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Housewife highlights/Daily shit talk - October 25th, 2020

2020.10.25 13:41 readingrachelx Housewife highlights/Daily shit talk - October 25th, 2020

NEW JERSEY
"Listen, it's not that I'm enjoying my life," he exclusively tells E! News. "It's the life that I have to live now. Okay? So what am I supposed to do? I'm working." Ever the hustler, he's got his hands in a few businesses—ranging from real estate and a celebrity boxing match to what he obliquely refers to as "a woman's massager, let's just say"—and he's even testing the waters on romance with a new attorney paramour. "We're not really dating," the 48-year-old says, "but we're, like, seeing each other or whatever." (Fun fact: She's actually "a fan" of his ex-wife, Teresa Giudice.)
But despite more or less settling into this new normal in Salerno ("It went by so damn quick, I can't even believe I've been here a year"), he hasn't let go of hope that one day he'll be able to return to the country he called his from the time his parents landed on New Jersey's shores in the 1970s when he was an infant.
With his four daughters, Gia, 19, Gabriella, 16, Milania, 14, Audriana, 11, his siblings and mom all based in the States, "I want to eventually be able to come back to the U.S. and visit my family whenever I want, you know?" he reasons. "Because that's only right, I would imagine."
On His Latest Business Venture
"I just signed a deal to start importing sofas, chairs and what have you from an Italian company here. They're actually handmade sofas, leather sofas. I just partnered up with this guy there, we're going to start shipping couches directly to the customer, to their home so you cut out the middle guy. Let's say the couch cost $8,000, you cut out the other $8,000 to ship it to a shop in America, this, that and the other thing. So you save a lot of money. So I'm going to be wholesaling sofas to the customers all over the place."
On Entering the Sex Toy Trade
"My other business is Zalo USA. It's basically a woman's massager. I wouldn't call it my sex shop because it's not, we don't sell any of those other things. It's basically just high-end massagers that are made by an Italian French designer. So they're made of top quality material and, I mean, it's a very good product. To be honest with you, I never really handled one until I got involved in this business. I always wanted to get involved in that business and I did. Listen, it's paying me and the bills and it's a good business. I sent one to Teresa and the whole cast. I'm sure that they're having fun. I'm sure that each of them are gonna try it because it's a pretty cool item. I know I couldn't perform like that!"
On Staying in Fighting Shape
"I go to the gym, I train for three-to-four hours a day, I've got a fight coming up, Celebrity Boxing. Actually we formed a Celebrity MMA as well, so that's going to be coming out right after the Celebrity Boxing....I'm actually in better shape now because I'm thicker and I look more like I did. Not like back then, I mean back then, to tell you the truth, I was too big. I looked like a fathead, to be honest with you. And I'm definitely in much better shape right now. But also I've been training, I've been hitting the bags, actually getting in the ring and boxing and kicking and all that. So I've been a black belt forever but I did a little bit of boxing. I know how to throw punches."
On Living Through COVID in Italy
"Now they wanna close everything down at 11 p.m., they don't want you to go out, which I think is ridiculous. What the frick is the difference, you know what I mean? I don't know what the hell's going on.... It's not that I'm not nervous about getting it, it's just that I think we've had plenty of diseases in our time, we've had AIDS, we've had flus, pneumonias, you name it, we've had it....Millions literally died from I guess they called it the Spanish Influenza or whatever it was back then....I mean it was the same thing. They both died of not being able to breathe, lungs filling up with fluid, that's what happens, you die after that happens."
His Daughters' Upcoming Visit
"Two of my daughters will be coming Nov. 4, Milania and Gia. So I'm excited. It would be nice if all four came but the little one's got dance and Gabriella is very on top of her game, she doesn't like to miss anything. Which is understandable. I FaceTime with them all the time. I talk to Teresa all the time, too. You know, we're OK. It is what it is....We wanna set something up for Christmas, we're talking maybe meeting at an island. Hopefully everything opens up."
On His Relationship With Teresa
"I mean, listen, we talk every day but, we kind of moved on already. What are you going to do? It's been a while. If I was living there, it would be a different story, but I'm not. I'm over here, eight hours away in Italy, full of a bunch of Italian women."
Coparenting Together
"I've known Teresa since she was born. My father drove her father to the hospital and she was born. Their family was from my town over here, where I was born, and her parents knew my parents when they were in the old country here so we go back a long way. I can't get mad at her. She's the mother of my four daughters and she's taking care of them right now because obviously I can't. What am I going to do, have the kids move here to a country that they don't even know the language? That would be a disaster. That'll be even worse. So the only thing we can do is try to make things the best we can. It's a shame what they had to go through, those kids. Thank God they're tough kids but it's still a damn shame. At the end of the day, you know, we're doing our best."
On How Their Kids Are Maturing
"I've gotta be honest with you, they listen. They definitely respect me more than their mom, obviously. But they do listen to Teresa as well. And I've got to tell you the truth, they are very respectful, you know what I mean? They're good kids and we're lucky in that sense. I guess we did something right, you know? Because they are very good and I've gotta say they're straight. So in that sense, we're blessed. Cursed in another sense, but blessed in that sense."
On Seeing Teresa Date
"What's she going to do, stay alone forever? That's not fair, as well. Look, if I would have got out and I would have been able to go home, who knows what would happen? Maybe we'd still be in the same situation, maybe not. I don't know. Things change after so many years."
On His Prison Sentence For Fraud
"Look, everybody makes mistakes. I did what I had to do. I spent a lot of time in prison. People kill people and get that kind of time, you know what I mean? I just think it was a little too harsh, the sentence. I think they could have been a little lenient and they could have still made a point. You know what I mean?"
Contemplating a Run for President in Italy
"This country here should be one of the richest countries in the world. It really should, because they had everything going here. Every factory going, you name it. They got all great stuff here. It's just ran terribly....At the end of the day, anything's possible. You know, here, my record's clean! I'm a saint here!"
NEW YORK
"A Housewife never tested positive for coronavirus," a source close to production tells PEOPLE.
A crew member did test positive, causing filming to be partially suspended. The women are tested multiple times a week and have all regularly received negative results. Filming has since resumed."
SALT LAKE CITY
“I had a very skewed vision of what Salt Lake was before we had the opportunity to tap into this world and this culture. I had been out for Sundance, so I knew Sundance was a part of Salt Lake City, but other than that, I never really thought Salt Lake City being Housewives, right?” said Mix. “You don’t think of it being like glamorous, and like over-the-top personalities.”
“We were like, ‘Oh, wow, it is a completely different world that these women have carved their own niche in, they are rocking it,” she continued.
Another thing Mix was surprised to learn about the ladies’ culture? The prevalence of plastic surgery.
“Heather [Gay] owns a beauty lab and laser spot, and Jen [Shah] is not shy about telling us that she gets all the work done,” said Mix. “Heather mentions that they’re part of the reason why beauty and plastic surgery and med spas and things like that are so famous in Utah, is because to get work done on yourself is perfecting yourself. And the more perfect you are, it’s like the closer you are to God. You’re supposed to be as perfect as possible. If embraced, you want to be the best version of yourself in every way, and that’s also in appearance."
Fans of The Real Housewives of Orange County will also be excited to know that Mix said RHOSLC has a very similar dynamic.
“It’s not a whole lot that goes down in the OC, so they stay in each other’s business. I think Utah is another place, it’s small, so they stay in each other’s business,” she said. “I also feel like OC, because it’s a small city, that the family drama sometimes becomes bigger. When you don’t have the distractions of a city, then it is the family that you’re rooted in. And it is a lot of family stuff that these women come [with], a lot of rooted family stuff.”
Although, RHOSLC also has something major in common with The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.
“I say OC because it reminds me so much of it, but I say Beverly Hills because these women are fabulous. They are fabulous," said Mix. "They are fabulous and a little over the top. Like they know they’re fabulous.”
ORANGE COUNTY
"On October 22, Tamra received a CO2 Laser treatment at Newport Surgical Center and she shared a look at the session through a series of IG clips. In the caption, she explained that the skin technology can be "used to remove cancerous, precancerous, [and] non-melanoma lesions" by "vaporizing" the top layers of the skin. "Oh and it helps with fine lines, acne scares, age spots, wrinkles and promotes collagen," she added.
The skin resurfacing laser works by using fractional technology to cause micro-injuries in the skin to create new tissue and collagen and typically takes up to two weeks to recover from.
Less than 24 hours after the procedure, Tamra returned to IG to show her progress. "Woke up to swelling, oozing, redness. It doesn't hurt too bad, just really tight from the swelling and bleeding just a little bit," she shared in a video clip. In the following post, she revealed that she was "getting more swollen by the hour."
On October 23, Tamra shared another photo update. In the snap, her complexion appeared slightly less red than before. "Day 2 ~ CO2 laser swelling starting to go down (started steroids pack) and skin feels crispy," she wrote. The OC mom also revealed that she had a "rough" night and got "extremely sick from antibiotics."
If Tamra's healing process looks a bit familiar it may be because Shannon Storms Beador also got a CO2 laser treatment last December. Shannon got the procedure done in preparation for the Season 14 reunion and also shared images of her recovery process on social media."
“Did Braunwyn’s mom really reach out to you and tell you that [Braunwyn] is an alcoholic?” a fan asked on October 23.
“Complete lie! We dm on Instagram and she reached out to ask me how Simon [and] the kids were doing. After answering I said ‘I hope you and B are in a better place,'” Tamra explained.
In a second question, another fan asked Tamra if she would be returning to the show for season 16.
“Good chance of that happening,” Tamra replied.
“What is with Emily coming at you? Clearly they all need you to help start anything,” a third fan asked.
“No idea,” Tamra admitted. “Last I saw [or] spoke to her was at reunion.”
“Are you getting paid for still helping to hold this season of RHOC?” one fan asked, noting that Bravo should “show Tamra the money.”
“Nope!” Tamra responded.
“Thoughts on Shannon saying she really has no need to talk to you [because] you live 45 minutes away,” wrote another curious follower.
“We actually live 20/25 [minutes] away. I guess that sums up her type of a friendship? What’s convenient for her!” Tamra replied.
“I’ve gotten a lot of questions about Simon. I’m not comfortable talking about his health since Simon has not given [a] public update,” Tamra explained. “I’ve only spoke about what he’s put out there in the past. As you can imagine it’s been very difficult. [Cancer sucks]. Thank you for asking.”
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2020.10.16 15:55 SportyPenis Turns out the 2020 dumbphone is actually… not a dumbphone

Smartphones are amazing. They are litteraly tiny computers that we can carry and that cost a fraction of what computers from the 90 costed, even if they are vastly more versatile and powerful. We all love technology (Redditors, right?) and what smartphones can do for us, no need to deny that they are extremely useful. Google Maps, Podcast, Music, online banking, shopping on Amazon, online dating and hookups, texting, etc. Once you tasted those things on a phone, it’s very hard to go back.
In this day and age, we all know that we spend hours and hours of our precious free time glued on small phone screens. There’s no way we can deny it anymore. Those precious tools became more than tools. They became entertainment and a social crutch. I challenge you to take a walk without your phone and your headphones. All you’ll see around you is zombies walking while looking at their screen.
But lately, I’ve seen a lot of threads about phone addiction and how people are trying to escape this rabbit hole. There’s a growing consciousness about it. And more and more people can feel that there’s something wrong with it. They miss mindfulness. They miss presence. They miss spontaneity and wonder and boredom.
I’m one of those people. 34 years old, had a phone for a while now. Dumbphone when young then smartphone when they came out. Mostly flagship Androids and iPhones. And lately I’ve been trying many things to « cure » my smartphone addiction. I wanted my attention back. My awareness and to put it bluntly, my life back. I know it seems dramatic but the maths are quite simple. If you spend 5 hours of your day on a phone, that’s 35 hours a week. And that’s also… 10 straight weeks a year. That is YEARS of lifetime if you do that your whole life. Anyway, I’m rambling.
So I’ve been a big fan of Tristan Harris (Center for Humane Technology) and Cal Newport (Digital Minimalism) for a long time and I tried everything to cure this smartphone addiction :
· Self control (I’m too weak)
· Greyscale your phone
· Timing limitation on apps
· Deleting social media apps (I’ll say that I was never very hooked on social media, deleted my IG years ago and only use FB for Messenger)
· Smaller iPhone (iPhone SE 1st gen)
· Apple Watch instead of carrying a smartphone
· Downgrading to a dumbphone (Nokia 3310 and Alcatel Flip Go with KaiOS)
Turns out none of those things worked properly. In 2020, the truth is, unless you’re living off the grid with your family or you’re a fucking monk, getting rid of smartphones is actually a bad idea for most people. We need to communicate (phone, texting), we need to move (Maps), we need to date (Tinder, Bumble), we need to shop (Amazon), etc…
A dumb phone will mostly frustrate you because you can’t reply to your texts, transfer your contacts properly, read important emails, set alarms easily, use google maps, take a quick picture of a recipe, menu or schedule and archive it on your cloud, etc.
We can’t enjoy like with a smartphone yet we can’t live without it. So what can you do?
One thing I realized is I was enamored with the interaction I had with my phones, being mostly high-end phones. The interface is smooth and responsive. There’s a reactivity, a real joy in having a machine that’s so quick and easy to navigate. And I realized that great UI is a big part of why we’re hooked on smartphones. It’s so easy to use it’s litteraly an extension of your brain, like a 6th finger…
The new OnePlus 8T has a stellar chip and like 12 Gb of Ram. Same for the new iPhone 12 with an A14 chip that’s more powerful thant most laptop computers. You can multitask like crazy with those phones.
Well, believe it or not, what worked for me was simply to DOWNGRADE my phone experience. How? By trading my iPhone 11 for a cheap Android, with very limiting hardware. For exemple, I got a cheap (120$ USD) Motorola phone, Moto G Fast (should be called Moto G Slow) with an entry level chip, 32gb of internal storage and a mere 3 gb of Ram. It also has a 720p screen, which is not very impressive for 2020, to say the least. But despite that, this phone has all the apps (Google maps, banking, Amazon, etc) that I use as tools and that I care for. It can do most of what my iPhone 11 did but slowly and with a worst experience. Using this phone works but the experience is not enjoyable. And that’s exactly what I wanted.
To push the experience even more, I installed a minimalist launcher called Before Launcher, which is litteraly just a text UI. This cheap phone with a simple launcher make for a very barebone experience, while keeping all the tools I need. I’m not in love with my phone anymore, it’s just a stupid tool, like my toothbrush or my kettle.
I’ve been doing this for almost a month now and the results are the pretty good :
· I don’t « love » my phone anymore or identify with it. It’s a tool.
· My phone is less and less an entertainment device
· Being so cheap, I don’t care if I break it or not, which is pretty cool coming from an iPhone 11
· I don’t need my phone by my side all the time
· I spend massively less time on my phone
· Battery lasts almost 3 days
· I can watch a whole movie without looking at my phone
· I can read on my Kindle without looking at my phone all the time for stimulation
· I am more patient in lineups and in traffic. I just look around, breathe and rarely put radio on because ads annoy me.
· Progressively, I learned to enjoy walks without podcasts and music. This is something Cal Newport encourage.
· My concentration/focus increased and I feel more productive at work
· With friends, I feel more involved in conversations, more « present » and aware. I feel the quality of my attention increased.
· My sleep is better and longer. I get between 7 and 8 hours every night now.
The only « downside » I see is the camera is quite bad. I’m not big on photography but maybe next time I want to travel, I’ll want to snap good pictures. I would buy something that take good pictures without being so smooth (never another iPhone, those are way too good and addictive for me and the new iPhone 12 with the OLED screen will probably be incredible). I’d get something like a Pixel 4a and get back to my shitty phone when I come back from the travel.
So that worked for me, I’m sorry for the wall of text text! I thought that was something that was worth sharing because I never actually read that trick anywhere and it really helped me keep all the functionnality of a smartphone while kicking the addiction progressively. So if you have some pocket change, grab a cheap Android on Craigslist and give it a go!
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2020.09.14 21:02 mr_tyler_durden Notes and Highlights of Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear’s Live Update September 14, 2020

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2020.09.14 18:35 CFB_Referee Hurricane Sally

Sally remains a hurricane and is moving slowly.

From the latest public advisory (as of 9/16 11:30 AM ET) Sally is likely to cause issues with rainfall, storm surge, surf, wind tornados, and flooding - including potential inland flooding.
Check your local weather or emergency management agency for more specific information where you are.
 
Please look to local news, local weather, and local and state emergency management agencies to find out more about how you may be affected, if you need to evacuate, and steps on getting prepared. Please everyone stay safe.
 
U Forecasts, Predictions, and Watches/Warnings
 
Tulsa Preparedness & Planning
College students should check out their university's emergency alert system - if you're not signed up to get notices, you should!
Useful links on: hurricane preparedness, emergency kits, emergency supplies for your car.
 
Louisburg Other things worth thinking about or getting:
  • General: A cooler. Fun/mental health stuff - books, games, etc. Cash. Weather radio and batteries. Flashlights > candles. Backup cell phone, laptop, or other batteries. Extra water. Hand sanitizer. Comfort items (a toddler's blankie, the puppy's favorite toy, your grandpa's watch you can't imagine losing).
  • Specialized: Transportation and assistive devices (think especially about children, pets, the elderly, people with disabilities).
  • Cars: Gas. Window breakeseatbelt cutter.
 
Gattaca Florida Safety:
  • Check your smoke detector and carbon monoxide detector batteries!
  • Watch out for downed power lines. Never assume it is dead. Avoid it.
  • Assume floodwaters are deeper than they look. Turn around, don't drown.
  • Learn your flood and evacuation zones!
  • Food safety from the FDA and USDA.
  • If your home floods and you need to go up, head for the roof. Keep an ax in your attic to get out that way if you need it.
  • Be aware of potential 911 delays.
  • Evacuate! If you can, check on people you know to see if they need help evacuating if you can offer it or put them in touch with someone who can.
 
Hertfordshire Documentation:
  • Bring it with you.
  • Store it in a plastic bag to they are together and stay dry.
  • House deed/rental agreement/lease.
  • Insurance information (home, car, renters, medical, flood).
  • Identification (ID card/driver's license, passport, Social Security card, marriage/birth certificates).
  • Take photographs of your home before you evacuate and when you return. Good documentation of the damage may help if you need to file an aid or insurance claim.
 
For long-term preparedness, check out CERT training information.
 
Holland Evacuation
College Information
We'll be updating this list as we get information.
 
