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2000 - The attempted Millenium Diamond Robbery

2020.11.24 10:35 JSFlaye 2000 - The attempted Millenium Diamond Robbery

The Millennium Dome raid was an attempted robbery of the Millennium Dome's diamond exhibition in Greenwich, South East London occurring on 7 November 2000. A local gang planned to ram-raid the De Beers diamond exhibition which was being held in the riverside Dome at the time. The gang had then planned to escape via the Thames in a speedboat.
The De Beers diamond exhibition had a number of jewels on display, including the Millennium Star, a flawless 203.04 carats (40.608 g) gem with an estimated worth of £200 million and considered one of the most perfect gems in the world. Also on display were priceless blue diamonds.[1]
The attempted robbery was foiled by the Flying Squad of the Metropolitan Police Service, as a result of information from Kent Police Serious Crime who already had the gang members under surveillance for their suspected roles in a number of unsuccessful armoured vehicle robberies. The operation to foil the robbery was the biggest operation undertaken in the Flying Squad's history and at trial the judge in the case commended the way it was carried out.[2]
If the heist had succeeded, then with a haul of £350 million worth of diamonds, it would have become one of the biggest robberies in history.[3][4]
Operation Magician
In the summer of 2000, the Flying Squad became aware of a major armed robbery plot after a tip-off was received. The location of this robbery was unclear, but the identities of some of the robbers were known to the police. The police spent a number of months developing intelligence on the plot and set up an operation that they codenamed Operation Magician. During the intelligence gathering the location of the robbery was found to be the Millennium Dome in Greenwich.[5]
In February 2000, armed men tried to pull off a £10 million raid on a security van in Nine Elms, South London. The gunmen had stopped the security van by blocking off both ends of Nine Elms Lane. They had planned to use their own lorry, which was carrying Christmas trees, as a battering ram. This lorry had a huge metal spike welded into the chassis and covered by the foliage. The gang planned to split the security van's rear doors with the ram. The gang's plan failed when a motorist who was late for work removed the keys from the ignition of the unattended Christmas tree lorry. The robbers, left with no choice, made their escape in an inflatable speedboat towards Chelsea.
It was attempted again on 7 July in Aylesford, Kent. This time, the gang got even closer to the cash, with the metal spike being rammed into the van. They were seconds from taking the money when an unexpected police car appeared; the gang shot at the approaching car and again made their escape in an inflatable speedboat.
Detective Superintendent Jon Shatford stated that this attempted robbery brought to his attention a gang which was capable of carrying out a robbery with this level of planning. This unsuccessful attack provided the police with important clues and led them to track some of the vehicles that were used in the raid to two isolated farms in rural Kent; these properties were then put under 24-hour surveillance.
After this unsuccessful robbery the police received a tip-off about the Dome raid from an informer. At a meeting between detectives to discuss the Nine Elms Lane attempted robbery and the information that the informer had provided about the Dome raid, one detective who had recently visited the dome quipped, "Maybe they are after the Millennium jewels?" It was this comment that led to beginning an investigation into the raid.[citation needed]
Surveillance On 1 September 2000, the team identified three of the suspected robbers – Lee Wenham, Raymond Betson and William Cockram – at the Dome. It was then found that every time they had visited the attraction, the Thames was at high tide. They were observed visiting the exhibition and recording video footage, leading the police to suspect that the exhibition could be a target. The surveillance on the men was significantly increased and the Dome was placed under close watch.
The precautions taken by the Flying Squad included replacing the priceless gems with replicas of the same size, allowing the originals to be stored elsewhere, as well as installing a false wall inside the exhibit room, behind which 20 police were waiting in full tactical gear.[6]
Due to an increase in surveillance, the police discovered other members of the gang. These included Terry Millman, who was tasked with obtaining the getaway speedboat which was to be used for the escape.[7][8] Cockram and Betson were also observed filming the surrounding river and jetty. The surveillance on the gang continued and their visits to the Dome became more frequent. In late September a few members of the gang were spotted testing a speedboat in a harbour in Kent.[9]
Aborted robbery attempts
The Metropolitan Police were able to identify the possible days upon which the raid could take place and communicated this information to De Beers and the Dome's management. Two of the days that the police had identified resulted in aborted attempts. The first aborted attempt occurred in early October and was called off due to the malfunctioning of the speedboat which was to be used for the getaway. The second aborted attempt occurred one day before the date of the actual raid, but was cancelled upon the gang discovering the tide was too low to ensure a safe getaway.
After this attempt the police suspected the raid was imminent and were convinced the raid would take place the following day. The police then replaced all Dome staff with armed undercover officers.[10] On a number of days in October, the gang under surveillance looked as if they were about to commence the raid.
Some members were spotted towing a speedboat to Greenwich and then placing the boat in the river opposite the Dome. This activity indicated to the Squad that the robbery was close; however, this was not the case. The delay was then investigated by police. The detectives analysed the times and days of the aborted attempts and found that they had something in common – the high tide. Upon closer investigation the detectives found that, on each of the days when the robbery was aborted, the tide was at its highest possible level. The police began to investigate the patterns of the tide and were able to predict the possible times that the raid was to take place. One of the predicted days happened to be the date of the actual raid.[11]
Day of raid
On 7 November at 9:30am, Operation Magician was under way commanded by Detective Superintendent Jon Shatford of the Metropolitan Police. A total of two hundred officers were involved in the operation, of which forty were from the Specialist Firearms Command (SCO19). A further sixty armed Flying Squad officers were stationed around the Thames, and twenty on the river itself to hamper any escape attempts. Surveillance officers were disguised as Dome employees. The Millennium Dome's CCTV room was used by the police as a control room.[12]
All the officers were briefed at 3 a.m., the day of the raid, on the contingency plans in place. Before the raid, some officers were positioned behind a dummy wall and others were dressed as cleaners and Dome employees, with their firearms concealed. Before the raid, four members of the gang had been identified in a JCB earth digger and all were wearing body armour and gas masks. The men were armed with smoke bombs, sledgehammers and nail guns, to be used to penetrate the security glass that was protecting the exhibit. The digger was used by the gang to break through the perimeter fence and to crash through the side wall of the Dome to reach the Money Zone, where the De Beers diamonds were kept.[13] The digger came into the Dome itself, parked outside the Money Zone.
Once inside Ciarrocchi started throwing smoke bombs and Cockram attempted to break the glass, where the diamonds were stored. Cockram knew that the bombproof glass could resist the force of a 60-ton ram raid, but his plan was to weaken the glass with three shots from a powerful Hilti nail gun and then another gang member, Robert Adams, would use a sledgehammer to break the weakened glass. The plan was working and the gang were inches away from the diamonds.
The police pounced on four members of the gang, as they attempted to smash their way into the display case. As the four men were being arrested, other officers stationed around the Dome arrested another man who was in a high-powered boat on the Thames. The police also arrested a man whom they suspected of monitoring police radio frequencies: he was detained on the north shore of the Thames, opposite the Dome.[14] All the suspects were apprehended; Millman was apprehended in a van.[15][16] Once all the suspects had been detained, they were taken to police stations in South London. By 1200 GMT, some areas of the Dome had reopened, but other areas, including the Money Zone, were cordoned off.[17]
Detective Superintendent Shatford defended the decision that was taken to wait until the gang had reached the diamonds before arresting them. He said, "Our chief concern throughout was public safety. We decided it was better to let the robbers get to the vault where they were effectively imprisoned".[18]
The serious crime unit of the Kent Police worked in conjunction with the Metropolitan Police Service and arrested six more people in connection with the raid on Tuesday morning in the villages of Collier Street and Horsmonden. Police said the ages of the men ranged between 38 and 62.[19]
The case came to trial a year later, on 8 November 2001. It was heard at the Old Bailey, and only six members of the gang were present, as Terry Millman had died of cancer. The court heard that Betson, Cockram, Ciarrocchi and Adams were caught by undercover officers in the Dome when they burst inside by using a JCB digger.
On the first day of the defence case, Cockram discussed the lack of security inside the Dome: "I couldn't believe how simple it was.... I was thinking, this cannot be true, It was a gift. At first I had thought it was pie in the sky, but after going down there I couldn't believe security was so bad.... There was nobody in the vault, no security workers walking around". He stated that had the plan succeeded, "It would have taken a very short time from hitting the main gate to getting back across the Thames – five minutes maximum". He also added, "No one was going to get hurt – there was no one to hurt.... The Dome was always empty".
Cockram explained that the nail gun that was bought by the gang was to be used to break the glass in the vault, not as a weapon. The ammonia was to be used to contaminate any traces of blood left by him, he said. He explained that the body armour was to be used after the raid for protection when he was scheduled to attend a meeting with associates to discuss the sale of the gems.[20]
Betson told the jury that his brother-in-law, Michael Waring, who was working at the Dome as part of the perimeter security, had told him about a school friend, Tony, who was also working there. Betson claimed that Waring had told him about a plan that Tony had put together: "Tony had got this plan together. He had a backer – someone to buy the jewellery. He said the security was crap."
Betson then went on to say, "I had every confidence in him – there was no way I thought he would betray me – not for two seconds.... If this had come to me from someone else – in a pub – I would not have gone along with it but it was the background to where it had come from. It was solid." Betson explained how he developed a trusting relationship with Waring: "I did not think he would try and do me any harm. I trusted." Cockram also said that Betson had told him that Waring was in on the plan.
Called as a prosecution witness, Waring "totally denied" that he was part of the plan or had offered to act in a criminal way by providing information on security.[21] The gang had invested tens of thousands planning the raid and stored the equipment needed at a disused commercial yard in Plumstead, southeast London, as well as two remote Kent farms, near Maidstone. Terry Millman, who had died of cancer before the trial, used the name T. Diamond when he paid £3,700 in cash to purchase a getaway speedboat at a yard in the seaside town of Whitstable, Kent.[citation needed]
At the trial, Crown Prosecutor Martin Heslop, QC, said that "the raid was planned professionally, carefully and down to the last detail.... So well organised was it that it would probably have succeeded, had it not been for an equally professional, careful and detailed police operation." Heslop stated that to minimize the risk to the public, "Arrangements were made to keep children away from the danger area, but for obvious reasons it was not practicable to alert all staff to the possibility of an attack."[22]
After three months for the trial, the jury of seven women and five men reached a 10–2 majority verdict against the defendants after they had deliberated for nearly seven court days.[23] After a week of deliberations the judge Michael Coombe accepted the majority verdict and so the men were found guilty.[24][25]
The judge told the defendants, "You played for very high stakes and you must have known perfectly well what the penalty would be if your enterprise did not succeed." The judge added, "This was a wicked, professional plan and one which was carried out with the minutest attention to detail. Mercifully the police were on to it."[26]
Betson and Cockram, considered the two leaders of the gang, were both given 18-year sentences.[27]
Aldo Ciarrocchi and Robert Adams were sentenced to 15 years. Kevin Meredith was cleared of conspiracy to rob but found guilty of conspiring to steal and was sentenced to five years.[28]
Aftermath Cockram, who was sentenced to 18 years for his part in the raid, was awarded legal aid to sue the Metropolitan Police Service in March 2003. The decision to award Cockram the money was condemned by the then-shadow home secretary David Davis. Cockram claimed that he was assaulted by a police officer at about 9.39am on the day of the raid, as he was lying handcuffed on the floor.[citation needed]
One of the diamonds on display during the raid was a pear-shaped rare blue diamond. In March 2010, the London Evening Standard reported that the gem would be sold in a collection at Sotheby's Hong Kong, the following month.[34] The blue diamond, which had an estimated worth of £3 to £3.8 million, was sold for £4.2 million in April 2010 in Sotheby's Hong Kong.[35][36]
The Flying Squad arrested a man that it was believed was the mastermind behind the plot, but he was not present on the day of the raid. The man, Londoner James Hurley, was arrested following an undercover operation. The undercover operation tracked Hurley to Puerto Banus, on the Costa del Sol. The officer in charge of Operation Magician, Detective Chief Superintendent Jon Shatford, arrived in Spain with a team of three others and an emergency warrant for Hurley's arrest.[citation needed]
Hurley had been under surveillance by the police when he was spotted refining and testing the robbery plan for weeks in advance. He was dubbed the "boatman" by the police as he was seen taking photographs of the Dome from vessels on the Thames and was organising the speedboat to be used for the getaway. Hurley disappeared at the last minute before the raid took place. After his disappearance, the National Criminal Intelligence Service and the Spanish police were unable to locate him. Hurley was living in a luxury villa on a private enclave, close to Puerto Banus. Once Hurley had been photographed and his identity confirmed, a High Court judge in London issued a red extradition warrant for his arrest.[citation needed]
The JCB digger that was used in the raid was put up for auction, but it still displayed damage from the raid. The digger was sold at JCB's biannual auction of surplus parts and machines. JCB had taken possession of the machine from insurers after a court hearing.[37]
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2020.11.23 23:42 MadeOfMind My (24f) boyfriend (26m) used to tell me how great his ex (26f) looked when we met at parties. Is it unreasonable for me to ask her to stop tellinng me about her planned costumes?

The relevant people in this are:
My boyfriend of four years (we'll call him William)
Our friend/his ex (we'll call her Victoria)
William and Victoria dated years ago, they broke up mostly because they wanted different things in life and stayed good friends. They were teenagers for most of the relationship, so they've grown up to be fairly different people now. Because I'm sure it's where people's minds will immediately jump: I've never been worried that they still have feelings for each other and I have always trusted that even if they did, neither one of them would ever willingly hurt me. The issue I outline below has nothing to do with a fear of cheating, it's simply that it's impacting my self esteem.
Also want to be clear that William and I have an otherwise wonderful relationship. I feel loved and appreciated, he makes me laugh, we never run out of things to talk about and I feel good about our future. I simply adore him.
Obligatory note that we haven't had a party during restrictions. The area where I live has zero cases at present though, so people have started tentatively planning one for January.
The Issue
When William gets drunk, he tells me about how great Victoria looked in her costume at (insert most recent party). A particular emphasis is made on her wearing thigh high stockings, which she does all the time because she feels (and looks) beautiful in them.
I can handle William finding other people pretty - it's objectively true that Victoria looks great at these parties. I just don't really want to hear about it?
(It's worth noting this happens with the costumes of other women in the friend group, too. I just seem to have latched on to Victoria in my mind. I think because she has the most comparable body shape to mine and so I can mentally compare myself to her more easily.)
It all came to a head at a William's sister's birthday party in January. My costume creation did not go well and I was already panicky about it. William made a very innocent comment before the party like "oh, what are you dressed up as?" and it sent my anxiety straight through the roof. I ended up hiding in his room for an hour, then my friend helped me smuggle myself out of the house without being seen (I was embarrassed of my costume) and I fled.
Later, when we were talking about the party over a few glasses of wine, William said "Victoria's costume with the thigh highs and the skirt was..." and did like a chef's kiss action. I immediately burst into tears and we had some sort of conversation where I said "do you say these things to deliberately hurt me?" he said "no I just have a foot-in-mouth problem" and I said "if it continues I need to leave the relationship.". It hasn't happened again since then.
Advice Please:
Victoria is very proud of the costumes she creates for parties and she likes to tell me about them. Every time she describes what she intends to wear to the next party I panic.
William's sister's birthday party is already being planned again for this coming January (covid-allowing), Victoria is already planning what to wear, and I'm already having panic attacks. (Yes, I have a psychologist and I will bring it up with her. Yes, I have also raised this with William as a "let's discuss this in person. I am in struggle town.")
It is not Victoria's fault that William has expressed these thoughts. I would never ask her to stop wearing thigh high stockings, but I'm torn about asking her to stop telling me about the thigh high stockings. She shouldn't have to modify her behaviour because a boy has been an idiot, but I'm really struggling with hearing about the costumes.
Is it unreasonable to ask her to stop telling me about the costumes?
My boyfriend has a foot in mouth problem where he tells me how great his ex looks at parties. We've talked about it and he has stopped. The ex (who is also my friend) excitedly tells me about the costumes she's planning for the next party and it crushes me. Is it ok to ask her to stop talking about the costumes?
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2020.11.23 20:43 juanteeze The Bucket List of Juan

As a natural free spirit, I’m of the belief that everybody should have a bucket list. I believe it should consist of overcoming fears, achieving once unattainable goals, realizing childhood dreams, taking risks, and doing things that you wouldn’t do under normal circumstances…kind of like having that Magic School Bus Miss Frizzle “take chances, make mistakes, get messy” mentality. Of course, a lot of people won’t agree with that and I think those people are sissies…but that’s just my opinion. For me, I sat down in January of 2013 and identified 75 unique things I want to do before I kick the proverbial bucket. I’ve already completed a few of the following items. I’ll detail those collectively in a future post and the remaining items as I complete them. That written, here is my bucket list as I wrote it in January 2013. Let me know what you think.

  1. Bowl a game of 220 or better. This would be a grand moment considering the best game of my life (166) is more than twice my career average (82.7).
  2. Learn archery. Long before Jennifer Lawrence was picking cats off in The Hunger Games, I’ve always wanted to acquire this skill…for the physical benefits (improved upper body strength, balance, and coordination) and the mental aspects (clear mind and increased focus).
  3. Perform the Argentine Tango with a native Latin American woman in Buenos Aires. Aside from the first dance I’ll have as a married man, this may very well be the defining moment of my life on any dance floor.
  4. Perform the Foxtrot and the Waltz on a date. This is why I secretly took ballroom dance in Tokyo for 3 years…all for that moment to leave a marquee impression. I just hope the lucky lady respects the “lead and follow” rule.
  5. Go sky diving. I’ve always wanted to do it. And considering I know a lot more about parachutes—courtesy of one of my good friends—I don’t have an uneasiness about it anymore.
  6. Go white water rafting. I just want to see what the craze is all about. It’s high risk with the rocks and the drops but I’m sticking to one of the lower grades. I want to complete a bucket list item, not die.
  7. Zipline through the Cloud Forest in Monteverde, Costa Rica. I’ve never been one to be frightened of heights but after a particular incident in Air Force basic military training, I wasn’t really receptive to covering distances end-to-end hanging on a wire. That changed when I ended up by myself in one of the glass bottom Ngong Ping Cable Cars in Hong Kong a few years back. I’ll do a few runs Stateside before I venture down to journey through the clouds.
  8. Visit Red Square. Let’s break it down. A historic city. Saint Basil’s Cathedral. The Kremlin. Lenin’s Mausoleum. The Iberian Gate. Ummm…yeah, for a history freak like myself (I did have a 5.0 GPA in the history division in high school), this is a must.
  9. Learn to say “Hello, my name is Juan” in the native tongue of every nation in the European Union. I’m sure to impress a few of the locals and maybe a few expatriates in doing so.
  10. Visit Cuba. Hopefully, those cats in DC will stop playing politics and get rid of the embargo so I can go and do my 3-day travel thing. But, if not, I don’t have any issues with going as part of a people-to-people exchange. Either that or I’ll give up American citizenship and become a Canuck.
  11. Visit Christ the Redeemer. There is absolutely no way I’ll allow myself to leave Rio de Janeiro without a visit. It’ll definitely be one of my more proud moments as a Christian.
  12. Visit the Great Barrier Reef. No doubt about it, the only way I’ll truly get the maximum value out of that Nikon D90 I dropped a 12-spot on a few years back is to get a shot of this marvelous sight.
  13. Visit The Acropolis of Athens. You don’t just pass up a chance to see one of the most universally-recognized attractions in the world.
  14. Visit The Louvre. I love art museums and I actually visited this one as a teenager. But I was so young back then, still in my “tourist phase”. I didn’t appreciate it. A 2nd go-around is mandatory.
  15. Visit Niagara Falls. C’mon…who doesn’t want to get a picture of Niagara Falls?
  16. Attend the Toronto International Film Festival. I’m a lover of films so it’s no doubt that I’ll land myself in Toronto to attend one. Hey…why not see the hottest film on the block before 99% of the rest of the world does.
  17. Jog end to end and back on the Golden Gate Bridge. Roughly 3 ½ miles…that’s the equivalent of a normal PT run during my Air Force days.
  18. Buy an apple in Pike Place Market. Pretty simple but it carries a lot of meaning.
  19. Visit Disney World. Every kid should experience the thrill of going to “the happiest place on Earth”. I didn’t get that chance in my youth. I’ll get there but I’m likely saving the moment for the 5th birthday of my first-born child.
  20. Wave a flag at an international sporting event. A true fan waves the flag on the biggest stage.
  21. Take a picture of Hong Kong from Victoria Peak. As a fan of skylines and cityscapes, the Hong Kong skyline from The Peak is the holy grail of skylines.
  22. Experience A Symphony of Lights. Once one is done taking that famed picture at The Peak, get down to the Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade along Victoria Harbour at 8pm local and experience one of the best light shows ever.
  23. Make a stained glass window. It’ll make a cool arts and crafts project. Besides, I could potentially create a family heirloom. What’s cooler than that?
  24. Read every book by Charles Dickens. That’s my favorite all-time author. I’ve read all the majors but I’ll read them again and add the lesser knowns too. Heck, I may even buy them all to add to my library.
  25. Watch every movie that has won the Palme d’Or Award in my lifetime. The Golden Palm. The highest prize at the Cannes Film Festival. I’ve only seen 3 of the films released since 1984—Fahrenheit 9/11, Pulp Fiction, and Sex, Lies & Videotape—but my interest in watching the other 26 and possibly more since it is all the winners in my “lifetime” has reached a fever pitch of sorts since my official film festival debut (Toronto International Film Festival, 2013).
  26. Become a better public speaker by joining Toastmasters International. Something I pride myself on is my ability to write well. My ability to write well has translated into me speaking well. I want to become an even better speaker. Eventually, I want to give an oratory address that will move people. Joining Toastmasters will put me in position. After all, their motto is “Become the Speaker & Leader You Want To Be”.
  27. Become a notary public. It’ll probably be the closest to public office that I’ll get…and I get a cool stamp for being one, too.
  28. Meet a Brit soul singer from my Windows Media Player. That’s definitely not an easy one considering that list consists of the following: Sade, Corinne Bailey Rae, Marsha Ambrosius, Leona Lewis, Joss Stone, Ms. Dynamite, and Craig David. Laura Izibor is in there too but technically, she’s Irish.
  29. Meet an MVP or MOP from either of the following: Super Bowl, NBA Finals, World Series, BCS National Championship Game, or Men’s Final Four. It would be extra cool to have an opportunity to converse with the guy about one of the biggest moments in his athletic career.
  30. Make the front page of the newspaper. I’ve been in the newspaper plenty of times…just not on the front. Being on the front page of the newspaper—local or national—is like legendary stuff. Everybody who knows you will probably keep that paper as a keepsake and you’ll have something to tell your grandkids. Hopefully, they won’t get me in under the fold.
  31. Become a CNN Hero. I always said I wanted to make a difference on a global level.
  32. Get an article published in a newspaper or magazine. You think they’re ready for me?
  33. Acquire post-nominal initials. I consider it cool to have initials behind your name…kind of makes you seem like a big deal.
  34. Win NaNoWriMo. 1667 words a day for 30 days in November. That’s it? Well, go ahead and give me my award because 50000 words ain’t nothing to me.
  35. Audition to be an extra in a film. Everybody loves to see their name in the credits. That’s why you see a lot of people stay back at the end of movies.
  36. Drive a Lamborghini or Ferrari. I’m not flashy enough to ever own one of these joints but I’m high-falutin’ enough to rent one for a day.
  37. Leave a valuable contribution in my area of expertise. I left a lot of knowledge, a lot of success secrets, and ideas for future development with those I worked with as I walked away from my military career as a civil engineer. I don’t know if any of that was received and it’s likely that I’ll never know. However, I can use that same drive, that same fire for professional excellence I had as a serviceman in my civilian career and leave a contribution that’ll help advance my industry.
  38. Create a trust fund for my child. I want my kid to have all the things I didn’t get a chance to have. I want my kid to live without the financial struggles I lived with early on.
  39. Find the love of my life. A lifetime of mistakes, bad calls, and heartbreaks undone by a woman whose mere presence holds much significance to my future: how’s that for a love story? Can’t wait to see it in person.
  40. Propose in stunning fashion. The funny thing about this is I already know how it’s going to happen and where it’s going to happen. All that’s left is a lead lady and a period of courtship.
  41. Get married. It’s a prerequisite for a couple of other bucket list items. And I get to kiss somebody’s grown daughter in front of everybody.
  42. Have a child. I want a daughter and we’ll try until I get one. Just kidding…or am I? Seriously, children are a blessing from the Lord and I would love nothing more than to have a healthy, happy child to raise towards being a productive citizen of society. It should be noted that I’m not limiting myself to just one child…just can’t complete this item until I have at least one.
  43. Build a house. Why buy somebody else’s dream home when I can build my own…exactly how I want it.
  44. Catch a wedding garter. I’m willing to bet the moment this happens, the preceding 6 bucket list items will all happen within 3 years.
  45. Go to an Olympic Games. Doesn’t matter if it’s a Summer or Winter Olympiad, I’m going to one in my lifetime. And I’m gonna be there for either the opening ceremony or the closing ceremony.
  46. Attend a national championship game. Being in attendance at college football’s biggest game and seeing the national championship game logo at midfield or feeling the intensity of being in the stands on the biggest Monday in the college basketball season would be a grand moment for me as a sports fan.
  47. Attend a Kansas game at Phog Allen Fieldhouse. 16300 crazy fans rooting for the best team in America. Yep, I’m there. Rock Chalk Jayhawk…Go K-U.
  48. Attend a Packers game at Lambeau Field. It’s like the cathedral for American gridiron football. I need to get an end zone ticket so I can take in the tradition of the players jumping in the stands.
  49. Attend an Ohio State night game at Ohio Stadium. 106000 fans. Script Ohio. A live ESPN Saturday Night Football on ABC broadcast. I’m there.
  50. Attend a match at Wimbledon. It’s like the greatest event in tennis. Hopefully, I’m there when Venus Williams and Rafael Nadal are still good.
  51. Go to Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. I just want to see the Charlie Brown balloon.
  52. Write a poetry book. I’ve written scores of poems of all kinds in my lifetime and I’ve always thought about releasing them to the public.
  53. Stay in an overwater bungalow in Bora Bora. Can you say honeymoon?
  54. Volunteer in a 3rd world country? Going to a place that’s very much likely to be even worse than the place I grew up in and giving my time to make life just a little bit more comfortable would be a great thing for me in so many facets of life.
  55. Take a picture in front of every Statehouse in America. Completing this one means that I’ll have to step foot into every state capital in the United States. That means I’ll have to one day return to Florida and Louisiana…places I’ve long stayed away from.
  56. Collect a postcard from 100 different cities in 100 different countries. This one is actually going to be easier than I imagined…being that I’m a Postcrosser and all. Oh yeah, I’m not counting the United States of America.
  57. Throw 50 $50 bills from the top of a 50-story building in a city of 1 million residents. How many people you know got $2500 to throw off the top of a building in a large city? I just want to see how the people below will react to money falling from the sky. And who knows…maybe it’ll be an on-time blessing for somebody.
  58. Visit every Major League Baseball ballpark. I’m a huge fan of the game and sitting in attendance in every stadium should be a goal of every fan. Heck, I may do it all in one season.
  59. Attend Game 7 of a championship series. I don’t know if there is any more dramatic finish to a sports season than a Game 7. It’s truly winner take all. The intrigue for me is that it’ll be short notice (1 day for World Series, 2 days for NBA Finals and Stanley Cup Finals). Good thing I got a StubHub account, a trusted travel advisor, and a leisure fund.
  60. Kiss at the top of the London Eye. Every London bloke has this on his list…so should every American guy.
  61. Take a date to a Michelin 3-star restaurant. So you got me, a hot chick who’s probably wearing an LBD, and one of the finest dining establishments on the planet…that’ll be a nice evening out all by itself. It would also be the bookend of the dating experience for me being that my very first date was at the Arby’s next to my job at Domino’s Pizza.
  62. Solve a Rubik’s Cube. I bought one with my first ever paycheck in November 2000 and I still haven’t mastered it. Heck, I still haven’t gotten 2 solid-colored sides yet.
  63. Milk a cow. It looks creepy on TV and I actually think it hurts the cows, even though experts say it doesn’t. It would be an awesome experience though. I’ll even wear a straw hat and coveralls.
  64. Walk the edge of the CN Tower. Yep…I’m gonna be all up on the top of one of the tallest buildings in the world, walking on the edge. That’ll be 102.3 times better than walking on the glass ledge at the Sears Tower.
  65. Attend a FIFA World Cup Final. This is the marquee spectator sport experience. Being there for the championship of the world’s pastime is unmatched by any other sporting event.
  66. Ride on the front row of every rollercoaster at Cedar Point wearing a blindfold. Two summers ago, it was a trip to Kings Dominion that I rode on the front row of The Dominator and just like that, the thrill-seeker in me that had been long dormant was awakened. Now, my eyes are set for a trip to Sandusky, Ohio to take on a dozen rollercoasters that carry a “high” or “aggressive” thrill rating. Doing so with a blindfold on adds to the intrigue.
  67. Tip 300% on a meal $70 or more. I remember the days where I paid exact change on meals. Now, I pay 10% on bad service and at least 20% on all other service. Dropping a tip 3 times the price of the meal would by far be a sign of the best service I’ve ever had. Crazy thing is it might happen the same night I go to that Michelin 3-star restaurant.
  68. Visit the Auschwitz Concentration Camp or the Kigali Genocide Memorial. Horrible, despicable, unimaginable crimes happened in both places…changed entire ethnic groups forever. A history guy like myself would want to see the damage up close and personal…and to pay respects to the lives lost.
  69. Host a foreign exchange student. Personally, I think it would be cool to play host to a student from a foreign country. It would offer me the opportunity to leave an impression at an international level and I can probably make some kid’s experience in America or wherever I’m at a memorable one.
  70. Attend every race of the Triple Crown in the same year. I’ll get to wear my #1 suit to the Kentucky Derby, drink a virgin Black-Eyed Susan at the Preakness Stakes, and listen to the New York theme song at the Belmont Stakes all in a span of 5 weeks. Who knows…I might even see history too.
  71. Fly First Class on an Emirates A380. Imagine a 5-star luxury hotel 35000 miles in the sky, moving at 580 miles per hour…that’s Emirates First Class. You get a private suite with a sliding door, a personal mini-bar, a wardrobe, a fully flat bed with mattress along with on-demand food specially prepared per request, access to an onboard lounge to mingle with other passengers…and it has a shower spa.
  72. Complete a 365 Photography Project. This is a mere test of discipline. I barely got through a 30-day photo challenge on Instagram. A 365-day challenge would be heartbreaking if I got halfway and missed a day. But that’s the intrigue of it.
  73. Swim with stingrays at Stingray City. This is the only reason I’ve come up with for really wanting to go to the Caribbean.
  74. Take up residence in Vancouver, British Columbia. From the first time I visited in 2006, I’ve always been fascinated with the city, the people, and the culture. Oh, and I can’t forget the awesome views along False Creek. At some point in this life, that’s where I’m going to live…or at least have a space where I pay a utility bill. Completion of this bucket list item includes the entire Greater Vancouver Area so setting up shop in the suburbs of Whistler, Richmond, Surrey, or Burnaby would count.
  75. Complete this bucket list. It’s as simple as that.
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2020.11.23 01:05 JFKeveryday Small wound(s) in the front of JFK's head - PART 2 - Dr. George Burkley, Kennedy’s personal physician; Malcolm Kilduff, White House press secretary

