
Mayor Pete has found his calling and it is cheerfully doing cold-blooded murders on Fox News.

Be Smarter

Many Black communities deeply distrust vaccines thanks to a long history of abuse, and researchers have begun turning to neighborhood leaders to recruit participants for coronavirus vaccine trials. Historical medical nightmares like the Tuskegee experiment combined with a famously untrustworthy and racist federal government have naturally made people of color reluctant to participate in trials—so far, only about three percent of people who have signed up nationally are Black. But with the coronavirus taking a greater toll on people of color, diversity in the vaccine trials is crucial. In Pittsburgh, PA, teams of volunteer recruiters have made headway in persuading people to enroll by meeting them where they are, listening to their fears and concerns, and understanding the overlapping traumas at play.

What A Sponsor

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Is That Hope I Feel?

Democrats raised $15 million in just 12 hours after the start of Kamala Harris’s debate performance.
Toto, I’ve got a feeling we're sticking around Kansas to win a Senate seat, actually.
Progressive groups have unveiled a 2021 “People’s Charter” laying out what’s possible for a Joe Biden administration to achieve next year.
Sesame Street will air a special teaching kids to stand up against racism.


Katya on Twitter: "A Poem by Sarah Jessica Parker"
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2020.10.09 01:40 botanisty [Sweden] Postdoc in computational biology/molecular phylogenetics (English language, preference to recent (<3yr) grads, possibly open int'l?)
Project description
The rapid increase in publicly available DNA sequence data now offers exciting opportunities for building the ‘Tree of Life’ (phylogenies) that establishes the relationships and temporal origins of all living organisms. Although several attempts are being made to build comprehensive molecular phylogenies, a major challenge remains in how to effectively add newly generated sequences to such trees without the need to start from scratch every time.
This project – “Online phylogenetics” – will explore emerging Sequential Monte Carlo techniques to add new sequences to existing trees under a fully Bayesian framework. It will then validate the method by building a continuously updating phylogenetic tree for all plant species sequenced to date. Alternative approaches for building large trees, which integrate genomic-wide and single-gene data, may be explored if necessary.
The project is a collaboration among internationally leading researchers at the University of Gothenburg (Gothenburg Global Biodiversity Centre), the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, the Swedish Museum of Natural History, the University of Stockholm, the Royal Institute of Technology, Aarhus University and the University of Michigan. Funding is provided through a competitive grant from the Swedish Research Council.
Job assignments
This employment includes the following tasks: further development and/or testing of software for phylogenetic analysis; responsibility for managing own workload; production of scientific articles; effective communication across the team and beyond; among other assignments depending on the candidate’s skills and interests in relation to the project’s objectives.
The applicant must hold a PhD degree in an area relevant for the tasks at hand (e.g., computational biology, molecular phylogenetics, bioinformatics) or a foreign exam substantially equivalent to a PhD degree in a relevant subject. Preference will be given to candidates who have been awarded the degree no more than three years before the application deadline. Applicants with a degree awarded earlier may also be preferred if specific reasons exist. Such specific reasons may be a leave due to illness, parental leave or other similar circumstances.
We are seeking a highly motivated person to take a leading role in this project. At least one of the following skills are crucial for this employment:
What is advantageous/ beneficial:
In addition, the candidate should have published or submitted articles or other scientific deliverables (such as software) in this field, and excellent communication skills in English, written and spoken.
The employment
The employment is a full-time position for two years placed at the Department of Biological and Environmental Science.
The application must be written in English and include:
The most qualified candidates will be selected for interview(s), which will be held in English and may be performed virtually.
How to apply
In order to apply for a position at the University of Gothenburg, you have to register an account in our online recruitment system. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that the application is complete in accordance with the instructions in the job advertisement, and that it is submitted before the deadline. The selection of candidates is made on the basis of the qualifications registered in the application.
Information for International Applicants
Choosing a career in a foreign country is a big step. Thus, to give you a general idea of what we and Gothenburg have to offer in terms of benefits and life in general for you and your family/spouse/partner please visit:
The University of Gothenburg tackles society’s challenges with diverse knowledge. 49 000 students and 6 400 employees make the university a large and inspiring place to work and study. Strong research and attractive study programmes attract scientists and students from around the world. With new knowledge and new perspectives, the University contributes to a better future.
At the Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences we have teaching and research activities that stretch from the alpine ecosystem, through forests, cultivated land and streams, all the way into the marine environment. In these environments we study different levels of biological organisation from genes, individuals and populations, to communities and ecosystems. We work within ecology, evolution, physiology, systematics and combinations of these fields in order to understand the impact of natural and anthropogenic changes of the environment.
The Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences is the host of the Gothenburg Global Biodiversity Centre. The Centre has two main goals: to further develop biodiversity research, and to bridge the gap between scientists, the public and industry. The working language is English.
The department is placed at three different localities: in Gothenburg Botanical garden, at Medicinarberget in Gothenburg, and at the marine research station-Kristineberg. The current position is placed at Gothenburg Botanical garden with flexibility for spending time between Stockholm (Swedish Museum of Natural History and the Royal Institute of Technology) and London (Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew). Whenever possible, international collaborations will be carried out through video-conferencing to reduce environmental impact.
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2020.10.07 14:52 Bill__Q Ron Magill: October 6 2020, Hour 2

