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A Guide to Gaining Sexual Control

2020.10.22 11:24 thetranquillife1 A Guide to Gaining Sexual Control

Thousands of Christians have been lured into sexual bondage. Christ wants and demands that we by set free from all vice, particularly sexual vice. Many Christians know this but still fail. What is lacking from the Church is practical information to overcome this temptation, and that's why I have compiled the following information and collated it for your benefit.
I will say it at the start, true victory comes through Christ. What does this mean? It means that you must be willing to change your ways and then believe upon the Lord Jesus, who died on the cross two thousand years ago to forgive you of your sins. To fight the 'flesh', the carnal nature that you have, you need the Spirit of God, and this only comes through faith in Christ, a Christ who saves us from our sins, yes, even our sexual sins.
Try and have a gospel-centred life every day. Listen to Christ-centred hymns/songs. Read parts of the NT. We are sanctified by the word of God, but also by focusing on God's love shown to sinners through His Son, Jesus Christ.

Reasons for Abstention

  1. Improve health – reduce stress, abdominal tension, reduce social anxiety, improve sleep, reduce boredom and increase drive
  2. Get closer to God, prepare for Christ’s return, and walk in the Spirit – whilst we are in the flesh, we cannot please God
  3. Peace of mind and conscience

Christian Sexual Ethics and Morality

The Bible was written by men who transcribed the revelation of God. To understand the views of God in regards to His finest creation, man, one must have a good knowledge of His Scriptures.
The apostle Paul is the most prolific writer on sexuality, but Jesus also talked about lust and adultery. The Patristic Fathers followed in their footsteps, advocating chastity and sexual self-control.
The Bible is clear. Pre-marital sex, pornography, lustful looking, adultery, orgies, etc. are all sins, transgressions of God's Law. The Law, the Old Testament, shows us that we have failed to live up to God's standard, but fortunately, God sent His Son (a Person of the Trinity), Jesus Christ to die on a cross 2000 years ago for yours and my sin, so that if we have faith in Him, our sins might be forgiven and we may have eternal life! Now that is a love that lasts.
Though we obtain salvation through faith in Jesus Christ, we are still tempted by the Devil to return to former ways. God will sanctify us and make us more like Christ but we have to cooperate in this sanctification process.
Below is some information and a plan of action, to help you find relief from the temptations of the flesh. I pray a prayer, that we all might be released from the grip and slavery of the vice of pornography and sexual immorality.
N.B. if you are using a mobile smartphone, when you reach the tables below, you may have to scroll left to see all the columns.

SHORT TERM KNOWLEDGE

In the fight against sexual immorality, I believe it is helpful to break the fight down into short term and long term knowledge and strategies.
1. Learn about the Addiction Cycle
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2. If you suffer from porn-induced OCD, learn some management techniques
· The Schwartz OCD 4 Steps Rule: https://hope4ocd.com/foursteps.php
· When compulsions arise, recognise that nothing happens if you refuse to act. Nothing dreadful is going to happen to you. Just allow the thought to pass over your mind, through one ear and out the other. It may help to visualise this.
3. Recognise that you are NOT alone in your struggle
1 Cor. 10:13 - 13 No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.
· "In terms of basic results, they found that 73 percent of women and 98 percent of men reported internet porn use in the last six months, for a total of 85 percent of respondents. For porn use within the last week, the numbers were lower: 80 percent of men and 26 percent of women." Psychology Today
· "Thirty-seven percent of male clergy of various faith traditions report Internet pornography as "being a current struggle," and 57 percent of that group report compulsive Internet pornography use, according to a paper, "The Internet and Pornography,"" NCR Online
· Know that there are many testimonies of people that have overcome their dependency to internet pornography. These can be found on YouTube or websites through a simple Google search.
4. Recognise that you have been born into a cultural war. The Sexual Revolution, starting in the 1950s, has gathered pace and forced our parliaments to change its laws so that we, later descendants, would be burdened down by sexual immorality and vice. Despite previous generations allowing this sin, we must take responsibility for our own actions. A brief overview of the key events in the Sexual Revolution:
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5. Tell and involve a trusted friend, church member? Although this is not a necessary step, many people have found this a healthy thing to do. Your friend may also struggle with the same problem and both of you may benefit be confiding in each other. Older church members may be able to give you good advice, however, it should be noted, that few of them will understand totally your predicament as porn was not so readily available back then and people did not really talk about sexual matters. Church counsellors are a safer bet, as they won’t attend your church and are likely to have no barriers when it comes to talking about sexual matters.
6. Recognise that you are most at risk when you are H.A.L.T. S. – Hungry, Angry, Lonely, Tired, Stressed
7. Research the Allen Carr Method – PMO EasyWay book download - https://www.pdfhost.net/index.php?Action=Download&File=1be79b10d1b533c2030f2ee2f2e65405
Introduction to the method (applied to smoking in the video, but it is equally applicable to PMO) can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0TL2Vh7goJc
Myth Truth
“PMO’ers need willpower to quit” Allen Carr's EasyWay requires no willpower
“PMO relieves stress” PMO increases stress
“PMO helps me to concentrate” PMO impedes concentration
"PMO helps me sleep" PMO worsens the quality of sleep
“PMO relieves boredom” PMO increases boredom
Stress, lack of concentration, sleep deprivation and boredom are, according to the Addiction Cycle above, all triggers for PMO.
The realisation of Allen Carr is that the act of smoking/PMO/drug taking etc. creates the symptoms with which the next cigarette/orgasm/injection etc. relieves. Therefore, the best time to stop is not tomorrow or next week, but rather today. Stop creating symptoms that you will then relieve through PMO.

Strategy

· StickK - https://www.stickk.com/
  1. Register using an email
  2. Create a Custom Goal e.g. NoPMO, NoFap etc.
  3. Set the length of the goal e.g. 7, 14, 21 days etc. (above 27 the better)
  4. Set a stake e.g. £50/goal or £5/week
  5. Set a daily reminder on your phone e.g. "stickK - nofap - £5"
  6. Optional: get someone to become your Accountability Partner (AP)
  7. Use the Journal Log to document your progress
  8. When the goal is completed, consider starting a new one, that is much longer
· Install blockers on internet browsers e.g. Foxfilter, Blocksite, Adult Blocker
· Leave seductive social media e.g. Instagram, Snapchat, Tumblr, Tinder, etc.
On Streaks:
The success of a streak is not the length but rather the quality. During a streak, you should occupy yourself as much as possible, either in work, studies, outdoors etc.
Isaac Newton; "The way to chastity is not to struggle directly with incontinent thoughts but to avert the thoughts by some imployment, or by reading, or meditating on other things"
· Never put faith in the length of your streak as pride will follow. "Pride commeth before a fall."
· Expect relapses early on. The pleasure-centre of the brain takes time to recover.
On Relapsing
· Pray and ask for forgiveness but appropriate the forgiveness that comes through Christ. Emotion is understandable but don't give way to wallowing in self-pity (this will only allow Satan to gain a foothold). Upon confession, try not to dwell upon the setback again, trusting that God really has forgiven you, as His Word declares He will.
· Read through Psalm 51 and meditate on its truth. Psalm 51 is one of the penitential psalms and it is traditionally claimed to have been composed by king David as a confession to God after he sexually sinned with Bathsheba.
· Do not be tempted to think that because you have relapsed that you can do so again; when you get into a damp and stinky trench, you climb out as soon as you can.
· Do not think too much about the length of the streak: if you can, focus on the general trend of greater control over your sexual impulses, as evidenced through longer and longer streaks.
On nocturnal emissions (wet dreams)
As the length of the streak grows, the chance of a nocturnal emission increases.
I am of the opinion that such an occurrence is not a relapse, as it is involuntary, regardless of whether is was accompanied by a lustful dream or not.
One must be careful not to allow such an occurrence to tempt one to a deliberate relapse. After a few days, the immediate memory of it will pass, setting back on course again. However, if you are not married, and will not be for some time, you will have to learn to live with these happenings.

LONG TERM KNOWLEDGE

To truly stay away from the evils of pornography and masturbation, one needs a deeper understanding of the problem.
1. Meditate on the Western concept of nudity. This may seem an odd remark but I believe this thought may prove of use. In more primitive societies, especially ones that are hot, women tend to not wear many clothes, therefore exposing their legs, arms and breasts. Now, because this was and still is their cultural norm, the men in those societies were and are less stimulated by the images of female nudity, than we are in the West, where the norm is where women cover the bodies, thus creating a taboo out of nudity. Now, I am neither endorsing one or the other, because clothing is often solely linked to the environmental climate in which people live, but I am saying that our Western reaction to nudity is somewhat socially and cultural constructed.
2. Meditate on the loneliness of the act. If this were a normal behaviour, why does one feel uncomfortable doing it in public? Why does one do it often in the dark, away from others? Is it because our subconscious knows that it is wrong? This rule can apply to most things: if you would not be willing to do it in the open, do not do it.
3. Contemplate the evils of the industry. Many people think that the porn industry and the sex trafficking industry are completely separate, however, this is not true. By watching pornography, you are generating demand, through your views, for more underage women to be exploited in horrific ways (note, we acknowledge that not all porn is non-consensual). As Christians, we should run a million miles away from industries that make profit from devaluing any humans, who are ALL made in the image of God, and who all deserve a chance at life, where they don't have to carry sexual guilt and shame around for the rest of their life, not to mention, the disease they could contract.
Additionally, porn can costs childhoods. Studies show a 1-in-14 chance of a child typing in a misspelled URL and stumbling upon a porn site by accident.
4. Consider the owners and producers of hard-core pornography
Below is a list of some not-so-pleasant people who are owners of the top global pornography sites. Investigate and read for yourself if you want, what kind of people they are and whether you want to be under their influence.
· Al Goldstein
· Ouissam Youssef
· Feras Antoon
· Stephane Michael Pacaud and Deborah Malorie Pacaud
5. How pornography warps our perceptions of intimacy
Peggy Orenstein: “Porn is much more accessible, and at much younger ages. Because there’s so much of it, and because it’s trying to be competitive with itself to get more viewers, it becomes more extreme. It presents an image of sexuality that is about as realistic as pro-wrestling and an image of women and women’s bodies and women’s pleasure that is about as accurate as ‘The Real Housewives’ is to marriage… Everything in porn is a performance, and it’s encouraging girls to see sex as a performance and boys to see girls’ sexuality as a performance.”
Exploitation:
Organisation Findings
International Labor Organization (ILO) 4.5 million people are trapped or forced into sexual exploitation globally.
Thorn In one survey, 63% of underage sex trafficking victims said they had been advertised or sold online.
ILO While only 22% of global trafficking victims are trafficked for sex, sexual exploitation earns 66% of the global profits from human trafficking. The average annual profit generated by each woman in forced sexual servitud ($100,000) is estimated to be six times more than the average profits generated by each trafficking victim worldwide ($21,800)
Rescue:Freedom In 9 countries, 49% of sexually exploited women said that pornography was made of them while they were being sold for sex.
Below are some scientific and scriptural reasons, backed up by evidence, that show pornography to be a menace to our bodies, minds and souls.
Scientific:
Reason Evidence
It could lead to escalation in genre and potentially to acting out (i.e. doing what you view) https://fightthenewdrug.org/why-consuming-porn-is-an-escalating-behavio
It increases social anxiety and weakens your confidence https://www.yourbrainonporn.com/rebooting-porn-use-faqs/is-porn-making-my-social-anxiety-confidence-depression-anxiety-ocd-bipolar-worse/
It will ruin intimacy in marriage https://www.verywellmind.com/is-pornography-destroying-your-marriage-2302509
It can triggeaggravate depression, particularly if the content is traumatic to the viewer https://www.psychologytoday.com/gb/blog/inside-porn-addiction/201111/can-pornography-trigger-depression
It increases the concentration of DeltaFosB in the brain, leading to dependency and mental impairment https://www.nhs.uk/news/neurology/watching-porn-associated-with-male-brain-shrinkage/
It may decrease your testosterone levels which could cause erectile dysfunction, reduced bone mass, hair loss etc. https://www.yourbrainonporn.com/rebooting-porn-use-faqs/any-connection-between-orgasm-abstinence-and-testosterone-levels/has-too-much-masturbation-decreased-my-testosterone-levels/ and https://www.healthline.com/health/side-effects-of-low-testosterone
It may cause ‘sex headaches’ and abdominal aches https://www.jonbarron.org/article/pornography-headaches
Scriptural:
Reason Evidence
It can lead to other sins Romans 1:28-31
Your inheritance in the kingdom of God is at stake Galatians 5:19-21
It will rob you of your peace Psalm 119:165
It will diminish your assurance of faith 2 Cor. 13:5
You sin against your own body 1 Cor. 6:18
You will grieve the Holy Spirit Ephesians 4:30
It could sear your conscience 1 Timothy 4:2

Strategies

1. Cultivate a practice of Spiritual Thoughtfulness
· Think of your hour of death. Will you be pleased with yourself for doing such actions? Will you want to look back on your life, and wish you had lived a life of obedient faith more?
· Think of yourself stood before Christ, to receive reward for the deeds done in the body. Are you positively contributing positively towards your treasures in Heaven?
· Think upon the power of God and the forgiving power of Christ and how greater they are when compared to the power of darkness and Satan
· Consider the physical and social consequences of such actions
· Consider the immediate spiritual consequences of such actions
· Consider that we may be close to the return of Christ and how we should want to receive Him and be received by Him as a holy people
2. Memorise relevant scriptures
· Romans 8:1
· 1 Corinthians 6:18
· 1 Corinthians 6:11
· John 6:37
· Hebrews 2:18
3. Exchange lies for truth
Lie Truth
“God is stingy” God is good – Deuteronomy 10:12-13
“Sinful pleasures are fulfilling” Sinful pleasures are fleeting – Hebrews 11:24-26
“People are objects” People are image bearers – Genesis 1:27
“Sexual sin is harmless” Sexual sin is defrauding – 1 Thessalonians 4:3-6
“I can turn back to God whenever I want” You may harden your heart to such a point that you don’t want to turn back – Hebrews 3:13
“My past defines me” Christ’s blood defines you - 1 Corinthians 6:11
“I have no option but to give into temptation” God provides a way of escape – 1 Corinthians 10:13
4. Join online communities that encourage you in your faith
e.g. Facebook groups
5. Make a ‘covenant with your eyes’
· Job 31:1-4 - 1 “I have made a covenant with my eyes; how then could I gaze at a virgin? 2 What would be my portion from God above and my heritage from the Almighty on high? 3 Is not calamity for the unrighteous, and disaster for the workers of iniquity? 4 Does not he see my ways and number all my steps?
6. Make a practice of prayer and confession
· Relationship with Christ, is developed and cultivated through prayer and confession. Although Christ has forgiven every sin at the Cross, we still need to confess our sins before Him (1 John 1:9). You will feel so much better after giving the burden of sin to Christ.
7. Individuals who struggled with lust but gained victory:
· Early Christians - 1 Cor. 6:9-11
· St Augustine
· St Moses the Ethiopian

Summary

Concluding Quotes:

"Sex was designed by God to be linked to procreation and marriage. It was not meant to be a full-time obsession."
"Sex is the mysticism of materialism and the only possible religion in a materialistic society... If God is dead, somebody is going to have to take his place. It will be megalomania or erotomania, the drive for power or the drive for pleasure, the clenched fist, or the phallus, Hitler or Hugh Hefner." Malcolm Muggeridge
Pornography. Literally, the writing of harlots; the depiction of erotic behaviour intended to cause sexual excitement. Since sex is of almost universal interest, allusions to it are legitimate and necessary if dramatic or literary descriptions of human life are to be truthful or educative; but an enormous market exists for those who exploit sex for gain. Psychologically, the over-stimulation of imagination by sexual images renders the whole personality oversexed by disproportionately concentrating thought and desire, often to the point of pornographic addiction; it coarsens feelings and attitudes toward the other sex as tools for sexual indulgence, unrefined by affection, tenderness, or respect; it inverts the sex drive into sterile, self-absorbed, physical pleasure alone - "mental masturbation"; and because over-stimulation brings diminishing effects, it leads readily to mental indulgence in increasingly coarser, sadistic perversions - "hardcore" pornography.
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2020.10.22 05:09 Rebelspy212121 RED ALERT, the day of reckoning is within the next 3 weeks

DISCLAIMER: I have nothing illegal or classified, all sources used are public.
Warning I am being censored, I guarantee this post will be taken down soon. Save it now and start spreading it. I am going to prove the claims made in this video https://2020electioncenter.com/watch?id=5f8b7cca9d7ca5144824dc5e
Also do not link the post to any other sub reddits or share it with deniers, cause they will report it obv, this is just for the homies here and any homies they trust!
My fellow human's. Buckle your metaphorical seatbelts, because I am about to tell you a crazy story full of murder, drugs, sex, tax evasion, a bioweapon being released, billions of dollars of corrupt dealings, and much more sinister things. Unfortunately, I can factually prove most of it is true, and I will prove it here and now. Please note, I am not the original leaker. I simply put together a series of leaks together, and they fit together perfectly. I'm just a normal guy who likes to go behind the scenes of the News a little too much.
No matter what political side your on, please note what I am saying is mostly fact. I'll try as hard as possible not to be biased. These leaks involve both Republican and Democrat government officials, many well known Celebrities, Businessmen that lead Mega Corporations in the tech, energy, and medical sectors, Government Officials from other Countries such as Russia and China and many others, and the heads of many Major News Networks, and Social Media Outlets. The people I just mentioned will be referred to as "Controlling Elites" for the rest of this document.
By the end of this post I will prove to you the following:
A. Hunter Biden has made billions of dollars by corruptly using his families political power as leverage.
B. Hunter Biden has sexually assaulted minors and their are videos of it (He was honey potted by the CCP) and does Crack and Meth, so do many other "Controlling Elites". Most of which are compromised and do the bidding of the Chinese communist party for sex, money, drugs and because CCP has blackmail on em!
C. Joe Biden is also involved in these corrupt deals, and so is Obama, Hillary and many other "Controlling Elites", yes including some Republicans!
D. The information used in (Hunter Gate) was originally intended to be used as blackmail. Blackmail, from Chinese officials to democrat leaders, due to the anti Chinese sentiment in the USA. Sentiment the people of America have for China's corrupt handling of many things, China blackmailed many "Controlling Elites" to stay loyal to the CCP, and to quell the Anti-Chinese Sentiment.
E. The FBI, is actively trying to undermine Trump, and has had access to Hunter Gate and evidence of many other crimes committed by "Controlling Elites" (Example Epstein).
F. Their is political infighting in China, party officials are in a power struggle (You will see how this ties into Hunter Gate later). Party officials are planning to assassinate each other, freeze the oppositions financial assets, and much worse.
By the end I will make a good case for the following. (these are not yet facts, however, they are most likely true according to evidence.)
G. Corona Virus, is not a spontaneous natural disease. It was made in a lab. While it may not have been intentionally released, China decided to let it spread in order to distract people from Hong Kong so they could take it, cause chaos so they can invade Taiwan without opposition, have an excuse for the draconian measures currently taking place in China, and in the end gain allot of economic power since they had time to prepare a plan.
H. Qanon, is right to a certain extent. Their is a group of "Controlling Elites" that do abuse children (refer to Epstein). These "Controlling Elites" do perform weird rituals and do a ton of drugs. They are also right that the "Controlling Elites" actively monitor and censor much of the news and internet and do silence people that step out of line. They are partially false that Trump is not partially involved in some of these corrupt schemes (Probably committed some tax evasion), albeit, he is way less guilty compared to a majority of "Controlling Elites". However, they are right that Trump battling to try to expose some of these evil people (Maybe he had a change of heart and truly is a fighter for good now, or maybe he just wants to win his re-election and enlarge his ego, either way he is actively trying to "drain the swamp".) .
I. The US election will result in some sort of "day of reckoning" and possibly a guerilla style civil war. and eventually World War 3. This will be the result of 3 things. 1. Neither party will accept defeat, they will both claim the other party committed criminal acts and is rigging the votes, unfortunately both sides of that argument are right, Albeit the Republican is considerably more clean. 2. We will see groups like Antifa and Proud Boys clashing by voter stations, Mail in voting also will not work in states doing it for the first time, and we WILL have enormous amounts fraud. Most likely, we will never know who won the election of 2020. 3. The world is at a tipping point, no matter who wins the instability in America will create a ton of instability both financially, and politically for most of Planet Earth. The instability will most likely result in the following wars. {India vs Pakistan} {Europe vs Muslims} {American Conservatives vs American Liberals} {China vs most of the world} {Russia vs former soviet nations} {Greece/Armenia vs Turkey/Azerbaijan} and a huge list of other smaller wars and guerilla conflicts.
Before we begin, I will tell you the order in which I will state the evidence, so you can see how it fits together.
FIRST, I will show the bombshell reports dropped by Mainstream media on 10/15/2020+. We will talk about the claims being made.
SECOND, I will show you footage of whistleblowers talking about the information released by the mainstream media months and weeks prior to Hunter Gate, and Covid-19. Meaning they are credible sources. Their claims are being proven today, so the claims they made that haven't been proven yet are probably true too. We will talk about the specific claims and the damning evidence. Trust me, the evidence is damming, and the claims are horrific. I will also talk about how the Whistleblowers got this information, why they got it, and who has it now.
THIRD, we will evaluate the claims made by the "OG Leakers" that is what I will refer to this specific batch of leakers as for the rest of the document. We will tie in these leaks to many other pieces of the puzzle. We will prove that Epstein didn't kill himself, and much much much more.
Fourth, We will talk about the implications of this, and what the future holds.
CHAPTER ONE: HUNTER'S OCTOBER SUPRISE
On October 16th of the year 2020, just weeks away from the election, a political Nuke was dropped by the New York Post. They claimed to have access to a hard drive that including thousands of emails, photos, video's, and text messages belonging to Hunter Biden. We will talk about the way they received this information and why they received this information later.
https://nypost.com/2020/10/16/hunter-biden-emails-pics-reveal-wild-life-pained-soul/
http://www.shorenewsnetwork.com/2020/10/16/new-york-post-hunter-biden-photos-claim-to-show-
before-and-after-dental-work-to-fix-meth-mouth/
https://www.shorenewsnetwork.com/2020/10/15/photo-of-hunter-biden-smoking-crack-released-from-abandoned-laptop/
It started off, as some mildly corrupt dealings (Totaling in the millions) and some pictures of Hunter doing drugs. But later turned, into violent p0rn0s of Hunter sexually assaulting people, a list of secret deals between Russia, China, and the Biden's totaling the the BILLIONS, and many other corrupt schemes!
https://www.foxnews.com/politics/hunter-biden-chins-firm-emails-deal
https://nypost.com/2020/10/15/emails-reveal-how-hunter-biden-tried-to-cash-in-big-with-chinese-firm/
The "Controlling Elites" worked to quickly silence this. On Twitter and Facebook posts mentioning the leaks where shadow banned, deleted, and censored. Their panic, partly contributes to the credibility of the leaks (Since they are trying really hard to censor them), and shows the media being a corrupt pawn in this sick game of power and sex. The Biden campaign is smarty choosing to completely ignore these claims, as if they outright deny them, they would have to prove their point. Which is impossible since you really cant deny these thousands of emails and photos that have valid timestamps and involve hundreds of people and lots of money. In fact, some media outlets are literally claiming this whole this is a crazy Qanon conspiracy lead by "right-wing-facist-whitesupremacist". They are deflecting, again they cannot logistically deny, they can only deflect/ignore/and discredit.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3hybkzCWb_w
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=enyep7yAKxY
https://www.foxnews.com/politics/biden-lashes-out-at-cbs-reporter-when-asked-about-ny-post-report-i-have-no-response-another-smear-campaign
https://www.foxnews.com/politics/rnc-fec-twitter-complaint-claims-company-made-illegal-in-kind-contribution-biden-campaign
Look what happen if you search Hunter Biden on google, 90 percent of the results practically say FUCK TRUMP!
https://www.google.com/search?rlz=1C1CHBD_enUS830US830&biw=800&bih=737&tbm=nws&sxsrf=ALeKk03HYPuBe_NpAF1h0JshvQ5mUOohxA%3A1603334820460&ei=pPKQX5TWG5P4-gSntr6wDw&q=hunter+biden+laptop&oq=hunter+biden+laptop&gs_l=psy-ab.3..0i433i131k1j0l9.2950.6198.0.6412.20.13.0.7.7.0.124.896.11j1.13.0....0...1c.1.64.psy-ab..0.19.907.0..0i433k1.184.4jvXFV8F_44
Okay so that's the whole story right? Honestly its already pretty terrible if you think about it. But if you dig deeper it gets much worse! Get ready for some P3d0philic activity, some murder, and power grabs.
CHAPTER TWO: INTERCEPTION
From now on I will try to include 2 links to each video, one to a mainstream source, and another to a different source. This is because I think the following YouTube Videos are going to be deleted or censored any minute now, hopefully we can use wayback software to see the deleted videos. The point is, the timestamps on these YouTube videos show information leaked by the "OG leakers" was made weeks and sometimes months in advance to the headlines of Mainstream media today, and they have access to other claims and evidence that have not been released yet.
The first video is a English translated version of a summary of claims made by Lude Media on September 24th. Lude is an independent Chinese journalist who usually focuses on exposing corrupt Chinese officials, not Planet Wide Evil Schemes. Lude is credible because he works with and has direct contact with a man named Guo Wengui, Guo was formerly the 73rd richest many in China (That's pretty damn rich). Guo defected from the CCP and fled to America, where he now exposes his former Chinese Comrades corrupt schemes from his apartment in New York. Here is a link to information about Guo and another to Ludes Twitter.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guo_Wengui
https://twitter.com/ding_gang
Mainstream media is slowly catching on to the fact that Guo Wengui and his associates knew about Hunter Gate and much more and where trying to ring the bells and blow the whistle on this months ago.
https://www.thedailybeast.com/chinese-billionaires-network-hyped-hunter-biden-dirt-weeks-before-rudy
Now what exactly where the claims Guo and Lude made? I will let you see for yourself. The following video is a summary of their claims, it was originally in Chinese but thankfully translated to English. It was posted on YouTube September 24th, and includes a string of clips made by Lude over the past few months. These claims include detailed evidence. Remember the date of this video, now read the headlines. The crazy statements he made are true, we will discuss the evidence later.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8bXgULtz6cI
https://www.bitchute.com/video/HfcWb0AfsuOm/
Now that we have seen this sources credibility, and the claims he is making. Let's talk about how this information came to be. After all you would try really hard if you where part of a Pedophilic, Global, Crack eating, Cabal to keep that a secret right? So why was all this on a hard drive, and how did people find this hard drive. By the way, before we continue I need to clarify something important, the Cabal and the "Controlling Elites" Work together, but they are not a formal group (Not illuminati but all behave like it). Basically they all want similar things so they informally work together to get those things, unrestricted sex, ton's of Drugs, Loads of money, Egotistical Power, and a life of luxury. It's the extent they go, the fact they (As leaders of Humanity) do it, and the idea they informally work together to achieve this is important. Okay, so back to the point. This hard drive was originally indented to be used to blackmail mostly democrat government officials, and it was made by a prestigious group of people in the CCP. This is where the story gets complex. The prestigious group (which you will learn about in the following video) has 3 main motives. 1. They want American politicians to remain loyal to them, China rip's of America all the time, and they get away with it because they bought out politicians. Normal Americans are waking up to this, and their is allot of Anti-Chinese hatred not just in America but around the globe due to CoVid-19, Invasion of Hong Kong, Human rights violations, and Breaking many trade rules. They are afraid that democrats will try to appeal to voters by appealing to this sentiment, so they sent the blackmail to tell them, if you try to fight us, we will make you personally suffer. 2. This is also a power grab for this group of Prestigious Chinese people (Its complex so I will be simple.) This group wants Xi Jinping OUT, the hard drive contains many corrupt deals involving Xi and his gang and the Biden's. They are hoping they can squeeze out Xi and take the power for themselves. 3. They are trying to create unrest in America, unlike Russia, China is actually a real threat. They benefit off Americas Chaos, because it allows them to invade, and steal without repercussion sense America's attention is focused elsewhere. Here is a video detailing why the hard drive(s) where created and how they where located.
https://twitter.com/HimalayaGlobal/status/1316456905343074304
https://www.bitchute.com/video/OcaVxFJOTxzx/
Personally, I think the narrative that the hard drive was found by a computer fixer in Iowa months ago who stumbled upon a broken laptop is to good to be true (This is the narrative pushed by Mainstream Media.) However, it is true the FBI and many other big players had this information in their hands a long long long time ago. Their is evidence the FBI had a warrant to get this hard drive months ago from Hunter, for guess what (Child p0rn). We will talk about how the FBI is partially involved in fighting trump and some of these corrupt dealings later. Dear FBI if your reading this, seriously I'm just a normal dude that sits on my ass and mostly play's video games (But I write books about philosophy too). Also I support law enforcement and know all of you are not bad. Also I'm stating public information so yeah. Not tyrna get in trouble or anything, like just comment if you have a concern bro. Or like censor my posts Lmao. Also I am a kid believe it or not.
https://wearethene.ws/notable/152860
Here is evidence the FBI is working against Trump.
https://apnews.com/article/donald-trump-race-and-ethnicity-archive-bdd3b6078e9efadcfcd0be4b65f2362e
https://www.cnbc.com/2018/06/14/fbi-agents-text-reportedly-disclosed-by-justice-watchdog-well-stop-trump-from-becoming-president.html
Anyways, the official story goes that the Iowa Computer guy made 4 copies of the hard drive (Damn thats allot of work) 1 Went to the FBI, and he sent another copy to Rudy Giuliani because he didn't trust the FBI (Who would have thought!?). Rudy, a former New York Politician who is responsible for Crushing crime in New York, (And has ties to 9/11, lol thats not important just funny Rudy is a key part in two of the biggest conspiracies' known to the human race.) Anyways Rudy is the guy who apparently got that hard drive, than gave it to the New York Post. This is partially true, he is the guy who got it into the hands of conservative mainstream media, but his story about how he got it is probably false. Guess what, Their is a picture of Rudy and Lude (The OG leaker I mentioned earlier) holding hands and its a fairly recent picture, but you need to follow my instructions to see it. Watch this video again, BUT MAKE SURE YOU PAUSE THE VIDEO ON THE VERY FIRST FRAME.
https://www.bitchute.com/video/OcaVxFJOTxzx/
Their is the iconic photo, I had another source of the photo, but I cannot find it anymore, I think it was taken down.
This is allot to take in I know, so lets take a laughing break together shall we? Here is a article I hope will make you smile.
https://pagesix.com/2020/10/17/matthew-mcconaughey-reveals-his-dad-died-while-makin-love-to-his-mothe
Damn, his dad is a legend, Anyways. back to the story.
CHAPTER 3: ANALYZING THE DATA
First and foremost, I have just given you access to a neat list of tons of evidence and sources. Please do your own additional research. So far we know Lude made the claim a hard drive was going to be released on Western media including a p0rn0 of hunter and a minor, Hunter doing illegal drugs, and a list of super corrupt business dealings, and information regarding the true essence of the Corona Virus. Lude also predicted Covid-19's impact on January 19th, months before the mainstream media of the world. If you want more info on that one, go look for yourself. In fact this is a short chapter. I challenge you to look at the list of Claims and evidence Lude, Guo, and now the mainstream media have on these corrupt dealings. Especially pay attention to the claims made by Lude that haven't come true yet!
Chapter 4: THE FUTURE?
Since the begging of the human race, people have fought other people to have a better life. As a philosopher and a biologist, I can tell you this is a natural concept. Most lifeforms do this. However, humanity is much more complex. Many humans in power have used their power in immoral ways to commit atrocious acts throughout most of history. But don't start saying yeah screw the rich and powerful. Remember people at the bottom "Normal/PooPeasants" do this too, but not to the extent of the Cabal. People at the bottom hurt each other and steal just for a loaf of bread, or a hit of dopamine, or a couple bucks. I believe in capitalism and am a Nationalist Libertarian. My point is this, the elite are corrupt! But that doesn't mean its communist time. Communism/Socialism is the worst form of government for the people and the best for the elite. CHINA is communist! This is because ironically Communism is just Capitalism, except the elite have a monopoly on everything, not just the economy, but also you. We must not allow America to fall for this trap. Our system can work, and it has worked. But democracy is only as good as the people who make it work. Its supposed to be We the people, yet for the past 40 years barely anybody shows up to the ballot box.
(Bias incoming)
I'm going to vote Trump, not because I support him personally, but because he is at least trying to really drain the Swamp. Life is special, we only get like 80 years on this planet. Like why we got to have all this evil stuff. We don't and it starts with changing our idea of success. We are taught to be successful you need to be surrounded by attractive sexual partners, have loads of cash, and be a cool party kinda guy. If you don't believe me go listen to some of the top music tracks in America over the past 5 years, mostly rap about (Hoes, Drugs, Power, and Chasin the Green). I ask you to stop sharing this idea. We are conscious animals on a rock floating through space, and their is science that can help us figure out why. I am an atheist and all this conflict (Which usually stems from Religion) makes me really depressed. With our technology, we could live forever. But my guess is that will be a honor only the elites will get.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7SbF6rdpq24
My fellow humans, right now we are being divided by race, religion, and sexual orientation in order to control us. And Ill be honest, the solution is not necessarily to unite. I don't believe in judging people by race or sexual orientation as long as they keep it to themselves. But I do believe that religion is the root of all this chaos. Muslims/Jews/and Christians/Athiest cannot live in harmony. And before you say I am discriminating, remember that race is something you cannot control, but religion is a choice. Religion is the root of all of this. I don't think religion is bad for the common man, but its simply not true. And it empowers the big guys.
Anyways that's my 2 cents. I'm gonna sulk alone now. Btw for anybody struggling with depression due to similar causes please watch this video, its what keeps me going.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MBRqu0YOH14
If you made it this far, please save my post and share. Before it's ya know, maybe censored. Dear people, please PLEASE save my post and share, do your duty as a fight for truth and justice! I give you all permission to repost this document whoever you want without attribution, other boards websites social media etc. Please share how you see fit.
Have a good life my fellow conscious beings, "Truth is stranger than fiction"
This song inspires me and it should inspire you, it describes how I feel perfectly https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eYaSNZRbFsA
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2020.10.22 04:49 Rebelspy212121 Red Alert this is the big one my friends! Red Dawn style

