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The UAE-Israel deal’s historicity is in the fine print

2020.09.23 06:54 assousa The UAE-Israel deal’s historicity is in the fine print

By James M. Dorsey
A close read of the agreement between the United Arab Emirates and Israel suggests that the Jewish state has won far more than diplomatic recognition. It won acknowledgement of its claim to historic Jewish rights. By the same token, the UAE has received a significant boost to project itself as a leader in inter-faith dialogue.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and United Arab Emirates Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed walked away from this month’s White House signing ceremony with more than just an agreement to establish diplomatic relations.
Included in the agreement are references that are key to foundational Israeli arguments asserting the right of the Jewish people to a state on what was once predominantly Arab land rather than simple recognition of the fact that the Jewish state exists.
Recognition of Jewish rights has long been a demand put forward by Mr. Netanyahu.
In talks with the Palestinians as well as the building of relations with Arab states over the years, the Israeli leader asserted that mere diplomatic acceptance of Israel’s existence was not good enough. And yet, that was the basis of earlier peace treaties with Egypt and Jordan as well as Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) Yasser Arafat’s 1988 recognition of Israel and the subsequent 1993 Oslo accords.
From the outset, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict has been as much a dispute about control of land as one of perceived rights.
Recognition of Jewish rights in Palestine bolsters Israeli assertions that its claims to territory occupied during the 1967 Middle East are legitimate rather than a land grab resulting from military conquest.
To be clear, it does not by definition endorse annexation, but it constitutes Arab acceptance of Israel’s position that any compromise between Israelis and Palestinians, a sine qua non for a resolution of their dispute, would involve mediation of claims that are historically and morally on par.
Arabs in the past have projected solutions as the need to address Palestinian rights while accepting Israel’s existence.
The agreement did not explicitly recognize Jewish rights, but enabled Israel to interpret the deal as doing so by stating that “Arab and Jewish peoples are descendants of a common ancestor, Abraham.”
The text of the agreement suggests that the reference was primarily related to allow the UAE to boost its efforts to project itself as a leader of inter-faith dialogue and a moderate interpretation of Islam – a pillar of the country’s well-funded soft power campaign that paints the Emirates as a militarily capable, forward-looking, religiously tolerant and technologically savvy, cutting edge state.
The interpretation of the phrasing as recognition of Jewish rights may have been an unintended consequence or icing on Israel’s cake.
It was a bonus that David Makovsky of The Washington Institute for Near East Policy -- widely viewed as leaning towards Israel -- was quick to point out. Mr. Makovsky noted that the reference implied that “both (Arabs and Jews are) indigenous to the Middle East.”
Mr. Makovsky suggested that the phrasing “is important because it clearly refutes longstanding allegations in the Arab world that Zionism is alien to the region.”
It puts past to Arab and Palestinian arguments that the long-touted two-state solution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict was one of dividing up land claimed by two parties driven by facts on the ground rather than consideration of legal and moral claims.
This is not just of esoteric significance. It bolsters Israel’s long-standing rejection of Palestinian insistence on the right of refugees, including those who left during the 1948 war, to return to their homes and lands in what is now Israel.
Israel’s reading of the agreement as endorsement of its assertion that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is about equally valid rights is likely to be interpreted differently on both sides of Israel’s right-left divide.
The country’s weakened left will see it as highlighting the need for territorial compromise. Significant segments of the Israeli right will view it as validation of its belief dating back to the period prior to the 1948 creation of Israel that the clash of Jewish and Palestinian rights is irreconcilable. That is a view that has historically also resonated among elements of the labor movement.
That may be what makes the UAE-Israel deal truly historic.
The icing on the UAE’s cake, beyond the significant geopolitical, military, security, technological and economic benefits of the agreement, is the stress on inter-faith dialogue.
Under the agreement, the UAE and Israel “undertake to foster mutual understanding, respect, co-existence, and a culture of peace between their societies in the spirit of their common ancestor, Abraham, and the new era of peace and friendly relations ushered in by this Treaty, including by cultivating people-to-people programs, (and) interfaith dialogue…”
The UAE, like Saudi Arabia, one of its multiple autocratic religious soft power rivals, has gone in recent years to great lengths to cultivate ties to Jewish and Evangelist communities and to position itself as a sponsor of an inter-faith dialogue in which Islam is represented by Muslim scholars who preach absolute obedience to the ruler and reject endorsement of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Its an interpretation of the faith intended to ensure regime survival and counter allegations of violations of human rights in the UAE.
The signing of a Document on Human Fraternity by the imam of the Al-Azhar Grand Mosque in Cairo, Ahmed El-Tayeb, and Pope Francis I during his 2019 visit to the UAE, the first by a head of the Vatican to the Gulf, served to offer an alternative to the Universal Declaration that allows the Emirates to pick and choose which rights it accepts.
The emphasis on inter-faith dialogue is bolstered and conditioned by the agreement’s implicit condemnation of political Islam, a key driver of UAE policy that is shared by Israel.
The agreement rejects “political manipulation of religions and…interpretations made by religious groups who, in the course of history, have taken advantage of the power of religious sentiment…in a way that has nothing to do with the truth of religion.”
Omar Ghobash, UAE Assistant Minister for Culture and Public Diplomacy, speaking in a US-UAE Council webinar, noted that one driver for the conclusion of the agreement was “what happened around the so-called Arab Spring and then the rise of vicious groups like ISIS, let alone Al Qaeda.”
Mr. Ghobash was referring to the 2011 popular Arab revolts that toppled the autocratic leaders of Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, and Yemen as well as the rise of the Islamic State in the aftermath of the uprisings, which was a product of the 2003 US invasion of Iraq rather than the rebellions.
He projected the agreement as part of the UAE’s institutionalization of its values.
“There is a distortion that has taken place over the last few decades…represented by groups like the Muslim Brotherhood, groups like Al Qaeda and ISIS … There is a recurring theme in conversations with my leaders and that is that Islam has been hijacked by these groups. The reality is that in taking Islam back, you need to free it from those constraints. You free it by presenting a different expression of Islam,” Mr. Ghobash said.
Critics suggest that the agreement’s formalization of Israeli support for the UAE’s propagation of a state-controlled Islam fails to tackle a core issue: the need to address religious concepts that are either outdated or outmoded or require reconceptualization and reinterpretation.
Those concepts legitimized decades of Muslim demonization of Israel as well as Jews, Christians, and other non-Muslims.
The UAE took a first major step to address the issue by distributing to schools barely two weeks after the announcement of the establishment of diplomatic relations textbooks that cite the agreement with Israel as an expression of fundamental Islamic and Emirati values.
However, the ultimate litmus test of the UAE’s effort to shape moderate Islam will be if and when it loosens the state’s grip on religion and allows for free-flowing, credible theological debate in which scholars tackle problematic religious concepts that have served their purpose but are out of place in a modern, forward-looking society.
A podcast version of this story is available on Soundcloud, Itunes, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn, Spreaker, Pocket Casts, Tumblr, Podbean, Audecibel, Patreon and Castbox.
Dr. James M. Dorsey is an award-winning journalist and a senior fellow at Nanyang Technological University’s S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies in Singapore. He is also a senior research fellow at the National University of Singapore’s Middle East Institute and co-director of the University of Wuerzburg’s Institute of Fan Culture in Germany.
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2020.09.22 03:57 DefinetlyARedditor2 Rederva FINALE

Red does his very best at fighting off Dorian, as well as trying to keep ahead of a approaching walker herd.
Dorian: "I should've killed you when I had the chance! You were never part of The Delta!"
Red: "Never wanted to be."
Red manages to kick her into the horde, and they began to eat away at Dorian.
Dorian: "You ain't getting rid of me that easily!"
Dorian pulls out a grenade, and pulls the pin. Red didn't want to worry, as the explosion would be kinda small, but he had to worry since Dorian was carrying more than one grenade. Red takes cover behind the truck, and the grenades go off almost immediately after he got down. The blast manage to break the supports on the bridge, and Red decides to jump across the gap behind him. It collapses, separating him from the horde. Now all he had to do was figure out which way Minerva went. There were two paths, and he had to choose which way to go.
Red: "Let's see... Eeny meeny miny mo-"
Walkers began to cover one path, making Red's decision very clear. Just then, more walkers appear on the other path, making no obvious way out. He looked at the chain link fence next to the bridge, and climbed it. As he got to the other side, even more walkers began to go for him.
Red: "Jesus fucking Christ- Can I just get a break for five minutes?"
He ran between the walkers, hoping he was going the right way.
Minerva was still dragging Clem alongside with her, almost making it to the school. She thought that maybe Red got ahead of them, or at least, managed to get off the bridge without a scratch. However, before she could even remotely figure out where she is, Clem woke up.
Clementine: "Ugh.... What... What happened?"
Minerva: "Do you have all day, or should I just give you the main stuff?"
Clementine: "Main stuff... Please."
Minerva: "That whisperer friend of yours died, after we got you fixed up as much as we could. One of the raiders from the boat tried to kill the rest of us, and Red stayed behind so she doesn't come after us."
Clementine: "Red?... Who is he... Your boyfriend?"
Minerva: "What? No! We're just... friends."
Clementine: "Heh... With benefits?"
Minerva: "Shut up."
Minerva and Clem come across a barn, luckily, there doesn't seem to be a walker in sight.
Clementine: "It's probably empty now... We could rest here before we go anywhere else."
Minerva: "You've been here?"
Clementine: "Yeah... Let's get inside before walkers do come along."
Minerva opens the barn door, and to her luck, there is not a single walker in the barn. She closes the door and lays Clem down on some hay. Maybe if Red is lucky enough, he might end up here with them.
Red ran through the woods, as fast as he could. Walkers were around literally every corner he turned. Right now, the only actual safe place he could think of was the community Minerva kept talking about. He wondered if they may let him in, at least until the walkers are gone. After about 5 minutes, he comes across a school, seemingly abandoned. He goes to the gate at tries to open it, but he couldn't. The main gate was the only other option, and it seemed to be barricaded the hell out of. Just then, someone shouts to him.
Violet: "Get in, quick!"
The girl shoots walkers with a bow and arrow, and someone got the side gate open. Red ran inside, and the gate was shut behind him.
Red: "Oh man... Thanks for that. Wasn't sure if I'd lose them-"
Aasim: "You fucking let him in?!"
Violet: "Hey, just back off! You saw Louis, and you know how he was doing, so just drop it!"
Aasim: "So we're just gonna let it slide? The fact that he almost got Louis infected with a fucking wound like that? If anything, this guy here deserves the same!"
Red: "You know what? Go ahead, do it."
Everyone there kinda looked shocked that Red just accepted that Aasim wants to hurt him. After he agreed, he sat down on a nearby bench and placed his hand on it. He slid a knife across the table, and Aasim picked it up.
Red: "Well? You said you wanted me to get the same shit to me. Do it."
Aasim sits opposite him, holding the knife he was given. He grabs the arm, ready to stab him in the hand. But he couldn't. For some reason, he just couldn't do it.
Red: "You can't do it, can you?"
Aasim: "N..no... No, I can't."
Aasim lets go of Red's arm, and drops the knife onto the ground.
Red: "Look, if you listen to me, I can explain why... Hell, Minerva knows what happened, why not ask her?"
Violet: "You're Red, I assume?"
Red: "Yes, I am."
Violet: "Do you know where she went? We... Lost track of her after we got back here."
Red: "As far as I know, she was coming back here with Clem."
Violet: "Wait, Clem's alive? Where?"
Red: "I don't know, but like I said, Minerva was with Clem on her way back here."
Violet was slightly saddened by the news that shortly followed after this.
Red: "Honestly, I just hope we did enough to save Clem."
Violet: "We?"
Red: "I was with some Whisperer. James, I think his name was. He helped patch up Clem after she got ambushed by one of the guys from the boat... Hard to think, Clem hated my guts when we first met. Probably still does."
Violet: "Fuck... Well, do you have a idea of where they'd go? They've never came back here and we need to know where they are."
Red just didn't really know how to take it all in. The fact that the girl she swore to protect is out there, dead or alive or worse. Or that a old friend is going to possibly die, without saying goodbye to the person who seems to love her. Just then, one of the children, AJ, spoke up.
AJ: "They could be at the barn."
Red: "A barn?"
AJ: "James kept monsters in there, but I saw him open it and letting them out. It could be safe."
Red: "Huh. Not the weirdest thing I heard a whisperer do. If we're going to get them out of that barn, we might need to go now."
Violet: "What about the walkers? We can't get past all of them."
Red: "Well, how did you guys get onto the boat with that herd in the way?"
Violet: "We covered ourselves with walker... Guts..."
Red: "Exactly. We just need some of that, and we can go right through them."
Aasim: "Yeah, but.. We can't get one in here without attracting the rest."
Red: "Clearly, you guys really haven't done this before."
Red goes over to the gate, and manages to open it, letting in a walker. He quickly kills the walker, and he looked back at everyone. They all seem a bit... Shocked and impressed at the same time.
Red: "Look, right now, we don't need the whole place looking for them. Just need at least two people. I'm going, obviously. The kid here... What's your name?"
AJ: "Alvin Junior."
Red: "Right. So, AJ here is coming too, since he knows the way there... Violet, you coming?"
Violet: "I.. I don't know."
Red: "Only chance here. Yes or no?"
Violet: "...I'm in."
Red: "Alright then. We just need to cover ourselves with this..."
Red cuts open the walker, and pulls out its guts, making Aasim throw up. He uses the blood and guts to cover himself and AJ. Violet decides to get herself covered in guts, even if it smells like shit. After they were finished, they open the gate and leave the school. Hopefully, they come back with Minerva and Clem, safe and sound.
Back at the barn, Minerva and Clementine try to pass the time.
Minerva: "Wait, he went through a whole horde just to get to you?"
Clementine: "Yeah... He was a great guy. I just wished he made it this far with me...."
Minerva: "He sounds like a great guy, the way you spoke about him. I actually would've liked to meet him."
Clementine: "...We've been here for a long time now. We should just get moving. I know the way back from here."
Minerva: "We should, but maybe he'll come here. We should wait a bit longer for him."
Clementine: "Look, I get that you want to wait for Red, but if we don't leave now, I'll die."
Minerva: "I don't want to give up on him... But I don't want to let someone to die on my watch. Especially if someone is waiting for them back home."
Clementine: "We could just... You could stay and I walk back to the school."
Minerva: "Clem, you've lost a lot of blood on the way here. I don't think you can walk."
Clementine: "Don't worry... I can handle myself."
Clementine gets up, and walks towards the barn doors. Before she could even get halfway, she falls over. Minerva grabs her before she could hit the ground.
Minerva: "...Fuck it, we need to leave."
Clementine: "..No. YOU need to leave."
Minerva: "What?"
Clementine: "I'm dying, Minerva. I've lost too much blood, I would only slow you down. I'm just a dead weight. You... You go back to the school, and you tell them that I chose to be left behind."
Minerva: "I'm not leaving you. You... You're not dead weight. You've made a girl back home very happy, and I'm not letting the only person who can do that just die. We're both going back, and we're both going to make it."
Suddenly, the barn doors open. It was Red, along with Violet and AJ.
Red: "Jesus..."
Violet: "Clem!"
Violet runs to Clem, and so does AJ.
Minerva: "I did what I could... I don't know if it helped."
Violet: "I know... Just give me and Clem a minute."
Minerva leaves the barn, and goes to Red.
Minerva: "I thought I lost you again, you know? Back on the bridge."
Red: "Well, you didn't... God, we've lost so many people, haven't we?"
Minerva: "Yeah, we have... Clem told me that my friend, Brody, is dead. She hasn't said anything about anyone else. Who else is there?"
Red: "Violet, AJ, Aasim, Omar, Willy, Rosie, Ruby... I think that's everyone."
Minerva: "...Tenn? He had the burn scar, on the side of his face. Was there anyone like that there?"
Red: "I'm... I'm sorry, Minerva... Tenn was near the boat, and... A walker got behind him."
Minerva: "No... No, that... That couldn't have happened."
Red: "It did, and I'm sorry."
Minerva: "I... I get it. Walkers always get the best of people... Why was he there? He was too young for something like that."
Red: "From what I was told, he brought himself along. He... He wanted to see you. No one could stop him from coming with."
Minerva: "I just... I wish he made it."
Minerva starts to cry, and Red tries to comfort her. The two hug, and Minerva slowly began to feel better. Just then, without them noticing, Clem and Violet come out the barn.
Clementine: "Heh... I knew it."
Red and Minerva look at the two, and back at each other. They stop the hug, and Minerva wipes her tears away while Red hides his red face.
Red: "It... Uhh... It's not what it looked like."
Clementine: "I'm sure it wasn't."
Violet: "Look, the school isn't far now. We can get back there while avoiding the walkers. They'll definitely be gone by now."
Everyone leaves the barn, and make their way back to the school. As they were walking back, Red notices AJ walking alongside him.
Red: "What is it, kid?"
AJ: "Clem wanted me to ask you something."
Red: "Sure, what is it?"
AJ: "Do you like Minerva?"
Red: "I..Umm.. No? I mean, I do just not in the way she thinks- why did she want you to ask me?"
AJ: "I don't know."
The walk goes on with no one speaking, until they finally reach the school. Violet brings Clem in first, so Ruby can treat her. Everyone else follows, and it took some time for them to see Red still alive. Aasim looks worried, and Omar looked pleased. Aasim hands Omar something, muttering something under his breath.
Aasim: "Stupid bet, anyway."
Red looks around the school, checking if it really is safe. He comes across a graveyard, and ends up seeing Minerva name engraved onto a wooden cross. Minerva also finds it, and wonders why she has her own grave. Aasim comes along and explains it to them.
Aasim: "Marlon lied about you and Sophie. He said that you two got killed by walkers. For a year and a half, we believed that. Until Clem came along and ended up exposing him."
Minerva: "Where is Marlon now? It'd be a shame if I walked up to him and he got a busted nose."
Aasim points to another grave, which had Marlon's name on it.
Aasim: "You're welcome to try, as long as you bury him afterwards."
Minerva: "....Mitch?"
Aasim: "He's alive, good thing he didn't rush the raiders during the attack, he should be at the greenhouse, getting more stuff to make bombs with."
Minerva decides to go over to the greenhouse, leaving Red and Aasim alone.
Red: "I'm surprised. Most of the communities I came across were either following fucked up rules, or couldn't just follow a leader. This one seems... Different."
Aasim: "Well, if you think about staying, try bringing it up with Violet or Clem. And if you do stay, try and help us out with hunting and shit. You good with traps?"
Red: "Three months ago, I got myself caught in a rope trap. Does that count?"
Aasim: "Yeah, I guess it does."
At the greenhouse, Mitch was messing around with the fertiliser and propane. He wished he could've made a bomb for the boat, but Willy did it without him. It actually made Mitch proud of him. He hears the door open. He should've locked it so he wasn't disturbed.
Mitch: "If you're planning on annoying me Louis, I'll put a cherry bomb in your jacket."
Minerva: "A cherry bomb? Really?"
Mitch turns around and is startled by the sight of Minerva. Or was it Sophie? He couldn't tell, they were identical.
Mitch: "S-Sophie? Is that you?"
Minerva: "The tough guy Mitch is scared of a redhead. And no, it's Minerva."
Mitch: "I wasn't... Scared. Just caught off guard, that's all."
Minerva: "...Right. Anyway, you blow anyone else up?"
Mitch: "No, I haven't."
Mitch's experimental bomb goes off, after he puts a bit too much fertiliser into it. Luckily, it didn't hurt anyone or damage anything. Just a bit of dirt on his face.
Mitch: "...Okay, that didn't count."
Minerva: "...You're wondering about Sophie, aren't you?"
Mitch stops what he was doing.
Mitch: "Is she... Is she here?"
Minerva: "I get that you liked her and all, but she's asexual. Blame Marlon for that."
Mitch: "That wasn't the question. Is she here?"
Minerva would've hid it from him, but she knows what he'll do if she didn't answer.
Minerva: "...She was with me for the first few months, after being taken. Then, some other community attacked us, and... She died."
Mitch, being the tough guy he is, tried to suck it up and believe it wasn't true. Basically, going into denial.
Mitch: "That's funny. Knowing her, she is as tough as they come. Nothing can kill her."
Minerva: "Mitch-"
Mitch: "Hell, maybe you're really joking and she's right outside that door."
Minerva: "Mitch, stop!"
Mitch finally comes to his senses, and for the first time, cries. No one has even seen him cry before. Minerva puts her hand on his shoulder, and left Mitch alone. He just sat there, wishing things could've been different.
THREE MONTHS LATER
Minerva sat on top of a tower, where she and Violet usually go for peace and quiet. Things have been a bit heated, with Louis telling everyone they should leave in case more raiders come and Clem saying they can stay at the school and hold them off. It starts off arguments, and three weeks ago, it brought walkers, that managed to get inside the school and kill Mitch. Maybe Louis was right, or maybe it was because no one checks the gate anymore. Right now, she's been up there for a hour now, as she can still hear everyone arguing in the courtyard. Just then, she heard a voice come from her left.
Red: "I would've asked you to let down your hair, but it doesn't seem long enough."
Minerva: "Jesus, Red. How long have you been standing there?"
Red: "Long enough to know you talk to yourself. It's not weird that you do, by the way."
Minerva: "Look, if you're here to convince me to side with Louis, forget it."
Red: "Actually, I'm here to tell you something... I'm staying here."
Minerva: "See? You're just here to- wait, what did you say?"
Red: "I've been rethinking about stuff and I've decided to stay. That, and I can see why you and Vi come up here. It's... Peaceful."
Red sits down next to Minerva.
Red: "Look, I know that the past few months have been... Bad, but they'll get better. I'm sure of it."
Minerva: "I.. Appreciate that you've decided to stay, but... I'm just not so sure about anything anymore."
Red: "You're tougher than me, you know? You've done things I couldn't really do. If anything, you actually don't need me around to teach you anymore."
Minerva: "Then why stay?"
Red: "Because, Minnie... I like someone here. As in, I like them more than a friend."
Minerva: "Who is it? Is it Aasim? Because you two have been hanging out a lot and Ruby seems a bit jealous-"
Red kisses Minerva, catching her off guard. After Red stops, he looks at Minerva, and her face went red.
Minerva: "I... Wow..."
Red: "...Its weird, isn't it?"
Minerva: "Honestly, I... I don't know how to respond. I-it just happened so suddenly."
Red: "I just... Look, it was probably stupid that I didn't say anything sooner, but... If you want to say no, you can."
Minerva: "Red... You're a nice guy and all, and you've been with me since I was taken to the delta..."
Red prepares himself for rejection.
Minerva: "Yes... I accept your 'confession'... Red, you okay?"
This is actually a surprise to Red. This was his first kiss, and this is the first girl he's met that actually accepted his love.
Red: "Minnie, I... Honestly, I feel happy."
Minerva: "Haven't made anyone feel happy for a long time. I'm surprised myself."
Red: "Because of me being happy or because of the kiss?"
Minerva kisses Red, and it lasted a bit longer than the first one.
Minerva: "Does that answer your question?"
Red: "I.. Think it does."
Minerva gets up and prepares to go back down to the school.
Minerva: "Why don't we head back to the school and stop their arguments?"
Red: "How do we do that?"
Minerva: "Let's go down there and find out. You coming?"
Red gets up and walks towards Minerva.
Red: "Sure, babe."
Minerva: "Don't call me babe."
Red looks at her with a somehow worried look.
Minerva: "I'm kidding, you can call me that. Just not around the others. They still think I'm... Well, you know."
Red: "Got it. Secretly dating. I can do that... Wait, what if someone like Clem finds out?"
Minerva: "Then I guess they'll have to keep quiet about it."
Minerva goes down first, and Red follows her. They make their way back to the school, and stopping the debate. Now, they all live peacefully at their home. Nothing is going to make that peaceful life disappear.
The End.
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2020.09.19 06:13 displacedindavis Every walk-off in MLB postseason history

REQUEST: I do ask that you please try not to overwhelm the comments section with Cheatstros/Asterisks posts. Yes, that happened, it was terrible, but let's try and focus on the bigger picture here as well.
The walk-off is an iconic tradition that makes baseball truly special compared to other sports. When it happens in the postseason, it's even more epic (provided, of course, you didn't root for the team that lost the game).
It's just a win, right? Well, there's a strange psychological effect associated with walk-offs. It requires a ton of effort just to make a walk-off scenario possible. It means you played the other team close. It's fun to keep up with the other team but also frustrating to watch the other team keep up with you all the way down to the end. Maybe your team had a miraculous late surge. Or maybe you're trying to negate the other team's late miraculous surge. At this point, for all the work you've put in, all the joy and/or heartbreak you've experienced, the only acceptable outcome is a win. And boy, does it feel good to get it.
And you can multiply this sentiment in the postseason because every game counts. A long, exhaustive list of postseason walk-offs to follow. Relive the joy...or pain...or both.