A synopsis of the Ron Magill segment. See the 2020 Index for other shows.
Stugotz and Dan on Greg Cote Tuesday

Quote of the day

I'm not trying to be some kind of extremist

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Animals mentioned


Roy Bellamy: Apparently some wildlife managers have transferred 26 Tasmanian devils into the Australian mainland to hunt feral cats and to rebuild the population. Given the ecosystem of Australia, and introducing new animals into that ecosystem, is this a good idea?
Ron: I think it's a great idea. First of all, Tasmanian devils are an Australian animal. They are highly endangered. They would play a great role in reducing the amount of feral cats; which are incredibly destructive to the environment. My concern is for the Tasmanian devils. Tasmanian devils are *not* going to attack people. You corner one and you're going to have a major wake-up call, but if you leave them alone they will leave you alone. As far as getting them back into the environment where they belong, I absolutely support it.

Dan: Forgive my ignorance here, can you tell me more about the Tasmanian devil? Because all I think of is the cartoon.
Ron: Yeah, I know, because that's what you think of, Dan.
Me: That was uncalled for, Ron.
Ron: Here's you have to understand that we have an animal called the wolverine. You know "the Michigan wolverine's" right, Dan? can you relate to that sports?
Dan: Yes. You're speaking my language, now. Thank you for dumbing it down for me, Animal Doctor.
Ron, I'm not a doctor: heh heh, I knew you were going to get that doctor thing in. But the wolverine is basically the US version of the Tasmanian devil. Except the Tasmanian devil doesn't grow as large as the wolverine and is actually, pound for pound, a little bit more aggressive. And a lot louder. When you hear a Tasmanian devil start screaming, google it Stugotz. The Tasmanian devil call, listen to it, you'll think it's your worst nightmare.
Me: Tasmanian devil scream
Dan: Let's ask Mike Ryan to find that so perhaps we can play it for the audience.

Otis: The last time I got bit by a copperhead the antivenin alone cost $46,000 and I can't get a straight answer as to why?
Me: Otis, my man -- I bet he's never heard that before
Me: also -- the last time you were bit? How many times have you been bit?
Ron: You have to understand, to create the antivenin, it takes a tremendous amount of venom. They have to collect a lot of venom. That, in and of itself, is a dangerous task. Then they have to process the venom using horse blood. I don't understand why it's that expensive. Maybe it's kind of a pharmaceutical thing. Hopefully your insurance covered it.
Me: "Somehow, a US drug whose sister product retailed in Mexico at $100 was resulting in bills to Arizona patients of between $7,900 and $39,652 per vial."

Billy Gil: A couple weeks back you had to immobilize a giraffe because it had a fractured foot, at the Zoo. What is that like? And if it happened in the wild would that be the end of the giraffe?
Ron: Yeah, most likely that would be the end of the giraffe in the wild; and even under human care it's extremely rare and quite often results in the animal never surviving. I'll explain why. You always hear that if a racehorse breaks its leg, what do they do -- they euthanize it. They really don't treat it because a horse, just like a giraffe depends on those legs to stand. You can't tell a horse to lay down. You can't put a cast on the leg. Same thing with a giraffe. The problem is, when you immobilize a giraffe, it's such a large animal, you have to monitor those vitals so quickly you have to be constantly massaging it to make sure the blood flow is going on. And more often than not, it cannot recover from anesthesia. Anesthesia is the most dangerous part. But we were fortunate. We had a team of over 24 people. They created a special neck ramp to put the neck of the giraffe up high to keep its head up high. The veterinarian had to shove his arm all the way down his throat just to intubate him, to get the anesthesia in there. We had custom-made rubber shoes, that they molded on site, that they glued on to his feet. And miraculously, it worked! That giraffe is just thriving, he's doing wonderfully; he's not even limping. So, it was a real credit to the team, but again, more often than not, even under human care, the giraffe would not survive and in the wild almost 100% not survivable.
Me: video and story, watch the guy shove his arm down its throat

