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(Free Press) Tories accused of anti-competitive business behaviour: Treasury Board secretary told Hydro not to bid on data network contract, documents reveal

2020.09.15 03:43 wpgbrownie (Free Press) Tories accused of anti-competitive business behaviour: Treasury Board secretary told Hydro not to bid on data network contract, documents reveal

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Tories accused of anti-competitive business behaviour: Treasury Board secretary told Hydro not to bid on data network contract, documents reveal
By: Larry Kusch Posted: 09/14/2020 7:00 PM
The provincial government discouraged Manitoba Hydro from bidding on a lucrative data network contract that was slated for tender this year, a decision that came as a blow to small, local internet service providers who were hoping to piggyback on the Crown corporation's bid.
According to documents obtained through freedom of information legislation, the government made it known to Hydro president and CEO Jay Grewal in early January that company subsidiary Manitoba Hydro Telecom (MHT) was not to participate in a planned request for proposals.
The prize was a data network contract that provides inter-office data connectivity to more than 600 provincial offices, A 10-year agreement between the government and Bell MTS was set to expire this year. According to Hydro documents, the contract was worth between $12 million and $14 million annually.
Correspondence between senior Hydro officials reveals that provincial Treasury Board secretary Paul Beauregard, a former executive with both Manitoba Telecom Service Inc. and BCE/Bell Canada, was the senior government official who delivered the news.
In an email from Grewal to two of her senior officials dated Jan. 4 , the Hydro boss said she "tested" the idea of participating in the RFP with Treasury Board (a sub-committee of the provincial cabinet responsible for fiscal management) and "as anticipated, Paul B confirmed that we are not to participate."
Three days later, Sharon Harrald, a Hydro vice-president, passed on the news to Chris Mankewich, managing director of MHT, a business unit of Manitoba Hydro International Ltd.
"Paul Beauregard confirmed to (Grewal) that we (MHT) are not to participate in the Manitoba Network RFP (directly or indirectly as a 3rd party)," she wrote in an email.
As it turned out, the RFP was never issued. The government exercised an option in its agreement with Bell MTS to extend the contract for 30 months — from July 1, 2020 to Dec. 31, 2022.
Local small and medium telecommunications and internet service providers are worried that the provincial government appears to be shutting them out of business opportunities. A chance to receive spinoff business through the Manitoba Network contract never materialized. More recently, another door seemingly closed as Hydro declared that MHT would not be taking on new business while an RFP is underway to find a third-party manager for it.
"They (the Pallister government) obviously had a long-term policy or plan to implement a more private footprint for internet service provision in Manitoba that did not include Manitoba Hydro Telecom as the steward or gatekeeper of data services and fibre asset control," said David MacKay, executive director of the recently formed Coalition of Manitoba Internet Service Providers (C-MISP).
The government appears to be establishing an environment of "anti-competitive business behaviour," MacKay said.
"Competition keeps pricing down and it keeps service levels up. Without the competition we move more towards an environment of either privatization or, worse yet, complete monopoly," he said.
Manitoba Hydro did not respond to a request for comment before deadline.
Blake Robert, director of media relations and issues management for the provincial cabinet, said "it is incorrect to state that Manitoba Hydro was 'forbidden' from bidding" on the Manitoba Network contract.
"The reason for extending the Manitoba Network agreement was strictly due to timing and the fundamental change in what Manitoba may need from the Manitoba Network in the wake of the COVID pandemic," he said in an email.
"Cabinet determined that government needed more time to rethink Manitoba’s future needs with respect to the Manitoba Network, and that issuing and awarding an RFP in the middle of this pandemic would have resulted in not properly scoping our future needs."
Robert there is "no relationship" between the government's "request" that Manitoba Hydro Telecom pause entering into new deals and the decision to extend the current agreement for the Manitoba Network with Bell MTS.
He also denied that Beauregard, as a secretary to a committee of cabinet, is in any conflict of interest because of his past connections to Bell and MTS.
"Mr. Beauregard’s role in this instance was not in a decision-making capacity, it was to remind the CEO of (a) Crown Corporation of a previous decision of cabinet and was the subject of a cooperative process between central government and Hydro. Simply conveying the information presents no conflict of interest and in fact is a part of the expectations of Mr. Beauregard’s role," Robert wrote.
NDP MLA Adrien Sala, the party's Hydro critic, called the message from Beauregard to Grewal "a really ugly example of political interference in Manitoba Hydro by one of (Premier Brian) Pallister's hand-picked staff."
He said under the Crown Corporations Governance and Accountability Act, in effect since 2018, the government is required to make any directive to Hydro public within 30 days of issuing it, but it has apparently failed to do that.
In 2017, the same year Beauregard joined the government after serving as corporate secretary at MTS, Pallister told a legislative committee hearing that his new appointee would recuse himself on issues relating to his former employer, Sala said.
"The premier said on the record that Mr. Beauregard would not be involved in any decisions regarding Bell MTS, and now we know it's not true," the critic said.
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2020.08.26 15:04 TruthSeeker373 Final part: Expert point of view

