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The Day my Ski mask saved my life

2020.09.20 17:55 dogs34567 The Day my Ski mask saved my life

Everyone has tales about the strange. My story is about how my half-hole mask saved my life.Late in December, I was traveling north from Washington to my home state of Colorado. Nothing to fancy, I was just going to visit the family for the holidays. On my way north I hit a snow storm, nothing awful, just a lot of snow falling all at once.
I wasn’t worried about the small increase of snow at first, considering I had snow tires installed on my Jeep before I started my long journey home. I did, however, get a little hesitant to drive when the snow started to really come down. The large amount of falling snow coupled with the large amount already littering the ground as I traveled higher into the mountains caused me to consider finding a place to stay for the night. I figured I could get some sleep while the storm passes over, that and the fact that I could give my car’s heater a break before it would decide to burst into flames- or worse, just stop working all together. I scanned as much of the landscape as I could, but there were no buildings in the immediate area. The only other option that I had for my predicament was to keep driving and hope there was a town or exit nearby that I could take in order to escape from the storm. I must have been driving for at least an hour before I saw a sign up ahead indicating how far the closest city was. My heart sank a little when I read 162 miles as it flew by my windshield and vanished into the snowy night. At this point the snow was beating against my windshield, and I knew that I wasn’t going to last 162 minutes let alone 162 miles.
The digital clock on my radio read 1:21AM, and I decided that the next turn off I saw I would take and hope that I could find a neighborhood that will produce some results on my current endeavor. My thought process was: either freeze to death in my car, or stay the night at some random person’s house. Weighing the two options in my head I picked the only thing a sane person would pick and go with the house.
Another 30 minutes flew by, and still no luck finding a place to pull off. Just when I was starting to loose hope I saw a turn off in the distance. A small shape started make its way closer into my head lights and on further inspection it was reveled to me that they were two wooden poles that possibly belonged to a fence. When I turned onto the road between the two wooden poles the ground beneath me felt rocky and rough, like I was traveling on gravel. I didn’t drive for too long before I started to see a small cabin creep into my field of view.
The lights in the cabin were off, but the place seemed to be in good shape. I parked my car under a tall wild-looking tree that took residence on the cabin’s front lawn. Getting out of my car, I immediately grabbed my extra jacket and put it on pulling the half-hole mask I wore around my neck up and over my ears to keep the heat around my face. I put my cap on and trudged up to the cabin after putting my cap snug on my head. As I traveled through the cold windy night up to, what I felt was my salvation I immediately regretted not getting any gloves for my hands.
Despite the irritation I had with my hands, my face and the rest of my body were comfortably warm so I didn’t have much room to complain. I stuffed my frozen hands deep into my pockets and continued my journey across the cabin’s lawn. As I made my way to the door I noticed something odd. There was no indication of life anywhere; there wasn’t even a car in the front yard.
Taking my right hand out of my pocket I knocked 3 times, waiting patiently before saying “H-hello? Is anyone in there? I’m sorry to bother you so late at night, but I need a place to stay for a few hours.”
Nothing answered my plea for help, so I knocked 3 more times on the door hitting my knuckles harder against the aged wood of the entrance. “Hello?” I said again a little louder before continuing with “I’m not here to rob you or anything; I just need a place to stay for the rest of the night. I promise I’ll be gone by sunrise.”
As I finished my sentence I touched the ornate metal door handle. Noticing that the door seemed to be unlocked I said in a loud voice “I’m coming in now, if there’s anybody in there let me know now please.”
I pressed the metal leaver down, finding it a bit odd that the door was unlocked, and opened the door with little resistance on the other end closing it behind me with about the same resistance despite the fact the door looked really old. Looking around the area I noticed the cabin had 5 rooms: the living room- which was the biggest room- a small kitchen, an even smaller washroom, and- what I assumed were- 2 small bedrooms in the back. No lights were on inside the cozy cabin making it almost pitch dark if my eyes weren’t already adjusted to the darkness from outside. I decided the best thing to do would be to search for a light switch, so I took out my phone and turned on my flashlight app to scan the walls. My scan produced no results however, and at the risk of losing precious battery power on my phone I decided the best option would be to turn off the light and put my phone on airplane mode.
Before turning off my light I studied the paintings hanging on the wall that I glossed over in the initial scan. Each painting that crossed my sights was just typical landscapes or harbors- things like that. There was a painting that looked like a fox hunt or something like that, but other than that it was just typical paintings you would see hanging on the walls around an elderly person’s home. There was a painting, however, that caught my attention. The painting was small and consisted of what looked like two adults- a mother and father- a teenage girl, and a small child. The family captured in that painting were wearing what looked like Victorian era clothing. I’m only guessing about the clothes, I mean they could have been from the 1800’s or the early 20th century- the point is that the clothing was very ornate and regal. There was something really disturbing about the image in the painting though. The faces of each member of the family looked like they were smoothed over with clay- it’s kind of hard to describe it, but the 3 family members looked like they had no facial features. By no facial features I mean instead of the normal facial features you and I have, the 3 people in the painting hade grooves of smooth flesh where normally you have an eye, nose, or mouth.
The only person in the painting that didn’t posses a blank face was the teenage girl, which had normal facial features for a teenage girl- in fact she was quite breath taking. I pulled myself away from the painting to take a glance at my phone for the time. My phone indicated that it was passed 2 o’clock in the morning, so I decided to go to the back room and check to see if it was occupied. To my relief the room was vacant besides a medium sized bed, ornate dresser, and nightstand there wasn’t much to go by. The walls were blank besides more sappy paintings to give it a little more atmosphere.
Although there was no indication of a heating system- besides a chimney- the rooms were bearable enough that I figured I could just bundle up in my clothes under the covers in order to stay warm. I was only going to be there for a few hours anyway, so there wasn’t much point in starting a fire plus the people who owned the cabin wouldn’t be back tonight considering how late it was. I hopped into the worn out bed facing the open door next to another door I assumed was a closet and pulled my half-hole mask completely up and over my face to make sure my head would stay nice and warm the rest of my stay. Pulling the fabric of my mask down slightly I set the alarm on my phone for 4:30AM and put it back down onto the nightstand. I covered my face again and bundled up tightly with the sheets, closing my eyes and letting dreamland take me away until I woke up after what felt like minutes later to the sound of scratching.
My body froze as I heard the noise over and over again softly coming from the closed door. I tried to relax myself by thinking that all the noise that I heard was just a rat or some other animal that was spending the night in the closet while the cabin’s owners were away. Quietly I shifted onto my back, pulling my half-hole mask down slightly so a little slit appeared giving me a small window to look at what was out there. I laid on the bed stiff as a board with my cap and mask covering my face in such a way that it acted like a visor giving me a small peak at what was in the darkness. Thankfully my eyes were still adjusted to the dark, which gave me a small amount of reassurance as I continued looking in the direction the scratching noise was coming from.
The scratching continued louder and longer for what seemed like minutes until just like that, it suddenly stopped. Silence filled the room again, but it wasn’t a safe kind of silence. The deafening silence in the room was a foreboding ominous sort of silence. The vacuum of sound in the air was the type of silence that happens in a movie just before something jumps out at you. Just when I began to calm myself down the door knob to closet began to jiggle and turn very slowly.
My heart was racing out of my chest as I saw and heard that knob turn, and every inch of my body wanted to bolt out of that bed and out of that cabin before whatever was on the other side of that door got out after me. I laid perfectly still on the bed despite the fact that I had a cocktail of adrenalin, nerves, and instincts telling me to get the hell out of there. My eyes widened as the door to the closet opened slightly and I saw what looked like a dried head attached to an elongated neck pop out of the opening followed by a skeletal body. The thing that was emerging from the closet crawled on all fours out of the doorway and slowly made its way to the bed I was sleeping in. I had never been more frightened in my whole entire life as the thing stood up, almost touching the roof of the cabin, and looked down in my direction.
The creature stood there studying me as I peeked through the thin slit in my mask, pure terror swirling around in my mind as I glanced up at the body of the creature. Looking at the creatures’ skeletal face I noticed that it had no eyes in its’ eye sockets, which lead me to believe that it couldn’t see me even though I could see it. Just when the idea of it not being able to see me started to give me a little comfort the creature began to speak.
“Strange…” The creature whispered softly as it stroked my face with a cold moist giant hand while continuing to watch me, and then began to speak again.
“It has no fear of me…” The creature continued to say in a hoarse tone as it began to breathe loudly, continuing to look at me and gripping down on the edge of my bed. Feeling the creatures’ bonny hand touch the edge of my bed caused my brain to go into complete panic mode. The only thing that stopped me from jumping up was the thought that maybe the creature believed I was dead or asleep and wouldn’t attack.
“How can it not fear…? How can it not fear me..?” The thing said through clenched teeth and jagged sharp teeth before loudly gasping and suddenly pulling back with its’ mouth open in an expression that seemed like fear.
“It has no face.” The thing whispered to itself as it continued to back away.
“It has no face.” The creature said again, but this time louder than before and slightly more threatening.
“It has no face!” The creature shouted as it backed off further away from the bed. I heard the thing breathing loudly and quickly before calming down and slowly returning to the side of the bed.
Leaning over me slowly, the creature continued to look at me before softly beginning to breathe on my face. I could smell its’ foul breath even through my mask. The smell was so powerful that it took all my strength not gag as a reflex to the awful stench. In my mind I made the choice to keep motionless, and not do or say anything that could compromise whatever illusion I was giving the thing that was currently studying me. The creature breathed on me again softly. The stench I smelled from its’ breath could only be described as pure death, which only strengthened my resolve to stay perfectly motionless.
“Strange…” the thing whispered at me again, leaning in close to me to the point where I could see and smell its’ decaying flesh.
The creature slowly reached for me, its’ hand slowly moving towards my face. With every inch that decaying hand moved I couldn’t help but feel my situation becoming more and more dire. I thought that this was it for me. The creature would kill me tonight, or take me away and torture me then kill me and no one would know what happened to me. No one would find my body out here, and no one would know my story. I could feel tears start to swell up in my eyes as I thought of everyone I ever loved being yanked away from me in this one moment.
“No face, no face, no face.” The creature softly chanted as its’ hands crept ever closer to my face. I could hear the anguish in the creature’s voice as it continued chanting over and over as it reached for me.
As the creatures’ long boney hand crept only centimeters away from my face I braced myself for the worst, making the last thoughts I would ever have about the people who I loved. Just as I thought my life was all over a sudden loud noise erupted from the room, filling the ear closest to the nightstand with a flood of beeps, and causing the creature to scream and jump back. As the noise continued the creature threw itself back against the wall shrieking uncontrollably in terror as it stumbled back towards the closet. I was dumb struck for a second before the thought came to me that I had set my alarm for 4:30AM, which must have been the source of the noise.
I jumped out of the bed grabbing my phone and pointing the lit up screen at the monster as the alarm continued to ring loudly. The loud ringing caused the monster to shriek even more in confusion and terror as it retreated quicker as I approached. Seeing my chance I activated my phones flashlight and put it on strobe in order to disorientate the monster further.
“No face! No face! No face! The creature shrieked at me as it withdrew to the safety of the closet. I continued to shine my light on the creature, and for added effect I started playing loud music as I continued to jab my phone in the monsters’ direction like a lion tamer. The thing threw itself into the dark recesses of the closet and I shoved the door back locking it after I slammed it closed. The shrieks coming from the monster started to get fainter and fainter, like it was retreating deeper into the house.
“No face! No face! It has no face!” I could hear the creature yell out as it got further and further away.
After hearing the last retreating words of the thing that terrified me the whole night I bolted from the cabin at break-neck speed, jumping into my car, and floored it off the gravel road. I was shaking all over as I drove, and when I pulled my half-hole mask further down my exposed skin was as white as the snow that littered the ground. I was so frightened by the whole experience as soon as I pulled into the first town I saw, I parked my car, and began to sob uncontrollably for awhile. The experience that I had just been through would scar me for life, but as I wept in my car in the parking lot of a seven-eleven I couldn’t help but start to laugh a little in between my fits of crying. I got through my ordeal without so much as a scratch on me- well besides the mental scars- I was fine, I was alive, and I didn’t have to worry anymore.
After I finished with my whole episode of crying and laughing like an insane person I entered the store sniffling and wiping away the rest of my tears. As I continued into the store the cashier looked up at me and traced my direction with his eyes before continuing with what he was doing. The store was mostly empty, besides an elderly couple, I was the only customer in there. “Had a rough night?” The cashier said with one eyebrow cocked up while he scanned my items. “You have no idea.” I said looking out the window at the sunny winter day. “I noticed you looked a bit upset when you came in. What happened? Did you get dumped or something?” He said looking up at me as the register computed how much I owed him.
Looking at the young man behind the register, he seemed to be a little younger than I was- although that doesn’t say much because even though I’m 22 I look younger than my actual age. I looked at the cashier’s name tag for a second before feeling that I had nothing to lose by telling him about the night I just had. The small name on his ID tag read Evan, and as I finished telling him my frightening tale something odd happened. I expected him to burst out laughing or say I was the best liar he had ever talked to. Instead of doing any of that Evan just stood there, his skin milk white as he stared at me with an expression so horrified he gave me the impression that he just witnessed someone get run over by a train or something. “Evan, a-are you alright?” I said looking into his eyes while we both stood there quiet.
“W-what? Oh… Yea- it’s just…” Evan began to say before his thoughts trailed off due to the new feeling that we were both being watched. I began to feel eyes burn into the back of my head before turning around to see the old couple I glanced at when I entered the store beforehand. The old couple possessed the same horrified look that Evan had just a few seconds ago, they must have heard the whole story I told. After a few moments of silence the old couple asked me what I knew about the cabin, to which I couldn’t really say, I gave them the best description I could about what I saw. The couple proceeded to tell me about the cabin, how long it’s been there, and that it was haunted by a presence so terrifying that the place was condemned and left to rot away after so many people disappeared there. They told me that no one who ever stayed in that cabin has ever been seen alive again- if they’ve ever been seen at all after their visit.
“One of my best friends stayed the night in that cabin…” Evan said quietly as he stared off into the distance, but continued his thoughts with “I refused to go into the cabin, I knew something bad would happen if we went. I tried so hard to convince him that the dare was stupid and to not go in, but he refused to be labeled as a chicken and continued with the dare.”
Sponsored Content Is a Smoke-Free Society Within Our Grasp? Article Recommended by Evan’s eyes began to water as he continued with his story “I never saw him again after that night. I kept calling his house but his parents still couldn’t find him. We put out flyers and billboards but we never had any luck. After a few days we contacted the police and I told them about the cabin.”
Evan began to choke down tears as he clenched his fist “They found him in the basement of that cabin sprawled out on the floor. His eyes were surgically removed from his eyes sockets, his nose was removed, and his lips… they were sliced off. When they found him he was naked with an incision from the bottom of his rib cage to his pelvis down the middle of his body. All of the internal organs were extracted from his body and to add insult to injury his genitals were sliced clean off. But you want to know the worst part of it all? When the police did an autopsy on the body, they found that he was alive during the whole process.”
Evan winced as he remembered the whole gruesome site and said “they never found who, or what did it. There was no DNA evidence to convict anybody, they didn’t find the tools that made the incisions, and they didn’t find anything.”
Evan clenched his fist tighter on the table before the old man listening to our conversation put his hand on Evans shoulder to reassure him that it was going to be alright. As he comforted Evan he looked at me and said “People have been disappearing from that area for decades- maybe even centuries for all we know, but the bodies always end the same gruesome way. I don’t care who you are, no one deserves something like that happening to them. They should just torch that evil place to the ground.
The old lady joined her husbands’ side and looked at me with the most foreboding face I had ever seen. “If your story is true, you should consider yourself the luckiest man on the face of the Earth. In all my years of living you are the only one to go into that cabin and come out alive.” The woman said gripping onto her husbands’ hand tightly as she spoke to me.
After hearing the old woman’s’ words I realized that Evan said the body of his friend was found in the basement, which explains why the monsters voice got fainter. It would have pulled me into the basement if my phone hadn’t gone off. I quickly paid for my items and left the store more troubled now than I was when I entered. Feeling drowsy due to the lack of sleep and constant adrenalin rush caused by my whole terrible ordeal I decided to go to a hotel and spend the day sleeping and relaxing to get my mind off things.
That night I sat on the bed in my hotel room and looked at the 2 items that saved my life. In one hand I gripped onto my half-hole mask, which hid my face from that terrible monster. In my other hand I held my Cell phone, which scared away the horrible beast that could have killed me. I decided that from that day on I would always wear my half-hole mask to bed- it saved my life that’s the least I can do for it. The recent brush with death I just experienced had taught me that life is too precious to waste, so I decided to ask my best friend Samantha out on a date and things worked perfectly.
Samantha and I were together for 2 years before I recently asked for her hand in marriage- which she said yes. Part of me will never forget that awful night and because of it not only have I been wearing my half-hole mask to bed every night since then, I’ve also made it a priority not to live in any type of house that has a basement. I as an added safety measure I started locking every door before going to bed- it’s a pain, but you can never be too careful. Despite these crazy precautions Samantha has accepted my little quirks and has continued to be supportive as we continue or journey through life together. I couldn’t be happier with the way things turned out in my life, and I’m so lucky to be with Samantha- everything’s perfect.
There’s just one thing that bothers me- and I think I might just have to blame my imagination, but sometimes when I wake up at night, when it’s really quiet… sometimes I’ll hear soft scratching noises. Also- and I think it’s just paranoia, but I swear, sometimes I hear something whisper “No face…” From inside my closet I don’t think I’m gonna make it to the next night so just in case I don’t at least someone will know what happened to me.
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2020.09.20 17:53 dogs34567 The Day my Ski mask saved my life

Everyone has tales about the strange. My story is about how my half-hole mask saved my life.Late in December, I was traveling north from Washington to my home state of Colorado. Nothing to fancy, I was just going to visit the family for the holidays. On my way north I hit a snow storm, nothing awful, just a lot of snow falling all at once.
I wasn’t worried about the small increase of snow at first, considering I had snow tires installed on my Jeep before I started my long journey home. I did, however, get a little hesitant to drive when the snow started to really come down. The large amount of falling snow coupled with the large amount already littering the ground as I traveled higher into the mountains caused me to consider finding a place to stay for the night. I figured I could get some sleep while the storm passes over, that and the fact that I could give my car’s heater a break before it would decide to burst into flames- or worse, just stop working all together. I scanned as much of the landscape as I could, but there were no buildings in the immediate area. The only other option that I had for my predicament was to keep driving and hope there was a town or exit nearby that I could take in order to escape from the storm. I must have been driving for at least an hour before I saw a sign up ahead indicating how far the closest city was. My heart sank a little when I read 162 miles as it flew by my windshield and vanished into the snowy night. At this point the snow was beating against my windshield, and I knew that I wasn’t going to last 162 minutes let alone 162 miles.
The digital clock on my radio read 1:21AM, and I decided that the next turn off I saw I would take and hope that I could find a neighborhood that will produce some results on my current endeavor. My thought process was: either freeze to death in my car, or stay the night at some random person’s house. Weighing the two options in my head I picked the only thing a sane person would pick and go with the house.
Another 30 minutes flew by, and still no luck finding a place to pull off. Just when I was starting to loose hope I saw a turn off in the distance. A small shape started make its way closer into my head lights and on further inspection it was reveled to me that they were two wooden poles that possibly belonged to a fence. When I turned onto the road between the two wooden poles the ground beneath me felt rocky and rough, like I was traveling on gravel. I didn’t drive for too long before I started to see a small cabin creep into my field of view.
The lights in the cabin were off, but the place seemed to be in good shape. I parked my car under a tall wild-looking tree that took residence on the cabin’s front lawn. Getting out of my car, I immediately grabbed my extra jacket and put it on pulling the half-hole mask I wore around my neck up and over my ears to keep the heat around my face. I put my cap on and trudged up to the cabin after putting my cap snug on my head. As I traveled through the cold windy night up to, what I felt was my salvation I immediately regretted not getting any gloves for my hands.
Despite the irritation I had with my hands, my face and the rest of my body were comfortably warm so I didn’t have much room to complain. I stuffed my frozen hands deep into my pockets and continued my journey across the cabin’s lawn. As I made my way to the door I noticed something odd. There was no indication of life anywhere; there wasn’t even a car in the front yard.
Taking my right hand out of my pocket I knocked 3 times, waiting patiently before saying “H-hello? Is anyone in there? I’m sorry to bother you so late at night, but I need a place to stay for a few hours.”
Nothing answered my plea for help, so I knocked 3 more times on the door hitting my knuckles harder against the aged wood of the entrance. “Hello?” I said again a little louder before continuing with “I’m not here to rob you or anything; I just need a place to stay for the rest of the night. I promise I’ll be gone by sunrise.”
As I finished my sentence I touched the ornate metal door handle. Noticing that the door seemed to be unlocked I said in a loud voice “I’m coming in now, if there’s anybody in there let me know now please.”
I pressed the metal leaver down, finding it a bit odd that the door was unlocked, and opened the door with little resistance on the other end closing it behind me with about the same resistance despite the fact the door looked really old. Looking around the area I noticed the cabin had 5 rooms: the living room- which was the biggest room- a small kitchen, an even smaller washroom, and- what I assumed were- 2 small bedrooms in the back. No lights were on inside the cozy cabin making it almost pitch dark if my eyes weren’t already adjusted to the darkness from outside. I decided the best thing to do would be to search for a light switch, so I took out my phone and turned on my flashlight app to scan the walls. My scan produced no results however, and at the risk of losing precious battery power on my phone I decided the best option would be to turn off the light and put my phone on airplane mode.
Before turning off my light I studied the paintings hanging on the wall that I glossed over in the initial scan. Each painting that crossed my sights was just typical landscapes or harbors- things like that. There was a painting that looked like a fox hunt or something like that, but other than that it was just typical paintings you would see hanging on the walls around an elderly person’s home. There was a painting, however, that caught my attention. The painting was small and consisted of what looked like two adults- a mother and father- a teenage girl, and a small child. The family captured in that painting were wearing what looked like Victorian era clothing. I’m only guessing about the clothes, I mean they could have been from the 1800’s or the early 20th century- the point is that the clothing was very ornate and regal. There was something really disturbing about the image in the painting though. The faces of each member of the family looked like they were smoothed over with clay- it’s kind of hard to describe it, but the 3 family members looked like they had no facial features. By no facial features I mean instead of the normal facial features you and I have, the 3 people in the painting hade grooves of smooth flesh where normally you have an eye, nose, or mouth.
The only person in the painting that didn’t posses a blank face was the teenage girl, which had normal facial features for a teenage girl- in fact she was quite breath taking. I pulled myself away from the painting to take a glance at my phone for the time. My phone indicated that it was passed 2 o’clock in the morning, so I decided to go to the back room and check to see if it was occupied. To my relief the room was vacant besides a medium sized bed, ornate dresser, and nightstand there wasn’t much to go by. The walls were blank besides more sappy paintings to give it a little more atmosphere.
Although there was no indication of a heating system- besides a chimney- the rooms were bearable enough that I figured I could just bundle up in my clothes under the covers in order to stay warm. I was only going to be there for a few hours anyway, so there wasn’t much point in starting a fire plus the people who owned the cabin wouldn’t be back tonight considering how late it was. I hopped into the worn out bed facing the open door next to another door I assumed was a closet and pulled my half-hole mask completely up and over my face to make sure my head would stay nice and warm the rest of my stay. Pulling the fabric of my mask down slightly I set the alarm on my phone for 4:30AM and put it back down onto the nightstand. I covered my face again and bundled up tightly with the sheets, closing my eyes and letting dreamland take me away until I woke up after what felt like minutes later to the sound of scratching.
My body froze as I heard the noise over and over again softly coming from the closed door. I tried to relax myself by thinking that all the noise that I heard was just a rat or some other animal that was spending the night in the closet while the cabin’s owners were away. Quietly I shifted onto my back, pulling my half-hole mask down slightly so a little slit appeared giving me a small window to look at what was out there. I laid on the bed stiff as a board with my cap and mask covering my face in such a way that it acted like a visor giving me a small peak at what was in the darkness. Thankfully my eyes were still adjusted to the dark, which gave me a small amount of reassurance as I continued looking in the direction the scratching noise was coming from.
The scratching continued louder and longer for what seemed like minutes until just like that, it suddenly stopped. Silence filled the room again, but it wasn’t a safe kind of silence. The deafening silence in the room was a foreboding ominous sort of silence. The vacuum of sound in the air was the type of silence that happens in a movie just before something jumps out at you. Just when I began to calm myself down the door knob to closet began to jiggle and turn very slowly.
My heart was racing out of my chest as I saw and heard that knob turn, and every inch of my body wanted to bolt out of that bed and out of that cabin before whatever was on the other side of that door got out after me. I laid perfectly still on the bed despite the fact that I had a cocktail of adrenalin, nerves, and instincts telling me to get the hell out of there. My eyes widened as the door to the closet opened slightly and I saw what looked like a dried head attached to an elongated neck pop out of the opening followed by a skeletal body. The thing that was emerging from the closet crawled on all fours out of the doorway and slowly made its way to the bed I was sleeping in. I had never been more frightened in my whole entire life as the thing stood up, almost touching the roof of the cabin, and looked down in my direction.
The creature stood there studying me as I peeked through the thin slit in my mask, pure terror swirling around in my mind as I glanced up at the body of the creature. Looking at the creatures’ skeletal face I noticed that it had no eyes in its’ eye sockets, which lead me to believe that it couldn’t see me even though I could see it. Just when the idea of it not being able to see me started to give me a little comfort the creature began to speak.
“Strange…” The creature whispered softly as it stroked my face with a cold moist giant hand while continuing to watch me, and then began to speak again.
“It has no fear of me…” The creature continued to say in a hoarse tone as it began to breathe loudly, continuing to look at me and gripping down on the edge of my bed. Feeling the creatures’ bonny hand touch the edge of my bed caused my brain to go into complete panic mode. The only thing that stopped me from jumping up was the thought that maybe the creature believed I was dead or asleep and wouldn’t attack.
“How can it not fear…? How can it not fear me..?” The thing said through clenched teeth and jagged sharp teeth before loudly gasping and suddenly pulling back with its’ mouth open in an expression that seemed like fear.
“It has no face.” The thing whispered to itself as it continued to back away.
“It has no face.” The creature said again, but this time louder than before and slightly more threatening.
“It has no face!” The creature shouted as it backed off further away from the bed. I heard the thing breathing loudly and quickly before calming down and slowly returning to the side of the bed.
Leaning over me slowly, the creature continued to look at me before softly beginning to breathe on my face. I could smell its’ foul breath even through my mask. The smell was so powerful that it took all my strength not gag as a reflex to the awful stench. In my mind I made the choice to keep motionless, and not do or say anything that could compromise whatever illusion I was giving the thing that was currently studying me. The creature breathed on me again softly. The stench I smelled from its’ breath could only be described as pure death, which only strengthened my resolve to stay perfectly motionless.
“Strange…” the thing whispered at me again, leaning in close to me to the point where I could see and smell its’ decaying flesh.
The creature slowly reached for me, its’ hand slowly moving towards my face. With every inch that decaying hand moved I couldn’t help but feel my situation becoming more and more dire. I thought that this was it for me. The creature would kill me tonight, or take me away and torture me then kill me and no one would know what happened to me. No one would find my body out here, and no one would know my story. I could feel tears start to swell up in my eyes as I thought of everyone I ever loved being yanked away from me in this one moment.
“No face, no face, no face.” The creature softly chanted as its’ hands crept ever closer to my face. I could hear the anguish in the creature’s voice as it continued chanting over and over as it reached for me.
As the creatures’ long boney hand crept only centimeters away from my face I braced myself for the worst, making the last thoughts I would ever have about the people who I loved. Just as I thought my life was all over a sudden loud noise erupted from the room, filling the ear closest to the nightstand with a flood of beeps, and causing the creature to scream and jump back. As the noise continued the creature threw itself back against the wall shrieking uncontrollably in terror as it stumbled back towards the closet. I was dumb struck for a second before the thought came to me that I had set my alarm for 4:30AM, which must have been the source of the noise.
I jumped out of the bed grabbing my phone and pointing the lit up screen at the monster as the alarm continued to ring loudly. The loud ringing caused the monster to shriek even more in confusion and terror as it retreated quicker as I approached. Seeing my chance I activated my phones flashlight and put it on strobe in order to disorientate the monster further.
“No face! No face! No face! The creature shrieked at me as it withdrew to the safety of the closet. I continued to shine my light on the creature, and for added effect I started playing loud music as I continued to jab my phone in the monsters’ direction like a lion tamer. The thing threw itself into the dark recesses of the closet and I shoved the door back locking it after I slammed it closed. The shrieks coming from the monster started to get fainter and fainter, like it was retreating deeper into the house.
“No face! No face! It has no face!” I could hear the creature yell out as it got further and further away.
After hearing the last retreating words of the thing that terrified me the whole night I bolted from the cabin at break-neck speed, jumping into my car, and floored it off the gravel road. I was shaking all over as I drove, and when I pulled my half-hole mask further down my exposed skin was as white as the snow that littered the ground. I was so frightened by the whole experience as soon as I pulled into the first town I saw, I parked my car, and began to sob uncontrollably for awhile. The experience that I had just been through would scar me for life, but as I wept in my car in the parking lot of a seven-eleven I couldn’t help but start to laugh a little in between my fits of crying. I got through my ordeal without so much as a scratch on me- well besides the mental scars- I was fine, I was alive, and I didn’t have to worry anymore.
After I finished with my whole episode of crying and laughing like an insane person I entered the store sniffling and wiping away the rest of my tears. As I continued into the store the cashier looked up at me and traced my direction with his eyes before continuing with what he was doing. The store was mostly empty, besides an elderly couple, I was the only customer in there. “Had a rough night?” The cashier said with one eyebrow cocked up while he scanned my items. “You have no idea.” I said looking out the window at the sunny winter day. “I noticed you looked a bit upset when you came in. What happened? Did you get dumped or something?” He said looking up at me as the register computed how much I owed him.
Looking at the young man behind the register, he seemed to be a little younger than I was- although that doesn’t say much because even though I’m 22 I look younger than my actual age. I looked at the cashier’s name tag for a second before feeling that I had nothing to lose by telling him about the night I just had. The small name on his ID tag read Evan, and as I finished telling him my frightening tale something odd happened. I expected him to burst out laughing or say I was the best liar he had ever talked to. Instead of doing any of that Evan just stood there, his skin milk white as he stared at me with an expression so horrified he gave me the impression that he just witnessed someone get run over by a train or something. “Evan, a-are you alright?” I said looking into his eyes while we both stood there quiet.
“W-what? Oh… Yea- it’s just…” Evan began to say before his thoughts trailed off due to the new feeling that we were both being watched. I began to feel eyes burn into the back of my head before turning around to see the old couple I glanced at when I entered the store beforehand. The old couple possessed the same horrified look that Evan had just a few seconds ago, they must have heard the whole story I told. After a few moments of silence the old couple asked me what I knew about the cabin, to which I couldn’t really say, I gave them the best description I could about what I saw. The couple proceeded to tell me about the cabin, how long it’s been there, and that it was haunted by a presence so terrifying that the place was condemned and left to rot away after so many people disappeared there. They told me that no one who ever stayed in that cabin has ever been seen alive again- if they’ve ever been seen at all after their visit.
“One of my best friends stayed the night in that cabin…” Evan said quietly as he stared off into the distance, but continued his thoughts with “I refused to go into the cabin, I knew something bad would happen if we went. I tried so hard to convince him that the dare was stupid and to not go in, but he refused to be labeled as a chicken and continued with the dare.”
Sponsored Content Is a Smoke-Free Society Within Our Grasp? Article Recommended by Evan’s eyes began to water as he continued with his story “I never saw him again after that night. I kept calling his house but his parents still couldn’t find him. We put out flyers and billboards but we never had any luck. After a few days we contacted the police and I told them about the cabin.”
Evan began to choke down tears as he clenched his fist “They found him in the basement of that cabin sprawled out on the floor. His eyes were surgically removed from his eyes sockets, his nose was removed, and his lips… they were sliced off. When they found him he was naked with an incision from the bottom of his rib cage to his pelvis down the middle of his body. All of the internal organs were extracted from his body and to add insult to injury his genitals were sliced clean off. But you want to know the worst part of it all? When the police did an autopsy on the body, they found that he was alive during the whole process.”
Evan winced as he remembered the whole gruesome site and said “they never found who, or what did it. There was no DNA evidence to convict anybody, they didn’t find the tools that made the incisions, and they didn’t find anything.”
Evan clenched his fist tighter on the table before the old man listening to our conversation put his hand on Evans shoulder to reassure him that it was going to be alright. As he comforted Evan he looked at me and said “People have been disappearing from that area for decades- maybe even centuries for all we know, but the bodies always end the same gruesome way. I don’t care who you are, no one deserves something like that happening to them. They should just torch that evil place to the ground.
The old lady joined her husbands’ side and looked at me with the most foreboding face I had ever seen. “If your story is true, you should consider yourself the luckiest man on the face of the Earth. In all my years of living you are the only one to go into that cabin and come out alive.” The woman said gripping onto her husbands’ hand tightly as she spoke to me.
After hearing the old woman’s’ words I realized that Evan said the body of his friend was found in the basement, which explains why the monsters voice got fainter. It would have pulled me into the basement if my phone hadn’t gone off. I quickly paid for my items and left the store more troubled now than I was when I entered. Feeling drowsy due to the lack of sleep and constant adrenalin rush caused by my whole terrible ordeal I decided to go to a hotel and spend the day sleeping and relaxing to get my mind off things.
That night I sat on the bed in my hotel room and looked at the 2 items that saved my life. In one hand I gripped onto my half-hole mask, which hid my face from that terrible monster. In my other hand I held my Cell phone, which scared away the horrible beast that could have killed me. I decided that from that day on I would always wear my half-hole mask to bed- it saved my life that’s the least I can do for it. The recent brush with death I just experienced had taught me that life is too precious to waste, so I decided to ask my best friend Samantha out on a date and things worked perfectly.
Samantha and I were together for 2 years before I recently asked for her hand in marriage- which she said yes. Part of me will never forget that awful night and because of it not only have I been wearing my half-hole mask to bed every night since then, I’ve also made it a priority not to live in any type of house that has a basement. I as an added safety measure I started locking every door before going to bed- it’s a pain, but you can never be too careful. Despite these crazy precautions Samantha has accepted my little quirks and has continued to be supportive as we continue or journey through life together. I couldn’t be happier with the way things turned out in my life, and I’m so lucky to be with Samantha- everything’s perfect.
There’s just one thing that bothers me- and I think I might just have to blame my imagination, but sometimes when I wake up at night, when it’s really quiet… sometimes I’ll hear soft scratching noises. Also- and I think it’s just paranoia, but I swear, sometimes I hear something whisper “No face…” From inside my closet I don’t think I’m gonna make it to the next night so just in case I don’t at least someone will know what happened to me.
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2020.09.19 23:30 TheBusted A Proper Bulbing

Not mine, but this is another one of my all-time favorite stories.