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As JFK’s personal physician, Dr. George Burkley witnessed Kennedy’s body being handled at Parkland Hospital.
On the afternoon of 11/22/1963, White House press secretary Malcolm Kilduff appeared at a press conference held inside of Parkland:
MR. KILDUFF: President John F. Kennedy died at approximately 1:00 o'clock, Central Standard Time, today, here in Dallas. He died of a gunshot wound in the brain.
I have no other details regarding the assassination of the President.
MR. KILDUFF: The President was shot once, in the head.
Q. Mac, can we have a doctor?
MR. KILDUFF: Dr. Burkley told me it is a simple matter, Tom, of a bullet right through the head.
Kilduff pointed to the right side of his forehead.
(Video [video 2] [video 3])
According to transcript, the conference continued:
Q. Where did the shots come from?
MR. KILDUFF: They came from the right side.
Q. Can you say where the bullet entered his head, Mac?
MR. KILDUFF: It is my understanding that it entered in the temple, the right temple.
Q. Was it a rifle bullet?
Mr. KILDUFF: Yes it was apparently a rifle bullet.
(LBJ Library, Kilduff press conference, 11/22/1963, Transcript 1327B)
These words were repeated in the news media and attributed to Dr. Burkley himself. Other reports mentioned the “right temple” without being clear whether the information came from Kilduff/Burkley or another source.
On NBC, 11/22/1963, news anchor Chet Huntley announced “President Kennedy, we are now informed, was shot in the right temple. ‘It was a simple matter of a bullet right through the head’, said Dr. George Burkley, the White House medical officer” (Video, 56:15).
On KLIF Dallas radio, 11/22/1963, it was announced: “We're just looking at a new bulletin just arriving, Joe” “This late bulletin, the President was shot in the right temple. It was a simple matter of a bullet right through the head. This is a quote from Dr. George Burkley, the White House medical officer. The shooting occurred as the motorcade passed through downtown right near a grassy knoll at the street where the motorcade was moving along” (Audio, 2:14:42), “...Urgent call went out for neurosurgeons and blood, but it was too late. The President, shot in the left temple, died at 1 o’clock Dallas time, 2 PM eastern standard time” (Audio, 2:22:00), “It would be worth while, Joe, reviewing some of the details of the President's death. He was shot in the left temple. There is evidence that he lived for a while on his way to the hospital, his lips seemed to be moving normally, at least according to some reports. A single shot through the right temple took the life of the 46-year-old chief executive of the United States, third American president to be gunned down by slayer’s bullets” (Audio, 2:34:20), “...and then came this tragedy this morning when the President was gunned down by an assassin’s bullet, he was struck directly in the right temple. One bullet in the head, and the President is dead” (Audio, 2:38:00), “...President Kennedy shot in the right temple, and was apparently alive in the arms of his wife Jackie...” (Audio, 2:45:51), “The interior of the car was literally splattered with blood as the bullet ripped into the President’s right temple” (Audio, 2:49:56).
News reporter Seth Kantor wrote in his notes “intered right temple” (WC Vol. 20, Kantor Exhibit No. 3, p. 353).
Many newspapers reported from UPI: “President Kennedy was shot in the right temple. “It was a simple matter of a bullet right through the head,” said Dr. George Burkley, White House medical officer” (The Berkshire Eagle, 11/22/1963; Press and Sun-Bulletin, Evening Press, 11/22/1963; Port Huron Times Herald, 11/22/1963; The Washington Reporter, 11/22/1963; The News-Review 11/22/1963), “A single shot through the right temple took the life of the 46-year-old chief executive” (The Bend Bulletin, 11/22/1963; The Billings Gazette, 11/22/1963; The New Mexican, 11/22/1963; Santa Maria Times, 11/22/1963; The Daily Register 11/22/1963; Miami Herald, 11/23/1963), “President Kennedy was shot once in the head, in the right temple, today” (Boston Globe, 11/22/1963; The Morning Call, 11/23/1963), “President John F. Kennedy, who was assassinated with a bullet through his right temple yesterday...” (The Sentinel, 11/23/1963), "Oswald allegedly shot President Kennedy in the right temple with a rifle from a position on the upper floor of a building as the President passed in a motorcade below” (Eureka Humboldt Standard, 11/23/1963).
The New York Herald Tribune reportedDeath came at 2 p.m., EST, at Dallas' Parkland Hospital, approximately 40 minutes after he was hit by two rifle shots in the neck and in the right temple”.
The Washington Post reported “He was shot at 12:30 P.M. CST [...] by an assassin, who sent a rifle bullet crashing into his right temple”.
The Brimingman News reported “...The President fell face down on the back seat of his car, a bullet in his right temple and a bullet in his neck”.
Dr. Burkley never went on the record to clarify the “right temple” information.
Hours later, Burkley witnessed the autopsy at Bethesda Naval Hospital (WC D 7, p. 282; HSCA Vol. 7, p. 8 [text]). He authored the 11/23/1963 White House death certificate (ARRB MD 6). After the supplemental examination of the organs, Burkley had custody of the autopsy documents, photos, x-rays, and body specimens until 4/26/1965 (HSCA Vol. 7, p. 23, 3/29/1979, Medical Panel Report, Section III. Chain of Custody of the Materials Acquired During the Autopsy [text]).
Burkley was interviewed by William Manchester for his 1967 book The Death of a President. Manchester’s files on Burkley, among others, are stored by the Weslyan University library in Middletown, Connecticut, and are due to be sealed until 2067, 100 years after the publication of The Death of a President (Vanity Fair, 8/31/2009, A Clash of Camelots by Sam Kashner; Wesleyan Argus, 1/29/2010, *University To Unveil William Manchester Writings Amid Return of JFK Manuscript](http://wesleyanargus.com/2010/01/29/university-to-unveil-william-manchester-writings-amid-return-of-jfk-manuscript/) by Justin Pottle).
When interviewed on 10/17/1967 for the JFK Library in Boston, Massachusetts, Burkley was asked "Do your conclusions differ at all with the Warren report of the circumstances or cause of death?", and he replied "My conclusion in regard to the cause of death was the bullet wound which involved the skull. The discussion as to whether a previous bullet also enters into it, but as far as the cause of death the immediate cause was unquestionably the bullet which shattered the brain and the calvarium". Then, when asked "Do you agree with the Warren Report on the number of bullets that entered the President's body?", he replied "I would not care to be quoted on that". The interviewer did not mention any "discussion as to whether a previous bullet also enters" the head, Burkley raised the subject himself (Burkley, George C.: Oral History Interview - JFK #1, 10/17/1967 [text] [audio, 44:52]). A 3/18/1977 letter from Burkley's attorney Richard Sprague to the House Select Committee on Assassinations reads "...he had never been interviewed and he has information in the Kennedy assassination indicating that others besides Oswald must have participated" (HSCA 180-10086-10295). A HSCA report on a 8/17/1977 interview with Burkley reads "DR. BURKLEY said the doctors didn't section the brain and that if it had been done, it might be possible to prove whether or not there were two bullets. DR. BURKLEY thinks there was one but concedes the possibility of there having been two" (ARRB MD 19, p. 4-6 [text]). Burkley's 11/28/1978 affidavit to the HSCA said "Had the Warren Commission deemed to call me, I would have stated why I retained the brain and the possibility of two bullets having wounded President John F. Kennedy's brain would have been eliminated", "I directed the autopsy surgeons to do a complete autopsy and take the time necessary for completion. I supervised the autopsy and directed the fixation and retention of the brain for future study of the course of the bullet or bullets" (HSCA 180-10104-10271).
Burkley was mentioned in a story by Coast Guardsman George Barnum. When interviewed by researcher David Lifton on 8/20/1979, Barnum had in his possession a written account dated 11/29/1963. From Lifton's 1980 book Best Evidence:
[...Part IV, What, When, And Where?, Chapter 16. Chain of Possession: The Missing Link]
Next I called Barnum. He said that although he did remember there had been confusion, he could not recall the details.80 But Barnum didn’t have to rely on his memory for information about that night. He explained that when he reported back for duty after the funeral, his superior at Coast Guard Headquarters directed him to write a report. That officer’s interest was purely historical. He knew of someone associated with the Lincoln funeral who, years later, regretted not having created a contemporaneous record. Barnum was surprised to learn that his November 29, 1963 account, which he had saved primarily for his children’s benefit, contained details of interest to me.
[…Part VII, SYNTHESIS, Chapter 20. The X-rays and Photographs Reconsidered]
[...] In his November 29, 1963 account, Coast Guardsman George Barnum wrote that as the men were having sandwiches and coffee sometime after midnight, Admiral Burkley came in and talked to them, and said three shots had been fired, that the President had been hit by the first and third, and he described the trajectories of the two that struck:
"The first striking him in the lower neck and coming out near the throat. The second shot striking him above and to the rear of the right ear, this shot not coming out...."61
“This shot not coming out”? Was that part a mistake?
In 1982, Burkley had brief contact with researcher Henry Hurt. As summarized in Hurt’s 1986 book Reasonable Doubt:
[...p. 49, 3. Autopsy of the Century]
It is significant that Dr. Burkley had been with the President in Dallas, with him in the Parkland Hospital emergency room, with his body as it was flown east, and present during the autopsy. It is also significant that even though he was the only doctor present both at Parkland and at Bethesda, Dr. Burkley's testimony was never taken by the Warren Commission, nor was it taken later by the House Select Committee.66
In 1982 Dr. Burkley told the author in a telephone conversation that he believed that President Kennedy's assassination was the result of a conspiracy.67 This startling statement, after so long a silence, amplified an obscure exchange Dr. Burkley had in an oral-history interview on file at the Kennedy Library in Boston. [...]
*When he originally telephoned the author, Dr. Burkley expressed his willingness to discuss various matters concerning the assassination. He asked for a letter detailing the areas the author wished to discuss. Dr. Burkley acknowledged receipt of the letter with a letter of his own. Two months later, the author proposed a meeting with Dr. Burkley to discuss the points. The doctor responded with an abrupt refusal to discuss any aspect of the case.
Researcher Paul Hoch wrote, in the 5/31/1987 issue of his newsletter Echoes of Conspiracy, Vol. 9, No. 1:
Dr. Burkley's comments to Hurt may well not have been based on what he knew about the medical evidence, according to information recently provided to me. William Manchester, who interviewed Dr. Burkley five times from April 1964 through July 1966, told me that at that time Dr. Burkley said he did not believe in a conspiracy theory, and was emphatic on that point.
Also, Dr. Burkley recently told a relative of his that he did think that Oswald must have been part of a conspiracy, because the way he and his family lived and traveled was indicative of financial support. (This suspicion has been voiced by many people over the years, and the Warren Commission attempted to rebut in in Appendix XIV of the Report.) This relative also asked Dr. Burkley about Lifton's book when it was published; Dr. Burkley did not provide any clarification of the issues involved, nor did he indicate that he agreed with any of Lifton's analysis.
If there is more information to be obtained about what Dr. Burkley knew, it will probably have to come from existing documents, or as the result of an official inquiry by the Justice Department.
(Link [link 2])
Dr. Burkley passed away on 1/2/1991 (Washington Post, 1/4/1991; New York Times, 1/5/1991; St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 1/6/1991; LA Times, 1/7/1991; Arlingtoncemetery.net; Findagrave.com). From the public record so far, it looks like Burkley was indeed critical of the lone gunman hypothesis - just not in very clear terms. We may never know exactly what he was talking about when he mentioned the possibility of more than one bullet striking Kennedy’s head.
On 4/17/1991, Malcolm Kilduff talked to researcher Harrison Livingstone. When Livingstone said “As you know, the face was not damaged at all. No witness saw any damage to the head past the midline of the skull, forward of the right ear”, Kilduff replied “Forward of the right ear? No! Forward of the left ear, they did. I did. The bullet came in on the right side and exited the left side. What splatter there was”. Kilduff apparently meant “left” to mean the anatomical right, as he also said “...the left part of his forehead looked like—when I got over to the car—looked like two pounds of ground beef”, “The blow-out was in the left front. The Zapruder film shows that. Frames 313, 314, 315” (Livingstone, High Treason 2, 1992, p. 447, Chapter 21. The Presidential Party, Malcolm Kilduff). Sometimes people can misspeak or confuse anatomical language.
Kilduff may have told researcher Gary Mack that pointing to the right front of his head at the 11/22/1963 press conference was meant to signify the LARGE wound, not a small wound. As explained in Pat Speer’s online book A New Perspective on the Kennedy Assassination:
[...Chapter 18c: Reason to Doubt, By Way of Illustration]
Kilduff's subsequent statements to Gary Mack, in which he confirmed that when he pointed to his temple during the 11-22-63 press conference he was pointing to, in Mack's words, "where the big hole was on Kennedy's head." (Note: I can't remember where I got this quote from Mack...via an article, a taped interview, or a personal email. If you know the answer, please remind me. As it stands, I've tracked down a 12-29-99 post from Mack on the alt.assassination.JFK newsgroup in which he claims Kilduff told him but a month before that he didn't intend to specify the wound by the temple as an entrance or an exit in the 11-22-63 press conference, and that he was merely pointing out the location of the wound.)
Kilduff passed away on 3/3/2003 (UPI, 3/4/2003; New York Times, 3/5/2003; Washington Post, 3/5/2003; Arlingtoncemetery.net; Findagrave.com).
NEXT - PART 3 - Tom Robinson, mortician
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2020.11.21 22:35 TheXenoRaptorAuthor Dev Diary #1: Pace Vuota

Dev Diary #1: Pace Vuota

Meet the team!

Hello, my fellow Red Yankees, and welcome to Red Liberty!
I am TheXenoRaptor, official Lead Writer and unofficial token furry of the mod team, as well as lead dev for Russia! (Which is to say, I come up with ideas for Russia and then make everyone else figure out how to make them work, because I have the coding abilities of a squirrel on a caffeine-high).
I am joined on the team by several other people, all of whom are very cool. In no particular order, they are:
u/TheMapleTreeYT/Alexander: Mod Team leader and mastermind of the Red Liberty scenario, along with doing GFX stuff.
u/awesomem8112/That Guy: Moderator of the Red Liberty Subreddit and Discord server, along with being Germany’s lead dev.
Wobbly Wobbly: Coder and GFX technician.
AlfredVonBon: Coder, GFX technician, and grade-A flag-maker.
u/LaRevanchette/LaRevanchette: Writer and China’s lead dev.
Saba: Coder, writer, GFX technician, and Central Asia’s lead dev.
1290: Coder and writer.
Uomonormale: Writer.

What’s the scenario?

On the 14th of September, 1901, an assassin struck at President William McKinley, shooting him dead at close range before the shooter could be subdued. The death of McKinney led to the ascension of Theodore Roosevelt to the presidency, an event which marked the beginning of the Progressive Era in the United States, where monopolies were broken up, corruption was cracked down on, and social activism became the order of the day. This rise of moderate progressive politics served as a damper on the more radical reformists and revolutionaries within the United States, preventing the rapidly rising Socialist Party of America from realizing its full potential and ultimately remaining a relatively minor party.
But what if that assassin was subdued by a sharp-eyed secret service agent? What is Roosevelt, widely disliked by the Republican apparatchiks of his time, never rose to the presidency and ushered in the Progressive Era? And what if, in that climate of frustration of tension, Eugene Debs was elected to the presidency in 1912?
Comrades, that is the premise of Red Liberty!

How far along is development?

At the moment the mod is still in the late conceptual phase/early development phase. There are focus trees in progress for the USA, Germany, the RSFSR and Russian State, and Italy. Furthermore, we have some amount of lore written down for every major nation and some minor ones.
We do not currently have a release date, but we’re moving at a brisk pace towards a playable version, while toying with the idea of a demo of some kind. Either way, it’ll be a while before either is ready.

Italy: The Empty Peace

Today, for our first dev diary we’re going to be taking a look at Italy.
In the Red Liberty timeline, Italy fought in the Great War with the Entente, and despite four years of struggle from 1915 to 1919, they gained nothing from it when the war finally ended in what was was called a white peace. Bitterness and resentment from the Pace Vuota, the Empty Peace, quickly boiled over, and Mussolini’s Blackshirts marched on Rome in 1922.
Having secured power, the National Fascist Party went about enforcing its rule much as it did in our timeline. Due to Italy’s reliance upon the Entente for protection from the Central Powers, Mussolini had to play a delicate game of stoking nationalism and a warlike attitude at home, while trying to appease the British and French government, lest they cut Italy out of the Entente and leave her to the mercy of the Central Powers.
By 1936, the Fascists are secure in government, but their failure to revive or modernize the Italian economy is beginning to hurt their reputation and support. From here, Benito has three options; let liberal and conservative politicians into his government in order to try and bolster his legitimacy and popularity, keep his eyes straight ahead and continue with the status quo, or turn to the more radical members of his party and chart a new course, hoping that those new ideas will bolster his popularity.
Should Mussolini decide to invite the democrats into his government, they will immediately begin trying to undermine him.
Invite the Moderates in
After sabotaging his government from within and reducing Mussolini’s power to a fraction of what it once was, they will call an election that will finally oust him, and the ruling party will become either the Italian Liberal Party, or the Italian People's Party. Italy will transition into a democratic, constitutional monarchy, and will hold elections once more; the fascists defeated at last!
Holding the Elections
If he stays the course and keeps on going as he has been, then the first thing he will do is purge the government of all elements he perceives as disloyal. Anyone who wasn’t a die-hard fascist from the very beginning will have to go, and as the rank of the various traitors increases, the punishments will become increasingly severe.
Purge the Grand Council
Finally, with the ranks of the National Fascist Party and the Grand Council of Fascism thoroughly cleansed, Il Duce will be able to carry through with his ambitions of restoring Rome. Starting with that troublesome little thorn, Ethiopia.
Expand our Influence
And if Benito decides to turn to the radicals within his party, then he will stop holding back his true desires and start implementing the most radical policies from his days as just another politician desperate for attention. The national unions shall be empowered and set in charge of their factories (they shall be utterly subservient to the party, of course, but isn’t the party itself a manifestation of the true wishes of the working class?), the formerly left-wing and syndicalist members of the part will be elevated to the Grand Council, and, most ambitious of all, he will (attempt) to abolish the monarchy.
Returning to the Workers
And then, at last, Italy will be truly reborn!
Begin Italy's Rebirth
Of course, the more conservative faction of the party, along with the various branches of the military will not be happy about this turn of events, and may be motivated to do something about it…
And that’s it for Italy!
If you want to see more teasers (and fun moments from the team), come join us on our Discord at: https://discord.gg/UNVnTy2H
Thank you all for reading, and I look forward to seeing you next time!
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2020.11.17 04:47 mjstudios97 🌸Spring 🌷 2010 (📚09-10 School Year🏫)

🌸Spring 🌷 2010 (📚09-10 School Year🏫)
Spring has arrived and the weather is getting warmer... Lots of things happened during this time. Where were you when it all happened? What do you remember? As usual, please feel free to share any thoughts or memories you have of this time.
Bruno Mars and B.o.B performs \"Nothin on You\" at the MTV Spring Break 2010.
The Obama family hosts the Easter Egg Roll 2010 at the White House.
An oil spill caused by the explosion of the oil rig Deepwater Horizon creates an environmental disaster at the Gulf of Mexico.
Middle schoolers pose next to a cardboard cutout of Justin Bieber as part of a promo video for their spring dance party in Spring 2010.
High school students pose for their prom pictures in Spring 2010.

Spring 2010 🌷

Events that happened but are not limited to: Carlos Slim, with a net worth of US$53.5 billion, becomes the first person from an emerging economy to top the Forbes Richest Person list, surpassing Bill Gates (Mar 10), Sebastián Piñera becomes president of Chile (Mar 11), Uganda's only cultural World Heritage Site, The Kasubi Tombs are almost completely destroyed by a fire (Mar 16), Wrestlemania XXVI is held at the University of Phoenix Stadium, with an attendance of 72,219 people and 885,000 PPV purchases (Mar 28). A 7.1-magnitude earthquake strikes Qinghao Province in China, injuring 10,000 and taking 400 lives. (Apr 14), The Eyjafjallajökull Volcano in Iceland erupts, sending ash clouds across Europe causing air travel disruptions in Northern and Western Europe for six days (Apr 14). The biggest marine oil spill to date creates an environmental disaster after an explosion on the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig. 11 lives are lost (Apr 20). A terrorist attack is attempted in Times Square in New York. Two street vendors alerted NYPD after they noticed smoke coming from a vehicle. A car bomb was discovered (May 1). The International Monetary Fund, and the Euro Zone seals a bailout deal with Greece, in order to save them from the sovereign debt crisis, in return of extra budget cuts under austerity measures for over three years. Civil unrest ensues (May 2). Southeast flooding takes 24 lives, 19 of which are in Nashville, Tennessee after two days of record-breaking thunderstorms. (May 3). Apple passes Microsoft as world's top technology company (May 26), Top financial chief and co-founder of Al Qaeda, Mustafa Abu al-Yazid is killed in an American drone attack in Pakistan. (May 31)
Things that happened in pop culture but are not limited to: The 82nd Academy Awards is held at the Kodak Theatre, 'Hurt Locker' is awarded Best Picture and wins the most awards, followed by 'Avatar' (Mar 7), Justin Bieber releases his first album 'My World 2.0' with Island Records. It becomes a bestseller. (Mar 19), Puerto Rican singer Ricky Martin, publicly comes out gay on a post on his official website (Mar 29) "Will it Blend? Ipad" is posted to YouTube and would soon becoming viral (Apr 5), Coachella 2010 goes on, with Jay-Z, Muse, and Gorillaz appearing as headliners. (Apr 16-Apr 18), 12-year-old Grayson Chance uploads his school performance of Lady Gaga's Paparazzi to YouTube which would soon go viral (Apr 28), After nearly 6 years and 6 seasons the finale of Lost, is aired on television (May 23)
TV shows that debuted but are not limited to: Parenthood (Mar 2), Pink Panther and Pals (Mar 7), Minute to Win It (Mar 14), ESPN Sports Saturday (Apr 3), Good Luck Charlie (Apr 4), Adventure Time (Apr 5), Scooby Doo! Mystery Incorporated (Apr 5), Ben 10: Ultimate Alien (Apr 23), Generator Rex (Apr 23)
Films that were released but are not limited to: Alice in Wonderland (Mar 3), Alice in Wonderland (Mar 5), Green Zone (Mar 11), She's Out of My League (Mar 12), Remember Me (Mar 12), Diary of a Wimpy Kid (Mar 19), How To Train Your Dragon (Mar 26), Hot Tub Time Machine (Mar 26), Clash of the Titans (Apr 2), Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married Too? (Apr 2), Date Night (Apr 9), Kick Ass (Apr 16), Oceans (Apr 22), The Human Centipede (Apr 30), Nightmare on Elm Street (Apr 30), Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll (May 5), Iron Man 2 (May 7), Babies (May 7), Letters to Juliet (May 14), Robin Hood (May 14), Shrek Forever After (May 21), Sex and the City 2 (May 27), Prince of Persia: Sands of Time (May 28)
Songs that were popular but are not limited to: "Rude Boy" by Rihanna, "Nothin' on You" by B.o.B and Bruno Mars, "OMG" by Usher and Will.i.am, "Telephone" by Lady Gaga, "Baby" by Justin Bieber, "Carry Out" by Timbaland ft. Justin Timberlake, "In my Head" by Jason Derulo, "Need You Now" by Lady Antebellum, "Break Your Heart" by Taio Cruz ft. Ludacris, "Airplanes" by B.o.B. ft. Hayley Williams, "Your Love is my Drug" by Ke$ha, "Young Forever" by Jay-Z and Mr. Hudson, "Breakeven" by The Script, "Eenie Meenie" by Sean Kingston and Justin Bieber, "Whataya Want From Me" by Adam Lambert, "My Chick Bad" by Ludacris ft. Nicki Minaj, "Hey Soul Sister" by Train.
Games that were released but are not limited to: Battlefield: Bad Company 2 (Mar 2), Metro 2033 (Mar 16), God of War III (Mar 16), Just Cause 2 (Mar 23), Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Conviction (Apr 13), Super Street Fighter IV (Apr 27), Skate 3 (May 11), Alan Wake (May 14), Red Dead Redemption (May 18), Super Mario Galaxy 2 (May 23)
Top mobile phones include but are not limited to: Sprint HTC EVO 4G, Apple iPhone 3GS, Nokia N8, HTC Droid Incredible, Google Nexus One, Palm Pre Plus, T-Mobile My Touch 3G Slide, RIM BlackBerry Bold 9700, T-Mobile HTC HD2, Motorola Droid.
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2020.11.16 01:01 Yularen2077 List of All US Presidents: Part 2 - AUS and Commonwealth

Ever wonder who all the Presidents of the AUS are? Looking for an up to date guide? Well look no further!
Below you can find a list, and portraits/bios, of all possible Presidents for the American Union State/Business Plot and the Commonwealth of America.
The AUS does not have that many leaders as opposed to the other factions, so this will be a short one, but will include a guide to the Business Plot and to Pelley's Commonwealth of America.

Huey Long

The Union State is founded and lead by Huey Long, 'the Kingfish.' He was a candidate in the 1936 US election, and his victory/defeat can lead to him seceding from the US. Once he wins the 2ACW, Long will need to choose a leader for the American Legion (an extremely important decision). For Long to stay in power, choose Fox Conner. In the upcoming Presidential election, Long will win a tight race against… nobody, and is reelected with no opposition. Long has the option to appoint his family to the Presidential Cabinet, making his brother Earl the Head of Government and his son Russell the Minister for the Interior. But eventually Long will pass away, and be succeed by his brother and Vice-President, Earl Long.

Business Plot

Business Plot
The Business Plot is the name given to the War Power Committee’s plan to take over the new government. The Committee is made up of business leaders with General George Van Horn Moseley as its head. To get the Business Plot to succeed, you must choose Mosely as the American Legion Commander in the event after the end of the 2ACW. Choosing Conner or Pelley will lead to the uncovering of the plot and the arrest of Moseley.
A bill will go before Congress, the Prohibition-Veterans Bill, establishing veteran benefits and prohibition all rolled into one. But it is a Cath 22, passing it will anger one group while placating another, and vice-versa.
If the bill fails, the President will go out to dinner one night and he and his party will never return. Moseley will declare himself Interim President until Long is found dead or alive. Over the succeeding events, Moseley and the WPC will try to hide their suspected involvement. One interesting event states that according to Long’s will, he wanted his wife Rose Long to take over should anything happen to him, while followers of the constitution say that Long’s running mate, William Lemke, should take over. Though one of them should be the President, picking one of them will only help/hurt Moseley's cause and he will stay on as President.
Choosing all the correct choices (when hovering over the choices, choose the one that says, 'The government's ability to cover up the plot will improve') will see Moseley, as President Pro Tempore of the Senate, assume the Vice-Presidency, thereby being able to serve as the official Interim President until Long is found.
If mostly correct choices were chosen, investigative journalists will stir a bit of scandal with the public that Long was killed in a conspiracy leading up to Moseley but it will not be taken seriously by Congress. Moseley will still become Interim President until Long is found.
In either one of these cases, Moseley and the WPC will go on to shape the US to their whims. He will eventually die and be succeeded by his VP (and possible Senator from New Jersey back in 1936) Charles Lindbergh. Lindbergh will officially be inaugurated as President, as Moseley was only the interim.
But if mostly/all the wrong choices were chosen, the investigative journalists have all they need to expose what happened to Long that night; his own bodyguards killed him on orders from Moseley and the WPC. The public and government call for blood and Moseley and the WPC are arrested. Earl Long will then take over as President.

Silver Legion

Silver Legion
Does Pelley and the Silver Legion really need an introduction? Well for those who may not know, William Dudley Pelley is a white/Christian supremacist who leads the militia group the Silver Legion, who is secretly waiting for the time to strike and take over the new government.
Before Pelley can take over, first he will need to be appointed as the American Legion Commander in the event after the end of the 2ACW. In that role, he will uncover the Business Plot and report it to President Long, arresting the members of the plot. The Prohibition-Veterans Bill will go before Congress. Passing it will see Pelley lead a revolt against Long but will be put down; Pelley himself being declared insane after his arrest and sent to an insane asylum.
But if the bill was not passed, Pelley will successfully coup Long in a ‘Night of the Long Knives.’ Pelley’s men storm the Presidential Mansion and conduct a kangaroo court trial against Long, finding him guilty, and executing him the same night. Pelley will declare the Commonwealth of America, with himself as leader with the title of Chief.
Over succeeding events, Pelley will have to sure up support for his coup.
If all the right choices were taken, Pelley will ride out the crisis smoothly. He will go on to shape the country to his will. He will eventually die and be succeed by his Vice-Chief, Gerald L. K. Smith.
If most of the right choices were made, some of his plans will leak but through stonewalling and offering scapegoats, nothing will come of it. Pelley will do as he wishes and rule until his death.
But if all the wrong choices were made, the public will be so outraged at Pelley, he will lose any support he had left and the WPC, recently freed from jail, will take over the country under Charles Lindbergh.
Interestingly, in Lindbergh's cabinet is a one Archibald Bulloch Roosevelt who is the Foreign Minister. In the USA if Quinten Roosevelt won the 1940 election, there would be an event where he and Archie reconcile their political differences.
To get the WPC Counter-Coup:
Part 1 - The US and MacArthur Coup Part 2 - AUS and Commonwealth Part 3 - CSA and Butler Coup Part 4 - PSA Part 5 - New England Bonus - Hawaii Bonus - Puerto Rico
So happy the first part was so well received, hope you liked this one too! Look out for the next part tomorrow, the CSA. Thank you!
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2020.11.13 21:21 Rsubs33 [Game Preview] Week 10 - Philadelphia Eagles(3-4-1) @ New York Giants (2-5)

