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[Table] r/Scotland – IMA an admin on Scots Wikipedia. AMA

2020.08.29 22:22 500scnds [Table] r/Scotland – IMA an admin on Scots Wikipedia. AMA

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If as you say, no Scots speakers are coming forward to advance this project. Then why is there a Scots Wikipedia? (Especially one that isn't actually Scots) The question comes down to, who is it for? Is it for Scots speakers to be able to use the site? If so then what is up is clearly is not fit for purpose and, as others have said, actively harms the perception of the language. Historically, that question was easy to answer. It was originally founded by Scottish people to promote the Scots language by creating a Wikipedia entirely written in their native tongue.
It's still supposed to do that, but we're an extremely far distance away from that ideal. Maybe we're farther than when we started.
I still think it's worth trying though.
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Please don't I wouldn't want to edit a page on the Apache language based on the experience I gained from once watching a John Wayne movie. I'm not talking about getting more people who don't speak Scots to start editing. I'm saying it's worth it for Scots speakers to try.
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So, is it really important? I get that people want to support Gaelic and keep it alive, but Scots? Yes. It is important.
Do other relatively small languages on wikipedia struggle with the same issues of having a large amount of content created by non-fluent speakers? If so, how do they go about addressing that? I wouldn't say as much about any other wiki (if it was a problem, no one has complained about it to me before). Common problems that occur on other language wikis have been nationalist takeovers, being completely barren of content/contributors, and corrupt admins acting in bad faith. Scots Wikipedia is an enigma in that regard.
Still, it does stem from the same problem that wikis without contributors face which is that no native speakers seem interested in contributing. In those cases, it is not unheard of for a non-native speaker to reach out to the community to recruit new editors.
I can empathise with any Scots speakers here. I know from the tv show Outlander that used Gaelic but the Gaelic that was used was horrific and plain wrong at times and on one hand you have the language being projected to millions, which is great, but on the other it sounds nothing like the actual language. I think this is how Scots speakers are seeing these pages. I wish they had done a better job with the Gaelic in Outlander and it is an embarrassment to see it. It will be the exact same thing for anybody who speaks Scots. The thing these people have to realise though is you guys are not Scots speakers so if they want good translations then offer to do it themselves. You aren't being paid for this so it's not like you are benefiting financially, maybe some good will come from this and some Scots speakers will give up their own time. And from your point of view you have to realise this has the potential to cause a lot of damage. Scots has often been attacked and told it is simply English with a Scottish accent, these pages are adding fuel to the fire. I personally would either delete and start again, or go through every single page and edit correctly. These poorly translated pages have a duty of promoting the language and that duty passes onto its community. There methods and ways to mass delete certain sets of pages that meet various criteria. This would alleviate the need to curate each and every single page. However, these things take planning and time. It also requires broad consensus.
Are you going to delete non-Scots material? Are you going to apply for a grant to pay someone to audit the existing content? (1) Well of course.
(2) Can we do that?
What do you think should happen to the Wiki, given what you know now? I don't think it's an exaggeration to say that the majority of articles may have an actual negative value to the Scots language simply by virtue of being fake translation of existing articles written in English. At best they are misleading, at worst, they are fundamentally damaging to Scots as a language. There are times in the past where I have looked at the Scots wiki and thought what I heard and spoke growing up was not "real Scots" because what is written in the wiki is not the Scots I know - now, perhaps, I have at least a partial explanation as to why... I have no clue. I'm just one editor who happens to be an admin, and Wikipedia is run by its community. In the original post, I suggested forming a task force to help identify and delete poorly translated articles. I can't see that being a poor idea, but if there is another solution that's even better I'll go with whatever the community decides.
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I suspect it might be easier to identify well translated pages, rather than badly translated ones. I realise you likely have a better grasp of the gargantuan effort required to manage a wiki, but I'm not certain you've yet grasped quite how widespread and awful the translations are. There are some who will suggest deleting the entire Wiki, but I do not think this is the best approach. Rather, I think that it will require an automated method of identifying articles where the current version is majority written the user in question and those articles removed. Although this will massively reduce the number of articles, it will at least mean that the majority of the wiki is written in actual Scots and not English with an accent. Alternatively, one approach may be to create a language model based on the subset of articles with the user in question as majority editor, and another created from a sample of "known good" articles. This could then be used to classify all articles and either flag or remove those found to be "English with an accent". These are all possibilities I have considered, but they all require assistance from native Scots speakers, but the ones on here seem mostly uninterested in the task altogether. I can't really blame them for that, but I do regret to see it.
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Denvercoder8: Are there any actual Scots speakers in "the community"? Glaic: Mentioned above that no there isn't unfortunately. Said it was created by Scots speakers but none are left. Yes there is, but they don't want to be admins and have ignored my requests to get more involved.
I was talking about admins there. Editors and admins are different titles. Admins can block people while editors just edit the project.
We still have editors who speak fluent Scots, but they are not as active as one of the other admins has been in creating articles. The majority of the fluent Scots editors do not have an account and therefore cannot be made admins.
If you're serious about this, and it appears you are, you could do worse than contact Billy Kay @billykayscot or Alistair Heather @historic_ally on twitter to see if they could suggest someone to help. I don't think they're on Reddit but they're interested in promoting the Scots tongue. A couple of observations though. We all had a British education and seeing Scots written down is still relatively unusual and it can look strange even to a native Scots speaker. That is slowly changing though. Another thing, I grew up in Portobello (Portybelly) and the language is a world away from Aberdeenshire say, where I now live. So there is no one Scots tongue. It would be good to have a standardised Scots spelling though so there is no "though, through, plough" pish that there is in English. Anyway good luck with your endeavour and thanks for taking an interest. Done. Thank you a ton!
Are there any stats on how many people use / visit the wiki, and are there stats on the most popular pages? There are a two statistical tools used to answer that question: * https://stats.wikimedia.org/#/sco.wikipedia.org * https://pageviews.toolforge.org/topviews/?project=sco.wikipedia.org&platform=all-access&date=last-month&excludes=
Question 1) are you a native Scots speaker? Question 2) how many of the admins on the Scots Wikipedia are native speakers? (1) No, but I don't try to edit content on Scots Wikipedia beyond about 30ish stub articles. (2) We used to, but we don't anymore because none have applied. The site was originally founded by native Scots speakers.
Are you Scottish? If not, what are your qualifications? No, and my qualifications are that I care about the language. I've fully admited to butchering the language when I've tried to write in it. However, being an admin really doesn't require speaking any specific language if you understand MediaWiki backend well enough. Non-native speakers can be found as admins across all the language Wikipedias. Being an admin is just work that no one wants to do sadly.
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What would you say to convince people to take up the role? How hard is it to go from not doing anything to edit wikipedia to admin of the Scots wikipedia? The truth I would tell them is we are in desperate need for your help. Second, it'd be impossibly easy if you can speak fluent Scots and agree to help.
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I mean, sure, but if you had at least ONE native speaker, you probably could have prevented a lot of this stuff from happening. Because your only qualifications were you loving the language, it has spiraled out of control now and is almost unsavable. I really see no point for all of these non native admins, because they will be unable to detect major issues in the wikis, and sure, you can stop obvious vandal pages, but everybody else can as well I fully agree, and a large section of what I have tried to do as an admin is reach out to native speakers and try to get them to be admins and such.
Where do you see things going in the future with Scots Wikipedia? Where would you like to see the project in one year, in five years, and in the longer term? And what will it take to make your hopes a reality? I love this question!!!
I linked this already elsewhere in this thread, but my hope is that more attention will be given to creating a Scottish Dictionary on the wiki written in Scots to help craft better translations. That's my longer term hope.
In the short term, I'd like to see existing articles cleaned up by native Scots speakers. If there was one super well written article in each of the regional Scots dialects, that would mean the world to me!
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You can't translate with a dictionary. That doesn't account for syntax, and is how you end up with errors such as "an aw" being used in the wrong place repeatedly. "help craft better translations" =/= "translate with a dictionary"
From my original post: >we will need to overhaul our Spellin an grammar policy.
Which if done would ban such a practice.
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As a professional translator: * Translating into a language takes a lot more than spelling and grammar rules. I don't translate into my second language, despite having been studying it for 25 years and translating out of it for 13. * Ideally this project probably shouldn't be looking for translations anyway. It would make more sense to look for native speakers who can write articles in the language from the start, even if they're often using en.wikipedia as the main source of information (at least at first). Having a policy is important for preventing bad practices from being implemented. This was more-so my point.
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creating a spelling and grammar policy is liable to be its own minefield. the language has no formal orthography and there are several dialects.. none of which is considered 'standard' On English Wikipedia, a page gets tagged for which dialect is to be used on the page. Then the page is made to conform to that specific dialect's spelling and grammar.
However, we're still a long ways off from that kind of system. My short term hope is that we can just list bad practices which aren't consistent with any dialect of Scots.
As someone who isn't Scottish but is regular on English Wikipedia... my recommendation would be to move all of the articles on the Scots Wikipedia from mainspace to draft space, and require that any new article is in draft space too. Articles would only be moved from draft space back to main space upon being checked by a native or fluent Scots speaker and confirmed to be accurate. For the unfamiliar with how Wikipedia works, draft space is basically a testing ground where Wikipedia editors help write articles together before actually publishing them to main Wikipedia once they're good enough. We don't have a draftspace on Scots Wikipedia. If we were to get one, then I suppose that could work (depending on what the tech people tell me).
How can we help you / contribute? If you have never edited Wikipedia before and don't mind learning in English, then I would suggest playing the The_Wikipedia_Adventure. After you do that, just write articles on notable topics for stuff you like for Scots Wikipedia.
Please just put forward a proposal to the wiki to delete every single article posting by any author that isn’t a native-Scots speaker. Then, reach out to communities of people who do speak Scots and try to encourage development of the wiki from there. Of course I’m simplifying everything here, and reaching people who can actually speak Scots that would be willing to contribute to the wiki will not be easy but I don’t see any other option really. Keeping tens of thousands of articles which are a complete butchering of the language does nothing but damage to the preservation of the language. The offending articles and users have to go imo There are already such proposals on the wiki. Details still need to be worked out though.
If you're adverse to a clean slate wipe, then flag every page. Compile a list of your most visited pages, and dump them here or somewhere you can ask for translation assistance. Once you have a core set of valid pages you can claw back some reputation, and perhaps that might encourage others to assist. I'm not particularly adverse to anything. I can only advise on what is and is not technically possible within existing wiki infrastructure. I am also not the person who gets final say over these matters, but it's left to the larger Scots Wikipedia community at-large to weigh in.
You've got to delete every single article written by that one American with absolutely no Scots. Surely that's the obvious answer We're having the discussions on how we should implement that. It's not something I can control on my own.
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That's not something an admin can do? Deleting 49% of the articles from the database is something that would cause disruption to the entire website (possibly even outside Scots Wikipedia). There are some things that just need to be worked out beforehand, and that is one of them.
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If the conclusion is "too much work to delete that many" then the answer is to delete it all and start over. (1) That isn't what I am saying. My conclusion is we just have to be careful about doing it. (2) There is no starting over on Wikipedia as I have explained elsewhere in this thread. Either a project is closed for good, or it stays open. The Foundation who runs Wikipedia doesn't allow projects to "start over."
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If you can delete one page, why can't you delete them all? Deleting pages is a different task than closing a project.
While I have the technical ability to delete every page, I'd be breaking policy to do so without a clear onwiki consensus.
I am also not confident that doing so wouldn't overload the servers which run Wikipedia and cause an outage. No admin has ever done that before without being removed by the Stewards.
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It wouldn't overload the servers. 😂 If Wikipedia actually was running on a couple of toaster ovens instead of a server farm, you could go "let's delete 1000 this morning, 1000 in the evening, and same again tomorrow and the day after until it's done." And you're talking about consensus among a bunch of admins who don't speak Scots. You're invested in protecting the time you've put into it. It's happened before: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Don%27t_delete_the_main_page
and no. I'm talking about global consensus from a group of editors from a variety of backgrounds. I'll DM you the conversation link so you can participate yourself.
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I'm not sure how you're missing the point. Delete everything that can be deleted apart from the index page that's required to rebuild it from scratch. You're trying to get consensus from a group of editors all around the world, none genuinely fluent in Scots, and all with motivations other than making the wiki accurate. Forgive me for laughing. Those are the people who are called up when a wikis fail their ultimate purpose. They're in charge of every Wikipedia project in every language, and they've probably been monitoring this thread. They aren't treating this lightly. If I do anything other than what the Wikimedia Stewards find to be acceptable conduct, I'll face severe sanctions.
What about that guy who just found out most of the Scots wiki was written by an American teenager and it’s a load of gibberish? Ps. You wouldn’t happen to be an American teenager would you? Scots Wikipedia is a work-in-progress just like any other collaborative project. Edit: That was a poor response. Take 2. I don't make pages on Scots Wikipedia anymore (haven't for months now). I just deal with people who vandalize articles and stuff.
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Being run by no one who can progress the work. Admins really don't run the project. It's basically just the people of blocking people who replace an entire page with the script of the Bee Movie. No one really "runs" any language edition of Wikipedia.
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You don’t, though. All of the fake Scots articles ought to be considered vandalism. If the admin team is not capable of identifying that, and their job is to identify and remedy vandalism, then the admin team isn’t qualified for their jobs on this particular wiki. That’s not a personal flaw, just a fact. The same way I wouldn’t be qualified to be an admin on Spanish Wikipedia. What I mean when I say vandalism
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Aye but it sounds like none of you actually speak Scots or are even Scottish so i must admit it’s beyond me why you’d want to admin the page The "American teenager" in question here is Scottish-American by descent but doesn't speak Scots.
I'm an admin because no one else chose to be. I wanted to help because I care about the Scots Wikipedia project, and now here I am.
Edit: I'm not defending anyone here. agibson995 wondered (in part) why anyone who isn't Scottish would want to become an admin on Scots Wikipedia. This was my answer.
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Language is not genetic, and wikipedia language versions are about content written in the language. "Scottish-American by descent" just kinda feels "I'm Scaddish because one of my 8 great grandparents was from Mull" and doesn't make an American any less Not Actually Scottish. I've met Scots with French surnames but not a word of the French language, and as such they're wholly unqualified to edit or contribute to French wikipedia. Similarly, being of "Scottish descent" or even growing up and living in Scotland is meaningless if you don't actually speak Scots. Truth is their intentions may have been good but, sometimes, no work is better than bad work, particularly when it comes to wikipedia: It's better to not write an article than to write one with incorrect information, and that same principle applies to guessing at minority languages and propagating external ideas of what they think Scots should look like too. I think you misunderstood the intentions of my reply. I have edited it for clarity.
I’ve found this whole thing pretty upsetting. Partly because of the cultural vandalism against my language and partly because I’ve realised my Scots isn’t as good as it used to be after years of speaking only English and I’m not sure how much I could help with this. You can help more than you probably can imagine. Not everything involved with contributing to a wiki requires you to create content. Sometimes fixing a word or two can make a huge difference. That's a universal principle which applies to all wikis.
Are you planning on resigning as an admin for the Scots Wiki, given that all of this happened under your stewardship? Not until someone else is willing to take over. Otherwise there wouldn't be any admins at all.
Having scrolled through the history of a few old articles, and then following up the user pages, it seems that there are quite a few active editors who are in the same boat as the original administrator: foreigners (often north american) with an interest in Scottish culture who have decided to grab a dictionary and translate English pages word for word. How will you be reaching out to these people and informing them that their efforts thus far have been misguided? One-at-a-time and as new edits come up. However, these are conversations I would like hold only after the bad content gets squared away.
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Reading the Requests for comments thread on Wikipedia, people have pointed out that the problem is much bigger than just that one admin. And your comment at the bottom ... >My proposal would cut the amount of articles we need to fix nearly by half. It also solves the most publicized problem. That's a good start for me. –MJL ... to me makes it sound like you care more about fixing PR than fixing the problem itself. My proposal cuts the workload in half and solved the issue people are mad about. If you combine that with other proposals in the same thread (one of which is to take the wiki off search engines) we have a chance to solve many of the problems.
However, I also got accused of caring too much about what other people think when I suggested nuking the site.
My focus is on what people have already identified as a problem. We need to fix that first before we move beyond it.
Hey OP, I actually appreciate you doing this AMA to start a direct dialogue with native speakers. I will advise you, as some others have, that people from the general public may not be the best folk to edit these wiki pages. Although they would be better than non Scots speakers, the pages would still not be as accurate as they should be. I would suggest reaching out to Universities that promote or teach Scots and ask them for some assistance. You should also contact the Scots Language Centre, I'm sure they would be interested in working with you in some way. Those are actually things I am happy to report have already happened as result of this thread! :D
Do you think it’s possible to delete and start fresh with a proper board of member that know How to speak or at least write and understand fluently Scots? The way that language editions of Wikipedia are approved and shut down, no. Wikis really don't get a do-over from the Foundation that runs everything.
Frankly, the admins of this page shouldn't try to twist the arms of actual Scots speakers by saying they're going to keep up the damaging state of their project unless those Scots speakers give their labour for free. There are plans and discussion underway to massively delete as many poorly translated pages as possible. However, we need help to ensure this doesn't happen again.
a_cunt_fae_edinburgh: I joined just to say delete it and start again, what's there now is a complete load of shite. I remember looking at it a few times in the past and thinking it made no fucking sense, "an aw" just randomly at the start of sentences. Makes sense it was written by a non-Scot. At best it's just a joke, at worst as others have said better than me, it's damaging to both the Scots language from a preservation point of view, and damaging to speakers who read it and think that they don't speak "real Scots" because it doesn't match up with what they speak, like mm_5678 pointed out. "Filosofer" did make me laugh a lot though. antonfriel: u/MLJ-1 this is now the second most upvoted comment in this thread. Why have you not responded to it or /any/ of the other comments pointing out the only conceivably correct thing to do is deleting all of the non Scots content? The idea that any of the articles in question be allowed to remain up until someone volunteers to fix them or you have a strategy in place to overhaul the wiki is absolutely and unequivocally unacceptable, it’s actively damaging to the preservation effort of an endangered minority language. You have suspiciously only chosen to respond to suggestions or questions that do not implicitly predicate repairing the damage on removing the incorrect content. I can only say "We're going to be removing all the non-scots content" so many times. It's practically a nonstarter for moving forward at this point. I've already implemented a sitewide notice to inform readers that actively damaging material exists. However, I cannot unilaterally delete the offending content myself under pre-existing policies. These policies need to be changed, the server operators notified, and the higher ups informed.
I even put forward a proposal to delete the entire wiki through the right channels. This is all I can reasonably do.
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‘I can only say so many sides’ wow I’m really sorry this is so tedious for you It's not tedious. It's just people find other people who repeat themselves too often to be annoying.
If you don't speak Scots why did you compliment an editor for a "well-written" article? How would you know it was well-written? I was going by the broken standards I had at the time.
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A Bible quoting serial killer stalks his prey within a decaying city that had fallen far beyond its once glorious past — it sounds like the plot of a Hollywood movie but this is the real life story of Bible John — a predator lurking in the shadows of the 1960's in the Scottish city of Glasgow.
To date John has yet to be found — and while he may not have the worldwide infamy of Jack the Ripper, his story is no less deplorable. He has been described as a “Scottish Zodiac”.
Glasgow is now one of the most remarkable cities in Britain — a rejuvenation which began in the 1980's has served the city well. However, in the 1960's Glasgow was at the time suffering from a decline caused by a number of issues which emerged in the aftermath of World War 2. There was urban decay, rapid de-industrialisation and high unemployment and to make matters worse there was Bible John.
John was linked to three murders (as always with unidentified killers — it could be potentially more) and the victims were young women between the ages of 25–35.
The victims were all young and slim Scottish brunettes and they all frequented the same nightclub in Glasgow before their deaths — they were:
Three pretty Scottish girls all unfortunate enough to make the acquaintance of a Bible-quoting, teetotaller. One peculiar thing that ties all of the women were that they were all menstruating at the time of their murder.
John’s physical appearance was composited by the Crown Office and released publicly and his odd mannerisms were seen by many eyewitnesses (including Helen Puttock’s sister).
With so much information on the man — how the hell did he evade capture?
The Crimes:
On 22nd February 1968 25 year old Patricia Docker decided to go dancing at the Majestic Ballroom in Glasgow. Life could not have been easy for Patricia. She was recently separated and her ex-partner was living in England while working with the RAF. Patricia was staying with her parents alongside her four year old son Sandy at Langside Place in Glasgow’s Southside.
A night of dancing was probably just what Patricia needed to take the stress out of her claustrophobic life. For reasons unknown it wasn’t the Majestic where Patricia found herself but the Barrowland Ballroom in Gallowgate, Glasgow. While at Barrowland Patricia caught the eye of a handsome red-headed man — this was the likely encounter that would seal Patricia’s doom…
Failing to return that night; Patricia’s body was found in the doorway of a garage by a passing man who was on his way to work. Her body bore many physical injuries including blunt force trauma and strangulation. It seemed likely (according to the autopsy) that Patricia was beaten, punched and kicked before the strangulation. At the time of her discovery, Patricia’s death was a media footnote (the frenzy of a serial killer not yet gaining traction) with many Glaswegians not yet caught up in the hysteria.
The next victim was Jemima. Another attendee of the Barrowland Ballroom — she spent the evening 16th August 1968 dancing. It was during that evening that Jemima was spotted by witnesses chatting to a young, well dressed and soft spoken man. They seemed to have had a friendly conversation….
It was this encounter which gave John one half of his nickname — the man was said to have been quoting Bible scripture during their conversations. Jemima was spotted leaving Barrowland with this Bible quoting, handsome Scotsman. Jemima was last seen alive outside Barrowland.
Jemima’s body was found by her own sister Margaret. Margaret had walked into the derelict building tenement where she discovered Jemima dead. Margaret decided to look in the MacKeith Street derelict building after hearing children talk of seeing a dead body and having a feeling of dread that it was Jemima.
Jemima’s death would help in the description of Bible John. Eyewitnesses established the look that would later be famously reconstructed and distributed to the wider public. And the eyewitnesses noticed Bible John’s strange manner of speech and constant phrasing from the Old Testament thus creating the alias BIBLE JOHN.
Noting the similarities between the murders of Patricia and Jemima and the proximity of their death including the connection to Barrowland Ballroom — as well as both women being strangled to death while menstruating — it became apparent that a multiple murderer was at large in Glasgow.
Police began surveillance of the Barrowland Ballroom, which would then cause a sharp decline in punters subsequently attending the dancehall. The initial investigation lost early momentum when Patricia’s parents had falsely said that she was at the Majestic Nightclub (which they believed she was) and not Barrowland. The police lost a lot of valuable time focusing on this angle until it emerged they were investigating the wrong nightclub — those three days lost was invaluable to the police and may have cost them finding Bible John.
A further ‘witness’ had lied that he danced with Patricia at the Majestic and this again set the police back further. The possible reason Patricia told her parents that she was at the Majestic was potentially because of the salacious reputation that Barrowland had at the time.
The final known victim was Helen Puttock who was discovered on the 31st October 1969 by a man walking his dog. Helen had put up a furious fight before being strangled which was theorised by police from the grass stains on the soles of Helen’s feet which demonstrated a horrific struggle.
Helen was yet another victim that was menstruating at the time of her murder — and like the other two women, her handbag was taken from her. Helen’s story is very strange. She did attend the very same Barrowland Ballroom on the evening prior to her murder and was with her sister Jean and the two women coincidentally both met two different men named John. One John was living in Castlemilk, Glasgow and the other John did not disclose where he lived but was said to be very well spoken and suave.
One of the Johns (the suave John) shared a taxi with the women and had many of the psychological traits identified in the other murders by the other witnesses. The man was said to have described himself as teetotal and he continually referred to the Old Testament while in the taxi. He stated that he disapproved of married women visiting clubs like Barrowland and spoke of an ‘adulterous den of iniquity.’ It would more than likely be the final amicable conversation that Helen would partake in and the last time Jean would see her sister alive and well.
The crimes of Bible John had a trail of evidence and clues and the perpetrator left behind a coherent pattern and signature.
They were all strangled and raped before being killed.
And a well-spoken, fair headed and tall Scotsman was spotted in their company at some point before their deaths.
The description of Bible John given was as follows (by Jean Puttock):
John was tall, slim and well dressed and approximately 5 feet 10 inches tall — 1.78 metres. The name given was either John Templeton, John Sempleson or John Emerson (clearly misheard at the time).
Glasgow is religiously a very split community but despite the Bible quotes, there is no clear indication of John was Catholic or Protestant. Due to the sectarian nature of Glasgow — this would have been a vital clue.
It is worth noting that Jean not only saw and spoke to John but also shared a taxi with him and would’ve had a great scope to see who her sister’s killer was. Jean would’ve heard his voice, seen his face and remembered his odd mannerisms.
Can you imagine sharing a taxi and being one foot away from the man that would end up murdering your sister?
The Suspects:
This is one of Scotland’s biggest ever manhunts and the story has been subject to documentaries and books and pub speculation in and out of Scotland. And with the fame goes a list of 5,000 suspects.
Since Helen’s murder in the late 1960's John has simply disappeared. There is something to be said for someone that stops at only three murders (or at least three with the same M.O — Jack the Ripper stopped at five) and it’s a wonder why there isn’t more victims identified in this case. There may very well be more.
John McInnes — John’s body was exhumed in 1996. John had committed suicide in 1980 at the age of 41. A DNA sampling was shown as inconclusive and thus far the former Scots Guard is simply a suspect and nothing more. He would however be officially cleared by The Crown in July 1996.
John White — Mr. White was interviewed in 1969 and was dismissed as a result of differences in John’s front teeth against the victim’s bite marks. John White did however have a very close resemblance to the facial composite and he is currently mentioned as one of the best suspects in the case, with just a small issue — nobody knows who John White was.
The individual arrested and named as John White was later discovered to have given an alias and nobody knows the real identity of this suspect — he seemingly escaped hospital custody around the time of questioning.
The mysterious John White was never found again…
Fifty years on it seems unlikely that the REAL Bible John will ever be caught and if he is discovered, he is more than likely dead.
But the sickening profile is an oft-repeated one of a woman hating figure of fake piety that is unleashing the beast that lays within and masking it in theatrics. This is a case that will forever sit high in the annals of British Criminal History and at the very top of Scottish Manhunts. Unfortunately; it seems likely that it is also a case that will lead to vast speculation with very little identification.
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2020.08.08 00:31 BestGarbagePerson Veganism Leads To Fascism: Umberto Eco's 14 Points, in the Vegan Agenda and Reality: Part 1, Points 1-7.

From Umberto Eco's 14 Points of Fascism:
http://www.openculture.com/2016/11/umberto-eco-makes-a-list-of-the-14-common-features-of-fascism.html
1. The cult of tradition. “One has only to look at the syllabus of every fascist movement to find the major traditionalist thinkers. The Nazi gnosis was nourished by traditionalist, syncretistic, occult elements.”
One might think since veganism is "new" therefore it isn't traditionalist, however, that is confusing traditionalism (ritual, occult, repetitive, tribal) with conservatism. Vegans are highly ritualistic and symbolistic. They do align themselves with the occult, including timeless woo woo beliefs such as crystal therapy, chakras, fortune telling, POC religious appropriation (buddhist/zen/hindu new ageism/indian tantric appropriation), alternative timelines, and "detoxing" . All these and more organically appear consistently in the vegan doctrine. Because veganism is rigid (ritualistic), puritan (performative) and mythological (extremely idealistic) it attracts woo woo like flies to honey.
Also, veganism is an old conservative belief in as much as it actually has a huge Christian movement (7th Day Adventists) secretly behind it both financially and ideologically/apologetically.
Excellent proof of this is also we already see that veganism aligns with alt rights often as well:
https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/evb4zw/why-so-many-white-supremacists-are-into-veganism
2. The rejection of modernism. “The Enlightenment, the Age of Reason, is seen as the beginning of modern depravity. In this sense Ur-Fascism can be defined as irrationalism.”
This one does not appear obvious at first, however when you see veganism at it's core you will see it's not rational nor progressive. Vegans will claim they are the leaders of the modern era and are rational. The truth is however, they perceive civilization as it is now as inherently evil. They are actually reactionaries not progressives. Progressives are modernists. Progressives are not anti-society, anti-human, or conspiracy theorist. Progressives work with existing structures to improve lives, even when those structures are imperfect. Because they are rationally results oriented they don't desire to tear down existing structures nor exterminate entire modern businesses, professions, cultures, or sectors. Modernists are also alright with criticism for the sake of scientific improvement, which veganism cannot stand. Veganism wants to tear down existing structures (what works) based on their reactionary and extremely rigid ideologies. They are anti-science in that they will seriously spite, attack and reject any methodological (repeat experiments) or epistemological (philosophical debate/discussion) criticism if it does not fit their ideology.
3. The cult of action for action’s sake. “Action being beautiful in itself, it must be taken before, or without, any previous reflection. Thinking is a form of emasculation.”
I think this point requires little explanation. The vegan diet is performative, it does not care about actual results, but whether a person is being seen as behaving in a certain way.
This is demonstrated by the fact they have to come up with euphemisms to explain away how their diets harm others, such as "accidental deaths" when in fact such deaths are not accidental (and are called by names that literally describe killing intent, see: pesticides, pest control, clear cutting, etc.)
They also do everything they can to avoid actually directly learning about the area's in which they consider the problems to exist. They show no interest in learning about actual solutions. Those areas are: agriculture, environment, animal medicine, global economy, malnutrition/nutrition etc. Vegans are therefore anti-intellectual in this way, and decide that as long as they merely blindly, dumbly and consistently "attack" what they consider to be evil, including persons, products and individuals, then that's enough.
They also consider a label itself enough, both for their own identity and for products (consuming certain products based on labels is enough.)
4. Disagreement is treason. “The critical spirit makes distinctions, and to distinguish is a sign of modernism. In modern culture the scientific community praises disagreement as a way to improve knowledge.”
This goes without saying. Veganism is a puritanical black/white ideology that viciously attacks and demonizes critics and doubters both within and without the ideology. Even though their ideology itself has grey areas admittedly by their own kind, critical discussion is shut down even among their own members. Ex-members who have to leave for health reasons are visciously attacked the most. People who can't fit the diet perfectly are labeled evil and "cheaters" and worse. Specialists in the fields which are their targets for attack are demonized even if they are attempting to cooperate with vegan ideals (reducing animal harm). Diversion from the tenets of their faith, even if it's by a tiny amount, is subject to extreme judgement by fellow members. Nobody ever assumes accidents first, but rather nefarious intent, like the stazi of East Germany. In this way veganism is incredibly fascistic and cult like.
5. Fear of difference. “The first appeal of a fascist or prematurely fascist movement is an appeal against the intruders. Thus Ur-Fascism is racist by definition.”
See above in point 3. This is already explained.
6. Appeal to social frustration. “One of the most typical features of the historical fascism was the appeal to a frustrated middle class, a class suffering from an economic crisis or feelings of political humiliation, and frightened by the pressure of lower social groups.”
Vegans constantly attempt to co-opt all the major anti-establishment/social justice movements for their cause and position themselves as against those in authority, despite they themselves most often being members of the privileged class (white rich people from first world countries.)
They constantly invoke children (children's future due to climate change, as well as children's mental and emotinal state as ideals, aka "think of the children") which is a hallmark of emotionally driven (anti-intellectual) arguments appealing to the oppressed/middle-class/average family.
They also attempt to shame women, people of color and other opressed groups into being vegan because you "can't be a true feminist/anti-racist unless you're also anti-speciesist."
They also often make false claims that being too poor to eat meat makes you vegan by default. (Using poor people as a shield, I have examples of this in the wiki section on ethics under signs of cult behavior.)
They also make false claims that veganism is supportive of stopping exploitation of humans, espeically post-colonial exploitation of POC, which often they are not. They put "cruelty free" when they only mean "cruelty free because there are no animal products or animal testing."
And finally vegans also constantly claim they themselves are by default feminist/activist, or anti-racist enough just because they care about "animal rape and murder" thus claiming ally-ship without actually doing anything to be an ally.
7.The obsession with a plot. “The followers must feel besieged. The easiest way to solve the plot is the appeal to xenophobia. (ETA: This next bit is actually a second point, I accidentally combined them...)The enemy is both strong and weak. “By a continuous shifting of rhetorical focus, the enemies are at the same time too strong and too weak.”
This is demonstrated in a number of ways.
One, by veganism's bipolar-like positivism yet with extreme persecution complex/negativity. Veganism claims: anyone can do it, veganism is easy and family-friendly, veganism is so popular!, veganism is growning!, everyone agrees with veganism! the WHO is on our side!; Yet also claims: The meat lobby is controlling everything!, we must not stop fighting until every animal is saved (this is not family friendly or easy, this is militant activism which is not for children or families), there aren't enough vegan options! (they complain all the time), the world is full of evil meat-eaters! (meat is murder, therefore 98% percent of humans are murderers, which then leads to misanthropy and hatred of existence) and etc.
Secondly, the progression of a vegan into veganism is mythologized. Everyone who becomes vegan is "saved" and all aspects of their life improve. Nobody ever leaves veganism (who is a truetm vegan), and truetm vegans are made vegans for life. Despite there being a clear worldwide agenda against veganism as they claim, vegans are heroes on a "winning" side.
There is also no such thing as a bad vegan (all abusers are declared not-vegan even if they identify as vegan in a classic no true scotsman fallacy), and yet, outside of veganism the world is full of immoral "others." This is very typical of cults.
8.Pacifism is trafficking with the enemy. “For Ur-Fascism there is no struggle for life but, rather, life is lived for struggle.”
See points above. Vegans are encouraged to cut off businesses and products that aren't 100% vegan (even if they are a much better ethical option, it must be 100% vegan), and co-mingle with other vegans only. This includes dating and friendships. This is beacuse anyone who isn't vegan, especially in the sectors that are targets for their agenda...is the "bad guy" and must be replaced with a vegan individual or business.
Even if a specialist in agriculture, medicine, or environment is attempting to create better circumstances for animals in the "meat industry" or hunting, or pet industry or what have you, because they are working in the meat industry, and/or are not vegan themselves they are "the enemy" even if their ideolgy is closely aligned with veganism (to reduce harm to animals.)
Vegans are also considered weak if they go to non-vegan restaurants or buy non-vegan products, even if they are thousands of miles from home. It's considering cheating and treason, even if they purchase vegan (no animal product) products. They also attack those who are co-habiting with them for not being vegan, expecting everyone to adjust to them and their ideology, not the other way around. Thus they are constantly attacking others for not conforming to them, but allowing no compromise in the other direction.
And that's it for points 1-7. I don't want to run out of character space and I also have to go to work : ).
ETA: I messed up and got the numbers wrong, there are 9 points here.
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2020.08.03 23:15 Chiarin My Eurovision Journey - 1987

