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2020.11.30 05:49 TheRadHatter9 Looking for General Use + Music Production + Extremely Light Video Editing - Under $500 (preferably under $400 but I can stretch it). Also, what should I look for/filter when looking at Craigslist/OfferUp/Ebay e.t.c.....?

Current Laptop: Late 2009 Macbook (upgraded to 8gb RAM). It's actually quite fine for my general use, and it can handle the light video editing I do occasionally (almost all <3min audition videos, I'm an actor). Music production is ok too since I'm not doing a ton outside of voice + guitabass.....yet. Obviously the exporting for music/videos is quite slow, but it gets the job done. Just this past year I've started running into programs not being able to update because of the age of my computer.
All that being said, it's 11yrs old, so I know I need to update. A big issue is I understand Macs very well, so I know if the price is good when looking on used sites, and I'm very familiar with gaming specs too, but when it's not a Mac or gaming specific laptop I have to look up every single one in order to even see what year it was released. A lot of the laptops being sold on Craigslist e.t.c.... will include the specs, and in the range I'm looking at I see a lot of 4th/5th gen i5/i7 CPUs, so I know to skip over those usually, but any other CPU I'm kinda in the dark. And almost none of the listings include the year, because they're all 7yr old+ garbage.
I've checked out some budget laptop youtube videos, but a lot of them end up using something like an 8yr old Thinkpad or 2011 Macbook Pro. And it is kinda impressive how good they can be, but I know those types of laptops are going to be even more out of date in just a year or two, like my current laptop. I'd prefer something that could be good for the next 4-5yrs.
So yeah, I'll take any suggestions for a new laptop, but also what should I search fohow should I filter my search when looking at Craigslist e.t.c..... to get the type of laptop I want?
Thanks!
EDIT: 3 USB ports would be ideal, but 2 is ok.
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2020.11.29 21:54 FromTanaisToTharsis Discussion: how much is enough?

So, I've got a minor issue here. Some cutting commentator on scifiwriting once remarked that Reddit worldbuilders aren't actually looking to write anything, they're here to get their egos stroked, to get the dopamine... and I need a fix.
Problem is, doing something as extensive as writing up an entire Navy takes time - so much time, in fact, that you end up changing your mind before you're done with it. So my question is thus: is a single-paragraph description of a warship and a generic listing of equipment and armament sufficient, without the bells and whistles of names or poorly-extrapolated numbers? Because right now I'm stuck on verbose descriptions like these:
Arleigh Burke-class destroyer
Functional classification: heavy escort
At over 70 ships built, there is more of these than all other destroyers in the world combined. With the first ship ordered in 1985, the Burkes represent the peak of US shipbuilding in the First Cold War, being the first to be designed from the outset with the Mk 41 Vertical Launch System, along with a modest effort to reduce radar signature with RAM materials and curtailment of miscellaneous clutter. More notably, the ships implement the lessons of the Falklands War, which highlighted the fragility of prior designs, with lightweight AlMg alloys widely used in superstructures literally catching fire. The Burkes are built of sterner stuff, with limited conventional and Kevlar armor over key systems, and are thus quite heavier. As an illustration, a study for a new cruiser with the capabilities of the previous-generation 9800 t Ticonderoga-class, but built to the new standards, produced a figure of 13900 t. Combined with the US Navy’s much-boasted and amply proven ability to keep ships afloat even when they’re on fire from bow to stern and leak like a sieve, this makes the Burkes some of the toughest ships around until the recent resurgence of extra-large warships with heavy armor. Finally, they were the first USN ships to feature a powerplant based around matching pairs of gas turbines per each screw, simplifying procurement and maintenance, but potentially increasing fuel consumption at low speed.
The Burke, however, is becoming dated. Her capacity for upgrades has mostly been used up by upgrades under the Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense System program, so even with Flight III upgrades she cannot keep up with newer trends in gadgetry. The Mk 41 launchers also have a limit to the power of rocket engines they can handle, since the missile’s motor is fired inside the storage canister (“hot launch”).
Overall, she mounts 32 VLS tubes fore and 64 aft, all of them strike-length, i.e. capable of handling Tomahawks, controlled by the vaunted Aegis command and decision system, and an AN/SPY-6 dual-band radar with phased array on four of the sides of the octagonal bridge. Except for the deliberately omitted LRASM, the Burke can handle every other VLS-compatible weapon in the USN arsenal with unmatched effectiveness:
  • RIM-174/SM-6 anti-air missiles, with short-range anti-ballistic missile capability, and a secondary anti-ship mode
  • RIM-161/SM-3 exoatmospheric hit-to-kill anti-ballistic missile with anti-satellite capability
  • RIM-162 Evolved Sea Sparrow anti-air missile (quad-packed)
  • RGM-109 Tomahawk Land-Attack Missile
  • RGM-168 NAval TACtical Missile System (ballistic)
  • RUM-139 Vertical-Launched Anti-Submarine ROCket
Although the mixture can be varied arbitrarily, one common loadout is 8 SM-3s, 46 SM-6s, 16 ESSMs, 32 TLAMs and 6 VL-ASROCs; the number of TLAMs can be dropped to as low as 8, but there have been incidents during the Persian Gulf Wars where the prior Spruance-class sailed with nothing but Tomahawks in her VLS.
The various Standard Missiles represent the primary anti-air warfare capability of the US Navy and have been pushed into the anti-ballistic missile role. Some of the old First Cold War-vintage RIM-66s of the SM-2 family, single-stage and with semi-active homing, are still around, yet to be replaced by the vastly more sophisticated SM-6s. SM-6 and SM-3 share the same first and second-stage boosters, but whereas the former has an explosive warhead and an active radar seeker from an AMRAAM and is capable of hitting aircraft or other missiles below the radar horizon at 240 km, the latter has an third stage and a “kill vehicle” with omnidirectional hydrazine thrusters and infrared homing, enabling it to ram passing-by cruise missiles in near space. Both missiles have emergent capabilities: the SM-6 achieves sufficient velocity that, with guidance tweaks and on a ballistic trajectory, it can hit ships at 460 km (which has been officially leveraged), while the SM-3 can be aimed at satellites (which was demonstrated with the USA-193).
The Tomahawk family is a similarly crucial and iconic weapon, a turbofan-powered winged missile with a range of up to 2500 km in some variants. It predates easily available satellite navigation and instead uses a sophisticated terrain-matching system to find its bearings; this requires a very specific fire control package capable of preloading precise maps and waypoints into each missile before launch. And while newer models have two-way datalinks to enable mid-flight updates, they are still fundamentally “blind” and designed to attack fixed targets. Nuclear warheads have been withdrawn from service in the 1990s, but unitary and cluster variants are available. The number of Tomahawks per ship each grew from 8 to dozens with the introduction of the VLS, and they are a staple of US “police actions”, enabling devastating salvos from considerable range at short notice and with no risk of losing American lives to the adversary’s air defense.
It is, however, being both supplemented and supplanted. The NATACMS is a quick-and-dirty conversion of the Army TACtical Missile System to provide a quick-response strike option. The ATACMS is a small ballistic missile that cam be fitted in place of a six-tube artillery rocket module, of which the Army's M270 carries two and the Marines' M143 HIMARS one. Its range of 300 km can be easily doubled with upgrades, while a cluster warhead ensures a good killzone.
The YRGM-182 Evolved Intelligent Strike Missile is the Tomahawk successor; work began in the first term of the second Clinton administration among a raft of other superweapon projects. Its first and important change is the departure in dimensions: the Tomahawk was originally developed to fit into a 533 mm torpedo tube, but starting with Los Angeles-class Flight II US attack submarines too have specialized vertical cruise missile launchers. The cylindrical shape is suboptimal for a cruise missile; with the new triangular cross-section, larger size, and high-energy fuel, the EISM has a range of at least 5000 km, although it retains the low flight speed to minimize infrared signature. The missile is equipped with a host of sensors, including DSMAC navigation cameras, FLIR, millimeter-wave radar, and an ELINT package, coupled with an advanced AI, enabling the missile to autonomously classify, assign and prosecute fixed and mobile targets on land or at sea. It is armed with a WAU-43 “plasma warhead”, which provides high yield selectivity with the blast configurable in-flight from 1.5 t to 25 kt TNT equivalent, is outside the scope of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty, and does not leave behind dangerous fission products; it does require regular replenishment of tritium. The bulkheads forward and aft of the warhead have been configured to function as kinetic penetrators with an effective velocity of circa 3% lightspeed, and penetration depths in tens of meters. Also, PR statements aside, the deuterium-tritium fusion reaction outputs mostly high-energy neutrons, which leads to significant if short-lived secondary radiation at the blast site. Discussion about fourth-generation nuclear weapons, more powerful than conventional explosives, more efficient at delivering energy to the target than ordinary second-generation nukes, and free of the associated political hazards, cropped up after the first massed Tomahawk use against Yugoslavia, stemming from the strikingly poor ratio of destructive power to cost. It continued throughout the early 'naughts, citing phantasmagorical scenarios such as suicidal Al Qaeda volunteers scraping unburnt plutonium from the crater of a hypothetical US nuclear bunker-buster at Tora Bora.
Aside from the VLS, the Burke is designed to carry one 127 mm gun fore and two 20 mm CIWS, fore and aft. The CIWS was omitted from most ships to save costs, but on some a SeaRAM launcher was installed instead, as due to a quirk in hasty integration, the ballistic missile defense system would disable Aegis anti-air fire control; a SeaRAM would be superfluous now that ESSM is available. The 127 mm is a good dual-purpose gun and there’s an effort underway to provide it with ultra-long-range guided rocket-propelled shells, but it’s been overshadowed by the new 155 mm. Originally, the Burkes were also built with eight Harpoon anti-ship missile launchers; those have been removed entirely. Rounding up the armaments is a pair of triple 324 mm torpedo launchers.
Finally, the Burkes were not originally built to permanently house a helicopter, but two single-spot hangars wrapped around the aft superstructure have since been added.
Lyndon B. Johnson-class destroyer
Functional classification: surface combatant Historical classification: large light cruiser
When designing the next destroyer after the Arleigh Burke-class, one that would replace the Spruance-class, the USN were under pressure to use her to supplant the unique artillery capabilities of their four WWII-vintage battleships. Thus the Zumwalt-class was designed from the outset as a “land-attack destroyer” with enhanced gun armament – two 155 mm, with guided ultra-long-range munitions – and a drastic investment into stealth. This led to an exotic tumblehome hull form to reduce signature and improve stability for long-range gunnery. Rounding out the design were the new Mk 57 VLS cells capable of accommodating future missiles with more energetic boosters, and an integrated powerplant that permits quickly routing the energy generated by the gas turbines to propulsion, or, say, a hypothetical railgun. The people in charge saw the resulting pricetag, and controversy ensued; ultimately, around 2009 a decision was made to put the Navy's ballistic missile defense capabilities on the cheaper Arleigh Burkes, which meant building more of them all the way until the mid-XXIst century, and the Zumwalt-class was put under the knife. Production was cut from dozens of ships to three, and the bigger half of the dual-band radar fit was eliminated. This had drastic knock-on effects: her guns use proprietary shells, and because she has a Total Ship Computing Environment Infrastructure in place of Aegis in an effort to slash the crew by half, any anti-air missiles require specialized conversion kits – so the penny-pinching meant these ships ended up with no artillery shells and a total stock of half a hundred SM-2 missiles. In the role of Tomahawk carriers, Zumwalts compete with submarines, and lose squarely.
Zumwalts' salvation has come from USN's adversaries: first the Chinese, then the Russians, now even Europe and minor players like Indonesia have begun to invest into capital surface combatants. The kneejerk reaction has been to “overmatch”, and the third Zumwalt hull, by then early in the works, was the prime candidate for a “superdestroyer”. Unfortunately, this also means the Lyndon B. Johnson was fitted out without a solid understanding of her future mission.
As built, she displaces over 22000 t, and features an integrated power grid supplied by six new turbogenerators. She retains the unmistakable tumblehome hull and pyramidal deckhouse. The drastically reduced deck space means the designers of the Zumwalt had to go with a new Mk 57 Peripheral VLS, lining either side of the ship with a single layer of launch tubes, rather than a tightly-packed Mk 41 battery amidships. LBJ increases that to two layers, and introduces the oversized Mk 60 tubes for future missiles, for a total of 120 standard and 16 extra-large weapons. Her sensor and fire control systems have been built to full spec, and she’s been integrated with all of USN's newest toys – Tomahawks cruise missiles, LRASM anti-ship missiles, SM-6 and ESSM anti-air missiles and even the VL-ASROC. She also retains the two 155 mm guns fore (with one only able to fire at broadside angles) with rocket-propelled shells that reach out to a hundred miles.
She’s received ungraded defenses, including a pair of Mk 110 57 mm autocannons behind the superstructure (which the Zumwalt never got) and three new Mk 20 retractable CIWS turrets, two on fore and aft ends of the superstructure and one at the extreme aft, behind the flight deck. It has also received the token 324 mm torpedo tubes on either side. The protection of her missile magazines has been thickened and formed into a full internal armour belt; combined with massive unused spaces between the VLS and the inward-canted hull, this provides good horizontal protection. Additional turtleback armor protects the machinery spaces, the magazines, and the CIC (Zumwalt’s voluminous but vulnerable Ship's Mission Centre concept had to be abandoned). Finally, and quite notably, her helicopter deck has been raised to set up a full aviation hangar in place of the boat bay, for a maximum of six helicopters. That does mean she can no longer launch Zodiacs full of SEALs… but that’s what the LCS is for. The doctrinal uncertainty means she actually incorporates the features desired by all the multiple factions across the Pentagon:
  • The railgun may be far in the future, but it’s certainly a live program, now tied to the Army's Strategic Strike Cannon Artillery – with an eye towards a weapon with a range of a thousand miles – and the expanded bow can accommodate even the bulkiest turret
  • Advocates of greater independent surface warfare capability look to the Mk 60 tubes as the host for large ballistic missiles with hypersonic gliders, presently in the RFI stage
  • Mk 57 can also accommodate more energetic variants of the SM-3 antimissile, providing for improved performance in the ballistic missile defense role – assuming one goes through the trouble of creating a TSCEI-based equivalent to ABMD
  • The hull comes with cooling and mounting for four modular nuclear reactors in place of the two middle turbogenerators, providing unlimited cruise range
  • The excessive air complement can be replaced with two helicopters and four F-35B Joint Strike Fighters, provided the deck is additionally reinforced against the blast of their downwards-facing engines
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2020.11.29 15:36 Rabsus Recontextualizing the American Civil Rights Movement