Philadelphia Eagles (3-4-1) vs New York Giants (2-7)
I don’t know what to say about the NFC East Matchups. The entire division is struggling with major injuries to key players and the division is by far the worst in the NFL, but the divisional games have all been competitive with the last matchup between these two being decided by a single point. The Eagles will show up to this matchup a little bit healthier especially in weapons for Carson who will have Miles Sanders, Dallas Goedert, Alshon Jeffrey and Jalen Raegor for this matchup, all of whom were out last game. Carson was able to throw for 300+ yards last game, he should be able to build on that number with an added number of weapons. The Giants were able to put up points last week vs the Football Team and pull out their second W of the season. The Eagles will need to pressure Jones and force him into turning the ball over like the first matchup and the Eagles need to be able to take advantage of those turnovers. Carson said he reviewed his turnovers in the first half of the season and said he knows he needs to protect the ball better, he needs to prove it this week coming off the bye. If Carson protects the football, the Eagles should be able to move the ball against the bewildered Giants and cruise to an easy win, but if he continues to turn the ball over like the first half, I predict another sloppy NFCE matchup that goes down to the wire. Go Birds!
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Sunday, November 15th, 2020
Game Time Game Location
1:00 PM - Eastern MetLife Stadium
12:00 PM - Central 1 MetLife Stadium Drive
11:00 AM - Mountain East Rutherford, NJ 07073
10:00 AM - Pacific Wikipedia - Map
Weather Forecast
Stadium Type: Open Air
Surface: Fieldturf
Temperature: 54°F
Feels Like: 54°F
Forecast: Mostly Cloudy. Rain in the afternoon and evening.
Chance of Precipitation: 0%
Cloud Coverage: 79%
Wind: South 12 MPH
Betting Odds
Oddsshark Information
Favorite/Opening Line: Eagles -3.5
OveUnder: 44.5
Record VS. Spread: Philadelphia 3-5, New York 6-3
Where to Watch on TV
FOX will broadcast Sunday’s game to a regional audience. Kevin Kugler will handle the play-by-play duties and Chris Spielman will provide analysis. Laura Okmin will report from the sidelines.
TV Map - Week 10 TV Coverage Map
Radio Streams
List of Eagles Radio network member stations with internet broadcast availability
Radio.com 94.1 Desktop Streaming
Listen to Merrill Reese and Mike Quick
Calling the game on 94WIP and the Eagles Radio Network will be Merrill Reese, the NFL’s longest-tenured play-by-play announcer (44th season). Joining Reese in the radio booth will be former Eagles All-Pro wide receiver Mike Quick, while Howard Eskin will report from the sidelines.
Location Station Frequency
Philadelphia, PA WIP-FM 94.1 FM and 610 AM
Allentown, PA WCTO-FM 96.1 FM
Atlantic City/South Jersey WENJ-FM 97.3 FM
Levittown, PA WBCB-AM 1490 AM
Northumberland, PA WEGH-FM 107.3 FM
Pottsville, PA WPPA-AM 1360 AM
Reading, PA WEEU-AM 830 AM
Salisbury/Ocean City, MD WAFL-FM 97.7 FM
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, PA WEJL-FM 96.1 FM
Salisbury/Ocean City, MD WAFL-FM 97.7 FM
Salisbury/Ocean City, MD WEJL-AM 630 AM
Salisbury/Ocean City, MD WBAX-AM 1240 AM
Williamsport, PA WBZD-FM 93.3 FM
Wilmington, DE WDEL-FM/AM 101.7 FM
York/LancasteHarrisburg, PA WSOX-FM 96.1 FM
Philadelphia Spanish Radio
Rickie Ricardo and Bill Kulik will handle the broadcast in Spanish on Mega 105.7 FM in Philadelphia and the Eagles Spanish Radio Network.
Location Station Frequency
Philadelphia, PA LA MEGA 105.7 FM
Allentown, PA WSAN 1470 AM
Atlantic City, NJ WIBG 1020 AM; 101.3 FM
Giants Radio
Giants Radio Bob Papa season to handle play-by-play duties for the broadcast. Former Giant Carl Banks will provide color and analysis during the game and former Giant Howard Coss will report from the sidelines.
National Radio
Sports USA will broadcast the game nationally with Josh Appel handling the play by play and Brandon Noble will provide analysis.
Satellite Radio
Station Eagles Channel Giants Channel
Sirius Radio SIRI 83 (Streaming 825) SIRI 81 (Streaming 823)
XM Radio XM 225 (Streaming 825) XM 226 (Streaming 823)
Sirius XM Radio SXM 225 (Streaming 825) SXM 226 (Streaming 823)
Eagles Social Media Giants Social Media
Website Website
Facebook Facebook
Twitter Twitter
Instagram Instagram
Snapchat: Eagles Snapchat: newyorkgiants
NFC East Standings
NFC EAST Record PCT Home Road Div Conf PF PA Net Pts Streak
Eagles 3-4-1 .438 2-2-1 1-2 2-1 3-2 186 205 -19 2W
Football Team 2-6 .250 2-3 0-3 2-4 1-3 153 188 -35 1L
Cowboys 2-7 .222 2-3 0-4 1-2 2-5 204 290 -86 4L
Giants 2-7 .222 1-3 1-4 2-2 2-6 168 219 -51 1W
Series Information
Philadelphia Eagles lead the New York Giants series (89-86-2)
Series History
Head to Head Box Scores
First Game Played
October 15th, 1933 at the Polo Grounds in Upper Manhattan, New York, NY. New York Giants 56 - Philadelphia Eagles 0
Points Leader
The New York Giants lead the Philadelphia Eagles (3449-3389)
Coaches Record
Doug Pederson: 8-1 vs. the New York Giants
Joe Judge: 0-1 vs. the Eagles
Coaches Head to Head
Doug Pederson vs. Joe Judge: Pederson leads 1-0
Quarterback Record
Carson Wentz: Against Giants: 7-1
Daniel Jones: Against Eagles: 0-2
Quarterbacks Head to Head
Carson Wentz vs Daniel Jones: Wentz leads 2-0.
Records per Stadium
Record @ Lincoln Financial Field: Eagles lead the Giants: 12-6
Record @ MetLife Stadium: Eagles lead the Giants: 7-2
Rankings and Last Meeting Information
AP Pro 32 Ranking
Eagles No. 19 - Giants No. 28
Eagles: 3-4-1
Giants: 2-7
Last Meeting
Thursday, October 22, 2020
Eagles 22 - Giants 21
The Eagles faced off against the division rival Giants who were coming off their first win of the season and were looking for a 2nd for first year coach Joe Judge. The Eagles have moved to 2-4-1 on the season after rallying to defeat the New York Giants on Thursday Night Football, 22-21. After New York gave its best punch of the night a 97-yard touchdown drive headlined by Daniel Jones to go up 21-10 with just over six minutes to play, Philadelphia scored 12 unanswered points to earn the win. Carson Wentz led a 71-yard touchdown drive to give the Eagles the lead with just 40 seconds to play after connecting with running back Boston Scott on an 18-yard reception. Along with the comeback, he finished his night with 359 yards passing, two touchdowns and one interception while completing passes to eight different Eagles receivers. He also ran for 15 yards and a touchdown. As for the Giants, they mustered just 325 yards of offense and struggle to protect Daniel Jones throughout the contest.
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Last Meeting at Site
Sunday, December 29th, 2019
Eagles 34 - Giants 17
Wentz led to his fourth straight must-win game and the team finished an elimination game without seven starters on offense. Already missing three starting wide receivers for the fourth straight game, the Eagles also began the game without Pro Bowl tight end Zach Ertz and right tackle Lane Johnson. Then they lost running back Miles Sanders and three-time Pro Bowl right guard Brandon Brooks in the first half. But Scott, Josh Perkins, Greg Ward, Deontay Burnett and Robert Davis combined for 16 catches on 25 targets, 225 yards receiving, 54 yards rushing and four TDs. The five players were cut a combined eight times by four teams since Aug. 31. Carson Wentz threw for 289 yards, including a 24-yard TD pass to Perkins, who was promoted from the practice squad on Nov. 30. It was the Eagles’ 7th straight win vs the Giants and clinched the NFCE. Giants coach Pat Shurmur was fired the following Monday.
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Last 10 Meetings
Date Winner Loser Score
10/22/20 Eagles Giants 22-21
12/29/19 Eagles Giants 34-17
12/9/19 Eagles Giants 23-17
11/25/18 Eagles Giants 25-23
10/11/18 Eagles Giants 34-13
12/30/17 Eagles Giants 34-29
09/24/17 Eagles Giants 27-24
12/22/16 Eagles Giants 24-19
11/06/16 Giants Eagles 28-23
01/03/16 Eagles Giants 35-30
Injury Reports Depth Charts
Eagles Eagles
Giants Giants
2020 “Expert” Picks
Week 10 - "Expert" Picks
2020 Team Stats
Eagles Season Stats
Giants Season Stats
2020 Stats (Starters/Leaders)
Wentz 178 305 58.4% 1883 12 12 73.2
Jones 191 306 62.4% 1878 8 9 76.1
Sanders 71 434 86.5 6.1 3
Jones 40 320 35.6 8.0 0
Fulgham 29 435 87.0 15.0 4
Slayton 33 491 54.6 14.9 3
Name Sacks Team Total
Graham 7.0 28
Williams 5.0 22
Name Total Solo Assist Sacks
Gerry 57 32 25 1.0
Martinez 92 54 38 2.0
Name Ints Team Total
Singleton/McLeod/Mills 1 3
Bradberry 3 8
Johnston 34 1713 66 50.4 44.3 12 3 0
Dixon 32 1378 62 43.1 40.0 17 2 0
Elliot 12 8 66.7% 54 12/12
Gano 20 19 95.0% 55 13/13
Kick Returns
Scott 9 167 18.6 25 0
Ballentine 9 191 21.2 28 0
Punt Returns
Ward 11 72 6.5 11 0 11
Peppers 6 75 12.5 20 0 4
League Rankings 2020
Offense Rankings
Category Eagles Stat Eagles Rank Giants Stat Giants Rank
Total Offense 330.0 27th 298.2 31st
Rush Offense 118.6 13th 106.0 21st
Pass Offense 211.4 27th 192.2 30th
Points Per Game 23.3 24th 18.7 31st
3rd-Down Offense 43.0% 15th 41.4% 19th
4th-Down Offense 28.6% 30th 72.7% 8th
Red Zone Offense (TD%) 64.0% 13th 45.8% 31st
Defense Rankings
Category Eagles Stat Eagles Rank Giants Stat Giants Rank
Total Defense 340.1 10th 360.0 15th
Rush Defense 130.8 24th 94.8 6th
Pass Defense 209.4 4th 265.2 25th
Points Per Game 25.6 17th 24.3 12th
3rd-Down Defense 39.6% 10th 47.8% 26th
4th-Down Defense 50.0% T-12th 87.5% 30th
Red Zone Defense (TD%) 69.2% T-24th 52.8% 4th
Category Eagles Stat Eagles Rank Giants Stat Giants Rank
Turnover Diff. -7 T-30th 0 T-15th
Penalties/Game 5.6 18th 5.3 23rd
Penalty Yards/Game 46.9 21st 41.0 24th
Recap from Last Week’s Games.
Eagles - Eagles were on bye Week 9.
Giants - For the second time in four weeks, New York beat Washington on Sunday, holding on for a 23-20 victory at FedEx Field. It was another close win for the Giants over their NFC East rival, after earning a 20-19 victory in the first meeting between the two teams in Week 6. New York built a 17-point lead by halftime, and although Washington made things interesting in the second half, it wasn't enough to come back against the Giants, who relied on early success from their offense and big plays from their defense.
Eagles Special assistant to the general manager Connor Barwin played 1 season with the Giants in 2018.
Giants coach Joe Judge is from Philadelphia, PA.
Giants Defensive Backs coach Jerome Henderson played one season for the Eagles in 1995.
Giants RB Dion Lewis was drafted by the Eagles in the 5th round of the 2011 draft and played 2 seasons for them before being traded to the Browns
Giants WR Golden Tate played half a season with the Eagles in 2018 after being traded by the Lions.
2020 Pro Bowlers
Eagles Giants
DT Fletcher Cox (Starter)
OG Brandon Brooks (Starter)
C Jason Kelce (Starter)
LS Rick Lovato (Starter)
TE Zach Ertz
SS Malcom Jenkings (1st Alt)
OT Lane Johnson (1st Alt
Referee: Clay Martin
The Eagles have won 8 consecutive games against the Giants (in-cluding the 22-21 victory at Lincoln Financial Field in Week 7), as well as 12 of the previous 13 games in the series. Philadelphia is 89-86-2 (.508) all-time vs. N.Y. Giants (since 1933).
Since being promoted to the Eagles’ active roster in Week 4, Tra-vis Fulgham ranks 5th among NFL WRs with 87.0 receiving yards per game, trailing only Davante Adams (120.8), DK Metcalf (98.2), Julio Jones (91.4) and Stefon Diggs (87.5) (min. 4 games).
Brandon Graham, who ranks 4th on the Eagles’ all-time sacks list with 58.0 career sacks, is tied for the 4th-most sacks (7.0 - 4.0 in his last 3 games) in the NFL this season, behind Aaron Donald(9.0), Myles Garrett (9.0) and Trey Hendrickson (7.5).
The Eagles defense ranks 3rd in the NFL in sacks (28.0), trailing only Pittsburgh (32.0) and Tampa Bay (29.0).
Additionally, Philadelphia ranks 4th in the NFL in passing yards allowed per game (209.4) as well as 10th in both total defense (340.1 ypg) and opponent third-down efficiency (39.6%).
Draft Picks
Eagles Giants
WR Jalen Raegor OT Andrew Thomas
QB Jalen Hurts S Xavier McKinney
LB Davion Taylor OT Matt Peart
S K’Von Wallace CB Darney Holmes
OT Jack Driscoll G Shane Lemieux
WR John Hightower LB Cam Brown
LB Shaun Bradley LB Carter Coughlin
WR Quez Watkins T.J. Brunson
OT Prince Tega Wanogho CB Chris Williamson
LB/DE Casey Toohill LB Tae Crowder
Notable Off-season Additions
Eagles Giants
S Will Parks CB James Bradberry
DT Javon Hargrave LB Blake Martinez
CB Nickell Robey-Coleman TE Levine Toilolo
CB Darius Slay LB Kyler Fackell
OT Cameron Fleming
SS Nate Ebner
QB Colt McCoy
RB Dion Lewis
DB Dravon Askew-Henry
DT Austin Johnson
TE Eric Tomlinson
LS Casey Kreiter
CB Logan Ryan
Notable Off-season Departures
Eagles Giants
S Malcom Jenkins QB Eli Manning
CB Ronald Darby S Michael Thomas
RB Jordan Howard WR Cody Latimer
WR Nelson Agholor LB Deone Buccanon
OL Halapoulivaati Vaitai OL Mike Remmers
LB Kamu Grugler-Hill CB Antonio Hamilton
RB Darren Sproles
DT Timmy Jernigan
LB Nigel Bradham
Eagles QB Carson Wentz (109) needs 3 passing TDs to move up to 4th on the Eagles all-time passing yards list moving ahead of QB Norm Snead.
Eagles QB Carson Wentz (987) needs 13 yards for 1000 career rushing yards.
Eagles DT Fletcher Cox (50.5) needs 4 sacks to move up to 5th on the Eagles all-time sack list tying DE Hugh Douglas
Eagles DE Vinny Curry (28.5) needs 1 sacks to move up to 18th on the Eagles all-time sack list tying DT Jerome Brown
Giants QB Daniel Jones (4905) needs 95 passing yards for 5000 career passing yards.
Stats to Know
Shane Lemieux’s Education
Rookie OG Shane Lemieux has facial hair. Fletcher Cox has a mustache. And that’s about as much as RG Shane Lemieux will be able to mirror DT Fletcher Cox. Due to Will Hernandez’s injury, Monsieur Lemieux is in at Guard and this week will prove challenging for him, to say the least. According to PFF, the greatest NFL player evaluation service in the history of evaluation services, not a single other OLman with appreciable snaps has offered a lower Pass Block grade than him, at 12.1. For him to achieve that, while still only allowing 8 pressures (over 2 weeks: 5 & 3 pressures), is impressive. To do that you have to be monumentally bad and he can’t afford that sort of game against the Eagles’ Defensive Line.
Matchups to Watch
Carson Wentz vs. Competency
The biggest issue facing the Eagles in the short term isn't the injuries - it is the QB. That's my QB, a guy I've long defended and still believe in, but BAE has me wavering. The simple fact is Carson Wentz is a bottom 3 QB in the NFL this year and that's his fault. From accuracy, to turnovers, to shit pocket management, etc, Wentz has been trailer trash in 2020 aside from like 2, maybe 3 games. Yes, the roster has been decimated. Yes, coaching has been wildly unimpressive. However, Wentz can't take care of business irrespective of the situation around him. Backup receivers don't cause inaccurate passes. Backup offensive linemen don't make him hold onto the ball too long to where he gets hit and fumbles. No one is making him skip back and forth over the line of self-destruction and aggression. Wentz is doing that on his own. He obviously isn't taking his own advice when he says he has to take care of the ball and whatever coaching points are given to him during the week are going in one ear and out of the other. He's a 5th year pro playing worse than his rookie year. That's on him. There needs to be a come to Jesus moment with Wentz where he gets right. The Eagles can be competitive in every game they play when the QB is playing at a competent - forget high - level. Carson Wentz has shown all of us this year that his ceiling is still quite high at its peaks: the first game against the Giants on their last two drives. He's also shown his league-worst floor: SNF against Dallas. Long term and short term, Wentz must raise his floor. He doesn't need to be a hero and save the team from their sins each and every play like he seemingly tries to. FEW QBs CAN. And most don't. Steady play from him will go a long way. Right now, the coaches are calling an offensive game plan that is weak and scared of their QB. Why would they do anything different? How can anyone trust this guy not to continue to blow games? The fact is the Eagles will win this game with a clean game from their QB. It's just a crapshoot if he does.
Eagles Offensive Line vs. Giants Army of Defensive Tackles
The Giants have a really good group of interior defensive lineman and we would know since they kicked our ass in the first matchup this season. The Eagles were absent Isaac Seumalo and Brandon Brooks in that one and it showed. There is a possibility we'll have Seumalo back for this one and that would be a huge addition to an overmatched offensive line. I don't want to belittle the work of the Eagles backups and Jeff Stoutland especially since they've done an admiral job given all of the injuries; it's just undeniable the Eagles are overmatched in the trenches here, especially on the interior. Every healthy body helps. As we've seen with Wentz this year, he is a mess under pressure and navigating a muddy pocket. He'll still likely have these issues on Sunday but hopefully less so than the first matchup. The return of Seumalo and possibly Lane Johnson will also go a long way to helping the run game provide any sort of production for the offense. The Eagles prefer winning with their OL and DL; this year has been a struggle for the OL but not a complete disaster that we expected. We just need the talent to return in order to improve.
Eagles Weapons vs Giants Secondary
Perhaps I was more bearish on the Giants secondary outside of Bradberry in the first match up; I still don't think it is a very good unit, but the defensive side of the ball for the Giants is far from the biggest issue with this team. The Eagles will have Miles Sanders, Jalen Reagor, and Dallas Goedert for this game when all three were unavailable in the first contest. All three pair well with Giant-killer Boston Scott. The Eagles have enough weapons to really attack the Giants defense if they get quality play out of their QB. This Giants defense still struggles in coverage outside of Bradberry, especially in the middle of the field, which leads to a favorable outlook for Goedert. A functioning offense will take a lot of pressure off the defense and put the Eagles in the rare position of having a favorable game script.
Eagles Defensive Line vs Giants Offensive Line
This is always something to monitor for the Eagles as they only have one good cover guy on defense in Darius Slay. The Eagles struggle to match up against defenses in man coverage because they don't have the personnel to cover anyone other than Darius Slay. They struggle in zone as they don't have smart, instinctive players with awareness in zone. The LBs and Safeties are all bad in coverage. Competent offenses and QBs always expose this weakness for the Eagles and that won't change until the talent and coaching changes on the defense. This week the Eagles have another favorable matchup for their defense in Daniel Jones. Jones is a one read, timing QB, that struggles at the one thing he is supposed to be good at. Like Wentz, he is a turnover machine and holds his offense back mightily. The only difference between the two is Jones was at no point considered a top 10 QB. Even without Barkley and possibly Golden Tate, the Giants have more than enough weapons to cook the Eagles defense. Slay played a really good game in their first matchup locking down Slayton, but we saw Sterling Shepard obliterate Jalen Mills. Shepard is a good receiver, so it wasn't a high bar for him to clear in that matchup, but they can make you pay. The Eagles defensive MVP in that contest was Evan Engram; he had a tipped pass that led to an Eagles INT and a killer drop that likely would have ended the game, preventing the comeback. For all of the Giants struggles, the Eagles coverage unit simply doesn't offer enough resistance against the Giants weapons. It comes down to how much disruption the Eagles defensive line can cause, which is par for the course. The Giants offensive line has been an absolute mess this season but is coming off a great game against the Redskins vaunted defensive front. Brandon Graham and Fletcher Cox continue to play at high levels. Josh Sweat has been pretty good this year. Derek Barnett is the same as usual. Lastly, Malik Jackson will return to the line up and he has been an under-the-radar stud for the Eagles this year. They also need to have their marquee free agent acquisition, Javon Hargrave, make an impact. They'll need all of these guys to play well to ensure they keep the Giants weapons in line since we know the Eagles secondary struggles stopping nosebleeds.
Special thanks to MikeTysonChicken and abenyishay for their help in creating this Game Preview.
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2020.11.12 17:53 SaintRidley Wrestling Observer Rewind ★ June 6, 1988

Going through old issues of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter and posting highlights in my own words, continuing in the footsteps of daprice82. For anyone interested, I highly recommend signing up for the actual site at f4wonline and checking out the full archives.
The Complete Observer Rewind Archive by daprice82
1-4-1988 1-11-1988 1-18-1988 1-25-1988
2-1-1988 2-8-1988 2-15-1988 2-22-1988
2-29-1988 3-7-1988 3-14-1988 3-21-1988
3-28-1988 4-4-1988 4-11-1988 4-18-1988
4-25-1988 5-2-1988 5-9-1988 5-16-1988
5-23-1988 5-30-1988 * *
  • Dave opens this issue with a note that the week is super slow with news. He then says to just skip ahead to the letters if you’re so inclined. Hooray, nothing I’m about to type matters. And, now that I've typed the whole thing up, none of the letters matter either. This issue has little going on, so feel free to berate me in the comments or something.
  • The big news on the possible Turner acquisition of the NWA is that there is no news. The story made the front page of the Charlotte Observer, but that’s about it. June 6 is the earliest anyone can expect a sale, and even then there’s a chance that it takes until July or gets dropped by then. The paper reported a $10 million price tag, though Dave’s sources say that’s way off. He doesn’t know if that means too low or too high, but the UWF purchase last year cost Crockett $4 million, which gives us a ballpark to base guesstimates off. Dave also issues a correction - apparently Turner is looking to buy the company outright, including Jim Crockett’s shares. The paper also quoted Frances Crockett as denying the existence of any negotiations.
  • Expect some “world title unification” matches over the next month between AWA champion Jerry Lawler and World Class champion Kerry Von Erich. They’re set for the Sportatorium on June 17 and Kansas City on June 23. No word on a date for Memphis. We’re on the road to the USWA, kids.
  • Electronic Media Magazine ran a front page story on pro wrestling with Randy Savage and Elizabeth on the cover. It was basically a WWF press release plus some quotes from Jim Crockett. Crockett’s contributions amounted to saying the NWA was looking into making some non-wrestling adventure movies. The funniest part, to Dave, was how the story claimed top wrestlers could earn $10 million. Maybe if your name rhymes with Bulk Bogan. Anyway, the magazine also had a full page ad for that Learning the Ropes show Crockett’s involved with. Dave talked to some people with tv industry connections and they didn’t have much that was nice to say about the show.
  • Brickhouse Brown is the new CWA champion in Memphis. Max Pain had to relinquish the title due to an apparent legit leg injury (they did an angle to write him off by having him suffer an injury during a match with Scott Steiner). They wound up giving the title to Brown via forfeit due to Pain not being able to compete. On the whole, a fairly solid way of handling the title switch.
  • Stampede held a B’nai Brith benefit show on May 15 in Calgary. They drew 150 fans and the show was almost all heels because Jason the Terrible and Owen Hart were already gone for Japan while Bruce Hart, Brian Pillman, and Brick Bronsky didn’t show because of something to do with a fist fight between Pillman and Bronsy a few days earlier.
  • Stampede appears to be heading in a less proto-ECW direction. Stu Hart showed up on the May 20 show and said that they were going back to “family entertainment as it used to be,” which basically means no more wild brawling and heavy bloodshed.
  • Les Thornton will have his first show up against Stampede on June 11.
  • New Japan’s current tour began on May 20 with a sellout at orauken Hall. Some notes from the show: Tatsumi Fujinami beat jr. champion Hiroshi Hase. Riki Choshu beat Shiro Koshinaka to set up matches against Fujinami for Fujinami’s IWGP title. The Pirates (Billy, aka Bob Orton, and Barry, aka Jason the Terrible/Karl Moffat) beat Masa Saito and Super Strong Machine, Kengo Kimura beat Adrian Adonis in Adonis’s first match since breaking his ankle in January, and Owen Hart and Keiichi Yamada beat Kuniaki Kobayashi and Hiro Saito.
  • The internal family squabbling in Stampede has resulted in Keith Hart replacing Bruce Hart as booker. Dave anticipates definite changes to their presentation (less out-of-the-ring action, less blood). Brian Pillman also tore his tricep, so he’s out for 8-12 weeks, which means the international tag titles are vacant.
  • Not much going on in All Japan. Their current tour is doing okay, but nothing worldshaking.
  • Eric Embry and Scandor Akbar have taken over booking in World Class. Michael Hayes and Chris Adams are out of the promotion. Hayes due to frustration, Adams because he’s promoting a live show in early June. Here’s hoping he’s got a ring sorted out. World Class will now be running a July 4 show about half a mile away from the NWA Great American Bash show at Reunion Arena that day. I wonder how badly they’re going to be crushed.
  • Downtown Bruno is out of Continental. You can probably expect him to show up in Memphis again soon.
  • Dave recently got to catch up on the last month of Continental’s tv show. Pros: more entertaining, more interesting angles, and less predictable than whe Rob Fuller was booking. Cons: lighting and overall production isn’t that great, not enough wrestling.
  • Boris Malenko returned to in-ring action on May 28 for Global. From reports, he still looks pretty good and got over with his 60s-era throwback style. He’s got to be in his mid-50s, based on his son Joe’s age. There’s actually a good bit about the Malenkos here. So they were carrying the tag titles, but the match where they won the titles they pinned the wrong guy. It’s unclear whether it was the office catching that and deciding to change things or if they plan a title change at an arena show between the episodes they taped on May 28, but the Malenkos came out for the part of the taping with the belts and came out later without. For some reason, they also had some alignment issues: Dean and Joe are faces, but were being managed by Ox Baker while Boris managed the heels Rusty Brooks and Jumbo Baretta. By the second part of the taping, they swapped managers. They also did an angle where Brooks burned Dean’s eye with a cigar, so Boris teamed with Joe against Brooks and Baretta, with Dean interfering to cause the disqualification while wearing an eyepatch.
Watch: Rusty Brooks and Jumbo Baretta vs. Boris and Joe Malenko
  • Also in Global, their valet Ann Marie no-showed, so they replaced her and the new valet was kidnapped as part of an angle. The kidnapping occurred during a tv title match featuring Lord Henry Norman (Smiley). Norman was a face last taping. He’s a heel now. This promotion is run by Dr. Red Roberts, the guy I mentioned before who would go on to serve as expert psychological testimony in the Lionel Tate case. And if you haven’t guessed by the inability to remember who is what alignment week to week, the focus of these tapings is basically just being the Red Roberts show. Mostly I included this bit because I wanted to take note of Norman Smiley, because he was a bright spot in the doldrums of WCW's attempt at making the hardcore title a thing.
  • Dave has been told the odds of Koji Kitao becoming a pro wrestler are under 50% right now. He’s got too many other options to make more money, it would seem. Next year, Dave.
  • Roddy Piper’s Buy and Cell movie was a bomb.
  • Bruno Sammartino’s son Darryl placed eighth in the NCAA Division II nationals for javelin. Highest place a freshman got in the event. Didn’t know there was another Sammartino out there.
  • A new all women’s promotion is starting up in the Houston area. They’re calling it Fabulous Ladies Appearing In Ring, or FLAIR. Dave assures us that he is not making this up.
  • Over in Puerto Rico, Dave really misses Hugo Savinovich. Hugo became iconic for fans in Puerto Rico and a cult figure for many others after a particular match he called in which he cut his own hair off. I tweeted at Dave to try and get more info but he probably didn't see it so yeah, apparently Hugo Savinovich cut his own hair while calling his own match, I guess.
  • UWF took in a gate of $79,840 for their debut on May 12. Not bad at all. Dave watched the Maeda vs. Yamazaki match. Stylistically, not appealing to a general U.S. audience. Even though it was very quiet at points, Dave thinks the quiet heat was there and talks about how this is the kind of heat that old timers used to work for - to get the fans so absorbed in the action being intense and realistic that they were captivated and just following along rather than reacting to every little thing. Sounds like much better heat than fans threatening to murder you to me. Anyway, Maeda didn’t look great because ring rust and Yamazaki did a lot of the work of making the match feel intense, and Dave thinks if his performances don’t improve from this level Maeda can kiss his status as the most over man in Japanese wrestling goodbye.
  • Dave notes that readers Mike and Karen Tenay have a photo of them published in the June 9 Weekly Gong issue. They’re cheering for Riki Choshu at the Las Vegas show.
  • Lots of unhappy campers in the NWA. None of the balloon payments due to several of the wrestlers on May 1 have been paid, with at least 10 guys waiting on big money (at least one of whom is apparently north of 6 figures owed). Lots of talk about quitting if the money doesn’t come, but don’t count on it unless WWF comes calling first. And WWF isn’t looking to add too many guys at this time. If WWF really wants to hurt the NWA, this would be the best time to do it and sign away a bunch of key talent. Steve Williams wanting out is an open secret, and he’s been pulled from the main event of the second Clash and replaced with Dusty Rhodes.
  • Only one interesting letter this time around, from someone who thinks Dave should keep his opinions limited. All right, let’s read this one in full. I think this is the first time I’ve ever seen anyone go after Dave on his knowledge of wrestling history.
First off, I have a lot of respect and admiration for Dave Meltzer for his ability to crank out the Observer weekly and make a profit. It’s something we couldn’t do. Being in his shoes, I know how hard it is to put out a bulletin monthly, let alone weekly. The Observer is well read inside the wrestling community from Ed Farhat to independent jobbers. In many camps Dave isn’t well thought of. Like all of us he has his favorites like DiBiase, Watts, Brody, Dr. Death and Japan wrestling. However the problem is we don’t have a newsletter to rebut. He does have his letters pages, but many times he edits the letters. Sometimes you may not get the whole pie. Doing a newsletter I had my favorites and not so favorites. I called Vince McMahon, Hitler Jr. when he began his takeover. With Dave schooled in journalism he knows the importance of controversy in selling a paper. I feel anything before 1974 Dave doesn’t have the knowledge to make a fair judgement about those days of wrestling or wrestlers. One of the common views I hear about Dave is that people like getting the Observer because it’s very update and timely, but people say Meltzer is too opinionated.It’s Dave’s view and nobody else’s. Give the results, keep to the facts and limit your opinions.
  • NWA is back to building up a tv show for a main event and starting the main event match with only two minutes left in the show. Last weekend it was a LugeRhodes/Koloff vs. Horsemen six man tag, and this week it was the Midnights vs. Fantastics. Dave wonders if it’s someone’s job to schedule these things for maximum annoyance?
  • Speaking of annoying the fans, NWA is recycling finishes again. May 29 was the NWA’s first show in Greensboro since the Crockett Cup, which was the first one since the Clash. They did the Midnights vs. Fantastics and Powers of Pain vs. Road Warriors in rematches (adding Ivan Koloff to PoP and Sting to the Road Warriors for this show) from those shows and used the exact same finishes.
  • Rick Rubin of Def Jam Records says he’s very interested in the NWA and wants to start a rock’n’rap group called The Four Horsemen. He also talked about perhaps buying the NWA someday, though Dave thinks that was less serious than the Four Horsemen talk. This winds up becoming a thing in 1989.
Listen: Shelly, by the Four Horsemen
  • Revised injury timeline for Brian Pillman. He’ll be out around four weeks due to a torn right tricep.
NEXT WEEK: WWF Superstars taping results, Electronic Media Magazine shoots kayfabe in the face, WWF expanding their tour schedule, Chigusa Nagayo looking to retire, and more
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2020.11.10 18:52 Unknownraptor86 Share our wealth speech by senator Huey Long in 1934

