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Clifford "Clifton" Walker-found murdered in his car on February 29, 1964 in Woodville, Mississippi-Closed Case under the Civil Rights Division Emmett Till Act

2020.08.27 14:47 trifletruffles Clifford "Clifton" Walker-found murdered in his car on February 29, 1964 in Woodville, Mississippi-Closed Case under the Civil Rights Division Emmett Till Act

On February 29, 1964, in Woodville, Mississippi, 37 year old Clifford “Clifton” Walker was "killed by a close range shotgun blast to the head." Clifton was killed on his way home from a local bar which he visited after his work shift ended at the International Paper Company in Natchez, Mississippi. [Name redacted in the closing memorandum] was the last person to see Clifton alive; the man worked with Clifton and carpooled with him back to Woodville where he was dropped off at his at approximately 11:40 p.m. Clifton's body was was found the following afternoon in his car "which had been heavily damaged by shotgun blasts."
Clifton's body was "found" (quotation mark used similarly in the closing memorandum) in his car by Prentiss Mathis who flagged down a local patrolman, R. W. Palmertree. Patrolman Palmertree immediately notified Sheriff Charles T. Netterville of Wilkenson County, Mississippi, and an inquiry into the murder began. After initially processing the crime scene, Sheriff Neterville contacted the Mississippi Highway Patrol for assistance. Patrol investigators traveled to Woodville in February and March of 1964 to talk with witnesses and to review evidence. The last known MHP report from March of 1964 "identifies three prime suspects – Carl Cavin, Prentiss Mathiss and Red Metcalf – in the murder." The FBI, noted in its later investigation, that there is little available evidence linking Carl and Red to the murder. Aside from the fact that Prentiss found Clifton's body, the only other evidence linking Prentiss to the murder comes from investigators noting that Mathiss was “uncooperative and belligerent” throughout his interview with the highway patrol investigators, and that he had “an extreme dislike for Negros.” The FBI became involved in the matter when, on February 29, 1964, they received a report that Clifton had been shot and killed in Mississippi. The FBI monitored the investigation and ultimately closed its case in the winter of 1964. Clifton’s murder remains unsolved.
1964 Mississippi Highway Patrol (MHP) Investigation:
MHP began its investigation into Clifton's murder by interviewing Patrolman Palmertree, who was the first law enforcement officer to respond to the crime scene. Patrol Palmertree reported that Prentiss flagged him down at approximately 1 p.m. on February 29, 1964, and told him that there was a “dead man” in a car on Poor House Road, north of Woodville. When Patrolman Palmertree arrived at the scene, he noticed that Clifton's body was slumped to the right of the driver’s seat with his feet under the floor board. Patrolman Palmertree stated that "all of the windows of the vehicle were shot out, and that several shots had been fired into the body,” but could not advise how many." Patrolman Palmertree further noted that shotgun shells and wadding were found in Clifton's vehicle, which "remained in high gear despite the fact that the engine was off, and that the keys were stuck in the dash board compartment lock with the compartment swinging open." Inside the compartment was "a .38 caliber Smith and Wesson four-inch barrel, chrome-plated firearm."
MHP next spoke with Sheriff Netterville who surmised Clifton had been dead approximately twelve to fourteen hours when Patrolman Palmertree arrived on scene. Sheriff Netterville also reported that Clifton's wallet with $148.00 in cash was recovered from the scene.
At approximately 7:30 p.m. on February 29, 1964, MHP investigators were able to view Clifton's body noting that "it appeared that a full load of buck shot entered just under the left ear appearing to be fired at a very close range.” Another load "appeared to have entered Walker’s chin and mouth on the right side tearing away parts of the mouth, chin and neck."
MHP focused its investigation on trying to find a motive for the killings; accordingly, MHP interviewed people who worked with or knew Clifton in an effort to develop leads. Many of Clifton's co-workers reported that although the International Paper Company had recently integrated its facilities, there was no known conflict between Clifton and any white workers. Many of Clifton's co-workers "generally had a favorable opinion of his character and could not provide a motive for the killing."
MHP next interviewed [name redacted in the closing memorandum] who was the last known person to see Clifton alive. [Name redacted] advised that he was very close to Clifton, and that "if [Clifton] had trouble with anyone, he would have known about it." [Name redacted] indicated that on the night of Clifton's murder, he rode home with Clifton to the “car pool,” which was approximately one mile north of Poor House Road. The “car pool” refers to "a place where people would drop off their vehicles before carpooling with one another to work." From there, [Name redacted] followed Clifton down Highway 61 until Clifton's vehicle turned onto Poor House Road. [Name redacted] did not know who killed Clifton.
As the MHP investigation continued, investigators learned of rumors that Clifton "had been talking to white women, and that some white men took offense to this." It appears that MHP "attempted to substantiate these rumors, but the remnants of their case file show a disjointed investigation that failed to produce enough evidence to charge anyone in the murder." MHP "seemed particularly interested" in learning more about Clifton's interactions with white men and women at Nettles Truck Stop on Highway 61, six miles north of Woodville. One former employee, a white 40-year old woman named Geraldine Vines, reported that in September or October of 1963, Clifton commented to her “I sho does likes you,”; Geraldine reported the comment to Mildred Nettles who was the wife of the owner of the truck stop, Jennings B. Nettles. Jennings told Clifton to “get up and leave and to never darken the door of that place of business [again].”
Geraldine also reported that she had heard from Mildred “a few years back” that Clifton had tried to run Mildred into a ditch on Poor House Road. MHP contacted Mildred who advised that in 1956 or 1957, she was taking one of her employees home when Clifton's car almost ran her into a ditch on Poor House Road. Mildred reported that she knew it was Clifton's car vehicle because her employee remarked “there goes that damn smart alec negro Walker.” Immediately afterwards, Mildred drove to the truck stop and told her husband about her encounter with Clifton. Jennings and Mildred drove back to Poor House Road to look for Clifton, but by the time they arrived he was gone. When MHP interviewed Jennings, he said that Clifton was a “good negro with whom he had no complaints." The investigation files at the time noted that while this incident could have provided Jennings with a “motive to harm" Clifton, MHP did not uncover any evidence linking him to Clifton's murder. However, it appears that no efforts were made by MHP to account for Jennings' whereabouts on the night of the murder.
MHP further inquired about other alleged “inappropriate interactions" Clifton may have had with white women. Sheriff Netterville notified MHP that he had information that [Name redacted in the closing memorandum] was "overheard on the telephone trying to get Doris Dover to accompany her on a negro date." MHP followed up on this lead by briefly interviewing David Vines and a woman whose name was redacted in the memorandum. David recalled that on the day before his murder, Clifton showed up at Rita Lee Dover’s home where he was invited to come inside. MHP recorded no further information from David, and his relationship to Rita is not specified in the investigative reports. MHP also interviewed Rita and her father noting that they “failed to find that they were connected in anyway,” to Clifton's murder. [Name redacted who was overheard on the telephone] was interviewed, but MHP concluded that she was not connected in any way with the case.
The information received by MHP relating to Clifton's "interactions with white women in Wilkenson County was never fully developed and never produced a viable suspect in the murder." The only “suspects identified in MHP’s report were Carl Cavin, Prentiss Mathis and Red Metcalf." The only mention of Carl and Red in the 32 page report from MHP is a single paragraph that states that [name redacted] was with Carl on the night of Clifton's murder at approximately 1 a.m. and “appeared to be extremely nervous and drinking fairly heavily.” [Name redacted] further reported that Carl had been in the company of Red, at around 10:30 p.m. that evening and was seen “within one mile of the murder scene.” Despite listing the three men as suspects, MHP never interviewed Carl or Red, and there was no other information contained in their report linking Carl and Metcalf to the murder. MHP closed its investigation without making any arrests.
1964 FBI Investigation:
After learning of Clifton's death, the FBI opened a case to provide limited assistance to the Sheriff’s Office and MHP. The FBI monitored and tracked the information they received from MHP before ultimately closing the case when no "prosecutable suspects were identified."
2009 FBI Investigation
In 2009, the FBI initiated a review of the circumstances surrounding Walker’s death, pursuant to the Department of Justice’s “Cold Case” initiative and the “Emmett Till Unsolved Civil Rights Crime Act of 2007,” which charges the Department of Justice to investigate “violations of criminal civil rights statutes . . . result[ing] in death” that “occurred not later than December 31, 1969.” The FBI reviewed the original 1964 FBI case file and conducted research to determine whether any of the “subjects identified by MHP or other relevant individuals were still alive." Prentiss, Red, and Carl were determined to be deceased along with the other witnesses noted in the preceding paragraphs.
On September 27, 2010, the FBI contacted [name redacted] who indicated that he had information regarding Clifton's murder. [Name redacted] recalled that he observed G.B. Sproles sawing off the barrel off a shotgun. G.B. had been "flagged earlier in the [1964] investigation as someone who [Clifton] may have had contact with" but not further information was provided. [Name redacted] asked him why he was doing so to which Sproles responded that "he had something to do, and then shooed [Name redacted] away. When [Name redacted] heard about Clifton's murder a few days later, he thought G.B. was probably involved. [Name redacted] later "heard talk between the adults" that Clifton had been killed because "he was going with a white woman." He also heard that the gun used to kill Clifton was thrown off the Mississippi River bridge in Natchez. [Name redacted] further reported that G.B. was “as sorry as the day was long,” but did not elaborate further on this remark. [Name redacted] stated that he would not be surprised if G.B. was involved in the murder. G.B. died in 1996.
On February 14, 2013, the FBI located [Name redacted] and interviewed her about Clifton's murder. [Name redacted] was similarly referenced in MHP’s 1964 report as an individual who had information regarding Clifton but no information was gathered as she had stated " I know too much about this mess and I aint gonna get involved.” [Name Redacted] told agents that on the night of Clifton's death she was in Louisiana with her boyfriend and did not learn of the shooting until she arrived back in Centerville, Mississippi the following day. Upon returning, she learned that law enforcement was looking for her because they believed she had information about Clifton's death. [Name redacted] reported that she left Centerville because she did not want to get involved with the investigation even though she had no knowledge of who killed Walker. [Name Redacted] further noted that she was interviewed in Louisiana shortly after Clifton's murder by local investigators. She explained to the investigators that she did not know who killed Clifton.
Beginning in the fall of 2010, the FBI was in contact with Ben Greenberg, a freelance journalist who was working on gathering information regarding the Clifton and other civil rights era victims. From the fall of 2010 through the summer of 2011, Ben "repeatedly sought to exchange information he had regarding [Clifton's] murder for access to un-redacted FBI information." Ben "claimed to have information that would be valuable to the FBI’s investigation;" however, he was advised that he would not be able to “trade information" for access to un-redacted FBI files. In July 2011, Mark J. Kappelhoff, of the U.S. Department of Justice, sent a letter to Ben requesting any information that he had related to Clifton's murder. Ben never responded to the request, and in July of 2012, he published an article in the Clarion Ledger detailing his investigative efforts. No additional leads were identified in Ben's article.
The Department of Justice closed Clifton's case after noting that that "this matter does not constitute a prosecutable violation of the federal criminal civil rights statutes" as "there are no known surviving eyewitnesses and there is no available physical evidence to review....as such, there is no reasonable possibility that further investigation will lead to a prosecutable case." The Department of Justice also noted that "continued investigation would not lead to a viable prosecution of a living suspect."
Ben Greenberg's investigation in the Clarion Ledger:
The preceding paragraphs relay the information provided in the FBI's closing memorandum. I found Ben's Clarion Ledger article and it noted that Clifton's daughter, Catherine Walker Jones, received a letter from the Justice Department that the case had been closed. However, she was surprised since agents investigating the case had never spoken to anyone in her family. Catherine opined she has been "disappointed in the manner in which promises are made by the Justice Department to families that have not gotten closure for the death of their loved ones....it's like you make it sound real good with the Cold Case Initiative, but there was no substance to it, none whatsoever." She further remarks "no one did any time in jail for killing a human being, a father, a husband, an American citizen, a veteran...you have people going to jail for killing dogs today...and there he was, a human being."
In contrast to the FBI's contention that no additional leads were provided in the article, Ben's investigation reveals that a mob ambushed Clifton Earl Walker Sr. on Poor House Road; this was believed to be "the first slaying by Mississippi's homegrown White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan." It appears FBI was aware of the news article but it is unclear if they followed up on the leads noted within. Per Ben's investigation, Clifton was driving home when the mob stopped his car on the dirt road off U.S. 61 near Woodville, Mississippi. The men surrounded Clifton and shot him repeatedly in the face. In the hours that followed, "the 37-year-old World War II veteran bled to death." The International Paper Plant was known as a "hotbed for Ku Klux Klan recruitment." The White Knights of the KKK are believed to have been responsible for at least 10 killings including the 1964 killings of James Chaney, Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwerner.
After Clifton's body was found, three of Clifton's brothers-in-laws drove 55 miles south to Baton Rouge to see Ronnie Moore, who was Louisiana field secretary for the Council on Racial Equality. According to FBI documents, the three men talked to Ronnie, and he called and told the bureau that Clifton "had been shot down in Mississippi and that nothing had been done about it by local authorities." On March 1, 1964, FBI agents reported meeting with Ronnie and the three men. FBI Headquarters responded the next day with an order to "contact the Sheriff to ascertain if he is conducting any investigation of this matter and obtain any details available" and to send the bureau copies of any local newspaper coverage of the murder. The FBI opened the case, closed it a few months later, then briefly reopened it before moving on without resolution in December 1964, at which point MPH also closed the investigation.
The 2009 FBI investigation reviewed the 1964 files of both the MPH and FBI and determined there were no viable suspects. Accordingly, Clifton's murder remains unsolved.
Clifford "Clifton" Walker (1927-1964):
Born in 1927, Clifton was the last of nine children. Despite being the youngest, "his siblings respected him." According to his daughter, Catherine, when her father "saw [his siblings] arguing with their wives, he would pull his brothers on the side and tell them you don't talk to your wife that way...he was such a gentleman." His family called him "Man," and the nickname stuck. He met Ruby C. Phipps while walking home from Sunday school and married her two years later. He joined the army during World War II. Catherine and his other daughter Shirley recalled their father made sure "the family never went without" saying "we didn't have to cook on the wood stove...Daddy got a gas stove and a washing machine" remarking "he invested well, and [their mother] maintained their money well." Similarly, Shirley highlighted how her parents worked well "together as a unit...taking care of their children, teaching them what they needed to know to live in this world." In the 1950s, Clifton served in the army again during the Korean War. However, a knee injury sent him back home, and he started working at the nearby International Paper plant about 30 miles north of Woodville in southwest Mississippi.
In the days following the funeral, Ruby, "had a breakdown that frightened her children" with Catherine recalling "when Mama didn't recognize her children, I knew we were in trouble." Ruby recovered from the breakdown, but she had to take medication to sleep each night until her death in 1992 at the age of 65. Clifton's son, Cliff Jr., was 10 at the time of the slaying; Catherine opines Cliff Jr. "didn't realize or know Daddy...he was the kind of man a son really should have known."
Catherine says she has managed to survive saying "he's the sole reason that I'm alive today because his memory meant more to me than I meant to myself at one period." Overwhelmed with depression at times, she felt "it was just easier to die than live with the hurt and the agony of knowing that someone you loved more than the man you prayed to was gone...and it was a bitter, bitter struggle actually dealing with God because He could have prevented this and He didn't." Nevertheless, she "continues to believe justice is possible" opining "no justice has ever happened in dealing with my father, and if it doesn't happen during my time, I'm afraid it's not ever gonna happen."
Links:
https://www.justice.gov/crt/case-document/clifford-clifton-walker
https://www.clarionledger.com/story/journeytojustice/2014/08/29/kkk-killing-clifton-walker-unpunished/14814923/
I came across the Department of Justice’s cold case initiative while reading an article discussing journalists’ efforts to install a billboard on an Arkansas highway aimed at solving the 1954 lynching of Isadore Banks. The Civil Rights Division of the United States Department of Justice launched a website (linked above) to make information about the department’s investigation of cold cases from the Civil Rights Era more accessible to the public. Over the years, the Department “has assisted in prosecuting Edgar Ray Killen in 2005, making him the eighth defendant convicted for the 1964 murders of three civil rights workers in Philadelphia, Mississippi (the "Mississippi Burning" case); secured life sentences in 2003 against the perpetrators of the 1963 Sixteenth Street Baptist Church bombing in Birmingham, Alabama; and secured a federal conviction and life sentence of James Ford Seale for the kidnapping and murder of two teenagers in Franklin County, Mississippi in 1964.” Congress recognized the importance of these federal efforts when it enacted the Emmett Till Unsolved Civil Rights Crime Act in 2008.
Unfortunately, in many cases “legal and evidentiary barriers prevent the Department from moving forward with prosecution." In each case that is not prosecutable, the Department of Justice wrote a closing memo explaining the investigative steps taken and the basis for their conclusion. To date, the Department of Justice has uploaded 115 closing memos. I hope to be able to post on all of the closed cases as I share in the belief with the Department of Justice that “these stories should be told [as] there is value in a public reckoning with the history of racial violence and the complicity of government officials.”
Other posts from the Department of Justice's Cold Case Initiative:
  1. Isadore Banks-unsolved murder in Marion, Arkansas-June 1954
https://www.reddit.com/UnresolvedMysteries/comments/h03esj/isadore_bankslynched_in_marion_arkansas_on_june_8/
  1. Willie Joe Sanford-unsolved murder in Hawkinsville, Georgia-March 1957
https://www.reddit.com/UnresolvedMysteries/comments/h9v61n/willie_joe_sanfordfound_murdered_nea
  1. Ann Thomas-unsolved murder in San Antonio, Texas-April 1969
https://www.reddit.com/UnresolvedMysteries/comments/hdtv4b/ann_thomasfound_murdered_in_san_antonio_texas_on/
  1. Thad Christian-murdered on August 30, 1965 in Central City, Alabama
    https://www.reddit.com/UnresolvedMysteries/comments/i4fetd/thad_christianmurdered_on_august_30_1965_in/
  2. Silas Caston-killed on March 1, 1964 by a Hinds County Sheriff’s Office Deputy in Jackson, Mississippi
https://www.reddit.com/UnresolvedMysteries/comments/idx701/silas_castonkilled_on_march_1_1964_by_a_hinds/
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2020.08.25 14:35 Bohrbrain The Burial of Jesus: Evaluating the Evidence

While many claim that the thousands of Jews left unburied in documented instances serve as evidence for Jesus being left on the cross, "Jewish persons in Israel left unburied in Judea were almost always [...] victims during a time of war, when Rome had no regard for Jewish customs or sensibilities. This happened following the death of Herod the Great in 4 B.C.E., when it was necessary for Varus, the Roman legate of Syria, to move against uprisings in Judea, where he crucified two thousand (Josephus, Ant. 17.10.10 §295). It happened again, during the first great revolt of 66–70 C.E. Thousands of Jews were crucified outside the walls of Jerusalem (Josephus, J.W. 5.11.1 §450). Under such circumstances it is not at all surprising that the crucifixion victims were left hanging on their crosses to rot in the sun and to be picked apart by animals." (Craig Evans, Mark 8:27-16:20, WBC, 2001)
On the contrary, "the practice of leaving the corpse on the cross for days or even longer was in tension with the commandment of Deut 21:22–23*, as it was interpreted in the time of Jesus:
“you shall bury him the same day, for a hanged man is accursed by God; you shall not defile your land which the LORD your God gives you for an inheritance,”
(Adela Y. Collins, Mark, Hermeneia, 775)
see also m. Sanh. 6:5:
“His body shall not remain all night upon the tree, but you shall bury him that day, for he that is hung is a curse of God” (Deut 21:22-23). That is to say: Were the corpse left hanging on the tree overnight, people would ask: For what reason was this one hung after he was put to death? They would be answered: Because he blessed God, a euphemism for blasphemy. And therefore the name of Heaven would be desecrated were the dead man’s corpse to remain hanging, reminding everybody of his transgression. (m. Sanh. 6:5)
As mentioned above, "the Jewish concern that the deceased be buried on the same day is scripturally based (Deut 21:22; m. Sanh. 6:5; for a discussion, see Davies, Death, Burial, and Rebirth in the Religions of Antiquity, 102), [and is attested in other Jewish texts (e.g., Tob 1:17–18; 2:3–8; Josephus, J.W. 3.8.5 §§377–78; 4.6.1 §§360–61)]. This explains the haste to bury Jesus, since the onset of the Sabbath would have meant delaying the burial for over twenty-four hours. When the Gospels tell us that Joseph of Arimathea offered Jesus a spot in his tomb, it is because Jesus' family did not own a rock-cut tomb and there was no time to prepare a grave-that is, there was no time to dig a grave, not hew a rock-cut tomb (!)-before the Sabbath. It is not surprising that Joseph, who is described as a wealthy Jew and perhaps even a member of the Sanhedrin had a rock-cut family tomb. The "new" tomb mentioned by Matthew apparently refers to a previously unused loculus. The Gospel accounts include an accurate description of Jesus' body being wrapped in a linen shroud. The Mishnah provides guidelines for quick burials when death occurs during a festival:
"They do not hew out a tomb niche or tombs on the intermediate days of a festival. But they refashion tomb niches on the intermediate days of a festival. They dig a grave on the intermediate days of a festival, and make a coffin, and while the corpse is in the same courtyard. R. Judah prohibits, unless there were boards [already sawn and made ready in advance]" (m. Moed Qat. 1:6).
The fact that this halakah refers to rock-cut tombs with loculi suggests it originated in the late Second Temple period." (Jodi Magness, The Burials of Jesus and James, 2005, p. 147-148)
Dale Allison writes:
"11QTemple 64:10—13 and Philo, Spec. 3:151—152, regard Deut 21:22— 23 as the law of the land.
For Pilate bowing to Jewish religious sentiment despite his own traditions, see Philo, Legat. 299—305 = Josephus, J.W. 2169—77, and Ant. 18.55—62 (the episode with the Roman standards in Jerusalem). Cf. Cicero, Verr. 2.5.45, which tells of an official in Sicily releasing a victim of crucifixion to the family."
(Dale C. Allison Jr., Resurrecting Jesus, 2005 p. 360)
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Examples of the Burial of the Executed and Crucified:

Tobit 1:17-18:
I would give my food to the hungry and my clothing to the naked; and if I saw the dead body of any of my people thrown out behind the wall of Nineveh, I would bury it. I also buried any whom King Sennacherib put to death when he came fleeing from Judea in those days of judgment that the king of heaven executed upon him because of his blasphemies. For in his anger he put to death many Israelites; but I would secretly remove the bodies and bury them.
11QTemple 64:10-13:
“When someone is convicted of a crime punishable by death and is executed, and you hang him on a tree, his corpse must not remain all night upon the tree; you shall bury him the same day, for anyone hung on a tree is under God’s curse. You must not defile the land that the Lord your God is giving you for an inheritance.”
(Tg. Onq.)
[22] And if there is in a man a sin bearing a judgment of death, and he is executed, and you suspend him on the cross, [23] his corpse shall not spend the night on the cross, but you [pl.] shall surely bury him in that day, because on account of his having sinned before the LORD he was suspended; and you shall not defile your land, which the LORD your God will give to you as an inheritance.

Philo (~20 BCE - 40/50 CE)

In de specialibus legibus 3.151–52 Philo writes:
(151) And, since evil-doers do not limit their natures to offend, but they always perform immense things by exceeding [the bounds], and their wickedness they heighten and determine beyond any measure and limit, the lawgiver (if indeed it was possible) would on the one hand appoint myriads of deaths against them; but, since this was not possible, He ordained besides another punishment, commanding those who took human life to be crucified. (152) And, after ordering this, He hastens again to his philanthropy, being subdued toward those who had worked savage acts; and He says, “Do not let the sun set upon those who have been crucified, but let them be concealed in the earth, having been taken down before sunset.” For it was necessary to raise up the enemies with respect to all the parts of the cosmos, in order that they on the one hand be displayed publicly to sun and heaven and air and water and earth as punished, and again to drag [them] down to the place of the dead and also to bury [them], in order that they not defile the things above the earth.
David W. Chapman writes: "Though the language employed differs from the Septuagint, Philo clearly refers to Deuteronomy 21:22–23. This is evident in the reference to suspension, and it is especially manifest in the need to bury the suspended bodies within the day in order to avoid defilement. There are several notable elements in Philo’s interpretation of Deuteronomy 21. First, the crime concerned is murder. Second, like the author of the Temple Scroll, Philo understands Deuteronomy 21:22 to be a God-given command to execute the guilty through suspension. Third, the punishment meted out to these criminals is crucifixion. Fourth, such punishment involves the public display of the crucified before all elements of the cosmos. Fifth, the burial is required in order to prevent pollution of things above ground (this likely implies that Philo saw the body itself as bearing a kind of pollution, likely one connected to the curse of God in Deuteronomy 21:23). Sixth and finally, following on what was said earlier, the Deuteronomic command to bury the hung person especially concerns the burial of crucifixion victims"
(David W. Chapman, Ancient Jewish and Christian Perceptions of Crucifixion, Mohr Siebeck, 2008, p. 132-133)
Likewise, John Granger Cook writes:
In a transformation of Deuteronomy, probably influenced by Roman practice, Philo interprets the Septuagint to mean death by crucifixion.
(John Granger Cook, Crucifixion in the Mediterranean World, Mohr Siebeck, 2014, p. 236)

Already I know some individuals among the crucified who were taken down during such a holiday, which was about to arrive, and who were restored to their relatives because they were thought worthy of burial and because they gained the customary rites. For it was necessary that even the dead have the benefit of some good on birthdays of the emperor, and at the same time [it was necessary that] the sacredness of the festal assembly be guarded.
"Philo writes that Flaccus refused to order that those who had died be taken down from the cross, even though it was a holiday like the birth of the emperor. Philo’s texts show that families, at least during holidays and during the rule of some Roman prefects, could recover crucified bodies. There is a parallel between the families’ obtaining permission to recover the corpses of the victims during holidays and Joseph of Arimathaea’s similar action on the eve of the Passover."
(John Granger Cook, Crucifixion and Burial, 2011, p. 202-203)
David W. Chapman writes:
"In contrasting Flaccus’ practice with other crucifixions he has known, Philo [...] provides indirect testimony to a more general practice of crucifixion in Alexandria. Apparently, even the Romans believed that leaving the bodies unburied during a festival committed a sacrilegious offense. The Jewish people had an even stronger opposition to leaving suspended human bodies unburied (see the discussion of Deuteronomy 21:22–23)."
(David W. Chapman, Ancient Jewish and Christian Perceptions of Crucifixion, Mohr Siebeck, 2008, p. 77)

Josephus (37/38-100 C.E.)

"In the midst of the Jewish war, Josephus depicts the ‘impious’ behavior of the Idumaeans who do not bury the corpses of those whom they have killed in Jerusalem:
They actually went so far in their impiety as to cast out the corpses without burial, although the Jews are so careful about funeral rites that even malefactors who have been sentenced to crucifixion are taken down and buried before sunset.
Presumably Josephus has Roman crucifixions in mind. The important point is that some of these citizens were crucified, and that their families were still allowed to bury them." (John Granger Cook, Crucifixion and Burial, 2011, p. 212). See above & Objection #5.

David W. Chapman writes: "Josephus explicitly refers to Deuteronomy 21:22–23 in Antiquities iv.264–65:
(264) But the youth with whom these words and the lesson in sobriety conveyed by them appear to pass for naught and who makes for himself implacable enemies of the laws by continuous defiance of his parents, let him be led forth by their own hands without the city, followed by the multitude, and stoned to death; and, after remaining for the whole day exposed to the general view, let him be buried at night. (265) Thus shall it be too with all who howsoever are condemned by the laws to be put to death. Let burial be given even to your enemies; and let not a corpse be left without its portion of earth, paying more than its just penalty
The context in Antiquities iv.257–65 involves Josephus’ rendering of the laws of Deuteronomy 21:10–14, 18–23. Here Josephus is undoubtedly referring to Deuteronomy 21:22–23; this is apparent not merely from context but also in the legislation to bury the corpses as night...The suspension is clearly post mortem, given that the person is “stoned to death”
The burial of the dead was a significant facet of Judaism in this period, though this would also have been a theme familiar to Graeco-Roman readers. Here Josephus broadens the sentiment of the Deuteronomic law to mandate that all who are executed must be buried. This passage (iv.264–65) does not directly refer to the issue of what “curse of God” in Deuteronomy 21:23 means; however, the notion that the unburied corpse “pays more than its just penalty” may imply, if taken as an aside on Deuteronomy 21:23, that the corpse was cursed."
(David W. Chapman, Ancient Jewish and Christian Perceptions of Crucifixion, Mohr Siebeck, 2008, p. 135-136)

Other texts

Some other texts that support the possibility of the burial of the executed and crucified are Cic. 2 Verr. 1.7.; [Quint.] Decl. maior. 6.9; Semahot. 2.9, 2.11; Petr. 112.5-8; y. Yeb. 16:3; Josephus Vita 420-421; Aquila, Symmaschus, and Theodotion in Jerome, Comm. Gal. 2; Tg. Onq; Tg. Neof; Tg. Ps.-J; 4Q524 frag 14:1−6, 4QpNahum 3–4; etc

-TL;DR of the Above
What the above shows is a concern for burial of the executed (sometimes involving Roman crucifixion) via the upholding of Deut 21:22-23 as it was interpreted in the time of Jesus (as Adela Y. Collins says above), which shows that the gospel accounts have verisimilitude. Joseph, a pious Jew, wanted Jesus down off of the cross in obedience to the law. Adela Y. Collins agrees with me:
"Some of the details of Mark’s account have verisimilitude, at least. Joseph, as a pious Jew, would have wanted to bury Jesus before sunset.
(Adela Y. Collins, Mark, Hermeneia, 2007, p. 776)
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Ulpian (170-228 C.E.)

The corpses of those who were sentenced to die are not to be withheld from their relatives: the divine Augustus writes in the tenth book of his autobiography that he had observed this rule. Today, however, the corpses of executed people are buried as if permission had been asked for and granted, with some exceptions, especially when the charge was high treason (maiestas). Even the bodies of those condemned to be burned at the stake can be claimed, obviously so that bones and ashes can be collected and buried. (Ulpian lib. IX de officio proconsulis in Dig. 48.24.1)
John Granger Cook writes: Because Ulpian mentions maiestas (high treason) as a possible exception to burial of individuals condemned to death, it is necessary to discuss that as a possible charge against Jesus. Although Raymond Brown and others have argued that maiestas was the charge against Jesus, it is more probable that Pilate executed him for sedition or troublemaking, especially because Jesus was a peregrinus (not a Roman citizen). Since Jesus was a peregrinus, it is difficult to see that a formal charge like maiestas (or perduellio [high treason]) would be relevant. I have not found any records of Roman trials in which a peregrinus was explicitly accused of maiestas by a magistrate. A. N. Sherwin-White, a meticulous classical scholar, thinks that Pilate executed Jesus on the charge of sedition. The bibliography is endless, and it is not necessary to rehearse it here. Brown’s conclusions, in his exhaustive analysis of Jesus’ passion, are careful. He writes that it is ‘debatable that maiestas was the charge’ but apparently inclines toward the possibility. He thinks only John 19.12 makes the connection of maiestas against the emperor clear. Tacitus’s narratives about trials for maiestas, however, have little in common with John 19.12. Again, it is important to emphasize that these stories do not describe the trials of peregrini for maiestas. Brown concludes his discussion with a statement similar to Ulpian’s:
A general principle of maintaining order in a subject province rather than a specific law may have governed the treatment of a non-citizen such as Jesus. In retrospect, of course, one can find a relationship between that general principle and Roman laws against treason; but it would be wrong to imagine that the prefect consulted law books every time they had to deal with a provincial accused of a crime. ( Brown, The Death of the Messiah, p. 719)
Probably Pilate classified Jesus’ alleged crimen (crime) as seditio or troublemaking (se turbulente gessere). However Pilate viewed the seriousness of Jesus’ crime, he could not have viewed him as a truly dangerous fomenter of sedition, since he did not persecute his followers."
For "Ulpian," see (John Granger Cook, Crucifixion and Burial, 2011, p. 202-203)
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The Tomb of Givʿat ha-Mivtar

One archaeological remnant, from the first century CE, of a known crucified individual found in a Jewish tomb in Givʿat ha-Mivtar northeast of Jerusalem shows that Pilate could still have permitted the burial of Jesus’ body. If Josephus is accurate in his picture of first-century crucifixions in Palestine, then Jehohanan was almost certainly crucified for some kind of political crime. His burial is fully in accord with the picture Ulpian leaves us. Jehohanan’s family had undoubtedly appealed to the prefect or carnifex (executioner, probably a centurion). The point is that if Jehohanan was guilty of some kind of brigandage/ political disturbance (the two are equivalent in the crucifixions in the first century in the texts of Josephus), the prefect or centurion still allowed the burial.
(John Granger Cook, Crucifixion and Burial, 2011, p. 203)
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Mass/Common Graves?

"Open mass graves in Judaea do not seem probable, given Jewish attitudes toward burial. At this time there are no known mass graves in Judaea which show evidence of being open burial grounds, where animals would have left evidence of gnawed skeletal remain."
(John Granger Cook, Crucifixion and Burial, 2011, p. 206)
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1 Cor 15:4

4 that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures
While there are Jewish and Roman texts that speak of crucified victims being left on the cross or whatever device that was used exactly (Sen. Con. 8.4.1; Luc. 6.543-9; Plutarch An. Vit. 499D; Valerius Maximus 6.9; Semahot 2.11), 1 Cor 15:4 seems to confirm that Jesus was not left on the cross, and mass/common graves do not seem to be an option.
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An Individual Trench/Pit?

Under ordinary circumstances [Jesus] would have been buried in a trench grave. However, there was no time to dig a trench grave before the beginning of the Sabbath. Therefore, as the Gospels tell us, Joseph hastened to go to Pilate and requested permission to take Jesus’ body. He laid it in a loculus in his own rock-cut tomb, something that was exceptional (due to the circumstances), as rock-cut tombs were family tombs.
See this article by Jodi Magness (2007)
Some find this inadequate however, and Jesus being buried in an individual trench/pit certainly can't be ruled out.
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Independent Attestation

One of the most important criterion in the investigation of the historical Jesus is the criterion of multiple/independent attestation of sources. If two or more unconnected sources tell of the same event, the confidence in historicity goes up. The empty tomb is recorded in at least 2 independent sources, thus fulfilling the historical criterion of multiple attestation:
-Gospel of John (80-110 C.E in it's final form)
-Gospel of Mark (64-73 C.E)
EXCURSUS: Johannine Independence to the Synoptics (Regarding the Burial Account)
C.H Dodd writes:
Mark, having brought on the scene the women who are to be witnesses both of the burial of Jesus and of the unexpected sequel, gives a somewhat detailed account of the interview between Joseph and Pilate, and then records the burial of Jesus of the body of the Crucified, wrapped in a winding sheet, in a rock-hewn tomb closed with a large stone. Matthew and Luke have abridged the interview with Pilate, but otherwise follow Mark fairly closely, thought with verbal variations.
The Johannine account runs roughly parallel. There is a concise report of the interview with Pilate, and a more detailed accounted of the process of the burial, introducing features absent from the Synoptics while passing over some details which they contain. In particular, John does not say that the tomb was rock-hewn, or that it was closed with a stone. Yet in the sequel he speaks of the stone being removed. We may, therefore, probably understand that the source which John is following (whether Synoptic or not) did contain this feature.
There are a few points of contact with the language of the Synoptic accounts, though they are not particularly striking. All gospels, naturally, have the name Joseph of Arimathaea, and the phrase τὸ σῶμα τσῦ Ἰησοῦ, without which the story could not be told at all. For the rest, John agrees with Matthew against the others in the term he uses for the tomb, μνημεῖον , where Mark and Luke, according to what appears the best text, have μνῆμα, and in describing Joseph as a μαθητής (Matthew uses the term μαθητεύεσθαι). He agrees with Mark and Luke against Matthew in naming the day, Friday (παρασκευή, which Mark explains as προσάββατον), and, negatively, in saying nothing of Joseph's ownership of the tomb; according to John it was chosen simply because it was near at hand, though of this the other say nothing. He agrees with Matthew and Luke against Mark in using the simple ἔθηκεν for the deposition of the body, where Mark has κατἐθηκεν, and in one place he has what might be taken for a conflation of Matthew and Luke. Over time these agreements, such as they are, we may note that for Mark's ᾐτήσατο τὸ σῶμα John has ἠρώτησεν ἵνα ἄρῃ τὸ σῶμα, and that Pilate's consent is expressed in Mark by ἐδωρήσατο, in Matthew by ἐκέλευσεν ἀποδοθῆναι, in John by ἐπέτρεψεν. Where Mark and Luke have καθελὼν John has ἦρεν (τὸ σῶμα), though at a later point he argues with Matthew in using the verb λαβεῖν. Where Mark hasἐνείλησεν τῇ σινδόνι, and Matthew and Luke ἐνετύλιξεν σινδόνι, John has ἔδησαν ὀθονίοις. Nome of these variations seem to have significance. They are trivial enough. So indeed there are agreements. It is clear that any theory of dependence of John on the Synoptics here would need to postulate conflation of at least two sources, Matthew and Luke. But the resemblances are insufficient to support any such theory. The simpler hypothesis is that he follows an independent tradition of some kind.
(C.H Dodd, Historical Tradition In the Fourth Gospel, 1963, p. 138-139).
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Conclusions

There are a number of texts that [...] prove the bodies of the crucified were occasionally buried by people simply concerned to bury the dead or by their family. Those texts show that the narrative of Joseph of Arimathaea’s burial of Jesus would be perfectly comprehensible to a Greco-Roman reader of the gospels and historically credible.
(John Granger Cook, Crucifixion and Burial, 2011, p. 213)

Bultmann affirms that the story of the burial of Jesus:
“is an historical account which creates no impression of being a legend apart from the women who appear again as witnesses in v. 47, and vv. 44, 45 which Matthew and Luke in all probability did not have in their Mark. It can hardly be shown that the section was devised with the Easter story in mind." (History, p. 274)
Dale C. Allison Jr. claims of Bultmann "unpersuasively adding: "apart from the women who appear again as witnesses in v. 47, and vv. 44, 45" (Dale C. Allison Jr, Resurrecting Jesus, 2005, p. 356)

Joel Marcus writes:
Brown characterizes Jesus’ burial as dishonorable [...] But the data can also be interpreted as suggesting that Joseph respected Jesus. The Romans sometimes permitted honorable burial of those whom they had executed, including the crucified, as is shown both by literary evidence (see, e.g., Philo, Flaccus 83; Justinian, Digest 48.24) and by the archaeological remains of the crucified man of Giv’at ha-Mivtar. As Craig (“Reflections,” 407) points out, moreover, failure to bury Jesus in a family tomb does not necessarily indicate dishonorable burial; Jesus was not a native of Jerusalem but of faraway Nazareth, and those who died far from home were usually interred where they died (cf. Gen 35:8, 19–20). With regard to Jerusalem in particular, Matt 27:7 suggests that pilgrims who died in the holy city were buried there rather than being shipped back to their ancestral homes. And it is not clear that dishonorable burial ever meant interment in a tomb, as happened with Jesus; the biblical incidents we know of, rather, seem to involve “the corpse’s being cast on or into the ground and covered by dirt or stones” (Craig, “Reflections,” 403; cf. Josh 7:25–26; 8:29; 2 Sam 18:17; Jer 22:19; 26:23).
It seems unlikely, therefore, that Jesus’ burial was shameful...
(Joel Marcus, Mark 8-16, Anchor Yale Bible, 2009, p. 1074)

John A. T. Robinson even felt justified in saying that the burial “must be accepted as one of the most firmly grounded facts of Jesus’ life.” (Robinson, “Resurrection in the New Testament,” [DB (1962), 4:45.).
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Objections

Objection #1
The Gospel of Peter and the Secret Book of James seem to indicate dishonorable burial. The Gospel of Peter says: "And then they drew out the nails from the hands of the Lord, and laid him in the earth" (gPeter 6). The Secret Book of James likewise says Jesus was shamefully buried "in the sand".
"Regarding the Gospel of Peter, the unspecified “they” of 6:21 —either the Roman soldiers or “the Jews” (cf. Mark 15:46) —place Jesus’ body on the ground. This is not a reference to burial, only to removal from the cross and a temporary lull in the proceedings. What then happens to the body? In the Gospel of Peter as it stands, it is given to Joseph of Arimathea (v. 23)."
(Dale C. Allison Jr., Resurrecting Jesus, 2005, p. 358)

"Regarding the Secret Book of James [...] one hesitates to make much of this. Not only is the reading of the text uncertain, but “the date for the original composition is usually put at [the] third century. ” The text presupposes the martyrdom of James, and it seems to know the canonical Gospels, so it is hardly a safe place to be mining for old, pre-Markan tradition. The interpretation is also unclear. If the illustrations of abuse and unjust accusation— being shut up in prison, condemned unlawfully, crucified without reason, buried in the sand — not only prophesy the future of James and Peter but are also supposed to come from the life of Jesus, then we have here the notion that Jesus was shut up in prison, for which there is otherwise no evidence. It seems more likely that the concluding qualification, “as I was myself,” covers not the details of the sentence but its general import, that is, it communicates only that Jesus was abused and unjustly accused, not that he was shut up in prison and buried in the sand."
(Allison: 359)
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Objection #2:
Why would Joseph bring Jesus down off the cross if he was in the council that condemned him?
Mark exhibits an anti-Judaizing tendency in early church literature. It is historically unlikely that Jesus was tried by the entirety of the Sanhedrin, especially since this happened in the middle of the night! So it is not clear, in fact, that Joseph condemned him. Mark likely over-exaggerated his account of the Sanhedrin trial. Similar exaggerations typical of Jewish writings can be seen in Mark 7:3 and the Letter of Aristeas.
Compare Mark 7:3
For the Pharisees and all the Jews, unless they wash their hands with a fistful [of water] do not eat, adhering to the tradition of the elders,(Mk 7.3)
to Mark 14:53
53 They took Jesus to the high priest, and all the chief priests, the elders and the teachers of the law came together.
Likewise, "The Jewish Letter of Aristeas says of the Jewish people involved in translating the Hebrew Bible into Greek:
following the custom of all the Jews', they washed their hands in the sea in the course of their prayers to God’ (Aristeas, 305).
Handwashing among Jews during prayers was not universal in the second century bce, but this unimpeachably knowledgeable Jewish author would like us to imagine that it was, and this is the same kind of exaggeration as we find in Mark."
(Maurice Casey, Jesus of Nazareth, 2010, p. 73)
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Objection #3:
"The skeletal remains of Jehohanan fortuitously discovered at Giv’at ha-Mivtar in a family tomb is the only remains of such a victim yet found, a fact that Crossan has stressed: “With all those thou sands of people crucified around Jerusalem in the first century alone, we have so far found only a single crucified skeleton, and that, of course, preserved in an ossuary. Was burial, then, the exception rather than the rule, the extraordinary rather than the ordinary?”
"Yet, many victims were surely tied up rather than nailed, so we would not recognize them as having been crucified. More importantly, the nails used in crucifixion —which were prized as powerful amulets —were pulled out at the site of execution (cf. Gos. Pet. 6:21) and so not buried with the bod ies. The only reason we know that Yehohanan, the man in the ossuary from Giv’at ha-Mivtar, was crucified is that a nail in his right heel bone could not be removed from the wood: it was stuck in a knot. As McCane observes, “If there had not been a knot strategically located in the wood of Yehohanan’s cross, the soldiers would have easily pulled the nail out of the cross. It never would have been buried with Yehohanan, and we would never have known that he had been crucified. It is not surprising, in other words, that we have found the remains of only one crucifixion victim: it is surprising that we have identified even one.”"
(Dale C. Allison Jr., Resurrecting Jesus, 2005, p. 361-362)
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Objection #4:
While Josephus employs the verb άνασταυροΰν in 4.317, which is typically translated as “crucified” in his books, there are places where he uses a form of that word to indicate post-mortem suspensions. One example is in Ant. 2.73 where he talks about the fate of the baker from Gen. 40:20-22, where the pharaoh decapitates the baker and hangs his body on a pole. So 4.317 may have been a reference to post-mortem suspension punishments instead of crucifixion.
This example is from AJ, not JW, which is where Josephus uses the word άνασταυροΰν for Roman Crucifixion for most. While he also uses it most of the time in AJ, this is especially the case for JW. See David W. Chapman, The Trial and Crucifixion of Jesus, Mohr Siebeck, 2015, p. 491 here. It is therefore probable that Josephus is speaking of crucifixion in JW 4.317.
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Objection #5:
Joseph buys linen during Passover, which violates Jewish law (Exodus 12:16; Leviticus 23:6-7; Nehemiah 10:31) thus making the account implausible.
Given the chronological discrepancies between Mark and John, many think that Mark’s dating of the feast is just wrong. So he could have the event correct and the conflict with the date (if there is one) would be his mistake.
Second, we shouldn’t assume that the OT legislation was observed just as our literal reading would always suggest. The Mishnah is proof against that.
Third, Mark gives the impression of a rushed job, and one can imagine, if so inclined, that Joseph was a last minute shopper, getting what he did just as the store was closing, right as the sabbath began
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Objection #6:
Mark's story looks invented on the basis of fulfilling Isaiah 53:9.
"The only element in Mark’s adaptation that might plausibly be traced to Scripture is burial before sunset from Deut 21:22—23 (cf. Josh 8:29; 10:26—27) — although given that Jews in reality tried to heed the Mosaic prescription, one can just as easily imagine that here history obediently followed the pentateuchal text. For the rest, Mark’s story of Joseph does not accommodate Isa 53:9 (“They made his grave with the wicked”), and the details show no obvious scriptural intertextuality. One wonders whether J. Spencer Kennard was not right: “If Christianity had fashioned the entombment on the basis of prophecy it would have left the body,” because of Isa 53:9, “with the corpses of other criminals.”"
(Dale C. Allison Jr, Resurrecting Jesus, 2005, p. 356)
Furthermore, W. Boyd Barrick has shown in an article named "The Rich Man from Arimathea (Matt 27:57-60) and 1QIsaa" (1977) here that the author of the Gospel of Matthew found the details within the Markan account of the burial of Jesus by Joseph insufficient as a fulfillment of Isaiah 53:9. Barrick writes:
Comparing Matt 27:57-60 with its parallels (Mark 15:42-46; Luke 23:50-53; John 19:38-42) one finds that only here has Joseph of Arimathea been identified as a "rich man" (v. 57). This additional bit of superfluous information is noteworthy in view of the biographical details about the man, already available in Mark, which Matthew has seen fit to omit. It is possible that the evangelist simply abbreviated his source by deducing that as a "respected member of the council" Joseph would have been wealthy.' It seems much more probable, however, that the composition of this passage has been informed by the burial of the "Suffering Servant" depicted in Isa 53:9 - p. 235
-Matthew has changed not only Mark's description of Joseph, but also his description of the burial scene itself. Even though Mark says that Joseph received Jesus' "corpse," the masculine pronouns in v. 46 indicate that, for Mark, it is Jesus himself who is "taken down," "wrapped" and "laid" in the tomb (cf. also v. 47). For Matthew, however, the object of these actions is unmistakably "the body" of Jesus. [...] If Matthew has introduced "rich man" on the basis of Isa 53:9a, it is possible that this second change too could have been motivated, at least in part, by this same OT prophecy.
(p. 236)
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Objection #7:
De Specialibus Legibus 3.151-52 may not be referring to crucifixion.
David W. Chapman writes: "“Crucifixion” is the best translation given: (1) the fact that άνασκολοπίςω is the only term used to describe this execution (note that no other means of death precedes the suspension in this context); (2) the way such a criminal would have been expected to be executed in Philo’s day; and (3) the way άνασκολοπίςω is used elsewhere in Philo’s vocabulary (cf. Flacc. 83–84)."
(David W. Chapman, Ancient Jewish and Christian Perceptions of Crucifixion, Mohr Siebeck, 2008, p. 133)
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Objection #8:
Joseph of Arimathea appears “to be a total Markan creation in name, in place, and in function,” (Crossan, Who Killed ]esus? 172.)
"Fictional names do not seem to be standard fare either in Mark or his tradition. Surely most of the named characters must on any reading be historical persons, and Joseph of Arimathea is, apart from late legend, known only as the one who buried Jesus.606 The person and place are both obscure, occur ring outside the four canonical gospels only in late, apocryphal sources, and they have no obvious biblical or theological or apologetical signif icance. So one might suppose that “Joseph of Arimathea” is historical memory, like other names in Mark, such as John the Baptist, Peter, An— drew, James, John, Judas, James the brother of Jesus, Mary the mother of Jesus, Herod Antipas, Pilate. Historical names do not, assuredly, guarantee the historicity of the narratives in which they occur. One need only recall Matthew’s haggadic infancy narrative, starring Herod the king and Joseph the father of Jesus.
Nonetheless, Joseph shows up in Matthew 1—2 because he was indeed the husband of Mary and Jesus’ father, and Herod is there because Jesus was born during his reign. But why is Joseph of Arimathea at Jesus’ burial? One levelheaded explanation is that he was remembered as having been there."
(Dale C. Allison Jr., Resurrecting Jesus, p. 356)
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Objection #9:
Pilate is described by Philo to be a "cruel," "inflexible," "stubborn," "spiteful," and "angry" man (e.g. Philo Legat. 299-205). His administration is characterized by venality, violence, his thefts, his assaults, his abusive behavior, his executions of untried prisoners , and his savage ferocity. He likely wouldn't have buried Jesus.
"None of these adjectives are used only for Pilate. The charge of annoying the Jews rather than honoring the emperor is also an accusation against the Alexandrian mob. The word "inflexible" is also used for captors allowing their captives to go for money, not mercy; "stubborn" describes the evil speech of the Alexandrians; and "cruel" is referred to two times in order to describe the character of Gaius. Parallels to the description of Pilate’s administration can also be found as follows: "Venality" is used to describe the bribes given to Flaccus’ accusers by Isodorus; "violence," "abusive behavior" and killing untried prisoners are also used to describe Flaccus. Furthermore, some of these words (inflexibility, killing untried prisoners, savage ferocity, spitefulness, and anger) are used to describe Gaius. Finally, Tiberius rebukes Pilate for his novel action. [The word used] also used by Philo in order to describe the cruelty of the Alexandrian mob, Gaius’ statue, and his acts of megalomania. To sum up, Philo’s presentation of Pilate is not based on a personalized attack but, rather, on general terms that are used by him regularly to describe those who do not respect the Jews, in particular Gaius and the Alexandrians. [...] Historically, Pilate may have appeared in the eyes of the Jews as an inflexible, stubborn, cruel, and violent governor. Because Pilate acted against Jewish Law—because he wanted to show loyalty to Tiberius—he is described by Philo “in precisely the same terms as other ‘enemies’ of the Jews: Gaius, Flaccus and the Alexandrians,” doubtlessly exaggerated according to his theological rhetoric "
(Christian Gers-Uphaus, The Figure of Pontius Pilate in Josephus Compared with Philo and the Gospel of John, University of Notre Dame, 2020, p. 6, 7)
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2020.08.24 07:20 PatheticPau1 I Am An Exorcist And These Are My Stories Chapter Four.