/CFB Ball Alabama
University Update Sources
Bishop State Community College All remote learning on Monday and Tuesday. All events cancelled Monday and Tuesday. 7
Coastal Alabama Community College Closses at 2 PM on Monday. In person classes closed through Wendesday. Online classes continue to meet. 5
Spring Hill College Classes cancelled after 1:30 PM on Monday. Classes online on Tuesday. 5
University of Mobile Move to all online instruction as of 1:30 PM Monday. Normal classes resume Wendesday. 5
South Alabama University of South Alabama Classes, events, and activities canceled Tuesday and Wednesday. 16
 
/CFB Ball Florida
University Update Sources
Gulf Coast State College All campuses closed Tuesday. 11
Northwest Florida State College Closed through Tuesday. 13
Pensacola State College All campuses closed Monday and Tuesday. 7, 17
West Florida University of West Florida All classes - in person and online - cancelled through Thursday. 18
 
/CFB Ball Louisiana
University Update Sources
Delgado Community College Online classes only on Monday and Tuesday. 8, 19
Loyola Operating normally until 4 PM on Monday. Classes canceled Tuesday. Classes resume Wednesday. 2, 20
New Orleans Theological Seminary/Leavell College Closed Monday-Wednesday. 8
Nicholls Nicholls State All classes online Monday-Wednesday. 4
Northshore Technical Community College Online on Monday. Closed on Tuesday. Decision on Wednesday pending. 8, 21
Nunez College Online classes continue. In person classes cancelled Monday and Tuesday. 8
Southeastern Louisiana Southeastern University All classes online on Monday. All classes cancelled on Tuesday. 14
Southern Southern University Normal operations on Tuesday. 9, 22
Tulane Tulane In person and online classes canceled after noon on Monday and Tuesday. Wednesday classes TBD. 1
Holy Cross University of Holy Cross Closed Monday and Tuesday. 8
University of New Orleans Classes all online on Monday. In person, online, and hybrid classes canceled on Tuesday. 3
Xavier University Classes online after 5 PM Monday. Classes cancelled Tuesday. 8
 
/CFB Ball Mississippi
University Update Sources
Jones County JC Jones College All classes online through Wednesday. 12
Mississippi Gulf Coast CC Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College All classes online starting Monday at noon and Tuesday. 10
Southern Miss University of Southern Mississippi - Gulf Coast Locations All classes and events moved online starting at noon on Monday. 15
 
/CFB Ball South Carolina
If you know of any of these, please let us know.
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/CFB Ball North Carolina
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/CFB Ball Virginia
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Touchdown Game Information Penalty Flag
We'll be updating this list as we get information.
This list includes all games played with teams in affected states. Many may not be affected, but given the ripple effects of things like travel and the particular complications of scheduling this season, we've listed them all here for reference.
Date Time Home Team Away Team Game Location
9/18 7:30 PM ET Coastal Carolina Campbell Conway, SC
9/19 12:00 PM ET Georgia State Louisiana Atlanta, GA
9/19 12:00 PM ET Tulane Navy New Orleans, LA
9/19 12:00 PM ET Duke Boston College Durham, NC
9/19 2:30 PM ET Notre Dame USF South Bend, IN
9/19 3:30 PM ET Georgia Tech UCF Atlanta, GA
9/19 3:30 PM ET Georgia Southern FAU Statesboro, GA
9/19 3:30 PM ET UNC Charlotte Chapel Hill, NC
9/19 4:00 PM ET Middle Tennessee Troy Murfreesboro, TN
9/19 4:00 PM ET Clemson The Citadel Clemson, SC
9/19 7:30 PM ET ULM Texas State Monroe, LA
9/19 7:30 PM ET Louisville Miami (FL) Louisville, KY
9/19 7:30 PM ET Southern Miss Louisiana Tech Hattiesburg, MS
9/19 8:00 PM ET NC State Wake Forest Raleigh, NC
 
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2020.07.27 21:48 jane_q_auarantine Confessions of a Functional Internet Addict

I wrote an essay about my experience with internet addiction in quarantine. Link and full text below.
https://medium.com/@jane.q.aurantine/confessions-of-a-functional-internet-addict-5b3c27cb2441
Confessions of a Functional Internet Addict
I feel completely fine now. Physically, that is. My sense of smell is back, my cough is gone, I’m only fatigued for lack of sleep. I’ve been isolated in my apartment, awaiting test results, for nearly two weeks. It’s like April all over again. My only human contact has been through texting and Zoom. No more chance encounters with a neighbor or a bodega clerk. No more meeting friends in the park, huddled on a blanket surreptitiously removing our masks for the cheap thrill of sipping cheap wine in public. As my symptoms faded, mercifully taking with them my sense of impending doom, I’ve become increasingly engrossed in something frightening. On Friday night I felt so much rage at a series of sanctimonious Reddit comments that I spent ten minutes punching a pillow and screaming in my bedroom at 3am. I’m still amazed my upstairs neighbors didn’t call the cops. I deleted my account in a moment of blind fury and tossed and turned for hours, strangling myself in the floral duvet until dawn.
On Saturday I put my laptop in a drawer and decided not to open it for the rest of the weekend. Unpopular opinion: I hate browsing and posting on my phone. Perhaps a sign of screen-induced eye strain? I knew the internet would have a harder time tempting me without this more compelling of vessels. I restricted myself to quick, essential google searches and occasionally responding to texts. I’m proud to say that so far I’ve only broken this rule to print out a recipe for lemon cake and now to type up this sloppily handwritten text.
In the past 24 hours I’ve read an entire book: So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed by Jon Ronson — for the record, I haven’t, but it’s become a fixation of mine these past few months. I worry it might happen after I post this essay. I’ve rewired a vintage table lamp, made a huge batch of New York style pizza dough, cooked an actual pizza, and spontaneously baked a mediocre lemon cake. Morale has improved substantially but I still have flashbacks to that exchange on Friday night. I catch myself revising a pithy retort; an outraged screed; a self-pitying apology; a pointedly cruel direct message. I imagine my adversary screaming alone in her (his?) bed at 3am. This thought soothes me. I return to my book.
On the one hand, being able to talk politics and culture with anonymous strangers has been my saving grace in quarantine. There have been times when a clever political compass meme was my only respite from intrusive thoughts of a violent death by COVID, drowning in froth-corrupted lungs like the soldier in that poem I had to memorize in high school before Google became my long-term memory. I feel ever so slightly saved from the intellectual decay that’s been creeping up on me these past few years since graduation; yet at the same time I can sense my consciousness being reshaped in real time. It’s deeply unsettling, a blurred face appearing in the upstairs window of an old family photo. My life has been flattened like a pie crust from a tangible, physical existence into a perpetual game of mental Frogger, hopping from one digital lily pad to the next with only minimal reflection, almost never touching anything but a keyboard in the process. I read a small tidbit, I react, I briefly collect my thoughts, I write a response, and I usually forget all about it two minutes later unless it makes me so furious I fume for days.
I know this isn’t a novel observation. I’ve read Nicholas Carr’s The Shallows and Cal Newport’s Deep Work. I think Adam Curtis has explored this idea, though I can’t quite remember and I’m still resisting the urge to Google anything non-essential so you’ll have to fact check that one for yourself. It’s something we’re all aware of on some level — the political impact of social media, the whiplash of the 24-hour online news cycle. “Masks don’t work and if you buy them you’re going to kill healthcare workers!” “Masks do work and if you don’t wear one you’re going to kill grandma!” “Stay home!” “Go back to work!” Our collective consciousness is a goldfish. We all know this by now. Has it always been this way? Who can say? It seems to be rapidly accelerating — a lesson in exponential growth, as if we needed another one.
A few months ago I deactivated Facebook and Instagram and became obsessed with The Center for Humane Technology’s research on the negative effects of the internet. This is when I read Carr and Newport. It felt like a fresh start, a journey to a beautiful new world where my attention span would regenerate like a salamander’s tail. Since then I’ve permanently deleted Facebook (good!), reactivated Instagram (dangerous!), and become increasingly sucked into Reddit (bad bad bad bad bad!). I avoid Twitter like a recovering alcoholic avoids narcotics; no reason to start when you know exactly where that road leads. After 5 months of quarantine I feel worse than ever. I wonder if Friday night was my rock bottom. I try not to entertain the idea that it can get much, much worse but deep down I know it can — I read an article once about an internet rehab in Washington state.
When I see something notable in real life, a rat chewing on a bagel or a neighborhood restaurant with a “permanently closed” sign, I reflexively compose a short comment summarizing my thoughts. I actually think abbreviations like “lol” and “tbh” and “bc” as though they were real words I could say out loud (accidentally doing so has become one of my biggest fears). When I’m away from my phone or computer and need information I compose a running list of search queries that play over and over in my head until I can release them into the wild. “substitute water for milk when baking” “basil safe for dogs” “start date syrian civil war” “ghislaine maxwell us citizen” “identify hot wire in lamp cord.” I keep hesitating over the spelling of common words as I handwrite this, waiting for autocorrect to swoop in and create order from the chaos. The computer has fully and completely become the interface through which I exist in this world. It’s shocking in its banality.
I still do plenty of things without a device in my hands. I water my garden, I read printed books, I jog, I rewire a lamp. I cook using printed recipes to save my computer from death by flour and splattered grease. Yet all of these things carry the mark of unreality. I’ve seen this point made ad nauseam about social media: if you don’t post it, did it even happen? “Do it for the ‘gram!” So why is this feeling dogging me, now more than ever, when I only maintain one public social media account? I don’t share anything connected to my real life on Reddit. I have trained myself to use Instagram only to browse. I rarely even give in to the impulse to snap a picture of a bizarre mannequin in a store window and text it to friends. Yet I still feel like anything I do, or see, or say that’s constrained by the bounds of material reality is no longer quite real. The physical world has become a kind of uncanny valley, a flamboyantly textured wax museum between the glossy flatness of my thoughts and the words I read on the screen. Speaking of Uncanny Valley, Anna Wiener’s phrase “matte simulacra of a world they had replaced” frequently bubbles up from the recesses of my brain. It feels profound. I wonder if I’m losing my mind.
Like most addicts, I don’t want to be this way. I’ve started mainlining 90s rom-coms, fantasizing about being Meg Ryan in a world where email is still a novelty. I don’t just want to ditch my smartphone and join the Jaron Laniers of the world as a modern day ascetic. I want the world to discover a monastic vocation with me. I want none of this to have ever existed. I want the textures of physical life to feel banal again, the glowing pixels to resume their unreality. I want the internet to be a choice, a tool, an encyclopedia — anything but the surrogate life it has become. I was going to make an allusion to Second Life here but that no longer feels apt; if anything, physical life is the second life, our bodies fleshy avatars for an online presence. Someone much smarter and much crazier than me once said, “When a new item of technology is introduced as an option that an individual can accept or not as he chooses, it does not necessarily REMAIN optional.” I feel this profoundly in every fiber of my being.
I know what some of you are thinking. “Just log off!” “Go enjoy nature!” “Learn to meditate!” “Spend time with friends and family!” In 2020 BC (before COVID) this would have been decent advice, if eye-roll-inducing. In 2020 AQ (after quarantine) it reads like asking a depressed person “Have you tried laughing more? I read online that laughter has health benefits.” Physical isolation has become a mandate, our only means of contributing to the greater good as the world crumbles around us. Staying home alone is our civic duty. Internet addiction was just starting to seep into the cracks in our lives when the pandemic rapidly opened the floodgates. The proverbial frog in boiling water has been microwaved.
I don’t think this is just an extreme case of internet-addled neuroses that will only afflict those of us quarantined alone. I think some of us got an unfortunate opportunity to play the tape forward. We’ve been treated to a sneak peek, a 6-month free trial, of a life where reality and artifice have inverted themselves. To exist is to stare at a screen. To have friends and family is to text and video chat. To live in the world is to consume an endless drip of digital headlines and six small meals a day of media hot takes. Putting your devices away to spend an hour in the garden; baking a cake from a printed recipe; taking the dog for a walk without bringing your phone. All feel like a form of escapism now. Like shirking my responsibility to exist. Like deliberately hiding from the people I love. Like telling myself an elaborate lie. “Look at this garden! These books! This lemon cake! This is your life!” I know deep down these are untruths. I know the book and the garden and the lemon cake aren’t real. I know those odious Reddit comments are still out there waiting for my response. My laptop pulses in a kitchen drawer, a glowing elephant’s foot boring a hole in the wood. “Come back,” it pleads. “The real world is waiting.”
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2020.06.29 20:11 biggreekgeek Flatten the Curve #28. COVID-19 around March 2019. Why did the pandemic start now? It's a stealth virus. New 2019 Bio-Warfare exercises. People dying last March. FBI + CDC & WHO all involved in investigation.

Up until now, the date for Covid-19 was established in December 2019. Do you remember the videos of people falling unconscious in China. They were everywhere. People took notice. And for good reason. Most people only fall unconscious after they've had too much to drink.
Yet slowly these videos are being wiped, like they never existed. Have a look on YouTube. Even on Twitter. You can still find some, but a majority of them are dead now. Why? Because they don’t want those videos hanging around, because they lead to too many questions.
Let's look at the symptoms for that mystery of hypoxia being reported without any symptoms.
Changes in mood or personality; the victim may seem confused. Loss of consciousness, including fainting or seizures. Blue or white lips, tongue, or face. Tingling in the extremities. Pupils that don’t respond normally to light. Not breathing, or not expelling air when exhaling. Hyperventilating or gasping for air. Unable to speak; a person who is truly choking may not cough.
Now COVID-19 symptoms. Most common symptoms: fever. dry cough. tiredness. Less common symptoms: aches and pains. sore throat. diarrhoea. conjunctivitis. headache. loss of taste or smell. a rash on skin, or discolouration of fingers or toes. Serious symptoms: difficulty breathing or shortness of breath. chest pain or pressure. loss of speech or movement Eye problems. COVID-19 might cause eye problems such as enlarged, red blood vessels, swollen eyelids, excessive watering and increased discharge. The infection also might cause light sensitivity and irritation. These symptoms are more common in people with severe infections. You could be at risk of COVID-19 if you start to develop blue-coloured lips without any obvious cause, it's been revealed.
Yes they tell you blue lips are a result of having pneumonia with Covid-19. Yes that is possible. No doubt. But there's still one aspect of the illness that doesn't make sense, does it. A lack of smell.
What else could cause a lack of smell and the other symptoms?
Lets look at hydrogen sulfide exposure. Photophobia. Having an extreme case of sensitivity towards light coming from any form of light source; can cause headaches, nausea and other symptoms. Keratoconjunctivitis. Inflammation of the cornea and conjunctiva. Convulsions. Involuntary contractions of the muscles; shaking uncontrollably. Lethargy. extreme fatigue, feeling sleepy. Insomnia. that ability of having trouble falling asleep or stay asleep in a normal cycle. Olfactory Paralysis. The loss of ability to distinguish between odours and perceive such odours. Victim may be asymptomatic (no physical symptoms are observable without running any medical tests) Observable symptoms may include: headaches, shortness of breath, blurred vision, dizziness, nausea. Lethargy. extreme fatigue, feeling sleepy. Delirium. State of confusion and the inability to function psychologically. Psychosis. It may include auditory or visual hallucinations, disorientation, paranoia, and anxiety. Poor Memory. The inability to encode, retrieve, and recall certain past or recent events. Neurobiological changes. Change in physiological functioning of the brain and can cause structural, behavioural, and personality changes. Insomnia. Ability of having trouble falling asleep or stay asleep in a normal cycle.
Wait a second here, these are looking mighty familiar with symptoms of Hydrogen Sulfide exposure resulting in Hypoxia.
Sleep problems becoming risk factor as pandemic continues.
Will coronavirus cause long-term chronic fatigue in some patients?
Now let's get into some more details.
The patient, a woman, mentioned a strange, uncomfortable tingling, like pins and needles, almost a burning sensation, that shot down one side of her neck, one shoulder, one arm, and one side of her torso. The sensation had come out of the blue after a bout with COVID-19. “She couldn’t quite predict where she was going to be feeling it,” said Serena Spudich, chief of neurological infections and global neurology at Yale University School of Medicine, who first started hearing of the strange symptoms two months ago. Spudich, who has spent most of her career, until now, studying HIV and how it affects the brain, mentioned the strange, patchy neuropathy or nerve damage, on a few webinars attended by doctors across the United States. Neuropathy normally affects the longest nerves first, so the feet and hands. People later emailed Spudich. “Someone said she had experienced exactly this; another said, ‘I have a patient that is experiencing that.’’ Others infected with COVID-19 arrived at the Yale emergency department complaining of confusion or problems concentrating. Their thinking was muddled, their “mental status” out of whack. Some arrived with severe headaches. Colleagues at other hospitals have reported strokes and seizures in the COVID-19 infected. One Detroit hospital reported a case of a 58-year-old airline worker whose CT and MRI scans showed abnormal brain lesions and a damaged thalamus. She couldn’t answer any questions beyond giving her name. There is growing evidence of neurological complications and disease in patients with COVID-19,” Spudich and colleagues wrote in a new paper published online in JAMA Neurology. Still unclear is whether the virus itself is invading the central nervous system and brain, or whether the symptoms are the consequence of inflammation in the brain caused by an immune response run amok. “The bigger concern here is, if there has been some kind of virus entry into the brain, does it have long-lasting effects?” Spudich said. “We just don’t know.” A separate article published in the same journal suggests the virus is, in fact, gaining entry to the brain.
So let's see, when you throw in exposure to Hydrogen Sulfide, suddenly the reported symptoms are making more sense, aren't they? It also provides an explanation as to why the symptoms continue in some long after testing negative, doesn’t it? Neurobiological symptoms? Really? It's starting to be easier to understand why doctors don't know what's going on, isn’t it?
Now before we keep calm and carry on, there are a couple of other oddities that you need to be aware of, and these oddities have been happening for a long time. Since around the year 2000, actually. These oddities involve scientists and researchers involved in HIV and immunology dying under mysterious circumstances. This is far too long a topic to get into today, but go ahead and look it up.
Suzanne Eaton, who went missing more than a week ago after going on a run, died of suffocation, police confirmed to the BBC. They say they are investigating the case as a criminal act. The 59-year-old molecular biologist from the world-renowned Max Planck Institute in Germany had been attending a conference on the island. She was found in a Nazi Bunker. That's almost as strange as all the HIV researchers dying in the Malaysian Airlines crash.
Odd isn't it. It's a good thing the first patients to be cured of HIV still happened in 2015 after all those deaths, isn't it?
Doctor who cured 'Berlin patient' of HIV: 'We knew we were doing something very special'.
Maybe the birdman plauge video knew something we didn't? Nah. A guy was cured of HIV. That can't be right. Bad Birdman for scaring us. Pretty soon HIV will be a distant memory, right?
Second 'cured' HIV patient goes public. Mar. 9, 2020 · The medical intervention that apparently cured both people is not widely applicable at this time, however. Oh. Ok. Moving on. This must be all that fake news we keep getting warned about. Thank God for fact checks.
Before I get this post moving forward again, I do have to bring up the certain fake news about linking HIV to this virus. HIV doctors commenting on it. The Nobel prize winner Montagnier last week told the French CNews channel: "There was manipulation around this virus ... the coronavirus of the bat, someone added sequences, in particular of HIV, the virus of AIDS ... It is not natural. It's the work of professionals, of molecular biologists ... A very meticulous work."
What Montagnier spreads is "fake news" that started in March with a manuscript posted by an Indian team on a website where scientists share ongoing analyses without waiting for expert verification, added Schwartz. "The Indian team ended up withdrawing their manuscript. My personal opinion is that these Indian researchers were in good faith at the outset in their desire to analyze the genome of the virus, and they realized their error later. But Professor Montagnier has taken up a whimsical theory," he said.
Ah, fake news. Perfect. I understand. This Nobel prize winner better get with the program, because a month later he was still sticking to his facts. Let's hope he isn't suffering from COVID-19 delusional conspiracy theory syndrome.
Now let's get back to the news that hasn't been declared fake news yet, at least until the news gets out and we have to be told it's fake.
First coronavirus case found in France in December.
Then in Italy.
Then in Spain in March 2019.
So that timeline is getting pushed back even more. It's starting to look like we can reopen the wet markets and have bat soup again! Thank God. Wuhan is off the hook. All of those Chinese scientists who were sent back home...oh. wait a minute. Suddenly it looks rather suspicious now. Before it made sense to blame China after reading about the deported scientists in Canada and the shut down at Fort Detrick in August. But clearly something is happening. It's like a game of counterespionage being played. It's much easier to lay blame when the evidence is obvious, isn't it? Or maybe the virus was leaked well ahead of time and they just found out? No way to know, so let's move on.
So the virus was found in March 2019, indicating that it was out in the wild doing it's thing, so why weren't we all getting so sick and why did it happen all at once?
Good question. Let's see what else happened at that time?
THE sudden and unexpected deaths of tourists staying at resorts in the Dominican Republic has led to speculation over their mysterious deaths. A total of 16 tourists have died after falling ill on the Caribbean island in just over a year, in a scenario many have questioned as not coincidental.
In 2018 a total of four people died. Three heart attacks and one kidney failure. There was another undetermined death in 2019 January, and then a lot of respiratory failures starting in, March 2019. In fact, around sixteen hundred tourists got sick.
They must have been ordering a ton of Corona to drink, right? Is that why the FBI and the CDC + the WHO started investigating in June?
Alright, I've already stayed that I believe this virus is coupled with the increasing levels of hydrogen sulfide outgassing on our planet, and we now know that the previous pandemic timeline is wrong, so why the Dominican Republic? How did that kick it off?
MIAMI – Slimy, stinky brown seaweed that ruins beachgoers’ vacations from Mexico to Florida may be the new normal unless Brazil halts Amazon deforestation, experts say. The culprit, called sargassum, turns clear-blue seawater a murky brown and smells like rotten eggs when it washes ashore and starts to rot. In the British Virgin Islands, the layer of seaweed is 7 feet (2meters) thick. Punta Cana, a beach in the Dominican Republic that is famous for its clear water, has turned brown. Barbados recently declared a national emergency. Mexico has called in the navy to restore the beauty of tourist hub Cancun. A study published in July by the University of South Florida in the journal Science concluded that the seaweed problem, which started in 2001 and showed peaks in 2015 and 2018, is here to stay. Satellite imagery shows blooms of sargassum form at the mouth of the Amazon. From there it spreads across the Atlantic, from the Caribbean and the Gulf of Mexico to Africa. Scientists named it the Great Atlantic Sargassum Belt (GASB). In 2015 and 2018, it stretched over nearly 5,592 miles. In June of last year, its biomass exceeded 20 million tons.
Oh. Seaweed producing hydrogen sulfide. People getting sick and dying. COVID-19 already in the wild. Whelp, maybe this is why they're so insistent on a second wave?
And do you remember all the vaping deaths? Here's a quick thought, maybe they aren’t getting reported now, cause, you know, COVID-19?
But how would that work, you ask? You can't control a virus. Actually, you can.
Stealth Viruses Stealth viruses are viral infections that enter cells and remain dormant for an extended amount of time until triggered externally to cause disease. In the context of warfare, these viruses could be spread to a large population, and activation could either be delayed or used as a threat for blackmail. Personalized Bioweapons In coming years it may be conceivable to design a pathogen that targets a specific person’s genome. This agent may spread through populations showing minimal or no symptoms, yet it would be fatal to the intended target.
That was posted in March 2013. Do you even seriously for one second think they haven't made any advances?
There is more, but it will have to come up in a later post. Look. This is serious. This is real. Viruses can be triggered by environmental toxins, like industrial pollution or natural hydrogen sulfide emissions. Is this what's happening? Is there a link between COVID-19 and our immune system, and why did it happen suddenly everywhere?
How long has it been around for and what does this mean about the environment if it is triggered by external conditions?
And does a low viral load mean that's it's hiding?
Is this why they are claiming it won't go away? Is this why the vaccine is being pushed so much? Or are we going to see the vaccine become an impossible dream?
I would lay money that Covid-19 is being used to cover up whats happening with the environment, and possibly to make it more lethal.
Oh. One last thing, once again John Hopkins was getting ready.
Last September, the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island, ran a two-day wargame called Urban Outbreak 2019, in which 50 experts combatted a notional pandemic.
Something stinks about all this.
Take care. Be safe. Stay aware and be prepared. Talk soon.
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2020.06.26 15:03 freedomforg The manhattan project thing 2/5