Hi, my name is Alana. I'm 27, with long, brown hair, 5'7", and a perfect body, thanks to the two hours I spend daily at the exclusive gym down the street from my luxury condo. I've been told by about a million different males, as well as several girlfriends that I have a face to die for. Can you blame me for being confident?
It's easy to stay beautiful when you're in my line of "work." If I was asked to list my job title, I think I'd call myself a Professional Man-ipulator. It's an extremely cushy, well-paying "job" that requires minimal effort and gives me plenty of free time to travel, go shopping, but most importantly tend to my personal grooming. Between the gym and all the skin products I'm able to afford, it's easy staying beautiful.
How did I fall into this profession? It wasn't until my early 20s that I discovered the joys of Female Domination. For a long time, I worked as a waitress. It was a nice restaurant and I wasn’t making a bad living, but I felt unfulfilled. Now those feelings of emptiness at the end of a long day are gone. I’ve found my true calling: the humiliation of the male gender. Not all males, mind you. I'm talking about perverted, penis-driven retards also known as "Compulsive Jackoffs," or, my personal favorite, "Walking ATMs."
There is a lot of machine ATMs world today. But for me, there are literally billions. That's because I can make most men do whatever I want whenever I want. Put it this way -- I get dozens of emails from male wimps every day, most of whom I ignore since I don't have time. This leaves me free to focus on the jerkoffs with the fattest wallets (at least until I am done pressing a few of their "buttons" and transferring their $ to my fat bank account -- it's the only thing fat about me).
Here's the way it works: These males work their shitty 9 to 5 jobs. Then they willingly give their money to me. Or, I take it from them. Whichever you prefer.
So you're probably wondering why I have titled this story "A Proper Bulbing." Well, it has to do with scrotums. And when it comes to scrotums, I guess you could say I have a hate/love relationship.
Why do I hate scrotums so much? Scrotums are responsible for many of the world's ills. I'm totally convinced the world would be a much, MUCH better place if men's scrotums were put totally under the control of Women. Any men who still displayed violent tendencies would have their scrotums disciplined with blunt force, or a simple electrical shock, for those ladies who'd rather not touch. Imagine how many fewer wars and how much less violence there would be. But this isn't the only reason I hate scrotums. Imagine having that silly, wrinkled flap of junk hanging off your body! I detest looking at regular scrotums. However, that last sentence deserves an asterisk. That's because I very much enjoy looking at scrotums that have been "treated" properly. What do I mean by that? U shall see.
Why do I love scrotums so much? Because scrotums are part of what makes it so incredibly, amazingly, magically EAZY to control males! That and their stupid penises, of course! It’s a great comfort knowing that all men have these monstrosities sitting between their legs, causing them to do the stupidest, most retarded things imaginable. And knowing that I can control males through their scrotums (and penises) by doing absolutely NOTHING, other than being myself, is the greatest thing about life. It's like God (who is obviously female) decided to give Women the ultimate gift -- a way of dominating the weaker gender by her mere presence. I think about this all the time -- when I'm working out and men are gawking at my spandex-clad body, when I'm walking down the street in my expensive new shoes and a skirt, and of course when I'm totally humiliating the living shit out of males on the internet and raping their bank accounts.
But the "love" is not only about that. Remember I said that I love looking at scrotums when they've been "treated" a certain way? Well, that gets to one of my favorite activity involving men: ballbusting. For me and my girlfriends, kicking scrotum is the most liberating activity in the world. Every girl needs to try it.
For you men out there reading this and feeling yourself weaken -- I have a standard rate for males on my website: $500 and I will come and kick your scrotum with my expensive shoes until you beg for mercy, and your scrotum is inflated to the size of a baseball. In other words, by paying the $500, men agree to submit their scrotums for a brutal kicking that will result in terrible, excessive swelling, or, as I like to call it, "bulbing." I try not to pop their balls, because I'm not psycho or anything (but no promises), which means my goal is to inflict as much damage as humanly possible without rupture.
I should also add that by paying the $500, the male agrees to submit to a clothed-female nude-male photograph session. The photos always take place at the end of the scrotum punishment. I insist upon full-body, fully nude male photos, because I love the look of his face when I've finished um, annihilating (yes, that’s not too strong a word) his genitals. And of course I insist upon a close-up of the scrotum itself. It's so much more pleasing to the eye when it's a deep, enduring red/purple color and swollen to the point where the guy probably won't be able to walk for several days. I love it! Once I have the photographs, it means I basically own the guy. I don't show a photo of his face on my website (unless he pisses me off, or unless he gives his consent), but all the close-ups are on my website. All 476 (and counting) of them. 476 bulbs. Tee hee!
$500 sounds like a lot of money for a male to pay for what is essentially his own destruction, but you wouldn’t believe how popular my service is. Since I started my scrotum enlargement program two years ago, I have "processed" 476 scrotums. That's $238,000 for the mathematically challenged amongst you. And that's only part of the revenue I've been generating. Pretty soon I'll have bulbed 500 scrotums! I think I'm going to invite my girlfriends over for #500. Imagine that. Males willingly pay me to mangle their groins. Isn't life wonderful? Talk about absolute power.
This gets me to the story that I want to share with you. It's about a male that I own. I'm particularly proud of this one. Let me explain.
As I mentioned, prior to becoming a Man-ipulator, I was a waitress at a good restaurant in a posh part of down. I made a decent living, but the hours were shitty and I had to put up with Keith. Ah, Keith [snicker].
Keith was, and still is, the floor supervisor at my restaurant. In other words, back when I waited tables, he was my boss. Now, as you will soon see, I'm his boss. Keith is a tall, balding male in his early 30s who used to act as if he was the shit. All the waitresses couldn't stand him. There were several reasons for this: One, he was a total stickler for punctuality. If you were a minute late, you'd be docked two hours pay. Two, any time there was any issue with a customer -- no matter how big a douche bag the customer was -- he would side with the customer and give the wait staff an earful. Three, he made insulting comments to all the waitresses and he often would grope us in ways that made us uncomfortable. Me and my friend, Trina Lin, who also quit and is also now a Man-iupulator, used to get furious about it. We even considered telling the chef and owner, but we realized that d-bag wouldn't do anything about it. So why bother?
Around two and a half years ago, I stumbled upon some Female Domination sites on the Internet. I'm a voracious reader and what I discovered really fascinated me. I knew some Women out there controlled their men but I never realized the extent of the fetish. I shared my findings with Trina and we began experimenting on the side. In absolutely no time, we both had several male clients and we were raking in the dough. Six months after that, we both surprised the fuck out of Keith by quitting on a busy Saturday. We both showed up to work and put on our waitress outfits. Then, just as the first diners were getting seated, we walked up to Keith, handed him our aprons, flipped him the bird and walked out of there. It was awesome! The look on his face was priceless. As we walked out, he shouted, "You'll never work in this town again." We just turned to each other and laughed.
After that, I quickly forgot about Keith as my new career took off. The next couple of years went by. My income skyrocketed and I "work" like, maybe ten hours per week. But can you even really call it work if you're doing what you love to do? I guess it is work in the sense that I have to sort through a million stupid emails from retarded men and make sure I don't cross paths with a dangerous dude. For that reason, I have a bodyguard. I don't pay him anything, since I own his ass. But he's a big, physically powerful guy who worships the ground I walk on and lives right around the corner. Any time I'm doing a session with a new client, he sits in my guest room, ready to pounce if a Walking ATM gives me any trouble. It's nice to know he's there, and he's thrilled to serve me in any way he can.
A few months ago, as I was sorting through all the loser mail I get, one of them stood out. It was the name of my ex-boss and there was an attachment. My heart skipped a beat. Keith?! What did this idiot want? Well, I opened the email and began laughing. Then I spoke with Trina on the telephone and we laughed together for another hour straight. I saved his email. Here it is:
Dear Miss Alana,
It's Keith, your ex-boss. I have been debating whether or not I should send this email but you are so irresistible that I can't help but do it. Let me explain. I know I wasn't very nice to you when you worked at (name of restaurant). And I want to apologize to you deeply and sincerely for that. As it so happens, I'm deeply submissive and a few months ago I stumbled upon your website. I couldn't believe it. The amazingly beautiful Alana, a lifestyle Dominatrix! I was shocked, amazed, and more than a little turned on.
Yes, you guessed it. I'm a totally submissive, pussy-whipped, masturbator.
I can't believe I'm going to send this. Alana, ma’am, I need to be punished for the way I treated you. Nothing would be more fitting, I think, than for me to enroll in your Jacktard 101 class, where I'll surely be taught a lesson that I'll never forget. I think this would be fitting revenge for you, for all the times I treated you poorly.
Miss Alana, I'm so sorry again. The truth is that all those times I was bothering you, I secretly fantasized about you humiliating me. I can't tell you how many times I jacked off while imagining myself debasing myself at your feet, and doing stupid things for your entertainment. The day you and Trina quit, while a nightmare at work, was secretly one of my favorite days. I masturbated myself for weeks on end when I thought of the way you flipped me the bird. I couldn't get the image out of my head. Imagine my total delight and amazement when I discovered your website. This is the stuff dreams are made of.
To show you my sincerity, I have attached a photograph of me. Please tuck it away and use it against me. As I said, I intend to enroll in your Jacktard 101 program with your permission.
Humbly yours,Keith
I opened the photo attachment he sent me. Keith was naked, spread-legged, facing the camera. He held his little (of course) penis in his fingers and had this retarded look on his face. HA HA HA! The best part was his organs themselves. For such a large male, Keith had a pathetic pin-dick, but his scrotum was huge! They made his pin-dick look even smaller than it actually was -- no small feat. I especially love racking big scrotums. It’s like a fun challenge to see how big I can make them. Sometimes I can inflate them to the size of a softball.
I think I stared at the naked photograph for a good five minutes, the smile on my face growing wider and wider. I must have laughed for an hour straight. This was to be my greatest conquest yet.
You're probably wondering what the Jacktard 101 program is, so let me explain. The Jacktard 101 program was a rather ingenious lesson plan I came up with for all those compulsive jacktards out there to jerk off properly and worship me in a way that I like to be worshipped.
Here's how it works: By enrolling in my Jacktard 101 program, the penis pumping puppet agrees to pump his penis (say that ten times fast!) at least once every single day (I know, piece o cake, right?) for 101 consecutive days. For you monkey-spankers out there, it probably sounds like a dream. But there's a catch. In order to "graduate," my students commit to gobbling up their manchowder after every single ejaculation. Can you even imagine? 101 dirty cumloads festering inside the belly of each and every loser that enrolls in the program. It took me approximately 19 minutes to film the Jacktard 101 video and I've sold over 2,000 of them. There are other built in rules in my program. I demand that all my students stare at a photo of me on my website while they jerk it. It's just a simple photo of me in classy, feminine attire staring right at the camera lens. This way, I'm conditioning their brains so they worship me and send me extra tribute.
It's been a remarkably successful program for me, as well as the losers who pay to humiliate themselves. Successful for me because I'm getting rich. Successful for the losers because they get to serve a higher power and humiliate themselves, while pleasuring their stupid penises. According to my calculations, if a dude eats 101 of his own pathetic cumloads he's effectively eaten a gallon of his own jizz! Ha ha. Can you even imagine? If that isn't the complete definition of LOSER, I don't know what is. Jerk your own pathetic penis, and EAT all your slimy splooge -- a gallon of it. If that isn't enough, I make them thank me after they're finished guzzling. "Thanks for the lesson, Miss Alana," they all say.
There's one final segment to my program. Once the loser completes the program, he can download a certificate from my website, which says, "I successfully completed Miss Alana's Jacktard 101 program. I'm a certified cum-eating loser." Ha! Then they email me a photo of themselves holding the certificate with load # 101 festering on their tongues. Now that's total ownership.
That gets me back to Keith. Once I got finished reading his email, and laughing, I threw on my spandex and went to the gym. As I bounced up and down on the Stairmaster, I wondered how I could ensure that Keith suffered the most abject, demoralizing humiliation ever inflicted upon a male. No easy task, right? There are a lot of smart girls out there who have severely exploited males. Millions of women across the world humiliate millions of men every single day. But I know I'm good at this and I was up to the task. I couldn't stop smiling during my workout once I figured out what I was going to do to the complete jackass that made my life a living hell for three years.
After getting home, showering and slipping into shorts and a t-shirt, I sat in front of the computer and constructed an email:
Dear Keith the LOSER,
Hahahahahahhahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahah! Why am I not surprised to discover you’re an ashamed, closeted, penis jacking pervert?
I will admit you as a student in my Jacktard 101 program under the following added probationary conditions. Because of our history, I'm going to have to insist that you agree to a few additional up front rules. I believe this added structure is necessary to your development as a true worshipping disciple of mine. So, here are my added rules:
  1. Each day, before two in the afternoon, you are to film yourself masturbating and email the film to me. But I don't have the time to watch the whole retarded penis-jacking ritual and I don't want your emails jamming my computer. Therefore you are to send me only 30 seconds of edited footage. The 30 seconds will begin with you introducing yourself as Keith The Loser, then a quick snippet of your pathetic ejaculation, then you EATING YOUR CUM, and thanking me PROFUSELY for teaching you another lesson.
  2. Each day you are to deposit $10 to my pay pal account. If I'm dissatisfied with your video (AND I WILL WATCH EVERY VIDEO), I will increase the payment to $100 on that day.
  3. Any failure to follow my instructions will result in me shutting you off for good. There will be no second chances. You should also know that if I sense any lack of respect, the folks at (my old restaurant) might be getting some new movies in the mail.
Your agreement to My terms will be in the form of a video, sent to Me tomorrow by 2 PM, as well as an initial deposit of $100 (first ten days) to My account.
-Miss Alana
The next day, like clockwork, Keith’s first video came in, I immediately forwarded it to Trina and we watched it while talking on the phone. Both of us couldn't stop laughing. Keith stood there with his legs spread, his crotch sticking out, pumping his spunk into a tissue. The whole time his tongue was hanging out and he was grunting like a freak. He looked right at the camera and gobbled the whole mess down. Then he got on his knees and put his hands up in prayer and started thanking me like a boss who spared his job. What a total triumph! We had oodles of fun watching him make a total jackass of himself for the first week or so. After that, he got boring, so I didn't watch for a while, but one day I checked a few videos to make sure he was in compliance. His "loser-tax" tributes continued to fill my bank account. Of all the losers that send me tribute, I think I've had to do less "work" for Keith than any of them. In light of our history, it's fitting, don't you think? A convenient transfer of wealth from male to Female, from retard to Goddess. It's a unique form of Darwinism.
For load #101, I decided to make a house call. Because of our history, Keith was obviously a special case. This was more than just some random jackass who wanted to be humiliated; this was personal. In light of that, I wanted to have an intimate one-on-one moment with Keith where I could cement my dominance over him in memorable fashion. For that reason, I though the best place to truly embarrass him and hammer home my superiority was in his "private" sanctuary, a.k.a. his bedroom, the site of so many self-administered personal relief massages. By invading his home and shaming him in the way I had selected, it would show him that his body and his life, not to mention his dignity, no longer belonged to him. It belonged to me.
After arranging to visit his condo on a Friday afternoon, I instructed him in an email to leave his front door unlocked and lie on his bed, naked. He was to have tissues and hand lotion in bed with him and he was to masturbate himself to the brink of orgasm. I instructed him to groan continuously so I'd have no trouble finding his bedroom when I arrived. As a final touch, I told him I wanted his legs spread and up in the air and the middle finger of his non-jacking hand to be wedged up his anus. Just so there would be no shenanigans, I told him that people knew of my whereabouts and if he was anything less than ultra-obedient, the tapes of him masturbating would be circulated everywhere.
I dressed in simple attire, jeans, a blouse, booties and a full length jacket. I didn't intend to be there for more than 15 minutes. This wasn’t the first time I arranged to walk in on a masturbating loser. I absolutely love to do it. Another technique of mine is to arrive late, so the male is forced to get all pent up and bothered while I take my sweet time and arrive at my leisure.
When I arrived, I took a moment to take my jacket off and check myself in the mirror. I could hear the shameful monkey-spank groans coming from down the hall, so without further delay I headed straight to the source of the perverted groaning sound, an anticipatory smile on my face. I pushed open the door to his bedroom and there was Keith in all his "glory," legs spread and elevated, finger stuck retardedly up his own ass, pumping his penis and groaning. The tissues and lube were next to him on the bed.
"Oh I'm sorry, am I interrupting something?" I said, conjuring up my most condescending, feminine voice.
Keith's face turned so red. It's always more satisfying when they get really embarrassed. And in Keith’s case, it was with good reason that he was embarrassed. But I wanted to make sure he experienced some real shame. I sat down on the bed next to him and slid my hand beneath his chin, so he had no choice but to face me.
"You should see yourself," I began. "What a disgusting pervert you are! You do realize you've paid me a thousand dollars to feed on your own filthy sperm, right? And now look at you!" I released his chin and slapped him like a pimp slapping his bitch. His face became the picture of shame -- eyes cast downward, cheeks redder than ever. That's what I wanted. “Absolutely pathetic,” I added.
I'm not in the business of giving males what they want. I'm in the business of giving males what they need. I knew Keith wanted me to watch him masturbate and consume his own ejaculate. He wanted a female audience to fulfill his fantasy. I had something else in mind.
"Okay, I can't stay. I'm meeting a couple of friends at the mall," I lied. "Toss your legs up over your head, so your penis is pointing down at your stupid face."
Once he obeyed, I reached into my handbag and took out his certificate. I flipped it casually in the air and made for the door. "I have no intentions of watching you splooge all over your face. I'm going to go buy a few pairs of designer shoes with your money. Then, tomorrow I'm going to splatter your balls with them. Happy jerking, loser! If you jerk really quickly, I might hear your groans before I leave."
I could hear him grunting as I left the apartment. He obviously wanted me to hear him pleasuring himself. I’m quite sure he gave himself a faggot facial while I was riding the elevator downstairs. But what the fuck do I care? I had exploited him the way I wanted to exploit him and now it was time to go shopping.
Later, when I got home, I wrote him an email:
Dear Keith the LOSER,
Tomorrow (Saturday) is officially "Punishment Day" for you. It's the day I intend to pay you back in full for your childish and unacceptable behavior from the days when I worked at (name of restaurant). As I'm sure you know from your deep infatuation with Me, I specialize in Ballbusting. I assume you have had a chance to review the 100s of pictures of Bulbs on my website. You can expect your scrotum to take on a similar appearance. Make sure you shave your pubes THOROUGHLY the morning before you arrive. I want it smooth. And dipshit, I have to warn you that I'll take absolutely no prisoners. I'm going to knock your stupid nutsack (and the nuts inside your stupid nutsack) into next week. Very few things in life give me more pleasure. The fact that we have a history will only enhance my feeling of determination and my ultimate joy when I do what NEEDS to be done.
Of course you know you will pay me $500 for this necessary attitude adjustment, which you yourself admitted that you so desperately need. When you arrive, I'll lead you into a room, where you are to strip naked and bring your wallet with $500 in it. I'll be waiting in my kitchen. You are to enter, kneel and open your wallet so that I can ceremoniously rape it.
I expect you to arrive at noon. Do not be late.
-Miss Alana
For all you jerkoffs (and Females) unfamiliar with my practices, let me explain in clinical terms what it means to properly "bulb" a male. When a male suffers trauma to his scrotum, the testicles inevitably swell. As they swell, eventually they force the skin from the scrotum to stretch in such a way that the skin will accommodate the damaged nuts. A properly "bulbed" scrotum takes on a highly comic appearance. For one, it's quite large in size, since testicles tend to swell quite dramatically when punished with the blunt force of Female Footwear. Two, the skin takes on an ultra smooth appearance. This is because, as the gonads undergo trauma, the skin has no choice but to stretch to accommodate them. The result is sort of like what a facelift does to wrinkled skin. Not only that, but a properly bulbed scrotum tends to become almost perfectly circular in appearance. What a wonderful symmetry, and proof that scrotums were meant to be this way. And lastly, the bulb also turns wonderful shades of pink, red, blue, and my personal favorite, purple.
I have a high quality digital SLR camera, and after a successful bulbing, I make sure to take dozens of photographs. Then, I'll analyze the photographs and come up with my favorite one. The photograph is then labeled and archived with the male's name, age, and the date the bulbing took place. My photographs always include a totally flaccid penis in them. There are several reasons for this: One, I find the full image, penis included, very pleasing to the eye. Two, the docile penis offers wonderful perspective on the extent of the damage that was inflicted upon the scrotum. Three, it makes for a highly humiliating image that the bulbed male can always look as a reminder that he was put in his place by the superior gender. I want him to know that he is the victim of Female Power. And when I'm finished with them, they know it.
Prior to Keith's arrival, I had Trina, Lynn and Leslie come over. They're my closest gal pals and all intricately familiar with male humiliation. I had them sit quietly in my kitchen while I answered the front door. Keith looked so embarrassed and this was even before he realized he would have an audience. Without saying a word, I stared him down. "Are you ready for more humiliation?"
"Yes ma'am," he looked almost crestfallen.
"Look me in the eye when I address you!" I gave him three crisp bitch-slaps. "Oh, don't you worry. I'm going to humiliate you alright," I said, before leading him to the room where he was to remove his clothing (and what little dignity he had left). I couldn't help but snicker as he disrobed. He had a little erection and his balls hung there, oblivious to me, their executioner.
Fittingly, I wore all black -- a tight black skirt, a black top, black stockings and black high heels. Trina, who is Asian, looked gorgeous in a white dress with these really cool white leather square-toed boots. The other ladies looked quite lovely as well.
You should have seen Keith's eyes pop out of his head when he walked butt-naked into my kitchen and found himself face-to-face with four clothed Females. He was totally mortified.
Lynn has this great video camera that takes both video and high quality photographs simultaneously. She captured Keith's priceless reaction when he realized his humiliation was going to be much more public than he imagined. The girls all laughed as he stood there stunned. He mumbled something about this not being what he expected.
"Get your naked ass over here and present your wallet to me," I said matter-of-factly.
After I raped Keith's wallet of $500 of his hard-earned money, I made him kneel before us and admit what a compulsive masturbating jackass he truly was. "We've all seen the videos," Lynn added, as his face turned bright red just as it had the day before. We all called him a loser (I have always found that word to be particularly fitting and effective), jackass, compulsive dick-spanking retard, lots of mocking laughter, you get the idea.
Once that was taken care of, it was time to get down to the bulbing. I couldn't wait. All dominant women love to bust nuts. It's just that me and my gal pals take it to another level.
"Time to get underway," I said.
First I had him stand up, legs spread. I told him to present his balls to me and beg me to teach him a lesson. This is a must. It shows the male knows his place and is ready to accept his punishment. It also adds a ceremonial element to the proceedings, which I think is a necessary formalization of a process.
"Mess him up, Alana," said Trina.
I used a chair to brace myself and carefully measured my target, pressing the tip of my pump into Keith's groin.
THUD! THUD! THUD! THUD! THUD! THUD! THUD! THUD! THUD! THUD!
In the early stages of a bulbing, it's important to get a lot of kicks in, but the kicks can't be too hard. You want the male to remain on his feet. I used the bridge of my foot, which does a good job of causing blunt trauma without any real risk of rupture. The goal is to get good coverage and make sure both testicles begin the initial swelling process. After each ten kicks, Keith was made to thank me, as well as the other women in attendance. I kicked him maybe a hundred times this way. For the final flurry of kicks, I upped the ante, really snapping my foot with extra force. The second to last kick was enough to put him on the floor, but before he went down I nailed him with a really super kick. This one took some skill because he was falling away. I had to shuffle my feet forward and change my angle. All my work at the gym really paid off, as it made an especially loud thud and sent his genitals flying. Lynn captured the moment perfectly, getting a great shot of his penis pointing straight to the ceiling as my foot battered his nuts. When one analyzes ballbusting photographs, it’s amazing the way the nuts contort during an assault. Keith's knees slammed together and his hands came down between his legs in protective (too late) mode. I love watching when they do that. The Women all cheered.
We were off to a good start.
I circled him as he struggled to get his bearings and (I assume) deal with the pain in his stomach. We could see he was already red down there. "Now I want you to get on all fours and face the Women. I'm going to kick you from behind."
I really love kicking scrotum from behind. I admit it gives me a thrill to see that naked ass crack just staring up at me, legs spread like a dog in heat, silly, dangling soon-to-be-bulb, waiting for additional punishment. It gives me a chance to show them how uncivilized they really are. I also love the imagery of my shoe wedged between their ass, as I rock their world. Because it echoes off the floor, each kick makes this nice snapping noise.
SNAP!SNAP!SNAP!SNAP!SNAP!SNAP!SNAP!SNAP!SNAP!SNAP!
Keith was starting to suffer now. I could see him try to cheat his punishment by sliding his knees slowly together and lowering his ass. "Keep your fucking legs spread, ass up!" I warned him, before launching another good ten snappers. I put my hips into the last kick and his ass bounced up into the air. He fell on his side and groaned.
Now we were getting somewhere.
His legs were fastened together and his hands were wedged into his groin, doing their best to protect his prized possessions. It was pure male instinct. I’d seen it hundreds of times. I knelt down and reached between his legs, gently pushing away his hands, which gave way without too much of a fight. Once I had snaked my hand in there and secured his ever-expanding scrotum, I gave it a firm squeeze and ordered him onto his back. “Spread your legs nice and wide, loser, so we all have a nice view. It’s inspection time.”
After he realized he had no choice but to comply, I began properly inspecting his scrotum, pulling and pinching at the skin. I love the process of “damage inspection” during a bulbing because, by the time I check, the scrotum is usually highly sensitive and a simple pinch can result in pain. Keith kept wincing and writhing on the floor. But he kept his legs apart like a good, obedient male should. It was clear I had unencumbered access to Keith’s most prized possessions. And I had his respect.
I made sure to stand to one side of Keith so that the other ladies had a nice view of him lying there, genitals lewdly on display. His scrotum had turned a nice pink color and was starting to stretch, but we had a long way to go. After tugging and pinching longer than was necessary, I leaned forward and looked deep into his eyes. "We're not even close to halfway done. Get back into position," I said. Trina laughed.
Once he was back in position, I stood and let him know what I thought about him covering up. "Each time you sprawl on my kitchen floor and grab your dirty organs, it makes me want to kick you even harder," I said. "You know this is what you wanted and we all know it's what you need. So stay PUT-" SNAP....SNAP....SNAP. I began putting my hips into each kick. Now every time I kicked him, Keith's ass bounced pleasingly in the air, but knowing my warning, he gritted his teeth and got back into position.
SNAP!!!
He was really bouncing up with each kick now. Lynn let out a groan of satisfaction. All of us lifestyle dominatrixes love taking part in a good bulbing. Everything about it is so enjoyable. It's a total display of vaginal power. And we all love watching that male ass bounce in the air.
SNAP!!!
This time I squealed with pleasure. Keith's sack was now a bigger target and I could feel all that mushy flesh really yield as my foot smashed into it. Keith let out his first real scream and began rolling around my kitchen floor.
I kneeled down and again secured him by the balls. Once he had obeyed my unspoken command by lying on his back and spreading his legs, we all studied his exposed groin. "Looks better, Alana," said Leslie, in that detached, lispy voice of hers. "Progress is being made." Leslie was such a snob.
Determined to make an example of Keith, I conjured up my strictest most no-nonsense tone:
"Get back on your hands and knees. This time I want your ass way up in the air."
SNAP!! SNAP!! SNAP!! Three more good hard kicks. Keith slumped over.
"Get up."
SNAP!! SNAP!! SNAP!!!!!
"Uhhhhhhh!" I added.
SNAP!! SNAP!! SNAP! SNAP! SNAP SNAP SNAP!
I kicked with controlled fury. No sense in rushing the job. Plus, more kicks usually equate to a rounder, firmer bulb. It's important to be thorough and make sure every single cell of testicle ends up swollen.
Again I kneeled down and checked. Keith's scrotum was beginning to resemble a bulb, but it was still too loose for my liking. His nuts had more room to swell. An appropriately bulbed scrotum should cause the male constant pain, because the testicles eventually push against each other as they run out of room. "What do you think, Ladies?" I asked, knowing full well the answer.
"Not there yet," said Leslie.
"Nicely swollen, but not yet an official bulb," added Lynn. “We want those nuts pushing up against each other in his sack so he’s in perpetual pain.” It was as though the girl could read my mind.
“Yes dear, I know what it means to bulb a male,” I said.
I pulled a chair between Keith’s legs so I could be comfortable. A Woman can't really kick with the bridge of her foot from this position. It’s important to have square-toed shoes with some depth. Fortunately I had my square-toed red shoes at the ready, for just this purpose. Trina handed them to me.
I made him sit up and put my shoes on my feet (an honor) before returning him to the floor. I pressed my shoe up against his sack. Keith's scrotum had grown almost to the size of a baseball now, but it was clear more work was needed to increase his swelling and get the skin suitably tight. I held my shoe against his ball bag and spoke evenly.
"This is the nastiest part of a bulbing. Don’t you think, ladies?”
"Especially for him," quipped Trina.
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2020.09.18 21:52 RedEdSpaghetti DDLC Broken Skies The Novel Chapters 12 - 16

Continued from yesterday...
Chapter Twelve: Natsuki’s Turn

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Well, it’s finally Saturday and my chores are done. Father has left for work and I have finally worked up the courage to text Kishi. The worst that can happen is that he says no, right?

“What’s up?”

“Nothing much…just trying to figure out what to do today.”

“How about I help you with that? Feel like watching some anime?”

“I could be persuaded.”

“Okay to head over now?”

“Sure. Want me to fix lunch for us?”

“I’m not sure that I trust your cooking yet. How about we cook something together? I can bring a couple of ingredients with me.”

“I won’t argue with you, especially since I wouldn’t be able to win anyhow.”

“I’m glad you’ve finally realized that.”

I was at his door in about 20 minutes.

“Enter at your own risk!”

“Why? Are you being quarantined?”

“Are you ever at a loss for words Natsuki?”

“Very rarely.”

“You can take the bag into the kitchen. What did you have in mind today?”

“I thought we could make a miso soup. Do you have any ingredients to add in?”

He starts searching through the fridge and finds some daikon and mushrooms.

“Those should work well.” I say as I start preparing things. “Would you start chopping things up for me?”

I get into my cooking rhythm, humming as I work. Then, I notice Kishi staring at me with a grin on his face.

“Your going to cut yourself if you don’t watch what you’re…”

Right on cue, I see his face turn pale.

“Aw…sunny beaches!”

I can only stare at him, despite the situation.

“What did you say?” I manage to spit out as I giggle at his ‘swearing‘.”

“Stop laughing at me and go up to the bathroom and get me a bandage please!”

I continue laughing all the way up the stairs. And then, all the way back down the stairs.

I get him patched up and can‘t resist the urge to tease him for his comment. “You really are a momma’s boy, aren’t you?”

I don‘t have a problem finishing up the work. It turned out really well. As we eat, I notice a far away look in Kishi’s eyes.

“Hello? Earth to Kishi!”

“Oh, sorry Nat. I was just thinking how you could run a café or something like that. You’re really talented.”

“I know that!” I reply quickly, but then add, “Thanks for the vote of confidence though.”

We do a quick clean-up and then we head into the living room.

As we sit down on the couch, he starts the conversation by asking me a question.

“So how are things between you and your dad?”

“Umm…okay I guess. The counseling has helped a little but we’re still not in agreement. At least we aren’t arguing about it all the time.”

“I would consider that a small victory. The less arguing, the less chance that things will blow up, right?”

“That’s true I guess. We still need to come to some kind of compromise though.”

“Well, hopefully the counselor will help you get there,” I say, “Sorry to bring it up but you know that I am concerned for you.”

“I know, and I appreciate it. Now, let’s get to the shows.”

We spend a few hours watching some old anime episodes. Both of us had seen them before, but we had a good time going through them again, catching things that we had forgotten over time. I notice that it‘s getting late.

“I need to get going. Dad won’t be too happy if I’m not there when he gets home.”

“All right. Thanks for coming over and sorry that you had to do most of the work.”