Hello again, usually I'm more chipper with my intros, the last few days have been rough. Forgive me if I avoid the semantics. I'm gonna finish up my story from the previous post. I'm sure the the handful of people who've been following my posts would like to know what happened.
If you have been following me, first off, allow me to say thank you for spending your time reading these posts. Second, you should know by now my grammar is not the best. High school drop out after all.
If you haven't read my previous post you really should. It explains how we got to this point. Chapter Three
"Oh.. fuck" I thought to myself
The panic very quickly set in as I was staring at the large man with three fresh wounds pouring blood.
I suddenly felt a strong energy, very strong. I knew who it was before he even stepped out of the shadows.
"Well, Alexander, what did I say about asking questions first and shooting later?" he asked.
I gave him a a very displeased look and he continued.
"Now now calm down. I'm not here just to rub it in. I'm here to tell you not to feel guilty" he said while lighting a cigarette.
"Why not?" I asked taking a shaky drink from my flask.
"This man was a very bad one indeed. He did some very bad things to his little nephews. Now he lives-" he paused, and looked at the corpse.
"Well, lived under the bridge by the school. Never did get over hid predatory ways"
I sighed "Well that's a little relief"
"Don't get too relaxed. You have about-" he checked the spot on his wrist where a watch would be.
"Six minutes until the police show up. The Hudson's heard the gunfire".
My mind was racing a mile a second. My heart pounded in my chest, and I couldn't think of what to do. After a bit I asked Elijah "Any ideas?" while lighting a cigar and taking a deep drag.
He just shook his head and said "Sorry, can't help ya just warn ya. Oh, by the way, five minutes".
I started thinking. I could just get in my car and drive off. No, those hollow points were made of gold, and if the police track the ballistics to my gun I'm screwed.
I could take the body and dump it in the river. No, the current would pull him into the lake and too many people go diving there. Shit.
It hit me the same time Sonne said "The crematorium".
"Four minutes Alex"
I lifted the corpse and did a fireman's carry. Which if you dont know what that is, I wrapped one arm between and around his legs while pulling his upper body over my shoulders using my legs to bare the weight.
Now I have strong legs, but this big son of a bitch was heavy. I know a corpse is literally dead weight, but the size of this guy made it insane to lift him. It took me at least two minutes to make it to the car.
I popped the trunk and popped him in, realizing then that his blood had leaked down my back and was leaking into my car. I was sure if I looked back there would be a trail leading to my exact spot. Goddamn my night was not going good.
I got in the car and calmly drove off just as I heard the sirens pull up to the Hudson's place. The chance that they saw me was high, but there was no chance I could have carried him the four and half miles to the crematorium.
You're probably asking why I'd go to a crematorium. Well, it was 10:08 pm. The owner locks up at nine on the dot. I could pick the lock to the rear door, and use the cremation oven to cook this son of bitch, burn these clothes, and get the fuck home.
I tried to calmly drive my way there, but my nerves were shot. I took a drink from my flask, and lit a cigar.
"You might be in trouble" said Sonne with a sigh.
"Ya don't say?" I almost shouted.
"Not for the reason you might think" he replied
I looked in the rear view mirror. I saw him sitting in the back seat. His skin like ash with cracks filled with buring embers.
"Why?"
"Because he's bleeding all over your trunk".
Oh fuck. I wasn't thinking about the blood in my trunk. Fuck it, I'll figure that out later.
I drove every back road I knew at the time, and thankfully made it to the crematorium without any issue.
The building was old, very old. It didn't get much up keep, and there were no cameras. On the outside at least.
I grabbed my lock picking kit, and leather gloves then. got out of the car. The lock was simple, it would have five pins I'd have to pick.
I got out my tension wrench, my tool, and began picking the lock. It was about the third pin in I saw the lights of the squad car. They wouldn't notice me, but it set me on edge.
I got the remaining pins and turned the wrench unlocking the door. I looked inside and noticed a camera. I was gonna have to figure out how to get rid of that footage.
I went back to the car popped the trunk. I was not looking forward to the mess. However, there wasn't that much blood spilled in the trunk of my car, so I guess that's a plus.
I lifted the big bastard out of the trunk and let the majority of the almost congealed mess drip off him back into the trunk. I was gonna have to ditch this car.
I found my way to the cremation oven and figured out the controls for it rather quick. It was nice to see that I was being fast.
I popped him into the oven, tossed all my clothes on top of him, and started cooking it all.
That's when I began praying the security room was in this building. I wandered around naked through the halls of this very cold building looking for a security office.
When I finally found it and picked the lock I got a look at myself in a mirror. I saw my bodysuit of tattoos, they had began fading. I was gonna need to get a touch up.
The cameras were set to record to a blu ray disc. The man who ran the pace was ancient. It wouldn't be so far of a stretch for him to think he put the disc in and forgot to hit record. All I had to do was get rid of the disc and replace it then I was good to go.
When I got back to my car I was thankful I didnt drip any noticable blood spots on the ground.
I hopped inside and checked the back seat. My spare pair of shorts and tank top was still in the back seat. I was glad I was a lazy prick and didn't clean my car.
I got dressed while driving down the road. All I had to do now was figure out what I was going to do with the car.
I lit a cigar and decided to do something really risky. I glanced in my rear view mirror to see Sonne. He knew what I was going to do, and he didn't look like he thought it would work.
I started hauling ass to another town and called 911.
"Hello, 911, what's your emergency?"
"I'd like to report my car stolen" I said while doing my best to sound frightened and upset.
I told her the make and model of the car, and the plate numbers. She filed the report and by the time the call was over I was already three quarters of the way to the next county over.
All I had to do was not get pulled over, take back streets until I get to the car graveyard they have out there.
Ya know those things you see in old cartoons and movies where they crush the cars, yeah, one of those places.
I puffed my cigar and listened to some music. I had put on some Alice In Chains, and listened to almost an entire album by the time I made it to the place.
All the lights in the building were off, and it was very grim in appearance. The gate was left unlock, I don't know if God was throwing me a bone or if I just got lucky but it definitely made my night easier.
I opened the gate and drove my car in. I made sure to drive all the way to the back of the lot and park in between a big truck, and a panto, to make it seem less obvious.
With no shoes, no underwear, and a flask full of whisky I started walking to the bus station. My gun was tucked away in my shorts and my whisky was a little warm for my taste.
Now I know what you're thinking. This guy got off way too easy, and you'd be right. If life would have left things be I would have made it home before 8 am, but no, of course life isn't going to do that.
You see on my way to the bus station I suddenly felt a very strong and very hungry energy. Whatever it was, was watching me close. My senses went on high alert, and I prepared for a fight.
I stepped into the treeline, not drawing my gun. The events that played out that night made me question myself.
The further I got I noticed a light. I followed it to find a bonfire, and a little RV parked not far from it. In front of the fire sat a dirty, grimey man. He was stirring a pot filled with what looked like chili. He must have noticed me coming because when I made it to the clearing he said "There isn't enough to share"
I stopped and looked at him. Was this guy giving me that energy? It got stronger the closer I got to the fire. I was questioning myself however. After shooting a human man I was trying to be cautious and avoid doing that again.
"Don't worry pal. I'm not that hungry" I said as I approached the man stirring the pot.
"Good. It took me two days to make the money for this hamburger meat, and I ain't got much".
The man looked at me and noticed my condition. My hair a mess, my lack of shoes, and I suppose the blood that was in my hair and on my neck.
"What the hell happened to you son?" His voice had an accent I could place easily. It was southern West Virginian.
"I hit my head" I replied. "I must of wandered around a little confused and lost my shoes".
"Well you're pretty far from the closest homes. Where's your ride?" He asked before tasting the chili.
"I dont have one"
He looked me up and down sizing me up. Either he bought my bullshit, or he had his own reasons as to not question it. Judging by his reaction to what happened next. I'd say he definitely knew.
"Well why don't you sit down. After I eat I'm heading toward the next town over to try and make some money. I wouldn't mind taking you home; you look like you need a ride" he said while filling a bowl with the chili and grabbing a bottle of good Ol' Number 7.
I sat down, but that energy was still strong. I watched the man carefully for a minute before he spoke up.
"You're not like other people are you?"
"What do you mean?"
"I mean. You strike me as the type that can deal with that" he said as he pointed to the side.
When I saw it I knew he wasn't just some gypsy. It had the head and tail of an gator, with the body of a bull, and talons on his feet.
The old grimey man laughed and asked "Well young gun. You gonna take care of that?" while he pulled a pendant he wore around his neck out from under his shirt.
I stood up grabbing my gun. The energy I felt was clearly this monstrosity. It clawed the dirt under its front foot back and the old man said "Ooooohhhh, I hate it when they do that".
The beast charged in my direction and i barely managed to rolled put of the way. I drew my gun, and braced for another attack. I had three rounds in my gun. My spare 6 were still in the car. I'd have to make each shot count.
Before I could get my bearings i felt its large tail slam into my chest and send me flying at least 4 feet backwards. I landed on my back hard and it took my breath away.
The beast turned around and I heard this indescribable noise escape its throat. The closest thing I can compare it to is the sound of scrapping metal mixed with the stereotypical alligator noise you hear in the movies and tv shows.
It scraped its claw in the dirt again and let out a large breath of air before charging again. I didn't have enough time to think, but my body reacted on it's own. I dropped down under its jaws as it bit down so hard I could hear the air cut.
I got lucky and it clamped down onto the tree behind me and got stuck. I took my gun and fired two shots into its throat, but the skin on the sides of it's neck was as hard as steel. The rounds busted and one of the chunks came back and struck me in the cheek.
I noticed something. The thick skin was only on top and on the sides of the beast. I had one plan and one bullet left. I got underneath the beast and fired where I assumed its heart would have been if it had one. When the acidic tar like blood started pouring from the wound onto my chest and face I knew I hit a weak spot. I got out from under it right before it collapsed.
I watched it for a moment; waiting to see if what I did worked. When I saw it start turning to ash I knew I got lucky.
I heard clapping from behind me. The old man was slow clapping as he said "I'll be damned. You are a demon slayer".
I looked at him. The pendant around his neck was familiar, but I couldn't place the sigil. I'd have to do some research before I knew what it was.
"What the fuck are you then?" I asked while I walked over and grabbed his outstretched bottle of Tennessee whisky.
"I'm you in thirty years son" he replied while taking off his shirt.
He had a bodysuit of tattoos as well, but his were all sigils, and some of which had to have been made by him because I had never seen them before.
See underground exorcists have to be dedicated. One form of dedication is permanent body modification. Some ways of doing this back in old times was branding a sigil on you for protection. However, this evolved into tattoos.
As I said before any belief will give you power, and from his tattoos I could tell he believed in The Lesser Key Of Solomon and other old occult inspirations. My tattoos were all japanese inspired. I loved japanese folklore and the art style. Decided my dedication would be letting my teacher pick my tattoos.
See he knew me best, and he knew I loved the japanese tattoo style, and he spent a long time researching everything form the meaning of the colors to the characters shown on my body. Maybe one of these days I'll go into more details about my tattoos and what they represent and why they give me strength and power over the universe.
I looked at his bodysuit. Realizing I was speaking to an old underground exorcist. He was withered, beaten, and missing the tip of his left ring finger.
I didn't know what to say, but thankfully he spoke for me. "See son, I've been am exorcist for forty years. Back in my day there was a lot of money in it. Today there's not much profit in it. So I'm a traveling exorcist"
I lit my last cigar and listened.
"I survive on the kindness of strangers,and occasionally a family of a kid who fucked around with something they didn't understand would give me some spare change" he took a heavy drink from his bottle.
"It's not glamorous work, but if I were you I'd get used to it".
I replied. "Well this town has a lot of occult activity. I specialize in that. I was a police officer when I was younger, and since I did well enough I have a few.. 'friends' that are helping me set up my own private investigation office".
The man laughed. "Oh, well you just got a good plan don't ya? How long do you think that'll last?"
"Until whatever is making the veil so thin here goes away, and I doubt that'll be in my lifetime".
He laughed again. "If you're really good at what you do it wont be for that long".
He took another drink and handed me the bottle. "My name is David Zimmer, and you are?"
I took a shot and replied "Alexander Crow".
"Well Mr Crow. Care to tell me why I still feel the energy of very, very powerful demon?"
He knew. If he was as experienced as he said I'm amazed he didn't know his name.
I suppose I should explain to my readers as well. See when I was fifteen I was going through a lot. I won't go into detail, but the upbringing for my brother and I was very abusive.
We acted out a lot. Our favorite way of doing so was taking psychedelics, or preforming invocation.
See our mother was a Neo Pagan and practiced witchcraft and sigil magick for a long time. We often studied her books and dreamed of working the universe in our favor.
One night we decided to mix the two. We both took five grams of potent mushrooms, and decided to try and communicate with a demon. Problem was we didn't set up protective measures. Nor were we trying to contact a specific demon.
We made contact. We both saw and heard the demon. His skin ash grey and cracked revealing burning magma beneath. His eyes hypnotized me. I didn't feel threatened, but my brother did. He wanted to end the ritual, but being the younger brother I was stupid and made him continue.
Then I made a mistake. I asked the demon his name. He said he forgot his birth name, but his name in his world was Sonne (German for Sun).
He asked my full birth name,and I gave it to him. Now that was my mistake. You never, ever give any spirit your full birth name. See your birth name is very symbolic of ones "self" and when you openly give that to a demon they can do practically whatever they want. Next thing you know I can feel something burning my insides. I collapsed. When I came to my brother was being taken by police while screaming about the demon.
When he saw I was awake he screamed. "Tell them you saw it too! Tell them Alex! You know you saw it too! It did something to you!"
Now, as I said. We had an abusive upbringing, and if my mother found out I had been meddling in her stuff it would have been a very bad time.
So I denied it. I was still tripping on mushrooms and they could tell so they took me to the hospital. They took my brother as well. Problem there was I kept denying I saw anything. Even after his trip ended he said he could still see it in me. Everytime they tried to put us together he'd scream.
The doctors decided he had a break in his mental stability, and the best option would be to put him in a crisis management center. Everytime I tried to visit him he would have another break and it would extend his stay. He had been in there a year before he commited suicide. He somehow managed to get our mom to sneak him in a pack of guitar strings.
He ended up breaking the thinnest string into little pieces and eating them. By the time anyone go to him they had shredded his throat and stomach. He bled to death internally over the span of nine minutes.
It wasn't until after his death that I started hearing Sonne speak. I attempted to contact him through invocation many times, but it never worked. It wasn't until Jason died that he spoke to me again. It was only after I got an understanding of magick that I realized I needed that emotion and intention to really make magick work.
He told me to do things. I listened. For another year I didn't know what had happened that night. However, one night he and I had a conversation.
He explained to me that that night he bonded with me to escape what we call Hell. Where I was in such a vulnerable state and I was young I was just strong enough to bond with, and just dumb enough to give him my name.
I explained it was my fault. If I had just said I saw it too they might not have locked him up. Sonne proceeded to explain that if I had been honest. I would have been locked away too. They blamed the mushrooms for breaking his mind, and they would have done the same to me.
Sonne wasn't hostile. He wasn't violent. What he told me to do was study. One day I asked him why he wanted me to do this. Then he explained when he was alive he was a brave German exorcist himself. He said he saw something different in me. Some kind of natural connection to the fourth and fifth dimensions.
I was so confused back then. I didn't understand what any of this meant.
Now I realize he bonded with me because it's in my blood to be an exorcist. His job wasn't done when he died. So he spent countless years waiting for the right person to do the exact right things he would need to be able to bond with them. When he saw me he took his chance.
I know what you're thinking "Crow, how could you trust a demon that caused all of that negativity".
Well, because that demon is the only person who was there for me when he died. Sonne told me one night while I sobbed into my pillow he had a brother as well. His brother was a soldier fighting in a war he didn't even believe in. He lost his brother due to a similar instance, and decided to dedicate his existence into protecting anyone he could.
I blamed him and myself for my brothers death. For a very long time, but over the years Sonne has proven to me to be a truly genuine entity.
His energy isnt malicious. If anything it's sad. Sonne and I share a lot similarities which is another requirement of bonding with another soul. You have to be cut from the same cloth. Sonne and I share one very human thing. We both feel. Unlike most demons he feels things for us. He hasn't forgotten what its like to be human.
I asked him why he was sent to hell, and he said "For the same reasons you might be".
At the time I didn't understand, but now I do. Our conciousness is a complicated thing. Explaining it would be too much effort. However, if you're that curious leave a comment and I'll try to answer it in a future post. To put it simply it all has to do with our ego and our shadow and our conciousness.
I explained to the man that I had bonded with Sonne when I fifteen, and because of Sonne i became an exorcist.
"I don't trust a demon as far as I could knock one back Crow. You shouldn't either".
"Well this demon has been with me for over 10 years now, and all he's done has been help guide me down the right path".
The man tool a drink and tossed the bottle. "Yeah, and what path is that? The one where you come close to death every day? The one where anyone who gets close to you is cursed? This isn't the right path for anyone Alex. It's a curse. One day you'll regret having your little demon friend around"
He turned to walk to his RV and I saw the sigil tattooed on his back. When I saw it I realized what type of exorcist he was. See there are three types of exorcists in the underground exorcist community.
One is the Deporter. They simply banish spirits. Which is Coco
Two is The Demon Hunter. They banish spirits and kill demons. They're rare to find, and often come in the form of women because women are naturally more connected to the fourth and fifth dimensions than men. This would be me.
Three. That's the rarest form of exorcist. The Angel Slayer. An exorcist that is capable of harming a divine entity. The reason they are so rare is because they have to fall into three conditions.
One: they have to have an existing relationship with a divine entity for at least a decade.
Two: They have to have been bonded with a demon at some point in their lives to give their conciousness the ability to understand what an Angel is in their natural form.
Three: They have to have been on the other side of the veil at least once.
Now most people don't fit into even one of those conditions, but for someone to fit all three is one in a million.
The hardest thing of those to do would be reach the otherside of the veil and come back. It's easy to get there, but coming back is one of the hardest things you can imagine for anyone no matter how powerful they are.
This told me this old man had seen more in his forty years than I would probably ever see. The sigil of an Angel Slayer is a powerful symbol. Having it on you in Hell would make demons fear you, and you'd get sympathy from the devil.
I got in his RV and he drove me home. We had a very personal conversation about his life that I'm not going to share here, but I was right. He had seen more in his forty years than anyone should see.
When we got to my place he gave me a phone number. "Call me if you come across anything you need help researching. I've done this for so long I can probably pull it off the top of my head".
I nodded, took the number,and walked back inside. It was five in the morning and I decided to end my night by drowning myself with negronis.
The next morning I saw on the news about the search for a missing man. The man I had shot. Luckily they had no leads, and here we are 7 years later. They never did figure it out, and I'm sure they won't. The police around here aren't that invested. Especially in the case of a missing child molester.
So that's the end of my story. Now that we're at the end if you made it this far I figure I can explain why I'm so stressed.
See remember when I said I had to preform an exorcism on a rich college girl? Well apparently she had a brother,and apparently he was messing around with the occult too.
I may have to bring these posts to the current date if things keep going they way they seem to be going. Until I figure it out though I'll still be here. Writing about my experiences and journey.
To those of you who followed my posts from the beginning thank you, I appreciate you spending your valuable time reading my accounts. A very special thank you to the person who gave me the Take My Energy award.
If you haven't been following my posts,and have no idea who I am that's okay too. All you need to know to read what will most likely be my next post is that I am an exorcist, and these are my stories.
I'm going to go to bed now. Its past one A.M and I have to be up early to go investigate the situation with the college girl's brother. I hope you readers have a good night,and I hope you stay safe out there.
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2020.08.22 19:36 biggreekgeek Flatten the Curve. #50. PART 1. Jeffery Epstein & Espionage. Peter Thiel & Carbyne. Isreali Surveillance Tech & UAE. China Uyghurs Dentions & Erik Prince. Human Rights Watch; Similar Tech in China & Carbyne. Carbyne in the USA 911 SYSTEM. Michael Chertoff: Wrote Patriot Act + Carbyne Director.

Read Flatten the Curve Part 49. Link Here
Headlines. A line designed to get into your head. And it works, judging by the amount of circulation of conspiracy posts that help move those headlines that masquerade as revealing connections, but are merely propoganda headline clones being disseminated.
So lets get ahead of the lines before the lines get into your head.
Humans have two primary modes of communication; verbal and nonverbal. Nonverbal is body language. Body language on it's own can give you insight. Pairing verbal and nonverbal gives you the whole picture. Headlines are verbal. The content is nonverbal. That's how you get a glimpse of the bigger picture. But we can't look at each article as a completed part of the communicative process. That would be like only watching hand gestures while having a conversation with someone. The article isn't the subject, the event is the subject, and if the subject was person, then we have to find as many articles as we can to profile the body language and interpret the nonverbal communication.
Let me show you what I mean.
Offender Conspiracy Article Profilingcriminal article profiling, is an investigative strategy used by law enforcement agencies conspiracy theorists to identify likely suspects hidden motives and has been used by investigators conspiracy theorists to link cases subjects that may have been committed by the same perpetrator. Multiple crimes may be linked to a specific offender event and the profile may be used to predict the identified offender's conspiracy's future actions real intent. Criminal Profiling Here
And then.
Nonverbal communication (NVC) Multiple Article Profiling (MAP) • is the transmission of messages or signals through a nonverbal platform multiple article content searches (MACS) such as eye contact, facial expressions, gestures, posture, and the distance between two individuals, article source, differing information, dates, pov, and the connections between the sources. It includes the use of visual cues such as body language (content), distance (dates) and organizations/politicians, corporations, law enforcement, environmental issues, economics, and technology/AI. Original NVC Content Here
I have no doubt that the actors who have advanced copies of the script are using data algorithm aggregation that compiles the different content sources into a complete picture for them. We plebs aren't so lucky, we have to peruse and parse multiple sources to connect the dots. In essence, we are the plebs living in a technofuedal era before the invention of the modern Gutenberg technopress for the masses.
So let's throw on some work boots, grab a shovel, and start digging.
The Hacks and Muckrakers.
May 18, 2018: Vanity Fair • “We just got back from the Middle East,” he told a room full of Israelis, upon arriving in Jerusalem from Saudi Arabia last May. Source Here
May 22 2017: Slate • The President Just Told a Room of Israelis That He “Just Got Back From the Middle East” Source Here
Trump. The man's Presidency has come at a time where it's all starting to fall apart. And I can't help but think of Trump as Julius Caesar part two. A populist leader who threatened the establishment and upended the republic, paving the way for Augustus Caesar and the soft introduction of Roman empire, as it let the pretenses of being a Republic fade away. If you aren't familiar with that time of history, I would highly recommend doing so. There is more to my comparison that I'm not elaborating on, except to say, if you dig you will find someone else who loves Roman history, looks like a clone of Augustus, and we watched as he made rounds while articles suggested that he had aspirations of becoming President. Do I think that it'll happen soon? Probably not. History doesn't repeat itself, but it rhymes. And we're only at the start of the Hollow Men by T S *Eliot *.
December 14, 2016: Techcrunch • President-elect Donald Trump met with some of the most prominent executives from the tech industry today at Trump Tower, with investor Peter Thiel and Vice President-elect Mike Pence at his side. Trump opened the meeting with CEOs from Google, Microsoft, Apple, Amazon and others by thanking Thiel for his support. “I want to add that I am here to help you folks do well. And you’re doing well right now and I’m very honored by the bounce. They’re all talking about the bounce. So right now everybody in this room has to like me, at least a little bit,” Trump said, perhaps in reference to the fact that he received little support from Silicon Valley during his campaign. “We’re going to try to have that bounce continue. Perhaps even more importantly, we want you to keep going with the incredible innovation. There’s nobody like you in the world. There’s nobody like the people in this room and anything we can do to help this go along, we’re going to be there for you. You’ll call my people, you’ll call me, it doesn’t make any difference. We have no formal chain of command around here,” Trump said.
Interesting, wouldn't you say? No formal chain of command around here. They thanked Peter Thiel for his support. Ok. Maybe nothing, maybe something. Ok. It's something.
August, 2018 Articles: www.theverge.com • Trump claims Google is suppressing positive news about him.
www.cnbc.com • Trump: Facebook, Twitter, Google 'have to be careful'.
Stop the presses, because were getting squeezed and pasteurized. The tech leaders meet with Trump. They thank Thiel, suggesting that he organized the assembly. And then Trump starts bashing the Technocrats that he's meeting with? Nothing but Bread and Circus. Plain and simple.
June 27, 2017: Tech Transparency Project • No other company in America was as intimately tied to the Obama Administration and the Democratic Party during Barack Obama’s eight years in office than Google. Today the company is doing everything it can to restore the same cozy White House access it enjoyed under President Obama. Eric Schmidt has attended at least two meetings with Trump and attended a third White House meeting with tech leaders last Monday. At the same time, The Groundwork – a secretive Schmidt-funded startup that ran the Clinton campaign’s data operation – recently relaunched itself as a technology platform for liberal organizations working to fight the Trump Administration’s agenda. By all appearances, Google appears to be working overtime to both ingratiate itself with the Trump Administration while simultaneously cashing in on the “resistance” to Trump’s agenda. Source Here
By all appearances? He's working both sides? Trying to cash in? Really? Seriously? Let's break that down.
** 2020 • Eric Schmidt/Net worth: 15.3 billion USD. Call me crazy, but I don’t think a guy with 15 billion dollars is worried about "cashing in**". As I've stated numerous times, this is no longer about money, it's about control. That's imperative to understand. You don't worry about the money hidden under the mattress when you have a locked vault full of cash. Money is only an incentive for those who either don't have it or need more of it. Neither of those categories apply to Eric Schmidt.
So lets examine how badly the Tech guys and Trump aren't getting along, shall we?
March 2, 2016: Defense News • Google Executive Schmidt To Head New DoD Advisory Board. Source Here
Ah. He's working for the Pentagon to make it better. And this happens almost a full year before meeting with Trump. This doesn't look like someone playing both sides, this looks like a team player in a game that only has one team. This is political wrestling that would make Vince McMahon envious. If you want to dive deeper into how Eric Schmidt funded the non profit that started fake news, here's a previous Flatten the Curve post. Part #19
Attendees included Eric Schmidt and Larry Page of Google, Tim Cook of Apple, Satya Nadella and Brad Smith of Microsoft, Jeff Bezos of Amazon (who expressed his excitement that Trump’s administration could be “the innovations administration“), Safra Catz of Oracle, Chuck Robbins of Cisco and Sheryl Sandberg of Facebook. Thiel’s business partner, Palantir CEO Alex Karp, attended as well.
Those are big names and big companies. But they all hate Trump, right?
Thiel has been instrumental in shaping Trump’s approach to technology, helping assemble a list of candidates for technical roles in the upcoming administration and reportedly bringing David Sacks and other long-time associates to the transition team. During his speech at the Republican National Convention, Thiel talked about spreading the prosperity of Silicon Valley to other regions across the country and cited space travel as one of America’s great technological achievements. “Instead of going to Mars, we have invaded the Middle East,” Thiel said.
I should point out that Thiel and Musk started PayPal together.
November 24, 2019: Business Insider • What do the founders of YouTube, Yelp, Tesla, and LinkedIn have in common? Apart from leading massively disruptive technology companies, their founders all share a common resume line item: employment at PayPal. Known for their entrepreneurial mindset and anti-establishment attitude, this elite group is known as the "PayPal Mafia," and they all put in time during the payment platform's early days some 20 years ago. Source Here
Oh. And Pete's instrumental to creating Facebook. Thiel became Facebook's first outside investor when he acquired a 10.2% stake for $500,000 in August 2004. He sold the majority of his shares in Facebook for over $1 billion in 2012, but remains on the board of directors. And he funded Hulk Hogan's lawsuit to take down Gawker. Told ya, it's just political wrestling to entertain us.
However, one of the biggest proponents of travel to Mars, Elon Musk, has also been one of Trump’s most outspoken critics. Musk donated to Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign and frequently denounced Trump, saying that the former reality television star “doesn’t seem to have the sort of character that reflects well on the United States.” But since the election, Musk appears to have warmed up to Trump. He was a late addition to the invite list for today’s meeting. The transition team also announced this morning that Musk will join Trump’s strategic and policy forum, a group of business leaders that will serve as an advisory committee to the president-elect. Source Here
Musk and Trump, a marriage made in heaven. It's destiny, I tell you, destiny. Or an act (don't worry Elon, I haven't forgotten about you) designed to make us believe that somebody up there is fighting for us down here.
Yet the inclusion of the quote about Mars and War in the Middle East stands out, wouldn't you agree? And we have environmental collapse triggers happening. Riots happening. Why those riots are also happening in Beruit, aren't they? And Isreal and Saudi Arabia don't get along with Lebanon, or the Hezbollah. And President Trump went from Suadi Arabia to Isreal, didn’t he? And wasn't there an explosion there recently? Must all be a coincidence. Let's get back to Pete the magical Thiel and see what else Hulk Hogan's buddy is mixed up in.
He co-founded Valar Ventures in 2010, co-founded Mithril Capital, serving as investment committee chair, in 2012, and served as a partner at Y Combinator from 2015 to 2017. Through the Thiel Foundation, Thiel governs the grant-making bodies Breakout Labs and Thiel Fellowship, and funds nonprofit research into artificial intelligence, life extension and seasteading. A co-founder of The Stanford Review, he is a conservative libertarian who is critical of high government spending, high debt levels, and foreign wars. He has donated to numerous political figures. At the 2009 Singularity Summit, he said his greatest concern is the technological singularity not arriving soon enough. Source Here
Singularity. Not. Arriving. Soon. Enough. Call me paranoid and pass the tin foil hat, but what Matrix code is needed to decipher his words intent? Not soon enough for what? Better Netflix selection? The Alien invasion? Godzilla awakening because of Fukushima? Are the Decepticons already here? Or have they been downplaying the ELE that's approaching? I'll take ELE for a thousand, Alex.
So he's into AI (he backed Deepmind and OpenAI) and life extension. He went to Stanford. He's also going to have his body cryonically preserved. And his Palantir surveillance is, well, nottofreakyououtoranything, everywhere. Palantir's first backer was the Central Intelligence Agency's venture capital arm In-Q-Tel. Then Palantir became Big Brother. Literally. The Palantir clients include the CIA, DHS, NSA, FBI, CDC, the Marine Corps, the Air Force, Special Operations Command, West Point, the Joint Improvised-Threat Defeat Organization and Allies, the Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. And Palantir is also being used by Banks, Hedge Funds, Financial Services, and other corporate clients.
Big Brother wants to be Palantir went it grows up.
Now, are you wondering why I started with Trump, Saudi Arabia and Isreal? Are you curious about how it goes from ex CEO of Google Eric Schmidt "playing" both sides of the fence to Palantir and Peter Thiel? Just sit right back and hold tight, cause I'm about to take you on a one way trip to a Brave New Normal World that's called 1984.
Warning. What you're about to read will make you forever question every officially sanctioned narrative. Trust me. Still game? Are you sure? Last chance. You're about to leave neverneverland and you can't go back. Alright. Let's go.
It's All Hidden In Plain Sight.
Let's talk about Epstein. Yep. Him. I've been strangely quiet about Jeffery haven't I? Nothing written about the Captain Pedo and his Amazing friends didn't mean there was nothing there, it just meant that I didn't find anything that indicated something deeper than a pedophile blackmail ring. And sex and political blackmail is as old as time itself. There's a reason they say the world's two oldest professions are prostitutes and politicians. Yet it turns out the professional pimp and the abducted teens may be playing a bigger role than we thought.
July 31, 2019: NY TIMES • Mr. Epstein’s vision reflected his longstanding fascination with what has become known as transhumanism: the science of improving the human population through technologies like genetic engineering and artificial intelligence. Critics have likened transhumanism to a modern-day version of eugenics, the discredited field of improving the human race through controlled breeding. Mr. Epstein’s ranch in New Mexico, which he confided to scientists and others he hoped to use as the site for seeding the human race with his DNA.
Welcome to the Island of Dr. Moreau. We're it's the monsters trying to make humans. Do you still think this was all about blackmail, cause it wasn't. Stop thinking in normal terms, because normal is dead, long live the New Normal.
At one session at Harvard, Mr. Epstein criticized efforts to reduce starvation and provide health care to the poor because doing so increased the risk of overpopulation, said Mr. Pinker, who was there. Mr. Pinker said he had rebutted the argument, citing research showing that high rates of infant mortality simply caused people to have more children.
Epstein criticized efforts to reduce starvation and provide health care. Hmmmm. My memory is foggy, but isn't there someone in Africa trying to provide health care and reduce starvation? Who could that be? Wasn't he into computers and had pictures taken on Epstein’s private jet? Wasn't it Bill Gates? Now why would Billy be hanging around someone who would vocally espouse an ideology that is completely antithetical to his stated humanitarian goals?
Also at the Indian Summer dinner, according to an account on the website of Mr. Brockman’s Edge Foundation, were the Google founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page and Jeff Bezos, who was accompanied by his mother.
Then there was Mr. Epstein’s interest in eugenics. Once, at a dinner at Mr. Epstein’s mansion on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, Mr. Lanier said he talked to a scientist who told him that Mr. Epstein’s goal was to have 20 women at a time impregnated at his 33,000-square-foot Zorro Ranch in a tiny town outside Santa Fe. Mr. Mr. Lanier, said he had the impression that Mr. Epstein was using the dinner parties to screen candidates to bear Mr. Epstein’s children. Mr. Epstein did not hide his interest in tinkering with genes — and in perpetuating his own DNA. Interviews with more than a dozen of his acquaintances, as well as public documents, show that he used the same tactics to insinuate himself into an elite scientific community, thus allowing him to pursue his interests in eugenics and other fringe fields like cryonics. One adherent of transhumanism said that he and Mr. Epstein discussed the financier’s interest in cryonics, an unproven science in which people’s bodies are frozen to be brought back to life in the future. Mr. Epstein told this person that he wanted his head and penis to be frozen.
More Epstein and Eugenics. Source Here
Now call me crazy, but there's some strangeness happening. Cryonics, don't die, just Let It Go and get Frozen. First Peter Thiel, now Epstein. Let's hope the AI Singularity arrives in time, right?
Now I wouldn't have even bothered with their shared interest of joining the Walt Disney Cryonics Club, if there wasn't more in play, and there's more in play.
August 9, 2019: TRT World • The billionaire shared the same personal network that included Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, former Israeli prime minister Ehud Barak, infamous Blackwater founder Erik Prince, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, UAE Crown Prince Mohamed bin Zayed, Donald Trump and Bill Clinton.
According to investigative journalist Vicky Ward, quoting a meeting with Trump’s transition team, Acosta told a White House official: “I was told Epstein ‘belonged to intelligence’ and to leave it alone.”
That's a bit of an exclusive club, kinda like being in the Mouseketeer CIA club. But, hey, nothing to see here, is there? But just in case, let's look into the company that Epstein worked with, Carbyne.
This single company, Carbyne, brought together a who’s who of power brokers and intelligence figures from multiple regions including Russia, China and the Trump administration itself, with Epstein at its heart. Officially, Carbyne provided high-tech solutions for emergency centres. In reality, it existed in a grey area giving it unprecedented access to private information, with significant potential for privacy abuse. Carbyne provides a service for police emergency centres, providing complete access to the caller’s camera and GPS, providing the dispatcher with a live video feed.
Ok. So Epstein and Thiel both are into AI, Surveillance, and Cryonics. President Trump was in Isreal and Saudi Arabia in May 2017. And who ended up in Isreal just afterwards?
PayPal Founder in Israel: Too Much Copying and Not Enough Innovation in High-tech
June 15, 2017: Haaretz • Billionaire Peter Thiel visits Israel – and gives out tips on how to build a successful startup. Source Here
Hey, one month after Trump visited the Middle East, Peter Thiel decides to take middle eastern vacation to give out business tips. And then Thiel must've reciprocated and invited the Fresh Prince of Saudi Arabia to get the all inclusive Palantir surveillance pitch. Smile for the camera everyone, cause the world's a stage and we're filming a world wide Truman Show.
April 7, 2018: Gulf News • Google, Thiel feature in Saudi Prince’s Silicon Valley tour. The Saudi delegation visited several Silicon Valley corporate campuses, including Apple Inc. and Facebook Inc. In addition to Facebook, where Thiel sits on the board, the Saudi delegation visited data-analysis start-up Palantir Technologies Inc and a trio of investment firms created by Thiel: Clarium Capital, Valar Ventures and Founders Fund. Thiel is chairman and co-founder of Palantir. Source Here
March 17, 2020: Forbes • These responders are now using a tool built in part by former members of Israel’s military intelligence—Elichai being one—that’s backed by Peter Thiel’s Founders Fund, former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak, who is now the company’s chairman, and a small, passive investment from deceased multimillionaire pedophile Jeffrey Epstein. SourceHere
Ok look. I get it. Rich people make investments, those investments are bound to end up in the same company. But these companies aren't exactly run of the mill home security systems, are they? Nope. This is the kind of surveillance systems that the KGB or the Stasi could only dream of. And when you wish upon a star dreams come true. And Peter Thiel must be wishing upon a star.
Ok. Strap in, buckle up, and try to keep up, or you're gonna get left in the dust. Cause it's boom or bust from here on out, and we're gonna add it up like the count.
So Elichai owns Carbyne. Peter Thiel invested in Carbyne. And Carbyne is in the USA linked to the 911 system, and it's being used to fight the pandemic.
Forbes (Link Above) • Its founder thinks Carbyne’s tech could make the lives of 911 dispatch and healthcare professionals much less chaotic in the Covid-19 crisis. Carbyne relies on callers submitting themselves to self-surveillance via their own mobile phone. Once a caller uses their Android or iPhone to call 911 (85% of emergency calls now come from mobile devices), they receive a text message that asks for permission to get their precise location and access video from their smartphone camera.
Step right up and give your permission to be saved. Big Brother is looking out for you.
So Elichai used to work for the 8200. Cool name, right. I'm not sure about you, but that sounds pretty dystopian. And I've gotta say, that all of Technocrats that are promising us an AI utopia, sure seem to be getting ahead of the curve by building doomsday bunkers for a dystopia. And here we sit wasting our time Doomscrolling.
So what else has sprung up from the 8200? Have you ever heard about the NSO Group?
November 1, 2019 - WhatsApp identified an Israeli company, NSO Group, as having developed the spyware called Pegasus, which it held responsible for the breach. This disclosure was part of a lawsuit WhatsApp has filed against the NSO Group in a US federal court, saying the company was actively involved in hacking users of the encrypted chat service. As per the WhatsApp complaint the “target users included attorneys, journalists, human rights activists, political dissidents, diplomats, and other senior foreign government officials.” NSO’s spyware Pegasus has been reportedly used to target journalists in Mexico investigating drug cartels, rights group Amnesty International, human rights activists in UAE, activists in Bahrain and Saudi Arabia. According to Israeli news reports, Saudi Arabia paid $55 million for its use. The contract was later frozen over the scandal alleging NSO software's role in Saudi Arabia tracking slain journalist Jamal Khashoggi in the months before he was murdered in the Saudi Embassy in Turkey. In India, 17 people, who are known to be targeted include activists and human rights lawyers. Source Here
Whoops. Do you remember Jamal Khashoggi? He was trying to expose Human Rights abuses against Saudi Arabia. And then Suadi Arabia decided to murder him, and confirm that they were abusing human rights. Jamal paid the ultimate price to prove his point. But who is selling the hacking tools? At this point they all seem to be springing up from members of the 8200, and the companies they started.
TRT - Link Previously Provided • DarkMatter, a UAE surveillance and intelligence group employing former NSA operatives was built on the back of a larger initiative to modernise Emirati intelligence and military operations. The group took part in at the Arab Future Cities Conference in November 2015, where it presented a vision of smarter, tech-driven cities, which caught the eye of Chinese officials. Smarter cities meant Big Brother-esque widespread surveillance installed throughout the UAE. Only two years later in April 25 2017, DarkMatter signed a Global Strategic Memorandum of Understanding with Huawei, a leading Chinese company, for the same ‘Big Data’ systems and ‘Smart City’ solutions. The middle man? None other than Erik Prince, who had gone from working for the Emiratis, to working for a Chinese billionaire. In suspect timing, the Memorandum of Understanding also took place right before China scaled up its total surveillance and crackdown on Uighurs in Xinjiang, China.
February 2, 2019: Reuters • Xinjiang is a major part of China's Belt and Road infrastructure network but the region has faced attacks blamed on members of the Muslim ethnic Uighur minority. Beijing has responded with a security clampdown condemned by rights groups and Western governments. Frontier Services Group (FSG), a Hong Kong-listed company founded by Prince, said in a Chinese-language statement posted on its website on Jan. 22 that it had signed a deal to build a training centre in southern Xinjiang. Prince is deputy chairman, a minority shareholder and a board member of FSG, a security, logistics and insurance provider. Source Here

Watch this video.

Chinese authorities are using a 911 mobile app to carry out illegal mass surveillance and arbitrary detention of Muslims in China’s western Xinjiang region. Source Here
Makes you wonder, doesn't it? Aren't we condemning China for the camps, and yet the West is helping to build those camps? Must be a big mistake. We didn’t know what was happening. And Erik Prince swears he didn't know. Honestly. He's not lying. Cross my heart and hope to die. Pinky swear.
Recap.
8200 leads to NSO and Carbyne. DarkMatter is in the UAE with NSA employees. The NSO hack was used to capture Khashoggi. Peter Thiel invested in Facebook, Facebook owns WhatsApp. Peter Thiel invested in Carbyne. Eric Prince works for and founded FSG, which built the Muslim reduction school. China is using similar tech to target Muslims and send them back to school. Carbyne 911 surveillance tech accesses your phone camera after you click on the link to give permission. So. Peter Thiel funds Carbyne. Eric Prince is working for the UAE developing security and the UAE ends up with Dark Matter, and then his company (FSG) is sold to China, and they build re-education centers, which uses technology like Carbyne, and that technology is being used in the USA.
Got it? Good. Because I'm seriously having a hard time keeping up with the behind the scene footage of this LARP.
Link Previously Provided • 1,400 people worldwide, including Indian lawyers, rights activists and journalist, were targets of an online spying campaign that used highly sophisticated spyware developed by an Israeli firm via WhatsApp. WhatsApp is at the centre of a global storm over privacy after it was revealed that at least 17 Indians and about 1,400 people worldwide had their phones breached through the social media app. Their privacy was compromised by surveillance technology so invasive that could read and transmit the entire contents of a phone as well as operate its camera.
WhatsApp, Doc, I think I need an appointment because I'm suffering from Mass Psychogenic Illness from too much Doomscrolling.
Do you want to get deeper? I mean really deep? Yes? Ok. Let's jump into the deep.
October 18, 2019: fortune.com - How a WhatsApp Tax Launched Massive Anti-Government Protests in Lebanon.
What a crazy New Normal World Order we live in. What are the odds that we have a WhatsApp hack tax protest and we also have a WhatsApp hack that uses your phone camera, while also using similar tech in the USA and China. That's inconceivable! That's incredible! Someone call the press and let them know about this! Uhm. Wait. Better not. You might get Khashoggid.
So Eric Prince is involved. Peter Thiel is involved. WhatsApp is owned by Facebook and Mark Zuckerberg owns Facebook, and Peter Thiel helped Facebook grow. And then there was this.
March 28, 2018: Daily Mail • Employee of Peter Thiel's company Palantir helped Cambridge Analytica harvest the data of millions of the Facebook users. Alfredas Chmieliauskas is said to have suggested to Cambridge Analytica that it create a personality quiz smartphone app to get access to networks of Facebook users. The Times report also claims that Sophie Schmidt - the daughter former Google executive Eric Schmidt - had urged Cambridge Analytica to work with Palantir. Source Here
At this point, I think I'm going to need to buy a whole lot of tacks and string and make pciture maps on my walls. If we're all living in a Truman Surveillance Show, might as well play the part of the New Normal crazy conspiracy theorist, right?
January 17, 2017: The Intercept According to New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd, in December Prince attended the annual “Villains and Heroes” costume ball hosted by Mercer. Dowd wrote that Palantir founder Peter Thiel showed her “a picture on his phone of him posing with Erik Prince, who founded the private military company Blackwater, and Mr. Trump — who had no costume — but joke[d] that it was ‘N.S.F.I.’ (Not Safe for the Internet).”
No. Sanity. Fracking. Involved. Is more like it. This insanity can't pass for sanity, can it? And yet they label us crazy when we start to find the big picture, even if we aren't entirely sure what the big picture means.
The Intercpt Continued: In July, Prince told Trump’s senior adviser and white supremacist Steve Bannon, at the time head of Breitbart News, that the Trump administration should recreate a version of the Phoenix Program, the CIA assassination ring that operated during the Vietnam War, to fight ISIS. Such a program, Prince said, could kill or capture “the funders of Islamic terror and that would even be the wealthy radical Islamist billionaires funding it from the Middle East, and any of the other illicit activities they’re in.” Prince also said that Trump would be the best force to confront “Islamic fascism.” “As for the world looking to the United States for leadership, unfortunately, I think they’re going to have to wait till January and hope Mr. Trump is elected because, clearly, our generals don’t have a stomach for a fight,” Prince said. “Our president doesn’t have a stomach for a fight and the terrorists, the fascists, are winning.” Source Here
Sounds good, right? Kill people who kill people and maybe someday we won't have people getting killed. Killer idea! HEWDSHAWT! Grab your BFG and let's go BGH. It's a date!
But then why are these cell phone surveillance hacks companies being constantly linked with their names, and those hacks are being used to target journalists and human rights activists?
It's a small New Normal World Order after all. And it's getting smaller everyday. No worries though, Keep Calm and Carry On, We're All In This Together, and You're Either With Us Or Against Us. It's all good. That kind of thing could never happen here.
July 27, 2019: NARATIV • Michael Chertoff, who ran Homeland Security under George Bush, serves on Carbyne’s advisory board. Chertoff wrote the Patriot Act, which authorized digital surveillance of Americans. Source Here
Uh. Is nobody paying attention? Are the wolves guarding the sheep?
March 16, 2003: Washington Post • It didn't help that as the World Trade Center burned on Sept. 11, 2001, the news interrupted a Carlyle business conference at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel here attended by a brother of Osama bin Laden. Former president Bush, a fellow investor, had been with him at the conference the previous day. Source Here
Need more proof?
September 16, 2015: Carlyle Group • The Carlyle Group and The Chertoff Group Acquire Majority Stake in Coalfire Systems. Founded in 2001 and based in Louisville, Colo., Coalfire is a global cybersecurity and technology services provider specializing in cyber risk advisory, compliance assessments, technical testing and software services for private enterprises and government organizations. With its technical depth and breadth of IT services, Coalfire serves clients in sectors including technology, retail, payments, healthcare, financial services, education, local and state government, and utilities. Michael Chertoff, former U.S. Homeland Security Secretary and the co-founder and executive chairman of The Chertoff Group, said, “Cyber threats are an existential risk to companies and individuals around the globe. We and Carlyle are excited to partner with Coalfire, an innovative technology-enabled services company helping clients to address cyber risks.” Source Here
It's a good thing that Coalfire is on the case, could you imagine how bad the hacks would be otherwise? Have a look. Flatten the Curve. Part 43. [Link Here](https://np.reddit.com/conspiracy/comments/i2g3i8/flatten_the_curve_part_43_unrestricted_warfare/?utm_medium=android_app&utm_source=share]
That's a pretty long trail that I've written. Guess what? The trail goes longer. So long that this will have to be continued in a part 2 later tonight. Until then; Heads Up and Eyes Open.Take Care. Be Safe. Stay Aware and Be Prepared. Talk soon.
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How Meetme website works?
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2020.08.17 05:53 Bnavis survey responses

RULES: Top 3 get +3, +2, +1 ball(s)
Bottom 3 get -3, -2, -1 ball(s)

