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Get Ready... Something Really Cool Is Coming Soon. Login Brazilian Day in New York: An outstanding event, gathering not only Brazilian communities from all over the US, but also Brazilians from other countries who make special trips to New York for this celebration, as well as New Yorkers, Americans and other international communities. This much anticipated, some might say legendary, event was created by one of the most influential persons in New ... Furthermore Orlando will join all the other Brazilian communities in the United States that celebrate the “Brazilian Day” always one Sunday before the anniversary of its independence. On September 4, the public will be able to enjoy, try and purchase the following Brazilian items: I. Art and culture . Paintings; Sculptures ; Ceramics Brazilian Festival Info: 9th Brazilian Festival of Pompano Beach. Saturday: December 12 , 2020. Sunday: December 13, 2020. Time: 12pm to 11pm (Sat), 12pm to 11pm (Sun) Location: Pompano Beach Community Park 820 NE 18th Ave. (N.E. 10th St. & U.S.1) Pompano Beach, FL 33060 O Brazilian Day Orlando é um festival com sua feira de produtos diversificados com o objetivo de divulgar e celebrar a cultura brasileira na região, criando a oportunidade de apresentar os produtos nacionais industrializados, além de música, literatura, culinária, artesanato e outros com uma programação artístico-cultural com shows ao vivo para adultos e crianças. The Brazilian Day is considered one of the biggest Brazilian festivities outside Brazil which began in 1984 on 46th Street, also known as “Little Brazil”, in remembrance of Brazil’s Independence Day. The festival grew in size each year and now stretches across Sixth Avenue from 42nd Street to Central Park. We are an authentic Brazilian steakhouse as bold as Texas. That's why all of our meats are cooked the gaucho way - over an open flame with natural wood charcoal. Flame-Grilled Meats. Chef-crafted Salad Area. You Deserve Desserts. Pouring the finest Wines & Spirits. See full menu. The Brazilian embassy in Washington declined to comment. ... Bolsonaro’s four-day visit to Florida began with a dinner at Mar-a-Lago on Saturday with Trump, followed by a visit to the U.S ... 7º Brazilian Day Orlando Festival, dia 19 de maio de 2019 na cidade de Orlando, Flórida, no Lake Eola, local oficial dos grandes eventos da cidade, Downtown Orlando. Formato Programação artístico-cultural com shows ao vivo para crianças e adultos. Feira de produtos diversificados com o objetivo de divulgar e celebrar a cultura brasileira na região, criando a oportunidade de apresentar ... Brazilian Day Orlando. Date: Sunday, September 9, 2018 ; Time: 12:00 p.m. Location: Walt Disney Amphitheater at Lake Eola Park 512 East Washington Street Orlando Florida Add to Outlook Add to Google Calendar . About This Event. Celebrate Brazilian Independence Day! ...
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2020.09.25 20:22 MermaidWombatThank you for the lulz
Welp, I just wanted to first start off by saying thank you to all you nice folks. I don’t really have any friends; thought my boyfriend of two and a half years was my BFF up until I found out he cheated on me two weeks ago (hooray cries). Anyway, I watch 90 Day Fiasco because it’s hilarious and I may or may not like to indulge in some trash TV during my off time. Having a place to read funny comments, talk some shit, and interact with one another about this trainwreck of a show truly does make me feel better at this shit time in my life. Now.... recap: Family Libby >> Charlie is the epitome of a piece of shit. Loud, rude, entitled, angry, drunk.... have they ever filmed his wife? Is she a hearing woman? How in the fuck can she live with him? Florida..... ASSuelu >> who hurt Tammy to cause her to be such an insufferable cunt? Larissa >> literally looks like Michael Jackson. It pisses me off she doesn’t invest any money into some THERAPY or self help book collection. She’s too stupid to understand changing the outside isn’t a magic wand. So many chicks get tits, nose, whatever the fuck and still feel like shit inside. Sure, it may boost confidence but with someone like Larissa, she won’t be satisfied until she looks like Brazilian Joan Rivers (RIP).
People think they know everything about slavery in the United States, but they don’t. They think the majority of African slaves came to the American colonies, but they didn’t. They talk about 400 years of slavery, but it wasn’t. They claim all Southerners owned slaves, but they didn’t. Some argue it was all a long time ago, but it wasn’t. Slavery has been in the news a lot lately. From the discovery of the auction of 272 enslaved people that enabled Georgetown University to remain in operation to the McGraw-Hill textbook controversy over calling slaves “workers from Africa” and the slavery memorial being built at the University of Virginia, Americans are having conversations about this difficult period in American history. Some of these dialogues have been wrought with controversy and conflict, like the University of Tennessee student who challenged her professor’s understanding of enslaved families. As a scholar of slavery at the University of Texas at Austin, I welcome the public debates and connections the American people are making with history. However, there are still many misconceptions about slavery, as evidenced by the conflict at the University of Tennessee. I’ve spent my career dispelling myths about “the peculiar institution.” The goal in my courses is not to victimize one group and celebrate another. Instead, we trace the history of slavery in all its forms to make sense of the origins of wealth inequality and the roots of discrimination today. The history of slavery provides vital context to contemporary conversations and counters the distorted facts, internet hoaxes and poor scholarship I caution my students against. Four myths about slavery Myth One: The majority of African captives came to what became the United States. Truth: Only a little more than 300,000 captives, or 4-6 percent, came to the United States. The majority of enslaved Africans went to Brazil, followed by the Caribbean. A significant number of enslaved Africans arrived in the American colonies by way of the Caribbean, where they were “seasoned” and mentored into slave life. They spent months or years recovering from the harsh realities of the Middle Passage. Once they were forcibly accustomed to slave labor, many were then brought to plantations on American soil. Myth Two: Slavery lasted for 400 years. Popular culture is rich with references to 400 years of oppression. There seems to be confusion between the Transatlantic Slave Trade (1440-1888) and the institution of slavery, confusion only reinforced by the Bible, Genesis 15:13: Then the Lord said to him, ‘Know for certain that for four hundred years your descendants will be strangers in a country not their own and that they will be enslaved and mistreated there.’ Listen to Lupe Fiasco – just one hip-hop artist to refer to the 400 years – in his 2011 imagining of America without slavery, “All Black Everything”:
[Hook] You would never know If you could ever be If you never try You would never see Stayed in Africa We ain’t never leave So there were no slaves in our history Were no slave ships, were no misery, call me crazy, or isn’t he See I fell asleep and I had a dream, it was all black everything [Verse 1] Uh, and we ain’t get exploited White man ain’t feared so he did not destroy it We ain’t work for free, see they had to employ it Built it up together so we equally appointed First 400 years, see we actually enjoyed it
Auctioning slaves in South Carolina. Wikimedia Truth: Slavery was not unique to the United States; it is a part of almost every nation’s history, from Greek and Roman civilizations to contemporary forms of human trafficking. The American part of the story lasted fewer than 400 years. How, then, do we calculate the timeline of slavery in America? Most historians use 1619 as a starting point: 20 Africans referred to as “servants” arrived in Jamestown, Virginia on a Dutch ship. It’s important to note, however, that they were not the first Africans on American soil. Africans first arrived in America in the late 16th century not as slaves but as explorers together with Spanish and Portuguese explorers. [Insight, in your inbox each day. You can get it with The Conversation’s email newsletter.] One of the best-known of these African “conquistadors” was Estevancio, who traveled throughout the Southeast from present-day Florida to Texas. As far as the institution of chattel slavery – the treatment of slaves as property – in the United States, if we use 1619 as the beginning and the 1865 13th Amendment as its end, then it lasted 246 years, not 400. Myth Three: All Southerners owned slaves. Truth: Roughly 25 percent of all Southerners owned slaves. The fact that one-quarter of the southern population were slaveholders is still shocking to many. This truth brings historical insight to modern conversations about inequality and reparations. Take the case of Texas. When it established statehood, the Lone Star State had a shorter period of Anglo-American chattel slavery than other southern states – only 1845 to 1865 – because Spain and Mexico had occupied the region for almost one-half of the 19th century with policies that either abolished or limited slavery. Still, the number of people impacted by wealth and income inequality is staggering. By 1860, the Texas enslaved population was 182,566, but slaveholders represented 27 percent of the population, and controlled 68 percent of the government positions and 73 percent of the wealth. These are astonishing figures, but today’s income gap in Texas is arguably more stark, with 10 percent of tax filers taking home 50 percent of the income. Myth Four: Slavery was a long time ago. Truth: African-Americans have been free in this country for less time than they were enslaved. Do the math: Blacks have been free for 152 years, which means that most Americans are only two to three generations away from slavery. This is not that long ago. Over this same period, however, former slaveholding families have built their legacies on the institution and generated wealth that African-Americans have not had access to because enslaved labor was forced. Segregation maintained wealth disparities, and overt and covert discrimination limited African-American recovery efforts. The value of slaves Economists and historians have examined detailed aspects of the enslaved experience for as long as slavery existed. My own work enters this conversation by looking at the value of individual slaves and the ways enslaved people responded to being treated as a commodity. They were bought and sold just like we sell cars and cattle today. They were gifted, deeded and mortgaged the same way we sell houses today. They were itemized and insured the same way we manage our assets and protect our valuables. Extensive Sale of Choice Slaves, New Orleans 1859, Girardey, C.E. Natchez Trace Collection, Broadside Collection, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History Enslaved people were valued at every stage of their lives, from before birth until after death. Slaveholders examined women for their fertility and projected the value of their “future increase.” As the slaves grew up, enslavers assessed their value through a rating system that quantified their work. An “A1 Prime hand” represented one term used for a “first-rate” slave who could do the most work in a given day. Their values decreased on a quarter scale from three-fourths hands to one-fourth hands, to a rate of zero, which was typically reserved for elderly or differently abled bondpeople (another term for slaves). For example, Guy and Andrew, two prime males sold at the largest auction in U.S. history in 1859, commanded different prices. Although similar in “all marketable points in size, age, and skill,” Guy was US$1,280 while Andrew sold for $1,040 because “he had lost his right eye.” A reporter from the New York Tribune noted “that the market value of the right eye in the Southern country is $240.” Enslaved bodies were reduced to monetary values assessed from year to year and sometimes from month to month for their entire lifespan and beyond. By today’s standards, Andrew and Guy would be worth about $33,000-$40,000. Slavery was an extremely diverse economic institution, one that extracted unpaid labor out of people in a variety of settings – from small single-crop farms and plantations to urban universities. This diversity was also reflected in their prices. And enslaved people understood they were treated as commodities. “I was sold away from mammy at three years old,” recalled Harriett Hill of Georgia. “I remembers it! It lack selling a calf from the cow,” she shared in a 1930s interview with the Works Progress Administration. “We are human beings,” she told her interviewer. Those in bondage understood their status. Even though Harriet Hill was too little to remember her price when she was three, she recalled being sold for $1,400 at age nine or 10: “I never could forget it.” Slavery in popular culture Slavery is part and parcel of American popular culture, but for 40 years the television miniseries Roots was the primary visual representation of the institution, except for a handful of independent (and not widely known) films such as Haile Gerima’s “Sankofa” or the Brazilian “Quilombo.” Today, from grassroots initiatives such as the interactive Slave Dwelling Project, where school-aged children spend the night in slave cabins, to comic skits on Saturday Night Live, slavery is front and center. In 2016 A&E and History released the reimagined miniseries “Roots: The Saga of an American Family,” which reflected four decades of new scholarship. Steve McQueen’s “12 Years a Slave” was a box office success in 2013, actress Azia Mira Dungey made headlines with the popular web series called “Ask a Slave,” and “The Underground” – a series about runaway slaves and abolitionists – was a hit for its network WGN America. With less than one year of operation, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History, which devotes several galleries to the history of slavery, has had more than one million visitors. The elephant that sits at the center of our history is coming into focus. American slavery happened – we are still living with its consequences. I believe we are finally ready to face it, learn about it and acknowledge its significance to American history. [You’re too busy to read everything. We get it. That’s why we’ve got a weekly newsletter. Sign up for good Sunday reading.] Editor’s note: This is an updated version of an article that originally appeared on Oct. 21, 2014.
Hi everyone! Hearts for the Homeless International is a student-led nonprofit organization that provides free blood-pressure screening opportunities and heart health education to homeless populations around the United States and globally. We are a team of undergraduate students, medical students, PhD students, medical doctors, and other professionals who are invested in improving the well-being of homeless communities around the world- including yours. H4H was originally founded by students at the University of Central Florida and has since grown into an international organization with over 15 chapters across the United States, Brazil, and India. With your passion, we aim to work with you to help you positively impact your homeless community. Together, we can better fulfill our goal of improving the condition of humanity! We are interested in working with student leaders who want to innovate, to serve, and to enact change. For student leaders who are interested, all we ask is for your time, leadership, and compassion. We will take care of the rest. The lives you will change, the friends you will make, and the experiences you will gain will be invaluable. The work of our students has helped so many, and for this reason, it has been recognized by the US Congress, the Brazilian government, President Clinton, educational and medical institutions, and other non-profit institutions as well. Some of our other significant achievements include leading an effort to rescue the homeless in multiple cities from hurricanes, partnering with Shark Tank’s Bombas Socks, as well as being published by Forbes Magazine. We want to be able to help serve the disempowered homeless community in Hawaii. According to the most recent counts, Hawaii has over 6,000 people experiencing homelessness every day. As the Hearts for the Homeless Honolulu President, you will positively impact your community with a great international team supporting your drive to help others and implementing any great ideas you suggest. Are you interested in being a H4H leader that makes a difference in your community? Use our response sheet, and let us know! https://goo.gl/forms/CSHqrij5XZ5XmBZ73 If you do not receive an email response from us within 24 hours, please check your spam folder as it may appear there. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at [[email protected]](mailto:[email protected]), and we will be sure to get back to you! Below is more information about what we do! SERIOUS INQUIRIES ONLY! For those interested in learning more about what we do, please reference the following media hyperlinks highlighting the work of our fantastic student leaders and homeless friends around the world.
Some of our chapters in the US currently in operation include: ● University of Central Florida (Orlando, FL) ● University of Florida (Gainesville, FL) ● Florida State University (Tallahassee, FL) ● University of South Florida (Tampa, FL) ● University of North Texas (Dallas/Denton, TX) ● Cedarville University (Dayton, OH) ● University of Texas (Austin, TX) ● University of Virginia (Charlottesville, VA) ● Boston University (Boston, MA) ● Loyola University (Chicago, IL) ● University of North Carolina Chapel Hill (Chapel Hill, NC) H4H Gainesville member Christina taking care of one of our homeless friends.