I have only 30 minutes in which to speak to you this evening, and I, therefore, will not be able to discuss in detail so much as I can write when I have all of the time and space that is allowed me for the subjects, but I will undertake to sketch them very briefly without manuscript or preparation, so that you can understand them so well as I can tell them to you tonight.
I contend, my friends, that we have no difficult problem to solve in America, and that is the view of nearly everyone with whom I have discussed the matter here in Washington and elsewhere throughout the United States—that we have no very difficult problem to solve.
It is not the difficulty of the problem which we have; it is the fact that the rich people of this country—and by rich people I mean the super-rich—will not allow us to solve the problems, or rather the one little problem that is afflicting this country, because in order to cure all of our woes it is necessary to scale down the big fortunes, that we may scatter the wealth to be shared by all of the people.
We have a marvelous love for this Government of ours; in fact, it is almost a religion, and it is well that it should be, because we have a splendid form of government and we have a splendid set of laws. We have everything here that we need, except that we have neglected the fundamentals upon which the American Government was principally predicated.
How many of you remember the first thing that the Declaration of Independence said? It said: "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that there are certain inalienable rights for the people, and among them are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness;" and it said further, "We hold the view that all men are created equal."
Now, what did they mean by that? Did they mean, my friends, to say that all men are created equal and that that meant that any one man was born to inherit $10,000,000,000 and that another child was to be born to inherit nothing?
Did that mean, my friends, that someone would come into this world without having had an opportunity, of course, to have hit one lick of work, should be born with more than it and all of its children and children's children could ever dispose of, but that another one would have to be born into a life of starvation?
That was not the meaning of the Declaration of Independence when it said that all men are created equal or "That we hold that all men are created equal."
Nor was it the meaning of the Declaration of Independence when it said that they held that there were certain rights that were inalienable—the right of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
Is that right of life, my friends, when the young children of this country are being reared into a sphere which is more owned by 12 men than it by 120,000,000 people?
Is that, my friends, giving them a fair shake of the dice or anything like the inalienable right of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, or anything resembling the fact that all people are created equal; when we have today in America thousands and hundreds of thousands and millions of children on the verge of starvation in a land that is overflowing with too much to eat and too much to wear?
I do not think you will contend that, and I do not think for a moment that they will contend it.
Now let us see if we cannot return this Government to the Declaration of Independence and see if we are going to do anything regarding it. Why should we hesitate or why should we quibble or why should we quarrel with one another to find out what the difficulty is, when we know that the Lord told us what the difficulty is, and Moses wrote it out so a blind man could see it, then Jesus told us all about it, and it was later written in the Book of James, where everyone could read it?
I refer to the Scriptures, now, my friends, and give you what it says not for the purpose of convincing you of the wisdom of myself, not for the purpose, ladies and gentlemen, of convincing you of the fact that I am quoting the Scriptures means that I am to be more believed than someone else; but I quote you the Scripture, or rather refer you to the Scripture, because whatever you see there you may rely upon will never be disproved so long as you or your children or anyone may live; and you may further depend upon the fact that not one historical fact that the Bible has ever contained has ever yet been disproved by any scientific discovery or by reason of anything that has been disclosed to man through his own individual mind or through the wisdom of the Lord which the Lord has allowed him to have.
But the Scripture says, ladies and gentlemen, that no country can survive, or for a country to survive it is necessary that we keep the wealth scattered among the people, that nothing should keep the wealth scattered among the people, that nothing should be held permanently by any one person, and that 50 years seems to be the year of jubilee in which all property would be scattered about and returned to the sources from which it originally came, and every seventh year debt should be remitted.
Those two things the Almighty said to be necessary—I should say He knew to be necessary, or else He would not have so prescribed that the property would be kept among the general run of the people, and that everyone would continue to share in it; so that no one man would get half of it and hand it down to a son, who takes half of what was left, and that son hand it down to another one, who would take half of what was left, until, like a snowball going downhill, all of the snow was off of the ground except what the snowball had.
I believe that was the judgment and the view and the law of the Lord, that we would have to distribute wealth ever so often, in order that there could not be people starving to death in a land of plenty, as there is in America today.
We have in America today more wealth, more goods, more food, more clothing, more houses than we have ever had. We have everything in abundance here.
We have the farm problem, my friends, because we have too much cotton, because we have too much wheat, and have too much corn, and too much potatoes.
We have a home loan problem, because we have too many houses, and yet nobody can buy them and live in them.
We have trouble, my friends, in the country, because we have too much money owing, the greatest indebtedness that has ever been given to civilization, where it has been shown that we are incapable of distributing the actual things that are here, because the people have not money enough to supply themselves with them, and because the greed of a few men is such that they think it is necessary that they own everything, and their pleasure consists in the starvation of the masses, and in their possessing things they cannot use, and their children cannot use, but who bask in the splendor of sunlight and wealth, casting darkness and despair and impressing it on everyone else.
"So, therefore," said the Lord in effect, "if you see these things that now have occurred and exist in this and other countries, there must be a constant scattering of wealth in any country if this country is to survive."
"Then," said the Lord, in effect, "every seventh year there shall be a remission of debts; there will be no debts after 7 years." That was the law.
Now, let us take America today. We have in America today, ladies and gentlemen, $272,000,000,000 of debt. Two hundred and seventy-two thousand millions of dollars of debts are owed by the various people of this country today. Why, my friends, that cannot be paid. It is not possible for that kind of debt to be paid.
The entire currency of the United States is only $6,000,000,000. That is all of the money that we have got in America today. All the actual money you have got in all of your banks, all that you have got in the Government Treasury, is $6,000,000,000; and if you took all that money and paid it out today you would still owe $266,000,000,000; and if you took all that money and paid again you would still owe $260,000,000,000; and if you took it, my friends, 20 times and paid it you would still owe $150,000,000,000.
You would have to have 45 times the entire money supply of the United States today to pay the debts of the people of America and then they would just have to start out from scratch, without a dime to go on with.
So, my friends, it is impossible to pay all of these debts, and you might as well find out that it cannot be done. The United States Supreme Court has definitely found out that it could not be done, because, in a Minnesota case, it held that when a State has postponed the evil day of collecting a debt it was a valid and constitutional exercise of legislative power.
Now, ladies and gentlemen, if I may proceed to give you some other words that I think you can understand—I am not going to belabor you by quoting tonight—I am going to tell you what the wise men of all ages and all times, down even to the present day, have all said: That you must keep the wealth of the country scattered, and you must limit the amount that any one man can own. You cannot let any man own §300,000,000,000 or $400,000,000,000. If you do, one man can own all of the wealth that the United States has in it.
Now, my friends, if you were off on an island where there were 100 lunches, you could not let one man eat up the hundred lunches, or take the hundred lunches and not let anybody else eat any of them. If you did, there would not be anything else for the balance of the people to consume.
So, we have in America today, my friends, a condition by which about 10 men dominate the means of activity in at least 85 percent of the activities that you own. They either own directly everything or they have got some kind of mortgage on it, with a very small percentage to be excepted. They own the banks, they own the steel mills, they own the railroads, they own the bonds, they own the mortgages, they own the stores, and they have chained the country from one end to the other until there is not any kind of business that a small, independent man could go into today and make a living, and there is not any kind of business that an independent man can go into and make any money to buy an automobile with; and they have finally and gradually and steadily eliminated everybody from the fields in which there is a living to be made, and still they have got little enough sense to think they ought to be able to get more business out of it anyway.
If you reduce a man to the point where he is starving to death and bleeding and dying, how do you expect that man to get hold of any money to spend with you? It is not possible.
Then, ladies and gentlemen, how do you expect people to live, when the wherewith cannot be had by the people?
In the beginning I quoted from the Scriptures. I hope you will understand that I am not quoting Scripture to you to convince you of my goodness personally, because that is a thing between me and my Maker; that is something as to how I stand with my Maker and as to how you stand with your Maker. That is not concerned with this issue, except and unless there are those of you who would be so good as to pray for the souls of some of UK. Rut the Lord gave His law, and in the Book of James they said so, that the rich should weep and howl for the miseries that had come upon them; and, therefore, it was written that when the rich hold goods they could not use and could not consume, you will inflict punishment on them, and nothing but days of woe ahead of them.
Then we have heard of the great Greek philosopher, Socrates, and the greater Greek philosopher, Plato, and we have read the dialogue between Plato and Socrates, in which one said that great riches brought on great poverty, and would be destructive of a country. Read what they said. Read what Plato said; that you must not let any one man be too poor, and you must not let any one man be too rich; that the same mill that grinds out the extra rich is the mill that will grind out the extra poor, because, in order that the extra rich can become so affluent, they must necessarily take more of what ordinarily would belong to the average man.
It is a very simple process of mathematics that you do not have to study, and that no one is going to discuss with you.
So that was the view of Socrates and Plato. That was the view of the English statesmen. That was the view of American statesmen. That was the view of American statesmen like Daniel Webster, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, William Jennings Bryan, and Theodore Roosevelt, and even as late as Herbert Hoover and Franklin D. Roosevelt.
Both of these men, Mr. Hoover and Mr. Roosevelt, came out and said there had to be a decentralization of wealth, but neither one of them did anything about it. But, nevertheless, they recognized the principle. The fact that neither one of them ever did anything about it is their own problem that I am not undertaking to criticize; but had Mr. Hoover carried out what he says ought to be done, he would be retiring from the President's office, very probably, 8 years from now, instead of 1 year ago; and had Mr. Roosevelt proceeded along the lines that he stated were necessary for the decentralization of wealth, he would have gone, my friends, a long way already, and within a few months he would have probably reached a solution of all of the problems that afflict this country today.
But I wish to warn you now that nothing that has been done up to this date has taken one dime away from these big fortune-holders; they own just as much as they did, and probably a little bit more; they hold just as many of the debts of the common people as they ever held, and probably a little bit more; and unless we, my friends, are going to give the people of this country a fair shake of the dice, by which they will all get something out of the funds of this land, there is not a chance on the topside of this God's eternal earth by which we can rescue this country and rescue the people of this country.
It is necessary to save the government of the country, but is much more necessary to save the people of America. We love this country. We love this Government. It is a religion, I say. It is a kind of religion people have read of when women, in the name of religion, would take their infant babes and throw them into the burning flame, where they would be instantly devoured by the all-consuming fire, in days gone by; and there probably are some people of the world even today, who, in the name of religion, throw their own babes to destruction; but in the name of our good government, people today are seeing their own children hungry, tired, half-naked, lifting their tear-dimmed eyes into the sad faces of their fathers and mothers, who cannot give them food and clothing they both need, and which is necessary to sustain them, and that goes on day after day, and night after night, when day gets into darkness and blackness, knowing those children would arise in the morning without being fed, and probably go to bed at night without being fed.
Yet in the name of our Government, and all alone, those people undertake and strive as hard as they can to keep a good government alive, and how long they can stand that no one knows. If I were in their place tonight, the place where millions are, I hope that I would have what I might say—I cannot give you the word to express the kind of fortitude they have; that is the word—I hope that I might have the fortitude to praise and honor my Government that had allowed me here in this land, where there is too much to eat and too much to wear, to starve in order that a handful of men can have so much more than they can ever eat or they can ever wear.
Now, we have organized a society, and we call it "Share Our Wealth Society," a society with the motto "Every Man a King."
Every man a king, so there would be no such thing as a man or woman who did not have the necessities of life, who would not be dependent upon the whims and caprices and ipsi dixit of the financial barons for a living. What do we propose by this society? We propose to limit the wealth of big men in the country. There is an average of $15,000 in wealth to every family in America. That is right here today.
We do not propose to divide it up equally. We do not propose a division of wealth, but we propose to limit poverty that we will allow to be inflicted upon any man's family. We will not say we are going to try to guarantee any equality, or $15,000 to a family. No; but we do say that one third of the average is low enough for any one family to hold, that there should be a guarantee of a family wealth of around $5,000; enough for a home, an automobile, a radio, and the ordinary conveniences, and the opportunity to educate their children; a fair share of the income of this land thereafter to that family so there will be no such thing as merely the select to have those things, and so there will be no such thing as a family living in poverty and distress.
We have to limit fortunes. Our present plan is that we will allow no one man to own more that $50,000,000. We think that with that limit we will be able to carry out the balance of the program. It may be necessary that we limit it to less than $50,000,000. It may be necessary, in working out of the plans that no man's fortune would be more than $10,000,000 or $15,000,000. But be that as it may, it will still be more than any one man, or any one man and his children and their children, will be able to spend in their lifetimes; and it is not necessary or reasonable to have wealth piled up beyond that point where we cannot prevent poverty among the masses.
Another thing we propose is old-age pension of $30 a month for everyone that is 60 years old. Now, we do not give this pension to a man making $1,000 a year, and we do not give it to him if he has $10,000 in property, but outside of that we do.
We will limit hours of work. There is not any necessity of having overproduction. I think all you have got to do, ladies and gentlemen, is just limit the hours of work to such an extent as people will work only so long as it is necessary to produce enough for all of the people to have what they need. Why, ladies and gentlemen, let us say that all of these labor-saving devices reduce hours down to where you do not have to work but 4 hours a day; that is enough for these people, and then praise be the name of the Lord, if it gets that good. Let it be good and not a curse, and then we will have 5 hours a day and 5 days a week-, or even less than that, and we might give a man a whole month off during a year, or give him 2 months; and we might do what other countries have seen fit to do, and what I did in Louisiana, by having schools by which adults could go back and learn the things that have been discovered since they went to school.
We will not have any trouble taking care of the agricultural situation. All you have to do is balance your production with your consumption. You simply have to abandon a particular crop that you have too much of, and all you have to do is store the surplus for the next year, and the Government will take it over.
When you have good crops in the area in which the crops that have been planted are sufficient for another year, put in your public works in the particular year when you do not need to raise any more, and by that means you get everybody employed. When the Government has enough of any particular crop to take care of all of the people, that will be all that is necessary; and in order to do all of this, our taxation is going to be to take the billion-dollar fortunes and strip them down to frying size, not to exceed $50,000,000, and if it is necessary to come to $10,000,000, we will come to $10,000,000. We have worked the proposition out to guarantee a limit upon property (and no man will own less than one-third the average), and guarantee a reduction of fortunes and a reduction of hours to spread wealth throughout this country. We would care for the old people above 60 and take them away from this thriving industry and give them a chance to enjoy the necessities and live in ease, and thereby lift from the market the labor which would probably create a surplus of commodities.
Those are the things we propose to do. "Every Man a King." Every man to eat when there is something to eat; all to wear something when there is something to wear. That makes us all a sovereign.
You cannot solve these things through these various and sundry alphabetical codes. You can have the N. R. A. and P. W. A. and C. W. A. and the U. U. G. and G. I. N. and any other kind of dad-gummed lettered code. You can wait until doomsday and see 25 more alphabets, but that is not going to solve this proposition. Why hide? Why quibble? You know what the trouble is. The man that says he does not know what the trouble is is just hiding his face to keep from seeing the sunlight.
God told you what the trouble was. The philosophers told you what the trouble was; and when you have a country where one man owns more than 100,000 people, or a million people, and when you have a country where there are four men, as in America, that have got more control over things than all the 120,000,000 people together, you know what the trouble is.
We had these great incomes in this country; but the farmer, who plowed from sunup to sundown, who labored here from sunup to sundown for 6 days a week, wound up at the end of the time with practically nothing.
And we ought to take care of the veterans of the wars in this program. That is a small matter. Suppose it does cost a billion dollars a year—that means that the money will be scattered throughout this country. We ought to pay them a bonus. We can do it. We ought to take care of every single one of the sick and disabled veterans. I do not care whether a man got sick on the battlefield or did not; every man that wore the uniform of this country is entitled to be taken care of, and there is money enough to do it; and we need to spread the wealth of the country, which you did not do in what you call the N. R. A.
If the N. R. A. has done any good, I can put it all in my eye without having it hurt. All I can see that the N. R. A. has done is to put the little man out of business—the little merchant in his store, the little Italian that is running a fruit stand, or the Greek shoe-shining stand, who has to take hold of a code of 275 pages and study it with a spirit level and compass and looking-glass; he has to hire a Philadelphia lawyer to tell him what is in the code; and by the time he learns what the code is, he is in jail or out of business; and they have got a chain code system that has already put him out of business. The N. R. A. is not worth anything, and I said so when they put it through.
Now, my friends, we have got to hit the root with the ax. Centralized power in the hands of a few, with centralized credit in the hands of a few, is the trouble.
Get together in your community tonight or tomorrow and organize one of our Share Our Wealth Societies. If you do not understand it, write me and let me send you the platform; let me give you the proof of it.
This is Huey P. Long talking, United States Senator, Washington, D. C. Write me and let me send you the data on this proposition. Enroll with us. Let us make known to the people what we are going to do. I will send you a button, if I have got enough of them left. We have got a little button that some of our friends designed, with our message around the rim of the button, and in the center "Every Man a King." Many thousands of them are meeting through the United States, and every day we are getting hundreds and hundreds of letters. Share Our Wealth Societies are now being organized, and people have it within their power to relieve themselves from this terrible situation.
Look at what the Mayo brothers announced this week, these greatest scientists of all the world today, who are entitled to have more money than all the Morgans and the Rockefellers, or anyone else, and yet the Mayos turn back their big fortunes to be used for treating the sick, and said they did not want to lay up fortunes in this earth, but wanted to turn them back where they would do some good; but the other big capitalists are not willing to do that, are not willing to do what these men, 10 times more worthy, have already done, and it is going to take a law to require them to do it.
Organize your Share Our Wealth Society and get your people to meet with you, and make known your wishes to your Senators and Representatives in Congress.
Now, my friends, I am going to stop. I thank you for this opportunity to talk to you. I am having to talk under the auspices and by the grace and permission of the National Broadcasting System tonight, and they are letting me talk free. If I had the money, and I wish I had the money, I would like to talk to you more often on this line, but I have not got it, and I cannot expect these people to give it to me free except on some rare instance. But, my friends, I hope to have the opportunity to talk with you, and I am writing to you, and I hope that you will get up and help in the work, because the resolutions and bills are before Congress, and we hope to have your help in getting together and organizing your Share Our Wealth Societies.
Now, that I have but a minute left, I want to say that I suppose my family is listening in on the radio in New Orleans, and I will say to my wife and three children that I am entirely well and hope to be home before many more days, and I hope they have listened to my speech tonight, and I wish them and all of their neighbors and friends everything good that may be had.
I thank you, my friends, for your kind attention, and I hope you will enroll with us, take care of your own work in the work of this
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2020.11.10 13:30 readingrachelx Housewife highlights/Daily shit talk - November 10th, 2020

"During a game of Us Weekly’s “I Can Explain,” the reality star, 51, broke down some of her most iconic Instagram photos over the years — and explained why she got heat for posing alongside some of the RHOBH ladies after the season 10 reunion.
“That was right after the reunion,” Richards exclusively told Us, referencing a group shot she posted in July with Erika Jayne, Teddi Mellencamp, Dorit Kemsley and Lisa Rinna. “That picture got me in a lot of trouble, because normally after the reunion we all split off into groups.”
The Little House on the Prairie alum explained that “inevitably there’s always someone not talking. So, we split off into groups, some go here, some go there,” which happened after the reunion wrapped.
“So, after it ended — Dorit and I weren’t even talking before the reunion — so I texted some people, and was, like, ‘I fixed things with Dorit,’ whatever, I said, ‘Does anyone want to come over?’” she recalled. “Everyone was like, ‘Please I want to have a drink, a cocktail.’”
Not all of the Bravo stars were invited, however, which ruffled Garcelle Beauvais’ feathers.
“Then Garcelle was, like, well, we weren’t invited,” Richards said, noting “it doesn’t really work like that.”
She added: “I didn’t mean to hurt anyone’s feelings. There’s never been a reunion ever where everyone went out together in the history of reunions.”
The American Woman producer also shared the story behind two of her goofiest photos with some of her fellow Bravo stars — both of which were taken at Andy Cohen’s baby shower in January 2019.
“This was at Andy Cohen’s baby shower when we’re leaving,” Richards said of a photo where she puckered up to kiss Real Housewives of Orange County alum Tamra Judge. “That was a really fun event. That’s never going to be topped.”
During the same bash, Richards got up and danced on a table with Rinna, 57, and Cohen, 52, which she later posted online.
“That is [us] dancing on a tabletop, of course, having the time of our lives,” she told Us. “That was at the baby shower having so much fun. I always think, ‘Gosh, if Andy has another baby we’re not going to be able to top the baby shower.’”
"Sutton Stracke recently took to Instagram to document a fabulous backyard gathering, and while the mouthwatering food and stunning tablescape were certainly noteworthy, the backdrop for the fete is what had eagle-eyed fans talking.
In a November 6 Instagram post, Faces By Bravo posed the question, "Did Sutton steal Kyle's goddamn house?!" after a follower noted that Sutton's outdoor party took place at Kyle Richards' "previous home." Comments By Bravo captured Kyle's cheeky response: "She stole my Goddamn house." Shortly after, Sutton chimed in. Replying to Kyle with three laughing cat emojis, The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills rookie jokingly called herself a "squatter."
After leasing their 6,229 square-foot former house for the last two years, Kyle and Mauricio Umansky re-listed the property in June for $5.95 million. Following a price drop to $5.695 million in August, it appears the home is once again off the market as of October. Although it seems Sutton may be temporarily staying at the abode (she has also posted photos from what appears to be the home's kitchen) she recently purchased a different house in Bel Air for $5.35 million. That house, that “needs updating” per the listing, has a luxe pool, a spacious primary bedroom, and a full-size championship tennis court (see the photos here.)"
"The “Potomac [reunion] is happening pretty soon and I think, at this moment, it looks like it’s going to be in person,” Andy told Danny Pellegrino on Everything Iconic.
“There was a hiccup a couple of days ago where maybe it wasn’t [but] I’m hopeful that it will be in person. I do not aspire to do more Zoom reunions,” he shared.
While the RHOP reunion is up in the air, Andy said that when it comes to season six, he does not believe any changes will be made to the cast.
“No, I don’t [think the RHOP cast will change]. I think that’s one of the reasons why Potomac is so great,” he explained."
"Gizelle Bryant wants a “broke” Bethenny Frankel on her “Real Housewives” dream team.
During Sunday’s installment of “Bravo’s Chat Room,” co-host Kate Chastain of “Below Deck” pressed the “Real Housewives of Potomac” staple about who would be part of her fantasy “Housewives” circle.
“I would choose Erika Jayne [of ‘Beverly Hills’], cause, like, she has a jet and we need to fly around the world in style,” Bryant began.
“Then, I’m going to take broke Bethenny. And the reason why I want her when she was broke — like her Season 1, Season 2 — is because, that’s when she was majorly funny. And she had one-liners, and she was ready and she was hungry, and she was just like all over the place, in a great way,” she continued.
In 2008, Frankel appeared on the debut season of the “Real Housewives of New York,” later departing the show after Season 3 in 2010. In the early episodes, fans watched as Frankel built her Skinnygirl empire, which includes food products and apparel, among other goods. In 2011, she sold Skinnygirl Margarita to Beam Global for $100 million.
Frankel, 50, rejoined “Housewives” for Season 7 in 2015 before departing again in 2019.
Bryant, who has been part of the “Potomac” cast since its 2016 premiere, added she would round out her team with “Chat Room” co-host Porsha Williams, a current cast member of the “Real Housewives of Atlanta.”
As for “Summer House” personality Hannah Berner, she told her “Chat Room” co-stars she’s bringing out “the big guns” for her crew.
“Teresa [Giudice], no one messes with her,” Berner said of the “New Jersey” superstar, adding “Potomac’s” Monique Samuels and “Beverly Hills” alum Brandi Glanville would make up her group.
“Put that together with little me from ‘Summer House,’ and let’s see what happens,” she quipped."
"This is so wrong... hypocrisy at its highest level. I never abandoned my daughter during Covid. She was with her grandmother and father when I was stuck in NYC. Braunwyn on the other hand travelled to Puerto Rico, Aspen, Salt Lake City and elsewhere without her kids who spent and continue to spend considerable time with nannies, not their mom. I have one child (teenager). She has 7 including 4 aged 2-6. There's so much more I can't wait to say at the reunion so stay tuned. Poor Braunwyn will be eaten alive."
"Braunwyn Windham-Burke opened up about her decision to move from the home she lived in during Real Housewives of Orange County season 14 to a rental home for season 15 in a recent video shared to her Instagram Stories. Plus, she also shared an update on her marriage.
As she shared a message about “recovery and detox” on Twitter and explained why she has no regrets about her decision to film her struggles as an alcoholic, the mother of seven said that when it came to relocating her household ahead of season 15, she didn’t have much of a choice. This is because her job with Bravo would have been jeopardized if she chose to remain in her former home.
“It’s not that complicated,” Braunwyn began of the reasons behind her decision to rent.
“I was in my old home and we found out we weren’t allowed to film there anymore because you have to get permits and permission and all this stuff to film at our home and I couldn’t. So, we didn’t have long. We had a few weeks and this house was available and we were like, ‘Okay, we’ll take it,’ because you can’t be on the show if you don’t have a house,” she continued.
According to Braunwyn, she wouldn’t have been able to film RHOC season 15 without a home in the area.
“It’s called the Housewives,” she explained.
Luckily, Braunwyn and her family are happy with the rental they chose.
“It’s a great place. I love it. It works for us now and we’ll see what happens,” she said, adding, “As long as I’m on the show, I probably won’t be able to live where I want to.”
"Larsa Pippen spilled some piping hot tea on her former friendship with the Kardashians, and it burned Kanye West.
Pippen, 46, used to be inseparable with reality TV’s first family, but at some point this year, they had a falling out and unfollowed each other on social media.
While many thought rumors of Pippen hooking up with Khloé Kardashian’s on-again-off-again boyfriend Tristan Thompson were to blame, Pippen claimed it’s actually West who is responsible for the change in feelings.
“I just feel like Kanye was in a place where he really didn’t trust anyone with Kim, so I feel like I was the person that was like, ‘Oh, don’t be so close to her because you’re so close to her’ that kinda had something to do with it,'” Pippen explained on Monday’s episode of the “Hollywood Raw” podcast.
“I don’t want to be the trouble in your relationship. If your husband feels threatened by my relationship with you, then I don’t want to be that person. I got my own s–t.”
Pippen said she wanted West, 43, to feel “really comfortable, really secure” without her in their lives but maintained she did absolutely nothing to betray the famous friendship.
“I didn’t feel any type of way,” she said of losing her best friends. “‘Do what’s best for your family. I love you, you and I are best friends, we’ve been through everything together. I would never do anything to jeopardize our relationship. If you have to unfollow me to make your home a better place, then do it.'”
Pippen admitted that her ex-husband, retired NBA star Scottie Pippen, didn’t approve of her friendship with the famous family either and said he didn’t want their children hanging out with the youngest Kardashian-Jenner members.
Larsa, however, didn’t care what he thought.
“I’m not going to let you dictate what I do,” Larsa recalled telling Scottie.
Larsa also claimed she and the “Jesus Walks” rapper “always had a great relationship” and revealed she became his “go-to person to call when he wasn’t happy with x, y and z.” She eventually blocked his number because she couldn’t handle the phone calls at all hours of the night, which she claims “really upset him.”
“If Kanye feels like Kim and him are better without me, then let them be without me,” she said. “Do I look like I’m suffering? … Was it hurtful? Yes. … This shall pass, too.”
Larsa flat-out denied the rumors that she hooked up with Thompson, who shares daughter True with Khloé, saying, “I would never do that,” but realized she couldn’t beat West’s influence with the family.
“He has literally brainwashed the whole family into thinking that like I don’t even know what,” she said. “I don’t even know.”
She said all of the women “started to ride [Kanye’s] wave.”
“If you’re that easily swayed like the wind, do I really give a f–k?” she asked rhetorically.
Pippen also denied rumors that she tried to hook up with Kylie Jenner’s ex-boyfriend, Travis Scott, and alleged Scott was the one who called Kylie and claimed she was hitting on him.
“That never happened,” Pippen said. “That never freaking happened. Is he delusional? I would never in a billion years do that.”
Reps for the Kardashians and West didn’t immediately return a request for comment."
"Larsa Pippen claims that she had the arguably dubious honor of dating Tristan Thompson before Khloé Kardashian.
The ex-Miami “Housewife,” 46, told the “Hollywood Raw” podcast on Monday that she “was kinda seeing Tristan before Khloé. Before Khloé or any of them knew he existed. I was seeing him, I had him come to L.A., I brought him to a party Kim had. I introduced him to all of them.”
Then a week later, or 10 days later, he started seeing Khloé. Which is fine, I don’t even care. It’s whatever … I never cared that Khloé was with him after me.”
But the former Kardashian pal denies that she’s seen anything of Thompson recently, up to and including a rumored affair between the two.
“I would never do that. That’s not even my personality,” she said, before adding, “I applaud [Khloé and Tristan] for working things out. I think it’s great they are trying to work on their relationship. I’m really proud of them.”
Things have been tense between Pippen and the Kardashians since this summer, when eagle-eyed fans noted that Kim, Kourtney and Khloé had all unfollowed Pippen on Instagram. Kim’s husband, Kanye West, tweeted and deleted “Larsa” at one point, leading Pippen to blame him for “brainwashing” the Kardashians against him.
Pippen explained — also on this week’s “Hollywood Raw” — that she was, at one point, West’s “go-to person to call when he wasn’t happy with x, y and z,” and that she eventually blocked his number because of his late-night calling, which “really upset him.”
“If Kanye feels like Kim and him are better without me, then let them be without me,” she added. “Do I look like I’m suffering? … Was it hurtful? Yes … This shall pass, too.”
Pippen and ex-husband Scottie — famously of the Michael Jordan-era Chicago Bulls — wed in 1997, and they share four children together. In 2018, she officially filed for divorce, two years after the pair initially called it quits.
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2020.11.09 22:32 SquidDrive Dabi and The Creature(290 Analysis)

This was inspired by the fantastic writer u/BlueCuracao (fantastic work on your analysis) https://www.reddit.com/BokuNoHeroAcademia/comments/coy27z/theory_dabi_is_literally_frankensteins_monste
Dabi is partly visually inspired by common renditions of Frankenstein's monster. but the parallels extend far past visual design and into his themes and narrative, Endeavor also shares many a parallels with Victor Frankenstein the creator of this monster.
In Marry Shelley's literary classic Frankenstein we are presented with various of themes of societal isolation, the dichotomy of fire, the sins of the father and the consequences of blind ambition.
In Blues post he excellently varied parallels between the two characters but in this post I want to talk about the parrallels in Chapter 290
First let us start with Dabi,
In beginning his national broadcast he asks all of Japan to let himself explain why he committed such terrible acts "I am Toya Todoroki, the eldest son of Endeavor, To date, I have killed over 30 innocent people in cold blood, and today I'd like everyone to know what drove me to such despicable acts" This parrallels in Chapter 10 The Creature having confronted Victor says this "Listen to my tale; when you have heard that, abandon or commiserate me, as you shall judge that I deserve. But hear me." Chapter 10, Frankenstein page 115
He asks Victor to hear his tale before he judges in which we jump over to the Creatures narrative here in My Hero we see Touya ask instead all of japan to hear his tale what led him to do such horrific acts. "Everywhere I see bliss, from which I alone am irrevocably excluded. I was benevolent and good; misery made me a fiend. " Chapter 10, Frankenstein page 114
Both Toya and The Creature used the mistreatment they were dealt with(sharing a commonality of neglect) as an excuse to hurt those closest to Victor and Endeavor
keep in mind at this point in the Novel he knows The Creature was the one who had killed William and as Toya reveals he sent both Star servant and Ending one of which endangered Natsuo Todoroki.
They use the excuse to hurt others as a way of getting back at there abusive negligent creators.
Another parallel is shared at the beginning of his national broadcast at 290 "But alas I was a failed creation, It didn't take long for him to reject me, I was tossed aside and forgotten, these murderous flames of mine are Endeavor flames" Which was a similiar response The Creature had for Victor in the novel in the form of two quotes
"Yet you, my creator, detest and spurn me, thy creature, to whom thou art bound by ties only dissoluble by the annihilation of one of us."
"Remember that I am thy creature; I ought to be thy Adam, but I am rather the fallen angel, whom thou drivest from joy for no misdeed. Everywhere I see bliss, from which I alone am irrevocably excluded. I was benevolent and good; misery made me a fiend. Make me happy, and I shall again be virtuous.’"
Chapter 10, Frankenstein page 114
both while hating there creators for the negligence and abhorrence of there own creation had wanted instead the affection love and attention of there makers which is compounded in 290 in which Touya says he was tossed aside and forgotten not the harsh training and physical abuse what hurt him most was that he was undesired quote
"When you finally achieved success with your little puppet Shoto, I thought killing him might do the trick" Shoto representing the attention and focus he never got for Toya was the failed one.
which parallels the Creatures hatred for Victor because he was also negligent to his creator his "daemon".
there rage are both made manifest in both Chapter 290 for My Hero and Chapter 10 in Frankenstein Toya: "How could I make you hurt, how to best stomp all over your life, When you finally achieved success with your little puppet Shoto, I thought killing him might do the trick" and The Creature: "I will glut the maw of death, until it be satiated with the blood of your remaining friends.’"
both swear vengeance by hurting those closest
Conclusion: In the end Dabi and the Creature share the story of a man of nobility(Endeavor the no.2 Hero, Victor a Genevese, and my family is one of the most distinguished of that republic. ) driven by blind ambition to create a masterpiece one in which its conclusion there creators deem them a failure and proceed to forget and throw away this great insult of neglect and abuse along with various other life circumstances create an immense hatred of there creators due to being deprived of the attention of there makers and so swear to destroy there creators by hurting those closest to them. Both the Creature and Dabi play the role of being the physical manifestation of the consequence of there blind ambition.
both are the ghosts of there blind ambition that has come to haunt them.
Special thanks to u/BlueCuracao for his original incredible post.
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2020.11.09 14:52 ZandrickEllison [OC] The Overly-Long and Probably-Wrong list of the Top Draft Prospects