Brussels, Belgium! Apparently this contest was supposed to have been organised by both the Flemish (BRT) and Walloon (RTBF) broadcasters, but in true Belgian fashion they couldn't agree on anything, so it ended up being just RTBF. To present they got Viktor Lazlo - the name rings a bell, but I don't know her really. I didn't really like her much as a presenter either, she had an air of 'you're paying me to do this, so I'll read your lines, but I'd rather be elsewhere' about her. Apparently she only agreed to host if she could promote her own song, so that was four minutes of the contest gone already. She wears a hot pink dress that she shouldn't be able to walk in, and wears the biggest earrings I've ever seen (at least for the next 2.5 hours).
(The postcards are accompanied by Belgian comic characters, which I found rather charming. You have to understand that comics were (maybe still are?) very big in the Netherlands, Belgium and France, but not the American ones. Local talent only, so it's nice to see them getting a place in Eurovision. Portugal gets my favourite - Guust Flater (or Gaston Lagaffe in the original French). The artist for this, Franquin, was an absolute genius, and I cannot recommend Guust/Gaston highly enough. They've finally started translating them into English, so you can find several albums on Amazon - in English they've called him Gomer Goof. They still make me giggle even though I've read them hundreds of times.)
Anyway, Norway kicks off the show, and we've reached peak 80s hair. I shouldn't talk, because I looked like a toilet brush when I was sixteen, but my god this hairdo looks dated. The song itself is a bog standard power ballad, and as such I'm unimpressed.
I absolutely adore Israel though. It's quirky, it's funny and it's catchy. I'll be singing that hupa hule hule hule chorus for the next coming week, without a doubt. I can't see any song beating this one as my favourite tonight, even though it's only song number two.
Austria looks like a second-rate Gary Numan (I guess he got half the name right if that's what he was going for), and while the song starts off nice, it quickly goes downhill from there and muddles into a boring slow ballad with an obligatory saxophone solo in the middle.
Iceland bring another slow ballad. I really hope that's the luck of the draw and not an indication of what the rest of 1987 will be like. She's got a good voice and a decent dress (good colour at least), but I just really don't like slow ballads.
Ah, thank you, Belgium, a fast song! It's not too bad overall, but I am not sure whether the two dudes with the red guitars in the background are dancers or guitarists. They don't actually seem to play them at all, just lift them up in the air. Decent song overall, but I think it lacked power.
Sweden have a cheerful song with calypso influences, but I am unreasonably distracted by that pink ribbon on the back of the lead singer's head, because I cannot figure out what it's attached to. She looks like she has short hair, so either it's pinned straight to her head, or she has a mullet ponytail. This is the 80s, so the latter cannot be ruled out, but unfortunately I never did find out the answer. The song itself is a bit dull for something trying so hard to be cheerful.
I remember Italy's song very well; it was another big hit across Europe at the time. It's better than I remember it being, but that's because I mainly remember the chorus, and that's the worst part of the song because it's a bit dreary. The verses are okay though.
Portugal starts off very promising, and they've brought not one, but two Portuguese guitars. Unfortunately it goes downhill when the singing starts, because the singers don't measure up to the music. Shame, because I could have liked this.
Spain has a truly dreadful outfit and a pretty dreadful song. If she's the daughter of a famous tenor, then she certainly hasn't inherited his voice.
Turkey are trying way too hard. The long-haired brunette singer, in close up, looks like she's riding a galloping horse, but it turns out she was just running on the spot. They're so busy with their dance routine/cardio exercise that they forget to sing several times. Sorry, but you deserved your nul points.
Greece's song almost starts like You Can't Hurry Love, but it's not as good. It's a nice, fast song, but the way he sings 'Stop! Me!' in the chorus gets on my nerves very quickly.
I was surprised to see that the song for the Netherlands was written by Peter Koelewijn, most famous in the Netherlands for his hit Kom Van Dat Dak Af. If you've heard that, you can see why I'm surprised, because it couldn't be more different. Okay, that song was 1960, so several decades earlier, but still. Anyway, I don't remember this song much, and it's not really my style, but for its style I suppose it's decent. Glad to see it did reasonably well anyway.
Omg, Luxembourg sent Plastic Bertrand of Ça Plane Pour Moi fame? Another hit that dates from more than a decade before this song, and I guess he was a bit of a one hit wonder, because this is very mediocre. He's got a lot of energy though, I'll give him that.
The UK sent a Scotsman this year, and while I like the tartan accent on his coat, his voice has too much of a wobble in it for me. I wouldn't necessarily have minded, but for annoying bits like that the song has to be better than mediocre to compensate, and this isn't better than mediocre.
Omg and the singer for France also has that stupid wobble in her voice. Plus she sings a chanson (of course), so I double don't like it.
Germany bring reggae. The song sounds vaguely familiar, so maybe it became a hit in the Netherlands, I don't know. I'm reasonably fond of reggae, so I rather like this.
Cyprus, however, is another very middle of the road song.
Finland start off with an Eye of the Tiger vibe, but like so many songs before it, a promising start leads to a disappointing chorus. Still, I would say that this deserved better than 15th place.
Denmark is a little bland, nothing special.
The winner is Johnny Logan with Hold Me Now for Ireland. It's a good song, I just don't like it. I'm sure that's no surprise to anyone by now - it's a classic power ballad, so absolutely not my style. It's mainly the chorus I don't like, I find it a little dreary and annoying. The verses are okay, but this is definitely not my winner.
Yugoslavia has another song that sounds vaguely familiar, but I don't know why. Maybe it just sounds like another more famous song. I kinda like this, it's cheerful, and for once the chorus isn't disappointing.
Switzerland also have a cheerful song, but I don't like it as much as Yugoslavia. Don't know why - just one of those things.
The interval act is a slightly cheesy but certainly well-meant video tribute to the EU accompanied by a really good flautist playing Ode to Joy, and then Viktor Lazlo returns with even bigger earrings that look like they're meant to receive the international phone calls directly via satellite transmission, judging by the antennae. I wouldn't wear those out in a thunderstorm, love.
Not a bad year overall, if only for that awesome Israeli song.
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2020.07.13 14:25 rusticgorilla [Lost in the Sauce] A full year spending taxpayer money at Trump properties

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

New Russia bounties details

Trump not only failed to push back against Russia’s continuing escalation in the middle east, the president also pushed the CIA to share intelligence with the Kremlin despite no discernible reward.
Why would the Russian government think it could get away with paying bounties to the Taliban to kill American soldiers? One answer to that question may be the extraordinary response that Moscow received when the Trump administration learned of a precursor to the bounty operation. From mid-2017 and into 2018, Pentagon officials became increasingly confident in intelligence reports that the Kremlin was arming the Taliban, which posed a significant threat to American and coalition forces on the ground in Afghanistan.
...First, President Trump decided not to confront Putin about supplying arms to the terrorist group. Second, during the very times in which U.S. military officials publicly raised concerns about the program’s threat to U.S. forces, Trump undercut them. He embraced Putin, overtly and repeatedly, including at the historic summit in Helsinki. Third, behind the scenes, Trump directed the CIA to share intelligence information on counterterrorism with the Kremlin despite no discernible reward, former intelligence officials who served in the Trump administration told Just Security.
According to Marc Polymeropoulos, who until July 2019 oversaw clandestine operations in Europe and Eurasia, the White House instructed a skeptical intelligence community to share counterterrorism intelligence with Russia:
“The U.S. got absolutely nothing in return. There was a lot of focus on this from the White House and it came to naught...There was disdain for doing this [with] the Russians, but policymakers wanted this. There was never a single U.S. life saved in the provision of Russian information. Nothing of value was ever given.” (DB)
Secretary of Defense Mark Esper confirmed Thursday that he had been briefed on information regarding Russian payments to the Taliban, seemingly acknowledging that Russia's support for the militant group in Afghanistan is not a "hoax," as President Donald Trump has claimed.
Further reading:
  • Senate Democrats sent a letter demanding copies of past Presidential Daily Briefs, particularly from February when Trump was informed of the Russian bounties.
  • The Trump Administration has opened an internal investigation to try to uncover who leaked the Russian bounty story to the press. The administration believes it has narrowed down the universe of suspects to fewer than 10 people. Chief of Staff Mark Meadows reportedly set “a trap in an attempt to catch any leakers.
  • Beth Sanner, a senior official at the Office of the Director of National Intelligence who also serves as Trump’s primary intelligence briefer, spoke about her experience delivering intelligence to Trump. The White House blames Sanner for allegedly never “orally” briefing Trump on the bounties.

Trump’s finances

Trump’s annual financial disclosure report was due to be released more than a week ago, but the White House says it needs more time - despite already receiving a 45-day extension. "The President has a complicated report and he's been focused on addressing the coronavirus crisis and other matters," a White House official said.
The main takeaways: Last week, the Supreme Court issued opinions in cases involving Trump’s finances: The court rejected the president’s assertion that he is immune from the law’s requirements, ruling that he could not block subpoenas from Congress and grand juries. However, the justices allowed Trump to draw out the process even longer - particularly Congress’s subpoenas.
In the first, Trump v. Vance, the court dismissed this claim as it pertains to criminal investigation. As Roberts wrote, “no citizen, not even the President, is categorically above the common duty to produce evidence when called upon in a criminal proceeding.”
So the financial records sought by the Manhattan district attorney must be turned over. However, since they are being given to a grand jury, they’ll be kept secret for the foreseeable future.
In the second case, Trump v. Mazars, the court didn’t agree with Trump’s sweeping claims that Congress has no right to subpoena his financial records, but it punted the case back down to lower courts for further consideration of the separation of powers issues at play. (WaPo)
Vance case already moving forward, quickly. U.S. District Judge Victor Marrero is taking back control of the case, setting a July 16 hearing date. “The order came sooner than expected and seemed to signal that the judge would move swiftly to try to resolve the matter,” (NYT).
  • Earlier in the legal process, Judge Marrero ruled against Trump’s attempt to shield his finances from Vance, calling the president’s argument that he was immune from criminal investigation “repugnant to the nation’s governmental structure and constitutional values.”
  • “This a major blow to Trump’s vision of a monarchical presidency,” Jens David Ohlin, vice dean of Cornell Law School, said about the SCOTUS opinion. “The standard for a prosecutor is very broad, so I expect it to be able to basically go forward,” said Mimi Rocah, a former federal prosecutor for the Southern District of New York.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit temporarily halted an emoluments lawsuit targeting Trump’s business dealings at his D.C. hotel. The subpoenas, issued by the attorneys general of Maryland and the District, are on hold while Trump asks the Supreme Court to review the case.
In the other emoluments lawsuit, over 200 Democratic members of Congress formally petitioned the Supreme Court last week to hear the case. The DC Circuit previously dismissed the case, finding that individual members of Congress do not have legal grounds to enforce the foreign emoluments clause.
Further reading:
  • Manhattan DA Vance Appeals Ruling In Bid To Revive State-Level Prosecution Of Paul Manafort. A New York state grand jury indicted Manafort on mortgage fraud charges in March 2019, but a judge threw out Vance’s prosecution for violating protections against double jeopardy.
  • Deutsche Bank Settles Over Ignored Red Flags on Jeffrey Epstein. “Despite knowing Mr. Epstein’s terrible criminal history, the bank inexcusably failed to detect or prevent millions of dollars of suspicious transactions,” the New York Department of Financial Services said. Deutsche Bank seemed to ignore similar red-flags with Trump. Congress’s subpoena includes the bank’s records related to the president and his businesses.
  • Video compilation of Trump obfuscating about his tax returns.

Is this justice?

Trump commuted the sentence of Roger Stone, his 36th pardon/commutation. This is a record low number, by far, for the modern presidency. However, an unusually high number of these (31 out of 36) were based on a personal or political connection. Additionally, Trump has almost entirely bypassed the DOJ’s pardon attorney who is supposed to vet and recommend pardons.
  • Trump confidant Roger Stone leaped over thousands of inmates seeking clemency: Roughly 13,500 inmates who have sought clemency are in limbo, according to the Justice Department’s website.
Here’s a look at the crimes for which the law-and-order president has opted to unilaterally circumvent justice:
  • Lying about contacts involving a man, Julian Assange, who served as a conduit for Russia’s interference in the 2016 U.S. election and who is currently under indictment (Stone)
  • Three war crimes, including two murders (Clint Lorance)
  • Murder (Michael Behenna)
  • Alleged murder (Mathew Golsteyn)
  • Arson that burned 139 acres of federal land (Steven and Dwight Hammond)
  • Corruptly trying to sell a U.S. Senate seat for personal gain (Blagojevich)
  • Using his high profile after the 9/11 attacks to commit tax fraud (Kerik)
  • Refusing a judge’s order to stop detaining people suspected of being undocumented immigrants (Arpaio)
Robert Mueller published a defense of the charges against Roger Stone. "We made every decision in Stone’s case, as in all our cases, based solely on the facts and the law and in accordance with the rule of law. The women and men who conducted these investigations and prosecutions acted with the highest integrity. Claims to the contrary are false,” Mueller wrote.
More from Mueller: “A jury later determined [Stone] lied repeatedly to members of Congress. He lied about the identity of his intermediary to WikiLeaks. He lied about the existence of written communications with his intermediary. He lied by denying he had communicated with the Trump campaign about the timing of WikiLeaks’ releases. He in fact updated senior campaign officials repeatedly about WikiLeaks. And he tampered with a witness, imploring him to stonewall Congress.”
Michael Cohen was taken back to federal prison, allegedly for writing a tell-all book against the administration’s wishes. Cohen’s lawyers say he initially raised objections to signing a home confinement contract that required him to promise he wouldn’t speak to any journalists, use social media, or publish a tell-all book about Trump for the duration of his sentence. Then, when the U.S. Marshals arrived to arrest Cohen, he agreed to sign to avoid jail, “but the Marshals said it was out of their hands.”
David C. Fathi, director of the ACLU’s National Prison Project: “I have never heard of such a spectacularly overbroad restriction on speech as a condition of probation or supervised release.”
Robert Corn-Revere, Partner, Davis Wright Tremaine LLP: “The release conditions that seek to impose a gag order on Michael Cohen are an obvious violation of his First Amendment rights. There is no conceivable legitimate basis in American law for forcing someone to choose between his freedom and silence.” (Just Security)
More to read:
  • The DC Circuit US Court of Appeals stayed its decision ordering Judge Emmet Sullivan to end former Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn's criminal case while the entire en banc panel of appellate judges considers the issues.
  • U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman testified before the House Judiciary Cmte. last week, telling the panel that Barr tried to pressure him into resigning and implying that Barr lied in an official DOJ statement to the public. “I was not going to resign so that [Barr] could disregard normal procedure and appoint someone from outside the Southern District as acting head instead of our Deputy U.S. Attorney… The Attorney General said that if I did not resign from my position I would be fired. He added that getting fired from my job would not be good for my resume or future job prospects. I told him that while I did not want to get fired, I would not resign.”
  • Senate Finance Committee Chair and Judiciary Committee member Chuck Grassley took to Twitter last week to pressure John Durham to prosecute Trump’s political opponents before the election. See also: “The Durham Investigation: What We Know and What It Means,” Lawfare.
  • AG Barr moved EDNY prosecutor Richard Donoghue to main Justice and installed top DOJ official Seth DuCharme at EDNY. CNN previously reported that both officials “are said to be favorites of the attorney general.”

Other court cases

Paul Erickson, the former boyfriend of Russian agent Maria Butina, was sentenced to seven years in prison for wire fraud and money laundering as part of fraudulent investment schemes he operated for many years.
UPDATE TO THE FOLLOWING: A federal judge has blocked today's execution, allowing time for further legal claims to play out in court.
A federal appeals court ruled Sunday that the first federal execution in nearly two decades may proceed as scheduled on Monday. The family of the victims asked the courts to put the execution on hold due to concern about the pandemic. Staff members involved in preparations for the executions tested positive for the coronavirus on Saturday.
  • Related: Late last month, SCOTUS declined to hear a challenge to the federal death penalty method, allowing the executions of four men scheduled in the coming weeks to go forward.
  • Related: The series of executions the Trump administration has planned this month "will mark the culmination of a three-year campaign to line up a secret supply chain to make and test lethal injection drugs.” Human Rights Watch: “The Trump administration has been so determined to resume federal executions that it built a secret supply chain for the lethal drugs so that participating companies wouldn't face public pressure to have nothing to do with this barbarity.”
A federal judge on Friday blocked a new federal regulation that would have required insurers on the Obamacare exchanges that cover abortions to issue separate bills for that coverage. The decision marks a setback in the Trump administration's long-standing efforts to limit abortion access through federal programs.

Trump campaign & properties

Trump has officially spent more than a year at his properties during his time in office. Yesterday, July 12, was his 369th visit to a property he owns and his 277th time at one of his golf clubs.
The Trump Organization is planning a major expansion of its flagship international property in Scotland, commissioning a detailed masterplan to develop as many as 225 properties, as well as leisure facilities and shops.
The Trump Organization is also planning a major expansion in Middle Eastern countries and China after Trump leaves office. The development of these plans while Trump is still in office highlights the massive conflict of interest created by his refusal to completely divest of his assets.
Trump postponed his re-election rally in New Hampshire, citing “safety concerns” over a tropical storm barreling toward the Northeast. However, the forecast did not line up and campaign insiders said the campaign feared low turnout would infuriate Trump.
More to read:
  • The Trump campaign may display statues at future events, though it is not clear who the statues would depict. Sources say one idea was for “America’s Founding Fathers."
  • Five years after claiming he didn’t want rich donors’ money because he would not be beholden to anybody, the president’s official PAC has collected $75.3 million from 90 six-figure donors. The RNC has likewise collected a total of $130.4 million from 555 six-figure donors.
  • Eight lobbyists who are now working to help Trump get re-elected — either in paid or unpaid capacities — have been paid nearly a combined $120 million lobbying the government since Trump was elected in 2017.
  • NBC News and CNN summarized Mary Trump’s book.

Immigration news

During the pandemic the Trump administration has: (1) Effectively blocked asylum at the border and turned away minors fleeing to the U.S.; (2) Blocked certain people from obtaining green cards; (3) Blocked foreign workers from entering the U.S.; (4) Told international students to go home or transfer if their school holds their classes online.
How ICE Helped Spread the Coronavirus. Unsafe conditions and scattershot testing helped turn ICE into a domestic and global spreader of the virus. Pressure from the Trump administration led countries to take in sick deportees.
The Trump administration is turning legal immigrants into undocumented ones. Without telling Congress, the administration has scaled back the printing of documents it has already promised to immigrants — including green cards.
More to read:
  • “Harvard and M.I.T. Sue to Stop Trump Visa Rules for Foreign Students,” NYT. “California sues Trump administration over policy restricting international students at state colleges,” LA Times.
  • “Trump Says Upcoming Immigration Measure Will Include DACA,” NPR. “Business Leaders Urge Trump to Leave DACA Alone After Court Ruling,” NYT.
  • Katie Miller, press secretary for Mike Pence (and wife of Stephen Miller), quoted in Jacob Soboroff's new book: "DHS sent me to the border to see the separations for myself -- to try to make me more compassionate -- but it didn't work."

Appointees and purges

Trump’s new global media chief intends to kick international journalists out of Voice of America. After firing the top editors of four outlets, including Radio Free Europe, Michael Pack is now refusing to renew the visas of foreign-born journalists who are vital to its mission of producing news reports in 47 languages.
WaPo: A failure to renew the visas and contracts would devastate VOA’s ability to deliver news to foreign audiences, including in authoritarian states where many people depend on U.S. broadcasting for uncensored information… Mr. Pack and his chief supporter, former Trump adviser Stephen K. Bannon, have vowed to purge U.S. broadcasters of what they regard as “deep state” elements.
Commerce Dept. IG releases “Sharpiegate” report: Political pressure from the White House and a series of “crazy in the middle of the night” texts, emails and phone calls caused top federal weather officials to wrongly admonish a weather office for a tweet that contradicted Trump about Hurricane Dorian in 2019.
Everything started with an email from acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney to Commerce Secretary Ross. Mulvaney explained that Trump tweeted based on the latest info they had seen and did not understand why the Birmingham office would tweet a correction. “As it currently stands,” Mulvaney wrote, “it appears as if the [National Weather Service] intentionally contradicted the president. And we need to know why. He wants either a correction or an explanation or both.”
Russell Travers, former head of the U.S. government’s hub for analysis of counterterrorism intelligence, was fired in March after going to the intelligence community IG with concerns about the administration. Days after Travers told Ric Grennell, then Director of National Intelligence, that he had gone to the IG, Grenell fired him. Weeks later, Trump fired the IG, Michael Atkinson.
Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, a key witness in Trump's impeachment inquiry, is retiring from the US Army after more than 21 years of military service. Vindman has endured a "campaign of bullying, intimidation, and retaliation" spearheaded by the President. He was up for a promotion, which was opposed by Trump. Senior Trump officials told the Defense and Army Secretaries to dig for misconduct that would justify blocking Vindman's promotion. They couldn't find anything, sources said.

Other stories

News that didn’t fit in the previous sections…
Last week, three major oil and gas pipelines were stymied—two by court decisions and one by economic pressures. A federal judge ruled that the Dakota Access pipeline — which Trump approved within a month of taking office — must be shut down by Aug. 5, saying federal officials failed to carry out a complete analysis of its environmental impacts.
Government watchdog revealed that NOAA is refusing to act on findings by its own scientists to protect the critically endangered right whale. Internal emails show the agency “only want[ing] to share good news” about right whales, in order to downplay the effects of fisheries on the species. There are roughly 400 North Atlantic right whales remaining. Where cause of death is known, 100% of right whale mortality is from ship strikes or entanglements in fishing gear.
Elaine Duke, a lifelong Republican who was acting secretary of homeland security in 2017, says that President Trump brought up the idea of selling Puerto Rico in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, in an NYT interview.
Trump’s Consumer Watchdog just allowed payday lenders to give loans to people who can’t afford them. The CFPB rule undoes an Obama-era requirement that payday lenders must first assess whether someone taking out a loan can actually afford to repay it.
The military’s top officer on Thursday described Confederate leaders as traitors and said he is taking a “hard look” at renaming 10 Army installations that honor them, despite President Trump’s opposition to any changes.
The Wisconsin supreme court gave state Republicans a significant victory on Thursday, upholding a suite of laws passed during a lame-duck session in 2018 designed to curb the power of incoming Democratic officials.
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2020.07.05 20:18 LearningIsListening A not-so-brief rundown of letters D-F in Jeffrey Epstein's 'Little Black Book'