Question 1: Worst Date You've Been On

Pole, Dylan, and Lbon all get 0 balls because their answers sucked
Got food poisoning
-Rose
bad, not close to worst date ever
The summer before I went to college, I was flirting with a cute girl I worked with (at Dominos). She told me she had never been to a baseball game so me, being the baseball guru I am, told her I would take her to a minor league baseball game. I was a little nervous with how it would go so I asked my best friend at the time to come along with his new girlfriend. My date showed up to where we were meeting up both late and high. She was cool in the car on the drive there then at the game was being really weird and uncomfortable. At one point, I saw her on her phone swiping right and left on Tinder. Then she said she wanted to eat and I was like ah yea cool fucking go for it I ain’t paying for shit. She went up to the concessions and was gone for about two innings. When she came back she said that she was charging her phone. At this point, I was completely done with this girl but had to make it to the end of the game. After the game, my friend was driving us back and asked the girl if she wanted him to drop her off at home and she said she would go back to my place, which I still lived withmy parents and frankly didn’t want them meeting her after this debacle of a date. So she ends up going to my house and we sat on the couch watching impractical jokers until her dad came to pick her up. I thought “yea I’m not talking to this girl ever again.” Then three days later, she texts me and says “You don’t like me anymore.” And me being smart, said “what do you mean?” And she responds “you haven’t talked to me since we’ve hungout.” And I was leaving for college in a week so I was like “What? No, I’ve just been busy. I’m leaving college next week and I’ve been spending time with my family.” Her response “Have a nice life.” I never talked to her again
-Ruairi
yeah this shit sucks, i think her swiping on tinder pushes this over the edge
went on a date with a coworker. first we saw a movie for free (we worked at a movie theater), but she talked through most of it, at a not-quiet volume. then we got kinda drunk at a cocktail bar, and she started singing the song that the band was playing very loudly, and not very well.
-cory general manager
who is this woman
went to a bar with a girl i met on hinge, she told me to get drinks, conversation was bad and boring
-desmond
absolutely 0 heart in this answer
Ok lets wind the clocks back to my sophomore year of high school. Met a girl named Ashley. Really sweet girl but also really obsessed with me. She asks me out on a date and i say sure why not. We go to the movies and see whatever latest twilight movie was i dont fucking know twilight is a stupid franchise anyways. So before the movies we meet up at school and she gives me a predate gift. Its fucking underwear, which she wants me to wear. I am not the type of guy to move that quickly one the first date (atleast i wasnt back then) needless to say she spent the rest of the school day texting me if i am wearing the underwear or not. It was some weird shit. But my dumbass is still find with going to the movies, i need a night out. So we meet up at the theater and the entire time she keeps going on about the fucking underwear and wanting me to take my pants off in the theater so she could see me in the underwear. It was fucking weird. Anyways she proceeds to spend the movie loudly eating popcorn, burping loudly, ripping major ass, and going on about sneaking me into her home after the movie so she could take photos of me in the fucking underwear she gave me. I got up halfway through the movie after she ripped ass so bad i felt like i was going to vomit, told her i had to go to the bathroom, and then promptly walked the fuck out of the theater and walked the 10 miles home. Apparently it upset her so bad her mother called me and threatened me. All around not a good time. She eventually tried to get with my best friend and did the same shit to him. She was fucking weird
-pjd
let's all make fun of pat for this
Girl was an hour late because she spilled nail polish everywhere getting ready. I thought I was getting stood up until she sent me pictures of her bathroom floor with polish everywhere. She eventually showed up and it was fine. Not really that bad but I havent really had too many bad dates.
-bgro
subtle flex, she actually showed up. miguelito the chad
every date I've been on was really good but if I had to choose the worst one it would have to be the time my ex and i decided to drive up to the Santa Monica Pier, what a fucking useless place truly
-wharble
probably the one where the girl invited her 2 friends
-iama
oof
i haven't been on any massively bad ones but one time i was at a katy perry concert and we were right in front of this group of women and they were dancing with us and shit and one asked if i wanted to go grab a round of beers with her so i did and we fucked in the disability bathroom and it turned out she was a 35 year old married woman
-jiggy
i feel like i've heard this story 6 times and it never gets old
TOP 3: PJD, Ruairi, Jiggy Bottom 3: Lbon, Pole, Dylan

Question 2: favorite song

nessun dorma
-pole
it's opera, not much else to say
king wizard and the wizard wizard
-dylan
great job dylan, proud of you
Joyce Manor - Constant Headache
-rose
she wins, shit goes
This is not a Love Song by Emery (I have too many favorites to choose but this one always gets me) Welcome to the Black Parade is up there also
-ruairi
pretty damn good
The Czar, by Mastodon (unrelated to your Czar question)
-cory
it's like 10 minutes long but pretty good
California English
-des
it's VW, next
Breathe by Angels and Airwaves
-pjd
this song is so 2007 emo, very on brand
The Way That He Sings - My Morning Jacket
-bgro
it's folksy, solid. good selection
clair de lune - debussy
-lbon
not what i expected, but hard to argue with a classic
the Live Aid version of "We Are The Champions"
-wharble
classic, the only thing esai listens to on spotify
shockingly enough, money machine
-iama
i do not believe this
all time it's runaway by yeezy, currently it's probably the darker the weather the better the man by missio
only taking the first song, it's goated
TOP 3: Rose, Jiggy, Wharble
only dylan loses points

Question 3: GIF

http://mlb.mlb.com/images/7/9/4/80270794/holt_xy9dlyur.gif
-pole
perfection
https://media.tenor.com/images/b8880b5dd5546f0a82d860d38de0840c/tenor.gif
-dylan
kind of cheating, this was a vine, still solid
https://64.media.tumblr.com/e7ed0c651e41e115a10e76c45ffec542/tumblr_oqqm7kWEtQ1snqi26o1_400.gif
-rose
BIG DUCK
https://giphy.com/gifs/espn-baseball-dms-slide-into-your-cInRB3UQMkkouSUQ3a
-ruairi
sensing some pandering here
https://i.imgur.com/ajfZOS7.gifv
-cory
unsure of what this is
https://gfycat.com/idlesanealaskanhusky
-desmond
actually made me have an anxiety attack! no thanks
https://images.app.goo.gl/kGphrmKMnzNRSsr27
-pjd
i despise this
https://media.giphy.com/media/ASd0Ukj0y3qMM/giphy.gif
-bgro
ralph's the dude
https://giphy.com/gifs/LGePaj8mRTPEI
-lbon
????????
https://tenor.com/view/field-goal-doink-double-doink-eagles-fly-eagles-fly-gif-13218792
-wharble
yeah you're picking last
https://i.imgur.com/kSwaV3C.gif
-iama
iconic
https://media0.giphy.com/media/IcifS1qG3YFlS/giphy.gif?cid=ecf05e47sy64n6hv0f774ms3uywf55xkjt1mwwwgtno2kev7&rid=giphy.gif
-jiggy
dislike this one a lot!
TOP 3: Pole, iama, Rose
Bottom 3: Wharble, Jiggy, Des

Question 4: Movie Pitch (Original)

Cory presented a tv show, while good, it's not a movie, and pole pitched star wars. they get nothing. Wharble bitched out, he gets last.
It's a baseball umpire where the world literally revolves around him. It's a satirical spin on ego and its intersection with sports. Obviously a comedy with some serious themes involved.
-dylan
only if joe west signs on
we make tom cruise do increasingly dangerous stunts until he dies
-rose
this is just mission impossible
I like historic movies so it’s something about baseball history. I’d like to see a behind the scenes and in depth movie about the Astros cheating scandal
-ruairi
Jeremiah Johnson but in 5,000 BCE
-des
had to look up jeremiah johnson, bad pitch
Revolves around super heroes by the name of Mancake, El Taco Blanco and his fat obese child sidekick Jeb, and Toilet Paper Man and their fight against evil. Its 100% a comedy with it all building up to this huge fight that has beautiful animation in the lead up but the final fight is just stick figures fighting. Would be exclusive to Netflix and be rated
-pjd
something about this man never misses
A biopic about Typhoid Mary (played by Olivia Colman). Mary is a house cook and a super spreader of typhoid who causes a breakout at every house she works and disappears to work elsewhere after every outbreak. Mark Ruffalo is the public health investigator tasked with discovering her identity and finding her, as she refuses to believe she is sick and is the source of the infections. Meryl Streep plays Dr. Josephine Baker who assists Ruffalo's character in finding Mary as well as attempts to manage the public hysteria surrounding the case. It's a dark comedy that raises ethical questions about individual freedoms vs public health. Mary is eventually caught and Mary is forcibly quarantined and then released and then eventually quarantined for the rest of her life, while the public battles over what to do with her.
-bgro
A guy wakes up one morning with a voice in his head, he has 60 seconds to choose one person to be the only one left on earth with him when the timer is up. Everyone else vanishes. Movie follows their journey of trying to survive, ends with them both committing suicide.
-lbon
bleak
Got one hell of a birdbrained movie idea. Think Ocean's 11 meets Inception, but bigger. And featuring time travel. The Huia bird is a long extinct species native to New Zealand. Its tail feathers are extremely rare and have become a collectors item. Today, surviving feathers go for thousands of dollars at auction. An enterprising band of opportunists hatches a plan to travel back in time to 1800s New Zealand, to obtain a supply of these birds. They must earn their way into the good graces of the Maori tribes, while eluding an assassin team sent by the Sicilian Mafia who is hot on their trail after learning of their plans and stealing their time travel technology. Little do they know of the dark truth behind their time travel technology - that it actually sends them far into the future, through a wormhole to a planet in the Andromeda Galaxy. Can they elude their pursuers, gain their goal, and find a way home? Here's my card. Call me if you want.
-iama
this movie sounds like it would cost 300 million and never be finished
a man (ideally john c reilly) is pronounced dead and the only way to resurrect him is to get his heart pumping through sex
-jiggy
:corychefskiss:
TOP 3: Bgro, iama, pjd
BOTTOM 3: wharble, des, pole

Question 5: Drugs

wellbutrin
-pole
only anti depressant chosen, shocking
get that paper
-dylan
??????????
estradiol
-rose
yeah that tracks
"your love"
-ruairi
good strategy, not really working
cocaine. duh. or wait, actually - it's the friendships we made along the way.
-cory
that's character growth
life
-des
lame
Nothing gets me high like a live concert
-pjd
pat has never taken drugs at a concert
Beer
-bgro
advil
-lbon
horchata
-wharble
caffeine
-iama

coffeecomrades

mdma all day bitch
-jiggy
only person to put an illegal substance
TOP 3: Jiggy, Rose, iama
Bottom 3: Dylan, Desmond, pjd

TZAR Question

bottom 3 is wharble, iama, and pole. Catherine the great was not a tsar, she was a tsarina. no easy outs. all get minus 3.
other responses included: False Dimitry I (rose, lbon, and des), "Vasily because it sounds like Vaseline" (Dylan), "Alexander III of Russia. That beard my goodness" (Ruairi), "Ivan The Terrible was a badass" (pjd), Tsar Nicholas II (the worst answer by coryGM), "Peter the Great, because I wanna see what all the fuss is about" (bgro), and "ivan ii of moscow as long as he makes this face the entire time https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/d/d6/Ivan_krasniy_titularnik.jpg" (jiggy).
TOP 3: Dylan, Bgro, Jiggy

PRESIDENT QUESTION:

only correct answers were given by wharble "fuck every US president", and cory "they're all dogshit dude". both get +3.
Bottom 3: "Joe Biden" (des), "ulysses s grant" (polelover), , "Jimmy Carter" (lbon)
best answer that doesn't get a ball was rose with "Millard Fillmore. just gimme a point".

CONDIMENT QUESTION:

soy sauce
-pole
condiments are fake news, but i enjoy good hot sauce (different!!)
-dylan
what the fuck dude
mayo. i'll take the consequences of this answer with pride. mayo is good
-rose
fuck no dude
Trojans
-ruairi
this is an answer. not a good one.
thousand island
-cory
Soy sauce
-desmond
Sweet Baby Rays BBQ Sauce
-pjd
take your word for it
dijon mustard
-bgro
bougie mf can afford dijon
mustard
-lbon
more my speed
salt
-wharble
cop out, but it works
wing sauce
-iama
probably a nice garlic aioli, versatile while being "Adult"
-jiggy
TOP 3: Lbon, Pole and Des (both get +2)
Bottom 3: Dylan, Rose, bgro

WIKIPEDIA QUESTION

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sam_Fuld
-pole
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Virgin_boy_egg
-dylan
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Deleted_articles_with_freaky_titles
-rose
tag urself, im BeEF
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barry_Bonds
-ruairi
get outta here baby
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Pussycat_Dolls,_2008.JPG
-cory
i wish i was never born
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Handsome_Dan
-desmond
good doggos
I always love reading the WW2 wikipedia page late at night
-pjd
so do fascists, red flag
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_people_who_disappeared_mysteriously:_post-1970
-bgro
this isn't fun, i don't like this game anymore
Sam Fuld
-lbon
doesn't even link it, for shame
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Fletcher_(baseball)
-wharble
you just lost to DAVID FLETCHER
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:List_of_really,_really,_really_stupid_article_ideas_that_you_really,_really,_really_should_not_create
-iama
someone spent too long doing this
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Horse-drawn_boat
-jiggy
TOP 3: iama, rose, dylan
BOTTOM 3: lbon, cory, bgro

WORST MEMBER OF NSYNC

everyone who put Justin Timberlake loses a ball
that's pole, pjd, and wharble
bgro gets 3 balls for Lou Pearlman, manager of the band

STORY/JOKES

i have too much social anxiety to ever tell a joke or story at a party
-pole
i tell people about how my friend Ware slams beer cans over his forehead to amuse us
-dylan
we all have a friend who does this
tried to paste all of Nate the Snake here and google wouldn't let me
-rose
props for trying
I like to tell the story of my first kiss. It was in my freshman year of college (yes I was a late bloomer). I was talking to this girl for a couple weeks and then one Friday my roommate was going home for the weekend so I told this girl she could hangout in my room to study and do homework since the study lounge was always rowdy. So she comes over and we both actually worked for a couple hours. At one point while we were studying, I asked her if she had ever seen American Pie (which was on Netflix at the time) and she said no. So after a couple hours she went to the bathroom and I swiftly took all the stuff off my bed, set up American Pie and lay down on my bed waiting for her. She lay next to me all cuddled up and then we watched American Pie. After the movie, her and I were just stsring st each other and then she made the first move (because I was scared shitless) and we started making out. We just kissed the whole night until like 4 in the morning when she finally fell asleep. In the morning, she asked me “so what are we?” Now I didnt know this girl too well and I’d never even kissed a girl before this so I was put on the spot and didn’t know what to say. I was just thinking “damn this girl is crazy! Psycho energy alert.” So I played it off like “oh well I don’t really know, can we just take things slow?” Cuz I was mostly just tryna nut and stop being a Virgin Not by Choice™️. So yea that was my first kiss with a crazy girl. Oh yea and then ended up dating her for 3 and a half years.
-ruairi
based
How my frosh roommates and I used to steal food and supplies from the dining hall. We had a good enough system that eventually we were supplying our entire dorm floor with goods.
-cory
dude just copied that episode of community
i don't go to parties
-desmond
weak showing tonight from des
Always love to tell the story of Irish Weekend with my buddies. Back in 2015 when the Pope was coming to Philly my buddies Kenn, Jim, and myself decided to get away to the shore and celebrate irish weekend. Basically everyone would get fucking trashed. Now i personally was not feeling well and did not feel like drinking so i told the guys id head back to the trailer we were staying at and they could call me when they were done. So i went back to the trailer and got some sleep. Get a call about 2 Am, its Jim. "Hey Pat we got kicked out of the bar" oh fuck i think, i tell Jim to meet me at the Mcdonalds and ill pick them up. Drive to the Mcdonalds, Jim is there but no kenn. "I lost Kenn idk where he is" says Jim. Oh fuck wonderful. I start looking around in the mass of people, no sign of him. His phones dead so thats not helpful. I figure hes hooked up with some girl or he's in jail. Either way he'll call us. We head back to the trailer. I get some more sleep. Wake up at 4 am, still no word from Kenn. At this point im concerned. We drive back down to the boardwalk and look for him, no sign. Now im thinking he's dead. After an hour i give up. Start driving back to the trailer and see the ER. Hmm i wonder. Pull into the ER and go inside. Ask the lady if he's there. She looks at me with the straightest face and says "oh you mean Charlie Chainsaw, yeah he got beat up and then threw up on a cop" i thank her, walk out of the ER, and start laughing for a good 5 minutes. Go back in, ok let me see him. Go back, hes all beat the fuck up. Nurse asks if he knows me, he looks at me and says "Bassist, Raid At Dawn". That was our old band. They give me his phone. They discharge him and i load him into the car. He's still out of it. I turn his phone on. His background pick has now been changed to a selfie of him knocked out with the dude who knocked him out tea bagging him. I lost my shit. Motherfucker never locks his phone. Later in the day when hes come to i ask him what happened. He says he tried fucking this dudes wife and he beat him up. Man was an idiot. Best weekend ever
-pjd
I usually stick to spontaneous humor but one funny anecdote people seem to like is about the time I called the front desk at a hotel for the Wi-Fi password and the clerk began to read it to me saying, "E as in X-Ray..."
-bgro
does this joke do well? i feel like it shouldn't.
n/a
-lbon
beta
I have never been to a party where I felt the need to tell a story or joke to anyone bc I'm always surrounded by people I know
-wharble
can no one pretend for like 45 seconds and tell me a fun story
knock knock who's there? interrupting doctor. interrup-- YOU HAVE CANCER (disclaimer: be very aware of audience, particularly now) alternate joke, story style (also inappropriate, so be aware of audience, but in my experience is also very effective when told): So these two drunks were walking down the street one day and one looks at the other and says, "Hey man, when is the last time you had any pussy?" The other drunk says, "Hell its been a long time. Let's go to the whorehouse and get some." As they walk into the front door the madame decides she isn't going to waste any of her girls on these drunks. She tells one of the girls to fix up some blow up dolls in some vacant rooms. Since they are drunk they will never know the difference. One of the drunks says to the madame, "Hey! We want some of that grade A pussy!" She says, "Well boys we have two girls waiting on you upstairs already." So the two go upstairs, do their business, and start walking home. On the way home they are both silent for quite a while when one of them finally decides to speak. "Man, that girl I had, I think she was dead! I put every move I had on her and she didn't move a bit!" The other drunk said, "That ain't nothing. I think the girl I had was a witch! I bit her on the tit, and she farted and flew out the window!"
-iama
deino looked at the top posts on jokes and copied em
probably the taco tattoo, usually gets a lot of interest
-jiggy
i'm interested, please do tell
TOP: PJD, Ruairi/cory both get plus 2, jiggy
BOTTOM: Wharble/Des/Lbon/pole all get minus 3. you are all buzz kills.

GEC TIME

the 2 members of 100 gecs are Laura Les and Dylan Brady.
only iama and lbon got both of them, they get 3 balls.
Dylan got dylan brady, he gets 1 ball.
none of you had funny answers. be better.
BALL COUNT
polelover44: -6
dylan: -7
Rose: 8
Ruairi: 4
corygm: 3
desmond: -9
Pjd8216: 6
bgro: 2
lbon: -4
wharble: -8
iama: 8
Jiggy: 6
going to adjust everyone up 7 bc i feel like it, desmond picks last, wharble is 2nd last
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2020.08.16 02:47 kitto__katsu Guess my type, wall of text edition

• How old are you? What's your gender? Give us a general description of yourself.
Female, early 30s. Software engineer, raised in the Midwest and now live on the West Coast. Majored in English in college but took random math & CS classes throughout school. Before software, I worked in publishing and had a job managing publication schedules, which I haaaaaated— too detail oriented and I just fundamentally didn’t care.
I always thought I was “uncreative” and avoided the arts, thought I wanted a science career, until I was about 16 and started discovering my own, more structured creativity type. Thus I enjoyed studying literature as I could explore a lot of related disciplines and fold them all into an argument based on a piece or pieces of text. Enjoyed constructing an argument in that way. Enjoyed psychoanalytic theories of literature.
• Is there a medical diagnosis that may impact your mental stability somehow?
Have been diagnosed with depression and anxiety. It’s mostly under control now, though of course I still struggle. Have considered that I’m ADHD or mildly autistic. Now that Asperger’s is no longer a diagnosis and I’ve learned more about ASD, I doubt I would be diagnosed for real.
• Describe your upbringing. Did it have any kind of religious or structured influence? How did you respond to it?
Very free range childhood. Many younger siblings (I was oldest). Grew up in a rural area where people would hunt, fish, etc. but I was never outdoorsy. Preferred sitting on the floor of my messy room reading. I loved reading The Babysitters Club (loved that there were so many different personalities, different books were written from different characters’ POVs, and I could “learn” about people through them), Encyclopedia Brown and the Cam Jansen books (detective children’s lit). I loved funny things, especially cartoons, and when I was a young kid (pre-Internet) I would keep notebooks where I’d write down the funniest jokes and quotes in the notebooks while watching TV. (Where they are now, I have no idea... ) I had a lot of neighbors for a rural place and would play with the neighbor kids, though I never closely bonded with them. I used to do my older neighbor’s math homework for fun (oops).
I had one best friend through all of school (a guy), and we were EXTREMELY close. We would rarely talk about feelings or social life, just had very similar taste in ideas, comedy and culture. LOVED pacing around the playground together at recess coming up with absurd storylines and jokes and talking about our favorite things (James Bond movies, Nintendo games, Nickelodeon cartoons like KaBlam!). Two of our favorite hangouts were 1) weekend long sleepover where we’d rent movies like Air Force One or Leslie Nielsen comedies and watch them repeatedly, 2) watch the vintage Nickelodeon Games and Sports channel for hours cracking jokes about the hosts and contestants. People always assumed we would eventually date but we would joke that if we had kids they were turn out sterile because we were so romantically disinterested in each other. Pure brain connection, though we would very occasionally discuss our feelings of sadness or longing for things as teens (to be involved in a subculture, dating woes, etc.)
• What do you do as a job or as a career (if you have one)? Do you like it? Why or why not?
Software engineer. It’s not a perfect fit for me as it requires a lot of business alignment, but the periods where I can get lost for 2-3 weeks designing and prototyping and then implementing things to my standards are my favorite and very rewarding, don’t feel like work. I like reading about software design and software design principles in my free time.
I’ve had a million jobs throughout high school, college and young adulthood. Always hated anything administrative or support, hated project management of any kind. (Deadlines!! Procedures! Augh!!) Tended to flit from job to job because I was not interested in doing anything long term or having seniority.
Didn’t mind jobs with social interaction if it was brief and straightforward and jokes were permitted (bank teller, cashier) but hate jobs where team bonding and chemistry is a big emphasis. I don’t mind having short, pleasant interactions with people but just do not want to have a long-term, deep relationship with people I work with day after day. Tried waitressing and bartending since I didn’t mind being a bank teller but it was too far on the social/outgoing side and I didn’t last long.
• If you had to spend an entire weekend by yourself, how would you feel? Would you feel lonely or refreshed?
Refreshed! I love spending the weekend by myself. I live with my boyfriend in a small apartment and treasure the times he goes out to do his own thing, so I can play my podcasts, do projects alone, etc. I take a bubble bath twice a week as “me time” even though... basically my whole life is “me time.”
• What kinds of activities do you prefer? Do you like, and are you good at sports? Do you enjoy any other outdoor or indoor activities?
Always hated and was bad at sports. In school I’d go to the back of the line in softball pretending I already batted so I wouldn’t have to embarrass myself. Super slow runner. Generally awkward. The only sport I was ever good at (and I was pretty good, beat a couple of male jocks and they got furious about it) was badminton.
As an older adult, I’ve convinced myself to do exercise and sport for my health. I used to run (loved it because I didn’t need anything but shoes and could go anytime). Now I do Pilates, but plan to do more running. I enjoyed spin class pre-pandemic. Anything I can do basically on autopilot and with minimal preparation or equipment I tend to like.
• How curious are you? Do you have more ideas then you can execute? What are your curiosities about? What are your ideas about - is it environmental or conceptual, and can you please elaborate?
Very curious. At work my biggest issue is wanting to research everything down to the last detail in lieu of actually executing. I like to know things. I have a lot ideas, much less execution. As a kid I loved Rube Goldberg machines (always wanted to make one to gather together my stuff in the morning for school) and electronics but never built them or played around with Legos or anything. Preferred to draw diagrams if I did anything at all. (In fact, draftsmanship was my favorite part of wood shop in high school.)
Tend to be a very high or very low performer based on whether something sparks my genuine interest. Bad at faking interest or being disciplined to study things I’m not interested in.
My ideas tend to be about human nature, psychology and art, especially film. Definitely conceptual. I like esoteric things and watched a lot of independent movies in my teens. Love David Lynch for the way he explores a theme or idea repeatedly from different angles. Love Cronenberg, Kubrick, and Michael Mann. In literature I have gone through phases with different authors including Nathaniel Hawthorne, Philip K Dick, Richard Yates, Willa Cather, and others. Like musing in issues of human motivation, evil, the unconscious. Went through a big Freudian phase, a Marxism phase. It wasn’t that I agreed with either of them 100% but loved their systematizing approach to human nature and society. Enjoyed studying political philosophy in school for the same reason.
I’m drawn to certain topics in science and math but they have to be a balance of not too applied, not too abstract. For instance, I’m drawn to algorithms and algorithm design and information theory. I love the elegance and power of both. I used to joke I wanted to learn more physics because as a very lazy person, I’m a big fan of the simple machines (for the same reason, elegance and power). I tend to like tools that follow the same principle... love an excuse to use a rotary ratchet. I like putting together IKEA furniture and find it soothing, but don’t generally like woodworking because I’m too paranoid and perfectionist and it becomes stressful and OCDish for me. (Maxims like “measure twice, cut once” become “measure fifteen times, procrastinate cutting...”).
I like cooking, but not elaborate things. My boyfriend and I are vegan and my favorite thing is to find a way to veganize a dish I used to eat or find a substitute for an ingredient I don’t have on hand. We get a CSA box and I love coming up with ideas for what to do with each ingredient and making a plan, even if I don’t always execute.
(Vegan for the following reasons, in descending order of importance: animal welfare, simplification of cooking/food decisions, health & weight management, environmental concerns.)
• Would you enjoy taking on a leadership position? Do you think you would be good at it? What would your leadership style be?
No! I hate it. My boyfriend and I are trivia buffs and regularly come in first place at our local bar trivia despite being a two-person team. Recently at work, we did a trivia game and no one wanted to be captain... so I volunteered... and we came in last. I just couldn’t juggle leading the team, thinking, and being thorough and precise at the same time!
If I have to lead, my style is very laissez-faire... I’ve had interns in the past and it usually goes “here’s a problem, figure it out on your own, check in with me once a week and I’ll give feedback, then go do it and ask me questions as necessary.” I liked helping to build their confidence but really hated the process of guiding them beyond just giving them honest feedback when they came to me with ideas.
• Are you coordinated? Why do you feel as if you are or are not? Do you enjoy working with your hands in some form? Describe your activity?
Nope. Thus the badness as sports. However, hand-eye coordination is great and that’s why I’ve enjoyed badminton and ping pong, they require little strength and overall body coordination as a beginner. Working with my hands... like I said, I like assembling or fixing things (esp. coming up with clever fixes) but not so much building something from scratch. I like the meditative simplicity of cutting veggies when I cook. I do Pilates precisely because strength and mind body coordination are lacking for me.
• Are you artistic? If yes, describe your art? If you are not particular artistic but can appreciate art please likewise describe what forums of art you enjoy. Please explain your answer.
I wrote more above, but my favorite art forms are literature, then film, then visual art, then music, in that order. I find it insanely hard to connect with music and generally like music that’s more meta, ironic, dark, humorous or conceptual (Johnathan Richman, Steely Dan, and loved Weird Al growing up).
In literature I like dark themes, intrigue, psychological content. Off the top of my head, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Patricia Highsmith, John Fowler, John LeCarre. In more fun reading, I love detective and spy stuff, including Sherlock Holmes. Also have a love/hate relationship with Stephen King. I read a decent amount of nonfiction, mostly about war and military history.
In film I like Kubrick, Lynch, Cronenberg, and have called all my favorite director at one time or another. I like Welles for how well he can represent dreamlike reverie. I love Michael Mann, esp Manhunter and Thief, two of my all time favorite movies. In pop culture I like the Bond movies, love Al Pacino.
• What's your opinion about the past, present, and future? How do you deal with them?
Oof. The past is often a source of pain and regret for me; I have some overactive guilt. A painful thing for me growing up was being parentified and overfunctioning a lot (many younger siblings, divorced parents) even though I’m not very inherently responsible or dutiful. I do tend to get nostalgic about things I was into growing up (silly things like favorite candies that aren’t made anymore, favorite cartoons, etc.)
In the present I focus a lot on balance, keeping myself in check (tendency to not clean, to daydream and not focus on work, to get overwhelmed when I have too many expectations on me). I need to have fun a lot to stay on track, though for me “fun” is not the outgoing type of fun (so ordering takeout, reading a great book, bubble baths, video games). I tend to automate and systematize parts of my life and personal care that bore me and that I would normally avoid. (Things like what to cook, when to wash my hair, etc.) I usually have to pair stuff I hate with stuff I like to get it done. (Playing a funny podcast while I cook or clean, etc.)
The future tends to stress me out, honestly. Like I said, I’m in my early 30s and deciding whether I want kids is a big question. I’ve never felt particularly maternal, but was surprised when my nieces and nephews were born how strongly I felt toward them, so it’s made me question what will really fulfill me. I’m not great at planning or sticking to plans. Tend to make decisions in the moment... for instance, I’d find it very stressful and difficult to plan to buy a house (saving, figuring out what to look for), but if I go look at houses, I’m likely to fall in love with one right away and commit fast.
• How do you act when others request your help to do something (anything)? If you would decide to help them, why would you do so?
I generally feel overburdened when people depend on me a lot. But I don’t mind helping with things like... talking through a problem with an intern at work and kind of breaking it down into a decision tree to pick a solution. Sharing advice with someone that I heard from someone else. Or talking someone through what they want from a job, or a college. I like talking to first generation college students (or prospective students) about how to get ahead, which was an experience I went through. So I don’t mind helping people abstractly but generally don’t like helping to... set up for a party, or something like that. I will do it but feel stressed and can’t wait for it to be over.
• Do you need logical consistency in your life?
Haha. Well, somewhat. Hard to say what this really means, because I can be impulsive, but generally have a hard time defending a decision unless I can speak logically about it. I don’t always realize that though, and can go around and around questioning something and not being sure why I’m not comfortable until I realize I haven’t logicked it out. I tend to make “if this, then that” type decision algorithms for myself to model outcomes or expedite decision making. “If it’s sunny tomorrow, X is the best thing to do on our vacation, but if it’s cloudy we’ll do Y and reschedule X for the next sunny day. Should be easy because Z can be bumped regardless of weather, and X and Y are priorities over Z.” Stuff like this that drives my boyfriend and family insane looool.
• How important is efficiency and productivity to you?
Hmmmm. I am not especially productive, but do tend to prize efficiency. My boyfriend is very considerate of other people’s feelings, including mine, and will often ask 3-4 questions to build up to his main question/request, and I’m always saying things like “it would have been much more efficient to just ask the main question!” I like to “multithread” (not multitask) what I’m doing as much as possible— when cooking, I try to optimize each operation of the recipe for time (so if chopped veggies aren’t needed until after broth has simmered, definitely will put broth on to simmer and chop while waiting). This sometimes backfires when I pack too much in for efficiency’s sake and end up having to go into hyperdrive to make sure I don’t delay a step. An annoying habit I have is to ask boyfriend “if you knew we’d have to wait for X, why did you do Y first? Should have started X then did Y in the meantime.” Or saying, “You always ask me this, and the answer is always yes, you can stop asking for efficiency’s sake and I won’t be mad if someday you don’t ask and the answer is no.” He just gives me a knowing look at this point!
I am also obsessed with packing groceries efficiently in our cart and arranging our overpacked fridge like Tetris...
• Do you control others, even if indirectly? How and why do you do that?
As in the last question, I can be a bit picky and bossy about doing things efficiently and will be a bit controlling about that. I watched a sitcom recently where a girl was playing with her friend, and the mom came in to say she needed the girl for a sec, after which the girl said to her friend “you said you needed a bathroom break for number two... here’s your window.” Yeah, that is unfortunately me...
I tend to be fine with other people doing whatever they want to do, but I’m very independent, so if the decision affects me then I can get squirrelly. And I also pains me to watch others make decisions that appear to me guided by their low self worth, I always want to intervene and convince them to act in a way that places more value on themselves. I will definitely pull the “it’s illogical to act that way, it’s a lose-lose scenario!” type argument, which can make me seem bossy and out of touch.
• What are your hobbies? Why do you like them?
I have always struggled to articulate this but as I get older I see more clearly. Obviously, reading and watching films. Television, but I’m picky about what I watch. I tend to like highbrow or campy.
Food and food culture/history— I’m always surprised when someone doesn’t know as much about food as I do, because I don’t consider it a strong hobby (as a very casual home chef), but I obviously read about food more than I cook. I like reading about, for instance, how a typical middle class French family prepares and eats a meal, or the origin of the word “supper,” or learning about dishes from Eastern cultures that surprise me with unfamiliar ingredients or techniques. I like to make food that feels a bit experimental, rustic, or “magical,” like using chia or rice flour to create spongy texture, eating rice and green tea together as a soup (Japanese snack), creating Swedish breads and buns, making vinegar from leftover wine, making vegan cheese, etc. I don’t like the part of cooking that is about making big, elaborate, magazine-ready spreads and feasts. More about learning tricks and discovering new things.
I love logic puzzles and have taken LSAT practice quizzes for fun. I enjoy deduction. Going down information rabbit holes. Wine and beer tasting is fun to me, and I tend to intellectualize it and get obsessed with history and culture or wine/beewhatever. I like learning about process, like wine or beer making.
Trivia, as previously mentioned. Have been in trivia groups and leagues consistently for the last 15 years. Like Jeopardy!, playing Trivial Pursuit, etc. I tend to know a lot about a certain subjects and have huge general knowledge gaps elsewhere, whereas my boyfriend is a generalist with a great memory, so we make a good team.
I have tried crafting in the past and while knitting mindlessly can be a good destresser, I don’t enjoy the attention to detail required to make an actual thing that fits. I like decluttering my stuff, throwing things away lol. I like minimalism and streamlining unnecessary stuff and making things work for me, my way. For instance, I have a bunch of figurines from my nieces and nephews that I like to keep out to honor them, but I hate clutter and never dust. As a compromise, I bought a box of canned air so I could just blow the dust off them without needing to rearrange them each time, and then the dust gets vacuumed up later...
• What is your learning style? What kind of learning environments do you struggle with most? Why do you like/struggle with these learning styles? Do you prefer classes involving memorization, logic, creativity, or your physical senses?
I cannot take verbal instructions. Used to be a huge issue with my dad who would always want to tell me how to drive somewhere, or how to do something, and I’d nod my head and pretend to understand then go look it up myself. I prefer reading and learn a lot from doing, though I have to push myself into doing as it’s not my instinct.
I loved learning grammar in grade school and caught onto it right away. Loved foreign language classes for that reason, almost did linguistics. Enjoyed math but only some things— didn’t care to calculate compound interest, but loved solving optimization problems and writing proofs. I could be very very good at memorizing quickly under pressure, but without pressure... would simply not do it. In catechism I once memorized four prayers in 30 minutes so I could get a necklace a missionary brought from Panama, which I knew all week but forgot/procrastinated until the last minute. I would “impress” people by memorizing long strings of digits quickly. Was good at quiz bowl because I would remember a lot of random stuff, even if I had to be like “you know, the thing that caused the thing, and the guy was involved... “ until that jogged someone else’s memory.
• How good are you at strategizing? Do you easily break up projects into manageable tasks? Or do you have a tendency to wing projects and improvise as you go?
Another hmm. I am great at strategizing in my personal life and decision making, but at work I tend to jump in and wing it without a clear plan or direction. I would say I’m better at optimizing an existing system than coming up with one from scratch. I don’t like to change direction a lot, but I feel the need to explore a lot before coming up with a plan. Have to remind myself regularly that problem solving means breaking things into discrete pieces.. I will gladly solve small problems once they’re broken down, but writing the plan myself gives me anxiety as I feel I’m neglecting the big picture.
• What are your aspirations in life, professionally and personally?
Like I said above, I’ve always wanted a romantic partner but was never worried about getting married or having a family, until recently where it’s become a very real last minute thing. Never imagined my future wedding, just wanted someone (one someone!) to share things with. Used to have a vague idea I wanted to go into academia, but the politics of it kind of make me ill. If I have to put up with that stuff, would rather just work in the “real world” where I don’t take things too personally. (If it was my life’s work and not just a job, I’d be much more stressed about politics. Plus the way academia is so competitive is blechh.)
I have always loved cities and not minded apartment living (I don’t notice people around me much, can be alone in a crowd) but as I get older I might like to have a house and a yard somewhere isolated so I can nest a bit more and have space for projects like homebrewing.
I have a love/hate relationship with travel. Love experiencing new places and learning more about the world, but need a lot of R&R and a slow pace.
• What are your fears? What makes you uncomfortable? What do you hate? Why?
Huge social anxiety. I am self-conscious and aware that I come across as “weird.” Fear of looking silly or dumb. I hate dealing with macho guys who get off on making you look bad so they look cool.
I am made uncomfortable by a lot of things. Growing up, I was a tomboy and wore boys clothes. Hated uncomfortable or restrictive clothing. Was a picky eater, MUCH more adventurous now but still avoid gloppy or overprocessed things. I’m bothered by people who ask questions and don’t listen to the answer. Can’t stand being in a big group, bonding.
• What do the "highs" in your life look like?
This is hard for me to answer. Favorite memories are times being with all my siblings and making each other laugh super hard, same with friends and boyfriend. Achieving something, being recognized as smart or creative. (This applies to getting good feedback for solving a hard problem, or a time I won an award for poetry I wrote.) Giving a speech or presentation and getting good feedback. Feeling like I’ve done something difficult with a level of finesse. Having someone respond well to my ideas, in a “yes, and” way.
• What do the "lows" in your life look like?
Times I’ve hurt the feelings of people who trusted me, without realizing it. Times I’ve been bossy and insensitive in the past coming back to haunt me and make me feel like trash. Failing at something publicly or procrastinating and NOT pulling it off at the last second.
• How attached are you to reality? Do you daydream often, or do you pay attention to what's around you? If you do daydream, are you aware of your surroundings while you do so?
I daydream a lot. Can sit on the couch all day on a Saturday without feeling the need to do much. Very unaware of surroundings, having a tendency to look at the ground while walking around and totally zone things out.
• Imagine you are alone in a blank, empty room. There is nothing for you to do and no one to talk to. What do you think about?
Usually “what am I going to do about X?” where X is something that’s nagging at me. Whether it’s a problem at work, someone who beat me in an argument and it’s driving me insane, or some interpersonal dynamic. Trying to break it apart into pieces mentally and create a picture that makes sense to me.
• How long do you take to make an important decision? And do you change your mind once you've made it?
Not long. I have made big life decisions without much thought— things like transferring colleges, moving across the country for a job. Almost got married right after high school, but broke things off pretty fast. Joined a religion when I was 16, then quit after 6 months and never looked back. I do change my mind a lot. I don’t tend to make decisions I feel like I can’t back out of without a really urgent reason.
• How long do you take to process your emotions? How important are emotions in your life?
Takes awhile. Emotions are important to me as signals that something is wrong. It’s taken a long time, therapy, and a lot of reading for me to understand that my feelings are information I can use, and not to be ignored or shoved away, or mutated into guilt and self-torture. Emotions are like keys to a lock or puzzle pieces to me now. I am a problem-solver when it comes to bad juju. Often trying to help other people walk through their feelings, too.
• Do you ever catch yourself agreeing with others just to appease them and keep the conversation going? How often? Why?
With strangers, I am unlikely to pretend to agree or vocally disagree. I’ll say “hmm, interesting” or “oh mmm, I see” or something and avoid getting into it. With people I’m close to, I can be very opinionated to the point of hurting feelings and have to tamp it down a lot.
• Do you break rules often? Do you think authority should be challenged, or that they know better? If you do break rules, why?
I am afraid of breaking rules when it comes to the law— kind of paranoid, probably why I like Kafka and Highsmith and spy and detective stuff. When it comes to non-legal stuff, I will break rules regularly if the consequences are vague or unserious (in college I would skip requirements and try to get away with using other classes as a substitute, which often worked). But I don’t like to break rules that could hurt others (I am following all the pandemic guidelines, for instance.) I definitely have a skepticism about authority but also a concern for the common good, so I am not a total libertarian. I generally think authorities are bogus and authority is abused and mishandled.
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2020.08.13 16:39 gpngc gpngc's Half-PPR Top 10 Rankings

Hello everyone. Late last year I made weekly rankings on fantasyfootball and received a lot of positive feedback. Since that time I started writing about the NFL Draft on RotoBaller. Here are my half-PPR Top 10 Rankings. All comments and discussion welcome.
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I’m considering David Johnson at six. Not the sixth round, but at sixth overall. I’m hoping to land Devonta Freeman or Derrick Henry in the third round, but the decision is a tough one if both are on the board. For quarterback, I’m either going Aaron Rodgers in the seventh round or waiting until the tenth to grab Lamar Jackson.
Do I sound crazy? Out of touch? Of course. But in the summer of 2019, these were common takes. Imagine someone drafted Lamar Jackson in the third round last year? Or Derrick Henry in the first? Or Dalvin Cook in the top four? They’d have been ridiculed. Chalk rankings and ADP are not accurate predictors of fantasy production. Players who are being drafted outside the top 20 at their position will finish within the top 10. Players drafted in the first two rounds will *gasp* bust. The actual season never actually happens as the expert rankings tell you it would. The purpose of my rankings is to accurately predict that chaos. The ultimate goal here is to get every single ranking correct, but more realistically, nail some that differ from the consensus. Hopefully, they’ll help you uncover this year's Lamar Jackson.
These rankings are based on half-PPR scoring. Projections are prorated for 16 games, but injury risks in terms of possible missed games factor into the rankings. Upside and floor also factor in, which may explain why a player ranked lower may have better projections than a player ranked higher. Stay tuned in the coming days for rankings 11-20, followed by full QB, RB, WR, and TE rankings.
  1. Christian McCaffrey - RB, Panthers
Christian McCaffrey is coming off one of the best fantasy seasons of all time but his situation has changed. He has a new head coach in Matt Rhule, a new offensive coordinator in Joe Brady, and a new quarterback in Teddy Bridgewater. Even though regression is expected, these changes do not make his situation worse. Bridgewater is an upgrade over Kyle Allen and Joe Brady is a stud young coach who just dominated the college ranks. His philosophy about using running backs as receiving weapons meshes well with McCaffrey’s skillset. McCaffrey had a 24% target share in the past two seasons. While the addition of Robby Anderson could drop that number a bit, his new QB’s propensity for short passes should keep his share over 22%.
The skill that sets McCaffrey apart from all other backs is not his receiving prowess - but his durability. He handled over 700 touches at Stanford and has played every game in his three NFL seasons. Every player has some level of injury risk, but McCaffrey has proven to be more durable than most.
Projections: 287 rushes, 1320 yds, 92 rec, 737 yds, 13 TD
2 Saquon Barkley - RB, Giants
There is a strong case to be made for Saquon Barkley as RB1. He is more freakishly athletic than McCaffrey and averaged 2.8 yards after contact compared to McCaffrey’s 1.8 last season. The Giants used two premium picks on offensive linemen, including fourth overall, and expect growth from Will Hernandez. Daniel Jones is coming off a rookie year in which he proved to be a fantasy-friendly player. New Giants offensive coordinator Jason Garrett hasn’t called plays in a while but has had success feeding his RB1 as a head coach. I expect Barkley to be fed. There is league MVP upside here.
Projections: 298 rushes, 1482 yds, 69 rec, 554 yds, 13 TD
3 Ezekiel Elliot - RB, Cowboys
I hate chalk rankings. They are boring and regurgitate the same things over and over. The fact that my Top 3 is chalk is frustrating, but that’s what my projections spit out. Zeke is going to be the top weapon on a high-powered offense with PFF’s third-ranked offensive line. I actually do not love his ceiling.
I think he is a terrific bet to finish anywhere from RB3 to RB7, but has a fairly low chance to be the RB1 or RB2. Zeke is a year older with a huge contract while impressive second-year backup Tony Pollard is still on his rookie deal and has earned more than the 20% rushing share he had last season. Dak Prescott is also a rushing threat and the Cowboys have one of the best receiver groups in the NFL. Locked in as the RB3 in most formats, there’s no reason to get cute here. His floor when healthy is too high. And as a bonus, he’s already had COVID-19!
Projections: 280 rushes, 1242 yds, 57 rec, 485 yds, 14 TD
4 Dalvin Cook - RB, Vikings
A year ago, I compared 2019 Dalvin Cook to 2014 Demarco Murray. That proved to be an apt comparison, as Cook broke out thanks in large part due to the addition of Gary Kubiak to the Vikings coaching staff. Unfortunately, untimely injury issues hurt his fantasy owners. Fantasy players have trust issues with him as a result, which is impacting his ADP. Cook was rumored to hold out but instead reported to camp. He is locked in as the featured player on a solid team with a huge role in the passing game.
Cook has been an elite touchdown scorer and backfield receiving option dating back to his days dominating the ACC at Florida State. Even with expected slight regression in YPC, TD rate, and target share, Cook projects to continue his efficient ways whenever on the field. The only drawback with Cook as a fantasy asset is his injury risk, having missed 19 of 48 NFL games. It has always been my philosophy to draft currently healthy players based on talent and ignore past injuries unless there is a scientific reason to doubt their chances of staying on the field.
Cook has yet to play a full 16-game season, but two years removed from a torn ACL, he’s worth the perceived risk. I would rather have a player miss games on my bench than fail to produce in my lineup. I have the stomach to handle injury risk players because I have confidence in my ability to fill my lineup with good players if they miss time. What hurts my soul is a poor performer IN my lineup.
Projections: 259 rushes, 1,140 yds, 62 rec, 511 yds, 13 TD
5 Alvin Kamara - RB, Saints
Slowed by nagging injuries, Alvin Kamara had a relatively disappointing 2019 season, finishing as RB8 after widely being drafted in the top three. He is due for some serious positive TD regression after hitting paydirt just 6 times in 2019. He scored 18 and 13 in his first two seasons. It was evident on film that Kamara was not as explosive in 2019 as he was the two years prior, but that can be blamed on the nagging injuries. Kamara himself said he played the season “on one leg” and at just 75%.
The only changes in his situation are the additions of Emmanuel Sanders and Ty Montgomery, who hasn’t been relevant in years. The floor here is so high, predicting injury, which is a fool's errand, is the only reason to pass on Kamara near his ADP.
Projections: 199 rushes, 895 yds, 87 rec, 688 yds, 12 TD
6 Joe Mixon - RB, Bengals
Joe Mixon finished as the RB6 in the second half of last season. His lack of production in the first half can be explained by a new offense, terrible offensive line, and a curious lack of action in the passing game. His 8% target share dropped from his 2018 target share of 12%, and because Giovanni Bernard’s did as well, Zac Taylor’s offense clearly did not emphasize utilizing RBs in the passing game. I expect that to change with a year of Taylor self-scouting and evolving his offense. Teams that don’t use their backs in the passing game are behind the eight ball in terms of analytics. It would be foolish to continue to target backs at such a low rate.
Part of the explanation could be the necessity of keeping their backs in protection to help a porous offensive line. The line will be better, as stud first-round pick Jonah Williams returns at left tackle, and expected growth from Billy Price. The Rams added a quality tackle the year Gurley broke out. Offensive line aside, the addition of Joe Burrow points to more targets in the passing game for Bengals RBs after he helped feed Clyde Edwards-Helaire at LSU. So if Mixon’s targets go up and he remains as effective as a runner, there is big-time upside in an offense that will be much better. I’m buying the Bengals offense this year.
Projections: 290 rushes, 1,283 yds, 41 rec, 342 yds, 12 TD
7 Josh Jacobs - RB, Raiders
The Raiders ran the ball at the eighth-highest rate in the league last season and return one of the better offensive lines in the NFL. Josh Jacobs had an extremely impressive rookie season, grading out as PFF’s second-ranked runner, despite battling a shoulder injury. Jacobs has as good a shot as any RB to lead the league in rushing. His value is dependent on two key factors. First is his role in the passing game. At Alabama, Jacobs was frequently used as a pass-catcher, while Damien Harris was more of the grinder. Jacobs flashed terrific hands and pass pro reps on film, which made his lack of involvement in the Raiders’ passing game last year curious.
The second factor, his questionable durability outlook, is actually related to that lack of volume as a pass-catcher. The Raiders likely scaled back his workload in terms of the mental side of the game. Jacobs was not a featured player at Alabama, but the Raiders still saw him as their best pure runner. So, instead of giving a green rookie a full plate of assignments, they let him succeed as a runner while using Jalen Richard, who isn’t a great runner, to his strengths as a receiving back. It makes sense that in his second year, Jacobs’ role in the passing game will expand. In fact, Mike Mayock has already mentioned it.
The potential league-winning question is how many touches can Jacobs handle, considering he's never been a workhorse and has had injury issues. My projections are aggressive because two old-school football minds spent a first-round pick on him and he’s done nothing but impress when on the field.
Projections: 302 rushes, 1,344 yds, 35 rec, 271 yds, 11 TD
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8 Nick Chubb - RB, Browns
The Browns offense underachieved under Freddie Kitchens last season. Baker Mayfield regressed, the offensive line played poorly, and the talented receivers underperformed. Nick Chubb still finished as RB7. Chubb’s production fell when Kareem Hunt returned from suspension, but he was still the preferred running option, and his effectiveness remained elite. 16 games of Hunt is a legitimate concern, but reports have him cross-training at wide receiver, which will allow the Browns to play both on the field at the same time. Chubb’s 77% rushing share will probably decline, but everything else about his situation looks better. Kevin Stefanski has had success with running backs, most recently Dalvin Cook.
Both tackle spots have been upgraded, with Jedrick Wills on the left side and Jack Conklin on the right side. The Browns even added lead-blocker fullback Andy Janovich from Denver. Chubb averaged five yards per carry last year and has a real chance to approach that number again. He's currently being drafted with substantial drops in rushing share and efficiency baked in. The Browns will run more and be a better offense, so I’m buying Chubb everywhere. My only two concerns are his lack of involvement in the passing game and a chance of a lower TD rate due to all the prolific TD-scorers on the roster.
Projections: 284 rushes, 1,418 yds, 20 rec, 153 yds, 12 TD
9 Michael Thomas - WR, Saints
One of the biggest mistakes fantasy players make is placing too much emphasis on what happened last year. You aren’t drafting a player and simply getting last year’s stats. On the other hand, looking back at stats from two-plus years ago is probably even less relevant. The job of fantasy prognosticators is to project what will happen this year, and in many cases, while that does involve analyzing what happened last year, it is often overstated. Football factors, such as situation, film, coaching, and schedule are difficult to quantify in projections, but insight into more than just the math can give you an edge.
I try to mix logical football reasons based on film study and a deeper understanding of the game when projecting next season. There was no 2018 or 2017 data that would suggest Michael Thomas would command 185 targets in 2019. What could have been predicted was the impact of losing Mark Ingram and the lack of development from potential ancillary receiving options, in addition to the foreseeable uptick in passing attempts. Keep this in mind when I paint possible scenarios in order to go out on a limb and separate my rankings from the cookie-cutter chalk. Imagine the backlash a fantasy expert would have gotten for ranking Thomas in the top-five last offseason.
Thomas had a 34% target share last season. He’s still basically the same player as he was in 2018 when he had a 28% target share, and there is no reason to expect 180+ targets again. The Saints passed more last year than they did in 2017 and 2018, Drew Brees is a year older, and Emmanuel Sanders is now a legitimate second option. Thomas has a high floor, but even my projection of 163 targets might be aggressive given his 147 targets in 2018 and 149 in 2017.
Projections: 163 targets, 129 rec, 1,486 yds, 8 TD
10 Jonathan Taylor - RB, Colts
A rookie rounds out my top 10, but not the one you might expect. Full disclosure: I am a draftnik. I may tend to overvalue rookies. And the interesting thing here is that I didn’t even have Jonathan Taylor as a top-three back in my pre-draft RB rankings. I wasn’t exactly low on him, I just loved Dobbins and CEH, and thought Swift had upside as a pass-catcher. So why am I ranking Taylor so high? Let’s look at the facts.
One of the greatest runners in the history of college football was drafted with the 41st pick, the sweet spot for RBs, by the Colts after a trade-up. The Colts have the best offensive line in football, a bright and productive offensive coaching staff, and a veteran quarterback who has had a ton of success checking at the line of scrimmage and generally utilizing running backs throughout his career. The elephant in the room is Marlon Mack, who was drafted by the Colts with the 143rd pick in 2017 and has ranked as the 28th, 37th, and 31st running back by PFF in the past three seasons. Mack is a good player, but the Colts did not use a premium pick on a workhorse with the goal of splitting the workload evenly. I’m actually more concerned with Hines taking snaps away in full-PPR leagues.
The Colts will finish in the top-five in rushing attempts this season (poor division helps), and Taylor will win leagues. He’s not a great receiver and I am somewhat concerned that three of my top ten running backs have receiving workload question marks. Full-PPR drafters can adjust accordingly.
Projections: 282 rushes, 1,316 yds, 21 rec, 178 yds, 12 TD
Thanks for reading, and stay tuned for rankings 11-20 and positional rankings in the coming days.
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2020.08.12 06:48 bigmoko9 Boyfriends mom just threatened to kick my boyfriend and I out, a year after my mom kicked me out