As a basketball fan, it's always fun to speculate on the NBA Draft prospects. That said, I'd stress the speculate part of that statement. As an outsider with no real access to these players, it's hard to be arrogant and steadfast in our opinions. We're working with about 10% as much information as actual NBA teams. If you feel confident in your analysis based on some highlight tapes of James Wiseman dunking on South Carolina State or LaMelo Ball jacking up shots in the Australian League, god bless you. And if you want to read my amateur analysis, god bless you too. But before you do, remember to check your sodium levels and take these picks with a grain of salt.
(1) SG Anthony Edwards, Georgia
Based on pure stats, Anthony Edwards would be one of the least impressive # 1 picks of all time. We're talking about a player who just averaged 19-5-3 on bad shooting splits (40-29-77) on a bad Georgia team. In fact, the Bulldogs didn't even crack .500 (finishing 16-16). All things considered, this isn't the resume of a top overall pick. It's like a kid with a 2.9 GPA applying to Harvard Law.
Still, the "eye test" helps Edwards' case in the same way it helped proud Harvard alum Elle Woods. Edwards has a powerful frame (strong and long with a 6'9" wingspan) and a scorer's mentality. He's going to be a handful for NBA wings to contend with, especially when he's going downhill. And while he hasn't shown to be a knockdown shooter, his form looks better than the results suggest. I'd project that he can become an average (35-36%) three-point shooter in time.
It may be unfair to label Edwards with the "best case scenario" comparison -- Dwyane Wade, for example -- but it may be just as unfair to liken him to "worst case scenario" comps like Dion Waiters as well. One of the reasons that Waiters is such an inefficient scorer in the NBA is that he's allergic to the free-throw line; he averages 3.1 FTA per 36 minutes. Edwards didn't live at the FT line, but he did get there 5.3 times per game. With more encouragement from an analytical front office or coaching staff, Edwards has the potential to get to the line 7-8 times a game and raise his ceiling in terms of efficiency.
The key for Edwards' career is going to be his work ethic and basketball character. As a prospect, he reminds me of Donovan Mitchell; in fact, he's ahead of where Mitchell was at the same age. That said, Mitchell is a natural leader who made a concerted effort to improve his body and his overall game. If Edwards can do the same, he has true All-Star potential. If he walks into the building thinking he's already a superstar, then he may never become one.
best fits
Anthony Edwards has some bust potential, but he also has true star potential. Given that, it'd be great to see him go to a team that's willing to feature him. Chances are he won't last this long, but he'd be a great fit for Charlotte (#3). The Hornets desperately need a signature star, and Edwards has the chance to be a 20 PPG scorer within a year or two.
worst fits
If Edwards falls in the draft, he may end up clashing with the talent on the teams in the 4-5 range. Chicago (#4) already has a scoring guard in Zach LaVine. Meanwhile, Cleveland (#5) has already doubled up on scoring guards with Collin Sexton and Darius Garland. Adding a third would be a potential headache, both offensively and defensively.
(2) C James Wiseman, Memphis
A true center? Gross! What is this, 1970?
Traditional big men tend to get treated that way these days. In some ways, they've become the "running backs" of the NBA. They once ruled the draft, but now they have to scrape and claw to climb into the top 5.
Still, let's no go overboard here. Even if centers aren't as valuable as they used to be, there's still some value here. Some of the best centers in the game (Nikola Jokic, Rudy Gobert, Joel Embiid, etc) have helped make their teams staples in the playoffs. Wiseman can potentially impact a team in the same way, especially on the defensive end. He can get beat on switches now and then, but he's about as agile as you can expect out of a kid who's 7'1" with a 7'6" wingspan. Offensively, he has an improving face-up game in addition to being a devastating lob threat.
Another reason that I'm comfortable with Wiseman in the top 3 is because he appears to be a smart kid with the will to improve his game. He intends to keep stretching out his range towards three point territory. Even if he can be a passable three-point shooter (in the 33% range), that should help make him a consistent 18-12 player and a fringe All-Star. And if not, then he'll still be a viable starting center.
best fits
We mentioned Charlotte (#3) as a great fit for Anthony Edwards, and I'd say the same for Wiseman here. His game complements the more dynamic P.J. Washington well; between the two of them, they'd have the 4-5 spot locked up for years. While Wiseman's best chance to be a star may come in Charlotte, we don't know if he truly has that type of aggressive upside. The more likely scenario is him being a pretty good starting center with an emphasis on defense. In that case, he makes some sense in Golden State (#2) and Atlanta (#6).
worst fits
Apparently James Wiseman doesn't want to go to Minnesota (#1), which makes sense given the presence of Karl-Anthony Towns. If he slips, Chicago (#4) may also be an odd fit. Wiseman is a better prospect than Wendell Carter Jr., but they're not terribly dissimilar. The new Bulls administration didn't select Carter, but it still feels too early to give up on a recent # 7 pick.
(3) PF/C Onyeka Okongwu, USC (HIGHER than most expert rankings)
Another big man? I may be showing my age here.
Still, I'm going to stick to my guns and suggest Onyeka Okongwu is a top 3 prospect in the class for some of the same reasons we ranked James Wiseman so highly. In fact, Okongwu is arguably an even better defensive prospect than Wiseman. While he doesn't have the same size (6'9" with a 7'1" wingspan), he's more switchable. He projects as a prowling, shot-blocking panther, not dissimilar to Bam Adebayo on Miami. Offensively, he flashes some solid skill here and there, although it's unlikely he'd get to Adebayo's level as a playmaker.
Another aspect that should help Okongwu is his selflessness. In high school, he played for Chino Hills alongside stars Lonzo and LaMelo Ball. While there, he blended in and did the dirty work for the LaVar Traveling Circus. It's likely that Okongwu will play a similar role in the NBA, complementing a star perimeter player.
While Okongwu may not have All-Star upside, I don't see much downside here. I'd be surprised if he's not a long-time starter at the center position (with the potential to play some PF if his shooting range improves.)
best fits
The most natural fits for Onyeka Okongwu mirror the best fits for James Wiseman. There’s a chance he may slip further than Wiseman too. Washington (#9) should be salivating if that’s the case.
worst fits
As a low-usage player, there aren't a lot of terrible fits for Okongwu on the board. However, Detroit (#7) already has Blake Griffin on a long-term deal and may re-sign Christian Wood as well. Given that, there wouldn't be much room for Okongwu barring a Griffin trade.
(4) PG LaMelo Ball, U.S./Australia. (LOWER than most expect rankings)
Every draft pick is an inherent gamble, but there's a difference between gambling in blackjack and gambling in Roulette. To me, LaMelo Ball is more of the latter.
No doubt, there's a chance that you may get lucky and "win big" with LaMelo Ball. He has great height for the position at 6'6"/6'7", and he makes some exceptional passes that illustrate a rare court vision. ESPN's Draft Express team ranks him as the # 1 prospect overall, and I take that seriously. Those guys were way ahead of the curve on calling Luka Doncic a transcendent talent at a time when most others were still skeptical.
At the same time, I'd say there is a sizable downside here as well. In fact, I'd estimate that there's a greater than 50/50 chance that Ball is a "bust" based on his current draft status.
LaMelo Ball put up good raw numbers this past season in the NBL -- 17.0 points, 7.6 rebounds, 6.8 assists -- but he was in a situation specifically designed for him to put up good numbers. The efficiency tells a different story, as his shooting splits (38-25-72) look worrisome. Yes, height helps on defense, but it doesn't matter much if you're not locked in on that end. And yes, highlight-reel passes and super-deep threes are fun to watch, but they're not a path to consistency on offense. As Ball makes the jump to the NBA, he may smack hard into a wall and crash into the water like was on Wipeout. There's a chance he'll be among the worst players (from an advanced stats perspective) as a rookie.
So what? We expect most rookies to struggle, right? That's true, but I'd be nervous about how LaMelo Ball and his camp would respond to those initial struggles. Again, I've never met the kid and have no real basis for this, but media interviews make him seem a little immature. That's totally understandable for a 19 year old, but it's not ideal for a 19 year old who's about to get handed the keys to an NBA franchise. If he struggles out of the gates, will he start to lose confidence? Will LaVar Ball start to make waves? Will the media gleefully tear him to shreds? No clue. And if I'm picking in the top 3, I'd prefer to have more confidence than question marks.
best fits
If we treat LaMelo Ball as a developmental project, then I'd prefer he land with a team like Chicago (#4). New coach Billy Donovan is a former PG himself, and spent decades working with young kids at the college level. If they slow play Ball's development, we may see the best of him down the road. Detroit (#7) also makes sense. Coach Dwane Casey has a pretty good reputation in player development himself, and he has a solid bridge PG in Derrick Rose to help buy Ball some time.
worst fits
Cleveland (#5) is an obviously wonky fit based on the current roster. I'd also assert that Charlotte (#3) is a poor fit as well. While the team desperately needs a signature star, they don't have the type of supporting cast that would be conducive to him right now. And if he struggles as a rookie, then coach James Borrego and the whole front office may be cleaned out. If that happens, a new administration would be inheriting a franchise player that they didn't pick in the first place.
(5) SF/PF Deni Avdija, Israel
The NBA tends to be reactionary when it comes to the draft, which can be particularly impactful for international prospects. Their stock tends to swing up and down more violently than a ride at Action Park. There was a ton of skepticism about Euros when Dirk Nowitzki came along. When he hit, the NBA got so excited they drafted Darko Milicic at # 2. Eventually that excitement wore off as the busts started to pile up again. But when Latvian Kristaps Porzingis looked like the real deal, it helped reverse that narrative and helped Dragan Bender go # 4 the following year.
In terms of that up-and-down timing, Deni Avdija stands to benefit. He's coming into the NBA on the heels of an incredible sophomore campaign from Luka Doncic. No one thinks that Avdija can be a superstar like Doncic, but teams aren't as wary of international wings (specifically white wings) these days. Avdija should go somewhere in the top 10 if not the top 5.
In my mind, that's justified. He's 6'9", which should allow him to play either the SF or PF positions. He hasn't shown to be an excellent shooter yet, but he should eventually be solid there. He's better suited as a playmaker and passer, and he can also use his size and skill to convert on slashes around the rim. I've seen some comparisons to Lamar Odom before, although that may be optimistic. More likely, he'll be a 4th or 5th starter. His experience as a pro should help toward that end, as he's used to working hard and fitting in on a team of vets.
best fits
If you project Deni Avdija to just "fit in" and be a solid starter, then he'd make sense on a team like Golden State (#2). He could effectively play the role of Harrison Barnes or old Andre Iguodala for them. If the intention is to make him more of a featured player, then the Knicks (#8) would be interesting. In that market, he has real star potential.
worst fits
I don't love the fit for Avdija in Charlotte (#3), where he may duplicate some of P.J. Washington's talents. Atlanta (#6) and Phoenix (#10) have also invested in young SF-PFs recently, so Avdija may find himself scraping for time there.
(6) SG/SF Devin Vassell, Florida State (HIGHER than most expert rankings)
Every single NBA team needs 3+D wings. They thirst for them like a dying man in the desert. And then, when a legitimate 3+D wing comes along, they often ignore them in favor of splashier players at other positions.
Part of the issue is that low-usage 3+D wings aren't going to put up monster stats. That's certainly true of Devin Vassell, who averaged a modest 12.7 points this past year. Still, you have to go deeper than the pure numbers alone and consider the context. Florida State had a stacked and balanced team. In fact, Vassell's 12.7 PPG was the highest on the roster (and came in only 28.8 minutes.) There's more in the tank here than we've seen so far. He can hit the three (42% and 42% from deep in his two years), and he shows a good feel for the game (2:1 assist/turnover ratio.)
Vassell shows even more potential on the defensive end. He's currently listed at 6'7" with a 6'10" wingspan, but he looks even longer than that to my eye. He's tenacious and disruptive (1.4 steals, 1.0 blocks) without being out of control. Presumably, he should be a good defender at either the SG or SF spot.
In a sense, Vassell's the prototype for a 3+D wing. To be fair, I don't anticipate him being a great shooter at the next level. His FT% was iffy, and he's apparently been tweaking his shot during the draft process. Still, if he can be a viable shooting threat in the way that Josh Richardson is (an inconsistent shooter who averages around 36%), then he should be a solid starter for an NBA team. That may not sound like something worthy of a top 5 pick, but the high "floor" helps him in this case. He also appears to have a strong character and work ethic, making him feel like an even safer bet.
best fits
Devin Vassell's skill set would fit on virtually any NBA roster -- but his perceived lack of upside may keep him from going as high as my personal ranking. If he does, then Cleveland (#5) would be a nice fit given their lack of big wings and their lack of defense. Defensive-challenged Washington (#9) would also make sense; Vassell tends to be listed as a SG but he should have enough size to play the SF for them.
worst fits
You can never have too many 3+D wings, but it may be a duplication to put Devin Vassell on the same team with Mikal Bridges in Phoenix (#10).
(7) PG Tyrese Haliburton, Iowa State
One of the reasons I'd have to be specific about a fit with a player like LaMelo Ball is that he needs the ball in his hands to maximize his potential. That's true for most lead guards.
Given that, it's a nice change of pace to see a prospect like Tyrese Haliburton come along. He's listed as a PG and he can perform those duties. This past season, he averaged 15.2 points and 6.5 assists per game. But he ALSO can operate as an off-the-ball player. As a freshman, he did exactly that, effectively working as a wing player and a glue guy on offense. His three-point shot looks wonky, but he converted 43% as a freshman and 42% as a sophomore. If that translates, he can be an effective spacer as well.
Haliburton's versatility also extends to the defensive end. He's 6'5" with an incredible 7'0" wingspan, allowing him to guard either PG or SGs. Like Devin Vassell, he also puts those tools to good use. Either one is an incredible athlete, but they're disruptive and locked in on that end. I'd expect Haliburton to be one of the better guard defenders in the NBA.
All in all, you may ask: why isn't this guy ranked HIGHER? The skill set would justify that. At the end of the day I don't see elite upside here (maybe George Hill?) because he may have some trouble getting his shot off in a halfcourt offense. Still, he's one of the safer prospects overall and a kid that you'd feel good betting on.
best fits
The New York Knicks (#8) may bring in a big-name guard like Chris Paul and Russell Westbrook, but if they stick with the rebuild then Tyrese Haliburton makes loads of sense. He can share playmaking duties with R.J. Barrett, and he can help Tom Thibodeau establish a defensive culture. He'd also make sense for Detroit (#7) and even Atlanta (#6). While the Hawks have Trae Young locked in at PG, Haliburton can play enough SG to justify 30+ overall minutes.
worst fits
Obviously any team that doesn't have room for a PG OR SG would be a problem here. Cleveland (#5) and Washington (#9) are the clearest examples of that. While Haliburton could theoretically guard some SFs, it's not the best use of his talent.
(8) PG Killian Hayes, France
If NBA centers are like NFL running backs, then point guards / lead playmakers may be like quarterbacks. There's positive and negatives to that comparison. Obviously, a good lead guard can immediately boost your team. At the same time, you don't really need more than one. And if you're not "the guy," then your impact is going to be limited.
Given that, there's a high bar to being a starting PG in the NBA. You have to be really, really friggin' good. According to many experts, Killian Hayes is exactly that. Physically he's what you want in the position, with a 6'5" frame. He averaged 16.8 points and 7.8 assists per 36 playing in Germany this year for a team that had a few former pros like Zoran Dragic. The Ringer has him # 1 overall.
Personally, I haven't completely bought into that hype yet. I can't claim to have season tickets to Ratiopharm Ulm, but when I watch highlights I don't really see ELITE traits here. He's not incredibly explosive, he's not a great shooter, he's over-reliant on his left hand. I have no doubt that he has the upside to be a good starter, but I don't think we've seen enough (or at least, I haven't) to make me confident in that projection.
best fits
Chicago (#4) and Detroit (#7) appear to be the most obvious fits for a potential star guard like Killian Hayes. And while the Knicks may have been underwhelmed by a French PG before, he would make sense for them at #8 as well.
worst fits
Teams with lead guards locked in -- Golden State (#2), Cleveland (#5), for example -- would be obviously problematic fits for Hayes. While he has the size to play some shooting guard defensively, he has a ways to go before he's a sharpshooting spacer.
(9) SG/SF Aaron Nesmith, Vanderbilt (HIGHER than most expert rankings)
Back when I was single, I dated a girl who presumably viewed me as a "developmental prospect." She'd always tell me how cool I'd look if I got some new jeans. How hot I'd be if I lost some weight. After a while, reality set in. It ain't happening, honey. What you see is what you get. The whole transformation idea may have worked with Chris Pratt, but it's not going to work with schlubby ol' Zandrick Ellison.
Sometimes it feels like NBA teams view prospects in the same delusional way. Josh Jackson can be a superstar -- if he develops his shot! Isaac Okoro can be a great pick -- if he becomes a great shooter! IF IF IF. We tend to forget that it's not that easy for a leopard to change his spots or for a player to suddenly develop a shooting stroke. It may have worked with Kawhi Leonard, but it's not working with most players.
Given that, we should value players who already have developed that skill. Aaron Nesmith is one of the best shooters in the draft -- right here, right now. He shot 52% from three and 83% from the line this past season. There's a sample size issue there (he only played 14 games prior to injury), but his shooting form looks fluid and suggests that he should be a legitimate 38-40% shooter from deep. While Nesmith isn't a great athlete or defender, his 7'0" wingspan should help him hang at either the SG or SF spots. All in all, we're talking about a player who should be a starter, or at the very least a high-level rotational player.
best fits
Aaron Nesmith isn't going to put a team on his back, but he can help carry the load offensively given his shooting ability. That should make him a good fit for a team like New Orleans (#13) as they look to replace J.J. Redick down the road. He'd also be an excellent fit with Orlando (#16) as they eye more shooters/scorers.
worst fits
It's hard to find a bad fit for a good shooting wing, but there are a few teams that may not have starting positions available. Phoenix (#10) already has Devin Booker and a few solid young SFs. Sacramento (#12) already has Buddy Hield and Bogdan Bogdanovic (presuming they retain them.)
(10) PG/SG R.J. Hampton, U.S/N.Z. (HIGHER than most expert rankings)
After that rant about delusions of grandeur with development prospects, let me try and talk you into a raw developmental prospect.
Like LaMelo Ball, R.J. Hampton went to play in the NBL during his gap year after high school. They were both top 10 prospects going in, but their stocks diverged from there. LaMelo Ball put up big numbers and locked himself into top 3 status. Hampton didn't showcase much (8.8 points per game on 41-30-68 shooting splits) and may drop out of the lottery altogether. But again, I'd caution us to consider context here. LaMelo Ball went to a bad team where he could jack up shots. Hampton played on a contending team that didn't spoon-feed him minutes.
Given that limited sample, I'm falling back on the "eye test" here. No doubt, Hampton's shot is a problem. He's a poor shooter now, and it may be 2-3 years before he straightens it out. At the same time, his size and explosion jumps out at you, particularly when he's attacking the basket. He also appears to be a mature and charismatic young man. That combo -- physical talent + basketball character -- tends to be a winning formula. There's some chance Hampton turns out to be a genuine star as a scoring lead guard. There's also a sizable chance he busts. Still, it's the type of gamble that teams in the late lottery should be considering.
best fits
In a PG-rich class, it'd be bold for Detroit (#8) to reach on R.J. Hampton. Still, he would fit there, as the team could groom him behind Derrick Rose for another year or two until he's ready to take over for major minutes. Any team that can afford him the luxury of patience would be a nice landing spot, even if it means going later in the draft to places like Boston (#14, #26) or Utah (#23.)
worst fits
I'd be less bullish on R.J. Hampton in situations where he may have to play early and take his lumps. The N.Y. Knicks (#8) have struggled to develop point guards Frank Ntilkina and Dennis Smith already, and a new coaching staff doesn't make those concerns go away. Hampton would also have lower upside on teams that already have scoring guards locked in, like Sacramento (#12) or Portland (#16).
(11) PF Obi Toppin, Dayton (LOWER than most expert rankings)
When Obi Toppin sees the list of names ahead of him, he should be stewing with rage. He's arguably the most productive player on the entire board. This past season at Dayton, he averaged 20.0 points on 63% shooting from the field. He's a good athlete and dunker, and he even hit 39% of his threes. At 6'9", he's a natural PF but he could theoretically play some SF or C too if need be. What else does a guy need to do to go in the top 5??
But while Toppin checks all the boxes on paper, I'm a little more skeptical. In fact, he reminds me a lot of Arizona PF Derrick Williams, who went # 2 in the 2011 draft. Many pundits thought Williams was the best player in the class, fresh on the heels of an awesome sophomore season that saw him average 19.5 points per game on 60% shooting and 57% (!) from three. The trouble is: Williams benefited from a small sample size from 3 that year (74 total). And while he was athletic in the dunking sense, he didn't have the hip movement to guard 3s or 4s effectively.
We see some of the same traits play out here with Toppin. He dominated this past season as a (22 year old) sophomore. Still, I'm doubtful that his three-point shooting is as good as the numbers suggest. I'm doubtful that his run-and-dunk athleticism translates to the defensive end, where he often looks stiff when changing direction. I can see a scenario where Toppin is a scoring big in the mold of a John Collins, but it's more likely to me that he'll be a scorer off the bench instead.
best fits
While I'm cool on Obi Toppin myself, I fully admit that I could be wrong and he may just end up being Rookie of the Year. That may happen if he plays on a team like Washington (#9) where his guards will be able to take a lot of pressure off and give him good opportunities to score. Cleveland (#5) would also make some sense if they trade Kevin Love.
worst fits
If Toppin's defense is going to be bad, then he'd be a poor fit with Atlanta (#6). I also don't see much of a fit with Sacramento (#12) given the presence of Marvin Bagley III. In the long run, both may end up being smallball 5s.
(12) SF Isaac Okoro, Auburn (LOWER than most expert rankings)
We've all had this experience before. You'll go see a movie that you hear everyone rave about and you come away... underwhelmed. It's fine. It's OK. But you just don't get all the fuss about it.
Right out of that Silver Linings Playbook comes Isaac Okoro. His stats don't jump off the page: 12.9 points, 4.4 rebounds, 0.9 steals, 0.9 blocks. He's allegedly a great defensive player, but his dimensions (6'6" with a 6'8" wingspan) don't suggest "stopper." Worse yet, he's a poor shooter from distance (29% from three, 67% from the line.) The last time I got this sense of "meh-ness" was Jarrett Culver last year. I didn't understand how he went in the top 5, and I'm not going to understand how Okoro goes in the top 10 this year.
To be clear, I don't think Okoro (or Culver) is a BAD prospect, just that they're both overrated by the community. Okoro is definitely a strong kid who is active around the rim. He's a live body. He could theoretically improve his shooting and become a starter. Still, "potential starter" is not something that I want in a top 10 pick.
best fits
While I don't love Isaac Okoro myself, I can see some good fits on the board. Washington (#9) could use some thicker wings who can play solid defense. Portland (#16) is incredibly desperate for capable wings themselves.
worst fits
With Okoro, I don't necessarily think the worst fits are a matter of skill set as much as expectation. If he goes as high as Chicago (#4) or Cleveland (#5), I suspect he'll disappoint in terms of the returns and garner some resentment from the fan base.
(13) SG/SF Josh Green, Arizona
As oddly overrated as Isaac Okoro is (in my mind), Josh Green is oddly underrated. Okoro tends to go about 10 spots higher in mock drafts, but they seem nearly identical in terms of a head-to-head comparison. In fact, I had to go back and forth about which I'd rank higher. They're both good athletes for their position and should be backend starters at the next level. Okoro is thicker and better around the rim, while Green is further along as a shooter. Overall I leaned to Okoro because he had the size to match up with bigger SFs and has a little more of a bullying scorer gene in him, but it was a close race.
In fact, you can argue that Josh Green's selflessness will actually benefit him in the NBA. He's a "team guy," with an underrated passing ability and basketball IQ. The stats don't jump off the pages in that regard (2.6 assists, 1.6 turnovers), but he was also playing with a good college PG in Nico Mannion. As he moves to the NBA, he's unlikely to have the ball much either, but he projects to be an all-around glue guy who can help on both ends.
best fits
As with Isaac Okoro, Portland (#16) could be a nice landing spot for a solid wing player. And while New Orleans (#13) has a lot of athleticism already, it never hurts to have another viable wing. They tended to play small at the SG-SF spot, which hurt their defense overall. Playing Green could help them when they slide Brandon Ingram over to the 4 and Zion Williamson at the 5.
worst fits
I don't see many "bad" fits for Josh Green on the board, but you'd prefer that he went to a team that intended to make him a part of the future. Minnesota (#17) may not be able to do that if they already have Jarrett Culver and Josh Okogie. Brooklyn (#19) may not be looking for long-term projects since they're in a "win now" mode.
(14) PG Tyrell Terry, Stanford
Tyrell Terry is rocketing up draft boards on account of his stellar shooting ability (41% from 3, 89% from the line) and his better-than-expected measurement of 6'3". It's only natural that pundits would start comparing him to stud shooters like Steph Curry.
That said, not every stud shooter is Steph Curry. Some are Seth Curry. Some are Quinn Cook. There's a slight chance Terry breaks out as a good starter, but there's a better than average chance he peaks as a rotational player instead. Still, he should be an asset to a team as a spacer, particularly if they run their offense through a playmaking forward (like a LeBron James).
And in case you're wondering, no he is NOT related to Jason Terry, although some of their skill sets do overlap as scoring guards with deep range.
best fits
If we presume that Tyrell Terry can be a Seth (not Steph) type player, then adding him to Dallas (#18) makes sense. He can develop behind Seth for a year or two as he gains weight, and then help complement Luka Doncic as a spacer after that. Similarly, he makes sense for Philadelphia (#21) as well. We'd still lock Ben Simmons into the starting PG role, but Terry could play alongside him in lineups or be used as a sparkplug off the bench.
worst fits
Teams that may be eyeing Tyrell Terry as a surefire starter will have to be careful. For example, Phoenix (#10) needs an heir apparent for Ricky Rubio, but a Terry + Devin Booker combo may be problematic on the defensive end. Some other teams -- Brooklyn (#19) and Denver (#22) -- already have sharpshooter guards, so they don't have as strong of a need for this type of player.
(15) PF Aleksej Pokusevski, Serbia
We mentioned that LaMelo Ball may be the biggest boom/bust prospect in the class, likening him to gambling on Roulette. Enter Aleksej Pokusevski. "Gambling" may not even be doing it justice. This is like risking your family fortune on a bag of magic beans.
But hey, that worked for Jack, and it could work for an NBA team as well. I have a friend who works in coaching who raved about Pokusevski and considers him a top 10 prospect overall. After all, this is a legit 7'0" player with true perimeter skills. Playing for Olympiacos' development team, he averaged 16.7 points, 12.2 rebounds, 4.8 assists, 2.0 steals, and 2.8 blocks per 36 minutes. He hasn't even turned 19 years old yet, giving him an enormous amount of upside.
Still, he scares the hell out of me. He's listed at 7'0" and 200 pounds, with narrow shoulders that make you doubt how much weight he'll be able to carry in the long term. His body type doesn't remind you of any current NBA forwards; it reminds you of two kids wearing a trenchcoat.
All in all, Pokusevski seems like a great prospect to invest in, presuming you don't have to withdraw from the bank until 2023 or 2024. To that end, teams should only consider them if they feel confident in their long-term job security.
best fits
If the goal is to send Aleksej Pokusevski to a good, stable organization, then you can't do much better than San Antonio (#11). Even if Gregg Popovich retires from coaching, R.C. Buford should be around to help the next coach (Becky Hammon? Will Hardy? R.C.'s son Chase?). And if the goal is to find a good stable GM, Sam Presti and Oklahoma City (#25) would be a great home as they prepare for a long-term rebuild.
worst fits
Orlando (#15) always values length, but they have limited space left in the frontcourt and limited leg room left on that poor charter plane.
I wasn't kidding when I said this post was "overly" long. The rest of the top 20 got cut off because of a length limit. I'll try to include them in the comment section.
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2020.11.06 18:09 decho Pre-Match Thread: Barcelona vs Real Betis [La Liga]

Match Information:

Match: Barcelona vs Real Betis
Competition: La Liga
Date: Saturday, 7th of November 2020
Time: 16:15 CET / 10:15 EST - Convert to local time
Venue: Camp Nou, Barcelona - 99354 capacity
Referee: Guillermo Cuadra Fernández

Lineups and Squads:

Barcelona - Official squad confirmed
GK: Ter Stegen, Neto, Arnau Tenas
DEF: Dest, Piqué, Araujo, Lenglet, Alba, Sergi Roberto, Umtiti, Firpo, Mingueza
MID: Busquets, Aleñá, Pjanić, Riqui Puig, Coutinho, Pedri, Matheus, De Jong
ATT: Griezmann, Braithwaite, Messi, Dembélé, Trincão, Ansu Fati, Konrad
Unavailable: Araujo, Umtiti, Coutinho (injured)
Not called: Matheus
Real Betis - Official squad to be confirmed
GK: Joel Robles, Dani Martín, Claudio Bravo, Dani Rebollo, Carlos Marín
DEF: Martín Montoya, Bartra, Víctor Ruíz, Sidnei, Emerson, Aïssa Mandi, Francisco Delgado Rojano, Geovanni Barba, Juan Miranda
MID: Francis, Canales, William Carvalho, Álex Moreno, Joaquín, Diego Lainez, Guido Rodríguez, Andrés Guardado, Paul Akouokou, Camarasa
ATT: Juanmi, Nabil Fekir, Borja Iglesias, Tello, Loren Morón, Antonio Sanabria, Aitor Ruibal
Unavailable: Dani Martín, Camarasa (injured) Andrés Guardado, Juanmi (doubtful)
Not called:



Form guide:

Real Betis

Comments (Post-match thread):

Author: nigworms Score: 414 pts Source
We are improving, I don't care what anyone says. It is disappointing as fuck to see everyone in threads giving up and the team shit when we just did something we wouldn't have done before Setien: fight back in an away game. 2 goals that Betis scored were lucky bounces, but we earned our fucking goals.
I am telling you all, we are getting better. It takes time, and we need to be patient, with a depleted squad to pull this off, I'm proud and excited. Back the fucking squad and Visca el Barca
Author: praveerk Score: 135 pts Source
Shit refereeing aside, that was the most entertaining game I've watched since that Liverpool game at the Camp Nou. End to end action, relentless attacking, high intensity from both sides. Lenglet had by far his best performance ever for us. I don't remember the last time I saw a CB playing so aggressively in his own half. Guy was slicing up the pitch like a Sicilian dragon. Also, it's unbelievable how much better we're playing as a team under Setien in such a short while. It will still take some time to clear our mentality issues but damn are we playing beautifully. Hopefully we can build on this performance and improve our away form.
Also mods should ban the mods and replace them with bots.
Author: WehovasJitness Score: 114 pts Source
Is it time for Arthur to finally start a game? His control and technique, combined with FDJs overview, is excellent and really improved the game as soon as he was subbed on.
Author: usernamtakentry Score: 101 pts Source
I like how fluid the team was. You don’t have to be a forward to score or a midfielder to provide assists.
However goals were still conceded due to individual mistakes.. I’m not sure how many times Messi can bail the team out.
Author: xenmate Score: 73 pts Source
I am once again having fun watching our games, and for that I am eternally grateful to Quique Setien and the players. To all of them.
Visca el Barca!
Author: SpicyRico Score: 68 pts Source
From the highlights it looks like Messi had quiet a few chances. Almost recreated his goal from last year with less height
Author: maurid Score: 58 pts Source
Arthur should've finished that instead of passing it.
Author: baddar90 Score: 57 pts Source
Wth wrong with Griezmann His today stats: 0 shots 0 assists 1 key pass 38 touchs 9 lost possessions
He need to contribute more in the final third, we need someone else to create/score other than Messi.
Author: TZCorazon Score: 33 pts Source
People who will complain about the team's performance this game are people who like to blow every single negative thing out of proportion (the majority of people on this sub, hence why I don't post here that much) or have not watched Betis this season. This was always going to be a tough game in one of the best atmospheres in Spain. Betis has way too much talent to be 13th in the table and they´ve improved drastically since their defeat in the derby with Sevilla a couple of months ago.
Excellent game from the squad - the only two goals came from an unlucky handball (which should've never have happened as the ref missed an obvious foul before) and a mistake from Arturo Vidal. FdJ was my personal MOTMOTM, his passing and dribbling was sublime and he was without a doubt the star of the show. He only made one mistake all night. Lenglet/Umtiti with amazing performances at the back. Semedo and Roberto a little bit quiet, but nothing too worrysome from them. Griezmann is still trying to figure out his role in this offense, one that has changed multiple times due to injuries/tactics. You do expect him to take a greater role in the offense, but I think once Sétien has an offseason to work on his philosophy, Griez will become a vital part of this team.
Great showing from the team to come back from a goal down twice - they´ve always stuggled on that end once something unexpected happened, but they did excellently to fight back.
Pretty bad game from the ref but from the horrible officiating performances we have seen this season make this game look par for the course.
Author: psalmjuan Score: 14 pts Source
Just gonna copy what I wrote on /soccer
If you wanna know anything about Barca watch the last run by Rakitic. He just got subbed on for Griezmann, which in my opinion made no sense, it should’ve been Roberto.
Anyway, Rakitic comes on with fresh legs and is making a solid run against a tired Betis defense. The defender is alone and has to decide who to mark, Rakitic or Messi. He decides to mark Messi and leaves Rakitic completely open and what does Rakitic do? He passes the ball to Messi... 🤦🏻‍♂️
If this were Madrid, they would’ve found the back of the net because they aren’t relying on just a single player to win the game for them. This team bores me to death even when the score line is 3-2 and both teams are a man down.