With racial injustice being a hot topic today I would like to take some time to critique the conventional narrative of the American Civil Rights Movement, strictly defined as 1955-1968. This will be a bit difficult, the conventional history is not necessarily bad history as I did not want to rip into a conventional and optimistic view of race in America. For this end, I will rely upon the audience granting me a bit of leeway here in the material I am expanding upon.
The material I will draw upon is going to be set from a Dr. Charles Payne article, where he does the same thing I am attempting to (much more successfully of course). In this, he defines the conventional narrative as:
Traditionally, relationships between the races in the South were oppressive. In 1954, the Supreme Court decided this was wrong. Inspired by the Court, courageous Americans, Black and white, took the protest to the street, in the form of sit-ins, bus boycotts, and Freedom Rides. The protest movement, led by the brilliant and eloquent Dr. Martin Luther King, and aided by a sympathetic federal government, most notably the Kennedy brothers and a born-again Lyndon Johnson, was able to make America understand racial discrimination as a moral issue.
Once Americans understood that discrimination was wrong, they quickly moved to remove racial prejudice and discrimination from American life, as evidenced by the Civil Rights Acts of 1964 and 1965. Dr. King was tragically slain in 1968. Fortunately, by that time the country had been changed, changed for the bett­­er in some fundamental ways. The movement was a remarkable victory for all Americans. By the 1970s, Southern states where Blacks could not have voted 10 years earlier were sending African Americans to Congress. Inexplicably, just as the civil rights victories were piling up, many Black Americans, under the banner of Black Power, turned their backs on American society.
Payne dissects why this top-down narrative is limited and his article is well worth a read. I will attempt to expand on the blind sites of this narrative using particular points.
1. The branding of the "American Civil Rights Movement" as strictly in the mid-20th century
Conventionally, the civil rights movement is thought to have catalyzed either in the lynching of Emmit Till or the Montgomery Bus Boycott. However, it's more accurate to contextualize this movement as a continuation of black political agitation which is as old as the United States itself.
For this, I am most comfortable starting in 1817 with the formation of the American Colonization Society and arguably a turning point in black abolitionism. When the advent of black removal gained a political vehicle, vibrant free black communities in the mid-Atlantic were spurred to action immediately. Almost immediately black voices met in churches and in freed black communities to express their near-universal disdain of colonization and discussed multiple other avenues, including voluntary settlement in Haiti, Britain, on the banks of the Missouri river, and Liberia. Freedmen also felt if they left, enslaved people would lose their most stalwart champions of abolition. This signified the birth of an international black political body that transcended class and national lines, as freemen and slaves were both threatened with removal. A continuity that would remain constant and underlooked in most rhetorical narratives.
After disenfranchisement in states such as New York and Philadelphia due to swelling and prosperous black populations that were exploding, black voices lost their formal political vehicle and were painted as degraded and apathetic. In 1827, the first black-owned newspaper was published in the United States with Samuel Cornish and John Russwurm, who would eventually fall out over the colonization issue. Despite this, black organization underpinned the growing abolitionist movement voiced famously by William Lloyd Garrison, a white agitator created by consultation with black voices over colonization. This period was also known for its radicalism, with the likes of David Walker's Appeal and Nat Turner's rebellion coinciding with this era. Despite the reputation of white abolitionists being the main voices, black voices have historically been the underlying vehicle of change for their rights.
Reconstruction is another continuation of this grassroots political agitation. Recent scholarship has shown that there were genuine attempts to racially integrate southern politics, though these were violently suppressed amidst an apathetic federal administration. Again, black people were disenfranchised amid appealing to a cruel system and were scapegoated as political pawns of foreign (in this case northern) agitators. Far from politically inactive, historian Herbert Apetheker concluded that between 1619 and 1865, there were over 250 significant slave rebellions. Far from neutral observers, black political agitation engaged in radicalism and proactive community efforts rather than passive petitioning.
What are the conclusions and why is this important? For one we have that black Americans such as Cornish and Russwurm differed on the means of civil liberties, integration, and separation. Another is that far from passivity, black people organized change based on radical and internationalist frameworks. The third takeaway is that black people were the engines of their own destiny and did not rely on petitioning whites in power to speak for them, with the first edition of Freedom's Journal stating that "we wish to plead our own cause".
All of these continue into the legacy of the traditional civil rights movement, born of radicalism and internationalism while eschewing a petition of whites in power such as the Kennedy brothers and a "born-again Lyndon B Johnson". Many black leaders would again draw on this civil rights legacy and disagree on the nature of the path forward of civil rights, famously Martin Luther King and Malcolm X, though like Cornish and Russwurm they are not as far apart as often depicted and inherit many similarities among their political legacies.
2. Martin Luther King
Martin Luther King has become a deified figure in hindsight, the manifestation of an American dream come true and "good trouble" triumphing. He eschewed the "radicalism" of others such as the Black Panthers, Nation of Islam, and the black people rebelling in urban centers throughout the 1960s. He "did it right" and valued non-violence, not rocking the boat but rather petitioning to the morality of an awakening nation that finally saw the light. Thus the American project has been salvaged through the most palatable of means.
Though that's just what it is, palatable. Martin Luther King's legacy is a very admirable narrative of social agitation based on love and forgiveness, values he sacrificed his life for. On its head, this is of course, true. Though MLK was decidedly a radical and his peaceful means were deeply unpopular in his time. King operated not as a foil to more "radical" elements but was himself a radical in his own right. There is a utilitarian purpose for blunting the revolutionary and radical character of deified historical figures especially in the light of an ongoing struggle for rights. Making a whitewashed MLK the standard-bearer of "good" political conduct for marginalized communities (as determined by the state) serves a political purpose to stall change and funnel it into acceptable ways for those in power.
Dr. Cornell West posits an argument in what he dubs the "Santa Clausization" of Martin Luther King, a man robbed of radicalism and substance while being canonized into the American mythos as a harmless icon of "doing it right". In this, Dr. West states his case bluntly:
“We have to resist the ‘Santa Claus-ification’ of Martin Luther King. I don’t want to sanitize Martin Luther King. I don’t want to deodorize Dr. Martin Luther King. I don’t want to disinfect Dr. Martin Luther King, and we’re not gonna domesticate Dr. King,”
In this sense, even in a top-down manner, the movement for civil rights was a lot more radical than it is remembered in historical memory. In his day, these manners of protest were radical and deeply unpopular among white America. According to Gallup in polls taken in 1961, only 22% of Americans surveyed had a positive connotation with Freedom Riders. Relatedly, Only 28% of Americans felt that sit-ins helped the cause of civil rights. 27% of Americans also believed that mass demonstrations were aiding African-American's causes. In this sense, it's never the "right time" to agitate, and that even these vaunted protest methodologies were radical rather than common sense policies, even in a vacuum.
White political actors such as the Kennedy brothers had a mixed relationship with the civil rights movement, including the stormy meeting of Robert F. Kennedy with civil rights leaders such as James Baldwin and Lorraine Hansberry. This included increased surveillance on Baldwin, coercion, organizational disruption, and pointed criticisms of dragging their feet on civil rights policies. As such, white political actors were not major drivers of social change but were rather forced and affected upon from the bottom.
3. The Nature of Non-Violence
Violence in itself is a very loaded word. In popular conception, there is a dichotomy of "violence" and "non-violence" both strictly and subconsciously defined. The presence of guns at a demonstration is "violent" and so is a riot, though the state does not paradoxically engage in violence or is held to this standard. There is often in reality no distinction between "non-violent" and "violent", and in the case of the Civil Rights Movement, they overlap.
One case where we can see a recasting of the nature of non-violence in this era is the book This Non-Violent Stuff'll Get You Killed by Charles Cobb. An SNCC member agitating in Mississippi, Cobb posits that guns and armed self-defense are traditionally inherent to black political agitation and that their nature with the civil rights movement played a crucial step. Cobb lays out his case when he writes:
But although nonviolence was crucial to the gains made by the freedom struggle of the 1950s and ’60s, those gains could not have been achieved without the complementary and still underappreciated practice of armed self-defense. The claim that armed self-defense was a necessary aspect of the civil rights movement is still controversial. However, wielding weapons, especially firearms, let both participants in nonviolent struggle and their sympathizers protect themselves and others under terrorist attack for their civil rights activities. This willingness to use deadly force ensured the survival not only of countless brave men and women but also of the freedom struggle itself.
The tradition of armed self-defense is a long tradition in black rural tradition. Dating back to defending from racial massacres, black communities armed for self-defense in order to protect their civil liberties and livelihoods from hostile outsiders. This tradition carries over to the agitation in the 1960s against the conventional wisdom of Martin Luther King "doing it right" and the Black Panthers being "radical". King of course was said to have kept an arsenal of firearms and armed guards, particularly after repeated attacks against him. Both King and the Black Panthers sought armed self-defense and mutual aid as a way to protect their fellow countrymen and their movements. In this sense, non-violence and "violence" can not be dissevered and do not operate on a dichotomy.
Robert Franklin Williams chronicles his tense time as an NAACP organizer in Monroe, North Carolina where violence was endemic in the early 1960s. In detailing his relationship with his civil agitation and firearms he writes:
The incidents which took place in Monroe, which I witnessed and which I suffered, will give some idea of the conditions in the South, conditions that can no longer be borne. That is why, one hundred years after the Civil War began, we Negroes in Monroe armed ourselves in self-defense and used our weapons. We showed that our policy worked. The lawful authorities of Monroe and North Carolina acted to enforce order only after, and as a direct result of, our being armed. Previously they had connived with the Ku Klux Klan in the racist violence against our people. Self-defense prevented bloodshed and forced the law to establish order.
4. The Nature of Organizing and "Big Men"
One of the larger issues with a conventional narrative is the overlooking of traditional grassroots organization. Instead of individual acts of bravery that seem herculean, social justice often operated through dense networks of collaboration.
The Emmett Till case was, unfortunately, only unique in the manner that it was highly publicized. Many black people would simply go missing in Mississippi. Till was visiting from Chicago and was not familiar with the rather insane racial procedures expected to be followed. When he was lynched, his mother in Chicago fought to transport his body back as it was almost buried in Mississippi. Till's mother showed great bravery in petitioning for her son's body to be taken back to Chicago where it was given a gruesome open-air funeral. Till's mother was also very active in Chicago's NAACP where she was able to leverage historically black publications to bring national attention to the case. In this sense, organizing through black newspapers gave Emmett's lynching a national audience that it otherwise would not have. Much like publications like Freedom's Journal in 1827, magazines like Jet, Chicago Defender, and Ebony were crucial to the civil rights movement. White publications largely ignored Till's story at the time and many white Americans were often unfamiliar with the lynching.
In this same way, local organizing was immensely influential with the establishment of Regional Councils of Negro Leadership, Baptist Churches, and local branches of the NAACP and other national organizations. Localized networks of black communities tied through speech and political organization allowed people such as Freedom Riders and local boycotts to come into effect all throughout the south.
The Montgomery Bus Boycott was not an example of spontaneous demonstration but rather a political action created through the nexus of national and local organizations across class, gender, and even racial lines. Rosa Parks was a lifelong member of the NAACP and received social rights training in a specialized social justice school in Tennessee (with alumni such as John Lewis, Julian Bond, MLK, and so on). She also worked on civil rights campaigns, including defense on the trial of the Scottsboro Boys. Her refusal to move from the bus was deliberately planned, as she had also done 10 years earlier, and was the 3rd black woman to refuse to move on the bus in Montgomery.
Beyond Rosa Parks, the Montgomery Bus Boycott was made possible for its 381-day duration due to the efforts of local black women, who were often sidelined when arrests made the boycott famous. The Women's Political Counsel made the boycott possible through a mass effort of organizing carpooling to bus participants to and from work. Without the efforts of these forgotten local women, the legacy of MLK and Rosa Parks could not have stood on its own.
It is much more accurate to view the Civil Rights Movement, not as a movement orchestrated by the "big men" of history, but rather as a continuation of black organization and a collective effort dating back centuries. A picture of the Civil Rights Movement is incomplete without taking this into account. The background of Rosa Parks in particular leans heavily on the less publicized social justice work being done in the early 20th century, leaning on the fact that she attended a specialized school in black political organization well before her famous actions of defiance. Without localized black political structures, churches, community networks, and black media in conjunction with the combined effort of millions, the Civil Rights Movement could not have gotten off the ground.
5. Civil Rights and the Cold War
Another unexplained facet of this era is how it intersected with international and domestic politics. The Cold War shaped and molded the Civil Rights Era, though it is often seen as completely separate. In reality, the beginning of this traditional Civil Rights era coincides with the height of the Cold War, HUAC, and McCarthyism. Civil rights had everything to do with national security concerns. While the Cold War gave rise to a new vehicle of rhetoric for black voices, it also limited the scope and results of the movement.
This era of civil rights agitation is actually somewhat unique. While historically black political organization leaned heavily on internationalism, many in the Civil Rights Era defined themselves as primarily citizens of the United States leaning on nationalist rhetoric. In doing so, this adapted to the Cold War climate effected by decolonization and the potential of embarrassment in a political climate marked by aligning many in the global south. In ruling for Brown V Board, justices and political organizers leaned heavily on the word "unamerican" in criticizing segregation, framing it in patriotic terms despite segregation being very imbued in American society. Political organizers often leaned on stressing their roles as Americans and all that entails in a time of surging nationalism in the face of a Cold War.
In the aftermath of Brown V Board, only 3 southern senators refused to sign the "Southern Manifesto" decrying the break in the constitution by the ruling, among them Texas Senator Lyndon B Johnson and Albert Gore who had larger political ambitions and not in danger of losing his constituency. In this sense, the "reformed LBJ" is just playing smart politics. In 1957, Little Rock showed an erosion of law of order as the governor disobeyed the order to integrate, despite he himself not being elected as a segregationist. Eisenhower himself believes integration is a local issue. Little Rock showed weakness in the presidency, rule of law, and was a national embarrassment to the United States in courting nations in the global south against the Soviet Union. Eisenhower looks to move more hastily on integration due to Cold War concerns.
Interest convergence plays heavily into the granting of civil rights, starting with Truman de-segregating the military in 1948 to gain African-American votes in the upcoming elections, causing southern democrats to break off from the party. This schism would coalesce into the famous political divisions we would see in 1964.
Figures such as WEB DuBois, Paul Robeson, and other figures were increasingly denied travel abroad due to their political leanings. The Council of African Affairs listed both in subversive groups, barring them from having a passport and participating in international conferences. WEB DuBois was forbidden from attending the Bandung Conference in Indonesia in 1955 with Congressman Adam Clayton Powell attending in his place. Powell claims at the conference that America is a place of complete racial inequality. African-American presence in the international community is shrunk by Cold War politics leading to an adaption of rhetoric to Cold War contexts.
This helps put the later Black Panthers into context, they were not an aberration in their focus on a changing international racial world order but rather a return to the mean. Envisioning themselves as a global majority rather than a national minority. In reality, black citizens of Mississippi often didn't live in wholly dissimilar living conditions than many people of color in global decolonizing south.
There are, however, limiting factors. When addressing civil rights concerns in a nationalist context, integration can move as slowly as the law allows for the purpose of international optics. In 1964, Arkansas, Alabama, and many other states are still not integrated. In Virginia in 1959, a county closed all of its public schools and issued vouchers to white students to go to private schools which lasted until the Supreme Court struck it down in 1964 to reopen public schools for white students. By the 1970s, school funding was separated from affluent suburbs and the city while northern schools were less integrated than they were in 1954.
While the Civil Rights movement used nationalist rhetoric in the Cold War to ensure civil rights protections, it limited the scope of employable rhetoric. How does one deal with defacto economic arguments? Integrate Little Rock to show communists we are not racist though if you argue for a more centralized government to redistribute wealth in order to combat de facto segregation you now sound like a communist.
What actually was the true extent of victories in this era, one has to ask? The era seems to be less of a glowing success as one may think upon further inspection.
Conclusion
Well that was a lot, sorry about that. I hope you maybe learned something. If you have any feedback or criticism I encourage you to post it in the comments. I again have to ask you give me some leeway with the source of bad history here, I felt that this was the best way to organize while not criticizing a specific historical narrative too harshly.
As we have demonstrated, the conventional optimistic narrative detailed by Dr. Payne of the resounding success of the Civil Rights Movement and later radicalism of black Americans is extremely flawed. We are also able to better contextualize this movement in a greater tradition of black political organization. The narratives of this era are optimistic and palatable, offering a redemption story for the United States after coming to reckon with its past. Instead of operating in generalizations and dichotomy of the machinations of social justice, we are better able to understand the nature of power and race in the United States.
Sources
Introduction:
Part 1:
  • Power-Greene, Ousmane. Against Wind and Tide: The African American Struggle Against The Colonization Movement. New York, NY. New York University Press, 2014.
  • Polgar, Paul. Standard-Bearers of Equality: America’s First Abolition Movement. Chapel Hill, NC. University of North Carolina Press, 2019.
  • Foner, Eric. Reconstruction: America's Unfinished Revolution, 1863-1877: Updated Edition. New York, NY: Perennial Classics, 2014.
  • Foner, Eric. “Why Reconstruction Matters.” The New York Times. The New York Times, March 28, 2015. https://www.nytimes.com/2015/03/29/opinion/sunday/why-reconstruction-matters.html.
  • Aptheker, Herbert. American Negro Slave Revolts: Herbert Aptheker. New York, NY: Columbia University Press, 1945.
Part 2:
Part 3:
  • Cobb, Charles E. Jr. This Nonviolent Stuff'll Get You Killed: How Guns Made the Civil Rights Movement Possible. Oxford, UK: Oxford Univ. Press, 2014.
  • Williams, Robert Franklin. Negroes with Guns. New York, NY: Marzani & Munsell, 1962.
Part 4:
  • Green, Adam. “Chapter 4: A Moment in Simultaneity .” Essay. In Selling the Race: Culture, Community, and Black Chicago, 1940-1955, 179–210. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press, 2009.
  • M. Von Eschen, Penny. Race against Empire: Black Americans and Anticolonialism, 1937-1957. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 1997.
  • Brown, Jeffery M. Black Internationalism: Embracing an Economic Paradigm, 23 MICH. J. INT'L L. 807 (2002). https://repository.law.umich.edu/mjil/vol23/iss4/2
  • Witt, John Fabian. The Internationalist Beginnings of American Civil Liberties. https://ssrn.com/abstract=539802
  • Hodder, Jake. Toward a Geography of Black Internationalism: Bayard Rustin, Nonviolence, and the Promise of Africa. Annals of the American Association of Geographers, 2016. 106:6, 1360-1377, DOI: 10.1080/24694452.2016.1203284
Part 5:
  • Bell, Derrick A. "Brown v. Board of Education and the Interest-Convergence Dilemma." Harvard Law Review 93, no. 3 (1980): 518-33. Accessed November 29, 2020. doi:10.2307/1340546.
  • Dudziak, Mary L. "Brown as a Cold War Case." The Journal of American History 91, no. 1 (2004): 32-42. Accessed November 29, 2020. doi:10.2307/3659611.
P.S
Immeasurable thanks to my university professor, who will remain unnamed. I leaned heavily on notes and his sources from his class for this writing. This is not possible without him.
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2020.11.28 18:37 Ostoni // THCB & Microvast Inc - Legit Analysis