Hi everyone! Hearts for the Homeless International is a student-led nonprofit organization that provides free blood-pressure screening opportunities and heart health education to homeless populations around the United States and globally. We are a team of undergraduate students, medical students, PhD students, medical doctors, and other professionals who are invested in improving the well-being of homeless communities around the world- including yours. H4H was originally founded by students at the University of Central Florida and has since grown into an international organization with over 15 chapters across the United States, Brazil, and India. With your passion, we aim to work with you to help you positively impact your homeless community. Together, we can better fulfill our goal of improving the condition of humanity! We are interested in working with student leaders who want to innovate, to serve, and to enact change. For student leaders who are interested, all we ask is for your time, leadership, and compassion. We will take care of the rest. The lives you will change, the friends you will make, and the experiences you will gain will be invaluable. The work of our students has helped so many, and for this reason, it has been recognized by the US Congress, the Brazilian government, President Clinton, educational and medical institutions, and other non-profit institutions as well. Some of our other significant achievements include leading an effort to rescue the homeless in multiple cities from hurricanes, partnering with Shark Tank’s Bombas Socks, as well as being published by Forbes Magazine. We want to be able to help serve the disempowered homeless community in Knoxville. According to the most recent counts, Tennessee has over 7,000 people experiencing homelessness every day. As the Hearts for the Homeless Knoxville President, you will positively impact your community with a great international team supporting your drive to help others and implementing any great ideas you suggest. Are you interested in being a H4H leader that makes a difference in your community? Use our response sheet, and let us know! https://goo.gl/forms/CSHqrij5XZ5XmBZ73 If you do not receive an email response from us within 24 hours, please check your spam folder as it may appear there. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at [[email protected]](mailto:[email protected]), and we will be sure to get back to you! Below is more information about what we do! SERIOUS INQUIRIES ONLY! For those interested in learning more about what we do, please reference the following media hyperlinks highlighting the work of our fantastic student leaders and homeless friends around the world.
Some of our chapters in the US currently in operation include: ● University of Central Florida (Orlando, FL) ● University of Florida (Gainesville, FL) ● Florida State University (Tallahassee, FL) ● University of South Florida (Tampa, FL) ● University of North Texas (Dallas/Denton, TX) ● Cedarville University (Dayton, OH) ● University of Texas (Austin, TX) ● University of Virginia (Charlottesville, VA) ● Boston University (Boston, MA) ● Loyola University (Chicago, IL) ● University of North Carolina Chapel Hill (Chapel Hill, NC) H4H Gainesville member Christina taking care of one of our homeless friends.
As western states suffer through the worst wildfire season in recorded history, we as Americans have two choices: Reckon with the climate emergency that’s already upon us, or blame Antifa. (Go with your gut, don't overthink it.)
At least 15 people have died in the dozens of unprecedented wildfires raging along the west coast. The fires have burned through more than three-million acres in California, and destroyed entire communities in Oregon and Washington. With two large fires in Oregon threatening to merge, 500,000 people statewide—more than ten percent of the state’s population—have been ordered to evacuate. And in the middle of an uncontained respiratory epidemic, millions of people are breathing in toxic, smoke-filled air. Not ideal, on the whole!
The president, who today found time to congratulate a bank on forcing its employees back into the office, has had nothing to say about the inferno consuming a large swath of the country. It’s no mystery why—this particular swath holds no electoral value to him, so to hell with it. We refer once again back to the time Trump tried to withhold federal aid to California during the devastating 2018 wildfires because voters in the state hadn’t supported him. (Never mind that many of the rural residents being forced from their homes did in fact vote for Trump; they’re irrelevant to his re-election, and thus irrelevant to him.)
Not only is Trump deeply uninterested in disasters affecting blue states, his nonstop fear-mongering has made the situation more dangerous. False rumors that left-wing activists have started fires in Oregon have proliferated on social media, fueled by a post from the anonymous account at the heart of the QAnon conspiracy theory. Oregon authorities, who have been inundated with calls about the rumors, have had to beg people to stop spreading misinformation that’s putting extra strain on first responders and encouraging some credulous conservatives to defy evacuation orders.
That’s part of a larger pattern: As wildfires get worse and the climate emergency becomes harder to dismiss out of hand, conspiracies have become the new frontier of denial.
Bonkers wildfire conspiracy theories have cropped up around the world over the past year, with some Australian communities and Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro blaming environmentalists and leftists for their respective blazes. Some of the Antifa rumors around the Oregon fires, like this Twitter thread from a Turning Point USA representative, explicitly deny that the fires were the result of climate change.
In reality, the mechanism is incredibly straightforward. As greenhouse-gas emissions raise temperatures (see: California’s recent triple-digit heat waves), forests and vegetation dry out, creating prime conditions for fast-moving fires. Six of the largest wildfires in California’s history have occurred this year. and if we re-elect the guy with a passion for environmental deregulation, the impacts will keep accelerating. As one climate scientist told Buzzfeed, “This is very much a way station on the path to a new future. We have not reached the peak. In fact, no one knows where the peak is.”
It’s a little heavy-handed as a metaphor, but here in the waning months of Donald Trump’s first (and, please god, final) term in office, the country is on fire and for millions of people, the sky is no longer blue. There is exactly one way this gets better.
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Under The Radar
There are many ways to mark the anniversary of 9/11: You might think back on where you were, read oral histories of the day, or, if you’re the Trump administration, admit to defunding a health program for 9/11 first responders. A Thursday New York Daily News report revealed that the Treasury Department has secretly withheld nearly $4 million from a program for FDNY firefighters and medics suffering from 9/11-related illness. Treasury spokeswoman Rebecca Miller acknowledged today that the administration siphoned off money from the program to cover some of the city’s Medicare debt. Miller blamed “this really unfortunate situation” on “administrative hurdles,” but couldn’t explain why the program’s overseer, who had been asking the Treasury about the redirected funds for years, never received an answer.
ICE flew immigrant detainees to Virginia this summer in order to more quickly transfer tactical border teams to inflame protests, and as a result, fueled a major coronavirus outbreak. According to a DHS official, the primary reason the detainees were transferred was to circumvent rules that bar ICE employees from traveling on charter flights unless detainees are also aboard. Dozens of the people moved tested positive for the coronavirus after their arrival at an immigration jail in Virginia; the outbreak infected more than 300 inmates at the facility, one of whom died. A useful story to tell your grandchildren one day when you’re trying to explain the Trump administration’s cruelty towards immigrants, failure to contain a deadly virus, and descent into fascism in the span of one TikTok, or whatever the kids are watching on their Elon Musk brain implants by then.
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Is That Hope I Feel?
Nobody make any sudden moves, but absentee voting has begun in North Carolina, and it’s...going...well? Gov. Gavin Newsom (D-CA) has signed a bill that will make it easier for formerly incarcerated volunteer firefighters to have their records expunged, the first step towards them becoming professional firefighters. The Sunrise Movement has unveiled a slate of 18 congressional endorsements in a bid to unseat GOP climate-change deniers. Predictably, Democrats have been dominating absentee ballot requests, and promisingly, Democrats who didn’t vote in 2016 have been requesting ballots at a much higher rate than their GOP counterparts. (If you feel the creeping warmth of complacency, slap yourself in the face and click here.)
Hi everyone! Hearts for the Homeless International is a student-led nonprofit organization that provides free blood-pressure screening opportunities and heart health education to homeless populations around the United States and globally. We are a team of undergraduate students, medical students, PhD students, medical doctors, and other professionals who are invested in improving the well-being of homeless communities around the world- including yours. H4H was originally founded by students at the University of Central Florida and has since grown into an international organization with over 15 chapters across the United States, Brazil, and India. With your passion, we aim to work with you to help you positively impact your homeless community. Together, we can better fulfill our goal of improving the condition of humanity! We are interested in working with student leaders who want to innovate, to serve, and to enact change. For student leaders who are interested, all we ask is for your time, leadership, and compassion. We will take care of the rest. The lives you will change, the friends you will make, and the experiences you will gain will be invaluable. The work of our students has helped so many, and for this reason, it has been recognized by the US Congress, the Brazilian government, President Clinton, educational and medical institutions, and other non-profit institutions as well. Some of our other significant achievements include leading an effort to rescue the homeless in multiple cities from hurricanes, partnering with Shark Tank’s Bombas Socks, as well as being published by Forbes Magazine. We want to be able to help serve the struggling homeless community in Manhattan and cities nearby. According to the most recent counts, Manhattan has hundreds of people experiencing homelessness every day. As the Hearts for the Homeless Manhattan President, you will positively impact your community with a great international team supporting your drive to help others and implementing any great ideas you suggest. Are you interested in being a H4H leader that makes a difference in your community? Use our response sheet, and let us know! https://goo.gl/forms/CSHqrij5XZ5XmBZ73 If you do not receive an email response from us within 24 hours, please check your spam folder as it may appear there. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at [[email protected]](mailto:[email protected]), and we will be sure to get back to you! Below is more information about what we do! SERIOUS INQUIRIES ONLY! For those interested in learning more about what we do, please reference the following media hyperlinks highlighting the work of our fantastic student leaders and homeless friends around the world.
Some of our chapters in the US currently in operation include: ● University of Central Florida (Orlando, FL) ● University of Florida (Gainesville, FL) ● Florida State University (Tallahassee, FL) ● University of South Florida (Tampa, FL) ● University of North Texas (Dallas/Denton, TX) ● Cedarville University (Dayton, OH) ● University of Texas (Austin, TX) ● University of Virginia (Charlottesville, VA) ● Boston University (Boston, MA) ● Loyola University (Chicago, IL) ● University of North Carolina Chapel Hill (Chapel Hill, NC) H4H Gainesville member Christina taking care of one of our homeless friends.
2020.09.01 00:35 WolfandDragonWriterNeed character critique and help...
Evening all. Was looking into getting a bit of critique and questioning with one of my characters in a story I've been writing. For context; I posted this originally on FantasyWriters, and I got some critique, made some changes, got this version of the character. Problem is, I haven't gotten anything back from anyone, so I thought I'd post it here for feedback. First, a bit of context: I'm working on writing a book, possible the first in a series, that could best be described as Rainbow Six meets Nioh; i.e., military fiction meets both science fiction and fantasy. It takes place in the modern world, with demonic beings cropping up and causing havok. To prevent panic, specialized demon hunters are covertly deployed in the affected areas to hunt and kill the demons. The hunters are made up of people from all walks of life and nationality, from a British SAS soldier, to a Mexican ex-Sicario, to a couple of Scottish civilians that happened to be in the right place at the right time. There are two types of hunters; the first, Summoners, use guardian spirits to track and fight demons. The second, Shifters, transform into a monster (usually just one, although some experienced Shifters can use more than one) in order to combat foes directly, and they can be pretty much any monster from any myth. Everyone tends to follow the mythology of their respective country, and they all have a role they fill in their groups; for instance, the aforementioned SAS is a support gunner and scout, and is based around British mythology, such as King Arthur and Celtic myths. Meanwhile, the ex-Sicario is a sniper, and features Christian, Old West, and even Aztec influences. The story for this character: This guy’s story follows him and an increasing collection of other hunters on a journey across a monster-ravaged America, looking to track down members of the cult responsible. Not counting this guy, the cast includes: Fang: The group’s point woman, leviathan shifter and all-around party girl, hailing from Florida. Rebel: A former gangster, feline shifter, and the group’s stealth expert, hailing from West Virginia. Hazard: The unofficial leader, a crow monster, and a doctor, hailing from parts unknown. Phoenix: A Brazilian-Japanese eagle morph with a fondness for setting things on fire; he’s demolitions. (Before anyone asks, he’s a homage to Epsilon Eagle from Alien Soldier) Castle: A German lion shifter, serving as the heavy weapons guy. Showdown: An avian morph, hailing from Europe; he’s the marksman. Knight: An undead from medieval times, cursed with immortality. Not a shifter, but he is a support gunner. Morrigan: French scientist and canine shifter; serves as the group’s social face. Now, onto the character himself: Note: no name for this guy just yet. The character I was creating is a supernatural detective of sorts; he primarily investigates matters that deal with the occult and supernatural, and regularly deals with creatures and cases from all around the world. He's an Irish-American man, but he's capable of using magics and exorcisms from many different myths, such as Paper Talismans from Shinto, Crosses from Christianity, Cold Iron from Celtic Myth, etc; while it's not exactly usual from a demon hunter to know multiple styles (one of the earlier hunters uses methods from Christianity and Aztec) this character uses more than having been previously seen; his history as a detective means that he had to learn to be versatile. Appearance-wise, he's rather plain; 5'11, medium length brown hair, brown eyes, complexion is a bit pale, and he's a bit skinny. He's usually shown wearing a brown leather jacket, blue jeans, and a pair of tennis shoes. He's meant to invoke the everyman appearance-wise. Personality-wise, he's a bit interesting; although never directly confirmed, he expresses traits similar to those on the autism spectrum. Notably, he struggles to connect with others, particularly emotionally, becomes fixated on certain concepts, a bit literal in both speech and thought process, is unable to properly express himself at points, and shows higher-than-average intelligence. He's very close-mouthed, preferring to not speak unless needed; he's not unkind, however, as he tries to help his group however he can. In fact, he's noted to be much better with monsters than people; he comes across as a bit... detached from humans in general, as a result. That all being said, he can fight when he absolutely needs to; he's a demon hunter for a reason, albeit more suited for books than bullets. Skill-wise, he's rather... anachronistic; he's shown great skill with magic, but gunplay is rather lacking. He' a solid shot with a handgun, if a bit slow, but his skill with long guns is noted to be below average. Unfortunately, his skill in magic doesn't do much to alleviate this; in the time it takes to cast a single fire blast, a moderately skilled gunman could easily walk right up to him and gun him down. There's a reason why magic ended up falling out of favor when guns were made, after all. Ironically, he's shown to be both moderately skilled in stealth, and rather skilled in swordplay. While his unarmed skill could use work, he's quite skilled when it comes to dueling with weaponry, utilizing multiple different fighting styles to overwhelm his opponents. While by no means an expert, he's shown to be able to sneak his way through high-risk situations with some degree of success; he's no Navy Seal, but he can manage. Role-wise, he's more valued in the lab and library than the battlefield; he might be able to fight rather well, but he's not perfect, as his skill in firearms is lacking, and swordplay can only get you so far in the modern day before you start getting outclassed. He's best suited towards research; he's quite skilled at finding information, and has been noted to be a go-to when it comes to looking for information. Group-wise, he often works alongside several other demon hunters; he’s not comfortable working by himself for the most part. Rather ironic, given his dislike of being around others off the field, but he's well aware that it's a bad idea to go into missions by himself; something happens, it's a better idea to have someone to back you up. He's often been noted to struggle finding a role that he feels that he fits into, and tries to emulate the others as best he can; he doesn't like feeling useless. Fitting for someone who comes across as detached from humanity, he's a shifter, although what type of creature he is I'm still trying to figure out. He's been noted to be more comfortable as a monster than a person. (Yes, I did ask this question on a few other boards, but I never got a solid answer, so I'm posting it here) That's the character so far; what do you guys think? Overpowered, snow flakey, etc. Be honest; I would like critique and/or ideas to improve this character in any way possible. Thanks in advance.
