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2020.10.21 12:59 zenmate122Can we talk about Claire?
I know this subject has come up here and on other subreddits many times before, but I am of the [unpopular] opinion that Frasier did the right thing when he preemptively ended it with Claire because he really did not like her. Some say that he invented feelings for Lana/Lorna because of this and that, that he was afraid to lose Claire so he fabricated feelings for Lana to sabotage the relationship. To them I quote Martin: “I'm just saying that you overcomplicate things. ……… he didn't need to analyze every moment of his childhood. That's where it gets into themumbo-jumbo.“ I think it is simple; Frasier and Claire had a lot in common, they liked the same things, and he thought she was the perfect person for him. She might well have been but he was not physically attracted to her, not like he was to Lana or others like Casandra or Faye, or even Lilith. Or maybe he subconsciously disliked some of her mannerisms. No need to overcomplicate things. Let me quote Martin again: “I like Bonnie, Bonnie's dog humps Eddie, I don't like Bonnie anymore. It doesn't mean I have "issues with women," it's just life, you know? Good stuff happens and bad stuff happens, that's all.” Also, Claire was very well-liked by everyone in the family, she was even more playful with Martin than with Fras for some reason (I think because she was mentally a bit more mature than Frasier) and Frasier saw that. She might have been a good wife (I dislike using this word, “wife”) but he was looking for a partner. View Poll
TOP 50 FARGO CHARACTERS: The Official Ranking (Based Solely On Opinion) of (Almost) Every Fargo Character (Because Season 4 Has 50 New Characters Alone and It’s Not Done Yet I became a big Fargo fan this year, it helped me get through quarantine and I am now on the ride for season 4. It’s nice to be here so I’ll start off with a bang and give you what I believe to be the ranking of the Season 1-3 characters. I included, mostly all of them. Some got excluded like that lawyer or that cop, but for the most part the gang’s all here. And like the title says, it’s all opinion. But I’m right so let’s get going. 1.Lester Nygaard Pretty much everything that Fargo is can be summed up with Lester’s turn to evil. If you want to introduce someone to the show, you begin with him. Lorne may steal the show, but Lester’s inner evil being unleashed it far more fascinating as a character study. It’s a strong arch and offers a very revealing role for Martin Freeman to sink his teeth in, and is arguably one of the retreads of the show from the movie that actually might be an improvement. 2.Gloria Burgle The best version of the morally centered cop this show has to offer, comes very close to standing next to Marge. Her relationship to her work and her family, as well as her struggle with her inadequacies make for a fascinating and extremely captivating character to follow in a season full of madness. She is powerful and remains uptight in her investigation but her moments of fear and stress felt extremely real, and I appreciated this more than the two other variations on this list. 3.Mike Milligan If I didn’t try to hide my bias, Bokeem Woodbine’s absolutely legendary and retro performance as the Kansas City wannabe-king would certainly rank at number one. There is nothing I don’t enjoy about his role. Made me a Bokeem fan for life. I would take a whole new season about him purely to bathe in new footage of this perfomance. 4.VM Varga Evil incarnate has never been so enjoyable to watch as it is with David Thewlis delightfully monstrous antagonist. Season 3 has its flaws, but I could always count on Varga’s consistency for vile and disgustingly cruel anecdotes for becoming rich to sink my teeth in. One of the rare villains that has his shadow linger over the whole show. He is only closely followed by 5.Nikki Swango Who not only manages to be the biggest badass of the season, but also manages to be the only character smart and quick enough to outthink Varga. I remember it being quite haunting when we see Varga off his game, and I could feel the power of Swango’s character throughout the rest of the season. Her undoubtable love for Ray only provides more of a reason to root for this character’s revenge. Undoubtedly the best antihero the show has to offer (sorry #24 fans) 6.Lou Solverson Now I LOVE both versions of Lou, they’re both adorable and endearing. Season 2 is certainly fleshed out more and given a lot more to do, but with that season in hindsight it’s very interesting to see the inner cop Carradine carried on in scenes such as his encounter with Lorne or his desire to help his daughter, sitting on the porch just like he always has. Wilson brought a much needed charm that made him an extremely reliable character for all of season 2. Both are extremely strong contenders for the show’s best boy scout. 7.Lorne Malvo Some may be upset at his ranking, but don’t get me wrong Lorne is everything. His dark humor mixed with his love for violence makes for an eerie and hilarious antagonist for season 1. His humor is more successful than any other character. 8.Ray Stussy Baby Ray, such a tragic character. This one’s here for me guys. Ray’s arch and its conclusion made me realize how much I loved him, and at the same time made me realize how much I don't have a very similar character. He was very endearing throughout his course in the season, and I wish him the best wherever he is. 9.Bear Gerhardt Another strangely endearing and tragic character who is probably the most relatable and understandable member of the Gerhardt Family. Definitely my favorite, and his dark turn towards the end of the season just highlights the downfall of the entire family structure. 10.Gus Grimly Betsy is the star of Season 1 but I’d say Gus ended up being a more compelling character for me. He had one of the more satisfying arcs and I enjoyed seeing a character who was just...not good at his job but wanted to do the right thing. Hank’s very friendly performance added to the heart of the show and boy what a satisfying ending for him. 11.Hanzee Dent I love rooting for murderous psychopaths, but man wasn’t he a badass? Hanzee’s storyline of oppression and emancipation was a storyline that I enjoyed its entirety of, even if I was somewhat disappointed with the seeming lack of a resolution surrounding the events with the grocery store. Although, I don’t mind the Moses Tripoli thing, the Wrench/Numbers part of that scene is what was a stretch for me. 12.Rye Gerhardt How do you steal an entire season with only one episode? Kieran Culkin’s performance as Rye deserves an Emmy and you can’t tell me he doesn’t. He’s hilarious, and I think he has the perfect amount of screentime for his type of character. “There’s two ways this can go.” 13.Dodd Gerhardt The most despicable Gerhardt? Definitely, but Jeffery Donovan is incredibly entertaining to root against and has some of the funniest moments of the season. His relationships to the other characters also creates great intrigue. 14.Hank Larsson Is there any other man you would want by your side in the battle? I wish it was him saying FUBA with Lou in the end instead of who we got, but man is Ted Danson just great in this show. First of all he somehow FITS Fargo perfectly, but his character is just very dependable. Very similar to... 15.Betsy Solverson Only second to Hank is Lou’s reliable wife is Betsy, whose impending doom gives the family structure of season 2 quite the shake up it needs. It offers Lou a chance to express emotions that his beefy facade attempts to hide, and her willingness to assist and take arms is just lovable. Speaking of dedication... 16.Sy Feltz Sy...poor Sy. He warned Emmit from the beginning and sticks with him even when he is accused of being in bed with the enemy. He had no reason to stay by his side except for his morals and ethics and the fact that he just cares about his friend. His ending is one of the one things in that show that truly makes me sad when I think about it. I don’t know if I’d want a different ending, but SY DESERVED BETTER. 17.Molly Solverson Molly is everything she needs to be. She’s honest, she’s hardworking, and despite what everyone says about her the most surprising part of her character is she knows when to stop. In the end, she has moved on. Lester is the same character, he is the same evil. Molly knows this and in the end, knows she can’t help him. Their battle gave a compelling season-long arc that kept me motivated to come back each week when I originally watched it, and even though Lou and Gloria get first place for me in the ranking, Molly’s impact can not be stated. I’d love to see her get a drink with Marge. 18.Simone Gerhardt Simone’s 70s spirit is a ride. She certainly has the most spunk out of the Gerhardts, gives a surprisingly emotional performance, and gives arguably the best line of the entire show. 19.Emmit Stussy JUDAS. Only high on this list because of McGreggor’s excellent performance, multiple sides and shadows of emotion make him such a compelling part of this show. Emmit is incredibly hard to read, and every episode is a new kind of feeling about him. But there’s no question, in his final scene, I cheered. He doesn’t deserve anything like what Ray and Nikki have let me just say that. 20.Peggy Blumquist Peggy is frustrating, but that’s what makes her compelling. On one hand you can see Peggy’s side of things, but on the other you can understand Ed. Peggy gets the upper hand here because she represents a lot of other things in this world, and Dunst was able to bring enough reliability and honesty to mix with the crazy. 21.Karl Weathers Although I always enjoy Nick Offerman, I was a little worried at this character’s initial appearance. Noah Hawley has a knack for writing some one-note characters as you’ll see later on in this list, but what turned me around was his appearance in Episode 6, most specifically his intense interaction with Bear. His surprising intelligence and wit in this interaction was really compelling. 22.Floyd Gerhardt Being a Watchmen fan, it was awesome to see Laurie Blake to show up to kick some more ass in this show. Floyd’s a complicated character, and I enjoyed her gradual descent into loss of control, both mentally and physically. She was a stone-cold power figure, who honestly I wouldn’t fuck with. 23.Ed Blumquist Jesse Plemmons gives a grade-A performance in this one, and his character has just as many twists and turns emotionally as Peggy gets to have, though I wish they had gone further down his routes at times. We see his dedication, where he breaks and where he picks his feet up. But I don’t know, I just would have personally liked to have seen more. 24.The Kitchen Brothers Love my Prague rock-band boys. Of the henchmen’s they’re my favorite. It’s just a personal preference because I love their style. They also manage to be completely badass without saying a single word. 25.Winnie Lopez So, I don’t know the general consensus on this character, but I kind of loved her. She and Gloria are a badass team, it was nice to have someone working somewhat directly close with the main cop of the show. You know in Season 1, Molly had Gus but she was mostly on her own and Lou had help from a few other people but again mostly had to fly solo. Winnie believed in Gloria and wanted to do what she could to help her. I’m gonna think about how much I love them real quick…………..that was nice. Alright, time to explain myself with this next one. 26.Mr. Wrench I know fan favorite Mr. Wrench being placed at 26 is making some people tweak right now, but listen….he’s great. I agree, he’s entertaining. Wrench and Numbers, they’re some great blokes. BUT LISTEN…….Season 1 they just didn’t grab me. I don’t know, like I enjoyed their scenes because I thought they were a good dynamic hitman duo with enough quirks to warrant their inclusion but I did not leave the show wanting more from them. It wasn’t till Season 3 that I found myself in a greater appreciation for him. Because you know, apart of me was like, “Oh boy Noah is really pulling out of his ass for this one.” But at the same time, he and Nikki made a damn good team. And if I can go with other coincidences in this show, I can go with that one. Please don’t burn me alive, I admit he’s entertaining but there are way more compelling characters in my opinion. Actually, one I would credit with being just that is... 27.Charlie Gerhardt Who gave one of the most surprising performances of the season. I enjoyed his arch of wanting to be apart of the family, and although I felt like his conclusion was somewhat lackluster after he’s in the cage, I still enjoyed his overall inclusion and I think that’s due in part to Allan Dobrescu’s natural charisma. 28.Paul Marrane I was so happy when Ray Wise showed up, and his supernatural nature seems fitting. I think he was served better than aliens if we’re having that debate. 29.Joe Bulo I enjoyed his interactions with other characters (Milligan, Floyd) more than his character overall. A very Fargo crime boss. 30.Meemo and Yuri Gurka Though some would argue they deserve separate spots as they’re two very different forms of crazy, but I feel about the same of both. They are expounded upon enough without being overly exaggerated and provide some good thrills/scares. I think I like Meemo’s style here though, so sorry Yuri you’re 30.5. 31.Mr. Numbers Adam Goldberg is an actor I enjoy seeing whenever he shows up and that is no more in effect than with his role as Numbers. The only issue is I couldn’t tell you a single thing about his character except for his devotion to and relationship with his partner. 32.Bill Oswalt Bob Odenkirk will be remembered as one of the finest actors of his time, no question. It’s a shame his role but more one-note than noteworthy but it just shows his power to hone in a good performance despite the content. 33.Don Chumph GLENN. HOWERTON. Any Sunny fan was happy to have him, and though his exaggerated ego is a bit much, it offered a lot of laughs and a good role for Howerton to play in between Philly seasons. Obvious bias, let’s move on. 34.Noreen Vanderslice I enjoyed her presence. Solid dark comedy. Not much else. 35.Pepper and Budge In moments I loved them, in moments I could’ve gone without them. Key and Peele are delightfully entertaining (I love seeing Peele act in general now that it’s so rare), but sometimes they just feel horribly out of place. This show is filled with character actors but this inclusion just always felt weird to me. They do offer one of the best moments of the show, that being the car scene with Lester. 36.Stravos Milos I guess he’s not a fan favorite, but it helped that I enjoy Oliver Pratt enough to enjoy his inclusion in the show. I also appreciate at least one real and honest reference to the movie being put in there. If any storyline from the film could continue, it’s obviously the money and it provided a nice welcome into the world before the craziness of season 2. 37.Vern Thurman Included because he left such a charming impression. 38.Maurice LeFay I hear the criticisms of being one note, although I enjoyed seeing Scoot show up if only for one episode. What a killer way to go out though. 39.Sonny Greer One of those other one note characters, this time one that serves much less of a purpose. Karl outshines him in every scene. 40.Greta Grimly A heartwarming addition to the Season 1 storyline. Next. 41.Chaz Nygaard Unlikable and uncharamastic but his blissful ignorance is a welcome folly for Lester’s rampage. 42.Moe Dammick The problem with this character isn’t even that they repeated the same cliche from Season 1 with Odenkirk’s character but rather that they did nothing to add or subvert expectations with it. He ends up pretty much staying the same way throughout the season, even after multiple moments where he should be convinced otherwise. He is simply the same character with a harsher edge, which is a shame because Shea Whigham is another one of those actors who I normally just love whatever role he’s in, so this one was a little disappointing. 43.Ben Schmidt Everyone’s favorite police yuppie. Absolutely terrible cop, incredibly hilarious to watch him fail. “You’re a shit cop, you know that?” 44.Linda Park Offers Lester one of his most fucked up moments, but did not offer much in terms of a character outside of a couple of laughs. 45.Donny Mashman Down low because he has no backbone. 46.Constance Heck Gave a great performance in her scene with Hanzee, but did not get much out of her little screen-time. 47.Gina and Sam Hess Characters that exist solely for the purpose of progressing Lester’s character arch. Toss em to the curb. 48.Ruby Goldfarb That twist was just lame and not shocking, I’m sorry. Like it happened, and I was just like...okay? Who cares at this point. Did not need it. Also very one note. 49.Ennis Stussy/Thaddeus Mobley Not even the worst performance wise just, frustrating. There are certain times where I give Noah Hawley his side roads even if they end up going nowhere just because I enjoy the world of Fargo, but Thaddeus’s storyline is just so unnecessary. I enjoyed the inclusion of the story with the robot and how it related to Gloria’s arch, BUT THAT IS NOT ENOUGH SIR. Realizing I’ve rewatched every episode of Fargo except S03E03 oops. 50.Skip Sprang The most annoying and useless typewriter salesman in the world. I could watch Mike torture him for hours.