Patterson approved the acquisition of the site on 25 November 1942, authorizing $440,000 for the purchase of the site of 54,000 acres (22,000 ha), all but 8,900 acres (3,600 ha) of which were already owned by the Federal Government.[95] Secretary of Agriculture Claude R. Wickard granted use of some 45,100 acres (18,300 ha) of United States Forest Service land to the War Department "for so long as the military necessity continues".[96] The need for land, for a new road, and later for a right of way for a 25-mile (40 km) power line, eventually brought wartime land purchases to 45,737 acres (18,509.1 ha), but only $414,971 was spent.[95] Construction was contracted to the M. M. Sundt Company of Tucson, Arizona, with Willard C. Kruger and Associates of Santa Fe, New Mexico, as architect and engineer. Work commenced in December 1942. Groves initially allocated $300,000 for construction, three times Oppenheimer's estimate, with a planned completion date of 15 March 1943. It soon became clear that the scope of Project Y was greater than expected, and by the time Sundt finished on 30 November 1943, over $7 million had been spent.[97]
Map of Los Alamos site, New Mexico, 1943–45
Because it was secret, Los Alamos was referred to as "Site Y" or "the Hill".[98] Birth certificates of babies born in Los Alamos during the war listed their place of birth as PO Box 1663 in Santa Fe.[99] Initially Los Alamos was to have been a military laboratory with Oppenheimer and other researchers commissioned into the Army. Oppenheimer went so far as to order himself a lieutenant colonel's uniform, but two key physicists, Robert Bacher and Isidor Rabi, balked at the idea. Conant, Groves and Oppenheimer then devised a compromise whereby the laboratory was operated by the University of California under contract to the War Department.[100]
Chicago
Main article: Metallurgical Laboratory
An Army-OSRD council on 25 June 1942 decided to build a pilot plant for plutonium production in Red Gate Woods southwest of Chicago. In July, Nichols arranged for a lease of 1,025 acres (415 ha) from the Cook County Forest Preserve District, and Captain James F. Grafton was appointed Chicago area engineer. It soon became apparent that the scale of operations was too great for the area, and it was decided to build the plant at Oak Ridge, and keep a research and testing facility in Chicago.[101][102]
Delays in establishing the plant in Red Gate Woods led Compton to authorize the Metallurgical Laboratory to construct the first nuclear reactor beneath the bleachers of Stagg Field at the University of Chicago. The reactor required an enormous amount of graphite blocks and uranium pellets. At the time, there was a limited source of pure uranium. Frank Spedding of Iowa State University were able to produce only two short tons of pure uranium. Additional three short tons of uranium metal was supplied by Westinghouse Lamp Plant which was produced in a rush with makeshift process. A large square balloon was constructed by Goodyear Tire to encase the reactor.[103][104] On 2 December 1942, a team led by Enrico Fermi initiated the first artificial[note 3] self-sustaining nuclear chain reaction in an experimental reactor known as Chicago Pile-1.[106] The point at which a reaction becomes self-sustaining became known as "going critical". Compton reported the success to Conant in Washington, D.C., by a coded phone call, saying, "The Italian navigator [Fermi] has just landed in the new world."[107][note 4]
In January 1943, Grafton's successor, Major Arthur V. Peterson, ordered Chicago Pile-1 dismantled and reassembled at Red Gate Woods, as he regarded the operation of a reactor as too hazardous for a densely populated area.[108] At the Argonne site, Chicago Pile-3, the first heavy water reactor, went critical on 15 May 1944.[109][110] After the war, the operations that remained at Red Gate moved to the new site of the Argonne National Laboratory about 6 miles (9.7 km) away.[102]
Hanford
Main article: Hanford Site
By December 1942 there were concerns that even Oak Ridge was too close to a major population center (Knoxville) in the unlikely event of a major nuclear accident. Groves recruited DuPont in November 1942 to be the prime contractor for the construction of the plutonium production complex. DuPont was offered a standard cost plus fixed-fee contract, but the President of the company, Walter S. Carpenter, Jr., wanted no profit of any kind, and asked for the proposed contract to be amended to explicitly exclude the company from acquiring any patent rights. This was accepted, but for legal reasons a nominal fee of one dollar was agreed upon. After the war, DuPont asked to be released from the contract early, and had to return 33 cents.[111]
A large crowd of sullen looking workmen at a counter where two women are writing. Some of the workmen are wearing identify photographs of themselves on their hats.
Hanford workers collect their paychecks at the Western Union office.
DuPont recommended that the site be located far from the existing uranium production facility at Oak Ridge.[112] In December 1942, Groves dispatched Colonel Franklin Matthias and DuPont engineers to scout potential sites. Matthias reported that Hanford Site near Richland, Washington, was "ideal in virtually all respects". It was isolated and near the Columbia River, which could supply sufficient water to cool the reactors that would produce the plutonium. Groves visited the site in January and established the Hanford Engineer Works (HEW), codenamed "Site W".[113]
Under Secretary Patterson gave his approval on 9 February, allocating $5 million for the acquisition of 40,000 acres (16,000 ha) of land in the area. The federal government relocated some 1,500 residents of White Bluffs and Hanford, and nearby settlements, as well as the Wanapum and other tribes using the area. A dispute arose with farmers over compensation for crops, which had already been planted before the land was acquired. Where schedules allowed, the Army allowed the crops to be harvested, but this was not always possible.[113] The land acquisition process dragged on and was not completed before the end of the Manhattan Project in December 1946.[114]
The dispute did not delay work. Although progress on the reactor design at Metallurgical Laboratory and DuPont was not sufficiently advanced to accurately predict the scope of the project, a start was made in April 1943 on facilities for an estimated 25,000 workers, half of whom were expected to live on-site. By July 1944, some 1,200 buildings had been erected and nearly 51,000 people were living in the construction camp. As area engineer, Matthias exercised overall control of the site.[115] At its peak, the construction camp was the third most populous town in Washington state.[116] Hanford operated a fleet of over 900 buses, more than the city of Chicago.[117] Like Los Alamos and Oak Ridge, Richland was a gated community with restricted access, but it looked more like a typical wartime American boomtown: the military profile was lower, and physical security elements like high fences, towers, and guard dogs were less evident.[118]
Canadian sites
Main article: Montreal Laboratory
British Columbia
Cominco had produced electrolytic hydrogen at Trail, British Columbia, since 1930. Urey suggested in 1941 that it could produce heavy water. To the existing $10 million plant consisting of 3,215 cells consuming 75 MW of hydroelectric power, secondary electrolysis cells were added to increase the deuterium concentration in the water from 2.3% to 99.8%. For this process, Hugh Taylor of Princeton developed a platinum-on-carbon catalyst for the first three stages while Urey developed a nickel-chromia one for the fourth stage tower. The final cost was $2.8 million. The Canadian Government did not officially learn of the project until August 1942. Trail's heavy water production started in January 1944 and continued until 1956. Heavy water from Trail was used for Chicago Pile 3, the first reactor using heavy water and natural uranium, which went critical on 15 May 1944.[119]
Ontario
The Chalk River, Ontario, site was established to rehouse the Allied effort at the Montreal Laboratory away from an urban area. A new community was built at Deep River, Ontario, to provide residences and facilities for the team members. The site was chosen for its proximity to the industrial manufacturing area of Ontario and Quebec, and proximity to a rail head adjacent to a large military base, Camp Petawawa. Located on the Ottawa River, it had access to abundant water. The first director of the new laboratory was Hans von Halban. He was replaced by John Cockcroft in May 1944, who in turn was succeeded by Bennett Lewis in September 1946. A pilot reactor known as ZEEP (zero-energy experimental pile) became the first Canadian reactor, and the first to be completed outside the United States, when it went critical in September 1945, ZEEP remained in use by researchers until 1970.[120] A larger 10 MW NRX reactor, which was designed during the war, was completed and went critical in July 1947.[119]
Northwest Territories
The Eldorado Mine at Port Radium was a source of uranium ore.[121]
Heavy water sites
Main article: P-9 Project
Although DuPont's preferred designs for the nuclear reactors were helium cooled and used graphite as a moderator, DuPont still expressed an interest in using heavy water as a backup, in case the graphite reactor design proved infeasible for some reason. For this purpose, it was estimated that 3 short tons (2.7 t) of heavy water would be required per month. The P-9 Project was the government's code name for the heavy water production program. As the plant at Trail, which was then under construction, could produce 0.5 short tons (0.45 t) per month, additional capacity was required. Groves therefore authorized DuPont to establish heavy water facilities at the Morgantown Ordnance Works, near Morgantown, West Virginia; at the Wabash River Ordnance Works, near Dana and Newport, Indiana; and at the Alabama Ordnance Works, near Childersburg and Sylacauga, Alabama. Although known as Ordnance Works and paid for under Ordnance Department contracts, they were built and operated by the Army Corps of Engineers. The American plants used a process different from Trail's; heavy water was extracted by distillation, taking advantage of the slightly higher boiling point of heavy water.[122][123]
Uranium
Ore
The key raw material for the project was uranium, which was used as fuel for the reactors, as feed that was transformed into plutonium, and, in its enriched form, in the atomic bomb itself. There were four known major deposits of uranium in 1940: in Colorado, in northern Canada, in Joachimsthal in Czechoslovakia, and in the Belgian Congo.[124] All but Joachimstal were in allied hands. A November 1942 survey determined that sufficient quantities of uranium were available to satisfy the project's requirements.[125] Nichols arranged with the State Department for export controls to be placed on uranium oxide and negotiated for the purchase of 1,200 short tons (1,100 t) of uranium ore from the Belgian Congo that was being stored in a warehouse on Staten Island and the remaining stocks of mined ore stored in the Congo. He negotiated with Eldorado Gold Mines for the purchase of ore from its refinery in Port Hope, Ontario, and its shipment in 100-ton lots. The Canadian government subsequently bought up the company's stock until it acquired a controlling interest.[126]
While these purchases assured a sufficient supply to meet wartime needs, the American and British leaders concluded that it was in their countries' interest to gain control of as much of the world's uranium deposits as possible. The richest source of ore was the Shinkolobwe mine in the Belgian Congo, but it was flooded and closed. Nichols unsuccessfully attempted to negotiate its reopening and the sale of the entire future output to the United States with Edgar Sengier, the director of the company that owned the mine, Union Minière du Haut Katanga.[127] The matter was then taken up by the Combined Policy Committee. As 30 percent of Union Minière's stock was controlled by British interests, the British took the lead in negotiations. Sir John Anderson and Ambassador John Winant hammered out a deal with Sengier and the Belgian government in May 1944 for the mine to be reopened and 1,720 short tons (1,560 t) of ore to be purchased at $1.45 a pound.[128] To avoid dependence on the British and Canadians for ore, Groves also arranged for the purchase of US Vanadium Corporation's stockpile in Uravan, Colorado. Uranium mining in Colorado yielded about 800 short tons (730 t) of ore.[129]
Mallinckrodt Incorporated in St. Louis, Missouri, took the raw ore and dissolved it in nitric acid to produce uranyl nitrate. Ether was then added in a liquid–liquid extraction process to separate the impurities from the uranyl nitrate. This was then heated to form uranium trioxide, which was reduced to highly pure uranium dioxide.[130] By July 1942, Mallinckrodt was producing a ton of highly pure oxide a day, but turning this into uranium metal initially proved more difficult for contractors Westinghouse and Metal Hydrides.[131] Production was too slow and quality was unacceptably low. A special branch of the Metallurgical Laboratory was established at Iowa State College in Ames, Iowa, under Frank Spedding to investigate alternatives. This became known as the Ames Project, and its Ames process became available in 1943.[132]
Uranium refining at Ames
A "bomb" (pressure vessel) containing uranium halide and sacrificial metal, probably magnesium, being lowered into a furnace
After the reaction, the interior of a bomb coated with remnant slag
A uranium metal "biscuit" from the reduction reaction
Isotope separation
Natural uranium consists of 99.3% uranium-238 and 0.7% uranium-235, but only the latter is fissile. The chemically identical uranium-235 has to be physically separated from the more plentiful isotope. Various methods were considered for uranium enrichment, most of which was carried out at Oak Ridge.[133]
The most obvious technology, the centrifuge, failed, but electromagnetic separation, gaseous diffusion, and thermal diffusion technologies were all successful and contributed to the project. In February 1943, Groves came up with the idea of using the output of some plants as the input for others.[134]
Contour map of the Oak Ridge area. There is a river to the south, while the township is in the north.
Oak Ridge hosted several uranium separation technologies. The Y-12 electromagnetic separation plant is in the upper right. The K-25 and K-27 gaseous diffusion plants are in the lower left, near the S-50 thermal diffusion plant. (The X-10 was for plutonium production.)
Centrifuges
The centrifuge process was regarded as the only promising separation method in April 1942.[135] Jesse Beams had developed such a process at the University of Virginia during the 1930s, but had encountered technical difficulties. The process required high rotational speeds, but at certain speeds harmonic vibrations developed that threatened to tear the machinery apart. It was therefore necessary to accelerate quickly through these speeds. In 1941 he began working with uranium hexafluoride, the only known gaseous compound of uranium, and was able to separate uranium-235. At Columbia, Urey had Karl Cohen investigate the process, and he produced a body of mathematical theory making it possible to design a centrifugal separation unit, which Westinghouse undertook to construct.[136]
Scaling this up to a production plant presented a formidable technical challenge. Urey and Cohen estimated that producing a kilogram (2.2 lb) of uranium-235 per day would require up to 50,000 centrifuges with 1-meter (3 ft 3 in) rotors, or 10,000 centrifuges with 4-meter (13 ft) rotors, assuming that 4-meter rotors could be built. The prospect of keeping so many rotors operating continuously at high speed appeared daunting,[137] and when Beams ran his experimental apparatus, he obtained only 60% of the predicted yield, indicating that more centrifuges would be required. Beams, Urey and Cohen then began work on a series of improvements which promised to increase the efficiency of the process. However, frequent failures of motors, shafts and bearings at high speeds delayed work on the pilot plant.[138] In November 1942 the centrifuge process was abandoned by the Military Policy Committee following a recommendation by Conant, Nichols and August C. Klein of Stone & Webster.[139]
Although the centrifuge method was abandoned by the Manhattan Project, research into it advanced significantly after the war with the introduction of the Zippe-type centrifuge, which was developed in the Soviet Union by Soviet and captured German engineers.[140] It eventually became the preferred method of Uranium isotope separation, being far more economical than the other separation methods used during WWII.[141]
Electromagnetic separation
Main article: Y-12 Project
Electromagnetic isotope separation was developed by Lawrence at the University of California Radiation Laboratory. This method employed devices known as calutrons, a hybrid of the standard laboratory mass spectrometer and the cyclotron magnet. The name was derived from the words California, university and cyclotron.[142] In the electromagnetic process, a magnetic field deflected charged particles according to mass.[143] The process was neither scientifically elegant nor industrially efficient.[144] Compared with a gaseous diffusion plant or a nuclear reactor, an electromagnetic separation plant would consume more scarce materials, require more manpower to operate, and cost more to build. Nonetheless, the process was approved because it was based on proven technology and therefore represented less risk. Moreover, it could be built in stages, and rapidly reach industrial capacity.[142]
A large oval-shaped structure
Alpha I racetrack at Y-12
Marshall and Nichols discovered that the electromagnetic isotope separation process would require 5,000 short tons (4,500 tonnes) of copper, which was in desperately short supply. However, silver could be substituted, in an 11:10 ratio. On 3 August 1942, Nichols met with Under Secretary of the Treasury Daniel W. Bell and asked for the transfer of 6,000 tons of silver bullion from the West Point Bullion Depository. "Young man," Bell told him, "you may think of silver in tons but the Treasury will always think of silver in troy ounces!"[145] Eventually, 14,700 short tons (13,300 tonnes; 430,000,000 troy ounces) were used.[146]
The 1,000-troy-ounce (31 kg) silver bars were cast into cylindrical billets and taken to Phelps Dodge in Bayway, New Jersey, where they were extruded into strips 0.625 inches (15.9 mm) thick, 3 inches (76 mm) wide and 40 feet (12 m) long. These were wound onto magnetic coils by Allis-Chalmers in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. After the war, all the machinery was dismantled and cleaned and the floorboards beneath the machinery were ripped up and burned to recover minute amounts of silver. In the end, only 1/3,600,000th was lost.[146][147] The last silver was returned in May 1970.[148]
Responsibility for the design and construction of the electromagnetic separation plant, which came to be called Y-12, was assigned to Stone & Webster by the S-1 Committee in June 1942. The design called for five first-stage processing units, known as Alpha racetracks, and two units for final processing, known as Beta racetracks. In September 1943 Groves authorized construction of four more racetracks, known as Alpha II. Construction began in February 1943.[149]
When the plant was started up for testing on schedule in October, the 14-ton vacuum tanks crept out of alignment because of the power of the magnets, and had to be fastened more securely. A more serious problem arose when the magnetic coils started shorting out. In December Groves ordered a magnet to be broken open, and handfuls of rust were found inside. Groves then ordered the racetracks to be torn down and the magnets sent back to the factory to be cleaned. A pickling plant was established on-site to clean the pipes and fittings.[144] The second Alpha I was not operational until the end of January 1944, the first Beta and first and third Alpha I's came online in March, and the fourth Alpha I was operational in April. The four Alpha II racetracks were completed between July and October 1944.[150]
A long corridor with many consoles with dials and switches, attended by women seated on high stools
Calutron Girls were young women who monitored calutron control panels at Y-12. Gladys Owens, seated in the foreground, was unaware of what she had been involved with until seeing this photo on a public tour of the facility 50 years later. Photo by Ed Westcott.[151]
Tennessee Eastman was contracted to manage Y-12 on the usual cost plus fixed-fee basis, with a fee of $22,500 per month plus $7,500 per racetrack for the first seven racetracks and $4,000 per additional racetrack.[152] The calutrons were initially operated by scientists from Berkeley to remove bugs and achieve a reasonable operating rate. They were then turned over to trained Tennessee Eastman operators who had only a high school education. Nichols compared unit production data, and pointed out to Lawrence that the young "hillbilly" girl operators were outperforming his PhDs. They agreed to a production race and Lawrence lost, a morale boost for the Tennessee Eastman workers and supervisors. The girls were "trained like soldiers not to reason why", while "the scientists could not refrain from time-consuming investigation of the cause of even minor fluctuations of the dials."[153]
Y-12 initially enriched the uranium-235 content to between 13% and 15%, and shipped the first few hundred grams of this to Los Alamos in March 1944. Only 1 part in 5,825 of the uranium feed emerged as final product. Much of the rest was splattered over equipment in the process. Strenuous recovery efforts helped raise production to 10% of the uranium-235 feed by January 1945. In February the Alpha racetracks began receiving slightly enriched (1.4%) feed from the new S-50 thermal diffusion plant. The next month it received enhanced (5%) feed from the K-25 gaseous diffusion plant. By August K-25 was producing uranium sufficiently enriched to feed directly into the Beta tracks.[154]
Gaseous diffusion
Main article: K-25
The most promising but also the most challenging method of isotope separation was gaseous diffusion. Graham's law states that the rate of effusion of a gas is inversely proportional to the square root of its molecular mass, so in a box containing a semi-permeable membrane and a mixture of two gases, the lighter molecules will pass out of the container more rapidly than the heavier molecules. The gas leaving the container is somewhat enriched in the lighter molecules, while the residual gas is somewhat depleted. The idea was that such boxes could be formed into a cascade of pumps and membranes, with each successive stage containing a slightly more enriched mixture. Research into the process was carried out at Columbia University by a group that included Harold Urey, Karl P. Cohen, and John R. Dunning.[155]
Oblique aerial view of an enormous U-shaped building
Oak Ridge K-25 plant
In November 1942 the Military Policy Committee approved the construction of a 600-stage gaseous diffusion plant.[156] On 14 December, M. W. Kellogg accepted an offer to construct the plant, which was codenamed K-25. A cost plus fixed-fee contract was negotiated, eventually totaling $2.5 million. A separate corporate entity called Kellex was created for the project, headed by Percival C. Keith, one of Kellogg's vice presidents.[157] The process faced formidable technical difficulties. The highly corrosive gas uranium hexafluoride would have to be used, as no substitute could be found, and the motors and pumps would have to be vacuum tight and enclosed in inert gas. The biggest problem was the design of the barrier, which would have to be strong, porous and resistant to corrosion by uranium hexafluoride. The best choice for this seemed to be nickel. Edward Adler and Edward Norris created a mesh barrier from electroplated nickel. A six-stage pilot plant was built at Columbia to test the process, but the Norris-Adler prototype proved to be too brittle. A rival barrier was developed from powdered nickel by Kellex, the Bell Telephone Laboratories and the Bakelite Corporation. In January 1944, Groves ordered the Kellex barrier into production.[158][159]
Kellex's design for K-25 called for a four-story 0.5-mile (0.80 km) long U-shaped structure containing 54 contiguous buildings. These were divided into nine sections. Within these were cells of six stages. The cells could be operated independently, or consecutively within a section. Similarly, the sections could be operated separately or as part of a single cascade. A survey party began construction by marking out the 500-acre (2.0 km2) site in May 1943. Work on the main building began in October 1943, and the six-stage pilot plant was ready for operation on 17 April 1944. In 1945 Groves canceled the upper stages of the plant, directing Kellex to instead design and build a 540-stage side feed unit, which became known as K-27. Kellex transferred the last unit to the operating contractor, Union Carbide and Carbon, on 11 September 1945. The total cost, including the K-27 plant completed after the war, came to $480 million.[160]
The production plant commenced operation in February 1945, and as cascade after cascade came online, the quality of the product increased. By April 1945, K-25 had attained a 1.1% enrichment and the output of the S-50 thermal diffusion plant began being used as feed. Some product produced the next month reached nearly 7% enrichment. In August, the last of the 2,892 stages commenced operation. K-25 and K-27 achieved their full potential in the early postwar period, when they eclipsed the other production plants and became the prototypes for a new generation of plants.[161]
Thermal diffusion
Main article: S-50 Project
The thermal diffusion process was based on Sydney Chapman and David Enskog's theory, which explained that when a mixed gas passes through a temperature gradient, the heavier one tends to concentrate at the cold end and the lighter one at the warm end. Since hot gases tend to rise and cool ones tend to fall, this can be used as a means of isotope separation. This process was first demonstrated by Klaus Clusius and Gerhard Dickel in Germany in 1938.[162] It was developed by US Navy scientists, but was not one of the enrichment technologies initially selected for use in the Manhattan Project. This was primarily due to doubts about its technical feasibility, but the inter-service rivalry between the Army and Navy also played a part.[163]
A factory with three smoking chimneys on a river bend, viewed from above
The S-50 plant is the dark building to the upper left behind the Oak Ridge powerhouse (with smoke stacks).
The Naval Research Laboratory continued the research under Philip Abelson's direction, but there was little contact with the Manhattan Project until April 1944, when Captain William S. Parsons, the naval officer in charge of ordnance development at Los Alamos, brought Oppenheimer news of encouraging progress in the Navy's experiments on thermal diffusion. Oppenheimer wrote to Groves suggesting that the output of a thermal diffusion plant could be fed into Y-12. Groves set up a committee consisting of Warren K. Lewis, Eger Murphree and Richard Tolman to investigate the idea, and they estimated that a thermal diffusion plant costing $3.5 million could enrich 50 kilograms (110 lb) of uranium per week to nearly 0.9% uranium-235. Groves approved its construction on 24 June 1944.[164]
Groves contracted with the H. K. Ferguson Company of Cleveland, Ohio, to build the thermal diffusion plant, which was designated S-50. Groves's advisers, Karl Cohen and W. I. Thompson from Standard Oil,[165] estimated that it would take six months to build. Groves gave Ferguson just four. Plans called for the installation of 2,142 48-foot-tall (15 m) diffusion columns arranged in 21 racks. Inside each column were three concentric tubes. Steam, obtained from the nearby K-25 powerhouse at a pressure of 100 pounds per square inch (690 kPa) and temperature of 545 °F (285 °C), flowed downward through the innermost 1.25-inch (32 mm) nickel pipe, while water at 155 °F (68 °C) flowed upward through the outermost iron pipe. The uranium hexafluoride flowed in the middle copper pipe, and isotope separation of the uranium occurred between the nickel and copper pipes.[166]
Work commenced on 9 July 1944, and S-50 began partial operation in September. Ferguson operated the plant through a subsidiary known as Fercleve. The plant produced just 10.5 pounds (4.8 kg) of 0.852% uranium-235 in October. Leaks limited production and forced shutdowns over the next few months, but in June 1945 it produced 12,730 pounds (5,770 kg).[167] By March 1945, all 21 production racks were operating. Initially the output of S-50 was fed into Y-12, but starting in March 1945 all three enrichment processes were run in series. S-50 became the first stage, enriching from 0.71% to 0.89%. This material was fed into the gaseous diffusion process in the K-25 plant, which produced a product enriched to about 23%. This was, in turn, fed into Y-12,[168] which boosted it to about 89%, sufficient for nuclear weapons.[169]
Aggregate U-235 production
About 50 kilograms (110 lb) of uranium enriched to 89% uranium-235 was delivered to Los Alamos by July 1945.[169] The entire 50 kg, along with some 50%-enriched, averaging out to about 85% enriched, were used in Little Boy.[169]
Plutonium
The second line of development pursued by the Manhattan Project used the fissile element plutonium. Although small amounts of plutonium exist in nature, the best way to obtain large quantities of the element is in a nuclear reactor, in which natural uranium is bombarded by neutrons. The uranium-238 is transmuted into uranium-239, which rapidly decays, first into neptunium-239 and then into plutonium-239.[170] Only a small amount of the uranium-238 will be transformed, so the plutonium must be chemically separated from the remaining uranium, from any initial impurities, and from fission products.[170]
X-10 Graphite Reactor
Main article: X-10 Graphite Reactor
Two workmen on a movable platform similar to that used by window washers, stick a rod into one of many small holes in the wall in front of them.
Workers load uranium slugs into the X-10 Graphite Reactor.
In March 1943, DuPont began construction of a plutonium plant on a 112-acre (0.5 km2) site at Oak Ridge. Intended as a pilot plant for the larger production facilities at Hanford, it included the air-cooled X-10 Graphite Reactor, a chemical separation plant, and support facilities. Because of the subsequent decision to construct water-cooled reactors at Hanford, only the chemical separation plant operated as a true pilot.[171] The X-10 Graphite Reactor consisted of a huge block of graphite, 24 feet (7.3 m) long on each side, weighing around 1,500 short tons (1,400 t), surrounded by 7 feet (2.1 m) of high-density concrete as a radiation shield.[171]
The greatest difficulty was encountered with the uranium slugs produced by Mallinckrodt and Metal Hydrides. These somehow had to be coated in aluminum to avoid corrosion and the escape of fission products into the cooling system. The Grasselli Chemical Company attempted to develop a hot dipping process without success. Meanwhile, Alcoa tried canning. A new process for flux-less welding was developed, and 97% of the cans passed a standard vacuum test, but high temperature tests indicated a failure rate of more than 50%. Nonetheless, production began in June 1943. The Metallurgical Laboratory eventually developed an improved welding technique with the help of General Electric, which was incorporated into the production process in October 1943.[172]
Watched by Fermi and Compton, the X-10 Graphite Reactor went critical on 4 November 1943 with about 30 short tons (27 t) of uranium. A week later the load was increased to 36 short tons (33 t), raising its power generation to 500 kW, and by the end of the month the first 500 mg of plutonium was created.[173] Modifications over time raised the power to 4,000 kW in July 1944. X-10 operated as a production plant until January 1945, when it was turned over to research activities.[174]
Hanford reactors
Main article: Hanford Site
Although an air-cooled design was chosen for the reactor at Oak Ridge to facilitate rapid construction, it was recognized that this would be impractical for the much larger production reactors. Initial designs by the Metallurgical Laboratory and DuPont used helium for cooling, before they determined that a water-cooled reactor would be simpler, cheaper and quicker to build.[175] The design did not become available until 4 October 1943; in the meantime, Matthias concentrated on improving the Hanford Site by erecting accommodations, improving the roads, building a railway switch line, and upgrading the electricity, water and telephone lines.[176]
An aerial view of the Hanford B-Reactor site from June 1944. At center is the reactor building. Small trucks dot the landscape and give a sense of scale. Two large water towers loom above the plant.
Aerial view of Hanford B-Reactor site, June 1944
As at Oak Ridge, the most difficulty was encountered while canning the uranium slugs, which commenced at Hanford in March 1944. They were pickled to remove dirt and impurities, dipped in molten bronze, tin, and aluminum-silicon alloy, canned using hydraulic presses, and then capped using arc welding under an argon atmosphere. Finally, they were subjected to a series of tests to detect holes or faulty welds. Disappointingly, most canned slugs initially failed the tests, resulting in an output of only a handful of canned slugs per day. But steady progress was made and by June 1944 production increased to the point where it appeared that enough canned slugs would be available to start Reactor B on schedule in August 1944.[177]
Work began on Reactor B, the first of six planned 250 MW reactors, on 10 October 1943.[178] The reactor complexes were given letter designations A through F, with B, D and F sites chosen to be developed first, as this maximised the distance between the reactors. They would be the only ones constructed during the Manhattan Project.[179] Some 390 short tons (350 t) of steel, 17,400 cubic yards (13,300 m3) of concrete, 50,000 concrete blocks and 71,000 concrete bricks were used to construct the 120-foot (37 m) high building.
Construction of the reactor itself commenced in February 1944.[180] Watched by Compton, Matthias, DuPont's Crawford Greenewalt, Leona Woods and Fermi, who inserted the first slug, the reactor was powered up beginning on 13 September 1944. Over the next few days, 838 tubes were loaded and the reactor went critical. Shortly after midnight on 27 September, the operators began to withdraw the control rods to initiate production. At first all appeared well but around 03:00 the power level started to drop and by 06:30 the reactor had shut down completely. The cooling water was investigated to see if there was a leak or contamination. The next day the reactor started up again, only to shut down once more.[181][182]
Fermi contacted Chien-Shiung Wu, who identified the cause of the problem as neutron poisoning from xenon-135, which has a half-life of 9.2 hours.[183] Fermi, Woods, Donald J. Hughes and John Archibald Wheeler then calculated the nuclear cross section of xenon-135, which turned out to be 30,000 times that of uranium.[184] DuPont engineer George Graves had deviated from the Metallurgical Laboratory's original design in which the reactor had 1,500 tubes arranged in a circle, and had added an additional 504 tubes to fill in the corners. The scientists had originally considered this overengineering a waste of time and money, but Fermi realized that by loading all 2,004 tubes, the reactor could reach the required power level and efficiently produce plutonium.[185] Reactor D was started on 17 December 1944 and Reactor F on 25 February 1945.[186]
Separation process
A contour map showing the fork of the Columbia and Yakima rivers and the boundary of the land, with seven small red squares marked on it
Map of the Hanford Site. Railroads flank the plants to the north and south. Reactors are the three northernmost red squares, along the Columbia River. The separation plants are the lower two red squares from the grouping south of the reactors. The bottom red square is the 300 area.
Meanwhile, the chemists considered the problem of how plutonium could be separated from uranium when its chemical properties were not known. Working with the minute quantities of plutonium available at the Metallurgical Laboratory in 1942, a team under Charles M. Cooper developed a lanthanum fluoride process for separating uranium and plutonium, which was chosen for the pilot separation plant. A second separation process, the bismuth phosphate process, was subsequently developed by Seaborg and Stanly G. Thomson.[187] This process worked by toggling plutonium between its +4 and +6 oxidation states in solutions of bismuth phosphate. In the former state, the plutonium was precipitated; in the latter, it stayed in solution and the other products were precipitated.[188]
Greenewalt favored the bismuth phosphate process due to the corrosive nature of lanthanum fluoride, and it was selected for the Hanford separation plants.[189] Once X-10 began producing plutonium, the pilot separation plant was put to the test. The first batch was processed at 40% efficiency but over the next few months this was raised to 90%.[174]
At Hanford, top priority was initially given to the installations in the 300 area. This contained buildings for testing materials, preparing uranium, and assembling and calibrating instrumentation. One of the buildings housed the canning equipment for the uranium slugs, while another contained a small test reactor. Notwithstanding the high priority allocated to it, work on the 300 area fell behind schedule due to the unique and complex nature of the 300 area facilities, and wartime shortages of labor and materials.[190]
Early plans called for the construction of two separation plants in each of the areas known as 200-West and 200-East. This was subsequently reduced to two, the T and U plants, in 200-West and one, the B plant, at 200-East.[191] Each separation plant consisted of four buildings: a process cell building or "canyon" (known as 221), a concentration building (224), a purification building (231) and a magazine store (213). The canyons were each 800 feet (240 m) long and 65 feet (20 m) wide. Each consisted of forty 17.7-by-13-by-20-foot (5.4 by 4.0 by 6.1 m) cells.[192]
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2020.05.22 17:23 genericvillagerone SMG4: SMG2012 - Chapter 8: Reunion