DISCLAIMER: I have nothing illegal or classified, all sources used are public.
Warning I am being censored, I guarantee this post will be taken down soon. Save it now and start spreading it. I am going to prove the claims made in this video https://2020electioncenter.com/watch?id=5f8b7cca9d7ca5144824dc5e
Also do not link the post to any other sub reddits or share it with libtards, cause they will report it obv, this is just for spudgang and any homies they trust!
My fellow human's. Buckle your metaphorical seatbelts, because I am about to tell you a crazy story full of murder, drugs, sex, tax evasion, a bioweapon being released, billions of dollars of corrupt dealings, and much more sinister things. Unfortunately, I can factually prove most of it is true, and I will prove it here and now. Please note, I am not the original leaker. I simply put together a series of leaks together, and they fit together perfectly. I'm just a normal guy who likes to go behind the scenes of the News a little too much.
No matter what political side your on, please note what I am saying is mostly fact. I'll try as hard as possible not to be biased. These leaks involve both Republican and Democrat government officials, many well known Celebrities, Businessmen that lead Mega Corporations in the tech, energy, and medical sectors, Government Officials from other Countries such as Russia and China and many others, and the heads of many Major News Networks, and Social Media Outlets. The people I just mentioned will be referred to as "Controlling Elites" for the rest of this document.
By the end of this post I will prove to you the following:
A. Hunter Biden has made billions of dollars by corruptly using his families political power as leverage.
B. Hunter Biden has sexually assaulted minors and their are videos of it (He was honey potted by the CCP) and does Crack and Meth, so do many other "Controlling Elites". Most of which are compromised and do the bidding of the Chinese communist party for sex, money, drugs and because CCP has blackmail on em!
C. Joe Biden is also involved in these corrupt deals, and so is Obama, Hillary and many other "Controlling Elites", yes including some Republicans!
D. The information used in (Hunter Gate) was originally intended to be used as blackmail. Blackmail, from Chinese officials to democrat leaders, due to the anti Chinese sentiment in the USA. Sentiment the people of America have for China's corrupt handling of many things, China blackmailed many "Controlling Elites" to stay loyal to the CCP, and to quell the Anti-Chinese Sentiment.
E. The FBI, is actively trying to undermine Trump, and has had access to Hunter Gate and evidence of many other crimes committed by "Controlling Elites" (Example Epstein).
F. Their is political infighting in China, party officials are in a power struggle (You will see how this ties into Hunter Gate later). Party officials are planning to assassinate each other, freeze the oppositions financial assets, and much worse.
By the end I will make a good case for the following. (these are not yet facts, however, they are most likely true according to evidence.)
G. Corona Virus, is not a spontaneous natural disease. It was made in a lab. While it may not have been intentionally released, China decided to let it spread in order to distract people from Hong Kong so they could take it, cause chaos so they can invade Taiwan without opposition, have an excuse for the draconian measures currently taking place in China, and in the end gain allot of economic power since they had time to prepare a plan.
H. Qanon, is right to a certain extent. Their is a group of "Controlling Elites" that do abuse children (refer to Epstein). These "Controlling Elites" do perform weird rituals and do a ton of drugs. They are also right that the "Controlling Elites" actively monitor and censor much of the news and internet and do silence people that step out of line. They are partially false that Trump is not partially involved in some of these corrupt schemes (Probably committed some tax evasion), albeit, he is way less guilty compared to a majority of "Controlling Elites". However, they are right that Trump battling to try to expose some of these evil people (Maybe he had a change of heart and truly is a fighter for good now, or maybe he just wants to win his re-election and enlarge his ego, either way he is actively trying to "drain the swamp".) .
I. The US election will result in some sort of "day of reckoning" and possibly a guerilla style civil war. and eventually World War 3. This will be the result of 3 things. 1. Neither party will accept defeat, they will both claim the other party committed criminal acts and is rigging the votes, unfortunately both sides of that argument are right, Albeit the Republican is considerably more clean. 2. We will see groups like Antifa and Proud Boys clashing by voter stations, Mail in voting also will not work in states doing it for the first time, and we WILL have enormous amounts fraud. Most likely, we will never know who won the election of 2020. 3. The world is at a tipping point, no matter who wins the instability in America will create a ton of instability both financially, and politically for most of Planet Earth. The instability will most likely result in the following wars. {India vs Pakistan} {Europe vs Muslims} {American Conservatives vs American Liberals} {China vs most of the world} {Russia vs former soviet nations} {Greece/Armenia vs Turkey/Azerbaijan} and a huge list of other smaller wars and guerilla conflicts.
Before we begin, I will tell you the order in which I will state the evidence, so you can see how it fits together.
FIRST, I will show the bombshell reports dropped by Mainstream media on 10/15/2020+. We will talk about the claims being made.
SECOND, I will show you footage of whistleblowers talking about the information released by the mainstream media months and weeks prior to Hunter Gate, and Covid-19. Meaning they are credible sources. Their claims are being proven today, so the claims they made that haven't been proven yet are probably true too. We will talk about the specific claims and the damning evidence. Trust me, the evidence is damming, and the claims are horrific. I will also talk about how the Whistleblowers got this information, why they got it, and who has it now.
THIRD, we will evaluate the claims made by the "OG Leakers" that is what I will refer to this specific batch of leakers as for the rest of the document. We will tie in these leaks to many other pieces of the puzzle. We will prove that Epstein didn't kill himself, and much much much more.
Fourth, We will talk about the implications of this, and what the future holds.
CHAPTER ONE: HUNTER'S OCTOBER SUPRISE
On October 16th of the year 2020, just weeks away from the election, a political Nuke was dropped by the New York Post. They claimed to have access to a hard drive that including thousands of emails, photos, video's, and text messages belonging to Hunter Biden. We will talk about the way they received this information and why they received this information later.
https://nypost.com/2020/10/16/hunter-biden-emails-pics-reveal-wild-life-pained-soul/
http://www.shorenewsnetwork.com/2020/10/16/new-york-post-hunter-biden-photos-claim-to-show-
before-and-after-dental-work-to-fix-meth-mouth/
https://www.shorenewsnetwork.com/2020/10/15/photo-of-hunter-biden-smoking-crack-released-from-abandoned-laptop/
It started off, as some mildly corrupt dealings (Totaling in the millions) and some pictures of Hunter doing drugs. But later turned, into violent p0rn0s of Hunter sexually assaulting people, a list of secret deals between Russia, China, and the Biden's totaling the the BILLIONS, and many other corrupt schemes!
https://www.foxnews.com/politics/hunter-biden-chins-firm-emails-deal
https://nypost.com/2020/10/15/emails-reveal-how-hunter-biden-tried-to-cash-in-big-with-chinese-firm/
The "Controlling Elites" worked to quickly silence this. On Twitter and Facebook posts mentioning the leaks where shadow banned, deleted, and censored. Their panic, partly contributes to the credibility of the leaks (Since they are trying really hard to censor them), and shows the media being a corrupt pawn in this sick game of power and sex. The Biden campaign is smarty choosing to completely ignore these claims, as if they outright deny them, they would have to prove their point. Which is impossible since you really cant deny these thousands of emails and photos that have valid timestamps and involve hundreds of people and lots of money. In fact, some media outlets are literally claiming this whole this is a crazy Qanon conspiracy lead by "right-wing-facist-whitesupremacist". They are deflecting, again they cannot logistically deny, they can only deflect/ignore/and discredit.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3hybkzCWb_w
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=enyep7yAKxY
https://www.foxnews.com/politics/biden-lashes-out-at-cbs-reporter-when-asked-about-ny-post-report-i-have-no-response-another-smear-campaign
https://www.foxnews.com/politics/rnc-fec-twitter-complaint-claims-company-made-illegal-in-kind-contribution-biden-campaign
Look what happen if you search Hunter Biden on google, 90 percent of the results practically say FUCK TRUMP!
https://www.google.com/search?rlz=1C1CHBD_enUS830US830&biw=800&bih=737&tbm=nws&sxsrf=ALeKk03HYPuBe_NpAF1h0JshvQ5mUOohxA%3A1603334820460&ei=pPKQX5TWG5P4-gSntr6wDw&q=hunter+biden+laptop&oq=hunter+biden+laptop&gs_l=psy-ab.3..0i433i131k1j0l9.2950.6198.0.6412.20.13.0.7.7.0.124.896.11j1.13.0....0...1c.1.64.psy-ab..0.19.907.0..0i433k1.184.4jvXFV8F_44
Okay so that's the whole story right? Honestly its already pretty terrible if you think about it. But if you dig deeper it gets much worse! Get ready for some P3d0philic activity, some murder, and power grabs.
CHAPTER TWO: INTERCEPTION
From now on I will try to include 2 links to each video, one to a mainstream source, and another to a different source. This is because I think the following YouTube Videos are going to be deleted or censored any minute now, hopefully we can use wayback software to see the deleted videos. The point is, the timestamps on these YouTube videos show information leaked by the "OG leakers" was made weeks and sometimes months in advance to the headlines of Mainstream media today, and they have access to other claims and evidence that have not been released yet.
The first video is a English translated version of a summary of claims made by Lude Media on September 24th. Lude is an independent Chinese journalist who usually focuses on exposing corrupt Chinese officials, not Planet Wide Evil Schemes. Lude is credible because he works with and has direct contact with a man named Guo Wengui, Guo was formerly the 73rd richest many in China (That's pretty damn rich). Guo defected from the CCP and fled to America, where he now exposes his former Chinese Comrades corrupt schemes from his apartment in New York. Here is a link to information about Guo and another to Ludes Twitter.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guo_Wengui
https://twitter.com/ding_gang
Mainstream media is slowly catching on to the fact that Guo Wengui and his associates knew about Hunter Gate and much more and where trying to ring the bells and blow the whistle on this months ago.
https://www.thedailybeast.com/chinese-billionaires-network-hyped-hunter-biden-dirt-weeks-before-rudy
Now what exactly where the claims Guo and Lude made? I will let you see for yourself. The following video is a summary of their claims, it was originally in Chinese but thankfully translated to English. It was posted on YouTube September 24th, and includes a string of clips made by Lude over the past few months. These claims include detailed evidence. Remember the date of this video, now read the headlines. The crazy statements he made are true, we will discuss the evidence later.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8bXgULtz6cI
https://www.bitchute.com/video/HfcWb0AfsuOm/
Now that we have seen this sources credibility, and the claims he is making. Let's talk about how this information came to be. After all you would try really hard if you where part of a Pedophilic, Global, Crack eating, Cabal to keep that a secret right? So why was all this on a hard drive, and how did people find this hard drive. By the way, before we continue I need to clarify something important, the Cabal and the "Controlling Elites" Work together, but they are not a formal group (Not illuminati but all behave like it). Basically they all want similar things so they informally work together to get those things, unrestricted sex, ton's of Drugs, Loads of money, Egotistical Power, and a life of luxury. It's the extent they go, the fact they (As leaders of Humanity) do it, and the idea they informally work together to achieve this is important. Okay, so back to the point. This hard drive was originally indented to be used to blackmail mostly democrat government officials, and it was made by a prestigious group of people in the CCP. This is where the story gets complex. The prestigious group (which you will learn about in the following video) has 3 main motives. 1. They want American politicians to remain loyal to them, China rip's of America all the time, and they get away with it because they bought out politicians. Normal Americans are waking up to this, and their is allot of Anti-Chinese hatred not just in America but around the globe due to CoVid-19, Invasion of Hong Kong, Human rights violations, and Breaking many trade rules. They are afraid that democrats will try to appeal to voters by appealing to this sentiment, so they sent the blackmail to tell them, if you try to fight us, we will make you personally suffer. 2. This is also a power grab for this group of Prestigious Chinese people (Its complex so I will be simple.) This group wants Xi Jinping OUT, the hard drive contains many corrupt deals involving Xi and his gang and the Biden's. They are hoping they can squeeze out Xi and take the power for themselves. 3. They are trying to create unrest in America, unlike Russia, China is actually a real threat. They benefit off Americas Chaos, because it allows them to invade, and steal without repercussion sense America's attention is focused elsewhere. Here is a video detailing why the hard drive(s) where created and how they where located.
https://twitter.com/HimalayaGlobal/status/1316456905343074304
https://www.bitchute.com/video/OcaVxFJOTxzx/
Personally, I think the narrative that the hard drive was found by a computer fixer in Iowa months ago who stumbled upon a broken laptop is to good to be true (This is the narrative pushed by Mainstream Media.) However, it is true the FBI and many other big players had this information in their hands a long long long time ago. Their is evidence the FBI had a warrant to get this hard drive months ago from Hunter, for guess what (Child p0rn). We will talk about how the FBI is partially involved in fighting trump and some of these corrupt dealings later. Dear FBI if your reading this, seriously I'm just a normal dude that sits on my ass and mostly play's video games (But I write books about philosophy too). Also I support law enforcement and know all of you are not bad. Also I'm stating public information so yeah. Not tyrna get in trouble or anything, like just comment if you have a concern bro. Or like censor my posts Lmao. Also I am a kid believe it or not.
https://wearethene.ws/notable/152860
Here is evidence the FBI is working against Trump.
https://apnews.com/article/donald-trump-race-and-ethnicity-archive-bdd3b6078e9efadcfcd0be4b65f2362e
https://www.cnbc.com/2018/06/14/fbi-agents-text-reportedly-disclosed-by-justice-watchdog-well-stop-trump-from-becoming-president.html
Anyways, the official story goes that the Iowa Computer guy made 4 copies of the hard drive (Damn thats allot of work) 1 Went to the FBI, and he sent another copy to Rudy Giuliani because he didn't trust the FBI (Who would have thought!?). Rudy, a former New York Politician who is responsible for Crushing crime in New York, (And has ties to 9/11, lol thats not important just funny Rudy is a key part in two of the biggest conspiracies' known to the human race.) Anyways Rudy is the guy who apparently got that hard drive, than gave it to the New York Post. This is partially true, he is the guy who got it into the hands of conservative mainstream media, but his story about how he got it is probably false. Guess what, Their is a picture of Rudy and Lude (The OG leaker I mentioned earlier) holding hands and its a fairly recent picture, but you need to follow my instructions to see it. Watch this video again, BUT MAKE SURE YOU PAUSE THE VIDEO ON THE VERY FIRST FRAME.
https://www.bitchute.com/video/OcaVxFJOTxzx/
Their is the iconic photo, I had another source of the photo, but I cannot find it anymore, I think it was taken down.
This is allot to take in I know, so lets take a laughing break together shall we? Here is a article I hope will make you smile.
https://pagesix.com/2020/10/17/matthew-mcconaughey-reveals-his-dad-died-while-makin-love-to-his-mothe
Damn, his dad is a legend, Anyways. back to the story.
CHAPTER 3: ANALYZING THE DATA
First and foremost, I have just given you access to a neat list of tons of evidence and sources. Please do your own additional research. So far we know Lude made the claim a hard drive was going to be released on Western media including a p0rn0 of hunter and a minor, Hunter doing illegal drugs, and a list of super corrupt business dealings, and information regarding the true essence of the Corona Virus. Lude also predicted Covid-19's impact on January 19th, months before the mainstream media of the world. If you want more info on that one, go look for yourself. In fact this is a short chapter. I challenge you to look at the list of Claims and evidence Lude, Guo, and now the mainstream media have on these corrupt dealings. Especially pay attention to the claims made by Lude that haven't come true yet!
Chapter 4: THE FUTURE?
Since the begging of the human race, people have fought other people to have a better life. As a philosopher and a biologist, I can tell you this is a natural concept. Most lifeforms do this. However, humanity is much more complex. Many humans in power have used their power in immoral ways to commit atrocious acts throughout most of history. But don't start saying yeah screw the rich and powerful. Remember people at the bottom "Normal/PooPeasants" do this too, but not to the extent of the Cabal. People at the bottom hurt each other and steal just for a loaf of bread, or a hit of dopamine, or a couple bucks. I believe in capitalism and am a Nationalist Libertarian. My point is this, the elite are corrupt! But that doesn't mean its communist time. Communism/Socialism is the worst form of government for the people and the best for the elite. CHINA is communist! This is because ironically Communism is just Capitalism, except the elite have a monopoly on everything, not just the economy, but also you. We must not allow America to fall for this trap. Our system can work, and it has worked. But democracy is only as good as the people who make it work. Its supposed to be We the people, yet for the past 40 years barely anybody shows up to the ballot box.
(Bias incoming)
I'm going to vote Trump, not because I support him personally, but because he is at least trying to really drain the Swamp. Life is special, we only get like 80 years on this planet. Like why we got to have all this evil stuff. We don't and it starts with changing our idea of success. We are taught to be successful you need to be surrounded by attractive sexual partners, have loads of cash, and be a cool party kinda guy. If you don't believe me go listen to some of the top music tracks in America over the past 5 years, mostly rap about (Hoes, Drugs, Power, and Chasin the Green). I ask you to stop sharing this idea. We are conscious animals on a rock floating through space, and their is science that can help us figure out why. I am an atheist and all this conflict (Which usually stems from Religion) makes me really depressed. With our technology, we could live forever. But my guess is that will be a honor only the elites will get.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7SbF6rdpq24
My fellow humans, right now we are being divided by race, religion, and sexual orientation in order to control us. And Ill be honest, the solution is not necessarily to unite. I don't believe in judging people by race or sexual orientation as long as they keep it to themselves. But I do believe that religion is the root of all this chaos. Muslims/Jews/and Christians/Athiest cannot live in harmony. And before you say I am discriminating, remember that race is something you cannot control, but religion is a choice. Religion is the root of all of this. I don't think religion is bad for the common man, but its simply not true. And it empowers the big guys.
Anyways that's my 2 cents. I'm gonna sulk alone now. Btw for anybody struggling with depression due to similar causes please watch this video, its what keeps me going.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MBRqu0YOH14
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Have a good life my fellow conscious beings, "Truth is stranger than fiction"
This song inspires me and it should inspire you, it describes how I feel perfectly https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eYaSNZRbFsA
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2020.10.21 19:40 apehasreturned Chronicles of Ape - The Full Compilation

CHAPTER ONE
COA Part One: Dear Mr Fantasy (Booking)
In Part One, Ape has just finished working SummerFest, and starting to get ready for preparing BTE, the biggest show of the FBE calendar. MGT is nowhere to be found, Ape is getting swamped, and he's finally hit with a message saying he can't have the match that he wanted to at the show he's running. It's at this point that a deflated Ape vows to make BTE the most kick-ass show of all time, and decides to get to work once more.
COA Part Two: No Longer Chained
Part Two sees Ape have his famed Three Stages of Hell Match with OWD at BTE. An injured and exhausted Ape pulls out the win in front of an electric crowd before collapsing backstage. The doctor tells him that he can't compete for six months, and his personal advice is to hang up the boots. Ape refuses to quit until MGT returns, but once it's confirmed Ape's co-founder is back from his extended hiatus, Ape hops in his car and leaves.
COA Part Three: Self Expression
In Part Three, after trying, and failing, to say goodbye to MGT, Ape is in Korea, where he obtains a work visa to open KingBooker Academy. Here, we meet the Apeiro-gun Gang - Ujin, Jung, Chiho and Yejun - a group of Ape's most dedicated students. Ape trains his new proteges, even forfeiting his finisher, the Canadian Destroyer, which he'd used all his career, to Ujin. Eventually, the visa officer confirms that Ape can stay in Korea and that KingBooker can become gainful employment, meaning Ape is finally self-sufficient and able to teach for the rest of his life.
COA Part Four: Wild
In Part Four, Apeiro-gun drive to Jeonju for a booze-infested party, with wild antics such as bar fights, motorcycle racing, breaking into a church, and running around town eating Fudgesicles. Ape opens up to his crew on the way down about his past with FBE and the regret he feels for leaving, before accidentally leaving them by accidentally getting on a plane and waking up the next morning in an unfamiliar city.
COA Part Five: Waking Up, Getting Up and Getting Out There
In Part Five, Ape finds himself in Tokyo. He gets into a Persona concert, where he meets Alli, and the two instantly fall for one another. Together, they journey around Tokyo, from the Tokyo Dome to Akihabara to Shibuya. Ape enjoys himself immensely but still misses his friends, calling Ujin and saying he'll be back soon. He invites Alli to come back with him, and she eagerly agrees.
COA Part Six: Full Measure
Part Six sees Ape getting off a plane and into the KingBooker van. Apeiro-gun chat with Alli about Ape's past profession, when all of a sudden Ape gets out of the van and flips out on the side of the highway. He vows to head back to FBE, refusing to fully abandon them as so many had before him. Ape, conflicted because he feels he has to go back but knows he'd be happier being with those he loves in Korea, is ushered back into the van, where his mind is made up for him.
COA Part Seven: Felicidad
Part Seven sees Ape land in Toronto, and go on a road trip with Alli across North America from his home in Toronto to Los Angeles, the site of Highly Suspect. They drive all the way there, stopping in Joshua Tree National Park for an unforgettable night, before arriving at the Staples Centre. Ape marks a smiley face in MGT's timeslot, knowing it's time to start the show.
COA Part Eight: That Man's Not Human
Part Eight signifies COA's turning point - Ape comes out in front of the FBE faithful, and immediately gets a crutch driven into his back by his one-time best friend. MGT, now dubbed Travis Crowley, viciously assaults Ape with a light tube to the horror of the terrified crowd, leaving Ape permanently scarred over his left eye. Ape tries to apologize, but is hit with a Hulkbuster and stretchered away, losing consciousness as he's put into an ambulance.
COA Part Nine: Come In Here, Apey Boy
Part Nine is a flashback sequence in the style of the old COA, where Ape takes on the role of a young boy lost in a sprawling metropolis. He finds himself in a seedy building called FBCompany, where he meets a shady figure and his protege, MGT. Ape works his way up the ranks, but, when he realizes he's about to be screwed over and hung to dry by MGT, the flashback ends and Ape awakens in the hospital, surrounded by Alli and Apeiro-gun.
COA Part Ten: Apeiro-gun
In Part Ten, Apeiro-gun are the stars of the show, and vow to exact vengeance on Travis Crowley for taking their boss out of commission. They take the fight to Crowley in his hotel, but they're no match for the manic psychopath. As Travis is about to permanently injure Ujin with a light fixture, when Ape saves the day, cracking a chair leg over Crowley. The two battle it out until they're dragged apart by a sea of security.
COA Part Eleven: Fight Room
In Part Eleven, Ape heads to Drumheller, Alberta with Ujin to train for Carnage against MGT. Ape is weak and rusty, but, in a reversal of roles, his protege brings him back to his previous standards through a rigorous training camp. However, before leaving for Banff, his next training spot, Ape calls Alli, where she says she can't be with him until he stops being committed to battling with Travis. Ape smashes his phone and keeps training, being dubbed fully prepared for Carnage.
COA Part Twelve: Pray For A Takeover
In Part Twelve, Ape arrives in Los Angeles. He reminisces with Apeiro-gun and goes to the Staples Centre, again marking a smiley face. He goes to his locker room, talks with his friends, and breaks down. He can't go through with this. However, Ujin pep talks him out of it, and Ape prepares to go to war. He chooses out a tape for his theme, disregarding the one he recorded with Alli, and makes his entrance at Carnage, locking eyes with the man that he'd been through everything with.
COA Part Thirteen (Epilogue): Goodbye and Goodnight
Part Thirteen is Chapter One's epilogue. Ape has beaten Travis Crowley, and while the two have reconciled, Crowley still boards a plane with Lydia and doesn't look back. Ape palms an engagement ring for Alli, revealing that in Part 11, he'd intended to propose, before heading down for his New Year's Party. He makes Inferno GM, and alongside his friends and roster, the year is rung in on the roof of a Chick Fil A, like it had been in the aftermath of his last battle with his best friend. Ape smiles, ready for the next chapter, as the chapter comes to a close.

CHAPTER TWO
COA Part Fourteen: Toronto
Picking up right at the end of Part Thirteen, Ape heads home after a long party and flashes back to his battle with Travis Crowley, reflecting on what he had to do to finish the job. He starts having visions of the ending of the match, both men plummeting off of a ladder to the ground below, filling his sleep-deprived mind with doubt and confusion in the aftermath of his breakup. He heads home, and burns a leatherbound book, containing the handwritten notes of Chapter One.
COA Part Fifteen: Los Angeles
In a much shorter entry, Ape has his first job as Commissioner, where Inferno insists that he can take care of things for the Carnage Tour, telling Ape to take some time to himself to get out of his own head.
COA Part Sixteen: Sendai
Throwing as much shade at Conor as possible, Ape embraces the dumb fun side of himself and heads to Japan, embracing the calm serenity of an actual break from FBE. He meets a new girl, Hifumi, and is instantly greeted by news of the return of Travis Crowley, a man he thought he'd essentially banished from the company in the aftermath of their collision at Carnage.
COA Part Seventeen: Tokyo
Soon enough, small town Japan gets a little too dull, so Ape heads to Tokyo with Hifumi, where he coincidentally meets with his old friends, Apeiro-gun, on a tour to promote the brand abroad. They party about Japan, reunited once more, get wasted, have a run-in with Minoru Suzuki (who literally murders poor Chiho), and all agree to stick together on the road to cap off Ape's vacation from Commissionership.
COA Part Eighteen: Kyoto
It's a full dialogue episode, as all the guys settle into a bar and drink themselves half to death alongside their new friend Sae. The guys all pick on a recovered Chiho in a game of Truth or Dare, and they all get to know each other a little better after all their time apart. Soon enough, Chiho is dared to draw Yejun, and the disgrace to art causes a drunk Yejun to lash out, leading to the group getting booted from the bar. They all hop in the van, with Ape needing to head back to the airport, but Ujin seems to know Ape probably isn't coming back. He gives Ape a watch with the two of them on the face, and Ape promises this isn't goodbye forever.
COA Part Nineteen: Athens
Ape arrives early, ending his vacation ahead of time to make it to Athens for Carnage N4. He walks into the Panathenaic Stadium and meets with Travis Crowley, where, to his relief, he hits it off again with his reformed longtime friend. Soon enough, though, shit hits the fan when Inferno assaults British Ambition brothers PJ and Desmond Caid, while thinking Ape was still in Japan. Ape charges into Gorilla and gets into an altercation with his GM, telling Inferno to get in his BMW and drive far. Travis holds him back, and he then goes to check on Desmond and PJ, all while Nate Matthews wins the World Title and Receiver disappears. Finally, Ape is getting a true taste of being the Commissioner.