2020.10.20 20:25 mr_tyler_durdenNotes and Highlights of Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear’s Live Update October 20, 2020
Notes and Highlights of Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear’s Live Update October 20, 2020 Notes bymr_tyler_durdenand Daily Update Team Check your registration status, ballot status, or how to vote here! Note: Thank you to the people who have given awards to these posts but I do want to say: Please don’t spend money to give these posts an award or if you want to give thendonate it here instead. These people need your help more than I need awards. I guess if you are just spending reddit coins that you already have then that’s fine but don’t spend new money, donate it instead. Thank you all! Watch here:
New deaths by county: 97 F Fayette, 67 F Jefferson, 94 M Jessamine, 56 F Belle, 92 F Jessamine, 96 M Jessamine, 82 F Hopkins, 74 F Jefferson, 89 M Marshall, 73 M Boyd, 76 F Jefferson, 80 F Jefferson, 78 M Muhlenberg, 86 F Daviess, 96 F Fayette, 64 F Jessamine
4. So now in a little bit of a positive note, I want to share some positive social media around our Mask Up Kentucky effort.
So today's COVID report is grim. It's grim because it shows that we are not just continuing in our third escalation but this one is probably now the second most worrisome escalation that we have seen surpassed only by that original March increase, when at the time we didn't have nationally the level of testing we needed and PPE supplies had run out. Because of what we are seeing in this escalation, you should know that we have begun, as a state, surge preparations again. That's something that we did not have to do in the increase over the summer, but we are now going back to our plans about capacity in hospitals, looking if we have to add hotel options, and the use of state parks and ensuring that we have the operational plans to stand up the field hospital, if necessary. Because our cases continue to go up, our hospitalization continues to go up, we continue to see more people in the ICU, and if we can't get everybody's buy-in, if we can't get more people doing the right thing each and every day, my concern is that we are going to experience a real surge that we must avoid. But if we're going to face it, I want you to know that we are spending our time getting prepared. And we do know so much more about treatment. We have 120 days supply of PPE at the state and hospitals are supposed to have two weeks supplies of PPE.
So there are now 5 deaths, 71 residents who've tested positive, and 42 staff members who tested positive at the Thomson-Hood Veteran Center in Wilmore.
If the White House is going to send us an analysis, we want to make sure that you can see it. So, here are the red zone counties that they've identified: Jefferson is back in the red zone but again, you see, Eastern Kentucky. You see Western Kentucky. You see, South-Central Kentucky. This can- the virus is truly everywhere at this point. So it's going to take a full statewide effort to address it. And, as we see different areas if you look at the incident map from today online at kycovid19.ky.gov, you see how quickly it can spread in one area. There's an area Western Kentucky right now that is probably the best example and that's because people live in one area and work at another and travel to stores in others.The orange zone as well.<...> So these are the concern colors from the White House, and again 70%, according to their analysis of our state of seeing moderate to significant community transmission.
I'm still not clear about the circumstances under which Kentuckians would be advised to self-quarantine. -- I think this comes up because Indiana's now on our travel advisory their positivity rate is really high. [...] First, If you don't have to travel to one of these states, don't. Don't go on vacation. Don't go voluntarily unless you have to. If you work in one of these other states, in other words live in Kentucky but work in Indiana or need to go over to see, maybe, people who depend on you, just be extra careful. [...] Now, we are asking for those that go to somewhere on the list, voluntarily not for work, not for a medical procedure, not for dependence, we're asking you to quarantine when you get back. And if you won't do that, please, at least go get tested, because we know how many trips to the beach resulted in spread and especially a lot of our rural counties and how quickly that grew.
Will I have a briefing on election night? -- I will. I will. COVID doesn't care if you're a Democrat or Republican or an Independent, it'll kill you just the same. And we can't let politics, even when it's an election night interfere with a public health response to a global pandemic.
Good evening Team Kentucky. This is lieutenant governor Jacqueline Coleman and I am here to kick us off tonight with the Fast Four at four.
So the very first one tonight is voting and I want to talk about how voting is a sacred right in America, and as leaders we have to make sure that every Kentuckian's voice is heard. Two weeks from today is the 2020 general election. And in reality, election day could be every day between now and then; because we have the opportunity to vote early in person, and we also had the opportunity to vote absentee, prior to this. So I know that we're showing up in numbers that we've never seen before, for in-person voting and absentee voting and that is a direct credit to our governor, and our Secretary of State for creating this bipartisan effort together. According to the Secretary of State, over half of the absentee ballots have already been returned, and over 1 million Kentuckians are estimated to vote this election. So we want to make sure that we're able to keep it this way for all future elections. If you want to know more, you can go to govoteky.com. And there you can even check the status of your absentee ballot if you've already mailed it back or dropped it off at your county clerk's office, you can find your polling places, if you plan on voting in-person, and you can see a sample ballot for who will be on your ballot when you go to vote. So make sure Kentucky that we all show up to vote and make our voices heard at the ballot box.
Alright, second up, we have “Stay Healthy at Home” and I want to focus on a couple of the 10 steps that we've talked about to fight against COVID-19. And so first I want to talk about the importance of staying Healthy at Home, especially if you are sick. We’re starting to see a surge in cases and the governor is going to talk a little bit more about that in a minute, and it's very concerning. We've had record highs and, and we need to be mindful and make sure that we are Healthy at Home as much as possible. Please remember that your actions affect others and our actions are what stop or spread the surge of this coronavirus. As a teacher, I can tell you that I've said to my students more often than I can count, “If you are sick stay at home”, and that is a really good reminder for all of us, especially with flu season coming up. So let's recommit to doing those little things that will help us stop the spread. Make sure that you're limiting the places that you're visiting to only those places that are essential. And of course, we want to make sure that all of our restaurants feel our support so you can go to your favorite restaurant and get take-out with your family when you can as well.
Third, we have Youth Suicide Prevention, we want to make sure that we're prioritizing our mental health, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. So last month was suicide prevention month, but I'm committed to shining a light on the silent epidemic all year long, especially when it comes to suicide among our youth. As a teacher I saw this epidemic firsthand and I will always fight to help put an end to it. You need to know that suicide is the second leading cause of death for people ages 10 to 24 in the United States. So when we fail to address it this tragedy becomes even more dangerous. So I'm challenging you to participate in the “I won't be slient challenge” which is part of the Jason foundations challenge to raise the national conversation about the silent epidemic of youth suicide. Visit https://iwontbesilent.com to learn more about the warning signs of suicide and how to help someone who is in need. Suicide is 100% preventable and it is our responsibility to fit into it. Remember that if you are contemplating suicide or concern that someone else might be you can visit the Suicide Prevention hotline by calling 1-800-273-8255. Team Kentucky, together, we can save lives.
So I'm going to send it back over to the governor now, Governor, how are you and your family doing?
We're doing great. Thank you. We actually all tested negative again today, we are in good spirits, we’re maybe a little bit restless, but we know that we've at least got several more days before we are clear from quarantine. We're going to make sure that we answer the call, and do what's asked of us. I want to thank the Lieutenant Governor, and thank all those educators we saw in those slides. Today, I'm wearing a KEA, Kentucky Education Association, mask to show my support for all of those teachers that either are in-person, in class, trying to keep everybody safe, or working so hard on the other end of a computer screen to provide a real high quality educational opportunity and experience for our kids, we appreciate you. And thinking about the loss that we recognized yesterday in Ruthie Martinez, we appreciate all of our educators that are out there.
So today's COVID report is grim. It's grim because it shows that we are not just continuing in our third escalation but this one is probably now the second most worrisome escalation that we have seen surpassed only by that original March increase, when at the time we didn't have nationally the level of testing we needed and PPE supplies had run out. Because of what we are seeing in this escalation, you should know that we have begun, as a state, surge preparations again. That's something that we did not have to do in the increase over the summer, but we are now going back to our plans about capacity in hospitals, looking if we have to add hotel options, and the use of state parks and ensuring that we have the operational plans to stand up the field hospital, if necessary. Because our cases continue to go up, our hospitalization continues to go up, we continue to see more people in the ICU, and if we can't get everybody's buy-in, if we can't get more people doing the right thing each and every day, my concern is that we are going to experience a real surge that we must avoid. But if we're going to face it, I want you to know that we are spending our time getting prepared. And we do know so much more about treatment. We have 120 days supply of PPE at the state and hospitals are supposed to have two weeks supplies of PPE. We have significant more testing but if what we are seeing nationally continues, it is really concerning, because this time around it isn't just in the south, or isn't just in a pocket in the Midwest, and it's everywhere. And so our concern is if you think back to St. Louis versus Philadelphia, that we are seeing that that major second wave, though obviously this is our third escalation, which that instance was worse than the original- more loss of life, and we're certainly seeing more loss of life right now so as you see, we haven't done this in a while, you have Philadelphia versus St Louis Philadelphia was what New York experienced in many ways at the start of this pandemic. A real significant loss of life, hospitals overrun, incredibly high mortality rates for something like this because of when it happened. St Louis did something similar to our Healthy at Home, and flattened the curve, just like we did, though I think we did a better job than this. But what it shows you is later, especially fall and winter, if we let our guards down, that second peak can be tougher, can cause more damage. So we are making our preparations to be ready from a logistics side for a second surge, certainly we think that that is happening nationally, but we've shown here in Kentucky we can stop it. We stopped at least two before, we can stop this one. We need you to wear your masks, engage in social distancing. We need all of our facilities where people come together right now to redouble their effort. We've seen too much spread nationwide at funerals, at weddings, we don't want those events to become spreaders. We know that in a wedding, we want it to be a really positive event and at a funeral no one would want their funeral to be potentially spreading this. Different venues that are out there, we need you to double down on what you're doing. Our houses of worship, just please make sure that you're following all the protocols and redouble your efforts, all the way through. This is a time where we have those top 10 rules, we know the top 10 rules, and we need everybody really committed moving forward. I mean, really committed to doing this right and to knock down the numbers. Listen, we are Team Kentucky, I know this is possible, and it's going to be done. The way that it happens at the level we need it to happen, has got to be through encouragement. Yes, we're going to be out there doing enforcement but we’re never going to have enough people out there to get truly the amount of people doing the right things we need. So I'm asking you, I'm pleading with you, I'm begging you: follow the rules, other people's lives, our economy, and the education of our kids depend on it. It's also living by our values and by our faith loving our neighbor as ourselves. This is the time and the test to say “Are we willing to live up to our values and to sacrifice for them? For each other?” This is when it's going to get really tough. We thought it was tough before but listen that's life. I've thought in many things that I faced this would be the toughest thing I'd have to deal with whether in a career, or family, or otherwise, and guess what? Tougher things come along, but we're tougher people, after having dealt with them. I'd like to think we're smarter and tougher after having dealt with two of these increases, thus far. We got to prove it, and now's the time to do it.
Because today's COVID report has our fourth highest ever total for positive, new coronavirus cases, 1,312. Yesterday we had the highest Monday ever. This is the highest Tuesday, ever, and it's the highest by 258 cases, it's not even close.
Positive cases today: 1,312
Probable cases: 13,431
Total confirmed cases: 89,544
Children Under 18: 144 - again showing the level that this is hitting, even our younger Kentuckians
Jefferson getting hit really hard lately- 324 new cases. we're thinking about you Jefferson County. We know everything that the community has been going through and this is just one more challenge that I know that we're up for doing the right thing. And making sure that we protect one another. I think that is a daily record for Laurel County. So it's everywhere, folks. In fact, and I'll show you the White House's analysis here in a minute about where different counties are, this is from the report that they sent to us: 70% of all counties in Kentucky have moderate or high levels of community transmission . That is significant, I mean 70% of us, means that- [they] are in a real troubling place.
Total tests conducted: 1,828,431 (PCR: 1,706,897, Serology: 81,597)
Positivity Rate: 5.08% - That is the highest since August 25th. So we are seeing virtually all of our numbers escalating at the same time, which tells us it's real, and it tells us that it could surge in the way that is requiring us to make preparations as a state, and should require all of us as citizens to double down on our efforts. Let's not wait until this gets worse than it is right now because in a minute I'm going to read you information on 16 Kentuckians that we have lost due to COVID-19 that we're announcing today.
Total hospitalized: 6,665
Currently hospitalized: 776 - continues to go up today
Total in ICU: 1,638
Currently in ICU: 202 - That's up from 190 yesterday. So that is 12 more Kentuckians fighting for their lives.
On a ventilator: 96 - That's up from 89 yesterday
Total recovered: 17,402
New deaths today: 16
Total Deaths: 1,342
Today is one of those days that I dread and I know we all in Kentucky dread, based on the significant loss of life, 16 additional Kentuckians.
New deaths by county: 97 F Fayette, 67 F Jefferson, 94 M Jessamine, 56 F Belle, 92 F Jessamine, 96 M Jessamine, 82 F Hopkins, 74 F Jefferson, 89 M Marshall, 73 M Boyd, 76 F Jefferson, 80 F Jefferson, 78 M Muhlenberg, 86 F Daviess, 96 F Fayette, 64 F Jessamine
Eastern Kentucky, Western Kentucky, Central Kentucky, we’re losing people everywhere. Let's make sure that we had our homes up green. The last couple of weeks, really last couple months, there's been a lot of loss. And let's make sure that we're working just as hard for these families, as we were for the families early on, they deserve that from us. Let's make sure that we come through for them. I can tell you that seeing those green lights late at night or early in the morning provides a lot of comfort, that we're not alone, and that we are strong and resilient, and we're going to do what it takes. Ring those bells at 10am, I can't tell you how many people that I've talked to and they say, our church, our Community Center, our university has rung that bell every single day that we've been in this. That’s special, it also shows the perseverance that we need. Let's keep it up.