Dan: The giraffe has to be out when you put the anesthesia down its throat, right?
Ron: Absolutely, it has to be totally out. And that's the other threat. You know, you want to make sure when that animal goes down, they usually don't just lay down quietly. They kind of fall down. And if a giraffe falls down the wrong way and slams its head, it could break its neck. But this was the only option we had to save its life.
Dan: How does he fall? Is it a tranquilizer?
Ron: Yes, we dart him. We use a tranquilizer dart that's injected with an air pistol into his rump. And it takes about 10-15 minutes. He starts stiff-walking, you see him pointing his head straight up and down in the air and then he looks like he's kinda drunk. He starts swaying, he starts going back and forth, and then, all of a sudden, he just falls. To the untrained eye, it looks tough; I'm not going to lie to you. It looks very tough.

Greg Cote: This is an actual headline: Rat called Magawa awarded prestigious gold medal for Cambodia landmine detection. Is that the bomb-sniffing dog category? What is it about animals--
Ron: Exactly. That's the Gambian pouched rat and they have been taught to seek out these mines. They go into different holes, different tunnels, to seek out these mines so people aren't stepping on them over driving over them.

Dan: What makes them that way?
Ron: It's a smell. They have a keen sense of smell that can detect the detonators that are found in those landmines. They believe they have dogs that can sniff out Covid and actually diagnose Covid in people. So think about what animals can do for you, folks. I'm not trying to be some kind of extremist, but understand the role that animals can play in making the quality of all of our lives better.

Dan: We've got the sound finally. So please describe what the Tasmanian devil is before we play the sound.
Ron: It looks like a small version of a wolverine. Like a cross between a wolverine and a ferret. Not as long as a ferret, it's more stout. And they have little beady black eyes but they have decent size teeth And they WHWHWYWYYWWY make this incredible screaming like honking screaming sound. They're nothing to mess with. They have the personality of a really bad badger.
Dan: Go ahead, Mike.
[Mike plays cartoon sound]
Dan: Oh come on, that is not what it sounds like. That's ridiculous. Thank you, Ron.


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2020.10.06 22:49 PowerWindows85 Bored? Looking for something to do? Start with this list of things to do in the Sacramento area.

(Credit for the below list has to be given to u/BurritoFueled, who created the original list in 2014 and updated it a year later. Almost two-thirds of the items below are still from that original list. All I’ve done with the list is revive it a little bit by updating dead links and making little tweaks when necessary. Also, thanks to those that submitted new additions to the list last week. Over a third of the below items are new and a lot of the original items have had newer information added onto them.)
People are always looking for something to do around here. Maybe you’re a transplant, unaware of what this area has to offer, or maybe you’re a lifelong resident, tired of the same old thing. Well friend, if you fall into the latter category, do not despair. There’s actually plenty of things to do in the Sacramento area – things of interest to almost any lifestyle, personality, or budget.
So, whether you’re an athlete, geek, eccentric, hipster, weirdo, sexual deviant or just a normal person looking for a new activity, below is a list of activities for you to try. Please note that it includes only activities that take place at least a few times a year – no one-off events or festivals here.
Enjoy this list. If you have any suggestions of your own to add, comment below in this thread. I'll try to keep this as up to date as possible.
Away we go.
UPDATED 10-6-20
(Note: Due to the current pandemic, some of these activities may be curtailed or not offered at all.)
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2020.10.05 16:43 rusticgorilla Lost in the Sauce: Trump's National Security Advisor accepts Russia's promise not to interfere dispute mountains of evidence

Welcome to Lost in the Sauce, keeping you caught up on political and legal news that often gets buried in distractions and theater… or a global health crisis.