SMG4: SMG2012 - Chapter 8: Reunion
prologue, Chapter 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
(This chapter is continued from Chapter 7, so I would recommend reading that first in case you need a quick refresher of the day's events: https://www.reddit.com/SMG4/comments/gaxhyo/smg4_smg2012_chapter_7_against_no_mans_sky/ )
Again, sorry for the long wait; I've had to study for AP Exams in addition to homework for online classes and such. In addition, the week I was originally going to post this the whole Beeg SMG4 vs. Long SMG4 war broke out on the sub; and I had to delay this further to avoid this getting swamped by those posts. I think the war has calmed down enough to the point where I can post this w/out it getting swamped by the beeg vs. long posts.
It's a day later than I hoped to release this, but I hope this was worth the wait...
(Also, if you're new to the sub, welcome to this hellhole wonderful place known as SMG4 where there is no conflict whatsoever!)

Date: 23 November 2020, 15:45
[music: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2LhaXf3iTHo]
The city was under attack; 300-style. Somber overtones casted the skies as helpless Mushroom City citizens were whisked away by the guards in a Nazi Germany-like scene with the Jews; loaded onto dropships, where then they were whisked away into the skies. Hundreds of dropships both converged and took citizens out of the city; presumably to work in Aracaia's multifarious fields.
Avenues passed SMG4 as he ran. Newport: He saw a dropship loading people; who were struggling to escape. 124th: Citizens were trying to fight off the guards to no avail. Truman: Completely empty except for the occasional guard.
Greenwich; 108th; Porter; Nowak; 102nd: all empty as well. 108th had a dropship on it; but SMG4 was not noticed by them.
However, 99th Avenue - right before Kelling - contained two guards talking.
"How's the clear out going on Kelling?"
"We should have 145 people on each dropship; but three are missing on 5896, according to records obtained from the Mayor's office. All in Apartment 16A. A guard reported one person in there. There should have been four."
"Leave 'em be. We'll come back for them."
SMG4 ran past the two guards. One noticed him. "STOP RIGHT THERE! BY ORDER OF LORD PHINEAS, YOU ARE-"
The guard was taken out by a spare rocket launcher SMG4 had lying around.
The other guard was astonished.
SMG4: You wanna get blasted too?!
The other guard ran. "Nope nonopenopenope so much no!"
SMG4: I thought so.
He finally reached Kelling Avenue, made a right, and then saw two more guards exiting the building he was supposed to go into. They were loading Tari onto a dropship.
Tari: Let me go!
Guard: Too bad. Join the others.
And they threw her violently into the nearby dropship.
SMG4: S***. I didn't know it would be this bad. I hope Luigi is still fine.
SMG4 skulked across the road and entered the apartment building. Guards were shoving residents out of the building via the stairs. SMG4 decided to take the elevator; however, there was a guard inside it. He used skills he learned from playing as the Spy in Team Fortress 2 to take them out. He went up to the sixteenth floor and entered the apartment. No one was there.
[music: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_yGpoRbwe4s]
"You have gotta be f***ing kidding me."
He went over to the TV and turned it on. The news was covering the events in Mushroom City (from a safe studio in New Sydney).
"We now look live at Mushroom City, where it seems the city is under attack by aliens after an eight-hour siege last night that involved a Cthulhu-like creature and ended with the destruction of parts of the city by a large explosion. Police are calling it a gas main explosion, but others say it was not. We are getting new information as we speak, we'll update you as soon as it comes in."
The scene then pans to the kitchen, where Luigi is hiding behind the counter top.
Luigi: Is that-
SMG4 looked at the kitchen because he had heard a noise. He didn't see anything, so he went back to watching the news.
Later on, SMG4 then decided to get something from the kitchen. He went to the fridge and pulled out lunchmeat. He made a sandwich and then saw the frightened Luigi on the ground.
SMG4: Hi Luigi.

two minutes later...
[music: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ve2Fj1KgJL8]
SMG4: So what happened?
Luigi: Well, there was a knock on our door. They told us to surrender; Tari told me to hide in the other room and I haven't seen her since.
SMG4: I saw her getting put on one of those dropships. Don't know where they're headed.
Luigi: You mean she was kidnapped?
SMG4: Yep. How's Astrid?
Luigi: She's fine, just sleeping. What about the others? Are they safe?
SMG4: The crew that was down with me was captured by those guards. Mario was one of them.
Luigi: Mama mia, that's horrible. Is he okay?
SMG4: I'm not sure, he's probably starving right now.
Luigi: We need a game plan to rescue them.
SMG4: Do you have any ideas?
Luigi: Why would I look like I have any ideas? Do you?
SMG4: I do, actually. I have a bus that can get us where we need to go.
Luigi: Can it go over water? Otherwise, it's a long drive.
SMG4: Unfortunately, no; however, I have been working with E. Gadd and an auto workshop in the outskirts of the city since April on an upgrade to the Death Bus that will turn it into a propeller airplane. It's clunky, but I think it will work.
Luigi: Will it help us get to wherever they are?
SMG4: I'm not sure...we don't even know where they are...

