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2020.10.28 15:59 RaccHudson Let's give credit to [Six Flags America] for leading the fight against COVID like other parks have not

When parks originally announced closures in late spring, Maryland was not only one of the epicenters of the pandemic, but SFA's home county, Prince George's, had the highest positivity rate in the state, approaching 40%.
In late May, Six Flags America contributed use of its overflow parking lot for the establishment of a state-run COVID testing facility. Unlike other testing sites around the state, this required neither a doctor recommendation or an appointment, and all testing was conducted free of charge. Naturally, the site was also well suited to the extreme amount of traffic that needed to flow through, enabling a large amount of people to get tested without ever even leaving their cars.
I received a COVID test here myself after about an hour of waiting. That day, the SFA testing site set a record within the state for tests administered at a single community-based site with over 1,600 tests conducted. Shortly after the first successful day, Maryland Governor Hogan announced that testing would be expanded to two days a week at the site.
Now as we enter November, Six Flags America continues to host the testing site. Although it was suspected the site would shut down when the park opened in early July, testing has not only continued but recently expanded to three days a week, including today. There aren't statistics available to quantify exactly how many tests the SFA site has administered, but it is without a doubt one of the highest-volume testing sites in the state.
As of today, Maryland and Washington DC have among the lowest positivity rates in the country. In providing an accessible venue for the administration of thousands of tests, Six Flags America has played a crucial role in this ongoing fight, one that I'm disappointed not to see more parks taking on themselves. Six Flags America isn't the only park with more parking spots than cars to put in them this year. They shouldn't be the only ones putting them to good use fighting COVID.
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2020.10.28 02:40 brianberger56 U.S. DOJ, FBI Collusion With Corrupt Prosecutors & Sadistic Cops is Criminal And Real Reforms Requires Treating Corrupt, Criminal DAs and Feds Accountable for Their Sadistic Misconduct...In N.C. and Nationally!

https://www.facebook.com/Police-Brutality-Corruption-Injustice-in-US-Criminal-Justice-System-101748924941107
https://youtu.be/a8hwgrz6zMY
https://myfox8.com/news/wilmington-officer-tosses-k9-onto-suspect/
Using a police K-9 to maul an unarmed person inside their car at a checkpoint isn't defensive, isn't a reaction to an observation perceived as potentially threatening, it's just plain sadistic. Wilmington, NC, long-known within the political-not-justice or public protection-oriented culture of the institutionally-corrupt Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) for having a deep, long-standing “culture of corruption,” shared interests highly valued and actively protected by the FBI, US Department of Justice (USDOJ) and US Attorney’s Office. Thus, despite jurisdiction and claims to a mission including an enumerated interest in ensuring and enforcing laws and sacred rights including investigating and prosecuting public corruption, theft, fraud and abuses of public resources and governance by both public and private institutions & officials, protection of Constitutional, Civil and human rights, legal protections & process rights AND judicial system integrity, law enforcement oversight and prosecutions for unmitigated corruption, criminal practices so extreme, abusive and offensive to individual rights AND permitted & rewarded by local and State governments that provided, and only provided, extreme public pressure to act builds to a boiling point, in which case the aforementioned Federal agencies might reluctantly urge local leaders to placate their citizens, through gentle written non-binding agreements and nudging to alter public perceptions, a far cry from the statements and claims of the FBI, DOJ and Federal officials involving investigation, and prosecutions , of criminal misconduct by law enforcement officers as well as related criminal misconduct by prosecutors (including District Attorneys) and judicial officials acting “Under Color of Law,” the latter also rarely, reluctantly, if ever, monitored, investigated or prosecuted according to the statements of the Federal DOJ, FBI or affiliated agencies, no matter how egregious, horrific, routine and extreme the violations of even basic rights (Life, Liberty, Equal Protections under the law, Due Process, rules concerning evidence, procedures).
Even near-sacred American ideals of Justice like the lives of innocent persons and families, communities, completely ignored by sadistic, corrupt, rapists and murderers in uniform, rewarded for their brutality and dishonesty, promoted & protected by brass and peers without exception, epidemic in law enforcement culture from coast-to-coast, along with similarly criminal misconduct and corruption, dishonesty and gang-like silence if not affirmation and participation, mockery and concealment of the crimes and violations of innocent victims inside the Courthouse as on the streets, by Court officers and corrupt DAs including Wilmington’s Ben David, his twin, Jon, for faux changes of venue, and judges including those with known discriminatory behaviors, corrupt “side hustles” or even known involvement in child sexual abuse, the latter occurring in Wilmington with DA David refusing to even bring charges or pursue justice for a six year old girl molested by the husband of a sitting judge and a former Representative in the N.C. General Assembly.
Whether using a Police K-9 as a sadistic weapon against an unarmed, surrendering individual at a checkpoint designed with officer safety in mind, shooting an unarmed, surrendering suspect 27 TIMES or a boy executed through a window for holding a PlayStation controller during a SWAT warrant service to apprehend a privileged college student, then blasting his dog for bentertainment. The murder of a skinny non-violent alcoholic in County Jail with no plausible explanation. Executing a slimeball ex-Sheriff in his boxer shorts through torture-by-Tazing until his heart exploded.
Similarly, placing multiple loaded AR-15s and shotguns to the head of an elected official and the elected representative’s golden retriever, targeting cars with that official’s bumper sticker, and four years of death threats, terrorism, kidnapping, civil and human rights violations, unlawful theft of property, violations of privacy, and the most basic rights and protections enshrined in the Laws, including and largely pursued in order to prevent a duly elected official from carrying out their sworn duties and serve their constituents, deliberate public deception to harm and undermine the hated anti-corruption, principled rather than profiteering loner in local political decision-making, harassment to obstruct, delay and seek any cause whatsoever to detain and delay the necessary movements of an official in carrying out their duties, and engaging in a deliberate campaign involving Mr. David’s active direction and participation in commission of the crimes and his own personal and staff-delegated criminal prosecutorial misconduct and additional criminal defecation on Justice, Liberty and human decency.
These are not isolated incidents rather a sample plate of the hundreds if not thousands of sadistic, criminal acts against primarily non-threatening, mostly law-abiding, non-violent and unarmed persons or a vulnerable, inebriated, unconscious, homeless or mentally ill easy victim for boxing practice or habitual sexual predation of those vulnerable to consequence-free exploitation and brutalization by bullies who get-off on violence and know that in these and EVERY SINGLE incident of criminal misconduct and rape, murder, terrorism, dehumanization, exploitation, and too many incidents by far too many uniformed thugs engaged in felonious habitual abuse by law enforcement officers (LEOs), assisted by their “no whistleblowers” peers and praise of the Sheriff and brass in New Hanover County, NC.
District Attorney Ben David, Wilmington Police Chief Evangelous, who relayed one incident involving the shooting death of an unarmed black man on PCP and rumors of violent protests, the desire of his cops to use live military anti-personnel grenades against civilians. Fortunately, the victim’s mother called for peace and calm and no further casualties or escalation occurred.
Along with the Sheriff, DA David and their pals in the City and County governments, FBI Wilmington Bureau, the US Attorney for the District, or now Gov. Roy Cooper’s NC State Bureau of Investigation, corrupt, incompetent and presumably as with AG Josh Stein close friends with Benjamin David and the corrupt powers long-entrenched (often going back to 1898, and the only violent Coup D’-Etat on American soil in U.S. history when the blood of freed, talented Negroes and “carpetbagging Yankee” Republicans turned the Cape Fear River red and many others were forced to flee forever or be subjected to lynching). Some habits die hard. That habit is still practiced. Probably rarely, but really, and with the mockery of the public and protection of the US DOJ, Civil Rights Division, FBI, SBI and post-ethics media fiction writers.
Presumably, those threats are rare. Accountability for criminal misconduct under DA David and his Assistant DA’s is even rarer. In none of these or any other incidents, not one, did David pursue justice through even his own corrupt, choreographed, no justice Courthouse. That’s right, NOT ONCE, NEVER, in these and too many equally if not more sadistic and cold-blooded, murderous, life-ruining, family-destroying, anti-American and anti-community and inhumane LEO crimes that would appall any Judeo-Christian community or person with a civilized related value system. Sadly, these public attributes are severely lacking in the larger community and completely non-existent in political and law enforcement circles.
President Obama’s Attorney General Eric Holder and his swamp rat legion of the self-serving who continue to infest the Bureau and Federal government agencies or at least the FBI and US DOJ were perfectly fine with ANY and ALL criminal misconduct, even aiding and colluding in many crimes and injustices, including assisting, though not to the extent sought by Mr. David through clearly dishonest and evil attempts to elevate his unlawful and dishonorable perversion of Justice and disdain for the Rule of Law, human and civil rights, the US Constitution and the ideals of American justice and jurisprudence, though Federal officials absolutely aided and colluded in criminal acts including murder, rapes, cover-ups of LEO crimes, torture, false imprisonment, evidence tampering, even the undermining of democracy itself by acts of terrorism & abuse, torture, violent physical attacks, obstruction & attempted intimidation and bribery to prevent an elected official from representing the public thus depriving The People of their representative in THEIR government.
I will never be able to walk into a police station again without bringing witnesses even to report a crime committed against me.
I suspect that rational evidence-based distrust and knowledge of the undeniable, though oft-excused, epidemic institutional and cultural corruption that certainly is more systemic and beyond internal reform, than some rare “bad apple” exception or “Criminal profiling” or “racial profiling,” as the ages (young black children, old white grandmas, etc…etc..), races, genders, cultures, and other “identifiers” demonstrates, though the primary factor for being victimized by criminal cops is unquestionably economic and not racial, we all know black and brown folks are targeted and victimized at greater rates per capita than other demographics, though most unarmed victims of police shootings are Caucasians. Perps are LEOs of all shapes and stripes, and I can tell you in four years the three white and one black Commissioner I served beside mentioned the word “Justice” zero times, but real estate deals hundreds of times, the latter dominated the concerns of those elected officials, business opportunities for themselves and their business associates.
In Cities like, hypothetically, Denver, the African-American Mayor and his mentor, current Senate candidate, former Governor, and Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper sold seats on the “Citizen Oversight Board” purposed to add some oversight to excessive law enforcement brutality and criminal misconduct.
In fifteen years, that Board with its seat-purchasers, along with the complicit role of the ACLU and NAACP in furthering rather than mitigating violence, murders and brutality against innocent civilians and suspected criminals, much like the ACLU of NC and NAACP in NC supported and NEVER opposed these excessive, escalatory violence and murder permitting Standard Operating Procedures, talent acquisition and training, and the various other underlying causes of law enforcement criminality that is far more violent, dangerous and routine than the incarcerated, who are less sadistic and violent than law enforcement –
--most of the incarcerated are non-violent, salvageable but opportunity and father-less black kids suffering the consequences of “KKK Joe” Biden’s proudest and only accomplishment, besides fighting with the Klan to kill Civil Rights legislation, his “Biden Crime Bill” that greatly escalated mass incarceration of black youths, many young fathers, the ridiculous 100X punishment for their crack while Biden’s daughter is a well-known cocaine-fiend in that crime family, and the work of corrupt DAs like Ben David, Kamala Harris and the bastard in Texas who lied for and protected the fat pig who murdered Sandra Bland (though no white folks probably have a clue who Sandra is or what I’m referencing).
Any, well, most any, decent, empathetic person harassed, beaten, tortured, defamed through culturally-encouraged dishonesty and public deceit, in a field with zero-transparency, no integrity and the standard practice of abuse, murder followed by lies and victim smearing after a gang-beating, tazering, stomping, purely malicious brutalization, borne from the injustice and inhumanity of those who are drawn to the underpaid, under-trained, overly-tasked, low-intelligence and lower virtue-oriented outmoded and major reform requiring job tormented and permanently harmed by police brutality and the broken criminal justice system, I have been devoted ever since to sharing my story (and sounding absolutely crazy, certifiable, admittedly…criminal justice reform is pretty much the only thing I’ve ever used Twitter for and primarily all I post about on FB…like a crazy…albeit it not anti-police or a “de-funder” or violent radical) in the hope that nobody else will ever experience what I experienced, having to learn how to talk again, literally, from the severity of the damage and head trauma w/permanent neurological damage from being beat down and tortured despite committing no crime, breaking no law, that any jury would convict any person of – suffering a seizure on the shoulder of a residential street…after years of vicious, expensive taxpayer-funded attacks and torment way beyond mere felonies. I am fairly certain the attacks of Ben David, Ted Davis, Woody White, Wanda Copley, Tom “ABC Store” Wolfe and the corrupt Wilmington government and community of malice & greed and fake Christians.
https://civilrights.justice.gov/#report-a-violation
https://ncdoj.gov/contact-doj/?fbclid=IwAR1Y1QoCRp_saa1wgZAEXpv-o_JZj9hrQa3EHJ9RN1vRK1sqFZ6nSt2mHOg
https://www.facebook.com/NCDOJ/
How long will these abuses and the crimes of those responsible, esp. Ted Davis, Sandra Criner, Wanda Copley, Woody White, Jonathan Barfield, Chris Coudriet, Dennis Ihnat, Andre Mallette, Bruce Shell and the most sadistic, criminal, evil thug in a County run by criminals, Ben David and his friends and criminal accomplices Roy Cooper, Josh Stein and Eric Holder, and their totally dishonest, narcissistic, story inventors with the morals of Joesph Goebbels who comprise the unethical media in Wilmington, with their total lack of empathy, honesty or integrity, and make up stories rather than reporting on say, all the secret lawsuits for County and City law enforcement brutality secretly settled every month and of interest to nobody except me in recent decades or real reform would’ve occurred already in New Hanover County. There would be more fathers in the community and less tears, instead of a cycle with outcomes few are even trying to break in any serious way. Esp. Rev. Barfield, who has long run training and discipline in the Sheriff’s Office and used eager, unethical criminals like Coudriet and Copley and Ihnat to enrich himself and say “F” everyone else in those closed-door meetings before the choreographed, scripted public meetings.
https://www.facebook.com/Justice-For-Tevin-Robinson-156369501383302/
https://www.facebook.com/Justice-For-Brandon-Smith-Shot-27-Times-Unarmed-By-Law-Enforcement-1633457566906576/
If I wasn’t in the Jail, in the “hole” in Central Prison or crazy house learning how to talk again when these sick acts of revenge were carried out in typical criminal gang fashion, I would’ve spoken up at least. I can promise you that. Empty words now that offer no comfort, but these stories and the photos break my heart and I wish I could assuage the grief and longing. I’m trying to advocate for reforms nationally but after losing my family, house, career, reputation, name and future amid the lies and mockery of Wilmington’s Finest, without any other voices or names to support my efforts I’m not exactly employing an effective strategy to reform systemic corruption and injustice.
To that end, if anyone ever reads this far into this manifesto (my most egregious and violent crime, excessively long emails and written documents).
In Wilmington, nationally, under elected officials of all complexions and genders, police brutality and an utterly corrupt, broken criminal justice system have been tolerated, praised, for corruption that has gone on too long, destroyed too many lives and families, and is so common and accepted in Southeastern North Carolina under District Attorney Ben David and former NC Attorney General Roy Cooper, corrupt, sadistic, and criminal - habitually, expensively (for taxpayers), sadly (for the children, parents, wives, husbands, brothers, sisters, communities) for the loved ones left grieving by District Attorney Ben David, Gov. Cooper, this corrupt Attorney General and friend, sadistic partner and criminally engaged co-conspirator The North Carolina Department of Justice and Attorney General Josh Stein work to protect people. (Learn more, file a complaint, or get tips at https://ncdoj.gov )
Please contact the US Dept. of Justice ASAP before corrupt prosecutor Kamala and "KKK Joe" Biden, the two leading advocates and criminal implementers of mass incarceration in black and brown communities, ruining the lives of non-violent kids who are salvageable, destroying families and communities in accomplishing their objective, without regard for life, civil rights or the Rule of Law in the process (and laughing and boasting it to this day!).
Please contact the FBI and national media and demand that Attorney General Josh Stein, Roy Cooper, Burr and other criminal actors killing and destroying lives, deliberately deceiving the public, manipulating evidence, victim smearing at taxpayer expense and using public resources, the power of government, to advance their corrupt goals (baseball stadium, etc...) and rape, beat, torture and murder for their sadistic pleasure, free from ANY accountability, transparency, with zero integrity, zero regard for the Rule of Law, human rights, civil rights, liberty, or Justice, or innocent lives are - in the case of Gov. Cooper, Stein, and others be investigated and public hearings held, by an out-of-state independent prosecutor, and that D.A. Ben David and local officials thus engaged in New Hanover County be placed on unpaid leave pending review of evidence provided to the US Dept. of Justice, FBI, US Attorneys Office and Federal officials years ago when the body count was much lower and many loved decent people were still with us and had not yet been executed in cold-blood by a brutal, criminal sadistic D.A. Ben David, and the incestuous New Hanover Courthouse crew of cronies, even protected pedophiles literally in bed with Ben David, lawyer pols inc. Ted Davis, Woody White and other and judicial abusers (Criner et al...)
The terror, threats and violence from law enforcement, directed by District attorney Ben David, documented for the FBI, which was in collusion and protecting D.A. Ben David along with his pal, then North Carolina AG, now Gov. Roy Cooper, would escalate to more pronounced violence, torture and worse as well as death threats and false imprisonment to keep me, an elected official, from carrying out my duties to represent the voters who put me in office in the first place.
For the past ten years I've been a relentless champion for Justice and police reform and corrections reform and criminal justice reform, while Gov. Cooper, N.C. Attorney General Stein and the NC Dept. of Justice, and their friend and corrupt, criminal prosecutor "Under Color Law" who has as I predicted in 2010 continually increased the extreme brutality and ever-increasing body count and indiscriminate selection of victims, including my friend and domestic violence victim Tressa Angermeier, who DA Ben David personally acted against, a victim of real not concocted domestic violence, beautiful, successful, intelligent, educated, and dead as a direct result of District Attorney Ben David, and Assistant D.A. Lillian Salcines-Bright, who deliberately acted against and significantly harmed an unquestioned victim of severe domestic violence, in order to protect the doctor and local opiate supplier to the political and law enforcement community in Wilmington, NC, eventually driving a petite, undisputed victim of a violent attack, to her death instead of representing the Rule of Law or the victim's rights and rehabilitation.
N.C. Attorney General Cooper, this current A.G. and Cooper Crony Josh Stein, and their friend and protégé Benjamin David didn't care about Tressa, directly violated numerous laws, in violation of their legal obligations or ethical or moral decency, a Federal crime including and not limited to prosecutorial misconduct "Under Color of Law," torture, kidnapping, death threats, violations of Due Process, numerous legal procedures and rights, directing criminal actions through third-parties and then ensuring that serious felonious and terroristic sadism and violence to prevent a duly elected official from carrying out their DUTY to represent the People, the citizens of New Hanover County, who elected me (and others) to represent them, a DUTY I took deadly serious and refused to stray from...
Even when corrupt, violent, Ben David and his political cronies began using law enforcement to threaten my life, my dog's life, with AR-15s and shotguns, safeties off, inches from my face and my golden retriever's head, and numerous equally sadistic and violent as well as extensive abuses of power and taxpayer resources pursued constantly for four years by County Manager Chris Coudriet, County Attorney Wanda Copley, the entire County Public Relations, law enforcement, various Agencies and Departments, to continuously harass, torment, abuse, rob, threaten, assault, defraud, slander and manipulate the full power of a corrupt, large Government apparatus to attack and destroy me personally, and illegally through violence and criminal actions documented and undeniable, prevent me from performing my duties dozens of times every month for years, sometimes violently and sometimes through less violent but equally criminal and destructive actions using sadistic, evil, criminal law enforcement thugs to carry out countless crimes from death threats to property crimes easily initiated since targeting, stalking, harassment, and unlawful detentions - much of these crimes have been documented, recordings and hundreds of witnesses and other admissible and indisputable evidence presented to the NC Dept. of Justice re: D.A. Ben David's and other corrupt officials' law enforcement torture squads. the kids in jail who are salvageable either...if black lives matter, get those kids out of jail and they can be saved. They are not violent or dangerous, yet, but nice kids from hard environments and broken homes stuck the cycle of mass incarceration....
https://youtu.be/tgrlMP7QBP4
https://twitter.com/brianberger56
https://youtu.be/a8hwgrz6zMY
Have you ever been watching a football game, in your own home, on a Sunday night, in your pajamas, heard a knock at the door opened it to find AR-15s, shotguns pointed at your face? You don't forget something like that.
https://www.starnewsonline.com/…/NC/20030…/news/605079251/ “Gary wouldn’t hurt a soul on this earth,” Mr. Scarbro said. “He was the most passive man on earth.” While the neuropathology consultation uses the word “officer,” the autopsy summary refers to “officers.” The autopsy performed Jan. 17 by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill showed Mr. Rummer died of blunt force head trauma. The report also notes a broken vertebra in Mr. Rummer’s neck.
http://jimfishertruecrime.blogspot.com/2012/05/killing-of-peyton-strickland.html
Peyton Strickland. Say his name! 18 years old. College student. Executed inside his home by a New Hanover County Deputy firing video game style into the home killing the young "punk" who was holding a semi-automatic PLAYSTATION CONTROLLER. Then they executed his dog for fun.
That's why I was willing to get pummeled and tasered without moving my hands from straight at my sides because if you so much as flinch or try to shield your face, law enforcement will shoot you dead without remorse, without a pang of conscience or humanity. And they made it clear under the barrel of numerous AR-15s and shotguns that they would gladly kill me and were planning on it, and they meant it. They threatened to shoot my golden retriever too.
I do not support "Defunding. I do support Liberty and Justice and the human rights of all my countrymen...and anyone who experiences anything like what I was subjected too, if they live, with permanent scars and PTSD and an uncompromising mission to try to raise awareness by sharing our stories so nobody else endures the suffering caused everyday, esp. in black and brown communities but white families too, sadists rarely limit their victims...anyone vulnerable who they can abuse is .
When will enough be enough? White folks will never get it.
…Maybe George Floyd would still be alive. …Maybe Sandra Bland would still be alive. …Maybe Tamir Rice would still be alive. …Maybe Eric Garner would still be alive. …Maybe Daniel Shaver would still be alive. …Maybe Lt. Richard Black would still be alive. …Maybe Elijah McClain would still be alive. …Maybe Wendy Newton would still be alive. …Maybe Nicolette Green would still be alive. …Maybe Cory Jones would still be alive. Maybe Tevin Robinson and Brandon Smith would still be alive.https://youtu.be/tgrlMP7QBP4
https://youtu.be/a8hwgrz6zMY
Maybe my friend Tressa Angermeier a domestic violence victim perversely abused by DA Ben David and Ass. DA Lillian Salcines-Bright along with other corrupt officials in New Hanover County…would still be alive. ☹
If you want law-abiding, decent law enforcement and ethical officials...if you value ethical government:
Contact: Assistant Attorney General Civil Rights Division Criminal Section 950 Pennsylvania Avenue, Northwest Washington, DC 20530
Eric S. Dreiband Assistant Attorney NC Department of Justice and Attorney General's Office Civil Rights Division (202) 514-3847 Or click here: https://civilrights.justice.gov/#crt-landing--reporting
Report abuses, civil rights violations, excessive violence, corruption, evidence tampering/withholding, deceit, threats, harassment, intimidation, crimes, targeting, violations of civil and human rights, Constitutional rights and misconduct by abusing their official powers "Under Color of Law" to deprive you or any individual of your rights, legal protections, life, property, and equality under the law
https://www.facebook.com/Police-Brutality-Corruption-Injustice-in-US-Criminal-Justice-System-101748924941107
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2020.10.28 02:32 808pgh [Thank You] I am embarrassingly behind

i am so busy and stressed with school so i am SO sorry, but please know i love and appreciate every single card i've received!!!
u/beagleinthesnow for the space postcard!
u/welshfancy x2 for the halloween card (and dog card) with all the goods! it arrived without any postage due ;)
u/drewmanjedi for the pink floral card!
u/halfwayoutoftown x2 for the cat/yellow card & summer playlist card, I love them :)
u/lucilimon for the halloween postcard! your handwriting is lovely
u/babyraspberry for the pixar card :)
u/lmnoporcupine for the halloween card and stickers :) I love the cat usps ones!!
u/reinakelsey for the halloween postcard!!
u/gigi700gigi for the picasso postcard :)
u/pinkpolo for the new hope pa postcard! I used to have the same one but i definitely sent it to someone on here!
u/lampy5 for the yellow postcard! i love that we love the same things!
u/sosococomomo for the frankenstein postcard!! love your halloween washi :)
u/weird_ivyyy for the thank you card:)
u/mareepharos for the washington, DC postcard!
u/msmomona for the bookshop comic postcard :)
u/talipally for the sweetest thank you note :')
u/internet_creep_SM for the art supplies postcard!
u/stephenfromreno88 for the thank you card! i'm grateful for this sub & my dream house would have a window seat, lots of plants, and a wrap-around porch!
u/funkmon for the orchard postcard :)
u/flurreroo22 thank you so much for the card with all the goodies! i am so grateful.
u/granulatedbos for the newport beach card!! it looks beautiful there
u/felineintuition for the halloween postcard!
u/yeahlikecartos1 for the flower house card!! I love the shape of these!
u/toomanybooks thank you SO much for this card from the Met! Growing up, my mom (u/catzone-A) had one of Mary Cassatt's paintings above her bed, it was of a mother and daughter too.
u/anfield456 for the pusheen card!! i never get tired of these
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2020.10.28 02:13 brianberger56 U.S. DOJ, FBI Collusion With Corrupt Prosecutors & Sadistic Cops is Criminal And Real Reforms Requires Treating Corrupt, Criminal DAs and Feds Accountable for Their Sadistic Misconduct...In N.C. and Nationally!