“Maybe I need to stay and keep you from trying to cook tonight.”

“Hey, that’s the first time!” he protests.

“Yeah, yeah, save it for the jury!”

We get to the door.

“Okay, I’ll see you on Monday then.” he says.

“Right, and umm…”

There is a long pause.

“I’m not very good at this type of thing but, thanks for caring. It helps to know that you’re here if I need you.”

“You don’t have to thank me. You’re my friend and I will always try to be there if you need me.”

With that, I head out the door. I walk home on cloud nine. What an enjoyable day!

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Chapter Thirteen: Sayori’s Blues

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Another Saturday arrives. I woke up late. I’ve been trying to come to grips with the things that Kishi said to me. I realized that what he said was right, and he didn’t outright tell me that we would never be a couple. I have been trying to focus on the hope. Dr. Shitori said that I seem to be doing okay in dealing with it. I have been able to shut the voices off, for the most part. But it hasn’t been easy. This morning is one of the rougher ones. I finally decide to see if he wants to hang out. Nothing wrong with that, right? He said we were still friends, right? I send a text to him…no response. I don’t know why, but I decide to go over and knock on the door. I guess I just really need to not be alone today.

He opens the door and seems a bit surprised to see me. I hope I haven’t disturbed him.

“Hi, can I come in?”

“Sure. What’s up?”

“I don’t know…just feeling a little blue but I don’t really know why. I can’t put my finger on it. I thought maybe you could help me shake it off.”

“Okay,” he replies, “So…Banjo Kazooie?”

Ah, that sounds good. “Yes!” I reply.

“I’m afraid that I fell asleep, so I am probably going to make some food in a bit. Have you eaten yet?”

Ah! That explains why he didn’t answer my text.

“Umm…no, I guess I haven’t now that you mention it.”

“All right. A meal for two coming up!”

After eating and cleaning up, we head into the living room. I start playing as he watches. I hear him laughing as I turn my body, trying to help my character.

Then, his phone rings.

“Hi mom!”

Pause.

“Fine…just chillin’ with Sayori, playing some games.”

Pause.

“Yes it is. I got it all done last night.” he says proudly.

Pause.

“That hurts mom!” he says with fake hurt, “I thought you would be proud of me!”

I am guessing that he didn‘t get the response that he wanted. I decide to tease him. “Momma’s boy!”

“Hey, I don’t need both of you picking on me! No fair!”

We both laugh at that.

As he continues talking with her, he heads upstairs towards his room. He must have noticed my curiosity because he holds up a finger as if to tell me he will be gone for a minute. I have to wonder what is going on. After a minute or two, I hear his voice get loud. I can’t tell what he’s saying, but he doesn’t sound happy.

As he comes down the stairs, it is obvious that he is upset.

“Everything okay?” I ask.

“With mom? Yeah she’s fine, just missing me I guess.” he says, without much conviction.

“Is there something else going on then? I heard your voice get a little loud.”

“Ah…” he pauses. “Someone we know has a big decision to make and they’re not making the right choice.”

“I don’t think I’ve seen you this agitated since the day I told you about my depression.”

I think back to that day. He asked me if someone was saying bad things about me. I could see fire erupting in his eyes as if they each had a volcano in them. His hands curled rapidly into fists. He would have done some damage to someone. But then I told him that it was me who was saying those things. The anger quickly turned to shock.

“I’m sorry. I guess it just frustrates me. The right choice seems so obvious but…”

“Maybe I should leave.”

“No, don’t…please.” he says quickly. “Lets do something to get my mind off of it.”

We go back to the game for a while, but it gets late. As I am leaving, I give him a hug and try to show him how concerned I am for him. I don’t think the message got through though. He still looks irritated. I send him a text when I get home, reminding him that I am here, ready to listen if he needs to talk. I get no response. I can’t help but wonder what has got him in this state of mind…and why won’t he talk to me about it. I want him to be happy, not like this.

I wake up Sunday morning and still do not see a response. Am I trying too hard. Should I back off? I don’t know what to do. Then my phone jingles.

“Sorry, I didn’t see this last night. Thanks for the thought. I’ll let you know.”

I respond right away despite my earlier thoughts about being too pushy.

“No worries. Just don’t forget that I’m here for you!”

Then I add a smiley emoji along with a sun emoji. Can’t hurt to remind him to look for the sunshine, right?

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Chapter Fourteen: Kishi Gets Help

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I wake up Sunday morning, and my mood hasn’t changed much. I pick up my phone and see that Sayori texted me last night telling me to let her know if she can be of help. I respond…

“Sorry, I didn’t see this last night. Thanks for the thought. I’ll let you know.”

I put my phone down, but it buzzes almost immediately.

“No worries. Just don’t forget that I’m here for you!”

She then sends a smiley emoji along with a sun emoji.

I have to smile. What would I do without a friend like her, I wonder.

After showering and lounging around for a bit. I finally got my inspiration for my poem. I start writing and the page fills up quickly. This is the longest poem I’ve ever written. Then, a voice inside compels me to read the words that I’ve put on the page. I take my time and read it very slowly. Then I crumble up the paper and throw it in the wastebasket. Not only is it way too obvious what I was writing about, the words that I wrote are not ones that I am proud of. I don’t want to make Yuri afraid to talk to me about her situation. Still, in a strange sort of way, I feel a little bit better. Was that a form of therapy?

I decide to take a walk to the park. As I leave the house and start walking, I hear a voice.

“Mind if I tag along?”

It’s Sayori.

“What are you doing, stalking me?” I say with a grin.

She was a little taken aback until she looked at my face.

“No, nothing like that. I just…umm…happened to be looking out the window when you came out!”

I’m sensing that the story is not entirely true, but I don’t mind.

“Where are we heading?” she asks.

“To the park. I still need some inspiration for my poem.”

“ So…we’re going on an adventure?” she says with excitement in her voice.

I look at her and smile. “That sounds really nice.”

I have no idea how long we were there, but I noticed that I am hungry. I totally forgot to eat breakfast!

“Hey, I’m hungry. Want to go get some food?”

“Do you really have to ask me that question?” she says laughing.

We head to a nearby café and enjoy a nice meal. Then we head for home. We stop in front of my house.

“Well, I better get to work on my poem. I don’t want to try and write something while I’m eating breakfast in the morning.” I say with an ornery grin. Last year, Sayori had once waited until morning to write her poem.

“Hey! You said that was a really good poem!”

“I think that I said it was really you!”

“The girls all liked it too!”

“Okay, okay. That’s not how I want to do things though.”

As she turns towards her house, I stop her.

“Sayori…thanks for today. I really needed this.”

“Aw…that’s what friends are for, right?”

“Yes, and you’re my best friend!”

We both smile and go our separate ways. I think I just got the inspiration for my poem.

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The rest of the first term goes by much more smoothly. My Saturdays seemed to settle into a pattern of spending most of the day with the girls…sometimes one of them, sometimes all of them. It forced me to put a priority on getting homework done on Friday nights. I finally managed to dial back my anger concerning Yuri’s situation. She had stopped meeting with him, so she was a lot less withdrawn at lunch and club meetings. Exams went pretty well for everyone. Club meetings often consisted of only studying for Sayori and I. Yuri sometimes joined us for math reviews. Not technically literature club related, but hey, we had books open!

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Chapter Fifteen: It’s Not a Date!

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Tuesdays are usually pretty boring. We mostly study during the club meetings and then I lock up the room and head home to eat and do some more studying. This particular Tuesday, I had the radio tuned to a local jazz station. They play the kind of jazz that just relaxes you and helps you focus. Well, the DJ made an announcement that Keiko Matsui was going to be performing on Saturday at a nearby venue and, that he had two tickets for caller number 10. I was shocked when I was told that I had won! I am so excited. I have wanted to see her play live for years. She is why I became interested in the piano in the first place!

Then, I have to pause. I won two tickets. Who should I ask to go along with me? I know that my piano instructor is already going. She has had her ticket for weeks. I wonder if…

“Hey Kishi?”

“Hi Monika. What’s up?”

“Well, I have a question for you. You won’t hurt my feelings if you say no. I just won two tickets to go see Keiko Matsui in concert on Saturday night. I don’t want to go alone and thought you might be willing to be my escort for the evening.”

“Umm, I have no idea who that is or what kind of music she plays.”

“She plays piano…smooth jazz and new age type music. She’s kind of my piano idol. I’m so excited to go see her.”

“I’m kind of surprised that you don’t ask one of the girls to go with you.”

“Well, I thought about it, but considering the time of night, I would feel safer going with a guy.”

“I suppose I could go. It wouldn‘t hurt me to expand my horizons a bit”

“Thanks so much Kishi. It means a lot to me.”

The next day in the club room, I got there early and was waiting for the others. Kishi was the first to enter, and we started talking about Saturday. I told him the time of the event and then was asking what time he might be over to pick me up.

“I can probably be at your place around six. That would give us plenty of time to get there, right?”

“Yes, I think that will work.” I reply.

Then we hear a third voice. Neither of us saw Sayori come into the room.

“Are you two going on a date?” she says with sadness in her voice.

“It’s not a date!” we both exclaimed in unison.

I continue, “I won tickets to a concert and Kishi agreed to be my bodyguard for the night.”

“Bodyguard?” Kishi says in wonder. “I thought I was just supposed to be a deterrent.”

We both laugh. Sayori does not. She takes a seat at one of the desks. Kishi and I look at each other and shrug.

At home that night, I share with my parents the news of my concert plans. They both seem happy for me.

“So, do you want me to take you to the venue?” my father asks.

“No, you won’t have to.” I tell him. “Kishi has agreed to be my escort for the night, so I will be safe with him.”

My mother immediately says, “You’re going on a date?”

“It’s not a date!” I say emphatically. “He is just going along as a friend to keep me safe.”

Neither one of them seems very convinced by my words. I guess having a boyfriend might wreck their plans for my future. They sure did put a damper on my happiness.

Saturday arrives and I can hardly wait for 6 o’clock to roll around. He actually shows up a few minutes early and I invite him in to meet my parents. I happened to overhear my mother remark that he “didn’t even bring a flower” for me. I immediately turn and remind her that it isn’t a date. Kishi finishes paying his respects to my parents and then we leave. He immediately tells me that he had the same conversation earlier today with his mother. Parents!

The concert was everything that I hoped it would be. She played for over two hours and I recognized almost every song. It was over way too soon. As we walked back to the train stop, I asked Kishi for his thoughts.

“Well, I can see why you like smooth jazz music so much. It really does relax a person. Personally, I liked the up-tempo songs the best.”

“I did notice that you were tapping your toes to a few of the songs.” I tell him.

“Yeah. Overall, I would say it was a good night.”

“Well, I just want to tell you how much I appreciate you coming along.”

That thought was reinforced on the way home as a couple of rough looking young men were sitting a ways down from us. Every time that I looked in that direction, they were staring at me. Kishi noticed too, and then he put his arm around me and whispered in my ear, “Let’s act like we are, even though we’re not. Maybe that will keep them away.”

“Thanks.” I whisper back. “They are definitely making me uncomfortable. Sorry to put you in this position.”

“Don’t worry about it. You had no idea that it would be like this. Well…I guess maybe you did. Anyhow, that’s what friends are for.”

We both smile and I lay my head on his shoulder and try to forget about the other two guys. Fortunately, they got off the train before we did. I didn’t really want to, but I sat up straight again and Kishi removed his arm from my shoulder. He walked me to my house and we said good night. I gave him a hug and thanked him one more time, telling him that this was one of the best nights of my life. He just smiled and turned for his home.

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 Chapter Sixteen: Natsuki’s Bake Off 

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I stopped by the bookstore on Saturday to check if any new manga had arrived. I also swung by the cooking section. Although I get most of my information from the internet, I still like to have something I can hold in my hands sometimes. There was a new issue of a food magazine that I really like, so I did a brief scan of the contents. Suddenly, a full-page ad caught my eye. There was going to be a bake off nearby! I look down at the rules and see that there is no entry fee. I have to enter! I pull some scrap paper out of my backpack and scribble down the important information and then hurry home. The entry is done in no time. Now my mind starts racing, thinking of what I want to make. It’s not an easy decision.

The basic concept of the contest is to make one dozen cupcakes of 4 different flavors in 3 hours. That is no small task, as the cakes need to cool before you decorate them. Fortunately, they allow you one assistant. Now, who should I ask? Monika is definitely out. Even if she bakes at all, would she even have time? Not to mention that we aren’t exactly best of friends. Yuri is probably out too, since her social anxiety would probably keep her from accepting. Sayori would eat too many. That leaves…Kishi! Yes, I think he will do just fine, especially since he now has some experience baking with me. I wonder if he’ll agree? I might as well find out, considering the contest is in two weeks. I send a text to him.

“Hey…watcha doing 2 weeks from today?”

“Nothing that I know of, why?”

“I need an assistant and I figure you’re my best choice.”

“Best choice or only choice?”

“See! I don’t even have to insult you anymore. You do it to yourself!”

“Seriously though, what are you up to?”

“I am entering a baking contest and I am allowed to have one helper. I would like it if you could do that for me.”

“Wow! No pressure there, huh? What if I cut myself again?”

“You won’t. I have faith in you.”

“You must be really desperate but if you need someone, I guess I can do that.”

“Thanks a million! I am so excited. Now I just have to figure out what flavors and decorations to use. I will get with you on the details at the next club meeting. Thanks again!”

“No problem…I hope.”

Monday comes around and, at the final bell, I rush up to the meeting room. I was the first one in. Kishi followed a minute or so later. I started to explain the details to him.

“Okay, the contest starts at two o’clock, but I want to be there by one so I can get everything in place. Can you be at my place by noon?”

As Kishi starts to talk, we hear another voice.

“Going on a date?” Monika asks with a sly smile.

“Now Monika, you of all people should know better than to ask that question.” Kishi replies.

“Yes, but I couldn’t help myself, having heard it so many times last month.”

They both laugh as I look at them, confused. Kishi notices and explains.

“I agreed to escort Monika to a concert that she won two tickets to. Everyone thought that we were going on a date, especially our parents. It actually turned out to be a good thing. The ride home on the train might not have went well if she had been by herself or with another girl. There were a couple of rough looking guys in the same train car.”

“Ugh! I remember them.” Monika says. “They gave me the creeps. I was so glad when they got off the train at the stop before ours.”

Then Sayori and Yuri enter the room.

“What are you talking about?” Sayori asks.

“Natsuki and Kishi are going on a date!” Monika says laughing.

“It’s not a date!” Kishi says, glaring at Monika. “Nat is entering a baking contest and I am going to be her assistant.”

“Wow! That’s great Natsuki!” Yuri says. “I hope that you do well.”

“I’m kind of nervous about it. I know that you all love my cupcakes, but this is the big time. They have three expert bakers coming in to judge it, not to mention some of the best bakers in the region will be there.” I say.

“Don’t worry Natsuki. Just do your best! Even if you don’t win, I will volunteer to help eat your cupcakes!” Sayori adds.

We all laugh at that.

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Well, the big day is here and I can hardly sit still. I have checked my supplies 3 times already and it’s not even 10:30! My father looks at me like I’m crazy. He couldn’t believe that I wanted to do this, but he gave me a big hug and wished me luck before he left for work.

Kishi arrives shortly before noon, as I was starting to panic. I texted him twice after 11 just to make sure he was going to be here on time.

“See? No worries. I’m here a bit early even.” he says as I invite him inside.

“I’m sorry. I shouldn’t be so nervous, but I just am.” I reply.

“Hey…take a deep breath. It’s not going to help you by getting all worked up. You’ll end up cutting your finger like I did!”

“You’re right, but that doesn’t make it any easier.”

“Maybe I’ll try some reverse psychology on you to see if that helps.”

“What are you talking about?”

“You’re too little. There’s no way you can win this contest. You’ll be lucky to come in last!”

“Those are fighting words, mister!” I say with determination.

“Now that’s the Natsuki that I know!” he says with a big smile.

I guess I do feel a bit better now. I need to show the judges what this little girl can do.

As we travel to the site of the contest, I fill Kishi in on the game plan. I have written out instructions for both of us to follow. I also have divided the ingredients into separate containers, labeled with the amounts so I will know which container goes with which recipe. Kishi seems impressed. I just don’t want to make any dumb mistakes. We make it to the venue just before one. I see some of the other contestants getting their stations ready. The butterflies start to flutter again, but I take a deep breath and remind myself that all I can do is do my best.

With just a few minutes left until the start, I run through the plan with Kishi again. We will start with the Strawberry Steamed cupcakes, then do the Pandan Mochi cupcakes, followed by the Green Tea with White Chocolate ones and finishing with some Avocado Hokkaido cupcakes. Doing them in that order should allow enough time for cooling so we can decorate.

We get the signal to start, and I mix up the batter for the steamed cupcakes. It’s a rather different method of making them and it takes a while for them to cook. I hope they turn out good. I leave most of the batter in one bowl, pouring out a small amount for decorating. The main batch is colored red, the smaller batch we color black. Then I have Kishi fill the cups to almost full with the red, and then carefully place some of the black to make a ladybug design. While he does that, I start on the next recipe. It sure is nice having an assistant to help.

Kishi finishes the decorating and I really like the way that they turned out. I have him start to fill the next tray with the pandan mochi mixture while I put the first cakes in the steamer. While we are working, I happen to see the judges wandering by. They stop, and one of them starts pointing over towards the stove. He doesn’t seem happy. I wonder what is going on, but I don’t have time to waste on worrying.

It’s now time for my third recipe. I have Kishi melting down the white chocolate, while I get the rest of the ingredients together. Then I put him to work filling cups again as I start on the Hokkaido mixture. The second group comes out of the oven just as we are ready to put the third batch in. Kishi is in charge of making sure that the warm ones get set out to cool. Things are really going according to plan so far.

Kishi puts together a cream cheese frosting for the pandan mochi and applies it to the cupcakes. Then I have him use a pastry bag, filling the Hokkaido with an avocado mixture. Then, as they are full, he switches to a very fine tip. I asked him to decorate them like a birds nest made out of sticks, with a depression in the middle for some colored jelly beans to represent eggs. Meanwhile, I am pulling out the steamed cupcakes and decorating the green tea cupcakes. We finished up with about 5 minutes to spare, and I am feeling pretty good about how everything looks. Now, I have to hope that the taste is good.

The judges finally make it to my display. Kishi and I are waiting nervously. They each take one of every variety except…one of the judges doesn’t take a strawberry steamed cupcake. It’s the same judge who was pointing earlier and saying something. How can he judge it if he doesn’t taste it? I look at Kishi and he just shrugs. I think that there is something wrong, but I can’t imagine what it is.

As we are waiting for the results, I am surprised to see Monika, Sayori and Yuri heading towards me!

“What are you girls doing here? I didn’t even tell you where the contest was at? I really didn’t know if they would allow spectators, to be honest.” I tell them.

“First of all, we are here to support our friend in doing something she loves to do.” says Monika. “Second, it wasn’t hard to find out where it was being held. Just a few clicks on the internet took care of that.”

“Aw, that’s so nice of you all to do this, although I might have been more nervous if I had known that you were here.” I reply.

“We sure didn’t see any nerves.” Sayori says. “You were moving like a well oiled machine.”

“Well, I have to say…it was fun and nerve-wracking at the same time.”

We are then interrupted by the emcee. As he announces the top ten places, I do not hear my name. The joy that I felt at seeing my friends here has just evaporated. The others try to console me, but it doesn’t really help. I had really high hopes. Now my hopes have been dashed.

A few minutes later, two of the judges approach me. The one who seemed to have a problem was not with them. The female judge speaks.

“Hello Natsuki. We just wanted to explain something to you. The third judge had a problem with your strawberry steamed cupcakes. He felt that since this was a baking competition, that the ones that you steamed should not be judged. We tried to convince him, but he refused to change his mind. I guess, technically, he is correct.”

I try to smile, but it’s not working. I worked really hard on that recipe.

“Anyways,” the male judge continues, “we just wanted to come over and give you some encouragement. With the scores that you did get, and if you had received even a middle score on the other one, you would have been close to a top ten finish! We are here to try to make sure that someone as talented a baker as you are doesn’t get discouraged and quit baking. We think that you have quite a future ahead of you. Your flavors and your decorating were very good. In fact, we were both wondering if we might take samples of your cakes home with us.”

Now I am in shock. I look over at Kishi and he is grinning from ear to ear. He actually speaks up for me, as I cannot get any words out of my mouth.

“Well, I’m sure it would be fine with her, but what would we put them in?”

“Ah,” says the female judge, “there are boxes up by the emcee’s podium. You can take as many as you like.”

Kishi looks over at the girls. “You too?”

Sayori responds, “Do you really have to ask?”

We all laugh.

Kishi gets the boxes and the girls help him to fill them up. I thank the judges for their kind words and assure them that I won’t let this stop me from baking. Then, I feel a tap on my shoulder. I turn and see the lady who won first prize.

“I just want to say that you remind me of myself when I was young. The only difference is that I wouldn’t have had the courage to do what you did today. You really impressed me and, obviously, you impressed two of the judges as well. I hope that you enjoy your baking journey as much as I have enjoyed mine.”

Then she gives me a hug. I manage to mumble a thanks to her and smile as she walks away. Wow! I sure feel pretty good for being a loser!

The girls had to leave, but I thanked them again for coming to watch. I think I saw Sayori with two boxes of cupcakes. Oh well, it’s nice to know that they like them. Kishi helps me pack up and carry the rest of the items. The train ride home is like a dream. I am almost afraid that I will wake up to find that I just slept through the contest. But Kishi is beside me, still smiling at me. I guess we did good!
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2020.09.18 15:04 rusticgorilla The NINE agencies Trump is using to corrupt the election

Over the past six months, Trump has been making increasingly false, absurd, and dangerous claims - from saying the “only way” he’ll lose in November is in a rigged election to claiming his opponents illegally “spied” on his campaign.
However, not only is he making these claims, the president and his cronies are corrupting the power of government to inflate his lies to the level of truth and oppress any evidence to the contrary. With the help of loyalists atop every federal agency, Trump has perverted the government to serve his own re-election desires.
This list is nowhere near comprehensive. There are many more examples that could be given, but I tried to keep it short enough that it is still readable.

ODNI and Intelligence Community

Limit disclosure of knowledge of Russian sabotage.
The Office of the Director of National Intelligence, led by Trump loyalist John Ratcliffe, canceled future in-person briefings on election security issues to the congressional intelligence committees. Instead, the ODNI will provide written briefings only.
The change came after a classified briefing in which top counterintelligence official Bill Evanina told House members that Russia is again trying to boost President Donald Trump’s reelection and denigrate his opponent, Joe Biden. Trump was enraged after details of the briefing leaked to the public, revealing that his own administration’s intelligence officers contradict his repeated assertions that Russia is not interfering on his behalf.
Reminder: Trump fired the previous DNI, Joseph Maguire, after learning that one of Maguire’s staff members gave a 2020 election security briefing to the House Intelligence Committee. In the briefing, Maguire aide Shelby Pierson alerted committee members that Russia was interfering in the 2020 campaign in an effort to tip the election in Trump’s favor. In firing Maguire, Trump sent a warning to the entire intelligence community: Trump’s opinion and electoral prospects must be prioritized over facts.

Department of Homeland Security

Twist intelligence to support campaign and personal motives.
Election interference
Former acting Under Secretary of Homeland Security for Intelligence and Analysis Brian Murphy filed a whistleblower complaint alleging that Acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf interfered with intelligence assessments in order to benefit Trump politically.
In May 2020, Acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf told Murphy to “cease providing intelligence assessments on the threat of Russian interference in the United States, and instead start reporting on interference activities by China and Iran.” Wolf told Murphy those instructions came directly from the White House.
In July 2020, DHS chief of staff John Gountanis intervened to stop publication of an intelligence bulletin warning about a Russian disinformation plot to “denigrate” the mental health of Joe Biden. On July 8, Murphy said, he met with Wolf, who told him that the intelligence notification should be “held” because it “made the President look bad.”
Trump not only attempts to hide intelligence that contradicts the false narrative he continues to push about China actively interfering to boost Biden, according to Murphy Trump’s officials directed him to prioritize intelligence on China and Iran.
It’s disturbing enough for a president and his allies to distort intelligence assessments for political gain, but Murphy’s account suggests something more nefarious—that intelligence authorities and positions of public trust might have been used to engineer the narrative from the outset.
Campaign agitprop
Murphy’s complaint also details that Senior Official Performing the Duties of the Deputy Secretary Ken Cuccinelli ordered him to modify intelligence assessments to make the threat of white supremacy “appear less severe” and include information on violent “left-wing” groups and Antifa. The reason given was “to ensure they matched up with the public comments by President Trump on the subject of ANTIFA and ‘anarchist’ groups.”
Trump has spent months fear-mongering about imagined mobs of far-left activists coming to attack the suburbs. On Saturday, the Trump campaign sent out an “ANTIFA ALERT” text message to supporters, saying “they’ll attack your homes if Joe’s elected. Pres Trump needs you to become a Diamond Club Member.”

Customs and Border Patrol

Cause unrest in Democratic-cities to assist in fear campaign.
Border Patrol agents were among the federal forces sent to Portland to confront and arrest protestors over the summer.
Gil Kerlikowske, former commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection under President Barack Obama, said BORTAC, the unit dispatched to the city, is chiefly trained to pursue fugitives and criminals. "They're clearly the wrong group to be doing this.”
The violence they provoked was featured in Trump’s campaign ads and RNC nomination acceptance speech.
“Trump has ratcheted up political ties to border patrol to another level,” Todd Miller, the author of Empire of Borders, said. “He based his whole 2016 campaign around this, and it is now at the core of his 2020 re-election bid. These are his people.”
Most recently, the Border Patrol produced and published a dramatized video showing a Spanish-speaking attacker stabbing and killing a man in a dark alley after escaping from U.S. agents - “a clip apparently created to dramatize President Trump’s depiction of migrants as fearsome criminals.”

Justice Department

Weaponize the law to harm opponents and save himself.
Investigate Trump’s rivals
Trump and Attorney General Bill Barr are reportedly pressuring U.S. Attorney John Durham and his team to release the results of their probe before the November election. Durham was appointed by Barr to investigate the origins of the Mueller investigation and the FBI’s Russia probe. Last week, a highly respected and experienced prosecutor, Nora R. Dannehy, resigned as a senior aide to Durham due to concern over this improper political pressure.
Trump has publicly expressed impatience with the Durham investigation, saying there should be more prosecutions and disclosures of information that would damage his political rivals. Last month, Barr indicated the DOJ would not respect an informal policy against taking investigative steps 60 days before Election Day.
In a speech on Wednesday, Barr essentially rebuked the Mueller investigation and the cases it spawned: “Smart, ambitious lawyers have sought to amass glory by prosecuting prominent public figures since the Roman Republic. It is utterly unsurprising that prosecutors continue to do so today to the extent the Justice Department’s leaders will permit it. As long as I am Attorney General, we will not.”
Assist Trump’s allies
Attorney General Barr has explicitly interfered in at least two criminal cases against Trump’s allies, helping the president promote the narrative that the Obama administration (in which Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden served) acted inappropriately. In February, Barr overruled career federal prosecutors in order to recommend the former Trump campaign advisor Roger Stone receive a lesser prison sentence. The entire team of prosecutors resigned from the criminal case due to the Justice Department’s interference. Trump ultimately commuted Stone’s 40-month sentence, much less than the original recommendation of seven to nine years in prison.
Then, in May, the Justice Department filed a request to drop the criminal case against Trump's first national security adviser, Michael Flynn, despite the fact that Flynn twice - before two separate judges - admitted to lying to the FBI. In response, nearly 2,000 former DOJ employees called for Barr’s resignation, saying he had “assaulted the rule of law.”
Politically-motivated actions
Barr reportedly told prosecutors to explore aggressive charges against people arrested at recent demonstrations across the US, even suggesting bringing a rarely used sedition charge, reserved for those who have plotted a threat that posed imminent danger to government authority.
The AG asked prosecutors in the Justice Department’s civil rights division to explore whether they could bring criminal charges against Mayor Jenny Durkan of Seattle for not acting immediately to disrupt the police-free zone created by protestors over the summer. According to the Associated Press, charges were also explored against city officials in Portland, Oregon, for the continued protests in the area.
The Justice Department is targeting Democratic governors for coronavirus outbreaks in state-owned nursing homes. The four governors - PA’s Tom Wolf, MI’s Whitmer, NJ’s Murphy, and NY’s Cuomo - are frequent targets of Trump for not lifting pandemic restrictions as fast as he’d like. Republican-run states have very similar rules about nursing home admissions yet are not under DOJ investigation.
Just yesterday, Barr publicly bashed states that still have restrictions in place, saying that “stay at home orders” are “like house arrest.” Incredibly, Barr added: “Other than slavery, which was a different kind of restraint, this is the greatest intrusion on civil liberties in American history."
  • More: In April, Barr issued a memorandum directing the nation’s U.S. attorneys to be on the lookout for public health rules that might, among other things, constitute “undue interference with the national economy.”

CDC and FDA

Rush coronavirus treatments to save his election chances.
At the end of March, the FDA issued an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) to allow hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine for coronavirus COVID-19 treatment after weeks of pressure from Trump. For instance, eight days before the EUA, Trump tweeted that hydroxychloroquine and azithromycin could be "one of the biggest game changers in the history of medicine" and should "be put in use immediately."
Ultimately, the FDA revoked its EUA in June after more evidence revealed hydroxychloroquine can cause “serious cardiac adverse events.”
Experts say the FDA again caved to political pressure when it approved an expanded use of convalescent plasma to treat covid patients, the night before the Republican National Convention. Despite concerns over plasma’s effectiveness, Trump called Dr. Francis S. Collins, the director of the N.I.H., to tell him: “Get it done by Friday.” When it wasn’t, Trump took to Twitter to accuse those at the FDA of being part of the “deep state” withholding an approval “to delay the answer until after November 3.” The next day, the FDA announced its approval.
Finally, and most obviously, Trump has pressured the FDA to approve of a coronavirus vaccine before the November election. Experts across the board have said there is no way our government and existing infrastructure will be ready to distribute, administer, and track doses by November.
Trump, Sept. 2: "[It's] going to be done in a very short period of time -- could even have it during the month of October… We’re going to have a vaccine very soon, maybe even before a very special date. You know what date I’m talking about” (clip 1 and clip 2.
Just yesterday, Trump contradicted CDC chief Robert Redfield’s timetable for the vaccine, saying the doctor was “confused” in his congressional testimony.
"If you're asking me when is it going to be generally available to the American public, so we can begin to take advantage of vaccine to get back to our regular life, I think we're probably looking at third, late second quarter, third quarter 2021," Redfield told a Senate appropriations subcommittee.
"I think he made a mistake when he said that. It's just incorrect information," Trump said about Redfield's vaccine timeline. Following Trump’s repudiation, a CDC spokesman walked back Redfield’s statements to be in line with the president’s. "He was not referring to the time period when Covid-19 vaccine doses would be made available to all Americans," the spokesman said.

Department of Health and Human Services

Convince the public that the pandemic is gone.
DHS is bidding out a more than $250 million contract to a communications firm as it seeks to “defeat despair and inspire hope” about the coronavirus pandemic. Among the goals of the contract: “sharing best practices for businesses to operate in the new normal and instill confidence to return to work and restart the economy.” In other words: exactly what Trump has tried to project onto the nation despite his failure to effectively contain the spread of the coronavirus.
As the House Oversight Committee has expressed, “rather than focus on planning and executing a national strategy to contain the coronavirus, the Trump Administration is using a quarter of a billion dollars in taxpayer money to fund what appears to be a political propaganda campaign just two months before a presidential election.”
Remember, the pandemic crisis still gripping America is Trump’s own creation. Olivia Troye, Pence’s top aide on the White House coronavirus task force, went public yesterday with her firsthand experiences. She relays that throughout the pandemic, Trump was consumed by himself and his prospects in November. “For him, it was all about the election,” Troye said.
Instead of trying to help Americans and slow the spread, Trump is spending 250 million taxpayer dollars to try to convince us not to believe our own eyes and ears.

US Postal Service

Discredit vote-by-mail and suppress the vote.
President Trump on Thursday continued his months long campaign against mail-in voting this November by tweeting that “MAYHEM” will occur in states that send ballots to all registered voters. In another tweet, Trump falsely asserted that “the Nov 3rd Election result may NEVER BE ACCURATELY DETERMINED” due to nine states running universal mail-in voting.
By casting doubt on mail ballots and the election results, Trump is trying to accomplish two things: (1) persuade voters not to participate in the election, and (2) claim victory prematurely, or even after a decisive loss.
To this end, Postmaster DeJoy - a big donor to Trump’s campaign - has sent confusing misinformation to voters in these states that automatically send registered voters ballots by mail.
DeJoy has also implemented changes at USPS that significantly slowed the delivery of mail, making it harder for people to vote by mail with confidence and, likely, scaring some people away from voting at all in the middle of the pandemic. Trump is betting on these changes having a bigger impact on Democrats than Republicans, especially considering the fact that he has spent nearly the entire year downplaying the threat of the coronavirus to his base.
  • Note: Barr is also cranking out false public statements to discredit vote-by-mail, whether it’s falsely claiming it’s vulnerable to a massive foreign-engineered conspiracy or blatantly misrepresenting actual domestic cases of fraud.