CHAPTER THREE
COA Part Twenty: At Best
Months after the events of Carnage, Ape has had another match and has a twinging pain. Inferno, no longer his GM, suggests he get it checked out with the doctor backstage, who gives Ape the worst possible news: he's on borrowed time with a serious neck injury, and he recommends he never compete again. Ape angles his way into one final run, as Commissioner, and vows that he's going to put on the very best performances of his career, ending at BTE II.
COA Part Twenty One: List
Following the heartbreaking news he'd have to wrap things up in ring, Ape sits down with Ujin and compiles the most important thing he's ever written - the names of the people he most wants to face, for better or for worse, before leaving FBE. However, Ujin suggests he up the stakes to get some added investment - if he loses any of the matches, he leaves his Commissioner job as well, departing FBE in all capacities.
COA Part Twenty Two: Let Us Start The Show
Having taken a few days to get everything in order, Ape calls a meeting with the entire FBE locker room, finally revealing to the world that he's indeed injured, and looking to wrap things up at BTE II. This gets some... varied reactions, but he asks everyone to leave. He rattles off some names to stick around, telling them they're on the list. They all agree to the matches, except for one mystery - a tag match, pitting Ape and a mystery partner against the Celestial Unknown.
COA Part Twenty Three: Future
FBE is in Texas for WarZone, and Ape is running the show from behind the scenes. There is one thing on his plate, though - he needs to talk to Nate Matthews. He sits down with him, and starts up, only for Nate to cut him off, saying he's happy to still run their scheduled match at Ape's Summer Break. He leaves, but not before delivering a signature Commissioner wink - and leaving Ape knowing that's not what he wanted to talk about. He wanders out into the hall, and gets a smile on his face, aware of just how crazy this summer was going to be.
COA Part Twenty Four: Say His Name
Starting with a flashback, Ape reminisces about the match he had this time last year with Nate Matthews, the two men battling to a draw - the only one of Ape's career. The crowd are on Nate's side as they duel, and it's Ape who needs help leaving... Suddenly, he snaps awake, revealing himself to be at Firestorm 45, just a few days out from stepping in the ring for just the second time that year. He heads out for a promo to get the ball rolling on Firestorm, greeted with a welcome much warmer than the one he received in 2019. Finally, though, he makes a vow - to pin Nate Matthews, dead to rights, in the middle of the ring.

CHAPTER FOUR
COA Part Twenty Five: 0-0-1
Ape arrives at his home away from home, Seoul, and once again links up with Apeiro-gun at Incheon Airport. They drive into Seoul, admiring Ape's first ring gear since the Carnage Tour, and head to the Jamsil Olympic Stadium. The van is met with an uproarious response, and Ape steps out in a suit, meeting fans before heading inside for his match with Nate Matthews. However, after the fireworks, pomp and circumstance, Ape is starting to get nervous. Self-doubt creeps in, but Ujin is there to stop him from spiralling, psyching him back up. Finally, it's time.
COA Part Twenty Six: Best Enemies, Better Friends
Following a win over Nate Matthews in Seoul, Ape is back in the United States, taking on the Celestial Unknown with a mystery partner. After shaking hands with Nate a few nights prior and saying "this is an offer," the world is buzzing at the thought of a team between the two, but Ape meets up with Damien Blade beforehand, Blade offering his aid if Ape needs it against Atlas and Receiver. However, Ape has a wildcard, and when he makes his entrance, the crowd explodes for the unprecedented debut of the hottest tag team never to unite - Highly Suspect.
COA Part Twenty Seven: Lay Down
After dispatching of two thirds of the Celestial Unknown, Ape sets his sights on the third, Desmond Caid, for their third and final showdown. We're live from Homecoming, and the Match of the Year contender is an absolute barnburner, both men beating the hell out of each other to try and get that oh-so-important win to cap off one of the great FBE rivalries. In the end, it's a Myriad Truths that wins the affair, with Desmond Caid and Ape still disliking each other at the end - but a mutual respect perhaps having formed.
COA Part Twenty Eight: Future Tour
From home in Toronto, a battered and bruised Ape is ready to return to the Rogers Centre for Firestorm. His opponent is Damien Blade, recently a member of the Brotherhood, and Ape doesn't take kindly to seeing someone he sees so much in spoil their potential. He goes to his office and cuts a promo, declaring that Blade needs to stop doubting himself, and focus on showing the world just what Ape saw in him later that night.
COA Part Twenty Nine: Wrestling Retiring
Firestorm sees Ape beaten down by the Brotherhood, and he spends Firestorm 49 at home, at the behest of doctors. He reminisces, thinking about attacks by Juniors, by his good friend in STEEZ... and watches some TV. Turning on Community, he reflects, realizing that now he's not the friendly boss, but a target for all the people who want to make a name for themselves at his expense. He ponders this, looking at photos showing all the good memories he had as a friend of the roster, but now... he's an enemy, accused of "wrestling retiring."
COA Part Thirty: 92Cold
Back with a vengeance after dispatching of Receiver, Ape flashes back to STEEZ, his 92Cold brother, assaulting he and Travis Crowley. Turning on his best friend. Furious, Ape rips into his foe, before pushing aside any medical advice. He wants STEEZ in the most brutal match conceivable, at Firestorm 50. He doesn't need the World Title off his shoulder, but he will, most certainly, hand him a loss, in a No Holds Barred Match.
COA Part Thirty One: To The Death
This episode recaps the events of the devastatingly violent Firestorm 50 bout between STEEZ and Ape. STEEZ brings a knife to a fistfight, but Ape brings a bat, and the two men tear each other limb from limb all around Osaka-jo Hall, hitting each other with every conceivable move. Ape is driven into a pile of thumbtacks before being locked in a Muta Lock, his neck being systematically taken apart, but Ape fires back by pulling STEEZ down with him. They battle tooth and nail, before Ape drops STEEZ and debuts the Receive You Special, hitting knee after knee to the back of the head until it's called off. Backstage, he's confronted by Ujin for being too violent, and he looks in the mirror, smiling despite the pain, on the verge of serious injury, and realizes just how much he needs FBE.
COA Part Thirty Two: where do you start, when you know it has to end?
Ape is in his office, putting together his final Firestorm, examining the photos on his desk as he shuts everything off. He hears a knock on the door, greeting Inferno, who asks how he's doing. They talk back and forth, the resentment from Ape towards Inferno for inadvertently starting his medical spiral seeping in, until both men snap. They argue, but in the end, they still care about each other, and Ape breaks down, not ready to leave. Inferno comforts him and gives him an envelope, declaring he knows what he has to do. Ape saves it, opening after the show ends.
COA Part Thirty Three: ALIVESINCEFOREVER
In a flashback, Ape arrives at Ryogoku for Firestorm 51, pulling up with a tripod. He plants it down near the main steps, and, in a short and sweet promo, tells Atlas that as much as he respects him and his attitude, no matter how much talent he may have, this is going to be his big moment of the summer. Out of the main event, this is Atlas' big shot, his big match, and he's going to give a hell of a fight... but in the end, Ape's got him shook.
COA Part Thirty Four: Death Wish
The contents of Inferno's letter have been made public, and the terms accepted - it's going to be Ape vs Inferno II at BTE II, Ape's last match being against the only man who's ever beaten him. He races down Akagi Mountain Pass, making constant reference to the long since past Aedan as he finally addresses the letter. Knowing just what this match means to him, with the seeds being sown over a year prior and the hints dropping since Athens, he says that he loves Inferno, but it won't stop him from pulling out the best match of his entire career - and the biggest win, vowing to be the only man to go 2-0 at BTE.
COA Part Thirty Five: Proud
Following Firestorm 51, Ape greets the press corps to do some final preparations and announcements for the big show, and sign off as Commissioner, handing over the keys to the kingdom in order to work his last match as a straight up in-ring performer. After being asked about his win over Atlas, he introduces the world to the next leader of FBE - Nate Matthews. Nate instantly shows the presence needed in an FBE Commissioner, and Ape, with a huge smile on his face, steps out of the spotlight to let him have his moment. Later on, cleaning out his desk, he's approached by Nate, and gives him the last piece of the puzzle needed to be a true Commissioner: the signature winking snoo.
COA Part Thirty Six: At Least It Was Here
It's the morning of BTE II, the biggest day of Ape's career, and the sun is rising over Tokyo as he enters a cafe in SangenJaya, alongside the rest of Apeiro-gun. They talk over their futures, reminiscing about old times and considering the next steps for expansion, before turning their attention to the event later tonight. Unlike with Nate, though, Ape has his confidence back, and he declares he isn't going to let Inferno make a liar out of him. They all pile into the KB van, heading to the Tokyo Dome, and they arrive at the venue to a sea of fans. Wading his way through, Ape is in awe at the spectacle, and, buzzing with excitement, opens the doors one last time. Once again, it was time to start the show.

CHAPTER FIVE
COA Part Thirty Seven: Reality
In the grand spectacle of a final chapter, we start in the ring, Apeirogone and Inferno going toe to toe for the first time in sixteen months. before throwing everything at one another, the crowd is beyond hot, and the competition starts slow, Inferno not wanting to hurt Ape. Things heat up pretty quickly, though, and Ape isn't holding back, pushing Inferno to unleash hell himself. Every move in the book, every ace in the hole is thrown into play, with Ape kicking out of a Kami No Hono out of pure spite and defiance, only for Inferno to get the shoulder up off a Guillotine Fusion. Somehow, Inferno endures three straight Receive Yous, but, in the end, Ape is able to counter a ridiculously dangerous Ryujin Inferno into a second rope Myriad Truths, notching a victory over the only man he couldn't conquer.
Ape heads backstage, and, as the Junior Division show the world what the future looks like, he greets the faces from his past. Meeting with the likes of Inferno, Desmond Caid, Nate Matthews and even STEEZ, as well as the likes of James Scott, Conor and Thad, he finally steps out to meet his oldest friend, Travis Crowley, sitting on the hood of Ape's new car. They acknowledge each other, and then Ape drives off into the sunset, Ujin driving the Kingbooker van alongside him.
A few days later, Ape arrives at an auction house in Seoul. He walks into the room for real estate, and outbids the rest of the people in the room to re-purchase KingBooker Academy. He picks up the keys to the establishment, ready to detach himself from his past, and heads out the front door, finally, after being in FBE since Day One, starting a new chapter.
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2020.10.20 01:29 ThreeArr0ws Uyghur Genocide source compilation

Note that this is a relatively small segment of the evidence. It is better compiled here (page 150 onwards)


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2020.10.19 17:27 jmscwss In the Good Company of C.S. Lewis

The Sufficiency of Spirit
In the first paragraph of the preface of my book, “Jacob’s Ladder and the Gift of Glossary,” I made the following statement:
“I do not have the benefit of even one name among English authors or scholastic traditions, whose authority I can borrow to persuade my audience. I cannot find a single writer who has even considered the possibility that the spiritual gift of tongues is the ability to use analogy-based language to describe and explain spiritual ideas.”
Throughout the entire process of “partnered self publishing” (Xulon Press greatly eased the burdensome minutiae of self-publishing), the worst part was knowing that I was so far out on a limb. I am a timid person. I don’t like disagreeing with people, especially out loud or in public. But there I was, publishing a book which seemed to be in disagreement with everybody.
Nothing short of signs and wonders could have pushed me to do something so seemingly crazy. Church, be careful what you ask for. The trouble with miraculous confirmation is that it comes with responsibility.
What I tell you in the dark, say in the light, and what you hear whispered, proclaim on the housetops.
The “work of belief” that God has left to us (Jn. 6:29) involves walking the narrow path of truth, turning neither to the left or to the right. However, we are not to rely on our own understanding (Pro. 3:5). Worldly philosophy is the product of man’s understanding. What sets Christian philosophy apart, is the explicit recognition in practice that our understanding comes from the Holy Spirit (Jn. 16:13). Instead of trying to uncover truth by our own power, the Christian is commanded to ask God for understanding (Jam. 1:5), and submit to His laws as they pertain to belief formation. If one has any true understanding, it is to be regarded as received from above (Jn. 3:27).
That which comes from above is perfect. The Holy Spirit has never once confirmed for me a conclusion that was based on probabilistic reasoning. God’s laws of logic yield necessary conclusions. But some of those conclusions are hard to accept (Jn. 6:60-65). Though we understand and trust completely the laws of logic that God has given us to work with, there are times when we need God to “help our unbelief” (Mk. 9:24).
However, before you ask God to confirm a specific proposition with a sign, count the cost. If God gives you a miracle, your conscience will forever after smite you, if you act in disbelief regarding that proposition. Jeremiah said, “If I say, ‘I will not mention Him, or speak any more in His name,’ there is in my heart as it were a burning fire shut up in my bones, and I am weary with holding it in, and I cannot” (Jer. 20:9). You will know something True About God, and by that Truth you will taste and see that the Lord is Good. How dare you keep that to yourself? How could you? How will you sleep at night?
You won’t. When you finally stand up and speak the word that the Holy Spirit has taught you (1 Co. 2:13), it is going to sound absurd to a lot of people (1 Co. 18-31). But you will have to do it anyways. You won’t be able to just go along with conversations in which your word is presumed false. You will have to disagree with people. You will have to give all, with patience and longsuffering, to give what was given freely to you.
How I wished I could find one other author who could “have my back.” Names-without-reasons were flung at me like darts, and my reasons-without-names fell on deaf ears. I knew I wasn’t alone. But there were moments when I sure felt alone.
After sixteen years of walking with the Lord, I have learned that those are the moments in which to cling to the cross. That’s where He felt alone. Only in that triumphant moment, out of all moments and out of all times, did God ever feel like He was alone. And He did that, precisely so that we wouldn’t have to. So you cling to that moment in time like it’s your life.
And so I clung. Not until the very day that the first batches of my book were printing did the Holy Spirit allow me to find C.S. Lewis’s sermon on “Transposition.” I have included a few key excerpts at the end of this post.
Transposition and Glossary
C.S. Lewis proposes in “Transposition” that the spiritual gift of tongues involves an application of what he calls “transposition.” In a "transposition," the elements of a richer system are represented by the elements in a poorer system. In any such transposition, the elements of the poorer system must be allowed to represent multiple elements of the higher system. Lewis provides several cogent examples of transposition which everyone ought to be at least somewhat familiar with. Real scenes can be transposed into two dimensions. Music originally scored for a full orchestra can be adapted to be played by a single piano. Emotions come to be represented in the body by physical sensations.
In the same way, spiritual realities can only be represented in human language, by giving the elements of human language multiple senses. We “use language with a new value” when we use the image of fire to represent zeal, purifying tribulation, or punishment. Water, in one analogical sense, represents Christ, because physical water refreshes, and Christ makes new (2 Co. 5:17). In another analogical sense, turbulent water represents the many voices of doubt and confusion, since turbulent water babbles, and its surface is ever changing. Yet, when water is calm, its surface remains constant, and then it can reflect clear images. This gives water yet another analogical sense, by which we can speak about the “peace that surpasses all understanding” which comes from God (for example, see Psalm 23:2).
C.S. Lewis makes reference to “the erotic language and imagery we find in the mystics.” Such language arises from the analogy of Christ as our Groom (Rev. 18:23; Lk. 5:34-35; Isa. 54:5, 62:4; Hosea 2:7). Christ is going to “know” us, and we will “know” Him. Note that the verb “to know” is used to refer to sexual unions in Gen. 4:1,17,25; 19:5,8; 24:16; and in many other places, including the New Testament, for example, in Mat. 1:25. The sexual union is the greatest physical pleasure, because it accompanies the fulfillment of the greatest physical purpose, which is reproduction. Our greatest spiritual purpose is to know God. We can be sure that the fulfilling of our greatest spiritual purpose will also be accompanied by the greatest spiritual pleasure.
Indeed, the analogies based on erotic language go much deeper. As Thomas Aquinas notes, “...the thing known is in the knower according to the mode of the knower.” (Summa Theologiae, I.14.i). The perfect knowledge of God which is reserved for us is not simply an approximate representation of God, which comes to exist in our spirits, but is God Himself (remember, the Word was with God, and was God). Christ will literally enter into us (with unimaginable delight), and forever after we shall be bearing Him fruit.
This is not merely an uncomfortable and embarrassing coincidence of phraseology. When God was inspiring the words of the Bible, He didn’t have to search out our physical reality, in order to find an appropriate image of our final union with Him. He made our sexually reproducing nature for the specific purpose of representing the spiritual union. Indeed, every element of the material creation was made to represent some aspect of our spiritual homeland. Thus, "the whole earth is full of His glory" (Isa. 6:3). The gift of tongues, which I call the gift of glossary, develops as we awaken to that reality.
In the Good Company of C.S. Lewis
Now, if I could have picked any author to have standing by me, it would have been C.S. Lewis. Through Aslan’s self-sacrificial ransom of Edmund in “The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe”, Lewis taught me how God forever took away any question of how much He loves us, by paying the highest possible price “from the foundation of the world.” I have been following this beautiful thread ever since, and it has taken me deep into the well of living waters.
I have read quite a lot of Lewis over the years. “Transposition” was found in a collection of essays, “The Weight of Glory,” which I now remember was a bit too heavy for me the first time I found it. Before I found “Transposition,” I had found a letter in which Lewis discussed “translation” in a way which was obviously connected to the “interpretation of tongues” mentioned in 1 Co. 12:10. This inspired me to write a series called “C.S. Lewis: The Great Translator” a few months ago. Though Lewis and Paul were obviously describing the same activity, I found no evidence that Lewis, himself, had drawn that connection.
And so, as I was preparing a slide for a presentation, I had the idea to call C.S. Lewis “the Tip of the Tongue,” since the true nature of the gift of tongues seemed to be on the tip of his. It was during my efforts to fact check that nickname, that “Transposition” was recommended to me by Reddit user u/buggydriver.
Never have I been so excited to get my hands on paper and ink. I read a great deal of it through tears. I felt vindicated. I rejoiced to find myself in the company of my favorite author. I was surprised to find dialogue in close parallel to the climactic dialogue of “The Silver Chair” (my favorite part of my favorite book of the Chronicles of Narnia, which I have kept pinned to my nightstand for several years). I was delighted to find, at one point, that we had used different words to paint the same picture, and to make the same point.
C.S. Lewis wrote, “The brutal man never can by analysis find anything but lust in love.”
I wrote (in Chapter 4 of “Jacob’s Ladder and the Gift of Glossary”), “Before a man receives this help from the Spirit, spiritual words, like love and truth, will only have vague and limited meaning. An unspiritual person, or one who is a babe in spirit, might confuse material icons, which are called by those names, for the spiritual realities themselves. For example, an unspiritual person might believe that there is nothing more to love than the desire for sex.”
This illustration draws from 1 Co. 2:14, “The natural person does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are folly to him, and he is not able to understand them because they are spiritually discerned.” This chapter of 1 Corinthians does not use the word “glóssais,” the Greek word that is always translated as “tongues.” I suppose this must be why 1 Corinthians chapter 2 is always overlooked by authors commenting specifically on the gift of tongues. For that reason, I spend several pages defending the application of Chapter 2:6-16 to the gift of tongues, specifically providing details as to its situational usefulness: the impartation of wisdom among mature Christians; where “mature” is understood in the sense that is opposed to the “initiates” who are in the room of the general assemblies, which are the focus of Chapter 14. Thus, this is another, specific point at which I was glad to find agreement with Lewis.
As an aside, the connection of Chapter 2 to the gift of tongues is blindingly obvious, once it has been explained. The “mature” (of verse 6) use words, taught by the Holy Spirit (verse 13) to discuss “mysteries” (verse 7). Then, in Chapter 14, it’s the “one who speaks in a tongue” that is speaking “mysteries.” A “tongue” may be more than just a collection of words, but it is not less than that. If you were to ask, “How does the Holy Spirit imbue the Christian with the gift of tongues?” Why should we be surprised if the answer is, “By teaching the Christian words”?
I suppose one might complain that in the case of the Apostles, in Acts Chapter 2, the Holy Spirit imbued them with tongues with a rushing wind and “cloven tongues as of fire.” We’re expecting razzle dazzle, because we overlook passages like:
  • Jeremiah 23:29 ESV
Is not my word like fire, declares the LORD, and like a hammer that breaks the rock in pieces?
And…
  • Isaiah 50:4 ESV
The Lord GOD has given me the tongue of those who are taught, that I may know how to sustain with a word him who is weary. Morning by morning he awakens; he awakens my ear to hear as those who are taught.
“But that is a digression.” And so, ultimately, is this. My experience of relief is in exact proportion to the fear that I experienced when it was “just the Holy Spirit” standing with me. The fact that I experience such relief is just one more confirmation, if you needed it, that I am in no way worthy of the calling with which I have been called. I am indeed an "unprofitable servant" (Lk. 17:10).
It’s too late to change the first paragraph of “Jacob’s Ladder and the Gift of Glossary,” but if anyone needs a name to go with the slew of reasons provided in its pages, there it is.
Excerpts from C.S. Lewis’s sermon, “Transposition.”
Page numbers provided as shown in this PDF version.
Page 3
In the church to which I belong this day is set apart for commemorating the descent of the Holy Ghost upon the first Christians shortly after the Ascension. I want to consider one of the phenomena which accompanied, or followed, this descent; the phenomenon which our translation calls “speaking with tongues” and which the learned call glossolalia. … glossolalia has often been a stumbling-block to me. It is, to be frank, an embarrassing phenomenon. St. Paul himself seems to have been rather embarrassed by it in 1 Corinthians and labours to turn the desire and the attention of the Church to more obviously edifying gifts. But he goes no further. He throws in almost parenthetically the statement that he himself spoke with tongues more than anyone else, and he does not question the spiritual, or supernatural, source of the phenomenon.

Pages 4-5
Put in its most general terms our problem is that of the obvious continuity between things which are admittedly natural and things which, it is claimed, are spiritual; the reappearance in what professes to be our supernatural life of all the same old elements which make up our natural life and (it would seem) of no others. If we have really been visited by a revelation from beyond Nature, is it not very strange that an Apocalypse can furnish heaven with nothing more than selections from terrestrial experience (crowns, thrones, and music), that devotion can find no language but that of human lovers, and that the rite whereby Christians enact a mystical union should turn out to be only the old, familiar act of eating and drinking?

Page 7
Where we tend to go wrong is in assuming that if there is to be a correspondence between two systems it must be a one for one correspondence ― that A in the one system must be represented by a in the other, and so on. But the correspondence between emotion and sensation turns out not to be of that sort. And there never could be correspondence of that sort where the one system was really richer than the other. If the richer system is to be represented in the poorer at all, this can only be by giving each element in the poorer system more than one meaning. … If you are to translate from a language which has a large vocabulary into a language that has a small vocabulary, then you must be allowed to use several words in more than one sense. If you are to write a language with twenty-two vowel sounds in an alphabet with only five vowel characters then you must be allowed to give each of those five characters more than one value. If you are making a piano version of a piece originally scored for an orchestra, then the same piano notes which represent flutes in one passage must also represent violins in another.

Page 7-8
The most familiar example of all is the art of drawing. The problem here is to represent a three-dimensional world on a flat sheet of paper. The solution is perspective, and perspective means that we must give more than one value to a two-dimensional shape. Thus in a drawing of a cube we use an acute angle to represent what is a right angle in the real world. But elsewhere an acute angle on the paper may represent what was already an acute angle in the real world: for example, the point of a spear on the gable of a house.

Pages 10-11
Our problem was that in what claims to be our spiritual life all the elements of our natural life recur: and, what is worse, it looks at first glance as if no other elements were present. We now see that if the spiritual is richer than the natural (as no one who believes in its existence would deny) then this is exactly what we should expect. And the sceptic’s conclusion that the so-called spiritual is really derived from the natural, that it is a mirage or projection or imaginary extension of the natural, is also exactly what we should expect; for, as we have seen, this is the mistake which an observer who knew only the lower medium would be bound to make in every case of Transposition. The brutal man never can by analysis find anything but lust in love; the Flatlander never can find anything but flat shapes in a picture; physiology never can find anything in thought except twitchings of the grey matter. It is no good browbeating the critic who approaches a Transposition from below. On the evidence available to him his conclusion is the only one possible.
Everything is different when you approach the Transposition from above, as we all do in the case of emotion and sensation or of the three-dimensional world and pictures, and as the spiritual man does in the case we are considering. Those who spoke with tongues, as St. Paul did, can well understand how that holy phenomenon differed from the hysterical phenomenon… Spiritual things are spiritually discerned. The spiritual man judges all things and is judged of none.
But who dares claim to be a spiritual man? In the full sense, none of us. And yet we are somehow aware that we approach from above, or from inside, at least some of those Transpositions which embody the Christian life in this world. With whatever sense of unworthiness, with whatever sense of audacity, we must affirm that we know a little of the higher system which is being transposed. In a way the claim we are making is not a very startling one. We are only claiming to know that our apparent devotion, whatever else it may have been, was not simply erotic, or that our apparent desire for Heaven, whatever else it may have been, was not simply a desire for longevity or jewelry or social splendours. Perhaps we have never really attained at all to what St. Paul would describe as spiritual life. But at the very least we know, in some dim and confused way, that we were trying to use natural acts and images and language with a new value, have at least desired a repentance which was not merely prudential and a love which was not self-centred. At the worst, we know enough of the spiritual to know that we have fallen short of it: as if the picture knew enough of the three-dimensional world to be aware that it was flat.

Pages 13-14
If the shadows are properly done that patch of white paper will, in some curious way, be very like blazing sunshine: we shall almost feel cold while we look at the paper snow and almost warm our hands at the paper fire. May we not, by a reasonable analogy, suppose likewise that there is no experience of the spirit so transcendent and supernatural, no vision of Deity Himself so close and so far beyond all images and emotions, that to it also there cannot be an appropriate correspondence on the sensory level? Not by a new sense but by the incredible flooding of those very sensations we now have with a meaning, a transvaluation, of which we have here no faintest guess?
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2020.10.18 21:34 bythissignconquer LGBTQ Issues, General Arguments

LGBTQ Issues

Transgender People are Valid

Gender Transition has a Positive Effect on Trans People

Trans People in Sports

Sex is Complicated and not a Binary

Queer People are Still Oppressed (and that’s why their suicide rate is higher)

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2020.10.18 09:09 OkYogurtKloset One of those days where you start writing and it all comes out and is kinda good

My Songs To GMa
A Better Son/Daughter-Rilo Kiley My Friend-Hayley Williams Secrets-Mary Lambert Roses/Lotus/Violets/Iris-Hayley Williams Night Shift- Lucy Dacus Turn- The Wombats Fake Happy- Paramore Leave It Alone-Paramore Why We Ever-Hayley Williams 26-Paramore Dead Horse- Hayley Williams
TWCW: my (soon to be 90) Gma has Lewy Body Dementia and is going to pass away soon. It gets real heavy and emotional. There’s also legit Nazis, abuse, threats of violence, trauma, inpatient psychiatric units, cancer, and bears; oh my! (Disclaimer: there are no bears in this story)
TL/DR (at the bottom)
My Gma and I have always been tight. She likes that I call her Gma. I’m her Pretty Lady. I always have been. Growing up, and well into my teens, we wrote letters back and forth. Letters about our shared interests. Secret crushes. Aspirations. My dream of being Hayley Williams from Paramore’s personal ASL Interpreter. How my interpreting program at Northeastern was going. And if we didn’t write, we talked on the phone. And when she couldn’t see anymore, we talked more.
My Gma is a lonely soul. I mean that in the way that she’s always wanted to be left alone. She’s strong as shit. She’s an Austrian Immigrant who fled from her home to the US when she was in her teens. She had her house bombed. She had Nazis line her up with others and threatened by a death squad. This woman had the “opportunity” to shake hands with Hitler himself and WALKED AWAY. She became a DEA agent. She has seen her abusive but well loved husband die of alcoholism. She has seen her last born suffer through brain cancer and die two weeks before he could see his first son born. She has seen some sh*t. We both have in different ways.
She found solace in music and so did I. Her house always smelled like fresh apple strudels and just cooked schnitzel. Classical music drifted from her record player. I was educated in what the Vienesse waltz was and how to move my body gracefully like the dancers in Vienna Philharmonic I watched every year on New Year’s morning when everything felt new and possible. She taught me to foxtrot, too.
She was abusive, too. To her children. In their relationships. She became nasty and spiteful at any slight you might not even have meant. All at once when I was around 12 and my life was a wirlwind (baby brother, hormones, moving across the country from Atlanta to New Jersey ), we stopped seeing her on Thanksgiving. Or Christmas. We never watched the Philharmonic with her again.
We still wrote. That nasty woman I had seen make make the strongest, most bad ass, Colombian immigrant woman I know, my mother, cry again and again never showed me her face. I’ve always been her pretty lady. I always will be.
Two years ago, she started to forget. I graduated from Northeasten in 2018 for ASL Interpreting by the skin of my teeth but not for a lack of trying. I worked part time at Starbucks to make ends meet, and also on campus through Work Study. My family is not wealthy and I needed to make my way through college somehow. My Aunt, my grandma, my Aunt S, and my family helped where they could. In my last year, I worked, I took full time classes, I volunteered, and I interned at Work Community Independence. I got a promotion to Shift Leader at Starbucks. When I graduated, I had a month of exuberance.I did it, somehow I did it. I even met the literal CEO of Starbucks and had the balls to write him a letter! And then I broke. Literally. I had a manic psychotic break and was diagnosed with Bipolar 1.
I ended up in an inpatient psychiatric hospital for a week. It was actually great! I learned awesome things. The big downside? The woman I accidentally asked if she was pregnant my first day because I was out of my mind liked my dress a lot. She liked it so much, she came up close one day and said, “I like your dress. I like it so much I could rip it off of your cold dead body, if you know what I mean.” She then flashed my her palm; a pair of sharp scissors she stole from craft class.
How I got out of that one without screaming, I don’t know. How I got out of it unharmed, I don’t know. But I did. I laughed like it was a funny joke. I played along. We were going to sit and collage some things but I “forgot some supplies from my room.” I passed a Spanish speaking janitor and whispered quietly, “Ella tiene tijeras.” She has scissors. I walked to my room around a corner, down a hallway, and got the attention of a nurse. She has scissors and threatened to kill me with them.
The security guard caught her using them to cut up a magazine. I was safe. She didn’t suspect me. Two days later, the psychatric hospital went into shut down. I heard someone say there was blood. A lot of blood. And then that same woman was carted away on a stretcher passed me with a white hospital sheet covering her from the shoulders down. To this day I don’t know if she’s ok or not. I hope she is. Being out of your mind is scary, and I know she was. We both were. All of us there were.
When I talked to GMa, she was supportive. I was her pretty lady. I was strong. Also, how was college going? Was I enjoying my classes? Which one was my favorite. It took one month of returning to work for me to have another episode again in September. This time, my mom took me home to New Jersey. And to a hospital in New Jersey. Where I cried every night and asked to speak with my mom. Where every night I was told no so I cried more because I didn’t understand where I was.
So they took me, forcibly, kicking and screaming into isolation. A cold dark room with a cold dark mattress on the floor. They held me down, they injected me with sedatives. They got me so f*cked up on Lithium that I stopped crying. I stopped doing anything. I stopped FEELING anything. After a week, my mom threatened to get the press involved if they wouldn’t release me, so they did. They released me to a break up with my partner of six and a half years because he needed “time to figure himself out” in October. He didn’t have time for me.
I went on medical leave for half a year. I grieved. I cut my hair. I stayed in my parents home. The medications made me gain 40 pounds in 3 months. There were stretch marks where there never used to be. I hated what I saw when I looked in the mirror. But Gma was always there for me. Over the years of letter writing, she sent me notebooks. She know I aspired to be a writer one day so they were endless and I LOVED THEM.
I loved one more than the others so naturally I never wrote in it save a few pages. It came with a card. It came with a quote on the cover. It came with a letter and a quote posted in her lovely handwriting. “Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass. It is about learning to dance in the rain.”
She started to get bad and quickly. My parents moved her in with them. At first, it was ok. My mom reformed their relationship. She’s worked in group homes before with individuals with disabilities. She’s also just the most caring being that there is and couldn’t stand to see Hermine suffer. But then the abuse began. It got physical. There was screaming. COVID hit. They isolated, with a woman slowly losing her mind.
When I visited them with my amazing partner now after getting negative COVID tests, I was still her Pretty Lady. She was happy I found someone who has changed my life in all the right ways. She asked about my classes. She told me how much she loved me. I taught her how to call me on her Alexa so we could talk again. She asked Matthew if he knew what his name meant. “It means ‘gift from God’ and you are a gift from God,” she said, “take care of each other. Love each other. Be my Pretty Lady’s ‘Knight In Shining Armor.’ She deserves it.” We cried. We hugged. We said we’d see each other soon.
Understand something about my Gma. She is very smart. She also has never trusted doctors after Germany invaded her homeland. When she goes to a doctor, she knows what to say to get them to let her go. She tricked three into believing she didn’t have dementia. She remembered the three words at the beginning of their conversation three times. My parents couldn’t get guardianship over her.
It took my Aunt, Cousin and their wife bringing her to Maryland, setting up baby monitors, watching her every second of every day, and eventually having to put her in an inpatient unit to get her the care she needs. They were able to get guardianship over her when she was judged unable to care for herself. That’s where she is now. I’m terrified of calling her. I know she wants her alone time and independence back. She wants to be left alone to die. What could I say to her? but today my hypomanic brain came up with some ideas.
I love signing. I love singing. I love both so much I translate songs into ASL. I obsess over songs. I play them over and over and over until I can sing the song to a recorder, hear myself, and not cringe. I made my GMa a playlist of songs I love. They have such meaning to me and to us. I hope she will find comfort in listening to it. She doesn’t have a lot of time left. Her birthday is December 12th.
For her birthday, I’m going to learn to play the guitar and play and sing to her an acoustic set of the playlist. I’m going to make it into a CD. So for the days she feels so lonely and hopeless that she wants to harm herself or others, she can listen and remember her Pretty Lady. She can find comfort in me like I’ve found comfort in her.
You can help me do this, too. It her 90TH BIRTHDAY on December 12. Please write to Hermine Spears. Tell her all of your secrets. Tell her your biggest dreams. Your biggest fears. I will read them to her. I’ll read and read and read until she’s not here to hear me anymore. And even still, when she passes, I will read them on my days of mourning. I know they’re coming and fast.
We can all use some positive vibes right now. Times are tough. Do me this favor. Your good deed of the day is as easy as picking up a card, making one of you want, writing a short Happy Birthday note. Writing a long letter if you feel like it. Buying a stamp. Helping the Post Office. I haven’t set up a P.O. Box yet, but when I do, I’ll make another post. I’ve already made the set list. It’s linked below. If you wanna hear me sing, I’ll post some vids in the comments.
Also, please leave me some dope memes in the comments. I’m hypo manic AF right now and cannot sleep. Thanks for reading this incredibly long post and thanks in advanced for the letters. I know she will love them.
TL/DR: my GMa has very little time left and has dementia. Her mind is going. I want to do something special for her birthday so I’m going to send her a playlist of songs I like and for her birthday, I’m going to learn to play the guitar and get voice lessons to safety socially distance sing for her in real life, hopefully she’ll make it that long. Please write her a letter for her birthday. I will give read her as many as I can until she’s not here to hear them, and even when she’s gone. Also, holy sh*t, please vote.
https://open.spotify.com/playlist/4W9STZcutIgSGc6crKNHae?si=W0cgv4KCSa-Km7rvH_rYhA
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2020.10.18 09:08 OkYogurtKloset Playlist to my Gma 💖