Interference: Russia’s Internet Research Agency has been exposed posing as an independent news outlet to target right-wing social media users ahead of the U.S. elections. Last month, Facebook and Twitter uncovered a similar operation run by Russian state actors targeting the left.
Interference: National Security Advisor Robert O’Brien met with his Russian counterpart Nikolai Patrushev in Geneva on Friday, reportedly accepting Russia’s promise not to interfere in the election… despite mountains of evidence that Russian operations have been and continue to be underway. On Face the Nation, O’Brien confirmed Russia’s commitment but added “we’ll see what happens.”
Russian media: Russian state media reacted to Trump’s performance in the debate last week, conceding that Biden won: “All the while we’ve been thinking that Biden is feeble, but it turns out he isn’t. He was able to handle the debate well and acted in an absolutely normal way.” However, a host was sure to point out that not all is lost for Trump’s fans in Russia and beyond: “In 2016, Hillary also allegedly outperformed Trump… but still didn’t end up in the Oval Office.”
Top Kremlin propagandist Dmitry Kiselyov: “Trump is in a hurry, because in case of a disputed outcome, the question of who will become president will be decided by the Supreme Court…the funniest thing is that no one expects the justices of the Supreme Court to act in a just manner.”
Trump’s role: Following Trump’s non-stop lies and misinformation regarding voting and the election during the debate, former national security adviser H.R. McMaster said the president is “aiding and abetting” Putin’s disinformation efforts.
Trump’s role: According to NYT, American intelligence and homeland security officials are worried Trump’s “rant about a fraudulent vote may have been intended for more than just a domestic audience.”
They have been worried for some time that his warnings are a signal to outside powers — chiefly the Russians — for their disinformation campaigns, which have seized on his baseless theme that the mail-in ballots are ridden with fraud. But what concerns them the most is that over the next 34 days, the country may begin to see disruptive cyberoperations, especially ransomware, intended to create just enough chaos to prove the president’s point.
DNI’s role: Just hours before the debate last week, Trump’s DNI John Ratcliffe declassified a Russian intelligence assessment that was previously rejected by both parties on the the Senate Intelligence Committee as having no factual basis. The document claims that then-candidate Hillary Clinton personally approved an effort “to stir up a scandal against” Trump “by tying him to Putin and the Russians' hacking of the [DNC].” In his letter to Sen. Lindsey Graham, Ratcliffe noted that the U.S. intelligence community “does not know the accuracy of this allegation or the extent to which the Russian intelligence analysis may reflect exaggeration or fabrication.”
“I’m not saying whether it’s true or not,” Graham told reporters. “I’m asking Democrats, do you give a damn whether the FBI investigated it, or do you just care only about investigating Trump?”
CIA and NSA officials reportedly urged Ratcliffe not to release the Russian assessment, arguing it could have been deliberate disinformation.
Moscow mayor: Trump accused Hunter Biden of receiving millions from the wife of Moscow's late mayor Yury Luzhkov. But Trump himself sought business with Luzhkov's government in the 90s, according to press reports, SEC filings, and comments made by Luzhkov last year.

Courts and DOJ

NYAG: Eric Trump is scheduled to speak via video today with New York state investigators probing his family’s business practices. A judge two weeks ago gave Eric Trump until Oct. 7 to comply with a subpoena for his testimony in New York AG Letitia James’ investigation into whether the family company, the Trump Organization, lied about the value of its assets in order to get loans or tax benefits.
Vance: The Manhattan District Attorney’s Office said it will not seek to enforce a subpoena for Trump’s income tax returns until the president’s appeal of the subpoena is resolved. During oral arguments on last month, Second Circuit Judge Pierre Leval suggested that he was allowed to collect the records from Mazars immediately.
Flynn: District Judge Emmet Sullivan heard arguments last week related to the DOJ’s attempt to drop charges against Michael Flynn. Sullivan suggested that he is not yet prepared to let the government abandon the prosecution and still has more questions about the case. Under questioning, Flynn’s lawyer Sidney Powell admitted that she briefed Trump on the case within the last two weeks and requested that he not issue a pardon.
Flynn: A lawyer for Peter Strzok told Judge Sullivan that someone had altered handwritten notes by his client in one of the recent batches of internal materials turned over to Powell — adding two dates to them that he did not write, including one that suggested a White House meeting happened earlier than it did. Judge Sullivan ordered the Justice Department to provide a sworn declaration certifying whether the materials submitted to him “were true and accurate,” saying he was “floored” by the “unsettling” claim that they had been modified.
Census: The Census Bureau finally committed to continuing its count through the end of October, after initially defying District Judge Lucy Koh’s order. The Commerce Dept. is appealing her decision.
She said the Census Bureau was “chaotic, dilatory, and incomplete” in following her original injunction, and issued a clarified injunction, directing the Bureau that it must continue its count through Oct. 31, and publicize its efforts to do so, including texting employees on Friday to inform them.
Wohl charged: Two right-wing operatives and conspiracy theorists were charged for intimidating voters with inaccurate robocalls that discouraged residents in urban areas from casting their ballots by mail. Jacob Wohl and Jack Burkman were charged with four felonies of intimidating voters, conspiring to violate election law, and using a computer to commit a crime.
Parscale: Trump's former campaign manager Brad Parscale was hospitalized last Sunday following reports of a suicide attempt at his Florida home. The Friday before, Parscale apparently told Trump campaign staffers and friends that he was under federal investigation. No further details are known but Vanity Fair reported that the Trump family is worried that Parscale could turn on them and cooperate with law enforcement about possible campaign finance violations. “The family is worried Brad will start talking,” the source said.
  • There are unconfirmed reports from less reputable outlets (like DailyMail) that Parscale is under investigation for stealing up to $40 million from Trump’s campaign and $10 million from the RNC.
Paxton: Top aides of Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton have asked federal law enforcement authorities to investigate allegations of improper influence, abuse of office, bribery, and other potential crimes against the state’s top lawyer. In a one-page letter to the state agency’s director of human resources, seven executives in the upper tiers of the office said they each have “knowledge of facts relevant to these potential offenses and [have] provided statements concerning those facts to the appropriate law enforcement.”
Political interference: FBI directors are appointed to 10 year terms to avoid politicization. Trump told multiple people "he intends to replace Wray near the start of a 2nd term" because of "unwillingness to swiftly root out Trump’s perceived enemies in the bureau."