Location: somewhere near Al Kharkhir, Saudi Arabia (the de facto Republic of Aracaia)
Date: 23 November 2020, 09:00 Saudi Arabian time (16:00 NSW time)
[music: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6zcKwD-Rrss]
We now enter a vast expanse of desert; where we met our frenemies, the Aracaians, in the prologue of the story. We see a large golden building shining in the daylight (they like keeping things clean); where hundreds of dropships are converging. It was a landing pad.
We now see Dropship 2002 expunging its captives. We see Mario, Bob, Boopkins, Meggy, Steve and Shroomy all pushed out of the dropship by the same Oblivion guards that captured them. We also see Tari being pushed out Dropship 5896, directly east of the other dropship.
There must have been about two million people they kidnapped; because the room where they were stored in (the same room where Phineas held his meeting in the prologue) was jam-packed with people (officially the Aracaians kidnapped exactly 1,969,420 people - half of Mushroom City - but we will round up to two million for convenience).
We now see our favorite antagonist, Phineas, going up to speak.
"Welcome everyone. I see that this isn't the most ideal conditions for some of you, so let me explain. My name is Phineappolis Maximus Grennicum; or Supreme Leader Phineas for short. I am the leader of this great civilization you people claim is part of Saudi Arabia. But it's not. We are the Republic of Aracaia. We have brought you here to work on our massive plantations. You see, being dormant for ten millennia has a toll on the body. We need a viable workforce. Those who stand against us, please rise now."
We see a man (presumably a lawyer) stand up. Numerous other people stood up in solidarity. They were then whisked away by guards. One could hear a machine gun in the distance, followed by screams that were quickly silenced. A wave of fear and dread was spread over the audience like butter on toast.
Once that whole "speed bump" was over, Phineas went back to his monologue.
"Well, now that that's settled, welcome to your permanent home for the rest of your miserable lives. Please put on the required uniforms we have provided for you-"
He pulled out a white shirt and khaki pants.
"-and follow the guards to your designated plantation location. Thank you, and have a good rest of your day."

Location: 1520 Kelling Avenue, Apartment 16A, Mushroom City, New South Wales Commonwealth, New Australia
Date: 23 November 2020, 16:30 NSW time
[music: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jyb33RgAxis&t=50s]
Luigi: So wait, you said that everyone we know was kidnapped.
SMG4: Right.
Luigi: S***, I can't think on how Mario is feeling right now.
SMG4: Probably just the same as he is now - stupid and always happy.
???: So are we going or not?
Luigi and SMG4 looked up. Apparently, Astrid was well enough to get out of bed.
SMG4: Hello, how are you?
Astrid: Still a little weak, but f-
She fell to the floor.
Luigi: Still a little weak?
He picked her up and laid her on the couch.
Astrid: Thanks.
SMG4: Now that all is settled, we're the only ones left. Everyone else is mostly kidnapped, one's dead. Does anyone have any clue on where they might be?
Luigi: I have one. When Claudia was living with us, she told us about this place called Aracaia and its heyday back ten thousand years ago. Phineas didn't state he was from there, but he had magical abilities, like Claudia, so I can assume that's a good place to start.
SMG4: Alright, I'll go look it up, see if there's any information on where the hell this place is.
He went over to the computer and looked up "aracaia" on Google. The top results were:
Aracaia - Conspiracypedia, the free conspiracy encyclopedia Aracaia (pron: our-ah-kai-ah) is a defunct civilization located in present-day Saudi Arabia near...read more New civilization discovered in Saudi Arabia - NABC News 19 February 2009 - A mysterious city has appeared...read more Saudis confirm activity in mysterious city - CNN 13 October 2020 - A year of disaster continues to get worse, as...read more Saudi Arabia confirms mysterious city after ten ye... - Fox News 13 October 2020 - The Saudi Prime Minister has confirm...read more Mysterious city RISES FROM THE GROUND = END OF THE WORLD - Daily Express 20 February 2009 - Well, the end of the world is coming tr...read more --end of results-- 
He clicked on the first link.
https://preview.redd.it/4c9kni8j3c051.png?width=1244&format=png&auto=webp&s=d9c89e6b7089cc29db64a8ff15aab634a0ae6c55
SMG4: I know where they are!
Luigi and Astrid: Where?
SMG4: We need to go to Saudi Arabia. But we'll need to prepare first.

To be continued...
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2020.05.18 12:41 fractalfay That’s because you’re a beautiful soul. RECAP of BT90D S04E13

Welcome back to another recrap of BT90D: the season where all the best characters are moms, children, cats, or dogs. One of the last couples standing is Baby Girl Lisa and Baby Love Usman, who is starting to think being the master of Nigerian hip hop is good enough for him. Last episode, Lisa was shocked to learn she needs evidence of her divorce before she can get started on her second one. This is clearly Usman’s fault, since she left him in charge of The Google.
So now Lisa unfurls her smoker’s rasp on an unsuspecting York, PA court clerk, while demonstrating her four varieties of pursed lips: the Mitch McConnell, the thirsty lizard, the Metamucil, and the Newport Softpack. The clerk attempts to explain bureaucracy and paperwork, and Lisa demands to know if they can do The Email, unless Hillary Clinton has them stored in her basement with pizza. The clerk decides to make an exception for the sake of escaping this phone call, and low and behold, Lisa’s latest two-hour tantrum shows itself to be a two-minute problem. Usman showers her with kisses, while we all astral project to our respective safe spaces, and then Lisa heads for a bath, her tongue darting in and out to best detect the presence of water.
Two short hours after this non-existent obstacle is overcome, Lisa puts her sweatband back on to race towards the next empty-headed hurdle. She and Usman go out for a little alcohol and accusations, and Lisa claims she saw Usman’s phone, and you know what that means: fee-males. She says he’s been texting back and forth with a WHORE who claims to love him, and she wants to know if she needs to unfurl a Geoffrey-level cyber stalk so her criminal file can catch a few more pages. Lisa took pictures of his phone with her phone, and with this binder full of evidence, she’s ready to assault Usman with a word salad she’s made from Waiting to Exhale, Beyonce, and reruns of The Wire.
Lisa: You think you’re a wannabe player, but it kinda looks like you’re succeeding. Damn. Who runs the world? Girls.
Usman: Why would I only have one fish on the line when I am a fisherman?
Lisa: This is the bitch that put a sad emoji on your post about me. Do you know what that means? It means unhappiness, Usman. Are you listening?
Usman: I’m not listening.
Lisa: She said I love you, WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE?
Usman: Someone with an inbox?
Lisa: Darnell! I need a new bedroom set!
Usman: I only say I love you because that is something I say. Have you heard my song? That is my thing.
Lisa: You come at the King, you best not miss.
Usman: Oooo! Omar! That’s Omar, right? Yes, HBO!
Lisa: I got 50 men in the states I can marry.
Usman: No one believes this.
Lisa: Block these fee-males and clean up this page tonight. A musician doesn’t need fans to perform in a gazebo in York.
Usman: I’ve made a mistake.
Lisa: I’ve been playing this game longer than you’ve been alive, and it doesn’t matter that my game is dusty and on layaway, because I believe that’s match point.
Usman: How can I trust you keeping score when you count the number zero as 50?
Lisa storms off and tells him to go back to his goat, who is a more consistent and nurturing romantic partner than Lisa anyway. Usman decides to finish his drink and maybe text a few backburner ladies in the meantime, while Lisa slows her gait hoping that he suddenly feels inspired to sprint after her. Eventually he realizes he’s going to have to reduce the heat on this evening’s meltdown, and he asks her to come back to the table and talk about this. She flounces back, declaring, “I can’t wait to be back in the land of the fucking free, and decent fucking people.” Yep, Lisa is definitely holding up a picket sign outside of a Costco to demand freedom from the tyranny of face masks, before she calls the checkout clerk an asshole for not having the gallon sized containers of jam, because China.
Usman declares that he will not be commanded by her except when he is, which is all the time. He tells her the same shit about emails from fans he told her six episodes ago, and Lisa makes Mitch McConnell face, and says she’s afraid he’s going to cheat on her, like the 50+ “decent” men back in the states who totally want to marry her. Lisa declares herself confident that she’s put Usman “in his place” which she’ll continue to file in the win column long after he’s moved on.
Speaking of doomed, somewhere in Australia, Avery wakes up with Ash, who she rode all the way to bone town as their relationship wilted in the wind. Ash comes out in a towel to further underscore the foundation of their relationship, which seems a good deal better than a pay-to-play dating ap or a plastic youtube star on the hunt for subscribers.
Avery brings up her conversation with Sian the day before, and Ash gets nervous, because Sian has all the tea, but has too much integrity to traumatize a child by sharing it. Ash gives the same reason for their delayed divorce that Sian provided, and Avery rushes to toss him a biscuit for being on the same page before he can talk his foot into his mouth. Ash mumbles something about not wanting negativity, and Avery writes a tshirt for the entire self-help movement: “There is a difference between creating negativity and being real with reality.” Avery, are you sure you belong on this show? I mean, it’s considered reality tv, but we don’t really mean it.
This brief foray into truth gives Avery enough ammo to work very, very hard to mute the marching band of red flags that flashed in sync last episode. She pivots to the bigger issue, taking Taj to the US of A, which Ash insists is something Sian “initially” agreed to, but yeah, no. Avery has a solution that she culled from her conversation with Sian, and suggests that perhaps Ash could visit her three months out of the year, and devote the rest of his time to raising Taj. Ash supports this plan with a double actually. Avery is equally stoked, since they managed to talk without Ash accusing her of gnawing his face with verbal vomit.
Beef squashed, they head out to pick up Taj so they can throw rocks at ducks in a park, like a family. Ash declares that Taj has the superhuman ability to identify a car by sound alone, and summons an example from a recent outing. Taj corrects him that he was able to identify the car because he saw it, which officially earns Taj a place next to Mother Usman and Mother Erika in Camp Awesome.
“My dad exaggerates everything. It’s kind of his thing,” Taj explains. “Pointing out these exaggerations is kind of my thing. It’s going to get worse when I’m a teenager. By worse, I mean better.” Taj is right.
Avery reflects on her fantasy about combining their families, including her daughter Sailboat (Silver? Whatever, I like Sailboat better) and just to underscore the point they flash a photo of the gorgeous child. Avery says she realizes she has to go home soon and she’s going to miss Ash, and hey, way to be in an actual relationship.
In Donzo, Thailand, Ed flip-flops back to his hotel room, assuming that Rose will still be there, warming his basket of prophylactics in her armpit, eager to embrace a mealy-mouthed self-serving whiny warbling pouty-lip apology. Rose, however, knows that “I’m done” means “goodbye” and has noped the fuck out before Ed tries to grope-hug her or hand her another hygiene product. Now Ed is left to decide for himself whether to pack or wear his bright orange sneakers onto the plane, while feeling sorry for himself and fully ignoring that whole part of the narrative where he’s a compulsive liar.
Hey guys, Steph is here to further rationalize tossing Erika for withholding crucial ex data. Erika, on the other hand, has to deal with the fact that real-life Stephanie is a completely different person from the girl she got to know online, who was fun and flirty and sexual. I imagine this must feel like falling in love with someone, and then they just disappear.
Erika drives three hours for a conversation that could have been a phone call. As Erika sits down Stephanie declares an intention to end on a positive note, and begins rationalizing her behavior. Erika isn’t sure about being on good terms, and explains that after months of gooing over the possibility of a shared life, Stephanie broke up with her just like that. Erika calls her out about figuring out her shit before playing with someone’s heart, and reminds Steph that if she had issues with her friendships, her exes, her sexual history, she could have voiced all of this prior to boarding a plane. She’s got Stephanie’s number, and knows she was just used for a tv show.
Stephanie asks if theres anything else to talk about, and Erika says no, and that she just wants to forget everything, but she can’t, because her family and friends have met Stephanie and are going to ask about her. Steph counters that she has to go home and be upset and not tell anyone, except she will, she just can’t let Erika have any pain she doesn’t try to trump.
Erika seems genuinely heartbroken. Stephanie seems like she doesn’t want to miss her plane.
Erika returns to her parents’ house, and sits down to give her wonder-mom an update on her relationship with Stephanie. Erika leaves out the whole part where she concealed a 10-year on/off relationship, and says she feels like it’s always her giving so much.
“That’s because of your beautiful soul, Erika,” Mother Erika says. Then Erika says that Steph is not ready for any kind of relationship (facts), and Mother Erika brings the warmth with: “You will find someone who sees you for who you are.” Mom goes on to say that this relationship was not for nothing, and she’s so glad Erika could come and talk with her about everything.
I feel a twinge. Does anyone else feel a twinge? I think it’s a feeling. Great, now they’re plural, and can breed.
Erika is still glad she told her mom that shes bi, even though things went south with Stephanie. Her mother repeats that she just wants Erika to be happy and appreciated, and then her mom hugs her because OF COURSE SHE DOES THAT BETTER NOT BE A THIRD FEELING.
We haven’t had nearly enough footage of folks staring at their phones in confusion, so here’s Yolanda to fill that hole in our souls. Yep, that’s a phone all right. Maybe she can take a photo of it and send it to Lisa for verification. Yep, those are text messages. Looking at her phone in her living room. Totally different from everyone’s daily experience.
If this show has jumped the shark, David drove the boat, and Yolanda strapped on the water skis.
Oh yes, David. After years of shoveling dollar after dollar into a paid dating site for the privilege of interacting with his girlfriend of seven years, David is ready to embrace his beloved, and for the first time in five attempts, Lana has shown up. David does him MmmMMmm so that she’ll recognize him. Lana just looks confused.
90DF does one of those 24 hour flashbacks they love, so we can see Lana working out at the gym with guidance from Anfisa’s Red Bag Fitness Fight. Then she shops for makeup. Couldn’t David have found someone with an identical set of priorities on the average sugar baby site? Lana expresses to the producers that she never expected to meet a foreigner like David on a website for foreigners. Then she heads to a coffee shop, which is a great place to be busy with your nephew’s hockey tournaments. While she’s sitting there, a friend calls, and Lana reports that she’s planning to meet a 60 year-old American who lives in Vegas and is paid well, and the friend says, “Oooo I hear they have a short life expectancy there!”
Back in the weird Kiev present:
David: I cant believe it!
Lana: What?
David: I can’t believe it!
Lana: Why?
David busts out the translator ap, and then tells the English-speaking 90DF producers the English translation. It’s like David is the translator’s hype man. They exchange a single statement before David swaddles Lana, who leaves her arms firmly at her sides. Lana flatly reports that she feels he’s her soul mate, sort of, if no one else is around and she doesn’t have surgery that day. She also notes he’s more attractive than she expected. We’ve been watching this show a long time, and yes, David is a 90DF 10. David looks happy at last, years of age melting down his face that will be back in place come the Zoom nightmare reunion.
And that miserable reunion makes me think of Darcey. Sigh. She’s hanging out with her daughters, putting on face masks while they compliment her, and declare that she looks like she came out of a Barbie factory, to which the other daughter says, “Mom IS Barbie.” Are you two battling for supremacy in the last will and testament? Whatever, it’s nice, they’re nice, everything is nice, and Darcey is back to seeking support from mychildrenaremyworld.
Wondering about Tom? No one is wondering about Tom. He’s still trying to score his brown shoes a few more minutes of screen time, by making mopey face and trying to sell his imaginary investment in Darcey. He meets up with his friend Hammy, who is unimpressed with Tom’s romantic scrambled egg, and he reminds Tom that karma is a bitch, because we haven’t heard enough trite catchphrases that double as 90s songs this episode. Tom tells Hammy he kind of wants to milk a third season from Darcey’s teet, and Hammy declares that Tom will probably want Darcey back at some point, or maybe just the teet. I see what you’re doing, Tom and Hammy, and we are not watching a 45 degree haircut in a jacket for another 15 episodes. Then Tom does the other thing he does, which is take his wheeled luggage for a walk around the airport.
Next week: Stephanie comes out to her mom after the fact (come ON with this storyline, it’s on a tv show, mom is going to see it), and Ash tells Avery she’s not a short-term project, because romance. Teddy the dog returns and unfortunately brings Ed, Lisa reminds us the definition of “done” is lost on her, and Lana learns that David hired a private investigator so his red flags could chase hers all over Eastern Europe, until COVID-19 granted her the safety and excuses that color every hustler’s dreams.
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2020.05.18 12:22 fractalfay That’s because of your beautiful soul: recap of Before the 90 Days S04E13