Racial breakdown of all cases: 80.11% Caucasian, 11.75% Black or African-American, 1.74% Asian, 5.94% Multiracial
Ethnicity breakdown of all cases: 90.37% non-Hispanic and 9.63% Hispanic
Racial breakdown of all deaths: 83.89% Caucasian, 12.26% Black or African-American, 0.96% Asian, 2.88% Multiracial
Ethnicity breakdown of all deaths: 96.59% non-Hispanic and 3.41% Hispanic
Cases reporting in last 14 days: 363 students, 8 faculty/staff
Total cases: 4484 students, 99 faculty/staff
And today we've got another memorial to show you that again, not just ages and genders and counties, though that's tough enough to read. This one is actually the great uncle of one of our state troopers who told me about this loss. Loved his great uncle sounds like he was a wonderful man. So Kentucky lost one of our heroes in veteran and Reverend, Robert L Boyd of Cadiz. He was 89 years old, Reverend Boyd was a pastor for 35 years, a boxer, a farmer, and a historian. He loved retelling the stories of his family in church, and could recount historic dates and stories from the local area. A man of many talents, Reverend Boyd was a talented singer and a former member of the gospel group Israelite Travelers. Family was everything to him, he has an incredible father, grandfather, great grandfather, brother, uncle, cousin, and friend. He was loved by so many will carry a strength and encouragement in their hearts. Every person that we've lost to this, and people we lose to other things is such a tragic loss to communities and to the entire Commonwealth. To Reverend, thank you for your service here on Earth, your service as a Reverend, your service as a veteran, and your service as a beloved member of your family, and your community. I wear my mask today in remembrance of you. I can tell you made an incredible mark on some people that I know and I'm sure you were part of raising them to be incredible people.
I talked to the GRADD Area Development District today, county judges, also, area development Members, the Executive Director there as well as the health department, local health department director. You know they are fighting a real serious outbreak of this virus in the area, also very concerned about their long term care facilities. We talked through testing that we have and potential for more testing options, and also things that they can do as leaders in the communities. It was very positive. We appreciate the effort that they are putting in providing local and regional leadership so that we can protect people around us.
Another tough piece of news today is there is, unfortunately, an outbreak at one of our veterans centers that we've talked about a couple times and our team is doing all that we can to protect those who have done so much for us. So there are now 5 deaths, 71 residents who've tested positive, and 42 staff members who tested positive at the Thomson-Hood Veteran Center in Wilmore. This is one I've been giving updates on, 13 of the veterans are at the VA Medical Center, and 52 are in a unit at that facility that is treating COVID patients. One of the veterans who has tested positive has recovered. At the request of the Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs, the US Department of Veterans Affairs is providing 15 nursing staff from the disaster emergency management personnel to help combat and contain this outbreak. The facility is testing all employees and veterans every Monday and Thursday, and is conducting daily screenings of all employees and veterans in addition to anyone who shows signs or symptoms. The facility is retraining and monitoring all infection control processes, including the use of PPE. The facility continues to work with partners at the Jessamine County Health Department and Kentucky Department for Public Health. And we've now lost two veterans from COVID at the Paul E. Patton Eastern Kentucky Veterans Center in Hazard for a total of 7 residents in our veteran centers that we have now lost during this pandemic.
Again, these are people who have served our country. It's our job to protect them. And we need your help. We talked with the area development district today but we talk, hopefully to everyone, and to you each day about, there's no way to have 100% effective strategy of preventing this virus from getting into these facilities if there is a ton of virus in the community. Now there's a national story today and over half the people who test positive can't even identify the person that they were in contact with, that was positive. In other words that community spread is so much, people don't even know how they're getting it. That's how it gets into these facilities. That's why we've got to do what it takes to push this virus down and we need all of your help. Now's the time that we got to turn it on.
K-12, I'm going to do a little different of a report today. <You can take that down James that is the audited report that comes out that lags the school dashboard> Today I want to mention that the school dashboard is reporting 97 new cases, this is schools that reported last night for today. 97 new student cases, 75 new staff cases, 1,109 quarantine students. Two of those are mine. And 218 new quarantine staff. So, again, I think that that's just Monday of this week. So that tells us how the virus is out there and spreading, and how we've got to tamp it down and lessen the spread in a community to protect the education of our children.
2020.10.20 17:54 toxicdeliquencySeArching for fandom partners!
Hey everyone! I’m Tulsa and I’m twenty-one so please please please be over eighteen, bc I’m not tryna catch a case. I’ve had issues in the past where people who play the opposing characters change them so much that it’s not even them anymore, and then the dynamic doesn’t make sense and yeah….. (this makes me sound harsh but i promise I’m not jdsjnddi). RULES FORMAT;; Since these are characters that we’re playing, I’d prefer us both to use third person POV. I get very invested in my characters, but find it a bit uncomfortable when I, or my partner, is using ‘I’, it makes it too personal for me. As for doubling, that’s something I don’t do, and I know that’s usually a turn-off. I just feel it’s easier, and more fun to focus on one story/couple. I will play side characters if we need/like, but I only do one thread. I hope that makes sense lol LENGTH;; As I tend to write stories in my free time, I do prefer longer replies. My starters will usually be anywhere from 3-5 paragraphs, and my replies at least 2, usually more depending on the scene and how much my partner is giving me. I’m not too strict about this, but I do like details, so if you’re a one-line roleplayer, we are not a good fit. For more of a glance at my length, feel free to check out my writing samples: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1ZRxKbX59YvNCXJejHsUHrfP0mlo_KHt9ivZRUwyrdWI/edit?usp=sharing LIMITS;; I prefer my plots to be about 70/30 when it comes to story/smut. Limits and things of that nature can be discussed in private if need be! PLOTTING;; As long as we’re both putting forth effort into the plot, I’m down. It’s just hard to come up with a plot by yourself, especially because you don’t know if the other person will like it. Also, if we start a plot and you find yourself bored and/or would like to try something else, don’t hesitate to ask! This whole ad makes me sound so serious, but I swear I’m just a smol girl. REPLY RATE;; Since I am a college student, my replies may be a bit scattered. Due to Covid, I’m available almost all day everyday so I’d love someone who’s able to do quick, but also literate replies! I will always do my best to send out a reply at least once a day though, but on weekends you can expect quick replies throughout the day. I think that’s it for all of the formalities, so onto the fun stuff! Vampire Diaries Kol Mikaelson & Averie Forbes… BIO: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1kZthnbN1uGMLaGh_MVjBV2Sgmy_qtY9xYuPU0Q7BUaA/edit?usp=sharing Plot ideas: i really want to do something with Stockholm syndrome? Like maybe he takes her as a way to get back at Klaus or something? Marvel/MCU Loki Laufeyson & Eira Jarledottir… BIO: https://docs.google.com/document/d/102xmk63dnwe5RMbJegfi-cy4AZtev2IZVafhaejuCvw Plot Ideas: when Loki is disguised as Odin and we can have her come back to Asgard and she’s completely heartbroken when she finds out Loki is ‘dead’. Or, we could do something set before the films if we’d like! Or something kind of AU where Eira is there when Loki finds out about his true lineage. Stranger Things Billy Hargrove & Katrina ‘Kat’ Wheeler… BIO: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1X_Xz7SOiHZpjlLyrqvzRpP-Kt-sy0zRDBDPxpMDBS2w Plot Ideas: i don’t have any specifics for this one, but I just picture a ton of angst and a lot of unsaid feelings. I’d love to maybe try an AU where Billy survives the events of season 3 and he’s trying to find himself and figure out how to move forward and Kat wants to help but she’s not quite sure how. Or, I’m always down for good old teenage rebellion that takes place during season 2 or before the whole ‘possession of Billy’ thing happens. Teen Wolf Derek Hale & Paige Krasikeva… BIO: https://docs.google.com/document/d/10KtrZRng-j9k4TJ1gZmSJRdqAcqdE2iIM5sfgEe3MLs Plot Ideas: I’m thinking something along the lines of Derek sees her at the school and is completely shaken and she has absolutely no memory of the situation. So then maybe they re-fall in love or he like steadily tries to help her regain her memory. Another way to go would be they rekindle a romance, Paige having no idea of their history, and then Peter giving her back her memories but they’ve been skewed to make Derek look like the bad guy. Stiles Stilinski & Lydia Martin They were my first OTP and I’d love to get the chance to play Lydia again. I’m kind of down for anything with this couple. Criminal Minds Spencer Reid(or a male oc) & Olivia Fray… BIO: https://docs.google.com/document/d/19hC6zvvbkFVaQMwwY5K-mlHOccm1YFd9j8m2CguN2AI/edit Plot Ideas: They meet on a case and she ends up getting too deep and someone has to save her. Or she could get hired as like media personnel to give debriefings. I’ve only played in this fandom once, I’m still working things out so bare with me. I believe that’s it??? I’m really craving these plots right now, so if anyone wants to do them I’d be eternally grateful! Also, if you have any plot ideas of your own for these pairings, don’t be afraid to share them!!! If you’re interested, please feel free to reach out!
2020.10.20 14:46 rusticgorillaLost in the Sauce: Team Trump attempts to smear Biden using possible Russian disinformation
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Trump and allies are pushing an unverified and highly suspicious narrative to smear Joe Biden by trying to tie him to his son Hunter Biden’s work in Ukraine. Last week, the New York Post published emails and photos allegedly from a laptop belonging to Hunter - but without any proof of provenance.
What we know:
The NYP story: Hunter Biden (who lives in Los Angeles) dropped off multiple laptops at a computer repair shop in Delaware in April 2019 and disappeared. The invoice he allegedly signed was for the low price of $85. The repair shop owner recovers and reads Hunter’s private emails, a few of which mention a possible meeting with his dad, and is so alarmed that he contacts the FBI in November 2019. Before handing the laptops over, though, the repair shop owner copies the contents. Once he realizes the FBI is not doing anything with them, he contacts Giuliani’s lawyer (sometime in early 2020) and hands over the contents of the drives. Giuliani and/or his lawyer then sits on the material for months, finally deciding to release them (with some prompting of Steve Bannon) three weeks before the election.
The NYP story was “mostly” written by longtime-NYP reporter Bruce Golding, but he “did not allow his byline to be used because he had concerns over the article’s credibility.” Instead, the lead reporter credited is Emma-Jo Morris, a former producer of Sean Hannity’s show on Fox News (owned by Rupert Murdoch, just like the NYP). Between Wednesday and Sunday, the NYP published more than 50 separate stories and columns tagged “Hunter Biden.”
What the docs published by NYP said: An email dated April 17, 2015, suggests Hunter Biden arranged for a top executive at a Ukrainian energy firm to meet with the then-vice president when he was in charge of U.S. policy toward Ukraine. There is no proof the email is authentic, nor is there proof that such a meeting occurred or that “Hunter” even replied to it. What experts say: WaPo journalist David Ignatius reports that an Eastern European expert in digital forensics who has examined some of the Ukrainian documents leaked to the New York Post said he “found anomalies — such as American-style capitalization of the names of ministries — that suggest fakery.” Thomas Rid, author of “Active Measures,” told WaPo: “Usually when emails are leaked, what investigators look for is the actual email file, and we don’t have that here.” When an email is presented without the metadata, he said, “then you become suspicious.” Russian op: U.S. intelligence agencies warned the White House last year that Giuliani was the target of an influence operation by Russian intelligence. The intelligence raised concerns that Giuliani was being used to feed Russian misinformation to the president, leading national security adviser Robert O’Brien to caution Trump in a private conversation that any information Giuliani brought back from Ukraine should be considered contaminated by Russia. Trump had “shrugged his shoulders” at O’Brien’s warning, the former official said, and dismissed concern about his lawyer’s activities by saying, “That’s Rudy.”
Former National Security Adviser John Bolton repeatedly told his staff to stay out of discussions with Giuliani due to warnings he received from intelligence officials about Trump’s lawyer spreading foreign disinformation. As early as Spring 2019 Giuliani was seen as a tool of Russian intelligence.
A reminder that when Giuliani came to Kyiv in December he not only met Andriy Derkach, identified and sanctioned by the US as a Russian agent, he also flew out of Ukraine on a private jet connected to some shady oligarchs. When asked about meeting with Derkach, a Russian agent, Giuliani said: “The chance that Derkach is a Russian spy is no better than 50/50.” Apparently that’s a low enough risk for Rudy…
Trump knew: A source told the Daily Beast that Trump “knew [in recent weeks] that Rudy had something big coming on the Biden family...I remember hearing…something about files, and corruption, and something about sex and drugs…It was evident that the president was interested and wanted it done before the election.” Giuliani further confirmed that Trump knew about the planned leak/smear and approved of it: “Sure, sure. The president knows all about this,” Giuliani said, adding that he had briefed Trump on the “general” parameters of the files. Chinese connection: Social media accounts connected to billionaire Chinese dissident Guo Wengui began posting about the laptop story weeks before the NYP story was published. You may recall that when Steve Bannon was arrested for fraud, he was aboard Guo’s yacht. Just days before the NYP published the alleged laptop emails, photos of Rudy Giuliani and Guo showed up on Twitter. If taken the same day as posted, that would mean he was with Guo when he reportedly gave NYP the alleged Biden materials.
Oracle founder Larry Ellison donated $250,000 to a political action committee supporting Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) the same day his company was declared the first official U.S. partner for TikTok. Graham was reportedly pivotal in arranging the deal, saying he personally called Trump to advocate for the sale of TikTok to a U.S. business in lieu of a total ban. “If TikTok is saved, you can thank me,” he said. U.S. Rep. Roger Williams, a Central Texas Republican and member of the House Financial Services Committee, used his powerful post in Congress to try to help a top donor in his dealings with a publicly traded bank, court records show. Williams allegedly used&utm_source=t.co&utm_medium=referral) his position on the powerful House committee to try to force the CEO of UMB Bank into meeting with oil field investor Gary Martin of Marble Falls.
Attorney Kyle Hirsch testified under oath that Williams’ intervention exerted inappropriate pressure on UMB and that unless the CEO agreed to meet with his donor there could be problems for the bank in Congress. “The Congressman indicated that his role on the Financial Services Committee included legislation that was coming down the pike and that he was urging the bank to meet with his constituent or there would be adverse consequences as it relates to his role on the Financial Services Committee,” Hirsch said, according to his deposition in the case.