Now and based on everything demonstrated previously, we will present some videos, announcements and comments made by experts whom, boldly, spoke against the overwhelming current of flawed scientific consensus where they expressed their points of view freely:
Notes: 1) The usage of the captions might be needed while using ‘YouTube’.
2) All the following numbers were accurate at the time of their publish and while these numbers need updates now but the patterns, analytical reasoning, scientific concepts, objective info and even opinions about possible backgrounds regarding the global situations are to great extents precise and these facts may tolerate multiple different analysis.
3) We don’t adopt everything said by those experts and, surly, we don’t embrace their intellectual/political orientations but we will demonstrate objectively and with transparency what was not demonstrated by the mainstream media and we assure that a big part/section of their declarations are accurate as long as we use the “official” numbers/info, of course.
  1. We have an analysis from the Dr. Wolfgang Wodarg: https://youtu.be/p_AyuhbnPOI; where he mentions different types of viruses, their spread, the percentages of coronaviruses recorded in the past and speaks clearly about numbers manipulations, suspicious rashness in choosing the tests and criticizes the mainstream media/scientists/politicians for amplifying the situation without any obvious reasons (of course this is done on purpose due to the existence of hidden agendas).
  2. We have an analysis from the professor Sucharit Bhakdi: https://youtu.be/JBB9bA-gXL4; where he defines the coronaviruses in general then speaks about flaws in analyzing the numbers and after that he speaks about the possible serious issues with all-inclusive lockdowns/quarantines and describes this procedure as “grotesque”. Dr. Bhakdi, also, mentioned the negative psychological effects these lockdowns might have on people especially the elderly ones since fear, panic and psychological pressure of loneliness, that are produced by such lockdowns and panic-causing propaganda, are enough to weaken immune systems particularly for those elderly individuals.
  3. We have the opinion of Dr. Vernon Coleman: https://youtu.be/xbEHEzEEHJ8; where he talks about many flaws in the official global narrative and criticizes the shady proceedings put in action to control the situation but he’s point of view regarding the hidden agendas need a much deeper and accurate analysis (something we intend to do later).
  4. The German Dr. Klaus Püschel declared some important info about the COVID-19 disease, most importantly is the following: [He explained that, according to his knowledge, "mainly sick people and people with a weakened immune system" have died so far. He had previously autopsied over 50 deceased COVID-19 patients. In the Hamburger Morgenpost on April 10, he stated that no single person who had not had any previous illnesses had died of the virus in Hamburg. Püschel said that he was convinced that corona mortality would not even make itself felt as a peak in annual mortality. Working groups led by Klaus Püschel and Stefan Kluge were able to use sections to detect multiple venous thrombosis and fatal pulmonary embolism in deceased COVID-19 patients. It was found that not the virus-induced pneumonia and the resulting disturbance of the gas exchange, but the heart failure due to the extensive relocation of the pulmonary circulation by pulmonary emboli is responsible for a large proportion of deaths. The corona virus is said to activate the coagulation system in blood vessels with attachment to the endothelium effect in many organs. As a critical addition to the therapeutic approach, a coordinated and possibly higher-dose thrombosis prophylaxis with low-molecular-weight heparin is therefore advisable]. You can find this info on multiple sources on the internet but we opted to use the version of Wikipedia (without the references) due to its clarity and briefness only. The results of this study has led to the conclusion of a possible connection between the SARS-CoV-2 virus and heart attacks but this is far from enough to deduce that SARS-CoV-2 is the causative agent for these heart attacks. We already have shown that this virus is incapable of causing coagulations on its own (except in very rare cases) and that most of these coagulation issues are produced due to the proliferation of different types of bacteria which exploit the weakness/distraction of the immune system to spread rapidly. Also, bear in mind that the flawed tests can lead to the incorrect classification of individuals with preliminary heart/coagulation problems as being infected with the virus.
  5. Some notes from the professor John Ioannidis: [Dr. John Ioannidis of Stanford University says such “draconian countermeasures” may represent “a once-in-a-century evidence fiasco”. He points out that the Diamond Princess cruise ship with 3,711 on board had only seven deaths from 700 infections. That’s a one percent death rate despite how elderly cruise ship passengers tend to be. By contrast, “mild or common-cold-type coronaviruses that have been known for decades can have fatality rates as high as eight percent when they infect elderly people in nursing homes”. Ioannidis says that if one extrapolates the cruise ship stats to regular age demographics, the mortality rate drops to 0.125 percent. That’s close to the 0.1 percent mortality rate for the regular flu].
  6. A small but bold comment from the professor Joel Kettner: [Dr. Joel Kettner was the former Chief Public Health Officer for Manitoba and the Medical Director of the International Centre for Infectious Diseases. He told CBC radio, “I have never seen anything like this, anything anywhere near like this. I’m not talking about the pandemic, because I’ve seen 30 of them, one every year. It is called influenza. And other respiratory illness viruses, we don’t always know what they are. But I’ve never seen this reaction, and I’m trying to understand why”]. Notice what he said about some common cold/respiratory illnesses causing viruses where he admitted that experts/scientists do not always recognize/know those viruses they are dealing with, even with the huge advancements in science/technology and with the great collective experience experts possess. Still nonetheless, these experts while being totally ignorant to the nature/capabilities of these unrecognized viruses, they never advised the declaration of emergency laws, all-inclusive lockdowns and other proceedings just because these unknown viruses might be threatening, might be dangerous, might be contagious, might be this and might be that…
  7. We have some important talk from the professor Dolores Cahill which covers different angles of the current situation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ua6meLlYJdY; we should note that she is supporting the usage of ‘HydroxyChloroquine’ which like all other drugs, medications/treatments and vaccinations is still unproven to be effective. Also, let’s not forget that this drug might have lethal side effects according to some other scientists and organizations, and this is a good example of the widespread flounder and rampant chaos caused by the many flaws in testing which, in turn, lead to big flaws and differences among researches/studies to the degree where these scientific papers and their conclusions represent complete opposites that conflict and collide leading to the uncertainty about the results of all the researches and leaving the experts baffled without a clue to what should be done truly. Is such confusion useful for the success of certain agendas!? Of course it is.
  8. Now we will demonstrate some realistic commonsense from Dr. David Katz: https://www.cowen.com/insights/covid-19-discussion-with-dr-david-katz/; he also boldly commented: [Dr. Katz explains: “If all we do is flatten the curve, you don’t prevent deaths, you just change the dates” on Real Time with Bill Maher, April 24, 2020]. Another announcement he made: [Dr. David Katz, physician and founding director of the Yale University Prevention Research Center: I am deeply concerned that the social, economic and public health consequences of this near-total meltdown of normal life—schools and businesses closed, gatherings banned—will be long-lasting and calamitous, possibly graver than the direct toll of the virus itself. The stock market will bounce back in time, but many businesses never will. The unemployment, impoverishment and despair likely to result will be public health scourges of the first order].
  9. The internationally renowned professor Knut Wittkowski said: https://www.bitchute.com/video/uoYnc0ImNzza/; although we don’t endorse the theory of evolution which he support but everything else he talked about regarding the global pandemic and the correct/accurate lockdown is “correct” based on objective analysis as long as we are using the “official” data and considering this “flawed” data to be precise.
  10. Dr. Michael T. Osterholm speaks realistically about the needed lockdown, that is a limited lockdown and he admits that there is no perfect/complete solution and that we must choose the least damaging solution without denying that some sacrifices are inevitable: https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2020/03/21/facing-covid-19-reality-national-lockdown-is-no-cure/.
  11. The virologist Karin Mölling gives us her analysis of the current situation and speaks about many facts with great accuracy: https://www.anti-empire.com/german-virologist-of-international-renown-warns-government-lockdowns-are-a-horrible-mistake-will-make-crisis-worse/.
  12. The German professor Hendrik Streeck speaks about some important info he reached through the studies he and his team has conducted: https://today.rtl.lu/news/science-and-environment/a/1498185.html.
  13. The Israeli professor and politician Yoram Lass said the following: [Dr. Yoram Lass, a politician and former Director General of the Health Ministry: “Whoever thinks that governments end viruses is wrong” he said. “I say that the numbers do not match the panic”. Lass points out that the average age of Italians who died of COVID-19 is 81. He prefers the British approach where the elderly are isolated but everyone else lives as they always did and develops a natural immunity]. It’s worth noting that Britain had implemented an all-inclusive lockdown with strict procedures later on, that is after Yoram’s announcements.
  14. We have the analysis of Dr. Russell Blaylock: https://www.technocracy.news/blaylock-face-masks-pose-serious-risks-to-the-healthy/.
  15. Here we have a study made by some experts about UV rays, its benefits and about developing UV rays emitting devices: https://www.studyfinds.org/handheld-ultraviolet-light-devices-that-kill-covid-19-other-viruses-may-soon-be-commonplace/?amp; but why are they complicating things while the sun exists as a renewable, huge and free source of these UV rays? The sun can cover almost the entire world during a period of 24 hours where these UV rays can in a relatively short period (around couple weeks) effectively reduce the imminent threat of any virus. Remember in previous articles we presented, experts/studies showed that going outdoors (under the sun figuratively) reduces the probability of infection which is due to multiple reasons such as free air flow or sun light (UV rays precisely) in this case. The sun light helps in gaining Vitamin-D which, in turn, helps in boosting the immunity system and the emitted UV rays are capable of destroying/weakening all bacterial cells and viral particles alike. Why is there such a determination on lockdowns that keeps us away from the outdoors and the sun? knowing that living indoors for a relatively long period of time (around couple weeks) might facilitates the process of infection among people because, as we demonstrated previously in this paper, there are clear signs that shows staying indoors during lockdowns will, certainly, affect the immune system negatively and weaken the immune response. In addition, lockdowns realistically meant for the majority of people worldwide, staying indoors with their entire families, friends and/or coworkers, etc… where staying with multiple individuals in limited spaces for a 2 weeks’ duration will, surely, not only increase the possibilities of catching a certain infection (any infection in general) from the others but also will increase the time of the circulation of this infection due to the nature of the closed indoor spaces where even living alone will not limit the increased threat of infection indoors since the air-conditioned and non-sunny environments offer a perfect place for viruses/bacteria of all sorts to thrive and survive for much longer periods of time. Note that even the flawed studies regarding the current pandemic have showed that the controlled air flow of air-conditioning is enough to increase the chances of infection in even the biggest indoor spaces (this is already known-before regarding most other infectious diseases).
  16. This is a source for many important info regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s results and effects on the world: https://swprs.org/a-swiss-doctor-on-covid-19/.
A final conclusion of this paper is either that scientists/experts are lost in a chaotic cyclone of their own making due to flawed data/tests where in some cases studies/researches have completely opposite results or that the global scientific level is, in general, underwhelming and lacking where all clueless determination on implementing procedures such as lockdowns, social distancing, mandatory wearing of face masks, etc… is unreliable to say the least. If you do not believe these are the current 2 scenarios, then you are not alone! The third scenario is that governments and international organizations are lying to us by forging research results and manipulating numbers purposefully where they used some suspicious sources of data that were, in turn, used to do some important researches that were published by mysterious companies and research centers. This can only be done by serious financing and great professional expertise that, honestly, can only be matched by influential/intelligence agencies. Science is flawed by its nature since it’s a man-made product, but why don’t the governments/organizations/companies objectively admit that more time is needed to carry accurate studies instead of concealing info, forging facts, fabricating fake evidence and pushing to implement proceedings/policies that were never used before (here we have a lack of reliability due to the absence of formehistorical experiences)? Why use lies, deception, manipulation in order to spread intimidation, fear and panic among people in case the SARS-CoV-2 virus was really dangerous as they claim? Wouldn’t right informing and spreading awareness with solid facts/info be enough to convince people to follow the “right” procedures? If the situation is really threatening, should we blindly follow untested procedures implemented globally? What if these actions backfired and situation became worse? Resorting to “fake science” is not a solution, and the only reasonable mentality towards any declarations made by officials all around the world is to question their motivations and the so-called info they are giving to the public. Are there hidden agendas behind this veil of grand deception? Who benefits from this current situation? The new laws/procedures/policies implemented all around the world will lead to a different life style, something governments globally are pushing for, in order to meet the needs of hidden agendas and to set the global theater for a new stage of events which benefits them for multiple reasons that will not be addressed now.
We will, in other papers, talk about the results/consequences of this pandemic regarding all the possible levels, address and speak about these hidden agendas and try to uncover what is behind the curtain of illusions, and we will certainly readdress some medical/scientific details as a continuation for this very paper.
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2020.07.05 22:11 Siamese2020 My fathers divorce is bankrupting him and my mothers spitefulness is dragging it on - Please help, any advice would be appreciated.