Below is a rundown of letters D-F of Epstein's contacts. Last year, I wrote about letters A-C. You can check that out here (https://www.reddit.com/conspiracy/comments/cpis3n/a_brief_rundown_of_the_first_ten_pages_of_jeffrey/). There are some misspelled names. Epstein entered their names like this.
I have bolded some of the more interesting connections and information, but there could be much more that I overlooked. I hope something here strikes an interest in someone and maybe we can get more investigations out of this. Please, if you know anything more about any of these people than what is presented here, post below. I am working off of the unredacted black book found here: https://www.coreysdigs.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/Jeffrey-Epsteins-Little-Black-Book-unredacted.pdf
D-F
d’abo, Henri & Tatiana: John Henry Erland d’Abo is the grandson of the 9th Duke of Rutland (more info on what these titles all mean can be found here: https://www.debretts.com/expertise/essential-guide-to-the-peerage/what-is-the-peerage/). Tatjana is his wife. Henry is the chairman of Wilton Payments Ltd, a private company that helps with financial intermediation. He and Christopher O’Neill are the primary shareholders of the company. O’Neill is Tatjana’s half-brother, a British-American financier, and husband to Princess Madeleine, Duchess of Hälsingland and Gästrikland, a daughter of King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden.
d’abo, Mrs. Jennifer: British entrepreneur who passed away in 2003. d’Abo was once married to Peter Cadbury from the family of the famous chocolate company. Peter did not work for the company, but he and Jennifer d’Abo had a son together. Their son, Joel Cadbury, became owner of the Groucho Club, a watering hole often frequented by famous people. Three years after Cadbury sold the club, their website became the center of a child pornography scandal (link to story: https://www.sott.net/article/242698-Groucho-Clubs-website-forum-hit-by-child-pornography-scandal)
D’Alessie, Carman: This name turned up no results, however, we can safely assume that this is actually Carmen D’Alessio, the international nightlife guru who helped spawn Studio 54 and other famous clubs. She is a party legend with countless celebrity ties.
d’Arenberg, Prince Pierre: Family lineage can be traced back 1000 years. European royalty. Extremely wealthy not because of his ties to nobility, but because his mother, Margaret Bedford, was an heiress to Standard Oil (Exxon).
d’Uzes, Jacques De crussol: The 17th Duke of Uzes. Not much else found on him. Margaret Bedford married into his family shortly after her divorce with Prince Charles Auguste Armand d’Arenberg, father of Prince Pierre d’Arenberg.
Dabbagh, Amr A.: A wealthy businessman/investor from Saudi Arabia. Dabbagh recently faced corruption charges but settled with the Saudi Arabian government. Has ties all around the world, as he is a member of and/or serves/served on the boards of the World Economic Forum, London Business School, Cleveland Clinic, Jeddah Economic Forum, Harvard Institute for Social and Economic Policy in the Middle East, etc.
Dahl, Sophie: ‘90s-’00s model-turned-author and maternal granddaughter of famous author Roald Dahl (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Matilda, James and the Giant Peach, etc.) Dahl has been seen in photos with Ghislaine Maxwell.
Darrin, Drake: Not much information found. Darrin runs an investment group out of Greenwich, Connecticut. Lived about a mile away from Epstein in NYC.
Dartmouth, William: The 10th Earl of Dartmouth. Member of the European Parliament from 2009-2019. Became a stepbrother of Princess Diana when his mother embarked on a 2nd marriage with Diana’s father, John Spencer.
Davies, Jeff: Most likely refers to the current CFO for Legal & General Group. Davies was once a senior partner at Ernst & Young.
Davies, David & Linda: Sir David Davies is a wealthy banker and businessman with deep connections. A family friend introduced him to David Rockefeller back in the ‘60s, which helped him get his start. Linda, daughter of a Chinese-Malaysian tycoon, is his second wife. They were married for over 20 years but are now divorced.
Davis, Michael: A current partner at N3 Media, Davis has had many jobs. He started out working at CAA, one of the top agencies in the world. Check out this list of celebrities and athletes that they represent (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Creative_Artists_Agency_clients). Davis then went on to produce movies and TV shows before transitioning to digital media.
Day, Nick and Heather: Not much to be found on these two. There are several articles that speak of their ranch in Kenya. Apparently, it is a fairly popular spot where people stay to get some rest and solitude.
de Andrade, Marcelo: An international banker (not the serial killer) who lives within one mile of Epstein’s mansion in NYC. de Andrade was married to Lisa Bjornson, a successful banker and higher-up at J.P. Morgan Securities back in the ‘90s.
de Baecque, Patrick: de Baecque has his hands in online news media (lefigaro.fr) in France. de Baecque was named Director of Sales and Operations at Dolead in 2017. Dolead is a company that is involved with online marketing.
de Cabrol, Milly: A high-end interior designer based out of NYC.
De Cadenet, Alen: Alain de Cadenet is one of Epstein’s many Formula One contacts. Someone here probably knows more about de Cadenet, but he used to be a racecar driver and now works for ESPN and the Speed Channel as a host.
de Clermont-Tonnerre, Hermine: A French princess who used to have a penchant for partying. The only daughter of Charles Henri, 11th Duke of Clermont-Tonnerre, Hermine was one of 500 guests invited to Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother’s 100th birthday back in 2000. Hermine got in a motorcycle crash a month ago that put her in a coma.
De Georgiou, Anouska: A former British Playboy model who claims that Epstein groomed and raped her as a teenager when she met him in the 1990s. Her experience with Epstein is detailed in this article (https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/9974171/anouska-de-georgiou-jeffrey-epstein-rape-claims-nbc-playboy/). She speaks about how Epstein was able to lure her into the life as a young girl.
De Soto, Fernando: Very difficult to pinpoint. Best guess is that this is the Head of Real Estate at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in Madrid, Spain. I could be wrong, but this is the one that made the most sense.
Dedieu, Jean & Paulette: Nothing found.
Del Bono, Luca: Co-founder of Quintessentially Group, a hospitality group that specializes in leisure, travel, and tourism.
Dell, Adam: Brother of Michael Dell (Founder of Dell Technologies and 27th ranked richest person in the world in Forbes’s BS rankings that discount the elite families). Adam is a venture capitalist who has a baby with Padma Lakshmi.
Deluca Dina & Fouard Chartuuni: Fouad Chartouni is the president of Kensico Properties, a real-estate holding company in New York. Chartouni and his brother own the Lowell Hotel in New York. The Lowell is a high-end 5 star hotel that caters largely to film executives, fashion design CEOs, publishing CEOs, and financial CEOs. Madonna lived there for nearly a year after breaking up with Sean Penn. Dina Deluca is Chartouni’s wife. She used to work as an assistant in film and television, but now focuses on her DDC28 brand of bath and beauty products.
Derby Earl / Cntess Cass & Ted: Edward Stanley (known informally as Teddy) is the 19th Earl of Derby. Caroline Stanley is Ted’s wife. She was a socialite during the ‘90s and is the daughter of Robin Neville, the 10th Baron Braybrooke.
Derby, Ros & Jonathan: No info found.
Di Vita, Charlotte: Best known for her handcrafted teapots, di Vita started off as a volunteer who helped raise funds to help poor people, most notably in Kenya, Thailand, and Brazil. She helped locals grow food and even helped build 3 schools (37 teachers, 1100 students) through a charity, Trade plus Aid, in Bawku, Ghana, in 1995.
Dickenson, Debbie: Supermodel and actress. Sister of the more famous Janice Dickinson.
Dickinson, Janice: One of the most successful models of the ‘70s and ‘80s, Dickinson has been occasionally labeled as the first ever supermodel. Opened her own modeling agency in 2005. Ironically, she accused Bill Cosby of raping her back in 1982 and wrote about it in her memoir. When called to the stand during Cosby’s trial, Cosby’s lawyer pointed out the differences between Dickinson’s testimony and her account of the incident in her memoir. Dickinson said that her accusations of Cosby raping her while under oath were the absolute truth, while she took “poetic license” with some of the details in her memoir.
Dietrich Marc Antoine and Cath: Baron Marc-Antoine de Dietrich is a businessman. He resigned as director of Vossloh Cogifer in 2011.
Dietrich, Paul & Laura: Paul is Chief Investment Officer of Fairfax Global Markets LLC. They manage investments for private investors, retirement funds, and private institutions.
Dimbelby, Johnathan: Jonathan Dimbleby is a famous British reporter, political radio and television show host, and author.
Diniz, Pedro: Former Formula One driver and businessman. Now runs a large scale organic farm in Brazil.
Dixon, Alexandra: No info found.
Djerassi, Dale: Film producer and private investor who was married to Ghislaine Maxwell’s sister, Isabel, from 1984-1989.
Dolbey, Alex & Suzie: Suzie Dolbey (nee Murray-Philipson) is the daughter of the recently deceased Robin Murray-Philipson, who was the descendant of the Viscounts Elibank. Alex Dolbey has been the director of several management and investment companies.
Donne, Alegra: Couldn’t find much except a bunch of pictures of her hobnobbing at fancy parties. Actual name is Maria Allegra Donn.
Dori: Dori Cooperman is a socialite blogger who is friends with Alex von Furstenberg, Lindsay Lohan, Paris Hilton, among others. Daughter of Edwin Cooperman, former Chairman of Travelers Bank Group. Used to work for the famous publicist, Lizzie Grubman, who has represented Jay-Z, Britney Spears, and the Backstreet Boys. Cooperman is known for getting into trouble due to issues with drugs and alcohol.
Dorrit: Dorrit Moussaieff is an Israeli jewellery designer, editor, and businesswoman who married into royalty. Dorrit was the First Lady of Iceland from 2003-2016 after marrying President Olafur Ragnar Grimsson in 2000. Although Moussaieff claims that Epstein only had her phone number because they “lived on the same street in London sometime between 1978 and 1983,” the Daily Mail published a picture of her and her husband, President Olafur Ragnar Grimsson, with Ghislaine Maxwell.
Doss, David & Christy Prunier: David Doss has worked as producer and/or executive producer on NBC Nightly News with Tom Brokaw, NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt, Oprah in Africa, Primetime (with Diane Sawyer), Anderson Cooper 360, and Live PD. Doss now serves as senior VP of news programming for Al Jazeera America. Christy Prunier is a former Hollywood exec and founder of the Willa brand of beauty products.
Douglas, Diandra: Actor Michael Douglas’s first wife.
Dr. Eli Wiesel: Most likely Elie Wiesel, the famous Holocaust survivor and Jewish author of Night**. Wiesel was accused of sexual assault in 2017 (source:** https://www.newsweek.com/elie-wiesel-me-too-account-690891)
Drax, Jeremy: Founder of Parham Holdings, a London property operation.
Dreesmann, Bernard: Executive Chairman of Morleys department stores in London.
Driver, Minnie: Famous movie and television actress.
Dubb, Anthony V.: Dub is an investment banker and founder of Indigo Capital, LLC.
Dubbens, Peter: Peter Dubens is a British Internet entrepreneur and investor. Founder of Oakley Capital.
Dubin, Glen: Glenn Dubin is a billionaire hedge fund manager. There is a great article detailing Dubin and his wife’s relationship with Epstein here: https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2019/09/glenn-dubin-epstein-questions). Summary of the article: Dubin was the first one accused by Epstein victim Virginia Giuffre. Rinaldo Rizzo, Dubin’s chef, testified that sexual activities occurred between Dubin and a 15-year-old girl, which led to him and his wife quitting as personal chefs of the Dubins. Dubin’s wife, Dr. Eva Andersson-Dubin, dated Epstein for a long time before she married Dubin. The couple was so close with Epstein that even after Epstein was convicted in 2008 and officially a registered sex offender, they invited him to Thanksgiving dinner and wrote a letter to his probation officer that they trusted him around their children, who were all minors at the time. Multiple sources say Epstein was actually their children’s Godfather, but a spokesman for the couple denies it. Glen Dubin and Epstein helped each other with their business ties, as well. Dubin also had other ties with Epstein (personal friends with Les Wexner and others). Dubin and his wife are definitely major players in the Epstein saga.
Dubin, Louis & Tiffany: Louis Dubin is a real estate developer specializing in upper-middle class condominiums. Has sold luxury condominiums to the likes of Charles Bronfman, who has ties to the Clintons, Wexner, and whose family were in the NXIUM cult. Tiffany Dubin is the stepdaughter of the now deceased billionaire, A. Alfred Taubman, the owner of Sotheby’s, a famous auction house in NYC that often hosts parties for the rich and famous.
Dubin, Peter: Epstein is/was a moron. This is the same Peter Dubens listed just above.
Duchess of York: Former wife of Prince Andrew. Mother of Princess Beatrice and Eugenie. God knows the stories she could tell. Rumor has it her toes still look like prunes to this day.
Ducrey-Giordano, Francisco: Likely the owner of General Vegetables out of Italy. No further info found.
Duesing, Paul: An interior architectural designer who has worked on luxury and personal resorts all around the world. Duesing claims Epstein tried to hire him to work on Epstein’s home on Epstein’s private island back in 2002, but Duesing declined because he didn’t like Epstein. Says he doesn’t even know how Epstein got his number in the first place. Perhaps it was Duesing’s ties with the royal family. He tells stories of getting the Queen Mother drunk, being close with Lord and Lady Lloyd, working on the home of Mohamed Al-Fayed, father of Dodi, Princess Diana’s boyfriend who died in the car crash with her.
Duke of York: Prince Andrew, the toe-sucking pedophile (allegedly), himself. Photographed with victims, Epstein, and Maxwell many times over. His reputation has been completely crushed.
Dunbar Johnson Miranda & Steph: Stephen Dunbar-Johnson is the president, International of the New York Times Company. He oversees the strategic development of the Times Company’s international businesses. He also spent 12 years working at The Financial Times. Miranda Dunbar-Johnson is Stephen’s wife. She serves on The Paris Committee, which “plays a crucial role in increasing Human Rights Watch’s visibility in France.” David de Rothschild is on the honorary committee.
Dunne, Griffin: An actor, producer, and director best known for his role as Jack in An American Werewolf in London (1981).
Dunne, Philip & Dominice: Philip Dunne is a Conservative Party politician who has been a Member of Parliament since 2005. Domenica is his wife.
Duong, Anh: An artist, actress, and model best known for her self-portraits and her portraits of art collectors and influencers. As a model, Duong has worked for Dolce & Gabbana, Christian Dior, Donna Karan, Karl Lagerfield, Moschino, Yohji Yamamoto, and others.
Durso Luigi: Luigi d’Urso was a noble and Italian railroad executive who died in 2006. His grandfather was the 9th Duke di Cassano. His mother was the great-granddaughter of George Clymer, one of the founding fathers of the U.S. and signee of both the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution. d’Urso was also married to French designer and model Ines de la Fressange.
Duthie, John & Charlotte: John is primarily a television director based out of London. Duthie also won some poker tournaments against some of the world’s best players in the early 2000s. His wife, Charlotte played a big role in Sir James Goldsmith’s political career as a member of the Referendum Party back in 1997. Goldsmith received 3.5% of the vote in Putney, a constituency located in London.
Dzhabrailou, Umar: Umar Dzhabrailov is a Russian politician and advisor to Sergei Prikhodko, the current First Deputy Head of the Russian Government Office and Deputy Prime Minister of Russia in Dmitry Medvedev’s Cabinet. Dzhabrailov was rumored to be romantically linked to Naomi Campbell, supermodel and one of the main suspects in Epstein’s underage sex scandal, in the early 2000s. Dzhabrailov, a supremely wealthy businessman, ran for president in 2000, garnering 0.1% of the vote as an Independent. Dzhabrailov was a partner in Russia’s Radisson Hotel along with American entrepreneur Paul Tatum. After their falling out in 1996, Tatum was shot and killed. Some think Dzhabrailov was responsible while others think he was set up.
Ecclestone, Bernie: A billionaire British business magnate and former chief executive of Formula One Group. Ecclestone has faced some minimal controversies for tax evasion, bribery, and saying that Hitler was a man who was “able to get things done.” Disgustingly enough, Ecclestone, at the age of 89, became a father to his first son, Ace, on July 1, 2020.
Eckon, Paul: Paul Ekon is an international investor and venture capitalist who allegedly fled South Africa in the mid-90s because he was being investigated for links to a gold-smuggling syndicate. Has strong ties to South Africa, including being a personal friend of former president, Thabo Mbeki.
Edsel, Lucinda: No info found.
Edwards, Andrew & Tracy: Unsure. There was an Andrew Edwards and Tracy Edwards on linkedin who have a background in finance, but it is not conclusive whether or not they are the ones listed here or if they are even married. There is also a Tracy Edwards who is a former British sailor who used to work as a Project Manager for Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP) and now teaches children of Internet safety and online reputation. This would be a far more interesting connection, but I cannot find anyone by the name of Andrew with a relevant relationship to her.
Ellan, Johnathan: No info found. Given his email, likely an employee of Starwood Capital Group, a private investment firm that is widely known for their luxury hotels. Starwood also specializes in real estate and energy.
Elias, Brian: A Miami Beach attorney.
Eliasch, Johan & Amanda: Johan is a Swedish billionaire businessman whose company, Gethal, was fined for alleged deforestation of the Amazon in 2008. The charges were dropped. Amanda is his ex-wife.
Elingworth, Charlie & Amanda: Charles Ellingworth is an author, businessman, and director of several real estate companies, most notably Cadogan Group, which owns most of the property in Chelsea, an affluent area in Central London.
Elizabeth: Not enough info.
Ellenbogen, Eric: An entertainment exec of Classic Media (a subsidiary of Dreamworks) and former CEO of Marvel Enterprises.
Ellingworth, Mr. & Mrs.: Charlie and Amanda listed just above.
Elliot, Ben: Current Co-Chairman of the Conservative Party in the UK and nephew of Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall (Prince Charles’s current wife). Elliot is also co-founder of Quintessentially Group, a hospitality group that specializes in leisure, travel, and tourism. Epstein has several ties to this group. Elliot’s spokesman has said that Elliot never met Epstein. However, Elliot has been a dinner guest of Ghislaine Maxwell in New York.
Elliott, Gail & Joe Coffey: Gail Elliott is an English fashion designer and former model. Joe Coffey is her husband and co-owner of their fashion brand, Little Joe Woman.
Ellison, Mandy & Ralph: Ralph Ellison is a pharmaceutical executive and investor. He was CEO of DOR BioPharma Inc., now known as Soligenix Inc. a company focused on treating rare diseases. Soligenix came under scrutiny two years ago when they were accused of ripping off stockholders.
Elwes, Anabel: Not much information to be found on Annabel Elwes, although it is clear that she runs in elite circles. Back in 1997, Elwes organized the Hong Kong handover party in order to aid the Hong Kong Cancer Fund. Guests included Anthony de Rothschild (eldest son of Evelyn de Rothschild); James Hewitt (former cavalry officer who revealed that he had an affair with Princess Diana while she was with Prince Charles. Possibly the biological father of Prince Harry, if rumors are to be believed); actress Isla Fisher of Wedding Crashers fame; socialite Tamara Beckwith; and Bassam Debs (listed in the Panama Papers).
Epstein, Ed: An investigative journalist and friend of Epstein. Denies any knowledge of Epstein’s penchant for underage girls.
Erba Noona: Noona Smith-Petersen is a public relations executive who has worked for Giorgio Armani, Valentino, Calvin Klein, and Tod’s. She now owns her own PR firm. Noona is married to Enrico Erba, who is a client manager for Giorgio Armani.
Espirito, Santo, Manuel and Ros: Manuel Espirito Santo is likely an heiemployee of the Portuguese banking cartel, Espirito Santo, which received a major bailout in 2014.
Estlin, Jean-Marc: Jean-Marc Etlin is a banker and current partner in CVC Capital Partners, one of the world’s largest private equity and investment advisory firms.
Estrada, Juffali, Christina: Christina Estrada is a former Pirelli Calendar model and ex-wife (2001-2014) of Saudi billionaire heir and businessman, Walid Juffali. She received a £75 million settlement after their divorce.
Evans, Chris: Not the Captain America Chris Evans, but the UK television host and radio DJ. Evans has been rumored to often “flash” people at work (source: https://www.insider.com/police-build-case-on-chris-evans-sexual-assault-claim-2016-7). The BBC has also refused to investigate claims from an ex-Top Gear presenter that Evans “grabbed her breasts and touched himself.” When Evans was 35, he married 18-year-old pop star Billie Piper. They eventually separated and divorced years later.
Eveheart, Angie: Angie Everheart was one of the most well-known models of the 1990s. She has accused Harvey Weinstein of masturbating in front of her.
Faber, David: Due to the London area phone number listed, this is likely the former Conservative member of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. His maternal grandfather, Harold Macmillan, was Prime Minister of the UK from 1957-1963. As of 2010, Faber was to become head of Summer Fields, his former prep school. Summer Fields, an exclusive all-boys prep school, has come under scrutiny in the past. Tom Parker Bowles, son of Camilla Duchess of Cornwall (Prince Charles’s wife), has claimed that Summer Fields was “a hotbed of the sorts of things that are coming out now,” according to this article (https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2812235/Tom-Parker-Bowles-former-headmaster-dismisses-food-writer-s-claims-old-primary-school-hotbed-impropriety-complete-rubbish.html) from the Daily Mail published in 2014. Parker Bowles went on to claim that one master would join naked boys in the shower.
Faber, Sally & Brook Johnson: Charles “Brook” Johnson is a millionaire UK businessman and polo player. His wife, Sally Faber was a weather girl in the 1980s and former wife of former David Faber (listed above). They live next door to Prince Charles in Highgrove.
Faibairn, Charlotte: Charlotte Fairbairn is an author who has worked in the arts, politics, and journalism. Most importantly, she is the eldest daughter of Sir Nicholas Fairbairn (1933-1995), a Scottish politician and former legal adviser to Margaret Thatcher, who was posthumously accused of child molestation and sexual assault against an adult female. Sir Nicholas’s name was allegedly on a list of VIPs who attended parties at an underage boys brothel in the 1980s with Cyril Smith, another British government official and alleged serial sex offender. More info can be found on both here: https://www.scotsman.com/news/politics/sir-nicholas-fairbairn-child-abuse-scandal-link-1531718 and here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cyril_Smith
Fairfax, The Hon Rupert: Hon. Rupert Alexander James Fairfax is the son of Thomas Brian McElvie Fairfax, 13th Lord of Fairfax of Cameron. Rupert is currently Managing Director of Fairfax Saddles, which was awarded the Queen’s Award for Innovation in 2018. This is the highest business award in the UK.
Fairweather, Natasha: A well-known literary agent who was the literary editor of The Moscow Times and writereviewer for the London Times and The Economist.
Fairweather, Ms. Catherine: Former travel editor at Harper’s Bazaar and Porter. Married to photojournalist Don McCullin. McCullin co-wrote The Palestinians with Jonathan Dimbleby, another Epstein associate listed above.
Fairweather, Ambassador & Lady: Sir Patrick Fairweather is a retired British diplomat. He worked as Ambassador to Angola (1985-1987), Italy (1992-1996), and Albania (1992-1996). Lady Maria Fairweather was a linguist and professional interpreter who once helped out Bill Clinton and Boris Yeltsin when the official interpreter disappeared at a crucial moment just before the commencement of the G7 Summit.
Fakhre, Armado & Jasmine: Amado Fakhre is the British-Argentinian Founder and former CEO of Coral Capital, a Havana-based investment group best known for its joint venture partner in Havana’s upscale Saratoga Hotel. Fakhre was arrested for corruption and Coral Capital was forced to shut its doors in Havana. Fakhre was interrogated for 20 months in a Cuban safe house and eventually got sentenced to 5-7 years for bribery, but did not have to serve any time. No explanation has been given. Jasmine is his wife.
Fakhre, Danny & Christine: Danny Fakhre is the Chairman of Kochii Oil out of Australia. Christiane is his wife.
Fall, Meredith: No info found.
Fallah, Mrs: Likely Gina Fallah, mother of Christina Fallah. Gina’s father was Reza Fallah, an Iranian businessman and political advisor.
Fallah, Ms. Christina & Jon Robe: Christina Fallah is an interior designer and owner of Christina Fallah designs.
Falletans, Olivier de: Managing partner at Bryan, Olivier, & Co., a mid-market investment bank in Technology. Olivier comes from a family of nobility dating back to at least the 13th century.
Fanjul, Pepe: Jose “Pepe” Fanjul is a billionaire businessman involved in sugar and real estate. Vice Chairman and President of Flo-Sun. “Pepe” is a Republican. He was one of the largest contributors to George W. Bush’s campaign, is an ardent supporter of Marco Rubio, and co-hosted a large fundraiser for Donald Trump. His older brother, Alfonso Fanjul Jr., is a Democrat and was a co-chair of Bill Clinton’s Florida campaign, further proving that POLITICAL PARTISANSHIP IS A CROCK OF SHIT.
Faulkner, Terence & Cornelia: Terence Faulkner is Chairman of Leathams PLC, a London-based food distributor. Cornelia is Terence’s wife. She is Director of Leathams and a specialist decorator.
Feeley, Fiona: An interior designer at Atelier Designs.
Fekkai, Frederic: A French celebrity hairstylist.
Feldman, Andrew: Orthopaedic surgeon in New York City.
Felix, Helena: Not much to be found on Helena. She was possibly the director of an investment firm called Edenhaven Limited. Her husband, Peter, was an oral surgeon. He passed away in 2011.
Fell, David & Anne: Nothing much found here. After a lot of digging, it turns out that David Fell lives in an apartment at 1177 Avenue of the Americas, a real estate holding of Larry Silverstein, owner of the World Trade Center who (allegedly) took out insurance on the WTC just before 9/11.
Ferragamo, Leonardo & Beatrice: Leonardo is the son of Salvatore Ferragamo, the creator of Salvatore Ferragamo, S.p.A., an Italian luxury goods company specializing in shoes, leather goods, and watches.
Ferranti, Hugo: Hugo de Ferranti is an art dealer. He is also a Director for Action on Addiction, a UK-based charity for people with drug and alcohol addiction issues. Kate Middleton has served as patron of Action on Addiction since 2012.
Ferry, Brian: Bryan Ferry is a singesongwriter and the owner of Studio One recording studio in London. In the 1970s, he was the frontman for the British rock band, Roxy Music.
Fiennes, Martin: The heir apparent to the Baron Saye and Sele, a title of peerage in England. Lives in Broughton Castle. Cousin of actor Ralph Fiennes.
Fiennes, Martin: Same person.
Fiennes, Ralph: Famous actor. Cousin of Martin Fiennes. The fact that Epstein knows so many people in this family is troubling.
Fiennes, Suzzana: A British artist who works exclusively with Prince Charles. Susannah is the twin sister of Martin Fiennes and cousin of actor Ralph.
Fifer, Chuck: Not positive, but could be actor Chuck Pfeiffer, who is a close friend of Oliver Stone and was in Wall Street with Michael Douglas. However, it could be someone else. Pfeiffer didn’t have much of an acting career.
Figg, Christopher & Charlotte: Christopher Figg is a movie producer and CEO of Piccadilly Pictures. Figg is best known for producing the first 3 Hellraiser movies, Trainspotting, Dog Soldiers, Heidi, Coriolanus (directed by and starring Ralph Fiennes), We Need to Talk About Kevin, and many others. Charlotte is his wife.
Finch Charles: A failed director who became a talent agent for William Morris. Oversees a private equity finance unit called Finch Asia and is Chairman of Dean & Deluca (66 stores nationwide). Most notably, Charles Finch is known to host extravagant, A-list laden parties at Cannes, home of the world-famous film festival, pre-Oscar parties, and pre-BAFTA parties. There is an in-depth article from the Hollywood Reporter about Finch and his Cannes parties here (https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/meet-charles-finch-ultimate-cannes-party-host-you-need-know-1001847). Regulaoccasional guests of his Cannes parties included: Harvey Weinstein, Rush Hour director Brett Ratner (accused of sexual abuse by 6 women, including actress Olivia Munn and actress/model Natasha Henstridge), Mick Jagger, and Netflix bigwig Ted Sarandos. Finch’s pre-Oscar and pre-BAFTA parties have attracted the likes of Jeff Bezos, Robert De Niro, Sofia Coppola, Pedro Almodovar, Margot Robbie, Rashida Jones (daughter of Quincy Jones, music mogul who has been accused of nefarious sexual endeavors), Tracee Ellis Ross, and others Finch is the son of famous actor Peter Finch (A-list actor from the 1960s-1970s, best known for his role in the movie Network, for which he won an Oscar for Best Actor) and Yolande Turner (actress). A deeper look into Finch’s parties and connections would definitely prove interesting.
Finklestein, Howard: Finkelstein is a public defender in Broward County, Florida. In Florida (and some other states), public defenders are elected, not appointed.
Firyal Princess: Jerusalem-born Jordanian princess who was once married to Prince Muhammad bin Talal. Firyal was named an UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador in 1992. Princess Firyal launched the International Hope Foundation in 1994 for the benefit of homeless and street children. Firyal holds positions with several museums (The Louvre, The Tate, MOMA, and Guggenheim), as well as positions with Columbia University, New York Public Library, United Nation Association, and International Rescue Committee.
Fisher, Dan: Given the address listed (Trump Tower), it is possible that this is a former lobbyist (https://www.citizen.org/news/36-former-lobbyists-working-trump-clear-conflicts-interest/) and current Special Assistant to the President and Director of the White House Visitors Office, however I am unable to confirm this information with 100% certainty.
Flick Mook: Likely Friedrich Christian Flick, known as Mick Flick. The Flick family was a billionaire coal and steel conglomerate that was accused of war crimes during the Holocaust. Flick’s grandfather financially supported the Nazi Party and used 48,000 forced laborers from the concentration camps, many of whom died due to the conditions. Grandfather Flick was found guilty of war crimes at Nuremberg and served 3 years of his 7-year sentence. Mick (Mook) sold most of his holdings in the ‘80s and retired a billionaire.
Foman, Bobby & Jeanette: Robert Q. Fomon currently works as a Managing Director for Morgan Stanley. He specializes in wealth management. He used to be an Assistant Director at Bear Stearns (owned by Chase), one of the investment banks that went under as a result of the 2008 financial crisis. His father is. Robert M. Fomon, Jeanette is his wife. D-F continued below....
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2020.07.04 14:22 ImThatWrestlingGuy FBE Homecoming 2020 - Rebook Aleister Black on the Main Roster Part 2: Blood Moon Horizon; A Dragon Slayer's Sunset

Money in the Bank 2020
Aleister Black went from losing his undefeated streak and Intercontinental Championship in the same night to puting away The Undertaker at Wrestlemania for good, and he was out with a vengeance. Now not held back by the IC Title, Aleister was free to roam the land of Raw, the brand he represented at Survivor Series and the brand he stayed on during the 2020 Superstar Shake Up, and he found his first victim in the form of the man who eliminated him in the Royal Rumble. The Phenomenal One had a great 2019, winning a Wargames Match at Takeover: Wargames IV, battling alongside Gallows and Anderson and defeating off against The Undisputed Era and British Strong Style, becoming United States and Raw Tag Team Champion, and beating Randy Orton at Wrestlemania 35, and he looked to continue that streak of dominance in 2020, winning the Men’s Royal Rumble Match and going onto Wrestlemania 36’s main event where he unsuccessfully challenged Seth Rollins for the Universal Title in an amazing first time encounter. AJ found himself back in the upper mid-card post-Mania, ready for another great year on Raw alongside his Bulletproof stablemates, Gallows and Anderson, but while cutting a promo in the ring on the Raw after Mania, the lights dimmed on the trio, and on the screen appeared Aleister Black, his Intercontinental Title notable by its absence, but Black ripped into Styles with great calling ferocity, calling out Styles for hiding behind a wall of sacrifices (Karl and Luke) and that Styles will learn the true ramifications of his actions. As the lights returned, AJ found himself standing in front of The Anti Hero, and he turned around right into a Black Mass! Aleister took out Gallows and Anderson with Jumping Knees and a Roundhouse Kick, before locking in the returning Dragon Slayer submission! The modified dragon sleeper was cinched in on AJ as Styles struggled to escape, but it was Black who stood tall, standing over Bulletproof in its entirety.
We’d see Aleister and AJ commence a feud following Black’s initial brawl, and Gallows and Anderson would only make things harder for Aleister. This new, rejuvenated and reinvigorated version of Aleister seemed like he was at the prime of his game, a more heel and malicious side of him clashing with his babyface morals, but it all inevitably came to light when he went up against Akira Tozawa in his first match since his bout with The Undertaker, and he showed a new element of brutality as he went up against the Cruiserweight, dominating the challenger and knocking him off with a Black Mass. After the bout, Bulletproof ran down to the ring and took advantage of the slightly dazed Black, circling Aleister and beating him down, the 3 on 1 too much to handle for the unexpecting Black. They laid him out with a Phenomenal Forearm straight into a Magic Killer, and Styles laid down the challenge to Black: a match with him at Money in the Bank. As they left, Black grabbed the mic left by AJ and accepted it, the crowd popping huge for the major matchmaking.
Aleister went up against Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows in a 2 on 1 Handicap Match on the second last episode of Raw before MITB, taking on two-thirds of Bulletproof in a great fast-paced match filled with intense dramatic sequences and high-octane clashes. Black’s heavy-hitting style was forced to adapt to the Handicap situation, having to take on both men at certain times and failing to get the upper hand when he was overwhelmed. Aleister did exceptionally well considering the odds were stacked against him, but a sneaky low-blow from AJ Styles who ran in from ringside allowed Gunz N’ Gallows to take advantage, nailing Aleister with the Magic Killer and handing him his second loss via pinfall ever. Black attacked the trio after the bell, but they were broken up by security, Bulletproof and Aleister staring down one another from the stage and ring.
These two had an amazing back and forth encounter, both men brining their all for the MITB crowd in attendance, and despite countless interference from Gallows and Anderson, Aleister was able to put away Styles in amazing fashion, nailing AJ with a Black Mass mid-air as Styles launched himself for a Phenomenal Forearm.
Aleister Black defeated AJ Styles (17:10)


Backlash 2019
WWE announced the rebirth of the King of the Ring Tournament on the same show, revealing it’s 16-Man Single Elimination Interbrand bracket and competitors as well as the winner’s prize: a World Title shot at Summerslam! The finals would occur at Backlash 2020, and Aleister Black was announced as one of the names competing in the tournament, set to be a favourite to win the entire thing. Black was up against the likes of Andrade, Bobby Lashley, and Seth Rollins in his Raw bracket, beating Buddy Murphy in the first round, before defeating new Raw star Ricochet in the Quarter-Finals, and knocking off the aforementioned Bobby Lashley in the Semi’s, securing his spot in the finals, opposite the Smackdown winner, Drew McIntyre. Drew was no stranger to the WWE Title, outlasting 5 other men and winning an Elimination Chamber match to become the #1 Contender to Brock Lesnar’s WWE Championship, facing The Beast at Wrestlemania in an epic clash but ultimately failing, Brock’s wave of destruction continuing onwards. McIntyre stayed on Smackdown, compared to Lesnar who swapped brands with the Universal Champion ‘The Fiend’ Bray Wyatt, Brock and his advocate now set to roam on Monday Nights. The Scottish Psychopath was enraged following his Mania loss and destroyed all challengers that stood in his way throughout the KOTR tourney, but things wouldn’t be as simple with Aleister Black, a man with a very impressive history and a very impressive Win/Loss Record. They would clash for the first time ever at Backlash, and the WWE Universe anticipated what was sure to be a fantastic bout.
The pair put on a match nothing short of the audience’s hopes, going beyond their expectations and viciously laying into one another, the other wanting to win more than their opponent. Their similar hard-hitting heavy styles collide in a flurry of action, but only one could stand as the King, and that would be Aleister Black, stopping Drew dead in his tracks as McIntyre went for a high-speed Claymore, nailing the Scotsman with a brutal Black Mass, pinning Drew to get the victory.
Aleister Black defeated Drew McIntyre to win the 2020 King of the Ring Tournament (19:40)


Summerslam 2020
Aleister Black had just knocked off Drew McIntyre in the finals of the King of the Ring, and now he had a decision to make: would he face Universal Champion Bray Wyatt or WWE Champion Brock Lesnar at Summerslam? Aleister teased the ideas of both in his cryptic promos on Raw, focusing on Wyatt in the first week and Brock in the second, before announcing in the third week that he wants a date with The Beast, and the match was made official.
In the heat of the summer, it was truly different than the rest, as Brock Lesnar showed up with Paul Heyman the next episode, and we’d see Paul cut an amazing promo on Black, detailing the inconsistencies of Black’s time on the main roster and that everything he’s done, Brock has done better. Black didn’t show up the entire time, ostensibly letting Heyman ramble on, but what brought out Black was Lesnar ripping the mic out of Paul’s hand and simply informing Black that “He’s gonna destroy his bitch ass”, leading to Aleister making his entrance and slowly walking down to the ring, a terrified Paul Heyman backing away into the top left turnbuckle and a confident, somewhat intrigued Brock standing his ground, signs of fear sparking on The Beast’s face as Aleister entered the ring and came face to face with his Summerslam opponent. Black inevitably went for a Roundhouse Kick, but Brock had it scouted, lifting up Aleister for the F5, but Black dropped down behind him, swinging for the Black Mass only to take out Paul Heyman! The heavy boot of Aleister connected with Paul’s jaw and Heyman was knocked out instantly, but this distraction allowed Brock to nail his foe with a German Suplex, followed up by a successful F-5, the champion standing tall over Aleister, spitting down on Black as he raised his title high before leaving.
Aleister and Brock would continue this intense rivalry on Raw, trading attacks backstage and Aleister notably isolating Paul Heyman in the ring when Heyman had clearly stated Brock wouldn’t be at Raw, putting Paul to sleep with the Dragon Slayer in the middle of the ring, and on the go-home how, they engaged in a ferocious brawl, seemingly the entire Raw roster running down to break up Lesnar and Black, and the final shot was an enraged Brock being pushed against the ropes in the ring by a sea of talent, and a red-faced Aleister on the ramp slowly being moved backstage by security, the two never releasing eye contact.
As expected, these two had a great hard-hitting fight, ending with Black dropping out of the F-5, nailing his adversary with the Black Mass and finally capturing the WWE Championship, ending Summerslam with pyro as we caught a glimpse of Aleister smiling, raising his title high, the crowd wild behind him.
Aleister Black defeated Brock Lesnar to win the WWE Championship (14:55)


Hell in a Cell 2020
After just over a year on the main roster, Aleister Black has reached the pinnacle of WWE, defeating The Beast in amazing feat and claiming the WWE Championship; the era of Black had officially begun. Aleister quickly found himself in a ring shared by 4 other challengers while cutting a promo, Rey Mysterio, Randy Orton, the babyface Daniel Bryan, and Seth Rollins, all staking their claim to Black’s WWE Title. An inevitable Fatal 4-Way was set up between the other men, and we watched Daniel Bryan tap out Rey Mysterio with a heel hook at the same time he was pinned by Seth Rollins following a Phoenix Splash! The Monday Night Messiah got into a heated confrontation with Bryan, but referees tore them apart, and it was announced that we would see Rollins vs Bryan next week to determine who would become the #1 Contender to Aleister’s title.
Seth and Daniel have an amazing back and forth match, with Aleister Black watching on from ringside, but eventually, following The AOP, Murphy and The Messiah’s newest disciple Damian Priest interfering, Seth was able to put away Daniel, nailing him with The Stomp before beating him down post-match with the help of his crew. Aleister came to the aid of his old adversary, fending off an attack from The Regicide Clique and standing tall with Daniel, Bryan shrugging off the help.
The next week, we’d see Seth Rollins come out to cut a promo on Aleister Black, but he was quickly interrupted by Aleister himself, the two having a great promo war, inevitably ending in Seth engaging in a brawl with the champ, his buddies helping him out, but Aleister was saved by none other than Ricochet! Black’s old tag partner and Survivor Series opponent last year ran down to the ring, sending Buddy Murphy crashing into the steel steps with a hurricanrana and taking out Akam and Rezar with a Springboard Double Lariat, and he went back and forth with Damian Priest, setting up for a Poisoned Frankensteiner, but Damian held onto the legs of Ricochet, bringing him up to an Electric Chair position and setting up for an Elevated Stomp, Rollins on the top turnbuckle already, but he was saved by Daniel Bryan! Bryan joined Seth on the top rope from the crowd, hitting him with a Hurricanrana into Damian, and he and Ricochet nailed Priest with a Double Superkick, helping up Aleister for all 3 men to stand tall, The Regicide Clique retreating up the stage. It was announced that next week, we’d see a 3 on 3 Tag Team Match in the main event between Seth, Buddy, and Damian, opposite Daniel, Ricochet and Aleister!
In an outrageously entertaining 6-Man Tag, we saw Seth Rollins nail The Stomp on Aleister Black to get the win, pinning Black to become one of few to do so. In the finish, Ricochet and Daniel Bryan were brawling with Priest and Murphy on the outside, which saw Ricochet take out everyone, including himself, with a crazy 450 Senton off the top rope, leaving a downed and isolated Aleister Black in the ring to get nailed with a Frog Splash and vicious Stomp consecutively and to be pinned by The Monday Night Messiah, Rollins one step ahead compared to his HIAC opponent.
It was announced on the go-home show for HIAC that Seth and Aleister would fight for the WWE Title inside the notorious cell itself, and Black endured a gruelling Gauntlet match, beating long-time rival Buddy Murphy in the first match, then Damian Priest in an impressive victory, and finally in a 2 on 1 Handicap against The AOP, but Ricochet was announced as his tag partner halfway through the bout, and a 630 Senton allowed the duo to pick up the win, an enraged but collected Seth watching on from the stage and the final shot before their match was Rollins praying on the ramp, looking at Black who sat cross-legged in the ring with his title over his shoulder, a seemingly envious Ricochet staring down at the championship.
Once again Aleister found himself defending a title inside of Hell in a Cell, remnants of his critically acclaimed bout with Andrade from 2019 still vivid in his memory, and Seth looked to bring back those painful memories, The AOP taking out the referees on the outside and allowing Damian Priest to be locked inside along with Rollins and Black, the bout quickly becoming a 2 on 1 Handicap Match. However, it wouldn’t for long, as Black soon found some duct tape underneath the ring in a toolbox, taking out Damian with a Black Mass and taping his legs together, before taping him to a table on the outside, not putting him through it immediately. Rollins took advantage of a distracted Black, nailing him with a Superkick and sending him crashing down onto a pile of chairs with an Avalanche Falcon Arrow. Eventually, Aleister found the moment to send Damian through the table, hitting him with a Blood Moon Stomp off the top rope, before re-entering the ring and reversing a Stomp into a mid-air Black Mass a few minutes later, covering Seth to retain his belt!
Aleister Black (c) defeated Seth Rollins to retain the WWE Championship (31:30)