For at least seven years, GOP Rep. Jim Hagedorn (MN-1) appears to have enjoyed rent-free use of a campaign office supplied by a political donor. “It sounds like something that could potentially be a fairly serious violation of campaign finance law and the ethics rules,” said Bryson Morgan, a former investigative counsel at the Office of Congressional Ethics. Sen. Lindsey Graham used an on-camera interview after the Supreme Court confirmation hearings Wednesday to solicit contributions for his reelection campaign, a move that a congressional legal expert said is a clear violation of Senate ethics rules. Senate ethics rules prohibit members from soliciting campaign contributions in any federal building.
“I don’t know how much it affected fundraising today, but if you want to help me close the gap — LindseyGraham.com — a little bit goes a long way,” said Graham, R-S.C, who is locked in a highly competitive race against well-funded Democratic challenger Jaime Harrison.
Sen. Martha McSally (R-AZ) has used her office’s taxpayer-funded resources to send out a robocall touting a key campaign issue—her work on COVID-19 policy—to Arizonans. Normally, mass official communication with constituents so close to an election would be prohibited. But a waiver approved by the Senate Rules Committee in March has made it permissible—if, and only if, the communication is for the purposes of “providing updated information about the pandemic, and providing information about the federal government's response.” South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem (R) is spending $819,000 of taxpayer money on a Fox News ad promoting her state as a “place to safely explore” despite the pandemic. South Dakota currently has the highest positivity rate in the nation (36%) and the second-highest new cases per day (753 per million people), right behind North Dakota. Noem has also spent $130,000 to build a studio in the basement of the Capitol, which she has used frequently for Fox News appearances.
The DC Circuit Court of Appeals will rehear the House’s case to enforce a subpoena for former White House counsel Donald McGahn. A three-judge panel earlier ruled 2-1 that the House Judiciary Committee could not enforce the subpoena absent a law explicitly giving it the authority to do so. The majority in the previous panel was made up of now-retired Judge Thomas Griffith, a W. Bush appointee (who made way for McConnell protege Justin Walker on the court), and Judge Karen Henderson, a H.W. Bush appointee. Judge Judith Rogers, a Clinton appointee, dissented.
NOTE: The D.C. Circuit has essentially allowed the White House to run out the clock. The subpoena to McGahn was first issued in April 2019. In taking up the case, the full court asked the parties to address “whether the case would become moot when the Committee’s subpoena expires upon the conclusion of the 116th Congress.” Oral arguments are not scheduled until February 2021.
If you’re confused about why the D.C. Circuit is hearing the McGahn case again, here is the reason: The first time the court ruled on the McGahn subpoena was in August, when the full bench determined the House has standing to sue the executive branch to enforce subpoenas. This time, the issue is “cause of action,” meaning whether House Democrats have legal ground to take the subpoena issue to court.
The Supreme Court refused to hear a case brought by Democratic lawmakers against President Trump over his private businesses accepting payments from foreign governments. In declining to revive the case, the justices let stand a decision by a three-judge panel of the D.C. Circuit to dismiss the lawsuit - a win for Trump. The panel was made up of Judge Thomas Griffith (W. Bush appointee), Karen Henderson (H.W. Bush appointee), and David Tatel (Clinton appointee). All three unanimously ruled that the individual members did not have legal standing to take the president to court.
“Our conclusion is straightforward because the Members — 29 Senators and 186 Members of the House of Representatives — do not constitute a majority of either body and are, therefore, powerless to approve or deny the President’s acceptance of foreign emoluments,” the [earlier three-judge panel] ruled.
Note, there are still two other pending cases before the Court: Trump v. CREW and Trump v. Maryland & D.C.
Trump filed an emergency request with the Supreme Court to block the release of his tax returns. Last week, a federal appeals court ruled Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance can enforce a subpoena for Mr. Trump's business records and tax returns. SCOTUS cases coming up: On Nov. 30, SCOTUS will hear arguments to determine whether the Trump administration can exclude unauthorized immigrants from the 2020 census count. Next year, SCOTUS will take up two challenges to Trump’s immigration policies: his diversion of military funds to pay for construction of the southern border wall, and a policy that has required tens of thousands of asylum seekers to remain in Mexico while their claims are processed.
Three Muslim men who said they were placed for years on a “no-fly” list because they refused to become FBI informants told the Supreme Court on Tuesday that they should be able to sue the agents for targeting them because of their religion.
A federal judge Sunday struck down a Trump administration rule that could have stripped food stamps from nearly 700,000 people. Chief Judge Beryl Howell (Obama appointee) of the D.C. District Court wrote: "The final rule at issue in this litigation radically and abruptly alters decades of regulatory practice, leaving states scrambling and exponentially increasing food insecurity for tens of thousands of Americans.”
Russia: The United States on Monday unsealed criminal charges against six Russian intelligence officers in connection with some of the world’s most damaging cyberattacks, including disruption of Ukraine’s power grid and the release of a mock ransomware virus that infected computers globally and caused billions of dollars in damage. DOJ: Attorney General Bill Barr’s “unmasking” probe has quietly ended with no prosecutions or findings of wrongdoing. The investigation, conducted by U.S. Attorney John Bash, was focused on whether Obama-era officials improperly requested the identities of individuals whose names were redacted in intelligence documents. DOJ: Phillip Halpern, a 36-year veteran of the Justice Department, accused AG Barr of abusing his power to sway the election for President Trump and said he was quitting. He said he would have quit earlier but stayed on because he worried that the department under Mr. Barr would have interfered in his prosecution of former Representative Duncan D. Hunter, Republican of California, who pleaded guilty in December to conspiracy to steal campaign funds. Trump campaign: A newly published trove of Cambridge Analytica emails and other documents from the 2016 election demonstrate how the data firm operated as a tool for a billionaire family to unlawfully influence U.S. politics and help elect President Trump. It includes a never-before-published 27-page post-election report from February 2017 shows that Cambridge Analytica claimed credit for creating, producing, and distributing ads for the Trump campaign, which included “5,000+ ad campaigns” on behalf of Trump that generated “1.5 billion impressions.” Trump campaign: A Chinese national whose Instagram page features pictures of him wearing a VIP pass at a 2018 rally for President Donald Trump, is now on U.S. soil after being charged with conspiring to distribute cocaine and laundering the illicit funds, according to court documents filed earlier this week. Trump campaign: For a fourth time, pro-Trump super PAC America First Action used stock footage from Russia and Belarus in a major ad buy that’s airing in three swing states. HHS: The health department’s top lawyer is warning in an internal memo that President Donald Trump's plan to give seniors $200 discount cards to buy prescription drugs could violate election law. The lawyer’s objection, coupled with his advice to seek approval from the Department of Justice, is a significant blow to Trump’s hope to promote the hastily devised plan before Election Day. Trump money: The State Department says it has about 450 pages of records showing government spending at President Trump’s properties. But this week, it signaled that it plans to release only two of those pages before the November election. The State Department pays for hotel rooms and other expenses when foreign leaders visit Trump properties, and when federal employees, such as Secret Service agents, follow Trump and his family to the president’s overseas clubs. Trump: Trump was receiving one of his first codeword classified briefings on Afghanistan, at his Bedminster club, when he suddenly got bored and ordered milkshakes. The incident became legendary inside the CIA, where like at other agencies, morale has slumped. Voting: A deadlocked Supreme Court on Monday let stand a lower-court ruling that requires Pennsylvania election officials to count absentee ballots received within three days after Election Day, Nov. 3, even if they are not postmarked. Four justices – Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito, Neil Gorsuch, and Brett Kavanaugh – indicated that they would have granted the Republicans’ request.
While a temporary win for voting rights, the 4-4 decision is worrying because once Amy Coney Barrett is confirmed, there will likely be five votes in favor of a radical, anti-democratic theory that would stop state Supreme Courts from enforcing state election laws to protect the right to vote. This Twitter thread goes into more detail.
Immigration: A total of 172 immigrants were arrested across six sanctuary cities within a six-day span, according to the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement. The arrests were made in Baltimore, Denver, New York, Philadelphia, Seattle, and Washington, DC, between October 3-9.
I realize SPACs have fallen out of favour in the past few weeks, but I'm honestly surprised Momentus ($SRAC) hasn't gotten more attention. It's probably one of the most exciting SPACs, let alone Stocks I've seen in the last few months. Founded in 2017, Momentus is in the business of building spacecraft whose whole purpose is to move other spacecraft (i.e., satellites) to their customers' desired orbits. They are going public through a merger with SRAC in Q1 2021. A few notable points: - Both ARK and Elon have publicly acknowledged them via Twitter - They're partnered with SpaceX, Lockheed Martin and NASA -They're ridesharing on the SpaceX Falcon shuttle launch on Dec. 18 with the launch of the company's Vigoride product - Investors include Y-Combinator, Prime Movers/ Bill Ackman and Tony Robbins (lol) - They have a patented water propulsion technology, which apparently makes them the cheapest and most competitive solution - Momentus already has a booking backlog of $90 million and a “pipeline” of $1.2 billion. Apparently, there is a upside of 192% from the current share price. Feel free to look at the investor deck for more details: Overall, it sounds very exciting. Would like to hear everyone's thoughts, specifically those who are willing to play devil's advocate. Thanks!
2020.10.19 05:17 Madamoiselle_MartineWar and Peace
My partner of 14 years and I have an oddly harmonious name-pairing. My name (Martine) means war and my husband’s (Jeff) means peace. We always joke that if we have a daughter - we’ll name her ‘Treaty,’ but we do happen to like the name Geneva 😏.
2020.10.18 22:02 freewar324Relationship with my (28m) best man (m30) under strain after his wife (30f) made disgusting comments to me and my partner (her 28f) about our expectant baby and then blocked us.
As the title suggests my partner (both 28) are expecting a baby in the coming months. As time came to tell people we decided to take a long weekend and visit the area I grew up a few months ago. We had planned to call in and tell my best friend (martin) and his wife (Louise) the good news, its approximately a 2 hour drive to their house from ours. All good... until immediately after we had told them , her demeanour changed instantly and she started making comments like "it will die" "they die" and "don't get too attached as it will probably die, its hard not to though". Obviously shocked I tried to steer the conversation. I could tell my partner was pretty upset, as was I. Me and my friend carried on talking for a few seconds when his wife asked about our upcoming wedding(postponed due to covid) "its going to be a bastard, what's happening with the wedding" was how she worded it. I just said not sure and tried to change the subject once again. Louise then tried to talk to my partner about her work , understandably she was not in the mood for talking and soon after Louise got up and walked inside. By this point my partner was in tears so we left, with Martin apologising profusely. We were both obviously shocked and really upset by her comments , which seemed completely out of the blue. Around an hour later Louise messaged my partner a very half arsed apology. Martin sent us both a text counting to apologise for her actions. At the time i was in complete shock that someone could say that, let alone to a close friend. since then the feelings of sadness and shock have subdued, however for me its been replaced with anger at her for what she's said and how she's handled the situation. A few days later we discoverd that Louise had actually blocked both me and partner after sending her apology. And hasn't said a word to us since, around 3 months. I have seen martin once since then (covid again) and she stayed away. We talked about what she said and did and how it made us feel and he seemed to think that it would be resolved soon. however this was a month ago now and still no word from her. A bit of a backstory , I've been friends with martin since school, I'm an only child so i consider him more of a brother than a friend. I was his best man and he will be mine. We don't stay in touch as much as we once did but still see each other a handful of times a year for a beer or to go camping (always with Louise) and its like nothing has changed. Myself and Louise have gotten on really well too since they got together, we have a lot in common, i would definitely consider her a good friend. She has been quite unhappy for a long time and I've gone out of my way to include her and make her feel welcome. They live quite far away so seeing them is quite a lot of effort, and 95% of the time I visit them sometimes with and sometimes without my partner. Were both at a loss really, if this issue isn't resolved then it will defiantly impact me and my best friends relationship, which I really don't want. I want our child to have a relationship with him and for him to be involved in an uncle kind of way. Should i reach out to her, or to him or just let it blow over completely. TL;dr my best mans wife made comments about expectant baby, then blocked us with no sign of getting in touch soon. Unsure on how to approach moving forward.
2020.10.17 23:19 Sofialovesmonkeys’Lock the SOBs Up’ Joe Biden and the Era of Mass Incarceration Sorry for the format, but heres some good retorts to Blue MAGAs and VBNW attacks.