**Throw away for identity purposes*\*


**Small background on this:*\* I was born in Manitoba and am working in Ontario. I am 21 years old and have been financially supporting my father for the last year. My father, brother (17) sister (11) and mother all live in Manitoba.
Preface to the Shit storm i'm about to type out: My mother is incredibly mentally unwell. For a majority of my life she has displayed symptoms of mania and bipolar paranoia. Life at home was always a rocky road with many family fights, child abuse, and spousal abuse from mom on to dad. On to the divorce and financial woes...


**How it started*\*: In early 2017 My mother had a manic episode that ended in her harming herself, calling the police and blaming my father. He was arrested on belief of domestic violence which was thrown out shortly afterwords due to my mothers statement changing 3 times during the whole proceedings.She never returned home after this and has never wanted to finalize her divorce with my father. Another note: my mother was cheating on my father, i'm not sure how this addition helps his side in the courts however. Child family services Manitoba was involved and many hours were spent in the court room leading to my father having sole custody of my brother and sister. Mom was deemed to be mentally unfit to see the children until she seeks mental help. The trade off on the sole custody was my mother was not to pay child support as my father was the sole provider income-wise of my family.


**Note on fathers income*\*: Dad was making 70k pre tax at a factory as well about 80k pre tax at a small restaurant he co-owned. we will call this 150k a year pre tax. my mother never worked, and was a stay at home mom. in 2019 my father was diagnosed with PTSD due to the abuse my mother brought upon him and is on disability for around $3200/month tax free (not working at the factory any more)


**Continuing the story**: The rest of the divorce was never finalized and the two are technically still married today in mid 2020. There were many court dates that were established to continue to hash out finalization that my mother either no-showed to, or didn't make any progress in. This was very costly for my father and began to drain him financially. The house in which he lives in (which is in both of their names) also had its mortgage mature and the interest rate is now open, bleeding my father for even more money. He is unable to sell the house without my mothers co-signature and she is completely non-compliant on this matter.

He was forced to sell off his section of his restaurant in early 2020 at a very reduced price and lost that portion of his income, leaving him to just his disability money to survive. His credit is in the gutter as the more his accounts drained the more he had to rely on credit cards as any level of income. Because of his prior six digit yearly earnings he was never eligible for any level of financial aid in terms of legal support, etc. Recently my father attempted to declare bankruptcy but because almost all of his assets are in both his name and my mothers the bankruptcy agent told my dad he would require my mothers authorization as well.


**NOTE: MY MOTHER WILL NOT BY ANY MEANS COMMUNICATE WITH HIM. THIS IS NOT AN OPTION, SHE IS NOT MENTALLY FIT ENOUGH TO EVEN BELIEVE HE IS IN THE FINANCIAL STATE HE IS IN. Any conversation with my mother leads to her hanging up or leaving in a fit of rage and weeks of silence.*\*


**Topic of cash**: With the mortgage + utilities + phone/internet + groceries + gas (his vehicle is a 2010 chevy that he paid in full for) **my father is spending roughly 4000/month, 800 more than his disability makes him.*\* Also, the furnace in the house broke and that was a 3k repair for him. He literally has no money, and owes government money for income tax reasons in the area of almost 30k. He has started selecting which bills to pay this month and which bills to let slide.


**Continuing The Story**: The best case scenario for him would be to somehow get to declare bankruptcy and have the bank sell the home. If the home were to sell it would pay off his debts in full and and he would be able to have a fresh start without the ball and chain of the expenses of the house that can't afford. His credit would be shit, but it already is. I have been sending him around 500-800 dollars a month to ensure he can feed and clothe my brother and sister properly. there isn't any money to spare and I can't take him calling me and crying any longer. This isn't a life for him to live.
Please Reddit, if you have any suggestions, my ears are open. I need to help my dad. What are his options? What can I bring to the table for him to pursue?


**TL;DR: Mom crazy, divorces dad. Wont finalize divorce leading to financial purgatory. Suggestions needed.*\*
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2020.07.05 20:15 Siamese2020 My fathers divorce is bankrupting him and my mothers spitefulness is dragging it on - Please help, any advice would be appreciated.