Tl;dr my boyfriends mom just threatened to kick us out because she feels we are mad at her when we are just introverts. This is a year after my narcissistic mom kicked me out because I lied about being in a relationship. Now my boyfriends mom is trying to brush things off as ‘it was just a bad day’ and I’m having a hard time feel safe in the house. What should I do?
This morning I was working in my home-office (yay for working from home), and suddenly I heard screaming and crying. I had no idea where it was coming from and I realized it was coming from my boyfriends parents room and that it was my boyfriends mom ( I’ll call her sandy). Sandy seemed to be so beside herself, I could hear some words but just a lot of crying. Then my boyfriend (I’ll call him nick) came up to see what was happening. He popped his head in her room and asked what was wrong and she yelled at him to get out. My boyfriends dad (David) then went into the room to console her. Nick and I then sat in the living room waiting for them to come out because we just wanted to understand what happened. After two hours we hear the garage door open, the car start up and sandy left the house. Then David came into the living room.
David then told us that she was upset because she was upset with nick because she thinks nick hates her, that we are upset living in the house, and she feels uncomfortable being in the house with us because she feels she can’t be herself.
To give some context, sandy and nick have never had a good relationship. Nick is a very logical person while sandy is very emotional. Nick likes to resolve issues, and sandy likes to just brush things under the rug. They have always had fights for the 9 years I have known him (we have been dating for the last 3 of those years).
They had another argument two days ago, when nick pointed out that his mom was acting weird, and after two hours of talking it turned out she was upset that he drank her beer the night before. During this conversation we also mentioned that we sometimes feel on edge because as introverts we sometimes feel anxious when she comes at us with a lot of energy and talking a lot all at once. We all seemed to come away from this positively and on the same page.
However apparently we were wrong. Turns out that since that conversation she felt that she couldn’t be herself anymore because she just wants to talk and be friendly and she thought we were telling her to not talk to us at all.
Then yesterday, we also didn’t come and join them for dinner, because we were busy talking about my plans to go do a PhD and trying to figure out logistics (ie do we move together or long distance). We were under the impression things were ok as we went up later that night to say we just weren’t too hungry. We went to bed feels good, excited to tell them about our news the next day, but then this drama happened.
Going back to the living room, the three of us, nick, David, and I, sat there talking about what was happening and nick and I were just dumbfounded and confused by the tension. David said he didn’t understand it either and that sandy sometimes just has bad days, but nothing like this. We just ended things thinking things will be fine after we have a chance to leak about this.
Sandy didn’t come back for 8 hours, and when she walked in the house she just started to cook dinner. Nick and I of course prompted her to discuss things and her response was that she’s too fragile and didn’t want to talk but we pushed to talk because both nick and I suffer from severe anxiety and all of this was killing us. She then agreed to talk but the only things I could gather was she was upset with life because she thought we were mad at her for asking her to back off a bit and that her son hates her and that the only was for her to feel comfortable in her own home was for her to ‘help us leave the house’ aka kick us out.
Now this is particularly triggering for me because my own mom kicked me out of my family last year because I didn’t tell her about my relationship with nick. I won’t get into the details about that issue, but I am receiving counselling for my depression, anxiety and ptsd associated with getting kicked out and the trauma I’ve had with my mom.
So when nicks mom said she wanted to kick us out I went into a panic attack and left the room. That conversation continued for another two hours and in the end she said that everything was an over reaction because she wasn’t feeling great and she should have asked more questions. However I’m having a hard time trusting her. I feel really uneasy at the fact it was so easy for her to say that without discussing things. She’s fully aware of my trauma of getting kicked out. She was supportive of me the day of and she’s the one that welcomes me into her home but now I don’t know how to feel.
I called my uncle immediately after and he said to get out of there and come live with him, but I know this would destroy my boyfriend.
What should I do? Do I just forgive and forget sandy? Should I go to my uncles for a bit? I currently feel insecure around her as I don’t know when she’ll turn on us and kick us out so I don’t know what to do.
Any advice would be greatly appreciated
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2020.08.12 01:02 Orpherischt The Spell Binder

This essay will be a combination of tutorial and demonstration - an illustration of the possibilities of creating a lexicon of words (ie. spells) from scratch - from the (hypothetical) perspective of the original architects of the alphabet and it's associated set of terminology.
ie. how to create a written language from it's elemental primitives - mathematically - in such a fashion that one might build spells (ie. new words, phrases and sentences) upon a simple numeric basis, crafting strings of text that sum to desired numbers of tribute (which might be done for a variety of purposes: mnemonic, scientific, mystical, or religious, or perhaps, at a stretch, for the purpose of subliminal encoding, based on the presumption - or upon experimental knowledge - that hammering home a fixed alphabetic order into the minds of the newly literate - via a catchy song perhaps - might trigger subconscious calculation).
The art of combining numbers and letters is known as 'gematria', or 'isopsephy', and this practice is often described as 'attempting to find thematic correspondences in words that share the same sum total, when the letters of the word - having known numeric values - are added up'.
This tutorial works from the opposite direction - from the desire to create a dictionary full of words that do indeed share thematic connections when they share the same number.
This project requires that one define a new alphabet (a set of glyphs representing sounds or word particles) and to provide the letters of the alphabet with numeric values.
Fixing a standard alphabetic order of a particular set of letters (however many there are) implicitly provides each letter in that alphabet with a basic ordinal index:
(ie. A=1, B=2, C=3, D=4 ... Z=26, etc.)
Doing so automatically creates the most naive possible cipher: the basic alphabetic ordinal cipher. Of course, we might bring additional concepts into play, for there are such things as Prime numbers, and the Fibonacci sequence that creates an enchanting spiral Labyrinth known as the Golden Spiral. We understand, perhaps, that there are specific sequences of numbers that imply or generate geometric shapes such as triangles, squares, 5-pointed stars, hexagons, etc. Encoding such numbers would let us imply and refer to geometric foundations within the spells we construct. We might even assign an overall 'connotation' to the mathematical concept of triangular numbers, or prime numbers themselves, and then encode certain words with these numbers in order to subsume those connotations. For example, we might ensure that words to do with 'leadership' sum to selected prime numbers. We could design and encode new words for 'fire' and 'water' that sum to triangular numbers (because the alchemical symbols for fire and water are the upward-pointing and downward-pointing triangle, respectively).
Either way - letters are then chosen from our new alphabet in order to build up new spells (ie. words), such that the fledgling word aligns with existing words already having the relevant thematic numbers.
In essence this activity creates numerous layers (or strata) of meaning (ie. semantics). Within such a framework, each core theme or subject matter is indexed by its' assigned numeric value. A number becomes a symbolic representation of a particular knowledge domain (a real-life example might be the Dewey Decimal System, used to categorize books in a library).
When creating a new word to represent a certain concept, we would ponder and classify it's canonical meaning, and work to ensure that the spell sums to the number that has been chosen to refer to that domain.
We may well choose to work with multiple cipher schemas, so that every spell in our newly-crafted dictionary has multiple numeric values (ie. a spectrum), and can thus reference multiple subject domains, their priority decided by the cipher in which the numeric results appear. We might have the primary category of meaning of a particular word referenced via a prime number cipher, with less important (but still relevant) categories indexed using the triangular and squares numbers associated with it.
Depending on our desire to ensure that our coding system remains occult (ie. veiled from the everyman), we might design a rather obscure scheme, that requires certain permutative tricks to reveal. Otherwise, if we are building a simple system of mnemonics to record scientific knowledge that will be available to all, we might choose a very intuitive and on-the-nose philosophy and method of encoding: such as ensuring that in our new language, the written form of the words for 'trinity', and 'thrice' and 'three' - even if they don't all match the same number (which they might) - at least sum to a number divisible by three, or reduces to a digital root of three (for example, the number 12 reduces to 3 because 1+2 = 3).
Before we start, as an example, here are some recent alphabetic spectrum extractions, in well-known ciphers applied to the English language:
  • "The Spell Binder" = 454 primes
  • ... "The Spellings" = 454 jewish-latin-agrippa
  • ... .. ( "The Magic Words" = 454 primes )
Would you agree that there is a common theme to these spells, sharing the number 454 in what I deem are two very important ciphers?
Numeric Signposts :: Part 1 ( Prologue )
ie. keys and gateways into the conceptual archive
To me personally, there is no number that better represents the concept of numbers themselves than the number 123, or even better, 1234.
The number 1234 is a simple sequence implying all numbers, all mathematics, all numerology.
If you wanted to convince someone that perhaps there is some sort of numeric code to be found within an alphabetic lexicon, I argue that a key phrase summing to 1234 in an intuitive cipher would go a long way towards doing so, and such a construction, it could be argued, might stand as evidence, or as a signpost, that further investigation is warranted.
What might such a phrase be?
Surely, you have heard someone rattle off the (ostensibly rhetorical) question...
What's in a name?
Indeed. What is in a name? How many levels of semantics (ie. meaning) might be encoded into a word (and generally speaking, all words are names for things, be they objects, activities or relationships).
We notice that "What's in a name" is an orthodox contraction. The apostrophe-s tells us that letters are missing. Let us formally expand that, and take it's number in the jewish-latin-agrippa cipher (known also as the Agrippa key).
  • "What is in a name?" = 1234 jewish-latin-agrippa
How do I read that?
It tells me there are numbers in names, and that I should delve deeper, for perhaps there is...
  • "Great Knowledge" = 1234 jewish-latin-agrippa
... to be found.
In the Bible, we are told that Adam named all the animals, and it was a task appointed to him by the Lord of the Garden. In the triangular number cipher (which assigns numbers implying triangular shapes to the alphabet), we see that:
  • "The Spells of Eden" = 1234 trigonal
In terms of the number 1234 being a potential 'signpost' code, or gateway key - a hint that alphanumeric encoding has taken place in any particular language - we might ponder the number itself. If we replace the numbers with the associated letters of the English alphabet, we get:
1234 @ ABCD
The letter D (which we might argue looks like a door with it's hinge on the left) is derived from the ancient Phoenician letter called Dalet, which means... you guessed it: Door.
Furthermore, the letter Dalet, in the Hebrew alphabet, which was developed in a time before there were independent numeral signs (such as the Arabian numerals we use today) has the explicit and accepted value of 4.
Thus I cannot help but read the number 1234 (and the sequence ABCD) as three steps leading up to a door waiting to be opened.
The sequence [ ABCD @ 1234 ] also acts as a metaphor for the life cycle of the family. Based largely on accepted meanings of these letters of ancient heritage:
A is Alpha, derived from 'Aleph' (ie. Ox or Bull, implying strong masculine leadership. The Alpha male, Adam).
B is Beta is derived from 'Beth' (ie. Enclosure or House, implying the feminine. Adam's better half, Eve).
C we might see as the Child, the offspring and kin, that derived from the coming together of A and B.
D is the Door through which we exit upon Death, after (hopefully) propagating ones' bloodline into the next generation.
Letter D, and thus Number 4, indexes the 4th triangular number, 10, and the symbolic structure defined by this interpretation is known as the Tetractys.
In Roman numerals, the number 10 is represented by X, the Cross, and we all know that X marks the spot.
The Roman numeral 'X' is made of a vertical mirroring of two 'V's, and V has the value 5 in the Roman scheme:
5+5 = V+V = X = 10.
The letter V begins the name Venus, the planet of this name makes a 5-sided pentagram in the sky:
Another example of ABCD:
  • "Code of Culture" = "Culture of Code" = 1234 trigonal
Remember, the word 'code' does not only imply a 'technique for enciphering information', but also implies a 'way of doing things'.
The codes of behaviour of a civilization are it's traditions.
And don't forget that DNA is the code of living and growing things.
While not the focus of this essay (though it is a major focus of this forum), one might want to ponder if perhaps the newspaper editors of the major press institutions are aware and fond of alphanumeric spell-casting, and make more use of it in constructing those hyperbolic news headlines than you might imagine.
After all...
  • "Crafted News" = "World of Lies" = 1234 jewish-latin-agrippa
Onto another example:
  • "Build a Spell" = 1,617 squares
  • ... ( "Textbook" = 617 jewish-latin-agrippa )
  • ... ( "Recommendation" = 617 jewish-latin-agrippa )
  • ... .. ( "The Official Narrative" = 617 primes )
Ponder the legend of the Holy Grail, and it's associated Chalice. The finding of the Grail could be said to represent the Ultimate Attainment that a man might strive towards.
Might not the "Rugby World Cup" = 617 primes ...
... be an extended metaphor for the Grail, whatever it might actually be?
The Golden Ratio is a well-known mathematical artifact that represents the Golden Spiral. Likewise, the image of the Golden Spiral, or it's appearance in nature, implies the Golden Ratio.
We note that the Golden Ratio, accurate to three decimal places, is 1.618...
Q: what does the official narrative recommend?
"A: Build a spell" = 1,618 squares ( "Symbolic" = 1,618 squares )
... this might be reworked as a statement about quantum-entangling numbers and letters:
  • "A=1: Build spell" = 1,618 squares ( "Know a textbook" = 1,618 jewish-latin-agrippa )
Note: I will take some time to work this essay into shape here, over a few days, on the air, as it were. Hence, checking back might reveal some additions or reworkings have occurred.
Building a grimoire (ie. a dictionary) :: Part 2 ( Introduction )
So you are a Wizard, a wise Sage that enjoys Number Games, and you are building the Lexicon of a new Language, a new Vocabulary of Spells (perhaps to educate the peasants that live upon your Land - because you are the giving sort - or you want to be able to Sculpt the very Contents of their Minds to Conform to certain intellectual Pathways).
Perhaps you have some important Numeric Data Points you Desire to Encode into your Words. You are a keen Witness of the Goings-on that may be Observed in Society, in Nature, and in your own Mind's Eye. After all, since you spent the last five years confirming that indeed there seem to be roughly 365 days in a year, you want to make sure the new word for 'year' sums to 365 in some key mathematical alphabetic cipher.
Perhaps you've figured out pi to three decimal places (3.14...) and thus you want to encode the Number 314 into a Key - what we might call a 'Password' entry in your Grimoire, in order to pay Tribute to the tricky transcendental geometry of the Mathematics of the Circle within your Spells, particularly since you recently became enamoured of the Life-cycle of the Pride of Lions that Hunt on the savannah beyond your Castle and it's attendant Village.
What follows is a summary description of the mental process such a spellbinder might go through as he builds his lexicon, using the most basic of Examples.
I will attempt not to burden this document with a Mess of Lists and numbers and Calculations, so it will be primarily descriptive of the Notions at Play, rather than contain Explicit Demonstrations of the Inner Workings.
While this tutorial will use the conceit that we are building a 'new' language, it actually embodies notions that I suspect do indeed lie behind the creation of English (at the least), and we will use English words as representative of some fictional 'new words in a new written language'. I leave it to you to accept or reject these presumptions, but even if you do, it does not discount the possibility of 'key notions' being used as a Scaffolding for the hypothetical Magnum Opus.
I have italicized certain words above and below simply in order that you might ponder them as key abstractions that might be selected by any particular alphabetic architect as important subjects or objects of an alphabet code, or as abstract metaphors for the actual subject(s) or object(s).
So, you, the High Wizard of the Tower, are crafting a new Written Language, with it's own Alphabet, and a Vocabulary of written Spells.
You dabble in various intellectual studies and you have a keen Interest in this and that. You enjoy fiddling with Numbers and Geometry, and enjoy looking at Maps of the Earth - places you'll never visit because you are a shut-in.
You've been Instructed by your Forefathers in the Concepts of Space and Time, of the Geometry of the Circle, the Square Foundation, the alchemical Triangle of Fire and Water. You've pondered Weighty Matters such as the Maxim of 'as above, so below', and of magic Mirrors and the Reflections there-in. You've pondered the Mind and Body of Man and Woman, and their various usefulnesses and failures. Some few of your Relatives were (and are still) great Travelers, and have brought you knowledge of distant lands and the Customs and Traditions of the People that dwell there. Perhaps you have at your disposal knowledge of a Selection of extant foreign languages and the alphabetic Glyphs that they use (or once used) to Sound out words.
Mostly you really enjoy the concept of a Great Mystery, and of Memory, and of preserving an Archive containing the Legacy of your Thought.
Perhaps you are a Man, and while solitary, your Eye occasionally goes to the Window and gazes down at the pretty lasses that bustle about the local market just beyond the Tower Walls.
Since you are a Student of as-above-so-below, you acknowledge that perhaps those lasses are the real magic - possessed of the most elegant Geometric Curves, and seem to you the ultimate extended Metaphors of Geography itself - and since you are a shut-in, they are the Essence of Mystery and of Hidden Charm. Perhaps you even Fear them and their wiles, and you castigate yourself for this weakness - indeed you acknowledge that you are perhaps wasting your Time with your spelling game, and should go out to inquire of them.
But no, you must build your lexicon - and with the lasses being perhaps the primary Objective of every testosterone-driven male, you decide that they shall be the Subject of the primary Tributes in the spells that you will Craft.... Language is sexy, after all (you think) - and since the lasses are Plato's cave incarnate, an Allegory which you heard about from a Mentor years before, your lexicon will be a crystalline Matrix - a Mother that will pour forth Children known as Words. These Sparks of abstract Intelligences will be the Fire in the Minds of Men. Or at least, in the minds of your local villagers, as you teach them the ways of your new Creation.
After gifting them with the results of your craft, the villagers will be able to Write Letters to eachother, Communicating from Afar, and Record their Deeds - but no matter what they write, they will be subconsciously reminded of the wonders of Mom, and of Sweetheart, and of Wife, and the memory and compassion of Grandmother. They will be Righted as they make use of the product of your mathematical Rite of creation. They will never forget the importance of a strong Family, and of the importance of wise procreation, and they will be Fruitful and Multiply, so that their children can tend your Fields, and write more Letters to their Friends. And they will be Projecting your Knowledge and Memory into the Future as they do so.
Every phrase they ( and you ) write will be a hidden tribute to your Arts of Magic.
The Wise amongst them, that ponder the possibility that hidden messages might lie Veiled beneath each glyphic construction, and that finally decode The Alphabet Ark that was your Labour of Love, will never forget that there are 365 days in a year.
  • "The Alphabet Ark" = "Accountancy" = 393 primes ( "The Symbol" = 393 primes )
  • ... ( "Tradition" = "Accurate' = "Count" = 393 jewish-latin-agrippa ) ( = "The Root" )
Crafting an Alphabet :: Part 3 ( The Foundational Glyphs )
Before we can begin building words, we need some phonetic symbols or ideograms that will constitute the elemental components of our new alphabet, and we need to decide upon the order thereof (for this ordering is what allows numeric indexing, and thus mathematic encipherment to occur). These glyphs could be entirely arbitrary, or perhaps derived from those of existing scripts. If you, the encoding Sage, are fascinated with the Greek myths, you might choose to derive the letters of your new alphabet from the Greek letters, twisting and rotating and modifying them to better suit your aesthetic notions.
If you already have signs for individual numbers, like '1', and '2' and '3', you might transform these number signs into letters directly, via a process of mutation (rotation, inversion, mirroring, warping), and thus physically hide the numbers within the letters themselves (ie. see the practice of sigil-making, which breaks letters and numbers into their component arcs and lines and re-arranges them to make a new sign).
Alternatively you might attempt to use your own intuition to design letters that model the position of the mouth and tongue, and the use of breathe, in forming their associated sounds.
There are many ways to go about this. Even though your ultimate goal is to simply assign these letters a numeric value (via their position in the alphabet), you might want to go further and encode certain meanings into each letter itself. You might want the 1st letter to represent 'Existence', for example, and the second and third to imply 'Sky' and 'Earth', and the fourth to mean 'Motion', etc. etc. You might encode this meaning by the shape of the glyphs, using pre-existing notions of alchemy, or tarot cards, or whatever. Either way, in doing this, when you then get to selecting letters to make up a new word, you might be guided by these individual glyphic semantics that become elemental components of the overall meaning of the word. You might design a new word with the meaning of 'fire', that is made up of letters meaning 'wood' and 'spark', for example.
In terms of encoding words for mnemonic purposes, you might be sure to encode the temperature in degrees Celsius above which your physician deems you have a fever... into the sum total of the word 'fevered'.
In basic English gematria, the word 'fevered' sums to 38 in the so-called Pythagorean reduction cipher, and which is the temperature in degrees Celsius, which if you registered it, would be above that by which many institutions will decide not to let you in, in-case you carry the so-called 'Coronavirus'. Furthermore the English word 'fire' sums to 38 in the most basic ordinal cipher. The colour of fire might be described as 'gold' - a word matching 'fire' in that same basic ordinal scheme.
Scientists tell us the the Coronavirus can be killed if heated to 56 degrees. The word 'Coronavirus' sums to 56 in reduction.
Regardless of whether this is by design or coincidence, this is the sort of numeric data one might want to encode into words as a form of mnemonic.
You might decide that the number of letters in the alphabet is itself a specific tribute to some baseline concept. This number might act as a decoding key to the entire scheme (there are many discussions about the 22 letters of the Hebrew alphabet and it's relationship to the major arcana of the Tarot deck, and we might examine the 26 letters of the English alphabet with relationship to the word 'God').
The number 26 reduces to 8 (for 2+6 = 8) and the number eight is a rotated form of the infinity symbol, or an hourglass set to running, implying the totality of Time itself.
In the end, the Wizard completes his new alphabet, a set of 26 glyphs:
  • ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ
In general you need enough signs to efficiently handle the variety of sounds in the spoken language that it will encode. Certain sounds might require more than one letter to represent, or perhaps require accent markings (which may or may not imply a numerical transformation). You might decide that a letter with an umlaut (ie. two dots above it) representing a certain sound variety, has the value of the base letter plus two (one extra for each dot).
In studying language we read about vowels and consonants. The vowels are pure open tones, each with a certain inflection, created by the voicing of breathe. Consonants meanwhile (either voiced or unvoiced) are 'closed' sounds created by some impact or pressure of the mouth parts. Some create a sense of pressure, such as 'n' or 'm', while others are explosive, such as 'p' or 'b'. The use of these different varieties of sound the alphabet architect might wish to wield as having their own implicit meaning or application. Arguably the word 'fire' begins with 'f' because the sound implied by 'f' resembles the sizzling of a flame or that being cooked within it. Onomatopoeia is a great tool for ensuring that the words of a language are memorable and applicable. They make teaching a vocabulary easier if they are used in a consistent fashion.
So, our spellbinding Wizard has spent some time analyzing the speech of the villager caste that live about his castle, and has decided that the following letters will represent the vowel signs achievable and commonly used by them:
  • AEIOU ( with perhaps Y and W, and even H being included in this list, depending on circumstance )
Meanwhile the consonants will be:
  • BCDFG(H)JKLMNPQRSTV(W)X(Y)Z
We note that many older alphabets did not have vowels at all. Only the consonants were represented by letters. This could be because the relevant languages and their words remained fully understandable even though the written form lacked vowels. This, implying perhaps that the language is or was simple enough that the meaning remains obvious. In English however, for example, we have many words that sound essentially the same (such as 'rain' and 'reign') but ostensibly have very different meanings. It is up to the listener to use context to disambiguate in the spoken meaning, while in the written form, the different spelling provides further clues to the intended semantic domain.
Another way to view this, is tied to certain understandings of the esoteric philosophy of the Language of the Birds, or the Language of Branches used by the Kabbalists. In this case, we might argue that the words 'rain' and 'reign' do not actually mean entirely different things, and that while in everyday speech they appear to refer to unrelated concepts, in actuality - in the minds of those that designed or manipulated the orthodoxy of the language - they are related, being intentional metaphors for one another. In this regard, ponder the legend of the Fisher King, who is wounded in the groin, or 'leg', and his kingdom is bereft and 'fallow'. The Knight that seeks him out and asks him a certain pertinent question heals the King, and abundance is brought back to his land. His reign is redeemed, and the rain falls. Ponder the 'rainmaker' vs. the 'kingmaker'. This conceptualization brings together ancient notions of the 'fertility cult' and sacred king, of the Sky as Masculine, that rains upon the Feminine Land, fertilizing it and ensuring the Cycle of Life continues.
Arguably, this possibility is tied to the notion of consonantal roots.
If you research the extant esoteric ideas about consonants vs. vowels, you might come across the idea that vowels are in some sense 'heavenly' and 'spiritual' (being sounds primarily driven by the outflow of breath), while the consonants are 'of the earth', because they are generally hard and impactful, implying the collision of matter.
Some have argued that vowels were not recorded in the written form of certain languages because to do so would be in some sense blasphemous, an attempt to represent the celestial breathe of God within the material realm, and so authors made do with consonants only. Others argue that certain ancient texts were recorded without vowels (or even spaces between words) in order to encrypt them somewhat - to make proper understanding difficult, and enabling the priest class to maintain their hegemony as the righteous keepers of the canonical interpretation.
It might be argued that consonantal roots provide a scaffolding or skeleton, that is then clothed with the animating spirit of the vowels. For example, the words 'run', 'rain', 'reign' and 'rune' and 'ruin' are all based on the 'RN' consonantal framework. We might argue that 'RN' is a major branch upon the tree of language, and the variety of words built upon this branch are derived twigs or leaves, with some implicit connection to each-other - a connection perhaps intended by alphabetic architects and dictionary publishers.
I sometimes argue that the complex nuance of meaning we think we possess in the English Language is an illusion, and that ultimately there are very few 'real' concepts being communicated, or intended to be communicated by these derived words.
Another aspect to consider is the ease with which the sound of certain vowels or consonants can drift, and turn into others. Vowels are generally viewed as more interchangeable, being perhaps the primary difference between the accents of speakers from different regions that use the same language.
You may have heard of the Great Vowel Shift:
This 'event' represents a major historical change in the use of vowels within the English Language, but I prefer to view it as a clue, indicative of an ongoing tradition of vowel shifting as a component of the 'Green Language' ( arguably another name for the Language of the Birds, an esoteric tradition of understanding and using language to hide double-meaning).
An innuendo-filled example:
Green --> GRN [consonantal root] --> Groin --> Fertility ( Green pastures ) --> Grin ( wink wink )
Note how the triune GRN root contains as a component the dual RN root. The Rain makes all Green again.
Yet another aspect to consonantal roots is that of mirroring:
RN @ NR ---> Run toward me, come Near... or... the lion is too Near, so Run away, ye Runner.
The specific 'meaning' of this reversal, or how it is used, is up to the spell-caster. Mirroring might imply opposites, but it might simply be a way of creating a new avenue of words that have the same core meaning as the unreflected original construction.
Adam, the first Man, was given the task of Naming the beasts of the field:
Man --> MN @ NM --> Name (while Simba the Lion King has a Mane)
The initial root of the name Simba is SM --> Semantics (ie. Meaning).
I argue the Biblical name Shem, son of Noah is the root of the word 'Semantics' (Sh being easily derived from, or morphing into, 'S', while 'Ch' and 'T' lurk not much further away). The name 'Shem' means... 'name'... and the family name going abroad, and the family tree is implied. The family grows as semen is sown. The ancient Phoenician sea-kings were virile Seamen, and each of these were carried in a Vessel. Their Tyrian-purple dye still denotes royal blood and rulership to this day.
Kings and Queens must prepare the Princes and Princess to succeed them one day. The tradition of Learning, of Schooling, is perhaps a central notion to an alphabet code, especially since Literacy is a major component of being worldly-wise.
Learning the letters is one of the first things taught in the child's first years in class.
Examine these headlines, dealing with the topic of schooling in this Age of Self-Isolation:
https://www.wired.com/story/remote-learning-school-coronavirus-tips/
How to Make Remote Learning Work for Your Children
The word 'Remote' is built upon the RMT consonantal root.
The root 'rmt' happens to be an Egyptian word, meaning 'man' or 'people' in general.
ie. We might read into the headline a subtle play upon how to prepare ones' child to become an adult, and take his or her place amongst the people.
Ponder: Remote @ RMT @ Room-mate
...and see also: https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/remit
... .. and: https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/hermit
... .. .. and thus: https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/hermetic
Via Agrippa's key in English:
  • "The Hermetic Learning" = 555 jewish-latin-agrippa ( = "Prison Planet" )
...and ponder the interchangeability of
Write @ Right @ Rite @ Holy Writ @ Read @ Rod
This hermit writes...
  • "The Hermit Rites" = 969 in the english-extended cipher
  • ... ( "Matrix Code" = 969 in the trigonal cipher )
An anagram is a word that contains the exact same set of letters as another word, re-arranged in a different order.
The word 'rites' is an anagram of 'tires' ( ie. the hermit grows old, and 'retreats into the woods')
...meanwhile 'rites' is also an anagram of 'tiers' (those of the hierarchy of Society), a word which phonetically morphs into 'tears' very easily.
Going back to the 'Hermit', consider that the consonants 'T' and 'D' are highly interchangeable, for 'D' is simply a voiced form of 'T', and we've noted above that 'H' is arguably a pseudo-consonant, which, if it does not harden to become 'Ch' or a grating 'Gh' sound, can be softened such that is eventually becomes a breathy vowel, or disappears altogether.
... thus: Hermit @ HRMT @ (H)RMT @ RMT @ RMD @ Armed...
In other words, the children of the humanity, made unwilling hermits by the government(s) of the world, are to be armed, remotely, with all the information they need to adjust to the New Order of things, and to take their place in the Brave New World of the Unified Religion of Coronavirus.
Also, since the consonant root RMT is the Egyptian word 'rmt', meaning 'man, mankind, people' we might want to avoid eating Aromat if we don't want to take after Hannibal Lector.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lector
Lector is a Latin word for one who reads, whether aloud or not.
After all, we might point out that the name 'Coronavirus' is an anagram for 'Carnivorous', and both terms roll off the tongue in much the same way.
Thus the alphabet sage might consider, in performing his or her spell construction, working from the foundation of consonantal roots as a starting point, assigning certain roots to specific domains of meaning, and then adding vowels to create nuance:
RN @ NR root:
The Noir:
The Rains fell, and rivers Ran down the mountain slopes, and the river Rhine, swelling, crept Nearer to the villages. The flood rose swiftly, and thus Ruin fell upon the Reign of the ancient kings. Many of the folk Ran to the Round hills of Iran, those crowned with the Rowan groves of the Wren-bird - but to no avail. The constellation of Orion the hunter ascended the heavens, and the Iron clouds of storm abated, the curse of Rains having Run it's course.
As mentioned above, certain consonants too, can be easily transformed into others, especially if one was historically derived from another, such as the examples of V and W (and F), and also of C, K and G (and Q).
Some existing languages use the letter V to make the sound 'w', and vise versa.
The W, like Y can morph between vowel-hood and the realm of consonants. If expressed with less explosive force, it can turn into an O sound ( wherein the word Womb might become Oom, and thus Ovum and even form A Fem).
And as such, a Riven shield is Ruined.
In terms of numerical construction, we might pick a certain range of numbers that will represent the knowledge domain of 'destruction', perhaps for personal, religious, customary, or scientific reasons. If, after the flood, Noah sat down to craft an enciphered language for the new population, he might have chosen to enshrine this destruction domain to a number that encodes the date that the flood began on the ancient pre-flood calendar system.
Perhaps you suffered a memorable loss or injury in your 15th year, and knowing the 15th Tarot card is the Devil card, you work to ensure that numeric total of words implying the domain of loss or destruction reduce to 15.
If you knew the world experienced massive cataclysm every 10,000 years, you might encode this number into the word for 'destruction' using Fibonacci numbers, and thus signal the Deleting of civilization as it passes through the Dalet of a cyclical Door in time.
Lets say you as Wizard are master of many domains and have pondered the elemental nature of matter, spirit, activity and inactivity. You have decided there are 5 physical elements (perhaps fire, air, earth, water, and a special something you call quintessence, or 'organic life') and a number of Great Archetypes, and you've decided that all things that Begin must come to an End, and that there are Forces and Cyclical Motions. Life and Death, Pleasure and Pain. Praise and Mocking. Growth and Diminishment. To you these things are All Things. You cannot ponder any subject, topic or thematic notion that is not reducible to these elements. Some of these elements might be rather abstract, due to the limits of your knowledge, or the conviction that This is How Things Are. Perhaps you have a much larger, yet still finite set of Basic Elements of the Multiverse.
Perhaps you were visited by an Angel on one Midsummer's Eve, and through it God gifted you with the knowledge that his Archangels, visible in the world as the planets Mercury, Venus, the Moon, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn, played the instruments whose sounds combined to create the Song of the Seven Heavens, and each as it waxed and waned, journeyed and turned, inspired mankind with is variegated emotions.
Perhaps Neo, the One, visited you one day and broke the news (with conclusive proof) that your mind was being fed a false reality that you have lived within for 2000 years, being endlessly re-incarnated within a digital virtual world, generated on a 386 computer chip with 3 megabytes of RAM and a 22 megabyte hard drive, and capable of accurately triggering 33 human emotions within your brain, which is sitting in a fish-tank on an alien spaceship.
Neo tells you that nobody else knows it yet, but any human being, at any time, living in this fish-tank world, can inevitably defy gravity and gain the ability of flight if one rapidly ponders the numeric sequence 6, 12, 25 over and over again for 1 full minute. Of course, since you have no recourse but to continue living in this simulated Matrix world, you will be sure to encode the number sequence 6, 12, 25 into a new word, providing you with a spell you can chant that give you the power to F.L.Y.
However it is came to be, you have plotted out a schema for all human ideas. You could list them in a book of a few hundred pages perhaps.
Given that, you have decided you only care about the integer numbers 1 to 1000. You find no need to describe larger numbers of things - and if you need to, you can refer to one hundred 1000's.
You decide to divide 1000 by the number of basic elements and activities that you consider foundational, and thus end up with a number of bands or segments partitioning the number line. These separate portions of the number line will each be assigned to one of the core knowledge domains about which you've been pondering, driven by whatever strange notions or personal associations or accurate scientific data you desire to map to these domains. You might choose to map the concept of 'planning' or 'foresight' to the subset of the number line stretching from 116 to 125, for example, with a particular focus on the numbers 119, 120 and 121, because you read that 120 is the maximum life span of Biblical man, as decreed by God in the Genesis 6:3. Plan for the eventuality of your death, is your philosophy, perhaps, as you consider notions of inheritance and long-term family prosperity.
Next you will design spells that refer each to a primary domain, to one of the items listed above. You will create words and names for the superstructures built out of these elements. Complex Objects that you see around you, such as Plants, Animals and Humans, and also the Intricate Activities that you see going on, like Attraction, Repulsion, Implosion, Explosion, Idleness and Fervor, Swimming and Leaping, Eating and Drinking. You will model these Objects and Activities in a numerically-encoded symbolic form. It will be a multi-spectral mind map of your understanding of the World.
Next, we finally get to the meat of this essay, part 4, Numerical Spell Construction, continued in the comments.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dy6MpsDPKts ( "Garden of Eden" = 247 jewish-latin-agrippa ) [ 24/7 ]
'Paradise' - by Within Temptation
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fT-uWOVP5q0 ( "I Wonder Why?" = "Numerology" = 474 primes )
'Why?' - by Devin Townsend
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ADtyN0G5G3c&t=20 ( "The Source" = "Vexation" = 365 primes)
The Chest, the Heart, and the Key
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9UfT0jVzNkw ( "Key of David" = "The Message" = "The Show" = 317 primes )
The Organ of Davey Jones
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2020.08.09 15:52 galleyest General Election Polling Discussion Thread (Aug 9, 2020)

Introduction

Welcome to the /politics polling discussion thread for the general election. As the election nears, polling of both the national presidential popular vote and important swing states is ramping up, and with both parties effectively deciding on nominees, pollsters can get in the field to start assessing the state of the presidential race.
Please use this thread to discuss polling and the general state of the presidential or congressional election. Below, you'll find some of the most recent polls, but this is by no means exhaustive, as well as some links to prognosticators sharing election models.
As always though, polls don't vote, people do. Regardless of whether your candidate is doing well or poorly, democracy only works when people vote, and there are always at least a couple polling misses every cycle, some of which are pretty high profile. If you haven't yet done so, please take some time to register to vote or check your registration status.

Polls

Below is a collection of recent polling of the US Presidential election. This is likely incomplete and also omits the generic congressional ballot as well as Senate/House/Gubernatorial numbers that may accompany these polls. Please use the discussion space below to discuss any additional polls not covered. Additionally, not all polls are created equal. If this is your first time looking at polls, the FiveThirtyEight pollster ratings page is a helpful tool to assess historic partisan lean in certain pollsters, as well as their past performance.
Poll Date Type Biden Trump
YouGov 8-9 Pennsylvania 49 43
YouGov 8-9 Wisconsin 48 42
Global Strategy Group 8-7 National 49 45
Zogby Interactive 8-7 National 46 46
Zogby Interactive 8-7 National 46 46
Zogby Interactive 8-7 National 46 45
Trafalgar Group 8-7 Texas 43 49
Public Policy Polling 8-7 Kansas 43 50
Research Co. 8-7 National 48 38
EPIC-MRA 8-7 Michigan 51 40
Harris Insights & Analytics 8-5 National 43 40
RMG Research 8-6 Iowa 40 41
Quinnipiac University 8-6 South Carolina 42 47
Quinnipiac University 8-6 Maine CD-1 61 30
Quinnipiac University 8-6 Maine CD-2 44 45
Quinnipiac University 8-6 Kentucky 41 50
Quinnipiac University 8-6 Maine 52 37
David Binder Research 8-6 Michigan 51 41
David Binder Research 8-6 Wisconsin 53 42
David Binder Research 8-6 Minnesota 54 36
David Binder Research 8-6 Iowa 49 43
DFM Research 8-6 Oklahoma 36 56
Data for Progress 8-6 Maine 53 43
Data for Progress 8-6 Iowa 45 46
Data for Progress 8-6 Maine 49 42
Data for Progress 8-6 North Carolina 49 45
Data for Progress 8-6 North Carolina 46 44
Data for Progress 8-6 Iowa 42 44
Data for Progress 8-6 Arizona 47 44
Data for Progress 8-6 Arizona 45 43
Bluegrass Voters Coalition 8-5 Kentucky 34 55
Morning Consult 8-5 Indiana 38 55
Bluegrass Voters Coalition 8-5 Kentucky 45 52
Ipsos 8-5 National 54 45
Ipsos 8-5 National 56 44
Marquette University Law School 8-5 Wisconsin 52 44
Marquette University Law School 8-5 Wisconsin 49 45
Rasmussen Reports 8-5 National 48 45
Monmouth University 8-5 Iowa 46 48
Monmouth University 8-5 Iowa 45 48
Monmouth University 8-5 Iowa 47 47
YouGov 8-5 National 49 40
Zogby Interactive 8-5 North Carolina 44 40
Zogby Interactive 8-5 Florida 43 43
Zogby Interactive 8-5 Ohio 43 41
Zogby Interactive 8-5 Pennsylvania 44 43
MRG Research 8-5 Hawaii 56 29
Hodas & Associates 8-5 Wisconsin 52 37
Hodas & Associates 8-5 Michigan 52 40
Hodas & Associates 8-5 Pennsylvania 50 44
University of California, Berkeley 8-4 California 67 28
Morning Consult 8-4 National 50 43
Morning Consult 8-4 National 50 43
Morning Consult 8-4 National 50 43
Morning Consult 8-4 National 51 42
Morning Consult 8-4 National 51 42
Morning Consult 8-4 National 51 42
Morning Consult 8-4 National 50 43
Morning Consult 8-4 Texas 47 46
Morning Consult 8-4 South Carolina 44 49
Morning Consult 8-4 Kentucky 35 59
Morning Consult 8-4 Alabama 36 58
Fox News 8-3 National 48 41
Public Policy Polling 8-3 Michigan 49 43
Global Strategy Group 8-3 Wisconsin 51 42
Emerson College 8-3 Montana 45 54
Center for Marketing and Opinion Research 8-3 Ohio 45 41
YouGov 8-2 Georgia 46 45
YouGov 8-2 North Carolina 48 44
Emerson College 7-31 National 53 46
YouGov 7-31 National 49 40
Data for Progress 7-31 National 51 42
Data for Progress 7-31 National 50 43
Public Policy Polling 7-31 Minnesota 52 42
University of New Hampshire 7-30 New Hampshire 52 39
University of New Hampshire 7-30 New Hampshire 44 46
University of New Hampshire 7-30 New Hampshire 53 40
IBD 7-30 National 48 41
Virginia Commonwealth University 7-30 Virginia 50 39
Redfield & Wilton Strategies 7-30 Wisconsin 45 35
Redfield & Wilton Strategies 7-30 Michigan 49 37
Redfield & Wilton Strategies 7-30 Arizona 46 38
Redfield & Wilton Strategies 7-30 Pennsylvania 48 41
Redfield & Wilton Strategies 7-30 North Carolina 43 42
Redfield & Wilton Strategies 7-30 Florida 48 41
Franklin & Marshall College 7-30 Pennsylvania 50 41
Cardinal Point Analytics (CardinalGPS) 7-30 North Carolina 46 48
Mason-Dixon Polling & Strategy 7-30 Florida 50 46
Harris Insights & Analytics 7-29 National 55 45
Optimus 7-29 National 47 40
Optimus 7-29 National 38 31
TargetPoint 7-29 Michigan 49 33
Rasmussen Reports 7-29 National 48 42
Monmouth University 7-29 Georgia 47 47
Monmouth University 7-29 Georgia 47 48
Monmouth University 7-29 Georgia 46 49
YouGov 7-29 National 49 40
Zogby Interactive 7-29 National 44 40
Ipsos 7-29 National 57 43
Ipsos 7-29 National 57 43
Change Research 7-29 Pennsylvania 48 46
Change Research 7-29 Florida 48 45
Change Research 7-29 National 51 42
Change Research 7-29 Arizona 47 45
Change Research 7-29 Michigan 46 42
Change Research 7-29 Wisconsin 48 43
Change Research 7-29 North Carolina 49 46
SurveyUSA 7-28 Washington 62 28
Morning Consult 7-28 Wisconsin 49 44
Morning Consult 7-28 North Carolina 46 49
Morning Consult 7-28 Michigan 50 42
Morning Consult 7-28 Minnesota 49 42
Morning Consult 7-28 Florida 47 48
Morning Consult 7-28 Ohio 42 50
Morning Consult 7-28 Virginia 52 42
Morning Consult 7-28 Pennsylvania 48 44
Morning Consult 7-28 Texas 43 50
Morning Consult 7-28 Georgia 47 49
Morning Consult 7-28 Colorado 50 42
Morning Consult 7-28 Arizona 45 47
Colby College 7-28 Maine 50 38
Colby College 7-28 Maine CD-1 55 35
Colby College 7-28 Maine CD-2 45 42
Public Policy Polling 7-28 Montana 45 50
Public Policy Polling 7-28 North Carolina 49 46
Public Policy Polling 7-28 Alaska 44 50
Public Policy Polling 7-28 Maine 53 42
Public Policy Polling 7-28 Georgia 46 45
Public Policy Polling 7-28 Colorado 54 41
Public Policy Polling 7-28 Iowa 47 48
DKC Analytics 7-28 New Jersey 51 33
MassINC Polling Group 7-28 Massachusetts 55 23
Morning Consult 7-28 National 50 42
Morning Consult 7-28 National 50 42
Morning Consult 7-28 National 50 42
Morning Consult 7-28 National 50 42
Morning Consult 7-28 National 50 42
Morning Consult 7-28 National 50 42
Morning Consult 7-28 National 51 42
Morning Consult 7-28 National 50 42
Morning Consult 7-28 National 50 43
Morning Consult 7-28 National 51 42
Morning Consult 7-28 National 51 42
Morning Consult 7-28 National 51 42
Morning Consult 7-28 National 50 42
Morning Consult 7-28 National 50 43
Morning Consult 7-28 National 51 42
Morning Consult 7-28 National 50 42
Morning Consult 7-28 National 50 42
Morning Consult 7-28 National 51 42
Morning Consult 7-28 National 50 42
Morning Consult 7-28 National 51 42
Morning Consult 7-28 National 50 43
Morning Consult 7-28 National 50 42
Morning Consult 7-28 National 51 42
Morning Consult 7-28 National 50 42
Morning Consult 7-28 National 50 42
Morning Consult 7-28 National 50 42
Morning Consult 7-28 National 50 42
Morning Consult 7-28 National 50 42
Morning Consult 7-28 National 51 42
Morning Consult 7-28 National 51 42
Morning Consult 7-28 National 48 44
Morning Consult 7-28 National 49 44
Morning Consult 7-28 National 49 43
Morning Consult 7-28 Minnesota 47 44
Morning Consult 7-28 Texas 47 45
Morning Consult 7-28 Michigan 52 42
Morning Consult 7-28 Georgia 47 46
Morning Consult 7-28 North Carolina 47 47
Morning Consult 7-28 Ohio 45 48
Morning Consult 7-28 Pennsylvania 50 42
Morning Consult 7-28 Virginia 52 41
Morning Consult 7-28 Florida 49 46
Morning Consult 7-28 Wisconsin 50 43
Morning Consult 7-28 Colorado 52 39
Morning Consult 7-28 Arizona 49 42
ALG Research 7-27 South Carolina 45 50
Trafalgar Group 7-27 Minnesota 49 44
brilliant corners Research & Strategies 7-27 South Carolina 43 50
Harris Insights & Analytics 7-27 National 55 45
Kaiser Family Foundation 7-27 National 47 38
Marist College 7-27 North Carolina 51 44
AP-NORC 7-27 National 46 34
YouGov 7-26 National 51 41
YouGov 7-26 Michigan 48 42
YouGov 7-26 Ohio 45 46
Marist College 7-26 Arizona 50 45
SSRS 7-26 Michigan 52 40
SSRS 7-26 Arizona 49 45
SSRS 7-26 Florida 51 46
Gravis Marketing 7-25 Pennsylvania 48 45
Echelon Insights 7-24 National 52 43
Echelon Insights 7-24 National 51 41
Echelon Insights 7-24 National 49 40
Echelon Insights 7-24 National 53 38
Echelon Insights 7-24 National 50 37
Gravis Marketing 7-24 Michigan 51 42
Gravis Marketing 7-24 Wisconsin 50 42
Data for Progress 7-24 National 49 43
Data for Progress 7-24 National 49 43
Fox News 7-23 Michigan 49 40
Fox News 7-23 Minnesota 51 38
Fox News 7-23 Pennsylvania 50 39
Global Strategy Group 7-23 National 50 39
Garin-Hart-Yang Research Group 7-23 National 51 43
GQR Research (GQRR) 7-23 National 55 44

Election Predictions

Prognosticators

Prognosticators are folks who make projected electoral maps, often on the strength of educated guesses as well as inside information in some cases from campaigns sharing internals with the teams involved. Below are a few of these prognosticators and their assessment of the state of the race:

Polling Models

Polling models are similar to prognosticators (and often the model authors will act like pundits as well), but tend to be about making "educated guesses" on the state of the election. Generally, the models are structured to take in data such as polls and electoral fundamentals, and make a guess based on research on prior elections as to the state of the race in each state. Below are a few of the more prominent models that are online or expected to be online soon:

Prediction Markets

Prediction markets are betting markets where people put money on the line to estimate the likelihood of one party winning a seat or state. Most of these markets will also tend to move depending on polling and other socioeconomic factors in the same way that prognosticators and models will work. Predictit and Election Betting Odds are prominent in this space, although RealClearPolitics has an aggregate of other betting sites as well.
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2020.08.04 15:22 Reddit_Books New Releases for August 2020