https://www.facebook.com/Police-Brutality-Corruption-Injustice-in-US-Criminal-Justice-System-101748924941107
https://youtu.be/a8hwgrz6zMY
https://myfox8.com/news/wilmington-officer-tosses-k9-onto-suspect/
Using a police K-9 to maul an unarmed person inside their car at a checkpoint isn't defensive, isn't a reaction to an observation perceived as potentially threatening, it's just plain sadistic. Wilmington, NC, long-known within the political-not-justice or public protection-oriented culture of the institutionally-corrupt Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) for having a deep, long-standing “culture of corruption,” shared interests highly valued and actively protected by the FBI, US Department of Justice (USDOJ) and US Attorney’s Office. Thus, despite jurisdiction and claims to a mission including an enumerated interest in ensuring and enforcing laws and sacred rights including investigating and prosecuting public corruption, theft, fraud and abuses of public resources and governance by both public and private institutions & officials, protection of Constitutional, Civil and human rights, legal protections & process rights AND judicial system integrity, law enforcement oversight and prosecutions for unmitigated corruption, criminal practices so extreme, abusive and offensive to individual rights AND permitted & rewarded by local and State governments that provided, and only provided, extreme public pressure to act builds to a boiling point, in which case the aforementioned Federal agencies might reluctantly urge local leaders to placate their citizens, through gentle written non-binding agreements and nudging to alter public perceptions, a far cry from the statements and claims of the FBI, DOJ and Federal officials involving investigation, and prosecutions , of criminal misconduct by law enforcement officers as well as related criminal misconduct by prosecutors (including District Attorneys) and judicial officials acting “Under Color of Law,” the latter also rarely, reluctantly, if ever, monitored, investigated or prosecuted according to the statements of the Federal DOJ, FBI or affiliated agencies, no matter how egregious, horrific, routine and extreme the violations of even basic rights (Life, Liberty, Equal Protections under the law, Due Process, rules concerning evidence, procedures).
Even near-sacred American ideals of Justice like the lives of innocent persons and families, communities, completely ignored by sadistic, corrupt, rapists and murderers in uniform, rewarded for their brutality and dishonesty, promoted & protected by brass and peers without exception, epidemic in law enforcement culture from coast-to-coast, along with similarly criminal misconduct and corruption, dishonesty and gang-like silence if not affirmation and participation, mockery and concealment of the crimes and violations of innocent victims inside the Courthouse as on the streets, by Court officers and corrupt DAs including Wilmington’s Ben David, his twin, Jon, for faux changes of venue, and judges including those with known discriminatory behaviors, corrupt “side hustles” or even known involvement in child sexual abuse, the latter occurring in Wilmington with DA David refusing to even bring charges or pursue justice for a six year old girl molested by the husband of a sitting judge and a former Representative in the N.C. General Assembly.
Whether using a Police K-9 as a sadistic weapon against an unarmed, surrendering individual at a checkpoint designed with officer safety in mind, shooting an unarmed, surrendering suspect 27 TIMES or a boy executed through a window for holding a PlayStation controller during a SWAT warrant service to apprehend a privileged college student, then blasting his dog for bentertainment. The murder of a skinny non-violent alcoholic in County Jail with no plausible explanation. Executing a slimeball ex-Sheriff in his boxer shorts through torture-by-Tazing until his heart exploded.
Similarly, placing multiple loaded AR-15s and shotguns to the head of an elected official and the elected representative’s golden retriever, targeting cars with that official’s bumper sticker, and four years of death threats, terrorism, kidnapping, civil and human rights violations, unlawful theft of property, violations of privacy, and the most basic rights and protections enshrined in the Laws, including and largely pursued in order to prevent a duly elected official from carrying out their sworn duties and serve their constituents, deliberate public deception to harm and undermine the hated anti-corruption, principled rather than profiteering loner in local political decision-making, harassment to obstruct, delay and seek any cause whatsoever to detain and delay the necessary movements of an official in carrying out their duties, and engaging in a deliberate campaign involving Mr. David’s active direction and participation in commission of the crimes and his own personal and staff-delegated criminal prosecutorial misconduct and additional criminal defecation on Justice, Liberty and human decency.
These are not isolated incidents rather a sample plate of the hundreds if not thousands of sadistic, criminal acts against primarily non-threatening, mostly law-abiding, non-violent and unarmed persons or a vulnerable, inebriated, unconscious, homeless or mentally ill easy victim for boxing practice or habitual sexual predation of those vulnerable to consequence-free exploitation and brutalization by bullies who get-off on violence and know that in these and EVERY SINGLE incident of criminal misconduct and rape, murder, terrorism, dehumanization, exploitation, and too many incidents by far too many uniformed thugs engaged in felonious habitual abuse by law enforcement officers (LEOs), assisted by their “no whistleblowers” peers and praise of the Sheriff and brass in New Hanover County, NC.
District Attorney Ben David, Wilmington Police Chief Evangelous, who relayed one incident involving the shooting death of an unarmed black man on PCP and rumors of violent protests, the desire of his cops to use live military anti-personnel grenades against civilians. Fortunately, the victim’s mother called for peace and calm and no further casualties or escalation occurred.
Along with the Sheriff, DA David and their pals in the City and County governments, FBI Wilmington Bureau, the US Attorney for the District, or now Gov. Roy Cooper’s NC State Bureau of Investigation, corrupt, incompetent and presumably as with AG Josh Stein close friends with Benjamin David and the corrupt powers long-entrenched (often going back to 1898, and the only violent Coup D’-Etat on American soil in U.S. history when the blood of freed, talented Negroes and “carpetbagging Yankee” Republicans turned the Cape Fear River red and many others were forced to flee forever or be subjected to lynching). Some habits die hard. That habit is still practiced. Probably rarely, but really, and with the mockery of the public and protection of the US DOJ, Civil Rights Division, FBI, SBI and post-ethics media fiction writers.
Presumably, those threats are rare. Accountability for criminal misconduct under DA David and his Assistant DA’s is even rarer. In none of these or any other incidents, not one, did David pursue justice through even his own corrupt, choreographed, no justice Courthouse. That’s right, NOT ONCE, NEVER, in these and too many equally if not more sadistic and cold-blooded, murderous, life-ruining, family-destroying, anti-American and anti-community and inhumane LEO crimes that would appall any Judeo-Christian community or person with a civilized related value system. Sadly, these public attributes are severely lacking in the larger community and completely non-existent in political and law enforcement circles.
President Obama’s Attorney General Eric Holder and his swamp rat legion of the self-serving who continue to infest the Bureau and Federal government agencies or at least the FBI and US DOJ were perfectly fine with ANY and ALL criminal misconduct, even aiding and colluding in many crimes and injustices, including assisting, though not to the extent sought by Mr. David through clearly dishonest and evil attempts to elevate his unlawful and dishonorable perversion of Justice and disdain for the Rule of Law, human and civil rights, the US Constitution and the ideals of American justice and jurisprudence, though Federal officials absolutely aided and colluded in criminal acts including murder, rapes, cover-ups of LEO crimes, torture, false imprisonment, evidence tampering, even the undermining of democracy itself by acts of terrorism & abuse, torture, violent physical attacks, obstruction & attempted intimidation and bribery to prevent an elected official from representing the public thus depriving The People of their representative in THEIR government.
I will never be able to walk into a police station again without bringing witnesses even to report a crime committed against me.
I suspect that rational evidence-based distrust and knowledge of the undeniable, though oft-excused, epidemic institutional and cultural corruption that certainly is more systemic and beyond internal reform, than some rare “bad apple” exception or “Criminal profiling” or “racial profiling,” as the ages (young black children, old white grandmas, etc…etc..), races, genders, cultures, and other “identifiers” demonstrates, though the primary factor for being victimized by criminal cops is unquestionably economic and not racial, we all know black and brown folks are targeted and victimized at greater rates per capita than other demographics, though most unarmed victims of police shootings are Caucasians. Perps are LEOs of all shapes and stripes, and I can tell you in four years the three white and one black Commissioner I served beside mentioned the word “Justice” zero times, but real estate deals hundreds of times, the latter dominated the concerns of those elected officials, business opportunities for themselves and their business associates.
In Cities like, hypothetically, Denver, the African-American Mayor and his mentor, current Senate candidate, former Governor, and Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper sold seats on the “Citizen Oversight Board” purposed to add some oversight to excessive law enforcement brutality and criminal misconduct.
In fifteen years, that Board with its seat-purchasers, along with the complicit role of the ACLU and NAACP in furthering rather than mitigating violence, murders and brutality against innocent civilians and suspected criminals, much like the ACLU of NC and NAACP in NC supported and NEVER opposed these excessive, escalatory violence and murder permitting Standard Operating Procedures, talent acquisition and training, and the various other underlying causes of law enforcement criminality that is far more violent, dangerous and routine than the incarcerated, who are less sadistic and violent than law enforcement –
--most of the incarcerated are non-violent, salvageable but opportunity and father-less black kids suffering the consequences of “KKK Joe” Biden’s proudest and only accomplishment, besides fighting with the Klan to kill Civil Rights legislation, his “Biden Crime Bill” that greatly escalated mass incarceration of black youths, many young fathers, the ridiculous 100X punishment for their crack while Biden’s daughter is a well-known cocaine-fiend in that crime family, and the work of corrupt DAs like Ben David, Kamala Harris and the bastard in Texas who lied for and protected the fat pig who murdered Sandra Bland (though no white folks probably have a clue who Sandra is or what I’m referencing).
Any, well, most any, decent, empathetic person harassed, beaten, tortured, defamed through culturally-encouraged dishonesty and public deceit, in a field with zero-transparency, no integrity and the standard practice of abuse, murder followed by lies and victim smearing after a gang-beating, tazering, stomping, purely malicious brutalization, borne from the injustice and inhumanity of those who are drawn to the underpaid, under-trained, overly-tasked, low-intelligence and lower virtue-oriented outmoded and major reform requiring job tormented and permanently harmed by police brutality and the broken criminal justice system, I have been devoted ever since to sharing my story (and sounding absolutely crazy, certifiable, admittedly…criminal justice reform is pretty much the only thing I’ve ever used Twitter for and primarily all I post about on FB…like a crazy…albeit it not anti-police or a “de-funder” or violent radical) in the hope that nobody else will ever experience what I experienced, having to learn how to talk again, literally, from the severity of the damage and head trauma w/permanent neurological damage from being beat down and tortured despite committing no crime, breaking no law, that any jury would convict any person of – suffering a seizure on the shoulder of a residential street…after years of vicious, expensive taxpayer-funded attacks and torment way beyond mere felonies. I am fairly certain the attacks of Ben David, Ted Davis, Woody White, Wanda Copley, Tom “ABC Store” Wolfe and the corrupt Wilmington government and community of malice & greed and fake Christians.
https://civilrights.justice.gov/#report-a-violation
https://ncdoj.gov/contact-doj/?fbclid=IwAR1Y1QoCRp_saa1wgZAEXpv-o_JZj9hrQa3EHJ9RN1vRK1sqFZ6nSt2mHOg
https://www.facebook.com/NCDOJ/
How long will these abuses and the crimes of those responsible, esp. Ted Davis, Sandra Criner, Wanda Copley, Woody White, Jonathan Barfield, Chris Coudriet, Dennis Ihnat, Andre Mallette, Bruce Shell and the most sadistic, criminal, evil thug in a County run by criminals, Ben David and his friends and criminal accomplices Roy Cooper, Josh Stein and Eric Holder, and their totally dishonest, narcissistic, story inventors with the morals of Joesph Goebbels who comprise the unethical media in Wilmington, with their total lack of empathy, honesty or integrity, and make up stories rather than reporting on say, all the secret lawsuits for County and City law enforcement brutality secretly settled every month and of interest to nobody except me in recent decades or real reform would’ve occurred already in New Hanover County. There would be more fathers in the community and less tears, instead of a cycle with outcomes few are even trying to break in any serious way. Esp. Rev. Barfield, who has long run training and discipline in the Sheriff’s Office and used eager, unethical criminals like Coudriet and Copley and Ihnat to enrich himself and say “F” everyone else in those closed-door meetings before the choreographed, scripted public meetings.
https://www.facebook.com/Justice-For-Tevin-Robinson-156369501383302/
https://www.facebook.com/Justice-For-Brandon-Smith-Shot-27-Times-Unarmed-By-Law-Enforcement-1633457566906576/
If I wasn’t in the Jail, in the “hole” in Central Prison or crazy house learning how to talk again when these sick acts of revenge were carried out in typical criminal gang fashion, I would’ve spoken up at least. I can promise you that. Empty words now that offer no comfort, but these stories and the photos break my heart and I wish I could assuage the grief and longing. I’m trying to advocate for reforms nationally but after losing my family, house, career, reputation, name and future amid the lies and mockery of Wilmington’s Finest, without any other voices or names to support my efforts I’m not exactly employing an effective strategy to reform systemic corruption and injustice.
To that end, if anyone ever reads this far into this manifesto (my most egregious and violent crime, excessively long emails and written documents).
In Wilmington, nationally, under elected officials of all complexions and genders, police brutality and an utterly corrupt, broken criminal justice system have been tolerated, praised, for corruption that has gone on too long, destroyed too many lives and families, and is so common and accepted in Southeastern North Carolina under District Attorney Ben David and former NC Attorney General Roy Cooper, corrupt, sadistic, and criminal - habitually, expensively (for taxpayers), sadly (for the children, parents, wives, husbands, brothers, sisters, communities) for the loved ones left grieving by District Attorney Ben David, Gov. Cooper, this corrupt Attorney General and friend, sadistic partner and criminally engaged co-conspirator The North Carolina Department of Justice and Attorney General Josh Stein work to protect people. (Learn more, file a complaint, or get tips at https://ncdoj.gov )
Please contact the US Dept. of Justice ASAP before corrupt prosecutor Kamala and "KKK Joe" Biden, the two leading advocates and criminal implementers of mass incarceration in black and brown communities, ruining the lives of non-violent kids who are salvageable, destroying families and communities in accomplishing their objective, without regard for life, civil rights or the Rule of Law in the process (and laughing and boasting it to this day!).
Please contact the FBI and national media and demand that Attorney General Josh Stein, Roy Cooper, Burr and other criminal actors killing and destroying lives, deliberately deceiving the public, manipulating evidence, victim smearing at taxpayer expense and using public resources, the power of government, to advance their corrupt goals (baseball stadium, etc...) and rape, beat, torture and murder for their sadistic pleasure, free from ANY accountability, transparency, with zero integrity, zero regard for the Rule of Law, human rights, civil rights, liberty, or Justice, or innocent lives are - in the case of Gov. Cooper, Stein, and others be investigated and public hearings held, by an out-of-state independent prosecutor, and that D.A. Ben David and local officials thus engaged in New Hanover County be placed on unpaid leave pending review of evidence provided to the US Dept. of Justice, FBI, US Attorneys Office and Federal officials years ago when the body count was much lower and many loved decent people were still with us and had not yet been executed in cold-blood by a brutal, criminal sadistic D.A. Ben David, and the incestuous New Hanover Courthouse crew of cronies, even protected pedophiles literally in bed with Ben David, lawyer pols inc. Ted Davis, Woody White and other and judicial abusers (Criner et al...)
The terror, threats and violence from law enforcement, directed by District attorney Ben David, documented for the FBI, which was in collusion and protecting D.A. Ben David along with his pal, then North Carolina AG, now Gov. Roy Cooper, would escalate to more pronounced violence, torture and worse as well as death threats and false imprisonment to keep me, an elected official, from carrying out my duties to represent the voters who put me in office in the first place.
For the past ten years I've been a relentless champion for Justice and police reform and corrections reform and criminal justice reform, while Gov. Cooper, N.C. Attorney General Stein and the NC Dept. of Justice, and their friend and corrupt, criminal prosecutor "Under Color Law" who has as I predicted in 2010 continually increased the extreme brutality and ever-increasing body count and indiscriminate selection of victims, including my friend and domestic violence victim Tressa Angermeier, who DA Ben David personally acted against, a victim of real not concocted domestic violence, beautiful, successful, intelligent, educated, and dead as a direct result of District Attorney Ben David, and Assistant D.A. Lillian Salcines-Bright, who deliberately acted against and significantly harmed an unquestioned victim of severe domestic violence, in order to protect the doctor and local opiate supplier to the political and law enforcement community in Wilmington, NC, eventually driving a petite, undisputed victim of a violent attack, to her death instead of representing the Rule of Law or the victim's rights and rehabilitation.
N.C. Attorney General Cooper, this current A.G. and Cooper Crony Josh Stein, and their friend and protégé Benjamin David didn't care about Tressa, directly violated numerous laws, in violation of their legal obligations or ethical or moral decency, a Federal crime including and not limited to prosecutorial misconduct "Under Color of Law," torture, kidnapping, death threats, violations of Due Process, numerous legal procedures and rights, directing criminal actions through third-parties and then ensuring that serious felonious and terroristic sadism and violence to prevent a duly elected official from carrying out their DUTY to represent the People, the citizens of New Hanover County, who elected me (and others) to represent them, a DUTY I took deadly serious and refused to stray from...
Even when corrupt, violent, Ben David and his political cronies began using law enforcement to threaten my life, my dog's life, with AR-15s and shotguns, safeties off, inches from my face and my golden retriever's head, and numerous equally sadistic and violent as well as extensive abuses of power and taxpayer resources pursued constantly for four years by County Manager Chris Coudriet, County Attorney Wanda Copley, the entire County Public Relations, law enforcement, various Agencies and Departments, to continuously harass, torment, abuse, rob, threaten, assault, defraud, slander and manipulate the full power of a corrupt, large Government apparatus to attack and destroy me personally, and illegally through violence and criminal actions documented and undeniable, prevent me from performing my duties dozens of times every month for years, sometimes violently and sometimes through less violent but equally criminal and destructive actions using sadistic, evil, criminal law enforcement thugs to carry out countless crimes from death threats to property crimes easily initiated since targeting, stalking, harassment, and unlawful detentions - much of these crimes have been documented, recordings and hundreds of witnesses and other admissible and indisputable evidence presented to the NC Dept. of Justice re: D.A. Ben David's and other corrupt officials' law enforcement torture squads. the kids in jail who are salvageable either...if black lives matter, get those kids out of jail and they can be saved. They are not violent or dangerous, yet, but nice kids from hard environments and broken homes stuck the cycle of mass incarceration....
https://youtu.be/tgrlMP7QBP4
https://twitter.com/brianberger56
https://youtu.be/a8hwgrz6zMY
Have you ever been watching a football game, in your own home, on a Sunday night, in your pajamas, heard a knock at the door opened it to find AR-15s, shotguns pointed at your face? You don't forget something like that.
https://www.starnewsonline.com/…/NC/20030…/news/605079251/ “Gary wouldn’t hurt a soul on this earth,” Mr. Scarbro said. “He was the most passive man on earth.” While the neuropathology consultation uses the word “officer,” the autopsy summary refers to “officers.” The autopsy performed Jan. 17 by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill showed Mr. Rummer died of blunt force head trauma. The report also notes a broken vertebra in Mr. Rummer’s neck.
http://jimfishertruecrime.blogspot.com/2012/05/killing-of-peyton-strickland.html
Peyton Strickland. Say his name! 18 years old. College student. Executed inside his home by a New Hanover County Deputy firing video game style into the home killing the young "punk" who was holding a semi-automatic PLAYSTATION CONTROLLER. Then they executed his dog for fun.
That's why I was willing to get pummeled and tasered without moving my hands from straight at my sides because if you so much as flinch or try to shield your face, law enforcement will shoot you dead without remorse, without a pang of conscience or humanity. And they made it clear under the barrel of numerous AR-15s and shotguns that they would gladly kill me and were planning on it, and they meant it. They threatened to shoot my golden retriever too.
I do not support "Defunding. I do support Liberty and Justice and the human rights of all my countrymen...and anyone who experiences anything like what I was subjected too, if they live, with permanent scars and PTSD and an uncompromising mission to try to raise awareness by sharing our stories so nobody else endures the suffering caused everyday, esp. in black and brown communities but white families too, sadists rarely limit their victims...anyone vulnerable who they can abuse is .
When will enough be enough? White folks will never get it.
…Maybe George Floyd would still be alive. …Maybe Sandra Bland would still be alive. …Maybe Tamir Rice would still be alive. …Maybe Eric Garner would still be alive. …Maybe Daniel Shaver would still be alive. …Maybe Lt. Richard Black would still be alive. …Maybe Elijah McClain would still be alive. …Maybe Wendy Newton would still be alive. …Maybe Nicolette Green would still be alive. …Maybe Cory Jones would still be alive. Maybe Tevin Robinson and Brandon Smith would still be alive.https://youtu.be/tgrlMP7QBP4
https://youtu.be/a8hwgrz6zMY
Maybe my friend Tressa Angermeier a domestic violence victim perversely abused by DA Ben David and Ass. DA Lillian Salcines-Bright along with other corrupt officials in New Hanover County…would still be alive. ☹
If you want law-abiding, decent law enforcement and ethical officials...if you value ethical government:
Contact: Assistant Attorney General Civil Rights Division Criminal Section 950 Pennsylvania Avenue, Northwest Washington, DC 20530
Eric S. Dreiband Assistant Attorney NC Department of Justice and Attorney General's Office Civil Rights Division (202) 514-3847 Or click here: https://civilrights.justice.gov/#crt-landing--reporting
Report abuses, civil rights violations, excessive violence, corruption, evidence tampering/withholding, deceit, threats, harassment, intimidation, crimes, targeting, violations of civil and human rights, Constitutional rights and misconduct by abusing their official powers "Under Color of Law" to deprive you or any individual of your rights, legal protections, life, property, and equality under the law
https://www.facebook.com/Police-Brutality-Corruption-Injustice-in-US-Criminal-Justice-System-101748924941107
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2020.10.27 21:40 ar_david_hh Oct/27/2020 news wrap-up: \\ War in Artsakh (Karabakh) \\ battlefield map & analysis; press briefing \\ Pashinyan addresses nation \\ more evidence of jihadists hired by Azerbaijan; confirmed deaths \\ Azeri soldier reveals preparation details \\ international response \\ demonstrations & donations

high-profile Syrian jihadist is confirmed dead

A high-profile militant from Hamza Division, hired by Azerbaijan to fight in Artsakh, was killed by an Armenian artillery strike.
The Hamza Division (Firqat al-Hamza) has announced the death of commander Adel al-Shakhir. He was a long-time fighter who recently went to Artsakh.
Syrian SOHR humanitarian organization has confirmed the death of 19 more militants, including the aforementioned commander, who was in charge of leading groups in Artsakh. SOHR alone has identified 188 dead militants.
https://news.am/arm/news/610126.html
https://twitter.com/SeyfEbuBekistatus/1320757587726520323
https://twitter.com/NotWoofers/status/1320779377764872199
https://t.me/infoteka24/10049 , https://infoteka24.ru/2020/10/27/73488/

jihadist is captured by Syria / exposes details about Karabakh deployment

Syrian Al Hadas outlet reports that the Syrian army has captured militant Amin Imad es-Sayed from pro-Turkish Sultan Murad cell. He was serving in city Afrin for 350 Liras per month ($50). He gave details about his commander Abdel Rahim Rahman Turkmani.
He said the militants for Artsakh are collected from various groups. Thousands have been recruited for $2,000 salary with 3-month contracts. He revealed many militants have already died.
He also gave details about how they smuggle stolen oil through Turkey.
https://t.me/RVvoenko385
https://factor.am/300876.html
https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1032949.html

died for $2,000 (minus commanders' share)