Year Game Info (Winning and Losing Team, Score, Series and Game #) Walk-off Info (player, type of hit/play, misc)
2019 STL 5 ATL 4 (11), NLDS Game 4 Yadier Molina sac fly
2019 HOU 3 NYY 2 (11), ALCS Game 2 Carlos Correa solo HR
2019 HOU 6 NYY 4, ALCS Game 6 Jose Altuve 2-run HR wins series
2018 MIL 3 COL 2 (10), NLDS Game 1 Mike Moustakas 1-run single
2018 LAD 2 MIL 1 (13), NLCS Game 4 Cody Bellinger 1-run single
2018 LAD 3 BOS 2 (18), WS Game 3 Max Muncy solo HR wins the longest playoff game ever
2017 CLE 9 NYY 8 (13), ALDS Game 2 Yan Gomes 1-run single caps off an 8-3 comeback
2017 HOU 2 NYY 1, ALCS Game 2 Carlos Correa 1-run double
2017 LAD 4 CHC 1, NLCS Game 2 Justin Turner 3-run HR
2017 HOU 13 LAD 12 (10), WS Game 5 Alex Bregman 1-run single wins the joint-highest scoring WS game and caps off a multi-comeback effort
2016 TOR 5 BAL 2 (11), ALWC Edwin Encarnacion 3-run HR
2016 TOR 7 TEX 6 (10), ALDS Game 3 Rougned Odor throwing error allows 1-run, challenge unsuccessful
2016 SFG 6 CHC 5 (13), NLDS Game 3 Joe Panik 1-run double
2015 KCR 5 NYM 4 (14), WS Game 1 Eric Hosmer sac fly caps off a 4-3 comeback in the 9th
2014 KCR 9 OAK 8 (12), ALWC Salvador Perez 1-run single caps off a 7-3 comeback overall, a 7-6 comeback in he 9th, and an 8-7 comeback in the 12th
2014 STL 5 SFG 4, NLCS Game 2 Kolton Wong solo HR
2014 SFG 5 STL 4 (10), NLCS Game 3 Randy Choate throwing error scores 1 run
2014 SFG 6 STL 3, NLCS Game 5 Travis Ishikawa 3-run HR wins series
2013 TBR 5 BOS 4, ALDS Game 3 Jose Lobaton solo HR
2013 OAK 1 DET 0, ALDS Game 2 Stephen Vogt 1-run single
2013 BOS 6 DET 5, ALCS Game 2 Jarrod Saltalamacchia 1-run single caps off late 5-2 comeback
2013 STL 3 LAD 2 (13), NLCS Game 1 Carlos Beltran 1-run single
2013 STL 5 BOS 4, WS Game 3 Will Middlebrooks obstruction scores 1 run
2012 NYY 3 BAL 2 (12), ALDS Game 3 Raul Ibanez solo HR caps off a 2-1 comeback in the 9th
2012 DET 5 OAK 4, ALDS Game 2 Don Kelly sac fly
2012 OAK 4 DET 3, ALDS Game 4 Coco Crisp 1-run single caps off a 3-1 comeback in the 9th and brings the A's back from a 2-0 series deficit
2012 WAS 2 STL 1, NLDS Game 4 Jayson Werth solo HR
2011 MIL 3 ARI 2 (10), NLDS Game 5 Nyjer Morgan 1-run single wins series
2011 TEX 7 DET 3 (11), ALCS Game 2 Nelson Cruz grand slam is the first recorded instance to walk off a playoff game
2011 STL 10 TEX 9 (11), WS Game 6 David Freese solo HR caps off a 7-4 comeback late, including a 7-5 comeback in the 9th, and a 9-7 comeback in the 10th
2010 SFG 6 PHI 5, NLCS Game 4 Juan Uribe sac fly
2009 MIN 6 DET 5 (12), AL Central Tiebreak* Alexi Casilla 1-run single caps off 5-4 comeback in the 10th
2009 NYY 4 MIN 3 (11), ALDS Game 2 Mark Teixeira solo HR caps off a 3-1 comeback in the 9th
2009 LAD 3 STL 2, NLDS Game 2 Mark Loretta 1-run single caps off 2-1 comeback in the 9th
2009 NYY 4 LAA 3 (13), ALCS Game 2 Maicer Izturis throwing error scores 1 run and caps off a 3-2 comeback in the 11th
2009 LAA 5 NYY 4 (11), ALCS Game 3 Jeff Mathis 1-run double
2009 PHI 5 LAD 4, NLCS Game 4 Jimmy Rollins 2-run double caps off a 4-3 comeback in the 9th
2008 BOS 3 LAA 2, ALDS Game 4 Jed Lowrie 1-run single wins series
2008 TBR 9 BOS 8 (11), ALCS Game 2 BJ Upton sac fly
2008 BOS 8 TBR 7, ALCS Game 5 JD Drew 1-run single caps off a 7-0 comeback
2008 PHI 5 TBR 4, WS Game 3 Carlos Ruiz 1-run infield single is the first ever to walk off a playoff game
2007 COL 9 SDP 8 (13), NLWC Tiebreak* Jamey Carroll sac fly caps off an 8-6 comeback in the 13th
2007 BOS 6 LAA 3, ALDS Game 2 Manny Ramirez 3-run HR
2007 CLE 2 NYY 1 (11), ALDS Game 2 Travis Hafner 1-run single
2006 DET 6 OAK 3, ALCS Game 4 Magglio Ordonez 3-run HR wins series and caps off a 3-0 comeback
2005 HOU 7 ATL 6 (18), ALDS Game 4 Chris Burke solo HR wins series and caps off a 5-0 comeback, also winning the longest playoff game at the time
2005 CWS 2 LAA 1, ALCS Game 2 Joe Crede 1-run double
2005 CWS 7 HOU 6, WS Game 2 Scott Podsednik solo HR
2004 NYY 7 MIN 6 (12), ALDS Game 2 Hideki Matsui sac fly caps off a 6-5 comeback in the 12th
2004 BOS 8 LAA 6 (10), ALDS Game 3 David Ortiz 2-run HR wins series
2004 ATL 4 HOU 2 (11), NLDS Game 2 Rafael Furcal 2-run HR
2004 BOS 6 NYY 4 (12), ALCS Game 4 David Ortiz 2-run HR makes him the first MLB player with 2 walk-off HRs in the same postseason and caps off a 4-3 comeback in the 9th
2004 BOS 5 NYY 4 (14), ALCS Game 5 David Ortiz 1-run single
2004 HOU 3 STL 0, NLCS Game 5 Jeff Kent 3-run HR
2004 STL 6 HOU 4 (12), NLCS Game 6 Jim Edmonds 2-run HR
2003 OAK 5 BOS 4 (12), ALDS Game 1 Ramon Hernandez bunt single caps off a 4-3 comeback in the 9th
2003 BOS 3 OAK 1 (11), ALDS Game 3 Trot Nixon 2-run HR
2003 FLA 4 SFG 3 (11), NLDS Game 3 Ivan Rodriguez 2-run single caps off a 3-2 comeback in the 11th
2003 NYY 6 BOS 5 (11), ALCS Game 7 Aaron Boone solo HR wins series and caps off a late 5-2 comeback
2003 FLA 4 NYY 3 (12), WS Game 4 Alex Gonzalez solo HR
2002 SFG 2 STL 1, NLCS Game 5 Kenny Lofton 1-run single wins series
2001 ARI 2 STL 1, NLDS Game 5 Tony Womack 1-run single wins series which is a first for the D-Backs
2001 NYY 3 SEA 1, ALCS Game 4 Alfonso Soriano 2-run HR
2001 NYY 4 ARI 3 (10), WS Game 4 Derek Jeter solo HR caps off a 3-1 comeback in the 9th
2001 NYY 3 ARI 2 (12), WS Game 5 Alfonso Soriano 1-run single caps off a 2-0 comeback in the 9th
2001 ARI 3 NYY 2, WS Game 7 Luis Gonzalez 1-run single wins series and caps off a 2-1 comeback in the 9th
2000 SEA 2 CWS 1, ALDS Game 3 Carlos Guillen bunt single wins series
2000 NYM 3 SFG 2 (13), NLDS Game 3 Benny Agbayani solo HR
2000 NYY 4 NYM 3 (12), WS Game 1 Jose Vizcaino 1-run single
1999 CLE 3 BOS 2, ALDS Game 1 Travis Fryman 1-run single
1999 NYM 4 ARI 3 (10), NLDS Game 4 Todd Pratt solo HR wins series
1999 NYY 4 BOS 3 (10), ALCS Game 1 Bernie Williams solo HR
1999 NYM 5 ATL 4 (15), NLCS Game 5 Robin Ventura 1-run single (technically a grand slam, but only 1 run crossed home)
1999 ATL 10 NYM 9 (11), NLCS Game 6 Andruw Jones walk wins series
1999 NYY 6 ATL 5 (10), WS Game 3 Chad Curtis solo HR
1998 ATL 2 CHC 1 (10), NLDS Game 2 Chipper Jones 1-run single
1998 HOU 5 SDP 4, NLDS Game 2 Bill Spiers 1-run single
1997 CLE 5 NYY 4, ALDS Game 4 Omar Vizquel 1-run single
1997 FLA 2 SFG 1, NLDS Game 1 Edgar Renteria 1-run single
1997 FLA 7 SFG 6, NLDS Game 2 Moises Alou 1-run single
1997 CLE 2 BAL 1, ALCS Game 3 Marquis Grissom steals home
1997 CLE 8 BAL 7, ALCS Game 4 Sandy Alomar 1-run single
1997 FLA 3 CLE 2 (11), WS Game 7 Edgar Renteria 1-run single wins series and caps a 2-1 comeback in the 9th
1996 NYY 5 TEX 4 (12), ALDS Game 2 Dean Palmer throwing error scores 1 run
1996 NYY 5 BAL 4 (11), ALCS Game 1 Bernie Williams solo HR
1995 CLE 5 BOS 4 (13), ALDS Game 1 Tony Pena solo HR caps off a 4-3 comeback in the 11th
1995 NYY 7 SEA 5 (15), ALDS Game 2 Jim Leyritz 2-run HR
1995 SEA 6 NYY 5 (11), ALDS Game 5 Edgar Martinez 2-run double wins series and caps off a 5-4 comeback in the 11th
1995 CLE 7 ATL 6 (11), WS Game 3 Eddie Murray 1-run single
1993 PHI 4 ATL 3 (10), NLCS Game 1 Kim Batiste 1-run double
1993 TOR 8 PHI 6, WS Game 6 Joe Carter 3-run HR wins series and caps off a 6-5 comeback in the 9th, it is also the last walk-off HR in the playoffs when trailing to date
1992 ATL 3 PIT 2, NLCS Game 7 Francisco Cabrera 2-run single wins series and caps off a 2-0 comeback in the 9th
1992 TOR 3 ATL 2, WS Game 3 Candy Maldonado 1-run single
1991 ATL 5 MIN 4 (12), WS Game 3 Mark Lemke 1-run single
1991 ATL 3 MIN 2 (11), WS Game 4 Jerry Willard sac fly
1991 MIN 4 ATL 3 (11), WS Game 6 Kirby Puckett solo HR
1991 MIN 1 ATL 0 (10), WS Game 7 Gene Larkin 1-run single to win series
1990 CIN 5 OAK 4 (10), WS Game 2 Joe Oliver 1-run single
1988 LAD 5 OAK 4, WS Game 1 Kirk Gibson 2-run HR to cap off a 4-3 comeback in the 9th
1988 OAK 2 LAD 1, WS Game 3 Mark McGwire solo HR
1986 CAL 4 BOS 3, ALCS Game 4 Bobby Grich 1-run single
1986 NYM 6 HOU 5, NLCS Game 3 Lenny Dykstra 2-run HR to cap off a 5-4 comeback in the 9th
1986 NYM 2 HOU 1 (12), NLCS Game 5 Gary Carter 1-run single
1986 NYM 6 BOS 5 (10), WS Game 6 Bill Buckner error scores 1 run to cap off a 5-3 comeback in the 10th
1985 TOR 6 KCR 5 (10), ALCS Game 2 Al Oliver 1-run single to cap off a 5-4 comeback in the 10th
1985 STL 3 LAD 2, NLCS Game 5 Ozzie Smith solo HR
1985 KCR 2 STL 1, WS Game 6 Dane Iorg 2-run single to cap off a 1-0 comeback in the 9th
1984 SDP 7 CHC 5, NLCS Game 4 Steve Garvey 2-run HR to bring the Padres back from a 2-0 series deficit
1982 STL 4 ATL 3, NLCS Game 2 Ken Oberkfell 1-run single
1981 HOU 3 LAD 1, NLDS Game 1 Alan Ashby 2-run HR
1981 HOU 1 LAD 0 (11), NLDS Game 2 Denny Walling 1-run single
1981 PHI 6 MTL 5 (10), NLDS Game 4 George Vukovich solo HR to bring the Phillies back from a 2-0 series deficit
1980 HOU 1 PHI 0 (11), NLCS Game 3 Denny Walling sac fly
1980 KCR 4 PHI 3 (10), WS Game 3 Willie Aikens 1-run single
1979 BAL 6 CAL 3 (10), ALCS Game 1 John Lowenstein 3-run HR
1979 CAL 4 BAL 3, ALCS Game 3 Larry Harlow 1-run double to cap off a 3-2 comeback in the 9th
1978 LAD 4 PHI 3 (10), NLCS Game 4 Bill Russell 1-run single
1978 NYY 4 LAD 3 (10), WS Game 4 Lou Piniella 1-run single to cap off a 3-0 comeback
1977 NYY 4 LAD 3 (12), WS Game 1 Paul Blair 1-run single
1976 NYY 7 KCR 6, ALCS Game 5 Chris Chambliss solo HR wins series
1976 CIN 7 PHI 6, NLCS Game 3 Ken Griffey Sr 1-run single caps off a 6-4 comeback in the 9th
1976 CIN 4 NYY 3, WS Game 2 Tony Perez 1-run single
1975 CIN 6 BOS 5, WS Game 3 Joe Morgan 1-run single
1975 BOS 7 CIN 6 (12), WS Game 6 Carlton Fisk solo HR to cap off a late 6-3 comeback
1973 OAK 2 BAL 1 (11), ALCS Game 3 Bert Campaneris solo HR
1973 CIN 2 NYM 1, NLCS Game 1 Johnny Bench solo HR
1972 OAK 3 DET 2 (11), ALCS Game 1 Al Kaline throwing error scores winning run on top of a Gonzalo Marquez 1-run single to cap off a 2-1 comeback in the 11th
1972 DET 4 OAK 3 (10), ALCS Game 4 Jim Northrup 1-run single to cap off a 3-1 comeback in the 11th and bring the Tigers back from a 2-0 series deficit
1972 CIN 4 PIT 3, NLCS Game 5 Bob Moose wild pitch scores winning run to win series (for the Reds) and cap off a 3-2 comeback in the 9th
1972 OAK 3 CIN 2, WS Game 4 Angel Mangual 1-run single to cap off a 2-1 comeback in the 9th
1971 BAL 3 PIT 2 (10), WS Game 6 Brooks Robinson sac fly
1969 BAL 4 MIN 3 (12), ALCS Game 1 Paul Blair bunt single to cap off a 3-2 comeback in the 9th
1969 BAL 1 MIN 0 (11), ALCS Game 2 Curt Motton 1-run single
1969 NYM 2 BAL 1 (10), WS Game 4 Pete Richert throwing error scores 1 run
1964 NYY 2 STL 1, WS Game 3 Mickey Mantle solo HR
1962 LAD 8 SFG 7, NL tiebreak Game 2* Ron Fairly sac fly caps off a 5-0 comeback
1960 PIT 10 NYY 9, WS Game 7 Bill Mazeroski solo HR to win series and claim the only walk-off HR to date in a WS Game 7
1959 LAD 6 MIL 5 (12), NL tiebreak Game 2* Felix Mantilla throwing error on top of Carl Farillo single scores 1, wins series and caps off a 5-2 comeback in the 9th
1958 MIL 8 NYY 7 (10), WS Game 1 Bill Bruton 1-run single
1957 MIL 7 NYY 5 (10), WS Game 4 Eddie Mathews 2-run HR to cap off a 5-4 comeback in the 10th
1956 BRO 1 NYY 0 (10), WS Game 6 Jackie Robinson 1-run single
1954 NYG 5 CLE 2 (10), WS Game 1 Dusty Rhodes 3-run HR
1953 NYY 4 BRO 3, WS Game 6 Billy Martin 1-run single wins series
1951 NYG 5 BRO 4, NL tiebreak Game 3* Bobby Thompson 3-run HR wins series and caps off a 4-1 comeback in the 9th
1950 NYY 3 PHI 2, WS Game 3 Jerry Coleman 1-run single
1949 NYY 1 BRO 0, WS Game 1 Tommy Henrich solo HR to earn the first walk-off HR in WS history
1947 BRO 3 NYY 2, WS Game 4 Cookie Lavagetto 2-run double to cap off a 2-1 comeback in the 9th
1945 CHC 8 DET 7 (12), WS Game 6 Stan Hack 1-run double
1944 STL 3 SLB 2 (11), WS Game 2 Ken O'Dea 1-run single
1939 NYY 2 CIN 1, WS Game 1 Bill Dickey 1-run single
1935 DET 4 CHC 3, WS Game 6 Goose Goslin 1-run single wins series
1934 DET 3 STL 2 (12), WS Game 2 Goose Goslin 1-run single
1929 PHA 3 CHC 2, WS Game 5 Bing Miller 1-run double wins series and caps off a 2-0 comeback in the 9th
1927 NYY 4 PIT 3, WS Game 4 Johnny Miljus wild pitch scores 1 run and wins series (for the Yankees)
1924 WAS 4 NYG 3, WS Game 2 Roger Peckinpaugh 1-run double
1924 WAS 4 NYG 3 (12), WS Game 7 Fred Lindstrom 1-run double wins series
1916 BOS 2 BRO 1 (14), WS Game 2 Del Gainer 1-run single
1915 BOS 2 PHI 1, WS Game 3 Duffy Lewis 1-run single
1914 BSN 5 PHA 4 (12), WS Game 3 Bullet Joe Bush error scores 1 run and caps off a 4-2 comeback in the 10th
1912 BOS 3 NYG 2 (10), WS Game 8 Larry Gardner sac fly wins series and caps off a 2-1 comeback in the 9th
1911 NYG 4 PHA 3 (10), WS Game 5 Fred Merkle sac fly caps off a 3-0 comeback including a 3-1 comeback in the 9th
1910 CHC 4 PHA 3 (10), WS Game 4 Jimmy Sheckard 1-run single caps off a 3-2 comeback in the 9th

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2020.09.14 11:09 Davidgogo A detailed explainer “Why Quran and not Hadith?” Part II

... Continued from part I
Allow me to add my FB friend Hussam Abdelrahman's arguments negating this false claim:
"IF THE QURAN HAD BEEN TRANSMITTED AND COMPILED IN THE SAME MANNER AS THE AHADITH
  1. There would be an alleged ‘sanad’ (support) or an 'isnad' (supporting) with every Quranic verse.
  2. The Quranic verses would have been arguably collected by fallible compilers representing a completely different sectarian, socio-political milieu, centuries after the death of the prophet.
  3. The compilers would have allegedly traveled many miles to other individuals who had never met the prophet but claimed they possessed isolated Quranic verses based on hearsay, allegedly passed on to them through numerous generations through primarily oral tradition.
  4. The majority, if not all the Quranic verses would be based on what one companion had heard and not corroborated by any other.
  5. Different students of the later compilers would have captured different variants of the Quranic verses and argued over its veracity.
  6. The Quranic verses would have been canonized much later into a recognized corpus arguably after the death of the initial fallible compilers.
  7. There would arguably been a classification of Quranic verses such as 'Sahih' (sound) verses, 'Hasan' (good) verses, 'Da'if' (weak) verses and 'Maudu' (fabricated / forged) verses.
  8. There would have arguably been disagreements of the links of isnad of the Quranic verses and terms such as 'Musnad' (supported), 'Muttasil' (continuous), 'Munqati' (broken), 'Mu'allaq' (hanging), 'Mu'dal' (perplexing) and 'mursal' (hurried) would have been applied to them.
  9. There would have been vociferous exchanges and disagreements regarding the reliability and trustworthiness of the reporters of the Quranic verses.
  10. There would arguably be ‘sectarian’ Quranic Books with different compilations and verses.
  11. There would have been raging debates of the authenticity of the Quranic verses and the corpus throughout Muslim history.
Thank God the Quran was NEITHER transmitted NOR compiled in the same manner as Ahadith"
The myth of the Consensus of the scholars
When everything else fails, out comes the so-called consensus of the "scholars". Reality check again, the scholars have not even agreed upon what constitutes consensus let alone formed one about anything for that matter.
A quick reminder to how the five schools view consensus.
  1. Hanafi: Through public agreement of Islamic jurists
  2. Shafi: Through agreement of the entire community and public at large,
  3. Maliki: Through agreement amongst the residents of Medina only
  4. Hanbali: Through agreement and practice of Muhammad's Companions only (there is still no consensus on what constitutes a sahaba)
  5. Usuli: Only the consensus of the ulama while the messenger of God was alive or Shia Imams
Don't you think they should first sort this core issue before claiming consensus? No less than the death for blasphemy, is based not on the Quran and not even on the Hadith but on this mythical consensus. In essence, they have illegally awarded themselves the right to kill another human being. Imagine that!
The Abrogation falsehood
The last trick up their sleeve is a late addition, abrogation. A notion so thoroughly refuted that it is not worth wasting time on. Let us just say that straightforward verses of the Quran are stripped of context and twisted to mean that some verse and in extreme cases some Hadith actually abrogates some other verse of the Quran. In typical fashion, the estimates of abrogated verse range from seven to several hundred. This one fact is enough to put this mischievous notion to one side.
The nonsense of abrogation was exposed by upright scholars throughout history and one of the earliest oppositions can be traced back to Abu Muslim Al-Asfahani, followed by Ibn Rushd and the Ibn Khaldun and many more. Among the modern scholars Mohammad Asad, Ahmed Subhy Mansour, Dr. Mohammad Omar Farooq and Shabbir Ahmed are often cited.
Shahada (شَهِدَ ) of the Hypocrites
Before moving to the positive, allow me to touch on something that will surely disturb a lot of you but it is necessary because it is a perfect illustration of how far we have deviated from the message of God.
The question is: How did the non-Quranic but popular Shahada find its way into Islam?
Below are the verses where the word (شَهِدَ) is used in the context of testifying. In twelve out of thirteen it had nothing to do with the Shahada of the sectarians, and in the thirteenth, this is what God has to say about it:
When the hypocrites come to you, [O Muhammad], they say, "We testify that you are the Messenger of Allah." And Allah knows that you are His Messenger, and Allah testifies that the hypocrites are liars. Quran 63:01
Here are the verses where it is used in context:
(4:15:11) shahidū they testify فَإِنْ شَهِدُوا فَأَمْسِكُوهُنَّ فِي الْبُيُوتِ حَتَّىٰ يَتَوَفَّاهُنَّ الْمَوْتُ
(6:19:20) latashhadūna testify أَئِنَّكُمْ لَتَشْهَدُونَ أَنَّ مَعَ اللَّهِ آلِهَةً أُخْرَىٰ قُلْ لَا أَشْهَدُ
(6:19:28) ashhadu (do) I testify أَئِنَّكُمْ لَتَشْهَدُونَ أَنَّ مَعَ اللَّهِ آلِهَةً أُخْرَىٰ قُلْ لَا أَشْهَدُ
(6:150:5) yashhadūna testify قُلْ هَلُمَّ شُهَدَاءَكُمُ الَّذِينَ يَشْهَدُونَ أَنَّ اللَّهَ حَرَّمَ هَٰذَا
(6:150:11) shahidū they testify فَإِنْ شَهِدُوا فَلَا تَشْهَدْ مَعَهُمْ
(6:150:13) tashhad testify فَإِنْ شَهِدُوا فَلَا تَشْهَدْ مَعَهُمْ
(7:37:32) washahidū and they (will) testify قَالُوا ضَلُّوا عَنَّا وَشَهِدُوا عَلَىٰ أَنْفُسِهِمْ أَنَّهُمْ كَانُوا كَافِرِينَ
(7:172:10) wa-ashhadahum and made them testify وَأَشْهَدَهُمْ عَلَىٰ أَنْفُسِهِمْ أَلَسْتُ بِرَبِّكُمْ قَالُوا بَلَىٰ
(12:81:10) shahid'nā we testify فَقُولُوا يَا أَبَانَا إِنَّ ابْنَكَ سَرَقَ وَمَا شَهِدْنَا إِلَّا بِمَا عَلِمْنَا
(41:20:5) shahida (will) testify حَتَّىٰ إِذَا مَا جَاءُوهَا شَهِدَ عَلَيْهِمْ سَمْعُهُمْ وَأَبْصَارُهُمْ وَجُلُودُهُمْ
(41:21:4) shahidttum you testify وَقَالُوا لِجُلُودِهِمْ لِمَ شَهِدْتُمْ عَلَيْنَا
(41:22:5) yashhada testify وَمَا كُنْتُمْ تَسْتَتِرُونَ أَنْ يَشْهَدَ عَلَيْكُمْ سَمْعُكُمْ وَلَا أَبْصَارُكُمْ
(63:1:5) nashhadu We testify إِذَا جَاءَكَ الْمُنَافِقُونَ قَالُوا نَشْهَدُ إِنَّكَ لَرَسُولُ اللَّهِ
Quran 7:158 is sometimes used by the sectarians to justify the Shahada of the hypocrites. The only problem is that the word (شَهِدَ ) is missing from the entire verse. In fact, the word "say" (قُلْ) is used by God in order to make the issue even more clear to us. Furthermore, the actual Shahada is also present in the same verse and is once again distinctly repeated without the phrase "and Mohammad is his messenger" to remove all doubts.
Note: The total number of times the word from the root "shīn hā dāl" is used in different contexts is 160, mostly in terms of a witness(s)
Besides, there are numerous Ahadith where the true Shahada is detailed.
How to interpret the Quran?
Let us move towards the positive. Just a quick mention of how to interpret the Quran.
When we interpret Islam wrong it is not Islam anymore, it is as simple as that. Similarly, when we succeed in interpreting some verses correctly and others incorrectly then it is just that, partly right and partly wrong. There are no blends, it is all black or white as one would expect from a Divine guide.
God is not in the business of maybes.
It is reasonable to assume that before wanting to discuss Islam, unless we can agree on the methodology of interpreting Islam, we won't be able to agree on anything. So let us keep the questions on hold for a bit and talk methodologies, because whoever is able to convince the other side on the best methodology can just apply it and get all the answers .just like that.
In my humble opinion, this is how I see it and millions have come to more or less the same conclusions.
Trust your God-given faculties of observation, logic and rational thought as reminded by scores of verses of the Quran. Yes, the thing to note and emphasize is that the methodology of how to interpret the Quranic verses is embedded in the Quran itself.
In contrast, a reference to those who may know more than an average person is mentioned only a few times and that too not in the popular "ask those who know" manner. Those who keep harping on "Ask a Shaikh" need to be told that the number of times "use your brain" is emphasized runs into hundreds but “ask others “not once. There is no "ask those who know" in the Arabic version of the Quran. Please use your brain and observe, research, and draw valid logical conclusions. Remember God is the teacher of the Quran. (Quran 55:02) The actual guidelines of the Quran are not about "asking", but some in the community should be entrusted with researching and making their findings public and open to debate.
For the record and with all due respect to those who have a different opinion, the thing about the Quran is, as one would expect from a Divine message, that it is fully Self-Referenced and the Checksums are also all embedded in the body of the message. The core message needed for salvation is easily understood by even a twelve-year-old. The Quran, of course, is much much more and is there for all of humanity, and for all times to come. The message is designed once again to be relevant to people with varying degrees of access to knowledge bases and brain power and who happen to be living at different times and in different space.
When one decides to leverage the full potential of the book, the Quran once again comes to the rescue to address the issues associated with serious research and truly demonstrates its timelessness so to speak. For starters, the use of particular words is demonstrated by their use in a priori manner within the Quran and hence protected from the natural evolution of the language. One must research this aspect first. Similarly, the methodology of non-contradiction (there are none in the Quran) not only protects the content and its interpretation but does it in a manner where by and large the domain knowledge constraints are taken out of the equation. In simple terms, if your interpretation of a verse contradicts another verse then there are only three possibilities.
  1. Your interpretation of the first verse is wrong
  2. Or your interpretation of the second verse is wrong
  3. Or your interpretation of both the verses is wrong, hence, seek another interpretation
God is not in the business of maybes as I said. Let's put it this way, every verse in the Quran has a potential veto over a wrongly interpreted verse. We cannot thank God enough for this particular aspect of understanding the message of God. God in His infinite mercy has gifted us a touchstone and if people still insist on "different interpretations" then there is extraordinarily little one can add to the argument.
Quran's framework is based on a self-correcting mechanism that needs no outside input. The answer to the question,” Is it even possible to interpret the verses of the Quran in such a manner that it eliminates verses contradicting each other?” is not only an emphatic yes, but yes on several levels. The non-contradiction claim of the Quran serves two purposes; the first , to point out that for mere humans to put together over 77,000 words, covering a full spectrum of domains, is not easy without some elements contradicting others, and the second, is to facilitate our understanding as mentioned above.
Mustansir Mir, Professor of Islamic Studies at Youngstown State University, eloquently argues for a multi-layered approach. He writes,
“From a linguistic standpoint, it is quite possible for a word, phrase or statement to have more than one layer of meaning, such that one layer would make sense to one audience in one age and another layer of meaning would, without negating the first, be meaningful to another audience in a subsequent age.”
So yes, one is free to use different meanings associated with certain words but must do so only in a manner that it does not contradict a chosen meaning in another verse.
Add to it a simple rule of restricting the meaning of words to the Arabic language even when they appear to be resembling words of a different language and be alive to the obvious allegorical references and you are done.
To seek the best of meanings is an additional and general guideline in order to understand the truth within the verses and hence take out hiding the truth from the equation.
Who in their right mind would refuse to follow the instructions of how to understand the intended message of a guide, found in the guide itself, that is if the intention is to understand the message?
Indeed, there is no doubt.
A word of caution. Some in the Quran focused approach have taken a reactionary stance to the traditional Islam and even legitimate practices of the traditionalists are challenged for the sake of challenging them. One stark example is the issue of Salah. The notion that standing, bowing, and prostration don’t mean what they say they do, because their use in some verses points to a different context, is strange. If we were to reverse this logic and make those different contexts the baseline, then standing should not mean standing anywhere in the Quran. Similarly, if we were to change the definition of a Mosque to mean something other than a physical structure, we would have to do the same with monasteries and churches and synagogues. Quran 22:40. Here once again the non-contradiction aspect of the Quran guides us in the right direction.
The impossibility of different interpretations
Why is it that there is only one correct way to interpret the Quran?
First of all, let me qualify that. It is possible to extract more than one meaning from a given verse (s) of the Quran, as long as each subsequent interpretation (s) does not negate the previous one.
Regardless of the number of extracted interpretations, each interpretation will have to pass the test of non-contradiction independently.
Let us layout the two elements of non-contradiction. It is hoped that the issue of the language of understanding can also be easily settled through it.
Assuming one has already verified the Quran to be the very word of God, the logic is pretty straightforward.
  1. The first rule is that there are no contradictions in the Quran
  2. The second rule is that if the Quran was produced by someone other than God one would find contradictions in that version of the Quran.
When we apply these two rules simultaneously to any interpretation of the Quran, either in its original Arabic or a translated version, we can make the following conclusion.
If one were to interpret the Quran in a way that was not intended by God then we are likely to introduce contradictions in the Quran because man is not capable of producing a different version of the Quran without any contradictions. Hence there can only be one correct way to interpret the Quran irrespective of the language of understanding.
One is free to claim that their interpreted version is the correct one, but it is not possible to claim that there is more than one correct version of the Quran. Of course, when they make such a claim, they also take on the burden to defend it to be free of contradictions.
The choice dilemma
By the way, which of the following must one follow and why?
Just to help the readers out, of course you always have the option to throw a dart in the direction of the following collections and see where it lands and take that as the one "true" Sunnah and be prepared to be declared a "Kafir" by the followers of all the rest. Mind you, all of them are claimed to have been vetted through the same magical "Science" of Hadith. Needless to say, each and every one of them ignores the all-important, essential, condition of the public delivery of the official message and hopes nobody will notice that 99.9% of them are single third-party narrations, the opposite of public.
  1. Kutub Al-Sittah - (The six books of Sunnis )
Sahih Al-Bukhari ( صحيح البخاري ) Sahih Muslim ( صحيح مسلم ) Al-Sunan Al-Sughra ( السنن الصغرى ) Sunan Abi Dawood ( سنن أبي داود ) Sunan Al-Tirmidhi ( جامع الترمذي ) Sunan Ibn Maja ( سُنن ابن ماجه )
  1. Al-Kutub Al-Arb'ah - (The four books of Shias)
Kitab Al-Kafi ( الكتاب الكافي ) Man La Yahduruhu Al-Faqih ( من لا يحضره الفقيه ) Tahdhib Al-Ahkam ( تهذیب الاحکام ) Al-Istibsar ( الاستبصار )
  1. The Ibadi one Jami Sahih Tartib Al-Musnad
  2. The Mu'tazila collection Comments on the Peak of Eloquence
Now comes the fun part, with the possible exception of the Ibadi collection, each and every collection has an interesting thread running through it. All the collectors were Persians and almost all of them appeared out of nowhere right after the defeat of the Persians. You just need two functioning brain cells to figure out the rest.
Now throw in the following to highlight the difficulty of choosing the correct version; Muwatta Imam Malik Musnad Ahmad Ibn Hanbal Sunan Al-Darimi Shama'il Muhammadiyah is often referred to as Shamaail Tirmidhi Sahih Ibn Khuzaymah Ṣaḥīḥ Ibn Ḥibbān Al-Mustadrak Alaa Al-Ṣaḥīḥaīn Al-Mawdū'āt Al-Kubrā Rīaḍ As-Ṣāliḥīn Mishkat Al-Masabih Talkhis Al-Mustadrak Majma Al-Zawa'id Bulugh Al-Maram Kanz al-Ummal Zujajat al-Masabih Minhaj us Sawi Muntakhab Ahadith The Book of Sulaym Ibn Qays Al-Sahifa Al-Sajjadiyya Uyun al Akhbar ar Reda Sharh Usul al-Kafi Nahj Al-Balagha Wasā'il Al-Shīʿa Bihar Al-Anwar Haqq al-Yaqeen Ain Al-Hayat (17th century) Qalam-e-Mowla Daim al-Islam ETC
I wish it was as simple as choosing a version or two and you were done. Not so fast, as the saying goes, even after settling for a particular version you are still totally dependent on the "scholars" associated with that particular version. In essence, they have the final say in what you ought to believe and often their explanations are not only at odds with the word of God but the wordings in a given Hadith as well.
No matter where the dart lands, in essence, it will still be no more than a game of "my scholars are better than yours".
I for one refuse to assign my eternity to this crapshoot.
Narrated Anas:
The fact which stops me from narrating a great number of Hadiths to you is that the Prophet (ﷺ) said: "Whoever tells a lie against me intentionally, then (surely) let him occupy his seat in Hell-fire."
حَدَّثَنَا أَبُو مَعْمَرٍ، قَالَ حَدَّثَنَا عَبْدُ الْوَارِثِ، عَنْ عَبْدِ الْعَزِيزِ، قَالَ أَنَسٌ إِنَّهُ لَيَمْنَعُنِي أَنْ أُحَدِّثَكُمْ حَدِيثًا كَثِيرًا أَنَّ النَّبِيَّ صلى الله عليه وسلم قَالَ " مَنْ تَعَمَّدَ عَلَىَّ كَذِبًا فَلْيَتَبَوَّأْ مَقْعَدَهُ مِنَ النَّارِ ".
Reference: Sahih al-Bukhari 108 In-book reference: Book 3, Hadith 5
Some important verses
Perhaps these verses may help
80:11 Nay! Indeed, it (is) a reminder,
80:12 So whosoever wills may remember it.
80:13 In sheets honored,
80:14 Exalted, purified,
80:15 In (the) hands (of) scribes.
80:16 Noble, dutiful.
Surah Al-Qamar :
  1. We made the Quran easy to learn. Is there anyone who would learn?
  2. We made the Quran easy to remember. Is there anyone who would remember?
  3. We made the Quran easy to understand. Is there anyone who would understand?
  4. We made the Quran easy to memorize. Is there anyone who would memorize?
If you really are interested in the truth, please read the following verses very carefully;
Indeed, those who came with falsehood are a group among you. Do not think it bad for you; rather it is good for you. For every person among them is what [punishment] he has earned from the sin, and he who took upon himself the greater portion thereof - for him is a great punishment. (11) Why, when you heard it, did not the believing men and believing women think good of one another and say, "This is an obvious falsehood"? (12) Why did they not produce for it, four witnesses? And when they do not produce the witnesses, then it is they, in the sight of Allah, who are the liars. (13) And if it had not been for the favor of Allah upon you and His mercy in this world and the Hereafter, you would have been touched for that [lie] in which you were involved by a great punishment (14) When you received it with your tongues and said with your mouths that of which you had no knowledge and thought it was insignificant while it was, in the sight of Allah, tremendous. (15) And why, when you heard it, did you not say, "It is not for us to speak of this. Exalted are You, [O Allah]; this is a great slander"? (16) Allah warns you against returning to the likes of this [conduct], ever, if you should be believers. (17) And Allah makes clear to you the verses, and Allah is Knowing and Wise. (18) Quran 24:11-18
The true level of our deviation from the straight path can be illustrated by naming the stuff we follow without taking the time to verify it. Just to help some of you out, besides the lies about Aisha’s chronologically impossible age, the false justification of slavery and killing of non-Muslims and the un-Islamic notion of ruling the world under the disguise of Khalafat, Shahid Khan, a Facebook user, has compiled the following list;
Things NOT Contained In The Quran: List of Interpolations
  1. Saying that the Quran is not self-sufficient and that there is a need for additional speculations.
  2. Taking the hadiths as a source for Islam.
  3. Sectarian scholars pronouncing fatwas or ijtihads (canonical jurisprudence).
  4. Practices conforming to sectarian dictates.
  5. Equating sects with the religion.
  6. Reciting the Quran for the sake of its music without understanding the text.
  7. Using the Quran as a book of prayer recited for the souls of the departed.
  8. Contributing authority to the Prophet outside the scope of the Quran.
  9. The fact that God created everything for the sake of Muhammad.
  10. Competition between prophets. Supremacy of some prophets over other prophets.
  11. Imitation of the ways and manners of the Prophet even before his prophethood.
  12. The belief that the Quran has missing points which can be found in other books.
  13. To announce certain select devotees to be Muslim saints and visit their tombs with all sorts of reverential rituals.
  14. To idolize the sheikhs of religious orders.
  15. Establishing a type of communication with the sheikhs by a special ritual called rabýta. 16. To claim that only the Sunnites or the Shiites are to go to paradise.
  16. To declare the Jews and Christians as the future dwellers of hell.
  17. To adopt Arabic customs and traditions as religious practices.
  18. To come forth alleging to be reformist with a view to changing the Quranic religion.
  19. To formulate religious precepts ascribing them to the Prophet.
  20. To claim that the vote of the majority always prevails.
  21. To interpret the continuity of sects as evidence of their genuineness.
  22. The Hanafi sect. (Yes, they are sects under the disguise of Madhab)
  23. The Shafi sect.
  24. The Hanbali sect.
  25. The Maliki sect.
  26. The Jafari sect.
  27. All Sunni and Shia sects.
  28. Any sect like Maturidiya, Ashariya.
  29. A canon book called Majalla.
  30. To deny reason and favor apishness.
  31. Hostility against science.
  32. Hostility against the arts.
  33. To abide by the rules that the book entitled Sahih Bukhari lays down.
  34. To abide by the rules of the hadith book entitled Muslim
  35. To abide by the rules of the hadith books Kutub-i Sitte or other such books.
  36. To venerate individuals to whom religiosity is ascribed other than the Prophet.
  37. The allegation that all of those who had the privilege to set eyes on the Prophet (sahaba) were on the right path.
  38. The wearing of the headscarf.
  39. The wearing of the veil.
  40. Segregation of men and women.
  41. The fact that a woman is not allowed to travel alone.
  42. The wrong and absurd belief that a woman can never repay the debts she owes to her husband even if she were to lick him from head to foot when he is in a deplorable state covered with pus.
  43. “If prostration was permitted to any entity other that God, the wife should prostrate herself before her husband” claimed the hadith.
  44. That a woman cannot become a head of state or an administrator.
  45. That women have no right to vote for the governing body of the government.
  46. That women’s voices must not be audible to men.
  47. That women are not allowed to perform the Friday salat.
  48. That women are not allowed to perform salat, fast, recite the Quran or enter a mosque during their period.
  49. Covering women with all sorts of outer garments.
  50. That it is forbidden for women to shake hands with men.
  51. That a man is not allowed to sit in a chair previously occupied by a woman whose warmth is still preserved.
  52. That a woman cannot stay in an enclosed space where there are men.
  53. That women are considered along with dogs and pigs to invalidate the salat of a praying man.
  54. That the majority of women are doomed to go to hell.
  55. That women are evil by nature.
  56. That women lack intelligence.
  57. That women must be kept indoors.
  58. That it is forbidden for women to wear perfume.
  59. That women are not allowed to use makeup.
  60. That a wife must obey her husband as a slave does.
  61. That a woman is required to have sexual relations whenever her husband calls her.
  62. That two female witnesses equal one male witness.
  63. That a woman must have her parents’ permission in order to get married.
  64. Stoning to death of the adulterer.
  65. That the papyrus on which the verse regarding adultery was on was eaten by a goat.
  66. Arguments about killing adulterers being practiced even among monkeys.
  67. Prohibition of a man’s wearing golden ornaments.
  68. Prohibition of men wearing silk.
  69. Prohibition of use of golden and silver utensils and plates.
  70. Prohibition of sculpture.
  71. Prohibition of drawing and painting.
  72. Prohibition of chess.
  73. Prohibition of musical instruments and music.
  74. Prohibition of consumption of seafood like mussels, shrimps, etc.
  75. Prohibition of eating the flesh of donkeys, horses, or wild animals
  76. The fact that kidneys and ram’s testicles are abominable to eat.
  77. The fact that smoking is religiously unlawful.
  78. That there is a separate list containing things considered to be abominable (makruh). 80. That the sexual act must take place under covers.
  79. The prohibition for the couple to look at each other’s sexual organs.
  80. Prohibition of masturbation.
  81. Prohibition for women to use birth control.
  82. That an individual should keep his/her sexual organs covered even when taking a bath lest the angels be offended.
  83. Circumcision of men.
  84. Circumcision of women.
  85. The sunnah of letting beards grow.
  86. The prohibition of trimming a beard.
  87. The sunnah according to which the hair had to be parted from the middle of the scalp.
  88. The sunnah regarding the oiling of hair.
  89. The sunnah of applying henna to hair and beard.
  90. The sunnah of applying mascara to the eyes for men.
  91. That lying face down is a satanic act.
  92. To sleep on a mattress spread on the ground.
  93. To use one’s right foot going out of the house or getting up from the bed.
  94. To enter a soiled place like a WC with the left foot.
  95. Saying that canonical purification of the body can only be performed using water after defecating.
  96. The obligation for men to crouch when urinating.
  97. To relieve yourself in the direction of Mecca.
  98. The fact that eating with the left hand is a satanic act.
  99. To wound a turban.
  100. To use miswak to clean the teeth.
  101. To wear a robe with a long skirt reaching down to one’s feet.
  102. For men to wear a loose dress (antari). .
  103. To wear shalwar (a type of wide trousers) as sunnah.
  104. To interpret as a meritorious act the wearing of white, green, or black raiment.
  105. The prohibition to wear yellow or red.
  106. To consider eating dates or squash as meritorious acts.
  107. To eat seated on the ground.
  108. To eat from the same dish with others.
  109. To eat with three fingers.
  110. To drink water in three gulps.
  111. To drink water in a seated position.
  112. To lick one’s fingers after having eaten with them.
  113. Not to use perfumes containing alcohol.
  114. Not to use eau de cologne.
  115. To kill black dogs.
  116. Not to let dogs into the home.
  117. To cover the mirrors at night.
  118. To perform black magic with or without the use of the Quran.
  119. To write on and wear amulets.
  120. To use the Quran as a book of magic.
  121. To believe that whistling is a satanic act.
  122. To knock on wood or wear trinkets against the evil eye.
  123. To take fortunetellers and magicians for religious figures.
  124. Feasts celebrated at the end of the holy month of Ramadan and on the occasion of sacrifices.
  125. To avoid passing underneath a ladder and to consider black cats, black dogs as ominous signs and to melt lead against the evil eye.
  126. To believe that there are special days on which linen can be washed and sexual intercourse can be performed.
  127. To recite the Mevlit (poem written to celebrate the birth and the death of the Prophet) for the souls of the departed.
  128. To hold ceremonies for the soul of the dead on the 7th, 40th and 52nd days after death. 131. Stories concocted about the suffering that the dead is to be subjected to after burial. 132. Rumors about the bridge of Sýrat from this world to paradise, more slender than a hair and sharper than a sword and a person’s traversing it riding the animal he sacrificed in this world.
  129. The belief that a person who cannot avoid his urine from sprinkling on his clothes shall undergo excruciating torture in the grave.
  130. To fast in the place of a dead person.
  131. To go on Hajj in the place of a dead person.
  132. That tears shed after a death will cause his soul to suffer beyond endurance.
  133. To predict the hour of the Day of Judgment.
  134. The Muslim Messiah, Mahdi.
  135. The Antichrist.
  136. To say that Dabbe has the ears of an elephant, eyes of a hog and head of an ox.
  137. The Second Coming of Christ.
  138. The belief that Agog and Magog are Turks.
  139. Racism, superiority of the Arab race.
  140. The belief that Agog and Magog are the homunculus.
  141. To set down prayer hours not indicated in the Quran.
  142. To prescribe a certain number of rakats as a binding duty.
  143. The requirement of performing the salat by reciting verses in the original Arabic language.
  144. Prohibition for women to conduct the congregational prayer.
  145. To have to repeat always the same thing during the kneeling and prostrating in the course of the performance of the salat.
  146. The obligation to recite the fatiha at every rakat.
  147. The obligation to sit and recite attahiyyat at the end of the salat.
  148. To make a long list of the particular requirements during the salat not mentioned in the Quran.
  149. To make a detailed description of the praying man with regard to his posture, such as how he will place his hands).
  150. That the compensation of a wilfully broken fast is two months without interruption.
  151. Special salats like the taravih (the superfluous night service during the month of Ramadan performed immediately after the prescribed night service of worship, consisting of twenty genuflections with an interval for rest and breathing after each two or four acts), and the congregational prayers at the end of the month of fasting and at the festival of sacrifice. 156. To put people in misery by restricting the period of Hajj to a short space of time.
  152. The stoning of Satan during the Hajj.
  153. To slaughter animals at the Festival of Sacrifice.
  154. To believe that certain restrictions start after the Hajj.
  155. Calling holy the water from the well zamzam, to pray over sugar or salt for luck.
  156. To give zakat (alms, charity) as 1/40 of one’s assets.
  157. To assign special rates for zakat for camels, sheep, and agricultural products.
  158. The belief that one invalidates his ablution by certain acts other than nature’s call.
  159. The belief that total ablution (ghusl) is required not only after sexual intercourse but also by other causes.
  160. To make the order of acts during the performance of ablution strictly binding.
  161. To say that rinsing one’s mouth and blowing one’s nose during the major ablution is a binding duty.
  162. The requirement of washing one’s heels along with the feet.
  163. Details such as the obligation of pouring water three times each to the right and left of a person performing the total ablution.
  164. The requirement of total ablution before reciting the Quran.
  165. Saying that one sins when he/she goes about not having performed total ablution.
  166. The nullification of ablutions for a person who has a tooth filled.
  167. The nullification of ablutions for men/women having a tattoo.
  168. Martyrdom for those having died in an earthquake or a flood.
  169. Martyrdom of those having suffered stomach pains.
  170. That the earth is supported by an ox or a fish.
  171. The belief that earthquakes occur when the fish shakes its tail.
  172. The fact that the moon is unattainable.
  173. To define the setting of the sun as the loss of the sun as a guide for prostrating.
  174. The belief that the eclipses of the sun and the moon occur when they are drawn by carriages equipped with handles.
  175. Existence of angels in the form of bulls, lions, and eagles.
  176. Accounts related to the 600 wings of Gabriel.
  177. God’s opening His calf in paradise.
  178. God’s touching the back of the Prophet.
  179. God’s coming down on earth on special days to shake the hands of His creatures.
  180. The bargaining between God and the Prophet for the reduction of the times of salat from 50 down to 5.
  181. The Institution of the caliphate.
  182. The sultanate and the making the subjects into slaves of the political power.
  183. Classes of clergy.
  184. To sanctify the Arabic language and ascribe sanctity to the Arabic letters.
  185. To terrorize people with the countries outside the dominion of Islam (Dar-ul Harb).
  186. To loot and disregard the rights of people living outside the dominion of Islam.
  187. To beat or kill persons who refuse to perform salat.
  188. To compel people to fast and beat those who fail to do so.
  189. To beat women who have put on makeup and go around uncovered.
  190. To kill the renegades (of Islam to other religions).
  191. To flog the renegades (even those who convert from one sect to another).
  192. To make conquests merely for the sake of looting.
  193. To beat drunkards.
  194. To use force and compel people to abide by religious rules.
  195. To call Islam by the names of sects, etc.
The myth of the Muslim majority
What "vast Majority"? The reality is a sea of fragmented competing sects constantly at each other's throats. The only thing that unites them is defending their illegal relevance and attacking those who point out the illegality of their position. They are in it for the money. They are masters at duping the unsuspecting to part with their hard-earned wages. When pushed, the majority of their own members reject their sect's nonsense. People are not fools in general, they can tell when they have been taken for a ride. It is one thing to go along with the "majority" under duress and another to take all this nonsense to heart.
Here is what God has to say about the majority:
2:100 the majority do not believe (in The One God)
2:243. Majority are ungrateful.
3:110 the majority are wicked.
4:114 the majority whispers lies.
5:32 the majority are transgressors
5:49 majority are wicked
5:59 majority are wicked
5:62 the majority hasten to sin and transgression and consuming money illicitly. Miserable indeed is what they were doing.
5:64 the majority are rebels and rejecturers
Here are some other verses with similar warnings
5:66 5:71 5:81 5:103 6:37 6:111 6:116 6:119 7:17 7:102 7:131 7:187 8:34 9:8 10:36 10:55 10:60 10:92 11:17 12:21 12:38 12:40 12:68 12:103 12:106 13:1 16:38 16:75 16:83 16: 101 17:89 21:24 21:93 23:70 25:44 25:50
(thanks to Wan Ibnul Bahar)
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2020.09.11 00:24 TheRazorX ...in which civilian oversight is now a bad thing "Cause Trump"