Koeman: "I give minutes to those who deserve them in training. It's in the players' hands." - src @barcacentre
Koeman: "For the centre-back position we are quite limited, due to injuries, we know that Frenkie can play in that position, but I still think more about Frenkie playing as a pivot." - src @barcacentre
Koeman: "With Aleñá I spoke about his future here, as with Riqui. I have seen Aleñá with a lot of desire in training, wanting to improve as a pivot." - src @barcacentre
Koeman: "Aleñá and Riqui give their all in training and when they deserve it I will give them minutes, they work hard." - src @barcacentre
Koeman: "We have talked about finishing. We have many players who are always looking for the pass, even inside the box. But then again, you can't change a player in two months if he's been doing that for his entire life." - src @barcacentre
Koeman: "I happily take criticism, but we don't have to be obsessed. The season is very long. A lot of things happen at this club and our job is to be prepared for everything." - src @barcacentre
Koeman: "Ter Stegen's first game back was splendid. He saved us. I'm very happy with his performance." - src @barcacentre
Koeman: "Neto has proven to be a very good goalkeeper for the club." - src @barcacentre
Koeman: "Umtiti is in recovery and if he's okay I'll count on him." - src @barcacentre
Koeman: "The 4-2-3-1 formation is new this year, we have to adapt to it." - src @barcacentre
Koeman: "The problem with having international players is that we have less preparation time, fatigue, but we hope to be fine when we return to work." - src @barcacentre
Koeman: "Messi was pictured walking? You can picture any player walking. I'm happy with him, I see him focused. His attitude is good." - src @barcacentre
Koeman: "Any game is important, it doesn't depend on the situation. Betis are a team that play good football and it's a complicated game. We have to correct Wednesday's mistakes, especially in defense. We are ready." - src @barcacentre
Koeman: "Joaquín? We know he likes to talk, if he wants to talk more it's his problem. I prefer not to focus on the past anymore." - src @barcacentre
Koeman: "Leo is a great player. We want to put him in a position where we can hurt the opponent. He's very important, especially in attack. He has played in different positions. He always creates problems for the opponent." - src @barcacentre

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2020.11.02 21:25 TejasNair 7 Street Side Book Markets in India

(4-year-old article so some of these might have gone under, but still a good list. Ignore the cheesy desc.)
There will always be something magical about the printed word. Even as iPads and e-readers become the norm, nothing can quite compete with a good old-fashioned book. That’s why, for book lovers, there is no place as captivating as the local book market where one can while away hours browsing and looking for bargains.
Street shopping for books is always engaging – although sometimes it involves digging through endless piles of unreadable tripe to unearth something fun.
Many Indian cities are home to hidden lanes that are little-known treasure chests of books. These streetside markets, with their steals and deals on all kinds of books, are a dream come true for bibliophiles.
Here is a list of 7 book streets across India where, with a little bit of patience and a lot of bargaining, book lovers can pick up their favourite reads!
1. Daryaganj Book Market and Nai Sadak – Delhi
The national capital has two prominent book markets – the Daryaganj book market and Nai Sadak in old Delhi. The Sunday book market at Daryaganj is famous for being a one-stop bazaar for all book lovers. Books of all genres, that too at great prices (though a little bargaining doesn’t hurt), are available to avid bibliophiles. This place was Khushwant Singh’s favourite haunt; a little known fact is that it is still in existence only due to the efforts of the late author. The market was supposed to be shut down as it interrupts the flow of traffic, but Singh personally wrote to the Municipal Corporation of Delhi to not close it.
The Nai Sadak market’s attraction is that it is open on all days except Sunday. It has double storey buildings throughout the street and the lower storeys of these buildings house bookshops. This street is mostly known for its large-scale wholesale and retail markets of mainly school and college textbooks.
2. College Street – Kolkata
Kolkata’s historic College Street is India’s largest book market, lending it the endearing nickname Boi Para – Book Town. With an area spanning almost one million square feet, College Street is also the largest secondhand book market in the world. The mile-long avenue is dotted with hundreds of bookstores, big and small, and is also home to many of India’s biggest publishing houses. The bookstores range from standard brick-and-mortar affairs to small makeshift stalls made from bamboo, canvas, or sheets of metal.
College Street’s main draw is that it boasts a collection of almost every single title to ever have been sold in Kolkata. Rare books are sold at dirt cheap prices and extensive bargaining is the order of the day. When perusing the stores at this book market, be sure to browse carefully: you might find a first edition Dickens nestled among the latest Dan Brown thrillers. Remember to drop in at the famed Indian Coffee House for a cup of chai, a samosa, and the weekly gossip.
3. Avenue Road – Bengaluru
A trip to Avenue Road is a rite of passage for Bengaluru students. Walking through this busy street one can find books stacked up to a height of 9 ft. and as far as the eye can see. There are books on every possible subject – from management and medicine to the latest fiction novels. It is a common sight to see bibliophiles leafing through these books and the sellers adroitly finding them the ones they want.
Located close to Chickpet, this perpetually crowded one-way street is packed with heritage buildings, food carts and hundreds of shops selling whole sale stationery, jewellery and textiles. It is also one of the best places in Bengaluru to sell your old textbooks (including the ones you never opened and never plan to read)!
4. Koti and Abids (on Sundays) – Hyderabad
When one talks about book bazaars in Hyderabad, the first name that comes to mind is the Sunday Abids book market. As the shutters go down on shops in Abids on Saturday, the area – the road starting from Taj Mahal Hotel all the way till the post office – gets transformed into a bustling market with roadside vendors selling clothes, fruits and books. While haphazardly stacked tomes nestle alongside paperbacks at the roadside stalls, the main book market can be found inside the nearby complex. Here, one can find various hardbound gems such as the now discontinued Reader’s Digest collectibles, abridged versions of popular classics such as David Copperfield, and more.
If you are specifically looking for academic books, a 10-15 minute drive away from Abids is the Koti book market. At one point, Koti used to be the go-to place for textbooks, and the weekends would be packed with medical and engineering students in search of second-hand versions of their expensive reference books. While the main focus of booksellers in this area was and still is academic books (because of its proximity to colleges), many of the roadside sellers also sell novels, magazines and children’s books today.
5. Moore Market – Chennai
Located near the ever busy Central Railway station in Chennai, Moore Market is the local hot spot for second hand books. This slightly seedy market is packed with several small stores where students and voracious readers can find a mind-boggling collection of books, including classics, comics, fiction, non-fiction, biographies, magazines, college text books, and more.
The bustling market also sells everything from vintage vacuum cleaners and aquariums to antique collector items. Add to that the sellers’ impressive knowledge about the books they sell and you know the reason why Moore Market is the go-to place for Chennai bibliophiles when it comes to bringing in their monthly book haul.
6. Flora Fountain – Mumbai
Flora Fountain at Fort, the heart of Mumbai city, is a book lover’s fantasy and piece of heaven for any bibliophile. Busy booths at this street side market stock second hand books by authors ranging from Vikram Seth to William Shakespeare to Robert Edwards, author of Technical Analysis of Stock Trends. The bookseller’s customers include students searching for used textbooks, commuters looking for literary diversions from their daily routine of train travel and tourists who have read about the famed ‘Book Lane’ in their guidebooks. They all come to buy books, both originals and counterfeits, at 20-60% of the listed publisher’s price.
The moment Churchgate subway ends, the first scene is huge piles of books everywhere. The piles of books are so tall and spacious, that the sellers have created little open fortresses with walls made of books for eager readers to browse. Ranging from rare classics, modern bestsellers, academic texts or even comics dating back decades, Flora Fountains has something for everyone. In fact, if you’re lucky you might even spot some really expensive coffee table books too.
7. Appa Balwant Chowk – Pune
Pune’s Appa Balwant Chowk, or ABC as it is lovingly known, is also an important name in the world of Indian book markets. This book market is regarded as the Mecca for Pune students who are either in search of a lost edition of an academic bestseller or want a new book that has just released.
Other than the book bonanza that greets visitors at Appa Balwant Chowk, the famed cream rolls and puffs sold at the New Poona Bakery are the reason why it’s hard to come out of the market empty handed.
These much loved book markets all over the country are ideal stops to pick up books at bargain prices and rediscover the joy of reading.

Also adding some more that I have visited:

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2020.10.31 02:11 justessforall1 A comprehensive analysis of why Harry Styles is William Bowery and Exile is about Haylor

Good evening, fellow swifties.
My best friends and I are planning a girl's PowerPoint night. This was my original idea for the PowerPoint then I realized they would have no idea what I was talking about. So I have decided to give you a comprehensive analysis of why Harry Styles is William Bowery and Exile is about or was inspired by Haylor. Please buckle in. For this analysis I will only be focusing on Bowery's work on Exile.
BACKGROUND: Let's start off with a little history. Harry Edward Styles and Taylor Alison Swift dated in the fall of 2012, calling it quits just a few short months later. They seemed to remain friends or friendly with each other, using their experience to inspire songs for each other. Some songs that were known to be about each other include Style (Swift), Out Of The Woods (Swift), I Wish You Would (Swift) Perfect (Styles), Sign of The Times (Styles), Ever Since New York (Styles). Now, these are only a handful of songs that are rumored (Some confirmed) to be about each other.
Swift and Styles had a short, but passionate relationship. Swift has said that she was always so nervous about what the next step of their relationship would be (which inspired OOTW). She had a reputation at this point already, but she was at the height of that reputation. She had dated John Mayer, Joe Jonas, Jake G, and had flings with other celebrities that often got her negative reviews. She had learned about the price of being in a famous relationship, and more importantly, learned about the misogyny of dating in the public eye. There were numerous memes about her, about her dating life; interviews would turn from her talent to her bedroom numerous times, even when she tried to steer away from these topics. When she and Harry broke up, it was not her first rodeo of a public breakup, and it was not her first time being scolded for having a short but passionate relationship.
Analysis of the name William Bowery: Before we dig into the lyrical and musical structure of exile, I first want to point out how the name Wiliam Bowery could connect to Harry. There are some theories that suggest it's Joe, but hear me out on this. So, understanding a little bit about Haylor is important here. First, we know in the song "Perfect" written by Styles and band members from One Direction, has the line "If you like causing trouble up in hotel rooms". Funny enough, this song was said to be about the night they both stayed at the Bowery Hotel in New York (which later inspired the song Ever since New York and Two Ghosts). Yes, Bowery means something to Joe as well, however, Harry has performed a few times at the Bowery and talks about how he enjoys playing at the historic venue. Harry also is known to favor that hotel. Whereas Joe wasn't as familiar with the Bowery as Harry. What about William? Well, if I have a serious answer, and a funny one. The serious answer: William is a random name that is not connected, which makes the name harder to connect to. Which, as someone who has had to make up names, sometimes placing a random name helps secure anonymity (whereas Joe had a grandfather named William.... Which in my opinion would be too close when thinking of a fake name). How did he pick the random name? Well, this is the funny answer: The royals. Prince Harry, and Prince William. Harry and William, the princes of England (I am sorry if I butcher their title). Where is Harry from? exactly.
Composing: Swift and Styles have numerous compatible writing styles. Swift often repeats herself to emphasize an emotion (OOTW, SIO, LWYMMD), as Does Styles (Meet Me in the hallway, Two ghosts, Woman). Both of them have strong bridges, and often include dialogue in their music, and use certain keys and sounds in order to inflict specific imagery. One thing I noticed about the sound of Exile, is it uses the deeper chords to inflict emotional torment, which is something Styles does in his music, and the chord changes is something he does quite well in his music. The hard part about this is we don't know to what extent Harry William was involved. However, composing wise, Exile is right up Harry's alley.
Now, this is where I kinda go back and forth between lyrical composition, and why Exile is possibly inspired by the Haylor relationship.
** Lyrically, we open with "I can see you standing their honey, with his arms around your body, laughing but your jokes not funny at all". This type of statement is very similar to Harry's writing style, the introduction to the rhyming pattern, and the "straight to the point" statement Harry is known for making in his songs (Look at sign of the times or two ghosts, both have very strong opening statements).
** "It took you five whole minutes to pack us up and leave me stranded and leave all our love our here in the hall". There is no definitive structure to the sentence or sentence placement that would indicate a Harry-esque writing style. However, the line itself (and the line before) is reminscent of the BBMA's where he watched Calcium be all over here, with her fake laughs, and had no way to stop it.
** Then after the BBMA;s, is the infamous photo with Celsius, TS, Ed, and HS. Now, the pain you can see HS in within the photos is very telling. I think that is a moment that has stayed with him. That heartbreak. I think he channeled it when writing.
** He got to release that heartbreak and tell it TS without being public. That is why they used a pseudonym. Because Taylor and Harry are both happy in their lives and are in health relationships, but that means they can look back at the pain. They can reminisce without the pressure of society. This goes onto my next point:
** Joe and Taylor are in an extremely healthy relationship. So, if Joe helped, why a pseudonym? I get they want their relationship private, but everyone would know they were still together, and still happy. I get Joe wants to be "Joe" and not "Taylor's boyfriend". BUT if Harry and Taylor wrote a song, TOGETHER, about how they felt about their break up, that would put Jaylor through such an obstacle. Imagine being in love with someone and the media talking about your past relationship. That honestly could be harmful, no matter how health of a couple they are.
** At 00:24, there is a bird chirping as part of the music. I never noticed it until the other day when I had the song blaring on repeat and I kept thinking my cat was playing with a bird toy she has. Now. What does this have to do Styles? The chirping sounds like one you would find in the middle of nature... say... woods? Maybe... hmm... I am sure you can piece that together.
** NOT ONLY is there a reference in that background noise, BUT Tay has a line "Balancing on breaking branches". Now, this is a two way analogy, very cleverly written. First, you have the ever-so-famous Taylor imagery, where the line itself is talking about trying to stay afloat on something that is broken or breaking. The second reason why this is clever, is we all know OOTW is about Harry. Branches are on trees, and what are in woods? TREES.
** The line "I think I've seen this film before, and I didn't like the ending" is something I swift wrote, but I think when he heard/read that line, it was hard hitting for him. They both say the same line, but I think there are different meanings. Harry: He's seen the ending to heartbreak, where he's hurt and she moves on. He's been through this. I've seen this ending of a relationship, and I don't like it. I do not like how this ends. Now, when Taylor says "I think I've seen this film before, and I Didn't like the ending, so I am leaving out the side door", I think that references how shes seen the public fall out with the public relationship. She knows how the break up goes and how people will judge her, and judge who she is, and she doesn't like it. She knows that the relationship ends in turmoil and pain in numerous ways,and doesn't want that for them because they deserved better.
** "Im not your problem anymore, so who am i offending now?". I know I am taking about a Taylor line, but Taylor was often called "the problem" and she is cognizant of that, and I think she is again, talking about the BBMA's.... she is not Harry's problem, so who is she possibly offending now? Who is she possibly upsetting at this point. She always wants to appease the public.. They didn't want her dating the heartthrob, or dating someone younger, or all the other things that society judged her for.
** A very fine line; I gave so many signs, are both lines are very similar to Harry signs
So in conclusion, I think Harry used his perspective of the breakup, and both of them feeling in exile from each other in public and channeled it to write Exile. Whether it is directly about them or just inspired. Harry got to write what he felt and tell taylor directly. Joe and Taylor are very happy together, but because of healthy relationship she can heal on other things she didn't get the chance to heal from. my other conclusions:
  1. I spend way too much time analyzing a song and it's ghostwriter
  2. I spent way too long writing this
  3. I need a therapist.
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2020.10.30 18:21 Rsubs33 [Game Preview] Week 8 - Philadelphia Eagles(2-4-1) vs Dallas Cowboys (2-5)

Philadelphia Eagles (2-4-1) vs Dallas Cowboys (2-5)
Sunday Night Football will host the most popular match in its history as the Dallas Cowboys will face off against the Philadelphia Eagles on Prime Time Sunday Night. It will be the 15th Sunday Night meeting between the clubs. The match up however is far from what it was on paper before the season started. Both teams are dealing with injuries all over the field with Dallas dealing with the biggest injury after losing Dak Prescott for the season with a fracture and dislocated ankle. The Cowboys will also be without Andy Dalton who is still in the league’s concussion protocol after an extremely dirty hit by Washington’s Jon Bostic last week. The Eagles are coming off their first division win and getting healthier as rookie WR Jalen Raegor will return to the lineup Sunday Night and give Wentz another speedy threat in the receiving corps just as he is finding rhyme with his other speedy rookie John Hightower. If Wentz can get the passing game, the Eagles should have no problem putting up points against the porous Dallas defense. Even if Eagles RB Miles Sanders can’t go, the Eagles should still be able to move the ball on the ground with Boston Scott and Corey Clement as the Cowboys have the last ranked run defense in the league giving up 178 yards per game on the ground. For Cowboys they will see what they have in 3rd string QB Ben DiNucci. Schwartz will most likely look to pressure the young QB and rattle him into making mistakes. However, if DiNucci can stand in there and avoid the pressure he still has a number of dangerous targets who have the ability to gash the Eagles defense which has been weak this season. The Eagles are heavily favored, but this is an NFCE matchup on a national stage, so we can most likely expect a sloppy game with turnovers that ends closer than it should. Go Birds!
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Stadium Type: Open Air
Surface: Grass
Temperature: 52°F
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Chance of Precipitation: 67%
Cloud Coverage: 95%
Wind: East-Southeast 5 MPH
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Favorite/Opening Line: Eagles -10
OveUnder: 43
Record VS. Spread: Philadelphia 2-5, Dallas 0-7
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Philadelphia, PA WIP-FM 94.1 FM and 610 AM
Allentown, PA WCTO-FM 96.1 FM
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Rickie Ricardo and Bill Kulik will handle the broadcast in Spanish on Mega 105.7 FM in Philadelphia and the Eagles Spanish Radio Network.
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Philadelphia, PA LA MEGA 105.7 FM
Allentown, PA WSAN 1470 AM
Atlantic City, NJ WIBG 1020 AM; 101.3 FM
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Eagles 2-4-1 .357 1-2-1 1-2 1-1 2-2 163 196 -33 1w
Football Team 2-5 .286 2-2 0-3 2-1 1-3 133 165 -32 1W
Cowboys 2-5 .286 2-2 0-3 1-1 2-4 176 243 -67 2L
Giants 1-6 .143 1-2 0-4 1-2 1-5 122 174 -52 1L
Series Information
The Dallas Cowboys lead the Philadelphia Eagles (69-53)
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First Game Played
September 30th, 1960 at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas, TX. Dallas Cowboys 25 - Philadelphia Eagles 27
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The Dallas Cowboys lead the Philadelphia Eagles (2650-2401)
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Doug Pederson: 3-5 against the Cowboys
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Doug Pederson vs Mike McCarthy: McCarthy leads 1-0
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Carson Wentz: Against Cowboys: 2-4
Ben NiDucci: Against Eagles: 0-0
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Record @ Lincoln Financial Field: Cowboys lead the Eagles: 10-7
Record @ AT&T Stadium: Series tied: 6-6
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Eagles No. 21 - Cowboys No. 29
Eagles: 2-4-1
Cowboys: 2-5
Last Meeting
Sunday, December 29th, 2019
Eagles 17 - Cowboys 9
This was the game Wentz needed to win, his spirit growing after the Eagles rallied on the final drive in two straight weeks to beat the Giants and Redskins and thrust themselves back into the playoff picture. He rallied the Eagles with a pep talk in the tunnel before they hit the field for perhaps the biggest game of the 26-year-old QB's career. Perhaps fueled by the emotional edict, Wentz came out connecting on almost every pass, and a maligned wide receiver group that suffered a season-long case of the drops suddenly made plays. The Eagles took a 17-3 lead when Wentz hit former college quarterback Greg Ward for 24 yards and Miles Sanders scored on a 1-yard run on the final play of the third quarter for a 17-3 lead. Dak Prescott and the Cowboys fought back and Dak had the Cowboys in position to tie the game when Sidney Jones broke up Dak’s 4th down pass to Michael Gallup and Jerry Jones exited the box with 1:15 on the clock as the Eagles prevented Dallas from clinching the division with the win.
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Last 10 Meetings
Date Winner Loser Score
12/22/2019 Eagles Cowboys 17-9
10/20/2019 Cowboys Eagles 37-10
12/9/2018 Cowboys Eagles 29-23
11/11/2018 Cowboys Eagles 27-20
12/31/2017 Cowboys Eagles 6-0
11/19/2017 Eagles Cowboys 37-9
1/1/2017 Eagles Cowboys 27-13
10/30/2016 Cowboys Eagles 29-23
11/8/2015 Eagles Cowboys 33-27
9/20/2015 Cowboys Eagles 20-10
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2020 Stats (Starters/Leaders)
Wentz 163 278 58.6% 1760 10 10 74.3
Prescott 151 222 68.0% 1856 9 4 99.6
DiNucci 2 3 66.6% 39 0 0 109.7
Sanders 71 434 86.5 6.1 3
Elliott 113 458 65.4 4.1 5
Fulgham 23 357 89.3 15.5 3
Cooper 53 583 83.3 11.0 2
Name Sacks Team Total
Graham 6.0 24
Smith 4.0 13
Name Total Solo Assist Sacks
Gerry 57 32 25 1.0
Smith 75 39 36 0.5
Name Ints Team Total
Singleton/McLeod/Mills 1 3
Awuzie 1 1
Johnston 32 1630 66 50.9 45.3 12 2 0
Jones 21 905 54 43.1 41.4 5 1 0
Elliot 12 8 66.7% 54 11/11
Zuerlein 12 10 83.3% 46 14/16
Kick Returns
Scott 9 167 18.6 25 0
Pollard 17 394 23.2 67 0
Punt Returns
Ward 9 50 5.6 11 0 11
Lamb 12 85 7.1 27 0 4
League Rankings 2020
Offense Rankings
Category Eagles Stat Eagles Rank Cowboys Stat Cowboys Rank
Total Offense 345.4 25th 418.0 3rd
Rush Offense 188.6 15th 101.9 24th
Pass Offense 226.9 24th 316.1 1st
Points Per Game 23.3 T-23rd 25.1T-18th
3rd-Down Offense 43.4% 15th 42.5% 17th
4th-Down Offense 36.4% 26th 53.9% 22nd
Red Zone Offense (TD%) 60.9% T-20 60.9% T-20th
Defense Rankings
Category Eagles Stat Eagles Rank Cowboys Stat Cowboys Rank
Total Defense 350.9 12th 408.1 27th
Rush Defense 130.4 24th 178.3 32nd
Pass Defense 220.4 7th 229.9 12th
Points Per Game 28.0 2nd 34.7 32nd
3rd-Down Defense 42.1% 19th 50.5% 27th
4th-Down Defense 50.0% T-12th 83.3% 28th
Red Zone Defense (TD%) 75.0% 29th 64.3% 16th
Category Eagles Stat Eagles Rank Cowboys Stat Cowboys Rank
Turnover Diff. -5 T-28th -13 32nd
Penalties/Game 5.7 T-16th 6.4 T-24th
Penalty Yards/Game 45.3 16th 51.3 20th
Recap from Last Week’s Games.
Eagles - The Eagles faced off against the division rival Giants who were coming off their first win of the season and were looking for a 2nd for first year coach Joe Judge. The Eagles have moved to 2-4-1 on the season after rallying to defeat the New York Giants on Thursday Night Football, 22-21. After New York gave its best punch of the night -- a 97-yard touchdown drive headlined by Daniel Jones -- to go up 21-10 with just over six minutes to play, Philadelphia scored 12 unanswered points to earn the win. Carson Wentz led a 71-yard touchdown drive to give the Eagles the lead with just 40 seconds to play after connecting with running back Boston Scott on an 18-yard reception. Along with the comeback, he finished his night with 359 yards passing, two touchdowns and one interception while completing passes to eight different Eagles receivers. He also ran for 15 yards and a touchdown. As for the Giants, they mustered just 325 yards of offense and struggle to protect Daniel Jones throughout the contest
Cowboys - The situation went from bad to worse for the Cowboys, who had no answers for Washington's defense. After a goal-line stand on Washington's opening drive, a strip sack by Landon Collins on Andy Dalton led to an early Washington safety. Washington then marched down the field, extending their lead to 9-0 on a 12-yard touchdown run by Antonio Gibson. The Cowboys responded with their only points of the afternoon on a Greg Zuerlein field goal. However, Washington would score two more touchdowns in the second quarter to put the game out of reach for Dallas. With this loss, Dallas dropped to 2-5 on the season. Quarterback Andy Dalton would leave the game in the third quarter following a late hit by Washington linebacker Jon Bostic, who was subsequently ejected. Rookie quarterback Ben DiNucci would finish the game in place of Dalton, who was evaluated for a concussion.
Eagles S Jalen Mills was born in Dallas and grew up in DeSoto, TX and went to Desoto High School.
Cowboys DB Coach *Al Harris * played 5 seasons for the Eagles from 1998-2002.
Cowboys DT Justin Hamilton played one season for the Eagles in 2017.
Cowboys Assistant Director of Video Stephen Gagliardino began his NFL career in 1995 as a ball boy with the Philadelphia Eagles when he was 16 years old, working training camp and game days at Veterans Stadium. He did that for four seasons before moving over to the Eagles video department in 1999, where he worked full time as an intern for three seasons (1999-2001).
Many Cowboys fans were born and raised in the Greater Philadelphia Area, however have no ties to Dallas nor have ever been to the city.
Eagles DT Fletcher Cox and Cowboys QB Dak Prescott played together at Mississippi State University when Prescott was a red shirt freshman.
Eagles OT Lane Johnson is from Groveton, TX and has family who are Cowboys fans including his grandmother who was told “Shut up, if you want to see 75” while she was rooting for the Cowboys.
2020 Pro Bowlers
Eagles Cowboys
DT Fletcher Cox (Starter) OT Tyron Smith (starter)
OG Brandon Brooks (Starter) RB Ezekiel Elliott
TE Zach Ertz G Zack Martin (starter)
C Jason Kelce (Starter) C Travis Fredrick
LS Rick Lavato (Starter) LB Jalen Smith (1st Alt)
SS Malcom Jenkings (1st Alt) WR Amari Cooper (1st Alt)
OT Lane Johnson (1st Alt
Referee: Jerome Boger
Philadelphia hosts Dallas for the first time since Week 16 of the 2019 season, when the Eagles defeated the Cowboys, 17-9.
Carson Wentz is tied for the 5th-most offensive TDs (10) in the NFL since Week 4, trailing only Tom Brady (13), Kyler Murray (12), Deshaun Watson (11) and Justin Herbert (11).
In 7 games against the Cowboys, Wentz has completed 174-of-255 attempts (68.2%) for 1,713 yards (244.7 ypg), 12 TDs, 2 INTs and a 99.4 rating (100+ rating in 3 of last 4 games vs. Dallas).
Travis Fulgham ranks 2nd among NFL WRs with 357 receiving yards since Week 4 (when he was promoted from the practice squad to the Eagles active roster), behind Robby Anderson (362). Fulgham’s 357 yards are the most by any player in their first 4 games as an Eagle since Terrell Owens in 2004 (364).
Brandon Graham is tied for the 3rd-most sacks in the NFL (6.0), trailing only Myles Garrett (9.0) and Aaron Donald (8.0). Graham ranks 3rd with 9 TFLs, behind T.J. Watt (12) and Vince Williams (12). He is the only NFL player with 6.0+ sacks and 9+ TFLs.
Draft Picks
Eagles Cowboys
WR Jalen Raegor WR CeeDee Lamb
QB Jalen Hurts CB Trevon Diggs
LB Davion Taylor DT Neville Gallimore
S K’Von Wallace CB Reggie Robinson II
OT Jack Driscoll C Tyler Biadasz
WR John Hightower DE Bradlee Anae
LB Shaun Bradley QB Ben DiNucci
WR Quez Watkins
OT Prince Tega Wanogho
LB/DE Casey Toohill
Notable Off-season Additions
Eagles Cowboys
S Will Parks QB Andy Dalton
DT Javon Hargrave TE Blake Bell
CB Nickell Robey-Coleman OT Cameron Erving
CB Darius Slay DE Aldon Smith
CB Maurice Canady
K Greg Zuerlein
Notable Off-season Departures
Eagles Cowboys
S Malcom Jenkins WR Tavon Austin
CB Ronald Darby WR Randall Cobb
RB Jordan Howard WR Devin Smith
WR Nelson Agholor TE Jason Witten
OL Halapoulivaati Vaitai OL Cameron Fleming
LB Kamu Grugler-Hill C Travis Fredrick
RB Darren Sproles DE Michael Bennett
DT Timmy Jernigan DE Kerry Hyder
LB Nigel Bradham DE Robert Quinn
DT Maliek Collins
DT Christian Covington
DT Daniel Ross
CB Byron Jones
S Jeff Heath
K Kai Forbath
Eagles QB Carson Wentz (15951) needs 49 yards to reach 16000 passing yards.
Eagles QB Carson Wentz (970) needs 30 yards for 1000 career rushing yards.
Eagles DT Fletcher Cox (49.5) needs 1 sack to move up to 6th on the Eagles all-time sack list tying DE Greg Brown
Eagles DE Vinny Curry (27.5) needs 2 sacks to move up to 18th on the Eagles all-time sack list tying DT Jerome Brown
Stats to Know
Gingers Under Pressure
Everybody knows there are some fantastical magical forces at play when it comes to redheads. They are a curious bunch. This week, we were almost set to witness the Battle of the Gingers in a matchup of piss-poor teams. Surely, the two were going to be under immense pressure to assert himself as the Supreme Ginger...and thus, we will be discussing the two under pressure, even though Andy is surely going to miss this coming game after a dirty hit to the head against the WFT. In 2020, a season demolishing both Dallas's and Philadelphia's Offensive Lines, not a single other NFL QB has been under pressure as much as Mr. Wentz (118 pressure dropbacks). His pressured dropback % is at least slightly better (36.9%), good for 9th-highest. He's also experienced the 6th-highest sack rate (23.7% of pressured dropbacks resulted in sacks) and the 7th-lowest Completion % when pressured (40.0%), 12th-lowest NFL Rating when pressured (51.0%), and 9th-lowest Adjusted Completion % (59.7%). Meanwhile, Sir Dalton in limited snaps thus far has done something spectacular - he has a 100.00% Adjusted Completion % when under pressure (8 completions on 17 attempts and 72 pressure dropbacks), which PFF defines as the % of aimed passes thrown on target (completions + drops / aimed). 8 completions for 58 yards and 1 TD, spectacular! While all 4 NFCE teams' Offensive Lines feature in the top-10 league wide for most pressures allowed, at least Dallas's per-snap Pass Block Efficiency rating is borderline top third, while the Eagles are 2nd-worst in both metrics. And here enters QB Ben DiNucci. Good luck. The question of Ginger Supremacy will have to wait for another day.
Matchups to Watch
Eagles Defensive Line vs what is left of the Cowboys Offensive line
This has been one of the premier matchups in football over the last few seasons, however it is a shell of what it once was due to injuries. The last few years the Cowboys had one of the best offensive lines in football, but they lost one of their best players in the offseason when Travis Fredrick retired for health reasons after missing 2018 with Guillain-Barré syndrome and returning to play last year. His replacement Joe Looney is currently on the IR and could return this week, though a more likely return date for him is week 9. The Cowboys are also missing starting RT La’el Collins who started the season on the IR for his hip, but later needed season ending surgery and All-Pro Tyron Smith recently underwent season ending neck surgery. Smith’s replacement Brandon Knight recently underwent arthroscopic knee surgery and landed on the IR. The Eagles DL which has been one of the strengths of the team this season should feast. Brandon Graham, who is tied for 3rd in the league with 6 sacks, is currently slated to go up against an undrafted rookie and Fletcher Cox is slated to go up against a rookie 4th round pick. This is one of the best DLs in the league vs one of the worst OLs. The Eagles DL need to take advantage of this matchup and pressure rookie QB Ben DiNucci into making mistakes.
Darius Slay vs Amari Cooper
These games are the reason the Eagles went out and acquired Slay this offseason. In four games since Amari Cooper has arrived in Dallas he has torched the Eagles secondary with 25 catches for 422 yards and 5 TDs. According to Mike Clay, Slay and Cooper have faced off twice before while Slay was in Detriot, first in 2015 where Slay covered Cooper on 20 of 27 routes limiting Cooper to 0 catches on 3 targets in the game. Slay faced Cooper against last season where he shadowed Cooper on 26 of his 30 routes limiting him to 3 catches on 8 targets for 38 yards. Both players are having great seasons as Cooper is on pace for 1300 yards, though most of those were with Dak Prescott in the lineup and Slay has been as advertised shutdown opposing number 1s on a weekly basis. If Slay can shut down Cooper it will limit DiNucci’s to Gallup and Lamb who are both also extremely explosive, but taking away one of those weapons for the rookie QB will be huge and could force him into mistakes on plays where Cooper is the first read.
Eagles Rushing Attack vs the Dallas “run defense”
Unfortunately for the Eagles, it looks like Miles Sanders will miss his second straight week with a sprained MCL, which I am sure he is bummed about because he could have had a huge day vs a run defense ranked dead last giving up 178.3 yards a game. Last week the Redskins had more rushing yards in the first half than they have all season vs Dallas and Redskins RB Antonio Gibson had a career day. With Sanders out the Eagles will rely on RBs Boston Scott and Corey Clement who have not had the same success as Sanders on the ground this season. Clement has not been the same since an injury in 2018 which caused him to miss most the season and the 5’8 Scott is more of a change of pace back, but both have speed and can catch the ball out of the backfield. If the Eagles get the run game going, I don’t see Dallas being able to stop this offense as the running game will set up play-action-pass and RPOs which have caused the Dallas secondary to bite this season and allow for big plays. This could be especially dangerous with the return of Jalen Raegor who can fly. Raegor who is always dangerous with the ball in his hands may see a couple of runs himself on a jet sweep or a toss play.
Special thanks abenyishay for his help in creating this Game Preview.
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2020.10.30 00:10 Bisexual-Demigod Daria in "The Presidential Election of 2020"