// THCB & Microvast Inc - Legit Analysis
The EV craze is seeing another ops, the reverse merger of Microvast. On Nov 13 a letter of intent (LoI) has been signed related to a business combination with Microvast Inc., a market leading provider of next-generation battery technologies for commercial and specialty use electric vehicles
This name already came up on WSB gents, so the below it’s more of an in-depth DD before the next bell. Good to credit other DD as well for a sort of empirical work in calling the Company’s Texas HQ (LoL)
// What the heck is Microvast?
Founded by Yang Wu in 2006, Microvast is focused on driving mass adoption EVs and its battery technology boasts best-in-class charging speed, battery life, energy density and safety performance. Key takeaway:
  • In a nutshell: headquartered in Houston (TX, USA), 6 locations worldwide and +2,500 employees. Over 700+ R&D staff (30+ PhDs, and 100+ master degree). Over 426 patents and patent applications which covers the whole Li-ion battery chain, including battery material (cathode, anode, separator, and electrolyte), cell, pack, BMS, powertrain, and related equipment
  • 10 mins, faster than you: the Company has been an innovative industry leader for over a decade and has clear visibility to future growth from its existing pipeline across commercial markets including e- buses, vans, trucks, passenger vehicles, automated guided vehicles, forklifts and mining trucks. They have a battery system that enables 10 minute charging times with limited degradation based on lithium-titanate technology (game-changer, Toshiba apparently the only very-close competitor)
Company's Footprint
  • Vertical Integration: its strategy extends from core battery chemistry, including cathode and anode materials, electrolyte, and membrane separators, to application technologies including battery management systems (BMS) and other power electronics. Higher quality, lower costs as by integrating the process from raw material to system assembly, Microvast is able to provide customized solutions with reduced project development time and controllable cost
Vertical Integration
  • Strategic growth: as of October 2020, the Company had more than 40,000 electric vehicles powered by Microvast battery systems operating in 170+ cities within 19 countries, which have accumulated over 4 billion kilometers driving distance without any operation accidents caused by batteries. Plus, an impressive, growing list of global OEM customers, and a strategic partnership with Fiat Power Train Industrial. Bottom line is: real products with real-world adoptions (E-buses in China, London, Germany Singapore), and strong focus on R&D and diversification in terms of regional coverage which makes it less prone to regulatory risks or investigations (e.g. Chinese Probes). Notably, electric buses during the 2018 Olympic Games in South Korea featured Microvast batteries
Current Stats
  • No real financial available (🚩). Nonetheless, take or leave it, Mr Wu (founder and CEO) stated “Microvast expects to generate over $100 million of revenue this financial year. Our potential transition into a public company will help continue to fuel our design and development of market-leading ultra-fast charging, long-life battery power systems”
  • Real production sites and product dev (🟢): Microvast started its Li-ion battery production in Huzhou, China since 2009, automatic cell production line (Phase II) and automatic module production with semi-automatic pack production line (Phase II) in place. Phase I and II in operation since 2009, Phase III started its construction since Mar 2017
Production Sites
  • Clean City Transit project with an ultra-fast charging network: the CCT plan put forward by Microvast is based on fast charging, long life and safe battery technology, and aims to facilitate the electrification of urban transport systems by progressively introducing battery systems while minimizing disruption to urban infrastructure, first to city buses, then to taxis and finally to passenger cars
Products
// Ok so what should I buy? THCB
  • THCB is a blank-check company initially aiming to bring a cannabis company public. Then, they decided to switch to the EV space following the trends we all know. The Chairman and CEO stated “Microvast has a compelling financial profile, with significant historical revenues as well as projected growth and profitability”. Total valuation exceeds $2Bn
  • 75 institutional owners and shareholders that have filed 13D/G or 13F forms with the Securities Exchange Commission. These institutions hold a total of 39,345,200 shares. Largest shareholders include BlueCrest Capital Management Ltd, Mizuho Securities Usa Llc, Bank Of Montreal /can/, Hudson Bay Capital Management LP, K2 Principal Fund, L.p., Cnh Partners Llc, Polar Asset Management Partners Inc., Alberta Investment Management Corp, Sage Rock Capital Management LP, and Periscope Capital Inc
  • In March 2019, the Company consummated its IPO from which it derived gross proceeds of $276,000,000 (including $36,000,000 from the exercise of the underwriters’ over-allotment option). Like most blank check companies, the charter provides for the return of the IPO proceeds held in the trust account to the holders of public shares if there is no qualifying business combination(s) consummated on or before a certain date (in this case, December 7, 2020 or above, see below)
  • On December 3, THCB will vote a proposal to extend the date by which it has to consummate a business combination from December 7, 2020 to April 30, 2021
  • EarlyBirdCapital has been the sole book-running manager and underwriter. The previous merger consumed by EarlyBirdCapital are significant. The latest include TTCF (+59%), VLDR (+55%), BWMX (+204%), AVCT (-42%) and (-16%)
THCB SEC
// Don't fuck with me, what are the risks?
The completion of the transaction is subject to, among other things, the execution of a definitive agreement (which has already taken place for //AvePoint instead, see my other post) approval by the two companies' boards, satisfaction of customary closing conditions and approval of the transaction by each company's shareholders. Accordingly, there can be no assurance that a definitive agreement will be entered into or that the proposed transaction will be consummated on the terms currently contemplated or at all. If a legally binding definitive agreement is entered into, a full description of the terms of the transaction will be provided in a registration statement and/or a proxy statement of SPAC to be filled with the SEC
// I don't want to read, bottom line? TL;DR
  • Microvast considers itself a leader in developing ultra-fast and long-lasting battery power systems for electric vehicles, around since 2006. Unlike other companies involved in SPAC deals, Microvast has developed an existing product (electric buses during the 2018 Olympic Games in South Korea, Shanghai, London, Germany, China and Auckland)
  • After hours trading on Wednesday 25/11 saw a +12%, while the trading day closed slightly positive with no significant spike. Business combination hasn’t been approved, we have just an LoI, which amplifies the risk of a no deal as the two haven’t entered a definite agreement
  • +7.40% on Friday 27/11, still very manageable price. I would buy at retracement S1 or R1 for the true autists, monitor the proxy statement vote on Dec 3, forget about it all the way until other rumors about the business combination. Looking at the EV space, after a news I would TP 60% capital invested TP @ +20%. Look at the overall market conditions in Dec/Jan (depending on the business combination) and TP the remaining @ +40% upside
Disclaimer: all images should be credited to Microvast Inc. or other sources. This does not constitute and has not to be intended as a financial advice or solicitation of any kind. I hold a long position in THCB.
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2020.11.28 18:34 Ostoni // THCB & Microvast Inc - Legit Analysis

The EV craze is seeing another ops, the reverse merger of Microvast. On Nov 13 a letter of intent (LoI) has been signed related to a business combination with Microvast Inc., a market leading provider of next-generation battery technologies for commercial and specialty use electric vehicles
This name already came up on WSB gents, so the below it’s more of an in-depth DD before the next bell. Good to credit other DD as well for a sort of empirical work in calling the Company’s Texas HQ (LoL)
// What the heck is Microvast?
Founded by Yang Wu in 2006, Microvast is focused on driving mass adoption EVs and its battery technology boasts best-in-class charging speed, battery life, energy density and safety performance. Key takeaway:
// Ok so what should I buy? THCB
// Don't fuck with me, what are the risks?
The completion of the transaction is subject to, among other things, the execution of a definitive agreement (which has already taken place for //AvePoint instead, see my other post) approval by the two companies' boards, satisfaction of customary closing conditions and approval of the transaction by each company's shareholders. Accordingly, there can be no assurance that a definitive agreement will be entered into or that the proposed transaction will be consummated on the terms currently contemplated or at all. If a legally binding definitive agreement is entered into, a full description of the terms of the transaction will be provided in a registration statement and/or a proxy statement of SPAC to be filled with the SEC
// I don't want to read, bottom line? TL;DR
Disclaimer: all images should be credited to Microvast Inc. or other sources. This does not constitute and has not to be intended as a financial advice or solicitation of any kind. I hold a long position in THCB.
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2020.11.27 21:48 Effotless Reframing the Climate Change Debate

Not all of this text is my own, I stole most of this information and text from https://energytalkingpoints.com/.
If you want to learn more and steal more copypastas I recommend you check out the link and read more about Alex Epstein (he has lots of great work).
The main point missed when arguing for fossil fuels is the fact that it is a tradeoff, my argument will cover three subpoints:
  1. Climate change is real, man made and caused by carbon emissions, but is greatly exaggerated by climate change alarmists who have been making wrong predictions for decades.
  2. Solar and wind are "unreliables" that depend on reliable fossil fuels, nuclear, and hydro infrastructure. They don't replace the cost of fossil fuels, they add to the cost of fossil fuels. More solar+wind = higher prices.
  3. Energy is essential for human development, survival and flourishing. Poverty is the rule and wealth is the exception, most wealth produced today is by machines which requires reliable sources of energy. Billions of people live without clean sources of energy and rely on burning wood or even biomass, the world needs more reliable energy, not less.
Climate change is real, but not a threat:
When you hear scary claims about a “climate crisis,” keep in mind that climate catastrophists have been claiming climate crisis for 40 years. For example, Obama science advisor John Holdren predicted in the 1980s that we’d have up to 1 billion climate deaths today:
“As University of California physicist John Holdren has said, it is possible that carbon-dioxide climate-induced famines could kill as many as a billion people before the year 2020.” -Paul Ehrlich, The Machinery of Nature (1986), p. 27
Here is a list of fifty more failed climate change prophecies:
  1. 1967: Dire Famine Forecast By 1975
  2. 1969: Everyone Will Disappear In a Cloud Of Blue Steam By 1989 (1969)
  3. 1970: Ice Age By 2000
  4. 1970: America Subject to Water Rationing By 1974 and Food Rationing By 1980
  5. 1971: New Ice Age Coming By 2020 or 2030
  6. 1972: New Ice Age By 2070
  7. 1974: Space Satellites Show New Ice Age Coming Fast
  8. 1974: Another Ice Age?
  9. 1974: Ozone Depletion a ‘Great Peril to Life (data and graph)
  10. 1976: Scientific Consensus Planet Cooling, Famines imminent
  11. 1980: Acid Rain Kills Life In Lakes (additional link)
  12. 1978: No End in Sight to 30-Year Cooling Trend (additional link)
  13. 1988: Regional Droughts (that never happened) in 1990s
  14. 1988: Temperatures in DC Will Hit Record Highs
  15. 1988: Maldive Islands will Be Underwater by 2018 (they’re not)
  16. 1989: Rising Sea Levels will Obliterate Nations if Nothing Done by 2000
  17. 1989: New York City’s West Side Highway Underwater by 2019 (it’s not)
  18. 2000: Children Won’t Know what Snow Is
  19. 2002: Famine In 10 Years If We Don’t Give Up Eating Fish, Meat, and Dairy
  20. 2004: Britain will Be Siberia by 2024
  21. 2008: Arctic will Be Ice Free by 2018
  22. 2008: Climate Genius Al Gore Predicts Ice-Free Arctic by 2013
  23. 2009: Climate Genius Prince Charles Says we Have 96 Months to Save World
  24. 2009: UK Prime Minister Says 50 Days to ‘Save The Planet From Catastrophe’
  25. 2009: Climate Genius Al Gore Moves 2013 Prediction of Ice-Free Arctic to 2014
  26. 2013: Arctic Ice-Free by 2015 (additional link)
  27. 2014: Only 500 Days Before ‘Climate Chaos’
  28. 1968: Overpopulation Will Spread Worldwide
  29. 1970: World Will Use Up All its Natural Resources
  30. 1966: Oil Gone in Ten Years
  31. 1972: Oil Depleted in 20 Years
  32. 1977: Department of Energy Says Oil will Peak in 1990s
  33. 1980: Peak Oil In 2000
  34. 1996: Peak Oil in 2020
  35. 2002: Peak Oil in 2010
  36. 2006: Super Hurricanes!
  37. 2005 : Manhattan Underwater by 2015
  38. 1970: Urban Citizens Will Require Gas Masks by 1985
  39. 1970: Nitrogen buildup Will Make All Land Unusable
  40. 1970: Decaying Pollution Will Kill all the Fish
  41. 1970s: Killer Bees!
  42. 1975: The Cooling World and a Drastic Decline in Food Production
  43. 1969: Worldwide Plague, Overwhelming Pollution, Ecological Catastrophe, Virtual Collapse of UK by End of 20th Century
  44. 1972: Pending Depletion and Shortages of Gold, Tin, Oil, Natural Gas, Copper, Aluminum
  45. 1970: Oceans Dead in a Decade, US Water Rationing by 1974, Food Rationing by 1980
  46. 1988: World’s Leading Climate Expert Predicts Lower Manhattan Underwater by 2018
  47. 2005: Fifty Million Climate Refugees by the Year 2020 48. 2000: Snowfalls Are Now a Thing of the Past 49.1989: UN Warns That Entire Nations Wiped Off the Face of the Earth by 2000 From Global Warming
  48. 2011: Washington Post Predicted Cherry Blossoms Blooming in Winter
https://www.aei.org/carpe-diem/50-years-of-failed-doomsday-eco-pocalyptic-predictions-the-so-called-experts-are-0-50/
What we do know about climate change, is that fossil fuels' CO2 emissions have contributed to the warming of the last 170 years, but that warming has been mild and manageable—1 degree Celsius, mostly in the colder parts of the world.
The decadally smoothed data from the UK Met Office HadCRUT4 dataset (column 1 contains the year, column 2 the decadally smoothed temperature anomaly data in °C) shows an increase of 0.974°C between 1850 and 2019.
It also shows a warming of 0.275°C between 1850 and 1945, before atmospheric CO2 concentrations really took off.
Solar and wind are not reliable sources of energy:
Solar and wind are intermittent -unreliable- electricity generators. Depending on the strength of the wind blowing or the intensity of sunshine, they produce either too much or too little electricity for the needs of the electric grid, which needs to be maintained in constant balance between supply and demand for electricity. This problem and related costs escalate with increasing solar and wind on the grid, despite claims that their low marginal and operation cost should make them competitive to coal, gas, and nuclear capacity.
With increasing shares of solar and wind on the grid, Germany’s electricity prices massively increased since 2000, when government support for solar wind was massively expanded. German household electricity prices have more than doubled to over 0.3€ per kWh ($0.35 per kWh depending on currency exchange rate) since 2000 when the modern renewable energy law started to massively incentivize solar and wind capacity on the German grid. BDEW Strompreisanalyse July 2020 p. 7
Analysis of US policies supporting solar and wind by researchers at the University of Chicago shows the same trend in the US:
“The estimates indicate that 7 years after passage of an RPS program, the required renewable share of generation is 1.8 percentage points higher and average retail electricity prices are 1.3 cents per kWh, or 11% higher; the comparable figures for 12 years after adoption are a 4.2 percentage point increase in renewables’ share and a price increase of 2.0 cents per kWh or 17%. These cost estimates significantly exceed the marginal operational costs of renewables and likely reflect costs that renewables impose on the generation system, including those associated with their intermittency, higher transmission costs, and any stranded asset costs assigned to ratepayers.”
Michael Greenstone and Ishan Nath - Do Renewable Portfolio Standards Deliver?
Denmark and Germany, the two most aggressive pursuers of solar and wind electricity in Europe, have the highest household electricity prices in the EU according to Eurostat. To a large degree this is driven by subsidies for solar and wind directly impacting the consumer bills but also less directly observable cost solar and wind create on an electric grid. Because of their intermittency, both technologies require additional infrastructure and permanent backup by conventional capacity.
The serious threat of energy poverty:
Energy is the cornerstone of industrial progress, without which, humanity would be left impoverished as we were for most of human history. The discovery of oil and other fossil fuels has been an incredible achievement for human flourishing and his shifted the burden of manual labor from humans onto machines. A human can burn at most 3,000 calories per day, a gallon of gasoline can be burnt for 31,500 calories and a gallon of diesel for over 35 thousand.
Today however, 10s of millions of Americans live in energy poverty, meaning they experience hardship paying for their basic energy needs. 25 million US households say they've gone without food or medicine to pay for energy. 12 million say they’ve kept their home at an unsafe temperature.
U.S. Energy Information Administration - Residential Energy Consumption Survey, 2015 Table HC11.1
US energy poverty should have decreased since 2008, when the price of natural gas--the fuel that powers most home energy use--started plummeting. But energy poverty is going up because we have added so much wasteful, unreliable solar and wind infrastructure to the grid.
Since the peak in 2008, natural gas prices for electricity production, residential, commercial, and industrial consumers have fallen across the board. U.S. Energy Information Administration - Natural Gas Prices
Natural gas, solar, and wind capacity additions dominate in US grid areas. But despite falling natural gas prices and improving natural gas power plant technology, electricity prices do not fall. U.S. Energy Information Administration, April 21, 2020
The more unreliable energy countries mandate, the worse energy poverty gets. German households have seen their electricity prices double in 20 years thanks to wasteful, unreliable solar and wind infrastructure. Their electricity prices are 3X the US’s too-high prices.
German household electricity prices have more than doubled to over 0.3€ per kWh ($0.35 per kWh depending on currency exchange rate) since 2000 when the modern renewable energy law started to massively incentivize solar and wind capacity on the German grid. BDEW Strompreisanalyse July 2020 p. 7
The average US household price in 2018 was $0.1287 per kWh. U.S. Energy Information Administration - Electric Power Annual table 5a
Skyrocketing energy prices from solar and wind mandates don’t just increase energy poverty. They increase all poverty by making every product more expensive, and by making American industry uncompetitive. Does anyone think Americans need higher prices and fewer jobs right now?
The fastest way to decrease energy poverty and overall poverty is to end all favoritism for wasteful, unreliable solar and wind schemes. And above all reject any proposal to outlaw reliable fossil fuels and nuclear in favor of unreliable “renewable” energy.
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2020.11.27 21:45 Effotless Reframing the Climate Change Debate

Not all of this text is my own, I stole most of this information and text from https://energytalkingpoints.com/.
If you want to learn more and steal more copypastas I recommend you check out the link and read more about Alex Epstein (he has lots of great work).
The main point missed when arguing for fossil fuels is the fact that it is a tradeoff, my argument will cover three subpoints:
  1. Climate change is real, man made and caused by carbon emissions, but is greatly exaggerated by climate change alarmists who have been making wrong predictions for decades.
  2. Solar and wind are "unreliables" that depend on reliable fossil fuels, nuclear, and hydro infrastructure. They don't replace the cost of fossil fuels, they add to the cost of fossil fuels. More solar+wind = higher prices.
  3. Energy is essential for human development, survival and flourishing. Poverty is the rule and wealth is the exception, most wealth produced today is by machines which requires reliable sources of energy. Billions of people live without clean sources of energy and rely on burning wood or even biomass, the world needs more reliable energy, not less.
Climate change is real, but not a threat:
When you hear scary claims about a “climate crisis,” keep in mind that climate catastrophists have been claiming climate crisis for 40 years. For example, Obama science advisor John Holdren predicted in the 1980s that we’d have up to 1 billion climate deaths today:
“As University of California physicist John Holdren has said, it is possible that carbon-dioxide climate-induced famines could kill as many as a billion people before the year 2020.” -Paul Ehrlich, The Machinery of Nature (1986), p. 27
Here is a list of fifty more failed climate change prophecies:
  1. 1967: Dire Famine Forecast By 1975
  2. 1969: Everyone Will Disappear In a Cloud Of Blue Steam By 1989 (1969)
  3. 1970: Ice Age By 2000
  4. 1970: America Subject to Water Rationing By 1974 and Food Rationing By 1980
  5. 1971: New Ice Age Coming By 2020 or 2030
  6. 1972: New Ice Age By 2070
  7. 1974: Space Satellites Show New Ice Age Coming Fast
  8. 1974: Another Ice Age?
  9. 1974: Ozone Depletion a ‘Great Peril to Life (data and graph)
  10. 1976: Scientific Consensus Planet Cooling, Famines imminent
  11. 1980: Acid Rain Kills Life In Lakes (additional link)
  12. 1978: No End in Sight to 30-Year Cooling Trend (additional link)
  13. 1988: Regional Droughts (that never happened) in 1990s
  14. 1988: Temperatures in DC Will Hit Record Highs
  15. 1988: Maldive Islands will Be Underwater by 2018 (they’re not)
  16. 1989: Rising Sea Levels will Obliterate Nations if Nothing Done by 2000
  17. 1989: New York City’s West Side Highway Underwater by 2019 (it’s not)
  18. 2000: Children Won’t Know what Snow Is
  19. 2002: Famine In 10 Years If We Don’t Give Up Eating Fish, Meat, and Dairy
  20. 2004: Britain will Be Siberia by 2024
  21. 2008: Arctic will Be Ice Free by 2018
  22. 2008: Climate Genius Al Gore Predicts Ice-Free Arctic by 2013
  23. 2009: Climate Genius Prince Charles Says we Have 96 Months to Save World
  24. 2009: UK Prime Minister Says 50 Days to ‘Save The Planet From Catastrophe’
  25. 2009: Climate Genius Al Gore Moves 2013 Prediction of Ice-Free Arctic to 2014
  26. 2013: Arctic Ice-Free by 2015 (additional link)
  27. 2014: Only 500 Days Before ‘Climate Chaos’
  28. 1968: Overpopulation Will Spread Worldwide
  29. 1970: World Will Use Up All its Natural Resources
  30. 1966: Oil Gone in Ten Years
  31. 1972: Oil Depleted in 20 Years
  32. 1977: Department of Energy Says Oil will Peak in 1990s
  33. 1980: Peak Oil In 2000
  34. 1996: Peak Oil in 2020
  35. 2002: Peak Oil in 2010
  36. 2006: Super Hurricanes!
  37. 2005 : Manhattan Underwater by 2015
  38. 1970: Urban Citizens Will Require Gas Masks by 1985
  39. 1970: Nitrogen buildup Will Make All Land Unusable
  40. 1970: Decaying Pollution Will Kill all the Fish
  41. 1970s: Killer Bees!
  42. 1975: The Cooling World and a Drastic Decline in Food Production
  43. 1969: Worldwide Plague, Overwhelming Pollution, Ecological Catastrophe, Virtual Collapse of UK by End of 20th Century
  44. 1972: Pending Depletion and Shortages of Gold, Tin, Oil, Natural Gas, Copper, Aluminum
  45. 1970: Oceans Dead in a Decade, US Water Rationing by 1974, Food Rationing by 1980
  46. 1988: World’s Leading Climate Expert Predicts Lower Manhattan Underwater by 2018
  47. 2005: Fifty Million Climate Refugees by the Year 2020 48. 2000: Snowfalls Are Now a Thing of the Past 49.1989: UN Warns That Entire Nations Wiped Off the Face of the Earth by 2000 From Global Warming
  48. 2011: Washington Post Predicted Cherry Blossoms Blooming in Winter
https://www.aei.org/carpe-diem/50-years-of-failed-doomsday-eco-pocalyptic-predictions-the-so-called-experts-are-0-50/