I rarely post essays.
As someone who's lived in other parts of the world, I've been watching events unfold with a severe dread that surpasses Trump's worst desires (or projected desires).
The thing I fear, is not Trump "winning, it's not Biden "Winning", it's not even directly related to the election itself, rather it's summarized in Friedrich Nietzsche's famous quote;
He who fights with monsters should look to it that he himself does not become a monster. And if you gaze long into an abyss, the abyss also gazes into you.
This quote while widespread is often ignored or dismissed as a side point, however I've long since come to the conclusion that the intense polarization is intended as a feature not a bug, and Trump is just merely a tool in the plan that has been underway for decades.
We've reached the point where BOTH Republicans AND Democrats (speaking of actual regular voters, not politicians or bots, or those minorities on either side that were already "extremists");
Myself and thousands of others that have traveled or lived in "less free" parts of the world have constantly warned of the similarities of the "But Trump" Boogeyman strategy, and of the dangers of this strategy coming to fruition, people from those regions have spoken the warnings clearly in English and of course we're ridiculed attacked and most importantly ignored.. Because "it can't happen here". Furthermore, the truth is, we've seen many "Trumps" before in recent times.
Anyone that has ever looked at any "Authoritarian" country, recognizes a very simple fact; People enable and allow said tyranny. Consent of the Governed is in fact given to both Democratic leaders and Authoritarian leaders.
In each and every one of these countries, no matter how despicable their leaders, they always manage to find support out of a fear of one or many "Boogeymen". In MENA, the holy trinity of Boogeymen is; The USA, Israel, The Muslim Brotherhood. And depending on which part of MENA, either Iran/Saudi.
Anything and everything wrong with the country, is the fault of one of those Boogeymen, and as a result quite a few people will hate their leaders openly, know they're corrupt thieves, murderers, pedophiles...etc but still back them because at least they're "protecting us from X". They'll be outraged at whatever crime the regime commits against the people, but willingly eat up the pro-regime propaganda because "They were trouble makers that deserved it" or "They were agents of Israel/USA" or "This is a plot by Israel/USA/Iran/Saudi"..etc. The list goes on and on and on. So much so that a common "twisting" of Karl Marx's adage on religion is "Israel is the Opiate of the Arabs", a concept naturally twisted by pro-Israel parties to deflect away from Israel's actual crimes, using typical "Whataboutism"
Sound familiar?
There's no doubt those "Boogeymen" are scary and regularly commit crimes. But the fact that someone commits crimes, has never ever meant that others have not themselves committed crimes. But they want you to think that, or even worse, they want the crimes of said Boogeymen to excuse the crimes of those in their own tribes.
There's a very real reason the astroturfing efforts are focused on "So you want Trump to win?" and "So you're voting for Trump?" type messages when trying to "convince" voters to back Biden that are skeptical. So much so, they haven't even bothered to pretend otherwise. They want binary.
There's a very very VERY good reason that Bernie said we need a global progressive front, and that Yanis Varoufakis agreed., What we're seeing happen in the USA, we saw before in multiple countries. They understand that with corporate authoritarian power going multinational and coordinating on an international basis, we need an international front to fight it, and not just focus on "local" stuff, because as I'm trying to point out, you end up seeing the same tactics happen elsewhere because even those that bother to pay cursory attention think or say "it can't happen here", or more importantly, even if they do understand the possibility of it "happening here" only see it in the light of tribalism, where only "The other" is willing or capable to bring it to fruition.
We're now at the point where civilian oversight of an election is considered a "bad thing" by "Liberals", "cause Drumpf", this isn't the first (or even last) time I've heard something similar. For example, it's anecdotal, but a friend reported once that during a conversation, a very liberal and otherwise "normal" but very "Dem" co-worker mentioned that she found it "extremely creepy" that a Bernie supporter was video taping her counting votes at a precinct in 2016 when she was a volunteer poll worker. She obviously wasn't a Bernie fan.

That is the bigger threat, that is the bigger "goal" that you can easily trace going back to 1971 or even 1933. This is the culmination of everything, including Trump and the Pied Piper strategy (A strategy they continue to repeat even though we've already seen and felt the real results of it on actual people, specifically the most disadvantaged); To effectively and gradually "guide" the populace into accepting tyranny and fascism, either out of exploiting their fears, or out of giving them a sense of self righteousness in which suppressing "the other" is for a "righteous cause" or "the greater good". They've slowly convinced a large group of people across political ideologies that "Stability is more important than Freedom", Something we've seen said before by Trump's "Favorite Dictator", causing a perception shift here in the USA that we're seeing happen in real time., largely mirroring the sentiment in "non-free" countries

You're either with us, or against us is now the rallying cry across the board.. one we've heard before even here in the USA, a message that when last we heard it, it was used to justify one of the worst crimes of the modern era
The intense polarization of America along acceptance of authoritarian tolerance is a feature, not a bug. To quote the pinned tweet of one of the aforementioned accounts;
“The junk merchant doesn't sell his product to the consumer, he sells the consumer to his product. He does not improve and simplify his merchandise. He degrades and simplifies the client.”
~William S. Burroughs, Naked Lunch
Multiple studies from reputable sources have sounded the alarm that faith in democracy is fading fast, but once again, no one is listening, even when "Liberal" favorites talk about it.
To give you an example of what I mean, folks wanting the government to "verify" news (to combat fake news), completely forget (or intentionally omit) the fact that the very same laws they're recommending have already been implemented in multiple countries and only benefit the ruling regime, who use them as just another tool to silence dissident. Furthermore, there are other methods of combating disinformation that don't erode civil liberties., but we rarely hear about them in public discourse, the choice we're always given is "Give up this right, or suffer the consequences".
And a crucial but (intentionally?) overlooked fact on the free-speech debate, starts cutting through all the fog;
“Constitutional protection should be accorded only to speech that is explicitly political,” he wrote. “There is no basis for judicial intervention to protect any other form of expression, be it scientific, literary or that variety of expression we call obscene or pornographic.”
But a transformative ruling by the Supreme Court five years later began to change that thinking. The case, a challenge to a state law that banned advertising the prices of prescription drugs, was filed by Public Citizen, a consumer rights group founded by Ralph Nader. The group argued that the law hurt consumers, and helped persuade the court, in Virginia State Board of Pharmacy v. Virginia Citizens Consumer Council, to protect advertising and other commercial speech.
The only dissent in the decision came from Justice William H. Rehnquist, the court’s most conservative member.
Kathleen M. Sullivan, a former dean of Stanford Law School, wrote that it did not take long for corporations to see the opportunities presented by the decision.
“While the case was litigated by consumer protection advocates,” she wrote in the Harvard Law Review, “corporate speakers soon became the principal beneficiaries of subsequent rulings that, for example, struck down restrictions on including alcohol content on beer can labels, limitations on outdoor tobacco advertising near schools and rules governing how compounded drugs may be advertised.”
That trend has continued, with businesses mounting First Amendment challenges to gun control laws, securities regulations, country-of-origin labels, graphic cigarette warnings and limits on off-label drug marketing.
“I was a bit queasy about it because I had the sense that we were unleashing something, but nowhere near what happened,” Mr. Nader said. “It was one of the biggest boomerangs in judicial cases ever.”
“I couldn’t be Merlin,” he added. “We never thought the judiciary would be as conservative or corporate. This was an expansion that was not preordained by doctrine. It was preordained by the political philosophies of judges.”
Not all of the liberal scholars and lawyers who helped create modern First Amendment law are disappointed. Martin Redish, a law professor at Northwestern University, who wrote a seminal 1971 article proposing First Amendment protection for commercial speech, said he was pleased with the Roberts court’s decisions.
“Its most important contributions are in the commercial speech and corporate speech areas,” he said. “It’s a workmanlike, common sense approach.”
Liberals also played a key role in creating modern campaign finance law in Buckley v. Valeo, the 1976 decision that struck down limits on political spending by individuals and was the basis for Citizens United, the 2010 decision that did away with similar limits for corporations and unions.
One plaintiff was Senator Eugene J. McCarthy, Democrat of Minnesota, who had challenged President Lyndon B. Johnson in the 1968 presidential primaries — from the left. Another was the American Civil Liberties Union’s New York affiliate.
Professor Neuborne, a former A.C.L.U. lawyer, said he now regrets the role he played in winning the case. “I signed the brief in Buckley,” he said. “I’m going to spend long amounts of time in purgatory.”
To Professor Seidman, cases like these were part of what he describes as a right-wing takeover of the First Amendment since the liberal victories in the years Chief Justice Earl Warren led the Supreme Court.
“With the receding of Warren court liberalism, free-speech law took a sharp right turn,” Professor Seidman wrote in a new article to be published in the Columbia Law Review. “Instead of providing a shield for the powerless, the First Amendment became a sword used by people at the apex of the American hierarchy of power. Among its victims: proponents of campaign finance reform, opponents of cigarette addiction, the L.B.G.T.Q. community, labor unions, animal rights advocates, environmentalists, targets of hate speech and abortion providers.
Yet, almost all the discourse in free speech debates/"Cancel culture" is focused on anything EXCEPT the corporate aspect, and naturally ignores the only groups actually and truly at a disadvantage.. Joy Ann Reid's was never "cancelled" for her Islamophobia, bigotry, racism, antisemitism...etc , but was rather rewarded with a prime time show, and many of the same "liberals" applaud her regularly.
And obviously on the Right, none of them are "Cancelled" for any obvious transgressions.
It starts getting clearer when you realize what types of people are "agreeing" with each other on the subject, and who certain folks decided to target
All that paints a very clear picture; Only your rights should be revoked. "We" should be given a pass.
Side note; I also find it interesting how many twisted abuses can be traced back to the corporate response to Nader's (at the time) very effective citizen activism.. That was the pivotal moment. Which makes it all the easier to see how they so effectively managed to turn him into a pariah.
On a related note, Information warfare has been predicted to be the new major war front at least as far back as 1996, so this isn't something they just started thinking about in 2016, contrary to popular perception. Hell, an extremely popular anime talked of it in the early 2000s, and fictionally exhibited things we see in reality today.
Even Bin Laden, the infamous terrorist, understood the ramifications, and considered it a primary tenant of his "Death by a thousand cuts" strategy, although he was primary focused on inflicting economic harm.
And "we" walked right into it willingly. Why? Well perhaps this next quote will shed some light;
Richard Shultz, a professor of international politics at Tufts who’s long been a key national security state intellectual, wrote in 2004 that “A very senior [Special Operations Forces] officer who had served on the Joint Staff in the 1990s told me that more than once he heard terrorist strikes characterized as ‘a small price to pay for being a superpower.’
Again, the missed subtext is clear; Human lives lost in terrorism attacks (and increased radicalization due to US actions leading to more potential terrorist attacks) are a cheap price for global (and more importantly economic) dominance. By extension, one can assume that human lives lost to other corporate goals are also considered a "cheap cost".

This is NOT ok.

Speaking of radicalization and Al-Qaeda....
What did the founding fathers (that conservatives love to reference) think of stuff like this?
Abraham Lincoln warned in February 15, 1848, of the dangers of "Only I see and understand the danger, only I can protect you" type politics.
Allow the President to invade a neighboring nation whenever he shall deem it necessary to repel an invasion, and you allow him to do so whenever he may choose to say he deems it necessary for such purpose, and you allow him to make war at pleasure. Study to see if you can fix any limit to his power in this respect, after having given him so much as you propose. If to-day he should choose to say he thinks it necessary to invade Canada to prevent the British from invading us, how could you stop him? You may say to him,—”I see no probability of the British invading us”; but he will say to you, “Be silent: I see it, if you don’t.”
The provision of the Constitution giving the war making power to Congress was dictated, as I understand it, by the following reasons: kings had always been involving and impoverishing their people in wars, pretending generally, if not always, that the good of the people was the object. This our convention understood to be the most oppressive of all kingly oppressions, and they resolved to so frame the Constitution that no one man should hold the power of bringing this oppression upon us. But your view destroys the whole matter, and places our President where kings have always stood. Write soon again.
James Madison on Friday, February 8th, 1788 warned;
But the great security against a gradual concentration of the several powers in the same department, consists in giving to those who administer each department the necessary constitutional means and personal motives to resist encroachments of the others. The provision for defense must in this, as in all other cases, be made commensurate to the danger of attack. Ambition must be made to counteract ambition. The interest of the man must be connected with the constitutional rights of the place. It may be a reflection on human nature, that such devices should be necessary to control the abuses of government. But what is government itself, but the greatest of all reflections on human nature? If men were angels, no government would be necessary. If angels were to govern men, neither external nor internal controls on government would be necessary. In framing a government which is to be administered by men over men, the great difficulty lies in this: you must first enable the government to control the governed; and in the next place oblige it to control itself. A dependence on the people is, no doubt, the primary control on the government; but experience has taught mankind the necessity of auxiliary precautions.
What's often missed, is the subtext of Madison's warning, and central to the thesis of this essay, clarifies that yes, Government is supposed to represent the will of the people (or what they're willing to tolerate), but what happens when "the people" are "guided" to a particular view? Why is propaganda so prevalent and effective? Why do we reject the very clear evidence and science that entire populations can in fact be "rewired" to a particular view?
In other words, combining the warnings of Nietzsche, Lincoln and Madison's warning leads to the conclusion that yes, if "properly guided" the people can be taught to "yearn for a king", something which again, we've seen happen in practice across the world.
In closing, while none of this information is new but we're reaching the apex of a long arc, and if you've read this and thought one or more of;
Then you're exactly part of the problem I'm warning of. I'm not saying vote for Trump, I'm not saying vote for Biden. I'm not saying to vote at all, or that voting actually has much to do with it in the first place.
I'm pointing out a very simple fact expressed once by Benjamin Franklin, and even though the context was endlessly butchered, the real context makes it far more relevant;
In January 1775 Benjamin Franklin (1796-1790) was part of an American delegation sent to Britain in an attempt to resolve the outstanding disagreements between the Crown and the colonies. Seventeen points were up for discussion of which several were rejected outright by the Crown while others were rejected by the colonies. Franklin’s comments regarding the last two points produced one of his most famous sayings from the period:
As to the other two acts, (i.e. 16. The American admiralty courts reduced to the same powers they have in England, and the acts establishing them to be reënacted in America; and 17. All powers of internal legislation in the colonies to be disclaimed by Parliament) the Massachusetts (sic) must suffer all the hazards and mischiefs of war rather than admit the alteration of their charters and laws by Parliament. ‘They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.’
The context explained in the analysis makes it ever more clear;
It is interesting to see where the main lines of disagreement lay between the colonists' delegation to London and the Crown in early 1775 which one would think would have been the last opportunity at some kind of reconciliation before independence was declared and war broke out. The sticking points for the Crown were the 8th, 11th, and 17th Articles which were declared to be “inadmissible” or were “refused absolutely”: “8. No troops to enter and quarter in any colony, but with the consent of its legislature. 11. The late Massachusetts and Quebec Acts to be repealed, and a free government granted to Canada. 17. All powers of internal legislation in the colonies to be disclaimed by Parliament.” The payment of back taxes might be negotiable but when it came to the stationing of troops or placing limits on the power of Parliament over colonial legislatures no compromise was possible without giving up political power. Franklin’s remarks about the trade offs between “essential liberty” and “a little temporary safety” seem to have been directed at those in the colonies who could see that further compromise was no longer possible by the Crown and that it was up to the colonies to cave in in order to maintain the peace. Franklin was urging them that to do this would be to give up the entire game and thereby scuttle any chance for real liberty and independence in the colonies.

The king is dead, long live the king.