My Songs To GMa
A Better Son/Daughter-Rilo Kiley My Friend-Hayley Williams Secrets-Mary Lambert Roses/Lotus/Violets/Iris-Hayley Williams Night Shift- Lucy Dacus Turn- The Wombats Fake Happy- Paramore Leave It Alone-Paramore Why We Ever-Hayley Williams 26-Paramore Dead Horse- Hayley Williams
TWCW: my (soon to be 90) Gma has Lewy Body Dementia and is going to pass away soon. It gets real heavy and emotional. There’s also legit Nazis, abuse, threats of violence, trauma, inpatient psychiatric units, cancer, and bears; oh my! (Disclaimer: there are no bears in this story)
TL/DR (at the bottom)
My Gma and I have always been tight. She likes that I call her Gma. I’m her Pretty Lady. I always have been. Growing up, and well into my teens, we wrote letters back and forth. Letters about our shared interests. Secret crushes. Aspirations. My dream of being Hayley Williams from Paramore’s personal ASL Interpreter. How my interpreting program at Northeastern was going. And if we didn’t write, we talked on the phone. And when she couldn’t see anymore, we talked more.
My Gma is a lonely soul. I mean that in the way that she’s always wanted to be left alone. She’s strong as shit. She’s an Austrian Immigrant who fled from her home to the US when she was in her teens. She had her house bombed. She had Nazis line her up with others and threatened by a death squad. This woman had the “opportunity” to shake hands with Hitler himself and WALKED AWAY. She became a DEA agent. She has seen her abusive but well loved husband die of alcoholism. She has seen her last born suffer through brain cancer and die two weeks before he could see his first son born. She has seen some sh*t. We both have in different ways.
She found solace in music and so did I. Her house always smelled like fresh apple strudels and just cooked schnitzel. Classical music drifted from her record player. I was educated in what the Vienesse waltz was and how to move my body gracefully like the dancers in Vienna Philharmonic I watched every year on New Year’s morning when everything felt new and possible. She taught me to foxtrot, too.
She was abusive, too. To her children. In their relationships. She became nasty and spiteful at any slight you might not even have meant. All at once when I was around 12 and my life was a wirlwind (baby brother, hormones, moving across the country from Atlanta to New Jersey ), we stopped seeing her on Thanksgiving. Or Christmas. We never watched the Philharmonic with her again.
We still wrote. That nasty woman I had seen make make the strongest, most bad ass, Colombian immigrant woman I know, my mother, cry again and again never showed me her face. I’ve always been her pretty lady. I always will be.
Two years ago, she started to forget. I graduated from Northeasten in 2018 for ASL Interpreting by the skin of my teeth but not for a lack of trying. I worked part time at Starbucks to make ends meet, and also on campus through Work Study. My family is not wealthy and I needed to make my way through college somehow. My Aunt, my grandma, my Aunt S, and my family helped where they could. In my last year, I worked, I took full time classes, I volunteered, and I interned at Work Community Independence. I got a promotion to Shift Leader at Starbucks. When I graduated, I had a month of exuberance.I did it, somehow I did it. I even met the literal CEO of Starbucks and had the balls to write him a letter! And then I broke. Literally. I had a manic psychotic break and was diagnosed with Bipolar 1.
I ended up in an inpatient psychiatric hospital for a week. It was actually great! I learned awesome things. The big downside? The woman I accidentally asked if she was pregnant my first day because I was out of my mind liked my dress a lot. She liked it so much, she came up close one day and said, “I like your dress. I like it so much I could rip it off of your cold dead body, if you know what I mean.” She then flashed my her palm; a pair of sharp scissors she stole from craft class.
How I got out of that one without screaming, I don’t know. How I got out of it unharmed, I don’t know. But I did. I laughed like it was a funny joke. I played along. We were going to sit and collage some things but I “forgot some supplies from my room.” I passed a Spanish speaking janitor and whispered quietly, “Ella tiene tijeras.” She has scissors. I walked to my room around a corner, down a hallway, and got the attention of a nurse. She has scissors and threatened to kill me with them.
The security guard caught her using them to cut up a magazine. I was safe. She didn’t suspect me. Two days later, the psychatric hospital went into shut down. I heard someone say there was blood. A lot of blood. And then that same woman was carted away on a stretcher passed me with a white hospital sheet covering her from the shoulders down. To this day I don’t know if she’s ok or not. I hope she is. Being out of your mind is scary, and I know she was. We both were. All of us there were.
When I talked to GMa, she was supportive. I was her pretty lady. I was strong. Also, how was college going? Was I enjoying my classes? Which one was my favorite. It took one month of returning to work for me to have another episode again in September. This time, my mom took me home to New Jersey. And to a hospital in New Jersey. Where I cried every night and asked to speak with my mom. Where every night I was told no so I cried more because I didn’t understand where I was.
So they took me, forcibly, kicking and screaming into isolation. A cold dark room with a cold dark mattress on the floor. They held me down, they injected me with sedatives. They got me so f*cked up on Lithium that I stopped crying. I stopped doing anything. I stopped FEELING anything. After a week, my mom threatened to get the press involved if they wouldn’t release me, so they did. They released me to a break up with my partner of six and a half years because he needed “time to figure himself out” in October. He didn’t have time for me.
I went on medical leave for half a year. I grieved. I cut my hair. I stayed in my parents home. The medications made me gain 40 pounds in 3 months. There were stretch marks where there never used to be. I hated what I saw when I looked in the mirror. But Gma was always there for me. Over the years of letter writing, she sent me notebooks. She know I aspired to be a writer one day so they were endless and I LOVED THEM.
I loved one more than the others so naturally I never wrote in it save a few pages. It came with a card. It came with a quote on the cover. It came with a letter and a quote posted in her lovely handwriting. “Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass. It is about learning to dance in the rain.”
She started to get bad and quickly. My parents moved her in with them. At first, it was ok. My mom reformed their relationship. She’s worked in group homes before with individuals with disabilities. She’s also just the most caring being that there is and couldn’t stand to see Hermine suffer. But then the abuse began. It got physical. There was screaming. COVID hit. They isolated, with a woman slowly losing her mind.
When I visited them with my amazing partner now after getting negative COVID tests, I was still her Pretty Lady. She was happy I found someone who has changed my life in all the right ways. She asked about my classes. She told me how much she loved me. I taught her how to call me on her Alexa so we could talk again. She asked Matthew if he knew what his name meant. “It means ‘gift from God’ and you are a gift from God,” she said, “take care of each other. Love each other. Be my Pretty Lady’s ‘Knight In Shining Armor.’ She deserves it.” We cried. We hugged. We said we’d see each other soon.
Understand something about my Gma. She is very smart. She also has never trusted doctors after Germany invaded her homeland. When she goes to a doctor, she knows what to say to get them to let her go. She tricked three into believing she didn’t have dementia. She remembered the three words at the beginning of their conversation three times. My parents couldn’t get guardianship over her.
It took my Aunt, Cousin and their wife bringing her to Maryland, setting up baby monitors, watching her every second of every day, and eventually having to put her in an inpatient unit to get her the care she needs. They were able to get guardianship over her when she was judged unable to care for herself. That’s where she is now. I’m terrified of calling her. I know she wants her alone time and independence back. She wants to be left alone to die. What could I say to her? but today my hypomanic brain came up with some ideas.
I love signing. I love singing. I love both so much I translate songs into ASL. I obsess over songs. I play them over and over and over until I can sing the song to a recorder, hear myself, and not cringe. I made my GMa a playlist of songs I love. They have such meaning to me and to us. I hope she will find comfort in listening to it. She doesn’t have a lot of time left. Her birthday is December 12th.
For her birthday, I’m going to learn to play the guitar and play and sing to her an acoustic set of the playlist. I’m going to make it into a CD. So for the days she feels so lonely and hopeless that she wants to harm herself or others, she can listen and remember her Pretty Lady. She can find comfort in me like I’ve found comfort in her.
You can help me do this, too. It her 90TH BIRTHDAY on December 12. Please write to Hermine Spears. Tell her all of your secrets. Tell her your biggest dreams. Your biggest fears. I will read them to her. I’ll read and read and read until she’s not here to hear me anymore. And even still, when she passes, I will read them on my days of mourning. I know they’re coming and fast.
We can all use some positive vibes right now. Times are tough. Do me this favor. Your good deed of the day is as easy as picking up a card, making one of you want, writing a short Happy Birthday note. Writing a long letter if you feel like it. Buying a stamp. Helping the Post Office. I haven’t set up a P.O. Box yet, but when I do, I’ll make another post. I’ve already made the set list. It’s linked below. If you wanna hear me sing, I’ll post some vids in the comments.
Also, please leave me some dope memes in the comments. I’m hypo manic AF right now and cannot sleep. Thanks for reading this incredibly long post and thanks in advanced for the letters. I know she will love them.
TL/DR: my GMa has very little time left and has dementia. Her mind is going. I want to do something special for her birthday so I’m going to send her a playlist of songs I like and for her birthday, I’m going to learn to play the guitar and get voice lessons to safety socially distance sing for her in real life, hopefully she’ll make it that long. Please write her a letter for her birthday. I will give read her as many as I can until she’s not here to hear them, and even when she’s gone. Also, holy sh*t, please vote.
https://open.spotify.com/playlist/4W9STZcutIgSGc6crKNHae?si=W0cgv4KCSa-Km7rvH_rYhA
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2020.10.18 09:02 OkYogurtKloset Wanna write a 90year old badass woman some letters for her birthday?

My Songs To GMa
A Better Son/Daughter-Rilo Kiley My Friend-Hayley Williams Secrets-Mary Lambert Roses/Lotus/Violets/Iris-Hayley Williams Night Shift- Lucy Dacus Turn- The Wombats Fake Happy- Paramore Leave It Alone-Paramore Why We Ever-Hayley Williams 26-Paramore Dead Horse- Hayley Williams
TWCW: my (soon to be 90) Gma has Lewy Body Dementia and is going to pass away soon. It gets real heavy and emotional. There’s also legit Nazis, abuse, threats of violence, trauma, inpatient psychiatric units, cancer, and bears; oh my! (Disclaimer: there are no bears in this story)
TL/DR (at the bottom)
My Gma and I have always been tight. She likes that I call her Gma. I’m her Pretty Lady. I always have been. Growing up, and well into my teens, we wrote letters back and forth. Letters about our shared interests. Secret crushes. Aspirations. My dream of being Hayley Williams from Paramore’s personal ASL Interpreter. How my interpreting program at Northeastern was going. And if we didn’t write, we talked on the phone. And when she couldn’t see anymore, we talked more.
My Gma is a lonely soul. I mean that in the way that she’s always wanted to be left alone. She’s strong as shit. She’s an Austrian Immigrant who fled from her home to the US when she was in her teens. She had her house bombed. She had Nazis line her up with others and threatened by a death squad. This woman had the “opportunity” to shake hands with Hitler himself and WALKED AWAY. She became a DEA agent. She has seen her abusive but well loved husband die of alcoholism. She has seen her last born suffer through brain cancer and die two weeks before he could see his first son born. She has seen some sh*t. We both have in different ways.
She found solace in music and so did I. Her house always smelled like fresh apple strudels and just cooked schnitzel. Classical music drifted from her record player. I was educated in what the Vienesse waltz was and how to move my body gracefully like the dancers in Vienna Philharmonic I watched every year on New Year’s morning when everything felt new and possible. She taught me to foxtrot, too.
She was abusive, too. To her children. In their relationships. She became nasty and spiteful at any slight you might not even have meant. All at once when I was around 12 and my life was a wirlwind (baby brother, hormones, moving across the country from Atlanta to New Jersey ), we stopped seeing her on Thanksgiving. Or Christmas. We never watched the Philharmonic with her again.
We still wrote. That nasty woman I had seen make make the strongest, most bad ass, Colombian immigrant woman I know, my mother, cry again and again never showed me her face. I’ve always been her pretty lady. I always will be.
Two years ago, she started to forget. I graduated from Northeasten in 2018 for ASL Interpreting by the skin of my teeth but not for a lack of trying. I worked part time at Starbucks to make ends meet, and also on campus through Work Study. My family is not wealthy and I needed to make my way through college somehow. My Aunt, my grandma, my Aunt S, and my family helped where they could. In my last year, I worked, I took full time classes, I volunteered, and I interned at Work Community Independence. I got a promotion to Shift Leader at Starbucks. When I graduated, I had a month of exuberance.I did it, somehow I did it. I even met the literal CEO of Starbucks and had the balls to write him a letter! And then I broke. Literally. I had a manic psychotic break and was diagnosed with Bipolar 1.
I ended up in an inpatient psychiatric hospital for a week. It was actually great! I learned awesome things. The big downside? The woman I accidentally asked if she was pregnant my first day because I was out of my mind liked my dress a lot. She liked it so much, she came up close one day and said, “I like your dress. I like it so much I could rip it off of your cold dead body, if you know what I mean.” She then flashed my her palm; a pair of sharp scissors she stole from craft class.
How I got out of that one without screaming, I don’t know. How I got out of it unharmed, I don’t know. But I did. I laughed like it was a funny joke. I played along. We were going to sit and collage some things but I “forgot some supplies from my room.” I passed a Spanish speaking janitor and whispered quietly, “Ella tiene tijeras.” She has scissors. I walked to my room around a corner, down a hallway, and got the attention of a nurse. She has scissors and threatened to kill me with them.
The security guard caught her using them to cut up a magazine. I was safe. She didn’t suspect me. Two days later, the psychatric hospital went into shut down. I heard someone say there was blood. A lot of blood. And then that same woman was carted away on a stretcher passed me with a white hospital sheet covering her from the shoulders down. To this day I don’t know if she’s ok or not. I hope she is. Being out of your mind is scary, and I know she was. We both were. All of us there were.
When I talked to GMa, she was supportive. I was her pretty lady. I was strong. Also, how was college going? Was I enjoying my classes? Which one was my favorite. It took one month of returning to work for me to have another episode again in September. This time, my mom took me home to New Jersey. And to a hospital in New Jersey. Where I cried every night and asked to speak with my mom. Where every night I was told no so I cried more because I didn’t understand where I was.
So they took me, forcibly, kicking and screaming into isolation. A cold dark room with a cold dark mattress on the floor. They held me down, they injected me with sedatives. They got me so f*cked up on Lithium that I stopped crying. I stopped doing anything. I stopped FEELING anything. After a week, my mom threatened to get the press involved if they wouldn’t release me, so they did. They released me to a break up with my partner of six and a half years because he needed “time to figure himself out” in October. He didn’t have time for me.
I went on medical leave for half a year. I grieved. I cut my hair. I stayed in my parents home. The medications made me gain 40 pounds in 3 months. There were stretch marks where there never used to be. I hated what I saw when I looked in the mirror. But Gma was always there for me. Over the years of letter writing, she sent me notebooks. She know I aspired to be a writer one day so they were endless and I LOVED THEM.
I loved one more than the others so naturally I never wrote in it save a few pages. It came with a card. It came with a quote on the cover. It came with a letter and a quote posted in her lovely handwriting. “Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass. It is about learning to dance in the rain.”
She started to get bad and quickly. My parents moved her in with them. At first, it was ok. My mom reformed their relationship. She’s worked in group homes before with individuals with disabilities. She’s also just the most caring being that there is and couldn’t stand to see Hermine suffer. But then the abuse began. It got physical. There was screaming. COVID hit. They isolated, with a woman slowly losing her mind.
When I visited them with my amazing partner now after getting negative COVID tests, I was still her Pretty Lady. She was happy I found someone who has changed my life in all the right ways. She asked about my classes. She told me how much she loved me. I taught her how to call me on her Alexa so we could talk again. She asked Matthew if he knew what his name meant. “It means ‘gift from God’ and you are a gift from God,” she said, “take care of each other. Love each other. Be my Pretty Lady’s ‘Knight In Shining Armor.’ She deserves it.” We cried. We hugged. We said we’d see each other soon.
Understand something about my Gma. She is very smart. She also has never trusted doctors after Germany invaded her homeland. When she goes to a doctor, she knows what to say to get them to let her go. She tricked three into believing she didn’t have dementia. She remembered the three words at the beginning of their conversation three times. My parents couldn’t get guardianship over her.
It took my Aunt, Cousin and their wife bringing her to Maryland, setting up baby monitors, watching her every second of every day, and eventually having to put her in an inpatient unit to get her the care she needs. They were able to get guardianship over her when she was judged unable to care for herself. That’s where she is now. I’m terrified of calling her. I know she wants her alone time and independence back. She wants to be left alone to die. What could I say to her? but today my hypomanic brain came up with some ideas.
I love signing. I love singing. I love both so much I translate songs into ASL. I obsess over songs. I play them over and over and over until I can sing the song to a recorder, hear myself, and not cringe. I made my GMa a playlist of songs I love. They have such meaning to me and to us. I hope she will find comfort in listening to it. She doesn’t have a lot of time left. Her birthday is December 12th.
For her birthday, I’m going to learn to play the guitar and play and sing to her an acoustic set of the playlist. I’m going to make it into a CD. So for the days she feels so lonely and hopeless that she wants to harm herself or others, she can listen and remember her Pretty Lady. She can find comfort in me like I’ve found comfort in her.
You can help me do this, too. It her 90TH BIRTHDAY on December 12. Please write to Hermine Spears. Tell her all of your secrets. Tell her your biggest dreams. Your biggest fears. I will read them to her. I’ll read and read and read until she’s not here to hear me anymore. And even still, when she passes, I will read them on my days of mourning. I know they’re coming and fast.
We can all use some positive vibes right now. Times are tough. Do me this favor. Your good deed of the day is as easy as picking up a card, making one of you want, writing a short Happy Birthday note. Writing a long letter if you feel like it. Buying a stamp. Helping the Post Office. I haven’t set up a P.O. Box yet, but when I do, I’ll make another post. I’ve already made the set list. It’s linked below. If you wanna hear me sing, I’ll post some vids in the comments.
Also, please leave me some dope memes in the comments. I’m hypo manic AF right now and cannot sleep. Thanks for reading this incredibly long post and thanks in advanced for the letters. I know she will love them.
TL/DR: my GMa has very little time left and has dementia. Her mind is going. I want to do something special for her birthday so I’m going to send her a playlist of songs I like and for her birthday, I’m going to learn to play the guitar and get voice lessons to safety socially distance sing for her in real life, hopefully she’ll make it that long. Please write her a letter for her birthday. I will give read her as many as I can until she’s not here to hear them, and even when she’s gone. Also, holy sh*t, please vote.
https://open.spotify.com/playlist/4W9STZcutIgSGc6crKNHae?si=W0cgv4KCSa-Km7rvH_rYhA
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2020.10.18 09:00 OkYogurtKloset I’m hypomanic as shit right now and just went tf off writing.

My Songs To GMa
A Better Son/Daughter-Rilo Kiley My Friend-Hayley Williams Secrets-Mary Lambert Roses/Lotus/Violets/Iris-Hayley Williams Night Shift- Lucy Dacus Turn- The Wombats Fake Happy- Paramore Leave It Alone-Paramore Why We Ever-Hayley Williams 26-Paramore Dead Horse- Hayley Williams
TWCW: my (soon to be 90) Gma has Lewy Body Dementia and is going to pass away soon. It gets real heavy and emotional. There’s also legit Nazis, abuse, threats of violence, trauma, inpatient psychiatric units, cancer, and bears; oh my! (Disclaimer: there are no bears in this story)
TL/DR (at the bottom)
My Gma and I have always been tight. She likes that I call her Gma. I’m her Pretty Lady. I always have been. Growing up, and well into my teens, we wrote letters back and forth. Letters about our shared interests. Secret crushes. Aspirations. My dream of being Hayley Williams from Paramore’s personal ASL Interpreter. How my interpreting program at Northeastern was going. And if we didn’t write, we talked on the phone. And when she couldn’t see anymore, we talked more.
My Gma is a lonely soul. I mean that in the way that she’s always wanted to be left alone. She’s strong as shit. She’s an Austrian Immigrant who fled from her home to the US when she was in her teens. She had her house bombed. She had Nazis line her up with others and threatened by a death squad. This woman had the “opportunity” to shake hands with Hitler himself and WALKED AWAY. She became a DEA agent. She has seen her abusive but well loved husband die of alcoholism. She has seen her last born suffer through brain cancer and die two weeks before he could see his first son born. She has seen some sh*t. We both have in different ways.
She found solace in music and so did I. Her house always smelled like fresh apple strudels and just cooked schnitzel. Classical music drifted from her record player. I was educated in what the Vienesse waltz was and how to move my body gracefully like the dancers in Vienna Philharmonic I watched every year on New Year’s morning when everything felt new and possible. She taught me to foxtrot, too.
She was abusive, too. To her children. In their relationships. She became nasty and spiteful at any slight you might not even have meant. All at once when I was around 12 and my life was a wirlwind (baby brother, hormones, moving across the country from Atlanta to New Jersey ), we stopped seeing her on Thanksgiving. Or Christmas. We never watched the Philharmonic with her again.
We still wrote. That nasty woman I had seen make make the strongest, most bad ass, Colombian immigrant woman I know, my mother, cry again and again never showed me her face. I’ve always been her pretty lady. I always will be.
Two years ago, she started to forget. I graduated from Northeasten in 2018 for ASL Interpreting by the skin of my teeth but not for a lack of trying. I worked part time at Starbucks to make ends meet, and also on campus through Work Study. My family is not wealthy and I needed to make my way through college somehow. My Aunt, my grandma, my Aunt S, and my family helped where they could. In my last year, I worked, I took full time classes, I volunteered, and I interned at Work Community Independence. I got a promotion to Shift Leader at Starbucks. When I graduated, I had a month of exuberance.I did it, somehow I did it. I even met the literal CEO of Starbucks and had the balls to write him a letter! And then I broke. Literally. I had a manic psychotic break and was diagnosed with Bipolar 1.
I ended up in an inpatient psychiatric hospital for a week. It was actually great! I learned awesome things. The big downside? The woman I accidentally asked if she was pregnant my first day because I was out of my mind liked my dress a lot. She liked it so much, she came up close one day and said, “I like your dress. I like it so much I could rip it off of your cold dead body, if you know what I mean.” She then flashed my her palm; a pair of sharp scissors she stole from craft class.
How I got out of that one without screaming, I don’t know. How I got out of it unharmed, I don’t know. But I did. I laughed like it was a funny joke. I played along. We were going to sit and collage some things but I “forgot some supplies from my room.” I passed a Spanish speaking janitor and whispered quietly, “Ella tiene tijeras.” She has scissors. I walked to my room around a corner, down a hallway, and got the attention of a nurse. She has scissors and threatened to kill me with them.
The security guard caught her using them to cut up a magazine. I was safe. She didn’t suspect me. Two days later, the psychatric hospital went into shut down. I heard someone say there was blood. A lot of blood. And then that same woman was carted away on a stretcher passed me with a white hospital sheet covering her from the shoulders down. To this day I don’t know if she’s ok or not. I hope she is. Being out of your mind is scary, and I know she was. We both were. All of us there were.
When I talked to GMa, she was supportive. I was her pretty lady. I was strong. Also, how was college going? Was I enjoying my classes? Which one was my favorite. It took one month of returning to work for me to have another episode again in September. This time, my mom took me home to New Jersey. And to a hospital in New Jersey. Where I cried every night and asked to speak with my mom. Where every night I was told no so I cried more because I didn’t understand where I was.
So they took me, forcibly, kicking and screaming into isolation. A cold dark room with a cold dark mattress on the floor. They held me down, they injected me with sedatives. They got me so f*cked up on Lithium that I stopped crying. I stopped doing anything. I stopped FEELING anything. After a week, my mom threatened to get the press involved if they wouldn’t release me, so they did. They released me to a break up with my partner of six and a half years because he needed “time to figure himself out” in October. He didn’t have time for me.
I went on medical leave for half a year. I grieved. I cut my hair. I stayed in my parents home. The medications made me gain 40 pounds in 3 months. There were stretch marks where there never used to be. I hated what I saw when I looked in the mirror. But Gma was always there for me. Over the years of letter writing, she sent me notebooks. She know I aspired to be a writer one day so they were endless and I LOVED THEM.
I loved one more than the others so naturally I never wrote in it save a few pages. It came with a card. It came with a quote on the cover. It came with a letter and a quote posted in her lovely handwriting. “Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass. It is about learning to dance in the rain.”
She started to get bad and quickly. My parents moved her in with them. At first, it was ok. My mom reformed their relationship. She’s worked in group homes before with individuals with disabilities. She’s also just the most caring being that there is and couldn’t stand to see Hermine suffer. But then the abuse began. It got physical. There was screaming. COVID hit. They isolated, with a woman slowly losing her mind.
When I visited them with my amazing partner now after getting negative COVID tests, I was still her Pretty Lady. She was happy I found someone who has changed my life in all the right ways. She asked about my classes. She told me how much she loved me. I taught her how to call me on her Alexa so we could talk again. She asked Matthew if he knew what his name meant. “It means ‘gift from God’ and you are a gift from God,” she said, “take care of each other. Love each other. Be my Pretty Lady’s ‘Knight In Shining Armor.’ She deserves it.” We cried. We hugged. We said we’d see each other soon.
Understand something about my Gma. She is very smart. She also has never trusted doctors after Germany invaded her homeland. When she goes to a doctor, she knows what to say to get them to let her go. She tricked three into believing she didn’t have dementia. She remembered the three words at the beginning of their conversation three times. My parents couldn’t get guardianship over her.
It took my Aunt, Cousin and their wife bringing her to Maryland, setting up baby monitors, watching her every second of every day, and eventually having to put her in an inpatient unit to get her the care she needs. They were able to get guardianship over her when she was judged unable to care for herself. That’s where she is now. I’m terrified of calling her. I know she wants her alone time and independence back. She wants to be left alone to die. What could I say to her? but today my hypomanic brain came up with some ideas.
I love signing. I love singing. I love both so much I translate songs into ASL. I obsess over songs. I play them over and over and over until I can sing the song to a recorder, hear myself, and not cringe. I made my GMa a playlist of songs I love. They have such meaning to me and to us. I hope she will find comfort in listening to it. She doesn’t have a lot of time left. Her birthday is December 12th.
For her birthday, I’m going to learn to play the guitar and play and sing to her an acoustic set of the playlist. I’m going to make it into a CD. So for the days she feels so lonely and hopeless that she wants to harm herself or others, she can listen and remember her Pretty Lady. She can find comfort in me like I’ve found comfort in her.
You can help me do this, too. It her 90TH BIRTHDAY on December 12. Please write to Hermine Spears. Tell her all of your secrets. Tell her your biggest dreams. Your biggest fears. I will read them to her. I’ll read and read and read until she’s not here to hear me anymore. And even still, when she passes, I will read them on my days of mourning. I know they’re coming and fast.
We can all use some positive vibes right now. Times are tough. Do me this favor. Your good deed of the day is as easy as picking up a card, making one of you want, writing a short Happy Birthday note. Writing a long letter if you feel like it. Buying a stamp. Helping the Post Office. I haven’t set up a P.O. Box yet, but when I do, I’ll make another post. I’ve already made the set list. It’s linked below. If you wanna hear me sing, I’ll post some vids in the comments.
Also, please leave me some dope memes in the comments. I’m hypo manic AF right now and cannot sleep. Thanks for reading this incredibly long post and thanks in advanced for the letters. I know she will love them.
TL/DR: my GMa has very little time left and has dementia. Her mind is going. I want to do something special for her birthday so I’m going to send her a playlist of songs I like and for her birthday, I’m going to learn to play the guitar and get voice lessons to safety socially distance sing for her in real life, hopefully she’ll make it that long. Please write her a letter for her birthday. I will give read her as many as I can until she’s not here to hear them, and even when she’s gone. Also, holy sh*t, please vote.
https://open.spotify.com/playlist/4W9STZcutIgSGc6crKNHae?si=W0cgv4KCSa-Km7rvH_rYhA
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2020.10.14 18:00 CreatorOfBro Need multiple voices for a horror game I’m working on.