NYT— By: Sheryl Gay Stolberg and Astead W. Herndon June 25, 2019 WASHINGTON — In September 1994, as President Bill Clinton signed the new Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act in an elaborately choreographed ceremony on the south lawn of the White House, Joseph R. Biden Jr. sat directly behind the president’s lectern, flashing his trademark grin. For Mr. Clinton, the law was an immediate follow-through on his campaign promise to focus more federal attention on crime prevention. But for Mr. Biden, the moment was the culmination of his decades-long effort to more closely marry the Democratic Party and law enforcement, and to transform the country’s criminal justice system in the process. He had won. “The truth is,” Mr. Biden had boasted a year earlier in a speech on the Senate floor, “every major crime bill since 1976 that’s come out of this Congress, every minor crime bill, has had the name of the Democratic senator from the State of Delaware: Joe Biden.” Now, more than 25 years later, as Mr. Biden makes his third run for the White House in a crowded field of Democrats — many calling for ambitious criminal justice reform — he must answer for his role in legislation that criminal justice experts and his critics say helped lay the groundwork for the mass incarceration that has devastated America’s black communities. That he worked with segregationists to write the bills — an issue that recently dominated the political news and seems likely to resurface in Mr. Biden’s first debate on Thursday — has only added to his challenge. So has the fact that black voters are such a crucial Democratic constituency. Mr. Biden apologized in January for portions of his anti-crime legislation, but he has largely tried to play down his involvement, saying in April that he “got stuck with” shepherding the bills because he was chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee. But an examination of his record — based on newly obtained documents and interviews with nearly two dozen longtime Biden contemporaries in Washington and Delaware — indicates that Mr. Biden’s current characterization of his role is in many ways at odds with his own actions and rhetoric Mr. Biden arrived in the Senate in 1973 having forged close ties with black constituents but also with law enforcement, and bearing the grievances of the largely white electorate in Delaware. He courted one Southern segregationist senator, James O. Eastland of Mississippi, who helped him land spots on the committee and subcommittees dealing with criminal justice and prisons, and became a close friend and legislative partner of another, Strom Thurmond of South Carolina. While Mr. Biden has said in recent days that he and Mr. Eastland “didn’t agree on much of anything,” it is clear that on a number of important criminal justice issues, they did. As early as 1977, Mr. Biden, with Mr. Eastland’s support, pushed for mandatory minimum sentences that would limit judges’ discretion in sentencing. But perhaps even more consequential was Mr. Biden’s relationship with Mr. Thurmond, his Republican counterpart on the judiciary panel, who became his co-author on a string of bills that effectively rewrote the nation’s criminal justice laws with an eye toward putting more criminals behind bars. In 1989, with the violent crime rate continuing to rise as it had since the 1970s, Mr. Biden lamented that the Republican president, George H. W. Bush, was not doing enough to put “violent thugs” in prison. In 1993, he warned of “predators on our streets.” And in a 1994 Senate floor speech, he likened himself to another Republican president: “Every time Richard Nixon, when he was running in 1972, would say, ‘Law and order,’ the Democratic match or response was, ‘Law and order with justice’ — whatever that meant. And I would say, ‘Lock the S.O.B.s up.’” At a time when Democrats tended to espouse the “root cause” theory of crime — the idea that poverty and other social ills bred criminal activity — and Republicans thought punishment was the answer, Mr. Biden wanted to “abandon the old debate,” as he told The Philadelphia Inquirer in June 1994. But he often seemed to tilt strongly toward the Republican view. “It doesn’t matter whether or not they’re the victims of society,” Mr. Biden said in 1993, adding, “I don’t want to ask, ‘What made them do this?’ They must be taken off the street.” Mr. Biden declined an interview for this article. In a statement, his campaign said that he had “fought to defeat systemic racism and unacceptable racial disparities for his entire career,” and that he “believes that too many people of color are in jail in this country.” The statement went on, “As president, he would fight to put an end to mandatory minimums, private prisons and cash bail, and he would support automatic expungement for marijuana offenses because he believes no one should be in jail for marijuana.” On the campaign trail in South Carolina on Saturday, Mr. Biden hinted that he intended to propose a criminal justice reform package to do just that, and also proposed extending Pell education grants to prisoners — moves that would directly repudiate provisions of the 1994 crime bill. “Instead of teaching people how to be better criminals in prison, we should be educating people in prison,” Mr. Biden told the South Carolina Democratic convention Biden supporters say his evolution should be admired, that he has grown on criminal justice issues as new evidence has emerged. Citing the strong public support for the crime bill at the time, they said Mr. Biden was responding to a national emergency of drug abuse and violence that had particularly terrorized black communities. But other Democrats say a fuller reckoning is required. Representative Bobby Rush, a veteran congressman from Chicago, described the crime bill as “a proverbial Trojan horse” for black communities and called his “yes” vote the worst he had given in more than a quarter-century in the House. “Did he not know that the war on drugs combined with the legislative imprimatur of the U.S. Congress and federal law would create havoc in our communities?” Mr. Rush said, referring to Mr. Biden. “And I wonder, what was he responding to?” What he was responding to, according to Harmon Carey, director of the Afro-American Historical Society in Wilmington, were the powerful political currents of his home state. During the 1980s and 1990s, Delaware was a place in transition, with a booming financial-services culture clashing with the rising poverty, crime and racial tension in Wilmington, the state’s largest city, which is also majority-black. “Joe’s a decent fella, but he was doing what his white constituents wanted,” Mr. Carey said. “The white people wanted to send people to prison. They wanted cops. And that’s what he did.” Racial Ferment in Delaware Mr. Biden was a political unknown, a onetime public defender who had served just two years on the New Castle County Council, when he pulled off a stunning electoral upset, unseating a popular Republican senator by a margin of less than 1 percent. The year was 1972. The new senator-elect was 29. He had come of age during a time of intense racial ferment in his adopted state. Wilmington erupted in rioting after the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was murdered in the spring of 1968, and the governor imposed a dusk-to-dawn curfew and called in the National Guard, an occupation that lasted nine months. In 1971, black students in the city filed a class-action lawsuit to force schools to desegregate. In this environment, Mr. Biden would quickly position himself as a new type of white politician: always approachable, with meaningful personal relationships in black communities. To this day, Mr. Biden tells the story of how, home from college for the summer, he was the only white lifeguard at a largely black municipal swimming pool. The nightly news had a way of making these stories seem like a conversation between the races in Wilmington, but I knew blacks and whites weren’t talking to one another,” Mr. Biden wrote in his autobiography “Promises to Keep.” “I knew that from my experience at [the] swimming pool.” Still, his relationship with Wilmington’s black community was complicated. As a freshman senator, he spoke out against the state’s court-ordered school-busing program. Busing was not universally popular among African-Americans, several community leaders recalled in interviews, but Mr. Biden’s vocal opposition went further. “The real problem with busing,” Mr. Biden said in 1975, “is you take people who aren’t racist, people who are good citizens, who believe in equal education and opportunity, and you stunt their children’s intellectual growth by busing them to an inferior school, and you’re going to fill them with hatred.” From his first term, Mr. Biden made his focus clear: the environment, a balanced budget and, especially, crime — all issues that other Democrats were not addressing, said Ted Kaufman, one of Mr. Biden’s closest and longest-running advisers. “He knew and said that the main victims of crime were in the African-American community, so he ran on saying we have to do something about getting tough on crime,” Mr. Kaufman said, adding that Mr. Biden had also stressed the need to protect defendants’ civil liberties. That tough-on-crime stance, Mr. Kaufman said, was “a very popular position to take in the African-American community.” But in interviews with community leaders in Wilmington, not everyone agreed. Though they remembered Mr. Biden fondly and said he remained widely popular in the black community, several stressed that their focus had been on systemic problems like economic inequality and failing schools — not on getting more police officers and prisons. “We thought job opportunities would reduce the number of people on the corners resorting to drugs and crimes,” said the Rev. Dr. Vincent Oliver, a Wilmington pastor and longtime civil-rights activist. Added James M. Baker, a former Wilmington mayor, who is black, “We knew you couldn’t arrest your way out of the problem.” But Mr. Biden’s newfound agenda did appeal to a different, and larger, segment of Delaware’s electorate: white voters. In Delaware, the southern portions of the state are often likened to the lands of the Old South; and at the same time, many northern white liberals had fled Wilmington and shared Mr. Biden’s opposition to busing. In 1978, Mr. Biden would cruise to re-election, winning by 17 points. In his next term, Mr. Biden would begin a legislative push against crime that would last nearly two decades. In that time, according to Mr. Carey, the historical society leader, he often struck a careful balance, using personal relationships to maintain his good standing in Delaware’s black community, while carefully legislating in the more conservative interests of white voters and law enforcement. The crime legislation would mark his hometown — and hometowns across America — forever. Current statistics from the United States Bureau of Prisons show that African-Americans, who make up roughly 12 percent of the American population, account for 37.5 percent of the federal prison population. And an October 1995 report by The Sentencing Project, which advocates criminal justice reform, found that between 1989 and 1995 the percentage of young black men who were either on probation, in prison or jail jumped to 32 percent from 23 percent. “We got the wrong kind of police. Not the community police, just more police who weren’t sensitive to black and brown people. We got more prisons,” Mr. Oliver said. “I don’t know what drove him to do it, I don’t know the political landscape, but that wasn’t what we were calling for. Not at all.” Forging Ties With Segregationists Even before he was sworn into the Senate in January 1973, Mr. Biden wrote Mr. Eastland, the powerful chairman of the Judiciary Committee, expressing his interest in a seat on the panel. A Democrat and wealthy plantation owner from Mississippi, Mr. Eastland was one of the “old bulls” of the Senate, an unabashed Dixiecrat and foe of integration who referred to black people as “an inferior race.” Mr. Biden recently has tried to minimize his alliance with Mr. Eastland, saying he had to “put up with” the senior Democrat. But letters between them, archived at the University of Mississippi and published this year by CNN and The Washington Post, show that Mr. Biden courted the older man, who saw him as a kindred spirit in their opposition to busing and became a mentor to the young senator. Mr. Biden finally landed a seat on the judiciary panel in February 1977, and wrote to Mr. Eastland again, petitioning to be put in charge of the subcommittee overseeing prisons and sentencing. By year’s end, with Mr. Eastland’s support, he was pushing to narrow judicial discretion by creating a commission to set “presumptive sentences,” and to eliminate pardons and parole. His aim, he told his hometown newspaper, The Wilmington Evening Journal, was “equitable and definitive sentences for all,” including defendants “who don’t meet the middle-class criteria of susceptibility to rehabilitation.” In 1981, when Democrats lost the Senate, Republicans installed another old bull Southern segregationist as chairman: Mr. Thurmond, a Democrat-turned-Republican from South Carolina, who had run for president in 1948 on the Dixiecrat platform. Mr. Biden became the ranking Democrat on the committee. Over the next decade — first with Mr. Thurmond as chairman and then Mr. Biden after Democrats won back the Senate in 1986 — the pair wrote roughly a half-dozen crime bills together, laying the groundwork for three of the most significant pieces of crime legislation of the 20th century: the Comprehensive Crime Control Act of 1984, establishing mandatory minimum sentences for drug offenses; the 1986 Anti-Drug Abuse Act, which dictated much harsher sentences for possession of crack than for powder cocaine; and the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994, a vast catchall tough-on-crime bill that also included money for prevention, including Mr. Biden’s signature initiative, the Violence Against Women Act. It was not only a partnership, but also a friendship, Mr. Biden recounted in 2003 when he spoke at Mr. Thurmond’s funeral — even as he acknowledged that he had arrived in the Senate “emboldened, angered and outraged” by Mr. Thurmond’s past. “Strom and I shared a life in the Senate for over 30 years,” Mr. Biden said in his eulogy. “We shared a good life there and it made a difference. I grew to know him. I looked into his heart and I saw a man, the whole man. I tried to understand him. I learned from him and I watched him change, oh so subtly.” Crack Cocaine and ‘a Tragic Mistake’ In June 1986, a star forward for the University of Maryland basketball team, Len Bias, died of a cocaine overdose, two days after he had signed with the Boston Celtics. His death created a media frenzy amid a national panic over crack, a cheap, smokable form of cocaine that was alarming drug-abuse experts and fueling a wave of violent crime in American cities, especially black neighborhoods. Mr. Biden convened a hearing the next month. Among the witnesses was Dr. Robert Byck, a Yale psychiatry professor and a leading expert on cocaine. He warned of a crack epidemic in the nation’s cities and pleaded for more money for prevention and research. “How likely is it if someone smokes some crack today that they will be addicted in five weeks from now?” Dr. Byck said. “We don’t know answers to simple questions like that.” Lawmakers responded by expanding on the 1984 bill that had created mandatory minimum sentences for drug offenses. The 1986 law set a minimum of five years for 5 grams of crack or 500 grams of powder cocaine, the so-called 100-to-1 sentencing disparity. A 2002 report to Congress from the United States Sentencing Commission found that in 1992, 91.4 percent of federal crack cocaine offenders were black. In releasing a 2006 report on the 1986 measure, the American Civil Liberties Union called the law “a tragic mistake.” “There was a belief that crack was more potent,” said Ron LeGrand, a former prosecutor who spent three years at the Drug Enforcement Administration and joined Mr. Biden’s staff in 1987. “It wasn’t based on any science; we just thought it was.” The bill did include money for prevention, which Mr. Biden lauded as its “most important provisions” when he spoke about it on the Senate floor. But it took more than two decades — until 2007 — for Mr. Biden to call for undoing the crack-powder disparity, which he called “arbitrary, unnecessary and unjust,” while acknowledging his own role in creating it. “I am part of the problem that I have been trying to solve since then,” he said in 2008, “because I think the disparity is way out of line.” Three Strikes, You’re Out In Mr. Clinton’s State of the Union address in 1994, he touted his “three strikes and you’re out” proposal, which would incarcerate certain repeat violent offenders for life, and called on Congress to pass a “strong, smart, tough crime bill.” Mr. Biden took up the call. “What do you need?” he asked in a Senate floor speech that year — it was, he said, the question he had put to police unions while preparing the bill. “They said, ‘The first thing we need is we need more cops.’ And they said, ‘The second thing we need is we need more prisons.’” Several police unions did not respond to requests for comment. Violent crime had hit its peak in 1991, with 758 violent crimes per 100,000 Americans, federal statistics show — more than twice the 1970 rate. By the time the 1994 bill was passed, the crime rate was on the decline. In other Senate floor speeches in 1993 and 1994, Mr. Biden spoke openly of wanting, as Mr. Clinton did, to rid Democrats of their reputation of being soft on crime. Mr. Biden presented the moment as a political window long overdue. “One of the things I want to do, in addition to end the crime, is end the political carnage that goes on when we talk about crime,” Mr. Biden said. “This is one of these issues that I hope, after this bill, will be moved out of the gridlock category and into an emerging consensus.” Yet at the same time, Mr. Biden appeared to be evolving. Aides say that by the mid-1990s he was concerned about possible inequities from the 1986 legislation, and his rhetoric reflects a certain shift. At a 1993 symposium, he called for undoing some mandatory minimums he had helped create, saying they were “not positive” and were “counterproductive.” The next year, he called the three-strikes provision “wacko.” Mr. Biden became a more vocal advocate of diversion programs for first-time offenders, including boot camps and some drug courts. “It is not enough simply to keep building prisons,” he said in June 1994, because statistics showed that “the prison population keeps growing to fill new spaces.” The bill he helped fashion — the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994 — reflects those varied interests. It was a vast catchall bill that had a string of punitive measures desired by law enforcement. It banned assault weapons, created 60 new death penalty offenses, stripped federal inmates of the right to obtain educational Pell grants, gave states incentives to build prisons, set aside money for 100,000 new police officers and codified the three-strikes rule. But it also had prevention programs and other measures intended to woo skeptical Democrats, including the Violence Against Women Act to support female victims of crime; drug courts to offer treatment for first-time offenders; a “safety valve” provision, backed by Mr. Biden, allowing limited waivers from mandatory minimums; and money for a “midnight basketball” program to keep inner-city youth off the streets. That portion drew derision from Republicans, who cast the entire bill as soft on crime and chock-full of Democratic social welfare programs. Like Mr. Biden’s other crime initiatives, the 1994 bill created a personal conundrum: How could he help lift up and protect his black constituents from crime without decimating their neighborhoods by sending a disproportionate number of black people to prison? Black leaders, though, were bitterly split over the measure. Baltimore’s mayor, Kurt Schmoke, was in favor, as were black mayors in Atlanta, Cleveland, Detroit and Denver. The Rev. Jesse Jackson was against, calling the bill a harbinger of “the most fascist period of our history.” In the House, the Congressional Black Caucus, then led by Kweisi Mfume, blocked an early version of the bill because of concerns over its punitive measures. But after money for prevention was added, Mr. Mfume switched his position. Of 40 Congressional Black Caucus members, 25 voted for the bill, 12 voted against and three didn’t vote. One of those who voted against it, Representative Bobby Scott of Virginia, called the bill a political document rather than one based on evidence of and research into what would actually reduce crime. “We were told that ‘three strikes and you’re out’ polls better than anything you could blurt out in a campaign, including the environment, Social Security, education,” he said in a recent interview. “That was the evidence and research we used to put in that bill.” In August 1994, as the measure passed the Senate, Mr. Biden said he was giving his constituents back home exactly what they wanted. “The telephones in the State of Delaware are ringing off the hook,” he said in a speech on the Senate floor, dismissing Republican complaints of “pork” in the bill. “They are not talking about pork or pork chops or anything else. They are saying: ‘Pass the crime bill. Give me 100,000 cops, build more prisons, and get on with it.’ Bobby Cummings, who was a rising star in the Wilmington Police Department in the 1980s and eventually became police chief, said the senator was beloved by hometown police officers because he had helped them get “more resources, more people on the street.” But by 1994, Mr. Cummings said, it was already clear inside the police department that the cops-first approach was not working on the street. “It didn’t make people safer,” he said. “Really I don’t think anything changed except it threw people in jail.” ‘You Should Repair Damage Done’ The legacy of the 1994 crime bill is mixed. While some studies show that it did lower crime, there is also evidence that it contributed to the explosion of the prison population. Biden aides and supporters often note that the trend toward mass incarceration began much earlier, in the 1970s, and that states — not the federal government — house an overwhelming majority of the nation’s inmates. That is true, said Vanita Gupta, who led the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division under President Barack Obama and now runs the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights. But the 1994 bill, she said, “created and calcified massive incentives for local jurisdictions to engage in draconian criminal justice practices that had a pretty significant impact in building up the national prison population.” But Mr. Kaufman, Mr. Biden’s close adviser, who briefly succeeded him as senator after Mr. Biden became vice president, said that was not the bill’s intent: “We were focused on how to effectively and fairly reduce violent crime. That was the charge given to us by community leaders and voters — including of color. Mr. Biden long defended the bill, saying as recently as 2016 that it “restored American cities” and that he was not ashamed of it. Looking ahead, even Biden supporters say it is now up to the former vice president to explain his role — and how he views his own legacy. “It’s a fair question that people ask among members of the black community about this issue of mass incarceration and disparate impact,” said Gregory M. Sleet, a retired federal judge whom Mr. Biden had helped install as the first black United States Attorney in Delaware. “It’s a fair conversation to have about his role,” he said, adding that he thought Mr. Biden had good intentions and had worked with the best evidence he had at the time. Mr. Biden, critics of the measure say, needs to explain what he will do next. “I think that’s his challenge; I’ll be listening and observing,” Mr. Jackson said in an interview. “When you harm somebody, you should atone for a sin; you should repair damage done. That’s how you get redeemed.”