New Releases for August 2020

Data courtesy http://www.bookreporter.com
For more discussion, see the monthly New Releases post.
Title Author ReleaseDate
Autobiography
Being Lolita Alisson Wood August 4, 2020
Inferno Catherine Cho August 4, 2020
The Fixed Stars Molly Wizenberg August 4, 2020
The Long Accomplishment Rick Moody August 4, 2020
Grand Sara Schaefer August 11, 2020
The Smallest Lights in the Universe Sara Seager August 18, 2020
The Erratics Vicki Laveau-Harvie August 18, 2020
This Is the Night Our House Will Catch Fire Nick Flynn August 25, 2020
Vesper Flights Helen Macdonald August 25, 2020
Biography
The Mystery of Charles Dickens A.N. Wilson August 4, 2020
Nights in White Castle Steve Rushin August 11, 2020
Crime
Eliot Ness and the Mad Butcher Max Allan Collins August 4, 2020
Six Days in August David King August 4, 2020
The Book of Atlantis Black Betsy Bonner August 4, 2020
Fantasy
Harrow the Ninth Tamsyn Muir August 4, 2020
The Last Uncharted Sky Curtis Craddock August 11, 2020
The Memory of Souls Jenn Lyons August 25, 2020
Fiction
The Comeback Ella Berman August 3, 2020
Every Bone a Prayer Ashley Blooms August 4, 2020
No Woods So Dark as These Randall Silvis August 4, 2020
Bear Necessity James Gould-Bourn August 4, 2020
In the Valley Ron Rash August 4, 2020
The Boys' Club Erica Katz August 4, 2020
The Bright Side Sanctuary for Animals Becky Mandelbaum August 4, 2020
The Death of Vivek Oji Akwaeke Emezi August 4, 2020
The Finisher Peter Lovesey August 4, 2020
The Weekend Charlotte Wood August 4, 2020
True Story Kate Reed Petty August 4, 2020
With or Without You Caroline Leavitt August 4, 2020
Before You Go Tommy Butler August 11, 2020
Choppy Water Stuart Woods August 11, 2020
Fire in the Blood Perry O'Brien August 11, 2020
Last Call on Decatur Street Iris Martin Cohen August 11, 2020
Lone Jack Trail Owen Laukkanen August 11, 2020
Then She Vanished T. Jefferson Parker August 11, 2020
The Midwife Murders James Patterson August 11, 2020
The Second Wife Rebecca Fleet August 18, 2020
When These Mountains Burn David Joy August 18, 2020
Grown Ups Emma Jane Unsworth August 18, 2020
Impersonation Heidi Pitlor August 18, 2020
Ordinary Hazards Anna Bruno August 18, 2020
Royal Danielle Steel August 18, 2020
Seven Days in Summer Marcia Willett August 18, 2020
Summer Ali Smith August 18, 2020
Sisters Daisy Johnson August 25, 2020
The Hierarchies Ros Anderson September 1, 2020
Historical Fiction
An Accidental Corpse Helen A. Harrison August 4, 2020
Paris Never Leaves You Ellen Feldman August 4, 2020
A Saint from Texas Edmund White August 4, 2020
Bronte's Mistress Finola Austin August 4, 2020
The Lions of Fifth Avenue Fiona Davis August 4, 2020
The Woman in Red Diana Giovinazzo August 4, 2020
Universe of Two Stephen P. Kiernan August 4, 2020
The Day Lincoln Lost Charles Rosenberg August 11, 2020
The Boy in the Field Margot Livesey August 11, 2020
A Traveler at the Gates of Wisdom John Boyne August 11, 2020
The Patron Saint of Pregnant Girls Ursula Hegi August 18, 2020
The Queen of Tuesday Darin Strauss August 18, 2020
The Exiles Christina Baker Kline August 25, 2020
History
A Furious Sky Eric Jay Dolin August 4, 2020
Fallout Lesley M.M. Blume August 4, 2020
Olive the Lionheart Brad Ricca August 11, 2020
Horror
The Hollow Ones Guillermo del Toro August 4, 2020
The Living Dead George A. Romero August 4, 2020
Mystery
Bad News Travels James Swain August 4, 2020
Behind the Red Door Megan Collins August 4, 2020
Cry Baby Mark Billingham August 4, 2020
Dead West Matt Goldman August 4, 2020
The Eighth Detective Alex Pavesi August 4, 2020
The Last Mrs. Summers Rhys Bowen August 4, 2020
The Night Swim Megan Goldin August 4, 2020
A Private Cathedral James Lee Burke August 11, 2020
The Less Dead Denise Mina August 18, 2020
Payback Lorenzo Carcaterra August 25, 2020
The Silence Kendra Elliot August 25, 2020
The Cutting Room Ashley Dyer August 25, 2020
Squeeze Me Carl Hiaasen September 29, 2020
Nonfiction
How We Live Now Bill Hayes August 25, 2020
The Socrates Express Eric Weiner August 25, 2020
Romance
The Friendship List Susan Mallery August 4, 2020
You Had Me at Hola Alexis Daria August 4, 2020
No Offense Meg Cabot August 11, 2020
The Dazzling Truth Helen Cullen August 18, 2020
Thick as Thieves Sandra Brown August 25, 2020
Science Fiction
Migrations Charlotte McConaghy August 4, 2020
The New Wilderness Diane Cook August 11, 2020
Short Stories
Why Visit America Matthew Baker August 4, 2020
A House Is a Body Shruti Swamy August 11, 2020
Thriller
Convince Me Nina Sadowsky August 4, 2020
Imperfect Women Araminta Hall August 4, 2020
Luster Raven Leilani August 4, 2020
The First to Lie Hank Phillippi Ryan August 4, 2020
The Silent Wife Karin Slaughter August 4, 2020
The Wicked Sister Karen Dionne August 4, 2020
Under Pressure Robert Pobi August 4, 2020
We Are All the Same in the Dark Julia Heaberlin August 11, 2020
Blood Victory Christopher Rice August 18, 2020
The Second Mother Jenny Milchman August 18, 2020
Final Cut S.J. Watson August 25, 2020
The Glass Kingdom Lawrence Osborne October 6, 2020
Safecracker Ryan Wick December 25, 2020
Unknown
Land of Wolves Craig Johnson August 4, 2020
The Palace Christopher Reich August 4, 2020
The Last Ocean Nicci Gerrard August 11, 2020
Tracking Game Margaret Mizushima August 11, 2020
The Warehouse Rob Hart August 18, 2020
Roughhouse Friday Jaed Coffin August 20, 2020
The Fifth Column Andrew Gross August 25, 2020
Fka USA Reed King August 25, 2020
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2020.07.30 00:21 HonestMission An LGBTQ culture and media starter pack (not a question; LONG list of recommendations)

Hi! I've recently noticed that there has been several posts from gaybros who seem to feel really disconnected from and disengaged with the LGBTQ community. That's understandable, especially when these uncertain times mean that most people aren't in a good frame of mind or at their best.
Seeing that we're all socially distancing, and perhaps still under some form of lockdown, I thought that it would be a good idea to post a (warning: LONG) reading/watching/listening list, given that some of us have plenty of spare time on our hands. I hope that you enjoy discovering something new!
I love many items, and care a lot less for others, but I've tried to approach this objectively. Some music suggestions, btw, aren't by LGBTQ artists, but all of them have appealed varyingly to our community. I've also omitted the really obvious stuff, such as Brokeback Mountain, Madonna and Will & Grace etc.
Feel free to contribute and add your own favourites! A special thanks goes to my good friend, u/Manor4548, for getting the ball rolling with his excellent suggestions. Also, if our excellent mods feel that this post in inappropriate, I'm more than happy to remove it. Please take care and stay safe!
Books
Giovanni's Room by James Baldwin (1956) - intelligent and thoughtful novel from a black gay writer, whose seminal work is currently more important than ever
Quatrefoil: A Modern Novel by James BarJames Fugaté (1950) - ground-breaking romance novel about two men who ultimately reach of point of self-confidence and acceptance
Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic by Alison Bechdel (2006) - lesbian-themed graphic memoir
Senses series by Andrew Grey (2012-2016) - frothy and sentimental yet endearing and engaging romance novels about disabled gay men
Outskirts: Living Life On The Edge by John Grindrod (2017) - part history of the green belt and part memoir of growing up in the British countryside as a gay youngster
Maurice by EM Forster (1971) - posthumously published novel, from the author of Howard's End, which was originally written between 1913 and 1914
The Swimming Pool Library (1988), The Spell (1998) and The Line Of Beauty (2004) by Alan Hollingworth - accomplished and boundary-pushing novelist who explores British gay socio-culture
Tigers & Devils series by Sean Kennedy (2009-2019) - idealistic yet thoroughly likeable romance novels about a charmingly misanthropic movie festival director and a kind yet closeted Australian footballer
The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway (1926) - accidentally queer novel that concerns toxic masculinity; this Literary Hub article provides an excellent introduction to the unintentional queerness of Hemingway's work
Trans: A Memoir by Juliet Jacques (2015) - a British memoir about gender transition, with some thoughtful reflections on trans politics
Insignificant Others by Stephen McCauley (2010) - fun and smart "slice of life" novel about a 50-something gay man
Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston (2019) - playful teen romcom about a bisexual First Son who develops feelings for an English prince
The Last Romeo by Justin Myers (2018) - 30-something Bridget Jones-esque comedy of errors romance about a gay British web journalist who starts a dating blog
The Charioteer by Mary Renault (1953) - cerebral, moving and ultimately positive historical novel, set in a military hospital during World War II, which has prominent themes of repression and self-discovery
A Natural by Ross Raisin (2017) - subtle British novel about a closeted and introverted soccer player
Coming Out To Play by Robbie Rogers with Eric Marcus (2014) - if you love soccer and prefer non-fiction, however, then you might like this memoir from the first openly gay MLS player
Naked by David Sedaris (1997) - a collection of 40-something autobiographical essays from a gay humourist
Real Life by Brandon Taylor (2020) - gay-themed campus novel where a black doctoral student comes of age in a midwestern town
Out Of The Woods by Luke Turner (2019) - frank, intimate and sexually explicit British memoir that deals with bisexuality, religion, sexual abuse, outdoor sex, internalised homophobia and binary labels
Check, Please! by Ngozi Ukazu (2013-2020) - hilarious webcomic about an adorkable gay figure skater, who loves baking and joins his college's ice hockey team-cum-fraternity
Upside Down by NR Walker (2019) - Australian comedy romance involving two homoromantic asexuals
The Less Than Epic Adventures Of TJ & Amal by EK Weaver (2009-2014) - webcomic where a gay slacker comes out and goes on a road trip
Movies & TV
Banana Fish (2018) - anime TV series, based on a magna from the '80s, with a gay male co-protagonist
Beautiful Thing (1996) - idealistic yet 100% charming and pandemic-friendly coming out teen romance, which oozes summery cinematography in one of London's brutalist council estates; Jonathan Harvey later wrote the BBC sitcoms Gimme Gimme Gimme (1999-2001) and Beautiful People (2008-2009)
BPM (2017) - charismatic and moving French drama about HIV-AIDS activism in the early '90s
Bob & Rose (2001) - acclaimed yet short-lived British comedy-drama series, from the creator of Queer As Folk, about an openly gay male school teacher who starts a relationship with a woman
Boy Meets Girl (2015-2016) - realistic enough yet very slight BBC sitcom about a 26-year-old man who falls in love with a 40-year-old trans woman
The Broken Hearts Club: A Romantic Comedy (2000) - likeable, peppy, relatable, upbeat and generally unproblematic "slice of life" movie, about a gay friendship group, from the director of the problematic and overrated Love, Simon; co-stars John Mahoney, Dean Cain and a young Zach Braff
Dead Poets Society (1989) and School Ties (1992) - deeply homoerotic prep school movies
Edge Of Seventeen (1998) - arguably the most realistic coming out movie ever made, although the emphasis is firmly on the "coming of age" side of things
End Of The Century (2019) - 30-something Argentine holiday romance, which is heavily inspired by Before Sunrise and set in Barcelona
Happy Endings (2011-2013) - underrated 20-something American sitcom, with a loveable co-protagonist that's undoubtedly a beacub
Gaycation (2016-2017) - global travel documentary series, co-presented by Ellen Page, which has an LGBTQ slant
Grandma's House (2010-2012) - naturalistic BBC sitcom about a gay son and his Jewish family
Jeffrey (1995) - subversive AIDS-themed romantic comedy which, despite an outstanding supporting performance from Patrick Stewart that really should have garnered an Oscar nomination, is flawed and an acquired taste
Latter Days (2003) and The Falls (2012) - ultra low-budget romantic dramas about gay Mormons, but ultimately more pandemic-friendly than the conversion therapy drama Boy Erased (2018)
Longtime Companion (1989) and The Normal Heart (2014) - emotional and touching dramas about the HIV-AIDS crisis in NYC; Matt Bomer and Jim Parsons' performances in the latter merit special praise
Love Is Strange (2014) - 60-something romantic drama about discrimination and family, starring John Lithgow and Alfred Molina
Love, Valour, Compassion (1997) - melodramatic comedy-drama about a 40-something gay friendship group, although this one is a bitchier and snarkier watch than The Broken Hearts Club; features a star turn from Jason Alexander as a dying HIV-AIDS patient
Maurice (1987) - excellent period drama adaptation of EM Forster's novel; co-stars a young Hugh Grant
A Moment In The Reeds (2017) - romantic drama where a Finnish man bonds with a Syrian asylum seeker at a lakehouse
My Beautiful Laundrette (1985) - pioneering British comedy-drama that critiques racism and Thatcherism, among other things, with a prominent gay subplot; co-stars a young Daniel Day-Lewis
My Own Private Idaho (1991) - surreal road trip drama, partially based on Shakespeare's Henry IV and Henry V, about street hustlers; directed by Gus Van Sant, and starring Keanu Reeves and River Phoenix
Mysterious Skin (2004) - dark, difficult and uncompromising independent drama about the effect of historic sexual abuse on a gay teenage hustler; stars a young Joseph Gordon-Levitt
1985 (2018) - excellent monochrome drama about a closeted and dying man with HIV-AIDS, who is trying to come out to his conservative and suburban family at Christmas
Ocean Waves (1993) - underrated and accidentally queer TV movie from Studio Ghibli; if you don't mind spoilers, then this YouTube video comprehensively explains why Ocean Waves is accidentally queer
Open To Question: Justin Fashanu (1992) - Justin Fashanu, the first openly gay professional soccer player and first black player to command a £1m transfer fee, is interviewed on a Q&A programme for young people; it has been archived online by the BBC as an important historical document
Outland (2012) and Please Like Me (2013-2016) - two Australian comedy series; the former is about five members of an LGBTQ sci-fi club and the latter is about a newly out millennial slacker (which co-stars Pippa from Home & Away!)
Pain & Glory (2019) - Pedro Almodóvar's most recent and arguably most accomplished movie
Paris Is Burning (1990) - important long-form BIPOC/BAME documentary about NYC ballroom culture
Priscilla, Queen Of The Desert (1994) - inspired road trip comedy about three Australian drag queens
Queer Britain (2017) - excellent BBC youth documentary series about LGBTQ issues in Britain, with episodes dedicated to religion, body image, homelessness, racism, porn, and queer identity
Self-Portrait in 23 Rounds: A Chapter In David Wojnarowicz's Life, 1989-1991 (2018) and Keith Haring: Street Art Boy (2020) - long-form documentaries about two iconic gay artists, who died from HIV
Shelter (2007) - cute yet slight low-budget drama about gay self-discovery in the American suburbs
Sum Of Us (1994) - thoroughly affable Australian comedy-drama about a gay son and his accepting father; co-stars a young and pre-fame Russell Crowe
Tales Of The City series (1993, 1998, 2001, 2019) - TV adaptation of seminal gay novel and its sequels
A Taste of Honey (1961) - monochrome kitchen sink dramedy, with a gay male supporting character, which is set in Manchester
Tofu (2015) - short-form web documentary series, from the creator of Queer As Folk, which explores modern attitudes towards sex, with a heavy emphasis on the LGBTQ side of it
Trick (1999) - please take this idealistic overnight romance with a pinch of salt - even if it realistically tackles internalised homophobia in a way that Love, Simon never managed to do - but this superb dramedy is still one of the best and most pandemic-friendly gay movies
The Outs (2012-2013, 2016) - largely realistic and utterly charming web drama about gay adulting in NYC, with a peerless soundtrack; I low-key stan the loveable Jack and Scruffy
Verbotene Liebe (2007-2013) - surprisingly good supercouple plot from a German soap opera, involving a bisexual amateur boxer turned horse trainer, Christian, and his boyfriend/husband, Oliver
The Way He Looks (2014) - cute Brazilian teen romance about blindness and self-discovery
The Wedding Banquet (1993) - Oscar-nominated romantic comedy from China, directed by Ang Lee
Weekend (2011) - minimalist and naturalistic weekend romance, set in the outskirts of Nottingham
Wild Reeds (1994) - Cannes-nominated sexual awakening teen drama, set in early '60s France
Music
Little Earthquakes by Tori Amos (1992) - a very strong introduction to eccentric yet loveable piano-led college pop-rock
Northern Star by Melanie C (1999) - British equivalent of Madonna's seminal Ray Of Light (1998)
Blue Bell Knoll (1988) and Heaven Or Las Vegas (1990) by Cocteau Twins - pioneering ambient dream-pop, which are perhaps the ideal albums for jerk-off sessions and physical intimacy
Doppelgänger by Curve (1992) - a gothic, melodramatic and moody fusion of shoegaze and industrial electronica; fans of Garbage will LOVE this album
No Angel by Dido (1999) - another album that's ideal for masturbation and sex
Disgraceful by Dubstar (1995) - slightly out of time, albeit still excellent, synth-pop from the mid '90s
Chorus by Erasure (1991) - analogue-based synth-pop; will interest those into video game soundtracks, given that it practically sounds like music from Amiga titles at various points
Amplified Heart by Everything But The Girl (1994) - eloquent fusion of acoustic folk-pop and electronica; Tracey Thorn's Record (2018) further consolidated her appeal to the LGBTQ community
Sue (1989) and Ray (1991) by Frazier Chorus - arty and gentle woodwind-based synth-pop that also has the bitchiest and most subversive lyrics imaginable
Chemistry by Girls Aloud (2005) and Emotion by Carly Rae Jepsen (2015) - bubblegum pop artists that throw curveballs by unexpectedly moving into indie-baiting dance-pop territory
Black Cherry by Goldfrapp (2003), State Of Mind by Holly Valance (2003), Come & Get It by Rachel Stevens (2005) and Trip The Light Fantastic by Sophie Ellis-Bextor (2007) - highly regarded electropop albums from the mid-2000s
Françoise Hardy Sings In English by Françoise Hardy (1966), Infamous Angel by Iris DeMent (1992), Whatever by Aimee Mann (1993) and Out Of Range by Ani DiFranco (1994) - refined and superior singer-songwriter material
Paradise AKA Big Fun by Inner City (1989), Adeva by Adeva (1989), And Still I Rise by Alison Limerick (1992) and Everybody's Free by Rozalla (1992) - underrated diva house albums from the late '80s and early '90s
Bonito Generation by Kero Kero Bonito (2016) - day-glo dance-pop that's heavily influenced by The B-52s, J-pop, video game soundtracks, dancehall culture and mid-'90s Eurodance
The Death Of Cool by Kitchens Of Distinction (1992), Copper Blue by Sugar (1992), The Sound Of McAlmont & Butler by McAlmont & Butler (1995), D-D-Don't Stop The Beat by Junior Senior (2002), The Smell Of Our Own by The Hidden Cameras (2003), i by The Magnetic Fields (2004) and Silent Alarm by Bloc Party (2005) - indie bands that are fronted/co-fronted by openly gay men
Thinking It Over by Liberty X (2002) - surprisingly good R&B-led pop from talent show runner-ups
Crooked Mile by Microdisney (1987) - includes Rack, one of the most articulate songs ever written about AIDS; the same applies to It Couldn't Happen Here from Actually by Pet Shop Boys (1987)
Light Years by Kylie Minogue (2000) - perhaps the most cohesive introduction to the Australian queen
Loveless by My Bloody Valentine (1991) - Mysterious Skin undoubtedly proves that shoegaze has LGBTQ appeal, although this is challenging stuff and not for the faint-hearted
Passive Soul by Orlando (1997) - fragile and wallflowery pop that puts a heavy slant on the eclectic
Behaviour by Pet Shop Boys (1990), Echoes by Will Young (2011) and Choreography by Bright Light Bright Light (2016) - gay introspection from 30-something Brits
Very by Pet Shop Boys (1993) and The Tension & The Spark by Darren Hayes (2004) - 30-something coming out albums
Different Class by Pulp (1995) and Coming Up by Suede (1996) - camp and glamorous yet laddy and seedy Britpop, which is largely preoccupied with drugs and sex
A Secret Wish by Propaganda (1985) - gothic and literate synth-pop from Düsseldorf
Body Talk by Robyn (2010) - boundary-pushing dance-pop from the Swedish queen
Original Soundtrack by S-Express (1989) - one of the first UK house music albums to have originated from LGBTQ nightclubs
Foxbase Alpha (1991), So Tough (1993) and Tales From Turnpike House (2005) by Saint Etienne - summery indie-dance cultural love letters to London; Pedro Almodóvar is a big fan of them
Hormonally Yours by Shakespeares Sister (1992) - gothic, melodramatic, sassy and vampy glam pop-rock
We Are Shampoo by Shampoo (1994) and On The Loose by Deuce (1995) - unashamedly trashy bubblegum pop; the latter band was created by former Pet Shop Boys manager Tom Watkins
Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret by Soft Cell (1981) and Youthquake by Dead Or Alive (1985) - camp and melodramatic synth-pop from northern England
Illinois (2005) and Carrie & Lowell (2015) by Sufjan Stevens - if you've seen the movie Call Me By Your Name (2017), then you'll know who this guy is
La Varieté by Weekend (1982), Life by The Cardigans (1995), The Sound Of Music by Pizzicato Five (1995) and Good Humor by Saint Etienne (1998) - fey, kitschy and peppy lounge indie-pop
Titanic Rising by Weyes Blood (2019), Saint Cloud by Waxahatchee (2020) and Punisher by Phoebe Bridgers (2020) - minimalist indie for hipsters
YouTubers
Sam Cushing - likeably grounded and motivated guy who plays the piano and loves his workouts
Riyadh Khalaf - the Iranian-Irish vlogger presenter of Queer Britain
Husband & Husband - nerdy married couple who write comic books and fantasy novels
LanceTheDriver - adorable mature student who loves cars and constantly strives to do good
Eric Mason - endearing and insightful lyrical breakdowns of songs by pop divas
Jacob Michael - cerebral and eloquent musings on the state of modern gay life
PK Creedon - good natured sporty couple who authentically fuse their femininity and masculinity
PJ & Thomas - lovely suburban couple who work in real estate and have adopted a trio of toddlers
Michael Rizzi and Dominick Whelton - sweet city boys who love their fashion and pop culture
Noah Roth and Christian Cook - wholesome college-aged couple who love painting and the outdoors
Stepsof2Foreigners - articulate and refined American-Brazilian couple who are into their travel
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2020.07.29 22:39 BringATwenty Mormonism Was Started During Uncertain Colonial Times As a Secret Military Strategy to Save the Doomed "USA". It Worked. Since Then Mormonism Has Nepotistically Grown To Become The Modern USA's $150 Billion Dollar Fraud. This Original Chain of Events Is Outlined In The Following 42 Critical Points.

  1. After the 8 year long revolutionary war ended in 1783, the "United States of America" still faltered countless times in the following decades. Easterly landlocked colonial territories outlined on paper as "States" could not come together as "One Nation". Different military's, militias, brotherhoods, factions, factions within factions, slavery and counterfeit money bred constant chaos. For many periods over those following decades attacks from Great Britain, Spain, France, Mexico and the warring Indian tribes they supplied meant the easterly landlocked territories were doomed to be conquered by one nation or another. (Even Russiahad a trade presence on the west coast) Year in and year out, every day and every night, every primitive, easterly landlocked, colonial territory's survival was threatened. (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) (8) (9)
  2. The Nation needed to expand West to save Freedom but the unorganized military was spread too thin. Some settlers made progress with peaceful Native American tribes yet wagon trains of settlers who dared to venture West were still violently slaughtered by warring Indian tribes. Young, old, no one was spared. Stories of the violent massacres kept many settlers held up in the landlocked territories. Other's fled back to England. Still others came. (1) (2)
  3. The guiding hand of a centuries old Scottish Brotherhood can be seen throughout the USA's founding decades. Known founding fathers George Washington (1732-1799), Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790), Paul Revere (1735-1818), John Hancock (1736-1793) and others were members of the Brotherhood's different factions within factions spread across the territories. Hidden history reveals so much more about these founding fathers than many know. For example, George Washington still owned 300 slaves upon his death. Paul Revere was a master of metals and an entrepreneur and his clients included the US Government (1) (2). Dynamic Oligarch, Governor, Inventor and swimmer Benjamin Franklin (1) (2) might one day go down in history as a colonial version of Bruce Wayne/Batman. (1) (2) (3) (4) (5))
  4. Faraway on the other side of the globe, during the same time the revolutionary war was going on, England's Captain James Cook, a global explorer and close associate of the Brotherhood, led the discovery of what would become Hawaii. He saw firsthand how polygamy could grow a nation quickly. Word of the native island people and their bounty of ancestral legends, ocean going stories and treasure traveled around the globe and throughout the Brotherhood's ranks on both sides of the Atlantic. Among the native's Cook and his crew were first revered as immortals but about a year later Cook was attacked and killed as an imposter. This did not phase other explorers and visitors. Travel by ship to the islands became so familiar during colonial times that when conquering Hawaiian King Kamehameha passed away his drunken son LihoLiho, who carried the King's title in name only, traded away a substantial portion of the island's treasures for a yacht built by a Salem, Massachusetts family prominent in seafaring, politics and the military (Crowninshield). After the yacht reached the islands in 1820 it was extensively and expensively remodeled under LihoLiho's orders. It suspiciously sank in a Kauai bay less than two years later and LihoLiho suspiciously died on a peculiar, ill fated trip to Great Britain in 1824. (1) (2) (3)
  5. In the failing US Territories of the late 1700's and early 1800's, patriotic leaders prayed and planned and searched for ways to save the failed Nation. Guidance was sought. Plans were constantly suggested and evaluated. Different members of the Brotherhood secretly suggested laying the foundation for a massive religious following built by polygamy to successfully pave the way West so the failed Nation could expand and be saved.
  6. During this critical time, at least 14 stories of different people having similar "religious" experiences popped up around the territories. None of them created a great following. (1)
  7. During the 34 years spanning 1787-1821, the US's first 24 easterly landlocked states were formed on paper. However, 61% of these states were formed during the first 16 years of that period. For the last 18 years of that period, the pace of forming states had come to a violent halt with only 7 being formed. The chaotic territory known on paper as the "USA" was on the doorstep of imminent failure and what would become a quarter century blight where only two more states would be formed on paper. (1821-1845) (1)
  8. That 1821-1845 time period coincidentally also covers 99.9% of the time that the published, foundational beginnings of "Mormonism" occurred. 1820 is the published year of Joseph Smith's First Vision. 1847 is the published year Brigham Young strategically ordered his west coast bound following to suddenly stop in Mexico Territory at an enormous salt filled lake smack dab in the center of the American continent's untamed West. Even though it was in Mexico Territory at the time, the location of this Great Salt Lake was perfectly centralized in the continent's West and could serve as the doorstep to how the West could be won. Over the next 20 years after Brigham Young's arrival an estimated 60,000-70,000 faithful pioneers would follow. Many were followers of Mormonism. Many practiced polygamy. Many would be sent in all direction of the West to faithfully colonize strategic territories and pave the way for the Nation's armies (1).
  9. For nearly 195 years, Mormonism has surreptitiously weaved historical claims about a man named "Martin Harris" (1783-1875). Mormonism claims Harris was a humble farmer who's greedy wife left him after he mortgaged their family farm to faithfully pay today's equivalent of hundreds of thousands of dollars for the first publishing of the boy Joseph Smith's "The Book of Mormon" and that shortly after that economic failure and other critical founding roles Harris lost faith in Mormonism but later rejoined Mormonism in Utah at the very end of his 92 year long life. (1)) (2) Hidden history reveals that these claims about Harris ARE EXACTLY HOW HE WANTED IT. The purveyors of Mormonism go to great lengths to perpetuate these myths about Harris even today. If you don't accept the boy "Joseph Smith" as a child prophet who grew into a man prophet, Harris' purveyors of Mormonism want you to hate Joseph Smith as an impossible genius-con artist-pedophile so you fail to see the truth of who Harris really was and what Harris really did.
  10. "History is written by the victor" and the past two centuries demonstrate that Harris definitely was the victor. This is because in reality Harris' "greedy wife" "Lucy" was actually his child cousin. Yes she was a child. Yes she was his first cousin. She was 15 and he was 25 when he forced her to marry him. Yet within Mormonism story after story leaves this critical detail out. Additionally for one reason or another Lucy became partially deaf over the next 20 years. There is also at least one report that in addition to sexually abusing this child Harris also physically abused her. This is an indication of Harris' proclivity to control children. Harris eventually fathered 6 children) through Lucy's nubile womb. 28 years later and after being physically separated from Harris for years, Lucy suspiciously died at the age of 42. Weeks later then 52 year old Harris married 21 year old Caroline Young. A niece of Brigham Young. He fathered 7 children through here nubile womb.
  11. Like the Crowninshield's and other influential families throughout critical parts of the chaotic New England territories, The Harris family was also wealthy, well connected and zealously patriotic. With his father Nathan Harris, and his brothers (Emer and Preserved) Martin controlled hundreds of productive acres in the Palmyra, New York region with complex operations producing a river of revenue from livestock and linen. Martin Harris' father Nathan Harris and mother Rhoda Lapham Harris originally moved the Harris family to the Palmyra, New York area in 1796, 20 years before the poverty stricken Smith's would arrive practically on Harris' doorstep. (1) (For the Sum of $3000 By Susan Easton Black)
  12. The white linen Martin produced was so exceptional that he won several awards for it. Since Mormonism's beginning days, the wearing of multiple layers of white clothing has been expected of followers. For decades manufacturing this clothing and selling it to followers has been a secret, multi-million dollar industry for Mormonism. The white clothing includes under garments for daily wear by males and females as well as outer garments for wear in private ceremonies. (For the Sum of $3000 By Susan Easton Black)
  13. Harris was a zealous patriot. At 29 years old, four years after forcing his child cousin to marry him, he began regularly leaving his life of power, wealth and marriage as a "Harris" to regularly fight during the 3 years of "The War of 1812". ( "The War of 1812" was actually "The War of 1812-1815".) Harris was recognized as a leader and an honored war veteran at war's end. As an honored war veteran, is it safe to suggest that he became familiar with killing in the name of patriotism as wars require of brave men and women (1) ?
  14. Harris was a convincing story teller. He once got people to donate money for what he claimed would be used to support the Christian Greeks fighting the Turks. He also claimed Jesus appeared to him in the form of a deer and walked with him for a couple miles. He also claimed an incident regarding a flickering candle was the work of the devil. (1) (2))
  15. After the War of 1812, the well respected, wealthy, influential, honored, 33 year old Martin Harris was nominated to be "Road Overseer" in the Palmyra region. A position he controlled for the next 7 years. This included the 7 years it took to finally construct New England's Eerie Canal.
  16. The dynamic Harris was an influential supporter of the Eerie Canal and it's possible route. Harris made sure the route passed by he and his father's lands. This would expand their river of cash and operations to the eastern territories in exponential ways. This river of cash would be used by many to finance business and patriotic endeavors in the failed Nation. (1) Prior to the Eerie Canal "New York" was way down on the list of in-demand territorial ports. Historical economist's acknowledge that the Eerie Canal made New York the leading port and global economic powerhouse that it has been for nearly two centuries.
  17. The boy Joseph Smith Jr. was born December 23, 1805. The poverty stricken Smith family relocated 8 times in the chaotic New England area during Joseph's Smith Jr.'s first 10 years. If they were in Europe they may have been referred to as "gypsys". With Great Britain's latest attack and eventual retreat underway after the War of 1812, the Smith family with it's many sons of working age moved to Palmyra in 1816 in search of work on the controversial, to be built "Eerie Canal". (To this day, published Mormon history acts as if the Eerie Canal doesn't exist.)
  18. During these colonial decades, almost 1 in 5 children did not survive their first year. The Smith family was no exception. Although some children are not listed here in 1816 the living and to-be-born members of Smith family included Joseph Smith Sr. (father, 45, d. 1840), Lucy Mack Smith (Mother, 41, d. 1856), Alvin Smith (son, 18, d. 1823), Hyrum Smith (son, 16, d. 1844), Sophronia (daughter, 13, d. 1876), Joseph Smith Jr. (son, 10, d. 1844), Samuel Smith (son, 8 d. 1844), William Smith (son, 5, d. 1894), Katherine Smith (daughter, 3, d. 1900), Don Carlos (son, newborn, d. 1841). Lucy Smith would be born 5 years later, d. 1882). Shortly after arriving in the Palmyra region, the poverty stricken, uneducated Smith family took over a primitive cabin less than 1 mile from Harris's lands that bordered the future route of Eerie Canal. This was the Smith family's 8th move in Joseph Smith Jr.'s 10 years. After moving so many times, they absolutely moved here to gain work on the Eerie Canal. This move would be the families last. Mother Lucy Smith would bury all but one Smith male during the first 25 years of Mormonism's beginnings. (1)
  19. Harris was 22 years older than Joseph Smith. As a well known, wealthy local and "Road Overseer" who regularly hired local boys and men to work on his own lands, Harris met the Smith family with it's many sons around 1816 when Smith's moved to Palmyra. Harris did not live within 1 mile of the Smith family for 8 or 10 years before meeting them as Mormon history weaves. Harris likely learned of the arrival of the Smith family within days of their arrival to Palmyra through longtime Palmyra residents including the resident who owned the tiny primitive cabin the large Smith family moved into. (For the Sum of $3000 By Susan Easton Black, map, page 6)
  20. Within published Mormonism there are also conflicting accounts spanning three violent chaotic colonial years when Martin Harris met "Joseph Smith". Some accounts claim it was 1824, some claim it was 1827. This would have been when Joseph Smith was 18...or 21. Another ignored, critical discrepancy. (1) (2)
  21. In the early 1800, as years of chaotic uncertainty unfolded, for one reason or another Harris appropriated the Brotherhood's patriotic goals for the Nation for himself. Among other things he knew of the other religious experiences told by others around the territories. (Harris would eventually become related by marriage to one of the story tellers). Harris saw that a young mans voice was needed for a following to catch on. For that, the powerful Harris chose a young many to be a voice of his own. This voice was that of 18 year old Alvin Smith). However, as Harris laid the ground work for his patriotic cause over the next 4 years, headstrong Alvin resisted. Because Hyrum was also older than 18 after those 4 years and like Alvin would have been privy to some of the Brotherhood's publishing's and ceremonies that Harris borrowed (or stole) from, Harris skipped choosing Hyrum as a potential "voice" and chose Joseph, the dynamic, naïve, uneducated, friendly, 14 year old boy who walked with a limp. This is now the year 1820 and is when the boy Joseph's published stories begin. 4 years later though, Alvin was engaged to be married and saw potential for the Smith's without their dependence on the Harris' for work. He began to interfere with the powerful Harris' grooming and temptations of the impressionable Joseph. With the fate of the Nation at stake and no more time to find another voice amid Joseph's waiverings growing ever more critical as he too approached the age of 18, the wealthy, zealous, altruistic, powerful, patriotic Harris ordered Alvin's murder . It was just four and a half weeks before Joseph's 18th birthday. After Alvin's death, Harris used threats towards other Smith family members to ensure Joseph would not waiver. Fearing for the rest of his family and now 3 year old little Lucy, and with no "911" to call and no one else to come to their aid, 17 year old Joseph and the rest of the Smith family would become Harris' emotional hostages for the next two decades. Just like Harris had done with his child cousin who he forced to marry him, Harris had gained control of the boy Joseph and the Smiths.
  22. The powerful Harris, his father and their faction, ("The Men Who Visit") continued freely catalyzing Mormonism and the Book of Mormon from the Brotherhood's materials. They also used materials from forced and unforced sources including authors of 6 previous publications (#3). In their zeal, with their power, influence and use of violence they were able to greatly reduce the prominence of the publications they borrowed and stole from.
  23. Mormonism's publishings indicate "The Book of Mormon" was originally a 30-60 pound heavy stack of gold plates discovered in a sealed box under a boulder and that the box also included a sword (The Sword of Laban), a spherical compass (The Liahona) and a breast plate with a pair of primitive glasses attached to it. Publishing's indicate that translation of the engraved writings on the plates occurred by Joseph Smith without him looking at the plates but instead by Joseph wearing the Urim and Thummim and iterating out loud the words that appeared to him. If he didn't want to use the plates, he could also use a black stone he had been led to. If he didn't want to use the black stone, he could use a white stone he already had. (1). A scribe who was either his first wife Emma, Martin Harris, David Whitmer or Oliver Cowdery. (2)
  24. Harris' reputation for being wealthy was well known enough that in 1833 he was sued and jailed for $1000 (what some would say is today's economic equivalent of $500,000) by a young woman for publicly saying she had a "bastard child". In that day women couldn't sue a man alone so the suit was brought by a male friend of the woman. Harris posted bail and left. The suit was quietly dismissed under the claim that the woman was already "scandalous" prior to her claims against the well known Harris. (Link available by download through google search "the imprisonment of Martin Harris").
  25. During the following years under Harris control, naive Joseph resisted at times. Joseph tried to break free at times. Joseph sought funding for his own militia. Joseph spoke in code to his militia. As a victim, out of survival or as an eventual participant, Joseph absolutely made mistakes.
  26. A city was built around Mormonism. Harris and his endless river of cash and connections from the Eerie Canal was never far away. Day by day Harris' barges on the Eerie Canal sent one fortune of goods after another to the eastern territories. At the port of New York, the empty barges were loaded with immigrants grateful to have some place inland to go. Stories of the American Bible gave them something to believe in. For one reason or another, many of these early male, female and child immigrants were from Scotland...
  27. Harris and his faction forced Joseph to claim that 24 different angels appeared to Joseph including Adam, Moses, Noah and other biblical characters.
  28. Harris' self-fulfilling prophecy involving patriotically well-connected aristocrats Charles Anthon, Luther Bradish and Samuel L. Mitchell. Note that Bradish was a literary agent of profound, well educated early American author James Fenimore Cooper. Cooper is the author of "The Leatherstocking Tales", "The Last of the Mohicans" and other known titles. Cooper was also a midshipman in the US Navy who was very familiar with the working of ocean vessels. Like Benjamin Franklin, Cooper was known for his intellect and occasionally mischievous creativity. (1) "The Book of Mormon" contains ocean going stories (1) (2). Like Harris, Bradish also fought in the "War of 1812". These are just a few of the critical circles of influence needed to catalyze something like "The Book of Mormon" and Mormonism and to see it through to fruition while minimizing and eliminating obstacles along the way. These are the kind of critical circles of influence that a naive, uneducated, poor, handicapped, gypsy boy from a new-to-the-neighborhood family just did not have.
  29. In 1844, with thousands of immigrant and American born followers spread across many New England territories and elsewhere, Harris secretly ordered Joseph to began preparations to lead Mormonism's followers from Nauvoo into the West to save the failed USA. Instead, the naive Joseph believed he could save the failed USA by becoming President of the USA himself. Believing he was finally too powerful for Harris to kill him, Joseph publicly announced his campaign for President of the USA. With no time to spare, the zealous, patriotic Harris immediately ordered the murder of Joseph Smith and two of his three remaining brothers. Within weeks of Joseph's presidential announcement Joseph and his older brother Hyrum were arrested and killed within days (June 27, 1844). With thousands of followers, his own militia and the bounties of an entire growing city at his fingertips, Joseph allowed himself to be arrested believing that he and Harris would reconcile. After Joseph and Hyrum's murder however, in an insidious taunt to other less heinous factions who's attempts failed to gain a following and to remove all obstacles at seeing his own faction's plans through, Harris ordered the murder of younger brother Samuel Smith 33 days later (July 30, 1844). The number 33 is significant within the Brotherhood. For one reason or another Harris spared the Smith females (Mother Lucy Mack, daughter's Sophronia, Katherine, Lucy) and the youngest living Smith son at the time William. In all, 6 Smith male family members including Alvin (murder), Joseph Smith Sr. (suspicious), Don Carlos (illness), Hyrum (murder), Joseph (murder) and Samuel (murder) died during the Lord's careful "Restoration of the Gospel".
  30. After Joseph's unbelievable, tragic and violent murder Mormonism split into multiple groups with several different leaders emerging. Some believed in polygamy some didn't. 1) Brigham eventually led the majority into the West. 2) Joseph's family and first wife Emma stayed in Nauvoo. 3) Other followers went to Philadelphia. 4) Others went on a ship to sail to the continent's west coast with Samuel Brannan (who pulled a page from Benjamin Franklin's book of propaganda and sensationalism and started the gold rush of 1849 by publishing reports of gold in the area in eastern markets. Brannan is recognized by many as the west coast's first millionaire although not from "gold". Like many others in Mormonism's founding days publishings indicate Brannan was also eventually "exiled" from Mormonism). 5) Other's followed James Strange (Strange was Harris' back up plan in case Brigham was killed or failed. Strange led a following to northern territories on the Great Lakes. Harris was never far away from Strange. Strange eventually also produced "writings" from plates he claimed he was led to. (Harris is noted within Mormon history as being responsible for "losing" 116 pages of writings Joseph produced). Strange was murdered 9 years after Brigham Young stopped his following at the salt lake in the center of the West and the West was won.
  31. During this period other people would mysteriously die or disappear. Harris and/or people claiming to be associated with the US Government were never far away. (1)
  32. Within two years of Mormonism conquering the West, US states started being formed on paper again. This ended the quarter century blight that began shortly before Mormonism's founding days. (1)
  33. When it came time for Brigham Young to commission a statue to commemorate Mormonism's settling of "Salt Lake City" and to be placed at the entrance to his expansive "Utah Territory" property instead of choosing an angel Moroni, a figure of Joseph, or anything related to Mormonism he chose an eagle on top of a 5-pointed star. This statue commemorating the "Gate for the Eagle" became known as "The Eagles Gate". These symbols acknowledged the conquering of the American continent's West by Freemasonry under the banner of the USA. Although the "Eagle" has always been highly visible, the "Star" is seldom mentioned publicly but is clearly visible in person and in many images. This Star is also used throughout Mormonism's early ecclesiastical buildings. Note that in the 1970's some groups with nefarious purposes adopted the 5-pointed star ("pentagram") as a purported satanic symbol however among different uses related to the USA, it had been used for over a century to also represent the rising Eastern Star.
  34. Between his 15 year old child cousin bride Lucy (10 years his junior) and his mysterious bride Caroline (29 years his junior), Martin Harris fathered 13 living children through the two females nubile wombs. Today there are 13 secret corporations that control Mormonism's $100 billion dollars.
  35. Images of Martin Harris in his later years (1870) show him holding a staff with a serpant's head. 116 years before, Benjamin Franklin used a serpant as patriotic imagery (1754).
  36. Although images of just about everyone else in Mormonism's founding days exist, Mormonism maintains that no images of Joseph Smith exist. Instead, they elect to use handsome cartoon renderings of Joseph Smith that generate millions of dollars in revenue every year. This is while Mormonism also ignores reports of at least one photograph and forensic science that indicates a less sensationalized image of Joseph Smith. Naturally, this image also demonstrates more family semblance with Alvin Smith than the cartoon images do.
  37. Of all figures in Mormonism's beginnings the grave marker of the forgotten Martin Harris is by far the most substantial. Joseph Smith doesn't even have his own marker. His is shared with his brother Hyrum and his first wife Emma even though Emma married a non-Mormon on Joseph Smith's birthday 3 years later. Mormonism goes to great lengths to hide Emma's marriage to a non-mormon after Joseph's murder especially with the critical role of Emma that has been weaved throughout Mormonism and the translation.
  38. Polygamy openly continued for over 60 years before being renounced so Utah could officially become a State. Polygamy continued privately for decades and continues still in many ways due to Mormonism maintaining spiritual polygamy.
  39. Mormonism openly practicing racism until 1978.
  40. Nepotistic connections through blood or marriage existed throughout Mormonism's founding days with the 3 witnesses and the 8 witnesses and continues today. (1) (2) (3) (4) (5). Note that of the "3 Witnesses" Martin Harris was one. One was also a "Whitmer". 4 of the "8 Witnesses" were Whitmer's. "Hyrum Page" of the "8 Witnesses" was married to a Whitmer. Joseph Smith's father and two brothers make up the rest of the "8". All most all of the witnesses eventually left Mormonism but out of fear of retribution from Harris' faction they never recanted their stories or roles in Mormonism.
  41. Today Mormonism is a nepotistic (1) (2) (3) (4) $150 Billion tax-free corporation masquerading as a "religion". It owns influential roles in companies you know and use everyday. $100 Billion of that ill-gotten wealth places Mormonism among the top 5 of the largest cash reserves in the USA. Additional billions are held in real estate development (one example), media control (NBC-UTAH), the USA's largest cattle producer, the USA's largest nut producer, Universities in Utah, Idaho and Hawaii (BYU) and billions of dollars more in tax free capital raising buildings disguised as chapels, temples and other "ecclesiastical" buildings. Even though Mormonism continues to have lie after lie revealed about it, it maintains disturbing nepotistic control over the State of Utah and it's political, legal, municipal, educational and media offices as well as it's global at-risk "volunteer" force of tens of thousands of teenagers).
  42. If Mormonism doesn't seem like an insidious regime yet this link should make it perfectly clear.
This all means that Today, Utah's population of 3 million people and millions of others around the globe are subject to a nepotistic, evil regime and are in DESPERATE need of rescue by the Federal Government.
MR. PRESIDENT PLEASE HELP US!
"Save Utah Save The Nation"
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2020.07.29 04:00 GeranimoAllons-y Some history with Disease Louise and other reminders for why going back isn't possible (TRIGGER WARNING)

I do not consent to any of my content or stories of my past being shared on any other forum. Seriously if you lurk these subs for content to your shitty clickbait sites you are an asshole.
Hello all! Again I must start out with massive thanks to the positive response to my last post, it means so much to hear that I'm doing the right thing. As I'm sure many, if not all, of us here have a hard time cutting the cord when the time comes and the guilt that comes with finally setting boundaries after a lifetime of negative programming. I also really appreciated the book recommendations, I have picked up a few that were recommended, including the gift of fear and a child called it (as well as the two sequels). So far I have finished a child called it and that's what has prompted me to make this post.
I'm going to put a trigger warning here. This post will mention child abuse, neglect, sexual abuse, and suicidal thoughts and actions. If you cannot handle those things please stop reading now.
For those of you who don't know, A Child Called It is the story of a little boy named David who went through horrific abuse at the hands of his mother. I believe the book mentioned that this turned out to be the 2nd worst case of child abuse in California history. As I was reading this terrible story I couldn't help but notice how much our "mothers" had in common. After I finished the book I just sat and sobbed. I cried for David and all he went through, because while I had it bad it wasn't as bad as him. But I also cried for myself. Cried that teachers, CPS, and even DL's pastor couldn't save me.
Below I am going to list out some of the worst things that have ever happened to me. Some of them Disease Louise told me about within the last two years and some of them I remember. I'm talking about this here for three reasons.
Firstly, because I have lived my whole life conditioned to hiding Disease Louise's secrets, but this is my life and these are my experiences. She cannot control me any longer.
Secondly, because now that I am finally completely no contact with DL whenever I feel weak and like I should go crawling back like I have in the past I come here first and reread all of the wonderful supporting comments you amazing people leave me telling me how strong I am and how this is what's right.
Finally, the third reason is simple. Because I know that when I tell you here what happened, I know that you will believe me. You won't tell me that my mother could never have done those things, that it's just my imagination, or that I deserved it.
I'm going to write them out in a list as that will be easiest.
  • Tried to drown me in a bathtub when I was less than 6 months old
  • Allowed my biological father to rape me until I was 2 years old. I don't know how long it went on, only that it didn't stop until my grandfather found out. My grandpa kicked his ass and threatened to kill him if he ever came around me again.
  • When I started having nightmares about the sexual assualt(s) DL lied and told me that I was misremembering. That the scenes I saw in my dreams were from when she had to put diaper cream on me. I was dreaming that I was held down in a bathroom at the base of a toilet and "hurt". For what it's worth, my grandfather found my bio-father assaulting me in the bathroom.
  • Between the ages of 3 and 8 there were more instances of physical abuse than I can count. I have had concussions, broken ribs, broken fingers, broken toes, been knocked unconscious, been choked unconscious, thrown into walls, beaten with various instruments resulting in bruises, whelps, and broken skin. Had boiling water thrown on me, black eyes, busted lips and more.
  • At 9 Disease Louise held a knife to my throat over some homework. At this time I could barely read and my teacher wouldn't allow me to sit in the classroom so I was failing (another story for another sub) DL, frustrated with the fact that I was failing pressed a knife into my throat and told me that if I brought home another bad grade she would kill me. This is something she brags about to this day, because after this my grades rose. Of course she doesn't mention my amazing 5th grade teacher that taught me how to read and made sure I understood everything going on.
  • Blamed me when CPS was finally called. She assumed I had told on her. I never told her that it was her best friend and our neighbor who had called. The wagons were circled and by the time CPS came for our home visit she had me well trained in what to say. They said it must have been a false report.
  • When I hit puberty (early, I was 9 almost 10) and my sleazy stepfather started making sexual advances on me DL blamed me. Saying that if I was a "real modest christian woman" that my grown ass stepfather would leave me alone. Whenever I would mention his inappropriate behavior I would be punished. Eventually I just stopped bringing it up.
  • After hitting puberty and as my body began to develop Disease Louise started coming into the bathroom as I would shower, turn the water all the way to hot and would "spank" me for whatever imaginary transgression I had committed that day. Most of the time these spankings would result in whelps and broken skin. Once she tired out she would have me turn my broken skin under the scalding water while she stood there and watched.
  • By the time I was 15 I was depressed and suicidal. I had an active plan to end my life and honestly, I was ready. I was so tired of living in fear and pain, I just wanted peace. In a last cry for help I confided in Disease Louise that I wanted to die. I asked for help. She told me that she wouldn't take me to a therapist but that I could talk to our churches pastor. I didn't trust him, I knew that whatever I said would get back to DL. Which in hindsight is probably why she didn't want me to go to therapy, they were mandated reporters where as my pastor wouldn't interfere in "family matters". Eventually I did talk to him, after one session he urged Disease Louise to take me to therapy, telling her that I needed more help than he could give me. She didn't take me.
  • I was perfectly trained as a cook and housekeeper. I was a mother to my younger brothers and managed my own schoolwork on top of it. My brothers were not expected to help or contribute to the household.
  • I was expected to do Disease Louise's laundry every night and have her clothes dried and laid out for her every morning by 5 am so she could go to work. If this wasn't done, or if she had to look for her own socks and underwear there would be hell to pay.
  • When I reached my senior year of high school (when DL got pregnant with me) Disease Louise became increasingly paranoid that I was sleeping around. I was belittled, called a whore, had things thrown at me, etc. For the record, I lost my virginity at 23 to my now husband.
  • Refused to allow me to attend a college of my choice, I was so brain washed I didn't realize I didn't have to listen to her. I ended up attending a small unaccredited college under the umbrella of the church DL attends and getting a useless degree.
  • When I started dating my husband DL wasted no time in letting me know that my latino bf would make my life as miserable as my different kind of latino step father had made hers. Never mind the fact that my boyfriend had never treated me anything me but kindly and with respect. We have been married 3 years now and he still treats me the same as he did when we first started dating.
  • And lastly, but my personal favorite, Disease Louise decided that I was her retirement plan. She let me know that "when the time comes" she planned on moving in with my husband and myself and any future children we had by this time. This was the first time I stood up to DL. I told her that she would need a new plan because I'd already served my time and she would need to rely on one of her sons because I was done being her caretaker. The CBF was amazing. It was even better when I let her know that my MIL (who is amazing) had moved in with my husband and I.
This is a list of what most of my life has been like. I know that it may have been hard to read through, I know it was hard to type it out. But telling all of you amazing people the things I have been through is what gives me strength to keep going and not look back.
I know that I feel strong and empowered right now. That I think I will never turn back and let myself be treated that way again. But I know that the reality is that one of these days I will be weak. That I will want my "family" back and will do what I have in the past to come back into the fold. But as I've mentioned before, whenever I start to feel weak I come back here, to my old posts and all of your comments and I get the strength to carry on.
All I can do now is remember that I am no longer the little girl that Disease Louise could hurt and terrify. I am a grown woman and I am in charge of my own destiny. I owe Disease Louise nothing. I know that from all I've told you here its easy from the outside to look in and say it's in my best interest to never let that terrible woman in my life again. Believe me I feel that way too. But at my core I am weak. I'm just a little girl who wants her mother to love her, though even I know that will never be the case.
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2020.07.26 18:03 BegoniaInBloom [Saturday Social Media Summary Extravaganza] 26 July 2020