What we do know about climate change, is that fossil fuels' CO2 emissions have contributed to the warming of the last 170 years, but that warming has been mild and manageable—1 degree Celsius, mostly in the colder parts of the world.
The decadally smoothed data from the UK Met Office HadCRUT4 dataset (column 1 contains the year, column 2 the decadally smoothed temperature anomaly data in °C) shows an increase of 0.974°C between 1850 and 2019.
It also shows a warming of 0.275°C between 1850 and 1945, before atmospheric CO2 concentrations really took off.
Solar and wind are not reliable sources of energy:
Solar and wind are intermittent -unreliable- electricity generators. Depending on the strength of the wind blowing or the intensity of sunshine, they produce either too much or too little electricity for the needs of the electric grid, which needs to be maintained in constant balance between supply and demand for electricity. This problem and related costs escalate with increasing solar and wind on the grid, despite claims that their low marginal and operation cost should make them competitive to coal, gas, and nuclear capacity.
With increasing shares of solar and wind on the grid, Germany’s electricity prices massively increased since 2000, when government support for solar wind was massively expanded. German household electricity prices have more than doubled to over 0.3€ per kWh ($0.35 per kWh depending on currency exchange rate) since 2000 when the modern renewable energy law started to massively incentivize solar and wind capacity on the German grid. BDEW Strompreisanalyse July 2020 p. 7
Analysis of US policies supporting solar and wind by researchers at the University of Chicago shows the same trend in the US:
“The estimates indicate that 7 years after passage of an RPS program, the required renewable share of generation is 1.8 percentage points higher and average retail electricity prices are 1.3 cents per kWh, or 11% higher; the comparable figures for 12 years after adoption are a 4.2 percentage point increase in renewables’ share and a price increase of 2.0 cents per kWh or 17%. These cost estimates significantly exceed the marginal operational costs of renewables and likely reflect costs that renewables impose on the generation system, including those associated with their intermittency, higher transmission costs, and any stranded asset costs assigned to ratepayers.”
Michael Greenstone and Ishan Nath - Do Renewable Portfolio Standards Deliver?
Denmark and Germany, the two most aggressive pursuers of solar and wind electricity in Europe, have the highest household electricity prices in the EU according to Eurostat. To a large degree this is driven by subsidies for solar and wind directly impacting the consumer bills but also less directly observable cost solar and wind create on an electric grid. Because of their intermittency, both technologies require additional infrastructure and permanent backup by conventional capacity.
The serious threat of energy poverty:
Energy is the cornerstone of industrial progress, without which, humanity would be left impoverished as we were for most of human history. The discovery of oil and other fossil fuels has been an incredible achievement for human flourishing and his shifted the burden of manual labor from humans onto machines. A human can burn at most 3,000 calories per day, a gallon of gasoline can be burnt for 31,500 calories and a gallon of diesel for over 35 thousand.
Today however, 10s of millions of Americans live in energy poverty, meaning they experience hardship paying for their basic energy needs. 25 million US households say they've gone without food or medicine to pay for energy. 12 million say they’ve kept their home at an unsafe temperature.
U.S. Energy Information Administration - Residential Energy Consumption Survey, 2015 Table HC11.1
US energy poverty should have decreased since 2008, when the price of natural gas--the fuel that powers most home energy use--started plummeting. But energy poverty is going up because we have added so much wasteful, unreliable solar and wind infrastructure to the grid.
Since the peak in 2008, natural gas prices for electricity production, residential, commercial, and industrial consumers have fallen across the board. U.S. Energy Information Administration - Natural Gas Prices
Natural gas, solar, and wind capacity additions dominate in US grid areas. But despite falling natural gas prices and improving natural gas power plant technology, electricity prices do not fall. U.S. Energy Information Administration, April 21, 2020
The more unreliable energy countries mandate, the worse energy poverty gets. German households have seen their electricity prices double in 20 years thanks to wasteful, unreliable solar and wind infrastructure. Their electricity prices are 3X the US’s too-high prices.
German household electricity prices have more than doubled to over 0.3€ per kWh ($0.35 per kWh depending on currency exchange rate) since 2000 when the modern renewable energy law started to massively incentivize solar and wind capacity on the German grid. BDEW Strompreisanalyse July 2020 p. 7
The average US household price in 2018 was $0.1287 per kWh. U.S. Energy Information Administration - Electric Power Annual table 5a
Skyrocketing energy prices from solar and wind mandates don’t just increase energy poverty. They increase all poverty by making every product more expensive, and by making American industry uncompetitive. Does anyone think Americans need higher prices and fewer jobs right now?
The fastest way to decrease energy poverty and overall poverty is to end all favoritism for wasteful, unreliable solar and wind schemes. And above all reject any proposal to outlaw reliable fossil fuels and nuclear in favor of unreliable “renewable” energy.
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2020.11.27 20:30 CuteBananaMuffin A Fluoride-Free Pineal Gland is More Important Than Ever

A Fluoride-Free Pineal Gland is More Important Than Ever
by Paul Fassa June 02, 2009 from NaturalNews Website
There has been some controversy over the activity of adding synthetic fluoride to municipal water supplies and elsewhere, but not enough. The seriousness of this issue is more than what most realize.
Fluoridation ranks with GMO's and tainted, forced vaccinations among the great crimes against humanity.
Understanding the Different Fluorides There are two types of fluoride.
Calcium Fluoride, which appears naturally in underground water supplies, is relatively benign. However, too much consumed daily can lead to bone or dental problems.
Calcium is used to counter fluoride poisoning when it occurs. This redeeming factor indicates that the calcium in naturally formed calcium fluoride neutralizes much of fluoride's toxic effects.
On the other hand, the type of fluorides added to water supplies and other beverages and foods are waste products of the nuclear, aluminum, and now mostly the phosphate (fertilizer) industries.
The EPA has classified these as toxins: fluorosilicate acid sodium silicofluoride sodium fluoride
For this article, the term Sodium Fluoride will include all three types. Sodium fluoride is used for rat poison and as a pesticide.
According to a scientific study done several years ago, Comparative Toxicity of Fluorine Compounds, industrial waste sodium fluorides are 85 times more toxic than naturally occurring calcium fluoride:

http://pubs.acs.org/appl/literatum/publisheachs/journals/content/iechad/1934/iechad.1934.26.issue-7/ie50295a026/production/ie50295a026.fp.png_v03
Health Hazards of Sodium Fluoride Generally, most fluoride entering the body is not easily eliminated.
It tends to accumulate in the body's bones and teeth. Recently, it has been discovered to accumulate even more in the pineal gland, located in the middle of the brain.
This consequence of dental fluorosis, which seriously harms teeth, from daily fluoridation has been documented. Yet, the American Dental Association (AMA) continues beating a dead horse, promoting fluoride. There is a refusal to admit that instead of preventing tooth decay, fluoride causes even more dental harm.
The flood of sodium fluoride in water and food also creates other more serious health problems that are not widely publicized, even suppressed.
Nevertheless, in addition to fluorosis, independent labs and reputable researchers have linked the following health issues with daily long term intake of sodium fluoride:
Cancer Genetic DNA Damage Thyroid Disruption - affecting the complete endocrine system and leading to obesity Neurological - diminished IQ and inability to focus, lethargy and weariness Alzheimer's Disease Melatonin Disruption, lowers immunity to cancer, accelerates aging, sleep disorders Pineal Gland, calcification, which clogs this gland located in the middle of the brain

How Did We Get Stuck With Stuff? According to investigative journalist Christopher Bryson, author of The Fluoride Deception, getting large quantities of sodium fluoride into the water and food system was a ploy of public relations sponsored by the industries who were saddled with getting rid of the toxic materials.
Fluoride was necessary for the processing or enriching of uranium.
The pro-fluoride propaganda was started during the Manhattan Project to create the first atom bombs in the 1940's. The spin was to convince workers and locals where the largest nuclear plant was located in Tennessee that fluoride was not only safe, it was good for kids' dental health.
In the early 1950's, the notorious spin master and father of advertising, Edward Bernays, continued the campaign for adding fluorides to water supplies as an experiment in engineering human consent! Then the AMA picked up on the dental issue and endorsed sodium fluoride's addition to water supplies. The few dissenting health studies and reports were usually squashed.
Those dissenting voices were dismissed as quacks regardless of their credentials.
Approximately 2/3 of the USA water supply is laced with sodium fluoride. Sodium fluoride is a common pesticide. So that residue is in some foods. Some sodas, packaged orange juices, and even bottled drinking water for babies contain fluoride additives.
Buyer beware. Read your labels carefully.
Avoiding Fluoridation Keep in mind that boiling only increases the concentration of fluoride to water more.
But removing fluoride from tap water is not so difficult. Reverse osmosis works well for removing fluorides. If you own your home and can spring for the bucks, you can have one installed under the sink in your kitchen. That makes things very convenient for your fluoride removal from tap water.
If this is not your situation, grab a couple of large jugs and fill them up from reverse osmosis machines in health food stores, supermarkets, and other locations. There are several such machines around, usually labeled as using reverse osmosis, and they usually take coins.
So it is the most accessible and cheapest way to go if you can't install one where you live.
The Physiological Importance of the Pineal Gland During the late 1990's in England, a scientist by the name of Jennifer Luke undertook the first study the effects of sodium fluoride on the pineal gland.
She determined that the pineal gland, located in the middle of the brain, was a target for fluoride. The pineal gland simply absorbed more fluoride than any other physical matter in the body, even bones.
Because of the pineal gland's importance to the endocrine system, her conclusions were a breakthrough. Her study provided the missing link to a lot of physiological damage from sodium fluoride that had been hypothesized but not positively connected.
A veritable root source for the chain reaction of blocked endocrine activity had been isolated.
Good news though. Frequent exposure to outdoor sunshine, 20 minutes or so at a time, will help stimulate a fluoride calcified pineal gland. Just make sure you take off your hat.
This is more important than most realize, because the pineal gland affects so much other enzyme and endocrine activity, including melatonin production.
The 2012 Connection First a bit about 2012, a date many have heard about.
According to Carlos Barrios, anthropologist, historian, and investigator who was initiated as a Mayan ceremonial priest and spiritual guide,
"Anthropologists visit the temple sites and read the inscriptions... but they do not read the signs correctly... Other people write about prophecy in the name of the Maya. They say that the world will end in December 2012. The Mayan elders are angry with this. The world will not end. It will be transformed."
Carlos Barrios goes on to say that the transformation will be both spiritual and physical.
The transition started in 1987. He says that we are in a spiritual transition from the rule of materialism, greed, and enmity to a new period of cooperation and peace - but not without difficulty. The current oligarchy is happy with what they have and don't want to give it up, and they are powerful.
The Mayans claim that 2012 marks the end of the period of the fourth sun and the beginning of the fifth sun.
Carlos points out that adversarial revolution against the ruling class will not work. It is up to those who want this shift to connect with others of like mind and begin actively creating networks of real cooperation. The old will crumble. The new period will dawn with its growing pains, the severity of which depends on our ability to accept what is happening and go with the flow.
This, he says, requires evolving to unconditional love, with an open and simple heart, forgiveness, and cooperation with less ego competition.
Connecting the Pineal Gland to This 2012 Matter Well, what does all this have to do with the pineal gland? A lot.
It is considered a portal to the inner or higher self by yogi masters, including Paramahansa Yogananda, author of Autobiography of a Yogi. Psychics consider it to be the link for inter dimensional experiences.
It is associated with what many call the third eye or sixth chakra, which is a doorway to higher consciousness and bliss.
And it is vital for supporting intuition, an ability that will be needed during hard times. So it is necessary to evolve spiritually in order to help create better understanding, acceptance of our fellow humans, and easier group cooperation. Meditation is a part of this evolving.
That and a little sunshine, good rest and food, can cause a calcified pineal gland to loosen up and allow that portal to open.
An unusual psychiatrist, professor of medicine at University of New Mexico, and practicing Buddhist, Dr. Rick Strassman, MD, has written a book based on actual human studies of people under the psychedelic drug, DMT, titled DMT - The Spirit Molecule.
He has discovered, among other things, that the pineal gland is a source of DMT production during birth and at death, and during near death or mystical experiences. This chemical approach corroborates the idea of the pineal gland as a portal, where the spirit passes through to other dimensions, either entering this physical realm or leaving it.
South American and Central American shamans use Ayahuasca, an herbal potion that stimulates DMT for psychological healing and spiritual initiation ceremonies.
They have expanded their ceremonies with Ayahuasca by traveling throughout the world or opening their local facilities to non natives. They are doing this urgently in anticipation of 2012. Their desire is to jump start and expand individuals' consciousness so the transition of consciousness will be facilitated and incorporate as many as possible.
This information is meant to link the physical realm's pineal gland to higher states of awareness and other realms.
The point is not to advocate or discourage psychedelic drug use, but to encourage health, meditation and spiritual growth by maintaining a fluoride free pineal gland. 2012 is approaching.
Time to get in shape!
Sources
Fluroide: Friend or Foe? By Devid De Santo (www.lewrockwell.com)
Germans and Russians Used Fluoride to Make Prisoners Stupid and Docile, by Devvy Kidd (www.newswithviews.com)
Fluoride Accumulates in the Pineal Gland, by Sepp Hasslberger of Health Supreme (www.newmediaexplorer.org)
Transcribed interview of journalist Christopher Bryson: The Fluoride Deception: How a Nuclear Waste Byproduct Made Its Way Into the Nation's Drinking Water http://www.democracynow.org/2004/6/17/the_fluoride_deception_how_a_nu...
Article by Ingrid Nairman highlighting Mayan lecture in Santa Fe, NM by Carlos Barrios ingridnaiman.com/subscription_lists/email_index.html.
The Pineal Gland: Interface Between the Spiritual and Physical Planes? (http://circleof13.blogspot.com)
The Fluoride Debate - (www.fluoridedebate.com)
Learn more: http://www.naturalnews.com/026364_fluoride_pineal_gland_sodium.html#ixzz2DLXwaPE6 Fluroide: Friend or Foe? By Devid De Santo (www.lewrockwell.com)
Germans and Russians Used Fluoride to Make Prisoners Stupid and Docile, by Devvy Kidd (www.newswithviews.com)
Fluoride Accumulates in the Pineal Gland, by Sepp Hasslberger of Health Supreme (www.newmediaexplorer.org)
Transcribed interview of journalist Christopher Bryson: The Fluoride Deception: How a Nuclear Waste Byproduct Made Its Way Into the Nation's Drinking Water http://www.democracynow.org/2004/6/17/the_fluoride_deception_how_a_nu...
Article by Ingrid Nairman highlighting Mayan lecture in Santa Fe, NM by Carlos Barrios ingridnaiman.com/subscription_lists/email_index.html.
The Pineal Gland: Interface Between the Spiritual and Physical Planes? (http://circleof13.blogspot.com)
The Fluoride Debate - (www.fluoridedebate.com)
Learn more: http://www.naturalnews.com/026364_fluoride_pineal_gland_sodium.html#ixzz2DLXwaPE6
Fluroide: Friend or Foe? By Devid De Santo (www.lewrockwell.com)
Germans and Russians Used Fluoride to Make Prisoners Stupid and Docile, by Devvy Kidd (www.newswithviews.com)
Fluoride Accumulates in the Pineal Gland, by Sepp Hasslberger of Health Supreme (www.newmediaexplorer.org)
Transcribed interview of journalist Christopher Bryson: The Fluoride Deception: How a Nuclear Waste Byproduct Made Its Way Into the Nation's Drinking Water http://www.democracynow.org/2004/6/17/the\_fluoride\_deception\_how\_a\_nuclear
Article by Ingrid Nairman highlighting Mayan lecture in Santa Fe, NM by Carlos Barrios http://ingridnaiman.com/subscription\_lists/email\_index.html.
The Pineal Gland: Interface Between the Spiritual and Physical Planes? (http://circleof13.blogspot.com)
The Fluoride Debate - (www.fluoridedebate.com)
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2020.11.26 23:00 chiliehead Monogatari Series 2020 Novel Order Rewatch - Kabukimonogatari 1 (Monogatari Second Season Episode 7, recap episode skipped)

Monogatari Series: Second Season - Mayoi Jiangshi 1 (Kabukimonogatari)

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Questions - Don't forget that we skipped the recap episode

"When the world is filled with red lights signaling danger, the world is safer than usual. But when it is filled with green lights signaling safety, it creates a place more dangerous than anywhere."

  1. New OP, Happy Bite! We also get an opening dialogue about green and red lights between Araragi Koyomi and Oshino Ougi, any thoughts about the attitude towards danger and feeling safe?
  2. Ononoki is back in town and brings up some existential questions. Did Araragi die, is Hachikuji happy and what about her pondering of her purpose?
  3. Shinobu casually brings up time travel to do some homework and who would have thought, it backfires! Now they are back 11 years in the past and it's May 13th. Given the date, what will this arc be about?