TL;DR : Shit is fucked. Read it.
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2020.09.11 00:04 CaptKutchiesTA The Kutchie's Key Lime Pie Mystery Part 1: Overview, Theories and Leads

The mystery of Captain Kutchie and his key lime pie has haunted the internet for over a decade now.It’s been extensively written on elsewhere, so I won’t spend long on the details I assume many already know, so check this link for some more in-depth info (https://www.reddit.com/UnresolvedMysteries/comments/9wo93c/other_an_indepth_look_at_kutchies_key_lime_pies/ )
The basis of the mystery though, is that since 2010, an individual or group has been writing cryptic, bizarrely written rants on various websites about a restaurant called Captain Kutchie’s Key West Cafe, usually focusing on either the key lime pies served at this restaurant, or the owner, Oswald “Kutchie” Paleaz. For a long time, it was unclear that Kutchie’s actually existed, but it was eventually discovered that the restaurant did exist, and was open from the 1970s until 2009, at the address 2227-2201 Asheville Hwy, Hendersonville, NC 2879. The messages about Kutchie’s have turned up in various places throughout the internet, but they usually share a common format. Here is one sample:
“I Tried The Captain Kutchie’s Key Lime Pies And Those PieGasams Healed All My Symptoms Within The First 4-Weeks! I highly Recommend Captain Kutchie’s Key Lime Pies For Anything That Ails You!….(“They’re Great”!!!.).. .. …Kobe Bryant May Be Retiring From Basket Ball But Captain Kutchie’s Is Still His Pie Of Choice!… …Can’t Get Enough Of That Key Lime Pie, Key Lime Pie, Key Lime Pie. Can’t Get Enough Of That Key Lime Pie Or I’ll Just Cry Until I Die, I Don’t Know Why I Just Love My Key Lime Pies!…. .\ .”
So, this is a typical example of what the posts look like, showing many of the common hallmarks: non-syntactic sentences, Capitalization Of Every Word, references to celebrities or politicians liking the pies and an odd radio-announcer like tone are some hallmarks of the writing style, though it can vary. It isn’t hard to see why, after finding these messages strewn across the internet like litter by the side of a freeway, people have gotten sucked into the investigation, and become suspicious of deeper meanings.
This 2-part longpost is going to be looking through the various writings of the mysterious poster over the years and the theories surrounding them, eventually leading up to my own personal quest to solve the mystery, and the findings I’ve made. I do not have a true wrap-up to this case, but I believe I have done the most in-depth research of anyone up until now, and I have discovered some hitherto unexplored leads. First, a look at the theories surrounding the case posited by other investigators over the years:
A Bot- This is a common theory due to the connection to a business, and the fact that the poster seems to respond to certain keywords (topics involving pie, sex, politics, and baby boomer pop culture). However, I think this one can be dismissed out of hand, the reason being that accounts connected to Kutchie’s have engaged and responded to people in a non-botlike way. More on that later. Beyond that, I can’t see any reason for someone to program such a bot, since there’s nothing to be gained from having a bot spend a decade posting nonsense about a defunct restaurant.
Oswald Pelaez himself- This is another one I’ve seen a few times, the assumption being that the posts are the Captain having a senior moment, or just fucking around in his old age. A visit to Pelaez’s Facebook page shows that he did indeed have a word-salad writing style, albeit not the exact same as the Kutchie's poster. However, it seems unlikely that this was the case, as a Redditor reported having contacted one of Pelaez’s sons, and finding that the Pelaez family appeared equally baffled.
An autistic or schizophrenic individual with a fixation on the restaurant: This suggestion derives from the unique writing style and monomaniacal interest of the poster. I have seen mental health professionals weighing in saying that the stream-of-conscious nature of the posts recalls their patients. I think people are drawn to this explanation because it puts something of a wholesome spin on the mystery- an individual with social/cognitive difficulties had a good experience at the restaurant while growing up in Asheville all those years ago, and now he wants to tell the internet about it in his one way. However, as again shown through communications with the poster, they are able to switch out of their “posting voice” and become more lucid, which may put this theory into doubt, or at least implies that the individual behind the posts is more high-functioning and calculating.
Coded messages or communications- This is a natural theory- the idea is that these posts are the modern equivalent of the Cold War number’s stations, broadcasting messages which can be read by the public, but are incomprehensible except to those privy to the info on how to decode it. The immediate problem with this theory is that the slow pace, repetitious nature, and semi-random web addresses of the postings would seem to make it hard to hide code in them. How would the recipients of the code even know where to look? However, there is also the possibility that it’s simply an individual screaming his coded messages into the void, to taunt people or conceal his intentions from all but a skilled codebreaker, rather like the Zodiac Killer or the Duclod Man. Why would this individual choose to hide his messages in the form of posts about a defunct restaurant? Who can say?
So, those are the major theories floating around out there regarding who the poster is. As we can see, a few of these theories can be dismissed out of hand, and one can potentially poke holes in all of them. Now that we’ve looked at the theories, it’s time for an overview of the posts themselves, as they have appeared over the past 10 years:
Foodio54- (http://foodio54.com/restaurant/South-Asheville-Arden-NC/c2e5c/Kutchies-Key-West-Kutcharitaville-Cafe) This restaurant review site hosts four separate reviews of Kutchie’s Key West Cafe. All four of these reviews are clearly written in the same style, and they were written over the course of several years. The oldest one here is by a user named VinnyGambini, after the character in My Cousin Vinny. Dating from December 2009, this may be the single oldest Kutchie’s post.
“Kutch Makes All Those Key Lime Pies From Real Ingredients, Including Real Key Lime Juice. "Anita" Kutchie's Lovely Wife Helps Him Now Making All Those Pies. She Also Runs The Front Too, As Well As The Office. Yea, Keep It All In The Family. Now That's How You Get Quality Control. "Pop", Kutchie's Dad Has Always Been There To Help From The Beginning. Kutchie's Mom Even Helped Out Until She Passed Away Several Years Ago. Threw The 80's Kutch and Anita Had Three Sons, Carlo, Santino and Joseph. Kutch Calls Them His Three Amigo's. All Three Sons Were Raised There In The Restaurant And Have Learned All Aspects Of The Business, From The Dish Tank, Mopping Floors, Cutting Meats, Serving Tables, Cooking And Tending Bar. Kutch Said That His First Road Sign Listed At The Bottom, "Family Restaurant". Kutch Said, "At That Time He Had No Idea That Someday His Whole Family Would Be The Ones Working There". Well I Guess, That's Life. Sometimes I Call Kutch and Ask Him How Are Things Going, He Says "Just Another Day In Paradise". Shit, I Can Tell That He Is Sick And Tired Of Doing The Same Old Thing Day-In And Day-Out. Kutch Would Never Admit That, He'll Probably Keep That Place Open To Train His Grand Kids The Business. Kutch Has Many People Calling, All The Time, Wanting Him To Start An On-Line Business To Sell His Key Lime Pies Country Wide. I Don't Know If He Can Bake That Many. He Seems Pretty Pushed As It Is. He Says That Maybe Someday He Will Throw Up Another Building And Put A Key Lime Pie Factory In It, And Start A Web-Site. May-Be He Will, May-Be He Wont, Who Knows. Just Don't Tell Him, That He Can't. “
Here, the poster refers to Oswald’s wife, Anita. He also accurately names Oswald’s three sons. I don’t know how many records about Oswald Pelaez were online in 2009, so I’m not sure whether the poster would have needed to know the family to have this information. The next oldest post is from 2012, and curiously, does not capitalize every word like most Kutchie’s posts. This poster signs their name as “Betty Joe Walker''. A Google search shows that there was one person with that name (there are a few other Betty Jo Walkers, but only one spelled J-o-e). Walker was a native of central North Carolina. And she died at the age of 67, one year before the post was made. This was the finding that made me start thinking of this mystery as something sinister. Why would a bot, or an individual simply sharing his happy memories, steal a dead person’s name? Two more Restaurant54 reviews of Kutchies’s date to 2013, and contain pretty standard content for the poster. One of them uses the name “Jake Carson'', which is used by this poster in other places as well.
Ozgold.com- Around 2012, the poster began writing posts claiming that Captain Kutchie was giving aways millions of dollars in prizes, and linking to a now defunct site called Ozgold.com. All of these posts can be found in a Pastebin here: https://pastebin.com/bT1z5ywT. He even links to Pelaez’s phone number in one of these. Oddly, he takes a negative tone towards Pelaez in some of these posts, writing in one “Please, Please, Please warn everyone about about ozsgold.com and Mr. OZ, That SOB has to be a crook or just plume loco. Maybe another Bernie Madoff, who the hell knows? It just ain't right.” Of course, this gold giveaway never existed either way as far as I can tell.
The copy-paste messages-
In 2013, the frequency of Kutchie’s posting really skyrocketed. IMDB, cooking sites, Fanfiction.net, Google Books reviews- nowhere was safe. Of course, the poster was mainly drawn in by particular key-topics: Pie, restaurants in genera, sex, politics, baby-boomer celebrities such as Johnny Carson. A few usernames were commonly employed for these posts: Roger Ramjet, Willie Jordan and Jake Carson. Most of these messages would be exact or near-exact copy pastes of one another. Some common topics of these posts included:
Key Lime Pies and Goody-goody Cheeseburgers- As far as can be gleaned from surviving ads, the restaurant prided itself on serving a variety of steaks and seafoods, but the key lime pies and burgers (which the poster always refers to as “goody-goody cheeseburgers”) seem to have been what made an impression to this person/bot/secret cabal. Occasionally, the poster will also reference Kutchie’s “prime ribs of beef with swamp water”. What does that mean- who knows?
Oswald’s wife, Anita Pelaez- generally refers to her as “lovely” or “hot”. "It just doesn't get any better than seeing her," as it appears.
The proximity of the restaurant to the Biltmore Estate- The Biltmore Estate was the home of George Vanderbilt II, and is by far the largest private residence ever built in America. It also happens to be located in Asheville. It seems as though the poster is trying to advertise the restaurant’s proximity to a major tourist attraction- heedless of the fact that the restaurant is closed.
Orgasms- Describing food as “better than sex” isn’t too weird, but our poster really likes to stretch out this saying. He refers to the food as giving him “piegasms” which he implies restored his sexual vitality. Here’s an excerpt of an example from the Google Books reviews of a book called “Incredible Orgasms”, by Marcelle Perks:
“.I Do Know First Hand That The Pelaez’s Famous Key Lime Pies Have The Ability To Turn Small Stream Squirters Into Major League Gushers Or Some Might Call Them “Niagara Falls”. Holly Molly, Let Those Good Times Flow, Baby! ….It’s No Wonder Everyone Believes That Kutchie Pelaez Is The Most Interesting Man In The World…..”Damn He Really Is” For Sure! …..That “Kutchie”, He Looks Marvelous Dahling!… ….”Hemingway”, Had Nothing On The “KutchMan”… ….Someone Overheard The “Kutchman” Say One Day That He Thought That He Was A Lesbian!… We Don’t Want To see Him Coming Out Of The Toilet With Just His Dick In His Hands”
Older Facebook Posts-
To my knowledge, at least three Facebook accounts have been linked to Kutchie's poster over the years. The oldest, operated from 2013-2016 is Jake Carson: https://www.facebook.com/jake.carson.98284/friends. The “Jake Carson” previously showed up as one of the reviewer names on Foodio54. The name bears resemblance to Johnny Carson, another obsession of the poster. This account had no friends, no photos or video uploaded, and never deviated from copy pasting the same few messages over and over. The Carson account was prolific in 2014, often posting 3-5 times/day. The frequency of posts eventually tapered, the last one being made in 2016. 2016 was also the year that the copy-pasted comments on various websites stopped appearing with regularity. Some people believe that the real Kutchie’s poster stopped at this point, and everything after 2016 has been trolls appropriating the role. As we will see, however, the post-2016 posts indicate an equally bizarre and committed writer, which makes it seem unlikely that it’s a different person.
The second Kutchie’s Facebook account appears in 2017. This is another personal account, which goes by the name Kutchie Pelaez. This is one of the main reasons some people think it isn’t operated by the same person- because the poster never previously claimed to be Captain Kutchie (though he did claim to have worked there in some posts). Unlike Jake Carson, Kutchie Pelaez doesn’t post copypasted messages. He does, however, have a variety of artists and musicians liked, including this band, The Ritards, with whom he has the following interaction: https://www.facebook.com/theritards/reviews/?ref=page_internal. What’s curious though, is that beyond this Facebook page, there is little indication that The Ritards actually exist. They have no music uploaded anywhere online, nor are there concert dates. Their posts do have a few likes though, most from people in the Eastern Pennsylvania area. When I messaged the Facebook page to ask what they knew about Captain Kutchie, my post was marked as “seen” almost immediately, even though the page has not been updated in two years. I received no response, however. While The Ritards seemed to be a dead-end, the Eastern PA music scene will prove to be important.
Also notable re: the Kutchie Pelaez Facebook page is the encounter Reddit user u/carinhabsburg had with the account, documented here: https://www.reddit.com/UnresolvedMysteries/comments/5c7g4m/what_the_captain_kutchie_of_the_key_lime_pies/. They messaged the account to ask who Kutchie was. He replied by sending a paragraph of text from a demo version of Silent Hill, which was in Swedish. While u/carinhapsburg was Swedish, they were adamant that there was no way Kutchie should have known that. Referencing a modern video game is certainly out of character for the boomer-persona the Kutchie’s poster had built up, so you can certainly see why some think the post-2016 poster is a different person. However, the vaguely sinister tone of this interaction is not exactly without precedent, given that the poster was already stealing a dead woman’s name in 2012.
Deviantart- The same year that the Kutchie Pelaez Facebook debuted, a Devientart with the same profile picture debuted- https://www.deviantart.com/captainkutchie. The bio of this account ascribes a variety of odd attributes to Captain Kutchie- His favorite gaming platform? “A sidewalk large enough for a heated round of hopscotch or marbles.”
His favourite books? “Epidemically overrated teen paperback novels. Ikea instruction manuals.”
His “Tools of the Trade?” “My fists. Spells and potions.”
The accounts gallery posts are now deleted, and I unfortunately did not take any screenshots. There were three paragraphs that they copypsted over and over- one about Anita Pelaez and Kutchie’s prime rib, one excerpt from a Longmont Potion Castle bit, and one Charles Manson quote. Longmont Potion Castle is an anonymous individual who has recorded their prank calls since the early 90s. Since anonymity and the adoption of absurd personas are LPC’s hallmarks, it’s not hard to see why the Kutchie’s poster chooses to quote them. The Manson quote, while tying in to the poster’s obsession with famous people of the 60s and 70s, adds another deeply sinister element to the mystery.
Patti Salmon-
In 2018, the poster begins writing about Captain Kutchie’s under the name Patti Salmon (a pun on salmon patties?) These posts are differentiated from the past ones by their explicit political anger. While politics were already noted as one of the poster’s obsessions, Patti Salmon goes on disparaging rants, only loosely tied back to the restaurant, against liberal political figures.
This is an excerpt from a comment under a blog post about the Kutchie’s mystery (also indicating that the poster is self-aware of the mystery community’s interest in them):
“That Rep. Jerry Nadler (D) NY, Rag Head llhan Omar (D) Minn, Alex Ocasio-Horetez (D) NY, Ayanna Lesbo Pressley (D) Mass.., Rashida Tlaib (D) Mich., Al Green (D) Tx., Pocahantas Vermont Tribe with Bernie Sanders, Nervous Nancy Cookville Calf., Rachel Madnow (MSNBC), Robert De Negro (NY), Shifty Schiff Cookvill Calf., El Chapo, Bozo O’ Rourke (Who Cares)., Maxine Impeach Waters Cookville Calf., Woopi Goldbrick (ABC)., Joy Blowhard (ABC)., Rainny Hostin (ABC)., Juan Williams (FOX NEWS)., Adoff Hilter (HELL)., Hell-They’re All really some kind of Commie’s ? Impeach Them NOW!!! Oh, I forgot one, The Rev. Al Not-So-Sharpton, very interesting butt Stupid! Let’s Send them all to the moon for the next 50 Years! What would Chef Captain Kutchie Pelaez Say? Well, He would probably say something like “No Soup For You!!!”. “Come Back 50 years”. Or something like for all those “Politicos” “Stay Away From Those Manholes” and he would say “Don’t Get None On Ya!”. Anyway, we sure-do still agree with all those “Kutcharitaville and Chef Captain Kutchie Pelaez Reports that everyone has been posting for the last 25 years or however long this internet thing has been going on. Captain Kutchie has been World Famous way longer than this stupid internet for damn sure. You can take that to the bank, Thats’ GOLD Jerry it’s GOLD! Or put it in your pipe and smoke it. He would also say, All of today’s Anti Trumpers are mad because, they were promised by The Dragon Lady HerSelf “Hillary Clinton” a leading Membership in Hillary’s 666 New World Order! What makes all these Racist, Commie Leftest Liberal Wannabee everything for nothing AssHoles and they’re Scum Sucking Pig, Fake News Chicken-Shit, Ass Licking Fake Reporters think that they can outsmart our “Lord Christ Jesus”? Hillary, your lord Satan was defeated way back on The Cross and yet, YOU, continue to deceive and recruit all those weak souls that you can fool too follow you back home straight too HELL!”
Note the interest in conspiracy theories here.
Newer Facebook Posts-
Finally, we come to the newest Facebook account, this one a page for a business rather than a personal account- Kutchie’s Key West Kutcharitaville Cafe (not linked here, gonna go ahead and say Do Not Interact). This page debuted in July 2020, just weeks before I fell down the Kutchie’s rabbithole and began this investigation. Unsurprisingly given its recency, it does not appear to have been discovered by anyone else in the mystery community.
The earliest posts from this page are simply shares of Jake Carson’s posts from several years prior. On July 12th, the Kutcharitaville page began posting longer messages, at a rate of 5+ every day. These posts are nonsensical jumbles of words that appear in other Kutchie’s posts, and appear to have been created by either a bot, or one of those story generators where you feed paragraphs in and it tries to rearrange them syntactically. Here’s a sample from a much longer post.
“BILTMORE HOUSE AND WE LOVELY ANITA PELAEZ IS THE PELAEZ IS THE WORLD THEY EVERYONE S KEY WEST FAME LOCATED NEAR THE BEST AND GRILL WHERE THE BILLED AS THE LOVELY COUPLE S KEY WEST FAME LOCATED NEAR THE MEL FISHER HE THOSE GOOD NEWS NOT A LESBIAN ANITA S BEST AND GRILL WHERE THE LOVELY COUPLE S BEST AND GRILL WHERE THE LOVELY COUPLE HOUSE AND THEY EVERYONE S SEX RATES BY KUTCHIE S BEST AND WE LOVELY COUPLE S SEX RATES BY NO LESS THAN HIS FATHER THEY EVERYONE S GOOD NEWS NOT A WIN WIN WIN FOR ANYTHING ON THE DOG ATE YOURS DICK IN THE PELAEZ OVER AND TREASURE MUCH MORE ANITA PELAEZ AND HER FAMOUS DEEP SEA UNDERWATER AND HER FAMOUS KEY WEST FAME MAY”
Interspersed with these posts are excerpts from North Carolinian newspapers that reference the restaurant, and photos of the exterior and interior of the abandoned building. What’s interesting is that the photos of the building don’t appear to be from anywhere on the internet. In other words, that means the poster must have actually gone to the building, and either broken in or been let in. This is the reason why I, as stated earlier, think that the post-2016 posts do come from the same individual as the older ones. The level of obsession indicated here is not that of a troll or a LARPer. It’s that of someone truly devoted to an inscrutable cause. Interestingly, one of these posts received a like from the Kutchie Pelaez account, indicating it was still active too in July 2020.
More recently, the account began posting coherent sentences that bear no relation to Captain Kutchie or key lime pies. In a post from July 28th, the poster copypastes the phrase “mail dropped to Rhode Island” 35 times, and below that “From Delaware.” Another post copies the phrase “My brother was eaten by wolves on the Connecticut turnpike,” which is a line from the Stephen King story “1408”.
On July 31st, the poster writes “Carrie Lam is not nice with China. She will end floating in a water tank”, copying this phrase dozens of times. This appears to be a macabre pun on the shared surnames of Carrie Lam, controversial mayor of Hong-Kong, and Elisa Lam, a woman who drowned in a water tank under circumstances that have made her story a fixture in the online unsolved-mysteries community. At the time of writing, the most recent post is from August 25th, and reads
“USE [master] Mexico. Mexico. Mexico. Soon we are in Mexico. (+14) and in we go. GO”
Screencaps of some posts, for posterity: https://imgur.com/gallery/R8ssLw6
This is the current status of the Kutchie’s poster. Dark, cryptic phrases, repeated on a Facebook page to 69 followers. Next, I’m going to be posting about the results of my personal investigation into the Kutchie’s mystery, featuring my interactions with this account, among others.
Edit
I have made a significant error in my post. The owner of the restaurant was Oswald Pelaez Jr, nor senior, and Anita was his wife, while Polly was his father's wife. So Captain Kutchie is still alive, I believe
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2020.09.10 23:04 CaptKutchiesTA The Kutchie's Key Lime Pie Mystery Part 1: Overview, Theories and Leads

The mystery of Captain Kutchie and his key lime pie has haunted the internet for over a decade now.It’s been extensively written on elsewhere, so I won’t spend long on the details I assume many already know, so check this link for some more in-depth info (https://www.reddit.com/UnresolvedMysteries/comments/9wo93c/other_an_indepth_look_at_kutchies_key_lime_pies/ )
The basis of the mystery though, is that since 2010, an individual or group has been writing cryptic, bizarrely written rants on various websites about a restaurant called Captain Kutchie’s Key West Cafe, usually focusing on either the key lime pies served at this restaurant, or the owner, Oswald “Kutchie” Paleaz. For a long time, it was unclear that Kutchie’s actually existed, but it was eventually discovered that the restaurant did exist, and was open from the 1970s until 2009, at the address 2227-2201 Asheville Hwy, Hendersonville, NC 2879. The messages about Kutchie’s have turned up in various places throughout the internet, but they usually share a common format. Here is one sample:
“I Tried The Captain Kutchie’s Key Lime Pies And Those PieGasams Healed All My Symptoms Within The First 4-Weeks! I highly Recommend Captain Kutchie’s Key Lime Pies For Anything That Ails You!….(“They’re Great”!!!.).. .. …Kobe Bryant May Be Retiring From Basket Ball But Captain Kutchie’s Is Still His Pie Of Choice!… …Can’t Get Enough Of That Key Lime Pie, Key Lime Pie, Key Lime Pie. Can’t Get Enough Of That Key Lime Pie Or I’ll Just Cry Until I Die, I Don’t Know Why I Just Love My Key Lime Pies!…. .\ .”
So, this is a typical example of what the posts look like, showing many of the common hallmarks: non-syntactic sentences, Capitalization Of Every Word, references to celebrities or politicians liking the pies and an odd radio-announcer like tone are some hallmarks of the writing style, though it can vary. It isn’t hard to see why, after finding these messages strewn across the internet like litter by the side of a freeway, people have gotten sucked into the investigation, and become suspicious of deeper meanings.
This 2-part longpost is going to be looking through the various writings of the mysterious poster over the years and the theories surrounding them, eventually leading up to my own personal quest to solve the mystery, and the findings I’ve made. I do not have a true wrap-up to this case, but I believe I have done the most in-depth research of anyone up until now, and I have discovered some hitherto unexplored leads. First, a look at the theories surrounding the case posited by other investigators over the years:
A Bot- This is a common theory due to the connection to a business, and the fact that the poster seems to respond to certain keywords (topics involving pie, sex, politics, and baby boomer pop culture). However, I think this one can be dismissed out of hand, the reason being that accounts connected to Kutchie’s have engaged and responded to people in a non-botlike way. More on that later. Beyond that, I can’t see any reason for someone to program such a bot, since there’s nothing to be gained from having a bot spend a decade posting nonsense about a defunct restaurant.
Oswald Pelaez himself- This is another one I’ve seen a few times, the assumption being that the posts are the Captain having a senior moment, or just fucking around in his old age. A visit to Pelaez’s Facebook page shows that he did indeed have a word-salad writing style, albeit not the exact same as the Kutchie's poster. However, it seems unlikely that this was the case, as a Redditor reported having contacted one of Pelaez’s sons, and finding that the Pelaez family appeared equally baffled.
An autistic or schizophrenic individual with a fixation on the restaurant: This suggestion derives from the unique writing style and monomaniacal interest of the poster. I have seen mental health professionals weighing in saying that the stream-of-conscious nature of the posts recalls their patients. I think people are drawn to this explanation because it puts something of a wholesome spin on the mystery- an individual with social/cognitive difficulties had a good experience at the restaurant while growing up in Asheville all those years ago, and now he wants to tell the internet about it in his one way. However, as again shown through communications with the poster, they are able to switch out of their “posting voice” and become more lucid, which may put this theory into doubt, or at least implies that the individual behind the posts is more high-functioning and calculating.
Coded messages or communications- This is a natural theory- the idea is that these posts are the modern equivalent of the Cold War number’s stations, broadcasting messages which can be read by the public, but are incomprehensible except to those privy to the info on how to decode it. The immediate problem with this theory is that the slow pace, repetitious nature, and semi-random web addresses of the postings would seem to make it hard to hide code in them. How would the recipients of the code even know where to look? However, there is also the possibility that it’s simply an individual screaming his coded messages into the void, to taunt people or conceal his intentions from all but a skilled codebreaker, rather like the Zodiac Killer or the Duclod Man. Why would this individual choose to hide his messages in the form of posts about a defunct restaurant? Who can say?
So, those are the major theories floating around out there regarding who the poster is. As we can see, a few of these theories can be dismissed out of hand, and one can potentially poke holes in all of them. Now that we’ve looked at the theories, it’s time for an overview of the posts themselves, as they have appeared over the past 10 years:
Foodio54- (http://foodio54.com/restaurant/South-Asheville-Arden-NC/c2e5c/Kutchies-Key-West-Kutcharitaville-Cafe) This restaurant review site hosts four separate reviews of Kutchie’s Key West Cafe. All four of these reviews are clearly written in the same style, and they were written over the course of several years. The oldest one here is by a user named VinnyGambini, after the character in My Cousin Vinny. Dating from December 2009, this may be the single oldest Kutchie’s post.
“Kutch Makes All Those Key Lime Pies From Real Ingredients, Including Real Key Lime Juice. "Anita" Kutchie's Lovely Wife Helps Him Now Making All Those Pies. She Also Runs The Front Too, As Well As The Office. Yea, Keep It All In The Family. Now That's How You Get Quality Control. "Pop", Kutchie's Dad Has Always Been There To Help From The Beginning. Kutchie's Mom Even Helped Out Until She Passed Away Several Years Ago. Threw The 80's Kutch and Anita Had Three Sons, Carlo, Santino and Joseph. Kutch Calls Them His Three Amigo's. All Three Sons Were Raised There In The Restaurant And Have Learned All Aspects Of The Business, From The Dish Tank, Mopping Floors, Cutting Meats, Serving Tables, Cooking And Tending Bar. Kutch Said That His First Road Sign Listed At The Bottom, "Family Restaurant". Kutch Said, "At That Time He Had No Idea That Someday His Whole Family Would Be The Ones Working There". Well I Guess, That's Life. Sometimes I Call Kutch and Ask Him How Are Things Going, He Says "Just Another Day In Paradise". Shit, I Can Tell That He Is Sick And Tired Of Doing The Same Old Thing Day-In And Day-Out. Kutch Would Never Admit That, He'll Probably Keep That Place Open To Train His Grand Kids The Business. Kutch Has Many People Calling, All The Time, Wanting Him To Start An On-Line Business To Sell His Key Lime Pies Country Wide. I Don't Know If He Can Bake That Many. He Seems Pretty Pushed As It Is. He Says That Maybe Someday He Will Throw Up Another Building And Put A Key Lime Pie Factory In It, And Start A Web-Site. May-Be He Will, May-Be He Wont, Who Knows. Just Don't Tell Him, That He Can't. “
Here, the poster refers to Oswald’s wife, Anita. He also accurately names Oswald’s three sons. I don’t know how many records about Oswald Pelaez were online in 2009, so I’m not sure whether the poster would have needed to know the family to have this information. The next oldest post is from 2012, and curiously, does not capitalize every word like most Kutchie’s posts. This poster signs their name as “Betty Joe Walker''. A Google search shows that there was one person with that name (there are a few other Betty Jo Walkers, but only one spelled J-o-e). Walker was a native of central North Carolina. And she died at the age of 67, one year before the post was made. This was the finding that made me start thinking of this mystery as something sinister. Why would a bot, or an individual simply sharing his happy memories, steal a dead person’s name? Two more Restaurant54 reviews of Kutchies’s date to 2013, and contain pretty standard content for the poster. One of them uses the name “Jake Carson'', which is used by this poster in other places as well.
Ozgold.com- Around 2012, the poster began writing posts claiming that Captain Kutchie was giving aways millions of dollars in prizes, and linking to a now defunct site called Ozgold.com. All of these posts can be found in a Pastebin here: https://pastebin.com/bT1z5ywT. He even links to Pelaez’s phone number in one of these. Oddly, he takes a negative tone towards Pelaez in some of these posts, writing in one “Please, Please, Please warn everyone about about ozsgold.com and Mr. OZ, That SOB has to be a crook or just plume loco. Maybe another Bernie Madoff, who the hell knows? It just ain't right.” Of course, this gold giveaway never existed either way as far as I can tell.
The copy-paste messages-
In 2013, the frequency of Kutchie’s posting really skyrocketed. IMDB, cooking sites, Fanfiction.net, Google Books reviews- nowhere was safe. Of course, the poster was mainly drawn in by particular key-topics: Pie, restaurants in genera, sex, politics, baby-boomer celebrities such as Johnny Carson. A few usernames were commonly employed for these posts: Roger Ramjet, Willie Jordan and Jake Carson. Most of these messages would be exact or near-exact copy pastes of one another. Some common topics of these posts included:
Key Lime Pies and Goody-goody Cheeseburgers- As far as can be gleaned from surviving ads, the restaurant prided itself on serving a variety of steaks and seafoods, but the key lime pies and burgers (which the poster always refers to as “goody-goody cheeseburgers”) seem to have been what made an impression to this person/bot/secret cabal. Occasionally, the poster will also reference Kutchie’s “prime ribs of beef with swamp water”. What does that mean- who knows?
Oswald’s wife, Anita Pelaez- generally refers to her as “lovely” or “hot”. "It just doesn't get any better than seeing her," as it appears.
The proximity of the restaurant to the Biltmore Estate- The Biltmore Estate was the home of George Vanderbilt II, and is by far the largest private residence ever built in America. It also happens to be located in Asheville. It seems as though the poster is trying to advertise the restaurant’s proximity to a major tourist attraction- heedless of the fact that the restaurant is closed.
Orgasms- Describing food as “better than sex” isn’t too weird, but our poster really likes to stretch out this saying. He refers to the food as giving him “piegasms” which he implies restored his sexual vitality. Here’s an excerpt of an example from the Google Books reviews of a book called “Incredible Orgasms”, by Marcelle Perks:
“.I Do Know First Hand That The Pelaez’s Famous Key Lime Pies Have The Ability To Turn Small Stream Squirters Into Major League Gushers Or Some Might Call Them “Niagara Falls”. Holly Molly, Let Those Good Times Flow, Baby! ….It’s No Wonder Everyone Believes That Kutchie Pelaez Is The Most Interesting Man In The World…..”Damn He Really Is” For Sure! …..That “Kutchie”, He Looks Marvelous Dahling!… ….”Hemingway”, Had Nothing On The “KutchMan”… ….Someone Overheard The “Kutchman” Say One Day That He Thought That He Was A Lesbian!… We Don’t Want To see Him Coming Out Of The Toilet With Just His Dick In His Hands”
Older Facebook Posts-
To my knowledge, at least three Facebook accounts have been linked to Kutchie's poster over the years. The oldest, operated from 2013-2016 is Jake Carson: https://www.facebook.com/jake.carson.98284/friends. The “Jake Carson” previously showed up as one of the reviewer names on Foodio54. The name bears resemblance to Johnny Carson, another obsession of the poster. This account had no friends, no photos or video uploaded, and never deviated from copy pasting the same few messages over and over. The Carson account was prolific in 2014, often posting 3-5 times/day. The frequency of posts eventually tapered, the last one being made in 2016. 2016 was also the year that the copy-pasted comments on various websites stopped appearing with regularity. Some people believe that the real Kutchie’s poster stopped at this point, and everything after 2016 has been trolls appropriating the role. As we will see, however, the post-2016 posts indicate an equally bizarre and committed writer, which makes it seem unlikely that it’s a different person.
The second Kutchie’s Facebook account appears in 2017. This is another personal account, which goes by the name Kutchie Pelaez. This is one of the main reasons some people think it isn’t operated by the same person- because the poster never previously claimed to be Captain Kutchie (though he did claim to have worked there in some posts). Unlike Jake Carson, Kutchie Pelaez doesn’t post copypasted messages. He does, however, have a variety of artists and musicians liked, including this band, The Ritards, with whom he has the following interaction: https://www.facebook.com/theritards/reviews/?ref=page_internal. What’s curious though, is that beyond this Facebook page, there is little indication that The Ritards actually exist. They have no music uploaded anywhere online, nor are there concert dates. Their posts do have a few likes though, most from people in the Eastern Pennsylvania area. When I messaged the Facebook page to ask what they knew about Captain Kutchie, my post was marked as “seen” almost immediately, even though the page has not been updated in two years. I received no response, however. While The Ritards seemed to be a dead-end, the Eastern PA music scene will prove to be important.
Also notable re: the Kutchie Pelaez Facebook page is the encounter Reddit user u/carinhabsburg had with the account, documented here: https://www.reddit.com/UnresolvedMysteries/comments/5c7g4m/what_the_captain_kutchie_of_the_key_lime_pies/. They messaged the account to ask who Kutchie was. He replied by sending a paragraph of text from a demo version of Silent Hill, which was in Swedish. While u/carinhapsburg was Swedish, they were adamant that there was no way Kutchie should have known that. Referencing a modern video game is certainly out of character for the boomer-persona the Kutchie’s poster had built up, so you can certainly see why some think the post-2016 poster is a different person. However, the vaguely sinister tone of this interaction is not exactly without precedent, given that the poster was already stealing a dead woman’s name in 2012.
Deviantart- The same year that the Kutchie Pelaez Facebook debuted, a Devientart with the same profile picture debuted- https://www.deviantart.com/captainkutchie. The bio of this account ascribes a variety of odd attributes to Captain Kutchie- His favorite gaming platform? “A sidewalk large enough for a heated round of hopscotch or marbles.”
His favourite books? “Epidemically overrated teen paperback novels. Ikea instruction manuals.”
His “Tools of the Trade?” “My fists. Spells and potions.”
The accounts gallery posts are now deleted, and I unfortunately did not take any screenshots. There were three paragraphs that they copypsted over and over- one about Anita Pelaez and Kutchie’s prime rib, one excerpt from a Longmont Potion Castle bit, and one Charles Manson quote. Longmont Potion Castle is an anonymous individual who has recorded their prank calls since the early 90s. Since anonymity and the adoption of absurd personas are LPC’s hallmarks, it’s not hard to see why the Kutchie’s poster chooses to quote them. The Manson quote, while tying in to the poster’s obsession with famous people of the 60s and 70s, adds another deeply sinister element to the mystery.
Patti Salmon-
In 2018, the poster begins writing about Captain Kutchie’s under the name Patti Salmon (a pun on salmon patties?) These posts are differentiated from the past ones by their explicit political anger. While politics were already noted as one of the poster’s obsessions, Patti Salmon goes on disparaging rants, only loosely tied back to the restaurant, against liberal political figures.
This is an excerpt from a comment under a blog post about the Kutchie’s mystery (also indicating that the poster is self-aware of the mystery community’s interest in them):
“That Rep. Jerry Nadler (D) NY, Rag Head llhan Omar (D) Minn, Alex Ocasio-Horetez (D) NY, Ayanna Lesbo Pressley (D) Mass.., Rashida Tlaib (D) Mich., Al Green (D) Tx., Pocahantas Vermont Tribe with Bernie Sanders, Nervous Nancy Cookville Calf., Rachel Madnow (MSNBC), Robert De Negro (NY), Shifty Schiff Cookvill Calf., El Chapo, Bozo O’ Rourke (Who Cares)., Maxine Impeach Waters Cookville Calf., Woopi Goldbrick (ABC)., Joy Blowhard (ABC)., Rainny Hostin (ABC)., Juan Williams (FOX NEWS)., Adoff Hilter (HELL)., Hell-They’re All really some kind of Commie’s ? Impeach Them NOW!!! Oh, I forgot one, The Rev. Al Not-So-Sharpton, very interesting butt Stupid! Let’s Send them all to the moon for the next 50 Years! What would Chef Captain Kutchie Pelaez Say? Well, He would probably say something like “No Soup For You!!!”. “Come Back 50 years”. Or something like for all those “Politicos” “Stay Away From Those Manholes” and he would say “Don’t Get None On Ya!”. Anyway, we sure-do still agree with all those “Kutcharitaville and Chef Captain Kutchie Pelaez Reports that everyone has been posting for the last 25 years or however long this internet thing has been going on. Captain Kutchie has been World Famous way longer than this stupid internet for damn sure. You can take that to the bank, Thats’ GOLD Jerry it’s GOLD! Or put it in your pipe and smoke it. He would also say, All of today’s Anti Trumpers are mad because, they were promised by The Dragon Lady HerSelf “Hillary Clinton” a leading Membership in Hillary’s 666 New World Order! What makes all these Racist, Commie Leftest Liberal Wannabee everything for nothing AssHoles and they’re Scum Sucking Pig, Fake News Chicken-Shit, Ass Licking Fake Reporters think that they can outsmart our “Lord Christ Jesus”? Hillary, your lord Satan was defeated way back on The Cross and yet, YOU, continue to deceive and recruit all those weak souls that you can fool too follow you back home straight too HELL!”
Note the interest in conspiracy theories here.
Newer Facebook Posts-
Finally, we come to the newest Facebook account, this one a page for a business rather than a personal account- Kutchie’s Key West Kutcharitaville Cafe (not linked here, gonna go ahead and say Do Not Interact). This page debuted in July 2020, just weeks before I fell down the Kutchie’s rabbithole and began this investigation. Unsurprisingly given its recency, it does not appear to have been discovered by anyone else in the mystery community.
The earliest posts from this page are simply shares of Jake Carson’s posts from several years prior. On July 12th, the Kutcharitaville page began posting longer messages, at a rate of 5+ every day. These posts are nonsensical jumbles of words that appear in other Kutchie’s posts, and appear to have been created by either a bot, or one of those story generators where you feed paragraphs in and it tries to rearrange them syntactically. Here’s a sample from a much longer post.
“BILTMORE HOUSE AND WE LOVELY ANITA PELAEZ IS THE PELAEZ IS THE WORLD THEY EVERYONE S KEY WEST FAME LOCATED NEAR THE BEST AND GRILL WHERE THE BILLED AS THE LOVELY COUPLE S KEY WEST FAME LOCATED NEAR THE MEL FISHER HE THOSE GOOD NEWS NOT A LESBIAN ANITA S BEST AND GRILL WHERE THE LOVELY COUPLE S BEST AND GRILL WHERE THE LOVELY COUPLE HOUSE AND THEY EVERYONE S SEX RATES BY KUTCHIE S BEST AND WE LOVELY COUPLE S SEX RATES BY NO LESS THAN HIS FATHER THEY EVERYONE S GOOD NEWS NOT A WIN WIN WIN FOR ANYTHING ON THE DOG ATE YOURS DICK IN THE PELAEZ OVER AND TREASURE MUCH MORE ANITA PELAEZ AND HER FAMOUS DEEP SEA UNDERWATER AND HER FAMOUS KEY WEST FAME MAY”
Interspersed with these posts are excerpts from North Carolinian newspapers that reference the restaurant, and photos of the exterior and interior of the abandoned building. What’s interesting is that the photos of the building don’t appear to be from anywhere on the internet. In other words, that means the poster must have actually gone to the building, and either broken in or been let in. This is the reason why I, as stated earlier, think that the post-2016 posts do come from the same individual as the older ones. The level of obsession indicated here is not that of a troll or a LARPer. It’s that of someone truly devoted to an inscrutable cause. Interestingly, one of these posts received a like from the Kutchie Pelaez account, indicating it was still active too in July 2020.
More recently, the account began posting coherent sentences that bear no relation to Captain Kutchie or key lime pies. In a post from July 28th, the poster copypastes the phrase “mail dropped to Rhode Island” 35 times, and below that “From Delaware.” Another post copies the phrase “My brother was eaten by wolves on the Connecticut turnpike,” which is a line from the Stephen King story “1408”.
On July 31st, the poster writes “Carrie Lam is not nice with China. She will end floating in a water tank”, copying this phrase dozens of times. This appears to be a macabre pun on the shared surnames of Carrie Lam, controversial mayor of Hong-Kong, and Elisa Lam, a woman who drowned in a water tank under circumstances that have made her story a fixture in the online unsolved-mysteries community. At the time of writing, the most recent post is from August 25th, and reads
“USE [master] Mexico. Mexico. Mexico. Soon we are in Mexico. (+14) and in we go. GO”
Screencaps of some posts, for posterity: https://imgur.com/gallery/R8ssLw6
This is the current status of the Kutchie’s poster. Dark, cryptic phrases, repeated on a Facebook page to 69 followers. Next, I’m going to be posting about the results of my personal investigation into the Kutchie’s mystery, featuring my interactions with this account, among others.
Edit
I have made a significant error in my post. The owner of the restaurant was Oswald Pelaez Jr, nor senior, and Anita was his wife, while Polly was his father's wife. So Captain Kutchie is still alive, I believe
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2020.09.03 17:14 eggpups Tejinder Singh Sodhi's letter on why he quit Arnab Goswami's Republic TV