Hello! SSMSE has been on holiday for a few weeks, and then recently encountered some technical problems, but we're back and ready to go! And if you're wondering what day it is, you're not alone. Thanks as always to fewfiet for all the ideas and suggestions this week.
If you haven't already, make sure you check out the recent post from Nyorobon of Team BridgeLane and answer their survey about team social media
Rider News
Happy birthday, Andre Greipel!
With no races to go to, Bauke Mollema celebrated his daughter's 8th birthday with her for the first time.
But Darwin Atapuma was leaving his three month old daughter behind in Colombia
Alexander Kristoff posed with his wife and twin babies
After winning on the virtual Ventoux, Michael Woods posted a cute picture with his daughter, and made a good point too
Marco Marcato and Ignatas Konovalovas enjoyed family time at the beach
You're never too young to learn about winning Olympic and Commonwealth medals
Plenty of recent illness/injury among retired riders, with
It's great to see Matteo Moschetti is back to fitness
I was amazed (and happy) to see this update from Niki Terpstra
And good news from Edoardo Zardini, now recovering from collar bone surgery
It's not often we see the riders not wearing their kits (or official leisurewear) so I enjoyed Marco Haller and Eduard Grosu in traditional outfits. Marcus Burghardt is still rocking the lederhosen (and appears to have a clothing sponsor too). Chloe Dygert on the other hand, looks bang up to date and ready for a stylish night out.
Racing is Back! Nice is all dressed up ready for the Tour de France
Alexey Lutsenko is looking forward to - er, how do you spell that?
Rui Costa can help.
Just what Harold Tejeda wants to see at the airport: no mask, and no shoes
All Creatures Great and Small
Michal Kwiatkowski and Ryan Mullen both have new dogs, and Mullen received some flack for this picture
James Shaw also has a lovely new dog, and has since posted more about him than about bikes
Eros Capecchi and Giada Borgato's dog Stiby (yes, he's named after Stybar) has grown up a lot since we last saw him on here. He's learnt to read, started to lose his baby teeth and visited the beach.
Regular readers will be familiar with Manuel Belletti's sweet relationship with Gina, his cat. Now they have been joined by a new kitten. Meet Romeo.
I thought that the trend of exercising with your dog had died out. But Neah Evans is still going strong with it.
Dario Cataldo and his dogs went on an adventure
I wish there was a way of saving Instagram story videos, because this shot of Jacopo Guarnieri giving his dog a foot massage really doesn't convey how much they were both enjoying it
Out on the road, Davide Ballerini met a hungry goat, Luis Angel Mate kept his distance from some wild pigs and Mavi Garcia was accompanied by a beautiful macaw
Manuele Boaro was so entranced by a flock of sheep on the road that he went live with a video. Enjoy his happy reactions.
Georgios Bouglas showed us a tiny tortoise
Niccolo Bonifazio was a good Samaritan for a thirsty lizard; this camel (!) didn't need his help though
Thibaut Pinot's goat met Christian Prudhomme
There has been an abundance of horses encountered in the wild lately
Training Camps
It's been hard to escape the gorgeous views over the past few weeks, as the teams prepare for the restart. Mostly the surroundings looked like this, or this, but sometimes you couldn't see the scenery at all.
For the men of Trek, there was joy at being reunited after such a long time apart, and Vincenzo Nibali and Giulio Ciccone took the opportunity to destroy the local KOMs
Nippo-Delko secreted themselves away in a converted French monastery with tranquil pools, and trained among the lavender fields and lakes
By contrast, Bora had a wild time in Austria. I guess there are no vertigo suffers on the team...
I believe this might be a trust exercise. Or maybe the cycling equivalent of a three-legged race
Direct Energie's rest day activity appeared to be a missing persons search, but I guess they might have been hiking
Both Lotto Soudal and Movistar went picnicking
Some teams looked like they were trying to do social distancing, but not all of them
Just imagine being one of these young fans of FDJ
The women of Spain's national team held a camp, and ended up doing some impromptu cyclo-cross too
At least they kept their feet dry
After long days in the mountains, Sunweb had the very definition of a quiet evening playing cards and board games, and AG2R did jigsaw puzzles
Poor Riccardo Minali had his quiet time rudely interrupted
Out on the Road
How many riders does it take to mend a puncture?
I don't think Rigoberto Uran has quite mastered motor pacing
And Simone Velasco looks ready to try some motor doping
Ton-up for Samuele Battistella in the Dolomites
Tut-tut. Here are Fausto Masnada and Tobias Ludvigsson both riding no-handed - and Ludvigsson attempting to avoid sharp tan lines. Chloe Dygert revealed why she doesn't have any at all. (More on tan lines later.)
Annemiek van Vleuten trained with Eduardo Affini and Antwan Tolhoek, and the world champion was keen to start racing against her rivals again. I won't break the spoiler rule today by mentioning anything about how that might have turned out.
I winced watching Vincenzo Nibali's video. Yet another close pass by a large van.
A few weeks ago, I saw abenomic mention how much they enjoyed seeing riders out training in mixed groups with friends from other teams, and it's an aspect of the sport that I really like too. Most are away with their own teams now, but here are a few nice moments which show the friendships in the peloton.
Food and Drink
The bread making craze is over, but Maria Paula Tobias is still baking amazing desserts and has spent the last few months supporting a local food distribution network near her home in Mexico too
Romain Bardet's meal out deserves to be posted on /WeWantPlates
Antonio Tiberi chatted live on Instagram, and ate his dinner at the same time
Normally Matteo Busato shows off what he's cooked. Not this time, he was much too hungry
Time to avoid the bagged salads for a while
Where do George Bennett and Eros Capecchi put it all??
At their respective training camps, both Nicolas Roche and [Fabio Jakobsen(https://i.imgur.com/RXgoxE7.jpg) were reunited with their personal baristas]
What on earth is going on here?
Random Stuff (in no particular order)
I felt sure that Giovanni Carboni would be our featured Italian Legs post this week
But then Iuri Filosi and Mauro Finetto decided to relax in the garden after going out training, and we got a double dose. This might be your reaction, too!
I'm not sure how I feel about this
Or this.
What a nice exchange between Jose Hermida and Petr Vakoc
In their off time, the sport of choice lately seems to be golf. Laurens de Vreese appears to know what he's doing but I think Lucasz Owsian might need more lessons. Alexis Vuillermoz found himself a special golf partner.
Barbara Guarischi impressed me with her slackline skills (another one where I wish I could have saved the video for you)
Not for the first time, we saw a cyclist spotting themselves in a TV quiz. Meanwhile Kirsten Wild had a question for us to answer.
fewfiet, I hope you have one of these t-shirts
Alex Dowsett had strong words for internet trolls
Bahrain have a suit sponsor. Who knew? Ivan Garcia Cortina looks very sharp in his. And especially for Schele_Sjakie, here's confirmation that he's still got all his lockdown hair.
I am in love with Warren Barguil's tricoleur shoes. And look at Quentin Jauregui. Only a Frenchman could carry that look off successfully.
I've had a bee in my bonnet about sunburn/sun damage recently. It worries me that our athletes are storing up problems for the future.
Looking for face masks? I might know a man...
Instagram's algorithm needs some work
Edward Theuns has embraced Tik Tok
Laurens De Vreese isn't just a rap star, you know
This prize looks much better than the Tro-Bro Leon pig
What I want to know is, does Imanol Erviti have a Sheyla Gutiérrez neck warmer?
And does Esteben Chavez have a Fabio Aru mask?
Here's a behind the scenes look at Instagram, featuring a field of cabbages
Cyclists come in many shapes and sizes
Aleksander Vlasov and Eduard Grosu were seen enjoying some pampering
Check out Caleb Ewan's Batmobile
Poor Froome! Geraint Thomas appears to have moved on already
Meanwhile Luke Rowe is tagging Wout Poels in pictures he isn't even in
That's all for now. Enjoy your day!
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2020.07.23 16:25 VoxChiasmus Utah's Mormonism is The Deep State

TL;DR - A Colonial Military Cult Disguised As a Religion Saved the Failed USA Then Nepotistically Grew To Become The Modern USA's $100 Billion Dollar Regime: 42 Facts.

  1. After the 8 year long revolutionary war ended in 1783, the "United States of America" still faltered countless times in the coming decades. Easterly landlocked colonial territories outlined on paper as "States" could not come together as "One Nation". Different military's, militias, brotherhoods, factions, factions within factions, slavery and counterfeit money bred constant chaos. For many periods over those following decades attacks from Great Britain, Spain, France, Mexico and the warring Indian tribes they supplied meant the easterly landlocked territories were doomed to be conquered by one nation or another. (Even Russia had a trade presence on the west coast) Year in and year out, every day and every night, every primitive, easterly landlocked, colonial territory's survival was threatened. (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) (8) (9)
  2. The Nation needed to expand West to save Freedom but the unorganized military was spread too thin. Some settlers made progress with peaceful Native American tribes yet wagon trains of settlers who dared to venture West were still violently slaughtered by warring Indian tribes. Young, old, no one was spared. Stories of the violent massacres kept many settlers held up in the landlocked territories. Other's fled back to England. Still others came. (1) (2)
  3. The guiding hand of a centuries old Scottish Brotherhood can be seen throughout the USA's founding decades. Known founding fathers George Washington (1732-1799), Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790), Paul Revere (1735-1818), John Hancock (1736-1793) and others were members of the Brotherhood's different factions within factions spread across the territories. Hidden history reveals so much more about these founding fathers than many know. For example, George Washington still owned 300 slaves upon his death. Paul Revere was a master of metals and an entrepreneur and his clients included the US Government (1) (2). Dynamic Oligarch, Governor, Inventor and swimmer Benjamin Franklin (1) (2) might one day go down in history as a colonial version of Bruce Wayne/Batman. (1) (2) (3) (4) (5))
  4. Faraway on the other side of the globe, during the same time the revolutionary war was going on, England's Captain James Cook, a global explorer and close associate of the Brotherhood, led the discovery of what would become Hawaii. He saw firsthand how polygamy could grow a nation quickly. Word of the native island people and their bounty of ancestral legends, ocean going stories and treasure traveled around the globe and throughout the Brotherhood's ranks on both sides of the Atlantic. Among the native's Cook and his crew were first revered as immortals but about a year later Cook was attacked and killed as an imposter. This did not phase other explorers and visitors. Travel by ship to the islands became so familiar during colonial times that when conquering Hawaiian King Kamehameha passed away his drunken son LihoLiho, who carried the King's title in name only, traded away a substantial portion of the island's treasures for a yacht built by a Salem, Massachusetts family prominent in seafaring, politics and the military (Crowninshield). After the yacht reached the islands in 1820 it was extensively and expensively remodeled under LihoLiho's orders. It suspiciously sank in a Kauai bay less than two years later and LihoLiho suspiciously died on a peculiar, ill fated trip to Great Britain in 1824. (1) (2) (3)
  5. In the failing US Territories of the late 1700's and early 1800's, patriotic leaders prayed and planned and searched for ways to save the failed Nation. Guidance was sought. Plans were constantly suggested and evaluated. Different members of the Brotherhood secretly suggested laying the foundation for a massive religious following built by polygamy to successfully pave the way West so the failed Nation could expand and be saved.
  6. During this critical time, at least 14 stories of different people having similar "religious" experiences popped up around the territories. None of them created a great following. (1)
  7. During the 34 years spanning 1787-1821, the US's first 24 easterly landlocked states were formed on paper. However, 61% of these states were formed during the first 16 years of that period. For the last 18 years of that period, the pace of forming states had come to a violent halt with only 7 being formed. The chaotic territory known on paper as the "USA" was on the doorstep of imminent failure and what would become a quarter century blight where only two more states would be formed on paper. (1821-1845) (1)
  8. That 1821-1845 time period coincidentally also covers 99.9% of the time that the published, foundational beginnings of "Mormonism" occurred. 1820 is the published year of Joseph Smith's First Vision. 1847 is the published year Brigham Young strategically ordered his west coast bound following to suddenly stop in Mexico Territory at an enormous salt filled lake smack dab in the center of the American continent's untamed West. Even though it was in Mexico Territory at the time, the location of this Great Salt Lake was perfectly centralized in the continent's West and could serve as the doorstep to how the West could be won. Over the next 20 years after Brigham Young's arrival an estimated 60,000-70,000 faithful pioneers would follow. Many were followers of Mormonism. Many practiced polygamy. Many would be sent in all direction of the West to faithfully colonize strategic territories and pave the way for the Nation's armies (1).
  9. For nearly 195 years, Mormonism has surreptitiously weaved historical claims about a man named "Martin Harris" (1783-1875). Mormonism claims Harris was a humble farmer who's greedy wife left him after he mortgaged their family farm to faithfully pay today's equivalent of hundreds of thousands of dollars for the first publishing of the boy Joseph Smith's "The Book of Mormon" and that shortly after that economic failure and other critical founding roles Harris lost faith in Mormonism but later rejoined Mormonism in Utah at the very end of his 92 year long life. (1)) (2) Hidden history reveals that these claims about Harris ARE EXACTLY HOW HE WANTED IT. The purveyors of Mormonism go to great lengths to perpetuate these myths about Harris even today. If you don't accept the boy "Joseph Smith" as a child prophet who grew into a man prophet, Harris' purveyors of Mormonism want you to hate Joseph Smith as an impossible genius-con artist-pedophile so you fail to see the truth of who Harris really was and what Harris really did.
  10. "History is written by the victor" and the past two centuries demonstrate that Harris definitely was the victor. This is because in reality Harris' "greedy wife" "Lucy" was actually his child cousin. Yes she was a child. Yes she was his first cousin. She was 15 and he was 25 when he forced her to marry him. Yet within Mormonism story after story leaves this critical detail out. Additionally for one reason or another Lucy became partially deaf over the next 20 years. There is also at least one report that in addition to sexually abusing this child Harris also physically abused her. This is an indication of Harris' proclivity to control children. Harris eventually fathered 6 children) through Lucy's nubile womb. 28 years later and after being physically separated from Harris for years, Lucy suspiciously died at the age of 42. Weeks later then 52 year old Harris married 21 year old Caroline Young. A niece of Brigham Young. He fathered 7 children through here nubile womb.
  11. Like the Crowninshield's and other influential families throughout critical parts of the chaotic New England territories, The Harris family was also wealthy, well connected and zealously patriotic. With his father Nathan Harris, and his brothers (Emer and Preserved) Martin controlled hundreds of productive acres in the Palmyra, New York region with complex operations producing a river of revenue from livestock and linen. Martin Harris' father Nathan Harris and mother Rhoda Lapham Harris originally moved the Harris family to the Palmyra, New York area in 1796, 20 years before the poverty stricken Smith's would arrive practically on Harris' doorstep. (1) (For the Sum of $3000 By Susan Easton Black)
  12. The white linen Martin produced was so exceptional that he won several awards for it. Since Mormonism's beginning days, the wearing of multiple layers of white clothing has been expected of followers. For decades manufacturing this clothing and selling it to followers has been a secret, multi-million dollar industry for Mormonism. The white clothing includes under garments for daily wear by males and females as well as outer garments for wear in private ceremonies. (For the Sum of $3000 By Susan Easton Black)
  13. Harris was a zealous patriot. At 29 years old, four years after forcing his child cousin to marry him, he began regularly leaving his life of power, wealth and marriage as a "Harris" to regularly fight during the 3 years of "The War of 1812". ( "The War of 1812" was actually "The War of 1812-1815".) Harris was recognized as a leader and an honored war veteran at war's end. As an honored war veteran, is it safe to suggest that he became familiar with killing in the name of patriotism as wars require of brave men and women (1) ?
  14. Harris was a convincing story teller. He once got people to donate money for what he claimed would be used to support the Christian Greeks fighting the Turks. He also claimed Jesus appeared to him in the form of a deer and walked with him for a couple miles. He also claimed an incident regarding a flickering candle was the work of the devil. (1) (2))
  15. After the War of 1812, the well respected, wealthy, influential, honored, 33 year old Martin Harris was nominated to be "Road Overseer" in the Palmyra region. A position he controlled for the next 7 years. This included the 7 years it took to finally construct New England's Eerie Canal.
  16. The dynamic Harris was an influential supporter of the Eerie Canal and it's possible route. Harris made sure the route passed by he and his father's lands. This would expand their river of cash and operations to the eastern territories in exponential ways. This river of cash would be used by many to finance business and patriotic endeavors in the failed Nation. (1) Prior to the Eerie Canal "New York" was way down on the list of in-demand territorial ports. Historical economist's acknowledge that the Eerie Canal made New York the leading port and global economic powerhouse that it has been for nearly two centuries.
  17. The boy Joseph Smith Jr. was born December 23, 1805. The poverty stricken Smith family relocated 8 times in the chaotic New England area during Joseph's Smith Jr.'s first 10 years. If they were in Europe they may have been referred to as "gypsys". With Great Britain's latest attack and eventual retreat underway after the War of 1812, the Smith family with it's many sons of working age moved to Palmyra in 1816 in search of work on the controversial, to be built "Eerie Canal". (To this day, published Mormon history acts as if the Eerie Canal doesn't exist.)
  18. During these colonial decades, almost 1 in 5 children did not survive their first year. The Smith family was no exception. Although some children are not listed here in 1816 the living and to-be-born members of Smith family included Joseph Smith Sr. (father, 45, d. 1840), Lucy Mack Smith (Mother, 41, d. 1856), Alvin Smith (son, 18, d. 1823), Hyrum Smith (son, 16, d. 1844), Sophronia (daughter, 13, d. 1876), Joseph Smith Jr. (son, 10, d. 1844), Samuel Smith (son, 8 d. 1844), William Smith (son, 5, d. 1894), Katherine Smith (daughter, 3, d. 1900), Don Carlos (son, newborn, d. 1841). Lucy Smith would be born 5 years later, d. 1882). Shortly after arriving in the Palmyra region, the poverty stricken, uneducated Smith family took over a primitive cabin less than 1 mile from Harris's lands that bordered the future route of Eerie Canal. This was the Smith family's 8th move in Joseph Smith Jr.'s 10 years. After moving so many times, they absolutely moved here to gain work on the Eerie Canal. This move would be the families last. Mother Lucy Smith would bury all but one Smith male during the first 25 years of Mormonism's beginnings. (1)
  19. Harris was 22 years older than Joseph Smith. As a well known, wealthy local and "Road Overseer" who regularly hired local boys and men to work on his own lands, Harris met the Smith family with it's many sons around 1816 when Smith's moved to Palmyra. Harris did not live within 1 mile of the Smith family for 8 or 10 years before meeting them as Mormon history weaves. Harris likely learned of the arrival of the Smith family within days of their arrival to Palmyra through longtime Palmyra residents including the resident who owned the tiny primitive cabin the large Smith family moved into. (For the Sum of $3000 By Susan Easton Black, map, page 6)
  20. Within published Mormonism there are also conflicting accounts spanning three violent chaotic colonial years when Martin Harris met "Joseph Smith". Some accounts claim it was 1824, some claim it was 1827. This would have been when Joseph Smith was 18...or 21. Another ignored, critical discrepancy. (1) (2)
  21. In the early 1800, as years of chaotic uncertainty unfolded, for one reason or another Harris appropriated the Brotherhood's patriotic goals for the Nation for himself. Among other things he knew of the other religious experiences told by others around the territories. (Harris would eventually become related by marriage to one of the story tellers). Harris saw that a young mans voice was needed for a following to catch on. For that, the powerful Harris chose a young many to be a voice of his own. This voice was that of 18 year old Alvin Smith). However, as Harris laid the ground work for his patriotic cause over the next 4 years, headstrong Alvin resisted. Because Hyrum was also older than 18 after those 4 years and like Alvin would have been privy to some of the Brotherhood's publishing's and ceremonies that Harris borrowed (or stole) from, Harris skipped choosing Hyrum as a potential "voice" and chose Joseph, the dynamic, naïve, uneducated, friendly, 14 year old boy who walked with a limp. This is now the year 1820 and is when the boy Joseph's published stories begin. 4 years later though, Alvin was engaged to be married and saw potential for the Smith's without their dependence on the Harris' for work. He began to interfere with the powerful Harris' grooming and temptations of the impressionable Joseph. With the fate of the Nation at stake and no more time to find another voice amid Joseph's waiverings growing ever more critical as he too approached the age of 18, the wealthy, zealous, altruistic, powerful, patriotic Harris ordered Alvin's murder . It was just four and a half weeks before Joseph's 18th birthday. After Alvin's death, Harris used threats towards other Smith family members to ensure Joseph would not waiver. Fearing for the rest of his family and now 3 year old little Lucy, and with no "911" to call and no one else to come to their aid, 17 year old Joseph and the rest of the Smith family would become Harris' emotional hostages for the next two decades. Just like Harris had done with his child cousin who he forced to marry him, Harris had gained control of the boy Joseph and the Smiths.
  22. The powerful Harris, his father and their faction, ("The Men Who Visit") continued freely catalyzing Mormonism and the Book of Mormon from the Brotherhood's materials. They also used materials from forced and unforced sources including authors of 6 previous publications (#3). In their zeal, with their power, influence and use of violence they were able to greatly reduce the prominence of the publications they borrowed and stole from.
  23. Mormonism's publishings indicate "The Book of Mormon" was originally a 30-60 pound heavy stack of gold plates discovered in a sealed box under a boulder and that the box also included a sword (The Sword of Laban), a spherical compass (The Liahona) and a breast plate with a pair of primitive glasses attached to it. Publishing's indicate that translation of the engraved writings on the plates occurred by Joseph Smith without him looking at the plates but instead by Joseph wearing the Urim and Thummim and iterating out loud the words that appeared to him. If he didn't want to use the plates, he could also use a black stone he had been led to. If he didn't want to use the black stone, he could use a white stone he already had. (1). A scribe who was either his first wife Emma, Martin Harris, David Whitmer or Oliver Cowdery. (2)
  24. Harris' reputation for being wealthy was well known enough that in 1833 he was sued and jailed for $1000 (what some would say is today's economic equivalent of $500,000) by a young woman for publicly saying she had a "bastard child". In that day women couldn't sue a man alone so the suit was brought by a male friend of the woman. Harris posted bail and left. The suit was quietly dismissed under the claim that the woman was already "scandalous" prior to her claims against the well known Harris. (Link available by download through google search "the imprisonment of Martin Harris").
  25. During the following years under Harris control, naive Joseph resisted at times. Joseph tried to break free at times. Joseph sought funding for his own militia. Joseph spoke in code to his militia. As a victim, out of survival or as an eventual participant, Joseph absolutely made mistakes.
  26. A city was built around Mormonism. Harris and his endless river of cash and connections from the Eerie Canal was never far away. Day by day Harris' barges on the Eerie Canal sent one fortune of goods after another to the eastern territories. At the port of New York, the empty barges were loaded with immigrants grateful to have some place inland to go. Stories of the American Bible gave them something to believe in. For one reason or another, many of these early male, female and child immigrants were from Scotland...
  27. Harris and his faction forced Joseph to claim that 24 different angels appeared to Joseph including Adam, Moses, Noah and other biblical characters.
  28. Harris' self-fulfilling prophecy involving patriotically well-connected aristocrats Charles Anthon, Luther Bradish and Samuel L. Mitchell. Note that Bradish was a literary agent of profound, well educated early American author James Fenimore Cooper. Cooper is the author of "The Leatherstocking Tales", "The Last of the Mohicans" and other known titles. Cooper was also a midshipman in the US Navy who was very familiar with the working of ocean vessels. Like Benjamin Franklin, Cooper was known for his intellect and occasionally mischievous creativity. (1) "The Book of Mormon" contains ocean going stories (1) (2). Like Harris, Bradish also fought in the "War of 1812". These are just a few of the critical circles of influence needed to catalyze something like "The Book of Mormon" and Mormonism and to see it through to fruition while minimizing and eliminating obstacles along the way. These are the kind of critical circles of influence that a naive, uneducated, poor, handicapped, gypsy boy from a new-to-the-neighborhood family just did not have.
  29. In 1844, with thousands of immigrant and American born followers spread across many New England territories and elsewhere, Harris secretly ordered Joseph to began preparations to lead Mormonism's followers from Nauvoo into the West to save the failed USA. Instead, the naive Joseph believed he could save the failed USA by becoming President of the USA himself. Believing he was finally too powerful for Harris to kill him, Joseph publicly announced his campaign for President of the USA. With no time to spare, the zealous, patriotic Harris immediately ordered the murder of Joseph Smith and two of his three remaining brothers. Within weeks of Joseph's presidential announcement Joseph and his older brother Hyrum were arrested and killed within days (June 27, 1844). With thousands of followers, his own militia and the bounties of an entire growing city at his fingertips, Joseph allowed himself to be arrested believing that he and Harris would reconcile. After Joseph and Hyrum's murder however, in an insidious taunt to other less heinous factions who's attempts failed to gain a following and to remove all obstacles at seeing his own faction's plans through, Harris ordered the murder of younger brother Samuel Smith 33 days later (July 30, 1844). The number 33 is significant within the Brotherhood. For one reason or another Harris spared the Smith females (Mother Lucy Mack, daughter's Sophronia, Katherine, Lucy) and the youngest living Smith son at the time William. In all, 6 Smith male family members including Alvin (murder), Joseph Smith Sr. (suspicious), Don Carlos (illness), Hyrum (murder), Joseph (murder) and Samuel (murder) died during the Lord's careful "Restoration of the Gospel".
  30. After Joseph's unbelievable, tragic and violent murder Mormonism split into multiple groups with several different leaders emerging. Some believed in polygamy some didn't. 1) Brigham eventually led the majority into the West. 2) Joseph's family and first wife Emma stayed in Nauvoo. 3) Other followers went to Philadelphia. 4) Others went on a ship to sail to the continent's west coast with Samuel Brannan (who pulled a page from Benjamin Franklin's book of propaganda and sensationalism and started the gold rush of 1849 by publishing reports of gold in the area in eastern markets. Brannan is recognized by many as the west coast's first millionaire although not from "gold". Like many others in Mormonism's founding days publishings indicate Brannan was also eventually "exiled" from Mormonism). 5) Other's followed James Strange (Strange was Harris' back up plan in case Brigham was killed or failed. Strange led a following to northern territories on the Great Lakes. Harris was never far away from Strange. Strange eventually also produced "writings" from plates he claimed he was led to. (Harris is noted within Mormon history as being responsible for "losing" 116 pages of writings Joseph produced). Strange was murdered 9 years after Brigham Young stopped his following at the salt lake in the center of the West and the West was won.
  31. During this period other people would mysteriously die or disappear. Harris and/or people claiming to be associated with the US Government were never far away. (1)
  32. Within two years of Mormonism conquering the West, US states started being formed on paper again. This ended the quarter century blight that began shortly before Mormonism's founding days. (1)
  33. When it came time for Brigham Young to commission a statue to commemorate Mormonism's settling of "Salt Lake City" and to be placed at the entrance to his expansive "Utah Territory" property instead of choosing an angel Moroni, a figure of Joseph, or anything related to Mormonism he chose an eagle on top of a 5-pointed star. This statue commemorating the "Gate for the Eagle" became known as "The Eagles Gate". These symbols acknowledged the conquering of the American continent's West by Freemasonry under the banner of the USA. Although the "Eagle" has always been highly visible, the "Star" is seldom mentioned publicly but is clearly visible in person and in many images. This Star is also used throughout Mormonism's early ecclesiastical buildings. Note that in the 1970's some groups with nefarious purposes adopted the 5-pointed star ("pentagram") as a purported satanic symbol however among different uses related to the USA, it had been used for over a century to also represent the rising Eastern Star.
  34. Between his 15 year old child cousin bride Lucy (10 years his junior) and his mysterious bride Caroline (29 years his junior), Martin Harris fathered 13 living children through the two females nubile wombs. Today there are 13 secret corporations that control Mormonism's $100 billion dollars.
  35. Images of Martin Harris in his later years (1870) show him holding a staff with a serpant's head. 116 years before, Benjamin Franklin used a serpant as patriotic imagery (1754).
  36. Although images of just about everyone else in Mormonism's founding days exist, Mormonism maintains that no images of Joseph Smith exist. Instead, they elect to use handsome cartoon renderings of Joseph Smith that generate millions of dollars in revenue every year. This is while Mormonism also ignores reports of at least one photograph and forensic science that indicates a less sensationalized image of Joseph Smith. Naturally, this image also demonstrates more family semblance with Alvin Smith than the cartoon images do.
  37. Of all figures in Mormonism's beginnings the grave marker of the forgotten Martin Harris is by far the most substantial. Joseph Smith doesn't even have his own marker. His is shared with his brother Hyrum and his first wife Emma even though Emma married a non-Mormon on Joseph Smith's birthday 3 years later. Mormonism goes to great lengths to hide Emma's marriage to a non-mormon after Joseph's murder especially with the critical role of Emma that has been weaved throughout Mormonism and the translation.
  38. Polygamy openly continued for over 60 years before being renounced so Utah could officially become a State. Polygamy continued privately for decades and continues still in many ways due to Mormonism maintaining spiritual polygamy.
  39. Mormonism openly practicing racism until 1978.
  40. Nepotistic connections through blood or marriage existed throughout Mormonism's founding days with the 3 witnesses and the 8 witnesses and continues today. (1) (2) (3) (4) (5). Note that of the "3 Witnesses" Martin Harris was one. One was also a "Whitmer". 4 of the "8 Witnesses" were Whitmer's. "Hyrum Page" of the "8 Witnesses" was married to a Whitmer. Joseph Smith's father and two brothers make up the rest of the "8". All most all of the witnesses eventually left Mormonism but out of fear of retribution from Harris' faction they never recanted their stories or roles in Mormonism.
  41. Today Mormonism is a nepotistic (1) (2) (3) (4) $150 Billion tax-free corporation masquerading as a "religion". It owns influential roles in companies you know and use everyday. $100 Billion of that ill-gotten wealth places Mormonism among the top 5 of the largest cash reserves in the USA. Additional billions are held in real estate development (one example), media control (NBC-UTAH), the USA's largest cattle producer, the USA's largest nut producer, Universities in Utah, Idaho and Hawaii (BYU) and billions of dollars more in tax free capital raising buildings disguised as chapels, temples and other "ecclesiastical" buildings. Even though Mormonism continues to have lie after lie revealed about it, it maintains disturbing nepotistic control over the State of Utah and it's political, legal, municipal, educational and media offices as well as it's global at-risk "volunteer" force of tens of thousands of teenagers).
  42. If Mormonism doesn't seem like an insidious regime yet this link should make it perfectly clear.

This all means that Today, Utah's population of 3 million people and millions of others around the globe are subject to a nepotistic, evil regime and are in DESPERATE need of rescue by the Federal Government.
MR. PRESIDENT PLEASE HELP US!
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2020.07.22 23:44 VoxChiasmus 42 Reasons A Colonial Military Cult Disguised As a Religion Saved the Failed USA Then Nepotistically Grew To Become A Modern Evil Regime With $100 Billion At It's Fingertips.

  1. After the 8 year long revolutionary war ended in 1783, the "United States of America" still faltered countless times in the coming decades. Easterly landlocked colonial territories outlined on paper as "States" could not come together as "One Nation". Different military's, militias, brotherhoods, factions, factions within factions, slavery and counterfeit money bred constant chaos. For many periods over those following decades attacks from Great Britain, Spain, France, Mexico and the warring Indian tribes they supplied meant the easterly landlocked territories were doomed to be conquered by one nation or another. (Even Russia had a trade presence on the west coast) Year in and year out, every day and every night, every primitive, easterly landlocked, colonial territory's survival was threatened. (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) (8) (9)

  1. The Nation needed to expand West to save Freedom but the unorganized military was spread too thin. Some settlers made progress with peaceful Native American tribes yet wagon trains of settlers who dared to venture West were still violently slaughtered by warring Indian tribes. Young, old, no one was spared. Stories of the violent massacres kept many settlers held up in the landlocked territories. Other's fled back to England. Still others came. (1) (2)

  1. The guiding hand of a centuries old Scottish Brotherhood can be seen throughout the USA's founding decades. Known founding fathers George Washington (1732-1799), Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790), Paul Revere (1735-1818), John Hancock (1736-1793) and others were members of the Brotherhood's different factions within factions spread across the territories. Hidden history reveals so much more about these founding fathers than many know. For example, George Washington still owned 300 slaves upon his death. Paul Revere was a master of metals and an entrepreneur and his clients included the US Government (1) (2). Dynamic Oligarch, Governor, Inventor and swimmer Benjamin Franklin (1) (2) might one day go down in history as a colonial version of Bruce Wayne/Batman. (1) (2) (3) (4) (5))

  1. Faraway on the other side of the globe, during the same time the revolutionary war was going on, England's Captain James Cook, a global explorer and close associate of the Brotherhood, led the discovery of what would become Hawaii. He saw firsthand how polygamy could grow a nation quickly. Word of the native island people and their bounty of ancestral legends, ocean going stories and treasure traveled around the globe and throughout the Brotherhood's ranks on both sides of the Atlantic. Among the native's Cook and his crew were first revered as immortals but about a year later Cook was attacked and killed as an imposter. This did not phase other explorers and visitors. Travel by ship to the islands became so familiar during colonial times that when conquering Hawaiian King Kamehameha passed away his drunken son LihoLiho, who carried the King's title in name only, traded away a substantial portion of the island's treasures for a yacht built by a Salem, Massachusetts family prominent in seafaring, politics and the military (Crowninshield). After the yacht reached the islands in 1820 it was extensively and expensively remodeled under LihoLiho's orders. It suspiciously sank in a Kauai bay less than two years later and LihoLiho suspiciously died on a peculiar, ill fated trip to Great Britain in 1824. (1) (2) (3)

  1. In the failing US Territories of the late 1700's and early 1800's, patriotic leaders prayed and planned and searched for ways to save the failed Nation. Guidance was sought. Plans were constantly suggested and evaluated. Different members of the Brotherhood secretly suggested laying the foundation for a massive religious following built by polygamy to successfully pave the way West so the failed Nation could expand and be saved.

  1. During this critical time, at least 14 stories of different people having similar "religious" experiences popped up around the territories. None of them created a great following. (1)

  1. During the 34 years spanning 1787-1821, the US's first 24 easterly landlocked states were formed on paper. However, 61% of these states were formed during the first 16 years of that period. For the last 18 years of that period, the pace of forming states had come to a violent halt with only 7 being formed. The chaotic territory known on paper as the "USA" was on the doorstep of imminent failure and what would become a quarter century blight where only two more states would be formed on paper. (1821-1845) (1)

  1. That 1821-1845 time period coincidentally also covers 99.9% of the time that the published, foundational beginnings of "Mormonism" occurred. 1820 is the published year of Joseph Smith's First Vision. 1847 is the published year Brigham Young strategically ordered his west coast bound following to suddenly stop in Mexico Territory at an enormous salt filled lake smack dab in the center of the American continent's untamed West. Even though it was in Mexico Territory at the time, the location of this Great Salt Lake was perfectly centralized in the continent's West and could serve as the doorstep to how the West could be won. Over the next 20 years after Brigham Young's arrival an estimated 60,000-70,000 faithful pioneers would follow. Many were followers of Mormonism. Many practiced polygamy. Many would be sent in all direction of the West to faithfully colonize strategic territories and pave the way for the Nation's armies (1).

  1. For nearly 195 years, Mormonism has surreptitiously weaved historical claims about a man named "Martin Harris" (1783-1875). Mormonism claims Harris was a humble farmer who's greedy wife left him after he mortgaged their family farm to faithfully pay today's equivalent of hundreds of thousands of dollars for the first publishing of the boy Joseph Smith's "The Book of Mormon" and that shortly after that economic failure and other critical founding roles Harris lost faith in Mormonism but later rejoined Mormonism in Utah at the very end of his 92 year long life. (1)) (2) Hidden history reveals that these claims about Harris ARE EXACTLY HOW HE WANTED IT. The purveyors of Mormonism go to great lengths to perpetuate these myths about Harris even today. If you don't accept the boy "Joseph Smith" as a child prophet who grew into a man prophet, Harris' purveyors of Mormonism want you to hate Joseph Smith as an impossible genius-con artist-pedophile so you fail to see the truth of who Harris really was and what Harris really did.

  1. "History is written by the victor" and the past two centuries demonstrate that Harris definitely was the victor. This is because in reality Harris' "greedy wife" "Lucy" was actually his child cousin. Yes she was a child. Yes she was his first cousin. She was 15 and he was 25 when he forced her to marry him. Yet within Mormonism story after story leaves this critical detail out. Additionally for one reason or another Lucy became partially deaf over the next 20 years. There is also at least one report that in addition to sexually abusing this child Harris also physically abused her. This is an indication of Harris' proclivity to control children. Harris eventually fathered 6 children) through Lucy's nubile womb. 28 years later and after being physically separated from Harris for years, Lucy suspiciously died at the age of 42. Weeks later then 52 year old Harris married 21 year old Caroline Young. A niece of Brigham Young. He fathered 7 children through here nubile womb.

  1. Like the Crowninshield's and other influential families throughout critical parts of the chaotic New England territories, The Harris family was also wealthy, well connected and zealously patriotic. With his father Nathan Harris, and his brothers (Emer and Preserved) Martin controlled hundreds of productive acres in the Palmyra, New York region with complex operations producing a river of revenue from livestock and linen. Martin Harris' father Nathan Harris and mother Rhoda Lapham Harris originally moved the Harris family to the Palmyra, New York area in 1796, 20 years before the poverty stricken Smith's would arrive practically on Harris' doorstep. (1) (For the Sum of $3000 By Susan Easton Black)

  1. The white linen Martin produced was so exceptional that he won several awards for it. Since Mormonism's beginning days, the wearing of multiple layers of white clothing has been expected of followers. For decades manufacturing this clothing and selling it to followers has been a secret, multi-million dollar industry for Mormonism. The white clothing includes under garments for daily wear by males and females as well as outer garments for wear in private ceremonies. (For the Sum of $3000 By Susan Easton Black)

  1. Harris was a zealous patriot. At 29 years old, four years after forcing his child cousin to marry him, he began regularly leaving his life of power, wealth and marriage as a "Harris" to regularly fight during the 3 years of "The War of 1812". ( "The War of 1812" was actually "The War of 1812-1815".) Harris was recognized as a leader and an honored war veteran at war's end. As an honored war veteran, is it safe to suggest that he became familiar with killing in the name of patriotism as wars require of brave men and women (1) ?

  1. Harris was a convincing story teller. He once got people to donate money for what he claimed would be used to support the Christian Greeks fighting the Turks. He also claimed Jesus appeared to him in the form of a deer and walked with him for a couple miles. He also claimed an incident regarding a flickering candle was the work of the devil. (1) (2))

  1. After the War of 1812, the well respected, wealthy, influential, honored, 33 year old Martin Harris was nominated to be "Road Overseer" in the Palmyra region. A position he controlled for the next 7 years. This included the 7 years it took to finally construct New England's Eerie Canal.

  1. The dynamic Harris was an influential supporter of the Eerie Canal and it's possible route. Harris made sure the route passed by he and his father's lands. This would expand their river of cash and operations to the eastern territories in exponential ways. This river of cash would be used by many to finance business and patriotic endeavors in the failed Nation. (1) Prior to the Eerie Canal "New York" was way down on the list of in-demand territorial ports. Historical economist's acknowledge that the Eerie Canal made New York the leading port and global economic powerhouse that it has been for nearly two centuries.

  1. The boy Joseph Smith Jr. was born December 23, 1805. The poverty stricken Smith family relocated 8 times in the chaotic New England area during Joseph's Smith Jr.'s first 10 years. If they were in Europe they may have been referred to as "gypsys". With Great Britain's latest attack and eventual retreat underway after the War of 1812, the Smith family with it's many sons of working age moved to Palmyra in 1816 in search of work on the controversial, to be built "Eerie Canal". (To this day, published Mormon history acts as if the Eerie Canal doesn't exist.)

  1. During these colonial decades, almost 1 in 5 children did not survive their first year. The Smith family was no exception. Although some children are not listed here in 1816 the living and to-be-born members of Smith family included Joseph Smith Sr. (father, 45, d. 1840), Lucy Mack Smith (Mother, 41, d. 1856), Alvin Smith (son, 18, d. 1823), Hyrum Smith (son, 16, d. 1844), Sophronia (daughter, 13, d. 1876), Joseph Smith Jr. (son, 10, d. 1844), Samuel Smith (son, 8 d. 1844), William Smith (son, 5, d. 1894), Katherine Smith (daughter, 3, d. 1900), Don Carlos (son, newborn, d. 1841). Lucy Smith would be born 5 years later, d. 1882). Shortly after arriving in the Palmyra region, the poverty stricken, uneducated Smith family took over a primitive cabin less than 1 mile from Harris's lands that bordered the future route of Eerie Canal. This was the Smith family's 8th move in Joseph Smith Jr.'s 10 years. After moving so many times, they absolutely moved here to gain work on the Eerie Canal. This move would be the families last. Mother Lucy Smith would bury all but one Smith male during the first 25 years of Mormonism's beginnings. (1)

  1. Harris was 22 years older than Joseph Smith. As a well known, wealthy local and "Road Overseer" who regularly hired local boys and men to work on his own lands, Harris met the Smith family with it's many sons around 1816 when Smith's moved to Palmyra. Harris did not live within 1 mile of the Smith family for 8 or 10 years before meeting them as Mormon history weaves. Harris likely learned of the arrival of the Smith family within days of their arrival to Palmyra through longtime Palmyra residents including the resident who owned the tiny primitive cabin the large Smith family moved into. (For the Sum of $3000 By Susan Easton Black, map, page 6)

  1. Within published Mormonism there are also conflicting accounts spanning three violent chaotic colonial years when Martin Harris met "Joseph Smith". Some accounts claim it was 1824, some claim it was 1827. This would have been when Joseph Smith was 18...or 21. Another ignored, critical discrepancy. (1) (2)

  1. In the early 1800, as years of chaotic uncertainty unfolded, for one reason or another Harris appropriated the Brotherhood's patriotic goals for the Nation for himself. Among other things he knew of the other religious experiences told by others around the territories. (Harris would eventually become related by marriage to one of the story tellers). Harris saw that a young mans voice was needed for a following to catch on. For that, the powerful Harris chose a young many to be a voice of his own. This voice was that of 18 year old Alvin Smith). However, as Harris laid the ground work for his patriotic cause over the next 4 years, headstrong Alvin resisted. Because Hyrum was also older than 18 after those 4 years and like Alvin would have been privy to some of the Brotherhood's publishing's and ceremonies that Harris borrowed (or stole) from, Harris skipped choosing Hyrum as a potential "voice" and chose Joseph, the dynamic, naïve, uneducated, friendly, 14 year old boy who walked with a limp. This is now the year 1820 and is when the boy Joseph's published stories begin. 4 years later though, Alvin was engaged to be married and saw potential for the Smith's without their dependence on the Harris' for work. He began to interfere with the powerful Harris' grooming and temptations of the impressionable Joseph. With the fate of the Nation at stake and no more time to find another voice amid Joseph's waiverings growing ever more critical as he too approached the age of 18, the wealthy, zealous, altruistic, powerful, patriotic Harris ordered Alvin's murder . It was just four and a half weeks before Joseph's 18th birthday. After Alvin's death, Harris used threats towards other Smith family members to ensure Joseph would not waiver. Fearing for the rest of his family and now 3 year old little Lucy, and with no "911" to call and no one else to come to their aid, 17 year old Joseph and the rest of the Smith family would become Harris' emotional hostages for the next two decades. Just like Harris had done with his child cousin who he forced to marry him, Harris had gained control of the boy Joseph and the Smiths.

  1. The powerful Harris, his father and their faction, ("The Men Who Visit") continued freely catalyzing Mormonism and the Book of Mormon from the Brotherhood's materials. They also used materials from forced and unforced sources including authors of 6 previous publications (#3). In their zeal, with their power, influence and use of violence they were able to greatly reduce the prominence of the publications they borrowed and stole from.

  1. Mormonism's publishings indicate "The Book of Mormon" was originally a 30-60 pound heavy stack of gold plates discovered in a sealed box under a boulder and that the box also included a sword (The Sword of Laban), a spherical compass (The Liahona) and a breast plate with a pair of primitive glasses attached to it. Publishing's indicate that translation of the engraved writings on the plates occurred by Joseph Smith without him looking at the plates but instead by Joseph wearing the Urim and Thummim and iterating out loud the words that appeared to him. If he didn't want to use the plates, he could also use a black stone he had been led to. If he didn't want to use the black stone, he could use a white stone he already had. (1). A scribe who was either his first wife Emma, Martin Harris, David Whitmer or Oliver Cowdery. (2)

  1. Harris' reputation for being wealthy was well known enough that in 1833 he was sued and jailed for $1000 (what some would say is today's economic equivalent of $500,000) by a young woman for publicly saying she had a "bastard child". In that day women couldn't sue a man alone so the suit was brought by a male friend of the woman. Harris posted bail and left. The suit was quietly dismissed under the claim that the woman was already "scandalous" prior to her claims against the well known Harris. (Link available by download through google search "the imprisonment of Martin Harris").

  1. During the following years under Harris control, naive Joseph resisted at times. Joseph tried to break free at times. Joseph sought funding for his own militia. Joseph spoke in code to his militia. As a victim, out of survival or as an eventual participant, Joseph absolutely made mistakes.

  1. A city was built around Mormonism. Harris and his endless river of cash and connections from the Eerie Canal was never far away. Day by day Harris' barges on the Eerie Canal sent one fortune of goods after another to the eastern territories. At the port of New York, the empty barges were loaded with immigrants grateful to have some place inland to go. Stories of the American Bible gave them something to believe in. For one reason or another, many of these early male, female and child immigrants were from Scotland...

  1. Harris and his faction forced Joseph to claim that 24 different angels appeared to Joseph including Adam, Moses, Noah and other biblical characters.

  1. Harris' self-fulfilling prophecy involving patriotically well-connected aristocrats Charles Anthon, Luther Bradish and Samuel L. Mitchell. Note that Bradish was a literary agent of profound, well educated early American author James Fenimore Cooper. Cooper is the author of "The Leatherstocking Tales", "The Last of the Mohicans" and other known titles. Cooper was also a midshipman in the US Navy who was very familiar with the working of ocean vessels. Like Benjamin Franklin, Cooper was known for his intellect and occasionally mischievous creativity. (1) "The Book of Mormon" contains ocean going stories (1) (2). Like Harris, Bradish also fought in the "War of 1812". These are just a few of the critical circles of influence needed to catalyze something like "The Book of Mormon" and Mormonism and to see it through to fruition while minimizing and eliminating obstacles along the way. These are the kind of critical circles of influence that a naive, uneducated, poor, handicapped, gypsy boy from a new-to-the-neighborhood family just did not have.

  1. In 1844, with thousands of immigrant and American born followers spread across many New England territories and elsewhere, Harris secretly ordered Joseph to began preparations to lead Mormonism's followers from Nauvoo into the West to save the failed USA. Instead, the naive Joseph believed he could save the failed USA by becoming President of the USA himself. Believing he was finally too powerful for Harris to kill him, Joseph publicly announced his campaign for President of the USA. With no time to spare, the zealous, patriotic Harris immediately ordered the murder of Joseph Smith and two of his three remaining brothers. Within weeks of Joseph's presidential announcement Joseph and his older brother Hyrum were arrested and killed within days (June 27, 1844). With thousands of followers, his own militia and the bounties of an entire growing city at his fingertips, Joseph allowed himself to be arrested believing that he and Harris would reconcile. After Joseph and Hyrum's murder however, in an insidious taunt to other less heinous factions who's attempts failed to gain a following and to remove all obstacles at seeing his own faction's plans through, Harris ordered the murder of younger brother Samuel Smith 33 days later (July 30, 1844). The number 33 is significant within the Brotherhood. For one reason or another Harris spared the Smith females (Mother Lucy Mack, daughter's Sophronia, Katherine, Lucy) and the youngest living Smith son at the time William. In all, 6 Smith male family members including Alvin (murder), Joseph Smith Sr. (suspicious), Don Carlos (illness), Hyrum (murder), Joseph (murder) and Samuel (murder) died during the Lord's careful "Restoration of the Gospel".