Syrian sources have confirmed the death of another prominent Syrian militant recruited by Azerbaijan.
The body of Abu Maria (Maisar Ali Musa Abdullah al-Juburi) from Deir ez-Zor has reached Syria today via the Jarablusa entrance with Turkey. He is originally from Iraq and was a former member of Jabhat al-Nusra.
https://t.me/infoteka24/10090

collection of reports about the jihadists recruited by Azerbaijan & Turkey

The Conflict Intelligence Team has an article that provides details about the militants. It contains [older] links to several international articles and interviews with militants and their families. The article also dismisses fake news circulated by the Azeri government about Armenia allegedly hiring Kurds/Assyrians from abroad.
https://citeam.org/syrian-mercenaries-in-karabakh.html

"SNA mercenaries in Azerbaijan: the Visual Evidence"

Another collection of info about jihadists recruited by Azerbaijan.
https://akmckeever.com/2020/10/26/sna-mercenaries-in-azerbaijan-the-visual-evidence/

more evidence of jihadists in Azerbaijan

Photos taken next to an Azeri wall poster: https://twitter.com/razminfo/status/1321117221016522752
Uniforms: https://twitter.com/IdlibEn/status/1311307520363896833
The Azeri military school toom where jihadists took the photos: https://twitter.com/razminfo/status/1321117225907036160

October 27 events / battlefield & footage / international response & diplomacy / demonstrations & donations

It turns out Formula-1 pilot Max Verstappen did not write the widely circulated message in support of Artsakh. It was likely a troll who used his name.
https://www.reddit.com/armenia/comments/jimbx9/oct262020_news_wrapup_war_in_artsakh_karabakh/ga8skk6/?context=3
23:55 army released footage showing volunteers from Tavush Province undergoing training before deployment.
https://youtu.be/px68oF4KhOw?t=8
00:09: on the topic of non-official high-ranking deaths in the Azeri army. There are allegedly 13 Lieutenant Colonels and 2 Colonels on the list of deceased. Names and photos in the link. One of them was confirmed officially; he was a National Hero of Azerbaijan.
https://twitter.com/Zinvostatus/1320802708438265857?s=20
00:12: Olympics silver-medalist wrestler Mihran Harutyunyan will join Russian-Armenian MMA fighter Edward Vardanyan and travel to Artsakh for humanitarian work.
https://sport.news.am/arm/news/116044/
00:32: there was a giant cross in an intersection in one of the southern fronts. Azeri soldiers vandalized it after capturing the area.
https://t.me/voenkorKotenok/23201
https://t.me/infoteka24/10047
00:48 Washington Examiner: "Erdogan triples down on imperial fanaticism."
Erdogan offered three repudiations of the democratic international order. First, he attacked France over its commitment to defend its democratic values and way of life.
Second, Erdogan pledged to keep fueling the bloody war between Azerbaijan and Armenia.
Third, he promised new assaults on Greek sovereignty.
https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/erdogan-triples-down-on-imperial-fanaticism
https://news.am/arm/news/609936.html
7:20: the Armenian Youth Federation has installed tents and will hold a hunger strike in the United States. The demonstrators want the official recognition of Artsakh and sanctions against Turkey and Azerbaijan.
https://youtu.be/fIZoZ61SwQ8?t=70
https://twitter.com/ayfwest/status/1320928295102283776
8:41 Artsakh govt: the night was relatively calm. The tension remains in the center-east.
https://news.am/arm/news/609991.html
9:21: army reminded family members not to secretly send smartphones to their relatives in front lines because the cell connection can be intercepted by the enemy, which would then give away the location of the soldier(s).
https://t.me/infocomm/24531
9:27: Artsakh president Arayik Harutyunyan has replaced the Minister of Defense Jalal Harutyunyan with Mikael Arzumanyan; the latter is promoted to Lieutenant General.
"Jalal received a wound while in front lines. I wish him a speedy recovery. There is no threat to his life. He will return soon."
Fake news was circulated on the internet allegedly showing the "drone strike against a vehicle convoy that killed Jalal Harutyunyan". The latter was wounded while in an outpost.
https://t.me/infocomm/24532
https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1032859.html
https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1032961.html
9:56 Jerusalem Post: "How Turkey manufactured a 'crisis' with France over 'cartoons". [Artsakh war is mentioned]
https://www.jpost.com/middle-east/how-turkey-manufactured-a-crisis-with-france-over-cartoons-647069
10:52: Armenians held demonstrations in front of Walgreens, Comcast, and Verizon offices in Washington D.C., and urged them to cancel ties with BGRGroup lobbyist organization which helps to cover up the Azeri aggression.
https://twitter.com/ANCA_DC/status/1320890039572799488
https://news.am/arm/news/610009.html
11:24 Armenian MoD: between 10:00-10:15, Azerbaijan violated the ceasefire and used a drone against a position within the Republic of Armenia's southern border. Armenian MoD will have to respond by returning fire.
12:40 Armenian MoD: The shootout continued. Armenia returned fire. Some soldiers were wounded. Azeris used a drone.
13:01 Armenian MoD: we took preventative measures. Azeris sustained significant losses.
14:02: army released footage showing the aftermath of the earlier Azeri attack on the Armenian border; smoke is seen in multiple locations.
https://youtu.be/0SD41uhZCI0?t=4
15:16 Armenian MoD: we're monitoring the situation in the south. We know every Azeri movement. No one died and no equipment was destroyed on the Armenian side during the 10 am incident. We know the location of Azeri firing points. If this happens again, we will strike all of them.
https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1032905.html
https://m.facebook.com/shushanstepanyan/videos/3364564203579716/
https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1032893.html.
https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1032869.html
https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1032873.html
https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1032881.html
https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1032883.html
11:33: army released footage showing the destruction of Azeri equipment.
Video: https://m.facebook.com/armenpress/videos/632566870955341/
https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1032871.html
11:46: a video from south-west front interviewing the soldiers who shot two drones and several armored vehicles. "They left some of the vehicles running and fled."
https://youtu.be/2pfCpYauP7A
https://news.am/arm/news/610023.html
12:09: the church has collected another round of $380k in donations from its global branches for Artsakh.
https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1032877.html
12:44: photo of one of the Azeri drones that were shot down last night after intruding in the Republic of Armenia territory:
https://t.me/infoteka24/10059
12:50: Azeri soldiers invited the EuroNews journalists to the northern village Mataghis captured by them in the first week, to brag about their deeds.
It turns out Armenians are positioned on the hills next to Mataghis. An Armenian missile barely missed the car that was transporting the reporters, whose car had a military camouflage. The footage shows how the missile flew inches away.
Video: https://t.me/anna_news/9117
https://t.me/sashakots/17714?single
12:54: The city council of French city Bouches-du-Rhone approved a resolution in support of Artsakh, condemned the aggression against citizens' rights, and urged the French govt to act. The city donated 50k Euros to Artsakh.
http://www.nkr.am/hy/news/2020-10-27/Artsakh-Bouches-du-Rhone
13:21: prosecutor's office gave a briefing about POWs. There are 17 Armenian POWs in Azerbaijan. The ECHR was contacted to demand fair treatment.
Two Azeri POWs were questioned by Armenian prosecutors. They receive medical and other necessary care.
Another man that was earlier presented as an Armenian-speaking Azeri infiltrator turned out to be an Armenian man, who was at the wrong time at the wrong place.
https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1032887.html
https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1032897.html
https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1032901.html
13:39: army has identified and published the names of 35 soldiers who died fighting. Total 1,005.
Some activists were able to independently learn of names of 1,200 Azeri dead soldiers. The total number is >6,000.
https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1032890.html
https://twitter.com/517design/status/1321031909242249217
13:45: Ilham Aliyev gave an interview to RIA Novosti. He accused the Minks Group of "monopolizing" the role of mediators and "freezing the conflict instead of solving it".
https://factor.am/300646.html
13:46: the father of the legendary artilleryman Albert Hovhannisyan has donated his Mitsubishi to the army.
Journalist Tatul Hakobyan has done the same with his jeep.
https://factor.am/300719.html
https://factor.am/301070.html
13:48 spokesman Artsrun Hovhannisyan: It is interesting how history repeats itself 27 years later. In 1993, Azerbaijan violated all ceasefire agreements (read Kazimirov's book). The results are known.
https://www.facebook.com/arcrun/posts/3469977353037848
14:18 Spanish Senator Charles Garcia to govt: Does the government of Spain have information on the volumes of arms sold by Spain to Turkey and Azerbaijan during the last 5 years?
Will the Spanish government take diplomatic steps against Turkey and Azerbaijan for the aggression unleashed against the Artsakh Republic?
What steps are being taken for the recognition of the Artsakh Republic?
https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1032898.html
14:39: Ombudsman published a map showing the location where 39 civilians were killed and 122 wounded from an indiscriminate bombing by Azerbaijan.
https://factor.am/300778.html
14:57: the government of the Netherlands has prepared a report which states their awareness that Turkey has recruited militants to help Azerbaijan in the Artsakh war.
The govt will raise the topic in a NATO meeting and ask member Turkey to be productive and help establish a ceasefire.
https://www.rijksoverheid.nl/documenten/vergaderstukken/2020/10/26/verslag-van-de-europese-raad-van-15-en-16-oktober-2020
https://t.me/infoteka24/10079
15:05: Iranian army general Abdolrahim Mousavi instructed to install more air defense systems near the north-western borders and to "punish Takfir terrorists near Iranian borders" if necessary to secure the Iranian population.
https://armenpress.am/eng/news/1032903.html
15:12: Iran has sent a special envoy to Moscow to discuss the conflict.
https://factor.am/300813.html.
15:17: Yezidi-Armenians held a demonstration in front of the U.S. embassy in Yerevan.
https://t.me/infocomm/24592
15:20: there haven't been any new cases of spies being busted. A few weeks ago the NSS busted a former army officer who was allegedly collecting info about equipment location and other data.
A second suspect is a group of foreign citizens who were gathering info on troop movement and positions. All suspects are currently under arrest.
https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1032908.html
15:29: the army has awarded medals to several soldiers.
Two Lt. Colonels received Combat Cross for precision artillery strikes that caused heavy casualties. Several others received Combat Service for similar work.
A Private and a Sergeant, for shooting 2 drones and a tank.
A Private for blowing up Ural transport vehicle with soldiers inside.
A military doctor Artsakh Barseghyan, for evacuating a total of 16 wounded soldiers while under fire.
Mekhak Safaryan, for organizing the evacuation of a total of 50 soldiers under difficult circumstances.
And others, for various acts of courage... https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1032912.html
15:37: the Investigative Committee will send a group of 150 volunteers to the front lines.
https://news.am/arm/news/610082.html
15:42: the State Symphony Orchestra of Armenia will have open-air concerts between Oct 30 - Nov 2. The revenues will be donated to www.1000plus.am , the official fund that helps wounded soldiers and their families.
https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1032915.html
15:46: the US Chess Federation held a charity competition to help Artsakh. Grandmasters Vladimir Hakobyan (AM) and Samuel Sevyan (US) played against 29 guests. The $2,500 collected from the entry fee was donated to Himnadram.
https://sport.news.am/arm/news/116062/
16:11: soccer star Aras Ozbilis sold his jersey on eBay auction for $1,025 and donated it to Artsakh.
https://www.ebay.com/itm/184496336312
https://sport.news.am/arm/news/116064/
15:58: video shows Iran moving more military equipment to its northern borders.
https://t.me/sepahcybery/16012
16:06 an Azeri POW reveals details: after the July training with the Turkish army, some Turkish personnel didn't leave. They held 10-15-day training in our platoon to teach mountain warfare. I saw them in other units, too.
I was also told soldiers would arrive from Pakistan, too.
We underwent training in the mountains and were told to get ready for war. The Turkish personnel didn't wear names or tags on their uniforms. We referred to then as "commander".
On September 20-21, our battalion left the facility with Ural and Kamaz trucks towards Gyulistan (north-west, maybe near Mrav mountain). Our commander Ahmad Hanifayev told us that the Armenian positions only had 5-7 soldiers and that we have to storm and take over as many as possible.
The army uses Israeli and Turkish drones but they are controlled from the rear. I have no knowledge of who flies the drones.
Some of our artillery units were installed in [civilian] settlements where dense gardens/forests exist.
https://m.youtube.com/watch?feature=emb_title&v=xihTZkXJ_Cc
https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1032919.html
16:20: throughout the month-long war, Azerbaijan has received over 100 cargo flights with weapons. 70 from Turkey, 20 from Israel, Belarus, and Ukraine.
More details: https://fip.am/13489
16:37: a former official Vazgen Manukyan suggested for the govt to step down and hand over the power completely to the military. The military responded by basically saying are you out of your mind Vzgo.
https://news.am/arm/news/610100.html
16:39: The Human Rights Ombudsman Tatoyan met the group of French Parliamentarians and presented evidence of war crimes by Azerbaijan.
https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1032925.html
16:51: Lusine Mirzoyan migrated from Martakert to Yerevan for safety. She gave birth to her 8th child today. "The law says a woman with 10 children is officially a Hero Mother. I still have 8," said the woman. [can't tell if this was a joke, but it's funny anyway]
103 Artsakhtsi kids were born in Yerevan since September 27th.
https://www.facebook.com/sglmc/posts/1414833235391700
https://news.am/arm/news/610104.html
https://factor.am/301051.html
17:12: businessman Eduardo Eurnekian has donated $3.5m to Artsakh via www.HimnaDram.org
https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1032930.html
17:36: army released footage showing a column of trucks, presumably belonging to Azerbaijan's jihadists, being blown up.
https://youtu.be/1V6ePlLAYCI
17:40: Europe isn't happy with Erdogan's calls to boycott French products, citing a EU-Turkey agreement that requires free trade of goods.
https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1032937.html
17:51: video featuring the volunteer doctors who help save lives in the front lines.
https://m.youtube.com/watch?feature=emb_title&v=JNGQvShydi4
18:01: Greek City Times writes that the F-35 jets that the U.S. planned to sell go Turkey were sold to Greece instead, and have already joined the fleet.
https://factor.am/300915.html
18:11: the king of Bahrain Sheikh Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa has responded to president Sarkissian's letter by preparing a statement on behalf of the Gulf Cooperation Council. The statement urges the Security Council to intervene and establish a ceasefire.
https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1032941.html
18:23: Armenian MoD refuted claims by Azerbaijan about firing missiles at Azerbaijan's Barda region (north-east from Artsakh).
"This false accusation once again shows the need to install a ceasefire verification mechanism on the borders."
https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1032943.html
https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1032969.html
18:25: MFAs of Russia and Turkey discussed the conflicts in Artsakh, Syria, and Libya.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo spoke with Pashinyan and Aliyev and urged to respect the ceasefire. Pashinyan informed him that Azerbaijan violated it the third time.
https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1032945.html , https://factor.am/300965.html , https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1032959.html
18:31: European Parliament MP Lars Patrick Berg has called for international pressure against Azerbaijan.
https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1032947.html
19:20: the Parliament has approved the bill to create աշխարհազոր volunteer army in Armenia. It's meant to better organize self-defense forces by giving local authorities more rights to gather volunteers who are not already part of reserves. Volunteers will be paid, undergo training, and carry weapons. The bill drafted pre-war.
https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1032954.html
19:27: Parliament approved a bill to regulate the process of collecting certain items from citizens that can be useful for the army, in the event the army is short of those supplies. There will be a compensation if the property is damaged.
https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1032957.html
19:23 Artsakh govt: the situation is stable-tense. The center-east continues to be shelled, near Avetaranots and Madatashen villages. There were infiltration attempts. The artillery is working.
Throughout the day, Martuni and Lachin were bombed. 3 women were wounded in nearby Nngi village, which doesn't have military objects; illegal cluster bombs were used.
Capital Stepanakert was calm during the day.
https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1032956.html , https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1032958.html
20:36: footage shared by Armenian soldiers showing the aftermath of a battle that left Azeri soldiers dead during an unsuccessful infiltration attempt. Armenian soldiers are seen passing around items taken from Azeris:
https://t.me/voenkorKotenok/23239
20:43: գետնի Քիսո Turkish Lira falls to a new record low. 8.16 for $1.
https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1032967.html
21:00 Pashinyan addresses the nation: proud citizens of Armenia, Artsakh, and the diaspora. It's been a month since the Turk-Azeri-terrorist army wage a war against Artsakh and Armenians. Thousands of bombs have been fired at civilians, thousand of drones. The enemy attacked with tanks, jets, helicopters, Azeris, mercenaries, Turkish and Pakistani special forces.
A month ago they had a plan to bring Artsakh to its knee. Yet today, although wounded, Artsakh is standing, thanks to primarily our heroic army and heroic public.
This cruel but heroic process reassures us that Artsakh will continue to stand because our spirit is unbreakable.
The war has entered a stage where every moment it collapses the illusions that the opponent had. The military-political leadership of Azerbaijan has fed so much "victory news" to the Azeri public, that every moment the Azeri public awaits news about Artsakh's final fall.
The Azeri public, however, will not receive that news. They will not get it. And it is this indefinite expectation of this news that will collapse the Azeri plans to invade Artsakh.
Artsakh's people, Armenian people, all Armenians will fight until the end for every tree, for every stone and every millimeter, and the counter-attack at the right moment will have a disastrous effect and will collapse the opponent. Developing that moment [counter attack] is the task of the Artsakh army and we must aid them in any way possible.
To solve the aforementioned problem we need national unity. Military orders must be carried out unconditionally. Those who disobey must be held accountable because Artsakh is at stake.
I'm aware that my yesterday's speech [about Armenia's willingness for "painful" mutual compromise] raised some questions and discussions. It was aimed to inform the international community about our constructive stance and the determination to secure rights for Artsakh.
We must use the energy for Artsakh. Everything and everyone for Artsakh. Every part of the govt works to resolve problems and improve efficiency. Our resources aren't unlimited, but Artsakh's defense army has enough weapons and the potential to carry out its missions.
Yes, we have many enemies around the world, but we also have allies who have/are/will stand next to us. Armenian people won't forget that.
We must defend Artsakh's right to self-determination. This war must be a top priority for all of us, and we will win. This war has radically changed the perception of the Artsakh war around the world.
International leaders today openly state that Azeris and Turkey are the aggressors. The use of terrorists by Azerbaijan has been confirmed in the world. This was possible partly due to our diplomatic work.
Diplomatic work is done to show the world that Azerbaijan has never wanted to go for any concessions. This fact gives international legitimacy for Artsakh Armenians to fight until the end.
Let's agree not to be afraid of anything and not to allow the internal and external actors to stoke doubt in our free and happy future.
You are a victor, Armenian nation. Go and take your victory, create your victory, and have no doubt that your government will not stop guiding you the way to victory.
Glory to freedom, glory to the Republic of Armenia, Glory to the Republic of Artsakh, Glory to the Armenian army and the soldier, Glory to children who will live in free and happy Armenia, free and happy Artsakh. Thank you.
https://youtu.be/zY92AhMzPC4?t=498
21:06 first lady Anna Hakobyan: many women have contacted me to volunteer after I announced plans to join the front line along with 13 other women. Call [redacted number] if you want to join.
https://factor.am/301097.html
21:35: Trump said he's disappointed that the ceasefire was violated.
ANCA urged the U.S. government to kick Azeri banks out of the global SWIFT financial transaction network for violating the ceasefire and targeting civilians. Dashnaks are working on promoting a sanctions package.
https://factor.am/301115.html
https://news.am/arm/news/610149.html
22:00 army spokesman Artsarun's briefing: in the morning Azeris launched an attack in different directions. They shelled civilian settlements, as mentioned earlier.
The northern front was relatively less tense.
The fight continues against infiltrator groups in several villages in the center-east [map shows slightly north of Hadrut]. It's mostly inside forests. It's usually small groups that carry light weapons. They flee and hide after our attack. Later they try to infiltrate from other locations. These light-intensity fights happen 24/7 here.
In the south, there are battles along the Vorotan river basin [which stretches north towards Lachin]. Today Azeris tried to organize an attack with the use of drones and artillery towards Lachin [further north] and towards the Armenian border [further north-west], but they were repelled and did not succeed.
As you can tell by the map [presents a map], after having some success in the plain flatlands, Azeris and international terrorists are trying to attack the mountains, but successes are not easy for them. That's a harder task and the battles are heavier for them.
The war continues. It's slightly different now, however. The battles aren't as heavy and fast, although they are still heavy battles on mountains, forests, and gorges.
Several infiltrator groups were neutralized today. A few more routed, leaving behind equipment.
The nature of today's war is slightly unusual, slightly difficult. The enemy has lost its overwhelming advantage and equipment advantage, partly due to the terrain of warfare, the improvement of our tactics, our experience.
Therefore the situation is slightly different today. I can't give you all the data dynamically because the dynamics are not the same anymore, it has changed.
Be confident. We will win.
https://youtu.be/gpW4zzjfVYE?t=983
22:04: meet the men who defend the borders:
https://factor.am/301133.html
22:20: MOVE OVER, EVERYBODY. THE CLOWN IS HERE. 🤡
McDonald's' franchise branch in Azerbaijan has supported the Azeri aggression against Artsakh on its Instagram account.
https://news.am/arm/news/610151.html
22:26: there are unofficial unconfirmed reports of the death of Azeri Lieutenant General Colonel Ibrahim Heynulla Mais oglu nicknamed "cobra".
https://t.me/infoteka24/10131
22:43: ANCA has urged Joe Biden to recognize the independence of the Artsakh Republic.
https://news.am/arm/news/610162.html
23:00: Azeri movie theaters are boycotting Mel Gibson's gözəl movies after he voiced support for Artsakh and Armenians.
Mel Gibson > Ronald McDonald. Change my mind.
https://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/199672
23:04 Pashinhyan to Spanish EFE outlet: Artsakh residents don't want independence just for having it; it's a necessity for survival.
More: https://t.me/infocomm/24654
https://t.me/infocomm/24653

COVID stats

+3,397 tested. +1,600 infected. +26 deaths. +652 healed.
https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1032868.html

Central Bank about the economy

The Central Bank predicts that the GDP will decline by 7% instead of 6.2% that was calculated before COVID's second wave and the war.
12-month inflation was 1.4%. The Services sector is still heavily affected by COVID, which will delay economic recovery.
The upcoming ban on Turkish products won't cause any significant price hikes for Armenian consumers.
Money held in savings accounts declined by "tiny 1%" for two reasons: compensating for COVID-related income decline, and soldiers cashing out some funds for the family before they leave for front lines.
The refinancing rate will remain the same 4.25%. The interest rate on funds obtained from banks will be 2.75%.
https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1032922.html
https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1032931.html
https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1032938.html

granted

Parliament approved the acceptance of a $3.8m grant from Japan, aimed at healthcare-related purchases and serving the mountainous population.
https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1032878.html

How to help Artsakh

www.1000plus.am (medical help for former soldiers)
www.HimnaDram.org (international donations)
www.ArmeniaFund.org (tax-deductible in the U.S.)
 