Trivia

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Shoutout to maxdefolsch and all the other translators in the community!
Endcard Kabukimonogatari 1. Links to the Wiki, first timers beware
The wiki says the following about the meaning of Kabukimonogatari:
The title is portmanteau of kabukimono, originally referring to flamboyantly dressed hooligans of the Edo period, and monogatari, "story". Kabukimono later came to refer more generally to people whose dress and behavior were ostentatious or outre, hence the translation of the title as Dandy Tale.
An English adaptation of this title could alterantely be twistory.
The kanji used to write "kabuki" (傾き) more typically reads as "katamuki" and means "slant, slope, inclination, deviation". As with some other Monogatari novels, it contains the BAKE part (化), and is composed of the simplified form of "person" (人) and "period of time" (頃). The character 頃 itself carries the original etymological meaning of "katamuki," it's component radicals having originally symbolized a person inclined to on side (ヒ) and a head (頁). It's meaning of tilting the head, and by extension something that causes one to tilt one's head in surprise or confusion, when paired with the person radical, is therefore perfectly suited to the meaning of kabukimono/dandy.
As far Jiangshi (or Kyonshī in modern Japanese literature) are concerned, they are also known as a Chinese hopping vampire or hopping zombie, which is a type of reanimated corpse in Chinese legends and folklore.
Ougi: 扇 (ougi) - “folding fan”
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Don't hype future arcs beyond "this is my favorite arc, I'm looking forward to it". Events of the current episode or past episodes do not have to be spoiler tagged. If in doubt, break up your comment into a safer part and one just for rewatchers and rather tag too much than too little
Please remember to tag your spoilers properly; this: [The author of Monogatari is](/s "NisiOisiN") becomes this: The author of Monogatari is
Explanation on why this format was chosen for anime. If you have troubles, you might have the "fancypants editor" on new reddit which screws with the quotation marks or have other problems.
For First Timers: Try to not look up anything. The translation for Character or Arc Names, eg. Hanamonogatari, in itself is no real spoiler. But explanations of the translation, puns and reasons why can spoil many major arcs, tread carefully. Also, recommended YouTube videos, fanart and AMVs can contain major spoilers about characters. In addition, comments under those videos and posts are usually full of spoilers as well.
Even the MAL synopsis and pictures for later seasons can have spoilers.
Furthermore, some Arc names are spoilers. That's why EdoPhantom's guide blacked them out and I recommend not looking them up on your own.

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2020.11.26 02:28 ViewComprehensive334 DD for December

Small DD!
About Village Farms International, Inc.
TLDR: BUY! BUY! BUY!

Amongst the best value marijuana stock on the Nasdaq with some really good recent annoncement n a promising future.(https://www.investopedia.com/investing/top-marijuana-stocks-nasdaq/)
Newly the sole owner of Pure sunfarm, a cannabis compagny selling in Ontario n some other provinces.
Village Farms International, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, produces, markets, and distributes greenhouse-grown tomatoes, bell peppers, and cucumbers in North America. It operates through three segments: Produce Business, Energy Business, and Cannabis and Hemp Business. The company also owns and operates a 7.0 megawatt power plant that generates and sells electricity to British Columbia Hydro and Power Authority; and produces and supplies cannabis products. It markets and distributes its products under the Village Farms brand name to retail supermarkets and fresh food distribution companies, as well as products produced under exclusive arrangements with other greenhouse producers. The company was formerly known as Village Farms Canada Inc. and changed its name to Village Farms International, Inc. in December 2009. Village Farms International, Inc. was founded in 1989 and is headquartered in Delta, Canada
Village Farms is one of the largest and longest-operating greenhouse growers in North America, and is leveraging its decades of experience in large-scale, low-cost intensive agriculture and as a vertically integrated produce supplier to pursue high-value, high-growth plant-based Consumer Packaged Goods opportunities in cannabis and CBD in North America and selected markets internationally.

In Canada, British-Columbia-based Pure Sunfarms is one of the single largest cannabis operations in the world, the lowest-cost greenhouse producer, one of the best-selling brands, and has generated profitability for seven consecutive quarters.

In the U.S., subject to compliance with all applicable U.S. federal and state laws, Village Farms is pursuing a strategy to become a leading developer and supplier of branded and white-labeled CBD products targeting “big box” and other major retailers and consumer packaged goods companies, and with one the largest greenhouse operations in country, is well positioned for the potential federal legalization of high-THC cannabis.

Internationally, Village Farms is strategically targeting selected, nascent, legal cannabis and CBD opportunities with significant long-term potential, with an initial focus on the Asia-Pacific region through its investment in Australia-based Altum International.
Village Farms International, Inc. (“Village Farms” or the “Company”) (NASDAQ: VFF) (TSX: VFF) today announced two positive developments with respect to its wholly owned Canadian cannabis subsidiary, Pure Sunfarms.

Pure Sunfarms Receives Cannabis Research License for On-Site Sensory Evaluation from Health Canada

Pure Sunfarms has received from Health Canada its Cannabis Research License to conduct human administration trials for sensory evaluation of cannabis, enabling it to engage in on-site assessments of the taste, sight, smell or touch of its products at its Delta 3 cannabis facility in Delta, British Columbia.

“This license provides us with significant new opportunities in the formulation and refinement of our products, and underscores our commitment to innovation and the advancement of the Canadian cannabis consumer experience,” said Mandesh Dosanjh, President and Chief Executive Officer, Pure Sunfarms. “We look forward to leveraging this new capability to continue to extend Pure Sunfarms’ product leadership and further strengthen what is already one of Canada’s best-selling cannabis brands.”

Pure Sunfarms Brand Debuts Internationally in Hong Kong

Pure Sunfarms will be featured as part of a limited-edition Lane Crawford x Found CBD-infused gift set to be sold in the luxury department store’s holiday pop-up shops in Hong Kong this holiday season. The luxury gift sets will feature Pure Sunfarms branded CBD gummies created specifically for the Hong Kong consumer, among other CBD-inspired items such as chocolates, bath salts, and tea bags. The co-branded Lane Crawford and Found holiday pop-up shops aim to educate consumers and elevate their awareness of CBD.

The inclusion of Pure Sunfarms-branded CBD products was facilitated through a partnership between Altum International Limited’s (“Altum”) Found, Asia-Pacific’s first CBD retail platform and cafe, and Lane Crawford, an iconic luxury department store in Greater China. In August 2020, Village Farms acquired 6.6% of Australia-based Altum, one of the Asia-Pacific’s leading cannabinoid platforms.

“We’re so pleased for the Pure Sunfarms’ brand to make its debut internationally, alongside such prestigious and progressive partners as Altum and Lane Crawford,” said Mr. Dosanjh. “This is just the beginning of what’s to come for Pure Sunfarms as we look to share our love of plants and B.C.-grown cannabis products with the global cannabis market.”

“We are particularly excited to be able to present in Asia-Pacific for the first time, Pure Sunfarms, Canada’s market-leading cannabis brand,” Fiachra Mullen, Chief Marketing Officer for Altum International. “We believe that the leading cannabis brands in the Canadian market will hold a special place in the Hong Kong consumer’s heart. We are incredibly proud to have their trust in helping them access the Asia-Pacific markets for the first time through the most progressive cannabinoid jurisdiction in the region - Hong Kong.”

About Altum International

Altum International is a cannabinoid company born from its founders’ desire to bring the life-changing benefits of cannabis back to the Asia-Pacific. Through its Hong Kong headquarters, Altum is disrupting the status quo of decades past by importing, distributing and marketing a curated range of high-quality cannabinoid products across the region in a compliant and cost-effective manner.

In early 2020, Altum launched a line of consumer-friendly CBD products (Felix & Co), as well as plug-and-play CBD inputs for business operators (LIFE CBD) in the Hong Kong market. Following this, Altum launched Found, Asia-Pacific’s first CBD retail platform and cafe - designed to educate consumers and elevate category awareness. The August 2020 completion of a strategic investment from Village Farms has further fueled Altum’s growth aspirations for 2021 and beyond.
(https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/village-farms-internationals-pure-sunfarms-receives-cannabis-research-license-for-on-site-sensory-evaluation-from-health-canada--pure-sunfarms-brand-debuts-internationally-301178816.html)

As per the supply agreement, Pure Sunfarms, a wholly owned Canadian cannabis subsidiary of Village Farms International (NASDAQ:VFF) to supply a range of its branded, high quality, B.C.-grown cannabis products to the customers of Medical Cannabis by Shoppers Inc., a subsidiary of Shoppers Drug Mart (over 1300 locations!
stores.shoppersdrugmart.ca/en/).
Pure Sunfarms expects selected dried flower products to be available for sale on the Medical Cannabis by Shoppers ecommerce portal nationally as early as next month and selected pre-roll, bottled oil and vape products to be available in early 2021.
Pure Sunfarms' 28-gram (1-ounce) package offering will be the first large-format cannabis offering listed by Medical Cannabis by Shoppers.
(Source is the website that Reddit doesn't seems to like(copy the link n remove the space) : see kingalpha.com/news/3639363-village-farms-subsidiary-inks-supply-agreement-medical-cannabis-shoppers)
The analyst said on a revenue basis, VFF’s recent run-up has corrected the stock’s discount “somewhat” but not enough to entirely eliminate the asymmetry, where he sees VFF to be currently trading at 5.9x 2021 and 3.4x 2022 EV/Revenue, which would represent 20 and 34 per cent discount to its peer group.

With the new update, Sarugaser has reiterated his “Strong Buy 1” rating with a target price of US$20.00, which at press time represented a projected 12-month return of 113 per cent.

“Should the stock show any weakness from profit-taking [on Tuesday] (although pre-market trading implies a strong open), we would continue to see this as a very good entry point into what is, in our view, Canada’s premier cannabis operator (and U.S. dark horse),” Sarugaser wrote.

Vancouver-based Village Farms has more than nine million sq ft of greenhouse in North America and is comprised of three businesses: production and distribution of produce in the US, Canada and through partner growers in Mexico, production and distribution of cannabis products in Canada via Pure Sunfarms and production and distribution of hemp and hemp-derived CBD in the US.

Pure Sunfarms began as a joint venture with Emerald Health at a 50/50 split. Village Farms has progressively bought out Emerald Health since then, completing the move with an announcement on November 2 that it had acquired the remaining shares.

“The acquisition of the entirety of Pure Sunfarms is a defining moment for Village Farms, furthering our transformation to a vertically integrated, plant-based consumer packaged goods company,” said Village Farms CEO Michael DeGiglio in a press release. “It allows us to fully leverage the invaluable cannabis expertise Village Farms has gained in combination with the organizational strength underlying the Village Farms produce business to pursue high-growth opportunities in emerging legal cannabis and CBD markets in the United States and targeted markets internationally.”

On Monday, Village Farms announced a Health Canada research license for PSF to conduct on-site human administration trials for sensory evaluation of cannabis, which gives the company “significant new opportunities in the formulation and refinement of our products and underscores our commitment to innovation and the advancement of the Canadian cannabis consumer experience,” said Mandesh Dosanjh, President and CEO of Pure Sunfarms in a press release.

In the same release, VFF announced that PSF-branded CBD products will make their international debut in Hong Kong over the holiday season through a partnership with Altum International, an Asia-Pacific CBD retail platform and café and Chinese luxury department store Lane Crawford.
(https://www.cantechletter.com/2020/11/why-is-village-farms-stock-soaring-raymond-james-explains/)



Earning call transcript
"And I will note that only a small percentage, less than 5%, of Q3 revenue was generated by the launch of our 2.0 products, which was very late in the quarter. That drove a sequential quarterly increase in net income of 200% to $3.2 million. The third takeaway from the quarter is that the value of managing our business with prudence and discipline. From day one we have built and guarded Pure Sunfarms' profitability and return on invested capital. [...] We are encouraged by this activity, as it could mean better supply demand dynamics going forward. We believe this cost quality advantage, combined with our long-term capacity, will be a significant competitive advantage for the foreseeable future. And we will continue to believe that we could supply as much as 30% to 35% of the total Canadian cannabis flower market would B.C.-grown product, in addition to being a leading brand in excess of 20% of the retail channel. I do want to remind everyone that with the acquisition of the entirety of Pure Sunfarms, our Village Farms is now free to use our 2.6 million-square-foot Delta 1 facility for cannabis, production anytime we deem that it makes sense to proceed.[...]y. Internationally, we have invested in strategic partnerships like in Asia Pacific, company Altum, which is making steady progress on the execution of its strategy, initially focused on the Hong Kong market. So, turning now to our produce business for a moment. As I noted in the onset, Village Farms has had another good quarter.

The continuing strong price performance with tomatoes drove higher sales, and our continued progress in transition and growing capacity displayed through cannabis to our partner growers, as well as our continued focus on cost management contributed to a $4.2 million EBITDA turnaround into a positive $2.2 million. While these numbers are important in and of themselves, as you have heard me say many times, what is also critical, important is the breadth and depth of the strength of the organization to the lives of produce business. It is the engine that is powering our outsize growth opportunities in cannabis and related opportunities, both domestically and internationally. I'd like to turn the call over to Steve, who'll talk through our financial results. [...]Our produce business. Produce sales of $43 million for the quarter increased over 12% versus Q3, 2019 on the back of our average selling price of tomatoes increasing 30% year on year on lower tomato volumes, as we had no production from our Delta 2 facility in 2020, as is now being converted to cannabis production, as Mike mentioned.

The increase in produce selling prices essentially rolls directly into our gross margin, as there is no impact on our cost of sales. As such, we saw a year-on-year improvement in our Q3 gross margin of $6.2 million to $5.6 million from a loss in the prior third quarter of 2019, of $600,000. Our produce business had a 13% gross margin for the quarter. The incremental increase in our gross margin was driven by the higher selling price and lower tomato volumes, again due to the diversion of the Delta 2 facility.

Produce EBITDA increased by $4.2 million year on year to $2.2 million on the back of the improvement in our produce gross margin, which was offset by a lower year-on-year add-back depreciation since the Delta 2 facility was not in production, and a higher year-on-year SG&A in Q3, 2020 versus Q3, 2019 of $1.2 million, which is primarily related to substantive expenses involved with the acquisition of the financing of the remaining Pure Sunfarms shares. I should note that these incremental SG&A expenses are not truly related to the produce business, but are more corporate in nature. Supply shortages due to the increase in grocery store traffic certainly helped to produce pricing in the late spring and throughout the summer of 2020. I'd like to extend our sincere thanks to all the Village Farms employees who have continued to work all out on growing, distributing, and supporting our Village Farms produce brands, by getting our fresh produce on the shelves, our strategic retail partners in both the U.S.

and Canada. [...] The late-quarter launch of Pure Sunfarms 2.0 products contributed 4.5% of sales this quarter, and wholesale sales made up the balance of 47% of our sales. With the retail channel totaling 53% of sales Pure Sunfarms quarter-on-quarter growth and retail sales of 30% was driven by 166% increase in its small format SKUs, and a 30% increase in pre-rolls, which were offset by a 43% decrease in Pure Sunfarms retail large-format sales. The large-format sales in this quarter were as expected ongoing replenishment sales as compared to the second quarter, which were driven by higher launch-related sales. Our quarter-on-quarter average selling price did result in a 13.3% increase, which was driven by the increase in the ratio of our small format sales versus our large format sales, which enhances our margins, as well as an increase in the blended net wholesale pricing for the third quarter versus the second quarter, the wholesale pricing were driven by spot market dynamics.

We mentioned sequential sales growth looking ahead to Q4. While we continue to experiencing continuing month-and-month, year-on-year growth in our retail and wholesale businesses, I want to remind investors that Q4, 2019 was marked by the pullback of retail buying by prevention buyers who are managing the conversion to Cannabis 2.0 and their year-over-year inventory. To date, we have not seen any indication of this reoccurring, while Pure Sunfarms and our competitors still operate in a relatively new distribution system. And there remain many external economic factors, not to mention the pandemic that could slow our strong momentum.[...]Gross margin for the quarter was 34.6% versus 33.4% in Q2, versus 68.6% in Q3 of 2019, which had a totally different demand dynamic. This quarter's cost of sales includes an inventory writedown of CAD1.4 million, $1 million for the distillate inventory purchased earlier for which the market value has dropped since our purchase. Without the write down, Pure Sunfarms adjusted gross margin was 40.7%, which is a true reflection of the actual gross margins achieved against this quarter. The remaining distillate inventory has been assessed versus the market value, and there's no need for any further distillates write down.

The distillate will be used in Cannabis 2.0 products in Q4 and early 2021. We received finally of the Pure Sunfarms extraction license from Health Canada in September, and will enhance our gross margin in Cannabis 2.0 products. The vapes in the market today were manufactured by third party extractor, as such the margin on these SKUs was lower than on our flower products in the third quarter. We expect our Cannabis 2.0 products to have a higher volume as we manufacture our own vape pens and other Cannabis 2.0 products in the coming quarters.

It was important for Pure Sunfarms to launch these vapes and oil in advance to obtain extraction license due to the ongoing success of its flower plant.[...]SG&A expenses for the quarter for Pure Sunfarms decreased approximately 13% year over year,[...]As you can see from our Q3 gross margin percentage of 40.7% without the distillate inventory writedown, as compared to our Q2 gross margin of 33.4%, we continue our strong financial performance, consistent with the virtuous circle that Mike spoke of earlier. It is simply not in our commercial interests to be telling our customers our cost of production on margins. We have demonstrated a low-cost production and brand quality.[...]The Village Farms and Pure Sunfarms balance sheets continue to be on solid ground to support our ongoing businesses in the term gross objectives. Both entities have borrowing capacity on their existing bank loans. As we decided on September 30, 2020, for the first time my tenure at Village Farms, we had a net cash position of $22 million.

Of course, we just paid CAD60 million or $40 million to complete the acquisition of Pure Sunfarms on November 2, as well as issued a CAD19.9 million note or balance of $15 million due on May 2, 2021 to complete the acquisition. So, we're back into our normal net debt position as of today, but we are on firm financial ground with our ongoing positive cash flow from operations in both produce and cannabis. Speaking of, as I mentioned earlier, our pro forma, as we mentioned our closing press release earlier this month, Pure Sunfarms have been fully consolidated in Village Farms results beginning on November 2.[...]This momentum combined with an unmatched North American assets totaling over 10.5 million square feet, more than half of which is in the United States, and which no other cannabis company in the United States or Canada has, is why we continue to be so confident in our prospects for low and high THC cannabis markets in the U.S. and internationally. We have the considerable benefit of being able to pursue these opportunities funded by our produce business, which again is performing quite well.f you remember last year,[...]-we didn't have our sales license, so basically almost into the fourth quarter of last year. So, it's been one year. So, we can't really look at how we performed last year.

[S]aid in his comments, it was a different market last year, and we were selling solely 100% wholesale from the first, second, third quarter. So, for us, getting some historical data going forward is what we need. The second quarter of this year and to an extent the third was really impacted by COVID, especially the second quarter [...]Well, there is progress. I mean, we're still, you know, eyeballing Quebec. The team's doing a lot there. It's not an easy penetration, but we feel confident that slowly we'll make an entree into that, and that's clearly at the top of the pinnacle right now is Quebec.