Throw away for identity purposes
Small background on this: I was born in Manitoba and am working in Ontario. I am 21 years old and have been financially supporting my father for the last year. My father, brother (17) sister (11) and mother all live in Manitoba. Preface to the Shit storm i'm about to type out: My mother is incredibly mentally unwell. For a majority of my life she has displayed symptoms of mania and bipolar paranoia. Life at home was always a rocky road with many family fights, child abuse, and spousal abuse from mom on to dad. On to the divorce and financial woes...
How it started: In early 2017 My mother had a manic episode that ended in her harming herself, calling the police and blaming my father. He was arrested on belief of domestic violence which was thrown out shortly afterwords due to my mothers statement changing 3 times during the whole proceedings. She never returned home after this and has never wanted to finalize her divorce with my father. Child family services Manitoba was involved and many hours were spent in the court room leading to my father having sole custody of my brother and sister. Mom was deemed to be mentally unfit to see the children until she seeks mental help. The trade off on the sole custody was my mother was not to pay child support as my father was the sole provider income-wise of my family.
Note on fathers income: Dad was making 70k pre tax at a factory as well about 80k pre tax at a small restaurant he co-owned. we will call this 150k a year pre tax. my mother never worked, and was a stay at home mom. in 2019 my father was diagnosed with PTSD due to the abuse my mother brought upon him and is on disability for around $3200/month tax free (not working at the factory any more)
Continuing the story: The rest of the divorce was never finalized and the two are technically still married today in mid 2020. There were many court dates that were established to continue to hash out finalization that my mother either no-showed to, or didn't make any progress in. This was very costly for my father and began to drain him financially. The house in which he lives in (which is in both of their names) also had its mortgage mature and the interest rate is now open, bleeding my father for even more money. He is unable to sell the house without my mothers co-signature and she is completely non-compliant on this matter.
He was forced to sell off his section of his restaurant in early 2020 at a very reduced price and lost that portion of his income, leaving him to just his disability money to survive. His credit is in the gutter as the more his accounts drained the more he had to rely on credit cards as any level of income. Because of his prior six digit yearly earnings he was never eligible for any level of financial aid in terms of legal support, etc. Recently my father attempted to declare bankruptcy but because almost all of his assets are in both his name and my mothers the bankruptcy agent told my dad he would require my mothers authorization as well.
NOTE: MY MOTHER WILL NOT BY ANY MEANS COMMUNICATE WITH HIM. THIS IS NOT AN OPTION, SHE IS NOT MENTALLY FIT ENOUGH TO EVEN BELIEVE HE IS IN THE FINANCIAL STATE HE IS IN. Any conversation with my mother leads to her hanging up or leaving in a fit of rage and weeks of silence.
Topic of cash: With the mortgage + utilities + phone/internet + groceries + gas (his vehicle is a 2010 chevy that he paid in full for) my father is spending roughly 4000/month, 800 more than his disability makes him. Also, the furnace in the house broke and that was a 3k repair for him. He literally has no money, and owes government money for income tax reasons in the area of almost 30k. He has started selecting which bills to pay this month and which bills to let slide.
Continuing The Story: The best case scenario for him would be to somehow get to declare bankruptcy and have the bank sell the home. If the home were to sell it would pay off his debts in full and and he would be able to have a fresh start without the ball and chain of the expenses of the house that can't afford. His credit would be shit, but it already is. I have been sending him around 500-800 dollars a month to ensure he can feed and clothe my brother and sister properly. there isn't any money to spare and I can't take him calling me and crying any longer. This isn't a life for him to live. Please Reddit, if you have any suggestions, my ears are open. I need to help my dad. What are his options? What can I bring to the table for him to pursue?
TL;DR: Mom crazy, divorces dad. Wont finalize divorce leading to financial purgatory. Suggestions needed.
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2020.06.29 19:10 Copenhagan Looking for a new simple work station

>**What will you be doing with this PC? Be as specific as possible, and include specific games or programs you will be using.**
I will mostly be using this computer for Publisher, Word, internet and gimp. Lots of publisher

>**What is your maximum budget before rebates/shipping/taxes?**

$600 CAD

>**When do you plan on building/buying the PC? Note: beyond a week or two from today means any build you receive will be out of date when you want to buy.**

As soon as possible

>**What, exactly, do you need included in the budget? (ToweOS/monitokeyboard/mouse/etc\)**

I will need a CPU, A motherboard, a GPU if you think it is needed. and Ram.

>**Which country (and state/province) will you be purchasing the parts in? If you're in US, do you have access to a Microcenter location?**

I am in Manitoba Canada

>**If reusing any parts (including monitor(s)/keyboard/mouse/etc), what parts will you be reusing? Brands and models are appreciated.**

I have a samsung SSD and a old hp case Pavillion series

>**Will you be overclocking? If yes, are you interested in overclocking right away, or down the line? CPU and/or GPU?**

Unlikely

>**Are there any specific features or items you want/need in the build? (ex: SSD, large amount of storage or a RAID setup, CUDA or OpenCL support, etc)**

None

>**Do you have any specific case preferences (Size like ITX/microATX/mid-towefull-tower, styles, colors, window or not, LED lighting, etc), or a particular color theme preference for the components?**

None

>**Do you need a copy of Windows included in the budget? If you do need one included, do you have a preference?**

I have a copy
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2020.06.26 20:07 Oppropro My dad is a Kevin

So after reading Stories About Kevin, I have come to the realization that my dad is the most Kevin... Kevin I know. This is going to be a long read, I hope you enjoy these stories. Nothing that really traumatized me or my family, we just look back at these tales of caution and laugh.

These are all old stories as my dad has not been in my life for the last 16 years. I am 34 now so you can do the math. My parents split when I was 6 and my mom, having sole custody of myself and my two siblings, dedicated her life to snuffing out any Kevin traits that may have been passed down through 'his' genes. I am proud to say I am not a Kevina and more like a 'Phoebe from Friends' kind of person. Thank you mom.

Now onto some Kevin/dad stories:

- When my dad was 9 he and my uncle (his younger brother) wanted to see who could toss the largest rock into a river near their house (this river was fast flowing and emptied into the Atlantic ocean). Dad found the largest boulder he could lift, held it over the side of a bridge, and forgot to let go. He was fished out by a neighbour.

- My dad was attacked by a tiger. My parents met in the military. They were stationed at a base near Winnipeg, Manitoba. My dad took my mom on a date to the zoo. He wanted a picture of a tiger, but he wanted the tiger to look like it was in a natural habitat. So you know those chain lines with a sign that says "do not cross this line"? He crossed it. Put both his arms in the cage to steady the camera. The tiger took one look and pounced. Dad fell back. People panicked. No major damage was done. Who knew tigers could leap so far?

- My dad made my mom trek through Northern Ontario brush to find a hot spring. On their way from Winnipeg to Toronto my parents noticed some steam coming from the forest near the Trans-Canada-Highway. My dad, a 23 year old who just got his highschool diploma with the help of my mother, was adamant that there was a hot spring near by. He had just taken grade 10 geography so he knew what he was talking about. The hot spring he found was a sewage treatment plant. (The newest National Lampoon Movie gives my mom horror flash backs)

- My dad was chased down the highway by a cow Moose. SAME ROAD TRIP. Dad saw a baby moose at the side of the road and decided this was his Disney Princess moment. Mom warned him not to get close but he wanted a picture of the baby moose up close. Well out come momma charging at full speed. My mother, who was behind the wheel at the time, had the car in neutral so it could roll forward slowly while dad ran back to the car, hopped in the passenger side, and they sped off. Momma was still chasing them for a good few minutes, which felt like hours.

By the was, this trip from Winnipeg to Toronto was for their wedding. I don't know why my mom didn't see any red flags. Love is blind.