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2020.10.27 16:54 jessie_berry The case of Blair Adams is one of the most bizarre and fascinating unsolved mysteries I've ever come across. The Canadian fled from British Columbia and ended up dead in Tennessee days later. What happened to him?

Blair Adams (aka Robert Dennis Blair Adams) was 31 years old when he was found dead in a construction site in Tennessee, United States--thousands of miles away from his home in British Columbia, Canada. Blair was a construction foreman who was known to be friendly and generous; his mother described him as “kind” and “ambitious”. He met his untimely demise through a series of extremely bizarre and strange events that remain unexplained to this day.
This is one of the fascinating cases I’ve come across. It’s been posted here before but the circumstances surrounding his death are so mind boggling that I believe the case still warrants discussion.
TIMELINE:
Weeks Prior: He began acting very strange in the weeks before his disappearance and ultimately death. He was described to have acted out of character: paranoid, erratic and anxious. He told his friends and mother that someone was spreading rumours about him and that someone was going to kill him. He would not explain who nor why. Other odd behaviour he exhibited include the fact that he stopped attending his AA meetings (he was 2 years sober at that point), left his worksite unlocked and quit his job without picking up his last pay cheque.
05JUL1996: He started preparations for his departure by withdrawing most of his money from his bank account and valuables from his safe deposit box including gold bars, platinum and jewelry. He would keep these in a fanny pack.
7JUL1996: His first attempt into the US was via a ferry from Victoria, British Columbia to Seattle, Washington. US immigration officials flagged him because he fit the profile of a drug courier: lone male traveling with a lot of cash. Red flag number one. Red flag number two was raised when he denied any criminal history. However, his background check showed that he had been convicted of drug and assault charges in the past. Thus, he was denied entry.
9JUL1996: Early morning he tried to cross into the US by foot through the Pacific Highway Border Crossing. He was denied by border patrol once again because he matched the description of a man involved in a car theft and the blue car was found nearby the border crossing. However, Blair denied these allegations and the officials let him go since there was enough evidence against him. They noticed that he had scratches on his hands and feet. Interestingly, his friend would later tell the investigators that she saw Blair driving a blue car that day, not his regular Chevette. He finally makes it across on his 3rd attempt to Seattle via a rental Nissan Altima from Vancouver International Airport. He drove the Nissan Altima from Vancouver International Airport to Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. Strangely, he purchased a roundtrip ticket to Frankfurt, Germany. Why Frankfurt? Well in late 1995 he worked on a construction project near the city and he dated a girl there during this time. However, his German girlfriend told the police later that he never informed her that he was coming. Blair never got on that flight. Instead, he cashed in his credit for a one way ticket ($800) to Washington, DC. Quite a few sources point out the price because it was double the cost of a roundtrip ticket but I think it could’ve been just the earliest flight out to Washington.
10JUL1996: He arrived at Dulles International Airport in the morning ~6:45am and rented a Toyota Camry. Then he started the 7 hour drive to Knoxville, Tennessee. The first sighting of him in Knoxville was at a gas station ~5:30pm. He had trouble getting into his car with the key and called for a repair service. When the clerk arrived, he realized that Blair had been trying to open the Toyota Camry with his Nissan Altima key (remember the other rental?). However, when he tried to advise him to check his pockets for the right key, Blair was determined that he had the correct key. Ultimately, the clerk dropped Blair off at Fairfield Inn and called a tow truck for the Camry.
LAST SIGHTING: Blair checked in at the inn around 7pm and continued to display strange behaviour. From surveillance footage, he entered and exited the lobby 5 times in 40 min. The hotel staff also described him to be paranoid and anxious, seemingly waiting for someone to attack at any moment.
11JUL1996: He was found dead in the morning at 7:30am by two construction workers at the construction site of a hotel across from Fairfield Inn. There was $4000 in cash scattered around his body in US, Canadian and German currencies. His socks, shoes and along with his pants were taken off. Knox County Sheriff described it “like somebody else pulled them down for him”. There was also a black duffel bag near his body with maps and receipts. The Toyota Camry key he couldn’t find at the gas station? Yes, it was also by the body. Autopsy showed that the cause of death was sepsis due to a blow that ruptured his stomach--likely from a crowbar or club. Toxicology showed that there was no alcohol or drugs in his system.
There wasn’t much evidence for the investigators:
  1. No murder weapon: He sustained several injuries and defensive wounds. It looked like he was beaten by the assailant(s).
  2. Lack of DNA evidence: Certain injuries indicate that he had been sexually assaulted, however no DNA evidence could confirm this. Furthermore, they also could not say when the assault had taken place and thus could have been unrelated to his death if it did happen. The only DNA evidence they found was a single long strand of hair. I couldn’t find any reports confirming whether it was from a male or female (not sure why)
  3. No witnesses: Security guard nearby heard a scream at 3:30am.
THEORIES
Sexual encounter gone wrong: This was the prevailing theory from investigators because of the way the body was found (naked from waist down), evidence of sexual assault and there was a truck stop nearby and the area was a hub filled with prostitution. So Blair solicits a prostitute, the deal goes bad and they (the sex worker and/or their pimp) try to scam him. A fight ensues and they accidentally kill him. I don’t really buy this theory since there was a lot of cash around the body. If it was just about the money, then why didn’t they take any? Even if they were scared that they had killed him, it’s hard for me to believe that they wouldn’t take any of the cash. I also read that some people believe that they didn’t take the cash because it was in different currencies: either they didn't want it to be traced back to them somehow while exchanging or just didn’t want to exchange it. However, I would argue this took place some time during the night. Unless the construction site is really well lit, then how could they tell it was a different currency? Even if the money looked foreign, wouldn’t they just scoop it up, run and then sort through it later? Also, they didn’t take any of the fanny pack’s valuables.
Sudden onset of mental illness: He was mentally ill and had a psychotic break. His psychosis drove him to create this elaborate escape plan and ultimately he either took his own life or a chance encounter took his life. Supporting evidence of this include his bizarre paranoid behaviour weeks prior to his death, history of mental illness in his family, history of alcohol abuse and age (31). However, he was never diagnosed with mental illness himself. On top of that, his friends all denied that they had seen him display any signs as well. Since there was no concrete evidence, it’s hard for me to believe this theory. To play the devil’s advocate, if he was truly stable and went to many of his friends and family to let them know someone was going aftekill him...why didn’t any of them report this to the authorities? Or even get him medical help? Very strange.
To be honest, he could very well have had mental illness. However, the reality of the threat and possible mental illness are not mutually exclusive. He may have been schizophrenic and his life was in real danger. Or even the threat of his safety may have triggered the psychosis.
Organized crime hit: He was involved in illegal activities (most likely drug related given his past), got in way over his head, pissed off the wrong people and they murdered him for it. This is the theory that I’m leaning towards. This is also related to his time in Germany. Unlike his girlfriend who described him as a “gentleman”, he was seen as “abrasive”, “confrontational” and got in fights with his German ex-workers. He also relayed that he actually feared violence from them! On top of this, a poster from sitcomonline claimed that his ex-girlfriend and friend revealed his trip to Germany ended earlier than expected and that he was different after he came back. But why would they stalk him all the way to Tennessee? Maybe it was just to mentally torture Blair and see him break (which he did) before finally killing him. Finally, his pants being pulled down could be a way to humiliate him.
I could go on for hours on this case but this post is so long already so I'll stop here. What do you guys think happened to him?
Links if you're interested:
  1. My video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g2BLR6sOySA&t=1s&ab_channel=jessieberry
  2. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Murder_of_Blair_Adams
  3. https://web.archive.org/web/20180612144437/http://etspj.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/BlairAdams.pdf
  4. https://torontosun.com/news/crime/crime-hunter-death-far-from-home
  5. https://www.sitcomsonline.com/boards/showthread.php?t=115863
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2020.10.27 04:45 CptBlinky LPT: If you're computer literate and willing to get your hands dirty, there are a lot of industries you can excel at, and there are actual no experience positions!

So a little back story, but not much: I was 100% a guitar player and music industry worker until I was 30, and I moved from NYC to Virginia at that point. There's no music industry in the suburbs of Washington, DC, so I did temp work.
Long story short, the guy who came to install my cable modem was impressed by my computer skills, and offered me a job. this was around 2000, when computer literate workers were hard to find, and I made a lot of money. But I've been parlaying that for the past 20 years and now I'm a highly respected engineer in the electronic security industry making 6 figures, which is a far cry from the $13 / hr I was making as a temp because I knew how to use excel.
Salient points: There are a lot of industries where the people who thrive have two skill sets: a) the ability to work hard as a laborer and b) technical ability. I'll list a few for your reference so you can look into them yourself, but I can tell you that talented people are in very short supply - mainly because people who know how to use computers are arrogant, and basic laborers are easy to find.
HVAC: requires engineering skill, but also requires a bit of welding, and working with your hands (this is something I'm going to repeat, a lot.) The workers who will rise to the top are the ones who can not only do the work but also program the automation systems.
Fire/Life Safety: Similar to HVAC but has a lot more conduit work and blends over into electrician (which is also a good trade.) You need to be detail oriented because lives are literally at stake when you're dealing with fire alarms and sprinklers. A lot to learn but a lot of opportunity.
Physical Security (my trade): This one is very interesting because it combines electrician, computenetworking, and basic labor (cable pulling, drilling, hardware installation) and locksmithing. I feel this has a very low barrier of entry and a very quick possibility of career advancement. Every single company that I know is desperate for new talent, and willing to train - including my company.
Telecommunication and structured cabling: This is the true entry level craft / data career. You're basically going to spend all your time pulling cable and terminating RJ-45, keystone jacks and punch panels. If you're efficient you can make good money, but there's not a lot of room fro growth unless you're a real go-getter who can make fast friends and worm your way into an IT gig. The good thing is that every project puts you in contact with an IT manager, so you have a lot of opportunities to do that. If you have a high CHA role, this might be your gig.
Cable/Telephone plant work: This is different than structured cabling which is generally contract construction work. This is more along the lines of getting a job as a cable guy or telephone guy. Most large systems hire contracting companies who hire out 1099 subcontractors. That's how I got started, see above! if you can find a company that will front you the money for the tools and let you do a ride-along for a couple weeks, you're basically getting free training and a decent job. and I can tell you, it's a hell of a lot better than 7-11.
but if you do end up 1099, LPT #2: PUT THAT TAX MONEY ASIDE! YOU WILL HAVE TO PAY IT!!!
TL:DR: There are IT/smarts based careers with very low barrier of entry, high demand, decent pay, and room to grow... if you're willing to get your hands dirty and put on a hard hat.
*EDIT Because so many of the comments are negative: We accept walk-ins. Every company I work with is open to new hires. You don't need a good resume to start at the bottom. and to the person who said I got lucky 20 years ago, it was a long story short. All he offered was a 2 week ride along for $300 bucks a week, and if I could manage it, I'd have to run routes my own as a subcontractor. All risk was on me, and all the pay was based on the work I got done. Zero hourly or salary. I've just spent the last 20 years busting my ass, worked my way up. There were a lot of hard times and long days. For a time I was working from 7am until 10pm 6 days a week. Nothing I said in this post is a get rich quick scheme. I'm just trying to make people aware that there are trades which encourage people with drive and some ability to start at the bottom and work their way up - and are actively looking for workers.
But hey, to each their own.
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2020.10.27 02:01 jessie_berry What happened to Blair Adams? A series of incredibly bizarre events led this Canadian to flee from British Columbia and end up dead in a construction site in Tennessee

Blair Adams (aka Robert Dennis Blair Adams) was 31 years old when he was found dead in a construction site in Tennessee, United States--thousands of miles away from his home in British Columbia, Canada. Blair was a construction foreman who was known to be friendly and generous; his mother described him as “kind” and “ambitious”. He met his untimely demise through a series of extremely bizarre and strange events that remain unexplained to this day.
This is one of the fascinating cases I’ve come across. It’s been posted here before but the circumstances surrounding his death are so mind boggling that I believe the case still warrants discussion.
TIMELINE:
Weeks Prior: He began acting very strange in the weeks before his disappearance and ultimately death. He was described to have acted out of character: paranoid, erratic and anxious. He told his friends and mother that someone was spreading rumours about him and that someone was going to kill him. He would not explain who nor why. Other odd behaviour he exhibited include the fact that he stopped attending his AA meetings (he was 2 years sober at that point), left his worksite unlocked and quit his job without picking up his last pay cheque.
05JUL1996: He started preparations for his departure by withdrawing most of his money from his bank account and valuables from his safe deposit box including gold bars, platinum and jewelry. He would keep these in a fanny pack.
7JUL1996: His first attempt into the US was via a ferry from Victoria, British Columbia to Seattle, Washington. US immigration officials flagged him because he fit the profile of a drug courier: lone male traveling with a lot of cash. Red flag number one. Red flag number two was raised when he denied any criminal history. However, his background check showed that he had been convicted of drug and assault charges in the past. Thus, he was denied entry.
9JUL1996: Early morning he tried to cross into the US by foot through the Pacific Highway Border Crossing. He was denied by border patrol once again because he matched the description of a man involved in a car theft and the blue car was found nearby the border crossing. However, Blair denied these allegations and the officials let him go since there was enough evidence against him. They noticed that he had scratches on his hands and feet. Interestingly, his friend would later tell the investigators that she saw Blair driving a blue car that day, not his regular Chevette. He finally makes it across on his 3rd attempt to Seattle via a rental Nissan Altima from Vancouver International Airport. He drove the Nissan Altima from Vancouver International Airport to Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. Strangely, he purchased a roundtrip ticket to Frankfurt, Germany. Why Frankfurt? Well in late 1995 he worked on a construction project near the city and he dated a girl there during this time. However, his German girlfriend told the police later that he never informed her that he was coming. Blair never got on that flight. Instead, he cashed in his credit for a one way ticket ($800) to Washington, DC. Quite a few sources point out the price because it was double the cost of a roundtrip ticket but I think it could’ve been just the earliest flight out to Washington.
10JUL1996: He arrived at Dulles International Airport in the morning ~6:45am and rented a Toyota Camry. Then he started the 7 hour drive to Knoxville, Tennessee. The first sighting of him in Knoxville was at a gas station ~5:30pm. He had trouble getting into his car with the key and called for a repair service. When the clerk arrived, he realized that Blair had been trying to open the Toyota Camry with his Nissan Altima key (remember the other rental?). However, when he tried to advise him to check his pockets for the right key, Blair was determined that he had the correct key. Ultimately, the clerk dropped Blair off at Fairfield Inn and called a tow truck for the Camry.
LAST SIGHTING: Blair checked in at the inn around 7pm and continued to display strange behaviour. From surveillance footage, he entered and exited the lobby 5 times in 40 min. The hotel staff also described him to be paranoid and anxious, seemingly waiting for someone to attack at any moment.
11JUL1996: He was found dead in the morning at 7:30am by two construction workers at the construction site of a hotel across from Fairfield Inn. There was $4000 in cash scattered around his body in US, Canadian and German currencies. His socks, shoes and along with his pants were taken off. Knox County Sheriff described it “like somebody else pulled them down for him”. There was also a black duffel bag near his body with maps and receipts. The Toyota Camry key he couldn’t find at the gas station? Yes, it was also by the body. Autopsy showed that the cause of death was sepsis due to a blow that ruptured his stomach--likely from a crowbar or club. Toxicology showed that there was no alcohol or drugs in his system.
There wasn’t much evidence for the investigators:
  1. No murder weapon: He sustained several injuries and defensive wounds. It looked like he was beaten by the assailant(s).
  2. Lack of DNA evidence: Certain injuries indicate that he had been sexually assaulted, however no DNA evidence could confirm this. Furthermore, they also could not say when the assault had taken place and thus could have been unrelated to his death if it did happen. The only DNA evidence they found was a single long strand of hair. I couldn’t find any reports confirming whether it was from a male or female (not sure why)
  3. No witnesses: Security guard nearby heard a scream at 3:30am.
THEORIES
Sexual encounter gone wrong: This was the prevailing theory from investigators because of the way the body was found (naked from waist down), evidence of sexual assault and there was a truck stop nearby and the area was a hub filled with prostitution. So Blair solicits a prostitute, the deal goes bad and they (the sex worker and/or their pimp) try to scam him. A fight ensues and they accidentally kill him. I don’t really buy this theory since there was a lot of cash around the body. If it was just about the money, then why didn’t they take any? Even if they were scared that they had killed him, it’s hard for me to believe that they wouldn’t take any of the cash. I also read that some people believe that they didn’t take the cash because it was in different currencies: either they didn't want it to be traced back to them somehow while exchanging or just didn’t want to exchange it. However, I would argue this took place some time during the night. Unless the construction site is really well lit, then how could they tell it was a different currency? Even if the money looked foreign, wouldn’t they just scoop it up, run and then sort through it later? Also, they didn’t take any of the fanny pack’s valuables.
Sudden onset of mental illness: He was mentally ill and had a psychotic break. His psychosis drove him to create this elaborate escape plan and ultimately he either took his own life or a chance encounter took his life. Supporting evidence of this include his bizarre paranoid behaviour weeks prior to his death, history of mental illness in his family, history of alcohol abuse and age (31). However, he was never diagnosed with mental illness himself. On top of that, his friends all denied that they had seen him display any signs as well. Since there was no concrete evidence, it’s hard for me to believe this theory. To play the devil’s advocate, if he was truly stable and went to many of his friends and family to let them know someone was going aftekill him...why didn’t any of them report this to the authorities? Or even get him medical help? Very strange.
To be honest, he could very well have had mental illness. However, the reality of the threat and possible mental illness are not mutually exclusive. He may have been schizophrenic and his life was in real danger. Or even the threat of his safety may have triggered the psychosis.
Organized crime hit: He was involved in illegal activities (most likely drug related given his past), got in way over his head, pissed off the wrong people and they murdered him for it. This is the theory that I’m leaning towards. This is also related to his time in Germany. Unlike his girlfriend who described him as a “gentleman”, he was seen as “abrasive”, “confrontational” and got in fights with his German ex-workers. He also relayed that he actually feared violence from them! On top of this, a poster from sitcomonline claimed that his ex-girlfriend and friend revealed his trip to Germany ended earlier than expected and that he was different after he came back. But why would they stalk him all the way to Tennessee? Maybe it was just to mentally torture Blair and see him break (which he did) before finally killing him. Finally, his pants being pulled down could be a way to humiliate him.
I could go on for hours on this case but this post is so long already so I'll stop here. What do you guys think happened to him?
Links:
  1. My video on the case
  2. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Murder_of_Blair_Adams
  3. https://web.archive.org/web/20180612144437/http://etspj.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/BlairAdams.pdf
  4. https://torontosun.com/news/crime/crime-hunter-death-far-from-home
  5. https://www.sitcomsonline.com/boards/showthread.php?t=115863
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2020.10.27 01:48 autosear New ATF interpretations restrict certain handgun imports, may require NFA registration.

Here's the link. Wiley is a large and reputable law firm, likely representing clients in the firearm industry. When they refer to recent ATF letters in their alert, you can trust that they're legitimate.

Summary:

Many firearms are imported into the US as large pistols in order to avoid the harsh "sporting purposes" restrictions on rifle imports. The HK SP5 is a good example of this. Although it's large, it's imported as a pistol.
Before the past few months, the ATF didn't care how large those pistols were. As long as it didn't have a stock or vertical foregrip, they considered it a pistol. However, they've apparently recently reversed course and created new standards to judge imports by. According to recent letters, these include:
Any combination of the above features may lead to consideration of the firearm as something other than a handgun. According to the letters, the ATF apparently refuses to create clear standards, and claims that presence of one of those features doesn't necessarily disqualify a firearm from import. However the ATF has also apparently revoked previously-approved import permits, which illustrates a clear change in their interpretation of the law.

Potential effects on pistols, including AR pistols with braces:

According to the National Firearms Act (NFA), a firearm with an overall length less than 26 inches that isn't a handgun, rifle, or shotgun is an Any Other Weapon (AOW). AOWs are subject to NFA registration, just like short barrel rifles.
Because the ATF has apparently begun interpreting firearms with the above listed features as non-handguns when considering import applications, they may choose to mirror that interpretation when considering domestic firearms. This means that many AR and AK pistols (and similar), including ones with braces, could become subject to the NFA. This would require registration and a $200 tax.
This is speculation however, so you don't need to take any action as of this moment. But beware that a formal announcement from the ATF may come in the near future, as they have already been grappling with transparency requirements when it comes to this apparent reversal.

Disclaimer:

Keep in mind that this information comes from a single law firm--Wiley Law in Washington, DC. Although they're a very large firm and federal regulation is one of their specialties, this alert does not represent an official announcement from the ATF. It merely signals that clarification from the ATF may be forthcoming in the near future.

TL;DR: the ATF has created new standards to judge pistol imports by, including size and caliber, and has apparently revoked some import permits for pistol versions of rifles. This could signal an incoming policy change with regards to pistol versions of ARs, AKs, etc.

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2020.10.26 16:57 dca_user How to Reassure Desi Parents (Bad Health, Election worries)

I'm a single desi female, living and working in Maryland. My parents live in NYC and want me to return home asap, because they are worried about possible violence against minorities on/after Election Day, especially near Washington DC.
I get it, and I was planning to head back up in October (because I can work remotely). Unfortunately, I want to stay for another 2-4 more weeks to wrap up some medical tests, which can't be done in NYC because I don't have doctors up there. [I really really need these tests asap.]
Now, my parents want to drive down here and stay with me until my tests are done, return to NYC and find new doctors, or they want me to postpone my tests until 2021. These options are very stressful to me.
Any suggestions on how to reassure them? I'm not going out of the condo. No one knows a minority lives in my condo. And I think the drive from Maryland to NYC would be pretty safe, as it's primarily blue states.
Thanks.
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2020.10.24 21:58 Rickard58 214 reasons not to vote for Trump

In case you or your friends needed 214 reasons to not vote for Trump, here’s his terrible record:
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2020.10.24 21:55 Rickard58 214 reasons not to vote for Trump

In case you or your friends needed 214 reasons to not vote for Trump, here’s his terrible record:
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2020.10.24 14:22 ISOgreenergrass2 Washington, DC but cheaper

Using a throwaway to avoid PII.
About Us
My husband and I are in our early 30s. We don't have kids but plan to in about 2 years. We're fairly to very liberal but have lived in blue dots surrounded by a sea of red. We are both working from home, and I could probably stay remote indefinitely (I work in the Salesforce ecosystem). He may be going back to school for his master's degree soon. We're also saving up to buy a single family home or a rowhouse ($400-$450K). We're originally from New England, but I hate the cold.
What We're Looking For
We love Washington, DC, but as they say "the rent is too damn high". We're hoping to buy a home in the near future; however, we are priced out of DC and are getting priced out of the desirable close-in suburbs. We're looking for a city with a great food scene, diversity, good public schools (will go private if we absolutely have to), access to the outdoors, culture (museums, theater, etc).
Basically...Washington, DC, but cheaper. We've lived in Burlington, VT; Atlanta, GA; and the exurbs of Seattle, WA. We loved Atlanta, but it was too far from the ocean/large body of water. We loved Burlington for its food scene, overall vibe, and access to the outdoors, but it was freezing, expensive, and didn't have a ton going on culturally that we enjoy (ballet, big music acts, large museums). We'd love to stay within 2 hours of the ocean and on the east coast because of family. Good public transit is important too. We're willing to be in a smaller city near a major city as long as there is a subway or train system to get into the major city.
What We're Considering
We're considering the following cities:
I'd love to get feedback on these cities and to hear about cities we haven't considered. Thank you!
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2020.10.24 14:13 derstherower What exactly made the Era of Good Feelings so good? The US was an extremely young nation that had just ended a destructive war in a stalemate. What factors led to virtually the entire country deciding to go in one direction? Why have we never seen anything like this again in American politics?