I need voices for four different characters and various miscellaneous
Edit:I still need VAs for Roisin and Ross. EDIT: I forgot to mention that even though I mention Roisin is Irish, she does speak in an American accent.
For context the game takes place in a large compound that is considered the pride of a criminal syndicate that is encountered throughout the story. By the time the player character has gotten there one of the characters Charlotte graves, often referred to as akuma, has laid the building under siege and killed the majority of its inhabitants while infecting them with a infection transferred through bodily harm that has a chance of turning them into ever-evolving monsters. You play as Roisin, a high ranking rouge police woman on the hunt for Xavier Mormont the main antagonist and bane of roisin.
Character list
Roisin Campbell (age mid to late 20s, Caucasian)- Role- protagonist and playable character. story-an Irish police officer with a vendetta against Xavier Mormont. Personality- sweet and direct but will quickly switch to aggressive if in a proper combat scenario.
Charlotte graves (age late teen to early 20s, Caucasian)- Role- antagonist and main danger. Story- the only revealed partner of Xavier Mormont at the time the game takes place, Charlotte is a monstrous creatures seen with four metal limbs, long claws, and brutalized cheeks with weak yellow teeth sticking out. Personality- aggressive and playful often twisted.
Xavier Mormont (age unknown, Caucasian)- Role- main antagonist of the story. Story- The main enemy of Roisin. This is the first time Roisin has a direct and drawn out encounter with Xavier who is shown to dawn a large leather trench coat, a worn steampunk like plague mask. When encountered in game Xavier hunts die the player character using large hooks on chains and hell hounds like creatures.
Mike (age 30s-40s, Caucasian)- Role- one of two men who save roisin at a certain point in game, ending the tutorial. Personality- cool and relatively chill, Jensen Ackles is a good reference.
Ross (age 50s-70s, African American)- Role-the other of the two men who save the player character, Ross is responsible for healing Roisin’s wounds, giving her supplies, and informing her that there is a limited time before Xavier brings the place down and kills everything there. Personality- caring and calm, he is sort of based on a mix of bob ross and Samuel.l.jackson.
If you want to voice any of these characters send me an email at [email protected] containing a sample clip or send a link in a comment to a demo of yours.
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2020.10.14 08:48 shallowblue Every player rated (from the Herald-Sun)

Every Collingwood player rated for 2020: Contracts, trade whispers and players to watch in 2021
Nick Wade, News Corp Australia Sports Newsroom
October 14, 2020 6:00am
Subscriber only

Collingwood has been urged to be “aggressive” with its list to stem a slide down the ladder after its semi-final horror show.
The Pies are expected to be active in this year’s trade period as they also juggle a number of list headaches, headlined by the contract demands of Jordan De Goey.
After narrowly losing the 2018 Grand Final, Collingwood slipped to a preliminary final loss last year and a semi-final whitewash this year.
“After seeing the way their season has come to an end, they have to be aggressive with their list,” Essendon champion Matthew Lloyd said on Footy Classified.
Mystery: Pies’ case of the missing grope
On the issue of paying De Goey upwards of $1 million a season, former Melbourne forward Garry Lyon on SEN said: “I wouldn’t pay a million bucks for him (per season), but someone will pay $800,000 (per season). Because when he did come back, he turned a game on its head on his own. Not many players can do that.”
Does wingman Tom Phillips look for a new home? Will Matthew Scharenberg get back home to South Australia? Should Brayden Sier test the market?
Let’s assess every player.
EVERY PLAYER RATED
1. JAIDYN STEPHENSON
Age: 21 Games: 54 Contract: Until end of 2021
Started the season well with seven goals in his first three games, but appears a shell of the emerging star who won the 2018 Rising Star Award as a key part of the Pies’ Grand Final push. Is contracted for next season, but regressed to the fringe of senior selection in the back half of the year. Is a fresh start at a rival club needed, or does he simply need a strong pre-season at Collingwood to recalibrate as he enters a defining year? Still took the second-most marks inside 50 for the Pies this year, but had only three touches and a tackle in the semi-final hiding against Geelong. No doubt has the talent, it’s just deserted him at the moment.
2. JORDAN DE GOEY
Age: 24 Games: 98 Contract: Out of contract
Intriguing situation. The Pies suggest he is on the lookout for the biggest deal possible – more than the reported $800,000 he is on at Collingwood. But will another club be forthcoming as he explores the market? Carlton was said to be in, now apparently out. Essendon is also linked. With a host of other top-end signings placing pressure on their salary cap, the Pies can only pay so much for a player who has undoubted talent but whose top finish in a best-and-fairest is eighth. He is also facing an indecent assault charge and is due to appear in court on October 30. A nasty finger injury kept him out for two months this year, but the question clubs will ask is whether his 2020 output – down on his dazzling 2018 brilliance – warrants such a price tag. No doubt a matchwinner who, at 24, is still yet to enter the prime of his career and can do things others can’t. De Goey knocked back a $5 million offer from North Melbourne in 2017, but may not be prepared to sacrifice as much cash this time. A fascinating watch-this-space.
3. ISAAC QUAYNOR
Age: 20 Games: 15 Contract: Until end of 2022
One of the success stories of the season for Collingwood, having become a mainstay of the Magpies line-up after forcing his way into the side in Round 6. The 20-year-old defender received a Rising Star nomination and regularly provided reliable defensive rebound for the Pies. His disposal efficiency of 85.1 was the best of any Pies player who played more than five games. Missed a few matches with a nasty gash in his leg against Sydney but returned without any issue. Will be someone Collingwood will look to next season for natural improvement.
4. BRODIE GRUNDY
Age: 26 Games: 151 Contract: Until end of 2027
Didn’t have the season he would have liked and Nathan Buckley shed some frank insights into why after Saturday night’s semi-final loss. Grundy went from All-Australian in 2018-19 to not even making the squad this year, reflected by a drop in his most of his statistical averages, including key areas relating to disposals, hit-outs and clearances. He also slipped to sixth on the AFL Player Ratings ranking of ruckmen, despite playing all 19 games. “Brodes is a guy who loves the game and loves footy, but he also loves to get away from it,” Buckley said. “When you’re in a hub, it’s been a little more difficult for him to do that.”
5. JAMIE ELLIOTT
Age: 28 Games: 123 Contract: Until end of 2021
The fit-again Elliott was one of the Pies’ most durable players this season, and became a key part of the club’s finals push. Having battled injuries in recent years, he found valuable consistency and a new lease on his career, playing 18 games while spending more time in the midfield. Where his game was measured on goals in the past, this year it was built around midfield impact. Even still, he applied the most tackles inside 50 for the Pies. Last year he spent just 2 per cent in the midfield, but upped that to 37 per cent this year. At just 28, and provided his body stays fit, he still has a couple of valuable years left for the Pies.
Jamie Elliott in the clear in the semi-final against Geelong. Picture: Michael Klein
6. TYLER BROWN
Age: 21 Games: 9 Contract: Until end of 2022
A breakthrough year after making his debut in his third season on the list. He played nine matches split across two stints in the side, but was dropped for the finals series. As he develops, the Pies will hope the rangy midfielder can add a bit more size to his frame as he looks to entrench himself in the starting 22 next season.
7. ADAM TRELOAR
Age: 27 Games: 173 Contract: Until end of 2025
Treloar’s management is adamant he will remain at Collingwood despite his partner, Kim Ravaillion, signing a 10-month contract to play netball with the Queensland Firebirds next year. The situation unsurprisingly piqued Gold Coast’s interest – and the Suns could offer its No 5 selection to the Pies to entice a trade – but the midfielder is said to be committed to seeing out his long-term deal at Collingwood. All parties at this stage are indicating Treloar will stay at Collingwood and will make the long-distance situation work. Treloar battled more hamstring issues this year but his form was otherwise very strong across his 10 matches.
8. TOM LANGDON
Age: 26 Games: 89 Contract: Until end of 2021
Remains contracted after signing a three-year deal at the end of 2018, but faces an uncertain future after his injury-prone body again failed him this season. Langdon was pushing to be available late in the season, but suffered a setback with an ongoing knee injury. The Pies rate his character and he played 23 games in their 2018 Grand Final campaign, but will they see the best of the 26-year-old again after he hasn’t played since Round 9, 2019? In one recent training session at Maroochydore, coach Nathan Buckley walked many laps in deep conversation with Langdon.
9. JOHN NOBLE
Age: 23 Games: 22 Contract: Until end of 2021
A successful product of the mid-season draft, Noble has quickly become part of the furniture of Collingwood’s defence. The Pies have benefited from his pace, often looking to get the footy into his hands to launch from the back half. Played 17 matches this season and has the confidence of someone who looks set to be a key part of the side into the future. His two-year deal expires next year, but there should be no worries about him getting a fresh offer.
10. SCOTT PENDLEBURY
Age: 32 Games: 316 Contract: Until end of 2021
Created Collingwood history this season by overtaking Tony Shaw on the club’s all-time games record list. Shaw, himself, paid Pendlebury the ultimate compliment by saying he could play for a number of seasons yet. Missed a chunk of games in the middle of the season through injury but still clocked 20+ possessions in 11 of his 15 games and led the Pies for goal assists.
11. DAYNE BEAMS
Age: 30 Games: 177 Contract: Until end of 2022
Beams has not played since Round 11 last season after stepping away from the game to deal with his mental health. He was involved in a car crash earlier this year that he later admitted was a “deliberate” and a “massive cry for help”. Collingwood has continued to offer off-field support and there appears an acceptance he is unlikely to play again. Collingwood and Beams will discuss his future in the coming weeks.
12. MATTHEW SCHARENBERG
Age: 25 Games: 41 Contract: Out of contract
Scharenberg is expected to explore his options, potentially even a return to South Australia, after falling out of selection favour this season. The former No. 6 draft pick played only three matches in 2020, with his most recent being in Round 8 when the Magpies were thrashed by West Coast. Adelaide might see potential in bringing in Scharenberg to help bolster its backline.
13. TAYLOR ADAMS
Age: 26 Games: 151 Contract: Until the end of 2024
In a season of widespread disruption, Copeland Trophy winner Adams was a constant presence who defied it all. He made the All-Australian team for the first time in his career and played every match in his best-ever season, helping drive a midfield that was at times without Steele Sidebottom and Scott Pendlebury. An on-ball general, he had 20 more clearances than the next-best teammate (Pendlebury), was the club’s leading ball-winner, applied the most pressure, was involved in the most score involvements and had the most contested possessions. One of their few better players against Geelong in the dismal semi-final, too.
14. DARCY CAMERON
Age: 25 Games: 11 Contract: Until the end of 2021
Played 10 games this season in his first year at the club after crossing from Sydney and is clearly in the Pies’ plans after he played both finals despite not playing for the previous month. His support role to Grundy allowed Collingwood to work over Nic Naitanui in the elimination final. At one point in the season he was keeping Mason Cox out of the side. A handy acquisition.
15. LYNDEN DUNN
Age: 33 Games: 198 Contract: Out of contract
The much-liked Dunn has decided to retire having played only two matches this season after earning a career reprieve 12 months ago. He was delisted at the end of last year by Collingwood but relisted as backup, earning back-to-back games in Rounds 11-12 after not playing at all in 2019 with knee issues. He continued to train with the main squad until the Pies were knocked out of the finals. Squeezed everything out of his body after starting at Melbourne in 2006.
16. CHRIS MAYNE
Age: 31 Games: 231 Contract: Until end of 2021
Mayne returned from a sickening facial fracture to play in both of Collingwood’s finals this season. Since joining the Pies in 2017, he hasn’t missed a final, showing his value to the side at the pointy end of the season. After the broken cheekbone incident, coach Nathan Buckley described how highly Collingwood rated Mayne. “The bloke continues to put his body on the line. His teammates love him and he’s not in a good way. He’s a sore boy. He’s done it in every one of his actions since he’s come to the club.” Signed a one-year extension at the start of the year to take him into 2021.
17. CALLUM BROWN
Age: 22 Games: 49 Contract: Until end of 2022
Had a breakout 2019 but could not quite reach the same heights this season, despite playing the bulk of the year. Suffered an ankle injury but was then dropped on the eve of the finals and couldn’t force his way back in.
18. TRAVIS VARCOE
Age: 32 Games: 230 Contract: Retired
Varcoe has retired after being a wonderful servant for the Pies since crossing from Geelong midway through his career. Varcoe joined Collingwood in 2015 as part of a three-way trade and played 92 games for the Magpies. The Pies were the winners of that deal where Heritier Lumumba went to Melbourne and Mitch Clark joined Geelong. Varcoe played nine matches this year in an injury-interrupted campaign before being squeezed out of the team at the end of the year. A two-time premiership player at Geelong (2009, 2011), Varcoe also provided many happy memories for Pies fans in finals.
19. LEVI GREENWOOD
Age: 31 Games: 158 Contract: Out of contract
Comes out of contract but the early indications are the Magpies want to offer him a one-year deal to take him into next season. Greenwood played the last six matches of the season – including both finals – after recovering from a torn ACL suffered in last year’s finals series. His ability to still negate an opponent (most recently Tim Kelly in the elimination final) and his strong recovery from knee surgery gives hope that he still has a role to play at Collingwood next season.
20. BEN REID
Age: 31 Games: 152 Contract: Retired
Suffered an injury setback on the eve of the finals and made the call to bring forward his retirement, effective immediately, after managing only two games this year. Reid was a dominant defender for the Pies between 2010-13 in particular, playing in the 2010 flag and making All-Australian in 2011. But soft-tissue injuries often hampered him during the second half of his career.
21. TOM PHILLIPS
Age: 24 Games: 89 Contract: Until end of 2021
Could be one to watch from a trade perspective. Got injured at the wrong time of the season and was then overlooked for selection as Collingwood went unchanged into its semi-final against Geelong. Phillips had otherwise been a regular in the side, having not missed a game between 2018-19 and played the first 15 games this year before injuring his hamstring. Josh Daicos appears to have jumped ahead of him now. He was available to play against the Cats but the Pies opted to keep him out. Rival clubs circled Phillips last year. Perhaps they will again.
22. STEELE SIDEBOTTOM
Age: 29 Games: 243 Contract: Until the end of 2021
The bumper five-year contract he signed in 2016 expires at the end of next season. It was a mixed season for Sidebottom. He copped a four-match ban for a breach of the AFL’s COVID protocols in late June, but returned to play some solid footy before leaving the club’s hub to return home for the birth of his child. The Pies tried to get Sidebottom back up to Queensland on the eve of the finals but the plan hit roadblocks and was abandoned.
23. JORDAN ROUGHEAD
Age: 29 Games: 179 Contract: Until end of 2022
Roughead had a solid year across 17 games but coach Nathan Buckley conceded after the semi-final that the key defender was among a number of players who were not suited to the 24/7 nature of the footy hub bubble, more preferring their space and work-life balance. He has been an elite find for the Pies since crossing from the Western Bulldogs, so there’s no worries there in terms of his future.
24. JOSH THOMAS
Age: 29 Games: 103 Contract: Until end of 2021
The small forward did not have the impact he would have liked this year across 14 games, kicking four goals and only averaging a tick over 10 possessions a match. His tackle numbers were down, too, on the level he normally applies. Contracted for next season but could there be some movement in the coming weeks?
25. JACK CRISP
Age: 27 Games: 153 Contract: Until end of 2023
Crisp was one of the positive stories of the season for Collingwood, finishing second in Champion Data’s rankings of “general” defenders in the AFL for the year. It came on the back of a third placing in last year’s Copeland Trophy. Crisp played all 19 games and showed a high level of consistency. He finished the season in top form and was one of only a couple of Pies players who could hold their head high after the semi-final loss to Geelong. Entering the prime of his career, if he’s not there already.
26. JOSH DAICOS
Age: 21 Games: 35 Contract: Out of contract
Yet to sign but seems destined to stay at Collingwood next year and beyond. Daicos’s stocks grew rapidly this year, emerging into a dynamic ball-user on the wing, coupled with some of the freakish goalscoring ability of his famous father. He played 18 games at a high level this year, after playing only five last year and 10 the year before. Daicos also made the AFLPA’s 22Under22 team of the year. His form will likely come with a little pay rise, which will only add to the complex list-management decisions currently facing the club, but one the Pies would surely make room to accommodate.
Josh Daicos is a talent on the rise.
27. WILL KELLY
Age: 20 Games: 1 Contract: End of 2022
The father-son prospect will be hoping for better luck next year after suffering a season-ending arm injury on debut this year. The promising forward kicked a goal and looked lively against Hawthorn in July but landed awkwardly and did not return this season. If fit next year, he will put pressure on Mason Cox in the forward line.
28. NATHAN MURPHY
Age: 20 Games: 2 Contract: End of 2022
Been a frustrating couple of years for the highly-rated Murphy. Made his AFL debut late in 2018; had his 2019 derailed by injury and just could not force his way into a settled backline this year. There are no concerns about where the Pies view him in their future, having re-signed as recently as March for an additional two years. “The future is theirs to write but right now Cal (Brown), Tyler (Brown) and Nathan are seen as important to what is next for Collingwood,” Magpie list manager, Ned Guy, said at the time.
29. TIM BROOMHEAD
Age: 26 Games: 37 Contract: Out of contract
Played only one match this year – Round 11 against Adelaide – in what was his first game in more than two years since breaking his leg in a collision with a goalpost against GWS in early 2018. Broomhead has unfortunately battled injury issues all his career. The Pies face the tough decision of how much longer they can keep the talented but often-sidelined forward on the list.
30. DARCY MOORE
Age: 24 Games: 89 Contract: Out of contract
One of the best defenders in the game and one of the most important signatures Collingwood has secured this off-season. Moore was out of contract but re-signed with the Magpies on Tuesday after another brilliant season in which he made the All-Australian side. He led the Pies for defensive one-on-one wins (61) and missed only one match. When last quizzed publicly about his contract status in August, Moore declared he “absolutely” wanted to stay at Collingwood.
31. FLYNN APPLEBY
Age: 21 Games: 11 Contract: Out of contract
Didn’t have much luck on the injury front this year. Had a delayed start to the season with an ankle injury and then suffered a hamstring setback late in the campaign. It leaves him facing an uncertain future, having played only one match in each of the past two seasons after nine in his debut 2018 campaign.
32. WILL HOSKIN-ELLIOTT
Age: 27 Games: 137 Contract: Until end of 2022
Quieter year by his standards, not having quite the impact of past seasons in the front half of the ground, especially on the scoreboard. The key to Collingwood challenging again next season will be for Hoskin-Elliott to find the potency of his 2018 season in which he kicked 42 goals, offered greater pressure and generally found more of the footy.
33. RUPERT WILLS
Age: 27 Games: 23 Contract: Out of contract
Just like last year, Wills enters the off-season without his future sorted. Played all his eight matches this season before Round 12, but never quite grabbed his opportunity and was pushed out after the Pies were thrashed by Melbourne. The midfielder was made to wait until well after the season last year to receive his 2020 contract – even despite playing the last six matches of the 2019 season, including two finals. It appears the Pies will make him sweat again as they assess their list heading into 2021.
34. TRENT BIANCO
Age: 19 Games: 0 Contract: Until end of 2021
The small defender is still waiting for his debut after landing at the club at pick 45 in last year’s draft. Fans would have been hoping to see him at some stage this year after his impressive performance in a pre-season scratch match against Carlton where he played well across halfback. But that debut will have to wait until at least next year.
35. JAY RANTALL
Age: 19 Games: 0 Contract: Until end of 2021
The inside midfielder, taken at pick 40 in last year’s national draft from South Warrnambool, is yet to make his AFL debut, but showed enough promise in the early scratch matches to give hope that he was in contention to replace Scott Pendlebury when the Pies skipper injured his quad before the West Coast match. Would be looking to make his debut next year.
36. BRAYDEN SIER
Age: 22 Games: 21 Contract: Until end of 2021
Injuries put the brakes on Sier’s ability to push into the line-up, but he would have hoped for more than three games this year. A quad setback against Adelaide in Round 11 effectively kept him sidelined until the eve of finals. By the time he was fit, he couldn’t get back into the side. Sier has plenty of upside, but if he can’t get regular game time ongoing at Collingwood, surely there would be a suitor out there looking for a strong-bodied midfielder with inside grunt. There would be a few teams who wouldn’t mind him.
37. BRAYDEN MAYNARD
Age: 24 Games: 116 Contract: Until end of 2022
Maynard had the best season of his career, playing all 19 matches to a brilliant level down back that earned him selection in the All-Australian squad. Having elevated himself into the top bracket of defenders with his safe hands and pinpoint left foot. Leading the Pies for rebound-50s (72), intercept possessions (118) and total metres gained (7368), he was probably unlucky to not make the final AA team.
38. JEREMY HOWE
Age: 30 Games: 187 Contract: Until end of 2021
Collingwood was rock solid in defence most of the year – just imagine if they had Howe too. Even without Howe, the Pies ranked among the best defences in the league, but they missed his intercepting prowess and his organisation – and that ultimately hurt their ability to rebound. Howe ruptured his PCL in June and fell short in his bid to return for the finals. He would have been particularly handy against a Geelong side that just punctured holes in the Collingwood backline in the semi-final. In the smallest of sample sizes (just four matches), he was already looking worthy of an All-Australian defender.
39. TREY RUSCOE
Age: 18 Games: 4 Contract: Until end of 2021
Ruscoe played four matches between Rounds 10-13, showing lively promise in attack and hitting the scoreboard with 5.4 in those games despite playing not even 70 per cent game time. He proved quite a handy choice at pick 55 in last year’s draft. But we’re not sure who attracted the main headlines this year: Ruscoe or his mum! The draftee made his debut in Round 10 against Sydney, but his mum missed his first goal after admitting she ducked out the back of the house for a quick smoke.
40. ATU BOSENAVULAGI
Age: 20 Games: 3 Contract: Out of contract
Got of taste of AFL life this year as one of a host of debutants for the Pies, providing a spark across half forward in his three games between Rounds 6-8. The Fiji-born Bosenavulagi joined the Pies at the end of the 2018 season as part of the Next Generation Academy.
41. BRODY MIHOCEK
Age: 27 Games: 58 Contract: Out of contract
Mihocek apparently has a three-year deal on the table from Collingwood but the sticking point appears to be the dollar figure attached to it. Mihocek did his claims for a pay rise no harm with a timely three-goal effort against West Coast in the elimination final thriller. Mihocek has kicked 90 goals in his 58 games across three seasons. It is an important contract for Mihocek given, at 27, it will likely be his best chance to cash in on his output. Mihocek is jostling with the likes of uncontracted teammates Jordan De Goey, Darcy Moore and Josh Daicos for every spare dollar in the Pies’ salary cap over the coming weeks. If he is squeezed out, there will be a club willing to add someone who consistently hits the scoreboard. No doubt they have already been in touch.
  1. ANTON TOHILL
Age: 20 Games: 0 Contract: Out of contract
A tough year to be coming out of contract for the Irish recruit. Tohill returned home during the initial COVID shutdown period before returning. Tohill showed some promise as a utility in the VFL last year, kicking seven goals in 12 games, but could not crack a senior game this season. He has plenty of interests outside of football, including dreams of a medical career, but in January made it clear footy was his immediate priority: “I’m not an experiment. I want to play AFL football, it’s why I’m here.”
44. JACK MADGEN
Age: 27 Games: 21 Contract: Out of contract
Played 13 matches this year, including the two finals, which should be enough to secure a new contract at the Pies. Didn’t have a huge finals series but it was clearly the defender’s best season. He took strides this year, when you consider that in both 2018 and 2019 he finished the home-and-away season in the side but was dropped both years for finals.
45. MAX LYNCH
Age: 22 Games: 1 Contract: Out of contract
It was a long time coming, but Max Lynch received reward for effort and perseverance when the developing 200cm ruckman made his AFL debut against Brisbane last month. It had been a long build from being the 51st player selected in the rookie draft at the end of 2016 from the Murray Bushrangers. His form had been solid in scratch matches all season but the Pies’ big man stocks had kept him on the outer of selection.
46. MASON COX
Age: 29 Games: 69 Contract: Until end of 2021 after hitting contract trigger
Revived his career in the back end of the season after appearing on the brink midway through the year when he had issues with his vision and lost his spot in the team. He was recalled in Round 13 and found his spark, hitting a trigger clause for a new contract in the process. Cox took the most contested marks for Collingwood this year (23). But still, do he or the Pies explore a move? He was the hero of the elimination final against West Coast with three goals but, like many of his teammates, was missing against the Cats. Will be battling for his spot next year with Will Kelly, who suffered a nasty injury on debut and sat out the season.
47. MARK KEANE
Age: 20 Games: 1 Contract: Out of contract
Broke through for his AFL debut this year, picking up seven disposals in the Round 9 clash with Fremantle. But it was his only AFL match of the season. Keane, a 194cm defender, joined the Pies as a Category B rookie from Ireland ahead of the 2019 season. Keane was probably unlucky not to make his debut in 2019 – his intercept work stood out – and showed promising form in a pre-season game against Richmond this year. Yet to get a contract for next season.
48. TOM WILSON
Age: 23 Games: 0 Contract: Until end of 2021
The former Australian basketballer is yet to play a game, spending his first season at the club developing in training and scratch matches. The midfielder showed promising signs in a scrimmage hitout against Carlton, kicking three goals including a snap from about 40m out. The Pies rate his athleticism and adaptability. Captain Scott Pendlebury took him under his wing for early-morning workouts over summer.
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2020.10.12 17:46 MGTElite489 WHO DAT BOY // MR. LONELY