2020.10.17 22:54 boogawooga8558A New Psychedelic stock coming to market and why I believe it’ll be a multi bagger
If you’ve followed the Cannabis Space over the last couple decades you will have definitely heard of a magazine called “High Times”. High Times is also planning to go public but this is not the stock I’m excited about. Cannabis is the past; Psychedelics are the future. The reason I mention High Times though, is because a few members have moved over from High Times, and are about to replicate their success, and I firmly believe the leverage of the High Times name will bring a lot of attention and interest to the company. DELIC Corp (Canadian ticker: DELC), is the new Psychedelic company I’m really excited about. I came across on another social platform and spent a significant number of hours over the last week diving into the company. The share structure is very sound. The shares outstanding on the date of listing will be ~51mm. Of this, only ~20mm free trading out of the gate and 17.5mm shares of this (the vast majority) are from the 20c financing, where they raised $3.5mm this summer. It is important to note that there is NO warrant from the 20c financing, so no one will be selling for a small gain and riding a warrant - there is none! 30mm of the shares are insiders/founders/early backers; of this, insiders have a 3-year escrow agreement, and non-Insiders have a 16-month pooling agreement that unlocks every 4 months, starting after the 4th month from listing. In addition, because this is an RTO, the shares from the shell are 5.25mm, of which all are locked up for 6 months post listing. All of this is very important as us retail shareholders won’t have to worry about having large quantities of low-priced seed rounds being dumped in the market like we saw with many other newly listed psychedelic pubco’s. If you want more info, the investor deck clearly outlines the Cap Table. https://deliccorp.com/investment/ At only 20mm shares free trading upon listing (again to note, that it is the most expensive paper from the cap structure that will be free trading - 17.5mm shares priced at 20cents that is trading from that 20mm, AND with NO warrant), the stock will likely run very quickly which is one of the main reasons why I believe this one could easily be a multi-bagger early, especially on the renewed interest in the Psychedelic sector after the CMPS IPO and MMED up-listing to the NASDAQ. Currently DELIC Corp is a media and event company. Why is this interesting? Because the majority of the companies in the space are drug developers who are years away from regulatory approval and will need to continue to dilute shareholders to stay afloat until approval is granted. DELIC has the ability to generate revenue right off the bat in a very similar way to how High Times has been successful. Matt Stang is a founder of DELIC and came from High Times where he was the main man and the brains behind High Times. He built High Times for what it has been known as over the last 18 years. It was Matt who started the infamous ‘Cannabis Cup’, and his network of connections within the alternative drug world are unmatched. His most recent position was Chief Revenue Officer. High Times reported revenue of $14.8mm USD in 2018, 70% of this came from events, and 29% came from advertising revenue (https://digiday.com/media/new-ceo-high-times-looks-open-dispensaries/ ). This is important, as it shows how well revenues from this arm of the biz can help fund growth in other areas. The first half of 2019 revenues were recorded in the SEC filings at $10.7mm USD ; clearly a very strong uptrend and this is in large part because of Matt’s position as CRO. Matt eventually stepped down in the 2nd half of 2019 at the time he and Jackee founded DELIC. Can Matt Stang and the DELIC team replicate what they’ve done at High Times? I personally believe so, here’s why... Psychedelics, although they are gaining mainstream attention from the media and everyday people, still have hurdles to clear as the vast majority of the corners within the space are still illegal. Apart from some Ketamine clinics (I’ll also touch on this later) the rest of it is pretty much illegal around the world. These Ketamine clinics, although legal, can’t advertise on mainstream media and social media. This is why a media company in this space is so important; an established community where people can go to read about psychedelics and where the legal corners of the psychedelic space can advertise and draw in potential business. There is BIG money in the ability to have large viewership in a niche market to advertise to. This is also EXACTLY like the early days of Cannabis where High Times carved out a niche within the space as the go to name in media and events, and became valued at $250mm USD (~$330mm CAD) https://www.sec.gov/Archives/edgadata/1714420/000121390018000900/fa12018_hightimeshold.htm DELIC is looking like it will be the go-to media and events company in the psychedelic space – just like High Times is for cannabis. The best part though is that DELIC doesn’t have to build a following from scratch, this team can organically move many of their High Times following over to their different brands under DELIC. In fact, they have already started building their user base and have over 100,000 people visiting their different platforms per month. DELIC has been featured on Joe Rogan, Forbes, Daily Beast, High Times, and The Dr. Drew Podcast. If you want more information about their many platforms, here are the links: Reality Sandwich: https://realitysandwich.com/ The Delic: https://thedelic.com/ Delic Radio/Podcast: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/delic-radio/id1349473577 Meet Delic: https://meetdelic.com/ In addition to the High Times connection, there is significant cross over from DELIC’s team with well-known companies with the Biohacking community. With the recent attention given to micro-dosing and its positive effects on user’s mental and physical state, it's easy to see how DELIC can have a major impact within the Biohacking community. If you are familiar with Biohacking, you have probably heard of Dave Asprey. Two of his brands, Bulletproof and Upgrade Labs have crossover into DELIC. A few highlights of the DELIC team: - Jackee Stang; co-founder and CEO of DELIC, also comes from High Times as VP of Programming, and worked at Bulletproof. - Martin Tobias; CEO of Upgrade Labs - Zac Garcia; Chief Marketing Officer at Bulletproof - Kraig Fox; former CEO & President of High Times, but more importantly has a seriously impressive background in media! He is part of the founding team and senior executive officer group behind companies like Live Nation and Core Media, he was also senior managing director of the investment arm of Guggenheim Partners (who has over 280 Billion in assets). In these rolls he over saw production of ‘American Idol’ as well as ‘So You Think You Can Dance’. He also oversaw the company’s interests in the Elvis Presley estate, and Muhammad Ali’s IP (intellectual property) rights (https://www.forbes.com/sites/irisdorbian/2019/10/30/entertainment-vet-fox-brings-brand-building-prowess-to-ceo-role-at-high-times/#54a0946a4335 ) - Paul Rosen; Paul Rosen is a noted career entrepreneur, management consultant and public speaker. Over the last 8 years Paul has become one of the most active entrepreneurs, advisors and investors in the emerging global cannabis industry. Paul Rosen was a co-founder of PharmaCan Capital Corp. (NASDAQ: CRON; TSX: CRON) and served as its first President and CEO. Paul has held board positions with a number of publicly-traded cannabis companies and currently serves as the Executive Chairman of Global Go, a consultancy focused on the global regulated cannabis industry. - Greg Crowe – M&A Advisor – he’s the lead investor in both of Delic’s financings to date. His fund is called Serendipity Growth Capital out of Singapore. The fund is private equity and has invested $100m+ into leading cannabis companies (all private). Greg is a serious businessman and interesting to note is his title on the deck - “M&A advisor” (more on M&A below). As I stated above, DELIC is a media and events company but I like to think of it as a crossover of a SPAC (Special Purpose Acquisition Company). As per DELIC’s “Solutions” section of their website and investor deck: “We are identifying ancillary and fully-legal opportunities like new media, live events, ketamine clinics and large-scale production and bringing them under our big tent of resources and reach” (https://deliccorp.com/solutions/ ). From the above sentence, it is obvious that DELIC will be active in M&A activities, they also have an “existing portfolio companies” headline on their deck. I am speculating that they have already signed, or close to signing companies that DELIC will bring under their brand and this is the type of news that will be released after the company goes public as most companies save up news flow for their go public launch. Any clinics or companies that DELIC bring under their brand will have an organic, built-in PR arm that will both direct business/clients to them and build up their brands as leaders in the space (where currently there are no leaders). This is a perfect roll-up in the early days and fragmented psychedelic space. The key to that sentence on the solutions page, in my opinion, is the clear mention of "ketamine clinics". An acquisition of a ketamine clinic or clinics (To be noted Ketamine Clinics is pluralized), or a production facility will send this stock ripping. I can see this being a very likely scenario; the deck hints to cash and shares being used for these acquisitions, and it makes sense since they just raised $3.5mm this summer and have a very small share structure making it easier to issue shares for acquisitions or a combination of shares and cash without much concern of over-dilution When all is said and done, investors are able to get in on the ground floor with a team that has proven their past successes, built multimillion-dollar brands, and have large followings in their spaces that they can bring to DELIC as a media company which DELIC can leverage in advertising and event revenue. I spoke to the company and I was told, DELIC is looking to go public and list at the end of October with the ticker symbol DELC. It's obvious to me that DELIC will be very active in the M&A space. Looking at peers in the space, if DELIC can acquire clinics or production facilities this could easily be a $50-100mm market cap; compare that to its current valuation – the most recent raise at 20cents with 51mm OS puts the current market cap at ~$10mm. With ONLY a $10mm valuation (At $0.20 where the last raise was but I suspect it will open higher than this but still undervalued based on comparables) and the extensive success of the team outlined above, with the cross over & popularity of High Times, along with the clear indication that they will likely be acquiring Ketamine Clinics/Production facilities and the recent renewed interest in the sector, I believe we have a multi bagger in the making! No Doubt! Keep an eye on DELIC (ticker: DELC) in the coming weeks. Let me know your thoughts.