There were bitter partisan disputes before the Era of Good Feelings. There were (and still are) bitter partisan disputes after the Era of Good Feelings. Yet for 8 years everyone just kind of got along. Only one political party (Democratic-Republicans) was in existence. Not only did Monroe win every single state in the 1820 election, he ran unopposed. What led to this feeling of national unity? Why have we never seen anything like it since (not even after WWII or something)? The War of 1812 was a very destructive war. Washington DC was burned and the US didn't even "win" in the end. "The status quo is being maintained after years of war" seems like it would be a difficult thing to rally the nation behind. So what was it? It came to an end after Monroe's presidency. Was Monroe just that skilled of a politician?
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2020.10.23 19:34 gaussprime Commuter/Fitness Bike recommendation

Hi bike folks,
I'm looking for a bike mostly for a combination of weekend fitness and commuting to work (short commute - maybe 3 miles). I live in DC proper, which is reasonably flat. I'm not commuting during Covid, so this would be primarily a recreation bike for ~30 minute rides in the morning for now, but I'd like bike to work when things return to normal.
I'm leaning towards some belt drive bike, and I saw Wirecutter recommended the Priority Continuum Onyx, so was thinking of picking that up, but thought I'd ask here first.
Answers to some questions below:
Your level of experience with cycling Moderate to low; I've used a lot of Citi-bikes (bike-share) for commuting when they're available, but they can be hard to come by. Used to bike a lot as a kid, but not much since then.
What's your price range, and have you considered second hand? Probably around $1,500, but would consider going higher if needed to get something especially fun. Probably not interested in second hand right now due to inexperience checking the quality of a used bike.
What's your intention with the bike - commuting, fitness, touring, sport, etc? Mostly commuting and exercise on the weekends. Probably short rides (~30 minutes) mostly.
How far will you be riding, and how often? 3 miles each way to work eventually, 5x/week. And then maybe 30 minutes in the morning before the kids wake up for fitness.
Riding conditions: roads, pavement, trails, single-track, off-road? Flat or hilly? Traffic and weather. Mostly roads. I live in DC which is pretty flat. I'm near Rock Creek Park which is a nice bike path.
Your location (even approximate) can help other locals familiar with your conditions, too. Washington D.C., near Rock Creek Park.
A bit about yourself: height, weight, and level of fitness can all help people understand your needs better. male, 5'10", 195lbs. I'm not very fit, which is why I'm interested in picking up a bike now during Covid - I need to get some exercise.
Anything else?
I have a toddler, and may eventually want to buy some sort of attachment to carry her around in a couple years. But this isn't essential - I can consider a separate bike for this. I'll be keeping the bike in my basement, so I'll need to carry it up ~1.5 flights of stairs every day, so weight is potentially relevant for me.
Thanks.
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2020.10.22 21:54 brianberger56 FBI Collusion With Corrupt Prosecutors & Sadistic Cops is Criminal And Real Reforms Requires Treating Criminal DAs and Feds Accountable for Their Sadistic Misconduct...In N.C. and Nationally!

https://www.facebook.com/Police-Brutality-Corruption-Injustice-in-US-Criminal-Justice-System-101748924941107
https://youtu.be/a8hwgrz6zMY
https://myfox8.com/news/wilmington-officer-tosses-k9-onto-suspect/
Using a police K-9 to maul an unarmed person inside their car at a checkpoint isn't defensive, isn't a reaction to an observation perceived as potentially threatening, it's just plain sadistic. Wilmington, NC, long-known within the political-not-justice or public protection-oriented culture of the institutionally-corrupt Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) for having a deep, long-standing “culture of corruption,” shared interests highly valued and actively protected by the FBI, US Department of Justice (USDOJ) and US Attorney’s Office. Thus, despite jurisdiction and claims to a mission including an enumerated interest in ensuring and enforcing laws and sacred rights including investigating and prosecuting public corruption, theft, fraud and abuses of public resources and governance by both public and private institutions & officials, protection of Constitutional, Civil and human rights, legal protections & process rights AND judicial system integrity, law enforcement oversight and prosecutions for unmitigated corruption, criminal practices so extreme, abusive and offensive to individual rights AND permitted & rewarded by local and State governments that provided, and only provided, extreme public pressure to act builds to a boiling point, in which case the aforementioned Federal agencies might reluctantly urge local leaders to placate their citizens, through gentle written non-binding agreements and nudging to alter public perceptions, a far cry from the statements and claims of the FBI, DOJ and Federal officials involving investigation, and prosecutions , of criminal misconduct by law enforcement officers as well as related criminal misconduct by prosecutors (including District Attorneys) and judicial officials acting “Under Color of Law,” the latter also rarely, reluctantly, if ever, monitored, investigated or prosecuted according to the statements of the Federal DOJ, FBI or affiliated agencies, no matter how egregious, horrific, routine and extreme the violations of even basic rights (Life, Liberty, Equal Protections under the law, Due Process, rules concerning evidence, procedures).
Even near-sacred American ideals of Justice like the lives of innocent persons and families, communities, completely ignored by sadistic, corrupt, rapists and murderers in uniform, rewarded for their brutality and dishonesty, promoted & protected by brass and peers without exception, epidemic in law enforcement culture from coast-to-coast, along with similarly criminal misconduct and corruption, dishonesty and gang-like silence if not affirmation and participation, mockery and concealment of the crimes and violations of innocent victims inside the Courthouse as on the streets, by Court officers and corrupt DAs including Wilmington’s Ben David, his twin, Jon, for faux changes of venue, and judges including those with known discriminatory behaviors, corrupt “side hustles” or even known involvement in child sexual abuse, the latter occurring in Wilmington with DA David refusing to even bring charges or pursue justice for a six year old girl molested by the husband of a sitting judge and a former Representative in the N.C. General Assembly.
Whether using a Police K-9 as a sadistic weapon against an unarmed, surrendering individual at a checkpoint designed with officer safety in mind, shooting an unarmed, surrendering suspect 27 TIMES or a boy executed through a window for holding a PlayStation controller during a SWAT warrant service to apprehend a privileged college student, then blasting his dog for bentertainment. The murder of a skinny non-violent alcoholic in County Jail with no plausible explanation. Executing a slimeball ex-Sheriff in his boxer shorts through torture-by-Tazing until his heart exploded.
Similarly, placing multiple loaded AR-15s and shotguns to the head of an elected official and the elected representative’s golden retriever, targeting cars with that official’s bumper sticker, and four years of death threats, terrorism, kidnapping, civil and human rights violations, unlawful theft of property, violations of privacy, and the most basic rights and protections enshrined in the Laws, including and largely pursued in order to prevent a duly elected official from carrying out their sworn duties and serve their constituents, deliberate public deception to harm and undermine the hated anti-corruption, principled rather than profiteering loner in local political decision-making, harassment to obstruct, delay and seek any cause whatsoever to detain and delay the necessary movements of an official in carrying out their duties, and engaging in a deliberate campaign involving Mr. David’s active direction and participation in commission of the crimes and his own personal and staff-delegated criminal prosecutorial misconduct and additional criminal defecation on Justice, Liberty and human decency.
These are not isolated incidents rather a sample plate of the hundreds if not thousands of sadistic, criminal acts against primarily non-threatening, mostly law-abiding, non-violent and unarmed persons or a vulnerable, inebriated, unconscious, homeless or mentally ill easy victim for boxing practice or habitual sexual predation of those vulnerable to consequence-free exploitation and brutalization by bullies who get-off on violence and know that in these and EVERY SINGLE incident of criminal misconduct and rape, murder, terrorism, dehumanization, exploitation, and too many incidents by far too many uniformed thugs engaged in felonious habitual abuse by law enforcement officers (LEOs), assisted by their “no whistleblowers” peers and praise of the Sheriff and brass in New Hanover County, NC.
District Attorney Ben David, Wilmington Police Chief Evangelous, who relayed one incident involving the shooting death of an unarmed black man on PCP and rumors of violent protests, the desire of his cops to use live military anti-personnel grenades against civilians. Fortunately, the victim’s mother called for peace and calm and no further casualties or escalation occurred.
Along with the Sheriff, DA David and their pals in the City and County governments, FBI Wilmington Bureau, the US Attorney for the District, or now Gov. Roy Cooper’s NC State Bureau of Investigation, corrupt, incompetent and presumably as with AG Josh Stein close friends with Benjamin David and the corrupt powers long-entrenched (often going back to 1898, and the only violent Coup D’-Etat on American soil in U.S. history when the blood of freed, talented Negroes and “carpetbagging Yankee” Republicans turned the Cape Fear River red and many others were forced to flee forever or be subjected to lynching). Some habits die hard. That habit is still practiced. Probably rarely, but really, and with the mockery of the public and protection of the US DOJ, Civil Rights Division, FBI, SBI and post-ethics media fiction writers.
Presumably, those threats are rare. Accountability for criminal misconduct under DA David and his Assistant DA’s is even rarer. In none of these or any other incidents, not one, did David pursue justice through even his own corrupt, choreographed, no justice Courthouse. That’s right, NOT ONCE, NEVER, in these and too many equally if not more sadistic and cold-blooded, murderous, life-ruining, family-destroying, anti-American and anti-community and inhumane LEO crimes that would appall any Judeo-Christian community or person with a civilized related value system. Sadly, these public attributes are severely lacking in the larger community and completely non-existent in political and law enforcement circles.
President Obama’s Attorney General Eric Holder and his swamp rat legion of the self-serving who continue to infest the Bureau and Federal government agencies or at least the FBI and US DOJ were perfectly fine with ANY and ALL criminal misconduct, even aiding and colluding in many crimes and injustices, including assisting, though not to the extent sought by Mr. David through clearly dishonest and evil attempts to elevate his unlawful and dishonorable perversion of Justice and disdain for the Rule of Law, human and civil rights, the US Constitution and the ideals of American justice and jurisprudence, though Federal officials absolutely aided and colluded in criminal acts including murder, rapes, cover-ups of LEO crimes, torture, false imprisonment, evidence tampering, even the undermining of democracy itself by acts of terrorism & abuse, torture, violent physical attacks, obstruction & attempted intimidation and bribery to prevent an elected official from representing the public thus depriving The People of their representative in THEIR government.
I will never be able to walk into a police station again without bringing witnesses even to report a crime committed against me.
I suspect that rational evidence-based distrust and knowledge of the undeniable, though oft-excused, epidemic institutional and cultural corruption that certainly is more systemic and beyond internal reform, than some rare “bad apple” exception or “Criminal profiling” or “racial profiling,” as the ages (young black children, old white grandmas, etc…etc..), races, genders, cultures, and other “identifiers” demonstrates, though the primary factor for being victimized by criminal cops is unquestionably economic and not racial, we all know black and brown folks are targeted and victimized at greater rates per capita than other demographics, though most unarmed victims of police shootings are Caucasians. Perps are LEOs of all shapes and stripes, and I can tell you in four years the three white and one black Commissioner I served beside mentioned the word “Justice” zero times, but real estate deals hundreds of times, the latter dominated the concerns of those elected officials, business opportunities for themselves and their business associates.
In Cities like, hypothetically, Denver, the African-American Mayor and his mentor, current Senate candidate, former Governor, and Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper sold seats on the “Citizen Oversight Board” purposed to add some oversight to excessive law enforcement brutality and criminal misconduct.
In fifteen years, that Board with its seat-purchasers, along with the complicit role of the ACLU and NAACP in furthering rather than mitigating violence, murders and brutality against innocent civilians and suspected criminals, much like the ACLU of NC and NAACP in NC supported and NEVER opposed these excessive, escalatory violence and murder permitting Standard Operating Procedures, talent acquisition and training, and the various other underlying causes of law enforcement criminality that is far more violent, dangerous and routine than the incarcerated, who are less sadistic and violent than law enforcement –
--most of the incarcerated are non-violent, salvageable but opportunity and father-less black kids suffering the consequences of “KKK Joe” Biden’s proudest and only accomplishment, besides fighting with the Klan to kill Civil Rights legislation, his “Biden Crime Bill” that greatly escalated mass incarceration of black youths, many young fathers, the ridiculous 100X punishment for their crack while Biden’s daughter is a well-known cocaine-fiend in that crime family, and the work of corrupt DAs like Ben David, Kamala Harris and the bastard in Texas who lied for and protected the fat pig who murdered Sandra Bland (though no white folks probably have a clue who Sandra is or what I’m referencing).
Any, well, most any, decent, empathetic person harassed, beaten, tortured, defamed through culturally-encouraged dishonesty and public deceit, in a field with zero-transparency, no integrity and the standard practice of abuse, murder followed by lies and victim smearing after a gang-beating, tazering, stomping, purely malicious brutalization, borne from the injustice and inhumanity of those who are drawn to the underpaid, under-trained, overly-tasked, low-intelligence and lower virtue-oriented outmoded and major reform requiring job tormented and permanently harmed by police brutality and the broken criminal justice system, I have been devoted ever since to sharing my story (and sounding absolutely crazy, certifiable, admittedly…criminal justice reform is pretty much the only thing I’ve ever used Twitter for and primarily all I post about on FB…like a crazy…albeit it not anti-police or a “de-funder” or violent radical) in the hope that nobody else will ever experience what I experienced, having to learn how to talk again, literally, from the severity of the damage and head trauma w/permanent neurological damage from being beat down and tortured despite committing no crime, breaking no law, that any jury would convict any person of – suffering a seizure on the shoulder of a residential street…after years of vicious, expensive taxpayer-funded attacks and torment way beyond mere felonies. I am fairly certain the attacks of Ben David, Ted Davis, Woody White, Wanda Copley, Tom “ABC Store” Wolfe and the corrupt Wilmington government and community of malice & greed and fake Christians.
https://civilrights.justice.gov/#report-a-violation
https://ncdoj.gov/contact-doj/?fbclid=IwAR1Y1QoCRp_saa1wgZAEXpv-o_JZj9hrQa3EHJ9RN1vRK1sqFZ6nSt2mHOg
https://www.facebook.com/NCDOJ/
How long will these abuses and the crimes of those responsible, esp. Ted Davis, Sandra Criner, Wanda Copley, Woody White, Jonathan Barfield, Chris Coudriet, Dennis Ihnat, Andre Mallette, Bruce Shell and the most sadistic, criminal, evil thug in a County run by criminals, Ben David and his friends and criminal accomplices Roy Cooper, Josh Stein and Eric Holder, and their totally dishonest, narcissistic, story inventors with the morals of Joesph Goebbels who comprise the unethical media in Wilmington, with their total lack of empathy, honesty or integrity, and make up stories rather than reporting on say, all the secret lawsuits for County and City law enforcement brutality secretly settled every month and of interest to nobody except me in recent decades or real reform would’ve occurred already in New Hanover County. There would be more fathers in the community and less tears, instead of a cycle with outcomes few are even trying to break in any serious way. Esp. Rev. Barfield, who has long run training and discipline in the Sheriff’s Office and used eager, unethical criminals like Coudriet and Copley and Ihnat to enrich himself and say “F” everyone else in those closed-door meetings before the choreographed, scripted public meetings.
https://www.facebook.com/Justice-For-Tevin-Robinson-156369501383302/
https://www.facebook.com/Justice-For-Brandon-Smith-Shot-27-Times-Unarmed-By-Law-Enforcement-1633457566906576/
If I wasn’t in the Jail, in the “hole” in Central Prison or crazy house learning how to talk again when these sick acts of revenge were carried out in typical criminal gang fashion, I would’ve spoken up at least. I can promise you that. Empty words now that offer no comfort, but these stories and the photos break my heart and I wish I could assuage the grief and longing. I’m trying to advocate for reforms nationally but after losing my family, house, career, reputation, name and future amid the lies and mockery of Wilmington’s Finest, without any other voices or names to support my efforts I’m not exactly employing an effective strategy to reform systemic corruption and injustice.
To that end, if anyone ever reads this far into this manifesto (my most egregious and violent crime, excessively long emails and written documents).
In Wilmington, nationally, under elected officials of all complexions and genders, police brutality and an utterly corrupt, broken criminal justice system have been tolerated, praised, for corruption that has gone on too long, destroyed too many lives and families, and is so common and accepted in Southeastern North Carolina under District Attorney Ben David and former NC Attorney General Roy Cooper, corrupt, sadistic, and criminal - habitually, expensively (for taxpayers), sadly (for the children, parents, wives, husbands, brothers, sisters, communities) for the loved ones left grieving by District Attorney Ben David, Gov. Cooper, this corrupt Attorney General and friend, sadistic partner and criminally engaged co-conspirator The North Carolina Department of Justice and Attorney General Josh Stein work to protect people. (Learn more, file a complaint, or get tips at https://ncdoj.gov )
Please contact the US Dept. of Justice ASAP before corrupt prosecutor Kamala and "KKK Joe" Biden, the two leading advocates and criminal implementers of mass incarceration in black and brown communities, ruining the lives of non-violent kids who are salvageable, destroying families and communities in accomplishing their objective, without regard for life, civil rights or the Rule of Law in the process (and laughing and boasting it to this day!).
Please contact the FBI and national media and demand that Attorney General Josh Stein, Roy Cooper, Burr and other criminal actors killing and destroying lives, deliberately deceiving the public, manipulating evidence, victim smearing at taxpayer expense and using public resources, the power of government, to advance their corrupt goals (baseball stadium, etc...) and rape, beat, torture and murder for their sadistic pleasure, free from ANY accountability, transparency, with zero integrity, zero regard for the Rule of Law, human rights, civil rights, liberty, or Justice, or innocent lives are - in the case of Gov. Cooper, Stein, and others be investigated and public hearings held, by an out-of-state independent prosecutor, and that D.A. Ben David and local officials thus engaged in New Hanover County be placed on unpaid leave pending review of evidence provided to the US Dept. of Justice, FBI, US Attorneys Office and Federal officials years ago when the body count was much lower and many loved decent people were still with us and had not yet been executed in cold-blood by a brutal, criminal sadistic D.A. Ben David, and the incestuous New Hanover Courthouse crew of cronies, even protected pedophiles literally in bed with Ben David, lawyer pols inc. Ted Davis, Woody White and other and judicial abusers (Criner et al...)
The terror, threats and violence from law enforcement, directed by District attorney Ben David, documented for the FBI, which was in collusion and protecting D.A. Ben David along with his pal, then North Carolina AG, now Gov. Roy Cooper, would escalate to more pronounced violence, torture and worse as well as death threats and false imprisonment to keep me, an elected official, from carrying out my duties to represent the voters who put me in office in the first place.
For the past ten years I've been a relentless champion for Justice and police reform and corrections reform and criminal justice reform, while Gov. Cooper, N.C. Attorney General Stein and the NC Dept. of Justice, and their friend and corrupt, criminal prosecutor "Under Color Law" who has as I predicted in 2010 continually increased the extreme brutality and ever-increasing body count and indiscriminate selection of victims, including my friend and domestic violence victim Tressa Angermeier, who DA Ben David personally acted against, a victim of real not concocted domestic violence, beautiful, successful, intelligent, educated, and dead as a direct result of District Attorney Ben David, and Assistant D.A. Lillian Salcines-Bright, who deliberately acted against and significantly harmed an unquestioned victim of severe domestic violence, in order to protect the doctor and local opiate supplier to the political and law enforcement community in Wilmington, NC, eventually driving a petite, undisputed victim of a violent attack, to her death instead of representing the Rule of Law or the victim's rights and rehabilitation.
N.C. Attorney General Cooper, this current A.G. and Cooper Crony Josh Stein, and their friend and protégé Benjamin David didn't care about Tressa, directly violated numerous laws, in violation of their legal obligations or ethical or moral decency, a Federal crime including and not limited to prosecutorial misconduct "Under Color of Law," torture, kidnapping, death threats, violations of Due Process, numerous legal procedures and rights, directing criminal actions through third-parties and then ensuring that serious felonious and terroristic sadism and violence to prevent a duly elected official from carrying out their DUTY to represent the People, the citizens of New Hanover County, who elected me (and others) to represent them, a DUTY I took deadly serious and refused to stray from...
Even when corrupt, violent, Ben David and his political cronies began using law enforcement to threaten my life, my dog's life, with AR-15s and shotguns, safeties off, inches from my face and my golden retriever's head, and numerous equally sadistic and violent as well as extensive abuses of power and taxpayer resources pursued constantly for four years by County Manager Chris Coudriet, County Attorney Wanda Copley, the entire County Public Relations, law enforcement, various Agencies and Departments, to continuously harass, torment, abuse, rob, threaten, assault, defraud, slander and manipulate the full power of a corrupt, large Government apparatus to attack and destroy me personally, and illegally through violence and criminal actions documented and undeniable, prevent me from performing my duties dozens of times every month for years, sometimes violently and sometimes through less violent but equally criminal and destructive actions using sadistic, evil, criminal law enforcement thugs to carry out countless crimes from death threats to property crimes easily initiated since targeting, stalking, harassment, and unlawful detentions - much of these crimes have been documented, recordings and hundreds of witnesses and other admissible and indisputable evidence presented to the NC Dept. of Justice re: D.A. Ben David's and other corrupt officials' law enforcement torture squads. the kids in jail who are salvageable either...if black lives matter, get those kids out of jail and they can be saved. They are not violent or dangerous, yet, but nice kids from hard environments and broken homes stuck the cycle of mass incarceration....
https://youtu.be/tgrlMP7QBP4
https://twitter.com/brianberger56
https://youtu.be/a8hwgrz6zMY
Have you ever been watching a football game, in your own home, on a Sunday night, in your pajamas, heard a knock at the door opened it to find AR-15s, shotguns pointed at your face? You don't forget something like that.
https://www.starnewsonline.com/…/NC/20030…/news/605079251/ “Gary wouldn’t hurt a soul on this earth,” Mr. Scarbro said. “He was the most passive man on earth.” While the neuropathology consultation uses the word “officer,” the autopsy summary refers to “officers.” The autopsy performed Jan. 17 by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill showed Mr. Rummer died of blunt force head trauma. The report also notes a broken vertebra in Mr. Rummer’s neck.
http://jimfishertruecrime.blogspot.com/2012/05/killing-of-peyton-strickland.html
Peyton Strickland. Say his name! 18 years old. College student. Executed inside his home by a New Hanover County Deputy firing video game style into the home killing the young "punk" who was holding a semi-automatic PLAYSTATION CONTROLLER. Then they executed his dog for fun.
That's why I was willing to get pummeled and tasered without moving my hands from straight at my sides because if you so much as flinch or try to shield your face, law enforcement will shoot you dead without remorse, without a pang of conscience or humanity. And they made it clear under the barrel of numerous AR-15s and shotguns that they would gladly kill me and were planning on it, and they meant it. They threatened to shoot my golden retriever too.
I do not support "Defunding. I do support Liberty and Justice and the human rights of all my countrymen...and anyone who experiences anything like what I was subjected too, if they live, with permanent scars and PTSD and an uncompromising mission to try to raise awareness by sharing our stories so nobody else endures the suffering caused everyday, esp. in black and brown communities but white families too, sadists rarely limit their victims...anyone vulnerable who they can abuse is .
When will enough be enough? White folks will never get it.
…Maybe George Floyd would still be alive. …Maybe Sandra Bland would still be alive. …Maybe Tamir Rice would still be alive. …Maybe Eric Garner would still be alive. …Maybe Daniel Shaver would still be alive. …Maybe Lt. Richard Black would still be alive. …Maybe Elijah McClain would still be alive. …Maybe Wendy Newton would still be alive. …Maybe Nicolette Green would still be alive. …Maybe Cory Jones would still be alive. Maybe Tevin Robinson and Brandon Smith would still be alive.https://youtu.be/tgrlMP7QBP4
https://youtu.be/a8hwgrz6zMY
Maybe my friend Tressa Angermeier a domestic violence victim perversely abused by DA Ben David and Ass. DA Lillian Salcines-Bright along with other corrupt officials in New Hanover County…would still be alive. ☹
If you want law-abiding, decent law enforcement and ethical officials...if you value ethical government:
Contact: Assistant Attorney General Civil Rights Division Criminal Section 950 Pennsylvania Avenue, Northwest Washington, DC 20530
Eric S. Dreiband Assistant Attorney NC Department of Justice and Attorney General's Office Civil Rights Division (202) 514-3847 Or click here: https://civilrights.justice.gov/#crt-landing--reporting
Report abuses, civil rights violations, excessive violence, corruption, evidence tampering/withholding, deceit, threats, harassment, intimidation, crimes, targeting, violations of civil and human rights, Constitutional rights and misconduct by abusing their official powers "Under Color of Law" to deprive you or any individual of your rights, legal protections, life, property, and equality under the law
https://www.facebook.com/Police-Brutality-Corruption-Injustice-in-US-Criminal-Justice-System-101748924941107
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2020.10.22 21:28 brianberger56 FBI Collusion With Corrupt Prosecutors & Sadistic Cops is Criminal And Real Reforms Requires Treating Criminal DAs and Feds Accountable for Their Sadistic Misconduct...In N.C. and Nationally!