All that can be seen is static, filtering in and out as the image of a man sitting at a desk can barely be seen, the reception going in and out, the quality of vision remaining unstable. But it finally, clears, and who else is it but Atlas Rogue, in the middle of a monologue on HPTOFE.
“Welcome Back to The Fall”? FBE was never The Fall: you held a title and beat up little kids weekly while stunting the growth of Steez and Slash, you really think this place was ever your little fantasy land where you’re the King? Nah, you need a reality check Crowley, You surely know what I’m allowed to do now that I’m General Manager, Travis, so stay in line.”
Soundtrack: Who Dat Boy by Tyler, The Creator featuring A$AP Rocky
The screen pulls out as Atlas finishes his piece, panning around to Travis Crowley, holding a bong up to his mouth, eyes looking confused, maybe even scared. He begins trembling, not even sure what to make of this development. Crowley looks all over the room for an answer, to no avail. With all sincerity, he turns to the camera, and asks "YO, what the FUCK happened to Atlas?" before falling victim to a fit of coughing.
The camera shuts off, before cutting to a multitude of shots all flashing before the camera. Atlas Rogue falling to his death from a ladder at Unbreakable II. Raising up the FBE World Heavyweight Championship, only to get beaten down by REVOLT. Sheepishly co-pinning Fruit Gambino with Ethan Fadley. Failing to decisively defend his title as Guerrilla Warfare came down to a draw. Getting pinned by Desmond Caid. Getting pinned by Nate Matthews. Being conquered by Inferno at Ape's Summer Break. Travis Crowley connecting with a Deadstar, dropping the Aussie Night Terror on his head. Once again failing to reach victory as he drew with Receiver of Deception. Falling to old rival Capital STEEZ at Lights Out, losing the World Championship. Being defeated by Apeirogone on Firestorm LII. Suddenly, the camera shifts again, now changing to Travis, sitting on a swivel chair in front of a white background covered in graffiti as people take pictures of him. Crowley pulls up to a desk mimicking Atlas' set up, with spray paint on it saying HTCAFP- How To Cut a Fucking Promo.
TC: Who dat boy? Who him is? He surely ain't Atlas Rogue, the Atlas Rogue I KNOW ain't been around for the longest time, and it seems to me that he's never coming back. And the replacement? A sack of shit who can't seem to back up anything he says anymore. Otherwise known as a Finn Thomas, this specimen has been talking shit about me, of all people, yet he doesn't realize he needs to receive his load of shit before he can move on like he hasn't fucked up at all. But let's help out with that, shall we?
Atlas Rogue was a man who I deeply respected, because he truly just did not give a fuck about anything, anything whatsoever. He kicked ass, he took names, he could cut a promo, he could make jokes, and most importantly, he could really bring in any amount of hatred he wanted. But now all he's bringing in is pity, cause a lot of these insults he's been hurling is nothing but dust bunnies and tumbleweeds, thus making himself the joke. Trying to make fun of my monikers like the Aussie Night Terror is any improvement. But it's accurate I guess, being such an embarrassment to your homeland is sure to give your countrymen nightmares. Then of course, the blatant plagiarism of Ape's Infinity Ace nickname, as if slightly changing it is any positive difference. Atlas Rogue may claim to be an original character, and that might be true! But original doesn't always mean good, as we can see with how you've been freefalling over the past few months, as every loss brings your stock levels down to where you were before when you first started here... AKA, your true deserving origins.
Crowley spins around in the swivel chair, before standing up and hopping up onto the desk, swinging his feet side to side as he gets bored, giving the cameraman a peace sign as he begins to continue speaking his mind.
TC: Moving on, we continue with debunking your half baked revisionist history. You're not the only one who's stood up to me, the fuck? You remember why I returned in the way that I did? STEEZ betrayed me and thought it was a good idea to use my own moves on me as I prepared for surgery. He's a bum ass fool, but at least when he wanted to make a point, he did more than call me variations of "cunt" and "fucker". So, one example you made proved you wrong. Inferno stepped up and came at me word for word, promo for promo as we prepared for Wargames and Warzone II. Another example you made, another time you're wrong. Even Finn Thomas has tried to step up to me multiple times, and despite being squashed like a bug each time whether it's with words or in the ring, he might even have more stamina than you, considering he always comes back for some reason.
I'm only important cause I held a title for a long time? If you're gonna talk about it, talk about it right. I'm the first ever FBE Television Champion. At 152 days, I'm the longest reigning Television Champion, the longest reigning Champion in ALL OF FBE, ALL OF FB HISTORY, PERIOD. I've successfully defended the title the most times, having defeated 11 different challengers. Now compare that to your entire fucking career. Won the Intercontinental Championship off Fruit Gambino, who wasn't even the actual champion. You beat an understudy, big whoop. You lost it three weeks later to Conor Cassidy, which shook you so bad you continue to try and bash him TO THIS DAY. You win the E1 Climax Briefcase, and defend it against Damien Blade, congrats! You bitch slapped a punching bag, how groundbreaking for you! Then at New Beginning, you draw with Nate Matthews, aw shucks. Not only do you steal Ape's nickname, but you also steal the result from his classic with Matthews, not cause you guys have the chemistry and magic, but because you simply weren't good enough to seal the deal against someone who represents your nation better than you. You win the World Championship off of Ethan Fadley, and proceed to shit the bed on EVERY SINGLE MATCH you have as champion. I mean, you literally can't get a decisive victory over anyone, that shit is insane. You help Fadley pin Fruit's shoulders to the mat for some bullshit "co-victory". You can't finish the job at Warzone II, cause apparently you're regressing, drawing against someone whose ass you kicked beforehand. You get clapped by Desmond, showing you who the real alpha in Celestial Unknown is. You get clapped by Nate, once again proving who the rightful standard bearer of Australia is... wow I'm starting to lose my breath. Didn't realize how long this list was. Deeply inhales...
You are slayed by Inferno, with him actually taking the high route, being the bigger man, willing to forgive your useless antics and be friends again. You and RoD crumble at the hands of Highly Suspect, failing to dethrone us as a legendary tandem. And in turn, you can't beat your own partner at Homecoming, meaning once again you can't decisively win in a title defense. Fuck Sami Callihan, you really are the DRAW cause it defines every important title match you went through this summer. Then you get run over by STEEZ, and your title is taken away from you, thus ending one of the worst championship reigns of all time. You're used as a sacrifice for Ape's final Firestorm match, and then you retread old ground by beating Fruit Gambino, somehow ending up exactly where you were last year. No momentum, not a single soul that gives a damn about you, playing second fiddle to Nate Matthews, and holding a victory over Fruit's head, as if that meant anything at all in the first place. Let the record show that I actually SUCCESSFULLY defended my title against Desmond Caid, Nate Matthews, Inferno, and RoD. People you could not beat while you were on top. And I didn't even get into the likes of folks who are literal champions right now, Thaddeus Hemmingway and BBB III, or legends like Petite Jupiter. So not only are you wrong, but I've come to the conclusion that everything I did in the six months I've been back outranks your entire career here in FBE. Nice job, mate.
Travis mockingly wipes his brow and stands up on the desk, allowing the camera crew to snap photos of his IndiGOAT All Star Chuck Taylors (available for purchase now!). He jumps off the desk, and crouches near the spray paint on the desk, highlighting the message as the cameras keep snapping.
TC: You said you weren't going to hand out title shots, eh? Well, it's a bit too late for that, cause if I recall correctly, to open Firestorm LIII, you came out, and announced to the world that I'd be in a #1 Contender's match. Just like that. Straight from injury, me over someone like... say... yourself, for winning at BTE II? Oh wait, you beat Fruit, which I reiterate, meant nothing in the first place. Or Maxxx, who may have even been ready for a World Title shot after winning at BTE II? Nope, cause you just hit an Uno Reverse Card on YOURSELF, and held YOUR stablemate back, something you accused ME of. How much did it hurt to walk out and announce me as someone who might be next in line? I hope it stung like the dickens, to prepare you for when I claim the World Championship, and outclass you in THAT regard as well, as if I needed to.
And congrats on the new General Manager position, man! Another time Nate Matthews has been proven to be better than you, cause HE'S the guy that runs shit around here! He's probably the one that made you go out there and announce me vs Inferno. He's probably the one that made sure you stop spreading lies on your little episode of HTPOFE when it came to the Power Rankings. You talk all this shit as you do drive by promos on a bunch of people, but Nate took your Nerf gun away when it came to telling the world how much effort I put in these past few months. Your tune changed when you listed my win percentage, probably cause it spanks yours into oblivion. He got the green light from Ape, he got the seal of approval. Not you. Cause I'll bet my next paycheck that if you were actually in charge you wouldn't have let me in the building, much less give me a chance at the strap. I'm in "your" hood, I'm in "your" house, I'm in "your" building, in "your" ring, not to mention your own head. Living rent free in everything that's "yours", because the truth is you don't have any power, whatsoever. The more I talk, the more I lose sight of who you used to be! WHERE YOU AT, ATLAS? WHO DAT BOY? WHO HIM IS? AND WHY HAS HE REPLACED YOU?
Travis stands up, and stares down the camera with a serious look on his face, causing all the other cameramen to stand aside and stop taking pictures. He tugs on his forest green aviator jacket, and it's obvious he's ready to finish things.
TC: Stand the fuck back, Atlas. The only reason you came in to this business, is cause someone who saw potential in you, SIGNED you. You're only the Aussie Night Terror because someone gave you a chance. Someone who built this company with his bare hands, and with a dream for fuckers like you to prosper. You can have fun with your little Cinderella story, but remember I'm the one who set it in motion. Bitch, I rescued you from the gutter. Without me, you would've been making dresses with rats in Perth, praying for a bit of bread to eat and some lukewarm water to drink. I was making waves, you're just surfing in them. Don't fuck up and wipe out. So why don't you crawl back to your little office, making coffee runs for Nate, while I become this company's ace. Something you were never able to do.
Travis walks off from the the photo shoot, and the camera stays still for a second... before zooming in on a part of the white background covered in spray paint. Everything else on the background is easy to read, like "KOTF" or "Deadstar", but in the corner of the wall there's a seemingly random assortment of numbers:
14. 9. 14. 5.
15. 14. 5.
15. 14. 5.
The camera suddenly cuts out, static replacing the numbers. But almost immediately is replaced by a beach, and a figure slowly walking around a small raft, pouring something over it. The figure turns out to be Travis Crowley, draining a gas can over what looks to be a casket that rests on the raft. After almost emptying the gas can, Crowley stops, before picking up a pair of shoes leaning up against the raft. The camera zooms in, and what else could it be... but a pair of orange Dream Bleeder Vans. With tears in his eyes, Travis places the Vans on top of the casket. He picks up the gas can again, and douses them a couple times, emptying the can finally. He pulls out a lighter, and sets it off, the small flame ready to consume anything. Crowley pushes the raft off into the strong waves, before tossing the lighter onto the casket, the whole thing being set ablaze, the raft floating into the sunset, and begins disappearing onto the horizon. Travis turns to the camera, wiping his eyes with a handkerchief.
Soundtrack: 911 / Mr. Lonely by Tyler, The Creator featuring Frank Ocean and Steve Lacy
TC: Today we're here to mourn the death of Atlas Rogue. Once known as a rising star... and let's face it, an actual threat, he was someone I was proud to call, a real nigga. However, over the past few months, he's lost his credibility with lackluster performances, and shit arguments that make no sense. This new Atlas... it's an imposter. It can't be him. I refuse to believe someone who I respected so much has turned into a whiny little bitch. So it is my utmost displeasure that I must announce the downfall of Atlas Rogue, along with his real nigga status. Rest In Peace, Atlas. As the only real nigga in FBE now, it sure is lonely. But if there's a chance... any chance that the REAL Atlas is out there... you know what to do. Call me, call me, call me.
As the camera loses sight of the flaming raft, it focuses back on Travis, who slides his hands into his jeans, and sadly taps his foot, head down, clearly affected by the Viking funeral he just performed. The camera zooms out, further and further back, as evening turns to night, and Crowley is left alone, the only real nigga left in the business.
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2020.10.12 11:36 ImThatWrestlingGuy How To Piss Off Fucking Everyone, With Atlas - Episode 7 - Part 1

Atlas’ Track of the Episode (P1): Boredom - Tyler, The Creator feat. Anna of the North, Corinne Bailey & Rex Orange County

As the feed comes to life, the camera’s view is directed to the floor, slowly panning upwards. We see the legs of a dark brown mahogany desk, and underneath are a pair of Black 'Basquiat' 8-Eye Dr Martens. As our scene slowly reveals the set of HTPOFE, the E1 Climax & Triple Crown Trophies and ‘ROGUE’ E1 Briefcase can be seen in the background, replica belts from FBE.com of the World Heavyweight and Intercontinental Titles hanging on stands adjacent to the trophy, and his 3 Bookies shine nicely at the back. Sitting on the desk, is the Booker in the Bank Briefcase, the name ‘Dream Bleeder’ engraved in the gold plaque on the front, as well as the custom embossed microphone Apeirogone handed Mr BITB in his departure, a glass case the new home of the mic, and the Doc Martens are swung up onto the table, the FBE General Manager, Atlas Rogue, sitting in his chair, his FBE Tag Title slung over his shoulder, a cocky smile on his face. Before he starts, he reaches into a draw in the desk and pulls out a nameplate, the words ‘Your Boss’ slotted into it giving off heavy amounts of ‘fuck you’ energy.
“Well, well, well. Last time I ran this show I was hot off a loss at Unbreakable, a failure, a disappointment, and a broken bodied title-less bitch. However, the Dream Bleeder wouldn’t be down for long; I became the Ace of FBE when I won the World Title, I put on classic after classic in countless Firestorm and PPV main events, became Mr Booker in the Bank at BTE, simultaneously retiring the Fruity Fuck, and now I’m Tag Team Champion alongside Receiver, completing the Triple Crown in the process. I’ve elevated myself even more by joining the FBE Management team, becoming your new boss alongside Matthews, and Receiver, Desmond, and I are at the top of FBE right now, and it’s going to stay like that until some of you lazy fuckers on the roster step up. We’re the only 3 men to ever hold a Fantasy Booking Briefcase, the 3 men with the longest World Title reigns, and the 3 men who are going to purify FBE of its demons; the question is: are you ready?”

“But what has ol’ Atlas got in store for you today? We’ve got the third instalment of the Power Rankings, a BTE II recap to remind you of one of FBE’s greatest PPV to date, I’ll be announcing the newest member of The Celestial Unknown followed by an interview with them, and in our main event, we’ve got a sit-down interview with an FBE legend. Stay tuned for all that later.”

“It wouldn’t be HTPOFE without degrading some other roster members, so first up on my Hitlist: Conor Cassidy. After sustaining an injury circa Unbreakable II, Conor’s final appearance before his short departure was at Pick Your Poison, where he once again failed to win some gold, the Intercontinental Title staying over the shoulder of Desmond, and you left, the audience quickly forgetting about your existence as they were too distracted by other, proper talents. At Homecoming you returned, losing to Inferno because you’re an incompetent fuck, and then you continued the trend of defeat, not only losing once at BTE, oh no, but you lost twice, falling short in two championship matches in classic Cassidy fashion. Isn’t it strange to think that around a year ago we shared the ring at BTE over that same IC Title, where I, the champion, unsuccessfully defended the belt, you finally winning some gold on your own? And from there, you had the longest IC Title reign ever, you won the tag titles (in a match you weren’t supposed to be in), but you also had an abysmal E1 run, (ain’t it strange for someone to do so badly in a tournament they were the favourite to win in), and after your short run of success, you were beaten by your own teammate, drew with a team amassing a total of 0 wins combined to retain the belts, before subsequently vacating them because you were too much of a fucking pussy to fight without your boyfriend. I avenged my BTE loss, only digging that hole of descendancy even more, and as mentioned before, you couldn’t win a single match since returning. You want title shots? Earn it, buddy. Unless Matthews wants to give you a free shot, you’ll be working your ass off so you can prove to the fans, to management, and to yourself that you are still worthy.”

“Ah yes, Capital STEEZ. ‘The 1 Month Magician’; he can make any promising title reign… disappear! The Intercontinental Title? Blink and you’ll miss it! The World Title? Look at it vanish! The Tag Titles? Now you see them, now you don’t! Seriously, dude, I get your bags are filled with other heavy accessories; doesn’t mean you need to get rid of a championship every time you win it. But we can’t blame you, some people just never evolve. You’ll always just be the little Brooklyn kid you started as, and never the true NY pimp you project yourself as. You beat me at Lights Out? You ended my genuinely interesting World Title reign? Wow, someone suck this guy’s dick because he’s hurting his back doing it for himself. You really took your time in beating me, mate: 8 whole months, it took you. But surely Atlas’ loss can only lead to Steez’s success, right? Ah, shit. First off, you get brutalized and beaten via TKO by Ape, then you lose to Desmond Caid for the 5th time in your career, ending your World Title reign unsurprisingly early, and now… well you’ve really fucked yourself, haven’t you? REVOLT is practically dead, you’ve severed ties with almost everyone on the roster, forming enemies you can’t win against, your new shiny faction lost to Receiver and I in your first match as a team, and you’re left in the shadows of Caid, Crowley, and Ape. But I’m sure you’ll rebuild yourself back up, it surely can’t get worse from here for you…”

“But don’t worry, because the polar opposite of losing titles quickly has returned: Mr Travis Crowley. Before anything however, I must congratulate him on surpassing my list of nicknames with an even longer collection of monikers, the majority of them taken from the titles of tracks by his favourite rappers or the name of a video game starring Mr Clean’s grumpy nephew. Alas, I digress… what’s the real reason I’ve called out Period Locks? Well, ever since he’s returned, he’s acted like he’s on some other shit. Talking bout Third Eye fuckery backstage and baring his ruby red false teeth, it seems as if Crowley has forgotten where he stands in the company. Luckily for him, I’m the only guy on this brand who’s taken the balls to step up to him. Steez, Inferno, even Finn have all been quiet around the topic of the boring Highly Suspect member, although I’m sure they’re having a hard time not opening their fucking mouths every 5 seconds so we’ll probably hear something from them shortly. You see, Crowley’s only accolade here in FBE is that he held a championship for an extended period of time. Not to mention his impressive record of defences against… The Collective, the majority of the transitioning Juniors entering the Heavyweight, and the occasional genuinely interesting opponent. But then, since he jammed his finger in his car, he was ‘forced’ to relinquish the belt, got beat up by his ex, and now he’s back after missing the biggest show of the year, ready to take on the best and brightest in FBE’s current landscape. Look Scott Crowley, the only reason you’re in the World Title picture is because you boost ratings; the edgy emo demographic once pushed by Inferno has died out after that British fuck refused to win at BTE, Lights Out, P&C… and now that you’re back, how will you survive? You stepped on the heads of your REVOLT stablemates and prevented their pushes while you 4 were a faction, and now that Ape’s gone, you’ve got no one. You used to be able to hand yourself championships when Ape was in power, like going up against a newbie at the Anniversary Show for the inaugural match of a championship, but now that I’m your boss, and I don’t suck you off while you play Call Of Duty, you might actually have to work for a title shot! Heavens above! Heresy! “Welcome Back to The Fall”? FBE was never The Fall: you held a title and beat up little kids weekly while stunting the growth of Steez and Slash, you really think this place was ever your little fantasy land where you’re the King? Nah, you need a reality check Crowley, You surely know what I’m allowed to do now that I’m General Manager, Travis, so stay in line.”

"Now with that out of the way, it’s time for the segment everyone genuinely cares about (I hope… ye bastards): The Power Rankings! This is Season 3 of the PR and it’s definitely been our most interesting as a lack of breaks has allowed for our top workhorses to shine through more than usual. So, without further ado, who’s at #10?"
10 – Maxxx Cleavage: 5 – 0 – 4 56% 9 matches +1
#10 is the only original Jr in the Rankings this Season, as his debut match was in the First Round of the Gedo Classic, where the FBE audience got their first look at Maxxx Cleavage. On Firestorm XXXVIII, Maxxx went up against the hyped-up James Marshall figure, decisively beating one of the tournament favourites, before going onto beat the equally exotic Joey Joey Siwa in the Semi’s, Maxx securing his spot in the inaugural Jr Heavyweight Title Match, only falling short to The Master and eventual winner Thaddeus Hemmingway in his PPV debut. We’d get an exciting JJS/Maxxx rematch at Warzone II, but just like their first encounter, Maxxx got an impressive victory, winning himself a Jr Title Match at Ape’s Summer Break. This bout was made an MMA Rules Match ahead of time, and that may have cost Maxxx as he suffered only his second loss in the company to Damien Blade. Yet he would avenge that loss, taking on Blade in a rematch on Firestorm XLIX, where he defeated Damien, but he was, unfortunately, unable to keep that momentum going into Homecoming where he just came up short in the Jr Title Match Triple Threat against James Scott and Brother Khusu. His performance was so good, however, that he was granted a Jr Championship Match versus James Scott the following Firestorm, Scott pinning the man he didn’t at Homecoming here at Firestorm 50. And finally, he reignited his feud with Damien Blade once more, both men putting their careers on the line in their BTE II ‘I Quit’ match, Maxxx forcing Damien to say those haunting two words, leaving their rivalry with a record of 1 – 2 in favour of Maxxx. A Win Percentage of 56% in their debut Season is well-deserving of the #10 spot, and keep your eye out for Maxxx in the upcoming months, as this guy has got all the potential to be a future star.
9 – James Scott: 5 – 0 – 2 71% 7 matches +2
James Scott made his FBE debut at Firestorm XLVI, jumping ship from EPW, however, he was bested by Jason Beggs in a Jr Division Fatal 4-Way, bouncing back on Firestorm 48 with a win over former-Jr Champ Damien Blade, a big win that would start his success in the company. It would only go upwards from there, winning the biggest match of his career with a victory over Grand Slam Winner Nate Matthews, management noticing his undeniable talent in this bout and handing him a well-deserved Jr Title shot for Lights Out. And he would capitalize on this opportunity, winning the Jr Championship after beating Maxxx Cleavage and champ Brother Khusu! James would go onto defend his title twice more, beating Maxxx Cleavage and Finn Thomas in consecutive bouts over a fortnight, reaching the minimum number of wins for a champ to relinquish his belt, receiving an Intercontinental Title shot in the process. Unfortunately, at BTE II, Scott suffered a serious injury midway through his match with Thaddeus Hemmingway, the ref being forced to count the 10 as James lay in agony on the outside, Thad winning via Count-Out. Nonetheless, Scott had one of the most successful debut runs in FBE; and he’s received praise from the likes of Ape and Nate Matthews, so he’s one to watch as FBE returns to weekly programming.
8 – Nate Matthews: 8 – 0 – 7 53% 15 matches -7
Current TV Champion and Commissioner of FBE Nate Matthews was straight off a loss at Unbreakable II, where he lost his World Title to Ethan Fadely after a memorable reign, and he shortly retired afterwards, suffering a beatdown at the hands of REVOLT in a sickening and emotional segment. But Matthews would make his shocking return just weeks later, narrowly losing out in his Warzone Qualifier on Firestorm XLII, before beating United and Independent in a 2 on 1 Handicap Match at Warzone II. Nate would be revealed as a participant in the Heyman Classic, losing to Receiver of Deception in the First Round, only to bounce back with an UNDESERVING win over me… cunt. In a Summerfest rematch, Nate took on arguably his greatest rival, Apeirogone, Matthews’ draw with Ape the only tie on The Infinity Ace’s record, but Ape wouldn’t let history repeat itself, putting away Nate after a stellar encounter. Continuing on with potential Match of the Year Contenders, we saw Travis Crowley defend his Television Championship against Nate Matthews at Homecoming, Nate looking for revenge after Crowley led an assault on him in his retirement segment, but Matthews wouldn’t avenge that beatdown, Travis retaining in their No Disqualifications Match. Nate would return to the Heyman Classic on Firestorm XLVII, defeating Fruit Gambino, however, he would fall short the following episode in a BTE rematch versus Inferno, Nate getting eliminated from the tourney in the process. On Firestorm XLIX, Nate was beaten by Jr Division prodigy James Scott, but he managed to best Brother Khusu earlier on in the night, Matthews aiming to reach 50 career matches by BTE II. Carter Nelson was murdered by Matthews at Lights Out, and Nate would face off with Inferno for the third time ever, unfortunately losing at the hands of The Aether Ace. But a win over Damien Blade would boost his momentum going into BTE II, winning the Television Title in Ultimate X against Conor Cassidy and Isankahlu, ready to run FBE alongside his best buddy Atlas, claiming he will defend the TV belt weekly until he loses it. I pity Matthews, so he takes the #8 spot.
7 – Thaddeus Hemmingway: 9 – 0 – 4 69% 13 matches +4
In my opinion, the only other worthy fucker not in The Celestial Unknown goes by the name of Thaddeus Hemmingway, and he proved that by winning the entire Gedo Classic, beating Simon Immortal in the Match of the Tourney in the first round, putting away John in the Semi’s, and then going onto vanquish The Master and Maxxx Cleavage at Pick Your Poison to become the inaugural Jr Heavyweight Champion! Unfortunately, Thad would suffer his first loss in Season 3, dropping the belt to Simon Brown at Firestorm XLII in an amazing sequel to their First Round Gedo Classic bout. He would go onto answer Travis Crowley’s Television Title Open Challenge, just losing out to the Deadstar, however, he wouldn’t be down for long, beating Brendan Burke Butler III at Warzone II. Thaddeus was announced as a participant in the Heyman Classic, the only former Junior to enter the tourney, and he was beaten by Capital STEEZ in the First Round, losing out to Inferno the next week on Firestorm XLV. But as we know, Hemmingway is not one to stay down for long, obliterating Alan Cavanagh at Ape’s Summer Break, proving himself a worthy challenger in FBE, and management saw that in Thad, giving him a deserved Intercontinental Title shot against Desmond Caid the next week, beating OWD to win his second Junior Title only weeks after losing his first! At Homecoming, he put away Soren Skarsgard, and at Firestorm XLVIII he beat Brother Khusu, defending his title against Soren again at Lights Out in a successful campaign. And to cap things off, Thaddeus ended BTE with a 2 – 0 record at the show, beating James Scott (after Scott suffered a nasty injury) and Conor Cassidy in consecutive bouts, retaining his IC Title twice, and setting the standard high for the second half of FBE’s calendar year, a statement to the rest of the Heavyweight Division.
6 – Inferno: 11 – 0 – 6 65% 17 matches +5
Inferno had just made his return as an active competitor on the roster, and his second match back was inside Wargames, a prestigious bout that saw British Ambition put away REVOLT, and Inferno defeated EED on the go-home episode of Firestorm before Pick Your Poison II, unsuccessfully challenging Desmond Caid to an Intercontinental Triple Threat that also included Conor Cassidy. At Firestorm XLIII, ahead of his scheduled TV Title match with Travis Crowley at Warzone, Inferno and Steez both pinned Receiver at the same time in their Guerrilla Warfare Qualifier Triple Threat, meaning that both men entered the prestigious bout, however, Inferno would be pulling double duty. Earlier on in the night, Inferno faced off with Travis Crowley for the first time in both of their careers, losing out to the TV Champion, but his night wasn’t over, surviving to the final 3 in the Guerrilla Warfare match before being eliminated, unable to replicate his Runner Up standing the previous year. Inferno left Warzone 0 – 2, but he would go onto enter the Heyman Classic, losing to Fruit Gambino in the First Round, before defeating Thaddeus Hemmingway, Receiver, BTE I Main Event opponent Nate Matthews, and Capital STEEZ, only just losing out to potentially his biggest rival, Desmond Caid, in the main event of Lights Out. Along the way, Inferno also competed in some non-Heyman Classic matchups, beating ‘The Fire Demon’ at Ape’s Summer Break, Damien Blade on Firestorm XLVI, Conor Cassidy at Homecoming, and Nate Matthews at Firestorm 50, winning all those matches mentioned, and he finished off his Season 3 run with a company-defining match against the retiring Apeirogone, Inferno being the only man to ever pin Ape, ever. Inferno may have lost, but it was an amazing bout that regardless of the result, is worthy of Match of the Year.
5 – Travis Crowley: 9 – 0 – 1 90% 10 matches -2
The Deadstar continued on from his legendary Season 2 run here, once again retaining his Television Title at Firestorm XXXVIII against a member of The Collective; this time, Brendan Burke Butler III was the unsuccessful challenger. Travis suffered his only loss on Firestorm 39, where, alongside Capital STEEZ and Jack Slash of REVOLT, he was vanquished by British Ambition inside of Wargames, a monumental matchup that saw two of FBE’s top factions go at it. Ferdinand Maxim failed to win the TV Title from Crowley at Firestorm XL, but unfortunately, at Pick Your Poison II, EED had to pull out of his and Travis’ match, Crowley not letting this affect him as he had to step in for his REVOLT stablemate Steez in the 3 Stages of Hell Tag Team Title Match that carried on from PYP on Firestorm XLI. Crowley and Slash retained the belts, and the TV Champ went on to beat Thaddeus Hemmingway in a banger of an Open Challenge, another retention under Crowley’s extensive regime. At Warzone II, we saw a dream match in the making when Inferno challenged Travis for the championship, but Crowley was able to decisively put away his adversary, going onto to also defeat Receiver at Ape’s Summer Break in just the latest dream match. Crowley didn’t stop there, teaming with Ape for the first time in his career, Highly Suspect managing to put away Receiver and I of The Celestial Unknown at Firestorm XLVI. And at Homecoming, we saw Travis defend his TV Title for the final time, beating Nate Matthews in their No Disqualification Match, before being forced to vacate the belt, an impressive string of title defences for The King of the Fall.
4 – Atlas Rogue: 5 – 1 – 6 46% 12 matches +1
Ah yes. The man that truly deserves to be #1 but honestly, I’m way too humble for that. You see, my Season 3 was pretty bloody spectacular, despite what my record says, so fuck you. Our journey starts at Firestorm XL, where I defeated BBB3, after being announced as the #1 Contender to the World Title. I capitalized on this opportunity, putting away Ethan Fadely in the main event of Pick Your Poison II, finally winning the World Title. Yay. Warzone was up next for the World Champ, and my first defence was in the Guerrilla Warfare Match, my challengers slowly getting revealed in Qualifying bouts held on Firestorm. The first two announced were Fruit Gambino and Ethan Fadely, two ghosts of my past, both of which I had beaten before (yeah fuck you), and a Triple Threat Match was made between the three of us for Firestorm, a Triple Threat which saw Ethan and I simultaneously pin Fruit. On the same night, Inferno and Steez both also drew in their respective Triple Threat, and at Warzone, Steez and I outlasted Inferno, Gambino, and Fadely, reaching the 60-Minute Time Limit as we continued to battle, yet I walked out still champion, unsurprisingly. My Heyman Classic run ended quickly, with my two of my greatest rivals (and greatest allies) taking me out in consecutive weeks, Desmond Caid and Nate Matthews both pinning me, and I went up against Inferno at Ape’s Summer Break, The Fire Demon losing out him. Following this, The Celestial Unknown went up against Highly Suspect on Firestorm 46, Apeirogone and Travis Crowley adding a win to their record after a fun tag team bout, and at Homecoming, I defended my World Title against Receiver, my long-time tag partner and friend, and we battled to a draw in the main event. My title reign came to a close at Lights Out, where Capital STEEZ bested me in the opener, ending the second-longest World Title reign ever at 92 days, and on the go-home show of BTE, I went to war with Ape in his final Firestorm appearance, being beaten by the retiring veteran at Firestorm 52. However, at BTE II, I brought my record to 1 – 1 at FBE’s biggest show of the year, retiring Fruit Gambino and simultaneously becoming Mr Booker in The Bank, a title only the members The Celestial Unknown have had, and I walked out of Season 3 with a record of 5 – 1 – 6.
3 – Apeirogone: 10 – 0 – 0 100% 10 matches +8
The Final Boss of Fantasy Booking announced he would be retiring at BTE II from in-ring action and from a managerial role, a shocking revelation that also kickstarted his legendary Retirement Tour, Ape wanting to tick off all his dream matches before he left for good. The first match on the list wasn’t a first-time-ever bout, but instead a rematch from exactly a year ago, as Ape battled Nate Matthews in a tiebreaker for their previous draw back at Summerfest. Apeirogone managed to walk out with the win over arguably one of his greatest rivals, however, he went from fighting one adversary to teaming with another, as Highly Suspect had their only tag team match ever, defeating myself and Receiver of The Celestial Unknown on Firestorm XLVI in a classic tag matchup. Ape then went from fighting one adversary to teaming with one adversary back to fighting another adversary as he faced Desmond Caid in the final instalment of their insane trilogy of instant classics. Desmond, unfortunately, was defeated, but these two stole the spotlight at Homecoming, but Ape wasn’t given any time to heal, going straight back into the tour, putting away Damien Blade, before getting two weeks off to rest, and also to prepare for his match with Receiver at Lights Out. In another action-packed matchup, Ape and ROD put on a spectacle to behold, Ape walking away undefeated in his Tour… so far. On Firestorm 50, Ape beat FBE World Champion Capital STEEZ by TKO in their dramatic and brutal as FUCK No Disqualification Match, and Ape also bested me in his Firestorm appearance just the next week. But then, at BTE II, in Ape’s final match, we go the rematch of the century: Inferno vs Apeirogone. Inferno is the only man to ever pin Ape, and Ape looked to redeem himself here, but after an emotional battle, Ape walked away the victor, a wonderful sendoff for a true superstar.
2 – Capital STEEZ: 9 – 0 – 5 64% 14 matches +4
One of the true workhorses in FBE, Steez had the 3rd most matches in Season 3, the majority of those matches resulting in a victory for him, and he proved that on Firestorm XXXVIII when he defeated Damien Blade, competing in Wargames the following week in a losing effort against British Ambition alongside his REVOLT brethren. At Pick Your Poison II, Tag Team Champion Steez went to war in a 3 Stages of Hell Match with Jaxon Storm versus The Collective, however, in the middle of the second fall, Steez was injured after crashing down hard from the top rope, leading to the match being postponed to the next episode of Firestorm, Steez unable to finish the match. However, he made a swift recovery, returning in a Guerrilla Warfare Qualifier Match against Receiver and Inferno, where he and the latter simultaneously pinned Receiver, both men securing their spot in the Warzone Main Event. And in that Main Event, Steez lasted to the final two, squaring off with yours truly as we had an absolute cracker of a fight, ending in both of us reaching the 60-Minute Time Limit. Following this, Steez was announced as one of the 8 competitors in the Heyman Classic, and he started off his tourney campaign right with a win over Thaddeus Hemmingway, his two lives still intact, and he continued that streak, defeating Fruit Gambino the next week. At Ape’s Summer Break, we got Rock vs Rap as Steez battled Corey Gowens in a dream matchup which saw Steez walk away the winner but up next was his momentum bout with Brother Hanzo at Homecoming. Atlas sighs. At Firestorm XLVII, Steez battled his greatest rival in the HC Winner’s Finals, going head to head with Desmond Caid in an epic Firestorm Main Event, which saw Desmond pick up the win, Steez suffering his first loss in the tournament, and on Firestorm 49, Steez had a fantastic dream clash with Inferno, the latter going onto face Caid in the Finals at Lights Out, whereas Steez challenged yours truly for the World Title, Capital STEEZ claiming the gold for the first time in his career. As Steez moved to closer towards his BTE main event match with Caid, he fought Apeirogone on Firestorm 50 in a No Disqualification Match, losing via TKO after Ape’s relentless assault caused for the ref’s to prematurely end the match, and it seemingly cost him, Steez losing the World Title to Caid at BTE in a Match of the Year Contender, Capital STEEZ having a career-defining run in Season 3. And speaking of Desmond…
1 – Desmond Caid: 10 – 0 – 3 77% 13 matches +3
3rd World Title Win. BTE Main Event. Intercontinental Champion. Heyman Classic Winner. Only 3 losses. Desmond Caid has truly earned #1. But we’ll get into all that later, right now, let’s talk about his first match in Season 3: WARGAMES! Desmond, alongside his British Ambition brothers, vanquished REVOLT in the historic faction warfare match, however, he would go onto battle one of his BA stablemates at Pick Your Poison, as he successfully defended his Intercontinental Championship versus Inferno and Conor Cassidy in a hot opener for the show. However, after a brutal 3-Way Dance, Desmond competed that Firestorm too, his wounds seemingly not fully healed as he lost to Fruit Gambino and Brendan Burke Butler 3 in another Triple Threat, bouncing back by retaining his championship against Jack Slash at Warzone II in classic Desmond fashion. Caid would be inserted into the Heyman Classic, and naturally, he went undefeated, besting both of his Celestial Unknown stablemates along the way, as well as battling Capital STEEZ in their 4th encounter, but those wouldn’t be the only matches Caid would have over the course of BTE Season, as he went to war with Ethan Fadely at Ape’s Summer Break, beating the man who could’ve been the #1 Contender to his World Title last year, but he would also suffer some losses, dropping his Intercontinental Title to Thaddeus Hemmingway on the Firestorm before Homecoming, the same PPV where he was beaten by Ape in the final instalment of their company-defining trilogy. And then, at Lights Out, we got the insane clash of Inferno vs Caid, arguably one of Desmond’s greatest rivals, in the finals of the Heyman Classic, and after Steez won the World Championship earlier in the night, Caid punched his ticket to the BTE Main Event by defeating Inferno, securing a match with the champ for the show. Before BTE II though, on Firestorm 52, he beat Soren Skarsgard, one of the many legends that had crossed Caid’s path in his ascension from FBNXT rookie to FBE Ace, and he defined that title by winning his 3rd World Heavyweight Title in the main event of BTE II, a defining moment in FBE’s history. Caid left with a record of 10 – 3, once again proving why he is #1.