Source - https://twitter.com/TejinderSsodhi/status/1301266227105472512?s=20
From: Tejinder Singh Sodhi <……………[email protected]………com>
Date: Sun, 30 Aug, 2020, 9:19 pm
Subject: Re: Resignation
To: Honey Kaur <………[email protected]………..com>
Dear Honey,
Congratulations on your promotion, trust me getting promoted from HR head to Vice President of the company would have been a major achievement if it was not Republic, but in Republic there is only one supreme leader and his wife who micromanage everything, everybody else is a filler irrespective of the designation they hold.
I am telling you this out of my personal experience that everything here starts with Arnab and ends with Goswami, you don’t trust me ask this to the previous HR Head.
Have you ever seen a company where the entire HR team left in a period of just less than three years?
Time is a great teacher and I honestly pray that you don’t have to go through what everyone else who left this company had to go through, but nonetheless my good wishes for your promotion.
I was asleep when I got a call from Arnab’s wife who before the launch of this company was just a bureau reporter at a pro congress newspaper, she told me that she and Arnab were happy with my work and have decided to promote me, I was surprised what does being happy mean, if any promotion has to be given it has to be merit based.
I just wanted to disconnect the phone as the husband and wife kept bragging how kind and generous they were to the staff because at a time when other news outlets were firing people reducing their salaries, they were promoting their staff.
I was told that with the promotion my responsibilities would increase and I can guide the desk how to go on with stories, this was another surprise to me given the fact that this was exactly what I had been doing for the past two years after every sensible person at the desk had said goodbye.
This promotion had a rider and it was that the salary has not been revised for now and it would be done at a later stage, but the supreme leader of republic wanted that we should spread the word as how generous Arnab was to promote the staff. (how should we tell the people as the company had earlier threatened the staff to remove republic from their social media bio), but as you know for him it is image that matters so he wanted me to specially post this on social media.
I did that for a day or two and then after I realized my mistake, I deleted that post.
We all know that Arnab has been making huge money, the people in his cotree also make huge money, but the people who do the actual work are given peanuts.
The entire staff of Republic TV had been anxiously waiting for the past two years to get a salary hike. Two years ago, the process of appraisal was started, forms were submitted but then nobody heard back from them.
While he did not give the staff any hike, he used that money to launch a Hindi Channel and hired new staff for that, the Republic TV Staff was left high and dry.
Back to August this year, when I got the email from you that I have been promoted, I wanted to respond to that email right away but decided to wait for a few days and If you remember it was a few hours prior to my putting up my papers I sent you that email turning down the promotion offer.
If you remember I had mentioned in my resignation that I will send you a detailed mail outlining the reasons for my resignation, so here is that email.
I had never applied for any Job at Republic TV, I was very much happy and satisfied with the company I was previously working with. It was the day of my wedding in 2017 when someone from Arnab’s office called me to say that Arnab wants to talk to me, I was in Gurudwara waiting for my Pheras to start. I thought someone was playing a prank on me so I snubbed him and asked him to call back after a few days.
To my surprise I got the call back in a few days as I was made to speak to Arnab on WhatsApp video call, he was very soft and polite and I too was excited because till date we had seen him on Television and this was for the first time we were speaking to each other.
He shared with me the reason he left Times Now, he said how he was humiliated by the management on various issues and why he was not allowed to enter the studio for a month, he said that he is going to come up with a channel that would dismantle the Times Now empire, a David that would take on the mighty Goliath.
He told me that someone had recommended my name and he was keen to have me in his team. He promised that the Republic would revolutionize the TV news industry in the country and would question the people in power and be a channel that be the voice of the downtrodden, basically it would be a complete news channel.
I told him that I come from Print background and have no experience in Television, he told me that he wants new faces and that Republic would be an organization which would be run by young professionals and his team would be young journalists only.
I can tell you with certainty that he is one of the greatest motivational speakers a man like me who had never thought of joining television decided to join his team. When it came to salary negotiation, he told me that for now as he does not have any money, he will hire me on the same package which I was getting at my previous employer with the assurance that as the company starts making money, he would double my salary. After I resigned my previous editor in chief offered me a hike of 20000 if I don’t leave, but being a man of my principles, I requested him to let me go as I had given the commitment to Arnab.
Today looking back I regret my decision to join the Republic, he did not revolutionize Journalism, but he killed serious Journalism, reduced it to a joke and somewhere I too feel to be accomplice in that crime.
The Channel was launched and in its first week it went number 1 in TRP, we all were happy and excited because it was our hard work, the success did not come cheap our sweat and blood was mixed in it.
I was happy that Arnab would acknowledge the contribution of the team, but it was Arnab everywhere, big hoardings came across the country, only acknowledging Arnab. Don’t trust me see the hoardings that came up in Delhi after the Hindi channel came No 1 in the TRP.
After an initial few weeks, I realized that the Channel was all about Arnab only and he does not believe in team work or team efforts. It took me a few months to realize that for Republic everybody else was just a filler, who fills the vacuum of Arnab’s absence from the screen throughout the day and in the evening the stage is taken over by Arnab.
The realization did come that Arnab is a tree, under which no other tree can grow, because he can never tolerate anybody else becoming the face of the channel. He ensured by various means that everybody in the organization feels that everybody else is his rival.
An incident happened where the Republic team was not allowed to cover the Congress Press Conference in Delhi, we were asked to protest outside the congress office in our respective states by wearing black bands. I was like wait what this is not the job of a journalist to protest against a political party, but we had no option, so everybody did that.
One fine day I get a call from someone on the desk (I won’t name that someone, but he was tortured to such an extent by Arnab that he suffered a major heart attack while sitting in the office) to go and hide near the house of the father of Sunanda Pushkar and then at appropriate time, he would tell me what has to be done.
Why hide? They never trusted their staff, so till last moment we weren’t told anything. I went to the house and suddenly I was told to enter the house and shove the mic in the mouth of Ms Pushkar’s elderly father and force him to blame Shahshi Throor for “killing his daughter”, I tried to do so but when I saw her elderly father, I was in tears, he was weak, was not mentally stable, I told the desk, but they told me that Arnab is furious on me and he wants to get the father on camera to say that Tharoor killed his daughter.
I refused and left the place, not before speaking to their man servant who spoke good about Mr Tharoor and Ms Pushkar’s relationship, but that never went on air.
Next day Arnab called me and shouted like anything, he told me that I had let him down, by not getting the father of Ms Pushkar on camera to blame Mr Tharoor.
This was not the Journalism that I had joined Republic for, reporters were being used to do the hit job on behalf of Arnab.
A reporter in UP was told to get a chase sequence with the then Chief Minister, when he couldn’t he was told to jump the wall of his house to enter the premises and get that done. He said I would be shot by his security; he was pressurized by Arnab’s wife that he resigned the next day.
As the money and power started coming in easy, Arnab became more arrogant and as he did not listen to anybody on TV, he did not even listen to his staff. He started humiliating them, shouting at them, abusing them, even physically assaulting them.
People who had joined him after leaving their well established and well-paying job at the time when Republic had no present and no future, started leaving him, some left because of the humiliation they were being meted out and some left because they realized that it was not the kind of Journalism that they were doing with him.
Slowly everybody started leaving, first it was the Reporter from Uttar Pradesh he was followed by the one from MP, then West Bengal, Rajasthan, Chandigarh, Bangalore and every other bureau resigned because of the editorial policies.
When I speak to them, they say that we joined the Republic to do real Journalism and not to be stooges of a particular political party and do “hit job” on those who don’t agree with that political party.
They all realized that Arnab was using his two channels to settle his personal scores with his previous employers, his former colleagues and everybody else who disagreed with his shouting bouts
Almost all leading anchors of Republic left, we still remember how one of the best anchors was dragged out of the studio humiliated, he never returned.
The people who were in his core team, who were known to be the right hand and mind of Arnab left him, they all are doing great in their professional life. They all decided not to disclose why they left the Republic, in the words of a former anchor, “he has the platform to build a fake narrative against you”.
That someone who had recommended my name was Mr Aditya Raj Kaul, who had met me a couple of times in Jammu and had seen me work. Aditya Raj Kaul was the man behind several exclusive stories on Times Now and then in Republic, when Aditya and I covered the Sunjwa terror attack, I saw how well connected this man was.
Arnab was lucky to have him in his team, for the full day it was Aditya who was on the television, from breaking news inputs to exclusive stories to interviews it was Mr Kaul on Republic. We used to joke about that Arnab should rename the Republic TVT as Aditya TV, Arnab was not doing any favor to him, but it was that every single story was being broken by Aditya. He was the backbone of the network, but one fine day we came to know that Aditya has resigned, till date I exactly don’t know what happened between Aditya and Arnab but given now we know Arnab well, it could be anybody’s guess, why he left.
Arnab being what he is could have never tolerated Aditya over growing him, hence Aditya’s exit from the network.
After Aditya’s exit, the backbone of the channel was broken, we all tried to take the burden but it was really hard for the entire team to fit in his shoes. We tried our best but Arnab never acknowledged that.
Let me take the liberty of taking a few more names, of all who left before you even joined.
Snehesh Alex Philip, is one of the well-known defense journalists of the country, before joining Republic he was the Pakistan correspondent of the premier Indian News Agency, he left Republic because of Arnab Goswami’s biased editorial policies and Arnab’s behavior towards the staff, even today reporters at Republic lift points from the copies of Snehesh.
Hari Haran used to be the Star Anchor of South India before joining Republic, he left in a span of a few months and the reason for him leaving is anybody’s guess.
So far in my life I haven’t come across a man who is as soft spoken and so dedicated to his work as Parikshit Luthra, we all know why he left. Today he is doing amazing work.
Sakal Bhat, who was the prime-time anchor at Doordarshan for 17 long years joined republic, but as Arnab cannot tolerate anybody to overgrown him, he can never tolerate that anybody else had the fan follower more than him, so she was cut to size. She left and once again joined DoorDarshan, today again she is a Prime-Time anchor there.
Pooja Prasana who left Times Now to Join Republic with Arnab, helped this company grow, she left her family for several weeks to help Arnab set up the studio in Mumbai, she worked day and night but today she is no longer with Republic, I again leave it for you to guess the reason.
Prema Sridevi who was once considered as the backbone of the network had to leave this organization, I still remember that during one conference call before the launch of the channel, Arnab told the team that he was nothing without Prema.
The list is endless, and everybody will find mention in my book soon. Will send you the first copy promise.
As I write this I have come to know that several people have put up their papers in the past one week, as they were humiliated for not getting Rhea Chakraborty’s interview.
While Arnab tried to maintain a moral high ground on TV against the rival channel for airing Rhea’s interview, he humiliated and harassed his own reporters for not getting her for the interview.
While today Arnab claims that Republic is the biggest network in the country, the reality is that they don’t have a single reporter in most of the states and in those states where people have resigned, no professional journalist is willing to join.
In Delhi you don’t have beat reporters as nobody is willing to join, a crime reporter who cannot differentiate between the Airforce and Navy uniform is covering defense for them. He became webkoof when he aired a two years old footage of the story that I had reported at that time and then he blamed the army for giving that fake video. He even shared a fake screenshot to show that a senior army officer had given the video to him.
For past few days Arnab has been shouting about Nepotism, but I maintain that he should be the last person to do so, his wife (whose only qualification is that she is Arnab’s wife) is heading the operations of both the channels, one of his close stooges who has been recently promoted as Executed Editor News, his wife who was research assistant has been made the Head of Digital Desk (because she is native of the place from where Arnab’s wife is), another man who is now promoted as Senior Associate editor and covers defense his wife is made input head of Hindi channel and her job is to keep an eye on the staff in Noida office and inform Arnab and his wife as who is sitting on his desk and who is not, so Arnab should stop lecturing people about nepotism.
Things were a bit different for me, as my only job was to target and speak against Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti which I did, my job to ensure to project them as anti-national and find fault in whatever they say, I did handle it very well.
As I wasn’t comfortable speaking lies I changed my focus to defense as defense had always been my forte and I did many exclusive stories as well, but many senior officers used to tell me Tejinder you are a right person in a wrong company.
I am a married man, with a daughter and a family to feed, every month I had many EMIs staring at me, so I had to kill my principles to work with Arnab, knowing very well that it is not the Journalism that we are practicing in Republic.
The final nail in the coffin happened on August 5, when the interview for which I had been trying for months together was handed over to another reporter because he belongs to the region where from Arnab’s wife is and that this Reporter helped Arnab to hush up the case of abetment to suicide for which he is facing an FIR in Mumbai.
Arnab called me soon after his show and started shouting and abusing, but now my tolerance had reached its precipice and I had to give it back to him in the same language with the same vocabulary, maybe with some extra words in Pure Punjabi which he will remember throughout his life.
He gave the platform to a motormouth to abuse their fellow panelists, Arnab calls his staff a “piece of Sh\t” uses cuss words like MF and SF for them, so I thought it was opportune time to give him the taste of his own medicine.*
Trust me from the day I resigned, everybody with whom I once worked or those who still work with Arnab have congratulated me and thanked me for being their voice. You know that some have resigned and some will leave soon.
Arnab in the name of hiring young talent is exploiting them, giving them peanuts in the name of job, he is hiring young college graduates or people with zero editorial understanding at the desk, so that there is nobody to speak or challenge his editorial policies, which are dictated by the WhatsApp messages from a particular political party.
Arnab has broken several Labor laws because he hired us for Republic TV (English Channel) then we were forced to work for Hindi channel also and then the dictate came that if you won’t contribute x number of stories a week for the digital desk your salary would be deducted, this threat was against the labour laws as this clause finds no mention in the contract that we signed while joining Republic, even HR team which sent this note can be taken to court of law over this harassment.
Arnab has no empathy for his staff, as he forced them to come out in the field even if their areas were declared as containment zones, I know how difficult and dangerous it was, but we did follow his dictate.
I have the company Laptop with me and having been witness to how this company does. not settle the dues of the former employees, I will hand over the laptop only once you settled my dues, give me NOC and a relieving letter and if it’s not done in next 20 days I will have no other option but to move to the labour court.
Though I know that Arnab is a vindictive man and would try his level best to sabotage my career and my future prospects to find a job, but someone had to speak against him, I decided why not that someone should be me. At least by speaking against this man’s exploitation of more youth would stop, those who dream to join Journalism in the hope of doing quality stuff end up with being bonded labourers.
I also want to put this on record that if anything bad happens to me or my family, any accident, anything untoward happens to me or my family, Arnab and his wife is to be held responsible for the same. I will be giving this undertaking to my local police station soon.
BTW Honey Kour, I wish you best of luck and pray that you don’t have to face what the previous HR head had to go through.
Regards
Tejinder Singh Sodhi
Former Bureau Head Republic TV
Now a Free man
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2020.09.03 13:40 rakesh_rkr Tejinder Singh Sodhi’s Letter on Why He Quit Arnab Goswami’s Republic TV

From: Tejinder Singh Sodhi <……………[email protected]………com>
Date: Sun, 30 Aug, 2020, 9:19 pm
Subject: Re: Resignation
To: Honey Kaur <………[email protected]………..com>
Dear Honey,
Congratulations on your promotion, trust me getting promoted from HR head to Vice President of the company would have been a major achievement if it was not Republic, but in Republic there is only one supreme leader and his wife who micromanage everything, everybody else is a filler irrespective of the designation they hold.
I am telling you this out of my personal experience that everything here starts with Arnab and ends with Goswami, you don’t trust me ask this to the previous HR Head.
Have you ever seen a company where the entire HR team left in a period of just less than three years?
Time is a great teacher and I honestly pray that you don’t have to go through what everyone else who left this company had to go through, but nonetheless my good wishes for your promotion.
I was asleep when I got a call from Arnab’s wife who before the launch of this company was just a bureau reporter at a pro congress newspaper, she told me that she and Arnab were happy with my work and have decided to promote me, I was surprised what does being happy mean, if any promotion has to be given it has to be merit based.
I just wanted to disconnect the phone as the husband and wife kept bragging how kind and generous they were to the staff because at a time when other news outlets were firing people reducing their salaries, they were promoting their staff.
I was told that with the promotion my responsibilities would increase and I can guide the desk how to go on with stories, this was another surprise to me given the fact that this was exactly what I had been doing for the past two years after every sensible person at the desk had said goodbye.
This promotion had a rider and it was that the salary has not been revised for now and it would be done at a later stage, but the supreme leader of republic wanted that we should spread the word as how generous Arnab was to promote the staff. (how should we tell the people as the company had earlier threatened the staff to remove republic from their social media bio), but as you know for him it is image that matters so he wanted me to specially post this on social media.
I did that for a day or two and then after I realized my mistake, I deleted that post.
We all know that Arnab has been making huge money, the people in his cotree also make huge money, but the people who do the actual work are given peanuts.
The entire staff of Republic TV had been anxiously waiting for the past two years to get a salary hike. Two years ago, the process of appraisal was started, forms were submitted but then nobody heard back from them.
While he did not give the staff any hike, he used that money to launch a Hindi Channel and hired new staff for that, the Republic TV Staff was left high and dry.
Back to August this year, when I got the email from you that I have been promoted, I wanted to respond to that email right away but decided to wait for a few days and If you remember it was a few hours prior to my putting up my papers I sent you that email turning down the promotion offer.
If you remember I had mentioned in my resignation that I will send you a detailed mail outlining the reasons for my resignation, so here is that email.
I had never applied for any Job at Republic TV, I was very much happy and satisfied with the company I was previously working with. It was the day of my wedding in 2017 when someone from Arnab’s office called me to say that Arnab wants to talk to me, I was in Gurudwara waiting for my Pheras to start. I thought someone was playing a prank on me so I snubbed him and asked him to call back after a few days.
To my surprise I got the call back in a few days as I was made to speak to Arnab on WhatsApp video call, he was very soft and polite and I too was excited because till date we had seen him on Television and this was for the first time we were speaking to each other.
He shared with me the reason he left Times Now, he said how he was humiliated by the management on various issues and why he was not allowed to enter the studio for a month, he said that he is going to come up with a channel that would dismantle the Times Now empire, a David that would take on the mighty Goliath.
He told me that someone had recommended my name and he was keen to have me in his team. He promised that the Republic would revolutionize the TV news industry in the country and would question the people in power and be a channel that be the voice of the downtrodden, basically it would be a complete news channel.
I told him that I come from Print background and have no experience in Television, he told me that he wants new faces and that Republic would be an organization which would be run by young professionals and his team would be young journalists only.
I can tell you with certainty that he is one of the greatest motivational speakers a man like me who had never thought of joining television decided to join his team. When it came to salary negotiation, he told me that for now as he does not have any money, he will hire me on the same package which I was getting at my previous employer with the assurance that as the company starts making money, he would double my salary. After I resigned my previous editor in chief offered me a hike of 20000 if I don’t leave, but being a man of my principles, I requested him to let me go as I had given the commitment to Arnab.
Today looking back I regret my decision to join the Republic, he did not revolutionize Journalism, but he killed serious Journalism, reduced it to a joke and somewhere I too feel to be accomplice in that crime.
The Channel was launched and in its first week it went number 1 in TRP, we all were happy and excited because it was our hard work, the success did not come cheap our sweat and blood was mixed in it.
I was happy that Arnab would acknowledge the contribution of the team, but it was Arnab everywhere, big hoardings came across the country, only acknowledging Arnab. Don’t trust me see the hoardings that came up in Delhi after the Hindi channel came No 1 in the TRP.
After an initial few weeks, I realized that the Channel was all about Arnab only and he does not believe in team work or team efforts. It took me a few months to realize that for Republic everybody else was just a filler, who fills the vacuum of Arnab’s absence from the screen throughout the day and in the evening the stage is taken over by Arnab.
The realization did come that Arnab is a tree, under which no other tree can grow, because he can never tolerate anybody else becoming the face of the channel. He ensured by various means that everybody in the organization feels that everybody else is his rival.
An incident happened where the Republic team was not allowed to cover the Congress Press Conference in Delhi, we were asked to protest outside the congress office in our respective states by wearing black bands. I was like wait what this is not the job of a journalist to protest against a political party, but we had no option, so everybody did that.
One fine day I get a call from someone on the desk (I won’t name that someone, but he was tortured to such an extent by Arnab that he suffered a major heart attack while sitting in the office) to go and hide near the house of the father of Sunanda Pushkar and then at appropriate time, he would tell me what has to be done.
Why hide? They never trusted their staff, so till last moment we weren’t told anything. I went to the house and suddenly I was told to enter the house and shove the mic in the mouth of Ms Pushkar’s elderly father and force him to blame Shahshi Throor for “killing his daughter”, I tried to do so but when I saw her elderly father, I was in tears, he was weak, was not mentally stable, I told the desk, but they told me that Arnab is furious on me and he wants to get the father on camera to say that Tharoor killed his daughter.
I refused and left the place, not before speaking to their man servant who spoke good about Mr Tharoor and Ms Pushkar’s relationship, but that never went on air.
Next day Arnab called me and shouted like anything, he told me that I had let him down, by not getting the father of Ms Pushkar on camera to blame Mr Tharoor.
This was not the Journalism that I had joined Republic for, reporters were being used to do the hit job on behalf of Arnab.
A reporter in UP was told to get a chase sequence with the then Chief Minister, when he couldn’t he was told to jump the wall of his house to enter the premises and get that done. He said I would be shot by his security; he was pressurized by Arnab’s wife that he resigned the next day.
As the money and power started coming in easy, Arnab became more arrogant and as he did not listen to anybody on TV, he did not even listen to his staff. He started humiliating them, shouting at them, abusing them, even physically assaulting them.
People who had joined him after leaving their well established and well-paying job at the time when Republic had no present and no future, started leaving him, some left because of the humiliation they were being meted out and some left because they realized that it was not the kind of Journalism that they were doing with him.
Slowly everybody started leaving, first it was the Reporter from Uttar Pradesh he was followed by the one from MP, then West Bengal, Rajasthan, Chandigarh, Bangalore and every other bureau resigned because of the editorial policies.
When I speak to them, they say that we joined the Republic to do real Journalism and not to be stooges of a particular political party and do “hit job” on those who don’t agree with that political party.
They all realized that Arnab was using his two channels to settle his personal scores with his previous employers, his former colleagues and everybody else who disagreed with his shouting bouts
Almost all leading anchors of Republic left, we still remember how one of the best anchors was dragged out of the studio humiliated, he never returned.
The people who were in his core team, who were known to be the right hand and mind of Arnab left him, they all are doing great in their professional life. They all decided not to disclose why they left the Republic, in the words of a former anchor, “he has the platform to build a fake narrative against you”.
That someone who had recommended my name was Mr Aditya Raj Kaul, who had met me a couple of times in Jammu and had seen me work. Aditya Raj Kaul was the man behind several exclusive stories on Times Now and then in Republic, when Aditya and I covered the Sunjwa terror attack, I saw how well connected this man was.
Arnab was lucky to have him in his team, for the full day it was Aditya who was on the television, from breaking news inputs to exclusive stories to interviews it was Mr Kaul on Republic. We used to joke about that Arnab should rename the Republic TVT as Aditya TV, Arnab was not doing any favor to him, but it was that every single story was being broken by Aditya. He was the backbone of the network, but one fine day we came to know that Aditya has resigned, till date I exactly don’t know what happened between Aditya and Arnab but given now we know Arnab well, it could be anybody’s guess, why he left.
Arnab being what he is could have never tolerated Aditya over growing him, hence Aditya’s exit from the network.
After Aditya’s exit, the backbone of the channel was broken, we all tried to take the burden but it was really hard for the entire team to fit in his shoes. We tried our best but Arnab never acknowledged that.
Let me take the liberty of taking a few more names, of all who left before you even joined.
Snehesh Alex Philip, is one of the well-known defense journalists of the country, before joining Republic he was the Pakistan correspondent of the premier Indian News Agency, he left Republic because of Arnab Goswami’s biased editorial policies and Arnab’s behavior towards the staff, even today reporters at Republic lift points from the copies of Snehesh.
Hari Haran used to be the Star Anchor of South India before joining Republic, he left in a span of a few months and the reason for him leaving is anybody’s guess.
So far in my life I haven’t come across a man who is as soft spoken and so dedicated to his work as Parikshit Luthra, we all know why he left. Today he is doing amazing work.
Sakal Bhat, who was the prime-time anchor at Doordarshan for 17 long years joined republic, but as Arnab cannot tolerate anybody to overgrown him, he can never tolerate that anybody else had the fan follower more than him, so she was cut to size. She left and once again joined DoorDarshan, today again she is a Prime-Time anchor there.
Pooja Prasana who left Times Now to Join Republic with Arnab, helped this company grow, she left her family for several weeks to help Arnab set up the studio in Mumbai, she worked day and night but today she is no longer with Republic, I again leave it for you to guess the reason.
Prema Sridevi who was once considered as the backbone of the network had to leave this organization, I still remember that during one conference call before the launch of the channel, Arnab told the team that he was nothing without Prema.
The list is endless, and everybody will find mention in my book soon. Will send you the first copy promise.
As I write this I have come to know that several people have put up their papers in the past one week, as they were humiliated for not getting Rhea Chakraborty’s interview.
While Arnab tried to maintain a moral high ground on TV against the rival channel for airing Rhea’s interview, he humiliated and harassed his own reporters for not getting her for the interview.
While today Arnab claims that Republic is the biggest network in the country, the reality is that they don’t have a single reporter in most of the states and in those states where people have resigned, no professional journalist is willing to join.
In Delhi you don’t have beat reporters as nobody is willing to join, a crime reporter who cannot differentiate between the Airforce and Navy uniform is covering defense for them. He became webkoof when he aired a two years old footage of the story that I had reported at that time and then he blamed the army for giving that fake video. He even shared a fake screenshot to show that a senior army officer had given the video to him.
For past few days Arnab has been shouting about Nepotism, but I maintain that he should be the last person to do so, his wife (whose only qualification is that she is Arnab’s wife) is heading the operations of both the channels, one of his close stooges who has been recently promoted as Executed Editor News, his wife who was research assistant has been made the Head of Digital Desk (because she is native of the place from where Arnab’s wife is), another man who is now promoted as Senior Associate editor and covers defense his wife is made input head of Hindi channel and her job is to keep an eye on the staff in Noida office and inform Arnab and his wife as who is sitting on his desk and who is not, so Arnab should stop lecturing people about nepotism.
Things were a bit different for me, as my only job was to target and speak against Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti which I did, my job to ensure to project them as anti-national and find fault in whatever they say, I did handle it very well.
As I wasn’t comfortable speaking lies I changed my focus to defense as defense had always been my forte and I did many exclusive stories as well, but many senior officers used to tell me Tejinder you are a right person in a wrong company.
I am a married man, with a daughter and a family to feed, every month I had many EMIs staring at me, so I had to kill my principles to work with Arnab, knowing very well that it is not the Journalism that we are practicing in Republic.
The final nail in the coffin happened on August 5, when the interview for which I had been trying for months together was handed over to another reporter because he belongs to the region where from Arnab’s wife is and that this Reporter helped Arnab to hush up the case of abetment to suicide for which he is facing an FIR in Mumbai.
Arnab called me soon after his show and started shouting and abusing, but now my tolerance had reached its precipice and I had to give it back to him in the same language with the same vocabulary, maybe with some extra words in Pure Punjabi which he will remember throughout his life.
He gave the platform to a motormouth to abuse their fellow panelists, Arnab calls his staff a “piece of Sh\t” uses cuss words like MF and SF for them, so I thought it was opportune time to give him the taste of his own medicine.*
Trust me from the day I resigned, everybody with whom I once worked or those who still work with Arnab have congratulated me and thanked me for being their voice. You know that some have resigned and some will leave soon.
Arnab in the name of hiring young talent is exploiting them, giving them peanuts in the name of job, he is hiring young college graduates or people with zero editorial understanding at the desk, so that there is nobody to speak or challenge his editorial policies, which are dictated by the WhatsApp messages from a particular political party.
Arnab has broken several Labor laws because he hired us for Republic TV (English Channel) then we were forced to work for Hindi channel also and then the dictate came that if you won’t contribute x number of stories a week for the digital desk your salary would be deducted, this threat was against the labour laws as this clause finds no mention in the contract that we signed while joining Republic, even HR team which sent this note can be taken to court of law over this harassment.
Arnab has no empathy for his staff, as he forced them to come out in the field even if their areas were declared as containment zones, I know how difficult and dangerous it was, but we did follow his dictate.
I have the company Laptop with me and having been witness to how this company does. not settle the dues of the former employees, I will hand over the laptop only once you settled my dues, give me NOC and a relieving letter and if it’s not done in next 20 days I will have no other option but to move to the labour court.
Though I know that Arnab is a vindictive man and would try his level best to sabotage my career and my future prospects to find a job, but someone had to speak against him, I decided why not that someone should be me. At least by speaking against this man’s exploitation of more youth would stop, those who dream to join Journalism in the hope of doing quality stuff end up with being bonded labourers.
I also want to put this on record that if anything bad happens to me or my family, any accident, anything untoward happens to me or my family, Arnab and his wife is to be held responsible for the same. I will be giving this undertaking to my local police station soon.
BTW Honey Kour, I wish you best of luck and pray that you don’t have to face what the previous HR head had to go through.
Regards
Tejinder Singh Sodhi
Former Bureau Head Republic TV
Now a Free man
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2020.09.02 04:49 onrv Mod picks for August 2020