https://www.facebook.com/Police-Brutality-Corruption-Injustice-in-US-Criminal-Justice-System-101748924941107
https://youtu.be/a8hwgrz6zMY
https://myfox8.com/news/wilmington-officer-tosses-k9-onto-suspect/
Using a police K-9 to maul an unarmed person inside their car at a checkpoint isn't defensive, isn't a reaction to an observation perceived as potentially threatening, it's just plain sadistic. Wilmington, NC, long-known within the political-not-justice or public protection-oriented culture of the institutionally-corrupt Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) for having a deep, long-standing “culture of corruption,” shared interests highly valued and actively protected by the FBI, US Department of Justice (USDOJ) and US Attorney’s Office. Thus, despite jurisdiction and claims to a mission including an enumerated interest in ensuring and enforcing laws and sacred rights including investigating and prosecuting public corruption, theft, fraud and abuses of public resources and governance by both public and private institutions & officials, protection of Constitutional, Civil and human rights, legal protections & process rights AND judicial system integrity, law enforcement oversight and prosecutions for unmitigated corruption, criminal practices so extreme, abusive and offensive to individual rights AND permitted & rewarded by local and State governments that provided, and only provided, extreme public pressure to act builds to a boiling point, in which case the aforementioned Federal agencies might reluctantly urge local leaders to placate their citizens, through gentle written non-binding agreements and nudging to alter public perceptions, a far cry from the statements and claims of the FBI, DOJ and Federal officials involving investigation, and prosecutions , of criminal misconduct by law enforcement officers as well as related criminal misconduct by prosecutors (including District Attorneys) and judicial officials acting “Under Color of Law,” the latter also rarely, reluctantly, if ever, monitored, investigated or prosecuted according to the statements of the Federal DOJ, FBI or affiliated agencies, no matter how egregious, horrific, routine and extreme the violations of even basic rights (Life, Liberty, Equal Protections under the law, Due Process, rules concerning evidence, procedures).
Even near-sacred American ideals of Justice like the lives of innocent persons and families, communities, completely ignored by sadistic, corrupt, rapists and murderers in uniform, rewarded for their brutality and dishonesty, promoted & protected by brass and peers without exception, epidemic in law enforcement culture from coast-to-coast, along with similarly criminal misconduct and corruption, dishonesty and gang-like silence if not affirmation and participation, mockery and concealment of the crimes and violations of innocent victims inside the Courthouse as on the streets, by Court officers and corrupt DAs including Wilmington’s Ben David, his twin, Jon, for faux changes of venue, and judges including those with known discriminatory behaviors, corrupt “side hustles” or even known involvement in child sexual abuse, the latter occurring in Wilmington with DA David refusing to even bring charges or pursue justice for a six year old girl molested by the husband of a sitting judge and a former Representative in the N.C. General Assembly.
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Whether using a Police K-9 as a sadistic weapon against an unarmed, surrendering individual at a checkpoint designed with officer safety in mind, shooting an unarmed, surrendering suspect 27 TIMES or a boy executed through a window for holding a PlayStation controller during a SWAT warrant service to apprehend a privileged college student, then blasting his dog for bentertainment. The murder of a skinny non-violent alcoholic in County Jail with no plausible explanation. Executing a slimeball ex-Sheriff in his boxer shorts through torture-by-Tazing until his heart exploded.
Similarly, placing multiple loaded AR-15s and shotguns to the head of an elected official and the elected representative’s golden retriever, targeting cars with that official’s bumper sticker, and four years of death threats, terrorism, kidnapping, civil and human rights violations, unlawful theft of property, violations of privacy, and the most basic rights and protections enshrined in the Laws, including and largely pursued in order to prevent a duly elected official from carrying out their sworn duties and serve their constituents, deliberate public deception to harm and undermine the hated anti-corruption, principled rather than profiteering loner in local political decision-making, harassment to obstruct, delay and seek any cause whatsoever to detain and delay the necessary movements of an official in carrying out their duties, and engaging in a deliberate campaign involving Mr. David’s active direction and participation in commission of the crimes and his own personal and staff-delegated criminal prosecutorial misconduct and additional criminal defecation on Justice, Liberty and human decency.
These are not isolated incidents rather a sample plate of the hundreds if not thousands of sadistic, criminal acts against primarily non-threatening, mostly law-abiding, non-violent and unarmed persons or a vulnerable, inebriated, unconscious, homeless or mentally ill easy victim for boxing practice or habitual sexual predation of those vulnerable to consequence-free exploitation and brutalization by bullies who get-off on violence and know that in these and EVERY SINGLE incident of criminal misconduct and rape, murder, terrorism, dehumanization, exploitation, and too many incidents by far too many uniformed thugs engaged in felonious habitual abuse by law enforcement officers (LEOs), assisted by their “no whistleblowers” peers and praise of the Sheriff and brass in New Hanover County, NC.
District Attorney Ben David, Wilmington Police Chief Evangelous, who relayed one incident involving the shooting death of an unarmed black man on PCP and rumors of violent protests, the desire of his cops to use live military anti-personnel grenades against civilians. Fortunately, the victim’s mother called for peace and calm and no further casualties or escalation occurred.
Along with the Sheriff, DA David and their pals in the City and County governments, FBI Wilmington Bureau, the US Attorney for the District, or now Gov. Roy Cooper’s NC State Bureau of Investigation, corrupt, incompetent and presumably as with AG Josh Stein close friends with Benjamin David and the corrupt powers long-entrenched (often going back to 1898, and the only violent Coup D’-Etat on American soil in U.S. history when the blood of freed, talented Negroes and “carpetbagging Yankee” Republicans turned the Cape Fear River red and many others were forced to flee forever or be subjected to lynching). Some habits die hard. That habit is still practiced. Probably rarely, but really, and with the mockery of the public and protection of the US DOJ, Civil Rights Division, FBI, SBI and post-ethics media fiction writers.
Presumably, those threats are rare. Accountability for criminal misconduct under DA David and his Assistant DA’s is even rarer. In none of these or any other incidents, not one, did David pursue justice through even his own corrupt, choreographed, no justice Courthouse. That’s right, NOT ONCE, NEVER, in these and too many equally if not more sadistic and cold-blooded, murderous, life-ruining, family-destroying, anti-American and anti-community and inhumane LEO crimes that would appall any Judeo-Christian community or person with a civilized related value system. Sadly, these public attributes are severely lacking in the larger community and completely non-existent in political and law enforcement circles.
President Obama’s Attorney General Eric Holder and his swamp rat legion of the self-serving who continue to infest the Bureau and Federal government agencies or at least the FBI and US DOJ were perfectly fine with ANY and ALL criminal misconduct, even aiding and colluding in many crimes and injustices, including assisting, though not to the extent sought by Mr. David through clearly dishonest and evil attempts to elevate his unlawful and dishonorable perversion of Justice and disdain for the Rule of Law, human and civil rights, the US Constitution and the ideals of American justice and jurisprudence, though Federal officials absolutely aided and colluded in criminal acts including murder, rapes, cover-ups of LEO crimes, torture, false imprisonment, evidence tampering, even the undermining of democracy itself by acts of terrorism & abuse, torture, violent physical attacks, obstruction & attempted intimidation and bribery to prevent an elected official from representing the public thus depriving The People of their representative in THEIR government.
I will never be able to walk into a police station again without bringing witnesses even to report a crime committed against me.
I suspect that rational evidence-based distrust and knowledge of the undeniable, though oft-excused, epidemic institutional and cultural corruption that certainly is more systemic and beyond internal reform, than some rare “bad apple” exception or “Criminal profiling” or “racial profiling,” as the ages (young black children, old white grandmas, etc…etc..), races, genders, cultures, and other “identifiers” demonstrates, though the primary factor for being victimized by criminal cops is unquestionably economic and not racial, we all know black and brown folks are targeted and victimized at greater rates per capita than other demographics, though most unarmed victims of police shootings are Caucasians. Perps are LEOs of all shapes and stripes, and I can tell you in four years the three white and one black Commissioner I served beside mentioned the word “Justice” zero times, but real estate deals hundreds of times, the latter dominated the concerns of those elected officials, business opportunities for themselves and their business associates.
In Cities like, hypothetically, Denver, the African-American Mayor and his mentor, current Senate candidate, former Governor, and Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper sold seats on the “Citizen Oversight Board” purposed to add some oversight to excessive law enforcement brutality and criminal misconduct.
In fifteen years, that Board with its seat-purchasers, along with the complicit role of the ACLU and NAACP in furthering rather than mitigating violence, murders and brutality against innocent civilians and suspected criminals, much like the ACLU of NC and NAACP in NC supported and NEVER opposed these excessive, escalatory violence and murder permitting Standard Operating Procedures, talent acquisition and training, and the various other underlying causes of law enforcement criminality that is far more violent, dangerous and routine than the incarcerated, who are less sadistic and violent than law enforcement –
--most of the incarcerated are non-violent, salvageable but opportunity and father-less black kids suffering the consequences of “KKK Joe” Biden’s proudest and only accomplishment, besides fighting with the Klan to kill Civil Rights legislation, his “Biden Crime Bill” that greatly escalated mass incarceration of black youths, many young fathers, the ridiculous 100X punishment for their crack while Biden’s daughter is a well-known cocaine-fiend in that crime family, and the work of corrupt DAs like Ben David, Kamala Harris and the bastard in Texas who lied for and protected the fat pig who murdered Sandra Bland (though no white folks probably have a clue who Sandra is or what I’m referencing).
Any, well, most any, decent, empathetic person harassed, beaten, tortured, defamed through culturally-encouraged dishonesty and public deceit, in a field with zero-transparency, no integrity and the standard practice of abuse, murder followed by lies and victim smearing after a gang-beating, tazering, stomping, purely malicious brutalization, borne from the injustice and inhumanity of those who are drawn to the underpaid, under-trained, overly-tasked, low-intelligence and lower virtue-oriented outmoded and major reform requiring job tormented and permanently harmed by police brutality and the broken criminal justice system, I have been devoted ever since to sharing my story (and sounding absolutely crazy, certifiable, admittedly…criminal justice reform is pretty much the only thing I’ve ever used Twitter for and primarily all I post about on FB…like a crazy…albeit it not anti-police or a “de-funder” or violent radical) in the hope that nobody else will ever experience what I experienced, having to learn how to talk again, literally, from the severity of the damage and head trauma w/permanent neurological damage from being beat down and tortured despite committing no crime, breaking no law, that any jury would convict any person of – suffering a seizure on the shoulder of a residential street…after years of vicious, expensive taxpayer-funded attacks and torment way beyond mere felonies. I am fairly certain the attacks of Ben David, Ted Davis, Woody White, Wanda Copley, Tom “ABC Store” Wolfe and the corrupt Wilmington government and community of malice & greed and fake Christians.
https://civilrights.justice.gov/#report-a-violation
https://ncdoj.gov/contact-doj/?fbclid=IwAR1Y1QoCRp_saa1wgZAEXpv-o_JZj9hrQa3EHJ9RN1vRK1sqFZ6nSt2mHOg
https://www.facebook.com/NCDOJ/
How long will these abuses and the crimes of those responsible, esp. Ted Davis, Sandra Criner, Wanda Copley, Woody White, Jonathan Barfield, Chris Coudriet, Dennis Ihnat, Andre Mallette, Bruce Shell and the most sadistic, criminal, evil thug in a County run by criminals, Ben David and his friends and criminal accomplices Roy Cooper, Josh Stein and Eric Holder, and their totally dishonest, narcissistic, story inventors with the morals of Joesph Goebbels who comprise the unethical media in Wilmington, with their total lack of empathy, honesty or integrity, and make up stories rather than reporting on say, all the secret lawsuits for County and City law enforcement brutality secretly settled every month and of interest to nobody except me in recent decades or real reform would’ve occurred already in New Hanover County. There would be more fathers in the community and less tears, instead of a cycle with outcomes few are even trying to break in any serious way. Esp. Rev. Barfield, who has long run training and discipline in the Sheriff’s Office and used eager, unethical criminals like Coudriet and Copley and Ihnat to enrich himself and say “F” everyone else in those closed-door meetings before the choreographed, scripted public meetings.
https://www.facebook.com/Justice-For-Tevin-Robinson-156369501383302/
https://www.facebook.com/Justice-For-Brandon-Smith-Shot-27-Times-Unarmed-By-Law-Enforcement-1633457566906576/
If I wasn’t in the Jail, in the “hole” in Central Prison or crazy house learning how to talk again when these sick acts of revenge were carried out in typical criminal gang fashion, I would’ve spoken up at least. I can promise you that. Empty words now that offer no comfort, but these stories and the photos break my heart and I wish I could assuage the grief and longing. I’m trying to advocate for reforms nationally but after losing my family, house, career, reputation, name and future amid the lies and mockery of Wilmington’s Finest, without any other voices or names to support my efforts I’m not exactly employing an effective strategy to reform systemic corruption and injustice.
To that end, if anyone ever reads this far into this manifesto (my most egregious and violent crime, excessively long emails and written documents).
In Wilmington, nationally, under elected officials of all complexions and genders, police brutality and an utterly corrupt, broken criminal justice system have been tolerated, praised, for corruption that has gone on too long, destroyed too many lives and families, and is so common and accepted in Southeastern North Carolina under District Attorney Ben David and former NC Attorney General Roy Cooper, corrupt, sadistic, and criminal - habitually, expensively (for taxpayers), sadly (for the children, parents, wives, husbands, brothers, sisters, communities) for the loved ones left grieving by District Attorney Ben David, Gov. Cooper, this corrupt Attorney General and friend, sadistic partner and criminally engaged co-conspirator The North Carolina Department of Justice and Attorney General Josh Stein work to protect people. (Learn more, file a complaint, or get tips at https://ncdoj.gov )
Please contact the US Dept. of Justice ASAP before corrupt prosecutor Kamala and "KKK Joe" Biden, the two leading advocates and criminal implementers of mass incarceration in black and brown communities, ruining the lives of non-violent kids who are salvageable, destroying families and communities in accomplishing their objective, without regard for life, civil rights or the Rule of Law in the process (and laughing and boasting it to this day!).
Please contact the FBI and national media and demand that Attorney General Josh Stein, Roy Cooper, Burr and other criminal actors killing and destroying lives, deliberately deceiving the public, manipulating evidence, victim smearing at taxpayer expense and using public resources, the power of government, to advance their corrupt goals (baseball stadium, etc...) and rape, beat, torture and murder for their sadistic pleasure, free from ANY accountability, transparency, with zero integrity, zero regard for the Rule of Law, human rights, civil rights, liberty, or Justice, or innocent lives are - in the case of Gov. Cooper, Stein, and others be investigated and public hearings held, by an out-of-state independent prosecutor, and that D.A. Ben David and local officials thus engaged in New Hanover County be placed on unpaid leave pending review of evidence provided to the US Dept. of Justice, FBI, US Attorneys Office and Federal officials years ago when the body count was much lower and many loved decent people were still with us and had not yet been executed in cold-blood by a brutal, criminal sadistic D.A. Ben David, and the incestuous New Hanover Courthouse crew of cronies, even protected pedophiles literally in bed with Ben David, lawyer pols inc. Ted Davis, Woody White and other and judicial abusers (Criner et al...)
The terror, threats and violence from law enforcement, directed by District attorney Ben David, documented for the FBI, which was in collusion and protecting D.A. Ben David along with his pal, then North Carolina AG, now Gov. Roy Cooper, would escalate to more pronounced violence, torture and worse as well as death threats and false imprisonment to keep me, an elected official, from carrying out my duties to represent the voters who put me in office in the first place.
For the past ten years I've been a relentless champion for Justice and police reform and corrections reform and criminal justice reform, while Gov. Cooper, N.C. Attorney General Stein and the NC Dept. of Justice, and their friend and corrupt, criminal prosecutor "Under Color Law" who has as I predicted in 2010 continually increased the extreme brutality and ever-increasing body count and indiscriminate selection of victims, including my friend and domestic violence victim Tressa Angermeier, who DA Ben David personally acted against, a victim of real not concocted domestic violence, beautiful, successful, intelligent, educated, and dead as a direct result of District Attorney Ben David, and Assistant D.A. Lillian Salcines-Bright, who deliberately acted against and significantly harmed an unquestioned victim of severe domestic violence, in order to protect the doctor and local opiate supplier to the political and law enforcement community in Wilmington, NC, eventually driving a petite, undisputed victim of a violent attack, to her death instead of representing the Rule of Law or the victim's rights and rehabilitation.
N.C. Attorney General Cooper, this current A.G. and Cooper Crony Josh Stein, and their friend and protégé Benjamin David didn't care about Tressa, directly violated numerous laws, in violation of their legal obligations or ethical or moral decency, a Federal crime including and not limited to prosecutorial misconduct "Under Color of Law," torture, kidnapping, death threats, violations of Due Process, numerous legal procedures and rights, directing criminal actions through third-parties and then ensuring that serious felonious and terroristic sadism and violence to prevent a duly elected official from carrying out their DUTY to represent the People, the citizens of New Hanover County, who elected me (and others) to represent them, a DUTY I took deadly serious and refused to stray from...
Even when corrupt, violent, Ben David and his political cronies began using law enforcement to threaten my life, my dog's life, with AR-15s and shotguns, safeties off, inches from my face and my golden retriever's head, and numerous equally sadistic and violent as well as extensive abuses of power and taxpayer resources pursued constantly for four years by County Manager Chris Coudriet, County Attorney Wanda Copley, the entire County Public Relations, law enforcement, various Agencies and Departments, to continuously harass, torment, abuse, rob, threaten, assault, defraud, slander and manipulate the full power of a corrupt, large Government apparatus to attack and destroy me personally, and illegally through violence and criminal actions documented and undeniable, prevent me from performing my duties dozens of times every month for years, sometimes violently and sometimes through less violent but equally criminal and destructive actions using sadistic, evil, criminal law enforcement thugs to carry out countless crimes from death threats to property crimes easily initiated since targeting, stalking, harassment, and unlawful detentions - much of these crimes have been documented, recordings and hundreds of witnesses and other admissible and indisputable evidence presented to the NC Dept. of Justice re: D.A. Ben David's and other corrupt officials' law enforcement torture squads. the kids in jail who are salvageable either...if black lives matter, get those kids out of jail and they can be saved. They are not violent or dangerous, yet, but nice kids from hard environments and broken homes stuck the cycle of mass incarceration....
https://youtu.be/tgrlMP7QBP4
https://twitter.com/brianberger56
https://youtu.be/a8hwgrz6zMY
Have you ever been watching a football game, in your own home, on a Sunday night, in your pajamas, heard a knock at the door opened it to find AR-15s, shotguns pointed at your face? You don't forget something like that.
https://www.starnewsonline.com/…/NC/20030…/news/605079251/ “Gary wouldn’t hurt a soul on this earth,” Mr. Scarbro said. “He was the most passive man on earth.” While the neuropathology consultation uses the word “officer,” the autopsy summary refers to “officers.” The autopsy performed Jan. 17 by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill showed Mr. Rummer died of blunt force head trauma. The report also notes a broken vertebra in Mr. Rummer’s neck.
http://jimfishertruecrime.blogspot.com/2012/05/killing-of-peyton-strickland.html
Peyton Strickland. Say his name! 18 years old. College student. Executed inside his home by a New Hanover County Deputy firing video game style into the home killing the young "punk" who was holding a semi-automatic PLAYSTATION CONTROLLER. Then they executed his dog for fun.
That's why I was willing to get pummeled and tasered without moving my hands from straight at my sides because if you so much as flinch or try to shield your face, law enforcement will shoot you dead without remorse, without a pang of conscience or humanity. And they made it clear under the barrel of numerous AR-15s and shotguns that they would gladly kill me and were planning on it, and they meant it. They threatened to shoot my golden retriever too.
I do not support "Defunding. I do support Liberty and Justice and the human rights of all my countrymen...and anyone who experiences anything like what I was subjected too, if they live, with permanent scars and PTSD and an uncompromising mission to try to raise awareness by sharing our stories so nobody else endures the suffering caused everyday, esp. in black and brown communities but white families too, sadists rarely limit their victims...anyone vulnerable who they can abuse is .
When will enough be enough? White folks will never get it.
…Maybe George Floyd would still be alive. …Maybe Sandra Bland would still be alive. …Maybe Tamir Rice would still be alive. …Maybe Eric Garner would still be alive. …Maybe Daniel Shaver would still be alive. …Maybe Lt. Richard Black would still be alive. …Maybe Elijah McClain would still be alive. …Maybe Wendy Newton would still be alive. …Maybe Nicolette Green would still be alive. …Maybe Cory Jones would still be alive. Maybe Tevin Robinson and Brandon Smith would still be alive. https://youtu.be/tgrlMP7QBP4
https://youtu.be/a8hwgrz6zMY
Maybe my friend Tressa Angermeier a domestic violence victim perversely abused by DA Ben David and Ass. DA Lillian Salcines-Bright along with other corrupt officials in New Hanover County…would still be alive. ☹
If you want law-abiding, decent law enforcement and ethical officials...if you value ethical government:
Contact: Assistant Attorney General Civil Rights Division Criminal Section 950 Pennsylvania Avenue, Northwest Washington, DC 20530
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2020.10.22 14:50 mammaknullarenftp163 Communists, here are some reasons why you should vote this election