Trump money and campaign

Kushner: The Kushner family real estate company was granted $850 million in government-backed loans with “unusually good terms.” The loans backed by the government-sponsored Freddie Mac last year to Kushner Companies made it possible for the business to purchase thousands of apartments in Maryland and Virginia in its largest deal in a decade.
Conflicts: Kushner holds an ownership stake worth between $25 million and $50 million in Cadre, a real estate investment firm that he helped start in 2014 with his brother. In a newly reported aspect of the conflict of interest, Cadre is eager to capitalize on “distress” in the real estate market caused by the pandemic. Without aid, owners are going to be forced to sell or be foreclosed upon, opening opportunities for Cadre to get property for cheap. Kushner, as part of the White House, is likely involved in discussions regarding coronavirus relief packages.
The hotel industry says it needs federal help to stay afloat. Cadre has indicated it is interested in hunting for hotels that go under. Kushner is involved with each of the competing sides of this equation. He could well personally benefit, if Cadre starts making a buck off hotels clobbered by the coronavirus that do not receive federal assistance.
Preferential treatment: Donors who have provided private jet travel to Trump's re-election campaign have later seen family members receive pardons, had their companies receive additional government contracts, or received substantial coronavirus aid very quickly. “Records reviewed by The Associated Press show that donors with private aircraft have provided nearly $600,000 in private flights since July 2019 to Trump Victory, the president’s big-dollar fundraising committee led by Kimberly Guilfoyle, a former Fox News star who is dating Donald Trump Jr.”
Corruption: Last week, the USDA began requiring that a letter crediting Trump be included in millions of federally funded food aid boxes distributed across the nation to families in need. Organizations handing out the aid complain the program is now being used to bolster Trump’s image a month before a high-stakes election — and some even have refused to distribute them.
San Francisco-Marin Food Bank is removing the letters at distribution sites and asking any of the neighborhood pantries in their network that receive these boxes to do the same, says Keely Hopkins, the food bank’s communications and social media manager. “We wouldn’t put any third-party messaging in our boxes, and we wouldn’t want anyone to think we are pushing a political message,” she said.
Guilfoyle: Fox News paid the former assistant to ex-host Kimberly Guilfoyle upward of $4 million to avoid going to trial after the employee wrote a 2018 draft complaint detailing allegations of sexual harassment against her. Guilfoyle currently serves as the Trump campaign's finance chair and is dating Don Jr.
Guilfoyle told her that she needed to know what the assistant would say if she were asked about sexual harassment, and warned her that she could cause great damage if she said the wrong thing. Guilfoyle, she said, told her that, in exchange for demonstrating what Guilfoyle called loyalty, she would work out a payment to take care of her — possibly, she said, with funds from Bolling.
Tapes: Melania Trump was secretly recorded in the summer of 2018 expressing her frustration at being criticized for her husband's policy of separating families who illegally crossed the southern border while at the same time needing to perform traditional first lady duties, such as preparing for Christmas (YouTube clip).