Survivor Series 2020
For the second year in a row, Aleister walked out of Hell in a Cell as a champion and into Survivor Series as one too, but this year, he would be in the main event slot, and it just so happened to be that The Fiend retained his belt at HIAC too. The Fiend would spark the fire for this feud, putting on a Firefly Funhouse dedicated to Aleister and his Satanic aesthetic, painting him as the “bad guy” and telling his audience Black is like Cult Leader Bray. Aleister would respond the next week with a cryptic vignette, and the two would go back and forth with amazing promos, the Universal Champion vs WWE Champion match for 2020 set to be one of the greatest of all time. The two only confronted each other once, the first being Funhouse Bray greeting Aleister on Raw, ending with Black taking him down with a Black Mass but after a short Blackout, Bray was gone, and Black was evidently alarmed, quickly walking to the back to hide his fear, and on the go-home show for Survivor Series, where The Fiend attacked a returning Kurt Angle, only for Aleister Black to run down and make the save, brawling with this monster but he was inevitably chocked out by The Mandible Claw. As The Fiend celebrated however, Aleister sat up into a cross-legged position, before connecting with a Black Mass to the side of The Fiend’s temple, standing tall to end the show. However the mental damage had been done; Bray was in the head of Aleister, and The Fiend would soon be doing the physical damage.
Aleister and Bray had an amazing main event, the undefeated Wyatt avoiding defeat ever since his 2019 Summerslam debut against Roman Reigns. The Fiend was brutal in his bout with Black, but Aleister matched the viciousness with his own hunger for victory, the pair having a slow but greatly told match filled with mind games and high-drama near falls. The Fiend shockingly managed to kick out of a Black Mass, and Aleister got the shoulder up following a Sister Abigail, but after ducking another Black Mass attempt, Wyatt locked in the Mandible Claw and Aleister slowly started to lose consciousness… only for Black to reverse it into a Dragon Slayer! The Fiend quickly escaped and the pair went back and forth again but in the end, Wyatt met Aleister on the top rope, nailing him with a top rope Sister Abigail and pinning Black, defeating The Anti Hero and ending the show with a win for Smackdown, a beaten Black struggling to make it to his feet. Thankfully, his partner Ricochet was there to help him, and the two left to the stage, but as they headed backstage, Ricochet grabbed Black by the hair and sent him straight into the electrical LED board! An evil Ricochet nailed Black with a Superkick, spiking him on the metal ramp with a Poisoned Frankensteiner and standing tall with Black’s WWE Title, the crowd devastated by Ricochet’s shocking heel turn.
The Fiend (Smackdown) defeated Aleister Black (Raw) (16:25)


TLC 2020
Ricochet’s heinous attack on Aleister Black after Aleister’s gruelling and psychosomatically enduring bout with The Fiend inevitably lead to a rivalry sparking between the pair, the 2019 Winners of the Dusty Rhodes Classic now in a heated rivalry that started from a heartbreaking betrayal. Contrasted to their feud from last year’s Survivor Series, this was an absolute war, both men ripping into each other when possible and this new malicious and evil side of Ricochet drawing in more viewers as they watched his feud with Black progress. Something changed inside Aleister ever since Ricochet crossed him; he was now more focused and dedicated to his work than ever before, and he put away Daniel Bryan in a matter of minutes, severing ties to any other allies. A match was made for them at TLC for the WWE Championship, but it would be Last Man Standing! The WWE Universe anticipated this match heavily, not wanting to have to wait to see these two tear each other apart.
As expected, this encounter was absolutely brutal, both men using whatever it took to put the other away. Glass panes, fire extinguishers, cinder blocks, thumbtacks, tables, ladders, and most importantly, baseball bats were all used throughout, the duo never letting the pain stop. But it was Aleister Black who walked out of TLC as the victor, as Ricochet launched himself off the top of the titantron and through a 2 x 2 of tables, aiming to hit a Senton on Black but Aleister dodged at the least second, and Ricochet plummeted to the ground at high speed, Aleister walking out from the rubble alive to become the last man standing.
Aleister Black (c) defeated Ricochet to retain the WWE Championship (34:40)


Royal Rumble 2021
Aleister Black had an undisputed amazing 2020, retiring The Undertaker at Wrestlemania, beating AJ Styles at MITB, winning King of the Ring at Backlash against Drew McIntyre, vanquishing Brock Lesnar at Summerslam to win the WWE Championship, facing Seth Rollins inside of Hell in a Cell, and outlasting his former brother Ricochet in a Last Man Standing match at TLC. He walked in 2021 with the WWE Championship still on his shoulder, and now that he was at the top of the mountain, the only way to go was down. May not be a descent in the hierarchy; may be a descent mentally, physically, socially, but one of those 4 would be the fate of Aleister Black, and that was quickly revealed on the first episode of Raw in 2021. Black cut a fiery babyface promo, talking about his irrefutable success but how he’s forgotten along the way the promises he’s made to himself… one of those being to kill The Demon. The crowd erupted in murmurs when they heard this, excited at the thought of a rematch between Aleister and Finn, and Black called out Balor, saying he’ll put his title on the line against Finn at the Royal Rumble if he brings The Demon.
Finn would respond the next week, a pre-record vignette displaying Balor walking through a burnt forest, describing what it feels like to carry The Demon inside of him, and what The Demon means to Finn. It ended with Balor taking up the challenge, and we watched The Demon shoot Finn Balor in the head with a Beretta 92, Finn’s lifeless carcass now under The Demon, some camerawork and editing making it seem like Finn shot Finn in a great segment.
Black and The Demon would have an intense few weeks of build, and we’d see the WWE Title be pictured as this celestial prize of excellence, and The Demon wishes to purify the championship, but Aleister wants to purify WWE of The Demon. They’d finally come face to face on the go-home show, The Demon showing up on Raw and immediately taking down Aleister, a 1916 finishing Black off, and if you blinked you would’ve missed it, as after a brief blackout, he was gone, the lifeless carcass of the Man Finn Balor, left in the ring.
The Demon showed up to the Rumble, fully decked 0ut in black and white face paint, glints of poisonous yellow covering his mortal skin, and he stood across Aleister Black wearing white contact lenses in the ring, the entire audience chanting “This is Awesome!” before the match even started. They would have a fast-paced heavy-hitting encounter, going for a solid length and the pace never stopping, and even after a Coup De Grace, Aleister managed to kick out. The Demon was able to do something no one has ever done before, and that was kick out of two Black Masses! But it still wouldn’t be enough to claim the WWE Title as Aleister became the first man to pin The Demon in WWE, hitting a third Black Mass for the win, holding onto his title just a little longer.
Aleister Black (c) defeated ‘The Demon’ Finn Balor (27:05)


Elimination Chamber 2021
Aleister Black could now add The Demon to his long list of victims, but now he would have to step inside a structure new to The Anti Hero. Black was announced to be defending his WWE Championship inside the Elimination Chamber, and the 5 other competitors were announced to be: The Good One AJ Styles, The Back-to-work-day Jesus Seth Rollins, The Large Canine Roman Reigns, The Smaller King Cat Ricochet, and The Miz. All 5 men would engage in different matchups, and after winning a Gauntlet match with all the other competitors, Aleister refused to come out at #6, instead saying that he would enter first opposite whoever is unfortunate enough. The WWE Universe couldn’t wait for this chamber match filled with 6 legendary participants, and the WWE Title defence was in the minds of all of the wrestlers as they left Raw for the PPV.
Out first was Aleister Black and The Miz, and faster than you can say “Awwweeeesssooommmeeee”, Aleister Black nailed The A-Lister with a Black Mass, eliminating The Miz in under 10 seconds! At #3 was Seth Rollins, and the two could still feel the bruises of their Hell in a Cell match from 2020 as they battled it out, both men escaping elimination at various points. Slowly but surely the chamber would start to fill up, however slowly but surely that number started to dip, with Roman Reigns taking out AJ Styles, Aleister Black taking out Seth Rollins, and Aleister Black taking out Roman, all before the final entrant was released from their pod. Ricochet and Aleister encountered one another for the first time since TLC 2020 and they tore into each other, with Ricochet delivering a crazy 450 Splash from the top of the chamber and Aleister sending him crashing through the pod with a brutal knee, but in the end, a Blood Moon Stomp and Black Mass combo finished off Ricochet for good, Black finally pinning his adversary and winning the Chamber match.
Aleister Black (c) defeated Ricochet, Roman Reigns, Seth Rollins, AJ Styles, and The Miz to retain the WWE Championship (45:20)


Wrestlemania 37
Last year, Black went up against The Undertaker at The Showcase of The Immortals, conquering The Deadman for good, and this year Aleister Black had no trouble finding a Wrestlemania opponent, as the Royal Rumble Winner claimed his spot in the main event opposite the WWE Champion. That Royal Rumble Winner, was Aleister Black’s first ever main roster opponent, Sami Zayn. Both former NXT Champions, both former Intercontinental Champions, but only one of them could say they were a World Champion. Zayn and Black’s past made for a great new version of their feud, this time nearly 2 years after their first, and both men had grown so much since this, Aleister going onto fight the likes of Brock Lesnar, Seth Rollins, and The Fiend, and Zayn taking Kevin Owens to his limit in a 60-Minute Iron Man Match, returning to NXT and winning the NXT North American Championship, and defeating Shinsuke Nakamura at Summerslam 2020 to capture the belt. But finally, they had come circle and found themselves back where they started. Black’s debut on the main roster, and Sami’s return from injury. Aleister Black vs Sami Zayn. The main event of Wrestlemania. WWE Championship.
Black and Zayn held nothing back, leaving their heart and soul on the canvas, this bout being imprinted on their skin and bodies for the rest of their lives and ingrained into the audience’s memory. There were epic reversals, amazing counters, great sequences, explosive near falls, jaw-dropping spots, and most importantly, a hero’s victory, as after countless years of struggling to the top, Sami Zayn defeated one of WWE’s most protected stars and won the WWE Championship, ending Wrestlemania with a bang as pyro and confetti went off. Aleister and Zayn shook hands and hugged, Black raising Sami’s hand before leaving to the back, and Sami finally got his defining moment with the crowd, an ending similar to that of Wrestlemania 30. Sami Zayn had finally done it!
Sami Zayn defeated Aleister Black (c) to win the WWE Championship (33:00)

Following his loss at Mania, we’d see Aleister return to NXT, having a short run and winning the tag titles alongside Ricochet, the duo reforming after their countless battles in the past, before making his way back up to Smackdown to face a whole new batch of talent and winning even more championships, solidifying himself even more as one of WWE’s greatest.
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2020.06.22 13:44 LordVelaryon That day, that goal, that prodigy.

Less than eleven seconds earlier, when the Argentinian player receives the pass from a teammate, the clock in Mexico marks thirteen hours, twelve minutes and twenty seconds. In the opening scene there are also two Brits and a slightly older man of Tunisian origin. Football isn't very popular in Tunisia. That's why the African seems to be the only one who is not in an athletic mental alertness
The Tunisian is called Ali Bin Nasser and, while others run, he walks slowly. He is forty-two years old and ashamed: he knows that he will never be called again to referee an official match between nations. He also knows that if twelve years earlier, when he was injured in the Tunisian league, he had been told that he would be in a World Cup, he would not have believed it. Nor would he have believed it the afternoon he became a referee. After all, in Tunisia you only need to have the same number of legs as lungs to get the job.
But when he officiated his first match, he discovered that he would be a proper referee. And it was more than that: he managed to become the first football referee to be recognised on the streets of his city. He was called up for the 1984 African qualifiers and his judgment proved to be so good that a year later he was called up to command in a World Cup.
In Mexico he was asked for autographs, had pictures taken with him and slept in the most luxurious hotel. He had successfully refereed the Poland-Portugal match in the group stage, and watched the left half in a Denmark-Spain match where the Danes played the whole second half with a high-line; he didn't make a single mistake when he raised his flag.
When the organisers informed him that he would be directing a quarterfinal - no Tunisian judge had ever come this far - Ali called home from the hotel, with reverse charge, told it to his father and both cried.
That night he slept through hot flashes and had two dreams of ridicule. In the first dream he twisted his ankle and had to be replaced by the fourth referee; in the dream, the fourth referee was his mother. In the second dream a fan jumped onto the field, pulled down his pants and he was left with his genitals hanging out in front of the world's televisions.
From each dream he woke up with his heart beating. But he never dreamed, during the eve, of validating a goal scored with a hand. He did not dream that, in Tunisian street slang, his name would become an humorous metaphor for blindness. That's why he's now refereeing the second half of that match with a desire to see it end soon.
Now the Argentinian player touches the ball with his left foot and moves it half a metre out of the shadows. The heat is over 30 degrees and that spider-shaped shade is the only one in many meters around.
Around the field, one hundred and fifteen thousand people follow the player's movements but only two, those closest to the scene, can prevent his advance.
Their names are Peter: Raid one, Beardsley the other. Both were born in the north of England, one in the riverbed and the other at the mouth of the River Tyne; they both had, a few years earlier, a son whom they named Peter; they both divorced their first wife before travelling to Mexico; and they are both convinced, at the thirteen hours, twelve minutes and twenty-one seconds, that it will be easy to take the ball away from the Argentinian player because he received it with his weak foot and there are two of them: one at his front and the other at his back.
They don't know that, a decade later, Peter Raid Jr. and Peter Beardsley Jr. will be friends, they will be fifteen and sixteen years old and they will be dancing at a London rave.
A Scotsman named O'Connor - who will later become a screenwriter for comedian Sacha Baron Cohen - will recognize them and, in the middle of the dance, will dodge them with a feint and a dribble. He will do it once, twice, three times, imitating the dance move that now, ten years before, the Argentine player practices on his parents.
Raid Jr. and Beardsley Jr. will not get the joke, so other rave participants will join O'Connor's mockery and a loop of dancers will form, in the form of a human train, dodging the boys in two stages. Peter Raid Jr. will be the first to understand the taunt, and will tell his friend, "It's because of our parents' video, the one from Mexico 86".
Peter Beardsley Jr. will make a gesture of humiliation and the two friends will escape from the party, chased by dozens of boys who will shout, in chorus, the name of the player who ten years ago, right now, is running away from his parents with a move of his waist.
Soon Raid Sr. and Beardsley Sr. will stop chasing the player: it will be the job of other teammates to try to stop him. They now remain frozen in the middle of a tape that time turns, in slow motion, from VHS to Youtube.
Now their children are five and six years old and will not remember seeing the player's dribble directly, but in their early teens they will see it a thousand times on video and will no longer have any respect for their parents.
Peter Raid and Peter Beardsley, still in midfield, don't know what exactly has happened in their lives to make it all fall apart.
Quickly and with short steps, the Argentinian player moves the scene to the opposite side of the pitch. He has only touched the ball three times in his own field: once to receive it and outwit the first Peter, the second to step on it gently and outflank the second Peter, and a third to push the ball away towards the dividing line.
When the ball crosses the chalk line, the player has covered ten of the fifty-two meters he will walk and has taken eleven of the forty-four steps he will have to take.
At thirteen hours, twelve minutes and twenty-three seconds of midday shouts of astonishment come down from the stands and the asses of the radio announcers come off the seats in the transmission cabins: the free space that the player has just found on the right side, after the double dribble and his stride, makes everybody understand the danger.
Everybody except Kenny Sansom, who appears behind the two Peter's and chases the player with a parsimony that seems to be from another sport. Sansom accompanies the Argentinian player without despair, as if he was taking a young son for his first bike ride.
"You looked like if you were playing in training, for fucks sake," manager Bobby Robson tells him two hours later in the dressing room. "That wasn't you," his half-brother Allan will tell him a year later, both drunk, in a pub in Dublin.
Kenny Sansom will rewind the video a thousand times in the future. He'll see his lazy step, almost a trot, as the player slips away.
He will start, in November of that year, to have problems with gambling and alcohol. In the tabloids he will be nicknamed "White" Sansom because of his fondness for white wine.
His only friend from the golden age will be Terry Butcher, perhaps because both will share the same traumatic experience.
Butcher is the one who now, when the radio reporters and spectators in the stands are still standing, throws a failed tackle at the player advancing on his sideline. Butcher will chase the player madly and throw a second kick, this time with a murderous intent, in the apex of the small box.
Terry Butcher will also never overcome the ghost of those ten seconds at the Mexican midday. "He only dribbled the rest of my teammates once, but he dribbled me twice, the little bastard," he will tell the press many years later, with his eyes glazed over.
Kenny Sansom and Terry Butcher will never return to Mexico, not even to the tourist beaches far from Mexico City. In the future, without children or stable partners, they will have as a hobby (at almost sixty years old each) to get together to drink whisky on Thursday nights and invent new insults against the Argentinian player who now, unmarked, enters the big box with the ball stuck to his feet.
Before the start of the play, a man gives a bad pass. With that mistake, the story begins. He could have played backwards or to his right, but he decides to send the ball to the player who is less free. That man is called Hector Enrique and he stays motionless after the pass, with his hands on his waist. After that game he will never be able to separate from the player, as if an invisible string from that vertical pass was transformed, over time, into a magnetic field.
Enrique doesn't know it yet, but he will take part in a World Cup again, 24 years later and on African soil. He will be part of the coaching staff of a manager who, fatter and older, will have the same face as the young man who now runs in a zigzag. And he will end his career even further, in the United Arab Emirates, back on the right side of the player who, two seconds ago, was given a pass to the wrong foot.
For many nights in the future, in a strange country where women have to sit in the back seat of cars, Enrique will wonder what would have happened if, instead of that bad delivery, he had given the ball to Jorge Burruchaga, his second choice.
Burruchaga is the one who now runs parallel to the player through the midfield. It's the thirteen hours, twelve minutes and twenty-four seconds and he's convinced that the player will give him the pass before entering the box, that he's just taking the defenders away to leave him alone in front of the three posts.
Burruchaga runs and looks at the player; with a body gesture he tells him "I'm free in the middle" and while he waits for the pass in vain he doesn't know that one day, some years later, he will accept a bribe in the French league and will be punished by the International Federation. Another misplaced delivery. But he, frozen in the present, still runs and waits for the pass that never comes.
Days later he will score the decisive goal of the final, but the world will only have eyes and memory for another goal. Year after year, tribute after tribute, his will not be the one most admired.
One night, Burruchaga will call to Saudi Arabia to talk with his friend Hector Enrique, and he will lament, a little jokingly, a little seriously, that goal scored by someone else that overshadowed the decisive goal of the final. Then Enrique will see a sandstorm out the window and, without intending to, will make him smile. "That goal wasn't so great," he'll say, "I gave him the pass, if he didn't scored it, it was to kill him".
Inside the pitch the wind is blowing at 12 kilometers per hour. If it had been blowing at 60 kilometers per hour, as it did in Mexico City six days later, the play might have not ended well.
The advance seems fast by an optical illusion, but the player regulates the rhythm, slows down and deceives. There is a secret geometry to the precision of that zigzag, a rigour that would have been broken by a change in the wind or the reflection of a wristwatch from the stands.
Terry Fenwick thinks about the variables of randomness as he showers crestfallen after defeat. Especially in one, the least far-fetched.
Before the game, Fenwick advised his manager Bobby Robson that it would be best to give the opposing player a man-to-man marking. Bobby responded that the marking would be zonal, as in previous games.
What would have happened if Robson had listened to him? asks himself Terry Fenwick, naked in the solitude of the dressing room, with water hitting his temples.
Right now, at thirteen hours, twelve minutes and twenty-six seconds of midday, he sees the player arrive with the ball dominated; he thinks he's going to pass it into the centre of the box. Fenwick thinks the same as Burruchaga, he leans his whole body on his right leg to avoid the pass and leaves the left flank unlocked. The player, with a small jump, enters then through the free space, steps on the box and finds the three posts.
"Fuck", Terry Fenwick told the press in 1989, "he ruined my career in four seconds". Two years after the outburst, in 1991, Fenwick will spend four months in prison for drunk driving. He will say, by the middle of the next decade, that he would not shake hands with the Argentinian player if he saw him again.
At the same period, one of his daughters will turn eighteen. During the party, Terry Fenwick will find her kissing an Argentinian on a beach in Trinidad. He will recognize the boy's identity because of a blue and white jersey with the number ten on the back. Fenwick does not know it yet, but in his old age he will be coaching an unknown team called "San Juan Jabloteh" in Trinidad and Tobago, a country that played only one World Cup, but has beaches.
Fenwick will get drunk every day on the sand of those beaches. On the afternoon of his daughter's meeting with the Argentinian, he'll want to get close to the boy and beat him. The Argentinian will make a gesture to go out to the left and then escape to the right. Fenwick, again, will eat the feint.
Eight steps, out of forty-four, will give the player inside the box, and they will be enough to understand that the scenario is not auspicious.
There is one opponent breathing at his neck on his right, Terry Butcher; another on his left, Glenn Hoddle, prevents him from giving the ball to Burruchaga; Fenwick has recovered from the feint and now covers the possible pass backwards, and at the front, goalkeeper Peter Shilton closes into him from the near post.
The north, south and east are closed to any manoeuvres. It is now thirteen hours, twelve minutes and twenty-seven seconds. Three more hours in Buenos Aires. Six more hours in London.
In any city in the world, at any time of the day or night, trying to get a shot on goal in the middle of that mess of legs is impossible, and the one who knows it best is Jorge Valdano, who arrives alone, very alone, on the left.
No one notices Valdano's existence, neither now in the box nor during primary school, in Santa Fe's town of Las Parejas.
Jorge Valdano sat reading novels by Emilio Salgari while his classmates played football during breaks, swirling around behind the ball. Football seemed like a basic game to him at the age of nine, but something happened to him at eleven: he understood the rules and knew, without surprise, that the other kids didn't practice it with intelligence.
He began to play with them and, while the rest chased the ball without strategy, he moved around the sidelines looking for the geometry of the sport.
And he was good. He played for two clubs in the town and was soon called from Rosario to play for Newell's youth teams; he made his debut in the Argentinian first division before he was eighteen. At twenty he was a world-youth champion in Toulon. At twenty-two he had already played for the senior national team.
But in those dizzying years he never loved the sport above all. If he was given a choice between a game among friends or a good novel, he always chose the book.
Until that moment in his thirties, Valdano was not sure he had chosen his true vocation. That's why now, as he waits for the pass, he finally feels that this could be his destiny, that perhaps he has come into the world to touch that ball and place it in the net.
He knows that the player's only option is to pass to the left. He has no other choice. As he steps into the box he thinks: "If he doesn't give it to me, I'll leave everything and become a writer."
But the player enters the box without looking at him. Neither Butcher, Fenwick, Hoddle nor Shilton are aware of him. Not even the cameraman, who follows the play with zoom, can pick him out in time. In the video, Valdano is a ghost who only shows his full body when the ball is in the apex of the small box. Jorge Valdano does not know it yet, but at the end of that tournament he will start writing short stories.
There is no greater enemy for an striker than the goalkeeper. The rest of the rivals can use the sneaky tackle or the knees for the thigh blow. It doesn't matter, they are legal weapons in a man's sport and the attacked can return the action on the next play.
But the goalkeeper, the guardian, the goalie, the keeper (like Lucifer's, their names are endless) can touch the ball with his hands.
The goalkeeper is an anomaly, an exception capable of undoing with his hands the best acrobatics that other men do with their feet. And until that day no outfield player had ever managed to repay that affront at a World Cup.
So now, when the player steps into the box and looks into the eyes of goalkeeper Peter Shilton (grey shirt, white gloves) he understands the hate in the Englishman's eyes.
Half an hour earlier, the Argentinian had avenged every attacker in the history of football: he had scored a goal with his hand. The strikers's palm had arrived before the goalkeeper's fist. In the rules of football this action is forbidden, but in the rules of another game, more inhumane than football, justice had been done.
That is why, at this crucial moment in history, at thirteen hours, twelve minutes and twenty-nine seconds, Peter Shilton knows he can get revenge. He knows full well that it is in his hands to disrupt the greatest goal of all times. He needs to do it, moreover, to return to his country as a hero.
Shilton was born in Leicester, 36 years before that Mexican midday. Already a living legend, he didn't need to make it to his first and last World Cup to prove it.
He doesn't know it yet, but he'll be playing professionally until he's forty-eight. In the future, he will play the leading role in many unforgettable saves which, added to those of the past, will make him the greatest English goalkeeper.
However (and he doesn't know this either) in the future there will be an encyclopedia, more famous than the Britannica, that will say about him: "Shilton, Peter: English goalkeeper who received, on the same day, the goals known as 'the hand of God' and 'of the century'.
That will be his karma and it's better that he doesn't know it, because he's still looking into the eyes of the approaching Argentinian player and he's covering his left post like his teachers taught him. He believes Terry Butcher can make it in time with the final tackle. "Maybe this will end in a corner," he thinks. "Maybe I can reach the ball with my fingertips."
Nor does he know that two years later a video game with his name will be released in Great Britain, entitled "Peter Shilton's Handball", or that his children will play it, in secret, during the 1992 holiday season.
It is better that he does not know the future now, because he must decide, right now, what the next move of the player will be. And he decides: Shilton plays to the left, throws himself to the ground and waits for the left-footed shot across. The Argentinian, who does know the future, chooses to play to the right.
Before touching the ball with his left foot for the last time, at the thirteen hours, twelve minutes and thirty seconds of the Mexican midday, the Argentinian player sees that he has left Peter Shilton behind; sees that Jorge Valdano is dragging Terry Fenwick; sees that Peter Raid, Peter Beardsley and Glenn Hoddle have been left on the road; sees Terry Butcher who throws himself at his feet with his boots spiked; sees Jorge Burruchaga who slows down his career with resignation; sees Hector Enrique, still stuck in the middle of the field, who makes a fist with his right hand; He sees his manager jumping off the bench as if he'd been sent off by a rocket and the other manager, the rival, looking down so as not to see the end of his advance; he sees a redheaded man with a smoking pipe on the first row of the stands; He sees the line of chalk on the opponent's goal and remembers the face of the worker who, during half-time, went over it with a roller; he clearly sees his brother the Turk who, aged seven, throws in his face a mistake he made at Wembley in a similar move; he sees his brother's lips full of caramel when he says:
"Next time, don't shoot it across, you little fool, you'd better do feint to the goalie and go right."
He sees his brother's face with the light of the kitchen where the scene took place, he sees the mischief with which he was looking at him; he sees, behind the goal, a sign that says Seiko in white letters on a blue background; he sees the green painted nails of his first girlfriend, the day he met her, and he sees that same girl, now a woman, breastfeeding a child; he sees a deflated ball and he sees himself, at the age of nine, trying to dominate it; he sees his mother and father dragging, with effort, a huge kerosene can along a dirt road where it has rained; he sees a box in a locker room in La Paternal, which bears his name and surname in bright letters, he sees his adolescent pride when he first reads his name and surname at his locker; he sees a stadium, its wooden boards, and he also sees that one day the whole stadium, and not just the locker, will bear his name.
The Argentinian player has controlled the air in his lungs for nine seconds, and now he is about to release all the air in one breath.
Unlike all the opponents and teammates he has left behind, he can breathe with his left leg, and can also sense the future as he moves forward with the ball at his feet.
He sees, ahead of time, that Shilton will throw himself to the right; he sees Terry Butcher's murderous intention behind him, he sees himself, many years later, with a grandson in his arms, visiting the entrance of the Azteca Stadium where a bronze statue with no name stands: just a young player with a proud chest, a ball at his feet and a date engraved on the base: June 22, 1986; he sees a rave in London where two fifteen-year-old boys escape from a mocking crowd; he sees a shady apartment where there is only one table, two friends and a mirror on the table; he sees a girl on a tropical beach who lets herself be kissed by a boy wearing an Argentina shirt; He sees a swarm of journalists and photographers outside every airport, every terminal, every stadium and every shopping mall in the world; he sees a boy playing a video game in the city of Leicester while his brother watches through the window to make sure his father doesn't show up; he sees the body of an old man who died in Switzerland eight days before that midday, a man who also saw all the things in the world in a single moment.
He sees Fiorito at day; he sees Napoli at afternoon; he sees Barcelona at night.
He sees Boca's stadium about to burst and he's in the middle of the pitch but he doesn't have a ball on his feet but a microphone in his hand; he sees an old man at Carthage's airport, waiting for his son on the last flight from Mexico, to hug and comfort him; he sees a swollen ankle; he sees a Red Cross nurse, chubby and smiling; he sees all the goals he's scored and the ones he'll score; he sees all the goals he's shouted and the ones he'll shout; he sees himself, at fifty-three years old, watching from a balcony the world's final at the Maracaná; he sees the day when he will see his mother for the last time; he sees the night when he will see his father for the last time; he sees all his children's children grow up; he sees the pains of a woman who is about to give birth to a left-footed child in Rosario, one year and two days later than that Mexican midday; he sees a minimal, impossible, unreachable space between the right post and Terry Butcher's boot.
He closes his eyes. He lets himself fall forward, with his body bowed, and the whole world becomes silent.
The player knows that he has taken forty-four steps and twelve touches, all with his left foot. He knows the move will take ten seconds and six decimals. Then he thinks it is time to explain to everyone who he is, who he has been and who he will be until the end of time.

10,6 seconds by Hernan Casciari in "Messi is a dog & other football stories" (2016).