Welcome back to another recrap of BT90D: the season where all the best characters are moms, children, cats, or dogs. One of the last couples standing is Baby Girl Lisa and Baby Love Usman, who is starting to think being the master of Nigerian hip hop is good enough for him. Last episode, Lisa was shocked to learn she needs evidence of her divorce before she can get started on her second one. This is clearly Usman’s fault, since she left him in charge of The Google.
So now Lisa unfurls her smoker’s rasp on an unsuspecting York, PA court clerk, while demonstrating her four varieties of pursed lips: the Mitch McConnell, the thirsty lizard, the Metamucil, and the Newport Softpack. The clerk attempts to explain bureaucracy and paperwork, and Lisa demands to know if they can do The Email, unless Hillary Clinton has them stored in her basement with pizza. The clerk decides to make an exception for the sake of escaping this phone call, and low and behold, Lisa’s latest two-hour tantrum shows itself to be a two-minute problem. Usman showers her with kisses, while we all astral project to our respective safe spaces, and then Lisa heads for a bath, her tongue darting in and out to best detect the presence of water.
Two short hours after this non-existent obstacle is overcome, Lisa puts her sweatband back on to race towards the next empty-headed hurdle. She and Usman go out for a little alcohol and accusations, and Lisa claims she saw Usman’s phone, and you know what that means: fee-males. She says he’s been texting back and forth with a WHORE who claims to love him, and she wants to know if she needs to unfurl a Geoffrey-level cyber stalk so her criminal file can catch a few more pages. Lisa took pictures of his phone with her phone, and with this binder full of evidence, she’s ready to assault Usman with a word salad she’s made from Waiting to Exhale, Beyonce, and reruns of The Wire.
Lisa: You think you’re a wannabe player, but it kinda looks like you’re succeeding. Damn. Who runs the world? Girls.
Usman: Why would I only have one fish on the line when I am a fisherman?
Lisa: This is the bitch that put a sad emoji on your post about me. Do you know what that means? It means unhappiness, Usman. Are you listening?
Usman: I’m not listening.
Lisa: She said I love you, WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE?
Usman: Someone with an inbox?
Lisa: Darnell! I need a new bedroom set!
Usman: I only say I love you because that is something I say. Have you heard my song? That is my thing.
Lisa: You come at the King, you best not miss.
Usman: Oooo! Omar! That’s Omar, right? Yes, HBO!
Lisa: I got 50 men in the states I can marry.
Usman: No one believes this.
Lisa: Block these fee-males and clean up this page tonight. A musician doesn’t need fans to perform in a gazebo in York.
Usman: I’ve made a mistake.
Lisa: I’ve been playing this game longer than you’ve been alive, and it doesn’t matter that my game is dusty and on layaway, because I believe that’s match point.
Usman: How can I trust you keeping score when you count the number zero as 50?
Lisa storms off and tells him to go back to his goat, who is a more consistent and nurturing romantic partner than Lisa anyway. Usman decides to finish his drink and maybe text a few backburner ladies in the meantime, while Lisa slows her gait hoping that he suddenly feels inspired to sprint after her. Eventually he realizes he’s going to have to reduce the heat on this evening’s meltdown, and he asks her to come back to the table and talk about this. She flounces back, declaring, “I can’t wait to be back in the land of the fucking free, and decent fucking people.” Yep, Lisa is definitely holding up a picket sign outside of a Costco to demand freedom from the tyranny of face masks, before she calls the checkout clerk an asshole for not having the gallon sized containers of jam, because China.
Usman declares that he will not be commanded by her except when he is, which is all the time. He tells her the same shit about emails from fans he told her six episodes ago, and Lisa makes Mitch McConnell face, and says she’s afraid he’s going to cheat on her, like the 50+ “decent” men back in the states who totally want to marry her. Lisa declares herself confident that she’s put Usman “in his place” which she’ll continue to file in the win column long after he’s moved on.
Speaking of doomed, somewhere in Australia, Avery wakes up with Ash, who she rode all the way to bone town as their relationship wilted in the wind. Ash comes out in a towel to further underscore the foundation of their relationship, which seems a good deal better than a pay-to-play dating ap or a plastic youtube star on the hunt for subscribers.
Avery brings up her conversation with Sian the day before, and Ash gets nervous, because Sian has all the tea, but has too much integrity to traumatize a child by sharing it. Ash gives the same reason for their delayed divorce that Sian provided, and Avery rushes to toss him a biscuit for being on the same page before he can talk his foot into his mouth. Ash mumbles something about not wanting negativity, and Avery writes a tshirt for the entire self-help movement: “There is a difference between creating negativity and being real with reality.” Avery, are you sure you belong on this show? I mean, it’s considered reality tv, but we don’t really mean it.
This brief foray into truth gives Avery enough ammo to work very, very hard to mute the marching band of red flags that flashed in sync last episode. She pivots to the bigger issue, taking Taj to the US of A, which Ash insists is something Sian “initially” agreed to, but yeah, no. Avery has a solution that she culled from her conversation with Sian, and suggests that perhaps Ash could visit her three months out of the year, and devote the rest of his time to raising Taj. Ash supports this plan with a double actually. Avery is equally stoked, since they managed to talk without Ash accusing her of gnawing his face with verbal vomit.
Beef squashed, they head out to pick up Taj so they can throw rocks at ducks in a park, like a family. Ash declares that Taj has the superhuman ability to identify a car by sound alone, and summons an example from a recent outing. Taj corrects him that he was able to identify the car because he saw it, which officially earns Taj a place next to Mother Usman and Mother Erika in Camp Awesome.
“My dad exaggerates everything. It’s kind of his thing,” Taj explains. “Pointing out these exaggerations is kind of my thing. It’s going to get worse when I’m a teenager. By worse, I mean better.” Taj is right.
Avery reflects on her fantasy about combining their families, including her daughter Sailboat (Silver? Whatever, I like Sailboat better) and just to underscore the point they flash a photo of the gorgeous child. Avery says she realizes she has to go home soon and she’s going to miss Ash, and hey, way to be in an actual relationship.
In Donzo, Thailand, Ed flip-flops back to his hotel room, assuming that Rose will still be there, warming his basket of prophylactics in her armpit, eager to embrace a mealy-mouthed self-serving whiny warbling pouty-lip apology. Rose, however, knows that “I’m done” means “goodbye” and has noped the fuck out before Ed tries to grope-hug her or hand her another hygiene product. Now Ed is left to decide for himself whether to pack or wear his bright orange sneakers onto the plane, while feeling sorry for himself and fully ignoring that whole part of the narrative where he’s a compulsive liar.
Hey guys, Steph is here to further rationalize tossing Erika for withholding crucial ex data. Erika, on the other hand, has to deal with the fact that real-life Stephanie is a completely different person from the girl she got to know online, who was fun and flirty and sexual. I imagine this must feel like falling in love with someone, and then they just disappear.
Erika drives three hours for a conversation that could have been a phone call. As Erika sits down Stephanie declares an intention to end on a positive note, and begins rationalizing her behavior. Erika isn’t sure about being on good terms, and explains that after months of gooing over the possibility of a shared life, Stephanie broke up with her just like that. Erika calls her out about figuring out her shit before playing with someone’s heart, and reminds Steph that if she had issues with her friendships, her exes, her sexual history, she could have voiced all of this prior to boarding a plane. She’s got Stephanie’s number, and knows she was just used for a tv show.
Stephanie asks if theres anything else to talk about, and Erika says no, and that she just wants to forget everything, but she can’t, because her family and friends have met Stephanie and are going to ask about her. Steph counters that she has to go home and be upset and not tell anyone, except she will, she just can’t let Erika have any pain she doesn’t try to trump.
Erika seems genuinely heartbroken. Stephanie seems like she doesn’t want to miss her plane.
Erika returns to her parents’ house, and sits down to give her wonder-mom an update on her relationship with Stephanie. Erika leaves out the whole part where she concealed a 10-year on/off relationship, and says she feels like it’s always her giving so much.
“That’s because of your beautiful soul, Erika,” Mother Erika says. Then Erika says that Steph is not ready for any kind of relationship (facts), and Mother Erika brings the warmth with: “You will find someone who sees you for who you are.” Mom goes on to say that this relationship was not for nothing, and she’s so glad Erika could come and talk with her about everything.
I feel a twinge. Does anyone else feel a twinge? I think it’s a feeling. Great, now they’re plural, and can breed.
Erika is still glad she told her mom that shes bi, even though things went south with Stephanie. Her mother repeats that she just wants Erika to be happy and appreciated, and then her mom hugs her because OF COURSE SHE DOES THAT BETTER NOT BE A THIRD FEELING.
We haven’t had nearly enough footage of folks staring at their phones in confusion, so here’s Yolanda to fill that hole in our souls. Yep, that’s a phone all right. Maybe she can take a photo of it and send it to Lisa for verification. Yep, those are text messages. Looking at her phone in her living room. Totally different from everyone’s daily experience.
If this show has jumped the shark, David drove the boat, and Yolanda strapped on the water skis.
Oh yes, David. After years of shoveling dollar after dollar into a paid dating site for the privilege of interacting with his girlfriend of seven years, David is ready to embrace his beloved, and for the first time in five attempts, Lana has shown up. David does him MmmMMmm so that she’ll recognize him. Lana just looks confused.
90DF does one of those 24 hour flashbacks they love, so we can see Lana working out at the gym with guidance from Anfisa’s Red Bag Fitness Fight. Then she shops for makeup. Couldn’t David have found someone with an identical set of priorities on the average sugar baby site? Lana expresses to the producers that she never expected to meet a foreigner like David on a website for foreigners. Then she heads to a coffee shop, which is a great place to be busy with your nephew’s hockey tournaments. While she’s sitting there, a friend calls, and Lana reports that she’s planning to meet a 60 year-old American who lives in Vegas and is paid well, and the friend says, “Oooo I hear they have a short life expectancy there!”
Back in the weird Kiev present:
David: I cant believe it!
Lana: What?
David: I can’t believe it!
Lana: Why?
David busts out the translator ap, and then tells the English-speaking 90DF producers the English translation. It’s like David is the translator’s hype man. They exchange a single statement before David swaddles Lana, who leaves her arms firmly at her sides. Lana flatly reports that she feels he’s her soul mate, sort of, if no one else is around and she doesn’t have surgery that day. She also notes he’s more attractive than she expected. We’ve been watching this show a long time, and yes, David is a 90DF 10. David looks happy at last, years of age melting down his face that will be back in place come the Zoom nightmare reunion.
And that miserable reunion makes me think of Darcey. Sigh. She’s hanging out with her daughters, putting on face masks while they compliment her, and declare that she looks like she came out of a Barbie factory, to which the other daughter says, “Mom IS Barbie.” Are you two battling for supremacy in the last will and testament? Whatever, it’s nice, they’re nice, everything is nice, and Darcey is back to seeking support from mychildrenaremyworld.
Wondering about Tom? No one is wondering about Tom. He’s still trying to score his brown shoes a few more minutes of screen time, by making mopey face and trying to sell his imaginary investment in Darcey. He meets up with his friend Hammy, who is unimpressed with Tom’s romantic scrambled egg, and he reminds Tom that karma is a bitch, because we haven’t heard enough trite catchphrases that double as 90s songs this episode. Tom tells Hammy he kind of wants to milk a third season from Darcey’s teet, and Hammy declares that Tom will probably want Darcey back at some point, or maybe just the teet. I see what you’re doing, Tom and Hammy, and we are not watching a 45 degree haircut in a jacket for another 15 episodes. Then Tom does the other thing he does, which is take his wheeled luggage for a walk around the airport.
Next week: Stephanie comes out to her mom after the fact (come ON with this storyline, it’s on a tv show, mom is going to see it), and Ash tells Avery she’s not a short-term project, because romance. Teddy the dog returns and unfortunately brings Ed, Lisa reminds us the definition of “done” is lost on her, and Lana learns that David hired a private investigator so his red flags could chase hers all over Eastern Europe, until COVID-19 granted her the safety and excuses that color every hustler’s dreams.
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2020.05.18 12:21 fractalfay That’s because of your beautiful soul: Recap of BT90D S04E13

Welcome back to another recrap of BT90D: the season where all the best characters are moms, children, cats, or dogs. One of the last couples standing is Baby Girl Lisa and Baby Love Usman, who is starting to think being the master of Nigerian hip hop is good enough for him. Last episode, Lisa was shocked to learn she needs evidence of her divorce before she can get started on her second one. This is clearly Usman’s fault, since she left him in charge of The Google.
So now Lisa unfurls her smoker’s rasp on an unsuspecting York, PA court clerk, while demonstrating her four varieties of pursed lips: the Mitch McConnell, the thirsty lizard, the Metamucil, and the Newport Softpack. The clerk attempts to explain bureaucracy and paperwork, and Lisa demands to know if they can do The Email, unless Hillary Clinton has them stored in her basement with pizza. The clerk decides to make an exception for the sake of escaping this phone call, and low and behold, Lisa’s latest two-hour tantrum shows itself to be a two-minute problem. Usman showers her with kisses, while we all astral project to our respective safe spaces, and then Lisa heads for a bath, her tongue darting in and out to best detect the presence of water.
Two short hours after this non-existent obstacle is overcome, Lisa puts her sweatband back on to race towards the next empty-headed hurdle. She and Usman go out for a little alcohol and accusations, and Lisa claims she saw Usman’s phone, and you know what that means: fee-males. She says he’s been texting back and forth with a WHORE who claims to love him, and she wants to know if she needs to unfurl a Geoffrey-level cyber stalk so her criminal file can catch a few more pages. Lisa took pictures of his phone with her phone, and with this binder full of evidence, she’s ready to assault Usman with a word salad she’s made from Waiting to Exhale, Beyonce, and reruns of The Wire.
Lisa: You think you’re a wannabe player, but it kinda looks like you’re succeeding. Damn. Who runs the world? Girls.
Usman: Why would I only have one fish on the line when I am a fisherman?
Lisa: This is the bitch that put a sad emoji on your post about me. Do you know what that means? It means unhappiness, Usman. Are you listening?
Usman: I’m not listening.
Lisa: She said I love you, WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE?
Usman: Someone with an inbox?
Lisa: Darnell! I need a new bedroom set!
Usman: I only say I love you because that is something I say. Have you heard my song? That is my thing.
Lisa: You come at the King, you best not miss.
Usman: Oooo! Omar! That’s Omar, right? Yes, HBO!
Lisa: I got 50 men in the states I can marry.
Usman: No one believes this.
Lisa: Block these fee-males and clean up this page tonight. A musician doesn’t need fans to perform in a gazebo in York.
Usman: I’ve made a mistake.
Lisa: I’ve been playing this game longer than you’ve been alive, and it doesn’t matter that my game is dusty and on layaway, because I believe that’s match point.
Usman: How can I trust you keeping score when you count the number zero as 50?
Lisa storms off and tells him to go back to his goat, who is a more consistent and nurturing romantic partner than Lisa anyway. Usman decides to finish his drink and maybe text a few backburner ladies in the meantime, while Lisa slows her gait hoping that he suddenly feels inspired to sprint after her. Eventually he realizes he’s going to have to reduce the heat on this evening’s meltdown, and he asks her to come back to the table and talk about this. She flounces back, declaring, “I can’t wait to be back in the land of the fucking free, and decent fucking people.” Yep, Lisa is definitely holding up a picket sign outside of a Costco to demand freedom from the tyranny of face masks, before she calls the checkout clerk an asshole for not having the gallon sized containers of jam, because China.
Usman declares that he will not be commanded by her except when he is, which is all the time. He tells her the same shit about emails from fans he told her six episodes ago, and Lisa makes Mitch McConnell face, and says she’s afraid he’s going to cheat on her, like the 50+ “decent” men back in the states who totally want to marry her. Lisa declares herself confident that she’s put Usman “in his place” which she’ll continue to file in the win column long after he’s moved on.
Speaking of doomed, somewhere in Australia, Avery wakes up with Ash, who she rode all the way to bone town as their relationship wilted in the wind. Ash comes out in a towel to further underscore the foundation of their relationship, which seems a good deal better than a pay-to-play dating ap or a plastic youtube star on the hunt for subscribers.
Avery brings up her conversation with Sian the day before, and Ash gets nervous, because Sian has all the tea, but has too much integrity to traumatize a child by sharing it. Ash gives the same reason for their delayed divorce that Sian provided, and Avery rushes to toss him a biscuit for being on the same page before he can talk his foot into his mouth. Ash mumbles something about not wanting negativity, and Avery writes a tshirt for the entire self-help movement: “There is a difference between creating negativity and being real with reality.” Avery, are you sure you belong on this show? I mean, it’s considered reality tv, but we don’t really mean it.
This brief foray into truth gives Avery enough ammo to work very, very hard to mute the marching band of red flags that flashed in sync last episode. She pivots to the bigger issue, taking Taj to the US of A, which Ash insists is something Sian “initially” agreed to, but yeah, no. Avery has a solution that she culled from her conversation with Sian, and suggests that perhaps Ash could visit her three months out of the year, and devote the rest of his time to raising Taj. Ash supports this plan with a double actually. Avery is equally stoked, since they managed to talk without Ash accusing her of gnawing his face with verbal vomit.
Beef squashed, they head out to pick up Taj so they can throw rocks at ducks in a park, like a family. Ash declares that Taj has the superhuman ability to identify a car by sound alone, and summons an example from a recent outing. Taj corrects him that he was able to identify the car because he saw it, which officially earns Taj a place next to Mother Usman and Mother Erika in Camp Awesome.
“My dad exaggerates everything. It’s kind of his thing,” Taj explains. “Pointing out these exaggerations is kind of my thing. It’s going to get worse when I’m a teenager. By worse, I mean better.” Taj is right.
Avery reflects on her fantasy about combining their families, including her daughter Sailboat (Silver? Whatever, I like Sailboat better) and just to underscore the point they flash a photo of the gorgeous child. Avery says she realizes she has to go home soon and she’s going to miss Ash, and hey, way to be in an actual relationship.
In Donzo, Thailand, Ed flip-flops back to his hotel room, assuming that Rose will still be there, warming his basket of prophylactics in her armpit, eager to embrace a mealy-mouthed self-serving whiny warbling pouty-lip apology. Rose, however, knows that “I’m done” means “goodbye” and has noped the fuck out before Ed tries to grope-hug her or hand her another hygiene product. Now Ed is left to decide for himself whether to pack or wear his bright orange sneakers onto the plane, while feeling sorry for himself and fully ignoring that whole part of the narrative where he’s a compulsive liar.
Hey guys, Steph is here to further rationalize tossing Erika for withholding crucial ex data. Erika, on the other hand, has to deal with the fact that real-life Stephanie is a completely different person from the girl she got to know online, who was fun and flirty and sexual. I imagine this must feel like falling in love with someone, and then they just disappear.
Erika drives three hours for a conversation that could have been a phone call. As Erika sits down Stephanie declares an intention to end on a positive note, and begins rationalizing her behavior. Erika isn’t sure about being on good terms, and explains that after months of gooing over the possibility of a shared life, Stephanie broke up with her just like that. Erika calls her out about figuring out her shit before playing with someone’s heart, and reminds Steph that if she had issues with her friendships, her exes, her sexual history, she could have voiced all of this prior to boarding a plane. She’s got Stephanie’s number, and knows she was just used for a tv show.
Stephanie asks if theres anything else to talk about, and Erika says no, and that she just wants to forget everything, but she can’t, because her family and friends have met Stephanie and are going to ask about her. Steph counters that she has to go home and be upset and not tell anyone, except she will, she just can’t let Erika have any pain she doesn’t try to trump.
Erika seems genuinely heartbroken. Stephanie seems like she doesn’t want to miss her plane.
Erika returns to her parents’ house, and sits down to give her wonder-mom an update on her relationship with Stephanie. Erika leaves out the whole part where she concealed a 10-year on/off relationship, and says she feels like it’s always her giving so much.
“That’s because of your beautiful soul, Erika,” Mother Erika says. Then Erika says that Steph is not ready for any kind of relationship (facts), and Mother Erika brings the warmth with: “You will find someone who sees you for who you are.” Mom goes on to say that this relationship was not for nothing, and she’s so glad Erika could come and talk with her about everything.
I feel a twinge. Does anyone else feel a twinge? I think it’s a feeling. Great, now they’re plural, and can breed.
Erika is still glad she told her mom that shes bi, even though things went south with Stephanie. Her mother repeats that she just wants Erika to be happy and appreciated, and then her mom hugs her because OF COURSE SHE DOES THAT BETTER NOT BE A THIRD FEELING.
We haven’t had nearly enough footage of folks staring at their phones in confusion, so here’s Yolanda to fill that hole in our souls. Yep, that’s a phone all right. Maybe she can take a photo of it and send it to Lisa for verification. Yep, those are text messages. Looking at her phone in her living room. Totally different from everyone’s daily experience.
If this show has jumped the shark, David drove the boat, and Yolanda strapped on the water skis.
Oh yes, David. After years of shoveling dollar after dollar into a paid dating site for the privilege of interacting with his girlfriend of seven years, David is ready to embrace his beloved, and for the first time in five attempts, Lana has shown up. David does him MmmMMmm so that she’ll recognize him. Lana just looks confused.
90DF does one of those 24 hour flashbacks they love, so we can see Lana working out at the gym with guidance from Anfisa’s Red Bag Fitness Fight. Then she shops for makeup. Couldn’t David have found someone with an identical set of priorities on the average sugar baby site? Lana expresses to the producers that she never expected to meet a foreigner like David on a website for foreigners. Then she heads to a coffee shop, which is a great place to be busy with your nephew’s hockey tournaments. While she’s sitting there, a friend calls, and Lana reports that she’s planning to meet a 60 year-old American who lives in Vegas and is paid well, and the friend says, “Oooo I hear they have a short life expectancy there!”
Back in the weird Kiev present:
David: I cant believe it!
Lana: What?
David: I can’t believe it!
Lana: Why?
David busts out the translator ap, and then tells the English-speaking 90DF producers the English translation. It’s like David is the translator’s hype man. They exchange a single statement before David swaddles Lana, who leaves her arms firmly at her sides. Lana flatly reports that she feels he’s her soul mate, sort of, if no one else is around and she doesn’t have surgery that day. She also notes he’s more attractive than she expected. We’ve been watching this show a long time, and yes, David is a 90DF 10. David looks happy at last, years of age melting down his face that will be back in place come the Zoom nightmare reunion.
And that miserable reunion makes me think of Darcey. Sigh. She’s hanging out with her daughters, putting on face masks while they compliment her, and declare that she looks like she came out of a Barbie factory, to which the other daughter says, “Mom IS Barbie.” Are you two battling for supremacy in the last will and testament? Whatever, it’s nice, they’re nice, everything is nice, and Darcey is back to seeking support from mychildrenaremyworld.
Wondering about Tom? No one is wondering about Tom. He’s still trying to score his brown shoes a few more minutes of screen time, by making mopey face and trying to sell his imaginary investment in Darcey. He meets up with his friend Hammy, who is unimpressed with Tom’s romantic scrambled egg, and he reminds Tom that karma is a bitch, because we haven’t heard enough trite catchphrases that double as 90s songs this episode. Tom tells Hammy he kind of wants to milk a third season from Darcey’s teet, and Hammy declares that Tom will probably want Darcey back at some point, or maybe just the teet. I see what you’re doing, Tom and Hammy, and we are not watching a 45 degree haircut in a jacket for another 15 episodes. Then Tom does the other thing he does, which is take his wheeled luggage for a walk around the airport.
Next week: Stephanie comes out to her mom after the fact (come ON with this storyline, it’s on a tv show, mom is going to see it), and Ash tells Avery she’s not a short-term project, because romance. Teddy the dog returns and unfortunately brings Ed, Lisa reminds us the definition of “done” is lost on her, and Lana learns that David hired a private investigator so his red flags could chase hers all over Eastern Europe, until COVID-19 granted her the safety and excuses that color every hustler’s dreams.
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2020.04.14 02:10 SwoleBuddha Since most of you are spending more time than normal at home these days, I created this list of hobbies that can be done during quarantine with minimal startup equipment required.