Immigration: CDC officials objected to orders issued in March allowing agents at the border to immediately return to Mexico any migrants they encountered crossing the border, citing the threat of the coronavirus. At the time, White House officials said it was a decision driven by public-health experts.
A review of internal government documents and interviews with people involved in the process, however, show the policy was driven by immigration officials in the administration over the objections of senior officials at the CDC, the agency with the authority to issue the order, who warned the rationale behind enacting the pandemic policy was an inappropriate use of its public-health powers.
The AP reports that Mike Pence intervened after the CDC refused to comply. “That was a Stephen Miller special. He was all over that,” said Olivia Troye, a former top aide to Pence, who coordinated the White House coronavirus task force. She recently resigned in protest, saying the administration had placed politics above public health. “There was a lot of pressure on DHS and CDC to push this forward.”
Immigration: Last weekend, ICE installed bold black-and-red billboards along highways across the key swing state of Pennsylvania, depicting the faces of, as ICE put it, “at-large immigration violators who may pose a public safety threat.” One employee said it seemed “suspiciously political that it’s being done in a swing state. The administration almost seems to regard all of DHS as an arm of the Trump campaign these days.”
Border: Construction crews are working non-stop to build the border wall as quickly as possible ahead of the election. The latest figures from U.S. Customs and Border Protection show the rate of construction has nearly doubled since the beginning of the year, accelerated by the government’s ability to cut through national forests, wildlife preserves, and other public lands already under federal control.
In southeastern Arizona, blasting crews have been using dynamite to level the steep sides of Guadalupe Canyon, a rugged span where the cost of the barrier exceeds $41 million per mile. Across the state at Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, border agents have forcefully broken up protests by members of the O’odham Nation attempting to block the bulldozers near ancestral burial sites and a fragile desert oasis.
Political interference: Voice Of America White House Bureau Chief Steve Herman is being investigated by political aides at parent agency USAGM for anti-Trump bias. “NPR has learned the appointees compiled an extensive report deemed ‘confidential’ on VOA White House bureau chief Steve Herman, claiming that in his reporting and tweets that Herman had been unfair to Trump and had broken the broadcaster's standards and social media policies.”
  • Separately, six senior officials at USAGM have filed a whistleblower complaint with the State Department’s inspector general and the U.S. Office of Special Counsel, alleging that they were retaliated against for raising concerns about the new political leadership installed earlier this year
Corruption: The consulting firm where the wife of acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf is an executive has been awarded more than $6 million in contracts from the Department of Homeland Security since September 2018.
World: Prominent US human rights lawyers are suing the Trump administration over an executive order they say has gagged them and halted their work pursuing justice on behalf of war crimes victims around the world.
Environment: Exxon Mobil Corp. has been planning to increase annual carbon-dioxide emissions by as much as the output of the entire nation of Greece. Internal projections from one of the world's largest oil producers show an increase in its enormous contribution to global warming.
Environment: A top official at the Interior Department has delayed the release of a study that shows how oil and gas drilling in Alaska could encroach upon the territory of polar bears — which are already struggling for survival as a warming planet melts their habitat.
DHS: Federal law enforcement officials were directed to make public comments sympathetic to Kyle Rittenhouse, the teenager charged with fatally shooting two protesters in Kenosha.
Proud Boys: Far-right groups celebrated on social media after President Trump responded to a debate question about white supremacists by saying that the extremist Proud Boys, a male-only group known for its penchant for street violence, should “stand back and stand by.”
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2020.10.02 00:34 gmarie09 Need advice regarding potential contract/benefits!

I’m a new grad with a potential offer from an Urgent care center (final interview is tomorrow). Before going any further, I need some help reviewing what their offer is and deciding if it’s good or not.
BASE PAY: $90k. Yearly bonus of $5k if standards are met.
I’m confused about healthcare, as they say: “50% match of up to $300 a month.” Including health, vision, dental, life, long/short-term disability.
I’m located in Michigan. Does this sound good or no?! Please help!
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2020.09.29 14:58 Nina_Innsted The murder of Gail Webster - Troy Michigan 1978