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2020.05.22 22:35 InfernoAA Limitless Part Three: Next Big Thing

BUILD TO ROYAL RUMBLE
For the first time in months, something feels different about Lee. Rather than celebrating with Owens like he usually does after every PPV, both men holding their gold up high, Owens is left to celebrate on his own, Lee no longer possessing his US Championship. Instead, the Limitless One heads to the ring, seemingly about to speak his mind. As he raises the mic though, he displays hesitance, feeling conflicted. Shaking his head, he tosses the mic away, unable to think straight and get his words out. As he goes to leaves the ring though, he feels a powerful forearm suddenly knock him over from behind! IT’S BROCK LESNAR! The man who hasn’t been seen since the interaction with Lee back at Backlash is here! He isn’t acting all chums with Lee this time though, instead taking things the complete opposite direction by absolutely laying waste to the Moment Maker, tossing him about ringside into the steel and barricades, before flooring him with an F-5 through the announcer’s table! Lesnar kicks the Lee's limp body on his way to the back, treating him like dirt. Lee doesn’t show up for the remainder of 2020 due to injuries sustained by the assault, causing the next year to roll by with no explanation as to why Lesnar attacked Lee.
Instead, a vignette airs of Lee, displaying him back home in Texas, walking through a field. As he comes to a halt and sits down, he finds Aleister Black sitting cross-legged next to him. Lee is caught off guard, about to back away, only for Black to place a hand on his shoulder, making him stay put. He tells him to look up to the sky, pointing at a bright star, claiming it represents Lee, before panning over to a black hole, stating that it represents Owens. Whilst Lee is light, Owens is darkness. Naturally, light wouldn’t let itself get consumed by darkness, but Lee was reeled in by Owens, who wanted to make him like himself. Dark, sinful, and treacherous. The star slowly starts to fade out in the sky, Black pointing out that this is the impact of Lee’s relationship with Owens. As he drew closer to him, he became more corrupted inside, and when he became more corrupted, he grew darker inside. Should he continue, he too would become a black hole like Owens.
The scenery suddenly changes, revealing a dimly lit corridor with a series of portraits, each displaying a picture of Owens with one of his pals. At first glance, they seem like positive memories, but each one is revealed to be lenticular, so upon taking a second look from a different perspective, the pictures change to show Owens stabbing each man in the back. They keep walking along the corridor until they come to a picture of Lee and Owens standing together, champions. There is no lenticular version of the picture… yet. Black warns him that should he continue standing by Owens’ side, eventually the same will happen to him. As much as he wants to believe that Owens is a changed man, unfortunately eternal darkness plagues his heart. He warns him not to make the same mistakes that everyone else has made and instead fulfil his prophecy of putting down Owens. If he truly cares about him, he’d save him from himself by beating him. Suddenly, the room becomes enveloped in darkness, Lee left all alone as the vignette fades to black.
In true New Year’s spirit, a huge change occurs with WWE programming, as live audiences are once again permitted, allowing WWE to run large arenas once again. Kicking off the return of WWE to live audiences is the infamous music of Lesnar, who comes out with Heyman and Cesaro by his side. Over the course of 2020, Cesaro has been rather successful, the reunion with Heyman benefitting him well, whilst Lesnar has stayed clear from TV other than his couple appearances involving Lesnar. Heyman introduces the three of the men to nuclear heat, the fans bringing extra fire to their reactions due to not being able to do so for so long. Heyman goes through his usual shtick, putting over Lesnar and Cesaro for all their successes, but as “WE WANT KEITH!” chants ring through the arena, Heyman chuckles and decides to reveal why Lesnar attacked Lee. He claims that three of them gave Lee the biggest proposal in the world by offering him a spot as a Paul Heyman Guy, an honour only reserved for Lesnar and Cesaro in the present moment, who have benefitted greatly from Heyman’s advocacy, yet Lee decided to insult them by turning it down, instead pairing with Owens of all people, who everyone knows can’t be trusted. He chose an offer of friendship over one that would launch his career to heights he could’ve never imagined of. So the three of them feel the attack was highly justified.
But people may ask, why now? Why wait 6 whole months to get back at Lee? Well, by the time it became clear that Lee was all buddy-buddy with Owens and willing to let him take the World Title before him, instead going for the US Title, they realised it wasn’t worth wasting an appearance on Lee. After all, Lesnar has no business dealing with a ‘US Champ’ because he’s far, far above that. Instead, when he lost the title at TLC and was at the most broken state of his career emotionally, Lesnar decided to break him physically too, and look what happened! Lee was that feeble that he just never came back after that. He was too weak to recover from the assault, and because of Lesnar, he’s probably never going to return to a wrestling ring, because like all people who get victimised by Lesnar, he’s scared. And just for context, this was supposed to be the ‘next big thing’. The man destined to replace Lesnar. Credit to him, he got RAW back on track. But we all know that wasn’t due to talent. His only purpose being on RAW was to serve as a Beta Lesnar, filling in for when the Alpha wasn’t around. And now that Lesnar’s back and ready to go on a treasure hunt for some more gold, Lee isn’t needed here anymore. He shakes his head and sighs, claiming that Lee could’ve been so much more. But within less than a year, due to his own foolishness, he went from stepping up to Lesnar in the Rumble to becoming a stunt double for him. As the three men are about to leave the ring, this music hits…
HE’S BACK! IT’S THE LIMITLESS ONE, KEITH LEE! Out comes the now former US Champion to vociferous pops, looking like a completely new man with his confident body language and hungry demeanour. He races down to the ring, spurred on everyone in attendance chanting his name, tackling Lesnar to the ground as he slides through the ropes! Lee lays in multiple haymakers, before yanking Lesnar up and teasing the Spirit Bomb. However, the Beast Incarnate manages to make a lucky escape, sliding out of the ring with Heyman and Cesaro, his cackling ceasing, a severe expression taking its place. Lee almost humiliated him with a Spirit Bomb, but he made it out just in time. Before the three can retreat to the back though, Lee picks up the mic and booms that he wants Lesnar at the Rumble. In a post-show interview, he’s questioned about the change in attitude and challenge to Lesnar, with Lee stating that in his short time away, he’s done some… soul searching, thanks to a kind helper. Last year, he was in a dark place, lost, even though he thought he had the world. This year is going to be different though. Lesnar thinks he’s better than Lee, that he’s an Alpha whilst Lee is just a Beta? Well, he should have no problem proving that in the ring then.
Lee returns to competition the following week by putting down former World Champion Jinder Mahal, before calling out Lesnar for a face-to-face confrontation, unless he isn’t too much of a coward. Lesnar’s music hits and out comes the Beast Incarnate to the stage, doing his usual jumpy routine. However, he doesn’t come down to the ring though, Lee yelling out to him to join him. Lesnar tells him to turn around, Lee complying, only to find out that Cesaro was behind him! The Swiss Superman attacks Lee, laying into him Uppercuts and hard fists, Lesnar racing down to the ring to double-team Lee, leaving him a mess once again as he’s hit with a Neutraliser and an F-5, Lesnar cackling as he stands tall above Lee’s body. Lesnar grabs Lee’s mic, stating that if he wants to get his hands on him, he’ll have to go through Cesaro first next week. As Lee heads backstage, brutalised but still able to walk, he bumps into the WWE Champion Kevin Owens! The air is tense between the two based due to Lee’s interactions with Black, but Lee still acts his normal, amicable self, simply questioning Owens where he was when Lee was being double-teamed. Frantically, Owens makes up an excuse on the spot that he was getting ready for his own match at the Rumble, apologising he couldn’t be there for Lee. He wishes Lee luck though, saying that Lesnar is a tough fight, but he knows Lee can get the job done. Lee smirks, before clapping him on the back and wishing him luck with his title defence, before walking out of frame. As he does so, Owens breathes a sigh of relief, knowing that if Lesnar didn’t have Lee to challenge first, he’d be after Owens’ title immediately.
The match between Lee and Cesaro ensues as scheduled, a dream clash for many as they watch the two powerhouses go at it in a corker of a main event. For all his success though, Cesaro is unable to put Lee away, an emphatic Spirit Bomb sealing the deal for the Limitless One and setting up one of the most hyped matches for the Royal Rumble PPV! After the match, Lee cuts a promo on Lesnar, claiming that the Beast Incarnate proved to be a hypocrite last week by sending Cesaro to jump him so he could join in on the assault, because the reality is that Lee doesn’t fear Lesnar, but rather, it’s the other way around, with Lesnar fearing Lee. He remembers how he gave Lesnar one of the biggest runs for his money in the Rumble last year, Lesnar having to come from behind whilst Lee was going at it with Strowman to eliminate him, unable to do it one-on-one. Come Rumble this year, there won’t be any tossing Lee over the top rope to be done with him. Instead, he’s going to have to beat him inside the ring, and if Lee can assure him one thing, it’s that Lesnar is going to be in for one rough night. He promises to make Lesnar bask in his glory. As he drops his mic, Lesnar comes out to the stage, sarcastically clapping for Lee’s promo. Lee calls him down to the ring, and to his surprise, Lesnar actually does so on his own this time. However, he’s cocky as ever, offering Lee a handshake, who gives him his signature smirk, before accepting it. Lesnar attempts to yank in Lee for an F-5, but Lee saw it coming the whole time, planting his feet firmly into the ground so he doesn’t move! Instead, Lee pulls Lesnar in and floors him with a Big Bang Catastrophe! The closing shot heading into their match is of Lesnar curled up on the canvas with Lee posing over him.

Royal Rumble
In the first PPV to have a live crowd since Elimination Chamber last year, welcome to Royal Rumble 2021, live from the T-Mobile Park in Seattle, Washington – home to WrestleMania XIX! There is a huge fight feel in the air as both Lee and Lesnar are shown preparing backstage in their respective locker rooms for their upcoming clash. Lee makes his entrance first to vociferous pops, the crowd serenading Lee down to the ring, treating him like a true star with their chants of “OH BASK IN HIS GLORY!”, Lee showing his appreciation to the reception. Lesnar is out next to the polar opposite reaction, a cascade of boos accompanying his down to the ring, the Beast Incarnate revelling in the heat as Heyman trails behind him, mic in hand to do his signature introduction. Lesnar has an arrogant look on his face as Heyman introduces him, whilst Lee is calm and ready during his in-ring introduction. As soon as the bell rings, Lesnar, in the ultimate sign of disrespect, turns his back to Lee, not selling him as a threat at all. Perhaps the couple beatdowns he gave him have gotten to his head, a grave mistake as Lee charges out of his corner and launches Lesnar with a POUNCE! Lesnar’s eyes shoot wide open in shock as Lee crushes him with a Corner Splash, before nailing him with a Grizzly Magnum, Lesnar immediately regretting underestimating Lee as memories of last year’s Rumble flash back in his mind. He escapes to the outside, hoping for a breather, only for Lee to rebound off the ropes and deliver a Tope Con Hilo! The crowd are fully behind Lee as he returns Lesnar back to the ring and relaxes in his corner, basking in the warmth of the crowd reactions.
Lesnar is red in the face, feeling completely and utterly embarrassed by Lee, prompting him to bring out his sadistic side. He rushes Lee, delivering a series of Shoulder Tackles in the corner, before nailing a couple High Knees, each shot to the skull rocking Lee. He pulls him into the centre of the ring, firing up his German Suplex barrage. He nails a couple, but as he goes for the third, Lee lands on his feet, delivering one of his own! Lesnar is once again taken aback, rarely ever finding anyone that can match his power. Both men collapse to the mat after delivering Running Crossbodies, having to take a breather. Lesnar attempts to show off his athleticism, only for Lee to show him he’s equally matched. He brandishes his MMA striking, only for Lee to chop back at him with his signature blistering shots. Quickly, Lesnar is getting flustered, not knowing what he can do against someone of Lee’s ability. The two trade Suplexes, Lesnar buying time as he attempts to devise a plan, until he has a eureka moment, escaping a Belly to Belly attempt for Lee and turning it into a Kimura Lock! Lee isn’t well versed in the submission game, so Lesnar must have his number here! For a while, it seems that is the case as Lesnar twists Lee’s arm at a gruesome angle, close to snapping it! However, the inhuman strength of Lee battles back, lifting Lesnar off of the mat and driving him back down with a Spinebuster! Lesnar still holds on! Lee delivers another, but Lesnar retains the grip! Frustrated, Lee pops him up into the air and drops him with a Modified Spirit Bomb! Lesnar bounces off the mat high into the air, the crowd cheering as they watch Lesnar being manhandled.
Left with limited options, Lesnar decides to fight rough, taking off his gloves and going full MMA style as he floors Lee and busts him wide open, making him bleed like a stuck pig! He tries to force the match to end by ref stoppage, yet the resilience and sheer determination of Lee is so great that he keeps fighting back! Even with his bloodied visage, Lee swings at Lesnar, throwing whatever shots he can, though it is evident that his strength is slowly being sapped from him, his form not as tight as it originally was. Lesnar capitalises on this, delivering knees to the ribs, either trying to break something, or drive all the air out of Lee’s lungs. The Limitless One desperately gasps for air as Lesnar continues his grim onslaught, but it is also evident that Lesnar is quickly losing his strength too, Lee having taken a lot out of the Beast Incarnate, the latter not used to a fight of this magnitude and intensity. Lee uses whatever strength he has left to try and go for the Big Bang Catastrophe like he did on RAW, but he can’t get Lesnar up on his shoulders. Instead, Lesnar gets him up his time and lands an F-5! 1…2…KICK OUT! Lesnar is consumed by shock at this point, none of his moves able to get the job done. Heyman sports an anxious look, yelling at Lesnar to try again. However, he takes too long, Lee fighting back again! Left with no choice, Heyman hops up onto the apron, distracting the referee whilst Lesnar goes low! Lesnar hoists Lee up on his shoulders for another F-5! Lee rolls out of the ring upon connecting with the mat!
Lesnar jumps up and down, absolutely livid, as Heyman watches on, biting his nails out of concern. As the referee goes to check on Lee, Lesnar stops him, demanding him to count him out instead! The referee, too afraid to defy Lesnar’s order, obliges, firing up the count. 1…2…3. No sign of movement from Lee. 4…5…6. Still no life in the Limitless One! 7…8. Some twitches of life coursing through his body! 9…LEE MAKES IT IN! Just in the nick of time, Lee makes it back into the ring, breaking the count! Lesnar is on the verge of tearing out the little hair he has, but Heyman yells to him to deliver one more F-5, believing that third time’s the charm. After all, it took three to break the streak, so why shouldn’t it put down Lee? Lesnar agrees, hoisting Lee back up to his feet, picking him up onto his shoulders… Lee slips out behind him! Grizzly Magnum to the back! Pounce! Lee hoists Lesnar onto his shoulders… BIG BANG CATASTROPHE! He isn’t done yet though, picking Lesnar up for one final shot… SPIRIT BOMB! 1…2…3! Lee just pinned Lesnar!
The crowd explode in cheers as Lee’s music hits, Heyman in absolute disbelief as the Limitless One just beat the Next Big Thing! The referee runs over to Lee, mopping up the blood still leaking from his forehead, before raising the victor’s arm, Lee striking his signature pose with a smirk, ecstatic that he just knocked off Lesnar. On the other side of the ring, Lesnar is… laughing? Between spluttered coughs and laughter, Lesnar drags himself up to his feet using the ropes, albeit on shaky legs, but just stable enough to manage to walk over to Lee. He stares the Moment Maker in his eyes, before nodding to him and raising his arm! A rare show of respect from the Beast Incarnate, Lesnar puts Lee over, and in the process, passes the torch of Next Big Thing over to the Limitless One, before leaving the ring, allowing Lee to have his moment. Lee has officially been crowned the Next Big Thing… but it isn’t the end of his journey just yet. There’s still more to attend to…

BUILD TO FASTLANE
With Rumble over, everyone’s attention turns to the Show of Shows, WrestleMania. Walking into the big stage as WWE Champion is Owens, who’s been holding onto the title as tightly as possible since winning it back in September, now coming up to his biggest title defence to date. However, with there being no challenger in place for the Prizefighter, an 8-Man #1 Contender Tournament is announced, with the participants being named as follows: Drew McIntyre, AJ Styles, Randy Orton, Ricochet, Bobby Lashley, Andrade, Seth Rollins, and most importantly, Keith Lee. As per the brackets, Lee is paired up against a fellow big man in Lashley for the first round, quite the challenge to get through to move onto the Semi-Finals. Backstage, Owens is seen talking to Lee, congratulating him for his victory over Lesnar, Lee returning the compliments to Owens for his successful title defence, joking that perhaps Owens not helping Lee against Lesnar and Cesaro was justified, seeing as Owens’ extra training payed off. Owens gives him a nervous chuckle, before trying to brush past to talk about the upcoming tournament. He runs through the names, giving reasons as to why he’s better than all the competitors in there, before coming to Lee’s name, to which he simply wishes Lee luck with a bit of hesitance, before nervously joking to him to go easy on everyone, though it seems a bit of genuine emotion slipped into his words too.
Nonetheless, Lee takes his challenge head-on, facing Lashley in an exciting powerhouse clash in the opening round. Lashley displays jealousy throughout the bout, believing he’s more deserving of the push Lee has received, especially with Lesnar endorsing Lee instead of Lashley despite the Dominator asking for the bout for years. Lashley does his best to put Lee away and capitalise off of a huge win, but Lee ultimately puts him away after a Spirit Bomb, moving on. In the Semi-Finals, he faces off against Styles, whilst on the other side of the bracket Edge & McIntyre have moved on, the two also doing battle. Styles bumps like a maniac in his match with Lee, each move’s raw power being highlighted through the crazy flips Styles performs. Ultimately, as Styles attempts to seal the deal with a Phenomenal Forearm, it’s caught into a Big Bang Catastrophe, Lee putting down the former World Champion to advance to the Finals. Who meets him there but the man who’s been wanting a match with Lee since the Limitless One arrived on RAW – Drew McIntyre.
McIntyre cuts a promo on Lee, firstly putting him over for defeating Lesnar much like him, albeit doing it on a smaller stage, but with the added bonus of having a crowd to witness it. He goes onto talk about how he’s been wanting Lee for himself for so long, but Lee continually ducked him, until now, he gets what he wants at Fastlane. For McIntyre, he needs this win so he can win back the WWE Championship to put a stop to Owens’ reign. For Lee, McIntyre is essentially a final boss to see whether he’s truly worthy of challenging for the World Title. Sure, he’s beaten multiple former World Champs within his near year stint on RAW thus far, but so has McIntyre. In fact, McIntyre has beaten everyone that Lee has, so it makes perfect sense that the two of them duke it out to see who’s more deserving of the WM Title Shot. Lee retorts to McIntyre’s claims of Lee ducking him, stating that he would’ve loved to have face him at an earlier date, but he had to respect his friend’s wishes. McIntyre mocks Lee’s friendship with Owens, stating that if the two of them can be considered as friends, then McIntyre and Rollins must be best friends. He claims that true friendship is what 3MB was, where you had three men that always stuck by each other’s sides, even after leaving WWE and joining back, supporting each other on the road to success. Owens is merely afraid of Lee, and for good reason judging by Lee’s immense talent, so he keeps him close. Unfortunately for Lee though, this is McIntyre’s kingdom, so he’ll be damned if he doesn’t beat Lee and Owens back-to-back. Lee simply states ‘may the best man win’, McIntyre nodding, before the two men stare each other down, ready for their huge clash in the Finals.
On the go-home show, Owens tries to convince Lee to vacate his spot in the Finals, telling him there’s always another shot at winning back the US Title, or Owens could even hook him for another match with a legend like Lesnar. However, Black’s voice rings in Lee’s head, the Limitless One heeding the advice and turning down Owens’ offers, telling him he appreciates it, but this is his time to shine, and he isn’t going to let anyone take it away from it. Owens seems to be extremely nervous as the two men ride into their Finals clash. He has McIntyre’s number, but never has he had to face someone like Lee. Will the Limitless One prevail and earn the shot, or will McIntyre’s experience render this his match for the taking?

Fastlane
The match everyone’s been waiting for is finally here, capping off a night of great wrestling. The Next Big Thing vs The Chosen One. Keith Lee vs Drew McIntyre. A never seen before singles match, taking place in the Finals of the WWE Championship #1 Contender’s Tournament. Which man will secure their dream of heading to WM to face the World Champ? The two men make their respective entrances, before the referee calls for the bell, kicking off the clash between two titans. The commentators note that McIntyre poses an interesting threat to Lee, as whilst Lee outweighs McIntyre, McIntyre has the height advantage, an issue that Lee hasn’t had to worry about for quite a while. Nonetheless, the two men lock-up, going tit for tat in the early goings as they exchange the usual side headlocks and shoulder tackles, McIntyre prevailing in the former thanks to his taller frame, whilst Lee prevails in the latter, the strength evidently in his favour. Ultimately, they get into a showcase of big lads doing things they shouldn’t be able to do, Lee shining with his incredible athletic prowess, even surprising McIntyre as he delivers a Jumping Hurricanrana, a Dropkick, a Slingshot Crossbody all in quick succession. McIntyre catches Lee on the apron with a Glasgow Kiss, before racking his back with pain after a brutal Celtic Cross on the hardest part of the ring! He’s unable to get the 3 count off of it, Lee still having a good amount of fight left in the tank.
McIntyre unleashes a barrage of Suplexes, nailing a Snap Suplex and a Bridging Northern Lights, before going up top for a Superplex attempt, only for Lee to fight back with a Headbutt to the Scottish Terminator, hanging him in a Tree of Woe! As he attempts to score a Double Foot Stomp though, McIntyre catches him off guard with an Overhead Belly to Belly Suplex, before floating over right into a Future Shock DDT! Lee continues to defy him with kick-outs, giving McIntyre quite the run for his money as he returns the punishment with a Release German Suplex that causes McIntyre to land right at the top of his shoulders and neck, a cringeworthy crunch sounding as he lands. Lee manages to land the Big Bang Catastrophe, but McIntyre kicks out! As they enter the home stretch, they nail each other with stiff strikes, both men landing simultaneous Headbutts that leave them stunned for a good few moments, before Lee rears for the Grizzly Magnum. Unlike any other opponent, McIntyre tanks the shot, before returning a Mongolian Chop of his own! Lee is left clutching his chest this time, feeling pain in more than one place as he eats a Claymore right after! Unsatisfied though, McIntyre picks him up, going for a second one, which proves to be a mistake as Lee collapses to his knees before McIntyre can connect, causing the Scotsman to crash on his back instead! Realising the opportunity at hand, Lee climbs up to the middle rope, delivering the Doomsault, before landing a pair of Spirit Bombs! 1…2…3! Lee is going to face Owens at WM!
After one hell of a fight from both men, Lee prevails, the Next Big Thing able to put down the Chosen One for 3! McIntyre, despite being upset that through all the trash-talking and high impact manoeuvres Lee still came out on top, extends his hand to Lee out of respect, the Limitless One returning a handshake. McIntyre pulls him close, telling him to beat Owens for him, before heading to the back. As Lee is left to celebrate with the fans, someone else joins the party… it’s the champ himself, Kevin Owens! With a half-hearted smile painted on his face and a bit of a hurt look in his eyes, the Prizefighter swaggers down to the ring, clapping and cheering for Lee, firing up a chant for him in the hopes of turning Lee’s attention away from him, but the Moment Maker’s eyes are trained on the gold draped over Owens’ shoulder, and he knows it. Realising there’s not much he can do in the given situation, Owens begins walking to the ropes… before turning around to strike Lee! Lee sees it coming though, popping Owens up into the air for a Spirit Bomb attempt, but the Prizefighter nails him in the head with his title! Owens beats Lee into a pulp to a chorus of boos. However, surprisingly, there seems to be a mix of remorse, anger, and… tears in Owens’ eyes? He wipes them away as he screams ‘WHY!’ repeatedly, before picking up Lee and planting him with a PACKAGE PILEDRIVER! As he stands over Lee’s body, a reservoir of tears streams off of his face and onto the canvas, Owens sobbing as he stares at Lee’s lifeless cadaver, unable to contain his emotion as the show comes to a close.

BUILD TO WRESTLEMANIA
After the shocking conclusion of Fastlane, murmurs course through the WWE Universe, unable to decipher why Owens’ seemed so heartbroken. Every time he’s turned on someone, he’s been a cold-blooded killer, but this time… this time seemed different. Lee, just as curious to find out as everyone else, calls out his WM opponent for explanation, a hint of worry in his tone as he may have ended his last real friendship when he won at Fastlane. For a few moments, there’s no response, Lee left to pace about the ring in wait… until the titantron sparks up with some grainy footage, static running about the screen. It finally focuses on Owens with his WWE Championship, sitting down in an undisclosed location backstage. There are dried marks of tears on his face, his eyes seem void of emotion, but his expression seems broken.
He begins shaking his head, whispering to himself ‘Why?’ repeatedly, until he finally snaps and screams ‘WHY?!’ at the camera. He pauses for a few moments, before speaking again in a croaky tone. He states that ever since he was a child, he dreamed of main-eventing at WM and walking out as WWE Champion. He had posters of all the greats, he collected all the collectibles, he watched RAW every single week, learning English that way. All he ever wanted to do was fulfil his dream of walking out as WWE Champion in the main event at WM… but Lee had to try and take it from him, didn’t he? Throughout his life, he’s travelled across the globe, wrestling everywhere he possibly could so that one day he would make it to the WWE and one day fulfil this childhood dream. But along the way, he faced multiple hiccups. Every time he was inches away from success, a friend of his would have their dream fulfilled instead.
Look at Sami Zayn. Everywhere Owens went throughout his career, he always was forced to live in Zayn’s shadow, because he ‘didn’t look the part’ or he ‘wasn’t as popular’. So, he had to put their friendship aside and brutalise him to achieve his goals because Zayn was always too selfish to let Owens get his turn first. He never wanted to inflict any harm on Zayn because he loved him like a brother… but clearly Zayn didn’t have that compassion back for him. Then, he got to team with his idol, Chris Jericho. As a kid, he did everything he could to be just like Jericho, only to realise the man he truly was when he grew up. He loved him like a brother and looked up to him, but the only thing he was doing soon after was looking down at his broken body, because Jericho never shared that same compassion for him, always trying to make himself the centre of attention using his stupid list and stupid scarves, overshadowing Owens’ World Title reign. Then, he joined the New Day momentarily a couple years ago, trying to fill in for their injured friend, only for them to see him as replaceable, keeping him close for the sole fact that otherwise, Owens would be the WWE Champion and Kofi wouldn’t, so he did what he had to do with them, putting his love to the side and beating them down.
And now, it’s been two years… two WHOLE years without a single such incident, but Lee just had to do it to Owens, didn’t he? Owens tried to give him the world when he came to the main roster, not wanting Lee to be lost in the shuffle like he was when he originally joined NXT, ensuring he has a slow and steady rise to the top whilst Owens supports himself in the World Title picture, finally holding the championship that he deserved to hold years ago, but Lee and all his friends saw it as ‘Owens holding Lee down’ and being a ‘traitor’, when they were all LIES! Lee bought into the bag of lies, refusing to listen to Owens’ reason, refusing to accept Owens’ kindness, instead making it all about himself! Because he’s the ‘Next Big Thing’, right? Because he’s the ‘saviour of RAW’, right? For Lee, it’s only all about him, and when the spotlight isn’t on him, when his ‘moments’ aren’t trending, he tries to ruin other people’s hopes and dreams.
But now… now it’s too late for apologies. He’s unlocked the black heart of Owens that he so desperately tried to keep shackled up inside of him and not let out. He’s unlocked the sadistic thoughts that he so desperately tried to keep away from using on Lee. He’s unlocked the remorseless side of Owens, who will stop at nothing to get his pound of flesh from Lee. But for anything he does to Lee moving forwards, he has one simple message: He’s not sorry. He’s not sorry at all. Because come WM, he’s going torture Lee, he’s going to maim Lee, and he’s going to break Lee. And then, he’s going to leave the main event of WM as WWE Champion, with all the streamers hailing down for HIM, all the spotlights and attention on HIM, and most importantly, HIS dreams, and only HIS dreams fulfilled.
Owens’ rant comes to a close as a disturbed crowd and a shaken Lee look on. Owens is hellbent on doing whatever it takes to keep his title come Mania, so for Lee, it’s going to be one dangerous match. Owens may even try to end his career to fulfil his dream, so both men are definitely going to be in for one hell of a fight.
In the following weeks, as WM draws near, videos play of both men training for their hotly-anticipated match-up which is set to main event N1 of WM. Owens looks like an absolute monster in his training, a look of murderous intent in his eyes as he lifts weights, whilst Lee is laser-focused, knowing that even the slightest mistake against Owens could be costly for his career. One bad landing, and everything he’s worked so hard for could very well be over. As if the feud couldn’t get any hotter, with two weeks to go till WM, following Lee prevailing in a match to get warmed-up, the titantron sparks up, revealing live footage of Owens dragging someone behind him… IT’S MIA YIM! She looks like a broken mess, shirt stained with crimson as a sadistic Owens cackles. Lee yells at the titantron, demanding Owens to leave her alone, but the Prizefighter is too far gone in his psychopathic ways, instead getting her in position for a Package Piledriver! He exclaims that this is a gift for Lee ahead of their match, before spiking her on her head, Lee having no choice but to watch on helplessly! As a result of Owens’ actions though, Lee storms into Vince’s office, demanding to make the match an ‘I Quit’ match, wanting to have the privilege to do whatever he wants to Owens without the worry of being DQ’ed, whilst also making sure that the only way the fight ends is when one man quits, unable to take it anymore, Lee desperate to exact revenge. Vince makes it official, meaning that in the main event of N1 of WM, it’s going to be Owens vs Lee in a ‘I Quit’ match for the WWE Championship! Who will prevail in this intensely personal rivalry? Will Owens fulfil his childhood dream as walk out still WWE Champion? Or can Lee get revenge on Owens in the biggest match of his career, winning his first World Title?

WrestleMania 37
Finally, in what is sure to be a bloodbath, the main event of N1 of WM in Hollywood! Lee is out first sporting white gear, as if wanting a visual representation of how much blood will be spilt! He’s angry and he’s ready, wanting to put an end to Owens once and for all. The man he truly trusted to be his friend, ending up regressing to his old ways. Owens is out next, sporting a KO Mania V shirt and his usual shorts, WWE Championship draped over his shoulder, and a look of pure malice painted on his face, determined to make sure that Lee doesn’t snatch his dreams away from him. They stand in their corners for the in-ring introductions, a grand feel attached to this grudge match. Lee doesn’t wait for the opening bell though as he immediately makes a beeline for Owens, POUNCING him out of his boots! Owens flees to the outside, Lee launching himself out with a Slingshot Plancha to wipe him out! The bell finally sounds in the background, but these two men aren’t concerned about it, their full focus honed in on tearing each other apart. Lee tosses Owens into any steel he can find, bouncing him off of the steel steps, steel post, and then slamming him on the steel ramp! Owens laughs at the pain though, asking for more, which draws the ire of Lee as he throws Owens back-and-forth between barricades, asking him if he wants to quit, but Owens simply spits in his face! Lee props Owens against the steel post, going for a Grizzly Magnum on him to drive his back into it, only for Owens to evade and Lee’s hands to clang off of the steel!
As Lee grabs at his hands, feeling the sharp pain, Owens takes advantage of the situation, sending Lee into the ring apron repeatedly, before landing an Apron Powerbomb! Lee yells out as he collapses to the floor, grabbing at his back, but he refuses to quit. Owens picks him up and delivers another one, and another, and a fourth, yet Lee stays in it! Owens grabs a trash can from under the ring, which contains plunder like a steel chain, kendo sticks, etc. He picks up the chain and whips Lee like a government mule, leaving red marks all over Lee’s back, before trying to choke him out with it! Lee fights back though, snapping a kendo stick over Owens’ back, then driving the now exposed sharp ends into him, yelling at him to quit! Despite Owens’ experience in such types of matches, Lee seems to have the upper hand for a good portion of the beginning, his emotion fuelling him to take risk after risk just to make Owens pay so he can get his modicum of revenge. Unfortunately for Lee, Owens is tough as nails, tanking through whatever the Limitless One throws at him, albeit being left for worse after every weapon shot. Lee dismantles the announcer’s table, looking to put Owens through it, but as he’s busy clearing the table, Owens exposes the concrete floor, delivering a Back Body Drop to Lee as he turns around to send him crashing down spine-first! Owens props Lee on the table cover, before delivering a Bullfrog Splash off the apron onto him through it, splinters of wood flying everywhere! Owens gets out a Ladder from underneath the ring, teasing climbing up it to put Lee through the table, but the Moment Maker senses it, returning the fight back inside the ring.
The two get into an ugly fight, laying into each other with classic fists and kicks, before Owens bites Lee! He brings in a Steel Chair, putting it against Lee and delivering a Cannonball, before attempting a Trash Can assisted Coast to Coast, only for Lee to pluck Owens out of the sky with a Powerbomb through it! Lee takes Owens back outside, decking him with a few Ladder shots, before landing a German Suplex onto it! He places Owens on the announcer’s table, walloping him with a couple trash can lid shots to keep him down, before scaling up the ladder and delivering a DOOMSAULT! The referee checks on both men, the pair still not wanting to quit! The madness continues to ramp up back inside the ring with exposed turnbuckles, exposed floorboards, barbed wire 2x4s, the two men doing their best after each shot to return to their feet, clearly losing more and more energy after each shot. Eventually, after landing a Steenaliser, Owens looks to bring the match to an end as he takes Lee on top of a stack of tables, ladders, and chairs, attempting to Package Piledriver Lee through it! Lee thwarts Owens’ plans though, escaping and instead getting Owens up for a Big Bang Catastrophe attempt! Before he lands the move though, he pauses, realising he’s going too far, giving Owens a chance to quit, only for the Champ to spit in his face, causing Lee to go through with it, Owens taking one blow too many! Realising he can’t stand up after taking the beating he has, his WM dreams impossible to achieve, Owens utters the words… ‘I Quit.’
Keith Lee has done it! After one hell of a WM ME, Lee is the NEW WWE Champion! Through all the hardships, all the sacrifices, he’s finally put an end to Lee! Friends like Joe, Ricochet, Crews, etc., and most importantly, Yim herself, all make their way down to the ring to congratulate Lee, the perfect Hollywood ending to Lee’s first year on RAW! As he turns to look at the ramp, he notices Black nodding to him from a distance, Lee returning the nod out of appreciation for bringing him to his senses. Within one year, Lee has faced some of the best of the best, saving RAW, making sacrifices, and becoming the top guy on the red brand! He is truly… Limitless.
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2020.05.17 16:27 Remexa Weekly train fact #6

There is actually no major agreement among railway historians and railfans on what locomotive was the first to reach 100 mph, although there are 3 major claims. One American, and two British.
The earliest known claim was that of the NYC and HRRR Empire State Express 999, which supposedly broke the record on May 10th, 1893, reaching 112.5 mph.
The second claim was that of GWR 3440 City of Truro, who’s claim is dated May 9th, 1904 for 102.3 mph.
The third and also the first verified claim is that of LNER 4472 Flying Scotsman, which reached the speed of 100 mph on November 30th, 1934.
You can still see all three locomotives today, although in varying states of originality. The Empire State Express 999 is currently located in the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago, Illinois. Having been retired in 1953, and having gone through a large rebuild around the turn of the century to make it more suitable for switching work.
The 3440 City of Truro and 4472 Flying Scotsman are both owned by the National Railway Museum in York, England. The Flying Scotsman has gone through many rebuilds and redesigns since it’s construction in 1923.
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2020.04.16 13:09 BoarstWurst My user profile had a small visit from the vegan brigade.