National Park Service

Assist in taxpayer funded staging of campaign events.
Yes, even the National Park Service has been corrupted by Trump, via former oil industry lobbyist and Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt. Most recently, the NPS produced what appears to be a campaign ad, with no other purpose than promoting Trump. In fact, the words “PRESIDENT TRUMP” in all caps are the first words to appear on screen. The video likely breaks the law:
The federal Anti-Deficiency Act prohibits the use of federal funds for purposes other than those Congress has authorized… if Congress has not authorized the Interior Department to use our money to create campaign ads (and it hasn’t), then the Interior Department cannot legally create campaign ads. In addition to this general prohibition against using funds for unauthorized purposes, there is an express prohibition against propaganda.
Additionally the NPS allowed Trump to take over Mount Rushmore National Memorial for an air and fireworks show ostensibly to celebrate Independence day. In reality, Trump used the event to rail against Democrats, promote his statute-protecting executive order, and warn of a "left-wing cultural revolution." Put differently, it was a campaign event in the middle of a national park.
In June, U.S. Park Police (officers of the NPS) took part in forcibly removing peaceful protestors with tear gas and rubber bullets from the area in and around Lafayette Park, a national historic landmark and public place, for the president's photo-op with a bible. And in 2019, the Park Service used $2.5 million in fees paid by national park visitors to fund President Trump's "Salute to America" celebration in the National Mall.
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Structures designed by drag and drop method
HOTEL IMAGES AND VIDEOS
Add the hotel images
Manage the hotelimages(edit, status,delete)
Upload the hotelvideos
GUEST MANAGEMENT
List the booked guestdetails
View the particular guest details
View the booking details
View the particular hotel ,view the room details
Searched by guest details using ticket no , booked date, roomtype, from city , to city
ROOM MANAGEMENT
Search and then list the room details
Searched by hoteldetails using date
HOTEL BOOKING
Searched by hotel details using from the city, to city and date
List the hoteldetails
Select the desired hotel , trip date boarding point and then book the room
Can add/delete hotel details.
Manage bookings and guest
Manage image uploads.
Manage rooms.
Manage user info.
Maintain payment gateway and user wallet.
Manage day’s offers.
Complete end-to-end access.
CANCEL BOOKING
List all cancel
View the particular details
Filtered by hotel using book date , cancel date, travel date
PAYMENT MANAGEMENT
List the room details
View the particularpayment transaction details
Filtered by hotel details using type, from city, to city , date
CANCELLATION POLICIES
Add the refund status
Manage the details(edit,status,delete)
SMS LOG DETAILS
List the sms details
Manage the details(delete)
Search sms details by hotel and day,month,year
EMAIL LOG DETAILS
List the email details
Manage the details(delete)
Search details details by hoteland day,month,year
AGENT PANEL
LOGIN
Login using username and password as registered
CONTROL PANEL
Agent Profile
Deposit
Target and Incentives would be maintained
HOTEL MANAGEMENT
Agent can add the hotel details.
He can view and block the room that’s not of interest.
Manage hotel details (edit/delete/block/unblock).
ROOM MANAGEMENT
View the particular room count and details
View booker and hotel details
BOOKING REPORT
Ledger details
Detailed report
Monthly-yearly-today chart would be maintained
REPORTS
Hotel transaction reports would be maintained
WALLET DEPOSIT/PRINT /CANCEL
Amount in Wallet deposited could be reviewed
Can print or cancel hotel
GENERAL SETTINGS
Viewing and editing site settings such as site name, site URL, logo etc
JavaScript validation for all the required fields
CITY MANAGEMENT
List all the cities
Add the city
Manage the city details (edit, status, delete, pagination)
Filtered the city using city name
LUXURY ITEM MANAGEMENT
List all the items
Add the item
Manage the item details (edit, status, delete, pagination)
Filtered the item using item name
USER MANAGEMENT
List of all the registered users
Manage the users details(edit,delete,status)
View the particular user details
date, user type, from city , to city
HOTEL TYPE MANAGEMENT
List of all the hotel types
Add the new hotel type
Edit, delete, activate and deactivate hotel type
HOTEL BOOKING
Searched by hotel details using from city, to city and date
List the hotel details
Select the desired hotel and boarding point and then book the room
CANCEL HOTELS
List all cancels tickets
View the particular ticket details
Filtered by tickets using ticket no, cancel date, travel date
PAYMENT MANAGEMENT
List the payment details
View the particular payment transaction details
Filtered by bus details using payment type, from the city, to city , date
COMMISSION MANAGEMENT
List the transaction details
Calculate and view commissions
Send the payment particular service provider using Paypal
CANCELLATION POLICIES
Add the refund status
Manage the details(edit,status,delete)
HOTEL SERVICE DETAILS
Add the hotel details
Manage the details(edit,status,delete)
HOTEL BOOKING ADVANTAGE
Add the hotel booking advantages
Manage the details(edit,status,delete)
BULK SMS MANAGEMENT
Filtered the user details
Select the user and multi select the user
Send the bulk sms
SMS LOG DETAILS
List the sms details
Manage the details(delete)
Search sms details by bus and day,month,year
EMAIL LOG DETAILS
List the email details
Manage the details(delete)
Search details details by bus and day,month,year
MANAGE BANNERS
Banners to pop-up with offers would be generated.
MANAGE MARQUEE TEXT
Texts as flash notes either at the top or bottom of the page could be generated.
COUPON
Day-to-day offer coupon codes would be generated.
Contact :
Skype ID : doditsolutions
Email : [email protected] , [email protected]
Mobile : +91 7339131505
Landline : 0431-4000616
Link : http://scriptstore.in/clones/hotel-booking-script/
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2020.09.16 02:58 koreanadian Recommended Food for Cats - My Thoughts

I’ve been doing a lot of independent research on different food options specifically for adult cats (1-10 years). In doing so, I looked at the brands’ recall history, association with the (primarily canine) DCM report published by the FDA, consulted several databases (CatFoodDB, Catological, AllAboutCats, PetDiet, PetFoodReviewer, ConsumerAffairs, etc.). I did look at boutique blogs as well but I personally don’t put too much weight into them. That being said, here are my thoughts and opinions.
*Disclaimer: I am not associated with any of these brands or sites mentioned, nor is this a comprehensive list. Do your own due diligence on your chosen foods.
General: - While cats can be fed on a kibble-only diet, it’s recommended to supplement with wet food due to its moisture content (can be up to 80%). As a reminder, cats, particularly males, are susceptible to developing UTIs. - Free-feeding (dry) is not recommended for adults, particularly if your cat is indoor-only due to the risk of developing obesity. - Supplementation of diets with pumpkin (make sure there are no additives if feeding human-quality) is recommended as it will help to regulate their bowel movements. - A basic understanding of label literacy is always recommended. - Grain-free diets remain controversial at this point, due to its fairly recent popularity. However, see the FDA study above re: DCM, as this relates to grain-free diets. I personally do not differentiate products based on this. Similar to ‘Indoor Cat’ specific formulations.
Do Not Feed: - Any foods found at the grocery store/general supermarket (if you are able). Including but not limited to: IAMS, Whiskas, 9Lives, Fancy Feast. - Food with particularly well-known recall/problematic history (such as Blue Buffalo). - Food formulated for kittens, due to differing caloric needs. - Royal Canin, Purina, Hills Science Diet: I have found that ingredients commonly found in these popular brands are poor in comparison to other brands, and while they may be recommended by some vets, I personally believe these should be avoided.
Best Wet:
Note: I specifically looked at canned varieties, and did not consider pouch or packets. ‘Comparables’ are similar products within the same brand.
First Place Budget: Nutrience Prairie Red Pâté - Why: Nutrience is a reputable brand line created in 1988, with no recall history to date, and sources ingredients from North America. It is also selected as the mid-range option for best dry foods (see below). - Things to Note: Due to the diversity of red meats in this product which is rare (majority are white meats), some cats may not take to this as easily as others. - First 5 Ingredients: Beef, beef liver, beef broth, pork, lamb. - Comparables: Fraser Valley Pâté
Runner Up Budget: Simply Nourish Tender Salmon Morsels in Gravy - Why: Simply Nourish has no recall history to date, and is primarily made with animal proteins. There are no artificial food colouring dyes, and can be readily found at PetSmart, who owns and manufactures this product. - Things to Note: Fish should be fed in moderation, and should act as a supplementary protein to others which are better suited for a cat’s diet, such as chicken or turkey. - First 5 Ingredients: Salmon, salmon broth, water, chicken liver, chicken.
2nd Runner-Up Budget: FirstMate Limited Ingredient Diet Cage-Free Chicken Formula - Why: FirstMate is another brand with no recall history to date, founded in 1989 and headquartered in Canada. As this product prominently features chicken, it is one of the safer options for cats with allergies to other proteins. - Things to Note: Water is the secondary ingredient followed by potato, which makes it relatively higher in carbohydrates than the others. - First 5 Ingredients: Boneless chicken, water, potato, calcium carbonate, sodium chloride.
First Place Mid-Range: Canada Fresh Red Meat Formula - Why: With a 9% guaranteed carb analysis, this product contains much less carbohydrates than the average, which is recommended for cats as it emulates their natural diet. Neither CF nor the parent company (PetKind Pet Products) have been recalled to date. - Things to Note: As a recently launched line (September 2017) in Canada, it may not be as readily available in some US states/other areas around the world. - First 5 Ingredients: Beef, beef liver, beef broth, lamb, tri-calcium phosphate. - Comparables: Beef Formula, Lamb Formula
Runner-Up Mid-Range: Nulo medalseries Limited Ingredient Diet Chicken and Chicken Liver Recipe - Why: Nulo is a newer company (founded in 2009) quickly gaining speed within the premium market, thanks to its many high-profile ambassadors. They have never been recalled. - Things to Note: They do not provide detailed production information (therefore lack of manufacturing information). The Medalseries line is (AFAIK) exclusive to PetSmart locations. The comparable Freestyle line may be easier to find, depending. - First 5 Ingredients: Chicken, chicken broth, chicken liver, ground flaxseed, cassia gum.
2nd Runner-Up Mid-Range: Halo Holistic Chicken, Shrimp and Crab - Why: Halo is committed to products without “meat meals”, GMO-free, with a variety of high-quality offerings. They do not source any ingredients from China. They also have a history of donating to local shelters. - Things to Note: They have not issued any non-voluntary recalls (Spot’s Stew in 2015 due to reports of mold). This product is not recommended for those with seafood allergies. The brand is co-owned by Ellen Degeneres, since 1986. - First 5 Ingredients: Chicken, chicken broth, chicken liver, shrimp, crab. - Comparables: Grain-Free Chicken, Salmon Recipe
First Place Premium: Farmina Pumpkin Feline Venison - Why: It is one of the highest quality brands, with their wet foods being reviewed the most consistently (positively). With this variety, the already-included pumpkin will be favoured for those with sensitive stomachs or GI upset, provided no allergies. The company’s partnership with an Italian university allows it to publish research in scientific journals. Further, their manufacturing, which is located in Europe, is subject to more stringent regulations than in the US. - Things to Note: It is one of the most expensive brands, so many choose to supplement their cat’s diet with additional, lower-cost options. For those seeking food for health conditions, Farmina is one of the most recommended, OTC options. - First 5 Ingredients: Venison, chicken, herring, eggs, pumpkin.
Runner-Up Premium: Tiki Cat (Varieties: Hanalei Luau Wild Salmon, Napili Luau Wild Salmon and Chicken, Hookena Luau Ahi Tuna and Chicken in Chicken Comsomeé, Puka Puka Luau Succulent Chicken, Hana Grill Ahi Tuna with Crab in Tuna Consomeé - Why: According to ‘AllAboutCats’, it’s recommended as the best wet food brand for weight loss. They have a great variety of flavours to choose from, so will benefit a pickier cat. - Things to Note: Tiki Cat is primarily manufactured in Thailand, though owned and distributed in the US.
Best Dry:
Budget: Simply Nourish SOURCE Adult Cat Food, Rabbit and Chicken Recipe - Why: Simply Nourish has no recall history to date, and is primarily made with animal proteins. There are no artificial food colouring dyes, and can be readily found at PetSmart, who owns and manufactures this product. - Things to Note: Although its first three ingredients are meat (or meals), the next two are primary carbohydrate sources. - First 5 Ingredients: Rabbit, chicken meal, turkey meal, dried potato, dried pea.
Mid-Range: Nutrience Grain-Free SubZero Freeze-Dried Beef and Wild Boar (Prairie Red) - Why: This product contains proprietary NUTRIBOOST freeze-dried raw nuggets, for those seeking the advantages of freeze-dried foods at a lower price point. - Things to Note: Nutrience’s ingredients within its dry food offerings are of a higher quality than the average, but the nutritional quality remains average or below. - First 5 Ingredients: Deboned beef, deboned lamb, deboned wild boar, beef liver, lamb liver. - Comparables: Freeze-Dried Poultry and Fish (Fraser Valley).
Premium: Dr. Elsey’s cleanprotein Chicken Recipe - Why: A high quality, protein-packed (59% crude in its guaranteed analysis) dry food with 81% of the food being animal products and oils, with no animal by-products or artificial ingredients. - Things to Note: Dr. Elsey’s food line was launched in 2017, with no recalls to date. Due to its high protein content, the quantity of this food must be strictly regulated, no more than 1/2 cup/day for cats <11lbs. Further, eggs are a source of high cholesterol, so this food would be best suited as a topper, particularly given its price point (~$70/& less than 7lbs). - First 5 Ingredients: Chicken, dried egg product, pork protein isolate, gelatin, chicken fat. - Comparable: With Salmon
Honorable Mentions: - Nulo medalseries Indoor Adult Cat Food: Suitable for those seeking specific formulations, see more details about the brand within the wet food selections above. - Acana Grasslands/Regional Ranchlands: The brand was founded in 1975 with no recalls to date, with ingredients being regionally sourced. Acana has, however been named within the FDA report (see above) regarding DCM. Similar products include Orijen Cat and Kitten, Fit and Trim, Regional Red Cat and Tundra formulations. - Petcurean Go!Solutions Carnivore Grain-Free Chicken, Turkey and Duck Formula: This company’s Go!Solutions line is very favourably reviewed, with a particular standout accompanying product being the Fit and Free Chicken, Turkey, Duck Pâté Recipe (Wet).
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2020.09.12 17:01 lyrics85 How to Get Anyone Do Anything

Since we are almost 5000 members, I thought of creating something special.
Here are some of the best tips and techniques shared on this subreddit by Daniel and me.
On each number, there is the source of that technique.

Confidence

1 - Act even if you don’t feel confident. Many people wait until they have enough confidence to do something, but it doesn’t work that way. You need to act and gradually the fear will diminish.
2. Give logical arguments against the inner critic. Since we are emotional creatures, we tend to exaggerate things. So, by using logic to counteract these negative thoughts, we ensure that we don’t get overwhelmed by emotion.
3. Stretch the comfort zone. If you have a certain fear, build a fear ladder – arrange things from least scary to the scariest. Face them one by one. And always remember the first rule.

Charisma

  1. When you listen attentively, you make people feel great and it also gives you the opportunity to better understand them.
  2. Eye contact is one of the primary ways charismatic people make others feel important.
6. Conviction is extremely important. When you really believe in your idea or product, you'll influence other people to have the same belief.
7. Don't try to be perfect all the time. People will like you more after you make a mistake - but only if you are a competent person.
  1. People are more attracted to those similar to them.
9. Synchronizing your movements with those of another person can increase the feelings of closeness, cooperation, compassion, and sexual desire.

Persuasion

  1. People will do anything for those who encourage their dreams, justify their failures, allay their fears, confirm their suspicions, and help them throw rocks at their enemies.
11. If you want to persuade someone, you need to grab his interest first.
  1. Use analogies, metaphors, and stories to explain in simple words complex topics. These tools are very effective to teach and persuade at the same time.
13. In general, we operate on autopilot because the brain likes to save energy. You can break someone out of autopilot by asking a direct question. At this moment, you have their focus, interest, and curiosity.
14. Research on personality traits and persuasion concluded:
· Fearful people were more likely to follow the crowd and be persuaded to act by people with authority.
· People with a malevolent profile were less likely to be influenced by authority figures, less willing to return a favor, and more likely to be persuaded if something was only available for a limited time.
· Socially apt people were more likely to be persuaded to do something if it helped maintain their commitment to something they'd done before.
15. If you want to change behavior, change the environment.
16. Stories can increase the persuasiveness of weak facts, but actually decrease the persuasiveness of strong facts.
  1. Two-sided arguments are more persuasive than one-sided arguments, but only when you provide counter-arguments.
When you talk about the benefits of a particular action, accept that there might be some drawbacks but then offer counter-arguments that minimize the effect of drawbacks.
You’re basically overcoming objections before they even raise them.
18. If you have a big networking event, the only ice breaker you need is "Tell me about yourself".
19. In job interviews and first dates, don't focus on your talents - focus on the efforts you've put in to gain those talents.
20. It's more effective to say "more and more people are doing what I say" than "X% of people are doing what I say".
21. When uncertain regarding a choice, people tend to put more weight on the size of the reward than the probability.
22. People are more likely to believe that repeated claims are true, and higher intelligence and analytical thinking style offer no defense.
  1. Make people feel needed.
  2. When aware of an impasse, we will do anything to gain a sense of hope.
  3. The more frequently we can get another person physically involved with us or our cause, the more we can expect their loyalty to remain intact.
  4. People take for granted what they know they can have
27. People want what they feel they can't have
28. When 25% of a group adopts a new social norm, the rest of the group follows suit.
29. People give preferential treatment to members of their own group, even if the group is completely meaningless.
30. A way to strengthen a group is by creating an enemy group.
  1. People sometimes believe what they are told, but never doubt what they conclude.
  2. One thing I’ve noticed about you
This phrase is powerful because you took the time to observe a unique personality feature. I’m not guessing, is a fact.
“One thing I’ve noticed about you is how comfortable you are with yourself, most people aren’t like that”.
33. The thing I’ve always admired about you
Using the word “admired” shows you appreciate and respect them.
And it can be a useful tool to defuse the situation when someone is being rough on you.
“The thing I’ve always admired about you is that you say exactly what you mean”.
  1. Because - Use the word “because” and you’ll find others agreeing with you much more often.
People have an almost instant positive response to this word.
People decide emotionally, then justify with facts.
Build a lot of emotion into your argument, follow that with the word “because,” and then give a fact.

Marketing

  1. Humans want what other humans want.
  2. The illusion of popularity. A certain brand is not the best in one category, but it might be in sub-categories.
They can say: “X number of products sold weekly”,” We’re the fastest-growing company," “8 out of ten people love this”.
37. Flowery description in the menu affects the perceived taste of food.
A study showed that descriptive labels not only resulted in more
orders but also led the participants to rate those foods as tasting better than the identical foods with a generic name.
People perceive descriptions such as 'tender grilled chicken' to provide a higher value than just 'grilled chicken'.
  1. Anchoring is a cognitive bias for an individual to rely too heavily on an initial piece of information when deciding.
You raise expectations that the price of a product will be very high, then you break those expectations by giving a lower number.
39. People want to be excited. Build anticipation before big announcements to create more buzz.
40. Using envy as a marketing tool can backfire - people with low self-esteem can feel unworthy of the product.
  1. Prior to the iPod, nearly all earbuds were black.
White earbuds not only made the iPod stand out but may have also created the impression that more people owned iPods than actually did.
42. How does your product help people? Look past obvious. Try to create the advertising message in a way suggesting that your product fulfills their desires.
For example, cosmetic companies don't sell lipsticks. They sell romance.
43. Customers who get a free product are more likely to recommend it to others than customers who paid for the same product.
44. Too many choices make it harder to choose and make customers less happy with their final choice.
45. Consumers prefer brands that are authentic and are motivated by passion more than profit.
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2020.09.10 03:32 AutoModerator General Questions Thread, September 10, 2020

A thread for new collectors to ask basic questions of the community.
Frequently Asked Questions below!
A longer version of the subreddit rules is here.
For questions specifically concerning bootlegs or vendor legitimacy, please ask in the Bootleg Megathread.
NSFW & Spoiler Guidelines
  • For Self Posts: include a bolded NSFW note next to links in that post.
  • For Links to sites/images: If the figure is NSFW, or the website has any NSFW content (including ads) be sure to tag your post NSFW and use the appropriate link flair.
Bootlegs
Any collection posts containing bootlegs, comments advocating buying bootlegs, or links to sites selling bootlegs, recasts, or unlicensed merchandise will be removed.
People often ask about the legitimacy and/or safety of a number of websites which sell large resin statues. The more commonly-asked of those deal primarily in resins from studios which do not have a license from the Japanese IP holders to produce merchandise. Therefore links to those sites are not permitted here. Another sign is if MyFigureCollection doesn't list the either the statue, its manufacturer, or the shop it's being sold on.
MyFigureCollection
My Figure Collection is like MyAnimeList... but for figures! Their database includes thousands of items which been produced during the last couple of decades, along with reviews of shops and other helpful articles. One can also list their own collection and post gallery photos.
Shops
Retailers:
AmiAmi HobbySearch Mandarake (sells rare figures) Good Smile Company Online Shop (often has exclusives) Good Smile Company US shop Crunchyroll Shop Hobby Link Japan (aka HLJ) Solaris Japan (MFC partner) Big in Japan (also has proxy service) Tokyo Otaku Mode FigureHaven Archonia (EU retailer) Jungle
List of retailers on MFC
/AnimeFigures' List of Retailers
Community Guide to Shopping in Japan
Blogs/News:
Nekomagic (News/Previews) NyaaFigurines (Reviews/Releases) Kahotan's Blog (News/Reviews) Figma Blog (JP)

Buying & Shipping

1. What’s the best place to buy my anime figures from?
That’s going to depend a lot on what works for you, but most people around here buy them from Amiami, Big in Japan, Hobby Search, HobbyLink Japan, or Tokyo Otaku Mode. If none of those work for you for whatever reason, there’s a list of reputable retailers in the sidebar that you can check out at any time. Be extra careful when ordering figures from websites like Amazon or ebay, as there are a lot of bootlegs on those sites. Don’t be afraid to ask in our Bootleg Megathread if you’re unsure.
2. What differences are there between the shipping options I get from most Japanese shops?
Below is a rundown of the main shipping choices you’ll get at most retailers. Keep in mind that if an order is large enough you will be forced to use one of the more expensive options, as SAL shipments have lower size and weight restrictions.
  • Unregistered SAL: Sometimes referred to as uSAL, is usually the cheapest method. It does not come with any tracking or insurance. Usually takes up 2-4 weeks for delivery.
  • Registered SAL: Sometimes referred to as rSAL, is insured for the declared value up to 6,000 yen. It comes with a tracking number and usually takes 2-4 weeks for delivery.
  • EMS: This method of shipping is much faster than either SAL options, usually arriving within a week of shipment. EMS shipments are insured for the declared value up to 2,000,000 yen.
  • Airmail
  • E-packet
  • Surface: Shops don't offer this very often. It's an actual cargo ship and slow as a result.
  • DHL: Becoming more available as an alternative to EMS on AmiAmi and other sites. Can be less expensive than EMS and of comparable speed, but may be more reliant on the specific geographical area being shipped to. Offers their own tracking.
3. I placed two+ orders for figures at different times. Will my items be shipped together, or will I have to pay shipping twice?
Most shops will ask you to pay shipping on a per-order basis, but here are some that will allow combined shipping:
  • Amiami: You can combine orders here, as long as the orders ship in the same month. It doesn’t matter if the item is new or preowned. Any preorders that are set for that month can also be combined with other orders for that month. However, be aware that if the preorder gets delayed, Amiami will remove that item from that month’s shipment and place it on a new order. To combine orders on Amiami, use the “Combine Orders” feature under “My Account”.
  • Hobby Search: Hobby Search will let you combine orders that release in the same month, but you cannot combine in stock items with preorders. If you want to combine multiple preorders, or multiple in stock items, you can do so using the “Order Recombination” feature on your account page.
  • HobbyLink Japan: At HLJ, you have the option to send paid orders to their “Private Warehouse”, where you can store them for up to 2 months. When you’re ready to ship the items, you simply select which items to ship and HLJ will combine them into one shipment for you. To use this, just select the “Private Warehouse” option as shipping when you order.
  • GSC Web Shop: Here you’ll pay a flat 2,000 yen fee per order. It doesn’t matter how many items you put in your order, or how many different months the items release in. They will charge you 2,000 yen and ship all items as they release. The exception to this rule is their Wonder Festival exclusive items. Those can only be placed in the same order as other Wonder Festival items.
If you’re unsure about whether or not a shop we haven’t listed will combine your orders, please refer to their individual FAQ’s.
4. When will I get charged for my preorder?
Most Japanese shops charge you once the item is in stock and ready for shipment. When that happens, they will send you an email asking for payment. Some shops (mostly overseas ones), will allow you to pay for the item up front though, if you’d like. A few with that option are:
  • Big in Japan (Japanese store)
  • Tokyo Otaku Mode
  • Anime Island
  • Crunchyroll
Keep in mind that overseas stores will likely get the figure a few months after Japanese ones, so pay attention to the release date stated on the website you are buying from so as to avoid that confusion.
5. Should I expect to pay customs fees when importing figures?
That depends on where you live. Here’s a quick rundown:
  • Australia: 10% GST is now assessed up front.
  • Canada: Minimum declared value for charges is around CAD$20 for regular shipments, and CAD$60 for gifts (gifting something only seems to lower the declared value by about CAD$40, not deplete it completely). When using Amiami, try their Small Air Packet option. It comes with tracking, gets there in about the same time as EMS, and is better at avoiding customs.
  • Europe: Using EMS raises your chance of getting charged for customs. SAL can still avoid customs in some countries, but generally gets checked in the UK now if the items are above the threshold. Amiami offers a shipping service called “Small Air Packet” that is really good for avoiding customs when you are only shipping one or two figures. Small Air Packet usually takes about the same amount of time as EMS, and still comes with tracking.The minimum declared value for customs charges in the Europe is pretty low- around £15 (£36 for gifts) / €20.
  • Mexico: Minimum declared value for customs fees is USD$300 for shipments by post, and USD$50 for shipments by courier.
  • United States: A shipment has to have a declared value of USD$2,000 before customs starts hitting you with fees, so you most likely won’t have to worry about them at all.
6. The figure I want is an exclusive, how do I go about ordering one outside of Japan?
You have three options for this:
A. Big in Japan is known to stock exclusive figures and ship to other countries. Usually the price is higher because they build in their proxy fees, but it’s easier than worrying about using a forwarder or proxy service. If you live in the US, Crunchyroll, Right Stuf, and Tokyo Otaku Mode also get exclusives sometimes, but out of the states the shipping can get expensive.
B. Forwarding Services: A forwarder is someone who you ship an exclusive item to so that they can forward the package on to you, usually for a flat fee + shipping. When using a forwarder you still make the purchase yourself, and enter their address into the shipping field. When the box arrives at the forwarder they will then stick your address onto the package and send it on its way.
Some popular forwarders are:
Be sure to read each sites instructions on forwarding carefully!
C. Proxy Services: With a proxy, you tell them what the item you’re looking for is and they will purchase it in your stead. This is handy for when a company doesn’t accept foreign credit cards, or you’re having trouble navigating a Japanese website.
Some popular proxies are:
Again, be sure you thoroughly read through each sites proxy instructions.
7. I see a bunch of really cheap figures that ship from China on ebay. Are those okay to buy?
Generally, no. They’re most likely bootlegs. If you want a second opinion on that, feel free to ask in the Bootleg Megathread that’s always stickied at the top of the sub.
8. What’s a bootleg, and how can I avoid buying them?
A bootleg is a counterfeit figure often made using rejected molds of the official product. They are usually priced significantly lower than the genuine article, and in order to make their profit, bootleggers use lower quality materials and have less attention to detail- resulting in a substandard figure.
The Bootleg Megathread that I mentioned in question 7 is a great tool to avoid buying any bootlegs. It has a few tips and tricks to avoiding them to begin with, and a few more on how to spot them if you’re worried you might already own one.
9. Does anyone know when figure X is going to be released? How do I know if it was delayed?
My Figure Collection (sometimes referred to as MFC) does an excellent job of staying on top of information like release dates and delays. If you’re curious about an upcoming figures release date, check there first. This information can be found directly under the “Releases” section on a figure’s entry. If you only see a month and a year in that section, it means the release date has not yet been announced by the manufacturer, and there is still a chance the figure could be delayed.
If you make an account on MFC you can also subscribe to comments, changes, and pictures via a checkbox on the right hand side of a figure’s listing. Subscribing to any of these things will allow MFC to send you an email anytime the subscription in question updates. Subscribing to “changes” is a great way to keep up with release dates and delays, among other things.
10. The figure I want is long sold out at normal retailers! What’s the best place to pick it up in the aftermarket?
A list of reputable retailers can be found under the “Shops” section of the /AnimeFigures sidebar. They all sell legitimate products, and many of them also sell figures second hand. However, the most frequently suggested second hand sites are Mandarake and Amiami- who has a preowned section that they update every night save Sundays and Japanese holidays around 1PM JST and again around 6PM JST.
AmiAmi grades their pre-owned items on a letter scale. The general consensus from buyers is that their ratings are conservative, so unless the item and/or packaging is specifically indicated as having significant flaws, pre-owned items from them are usually in at least as good a condition as their rating suggests.
Note: When you search Mandarake, you’ll get the best results by using the Japanese characters for whatever you are searching. If you don’t know them, you can find them on MFC by clicking on any of the “details” in that figure’s listing.
11. Amiami has a figure I’m interested in labeled as “For sale in Japan only”. Does this mean I can’t order it without a proxy or forwarder?
No, you can still order it. Amiami’s English site has that warning on many items, and it’s mostly meant to inform you that this product was made for a Japanese market, and as such, will have Japanese speaking/writing in it- so don’t expect any instructions to be in English. If Amiami doesn’t want foreigners buying a certain product, they won’t even list it on their English site.

Displaying Your Figures

12. What display cases do you recommend?
If you live near an Ikea try out one of these:
*If you decided on a Detolf, you might find that there is a lot of wasted space. Here are a few tutorials on raising the shelves or and adding extra ones in.
If you don’t live near an Ikea, Amazon has a few display options, though they are more expensive. Also keep an eye on your local Craigslist (or your country’s equivalent) and stores near you that are closing up.
13. What lighting do you guys recommend?
Ikea’s Dioder LED strips are often suggested. They come in white or muti-colored.
Most hardware stores carry something similar though, if you don’t live by an Ikea. Just make sure that the lights don’t get too hot!
14. What are those clear plastic boxes that I see under everyone’s figures in their collection posts, and where can I get them?
Those are called risers. Most of us use standard acrylic risers like these. Some other, easy to find things that have been suggested are:
Check your local hobby store for the first 2 options, or your local hardware store if you want to make your own.
Another common suggestion is to visit The Container Store if you have one near you. They have a lot of things to choose from that can suit a variety of needs. Be sure to check out their standard acrylic risers, their Amac boxes, and the various display cases they sell (baseball cases, mini car cases. hockey puck cases, etc).
15. Should I keep my figures sealed?
That is, of course, up to you really, but here are a few things to keep in mind when debating this question:
  • Keeping it sealed can actually damage your figure. PVC figures usually have something called plasticizer in them, and that plasticizer needs to be able to breath. If a PVC figure isn’t exposed to oxygen, after a period of time the plasticizer starts to break down and form a sticky substance on the surface of the figure. Simply opening your figures and taking them out of the box prevents this from happening. If you happen to find plasticizer goo on one of your figures, Kahotan has a handy guide for dealing with it.
  • Unlike some other figure markets, keeping an anime figure sealed won’t raise its value by a whole lot. In fact, because of the plasticizer problem mentioned above, your figure could actually be in better condition if you open it versus keeping it sealed.

Finding the Right Figure(s) for You

16. There are so many figure companies! Who makes good figures?!
Obviously this is a very subjective question, but as a general starting point, here are a few well renowned figure companies:
  • Alter
  • Max Factory
  • Good Smile Company
  • Kotobukiya (usually hit or miss for people. Use your best judgement based off of the prototype)
  • Aquamarine
  • Flare
  • Stronger
17. I really love “series X / character X”- how can I check if any figures were ever made for it?
My Figure Collection can be your best friend here. Simply do a search on the name of the series or character using the search bar located at the top right of the screen, and all associated figures pop up!
Alternatively, if you’re looking at a figure’s MFC entry, most of the text under the “Details” section can be clicked on and used to run a search.
18. How can I commission a custom figure?
None of the major figure companies (Alter, Kotobukiya, Good Smile Company, etc.) will take a commission for a single figure. This thread has a few websites in it that you can check out, or you can look into garage kits. Some kit painters would be willing to resculpt, frankenstein together, or otherwise modify kits for the right price.

Keeping Up with New Announcements

19. How can I keep up with figure news (announcements, updates, etc.)?
Most people use a MFC combined with any or all of the following news sites:
To use MFC for this I’ll quote question #9.
If you make an account on MFC you can also subscribe to comments, changes, and pictures via a checkbox on the right hand side of a figure’s listing. Subscribing to any of these things will allow MFC to send you an email anytime the subscription in question updates. Subscribing to “changes” is a great way to keep up with release dates and delays, among other things.
Most companies have one or more Twitter accounts. Some examples: Good Smile Company sales, Good Smile's USA branch, Max Factory, AmiAmi Hobby News.
20. Everyone’s excited about something called Wonfes….. what the heck is that?!
WonFes (short for Wonder Festival) is a biannual figure expo where many figure producers (both large and small) show off new sculpts and updates to figures already under way. Most companies save their most exciting announcements for WonFes, so we all look forward to the expo whenever it rolls around! Winter Wonder Festival is usually held in February, while Summer Wonder Festival is usually in July. The event has also spread to Shanghai, in the late spring.
21. One or two (or 15) figures were announced at WonFes that I’m really excited about! How can I keep track of their progress once the event is over?
MFC is always really quick about getting new WonFes announcements (or any others throughout the year, for that matter) listed in their database, so we suggest using that. To find a figure from the event you can search any number of things, including the name of the character or the name of the show. You can also use the tag search to search “WonderFestival 20xx_[season]” to see all items announced at that event.
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2020.09.05 03:29 StevenStevens43 The British Olduwan

The British Olduwan
Olduvai gorge:
One of the most important archaeological and anthropological sites in the world, in understanding the earliest known origins of Human-being, comes from a location known as Olduvai gorge in Tanzania, were Oldowan is thought to have first began evolving in to modern human, 1.9 million years ago.
Olduvai gorge
The Olduvai Gorge it has proven invaluable in furthering understanding of early human evolution.