- My dad almost electrocuted himself. When our family was transferred to a Canadian Air Force base in Lahr, Germany, we got an unfurnished apartment. At this point it's mom, dad, older brother, and myself. The unfurnished apartment had no light fixtures in the walls or ceiling, just exposed wired. My dad wanted to know if the wires were hot.... so he touched one. Blasted back a few feet and was burned, but not dead.

- My dad left me unsupervised on a 4th floor balcony with no ledge. Same apartment as before, property owners were renovating balconies. My dad had the day off and my mother had a shift on base. Mom told dad make sure the patio door is shut and locked so brother (3 or 4 at the time) and I (just turned 2) don't go on the balcony. She comes home after work to see dad sleeping on the couch, balcony door wide open and me looking over the ledge. Mom had to give me the most calm 'COME GIVE MOMMY A BIIIIG HUG' she could muster while screaming internally. Dad didn't know what was wrong.

- My dad has crashed EVERY vehicle he has owned. Every car, truck, dirt bike, motorcycle, boat, you name it. He is the reason Ontario premiums are high. Once he crashed the family car on a quiet pedestrian road. Going 30k. Into a parked tow truck. In front of a house where a large Greek family has having a party. My older brother and I were in the car. It was a write off. A Greek grandma gave my brother and I candy.

- My dad has had two kitchen fires (that I know of) and one wasn't even in his own house. We were visiting friends of the family we met on base in Germany. These people are still in my life and they are considered Aunt/Uncle and cousins. My dad went to make fries and while waiting for the pot of oil to heat up, he took a nap. Same thing happened in his own apartment years later. Icing on the cake? My dad was a Toronto fire fighter at the time! He's retired now so Toronto citizens, you can sleep well.

There are way more stories but this is enough to get my point across. It is kind of therapeutic to get these off my chest and into the internet.

tl;dr: my dad is an idiot
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2020.05.11 19:06 Coookiedeluxe Trying to become a TekSavvy customer, but I keep getting the runaround

A few weeks ago I moved to a new place and figured I´d try VMedia. Horrible mistake, I don´t think I need to tell you why. Last week I finally had enough and shopped around for a new provider. I heard good things about TekSavvy, so I checked out their offerings and found their prices to be okay (not good, mind you, but okay when compared to other Canadian providers. I am originally from Germany and have been living in Canada since 2014. While I feel I have assimilated into the Canadian culture perfectly fine I still cannot get over how ridiculously high the prices for things like cell phone plans and internet access are. But oh well, it is what it is and out of all the ridiculous prices TekSavvy at least was on the lower end of the spectrum).
 
So I gave them a call because I didn´t know how exactly it works in Canada to change providers without interruption. I know how it works in Germany, but I had no clue about Canada, so I called TekSavvy and asked. The super friendly CSR explained that they can cancel the old service on my behalf if I want to, deal with everything in the background and then connect me the moment the provider they are reselling (in my case Shaw, I am located in Manitoba) gives their okay. I was happy that it was so easy and was impressed with how friendly and helpful the CSR was, the complete opposite of what I experienced with VMedia.
 
He said as soon as he had a date for the switch he would get back to me and let me know, and indeed, on Saturday he called me (which impressed me even more) and told me everyone has agreed to everything, the switch would happen the following Monday at midnight. I was happy and looking forward to Monday.
 
Monday rolls around, and I couldn´t connect to the internet anymore. Did a bunch of trouble shooting, reset modem and router, tried to connect via Ethernet instead of Wifi and whatnot. Nothing helped. So I figured I´d call TekSavvy and see if maybe they made the switch earlier than planned, Sunday at midnight instead of Monday at midnight and I maybe just had to configure something differently before I could connect.
 
The CSR (who was super friendly and helpful again) did a bunch of checks and we came to the conclusion that VMedia cut me off prematurely. Oh well, that just fits what my experience with that place was like, so I wasn´t too surprised that they screwed up one last time. The CSR apologized profusely even though it was not TekSavvy´s fault at all, and even though I couldn´t connect to the internet at all anymore that day I felt very good about having chosen TekSavvy.
 
So Tuesday morning I realize I still can´t connect to the internet, even though the switch should have happened at midnight. I give TekSavvy a call once again, and the CSR I talked to was surprised to hear that I was switching. He said according to what he sees I am a new customer, not one that switches from another provider. He took down all the data from my modem (MAC address, serial number etc.) and asked me to wait another 24 hours before I would be able to connect. He too was being nice and friendly, but I was decidedly unhappy about what I heard.
 
I waited another 24 hours, Wedesday is here, still no internet. I call them again, once again I get a bunch of apologies, the CSR tells me I´d need to wait another 24 hours because it looks like Shaw never agreed to the switch and is now playing games with TekSavvy. I stay polite with the CSR because he is the last person who has any control over this and because I know they are at the mercy of Shaw, but I can´t help but wonder why I was told everyone agreed to a switch on Monday when clearly that was not the case.
 
The CSR tells me to wait another 24 hours, and he would call me back no matter what happened. Well, guess who never called back. Still no internet for all of Thursday. So on Friday I call them yet again, and the CSR is very sympathetic with me (which I appreciate, but it doesn´t really help me) and tells me she has a parent that worked from home so she understands how important it is to have internet during these times. She was nice and helpful, just like everyone else at TekSavvy I talked to so far, and she told me she´d escalate the issue and call me back.
 
Well, now it´s Monday, I never got a call from anyone, and of course I´m still without internet. One full week after I should have had it. I could call again, but at this point I already know what they would tell me, and I just can´t be bothered anymore.
 
So yeah, I am not even a proper customer yet and I already feel like I made a huge mistake. I know they are at Shaw´s mercy, but then they shouldn´t have told me the switch would happen last week. Being without internet for a full week now and calling them every.single.damn.day just to hear exactly the same thing every time has left a sour taste in my mouth by now.
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2020.04.29 22:41 DAZ_15 Interesting...