2020.08.23 01:40 WombatZeppelinHater's Guide to the 104th Indianapolis 500
Intro: Just like many sports seasons around the world, Indycar was greatly affected by coronavirus. They were just about to kick off the season in St. Petersburg, Florida when the lockdown was ordered on that fateful weekend in mid-March. In quarantine, Indycar, like many other racing series moved to the world of I-Racing which was looking to be a successful endeavor until the Indianapolis race, where some last lap shenanigans occurred and the Indy/F1 online world had a meltdown bigger than Chernobyl, Fukushima, and Three Mile Island combined. I have formulated my own opinions on this matter, but I won’t bore you with those because that isn’t the topic of this script. After that, the season eventually kicked off at Texas in early June and the season has rolled onward from there with very little problems. The schedule has changed around with some track cancellations which lead to some doubleheader weekends with the season now ending in St. Pete instead of beginning there. Still, the big question on everyone’s mind for the season was obviously the Indy 500. As time drew nearer to the big race, Penske and IMS made the decision to drop the attendance number from 50% to 25% and then eventually closed off the track to all fans due to the rising COVID cases in Indiana. But alas, the race is still here. Obviously it will be much different without 300,000 cheering fans but the most important thing of the race festivities is the race itself which is certainly happening. So for the few that care, the extended wait is over. The Greatest Spectacle in Racing is finally happening this Sunday in the new Roger Penske era. It has been a rough first year for Penske as owner as this race will be run without fans among other issues in the world, but at least it’s happening. For this guide, I will be going from 33rd to 1st since no one was bumped this year. I will be discussing more of the race itself and not much about external factors such as contracts and stuff though it will be mentioned from time to time. Be mindful that this will also be more in a Tree style so some of the content might not be as serious as anticipated but I'll try my best. I’m just very passionate about Indycar and would encourage people to watch it. (It’s like F1 but with more action and parity) Hopefully everyone enjoys this nonetheless. So how about we meet our 33 gladiators for this epic event, shall we? Row 11: #81 DragonSpeed, Ben Hanley To be completely honest, if corona wasn’t ravaging the world, you probably wouldn’t have even made it close to getting in. Pre-COVID times, there were talks of a Bump Day that could rival 2019 or 2011 in terms of qualifying being something worth the watch. With talks of drivers like Oriol Servia, Pippa Mann, Stefan Wilson, and Sebastian Bourdais seeking rides, Kyle Kaiser joining back with Juncos Racing, RC Enerson joining as a rookie for the rookie squad of Top Gun Racing, and Penske bringing over Supercar ace Scotty McLaughlin from down under. With your car being 4 mph off of 32nd, I’m getting strong 2012 vibes with the “Slotuses” of Simona de Silvestro and Jean Alesi. Hell, Hanley and DragonSpeed were basically using qualifying as just extra practice for the car. It showed no speed whatsoever. You’ll be swept aside in the first few laps and hopefully not be a moving chicane. #67 Dreyer & Reinbold Racing, JR Hildebrand Already, yes, time for some ranting. I’m still salty over you slicing Helio’s bumper pod in 2016, but that doesn’t even come close to the reasons I see no point in you returning to Indy. You nearly single-handedly drove Panther Racing into the ground, your ineptitude has cost you so much in racing, and May 29, 2011 will be the embodiment of your entire existence unless you rack off a couple of 500s which realistically is never happening. I don’t know why you’re here except because you can, I guess. Just don’t do anything stupid, pretty please? #24 Dreyer & Reinbold Racing, Sage Karam Discount Josef Newgarden is back for another shot at immortality. Besides for his 2014 500 run where he got a top 10, it will probably be a wash, rinse, repeat for that other guy from Nazareth, PA. He’ll work his way up through the field and then piss it away half way through by crashing, it happens almost like a trend at this point. He’s just way too wild and dangerous with his car, putting it where only the best can go, and he isn’t the best. Just look at the 2015 season where he was close to full-time, it isn’t pretty. Row 10 #59 Carlin Racing, Max Chilton The F1 fans should know this name fairly well. The Marussia guy that wasn’t Jules Bianchi is back for another shot at the 500. Max splits the 59 car with Conor Daly this year with Chilton doing the road courses for the regular season so this is his first oval of the year. However, I do have some optimism. Daly proved the Carlin cars can run up front with his showings at Iowa, and Chilton has run up front in the past, so who knows. Not bad for an F1 backmarker. #4 A.J Foyt Racing, Charlie Kimball Everyone’s favorite diabetic race car driver is back. In Indycar, Foyt is essentially a back-marker team but SuperTex always sets his eyes on Indianapolis, as most people do. There really isn’t much to say because Kimball has been wildly inconsistent (as well as his car) so only time will tell. #3 Penske Racing, Helio Castroneves As a diehard Helio fan when he was full-time in Indycar, this makes my heart shrivel. Penske is having one of its worst outings at Indy since 1995. Mentioning that year to The Captain is like mentioning Tiananmen Square to China. (1995 was when all the Penske cars completely missed the field) Kind of a bad look for a guy that now owns IMS and the Indycar Series, but the Chevys look significantly weaker than the Hondas. Possibly their only prayer is if the Honda’s engine all die on each other and even then, who knows. As for Helio at 45 years old, this might be his last outing before he officially becomes the new-age Buddy Lazier, an old man putzing around IMS because his IMSA window might be shut because of Acura leaving the Penske program there. For his career, he is this league’s Denny Hamlin, just much more likeable. 3 Indy 500s, but no championships due to ungodly amounts of choking over the past 20 years. This dude has never one a championship in literally any series that people give the slightest of shits about. I just hope he can somehow win a 4th 500 so I can die in peace. Row 9: #51 Rick Ware Racing, James Davison I’m not gonna bore you with another Rick Ware backmarker joke because let’s be honest, those are stale as 104-year old bread. However, the Rick Ware empire extends to Indycar with one of their part-time NASCAR drivers in Australian James Davison. I should keep an open mind since this is a new car that has shown flashes of speed, but Davison himself hasn’t had the best of runs in the big race. He has been involved in 3 crashes in the past 3 years at Indy, one when he was replacing Sebastian Bourdais, another when he plowed into Takuma Sato (which really wasn’t his fault), and last year where he knocked into Castroneves in the pit lane. Can he turn it around? Maybe? Or will the Rick Ware memes live on forever? I say the latter. #66 Arrow McLaren SP, Fernando Alonso The professional sadness man is back to try and take the Triple Crown of Motorsports. Though SPAM has been fast this season and Alonso showed promise in practice, I don’t think it will be enough. Hopefully your demons from 2017 and 2019 won’t come back to haunt you. This might also be your last shot to win at Indy with Cyril Abiteboulshit and the Renault gang giving you a metric fuckton of money to go back to F1 and make Guanyou Zhou cry in his sleep. Even with no clash between Monaco and Indy in the near-future, Renault doesn’t want him back in the States for another go-around. Many people said that your crash in practice was due to you trying to find the limits of the racing surface, but the problem is that everyone else doesn’t make the same mistake of dipping onto the apron of Turn 4. If you aren’t drinking the milk this year, we might as well release a Flaming Rosberg on your ass and pray Juan Montoya can do something with a DPi at Le Mans. #22 Team Pesnke, Simon Pagenaud After recovering from the shitshow that was the I-Race at Indianapolis, Pagenaud sits 2nd in the standings hoping to repeat as 500 champion. However, I don’t know if it will happen with Penske’s pace so far in practice and qualifying. Pagenaud has shown pace in the season with a last to first win at Iowa but will that pace be enough to out-run the Hondas? I honestly have no clue, but it would be awesome to see you hoist Norman in victory with a 350k check from Borg-Warner. The only people that would be crying would be Lando Norris fanboys. Row 8: #41 A.J Foyt Racing, Dalton Kellett Oh hey I forgot you existed! This quiet rookie Canadian has been rather stagnant in his maiden campaign. I guess that’s what happens when you are sent to the shadow realm known as A.J. Foyt Racing. He hasn’t shown much as TK’s road course driver, but a win or a strong outing would do great things for his reputation. It could be the thing that could salvage a career that already looks to be going by the wayside. Check back with us next week. #14 A.J Foyt Racing, Tony Kanaan The journey has ended for the other lovable Brazilian. On a part-time schedule for the 14 this year, this will be the last ride at the Cathedral of Speed for one of Indycar’s most popular drivers. If it wasn’t for 2013, this run would have probably been one of the most depressing things to watch as an Indycar fan. In a Foyt car, he really isn’t in a spot to win but hopefully he can lead a few laps and make the fans who are there only in their hearts cheer with joy. I would just like to thank you for all the great memories watching Indycar, being one of the best of this era and one of the nicest guys I’ve met in my time at races. The Indycar community will miss you greatly. Obrigado, buddy. #12 Team Penske, Will Power Well that was depressing, about as depressing as Team Penske’s efforts for the starting grid this year (I know I’m beating a dead horse, I’m sorry). I honestly don't know what to say, but it’s more of the same. The Chevys as a whole look vastly inferior to the Hondas. Hopefully, Penske can make up for this in strategy and lightning fast pit stops. Hopefully Tim Cindric will make good calls and not pay too much attention to his son kicking some serious ass in the NASCAR Xfinity Series. It’s been an up and down year for Power like when he’s racked off 2 runner-ups this season mixed with tire failures and having one too many Foster’s at Road America and knocking himself, Ryan Hunter-Reay, and Graham Rahal out of contention in 3 separate incidents on the first lap. Hopefully, many water bottles will be brutally chewed and battered by his wife as Will looks for a 2nd 500 crown. Row 7: #7 Arrow McLaren SP, Oliver Askew Me: So Oliver, can I “askew” what you think about your car? Askew: Say that one more time and I’ll punch you in the face Me: Ok fair enough Alright, I’m done with the Askew puns. Another rookie in the field, Askew has been slightly inconsistent, but shows promise. The young talent on AMSP is very interesting to watch, and once they get the hang of things, I think Askew and O’Ward can make runs for wins in the near future. Even though Arrow Mclaren SP has been a solid team this season, any momentum going into Indy can be completely thrown out the window. We’ve seen struggles of Chevrolet this week so only time will tell if things pan out on race day. #60 Meyer-Shank Racing, Jack Harvey Even with some Andretti Autosport backing, it’s been a strange season so far for the young Brit. The man seems to be qualifying well yet just cannot keep up with the big boys come race time and by that I mean completely shit the bed at the start. It’s so odd to watch. Like some others, I think Harvey will be just another mid-field guy for this race and possibly many more to come. Some people see promise in him, but I really don’t. Maybe he needs a change of scenery from being in sub-par equipment but… I can’t really tell. Very mysterious to me. #18 Coyne/Vasser-Sullivan Racing, Santino Ferrucci Alright, prepare for some pretty hardcore ranting. I hate you. Never in my 10 years of watching Indycar have I hated a guy that isn’t because of pure domination (i.e. Dario Franchitti, Will Power, Scott Dixon). You are this league’s Kyle Busch and gained my disgust of you in a fraction of the time. You are Lance Stroll’s evil twin. From being a politically-charged 10-year old karting driver to destroying your entire reputation in F2 in the span of like two weeks only to have the Indycar community praise you week after week is one of the most infuriating things I’ve witnessed as a racing fan. After him and his dad openly mocked your Indian teammate’s accent in F2, I saw a guy on the Indycar subreddit who said, “why is everyone mad at him for this, we all make fun of people’s accents at some point”. The circlejerking of the guys at NBC especially that night in Gateway merely for driving near the front is probably the indirect reason Andrew Luck retired that night. The announcers are in awe of this clown because Dale Jr was impressed that he took a access road to avoid a crash at last year’s 500. Oh look at you, Lightning McQueen over here. He’s achieved a Golden boy status that Max Verstappen and Chase Elliott could only dream of. You can't even tell me he’s matured and changed because that stunt he pulled on Askew in the Indianapolis I-Race proves he has that assholery still bottled up somewhere. Him somehow winning the 500 would be so fitting for 2020. In all seriousness, the dude is a wild child. Drivers like Josef Newgarden have even expressed this to the media in past races. Maybe if Coyne kept Bourdais in the 18, you wouldn’t have to rely on daddy’s money to keep you in Indycar. I guess the wallet shines brighter than the heart in an organization that tries to keep afloat year by year. These inconsistencies along with a Coyne driver qualifying much higher than you, it will take something huge to pull it off. Row 6: #47 Ed Carpenter Racing, Conor Daly In all his meme glory in the Indycar world, Conor has actually impressed quite a bit this season. He got his first pole and put up some promising numbers in practice, especially for a Chevy-powered car. He could be a dark horse candidate to win in which the Indycar community would cry tears of joy for their Indiana boy. The first time since 1940 that a Hoosier could win it all. Daly seems like a guy that could be around for a while and is very likable with most fans and drivers. Turn your bad luck around, Conor, please for the love of God. #26 Andretti Autosport, Zach Veach I don’t know if I’m more surprised that an Andretti car is this far down in the running order, or the fact that you can actually see over the steering wheel. Alright, enough joking for this time, but seriously, I’m starting to question this man's ability. Besides Indianapolis, Andretti has gotten off to a rocky start and you’re still behind the team in points, finishing 4th at Texas and laying an egg for the remainder of the rounds. You were the only true Andretti car to not make it into the Fast 9. That should be a bit worrying to you. If Gainbridge isn’t going to dump money onto your car, you might be seeing the door son. #20 Ed Carpenter Racing, Ed Carpenter Another favorite among the Hoosiers, this ownedriver struggled in practice and qualifying. Sporting a sweet black livery sponsored by the Space Force was lacking. For people that watch Indycar regularly, you know that Oval Ed is usually very strong in qualifying and is almost always vying for the pole position. He wasn’t anywhere near it this time. Again, you might chalk it up to the Chevys being god awful but young gun teammate Rinus Veekay went deep into the Fast 9 with relative ease, being the only Chevy to do so. Maybe it’s his talents or just a better car but with usual bad luck during the race, I’m starting to think the window is closing on this Indiana boy’s shot to win. Row 5 #5 Arrow McLaren SP, Pato O’Ward With a name that makes you wonder how he’s Mexican, Pato O’Ward has worked wonders as a rookie. Personally, I think this man has a better shot to make it than Askew does. This has been a huge bounceback year for Pato. He missed the 500 in his rookie year after being bumped and once he signed to the Red Bull Driver’s Program, he proceeded to suck in ways that would make James Conner and Chris Boswell tear up and clap in admiration. (The joke being that these men sucked after being given big contracts or chances) O’Ward has impressed me and with a 2nd place run at Road America helped me conclude that SPAM is becoming more and more of