Homo habilis, approximately 1.9 million years ago
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However, it is likely that Olduwan was born from inter-racial breeding
Oldowan:
It appears one of the first things Oldowan man done, was go seeking for lands, perhaps a little cooler in temperature, as Olduwan, 1.8 million years ago first appeared in Georgia, Europe.
In fact, by 1 million years ago, Olduwan man had even turned up in the area that would be considered modern day London.
Pre-history of Europe
Homo erectus georgicus, which lived roughly 1.8 million years ago in Georgia), is the earliest hominid to have been discovered in Europe.
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Olduwan expansion
Indonesia:
Other Oldowans headed for Indonesia.
Paleolithic
Homo erectus in Indonesia by 1.8 million years
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Russia:
1.5 million years ago, Oldowan man entered Russia, by the Caucasus, which leads in to Scandanavia from the Northern land bridge, which still exists today.
Pre-history
In 2006, 1.5-million-year-old Oldowan flint tools were discovered in the Dagestan Akusha region of the north Caucasus,
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Dagestan
China:
China 1.35m years ago
Paleolithic)
Recent study shows that the stone tools found at Xiaochangliang site are magnetostratigraphically dated to 1.36 million years ago.[9]
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Return of Oldowan:
It would appear one of Olduwans descendants, likely returned to Africa around, 300,000 BC, via europe. Crossing the Gibraltar straits.
Paleolithic
the Acheulean. Possibly the first hunters, H. erectus mastered the art of making fire and was the first hominid to leave Africa, colonizing most of Afro-Eurasia and perhaps later giving rise to Homo floresiensis.

The earliest known Homo sapiens fossils include the Jebel Irhoud remains from Morocco (ca. 315,000 years ago),[12]

Don't take offence:
Ok, now, it is likely that the first modern humans, are still around today, in the exact same form they were then. And today, they are classed as "intelligent modern humans".
They were likely, "the pygmy peoples".
The reason they were likely the same people, as todays pygmy peoples, comes from the knowledge that the Jebel Irhoud, were extremely small in size.
Morphology
The Jebel Irhoud individuals also had very thick brow ridges and lacked prognathism.[18]
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Magdalenian:
Now, anthropoligical studies pretty much prove, that the Magdalenians that inhabited mainland europe between 17,000 BC and the onset of the younger dryas, were the same people as Jebel Irhoud.
Period biology
The fauna of the Magdalenian epoch seems to have included tigers .
Magdalenian humans appear to have been of short stature, dolichocephalic, with a low retreating forehead and prominent brow ridges.
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Magdalenian expansion
Cheddar man:
The map above does not attribute Southern parts of Britain, to have been colonialised by the Magdalenians, however Britains oldest known skeleton is Cheddar man, believed to be from around 9,100 BC, and also thought by anthropologists, to be black in skin colour.
Cheddar man
Cheddar Man is a human male fossil found in Gough's Cave in Cheddar Gorge, Somerset, England. The skeletal remains date to the Mesolithic (ca. 9100 BP, 7100 BC) and dark or dark to black skin.[2]
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Doggerland:
The reason it would have been so easy for the Magdalene to colonise Thames valley, would be due to the fact that, not only would they have the brain capacity to cross the Gibraltar straits, they would also have the advantage of being able to cross the Doggerland land bridge, which had not sunk yet, until 6,500 BC.
Doggerland
Doggerland was an area of land, now submerged beneath the southern North Sea, that connected Britain to continental Europe. It was flooded by rising sea levels around 6500–6200 BC.
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Doggerland
Pygmy peoples:
Pygmy peoples of today, can be found mostly in the Congo region of Africa.
They are a peoples which typically average a height of less than 4 ft 11.
Pygmy peoples
In anthropology, pygmy peoples are ethnic groups whose average height is unusually short. The term pygmyism is used to describe the phenotype of endemic short stature (as opposed to disproportionate dwarfism occurring in isolated cases in a population) for populations in which adult men are on average less than 150 cm (4 ft 11 in) tall.[1]
The term is primarily associated with the African Pygmies, the hunter-gatherers of the Congo basin (comprising the Bambenga, Bambuti and Batwa).[2]
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Pygmy peoples
Effacer le Tableau:
Whilst the only noticable difference between you, and a Pygmy person, is their small stature, and the fact that even today, they are hunter gatherers, despite some politically correct Scientists insisting that Pygmy peoples are not descended from Hunter gatherers, the Pygmy peoples have been the victims of repeated attempted genocides and extermination campaigns.
Most recently, January 2003.
Violence against pygmy peoples
From the end of 2002 through January 2003 around 60,000 pygmy civilians and 10,000 combatants were killed in an extermination campaign known as "Effacer le Tableau" during the Second Congo War.[27][28] Human rights activists have made demands for the massacre to be recognized as genocide.[29]
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Baka dancers
Bantu master:
Even "today" the Bantu make no bones about the fact that they are the pygmy peoples "masters".
Perhaps it makes them feel big.
However even "you" have joined in, on Pygmy genocidal bullying, without even knowing it, or have you never used the term "mongo", in your younger years?
Mongo, is a pygmy language, aswell as a Pygmy location.
The word Mongo, should not be used disparagingly.
But unless you want to be part of a genocide campaign, you should also not ban the word from your vocabulary.
Simply use it, respectfully.
To put in to simple terms.
If a pygmy person went on the internet, and told everyone he was a Mongo, he would likely be banned, by a well meaning leftist, that does not realise that, this this person, really is from a village called Mongo, near congo, and speaks Mongo, and banning this person is about the most insulting and racial discriminative thing one could possibly do.
Reported slavery
In the Republic of the Congo, where Pygmies make up 2% of the population, many Pygmies live as slaves to Bantu masters. The nation is deeply stratified between these two major ethnic groups. The pygmy slaves belong to their Bantu masters from birth in a relationship that the Bantus call a time-honored tradition. Even though the Pygmies are responsible for much of the hunting, fishing and manual labor in jungle villages, Pygmies and Bantus alike say that Pygmies are often paid at the master's whim: in cigarettes, used clothing, or simply not paid at all.
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Pygmy language centres
Zoos:
Discimination against pygmy peoples is not new.
Pygmy peoples, even recently, have been sent to live in zoo cages next to Lions and Tigers, and many people view Pygmy peoples, as Paleolithics.
Even in the USA, as early as 1907, they were viewed as a circus act, alongside animals.
Systematic discrimination
Historically, the pygmy have always been viewed as inferior by both colonial authorities and the village-dwelling Bantu tribes.[15] Pygmy children were sometimes captured during the period of the Congo Free State, which exported pygmy children to zoos throughout Europe, including the world's fair in the United States in 1907.[15]
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Pygmy person in Bronx zoo cage 1906
Pepi II:
Even as far back as 2297 BC, a 13 year old Egyptian pharoah named Pepi II, took great delight in capturing a pygmy person, and bragged about to everyone in Egypt.
The Egytians begged him not to kill the pygmy person, but instead bring the Pygmy person back to Egypt.
Likely to be used for entertainment purposes.
Early years of Pepi II's reign
Sent to trade and collect ivory, ebony, and other precious items, he captured a pygmy. News of this reached the royal court, and an excited young king sent word back to Harkhuf that he would be greatly rewarded if the pygmy were brought back alive, where he would have likely served as an entertainer for the court.
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Iymeru:
But what do we learn from this?
We learn that modern humans from 300,000 BC had the potential to be extremely literate, intelligent, and that the idea that even Olduwan may have been an Ape, is simply misguided ancient discrimination and racism, and was genocided, quite simply because he was too stubborn to give up his traditions, and likely lacked physical build in order to stick up for himself against bigots that likely wrongfully viewed him as an illiterate fool.
However Pygmy peoples are regarded by Scientists, as modern humans.
And pygmy peoples, such as Iymeru, have been in even the highest positions of the ancient Egyptian empire.
Iymeru, was the second most powerful man in Egypt, during the 13th dynasty.
He was the Pharoahs vizier.
So much for Pepi II's circus act.
Iymeru)
Iymeru was an ancient Egyptian vizier) in office during the 13th Dynasty.
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Iymeru
Indian pygmies:
However, there is a twist in the tale.
It appears more likley, that the magdalenian Pygmies, "were not" in fact the same pygmy peoples as todays Congo contingent, but in actual fact, were more likely Indian pygmies.
The African pygmies likely took the long way round the world, instead of going directly across the Gibraltar straits.
South east Asia
Frank Kingdon-Ward in the early 20th century reported a tribe of pygmy Tibeto-Burman speakers known as the Taron inhabiting the remote region of Mt. Hkakabo Razi in Southeast Asia on the border of China (Yunnan and Tibet), Burma, and India.
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Indian Pygmy
Indo-European
The reason it was more likley Indian pygmies, than African pygmies, comes from the fact that there is plenty more evidence, which i will reveal later, of Indian descended people, having colonised Europe, and even America.
Not only this, one of the most common languages in todays world, is Indo-European.
Indo-European likley was a language that evolved over thousands of years, likely in stages, and likley due to pro-longed exposure to one anothers culture.
Indo-Aryan first arose in the Levant around the time of the ancient egyptian empire, when Indians and Aryans colonized lower egypt.
Indo-European evolved when Indo-Aryans invaded India during the battle of the ten kings in 1400 BC.
Though, it was likley that the Aryan language, already contained certain Indo components, by the time the colonized Egypt, and those were probably picked up from the Magdalenian period, when Aryans likely had to invade european mainland to escape the polar ice-caps, and integrated with Megdalenians.
Though, Indian genes in the northern hemisphere even pre-dated the Magdalenians, which i will cover later, so it is also likely, that when the Aryans invaded european mainland, and integrated with Magdalenians, their Aryan language already contained Indo components.
We can also see by the photo of the Philippino girl, how Anthropologists could mistake Cheddar man for being black.
This is due to the fact, that Indians, "are" descended from Africans, so, in a round about way, the Magdalenian "are" African pygmies, though not as directly as one would first think.
It is likley that the Magdalenian arrived in europe via India.
Though they likely made their escape, over the Gibraltar straits, the place were it all began.
Saudi Arabia:
Whilst it is actually likely, that modern day human was already living in Scandanavia, and even european mainland, as far back as 300,000 years ago, it is most probably that any evidence of this, was washed away during the younger dryas, when both Britain and Scandanavia, lay under polar ice-caps.
But the first "recorded" movement of modern day humans, comes from 75,000 years ago when Africans first entered the Arabian peninsula.
Pre-history
A 2011 study found that the first modern humans to spread east across Asia left Africa about 75,000 years ago across the Bab-el-Mandeb connecting the Horn of Africa and Arabia.[56]
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Arabian expansion
India:
Modern human, from the Arabian peninsula, arrived in India, sometime between 80,000 and 60,000 years ago.
Paleolithic
"Modern human beings—Homo sapiens—originated in Africa. Then, intermittently, sometime between 60,000 and 80,000 years ago, tiny groups of them began to enter the north-west of the Indian subcontinent.
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Israel:
As Israel was in Mesopotamia, Africans travelling to the Arabian peninsula, Indonesia, or anywhere else, would have no other option than to go through the Levant, making Israel one of the earliest populated areas by modern human.
120,000 years ago.
And almost definitely Black African.
Pre-history
The oldest fossils of anatomically modern humans found outside Africa are the Skhul and Qafzeh hominins, who lived in the area that is now northern Israel 120,000 years ago.[85]
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Neanderthal man:
The best evidence of what Neanderthal man looked like, comes from very well preserved remains of Neanderthals found in Shanidar cave in Iraq.
The remains were thought to be from between 60,000 and 80,000 years ago, and they do point to a slightly different culture sharing the lands of Mesopotamia, with Africans.
Iraq pre-history
During 1957–1961 Shanidar Cave was excavated by Ralph Solecki and his team from Columbia University, and nine skeletons of Neanderthal man of varying ages and states of preservation and completeness (labelled Shanidar I–IX) were discovered dating from 60,000–80,000 years BP.
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Neanderthal man
Neanderthal:
Neanderthals got a bad rap.
There is no doubt Neanderthal was Asiatic.
And do you remember Pepi II? That wonderful African pharoah that delightfully hunted down a "pygmy" when he was a boy? Well, this African also took great delight in carrying on the honoured age old African tradition of "smiting" Asiatics.
Well racism and discrimination is actually quite prevalent within the ancient egyptian dynasties, and an ancient old traditional practise of native egyptians smiting inferior Asiatics, can be traced back to 3000 BC, during the reign of Den.
The depiction even included a "bearded" foe.
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The picture shows Den in a gesture known as "smiting the enemy". In one hand Den holds a mace, in the other hand he grabs a foe by his hair. Thanks to the braids and the conic beard the foe has been identified as of Asian origin. The hieroglyphs at the right side say "first smiting of the east".
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Smiting asiatics
Literate:
Now, i am hoping i no longer have to go in to too much detail about how, in actual fact, Scientists now think Neanderthal man was likely literate, and actually extremely intelligent.
In fact, intelligent Africans "would not" interbreed with an idiot.
And Neanderthal man did breed with other humans in this area.
In fact, breeding with Neanderthal man, is likely where Africans gained a bit more bulk from, by breeding with a person that is derived from Northern sub grouos, that have grown to be a bit bulkier in bulk, in order to with stand the cold winters.
He also likely was 50/50 in providing the components that would later evolve in to the AfrAsian language, that is spoken by Semites, and Arabians, as well as some Africans, but nobody knows were it evolved from.
Neanderthal
Neanderthal technology is thought to have been quite sophisticated.
Compared to modern humans, Neanderthals had a more robust) build and proportionally shorter limbs. These features are often explained as adaptations to conserve heat in a cold climate,
Neanderthal got cornered in Spain:
Now just like the previous two groups, Neanderthal, being from european mainland, and who still exists today, got cornered in Spain, by this new anatomically modern human-being.
Inter-group relations
Canadian ethnoarchaeologist Brian Hayden calculated a self-sustaining population which avoids inbreeding to consist of about 450–500 individuals, which would necessitate these bands to interact with 8–53 other bands, but more likely the more conservative estimate given low population density.[31] Analysis of the mtDNA of the Neanderthals of Cueva del Sidrón, Spain, showed that the adult three men belonged to the same maternal lineage, while the three adult women belonged to different ones. This suggests a patrilocal residence (that a woman moved out of her group to live with her husband).[233] However, the DNA of a Neanderthal from Denisova Cave, Russia, shows that she had an inbreeding coefficient of ​1⁄8 (her parents were either half-siblings with a common mother, double first cousins, an uncle and niece or aunt and nephew, or a grandfather and granddaughter or grandmother and grandson)[83] and the inhabitants of Cueva del Sidrón show several defects, which may have been caused by inbreeding or recessive disorders.[218]
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Neanderthal
Anatomically modern people:
Now, do you remember the Magdalenians from earlier in this post?
Well here is a photo of Anatomically modern people.
Early modern human
Early modern human (EMH) or anatomically modern human (AMH)[2] are terms used to distinguish Homo sapiens (the only extant human species) that are anatomically consistent with the range of phenotypes seen in contemporary humans from extinct archaic human species. This distinction is useful especially for times and regions where anatomically modern and archaic humans co-existed, for example, in Paleolithic Europe.
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Early modern human
Neanderthal did not get wiped out:
The early modern human however, did not wipe Neanderthal out.
They shared european mainland with other literate human-beings.
Some of those human-beings, particularly the ones from Britain, that at this point in time, is just a part of Eurasia, probably looked more like this.

Western neanderthal
Denisovan:
Now, Neanderthal not only spread out from Mesopotamia along European lines, and escaped via Spain, but also along Northern lines, before escaping in to Canada via the Bering land bridge, that was around at the time.
However, the remains are no longer considered to be that of Neadnerthal, but in fact, that of Denisovan, the ancestor of Australian aboriginals, as well as Inuits and Paleo-Indians in America, and others.
Pre-history
That Russia was also home to some of the last surviving Neanderthals was revealed by the discovery of the partial skeleton of a Neanderthal infant in Mezmaiskaya cave in Adygea, which was carbon dated to only 29,000 years ago.[6] In 2008, Russian archaeologists from the Institute of Archaeology and Ethnology of Novosibirsk, working at the site of Denisova Cave in the Altai Mountains of Siberia, uncovered a 40,000-year-old small bone fragment from the fifth finger of a juvenile hominin, which DNA analysis revealed to be a previously unknown species of human, which was named the Denisova hominin.[7]
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Denisovan
Lapland:
Now, it is likely that Paleo-Indians lived in europe, relatively peacefully, with one another.
At least until the younger dryas, when blond haired blue eyed Aryans from Scandinavia had to invade European mainland.
It is likely what happened during this period, is Aryans became less friendly, and forced Anatomically modern humans to flee via Spain, go and live in the Northern regions and peripheries as Eskimos in Iglus, or go and breed with the current Indigenous peoples of America and Australia and update their DNA.
When the Ice-caps melted, Scandinavians likely returned to Scandinavia, and pushed the Sami people farther and farther north, until they could go no farther north, and to this day, there is a peoples in the most Northern regions of Scandanavia and Russia that regard themselves as the indigenous peoples of Scandinavia and Russia.
They are called the Sami peoples.
You have likley heard of them, without realising it.
They are Laplanders.
The place Santa Klaus is from.
Sami people
The Sámi people (/ˈsɑːmi/; also spelled Sami or Saami) are an indigenous Finno-Ugric people inhabiting Sápmi, which today encompasses large northern parts of Norway, Sweden, Finland and the Kola Peninsula within the Murmansk Oblast of Russia. The Sámi have historically been known in English as Lapps or Laplanders. Sámi ancestral lands are not well-defined. Their traditional languages are the Sámi languages which are classified as a branch of the Uralic language family.
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Sami peoples
Indigenous Americans:
The Indigenous colonisation of the Americas happened in two waves.
The first was between 57,000 BC and 17,000 BC.
However a Polar Ice wall prevented the first arrivals from prevailing any farther than Alaska.
Migrations in to the continents
Alaska was a glacial refugium because it had low snowfall, allowing a small population to exist. The Laurentide Ice Sheet covered most of North America, blocking nomadic inhabitants and confining them to Alaska (East Beringia) for thousands of years.[53]
Second wave:
Just as the Polar ice wall in Alaska was beginning to melt, and the ice-caps began shifting towards Britain and Scandinavia, the Aryans likely came down from the Northern lands, and many Paleo-Indians likely fleed across the melting Bering land bridge and got over just in time, to breed with Indigenous Alaskans, and populate the Americas.
Canada pre-history
The first inhabitants of North America are generally hypothesized to have migrated from Siberia by way of the Bering land bridge and arrived at least 14,000 years ago.[23]
South America:
Obviously some Paleo-Indians made it over the Ice-wall prior to the second wave arriving, as archaeologists are of the belief that South America saw it's first arrivals around 16,500 BC.
Pre-columbian era
The earliest archaeological evidence from human settlement in South America comes from Monte Verde (possibly as early as 16,500 BCE).[11]
Isolation:
Until the arrival of the Spanish during the Columbian era, Paleo-Indians would have been pretty isolated, with not too much opportunity for evolving, so the 1500 AD perfectly intact mummified Inca sacrifice, would give a good clue as to what the Paleo-Indians that arrived 14,000 years ago, or even 57,000 years ago, looked like.
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Inca sacrifice
The Australian aboriginals have a similar ancestry.
The fact that modern Australian aboriginals have the exact same ancestors as US Indigenous peoples, and were hunter gatherers when Aryans first arrived in Australia, despite making crossings on land bridges on two seperate sides of the globe, is pretty much suggestive that early modern anatomical Indonesians inhabited most of the globe, and were very much literate. And modern, and they in turn were likely descended from a mixture of Israeli Neanderthal and Afro pygmy persons.
Pre-history
Human habitation of the Australian continent is known to have begun at least 65,000 years ago,[45][46] with the migration of people by land bridges and short sea-crossings from what is now Southeast Asia.[47] The Madjedbebe rock shelter in Arnhem Land is recognised as the oldest site showing the presence of humans in Australia.[48] The oldest human remains found are the Lake Mungo remains, which have been dated to around 41,000 years ago.[49]
At the time of first European contact, most Indigenous Australians were hunter-gatherers with complex economies and societies.[53
Greenland:
The Paleo-Indonesians even found their way to Greenland by 2500 BC.
Early Paleo eskimo cultures
In prehistoric times, Greenland was home to several successive Paleo-Eskimo cultures known today primarily through archaeological finds. The earliest entry of the Paleo-Eskimo into Greenland is thought to have occurred about 2500 BC.
And the photo just goes to show, the farther North you get, the whiter you get, as ones skin evolves to adapt to the cold.
And when you get even farther north, the redder you get.
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Greenlandic Inuit couple
Summary:
But, the point is, that blond haired blue eyed Aryans almost definitely pre-dated the younger dryas, and they moved southward, and any trace of their previous existence was wiped out by one of humanities greatest ever Cataclysms when an entire sub-contentent, and an Island, was cut in half from manland europe.
All this happened between only 6500 and 11,000 BC.
The northward movements that have been attributed to the populating of Britain and Scandinavia, and the sudden appearance of white blue eyed people, was actually a "re-population", and they already lived in those lands previous to that.
They had lived and evolved in those lands, ever since Oldowan turned up in the Thames valley 1 million BC, and 1.5 million BC in Russia.
But until the younger dryas came and wiped any history of them out, they had no real reason to make any significant appearance on european mainland, were archaeological evidence would be preserved.
And that is why the first archaeological evidence of white man only appears after and during the Younger dryas.
However britain was likely not originally inhabited by pure Aryans.
Pure Aryans likely began colonising Britain only after the Northward migrations.
And even then. they likley shared the Island with Greekish looking people, as well as possibly even remnants of Indonesians, and the place likely got divided after Doggerland sank, and Scandinavians eventually began adding Britain to their North sea expansion.
Likely beginning around 3000 BC, with the invention of their Hjortspring boat.
Bronze age
Thousands of rock carvings from this period depict ships, and the large stone burial monuments known as stone ships, suggest that ships and seafaring played an important role in the culture at large. The depicted ships most likely represent sewn plank built canoes used for warfare, fishing and trade. These ship types may have their origin as far back as the neolithic period and they continue into the Pre-Roman Iron Age, as exemplified by the Hjortspring boat.[43]
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2020.09.02 16:22 orangutanA1 USSR and the Gulag, analysis and work are from our comrade u/Jmlsky.

USSR and the Gulag:
First of all, let's break the norms and put here my resources. I exclude Werth because it's thru numerous work that I will quote him, and you'll find all of them in the section resources of the main Wikipedia article. So here's what I'll use, with the addition of the famous antisoviet historian Werth.
Sources:
Anne Applebaum, Goulag : Une histoire, 2005
Nikolaï Feodorovitch Bugaï, Goda 30-40 : narodov SSSR deportatsii kvoprosu [La question de la déportation des peuples de l'URSS dans les années 1930 et 1940], revue Istoriia SSSR no 6, 1989;
Jean Radvanyi, La Nouvelle Russie, Collection U, Armand Colin, 2004, 3e édition mise à jour, page 58, arrondi à 50.000
That will be my main sources about the toll of death, prisoners numbers, and death rates, all extracted from the French Gulag Wikipedia article
These sources are based upon actual soviet archives analysis, I will begin with the following quote that is extracted from The french Gulag wikipedia article
Keep in mind that between those two date, there is this small event called the second world war, that lead to an inflation of the death rate in the prison. Also, the 10% of death rate is a Conquest data who has been clearly refuted since. And what they call reliable simply mean western historians.
In the 2000's, Nicolas Werth, a famous anticommunist academician who's one of the main contributor of the infamous Black book of communism, reworked on the numbers of death rate in Gulags, downed it to "between 3-7% pre WW2, and between 0.4-1.2% post wars."
I won't recalculate their numbers on the Werth basis, because there is honestly no need to do it. You already see the flaw.
About Werth analysis of the Gulag numbers, and so Conquest ones, in 1997, an academician, Lily Marcou, blamed him for his lack of seriousness in his work, because Werth were advocating Conquest numbers of 20 millions of death, only to, a few year later, defend not even 3 millions and pretend to be serious.
​But that's historiographical debate, let's just keep their data and move forward. I will use Applebaum data again.
This graphic is the common resources. Let's take a random pre-war year and analyse it. 1936
So as Applebaum numbers, there are around 1.300.000 prisoners in USSR.
Now I will quote another Historian who had access to Soviet archives, Jean Radvanyi, in La Nouvelle Russie.
In peace time, pre-war, the numbers of dead in the Gulag was around 50.000 a year. It's numbers from the archives. Flat. Which mean that in 1936, by Applebaum numbers, there were 1.3 million prisoner, and if there were 50k death, it make 3.85% of death rate. We're far from Nazi concentration camp, it's not even comparable.
It's to be noted here that the % of prisoners is around 1-1.5% of the total population of USSR at the time, as there were around 180 millions inhabitant (1937-1939 recensment) in USSR.
Who was sent to the Gulag ?
Let me quote another time Werth about what Gulag prisoners was.
"De son côté, le chercheur Nicolas Werth indique que la grande majorité des personnes déportées dans les années 1930 étaient des innocents pris dans la rue pour compléter les quotas de déportation, et qui purgeaient, sauf exception, des peines de droit commun n’excédant pas cinq ans."
"For his part, the researcher Nicolas Werth indicates that the vast majority of people deported in the 1930s were innocent people caught on the streets to supplement the deportation quotas, and who were serving, with some exceptions, common law sentences not exceeding five years. "
It's written black on white, they were in their vast majority common law delinquentes and weren't sentenced to death, lifetime or things like that, they were condemned to prison for a few years maximum for the vast majority and they for 95% for them get out of Gulag.
Basically they pretend in the same time that Gulags were massive political repression and mass killing camp against political prisoners, and that the vast majority of people weren't even politicized;
They pretend that it was mass killing concentration camp, where in fact a vast majority of people were sentenced for a few years and get out of the Gulag.
They pretend dozen of millions of people died, when it fact it was not even 1 millions between 34 and 47, so including the purge and the world war, as even westerner historian who have worked on the archive have reported.
Does it make the Gulag system good? Hell no, but it clearly show how much the western propaganda can have an hypocrite double standard when it come to what's moral and what's not. Let's make another case study.
A modern time comparison.
Let me introduce you to nowadays USA prisoners number. And before digging further, I want to put two fact under the spotlight.
" Section 1. Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction. "
  1. Immediate improvements to the conditions of prisons and prison policies that recognize the humanity of imprisoned men and women.
  2. An immediate end to prison slavery. All persons imprisoned in any place of detention under United States jurisdiction must be paid the prevailing wage in their state or territory for their labor.
  3. The Prison Litigation Reform Act must be rescinded, allowing imprisoned humans a proper channel to address grievances and violations of their rights.
  4. The Truth in Sentencing Act and the Sentencing Reform Act must be rescinded so that imprisoned humans have a possibility of rehabilitation and parole. No human shall be sentenced to Death by Incarceration or serve any sentence without the possibility of parole.
  5. An immediate end to the racial overcharging, over-sentencing, and parole denials of Black and brown humans. Black humans shall no longer be denied parole because the victim of the crime was white, which is a particular problem in southern states.
  6. An immediate end to racist gang enhancement laws targeting Black and brown humans.
  7. No imprisoned human shall be denied access to rehabilitation programs) at their place of detention because of their label as a violent offender.
  8. State prisons must be funded specifically to offer more rehabilitation services.
  9. Pell grants must be reinstated in all US states and territories.
  10. The voting rights of all confined citizens serving prison sentences, pretrial detainees, and so-called “ex-felons” must be counted. Representation is demanded. All voices count."
Or we could have spoke about how they are used to down firefighter salary, by being sent to fight Californian fire for "between $2.90 and $5.12 per day, plus an additional $1 per hour during active emergency for their potentially life-threatening efforts. The firefighters they work alongside earn an average of $91,000 each year before overtime pay and bonuses."
In brief being a prisoners in 2020 in the US of A isn't really a pleasing thing to say the very least.
In 2017, the USA, despite being only 5% of the world population, had 25% of the world prisoners. About the overall numbers of prisoners:
"En 2012, environ 2,2 millions de personnes étaient incarcérées aux États-Unis contre environ 2,3 millions janvier 2011*, soit environ 0,9 % de la* population adulte (238 millions)"
" In 2012, approximately 2.2 million people were incarcerated in the United States1 compared to approximately 2.3 million in January 2011, or approximately 0.9% of the adult population (238 million) "
Let also talk about the Blacksites, the CIA secret prisons, or more specifically about Abu Ghraib torture and prisoner abuse, and also about the Bagram one, or the Camp Nama one, and of course, Guantanamo Bay.
I mean, literally all the iraq prison abuse scandal or even things like the Copper Green scandal, or the Maywand district murders, or heck even how their own USA Human right report of March 1, 2014, stated that the PATRIOTIC Act has "encroached upon rights and freedom of citizens, especially the people of ethnic minorities".
Here is another list of legal issues related to the 9/11. And we shouldn't forget the official 2002 torture memo. It's not in 1940 guys.
Another point that is alway good to remember, USA had racist law up until 65.
It is alway good to remember it, because it still have effect nowadays. For instance, "As of 1993, young African-American men are eleven times more likely to be shot to death and nine times more likely to be murdered than their European American peers. Poverty, high unemployment, and broken families, all factors more prevalent in hyper segregated inner-cities, all contribute significantly to the unequal levels of violence experienced by African-Americans. Research has proven that the more segregated the surrounding European American suburban ring is, the rate of violent crime in the inner-city will rise".
Or also the fact that " According to 2009 congressional testimony from Marc Mauer; while African Americans comprise 13% of the US population and 14% of monthly drug users they are 37% of the people arrested for drug offenses; as well as 56% of the people in state prisons for drug offenses. The U.S. Sentencing Commission reported in March 2010 that in the federal system black offenders receive sentences that are 10% longer than white offenders for the same crimes. A July 2009 report by the Sentencing Project found that two-thirds of the people in the U.S. with life sentences are non-white. According to a new report, African-Americans are three times as likely to be killed by police as white Americans.".
But it is not finish yet, we couldn't conclude without citing the famous MKUltra project, in which the CIA tested many drugs, from LSD to DMT, on prisoners
I'm no trying to negate the gulag existence, I'm factually relativising its importance, especially since we have way more bad shit as of right now and no one care. I mean, I could have talk about Camp Buca, in which the Deash leadership prepared their evil plan among 26.000 other prisoners, in what is seen as a model usa prison camp. Or the actual concentration camp scandal that is ongoing at the usa border. Or the fucked "war on drugs" that put literally millions of people in jail for consuming drugs... And so on and so on...
I know that I may sound a bit out of topic, but it's important to put events in their context, and here it means to says what was the situation around the World at the time, because if we don't we will inevitably fall into an anachronistic analysis and so an incorrect one. Gulag were bad, clearly. Prison aren't supposed to be good in the first place, and they still aren't good nowadays. But it's absolutely not comparable by any mean with any type of nazi camp. For instance, except for the death sentenced, almost no dead were wanted by the political power. Of course, for the two or three weak in the back that will say me it, there were abuse, numerous, and probably that there have been corruption, yada yada, but there are no willing to genocide or mass supress people who went to the Gulag, or no such proof had been produced by the historiographical World as of today, or no consensual one afaik.
And i'm comparing it to the USA both because of historical and economical context. The cold war and so the War between the two blocks as two superpower, but also as a capitalism vs communism ideological conflict, which lead me to my last and final point.
We are not liberal. I do recognize the numerous flaws and abuse and perversion of the Gulag, just like I would with any other prison system, but I 100% recognize that if we put on a scale what was accomplished under Stalin and all those who profited from his leadership, versus those who had to unfairly suffer from it, it certainly is vastly more beneficial both for communism and the soviet citizen as whole, and I've no shame in being proud of it, especially when you see where does most of his criticizer leave and who they are.
The best proof of it is the fact that it's not Stalin that made the purge. It was the whole party and state apparatus, and a big part of the people too. Especially all the abuse.
So when people say that Stalin did this or that, what they factually highlight is their very own lack of understanding of Marxism Leninism, of USSR and of the functionment of a Party.
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2020.09.02 09:33 user_miki WELCOME