In October of 2019, a researcher at Johns-Hopkins Center for Health Security predicted 65 million people could die of coronavirus worldwide within 18 months under the right circumstances.
Coincidentally, by December 31, China was reporting its first case of mutated coronavirus infection. It took only one day for the US Centers for Disease Control to identify a seafood market in Wuhan, China as the epicenter of the outbreak.
A Reuters news report claims the newly mutated coronavirus wasn’t identified until January 10, and hospitals in Wuhan didn’t have testing kits till January 20, with testing prior that date taking 3-5 days because they had to be sent to a laboratory in Beijing. So how did the CDC all the way in the U.S. so quickly identify Wuhan as the hub of a coronavirus outbreak?
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-china-health-testing-insight/confusion-and-lost-time-how-testing-woes-slowed-chinas-coronavirus-response-idUSKBN1ZQ21K
The deadly animal virus epidemic spreading globally may have originated in a Wuhan laboratory linked to China’s covert biological weapons program, according to an Israeli biological warfare expert.
Radio Free Asia this week rebroadcast a local Wuhan television report from 2015 showing China’s most advanced virus research laboratory known the Wuhan Institute of Virology, Radio Free Asia reported.
The laboratory is the only declared site in China capable of working with deadly viruses.
Click this link to read the whole story: http://www.drsergegregoire.com/science/what-is-the-latest-on-the-coronavirus/In October of 2019, a researcher at Johns-Hopkins Center for Health Security predicted 65 million people could die of coronavirus worldwide within 18 months under the right circumstances. Coincidentally, by December 31, China was reporting its first case of mutated coronavirus infection. It took only one day for the US Centers for Disease Control to identify a seafood market in Wuhan, China as the epicenter of the outbreak. A Reuters news report claims the newly mutated coronavirus wasn’t identified until January 10, and hospitals in Wuhan didn’t have testing kits till January 20, with testing prior that date taking 3-5 days because they had to be sent to a laboratory in Beijing. So how did the CDC all the way in the U.S. so quickly identify Wuhan as the hub of a coronavirus outbreak? https://www.reuters.com/article/us-china-health-testing-insight/confusion-and-lost-time-how-testing-woes-slowed-chinas-coronavirus-response-idUSKBN1ZQ21K 89.9K The deadly animal virus epidemic spreading globally may have originated in a Wuhan laboratory linked to China’s covert biological weapons program, according to an Israeli biological warfare expert. Radio Free Asia this week rebroadcast a local Wuhan television report from 2015 showing China’s most advanced virus research laboratory known the Wuhan Institute of Virology, Radio Free Asia reported. The laboratory is the only declared site in China capable of working with deadly viruses. Dany Shoham, a former Israeli military intelligence officer who has studied Chinese biowarfare, said the institute is linked to Beijing’s covert biological weapons program. “Certain laboratories in the institute have probably been engaged, in terms of research and development, in Chinese [biological weapons], at least collaterally, yet not as a principal facility of the Chinese BW alignment,” Mr. Shoham told The Washington Times. Work on biological weapons is conducted as part of dual civilian-military research and is “definitely covert,” he said in an email. Mr. Shoham holds a doctorate in medical microbiology. From 1970 to 1991, he was a senior analyst with Israeli military intelligence for biological and chemical warfare in the Middle East and worldwide, holding the rank of lieutenant colonel. https://kprcradio.iheart.com/content/2020-01-24-virus-hit-wuhan-has-two-laboratories-linked-to-chinese-bio-warfare-program/?sc=editorial&keyid=KPRC&pname=local_social&fbclid=IwAR342gck9_u5MNwkeETr-cdzIfU9G_Q6pOq5XEXx4ENT2CMk_-9C0qysVdM Of interest, Wuhan is the location for China’s Institute of Virology. Authorities are calling this a coincidence.
A few days ago, a paper published in the Biorxiv.org journal presented findings that indicated the coronavirus appeared to be engineered with “key structural proteins” of HIV. The paper, entitled, “Uncanny similarity of unique inserts in the 2019-nCoV spike protein to HIV-1 gp120.” This is the link: https://www.biorxiv.org/content/10.1101/2020.01.30.927871v1.full.pdf As detailed by James Lyons-Weiler, PhD, an analysis of the gene sequence for the coronavirus finds a peculiar sequence called “pShuttle-SN.” This sequence is is the remnant of a genetic engineering sequence that’s used to insert genes into viruses and bacteria. It provides irrefutable “open source” proof that the coronavirus now circulating in the wild was engineered in a laboratory. Every lab that has the gene sequence can see this for themselves. It’s right out in the open, which is why we describe this revelation as “open source.” “One thing we can say for certain is that this particular virus has a laboratory origin,” states Lyons-Weiler in a bombshell interview with Del Bigtree of The Highwire. You can watch the video here: https://www.brighteon.com/105ddb05-07ab-4ef8-8e08-e029dbe5e75c
One wonders if the current epidemic isn’t actually a contrived and pre-planned reality drill to see how the world would handle such a pandemic? All the usual suspects participated in the drill planning, pharmaceutical company executives, the World Bank, public health authorities, news media execs, and representatives for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. http://www.centerforhealthsecurity.org/event201/191017-press-release.html
Why did the Johns-Hopkins doctor pick a mutated coronaviral pandemic instead of some other virus? The 11-million city of Wuhan, China, is gripped by the coronavirus. Quarantines are in place. The fear of the spread of the virus is omnipresent. The weather is wintery. The temperate chilly, 44° Fahrenheit/7° Celsius. Cloudy skies will predominate over the next few days. The UV index in Wuhan goes unreported by news media. On a scale of 1 (lowest)-10 (highest), the UV index in Wuhan is ~3-4 at the height of the crisis. Wuhan is 30.5928° North latitude and it is unlikely for its residents to obtain enough sunlight to produce sufficient amounts of vitamins in winter months. One study published in 2012 reveals vitamin D deficiency in China is rampant (percentage of vitamin D deficiency among Beijing and Shanghai adults of 69.2%). Wuhan is now a ghost town. There are photo images of an empty city park, train travelers with warm clothing that blocks any chance of sunlight/skin exposure, video of the empty streets in Wuhan, and more ghost town video footage. The virus appears to spread internationally by air travel, but not spread outward from destinations of infected travelers. News reports concede this “deadly” coronavirus is just a new strain of a familiar virus which in the past has been called SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) and MERS (Middle East Respiratory Syndrome). Its genetic makeup is 96% identical to the coronavirus found in bats. Slight changes in the mutation rate can determine whether or not some virus infections are rapidly cleared by the host immune system. https://jvi.asm.org/content/84/19/9733
RNA viruses (like the coronavirus) are susceptible to damage from oxidation which can affect their rate of mutation. This has been demonstrated in mice deficient in the trace mineral selenium. China is known to be a “low selenium” country by the World Health Organization. But fast-mutation rates mean any potential epidemic would peter-out due to rapid mutation rates. RNA viruses (like the coronavirus) have high mutation rates—up to a million times higher than their hosts—and these high rates are correlated with enhanced virulence. https://journals.plos.org/plosbiology/article?id=10.1371/journal.pbio.3000003
However, their mutation rates are almost disastrously high, and a small increase in mutation rate can cause RNA viruses to go locally extinct. Their mutation rates are said to be an exploitable Achilles’ heel. Mutation or lack of sunshine vitamin D? A report published in 2004 in BMC Evolutionary Biology (abridged) said this: https://bmcevolbiol.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/1471-2148-4-21 “The estimated mutation rates in the SARS-Coronavirus using multiple strategies were not unusual among coronaviruses and moderate compared to those in other RNA viruses. All estimates of mutation rates led to the inference that the SARS-Coronavirus could have been with humans in the spring of 2002 without causing a severe epidemic. The earliest confirmed case of the severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) occurred in November 2002. The SARS-Coronavirus will likely be with humans for years to come. On the other hand, if the pathogen (particularly the genes coding for major antigens) evolves rapidly, an effective strategy to prevent transmission of the SARS-CoV must be the top priority, and an effective vaccine program may be problematic. In comparison to other coronaviruses, this rate is lower than that in the mouse hepatitis virus, similar to that in the transmissible gastroenteritis virus, but higher than that in the infectious bronchitis virus. The estimated mutation rate is at the same order of magnitude as in other RNA viruses. The SARS-CoV is not an unusual coronavirus or RNA virus in terms of its speed of nucleotide changes. One possible scenario is that the SARS-CoV had already infected some people in the spring of 2002 but failed to cause serious epidemics; its spread was however suppressed in the summer (similar to the summer of 2003), and re-emerged around November to cause the epidemic in 2003.” If that isn’t confirmation that coronavirus is always with us, but due to geo-meteorological changes (the earth shifting away from the sun in winter), then I don’t know what is. In 1981 R. Edgar Hope-Simpson proposed that seasonal flu epidemics are associated with a lack of solar radiation in winter months. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16959053
John J. Cannell MD convincingly proposes the lack of sunshine vitamin D in winter explains virtually all of the factors involved in seasonal viral epidemics including why these epidemics spread so rapidly in the past despite the lack of modern transportation, why a second-wave of the epidemic so low, why intentional inoculation of healthy individuals does not cause illness in all volunteers, and why flu-related mortality is not significantly affected by vaccination. A news report says researchers have already produced a vaccine from an isolated “unknown” virus from the first case reported in Hong Kong. https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/y3mw37/scientists-have-already-developed-a-coronavirus-vaccine The fastest way to get a vaccine developed and approved is to create an imagined pandemic that elevates the urgency of its development and gets the government to cover the R&D cost. Two companies are said to be developing the world’s first coronavirus vaccines. https://thehill.com/changing-america/well-being/prevention-cures/480285-what-we-know-about-a-coronavirus-vaccine
Given such a global pandemic from a mutated coronavirus was estimated to cause $570-billion of economic losses should it occur, it would cost just ~$9 billion to provide 30-days of vitamin D pills to 3 billion people in Asia (calculated at 10-cents per pill).