But, you know, I think what's more interesting for us is finally the traction that Ontario and British Columbia showing in opening stores. I mean, Ontario's talking about, you know, in the realm of 40-50, 30 to 50, 30 to 60, stores promoting on the month, looking at 500 stores by April, doubling that to a thousand by next September, that is very, very exciting for us. We've had conversations on greater capacity. And I think British Columbia is moving in that -- not as aggressively.
[...]
maybe if you can just sort of elaborate more generally, given the -- you know, the recent changes in the U.S. at the federal level. How you see things playing out? And how those farms would be able to compete generally, relative to the MSOs which, you know, are quite in favor at the moment?
[...]

We believe that interstate commerce will happen.

And I think that's one area that that's where we shine the best. You just can't have five, seven, eight production facilities in a given state, indoor five, six, seven growers or one grower going around if you're going to really try to have incredible strains and consistency. So, one example with MSOs is, as successful as they are, and they will be more successful, especially the national ones, big-market cap see pockets no doubt, but they're going to have to find how they can be cost effective. Because in the end, like we've proven in Canada, things will get competitive.

And even if, in the end, there is a migration with technology, less in flower to other deliverables, I think we could play our part. From a Texas perspective, if Texas -- yeah, there's a lot of bills out there. We don't know, unfortunately, Texas meets every two years. So, we have this one window between January and May, whether it's a medicinal play there, I think first rather than RAC or nothing happens, and it's two years out.

Once we launch in Texas, we will be sort of first in when assets ready to go. We already have our conversion plans. We're ready to go in Texas. And that's the size same population nearly as Canada and the way Texas is going to probably be very close the next few years.

So that in itself is like the Republic of Texas or a country, but that doesn't mean we won't work nationally. And we're prepared to look at, if we have to do acquisitions or strategic partnerships and other locations where we can bring our strengths to the table. I think there's a lot of opportunity there. We're pretty well-known.

As you know, Village Farms is, in principle, a U.S. company. That's where we are. So, it's like coming home, and we're excited about on the array of possibilities for us." (https://www.fool.com/earnings/call-transcripts/2020/11/14/village-farms-international-inc-vff-q3-2020-earnin/)
Institutional Ownership18.53%
Income statement + blance sheet https://www.barrons.com/quote/stock/us/xnas/vff/financials
Price target Low 10.00, median 13.15, High 26.59 (from Barron n MarketWatch)

Disclaimer I've entered in it with an average buying price of 6.19US n I will be buying more.
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2020.11.24 19:22 Ugandasohn The unknown germans.

I'm very interested in unidentified bodies and I have come across a couple of cases that have promising traces leading to germany and share similar characteristics.
The Isdal Woman
I'm sure most of you know the case of the Isdal Woman already, but I will give a brief summary.
In November of 1970 a to this date unidentified female body was found in the Isdal valley near Bergen, Norway. The front of her body and her face were burned to unrecognizability. In the autopsy 50 to 70 sleeping pills were found in her stomach. It's unsure if she killed herself, because there where traces of carbonmonoxide in her lungs which means that she inhaled the smoke. so she must have been alive when she was burnt, which is a very radical way to commit suicide. The contents of a suit case, that could be linked to her because of a finger print, raise more questions. The labels in all of her clothes were removed and so they couldn't be traced back. People that saw the woman said that she talked english with an accent and spoke several languages including german, dutch and french. She used at least 8 different fake passports or names and used to fill forms in german or french but she always stated that she was belgian. DNA and dental analysis showed that she was probably born in southern Germany in the region of Nürnberg in the 1930s and lived in the region of the german french border later in her live.
Sources: Wikipedia, Podcast episode by the newspaper Die Zeit (in german), Buzzfeed Unsolved, BBC Article
Jennifer Fairgate
The case of Jennifer Fairgate leads to Norway again and is also well known I think.
On June 3, 1995 the body of an to this date unidetified elegant young woman was found in room 2085 of the Oslo Plaza Hotel in Oslo, Norway. She had been shot in the head and it appeared to be suicide. It's unclear if she comitted suicide beacause of the uncommon way the gun was found in her hand aswell as the missing blood on the hand she hold the gun in while was blood all over the room. No labels were found inside any of her clothes either. When she checked into the hotel she wrote the name Jennifer Fairgate as well as the name of a second person named Lois Fairgate on the form. If Lois was an actual person, is unclear. The staff of the hotel is unsure, if she checked in alone or if there was a man with her. If so, the man couldn't been found to this day. She gave a fake address on the form that was supposed to be in small town in Belgium. I spare you the details of how long and when she left her room, because it's a little complicated and I don't want to confuse you. She also was fluent in german and english but had an east german accent according to the staff of the hotel.
Sources: Info site by the norwegian newspaper Verdens Gang and short documentary, S2E2 of the Netflix Series Unsolved Mysteries "A Death in Oslo",
Peter Bergamann
I'm not sure how well known the case is and I will summarise it quick.
In June 2009 a man that used the name Peter Bergamann was found on the beach of Sligo, Ireland. His clothes had no labels but the police discovered that they were all from C&A, a clothing brand from germany. The staff of the hotel he stayed in said that he spoke english with a thick german accent. When he checked into the hotel he gave a fake address which was supposed to be in Vienna, Austria. He was a heavy smoker and CCTV prevalent in Ireland filmed him smoking a lot. The hotels own CCTV captured him leaving the hotel with a full purple plastic bag regularly and returning without it. When he checked out it he also carried a full purple plastic bag. It's unclear where the contents of the plastic bag/bags are and what they are. The autopsy showed that he probably drowned and that he was missing a kiddney and had prostate cancer aswell as tumors in the pelvis. Surprisingly no pain-killers traces were found in his blood even though he must have had terrible pain, because of the late stage cancer and the tumors. The missing kiddney had seemingly been removed by a professional a longer time ago.
Sources: Wikipedia, Short Documantary, Irish Times Article

As you have noticed there some striking similarities. All three had clothes with missing labels. All three used fake names. In all cases the circumstances of death are unsure. In all cases a link to germany is the strongest trace to their native country. The two women claimed that they were from Belgium. Peter and jennifer used fake addresses when they checked in. Peter and Jennifer left their rooms frequently and nobody knows where they went and what they did. And of cause all of them ar unidentified.

Do you know similar cases with links to germany that I am not aware of? Do you have a theory that connects all the cases? Do you think think there is no connection? Do you have information to any of those cases I missed? I would be happy, if you could help me gathering more information.
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2020.11.24 16:41 Background_Map_5395 Want to upgrade from 4.1 to 5.1

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I'm new to this site, so if my questions are out dated I understand.
I just purchased a Mac Pro 2009, and I want to upgrade so I use my Music Software Programs. I have older equipment that I want to use ( Motu 2408 mkII, Mackie Mixer 32x8, PT12, Komplete Ultimate 12, Logic Pro, and Studio One 5 Pro). Where would I start, or can this machine run these programs in 2020, on this machine.
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2020.11.24 15:30 tecraspace TecraCoin blockchain upgraded to Bitcoin Core 14

TecraCoin blockchain upgraded to Bitcoin Core 14

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Bitcoin core 14

The main point of this article - what exactly is bitcoin core 14 and what does the upgrade mean for TecraCoin?
Upgrading from Core 0.12.0 to Bitcoin Core 0.14.0 will bring major improvements to the functioning of our blockchain. The most notable change of the core update is performance enhancement and ability to implement Delegated Proof of Work (dPoW).
More specifically, syncing and initial block download will take up much less time. The new Bitcoin Core 0.14.0 client will allow the process of synchronization with the blockchain to be sped up by as much as 40-48% compared to the previous version. Improved Initial Block Download (IBD) performance means that a full node that has been started for the first time can now validate all blocks up until the present much quicker than before. The increase in IBD speed is possible thanks to two improvements introduced in the new core version: assumed valid blocks and memory-sharing between mempool and UTXO DB cache.
In Bitcoin Core 0.14.0, unused mempool memory is shared with the UTXO database cache, which increases the number of Unspent Transaction Outputs (UTXOs) that can be cached in fast memory rather than needing to be stored and retrieved from a much slower disk drive.
Next, faster new block validation and relay is great news especially for miners and other users who need to receive and process new blocks as fast as possible. The BIP152 CompactBlocks implementation will now relay some blocks before they’ve been fully validated, allowing those blocks to propagate across the peer-to-peer (P2P) network much quicker than in previous versions. The P2P network code has also generally been refactored to allow multiple actions to happen simultaneously (concurrency) as well as to increase throughput, eliminating many potential delays in processing new blocks. Finally, unconfirmed transactions in each node’s mempool can now be saved to and restored from disk when the node is restarted. Network operations are no longer bottlenecked by validation and, as a result, block fetching is several times faster than previous releases in many cases.
The new version sees an improved signature cache. The new signature cache will use cuckoo cache, which will allow more signatures to be cached and faster lookups. As signature verification is typically the most computationally-expensive part of processing a new block, using the signature cache significantly improves the speed at which new blocks can be processed by nodes that have a longer online presence.
However, one of the most important changes of the upgrade is that Tecra at last will be able to implement dPoW. That means we will be able to facilitate an integration with Komodo, a pioneer of multi-chain architecture in the blockchain space.
https://www.newsbtc.com/news/bitcoin/bitcoin-core-0-14-0-speeds-blockchain-syncing-48/

What is Bitcoin Core?

An integral part of the Bitcoin network is a software called Bitcoin Core. This program is designed to validate and verify all blocks in the blockchain and all transactions in those blocks. This program is also used as secure wallets.
Using this program helps the Bitcoin blockchain stay completely decentralized and distinguish this blockchain from other bitcoin blockchain blocks (Hardforks); For example, Bitcoin Cash and Bitcoin Gold are two hard-forked branches (They should die because of low PoW hashrate, but because there is Bitmain that uses BCH exclusively for buying miners... it is still alive -with under 2% of BTC hash rate) of Bitcoin. It should be noted that not all Bitcoin network nodes use this program.
Code of Bitcoin Core is used in many other blockchains, and it is updated, forked, and merged on a daily basis. Many of these forks have networks very similar to Bitcoin, but may differ from Bitcoin in some parameters, which is why these currencies are not actually Bitcoin!
The main Bitcoin network was launched in 2009 by Satoshi Nakamoto. Therefore, the Bitcoin Core program helps to distinguish the original blockchain blocks from other blocks. There was one Bitcoin network, Code was forked i.e. for Namecoin (to use decentralized DNS) and Litecoin (for faster transactions and different mining) and so on. It is more than thousand of different coins based on Bitcoin code, but only a handful forks based on Bitcoin blockchain (BCH was the first one, BSV forked from BCH, BTG, and other *coins directly from BTC)

History of Bitcoin Core

The program was originally written under the name Bitcoin-Qt by Wladimir van der Laan referring to the source code that Satoshi Nakamoto published on the Internet. In the first versions, it needed bitcoin daemon (bitcoind) running separately, later on, it was incorporated into one program (daemon + GUI).
This program can be used to create transactions and other payment services. The source code of this program is available on the GitHub site.
Features One of the main features of the Bitcoin Core is the high security of this software. Bitcoin Core is a digital wallet software used in the Bitcoin blockchain network, and if you use this digital wallet, your bitcoins will be stored directly on the blockchain. In fact, this makes the bitcoin core have a high level of security.
  • The most important reason to use this program is because it is the most popular program for running Full Node. (Allows full nodes to follow Bitcoin network rules)
  • The RPC (Remote Procedure Call) interface allows developers to easily communicate with the application.
  • It has a user-friendly interface that also allows ordinary users to create and validate transactions.
  • Compatibility with various operating systems such as Linux, Windows, and Mac.
  • Perform transactions very quickly
  • Requires confirmation from the user before creating any transaction.
  • Low transaction costs
  • Has a list of transactions with the status icon in Real-Time (live)
  • Has a progress bar confirming the download of the blockchain
  • Has different languages such as German, Chinese, etc.
  • Use different units to split bitcoins such as Milli, Micro
Bitcoin Core is a great application and has become one of the most important components of the Bitcoin blockchain.

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Strengths and weaknesses of Bitcoin Core

Pros
  • This is open-source software; This means that any user can contribute to the development of the software and even make changes by analyzing it.
  • This software is the safest and best Node available for Bitcoin. With Bitcoin Core, you can stay in touch with blockchain and keep up to date with all the important and new developments.
  • There is good support for this software. The behind-the-scenes team of this software is always working on it and you can talk to their experts 24 hours a day and solve your problems with Bitcoin Core.
Cons
  • Bitcoin Core is a full node, so it downloads the entire blockchain network completely. The data in the blockchain is so large that you need 330GB of free space on your device, which is increasing day by day.
  • Long Sync: Keep in mind that Bitcoin Core is connected to the entire bitcoin network, so it takes even a week (on magnetic HDD) to synchronize with the massive bitcoin network. After this period, you will be able to use it. Using a fast SSD can cut this time to less than a day.
  • If you not use if frequently (ie in daily/weekly basis) it take some time (minutes-hours) to sync blockchain to current state
We have given all these explanations about Bitcoin Core to find out the importance of this software and why Tecra is using it in its own code. Let’s take a more comprehensive look into what Tecra has in store.
Simply explained, TecraCoin code is forked from Zcoin code, which is forked from Dash, and Dash is forked from Bitcoin. So, we use the Bitcoin Core CODE.
TecraCoin is a free open source peer-to-peer electronic cash system that is completely decentralized, without the need for a central server or trusted parties. Users hold the crypto keys to their own money and transact directly with each other, with the help of a P2P network to check for double-spending.
TecraCoin Core is the original TecraCoin client. It builds the backbone of the network. However, it downloads and stores the entire history of TecraCoin transactions (which is currently about 12GBs); depending on the speed of your computer and network connection, the synchronization process can take anywhere from a hour s to a day (rarely more).
The following are some helpful notes on how to run TecraCoin on your native platform.
Download binary from github: https://github.com/tecracoin/tecracoin/releases
  • For MacOS (installer) tecracoin-1.7.0-osx-*.dmg
  • For Linux (gzipped binaries) tecracoin-1.7.0-x86_64-linux-gnu.tar.gz
  • For Windows (installer) tecracoin-1.7.0-win64-setup-*.exe
  • For Windows (zipped binaries) tecracoin-1.7.0-win64.zip
  • For Linux Masternode (console only) tnode.tar.gz
If you are already familiar with Docker, then running TecraCoin with Docker might be an easier method for you. To run TecraCoin using this method, first install Docker. After this, you may continue with the following instructions.
Please note that we currently don‘t support the GUI when running with Docker. Therefore, you can only use RPC (via HTTP or the tecracoin-cli utility) to interact with TecraCoin via this method.
  1. Pull our latest official Docker image: - docker pull tecracoin/tecranode-mainnet
  2. Start TecraCoin daemon: - docker run --detach --name tecracoind tecracoin/tecranode-mainnet
  3. View current block count (this might take a while since the daemon needs to find other nodes and download blocks first): - docker exec tecracoind tecracoin-cli getblockcount
  4. View connected nodes: - docker exec tecracoind tecracoin-cli getpeerinfo
  5. Stop daemon: - docker stop tecracoind
  6. Backup wallet: - docker cp tecracoind:/home/tecracoind/.tecracoin/wallet.dat .
  7. Start daemon again: - docker start tecracoind
Dependencies
  1. Update packages - sudo apt-get update
  2. Install required packages - sudo apt-get install build-essential libtool autotools-dev automake pkg-config - libssl-dev libevent-dev bsdmainutils libboost-all-dev libgmp-dev cmake
  3. Install Berkeley DB 4.8 - sudo apt-get install software-properties-common - sudo add-apt-repository ppa:bitcoin/bitcoin - sudo apt-get update - sudo apt-get install libdb4.8-dev libdb4.8++-dev
  4. Install QT 5 - sudo apt-get install libminiupnpc-dev libzmq3-dev - sudo apt-get install libqt5gui5 libqt5core5a libqt5dbus5 qttools5-dev qttools5-dev-tools libprotobuf-dev protobuf-compiler libqrencode-dev
Build
  1. Clone the source: - git clone https://github.com/tecracoin/tecracoin
  2. Build TecraCoin-core: - Configure and build the headless TecraCoin binaries as well as the GUI (if Qt is found). You can disable the GUI build by passing --without-gui to configure. ./autogen.sh ./configure
make
  1. To build and run all the unit tests: - ./autogen.sh - ./configure --enable-tests --enable-gui --enable-elysium - cd src
We kindly ask you update TecraCoin Core to the 1.7 version! You can do so through this link: https://github.com/tecracoin/tecracoin/releases/tag/v1.7.0.3
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2020.11.23 19:15 ShrunkGiant Chinese Mail Order Brides on camera

He stated in recent months that the Philippine Consular Office in Seoul has obtained issues from Filipina other halves of abuses dedicated by their Oriental hubbies that created separation, separation and abandonment. As language and social differences come to be an issue, the Filipina ladies are considered as products purchased for a rate. Most of mail order brides from China to South Korea contain Chinese residents of Oriental ethnicity. Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan are sources of mail order brides to South Korea. The Oriental males really feel that because of the challenging circumstances from which the Filipina ladies come, social differences and also the language obstacle, they "will certainly not flee".

Is adultery a crime in the USA?