a contender as time goes on. The Arrow cars could have a shot to win if fate deals them a good hand for the race. #10 Chip Ganassi Racing, Felix Rosenqvist Coming back to the States after a brief retreat with Mahindra’s Formula E team, Felix has had some pretty bad luck in races. Such as Mid Ohio 2019 where he was bullied out of a win by the actual track owner, Scott Dixon or Texas this year where the racing gods fucked him over by means of deteriorating PJ1 with the car to beat. He finally got his maiden win by chasing down Pato O’Ward to win at Road America, a well deserved victory. For his shot at the 500,... I don’t know. He was the slowest of the Ganassi cars and I don’t think ovals are his strong suit. Even though he is in good equipment, if any Ganassi driver is gonna win, it will probably be Scott Dixon. Once he gets more of a hang of ovals and Ganassi seems to be the superior car at Indy, maybe then Rosenqvist could shine at the Brickyard. Please shave your bad luck, you’re just too good for it. #1 Team Penske, Josef Newgarden The highest qualifying Penske driver… is 13th. I guess this is the payment for now owning the series along with IMS. However, if any Penske could win, it’ll probably be Newgarden. Over the past few years, the defending and 2017 champion has shown to be one of the best in the Indycar business. Even with the aero kits preventing a lot of passing per the drivers word, Newgarden could be one to get up front. He is a man well deserving of a 500 win. However, that’s what Penske wants, big results which mean a 500. It’s a harsh reality but Roger can be cutthroat when it comes to this. If you can’t constantly run for a championship or 500, you might be shown the door. Sure Penske had his prized possession in Helio since the turn of the millenia but that’s an exception. He might not be so kind to the others. If you can’t win the 500 or championship, then guys like Power or Newgarden could be gone in a few years. A Newgarden 500 win might be the final touch to get that close bond with The Captain fully sealed. Just ask Ryan Brisoce who was shown the door after 5 seasons because others were performing better and his replacement in A.J Allmendinger was sacked after less than a year for being a complete mess. If you can’t make money in the sport for Roger, you could be done. That’s why I’m a little skeptical when people say that Roger is gonna make Indycar into a utopian world with 30 cars in every race, Ferrari and Mercedes begging to come, and 24 race schedules with Cleveland, Michigan, and Fontana. Sure it would be nice but if they can’t make money, then it doesn’t happen. He’s a businessman, you know. I’m not saying it’s Indy or bust this year, but just always keep it in the back of your mind. It turns out the 3 full-time Penske drivers will stay put for 2021. The dread of under-performing has been held off for another year, I suppose. Row 4: #45 Rahal-Letterman-Lanigan Racing, Spencer Pigot Pigot has always had a place in my heart while watching Indycar. When I was 6, I went to the Baltimore Grand Prix and saw Pigot leading in USF2000 and thought it would be cool to follow a guy that young up through the ranks. It was very satisfying to meet him at his Indy 500 debut 5 years later. Enough backstory though, the RLL cars look fast as being a part of the Honda gang. His full-time teammates in Takuma Sato and Graham Rahal both getting into the Fast 9 is a promising sign for the team. Obviously, Pigot probably won’t be as strong. There’s nothing to really report here so I couldn’t give you an accurate word on how he’ll play out, but who knows. We’ve seen some surprise faces up front near the end, and if things go right, the #45 HyVee machine could be in contention. #8 Chip Ganassi Racing, Marcus Ericsson The man who haunts Romain Grosjean’s nightmares, Marcus Ericsson is hoping to make a more positive mark on the Indycar world instead of being an F1 doormat. The Ganassi cars look strong and I’m honestly impressed with his pace after he moved to Ganassi from Arrow SP last year. He’s been showing some good results lately so I wouldn’t be totally surprised if the Swede is running up front. Hopefully the only thing he will be hitting is the jackpot on Sunday. #88 Andretti-Steinbrenner Racing, Colton Herta Normally something owned by the family of the New York Yankees is not something you want to root for, but this is much different. Colton Herta, son of driver turned strategist Bryan, is looking to become the face of Indycar’s next generation. Already the youngest winner of the series, the now 20-year old hopes to do better than his last 500 outing where he started up front but had to retire due to a mechanical failure very early in the race. His 2020 campaign has been solid. He held the most consecutive Top 10 finishes in the early part of the season which ended when he was sent into Low Earth Orbit at Iowa. Still, the speed looks to be there. Colton is gonna be hungry this year and a 500 win would be incredible for a young and promising career. The Fast 9/Row 3: #27 Andretti Autosport, Alexander Rossi As Pole Day came and went, we quickly learned even without a Bump Day, qualifying was something worth watching, especially on Day 2 with some very tense moments and tons of action throughout. However, the Pole Day Qualifying session was not kind to the California native. With unfavorable winds and a struggling car, Rossi will start 9th on the grid for the 104th Running. As he is an Andretti car, the speed has shown and will hopefully carry over into the race. Not only that, but Rossi seems almost guaranteed to win another 500 soon. In his first 4 outings in Speedway, Indiana, he has wowed the crowds with his speed. Hell, the race that he won was probably the race where he looked the weakest at. In his other 500 runs, the man looks like he is on a mission from God, nearly winning on numerous occasions and making moves on track in places where not even angels dare to go. Especially after a hard-fought loss to Pagenaud last year, Rossi will be one to watch for sure especially with the pace of the Andretti-powered cars. #15 Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing, Graham Rahal The son of the team’s owner, 1986 500 winner Bobby Rahal, Graham also struggled in qualifying with several near misses with the wall throughout the week. The RLL cars still have pace and seem poised to perform well throughout the race. Just getting into the Fast 9 proves that the pace is there to make a run for the win. Despite the name and speed, Graham hasn’t had a win in a while. Maybe this Sunday will be when the stars align again for an illustrious 500 victory. #55 Dale Coyne/Team Goh, Alex Palou His first year in the US, the rookie out of Barcelona has shown the promise of a bright future in Indycar. However, with Fernando Alonso present, he is seen as “that other Spanish guy” for now and probably will always be until Alonso is long dead and buried. On Pole Day, he was the first driver to eclipse 240 mph all week but struggled heavily in the turns leading to a 7th place start. Still not bad for a rookie who spent all last year racing Formula cars in Japan. With Texas having many limitations to the racing surfaces along with him crashing out early on, this will most likely be his first true test on an oval made purely for Indycars. I just hope he can keep up with the pace because if I were him, I would pissing myself inside the cockpit. He has expressed some nervousness already while driving so hopefully he can keep it steady and bring the car home. Row 2: #29 Andretti Autosport, James Hinchcliffe It’s been said a thousand times but it still needs to be noted: the Andretti cars are crazy fast, there is no question about it. My issue is the driver at hand: the Mayor of Hinchtown. One of the best personalities, part-time NBC pit reporter, and a man helping Alexander Rossi find the soul that F1 took from him, IMS has always seemed to give Hinch a massive middle finger at every turn. From crashing out in his rookie year, to failing to win in his impressive 2013 season due to inconsistency, to nearly dying in a practice crash in 2015, to dominating from pole in 2016 only for TownsendBell.exe to crash and wreck you and fellow contender Ryan Hunter-Reay out of the running, to crashing again in 2017, to missing the field entirely in top-flight equipment in 2018, the jolly Canadian hasn’t had many good memories here. Can he turn that around? I can’t really tell you, but maybe Hinch and his so-called “Genevieve” car can wipe all the bad times away. #28 Andretti Autosport, Ryan Hunter-Reay National treasure and legend amongst mortals Leigh Diffey calls him “Captain America”, but this superhero might need a walker and cane soon as the Lauderdale native pushes 40 this year. The 2014 500 winner and man who’s part of the biggest meme in Indycar, (Don’t forget the heat!) Hunter-Reay looks to capitalize on Andretti’s success in the month of August (There's a shit ton of Andretti cars, I know). While there is speed, Hunter-Reay has been plagued with tons of reliability issues in recent outings. That could be Honda’s achilles heel and might be Chevrolet’s only hope at salvaging some good finishes. There isn’t really much else that RHR can accomplish in Indycar but another 500 would be a great memory for the back half of his career which hasn’t been blessed with many riches. #21 Ed Carpenter Racing, Rinus Veekay Finally, a young Dutch driver I can actually cheer for! At only 19 years of age, the same age Marco Andretti made his first start, Veekay is the highest qualifying Chevy and the only Chevy to make the Fast 9. The teenager’s pace has been very impressive, getting near the top of the practice time sheets even when the ECR cars were reportedly struggling for speed. With only one top 10 all season, a win or decent result would do wonders to his morale and reputation because the runs at Indy in practice and qualifying have shown that he has potential. I will be cheering on this young talent along with many others, but it would be funny if Marco pulled a 2006 on him so the hunted becomes the hunter, but that’s just some stupid narrative I don’t honestly care for. Rinus has shown speed, but how will that speed and inexperience stack up against 32 other drivers fighting for the prize of the Borg-Warner Trophy? Who knows, but hopefully many stroopwafels will be eaten and many Golden Earring songs will play on into the night in celebration. The Front Row: #30 Rahal-Letterman-Lanigan Racing, Takuma Sato I take the driver’s remarks that passing will be difficult very seriously this year. Why? Because Takuma Sato said it. You would think that an RLL Honda would be a lock for a good finish. That would be the case if this wasn’t Takuma Sato. If I told you in 2011 that Sato would be a multi-race winner and 500 winner, you would’ve told me to lay off the alcohol. One of the many F1 Japanese washups from the early to mid 2000s, Sato found his footing in America. Even though he has matured as a driver, Sato has one major flaw though: he might be the last living Kamikaze pilot. The man is born without fear. The only upside here is that he now goes back and forth between a top-caliber guy and a man bordering on lolcowdom. He does the thing that is 2012, and then wins Long Beach next year. He makes a stupid move at Pocono in 2019, practically costing Rossi a championship, and then goes out and wins the next week at Gateway holding off a hard charging Ed Carpenter. In more recent years, Indianapolis has been a strong suit for Takuma. In his 2017 victory, he held off a hungry Helio Castroneves in a race where the Honda reliability was utter garbage. He also got 3rd place last year behind Pagenaud and Rossi. In qualifying, he showed that consistency is key, setting down 4 super clean laps on his way to a front row start. He’ll be someone to watch come race time. Being on the front row however, don’t do anything stupid. The phrase is very cliche but “you can’t win a race on the first lap, but you can sure lose it” (unless you’re Lewis Hamilton). If you try any heroics going into Turn 1 and take out Dixon or Andretti, you might be running down Georgetown St with a mob of pitchforks behind you and be the most hated man in Indycar. #9 Chip Ganassi Racing, Scott Dixon It’s plain and simple, Scott Dixon has been mercilessly teabagging on the entire field in 2020. 3 straight wins to start the season and 49 points ahead of the nearest competitor. Normally, he is one to pull surprise championship runs out of his ass like in 2015, not pulling away and cruising by week 1. He is the Kevin Harvick of this series, a man at age 40 with no signs of slowing down. It showed in qualifying. A man with blistering pace, he will be one of the favorites to win it all. I don’t see any flaws in his quest for victory because if your pace doesn’t change going into Indianapolis at all, that’s extremely impressive. If you screw anything up, or anyone else does anything stupid to hurt your chances, then your wife Emma will complain about it until the end of time. It’s basically an Indycar tradition at this point. If you’re gonna get your second 500, it might as well be this year. This whole season seems very similar to 2008. And the pole sitter for the 104th Running of the Indy 500 is… no, you’re joking. Wait seriously? He’s on pole???? *checks notes\* HOLY FUUUUUUUUU #98 Andretti Autosport, Marco Andretti Marco Andretti is on pole and is the fastest guy in the field. Those are not words you usually hear in the same sentence. But it isn’t a fluke, Marco has been constantly the fastest car and has been the top Andretti car all week. It showed in qualifying where he hit the 240mph mark and beat Dixon’s time by .02 of a second. Perhaps his Uncle John was helping him with the wind and gave him the extra push. The car looks fast and ready to lead the field. It will be the first time an Andretti has taken the pole since grandpa Mario did it in 1987. It was truly a joyous occasion for all. Over the past 14 years, Marco has taken a lot of shit from everyone, but that’s expected. It’s hard when your dad was one of the best in the CART era and your grandfather is one of the greatest race car drivers to ever live. His surname is a blessing and a curse. A blessing because your name has kept you in the series for so long where others with similar stats wouldn’t be so lucky. A curse because you are constantly given unrealistic expectations. But again, this looks like the real deal for 2020. This is the perfect storm for a 500 win. Andretti Autosport cars being dominant with Marco being the #1 man, strategist mastermind Bryan Herta who did the unthinkable and brought Rossi and Dan Wheldon to 500 victories on insane strategies, and a wacky 2020 could all lead to the notorious 51-year Andretti Curse finally snapping. With Herta on the box, hopefully Pocono 2013 won’t happen where you had the car to beat only to fuck it up with failed pit strategy and fuel conservation. I don’t think there would be a fan in the series that wouldn’t be happy if you won unless you are a complete pessimistic whiny asshole. Just pray the racing gods won’t be massive dicks and give you 2006 all over again. We all give Marco crap for who he is, but a 500 win would be racing history for all to see and enjoy. This could be the year he pulls it off, especially with one of the best cars on track. *JINXING TIME\* My prediction for the 500 is: Scott Dixon. He’s just been so dominant this season that I can’t see a reason why not to pick him. It’s crazy that this man hasn’t won an Indy 500 in 12 years. With a car like he has, he’ll be looking to get that 2nd victory. Hopefully that practice crash won’t kill any momentum. I don’t even think a hater’s guide jinx can stop this electrifying Kiwi. If I’m wrong, I hope I don’t see Emma Dixon waiting at my front door. \transition** This Indy 500 will be very different. It’s sad that no fans are in attendance, but it’s for the sake of everyone even if no one looks at it that way. Tons of narratives are in play for Sunday. A man will run his last race while many are making their steps into big leagues. A man looks to run further away with the championship while others look to the race as a point to catch up. Some will run to put an exclamation point on their long careers while others want to win to jumpstart themselves and make their presence known. No matter the scenario, all 33 men will be searching for a common narrative, one that will crown them Indy 500 champion and have their name etched on the Borg-Warner Trophy with milk and wreath in hand and writing their name in the history books. 2020 has been a crazy year so who knows if that will carry over into the racing world. We’ll just have to wait and see. Quick reminder that the Indy 500 will take place on Sunday, August 23rd at 1pm on NBC. Enjoy, everyone!