So, here are the final WDL Records, Win Percentages, Rankings and match counts for Season 3 [in order of WP]:
Apeirogone: 10 – 0 – 0 WP = 100% 10 matches #3
Travis Crowley: 9 – 0 – 1 WP = 90% 10 matches #5
Desmond Caid: 10 – 0 – 3 WP = 77% 13 matches #1
James Scott: 5 – 0 – 2 WP = 71% 7 matches #9
Thaddeus Hemmingway: 9 – 0 – 4 WP = 69% 13 matches #7
Inferno: 11 – 0 – 6 WP = 65% 17 matches #6
Capital STEEZ: 9 – 0 – 5 WP = 64% 14 matches #2
Jason Beggs: 7 – 0 – 5 WP = 58% 12 matches
Maxxx Cleavage: 5 – 0 – 4 WP = 56% 9 matches #10
Nate Matthews: 8 – 0 – 7 WP = 53% 15 matches #8
Jay Lynwood/Brother Khusu: 4 – 0 – 4 WP = 50% 8 matches
Atlas Rogue: 5 – 1 – 6 WP = 46% 12 matches #4
The Master: 3 – 0 – 4 WP = 43% 7 matches
Jaeger Karpov: 3 – 0 – 4 WP = 43% 7 matches
Ethan Fadely: 2 – 0 – 3 WP = 40% 5 matches
Damien Blade: 6 – 0 – 9 WP = 40% 15 matches
Joey Joey Siwa: 3 – 0 – 6 WP = 33% 9 matches
Brendan Burke Butler III: 3 – 0 – 6 WP = 33% 9 matches
Jack Slash/Isankahlu: 2 – 0 – 5 WP = 29% 7 matches
Fruit Gambino: 2 – 0 – 5 WP = 29% 7 matches
Receiver of Deception: 1 – 1 – 6 WP = 19% 8 matches
Finn Thomas: 1 – 0 – 9 WP = 10% 10 matches
Conor Cassidy: 0 – 0 – 4 WP = 0% 4 matches

"And now, it’s time to reveal the newest member to the greatest faction to ever step foot in FBE. When this guy debuted just after Unbreakable, he shot off like a rocket, gaining victory after victory, his PPV record impressive, and he finished his debut run with a brutal win at BTE II. He showed off his incredible talent and undeniable prowess when he faced off with one of FBE’s best for the TV Title, and he secured the #10 spot in the Power Rankings just earlier. That’s right, please welcome the fourth member of The Celestial Unknown, The Hero, Maxxx Cleavage."
Entering the studio is none other than The Hero himself, wearing a Celestial Unknown armband, his allegiance to the group confirmed. He fist bumps Atlas before sitting sown adjacent to Rogue in a chair at a new desk, the camera panning out to reveal the table had been there all along, and Atlas starts off the interview, Maxxx kicking his feet up.

Atlas: How does it feel being the newest member of the greatest faction in FBE?
Maxxx: It’s a privilege to be in the same faction as some of the greats. I’m among the likes of the World Heavyweight Champion and the winners of the Punish and Crush tournament.
Atlas: What was your brutal I Quit Match like? Surely that shit can get destructive physically and mentally.
Maxxx: I’ve never had a more brutal match, I did what had to be done to win, and to those who don’t like it, you’re just gonna need to deal with it.
Atlas: How was the transition from the Jr Division to the Heavyweight?
Maxxx: It was a kick in the pants to step up my game. Once I was in the Heavyweight Division, I started doing the work of my career, and if I hadn’t transitioned, you would be looking at the Junior Heavyweight Champion.
Atlas: You came extremely close to beating Nate Matthews on Firestorm 52, what was it like facing one of FBE’s pillars?
Maxxx: As much as I’d like to say I respect Nate Matthews, I don’t have as much respect for him as I could. He runs the company AND holds a title. The ref clearly fast counted at the end, and I bet Matthews had something to do with that.
Atlas: You got any opponents or championships in mind that you want to pursue?
Maxxx: I would love to capture the Intercontinental title, but the jackass champion has already denied me a match, probably because he’s scared of what I’d do. The Television Title is also something I’m keeping my eye on, if there’s anyone that can beat Matthews, it’s Maxxx Cleavage.
Atlas: Who has been your favourite opponent you’ve faced in your debut run?
Maxxx: My trilogy with Damien Blade was fantastic, I really couldn’t decide if I like the MMA match or the I Quit match better.
Atlas: The floor is yours, with the eyes of the FBE Roster upon you, what’s on your mind?
Maxxx: I’ve been the talk of the town it seems, Matthews handpicked me to be his opponent for the Television Title, some jabroni tried to call me out, and now I’m part of the greatest faction in wrestling. Ladies and gentlemen, “The Hero” Maxxx Cleavage just became more dangerous than ever.
Atlas: And that concludes our interview here! Thanks to Maxxx for joining me tonight, The Celestial Unknown has only gotten better.
Maxxx thanks Atlas he exits the room, the camera zooming back in as the second desk disappears off camera. Rogue reaches into the desk drawer and pulls out a Corona Extra (not that Corona), before removing the lid with his teeth and taking a sip, holding the bottle in his mouth as he swirled it around, creating a vortex inside, and he drained the bottle in a few seconds, the bottle empty as he chucks it across the room.
Fadely taught me that one.
Atlas winks as he reaches under the desk, a 6 pack of the bottles on the desk now as he chugs them one by one, the camera starting to fade and blur in sync with Atlas’ drunken vision as we reach an ad break.
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2020.10.07 21:59 JBL_0 How an American businessman used private jets to traffic $1B worth of drugs for the Sinaloa Cartel across USA

How an American businessman used private jets to traffic $1B worth of drugs for the Sinaloa Cartel across USA
He trafficked across the country using small airports and exploiting some security blindspots
BETH WARREN LOUISVILLE COURIER JOURNAL 8:46 pm EDT October 3, 2020
Robert Carlson, a California businessman who dreamed of becoming the cocaine king of the skies, used private jets to funnel a billion dollars' worth of cartel drugs through smaller airports across the country — exploiting a security blind spot.
He did it over and over again, profiting off a rarely policed mode of transportation. And when he was finally busted in 2017 in Lexington, it wasn't because of the X-ray scanner or drug-sniffing dog. That level of security at private and secondary airports just isn't there.
Instead, an informant tipped off federal agents and blew up one of the nation's largest airborne domestic smuggling rings — one in which Carlson moved drugs for three years for the Sinaloa Cartel.
A closer look at Carlson's case — provided through federal court transcripts and interviews with prosecutors and agents — exposes gaping holes in security at the majority of the nation's more than 2,500 general aviation airports, where there are no Transportation Security Administration checkpoints.
Kenneth Martinson, a retired Homeland Security Investigations agent who is considered one of the godfathers of plane smuggling cases, said the task of policing private planes "does fall through the cracks."
"The next time you look up and see one, wonder to yourself: 'Where’s it going? Where’d it come from, and what’s on board?'
"There’s a good chance it could be illicit narcotics.”
TSA — created after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks — focuses on securing flights at the nation's 440 major airports that host commercial fleets such as Delta and American Airlines. If TSA agents find drugs during screenings of passengers or luggage, they alert police.
These security measures don't exist at the majority of the secondary airports, which host much of the nation's 200,000 general aviation aircraft — more than half of the world's private planes.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Dmitriy Slavin explained the risks to the Eastern Kentucky judge overseeing Carlson's case.
"Nobody is scanning your luggage," he said. "You get on, you fly over, you get off. You move your drugs. That is a huge problem because it's so easy, and it's very difficult to stop, just because of the nature of these small airports."
In just a four-month period in 2017, Carlson moved $60 million in drug profits out of Atlanta to California, said Thor Whitmore, an Atlanta-based Homeland Security Investigations special agent.
"And that's just out of Atlanta," he said. "The Carlson case was a big eye-opener."
Agents say the majority of drugs spread across the country are hidden on trucks or tucked into packages sent through the mail, so law enforcement officials focus their efforts on policing major highways and screening mail. They also concentrate on drug searches at Mexico border crossings.
It's impossible to quantify the volume of drugs on board private planes that are never searched.
The Drug Enforcement Administration cautioned in its 2019 National Drug Threat Assessment that, with cocaine "more and more, traffickers are utilizing private airplanes and secondary airports" that have less security. The DEA also warned that traffickers use personal planes to fly marijuana produced in states where it's legal to states where it's not.
Hiding drugs on jets isn't new. Agents noticed the trend as far back as the 1970s.
The Carlson private plane drug ring is one of the largest of its kind since the 1980s, when the crime was depicted on the popular TV show "Miami Vice," said Whitmore, a federal agent for 27 years.
After the 1990s, traffickers shifted toward moving drugs on land to avoid police crackdowns on aircraft. But during the past few years, police began to notice an increase in private aircraft drug cases.
Despite a continuation of the deadliest drug epidemic in the nation's history, there still hasn't been a significant push to prevent the spread of drugs using private planes.

Experts cite two main reasons: a lack of security resources and an ask-no-questions culture enjoyed by the jet set.
A debate underway for decades centers on how to increase security to screen for bombs, drugs or other contraband, while maintaining the privacy and convenience expected by elite travelers.
Congress' think tank, the Congressional Research Service, noted in 2009 that discussions about imposing restrictions have been "highly contentious."
"That’s what attracts people to either owning their own aircraft or chartering a private plane, to avoid that scrutiny because it’s a hassle," Whitmore said. "They don’t stand in a long line and get frisked."
Some members of Congress are themselves pilots, and others frequently use private jets.
And pilots and the general aviation community have a strong lobby, including the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, or AOPA, the world’s largest aviation organization, with 330,000 members. It stresses freedom over restrictions.
"The AOPA is the NRA of flying," Martinson said. "They’re a powerful voice, and they are heard."
The 'Loco gringo'Robert Walter Carlson, Jr., 50, is an extreme example of how a criminal can easily find and capitalize on security weaknesses at secondary airports across the nation.
He was driven by greed.
Carlson had an $8 million mansion, drove a red Ferrari and socialized with Hollywood’s A-list. He claimed to have once befriended neighbor and legendary actor Dick Van Dyke.
But his job as a computer networking specialist couldn't sustain his luxury lifestyle.
So he cooked up a scheme in 2014 to cart Northern California marijuana on private planes, according to federal records reviewed by The Courier Journal. He met a Mexican drug smuggler associated with the Sinaloa Cartel, one of Mexico's most powerful cartel empires.
Carlson realized he could make more money and lessen the risk of getting caught by moving cocaine instead of a suitcases full of pot, which is bulky and smelly. So he asked the cartel associate to vouch for him and introduce him to cartel leaders in Mexico.
Carlson arrived at a four-star hotel in Guadalajara in early 2016 and was greeted by a man who appeared to be a police officer on the cartel's payroll. The man said Carlson wouldn't be harmed but had to be blindfolded.
The cartel was looking for new opportunities to move cocaine and other drugs after repeated police stings on U.S. highways like Interstate 10, a major drug corridor that stretches from California to Florida. Cartels like to team with U.S. citizens, especially a "gringo" who could blend in with other wealthy passengers on private jets.
Carlson boasted that he could be the "FedEx of the white skies," promising a network of private pilots who could offer a faster turn-around time to deliver cocaine and fly back to California with drug profits. By land, it often took weeks. Carlson could do it in two days.
Carlson also could lessen the risks of a drug bust. If the cartel sent drugs from Mexico on a private jet, it would have to clear a U.S. customs search. Carlson could avoid that scrutiny by picking up cartel drugs driven across the border to California and then making only domestic flights.

Sinaloa members and Carlson celebrated their billion-dollar partnership over tacos and bottled Coca-Colas in a tiny restaurant in Los Mochis, a coastal city in the cartel-controlled state of Sinaloa.
Back in the U.S., Carlson hurriedly built his network. He partnered with Katharine Matthews, a Hollywood socialite who partied in the same social circles with pop stars like Katy Perry and Justin Bieber, actor Leonardo DiCaprio and rapper Snoop Dogg.
Carlson recruited others wanting quick cash, including several pilots, a model, a chef and an Army combat veteran, records show.
Carlson knew there was a sharp contrast in the scrutiny for those flying private compared with passengers stepping foot on a commercial flight. There's no photo ID required, no ticket confirmation, no pat-downs in security lines. And there's no baggage screening.
On a small private aircraft, passengers typically don't even have to give their names. Even if pilots fill out a manifest, they don't have to ask to see identification to verify passengers are giving their real names.
And, on a private plane, the pilot can refuse to allow law enforcement on board — something Carlson knew and exploited.
To further lessen the risks of getting caught, Carlson offered to pay a dozen pilots extra to fly the drugs across the country. Only one said no. Carlson looked for those who complained of money problems. He stayed away from "law nerds" who followed rules.
Carlson also forked out hush money to ground crews that fueled planes and unloaded luggage.
Along with owning various planes, Carlson used chartered jets, too. Sometimes, he made drug runs unbeknownst to the plane owners and pilots.
Carlson and his team made drug deliveries at noncommercial airports in Atlanta; New York City; Bessemer, Alabama; and Charlotte, North Carolina.
Michael Romagnoli, a group supervisor for Homeland Security Investigations in Northern Kentucky, led the Carlson probe and discovered how the drug ring flourished for so long using secondary airports.
"It's not a security lapse," he said. "There is no security. There's no dogs. No police. No TSA."
Over time, Carlson became reckless, bragging that he ran drugs for a Mexican cartel. He once took a woman he met on a dating app to Mexico for their second date to meet cartel members. Ultimately, someone Carlson confided in tipped off police.
A few weeks before his arrest, Carlson started flying methamphetamine.
His cartel fixer sent two meth shipments destined for Lexington, known internationally for horse farms and thoroughbred racetracks.
Carlson, now in prison, quipped while testifying during his co-defendants' trial in March: "I got paid for the first trip. On the second trip, the only thing I got was this orange jumpsuit."
When Carlson's plane landed on the second trip to a small airstrip in Lexington in April of 2017, state troopers and federal agents were waiting.
Acting on a tip, police watched the passengers move suitcases from the plane to a black BMW and drive off, ignoring a red light. Police stopped the car, and a drug-detecting dog sniffed out 40 pounds of meth.
The dog also sniffed out three suitcases on the plane stuffed with an estimated 80 kilos of cocaine — the second-largest cocaine bust in Kentucky history. Those drugs had been destined for Atlanta and Miami.
Carlson planned to spend the night at a luxury hotel but ended up in a jail cell.
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The investigation led to the conviction of Carlson, Matthews and five others, including a man who helped launder the money and a pilot who had to forfeit his million-dollar jet.
"In this case we arrested the rich, the elite, privileged people that were exploiting this method of travel," Romagnoli said.
Carlson pleaded guilty in 2017 to trafficking 5 or more kilos, though he estimates he moved hundreds. His attorney, Patrick Nash, declined to discuss the case. He is waiting to see if the judge will agree to reduce Carlson's sentence of 16 years and eight months in a federal prison, where parole is not an option.
Carlson spent several days detailing his three years of drug smuggling to prosecutors and police. Many of those secrets remain hidden in sealed court documents.
Using Carlson's information, investigators continue to drill down to identify and prosecute the local distributors who bought drugs from Carlson in Lexington, Atlanta, New York, Miami and other cities. And they're trying to work their way up the chain to the cartel suppliers in Mexico and cartel associates in the U.S.
Gorman, a special agent with Homeland Security Investigations, helped send Carlson to prison and is already looking for his next airborne drug smuggling case.
"On any given day, in our skies, there is probably contraband moving from coast to coast," he said.
"There’s guns, aliens and drugs."
An orange grove of drugsSecuring the nation's 2,500 secondary airports, and intercepting illegal drugs remains a challenge.
Customs agents seized 67 kilograms of illegal drugs on private planes in fiscal year 2019, compared with nearly 57 seized the previous year, according to Customs and Border Protection data.
That's just a small percentage of the volume traffickers move on private planes, agents said.
A senior DEA official, who spoke on background, said the agency focuses more on international flights moving larger amounts, up to multitons of cocaine to North and Central America from the Andean and Southern Cone regions. DEA relies on other federal agencies, like Homeland Security Investigations and the Federal Aviation Administration, to target smaller shipments on flights within the U.S.
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A rogue network of private jet pilots were nabbed in Lexington with Sinaloa Cartel drugs bound for Kentucky, Georgia and Florida. (Courtesy Homeland Security Investigations Kentucky)COURTESY OF HOMELAND SECURITY INVESTIGATIONS
Whitmore said Homeland Security Investigations doesn't have the manpower to police all secondary airports.
"TSA, that would alleviate a lot," he said. "But it would just kick 'em down to smaller airports to avoid it."
Some airports are so small they don't have towers or staff at night. There also are countless airstrips in cornfields, deserts, pastures and backyards that are never registered with any federal agency. Florida agents found two prop jets that landed in tandem in an orange grove northwest of Orlando in 2010 with $800,000 worth of marijuana.
Since TSA doesn't have the resources to screen at the majority of the smaller airports, the agency released guidelines on security measures, but they aren't mandatory. And they were developed in collaboration with the AOPA and several other aviation associations.
Christopher Cooper, AOPA's director of regulatory affairs based in Washington, D.C., said most pilots are honest and willing to help police root out those who aren't.
AOPA partnered with TSA in 2002 to create a secure hotline — 1-866-GASECURE — to encourage airport managers, pilots and ground crew to report possible dangers or crimes.
TSA’s Transportation Security Operation Center staff have received 336 calls to the hotline since 2018, said TSA spokesman R. Carter Langston.
Homeland Security also has eyes monitoring aircraft at the Mexican border and on international and domestic flights through the Security's Air and Marine Operations Center.
Also, the FAA is working to train local, state and federal agents on suspicious behaviors at noncommercial airports, said Steven Tochterman, a veteran FAA special agent who helped on the Carlson case.
"The bad guys are always looking to exploit the loophole," he said.
"And we’re trying to shut it down.”
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2020.10.07 04:25 MechaAdaptor Brandon Davenport: Counselor of Hephaestus, Forgemaster, Vessel of Phlegethon, Boom Bro...

"That Diomedes guy knows his way around a sword. It's a good thing Brandon is a bit of a pyro, or else I'd probably be fertilizer in the woods." - Arthur Morse

General Info:

  • Current age: 19
  • Birthday: 4/6/2016
  • Name: Brandon Davenport
  • Aliases: N/A
Alignment: Chaotic Good
Affiliation: Camp Half-Blood, Cabin #9, Boom Bros, Bunker #9, Cult of Phlegethon
  • Birthplace: Atlanta, Georgia (presumed)
  • Demigod-Related Conundrums:
ADHD- Brandon tends to fidget. His fingers seem to have a mind of their own and if he isn’t focused on a problem. They are often writing, tapping, or fiddling with scraps. His ADHD isn’t nearly as bad as most demigods and he tends to keep it under control

Appearance:

Faceclaim Height Weight Hair color Eye color Body type
Credit to ShiningBright 5’11” 180 Dark Brown Left: Orange Right: Hazel Well-Muscled Triangular

Likes and Dislikes

  • Foods: Brandon’s all-time favorite food is steak. He has taken Deklyn on several dates to steakhouses since the food conjured up by the plates doesn’t taste nearly as good. It should also be noticed he despises the taste and smell of chocolate to the point he may leave the room if it is too strong.
  • Drinks: Energy drinks, tea, soda… If it’s sweet and has caffeine in it, there’s a good chance Brandon likes it. He tends to drink a lot of the stuff when he is stressed or cramming extra hours on a project. Otherwise, chances are he’s just drinking water.
  • Media: Brandon was a nerd growing up. Things like Pokemon, Harry Potter, Cult classic movies, superheroes, and the like used to provide him with tons of entertainment as he bounced around foster homes. While he has less time for these things nowadays, he still will make several references to them as he speaks.

Family:

Member Name Age Relationship
Mother Mary Davenport Deceased Brandon never met his mother. From a demigod dream, he knows she was a mortal inventor who died in a house fire that she accidentally started when Brandon was a baby. Beyond that, he knows nothing about her, how she met Hephaestus, or her life before the gods. He found a few patents attributed to her in the field of robotics but that doesn’t exactly give you a mother to look up to
Father Hephaestus ??? For a while, Brandon’s driving motivation was meeting and impressing his father. He had no family and wanted to be recognized by that which he did. This led him to find one of Hephaestus’s forges underneath Kīlauea. During the Opening Ceremony, he met his father and was praised for his work and skill in the forge. That said, Hephaestus wasn’t exactly the fatherly figure he hoped for. Brandon still greatly respects his father though he was not a fan of his father’s indulgence in his Mycenaean form. This dirty air was cleared during the Olympic Closing Ceremony.
Aunt Veronica Davenport 44 The older step-sister of Mary Davenport and the daughter of Eris. Brandon recently learned that no person has had a bigger effect on his life than Veronica Davenport. He ended up in foster care due to her faking her death. So yeah, Brandon doesn’t like his aunt very much. During the short time that he was with her, he openly made fun of her. That said, he did agree to keep a secret from Cassie.
Cousin Cassandra Davenport 16 Brandon recently learned Cassie is his cousin. Family is important to him and that extends to her. That said, he hasn’t bothered to work through all of the thoughts on her. It’s complicated, to say the least. On the one hand, she had the family Brandon never got to. On the other, her mother is kinda a bitch...

Powers

Passive Power Additional Notes
Building/Forging/Crafting Expertise Over the past two years at camp, Brandon has had a hand in making most of the weapons campers use. Beyond that, he’s created defenses for his cabin and the forge, helped to make a ballista, made countless automatons, and more. That is to say, Brandon is quite good at building, forging, and crafting and has used these skills for the benefit of Camp Half-Blood time and time again
Active Power Additional Notes
“Fireproof” Brandon has an exceptionally high resistance to fire and heat. Whether it be inside an active volcano, the River Phlegethon, or the insane heat of Camp Half-Blood, he can comfortably survive all of these temperatures without issue or discomfort. Fuck the cold though.
“Enchantment Expert” Brandon learned the basics of enchantments from a book he found in his father’s forge. From there, he’s dedicated himself to understanding the intricacies of how they work. The most common enchantment he does for campers is storing weapons and items as mundane objects though he has made more impressive enchantments. Items he enchants generally have a cost associated with the ability, there’s no such thing as a free lunch. Brandon can also examine magical items to know their effects if he has uninterrupted time to study them. He has shown the ability to replicate godly enchantments on a lesser scale with severe drawbacks.
“Machine-Minded” Brandon can activate this power to sense nearby technology, what it is doing, and how it works. If such machines are magical (automatons especially) he can communicate with and possibly control them as extensions of his body. Controlling usually only happens for things he has made or his allies. Enemy automatons recognize him as hostile and ignore his commands though he can often still use their senses as his own. His eyes give a distinct bronze glow when he does this as a tell of this power. Expanding the range and controlling many things at once gives massive splitting headaches.

Friends:

Name Description
Deklyn Hayes Brandon’s girlfriend for the past long while. Brandon is hopelessly in love with the daughter of Iris and she knows it. Of course, that doesn’t stop the constant teasing, pranks, and sarcasm. Brandon is also fiercely protective of her to the point he’s taught her how to fight, made her weapons, made her horse armor, and more. When Deklyn leaves camp, Brandon will be at her side to move on with their lives together.
Lukas Kleiner Brandon’s first friend upon coming to Camp Half-Blood. Lukas gave him the welcoming tour when he arrived and soon after they became partners in crime. Their penchant for explosions blew shut a hole to Asphodel during a zombie invasion of camp and since then, the Boom Bros have been a force to be reckoned with.
Matthew Thompson The other member of Boom Bros who has since moved on to chase the latest monster. Matthew was right there with Lukas and Brandon when they blew shut the hole to Asphodel. He also was the face of the ballista building He was the voice of reason for Boom Bros, though in his absence such a role falls back to Brandon Gods save you all
Arthur Morse One of Brandon’s quest mates on a quest to retrieve Achilles from his hiding spot in the woods before the Mycenaeans found him. Since then, Arthur has been Brandon’s biggest hype man. He talks up Brandon’s intelligence and mechanical ability and is very appreciated. Arthur is also one hell of a person to have to back you between his fear manipulation, brawling, and heart. Brandon believes Arthur needs to stop claiming to be dumb.
Milly Beaufort Brandon’s other questmate and the one most likely to break his ribs by accident. The daughter of Heracles is a force to be reckoned with in combat. Brandon enjoys giving her a hard time and she gives it right back to him. He’s seriously glad they’re on the same team though. You do not want to see her with a club. He wishes her the best in her future endeavors.
Jay Jones One of the oldest campers and hands-down the most qualified. Brandon respects Jay’s combat calls immensely though he thinks the son of Ares would do well with learning when to quit. He’s concerned for Jay’s long-term life even if he isn’t. Brandon’s also rather proud that Jay wears armor that he made. Brandon hasn’t quite processed that the lovable meat shield will not be around for the next fight. He especially hasn’t processed that the role of Camp Tank probably is going to fall to him.
Barry Callahan The younger son of Morpheus is one of the few younger campers that Brandon has taken under his wing with the help of Deklyn. Brandon wants to squash his hero complex before it gets Barry hurt and has taken to teaching him forging in his free time.
Johanna Herrero Brandon’s sister and the person he considers the most like family in all of camp. He knows she looks up to him and he appreciates her more than she knows. Johanna takes over the forge duties he doesn’t like doing (like inventory), is always there to bounce ideas off of, and matches his humor. When she went out to call her family during a worldwide monster attack, Brandon stood guard and provided the phone.
Blake Yang Yang and Brandon had an interesting relationship. As a brand new demigod, Brandon got under her skin and irked her due to his excitement to be at camp and wonder at everything. As he mellowed out and gained experience, the two became reliable friends. When Blake left to go hunt monsters with her boyfriend, she left Brandon a letter telling him to keep his head on straight and occasionally stays in touch.
Winnie Holmes Another person who didn’t like Brandon when they first met. Over time, interaction with him became unavoidable as he took over as the Hephaestus Counselor and Forgemaster. From there, they worked closely and designed defenses for the forge as well as the fast-acting concrete glitter bombs Brandon keeps on his person for restraining people. She has since left and though he’d never admit it, he misses finding her pink glitter around the forge.
Cosette Hahli The daughter of Poseidon was one of Brandon’s oldest friends. Back when he was a new demigod, she taught him the basics of swordplay. After Brandon had spent a little over four months at camp, he left to try to find his father, and Cosette accompanied him. While his father ended up not being present, the two remained close friends. It took Brandon a while to get over the fact she didn’t come back from the Mycenaean Reset.
Saul Kaufmann Saul and Brandon arrived at Camp Half-Blood around the same time. Though, while Brandon was claimed right away, Saul had to wait for his mother to recognize him. During this time, the two became friends. Brandon made Saul’s polearm before he vanished on a quest. When Saul is at camp, the two demigods tend to bounce ideas off of each other. When Saul was struck with amnesia, Brandon did his best to help his friend recover. Brandon thinks the gods need to give the son of Athena a break.
Diana Scarlet Another one of Brandon’s early friends. Diana and Brandon even went on a date at one point though nothing came of it. The two remained good friends though Diana disappearing into her work in the medic cabin is something Brandon warns her against. He understands the appeal of burying yourself in where you feel important. He also understands that you should be present around camp.
Mina Grey The gremlin of the Melinoe Cabin and Brandon’s friend that shares his sense of humor. Brandon and Mina bonded over a particularly problematic brother of Brandon’s hitting on Mina and plotting how to get back at him so he would stop hitting on every vaguely female-shaped object in camp. Since then, if Brandon ever needs a good laugh or a hot take, Mina’s the person to go to.
Mara Lyones Brandon views Mara as reckless, headstrong, and without an ounce of common sense. She’s entirely book smart and tends to neglect personal needs and common sense in pursuing her goals. While Brandon thinks of her as a friend, he has been rather harsh on her lately for not taking care of herself. As of now, she is banned from his forge and hasn’t talked to him since.
Andrew Vethos While the son of Athena was hard to read, Brandon considered him a friend. Of course, that manifested as several blind jokes. Andrew knew his stuff, Brandon was happy to help with ideas, and even offered to fix the Paralos II after Andrew sacrificed it to destroy Nestor. The two likely would have been a bit closer if Andrew was a bit more sociable and didn't run off to hunt monsters in England.
OOC: Brandon has a lot of friends, this is by no means a comprehensive list of all of them. These are just a few that I felt were significant enough to shout out. I could write more, but this is already getting pretty long.