Welcome Brothers
I will start first with what men are in regards with their humanity.A normal person would ask why this is necessary to be pointed out.Is it not obvious?Well ,I did that because society has no good words or good attitude in regard with the other half of human species, especially in western countries.
MEN ARE GOOD PEOPLE.
MEN ARE THE EMPATHETIC SEX.
MEN HAVE BEAUTIFUL SOULS.
MEN ARE THE FORGIVERS.
MEN ARE NOT RAPISTS.
MEN ARE NOT RACISTS.
MEN ARE NOT THE OPPRESSORS.
MEN ARE HUMAN BEINGS TOO.
-WHY MEN ARE GOING THEIR OWN WAY?
Boys in schools
Yet boys and men are increasingly demonized by society at home ,in schools ,in media and at their work place.
Boys are bullied and abused in schools by girls, by feminist teachers, by their own single mothers(growing up without fathers) and by main stream media.They are often singled out, reprimanded and shamed, just for being boys.They are graded lower than the girls, they are handicapped to achieve and actively discouraged to pursue their dreams.Many are pumped with drugs,future candidates for mental health clinics.Boys are brainwashed into accepting their gender guilt for the sins they never committed or understood and heavily feminized, stripped of any resemblance of masculinity.Meekness and self degrading is rewarded ,assertiveness,curiosity ,intelligence and ambition are punished.
In the eyes of this society they are the potential rapists, potential racists, potential women beaters.Their voices are silenced ,they retreat in shame,nobody want to be associated and listen to them.
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7503273/Family-autistic-boy-five-say-labeled-sexual-predator-hugging-classmates.html
https://archive.is/qDxU5
Boys and men in academia
As boys become men the demonizing continue in colleges.That if they manage to be admitted in good colleges.Most graduates are women because men have no place there.They are not wanted moreover they are actively discouraged to follow higher education. Colleges are increasingly hostile to men.Most scholarships are for women, men are excluded.Their dreams to become somebody great are shattered by an unjust and discriminatory high education system.White boys from poor families cannot have access to higher education.
The men that still get access to a good college are not of the hook.The society will not let them rest,God forbid.They are considered potential rapists, many were falsely accused of sexual assault and rape in Kangaroo Courts by feminists and expelled without due process.
In order to destruction of their soul to be complete they are forced to apologize for their skin color in reeducation courses shamed with mandatory anti-rape and anti-racist training only for white men, not for white women.
https://www.intellectualtakeout.org/article/how-higher-education-studies-men/?fbclid=IwAR0kthEZ0QP0vmbJbcA_FyUWPyEeaoXaa5DUHea8aj46CkF0sDDDa-gCdvQ

They are forced to pledge allegiance to a racist anti-men ideology that want men to be destroyed,to be humiliated and transformed into SJW drones.
Men at work.
The abuse continue with shaming and demeaning mandatory anti-rape an anti-racist anti-white, white fragility training.All our dignity it is stripped with the bullying and abuse we have to endure in order to put some food on our table.Those that are non-compliant are shamed and fired from their jobs.
If the work involves working with women you are always to be careful what you say, what you wear, your body language, where your political allegiance is.You must always watch your back, looking over your shoulder to protect yourself. You can be falsely accused of inappropriate comments, unwanted sexual advances,creation of a toxic environment,lewd jokes,sexual assault or even rape.
All by vindictive women that you may have refused their sexual advances or did not like your look(ugly)or when they want your job position and accusing you of bad behavior will get rid of you without many questions asked.
If you are accused, women will always be believed.The punishment is swift without any due process or real investigation.You will lose your job, your reputation and nobody will employ you again in the same type of job.Your dreams will be shattered ,your life is ruined.
Men in relationships.
As Robert Briffault noticed more than 80 years ago the female of the species determine the conditions of the mating and forming families.Regarding mating ritual of humans a common pattern was observed from anecdotal evidence ,from experience of different men with women for many years ,from women recounting of their personal preferences (so called "standards"),and also in recent modern days with researches using statistical analysis on dating sites regarding dating behavior on personal preferences of men and women.
What all this gathered data managed to conclude was a behavioral pattern of modern women , specifically that 80% of women want to date/mate with the top 20% of men .
80% of women consider those the 20% as the real men.
As society is pumping more and more narcissism in women(girls you can do anything,you are stunning and brave, you don't need men and at the same time you can have any man regardless of how your are as a person.) the dating world became worse and worse,you can see now entitled fat, obnoxious, lazy women with 2 pages list of requirement for the men they are looking for.It is mind blowing.
That human female mating preference was studied extensively in the last years by many manosphere scholars and is called Hypergamy. More about that ,you can find in the The Rational Male by Rollo Tomassi and on his site.
https://therationalmale.com/
There are also many articles and discussions on internet on this topic of Human female hypergamy.
See also Briffault's Laws( Robert Briffault English surgeon, anthropologist):
https://www.psychologytoday.com/intl/blog/machiavellians-gulling-the-rubes/201610/briffaults-law-women-rule
They consider only 20% of men being attractive enough .Modern women mate preferences include the guys over 6" tall muscular, confident ,with good sexual prowess,having their shit together(those are the common requirements that women put in their bio searching for suitable mates)and/or guys that exhibit the dark triad personality and variations(sociopaths, lack of empathy, narcissists, aggressive, manipulative ).The better combination of looks with dark triad personality the more women are attracted to those type of men.
With the advent of the social media and explosive spreading of dating sites these women have access and compete for these men.They are more than happy to share those men.They make babies with those men . They don't see or even consider other men below their so called "standards".
That left the 80% of men scrapping the bottom of barrel, left to choose from 20% of women that nobody want to date(fat obese entitled women, junkies, tatted single mothers with many children, wasted CC riders, aso).
These included the so called the "nice guys" that are expected to marry the "leftover" women(that have children from multiple relationships ) and slave all their life life raising children of the other men.
This imbalance in dating market left normal men unable to find a suitable mates.The dating market for them are leftover women.This raised another huge range of problems for men on top of societal abuse.
Men in family.
He is the slave for his wife and children.He has a family as long he can produce and provide for them.
In an western type family he has no authority in front of the wife and children(especially if he has girls).He has no say on children education,health ,well being or correction.
When he stopped being useful or annoy his wife or his wife found another man to cheat on him he is discarded like a used rag by the women that play the role of his wife, with the help of government and family courts.He may be accused on the spot for domestic violence against his wife, against children and stripped away from his parental rights.He will be always be at the mercy of his wife and family courts to see his children in the future.
He is divorced raped.He will loose his house, his saved money, his children and he must pay alimony and child support regardless if he has a job, an income or not.Many of divorced raped men end up homeless in parks, under some bridges ,living in the car "drowned" in alcohol and drugs or dead taking their lives.
Men in society
Society is gynocentric put women well being and needs first above all other humans including children at the expense of men.The hierarchy of needs on this society is Women first and Children second.On the economic side women control the consumer market,80 % of global spending is controlled by women.Women have the last word when a family purchase is decided.Men are the support, they are the ones that pay for all this ,they are the drones.
Society uses women to control men.They control them by their balls and by their instincts by men human nature.They use men sexual drive, their compassion ,their instinct to protect to provide against them to chain men into slavery.
For more info read also the book "The Manipulated Man" by Esther Vilar
See also the Warren Farrell's ,"The Myth of Male Power".
That is the book that red pilled me.
see also:
https://www.reddit.com/mgtowbooks/
The society legitimizes women hypergamy and criminalizes men sexual interests. Women are free to sleep around care free but men can be at risk of legal consequences.
It was becoming evident in this decade with the raising of social media and men being able to communicate better and exchange notes that in relationships women in majority don't love men.They don't love men, they are in a relationship with.The relationship is the one of a parasite to its host.They don't see men as human beings only as human doings.We are tolerated as long as we produce/provide something.That is the female human nature exposed.
So taking in consideration all this abuses and problems that society dumped on us, we men decided that enough is enough and we want to take our "toys" and leave the playground.
No marriage, no cohabitation with the society slave owners - women.
These are the main MGTOW tenets regarding MGTOW men - women interactions .Marriage and cohabitation are dangerous traps for men.There is absolutely no benefit for men to be in a meaningful relationships with modern women,only risks.The risk to loose your liberty, your life and your resources.The risk vastly outweigh the benefits.We will avoid romantic relationships with women as that is the framework of our exploitation.
“Most all of nature, males assume a particular role: that of protector, provider. Females, reproduce. But what happens when this system goes too far? When the males are required to provide too many resources, too much security and the females are not even required to bear children. That’s what we’re looking at within Western civilization today.” -Howard Dare
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We will make our own parallel society with a parallel culture, hidden in plain sight (like first Christians did in Roman Empire and managed to subvert and dethrone its polytheist foundation ) ,with the hope that will grow enough to subvert the principles and ideology of the current society.
We consider that the normal political activism and protesting is futile and a waste of energy and time.More than 10 years of MRA failure, to secure with political activism, men's rights , taught us that much.
We think that the solution is inside of each man.The transformation of himself to become a better man,to put himself first, his dignity,his purpose,his needs, his wants, his will, in order to say "NO"more and to shun this society and its ideology.
On each man going his own way.One man at a time.
We play the long game.
God help us succeed!


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2020.09.02 05:31 kentexcitebot Chrome OS Stable channel got promoted to Chrome OS 85. This is what changed!


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The Chrome OS Stable Channel got promoted to milestone today - from 84.0.4147.136 to 85.0.4183.84. As with every new milestone update, this brings massive new changes to the table, offering several new features, bug fixes, and security enhancements to better improve your Chrome OS user experience. Due to the sheer size, I may be missing a few things here and there. Here is what changed!

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Accessibility
Party like the 90's!
Ambient lock screen

This experimental feature is still in development. To try it out, you'll need to enable a Chrome flag. Copy-paste the following URL and change the dropdown from "Default" to "Enable": chrome://flags/#enable-ambient-mode 


New subpage to allow you to customize the Ambient lockscreen

Android subsystem

Goodbye Google Play Music. Hello YouTube Music!

Ash

Mic gain allows you to quickly adjust your microphone settings


Launcher search can now find Chrome OS Settings


New animation when windowing a maximized window.


Shelf apps will scale down if there are no more room left on the shelf. This behavior only applies if your Chromebook is in tablet mode.


Launcher search can now search for apps on the Google Play Store


Wi-Fi icon is much easier to see on the lockscreen.


Shelf items will be limited to the active desk. Requires modifying Chrome flag.


Virtual desk area now uses the accent color of your wallpaper

Assistant
Camera app

You can now pause and resume your video recording, and take a snapshot

Chrome

Tab groups and tab collapsing in action.


The brand new privacy redesign

Quickly see a small thumbnail preview of your tabs.



Quickly block third-party cookies


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Printer labels, including the status of the printer, is integrated into Print Preview.

Chrome OS Settings

Chrome OS Settings search got a lot smarter


Sync your Wi-Fi passwords so that you don't have to remember them!

Family Link
Files app

New \"Open With\" and \"More Action\" when right-clicking a file

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Brand new bordered virtual keyboard.

Linux (Beta)
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Print jobs app

See what's printing with the new Print jobs app.

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Quick Answers
Wallpaper picker app

The nitty-gritty stuff


This advanced section is a long list of things changed that impacts web developers and enterprise users. There are a lot more nitty-gritty stuff in the full changelog linked below, but this list covers the most important Blink and Chrome changes introduced in this release cycle.

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Platform changes


This part covers the most significant platform changes I found in this build, from platform version 13099.110.0 to 13310.59.0. Platform updates typically include low level changes like kernel, driver updates, and other device-specific fixes.

Linux 4.4
Linux 4.14
Linux 4.19
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Libapps
Overlays

Click here to see the full official list of changes by Google (no platform logs, sorry). Enjoy, and happy updating!
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2020.09.01 07:00 SteamieBot The Steamie - Tuesday 1 September 2020

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This day in 1720 saw the official marriage ceremony of Prince James Francis Edward Stewart and the Polish Princess Maria Clementina Sobieska. The marriage took place at the Italian Cathedral of Monte Fiascone, and the union led to the birth of Charles Stewart in Rome in 1720. Maria Clementina Sobieska was one of Europe's richest heiresses and brought the Stuarts a cash injection. The Polish Princess had been kidnapped on her way to the original wedding the preceding year to "The Old Pretender". She escaped, and had married James by proxy when he was away trying to raise support for the 1719 Rising. After the Rising was quashed, Jacobite hopes were raised in the form of the infant prince Charles.
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2020.08.31 22:23 SML101417 A couple of cost-saving ideas I'm excited about. Feel free to add your own to the list!

I'm super practical and take a lot of joy in finding deals. Here are a few things I'm doing that I am excited about and wanted to share. If you have other ideas, please add to the list!


I hope this is helpful and I look forward to hearing what others have done!
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2020.08.30 12:39 chico2794 The Bell (Part 1)


Chapter One
I was going to a yard sale in my town with my girlfriend. It was a spring day and the weather was nice, so we decided to take a walk. While we were walking, we came across a sign that was stapled to a telephone poll advertising a yard sale.
“Hey, a yard sale. Let’s go check it out,” my girlfriend said.
I looked at the sign, and saw that the yard sale was only a few streets away, so we decided to walk over there and take a look. The yard sale was set up on the front lawn of an old Victorian style house, which had to be built in the 1800s. We noticed a few people there, browsing the items that were for sale.
Monica, my girlfriend, collected antiques. She was always on the lookout for something for her collection. A young couple were waiting on the browsing people. Monica was checking out a table with some assorted knick-knacks on it, while I was looking at some old paperback books. I noticed that she was holding up a small brass bell studying it.
“David, come look at this,” she said to me, and I walked over to the table to join her.
She handed me the bell to examine, and to me it just looked like an old bell, but I am not into antiques like she is, so I just said, “This is very interesting honey.”
“It’s very old, that is what drew my attention to it,” she exclaimed. “I would like this for my collection.”
The lady who was running the yard sale came over to us.
“Hello, do you see something that you like?” she asked us. She was very pretty, about 5 feet 7 inches tall, with a petite build, and shoulder length blond hair, and I guessed around 25 years old.
“I would like to ask you about this bell,” Monica said to the lady.
“That belonged to my grandmother,” the lady exclaimed. “My name is Cheryl, and this was my grandmother’s house. My husband John and I, are selling some things from her estate, because I am afraid, we are selling the house. I am only keeping the pictures and jewelry and other little keep-sakes, but we are selling the rest.”
“John, honey, come over here.” He came over to join us, and he immediately looked familiar to me when I saw him.
“I have forgotten my manners Monica laughed, let me introduce myself, my name is Monica and this is my fiancée David.”
“Well I’ll be damned that’s John Robertson,” I said to Monica.
Both her and Cheryl looked at each other a bit puzzled.
“David, I thought that was you,” he said and we shook hands.
“Babe, this is David Jones, we went to school together,” he said to Cheryl.
“Oh? How nice, “she said
“John, I thought that you had moved to California?” I asked him
“I did, and we still live there, when Cheryl’s grandmother passed away, we came back here to settle her estate.”
“This is my fiancée Monica,” I told him. “She collects antiques and she was admiring this bell.”
“I remember my grandmother telling me that the bell was from the 1800s, I think? It belonged to some eccentric old guy.”
“I would like to buy it for my collection,” Monica said to Cheryl
“Let me give it to you as a gift for your upcoming wedding,” she told Monica
“Really? She asked. Are you sure? I mean I could pay you for it.”
“Please accept it as a gift, “Cheryl said
“Thank you, Cheryl, that’s very sweet of you,” she replied
“Your very welcome Monica, and how would you and David like to join John and I for dinner tonight?”
She looked at me and I nodded my approval. We said our farewell’s and Cheryl asked us to come by around 5:30 that evening.
We walked back to our house, it belonged to my mom, who had passed away a few years ago. It was also a Victorian style home; it had been totally renovated about 10 years ago. It was a beautiful home.
It had 2 main floors and also a third smaller wing, with 5 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, a large country style kitchen, with a living room, and a parlor, and a few smaller rooms that could be used for an office or spare bedrooms etc. The attic was very large also. It was really too big us, but I wanted to keep the house in my family, so I kept it.
In the entrance hall there was a glass display case, where Monica kept some of her antiques on display. She had collected various things over the years. She had old plates, coins, dolls, figurines, etc. I liked books myself and had a modest collection.
“That was nice of Cheryl to give you the bell,” I said to her
“Yes, I thought I would bring some nice wine with us for dinner as a gift to them.”
“That sounds like a good idea honey.”
I had gone to school with John, and we hadn’t seen each other since graduation. We had both went off to college, he was going to be an electrical engineer and I majored in English. It would be good to talk with him and catch up, I wasn’t really big on going to my high school reunions, I was sort of a loner in high school. Monica left to go get some wine for dinner that evening, and I decided to take a shower and get changed into more suitable clothes for dinner.
It was 3:15 pm
Chapter Two
We arrived at Cheryl’s grandmother’s house right on time. We just walked over there again from the house. I didn’t see the need to bring the car. Monica looked very elegant dressed in a black cocktail dress, and a pearl necklace and earrings. She had purchased 2 bottles of wine from the liquor store. One bottle of Chardonnay and a bottle of Burgundy. We walked up the path onto the front porch and rang the bell.
John opened the front door and welcomed us in. He was dressed casual like I was. He had on a short sleeve button down shirt with Dockers.
The front hallway was a similar design to my house. To one side of the hallway was the staircase to the second floor. It had old fashioned lighting fixtures and I could see where originally it had gas lights. The hallway entered into the dining room.
“Cheryl is in the kitchen, I wanted to grill he laughed, but she wanted to cook so…” he trailed off
“Let me go find her and give her the wine,” she said to John
“Sure, the kitchen is left of the dining room, you can’t miss it.”
She walked into the dining room and went to the left to find Cheryl.
“David, come, let’s sit in the living room while we wait for the ladies.”
I followed him into the dining room and to the right of it was the living room area. It was about the same size as my living room maybe 20 feet by 30 feet. It had a very nice oriental rug and was decorated with antique furniture.
“We better not let Monica see this furniture, she’ll want to buy it,” I commented, and we both laughed we sat down and started to talk.
“How long has it been David?” he asked me.
“God, must be 20 years John, since our graduation.
We chatted a bit and then Cheryl and Monica came into the room and announced that dinner was ready.
“This is a beautiful house Cheryl.” Monica commented
“Thank you, I really wish we could keep it, but we have our careers out in California. Unless I rented it out, I don’t see how I could possibly keep it.”
“You said this was your grandmother’s house? Was it in your family a long time?” Monica asked.
“Oh yes my great, great, grandfather built it. He was a railroad tycoon of some sort, my grandmother never talked much about her family. I had got the feeling that there were some skeletons in the closet, and you know how older people are about scandals,” she laughed.
“So, your maiden name is Gellar then?” Monica asked
“Yes, it is, I guess this is kind of a historic house after all. It was the railroad that put this town on the map and my great, great, grandfather. His name was Fredrick Gellar. He helped found this town.
“You have a very interesting family history,” Monica replied
“This is a great dinner Cheryl, thank you for inviting us,” I said
They were enjoying a dinner of roast beef, mashed potatoes with gravy and fresh vegetables and fresh baked bread. The wine that David and Monica brought, went well with the meal.
We finished up our dinner, and Monica and Cheryl cleared the table and went into the kitchen to do the dishes. We all went into the living room to talk, after we had a dessert of homemade chocolate cake with coffee.
John asked if we wanted an evening cocktail and we both excepted. He made me a scotch on the rocks and Monica had a martini. We started talking about the usual thing, jobs and stuff, and I could tell that Monica wanted to find out more about Cheryl’s family.
“Monica, would you like to see the rest of the house?” asked Cheryl
“Oh, I would really like that.”
“David would you like to come along?” asked Monica
“I’m going to stay here with John and have my scotch, you go ahead babe,” I replied, and the ladies walked out of the living room.
Monica followed Cheryl into the hallway and they went up the stairs to the second floor.” I really wanted to keep the house, but I don’t think we can,” Cheryl said, and she looked distraught. Monica felt bad for her, so she said, “Listen, Cheryl, if you and John have to go back to California, why don’t you wait on selling the house? I mean David and I can keep an eye on the house for you while you’re gone. I really don’t mind, and if you want to look into renting it out to a family, I can help you with that too.” She looked at me with tears in her eyes and gave me a hug.
“Thank you, Monica, that would mean a lot to John and I. Are you sure that it’s not a problem?”
“Not at all, I will discuss it with David later okay?”
She showed me the bedrooms and bathroom upstairs, they were all very beautiful rooms, and I could tell that her grandmother took really good care of the house. We finished our little tour; we didn’t go into the attic. We walked back downstairs, and rejoined John and David. We said our goodbyes for the evening and I got Cheryl’s cell number and gave her mine. Then David and I walked back home.
Chapter Three
Monica and I got back to the house and we were both ready for bed. We retired for the night.
Monica was dreaming…
She heard the sound of a bell ringing, and started walking toward the sound. She could not see that well because it was very misty. She knew that she was in some kind of forest because she could see the outline of the trees. She was scared, but also curious. She wanted to know what the sound of the bell meant? After a time, she came to a clearing in the forest, the mist started to clear. Standing atop of a large boulder was a figure dressed in dark robes, he was ringing the bell with his left hand, and in his right hand he held what looked like a stick or a staff of some sort? He was calling these ‘creatures’ out of the forest. The creatures looked like a large misshaped human being, but not quite human, they were deformed, with ash-gray skin that was stretched tightly against their bones. Their eyes were sunk back into their skulls. It looked as if the skin was falling off from them, and she could see the exposed bone beneath. They looked emaciated. She also noticed this noxious smell coming off of them, like rotting flesh and garbage. The smell almost made her gag. She stood there frozen; she could not move nor look away. All of the creatures assembled in front of the figure with the bell. One of the creatures turned around and looked right at her, she could see its coal-red eyes burning into her with its gaze. The dark figure also saw this, and he too looked at her…
She woke up.
Monica woke too the smell of fresh brewed coffee, and the wonderful aroma of bacon. This almost made her forget about the strange dream she had. She got out of bed and found her robe and slippers, and made her way downstairs into the kitchen,
“Good morning baby,” I said to her.
“Good morning honey,” she replied and walked over to kiss me. “Breakfast smells wonderful.”
“Take a seat babe, I’ll get your coffee.” I told her as I went into the cabinet for a coffee mug, rinsed it out and poured the coffee into the mug. I set the mug down in front of her, and went back to the stove. “It’s just about ready.”
“Great, I’m starving,” she said
I had placed four slices of bread in the toaster shortly before Monica came into the kitchen, and the toast popped up. I put two plates on the counter and placed four slices of bacon, two fried eggs, and two slices of toast on each plate. I brought them over to the table and sat down to join her. We started eating and Monica said.
“I had the strangest dream last night David,” she recalled the dream for me and I replied.
“Maybe it was the talk we had last night, and you getting the bell for your collection?”
“Maybe that’s what it was? She replied. “Cheryl wants to keep that house in her family, so I told her I would ask you about us keeping an eye on it for them when they go back to California?” she asked me.
“Sure, I don’t see why not?” I said
“I am very curious about that house and about her family, but I don’t want to seem like I am nosey,” she laughed. “I am going to go to the library, and do some research while you are grading your papers okay honey?”
We finished up our breakfast, and Monica headed out to the library.
The town library was located in the central business district. The post office, DMV, police station, fire department, and city hall, were all located in the business district along with the library. There was a large municipal parking lot located there, where Monica parked her car, and walked to the library.
It was a large building, and Monica was very familiar with it. This is where her and David met for the first time, when she was in college and studying for one of her courses. It was quiet on the streets, because it was a Sunday. A lot of people were in church, or at home relaxing and enjoying the last day of the weekend, before the Monday-Friday grind.
She entered the library, and went to the front desk, where an elderly woman was.
“May I help you?” she asked,
“Yes, I am doing research on old homes in town, and I wanted to know what kind of information the library might have on the houses?”
“We have a lot of the old records stored on micro-film, and also the tax records and titles,” she tapped a few things on her computer and looked up. “You can use the machines downstairs, the young lady there will assist you.”
Monica thanked the lady, and went to the downstairs level of the library. She had always wondered why a lot of places keep their records in a basement or lower level, when if there was a flood or something, the records would be destroyed.
The young girl who assisted Monica, was a college intern, and very helpful. Her name was Jennifer. She showed Monica how to operate the machine for the micro-film, and brought her several small rolls to look at. Monica found the information on the Gellar Estate and indeed Frederick Gellar was the original owner and built the house in 1840. He had made a fortune in the thriving railroad business of that day. He probably could have afforded to build an even grander house than this one, but I guess he was modest? Monica found a newspaper article dated 1841 announcing the marriage of Frederick Gellar to Elizabeth Barlow.
The Daily Gazette March 14, 1840
The marriage of Eastern Railroad tycoon Frederick Gellar to Elizabeth Barlow.
Railroad magnet Frederick Gellar married Elizabeth Barlow at Our Lady of Sorrows Church this past Sunday. Barlow, who’s family is well known in the coal business, is 23 years old socialite from Baltimore, Maryland.
Monica found the original blue prints for the estate and was stunned when she saw that there were two full floors below the first floor. This was very unusual for a house of that type to have something like this, and this made her even more curious than ever to find out more on the Gellar family.
David was sitting at his desk in his small office grading papers. He was currently teaching English classes at the local high school. He liked being a teacher very much, but he really wanted to be a writer. He glanced at his watch, and saw it was 11:45 am, he had told Monica that he would meet her downtown for lunch. There was a small café that they both liked, and they went there often. The name of the café was ‘The Shamrock Inn’ and it was run by a man named Patrick O’Malley and his wife Mary.
Monica was so engrossed into her research of the Gellar house; she almost forgot the time. She glanced at the clock on the wall and saw it was 11:50 am. She was meeting David for lunch. She shut down the machine, and gave back Jennifer all of the materials, and explained that she had to meet her fiancée for lunch. The library was closing at 2:00 pm that day, so she would have to come back another day to continue with her research. She left the library to meet up with David at the café.
Chapter Four
I was sitting at our usual table in the corner of the café. I had ordered a pint of Killian’s Red, and Monica walked into the café. He was a lucky man; Monica was a beautiful woman. She had green eyes, and long dark hair, she was 5 feet 6 inches tall, and a curvy figure. They had meet in the library when David was doing some research for his classes, and Monica was in her Junior year of college. They immediately hit it off, and soon they were an item. He was ten years her senior, but the age difference never bothered them.
“Ah, there she is. Hello las, would you care for a drink?” Patrick asked her. She liked Patrick, he was always in a good mood and had a cheery outlook on life. He was in his 60s and had white hair with a full beard, a sort of Irish Santa Clause.
“Hi Patrick, I’ll have a light beer please,” she told him
Monica told me what she had found out in her research into the Gellar Estate. And that she planned on going back to the library in the morning. Then her cell phone rang.
It was Cheryl and she told Monica that John and her had to go back to California right away, because John was needed at the construction site of the new high rise he had designed. She asked Monica if she could stop by the Estate and she would talk to her more then.
We finished our lunch, and we couldn’t leave without having the delicious apple pie that Patricks’ wife Mary made. We finished up and drove over to the Gellar Estate.
Cheryl greeted us at the front door and we went inside. John was upstairs, she told us packing up for their flight in the morning.
“Thank you for coming over right away,” Cheryl said “I wanted to give you the keys to the estate, and I wanted to ask Monica if she could put an advertisement in the paper to rent the estate out. John and I have decided to keep the house.”
“That’s great Cheryl, I would be more than happy to help you get the estate rented. I could take some pictures and upload them to a few web sites that rent properties. I think you will get better results other than just advertising in the newspaper.”
“Okay, I will leave that part up to you Monica, I am sorry again for the short notice, but John’s company really wants him back ASAP.”
I could tell that Cheryl wanted to get back to her packing, so we said goodbye and left. We got back home and I had to finish up grading my papers, while Monica got on her computer to do some more research.
Monica looked up the history of the Eastern Railroad Company, and wanted to see if she could find any information on Frederick Gellar. She somehow thought that the dream she had was connected to Frederick Gellar. She found this article on the website.
Frederick Gellar aged 35, Recently married to Elizabeth Barlow, makes plans to build estate in upstate New York. He has hired architect Manfred Von Heller to design and build the house.
Von Heller is famous for his Victorian style homes, and much of his work can been seen throughout New England. Construction of the Gellar Estate to begin in April 1840.
The other articles were just about the railroad’s business dealings, with earnings and other boring financial information. Monica hoped the library would have more information than this, that she could investigate.
The next morning, I had to go to work, and Monica was heading back to the library, but she would meet me for lunch later. I kissed her goodbye and left for the high school. My students liked me well enough and I got respect. Teenager’s hormones are all over the place at this age, so I get where they are coming from. I try to get my students into reading classic literature, and a lot of the time they get very interested in certain books like George Orwell’s ‘1984’, or J.D. Salinger’s ‘The Catcher in the Rye’. I would often have the students take turns reading out loud in the classroom. The papers I had graded over the weekend were their book reports on Salinger’s novel. They had some interesting views, and I was happy with their papers, everyone passed. I headed into my classroom and got ready for the day.
Monica realized that she had the strange dream the day that she was examining the bell. She had put the bell in the display case that was in the entrance hallway, and she had not touched it since. She decided to do a little ‘test’, and went to get the bell from the display case. She was going to take a closer look at it. The bell was about 3 inches in diameter at its bottom, and then tapered up to the top where there was a handle. She turned the bell over and looked at the inside, that’s when she noticed some symbols, that she had not seen the day she first examined it. She didn’t recognize the symbols, but she was going to see if she could research them at the library. She got ready to leave for the library.
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When she got to the library, she got a few books on the occult, to start looking for the symbols that were on the bell.
The first symbol was The Eye of Horus and according to the book it was an ancient Egyptian religious symbol for protection. The second symbol was called an Ouroboros which meaning was that of infinity, and also the cycle of death and rebirth. The third symbol was a Pentagram, which had several meanings. It represented the five elements earth, fire, water, air, and soul, and also the five wounds of Christ. Upside down it was a satanic symbol of the sigil of Baphomet.
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This was very confusing for Monica, and she started to wonder if Frederick Gellar was involved in the occult? She had to meet David for lunch, so she would come back to the library after, and continue her research.
This time she met David at a pizzeria that was near the high school. Her and her girlfriends used to go there often when she attended high school, the name of the place was Nick’s Pizza, and they made really good pizza, but also the other food was equally as good.
She entered the pizzeria, and saw the David was already there sitting at a table near the rear of the place.
“Hi, honey how is your day going?” she asked David as he got up and pulled out a chair for her.
“It’s going good so far,” he replied and kissed her on the cheek. “my 11th grade class was happy that they all passed their book reports on ‘the catcher in the rye’”
The waitress came to take their order, and David ordered a meatball parmesan hero, while Monica ordered an Italian anti-pasta salad. She started to tell David what she had learned at the library, and about the symbols on the bell. He looked at her with concern and said, “I want you to be careful honey.”
“I have to go to the Estate tonight to take pictures, so Cheryl can rent out the Estate to a client. Maybe while we’re there, we can snoop around a bit?”
“Okay, but again, I want us to be careful, we just met John and Cheryl, and we really don’t know much about them, I mean I went to school with John, but that was a long time ago.”
“I’ll be careful David, I promise.” Their food came and they ate their lunch, not mentioning the Gellar Estate. A few of David’s students were also in the pizzeria, and they stopped over to say hi. Monica noticed how much his students liked him, and that he was really good at teaching, she had a college degree in business, but she wasn’t working right now. Her family was wealthy, and she really didn’t need to work, so for the last few years she helped get their house in order, and looked after her mother, who had died the previous year. David never pushed her, and he was a proud man, never asking her for a dime, she had over ridden him on a few occasions and he relented. She had always said that what good was having money, if she could not use it? So, they had come to a silent agreement that they both understood.
Chapter Five
We arrived at the Gellar Estate at 7 pm. One of My hobbies was photography and I had several nice cameras. I brought My Nikon D3500 DSLR digital camera. Monica planned on taking pictures of the outside of the Estate, and then the inside.
“Would you help me with the pictures?” she asked Me
“Sure honey, no problem,” I said laughing a bit. Monica knew how to use the camera, but I was much better at it. Monica wanted to have good pictures of the estate to put up on the website, so that Cheryl could rent out the place. We had finished taking pictures outside, and had the first floor done. Recalling the blueprints, Monica was looking for the door to the lower floors, and off the kitchen, in the butler’s pantry there was a door. She opened the door and found the light switch, when she turned it on, she saw the stairs leading down to the basement. She checked to make sure that I was with her, and he even asked her if she wanted him to go down first, but she started down the stairs.
Cheryl and John arrived at the airport, and were waiting to board their flight.
“Honey, you should have told Monica,” he said with a serious look.
“I was going to, but Monica seems so nice, I didn’t want to scare her. “What was I going to say? That my grandmother was a witch?” she said and started to cry. “I didn’t believe it myself, but I remember things that happened at the estate when I was a girl,” she said
Cheryl was eight years old, and was visiting her grandmother over her summer vacation from school. She had always enjoyed spending time with her grandmother June. At the time, June Gellar was 62 years old. She was exploring the estate one day, when she came across the basement door. She was curious, so she decided to explore further. She got down into the basement and saw the usual stuff in a basement, hot water heater, furnace, oil tank, and there were several boxes, and on the far side of the basement, she saw a door. She immediately went towards the door. She felt a little guilty by spying, but her girlish curiosity got the best of her, and she opened the door.
Monica reached the bottom of the stairs, and saw the basement area, and it had the usual stuff you would expect to find in a basement. Then she noticed a bookcase along the far wall of the basement, that kind of looked out of place. She walked towards the bookcase and saw that is was very old, and very heavy.
“David help me move this,” and tried moving the heavy bookcase to the left. I helped her and we managed to move the bookcase to reveal a door behind it.
“I knew there was a door somewhere,” she exclaimed excitedly. And she proceeded to open the door.
Cheryl opened the door, and saw a stairway leading down, she looked for a light switch, but didn’t find one She couldn’t go down there with no light, so she ran back upstairs and got a flashlight and returned to the stairway, and started to descend it. At the bottom, she saw a long hallway with several doors on each side. She went to the first door on the right, her heart was pounding in her chest. She opened the door, and saw that it was an office of some kind, with diagrams of the human body on the walls, but they looked very old. The office looked like it hadn’t been used in a very long time. There was a desk and some file cabinets, nothing very special except she wondered why this floor was down here? She exited the office and went to the first door on the left. She opened the door and saw an examination table in the center of the room with overhead lights, there were some cabinets against the wall with glass doors and inside she could see several glass jars that were labeled. Cheryl was even more confused now, she didn’t know that any of her relatives were doctors, and if that was the case? Why was all this under the estate? She exited the examination room and went to the second door on the right, she opened this door and saw that it was a library. All the walls were filled with bookshelves and there must have been 100s of volumes. There was also a desk in the room with two large chairs in front of it. The next room she entered the second door on the left was filled with animal cages of all different sizes. The cages were all empty, but she thought this was very strange also. She was down to the last two doors now. She entered the last door on the right and saw that it was a laboratory. She recognized a lot of the equipment, A microscope, Bunsen burner, test tubes, beakers, petri dishes, and a bunch of other stuff. She went to the last door on the left and opened it. Inside she saw rows of storage shelves, this was some kind of storage room. On the far wall she noticed another door. She was curious to see what was on the other side of the door and started to walk towards it, when she heard her grandmother’s voice from behind her.
“Cheryl, you shouldn’t be down here. Come upstairs with me right now young lady,”
Cheryl was disappointed, but she obeyed her grandmother and went back upstairs with her. She was not defeated; she would wait until her grandmother went to bed and then sneak back down here and see what was on the other side of the door.
Monica opened the door, and saw the stairway leading down. She got out her cell phone and switched on the flashlight. “Let’s check it out,” she said to me. And we proceeded down.
They came across the office, examine room, library, cages, laboratory, and finally the storage room. They noticed the door on the far wall and Monica remembered the blueprints of the house showing another floor under this one. “I’ll bet this goes down to the second level,” she said and opened the door. The stairway was much longer and went in a circular pattern, on the walls they noticed sconces for torches, and followed the stairway down.
When they got to the bottom or the stairs they were in a large ani-chamber that opened into a large circular chamber and on the floor was a huge pentagram. It looked like some kind of religious place and they saw more sconces on the walls and looked up, the celling must have been at least 2 stories high. There was also a large stone alter in the center or the pentagram. There was a lot of candles on the alter. Monica was studying the alter and noticed a drawer on the side of the alter, and she opened it. Inside she saw a Ouija Board and planchette. She also saw a deck of Tarot Cards.
“David, look at this,” she motioned to the objects in the drawer.
“This just keeps getting stranger and stranger,” I said, “What do you want do? “I asked her.
“I think that I should ask Cheryl if she knows about these lower floors, and see what she says,” she replied. She took out the Ouija Board, and Tarot cards from the drawer and said, “I’ll take these and see what I can find out.” “Okay, but let’s be careful. I don’t want to start messing with things that we know nothing about.”
I noticed a hallway off the chamber and Monica and I went to explore it.
Cheryl was remembering the night she was awakened by voices coming from downstairs. She very quietly crept down the stairs and listened. She heard her grandmother’s voice along with other voices, they were coming from the parlor. She sneaked into the hallway and peeked through the dining room into the parlor. She saw everyone sitting at a round table, and noticed a Ouija Board on the table and her grandmother was asking it something. Cheryl got scared suddenly and quietly as she could, she got back upstairs and hid under her covers. She wanted to explore what was behind the door in the storage room. She waited until her grandmother went to bed, and sneaked back downstairs into the storage room, she got to the bottom of the stairs and into the chamber, and the hallway. She was scared again, but she kept going. There was a small wardrobe room with robes hanging in it, a small bathroom, and at the end of the hallway there was another door.
Chapter Six
Monica and I saw the wardrobe room, and bathroom, and finally the door.
“I don’t like the looks of this,” I said to Monica
“We’ve came this far, let’s see what’s in there,” she said
She walked towards the door. It was a very heavy oak door with some of the same symbols on it that were on the bell. She looked at David, and then slowly opened the door.
Insert picture of door here
Inside the door, we saw a row of cells on one side of the corridor, and we were both shocked at the sight of the cells, fortunately the cells were empty. They continued down the hallway, and came upon another door. We tried to open it, but it appeared to be locked.
“Damn it,” Monica said. “Maybe we can find the key somewhere in the house?”
“Let’s head back upstairs babe”, I said to her, and we went back upstairs to the dining room.
It was getting late and I had to work in the morning, but soon summer vacation would start and I would have more time to help Monica figure out this mystery. We headed home.
Monica was dreaming…
She was in the chamber that her and I had discovered, and there were people there dressed in robes chanting
“Hear us Dark Lord. We offer you this sacrifice of innocent blood. Give us your blessing we beg of you.”
A young woman was laying on the alter, and one of the robed figures were standing over her with a dagger.
“Behold, the sacrifice,” and the figure took the dagger and cut a lock of hair from the woman on the alter. There was a brazier of hot coals next to the alter and he tossed the lock of hair into the flames. He then took the dagger and cut into her arm and collected blood in a golden goblet. He held the goblet over his head and said, “Receive this blood of the innocent, in our devotion to you Dark One,” he then tossed the blood into the brazier and the flame went from a yellow-orange to a bright blue. She then saw a mist form over the brazier and start to take the form of a face. When it took full form, it spoke to the group of robed figures.
“I hear your plea my faithful family, and I will come soon. I need more innocent blood; only then can I take human form.”
Monica saw that the woman on the alter was still alive, and one of the figures had bandaged her wounded arm and she was led away. The young woman looked like she was either drugged or in some sort of trance.
Monica woke up.
I have to find that key she thought as she got out of bed and went downstairs.
I had made us a breakfast of French toast with syrup and more bacon. (We both loved bacon for breakfast). She told me about the dream she had and she was more determined than ever to find the key to that door, and also to find out more about Frederick Gellar. She still wondered if she should ask Cheryl about what her and I had found at the estate?
I got ready to leave for work, and Monica told me that she planned on going back to the estate and looking for the key to the door.
“Okay, but promise me that if you find it, you will wait until I am with you before you open that door.”
“Don’t worry honey, I’ll wait for you. If I find anything, I will call you okay?”
I kissed her goodbye and left for work.
Monica went back to the estate. She had remembered the yard sale that Cheryl and John had, and decided to look for the boxes of stuff they had left over. That was as good a place as any to start.
She found the boxes that were stored in the hallway closet and took them out and started looking through them. She opened a box that had assorted knick-knacks inside and started to take out the contents. At the bottom was an old jewelry box. She opened it, and there was a small drawer inside the box, almost invisible. Monica knew the drawer was there, she had seen similar boxes before, so she knew what she was looking for. She opened the drawer, and there were three keys inside. Her heart started beating faster, and she got excited of the prospect that one of these keys might open the door. She wanted to try the keys and see if they opened the door, but she promised David that she would wait. She called him
“Hi baby, I miss you,” I said as I answered the phone
“I miss you too honey,” she replied. “I found some keys in an old jewelry box.”
“Wow, that’s great babe,” I said
“I was tempted to try them, but I told you I would wait, so I will.”
“Well, it also might be dangerous.”
“I’ll wait for you here when you get done at work, and I will make us some dinner okay?”
“That sounds great babe,” I said “I love you.”
“I love you too honey,” she said and we hung up
She still wondered if she should call Cheryl, she decided to wait until David got there. She headed to the market to get their dinner. She got some steaks, potatoes, and fresh asparagus. She also picked up a bottle of chianti.
She got back to the estate and went out to the back patio and found the grill. It was a nice stainless-steel grill master. She put the potatoes in the oven to bake and started the grill to make the steaks and asparagus.
I got to the estate, and was surprised by the dinner Monica had prepared for us. I kissed her and said, “This looks wonderful babe, but you didn’t have to go through all this trouble.”
“I enjoy cooking, and it’s no problem,” she said kissing him.
She had set up their dinner in the dining room, complete with candles. She knew that steak was one of my favorite meals, and I dug into the meal, it was delicious.
After they ate and finished the dishes, they were ready to try the keys. The headed downstairs to the second level and were standing in front of the locked door. Monica tried the first key and it didn’t fit, she tried the second key and it slid into the lock, she turned the key and heard the lock disengage with a loud click. She looked at me, and then opened the door.
[1] Pictures from Wikipedia ‘list of occult symbols’