  1. After Joseph's unbelievable, tragic and violent murder Mormonism split into multiple groups with several different leaders emerging. Some believed in polygamy some didn't. 1) Brigham eventually led the majority into the West. 2) Joseph's family and first wife Emma stayed in Nauvoo. 3) Other followers went to Philadelphia. 4) Others went on a ship to sail to the continent's west coast with Samuel Brannan (who pulled a page from Benjamin Franklin's book of propaganda and sensationalism and started the gold rush of 1849 by publishing reports of gold in the area in eastern markets. Brannan is recognized by many as the west coast's first millionaire although not from "gold". Like many others in Mormonism's founding days publishings indicate Brannan was also eventually "exiled" from Mormonism). 5) Other's followed James Strange (Strange was Harris' back up plan in case Brigham was killed or failed. Strange led a following to northern territories on the Great Lakes. Harris was never far away from Strange. Strange eventually also produced "writings" from plates he claimed he was led to. (Harris is noted within Mormon history as being responsible for "losing" 116 pages of writings Joseph produced). Strange was murdered 9 years after Brigham Young stopped his following at the salt lake in the center of the West and the West was won.

  1. During this period other people would mysteriously die or disappear. Harris and/or people claiming to be associated with the US Government were never far away. (1)

  1. Within two years of Mormonism conquering the West, US states started being formed on paper again. This ended the quarter century blight that began shortly before Mormonism's founding days. (1)

  1. When it came time for Brigham Young to commission a statue to commemorate Mormonism's settling of "Salt Lake City" and to be placed at the entrance to his expansive "Utah Territory" property instead of choosing an angel Moroni, a figure of Joseph, or anything related to Mormonism he chose an eagle on top of a 5-pointed star. This statue commemorating the "Gate for the Eagle" became known as "The Eagles Gate". These symbols acknowledged the conquering of the American continent's West by Freemasonry under the banner of the USA. Although the "Eagle" has always been highly visible, the "Star" is seldom mentioned publicly but is clearly visible in person and in many images. This Star is also used throughout Mormonism's early ecclesiastical buildings. Note that in the 1970's some groups with nefarious purposes adopted the 5-pointed star ("pentagram") as a purported satanic symbol however among different uses related to the USA, it had been used for over a century to also represent the rising Eastern Star.

  1. Between his 15 year old child cousin bride Lucy (10 years his junior) and his mysterious bride Caroline (29 years his junior), Martin Harris fathered 13 living children through the two females nubile wombs. Today there are 13 secret corporations that control Mormonism's $100 billion dollars.

  1. Images of Martin Harris in his later years (1870) show him holding a staff with a serpant's head. 116 years before, Benjamin Franklin used a serpant as patriotic imagery (1754).

  1. Although images of just about everyone else in Mormonism's founding days exist, Mormonism maintains that no images of Joseph Smith exist. Instead, they elect to use handsome cartoon renderings of Joseph Smith that generate millions of dollars in revenue every year. This is while Mormonism also ignores reports of at least one photograph and forensic science that indicates a less sensationalized image of Joseph Smith. Naturally, this image also demonstrates more family semblance with Alvin Smith than the cartoon images do.

  1. Of all figures in Mormonism's beginnings the grave marker of the forgotten Martin Harris is by far the most substantial. Joseph Smith doesn't even have his own marker. His is shared with his brother Hyrum and his first wife Emma even though Emma married a non-Mormon on Joseph Smith's birthday 3 years later. Mormonism goes to great lengths to hide Emma's marriage to a non-mormon after Joseph's murder especially with the critical role of Emma that has been weaved throughout Mormonism and the translation.

  1. Polygamy openly continued for over 60 years before being renounced so Utah could officially become a State. Polygamy continued privately for decades and continues still in many ways due to Mormonism maintaining spiritual polygamy.

  1. Mormonism openly practicing racism until 1978.

  1. Nepotistic connections through blood or marriage existed throughout Mormonism's founding days with the 3 witnesses and the 8 witnesses and continues today. (1) (2) (3) (4) (5). Note that of the "3 Witnesses" Martin Harris was one. One was also a "Whitmer". 4 of the "8 Witnesses" were Whitmer's. "Hyrum Page" of the "8 Witnesses" was married to a Whitmer. Joseph Smith's father and two brothers make up the rest of the "8". All most all of the witnesses eventually left Mormonism but out of fear of retribution from Harris' faction they never recanted their stories or roles in Mormonism.

  1. Today Mormonism is a nepotistic (1) (2) (3) (4) $150 Billion tax-free corporation masquerading as a "religion". It owns influential roles in companies you know and use everyday. $100 Billion of that ill-gotten wealth places Mormonism among the top 5 of the largest cash reserves in the USA. Additional billions are held in real estate development (one example), media control (NBC-UTAH), the USA's largest cattle producer, the USA's largest nut producer, Universities in Utah, Idaho and Hawaii (BYU) and billions of dollars more in tax free capital raising buildings disguised as chapels, temples and other "ecclesiastical" buildings. Even though Mormonism continues to have lie after lie revealed about it, it maintains disturbing nepotistic control over the State of Utah and it's political, legal, municipal, educational and media offices as well as it's global at-risk "volunteer" force of tens of thousands of teenagers).

  1. If Mormonism doesn't seem like an insidious regime yet this link should make it perfectly clear.

There's Only One Option for "What Happens Now?":
The boy Joseph Smith WAS a victim and his participation in Mormonism was out of survival as these 42 reasons reveal. This means that today, Utah's population of 3 million people and millions of others around the globe are subject to a nepotistic, evil regime and are in DESPERATE need of federal intervention. IT should immediately begin by seeing a Federal presence in Utah NOW.
MR. PRESIDENT PLEASE HELP US. SAVE UTAH, SAVE THE NATION.

As a Nation, as the "USA", we owe a national reverence to victims of the Eradication of the Native Americans, victims of Slavery and victims of Mormonism. We also owe it to these victims to continue courageously making this Nation the best it can be.

Thank you to the many invisible contributors who's brave research over the decades is linked in this post. Your efforts are not lost on me.

Remember that not all conspirators within Mormonism's nepotistic leadership may be there willingly. Like Alvin, the boy Joseph, Hyrum, Samuel and so many other victims along the way, their actions may be because their lives or the lives of their loved ones have also been threatened...it's in there actions now that we will know the truth about them.
GOD HELP US ALL.
-MJ
aka "Vox Chiasmus"
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2020.07.21 08:38 Animegirl68 here is the whole book so far

Jack Lancaster walks into the Seymour estate to talk about an agreement of his marriage to kenna seymour. This marriage has been planned for 12 years before the two families have been fighting for generations and have agreed this marriage needs to happen in the interest of both families.jack gets to the dining room and meets kenna again. Jack spoke” hello kenna, it has been a very long time now since we have first met.” kenna spoke” yes, it has been a long time.”
Jack asks” should we go on dates or just hang out as friends?” Kenna answers” We should just hang out as friends because I don’t care enough about you to go on dates with you.” Jack spoke” at least we can agree that we just don’t care about each other at all.” Kenna asks” are you okay with me having a partner outside of this dumb marriage? Jack, shocked that Kenna asked that question, asks” why did you ask that question?” Kenna answers” I have a boyfriend and still want to be with him without causing any problems.”
Jack spoke” sure,what is your boyfriend’s name?” kenna answers” his name is david grey and we have been together for seven years.” Jack was surprised by how long Kenna had been dating David for,spoke” seriously, you and David have been together for a long time. If you want to have children with him then do it.” Kenna spoke” thank you.” Jack asks” do you want to end the meeting? Kenna answers” yes please, I will see you tomorrow at the wedding.”
Kenna is getting ready for the wedding and Carol Longe, a family friend of Jack's is in the dressing room with Kenna also getting ready. Kenna is wearing a princess court train wedding dress with red bows and red stilettos. And Coral is wearing an A-line long lace dress,a white leather hip beat belt and black thick high-heeled shoes.Kenna thinks” I wish I didn’t have to marry jack.” Daniel Brandon walks into the dressing room.
Kenna Spoke” Daniel get out of here.” Daniel flirtingly spoke” you look like an angel. I should be getting out of here with you.” Coral rolled her eyes and said ``Daniel, you are being very inappropriate right now and you need to get out of here now.” Daniel pressed his lips together and pointing at Coral, spoke” Hi little girl, butt out of our business.” Coral crinkles her nose,and spoke” leave now Daniel,you made my business when you flirted with the bride of this wedding.”
Daniel pouts as he leaves the dressing room” fine little girl, kenna is my angel.” Kenna runs her hand through her hair and she thanks coral. Coral spoke” I have no problem getting rid of a creepy man like him.” Kenna spoke” coral. I noticed that you look a lot like a guy.” Coral starts to sweat and answers” I am a guy, I have been raised as a girl.” Kenna was surprised and spoke” cool dude, We have a wedding to get to.” Coral just stands there in shock and looks at Kenna in disbelief of what he heard. Kenna sweetly smiles at him and pulls his arm to get him to the venue.
At the venue,Jack is wearing a black and white suit, light blue tie and black dress shoes. His eyes widened in disbelief when he saw kenna pulling on coral’s arm.He quickly hides his disbelief. Mark,the wedding officiant, spoke” today is a day to celebrate the commitment and understanding of jack lancaster and kenna Seymour who are spending the rest of their lives together. The marriage ceremony is a significant part of nearly every religion,generation, and society. I hope that this union will grow into love.”
then he gives some opening remarks” Good evening,welcome to this most important moment in the lives of this couple. We invite to celebrate the union of their two families and their marriage. This is an opportunity for us to appreciate the new friendship we will experience in our lives. Kenna and Jack view marriage as a coming together at all levels of being in mind,body, and spirit.
Kenna thinks”this is so boring. Why is it taking so long?” Jack puts the golden wedding band on Kenna’s finger and says” I give this ring as a sign of our marriage.” Then Kenna puts the golden wedding band on Jack's finger and says” I give this ring as a sign of our marriage.” Mark says” I now pronounce Mr. and Mrs. lancaster.”
Kenna and Jack do a short kiss. Jack raises his eyebrow and thinks” kenna is a really good kisser.” They go into the car and go to the Vista penthouse ballroom. They are announced as Mr. and Mrs. lancaster. Kenna whispers to jack” Are you ready for this?” Jack whispers back” yes we should get to the dance floor. When they start doing the waltz,” salut d’amour” is playing.
Jack steps his left foot forward then steps his right foot forward, passes his left foot and steps forward to the right with his right foot then closing his left foot to his right foot.Kenna steps back her right foot then steps her left foot pass her foot and steps back to the left with her left foot then closing her right foot to her left foot.
Jack steps his left foot forward then iris steps her right foot back. He steps his right foot forward, passes his left foot then she steps her left foot back and passes her right foot. Kenna steps back again to the left with her left foot then he steps forward again to the right with his right foot. Jack closed his left foot to his right foot then she closed her right foot to her left foot.
Jack spoke,” Kenna you are a great dancer.” Kenna spoke” thank you, So are you.” Jack spoke” I hope everyone is getting along.” Kenna spoke” so do I, Because if people are fighting then this marriage would be pointless.” Daniel walked up to kenna and spoke” Hi, kenna.” Kenna spoke” Hi daniel.” Daniel winks at Kenna then he kisses her and leaves.
Jack gets security. Kenna walks up to Daniel and punches him in the face. Jack and the security guard walk up to Daniel.Elizabeth,The security guard puts handcuffs and takes Daniel him out of the ballroom. Kenna spoke to Jack”I am going to our house.” Jack spoke to elizabeth” we will be going to our new house Mrs.seymour.” Jack and Kenna go to their new house in complete silence.
Jack asks” why did Daniel kiss you like that?” Kenna answers” he is obsessed with me and it is not the first time he did something like this.” Jack spoke” And that makes worse the fact that he had done this more than once.” Kenna spoke” I don’t care, I'm just so mad that he tried that at our wedding.” Jack spoke” his family will be disgraced for his behavior.” Kenna spoke” that is the best thing.”
Kenna spoke” I just want to forget about what happened today.” Jack asks” what would you like for me to do?” Kenna answers” If you don’t mind, I would like to cuddle for a little.” Jack thinks” is this what David does for her?” Jack spoke” sure.” Jack wraps his arms around Kenna and he asks” are you comfortable?” Kenna answers” yes, thank you.”
Jack asks” Do you like cuddling?” Kenna answers” Yes, It helps me calm down when I am having a bad day. Do you like cuddling?” Jack answers” I don’t know because this is my first time cuddling with someone.” kenna spoke” it must be weird that the first time you cuddle with someone is someone that you have only talked to two times and just so happen to be married to.”
Jack spoke” that is correct but we have known this would happen since we were eight years old.” Kenna asks” Do you feel weird about being married to me? Because I do.” Jack answers” I do but I can get used to this.” Kenna asks” do you have any hobbies?” Jack answers” yes, I like to book bind, play chess. What are your hobbies?” Kenna answers” I also like to book bind and
sing.” Jack asks” what kind of music do you like to sing?” Kenna answers” I like to sing pop and rock music.”
Jack spoke” I don’t listen to pop or rock music often.” kenna spoke” I will show some of the songs I like.” Jack thinks” this is so weird that I am just getting to know my wife.” Kenna asks” what are you thinking about?” Jack answers” it is so weird that I am just getting to know my wife.” Kenna spoke” that is true and our fault for not talking until the other day.” Jack spoke” it was tradition.” Kenna unwraps his arms and looks at him in the face and asks” do you know what is also tradition?” Jack blushes and awkwardly answers” to have sex on the first night you are married.” Kenna asks” do you want to try it?” Jack awkwardly answers” sure but don’t go crazy on me.” Kenna laughed and spoke” don’t worry I will be gentle.” Jack spoke” okay,Kenna.”
Jack wakes up and gets dressed. He goes to the kitchen,cooks eggs and toast. He thinks” It is so weird that I am now married but I can get used to this." He thinks” that night she was like an angel, her kisses and touches were as gentle as silk.” Kenna wakes up and she goes to the kitchen. Kenna spoke” good morning Jack.” Jack spoke” good morning kenna, Do you want breakfast?” Kenna answers” yes, i don’t know you could cook.” Jack says” yes, I can. We need to get ready for our honeymoon in spain.” Kenna says” true, I will get ready.”
Kenna gets ready and starts packing for the honeymoon. Kenna finishes packing and Jack walks into the bathroom. Kenna walked up to Jack and wrapped her arms around his waist. Kenna thinks” I like the way that his body feels in my arms.” Jack looks down at Kenna and asks” what are you thinking of?” kenna blushes and answers” I like how your body feels in my arms.” Jack looks down at Kenna and says” I like the way your arms wrapped around my body.” He wraps his arms around her body. Kenna says” you feel so warm.” Jack says” we need to pack for the honeymoon.” he unwrapped his arms from around kenna. And he packs for the honeymoon.
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2020.07.19 13:15 CognitivelyPositive How To Actually Get Over A Breakup and Get Your Ex Back (Based on Science) [All 27 out of 27 parts summarized]

I know you are going through hell right now. You are sad, confused, angry, depressed, and sometimes numb. You go from sad to angry then to numb. Or you are just sad all the time or even just angry all the time. I am here to tell you that whatever emotions you are going through is normal. It is totally normal to feel these painful emotions and even be confused by them. You don't go from grief to anger, you switch around a lot. Your emotions are basically all over the place. Guilt, shame, disappointment, and hopelessness are quite common too. You might be also experiencing panic and anxiety attacks, heartache (literally), episodes of depression, headaches, stomach problems, loss of appetite, insomnia. You can't stop thinking about your Ex and what they have done to you.
To make matters worse, our friends and family aren't being the most helpful. At first, maybe they were supportive. And then later they just started being dismissive to our feelings by saying things like "Just move on already" or "There is a lot of fish in the sea". This causes us to feel like there is something wrong with us, that we should have moved on already. This notion makes us blame ourselves for feeling this pain. I am here to tell you that there is NOTHING wrong with you for feeling this way. There is no RIGHT amount of time to take to "move on" and none of it is your fault.
Heartbreak is universal and has existed for more than thousands if not millions of years of our existence (Fisher, 2017). You can trace poems about broken hearts from the ancient Egyptian pyramids to ancient Inuit cave dwellings. Look at the top 100 songs on the billboards right now, the majority are songs about our broken hearts. Where there is love, there will be heartbreak. Your experience is excruciating, but fortunately not unique. Our species has survived and thrived after getting their hearts smashed into bits for thousands of years. So, YOU can too.
You don't feel like yourself. You don't think you will ever be happy again. Fortunately, you are going to be OKAY. It will take a while but you will get back to who you were before. I promise on our broken-hearted ancestors. I prepared this guide so this process is much easier. This guide also outlines the best way to get your ex back, if you want that. These tips are not in chronological order, you do not need to follow them one after another.
1) Acceptance
Maybe you realized before it happened or maybe the break up got you by surprise. Either way, it’s devastating. You hope this is some nightmare and you will get up and everything will get back to normal. But no, this is your reality right now. The relationship is over. It’s okay to be in shock and denial in the first few weeks but eventually, you will just have to accept it. It will be difficult to accept it, but you have to do it to get to the next healing stage. Accept what happened. Denial will only prolong your suffering.
2) Grieve your loss
Cry your heart out, doesn't matter if you are a guy or a girl. Start your day with a good cry. It lifts a huge burden and you walk lighter throughout the day. Break up music, pictures of your ex, old texts are all good things to use to start bawling if you are having trouble crying. Angry? Punch a pillow, yell into the pillow! Do whatever it takes to get your anger out, as long as it's not harming anyone else. This grief will come in waves. Some days you might not feel it as much, but some days it hits you hard. That is normal. So cry! Process your emotions, don't hold it in. Holding it in will compound it and it will come out in different ways. There is no timeline for you to process grief. Don't let anybody tell you "In 6 months you will stop crying". Your healing process is YOUR healing process. Take however long. It might also hit you unexpectedly, a year into the healing journey when you think you are doing great then you hear a song you both liked and boom. You are hit with sadness. It does diminish over time so, be patient. The intensity and frequency of "grief attacks" and "anger attacks" lessen over time.
Sometimes we are disappointed not because they left but because they did not fulfill our expectations. Such as getting married to us, having our babies, etc. These dreams can be fulfilled by somebody else. You are not sad because they were the one, you are sad because you THOUGHT they were.
3) Understanding what is going on in your head right now
Humans are social animals. Our survival depended on our ability to forge relationships with others (Buss, 2019). Hence, our brain evolved to instill mechanisms that would help us keep these relationships. So when a prehistoric bear tried to kidnap your mate, you would enter fight or flight mode which would make you jump into action and do everything to save them. As you heard the cries of your mate, your cortisol would shoot through the roof, adrenaline and norepinephrine would pump into your body which helps you to run faster, fight harder and feel less pain. These chemicals motivate you to take massive action. You might scream at the bear while chucking rocks at his head or run back to the village super fast and call for backup. Were they always successful in warding the bear off? Nope, but they were successful enough to pass this evolutionary advantageous trait to us since our ancestors who did not possess this trait died off. Therefore it would make sense if you have an eerily similar reaction if some random guy in a trench coat tried to kidnap your little brother. Unfortunately, for people going through a breakup, this mechanism gets triggered since a relationship is potentially ending and our brain is freaking the fuck out. This mechanism might make us call them a 100 times, scream at them, make big romantic gestures, hold on to their leg while they are trying to walk away (metaphorically or even LITERALLY). We try reasoning with them, we try everything to get them back to calm our head but it doesn't work. (Will get into why it doesn't work later on). Even if it does work, it does not last long. This fight or flight response persists because we failed to keep our relationship. Our body is riddled with agonizing anxiety all day because those stress chemicals I mentioned earlier are still doing their magic on your system. This may persist, days or even months. This phase won't last forever. You just need to make sure to not do anything stupid, you know like CALLING THEM A 100 TIMES but even if did do something stupid. Don't be too hard on yourself.
4) Be patient
I know hurts. It's horrible. It is going to be like this for a bit but you will get better eventually. People don't take 2 weeks to 'Get over it'. Be patient, trust the process.
5) Cut off all contact, go No contact (For your own healing)
Don't text them, don't call them, don't snap them, don't like their photos, don't do anything to contact them, don't even try to send a pigeon. If they message or call you, let them know straight up that if they want to try the relationship again they can call or text you. Otherwise, tell them not to contact you under any circumstances. No need to be mean, do it politely. "If you ever want to give another try with our relationship, only then contact me. Otherwise refrain from contacting me. I want some space, thank you." Why are we being so cruel?
Love activates all your happy chemicals. Dopamine, serotonin, oxytocin, endorphin (Zeki, 2007). When the person dumps you, they cut you off all these happy chemicals causing massive withdrawal symptoms. Interestingly people going through a drug withdrawal show the exact same symptoms (Fisher, 2017). Why? Because love is the ultimate drug and you are addicted.
Your brain is addicted to your ex. To cure this addiction you have to go cold turkey. Will it be dreadful? YES. Is it necessary? Yes. You might think keeping in contact as friends will cushion the blow. In the long term, it will be more painful to be their friend because you will see them moving on without you. Talking to them is like re-opening a wound over and over again.
This is actually the hardest part since you are literally fighting against your basic human instinct I talked about earlier that prevents the loss of a loved one. Your brain is screaming at you "WE NEED TO GET THEM BACK! CALL THEM, TEXT THEM etc". Once we fear we are losing a loved one our brain will try to do everything to get them back. If a bear was running off with them, then it would have helped but in this case, reaching out to them will further push them back. They want some space from you right now.
This includes stalking them on social media, don't do it. It complicates your healing since you are reopening a wound over and over again. Easier said than done though. If you really struggle with this, maybe try to ween off it slowly. Let yourself see their fb twice a week at first, then twice in two weeks etc. Slowly ween off doing it at all. I suggest unfollowing them at least.
Coincidentally, No Contact is the same move to make if you want to win them back. It is a double-edged sword. Whether you want them back or heal your heart OR BOTH. Your best move is to go No Contact.
6) Using No Contact to get them back
You might be wondering that if you do no contact, they might actually forget about you and move on. WRONG! How many times do you think about water a day? Not a lot. Lets just imagine that your house runs out of water, the whole city runs out of water. All you can think about now is water. You are thirsty, you want to take a shower, you want to cook....the lack of water has forced you to think of it. Its the scarcity effect, we long for things that are scarce more than we long for things that are plenty (Cialdini, 2014). Hence, no contact makes your ex think about you way more than they would have if you kept badgering them. You need to be completely out of the picture for them to miss you. They must feel your void.
You might feel that begging them to come back would work, it won't. They have already made the decision to leave you and prepared for you to react like this. You think you can reason with them to take you back. You can't. Because right now they aren't emotionally neutral enough to hear any logical arguments.
Why can't you convince them? Its because they have made a decision already. Humans want to stay consistent with their decisions due to the consistency principle (Cialdini, 2014). The decision to break up is not made logically, its made emotionally, hence using logic to reason with them is useless.
Hence, you can't change their mind right now. The only person that can change their minds is themselves. You help them do that by going No Contact.
Show yourself that you respect yourself enough to NOT chase after someone who left you. Neediness is unattractive, show your ex that you don't need them. Here are more reasons to not chase them.
- When they broke up with you, they expected you to still be in the sidelines as a friend or something. So they don't have to fear losing you. Well, don't give them what they expect, leave the situation. Vanish out of her life completely. So they start actually fearing that they might lose you. Fear of loss is a great motivation for action in humans since we are loss averse (Kahneman, 2011). This will make it more likely they will want to get back with you.
- You not being in their loop anymore, causes them to get curious about you. After curiosity comes attraction. When their attraction towards you has reached a level, they will contact you.
- They actually start respecting you since they assumed you were going to beg and plead. Respect is essential for attraction.
- Over time, they will forget all the negative things about you and the situation that made them break up with you. Negative memories lose their intensity faster than positive ones. As more time passes, you will look better due to the faded affect bias (Gibbons, 2011)
7) How to actually do "No contact"
When my ex broke up with me I could not believe what was happening. This was the closest thing to hell I have ever experienced. I have been hit hard by life many times. But this punch, it nearly killed me. Nothing could ever prepare me for this. It was absolute agony. I would go to sleep and start dreaming about being together with her. I would wake up and realize the reality of the situation and start bawling like a mad man (thats a positive though, you should cry it out). All my dreams I had with her were all shattered. I didn't know what to do. The life I planned with her is nothing but a sad memory now. I started researching and went down the rabbit hole of "Win your ex back". I found out about the no contact policy and started doing it.
The first seven days were brutal. The only thing I told myself was "Just survive the first 7 days". Every inch of my body wanted to reach out to her. To beg her to come back. I knew it wouldn't work. So through sheer will and determination, I didn't reach out to her. As I explained before, my brain was in fight or flight. I was also suffering from withdrawal symptoms of love. I just told myself, "Survive 7 days". That is all I did. I survived 7 days at a time. Maybe you can only survive 1 day at a time. Do that! Tell yourself that "Okay okay, I will contact them in a month". Then when a month rolls by "Okay, next month I will contact her". Then when the next month rolls by tell yourself "Okay, I will contact her in the next 3 months". The trick is to lie to yourself that you will contact them eventually but you never will. (That includes not contacting them on birthdays, holidays, valentine's day, death of a loved one etc). People that join the '12 steps program', are not told to NEVER drink again. That is putting the goal post way out of your reach. The addicts are instructed to NOT drink one day at a time, then a week, then a month, then a year, and then finally for a lifetime.
Another trick I used was to believe that if I did contact them. I would push them farther back and lose them forever. Which is true, breaking no contact will lower your chances of getting them back.
Another trick I used was the progress meter. For every month I took a piece of A4 size paper and drew 30 squares (Each square represents a day). I hung it on my bedroom wall. After each day was over I would put a tick mark on one of the 30 boxes. The tick mark is meant to signify that I have finished another day while following no contact. Once you complete 7 days, it looks really nice, like you have completed a streak. Keeping your streak can be a huge motivator for not breaking no contact (Clear, 2018). It gives you a sense of accomplishment and keeps you on track, you will think twice before breaking your streak. After you tick marked all 30 days, take yourself out for a date, and treat yourself. Then hang up another A4 size paper and keep repeating the process. One day you will tell yourself, "I really don't care anymore to tick mark a box for not contacting my ex", that's the day you can stop. You will stop when you become completely indifferent. The opposite of love isn't hate, its indifference.
This will no doubt be the hardest thing you have ever done. You are fighting against your basic human instincts (to connect and reunite) that has been instilled into us since the beginning of time.. You are fighting the neurological mechanism that was set in place to KEEP your loved ones. Hence, the difficulty.
Bonus trick to keep doing no contact (Might not be the healthiest way, but it works). Use only if you are really struggling with no contact. You need to get into the devil mindset.
Realize they have stabbed you through the heart. You are in pain because of them. Time for you to strike back. The best way for them to feel the pain and consequences of losing you is to keep NOT contacting them. Put them in a state of doubt about their decision by not reaching out to them. Let them feel the pain. Remember, if you break no contact. You will stop their pain but we don't want that, do we? In the first few months, they will be fine but slowly they will start feeling the hurt. Is this mindset petty? Yes. But it is way better than contacting them and ruining the chances of healing and/or getting them back. Your last words before starting no-contact should be kind, not anything mean. If you insult or demean them, you will come off as immature and petty. Making them less doubtful about their decision.
For true healing, your no-contact needs to come from a healthier place. After a period, abandon this "devil mindset", see your ex with compassionate curiosity and forgive them. The last thing they wanted to do was to hurt you but there was no other way.
8) Why you should reject their offer of friendship
Sometimes the dumper doesn't want to be so cruel so they try to be your friend. To reduce their guilt and reduce their pain of losing you. Don't give them that. Let them feel the pain of losing you. If you want them back or if you want to move on, the best way is to let them go. They need to miss you, to want you again. The dumper has all the power in this breakup, since they are rejecting you. Take back a little of that power by rejecting their offer of friendship. Do you really want to see them dating new people and asking for your advice? You might think that if you are around her she won't move on and she will realize what an amazing person you are and get back with you. WRONG! What ends up happening is they start categorizing you as a friend rather than a romantic interest. Let's avoid that. You need to let them know that if they want to get back into your life. They can only get back as a romantic interest. Nothing less, nothing more.
9) Stop trying to find the "Real" reason for the breakup
You are going through every conversation you had with her. You are analyzing her texts, you are asking your friends "Could she have left because I didn't share my custard with her on our 12th date ?" You feel like you are Sherlock Holmes, figuring out clues that will lead you to the "real" reason. In reality, they don't even know why they broke up with you. They have an idea of why, but the reason is more emotional than logical so they can't give you a really good reason. I get it, you want closure. The only person that can give you closure is you! Think, think hard why they left you. Write it down on a piece of paper and just learn to accept it. General incompatibility? Poor communication? Lack of time spent? Circumstance? Mental health issues? What do YOU think the reason was? What does your heart tell you? Mystery solved. Remember, if you do reach out to them and try to get closure, no matter what they tell you. It will never be enough.
10) Don't blame yourself
We tend to blame ourselves and our imperfections for the breakup. This person didn't just reject you, they rejected you after knowing you inside out. That is why it hurts so much. There is nothing fundamentally wrong with you! Yes, you aren't perfect. You have your flaws. You deserve someone that stays with you regardless of your flaws, not someone who refuses to work on them with you. Sometimes people break up because of the circumstances. It has nothing to do with you. It might just be a bad time and place. All that being said, you deserve someone that makes every excuse to be with you. Not someone who makes every excuse to NOT be with you. Life is hard and complicated, relationships aren't ideal all the time. It's easy to stay in a relationship during the good times, but hard to stay in it in the bad times. The bad times are the times that show you if the other person is worth it or not.
11) Don't idealize your Ex and put them on a pedestal
Drug addicts in withdrawal often highlight only the positives of the drug they were addicted to (Winch, 2018). They conveniently forget how that drug turned their life upside down. People who got dumped do that too. I am not saying your ex turned your life upside down but they weren't perfect. Write down their flaws and things that annoyed you on a piece of paper. Write down what may have attracted you to them but later made you feel like shit. For example, you might have liked the fact they were dominant, but later on it just felt like they were very controlling. When you think about her again, focus on her flaws.
Them dumping you might intensify your feelings towards them. This feeling is not based entirely on love, it's based on adversity. Scientists made a monkey expect treats at a certain time. When they stopped giving them the treat to study its effect on dopamine in their brain. The monkeys thrashed around in fury. Nothing odd about that, but the odd thing was the monkey's brain produced more dopamine when the monkey did NOT get the treat. This extra dopamine meant that the monkey's want for the treat increased when he did not get his treat that he expected. This is called Frustration Attraction (Fisher). We long for things way more when we expect it but don't get it. You expected your ex to be in your life, them not being there anymore made you want them even more. Your love did not increase. This is frustration attraction in play. Don't confuse this with genuine attraction.
12) Don't change your life to avoid pain
Don't avoid the restaurants you used to go to. Don't avoid the activities you used to do together. Yes, when you go to the restaurant you used to go to together might be painful at first. But after a few times, you bring your friends there or even a new date there. Your brain starts creating new memories with that restaurant and the new memories override the old memories and you feel much better. Sure, it was where you and your ex used to have tea but now its where you and your friends spill the tea. You guys used to do yoga together? Try doing it alone or with someone else. Obviously don't resume activities just after the breakup but eventually get to that point.
13) Get rid of the reminders of them
Your ex already occupies your mind a lot. let's not let them haunt you physically too. If they have given you gifts, love letters, old pictures of them etc. We need to remove them. Yes, for the time being at least. Keep them in a box and shove it down a room or place you don't go to. *However these old mementos are very useful to induce crying. I used my ex's love letter to cry my heart out, I read it over and over. Then one day it wasn't really helping me cry, so I decided to get rid of it. Yes, I burned it. It felt pretty awesome and cathartic. So do get rid of these old mementos eventually, no rush. Holding onto vivid reminders of them does not let your wound heal properly. Getting rid of them signals your brain to let go. Its a short term sacrifice for a long term gain. A lot of people report an immediate boost in mood after they purged the physical reminders (Winch, 2018). This also includes their photos on your phone. YES, even the nudes. Let it go.
14) Be compassionate to yourself
Develop a non-judgmental inner voice that is actually kind to you. Instead of beating yourself up with insults, talk to yourself kinder. If you have a thought like "I can't even open a ketchup bottle easily, I am such a dumbass...no wonder she left me", counter this thought with "I am only human and these ketchup bottles are really complex these days, I am not a dumbass.". Respond to the mistakes you make with compassion. Write down all the bad things you say to yourself in a day and look at it. Think about it. Would you ever tell a good friend these things? No. Then don't tell them to yourself.
15) Fill the void with Self Improvement
Now you feel like there is a huge void in your life. Your ex might have been a big part of your life. Fill that void up by adopting a new hobby, learning a new skill, or any passion of yours you wanted to always try but didn't have the time to. Don't fret if you don't have a hobby or a new skill to learn. The journey to finding these things is an awesome adventure on its own. It took me a long while to realize that I really love human psychology and self-improvement books. Read! READ! Increase your knowledge and unlock your full potential. Commit yourself to become a better person. So you don't make the same mistakes you did in your last relationship. Life is about growth but that can't happen without failure. A child doesn't learn how to walk without falling a hundred times first. I will have a recommended book list at the end of the article.
16) Don't "Get busy" to avoid thinking about them
All you are doing is delaying your pain by distracting yourself from thinking about them. Let the thoughts about them come. If you can't cry. Close your eyes and focus on the pain. Be with the body, don't judge the pain. Just notice it. Keep noticing it, till it goes away. That is how you process your pain to go through you and not get buried.
17) Battle the obsession of your ex with mindful meditation
Every waking moment of your day is filled by ruminating about your ex. You will think about them 24/7 for a while. No need to panic. It's totally normal. One thing that can help you do this less is mindful meditation. Mindful meditation is linked to a million other benefits for your physical and mental health, so it's a no brainer (Cho, 2016). You also need to understand that it takes a while for you to get the hang of it. Try using the headspace app's trial feature to learn how to do it.
18) Talk to a professional (therapist)
A break up is a tumultuous time for anyone. Hence seeking professional help isn't the worst idea. When someone breaks up with us, we don't just grieve for our ex. We start grieving for every attachment trauma we ever endured in our lives. Grief is like picking up a paper clip that is connected to other paper clips. You can't grief for your ex alone, you will unconsciously end up grieving about all your attachment trauma. A good therapist can help you through that process.
19) Rely on all your social support systems
Feeling sad? Reach out to friends and family to vent. Sometimes just straight up tell them that you just want to vent and don't want their advice. Your loved ones are here for you to utilize them. But do give them breaks from venting here and there. They are human and they sometimes can get tired of your break up story.
20) Rebuild your identity
When we are in a relationship we tend to merge our identities with our other half. That is why we feel so lost when they leave us. We are so used to having them as our "better" half's that we forget who we were when we never met them in the first place. Maybe you gave up a hobby or activity when you were dating them to have more time with them. Now is the best time to reclaim that part of yourself that you lost when you guys were dating. It is also the best time to figure out who you are and what you truly want. If you always wanted to travel and live in some country for a few months but you couldn't because you were in a committed relationship, now is the perfect opportunity to do so. You aren't tethered by anyone, fly free.
21) Get some physical exercise
Well, the first few months of the breakup I guess its okay if you don't work out at all since you might be too depressed to get out of bed or have any motivation to do anything (I couldn't get up for two months, some other people were fine after a week. So heal in your own time, again there is no timeline to grieve). But eventually, I want you to start exercising regularly to pump your brain with all those feel-good chemicals. 15 to 30 min a day is a good start, hell even just 5 min is great. You can try yoga too if working out isn't your thing. Becoming a bit sexier in the process is a pretty good bonus too.
22) Write letters to them but don't actually send it to them
Write however many letters you want. Write whatever you want to write. Whatever you ever wanted to say to them. Go ahead and say it in the letter. Pour your heart out, leave nothing unsaid. I personally used tape recorders rather than letters. I got too lazy and used the voice recorder on my phone to have a "pretend" one-sided conversation. It felt really good afterward. It cleared my head and gave me a bit of closure. But eventually, burn these letters and delete these recordings by also "Thanking them and forgiving them" in your own words. Every time you burn a letter, thank them and forgive them. You don't need to hold this grudge your whole life, it's not good for you. Forgiving is not for them, its for your own healing. No matter what they did, you have to be able to forgive them eventually. In your own time! There is no time limit. Remember to forgive yourself too for the mistakes you might have made, you are only human after all.
23) Start Journaling
At the end of everyday write or (record your feelings). It helps you process your feelings better. Write about how you feel. Are you feeling sad? Angry? Confused? Putting them down on paper takes a bit of the emotional intensity off you. The first few months you should journal every day but as time goes on, decrease your frequency. After a 3 or 6 month period read your early journal entries and compare them to your most recent journal entries and you will notice how much better you are doing, which will give you a much-needed boost to healing.
24) Start a gratitude journal
Yes, I bet you heard that a million times already. It does increase your happiness quotient (Connor, 2010). Make a habit of listing three things you are grateful for before you go to sleep. When you say these things actually feel it and let the joy of that thing warm you up. It could be as little thing as the dinner you had that day or it could be something really special such as being grateful for your parents.
25) Set ambitious new goals for your life
Is there something you always wanted to do or be? Set your horizons on it and start chasing your new hopes and dreams.
26) Start Dating again
You would eventually want to start dating again. Have fun with your single life. Have some exciting romantic encounters with some girl on vacation. Flirt with that handsome guy at the bar. Have fun, enjoy yourself. Take it slow and be wary of any early red flags. Trust your gut. Maybe you knew your ex was an alcoholic but still went out with him. Don't make the same mistakes you made last time. But if you want to stay single for a while, that is okay too. Do you, there is no right or wrong here. Think of dating as a source of possible romantic interests, it keeps the pressure off you.
27) Antidote to Suffering
In my lowest moments after the breakup. I had symptoms of clinical depression. I couldn't get out of bed. All I would do is sleep. Some days I would lie in my bed awake riddled with agonizing anxiety. To make things worse my obsessive-compulsive disorder was acting up too. I simply did not have the energy to manage it anymore as I used to. I gave up my will to live a couple of times. I stopped eating and drinking. I just couldn't take it anymore. I wanted to die but I didn't have the energy to commit suicide so I thought it be best to die starving in my bed. Waking up was a pain, going through my days were a pain. One morning a thought occurred to me that gave me the will to live again "I have to save others from this pain and suffering, I can't do that if I am dead. I am going to become the world's greatest therapist and help people with OCD and breakups, I have to live!" From that moment on, I started getting up and eating and drinking water more regularly and then going back to bed to sleep all day. Slowly but surely, I would sleep less on the day and get more things done. I didn't get this thought because I am some Mother Theresa or anything. It was for selfish reasons. I needed a reason to live. I needed meaning for my suffering to survive and withstand it.
The antidote to suffering is finding meaning in it. This is not my wisdom. Its what I learned reading Viktor Frankl's Man's search for meaning. "A man who has a why can endure any how", this famous quote of Nietzsche gives more support to this idea. The meaning of your life must be more specific though. You have to have a meaning and purpose that nobody else other than you can fulfill. You can't just say "I want to help people", sure that is noble but it's not specific enough. You want to help people? But how? There are millions of ways to help people, what's the way you would like to help them? Which way would let you help them the best? My purpose and meaning are helping people with a very specific kind of OCD. Its called Purely obsessional OCD, this ocd has no physical compulsions, only mental ones. A lot of therapists and psychiatrists don't know how to address it properly. I want to change that. I also want to help people going through breakups. Especially dumpees who are anxiously attached. Breakups are extra hard on these types of people. To achieve this goal I am happy to suffer. I will keep on going regardless of how bad and hard it gets.
Find the meaning of your suffering. Do you want to create amazing art that will make people think deeply? Do you want to direct a documentary exposing a problem? Do you just want to make old people at the nursery home smile more? It can be whatever you want it to. Ask yourself, if you would gladly suffer for this purpose? If the answer is 'No', don't pursue that. The agony you are experiencing currently will be more bearable after you start taking steps to find and pursue your meaning.
However, you might be in the team who thinks everything is inherently meaningless. Nothing really matters. There is no meaning in life. There is no meaning in our suffering. All the pain and agony our ancestors went through to build the foundation of this world is meaningless. All the people that suffered without surrendering their morals in the holocaust were wasting their time. All the people that refused to turn in their friends in the face of brutal torture in the gulags made a stupid choice.
All the people that died for a better world wasted their lives because it doesn't mean anything. How about all the people that sacrificed their happiness for the good of humanity? Were their lives meaningless? The only reason we still exist is because of the sacrifices that were made by our ancestors through blood, sweat, and a lot of tears. We are only standing because we are standing on their corpses. Billions of billions of corpses. Is it all meaningless? Are their lives and deaths meaningless? NO! They weren't. It is us, the living that must give their suffering meaning! After we are dead, our future generations will look back to us for their meaning. Therefore I think it is our responsibility to pursue meaning to respect our ancestor's sacrifice. If we don't, it will deem all their suffering meaningless!
A prisoner in Auschwitz was told to get into the gas chamber. At that time it was just a rumor that people died in the showers. Most of the victims didn't know or didn't want to believe that it was true. But somehow this man knew what fate awaited him. He smuggled a piece of paper and wrote "Shema Yisrael" (it's traditional for Jewish people to say this as last words) and stuffed it in his shirt, then he undressed. He walked into the chamber upright and with dignity and before the gas was released his last words were also probably "Shema Yisrael". In this context Shema means "listen", Yisrael means "people (or congregation of Israel)". Its a prayer in Judaism. It's traditional for Jewish people to say this as their last words. But why did this man have to write it in a piece of paper? Couldn't he just have said "Shema Yisrael" before he died? Why did he need to go through all the trouble to smuggle a piece of paper and use his own blood to write this?
He was trying to send a message to humanity as a whole. He was trying to talk to the people that survived. He was trying to talk to us. He was trying to say "Listen people, do you see me? I have been through a lot here. But it didn't ruin my faith in god. Don't lose faith. Don't lose hope. Suffer with dignity." This is how I interpreted it to fit my own narrative. You can do the same. Every time I reach a very low spot mental health-wise and I don't think I can take it anymore. I say to myself, "Shema Yisrael" and remember this man and his message. After I say these words I immediately feel better. It doesn't lower my pain, it increases my ability to withstand it. He found meaning in his death by sending this message to us. I took his message and used it to handle my pain. I am writing this article because of my own pain, if this article helps you. You give meaning to all the pain I been through. Thank you for giving my pain meaning. I hope this breakup teaches you things that you can pass on to someone else so they give meaning to your suffering.
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Inspiration for this paragraph
- Man's Search for Meaning by Victor Frankl
- The Gulag of Archipelago by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
- The Story Of Civilization by Will and Ariel Durant
- Attack on Titans season 3 episode 16 "Erwin's Speech"
*I will also make individual posts about all the points I made here in the coming weeks.
Book Recommendations:
- How to Win friends and Influence people by Dale Carnegie
- Atomic Habits by James Clear
- Can't Hurt Me by David Goggins
- 12 Rules for life by Jordan Peterson
- Subtle art of not giving a fuck by Mark Manson
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2020.07.15 18:02 LearningIsListening A not-so-brief rundown of letters J-L of Jeffrey Epstein's 'Little Black Book'