Things have not gone well. We're having a hard time, we are, between the plague, the quarantine, the oppressive policing, the unrest in the streets, the rising tide of fascism, the criminal negligence of a President who's refused to admit the danger of a disease that killed 200,000 people and counting, "It's not that big a deal, calm down. People die all the time."
We kind of need a hero to lead us out of the darkness, and unfortunately Uncle Joe is really not the man for the job. I was a Bernie supporter, and I regret not being more vocal about it when I had the chance. Even though Biden is not my boy, I still think that dethroning Trump by electing Biden is the single most important thing any American can do right now. So allow me to make my case. You might say that ”only a normie radlib endorses the electoral farce. A rich Karen who'd rather complain about cancel culture than revolt against the neoliberal status quo.”
I get that you're disillusioned with the system that you intend not to vote in this election. So I really do understand the perspective that Biden is not worth voting for because that was also my first reflex when he was nominated. But on reflection, I think to throw away this vote would be a terrible mistake. I get that some communists want free healthcare, student debt canceled, and worker ownership of the means of production, and that Biden won't give us any of that, and that you don't want to vote for someone who won't actually change things. But point is that none of us want to vote for Joe Biden, sometimes a situation gets so toxic and so dangerous, well, you have no choice but to get your hands dirty. And in this election, I consider a vote for Biden primarily a vote against Trump. Voting for a politician is not necessarily the same as supporting the politician. I don't think anyone should stan Joe Biden. To me, voting is more of a utilitarian calculation based on the likely consequences of each candidate winning. It's not hero worship, it's not choosing a person to have a beer with, it's strategy. You might say that The Dems are just Republicans with a ceremonial facade of meaningless liberal civility. Well, I agree that the Democrats are sucky libs, but it is simply not true that there's no difference between them and the Republicans. I remember leftists saying in 2016 that there was no real difference between Trump and Hillary. But there's a lot of things Trump did that Hillary would not have done. Things like, filling the supreme court with anti-abortion fanatics, withdrawing from the Paris Agreement, appointing climate change deniers to head climate research, attempting to remove medical non-discrimination protections for trans people, constantly maligning the integrity of elections with no evidence, declaring the press the enemy of the people, calling white nationalist militias very fine people and telling them to stand by, aspiring to be an autocratic dictator and disdaining democracy itself, trivializing a deadly pandemic in the name of delusional macho posturing.
So sure, the Democrats suck and they're libs, but it makes a real difference if they're in control instead of Republicans, especially if you're a woman, or LGBTQ, or a human who lives on the planet Earth. Biden won't give us rainbow capitalism and streets named after Black Lives Matter, and that he'll do nothing to bring about systemic change. I fully expect to vote for Biden and then protest the administration that I voted for. And I'm not trying to vote-shame by admitting that voting won't do anything. But why is it that when you tell people on the left to vote, they think you're saying quit your job, abandon your family, retreat from society and fall into a deep slumber from which you emerge once every four years to vote for a shitty lib, before fleeing into the forest and re-entering a ritual slumber on a stone slab in an eldritch temple awaiting the return of Beelzebub? Voting doesn't take that long. At most it takes one day. You can vote and do other things also.
What is the plan, otherwise? Protest, unionize, mutual aid, strikes...? I totally agree, those are all good things to do. I've gone to protests myself this year, I've supported a mutual aid group. Voting won't fix all our problems and it's great to get involved in local things like that. But it still matters who's on the supreme court and who's leading the national response to the coronavirus. So in addition to whatever else you're doing, vote. You might say, ”participate in the charade of a farcical election? America is not democratic. It's a rigged two-party corporatocracy." Well, I mean, yeah. There's a lot wrong with our elections, big money financing campaigns, the electoral college, gerrymandering, voter suppression, DC being disenfranchised. All of this should obviously should be changed. But I don't think that in this moment, leftists boycotting the election is an effective form of protest. And I get that voting is for liberal normies who use Facebook and Reddit, and that it's not cool. It's boring, it's incrementalist, it doesn't make you feel like you're owning the libs or being edgier than your parents. But you could always vote in secret and maintain your radical image around your friends. Isn't being involved in politics inherently not cool? Because politics is for people who care, people who believe in things, people who place their hope in fallible human beings. All of which is very not cool.
I feel like so much Internet politics, whether it's radical or centrist, is just posturing. It's showcasing that you're funnier and smarter than the normies, that you see through all the bullshit, the corrupt system, the electoral farce. But all you're doing about it is sitting here shitposting and demeaning the people who are actually trying to accomplish what little can be accomplished. And in effect, edgy leftists who complain about both sides and do nothing are no different from edgy centrists who complain about both sides and do nothing. And yes, Trump is an aspiring autocrat who doesn't believe in democracy. Why bother voting against someone who won't leave office even if he loses? This ends in violence either way so we may as well smash. I don't expect Trump to go quietly. But if there's a decisive Biden victory and it's not some kind of vote-recount nightmare scenario, then I think the military will force Trump to leave. Times are tough. The president is a fascist. I think this country is closer to some kind of violent uprising than it's ever been in my life. But if it comes to smashing, you're gonna want allies. And for a lot of people, Trump rejecting a decisive Biden victory, and therefore, rejecting democracy itself, that would legitimize smashing. So you should still want every Biden vote you can get. Also, sure, capitalism is the root of the problems with our world. The whole system is broken and voting won't change that. Capitalism is an epochal world economic order. When you say that you want to end capitalism, you're talking about a tectonic shift in global politics that is so much bigger than all of us that I don't really understand what course of action that's going to be recommended. Like before capitalism, there was feudalism. And feudalism ended over hundreds of years of complex shifts in population and production, not because people just decided it was time to end feudalism. So won't capitalism end just whenever a new economic system overtakes it? I don't think that's the kind of thing that can be accomplished by a small group of activists. And I say small group because, I'm sorry to break it to you, but the vast majority of Americans are not communists. I think a lot of Internet leftists have a vastly overinflated sense of how big and important they are. I fall prey to this myself, like I was so sure that Bernie was gonna win the primary, in part because when I looked at my timeline, I was seeing this unanimous ocean of support for Bernie and contempt for the mainstream Dems. But what I was seeing, and what we're all seeing on our feeds, is a finely curated and very unrepresentative sample of the population. You have to remember that only 22% of Americans use Twitter at all. Most users rarely tweet, and 80% of tweets come from 10% of users. So 80% of tweets come from 2% of Americans. And it's not a representative 2%.
According to Pew Research, Twitter users differ from the general population in that they're, on average, younger, more likely to identify as Democrats, more educated and higher income. And far-left hammer-and-sickle Twitter is an even smaller, even more unrepresentative sample within a sample. We're talking about less than 0.1% of Americans. And that less than 0.1% does have an outsize influence because they're prolific Tweeters and their tweets get seen by public figures who use the platform, which is why there's so much discourse about cancel culture even though cancel culture is produced by a relatively tiny group of people. So if you wanna understand why even Democratic politicians cater to this retrograde soft conservatism, you have to pull your head out of the radical bubble. Back in 2012, I volunteered to work on the Obama campaign and I enraged people's dogs by knocking on their doors and ruined their dinners with canvassing phone calls. And I really recommend that leftists try doing this for at least one election, even though it is the worst thing in the world and I hated it so much. You know, you have to listen to a lot of, "I don't want Barack Hussein Obummer "redistributing my wealth!" Okay, I'm pretty sure Obama's not sending his death panels after your landscaping business, but whatever. Talking to voters teaches you the hard realities of what your fellow Americans actually care about. And when I was canvassing, I did talk to some left-wing people, I talked to union families, but I don't think I talked to a single communist. Most people do not read theory. Most people are concerned primarily with themselves and their families. They want personal security and prosperity. And if you look at the talking points used by politicians, they reflect that.
Most people are afraid for their personal property and safety. And this idea of ANTIFA looters and riots, it scares the shit out of people. Of course, in reality ANTIFA is not scary. Like I've met ANTIFA, and ANTIFA... ANTIFA is Ryan. It's Ryan and his transgender furry anarchist friends. But look if what you want is socialism or even just social democracy, then you have a lot of work ahead of you in terms of outreach. You have to engage people, educate, raise awareness. But you don't wanna do that because it requires you to stop owning the libs and start actually communicating with them. You have to build alliances with Facebook moms who ask ignorant questions like, "What's indigenous peoples' day?" And who think Kamala Harris making sassy faces is the height of praxis, and who probably watch ContraPoints, how embarrassing! You can't let your radical queer friends catch you associating with mainstream normie libs, how very bourgeois.
And yes you might say, again, that we need a revolution to end capitalism. So is the plan to do a communist revolution and overthrow the U.S. government? That's very valid. That's super hecking valid. That's extremely valid. I mean, I guess I admire the ambition. Uh, just a couple quick follow up questions though, are you counting on the U.S. military and police taking the side of the communists or is your plan to overpower them? Because unless you know something about the military that I don't, I don't think that much of the military is gonna defect to join a communist revolution. So there will have to be a war. Revolution doesn't happen overnight. After the Russian Revolution, there was the Civil War from 1917 to 1923, so you are gonna need to raise a Red Army. Well, you can't have a communist revolution without a Red Army, right? So how's that going? How many weapons have you amassed? How many units have you trained? Why are we talking about this? Why am I even entertaining this notion? When the far-right talks about violence and overthrowing the government, they actually mean it. And you know they mean it because they have literal militias, the Three Percenters, the Boogaloo boys, they're stockpiling weapons and training to use them. They have ex-military men in their ranks and connections to white supremacists within the police and military. Whereas when leftists talk about revolution on Twitter, it strikes me as ideation, not intent. Psychiatrists have this distinction between two kinds of suicidal thinking. So there's intent which is when you have a plan for how you're gonna do it, and then they have to commit you 'cause you're a danger to yourself. And then there's ideation, which is you're not actually gonna do it but you just have that inner monologue that's constantly saying "I just wanna die. "There's no joy for me left in this world. "I just can't stand it anymore. "I just wanna end it all." Then the psychiatrist says, "Well, we could try putting you back on Lexapro." And I say, "Not again doctor. Not again." So right-wing extremist discourse is violent intent while leftist radical discourse often amounts to revolutionary ideation. It's a kind of fantasy escapism, an alternative to politics.
Sure, revolution is the spontaneous reaction to intolerable injustice, and a riot is the language of the unheard. But what kind of language is it? What is the point of speaking through a riot, a protest or a strike? Is it just emotional expression, like an angry diary entry? Or is the point not just to speak, but to be heard? Heard by whomst? Who are you trying to persuade? You will want to be heard by people with power to change things. So it matters whether the people with power are likely to listen. This year, the U.S. has seen one of the biggest protest movements in history. And what has that accomplished? Well, at the moment we have a president promising to double down on law and order, on military police suppression, a president who told a room full of cops not to be too gentle with people they arrest. Let's be clear, both Biden and "Cop-mala" have an ugly record when it comes to crime and policing. For most of his career, Biden called for more policing, which is the opposite of what we need right now. But the 2020 protests have shifted the discourse about policing and criminal justice. And Biden has responded by beginning to shift his position. This years' Democratic platform includes things like stricter use-of-force standards, banning chokeholds, restricting qualified immunity, creating a registry of police misconduct, limiting no-knock warrants, decriminalizing weed, investing in crime prevention and social work. And is that good enough? No, it's not good enough. But it's a start, it's progress. It shows that the Democrats are, at least, willing to listen to protests. When John F. Kennedy first took office in 1961, he didn't want to propose a civil rights bill because that would've been super unpopular with the Southern Democrats. But then 1963 happened and there were protests and uprisings all over the south and the March on Washington that summer, and Kennedy listened. He said:
”The events in Birmingham and elsewhere have so increased the cries for equality that no city or state or legislative body can prudently choose to ignore them.”
He was moved by the protests, and he responded by introducing what became the Civil Rights Act of 1964. But what if Kennedy hadn't been president in 1963? What if some fascist had been president? What if Trump had been president? We might not have gotten a Civil Rights Act. So it does matter who's president. It actually matters a lot, and please do not let a fascist win to ”own the libs.” I, for one, think that we all deserve to begin 2021 by collectively purging from our lives this swindling, pestilent doofus. Vote him out!
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2020.10.22 13:36 mammaknullarenftp163 Communists, here are some reasons why you should vote this election

Things have not gone well. We're having a hard time, we are, between the plague, the quarantine, the oppressive policing, the unrest in the streets, the rising tide of fascism, the criminal negligence of a President who's refused to admit the danger of a disease that killed 200,000 people and counting, "It's not that big a deal, calm down. People die all the time."
We kind of need a hero to lead us out of the darkness, and unfortunately Uncle Joe is really not the man for the job. I was a Bernie supporter, and I regret not being more vocal about it when I had the chance. Even though Biden is not my boy, I still think that dethroning Trump by electing Biden is the single most important thing any American can do right now. So allow me to make my case. You might say that ”only a normie radlib endorses the electoral farce. A rich Karen who'd rather complain about cancel culture than revolt against the neoliberal status quo.”
I get that you're disillusioned with the system that you intend not to vote in this election. So I really do understand the perspective that Biden is not worth voting for because that was also my first reflex when he was nominated. But on reflection, I think to throw away this vote would be a terrible mistake. I get that some communists want free healthcare, student debt canceled, and worker ownership of the means of production, and that Biden won't give us any of that, and that you don't want to vote for someone who won't actually change things. But point is that none of us want to vote for Joe Biden, sometimes a situation gets so toxic and so dangerous, well, you have no choice but to get your hands dirty. And in this election, I consider a vote for Biden primarily a vote against Trump. Voting for a politician is not necessarily the same as supporting the politician. I don't think anyone should stan Joe Biden. To me, voting is more of a utilitarian calculation based on the likely consequences of each candidate winning. It's not hero worship, it's not choosing a person to have a beer with, it's strategy. You might say that The Dems are just Republicans with a ceremonial facade of meaningless liberal civility. Well, I agree that the Democrats are sucky libs, but it is simply not true that there's no difference between them and the Republicans. I remember leftists saying in 2016 that there was no real difference between Trump and Hillary. But there's a lot of things Trump did that Hillary would not have done. Things like, filling the supreme court with anti-abortion fanatics, withdrawing from the Paris Agreement, appointing climate change deniers to head climate research, attempting to remove medical non-discrimination protections for trans people, constantly maligning the integrity of elections with no evidence, declaring the press the enemy of the people, calling white nationalist militias very fine people and telling them to stand by, aspiring to be an autocratic dictator and disdaining democracy itself, trivializing a deadly pandemic in the name of delusional macho posturing.
So sure, the Democrats suck and they're libs, but it makes a real difference if they're in control instead of Republicans, especially if you're a woman, or LGBTQ, or a human who lives on the planet Earth. Biden won't give us rainbow capitalism and streets named after Black Lives Matter, and that he'll do nothing to bring about systemic change. I fully expect to vote for Biden and then protest the administration that I voted for. And I'm not trying to vote-shame by admitting that voting won't do anything. But why is it that when you tell people on the left to vote, they think you're saying quit your job, abandon your family, retreat from society and fall into a deep slumber from which you emerge once every four years to vote for a shitty lib, before fleeing into the forest and re-entering a ritual slumber on a stone slab in an eldritch temple awaiting the return of Beelzebub? Voting doesn't take that long. At most it takes one day. You can vote and do other things also.
What is the plan, otherwise? Protest, unionize, mutual aid, strikes...? I totally agree, those are all good things to do. I've gone to protests myself this year, I've supported a mutual aid group. Voting won't fix all our problems and it's great to get involved in local things like that. But it still matters who's on the supreme court and who's leading the national response to the coronavirus. So in addition to whatever else you're doing, vote. You might say, ”participate in the charade of a farcical election? America is not democratic. It's a rigged two-party corporatocracy." Well, I mean, yeah. There's a lot wrong with our elections, big money financing campaigns, the electoral college, gerrymandering, voter suppression, DC being disenfranchised. All of this should obviously should be changed. But I don't think that in this moment, leftists boycotting the election is an effective form of protest. And I get that voting is for liberal normies who use Facebook and Reddit, and that it's not cool. It's boring, it's incrementalist, it doesn't make you feel like you're owning the libs or being edgier than your parents. But you could always vote in secret and maintain your radical image around your friends. Isn't being involved in politics inherently not cool? Because politics is for people who care, people who believe in things, people who place their hope in fallible human beings. All of which is very not cool.
I feel like so much Internet politics, whether it's radical or centrist, is just posturing. It's showcasing that you're funnier and smarter than the normies, that you see through all the bullshit, the corrupt system, the electoral farce. But all you're doing about it is sitting here shitposting and demeaning the people who are actually trying to accomplish what little can be accomplished. And in effect, edgy leftists who complain about both sides and do nothing are no different from edgy centrists who complain about both sides and do nothing. And yes, Trump is an aspiring autocrat who doesn't believe in democracy. Why bother voting against someone who won't leave office even if he loses? This ends in violence either way so we may as well smash. I don't expect Trump to go quietly. But if there's a decisive Biden victory and it's not some kind of vote-recount nightmare scenario, then I think the military will force Trump to leave. Times are tough. The president is a fascist. I think this country is closer to some kind of violent uprising than it's ever been in my life. But if it comes to smashing, you're gonna want allies. And for a lot of people, Trump rejecting a decisive Biden victory, and therefore, rejecting democracy itself, that would legitimize smashing. So you should still want every Biden vote you can get. Also, sure, capitalism is the root of the problems with our world. The whole system is broken and voting won't change that. Capitalism is an epochal world economic order. When you say that you want to end capitalism, you're talking about a tectonic shift in global politics that is so much bigger than all of us that I don't really understand what course of action that's going to be recommended. Like before capitalism, there was feudalism. And feudalism ended over hundreds of years of complex shifts in population and production, not because people just decided it was time to end feudalism. So won't capitalism end just whenever a new economic system overtakes it? I don't think that's the kind of thing that can be accomplished by a small group of activists. And I say small group because, I'm sorry to break it to you, but the vast majority of Americans are not communists. I think a lot of Internet leftists have a vastly overinflated sense of how big and important they are. I fall prey to this myself, like I was so sure that Bernie was gonna win the primary, in part because when I looked at my timeline, I was seeing this unanimous ocean of support for Bernie and contempt for the mainstream Dems. But what I was seeing, and what we're all seeing on our feeds, is a finely curated and very unrepresentative sample of the population. You have to remember that only 22% of Americans use Twitter at all. Most users rarely tweet, and 80% of tweets come from 10% of users. So 80% of tweets come from 2% of Americans. And it's not a representative 2%.
According to Pew Research, Twitter users differ from the general population in that they're, on average, younger, more likely to identify as Democrats, more educated and higher income. And far-left hammer-and-sickle Twitter is an even smaller, even more unrepresentative sample within a sample. We're talking about less than 0.1% of Americans. And that less than 0.1% does have an outsize influence because they're prolific Tweeters and their tweets get seen by public figures who use the platform, which is why there's so much discourse about cancel culture even though cancel culture is produced by a relatively tiny group of people. So if you wanna understand why even Democratic politicians cater to this retrograde soft conservatism, you have to pull your head out of the radical bubble. Back in 2012, I volunteered to work on the Obama campaign and I enraged people's dogs by knocking on their doors and ruined their dinners with canvassing phone calls. And I really recommend that leftists try doing this for at least one election, even though it is the worst thing in the world and I hated it so much. You know, you have to listen to a lot of, "I don't want Barack Hussein Obummer "redistributing my wealth!" Okay, I'm pretty sure Obama's not sending his death panels after your landscaping business, but whatever. Talking to voters teaches you the hard realities of what your fellow Americans actually care about. And when I was canvassing, I did talk to some left-wing people, I talked to union families, but I don't think I talked to a single communist. Most people do not read theory. Most people are concerned primarily with themselves and their families. They want personal security and prosperity. And if you look at the talking points used by politicians, they reflect that.
Most people are afraid for their personal property and safety. And this idea of ANTIFA looters and riots, it scares the shit out of people. Of course, in reality ANTIFA is not scary. Like I've met ANTIFA, and ANTIFA... ANTIFA is Ryan. It's Ryan and his transgender furry anarchist friends. But look if what you want is socialism or even just social democracy, then you have a lot of work ahead of you in terms of outreach. You have to engage people, educate, raise awareness. But you don't wanna do that because it requires you to stop owning the libs and start actually communicating with them. You have to build alliances with Facebook moms who ask ignorant questions like, "What's indigenous peoples' day?" And who think Kamala Harris making sassy faces is the height of praxis, and who probably watch ContraPoints, how embarrassing! You can't let your radical queer friends catch you associating with mainstream normie libs, how very bourgeois.
And yes you might say, again, that we need a revolution to end capitalism. So is the plan to do a communist revolution and overthrow the U.S. government? That's very valid. That's super hecking valid. That's extremely valid. I mean, I guess I admire the ambition. Uh, just a couple quick follow up questions though, are you counting on the U.S. military and police taking the side of the communists or is your plan to overpower them? Because unless you know something about the military that I don't, I don't think that much of the military is gonna defect to join a communist revolution. So there will have to be a war. Revolution doesn't happen overnight. After the Russian Revolution, there was the Civil War from 1917 to 1923, so you are gonna need to raise a Red Army. Well, you can't have a communist revolution without a Red Army, right? So how's that going? How many weapons have you amassed? How many units have you trained? Why are we talking about this? Why am I even entertaining this notion? When the far-right talks about violence and overthrowing the government, they actually mean it. And you know they mean it because they have literal militias, the Three Percenters, the Boogaloo boys, they're stockpiling weapons and training to use them. They have ex-military men in their ranks and connections to white supremacists within the police and military. Whereas when leftists talk about revolution on Twitter, it strikes me as ideation, not intent. Psychiatrists have this distinction between two kinds of suicidal thinking. So there's intent which is when you have a plan for how you're gonna do it, and then they have to commit you 'cause you're a danger to yourself. And then there's ideation, which is you're not actually gonna do it but you just have that inner monologue that's constantly saying "I just wanna die. "There's no joy for me left in this world. "I just can't stand it anymore. "I just wanna end it all." Then the psychiatrist says, "Well, we could try putting you back on Lexapro." And I say, "Not again doctor. Not again." So right-wing extremist discourse is violent intent while leftist radical discourse often amounts to revolutionary ideation. It's a kind of fantasy escapism, an alternative to politics.
Sure, revolution is the spontaneous reaction to intolerable injustice, and a riot is the language of the unheard. But what kind of language is it? What is the point of speaking through a riot, a protest or a strike? Is it just emotional expression, like an angry diary entry? Or is the point not just to speak, but to be heard? Heard by whomst? Who are you trying to persuade? You will want to be heard by people with power to change things. So it matters whether the people with power are likely to listen. This year, the U.S. has seen one of the biggest protest movements in history. And what has that accomplished? Well, at the moment we have a president promising to double down on law and order, on military police suppression, a president who told a room full of cops not to be too gentle with people they arrest. Let's be clear, both Biden and "Cop-mala" have an ugly record when it comes to crime and policing. For most of his career, Biden called for more policing, which is the opposite of what we need right now. But the 2020 protests have shifted the discourse about policing and criminal justice. And Biden has responded by beginning to shift his position. This years' Democratic platform includes things like stricter use-of-force standards, banning chokeholds, restricting qualified immunity, creating a registry of police misconduct, limiting no-knock warrants, decriminalizing weed, investing in crime prevention and social work. And is that good enough? No, it's not good enough. But it's a start, it's progress. It shows that the Democrats are, at least, willing to listen to protests. When John F. Kennedy first took office in 1961, he didn't want to propose a civil rights bill because that would've been super unpopular with the Southern Democrats. But then 1963 happened and there were protests and uprisings all over the south and the March on Washington that summer, and Kennedy listened. He said:
”The events in Birmingham and elsewhere have so increased the cries for equality that no city or state or legislative body can prudently choose to ignore them.”
He was moved by the protests, and he responded by introducing what became the Civil Rights Act of 1964. But what if Kennedy hadn't been president in 1963? What if some fascist had been president? What if Trump had been president? We might not have gotten a Civil Rights Act. So it does matter who's president. It actually matters a lot, and please do not let a fascist win to ”own the libs.” I, for one, think that we all deserve to begin 2021 by collectively purging from our lives this swindling, pestilent doofus. Vote him out!
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2020.10.22 06:42 alaskansteve Biden Is Screwed

BIDEN IS SCREWED As I mentioned last Friday, I would likely put out a few modified emails, so here we go. Here is my summary of events. The Hunter Biden laptop is now verified as being legit by the corrupt FBI who sat on it since December despite it having evidence of pedophilia, torture, money laundering, buying political influence etc. Pretty much anyone posting about this on social media is getting banned, and the major state media networks are not covering the story. Let's put things in perspective. Watergate was considered the biggest political scandal in US history, and that involved tapping a single room. The Fuhrer spied on and framed the entire Trump admin for months in an open coup attempt, and now we have a laptop with the most scandalous information in political history, and I mean all of human history yet the media is burying the biggest story ever. Can anyone name a bigger scandal, especially given who is involved?
It is debatable whether Pedo Joe makes it to the election or if he is arrested first. I really have to say you CANNOT be a Christian, or even a decent human being and be a democrat. Think about this. They tell us orange man bad, yet can't actually provide any specific reason why. They just hate him because the deep state media, celebs and academia told them to, so they do so like brain dead sheep, but more feral. Meanwhile, they support a geriatric dementia patient who has been racist for decades, who has been a pedophile and molester for decades, who was selling political influence to Russia, China and the Ukraine while laundering millions for decades.
His son is a crackhead pedophile who also tortured kids and sold off his dad's political influence. How in the HELL can they say anything bad about Trump if THAT is their standard of decency? They are evil to the core. The censorship created the Streisand Effect where the forbidden fruit is sought after, and the interest in the story doubled. Guilliani said they were going to release details of all the atrocities over the next ten days, and I expect we will see full scale censorship even greater than we are seeing now. I expect Trump will use the Emergency Alert System to bypass the censorship as Q has hinted at in the past.
We are on MAJOR FALSE FLAG ALERT. O'keefe did another undercover sting of one the top Google execs who admitted they censor anything pro Trump and negative to Pedo Joe. ALL of this so they won't have to face justice for their treason and crimes. By the way, yesterday Trump said the lockdowns ‪end November 4th.‬ The reality is they CANNOT win, the election must be stolen.
ACB will be voted in on Hillarnazi's b'day which is awesome, and is essential as Pedo Benedict Roberts has already sided with election stealing.
Early voting numbers are coming in and show a HUGE lead for republicans in every state. The last 13 Trump rallies consisted of 25% NEW voters and 30% non-republicans. The entire country loves Trump, never forget that. I am willing to say he is the most popular president in US history, but every single outlet with a wide reaching voice and influence is trying to convince us otherwise. I am now going to one line summarize the articles below that caught my attention.
https://www.thedailyfodder.com/2020/10/suicides-up-nearly-100-among-young.html Suicides among the young are up 100%.
https://www.thecollegefix.com/christian-colleges-invite-non-christians-to-help-develop-christian-curriculum/ NON-Christians are being brought in to develop the curriculum at Christian colleges.
https://cnsnews.com/commentary/terence-p-jeffrey/americans-spent-more-taxes-2019-food-clothing-health-care-and How about this fun stat. Despite the Trump tax cuts, Americans spent more on taxes than food, clothing, health care and entertainment COMBINED. Imagine what happens when Pedo Joe gets a shot.
https://creativedestructionmedia.com/news/business/2020/10/20/doj-filing-anti-trust-lawsuit-against-google/ The Dept of Injustice is actually filing an antitrust lawsuit against Google.
https://therightscoop.com/breaking-report-fbi-investigation-into-hunter-bidens-laptop-has-been-ongoing-since-decembe BIDEN IS SCREWED
https://nationalfile.com/cdc-fda-under-investigation-to-determine-whether-scientific-integrity-was-compromised-during-covid-19/
https://bongino.com/unemployment-is-59-higher-in-blue-states-than-red-states/
https://reformationcharlotte.org/2020/10/19/wikipedia-bans-christians-from-contributing-to-the-website/
https://www.wnd.com/2020/10/trump-calls-dr-fauci-idiot-disaste
https://cnsnews.com/article/washington/melanie-artetrump-reporter-bidens-criminal-and-so-are-you-not-reporting-it
https://www.infowars.com/posts/banned-from-youtube-americas-frontline-doctors-hold-2nd-summit-in-dc/ America's frontline doctors held a second summit about the fraud known as CV-19, and the media buried it
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2020.10.21 20:22 reddiketts I am 31 years old make $135k live in Northern Virginia and work as a Management Consultant