*With the Sick, Sad World theme playing on the TV* "Polyamorous man in Oklahoma owns his own private big cat zoo and accuses his business rival of killing her husband! Tonight on Sick, Sad World."
Daria: *switches off the TV and goes up to her room to call Jane* "Hey"
Jane: "Hey, Daria, what's up with you?"
Daria: "I was wondering if you wanted to hang out somewhere outside where, so we can socially distance and still see each other."
Jane: "Sure, I'd be happy too, let me just finish up the sculpture I'm making and I'll be right there around 3:00. Where were you thinking?"
Daria: "There's a graveyard near downtown that no one visits, so I figured it would be relatively free of people."
Jane: "Oh a graveyard huh? I've actually been making a mini graveyard of my favorite painters for a Halloween project. I'll see you then"
Daria: "Ok, see you then" *Daria hangs up the phone and goes downstairs*
Helen: *upon seeing Daria greets her warmly* "Oh hi, dear, how are you today?"
Daria: "I'm fine, I guess. I'm going to hang with Jane later."
Helen: *with a slight worry in her voice* "You're gonna be socially distancing, right? We are still in a pandemic after all."
Daria: *still maintaining her blank expression* "Well, yeah, that's why we're going to the graveyard downtown. Plenty of space to spread out and since it's full of dead people, the chances of anyone else going there are slim."
Helen: *speaking with a sense of deflated enthusiasm in her voice that she tries to hind behind a thinly veiled mask of upbeatness* "Wow, a graveyard, that's a good place to be if you're trying to avoid other people." *and then remembering what she wanted to ask Daria about* "But since you're here there's something I wanted to ask you about."
Daria: *now raising one eyebrow with a hint of suspicion in her voice* "yeah?"
Helen: "Well, your father and I are going to go vote in person this weekend to avoid the super long lines on election day and we were wondering if you wanted to come with us."
Daria: *with a slight feeling of relief* "I suppose that would be better than having a bunch of people breath on me during election day."
Helen: "I'm glad to hear that. I just feel like so many women these days throw away their rights when they haven't even had them for a hundred years. And by the way, I'm not going to ask you who you intend to vote for, it's your right to keep that private if you want."
Daria: *suspecting a hint of concern in her mother's voice and then speaks with a feeling of being slightly offended* "I'm not a going to vote for Donald Trump, I'm voting for Joe Biden, but I'm mad about it since I wanted a progressive candidate. And just because I like to read post-apocalyptic novels about sociopaths doesn't mean I would vote for one."
Helen: *Speaking as though she were relieved of a heavy burden* "That's nice to hear. I really a society that actually treats people fairly."
Daria: "So you mean you're going to stop being a corporate lawyer?"
Helen: *gives Daria the stinkeye*
Jake: *excitedly greets his daughter upon walking into the room* "Hey, kiddo!"
Daria: "Hi, dad."
Jake: "I heard you're coming to vote with me and your mother. Isn't it exciting to see the way our democracy works, right as it's happening and-" *Jake is suddenly cut off by the ringing sound of his flip phone* "Hello? Oh, yeah, I can meet you for a client meeting, I'll be right up there. And, yes, I'll remember to bring my mask this time. Sorry, kiddo, gotta run."
Daria: "Mom, how come everyone in this house has a smartphone but dad?"
Helen: "Your father has a tendency to fall for every conspiracy theory on the planet earth, so I had to limit his internet access."
*Commence flashback scene*
Jake: *hiding in the attic out of fear* "Damn it, Helen, I can't come down from the attic! The Hillary Clinton clones will drag me down to the pedophile ring below the pizza parlor to be eaten by Donald Rumsfeld in the form of an alien lizard while Obama becomes the antichrist and Donald Trump is abducted by space aliens to rule over our galaxy with a new world order while Mike Pence turns the White House into a place of devil worship!"
Helen: *remembering Jake is easily distracted by really stupid shit she pulls out an old flip phone* "Look Jake, a flip phone. It flips. See?" *She says this while demonstrating the flip of the flip phone*
Jake: *now looking on with a childlike wonder* "Ooooooh it does flip around."
*End flashback scene*
Daria: "Oh, yeah, that's right, he was hiding in the attic six months ago, because of some weird internet conspiracy he heard through Facebook. I knew he was hiding in the attic but I didn't know why, so I guess that answers that question. Didn't you have to eventually lure him out with a twinkie?"
Helen: "Yep, and that's why I always keep a packet of twinkies nearby."
Daria: "Well, it's probably time for me to leave, so I'll see you later."
Helen: "Ok, dear. Make sure to be safe and don't touch anyone if you don't have to. And wear a mask."
*At the graveyard*
Jane: "Lawndale Graveyard. God, imagine living your entire life in this backwater town. If I die, I'd want it to be the way every great artist dies. Overdosing on heroin while being drunk as a skunk in a cosmopolitan apartment that smells like opium."
Daria: "I see you brought Trent along with you."
Jane: "Trent gave me a ride here since he's going to be playing gig later in a club near here"
Daria: "I'm surprised clubs are still open for business"
Jane: "They're allowed open so long as people are ordering food with their alcohol, which is just yet another reminder of how this country is run by idiots."
Daria: "You know, it's too bad covid-19 isn't prevented by eating pizza because otherwise, I think we'd be immune by now."
Jane: "Speaking of which, Trent, get the pizza out of the car."
Trent: *Bringing forth the pizza* "So how have you guys been, got any plans for the week."
Daria: "I and my parents are going to go vote next weekend."
Jane: "That's funny I'm actually planning to go vote next weekend as well."
Daria: "Really? I didn't think you would be into that."
Jane: "What voting? Well, it's not so much that I'm enamored with civic duty so much as I would like it if we had people that believed in arts funding. And I actually would have voted in the primaries but I slept through election day."
Trent: "I think I voted in an election once."
Jane: "Trent, voting in a student council election because one of the candidates bribed you with a free pizza doesn't count."
Trent: "Oh, yeah, that's right, it was for student council. And he didn't even remember to buy me the pizza either."
Daria: "So are you going to vote now?"
Trent: "Me, no way. I don't believe in participating in institutions created by the man. On that note, my gig starts in an hour so I'll see you guys later."
Daria: "What about your parents?"
Jane: "They're not registered to vote. My mom thinks it interferes with her cosmic energy and I'm pretty sure my dad doesn't even know there's an election happening."
Daria: "Are you voting for Biden?"
Jane: "Yeah, I guess, I just really wish Bernie had gotten the nom."
Daria: "I just wanted a progressive candidate who wasn't at risk of dying in two years, which is why I voted for Elizabeth Warren, but then when she dropped out I started rooting for Bernie and was then disappointed but not surprised when Biden triumphed in the end. And now I'm just hoping we can at least get rid of Donald Trump."
Jane: "Currently we have a wannabe authoritarian, a pandemic, children in cages, and a climate disaster. I know America has always been a little mediocre, but how did it get this bad?"
Daria: "From what I can tell everything that's happening is ultimately the result of the US spending decades ignoring societal, economic, and environmental issues and then electing the world's most obvious conman to the highest office in the nation all so three people can get rich."
Jane: "So basically the capitalist greed of corporate America has brought us to this point."
Daria: "Pretty much."
*At school the next day*
Mr. DeMartino: "Now, students, since we are in a pandemic I'm feeling a little generous and have decided to give all of you an extra credit assignment." *Mr. DeMartino starts passing out a blank map of the US* "Whoever can most accurately guess what the map will look like on election night will get an extra five points on the next test. I would also like to remind you that if you can you should be exercising your right to vote."
Kevin: "I like extra credit but voting sounds boring. There's no football or babes."
Mr. DeMartino: *with his eye jumping out of his skull at every other word* "Well, KEVIN, why don't you TELL that to all the people who DIED for your right to VOTE!"
Kevin: *Thinking Mr. DiMartino was 100% serious* "Uh wouldn't it be kind of hard to tell them that if they're dead?"
Mr. DeMartino: *using every ounce of will power to not strangle Kevin to death and instead replies with a sarcastic remark* "I'm sure if there's anyone who can talk to dead people it's you."
Kevin: "Wow, thanks, Mr. DeMartino."
Mr. DeMartino: "Continuing with our lesson on America's presidential elections, who can tell us the first election in which the winner did not take the popular vote?"
Daria: "The election of 1824 was the first election in US history in which the winner did not win the popular vote. The Candidates were Andrew Jackson, John Quincy Adams, Henry Clay, and William H. Crawford. Adams won in spite of Jackson being the popular vote winner due to delegate votes in the House of Representatives since no candidate received the necessary number of electoral votes. Four years later in the election of 1828 Jackson would win both the electoral college and the popular vote in a populist wave."
Mr. DeMartino: "Very good, Daria, now someone other than Daria tell the most recent election after 2016 in which a candidate won without winning the popular vote. Brittany, why don't you take a stab at it and see whether or not you will continue to disappoint me."
Brittany: "Um, Ok, was it when Titanic came out because I love that movie."
Mr. DeMartino: "No, Brittany, it was NOT the year that movie came out, it was in 2000 between Al GORE and George W. BUSH!"
*In the hallway between classes*
Daria: "If I'm being honest I have no idea who's going to win."
Jane: "Really? All the polls are showing Trump losing."
Daria: "Yeah, but that's what they said in 2016, and look where we are now."
Jane: "Good point."
Upchuck: *standing behind a booth for the Lawndale High School Republican Club* "Hello, ladies, Charles Ruttheimer here, would either of you be interested in watching in joining the Republican Club's virtual election watch party where we can watch the king of the ladies men win reelection?"
Daria: "Upchuck, have you ever heard of the expression "get the hell away from me?"
Upchuck: "Feisty!" *proceeds to make his characteristic purring sound*
Kevin: "Hey, Daria, I was thinking of voting for that Trump guy since he's got lots of money and babes, could you tell me when to vote?"
Daria: *wanting to protect the US from another Trump term decides to lie to Kevin* "Of course, Kevin, it's actually the day after everyone else votes, because Lawndale quarterbacks always vote after everyone else."
Jane: "And make sure you show up real late at night after everyone else has gone home."
Kevin: *being completely oblivious to the lie they just told him* "Wow, thanks." *Kevin then proceeds to join a crowd of jeering high schooler shouting "TRUMP!" around the Republican Club booth*
Daria: *looking at the onslaught of stupidity that stands before her* "I hate everyone."
Jane: *grabs Daria's glasses and puts them on her face* "Hey, Republicans, I'm Daria, go to hell." *put's them back on Daria's face* "Knope, doesn't work, my face is still too expressive even after years of trying to master the art of Daria Speak."
*Fashion Club meeting over Zoom*
Sandi: "I would like to start this meeting of the Fashion Club by reminding everyone that as fashion leaders we must stay up to date on what is current and therefore we must begin with our first topic for discussion; the fashion of the presidential candidates. I'll go first I don't think either won is especially fashionable, but I think Trump definitely looks worse because at least Biden's suits fit him well but Trump always looks like he's wearing pajamas."
Tiffany: *speaking very slowly since it takes a long time for information to go from her brain to her mouth* "Oh... no... imagine... an entire... country... of people wearing... pajamas in public... it's very much a violation of fashion rules, Sandi."
Stacy: "Oh my god, you guys, his spray tan! I can't stand for more years of looking at spray tan. What if he made the entire country get a spray! We would all be orange! ORANGE!" *Stacy proceeds to hyperventilate*
Sandi: *trying to get Stacy's cool back* "Stacy, no one is forcing you to get a spray tan."
Stacy: *eventually calms back down*
Quinn: "You guys, I don't like Trump either, but shouldn't we be more focused on each candidate's policies. I heard Biden cares about the rain forest or something."
Sandi: "Gee, Quinn, I didn't know you wanted to derail the Fashion Club discussions with your brain talk, perhaps you should take a sabbatical."
Quinn: "Oh, Sandi, I was just trying to expand the fashion discussion."
Sandi: "Then it's decided, the Fashion Club shall endorse Joe Biden for the presidency."
*Dinner time at the Morgendorffer home*
Jake: "Hey, girls, how was school?"
Quinn: "Today the Fashion Club decided to endorse Joe Biden for the presidency after we assessed each candidates' fashion sense."
Daria: "Don't you think you should be more focused on the issues affecting everyday Americans?"
Quinn: "That's what I said! Isn't Biden like the healthcare guy or whatever?"
Daria: "If by "healthcare guy" you mean he wants to expand the Affordable Care Act, then yes, however, I would point out that Medicare for All is probably the best solution to fix America's healthcare problems, but I doubt it'll get passed due to this country's obsession with corporate rulers."
Quinn: "Daria, you're making my head hurt."
Helen: "Well, Quinn, I think it's great that a young woman like you is taking an interest in the country's direction even if you aren't old enough to vote."
Quinn: "Oh I just remembered that I have a date tonight. And, yes, we'll be wearing masks and socially distancing."
Helen: "Alright, dear." *now turning her attention to Daria* "What about you?"
Daria: "Nothing truly eventful happened except for the rally of stupidity in the hallways and by that I mean the Lawndale High School Republican Club trying to get people to vote for Trump."
Jake: "Have you ever considered forming your own club for political action?"
Daria: "I don't join clubs. I'm not a joiner."
Jake: *reading a newspaper article about the deficit* "Well, if you say so, kiddo. Wait a minute! The stock markets are going down and now the taxpayer is expected to cover a deficit going through the roof! What do these people think I am, a money machine!" *shaking his fist at the ceiling* "Did you hear that old man, you can't fool me!"
Helen: *Facepalms*
*At School the next day*
Kevin: "Hey, Macdaddy."
Mac: "Don't call me that."
Kevin: "I decided I'm voting for Trump since he's got babes and money."
Mac: *feeling disappointed but not surprised at Kevin's decision* "Kevin does it not bother you that Trump only plays golf and is openly hostile towards the Black Lives Matter movement?"
Kevin: "I mean I guess golf is kind of boring, but like he's just showing off his money, don't you want to be as rich as him?"
Mac: "Well, sure, I want to have money, but not at the expense of screwing over working people or trying to delegitimize an entire civil rights movement."
Kevin: "Wait how is it a civil rights movement when they only say that Black lives matter?"
Mac: "Look, Kevin, I like you a lot, but I'm not gonna be your Black friend who explains racism to you like you're a five-year-old, if you want to understand it crack a book or read a reputable news source like The Washington Post or Politifact. See you later."
Kevin: *not even remotely understanding why Mac feels the way he does* "Whatever you say, Macdaddy."
Mac: "Don't call me that."
Jodie: "Hey, Mac, I've been phone banking for the Biden campaign for the last three weeks and was wondering if you could help join in. If nothing else you'll have more padding for college resumes"
Mac: "Yeah, I'd be happy too, if my dad doesn't already have something for me do that is. Do you really think Biden can beat Trump?"
Jodie: "Well, so far he's been polling pretty well and unlike Hillary, his lead in the polls hasn't collapsed and also unlike Hillary, he actually visited Michigan, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania this time and he's polling pretty well in those states, but the most important thing to remember is polling is just an indicator, not a crystal ball, so really, I have no idea who the winner will be. And if I'm being honest I really wished we had nominated a more progressive candidate like Bernie that could rally the progressive base of the Democratic Party instead of just another centrist who thinks the police can be "reformed." And I'm not trying to say Biden and Trump are the same because they're not, but can this country please have a more serious discussion about policing and universal healthcare instead of just the same old "socialism bad" nonsense."
Mac: "I feel you."
Jodie: *seeing Daria and Jane in the hallway* "Hey, let's ask Daria and Jane if they'll help." *now walking up to Daria and Jane* "Hi, Daria and Jane, do you guys want to help phone bank for the Biden campaign?"
Jane: "I don't know I have a lot of art projects to do for Halloween."
Jodie: "What about you, Daria?"
Daria: *not really wanting to be a part of a political campaign since it makes her feel dirty but at the same time doesn't want to be responsible for Trump getting a second term and therefore decides to give in* "Um, sure, I guess. Give me the information to sign up."
Jodie: "Thanks, Daria, I knew I could count on you. I'll see you guys later."
Upchuck: *over at the Lawndale High School Republican Club booth* "Alright fellow Trumpers we're going to chant our ladies man's name on the count of three. One, two, three." *kids surrounding the booth start chanting "TRUMP, TRUMP, TRUMP" at the top of their lungs*
Jane: *mocking the Trump kids* "Cheer, cheer, cheer. Yell, yell, yell. Who cares who wins this election, we're all going to hell."
Daria: "Disappointed."
Jane: "But not surprised."
*After Mr. O'Neill's class*
Mr. O'Neill: "Daria, if you don't mind I'd like to ask you something."
Daria: *sighs* "Yes, Mr. O'Neill?"
Mr. O'Neill: "I was wondering if you would be willing to give a speech in support of Biden for the Lawndale mock election since we already have one for Trump."
Daria: "I mean I'm kind of busy already with phone banking for the Biden campaign and all."
Mr. O'Neill: "Well, alright." *now thinking out loud* "right now the only person representing a candidate is Charles Ruttheimer and he's doing Trump so I'll have to keep searching for a student willing to represent Biden."
Daria: *realizing the horror of having Upchuck continue to be an influence on the school decides to write the speech* "Actually, on second thought I'll do it, when do you need it done?"
Mr. O'Neill: "Well the speeches are being given tomorrow, but if there's anyone who can write a speech in less than 24 hours I'm sure it's you."
Daria: *unenthusiastically and with a sense of worry in her voice* "Um, yeah, thanks."
*Daria's room*
Daria: *speaking on the phone with potential voters dials a number on the call list* "Uh, hey, this is the Biden campaign and we would like to know if you will be voting in the upcoming election this Tuesday."
Mrs. Johansen (chocolate bar lady with poor health issues due to her weight): "Oh yeah I'll be voting. But not for Biden, for Trump. I'm not about to let some radical leftist in love with AOC tell me to be a vegan for the rest of my life."
Daria: "Ok, thank you, ma'am." *hangs up the phone and sighs*
Quinn: "Daria, can I ask you something?"
Daria: "I'm not writing an essay for you."
Quinn: "No, it's not that. It's about this election. I'm really worried about what will happen since it looks like this pandemic thingy is going to keep going and I don't know how long I can keep wearing a mask since it's ruining my mascara and apparently there's like a recession thingy as well that looks like it could hurt all the clothing and makeup businesses, so I was wondering if you knew the answer. I tried getting the fashion club to talk about the "real issues" or whatever you call it but they weren't interested."
Daria: *sighing* "The first thing you need to understand is there's a lot more at stake than just makeup and clothes. People's civil liberties are being violated by police brutality, reproductive and gay could be stripped away by the Supreme Court, and the pandemic and ensuing recession could continue to hurt more people if something isn't done soon. And I'll deny I ever said this, but you're actually a smarter person than what you give yourself credit for. You were the only fashion club member to at least try to discuss the problems facing working people in this country, so you're fully capable of wrapping your head around the complex problems of an election and what it means for other people instead of just worrying about fashion all the time, so stop it. Now if you really want to know what will happen the truth is I have no idea."
Quinn: *now feeling a little more confident in herself* "Thanks, Daria. I guess the best we can do now is just wait and hope for the best."
Daria: "Seems that way."
Quinn: *sighing* "Ok." *goes back to her room*
*Socially distanced date with Tom in the abandoned graveyard*
Tom: "I've already voted and I hope Biden wins, but at the same time there's a little part of me that feels like everything is hopeless and just wants to sit back and watch the fire rage, but I know there are marginalized people whose lives depend on the outcome and I think I'd feel pretty bad if I didn't at least try to help them. And what's even sadder is there are people who are fully capable of voting and either go for that maniac in the White House or just decide they don't care what happens and stay home, and those are the people that really need to be reached. Throughout history, bad politicians have been elected by good people who don't vote. And you'd think they would learn by now, but apparently not."
Daria: "What really needs to happen to get people motivated to go to the polls is compulsory voting, as well as ranked-choice voting so people don't feel like they have to choose between the "lesser of two evils," and the electoral college needs to be abolished in favor of a popular vote election."
Tom: "Yeah, that would be nice but unfortunately that probably won't ever happen."
Daria: "Probably not."
Tom: "At this point, we've done what we can do and at the end of the day all you can do is allow things to play out as they will."
Daria: *feeling a bit defeated* "Yeah, I guess you're right. How did your parents vote?"
Tom: "Last time my mom voted for Hillary Clinton and my dad went with Gary Johnson, but this time they both voted for Joe Biden."
Daria: "Well I guess that's at least something. I'm supposed to give a speech in support of Biden for the mock election at school, but I feel like no one will care since they seem to be dominated by the Republican Club."
Tom: "Nothing, and I mean nothing, is more annoying than people our age who are more concerned with their dad's oil business being taxed more than by the fact that life as we know it could end in 30 years thanks to climate change. And look, I know you feel hopeless about your speech, but I think you'll do great. If there's anyone who can make a case against Donald Trump and corporate America and in favor of Joe Biden, as much of a loose cannon as he is, it's you. You got this, I'm sure of it."
Daria: *smiling a little bit* "Thanks, I needed to hear that."
*Daria's room*
Daria: *at her desk writing her speech* "Alright, let's see what I can do."
*At school in the auditorium the next day*
Daria: "Good God, doesn't Ms. Li understand that having an assembly like this could be a super spreader event?"
Jane: "It's Ms. Li, what did you expect? She's a psychopath in need of constant attention to fulfill her ego."
Daria: "At least they're requiring everyone to wear a mask and use the hand sanitizer dispenser on the way in. I'll see you afterward." *heads backstage to wait*
Jane: "Good luck!"
*on the front row*
Mr. O'Neill: "Hello there, Ms. Barch, I wondering if you voted yet."
Ms. Barch: "I have and I voted for Jo Jorgensen, the only woman on the ballot since this country would be a lot better off if a man wasn't in charge."
Mr. O'Neill: "Well if you're interested I picked Joe Biden."
Ms. Barch: "Hmm I suppose you could have picked worse, so I guess I'll keep you around."
*On stage*
Ms. Li: "Good afternoon, students, as you know this is the assembly where you will hear a case made for each of the respective candidates by two of our own students. And I would also like to remind you that everyone must voluntarily pay five dollars to vote in our mock election and then vote our mock election or be voluntarily put in detention. Lastly, the exercising of your civic duty will bring glory to Lawndale High. Now without further ado let us welcome our first speaker, Charles Ruttheimer, who will be giving his speech in support of President Donald Trump."
Upchuck: "Hello, everyone, Charles Ruttheimer here. As you know Donald Trump is running for reelection and why should you vote for him you may ask, well, I shall tell you. He's a billionaire. He understands our economy and if you for him you can be a billionaire too. And not to mention he's also a ladies man. Listen here fellas, if you vote for the ladies man, you too can also become a ladies man. I suppose I should also talk about some of his policies. As an example, he intends to give this country the world's greatest healthcare while his opponent would just take it all away and give to that upstart AOC, who by the way, does not want you to be rich or be a ladies man. You see Biden thinks the government can step in and manage our economy, but in reality, the free market is the only way. President Trump understands this, he is the one who cut your taxes so that we can all become rich billionaires. Wouldn't you like to be rich too? Now I would like to take a moment to speak to the ladies in the room. You see Donald Trump is responsible for adding the fifth woman to the Supreme Court, and, ladies, I don't know about you but can't think of anything more pro-woman than that. And finally, I would like to say there are two choices before you; freedom or allowing our government to control our lives. Thank you."
*In the audience*
Jane: "Well he seems to have really excited the Trump voters since they're making the most noise."
Jodie: "Those people are such pigs, they don't care about anything but becoming rich."
Mac: "Couldn't have said it better."
Kevin: *talking to Brittany* "See, babe, I told you Trump's the man."
Brittany: "Hmm, I don't know, I mean the pandemic hasn't gone away and how are we supposed to do a socially distanced pyramid?"
Kevin: "Oh come on, babe, he's rich and women love him, don't you think it'd be great if I was rich and the ladies wanted me?"
Brittany: *angrily* "What do you mean have all the ladies love you? Am I not good enough for you?"
Kevin: "Babe, that's not what I meant."
Brittany: "Well you listen here, Kevin Thompson, if that's what you think then maybe you should find some other girl who wants to be used and forgotten, but that's not me, you football fumbling, two-timing, good for nothing player. And just to show you, I'm voting for Biden." *Brittany angrily stomps away*
Kevin: "Babe, come back!" *Kevin now feels a sense of dread and confusion due to him not entirely understanding Brittany's anger*
Jane: *seeing what just happened between Brittany and Kevin* "I guess that's one way to get someone to not vote for Trump."
Jodie: "Oh my God, I am so tired of seeing dopey girls get sucked in by Trump supporters, so that does give me at least a little hope."
Mac: "How do you guys think Daria will do?"
Jodie: "I mean she's a smart person, so I'm sure she'll do well, but the Trump supporters at this school are so enthusiastic."
Jane: "If nothing someone will have taken a stand for some kind of greater good."
*On stage*
Ms. Li: "Next up we have Daria Morgendorffer giving her speech in favor of former Vice President Joe Biden."
Daria: "Thank you, everyone. Right now the United States is in the grips of a global pandemic and a recession. The fact is we need leadership, real leadership, and the best person to do that right now is Joe Biden. Biden actually has a plan to deal with the coronavirus that not only includes listening to scientists but also making sure everyone wheres a mask, scientists having plenty of time to put together a vaccine in a safe manner, and making sure schools and businesses have the proper PPE to open up. Donald Trump, on the other hand, has done nothing to stop it and in many instances has made the pandemic worse. In 2018 fired the pandemic response team and didn't replace them, he opposed mass testing because he believed it would hurt his reelection chances, he called the virus a "Democratic hoax," has done absolutely nothing to stop the rise in hate crimes against Asian Americans, for months he refused to wear a mask and even stopped the post office from sending masks to everyone, he's continued to hold super spreader events like massive campaign rallies and events for his Supreme Court appointee Amy Coney Barrett, he's tried to silence Dr. Anthony Fauci, and in the tapes with Bob Woodward from months ago, he even admitted he knew the virus was as bad as scientist saying it was. He lied about this virus. Joe Biden would not do this, instead, he would address the issue head-on until everyone was safe. Throughout his campaign, Biden's shown himself to actually be a responsible person by only holding small events where social distancing was possible and he's worn a mask in public appearances. For those of you who are so concerned with the economy right now, there has been a massive job loss, which was due to the pandemic getting so bad, and the reason the pandemic got to this point was because of his criminal mismanagement. Just look around you, over 200,000 people have died from this virus because of his lack of ability to lead or even care for ordinary citizens. How many of you have lost loved ones because of what is currently happening. Joe Biden understands grief, Donald Trump only understands himself. And that's not all, those tax cuts he signed, those were for billionaires like him, not you. He only cares about getting rich. Like it or not the only way you can become a billionaire is by either inheriting your wealth, screwing over other people, or just getting lucky. That is exactly how Donald Trump became a billionaire, he inherited his wealth from his father, he screwed over business partners, and just got lucky with all of his failed business ventures. Joe Biden has promised not to raise taxes on anyone making less than $400,000 a year, which is all of you by the way, and believes the rich should pay their fair share. Additionally, Donald Trump is also the most overtly racist president since Woodrow Wilson. He's called Black Lives Matter protesters "thugs" and "criminals" when all they're asking for is to not be shot by the cops and rather than try to calm the nation during this time he's just encouraged White supremacist violence. Admittedly, Joe Biden hasn't always been perfect on police brutality, but he at least regrets the '94 Crime Bill. Donald Trump, on the other hand, is a shameless coward. One of the worst things he's done is his child separation policy. And like everything else he lied about this one too because he said it was "the law," but in reality, he could have ended the whole thing with a phone call and now 545 children will never see their parents ever again and all of this was because he is a monster. Once again, Joe Biden has not been perfect, but he regrets the deportations during the Obama administration, has shown compassion for the separated children, and believes in a path to citizenship. But Donald Trump continues to behave like a racist pig. I don't who needs to hear this but women in positions of power are not inherently feminist, especially when those women, like Amy Coney Barrett, would use their power to hurt marginalized people like women and the LGBT community. Joe Biden has shown his change of heart on LGBT issues by supporting same-sex marriage rights and nondiscrimination rules during the Obama administration and has said he supports passing the Equality Act within the first one hundred days of taking office. Donald Trump has not shown the same growth and has been hostile towards the LGBT community during his presidency. Joe Biden believes in a woman's right to choose, while Donald Trump thinks women are pieces of meat. Now I would like to take a moment to address supporters of the president. The truth is you guys got played. Hillary Clinton is not going to jail, Mexico is not paying for the wall, and right now the United States is the laughing stock of the world. Everything that is happening right now is the result of electing a talentless, spoiled, incompetent billionaire bully to the highest office in the nation whose only real skill is cheating at golf and on his wife. Lastly, I would like to say you should stand firm for what you believe in until logic and experience prove you wrong. The truth and a lie are not kind of the same thing. There is less than one week to decide what kind of country this; one based on compassion or one based on cruelty. Please do what is right and vote Donald Trump, the criminal fascist president out of office in favor of Joe Biden. Thank you."
*at this point the audience was silent but then slowly started to erupt in applause while the students supporting Donald Trump just looked down in shame*
*after the assembly*
Jodie: "Daria, I just wanted to say that was really cool."
Jane: "Yeah I'd say you knocked it out of the park."
Daria: *not being sure how to handle compliments* "Oh, um, thanks."
Jane: "If nothing else you made Upchuck look stupid." *Jane points to the Lawndale High School Republican Club booth where no one standing or chanting except a shameful looking Upchuck*
Daria: "Well I guess that's something. Now maybe we won't have to hear the obnoxious jeers of Trump supporters at this school anymore. If only the rest of the country would be like this."
Jane: "Do you want to go grab a slice and hang out in the graveyard?"
Daria: *feeling a sense of victory and accomplishment, but only smiling a little bit* "Yeah, that would be great."
*The two friends walk out the school with feelings of satisfaction but also anticipation for what will happen on Election Day. Daria knows that while she may not have changed the entire country she at least did what she could to make the world a better place and for that, she feels grateful.*
On a serious note, please go vote if you haven't already done so.
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2020.10.29 23:40 TELMxWILSON Netsky - Second Nature LP Out Now! Full Lenght Review & Album Spotlight Release megathread

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Welcome to my second album write-up! As always, I apologize in advance for the Big Wall Of Text that is about to follow.


Does someone like Netsky even need an introduction? Usually I'd say I Refuse to do one, but he's been absent from the scene for a few years and just a few weeks ago we had a "I just discovered Netsky" thread over here, so maybe he actually does need one. Let's go down Memory Lane.
Netsky, named after the computer worm with the same name, is somewhat of a legend of the scene. Pronounced Net-Sky and not Net-Ski, by the way. He started producing around 2009, Give And Take a few months, and was quickly discovered by DJ Hype and Pascal during their search for new talent for their liquid-focused sublabel Liq-weed Ganja Recordings. Releases on Grid Recordings and all sorts of other labels followed quickly, garnering more and more attention in a very short amount of time. Enough attention to get a recording contract with Hospital Records and win the "Best Newcomer Producer" award at the D&B Arena awards in 2010.
That's exactly when things really kicked into full gear for the Belgian producer. Multiple iconic Netsky tunes like Memory Lane, I Refuse, Eyes Closed and Tonight, a collab with Danny Byrd, date back to exactly that year. It was also the year he released his first album, Netsky. Two years later he followed this up with his second album, creatively titled 2. He even started the Netsky Live Band that year. All was well. Sadly you cannot find said sophomore album on Spotify anymore, but I bet you can still find it on Pirate Bay. I mean, you shouldn't do that, just buy it if you want it. I just wanted to make a reference to his track Pirate Bay. You get me.
By the time his third album 3 was released, i.e. around 2016, some people in the scene were becoming increasingly frustrated by the change of direction in Netsky's style. People were clamoring for more "glory days" dnb from him, but he wanted to explore other genres and directions. Some see it as selling out, some as him just doing whatever he wants. After 3, he took it one step further and turned his back on dnb for a while to pursue EDM. Shudder. Just like Pendulum with their Knife Party sideproject, that change of genres didn't come out of nowhere though. His albums have always featured all kinds of different subgenres in the electronic music spectrum, it has always been part of his repertoire. And while I'm not necessarily a fan of the David Guetta, Aloe Blacc and Lil Wayne era of Netsky, I am still happy for him. Must have been pretty wild to go completely out of the comfort zone that was dnb for him (at the time at least) and work with names that big. Also, at least the Prototypes and Toronto Is Broken DnB remixes of his tunes from that time are bangers.
Late March, early April this year, at the (first) height of the lockdown, he posted on his socials that he would release a new DnB album this year. On Hospital Records. Out of f'ing nowhere. 10 Years after his first album, it was time for him to come home. During his series of lockdown streams and various interviews, it became clearer and clearer that it wasn't all a big ruse, he was actually really excited to return to his roots. So excited in fact that he gathered 18 brand new tracks for this new album, making it his biggest album to date.
But can this new album, this Return Of The Lost Son, live up to its hype? As they say in my favorite fictional TV show, let's find out!