Date Theme/s Song Title Artist Year Country Submitter
Sat 1st Mistakes Tending the Wrong Grave For 23 Years Half Man Half Biscuit 2003 GB Tumsh
Sun 2nd Song and a Story (includes 2018) Little Fluffy Clouds The Orb 1990 GB sbroue
Mon 3rd Lakes Crater Lake Liz Phair 1994 US mon-kee-pox
Tue 4th What's in Your Refrigerator? Strange Fruit Billie Holiday 1959 US AManAndAMouse
Wed 5th People People Are Strange The Doors 1967 US KingEuronIIIGreyjoy
Thu 6th Love the Art, Not the Artist The Money Will Roll Right In Fang 1982 US friend1y
Fri 7th Good Deeds I'll Come Running Brian Eno 1975 GB Wageslavesong
Sat 8th Music Industry (includes 2014) Have a Cigar Pink Floyd 1975 GB the_guy_you_hate
Sun 9th Indigenous People Over the Rainbow / What a Wonderful World Israel "IZ" Kamakawiwoʻole 1990 US justchuck1070
Mon 10th Talk Box Forever Pete Drake 1964 US sbroue
Tue 11th Corporate Rock Here I Go Again Whitesnake 1987 GB tackleberryhightower
Wed 12th Family Members Papa Was a Rolling Stone The Temptations 1972 US Istealbibles
Thu 13th What's On Your Radio? Zumba Don Omar 2012 PR regachoisiah
Fri 14th Bluegrass I Am a Man of Constant Sorrow The Soggy Bottom Boys 2000 US KingEuronIIIGreyjoy
Sat 15th Honey Bee Eric the Half-a-Bee Monty Python 1972 GB Tumsh
Sun 16th Post Office Please Mr. Postman The Marvelettes 1961 US SupremoZanne
Mon 17th Idioms Death or Glory The Clash 1979 GB Tumsh
Tue 18th Background Vocals Don't Worry Baby The Beach Boys 1964 US Flo__Moore
Wed 19th Fishing Terms I Walk the Line Johnny Cash 1956 US lisanik
Thu 20th Songs to Listen to On Repeat Uncle Tommy The Rumjacks 2010 AU Barton_Foley
Fri 21st Liner Notes End of the Line The Traveling Wilburys 1989 US/GB KingEuronIIIGreyjoy
Sat 22nd Guru Nowhere Man The Beatles 1965 GB IFullerBucheet
Sun 23rd Cynicism Paint It Black The Rolling Stones 1966 GB Superbuddhapunk
Mon 24th To Too Two Tutu Too Much Pressure The Selecter 1980 GB Wageslavesong
Tue 25th '__' and '__' Linus and Lucy Vince Guaraldi Trio 1964 US lisanik
Wed 26th Directions Go Your Own Way Fleetwood Mac 1976 GB/US PoisonMind
Thu 27th Best First, Worst First, Best Last and Worst Last Albums The Great Wall Dead Kennedys 1986 US nastafarti
Fri 28th 'Or' and 'Not' 25 or 6 to 4 Chicago 1970 US tackleberryhightower
Sat 29th Axes The Lumberjack Song Monty Python 1975 GB KingEuronIIIGreyjoy
Sun 30th Bats Bela Lugosi's Dead Bauhaus 1979 GB Wageslavesong
Mon 31st Fancy Puttin' On the Ritz Taco 1982 NL juleberry
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2020.08.31 01:10 wintersfantasy Black Gay Characters

Omg if I watch another show where the token black character is a flamboyant black gay male that only purpose is to serve as a white womans conscious. All gay men are not flamboyant and do not need to be portrayed that way. I think people are more than gender, sex, and stereotypical caricatures. Representation is important and I want these characters not to be simple caricatures but fully realized individuals with their own stories. Not just serve as the white protagonists inner voice or good positive cheerleading angel. I love the LBGTQ community and I’m apart of it but is anyone else tired?
Like hears me out before all the damn downvotes.
Netflix’s Kimmy Schmidt- I enjoyed the show for the first season. It was funny and have some excellent comedic moments. But her being childish after years was unrealistic especially for someone who lived in New York. Anyway Titus was my favorite character. Mainly because I am a huge broadway fan and he’s someone I enjoy watching. So seeing him on screen I was excited. However his only purpose was to be Kimmys guide, her subconscious, her hype man. But Titus is extremely talented and deserves more than the basic stereotype.
On a newer show Zoeys Infinite Playlist there it is again. Another super talent black man (Alex Newell) that’s a caricature of a gay man. He flamboyant, he’s non binary/or flips gender (I cannot remember), he serves as the conscious to Zoey who’s a white female. The only purpose he has to to help Zoey. Which makes him seem not real. Like he’s only there for amusement, laughs, and to be loud, flamboyant, and helpful to her.
Not black but another example is ginger Lopez from Katy Keene. I usually like the LBGTQ characters if they are done right but he annoyed me to my core. Selfish, overly flamboyant, he lived in New York yet wears booty shorts in a blizzard? Come on now.
Now some times where they have fully developed black gay characters and I’ve been in love are
  1. Lafayette in True Blood. He wore makeup and sometimes feminine clothing. But he was a man. He could fight, he didn’t take any shit and he was not some flamboyant caricature that only served the white main protagonists. He was his own person and it was beautiful to see a man play that character so well.
  2. Alex Newell (yes he on her for both the good and the bad) but his character is Glee was beautiful to watch. They really wanted to connect with teens going through phases, transitions, or simply exploring drag (which is certainly a art within it self).
  3. DeRon Horton in dear white people. He was gay but at first afraid and then he slowly explored what he wanted and admitted it. But it was not a caricature either. He was a fully realized human struggling with admitting that he was gay.
  4. Arrow/ in one of the alternate universe Mr. Terrific is married to a man.
  5. And while I didn’t care for the show The new Sabrina added a character her cousin Ambrose who pan sexual, dating a man, is fully comfortable with the fact he enjoys both men and women and wants what he wants.
  6. Hank from Sirens. He was masculine, worked out, very handsome, had a straight male best friend (that he didn’t lust after), and being gay was not the whole of his character. He had his own plot. He was actually really funny and that show was great to watch. Old school comedy style show.
Hope we can have a nice discussion about this subject. Curious what others think...
Edit: Omar from the wire! Forgot him.
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2020.08.30 18:58 Ghost-Quartet Underrated [FRESH] Threads: August 2020 Edition

One of the highest upvoted albums of the past month is literally five years old… werk

Hello again ye few but faithful. I honestly considered making last month’s one year anniversary thread the final installment of these threads but I decided against it because I realized if I don’t overuse the word “Underrated,” who will? For those of you clicking on one of these threads for the first time, welcome, this is a monthly sub feature where users can discuss and recommend [FRESH] posts that have come out in the past month that went under the radar.
The sub has crested 200k subscribers but unfortunately these new users haven’t really been spreading the wealth around and the sub is more top heavy than ever. Big releases are bigger than ever but smaller releases continue to be pushed to the wayside. Dozens, if not hundreds of threads are submitted to the sub every month and the vast majority of them won’t receive more than a handful of upvotes and zero comments. In my opinion discovering new music and supporting smaller artists should be core values of this sub, and these threads attempt to contribute to that. Read on for instructions on how to participate!

How this thread works:

  • In the comments below, link to the [FRESH] threads posted within the last month (after August 2nd) that you feel very strongly about, with the genre in parentheses beside it (however you describe it). Also include a little blurb as well where you try to sell the song to potential listeners. They'll be edited into the post.
  • Preferably it would look something like this:
(Genre) Artist Name - Song Title: Description
(Energetic Bubblegum Pop) Anonymous Pop Girl - Bop Song: The production! The vocals! Listen to this if you want your wig snatched!
  • Feel free to talk as much as you want, if your pitch is too long I’ll edit it down and link to your comment.
  • Anything with less than 50 up votes on the [FRESH] thread in the past month is fair game! Albums, videos, and songs are all accepted. This includes songs released before this month that were only posted this month. It can be your post or someone else’s.
  • If you aren't in a position to include the link itself just the title is fine, but like, help a guy out.
  • This wasn’t an issue last month but just to be safe I’ll only be adding five links per user to the main post. Feel free to link and gush about as many as you want in the comments though!
  • If you do comment more than five and want some specifically to be up here, indicate that, if not I’ll just arbitrarily pick some.
  • Avoid submitting things just to submit things! Be your own quality control. Post the songs that stuck with you all month, the songs that you really think other people would enjoy.

Underrated Releases:

Videos:

(Moody Folk Pop) Laura Viers - Turquoise Walls: Indie folk queen Laura Veirs has offered a couple of poppier tracks for her upcoming album, with Burn Too Bright taking a more rock oriented take, and Turquoise Walls taking a more mellow approach. Light but lush synths and a driving beat support Veirs' usual acoustics. It's a good track for those who might be curious for more folklore-adjacent music that lean harder on the folk side.
(Feisty House Pop) VINCINT - Hard 2 Forget: Up and coming gay pop star VINCINT delivers (in my opinion) his best song to date, a thrilling house anthem that even has some touches of deep house during the chorus. His vocals are strong and confident and the melody is super fun to listen to, it’s a really great song to just jump around and live your pop star fantasy to.
(Black Excellence Pop) Ciara ft. Ester Dean - Rooted: Ciara and Ester Dean are both massive hitmakers so naturally they’ve barely managed to scratch the underside of fifty upvotes and are this month’s autoincuded pick. Life’s funny like that. Regardless of how much attention it got this song goes hard, it’s a thumping, unapologetic track that leverages as much sound as it can get its hands on to spread its positive message.
(Wavy Funk/Soul) Omar Apollo - Stayback: This song is wavy, trippy, mind-bending… you get the picture. The vibes are strong with this one as Omar croons over some funk guitar about a love that he just can’t seem to express… although he does seem to express his bisexuality (I assume) in the video pretty well. It’s very modern and old school at the same time.

Songs:

(Folk Pop) Emmy the Great - Mary: Emmy the Great is a british indie folk singer who has already released 3 albums to critical success. “Mary” is the second single off up her upcoming fourth album April / 月音 and is a really cute folk pop bop
(Chill Hip Hop Pop) CHIKA - U Should: Foolish is the man who doubts CHIKA's abilities. This gorgeous and chill ballad features every single one of CHIKA's strengths and shows a lot of promise for her future projects. Fantastic production, great vocal singing AND rapping, and a bit of an off-beat move for an up-and-coming rapper. She's showing versatility with this one and you don't want to miss it.
(Soul/Piano) Celeste - Little Runaway: UK popheads might know Celeste as the winner of this year's Sound of 2020 poll by the BBC as the number-one predicted breakthrough act of the year. I'll admit the only other song of hers that I'm familiar with is Stop This Flame (that's a really good song too if anyone hasn't heard it) from earlier this year but this one also stood out to me from the first listen. At only 11 upvotes I think it's very underrated and her vocals really shine on this song. I can't say much else because I need a few more listens to get to grips with this one but I think it's definitely worth checking out.
(Chill Electropop) Luna Shadows - The Nineties: Luna Shadows is known for the full packet (catchieness and aesthetic) and this song is no difference. Everything from the dreamy melodies, delicate vocals to the danceable rhythm is pop perfection and need to be heard by more people. Also the music video is a must watch.
(Moody Pop) Eivør - Let It Come: At her strongest, Faroese singer Eivør is fierce, furious, the raging of a wounded Mother Earth. At her sweetest she's dominant, hypnotic, the tiniest of birds warbling the loudest. Let It Come showcases her vocals in a foreboding song of change, melodies rising into distant shrieks.
(Folk) Angel Olsen - Waving Smiling: Accompanied by nothing but her guitar, Angel Olsen reflects on the bittersweetness of accepting the end of a relationship. Olsen's voice carries emotion like no other's and she has the lyrics to back it up. Lie on the naked floor and listen.
(Indie Pop) London Grammar - Baby It’s You: It’s definitely more upbeat than their older sound. London Grammar is more known for their moodier songs, but this one takes a different approach that I’m sure pop fans will love.
(E.T.'s Sister Song) ELOÏSE mp3 - Area51: The Artist Formerly Known As ELOÏSE is carving out a niche for herself, expanding into the realm of layered, pounding synthpop. Area51 starts slow, its arrangement blossoming into a hectic chorus. At a mere two and a half minutes, it wastes no time in worming its way into your head.
(Psychedelic Funk/Soul) NAO & Lianne La Havas - Woman: This one’s for the ladies… Lianne La Havas is hot off of her new album and NAO hasn’t released music in two years, but they put their differences aside to team up on this track that we honestly don’t deserve. Both of them have incredible, distinctive voices that work so well together and they’ve cooked up a great duet that allows them both to shine.
(Classic Pop) Violet Days - Still Dreaming: Violet Days, an underappreciated Swedish duo, runs on peerless songwriting and classic arrangements. Still Dreaming plays with the theme of lost love perhaps the best, with vocalist Lina expertly handling each nuance of the lyrics, particularly in the obsessive, guitar-heavy bridge.
(Heavy Synth Pop) The Aces - Kelly (Fickle Friends Remix): A really fun and groovy remix that is a wonderful marriage of the styles of The Aces and Fickle Friends. Bouncing synths are intermingled with chirpy guitars, vocal manipulations, and a great electric guitar finale. This one should be a favorite of traditional popheads and those that lean more experimental.
(Soporific Bedroom-Pop) tv room - Love You Less: A subtler kind of hyperpop, tv room drowns this song in synths and reverb and all sorts of quirky effects that give it an almost hypnotic feeling. I just feel like I’m spiraling down the rabbit hole at 3am when I listen to this, the melody is so addictive.
(Flamenco Pop) Guitarricadelafuente, Feten Feten - Limité: I've been a fan of Guitarricadelafuente for a few months now and I'm in love with his entire (quite small) discography! Together with the duo Feten Feten he released this beautiful, atmospheric song that will make you want to dance Flamenco through the streets of Valencia. The song consists of fast-paced claps, violins typical Spanish guitar sounds and a beautiful male singing voice among others. If you like Rosalía, then I think you may enjoy this song (and the other songs by Guitarricadelafuente) a lot!
(Soft Country Pop) Skott - Darling: Quirky singer-songwriter Skott has her own take on melody and lyric, and it shines through most clearly in this sweet late addition to her much-awaited debut album, Always Live For Always. Light guitar and the softest of cymbal touches cradle her sibilant pronunciation of each phrase.
(Dark Electro-Dance Pop) Annie - Dark Hearts: Of Annie's latest string of singles, Dark Hearts is easily the most bombastic one. With sharp, striking synths and a glorious key change, Annie takes no prisoners on this club ready banger. Where American Cars was more chill and brooding, Dark Hearts arrives with force from the very beginning and doesn't let up until Annie whispers her last breathy line.

Albums/EPs:

(Dark Pop) Mothica - Blue Hour: A fully cohesive work, rich with lush synths, relatable lyrics, cutting-edge beats, and mature, throaty vocals. Hands Off bleeds euphoric denial; Blue Hour exults in dissociated dissonance; SPIRAL soaks in a warm pool of syrupy sound; R.I.F.P. invokes the timelessness of music-box horror.
(Adventure-Pop) Linus from the Stars - Brave Adventures: If you want pure positivity, listen to Linus from the Stars because he sounds like a Disney movie. For the past few years he’s been churning out EPs of clean pop with a twinkle in his eye and Brave Adventures is an especially cinematic entry into his canon, three really strong tracks that live up to the EP’s title.
(Pop R&B) Wolftyla - Wolf in Color: A fun, easy listening debut EP from one of the artists featured on the new K/DA song. Wolftyla has a really soothing voice and the production is excellent (there's even a track co-produced by Timbaland). Full of fun, summery, feel-good vibes.
(Party Girl R&B) Keke Palmer - Virgo Tendencies: True Jackson VP is all grown up and she’s ready for a good time. Keke uses silly voice mail interludes to string together a series of hoe bops and party girl anthems to create a (mostly) delightfully trashy experience. It’s not the deepest release of the year, but you can definitely get turnt to it.
(Indie Pop) Holly Humberstone - Falling Asleep at the Wheel: From the first time I heard the EP’s titular song, I felt a sense of familiarity. The vocal-focused production is very reminiscent of other songs we’ve heard in the 2010s, but Holly’s voice sets it apart enough for me. She adds the emotion that would’ve made the otherwise calm production boring.

Here's a (Spotify) playlist for easier access. One track has been added for albums.

Previous Threads: July (Contains links to the first 12 entries)
As always I’ve kicked us off with five selections of my own and rewritten the intro and outro of the post even though most people probably skim them anyways. Post down below!
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2020.08.30 09:17 Gendrath A Thief's Journal: Week 1 - Back into the seat

https://www.reddit.com/Eve/comments/iisc4n/a_thiefs_journal_prologue_waking_up_again - Prologue
Week 1: 4/11 - 4/18/2020

Well we are off to a good start. After a picking out our regions, we got to work scouting structures. It didn't take too long before everyone was set up, not nearly as long as I thought it would.
I'm going to try to keep track of any activity on grid with the unanchoring structures but sometimes there just isn't any activity at all.
Agal - Industrial (Star Serpent Corporation)Found: 4/10 10:55pmUnanchored: 4/11 6:17pmStructure: RaitaruSold: 493,833,000 iskScooped: Shamus+++++Star Serpent, the owner and CEO, was there at the structure waiting for it to unanchor. Apparently he didn't know that the structure popped 50km away from him, when he needs to be within 2,500m to scoop it. I say this because he was slow boating to it. I had warped straight to the compressed Raitaru and scooped it right from under his nose.
I then talked with him and gave him some tips about how to do it better next time. He seemed like a good guy that really just didn't know much about structures and how they worked. We added each other to contacts to keep in touch, in case he ever needs my services or advice. He is the kind of pilot we need here in New Eden, one that can take a loss and not give up.
Sadly though, he stopped unanchoring his Athanor that was on grid.+++++

Bherdasopt - Public Refinery (Low Tax Mission Snax)Found: 4/7 10:28pmUnanchored: 4/12 1:05pmStructure: AthanorSold: 772,420,500 iskScooped: Gendrath+++++Thought that this one would come out on Tuesday, and I had found it the first day of unanchoring, I'm glad I was off today and watching the controls. No one was on grid but man it still gets my heart pumping as much as if someone was on grid. It doesn't last as long though. Great present for Easter Sunday, I do call them eggs when they pop unanchored. Beautiful little eggs...+++++

Ebasez - UT Station (Uranian Technologies)Found: 4/10 5:23pmUnanchored: 4/12 3:48pmStructure: AstrahusSold: 918,850,000 iskScooped: Shamus++++Shivaitee, the station owner showed up as it popped but he warped to the old saved location and was 38km away from the Astrahus when I landed next to its compressed egg. Second one for Easter Sunday.
Mmmm it's kind of nice to scoop up an Astrahus, they are the most expensive of the medium structures. He didn't take it too well that I was reclaiming his structure and told me to go fuck myself multiple times. I offered to teach him how to do it properly, but he said "I Need no lessons from a thief!" and told me yet again to go fuck myself. Probably one of the saltier ones that I've had so far.+++++

Pashanai - SHSLC - Maquro (Sashimi Holdings LLC)Found: 4/8 11:32pmUnanchored: 4/13 6:50amStructure: AthanorSold: 742,900,000 iskScooped: Zaphire+++++Woke up after server reset to log back in the characters and while loading in Zaphire I noticed the Athanor she was watching had popped, there is a hanger container and a shuttle on grid. Ok its a shuttle no worries, I initiate warp to the egg and a Tayra shows up on grid while I'm in warp, he is right on grid with the Athanor! But instead of scooping it first he goes for the hangar container! I scoop the Athanor and warp off, dock up and disconnect.
I think that this station belonged to some old alliance friends that destroyed my once great Moon mining empire. One by one as they leave I will be there to scoop their structures. Also the fact that this one was a wake up and instant scoop leads me to believe in my instincts even more. If I had been any slower I would have missed this one. Seconds count in this profession+++++

Zimse - Core (MM Holdings)Found: 4/13 10:21pmUnanchored: 4/15 4:43pmStructure: AthanorSold: 767,435,250 iskScooped: Shamus+++++I found a new method of notification for the structures when they finish unanchoring with this Athanor. I tried putting a single item the station so I'd get a notification of item movement to Asset Safety when the station unanchors. I was right! It notifies you not 30s after it pops and becomes scoop-able. I was in Munory, which is a system over, when this one popped and I am surprised I made in and was able to scoop it. I landed on grid with 2 other ships, One Vagabond and one Tayra.
I Thought I was going to miss it to the Tayra but I was able to land and scoop it before they were, the Vagabond had me targeted but didn't attack or anything, which is interesting. I wonder if the Praxis I am flying is a deterrent. I made it to a station safe and sound to unload the compressed station.
Man what a rush; awesome to know that it is a near instant notification that your items are being transferred to asset safety. Sadly at his next Athanor he brought 4 other battleships to defend it. I decided to leave that one be and not test the bounds of my ship+++++

Bania - Deep Thought (42 Deep Thought Industries)Found: 4/12 2:36pmUnanchored: 4/17 Missed+++++Missed this one due to work, left @ 10am, returned at 5pm, empty grid, I bet it was around lunch time. Maybe I should take the tablet to work to monitor during lunch? For the moment though, missing one here and there when earning real world money isn't so bad. With the new method of alarming the structures I am able to camp whole systems that are small enough.
Zimse for example, has 4 unanchoring and is less than 14au across. Allowing you to pop around system, while you wait for the structure to pop. once it does, D-Scan the system and warp to the egg.+++++

4/17/20209:41pmLooking though other battleships and fits, the Praxis is really the only one that can fit a structure in it and still have a decent align time. The only other one with anywhere enough space is the Megathron but it aligns twice as slow as the Praxis, so it is the only viable battleship to scoop with.
4/18/20201:37amLooking through Industrial ships to see if there are any other viable options and @ max skills I got one down to 3.88s align time. Badger it does require lvl V Caldari Industrial (I - V 20day @ 34.5sp/m) to be that fast and have enough cargo space for a small structure. This will be Zaphires' new ship since she has the max skills to fly the thing. will be super nice knowing she is that slippery. Sadly it is a fit for Omega Scooper Pilots only.

Zimse - 05 moon (ind Corporation of Moon Hellcat)Found: 4/13 10:22pmUnanchored: 4/18 9:35amStructure: AthanorSold: 796,662,500 iskScooped: Shamus+++++I warped to the egg after it had popped, thanks to the new notification method. I landed on grid with an Orca and an Iteron mk V. The Iteron V was 9,000km and closing away from the structures egg when I landed on grid, I was able to scoop it, warp off and drop into another station safely to wait out the suspect timer.
I did miss one 30 minutes ago though sadly, we will see how many we can get by days end.
I played the SalvageReclaimer a bit more with this corporation.+++++

+++++Private Chat Logs+++++
tyrish Thellere > Hi
Shamus O'neal > o/
Shamus O'neal > whats up?
tyrish Thellere > You recently talked to Nickolas F Hunt I advise you to return the stolen otherwise you will have problems
Shamus O'neal > Stolen? I'm sorry but i have a work order for the reclamation of unwanted structure 73169-f in Zimse, if this work order was filed in error, a fee of 750mil is required to get the structure out of impound
tyrish Thellere > Who made this order?
Shamus O'neal > Anon-469 on the 13th of the month
tyrish Thellere > Do you understand that in case of failure you will be ordered?
Shamus O'neal > I think you are failing to understand, I acknowledge I have your structure, I acknowledge that you want it back, but i cannot comply without the processing fee of 750mil to return the structure out of impound.
+++++
Haron F Hunt > Hello pic maker, you have an hour to bring station back or u will be illuminated. I'm just saying a fact
Shamus O'neal > :) processing fee of 750,000,000isk is required my friend. Work order 73169-f has been completed and a processing fee is required to remove the structure Zimse - 05 moon (ind Corporation of Moon Hellcat) from impound and adoption
Shamus O'neal > ooooh we already have someone looking to adopt your structure for 800mil, I can hold the adoption papers for a moment if you would like to get it out of impound
Shamus O'neal > Failure to pay the processing fee has seen your athanor adopted into a new home, I hope you treat your things better next time+++++
Work Order 73169-f from Anon-469, ha! I tried to give it back to them for a 750,000,000 isk processing fee
They brought 13 ships (78.3mil) to try to kill me! Didn't pop the praxis though, they had me in hull by the time Concord detected their aggression and proceeded to vaporize the ships they were flying.
I put their kill rights up for 10mil(changed to 25) each so hopefully that'll do some damage and get used, +130mil(295mil) for me.
+++++Your kill right was usedFrom: CONCORDSent: 2020.04.18 20:22
Mantoptera Bogomol has been killed using your kill right. The kill right you had on this capsuleer has now been removed.+++++
Mantoptera Bogomol was one of the guys that tried to suicide gank me after stealing 05 moon.

Successful Kill rights so farLaavainell Makanen: No Kill report avaliable - 10mil Kill rightMantoptera Bogomol (Drekavac) - https://zkillboard.com/kill/83464280/ 10mil Kill RightAlexander Hennesy (Tayra) - https://zkillboard.com/kill/83466889/ 25mil Kill RightUnnamedPlayer (Gila) 2x25mil Kill Right - https://zkillboard.com/kill/83492986/Kiril Deninard (Moa) 2x25mil Kill Right - https://zkillboard.com/kill/83549109/L82 - 10mil Kill Right but no killRoman Asder (Drekavac) - 25mil Kill Right - https://zkillboard.com/kill/83623283/

2020.04.24 17:22 Kill Right 25,000,000 ISK God Emperor Kane bought kill right on Roman Asder from Shamus O'neal2020.04.21 18:43 Kill Right 25,000,000 ISK Omar Chimera bought kill right on Kiril Deninard from Shamus O'neal2020.04.21 18:13 Kill Right 25,000,000 ISK Bot Model1000 bought kill right on Kiril Deninard from Shamus O'neal2020.04.19 16:57 Kill Right 25,000,000 ISK Frikkoso bought kill right on UnnamedPlayer from Shamus O'neal2020.04.19 10:03 Kill Right 25,000,000 ISK Giges Thellere bought kill right on UnnamedPlayer from Shamus O'neal2020.04.18 21:40 Kill Right 25,000,000 ISK Cargo Bandit bought kill right on Alexander Hennesy from Shamus O'neal2020.04.18 20:21 Kill Right 10,000,000 ISK DerpimusPrime Aihaken bought kill right on Mantoptera Bogomol from Shamus O'neal2020.04.18 20:00 Kill Right 10,000,000 ISK Mister Peking bought kill right on L82 from Shamus O'neal2020.04.18 19:58 Kill Right 10,000,000 ISK MacGybo bought kill right on Laavainell Makanen from Shamus O'neal
Total so far: 180mil from Kill Rights from Buying and not completing, them being slippery earns me more money!!+++++

Zimse - 04 moon (ind Corporation of Moon Hellcat)Found: 4/13 10:28pmUnanchored: 4/18 1:05pmStructure: AthanorSold: 796,662,500 iskScooped: Shamus+++++They were protecting it with their fleet on grid, all their suicide ships and even some actual combat ships, I warped to the egg, aligned out, made speed, scooped, warped and the chase was on. I miss-clicked a gate instead of a structure and tried to U-turn; big mistake that turned out to be, they caught me on the gate as I tried to jump to a structure in system. I guess instead I'll have to jump the gate and try again on the other side.
The Stargate wormhole spit me out into the next system, where I don't think my controls were responding correctly and I was sitting there aligning for a moment, mashing on the warp command in a fury. It finally responded and I entered warp headed to; another gate, damn. Lets do another U-turn to the first structure on overview. Few moments pause while I'm aligning to the nearest structure, as my heart is beating out of the clones chest.
Time seemed to slow here and the 8 second align time that this battleship has felt more like the align time of a transporters freighter. I'm finally into warp headed in a safe direction and this cat and mouse game can come to an end.
"Whooo! what a rush!" I scream into local chat "Man! Better than cocaine!!!!"+++++
Man that was a ton of fun and totally worth it! God damn, here I am 10 minutes later still with the shakes and heart pounding, god damn the Praxis is a good fit for this line of work. glad I could save this one from the dust.