2020.08.08 17:58 itsmilapetiAITA for cleaning my house’s common space? & others
I’m not a US citizen - Brazilian (28F). One of my current roommates (23F) and I are not getting along. I need to know if this is coming from me from an outside perspective.
I moved into the house first and left the thermostat at 72F. When she moved in, she put it in 68F and never asked me if I was ok with it. When I asked to put it on 70F (middle ground), she said it was impossible. I said, ok, so 69F would be ok for you? She said no, she wanted 68, I said that we needed to be mindful that we both needed to feel comfortable inside the house. She pouted a lot and sent me a lot of texts saying that she wanted 68F. Still, I insisted that 69F is so close to what she wants when compared to 72. She started texting “ok. just forget about it. just leave it alone. ok. forget it.”
I told her that one of my friends from Panama was coming back to town, and I was excited about it. She responded “that’s disgusting he is on a plane, he has to quarantine, he can’t come here.” I said “I didn’t invite him. He will not come to the house before that, I won’t see him, and he will get tested before school starts.”. The same day she said her previous roommate needed a place to stay for one day and if it was cool if she slept here. I said sure. She got here, and the first thing she said was “yes my flight just arrived and it was exhausting!” I looked at her and was like what the fuck is up with this double standard shit, you know - I do understand I never actively asked if she was coming by plane. When I confronted her, she said “he was coming from like Florida and like that is disgusting.”.
She doesn’t allow me to touch any of her stuff when cleaning the house because she “wants to know where they are.” I can’t even put her dog's toys in place because “let's avoid anything getting lost.” I must add that this is not a problem with American roommates, and this makes me feel extremely uncomfortable. I don't like the connotation that I might steal from her. Especially because this is a problem she has with me touching her things, not with the American citizens. It makes me feel like she treats me like a second class person. I never gave any reason to anyone treat me like this and the other roommate doesn’t.
She has rollerblades, painting supplies, and all different hobbies things thrown around the house that she bought, never used it, and leaves it tossed in tables, on the floor, on furniture, etc.
She said yesterday that I was rude for touching her things when cleaning the house, putting her dog's toys in closed containers, and putting her water bottles in a non-tilted position on the sink because she wanted them to be completely dry after they were washed. I was cleaning the house because I want to live in a clean house, I am finishing my thesis on my second masters and it helps to keep my head clear. AITA here? Am I acting out of line? Update: talked with the other roommate. She agreed with me that roomate’s 1 comments and attitudes were insensitive and hurtful. We don’t know how to act about because she also feels she is hard to deal with and will not respond appropriately. Update2: we had a house meeting. The girl moved out because she wasn’t open to discuss these issues with me or the other roommate. She said she was feeling attacked.
The majority of the country’s largest school districts have made plans to begin the academic year online, somehow unpersuaded by President Trump’s insistence that the virus “will go away like things go away.”
Here’s how that’s going: Florida has become the second state to record over 500,000 confirmed coronavirus cases; the only state with more cases is California. Florida crossed that milestone even as its new cases dropped artificially, after the state shut down testing sites in anticipation of Tropical Storm Isaias. Test numbers have dropped in 22 states over the past two weeks, a worrying trend that health officials have largely attributed to public frustration with long delays. Seems crazy, who wouldn’t want to sit in their car for three hours to one day find out if they were coronavirus-free two weeks ago?
As the country suffers through what Dr. Anthony Fauci acknowledged to be the world’s worst coronavirus outbreak (eat our dust, Brazil), more school districts have walked back plans to reopen IRL. Chicago public schools will start the school year fully online, after parents and teachers pushed back against a plan for a mix of online and in-person classes. That leaves New York City as the only major school system planning to offer some in-person classes in the fall. Only five of the country’s 25 largest school districts plan to reopen with any form of in-person learning.
Those decisions amount to a rejection of President “It is what it is” Trump, who advocated for children and teachers to cram together in poorly ventilated buildings as recently as this morning on Fox & Friends: “My view is the schools should open. This thing is going away.” Trump also falsely asserted that children are “virtually immune” from COVID-19. Meanwhile, a second-grader in Georgia tested positive after attending the first day of school in a school district that doesn’t require masks, and a viral photo from a mask-optional Georgia high school (which reopened despite reports of positive coronavirus cases among students and staff) showed mostly maskless students crowded into hallways.
If only some other country had made this mistake already and we could see how it went.
Back in late May, the Israeli government felt confident about Israel’s subsiding coronavirus numbers and triumphantly welcomed the country’s student body back to school. Within days, an outbreak at a Jerusalem high school spiraled out of control, quickly spreading to students’ families, and then to other schools and neighborhoods. Hundreds of schools were forced to close, and tens of thousands of students and teachers were quarantined. The U.S. is in a much worse state now than Israel was in May. Could there be some kind of lesson here?
Not only is the U.S. reopening schools too early and haphazardly, we’re going about it backwards. Education experts broadly agree that the national priority should be getting young children back into classrooms first: They have to learn to read, they can’t learn independently online, and their parents need to be able to work. But financial pressures have forced colleges to reopen their campuses first, while schools for younger students lack the necessary funding to reopen safely.
Of course, any form of “safe school reopening” is a fantasy until outbreaks in the communities around schools have been contained, a first step the Trump administration is profoundly uninterested in taking. Eighty-nine days left to elect someone who will.
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For at least two months, an Instagram “bug” showed users negative hashtags related to Joe Biden, but not Donald Trump. Instagram searches for Joe Biden returned both negative related hashtags and pro-Trump hashtags, while searches for Trump-related topics returned nothing negative, or any hashtags that would have pushed users towards alternative content. Meanwhile, over on Facebook—Instagram's parent company—Trump’s re-election campaign has run ads with a false claim about Biden’s desire to “defund” police forces at least 22.5 million times. Fact-checkers unanimously found the ads “false” or “deceptive,” but Facebook didn’t share those assessments with its users, under its policy allowing politicians to lie with impunity. Another damning pile of evidence of social media companies’ flagrant liberal bias.
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Is That Hope I Feel?
Missouri voters approved a Medicaid expansion in defiance of GOP state leaders, extending coverage to over 200,000 currently uninsured residents. Gov. Kim Reynolds (R-IA) signed an executive order restoring voting rights to tens of thousands of Iowans who served felony sentences, with no requirement that they pay off outstanding fees or fines. A growing number of southern states have begun removing Confederate statues from Capitol buildings of their own accord. Oregon could become the first state to decriminalize drug possession this fall.
With coronavirus outbreaks beginning to surge in the midwest and the first schools to reopen already activating their emergency protocols, President Trump has finally realized it’s time to shake up his approach and start yelling at a different public-health expert.
A few school districts have already begun reopening for in-person classes, and it’s going about as swimmingly as you’d expect. A middle-school student in Indiana tested positive for COVID-19 on the very first day of class, sending the students and teachers who had interacted with that person into a 14-day quarantine. Someone at a Mississippi high school also tested positive during the first week back, and in Georgia, 260 employees in the state’s largest school district have been “excluded from work” after testing positive or being exposed.
Those incidents make a compelling case for the rest of the country to fall in line with the hundreds of school districts that have rolled back their plans to reopen, but naturally, the president had this arbitrarily capitalized appraisal of the situation on Monday morning: “Cases up because of BIG Testing! Much of our Country is doing very well. Open the Schools!” Anyway, the country’s doing so hot and tests are so bullshit that the White House has now implemented mandatory random testing for its employees.
Having reverted fully back into This Is Fine mode, Trump publicly lashed out at Dr. Deborah Birx for the first time after she acknowledged that This Is Not, In Fact, Fine. Birx warned in a Sunday CNN appearance that the virus is in “a new phase” and “extraordinarily widespread,” even in rural areas. She also suggested that people who live with vulnerable family members start wearing masks at home. In response to that incontestable fact and potentially life-saving recommendation, Trump called Birx’s interview performance “Pathetic!” Another entry for the New Tone scrapbook.
Meanwhile, millions of Americans in desperate financial straits are waiting for the federal aid that Republicans have held up for months.
White House officials and Democrats are still locked in a stalemate over the next coronavirus stimulus package, including how to extend the expired federal unemployment payments. (Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is off finding more judges to bully into retirement, or whatever.) House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has now come out in favor of an automatic stabilizer for unemployment benefits—so that they would phase out automatically, but only as the economy improved—which would have been neat to include in the stimulus bill the House passed in May, as many Democrats proposed at the time.
Trump has accused Democrats of “slow-rolling” the talks and told reporters that he’s considering issuing an executive order to address the expired federal eviction moratorium, something it’s not clear he has the power to do. It’s almost quaint to note at this point, but over the weekend, as negotiations continued and millions of renters confronted the looming prospect of losing their homes, Trump was out golfing at his own private club.
The administration’s coronavirus response has been a breathtaking pileup of predictable, avoidable disasters. Nearly five months in and despite the benefit of amassed international experience, Trump has us hurtling towards the next set: school-centered outbreaks, mass evictions, and perpetually hobbled testing. The good news is, with 91 days until the election, and 169 until the inauguration, we are closer to the end of this nightmare than to the beginning—but only if we get to work.
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President Trump has bypassed the Senate to install an Islamophobic conspiracy theorist as head of policy at the Pentagon. On Sunday, Retired Army Brig. Gen. Anthony Tata withdrew from consideration to become undersecretary of defense for policy, a role that requires Senate confirmation. The Senate Armed Services Committee had canceled Tata’s confirmation hearing at the last minute last week, after lawmakers from both parties “raised serious questions about this nominee.” Rather than find a qualified, non-insane nominee that the Senate could confirm, Trump went ahead and installed Tata in an identical temporary position as the official "performing the duties of" the deputy undersecretary of defense policy.
Microsoft will move forward with negotiations to buy TikTok, after President Trump threatened to ban the app in the U.S. on Friday. The company’s chief executive met with Trump at the White House over the weekend, and with his apparent blessing to pursue the deal, Microsoft said it would complete the discussions one way or the other by September 15. Microsoft promised to “ensure that all private data of TikTok's American users is transferred to and remains in the United States.” Trump reportedly agreed to forego a TikTok ban and let an American company buy it instead after his advisers convinced him that an executive action would be a political and legal nightmare.
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The bad news (question: is there any other kind anymore?) is that the most important part of Congress’s emergency coronavirus relief is set to expire tonight, and millions of Americans will experience financial hardship as a result. The good news (answer: yes!) is that help is on the way. Probably.
Thanks to Republican dithering, the $600 weekly expanded unemployment benefit Congress passed in March (and which House Democrats voted to extend way back in May) will almost certainly sunset at midnight, meaning every American who’s qualified for unemployment since our coronavirus crisis began will lose their $600 weekly bonus payments, causing incomes to plummet, at least temporarily, just as landlords come knocking for rent payments that have been frozen for months.
Republicans appear to have brought this economic pain upon Americans, and political harm upon themselves, on the theory that they could milk huge concessions from Democrats by bringing the country to the brink of crisis then forcing a last-minute negotiation. That strategy fell apart when it turns out—whoops!—Senate Republicans can’t agree on anything. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has refused to bring the House-passed HEROES Act to a vote, and so over the cliff we go.
The irony is that Senate Republican disarray means they’ve effectively written themselves out of the process, leaving Democrats to negotiate directly with the Trump administration—and they appear to be driving a pretty hard bargain. They have reportedly rejected White House offers to extend the unemployment benefits on a short-term basis, and forced the White House to relent on a demand for a “liability shield” to protect negligent employers who expose their workers to coronavirus from lawsuits—a provision McConnell had previously insisted upon in any coronavirus response bill. Add it all up and Republicans have to choose whether to extend the unemployment payments into the new year, or plunge the country into mass homelessness and hunger right before the election. Fun choice!
While they have all this leverage, Democrats should use it to save the election from President Trump’s ongoing efforts to sabotage it.
Under intense pressure from Republican leaders and prominent conservatives, Trump has (mostly) abandoned his insane “suggestion” that the election be delayed indefinitely. He has instead replaced it with a new demand that the election be called on November 3, even if millions of ballots remain uncounted. “I’ve been watching elections. And they say the ‘projected winner’ or the ‘winner of the election’—I don’t want to see that take place in a week after November 3 or a month or, frankly, with litigation and everything else that can happen, years.”
With an unprecedented number of people voting absentee thanks to the raging plague Trump failed to contain, it’s likely we won’t know who won the election on election night, and Trump’s doing everything in his power to make that impossible. Postal workers now say the loyalist Trump placed in charge of the Postal Service, Louis DeJoy, has instituted policies that “could undermine their ability to deliver ballots on time for the November election.”
Trump can’t cancel the election, but his new play is obvious: Trap as many mail ballots into a backlogged postal system as he can, then claim efforts to count them after Election Day are illegitimate. We know prominent Republicans will play along with this scam, because they did the same thing after the 2018 midterms (see: Rubio, Marco). Democrats can’t stop Republicans from lying and trying to cheat. But they can insist that this relief bill include ample funds for both the Post Office and election administration—and they must.
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On today's episode of Unholier Than Thou: In the years following the election of Donald Trump, antisemitism has been on the rise in America, marked by an increase in hate speech and violence against Jewish people. This past month, some of that hate speech happened to come from the mouths of a select few notable Black people. Nonetheless, the conversation in the media was: Do Black people have an antisemitism problem? To help expose the intrinsic racism of this question, host Phillip Picardi spoke to three individuals who have gone underrepresented in these conversations: Black Jewish folks. We hear from Rabbi Sandra Lawson, rabbinical student Kendell Pinckney, and organizer Shekhiynah about being caught in the middle of two crucial American conversations: the fight against racism and the fight against antisemitism. Listen & subscribe wherever you get your podcasts →
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President Trump’s appointee to oversee Voice of America has launched an investigation into a deleted video that was deemed to be too pro-Biden. Last week, VOA’s Urdu service posted content about an online Biden campaign event reaching out to Muslim Americans. Top VOA officials found that the content violated the network’s editorial policies and reasonably ordered it taken down, then less reasonably considered immediately firing the four contractors involved in publishing it. Michael Pack, the new CEO of VOA’s parent company who fired the heads of multiple outlets as soon as he took office, has now gotten personally involved, in what appears to be his next step towards transforming VOA into a Trump propaganda machine.
The dozen largest coronavirus clusters in the country are all located within jails and prisons. More than 100,000 people have been infected in correctional facilities across the U.S., and at least 802 incarcerated people and correctional officers have died. It’s an extremely predictable outcome: Prisons are overcrowded with vulnerable populations that can’t social distance or follow recommended hygiene protocols. The country’s failure to protect those within the prison system means tens of thousands of people convicted of minor crimes now face a potential death sentence, and without further reducing prison populations, the crisis will only get worse.