So recently I found an increasing amount of angry vegans in my inbox. This was, unsurprisingly, because someone wrote a response to the sticky post in a sub that I'm not going to name (due to our rules). This user has linked to my profile multiple times, making it very convenient to brigade.
To be clear, my post isn't even meant for debate, but as a compilation of sources on common inaccuracies that you can literally find on the vegan reddit sidebar. If you use it without context, it's really just a giant strawman.
I don't want to waste my time responding to the whole thing, but I would like to highlight some things that he said because he has unknowingly managed to confirm every single prejudice I've had with the vegan community.
Everything on the very first point:
One
Literally the first point he makes is a blatant lie because every single one of these statements adresses a vegan diet. In his last sentence, he makes an incredibly half-assed response to the statements (this is important for later so keep it in mind). Here are some snippets from the organizations that clearly state how simply B12 + diet is not enough:
Regular dietary monitoring is essential, vitamin B12 and vitamin D supplementation is always necessary, while iron, calcium, docosahexaenoic acid, and zinc should be supplemented on a case-by-case basis.
Vegan diets should only be used under appropriate medical or dietetic supervision to ensure that the infant receives a sufficient supply of vitamin B12, vitamin D, iron, zinc, folate, n-3 LCPUFA, protein, and calcium, and that the diet is sufficiently nutrient and energy dense.
Two
I'm not conflating anything at all actually. The SDA church encourages the biblical Garden of Eden diet, which is completely devoid of animal products, i.e. vegan. The reason they are calling it vegetarian is because the term vegan did not even exist when the church was founded.
Three
Here he's twisting my words. I didn't say that the ADA owns vegan food industries, but the Adventists. Which they do. And yes as he says the ADA is known for corruption from all kinds of sources, which makes it pretty ironic that vegans keep using their paper to appeal to authority.
Four
I actually can't even find the DAA paper anymore on their website as they currently don't even have any sources at all (they seem to have removed it, lol). They used to have a .pdf file that, depending on the date, either had 4 sources from Adventists+Kellogg's or 3 sources just from Adventists. One of them was the ADA paper.
On the BDA, he has literally posted a link that confirms it so idk what's wrong here.
The document states the BDA and The Vegan Society will work together “to show that it is possible to follow a well-planned, plant-based, vegan-friendly diet that supports healthy living in people of all ages”.
I also cannot post links to everything because reddit has a character limit.
Five
Veganism has NOT been proven to be safe. If you take look at how vegans make these kinds of statements, they will almost always rely on anecdotes or opinion papers. I have made two points on why these statements are not supported by evidence, and he pretended they didn't exist:
  1. The ADA paper does not provide sufficient real-world data that a vegan diet is safe for all stages of life.
  2. The speculation they are doing on nutrients is incomplete and missing nutrients like Vitamin A or K2. There have also been cases of carnitine deficiency in children which they don't talk about either. Problems like this are often only detected when it is already too late, which makes all his "just take supplements" points very disingenuous.
Six
No comment.
Seven
I'm not sure if his B12 deficiency has caused him to hallucinate, but the article isn't even about the case report of a child. It talks about Belgian pediatricians that want to heavily restrict vegan diets because people keep on, in his words, "not doing it right" to the point where children end up being permanently crippled for the rest of their life...
The academy determined that veganism for kids is “unethical” because it can lead to health problems for growing children, the Belgian publication Le Soir reports (link in French). The animal-product-free diet isn’t technically prohibited, and the ruling doesn’t necessarily equate veganism with child neglect. However, it will make it easier to prosecute parents who impose the strict diet and whose children have health problems.
according to pediatrician Georges Casimir, who led the commission that wrote the report, “but we can no longer tolerate this endangerment.”
From the Royal Academy of Medicine of Belgium
The committee considers that the vegan diet is inappropriate and therefore not recommended for unborn children, children and adolescents, as well as pregnant and lactating women.
Here he insists that vegans are very honest about deficiency risks. Now, the ironic part about this is that his only response to multiple boards of pediatricians making warnings was "just take B12". Even the ADA paper recommends more than that. He insists that every case of veganism harming children has nothing to do with veganism, but never acknowledges that the reason this happened in the first place is because people like him keep making these kinds of statements, because some humans can make mistakes, or because people have genetic problems with being vegan. This person is really the single best example of what's wrong with veganism.
Almost every time he responds to problems that are directly caused by the vegan diet, he refuses to blame his infallible ideology and instead attacks the flawed humans. He basically confirms the fallacies at the bottom of the post:
  • No true Scotsman: "84% of vegans were never really vegan."
  • No true Scotsman: "Veganism is not a diet, it's an ethical philosophy. No true vegan supports slavery, has a child, vaccinates, drives a car, has an iPhone or owns a cat ..."
  • Nirvana fallacy: "There's no point in eating animal products because you can just have a perfect vegan diet, supplements and genetic predisposition."
  • Proof by example: "Some people are vegan. Therefore, everyone can be vegan."
Eating disorder
Yeah except that it's true.
He debunks himself on speciecism:
  • Here he assures us that anti-speciecism can never possibly be anti-human.
  • Here he then admits to being a speciecist that would save a human over an animal when considering interests of equal strength.
  • And here he's discriminating against insects by arbitrarily saying they have lower moral value. He also makes some great mental gymnastics to justify stealing their land and raining poison on them.
  • Here he refutes the point that vegans use observational studies by linking to observational studies.
  • And here he even admits that these studies are flawed and weak!
  • Also, here he suggests that we should discard the hippocratic oath and potentially harm humans by relying on studies that are statistically more likely to point into the opposite direction than being true.
Here he debunks one of his fellow vegans who wrote a rebuttal to our link "a whole lot of science" on the sidebar - because this vegan said that he firmly believes that humans are herbivores.
Vegans are respectful
Well thanks for being so respectful that I have personally received threats you degenerate. Tell this to every ex-vegan influencer who is getting shamed and had to make an apology video, every family farm that has been attacked, every person that has been harassed by the VCJ brigade, the Inuit who've had their culture impacted by protesters, or Eddie Hall's child who has been cyberbullied by Vegan Gains in front of a massive audience. It's all justified because it's done in the name of veganism, right?
If this group doesn't want to be seen as terrorists then maybe it shouldn't act like them and actually try to discourage this sort of behaviour instead of insisting that the "the loud minority" causes vegan subreddits to have 3k+ karma brigade posts. The Catholic Church is also apologizing for child abuse cases after all.
Animal rights have nothing to do with animal welfare. In fact, vegans can't even support animal welfare with their consumer power. Animal rights actually promote the delegalization of basic physiological human needs. Every single vegan I've ever heard talk about Temple Grandin has called her a hypocrite for improving US slaughterhouse standards instead of abolishing them altogether.
Also, Singer is retarded. He was an anti-realist utilitarian for most of his time until his colleagues had to point out how braindead that is.
The whole post more or less goes on in the same pattern (twisting words, taking statements out of context, appeals to authority, nirvana fallacies, whataboutism, ...) and at this point I think I've laid out enough. This guy is a perfect example of the narcissistic behaviour that everyone is so familiar with.
I personally don't talk much to vegans anymore because they are always like this, but I've found it entertaining to dig behind the propaganda and collect all the information. I will edit some unclear and offensive things out of the post (like calling Greger a quack).
This is the first and only response I'll make. I just wanted to leave this here aswell as pin it to my profile so that people can use it as a flagship example.
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2020.04.16 12:01 BoarstWurst My user profile had a small visit from the vegan brigade.

So recently I found an increasing amount of angry vegans in my inbox. This was, unsurprisingly, because someone wrote a response to the sticky post in a sub that I'm not going to name (due to our rules). This user has linked to my profile multiple times, making it very convenient to brigade.
To be clear, my post isn't even meant for debate, but as a compilation of sources on common inaccuracies that you can literally find on the vegan reddit sidebar. If you use it without context, it's really just a giant strawman.
I don't want to waste my time responding to the whole thing, but I would like to highlight some things that he said because he has unknowingly managed to confirm every single prejudice I've had with the vegan community.
Everything on the very first point:
One
Literally the first point he makes is a blatant lie because every single one of these statements adresses a vegan diet. In his last sentence, he makes an incredibly half-assed response to the statements (this is important for later so keep it in mind). Here are some snippets from the organizations that clearly state how simply B12 + diet is not enough:
Regular dietary monitoring is essential, vitamin B12 and vitamin D supplementation is always necessary, while iron, calcium, docosahexaenoic acid, and zinc should be supplemented on a case-by-case basis.
Vegan diets should only be used under appropriate medical or dietetic supervision to ensure that the infant receives a sufficient supply of vitamin B12, vitamin D, iron, zinc, folate, n-3 LCPUFA, protein, and calcium, and that the diet is sufficiently nutrient and energy dense.
Two
I'm not conflating anything at all actually. The SDA church encourages the biblical Garden of Eden diet, which is completely devoid of animal products, i.e. vegan. The reason they are calling it vegetarian is because the term vegan did not even exist when the church was founded.
Three
Here he's twisting my words. I didn't say that the ADA owns vegan food industries, but the Adventists. Which they do. And yes as he says the ADA is known for corruption from all kinds of sources, which makes it pretty ironic that vegans keep using their paper to appeal to authority.
Four
I actually can't even find the DAA paper anymore on their website as they currently don't even have any sources at all (they seem to have removed it, lol). They used to have a .pdf file that, depending on the date, either had 4 sources from Adventists+Kellogg's or 3 sources just from Adventists. One of them was the ADA paper.
On the BDA, he has literally posted a link that confirms it so idk what's wrong here.
The document states the BDA and The Vegan Society will work together “to show that it is possible to follow a well-planned, plant-based, vegan-friendly diet that supports healthy living in people of all ages”.
I also cannot post links to everything because reddit has a character limit.
Five
Veganism has NOT been proven to be safe. If you take look at how vegans make these kinds of statements, they will almost always rely on anecdotes or opinion papers. I have made two points on why these statements are not supported by evidence, and he pretended they didn't exist:
  1. The ADA paper does not provide sufficient real-world data that a vegan diet is safe for all stages of life.
  2. The speculation they are doing on nutrients is incomplete and missing nutrients like Vitamin A or K2. There have also been cases of carnitine deficiency in children which they don't talk about either. Problems like this are often only detected when it is already too late, which makes all his "just take supplements" points very disingenuous.
Six
No comment.
Seven
I'm not sure if his B12 deficiency has caused him to hallucinate, but the article isn't even about the case report of a child. It talks about Belgian pediatricians that want to heavily restrict vegan diets because people keep on, in his words, "not doing it right" to the point where children end up being permanently crippled for the rest of their life...
The academy determined that veganism for kids is “unethical” because it can lead to health problems for growing children, the Belgian publication Le Soir reports (link in French). The animal-product-free diet isn’t technically prohibited, and the ruling doesn’t necessarily equate veganism with child neglect. However, it will make it easier to prosecute parents who impose the strict diet and whose children have health problems.
according to pediatrician Georges Casimir, who led the commission that wrote the report, “but we can no longer tolerate this endangerment.”
From the Royal Academy of Medicine of Belgium
The committee considers that the vegan diet is inappropriate and therefore not recommended for unborn children, children and adolescents, as well as pregnant and lactating women.
Here he insists that vegans are very honest about deficiency risks. Now, the ironic part about this is that his only response to multiple boards of pediatricians making warnings was "just take B12". Even the ADA paper recommends more than that. He insists that every case of veganism harming children has nothing to do with veganism, but never acknowledges that the reason this happened in the first place is because people like him keep making these kinds of statements, because some humans can make mistakes, or because people have genetic problems with being vegan. This person is really the single best example of what's wrong with veganism.
Almost every time he responds to problems that are directly caused by the vegan diet, he refuses to blame his infallible ideology and instead attacks the flawed humans. He basically confirms the fallacies at the bottom of the post:
  • No true Scotsman: "84% of vegans were never really vegan."
  • No true Scotsman: "Veganism is not a diet, it's an ethical philosophy. No true vegan supports slavery, has a child, vaccinates, drives a car, has an iPhone or owns a cat ..."
  • Nirvana fallacy: "There's no point in eating animal products because you can just have a perfect vegan diet, supplements and genetic predisposition."
  • Proof by example: "Some people are vegan. Therefore, everyone can be vegan."
Eating disorder
Yeah except that it's true.
He debunks himself on speciecism:
  • Here he assures us that anti-speciecism can never possibly be anti-human.
  • Here he then admits to being a speciecist that would save a human over an animal when considering interests of equal strength.
  • And here he's discriminating against insects by arbitrarily saying they have lower moral value. He also makes some great mental gymnastics to justify stealing their land and raining poison on them.
  • Here he refutes the point that vegans use observational studies by linking to observational studies.
  • And here he then admits that these studies are flawed and weak.
  • Also, here he suggests that we should discard the hippocratic oath and potentially harm humans by relying on studies that are statistically more likely to point into the opposite direction than being true.
Here he debunks one of his fellow vegans who wrote a rebuttal to our link "a whole lot of science" on the sidebar - because this vegan said that he firmly believes that humans are herbivores.
Vegans are respectful
Well thanks for being so respectful that I have personally received threats you degenerate. Tell this to every ex-vegan influencer who is getting shamed and had to make an apology video, every family farm that has been attacked, every person that has been harassed by the VCJ brigade, the Inuit who've had their culture impacted by protesters, or Eddie Hall's child who has been cyberbullied by Vegan Gains in front of a massive audience. It's all justified because it's done in the name of veganism, right?
If this group doesn't want to be seen as terrorists then maybe it shouldn't act like them and actually try to discourage this sort of behaviour instead of insisting that the "the loud minority" causes vegan subreddits to have 3k+ karma brigade posts. The Catholic Church is also apologizing for child abuse cases after all.
Animal rights have nothing to do with animal welfare. In fact, vegans can't even support animal welfare with their consumer power. Animal rights actually promote the delegalization of basic physiological human needs. Every single vegan I've ever heard talk about Temple Grandin has called her a hypocrite for improving US slaughterhouse standards instead of abolishing them altogether.
Also, Singer is retarded. He was an anti-realist utilitarian for most of his time until his colleagues had to point out how braindead that is.
The whole post more or less goes on in the same pattern (twisting words, taking statements out of context, appeals to authority, nirvana fallacies, whataboutism, ...) and at this point I think I've laid out enough. This guy is a perfect example of the narcissistic behaviour that everyone is so familiar with.
I personally don't talk much to vegans anymore because they are always like this, but I've found it entertaining to dig behind the propaganda and collect all the information. I will edit some unclear and offensive things out of the post (like calling Greger a quack).
This is the first and only response I'll make. I just wanted to leave this here aswell as pin it to my profile so that people can use it as a flagship example.
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2020.04.12 15:33 methylated_spirit SFA/SPFL 2019/20 Season End Vote - The Timeline

Phew. This is a timeline of the main events surrounding the SPFL vote. This list should not be taken as definitive, it's been gleaned from multiple conflicting sources. If I've missed anything major, or gotten anything wrong, let me know and I'll get it sorted, thanks.

- A Man "ate" a bat.
- Stuff happened.
- 13th March.
- 14th March.
- April.
-8th April.
So far so good? Okay, here we fucking go:
-9th April.
SPFL declare no games will be played until 10th June at the very earliest.
-10th April.
-11th April.
-12th April.
-13th April.
-14th April.
-15th April. * It is reported that football matches won't return until August at the earliest. * Raith Rovers release a statement practically begging for the vote to be concluded with the SPFL resolution in place, they are 1 point ahead at the top in League One, but seconf placed Falkirk have a +20 goal difference. * Dundee release a lengthy statement which essentially doesn't say anything new. * The Daily Record report that Rangers Chairman Douglas Park demands that Murdoch MacLennan addresses quotes from a Private Eye article in which it is alleged he states that he hates Rangers. * Newspaper The Courier announce in an article that they have learned that Dundee have changed their vote to a Yes vote. Article contains no proof. * An SPFL News Release confirms that Dundee have changed their vote, and the SPFL resolution has been passed. Dundee United, Raith & Cove promoted. Relegation not mentioned. SPFL commit to consulting on league restructure.
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2020.04.10 23:28 WingedRegent "Let Him In": Stepping Into The Firefly Funhouse

(So, this was a quick turn-around for my next write-up. Didn't expect something like this to fall into my lap, but when it does, you've gotta take it. Part of this write-up spins off from this Reddit thread. The Firefly Funhouse Match was an absolute masterpiece in its deconstructive themes and handling of both Cena and Wyatt's character up to the current day, and I immediately had to do a write-up on this. As always, thank you for taking the time to read this if you do, and comments, critiques, and questions are all welcomed as always! Bottom of the article will contain a link to my Patreon and all of my previous write-ups. Hope you all enjoy!)
Throughout the history of WWE's story-telling, there have been very few cases of what would be considered "long-term booking" that would stretch over the course of several years to tell a singular story or character arc. Unlike NJPW's eventual coronation of Tetsuya Naito over the course of six years, Drew McIntyre's ascension to the top, despite being told over the course of twelve years since his debut on Smackdown, did not carry the feeling of one, long, overarching narrative, with the Sinister Scotsman undergoing numerous character changes and even a three year tour of the Indies, TNA, and his old stomping grounds of ICW to retool his character in his own way before returning to WWE's NXT brand. As another consequence, characters that would be presented in a feud against one another will simply "forget" the feud happened when their alignments happen to be the same, resulting in heels teaming together simply because "they're heels" and ignoring the implications of a previous rivalry.
However, there are several cases that stand out as exceptions to this narrative dissonance usually present in WWE writing. The on-again/off-again friendship of Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn has been a narrative that stretches not only since the NXT debut of the Prizefighter, but even beyond that to their time on the independent circuit and ROH together, and to this day, Zayn and Owens remain consistent in their history with one another. The ongoing story narrative of Ciampa and Gargano dates back to the 2015 Cruiserweight Classic, and despite a few stumbles due to unforeseeable circumstances, Ciampa and Gargano have told a unique, winding, and captivating narrative, with Gargano even subverting the trope of the two men teaming together because of their current story alignments by picking their feud right up where they left off, culminating in #OneFinalBeat.
The character of the Fiend seems to reward those at home who pay attention to the long-term character arcs at play, with the established kayfabe of how anyone who battles the Fiend "changes", a fact that we've seen proven time and again since the Fiend's inception. The story leading into the Firefly Funhouse match is likewise rewarding, playing off of the six year history of both Wyatt and Cena while also going beyond their personal history and delving into both men's psyches in the grand mythos of WWE. To begin this deep dive into the Firefly Funhouse, we first have to go back to where the conflict all started: Wrestlemania 30.

The Whole World In His Hands

Bray Wyatt's initial conflict with John Cena began at the 2014 Royal Rumble where, after defeating Daniel Bryan and momentarily silencing the "YES!" movement, Wyatt would aim higher, costing John Cena the WWE World Heavyweight Championship against Randy Orton, and then he would do so once more at the following Elimination Chamber PPV. Wyatt's goal in standing in Cena's way was simple: he viewed John Cena as a "fraud" and a "charlatan", citing Cena as the leader of an "Era of Lies" that Wyatt wished to extinguish. Directly insulted by the insinuations, Cena challenged Bray Wyatt to a match at Wrestlemania 30, the first ever clash between the two polar opposites in their craft.
As mentioned before, Wyatt only sought to prove John Cena was not the "hero" that he made himself out to be, and in the conflict, numerous attempts at tempting Cena were made, offering him a steel chair to strike him in anger to show the world who he really was. Resisting the temptation (And fighting off interference from the other members of the Wyatt Family), Cena would defeat Wyatt in what was his first ever pinfall defeat outside of NXT. However, this victory wasn't enough for Cena, looking to go further to humiliate the cult leader and challenging him to a Steel Cage Match at the following PPV, claiming that his message has been spreading through the WWE Universe and taking it upon himself to stop it, exemplified by a children's choir singing what had become Wyatt's "hymn" as Bray watched on at the horrified Cena.
This time, Cena would find himself on the losing end as Wyatt, once more with help from his family, would come out on top, escaping the cage after a distraction from one of his choir children allowed him to plant Cena with Sister Abigail. This resulted in the rubber match, with Wyatt decreeing that it should end with "Last Man Standing". Cena would accept, and, with the Usos running back-up, Cena would defeat Wyatt, burying him under a storage crate after throwing him through another crate, leaving Wyatt crushed beneath him in both a literal and symbolic gesture: John Cena would go on to claim his 15th World Championship while Bray Wyatt would begin to spiral and meander for several years to the point where even if he came out on top in a feud, the person he beat would, more often than not, be allowed a spot higher on the card before Wyatt himself. After the World Title ladder match at the Money in the Bank PPV the following month, John Cena and Bray Wyatt would remain separated from each other, three years passing before they would meet again.
In the 2017 Elimination Chamber PPV, Bray Wyatt would find himself in the eponymous match along with John Cena, the then-WWE Champion on the Road to Wrestlemania. In a shocking moment, Wyatt would eliminate not only John Cena, but AJ Styles as well to claim his first WWE Championship, proving once and for all that Wyatt did indeed have the "Whole World In His Hands". Two nights later, John Cena would invoke his rematch clause and claim that Wyatt had done a good job in "brainwashing" the crowd, noting his supporters chanting "You Deserve It!" to Wyatt with Cena decrying the chant, claiming that no man deserved anything: they have to earn it before making his challenge official, only to be interrupted by AJ Styles, leading to a Triple Threat match in which Bray Wyatt would walk away victorious. The glow of victory would not last long, however, as Randy Orton, having infiltrated his family and effectively separated Luke Harper from Wyatt, would burn the Wyatt Compound and take Wyatt's championship at Wrestlemania 33 merely a month and a half later.

A Friendship That'll Never Ever End

Bray Wyatt has credited his defeat to John Cena at Wrestlemania 30 to be the moment when the Fiend would start to manifest, referring to the Fiend as the "voices in his head" (An amusing reference to Cena's greatest rival and the man who destroyed the Wyatt Compound) that he was trying to block out and ignore for years before finally listening to them and embracing those voices in 2019, resulting in the first sightings of the Firefly Funhouse before the arrival of the Fiend against Finn Balor, taking on some unfinished business with him and defeating him in only a few minutes. As this new, monstrous force, the Fiend, combined with the Firefly Funhouse host that was Bray Wyatt, would re-cultivate the momentum that he had lost before, capturing the Universal Championship at 2019's Crown Jewel PPV event with the crowd firmly behind the new persona. By facing his failure, Wyatt was eventually able to make something else out of it, and while the Fiend would lose his Universal Championship to Goldberg, Goldberg himself would have no reason for the Fiend to "care". At this point, the Fiend's main targets all had some form of history or ill-feelings with Wyatt. Balor, Rollins, Strowman, Kane, figures in position of Authority, and, perhaps most pointedly, Daniel Bryan. In the end, Goldberg offered nothing to the Fiend, even genuinely showing no fear in the face of this unbeaten monster, allowing Goldberg to vanquish the Fiend, but in that defeat, opportunity knocked.
With Goldberg set to defend his Universal Championship at Wrestlemania, John Cena would appear on Smackdown to announce his future plans for the Grandest Stage of Them All. He would thank the crowd in his fine speech before claiming that he would step aside, unsure what the future holds for John Cena while stepping aside to allow the WWE's future to shine at Wrestlemania that year, claiming to give the fans what they want, and as Cena would leave the ring, the Fiend picked his spot. Appearing behind John Cena, the Fiend would make his challenge, pointing at the Wrestlemania sign, and with barely a moment of consideration as the fans made their desires known, Cena accepted the challenge with a tip of the cap.

I've Turned Into a Monster

With the match set for Wrestlemania, Cena would discuss accepting the challenge, explaining that he was willing to step aside for the future of the business and to let the future thrive without him, citing the NXT wrestlers as the "future" while stating that Wyatt wasn't the future, and instead chose to blame Cena for his failures, punctuating his words by stating that he was going to "finish the job he started six years ago" by ending the existence of the "most overhyped, overrated, and overvalued WWE superstar of all time". Wyatt would respond by laughing at Cena, saying that in the end, Cena was the one who was sick while pointing out that Cena has the "great body" and the "beautiful girlfriends" and, in reality, while Cena claimed to care about the future, he only cared about himself, culminating in Wyatt hitting Cena with some hard truth: At Wrestlemania 30, the loss broke Wyatt, and the Fiend was the entity that put him back together, creating the Firefly Funhouse in the process. Due to the defeat at Wrestlemania 30, John Cena, in his own way, created the Fiend.
Two weeks later, Wyatt would dare Cena to step into his world, challenging him officially to a "Firefly Funhouse" match, citing that a "big star" like John Cena deserved something more than an ordinary match while also noting that he failed six years ago, but He won't. Cena would reply the following week, stating that while he didn't even know what a Firefly Funhouse match was, he felt that it's exactly how the Fiend wanted it as he preyed on the uncertainty and fear of a given situation. He would go further to claim he showed weakness against Goldberg while also tearing down the Fiend, claiming that he was merely an "overfed lovechild of Wiz Khalifa and the WB Frog" and that a "poor man's version of a bootleg Mr. Rogers" didn't have a chance against him, once again claiming that he would finish what he started six years ago.
He would close by stating that the Fiend would need every advantage he could get and would still get his ass kicked before, with a smile and a laugh, he accepted the Fiend's challenge, prompting an appearance from the residents of the Funhouse, with the Fiend staring Cena down from a platform across the barricade, locking eyes with his Wrestlemania opponent...before Bray Wyatt himself would appear behind Cena, bellowing out for Cena to "Let Him In"...and for the first time, Cena would show fear in the face of uncertainty, a theme that would encapsulate his trip into the Firefly Funhouse.

Then...

At Night 2 of Wrestlemania 36, we'd get our glimpse into the world of the Firefly Funhouse before the contest would even begin as Cena would make his entrance, and as he welcomes us to Wrestlemania, a distorted feed of past Wrestlemania introductions would play before we're given the official introduction by Bray Wyatt, who tells us that, beyond the door is a world where "gods, demons, angels, and monsters" are all neighbors, surmising that we would get to see John Cena for who and what he really is as he would have to face his most dangerous opponent: himself. As Wyatt walks through the door, Cena is warped into the Funhouse, and after some goading from the inmates of the asylum, Cena follows suit, walking through the door, and we officially begin.
The first room that Cena enters is a dark void before being confronted by the Devil-horned puppet of Vince McMahon who gives him a speech about showing his Ruthless Aggression or else, he's fired. One of the commonalities in regards to wrestlers coming to the WWE, at the time, was being stripped of everything and coming in as a blank slate. In recent times, that has seemed to stop as wrestlers come in using their names and characters from their previous circuits, but back then, it was more likely than not that Vince would dictate and determine who you would be, and in this case, Cena would be molded into Vince's image of "Ruthless Aggression".
Wyatt would come to a ring, calling out Cena word-for-word how Angle called him out in Cena's debut night, and out came John Cena, dressed similarly to the guy he wore on that day as he marched to the ring, almost confused at first, but doing so nonetheless. He would enter the ring, and as he was asked what did he have that set him apart, Cena answered just like he did in the past: "Ruthless. Aggression!"...but as he took a swing on Wyatt, he missed. Cena could only then shout "RUTHLESS AGGRESSION!" before swinging again, missing as Wyatt mocks him. He mentions to Cena that this was the site of his greatest failure, mentioning that he could see why Cena almost got fired before telling Cena he "could look, but he can't touch" to the tune of Nikki Bella's theme music.
In one moment, all of Cena's insecurities and failures of his past had been dug up and thrown in his face: his fear of failure as Cena faced the possibility of being fired in 2002. Perhaps his fear of commitment, fostered by a failed marriage in 2012 before being encapsulated by the years-long saga of his relationship with Nikki Bella, culminating in a marriage proposal at Wrestlemania 33...and then a separation the following year. Finally, Wyatt would ask Cena if this is really what he wanted to do with his life before the screen flashed imagery of Cena's childhood, holding a cardboard WWE Championship. Before he could answer with anything other than "RUTHLESS AGGRESSION", Cena would be give chase, following Wyatt to the next part of his personal hell.
As the scene changes, we're met with the intro to Saturday Night's Main Event, a former flagship show of the old WWF, right in line with the era that a young John Cena would be watching. Bray Wyatt, now dressed in his Muscleman gear, would introduce his tag-team partner as someone with seemingly little talent but was such a "physical specimen" that you couldn't help but worship him. Introduced by the name of "Johnny Largemeat", John Cena walked onto scene as he pumped iron, cutting a promo with the same style, platitudes, and vibe of old-school, meathead promos: shouting and yelling, speaking what amounted to empty words that the people, and his boss, wanted to hear as he continued to lift weights until his arms could lift anymore. As he couldn't lift anymore, Wyatt would ask, "Whatcha gonna do when you realize that Egomania has been running wild on you?!" before throwing Cena into his next step, with "Egomania" proving to be a key piece of the Cenation puzzle.

...Now...

As we step into the next scene, John Cena is clad in the gear from his run as the "Doctor of Thuganomics", complete with a lock-and-chain around his neck, a New York Yankees jersey, and his old theme music playing him to the ring, and as he gets on the mic, he immediately realizes: he's unable to speak in anything but rhyme, forced to rap his promo on Wyatt the entire time, but something's different here. Cena's days as a rapper in WWE started as a freestyle, completely unscripted and unprompted and allowing Cena to showcase his character with the freedom he was afforded. The crowd would eat it up, the formula proving to be the thing John Cena needed to rise to the top of the roster. A character for the time rather than a caricature of a bygone era.
However, as Cena rhymed and rapped his lines about Bray, with no audience and no freedom, there was no punch in what he had to say. Instead, Cena's jabs would be met with crickets, a contemplative Bray taking them in stride before the final line: "You were a disappointment before they even brought you to the dance/You're a slut for opportunity; you're blowin' every chance". As Cena posed triumphantly, Wyatt would question Cena for bringing up the concept of "chances", stating that even with having to earn everything he's gotten, it still gets taken from him, yet Cena is "untouchable...but not a hero", calling him a bully for taking "the weaknesses of others and turning them into jokes".
This goes back not only to Cena's promo-style in general, but specifically, what Cena had said about Bray Wyatt in the past. Making fun of his weight because he wasn't "built" like John Cena. Poking fun at Bray Wyatt's spiral during the last six years. Claiming that he was the most overrated, overhyped, and overvalued superstar in the WWE. Cena's "ego" runs wild in his promos, something that is often compared to many of the great mic-workers who would often elevate their opponents. After all, what good does it do if you put down your opponent on the microphone completely before wrestling them? If you lose, you look like a fool who lost a perceived fluke. If you win, you beat a perceived nobody.
From "behavioral problems outside of the ring" to "failed drug tests", nothing was off-limits for Cena, and in one of the few times someone stood their ground on the mic during the verbal onslaught, CM Punk would call out Cena's image as a facade, claiming that he represents the "Boston Red Sox", but Cena had "become what he hated", citing him as the "New York Yankees", the exact team jersey he was wearing now nine years later.
Wyatt would say that "poor, lonely John Cena" was the man now, having had unlimited chances as the Golden Goose of the company before giving Cena "one last chance" to do the right thing. Cena, still trapped in his own arrogance, would throw "deez nuts dead in his face" before attempting to clothesline in the corner. Wyatt would teleport, Cena's chain in hand, before laying him out with a right hand, bringing us to the next segment...and the site of Wyatt's greatest failure.
The screen flickers, and we're met with the familiar appearance of the leader of the Wyatt Family, speaking out about his first confrontation with John Cena as it was a "prophecy" from Sister Abigail as Wyatt had the "Whole World In His Hands". Wyatt mentions that Cena was supposed to be a "man of the people" as the people sing along to the repurposed Hymn of the Wyatt Family, yet instead, Wrestlemania 30, rather than a "prophecy fulfilled" was the site of his own greatest failure, a failure that he would not come to terms with until five years later, giving birth to The Fiend.
In an effort to fix his failure, we are sent back to the ring, with Wyatt, clad in the garb of the cult leader, utters one word: "Run!" before running full-steam into an era-appropriately garbed Cena, dancing with his body and preparing to lay him out with Sister Abigail before Cena steps away. Wyatt would then start to drop to his knees, offering Cena a steel chair, imagery of Wrestlemania 30 flashing on screen as Wyatt begs Cena to "fix it", referring to the same moment in their first match, Cena taking the high road and casting the chair aside six years ago. Wyatt tells Cena that he made the "wrong choice" back then, but now, he could make the "right one" and fix it... and the fear had broken down John Cena just enough to do it.
All of the fear that he claimed he didn't feel before had come to surface, and the "good man" that he was had begun to crumble as John Cena would swing at Wyatt with his full force, missing only as the Wyatt Patriarch would vanish from his sight. His utter fear of perceived failure, a concept that he would rally against in interviews and even on the "After the Bell" podcast mere weeks before this match, had all come to the surface. Cena had constantly shunted aside his fear of failing, pushing it deeper down and away from himself rather than coping with it in a healthy fashion as he became "The Man" in the WWE. This fear of failure made him solitary, only further perpetuated by his divorce, and then the failed relationship with Nikki Bella, whereas Wyatt had faced his failure...and it gave birth to something greater than he had ever been on his own, and in a state of shock, Cena dropped the chair.