Hey you, I'm glad you clicked on this post :) I am looking for a longterm roleplay partner for a romance driven fandom roleplay. I usually write about two or three short paragraph in first person , but I mirror my partners. I write on Discord, making a server for every roleplay. For the OCxCanon roleplays, I will play the OCs (Original Characters) and for the CanonxCanon Roleplays, I'm open to play any of the two characters, as long as they are female. All the OCs will be female as well! And I won't make an exception for this, since I have no experience with playing as a guy and am not intrested in it. I don't expect you to be available 24/7 for this roleplay, god knows we all have a life, but I would appreciate a few replies a day or to be informed by you if you can't do that much/that frequently or if you are unavailable for a few days. Communication is the most important thing in a roleplay for me. I don't mind NSFW content, but only if we both talked about it before. If we have a problem with the other one, we should be able to talk about it. For a couple of those pairings I have a story in mind, for the other couple ones I don't. So feel free to bring your own ideas and we can discuss a plot together :) Now, here are the fandoms I'm looking for: gotham: edward nygma x oc, oswald x oc, jerome x oc, jeremiah x oc, victor zsasz x oc, bruce x oc, bruce x selina, selina x oc, barbara x tabitha, tabitha x oc, barbara x oc wynonna earp: waverly x nicole, wynonna x dolls, wynonna x doc, wynonna x rosita, wynonna x oc, waverly x oc, nicole x oc, dolls x oc, doc x oc legends of tomorrow: ava x sara, sara x leonard, john x zari, zari x charlie, nora x ray, zari x amaya, behrad x astra, sara x oc, jax x oc, mick x oc, leonard x oc, nate x oc, ray x oc, rip x oc, ava x oc, zari x oc, charlie x oc, astra x oc, john x oc, nora x oc, amaya x oc, behrad x charlie, behrad x oc supergirl: lena x kara, kara x mon-el, alex x maggie, alex x sam, brainy x nia, kara x oc, lena x oc, alex x oc, mon-el x oc, winn x oc, james x oc, brainy x oc, nia x oc arrow: oliver x oc, roy x oc, thea x oc, laurel x oc, dinah x oc, ray x oc, sara x oc, felicity x oc, rene x oc flash: barry x oc, snart x oc, mick x oc, wally x oc, jesse x oc, ralph x oc, harry x oc constantine: john constantine x zed martin, john constantine x oc titans: dick grayson/nightwing x oc, gabeastboy x oc, jason todd x oc, connesuperboy x oc young justice: wally x oc, connor x oc, dick x oc miraculous: marinette/ladybug x adrien/chat noir, marinette x luka, marinette x chloe, luka x oc, adrien x oc, marinette x oc she-ra: catra x adora, adora x glimmer, glimmer x bow, entrapta x hordak, scorpia x perfuma the owl house: luz x amity, luz x oc, amity x oc, boscha x willow star vs the forces of evil (svtfoe): marco x star, star x tom, marco x oc, tom x oc, jackie x oc voltron: lotor x oc, keith x oc, lance x oc agents of shield: daisy x oc, ward x oc, simmons x oc, fitz x oc, skye x ward, phil x may, fitz x simmons, daisy x sousa newsies: jack kelly x katherine pulitzer, spot conlon x oc riverdale: archie x betty, betty x jughead, archie x oc, jughead x oc, toni x oc, cheryl x oc, reggie x oc, fangs x oc, sweet pea x oc mtv scream: emma x eli, emma x kieran, brooke x jake, eli x oc, emma x oc, brooke x oc, audrey x oc, noah x oc, jake x oc, will x oc, kieran x oc, audrey x emma, audrey x brooke, will x emma glee: finn x rachel, rachel x quinn, rachel x oc, finn x oc, quinn x oc, puck x oc, puck x rachel, puck x quinn, marley x jake, marley x ryder, marley x oc, jake x oc, ryder x oc, sebastian x oc anne with an e: gilbert x anne, gilbert x oc, diana x jerry, jerry x oc, diana x oc descendants: ben x oc, carlos x oc
2020.10.16 14:30 ohiolifesucksA message from Sturgill
Someone asked for it so I figured I’d make it a post. This is the message that was sent in an email for those who are on Sturgill’s email list. “This album started when I was in the third grade. My paternal grandfather was sort of a bluegrass freak. He played a little mandolin, and after he retired, he’d travel around to bluegrass festivals in his motor home making field recordings. He just lived and ate and breathed it, and every time he’d come to visit, he’d try to shove it down my throat. My palette wasn’t ready to absorb it at the time—I was probably still into the Monkees and, thanks to an older cousin, discovering bands like Cream and Led Zeppelin far too young. He would sit me down and play cassette tapes of live bluegrass. One night in my room, when he could sense my rejection of what I was hearing, he looked at me directly and said, “One day it's gonna get in ya, and it’ll never get out.” I wish more than anything he was still here and could hear this collection of songs. Many years later, after returning home to Kentucky from the military and living for some time out on the West coast, I was driving down the road one day and the public radio station played an old Monroe Brothers song and it absolutely floored me. A wave of emotion slammed me in the chest and I had to pull over on the side of the road. I was pretty much drifting at the time—completely lost, I guess you could say—and hearing that music brought everything to the surface. It sounded like home. Bluegrass music is healing. I truly believe this to be true. It is made from ancient, organic tones and, as with most all forms of music, the vibrations and the pulse can be extremely therapeutic. After that, I spent the next eight years or so obsessively scouring the earth for any and all of the old recordings of this music I could find. This was pre-YouTube era, so it wasn’t that easy. In 2005, I moved to Nashville for the first time. I was there for about a year, and the only thing I did was sit in my cinder block garage apartment and go to the Station Inn every Sunday night to play bluegrass. Needless to say, it was not the career jump-start I was hoping for, and I ended up moving back out west and taking a railroad job. There’s been various reoccurring phases of obsession throughout my life with just about every kind of American music. In high school I was completely obsessed with electric blues and guitar playing. As I got older, I got more into writing and singing songs and playing acoustic guitars, more out of necessity than anything due to living in small apartments where I couldn’t crank up an amp. All the songs I’ve ever recorded in my life were written on one guitar, a Martin HD-28 I've owned since I was much younger, and sung in a fashion that was probably closer to bluegrass or country blues than to anything else. So doing a bluegrass album was always in my heart and in the back of my head. I had it in my mind for a long time that someday I wanted to cut as many of these songs as possible in that fashion, just organic and stripped down to the raw bones of the composition, without any heady production. If you can’t sit down and play the song like that, it’s probably not a very good song. Last year, we made a pretty bangin’ rock and roll record and started a big arena tour, but it all got halted and ultimately cancelled when I got sick with the ‘Rona. We were in Europe back in January and February, and then came back to do arena shows in the US starting in late February. We had barely gotten into the tour when I knew something didn’t feel right—I felt extremely winded and fatigued, out of shape even...certain notes weren’t coming as easy as they should have. I couldn’t make sense of it, as I had lost a ton of weight in recent months in preparations for the tour and was living cleaner than ever. We played in Charleston on March 10th and the next day I was completely leveled physically, so we cancelled a string of shows that weekend starting in Hampton, West Virginia, and I went home. The next morning I was in the ER with pre-stroke blood pressure levels, feeling like I had an invisible ratchet strap cranking down around my chest. So after years of needing the break I never allowed myself, the universe decided it was time I stay home and take it easy. I was stuck at home recovering in south Tennessee. I didn’t have any social media presence whatsoever to speak of before this last tour and the guys in my band gave me a lot of grief about that, so I let my drummer set my page up. I spend a lot of time in the woods at home. So on one of many boring days in quarantine, I made some goofy post in character as a backwoods badass named “Dick Daddy” running a fictitious survival school looking for new recruits, and somebody commented, “If you put that on a t-shirt, I’d buy it.” So I thought, what if I put it on 30,000 t-shirts and give that money to charity? Having been personally affected by this virus, I was trying to think of some way to help and to use the platform for something other than narcissism or toxicity. The response was amazing and hilarious. I received some pretty far-out recruit application videos in those weeks from people stuck at home trying to “live above Hell." In an effort to raise more money, I told my fans that if they hit a certain number by a deadline, I would put on a livestream concert, and if we reached a second goal, I’d put a record out this year. Well, they blew those goals completely out of the water, so really it was the fans made this album happen. Otherwise I may have just as easily spent all summer fishing and changing diapers. I called up my engineeco-producepartner in crime, David Ferguson and said, “Get all the best players in town,” and we went in and banged this record out in about three days, with no planning or preparation. Ferg had been begging me to make this album since we’d met in 2015. He has been a true friend and touchstone for me in Nashville where I've had so few. He has also probably forgotten more about recording music than most people will ever know in this life, so I put myself in his hands and asked him to produce the sessions so I could focus more on having fun and singing. I self-produced my last two albums and have learned it can sometimes be an unnecessarily exhausting process wearing all those hats at the same time. That same week we did a charity gig at the Ryman, which was essentially a livestream of our first rehearsal. That was one of the more surreal gigs of my life, playing that room completely empty. I typically go into the studio with most of the album written in my head and end up throwing half the songs away and writing the rest during the process once the album reveals itself for what it wants to be. But with this record, I just went though my back catalogue and listed which songs I thought would work best and surrounded myself with musical wizards, so at most there might have been some second takes...but not many. Once they learned the form, we just went in and hit record. Ferg and I told everyone, “What you play off the floor is what it’s going to be—we’re not punching in solos or overdubbing anything, it’s just going to be totally raw and live.” Due to modern recording technology and the endless choices it brings, even modern bluegrass recordings have suffered from the soul-sucking pursuit of perfection. Merle Haggard once told me that “perfect is about the most boring thing on Earth.” When it comes to music, he was dead on. As a result it was the fastest recording I’ve ever made. Adapting the songs was pretty easy; even a few of the tunes that I thought might be a little weird worked very easily. Some of the more esoteric psycho-babble songs, like the song “Just Let Go,” we got in the first take. It was just extremely easy, fun, everybody was laughing the whole time. Mostly, I was just humbled and amazed to be in the room with all these musicians. You can’t overstate all their talents—truly next-level freak show kind of stuff. There are songs from all my albums except for the last one, and there’s two or three that I wrote 15 years ago back when I was playing dive bars in Kentucky. Those are the songs that were really cool to hear finally realized the way I had always wanted them to be recorded. “I Don’t Mind” is a song I wrote in 2006 or 2007, and it’s probably my wife’s favorite song that I’ve ever written. So she basically said, “Don’t come home if that thing’s not on the album” I thought it turned out really pretty, really beautiful, everybody did a great job on it. If I had to say what’s the most definitively bluegrass song on the record, I would probably say “All the Pretty Colors.” The performance, the feel, the lyrical content, that could be like a bluegrass standard some day. I really loved what Sierra Hull, who sings and plays mandolin, did on “Breaker’s Roar”—she put these lilting harmonies on it that made it just as pretty as the strings on the Sailor’s Guide record. I thought that was really cool. She’s such an amazing and special talent and her mandolin playing really brought a fresh contemporary feel to the album that might otherwise not have been there had I used any number of other players. She also kept everyone on their best behavior in the studio. Bluegrass musicians can be a squirrelly bunch. The bluegrass I love is from post-World War II up to the mid-‘70s. All of it, from the classic styles to the Ozark style, and especially some of the folk-tinged, almost mystical sounds that came out of California in the late '60s. After that, everything kinda got away from the true pulse and the rhythm of bluegrass that Bill Monroe devised, and became more based on hot flash soloing and herky-jerky “look what I can do.” That stuff does nothing for me. My grandfather always told me that when it came to the instrumental or the solo sections, if you get away from the melody of the song, you’re not playing bluegrass anymore, you’re just showing off. So we were trying to adhere to the Jimmy Martin swing, the Clinch Mountain feel, because that’s the bluegrass I love. It should sound like a train rolling. I decided to call it volume one—because I could easily and literally do seventeen of these albums! The thing I’ve realized about the ride I’ve been on these past seven years is that to me, despite what others may call and label them, all my records are simply “American music.” My head and my heart go different directions all the time, and when you put out a record, it becomes this definitive thing, like "this is who you are now" because people need to define things for the cycle of that album. This album for me was always just supposed to be a sort of simple mix tape for my fans, so it’s somewhat funny to me to think we might play TV shows and what not to promote it, and for a time I’ll be considered a bluegrass musician. In all honesty, though, I guess that's probably the closest thing to the truth that could ever be put in print about me. This album also begins a new phase for my career. I'm starting back the way I started out, on my own record label. I’m realizing more and more every day what I already knew, which is that I was always supposed to be an independent artist. I’m just trying to look forward and create without any industry timelines or narratives and all the creative restrictions that inevitably come with them. The real benefit is that I’ve completely fallen back in love with music again. I was really burnt out for a long while, due to so many variables that had absolutely nothing to do with making music, and as a result had started associating music with some of the headaches behind the curtain that came with it. But with all that now in the rearview, I am feeling extremely healthy and happy. Mostly I'm just extremely grateful to wake up every day and look at my children. When I'm not playing with my kids, I just sit around playing guitar all day, which I haven’t really done for a number of years. The world’s hurting right now in so many ways...there are a lot of people in way worse shape than most of us could ever imagine. I cannot fix or change any of this. But I can change myself. And I can put some music out, and hopefully, if nothing else, it might make some people forget about their pain and troubles for fifty-five minutes.