Dr. Anthony Fauci told lawmakers that a coronavirus vaccine could be ready for distribution by the end of the year, and administered to Americans in 2021. A new study found that trained dogs can indeed sniff out coronavirus infections. Pennsylvania will foot the cost of postage for voters' mail-in ballots in the November election. Twitter has permanently kicked former KKK leader David Duke off the platform. Better really, really late than never.
2020.07.27 23:54 Taguchi68WEEKEND WARRIORS: Following this weekend of pro wrestling shows, I wanted to post a write about the wrestlers who gained from this weekends shows, along with observations of the always-changing world of professional wrestling. No criticism either, just all love for the sport.
Warhorse: in the post-NXT/AEW indie landscape, Warhorse has fought hard to become one of the top guys in the scene. And his hard work has paid off with his successful IWTV title defense against Rickey Shane Page at Beyond Wrestling’s Two Weeks Notice. Keep in mind that Shane Page is a veteran who is currently GCW champion and one of the few wrestlers to win deathmatch tournaments in both CZW and IWA: Mid-South. Hell, even winning one deathmatch tournament is no walk in the park. With this successful title defense under his belt, Warhorse will now head down to Jacksonville, Florida in a much anticipated match against Cody Rhodes for the TNT Championship this Wednesday on AEW Dynamite. AJ Grey: the hard-hitting up-and-coming wrestler stepped out of his comfort zone this weekend in a deathmatch against Alex Colon at GCW Homecoming Weekend Night 1. While the victory went to deathmatch veteran and former Tournament of Survival winner Alex Colon, AJ Gray showed that he can hang with the best of them. On Homecoming Night 2, AJ Gray came out during the main event to help Shlak and Alex Colon fight against 44OH in a title shot vs. career match. Nick Gages career was on the line but he was unable to compete due to an injury suffered at the Beyond Wrestling show earlier in the day. Gray has been destined for success ever since he dethroned Nick Gage’s legendary near 2 year reign as GCW champion. The sky is the limit for AJ Gray. Lee Moriarty: This man from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania has had some buzz in the indie world lately and it’s not dying down anytime soon. The athletic wrestler with the martial arts influence had a great showing this weekend despite losing 2 matches on Homecoming Night 1 and Two Weeks Notice. On Homecoming Night 2, Lee gained a hard fought victory against GCW gatekeeper Tony Deppen. With Deppen already being a major fixture in GCW and a skillful wrestler, it’s not going to be last time that we see Lee Moriarty Major Heel Potential - ACH: Following his infamous Twitter tirade and dismissal from NXT, ACH has been a controversial figure in wrestling. On GCW Homecoming weekend, ACH was victorious in both of his matches. His brief but successful run in NXT might have given him a chip on his already talented shoulder. During his match with KTB, he took the microphone and scolded the fans for being quiet during his match. His actions on Twitter has rubbed a lot of fans the wrong way and now he is capitalizing on it. Calvin Tankman: the big man has been making an impact on the Midwest indie scene and now he’s come to conquer GCW. On Homecoming Night 1, Tankman was victorious in a 6-way scramble and on Night 2 he held his own in a losing effort against Chris Dickenson. Following the Dickenson match, Chris went on the microphone and said that “GCW has found a new big man”. That sign of respect is going to do a lot of good things for Tankman. Tankman has been signed to MLW in June and also has a match against Homicide at Violence X Suffering’s No Justice No Peace event coming up in August 16th in New Jersey. The Heavyweight Hustle has just started. Observation: On Friday, Paradigm Pro Wrestling held it’s Heavy Hitters 2 tournament in Sellersburg, Indiana. Some of the tournaments competitors included Chris Dickenson, “Filthy” Tom Lawlor, Kevin Ku, Dominic Garrini, Brett Ison and UFC Hall of Famer Stephen Bonnar. The wrestlers listed represent a new breed of indie wrestlers similar to the likes Samoa Joe, Eddie Kingston and Minoru Suzuki in which the wrestlers range from intense and physically intimidating, such as Chris Dickenson and Brett Ison, to wrestlers who have legitimate experience in the worlds of MMA, martial arts and other combat sports, such as “Filthy” Tom Lawlor and Dominic Garrini. Lawlor has experience in the UFC and Garrini is ranked as one of the top 10 Brazilian Jiu Jitsu practitioners in the world. This new generation provides an in-ring counter from the lucha libre and Japanese hybrid styles that has been so popular in this current era of wrestling and provides an even greater depth in the world of professional wrestling.
Donald Trump promised to Make America Great Again, and with four million confirmed infections, and tens of millions of undetected cases, we are indeed the greatest incubator of coronavirus the world has ever seen. USA! USA!
Here’s a quick rundown: Coronavirus is now spreading so fast in the United States that it has outstripped the ability of LabCorp, one of the world’s largest clinical laboratory companies, to increase its capacity to process tests. In other words, the days-long delays between tests and results, which have already made tracking the virus nearly impossible, are likely to lengthen. The situation is so dire that leading experts and others on the frontlines now say the only solution is for the whole country to start from scratch and return to lockdown—a step that would confirm President Trump completely squandered the months Americans sacrificed in the hope that he would take steps to protect them from the virus.
Rather than do anything to save the country from the pandemic, he, along with his Republican allies in Congress, seem intent on accelerating its spread. Under his influence, Senate Republicans have focused almost exclusively on a) protecting reckless employers from liability for infecting workers and customers, so they can open their doors more quickly, and b) herding American children back into schools, which remain largely unprepared to keep them or their teachers and families safe from contagion. (Republicans are not focused on protecting millions of Americans from losing their homes by sending them relief money, but they reportedly are considering ways to protect Trump’s Washington, DC, hotel from competition.)
The school situation in particular is about to get very thorny for Trump. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has updated her ‘deal with it’ message to parents concerned about sending their children into plague zones, and now hopes to address their fears with the ghoulish lie that children are “stoppers of the disease.” (Wall of children, anyone?) One child who apparently lacks this magical power is Donald Trump’s own son, whose school won’t be returning to full-time (or possibly even part-time) in-person instruction in the fall. This may explain why as part of the Great Tone Change of July™, Trump has acknowledged that some schools “may need to delay reopening for a few weeks.”
In the face of these mounting crises, Trump has ordered a surge of government resources into states—not for testing or tracing or school retrofitting, but to beat and gas protesters.
Trump now claims he will deploy up to 75,000 federal agents into cities that don’t need or want the support, and suspect, rightly, that Trump merely intends for them to provoke violence and then pretend the violence is a symptom of local Democratic policy failures. It’s seems likely that he made this number up and also that the secret police he does deploy will have a hard time reviving the Portland playbook of gassing moms and snatching people off the street into unmarked cars, because it has proved horribly unpopular, has drawn backlash from mayors, governors, and officials in his own administration, and, uh, is probably illegal.
On the other hand, when has the law ever stopped Trump? He continues to defy a Supreme Court order to fully reinstate DACA, and it turns out his administration based its decision to punish New York for welcoming immigrants by kicking New Yorkers out of TSA’s Global Entry program on a pile of lies, and then told those lies in court.
Trump has fucked up the government’s COVID-19 response so badly that it has turned the Rio Grande Valley into a giant death panel, and made the only thing he cares about—large gatherings where people worship him—literally impossible. Even in parts of the country that genuinely do worship him. It may dawn on him that he stands no chance of getting re-elected unless things get better, and Democrats in Congress should use that fact to make him sign an emergency rescue package that protects Americans and their democracy.
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The Trump administration tried to block the release of a Netflix documentary about ICE until after the election through intimidation and threats. Two filmmakers embedded with ICE for two-and-a-half years to make the series Immigration Nation, but when agency officials saw the rough cuts, which include ICE officers forcing their way into immigrants’ homes and mocking them in custody, they turned hostile. One official pressured them to delay the series release, warned them that the federal government would use its “full weight” to veto scenes it didn’t care for, and stressed that it was their “little production company” that would face consequences, not Netflix. The filmmakers were told that the anger over their project came all the way from the top of the administration.
The 2020 presidential election may hinge on voters understanding that the mail is slow as hell. In the 2016 election, more than 73,000 absentee ballots were rejected after arriving too late to be counted. This year an unprecedented number of voters will rely on mail-in ballots, as the Postal Service flounders amidst a lack of funding and sustained attacks from the Trump administration: The number of ballots that don’t arrive in time could be larger than the the election margin.Twenty-four states currently allow voters to request absentee ballots less than a week before election, setting voters up to be disenfranchised. The Postal Service has said it cannot guarantee a specific delivery date for your mail-in vote, and recommends voters allow “at least one week” each way for ballots in the mail. Request it early, send it back early, and make sure everyone in your life (plus maybe a few extra people) knows to do the same.
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2020.07.21 04:45 ChevalMalFetWelcome Aboard the Harriet Lane, Day 8 (Final): Privateering and Blockade Running
Aftermath of Galveston As the morning of New Year’s Day turned to afternoon, Galveston Harbor was a hive of activity for the first time in months. The Union fleet had long since vanished over the horizon, and the victorious rebels were busy throughout the liberated city, hauling down the Stars and Stripes from over city hall, processing and marching the captured Massachusetts men off into captivity, treating the injured and dead aboard the Harriet Lane, and working to repair the Lane and the Bayou City, which remained entangled from the dawn battle. The Lane had had its wheel broken by the Bayou City’s ram, and her engine shaft had been driven out of its bearings, so the vessel was immobilized. Many of her seams and started and she was taking on water, and she was listing badly as a result. The vessel was immobile and badly damaged, in no shape to pursue the fleeing Federal squadron as Admiral Smith initially ordered. A pair of unarmed tugboats, now that the harbor was clear, cautiously crept down and set to work, towing the entangled vessels to the wharf so the crew could be evacuated and repairs begun. It took over a week of work by skilled smiths, directing crews composed largely of enslaved men, to render the vessel mobile again. Magruder constantly urged haste, knowing that as soon as the fleeing Federal squadron reported in at New Orleans, a large reinforcement could be expected to shut up the harbor again. Once repairs were more or less completed, he immediately ordered aboard a crew to prepare for a commerce-raiding cruise against the enemy at sea. However, legally this was impossible, since the Lane hadn’t yet been adjudicated by a prize court. Instead, she was slowly hauled up Galveston Bay towards Houston, where she would be out of reach of the Yankees. She grounded many times in those shallow waters, and a channel had to be dredged for her, so thatit wasn’t until late January that the Lane finally settled in at Buffalo Bayou, at the head of the bay, where she was judged a lawful prize and handed over to the Confederate Navy on March 10th. The CSA was not impressed. While a nimble little guboat, the Lane’s little paddlewheel and small engine made her slow and inefficient - too slow to outrun the Union gunboats that made up the bulk of the blockading fleet. She would make a wretched blockade runner, and she was too small and slow to be much good as a commerce raider, either. She was fundamentally a revenue cutter, not a warship, and not suited for open warfare against modern warships like the Union navy had. The Confederate naval lieutenant dispatched to inspect Magruder’s prize recommended the Navy relinquish control over her. For over a year, the Lane languished in Galveston Bay while the Union re-established its blockade outside the city, though they never again occupied the town as they had previously. The Lane spent more of the war with the CSA than she did flying US colors - a Union warship from April 1861 to January 1863, 21 months, but a rebel warship from January 1863 through the end of the war in April 1865, 28 months. But her career was much less dramatic as a rebel. There just wasn’t much open sea fighting left. By the latter half of the war, the rebel coast had been almost completely shut up, except for a few major ports - Wilmington, Charleston, and Savannah on the Atlantic coast, Mobile and Galveston on the Gulf. The Union held a necklace of islands from Ship Island off the Delta all the way around to Fortress Monroe at Hampton Rods, and from these islands now fully hundreds of warships roamed constantly, hunting blockade runners. The rebel navy was mostly sunk, although at regular intervals the Confederates would finish an ironclad or a cottonclad and wreak havoc in the local waters for a few days or even a few months, but inevitably the Union would concentrate against the isolated monster ship and destroy her. In the West, on the rivers, in isolated bayous and up obscure streams steamers would become rams, but never in the numbers as in the spring of 1862. There were battles and adventures, deeds of great daring, courage, and endurance done, but Union naval supremacy was unchallenged. I’m not going to go into the various battles and incidents throughout the war - the career of the Queen of the West, the trials and dramas on the Red River in 1863 and 1864, Confederate secret weapons like the Hunley or the Albemarle, more port battles like Hampton Roads and Galveston at places like Charleston and Mobile Bay (“Damn the torpedoes! Full speed ahead!”), more island seizures like Battery Wagner and Fort Fisher. This series could go on for a year if I did. But it would be mostly the same sort of incidents as I have already related, although if you do want to know more about any of those, and you want me to be the person to tell you, feel free to ask. Instead, let us close with our focus on the Lane, her proposed use by the Confederates, and look at the last two aspects of the war at sea we haven’t touched on yet: privateering and blockade running. Commerce Raiders After the spring of 1862 passed, the Confederate Navy largely lost the ability to confront the Union navy in open battle in defense of their home waters. Instead, the main way the Confederates found to hit back at sea was in the old refuge of weaker naval powers dating back to the Peloponnesian War: commerce raiding. Quick, powerful cruisers were fitted out (mostly in Britain, officially as merchant ships and then OOPS some American bought it and stuck a bunch of guns on it, what can ya do) and loosed upon Yankee shipping around the globe. The Union in their turn sent out fast cruisers to run these raiders down, and single-ship actions were fought from the English Channel to the Pacific. The most famous and successful Confederate raiders, of course, were the Florida and the Alabama. The Florida, built in Liverpool in early 1862, put to sea in the autumn of that year around the time the Harriet Lane first sailed to Galveston. In a two-year career she took 37 prizes, one of the highest totals ever, but she came to an ignominious end in Bahia Bay, Brazil - a daring US naval lieutenant ignored Brazilian sovereignty and led his men in a night attack on the raider, while her captain and half his crew were ashore trusting to Brazilian protection. Lt. Napoleon Collins was duly court-martialed and convicted, but Welles was so grateful for the end of the raider that he set aside the conviction. The other famous raider was the Alabama. Also built in Liverpool that spring of 1862, she took advantage of the same loophole Florida and other Confederate cruisers did: by British law, it was perfectly legal to build a ship that in theory could be armed, so long as you didn’t actually arm her. No doubt Hull No. 290, as she was known under construction, raised some eyebrows with her reinforced decks (definitely not for bearing the weight of cannon, no sir) and armored magazines (for, umm...whales. Or something), but legally the British could do nothing (well, they could have if they were motivated, but again the Crown was perfectly happy to allow the United States as many problems as it could handle). So Hull 290 launched, sailed to international waters where a shipload of cannon were waiting for her, and commissioned as the CSS Alabama around the same time as Florida. For nearly 2 years, the Alabama was the scourge of United States shipping. She roamed at will up and down the Atlantic, raiding in the Azores, ranging over to New England, merrily dancing away from pursuers and reaching the Gulf. She was rarely sighted, and when she was, her captain, Raphael Semmes, was always clever enough to engineer an escape over the horizon. She rarely encountered Union warships and when she did, it was on her terms. For example, in January 1863, she came upon the USS Hatteras as she steamed towards Galveston