Section One: Assets and Debt
Retirement Balance
· $122,600 split between 401k and Roth 401k. In college my first employer offered a 401k match up to 3%. While I had student loans I believe I only contributed 5%. After transitioning to a new company with a new match (25% of the first 6%) increased my 401k contribution to 7%. The firm then brought on a Roth 401k plan about 2 years after I started working there, so then I started investing an additional 8% in the Roth 401k.
· $22,350 in a firm sponsored pension plan. I don’t know much about this plan as it is managed completely by the firm. I became fully vested after 3 years.
Equity
· This is probably the most interesting thing about my money diary, but also may be the most difficult for me to explain. I currently co-own one property with my fiancé (FH) that we own outright. Although we own the property outright in a legal sense, we paid for it using a Home Equity Line of Credit (HELOC), leveraging FH’s parents existing home assets to secure a loan, that was treated as cash during the home buying process. Benefits of leveraging the HELOC were that we could receive a loan with a lower interest rate than a mortgage, that we will also leverage the same loan in future planned construction for the home, and that we were able to close in 15 days which benefited us during the offer process as there was a competing offer. If we had a standard mortgage loan, our home equity would be roughly $229k, with $200k paid initially into the HELOC or what I would consider to be the down payment ($100k from each of us). Once home construction is complete, we will convert the HELOC into a 30 year mortgage loan. That will likely not occur until 2022.
· FH also co-owns another home with his brother that is currently a rental property. I have no legal ties to the property at this time and only have a general idea about the current equity and debt.
Savings account balance
· $33k – this money is a combination of money reserved for existing wedding contracts, safety net, and the payment for our architect, engineering, and site plans for future construction on the home discussed above
Checking account balance
· $14k – At the beginning of the pandemic, I was hoarding cash out of fear. Now I am trying to move most of these funds to the HELOC
Credit card debt
· The average balance of my credit card seems to hover around $2000, however I pay my credit card in full every month so I do not pay interest on my debt
Student loan debt
· None – My parents paid for my first 3 years of college (BS Economics) , and I paid for my last year using student loans (~10k) and paid the loan off in my first two years of my working career. At the time I was living with my aunt and uncle and directed a majority of my income to paying off the loan as quickly as possible.
OTHER
· HSA - $4k – I come from a military family, who’s healthcare was 100% funded by the government. I have been in good health for most of my adult life and did not understand the benefits of HSA contributions until one of my friends, a former healthcare consultant, explained why I needed to be contributing the max contribution every year. I regret not investing in my HSA sooner, especially now that I have a baby on the way.
· Stock - $3k – I invested $3k into robin hood stocks, some are doing great, some are doing terrible, so I am pretty much at break even.
Section Two: Income
I am in this odd middle space where I do not have combined finances with FH but we treat our money as shared. We divide certain expenses between us a bit arbitrarily, and do not monitor each other’s daily spending, but do discuss major purchases. Combined HHI is $235k.
Income Progression:
· My first career after college was a business analyst on a helpdesk for a tech product. My salary was $45k. I stayed there for roughly 2 years and was promoted with a role change after 1 year to $60k. At the time $45k was probably under market rate for the area, so the jump to $60k felt like a huge increase.
· That company ended up in some legal troubles so I quickly sought out a lateral job change, and did not focus on trying to gain a promotion or salary increase. I still work at the same professional services firm that I jumped to, starting at $65k. I have been with them for over 6 years at this point, through 2 title changes, 2 relocations, and 2 org changes, now making $135k.
Main Job Monthly Take Home:
· $6k/month ($3k paid out on the 15th and the end of month) after taxes, HSA, healthcare (medical, dental, vision), and retirement.
Section Three: Expenses
Rent
· $0 - We currently live with FH parents to save money for future construction. We moved in with them in August. Everything we save in rent and other independent living expenses goes towards our HELOC. Previous rent was $1900 in a HCOL city.
Mortgage
· A follow on to the HELOC discussed in the equity section. We are only required to pay the monthly interest payment on the HELOC, which is roughly $900, however we deposit roughly $7k/mo ($3500/mo each from me and FH) into the HELOC, between rent from current tenants, and the categories noted above in the rent section.
Home owners insurance
· FH pays for home owners insurance
Savings contribution
· $0 - Since we already have quite a bit of money set aside for emergency, wedding, and architecture plans, and have no vacations planned for the foreseeable future, I will not allocate any more funds to savings, and direct and additional money towards the HELOC.
Investment contribution
· $1600/mo for the retirement accounts discussed in assets. No others at this time. In May, I had about $100k in mutual funds, and then pulled all that money to be used as an initial payment to the HELOC. Once we convert our HELOC to a home mortgage, I will start investing in mutual funds again. I will need to pay taxes on gains this year, which I have not yet estimated, and am now cringing on the inside for.
Debt payments
· I pay my credit card in full every month
Donations
· After being hooked on moneydiariesACTIVE for the past month, I am embarrassed to say that I do not donate regularly to a single organization, when I see everyone else being quite generous. It is on my to do list now to pick a charitable organization and start donating regularly. As for my one off donations, this past month I donated $10 to Wikipedia, and $100 and 14 inches of my own hair to Wigs4Kids.
Cellphone
· $139 – I pay the cellphone bill for my mom, dad, and myself
Subscriptions
· I mooch off of FH’s amazon and Netflix subscriptions, and from his parents HBO MAX, apple TV+ and, a relatives HULU. I just recently cancelled my free year of the Disney+ subscription through Verizon.
Car payment / insurance
· $67 – FH and I share his car (already paid off), and I pay insurance for both of us since I get the best rate through USAA, a benefit of being a former military dependent
Section four: Other things:
Was there an expectation for you to attend higher education? Did you participate in any form of higher education? If yes, how did you pay for it?:
· Yes, there was an expectation for me to attend higher education. My parents received their bachelor’s degrees in night school through the GI bill, and always talked about their life plans for us to attend traditional universities, and that they had money set aside for us to attend. I never saw an alternative path for myself, although my sibling decided not to attend university. ·
Growing up, what kind of conversations did you have about money? Did your parent/guardian(s) educate you about finances?:
· Growing up I was under the assumption that we were poor, mainly because my mom would outright claim we were poor and weren’t able to afford things. Now that I am an adult, I realize that my mom and dad were huge savers and were only willing to spend money on the important things, such as their home, our education, and one vacation a year, keeping their budget really tight for everything else. My dad has been retired from the military for some time now, and all the saving that my parents did (+my dad’s military pension) has allowed my mom to retire early as well. I would call them good financial role models to look up to, but claiming we were poor growing up was a bit extreme, untrue, and probably unnecessary. As far as direct conversations about money, debt, and credit, my mom said to always save as much money as you can, reduce recurring expenses as much as possible, reconcile your credit card statements, pay off your credit card bill in full every month, and homes and mutual funds are the only good investments.
What was your first job and why did you get it?:
· I worked part time at a clothing store folding clothes for 1 month before being let go because I was too young?? Apparently, the age cutoff was 17 but I was 16 at the time, not sure how they missed that on my application. I spent that money on a jr prom dress and prom ticket, because I figured my parents wouldn’t buy me one.
Did you worry about money growing up?:
· Superficially, yes. I knew there would always be dinner on the table, but if I wanted to do anything fun, I would typically pay for it myself. I didn’t save any of my money high school because I paid for all of my extracurriculars. I also got into a car accident in high school and paid my parents back for the repair.
Do you worry about money now?:
· I did not worry about money until we started this home construction process. I now worry that construction building materials are x3 the price they were before the pandemic and worry about what our monthly mortgage payment will be when we convert to a mortgage loan.
At what age did you become financially responsible for yourself and do you have a financial safety net?:
· I was financially responsible for myself for 7 years. Starting at 23, when I moved out of my aunt and uncles house and got my own apartment and was responsible for all bills. As of May, I am no longer financially independent again, as we are leveraging FH’s parent’s assets for our HELOC.
· For a financial safety net, FH and I both have savings to leverage, as well as retirement accounts if we are very desperate. I do not consider my in-laws to be an additional financial safety net, because we are already leveraging their assets, and since my parents are already retired, they only have limited income every month.
Do you or have you ever received passive or inherited income?:
· Indirectly. My parents gave me $7k as a wedding gift, which came from my grandpa’s inheritance to my dad.
DIARY
Day 1
· 8am - first alarm goes off, and my phone has fallen in between the mattress and the wall. Luckily I can fish it out by pulling the cord back up, and go back to sleep. I rarely get good sleep anymore as being pregnant is generally uncomfortable, so I usually snooze no matter how early I go to bed. FH gets out of bed at 8:30 for tennis, and I lay in bed strolling IG and reddit until 9am. At this point I boot up my laptop, eat two bowls of honey bunches of oats, make a single cup of decaf coffee, and get to work. When i say get to work, surf the internet for an hour before I even think of being productive, I have a light load for work this week. Yesterday was my birthday so I reply to a few bday emails from our leadership team. My director probably let them know late last week that my birthday was coming up, she's extremely thoughtful and makes it important that her team is recognized for both personal and professional milestones and accomplishments.
· Noon - Place an order with Kate Quinn for baby clothes. I just discovered her last week through a reddit post on gender neutral baby outfits, and she’s having a price point sale so everything I purchase is 50% off. 2 footie pajamas, 2 panda pants, 2 kimono long sleeve onesies, 2 knee high socks, 2 bibs, 2 large bow headbands, and a bunny hat. I have been really good with baby purchases, getting a lot of items second hand, but I really wanted to splurge on some clothes since this is my first baby and she will be born in the middle of winter. I’m making a lot of excuses for myself to justify my guilt in spending so much money. $141I've also been sitting on a saks off 5th cart over the weekend. We just recently moved back to Northern Virginia and it’s a much colder winter than where we were living for the last 2 years, so I'm in the market for winter accessories. I have 3 cashmere beanie’s (2 for me, 1 for FH) and some leather gloves in my cart. Over the weekend, one of the hats goes out of stock, and the gloves are final sale, so I end up removing those as well since I have short fingers and don’t know if they are going to fit. I'm under $99 so I have to pay for shipping :( $85
· 1pm – FH’s parents are friends with a restaurant owner, and FH dad regularly works on his network and security setup for his restaurant, so he is always sent home with food. We eat that for lunch several days a week. FH’s birthday present for me comes in, a Shark handheld vacuum inspired by Mrs. Hinch, an IG home cleaning influencer from the UK who has a gorgeous home, dog, and kid. I set it up on its charger.
· 1:30pm - My first YesStyle order comes in. I go through cycles where I won’t spend money for a month, then I just go crazy with online orders. It’s comprised of Japanese skincare and random face and makeup gadgets. I give them a test run, and my face seems to be getting softer as the day goes on but I could also be imagining it.
· 6:50pm - Dinner time cooked by MIL. I cringe on the inside when MIL talks about feeding Baby G the current fish we are eating, which happens to have lots of bones in it. Baby G will be her first grandchild so I know she's excited, but I also am headstrong and want to do things at my own pace and through my own methods.
· 7pm - new mommies group call, I talk about how my butt is getting so huge that I’ve had to size up 2 sizes in underwear.
· 8pm – I go back up to finish dinner. MIL talks to me about using her IRA for to self direct her funds for investing in buying rental homes. This is all new to me, so I ask a lot of questions. Still a bit confused when she explains that she will convert IRA company ownership to Roth IRA, She will probably have to explain this to me again a second (third, fourth, fifth) time, before I can fully absorb
· 9pm - I stay up too late binging Emily in Paris while FH watches football
Day 1 Total: $226
Day 2
· 4am - I wake up to my in-law’s Little Dog barking at the outside critters trying to steal our pumpkins from the porch
· 5am – Little Dog is barking
· 6am – Little Dog is barking
· 8am - FH gets up to play tennis but it's raining so he comes back
· 9am - I roll out of bed, cereal, and get to work
· 10am - I register at the hospital I will deliver at and sign up for a delivery introduction session
· 10:30am - The director on the current project I support just greenlit my idea for an incoming presentation. I am happy.
· 11am - I end up laying down because my back hurts, and contemplate purchasing a standing desk, but decide against it because my feet hurt more than my back usually.
· 1pm – It’s dumpling day for lunch! FH’s mom makes homemade dumplings in mass quantities for days when she doesn’t have a lot of time to cook lunch. I think her dumplings are delightful. She mentions we are getting low so I volunteer to help fold the next time she makes them.
· 5:30pm - I buy two maternity coats off facebook marketplace. I know this seems strange compared to my cashmere hat purchase from yesterday, but I know I can get 5+ years out of the hats (my oldest cashmere sweater at this point is 12 years old), but will likely wear these jackets for 5 months max, + maybe another 5 months if I have a second baby in the winter as well. $10
· 6:30pm - I hinch (read: clean) around the basement for a little bit with the new Shark wandvac
· 9pm FH and I watch Home Before Dark on Apple TV+ and head to bed at 11pm
Day 2 Total: $10
Day 3
· 9am roll out of bed, cereal, work
· 930am I’ve gotten through all my emails so I take a mini break to put on some eyeshadow. I am not a daily makeup wearer but 2 months ago I subbed to panporn and am now obsessed with the idea of panning some of my eyeshadow palettes. I’m still in my pajamas however.
· 11:30am I was extremely unproductive yesterday, and today we have a check-in meeting this afternoon so I am now finally crushing my work. My biggest weakness is that I am a procrastinator, but when I am up to a deadline, I always seem to pull through with really good work products that everyone generally seems to be happy with. Breaking the procrastination cycle seems impossible.
· 3:30 I periodically search for a particular single to double convertible stroller through google and second hand sites, and discover that Dillards is selling the double stroller for $100 cheaper than its single seat counterpart. I think the pricing is a mistake on Dillards part, as this brand almost never goes on sale, but I’m taking the chance of a cancellation for the discount. The in-laws wanted the stroller to be a gift to us, so it will be reimbursed. I'm pretty set on having 2 kids, so fingers crossed they are close enough in age that having a double stroller is still useful, but if not, I can sell the second seat on fb marketplace.
· 5pm We meet with an architect in the backyard to discuss her experience and things we are looking for in the home design process. Her quote is pretty standard compared to other architects we’ve interviewed, and we like her experience the best, so we ask her to give us a proposal.
· 7pm FH’s mom makes kimchi stew for dinner, which I really enjoy. I can be a picky eater at times so she has been experimenting with new dinner items for me to try. After dinner I clean the bathrooms in the basement but leave the showers for FH to clean since I can’t bend over very well anymore. After cleaning, I make myself a cheese snack of asiago and crackers. I really want some jam but can’t find any, so I attempt to eat my cheese snack with applesauce. Its absolutely horrible so I try to pawn the apple sauce off on Little Dog, who also hates it, so I make FH eat the rest. Apparently he doesn’t like apple sauce either even though he was the one who bought it, what!
· 9pm-11 Home Before Dark, sleep
Day 3 Total: $0
Day 4
· 9am roll out of bed, cereal, work
· 9:50am inspired by Sylvie from Emily in Paris, I watch a few YouTube videos on how to dress like a French woman as I get some work done. A few youtubers talk about simple beautiful accessories being one of the stand out characteristics, so I pull out a Nixon watch that I haven’t worn in probably 4 years, and then decide I need some simple earrings. I have a metal allergy so I need to go for gold or gold plated pieces. All of my gold plated jewelry is thrashed from over wear so I go Mejuri for some earrings. I love the mini hoops but I start to feel guilty looking at the prices so I close the site 10 minutes later.
· 10:50am I send my friend a picture of a vizcacha and we debate if this is what Pikachu was inspired from. We're pretty sure we've had this discussion before. I’m procrastinating on tackling a tough problem on my current project, so I take my firm's mandatory code of conduct training while I play in my makeup instead. I really like our compliance officer’s reference to the quote "trust is built in drops and lost in buckets" and index that in my mind for some project work I am supporting related to customer experience.
· 1pm lunch of assorted leftovers
· 330pm I get an email saying my saks order is here. There’s also a mystery amazon package for me, it’s a lotion set from my director, extremely thoughtful and will come in handy right away as its already dry in the mid-Atlantic. FH's beanie is too small but it fits me great so I’ll just keep it for myself since it was final sale. Also, break for popcorn snack! I bought a silicone popcorn popper a month ago and now just buy popcorn by the kernel. It’s panning out to be a really worthwhile purchase for the amount of popcorn that I eat.
· 4pm Today is payday and it’s also been 1 week since I transferred extra funds from my checking account to our HELOC, so I send the max weekly amount through Zelle. The more money we put into the HELOC now, the less interest we will pay. $3500
· 5pm I decide I really need to work out. I was in a good routine at the start of quarantine with Nike workouts but then I got pregnant a few months in, and all motivation was lost due to nausea and fatigue. I procrastinate for another 30 minutes then get to it. Normally this is $29/mo but I cancelled my membership 2 weeks ago because I wasn’t utilizing it enough and am now just finishing out my last month of membership. After my workout I take a bath using a bath bomb that I received as a gift from one of my girlfriends.
· 7pm Eat dinner of assorted leftovers and putz around until FH to finishes an online test for his grad school program.
· 9pm We watch Bobs Burgers until 1030, and I talk about wanting to eat everything I see in each commercial during the show. Little Dog wants to sleep with us tonight so I set up a pillow at my feet for him to rest on. He leaves about an hour later.
Day 4 Total: $3500
Day 5
· 845 roll out of bed, cereal, work
· Noon FH’s parents venmo me money for the stroller, and I transfer my total venmo balance to my bank. FH’s mom is already talking about putting little dog in the second seat when she takes Baby G for walks. Little Dog will never walk again when he is introduced to the stroller, he hates going on walks. I renew my audiobook loan on Emily Oster’s Cribsheet through Libby
· 1:50 Quick lunch of leftover fried rice and some ramen before I hop on a 2pm meeting. I am waiting on an empty conference line for 40 minutes. Apparently, I joined Wednesday’s conference line instead of today's, so I miss the meeting. That's really embarrassing, especially when I was prepared to meet and discuss some new content I created. I check in with the lead and he says no worries, I'll meet with them again on Monday
· 6pm We visit with Little Dog who is back from surgery for a benign tumor removal. He is looking very sad so he gets lots of pets from FH and me.
· 645pm I am sitting on the couch scrolling reddit and Baby G gives me a couple of swift hard kicks, which I am pleased about. I haven't felt some really hard kicks in a few days so I was getting a little worried. FH’s dad comes home with dinner from the restaurant where he helps out on the guys network. FH and I watch tv for the rest of the night.
Day 5 Total: $0
Day 6
· 730am - FH and I wakeup to get ready for tennis, but get stopped as we walk out the door by FH's dad saying they will be leaving to check on their rental properties and will take Little Dog. We insist that we will stay home to watch Little Dog while he recovers, so he doesn’t have to wear his cone of shame. Whenever little dog has to wear the cone he gets extremely sad. At first I thought they were being dramatic but he really does look so sad and refuses to walk around when he has to wear it.
· Noon – I order tacos and tortas from the local taco shop and drive over to pick them up. $29
· 4pm – I eat my left over torta and some extra butter popcorn as a special treat. This leads me to skipping dinner at the dismay of FH’s mom.
· 10pm – FH keeps talking about McDonald’s but we settle on leftovers and some cereal and then play Among Us with friends on zoom until Midnight.
Day 6 Total: $29
Day 7
· 8am FH and I wake up to get ready for tennis and head to the tennis courts. I'm a beginner so FH just runs drills with me. My forehand is atrocious but my backhand isn't too bad today. We try to rally but it doesn't go well since I can't run very fast or very well anymore due to the belly.
· 10:20am I check my phone as I am waiting for a friend to confirm plans later and see that we have a meeting with our labor and delivery hospital at 10:30. We race home to hop on a zoom call.· Noon – We head to a local sandwich shop, and FH pays. The medical world at large says pregnant ladies shouldn’t eat cold cuts but I’ve read that if you heat meat in the microwave till steaming, it should kill off listeria, so I do that and enjoy my sandwich.
· 1:30pm - I head to a bagel shop in DC for an everything bagel and cream cheese as well as a chai latte.. I know I just ate but I can't help myself, I love bagels. I meet my friend at the National Mall and walk around for 3 hours, enjoying the sunshine and conversation. We attempt to fly a kite near the Washington monument but a piece of the kite is missing, whoops. $13
· 530pm – FH’s mom asks if I could get us sandwich items for lunch this week and I am happy to oblige, I head to the grocery store to get assorted deli meats for lunch this week, plus a nice block of white cheddar and raspberry jam as a snack $50
· 630PM – Dinner is home made hot and sour soup which is think is lovely. I putter around after dinner waiting for FH to finish studying.
· 945PM We play Among Us on zoom with friends and head to sleep at 11:30
Day 7 total: $63
Food + Drink $91
Fun / Entertainment $0
Home + Health $0
Clothes + Beauty $236
Transport $0
Other HELOC $3500
Lastly, reflect on your diary!
Day 1 was a high spending day for me, with 2 out of the ordinary purchases however, the rest of the week was extremely low, so I would say this was a great week. Prior to purchasing our house, I was much less strict with my money. We actually did a 6-month assessment of all of our transactions before we started our home search, and found that outside of food and transportation to work, my biggest expenses were clothes, uber rides, and going out to eat and drink. As soon as we did that assessment and determined that we wanted to buy a home and do follow-on construction work, I stopped buying clothes completely. The pandemic also facilitated the change to completely eliminating uber rides and going out to eat and pretty early on in quarantine we also decided to get pregnant so we stopped drinking as well. I have started to buy some maternity clothes and baby gear out of necessity, but still feel I am making responsible decisions with my purchases. I feel EXTREMELY lucky that we had the opportunity to purchase our house and fund construction the way we are, as well as saving on additional costs by living with FH, so I am trying my best to be financially responsible and contribute as best I can while still giving in to small indulgences every once in a while.
Edit for maths and spelling
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2020.10.21 12:03 remote-enthusiast 59 remote jobs

Hello friends! These are the open remote positions I've found that were published today. See you tomorrow! Bleep blop 🤖
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