Meditation
It's not just for hippies anymore. Meditation is a rapidly growing practice recommended by everyone from Arnold Schwarzenegger to Lebron James. Spending time isolated from our loved ones can take its toll on our mental health. Daily meditation for as little as 20 minutes can drastically improve our ability to cope with the recent lifestyle changes we have been forced to undergo. This article on How to Meditate is enough to get you started. You can also browse meditation for more information or FAQ.
Yoga
First meditation, now yoga? What kind of list is this going to be? I know, I know, but hear me out. Adding a simple yoga routine to your day can improve flexibility, prevent injury, improve athletic performance and increase energy. I find doing 10-15 minutes in the morning makes me more alert during the day and 10-15 minutes at night can relax me before bed. Youtube has videos that are sport, time of day and skill-level specific. I recommend starting with this simple 10 minute beginner flow. If you find it beneficial, yoga is an active and knowledgeable community.
Bodyweight Exercises
Getting exercise is crucial to our health and with gyms around the country closed, it's easy to fall out of any good habits we may have been in before the pandemic. Fortunately, you don't need a gym to get a good workout. All it takes is our bodies and maybe some everyday items most of us have in our homes. Why not give this workout by the GOAT bodybuilder, Arnold Schwarzenegger, a try? If that doesn't do it for you, bodyweightfitness has plenty more routines you can choose from.
Running
If cardio gains are more your style, try running in your neighborhood. While stay at home orders recommend only leaving home for necessary supplies, most states specify that it is okay to go outdoors for exercise as long as social distancing guidelines are adhered to. Depending on your starting level of fitness, you can start with c25k (Couch to 5k) or Hal Higdon's Novice 1 Marathon Training Program. I used the latter to run the Los Angeles Marathon in 2018. Check out running for more.
Learn Personal Finance
This might not be a sexy hobby, but it's one your future self will be grateful you started now. Everyone knows they should learn personal finance, but all the talk about emergency funds, IRAs, 401Ks, APY, and other terms can be pretty intimidating at first. Fret not, personalfinance has a comprehensive wiki to get your started. If books are more your style, I recommend The Index Card and Broke Millennial. If you're not a reader (thanks for reading this far), you can get the same information for me through the Khan Academy's Personal Finance series.
Investing
Investing goes hand-in-hand with personal finance, but can also be a lot more of an active activity. It can include investing for the long-term, which you can read about in The Little Book of Common Sense Investing, or you can be a more active investor by trading stocks daily. With fees at an all time low, it has never been cheaper to get started in trading stocks. investing and stocks are good places to gather more information. You can use my referral code to open a Robinhood account and get a free stock in the process.
Chess
A personal favorite of mine, chess is a rabbit hole with no bottom and with an internet connection, you will never run out of opponents to challenge. Create an account on Lichess or Chess.com and challenge me (@SwoleBuddha) to a game. If you're just starting out, International Master John Bartholomew has a fantastic YouTube series on Chess Fundamentals that I guarantee will help you improve your game.
Learn a Foreign Language
Let's face it. It's hard not to be impressed by someone who speaks multiple languages. With all this free time indoors, there's never been a better time to join the ranks of the bilingual. Free apps like Duolingo make it easy to get a basic grasp on many languages, while inexpensive tutors can be found online through sites like Italki.
Gardening
Maybe you have a sprawling backyard that could use some sprucing up or maybe your only free space is a windowsill in a sunny window. Regardless, gardening is a hobby that anyone can get into during quarantine. As a bonus, you might even get some delicious and healthy fruits, vegetables and spices to eat in a few months. gardening has all the information you need to get started in your region.
Cooking
Every single adult should know at least the basics of cooking. Not only will it save you money, it will also make it easier to eat healthy and it can be a fun tradition to pass down to future generations. Gordon Ramsay's YouTube channel is loaded with instructional videos to help you get going and subreddits like cooking, eatcheapandhealthy, recipes, and bachelorchef are some of my favorites for recipes and inspiration.
Drawing/Painting
Get in touch with your creative side by picking up drawing or painting as a hobby. All you need to get started is a piece of paper and a pencil, although there are plenty of other tools that are recommended if you want to pursue this hobby. Bob Ross's The Joy of Painting is available for free on YouTube.
Learn a Musical Instrument
Playing an instrument can be a challenge, but it's a challenge well worth undertaking. Whether it's learning your favorite rock songs on a guitar, a classical piece on the piano, a metal song on drums or anything in between, now is the perfect time to begin learning to play an instrument.
Reading
If you don't love reading, you're not reading the right books. If the Steinbeck and Faulkner you were forced to read in high school turned you off of the hobby, try finding books on topics that you are into. Sports? There are books on that. Traveling? That too. Sci-Fi Lesbian romance? There are even books on that. Think of what topics interest you and then ask on suggestmeabook for recommendations.
Coffee Tasting
If you're anything like me, the thought of that first cup of coffee is what eventually pulls you out of bed each morning. Make coffee more than just a way to get your daily caffeine fix! Learn the different types of beans, methods of brewing and subtle notes of flavor that gourmet coffee has. Trade Coffee even has a quiz to help match you with a coffee that will be sure to liven up your mornings.
Become an Alcohol Connoisseur
If coffee isn't your thing, maybe alcohol is. Your local grocery store will have a wide variety of craft beers, whiskeys, tequilas, vodkas, gins or any other liquor you might be interested in becoming more knowledgeable about. Browse whiskey, tequila or beer for recommendations of product available in your price range.
Home Brewing
You love beer, right? Wouldn't it taste even better if you made it yourself. Homebrewing has gained a ton of popularity over the last decade and homebrews can taste as good or better than the beer from your local brewery. All it takes is a couple hours of work and then the patience to let it ferment for a few weeks. The Northern Brewer sells kits for beginners for as low as $57.99.
Podcasting
Everyone has an area of expertise. With podcasting, it has never been easier to share your knowledge with others. All you need is a microphone, even the one on your phone will do.
Puzzles
A good puzzle can keep your mind occupied for hours. Whether you prefer crosswords, wordsearches, sudoku, jigsaw puzzles or something else, these weeks under quarantine are the perfect time to sit down and put your brain to work.
Become a Film Buff
Who was that actor who was in that war movie with Kevin Bacon? Who knows? YOU DO! Because you took advantage of the Covid-19 quarantine to watch classic movies. Even devoting a few hours a week to watching the classics that are available on streaming services will turn you into a movie quoting, 6 Degrees of Kevin Bacon machine! AMC's 100 Greatest Movies can get you started.
Grilling
I'll never forger being in my early 20s, on a date in the park with my first real girlfriend. The fresh air, the sound of the birds, and the awkwardness of being a full-grown man who doesn't know how to light a Weber. Learn from my mistakes and watch this Beginner's Guide to Using a Charcoal Grill video. Then, eat like a king!
Astronomy
For as long as man has roamed the Earth, he has looked up at the stars. Instead of looking to them for answers, we can now look at them for the sake of their own beauty. This post from telescopes can help you purchase the right telescope for your budget. After that, astronomy can help you answer any further questions.
Leathercraft
What's manlier than the smell of fresh leather? Start with the basics and work your way up to making backpacks, wallets or even boots! The wiki in leathercrafting can help you order all the supplies you need to get going.
Healthy Eating
So you took my suggestions above and starting barbecuing various meats and washing them down with your favorite beer or hard liquor, which you are now an expert on. It might be time to focus on your long-term health by adding healthier foods to your diet. A proper diet can leave you with more energy, a sharper mind, less physical ailments and a longer lifespan! Why wouldn't you pick up healthy eating as a hobby? I recommend reading How Not to Die by Dr. Michael Greger to get on the path to longevity through proper nutrition. Subreddits like eatcheapandhealthy and plantbasediet are also very helpful. Netflix documentaries like The Game Changers and Forks Over Knives are also fantastic.
Writing
I believe everybody needs at least 3 hobbies. One to challenge us physically, one to challenge us mentally, and one to challenge the creative part of our brain. As far as creative hobbies go, it's hard to top writing. Hell, I'm doing it right now! Write that novel you've had in the back of your mind, that non-fiction work the world has been waiting for, or simply start a blog on a topic you're interested in. Simply putting your thoughts into a journal is enough to tickle that creative muscle.
Cocktail Mixing
You finally have that long-awaited romantic evening alone with that special someone. As the night winds down, you offer to make a drink for the two of you. It's at this moment that you realize you only know how to make cocktails with 2 ingredients. Mood: Killed. Never let this happen to you by learning the basics of bartending and drink making. This video offers some helpful advice for stocking your first home bar.
Learn to Code
I can hear you now. "SwoleBuddha, all these hobbies are fine, but I want to spend my time learning something that could benefit my career." Learn to code! Computer coding is a highly sought after skill by many employers and it can even allow you to do your own freelance work. Get started for free on Code Academy.
Learn to be Handy
You know that leaky faucet you've been ignoring? How about that squeaky door you've been meaning to fix? Instead of paying a professional to fix these problems, learn how to fix them yourself. Knowing basic handyman skills will save you money and it might just make you more popular around the neighborhood (after the pandemic ends, of course).
Basic Car Maintenance
Owning a car can get expensive in a hurry, especially as it gets older. But if you learn to do basic maintenance and routine care, such as oil changes, you can save yourself a lot of money. Simply type in the make, model and year of your car into YouTube and the chances are there will be hundreds of videos explaining how to do almost anything you could want to do to your car.
Flipping Items
We all have things at home we don't need anymore. While you're stuck at home, take some time to sell some of those things on eBay. With so many people avoiding brick-and-mortar shops, now is a great time to sell things you don't want/need online.
Credit Card Churning
In 2016, I spent 3 weeks in Colombia and my only expenses were my meals and entertainment. My flights and hotels were entirely paid for with credit card points. It sounds too good to be true, but I and many other people are taking advantage of credit card points to travel the world. A few days of research is all it takes to get started and churning has all of the information you need.
Genealogy
I've always been fascinated with my ancestry. Something about knowing how many things had to work out perfectly in order for you to have been born is enough to boggle the mind. Use sites like Ancestry.com to bring the story of your ancestors to life. It can really stir the imagination.
Magic Tricks
A good magic trick, properly performed, can leave an audience in disbelief. I'm a firm believer that every man should know at least one good trick, whether it's with a deck of cards, a coin, or some other prop. Use the abundant resources on YouTube to find one that appeals to you. Then practice it until it's perfect. Your friends will be amazed at your first post-pandemic party.
Free Online Classes
With this much free time, everybody should be learning something new. Sites like Khan Academy and Coursera have an abundance of online lectures on myriad topics. Find one that interests you and get to learning!
Minimalism
This one is more of a lifestyle than a hobby. Nonetheless, the time spent in quarantine can be used to get rid of excess items that you no longer need, want or use. What's left are the items that you truly enjoy. Take it from a recent convert to minimalism, a cluttered house equals a cluttered mind, but a clean and organized house full of only important belongings can do wonders for mental clarity and happiness.
Digital Minimalism
In a similar vein, I recently made steps towards living a more minimalistic lifestlye in regards to my digital habits as well. It's a liberating feeling to not have to check your phone every 5 minutes, read the news every morning and night, check social media almost hourly and respond to texts continuously. When we cut out the time we spend on our phones, we leave time to pursue other, more important hobbies. I recommend reading the book Digital Minimalism by Cal Newport, but many articles on the subject have been published for free online.
Upgrade Your Wardrobe
Think of being quarantined as being in a cocoon. Don't you want to emerge afterwards as a beautiful butterfly? Pardon the lame metaphor. Fashion is ever-changing and if your everyday wardrobe contains white New Balances and dad-jeans, it might be time to head over to malefashionadvice and get up to speed on the latest trends.
Skincare
Skincare? On a malelifestyle post? Yes, really. A proper skincare routine can be learned in an afternoon reading skincareaddiction. Even if your teenage acne years are behind you, you are never done caring for your skin. Proper cleaning, moisturizing and protecting our skin can be the difference between aging like George Clooney or Mickey Rourke.
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2020.03.26 19:50 nyminute917 911 need people to read feel very bad

I'll give u a brief synopsis 36 f in a domestic violence shelter. It all started in 15 I had a rape civil and criminal case against a huge hotel chain for there security guard breaking in and raping me w the dna. That's not what's bothering me that I dropped due to me being a stripper in my 20s w breast implants I was branded a whore I waited 4 years and even got gloria Alred on my line which I'm proud of myself but after all is said and done nothing came out of it but feeling suicidal. In 17 I started dating we will call him Joseph he was very attractive, and was in love w me in like 2 weeks. We were engaged by a month. I asked him if he cared that I had a past he didnt, he said he would fight w me till the end. I fell in love or at least codependent on his love for validation. He was a drunk I didnt realize it at first cause he played it well. Until 3 am came he would say I deserved to be raped I was in the mortgage field at the time he would steal all my bosses cards and threaten to call him as the only reason I got good jobs was from sleeping with my bosses. I quit one mortgage company went to another same bs. I loved him when I didnt love me. He would tell me at times to leave him as he is not a real man. I got him jobs, he hurt himself on the job, i got up daily to call temporary disability and got him 1400 to which i saw nothing. My capital one slowly went from 5 k to maxed out to support his fireball habit and newports. Thinking I'm getting 3 million I guess that didnt phase me june 2018 I got us a 3 bedroom it was a surprise since we were engaged and planning a family. He went back to his child's mother they have one child together and blocked me on all avenues. I guess I got a little crazy but nothing like him I called, I went looking for him, I called his mom who was a total bitch who said I was pyscho he's a drunk they have been planning his funeral for 20 years. That made me fight harder for him I even got a hold of his child's mother against my better judgement. My friend's I went to school w knew her and said she has been off since a child leave her alone. She said his loyalty was forever to her that she was putting him in the passenger seat of her car and coming to kill me. I was so afraid but I had moved I didnt call the police as dealing w the police for the rspe I was all policed out. I spent summer of 18 in my bed never came out, took benadryl and valium round the clock to sleep. September 1st I moved back to my mom's my therapist said you know why dont you move I said I want too. I chose Florida I started saving all my money I have a fashion store online and started selling a lot of my stuff and selling stuff on craigslist I watched karma enfolded in front of my eyes. His child's mother slept with his best friend. She actually wanted to speak w me so I could tell her everything I knew about his bestie well if you think joseph has an addiction your new lover is on booze and heroin. Sorry truth hurts I'm not an addict or alcoholic so he left me for her for her to fuck his best friend.
New years eve 2018 called my lawyer if they cant give me a payout by tomorrow im writing a tell all. It's dropped sir im done.
 I made it to Florida celibate since joseph met a jehovah witness I told him I wasnt looking for a bf I was crying when he met me he took advantage of my vulnerability well that only lasted 6 months of me being checked out the whole time. He was obsessed with me it scared me I never wanted him but he wouldnt leave. Finally justice for me he grabbed my car keys, my purse, and phone this is what he always did to make me stay well I screamed so loud he let me in my car i felt empowered I'm here for me he followed my car and i locked all doors and called the cops i sat on the horn for 12 minutes they came he was arrested on the initial domestic and picked up 9 stalking charges after he posted bond. He got 7 months to serve and my rapist three years probation his charge unlawful restraint in the first degree the 7 month charge domestic battery. Joseph is gone, I'm free from slut shame, I have my online fashion store I do pretty well I hit a depression about ten days ago I havnt bathed really havnt ate, and the days are intertwined together. I know if i get out to my storage and get to work i make new memories or even if i get a little job as well. I'm an overachiever I'm not afraid of the coronavirus i know how to do iso I'm a pro. I would like to think this is one of those times everyone is going through it. I really am writing a tell all as the world needs to know. That's my story it hurts but who said life would be easy. Therapy appts. Are pushed out for a month as i dont want this to turn into the summer of 18 i found out joseph upnorth still refers to me as a whore and says I'm completely crazy we were never engaged I'm a lying whore. Gosh people are so kind fuck what he thinks I'll never date an alcoholic again I tell you that. Now I have been celibate since june I have 0 interest in dating till I love myself. I'm finally free and it's petrifying. 
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2020.03.10 00:49 VeganMinecraft $$ Craigslist Studies $$

Here are some craigslist studies going on right now. I plan to do these weekly. I do not post “Chances to win” as I believe that EVERYONE should be paid for their time so I only post ones where they pay everyone that qualifies. I sincerely hope this is appreciated as it does take me a bit to compile and sift through dead and garbage links and surveys. As always, if something sounds fishy, don’t do it. I can’t vouch for ALL the links.
PRO TIP: For Research Studies in Your area that pay in cash (there are often quite a lot so too long and too time consuming to post everything from each state here. Would take me all day) go to your craigslist site and type in "research" or "survey" and look under community, gigs or jobs.
Online
$20 Amazon and Feelings
$100 Amazon Home Health Aid
$75 Amazon UbeLyft Drivers
$10 Amazon UMBC Study
$25 Amazon Parents of Kids 3-6
$35 Amazon Work in Energy Industry
$20 Amazon Human Behavior & Relationships
$50 Amazon Home Good Shopping Behavior
$100 Amazon Run Digital Campaigns
$100 Amazon New Mobile App
$175 Amazon Gas Leak Study
$25 Amazon Gamers Needed
$100 Amazon Food Delivery Drivers
$100 Amazon Funeral Planner
$15 Amazon Cooking Dinner
$35 Amazon Energy Industry
$10 Amazon Team Building App
$40 Visa Instructor for Classes
$40 Visa Families making less than 55K
In Person
$50 Amazon Body Composition -- Seattle, WA
$40 Amazon Psychological Health & Wellness -- Berkely, CA
$100 Amazon Digital Marketers -- Manhattan, NY
$20 Amazon Unemployed Looking For Work -- Houston, TX
$30/hr Research on Memory Loss-- Boston, MA
$75 Amazon Blood Pressure App -- Orange County, CA
$500 Amazon Sustainability -- Portland, OR
$25 Amazon High Blood Sugar -- San Francisco, CA
$50 Amazon New Website -- Denver, CO
$395 Amazon Alcohol and Dating -- Phoenix, AZ
$150 Amazon Latino Gay Men -- San Diego, CA
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2020.02.05 11:18 White_Mlungu_Capital California ex-DA fabricated that a TV Doctor raped 1000 women with no proof, says new DA

" DA Says Couple Accused of Drugging and Raping Up to 1,000 Women Did No Such Thing—Ex-DA Made it All Up
A California prosecutor is dropping all charges against a doctor and his girlfriend, alleging that his predecessor “manufactured” allegations that the couple drugged and sexually assaulted up to 1,000 women.
The stunning turn of events comes a year and a half after the case against Grant Robicheaux, an orthopedic surgeon who appeared on the TV show The Online Dating Rituals of the American Male, and substitute teacher Cerissa Riley exploded into the headlines.
At the time, Orange County’s then-district attorney, Tony Rackauckas, claimed the pair lured women to their Newport Beach home, knocked them unconscious, and raped them.
At a press conference in September 2018, he said investigators had seized “hundreds” of incriminating videos from the couple’s phones. Asked whether the number could be as a high as a thousand, Rackauckas said, “I think so.”
A few months later, though, Rackauckas was out of office, replaced by current DA Todd Spitzer, who eventually ordered a review of the evidence. He says he was appalled by what he found.
The prior District Attorney and his chief of staff manufactured this case and repeatedly misstated the evidence to lead the public and vulnerable women to believe that these two individuals plied up to 1,000 women with drugs and alcohol in order to sexually assault them—and videotape the assaults,” Spitzer said in a blistering statement.
“As a result of the complete case review I ordered beginning in July, we now know that there was not a single video or photograph depicting an unconscious or incapacitated woman being sexually assaulted.”
Rackauckas has not responded to his former rival’s allegations. But Robicheaux’s attorney praised the reversal..."

Story continues at https://www.yahoo.com/news/da-says-couple-accused-drugging-025144677.html

So the next time you hear how Bill Cosby must be guilty, just look at all of his accusers, think real hard about it. If a DA could literally find 1000 accusers out of thin air that a new DA has determined to all be fake, every single one, all of a suddenly it becomes much more plausible that a congo line of fake accusers be rolled out against any man. Come on, if there was really all that much rape out there, do you think the DAs would have to be inventing ones that don't exist?
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2020.01.01 00:46 rjearl18 List of free rides tonight.... GET HOME SAFE!!!