Usually on Hand

Name Description
Greek Xiphos of Fire Brandon’s primary weapon is a Celestial Bronze Xiphos that he made and enchanted to be able to ignite the blade and shoot out a cone of flames from the tip. Maintaining the fire and using the blast raises his internal body temperature. Overuse may lead to heat stroke and other heat-related conundrums. Unfortunately, while Brandon is immune to external heat, the same can’t be said for internal temperature spikes. When it is not in use, it is stored as part of his watch.
Shield of Nestor Looted from the body of Nestor by Matthew Thompson and given to Brandon for his role in defeating the King of Pylos and the Mycenaean defense as a whole. The Shield of Nestor is a near-indestructible golden shield forged by the Mycenaean Form of Hephaestus. It has been enchanted to absorb all blows aimed at it and it can then release the energy back at a later time. If Brandon is using it, he believes the enemy is a genuine threat. When it is not in use, it is also stored in his watch.
Plate Armor Brandon made himself a set of full-plate armor that he stores in a bracelet at all times. He trained tirelessly to get used to the weight and the protection it provides has served him well on countless occasions.
Gauntlets of Strength Brandon’s chosen reward from the Olympics of Camp Half-Blood. In recognition of his aptitude, while slaying the Nemean Lion, he was presented the gauntlets by his father. The Gauntlets when activated make Brandon twice as strong, though it does not last forever and tires him out much faster. When they are not in use, Brandon has them take the form of rings on his pinkies.
Blessing of Phlegethon Brandon briefly served as the host of the River Phlegethon when he and Lukas found themselves in Tartarus. Upon leaving, he was left with a power and a threat. So long as he continues to pay sacrifice to Phlegethon, he will be able to control those waters. Should he not sacrifice, he will burn from the inside out. His orange eye is a reminder of his time as a vessel and the Potamoi’s overwhelming power.
Pouch of Phlegethon In conjunction with the Blessing, Lukas brought a source of the River of Fire above ground. Brandon has enchanted a pouch to contain the waters. The Phlegethon is known for being fire so hot it overwhelms the senses and appears cold. In addition to that, it can be used as a painful form of healing. Brandon controls which effect it has. It should be noted that he can not summon the waters and instead controls the waters of the River of Fire that he stores on his person.
Greek Fire Vials While Brandon does not walk around everywhere with them, he has enchanted bags to hold the vials without the risk of explosion. Should he ever need a boom, he’s got more than enough.
Concrete Glitter Bombs Lethality isn’t always necessary. If he wishes to restrain his opponent, Brandon, and a daughter of Hermes, Winnie Holmes devised a fast-acting goop that expands and hardens into concrete trapping those it hits in place. These are stored as pink marbles.
Assorted Automatons Brandon tinkers non-stop and has over time amassed quite the collection. He has created many animal-shaped automatons for utility. He has also repurposed previously derelict combat automatons from the arena into his elite guard through reforging and heavily enchanting them.
Crossbow Sometimes it doesn’t make sense to get close to the enemy, Brandon is prepared for that with his crossbow. He practiced heavily with Diana to be a good shot with it. He’s also engineered several types of custom crossbow bolts depending on the situation he finds himself in. It is capable of shrinking down to be stored on his toolbelt.
Toolbelt Brandon has a walking armory and tends to be able to come up with band-aid fixes on the fly. Of course, carrying all this around without help would be impossible. The son of Hephaestus has a tool-belt to make his job a little easier even if it may be a bit stereotypical.

Pets

Name Type Description
Misty Pegasus One of the unowned Pegasi that took a shining to Brandon when Deklyn was teaching him how to fly. Misty has no sense of smell and as such is not frightened by the smell of smoke that often accompanies Brandon from forge work.
Sparky Automaton Puppy The automaton Brandon poured the most personality into. Sparky is a perpetual puppy that Brandon and Deklyn have joint custody of. He likes oil, destroying celestial bronze, and begging. Deklyn taught him that last one and it exasperates Brandon to no end. He has no combat capabilities.
Blaze Orange Tabby Cat Deklyn’s birthday gift to Brandon. This kitten is rarely seen during the day as it spends most of its time killing mice in the passageways underneath the Hephaestus cabin. It should be noted that it sleeps on Brandon’s bed and will seek him out for head-scratches.
Deklyn’s “Nightmares” Spider Automatons After Deklyn made fun of how messy his cabin was one cabin inspection, Brandon created a swarm of spider automatons to release in the Iris cabin. They mostly just serve to scare Deklyn and occasionally rearrange her things. She’s taken to painting them and refused when Brandon offered to remove them.

Unused Trophies

Name Description/ Status
Trident of Poseidon’s Strength When the Avatar of Poseidon was defeated, the trident he used was left behind. Brandon, Lukas, and Johanna recovered it and after sufficient study, Brandon concluded only Poseidon or his descendants could use it. The trident could generate water proportional to the user’s strength. With his study complete, Brandon destroyed the enchantments on the trident, though he keeps it hidden in a locked chest beneath his bed.
Book of Enchantments Taken from his father’s forge, Brandon learned the basics of enchantment from it. For a while, the book was as close as he could get to his father. Now though, it sits on his bookshelf gathering dust.
Dragon Blueprints Another item he took from his father’s forge. Brandon was intrigued by the item and grabbed it. Unfortunately, the bronze it would take to build such a thing means he likely will never make it. The blueprints hang above his head in his counselor room regardless.

Personality:

Trait Description
Protective Nowadays, Brandon is one of the oldest campers at Camp Half-Blood and while he hasn’t been involved in as many battles as Jay Jones, he’s done his part ever since arriving. Camp Half-Blood is Brandon’s home and his family’s. You can bet your bottom dollar he’ll protect it with his full firepower.
Prepared Brandon kept the forge going through a celestial bronze shortage and adapted to fight an avatar of Poseidon and some of the greatest heroes of the Trojan War. Plans, backup plans, and adapting on the fly are all things he’s good at.
Sarcastic When things aren’t in danger, the son of Hephaestus is rather sarcastic. He is no stranger to making jokes at his expense as well as others. If you’re not good at picking up on sarcasm, chances are he will offend you when you come into the forge and ask for something stupid.
Realistic Brandon knows what he’s capable of and has a pretty good gauge of what others are. He won’t hesitate to call someone out for idiotic hero fantasies, viewing weapons as toys, wanting magical superpower weapons, or other things that just don’t work. He lives a rather grounded life.
Stubborn Not exactly a positive trait but something true of Brandon. He sets his mind to something, be it an idea, a task, or a goal, and will not let anybody veer him off it. While he’s more than willing to change his methods to get there, he will arrive at the intended destination.
Innovator How things are done around Camp Half-Blood can always be improved. Brandon was part of the group that designed a ballista for camp defenses. He’s constantly trying to figure out new ways to use technology both for his benefit and the defense of the camp. Friends like Lukas Kleiner help him out with this.

Stomping Grounds

Location Description
Hephaestus Cabin If Brandon is here, he’s either tinkering in the common area or the counselor room. If he’s in his counselor room, he’s powering down for the day and watching TV, playing video games, or otherwise occupied. He doesn’t want to be disturbed and the security system will guarantee that. If he’s in the common area, he won’t mind taking a break from whatever project he is working on to catch up, talk shop, help with weapons, or whatever you might need from him.
The Forge Brandon has joked several times that he’s the only camper with a job. From how often he’s in the forge, you might believe that to be the case. Brandon’s created the weapons that most campers use nowadays. He also keeps the armory stocked, takes requests, fixes combat automatons, and the like. There’s a good chance if you visit the forge, Brandon’s working in the back or writing away designs he’s thought up in a notebook. Treat the forge with respect and Brandon won’t have any issue with you. Currently, Brandon is once again rationing celestial bronze in case the Olympians stop shipments without warning, again.
Bunker Nine Brandon keeps Bunker Nine under lock and key to stop average campers from getting into a rather dangerous area. He’s aware of everybody that goes in and out of the Bunker. Right now, the people he allows in are Johanna Herrero, Albireo Albright, Matthew Thompson, Tristan Macmillan, and Lukas Kleiner. The Bunker also is the home of the Fountain of Phlegethon these days, but that like the Bunker itself is a secret.
Stables A less common area to find Brandon. If he’s here he’s either visiting his pegasus Misty, getting ready to fly or hanging out with Deklyn. Brandon doesn’t like the smell of the stables and pegasi don’t like the smell of him. He never stays there for long.
Iris Cabin Brandon is no stranger to hanging out in the colorful mess of the Iris Cabin with Deklyn. He’s also gone over quite a few times when she isn’t there to release spider automatons in her counselor room for the sake of giving her a good scare. He likes the Iris Cabin a lot less when Deklyn invites her pegasus inside.
OOC: This is a reintroduction, but Brandon isn't anywhere particular at the moment. It just is helpful to write all this stuff down. As such, I don’t have a Now Section for you all to interact. If you want to interact at one of the places Brandon usually is, be my guest. Thanks for reading! Also, I realize now this really isn’t mobile friendly, so sorry about that!
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2020.10.05 16:01 SimplyDashing101 Is This It?

1,2,3...
Your winner, in 3 minutes, Desmond Caid...
As Desmond Caid celebrates with the fans, Damien Blade regains consciousness. The last 3 minutes were a blur, he started off strong but one reversal was all it took to for him to fumble and be unable to recover. Maybe Brendan was right, maybe Maxxx was right, maybe everyone who hasn't believed in him over the years was right. As Desmond Caid leaves the ring, Damien Blade gets to his feet and asks for a microphone.
"Listen, tonight just wasn't my night. I was off my game and Desmond capitalized. But it's got me thinking, where does Damien Blade go from here? Should I find a tag partner and chase after whoever wins the Punish And Crush Battle Royal, should I form a faction, should I just call it quits? After all, I've been here since day 1 and what do I have to show for it, a Junior Title Reign and an upset win over PJ. I have decided to...say fuck that, if I'm gonna go out, I'm gonna go out with a bang! I want one final singles title reign before I call it quits, whether it's the TV Title currently held by our commissioner Nate Matthews, the IC Title currently held by one of the single hardest working guys I know, and member of Capital STEEZ's group Cosa Nostra, Thaddeus Hemingway or the FBE World Title held by my opponent here tonight and good friend, Desmond Caid! I know it's gonna be a long road till I'm in contention for a championship opportunity but I'm willing to give whatever it takes. And when I win one of those three championships, if I lose it...my career is over, "Simply Dashing" Damien Blade retires from in ring competition!"

Damien Blade leaves the ring, as the fans in attendance look shocked and the commentators hype up the big announcement that Blade has just dropped.
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2020.10.05 09:28 spacemonkey2161 Quitting advice

I've quit yet again and thought I'd share a few tips that've helped over the years. Hopefully of value to someone else here, but also writing it down as a way to reinforce my own accountability.
Disclaimer: I'm an extreme user with diagnosed bipolar 2, so some of this may sound like overkill.
That said, even if you're less afflicted than I've been, having a nothing-to-lose approach can only strengthen your chances.
Detox phase (2 weeks):
Rebuilding phase (3-6 months):
Sealing the deal phase (>6 months):
A lot of this can be done in rehab. If you're a serious user and haven't succeeded on your own, no shame in going away for 3-6 months. Just be careful of the friends you make in there.
If there's an underlying mental health issue like there is in my case, that needs to come first. Most long-term stoners need to go on an anti-depressent for 12 months after they quit. Sometimes for life.
In my case as a bipolar it's slightly different as they can trigger hypomania, but so far the mood stabiliser I've been taking has been a perfect fit - quitting feels a lot more stable than it used to, even though there's been plenty of stopping and starting the past several weeks.
Random DVD extras:
Why meditation is so helpful:
Also: intense cardiovascular exercise has been shown to improve neurogenesis and neuroplasticity; it helps in the process of habit formations and skill-learning.
Don't let yourself be addicted to how you feel.
Become addicted to making other people feel better.
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2020.10.03 23:51 TheHistoricalSkeptic Summary Number Two: Saturday Afternoon Session

Saturday Afternoon Session:
Darth Oaks is conducting. Opening hymn, then opening prayer
Eyring presents everyone for sustaining. Then another song. By this point we’re about 20 minutes into the conference, and I want to die.
D Todd Christofferson goes first:
So he goes through some international goals for sustainable development. But more urgent than sustainable development (apparently not a big priority for the church anyways) is sustainable societies!
Oh shit, this is going to be bad isn’t it.
Righteousness is great! Righteous societies prosper! Also, Nephites and Lamanites were literal fucking flourishing societies in the Americas. They prayed, so should you! The BoM said they were happy, so we should be like them. Be obedient, look after each other. Sadly, the BoM societies collapsed because they listened to Satan :( They didn’t listen to the one true church.
When people turn from accountability to God, and start to trust the “arm of flesh” they are going to have terrible lives. Then he goes on a rant about people who pursue power and money (ironic).
Don’t be entitled, millennials. He quotes a WaPo editorial about how great the 50’s were because of “family values.” The editorial also talks about how great religion is. Now the speaker starts ranting about how we need religion. Atheists can be good people, but it’s because of the Light of Christ! Then he starts ranting about how secularization destroys “virtue in society.” People outside of the church just look out for themselves.
“A society in which individual consent is the only thing needed for sex, is a society in decay.”
The family and society are decaying because of the sexual revolution and secularization. Look at all the single mothers! That’s because of only needing consent to have sex! Look at babies out of wedlock! Those are bad fruits! The truth of God is a better way (The truth of God being the main teachings of the Mormon church, which he lists out laboriously).
We need to contribute to the sustainability of our societies. The best thing we can do is stay in the Church! Guide your lives by the truth of God (what us old fucks say), and you’ll save society!
Maybe the worst talk of the conference so far.
Steven J. Lund goes second:
The world is fallen. My son got cancer. Also, he makes a weird joke about his son either being the prophet or a bank robber. Right before he died, he went to Church and passed the sacrament! How wonderful! Dedicate your life to us. Push yourself to join the Prophet in helping the work! You’re even better than a kid with cancer, so you better act better!
Then he goes on and on about how deacons are like Jesus. Young men and women can learn to serve the savior! Then you can become missionaries!
I missed a bit of this talk, but I came back in as he’s talking about how young men and women will work to become like the savior via Temple recommends and consuming our printed propaganda. The youth need to know the savior!
“Some are making decisions, even now, that they would not make if they understood their true identities, and His.”
Exmo teen me sitting here: “interesting.”
Youth, you need to help other youth! Keep your covenants. You can only be happy in our cult! You should pray to become a missionary and a fathemother.
Gerrit W. Gong (presenting from home since he’s on quarantine, nice job being safe) goes third:
He sealed faithful RM’s in the Temple. Their community didn’t welcome them because they were Mormon :( Their house caught fire and burned down, then their neighbors loved them! What a miracle! Their prayers were answered!! Hallelujah!!!! Joseph Smith circlejerking. Oh, and he shows pictures of him in the Moroni room. Y’know, the tiny one with several people who didn’t notice the fucking glowing angel. The prophecies God gives his servants are ALWAYS fulfilled!
More Joseph Smith circlejerking. He was just a farmboy! How miraculous! We’re all across the world! Let me list all the places that have Mormons. Fucking shoot me, you don’t have to list them. Look at how big we are!
Everyone in a small town went on missions. Hallelujah!
In January 2021, FSY (magazine), Liahona, and the Friend will be released as magazines.
A young chicken-keeper in South America pays his tithing even though his family is poor. Hallelujah!
Life doesn’t have meaning until you become one of us! One of us… one of us…
God loves us better than you love yourself. We need religion.
His talk is mostly just an anecdotal shotgun. He has sooooo many anecdotes, and all of them are boring. Not as bad as the house burning down though. He does have some “subtle” digs at atheists.
God gives us agency and accountability. Lord promises to break your bonds, by obeying his servants! Easy!
Most boring talk of conference so far.
Group song!
W. Christopher Waddell goes fourth:
He had a Sunday layover so he went to a sacrament meeting. A deacon asked if he got to know the Dear Leader, I mean Nelson, and got to shake his hand. Waddell said yes and the deacon then sat down and said “this is the greatest day of my life!”
The Prophet will protect you! Heed the prophet! Hallelujah! Egypt prepared because they listened to the prophet Joseph!
Follow the prophet talk! Covid has killed lots of people. We need to apply preparation principles with wisdom. There’s a resource on the church website for preparation apparently. Temporal preparedness is good.
This is by far the most boring talk so far. Way worse than Gong’s. I want to rip my ears out and jump off a cliff. Literally just a tutorial on how to do food storage and manage a budget (which will be helped by tithing!). I so so so want to die right now. Please someone end my suffering.
Matthew S. Holland is fifth:
Alma suffered and had pain when he realized he had sins. Also, the speaker actually makes the first good joke of conference. Something about a kidney stone and “small and simple things bringing great pain to pass.”
“When Alma remembered all his sins, especially those that destroyed the faith of others...he yearned for the destruction of his mind and body.”
Fuck you.
The guilt of all your sins must be experienced. But if you come to Christ, he’ll forgive you! That’s right apostates!
“We have no idea how exquisite our sufferings will be if we don’t repent.”
Fuck you.
If you repent, you won’t suffer FOREVER! All gifts come through the savior. Suffering is good for you! It makes you more elect! Obey the church for infinite joy. After the Puritan destruction of the sinner stuff, it gets very boring.
William K. Jackson is sixth:
What a magnificent world we live in. Cultures are bad if they conflict with the church. Don't over fixate on your culture! Great cultural imperialism.
A person in Singapore worried about betraying his culture by joining the church. We fixed him up though!
Culture makes the world bad. The world would be better if we all embraced GOD’S culture! (1950’s religious fanatics). Our culture is grounded in God. Don’t have any of your stupid cultures in our great cult...ure! “We are all us. We are all them.” One of us… One of us… Our culture is obeying God! Our culture is helping each other! Our culture loves agency and learning! (haha, good joke) Our culture loves faith and obedience!
Then he literally fucking lists every single thing in Mormonism with “Our culture is/does” before it. Please end me.
Women are not subservient to men, but are full and equal partners! Our culture is about family! “The perfection of the family is worth any sacrifice.”
He starts crying randomly about how great this noble way of life and culture is.
“Leave everything behind in your own culture that is inconsistent with the culture of Christ.”
The COJCOLDS isn’t Western or American, it’s international! Haha, funny.
That Singapore businessman can still be proud of his history AND join the glorious cult...ure! COJCOLDS is the oldest and most eternal culture!
Fuck you.
9:30-10:00 am tomorrow is a Music and the Spoken word thing. Conference starts after!!!
Last speaker is Uchtdorf, who is seventh:
Let’s see what the silver fox has in store! The Utah War made the Saints bury the temple foundation. Some saints wondered why the work of God was being frustrated! However, because they buried the foundation, they used granite instead of sandstone. Hallelujah! Jesus, I wish the temple foundation stories would stop at April’s session.
Pandemic bad. But God knew about it! (just didn’t tell us). We will move forward from the pandemic. Hallelujah! We’re like seeds. We need to be buried before we sprout. We need to be a people of one heart and one mind! One of us… One of us…
Joseph Smith went through trials, but he endured. God won’t forget you, despite persecution! The righteous will struggle too. The Savior will minister to the doubting. Without modern revelation, we would have nothing!
The Church is going to move to unimaginable heights! We will experience bad things. Annnndddd,
AIRPLANE ANALOGY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! BINGOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The airplanes have adversity. We’re like airplanes.
Strengthen your worship, and you’ll help the airplane fly!
Look at how great we are. We gave you Come Follow Me, and ministering, bitches!!! Our stories attest to how much the Church is thriving despite the pandemic!
Anecdote shotgun!
Please do some “unruly children” stuff, at least that’s an interesting subject. I’m about to fall asleep again. Uchtdorf is soo boring. He’s talking about how great missionaries are when they use the interwebs to preach! How unique it is! Hallelujah!
God gives so many miracles, Rusty is a prophet. Obey us, then you get to see sky daddy.
IT’S FINALLY DONE. FUCK YESSSSS!!! FUCK YEAH. HOLY SHIT, FINALLY. GOD GOD GOD, FINALLY!
Tl;dr: Christofferson is sad that we don’t live in the 50’s (1650’s New England), Gong loves burning houses, Holland number 2 preaches hellfire, and Jackson wants you all to be white, MLM-loving Utahns.

Edit: I may need someone to take the mantle of Women's conference from me. If you're watching that session, please take notes and post them on Reddit!
Edit 2: another amazing Redditor made a summary of the women’s session last night!: https://www.reddit.com/exmormon/comments/j4rno7/summary_of_saturday_afternoon_session/?utm_source=share&utm_medium=ios_app&utm_name=iossmf
Edit 3: Sunday Morning is now up! https://www.reddit.com/exmormon/comments/j536sk/summary_number_three_sunday_morning/
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2020.10.02 13:08 cuteguy1 Shield Cricket Preview- Player Profiles Part 2- Tasmania Batsmen

Hi y'all, I absolutely have too much time on my hands atm and have been dabbling in a bit of writing over the last coupla weeks. I originally was going to rank players, but often rankings are a bit reductive and mean spirited so I've decided to give a bit of an overview of players for the upcoming season, their international prospects if they have any, and their potential output with perhaps a small ranking at the end of the team section.
If I can keep up what I'm doing I'll hopefully work my way through most of the teams before the start date in a couple of weeks.
A bit of a shorter read this time, you can catch my other write ups here:
Part 1- Tasmania Bowlers
Batsmen Internationals: Matthew Wade, Tim Paine
Jordan Silk
Silk has been the player who I’ve been most dreading writing about: he is a now a senior member of the side, he opens in perhaps the worst first innings conditions in the country, he does have a high base skill and technique looks alright, he has the longest neck in the Southern Hemisphere, he plays for North Hobart- all good attributes. You think to yourself going into the game: ahhh yeah Silky at the top of the order thats safe, and then he hits a promising looking 27(75) every second match, a couple of 50’s here and there and you are kind of left wanting a lot more when you see his overall numbers for the season and subsequently scratching your head of what to actually make of him.
Silk consistently does a job - he’s like the Joe Denly of shield cricket, in that he does a great job for your team seeing the new ball off most times out, and that’s arguably very valuable, but its kind of hard not to want more in terms of actual runs from your opening batsman. Its not like he’s knocking it out of the park elsewhere in the country or in second innings’s either and I can’t imagine his confidence is probably where it should be for the point of his career. Looking at his career numbers they are pretty much bang average for a journeyman shield player or slightly below that.
This is a made up stat but his average balls faced if I could access that data for shield cricket (cricinfo’s shield stats are a frustration to use) would be above average and that's valuable, especially when Wade is in the team and can cash in with more protection from his top 3.
To put it mildly, I want the Silk breakthrough to happen, but its more likely we will be more consistently whelmed, shading to underwhelmed by Silk as we have been for most of his career. I wouldn’t be totally surprised to see a post-30 renaissance/finally figuring out cricket that you sometimes do see from seasoned first-class players, but he’s kind of got the opening spot without any real outside pressure to lose it
Alex Doolan
Doolan is similar to Silk, with the caveat that he perhaps can score hundreds more and has a better career behind him, memories of double hundreds against WA a few years ago do tickle the fancy and the start of his career was good- but he will also invariably fail with more consistency than Silk too: it makes for a frustrating pair, but unless you are Alistair Cook, opening up at Bellerive is mostly a low average waiting to happen so you have to acknowledge that.
You take Doolan and Silk in the side everyday but you aren’t super pleased with the results. What is perhaps more alarming is that Doolan led run aggregates last year with a whopping 35 average and 500 odd runs.
Perhaps in a team that had more ballast and collapse proof lower order he is more effective, with the kind of boom and bust player that he actually is. Point is, you can’t really trust either of the openers to get you past 50 and up towards the 100 mark without loss with any kind of regularity and that is a problem, although they both do a good job in seeing the shine off the new ball, without any middle order run support it often feels like a pretty hapless task.
Beau Webster
Beau Webster had one of the more interesting periods in the 3 games back before the pandemic cancelled the season, he did his best Ben Stokes impression- scoring 187 off 187 balls, carting the WA attack to all areas of Bellerive, scoring more than half of Tassie’s run total with almost no support. All-round a pretty incredible game after Cam Green pounded the Tasmanian attack into the ground in the first innings of the game. Then a nice easy 29* off 18 balls in the second innings. Absolutely incredible stuff in that match, he also had two more decent innings of a half century against Queensland and 48 against NSW a relatively nice to finish off the COVID shortened season.
Webster is a development case study, as a younger player he was a was a relatively defensive player and could barely hit it off the square, and he’s morphed into a languid, LONG LEVERS, assured, hitting lower order batsman. He’s coming into his age 27 season meaning this is the point where he will probably be entering his prime and you could see what he is capable of. The relative form may be down to actually getting out of the Tassie/Hurricanes bubble and perhaps being freed up away from that environment with the Renegades has done him some good. Factor in the confidence of a genuinely assured place in that Renegades side, and backing that up with a pretty good BBL, it did transfer into some shield form in the second half of the season. But even with all that said he didn’t quite hit the 40 average for the season and as a lower order player if he can get close to that mark again its super valuable but a tier below the really good level that might just propel him to international status in any format.
Mac Wright
Mac is a very decent young bat, who should get more time in the team this season, he seems to be steadily improving and has an excellent temperament. He’ll fill in this season and might challenge Wakim for the no.3 spot if his form picks up. Potential to be a very good top order bat but it seems like he’s taken to white ball cricket a bit quicker than redball, as he has very good averages in both List A and T20 with decent S/R. I’m pretty high on Wright generally and think that when he gets an extended opportunity to cement a spot in the shield team he’s the most likely of the younger players to take it.
Charlie Wakim
Charlie Wakim is a a journeyman who wasn’t quite good enough to play first XI for NSW when he was younger and has been around the traps for a while now. He brokethrough a little bit last year batting at 3 for the Tigers, nothing too crazy in terms of runs but scored a quality ton and a couple of 50s here and there. He’s good enough to get the first go batting at 3 again this season and has shown more bottle and fight than some of the other younger 'talented' players. I'd view him currently as a good stop gap with some upside, and tbh he might start building on that 33 average as he gets more shield experience- he’s at least pretty adaptable to the level and worth sticking with for the short to mid term.
Caleb Jewell
Probably got a bit unfairly memed on for his pretty shit opening in the BBL, Jewell has been a super long term development project for the Tigers. Now aged 23, its probably the next 2 or 3 years that will make or break whether he’ll be someone who plays 20 ish first class matches and flames out, or 85 first class matches and be solid. His last shield season started ok but then went further south and lost his spot, and he didn’t have his best year in grade cricket. Some of his problem is that he tends to be a bit of a streaky form player and he’s pretty much going not to score over ten for a few matches in a row and then cash in for a few times after that..
There are two questions with Jewell, is it First Class or List A where he can succeed? It seems to me his temperament might be slightly more cut out as a 50 over player and he’s scored a List A ton already, whereas although his technique probably looks like it’d suit red ball cricket the results haven't come through in an admittedly smallish sample.
In either case it will take another 1 or 2 seasons to get him up and running, which is fine, that's what the second XI and cups of coffee in the shield is there for: to develop players. Go down this path the Tassie selectors have to keep the faith with him and keep giving him that experience to cut a place out for himself.
Alternately, they could cut bait and just put their energy into Mac Wright or a rookie like Jack White instead, but it would be hard to do that with such a long term investment.
The other question is what position he should bat? He often bats 3 in grade, but might be a longer term middle order player or even opener -that’s something for other people to figure out really- but his career so far hasn’t quite flashed the brilliance or consistency you’d probably want to be seeing out of your 23 year old who’s been upgraded to full-contract status.
Jake Doran
Doran is the first cab off the rank when Wade and Paine aren’t around, if you take away all the underage hype and the ton against Sri Lanka in a tour match last year, as well as the the way his technique looks, as a backup keeper batsmen Doran is fine. He’s tidy with the gloves, but not exceptional, and has a traditional gutty way of batting for a keeper.
Take all that other stuff into account, and his performances as a specialist bat, its all been far too underwhelming, he struggles. He’s able to knuckle down and face balls, but sometimes the strike rates you see out of him are comical, like literally 5 (87) comical. The one thing that would give me some confidence that he can still break out is that he has been able to survive time at the crease- he doesn’t get out cheaply in terms of balls faced a lot - does that suggest a future shield star or a player who can’t score off better bowling and tight lines?
Doran is still only 23 and does have a great deal of first class experience behind him for someone that young. But if it isn’t happening, I almost think a change of scenery might do him some good. I’ve never really been convinced Tasmania have been able to develop shield batsmen well since Tim Coyle stepped down as coach, and he might be an interesting rescue project for someone else if things don’t workout down South.
That said, Wade and Paine are getting older - so having him in the wings and going through the struggle now, may pay off when they step down in a few seasons, he already has 40 FC matches under his belt, when he’s 25 or 26 all that experience may finally pay off when they need to properly run with a new keeper.
Ben McDermott
Doran and McDermott, both talented players, both with pedigree, both still searching out how to make it at the shield level.
McDerm’s problem is mostly between the ears, not so much with his fight or his will to play the game, he can grit out facing balls as well as Doran- but its probably more so confidence and a cricket IQ thing with him, I don’t think a player at the stage of career he’s at has had so many questionable moments in big situations. However, its not always that bad with Ben, he was able to bat time when Webster was slogging for his run a ball century, and as a batting partner as long as he doesn’t run you out, he tends to be able to eat up deliveries and fight along with you, you can feel the effort he bats with in shield cricket and you cannot question the resolve or motivation he has. His technique is definitely much more suited to T20 with his bottom hand too so its probably a factor to where he's seen success in his cricket already.
The problem with the combination of both Doran and McDermott is you can probably stomach taking one of either of them into every game. If your top order has the runs to suffer the long term teething pains thats fine and the team will do alright, however Tasmania don’t really have that luxury at the moment especially without Wade and the retirement of George Bailey- its paper thin. The Tigers fortunes will largely hinge on whether Doran or McDermott can hit their potential ceilings. If they do, you are looking at a team that will genuinely challenge finals, if they don’t they will be the worst team in the comp. That may seem unfair to put that weight on two younger players, but with the way the team is currently constituted, they need someone else other than Wade and an ok opening combination to step up and start carrying a weight of runs for them to genuinely compete for titles. There’s pressure on them because they are undoubtedly talented and not getting results- maybe that's unfair on them but they have both reached the point where 26 and 29 runs an innings can’t be good enough.
I'll probably do SA or Vic next and get them out next week. Thanks if you read any of these.
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