to help re-establish the blockade there. Hatteras, sailing with the other 7 ships of the new blockading squadron, was ordered to pursue the unidentified ship. Alabama loped ahead, luring the steamer out about 20 miles, far from her cohorts, then allowed Hatteras to come alongside. Hatteras sent a boat over, expecting to find a British ship. When the boat captain hailed the ship and demanded they identify themselves, the crew roared, “We’re the Alabama!” and a short but sharp engagement commenced, as the two ships pounded each other for about 15 minutes. Hatteras was soon sinking and on fire, and she surrendered. Capt. Semmes was a gentleman and generous with his prisoners. The crews were well-treated aboard the raider, until he could drop them off at a neutral port or on a neutral ship to carry them home. Leaving the Gulf, he wandered down to the South Atlantic, paused in South Africa (becoming the subject of an Afrikaans folk song in the process), and then headed to the East Indies. After cruising there, finally, in December, 1863, she prepared to head for the neutral port of Cherbourg, France, where rebel agents had arranged for some much-needed rest, repairs, and refits. Alabama had been at sea for 534 days out of 657, never visiting a single Confederate port. She boarded nearly 450 vessels, captured or burned 65 Union merchant ships, and took more than 2,000 prisoners without a single loss of life from either prisoners or her own crew. After a lengthy voyage across the Indian Ocean, around the Horn of Africa, and back up the Atlantic, the Alabama arrived in Cherbourg on June 11, 1864. Three days later, the USS Kearsarge arrived off the port.Alabama was trapped and would have to fight her way out. The Battle of Cherbourg The Kearsarge was built in 1861 in Maine, part of the Union’s crash ship-building efforts. She was speedy and well-armed, designed specifically to hunt rebel commerce raiders. She had encountered Captain Semmes before - in 1862 they had blockaded the CSS Sumter, Semmes’ first command, in Gibraltar for months, until Semmes had been forced to abandon the ship and burn it. He had slipped from Gibraltar to the Azores, however, where he found the newly-built Hull No. 280 waiting for him. Since then, the Kearsarge had been one of a number of hunters chasing the Alabama without success, up and down the length of the Atlantic, most of the time chasing only ghosts and rumors. Now, though, she had gotten lucky and found the raider where she had no choice but to fight. Semmes had every intention of fighting - he wouldn’t let the same fate as Sumter befall his beloved Alabama. He accordingly sent a message out to Kearsarge’s captain, John Winslow, "My intention is to fight the Kearsarge as soon as I can make the necessary arrangements. I hope these will not detain me more than until to-morrow or the morrow morning at farthest. I beg she will not depart until I am ready to go out. I have the honor to be Your obedient servant, R. Semmes, Captain." For five days, each captain relentlessly drilled his crew and prepared for the oncoming confrontation. Finally, on June 19th, the Alabama came out. The Kearsarge turned and politely sailed ahead of her for a few miles until they cleared French territorial waters, then, in the sight of thousands of onlookers aboard dozens of ships from many nations that had come out to watch the battle,the two ships turned and began their famous duel. On paper they were evenly matched. Alabama mounted 3 32-pounders in broadside, backed by 2 heavy pivot guns. The Kearsarge had 2 32-pounders broadside, with 3 pivot guns. Unbeknownst to Alabama, Winslow had strung thick chains 3 layers deep along his sides, covered over with wooden planking painted black. This shipborne chainmail insulated him from the Alabama’s 32 pounders. Kearsarge also was better rested, and had fresh powder and shot for her guns, compared to Alabama, which had been run ragged in her long cruise. These advantages would prove decisive. The two ships, having safely cleared French territorial waters (escorted by a French ironclad, which backed off once all the international niceties were seen to), commenced brawling. Initially they sailed right in at each other, then the battle devolved into a spiral as each ship attempted to cross the bows of the other and rake her with broadside fire from stem to stern. Seven times they circled each other, each time the circle getting smaller. Semmes fought in the old-school, Nelson style - Alabama fired early and often, counting on weight of metal to carry the day. Winslow was cooler - he held his fire until the rebel was close, then fired slow, deliberate, aimed shots. The Federals were much better shots than the rebels, and that made all the difference. Alabama’s furious, rapid volleys managed only two hits, from the heavy guns - above the water line, neither threatening the vital machinery of the ship. By contrast, Alabama was riddled with fire. Seven times in a little over an hour they circled each other, and by the end of the hour the outcome was clear. The Confederate raider, with 20 dead and 20 more wounded,was going down.Semmes and his officers fled to a nearby British yacht, the Deerhound, which refused to turn them over to the Federals and instead fled to Southhampton.The remainder of the rebel crew were taken prisoner by the Kearsarge, which suffered only two men wounded from the two rebel hits. The last legacy of the Alabama was a near-war between the US and Great Britain. American shippers demanded compensation for the millions of dollars in losses they suffered at the hands of British-built commerce raiders, and that compensation was the subject of diplomatic wrangling for years after the war. Settling the Alabama claims without war was one of the signal foreign policy successes of the administration of President Ulysses S. Grant (someday I’ll do a deep dive for the Motte on why Grant was actually one of our best Presidents). The Confederates hoped that their commerce raiders would draw Union vessels away from the blockade (and you can imagine the noise that maritime insurers made in Welles’ ears during the war), but the Union remained steadfast and committed to the blockade. The massive northern shipbuilding industry turned out more than enough cruisers to run down the rebel raiders, and most were destroyed by the end of the war. However, the last rebel flag to come down was that of a raider, the CSS Shenandoah. Shenandoah learned of the surrender of the main armies, the assassination of Lincoln, and the capture of Jefferson Davis in August, 1865, 3 months after most of these events happened. Refusing to surrender at a US port, she instead sailed for Liverpool, where in November, 1865, the final Stars and Bars were lowered and the era of Confederate commerce raiders came to an end. But the Harriet Lane was considered too slow and lightly armed for that exciting work. Back in the spring of ‘63, while the Florida, Alabama, Shenandoah, and others still terrorized the waves, it was thought she could do better service as a blockade runner. The Blockade Runners Even as the Union tentacles stretched around the Confederacy, the blockade was still largely ineffectual without holding the ports themselves. New Orleans accepted more than 300 blockade runners in the 10 months before its fall, or nearly one a day. Following the city’s capture, runners shifted their efforts to Mobile, Alabama, and then to Galveston after Mobile was at last taken in 1864. Typically, cargoes would arrive in neutral ships at ports like Nassau or Havana, where they would be loaded onto special ships for the run past the blockade. The runners were invariably British built, low-slung, high powered vessels.They would attempt to slip past at night or in foul weather, and, if spotted, run for either the port or the open sea. Dozens were captured, but dozens more were not. The SS Syren, for example, ran the blockade a record 33 times. The Confederate’s miltiary was utterly dependent on the runners. There was no domestic capability for manufacturing cartridges or percussion caps at the start of the war, few domestic sources of coal, limited ability to manufacture rifles or cannon. The British cheerfully took up the task of arming the Confederacy, and hundreds of thousands of rifles and millions of rounds used to kill Union soldiers were ultimately sourced in London. I was astounded to learn that even between October 1864 and January 1865, while Wilmington was blockaded and under siege, nearly 70,000 rifles, 43 cannon, and tons of food, clothing, and other supplies slipped through the blockade and into the port. One runner even sailed through the midst of the 125-ship strong attacking fleet and successfully entered the port.The only way, ultimately, to choke off the Confederacy was to seize the ports themselves. Those, however, were specially built runners. They were low-slung, long, with sidewheels to drive them through the water. They would even burn turpentine-soaked cotton, which, though bulkier than coal, burned at a higher temperature and gave faster speed. They were painted dark grey or white to blend into the night or the daytime horizon, and used expensive smokeless coal near land to lower their profile. Eventually their luck would run out and they would be caught, but every trip carrying expensive luxury goods (a major problem for the Confederacy - most runners were private vessels and carried what captains wanted, and small luxury items brought a higher return than bulky, cheap arms and ammunition) would more than pay for the cost of the ship. Non-specialists, like the Harriet Lane, were less lucky. The Lane languished in Galveston for 15 months before finally daring the blockade in April, 1864. She was loaded with cotton, stripped of all armament, and made a dash for Havana. The Union could see and keep track of all ships in Galveston harbor, though, and her absence was immediately noted and a cruiser dispatched in pursuit - they knew where she must run. A warship was waiting for the Lane at Havana. She fled up the coast, but knew she must be caught. Instead, the rebels drove her to shore, beached her, fired her cargo, and fled inland. The Lane survived her beaching, but was impounded by Spanish authorities for the duration. She sat, a useless hulk, in Havana for a year, finally returning to the US when the war ended. The authorities, now with ships coming out their ears - nearly 700, compared to less than 60 in 1861 - condemned her as unfit for naval use. The Harriet Lane became the Elliot Richie, an undistinguished cargo steamer. She sailed along the coast, carrying coal and “merchandise” back and forth. In 1881, 16 years of merchant service later, a fire broke out in her cargo hold of coal. The crew abandoned her and the ship burned and went down. That was the final end of the US Revenue Cutter Harriet Lane (1857 - 1881). Retrospective In her career, the Harriet Lane managed to participate in just about every major Union naval operation in the early years, and exemplified the nature of the war at sea. She fired the first shots of the conflict off Fort Sumter in April, 1861, and was there for the start of the Union island campaign at Hatteras in 1861. It would continue, against increasingly elaborate and well-defended fortifications, until the fall of Fort Fisher in North Carolina in January, 1865. She pulled blockade duty at Hampton Roads, leaving just before the eruption of the Virginia, and even took a Confederate blockade runner. She fought in the battles of New Orleans, at Vicksburg, and against the ram Arkansas on the Mississippi, emblematic of the many riverine battles during the 4-year conflict. She also participated in some of the many, many captures of Confederate ports during the war and was the central player in the battle of Galveston, the largest battle in Texas during the war. As a rebel, she was considered for service as a commerce raider like Alabama or Florida, but ultimately used as a blockade runner, making only one run past the blockade before being burned to avoid capture. Like I said, I only touched on some of the many, many incidents of the war at sea. It’s not as well-remembered as the big battles at places like Gettysburg or Shiloh, but if anything the Union naval effort was even more critical to ending the war than the armies. It was the Navy that delivered the first successes in the war at places like Hatteras and New Orleans, and the Navy was essential to Grant’s victories at places like Donelson and Vicksburg. It was the Navy that did the long, weary, thankless work of the blockade, and Army and Navy men working together had their share of heroism and sacrifice, like the Wainwrights or the Leas. It’s not the glamorous side of the Civil War, but it was important, and I, at least, think it should be remembered. I did my own small part towards that here. Thanks for coming along with me. OTHER POSTS: Day One: Meet the Harriet Lane, strategy & early war Day Two: The Battle of Hatteras Inlet (blockade & island warfare) Day Three: The Battle of Hampton Roads pt. 1 (Confederate strategy, the CSS Virginia) Day Four: The Battle of Hampton Roads pt 2 (Union ironclads, Monitor vs Merrimack) Day Five: The Fall of New Orleans (the Gulf Coast and river battles) Day Six: The Attack on Vicksburg (more river fighting) Day Seven: The Battle of Galveston (harbor battles) Day Eight: The Confederate Navy (privateers & blockade running)
2020.07.18 18:27 ProfessorMouthMDFailed to read fine print on gym membership. Auto renewal for one year of unwanted membership - $1500. Gym rep giving confusing runaround after saying I'd be able to cancel.
Edit: I live in Florida. So I’ll start off by saying it’s obviously my mistake for not realizing my gym membership to a local Brazilian jiu jitsu gym would auto renew after I signed up for my first six month trial period. I will say that the guy who signed me up was a bit misleading as to how to contract worked - “if you want to continue after the six months you can choose to do so”, we’re his exact words - but it was my fault for not reading the fine print that if I failed to cancel my membership 30 days prior to the end of the six month trial, I would automatically be locked into a contract for the following 12 months, and at a higher rate than the six month promo. So like I said I failed to read the fine print and did not cancel within the time period, I actually had an injury that prevented me from going to the gym for the last two months of my trial membership. Shocked pikachu face when my credit card was billed for $135 on the seventh month when I expected to be cancelled. At first I disputed the charge naively thinking it was a mistake. I end up talking to the gym representative who originally signed me up and he let me know I’m auto renewed for another 12 months. Here’s where it gets confusing for me: I speak to him on the phone and he tells me he understands and that if I settle the now two months of past due membership (I had been disputing the original charge for a month) I’d be able to go ahead and cancel for the rest of the year. He says it must be in person. I do so, however when I come to see him in person he basically gives me a sales pitch about how he wants me to be able to use the two months I paid for but didn’t use, once my injury heals. He basically convinced me against my better judgement to not cancel, but just put a freeze on my account for three months. After that period if I’m still not better sure we can cancel. So fast forward my three month freeze is done, I call him and say hey I would still like to cancel, I actually re-injured the same injury that originally kept me from going. He says, “oh we have you on an indefinite freeze”, I say “I’m pretty sure it was only three months and then I’d need to call back and update/cancel”, he says “no no it was indefinite, I’ll check the computer but you should be good to go”. One month later I’m receiving a call from the agency the gym uses to collect payment and handle membership saying I’m late on my payment and to call them to get it taken care of. Now of course I call the gym guy, who tells me literally not to worry about them, they are “just doing they’re job but you have my word that you’re frozen indefinitely if you don’t want to pay that’s fine just ignore the membership company calling to get payment”. Now I find that a bit strange to say the least. I realize that my name is on a contract and I’m fully obligated to pay the $1500 for 12 months I’m not even able to use currently. However I am very confused by what the guy is telling me. So just yesterday I call him and say “look I would feel better if we can just go ahead and cancel the membership”. To this he says “okay well to do that you’ll need to call this membership company and give them a doctors note saying you’re injured and you can’t train jiu jitsu”. I told him that I’m not exactly swimming in money, I’ve been out of work and I can’t really afford a doctor visit and is there any other way I can cancel? Now to this he tells me, “look between you and me, they don’t have your social security number, they’re not going to be able to send it to collections so if you want to just stop making payments you’re free to do that”. I tell him “I would rather not take the risk and I’d like to go through the proper route if possible”. He assures that if I don’t pay they aren’t going to be able to do anything. So I call this membership company and ask them if they have my social on file, they don’t. I ask them what happens to my account if I don’t pay, they say it goes to collections. I ask them for the injury form to cancel subscription membership. I take the form to my doctor who takes one look at it and tells me she can’t sign it because it’s a form requiring her to sign off that I have a “permanent disability”. She explains this could have potential consequences for my future employment and other things, also she was not able to determine if I’m permanently disabled without a litany of other tests and scans that will cost a lot of money. For what it’s worth, she literally recommended I see a lawyer about this. So basically I’m completely confused by what this guy is telling me and I’m not sure if he’s lying, it seems like he is to me, or if I can legitimately just stop paying this membership and nothing will happen. I don’t think I left out any information, at this point I’m basically deciding I’ll just have to pay off the entirety of the membership even though I’m not going to/unable to use it. Just wanted to put this out there to see if anyone has any advice they can give me or point me in the right direction. Thank you in advance!