On October 27, 1978 48 year old Gail Webster spent the night alone in her residence at Somerset Apartments. Her adult daughter, Terry, was headed out for the evening and planned to spend the night with her boyfriend.
Gail had divorced her husband of almost 25 years in 1975 and was now single, but dating a man, Thomas, who lived in her apartment complex. She'd met Thomas, as well as a previous suitor, Bob, while working at the popular Susie Q restaurant on Woodward Avenue in Royal Oak.
As the day shift manager at Susie Q she was responsible for day to day operations, as well as hiring, firing and scheduling. Her boss, the general manager told investigators that Gail was a wonderful employee, she hired on in the mid 1960's as a cashier and worked her way up to management. He said he "never had a complaint" about her from anyone.
Susie Q was a family restaurant, they were very popular with the church crowd on Sunday and known for their fish n chips, chicken and cole slaw. In the later 1970's the owners were trying to franchise Susie Q and make it a nationwide chain. They were not successful and in 1984 the chain, including the flashy (they had a vegas style lighted sign on the front of the building) Woodward Avenue flagship closed for good.
Because of Gail's work schedule, her days off were Tuesday and Wednesday, so on Friday night, she was home, curlers in her hair, planning to be at work at 8a Saturday. She wouldn't make it.
Just before 6a her daughter Terry returned home to find Gail bludgeoned, beaten so badly some of her teeth were knocked out. She was in her nightgown, curlers still in her hair, her feet were bare (Gail always wore slippers unless she was rushing out of bed) and the gown was hiked up leaving her exposed. Gail was laying on the floor in the living room of the apartment. Blood stains made it look like she was assaulted in the hallway and the attack moved a few feet, entering the living room.
Terry called the police to report the murder. Interviews with neighbors in the building revealed that around 3:30 am a person (which sounded like a man based on the footfalls) entered the building quickly, hurrying up the stairs. About 10 minutes later, the same sounding person left the building at a slower or more normal pace.
Terry would tell police that in early October, she'd been at a local bar - Piper's Alley - about 1.5 miles from the apartment she shared with her mother. She was driving a rented ford LTD and left her house keys, purse with checkbook and other personal items in the locked vehicle while she was at the bar.
When she left the bar she went to her boyfriend's residence, so it wasn't until morning that she realized that her house keys and some of the checks from her checkbook were missing.
With her housekeys and a check from the checkbook, the thief had three important things. What Terry drove, where she lived and the ability to enter the apartment when she wasn't there.
While Terry was at the bar that night (this is about 10-2-78) Gail was home alone in the apartment. Someone "buzzed" the unit seeking entry, but since she wasn't expecting anyone, she ignored the buzzer. Moments later she realized that someone was using a key to unlock her apartment. Gail called out "who is it?" and the person left.
Mother and daughter advised their landlord (Somerset Apartments) of the missing set of keys and a partial lock change was done. They changed the deadbolt, but not the lock on the handle.
Autopsy revealed that Gail was not sexually assaulted, her cause of death was related to the beating she sustained. It appears that her killer brought the murder weapon (not identified) with them to the apartment that night. Also, there was nothing stolen. Gail's purse and wallet were untouched, the apartment was not ransacked. Interestingly the killer used a kitchen towel to clean themselves (leaving blood, hair and bone in the kitchen sink) they also attempted to clean Gail, there were wipe marks on her. Gail was small, 5'1, just over 100 pounds. Tox revealed no drugs or alcohol in her system when she died.
Gail's daughters, ex husband, current and former boyfriends (there was Thomas the current and Bob the former) all agreed to be fingerprinted, interviewed and even polygraphed. Gail's coworkers were interviewed as well as her male family members (son in law, nephews, etc) and no one jumped out as a suspect.
In 1995 Gail's body was exhumed from Oakwood Cemetery in Royal Oak so that scrapings could be taken from her fingernails. I believe that a DNA profile was collected at that time.
Troy Police are about to do a large push on Gail's case hoping to resolve this murder once and for all. Expect additional news coverage the week of October 5, 2020.
I know that three links are the ideal, sadly her case has little or no coverage available. I did create a thread for her on another site and you can see a photo of Gail here
Yes, I am doing an episode about Gail's murder on the podcast. On or before 10-15-20.
Side note, in 1978 I was a young elementary school student and I too resided at Somerset Apartments. I lived at the north end of the complex near Somerset Inn on Golfview Dr. Gail lived at the south end of the complex on Dorchester. Her residence was near the strip mall with the Perry Drug Store. Also, her current boyfriend Thomas? He lived in the complex on Somerset Blvd.
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2020.09.24 20:46 fineprintdata DeJoy's Stocks vs. the 2020 Election

I’ve been trying to understand the web of financial interests surrounding Postmaster DeJoy. Here’s what I’ve got so far. A full graphic of his history with XPO is here, along with the following writeup.