Created and posted this to Airforce, trying to hit the rest of the military fam.
Figured I would compile a list of the free rides offered tonight for all over the U.S.
Feel Free add others that you know/find.
Don't be afraid/ashamed to call and get a ride for you or for someone else that needs it. If you don't want to contact leadership, there are plenty of options available. GET HOME SAFE!!!
Free Bus Rides
Free Subway, Metro, and Trolley Rides
Free Taxi Rides
Lyft Promo Codes & Discounts
If you're new to Lyft and the other promos aren't for your area, you can sign up for one of the first rider promos to save up to $25:
Uber Promo Codes & Discounts
New Rider Codes are also an option if you don't live in one of the cities that have special NYE promos. If you have never used Uber before, you can sign up for one of the following promos to save you up to $25 off your next rides:
AAA
The free service to transport the driver and their vehicle home or to a safe place is available to both AAA members and non-members.
But there are some limits:
California – up to seven (7) miles for free (southern counties ONLY – Imperial, Inyo, Kern, Los Angeles, Mono, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, Tulare and Ventura. Local motorists must dial 800-400-4222)
Local motorists in the following states must call 800-222-4357 or 800-AAA-HELP. Note that the dates aren’t clear in these next locations, so call ahead to make sure it’s available:
In the following locations, the program runs from Dec. 24 to Jan. 1 at 6 a.m.:
In the following location, a Taxi Ride program is offered from Dec. 28 at 6 p.m. to Jan. 1 at 6 a.m.:
Military One Source:
I have never used it but I have heard of a few folks being TDY and getting a ride from MilitaryOne Source by calling them.
1-800-342-9647.
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2019.12.31 21:51 rjearl18 List of the free rides offered tonight..GET HOME SAFE!!!

Created and posted this to Airforce, trying to hit the rest of the military family current and former.
Figured I would compile a list of the free rides offered tonight for all over the U.S.
Feel Free to add others that you know/find.
Don't be afraid/ashamed to call and get a ride for you or for someone else that needs it. GET HOME SAFE!!!
Free Bus Rides
Free Subway, Metro, and Trolley Rides
Free Taxi Rides
Lyft Promo Codes & Discounts
If you're new to Lyft and the other promos aren't for your area, you can sign up for one of the first rider promos to save up to $25:
Uber Promo Codes & Discounts
New Rider Codes are also an option if you don't live in one of the cities that have special NYE promos. If you have never used Uber before, you can sign up for one of the following promos to save you up to $25 off your next rides:
AAA
The free service to transport the driver and their vehicle home or to a safe place is available to both AAA members and non-members.
But there are some limits:
California – up to seven (7) miles for free (southern counties ONLY – Imperial, Inyo, Kern, Los Angeles, Mono, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, Tulare and Ventura. Local motorists must dial 800-400-4222)
Local motorists in the following states must call 800-222-4357 or 800-AAA-HELP. Note that the dates aren’t clear in these next locations, so call ahead to make sure it’s available:
In the following locations, the program runs from Dec. 24 to Jan. 1 at 6 a.m.:
In the following location, a Taxi Ride program is offered from Dec. 28 at 6 p.m. to Jan. 1 at 6 a.m.:
Military One Source:
I have never used it but I have heard of a few folks being TDY and getting a ride from MilitaryOne Source by calling them.
1-800-342-9647
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2019.12.31 21:38 rjearl18 List of the free rides offered tonight..GET HOME SAFE!!!

List of the free rides offered tonight..GET HOME SAFE!!!
Created and posted this to Airforce, trying to hit the rest of the military fam.
Figured I would compile a list of the free rides offered tonight for all over the U.S.
Feel Free to add others that you know/find.
Don't be afraid/ashamed to call and get a ride for you or for someone else that needs it. If you don't want to contact leadership, there are plenty of options available. GET HOME SAFE!!!
Free Bus Rides
Free Subway, Metro, and Trolley Rides
Free Taxi Rides
Lyft Promo Codes & Discounts
If you're new to Lyft and the other promos aren't for your area, you can sign up for one of the first rider promos to save up to $25:
Uber Promo Codes & Discounts
New Rider Codes are also an option if you don't live in one of the cities that have special NYE promos. If you have never used Uber before, you can sign up for one of the following promos to save you up to $25 off your next rides:
AAA
The free service to transport the driver and their vehicle home or to a safe place is available to both AAA members and non-members.
But there are some limits:
California – up to seven (7) miles for free (southern counties ONLY – Imperial, Inyo, Kern, Los Angeles, Mono, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, Tulare and Ventura. Local motorists must dial 800-400-4222)
Local motorists in the following states must call 800-222-4357 or 800-AAA-HELP. Note that the dates aren’t clear in these next locations, so call ahead to make sure it’s available:
In the following locations, the program runs from Dec. 24 to Jan. 1 at 6 a.m.:
In the following location, a Taxi Ride program is offered from Dec. 28 at 6 p.m. to Jan. 1 at 6 a.m.:
Military One Source:
I have never used it but I have heard of a few folks being TDY and getting a ride from MilitaryOne Source by calling them.
1-800-342-9647
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2019.12.31 21:27 rjearl18 List of the free rides offered tonight..GET HOME SAFE!!!

Created and posted this to Airforce, trying to hit the rest of the military fam.

Figured I would compile a list of the free rides offered tonight for all over the U.S.
Feel Free to add others that you know/find.
Don't be afraid/ashamed to call and get a ride for you or for someone else that needs it. If you don't want to contact leadership, there are plenty of options available. GET HOME SAFE!!!
Free Bus Rides
Free Subway, Metro, and Trolley Rides
Free Taxi Rides
Lyft Promo Codes & Discounts
If you're new to Lyft and the other promos aren't for your area, you can sign up for one of the first rider promos to save up to $25:
Uber Promo Codes & Discounts
New Rider Codes are also an option if you don't live in one of the cities that have special NYE promos. If you have never used Uber before, you can sign up for one of the following promos to save you up to $25 off your next rides:
AAA
The free service to transport the driver and their vehicle home or to a safe place is available to both AAA members and non-members.
But there are some limits:
California – up to seven (7) miles for free (southern counties ONLY – Imperial, Inyo, Kern, Los Angeles, Mono, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, Tulare and Ventura. Local motorists must dial 800-400-4222)
Local motorists in the following states must call 800-222-4357 or 800-AAA-HELP. Note that the dates aren’t clear in these next locations, so call ahead to make sure it’s available:
In the following locations, the program runs from Dec. 24 to Jan. 1 at 6 a.m.:
In the following location, a Taxi Ride program is offered from Dec. 28 at 6 p.m. to Jan. 1 at 6 a.m.:
Military One Source:
I have never used it but I have heard of a few folks being TDY and getting a ride from MilitaryOne Source by calling them.
1-800-342-9647
There are also other REDDIT FAM that have generously offered to pay for a ride which I didn't link.
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2019.12.31 21:14 Thunderclaww 2019 Year in Review

Read the 2018 Review here
2019 was a good year. I did not accomplish everything I set out to do this year, but such is life. We finally got some official Diablo 4 news. I read a lot more than last year. I went on a few dates. I got burglarized, losing my Switch, a bunch of electronics, and a little naïveté about the world.
As before, this is more of a self-reflection blog, but I am happy to discuss any part of it.

Personal Life

The hardest section to write, since I'm not a very public person by nature. Despite spending a large part of my life online, I am more comfortable with interactions in the offline world. I have a lot of thoughts on this matter that I will likely save for another time, because they lack the proper context and this post is long enough as is.

Attention Economy update

This year, I heavily focused on reducing my unproductive screen time. The biggest step was deleting the Reddit app from my phone, which I knew was a problem last year but I didn't think I could go that far. It definitely cut down on my phone time, but accessing it through the web still takes up more time than I'd like. I managed to keep an average of about 8 hours a week during the summer, which I was very pleased with. That average ended up jumping up towards the end of the year, which I'm attributing to more reading on the phone, more BlizzCon stuff (i.e. responsibilities), and just poorer self control.
I was unable to take the important step of keeping my phone away from my bedside. It's tough when you live alone and it's the quickest and easiest access to another human being. I think it's worth another attempt. After all, it's all about getting back on the horse rather than having up after the first failed hurdle.
My driving time has been amazing as it's been mostly filled with either phone calls to friends or important time to think. I know I'm missing out on tons of good podcasts, but I've come up with some very good ideas during that downtime. And if you, dear reader, are willing to take a brave step and let me know that you'd be down to accept phone calls from me just to catch up, let me know and I'll happily add you to my rotation!
Overall, I think it's been a good improvement (feeling like my mind is more my own), but there's definitely more to go.

Offline Life update

Work continues to be enjoyable. I think I truly grew my capacity this year and felt comfortable both making and defending my decisions in the appropriate situations. I got promoted earlier in the year and I do feel like I'm making important differences in the company. A few good friends/co-workers left this year which has made work a little less fun, but it's still a good time.
I didn't really try very hard with online friendships this year. Due to the lack of sufficient context (body language, tone, facial expressions, etc.) and my dislike of asynchronous discussions, it's hard to focus on them. On the other hand, offline friendships are doing much better (I think? you tell me).
In terms of the dating life, it was a better year than last but the road ain't over yet. I went on a few dates, got ghosted a bunch, but I continue the single life for now. Not discouraged, I knew it was highly unlikely to happen instantly. Here's to 2020.

Video Games

So I didn't follow through any of my goals set for this year in gaming (thanks Switch burglar and amazing game developers), but I had some amazing experiences nonetheless. Losing the Switch may have cut out some options for me, but it also focused my time onto some really amazing PC games. The first four are the stand out titles of the year in my mind.
  1. Baba is You - rule-based puzzle game. I think I was sold within moments of watching the trailer. One of the best puzzle games that forces you to think about everything logically, where everything is on display. I haven't beaten it all yet, but I'm happy to keep coming back.
  2. Outer Wilds - someone described it as very reminiscent of The Witness, which was enough for me. It's a Groundhog Day space exploration game, and that's all I'm going to say, except that you should really play it.
  3. Disco Elysium - incredible text-heavy RPG, where different parts of your brain are your party members. I think I'm about 60% complete, but I absolutely am in love. I'm genuinely questioning my decisions and motives. And the characters all feel so alive.
  4. A Short Hike - short adventure game that helped fill the Animal Crossing void in my life. It's just pure glee in movement and exploration. I only wish it was longer.
  5. Deep Rock Galactic - survival co-op mining game that's pretty fun with friends. I'm not very good, but I enjoy pretty much anything that has a good co-op where I can play support roles. Been the most consistent game I've played with friends since Heroes of the Storm.
  6. Runescape 2 - the first MMO that I played over a decade ago. I played again for about a month. It was nice to step back and enjoy the game how it used to be, and run through some of my favorite quests. Ultimately, having no community to be a part of and having much less free time meant my RuneScape time was short lived. Good nostalgia trip.
  7. WoW Classic - like RuneScape, kind of a nostalgia trip. I'd only started playing in Cataclysm, so the game definitely felt different from what I ever played. Having an experienced friend to play with made it a lot of fun, but otherwise, not sure I have the time or nostalgia to keep me engaged for a long time.
  8. Dota Underlords - jumped on the auto-battler genre to try it out. Not sure I like it. It seems almost too random and too difficult to understand where exactly each strategy has gone wrong, at least from my limited experience. And although it's a multiplayer game, it really doesn't feel like I interact with my opponents at all.
  9. Astroneer - building in space to explore more space. Another fun game that I played co-op with friends. Didn't love the UI, but the movement was sweet, and discovering new stuff was fun.
  10. Anno 1800 - city-building real time strategy game set in the Industrial Revolution. I loved playing some of the previous titles, and this one has been the best one yet. Unfortunately, I did not spend enough time on it, and now all my carefully planned cities are incomprehensible to me, so I'll have to restart and rebuild.
  11. Heroes of Hammerwatch - fun dungeon-diving rogue-like game with some really crisp movement and really neat mechanics (soul-linking being my favorite mechanic). Only played it co-op, but definitely worth a try. Solo, I'm not very good at the whole bullet hell thing, but it's still very cool.
  12. Captain Toad Treasure Tracker - really cute 3-D puzzle game. Not particularly challenging, but a fun little time sink on the Switch. Didn't quite finish it before I lost my Switch.
  13. Super Mario Odyssey - I can't quite remember if I played it this year or at the end of last, but while I really enjoyed it, I don't think I enjoyed it as much as everyone else did. Movement was excellent (aside from some of the motion controls), the environments were great, and the music was very memorable. I didn't love the ubiquitous Moons, as it made finding each one less exciting, but a very enjoyable game.

Reading

Goals Achieved! I've read a lot more this year and I'm very happy about it. More than I can remember (my memory isn't great, to be fair), I feel like I truly increased on my reading ability in reading not only for comprehension but actual analysis. Putting the Kindle app on my phone, as well as reading in the mornings, helped a lot with this goal. The only issue is that it definitely has distracted me from other pursuits (especially work-related ones), because once a good book has me in its grasp, I lose all self control.
The rest of Malazan Book of the Fallen, by Steven Erickson deserved special mention. This may very well be the most influential series I've ever read. 600 days, 10 books (plus 2 from ICE), hundreds of thousands of pages of some of the best writing I've ever read. I started looking for symbols, I read analysis after every chapter (thanks to the TOR read along), I even took breaks just to sit and process everything. If my English teachers encouraged me read this series, I might have seriously considered a degree in literature.
Every page is dealing with real societal and human issues, from the evils of capitalism and acceptance of foreigners, to the relationships between leaders and followers. Despite having some of the weirdest races I've ever encountered in fantasy (e.g. undead velociraptors with swords for arms that got into a race war with slightly shorter-tailed velociraptors), Erickson manages to make each of them uniquely human. Each of the characters that appears on screen is genuinely distinct from each other one, which Erickson manages to do with incredible ease.
More than any other book, it has opened my eyes to what great writing can look like. I don't think I'll ever read anything else that can compare.
Other books read this year:
  1. Old Man's War - honestly, it was really refreshing short read. Having an old man as the main character was a nice transition from Malazan, and the concepts were really cool. I should read some more sci-fi.
  2. Starsight, by Brandon Sanderson - an excellent sequel to Skyward. Confirmed some suspicions from book 1, had some amazing space battles and twists. Only thing is that I missed the old crew, so hopefully they play a bigger role in the final one.
  3. Sufficiently Advanced Magic, by Andrew Rowe. Read my review here.
  4. Digital Minimalism, by Cal Newport - fairly good read about minimizing the time spent poorly on technology. I can't say that I adopted everything in this book, but I do feel much better at recognizing my poor digital habits and how to deal with them. Lots of great examples present in the book.
  5. The Wheel of Time Books 1-5, by Robert Jordan - this was a comfort re-read, as I've read the series before. I initially just wanted to read up to book 3 due to all the hype around the new TV show, but I got sucked into reading just a few more pages. Even knowing everything that's going to happen, still amazing. It actually made some of the Seanchan stuff even harder to read in book 2.
  6. The Shadow of What Was Lost, by James Islington - this one has been making the rounds around the internet and I had apparently bought it twice somehow, but I just recently finished it. Honestly, it was a tad less exciting than I'd hoped due to some of the characterization and pacing. Maybe it's because Malazan has reprogrammed my brain, but I need characters to have more permanence and consistent motivations, instead of flitting from one belief to another in very short sequence. Also a little less Capital Name Dropping and more exposition. The world is really neat and I liked that I learned not to trust basically anything anyone was saying. Unclear if I will finish this series or not.
  7. A Witch’s Guide To Escape: A Practical Compendium Of Portal Fantasies - I found it as a Hugo Award winner from this past year and I fell in love. It's a short read, and portrays witches as something more than just the cackling old hags that they're usually shown as. Highly recommended (it's free!).
  8. The Foundation Series, by Isaac Asimov - just wow. I totally get why so many people say this is amazing and Asimov is such a giant in the sci-fi world. What a great progression where the story isn't dependent upon character development but on societal development. I wish there was more written in the same style. I'll likely check out some of his other books.
  9. The Burning White, by Brent Weeks - I genuinely forgot I read this final book in the Lightbringer series, which is maybe all that needs to be said. Some potentially interesting concepts in the beginning, ultimately marred by no suffered consequences at all, unresolved plot lines, and literal deux ex machinas solving everything.

Tabletop Games

As with last year, I played a ton of pen & paper RPGs this year, primarily DnD 5E. It's become a huge staple in my life and I hope it never ends.
A quick summary of where each group is:
  1. Group 1 has been going through Tomb of Annihilation all year long, with an initial adventure in the Sunless Citadel. I'm playing a full-luck build Halfling Divination Wizard named Elki Wai, who has been a blast to play. We're finally making some headway along the main questline of discovering the origins of the death curse. We're meeting up in person again soon; hopefully we don't suffer a TPK again like last year...
  2. Group 2 has continued in Curse of Strahd, taking some real dark turns and permanently changing some party members along the way. Strahd may be on his way out, but I'm a little worried about what might come after. It may be worse...
  3. Group 3 wrapped up our adventures in the Apocalypse World (things were getting a little too wacky). Instead, we switched to Monster of the Week, which has a similar system but is a little more focused in storytelling. I'm playing a Spellslinger named Fenix that uses Fire magic to solve every problem and also, completely coincidentally, gets FIREd from every job he takes (help).
Board game-wise, I think I've mostly stuck to games I've played before, with a few new ones sprinkled in.
New games I played this year:
  1. We're Doomed: my favorite from this year, a strictly 15 minute game where everyone works together to build a rocket before time runs out, but not everyone can usually make it off alive. Lots of twists and turns and player arguments, the sign of a good board game. :)
  2. Trieste: strictly three player game about thieves, merchants, and an ineffective government. Seemed a little unbalanced, but very heavily leaned into the theme, which I really enjoyed.
  3. Pixel Glory: kill stealing while Dungeon crawling as a wizard. Attacks are done from a deck you draft first, and there's an interesting combo system. I liked it.
  4. Nefarious: victory point game where you're an evil inventor spying, researching, and inventing your way to the top. Each game has two unique twists that can drastically change the way the game is played. It was decent, but probably not one that I'd buy myself.
  5. Boss Monsters: interesting dungeon building game where you are the final boss trying to lure unwitting adventurers to your cave to collect their souls before someone else does. Lots of potential shenanigans and lots of references to nerd culture.
  6. Human Era: a worse version of Resistance due to a strong RNG element. I didn't feel like my decisions had any effect relative to the RNG. Wouldn't likely play again.
  7. Fuse: a timed co-op bomb defusal game with dice. Very fast paced, very collaborative, very difficult. I liked it.
  8. Tokaido: a travel game where you're encouraged to go as slow as possible. I don't know if I actually enjoyed it, but it was very interesting and unique.

Other stuff:

  1. Kimi no Na wa (Your Name) was an incredible movie that I finally got around to watching. 10/10
  2. I went to PAX Unplugged for the first time and it was a blast. Enjoyed meeting some new friends and playing some new games. Acquisitions Incorporated Live was the highlight.
  3. Lots of car-side camping this year, which I always enjoy. Just hanging out and eating in the woods for a weekend with good weather is perfect. I even organized one of the groups this year, which was exciting by itself.
  4. I dressed up as The Villager from Animal Crossing from Halloween! It was simple, but near to my heart.
  5. I went water skiing for the first time. Very painful and very blurry without glasses.
  6. Recorded some podcasts about Diablo. Interested in doing more, but I don't know if I have the time for it and I don't know what I'd be willing to cut for it.
  7. Started journaling, which I'd like to keep up. Doesn't have to be every day, but whenever something's on my mind.
  8. Went to three more Glitch Mob concerts. They were disappointing for the most part. Read my thoughts here.
  9. Six The Musical, about the six wives of Henry VIII, has some amazing music. Check it out.

What I'm excited for in 2020:

  1. Animal Crossing New Horizons! (and the appropriately themed Switch that Nintendo will definitely announce)
  2. Weathering with You, from the same director as Kimi no Na wa. That's in just a few days.
  3. Two weddings to attend, one for my cousin and one for one of my good friends.
  4. The Good Place finale. It may be tied for my favorite show ever (along with Community). The writing is so damn good, and characters actually become more complex instead of just becoming flanderized. The ending will be bittersweet, but I'm glad it's ending on its own terms.
  5. Stormlight Archives Book 4 (the last chapter just finished last night) and Dresden Files Peace Talks (finally happening!)
  6. Meeting up in person with friends to play DnD in January. Also very soon! :D
  7. More Diablo 4 news! I'm ready for some more lore.
  8. New Kesha album. Hoping it goes back to the party girl music. So far the released songs are mixed, but her words about the album seem encouraging.
And that's a wrap for this year. Here's to another good year.
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