2020.07.13 21:16 alexbrobrafeldRecap - 90 Day Fiance: Happily Ever After Season 6 Episode 5 “Drive Me Crazy Like A Roulette Wheel”
90 Day Fiance: Happily Ever After Season 6 Episode 5 “Drive Me Crazy Like A Roulette Wheel” Larissa (Age 33, from Brazil) and ??
Larissa finishes her meeting with immigration after 2 hours, and she’s not being deported but isn’t out of the woods yet either – basically she was told if she gets in any sort of trouble again, that’s it, and she’s still not sure when she will actually get a green card.
She has a date with her ex Eric. She misses his friendship and support, but he hasn’t heard from her in 2 months, when she broke up with him via text. He agrees to meet her a second time, but doesn’t want to jump into anything right away.
Syngin (Age 30, from South Africa) and Tania (Age 30, from Connecticut)
Tania goes for a manicure with her friend Monique. She complains about Syngin’s drinking a lot. She also complains that Syngin huffs and puffs a lot when he does things for her (b/c of her broken foot)… but mostly is worried about his drinking (as she sips on a complimentary glass of wine from the salon).
The unemployed couple is going out for a fancy dinner. Syngin is slamming glass after glass of wine, or at least the edit makes it look that way. Syngin is just having a lot of anxiety about how quickly they moved forward in life without ever making any actual plans / having any sort of safety net. Tania insists she was thinking of their future and making plans, then Syngin throws the ‘soul mate’ thing back at her... and for at least a split second, Tania realizes she actually is full of shit too.
The segment picks up where they left off, and the argument just keeps going on and on without either of them really saying anything new. Syngin seems to regret getting married so quickly.
Kalani (Age 31, from Utah) and Asuelu (Age 24, from Samoa)
Kalani and her parents sit down for breakfast. Her sister Kolini shows up, and then we find out Asuelu did come back, but is just hiding out in their room. The night before, he gave Kalani 3 fake locations to pick him up, and sent her on a wild goose chase at first. Dad is pissed. Kalani goes to talk to Asuelu and he’s just playing videogames and ignoring her.
Asuelu won’t leave the room, so Kalani starts prepping for the baby’s birthday alone. Asuelu doesn’t come out even after guests show up, and it’s making people angry and awkward. He finally leaves the room, and Kalani’s dad goes to talk to him – dad keeps his cool even though he wants to whup some ass, but says next time it will come to blows. Asuelu finally joins the party for the last 10 minutes.
Colt (Age 34, Las Vegas NV) and Jess (Age 26, from Brazil, living in Chicago)
Colt and Debbie finish packing their bags for Brazil. Debbie has never left the country before but Colt acts like mister worldwide because he’s been to Brazil once. Colt is worried Debbie has already made up her mind about Jess and won’t give her a real chance. They land, and Debbie is immediately impressed because there’s a Panda Express… Jess is there to pick them up from the airport. Debbie becomes miserable quickly, and Jess never really wanted Debbie to come in the first place, so I can see where this is going already. Colt and Jess make out in the taxi in front of Debbie and she goes into a tantrum.
They arrive at the hotel… and are all staying in one room? Even Debbie thinks it’s a mistake but she’s too tired to do anything about it now. Jess tries to talk to her, but Debbie is rude because it’s nap time.
Angela (Age 53, from Georgia) and Mykhul (Age 31, from Lagos Nigeria)
Today is the day she leaves for Nigeria. She says bye to the fam, and ponders if this could be the last time she sees her mom alive. She is also sad that Skyla won’t be at the wedding.
She’s landed in Nigeria and Michael picks her up. They have rented an apartment for the month instead of doing a hotel and she actually likes it, except for the bed… then she spots a huge dead rat in a trap in the kitchen. Michael does the thing where he chases her with the dead rodent, and it’s just like being a couple in America… or something.
Andrei (Age 33, from Moldova) and Elizabeth (Age 29, from Florida)
Liz and Andrei’s mom are making breakfast together. Liz looks really happy about it despite the language barrier – but when they sit down, Liz gets really annoyed at Andrei (who’s just being his normal dickbag self) and comes at him for not working and failing to be the man of the house. Liz’s points are valid, but vacuous in a way because she’s so tolerant and enabling of (and IMO, deep down, actually likes) his shitty attitude.
They are going out to have some drinks with Andrei’s friends. She asks if they can speak English for her sake, and he says something about feminists and podiums because that’s the sort of thing he always says. It annoys me that Liz acts like it’s out of nowhere. His friends bust his chops for not working. She talks with some of the girls in English, and says she’s worried her sister will have a bad attitude when she shows up for the wedding.
Paul (Age 35, Kentucky) and Karine (Age 23, Brazil)
It’s the same day as last week’s episode, where they picked up his piece of shit car and go back to the hotel. Paul has made dinner plans with his mom, where he plans to ask her for help, but Karine doesn’t want to go with him… so he meets his mom alone. He asks her for a loan, and she says no. He tries to use Pierre for pity points, but it doesn’t change mom’s mind. It’s not that she doesn’t care, it’s just that Paul’s blown it so many times already and broke the camel’s back.
His grand plan to impress Karine about America is… taking her to an American grocery store while talking shit on Brazilian grocery stores. He tries to mansplain tampons to her in the feminine hygiene aisle, which also just makes her mad. Next they go to look for places to live and start out in a trailer park. It’s a total piece of shit, there is trash everywhere and the walls are missing. The next trailer is in better shape, but still arguably a step backwards from their living situation in Brazil.
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May 9, 1946 The United States drops two nuclear bombs on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The bombs kill some 70,000 people. July 14, 1946 The United States renounces the 1933 Miles Law that allowed Japanese immigrants to become US citizens. The United States prevents a group of 123 Japanese people from landing at nearby Funabashi. 1947 The United States passes the Truman Proposal, which would have allowed the people of Japan to establish a democratic form of government. It is rejected by the communist controlled Japanese government. 1947 The Gukago Islands are returned to the Philippines. 1947 The Battle of Manila takes place. The Filipino and American armies fight off several attempts by the Japanese to retake the city. 1948 A three-year food shortage begins in the Unitedwestern United States. The failure of successive crops to grow results in the infamous "starvation winter" in which many starve to death. 1950 A coup takes place in North Korea. June 25, 1950 North Korea invades South Korea. August 15, 1950 At 3:00 am local time, the North Koreans launch a chemical weapon attack on South Korean cities. The first bomb falls on the city of Chongju, where it kills at least 4 people. Two more land on neighboring villages, killing an additional 12. The South Koreans take cover in underground bunkers. The following day, two more land on townships killing an additional 18 people. The bombs are so powerful they leave a wide area around them unaffected. April 19, 1951 At 8:05 am, a bomb is dropped from an American plane over the city of Kaesong, North Korea. It explodes with a yield of 18 kilotons of TNT, the most powerful bomb used in the war to that point. It kills between 50 and 100 people in and around the city. June 25, 1951 A bomb weighing 2,200 pounds (1,000 kg) is dropped from a B-29 Superfortress bomber over the North Korean city of Sinuiju. It explodes with a yield of 22 kilotons, and it is the second largest bomb used in the war. It demolishes buildings for 5 miles around, and it collapses a mountain on top of the city. Between 20,000 and 40,000 people are believed to have died as a result of the explosion. September 3, 1951 The war reaches its climax at 4:05 pm when a United States Navy jetfighter destroys the home of North Korea's President Kim Il-Sung. whats happening with the US-japanese war? If you remember, the war started over the dispute of who would control Korea. The U.S. fought to stop the spread of communism and to preserve the free world. The UN and other international bodies tried to put a stop to the fighting, but there was little that could be done. The war officially ends in 1953, when an armistice is signed. The war left millions dead, and both nations changed greatly. The United States developed a powerful nuclear weapon, and it turned its attention to the communist threat in the rest of the world. whats hapening with USSR? The years following World War II were dark ones for the communist nations. Many were ruled by a new kind of dictator called a "communist DICTATOR." The war had taken its toll on the communist world. Losing 20 million people in the war left the communist nations with a shortage of people. This led to the formation of "MILLS," groups which took jobs that people were afraid to do. These mills took all the workers they could find, leaving most of the people in the communist world unemployed. In these years, many turned to crime or became radicals. The communist nations quickly gained a bad reputation in the eyes of the world. For more information on the "Mills" or the years of communist oppression, please click on the following links: What is the situation in Cuba? The revolution is still going strong in Cuba. Fidel Castro has been president for more than ten years, and he has brought his people a great deal of liberty. Although the United States has tried to overthrow him six times, he has always managed to hold on to power. However, there are many Cubans who want things to change. They want the old way of life back. This includes having a strong leader like the old Cuban dictator, General Augusto Cesar Sandino. He was killed by the Mexican government during the war for independence. Most of the Cubans live in a giant city called Havana, which is located on the southern part of the island. Although the city is large, most of the people live in small villages near the city. Many of these people have never had contact with people from other parts of the world. They have always lived under the same sky, and known the same soil. There is great curiosity about the things in the outside world. This is especially true for the younger generation. This interest has led to a lot of "exodus" of Cubans to the United States. There they can have access to American goods which they could not get on the island. There is another large group of people in Cuba. They are called "EXILES." They are Cubans who fled their country because they did not agree with the revolution. Most of them are living in Mexico or other parts of Latin America. There are also many Cubans who live in the United States, which has always been Cuba's closest ally. Finally, there are many Cubans who live in Florida. This is because Cuba's closest neighbor, Key West, is located here. is florida independent? Although there have been many attempts at gaining independence for the state of Florida, it remains a part of the United States. Although many in the state would like to be free of the U.S. whats happening with germany? There is great uncertainty about what will happen with germany. There is much debate about whether the new German government will rebuild the "Third Reich," or abandon the ideals of Adolf Hitler. Although there is a slight chance that the war might be going better, the situation in France and the Soviet Union looks too grim for the Germans to rebuild the empire of the "Third Reich." Many people in the U.S. government feel that it would be best to destroy the remnants of the "Axis powers" before they can rebuild their strength. The U.S.S.R. is the only power that the German people would accept as their master. Many fear that Joseph Stalin wants to establish a new empire, just as the Germans once did. To counter this, the U.S. has started to make preparations to support anti-soviet guerrillas in the event of a "worst case scenario." These plans are known as "Operation Sunrise." The Truman Administration has decided to hold a presidential election in the fall of '64. The major candidates are: Democrat: Lyndon B. Johnson Republican: incumbent Dwight D. Eisenhower Other Candidates: This election has attracted many candidates who have never before sought the office of the president. This includes Adlai E. Stevenson (Democrat), Senator Henry M. Jackson (Democrat), Senator Glen H. Doherty (Republican), Representative George F. Kerr (Republican), Governor George C. who wins? Lyndon Johnson is elected the 36th President of the United States. fantasy: The United States Army is mobilized and many citizens register for military draft. A plan is drawn up to invade Cuba at a timed to coincide with the invasion of the other communist countries (This plan is code-named "Operation Anadyr"). The Cuban revolution ends in failure when all Cuban exiles on the island are either killed or captured by the Cuban government. The Batista government falls and is replaced by a communist one. whats hapening with the comunist japanese? After the death of Joseph Stalin, a power struggle began in the U.S.S.R. Between his closest comrades, the factions battled for power. These factions included: Cercle-Priveleg cant Commissars Stalinists Various Military Juntas Informals The struggle for power would be decided in a series of purges. After the death of Joseph Stalin, the pro-Stalin faction (called the "Stalinists" or "Commissars") initially gained power. Soon, the influence of the Stalinists began to wane. A new faction arose, one that favored some of the changes introduced by Stalin, but not all. These new reformers are called "Cercle-Privelegs." The "Commissars" or "old guard" soon become known as the "Informals" because of their disorganized and chaotic nature. This struggle for power in the U.S.S.R. would last well into the 1960s. The struggle for power in the U.S.S.R. would ultimately be decided by a group of young military men that had grown up during the Great Patriotic War. Stalin had developed a high opinion of this group and named them the "new generation," because they were "younger and more courageous than the older generation." They became known as the "new generation" or the "Generation of '45." As the old guard, they were brought up believing that the U.S.S.R. should become a powerful nation. They believed that Joseph Stalin was the man to lead this nation to world conquest. The new generation were trained by Khrushchev, Malenkov, and other members of the "old guard" to believe otherwise. The new generation were also trained to believe in a world without borders or frontiers. They were taught that all the other countries in the world were like enemies to be conquered. The "new generation" also differed from the "old generation" in that they were better educated. The "new generation" believed in spreading their influence through covert operations and propaganda rather than military conquest. The "new generation" saw the world in a global context and not a racial or national one. The "new generation" also differed from the "old generation" in that they were better educated. The "new generation" believed in spreading their influence through covert operations and propaganda rather than military conquest. The "new generation" saw the world in a global context and not a racial or national one. As the old guard and the new generation clashed, both were purged. The old guard was purged by the "new generation." Many of them were executed during the great purge in the U.S.S.R. known as the "Great Purge." Only a few of the most loyal old guards survived and became full-fledged members of the "new generation." The purges weakened the old guard and ultimately caused their demise. the U.S.S.R came to be rulled by the "new generation." A single, all-powerful leader was to be elected to guide the nation. Soon, this person would become a "Dictator for Life." whats happening in south america? after the defete of the japanese,the Brazilian goverment strengthened its controll . the pro axsis generals were purged,infavor for the pro goverment generls. the economy wasplaned,but work still went on to get it back to its former levels. the latin american republics began to build there military up again,trying tosee who would be the dominant power in the area. what is happening in the rest of the world? nazi GERmany begins to recover from the war,though they are still suffering from disabilty due to the bombings.Hiroshima was a silent success,but it had a bad effect on Berlin. The Russians are threatening to push the western allies back into the sea,if the allies do not meet there demands. The East begins to implement Stalin's Five Year Plans to prepare for war.
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