TL:DR Postmaster DeJoy has a massive (187 to 1) conflict-of-interest between his stock in his ex-company, XPO Logistics, and his role as head of the Post Office. The conflict is so massive that his best financial interest is to stay in power as long as possible so in order to weaken the Post Office where it competes with XPO and/or increase Post Office outsourcing for services that XPO provides.
  1. The $-leverage-gap between DeJoy’s stock in his former company, XPO (estimated at $57 million on 9/18) and his annual salary as Postmaster General ($303,460) is 187 to 1.
  2. In the first 10 weeks of DeJoy appointment, USPS payments to XPO have increased by 412% over the same time period last year (although this contract does pre-date DeJoy's appointment, it came after he was floated as a replacement to Postmaster Brennan and after DeJoy's chief advocate, John Barger, was named to head the search process. ).
  3. Since DeJoy’s appointment, 7% of all First-Class mail has been delayed and 13% of the country's mail-sorting machines have been scheduled for decommission before the election.
  4. DeJoy’s changes have slowed mail, weakened confidence in the USPS, and decreased access to voting-by-mail. With a clear Democratic dependence on voting-by-mail, these policies increase the likelihood that Trump wins, so that DeJoy can weaken the USPS as a competitor to XPO and increase USPS outsourcing to XPO.
I looked at three primary sources to compile information about Postmaster General DeJoy’s financial interests. These are SEC insider trading filings as relates to his position as an executive at XPO, nonprofit 501c(3) disclosure filings for the DeJoy Wos Family Foundation, and the EIGA Annual Financial Disclosures and Periodic Transaction Reports for DeJoy and his immediate family.
### Background
Louis DeJoy is a former logistics executive and Trump campaign megadonor. He was confirmed as the 75th Postmaster General earlier this year, assuming the position on June 16, 2020. His wife, Aldona Wos, had served as Ambassador to Estonia under George W. Bush and had been considered for the position of Ambassador to Canada. Since DeJoy’s confirmation, concerns about conflicts of interest between his personal investments and USPS policy have grown, leading to inquiries by both the House Oversight Committee and Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee. Earlier this month, the House opened a separate investigation of DeJoy’s alleged campaign finance violations involving his former company, New Breed Logistics.
### XPO Logistics
Louis DeJoy and his wife, Aldona Wos, have an estimated $56 million stake in XPO Logistics, the multinational company that DeJoy helped run and a direct beneficiary of the new policies DeJoy enacted at the Postal Service. For context, as of late 2019, the couple have a combined net worth between $93 and $314 million, with income between $6 to $31 million. In other words, they have tied between 18 and 60 percent of their wealth to the financial success of a company that DeJoy regulates.
DeJoy ran his family company, New Breed Logistics, with his brothers from 1983 to 2014. He then sold New Breed to XPO Logistics for $615 million in the summer of 2014. As part of the deal, DeJoy was appointed President of XPO’s North America & Asia-Pacific supply chain business, due to his expertise in supply chain operations. He also agreed to purchase $30 million worth of restricted XPO shares, evenly divided between the pre-merger ($26.03) and post-merger ($32.45) share price. In December of 2015, DeJoy suddenly retired as President and joined the Board of XPO. In his ownership filings as a member of the board, we can only find evidence of him owning ~$15 million in XPO stock. It’s unclear whether the other $15 million stock purchase was ever executed, and if not, why.
Cross-referencing DeJoy’s SEC ownership filings and his exercised XPO options, we estimate that he currently owns 650,000 shares of XPO, valued at $56.8 million on September 18th. In contrast, DeJoy makes $303,460 annually as Postmaster General. As such, a change in XPO’s stock price of just 47 cents is the equivalent of his annual salary. On September 1st of this year, for example, DeJoy made more than four times his annual salary in total capital gains on his XPO stock, adding around $1,287,000 to his net worth in a single day.
As part of their delivery network, the Post Office contracts long-haul shipping jobs to a large number of private contractors, including XPO. While this does not represent the largest revenue stream for XPO, it does receive millions of dollars in federal contracts every year. Since DeJoy’s appointment, XPO has seen a 412% year over year increase in payments from these contracts, from $3.4 million over the same time period last year to $14 million.
### Power Through USPS Policy Changes
DeJoy’s policies have delayed 7 percent of all first-class mail. He has ordered the removal of 13% of all sorting machines used to help process mail-in ballots, and worries persist regarding the Postal Service’s ability to handle the expected volume of vote by mail ballots. Impeding the ability of the Postal Service to process mail-in ballots when evidence suggests that Democrats are vastly more likely to cast them would undoubtedly help Trump win reelection.
DeJoy’s policies have already degraded confidence in the Postal Service. Indeed, at least 21 states plan to sue the Postal Service over DeJoy’s changes. Even a small decrease in voter turnout or ballot delivery could affect electoral outcomes, often decided by a few swing states. A difference of around 100,000 votes in Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin would have changed the outcome of the 2016 election. With around one third of Americans planning to vote by mail, any interruption to the postal service could cause vote counting delays or prevent votes from being counted. In other words, in 2020, whoever controls the mail, controls the elections.
(edited to reflect comment by rusticgorilla below)
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2020.09.24 13:44 mustardhamsters PSA: Early voting in Illinois starts TODAY!

My buddy and I have been doing a little work researching early voting in each state, and made this little website to help people get their ballot in. Here's the page for Illinois:
Today is the first day for early voting in Illinois, along with Michigan. Pretty great to have it start already so that you can get it over with!
Edit: Thanks for GiuseppeZangara and wastegum for giving Chicago-specific instructions.
Apologies for posting early– voting starts in the rest of Illinois today. Please mark your calendars for the upcoming dates above. :)
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