Below is a rundown of letters J-L of Epstein's contacts. Last year, I wrote about letters A-C. You can check that out here (https://www.reddit.com/conspiracy/comments/cpis3n/a_brief_rundown_of_the_first_ten_pages_of_jeffrey/).
I also wrote about letters D-F on July 5, 2020. You can check that out here (https://www.reddit.com/conspiracy/comments/hlrba8/a_notsobrief_rundown_of_letters_df_in_jeffrey/).
I posted letters G-I on July 13, 2020. You can check that out here (https://www.reddit.com/conspiracy/comments/hqko0y/a_notsobrief_rundown_of_letters_gi_in_jeffrey/). There are some misspelled names. Epstein entered their names like this.
I have bolded some of the more interesting connections and information, but there could be much more that I overlooked. I hope something here strikes an interest in someone and maybe we can get more investigations out of this. Please, if you know anything more about any of these people than what is presented here, post below. I am working off of the unredacted black book found here: https://www.coreysdigs.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/Jeffrey-Epsteins-Little-Black-Book-unredacted.pdf
J-L
Jackson, Michael (Samuel Gen): Yes, this is a reference to MJ the singer. However, the numbers listed are not MJ’s. They belong to Samuel Gen, a lawyer for a financial advisor (Jerry Seinfeld’s brother-in-law) who worked for MJ for a while. This one was a reach for Epstein.
Jacobson, Julian: Likely a reference to a Managing Director at several London-based investment firms.
Jagger, Mick: World-famous lead singer of the Rolling Stones. Has been seen in photographs with Ghislaine Maxwell. Actress Rae Dawn Chong claims she slept with Jagger when she was 15 years old.
Jagger, Hatti: Former fashion director for Vogue, Harper’s, and Tatler. Also works as a celebrity stylist and at fashion shows.
jake: Not enough info.
Jameel, Mohammed: Saudi Arabian businessman. CEO of Abdul Latif Jameel, a collective of family-owned businesses that specialize in transportation, investing, and real estate. Royal pervert Prince Andrew infamously partied on Jameel’s yacht during the 2011 London riots (source: https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/prince-andrew-frolicks-on-yacht-with-mystery-147496).
James, Susie: Founder and owner of 123 Send Ltd, a company that provides payment terminals.
Janklow, Linda: Literary agent and wife of Mort Janklow, the primary owner of Janklow & Nesbit Associates, the largest literary agency in the world. Attended a party hosted by Sony Pictures with Epstein, although they are not pictured together (source: https://www.patrickmcmullan.com/search/?event=5b3ef4fb9f92906676446c21). In 2007, Ghislaine Maxwell threw an exclusive party (80 carefully selected guests) at her NYC townhouse to celebrate the opening of a new shop by designer Allegra Hicks (granddaughter-in-law of Earl Mountbatten, who you can read more about in my G-I Epstein thread under India Hicks’s name). One of the eighty guests was Julie Landlow, daughter of Linda and Mort.
Jarecki, Nancy & Andrew: Andrew is a filmmaker, co-founder of Moviefone, and was a producer on Catfish, the documentary that launched the popular MTV show. Andrew’s family was reportedly friends with Jeffrey Epstein. There is an EXCELLENT thread on the connections between the Jarecki family (especially Andrew and Nick’s father, Henry) and Epstein here (source: https://threadreaderapp.com/thread/1200044576947556352.html). Quick summary: Henry was born in Nazi Germany; flew on the Lolita Express; is an expert in psychotropic drugs; owns two islands in the British Virgin Islands; founded the first youth center in the British Virgin Islands; lived 2 miles from Epstein in NYC; owns and donates to many sketchy foundations, schools, and organizations; has donated at least $1 million to leftist organizations). Andrew’s wife Nancy created bettybeauty, a company that specializes in hair dye for your nether regions (not kidding).
Jarecki, Nick: The movie director brother of Andrew and son of Henry Jarecki (see link under Andrew & Nancy Jarecki for more info). Reportedly dated Courtney Love (also in Epstein’s ‘Black Book’) in 2015. Photographed with Ghislaine Maxwell at a Gucci party (source: https://www.gettyimages.com/detail/news-photo/ghislaine-maxwell-and-nick-jarecki-attend-gucci-hosts-a-news-photo/591605562).
Jason (canada): Not enough info. Could be artist Jason Wasserman based out of Canada. The second number listed traces back to Station 16 Gallery in Montreal.
Javier: Javier Banon is former Co-head of Merchant Banking at Lehman Brothers and current Founding Partner of Trilantic Europe.
Jeffries, Tim: Ownedirector of Hamiltons Gallery in London. Best known for dating models Elle Macpherson, Claudia Schiffer, Kylie Minogue and Sophie Dahl (also in Epstein’s ‘Black Book’). Jefferies has attended fundraisers for ARK Academy and the NSPCC. He truly cares about children.
Johnson, Richard & Nadine: Nadine is a millionaire public relations guru. Nadine is a good friend of Ghislaine Maxwell’s. Some clients of Nadine Johnson include spirit cooking extraordinaire Marina Abramovic and hotelier Andre Balazs, good friend of Ghislaine. Richard is one of the most well-known gossip columnists and was the editor of Page Six for twenty-five years. There is a great thread detailing the Johnsons’ ties to the Clintons, Balazs, and others here (source: https://threader.app/thread/1162148078981394432). Basically, Richard Johnson is friendly with the Clintons and, as Page Six Editor, purposely did not report or downplayed stories on the Clintons and Nadine’s clients. He also took bribes. Considering Nadine is a good friend of Ghislaine, it would not be a stretch to assume that Richard could have buried stories on Maxwell and Epstein. I could spend 10 pages on the shady connections these two have.
Johnson, Lucy: Not enough info.
Jones, Ann & Mick: Mick is the guitarist of Foreigner, an immensely popular rock band in the ‘70s and ‘80s. His wife, Ann, is a jewelry designer, and friend of Ghislaine. Ann Jones was photographed at a party with Ghislaine and Donald Trump in 1997 (source: https://www.the-sun.com/news/85818/epstein-madam-ghislaine-maxwell-milked-billionaire-dad-and-threw-lavish-parties-with-beautiful-women/)
Josephson, Barry & Jackie: Barry is a producer and the former President of Production for Columbia Pictures. Jackie is his ex-wife and also a producer.
Karella, Kalliope: Wife of Prince Pierre d’Arenberg. Kalliope is a good friend of Ghislaine Maxwell.
Kastner, Ron: No info found.
Katz, Anton & Robin Plant: Anton is CEO and co-founder of Talos Trading, which specializes in cryptocurrency. Anton and Robin are friends of and have been photographed with Ghislaine (source: https://www.patrickmcmullan.com/search/?person=5b3ef50c9f929066764df255).
Katzeneilenbogen, Mark: Long-time investment banker who used to be based out of South Africa.
Keeling, Sarah: There is a Sarah Keeling in London who is a former British government official with 20 years of experience in national security and intelligence experience, however, the phone number listed has a 410 area code, which leads back to eastern Maryland. Inconclusive.
Kegan, Rory: A nightclub designer and creator. Co-founder of the exclusive, celebrity-filled London nightclub, Chinawhite. Prince Andrew (source: https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/9818190/prince-andrew-pictures-cast-doubt-epstein-sex-slave/) and Prince Albert of Monaco are regulars. Chelsea Clinton has been there, as well (source: https://www.standard.co.uk/news/bright-night-for-china-white-6299739.html). Other patrons include: Prince Andrew, Kate Middleton, George Clooney, Leonardo DiCaprio, and more.
Keidan, Amanda: Owner of Keidan Jewelry.
Keidan, Jon: An entertainment executive-turned-venture capitalist. As an entertainment exec, Keidan worked with John Legend, Dave Matthews Band, and Nappy Roots. Keidan serves on the Council of Foreign Relations, a powerful group that some believe determines foreign policy. Former and current members include former presidents, current and former politicians, business magnates, and celebrities (https://www.cfr.org/membership/roster).
Keller, Georgie: Interior designer.
Kellette Frayse, Caroline: Fashion editor at Vogue and Tatler (both magazines constantly come up in Epstein’s contacts). Former girlfriend of Imran Khan, whose name has come up frequently. Passed away in 2014. Her husband, Jean-Marc Fraysse, is a French investment banker.
Kelmenson, Leo-Arthur & Gayl: Leo was an advertising and marketing guru who has been credited with saving Chrysler. Friend and advisor to Lee Iacocca, former President of Chrysler. He worked as Special Project Officer for the U.S. Department of State under President John F. Kennedy and AG Robert F. Kennedy. He had tons of connections. His former maid accused him of sexual harassment in 2010 (source: https://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/maid-harassment-suit-claims-ad-exec-leo-arthur-kelmenson-madman-pervy-mad-men-wannabe-article-1.156915). Kelmenson died less than two months after the story came out.
Kennedy Cuomo, Andrew & Kerry: Andrew is the current governor of New York. It’s no secret that Cuomo is willing to look the other way on sexual deviancy as long as he receives a payoff. Cuomo halted a probe into the handling of Harvey Weinstein’s case in New York after receiving $25,000 from Weinstein’s law firm (source: https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/bjbqg4/andrew-cuomo-received-dollar25000-donation-from-harvey-weinsteins-law-firm). Andrew’s brother, CNN Host Chris Cuomo famously told viewers “not to get caught up in the intrigue of who Epstein’s friends are” (source: https://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2019/07/11/cnn_cuomo_lets_not_get_caught_up_in_the_intrigue_of_who_was_friends_with_jeffrey_epstein.html). Perhaps, he was covering for his brother. Kerry Kennedy is Cuomo’s ex-wife of fifteen years, the daughter of RFK, and a close friend of Ghislaine Maxwell. Supposedly, Kennedy provided Ghislaine with informal illegal advice (source: https://www.splicetoday.com/politics-and-media/the-nth-word-and-m-theory).
Kennedy Jr. Ted: Son of Ted Kennedy and nephew of JFK and RFK. Ted Jr. dabbled in politics and currently works as a lawyer. His father, Ted, was a notorious sexual abuser (allegedly).
Kennedy, Bobby & Mary: Bobby is the son of RFK and nephew of JFK. Bobby is a known drug abuser and philanderer. Bobby kept a sex journal detailing his conquests while he was married (source: https://nypost.com/2013/09/08/rfk-jr-s-sex-diary-of-adultery/). His ex-wife, Mary, committed “suicide” two years after their divorce. Before committing suicide, Mary told a friend that she “feared for her life” and Bobby told her that she “would be better off dead” (source: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3231043/How-serial-cheater-Bobby-Kennedy-Jr-strutted-family-home-exposing-private-parts-demanded-m-nage-trois-wife-Mary-went-public-Cheryl-Hines-telling-Mary-things-easier-killed-herself.html).
Kennedy, Ethel: Widow of RFK Sr. and mother of eleven, including Bobby Kennedy, Kerry Kennedy, and Joseph Kennedy II.
Kennedy, Jo: Joseph Kennedy II is the son of RFK Sr. and Ethel. Served in the House of Representatives from 1987-1999. In 1973, Joseph was convicted of negligent driving after paralyzing a young woman. He was fined $100.
Kennedy, Senator Edward: Brother of JFK and RFK, Ted Kennedy served as U.S. Senator of Massachusetts for 47 years. Besides politics, Ted is best known for the Chappaquiddick incident in which a young female speechwriter for RFK drowned to death when he lost control of his vehicle while driving across a bridge. He was charged with leaving the scene of an incident and given a two month suspended sentence. Ted was also notorious for his extramarital affairs. Senator Kennedy once hosted a party at his house attended by Bill Clinton and Lynn Forester de Rothschild. Rothschild wrote a letter to Clinton afterwards in which she mentions that they spoke about Epstein (source: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7283825/Jeffrey-Epstein-injured-jail-cell-following-possible-suicide-assault.html). It is unclear what was said or what Rothschild’s connection could possibly be.
Kersner, Sol: South African accountant and hotel and casino magnate who died of cancer in 2020. Kerzner was a close friend of Donald Trump. They even worked together to create The Palm, a man-made island off the coast of Dubai (source: https://www.ft.com/content/46393280-d9f9-11da-b7de-0000779e2340). Kerzner was also close friends with Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York (https://www.gettyimages.com/detail/news-photo/sarah-ferguson-the-duchess-of-york-sol-kerzner-chairman-and-news-photo/83768272), Naomi Campbell (https://www.gettyimages.ca/detail/news-photo/naomi-campbell-and-sol-kerzner-pose-backstage-during-the-news-photo/82869744), and Bill Clinton (https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8144647/As-Sol-Kerzner-dies-aged-84-RICHARD-KAY-looks-riotously-louche-life.html). Kerzner was very good friends with Nelson Mandela and built his casino resorts with Gerard Inzerillo, who you can read about in my G-I ‘Black Book’ thread.
Khayat, Antoine, Jana, & George: Jana is an heiress and businesswoman. Jana is the niece of Galen Weston, a close friend of Prince Charles. George is her brother and CEO of Associated British Foods. Jana’s husband, Antoine, is a former banker and currently runs their vineyard.
Kidd, Jemma: Kidd is a British makeup artist, fashion model, and aristocrat. Married to Arthur Wellesley, Earl of Mornington, the son of the Duke and Duchess of Wellington, making her a Countess. Kidd is an interesting figure with elite connections. From 2005-2012, Ghislaine Maxwell served as Director of Jemma Kidd Make-Up Limited, a U.K. makeup company, which was founded by Kidd. Not only did Ghislaine serve as Director, but she was also a shareholder, along with the Rothschild family (source: https://nationalpost.com/news/world/in-hiding-for-years-epstein-accomplice-ghislaine-maxwell-spotted-in-l-a-burger-shop). If you click around the PDFs on this website (https://beta.companieshouse.gov.uk/company/05340072/filing-history), you can see everything. The 16 JUN 2006 PDF on page 3 shows you a list of Officers and shareholders of the company. Jemma Kidd has also attended charity events for the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) (https://www.alamy.com/stock-photo-beckham-nspcc-party-jemma-kidd-106882170.html). Her sister, Jodie, is also a huge supportefundraiser of the NSPCC, as well as the Help a London Child and Monsoon Accessorize Trust charities, both of which help out disadvantaged children (source: https://www.looktothestars.org/celebrity/jodie-kidd).
King, Abby: No info found.
Kirwin Taylor, Charlie & Helen: Charles is an investment banker. He was former CEO of Credit Suisse in Switzerland, an investment firm which shows up a few times through Epstein’s contacts. His wife, Helen, is a journalist.
Kirwin Taylor, Peter: British financier. Was a member of the Pilgrims Society (https://isgp-studies.com/pilgrims-society-membership-list), a group that has included the Rothschilds, Rockefellers, and other elites amongst its ranks.
Kissinger, Dr. Henry A: Former U.S. Secretary of State and National Security Advisor under Nixon. Kissinger has long been accused of committing war crimes (ex: carpet bombing Cambodia, installing fascist governments in Chile and Argentina, genocide, extending our stay in Vietnam, etc) yet somehow managed to win a Nobel Peace Prize in 1973. Kissinger once said, “Military men are dumb, stupid animals to be used as pawns for foreign policy.” Kissinger served with Epstein on the Trilateral Commission. Kissinger has also been a member of the Bilderberg Group, the Council on Foreign Relations, the Aspen Institute, and Bohemian Grove. Long thought to be an advocate for a globalist New World Order, Kissinger is a scumbag of the highest order. His connections with Gates, the Clintons, Bush Sr. and Jr., the Rockefellers, and the Rothschilds are well-documented. If anyone here has ever done any research regarding the NWO, you have undoubtedly seen Kissinger’s name several times.
Klee, Rupert & Charlotte de: Rupert is a Director with Oakridge Group, a property development and investment company. His wife, Charlotte, is the producer of the religious plays at Wintershall.
Klesch, Johnathan: Former Director of Klesch Trading, which specializes in industrial commodities. It has offices in Russia, Malta, Surrey, and in London, down the block from Buckingham Palace.
Koch, David: Co-founder of Koch Industries, a diversified manufacturing conglomerate. Koch Industries has stolen oil from Indian reservations, committed hundreds of polluting, labor, and workplace safety violations. When he ran on the Libertarian ticket as the vice presidential nominee in 1980, Koch aimed to abolish Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, welfare benefits, and minimum wage. Koch and Epstein were friends. Epstein even attended a party at Koch’s Southampton home (https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7270735/Jeffrey-Epstein-Trumps-closest-advisers-Wilbur-Ross-Rudy-Giuliani-Steve-Mnunchin.html). Koch has also been photographed with Ghislaine Maxwell (https://www.reddit.com/KochWatch/comments/dcjth3/david_koch_ghislaine_maxwell_getty_images/). Thankfully, Koch died last year.
Kohl, Astrid: A businesswoman involved in pharmaceuticals. Married to Prince Alexander of Liechtenstein. Daughter-in-law of Prince Philipp of Liechtenstein. Niece of former German Chancellor, Helmut Kohl.
Kotic, Boby: CEO of Activision Blizzard, a video game holding company. Used to run several electronic companies. From 2003-2008, he was a director at Yahoo! In 2012, he became a non-executive director of Coca-Cola.
Kotze, Alex Von: British businessman involved in the tech industry.
Kravetz, Anna: Not much info found. Has a degree in finance from Wharton School and used to live on Park Avenue in NYC.
Krooth, Caryn: A successful real estate agent based out of Los Angeles
Kudrow, Alistar: No info found.
Lal, Dalamal: Director of Akron Corp. & Akron (Nig.) Ltd., a food and beverage import company based out of Nigeria.
Lalaunis, Demetra: Daughter of Ilias Lalaounis, a pioneer in Greek jewelry and a world renowned goldsmith.
Lambert, Christopher: Well-known actor.
Lambert, David: Former partner, managing director, and VP at Goldman Sachs.
Lambert, Edward: Lampert is a billionaire hedge fund manager and former CEO of Sears. Lampert graduated from Yale University in 1984 where he was a member of Skull and Bones. Rumored pedophile David Geffen gave Lampert $200 million to invest in 1992, when Lampert was just 29 years old. Lampert made Geffen $1 billion.
Lambos Duff & John: Karen “Duff” Duffy is an actress, model, and TV personality. She has had memorable roles as the love interest in “Blank Check” and as JP Shay in “Dumb and Dumber.” Duffy has battled with sarcoidosis, a deadly central nervous system disease, since the mid-’90s. She credits Harvey Weinstein with saving her life (https://nypost.com/2000/10/03/coping-with-class-this-model-patient-suffers-in-style/). John is a former banker with Morgan Stanley and current President of GCA-US, an investment banking company.
Lang, Caroline: An art expert and Chairman at Sotheby’s Switzerland.
Lange, Dieter: Former Partner at WilliamHare, an international law firm with offices in London, Berlin, the U.S., Beijing, and Brussels. Passed away in 2010.
Larsen Janet: The only one I can find is a Business Psychologist based out of London.
Laurie, Jonathan: Founder and CEO of Cheyne Capital Management, an alternate investment fund firm.
Lavlada, Laura D.B. de: Laura Diez Barroso is a Mexican businesswoman. She sold her stock in Televisa for $726 million in 1993. Since then, she has been the head of several other companies.
Lawford Christopher & Jean: Christopher was an actor and relative of the Kennedys. His uncles were JFK, RFK, and Ted Kennedy. Many of his relatives appear in Epstein’s ‘Black Book’. His first wife, Jeannie, was an ad-sales associate for New York Magazine.
Lawton Paul: Two British businessmen with the same name come up. Both have extensive resumes. Could be either one.
Lazar, Christopher & Marie: Christophe seems to be a realtor in Paris, but I am not completely sure.
Le Bon, Simon & Jasmine: Simon is the lead singer of Duran Duran. His wife, Yasmin, is/was a fashion model. Yasmin is represented by Models1 in London. Models1 also represents Epstein and Ghislaine’s friend, Naomi Campbell. Le Bon has been accused of sexual assault in the past (https://www.freep.com/story/news/2018/07/12/simon-le-bons-accuser-sex-assault-claim-speaks-out-awful/777106002/).
Le Fur, Jean-Yves: French businessman and magazine creator. He was once Princess Stephanie of Monaco’s ex-fiance. More notably, Le Fur was the one who discovered supermodel Karen Mulder (his girlfriend at the time) on the floor after she attempted suciide. Mulder blew the lid off the rampant rape and sexual abuse that she and her modeling colleagues had suffered at the hands of businessmen, royalty, celebrities, and government officials. She was even the protege of Epstein collaborator (allegedly), Jean Luc Brunel (https://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/article238351108.html).
Le Marg Willie: No info found.
Lea, Piers: CEO of Learning Technologies Group, a workplace digital learning company.
Leeds, Jeffrey: Co-founder and Managing Partner of Leeds Equity. One of Leeds Equity’s partner companies is Endeavor Schools, which runs private preschools, primary schools, and secondary schools in Florida and 11 other states (https://www.leedsequity.com/news/articles/leeds-equity-partners-completes-investment-in-endeavor-schools). They are also partners with Fusion Educational Group (now Fusion Academy), which runs a chain of private secondary schools (https://www.leedsequity.com/news/articles/leeds-equity-partners-completes-investment-in-fusion-education-group). Former teacher Kris White, now the head of Fusion Academy in Palo Alto, allegedly told a student that he was in love with her and wrote her a note saying he was “obsessed” with her. (https://www.mercurynews.com/2020/07/12/teachers-named-in-presentation-high-sex-investigation-kept-working-as-bay-area-educators-for-years/). This story was just published on July 12, 2020. Hypothetically, if one wanted to procure underage children, it would certainly help if the head of the school was on board and possibly a pedophile himself. According to this former teacher at Fusion Academy, “many students struggle with learning differences, behavioral issues, and/or addictions” (https://www.glassdoor.com/Reviews/Employee-Review-Fusion-Academy-RVW21260629.htm). In other words, the downtrodden and vulnerable. Fusion Academy refers to itself as a non-traditional school that focuses on individual students. Seems like a great opportunity. Leeds was also good friends with Epstein (https://nymag.com/nymetro/news/people/n_7912/) and has close ties to Colin Powell and Rudy Giuliani (https://nypost.com/2016/09/14/colin-powell-wont-vote-for-her-because-of-bill-clinton/).
Lefcourt, Jerry: Famous lawyer who defended Epstein in 2007. That same year, Epstein donated $250,000 to the Washington-based Foundation for Criminal Justice, where Lefcourt was a board member.
Lester, Dominick: Founder and owner of MortgageFlex Systems, a mortgage lending company.
Levine, Phillip: Ex-Miami Beach mayor and close friend of Bill and Hillary Clinton. He claims that he doesn’t know how Epstein got his contact information… all 13 phone numbers, including those of his driver and housekeepers (https://www.miaminewtimes.com/news/ex-miami-beach-mayor-philip-levine-listed-13-times-in-jeffrey-epsteins-black-book-11242116)!
Liman, Doug: Popular Hollywood director and producer. He directed Swingers, The Bourne Identity, and a couple of Tom Cruise movies.
Lindeman-Barnet, Sloan & Roger: Sloan has been a New York Times bestseller and an on-air and print reporter for NBC, ABC, and Reuters. Sloan and Roger also sit on the board of the Spence School in New York City, a private K-12 all-girls school (https://www.spenceschool.org/2017---news-detail?pk=999120). Her husband, Roger, is the founder of beauty.com and Chairman and CEO of Shaklee, a highly successful nutrition company. Donald Trump, Melania Trump, and Ghislaine Maxwell all attended the publication party for Sloan’s book in 2008 (https://www.gettyimages.com/detail/news-photo/ghislaine-maxwell-anton-katz-and-robin-katz-attend-sloan-news-photo/619921016 ; https://www.gettyimages.co.uk/detail/news-photo/donald-trump-melania-trump-sloan-barnett-and-roger-barnett-news-photo/619921180).Other guests included Steve Mnuchin, Epstein and Maxwell chum Carol Mack, and a bunch of others also featured in Epstein’s ‘Black Book’ (Colin Cowie, Anton and Robin Katz, and Vittorio Assaf).
Lindemann, Adam & Elizabeth: Adam is a billionaire investor and art gallery owner. Brother of Sloan (mentioned just above). Elizabeth is his ex-wife. She is often photographed with many other people mentioned in Epstein’s ‘Black Book.’
Lindemann, George(Sr.) & Freida: Now-deceased billionaire father of Sloan and Adam. George was the CEO and Chairman of Southern Union, a pipeline company and served as Vice President of the Metropolitan Opera Association of NYC. His wife, Frayda, is the President and CEO of the Metropolitan Opera.
Lindsay, Alex & Jaclyn: Alex is a war documentary maker who rents out his loft at the address Epstein has listed (https://www.independent.co.uk/property/house-and-home/property/spheres-of-influence-72014.html).
Lindsey, Ludovic: Racecar driver.
Lindsley, Blake: Actress who was in two movies directed by Doug Liman (also in Epstein’s book) - “Swingers” and “Getting In.”
Linley, David: Princess Margaret’s son, Queen Elizabeth II’s nephew, and first cousin of Prince Charles and Prince Andrew. Linley is a furniture maker and the 2nd Earl of Snowdon. He used to be the Chairman of Christie’s auction house in the UK.
Liogos, Babis: No info found, but one of the numbers traces back to Thylan Associates, a real estate and investment firm.
Lister, Paul: Likely the director of legal services and company secretary for Associated British Foods, or it could be a conservationist. Not sure which.
Livanos, Arriette: I believe this Arietta Livanos, wife of Greek shipping magnate, Stavros Livanos. Arietta passed away in 1986.
Lo Cascio, Robert: Founder and CEO of LivePerson, a tech company that develops conversational commerce. LoCascio was photographed with Ghislaine at an after party in 2012 (https://www.gettyimages.com/detail/news-photo/ghislaine-maxwell-and-robert-locascio-attend-osklen-spring-news-photo/1169681572).
Loeb, Alex: Alexandra is the daughter of John Loeb, former U.S. Ambassador to Denmark under Reagan and former Delegate to the United Nations. John Loeb was also a special advisor to Nelson Rockefeller. Alexandra is also a descendant of the Lehman family (Lehman Brothers). Alexandra graduated from Spence Day School for Girls (mentioned earlier under Sloan and Roger Lindemann-Barnett).
Lonsdale, Richard: British investment banker.
Lorenzoti, Eva Vivre: Founder of luxury online retailer, Vivre.com and is a TV spokesperson/personality. Good friend of Ghislaine Maxwell. Maxwell and a couple of Rockefellers were guests at her house for a dinner party in 2010 (https://hauteliving.com/2010/11/doris-world-eva-lorenzottis-dinner-party/105102/).
Lorimer, John & Lottie: John works as a private investor and as a realtor. His wife, Lottie, is an interior designer.
Louthan Guy J: Prolific British film producer and former boyfriend of actress Liz Hurley (also in Epstein’s book).
Love, Courtney: Famous drug addict, musician, and actress who likely killed her husband, Kurt Cobain. Courtney famously claimed that Prince Andrew showed up to her house late one night in 2000 looking for sex. She has since retracted this claim. The entries under Love’s name all say ‘Dana’ next to them. This is Courtney’s ex-boyfriend, Dana Giacchetto. Giacchetto was considered to be the “stockbroker to the stars” and was friends with JFK Jr, Leonardo DiCaprio, Johnny Depp, and many others. He ripped his clients off of millions. Even more telling, Giacchetto was involved in a sex abuse case against X-Men director Bryan Singer (https://www.yahoo.com/entertainment/news/leonardo-dicaprios-convicted-ex-money-manager-denies-bryan-050000120.html). He died in 2016 after he partied too hard and overdosed (https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/dana-giacchetto-dead-stockbroker-stars-902383).
Lowell, Ivana: Guinness heiress who wrote about Harvey Weinstein’s sexual abuse while she worked at Miramax in her book back in 2010 (https://www.irishcentral.com/culture/entertainment/guinness-heiress-spoke-out-about-predator-harvey-weinstein-7-years-ago). She also dated Harvey’s younger brother, Bob.
Loyd Mark: No info found.
Lucas, Colin: The godfather of Boris Johnson, England’s current Prime Minister. Lucas is a British historian and university administrator. Served as Vice Chancellor of Oxford University from 1997-2004.
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2020.07.01 22:46 CognitivelyPositive How To Cope With a Breakup (a guide) [Based on Science}

I know you are going through hell right now. You are sad, confused, angry, depressed, and sometimes numb. You go from sad to angry then to numb. Or you are just sad all the time or even just angry all the time. I am here to tell you that whatever emotions you are going through is normal. It is totally normal to feel these painful emotions and even be confused by them. You don't go from grief to anger, you switch around a lot. Your emotions are basically all over the place. Guilt, shame, disappointment, and hopelessness are quite common too. You might be also experiencing panic and anxiety attacks, heartache (literally), episodes of depression, headaches, stomach problems, loss of appetite, insomnia. You can't stop thinking about your Ex and what they have done to you.
To make matters worse, our friends and family aren't being the most helpful. At first, maybe they were supportive. And then later they just started being dismissive to our feelings by saying things like "Just move on already" or "There is a lot of fish in the sea". This causes us to feel like there is something wrong with us, that we should have moved on already. This notion makes us blame ourselves for feeling this pain. I am here to tell you that there is NOTHING wrong with you for feeling this way. There is no RIGHT amount of time to take to "move on" and none of it is your fault.
Heartbreak is universal and has existed for more than thousands if not millions of years of our existence (Fisher, 2017). You can trace poems about broken hearts from the ancient Egyptian pyramids to ancient Inuit cave dwellings. Look at the top 100 songs on the billboards right now, the majority are songs about our broken hearts. Where there is love, there will be heartbreak. Your experience is excruciating, but fortunately not unique. Our species has survived and thrived after getting their hearts smashed into bits for thousands of years. So, YOU can too.
You don't feel like yourself. You don't think you will ever be happy again. Fortunately, you are going to be OKAY. It will take a while but you will get back to who you were before. I promise on our broken-hearted ancestors. I prepared this guide so this process is much easier. This guide also outlines the best way to get your ex back, if you want that. These tips are not in chronological order, you do not need to follow them one after another.
1) Acceptance
Maybe you realized before it happened or maybe the break up got you by surprise. Either way, it’s devastating. You hope this is some nightmare and you will get up and everything will get back to normal. But no, this is your reality right now. The relationship is over. It’s okay to be in shock and denial in the first few weeks but eventually, you will just have to accept it. It will be difficult to accept it, but you have to do it to get to the next healing stage. Accept what happened. Denial will only prolong your suffering.
2) Grieve your loss
Cry your heart out, doesn't matter if you are a guy or a girl. Start your day with a good cry. It lifts a huge burden and you walk lighter throughout the day. Break up music, pictures of your ex, old texts are all good things to use to start bawling if you are having trouble crying. Angry? Punch a pillow, yell into the pillow! Do whatever it takes to get your anger out, as long as it's not harming anyone else. This grief will come in waves. Some days you might not feel it as much, but some days it hits you hard. That is normal. So cry! Process your emotions, don't hold it in. Holding it in will compound it and it will come out in different ways. There is no timeline for you to process grief. Don't let anybody tell you "In 6 months you will stop crying". Your healing process is YOUR healing process. Take however long. It might also hit you unexpectedly, a year into the healing journey when you think you are doing great then you hear a song you both liked and boom. You are hit with sadness. It does diminish over time so, be patient. The intensity and frequency of "grief attacks" and "anger attacks" lessen over time.
Sometimes we are disappointed not because they left but because they did not fulfill our expectations. Such as getting married to us, having our babies, etc. These dreams can be fulfilled by somebody else. You are not sad because they were the one, you are sad because you THOUGHT they were.
3) Understanding what is going on in your head right now
Humans are social animals. Our survival depended on our ability to forge relationships with others (Buss, 2019). Hence, our brain evolved to instill mechanisms that would help us keep these relationships. So when a prehistoric bear tried to kidnap your mate, you would enter fight or flight mode which would make you jump into action and do everything to save them. As you heard the cries of your mate, your cortisol would shoot through the roof, adrenaline and norepinephrine would pump into your body which helps you to run faster, fight harder and feel less pain. These chemicals motivate you to take massive action. You might scream at the bear while chucking rocks at his head or run back to the village super fast and call for backup. Were they always successful in warding the bear off? Nope, but they were successful enough to pass this evolutionary advantageous trait to us since our ancestors who did not possess this trait died off. Therefore it would make sense if you have an eerily similar reaction if some random guy in a trench coat tried to kidnap your little brother. Unfortunately, for people going through a breakup, this mechanism gets triggered since a relationship is potentially ending and our brain is freaking the fuck out. This mechanism might make us call them a 100 times, scream at them, make big romantic gestures, hold on to their leg while they are trying to walk away (metaphorically or even LITERALLY). We try reasoning with them, we try everything to get them back to calm our head but it doesn't work. (Will get into why it doesn't work later on). Even if it does work, it does not last long. This fight or flight response persists because we failed to keep our relationship. Our body is riddled with agonizing anxiety all day because those stress chemicals I mentioned earlier are still doing their magic on your system. This may persist, days or even months. This phase won't last forever. You just need to make sure to not do anything stupid, you know like CALLING THEM A 100 TIMES but even if did do something stupid. Don't be too hard on yourself.
4) Be patient
I know hurts. It's horrible. It is going to be like this for a bit but you will get better eventually. People don't take 2 weeks to 'Get over it'. Be patient, trust the process.
5) Cut off all contact, go No contact (For your own healing)
Don't text them, don't call them, don't snap them, don't like their photos, don't do anything to contact them, don't even try to send a pigeon. If they message or call you, let them know straight up that if they want to try the relationship again they can call or text you. Otherwise, tell them not to contact you under any circumstances. No need to be mean, do it politely. "If you ever want to give another try with our relationship, only then contact me. Otherwise refrain from contacting me. I want some space, thank you." Why are we being so cruel?
Love activates all your happy chemicals. Dopamine, serotonin, oxytocin, endorphin (Zeki, 2007). When the person dumps you, they cut you off all these happy chemicals causing massive withdrawal symptoms. Interestingly people going through a drug withdrawal show the exact same symptoms (Fisher, 2017). Why? Because love is the ultimate drug and you are addicted.
Your brain is addicted to your ex. To cure this addiction you have to go cold turkey. Will it be dreadful? YES. Is it necessary? Yes. You might think keeping in contact as friends will cushion the blow. In the long term, it will be more painful to be their friend because you will see them moving on without you. Talking to them is like re-opening a wound over and over again.
This is actually the hardest part since you are literally fighting against your basic human instinct I talked about earlier that prevents the loss of a loved one. Your brain is screaming at you "WE NEED TO GET THEM BACK! CALL THEM, TEXT THEM etc". Once we fear we are losing a loved one our brain will try to do everything to get them back. If a bear was running off with them, then it would have helped but in this case, reaching out to them will further push them back. They want some space from you right now.
This includes stalking them on social media, don't do it. It complicates your healing since you are reopening a wound over and over again. Easier said than done though. If you really struggle with this, maybe try to ween off it slowly. Let yourself see their fb twice a week at first, then twice in two weeks etc. Slowly ween off doing it at all. I suggest unfollowing them at least.
Coincidentally, No Contact is the same move to make if you want to win them back. It is a double-edged sword. Whether you want them back or heal your heart OR BOTH. Your best move is to go No Contact.
6) Using No Contact to get them back
You might be wondering that if you do no contact, they might actually forget about you and move on. WRONG! How many times do you think about water a day? Not a lot. Lets just imagine that your house runs out of water, the whole city runs out of water. All you can think about now is water. You are thirsty, you want to take a shower, you want to cook....the lack of water has forced you to think of it. Its the scarcity effect, we long for things that are scarce more than we long for things that are plenty (Cialdini, 2014). Hence, no contact makes your ex think about you way more than they would have if you kept badgering them. You need to be completely out of the picture for them to miss you. They must feel your void.
You might feel that begging them to come back would work, it won't. They have already made the decision to leave you and prepared for you to react like this. You think you can reason with them to take you back. You can't. Because right now they aren't emotionally neutral enough to hear any logical arguments.
Why can't you convince them? Its because they have made a decision already. Humans want to stay consistent with their decisions due to the consistency principle (Cialdini, 2014). The decision to break up is not made logically, its made emotionally, hence using logic to reason with them is useless.
Hence, you can't change their mind right now. The only person that can change their minds is themselves. You help them do that by going No Contact.
Show yourself that you respect yourself enough to NOT chase after someone who left you. Neediness is unattractive, show your ex that you don't need them. Here are more reasons to not chase them.
- When they broke up with you, they expected you to still be in the sidelines as a friend or something. So they don't have to fear losing you. Well, don't give them what they expect, leave the situation. Vanish out of her life completely. So they start actually fearing that they might lose you. Fear of loss is a great motivation for action in humans since we are loss averse (Kahneman, 2011). This will make it more likely they will want to get back with you.
- You not being in their loop anymore, causes them to get curious about you. After curiosity comes attraction. When their attraction towards you has reached a level, they will contact you.
- They actually start respecting you since they assumed you were going to beg and plead. Respect is essential for attraction.
- Over time, they will forget all the negative things about you and the situation that made them break up with you. Negative memories lose their intensity faster than positive ones. As more time passes, you will look better due to the faded affect bias (Gibbons, 2011)
7) How to actually do "No contact"
When my ex broke up with me I could not believe what was happening. This was the closest thing to hell I have ever experienced. I have been hit hard by life many times. But this punch, it nearly killed me. Nothing could ever prepare me for this. It was absolute agony. I would go to sleep and start dreaming about being together with her. I would wake up and realize the reality of the situation and start bawling like a mad man (thats a positive though, you should cry it out). All my dreams I had with her were all shattered. I didn't know what to do. The life I planned with her is nothing but a sad memory now. I started researching and went down the rabbit hole of "Win your ex back". I found out about the no contact policy and started doing it.
The first seven days were brutal. The only thing I told myself was "Just survive the first 7 days". Every inch of my body wanted to reach out to her. To beg her to come back. I knew it wouldn't work. So through sheer will and determination, I didn't reach out to her. As I explained before, my brain was in fight or flight. I was also suffering from withdrawal symptoms of love. I just told myself, "Survive 7 days". That is all I did. I survived 7 days at a time. Maybe you can only survive 1 day at a time. Do that! Tell yourself that "Okay okay, I will contact them in a month". Then when a month rolls by "Okay, next month I will contact her". Then when the next month rolls by tell yourself "Okay, I will contact her in the next 3 months". The trick is to lie to yourself that you will contact them eventually but you never will. (That includes not contacting them on birthdays, holidays, valentine's day, death of a loved one etc). People that join the '12 steps program', are not told to NEVER drink again. That is putting the goal post way out of your reach. The addicts are instructed to NOT drink one day at a time, then a week, then a month, then a year, and then finally for a lifetime.
Another trick I used was to believe that if I did contact them. I would push them farther back and lose them forever. Which is true, breaking no contact will lower your chances of getting them back.
Another trick I used was the progress meter. For every month I took a piece of A4 size paper and drew 30 squares (Each square represents a day). I hung it on my bedroom wall. After each day was over I would put a tick mark on one of the 30 boxes. The tick mark is meant to signify that I have finished another day while following no contact. Once you complete 7 days, it looks really nice, like you have completed a streak. Keeping your streak can be a huge motivator for not breaking no contact (Clear, 2018). It gives you a sense of accomplishment and keeps you on track, you will think twice before breaking your streak. After you tick marked all 30 days, take yourself out for a date, and treat yourself. Then hang up another A4 size paper and keep repeating the process. One day you will tell yourself, "I really don't care anymore to tick mark a box for not contacting my ex", that's the day you can stop. You will stop when you become completely indifferent. The opposite of love isn't hate, its indifference.
This will no doubt be the hardest thing you have ever done. You are fighting against your basic human instincts (to connect and reunite) that has been instilled into us since the beginning of time.. You are fighting the neurological mechanism that was set in place to KEEP your loved ones. Hence, the difficulty.
Bonus trick to keep doing no contact (Might not be the healthiest way, but it works). Use only if you are really struggling with no contact. You need to get into the devil mindset.
Realize they have stabbed you through the heart. You are in pain because of them. Time for you to strike back. The best way for them to feel the pain and consequences of losing you is to keep NOT contacting them. Put them in a state of doubt about their decision by not reaching out to them. Let them feel the pain. Remember, if you break no contact. You will stop their pain but we don't want that, do we? In the first few months, they will be fine but slowly they will start feeling the hurt. Is this mindset petty? Yes. But it is way better than contacting them and ruining the chances of healing and/or getting them back. Your last words before starting no-contact should be kind, not anything mean. If you insult or demean them, you will come off as immature and petty. Making them less doubtful about their decision.
For true healing, your no-contact needs to come from a healthier place. After a period, abandon this "devil mindset", see your ex with compassionate curiosity and forgive them. The last thing they wanted to do was to hurt you but there was no other way.
8) Why you should reject their offer of friendship
Sometimes the dumper doesn't want to be so cruel so they try to be your friend. To reduce their guilt and reduce their pain of losing you. Don't give them that. Let them feel the pain of losing you. If you want them back or if you want to move on, the best way is to let them go. They need to miss you, to want you again. The dumper has all the power in this breakup, since they are rejecting you. Take back a little of that power by rejecting their offer of friendship. Do you really want to see them dating new people and asking for your advice? You might think that if you are around her she won't move on and she will realize what an amazing person you are and get back with you. WRONG! What ends up happening is they start categorizing you as a friend rather than a romantic interest. Let's avoid that. You need to let them know that if they want to get back into your life. They can only get back as a romantic interest. Nothing less, nothing more.
9) Stop trying to find the "Real" reason for the breakup
You are going through every conversation you had with her. You are analyzing her texts, you are asking your friends "Could she have left because I didn't share my custard with her on our 12th date ?" You feel like you are Sherlock Holmes, figuring out clues that will lead you to the "real" reason. In reality, they don't even know why they broke up with you. They have an idea of why, but the reason is more emotional than logical so they can't give you a really good reason. I get it, you want closure. The only person that can give you closure is you! Think, think hard why they left you. Write it down on a piece of paper and just learn to accept it. General incompatibility? Poor communication? Lack of time spent? Circumstance? Mental health issues? What do YOU think the reason was? What does your heart tell you? Mystery solved. Remember, if you do reach out to them and try to get closure, no matter what they tell you. It will never be enough.
10) Don't blame yourself
We tend to blame ourselves and our imperfections for the breakup. This person didn't just reject you, they rejected you after knowing you inside out. That is why it hurts so much. There is nothing fundamentally wrong with you! Yes, you aren't perfect. You have your flaws. You deserve someone that stays with you regardless of your flaws, not someone who refuses to work on them with you. Sometimes people break up because of the circumstances. It has nothing to do with you. It might just be a bad time and place. All that being said, you deserve someone that makes every excuse to be with you. Not someone who makes every excuse to NOT be with you. Life is hard and complicated, relationships aren't ideal all the time. It's easy to stay in a relationship during the good times, but hard to stay in it in the bad times. The bad times are the times that show you if the other person is worth it or not.
11) Don't idealize your Ex and put them on a pedestal
Drug addicts in withdrawal often highlight only the positives of the drug they were addicted to (Winch, 2018). They conveniently forget how that drug turned their life upside down. People who got dumped do that too. I am not saying your ex turned your life upside down but they weren't perfect. Write down their flaws and things that annoyed you on a piece of paper. Write down what may have attracted you to them but later made you feel like shit. For example, you might have liked the fact they were dominant, but later on it just felt like they were very controlling. When you think about her again, focus on her flaws.
Them dumping you might intensify your feelings towards them. This feeling is not based entirely on love, it's based on adversity. Scientists made a monkey expect treats at a certain time. When they stopped giving them the treat to study its effect on dopamine in their brain. The monkeys thrashed around in fury. Nothing odd about that, but the odd thing was the monkey's brain produced more dopamine when the monkey did NOT get the treat. This extra dopamine meant that the monkey's want for the treat increased when he did not get his treat that he expected. This is called Frustration Attraction (Fisher). We long for things way more when we expect it but don't get it. You expected your ex to be in your life, them not being there anymore made you want them even more. Your love did not increase. This is frustration attraction in play. Don't confuse this with genuine attraction.
12) Don't change your life to avoid pain
Don't avoid the restaurants you used to go to. Don't avoid the activities you used to do together. Yes, when you go to the restaurant you used to go to together might be painful at first. But after a few times, you bring your friends there or even a new date there. Your brain starts creating new memories with that restaurant and the new memories override the old memories and you feel much better. Sure, it was where you and your ex used to have tea but now its where you and your friends spill the tea. You guys used to do yoga together? Try doing it alone or with someone else. Obviously don't resume activities just after the breakup but eventually get to that point.
13) Get rid of the reminders of them
Your ex already occupies your mind a lot. let's not let them haunt you physically too. If they have given you gifts, love letters, old pictures of them etc. We need to remove them. Yes, for the time being at least. Keep them in a box and shove it down a room or place you don't go to. *However these old mementos are very useful to induce crying. I used my ex's love letter to cry my heart out, I read it over and over. Then one day it wasn't really helping me cry, so I decided to get rid of it. Yes, I burned it. It felt pretty awesome and cathartic. So do get rid of these old mementos eventually, no rush. Holding onto vivid reminders of them does not let your wound heal properly. Getting rid of them signals your brain to let go. Its a short term sacrifice for a long term gain. A lot of people report an immediate boost in mood after they purged the physical reminders (Winch, 2018). This also includes their photos on your phone. YES, even the nudes. Let it go.
14) Be compassionate to yourself
Develop a non-judgmental inner voice that is actually kind to you. Instead of beating yourself up with insults, talk to yourself kinder. If you have a thought like "I can't even open a ketchup bottle easily, I am such a dumbass...no wonder she left me", counter this thought with "I am only human and these ketchup bottles are really complex these days, I am not a dumbass.". Respond to the mistakes you make with compassion. Write down all the bad things you say to yourself in a day and look at it. Think about it. Would you ever tell a good friend these things? No. Then don't tell them to yourself.
15) Fill the void with Self Improvement
Now you feel like there is a huge void in your life. Your ex might have been a big part of your life. Fill that void up by adopting a new hobby, learning a new skill, or any passion of yours you wanted to always try but didn't have the time to. Don't fret if you don't have a hobby or a new skill to learn. The journey to finding these things is an awesome adventure on its own. It took me a long while to realize that I really love human psychology and self-improvement books. Read! READ! Increase your knowledge and unlock your full potential. Commit yourself to become a better person. So you don't make the same mistakes you did in your last relationship. Life is about growth but that can't happen without failure. A child doesn't learn how to walk without falling a hundred times first. I will have a recommended book list at the end of the article.
16) Don't "Get busy" to avoid thinking about them
All you are doing is delaying your pain by distracting yourself from thinking about them. Let the thoughts about them come. If you can't cry. Close your eyes and focus on the pain. Be with the body, don't judge the pain. Just notice it. Keep noticing it, till it goes away. That is how you process your pain to go through you and not get buried.
17) Battle the obsession of your ex with mindful meditation
Every waking moment of your day is filled by ruminating about your ex. You will think about them 24/7 for a while. No need to panic. It's totally normal. One thing that can help you do this less is mindful meditation. Mindful meditation is linked to a million other benefits for your physical and mental health, so it's a no brainer (Cho, 2016). You also need to understand that it takes a while for you to get the hang of it. Try using the headspace app's trial feature to learn how to do it.
18) Talk to a professional (therapist)
A break up is a tumultuous time for anyone. Hence seeking professional help isn't the worst idea. When someone breaks up with us, we don't just grieve for our ex. We start grieving for every attachment trauma we ever endured in our lives. Grief is like picking up a paper clip that is connected to other paper clips. You can't grief for your ex alone, you will unconsciously end up grieving about all your attachment trauma. A good therapist can help you through that process.
19) Rely on all your social support systems
Feeling sad? Reach out to friends and family to vent. Sometimes just straight up tell them that you just want to vent and don't want their advice. Your loved ones are here for you to utilize them. But do give them breaks from venting here and there. They are human and they sometimes can get tired of your break up story.
20) Rebuild your identity
When we are in a relationship we tend to merge our identities with our other half. That is why we feel so lost when they leave us. We are so used to having them as our "better" half's that we forget who we were when we never met them in the first place. Maybe you gave up a hobby or activity when you were dating them to have more time with them. Now is the best time to reclaim that part of yourself that you lost when you guys were dating. It is also the best time to figure out who you are and what you truly want. If you always wanted to travel and live in some country for a few months but you couldn't because you were in a committed relationship, now is the perfect opportunity to do so. You aren't tethered by anyone, fly free.
21) Get some physical exercise
Well, the first few months of the breakup I guess its okay if you don't work out at all since you might be too depressed to get out of bed or have any motivation to do anything (I couldn't get up for two months, some other people were fine after a week. So heal in your own time, again there is no timeline to grieve). But eventually, I want you to start exercising regularly to pump your brain with all those feel-good chemicals. 15 to 30 min a day is a good start, hell even just 5 min is great. You can try yoga too if working out isn't your thing. Becoming a bit sexier in the process is a pretty good bonus too.
22) Write letters to them but don't actually send it to them
Write however many letters you want. Write whatever you want to write. Whatever you ever wanted to say to them. Go ahead and say it in the letter. Pour your heart out, leave nothing unsaid. I personally used tape recorders rather than letters. I got too lazy and used the voice recorder on my phone to have a "pretend" one-sided conversation. It felt really good afterward. It cleared my head and gave me a bit of closure. But eventually, burn these letters and delete these recordings by also "Thanking them and forgiving them" in your own words. Every time you burn a letter, thank them and forgive them. You don't need to hold this grudge your whole life, it's not good for you. Forgiving is not for them, its for your own healing. No matter what they did, you have to be able to forgive them eventually. In your own time! There is no time limit. Remember to forgive yourself too for the mistakes you might have made, you are only human after all.
23) Start Journaling
At the end of everyday write or (record your feelings). It helps you process your feelings better. Write about how you feel. Are you feeling sad? Angry? Confused? Putting them down on paper takes a bit of the emotional intensity off you. The first few months you should journal every day but as time goes on, decrease your frequency. After a 3 or 6 month period read your early journal entries and compare them to your most recent journal entries and you will notice how much better you are doing, which will give you a much-needed boost to healing.
24) Start a gratitude journal
Yes, I bet you heard that a million times already. It does increase your happiness quotient (Connor, 2010). Make a habit of listing three things you are grateful for before you go to sleep. When you say these things actually feel it and let the joy of that thing warm you up. It could be as little thing as the dinner you had that day or it could be something really special such as being grateful for your parents.
25) Set ambitious new goals for your life
Is there something you always wanted to do or be? Set your horizons on it and start chasing your new hopes and dreams.
26) Start Dating again
You would eventually want to start dating again. Have fun with your single life. Have some exciting romantic encounters with some girl on vacation. Flirt with that handsome guy at the bar. Have fun, enjoy yourself. Take it slow and be wary of any early red flags. Trust your gut. Maybe you knew your ex was an alcoholic but still went out with him. Don't make the same mistakes you made last time. But if you want to stay single for a while, that is okay too. Do you, there is no right or wrong here. Think of dating as a source of possible romantic interests, it keeps the pressure off you.
27) Antidote to Suffering
In my lowest moments after the breakup. I had symptoms of clinical depression. I couldn't get out of bed. All I would do is sleep. Some days I would lie in my bed awake riddled with agonizing anxiety. To make things worse my obsessive-compulsive disorder was acting up too. I simply did not have the energy to manage it anymore as I used to. I gave up my will to live a couple of times. I stopped eating and drinking. I just couldn't take it anymore. I wanted to die but I didn't have the energy to commit suicide so I thought it be best to die starving in my bed. Waking up was a pain, going through my days were a pain. One morning a thought occurred to me that gave me the will to live again "I have to save others from this pain and suffering, I can't do that if I am dead. I am going to become the world's greatest therapist and help people with OCD and breakups, I have to live!" From that moment on, I started getting up and eating and drinking water more regularly and then going back to bed to sleep all day. Slowly but surely, I would sleep less on the day and get more things done. I didn't get this thought because I am some Mother Theresa or anything. It was for selfish reasons. I needed a reason to live. I needed meaning for my suffering to survive and withstand it.
The antidote to suffering is finding meaning in it. This is not my wisdom. Its what I learned reading Viktor Frankl's Man's search for meaning. "A man who has a why can endure any how", this famous quote of Nietzsche gives more support to this idea. The meaning of your life must be more specific though. You have to have a meaning and purpose that nobody else other than you can fulfill. You can't just say "I want to help people", sure that is noble but it's not specific enough. You want to help people? But how? There are millions of ways to help people, what's the way you would like to help them? Which way would let you help them the best? My purpose and meaning are helping people with a very specific kind of OCD. Its called Purely obsessional OCD, this ocd has no physical compulsions, only mental ones. A lot of therapists and psychiatrists don't know how to address it properly. I want to change that. I also want to help people going through breakups. Especially dumpees who are anxiously attached. Breakups are extra hard on these types of people. To achieve this goal I am happy to suffer. I will keep on going regardless of how bad and hard it gets.
Find the meaning of your suffering. Do you want to create amazing art that will make people think deeply? Do you want to direct a documentary exposing a problem? Do you just want to make old people at the nursery home smile more? It can be whatever you want it to. Ask yourself, if you would gladly suffer for this purpose? If the answer is 'No', don't pursue that. The agony you are experiencing currently will be more bearable after you start taking steps to find and pursue your meaning.
However, you might be in the team who thinks everything is inherently meaningless. Nothing really matters. There is no meaning in life. There is no meaning in our suffering. All the pain and agony our ancestors went through to build the foundation of this world is meaningless. All the people that suffered without surrendering their morals in the holocaust were wasting their time. All the people that refused to turn in their friends in the face of brutal torture in the gulags made a stupid choice.
All the people that died for a better world wasted their lives because it doesn't mean anything. How about all the people that sacrificed their happiness for the good of humanity? Were their lives meaningless? The only reason we still exist is because of the sacrifices that were made by our ancestors through blood, sweat, and a lot of tears. We are only standing because we are standing on their corpses. Billions of billions of corpses. Is it all meaningless? Are their lives and deaths meaningless? NO! They weren't. It is us, the living that must give their suffering meaning! After we are dead, our future generations will look back to us for their meaning. Therefore I think it is our responsibility to pursue meaning to respect our ancestor's sacrifice. If we don't, it will deem all their suffering meaningless!
A prisoner in Auschwitz was told to get into the gas chamber. At that time it was just a rumor that people died in the showers. Most of the victims didn't know or didn't want to believe that it was true. But somehow this man knew what fate awaited him. He smuggled a piece of paper and wrote "Shema Yisrael" (it's traditional for Jewish people to say this as last words) and stuffed it in his shirt, then he undressed. He walked into the chamber upright and with dignity and before the gas was released his last words were also probably "Shema Yisrael". In this context Shema means "listen", Yisrael means "people (or congregation of Israel)". Its a prayer in Judaism. It's traditional for Jewish people to say this as their last words. But why did this man have to write it in a piece of paper? Couldn't he just have said "Shema Yisrael" before he died? Why did he need to go through all the trouble to smuggle a piece of paper and use his own blood to write this?
He was trying to send a message to humanity as a whole. He was trying to talk to the people that survived. He was trying to talk to us. He was trying to say "Listen people, do you see me? I have been through a lot here. But it didn't ruin my faith in god. Don't lose faith. Don't lose hope. Suffer with dignity." This is how I interpreted it to fit my own narrative. You can do the same. Every time I reach a very low spot mental health-wise and I don't think I can take it anymore. I say to myself, "Shema Yisrael" and remember this man and his message. After I say these words I immediately feel better. It doesn't lower my pain, it increases my ability to withstand it. He found meaning in his death by sending this message to us. I took his message and used it to handle my pain. I am writing this article because of my own pain, if this article helps you. You give meaning to all the pain I been through. Thank you for giving my pain meaning. I hope this breakup teaches you things that you can pass on to someone else so they give meaning to your suffering.
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Inspiration for this paragraph
- Man's Search for Meaning by Victor Frankl
- The Gulag of Archipelago by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
- The Story Of Civilization by Will and Ariel Durant
- Attack on Titans season 3 episode 16 "Erwin's Speech"
*I will also make individual posts about all the points I made here in the coming weeks.
Book Recommendations:
- How to Win friends and Influence people by Dale Carnegie
- Atomic Habits by James Clear
- Can't Hurt Me by David Goggins
- 12 Rules for life by Jordan Peterson
- Subtle art of not giving a fuck by Mark Manson
Sources:
Buss, D. M. (2019). Evolutionary psychology: the new science of the mind. New York: Routledge.Cho, J. (2016, July 14).
6 Scientifically Proven Benefits Of Mindfulness And Meditation. Retrieved from https://www.forbes.com/sites/jeenacho/2016/07/14/10-scientifically-proven-benefits-of-mindfulness-and-meditation/#664308da63ce
Cialdini, R. B. (2014). Influence: science and practice. Harlow, Essex: Pearson.
Clear, J. (2018). Atomic habits: tiny changes. New York: Avery, an imprint of Penguin Random House.
OConnor, R. (2010). Happy at last. New York: St. Martins Griffin.
Winch, G. (2018). How to Fix a Broken Heart. Simon & Schuster.
Zeki, S.(2007), The neurobiology of love, FEBS Letters, 581, doi: 10.1016/j.febslet.2007.03.094
Kahneman, D. (2011). Thinking, fast and slow. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux.
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