Track Breakdown

The album begins with Mixed Emotions. No no, that was not supposed to be a review of the track, that's just the title of it. My emotions for this collaboration with Kiwi producer Montell2099 aren't mixed at all, they are in fact very positive. The stripped-down, laid-back production of it shows that Netsky actually meant it when he said he'd go back to his roots. Maybe not quite back to the 2009 days, but it certainly has that certified Netsky Feeling™ to it. It just feels warm. The beautifulness of this track is enhanced even further by the accompanying music video, which is Netsky's love letter to Aotearoa, more colloquially known as New Zealand. Created together with Montell2099 and some people at the Kiwi radio station George FM, it showcases the stunning landscapes, cultural landmarks and people that inspired this intro to the journey that is Second Nature. (Update from the future: Mixed Emotions is in fact not actually the intro to the album. I'll mention the actual intro further down)
As Netsky himself said in a recent interview with Red Bull Electronica, this album is not about a story or a theme. It's just a collection of all the different musical styles that make Netsky Netsky. And one of those styles is Dancefloor. The first track that really goes into that direction is Destiny, a collaboration with the master of dancefloor himself, Sub Focus. Safe to say, his influences can be felt a lot. It is a bit as if Netsky took the Desire project files and injected his style into it. They even both share the same Des prefix! Okay okay, it probably wasn't anything like that and that prefix part is a bit far-fetched, but it is definitely reminiscent of it. Just like Desire, Destiny also has the same sing-along and festival anthem potential.
Next up, we got the first solo track, I Choose You, a remix of the soul classic Willie Hutch - I Choose You. As mentioned in various interviews over the years, Netsky's parents are big fans of soul, funk and jazz. This is the first of many tracks on this album that make it crystal clear just how much influence his parents' soul record collection had on him and his productions. If you listen to the original and the Netsky version side-by-side, the remix might seem simple at first, but it is just effective as hell. The vocals and the trumpets and just the whole arrangement in general just work really well in a dnb tempo. The happy vibes on this remix are dangerously contagious.
So contagious indeed that Netsky decided to put a stop to them. As mentioned earlier, Netsky has planned to show all sides of his sound on this album. Broken Bottles is the track on which the EDM side of him shines through the most. If you are familiar with the tracks he produced in the last few years (I wouldn't judge you if you aren't), this one is like a DnB version of I Don't Even Know You Anymore with Lil Wayne. Straight up going into Sad Auto-Tune Song territory. That statement alone is probably enough for some fans to throw some bottles. Maybe the song isn't even about alcoholism, but about DnB purists' reaction to the Auto-Tune. However, even if you aren't a fan of the vocal style, you might still get a lot out of this one. While I also really like how the stripped-back piano sections during the buildup set the mood, the drops are where the track shines in my opinion. They emphasize the hurt and anger the protagonist goes through. They also just bang, especially the second one. Probably not for everyone, it's a grower though.
Time for some more collaborations now! First we have Blend with Rudimental, a melting pot of different ideas and styles. We've got the funkiest of the funky basslines, we have trumpets and all sorts of brass, we've got catchy vocals by Afronaut Zu, there's a organ taking us to church, point is, we got it all. Really fun track!
Next up we're diving straight into liquid territory. On Let Me Hold You Netsky and Hybrid Minds combined their strengths into one beautiful vocal-driven anthem. They really pulled all the strings to craft something great here. A forward-moving yet emotional piano, a stunning vocal performance that could probably lead to world peace, and the aforementioned strings that will make you cry effortlessly. My favorite moment comes right before the second drop when the production is stripped-back completely, leaving just the strings and the vocals. It works so goddamn well man. This whole track is a wave of emotions crashing right into you.
You might already know this next one. Look At Me Go, featuring english, I wanna say Hardcore?, producer Darren Styles, feels like Netsky is talking directly to us through the vocal sample. "Look at me jumping between wildly different styles from track to track!" This one is even more wildly different though. Take one part 174 bpm 4x4 beat, 2 parts Psytrance influences and a tablespoon Blood Sugar (it's honestly uncanny) and you get Look At Me Go! Really fun track. That WAKAME WAKAME WAKAME GO vocal will never leave my head. And no, you can't convince me that this isn't what the vocal says.
Over the following three tracks Netsky pivots away from barely-dnb to not-at-all-dnb and shows us what his style would sound like in other genres. Don't Care What People Say is a funk-drenched 80s-themed vocoder love anthem. Pretty much Netsky's take on Daft Punk. Even though this usually isn't my genre, this one really hooked me. Probably because the production on it is clean as a whistle. But, like, not a used one, one that was just recently cleaned really thoroughly. You get me.
You know what's in vogue right now? Chilled out tracks at a tempo slightly slower than DnB with some breakbeats. From The Prototypes to Sub Focus & Wilkinson, everyone that is releasing an album seems to be doing it. Even Gydra and Turno tried their hand at the tempo, but their experiments weren't quite as chilled out. Complicated is Netsky's entry in the series. It starts out seriously mellow, but the drop soon enough introduces a loud but warm bass melody into the mix that spices things up nicely. Not a very complicated tune, but it fits the vibe he's going for very well.
Okay enough of that expedition to the unknown non-DnB lands, let's get back home. Free is the second track of the album that is a reimagination of a vintage soul tune, this time it's Deniece Williams with her smash hit Free. The elements of the original track are all there, but produced and mastered very differently. The trumpets are way more prominent, the vocal has been cut down to the main I just got to be freee part and arranged completely differently. He of course also added things to it, from the small male vocal to the breaks in the buildup and throughout the drop. I can't believe how well that technique of taking a classic soul song and rearranging it into a dnb track has worked on me. Twice now too. Compared to I Choose You, Free is way more mellow, but just as enjoyable.
This next one is special to me. Way back in late March, when lockdown had just started, Netsky completely blindsided us all by releasing I Saw The Future In Your Eyes pretty much out of nowhere. It was the single that kicked this whole album project off and was the confirmation we all needed that, yes, Netsky is actually going back to DnB. And judging by this first single, it would actually be kinda amazing. It gave us something to look forward to in a time where most news were kinda bleak. The track by itself already gives you a sense of beautiful melancholic hopefulness that was emphasized tenfold by the times it was released in. If you are a fan of the Old Netsky™ sound, this track is for you. Amazing vibes all the way through.
One thing I love about Netsky is the cheery cheesiness, or cheesy cheeriness, of some of the lyrics in his songs. I've definitely lost most of you here I think, but I'm not going to back down on this. Something about hearing positive lyrics just makes me smile. For me, one of the most cheesy, positive happy vibes, sing-along tracks on this album is Waiting All Day To Get To You. The vocals are so simple, 90% of the lyrics are already in the title, but damn if it isn't catchy as hell. Those vocals are complimented extremely well by the guitars throughout the song and the heavy but melodic bass in the drop. I'm sorry, but I have no choice but to bop up and down and sing along.
Ew, emotions. Good thing the next track is a true banger, gotta blast those feelings away. Power, featuring the Brazilian funkmaster Urbandawn, will blast your socks off. Maybe the foot too. It'll powerwash your whole body. POW, just like that. But even more than that. Probably why it's called POW-er. In true Urbandawn fashion the funk in this track is palpable, from the signature funky guitars in the buildup and breakdown to the powerful basses in the drop. There's even some fun half-time business in the second drop! The different styles present on this album are honestly insane. Huge track.
Speaking of half-time. The next track on the list, Float starts off as exactly that. In contrast to Power, this one is more float-y though. Okay that was a way too easy joke, I apologize. This one is an interesting one. If I had to keep myself short I'd describe it as a chill spring-time vibe. Also, there's a flute. Speaking of, while listening to the drop I do wonder if someone just misspelled "Flute" while writing the title of this track. Or maybe that similarity was intentional and I'm just stupid. Or maybe it wasn't and I'm still stupid. Who knows! Very very unique track. Won't be the first one I'll recommend, but it's certainly interesting enough. But maybe you, the reader, will love it, who knows? Hey, whatever flutes your boat.
The non-dnb block of the album continues with Dreaming Of U with Elias, arguably one of the poppiest tracks on the album. While not my favorite track of the bunch, I still appreciate things about it. For instance, I love the way the vocal is layered, that high/low layering will always work on me. While it's not groundbreaking, that little drum "dudum" during the buildup and outro is also very lovely.
We're nearing the end here folks. I think we could all do with another soul-track-turned-dnb track, to lift the spirits a bit. Just in time for the literal darkest times of the year we got our summer anthem of the year: Everybody Loves The Sunshine. Just like with the other two soul classics before this one, Netsky took most of the elements of the original by Roy Ayers and transformed them into something new. Something faster mostly. Even though it still sounds simple, I have to admit that this strategy has actually worked a third time on me. I didn't expect myself to like it as much as I do, but here we are. I'm just a sucker for happy vibes I guess.
Finally, we've arrived at the end of the - wait. There's a track missing. Hold On, featuring the prolific UK singer and DnB vocalist legend Becky Hill, should be in here somewhere, right? That's what the website says at least. It's also included in the album mini-mix he just uploaded. But it's not there in the review copy we got? Uhm, well, the 20 seconds I can hear in the mini mix are pretty nice I guess. Best review ever.
Okay but now we are here. The last track. The last frontier. Basic Instinct. Fitting name, because after I finished listening to it my basic instincts kicked in and made me restart the track immediately. Pure vibes. At it's core it's like a more melancholic version of I See The Future In Your Eyes, but it's also much more than that. All the elements come together perfectly to actually make you feel like you've just returned home after a long journey. All the tiny vocal bits, the melody continuing throughout the breakdown after the first drop and smoothly going into the second drop, all the melodies working together during the drop... there's a lot to love here. And I love all of it. Stunning.


There's one thing that defines this album in my opinion and that is diversity. Nearly every single track has a unique idea or sound to it, while still clearly being a Netsky track. It really speaks to his production capabilities that he is able to craft so many great tracks in so many different styles without losing his identity.
Even with all the diversity there's still some reoccurring themes in this album though. His parents' soul influence on him is undeniable on this album, with three tracks being basically DnB remasters of old soul classics. With big names like Hybrid Minds, Sub Focus or even Urbandawn being involved, this is also the album on which he most embraced the dnb scene itself.
My highlights are Let Me Hold You, a track that only got more beautiful the more I listened to it, Waiting All Day To Get To You, whose catchy vocal will probably never leave my head at this point, Power, which just blows me away every single time, and Basic Instinct/I See The Future In Your Eyes, which both just have an amazing vibe to them.
All in all, way better than expected!


Title Length
Hold On (feat. Becky Hill) 3:43
Mixed Emotions (feat. Montell2099) 4:28
Destiny (feat. Sub Focus & Jozzy) 4:03
I Choose You 2:59
Broken Bottles 3:37
Blend (feat. Rudimental & Afronaut Zu) 3:26
Let Me Hold You feat. Hybrid Minds 3:23
Look At Me Go (feat. Darren Styles) 3:46
Don't Care What People Say 3:26
Complicated 3:47
Free 3:21
I See The Future In Your Eyes 4:15
Waiting All Day To Get To You 2:55
Power (feat. Urbandawn) 3:46
Float 3:20
Dreaming Of You (feat. Elias) 3:07
Everybody Loves The Sunshine (feat. Daddy Waku & Chantal Kashala) 3:21
Basic Instinct 3:57

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2020.10.28 12:44 readingrachelx Housewife highlights/Daily shit talk - October 28th, 2020

"Eboni K. Williams may be new to the “Real Housewives of New York,” but that’s not going to stop her from being herself.
The “Holding Court with Eboni K. Williams” podcast host, 37, announced earlier this month that she was joining “RHONY” as its first black cast member — and told Page Six in an exclusive interview that she’s excited to bring a new perspective to the show when Season 13 premieres in 2021.
“I’m a huge fan of the entire ‘Housewives’ franchise,” Williams said. “But it was so glaringly obvious to me and I think the rest of the country that you can’t have a show about New York and not have a black woman’s lens represented … So for 12 years, that had been the case. I do think people were making efforts around it. I’m not sure as to why it never happened until now.”
The attorney said “it’s been an adjustment” for her to share her personal life on camera, but Season 13 “is gonna be unlike anything ‘RHONY’ fans have ever seen.”
“You know, of course, the obvious thing is I’m black. Eboni K. Williams, nice to meet you. Right? And we will have those conversations because they’re authentic. Because they’re relevant. Because we can’t not have them, especially in this moment where our country is going through a racial revolution. And I think it’s overdue,” she said.
While Garcelle Beauvais said she felt “pressure” when she joined “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” as its first black cast member, Williams said she looks at her experience differently.
“I call it a gracious responsibility because I am new to ‘Housewives.’ I am new to Bravo. But I’m actually not new to being the first black woman in a space,” she said. “I’m not very rainbows and sunshine and kumbaya. That’s just not my style.”
She also said that adding more diversity to the show is better for everyone’s “bottom line.”
“So when we talk — I talk about diversity and increasing opportunities for black people in this country specifically, it’s really not about like, ‘Oh, it’s the right thing to do…’ I don’t really think that argument works because if that were the case, if people were gonna do what was the right thing to do, it would’ve been done a long time ago. So the argument that I really stick to is it’s good for business. It is good for business to make the pie bigger. It is good for everybody’s bottom line to have an offering of content,” she said.
“An offering of whatever it is, if it’s law, if it’s academia, if it’s finance and real estate, in this case, television, where more people get to see themselves and their experience is represented in a fuller way because it’s not displacing white people. It’s not like they kicked off all the white ‘Housewives’ to bring me on.”
The television host is currently recuperating from a cast trip to the Hamptons, which she said was like “last year’s Hamptons trip times, at least one hundred.”
During last year’s trip to Ramona Singer’s home, Leah McSweeney ended up throwing tiki torches around the backyard after the women got drunk and she ended up naked in the pool with Sonja Morgan and Tinsley Mortimer.
“I feel like I know everybody a lot better,” she added. “And I think they know me a lot better. So here we go!”
She noted that social distancing measures and precautions were taken for the trip and whenever the women are filming, especially since a crew member tested positive for COVID-19 earlier in production.
Williams teased that fans can get to know her ahead of Season 13 by reading her book, “Pretty Powerful: Appearance, Substance, and Success,” but that they can look forward to seeing “a fuller woman that is looking to define family for herself. That loves love and is not going to give up on love. That is, I have a very strong sense of humor that some people get some people don’t. We’ll see. And I just have a big heart.”
"Bethenny Frankel interviewed Hillary Clinton for her new podcast, “Just B With Bethenny.”
In September, Clinton, 73, tweeted, “Couldn’t ask for better company,” when her own podcast, “You and Me Both With Hillary Clinton,” was featured alongside Frankel’s as a top-ranking podcast. Frankel, 49, reposted the tweet on her Instagram.
“I was humbled and flabbergasted when she agreed to be a guest,” the former “Real Housewives of New York” star wrote on Instagram on Tuesday. “This is a conversation with no agenda. She didn’t ask for questions ahead of time, nothing was off limits, and she agreed to talk for 45 minutes—a lot of time for a busy woman.”
Frankel reiterated that their discussion was not political, but rather a conversation “between two opinionated, intelligent, and often polarizing women.”
On the new episode, Frankel asked Clinton for her mantra, stating that her own was either “Come from a place of yes,” “Pros play hurt”‘ or, “If you can’t run with the big dogs, stay chained to the porch.”
“Mine is, ‘Keep going and be grateful,'” Clinton responded (via People). “When you’re knocked down, which everybody is, you’ve got to find a way to get back up. Maybe you get to your knees first and then you grab on something, you pull yourself up. Keep going and be grateful. Everyday.”
Frankel, who quit “RHONY” in August 2019, added that she has “never loved any job that I have had more.”
“I have already learned so much about myself, life, success, relationships, and how infinitely similar and different we are at the same time,” the former reality star said. “If we only listen to people with our own point of view, we will be stuck inside our own heads talking to different versions of ourselves.”
Frankel concluded by saying she is “proud” of her interviews and “grateful for the time that I am given to explore the many nontraditional routes to success.”
Her former “RHONY” co-star Dorinda Medley commented, “Impressive."
“Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen” is a rollicking talk show on Bravo. Its host, Mr. Cohen, is the network’s in-house yenta and debate moderator among its many warring reality TV personalities.
Typical topics of conversation in his delightful, boozy clubhouse used to include whether the guests have had plastic surgery and whether they would burn outfits they wore in the 1990s. But since it’s 2020, Mr. Cohen grills his guests on whether their castmates are practicing safe coronavirus hygiene.
“Which housewife was most guilty of not following proper social distancing guidelines?” Mr. Cohen recently asked Shannon Storms Beador, of “The Real Housewives of Orange County,” a show in its 15th season that follows the travails of six mostly blonde women as they live, laugh, love and throw wine at each other in Southern California.
Ms. Beador replied, “Kelly Dodd,” and Mr. Cohen said, “I’m stunned!” his voice dripping with faux shock.
Ms. Dodd — who now goes by her married name, Leventhal, on social media — has been skeptical about mask wearing on Instagram, and when several of her more than 900,000 followers challenged her, she snapped back: “it’s not a pandemic anymore!! Did you read the CDC numbers!! My platform isn’t to be a sheep [sheep emoji] my platform is to be an independent thinker!”
Ms. Leventhal is not the only reality star to be criticized for her coronavirus hygiene, or lack thereof. Big Ed of “90 Day Fiancé” on TLC was taken to task on social media for cozying up to fans without a mask. Kristin Cavallari, the star of “Very Cavallari,” which recently finished its final season on the E! Network, was slammed for taking a luxury trip to the Bahamas in mid-March, after parts of the United States were put on lockdown.
But Ms. Leventhal does stand out for her very vocal skepticism of masks, and longtime viewers have noticed, with some podcasters and fan pages boycotting the new season of her show in part because of her spread of coronavirus misinformation. (The Times tried to contact Ms. Leventhal for comment through Bravo, and the network said she was not available.)
She’s not the only one super-spreading anti-mask sentiments. Siggy Flicker, a former Real Housewife of New Jersey, has posted anti-mask memes on her Instagram, which has more than 400,000 followers.
In a comment about masks, she wrote: “i hate them and only wear them when i need to walk into a restaurant or supermarket. how do you feel about being a beautiful sheep.” Some of Ms. Flicker’s views go far beyond an opposition to masks. She has also used QAnon-related slogans on social media and has posted misinformation about the source of Covid-19.
If you have made it this far into the article and are not already an obsessive fan of reality TV, you may be thinking: Who cares what these people say about coronavirus? But there is research that shows the health-related behaviors of reality stars can affect viewers’ behavior, and now that these personalities have popular social media platforms, their claims have an unmediated reach as we hit another peak in coronavirus cases.
With the caveat that we don’t really know the impact of mask wearing from influencers because the pandemic is so new, “reality TV research has been linked to health behavior for the past couple of decades,” said Mark Flynn, an associate professor of communication and media studies at Emmanuel College in Boston. Mr. Flynn has published research on reality stars drinking, smoking and sexual activity, as well as the impact of social media on body image.
There’s also evidence that celebrity endorsement of a discredited link between vaccines and autism has contributed to much more skepticism of vaccines among Americans. It’s also possible that, currently, “these media figures might have an outsize role” in altering our behavior, said Kristen Elmore, a research associate at the Bronfenbrenner Center for Translational Research at Cornell University.
That could be because in-person interactions with friends and family, who are typically influential in our health choices, are curtailed because of the pandemic.
What’s more, viewers can see themselves in reality stars and influencers in a way they don’t with actors on scripted television or movies, even if the reality stars’ lives are more gilded and their houses are supersized.
“Maybe they’re not like me, but they’re still real people,” Mr. Flynn said. And we are watching them live through the coronavirus, just like us. The virus has made an appearance not just on various Housewives franchises, but also on “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” and “90 Day Fiancé.”
Brian J. Moylan, who recaps the Real Housewives franchise for Vulture and wrote an essay about the impact of the pandemic on Bravo shows, believes that reality TV fans exist on a spectrum of sincerity and irony, and the earnest fans are the ones at risk. “I think there are some fans who are very sincere in their fandom and love Kelly Dodd, and they want to be a housewife and have all this drama and have this affluent lifestyle, and they might think: ‘Kelly Dodd’s not wearing a mask and she has a point,’” he said.
But it’s possible that watching reality stars who are spreading virus misinformation get pilloried by commenters and their castmates may be beneficial. Reality show cast members and influencers are what academics refer to as “super-peers,” which means we’re watching them try out risky and outrageous behavior we possibly haven’t experienced ourselves, and seeing what the response is, Mr. Flynn said. If the response is bad, earnest viewers may be deterred from copying them.
“I think that if these characters modeled good behavior, or at least indicated they were concerned about mask wearing and the virus, that would have a positive effect on viewers,” said Peter Christenson, an emeritus professor of rhetoric and media studies at Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Ore.
There has been a lot of good behavior by housewives, too. “The Real Housewives of New York City” filmed an in-person reunion episode, and “all the women tweeted their looks with accompanying masks,” Mr. Moylan said. “It showed people ‘we can be safe and be stylish and bring the housewivesey-ness of it to the pandemic.’”
Mr. Cohen, the Bravo impresario, has also been a beacon of good science, chronicling his own case of the virus in March and pushing back on misinformation during reunions and on “Watch What Happens Live.”
Though there have been reports of filming suspensions because of coronavirus exposures during new seasons of Bravo reality shows, “the health and safety of our cast and crews are our top priority,” a Bravo spokeswoman said. “Our shows have resumed production with comprehensive health and safety plans.”
Of course, our current president is a former reality star, and his messaging on mask wearing has been muddled. As Mr. Christenson pointed out, the president’s rallies, where many maskless Americans congregate without practicing social distancing, are like a reality show unto themselves. “Trump is holding all these in-person events, but they’re also on television, so the effect of that is magnified,” he said.
The politicization of mask wearing is an issue that is playing out both on our screens and in our homes. Mr. Christenson said that reality TV is like “a fun-house mirror”: an image of us as a society, but one that is distorted. You may want to get off this carnival ride, but it doesn’t seem like it’s stopping any time soon."
"Kathy Hilton has joined the cast of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills."
A source confirms to PEOPLE that the mother of Paris Hilton and Nicky Hilton Rothschild will star in the Bravo franchise's upcoming season 11 alongside her sister Kyle Richards. (Their other sister, Kim Richards, previously appeared on RHOBH for five seasons.)
Kyle, 51, addressed the possibility of Kathy, 61, joining the cast back in 2019 during an appearance on Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen following Lisa Vanderpump's exit.
“I mean, I would be happy … I’ve had one sister on, why not have another sister on?” Kyle said. “My sister Kathy is actually — people don’t know this, but she’s one the funniest people there is. She’s a practical joker and she’s very, very funny. So I think she would be an amazing Housewife, actually.”
"Kelly Dodd continued her rant against Rick Leventhal‘s ex-fiancée, Lauren Sivan, on Instagram over the weekend after first taking aim at Lauren in the comments section of one of her Instagram posts last week.
Days after the Real Housewives of Orange County star told Lauren, a Los Angeles-based reporter, that Rick’s daughter Veronica “hated” her and poked fun at Lauren for not having kids of her own, Kelly slammed Lauren as a “stage 5 clinger” and suggested she lied about being sexually harassed by Harvey Weinstein and Roger Ailes as Lauren responded to a fan who labeled Kelly as “jealous.”
On October 23, after seeing a report regarding her feud with Lauren on the Real Housewives Franchise page on Instagram, Kelly, who married Rick earlier this month, fueled the drama between them.
“This chick is such a wanna be stage 5 clinger it’s embarrassing… Rick has text messages telling her to stop glomming on to me and Kelly to gain more followers,” Kelly wrote in a comment. “She friended me first and DM’d me first. She is so desperate for attention she did the [#MeToo] movement. The girl needs to move on get her own marriage and kids. His daughter showed us pics of her head cut [off] because she hated her as a teen. Rick will tell you she never ever raised his kids! She’s a liar. Go [away] desperado you are washed up!!”
After a fan came across Kelly’s comment and suggested she was giving Lauren a “bigger platform” by creating drama with her, Kelly agreed with the woman before proceeding to diss Lauren again.
“You are right!! She’s so beneath me!! Washed up loser in life,” Kelly wrote along with a heart emoji.
While Lauren didn’t react to Kelly’s statements in the comments section of the post, she did respond to a fan on her own Instagram page who accused Kelly of acting out because she’s “jealous.”
“Looking through your IG I get why Kelly is jealous, you’re beautiful, young and you did something right because your step children still love you,” the fan commented. “I’m sorry you have to deal with Sociopath Kelly. And why is she stalking you? Because she is jealous.”
“Honestly no idea,” Lauren replied.
Rick and Lauren got engaged after one year of dating before calling off their 2006 wedding without an explanation."
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2020.10.27 23:01 u_madi_bro Finding the Andersons

My most stubborn brick walls are my great-great-grandparents, Charles and Helene Anderson. I've known their names from the minute my grandparents knew I was interested in finding them. For a long time, I was fine knowing next to nothing about them, but then again I was coursing down my grandfather's paternal line, so what did it matter if the Anderson's waited? Not good enough now, so I'm asking for help, especially because their descendants are relatively few and far between, and I might be the only one trying to find them anymore.
So, here's what I know:
Charles Adolf Ingaman Anderson m. Helen Walstad, and had at least one daughter - Harriet, my great grandmother. Helen was said to be an orphan, and to have a brother that stayed in Norway with the aim of being an artist. She (and her unknown brother) was said to have lived with a priest's family back in Norway, and upon the death of the head of the household, they were both given money in the will. That is all the information my grandparents had, but it got me started.
Minnesota Marriage records have Chas A Anderson marrying Helene T Walstad 10 Jul 1893 in Hennepin County, Minnesota. The original doc has two witnesses, Albert Wold and Alice Christianson, but as far as I can tell, they're not relatives, so provide no hints.
Church records from Trinity Lutheran in Minneapolis have Chas A J Anderson & M. Helene baptizing 3 children, all on 3 Dec 1899: Clarence Herbert (born 2 Aug 1894), Arthur William (born 22 Aug 1896), and Harriet (born 5 Aug 1899). The sponsors are listed as Georg Wagner, Bertha Wagner, and Alice Olson. The next row in the record has Georg and Bertha's child's baptism record, in which Charles and Helene are listed as sponsors, but again, none of these sponsors screams family.
The Minnesota 1895 Census has more leads but they're so vague it hurts. There are extra Andersons at the same address, but they are just as likely to be total strangers & neighbors/boarders as they are to be family, given the age gap and the fact that they were born in Minnesota before Charles was living in Minnesota. They lived at 1221 9th Street South. Charles AJ, Helen, and Clarence, all of the right ages. Charles is listed as a resident for only 6 years, 6 months, so I'm not sure if that's an immigration date, or he was somewhere else in the country for a while.
US Census of 1900 has the other kids and a little more info, including the fact that they live near the Deaconess' Institute in Minneapolis. Charles is listed as arriving in 1880 and being naturalized, but I haven't found that record yet. Helen is listed as arriving in 1890, but it's not marked whether she was also naturalized.
The Minnesota 1905 Census has the family as a whole, but the people in their building have varying last names, so again, likely just neighbors. They were living at 1312 Twenty Fourth Street by this time, but there's not much information. Charles is listed as being in Minnesota for 20 years, but again, it's unclear. Helen is listed with 18 years.
Then, tragedy. Charles' obituary shows up in the 17 Jan 1907 edition of the Star Tribune and reads: "Charles A Anderson died yesterday at the Norwegian Deaconess’ hospital. He was 44 years old, and leaves a widow and three children. Funeral services at 2pm Saturday from the residence, 1314 East Twenty-fourth street. Interment at Layman’s."
Searching the records for Layman's Cemetery has been no help, I can't find him under Chas, Charles, or any of his supposed names, but I did find his death record with the Minnesota Historical Society, and have ordered it, but nothing back from them yet. (Edit to add) I did think to see if the Deaconess’ Institute kept records on their patients, but so far I haven’t found any. Minnesota Historical Society has records in their library, but they seem to be more about the nuns and the institute than the patients. Might be an avenue to try in the future but not urgent right now.
Helen and the kids show up on the 1910 Census at the same address as before. Helen is listed as widowed and working as a laundress, the kids are all in school, nothing useful to go backward in time, but it's helping me flush out the kids' trees & lives.
Again, Helen's on the 1920 Census, this time with only Clarence and Arthur. She's still a laundress for a private family, Clarence isn't working, and Arthur is driving for Express Co. By that time, Harriet had married my great-grandpa, so that makes sense.
The well ran dry for Helen on Ancestry, so I started looking at the kids, thinking maybe I could get somewhere. Found Clarence's draft card pretty quick, but nothing about his family there. Found more about Arthur, who may have been wounded in WWI, but haven't verified. He did marry, a woman named Alice, and had a son, Arthur R., then passed in 1962. I'll be doing more research there, but haven't done too much, because I'm still going up the tree, not down.
Moved over to Family Search. Found more detail on Arthur's service in WWI in a Family Search Index. Here's where it got interesting. Father's birthplace: Christiania (Olso), Norway. Mother's birthplace: Stavanger, Norway. Checked Clarence's service record to see if he would verify it, but he only listed them as being born in Norway. Clearly, Arthur was the detail-oriented brother.
But! I have hometowns... maybe. If Arthur was right.
So, I start looking through the wiki's for Norweigan Genealogy, and I swear I've looked everywhere for Helen and Charles, but I'm getting no bites. I even succumbed to looking at Ancestry family trees... and I may have discovered that Walstad is an Americanized version of Vølstad, that Helen's "middle" name (really patronym, but Ancestry doesn't have a good way to track that) might be either Thoresdatter or Torgersdatter, but I don't trust trees, especially since not one of them is sourced. But... I did find Vølstad on a map in Rogaland, the same area of Norway as Stavanger. Knowing some Norwegian names are farm names, I started to dig there, and find that Vølstad was indeed a farm, and there is a farm book for it, but no one's biting on my Inter Library Loan so far. I searched the digital archives for Helen Vølstad in both Stavanger and the town containing the farm, but no dice. No dice on the guessed patronyms, either. So far, can't figure out when Helen died, so I haven't found a death certificate. I don't even know whether she actually was an orphan, or if she had a brother who stayed in Norway to become an artist. There are DNA matches along that family line, and I've checked them and their trees out, but again, the ones that track the Vølstads don't have any sources and aren't actually descended from Helen's supposed parents, so they're not too keen on accuracy. I haven't found an obvious Anderson match either, so no luck there.
What am I missing? I feel well and truly blocked.
Edit to add: This community is wonderful. You guys came in and smashed my brick wall in under two days. Forever grateful.
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2020.10.27 06:53 canadianbacon_77 Tired of no Leafs hockey? Keep track of the Leafs prospects/players that are currently playing in Europe and the QMJHL!

Players (Age) - League Country/Province of Origin

Joe Thornton (41) - Switzerland
Denis Malgin (23) - Switzerland

Prospects (Age) - League Country/Province of Origin

Mikko Lehtonen (26) - Russia
Filip Hallander (20) - Sweden
Mac Hollowell (22) - Finland
Mikhail Abramov (19) - Quebec
Semyon Der-Arguchintsev (20) - Russia
Mikko Kokkonen (19) - Finland
Filip Kral (21) - Czech Republic
Yegor Korshkov (24) - Russia
Pontus Holmberg (21) - Sweden
Kristians Rubins (22) - Denmark
Kalle Loponen (19) - Finland
Eemeli Rasanen (21) - Finland
Semyon Kizimov (20) - Russia
Vladislav Kara (22) - Russia
Vladimir Bobylyov (23) - Russia
Nikolai Chebykin (23) - Russia
Fabrice Herzog (25) - Switzerland

2020 NHL Draft Prospects (Age) - League Country/Province of Origin

#15 Rodion Amirov*\* (19) - Russia
#59 Roni Hirvonen (18) - Finland
#64 Topi Niemela\* (18) - Finland
#106 Artur Akhtyamov (18) - Russia
#122 William Villeneuve (18) - Quebec
#137 Dmitri Ovchinnikov (18) - Russia
#177 Axel Rindell (20) - Finland


NHL Projections
DY: Draft year.
DY+1: Year after draft year. If drafted after one's DY+1 season, one is considered a single overager.
DY+2: Two years after draft year. If drafted after one's DY+2 season, one is considered a double overager.
Sv%: Save Percentage
KHL (Russian NHL): Kontinental Hockey League
VHL (Russian AHL): Vysshaya Hokkeinaya Liga
MHL (Russian Juniors): Molodezhnaya Hokkeinaya Liga
SHL (Swedish NHL): Swedish Hockey League
Liiga (Finnish NHL)
Mestis (Finnish AHL)
Edit (October 28, 2020): Added Hollowell as it was announced that he would be playing in Finland.
Edit (November 24, 2020): Removed Lehtonen as it was announced that he would be leaving Russia to prepare for the start of the NHL season.
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