Although adultery is a misdemeanor in most of the states with laws against it, some — including Michigan and Wisconsin — categorize the offense as a felony. Punishments vary widely by state. In Maryland, the penalty is a paltry $10 fine. But in Massachusetts, an adulterer could face up to three years in jail.
The majority of these women were solitary, yet some were widows, divorcées or runaways. The head of the Chinese federal government agency battling human trafficking trouble claimed this month contraband of ladies as well as children from neighboring nations right into China is raising in spite of initiatives to combat it. NBC's aborted funny regarding a bought Filipina bride reveals the midsts of the entertainment industry's cultural blindness. marriage agency Internet site without the ladies's knowledge or permission. Web sites often include sexualized and also semi-nude photos of the females.
On June 4, 2001, Turkmenian President Saparmurat Niyazov licensed a mandate that needed foreigners to pay a $50,000 fee to wed a Turkmen resident, and also to live in the nation as well as own building for one year. Authorities showed that the legislation was created to shield women from being ripped off right into violent relationships.In June 2005, Niyazov junked the $50,000 and the property-owning requirements. In November 2009, Philippine Ambassador to South Korea Luis T. Cruz alerted Filipina women versus weding Oriental men.
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The Misconception Of The Subservient Eastern Bride-to-be

Courtship was performed by letter, until a lady agreed to marry a man she had never ever fulfilled. Several females wanted to escape their present way of living, gain financial security and also see what life on the frontier could offer them.
Nevertheless, as a lot of companies are being ranged from outdoors Belarus, he has actually been incapable to stop this activity. Since 2003, the Federal government of Australia's willpower to lower what was deemed "unsuitable immigration" by then-Prime Minister John Howard has gotten energy. The Australian public even more welcomed its federal government's brand-new plans following the media circus of the Jana Klintoukh instance. According to an earlier Give Thornton International Business Report for 2012, Russia had an also greater percentage of females in senior administration at 46%, still highest possible on the planet.
Gladly, we have provided an inventory of the very best mail order websites that is not just real but also has the greatest assortment of solitary ladies trying to find marital relationship. Select the greatest Asian mail order bride-to-be site that fits your requirements. Japan does not belong to the class of the growing countries, and Japanese women do not have to seek for a rich foreign husband who may improve all their economic Chinese Mail Order Brides concerns. This is the problem for individuals who require to acquire an incredible wife and the bright side for many that are in search of love as well as love. Some of them suppose that Eastern mail order brides can not succeed in a relationship with Eastern men as a result of they have bad good manners as well as frustrating state of mind. If you'll make use of a dating platform to get an Oriental partner, you are not thought-about as an individual, that stopped working to discover an affiliate in the homeland. You merely need to find an elegance, that will share your tastes and choices, appropriate?
Canadian migration authorities frown upon conjugal-partners sponsorship for heterosexual pairs, and also currently require the pair to wed prior to a visa is provided. Ladies in Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, and other Eastern European countries are common mail-order bride prospects. European American guys discovered monetary success in the migration West, however the one point that was missing out on was the company of a wife. Very couple of women lived there right now, so it was hard for these males to calm down as well as start a family. They attempted to bring in women living back East; the guys composed letters to churches and also released individual advertisements in magazines and also newspapers. In return, the females would certainly write to the males as well as send them photographs of themselves.
But also for every one of those tales, there are additionally tales of honored, clever Asian ladies, choosing lives in distant locations and doing so by themselves terms. Initially, the Thai and also Filipina females were reluctant to speak with me out of fear of how they would certainly be portrayed. Visiting journalists that 'd reoccured had actually left a less than good perception, relaying tales that did little to break down the misconception of the subservient Oriental new bride. Currently, with 1,500 more males than females in between the ages of 18 and 60 on the islands, locating a wife can be hard. I am not Asian, yet having actually resided in a number of Oriental countries over many years, I understand women that battle the assumption that they are targets regardless of where worldwide they move.

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When I told people I was mosting likely to the remote Faroe Islands to movie women from Asia who had actually relocated there to wed males they satisfied online, many would certainly think they encountered some sort of exploitation or trafficking. Sometimes, the social pressure puts anxiety on younger Chinese people. ItвЂs possible that the Chinese language mail order new bride you satisfy shall be introverted.

New Bride Oriental

There has been a surge of mail-order promotions in Shanghai guaranteeing to locate better halves from Southeast Asia. Chinese authorities are advising guys to be cautious of marital relationship agency advertisements to discover them wives from Southeast Eastern nations.

Which country has the most loyal husbands?

Now let's jump on our list of countries with most faithful husbands.Italy. Russia. China. Canada. Turkey. Britain. United States. Americans are also high on the list of faithful husbands. Australia. Australians are at the very top of our list of 10 countries with most faithful husbands and not without reason. More items•
As for informing Pura's side of the tale, Clarke really did not specifically influence much self-confidence. Alex Jung explained cached article by Clarke that included gems such as, "The Asian compulsive is a relative of gay for evident reasons. In the picture, the personality of the Filipina mommy is portrayed angrily submitting her nails while three dewy-eyed youngsters grin from a corner. boyfriends worked as pimps for several of the worldwide (20%) and also UNITED STATE Noosibirsk, 655) are the residence of a moderate number of hired females.
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Better, she said, Korean males identify Southeast Oriental women as friendly, hardworking, "accommodating as well as obedient, able to talk English, and also recognize with Oriental patriarchal society". Effective prosecution under this statute is unusual or non-existent as widespread deployment of the Net in the mid-1990s brought a proliferation of internet sites operating outside the Philippines which legally stay beyond the reach of Filipino law. One Montana site profiled in an ABS-CBN News and also Current Matters record qualified "Pinay Brides" prevented the restrictions by qualifying its function as that of a travel agency. Because of the multitude of Colombians wanting to leave their country by marrying immigrants, a black market for marriages to immigrants has actually created, with some individuals allegedly paying as long as 20 million pesos ($ 10,000) to unlawful groups. In 2005, President Alexander Lukashenko attempted to control "marriage companies" in Belarus and make it tough for them to run. He thought that Western men were draining his country of women of child-bearing age.
Yet with normal communication, they might turn out to be much more open and also friendly. Several might be atheist but fans an approach that can coexist with various other religions. The movie-- which broadcast Monday evening as a component of the PBS "Independent Lens" series-- considers Caucasian men's infatuation with Eastern ladies as well as checks out the stereotypes that paint Oriental women as sex-related and submissive creatures. It additionally checks out the intricacies of Steven and also Sandy's relationship as they navigate married life, managing a language barrier along with normal connection issues such as envy. Filmmaker Lum, a fourth-generation Chinese-American, discovered Steven on the online matchmaking website Oriental Buddy Finder, where he had actually been looking for as well as corresponding with prospective Chinese brides for several years.

Teenage Brides Trafficked to China Reveal Ordeal: ‘Ma, I’ve Been Sold’ - The New York Times

Teenage Brides Trafficked to China Reveal Ordeal: ‘Ma, I’ve Been Sold’.
Posted: Sat, 17 Aug 2019 07:00:00 GMT [source]
lives, just to be forced into sex-related bondage in whorehouses in Taiwan. This vulnerability of disadvantaged women is well known to traffickers.

Worldwide Marriage Company

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Mail order brides are hardly a modern convention and the practice of selecting other halves from magazines or advertisements has been going on for hundreds of years. As he neared his 40th birthday celebration, nonetheless, Mr. Behnen began to tire of the rate. Early one early morning, after an evening invested making the rounds of Cincinnati bars, he quit to go to a 70-year-old priest as well as buddy from his days as a monk. After listening to his problem that he "didn't like conference women this way," Mr. Behnen states, the senior clergyman showed him a newspaper article regarding American Asian Worldwide Providers. However the isolation, Mrs. Elkington states, is a little price to pay for a life in the USA, a conviction she seems to share with much of the hundreds of other ladies that stare from mail-order brochures. Mr. Patterson picked more than 90 women from those in the brochure as well as those who had written to him, as well as sent them a kind letter telling about himself. He was, he wrote, birthed and raised in Tennessee, his work as a quality-control specialist at Planetic Design made him concerning $28,000 a year, he was sterile as well as he was trying to find a better half.
Vietnamese as well as Uzbek mail order brides have actually gone to Taiwan for marital relationship. While there is still no official demand for a minimum income, the enroller needs to give proof of income with their IMM 5481 Sponsorship Analysis. One of the major modifications was conjugal partner sponsorship, offered for any kind of two people (consisting of same-sex pairs) that have had conjugal connections together for at the very least one year.
may be exploited and abused by males who use to marry or embrace them. versus him as well as momentary custody of their son on allegations of abuse. setup of marriages between two globes-- the first and also the third.
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Economic and also social problems for women in Russia as well as other Post-Soviet states are an inspirational factor in finding foreign arrangements. 52 percent of Russia's labor force is composed of ladies, yet according to some sources they usually hold reduced settings of importance in their home nation as well as work jobs with much less regard as well as lower wages; and also females make 43 percent of what males do. A representative at a marriage agency told the paper such spouses normally run away within the first 2 months of marriage if points do not go as anticipated. The male is reported to have actually paid $7,400 in firm costs as well as an added $5,500 to the female's household. Authorities with the management stated they have actually obtained complaints from a variety of guys saying such females, for whom they paid a high cost, had gone away a few months after marriage. Global Times, part of the Chinese Communist Event paper Individuals's Daily, reported in Shanghai officials have actually found a number of instances including young Southeast Asian females in the city this year.
It was amidst the personals in The National Enquirer that Mr. Patterson initially checked out a classified advertisement for an organization called Pacific Advances, among an estimated hundred in the USA that present American males to Oriental women. In February 1985, he sent out $120 to the noted message office box and also within weeks obtained a magazine with images as well as important data of more than 200 Eastern females. By Might, he had obtained letters from 150 extra females, not in the brochure, who had actually been provided his name by the firm. Fulfill the South East Asian females saving the population of the remote Faroe Islands, one marital relationship each time.
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a woman that instituted a residential violence defense order against Mr. The 'Potato Orphans' of Australia is an obscure period in the nation's background when countless susceptible, adolescent women were delivered from Ireland to be other halves for the Australian convicts.
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2020.11.20 22:11 roepes The Legends of Wolf and Roger

(names have been changed to protect the real people)
Back about 11 1/2 years ago, I was made a department manager at Store 548 in Conway, AR. I worked there overall about four years: I started in CPC and front end and moved around until I was made manager of copy and print in March 2009. I liked it well enough, but the real interesting thing came when the store manager hired a guy named Steve for an open tech spot. Apparently, Steve was proficient with computers and data recovery, so he was hired to work nights and weekends and catch days when someone called in.
Well, Steve came off as weird from the start. When he was hired, he was kind of unkempt and shaggy and gave off an odor like he hadn't showered in a little while, but he smiled and talked technology so no one really gave a shit. It's Office Depot. However, we already had two well-liked Steves at the store. We called each by their name and last name initial so, "Steve X and Steve O". New Steve had a nickname he said he preferred to go by anyway so he gave it to us and put it on his nametag - Wolf.
Wolf had a way with sales. He pushed the three year plans on everything and even sold stuff to his girlfriend he introduced us all to. She was also a skeevy sort of character. I mean, she's dating a guy that prefers to go by Wolf. Anyway, Wolf told us about his days in Desert Storm and he walked around marching sometimes, although we deduced that by his given age and the dates he told us he was in the Army that he probably wasn't in Desert Storm. He would also come in the store frequently when he wasn't on the clock and buy tech shit and put his number in on the warranty. He would wear his flash drives on his belt in those little clip-on Foray holders. Yeah.
Around this time, another tech guy started there named Drew. He was also a character. He wore large framed glasses, and had a shaved head and an awkward slithery stroll. He acted a little...well...I don't want to sound homophobic but he came off a little feminine but he was straight. He made sure everyone knew that, too. He talked about his favorite porn stars and their videos openly. He also visited a website that no one else would've probably thought to visit while on the clock. While some of us figured out how to connect to neighboring stores' wifi and download music and movies to desktop PC displays and share with everyone else, Drew stayed to himself and went to Stormfront. A few of us saw him on the site on a display computer no less!
One day I was closing manager, and Drew asked me if he could shove off a little early. I said sure but I asked why. He said he had a party to get to. Out of morbid curiosity, knowing who I was talking to, I asked what kind of party. However, I wasn't expecting what he said next. He, this Stormfront visiting tech guy with the creepy aura, was also a furry. He told me to keep it close to my vest as if his white power friends found out he wouldn't be part of them anymore. I told a few coworkers because it had to be known just how strange the guy was.
One of the other managers figured out that Drew resembled a certain alien on a certain show created by Seth McFarlane. So, we started calling him Roger over the headset. We would try to say "Roger that" or something to cover it up but he eventually caught on. He didn't know why we called him that but we kept calling him Roger as it was his nickname around the store.
Back to Wolf. One day, the daytime tech guy, Travis, and I didn't have much to do at all. He was hilarious and we would get on open lines of the store's phone system and prank call the cashiers that were less than nice. As this was 2009, googling names of the people you knew was just becoming a really popular thing to find social media profiles and pictures. Travis had a habit of googling coworkers to check out if they'd made police websites or had any exotic pictures out there. That day Travis googled Wolf's real name. One of the first results was a local paper's police docket of Wolf's attempted shoplifting of an entire shopping cart of makeup from the local Walmart. He was caught just as he tried to get it out the door. It was apparently $1,200 worth of mascara, lipstick, foundation, etc., he was trying to get for his girlfriend that sold Avon. We informed the store manager because this incident happened just around the time Wolf was hired so it hadn't hit loss prevention's system yet. He talked to Wolf about it and gave him a slap on the wrist.
Around this time, a lot of expensive tech stuff really started going missing. Expensive flash drives were a thing back then, like 80gb for $100 or something. Digital cameras were still big because iPhones hadn't crowded them out yet. People were still buying Tom Toms and other GPSs, and some folks were still wearing Bluetooth headsets. Several of those things ended up written off. The biggest thing that vanished around then was a Quickbooks Pro Manufacturing or Point of Sale or whatever that was on sale at the time but was regularly like $700. We thought it had to be Wolf, but part of me thought it could've been anybody that knew about Wolf and were using him as a patsy. If so, that would've been brilliant.
Eventually, the manager showed Wolf the door - not for theft, but because he really didn't bathe. He also started coming in without his dentures - a "war" injury but we figured it was just standard meth mouth. I also think he was living in his minivan. He came in the day after he was let go and swiped all the ads out of the holder at the front of the store like he was using them to cover windows or something. Aside from a couple rogue cashiers, the thefts pretty much stopped when he left. A few years later I worked for the state and was able to check business employment records. I learned that after Wolf left OD 548, he hadn't worked in Arkansas for the next four years. No telling where he went.
Anyway, that's the legend of Wolf and Roger.
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2020.11.20 11:30 tecraspace TecraCoin blockchain upgraded to Bitcoin Core 14

TecraCoin blockchain upgraded to Bitcoin Core 14
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Bitcoin core 14

The main point of this article - what exactly is bitcoin core 14 and what does the upgrade mean for TecraCoin?
Upgrading from Core 0.12.0 to Bitcoin Core 0.14.0 will bring major improvements to the functioning of our blockchain. The most notable change of the core update is performance enhancement and ability to implement Delegated Proof of Work (dPoW).
More specifically, syncing and initial block download will take up much less time. The new Bitcoin Core 0.14.0 client will allow the process of synchronization with the blockchain to be sped up by as much as 40-48% compared to the previous version. Improved Initial Block Download (IBD) performance means that a full node that has been started for the first time can now validate all blocks up until the present much quicker than before. The increase in IBD speed is possible thanks to two improvements introduced in the new core version: assumed valid blocks and memory-sharing between mempool and UTXO DB cache.
In Bitcoin Core 0.14.0, unused mempool memory is shared with the UTXO database cache, which increases the number of Unspent Transaction Outputs (UTXOs) that can be cached in fast memory rather than needing to be stored and retrieved from a much slower disk drive.
Next, faster new block validation and relay is great news especially for miners and other users who need to receive and process new blocks as fast as possible. The BIP152 CompactBlocks implementation will now relay some blocks before they’ve been fully validated, allowing those blocks to propagate across the peer-to-peer (P2P) network much quicker than in previous versions. The P2P network code has also generally been refactored to allow multiple actions to happen simultaneously (concurrency) as well as to increase throughput, eliminating many potential delays in processing new blocks. Finally, unconfirmed transactions in each node’s mempool can now be saved to and restored from disk when the node is restarted. Network operations are no longer bottlenecked by validation and, as a result, block fetching is several times faster than previous releases in many cases.
The new version sees an improved signature cache. The new signature cache will use cuckoo cache, which will allow more signatures to be cached and faster lookups. As signature verification is typically the most computationally-expensive part of processing a new block, using the signature cache significantly improves the speed at which new blocks can be processed by nodes that have a longer online presence.
However, one of the most important changes of the upgrade is that Tecra at last will be able to implement dPoW. That means we will be able to facilitate an integration with Komodo, a pioneer of multi-chain architecture in the blockchain space.
https://www.newsbtc.com/news/bitcoin/bitcoin-core-0-14-0-speeds-blockchain-syncing-48/

What is Bitcoin Core?

An integral part of the Bitcoin network is a software called Bitcoin Core. This program is designed to validate and verify all blocks in the blockchain and all transactions in those blocks. This program is also used as secure wallets.
Using this program helps the Bitcoin blockchain stay completely decentralized and distinguish this blockchain from other bitcoin blockchain blocks (Hardforks); For example, Bitcoin Cash and Bitcoin Gold are two hard-forked branches (They should die because of low PoW hashrate, but because there is Bitmain that uses BCH exclusively for buying miners... it is still alive -with under 2% of BTC hash rate) of Bitcoin. It should be noted that not all Bitcoin network nodes use this program.
Code of Bitcoin Core is used in many other blockchains, and it is updated, forked, and merged on a daily basis. Many of these forks have networks very similar to Bitcoin, but may differ from Bitcoin in some parameters, which is why these currencies are not actually Bitcoin!
The main Bitcoin network was launched in 2009 by Satoshi Nakamoto. Therefore, the Bitcoin Core program helps to distinguish the original blockchain blocks from other blocks. There was one Bitcoin network, Code was forked i.e. for Namecoin (to use decentralized DNS) and Litecoin (for faster transactions and different mining) and so on. It is more than thousand of different coins based on Bitcoin code, but only a handful forks based on Bitcoin blockchain (BCH was the first one, BSV forked from BCH, BTG, and other *coins directly from BTC)

History of Bitcoin Core

The program was originally written under the name Bitcoin-Qt by Wladimir van der Laan referring to the source code that Satoshi Nakamoto published on the Internet. In the first versions, it needed bitcoin daemon (bitcoind) running separately, later on, it was incorporated into one program (daemon + GUI).
This program can be used to create transactions and other payment services. The source code of this program is available on the GitHub site.
Features One of the main features of the Bitcoin Core is the high security of this software. Bitcoin Core is a digital wallet software used in the Bitcoin blockchain network, and if you use this digital wallet, your bitcoins will be stored directly on the blockchain. In fact, this makes the bitcoin core have a high level of security.
  • The most important reason to use this program is because it is the most popular program for running Full Node. (Allows full nodes to follow Bitcoin network rules)
  • The RPC (Remote Procedure Call) interface allows developers to easily communicate with the application.
  • It has a user-friendly interface that also allows ordinary users to create and validate transactions.
  • Compatibility with various operating systems such as Linux, Windows, and Mac.
  • Perform transactions very quickly
  • Requires confirmation from the user before creating any transaction.
  • Low transaction costs
  • Has a list of transactions with the status icon in Real-Time (live)
  • Has a progress bar confirming the download of the blockchain
  • Has different languages such as German, Chinese, etc.
  • Use different units to split bitcoins such as Milli, Micro
Bitcoin Core is a great application and has become one of the most important components of the Bitcoin blockchain.