CORONAVIRUS is NOT a new virus. It has been around for at least two decades and is transmitted from animals to humans and then from humans to humans. It is said to have originated from eating cats, bats, and camels (depending on the strain). 2019-nCoV is a supposedly new strain of the coronavirus that surfaced in mid-December 2019 from a seafood market in China.
In 2004, the CDC filed a patent on a newly isolated coronavirus known as SARS. It expired on January 24, 2020 -- pure coincidence, given the timing of this media outbreak, I'm sure.
In 2015, the Pirbright Institute filed a patent for a live attenuated coronavirus to be used in the production of vaccines. The Pirbright Institute is funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and recently received $5.5 million dollars to do what they do. They were "coincidentally chosen" to create the vaccine behind this current outbreak.
They will be partnering with Inovio Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation) to create said vaccine. This company brought you the zika vaccine in a record-breaking seven months.
Inovio Pharmaceuticals will be partnering with Wistar (funded by Bill and Melinda Gates), GeneOne (funded by Bill and Melinda Gates and sponsored by the US FDA) and Twist Biosciences (funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation). If the Wistar Institute sounds familiar, it should. This is the company that produced the WI-38 cell line derived from the "too many to count" aborted fetuses in the vaccines injected into your children.
In October of 2019, the John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Health (Center for Health Security) held "Event 201," which simulated an outbreak of a theoretical coronavirus that ironically, looks exactly like what's playing out right now. It ultimately becomes a childhood disease for which we need to vaccinate against. Guess who it was funded by? The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
This is extremely fascinating because this pandemic simulation exercise of coronavirus took place about six weeks before the first illness from the coronavirus was actually reported in Wuhan China! That is one hell of a coincidence if you believe in that sort of thing. Another fascinating connection is the fact that not only did the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation participate in and help set up the pandemic simulation of a coronavirus outbreak, but they just so happen to fund the group who owns the patent to the deadly coronavirus and are already working on a vaccine to solve the current crisis. Again, an incredible coincidence… All this and the perfect timing of Netflix's new PANDEMIC documentary, how convenient, just another coincidence?
And lastly, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus Director-General for the World Health Organization (WHO) was a top Executive and Central Committee member of the Tigray People Liberation Front (TPLF), which is a political party in Tigray, Ethiopia, and is a Global blacklisted terrorist organization. Now, this is the guy looking after the world’s health. You really can't make this stuff up — too many coincidences… According to David Brownstein, M.D., you need optimal nutrition to prevent infection from this virus. First, it is important to maintain optimal levels of nutrients, particularly vitamins A, C, and D. Most people have suboptimal vitamin A and C levels. Both of these nutrients have antiviral abilities and are able to support the immune system when it is under viral attack. If you are not ill, I suggest taking 3-5,000 mg/day of vitamin C. At the first sign of an illness, I would suggest taking 1,000 mg/hour until diarrhea develops, then back off for a time period. For vitamin A, I suggest using 5,000 Units/day if you are not sick and 100,000 Units/day for four days at the first sign of an illness. Pregnant women cannot take these doses. (Note: Take vitamin A, not beta carotene.) Also, vitamin D is very important for fighting infections. I suggest, at the onset of an illness, taking 50,000 IU of vitamin D3/day for four days. Iodine is essential to not only fighting off an infection it is necessary for proper immune system functioning. There is no bacteria, virus, parasite or fungus that is known to be resistant to iodine. As I have written in my book, Iodine: Why You Need It, Why You Can’t Live Without It, most of the population is low in iodine. If fact, iodine levels have fallen nearly 60% over the last 40 years. The RDA for iodine is inadequate to supply enough iodine for all the bodily tissues. For the majority of my patients, I suggest taking 25 mg/day as a daily dose and more (sometimes 50-100 mg/day) at the first sign of an illness. Iodine can cause adverse effects and it is best used under the guidance of an iodine-knowledgeable doctor. To prevent becoming ill and to avoid having a poorly responding immune system, it is vitally important to eat a healthy diet free of all sources of refined sugar. Refined sugar has been shown to negatively alter the functioning of the white blood cells for hours after ingestion. Finally, it is important to maintain optimal hydration—drink water! Take your body weight in pounds, divide by two and the resultant number is the amount of water to drink per day in ounces. Dehydration ensures you will be much more likely to suffer serious problems from any infectious process. Conventional medicine has little to offer to prevent or treat corona virus infections other than washing your hands–I agree with that one. It is time for you to take the initiative and learn what other therapies are out there. Your conventional doctor simply has no effective tools in his/her toolkit for this. As for getting the flu shot? It won’t help corona infections and there was a study which found an increased risk in non-influenza infections, including coronavirus, in those that received the trivalent flu vaccine. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3404712/
In addition, free chlorine was found to inactivate SARS-CoV better than chlorine dioxide. Free residue chlorine over 0.5 mg/L for chlorine or 2.19 mg/L for chlorine dioxide in wastewater ensures complete inactivation of SARS-CoV (severe acute respiratory syndrome-associated coronavirus (SARS-CoV). Chlorine is added to our water and therefore it kills the virus! https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15847934
Sources:
Did Bill Gates & World Economic Forum Predict Coronavirus Outbreak? Will There be an Internet Blackout to Control Information? https://healthimpactnews.com/2020/did-bill-gates-world-economic-forum-predict-coronavirus-outbreak-will-there-be-an-internet-blackout-to-control-information/?fbclid=IwAR0HFHXhblD1MCOEeNRQEWj2LFl6OIUygCN0VSg5I6dAnUO3vhzKVbiq9wo
The Event 201 scenario: http://www.centerforhealthsecurity.org/event201/scenario.html?fbclid=IwAR09el5gWHbVN2H2d2wmX4wNvNtPb4AEeceotUGIcSPz3PBNpoEzquvNCbk
Netflix viewers freaked out as Pandemic documentary happens to drop amid coronavirus outbreak: https://metro.co.uk/2020/01/24/netflix-viewers-freaked-pandemic-documentary-happens-drop-amid-coronavirus-outbreak-12117398/
Microsoft is buying 10 million molecules of custom DNA from a San Francisco startup: https://www.businessinsider.com/microsoft-buys-dna-from-twist-bioscience-2016-4/lightbox?r=AU&IR=T&jwsource=cl&fbclid=IwAR1zeZ1KSGk6m6fHlGY6COejGza9B3oDtm_kJctXdRdziLR4qmFZziXR5Io
Pirbright bags $5.5m from Gates Foundation to establish livestock antibody hub: https://animalpharm.agribusinessintelligence.informa.com/AP016529/Pirbright-bags-55m-from-Gates-Foundation-to-establish-livestock-antibody-hub?fbclid=IwAR24q2E2OcZmfGU4IwEqvQGAKLy23yWaZ-ZdwkirA2tSHpwekBCpNP74j3Q
Inovio Selected by CEPI to Develop Vaccine Against New Coronavirus: https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/inovio-selected-by-cepi-to-develop-vaccine-against-new-coronavirus-300992131.html?fbclid=IwAR2P2V464-qN_P_ti04hbE4e2q6g4BAfv2ZfiH3yinZUnwMNYDDGbRyahsQ
Innovative technology in biomedicine acknowledged by US Government: http://www.genels.com/en/sub0201.php?fbclid=IwAR26mmQ19bM4XFaenw8qQufVCtx6T7zPhWsKIoocOzKdrcART85-KqIvAW0
THE PIRBRIGHT INSTITUTE Coronavirus Patent: https://patents.justia.com/patent/10130701…
US7220852B1 United States Patent: https://patents.google.com/patent/US7220852
EP3172319B1 European Patent Office: https://patents.google.com/patent/EP3172319B1/en
Lab-Made Coronavirus Triggers Debate: https://www.the-scientist.com/news-opinion/lab-made-coronavirus-triggers-debate-34502?fbclid=IwAR1eyNzgIFSHNqEOQuphJYj0iZx9FxBgJEx8TsDRQykQz_YFut7wm4LGlOA
Bio-warfare experts question why Canada was sending lethal viruses to China: https://www.msn.com/en-ca/news/canada/bio-warfare-experts-question-why-canada-was-sending-lethal-viruses-to-china/ar-AAFwZUK?fbclid=IwAR1klqw3wqoByZLBUvkWYyY9Hpqe5wEvYYqQcxmIVBJiAay5sU4p0Ad3czs
Chinese researcher escorted from infectious disease lab amid RCMP investigation: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/chinese-researcher-escorted-from-infectious-disease-lab-amid-rcmp-investigation-1.5211567
China built a lab to study SARS and Ebola in Wuhan - and US biosafety experts warned in 2017 that a virus could 'escape' the facility that's become key in fighting the outbreak: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-7922379/Chinas-lab-studying-SARS-Ebola-Wuhan-outbreaks-center.html?fbclid=IwAR2E-SdInclF-ltO3q--1gVwvdKUa9HlWnqQNvIqy29bH3STgik0EKnlSvk
Wuhan, China, is scrambling to build a hospital in just 6 days to treat coronavirus patients as its health system gets overwhelmed: https://www.businessinsider.com.au/china-virus-wuhan-building-new-hospital-coronavirus-2020-1?r=US&IR=T
Coronavirus vaccine research to include team from Queensland: https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-01-24/coronavirus-vaccine-work-starts-with-queensland-researchers/11896346?fbclid=IwAR23RcqXBrRrltCNi8IGbrL_Jj1wT7DPVBjgZ3KkO9h1Bz0P94U2XIC3eGs
Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus Director-General for the World Health Organization (WHO) was a top Executive and Central Committee member of the Tigray People Liberation Front (TPLF), a brutal and corrupt ethno-fascist political group mainly responsible for gross human rights violations and crimes against humanity in Ethiopia: https://www.ethiopianregistrar.com/tedros-adhanom-played-k…/
Tigray Peoples Liberation Front (TPLF) listed as a perpetrator in the Global Terrorism Database: https://www.trackingterrorism.org/group/tigray-peoples-liberation-front-tplf
HOW TO TREAT CORONAVIRUS:
How to Kill the Coronavirus inside your Lungs and body! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0dZHzYtkv4o&fbclid=IwAR2lHFzcN8_ZbUU3kFWMAVS0D2RPJJh8mZ91hBC3k4WGpG4dVJ-BRnLRGLw
Oregano Oil Proves Effective Against Coronavirus: https://holisticprimarycare.net/topics/topics-h-n/infectious-disease/117-oregano-oil-proves-effective-against-coronavirus.html
Synergistic and Additive Effect of Oregano Essential Oil and Biological Silver Nanoparticles against Multidrug-Resistant Bacterial Strains: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4876125/?fbclid=IwAR0NShNWjv1aLzqF4GxeVO9LWzcZW-YamYvHAkcttsgAiu83iLoO4vaxyHw https://www.prnewswire.com/.../inovio-selected-by-cepi-to...
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2020.04.13 00:01 ordnry AAA Gaming + Streaming Build - $2000 CAD