Cuttin' Grass - Vol. 1 (The Butcher Shoppe Sessions) This album started when I was in the third grade. My paternal grandfather was sort of a bluegrass freak. He played a little mandolin, and after he retired, he’d travel around to bluegrass festivals in his motor home making field recordings. He just lived and ate and breathed it, and every time he’d come to visit, he’d try to shove it down my throat. My palette wasn’t ready to absorb it at the time—I was probably still into the Monkees and, thanks to an older cousin, discovering bands like Cream and Led Zeppelin far too young. He would sit me down and play cassette tapes of live bluegrass. One night in my room, when he could sense my rejection of what I was hearing, he looked at me directly and said, “One day it's gonna get in ya, and it’ll never get out.” I wish more than anything he was still here and could hear this collection of songs. Many years later, after returning home to Kentucky from the military and living for some time out on the West coast, I was driving down the road one day and the public radio station played an old Monroe Brothers song and it absolutely floored me. A wave of emotion slammed me in the chest and I had to pull over on the side of the road. I was pretty much drifting at the time—completely lost, I guess you could say—and hearing that music brought everything to the surface. It sounded like home. Bluegrass music is healing. I truly believe this to be true. It is made from ancient, organic tones and, as with most all forms of music, the vibrations and the pulse can be extremely therapeutic. After that, I spent the next eight years or so obsessively scouring the earth for any and all of the old recordings of this music I could find. This was pre-YouTube era, so it wasn’t that easy. In 2005, I moved to Nashville for the first time. I was there for about a year, and the only thing I did was sit in my cinder block garage apartment and go to the Station Inn every Sunday night to play bluegrass. Needless to say, it was not the career jump-start I was hoping for, and I ended up moving back out west and taking a railroad job. There’s been various reoccurring phases of obsession throughout my life with just about every kind of American music. In high school I was completely obsessed with electric blues and guitar playing. As I got older, I got more into writing and singing songs and playing acoustic guitars, more out of necessity than anything due to living in small apartments where I couldn’t crank up an amp. All the songs I’ve ever recorded in my life were written on one guitar, a Martin HD-28 I've owned since I was much younger, and sung in a fashion that was probably closer to bluegrass or country blues than to anything else. So doing a bluegrass album was always in my heart and in the back of my head. I had it in my mind for a long time that someday I wanted to cut as many of these songs as possible in that fashion, just organic and stripped down to the raw bones of the composition, without any heady production. If you can’t sit down and play the song like that, it’s probably not a very good song. Last year, we made a pretty bangin’ rock and roll record and started a big arena tour, but it all got halted and ultimately cancelled when I got sick with the ‘Rona. We were in Europe back in January and February, and then came back to do arena shows in the US starting in late February. We had barely gotten into the tour when I knew something didn’t feel right—I felt extremely winded and fatigued, out of shape even...certain notes weren’t coming as easy as they should have. I couldn’t make sense of it, as I had lost a ton of weight in recent months in preparations for the tour and was living cleaner than ever. We played in Charleston on March 10th and the next day I was completely leveled physically, so we cancelled a string of shows that weekend starting in Hampton, West Virginia, and I went home. The next morning I was in the ER with pre-stroke blood pressure levels, feeling like I had an invisible ratchet strap cranking down around my chest. So after years of needing the break I never allowed myself, the universe decided it was time I stay home and take it easy. I was stuck at home recovering in south Tennessee. I didn’t have any social media presence whatsoever to speak of before this last tour and the guys in my band gave me a lot of grief about that, so I let my drummer set my page up. I spend a lot of time in the woods at home. So on one of many boring days in quarantine, I made some goofy post in character as a backwoods badass named “Dick Daddy” running a fictitious survival school looking for new recruits, and somebody commented, “If you put that on a t-shirt, I’d buy it.” So I thought, what if I put it on 30,000 t-shirts and give that money to charity? Having been personally affected by this virus, I was trying to think of some way to help and to use the platform for something other than narcissism or toxicity. The response was amazing and hilarious. I received some pretty far-out recruit application videos in those weeks from people stuck at home trying to “live above Hell." In an effort to raise more money, I told my fans that if they hit a certain number by a deadline, I would put on a livestream concert, and if we reached a second goal, I’d put a record out this year. Well, they blew those goals completely out of the water, so really it was the fans made this album happen. Otherwise I may have just as easily spent all summer fishing and changing diapers. I called up my engineeco-producepartner in crime, David Ferguson and said, “Get all the best players in town,” and we went in and banged this record out in about three days, with no planning or preparation. Ferg had been begging me to make this album since we’d met in 2015. He has been a true friend and touchstone for me in Nashville where I've had so few. He has also probably forgotten more about recording music than most people will ever know in this life, so I put myself in his hands and asked him to produce the sessions so I could focus more on having fun and singing. I self-produced my last two albums and have learned it can sometimes be an unnecessarily exhausting process wearing all those hats at the same time. That same week we did a charity gig at the Ryman, which was essentially a livestream of our first rehearsal. That was one of the more surreal gigs of my life, playing that room completely empty. I typically go into the studio with most of the album written in my head and end up throwing half the songs away and writing the rest during the process once the album reveals itself for what it wants to be. But with this record, I just went though my back catalogue and listed which songs I thought would work best and surrounded myself with musical wizards, so at most there might have been some second takes...but not many. Once they learned the form, we just went in and hit record. Ferg and I told everyone, “What you play off the floor is what it’s going to be—we’re not punching in solos or overdubbing anything, it’s just going to be totally raw and live.” Due to modern recording technology and the endless choices it brings, even modern bluegrass recordings have suffered from the soul-sucking pursuit of perfection. Merle Haggard once told me that “perfect is about the most boring thing on Earth.” When it comes to music, he was dead on. As a result it was the fastest recording I’ve ever made. Adapting the songs was pretty easy; even a few of the tunes that I thought might be a little weird worked very easily. Some of the more esoteric psycho-babble songs, like the song “Just Let Go,” we got in the first take. It was just extremely easy, fun, everybody was laughing the whole time. Mostly, I was just humbled and amazed to be in the room with all these musicians. You can’t overstate all their talents—truly next-level freak show kind of stuff. There are songs from all my albums except for the last one, and there’s two or three that I wrote 15 years ago back when I was playing dive bars in Kentucky. Those are the songs that were really cool to hear finally realized the way I had always wanted them to be recorded. “I Don’t Mind” is a song I wrote in 2006 or 2007, and it’s probably my wife’s favorite song that I’ve ever written. So she basically said, “Don’t come home if that thing’s not on the album” I thought it turned out really pretty, really beautiful, everybody did a great job on it. If I had to say what’s the most definitively bluegrass song on the record, I would probably say “All the Pretty Colors.” The performance, the feel, the lyrical content, that could be like a bluegrass standard some day. I really loved what Sierra Hull, who sings and plays mandolin, did on “Breaker’s Roar”—she put these lilting harmonies on it that made it just as pretty as the strings on the Sailor’s Guide record. I thought that was really cool. She’s such an amazing and special talent and her mandolin playing really brought a fresh contemporary feel to the album that might otherwise not have been there had I used any number of other players. She also kept everyone on their best behavior in the studio. Bluegrass musicians can be a squirrelly bunch. The bluegrass I love is from post-World War II up to the mid-‘70s. All of it, from the classic styles to the Ozark style, and especially some of the folk-tinged, almost mystical sounds that came out of California in the late '60s. After that, everything kinda got away from the true pulse and the rhythm of bluegrass that Bill Monroe devised, and became more based on hot flash soloing and herky-jerky “look what I can do.” That stuff does nothing for me. My grandfather always told me that when it came to the instrumental or the solo sections, if you get away from the melody of the song, you’re not playing bluegrass anymore, you’re just showing off. So we were trying to adhere to the Jimmy Martin swing, the Clinch Mountain feel, because that’s the bluegrass I love. It should sound like a train rolling. I decided to call it volume one—because I could easily and literally do seventeen of these albums! The thing I’ve realized about the ride I’ve been on these past seven years is that to me, despite what others may call and label them, all my records are simply “American music.” My head and my heart go different directions all the time, and when you put out a record, it becomes this definitive thing, like "this is who you are now" because people need to define things for the cycle of that album. This album for me was always just supposed to be a sort of simple mix tape for my fans, so it’s somewhat funny to me to think we might play TV shows and what not to promote it, and for a time I’ll be considered a bluegrass musician. In all honesty, though, I guess that's probably the closest thing to the truth that could ever be put in print about me. This album also begins a new phase for my career. I'm starting back the way I started out, on my own record label. I’m realizing more and more every day what I already knew, which is that I was always supposed to be an independent artist. I’m just trying to look forward and create without any industry timelines or narratives and all the creative restrictions that inevitably come with them. The real benefit is that I’ve completely fallen back in love with music again. I was really burnt out for a long while, due to so many variables that had absolutely nothing to do with making music, and as a result had started associating music with some of the headaches behind the curtain that came with it. But with all that now in the rearview, I am feeling extremely healthy and happy. Mostly I'm just extremely grateful to wake up every day and look at my children. When I'm not playing with my kids, I just sit around playing guitar all day, which I haven’t really done for a number of years. The world’s hurting right now in so many ways...there are a lot of people in way worse shape than most of us could ever imagine. I cannot fix or change any of this. But I can change myself. And I can put some music out, and hopefully, if nothing else, it might make some people forget about their pain and troubles for fifty-five minutes.
2020.10.16 10:10 CheddarSmoothieNichts darf man mehr!!!
Die Menschen drehen durch. Die Isolation schlägt beinahe jedem aufs Gemüt, die Angst macht dünnhäutig, das Klopapier wird wieder knapp. Wie vermutlich jeder andere bin ich heilfroh, wenn diese Pandemie endlich durchgestanden ist, aber ein Teil von mir hat auch schon Bammel vor der Zeit danach. Man stelle sich diesen ganzen verkorksten Planeten auf PTBS vor - gruselig. Andererseits brechen dann natürlich goldene Zeiten an für Psychiater, Drogendealer und Eso-Spinner aller Art (obwohl die vermutlich jetzt schon Konjunktur haben dürften). Und wenn sich mehr Leute prügeln, freuen sich die Zahnärzte. Und so weiter. Eigentlich nicht schlecht. Das ist mir etwas unbeholfenen Jubel à la Merkel beim Fußballgucken wert - hussa, der Aufschwung, der Aufschwung! Ich kann ihn schon fast riechen - aber vielleicht erwartet mein Unterbewusstsein ja auch zugleich einen Rückgang der Seifenabsätze. Pandemie ist ja dann vorbei - waschen? Gar desinfizieren? Lächerlich. Ein bisschen Mief wird bald zum gutem Ton gehören. Ich bin nun wirklich eine Stubenhockerin par excellence. Normalerweise gibt es nur wenige Dinge, die mich zuverlässig hinter meiner Schreibtisch-Barrikade hervorlocken können, wie neugeborene Esel im Kaisergarten zu besuchen oder geradezu lächerlich traumhafte Cheddar-Sonderangebote beim örtlichen Lebensmittelhändler (180 g Ivy‘s Vintage Reserve für knapp 2,50€? WO ZUM FICK IST MEINE HOSE???). Trotzdem hatte ich immer gerne die Möglichkeit ohne jede Vorwarnung aus meiner Lethargie hochzuschrecken und mit Freundinnen einen heben zu gehen oder mich für den Open-Sauce-Kochworkshop einzuschreiben. Nichts Besonderes, nicht allzu häufig. Ich brauche wirklich nicht viel Auslauf. Hinzu kommt, dass ein leichter Ekel vor anderer Leute Tröpfchen schon immer vorhanden war. Ich sollte gerade aufblühen und die Zeit meines Lebens haben - richtig? Hm. Ausgerechnet jetzt schlafwandle ich seltener denn je durchs Leben, habe fixe Ideen, will hier und dort hin. Und jedes Mal bin ich wirklich erstaunt, wenn ich zwei Sekunden später begreife, dass ich nichts davon tun kann. Oder tun sollte. Auf keinen Fall tun werde, denn ich bin schließlich kein verantwortungsloses Stück Scheiße. Doch mir fehlt meine Freiheit - dieser Zustand, wenn man sich über Freiheit keine Gedanken machen muss. Ich scheine erst jetzt wirklich zu begreifen, was dieser Begriff eigentlich für mich und mein Leben bedeutet. Klar betrachte ich mich deswegen nicht generell als unfrei - ich darf sagen, was ich will, ich darf an die frische Luft gehen, einkaufen was mir passt, ich bin nicht an einen Stuhl gefesselt und mit weit aufgerissenen Augen dazu gezwungen, mir stundenlang grausame Filme über Verbrechen an der Menschlichkeit anzusehen, voller Folter, Enthauptungen oder Eckhart von Hirschhausen, der sich über 3 Stunden hinweg einen auf Martin Luther abrubbelt. Im Gegenzug betrachte ich diesen Schutz vor Infektionen als großen Gewinn - eine neue Art von Freiheit. Diese Helden des Alltags, die sich selbst mit schlimmster Grippe nach der Arbeit noch höchst selbst in den Supermarkt schleppen, um ein Netz Orangen zu erstehen, von dem dann eine Frucht zu drei Vierteln vertilgt (Mimimi, Sauerei, meine Mama hat die immer für mich geschält!) und der Rest über Wochen hinweg beim Slo-Mo-Anlegen des grünen Mäntelchens beobachtet wird, müssen ihren Schleim jetzt selbst inhalieren. Finde ich gut. Ich bin fast geneigt zu sagen, dass ich vermutlich nie im Leben gesünder war - fast, denn ich esse auch mehr Käse, als je zuvor. Und bin laktoseintolerant. Ist schon eine positive Art des Masochismus, oder zumindest etwas appetitlicher ausgelebt, als wenn ich mir von meinem Partner in den Mund rotzen lassen würde. Vielleicht schwingt gar ein Hauch Sadismus mit, wenn man bedenkt, dass der arme Kerl jede Nacht das Bett mit einer Schwefelwasserstoff emittierenden Fleischposaune teilen muss. Trotzdem hat er natürlich jederzeit die Freiheit, mich mit der Rückseite Richtung Fenster zu drehen oder im Zweifelsfall selbst das Zimmer zu räumen (da hab ich doch elegant die Kurve gekriegt - puh!). Ihr fragt euch vermutlich, worauf ich mit meinem wirren Gefasel über Freiheiten und Flatulenzen hinauswill. Keine Ahnung, wirklich. Es muss auch keinen Sinn ergeben, wenn es mir gerade nur darum geht, etwas zu tun, das ich eben einfach tun darf - nämlich meinen faden Senf auf jede Plattform zu schmieren, die mir gerade in den Kram passt. Und später werde ich mir eine feine Käseplatte anrichten, die ich zusammen mit meinen Alkoholvorräten leerfegen werde, bis ich irgendwann so... nun ja, irisch werde, dass kein Bild mehr an der Wand bleiben und keines meiner Worte mehr verständlich sein wird (ist das rassistisch? Weil, ich bin ja rothaarig...). In diesem Sinne: Sláinte is táinte, mo bitseacha! *hicks*
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Lockheed Martin last provided an upgrade to the F-16C/D in 2016, with the rollout of the "Viper" variant. However, with the market ripe for many nations advancing into 4.5 generation fighters, Lockheed Avionics has advanced the "Viper" variant with a host of upgrades, including AESA radar, electronic warfare, engine replacement, and targeting systems. Able to match several foreign 5th generations in simulated testing, the "Copperhead" variant of the world's most venerable fighter has included the upgrades below:
APG-83(V)8 AESA radar has been redesigned to include a hybrid GaN/GaS T/R module construction, improved processing components in the CoRP/PSP, and replacement of the DMT to include variable frequency transmitting. Upgrades facilitate the boosting the range from 298.2km to 542km, and improving resistance to jamming and detection in active modes. With 35+ targeting variable tracks, enhanced SAR, and HMDS integration, the -83(V)8 rivals most 5th generation capability.
Upgrade of the MIL-STD-1553 bus to optical cabling MIL-STD-1773, weighing 80% less throughout the airframe and improving resistance of avionics to electromagnetic interference; data rate improved to 20 Mbit/s.
Inclusion of the AN/ALQ-184 ECM pod upgraded with DARPA's PREW (Precision Electronic Warfare) development. AN/ALQ-184(v)2 includes upgraded beam-steered RF arrays; reconfigurable/modular interaction with emitted radio waves; and over-the-air coherent array aggregation.
Upgraded targeting systems through the implementation of the Sniper Advanced Targeting Pod - Sensor Enhancement (ATP-SE) package, extending traditional EO/IR and NTISR detection abilities by 25% in optimal conditions, including UHD video relay, passive mode, and ER-cueing
Replacement of the F110-GE-129 with the F110-GE-132 turbofan, rated at a maximum thrust of 32,500 lbf (144.6 kN), a maximum speed of Mach 2.2, and delivering a and a range of 1,879 miles with enhanced fuel burn and thrust vectoring.
Offered for sale under restriction by the Defense Security and Cooperation Agency's Title X sensitive technology program, the Copperhead is available only to MSPs, MNNAs, and NATO allies of the United States. The price is as follows:
Major Security Partner: $40 million flyaway new, $8 million upgrade
NATO: $43 million flyaway new, $9 million upgrade
Major Non-NATO: $43 million flyaway new, $9 million upgrade
Lockheed predicts the F-16V Block 30+ will be available for preliminary production by early 2026.
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