...Never...

We're immediately brought to the final segment of the Firefly Funhouse, a recreation of NWO Monday Nitro's introduction playing as Bray Wyatt stands in the ring, wearing an NWO Wolfpac shirt in reference to how he was the "red" in a world of "black and white", as he would cut his promo exactly like Eric Bischoff, introducing the "coolest guy" in the wrestling world and bringing out John Cena, clad in NWO gear complete with the WCW World Heavyweight Championship draped on his shoulder, spray-painted for the New World Order. Cena would stride out to the classic theme of the group, even air-guitaring his World title like its original leader before hitting a "Too Sweet" on Wyatt...and promptly discarding the hat and gimmick, tackling Wyatt to the ground and unleashing his anger on him. At this moment, we're met with a montage of Cena's greatest failures:
A list of failures. All failures that Cena had never faced head-on, instead choosing to just "forge ahead", always being given another chance for just being who he was, and now, when faced with his own fear of failing, the man who preached for his audience to "Rise Above Hate" had given in completely to his own hate out of sheer self-preservation, his fear of failure eating him alive and making him act on his instinct and revealing the base man underneath the facade...and in his rage, we are brought to the current day, with Cena in his trademark gear applying full-mounted punches... to Huskus the Pig as the audience of the Firefly Funhouse watches on in horror. Cena, in disbelief, begins to stand up as the Fiend himself appears behind him, and as he turns around, the Fiend locks in the Mandible Claw, rendering Cena immobile before setting up the Sister Abigail.
As the Fiend holds Cena in place, we get one last reminder of Cena's now-famous last words: "This Wrestlemania match is going to accomplish what should've happened six years ago: ending the existence of the most overrated, overhyped, overprivileged WWE Superstar in existence" as the Fiend plants Cena with Sister Abigail, locking in the Mandible Claw as Bray Wyatt himself, in his normal clothing, counts the three-count on the downed Cena. The Fiend is victorious, and in the blink of an eye, Cena vanishes from our sight, and we are left with three words: "Let Me In!"

A Wolf Amongst the Sheep

Cena's appearance in the NWO gear was symbolic of "being a man of the people" and giving "the audience what they wanted". Many fans wanted John Cena to, one day, turn "heel", often citing that it "worked for Hogan", so why not let John Cena run with it? However, Cena, for years, had refused to do so, citing how the children looked up to him as a hero and so long as "one child" chants his name, he would remain a babyface for that child... but as a "man of the people", it would seem strange and short-sighted to discard the wants of the people for one child, and as he carried on this "super hero" persona, the children cheering for him and showering him with adulation would become a normal sound.
It brought the "poor, lonely John Cena" some solace in his decisions. It soothed his damaged ego, using the audience as a band-aid for his failures rather than facing them head-on, and with the band-aid removed, we saw Cena for exactly who he was: a bully who, when confronted with a threat to his position, would rather bury them six-feet underground for his own amusement than lift them up and bring them to his level to the joy of the crowd. After all, if Cena truly cared about lifting those around him, why would losses to Roman Reigns, AJ Styles, the Miz, RVD, Edge, and CM Punk all be considered among his greatest failures against men who, at the time, could've used that shine from Cena? Cena didn't seek to "step aside" from Wrestlemania in an altruistic gesture of "giving the fans what they wanted": he made a show of it because he couldn't get enough of the crowd chanting his name one more time.
Cena has been not booked for Wrestlemania in the past: Wrestlemanias 32 and 35 both did not have John Cena on the card, instead allowing John Cena to surprise the audience at the events themselves. John Cena would also not be booked for Wrestlemania 34, yet he would continue to challenge the Undertaker until, at the night of the show, Taker would accept. So, why now? Why would Cena choose to make a big deal out of not being booked at Wrestlemania? The answer is the same as to why Cena chose to make those "special" appearances while not being booked: his ego had run rampant during his time at the top. At WM 32 and 35, Cena sought to put down any potential opposition, his ego not allowing the Wyatt Family to take out the Rock, and his ego not allowing Elias to go unscathed, coming through with a resurrection of the "Doctor of Thuganomics" persona and eviscerating him with a verbal tirade from which he has yet to recover.
And what of the Undertaker? Perhaps Cena smelled blood in the water, with the Undertaker having lost to both Brock Lesnar and Roman Reigns at Wrestlemania by this point. Cena had no place on the card, so he challenged the Undertaker and was decimated for his transgressions. Cena, like many others, could've simply sat out a Wrestlemania and no one would've thought any differently of him, and yet his insatiable ego drove him to make an announcement about him not showing up to Wrestlemania...and that show of ego and hubris would prompt the Fiend.
Cena would make a show of listening to the crowd before accepting the challenge, and later, we find out that he only accepted the challenge for the opportunity to "finish what he started six years ago" with Bray Wyatt. Cena, deep down, didn't do it for the audience's approval: he was doing this for himself. Bray Wyatt had finally regained his steam. His momentum, and in accepting the challenge and putting him down as he did every time he got on the microphone, it showcased the man behind John Cena. "The true measure of a man is what he does when no one is watching", and with no live audience to cater toward, Cena's facade had slipped, further exemplified when he arrogantly laughed and "accepted" the challenge to the Firefly Funhouse, and in doing so, whether he realized it or not, he had sealed his own fate.

Sins Laid Bare

For 15 years, John Cena has been the flag-bearer of the WWE both in and out of the ring, but the path was not without its sacrifices. Wyatt had exposed Cena for what he had given up out of fear and self-preservation, the paranoid man who thought everyone was out to get him, ostracizing everyone until his paranoia became reality, a self-fulfilling prophecy marking the run of one of WWE's greatest. His inability to face his failures would cause Cena to put barrier after barrier over his insecurities, using the audience and even the children as a shield, yet when that was gone, the real John Cena shined through, taking the limelight in the only way he knew how: by utterly decimating whom he thought was lesser.
Meanwhile, Bray Wyatt would find himself spiraling before mustering up the courage to finally face his inner fears, and in doing so, the monstrous entity known as "The Fiend" was born, and despite the monstrosity and despite the horrific form it had taken, Cena's inability to handle his own failures appropriately resulted in all of his failures coming to life in front of his eyes and drawing out the bottled up and repressed anger and rage he had buried inside of himself...yet Wyatt, having been faced with his failings and coped with them through the Fiend, was able to let Cena's verbal tirade roll off of his shoulders, being one of very few men to not let Cena's attempt at a burial phase him.
Instead, he proved Cena to be a "liar" the very night Cena claimed he was "unafraid"... by scaring and bewildering Cena. By claiming the Fiend had showed weakness against Goldberg, Cena displayed a tacit ignorance to the Fiend's goals, an act which would lead to Cena's ultimate downfall. We may not know when his next appearance will be, but with the Fiend's mission accomplished and the "wrong" from Wrestlemania 30 being "righted", it is now more true than ever that when it comes to John Cena, we can't see him.

~Fin

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2020.03.14 14:02 autotldr Edinburgh Marathon Cancelled Due to Virus Fears

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The annual Edinburgh Marathon Festival has been called off in the wake of the Scottish Government's curb on large-scale events in Scotland.
Around 16,000 participants had been expected to take part in two days of events in May. Organisers said they were "Devastated" at having to pull the plug, but said the decision was in the best interests of participants, charity partners, the organising team and the emergency services.
Along with the main marathon, which starts in Edinburgh city centre and finishes in East Lothian, the festival usually features a half marathon, 10k and 5k events, a relay race and several junior races.
Race director Neil Kilgour said: "We are devastated to have to make this decision but we believe that this course of action is in the best interests of our participants, our affiliate charities, the event team who deliver the event and the emergency services who support the event."
"We are continuing to work closely with the local authorities in Edinburgh and East Lothian, the emergency service teams and our other delivery partners over the coming hours to secure and communicate a new date for the event which we expect to do on Monday."
Other events called in the wake of the Scottish Government's directive include Radio 1's Big Weekend, which was due to be staged in Dundee in May. Both the Edinburgh International Festival and the Fringe are pressing ahead with plans to stage this year's events.
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2020.03.09 07:01 Xanixiano Data Compilation - Turkey and the Syrian Refugee Crisis - PART 1: Turkey-Syria Relations and Related Effecting conflicts


IMPORTANT. PLEASE READ BEFORE BEGINNING.
PART 0: Introduction, disclaimers and guide

PART 1 : Turkey-Syria Relations and Related Effecting conflicts

Part 1 aims to establish the past relationship between Turkey and Syria, in context of the modern day events. Furthermore, Part 1 also focuses on events and terrorist attacks that have partaken in Turkey in the duration of the Syrian Conflict and Syrian Refugee crisis.

1.1: Turkey's relation to Syria (Türkiye'nin Suriye ile olan bağı ve iletişimi.)

-When did Turkey get involved with Syria? With whom?
-Why is Turkey significant to the Syrian Crisis issue?

Allegations of support for PKK leader Abdullah Ocalan and of training of Kurdish militants in Syrian soil.
SOURCE 1
U.S. Intelligence and the Nazis, Chapter “Gestapo” Page 161
https://books.google.com/books?id=GHKlDwAAQBAJ&lpg=PA131&ots=8EKVLoGecl&dq=%20Marcus%20pkk&lr&pg=PA132#v=onepage&q=Marcus%20pkk&f=false
for context: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alois_Brunner
>EXCERPT 1
“(Alois) Brunner is known to be protected in Syria by armed guards, presumably from the Syrian intelligence services. In the past, our source added, Brunner has done work on behalf of the Syrian intelligence services in training Kurdish guerrillas who operate from Syria against Turkey.”
SOURCE 2
https://mepc.org/journal/turkish-syrian-crisis-october-1998-turkish-view
>EXCERPT 2
“…These developments contributed to the toughening of the Turkish stance toward the Arab world in general and Syria in particular. In a memorandum issued on January 23, 1996, Turkey charged Syria with having engaged in de facto aggression by supporting the PKK and stressed that, according to Article 51 of the U.N. Charter, Turkey was entitled to adopt self-defense measures against Syria. In the same memorandum, Turkey underlined that normalization of relations between Turkey and Syria required that Syria cease support for the PKK and reportedly registered for the first time the official Turkish demand that Ocalan and his collaborators be turned over to Turkish authorities.”

The signing of the “Adana Reconciliation”: Turkish Republic and Syrian Arab Republic agreement of cooperation regarding fighting terrorism and terrorist organizations.
SOURCE (Turkish)
https://www.bbc.com/turkce/haberler-dunya-46996917
>EXCERPT (Translated)
“What were the terms of the agreement?
1-Syria will not allow any activities that dangers Turkey’s safety and stability. Syria will blockade all attempts of PKK Weapons, Logistics and Propaganda.
2-Syria announces the PKK as a terrorist organization. Syria blockades all PKK activity in Syria.
3-Syria will ban any PKK training camps.
4-Syria will blockade PKK transit to third-party countries.
5-Syria will not allow PKK Leaders to enter Syrian soil and will instruct Syrian customs accordingly.

United States’ occupation of Iraq, Turkey’s Rejection to cooperate and denies bases be used for US Invasion on Iraq.
SOURCE 1
https://www.nytimes.com/2003/03/02/world/threats-and-responses-ankara-turkish-deputies-refuse-to-accept-american-troops.html
>EXCERPT 1
“The Turkish Parliament today dealt a heavy blow to the Bush administration's plans for a northern front against Iraq, narrowly rejecting a measure that would have allowed thousands of American combat troops to use the country as a base for an attack.
...More Turkish lawmakers supported the measure than opposed it, but the resolution failed because the total number of ''no'' votes and abstentions exceeded the number of favorable votes...
The final tally was 264 to 251, with 19 abstentions.”
SOURCE 2
https://www.armyupress.army.mil/Portals/7/military-review/Archives/English/MilitaryReview_20110831_art012.pdf
>EXCERPT 2
“...The Turkish public and parliament were mostly against war.
Although the administration, army, and foreign ministry were not crazy about the idea of war, they did not wish to disrupt relations with the United States, a strong ally. On the other hand, they were reluctant to appear to be part of an effort to remove a neighboring country’s regime by force, regardless of how bad that regime was. The European Union, which Turkey was trying to join, was divided on the issue of Iraq.”

President Bashar Assad’s visit to Turkey.
SOURCE (Turkish)
http://web.archive.org/web/20160306110726/http://www.milliyet.com.t2007/10/16/son/sonsiy42.asp

The 2010 Arab Spring events and anti-Syrian government demonstrations in Syria
SOURCES
http://web.archive.org/web/20151115112509/http://www.scotsman.com:80/news/demonstrations_erupt_across_syria_as_unrest_sweeps_on_1_1532879
>EXCERPT
“Serious disturbances in Syria would be a major expansion of the wave of unrest tearing through the Arab world for more than a month in the wake of pro-democracy uprisings that overthrew the autocratic leaders of Tunisia and Egypt…
… In the capital, plainclothes security officers forcefully dispersed about a dozen protesters calling for more freedoms in the country, human rights activists said earlier in the day.”

First opening of a Syrian Refugee camp in Turkey.

The Syrian Government’s Jisr al-Shughur Operation
SOURCES
http://web.archive.org/web/20151114133016/http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-13677200
>EXCERPT PART 1
“On Monday, in a dramatic series of urgent flashes, state television said hundreds of gunmen had taken over Jisr al-Shughour, which lies about 20km (12 miles) from the Turkish border, and had committed "a real massacre".
A report said the fighting had begun at dawn, when "armed gangs" ambushed police as they approached the town "to rescue citizens being terrorised". Twenty officers reportedly died…
“…Many government buildings were attacked and burned, causing further casualties, it added. The overall death toll for security forces was put at 120.”
“…More civilians would inevitably be killed and thousands would flee their homes if the tanks come in, it warned.”
>EXCERPT PART 2

“The protesters continue to insist that the movement is entirely peaceful, and to scorn the government's talk of armed gangs.
But government officials, like spokeswoman Reem Haddad, are adamant that groups of gunmen are behind the killing.
"I wouldn't count them as civilians because civilians are people who carry no arms," she told the BBC World Service.
"These people are dead and we have bodies with names and dates of birth. It's not something that the Syrian government has invented."
>EXCERPT PART 3
The BBC's Jim Muir in Beirut reports that protesters say some army personnel may have deserted to join the uprising.
"The soldiers were coming our way. Then they were shot in the back by some Syrian security elements," one resident told BBC Arabic.
There is even speculation of a mutiny at the security headquarters, and that personnel who refused to fire on demonstrators were executed.
“Before Monday, the government said more than 160 security forces personnel had died since the uprising began in mid-March. Human rights activists meanwhile said that more than 1,200 people had been killed.”

Refugees of the Jisr al-Shugour operation seek refuge in Turkey.
SOURCE 1
http://web.archive.org/web/20120501074214/http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/jun/07/government-tanks-mass-outside-syrian-town
>EXCERPT 1
“If claims of an armed rebellion are proven, it would mark the first time that citizens had taken up weapons in large numbers. Protests have been taking place at least weekly in many cities, including the capital, Damascus. Human rights groups claim that more than 1,000 people have been killed, nearly all of them demonstrators campaigning for widespread democratic reforms.”
SOURCE 2
http://web.archive.org/web/20111005063047/http://english.aljazeera.net//indepth/features/2011/06/201161118126791811.html
>EXCERPT 2
"It’s the regime using violence
Eyewitness accounts painted a very different picture.
"It’s tragic. They have burned down all the crops and the villagers are fleeing," said a resident of Jisr al-Shughur who fled on Friday with four people injured by the military assault, heading to the Turkish border. He said he had witnessed the army opening fire on fleeing villagers with machine guns.
Turkish officials said more than 4,000 Syrians have now crossed into Turkey, whose prime minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, said President Assad, whom he once described as a "brother," had acted with "savagery" against his own people. “

Turkish Foreign Relations Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu travels to Syria to communicate with Syrian President Bashar Assad.
SOURCE 1 (Turkish)
https://www.bbc.com/turkce/haberle2011/08/110808_davutoglu_visit.shtml
>EXCERPT 1 PART 1 (Translated)
“Before the meeting, Government Spokesman Bülent Arınç addressed the following messages that will be forwarded to Bashar Assad:
1- Casualties and loss of life must end.
2- Calls for democratic reforms must be implemented.
Ankara is against the Syrian government’s actions against civilians, causing their deaths in especially the time of Ramadan.”
>EXCERPT 1 PART 2 (Translated)
“DISAGREEMENTS WITH THE USA
The American Government’s requests that were to be forwarded to Syria was in the topics of Ankara…
…Apparently, reminiscent to the sanctions made against Iran, Washington also wishes for the same in Syria. Ankara, on the other hand, argues that it would damage the neighboring country and is against such.”
SOURCE 2 (Turkish) http://web.archive.org/web/20160317112133/http://www.sabah.com.tgundem/2011/08/09/davutoglu-yurda-dondu
>EXCERPT 2 (Translated)
“…President Bashar Assad replied to spokesman Ahmet Davutoglu, saying: “We will not show tolerance against armed terrorist organizations.”

The “Syrian National Council”—A council to “Voice the demands and worries of the Syrian people” was announced in August 23 2011, based in Istanbul-Turkey.
SOURCES
http://web.archive.org/web/20151001134039/http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/10/10/us-syria-opposition-idUSTRE7993NF20111010
http://www.syriancouncil.org/en/about.html

Skirmish on the Turkish-Syrian border near the Kilis Province between Syrian Government and Opposition forces. 1 Turkish citizen injured from bullet ricochet.
SOURCE (Turkish)
http://web.archive.org/web/20131231002402/http://www.samanyoluhaber.com/dunya/Esedin-askerleri-Turk-yetkililere-ates-acti/744914/
>EXCERPT (Translated)
“1 Turk Injured
The Governor of Kilis announced that 1 Turkish translator and 2 Syrians were injured due to the ricocheting bullets between the Syrian Army and Opposition forces.”

The Houla Massacre.
SOURCE
http://web.archive.org/web/20150927033911/http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-19273284
>EXCERPT
The report appointed by the UN Human Rights Council says war crimes have been carried out by both opposition groups and Syrian government forces.

Syria downs Turkish reconnaissance F-4 Phantom Fighter Jet without warning.
SOURCE (Turkish)
https://www.cnnturk.com/2012/turkiye/06/22/turk.savas.ucagi.suriye.karasularinda.dustu/666139.0/index.html
In response to the downed reconnaissance fighter jet: Turkey changes Military Engagement Terms regarding Syria.
SOURCE (Turkish)
https://www.haberturk.com/gundem/habe754647-angajman-kurallari-degisti-askeri-hareketlilik-artti
>EXCERPT (Translated)
“According to Prime Minister Erdogan’s speech this Tuesday, the Turkish Armed Forces’ Engagement Terms have been changed accordingly to the recent developments. Any armed force near the Syrian border approaching Turkey will be deemed a threat and will be considered a military target.”
Turkey offers airbase to US for drone strikes in Syria against ISIS/ISIL.
SOURCE
https://www.presstv.com/Detail/2015/07/10/419579/US-Syria-Turkey-ISIL-airstrikes
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1.2: Terrorism, Societal-Impact and Inner-Turkey conflicts (Türkiye'de terror ve ic catismalari.)

-During the Syrian Conflict and Syrian Refugee crisis, what events has partaken in Turkey?
-How were civilians of Turkey affected?

The Reyhanli Bombing attacks, 52 dead and 146 injured. Suspected Al-Nusra, Al-Qaeda or ISIS involvement. (Second bloodiest bombing attack in Turkish Republic history)
SOURCE (Turkish)
http://web.archive.org/web/20131231001233/http://www.aksam.com.tsiyaset/cumhuriyet-tarihinin-en-kanli-saldirisi-oldu/haber-204821
>EXCERPT (Translated)
“Bloodiest attack in Turkish Republic history
Turkey is suffering shock from the bloody attack that occurred in Hatay province, Reyhanli. Until now, 43 people are confirmed to be killed with 53 people being injured and treated in various hospitals in the area…”

The Kobani events – ISIS encircles pre-dominantly Kurdish town of Kobani in Syria. The Turkish Government blocks any logistics to the US-backed YPG through Turkish borders. (2014 Kurdish riots in Turkey, allegation details in Part 3)
This leads to mass protests, as Kurdish Political Part the HDP calls for people to enter the streets for demonstrations against the government.
SOURCE 1
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-29526783
>EXCERPT 1
“While Islamic State tightens its grip on Kobane, Turkey is still holding fire on deploying troops. It remains reluctant to help the Kurdish militia in Syria, which has close links with Kurdish fighters here.
And the Turkish government has again called for the US-led coalition to target the Assad regime as well as IS - and for a no-fly zone to ease the refugee influx into Turkey. But neither goal seems within reach, the US state department reiterating that the air strikes remained focused on IS alone. The Kurds say Turkey's failure to act will lead to the fall of Kobane.”
SOURCE 2 (Turkish)
http://www.baskahaber.org/2014/10/ihdden-kobani-eylemleri-raporu-46-kisi.html
>EXCERPT 2 (Translated)
“(Turkish) Human Rights Association Report: 46 Dead, 682 Injured, 323 arrests.
According to the report regarding the nationwide protests, the number of 46 includes protestors, HÜDAPAR (An Islamist party in Southeastern Turkey) sympathizers and police officers.”
SOURCE 3 (Turkish)
http://www.diken.com.tmardinin-alti-ilcesinde-sokaga-cikma-yasagi-ilan-edildi/
>EXCERPT 3 (Translated)
“The protests regarding the ISIS attacks on Kobani are continuing on since last night, Curfew has been established in Mardin province’s towns: Dargeçit, Derik, Kızıltepe, Nusaybin, Mazıdağı, Ömerli, Savur and Van province’s town Erciş and Siirt province’s town Kurtulan .”

UNHCR: Total number of Syrian refugees exceeds four million for first time – 1,8 Million in Turkey.
SOURCE
https://www.unhcr.org/ten/13031-unhcr-total-number-of-syrian-refugees-exceeds-four-million-for-first-time.html
EXCERPT
“The figure of four million comprises 1,805,255 Syrian refugees in Turkey, 249,726 in Iraq, 629,128 in Jordan, 132,375 in Egypt, 1,172,753 in Lebanon, and 24,055 elsewhere in North Africa. Not included, are more than 270,000 asylum applications by Syrians in Europe, and thousands of others resettled from the region elsewhere.”

The armed Kurdish forces of the PYD the YPG’s razing of Syrian villages. Reports bring unease to the Turkish general populous.
SOURCE
http://web.archive.org/web/20151121071122/https://www.amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2015/10/syria-us-allys-razing-of-villages-amounts-to-war-crimes/
>EXCERPT PART 1
“By deliberately demolishing civilian homes, in some cases razing and burning entire villages, displacing their inhabitants with no justifiable military grounds, the Autonomous Administration is abusing its authority and brazenly flouting international humanitarian law, in attacks that amount to war crimes,” said Lama Fakih, Senior Crisis Advisor at Amnesty International.”
>EXCERPT PART 2
In February 2015, the Autonomous Administration’s military wing, the YPG (the People’s Protection Units), took control of the area, which had been under IS control, and began demolitions, displacing villagers. Researchers visiting Husseiniya saw ruins of destroyed homes and interviewed eyewitnesses.
“…They pulled us out of our homes and began burning the home… they brought the bulldozers... They demolished home after home until the entire village was destroyed,” said one witness.
>EXCERPT PART 3
“In villages south of the town of Suluk, some residents said YPG fighters had accused them of supporting IS and threatened to shoot them if they did not leave…
In other cases, villagers said YPG fighters had ordered them to leave threatening them with US coalition airstrikes if they failed to comply.
“They told us we had to leave or they would tell the US coalition that we were terrorists and their planes would hit us and our families,” said one resident, Safwan.
The YPG has justified the forced displacement of civilians by saying it was necessary for the civilians’ own protection or militarily necessary.”

2015 Sultanahmet Istanbul Suicide bombing-Conducted by ISIS.
SOURCE
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-30701483
>EXCERPT
“A female suicide bomber has blown herself up in the Turkish city of Istanbul, killing one police officer and injuring another, officials say. She targeted a police station in the tourist hub of Sultanahmet, near the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia museum.”

2015 Suruç Suicide bombing by ISIS, leaving 34 dead and more than 104 people injured. Majority being young adults and Kurdish Turkish citizens.
SOURCE 1 (Turkish)
https://www.ntv.com.tturkiye/suructa-olenlerin-sayisi-32ye-yukseldi,BNZ2kTA7dUG-D1jkN1S93w
>EXCERPT 1 PART 1 (Translated)
“Since the Bombing massacre in Suruç the death toll rises to 32 people as of now.
The Socialist Youth Associations Federation held a press meeting for support to Kobani in Suruç, which then a explosion occurred in the square—leading to 32 deaths.
>EXCERPT 1 PART 2 (Translated)
“A young adults named ‘Efe’ had entered the square with his friends. He had spoken to the news reporters, saying that he was turned to the wall during the explosion.
Efe: “I thought that the explosion was inside at the time. When I looked behind me, I found my friends in pieces.”
SOURCE 2
https://www.euronews.com/2015/07/21/suruc-suicide-bombing-turkey-identifies-suspect-in-isil-claimed-attack
>EXCERPT 2
“The self-proclaimed Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for the attack.
Turkey’s Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu says a suspect had been identified and his international and domestic links are being investigated.
However, Selahattin Demirtaş, the co-leader of the pro-Kurdish HDP Party was skeptical of authorities’ reactions:
“Recent history in Turkey shows us that those responsible for massacres in which the state played a role, which were carried out with support from within the state, have never been caught. Our recent history is full of numerous examples of this,” he told the press.”
SOURCE 3
https://www.reuters.com/article/mideast-crisis-turkey/turkey-strikes-islamic-state-kurdish-militants-in-drive-for-safe-zone-idUSKCN0PZ0A120150725
>EXCERPT 3
“ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkish fighter jets and ground forces hit Islamic State (ISIS) militants in Syria and Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) camps in Iraq on Saturday, in a campaign Ankara said would help create a “safe zone” across swathes of northern Syria.”

2015 Ankara Railway Station Bombing, leading to 109 deaths and more than 500 injured--the most deadliest terrorist attack in Turkish Republic history.
SOURCE
https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/opinion/serkan-demirtas/does-turkey-have-to-learn-to-live-with-terror-96501
>EXCERPT
“Does Turkey have to learn to live with terror?
The first took place in front of the central train station in Ankara in October last year, marking the deadliest ever terror attack in Turkish history as it killed 103 civilians.
Although the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) did not claim responsibility for the attack, prosecutors investigating the incident found links between the two suicide bombers and the jihadist organization.
The second and third attacks were little different from the first one. Car bombs were used in both attacks and they exploded in the capital’s most crowded areas. The second attack killed 29 people, including many military personnel, while the third killed 35 civilians.”

Ankara-Çankaya suicide bombing to Turkish military personnel, 29 killed and 61 injured, conducted by the pro-Kurdish PKK-TAK.
SOURCE 1
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/02/turkey-capital-ankara-rocked-large-explosion-160217165144291.html
>EXCERPT
“At least 28 people have been killed and 61 more wounded in a large explosion targeting a military vehicle in heart of the Turkish capital of Ankara.”
SOURCE 2
https://edition.cnn.com/2016/02/17/asia/turkey-ankara-explosion/index.html

Ankara-Kizilay suicide bombing, 38 killed and 125 injured, conducted by the pro-Kurdish PKK-TAK.
SOURCE 1
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-turkey-blast-idUSKCN0WF0PP
>EXCERPT 1
“ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkish warplanes struck Kurdish militant camps in northern Iraq on Monday, a day after 37 people were killed in an Ankara car bombing that security officials said involved two fighters - one female - from the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK).
SOURCE 2
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-35829231
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2020.03.07 17:48 ThroA3000 Why Feminism Is Important to Men’s Rights and The Suffragettes That Committed Acts of Terrorism

Throwaway account because.
Admittedly the title is a bit stylized to obey with Rule 1 and 14. But I still wanted to get the point across in the title.
I don’t expect this to get much attention. For the most part this is just a semi-sourced ramble. Don’t consider this to be a well research paper. Just a rant from someone with little sleep who is sick of reading bullshit revisionist history.

TL:DR:

Early supporters of women’s rights committed terrorism in the name of their movement. Modern feminists consider these groups to be feminists. Modern feminist still employ fear tactics and scare mongering to intimidate the population. Feminism is a form of terrorism that primarily effects men.
Read these 2 articles:
https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2018/jun/10/suffragettes-did-commit-terrorist-acts
https://news.sky.com/story/women-would-have-got-the-vote-earlier-if-not-for-suffragette-terrorists-11227772

Why Feminism is Important to Men’s Rights:

With International Women’s Day upon us, we often see the inevitable onset of causal sexism directed towards men throughout various sources across social media. Often writing articles to mock the “poor mens” for using International Women’s Day to complain about a lack of International Men’s Day. They wouldn’t complain if people took International Toilet Men's Day seriously.
However, in these articles, many writers claim that early feminism was a heroic gathering of strong and independent women who stood together fighting to achieve the same voting rights as men. However, in reality, these “heroic” women were nothing more than a failed terrorist organization, that attempted to actively harm and kill civilians, primarily men.
It is worth stating that feminism in this context does not refer to all women. There are plenty of women who do not identify as feminist. The BBC reported that less than 1 in 5 women consider themselves a feminist [1]. Furthermore, despite feminism being mainly a movement of (and for) women, there are plenty of men who identify as feminists. The subreddit menslib is a prime example of this, claiming they “-are not going to compromise on our support of feminism” [2]. Any active user in mensrights should already be familiar with menslib.
The focus of men rights is just that, on men’s rights. The general ‘goings-on’ of feminism means little to men’s right activists (and by extension mensrights), and nor should it. The issue is that it has become perfectly clear over the past decade that feminism strongly adopts an anti-male ideology.
The simple point that I want to get across is that while Men’s Rights/MRAs are not anti-women, Feminism is anti-male and anti-men’s rights. So, by natural extension Men’s Rights is anti-Feminism.
Feminism =/= Women
Feminism = Anti-male & Anti-Men's Rights

Early Feminism and Clarification of Feminism:

The term Feminism was retrospectively given to the women’s suffrage movement in 1968 [3]. This term commonly refers to women who marched for equal voting rights prior to the Great War. If modern feminists are happy to label groups and movements with a title over 50 years later, it only seems fair that anti-suffrages [4] are treated the same way. Treated equally if you will. In their eyes, they too were fighting for equal rights. Consider the subreddit pinkpillfeminism, a group that classifies themselves as feminist, albeit on the radical end [5]. Members of feminism or feminists outside of reddit may not consider pinkpillfeminism to be a feminist group. However, if they are willing to call themselves feminist, then there is no reason to not consider them one. No true Scotsman.
This includes the main topic of this writeup; suffragettes. While suffragists (ists, not ettes) were considered the be the peaceful early feminists, suffragettes were the self-proclaimed militant group [6]. However, as I have already established, it is only fair to consider this movement a part of feminism. Not only that, but The Guardian also believes suffragettes to be feminists [7]. Fair is fair, equal is equal.

Early Feminism and Their Terrorist Actions:

Suffragettes, the movement the effectively kick-started feminism through the most heroic ways possible, terrorism! Simon Webb, one of the few people to discuss this topic has detailed it best in an article from The Guardian [8] and SkyNews [9]. I recommend you read both of these articles for the full details. Suffragettes believed the best way to gain the right to vote was to plant IEDs in highly populated areas throughout the UK. These included in banks and churches. As Simon puts it, “The first terrorist bomb to explode in Ireland in the 20th century was planted not by the IRA, but by the suffragettes.” Despite the IRA being a feared terrorist group, Suffragettes are still considered to be heroic leaders of the early feminist movement. Modern feminist justify their actions by claiming that they never killed anyone [9]. However, it is impossible to believe that someone who creates and plants an IED in a populated area is not intending to harm or kill people, even if the bomb fails.
Suffragette Mary Leigh committed arson with the intention to kill when she set a crowded theater alight. Emmeline Pankhurst was the leader of the Suffragettes who orchestrated the bombings of Lloyd George’s house, the future Prime Minster [10][11]. Detailed examples of terrorist actions are limited, however, these are also some of the few known cases.
Almost every definition of terrorism states in some capacity that it is “the unlawful use of violence and intimidation, especially against civilians, in the pursuit of political aims”. The goal of Suffragettes was politically motivated, and by extension their actions were in the pursuit of political aims. And they intended to complete all of this through violence and intimidation against citizens of the public.