4/18/20202:27pmMan I still have the shakes from that last encounter, what a rush!!! I'm very impressed with the Praxis and now I'm more confident that even if someone is defending and on grid I have a good chance of scooping it and getting away safely.
That's 2 Athanors for today and in total 4 structures in the Praxis, I'd call that a staggering success for a battleship used for stealing structures. should have used Gendrath on the 4th structure, he was there in system and the defense fleet was following me. Would have snagged a 3rd today I bet.

6:40pmThe rush is finally calming down. Wow that really was some amazing content and I am super surprised that;
  1. The Praxis survived the suicide run attempt
  2. I scooped it right out from under the whole fleet they had waiting to defend it
  3. I made it away safely
  4. That it was done on an alpha clone
*Shout out to this corporation for having some balls to try to protect their structure* (ind Corporation of Moon Hellcat)

First Week 4/11/2020 - 4/18/2020Astrahus:[1] Athanor:[5] Raitaru:[1]Gendrath:[1] Shamus:[5] Zaphire:[1]
Net Gain: 5,393,763,750 iskNet Loss: 0 isk

What a week it has been! 5.3 Billion Isk in the bank!! So many things learned, so early on, that can only make for a more successful journey and business venture. The notification system, the hardiness and speed of the Alpha Praxis, the speed of the Badger. All compared to what I used to run in the Iteron mk V. such a slow boat it feels like now.
Had the most exhilarating scoop to date including before this play through of eve. Survived a Suicide gank of 13 people; and then subsequently scooped a structure from under the same 13 + 3 others including a Tengu.
https://zkillboard.com/b118498/- Missing one ship from the attempted suicide runhttps://evepraisal.com/a/qea01 - Estimated value of Reclaimed Structures before taxes and fees
+++++
This has been Week 1 of 12. I hope you guys enjoy the sticky fingered adventures of the Valkson clan
Week 2: https://www.reddit.com/Eve/comments/inryh5/a_thiefs_journal_week_2_holy_space_cow/
Edit: Formatting againEdit2: Formatting again..
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2020.08.24 07:33 tendervegitation The 90 Day Fiancé Archetypes Guide

As I’m sure you’ve noticed, there are a lot of recurring themes on 90 day, one of those being the same types of people that we see over and over again just with different names.
If you want to get on the show, audition for one of these roles and you’re guaranteed to be casted. I’ve broken down 11 of the roles/archetypes that I’m familiar with along with cast examples. Feel free to add as you see fit. Some of them definitely overlap too and may not be 100% accurate but you get the gist.
  1. Young, vain Latina who is a self proclaimed “model” with huge fake tits and no subtlety when trying to use her designated bland white guy for her big break whilst emasculating him in the process. See: Paola, Larissa, Fernanda, Jennifer
  2. Asian/South American girl from an impoverished third world country who looks like she’s 13 years old and just wants to live a comfortable life so she has to pretend to not be disgusted by her spouse while using him (isn’t good at pretending). See: Karine, Rose, Evelin, Nikki, Hazel, Juliana
  3. Fat slob American man that can’t hold a job because he doesn’t want to, leeches off of others and/or is just extremely cheap. Creepy fetish for foreign women, has kids who hate him and if he doesn’t have kids, he probably isn’t allowed around them. See: Annie’s David, Eric, Colt, Jorge, Ed, Paul minus the fat part
  4. Scrawny, nerdy white American man who thinks American girls are all immoral sluts because some girl probably dumped him for a chad. He is cheap, creepy, and/or always suspects his spouse is an opportunistic whore. See: Russ, Tim, Corey, also Paul
  5. Middle aged, frumpy, delusional white woman obsessed with sex who has no respect for their spouse’s culture and chooses to ignore the fact that they are being used for a green card because their husband died or left them or something and they want that jiggy jiggy. See: Angela, Lisa, Laura, Danielle
  6. Suave, young Middle Eastern man who you aren’t sure whether they have an annoying frumpy white woman fetish or they are just really willing to take one for the team to get that damn green card. See: Mohammed, Aladin, Azan, Zied, Omar
  7. Entitled American girl with fake tits and resting bitch face. Has the temperament of a toddler who doesn’t get her way. Total snatch and is constantly trying to catch their spouse in a lie/accuse them of cheating. See: Chantel, Ashley, Stephanie, Libby
  8. Creepy old white man who lures a woman younger than his daughter out to America promising her a better life but only buys her lingerie and plans to use her as a sex doll. See: Mark, Sean, Juliana’s Michael, Lana’s David also Ed
  9. African man who just always has a bunch of bitches lined up and on speed dial, sending their white female spouse into a jealous rage. See: Angela’s Michael, Usman, Jay
  10. Dickhead European beefcake who has outdated ideas about gender roles and will probably beat the shit out of you and your family if provoked. See: Jesse, Jon, Andrei, Antonio, Sasha
  11. Eastern European woman who wants to make money or get to America to buy a bunch of makeup and will go through as many creepy perverted men on seedy dating websites as she needs to in order to get it. See: Lana, Anfisa, Maria, Natalie
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After 6 months homeless & jobless. I now have a new apartment, car and a job in a call center. And I did it on my own. So proud of myself.
posted by itsamejay on /MadeMeSmile
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Second Place
When someone is copying your answers so you write wrong ones
posted by qwertynolan on /gaming
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Third Place
Dad holding me circa 1987. Me holding my son 2020.
posted by Trebas on /pics
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“Enjoy your meal” “thanks you too”
posted by time-to-bounce on /memes
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Fifth Place
Let’s hope he gives me cyberpunk 2077 next
posted by LiamTrevelyan on /dankmemes
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Here's a little lesson in trickery
posted by Rulfiger on /gaming
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Second Place
This level usually has the least amount of eliminations, like 1 or 2 max. So, seeing so many people fall down is crazy.
posted by thebrownhash on /gaming
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You have your fathers nipples.
posted by baronvonkyken on /pics
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Bro that was the entire server nice
posted by ivancunj on /gaming
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Congratulations! ` I’m not congratulating you on your job, I’m congratulating you on not letting the hard times define you. For not giving up when it is so much easier to. I’m congratulating you for staying in the fight when things are at their worst and accomplishing what you set out to and bettering yourself and your situation. More people need to have the willpower and drive you have. Congratulations on never giving up!`
posted by Wood1e on /MadeMeSmile
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The Fazbear Fanverse Initiative!
posted by animdude on /fivenightsatfreddys
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[OC] Monarchs of England/UK Revision Guide [WIP - constructive criticism welcome]
posted by Ocelot1138 on /dataisbeautiful
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[homemade] French macarons
posted by sugardevotion on /food
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Ok Reddit, I may not always understand you, but you asked me to make Jesus microwaving a burrito so hot that he himself could not eat it, so I gave it a shot.
posted by anitasketch on /interestingasfuck
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TIFU By forgetting to lock the bathroom door
posted by fivestringsofbliss on /tifu
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ButFirstPearlJam here you go champ, [a quick and dirty edit combining it with her most famous performance.](https://streamable.com/7q2o56)
posted by PostsAnimalGifs on /MMA
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At least you have the fucking balls to say it. Like in Sweden in the newspapers if you post the picture of a man who's committed a crime like rape, and he's a Muslim or Black immigrant, you're \"racist\". Nevermind that the race of the suspect exists independently from whatever racial prejudices the reporter may hold. Obviously not all immigrants are criminals (correlation/causation), but this \"all groups are equal\" political correctness bullshit is making it impossible for the country to solve a problem it cannot discuss.
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If you’re in the PNW I’ll drive you. We’ll make sure we have a cop there too when you leave. I’ve got a Pit Bull too who looks tough but gives good kisses who can come along too. You’re not alone. You’re stronger than you believe and you will survive him.
posted by MSJMF on /relationship_advice
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[It's real](http://howglobalwarmingworks.org/), [it's us](https://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/blogs/climateqa/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2010/05/natural_anthropogenic_models_narrow.png), [it's bad](https://www.ipcc.ch/site/assets/uploads/sites/2/2019/02/SR15_Chapter3_Low_Res.pdf), [there's hope](https://citizensclimatelobby.org/10-reasons-hopeful-climate-progress/), and [the science is reliable](https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2019/12/even-50-year-old-climate-models-correctly-predicted-global-warming). `The question that remains now is *what are we going to do about it?*` The consensus among [scientists](http://bush.tamu.edu/istpp/scholarship/journals/ClimateScientistsPerspectives_ClimaticChange.pdf) and [economists](http://policyintegrity.org/files/publications/ExpertConsensusReport.pdf) on [carbon pricing](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carbon_price)^§ to mitigate climate change is similar to [the consensus among climatologists](http://climate.nasa.gov/scientific-consensus/) that human activity is responsible for global warming. Putting the price [upstream](https://www.wsj.com/articles/SB10001424127887323611604578396401965799658) where the fossil fuels enter the market makes it simple, easily enforceable, and bureaucratically lean. Returning the revenue as an equitable dividend [offsets any regressive effects of the tax](http://www.nber.org/papers/w9152.pdf) (in fact, [~60% of the public would receive more in dividend than they paid in tax](http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0081648#s7)) and allows for a higher carbon price (which [is what matters for climate mitigation](https://www.worldscientific.com/doi/pdf/10.1142/S201000781840002X)) because [the public isn't willing to pay anywhere near what's needed otherwise](http://www.apnorc.org/projects/Pages/Is-the-Public-Willing-to-Pay-to-Help-Fix-Climate-Change-.aspx). Enacting a [border tax](http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2026879) would protect domestic businesses from foreign producers not saddled with similar pollution taxes, and also [incentivize those countries](http://ageconsearch.umn.edu/handle/205761) to enact their own. And [*a carbon tax accelerates the adoption of every other solution*](https://www.drawdown.org/frequently-asked-questions). It's [widely regarded](https://www.nature.com/articles/s41558-019-0474-0.epdf?author_access_token=tst1A-oZnQ8zUO18wGGPQdRgN0jAjWel9jnR3ZoTv0Nfy3PIgvrwnNXQzIbXH8z1Wkqhm6g5NiMnxMk__ebsKxGQNB0hMf1Vpo-ZiNplSt5LeLyks-Q3sdrpBdfxxHvAfQylqqwqHxgEml7GEGOxaQ%3D%3D) as the single most impactful climate mitigation policy. `[Conservative estimates](http://rdcu.be/cLYO) are that failing to mitigate climate change will cost us 10% of GDP over 50 years, [starting about now](http://policyintegrity.org/files/publications/ExpertConsensusReport.pdf). In contrast, carbon taxes may actually *boost* GDP, if the revenue is [returned as an equitable dividend to households](http://www.theguardian.com/environment/climate-consensus-97-per-cent/2014/jun/13/how-revenue-neutral-carbon-tax-creates-jobs-grows-economy) (the [poor tend to spend money when they've got it](http://www.econ2.jhu.edu/people/ccarroll/papers/cstwMPC.pdf), which [boosts economic growth](https://www.imf.org/external/pubs/ft/sdn/2015/sdn1513.pdf)) not to mention [create jobs](https://econ.ucalgary.ca/manageprofile/sites/econ.ucalgary.ca.manageprofile/files/unitis/publications/1-7729354/Yamazaki_CarbonTax_JEEM_2017.pdf) and [save lives](https://globalchange.mit.edu/news-media/jp-news-outreach/shift-renewable-electricity-win-win-statewide-level). ` Taxing carbon [is in each nation's own best interest](http://www.imf.org/external/pubs/ft/wp/2015/wp15105.pdf) (it [saves lives at home](https://www.nature.com/articles/s41467-019-09499-x)) and [many nations have already started](https://openknowledge.worldbank.org/bitstream/handle/10986/29687/9781464812927.pdf?sequence=5&isAllowed=y), which [can have knock-on effects in other countries](http://policyintegrity.org/files/publications/ExpertConsensusReport.pdf). In poor countries, [taxing carbon is progressive even *before* considering smart revenue uses](https://www.ipcc.ch/site/assets/uploads/2018/02/ipcc_wg3_ar5_summary-for-policymakers.pdf), because only the \"rich\" can afford fossil fuel in the first place. We [won’t wean ourselves off fossil fuels without a carbon tax](http://news.mit.edu/2016/carbon-tax-stop-using-fossil-fuels-0224), the [longer we wait to take action the more expensive it will be](http://rdcu.be/cZjG). Each year we delay costs [~$900 billion](https://cla.umn.edu/heller-hurwicz/news-events/news/policy-brief-calibrating-price-climate-risk). [It's the smart thing to do](https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0095069698910580), and the IPCC report made clear [pricing carbon is *necessary* if we want to meet our 1.5 ºC target](https://www.ipcc.ch/site/assets/uploads/sites/2/2018/12/SR15_TS_High_Res.pdf). `Contrary to [popular belief](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pluralistic_ignorance#Examples) the main barrier isn't lack of public support. But [we can't keep hoping others will solve this problem for us](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diffusion_of_responsibility). We need to take the necessary steps to make this dream a reality:` `[**Build the political will for a livable climate**](https://citizensclimatelobby.org/join-citizens-climate-lobby/?tfa_3590416195188=reddit-CarbonTax&utm_source=reddit&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=CarbonTax). [Lobbying works](https://sociology.stanford.edu/sites/default/files/publications/friends_or_foes-how_social_movement_allies_affect_the_passage_of_legislation_in_the_u._s._congress.pdf), and you [don't need a lot of money to be effective](http://citeseerx.ist.psu.edu/viewdoc/download?doi=10.1.1.1016.1967&rep=rep1&type=pdf) (though it does help to [educate yourself on effective tactics](http://www.congressfoundation.org/storage/documents/CMF_Pubs/cmf-citizen-centric-advocacy.pdf)). If you're too busy to go through the [free training](https://citizensclimatelobby.org/new-membe#climateadvocatetraining), sign up for [text alerts](https://citizensclimatelobby.org/text/) to join coordinated call-in days ([it works](http://www.congressfoundation.org/storage/documents/CMF_Pubs/cmf-citizen-centric-advocacy.pdf)) or set yourself a monthly reminder to [write a letter](https://www.ted.com/talks/omar_ahmad_political_change_with_pen_and_paper?language=en) to your elected officials. According to NASA climatologist and climate activist [Dr. James Hansen](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Hansen), becoming an [active volunteer with Citizens' Climate Lobby](https://citizensclimatelobby.org/join-citizens-climate-lobby/?tfa_3590416195188=reddit-CarbonTax&utm_source=reddit&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=CarbonTax) is [the most important thing you can do for climate change](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q4DAW1A6Ca8), and [climatologist Dr. Michael Mann](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_E._Mann) calls its [Carbon Fee & Dividend](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carbon_fee_and_dividend) policy [an example of sort of visionary policy that's needed](https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2019/06/03/climate-change-requires-collective-action-more-than-single-acts-column/1275965001/).` ` § The IPCC (AR5, WGIII) Summary for Policymakers states with \"high confidence\" that tax-based policies are effective at decoupling GHG emissions from GDP (see p. 28). Ch. 15 has a more complete discussion. The U.S. National Academy of Sciences, one of the most respected scientific bodies in the world, has also called for a carbon tax. According to IMF research, most of the $5.2 trillion in subsidies for fossil fuels come from not taxing carbon as we should. There is general agreement among economists on carbon taxes whether you consider economists with expertise in climate economics, economists with expertise in resource economics, or economists from all sectors. It is literally Econ 101. The idea won a Nobel Prize. Thanks to researchers at MIT, you can see for yourself how it compares with other mitigation policies here.`
posted by ILikeNeurons on /dataisbeautiful
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Fifth Place
No like the pussy who brought a bat to a rally because he has a gapping pussy and got scared
posted by Hellanoel on /ActualPublicFreakouts
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2020.08.15 07:47 DeadlyDarkside Lovestruck Questionnaire

Credit goes to Tumblr user walkerorteganazarioramsey for creating this amazing Lovestruck Questionnaire, and XX for mentioning it on the Lovestruck Amino. I came across this wonderful Lovestruck Questionnaire on Tumblr and on the Lovestruck Amino, and because I love questionnaire's and have abit of free time on my hands, I'll try to answer as many as I can. Here's my answers to the Lovestruck Questionnaire. If you're interested, please feel free to participate and share your own answers as well.


I believe I answered this before, but no surprise, I'd have to say my favorite series is Sin With Me. I love the setting, and characters, the action is fast-paced, and the storyline, lore and world is so fascinating to me, and I am very interested in learning more about the 7 Big Sin Demons that the Sin assassins are named after, and can't wait to find out more about them and what they are up to, and what happens with the story and characters.


Not gonna lie, I'm not fond much of the male characters in most of the stories. But I do like Malakai, and Cal from SWM, and Omar from Ever After Academy. I wouldn't date them or play their route, but I think they are fun characters.


Do non-LI's count,cause if so that'd be cool. If we can include all female characters, my top 5 would probably be (in no particular order): Nitiqret, Yvette, Axia, Vinca, Aurora.


I typically don't play the NB routes, because I'm just more attracted to long-haired feminine women. That being said, I do really like Arin from Ever After Academy, and would be interested in checking out their route (if they should get one). I also enjoyed Robin as a roommate in Villainous, and while I wouldn't play their route, I thought Galen seemed like a pretty fun and interesting character.


That's a hard choice, but I'd probably have to go with my girl Yvette.


Lady Vo, Tansy, Magnus and Lennox.


Darius, and JD (those two are the only ones that I really dislike, their personalities just rub me the wrong way). I don't really hate anyone else, but I just don't see the appeal of Lyris and Piama, I mean they seem nice and all, and are good friends, but other than that, their character and personalities just seem uninteresting and boring to me.


Axia, Dr. Xendalia, Nitiqret, Vinca, Inez (she made an awesome villain), and the Witch Queen


To Love and Protect. The story and characters just seems very unoriginal and boring to me.


Around March last year (2019), when Queen of Thieves started and I started playing Vivienne.


Well, the first story I started reading was Vivienne's route in Queen of Thieves, but if you're talking about a series I started that was already completed, then it would be Gangsters in Love (Aurora) and Love and Legends (Helena).


Jessa (Starship Promise) and Onyx's most recent seasons (SWM).




Since I don't play the male routes, no, and I doubt I'll ever play through any of the male routes.


Yes, Xenia and Zhora. Mostly because their stories dragged on abit too much (and I didn't care too much for the MC's redesigned new look in Zhora's route), but also because while they seemed interesting and morally ambiguous and dangerous LI's at first, I thought they became too soft way too quickly and easily and lost most of their appeal for me.


Ooh, this one is tricky. I don't know if I can choose just one. I love the SWM MC, as well as the QoT MC, the WLL MC and the new alien PI MC in Jessa's route.


To Love and Protect MC. Just seems really bland and uninteresting to me. Even Gangsters In Love's MC had more personality and spunk to her.


If we're going based on looks alone, I'd say the Love and Legends MC is probably the best looking and most attractive, even though she is not that interesting of an MC. As for my own preference, I like the look of the original Starship Promise MC the most, mostly because she looks more like me with her hair in the ponytail all the time, and that's how I usually wear my hair).


I'd say a mix between the Starship Promise MC (nerdy and shy), and the SWM MC's personality (with abit of the QoT's personality as well).


Gangsters in Love - Aurora

Queen of Thieves - Vivienne

Love and Legends - Helena

Sin With Me - Yvette

Starship Promise - Jessa

Reigning Passions - Amara (because of the story)

Havenfall - Vanessa

Wicked Lawless Love - Cecelia

Castaway - Serena

Sweet Enchantments - Runa right now (but Nysa could easily become my favorite when her route gets released)

Tales of The Wild - Revi right now (but Evina would definitely become my favorite if she gets a route)

Ever After Academy - Nora


Season Two of Yvette. It had good pacing, lots of surprising twists and plot development, interesting villain, lots of action and suspense.


Wow, okay this question is really hard for me. Gah, there are so many good ones, I just don't think I could choose just one. I do prefer the more steamiekinkier or spicier CG's with the LI dominating or topping the MC. Hmmmm, I guess if I had to choose one I think it would probably be the last CG we had for Yvette (Season 3 Episode 12), cause that one was really hot and one of the best and steamiest CG's (plus, I love how I was able to animate it in After Effects).


Probably Xenia, though I wouldn't say I really hate or really dislike her or anything. I love her design, and I loved her when she was first revealed, she seemed dangerous, very ruthless and cunning, mysterious, deadly, seductive and morally ambiguous, and I was curious how her route would be like, especially when she was listed as being lawfully evil. However, now she's become much softer, more slow-burn, and boring, and her route and character just isn't as interesting and dark as I thought it would be. So I would say I'm more disappointed in her character than anything.


Chance, Nikolai, and Cal. For characters I've romanced, I'd say Amara and Wrath, though I wouldn't say I disliked them, I was just indifferent to them and their romance at first, since I was only playing their route for the story, but eventually grew to really enjoy their route and story more than I thought I would.


You mean like shipping two other characters with the MC, like a threesome or polyamorous-type relationship? None. I'm a monogamous person, so it would be weird and uncomfortable to ship my MC in a polyamorous relationship with two other characters. If you mean a favorite ship with one of the NPC's and the MC together, then I'd have to say my favorite ship would be either Nitiqret and Havenfall MC (with no Dracula), Necahaul and Havenfall MC, Axia and the Sweet Enchantment MC, or Dr. Xendalia and Starship Promise Alien MC.


Nora and Darla from Ever After Academy, Aurora and Vivienne, Yvette and Vinca (or Yvette and Onyx), Jessa and Zhora, Piama and Ruelle.


Hands down Nitiqret (followed closely by Axia, Inez, and Nadia). I really loved Nitiqret's character, and thought it was really fascinating that she knew and dated (or fell in love with) the MC's ancestor. I would've loved to have had a route for her and the MC, with the MC feeling strangely attracted and drawn to her, and perhaps getting flashbacks or dreams of her ancestor and Nitiqret, how they met, and their relationship. Would've been cool if she left Dracula and the MC and her got together and decided to go down their own darker path.


Yvette, Vivienne, Jessa, Cecelia, and Onyx.


Aurora, because her last season ended on a cliffhanger and I was really excited to see what happened next and how the cliffhanger got resolved, and finally get a good happy ending. Aside from her, I hope Vivienne, Yvette and Onyx have alot more seasons as I enjoy them the most.


Don't buy tickets, but I usually buy hearts in bulk in order to last me a month or two. So typically, I'll buy 1500 hearts every two months.


I'll read them, but not usually write them. I did try to write a Nitiqret/Havenfall MC fanfic, as I had alot of cool ideas on a good story/route for them, and while it didn't turn out too bad, I didn't get very far on it (though I would kill to read a good Nitiqret/Havenfall MC or even Axia/MC fanfiction though).


Not really fanart per se, as I don't draw the characters or anything. But I do make desktop wallpapers (since Voltage hasn't released any official desktop wallpapers), and sometimes do my own edits/music video animations where I like to animate the characters and CG's to make the characters move or come to life.


Sin With Me, Reigning Passions, Gangsters in Love, and Queen of Thieves. I would love to be the MC in SWM, Reigning Passions, GIL, and QoT.


Yvette, Vivienne, Onyx, Aurora, and Helena.


Maybe give us darker routes and LI's, let us date more villains, more morally ambiguous women, or evil women that don't get redeemed, and let them take us down a darker or evil path. Either that, or maybe add in more choices where you can decide if your MC is good or bad or morally ambiguous, or allowing us to choose to do bad things or good things.


Right now I only play Lovestruck, Originals Interactive Stories, Romance Club, and Choices. Other games I've tried in the past and actually enjoyed were Love Island, Storyscapes, and What's Your Story.

Other similar games I've tried but really didn't enjoy (due to their being little to no WLW content) Journeys, Fictif, Episode, Chapters, Stories Your Choices, Stories: Love and Choices, Maybe: Interactive Stories, Amour, Taboo, My Story, Decisions, My Love, Fictions, Love Choice, and Love Story Games (I've tried alot of them). Aside from Lovestruck, Originals, Romance Club and Choices, the only other similar romance-type games I play are mostly yuri visual novels since most are seriously lacking WLW or LGBT content.
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2020.08.10 07:34 TexasDD The Wire - Anniversary Rewatch and Discussion - Season 5 Episode 9 - “Late Editions”

The Wire - Anniversary Rewatch and Discussion - Season 5 Episode 9 - “Late Editions”
Original air date: March 2, 2008
Written by: David Simon, George Pelecanos
Directed by: Joe Chappelle
Opening title card: “Deserve got nuthin' to do with it." - Snoop
 
Season 5 Episode 9 Poll
 
Season 5 Episode 8 Poll Results - 5 votes
 
Rate the episode on a scale of 1-10
9 - 2 votes 8 - 1 votes 7 - 1 votes
 
What was your favorite scene?
RIP Omar Little - 3 The FBI gives their analysis on the serial killer to McNulty and Kima - 2 The serial killer analysis the FBI gives matches one James McNulty. To a T. - 1
 
Most memorable line/lines
"Need a pack of Newport. Soft pack. Let me get one of them, too..." - 2 "Maurice Dobey? For goverrnor? Of my state? Shiiiiiiiiit." - 2 "Everybody need to shut the fuck up." - 1 "Omar. It's Omar, yo!" - 1 "Bunk once told me I'm no good for people. Everyone around me, he said." "Was he drunk?" "Yeah, but still." - 1 "Y'all ain't heard? Omar bagged up." - 1 "Write up the fire. Scratch the murder. We're out of room." - 1
 
Best Performance
Michael Kenneth Williams (Omar Little) - 3 Dominic West (Officer James “Jimmy” McNulty) - 2 John Doman (Acting Commissioner William A. Rawls) - 1 Lance Reddick (Major. Cedric Daniels) - 1 Doug Olear (FBI Spec. Agent Terrance "Fitz" Fitzhugh) - 1 Thuliso Dingwall (Kenard) - 1
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2020.08.03 10:23 TexasDD The Wire - Anniversary Rewatch and Discussion - Season 5 Episode 8 - “Clarifications”

The Wire - Anniversary Rewatch and Discussion - Season 5 Episode 8 - “Clarifications”
Original air date: February 24, 2008
Written by: David Simon, Dennis Lehane
Directed by: Anthony Hemingway
Opening title card: “A lie ain't a side of a story. It's just a lie." - Terry Hanning
 
Season 5 Episode 8 Poll
 
Season 5 Episode 7 Poll Results - 5 votes
 
Rate the episode on a scale of 1-10
10 - 2 votes 8 - 2 votes 7 - 1 votes
 
What was your favorite scene?
McNulty calls Templeton as the serial killer. - 3 Clay Davis tries to retain an attorney for his case. - 2 Omar jumps Savino and ends him. - 2 McNulty and Lester talk about the clock pictures, and the mess at Homicide that's been created. - 2 Clay Davis tesifies at his trial, and puts on a show. - 2 BPD starts to detain people and examine their cell phones. - 1 Templeton gets a picture of a homeless man on his cell phone. - 1 Holley and the rest of BPD Homicide discuss the phone call. - 1 McNulty and Templeton discuss the phone call. - 1 Carcetti working the phone to get campaign contributions. - 1 Bunk pulls the case records on Michael and his stepfather, but Landsman tries to pull him off it. - 1 Bunk chews out Lester and McNulty for their decietful case. - 1 Bunk interrogates Michael. - 1 Lester testifies at the trial of Clay Davis. - 1 Omar's next move is against Michael and Spider. - 1 Clay Davis acquittal 'victory lap' outside the courthouse. - 1 Elijah can't sleep, and comes to Kima. - 1
 
Most memorable line/lines
"Nice 'Bawlmer' accent." "It's my heritage." - 2 "So fuck your stripes and fuck McNulty and fuck your big-dick redball." - 1 "And let me be unequivocal, this man will be brought to justice." - 1 "What I mean is, sometimes the weakest stuff in a story is the shit with quotation marks around it." - 1 "What the fuck just happened?" "Whatever it was, they don't teach it in law school." - 1 "45 inches of Clay Davis playing not just the race card, but the whole deck, comin' at ya." - 1 "Good night, po-pos. Good night, fiends. Good night, hoppers. Good night, schemers - 1
 
Best Performance
Dominic West (Officer James “Jimmy” McNulty) - 2 Tom McCarthy (Scott Templeton) - 2 Wendell Pierce (Det. William "Bunk" Moreland) - 2 Michael Kenneth Williams (Omar Little) - 2 Isiah Whitlock Jr. (State Sen. R. Clayton "Clay" Davis) - 2 Aidan Gillen (Councilman Thomas "Tommy" Carcetti) - 1 Clarke Peters (Det. Lester Freamon) - 1 Gbenga Akinnagbe (Chris Partlow) - 1 Jermaine Crawford (Duquan "Dukie" Weems) - 1 Method Man (Melvin "Cheese" Wagstaff) - 1 David Costabile (Managing Editor Thomas Klebanow) - 1 Edward Bernard Green Jr. (Spider) - 1
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2020.07.28 17:35 AwesomeMathUse Checking in on Canada's Economic Recovery

Source: TD
Omar Abdelrahman, Economist
Dated July 27th, 2020

Highlights


Chart 1 - Despite Recent Uptick in Cases, Canada's COVID-19 Experience is Substantially Better
In contrast to the U.S., Canada’s near-term outlook appears to be holding intact early in Q3.
We now turn to some of the latest data that are setting the tone for Canada’s performance early in Q3.

Labour Market Momentum and Government Support Programs Setting the Tone...