[2] Picture from Wikipedia ‘list of occult symbols’
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2020.08.28 13:21 House_of_Suns /r/QOTSA Official Band of the Week 17: IGGY POP

Today we are going to take a dive into a Michigan Trailer Park.
I know, I know -- I can sense your excitement. Who doesn’t like going to a trailer park? It is here that we can find the archetypal artist who will lose themself in the music, the moment, they own it, they had better never let it go.
No, no, no….the trailer park is not on 8 Mile Road (though if I found Kim Basinger in a trailer park I would probably want to stay for some of that legendary spaghetti.)
And no, we are not looking for some guy in a feather boa who somehow pretends to be an American Badass. We are not visiting that guy who vociferously noted that he wasn’t straight out of Compton -- and he only dresses like he’s straight out the trailer. That guy (and presumably his weird fedora) grew up on a 6-Acre estate in a 5,000 square foot home.
Our hero really did come out of the trailer park. He has walked the stage with giants, and has stood bare-chested and leather-like among them. Today, we will focus on someone who seems to have developed a lifelong t-shirt allergy. A man that is accustomed to breaking the mold, forging something new, and of course, showing some skin. That's right. You could say this one’s got a real Lust for Life.
You guessed it, today’s artist is the one and only IGGY POP
About Them
I am willing to bet that there has never been a rock star named “James Newell Osterberg Jr”. It really doesn’t roll off the tongue.
Good thing young Jimmy realized this too. Born in 1947 and raised in that aforementioned tornado bowling alley, Iggy Pop was fortunate to have had exceptionally supportive parents, Louella Christensen and James Newell Osterberg Sr., who encouraged his forays into drumming and the music scene. After playing in a number of high school bands, Iggy adopted his trademark moniker after one of the first bands he recorded with, The Iguanas.
Yep. Now you are gonna look at him and think “Iguana Pop”. You’re welcome.
Iguana’s parents knew that their little reptile was exceptional from a young age. Though there was overwhelming societal pressure for him to live a normal life (and he did go to the University of Michigan before dropping out) they always supported him in his choices - no matter how weird they were. They went so far as to move out of their master bedroom to give him the space so that he could practice the drums. In contrast to this, Kid Rock had his own studio at age 13. (Side note: I may be completely making that up for dramatic contrast, but we all know that dude is a Chad). When Iggy dropped out to go to Chicago, his parents - while they worried - supported him.
Let’s not forget that his teenage years were the 1960’s, after all. In a time when the world was going absolutely crazy, many families were completely torn apart by conflict. Not the Osterbergs. But one must imagine that Iggy gave his parents plenty of reason to worry by his legendary on-stage antics, his self-destructive drug use, his multiple arrests, and his fuck-you punk attitude.
The transformative moment in Iggy’s musical career came when he moved off of the drum kit and out to the microphone. Iggy attributes this in part to seeing The Doors play live. Jim Morrison was high or drunk or both. He was rude and antagonistic and confrontational and pissed off everyone who came to the concert...and yet had a music career.
Iggy knew he could do that.
And so, the legendary punk band The Stooges was born. Joined by fellow Michigan natives guitarist Ron Asheton, Drummer Scott Asheton and bassist Dave Alexander, Iggy decided to do everything he could on stage to antagonize and fight his audience. In concerts, Iggy would bring out a blender or a vacuum cleaner just to increase the volume and the feedback from his mic.
The concerts were wild. They were primitive. They were outrageous. Iggy, bare chested, would cut himself with broken glass. He would smear peanut butter and ground meat on his chest. He threw watermelons at the audience, once concussing a fan. He snorted PCP and was immobilized and was only able to mumble the lyrics. He would expose his genitals. He was one of the first front men to go stage diving and crowd surfing.
Yeah, I know that this all sounds tame today. Hell, this is probably nothing compared to your last Tinder date. But in the late 1960’s, it was absolutely groundbreaking. The Stooges are widely considered to be one of the very first Punk Rock bands. The music did not matter so much as the attitude and the performance. They were the ultimate underground band and they lived the underground band life - absolute blowouts on stage, fueled by alcohol and drugs and addiction.
As you might expect, The Stooges’ antics drew a lot of attention. They got a record deal with Elektra (the same label that signed The Doors) and all kinds of attention from other artists. The most important connection for Iggy during this time was from the Thin White Duke himself, David Bowie. The Stooges released two albums - The Stooges and Fun House; toured; broke up; re-formed, released another album (Raw Power, produced by Bowie) and then broke up again.
Our favourite Iguana’s drug use got to the point where he was dancing with heroin. (Side note: who knew that broken glass, ground beef, and peanut butter use could lead to a heroin addiction? I mean, aside from being the worst possible version of PB&J, of course.) Iggy’s continued drug use would lead to the breakup of The Stooges. But it also launched his solo career.
As a solo artist, he completely changed his act and began singing Gospel music and hymns.
Nah, just kidding. When your night life involves snorting PCP and hurling melons, you are headed down a path of rock and roll debauchery. (Side note: if you are snorting melons and hurling PCP, you are doing it wrong.)
His antics continued, and amplified. He allowed himself to be whipped until he bled on stage. He fought biker gangs at concerts. He dove off the stage and face planted when an angry audience refused to let him crowd surf. Iggy checked himself into a mental hospital to clean up. Allegedly, Ziggy Stardust himself went to visit our saddle-skinned hero, and brought him some c-c-c-c-c-cocaine. I suppose that some people beat their addiction to one drug by becoming addicted to a different one...but replacing heroin with cocaine (though it might reduce your needle tracks) is gonna be hell on the nose. Bowie would recall the incident: “He wasn’t well; that’s all we knew. We thought we should bring him some drugs, because he probably hadn’t had any for days!”
Coke-toting Bowie proved to be one of the only visitors that Iggy received during his stay at the psyche ward. However, Major Tom’s continuing support soon saw Iggy joining him as a companion for the Station to Station tour. This was the Iguana’s first real experience in professional touring, and he was thoroughly impressed. That is, until both of them got caught handling the devils lettuce in Rochester, NY. Yeah, the drug addiction was still a problem - so what was the obvious solution?
Moving to West Berlin of course!
Yes, the pair went out to grand old, Soviet-surrounded free Germany. Berlin was a long way away from his Michigan trailer park, and Aladdin Sane wasn’t exactly a guy you’d meet in Muskegon. But Berlin - and Bowie - were just what he needed. See, Iggy was a bonafide performer, but Bowie and Berlin made him a songwriter. This collaboration - and a new deal with RCA records - led the leathery reptilian to create two amazing albums.
The Idiot features Bowie as a producer, on backing vocals, and on multiple instruments. It also has the first version of China Girl, a song they co-wrote. Bowie would famously re-record it for his multi-platinum album Let’s Dance. Admit it, that’s the version you know. The Idiot was released in March of 1977.
Bowie and Iggy went immediately back into the studio and recorded Lust for Life between April and June of 1977. This would prove to be his most iconic and enduring album, featuring the now quintessential title track and the Doors-inspired melodic song, The Passenger. While you may have heard these timeless tracks on car commercials, they represented an artist coming to a brand new stage of his career.
Critics hated it. Not because they weren’t great songs, but because the music was so completely different from anything he had done. Rolling Stone complained that his “...new stance is so utterly unchallenging and cautious.”
But Iggy did not care. When everyone else was into stadium rock, he fought his audience. Like, physically, with his fists. With the rise of Punk, he did the opposite, and became an actual singer. He is a walking, talking, peanut butter sandwich of contradiction.
When music went left, he went right. When everyone was going in one direction, he refused to move (perhaps because of the PCP). When synth-pop and Culture Club were big in the ‘80s, he recorded Real Wild Child. Somewhere along the way, the kid from upstate Michigan became more than anyone could have imagined.
He has 20 different solo albums and has collaborated on various projects with the B-52s, Bootsy Collins, Andy Warhol, Ridley Scott, Wes Craven, Nickelodeon, Debbie Harry, Guns ‘n’ Roses, Marilyn Manson, White Zombie, and has appeared as a mother-fucking-Vorta on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. He reunited with The Stooges and recorded and released two more albums. He has won a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. Hell, he probably filled in on drums with your Great Uncle’s bar band for a week back in the 60s. He’s seen it all, and has done even more. He defines what it means to be an icon.
So it is not surprising that his discography is like a visit to a BDSM dungeon: it takes you to uncomfortable places, but might just awaken something in you. Seriously, he has gone in every direction you can imagine -- plus some that you can’t, you uncreative clod. That’s why she left you, you know! You need to up your game in the bedroom!
Fuck. I might be projecting a bit there.
Anyway, we know that his music career led him to film, television, radio, guest appearances, and cruise line ads. But for our purposes, we also know that Iggy Pop was an absolute inspiration for a young and impressionable Joshua Michael Homme. When he had the opportunity, Josh cut an album with Iggy (Post Pop Depression 2016), shot a documentary with him (American Valhalla, 2017), and went on a world wide tour. Or, well, a tour of the US and Europe (plus one show in Canada). Suck it, rest of the world.
And if that kind of endorsement is not enough for you to take a dive into his back catalogue, I am going to hit you with a fucking melon. No, not just a melon - a melon in the middle of a carnal act. And those are goddam hard to find, I don’t mind telling you.
Links to QOTSA
Man, if you haven't seen American Valhalla, then what are you even doing here? Trust me, that movie makes every connection pretty clear.
But for those without a spare hour and a half, here’s a quick rundown. Josh and Iggy, Rock Gods that they are, blessed us in 2016 with the album Post Pop Depression. This joint effort, which also included Matt Helders (Arctic Monkeys) and Dean Fertita (You should already know what band this guy is in), was recorded at the legendary Rancho de la Luna. They even set out on a tour across the US and Europe in support of it.
There’s a lot more to talk about considering all the thought and effort that the two put into the record, but I’ll leave that to you and your movie watching habits. Trust me, it’s worth your time.
But before we go, it's worth mentioning again that Josh grew up listening to Iggy Pop, and, well, everyone and their mom has been influenced by this guy. He just exudes and embodies that kind of pure rock-star power. I’d bet that the Godfather of Punk has been a pretty important influence on our boy Josh, just for stage antics alone.
To quote Josh:
“What I thought (punk rock) was, was a total lie. And then I heard Iggy Pop’s Lust for Life and The Idiot for the first time”.
Their Music
SOLO STUFF BY IGGY:
Gardenia - From Post Pop Depression, the lead single from the record
American Valhalla - Also from Post Pop Depression, I swear the link goes to the song and not the full hour and a half long movie, trust me
Lust For Life - You’ve got some Royal Caribbean coming.
Nightclubbing - We’re an ice machine
The Passenger - I ride through the city’s back side
China Girl - Ooo Baby, just you shut your mouth.
Real Wild Child (Wild One) - wild one wild one wild one wild one wild one wild one wild one wild one wild one….just in case you made it this far, in the video, that’s not a coat, that’s just his skin
Candy - I just can’t seem to let this one go
Kill City - You know you want to turn that boy loose
I’m Bored - I’m the Chairman of the Bored.
STUFF BY THE STOOGES:
Search and Destroy - Iggy’s hardly a forgotten boy now, but boy is he still searching’ to destroy
T.V. Eye - LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOORRRRRRRRRDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD
I Wanna Be Your Dog - Everyone’s favourite Christmas Song
Gimme Danger - This one is a “”Little Stranger”” than the rest (Ba dum tsss)
1969 - Its 1969 today, all across the USA
Show Them Some Love
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2020.08.27 03:12 AutoModerator General Questions Thread, August 27, 2020

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Buying & Shipping

1. What’s the best place to buy my anime figures from?
That’s going to depend a lot on what works for you, but most people around here buy them from Amiami, Big in Japan, Hobby Search, HobbyLink Japan, or Tokyo Otaku Mode. If none of those work for you for whatever reason, there’s a list of reputable retailers in the sidebar that you can check out at any time. Be extra careful when ordering figures from websites like Amazon or ebay, as there are a lot of bootlegs on those sites. Don’t be afraid to ask in our Bootleg Megathread if you’re unsure.
2. What differences are there between the shipping options I get from most Japanese shops?
Below is a rundown of the main shipping choices you’ll get at most retailers. Keep in mind that if an order is large enough you will be forced to use one of the more expensive options, as SAL shipments have lower size and weight restrictions.
  • Unregistered SAL: Sometimes referred to as uSAL, is usually the cheapest method. It does not come with any tracking or insurance. Usually takes up 2-4 weeks for delivery.
  • Registered SAL: Sometimes referred to as rSAL, is insured for the declared value up to 6,000 yen. It comes with a tracking number and usually takes 2-4 weeks for delivery.
  • EMS: This method of shipping is much faster than either SAL options, usually arriving within a week of shipment. EMS shipments are insured for the declared value up to 2,000,000 yen.
  • Airmail
  • E-packet
  • Surface: Shops don't offer this very often. It's an actual cargo ship and slow as a result.
  • DHL: Becoming more available as an alternative to EMS on AmiAmi and other sites. Can be less expensive than EMS and of comparable speed, but may be more reliant on the specific geographical area being shipped to. Offers their own tracking.
3. I placed two+ orders for figures at different times. Will my items be shipped together, or will I have to pay shipping twice?
Most shops will ask you to pay shipping on a per-order basis, but here are some that will allow combined shipping:
  • Amiami: You can combine orders here, as long as the orders ship in the same month. It doesn’t matter if the item is new or preowned. Any preorders that are set for that month can also be combined with other orders for that month. However, be aware that if the preorder gets delayed, Amiami will remove that item from that month’s shipment and place it on a new order. To combine orders on Amiami, use the “Combine Orders” feature under “My Account”.
  • Hobby Search: Hobby Search will let you combine orders that release in the same month, but you cannot combine in stock items with preorders. If you want to combine multiple preorders, or multiple in stock items, you can do so using the “Order Recombination” feature on your account page.
  • HobbyLink Japan: At HLJ, you have the option to send paid orders to their “Private Warehouse”, where you can store them for up to 2 months. When you’re ready to ship the items, you simply select which items to ship and HLJ will combine them into one shipment for you. To use this, just select the “Private Warehouse” option as shipping when you order.
  • GSC Web Shop: Here you’ll pay a flat 2,000 yen fee per order. It doesn’t matter how many items you put in your order, or how many different months the items release in. They will charge you 2,000 yen and ship all items as they release. The exception to this rule is their Wonder Festival exclusive items. Those can only be placed in the same order as other Wonder Festival items.
If you’re unsure about whether or not a shop we haven’t listed will combine your orders, please refer to their individual FAQ’s.
4. When will I get charged for my preorder?
Most Japanese shops charge you once the item is in stock and ready for shipment. When that happens, they will send you an email asking for payment. Some shops (mostly overseas ones), will allow you to pay for the item up front though, if you’d like. A few with that option are:
  • Big in Japan (Japanese store)
  • Tokyo Otaku Mode
  • Anime Island
  • Crunchyroll
Keep in mind that overseas stores will likely get the figure a few months after Japanese ones, so pay attention to the release date stated on the website you are buying from so as to avoid that confusion.
5. Should I expect to pay customs fees when importing figures?
That depends on where you live. Here’s a quick rundown:
  • Australia: 10% GST is now assessed up front.
  • Canada: Minimum declared value for charges is around CAD$20 for regular shipments, and CAD$60 for gifts (gifting something only seems to lower the declared value by about CAD$40, not deplete it completely). When using Amiami, try their Small Air Packet option. It comes with tracking, gets there in about the same time as EMS, and is better at avoiding customs.
  • Europe: Using EMS raises your chance of getting charged for customs. SAL can still avoid customs in some countries, but generally gets checked in the UK now if the items are above the threshold. Amiami offers a shipping service called “Small Air Packet” that is really good for avoiding customs when you are only shipping one or two figures. Small Air Packet usually takes about the same amount of time as EMS, and still comes with tracking.The minimum declared value for customs charges in the Europe is pretty low- around £15 (£36 for gifts) / €20.
  • Mexico: Minimum declared value for customs fees is USD$300 for shipments by post, and USD$50 for shipments by courier.
  • United States: A shipment has to have a declared value of USD$2,000 before customs starts hitting you with fees, so you most likely won’t have to worry about them at all.
6. The figure I want is an exclusive, how do I go about ordering one outside of Japan?
You have three options for this:
A. Big in Japan is known to stock exclusive figures and ship to other countries. Usually the price is higher because they build in their proxy fees, but it’s easier than worrying about using a forwarder or proxy service. If you live in the US, Crunchyroll, Right Stuf, and Tokyo Otaku Mode also get exclusives sometimes, but out of the states the shipping can get expensive.
B. Forwarding Services: A forwarder is someone who you ship an exclusive item to so that they can forward the package on to you, usually for a flat fee + shipping. When using a forwarder you still make the purchase yourself, and enter their address into the shipping field. When the box arrives at the forwarder they will then stick your address onto the package and send it on its way.
Some popular forwarders are:
Be sure to read each sites instructions on forwarding carefully!
C. Proxy Services: With a proxy, you tell them what the item you’re looking for is and they will purchase it in your stead. This is handy for when a company doesn’t accept foreign credit cards, or you’re having trouble navigating a Japanese website.
Some popular proxies are:
Again, be sure you thoroughly read through each sites proxy instructions.
7. I see a bunch of really cheap figures that ship from China on ebay. Are those okay to buy?
Generally, no. They’re most likely bootlegs. If you want a second opinion on that, feel free to ask in the Bootleg Megathread that’s always stickied at the top of the sub.
8. What’s a bootleg, and how can I avoid buying them?
A bootleg is a counterfeit figure often made using rejected molds of the official product. They are usually priced significantly lower than the genuine article, and in order to make their profit, bootleggers use lower quality materials and have less attention to detail- resulting in a substandard figure.
The Bootleg Megathread that I mentioned in question 7 is a great tool to avoid buying any bootlegs. It has a few tips and tricks to avoiding them to begin with, and a few more on how to spot them if you’re worried you might already own one.
9. Does anyone know when figure X is going to be released? How do I know if it was delayed?
My Figure Collection (sometimes referred to as MFC) does an excellent job of staying on top of information like release dates and delays. If you’re curious about an upcoming figures release date, check there first. This information can be found directly under the “Releases” section on a figure’s entry. If you only see a month and a year in that section, it means the release date has not yet been announced by the manufacturer, and there is still a chance the figure could be delayed.
If you make an account on MFC you can also subscribe to comments, changes, and pictures via a checkbox on the right hand side of a figure’s listing. Subscribing to any of these things will allow MFC to send you an email anytime the subscription in question updates. Subscribing to “changes” is a great way to keep up with release dates and delays, among other things.
10. The figure I want is long sold out at normal retailers! What’s the best place to pick it up in the aftermarket?
A list of reputable retailers can be found under the “Shops” section of the /AnimeFigures sidebar. They all sell legitimate products, and many of them also sell figures second hand. However, the most frequently suggested second hand sites are Mandarake and Amiami- who has a preowned section that they update every night save Sundays and Japanese holidays around 1PM JST and again around 6PM JST.
AmiAmi grades their pre-owned items on a letter scale. The general consensus from buyers is that their ratings are conservative, so unless the item and/or packaging is specifically indicated as having significant flaws, pre-owned items from them are usually in at least as good a condition as their rating suggests.
Note: When you search Mandarake, you’ll get the best results by using the Japanese characters for whatever you are searching. If you don’t know them, you can find them on MFC by clicking on any of the “details” in that figure’s listing.
11. Amiami has a figure I’m interested in labeled as “For sale in Japan only”. Does this mean I can’t order it without a proxy or forwarder?
No, you can still order it. Amiami’s English site has that warning on many items, and it’s mostly meant to inform you that this product was made for a Japanese market, and as such, will have Japanese speaking/writing in it- so don’t expect any instructions to be in English. If Amiami doesn’t want foreigners buying a certain product, they won’t even list it on their English site.

Displaying Your Figures

12. What display cases do you recommend?
If you live near an Ikea try out one of these:
*If you decided on a Detolf, you might find that there is a lot of wasted space. Here are a few tutorials on raising the shelves or and adding extra ones in.
If you don’t live near an Ikea, Amazon has a few display options, though they are more expensive. Also keep an eye on your local Craigslist (or your country’s equivalent) and stores near you that are closing up.
13. What lighting do you guys recommend?
Ikea’s Dioder LED strips are often suggested. They come in white or muti-colored.
Most hardware stores carry something similar though, if you don’t live by an Ikea. Just make sure that the lights don’t get too hot!
14. What are those clear plastic boxes that I see under everyone’s figures in their collection posts, and where can I get them?
Those are called risers. Most of us use standard acrylic risers like these. Some other, easy to find things that have been suggested are:
Check your local hobby store for the first 2 options, or your local hardware store if you want to make your own.
Another common suggestion is to visit The Container Store if you have one near you. They have a lot of things to choose from that can suit a variety of needs. Be sure to check out their standard acrylic risers, their Amac boxes, and the various display cases they sell (baseball cases, mini car cases. hockey puck cases, etc).
15. Should I keep my figures sealed?
That is, of course, up to you really, but here are a few things to keep in mind when debating this question:
  • Keeping it sealed can actually damage your figure. PVC figures usually have something called plasticizer in them, and that plasticizer needs to be able to breath. If a PVC figure isn’t exposed to oxygen, after a period of time the plasticizer starts to break down and form a sticky substance on the surface of the figure. Simply opening your figures and taking them out of the box prevents this from happening. If you happen to find plasticizer goo on one of your figures, Kahotan has a handy guide for dealing with it.
  • Unlike some other figure markets, keeping an anime figure sealed won’t raise its value by a whole lot. In fact, because of the plasticizer problem mentioned above, your figure could actually be in better condition if you open it versus keeping it sealed.

Finding the Right Figure(s) for You

16. There are so many figure companies! Who makes good figures?!
Obviously this is a very subjective question, but as a general starting point, here are a few well renowned figure companies:
  • Alter
  • Max Factory
  • Good Smile Company
  • Kotobukiya (usually hit or miss for people. Use your best judgement based off of the prototype)
  • Aquamarine
  • Flare
  • Stronger
17. I really love “series X / character X”- how can I check if any figures were ever made for it?
My Figure Collection can be your best friend here. Simply do a search on the name of the series or character using the search bar located at the top right of the screen, and all associated figures pop up!
Alternatively, if you’re looking at a figure’s MFC entry, most of the text under the “Details” section can be clicked on and used to run a search.
18. How can I commission a custom figure?
None of the major figure companies (Alter, Kotobukiya, Good Smile Company, etc.) will take a commission for a single figure. This thread has a few websites in it that you can check out, or you can look into garage kits. Some kit painters would be willing to resculpt, frankenstein together, or otherwise modify kits for the right price. /ResinKits has a lot of skilled builders that might be willing to help.