Men as “Equals”:

A brief look at the rights of voting men.
Welcome the 26th Amendment to the United States Constitution [12], which almost made men equal to women. Introduced in July of 1971, the same year the United States withdrew from Vietnam, the amendment saw the voting age decreased from 21 to 18, matching that of the age of conscription. After 53 years, drafted men under the age of 21 could finally have the right to vote. If they weren’t lying dead in a trench somewhere. While the voting age during those 53 years was the same for women, they were free from the responsibilities and expectations that voting brought. That is, the requirement to serve in the armed forces.
The Selective Service sees American men facing many responsibilities and potential consequences of having the “right” to vote. Failure to enroll into the Selective Service can significantly impede a man’s life, including removing their right to vote and cutting them off from privileges that women receive with no further expectations [13]. The Selective Service can lead to an individual being drafted, which while the changes of that are low, is a concern woman do not face. And will likely never face.
While many feminists will argue that conscription as a whole should be abolished, or that conscription in western countries is not currently required, that does not bring back the 40 million dead soldiers that laid down their lives during both World Wars. A sacrifice that no feminist is willing to make [14].

The Anti-Male Feminist Rhetoric:

The recent years have not been free from questionable behaviour of feminists and advocates of equal rights. Australian feminist, writer, and author Clementine Ford has become well known for her “kill all men” comment on twitter [15]. This single act has now snowballed into a widely used hashtag across Twitter.
https://i.imgur.com/7Ixwwf3.jpg
https://i.imgur.com/KhoyiID.jpg
https://i.imgur.com/PFjAoBW.jpg
These are the most recent posts as of writing this, and just an example of the unironic usage of the hashtag. Scrolling through the relevant hashtag on Twitter will yield plenty more results. I believe the third one is satire/parody, but so was gamersriseup, and look how that turned out.
The use of this hashtag has also been used by many other influential people, including a Deputy Editor from the Huffington Post [16]. Unlike the above examines, these writers have a much wider reach with their beliefs.
On an anecdotal level, I know many female teachers who hold similar beliefs, with male teachers unwilling to speak against them. Young 13-15-year-old male students have asked why female teachers treat them worse than their female counter part. How you are meant to respond to that is beyond me. But the fact these students feel this way is not only depressing, but also terrifying.
Following the release of Clementine’s first book Fight Like a Girl, she signed a copy with “Have you killed any men today? And if not, why not?” [17]. While this article from Anti-feminism Australia may not be the most appealing source, it gets the message across. If this statement from Clementine was written in a politically right-wing book by a different author, the statement would be considered borderline terrorist encouragement.
It is also worth noting that I was unable to find anything about this incident from other media outlets. Shocking.
It is easy to claim that the actions of Clementine Ford are that of a lone feminist, and that they do not represent feminism as a whole. However, Clementine has amassed a following of over 130,000 and 190,000 followers on Twitter and Facebook respectively. Even if we assume that people follow her on both platforms, there are still close to 200,000 people that follow her. And it is very likely that her followers support her message, even if it is a message that supports genocide. This also applies to her backpedaling that her “kill all men” tweet was a joke. Some followers may not see it that way. “Death to Jews!” how many times have you heard that one before? [18]
Considering the size of Clementine’s following, if she (or someone like her) were to call for genuine violence, akin to the suffrages, there is little doubt that violence would be seen.
Every IWD and IMD Clementine would often write and article or post a degrading tweet about men through her use of causal sexism. Suspiciously I’ve been unable to find her articles on IWD/IMD, and I do not feel like wading through years of tweets and retweets to find her suicidal enticing comments.
You can read through her available past articles here:
https://www.smh.com.au/by/clementine-ford-hve62
https://10daily.com.au/authors/clementine-ford
Or don’t.
Lastly, to refute some of her claims in her 2018 article on the Melbourne MRA march [19].
“As part of the species masculine fragilitis, white men have been under assault for almost two years: enduring jokes made at their expense, women flippantly dismissing their earnest attempts to explain things to them that they already know, and news articles pointing out how many of us women and children they kill*.”*- The men's march organised by a woman, Clementine Ford, 2018.
Statistically women are more likely to commit Domestic Violence, not men [20]. Men are also more likely to be victims of Domestic Violence at the hands of women, and women are far more likely to kill their children than men are [21]. Lastly when domestic violence-related suicide is considered, domestic violence deaths are significantly higher for men [22]. Further Reading can be found here [23].
More sources are always welcome, if anyone can supply them. I have seen plenty, however, digging past the anti-male rhetoric feminist articles possess is a chore.
Rosie Batty is another example of misguided Domestic Violence statistics. Her son was murdered by her ex-husband (his father) [24]. However, following that event Rosie has claimed that she, a woman, is the victim of Domestic Violence. While that is technically true, she, and the many women who support her are missing the larger picture.
Her Son Is Dead.
She may be a victim, but her son is the real victim. Her son isn’t able to stand behind a microphone and campaign to end Domestic Violence. He can’t, because he is dead. His name was Luke Batty, but he is never mentioned. Luke, an 11-year old boy, is dead. But all Rosie cares about is male abusers and female victims, all while ignoring her own son.
There is also no doubt that the support Rosie receives is the result of the feminists’ beloved Duluth Model [25][26]. Simply put, the Duluth Model states that within domestic violence situations, only men can be abusers and only women can be victims. While I have seen many feminists defend the model [27][28], there is no denying the purpose of this blatant propaganda. I recommend anyone not familiar with the model to do their own research into it, as this section also goes beyond the scope of this writeup.
“The feminist theory underlying the Duluth Model is that men use violence within relationships to exercise power and control.”- Duluth model – Wikipedia. Just follow the sources from the wiki.
The Future is Female! But only if we reduce the male population to 10% of the human race. The ever so common phrase used by many modern feminists, especially during the 2016 American Election, was first coined by Feminist writer Sally Miller Gearhart in her article “The Future—If There Is One—Is Female” [29][30]. To put it in a hyperbolic term, if you use the phrase The Future is Female, you likely support female supremacy and male genocide.
Feminists have also used intimidation tactics against those concerned with Men’s Rights through physical disruption and humiliation [31]. There are plenty more instances of this happening. However, if you can’t tell by the little numbers every few lines, this writeup is reaching a breaking point.

The Future is…?:

This is only a small sample of the anti-male ideology that feminist have adopted in recent years. Feminism effects men negatively. Which is why Men’s Rights should care about Feminism. However, this writeup is about feminism from a historical lens. And historically, it was a terrorist group. And they continue to be one.
I feel that in many cases the average user of mensrights would know most of this. However, I have grown tired of people, including those on this very sub, claiming that first wave feminism had good intentions. In most cases, it did not. I support equal rights for everyone. However, I can not support those who believe terrorism is the way forward. Even if their actions pre-date the term. As far as I am concerned, modern feminism is a disjointed terrorist and supremacy group with failed origins. But that’s just my take.
Happy International The Future is Female Day! Remember to tune in to your local radio station being hosted by an all-women line-up. Today only!

[1] https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-politics-47006912 [2] MensLib/comments/93oyty/menslibs_official_position_on_the_mens_rights/ [3] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/First-wave_feminism [4] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anti-suffragism [5] PinkpillFeminism [6] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Suffragette [7] https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/feb/06/feminism-women-vote-suffragette-democracy-protests-political-theatre [8] https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2018/jun/10/suffragettes-did-commit-terrorist-acts [9] https://news.sky.com/story/women-would-have-got-the-vote-earlier-if-not-for-suffragette-terrorists-11227772 [10] https://history.blog.gov.uk/2013/07/04/mrs-pankhurst-lloyd-george-suffragette-militancy/ [11] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DMv85CHrDq0 [12] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Twenty-sixth_Amendment_to_the_United_States_Constitution [13] https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2019/04/02/failing-register-draft-women-court-consequences-men/3205425002/ [14] https://medium.com/@ushadrons/this-space-is-a-repository-for-memes-and-tweets-from-the-hashtag-draftourdaughters-7c28875c573d [15] https://www.2gb.com/kill-all-men-controversial-feminist-booted-from-charity-fundraise [16] https://www.inc.com/suzanne-lucas/huffpost-editor-says-new-years-resolution-is-to-kill-all-men.html [17] https://antifeminismaustralia.com/clementine-ford-signs-book-with-message-of-terrorism/ [18] https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/feb/15/youtube-pewdiepie-thinks-death-to-all-jews-joke-laughing-yet [19] https://www.smh.com.au/lifestyle/life-and-relationships/the-men-s-march-organised-by-a-woman-20180806-p4zvqa.html [20] http://www.familylawexpress.com.au/family-law-news/children/childabuse/women-more-violent-and-controlling-than-men-various-studies-find/2366/ [21] http://www.newmalestudies.com/OJS/index.php/nms/article/view/304/365 [22] https://scholar.googleusercontent.com/scholar?q=cache:uiCQ3aVfkgoJ:scholar.google.com/&hl=en&as_sdt=0,39 [23] https://www.dvaa.com.au/true-statistics [24] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rosie_Batty#Batty's_story_of_domestic_violence [25] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Duluth_model [26] http://www.batteredmen.com/batdulut.htm [27] AskFeminists/comments/3rw7qi/is_the_duluth_model_of_domestic_violence_sexist/ [28] AskFeminists/comments/eb71al/why_is_feminism_and_media_so_quite_about_the/ [29] http://web.archive.org/web/20010913190319/http://www.wie.org/j16/daly2.asp [30] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sally_Miller_Gearhart#Writing [31] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GO_X4DkwA_Q
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I went through the footage provided by u/atadams and tried to determine what the result would be if all cheating-assisted plays were taken away from the Astros during the 2017 regular season
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Fourth Place
Well teenagers, it’s been a fun ride. After today I will officially be 20 years old. To celebrate the milestone, here’s 20 bits of advice I wish I had when I had just become a teenager (turning 13)
posted by ApexTheCactus on /teenagers
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Fifth Place
“No, I will not yield!” (6/4/1992)
posted by Cheese_quesadilla on /PublicFreakout
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First Place
*Meanwhile dog* ` \"Barking to see what owners are freaking out about in other room\"`
posted by ElBroet on /AskReddit
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Second Place
Shut up about \"reuniting families\" when kids are in cages.
posted by RestoreFear on /nfl
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Third Place
2016 happened. This site used to be anti establishment. Conservative, Liberal, it didn’t matter. But people with power saw the giant audience of the default subs as an untapped influential target. In 2016 companies like ShareBlue began running bot farms on here. They would post things positive of certain candidates and shout down anyone else. `Reddit itself has been complicit in this thought shift as they themselves favor liberalism. The default subs have the biggest audience and thus exert the biggest influence. Mod teams for default subs used to be diverse of thought. But “troublesome” mods were removed and replaced with people willing to toe the line. Major default subs now have mods who push agendas for certain parties. They censor content critical of liberal opinions and promote content that bashes conservatives. Even if that conservative-bashing content breaks the sub’s/site’s own rules, they will allow it because it suits their agenda. ` This site used to love Ron Paul. This site used to be critical of Obama (drone strikes, treatment of whistleblowers, fast and furious). But now, if you are anything akin to a libertarian who is critical of Obama in any way, you are a “fascist” and a “Nazi”. ` Edit: thanks for the gold. I made this for y’all`
posted by Hot_Shame_jr on /worldpolitics
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Fourth Place
News of the second coming spread fast. All the major television outlets were scrambling to get an interview with Jesus. Or as he liked to be called, The jay man. Turns out Jesus is a pretty chill dude. Unlike his uptight father, Jesus mostly hung out and spoke about love and unity. He wanted nothing to do with the T.V. interviewers or any organized church for that matter. After the initial excitement wore off The Jay Man was free to live a life like most non-deity folk. He got a job at a dispensary. Started a podcast with his friend Simon. They mostly talked about weed and UFOs. Turns out Jesus is a believer. And he spent the rest of his time hanging at the beach. `Since it was undeniable that Jesus did in fact exist, most people quickly stopped treating Jesus like a celebrity. He’s just a dude that you can see and feel, of course everyone believed in him. And if you believed in him you got a free pass to heaven. It took all the mystery out of Christianity. ` Bart still put him on a pedestal though. He had spent his whole life praising Jesus in church. Bart a priest. His whole life was spent spreading Jesus’ word. He traveled all the way from the Midwest to Southern California to meet this hippy god. He wasn’t hard to find. Jesus went to the same beach almost every day to watch the sunset. Him and his friend would hacky sack or toss a frisbee till dusk. Then they would sit on a blanket and speak deeply as the sun hid below the waves. This is where Bart found him. `“Excuse me, sorry to interrupt, are you Jesus?” Bart asked even though he knew the answer. ` Jesus turned with a smile. He had just taken a drag of a large joint. `“Sure am pal,” he said and exhaled. “Pop a squat, we’re talking about the long term societal ramifications from the suppression of Gnosticism.” He paused and squinted his eyes. “Wait a minute, I know you. I know you man! You’re an Anti-Christ. Holy shit, guys check this out. An Anti-Christ has the courage to show up to our pow-wow.”` Jesus friends all looked over at Bart with looks of disgust. `“Now, now guys, don’t judge too quick. Let’s hear what he has to say. Why did you come here Anti-Christ?” Jesus asked. ` “I’m sorry, you must be mistaken. I’m not the Anti-Christ. In fact I’m a priest.” Bart said and pointed to his holy collar. “I’ve been serving you my whole life. I’m Bart, I came here from Chicago.” Bart said and held out a hand to shake. `Jesus patted the blanket next to him. ` “Here, have a seat Bart. We have some talking to do.” `Bart took his shoes off and sat next to jesus. ` “So Bart, I have some bad news for you. You’re not going to like it but I promise you it’s true. And once you understand the truth you will see it clear as day everywhere you look.” The Jay Man said. And held out the joint for Bart. He waved it away as if it were a fly buzzing around. `“What’s this truth?” Bart asked. ` “I’m telling you. You’re not going to like it but I feel like you have to hear it. After all you just made a pilgrimage. You deserve something for that.” Jesus said. `“I can take it. I’ve been your humble servant my whole life. Whatever you say is gospel to me.” Bart said dutifully. ` “The truth is,” Jesus paused. “That every church across this entire beautiful, weird planet is teaching the word of Satan. He co-opted our word long long ago and convinced the world he is the light. Any religion that has promoted hate is anti-me. Any church that has picked a side during war is anti-me. Any church that teaches any commandments other than love thy neighbor is anti-me. And thus Anti-Christ. All priests, popes, Cardinals, pastors, sidewalk preachers. If they are preaching from the Bible they are preaching the wrong thing. If they preach celibacy or that drugs are inherently bad. They are on the wrong side. The truth lies inside everyone and sometime the key just needs a little help getting turned.” Again Jesus held out the joint to Bart. Again he waved it away. `“Look man, I’m not mad at you. You’ve been brain washed. You were trained to tell people to live without. That withholding certain pleasures from themselves was going to save them a seat upstairs. The real sin is living without. Sin literally means without. It’s been there the whole time in plain sight. Living without experience. Living without love, living without really living. I mean why would my dad create this amazing place if you weren’t meant to experience as much as possible. The Bible has been telling people to live without a lot of things and that’s anti-me. That’s against all my teachings. Is this making any sense?” Jesus asked. ` Bart nodded his head. It’s about all he could do. He’s learning from the source that he’s not only wasted his life. But been unknowingly spreading Satans word. He’s not sure what he’s regretting more. His wayward life or coming out West to meet the savior in person. `“I just can’t believe it. It’s all a lie? Everything? I’ve been shepherding souls to hell. I’ve been an arm of evil? You know, I always had this feeling that there was something off. Something wrong. Always being the one telling people to stop having fun. Stop enjoying themselves. Guilting and shaming people never felt right.” Bart said not able to look Jesus in the face. ` “That’s because it not right. Here, hit this, it will help.” Jesus held out a joint. `“I’ve never, I don’t know if I should.” Bart said. ` “Of course you should! Aren’t you listening? It might be uncomfortable but that’s just you shedding that snake skin you’ve been wearing. Stick with me Bart. There’s a new day coming up. Tomorrow, you don’t have to be what you are today. Now hit that and let’s watch this sunset. Tomorrow is on its way.” Jesus said. `Bart took a short drag from Jesus’ joint and coughed a little. He handed it back and crossed his legs and got comfortable. Facing west staring at the gigantic spires of pink and orange clouds. ` “This is the best show in town Bart. I’m glad you’re here to watch it with us.” Jesus said. ` The group sat quietly watching the giant space ball fall into the ocean. Listening to the pulse of the ocean. Waves ceaselessly tearing their way into the land. When it was dark the group left their clothes at the beach and took a small skinny dip. Bart never returned to the Midwest. He never past through the door into another church. He did his best to let love guide his steps. And when he faltered and let fear take a hold. He always had the hippy god to lean on and drag him back out of the muck.`
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Fifth Place
I'm curious why people are using TikTok to make video gifs these days. `I was ban from the reddit sub [TikTok](https://www.reddit.com/TikTok) for posting a single comment about how TikTok censors Tiananmen and Tibet references. Sure would be a shame if others knew about it. https://www.reddit.com/news/comments/d948n2/tiktok_censors_references_to_tiananmen_and_tibet?sort=confidence` But who cares about that right? It's not like... `TikTok Admits It Suppressed Videos by Disabled, Queer, and Fat Creators. https://slate.com/technology/2019/12/tiktok-disabled-users-videos-suppressed.html` TikTok has been accused of secretly gathering \"vast quantities\" of user data and sending it to servers in China. https://www.bbc.com/news/amp/business-50640110 `TikTok is paying the FTC a fine of $5.7 million for collecting the data of kids under 13. https://www.vox.com/the-goods/2019/2/28/18244996/tiktok-children-privacy-data-ftc-settlement` TikTok censors all reference to the Hong Kong protests. https://www.washingtonpost.com/technology/2019/09/15/tiktoks-beijing-roots-fuel-censorship-suspicion-it-builds-huge-us-audience/?noredirect=on `TikTok has had children as young as 8 targeted by sexual predators and Police are urging parents to check the app privacy settings. ` `http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?ie=UTF-8&client=ms-android-google&source=android-browser&q=cache:https:%2F%2Fwww.scotsman.com%2Flifestyle-2-15039%2Ftiktok-privacy-settings-everything-parents-need-to-know-about-the-video-app-1-4872619` https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-6694671/amp/Predators-grooming-children-young-eight-popular-live-streaming-apps.html `TikTok's privacy page admits to collecting as much data as possible, from meta data, GPS location, and pulls all contact information on someone's Facebook and instagram (if connected) and phone, while allowing themselves to use this data for whatever they want.` https://www.tiktok.com/legal/privacy-policy?lang=en `TikTok has been labeled a \"threat to national security\" by the USA government. ` https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=rU0zzHKHxC8 `https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=6jOJe9U9Wj8` https://www.nytimes.com/2019/11/01/technology/tiktok-national-security-review.html `TikTok is ban from US Navy mobile devices, as it's been declared a cybersecurity threat. ` https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2019/dec/21/us-navy-bans-tiktok-from-mobile-devices-saying-its-a-cybersecurity-threat `TikTok had vulnerabilities as recent as last month, which allowed attackers to gain control of users accounts to upload videos or view private videos, while a separate flaw allowed attackers to retrieve personal information from TikTok user accounts through the company’s website.` https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/08/technology/tiktok-security-flaws.html `Its almost as if Tiktok is China’s attempt at pushing their propaganda out to the world while also having massive privacy issues. China has realized that to control the global population you have to control social media and what people see. So for the last year they have been pouring a ton of money into getting their social media app to be accepted and widely used- through a campaign of paid content creation/submission, and vote manipulation. Once they have widescale buy in, their backdoor monitoring and data collection will have free reign.` I find it a worrying trend how easily Reddit is blindly up-voting these video gifs and supporting a company with such privacy concerns, an obvious agenda, and that is censoring and controlling the information you see. It's not too late to do something.
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First Place
Thank you Robert Pritzker
posted by Cenat16 on /HumansBeingBros
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Second Place
privacy my ass
posted by Dahooligan559 on /dankmemes
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Third Place
it remains a mystery
posted by tropkis on /memes
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Fourth Place
The Irish President loves when people pet his dog.
posted by kuddlybuddly on /aww
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Fifth Place
no those are jojo characters
posted by SuperDeann on /dankmemes
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First Place
Proves the FBI is spying on us
posted by HoodmanPL on /dankmemes
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Second Place
Miggildy Higgins is such a sound lad. Glad hes our President. His dogs are called Bród (means Pride in english) and Sióda (can mean silk but can also mean gentle or courteous in english) .They are Bernese mountain dogs.
posted by MickeyBubbles on /aww
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Third Place
As someone with t1D who recently started self employment I have come to the sad realization of how limiting this disease can be financially and physically. I am hoping I am able to make enough money in my new endeavors to cover this new cost. I wish iowa would pass this.
posted by Nupper11 on /HumansBeingBros
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Fourth Place
The woman in the middle looks like she's about to cry.
posted by lyingzinger on /aww
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Fifth Place
These are Disney villians. The bad ones.
posted by beast_the_fourth on /dankmemes
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First Place
Wallace: Trump's approval of Pompeo's 'abusive' treatment of reporter shows 'total rot' in White House
posted by WyldBlu on /politics
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Second Place
Pickle chin bout to rap
posted by 2derp2 on /SheriffDomestic
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Third Place
Why did the chicken cross the road? Because you didn't freaking COOK IT!
posted by dfpcmaia on /gaming
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Fourth Place
TIFU by posting a picture of myself naked and a picture of my girlfriend on Reddit in the same day.
posted by Dogs-Keep-Me-Going on /tifu
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Fifth Place
This dog who saved seven people during an earthquake
posted by Theoremz on /nextfuckinglevel
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First Place
* foreign influence on our election welcoming, https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2019/06/trump-welcomes-foreign-interference-2020-campaign/591589/ `* tax release avoiding, https://www.post-gazette.com/news/politics-nation/2019/05/06/donald-trump-taxes-presidential-tax-law-ways-means-committee/stories/201904250114` * birther conspiracy spreading, https://mobile.twitter.com/i/moments/776795610817007616?lang=en `* Ukraine ambassador targeting, https://www.cbsnews.com/news/lev-parnas-recording-trump-is-heard-saying-take-her-out-about-ukrainian-ambassador-marie-yovanovitch-2020-01-25/` * Russian money taking, https://www.brookings.edu/blog/fixgov/2019/12/13/why-trumps-tax-returns-are-so-important-this-week-in-impeachment/ `* Kurdish ally abandoning, https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/former-u-s-officials-criticize-trump-s-decision-abandon-kurds-n1084156` * soldier brain injury downplaying, https://www.military.com/daily-news/2020/01/26/vfw-commander-calls-trump-apologize-headaches-remark-about-injured-troops.html `* full morning “executive time” taking, https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2019/2/4/18210345/trump-executive-time-axios-private-schedule-leak` * Epstein befriending, https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/crime/jeffrey-epstein-had-14-phone-numbers-connected-to-trump-in-his-contacts/ar-AAE8IIi `* Putin bowing, https://www.brookings.edu/blog/fixgov/2019/12/20/trumps-alarming-deference-to-putin-and-lindsay-grahams-weird-deference-to-trump-this-week-in-impeachment/` * Kim Jong Un praising, https://thehill.com/hilltv/rising/409245-trumps-comments-on-falling-in-love-with-kim-jong-un-are-shocking-and-appalling `* North Korean general saluting, https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/onpolitics/2018/06/14/trumps-salute-north-korean-general-video/701740002/` * US intelligence denying, https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/30/us/politics/trump-intelligence-agencies.html `* tallest building in lower Manhattan after 9/11 boasting, https://www.indy100.com/article/trump-911-anniversary-trump-tower-height-video-interview-bragging-9100271` * congress obstructing, https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/trump-impeachment-inquiry/trump-impeached-house-abuse-power-n1104196 `* nuclear non-proliferation deal ending, https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/trump-calls-nuclear-deal-bashing-misinformation/story?id=68148374` * Justice obstructing, https://qz.com/1670783/all-the-evidence-of-obstruction-of-justice-in-muellers-report/ `* unqualified daughter and son-in-law appointing, https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/jul/01/donald-trump-ivanka-g20-north-korea-nepotism` * healthcare cut targeting, https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/trump-proposes-big-cuts-to-health-programs-for-poor-elderly-and-disabled/2019/03/11/55e42a56-440c-11e9-aaf8-4512a6fe3439_story.html `* pedophile candidate supporting, https://www.npr.org/2017/12/04/568274917/removing-any-qualifications-trump-endorses-roy-moore` * trump tower Moscow denying, https://qz.com/1670783/all-the-evidence-of-obstruction-of-justice-in-muellers-report/ `* mail-bomber inspiring, https://abcnews.go.com/US/mail-bomber-cesar-sayoc-obsessed-trump-fox-news/story?id=64500598` * 4 out of top 5 largest protests in US history causing, https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_protests_in_the_United_States_by_size `* green energy stifling, https://www.newsweek.com/donald-trump-solar-wind-power-criticism-scientists-trump-dangerous-evil-1371108` * clean water regulation destroying, https://www.pbs.org/newshounation/trump-administration-set-to-remove-protections-against-water-pollution `* healthy school lunch ending, https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/17/us/politics/michelle-obama-school-nutrition-trump.html` * climate change denying, https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-51213003 `* congressional and judicial branch attacking, https://www.cnn.com/2018/02/27/politics/judge-curiel-trump-border-wall/index.html` * economy does better under democrats saying, https://www.forbes.com/sites/realspin/2016/11/07/trump-is-right-about-one-thing-the-economy-does-better-under-the-democrats/ `* Goldman Sachs appointing, https://thehill.com/homenews/administration/324027-trump-names-another-goldman-sachs-exec-to-senior-administration-role` * food stamp removing, https://www.cbsnews.com/news/14-states-sue-to-block-the-trump-administrations-food-stamp-cuts/ `* emissions standards lowering, https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2019/climate/trump-environment-rollbacks.html` * press conference avoiding, https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/white-house/trump-says-he-instructed-sarah-sanders-to-stop-doing-white-house-press-briefings `* emoluments clause breaking, https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2019/10/21/donald-trump-mocks-constitution-emoluments-clause-phony/4055162002/` * longest govt shutdown record holding, https://www.cnbc.com/2019/01/11/government-shutdown-breaks-record-for-longest-ever-amid-border-wall-fight.html `* Saudi Arabia nuclear tech selling, https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/trump-administration-approved-nuclear-deals-saudi-arabia-khashoggi/story?id=63492793` * golf cheating, https://www.golf.com/news/features/2019/04/02/how-why-president-trump-cheats-golf-playing-tiger-woods/ `* time magazine cover faking, https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/time-asks-donald-trump-s-golf-clubs-remove-phony-magazine-n777546` * El Paso mass shooter inspiring, https://www.nytimes.com/2019/08/04/us/politics/trump-mass-shootings.html `* paying legal bills for roughing up protestors promising, https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/back-trump-comments-perceived-encouraging-violence/story?id=48415766` * killed soldier “knew what he signed up for” saying, https://www.ajc.com/news/national/sgt-david-johnson-widow-trump-said-knew-what-signed-fofY9xBSJBda6usczKrbH5RL/ `* pardon abusing, https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2018/11/29/18117745/trump-manafort-pardon-dangle-abuse-power` * scumbag, https://mobile.twitter.com/realDonaldTrump
posted by Taint_my_problem on /politics
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Second Place
Yesterday. Grief. Wife died 8 months ago. She was the love of my life and my best friend.
posted by DeanSmartin on /AskReddit
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Third Place
As a dane, i can truly say i am sorry. This should have been the frontpage.
posted by brownieeeee on /dankmemes
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Fourth Place
Haha, what if I get a medal and you don't.
posted by HammyBag on /PewdiepieSubmissions
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Fifth Place
This picture is capital \"B\" BULLSHIT. See all the press around him? `**This picture is part of a concerted effort to spread anti-Israel sentiment. Palestine works with Western journalists to intentionally stage photos like this.**` `https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pallywood ` **Palestine uses CHILDREN as suicide bombers** https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Child_suicide_bombers_in_the_Israeli%E2%80%93Palestinian_conflict `**Palestinians purposefully hide rockets in schools and hospitals. Here is VOX defending this practice**` ` https://www.vox.com/2014/7/17/5912189/yes-gaza-militants-hide-rockets-in-schools-but-israel-doesnt-have-to` **When Israel bombs a missile ammo dump, they call every phone and drop leaflets to avoid the loss of human life. This gives people enough time to get away, without giving terrorists enough time to move the stores of arms. ** https://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/09/world/middleeast/by-phone-and-leaflet-israeli-attackers-warn-gazans.html `https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roof_knocking` **Palestine constantly launches rockets aimed at civilian centers with the intent of killing civilians** https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Palestinian_rocket_attacks_on_Israel
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2020.01.15 21:15 Oncefa2 The nature of interpersonal relationships between men and women gives women more power than men

A lot of feminists like to talk about power dichotomies between men and women. Essentially they claim that men have more power, and that they use this power to subjugate women.
While both of these points are debatable, I think there's an elephant in the room that feminists forgot about when they were looking at this.
And that is the nature of interpersonal relationships between men and women. Especially the fact that women control most relationships and get more out of them than men do. Which is a situation that is likely driven by the fact that men like and care about women more than women do men.
And I think this is a driving force behind gender inequalities at all levels of society, including gender inequalities that often appear to benefit men.
For example, why are there more male CEOs than female CEOs? Could it be that instead of putting in the work to become successful themselves, a lot of women chose to take the "easy way out" and instead marry men who are successful? Could it be that men are unfairly pressured by women to become successful, and that this drive to succeed has negative psychological effects, and health impacts, on men (leading men to die 5 years earlier than women, for example)?
We don't live in a patriarchal society where the patriarchy occasionally "harms men". Instead, we live in a gynocentric society where gynocentrism occasionally harms women.
Gender inequality does not come from the top. It is built from the ground up through our most fundamental interactions with the opposite sex. It starts with a man asking a woman on a date. An act that itself represents an implicit power dichotomy that, from the very beginning, gives women more power than men.

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Women control most marriages and relationships
Morin, R., & Cohn, D. (2008). Women call the shots at home; public mixed on gender roles in jobs. Pew Research Center.[Online] Available from: https://www.pewsocialtrends.org/2008/09/25/women-call-the-shots-at-home-public-mixed-on-gender-roles-in-jobs/ Accessed March, 10, 2010.
The Scotsman (2011, March 1). Women decide to rule the roost. Retrieved October 21, 2019, from https://www.scotsman.com/lifestyle-2-15039/women-decide-to-rule-the-roost-1-1503380
When a husband and a wife disagree about something, the wife usually gets her way, often using tactics of manipulation, gaslighting, the threat of divorce, and physical abuse
Vogel, D. L., Murphy, M. J., Werner-Wilson, R. J., Cutrona, C. E., & Seeman, J. (2007). Sex differences in the use of demand and withdraw behavior in marriage: Examining the social structure hypothesis. Journal of Counseling Psychology, 54(2), 165. Available from: https://public.psych.iastate.edu/ccutrona/psych592a/articles/Vogel%202007.pdf
Merz, Theo. (2014, June 26). Women are ‘more controlling and aggressive than men’ in relationships. The Telegraph. Available from: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/men/relationships/10927507/Women-are-more-controlling-and-aggressive-than-men-in-relationships.html?fbclid=IwAR1zlTkxvaKYPzFCVIntaRBFvY3adKOX25fUtlZY-RXnO47fLg91w95hlzE
Lyndon, Neil. (2015, February 10). At home, women treat men as if they are barely competent. The Telegraph. Available from: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/men/relationships/11401315/At-home-women-treat-men-as-if-they-are-barely-competent.html
Men care about women more than women care about men
Gender differences in automatic in-group bias: why do women like women more than men like men? http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15491274
FeldmanHall, O., Dalgleish, T., Evans, D., Navrady, L., Tedeschi, E., & Mobbs, D. (2016). Moral chivalry: Gender and harm sensitivity predict costly altruism. Social psychological and personality science, 7(6), 542-551. [PDF]: https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/pdf/10.1177/1948550616647448
######Stuijfzand, S., De Wied, M., Kempes, M., Van de Graaff, J., Branje, S., & Meeus, W. (2016). Gender differences in empathic sadness towards persons of the same-versus other-sex during adolescence. Sex roles, 75(9-10), 434-446. [HTML]: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5112287/
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