Strengths and weaknesses of Bitcoin Core

Pros
  • This is open-source software; This means that any user can contribute to the development of the software and even make changes by analyzing it.
  • This software is the safest and best Node available for Bitcoin. With Bitcoin Core, you can stay in touch with blockchain and keep up to date with all the important and new developments.
  • There is good support for this software. The behind-the-scenes team of this software is always working on it and you can talk to their experts 24 hours a day and solve your problems with Bitcoin Core.
Cons
  • Bitcoin Core is a full node, so it downloads the entire blockchain network completely. The data in the blockchain is so large that you need 330GB of free space on your device, which is increasing day by day.
  • Long Sync: Keep in mind that Bitcoin Core is connected to the entire bitcoin network, so it takes even a week (on magnetic HDD) to synchronize with the massive bitcoin network. After this period, you will be able to use it. Using a fast SSD can cut this time to less than a day.
  • If you not use if frequently (ie in daily/weekly basis) it take some time (minutes-hours) to sync blockchain to current state
We have given all these explanations about Bitcoin Core to find out the importance of this software and why Tecra is using it in its own code. Let’s take a more comprehensive look into what Tecra has in store.
Simply explained, TecraCoin code is forked from Zcoin code, which is forked from Dash, and Dash is forked from Bitcoin. So, we use the Bitcoin Core CODE.
TecraCoin is a free open source peer-to-peer electronic cash system that is completely decentralized, without the need for a central server or trusted parties. Users hold the crypto keys to their own money and transact directly with each other, with the help of a P2P network to check for double-spending.
TecraCoin Core is the original TecraCoin client. It builds the backbone of the network. However, it downloads and stores the entire history of TecraCoin transactions (which is currently about 12GBs); depending on the speed of your computer and network connection, the synchronization process can take anywhere from a hour s to a day (rarely more).
The following are some helpful notes on how to run TecraCoin on your native platform.
Download binary from github: https://github.com/tecracoin/tecracoin/releases
  • For MacOS (installer) tecracoin-1.7.0-osx-*.dmg
  • For Linux (gzipped binaries) tecracoin-1.7.0-x86_64-linux-gnu.tar.gz
  • For Windows (installer) tecracoin-1.7.0-win64-setup-*.exe
  • For Windows (zipped binaries) tecracoin-1.7.0-win64.zip
  • For Linux Masternode (console only) tnode.tar.gz
If you are already familiar with Docker, then running TecraCoin with Docker might be an easier method for you. To run TecraCoin using this method, first install Docker. After this, you may continue with the following instructions.
Please note that we currently don‘t support the GUI when running with Docker. Therefore, you can only use RPC (via HTTP or the tecracoin-cli utility) to interact with TecraCoin via this method.
  1. Pull our latest official Docker image: - docker pull tecracoin/tecranode-mainnet
  2. Start TecraCoin daemon: - docker run --detach --name tecracoind tecracoin/tecranode-mainnet
  3. View current block count (this might take a while since the daemon needs to find other nodes and download blocks first): - docker exec tecracoind tecracoin-cli getblockcount
  4. View connected nodes: - docker exec tecracoind tecracoin-cli getpeerinfo
  5. Stop daemon: - docker stop tecracoind
  6. Backup wallet: - docker cp tecracoind:/home/tecracoind/.tecracoin/wallet.dat .
  7. Start daemon again: - docker start tecracoind
Dependencies
  1. Update packages - sudo apt-get update
  2. Install required packages - sudo apt-get install build-essential libtool autotools-dev automake pkg-config - libssl-dev libevent-dev bsdmainutils libboost-all-dev libgmp-dev cmake
  3. Install Berkeley DB 4.8 - sudo apt-get install software-properties-common - sudo add-apt-repository ppa:bitcoin/bitcoin - sudo apt-get update - sudo apt-get install libdb4.8-dev libdb4.8++-dev
  4. Install QT 5 - sudo apt-get install libminiupnpc-dev libzmq3-dev - sudo apt-get install libqt5gui5 libqt5core5a libqt5dbus5 qttools5-dev qttools5-dev-tools libprotobuf-dev protobuf-compiler libqrencode-dev
Build
  1. Clone the source: - git clone https://github.com/tecracoin/tecracoin
  2. Build TecraCoin-core: - Configure and build the headless TecraCoin binaries as well as the GUI (if Qt is found). You can disable the GUI build by passing --without-gui to configure. ./autogen.sh ./configure
make
  1. To build and run all the unit tests: - ./autogen.sh - ./configure --enable-tests --enable-gui --enable-elysium - cd src
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2020.11.20 01:54 cg4beta Still seeking beta testers! Get at early look at one of the Google Play Store's easiest-to-use personal finance apps!

Checkbook Genius 4 Beta Test - Google Play Store
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=sss.checkbookgenius4.beta1
This week, I announced Checkbook Genius 4 is in beta and provided a link to the Small Screen Software web site. Now, you can download the app directly from the Google Play Store!
THIS IS A TIME-LIMITED BETA RELEASE OF A NEW SOFTWARE TITLE. This title will be made available for sale in the Google Play Store in the coming weeks and months, but is being presented for free now, in order to get feedback and impressions from you, the Android user community.
THIS BETA WILL EXPIRE NOVEMBER 30, 2020. You have total use of all features in this version of the software through this date only, after which point the software will become non-functional. Additional beta releases may appear in the Google Play Store in the near future.
If you are a previous user of Checkbook Genius (Version 3 only, not any prior versions), you may import your Checkbook Genius 3 data into this beta and use it side-by-side without affecting your original Checkbook Genius 3 data. If Checkbook Genius is a completely new title to you, this paragraph does not apply to you.
This beta version of the software includes special "Send Feedback" buttons (on the main menu page as well as a special thumbs-up/thumbs-down button on the Help pages) from which you may submit questions, suggestions, bugs, and kudos.
All suggestions received are understood to be offered freely by you, with no expectation of monetary reward. Further, suggestions may not necessarily be incorporated into the full-license release of Checkbook Genius 4, or future releases, when they become available.
There will not be a free upgrade path from this or any other beta of Checkbook Genius 4, although backups created with this beta will be able to be imported into the full-license Checkbook Genius 4, if purchased.
For additional information about the app, tap the "About This App / FAQ" button on the home page of Checkbook Genius 4. For help on a particular function, look for a "?" button on the toolbar at the top of the page and tap it.
Small Screen Software is a (very) small business and does not have the resources to be able to tackle each and every single issue raised (despite how large it may appear to you).
Keep comments, suggestions and other communications civil and polite. A real person is on the other end.
TO REPEAT: THIS BETA WILL EXPIRE NOVEMBER 30, 2020.
In 2009, Small Screen Software introduced Checkbook Genius to what used to be known as the Android Market, now the Google Play Store. Since then the app has gone through a number of major releases, with incremental changes in features and user interface design.
Celebrating over 10 years as an Android title, Version 4 of Checkbook Genius has a new visual look, more features, and has been redesigned to work better on today's modern Android devices.
The new version of Checkbook Genius has these features:
Checkbook Genius 4 has been recompiled for Android 10. Give it a whirl!
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=sss.checkbookgenius4.beta1
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2020.11.18 16:03 model-mili M539 - Fan Owned Football Motion - DIVISION

Fan Owned Football Motion

This House recognises that:
(1) On the 28th of May 2002, a three man independent commission approved a proposal for Wimbledon FC’s league place to be moved 70 miles north of its local community to Milton Keynes.
(2) That this is the first example of football franchising in the United Kingdom.
(3) That the fans refused to deal with this situation and set-up their own football club: AFC Wimbledon on the 30th of May 2002 and entered the Combined Counties League.
(4) An accord between Milton Keynes Dons FC, AFC Wimbledon, and the Football Supporters Federation existed from October 2006 that called for the following: Any reference made to Milton Keynes Dons FC should refer only to events subsequent to 7 August 2004 [the date of the first League game of Milton Keynes Dons FC]. The FA Cup trophy plus all club patrimony gathered under the name of Wimbledon FC would be returned to the London Borough of Merton. Ownership of trademarks and website domain names related to Wimbledon FC would also be transferred to the borough.
(5) That on the 3rd of November 2020, the first match in AFC Wimbledon’s new stadium: New Plough Lane will be played against Doncaster Rovers FC.
(6) That on the 3rd of November 2020, AFC Wimbledon are ranked above Milton Keynes Dons in the Football League table.
(7) That this shows that franchising football teams would be an unmitigated disaster for Britain.
(8) That fan owned football clubs have a vital role to play in the community.
This House urges the government to:
(5) Congratulate the supporters of AFC Wimbledon, along with the fan owned society that owns AFC Wimbledon [The Dons Trust], for successfully regaining their league place in a sustainable manner.
(6) Congratulate AFC Wimbledon upon returning home to Plough Lane after nearly 30 years of playing away.
(7) Recognise the fact that fan owned football clubs have the ability to be sustainable in the long-term.
(8) Encourage football clubs to consider fan ownership should alternative ownership models not work.
(9) Encourage football clubs that are not fan owned to have fan based representation upon their boards to ensure they stay true to the fans that follow them.
This Motion was submitted by northernwomble MP MSP for Highlands and Islands as a Private Members Motion.
This division will end on the 21st of November at 10pm
OPENING SPEECH
Mr Deputy Speaker,
On the 4th May 1991, Wimbledon FC left its home Plough Lane. This was the beginning of a 30 year journey that has caused pain and suffering for thousands of Wimbledon supporters.
I am incredibly lucky in some ways. As a younger AFC Wimbledon supporter, I saw the meteoric rise up the football league. Indeed my first game was a 1-0 defeat against Kidderminster Harriers in 2009. I stood behind the terraces in the then John Green Stand with my Dad and fell in love. I kept going back.
Eventually I moved to stand in what was the Tempest End at Kingsmeadow, the stadium that AFC Wimbledon had grown to call home. I went mental when we beat West Ham 4-2 in the FA Cup, I saw incredible come-backs, and felt immense pride when teams like Sunderland, Ipswich Town and Bolton came to knock on our door and go back feeling bloodied at best. Even when we couldn’t secure the 3 points.
I’ve felt relegation breathing down our necks, fear over financing a fan owned team in a football league where money speaks. I’ve been to Wembley and seen my team win. I even made the journey on a freezing cold Sunday morning to see an incredible 4-3 comeback against Curzon Ashton in the FA Cup 1st round! And I even got to stand on the pitch at Bradford after we confirmed our safety in League 1 after the impossible comeback 2 seasons ago.
Do you know what makes all these events special!? The fact that through every single bit of pride, and of pain, we did it as fans. I have been since that day in 2009 a member of the Dons Trust: a fan owned society that owns the bulk of the shares of AFC Wimbledon. They must retain at least 75% ownership of the club, a principle they have stuck to since the very start.
The desire to go back to Plough Lane has been incredibly strong, and in 2017 we got planning permission to do just that. The brand new 9300 capacity stadium that stands just 200m from the original site of Plough Lane is testament to what a reasonably small group of committed people, and a hell of a lot of love can do.
Mr Deputy Speaker, as I give this speech, the very first game is happening. I do not know how we are doing against Doncaster. I would give anything and everything to be there, but alas my role in keeping the government to account holds me back. I’m praying that Joe Piggot hits the back of the net, that Tyrell Thomas and Steve Seddon keep the defence tight and that most of all the lads do us fans proud.
This motion is my tribute to an incredible little football club in Wimbledon that has held its own against the weight of financial doping in football for an incredibly long time. This motion is a sign that football must recognise the benefits of fan ownership, and must never be allowed to move to a franchise model ever again.
If I may finish my speech with a brief quotation of a song:
‘Show me the way to Plough Lane I'm tired and I want to go home. I had a football ground twenty years ago, And I want one of my own.
Wheeeeeeeeeeen ever I may roam, To Selhurst Park again (....... dump!), You will always hear me singing this song, Show me the way to Plough Lane’.
With that, I commend this motion to the house.
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2020.11.18 00:01 andrewluckswife Trip Report! 11/7/20-11/14/20

First, though I have been to WDW a couple times, it had been several years (2003 and 2009) and so much has changed! I lurked this sub regularly to get tips and found it hugely helpful! A huge thank you to the pros out there who contribute!
Like so many people, my trip plans changes pretty drastically post-covid. This was a 30th birthday trip that I planned with my boyfriend and family and I was admittedly bummed out about my "dream trip" getting modified. Our original planned group was 14 people, only 5 ended up going. We had reservations at Port Orleans Riverside and ended up choosing to stay off property since POR was closed and the savings ended up being really meaningful. We also decided to shorten the trip by a few days since our group was so small. BUT, all in all, we had a really great time.
General/Covid Stuff: I was very impressed with how well Disney handled Covid-related restrictions. They were properly staffed to manage and guide crowds, watch for mask violations, etc. I felt safe and didn't once feel like I needed to "escape". I saw a lot of various feedback about postponing trips until after Covid-restrictions are gone, and general feedback was mixed on this topic. My official takeaway is that if you're expecting specific experiences, you are likely to leave disappointed. There's obvious things missing like big parades and firework shows, and some smaller things like pre-ride shows being removed to allow for distancing. If you go in with an open mind and minimal agenda, I think it's enjoyable. I personally preferred the reduced crowds and experiencing the parks without a timeline. With that being said, I did notice a few angry guests who seemed frustrated by changes to rules, specifically. For example, I watched a lady FREAK OUT on a cast member when there weren't any more mobile order spots available within the hour at Flame Tree BBQ. I gathered that she had the day planned pretty thoroughly and was upset by not being able to walk up to the window and order (like perhaps you used to be able to??). Either way, if you have any specific plans in mind (no matter how small) it would be wise to research new protocols as I gathered a lot has changed mid-pandemic.
Hotel: We stayed at the Mystic Dunes hotel a few miles from the parks (not Disney affiliated at all). It was very okay. We had a three bed three bath (with two kitchens!) and the extra space was really nice. It ended up being cheaper for our whole family to stay there than a single room would have been at POR so we definitely got great value out of it. The guys in the group appreciated the on-site golf course. It was clean and comfortable, but dated and the service was pretty poor.
Transportation/Entry Deets: Our hotel didn't have their park shuttle running, so we rented a car. Most parking lots were allowing cars through about 45 minutes before park open and you could get through the turnstiles as soon as you got to the front. One quick note on this and on-site hotel value: it did seem like hotel transport was running a bit earlier than self-parkers were let in. We were one of the first cars in line each day but still were met with pretty big crowds at rope drop. This leads me to believe that many people are either ubering, or park access is slightly earlier if you're staying onsite. So, though fastpasses are gone, this seemed like a good perk for being able to get a popular ride or two knocked out before the park was truly open to everyone.

Crowds: In terms of people **in** the parks, it didn't seem overly crowded to me. I was able to move around freely and never got panicked about lack of social distancing. Ride wait times, though, got pretty long. Hollywood studios especially was hour-long waits for most everything we wanted to ride, even at rope drop. For the rest of the parks, we found success in being present at rope drop and wait times were more manageable first thing in the AM. By afternoon, most everything had 40+ minute waits and 90+ for popular rides. With fast passes gone, I'd recommend arriving to the parks at rope drop with 1-3 rides you really want to do and plan on just having longer waits for the rest.
Magic: Disney magic was in no way gone for me! The newer rides (FOP and Rise as standouts) are incredible and so well executed. It was nice to get to see the classics again and compare them to the latest and greatest. The cavalcades were very cute and the Christmas decor was as breathtaking as it's ever been. My whole family enjoyed our trip and can't wait to go back again in a few years (and see the full-blown experience so many rave about on here!)
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2020.11.17 19:18 cg4beta Checkbook Genius 4 Beta Test - Google Play Store LinkLink

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=sss.checkbookgenius4.beta1
Yesterday I announced Checkbook Genius 4 is in beta and provided a link to the Small Screen Software web site. Now, you can download the app directly from the Google Play Store!
THIS IS A TIME-LIMITED BETA RELEASE OF A NEW SOFTWARE TITLE. This title will be made available for sale in the Google Play Store in the coming weeks and months, but is being presented for free now, in order to get feedback and impressions from you, the Android user community.
THIS BETA WILL EXPIRE NOVEMBER 30, 2020. You have total use of all features in this version of the software through this date only, after which point the software will become non-functional. Additional beta releases may appear in the Google Play Store in the near future.
If you are a previous user of Checkbook Genius (Version 3 only, not any prior versions), you may import your Checkbook Genius 3 data into this beta and use it side-by-side without affecting your original Checkbook Genius 3 data. If Checkbook Genius is a completely new title to you, this paragraph does not apply to you.
This beta version of the software includes special "Send Feedback" buttons (on the main menu page as well as a special thumbs-up/thumbs-down button on the Help pages) from which you may submit questions, suggestions, bugs, and kudos.
All suggestions received are understood to be offered freely by you, with no expectation of monetary reward. Further, suggestions may not necessarily be incorporated into the full-license release of Checkbook Genius 4, or future releases, when they become available.
There will not be a free upgrade path from this or any other beta of Checkbook Genius 4, although backups created with this beta will be able to be imported into the full-license Checkbook Genius 4, if purchased.
For additional information about the app, tap the "About This App / FAQ" button on the home page of Checkbook Genius 4. For help on a particular function, look for a "?" button on the toolbar at the top of the page and tap it.
Small Screen Software is a (very) small business and does not have the resources to be able to tackle each and every single issue raised (despite how large it may appear to you).
Keep comments, suggestions and other communications civil and polite. A real person is on the other end.
TO REPEAT: THIS BETA WILL EXPIRE NOVEMBER 30, 2020.
In 2009, Small Screen Software introduced Checkbook Genius to what used to be known as the Android Market, now the Google Play Store. Since then the app has gone through a number of major releases, with incremental changes in features and user interface design.
Celebrating over 10 years as an Android title, Version 4 of Checkbook Genius has a new visual look, more features, and has been redesigned to work better on today's modern Android devices.
The new version of Checkbook Genius has these features:
  • New look and feel with a distinctive new font
  • New filtering of transactions replacing "payee search", totaling all entries found
  • Presets can now be accessed from the home page
  • New color chooser for account color blocks lets you choose any color you wish rather than the 16 colors previously available
Checkbook Genius 4 has been recompiled for Android 10.
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=sss.checkbookgenius4.beta1
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