Keeping Up with New Announcements

19. How can I keep up with figure news (announcements, updates, etc.)?
Most people use a MFC combined with any or all of the following news sites:
To use MFC for this I’ll quote question #9.
If you make an account on MFC you can also subscribe to comments, changes, and pictures via a checkbox on the right hand side of a figure’s listing. Subscribing to any of these things will allow MFC to send you an email anytime the subscription in question updates. Subscribing to “changes” is a great way to keep up with release dates and delays, among other things.
Most companies have one or more Twitter accounts. Some examples: Good Smile Company sales, Good Smile's USA branch, Max Factory, AmiAmi Hobby News.
20. Everyone’s excited about something called Wonfes….. what the heck is that?!
WonFes (short for Wonder Festival) is a biannual figure expo where many figure producers (both large and small) show off new sculpts and updates to figures already under way. Most companies save their most exciting announcements for WonFes, so we all look forward to the expo whenever it rolls around! Winter Wonder Festival is usually held in February, while Summer Wonder Festival is usually in July. The event has also spread to Shanghai, in the late spring.
21. One or two (or 15) figures were announced at WonFes that I’m really excited about! How can I keep track of their progress once the event is over?
MFC is always really quick about getting new WonFes announcements (or any others throughout the year, for that matter) listed in their database, so we suggest using that. To find a figure from the event you can search any number of things, including the name of the character or the name of the show. You can also use the tag search to search “WonderFestival 20xx_[season]” to see all items announced at that event.
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2020.08.27 00:14 millywyco MW MYCO WEDNESDAY Inventory Update! First 20 Orders at www.millywyco.com and Orders Ending in 8, 2 or 6 on 8/26 get a FREE Syringe! Orders Ending in 26 are Doubled or Free :) Restocked GT, B+, Jedi Mind Fuck, Azurescens, KSSS, Ajax. Last Update for a minute...Deets and allll the Love in Post <3

www.millywyco.com Stickers=12mL Syringes
MillyWyco is NOT Willy Myco :) (see below)
Any mention of cultivation or anything unrelated to microscopy will not receive a response and orders will be cancelled. This includes DM's, PM's, e-mails, notes with your transaction, feedback of any kind, and thoughts. Don't even think about it! (I'm a mind reader)
Hello my beautiful loving family! MY brothers from other mothers, sisters from other misters, aliens from...wherever you're from. I have a lot of classic varieties restocked, and am so very happy to bring back JMF this week, but this will be the last inventory update post for the next few weeks. The inventory I have posted today is shown below on the list. Once varieties begin to sell out, I will "hide" them from the shop inventory, and only the varieties that are available will be shown. Once a variety runs out, they will not be available until my next inventory update in October. I will still be shipping out every day as I usually do while items are still available in the shop, I just will not be restocking any items until my next post.
Due to some of the drama surrounding sporeswap and sporetraders, and for a number of personal reasons, I am taking the next month to refocus, get balanced, and confirm the right course of direction for this venture. I don't like to get too personal in the main subreddits like this, because it makes my posts seem like a blog and lengthens the content when most people just want to get down to business, but I will go into more detail in the MillyWyco subreddit where I post more personal (and sometimes unrelated) content. I'll have a ramble going into more detail about the break, why, and what I want to accomplish in the next month on my sub later this evening or tomorrow, along with a flash giveaway.
I want to give a HUUUUGE thank you to all of the artists who submitted a design that I asked for last week! I haven't gotten back to many of you yet, but I will respond to all e-mails with feedback and your choice of prize for ALL submissions received :) You guys are THE BEST!!!! So incredibly talented and willing to help...I appreciate you all more than you know.
To ensure quality specimens and packaging, and due to the onslaught of orders on Wednesdays, all orders placed on Wednesday will be shipped on Thursday and Friday of that week (ALL Priority Mail and subscription box orders will ship on Thursday). You will receive an email notification with a tracking link when your order ships. I appreciate your patience so hard!
Also, when I say "Priority Mail", this is referring to USPS Priority Mail vs. the standard "First Class" mail. All of my orders get my absolute highest priority care and attention, regardless of shipping method. USPS Priority Mail costs me $8, while I only pass on $5 of that to your order...it does not benefit me in any way if you choose this option, I just know those orders need to get to you ASAP, so I make sure to get all of these out on Thursday, with as many standard shipping orders as well. Sometimes it is not humanly possible to get every order from Wednesday out on Thursday, and some ship Friday morning. Thank you for your patience and continued support!!
The first 20 orders placed after this post (Order #14193-14212) will receive a FREE mystery syringe with their order! This is a cubensis variety that shall remain a mystery....until you crack the code ;) Unfortunately, I cannot confirm which variety you will receive. Each week, I post slightly less than what I have on hand for each variety to accommodate a few special requests, account for any replacements needed, and to keep a master sample for myself. A couple of weeks ago, I spilled a bottle of isopropyl alcohol in the bin containing these syringes (doh!), and the ink on the labels bled making them unreadable. These "mystery" syringes are most likely something I have had in the past, but no longer offer.
ALSO...in addition to the first 20 promo, any order number ending in 8, 2 or 6 on 8/26 only will also get a free unlisted variety! If you are in the first 20, and your order number ends in 8, 2, or 6, you get both!
If your order number ends in 26 (#14226, 14326, etc.) the week of 8/26 only, I will be in contact to arrange your special gift. Either you can have a double order (you ordered 5, I'll ask which other 5 you'd like...if you ordered 10, you'll get 20, etc), or you can choose to make that order free, (refunded if already paid) totally up to you!
This week, I have restocked a few favorites, including Golden Teacher, B+, Cambodian, PE6, PEU, Albino A+, KSSS, Blue Meanie, Z-Strain, Mazatapec, Jedi Mind Fuck, McKennaii, Tasmanian, Rusty Whyte, and a few others!
Thank you so much to everyone who has subscribed to a subscription box! Each and every month, these boxes will get better and better :) Newsletters will go out on the first of each month, regardless of when your plan is set to renew. In these newsletters will also be the winner of the random equipment raffle for MASTER PLAN members! This could be a sterilization wand, dehydrator, magnetic stir plate, or other super duper helpful tools in the hobby. Last month, 3 lucky Master Box subscribers received a pressure cooker, UV-C light sterilization wand, and a dehydrator!
PLEASE USE COUPON CODES if ordering on the site for discounts!! Please see below:
2PACK - $20 for two cubensis syringes
5PACK - Classic and most popular $30 dealio for 5 cubensis varieties. Also works in multiples of 5 as well, so if you need 15 syringes, this code will be good for 3- 5 packs, and you only need to place one order.
NEEDMORE - 5 cubensis varieties for $30 plus 1 exotic add-on for $10...total $40
NEEDMORE2 - 5 cubensis varieties for $30 plus 2 exotic add-ons for $20...total $50
NEEDMORE3 - 5 cubensis varieties for $30 plus 3 exotic add-ons for $30...total $60
...and so on. Currently, this is setup for up to 5 exotic add-ons. If you have an order that does not meet these codes, such as adding on more than 5 exotics, getting 7 cubensis varieties, etc. please send me a message and I will build you a coupon code to match your order in a timely manner.
Shipping not available to ID, GA, or CA (yes, really)
Spore syringes are for microscopy use only
Any reference to cultivation will exclude you from placing an order and we may never speak again. I want to talk to you. Don't do it!
There are no exceptions to these rules. You have been warned.
PAYMENT METHODS ACCEPTED: Major Credit/Debit cards, Zelle, Cash App, Venmo, Google Pay, Apple Pay, Bitcoin and Amazon gift cards
PayPal is NOT available to me at this time.
Also, I am the fee master! I get charged fees left and right that I don't pass on to you from shipping and third party payments. If you'd like to throw me a tip, however much it may be, I'd love you forever and it really does make a difference! These types of people have allowed me to share with some who are less fortunate. On the other hand, if times are tough for you right now, let's talk about it!
ALL PRICES INCLUDE USPS SHIPPING WITH TRACKING!! I COVER ALL STANDARD SHIPPING COSTS.
Please add an additional $5 to any order if you prefer USPS Priority Mail shipping.
1 syringe for $15
2 syringes for $20
5 syringes for $30
Golden Teacher (LIMITED TO 2 PER ORDER!)
Ajax
Albino A+
Amazonian
B+ (Be Positive)
Ban Hua Thanon
Blue Meanie
Burma
Cambodian
Corumba Brazil
Costa Rican
Ecuadorian
Fiji
Golden Mammoth
Golden Teacher
Huautla
Jedi Mind Fuck
Koh Samui Super Strain (KSSS)
Lake Toba (Sumatra, Indonesia)
Lizard King
Mazatapec
McKennaii
Mexican
MR White
PES Amazon
PES Hawaiian
Roatan Honduras
Rusty Whyte
Taman Negara
Tasmanian
Wollongong
Z-Strain
THE FOLLOWING EXOTICS ARE NOT PART OF THE 5/$30 MIX-n-MATCH DEALIO, but can be added to the 5/$30 pack for $10 as an add-on, or $15 each by themselves. These are NOT cubensis, and NOT recommended for beginners. USE COUPON CODE "NEEDMORE" on the site to add ONE EXOTIC on to a 5 pack. Want 2 Exotics? Use code NEEDMORE2 or NEEDMORE3 for 3, etc. Currently this is setup to add a maximum of 5 exotics....if you need more, please message me and I'll create a unique coupon code to enter for your order :)
****Penis Envy #6 (PE6)***\*
This actually IS a cubensis variety, but added to exotics list due to rarity and popularity. NOT part of the pick 5.
****Penis Envy Uncut (PEU)***\*
This actually IS a cubensis variety, but added to exotics list due to rarity and popularity. NOT part of the pick 5.
****Gymnopilus Spectabilis***\*
****Psilocybe Allenii***\*
****Psilocybe Azurescens***\*
****Psilocybe Mexicana Galindoi***\*
****Psilocybe Ovoideocystidiata***\*
****Psilocybe Serbica***\*
****Psilocybe Subaeruginosa***\*
****Panaeolus Cyanescens (Alabama)***\*
****Panaeolus Cyanescens (Australia)***\*
All syringes are 12cc/mL and come capped with a sterile tip cap, and also include an 18ga 1.5" sterile needle and alcohol pads. Syringes are made in a lab grade environment and the utmost care and attention is the highest priority to be sure they are sterile. Anything exposed to an open air environment is subject to contamination, but I take every precaution possible to minimize this risk. I cannot "guarantee" they are 100% sterile, but I can guarantee that if you have an issue, I will make it right. I really do love to help, and if something happens, I'd like to know about it so I can fix the issue instead of you getting frustrated or giving up!
To ensure equal quantity of spores in each syringe, and for adequate suspension of the spores in the solution, I use a magnetic stir plate. Very often, this does such a good job of breaking up clumps of spores that it will appear to be sparse. THIS IS NOT AN ISSUE! There are still a TON of spores in each syringe, even if you can't see them individually (though most of my syringes appear to have a very good amount of visible spores...even with my horrible eyesight!). You can compare and contrast to see the blackish/purple tint to ensure every syringe is packed with spores. If a spore clump forms during transportation, simply give it a good flick with your finger and vigorously shake to break it up or free it from clinging to the wall of the syringe before examining.
Syringes ship in individual bags clearly labeled as to specific variety and born on date, bubble wrapped and shipped through USPS tracked shipping (discreet) within 24 hours of payment. I send tracking info soon after payment and give updates along the (super quick) way.
Any messages referring to spores being used for anything other than microscopy use will be ignored. Don't do it.
THANK YOU ALL so much again for your continued support!! I appreciate it more than you know! MUSH LOVE
P.S. In no way am I trying to be an impostor. I AM NOT WILLY MYCO. I chose this u/ a while back as sort of a play on words and tribute to a legend most of us recognize, long before I became a spore vendor. I don't want anyone to think I am trying to pass off as him, though I do admire his dedication to the craft! I appreciate all of the kind words, though, from people saying they learned from "my" videos. I wish I could pass on those notes to Willy himself.
Cheers and MUSH LOVE!
MW
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2020.08.27 00:14 millywyco MW MYCO WEDNESDAY Inventory Update! First 20 Orders at www.millywyco.com and Orders Ending in 8, 2 or 6 on 8/26 get a FREE Syringe! Orders Ending in 26 are Doubled or Free :) Restocked GT, B+, Jedi Mind Fuck, Azurescens, KSSS, Ajax. Last Update for a minute...Deets and allll the Love in Post <3

www.millywyco.com Stickers=12mL Syringes
MillyWyco is NOT Willy Myco :) (see below)
Any mention of cultivation or anything unrelated to microscopy will not receive a response and orders will be cancelled. This includes DM's, PM's, e-mails, notes with your transaction, feedback of any kind, and thoughts. Don't even think about it! (I'm a mind reader)
Hello my beautiful loving family! MY brothers from other mothers, sisters from other misters, aliens from...wherever you're from. I have a lot of classic varieties restocked, and am so very happy to bring back JMF this week, but this will be the last inventory update post for the next few weeks. The inventory I have posted today is shown below on the list. Once varieties begin to sell out, I will "hide" them from the shop inventory, and only the varieties that are available will be shown. Once a variety runs out, they will not be available until my next inventory update in October. I will still be shipping out every day as I usually do while items are still available in the shop, I just will not be restocking any items until my next post.
Due to some of the drama surrounding sporeswap and sporetraders, and for a number of personal reasons, I am taking the next month to refocus, get balanced, and confirm the right course of direction for this venture. I don't like to get too personal in the main subreddits like this, because it makes my posts seem like a blog and lengthens the content when most people just want to get down to business, but I will go into more detail in the MillyWyco subreddit where I post more personal (and sometimes unrelated) content. I'll have a ramble going into more detail about the break, why, and what I want to accomplish in the next month on my sub later this evening or tomorrow, along with a flash giveaway.
I want to give a HUUUUGE thank you to all of the artists who submitted a design that I asked for last week! I haven't gotten back to many of you yet, but I will respond to all e-mails with feedback and your choice of prize for ALL submissions received :) You guys are THE BEST!!!! So incredibly talented and willing to help...I appreciate you all more than you know.
To ensure quality specimens and packaging, and due to the onslaught of orders on Wednesdays, all orders placed on Wednesday will be shipped on Thursday and Friday of that week (ALL Priority Mail and subscription box orders will ship on Thursday). You will receive an email notification with a tracking link when your order ships. I appreciate your patience so hard!
Also, when I say "Priority Mail", this is referring to USPS Priority Mail vs. the standard "First Class" mail. All of my orders get my absolute highest priority care and attention, regardless of shipping method. USPS Priority Mail costs me $8, while I only pass on $5 of that to your order...it does not benefit me in any way if you choose this option, I just know those orders need to get to you ASAP, so I make sure to get all of these out on Thursday, with as many standard shipping orders as well. Sometimes it is not humanly possible to get every order from Wednesday out on Thursday, and some ship Friday morning. Thank you for your patience and continued support!!
The first 20 orders placed after this post (Order #14193-14212) will receive a FREE mystery syringe with their order! This is a cubensis variety that shall remain a mystery....until you crack the code ;) Unfortunately, I cannot confirm which variety you will receive. Each week, I post slightly less than what I have on hand for each variety to accommodate a few special requests, account for any replacements needed, and to keep a master sample for myself. A couple of weeks ago, I spilled a bottle of isopropyl alcohol in the bin containing these syringes (doh!), and the ink on the labels bled making them unreadable. These "mystery" syringes are most likely something I have had in the past, but no longer offer.
ALSO...in addition to the first 20 promo, any order number ending in 8, 2 or 6 on 8/26 only will also get a free unlisted variety! If you are in the first 20, and your order number ends in 8, 2, or 6, you get both!
If your order number ends in 26 (#14226, 14326, etc.) the week of 8/26 only, I will be in contact to arrange your special gift. Either you can have a double order (you ordered 5, I'll ask which other 5 you'd like...if you ordered 10, you'll get 20, etc), or you can choose to make that order free, (refunded if already paid) totally up to you!
This week, I have restocked a few favorites, including Golden Teacher, B+, Cambodian, PE6, PEU, Albino A+, KSSS, Blue Meanie, Z-Strain, Mazatapec, Jedi Mind Fuck, McKennaii, Tasmanian, Rusty Whyte, and a few others!
Thank you so much to everyone who has subscribed to a subscription box! Each and every month, these boxes will get better and better :) Newsletters will go out on the first of each month, regardless of when your plan is set to renew. In these newsletters will also be the winner of the random equipment raffle for MASTER PLAN members! This could be a sterilization wand, dehydrator, magnetic stir plate, or other super duper helpful tools in the hobby. Last month, 3 lucky Master Box subscribers received a pressure cooker, UV-C light sterilization wand, and a dehydrator!
PLEASE USE COUPON CODES if ordering on the site for discounts!! Please see below:
2PACK - $20 for two cubensis syringes
5PACK - Classic and most popular $30 dealio for 5 cubensis varieties. Also works in multiples of 5 as well, so if you need 15 syringes, this code will be good for 3- 5 packs, and you only need to place one order.
NEEDMORE - 5 cubensis varieties for $30 plus 1 exotic add-on for $10...total $40
NEEDMORE2 - 5 cubensis varieties for $30 plus 2 exotic add-ons for $20...total $50
NEEDMORE3 - 5 cubensis varieties for $30 plus 3 exotic add-ons for $30...total $60
...and so on. Currently, this is setup for up to 5 exotic add-ons. If you have an order that does not meet these codes, such as adding on more than 5 exotics, getting 7 cubensis varieties, etc. please send me a message and I will build you a coupon code to match your order in a timely manner.
Shipping not available to ID, GA, or CA (yes, really)
Spore syringes are for microscopy use only
Any reference to cultivation will exclude you from placing an order and we may never speak again. I want to talk to you. Don't do it!
There are no exceptions to these rules. You have been warned.
PAYMENT METHODS ACCEPTED: Major Credit/Debit cards, Zelle, Cash App, Venmo, Google Pay, Apple Pay, Bitcoin and Amazon gift cards
PayPal is NOT available to me at this time.
Also, I am the fee master! I get charged fees left and right that I don't pass on to you from shipping and third party payments. If you'd like to throw me a tip, however much it may be, I'd love you forever and it really does make a difference! These types of people have allowed me to share with some who are less fortunate. On the other hand, if times are tough for you right now, let's talk about it!
ALL PRICES INCLUDE USPS SHIPPING WITH TRACKING!! I COVER ALL STANDARD SHIPPING COSTS.
Please add an additional $5 to any order if you prefer USPS Priority Mail shipping.
1 syringe for $15
2 syringes for $20
5 syringes for $30
Golden Teacher (LIMITED TO 2 PER ORDER!)
Ajax
Albino A+
Amazonian
B+ (Be Positive)
Ban Hua Thanon
Blue Meanie
Burma
Cambodian
Corumba Brazil
Costa Rican
Ecuadorian
Fiji
Golden Mammoth
Golden Teacher
Huautla
Jedi Mind Fuck
Koh Samui Super Strain (KSSS)
Lake Toba (Sumatra, Indonesia)
Lizard King
Mazatapec
McKennaii
Mexican
MR White
PES Amazon
PES Hawaiian
Roatan Honduras
Rusty Whyte
Taman Negara
Tasmanian
Wollongong
Z-Strain
THE FOLLOWING EXOTICS ARE NOT PART OF THE 5/$30 MIX-n-MATCH DEALIO, but can be added to the 5/$30 pack for $10 as an add-on, or $15 each by themselves. These are NOT cubensis, and NOT recommended for beginners. USE COUPON CODE "NEEDMORE" on the site to add ONE EXOTIC on to a 5 pack. Want 2 Exotics? Use code NEEDMORE2 or NEEDMORE3 for 3, etc. Currently this is setup to add a maximum of 5 exotics....if you need more, please message me and I'll create a unique coupon code to enter for your order :)
****Penis Envy #6 (PE6)***\*
This actually IS a cubensis variety, but added to exotics list due to rarity and popularity. NOT part of the pick 5.
****Penis Envy Uncut (PEU)***\*
This actually IS a cubensis variety, but added to exotics list due to rarity and popularity. NOT part of the pick 5.
****Gymnopilus Spectabilis***\*
****Psilocybe Allenii***\*
****Psilocybe Azurescens***\*
****Psilocybe Mexicana Galindoi***\*
****Psilocybe Ovoideocystidiata***\*
****Psilocybe Serbica***\*
****Psilocybe Subaeruginosa***\*
****Panaeolus Cyanescens (Alabama)***\*
****Panaeolus Cyanescens (Australia)***\*
All syringes are 12cc/mL and come capped with a sterile tip cap, and also include an 18ga 1.5" sterile needle and alcohol pads. Syringes are made in a lab grade environment and the utmost care and attention is the highest priority to be sure they are sterile. Anything exposed to an open air environment is subject to contamination, but I take every precaution possible to minimize this risk. I cannot "guarantee" they are 100% sterile, but I can guarantee that if you have an issue, I will make it right. I really do love to help, and if something happens, I'd like to know about it so I can fix the issue instead of you getting frustrated or giving up!
To ensure equal quantity of spores in each syringe, and for adequate suspension of the spores in the solution, I use a magnetic stir plate. Very often, this does such a good job of breaking up clumps of spores that it will appear to be sparse. THIS IS NOT AN ISSUE! There are still a TON of spores in each syringe, even if you can't see them individually (though most of my syringes appear to have a very good amount of visible spores...even with my horrible eyesight!). You can compare and contrast to see the blackish/purple tint to ensure every syringe is packed with spores. If a spore clump forms during transportation, simply give it a good flick with your finger and vigorously shake to break it up or free it from clinging to the wall of the syringe before examining.
Syringes ship in individual bags clearly labeled as to specific variety and born on date, bubble wrapped and shipped through USPS tracked shipping (discreet) within 24 hours of payment. I send tracking info soon after payment and give updates along the (super quick) way.
Any messages referring to spores being used for anything other than microscopy use will be ignored. Don't do it.
THANK YOU ALL so much again for your continued support!! I appreciate it more than you know! MUSH LOVE
P.S. In no way am I trying to be an impostor. I AM NOT WILLY MYCO. I chose this u/ a while back as sort of a play on words and tribute to a legend most of us recognize, long before I became a spore vendor. I don't want anyone to think I am trying to pass off as him, though I do admire his dedication to the craft! I appreciate all of the kind words, though, from people saying they learned from "my" videos. I wish I could pass on those notes to Willy himself.
Cheers and MUSH LOVE!
MW
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2020.08.24 16:58 ShiningConcepts Chapter 5 Walkthrough The Vigil Files: Case 1

The Vigil Files: Chapter 5 - The Warehouse walkthrough

Walkthrough introduction and table of contents here, along with explanation of what "EEM" is.
(In my honest opinion, not counting optional sidequests, this chapter is the hardest one in the game. It's a big step-up from the previous chapters, so... don't feel bad if you needed to use this guide here ;))
This chapter starts when you open the email Jason sent you at the end of the last chapter that confirmed his arrival at the warehouse. That awesome spy music that cues when you open it tells you that it's time. You'll have to wait a bit more for Jason to look around this warehouse he's just entered. He'll then send you another email containing a photo of a map. (Yes, this map is intentionally hard to read!) After you get this email, you'll have a quick exchange with nightwing38 (the new username for robin37 (or is it?)), so EEM them. The exchange will end with them giving you a "bundle.zip" file.
Puzzle 5-1: What do I do after getting nightwing38's bundle.zip file?
Puzzle Solution: In Jason's last email, he asked you if you could find out which office is James Bowser's. In the spreadsheet file you found in nightwing38's bundle zip, you can find that the office # for Bowser is 126. So, send Jason an email telling him Bowser's room number is 126.
After you do this, Jason will send you an email saying he found Bowser's tablet computer, but there's a problem; it's been password locked and you need to enter a combination to enter it. Now, here comes what I believe is the most difficult puzzle of the game up until now; hacking Bowser's tablet. In fact, I will break up this puzzle into 2 puzzles; one for figuring out how to hack the tablet (5-2), and another for hacking it (5-3).
Puzzle 5-2: How can I figure out how to hack Bowser's tablet?
  • Hint 1: First off, to reiterate what Jason said in his email and what the in-game hint system tells you: the security system Bowser is using, Apix Security, is known to be insecure. So, you're going to want to find a hacker group's whitepaper on the subject. But where will you find one?
  • Hint 2: In VigilOS, you can view news articles. One of the news articles you can find can point you in the right direction.
  • Hint 3: And that news article is the oldest one you can see (at the bottom of the list); "ZERO-DAY FLAW LEAVES APIX SECURITY LOCK SCREENS OPEN TO ATTACK".
  • Hint 4: Find the profile of the person who was responsible for publishing the hack; Crystal Glasco. It says that she has been known to work with black, white, and gray hat organizations. Is there any hacker group you know of that she may work with?
  • Hint 5: To find them, you'll need to find another news article.
  • Hint 6: Specifically, check the topmost news article about a website being defaced! Maybe Crystal worked with that group?
Puzzle Solution: If you look at the very first news article in-game at the bottom of the list, a hack for Apix Security has already been discovered. It was authored by Crystal Glasco, who according to her database entry, has worked with various organizations. The latest news article at the top of the list in-game is about a group called the "Roach Warriors" having hacked a site. The URL for that hacked site is meyer-mayor.org.
So, head on over to that site. You'll quickly see that the group's namesake isn't for nothing. This belonging to Meyer was hacked by the Roach Warriors; and you can find a link to the Roach Warriors own site, roachwarriors.party, on there. Head over there. You can find the guide for hacking the tablet there!
Puzzle 5-3: I've made it to roachwarriors.party. What do I do now to hack Bowser's tablet?
On the roachwarriors.party page, you will find the aspl_hack.pdf file. This is what you will use to hack Bowser's tablet. My recommendation is you carefully read this PDF to figure out how to hack the tablet. I will offer a list of hints to help you demystify this puzzle, as the PDF isn't quite a light read.
The first part of solving this puzzle:
  • Hint 1: First off, note that in Jason's email, he distinguishes the points in the 3x3 grid with the numbers from 1 to 9. In the PDF, they distinguish the points with the numbers from 0 to 8. So make sure you stick to Jason's notation when you give him a solution!
  • Hint 2: As the hacker explains in the PDF, if you don't have access to the /sys/data/aspl_hsc.key file, then you really can't get anywhere. However...
  • Hint 3: Didn't she say something about a way you can view the contents of the /sys/data/aspl_hsc.key file?
  • Hint 4: By holding the 4 dots in the corner, a debug dialog will pop up, and the contents of the /sys/data/aspl_hsc.key file are displayed in that dialog's "DIAG_CODE".
  • Hint 5: So, send Jason an email asking him to hold the 4 buttons in the corner (the email body "Hold the four buttons in the corner" works for me in terms of keyword recognition). After you do this, he should send you an email with a photo of the the debug dialog attached, and therein, you can find that the DIAG_CODE is 243244243.
Now that you have this information, you are ready to solve the puzzle. Just read the PDF and it should make sense to you. You may need a pen and paper or a notepad on your computer to do this one. But here are some hints if you need some nudges in the right direction.
  • Hint 1: Now, you know what the DIAG_CODE is, or in other words, what the contents of the /sys/data/aspl_hsc.key file are.
  • Hint 2: Reread the PDF. What you need to do now is come up with a solution - that uses Jason's 1-to-9 notation, not the PDF's 0-to-8 - in order to unlock the tablet. Since you know the DIAG_CODE, you have everything you need!
  • Hint 3: You want to construct a pattern that satisfies two properties. I will reiterate what those two properties are in Hints 4 and 5.
  • Hint 4: Your pattern can start at any number in the grid. Other than the first number, every number in the pattern must be adjacent to the number before it. For example, it is okay to have the number 2 come after the number 5, because 5 (middle of grid) is adjacent to 2 (top-center of grid). However, it is not okay to have 2 come after 8, because 8 (bottom-center) is not adjacent to 2 (top-center).
  • Hint 5: Each point's number (i.e. 1 is the number of the top-left point, 8 is the number of the bottom-center point) must occur in the pattern an amount of times exactly equal to its corresponding placement in the DIAG_CODE. For example, your code is 243244243. The fifth number is 4; that means that 5, representing the middle point in the grid, must occur exactly 4 times in the pattern. The ninth number is 3; that means that 9, representing the bottom right point in the grid, must occur exactly 3 times.
  • Hint 6: Here is a visualization of the puzzle: https://i.imgur.com/3NsnIch.png For each point in the 3x3 grid, the number not in brackets is the number representing that point. The number in brackets represents how many times that point must be touched in the unlock patteappear in the solution you send to Jason. The bottom-left is 7 (2); that's because the bottom-left point, 7, must be pressed twice in the solution.
  • Hint 7: Here's an example of the beginning of a valid solution: "7474". When he starts this solution, Jason would press 7 (bottom-left), slide to 4 (middle-left), back to 7, and then back to 4. Both of these numbers needed to be touched twice, and they have been. So now, Jason would need to find a way to touch all the other points (only moving to adjacent points), without touching 7 and 4 again, and touching each other point the exact amount of times it needs to be touched. Alright, that's quite a bit of hints, can you figure it out?
Puzzle Solution: There are multiple valid solutions. One that works is 7474121232323656565658989898. Email it to Jason.
Dang, that was a long puzzle, wasn't it? Anyway, after you send him the solution, Jason will reply telling you that it worked perfectly. Now, wait a few minutes; Jason will first forward 3 emails he found on Bowser's tablet to you, before he sends you another email saying he's leaving the warehouse. nightwing38 will send you a few more messages, so EEM them.
Now, you have what I consider the hardest puzzle in the game up until now! Yup, the last puzzle was IMO the hardest up until then, and now this one is the hardest up until now. That's why I consider this chapter the hardest xD.
With regards to the emails Jason forwarded you: the first email about a phishing attempt isn't exactly useful to you. The third email offers you a "firmware.zip" file, but as the email says, you'll need the "warehouse password" to open it, and you don't know what that is right now, so it doesn't look like it'll do you any good either. So, your next course of action starts with the second email.
Yup, you're gonna need to hack into another account with the terminal. But, first, let me point out something about the terminal that the previous hacking puzzles didn't teach you: ports. Sometimes, to hack into a server, you will need to provide a port in addition to the IP address. For example, if your port is 1234, then to connect to the server, run the command "connect 1234". As is relevant in this next puzzle in particular, simply entering the IP address without providing the port number will cause the connection to fail.
So, how do you want to hack into this account?
Puzzle 5-4: Which person's account do I want to hack into?
  • Hint 1: This is a very tricky puzzle. Take some time to reevaluate the files you have gained recently. You'll need to use them together to solve this one.
  • Hint 2: In addition to the second Bowser email Jason forwarded you, the files you need to look at to solve this puzzle include the map.jpg file Jason sent you, and both of the files in the bundle.zip nightwing38 sent you. Also, I have spoken to the game developer; the map.jpg file is intentionally not very easy to read.
  • Hint 3: No, you're not trying to hack into Bowser's account right now. I don't blame you if you made that guess though. ;)
  • Hint 4: So, the first thing you'll want to do before you worry about passwords, is see if an account can be hacked into. To do so, run "connect ". If it says "cannot connect", that's not a hackable account. If it asks you for a username, then it is a hackable account! Where might you get the IP address and port number from?
  • In the next Hint, I will give an example of how you would go about hacking into an account that isn't the one you want to hack into. You would use the same procedure to hack into the one you do want to hack into.
  • Hint 5: Say you wanted to hack into James Bowser's account. First off, what is his department and room number? Engineering and #126, respectively, as you got from the xlsx file. According to the email, since he is in engineering, the IP address is "176.68.19.69". From the map.jpg file, the computer in room #126 is #32, meaning the port number (30xx range) is 3032. Go to the terminal and enter "connect 176.68.19.69 3032". You will get a "Could not connect... " error message, but that's just because this isn't the account you need to hack into. You won't have this problem when you try to connect to the right account!
  • Hint 6: What you want to do is look through the xlsx file until you find an account you CAN hack into (i.e., it does not give you a connection error).
  • Hint 7: The number of hackable accounts is 1, so as soon as you don't get an error message, that's the one account you need to hack into!
Puzzle Solution: With some potential trial and error (and squinting at that damn map.jpg file), you'll eventually conclude that the account you want to hack into is Gina Smith's. Her IP address? 168.16.152.140, from the email, as she works in the Office Management department as you learn in the spreadsheet. Her computer #? From the spreadsheet, her room # is 104, and the # of the computer in her room is 11. So, run "connect 168.16.152.140 3011".
Once you do this, you should be prompted to login. Now, how do you log in?
Puzzle 5-5: Now that I know which account to hack into, how do I hack into it?
  • Hint 1: Regarding the username, you should know what the pattern is by now. You used this same pattern to hack into the Crystal Harbor accounts.
  • Hint 2: Regarding the password, this is where the oldpasswords.txt file comes in handy. Of course, as is suggested by the file's name, you won't find the account's current password in there.
  • Hint 3: The first question to ask yourself, is which line in the file corresponds to Gina's computer?
  • Hint 4: Remember, Gina's computer is #11. But you'll need some more information to figure out the corresponding line.
  • Hint 5: You can get that information by taking a close look at the map.jpg file. Specifically, look at where Gina's computer is situated in that map.
  • Hint 6: Notice the blue box in the photo that Gina's computeroom are a part of, that is labeled 10.0.3.0/24.
  • Hint 7: Gina's computer number is 11, and she is in the region of map.jpg that is labeled with something that starts with "10.0.3.0". So, find the line in the oldpasswords.txt file that starts with "10.0.3.11". You'll learn that the previous two passwords for this computer were "1qaZ2wsX" and "3edC4rfV". How can you figure out the new password?
  • Hint 8: Look at your keyboard to help you figure this out.
  • Hint 9: Look at your keyboard as you type out the first password. Then, look at your keyboard as you type out the second password. Do you see the pattern?
Puzzle Solution: The account username is "gsmith". As for the password, if you look at your keyboard, you'll notice that the person uses a pattern. Consider a keyboard's alphabetical/numerical keys to consist of four rows; the first row is the numbers beginning with "123", the second row is the letters starting with "QWER", the third row is the letters starting with "ASDF", and the fourth row is the letters starting with "ZXCV". For the first password, note that they go down the first two columns; for each column, include the number in the top row, the two letters in the next two rows in lowercase, and the letter in the last row capitalized. For example, the first 4 characters of the first password are "1qaZ". First number of first row (1), first letter of second row in lowercase (q), first letter of third row in lowercase (a), and first letter of fourth row capitalized (Z). Do this again for the second column to get the first password. For the second password, do this with columns 3-4. It follows that for the new/current third password, they did it again with columns 5-6. The new password is "5tgB6yhN".
With that figured out, log into this account and download the only file on it; "call_log.xlsx". As the name suggests, it's a call log.
Puzzle 5-6: What do I do with the call log?
  • Hint 1: Don't worry about the Date, Time and Duration columns. Only the Caller ID and Extension columns are useful in solving this puzzle.
  • Hint 2: Hey, doesn't one of those phone numbers have a high frequency?
  • Hint 3: And it's only exchanging calls with a certain room.
  • Hint 4: Presumably, the first 1 in Extension number refers to floor number. For example, 1104 would refer to room 104. What's up with that number only exchanging calls with the room James Bowser works in?
Puzzle Solution: Call 678-709-7753. It's the number that only calls 1126, the room Bowser works in (the first 1 in 1126 is presumably floor number), and it has had a lot of calls with it. You'll get a voicemail identifying who the number belongs to - Ethan Burns. Burns is talking to James Bowser!
Calling this number didn't do much good, so now it's time once again to hack into a voicemail. Same way you've done before - change your caller ID to match the number, then call the number. Once again, use the most common PINs, just Google them. You can eventually hack into it, though it'll probably take some retries.
Now, here comes 14 new voicemails - these story-expanding voicemails are your reward for finishing this incredibly challenging chapter. Listen to all of them, plenty of interesting things to hear. nightwing38 will start messaging you during the voicemails. You can EEM them while listening, or after if you prefer. After you've heard all the voicemails, Chapter 6 begins.
Chapter 6 Walkthrough.
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