Chart 2 - Job Postings Point to Ongoing Improvement in Labour Market Conditions

Chart 3 - Internet Search Interest for Income Support and Unemployment Declining in Canada

Chart 4 - Retail Sales are Almost Back to Pre-Pandemic Levels Based on Preliminary Estimates

…Supporting a Strong Rebound in Consumer and Housing Indicators


Chart 5 - Retail & Recreation Mobility Still on an Upward Trajectory, Although at a Slower Rate

Chart 6 - Restaurant Reservations Recovering but Remain Subdued

Chart 7 - Spending May Have Rebounded, but Consumer Confidence Remains Subdued

Slower Recovery in Business Activity Indicators


Chart 8 - Rail Loadings Only Slowly Improving

Rig Counts Barely Responding to Price Improvements

Downside Risks and Bottom Line

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2020.07.21 21:43 finnagains Movies Seen In Theaters or Streamed in 2019 - In No Particular Order

Peterloo —Mike Leigh
J’accuse —Roman Polanski
Parasite —Bong Joon Ho
Dark Waters —Todd Haynes
Les Misérables —Ladj Ly
Atlantics —Mati Diop
Ibrahim: A Fate to Define —Lina Al Abed
South Terminal —Rabah Ameur-Zaïmeche
Ash Is Purest White —Jia Zhang-ke
The Laundromat —Steven Soderbergh
Official Secrets —Gavin Hood
Velvet Buzzsaw —Dan Gilroy
The Public —Emilio Estevez
The Man Who Killed Don Quixote —Terry Gilliam
Just Mercy —Destin Daniel Cretton
Clergy —Wojciech Smarzowski
So Long, My Son —Wang Xiaoshuai
Sealed Lips —Bernd Böhlich
Gundermann —Andreas Dresen
Mack the Knife—Brecht's Threepenny Film —Joachim Lang
God Exists, Her Name Is Petrunya —Teona Strugar Mitevska
63 Up —Michael Apted
The Current War —Alfonso Gomez-Rejon
Motherless Brooklyn —Edward Norton
Dogman —Matteo Garrone
Transit —Christian Petzold
Rosie —Paddy Breathnach
Working Woman —Michal Aviad
  1. These seem to us the most interesting films and bodies of work produced over the past decade (in parentheses) and the new century as a whole (the 2000s in brackets):
Peterloo, 2018—Mike Leigh ( Another Year, 2010 , Mr. Turner , 2014) [ All or Nothing, 2002, Vera Drake, 2004, Happy-Go-Lucky, 2008]
J’accuse ( An Officer and a Spy ), 2019—Roman Polanski ( The Ghost Writer, 2010) [ The Pianist, 2002, Oliver Twist, 2005]
The Young Karl Marx, 2017—Raoul Peck ( Moloch Tropical , 2009, Murder in Pacot, 2014) [ Lumumba, 2000, Profit & Nothing But! Or Impolite Thoughts on the Class Struggle, 2001]
Ash is Purest White, 2018—Jia Zhang-ke ( A Touch of Sin, 2013) [ Platform, 2000, The W orld, 2004]
Parasite, 2019, Bong Joon–ho [ Memories of Murder, 2003]
An Episode in the Life of an Iron Picke r, 2013—Danis Tanovic ( Cirkus Columbia , 2010, Tigers, 2014)
A Screaming Man, 2010—Mahamat-Saleh Haroun ( A Season in France, 2017) [ Daratt, 2006]
A Separation, 2012—Asghar Farhadi ( The Salesman, 2016)
Phoenix, 2014—Christian Petzold ( Barbara, 2012, Transit, 2018)
So Long, My Son, 2019—Wang Xiaoshuai ( 11 Flowers, 2011) [ Beijing Bicycle, 2001, Drifters, 2003, Shanghai Dreams, 2005]
The Traitor, 2019—Marco Bellocchio ( Dormant Beauty, 2012) [ Vincere, 2009]
Dark Waters, 2019—Todd Haynes ( Mildred Pierce, 2011)
Roman J. Israel, Esq., 2017—Dan Gilroy ( Nightcrawler, 2014 , Velvet Buzzsaw, 2019)
Isle of Dogs, 2018—Wes Anderson ( The Grand Budapest Hotel, 2014) [ The Royal Tenenbaums, 2001, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, 2004]
Loving, 2016—Jeff Nichols ( Ta ke Shelter, 2011)
Lincoln, 2012—Steven Spielberg ( The Post, 2017) [ Catch Me If You Can, 2002, Munich, 2005]
The Big Short, 2015—Adam McKay ( Vice, 2018)
Win Win, 2011—Tom McCarthy ( Spotlight, 2015) [ The Station Agent, 2003, The Visitor, 2007]
Nebraska, 2013—Alexander Payne [ About Schmidt, 2002]
Omar, 2013—Hany Abu-Assad [ Rana’ s Wedding, 2002, Paradise Now, 2005]
A World Not Ours, 2012—Mahdi Fleifel (Short films: Xenos, 2014, A Man Returned, 2016, A Drowning Man, 2017)
Timbuktu, 2014—Abderrahmane Sissako [ Waiting for Happiness, 2002, Bamako, 2006]
Iraqi Odyssey, 2014—Samir [ F orget Baghdad: Jews and Arabs– The Iraqi Connection, 2002]
99 Homes, 2014—Ramin Bahrani [ Man Push Cart, 2005, Chop Shop , 2007 ]
Sweet Country, 2017—Warwick Thornton ( Samson and Delilah, 2009)
Good Kill, 2014—Andrew Niccol ( In Time, 2011)
  1. Individual films of remarkable quality that may be lesser known (listed chronologically):
Even the Rain, 2010—Icíar Bollaín
Court, 2014—Chaitanya Tamhane
The People vs. Fritz Bauer, 2015—Lars Kraume
The Colony, 2015—Florian Gallenberger
Sami Blood, 2016—Amanda Kernell
Free State of Jones, 2016—Gary Ross
The Chosen, 2016—Antonio Chavarrías
Capernaum, 2018—Nadine Labaki
  1. Individual films of genuine merit, none of them flawless (listed chronologically):
Miral, 2010—Julian Schnabel
The Social Network, 2010—David Fincher
Think of Me (Alternative title: About Sunny), 2011—Bryan Wizemann
Edwin Boyd (Alternative title: Citizen Gangster), 2011—Nathan Morlando
Rebellion, 2011—Mathieu Kassovitz
Omar Killed Me, 2011—Roschdy Zem
Great Expectations, 2012—Mike Newell
Detroit Unleaded, 2012—Rola Nashef
The We and the I, 2012—Michel Gondry
A Late Quartet, 2012—Yaron Zilberman
With You, Without You, 2012—Prasana Vithanage
Closed Circuit, 2013—John Crowley
Standing Aside, Watching, 2013—Yorgos Servetas
Salvation Army, 2013—Abdellah Taïa
Ilo Ilo, 2013—Anthony Chen
Devil’s Knot, 2013—Atom Egoyan
Bad Hair, 2013—Mariana Rondón
Foxcatcher, 2014—Bennett Miller
Boyhood, 2014—Richard Linklater
Labyrinth of Lies, 2014—Giulio Ricciarelli
Look Who’s Back, 2015—David Wnendt
The Boda Boda Thieves, 2015—Donald Mugisha and James Tayler
Koza, 2015—Ivan Ostrochovský
Marija, 2016—Michael Koch
Lady Macbeth, 2016—William Oldroyd
Past Life, 2016—Avi Nesher
The Florida Project, 2017—Sean Baker
War Machine, 2017—David Michôd
Directions, 2017—Stephan Komandarev
Arrhythmia, 2017—Boris Khlebnikov
In Times of Fading Light, 2017—Matti Geschonneck
Crown Heights, 2017—Matt Ruskin
The Workshop, 2017—Laurent Cantet
I Am Not a Witch, 2017—Rungano Nyoni
Mudbound, 2017—Dee Rees
No Date, No Signature, 2017—Vahid Jalilvand
Green Book, 2018—Peter Farrelly
Roma, 2018—Alfonso Cuarón
Sealed Lips, 2018— Bernd Böhlich
Mack the Knife—Brecht’s Threepenny Film, 2018—Joachim Lang
Screwdriver, 2018—Bassam Jarbawi
Dogman, 2018—Matteo Garrone
God Exists, Her Name Is Petrunya, 2019—Teona Strugar Mitevska
Les Misérables, 2019—Ladj Ly
Atlantics, 2019—Mati Diop)
The Laundromat, 2019—Steven Soderbergh
Ibrahim: A Fate to Define, 2019—Lina Al Abed
South Terminal, 2019—Rabah Ameur-Zaïmeche
  1. A few television series:
Charité at War (2019)
Succession (2018)
Homecoming (2018)
The Crown (2016)
Chernobyl (2019)
Orange is the New Black (2013)
Mr. Robot (2015)
  1. Non-fiction films:
Tears of Gaza, 2010—Vibeke Lokkeberg
The Tillman Story, 2010—Amir Bar-Lev
Le Quattro Volte, 2010—Michelangelo Frammartino
The Tall Man, 2011—Tony Krawitz
Pina, 2011—Wim Wenders
The Law in These Parts, 2011—Ra’anan Alexandrowicz The Queen of Versailles, 2012—Lauren Greenfield
Central Park Five, 2012—Ken Burns, Sarah Burns, David McMahon
Roman Polanski: Odd Man Out, 2012—Marina Zenovich
Sofia’s Last Ambulance, 2012—Ilian Metev
The Gatekeepers, 2012—Dror Moreh
The Act of Killing, 2012—Joshua Oppenheimer
The Kill Team, 2013—Dan Krauss
Finding Vivian Maier, 2013—John Maloof and Charlie Siskel
Rich Hill, 2014—Andrew Droz Palermo, Tracy Droz Tragos
We Come as Friends, 2014—Hubert Sauper
In Jackson Heights, 2015—Frederick Wiseman Janis: Little Girl Blue, 2015—Amy Berg
Don’ t Blink–Robert Frank, 2015—Laura Israel
The Settlers, 2016—Shimon Dotan
I Called Him Morgan, 2016—Kasper Collin
Muhi: Generally Temporary, 2017—Rina Castelnouvo-Hollander, Tamir Elterman
Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart, 2017—Tracy Heather Strain
Central Airport THF, 2018—Karim Aïnouz
They Shall Not Grow Old, 2018—Peter Jackson
Who Will Write Our History?, 2018—Roberta Grossman
Prosecuting Evil: The Extraordinary World of Ben Ferencz, 2018—Barry Avrich
Ghost Fleet, 2018—Shannon Service & Jeffrey Waldron
Hal, 2018—Amy Scott
Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool, 2019—Stanley Nelson
Midnight Traveler, 2019—Hassan Fazili
Where’s My Roy Cohn?, 2019—Matt Tyrnauer
Midnight Family, 2019—Luke Lorentzen
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2020.07.18 11:23 Pe-CuliusJeaser Former third party member for a decade voting for POTUS Donald J. Trump

Hey Trump fans, I wanted to share my views as a US citizen that was a former third party member of the current US political climate and global events witnessed. If you liked the message please share it! Thanks for having me!
(You can skip to the most important sections in bold if you need to read through it quickly.)
My time following politics began some time ago around 2000 in my early teenage years. I was seeing the presidential candidates Bush vs Al Gore and I was hearing him talk about global warming and at the time I could see that there was a real environmental concern in the world. He did not win and we saw that Bush won instead then the 9/11 attacks hit our country and years of war started from there.
Next up we had the 2004 term of Bush’s re-election, he won of course. Around 2006 is when I started to research the alternative media coverage and ran into libertarian ideals and the presidential candidate Ron Paul, along with that we had the whole wikileaks and Chelsea Manning whistleblowers fiasco showing us the dangers of the patriot act brought by Bush, the falsified wars for oil and the sweeping dragnet of communications surveillance on American citizens that ensued. Ron Paul had me with his opposition to war declarations being unconstitutional without congress approval with the example of multiple invasions in the Middle East. He was the first presidential candidate I donated money to. He also proposed isolationism or something closer to anti-globalization which made sense to me in terms of helping to curb global trade which caused unnecessary excess emissions in our atmosphere, for the aristocratic tastes of a nation to ship a Fuji apple from Japan to the USA because some rich person really wanted to eat it. Ron Paul ran in 2008 and I was seeing a big support for him online, through alternative media, but in reality it was a different story. The establishment candidates pushed him out of his miniscule spotlight that the Mainstream Media offered him. During Bush’s presidency the libertarians, whose main voice was Ron Paul, were causing a lot of attention online causing the start of the Tea Party. This is where alternative media like Alex Jones (Infowars) and Abovetopsecret (dot) com started to cover things that the mainstream media would not. Ron Paul also wanted to end the federal reserve and that also caused a large online international movement to end central banks and in the usa it was called end the fed, which would bring us back to the gold standard and remove the inflated price of the dollar, I think this would have not worked in our large economy so it was not a popular aspect with me. I still voted for Ron Paul in a swing state instead of voting for McCain or Obama.
2008- McCain and Obama faced off. Obama had won, I heard a lot about the birther movement stuff that Trump had pushed out in the online community. I did not buy it as I saw it was a weak blow, instead I saw that this man (Obama) was willing to sell out the American taxpayers by effectively throwng all the stolen money at the big banks which should not have been bailed out. I joined in the Occupy movement at this time. I saw the way Obama was treating those who were protesting, when he was visiting NYC he made sure to put protestors in “protest zones” making sure they do not get caught in the media coverage, he did not care about his voting base. The occupy movement was crushed as I saw on livestreaming the finance treasurer called for a general meeting of the occupy Wall Street movement asked for a fake vote which somehow made sure the finances raised for the movement go towards Egyptian revolutionaries which were trying to overthrow the Mubarak government and instead put in the Muslim Brotherhood Morsi in office who was far worse, (this was precluding the Arab spring events in Northern Africa and ME countries). He created a new constitution with Sharia law into effect. During the occupy movement, the alternative right wing online media started to say that the movement was being funded by George Soros (wait for that name to come up again later). During these years some other groups started to be created, such as, sovereign citizens, and oath keepers. The views of these groups were too much for the average person and it did not help in gaining much support for the right wing side of politics.
2012- Obama was going for his second term and I saw that he made no plans on fixing the environment as he pushed through the keystone pipeline construction and was not really focusing on green energy. Sarah Palin had co-opted the Tea Party into the Republican party which was a terrible thing as the Tea Party just turned into some offshoot of Alex Jones followers mixed with racist elements, which totally destroyed the initial message of bringing constitutionalism back as much as possible. I saw the whole FEMA camps thing as total hogwash, Alex Jones would have done better convincing the right wing about the real dangers developing in East Asia, but it was just about clickbait and profits for him. Snowden also appeared to show us the massive surveillance being used again by the Obama administration through the NSA. For voting in this election I instead saw that the better candidate was Jill Stein of the green party as I wanted her environmental stance to take priority in policy making. She also wanted to pull us out of the Afghanistan and Iraq wars which Mitt Romney and Obama both wanted to continue. Obama had won and then all the videos showing police violence against blacks started to come online after the Trayvon Martin shooting and I was affected and took sympathy towards this. Along with that we had the BP oil rig disaster which Obama did as little as possible to BP, mostly a slap on the wrist, even though it destroyed so much of the Gulf of Mexico’s wildlife. I started to look at his whole presidency with cynicism and dismay. He had Hilary conduct proxy wars in Libya and carried out more bombings of countries than Bush did. The Obamacare act actually helped me as a private citizen get overpriced medical care coverage when I had a few serious physical ailments. I can say that was the only silver lining I saw in his presidency. The Black lives matter movement had spawned during these four years as more videos of police brutality came online, I was not really interested in the Black Lives Matter movement only trying to see the police brutality ending or reduced.
2015-2016
Bernie Sanders
Black Lives Matter makes a comeback, Bernie Sanders appeared to me around December of 2014 on Reddit, he made a huge wave with the online community and he had what seemed to be a flawless record in terms of standing up for social issues, against the Iraq and Afghanistan war, opposed the tough on crime act but voted for the crime bill in 1994 (Written by Joe Biden, signed by Bill Clinton) as it also included violence against women act (cracked down on domestic violence & rape) which he supported. He was the first Presidential candidate I reached the donation limit with. In the races he practically tied in Iowa and it seemed that then it was too much for Clinton she was already planning her attack dogs as she saw the threat he posed. She mainly used Debbie Wasserman Schultz (DWS) for her control of primary votes, we saw through online media (like The Young Turks) that in most of the primary voting locations in Nevada, counts were not being done properly in favour of Clinton. Bernie was having a huge surge in donations throughout most of the campaign as many people were giving the federal donation limit, while at the same time Clinton was doing non-stop events at millionaire charity fundraisers for them to sponsor checks for her campaign (as Citizens United has passed into law previously). After Nevada we saw a down surge in Bernie’s chances, for the cherry on top moment Bill Clinton would (illegally walk into voting precincts as a political statement essentially breaking voting laws, but he would get a pass as the former president with little fuss from a majority of Democrats). Not only did I donate the maximum amount possible to Bernie’s campaign but I also joined as an activist and campaign volunteer locally, it was infuriating to see how Hilary, the media, and the DNC piled against him to ensure he loses, in August 2015 we saw Black Lives Matter protestors take the microphone away from Bernie (which they never did to Hilary who supported the crime the 94’ crime bill and called African-american kids superpredators, with “no conscience, no empathy”) and hijack his campaign event which made them lose all credibility as an grassroots organization, and showed they were being directed by outside interests. I remember how many times Hilary would flip-flop on the debates vs Bernie. At first she was for fracking, then his policies against fracking won and she changed her stance, the same regarding medicare for all through a single payer system, she flipped once again and started to say that we can move towards that. Then after one of the primaries around March or April 2016 we were seeing Bernie’s momentum increasing still and then all of a sudden we saw Bernie’s stance in his candidacy waning on by his own doing. At one debate or speech we could see that Bernie was looking very pale white and it was around this time that we suspected death threats were made to his family members by the Clinton family (there were rumors she had a body count), I don’t really know whether that was true but I do know there was a sudden change in his demeanor and how much of a motivational speaker he was despite having a close tie in the states. He went downhill after that and he had a huge following behind him, he didn’t split the Dem party even though he could have easily done it at the time and made a huge boost as an independent party nominee (as he was an independent before joining Democrats) and he endorsed Clinton as the Democratic primary nominee. I stopped following the primaries after that from disgust. He brought up a lof of policy issues that I still wanted to see go through, such as, ending Citizens united, a living wage (this would have destroyed Wal-mart earlier on and stopped so much Chinese imports), and overturning the Glass-Steagle act which destroyed the housing market. Bill Clinton did a lot of horrible things, Brought China into the WTO, enacted the Glass-Steagle act, also the 1994 Crime Bill he signed into law (Written by Joe Biden) which put so many African-American’s into the prison system. I was not willing to support his wife who defended all these decisions as well while she was FLOTUS. Bill Clinton signing NAFTA as well ushered China into US markets and crippling businesses across the united states and causing the Chinese economy to surge much higher at a very rapid pace, it was essentially a looting. China was not following 100 years of progress made in the United States in terms of child labor laws, environmental law, and health and safety workspace conditions laws which allowed them to produce goods in a much larger way along with the Chinese currency being manipulated as well, this put American businesses 2ndin terms of priority for those decades.
2016,
Hilary vs Trump
I had lost motivation in the races after Bernie was defeated and we were coming to two people I believed were corrupt. Once it came to voting for the next president I wrote in Bernie Sanders name (in a swing state) as a protest vote, even though I wanted Clinton to lose no matter what for her and the DNC parties reputation. Before trump Fox was a giant that was not able to taken down and the entire left-wing media was controlled by Soros and other globalists. We were stuck with bad politicians and filtered/controlled media coverage, it was a desperate time in America and people were looking for something to bring us out of the nonsense. Trump had won.
2016-2019
I had gone through these years seeing President Trump in office and did not despise him nor did I like him. I noticed how much the left wing media could not drop the whole supposed Russia collaboration with the election while the media completely stayed quiet before he was elected regarding Hilary’s missing emails. I left from the USA to India at the end of 2017 and did not look back as I was focused on Volunteer activities for a non-profit organization.
2019-2020
While in India from the end of 2017 I did not focus on anything related to politics and was enjoying my life as a volunteer, and still I am. Towards the beginning of the year Covid-19 makes an appearance in the world originating from China, now we saw a change in the way China is viewed in the world, the floodgates were opening following this timeline of events:
Timeline:
14-01-2020 WHO investigations on Covid-19 suggest no sign of human-to-human transmission
01-04-2020 Bloomberg puts an article that China concealed the extent of the virus
29-03-2020 China enforces an extradition bill in Hong Kong (a tool to crush freedom and democracy of the Hong Kong people)
10-04-2020 Japan plans move to pay manufacturers to leave China
15-04-2020 Ambassador Sam Brownback mentions Uyghir mistreatment on twitter
18-04-2020 Trump drafts a WHO resolution to investigate the origin and WHO response to Covid-19 (India supported this resolution, Australia was the first to ask for the investigation in April)
20-04-2020 Nepal draws a new map showing parts of India as within its border to promote conflict (with the backing of Chinese government.)
21-04-2020 border tensions between China and India begin
23-05-2020 China focuses more troops along the China-India border
26-05-2020 protests start in Minneapolis after George Floyd death
04-06-2020 on the anniversary of Tiananmen square I read the cable which mentions that students gathered in protest of the Chinese government at the time(1989) were bulldozed and turned into "PIE" then hosed down drains https://en.wikisource.org/wiki/UK_cable_on_Tiananmen_Square_Massacre the government then is the same government still in power today.
06-06-2020 Mike Pompeo sends a press statement regarding China's exploitation of George Floyd protest to justify abuse of human rights domestically and in Hong Kong https://www.state.gov/on-the-chinese-communist-partys-obscene-propaganda/
07-06-2020 Minneapolis police force disbanded
08-06-2020 Seattle capitol hill goes into riots and turns into CHAZ/CHOP no police zone until July, one member of Seattle city council Kshama Sawant (Communist [not really a socialist] from India) praises the effort as a protest against oppression.
12-06-2020 read an article describing how ActBlue is a front money funnelling operation for the DNC and BLM, they do not allow Republican's to use the ActBlue donation platform. https://justthenews.com/accountability/donations-black-lives-matter-are-funnelled-through-democratic-fundraising-group
13-06-2020 video of an Ex-KGB member, from 36 years ago, describes how a nation can be subverted over time to become anti-democry and anti-nationalist https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bX3EZCVj2XA , full documentary can be searched for also.
14-06-2020 (Important) Watched a very important Youtube video clearly showing that the US and India riots are identical and being brought on by Soros and CIA Ford foundation "Answer These Questions [PowerPacked Challenge] Link[Delhi/US]Riots - Part 2" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mmpCt-uH7CQ (String) Youtube video channel
14-06-2020 read Forbes opinion article clearly disclosing the ties between media and billionares who influence it "Billionares battle over media influence Koch bros murdoch vs soros buffett ge"
14-06-2020 Read an article how Apple allowed encryption keys to China under pressure from the CCP as they were threatening closing off local supply chains, they never gave the encryption keys to us government.
16-06-2020 First Ladakh border casualties between India-China in 45 years, this shows a new level of desperation, one Commanding officer and a few others were killed by the Chinese army.
17-06-2020 Wached the documentary Death By China: How America lost it's manufacturing base
19-06-2020 State-sponsored Chinese cyber hackers starts nationwide hacking of Australia
20-06-2020 Trump retweets news source that Soros-Affiliated Anti-deportation group part of defund police movement
22-06-2020 Watched PBS undercover documentary China's Vanishing Muslims
23-06-2020 - India makes plans to reduce its trade deficit with China by $8.4 billion or 17.3% of its deficit with that country over fiscal 2022
27-06-2020 - Watched FRONTLINE Trump's Trade War
29-06-2020 - Watched FRONTLINE China Undercover Documentary
29-06-2020 - China forces birth control on Uighurs to suppress population by The Associated PressJune 29, 2020 GMT https://apnews.com/269b3de1af34e17c1941a514f78d764c?utm_campaign=SocialFlow&utm_source=Twitter&utm_medium=AP
1-07-2020 - China enforces their Extradition policy on Hong Kong which would cause any protesting citizens to be able to try in a kangaroo court in mainland China.
01-07-2020 - read an article describing the CCP to restore their position as the world’s supreme power by the year 2049, which is the centennial of the founding of the People’s Republic of China https://www.axios.com/china-plan-global-superpower-xi-jinping-5954481e-02c8-4e19-a50c-cd2a90e4894f.html
02-07-2020 -Unlicensed Assault weapons coming from China caught by U.S. customs dept.https://www.cbp.gov/newsroom/local-media-release/10800-assault-weapons-parts-seized-cbp-louisville
03-07-2020 - Antifa members start to try to destroy the Portland federal office https://twitter.com/MrAndyNgo/status/1278962503121133570?s=08
06-07-2020 Black Panther militia march in Georgia, almost all of them appear to have the same assault weapons, it is entirely possible the weapons are being supplied by outside forces (China).
07-07-2020 FBI director Christopher Wray mentions of the nearly 5,000 active FBI counterintelligence cases currently underway across the country, about half are all related to China FBI opened a new Chinese counterintelligence investigation “about every 10 hours.”
07-07-2020 Ilhan Omar (Democratic party representative of Minneapolis) calls for dismantilng of the U.S. economy and political systems, what would replace capitalism? Marxist Communism of course.
10-07-2020 California expected to release a total of 18,000 prisoners (including rapists and murders) back into the state due to Corona a decision made by Democratic governor Gary Newsom.
While living in India for over two years I had no idea how China was a neighbor, slowly they were creeping into democratic nations to subdue them with cultural subversion, they use Pakistan as a puppet government, they are pushing Nepal (a long time ally of India) into conflict by having them draw a new border map. The Chinese government works to ensure the world focuses on George Floyd protests while they quickly retake Hong Kong under communist rule. While Trump drafts the WHO bill to investigate the source of the virus in China with other countries backing it, attempts to subdue countries backing the resolution starts to happen.
It is clear that based on these things we can see how China manipulated the world for many years, while I was in the USA we never imagined what they were capable of. Now living outside the USA I have an outside perspective of the situation with China as a neighbor to India. China had established itself as an innocent giant supermarket and that is how they appeared to be for most Americans that would shop for Chinese products for decades not knowing they were really feeding an authoritarian regime.
With the Trump presidency, this point has been highlighted and many countries have felt the wrath of China from speaking out against their actions. They have influenced many nations through economic warfare (if countries speak out the CCP tells Chinese citizens to boycott opposing countries products) and have been committing planned cultural subversion to take away democracy and freedom of other nations by funding/supporting these anti-national groups around the world with the help of billionaires like Soros. Even our corporations are afraid to speak out against China for fear of suddenly losing their supply chains, the pressure than can only come from a government and people which the Trump administration has been doing for some time.
I originally had believed that climate change needed to be the top thing to be tackled and that nothing else should take priority, but it appears that we have an emergency on our hands as Communism/Marxism seems to be altering world affairs. We need to support Nationalism in countries that practice Democracy (Like the USA and India) at all costs. These riots and protests are being controlled and coerced by outside forces as I witnessed with the whole Occupy Wall Street movement, in the Occupy movement we saw a fair share of black-bloc terrorists hijacking the movement and painting a bad media image.
With the case of Black Lives Matter, they were originally started to radically change the democratic party in a Marxist fashion by announcing defunding the police and giving illegal immigrants the right to vote. BLM has been found to be donating to the democratic party and receiving money from outside countries (kind of similar to how Russia was influencing US elections in 2016 but worse). Along with that they are affiliated with George Soros' Open Society Foundation (on their webpage under the partners section).
The financial head of BLM is Susan Rosenberg who is a communist that blew up sections of the U.S. capitol building (she was pardoned by Bill Clinton). She is the finance chair head of Thousand Currents which is receiving funds from Give Lively, Give lively is owned by Jonathan Soros (son of George Soros), contributions are coming into thousand currents from Soros and from Thousand currents to BLM.
It is clear the democratic party is trying everything possible to make Trump and the police look bad. Obviously, BLM will not be endorsing Trump, they will endorse Biden and they have a lot of financial power as well. They and the democratic party want to destroy the cities, destroy democracy, destroy capitalism (which goes against communism) all to make sure that Trump does not win again, they are acting on behalf of Communism (China) and billionaires that profit off of this (Soros),
This question needs to be seriously thought about: Would it have made sense for us to give Soviet Russia in the 1980's all our technology blueprints, Intellectual property, manufacturing base, and owing debt to them? Absolutely not. This is why we need to decouple from China immediately. Communism plans to take over the country and they are running out of time as the world has opened their eyes to seeing China as a threat after the Coronavirus appeared. My final thoughts are we need to vote for Trump more than ever.
*Edit to fix the publish date of the ex-KGB video. *Edit fixed FBI Director's name from Michael to Christhoper Wray.
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2020.07.13 07:03 TexasDD The Wire - Anniversary Rewatch and Discussion - Season 5 Episode 5 - “React Quotes”

The Wire - Anniversary Rewatch and Discussion - Season 5 Episode 5 - “React Quotes”
Original air date: February 3, 2008
Written by: David Simon, David Mills
Directed by: Agnieszka Holland
Opening title card: “Just ‘cause they’re in the street doesn’t mean that they lack opinions.” - Haynes
 
Season 5 Episode 5 Poll
 
Season 5 Episode 4 Poll Results - 10 votes
 
Rate the episode on a scale of 1-10
10 - 1 vote 9 - 2 votes 8 - 3 votes 7 - 3 votes
 
What was your favorite scene?
RIP Joseph "Proposition Joe" Stewart - 6 Prop Joe picking out a funeral floral arrangement for Butchie. - 4 Colicchio reaches into the bag, and regrets it. - 3 Prop Joe and Slim Charles discuss the murder of Butchie. - 3 Lester and McNulty meet with Officer Oscar Requer. - 3 Clay Davis before the Grand Jury. - 3 Lester and Sydnor going over the $80,000 Sydnor is trying to trace. - 2 Omar's return to Baltimore, and getting the story on Butchie's murder. - 2 Clay Davis comes to talk with Pearlman, and sees the board they have on him. - 2 Omar and Slim Charles have a talk. - 2 Haynes, Spry, and a reporter discuss the word "incensed". - 2 Kima babysits Elijah. - 2 Michael working his corner, while he watches the narcos watching him. - 1 Colicchio goes off on a citizen. - 1 Daniels trying to make peace with Burrell. - 1 Marlo meets with Vondas, while The Greek listens in. - 1 Lester and Pearlman go to the State's Attorney with what they have on Clay Davis. - 1 Templeton goes to the Washington Post for a job interview. - 1 Baltimore leadership go over the reverends that need to be placated, to fire Burrell. - 1 Templeton's interview. - 1 Rawls comes to talk with Burrell, as Burrell packs up his office. - 1 Burrell and Daniels talk before the press conference. - 1 McNulty and Lester in the homeless area, with Johnny Fifty living there. - 1 Oscar takes a DOA call. - 1 Prop Joe and Herc discuss Burrell's high school days. - 1 Daniels enjoying his new office as Deputy Ops. - 1 Carver and Herc discuss the Colicchio situation. - 1 McNulty and Beadie argue. - 1
 
Most memorable line/lines
"I come here to help, but y'all our for blood." - 3 "Hey, you ever find that camera?" - 3 "It all matters. I know we thought it didn't, but...it does." - 3 "Close your eyes. It won't hurt none." - 3 (Lester chuckles) "Got him. The head shot." - 2 "Jimmy, am I missing something here? How does this help you?" - 2 "Have it say, 'Butchie. Woe to them that call evil good and good evil'." - 2 "Area chief?" "Name of Rawls, as I remember it." - 2 "Tony, I'm writing you up. Excessive force, conduct unbecoming." - 2 "Buy you some property. Hold onto it till the white people show up, you make a killing." - 2 "Come to see a dead man walking?" - 2 "Why don't you just shove the broom up my ass and I'll sweep the floor while I'm at it." - 2 "Huh. 'Incensed' is to inflame with wrath. It speaks to obsession." - 2 "You're killing me. I got to ask." "Stone stupid." - 2 "Boy was always a disappointment." - 2  
Best Performance
Robert F. Chew (Joseph "Proposition Joe" Stewart) - 5 Lance Reddick (Major. Cedric Daniels) - 3 Dominic West (Officer James “Jimmy” McNulty) - 2 Seth Gilliam (Sgt. Ellis Carver) - 2 Michael Kenneth Williams (Omar Little) - 2 Jamie Hector (Marlo Stanfield) - 2 Jermaine Crawford (Duquan "Dukie" Weems) - 2 Frankie Faison (Commissioner Ervin H. Burrell) - 2 Method Man (Melvin "Cheese" Wagstaff) - 2 Paul Ben-Victor (Spiros "Vonda" Vondopoulos) - 2 Clark Johnson (City Editor Augustus "Gus" Haynes) - 1 Deirdre Lovejoy (Asst. Stat's Atty. Rhonda Pearlman) - 1 Clarke Peters (Det. Lester Freamon) - 1 Wendell Pierce (Det. William "Bunk" Moreland) - 1 Andre Royo (Reginald "Bubbles" Cousins) - 1 Tristan Mack Wilds (Michael Lee) - 1 Michelle Paress (Alma Gutierrez) - 1 Felicia Pearson (Felicia "Snoop" Pearson) - 1 Anwan Glover (Slim Charles) - 1 Benjamin Busch (Off. Anthony Colicchio) - 1 Fredrick Strother (State Delegate Odell Watkins) - 1
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