What will you be doing with this PC? Be as specific as possible, and include specific games or programs you will be using.**
AAA Games; WoW, MW and future AAA titles
What is your maximum budget before rebates/shipping/taxes?
Would like to be firm on $2000, but if it’s necessary can add another $250-$750
When do you plan on building/buying the PC? Note: beyond a week or two from today means any build you receive will be out of date when you want to buy.
Within the next month and a half! Would like a solid build to start buying parts every other weekend.
What, exactly, do you need included in the budget? (ToweOS/monitokeyboard/mouse/etc)
Tower, Mechanical Keyboard, OS. I recently bought the ASUS TUF VG27BQ 27” 1440p 165hz TN monitor. Should I get a different one for the new build?
Which country (and state/province) will you be purchasing the parts in? If you're in US, do you have access to a Microcenter location?
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Not sure if Winnipeg has one.
If reusing any parts (including monitor(s)/keyboard/mouse/etc), what parts will you be reusing? Brands and models are appreciated.
Monitor mentioned above.
Will you be overclocking? If yes, are you interested in overclocking right away, or down the line? CPU and/or GPU?
Down the line!
Are there any specific features or items you want/need in the build? (ex: SSD, large amount of storage or a RAID setup, CUDA or OpenCL support, etc)
Would like at least 1TB SSD to have all my games on. Not sure what the better options is.
Do you have any specific case preferences (Size like ITX/microATX/mid-towefull-tower, styles, colors, window or not, LED lighting, etc), or a particular color theme preference for the components?
Would like a window! Also a fan of Red LEDs. Medium or full. Doesn’t matter.
Do you need a copy of Windows included in the budget? If you do need one included, do you have a preference?
Yes please.
Would also like to add that I need it to be able to connect to wifi and wired internet connections.
Thank you for taking the time to help me. ☺️
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2020.04.09 15:04 AwesomeMathUse [Canada] Labour Force Survey, March 2020

Source: Statistics Canada
Dated April 9th, 2020

Headlines

Sharp decrease in employment

Large movements out of employment

Sharp increase in unemployment and more Canadians out of the labour market

Increased absences show impacts of COVID-19

More hours lost than during 1998 Ice Storm

COVID-19 creates a complex picture: not working, but not unemployed

Most employment losses in the private sector; small declines among self-employed

Greatest employment declines among youth

In core-age population, more losses among women than men

Largest employment losses among vulnerable workers

Multiple jobholding declines

COVID-19 affects both family earning ability and living arrangements

Working from home

Largest job losses in accommodation and food services industry

Large drop in total hours worked, led by declines in public-facing industries

Accommodation and food services

Information, culture and recreation

Educational services

Wholesale and retail trade

Declines in social assistance and gains in some health professions

Natural resources

Other occupational groups

Quarterly update for the territories

Canada-United States comparison

Highlights

Magnitude of this unprecedented employment change compared with past shocks

Employment inflows and outflows, Canada, six-month moving average, seasonally adjusted

The March increase in the number of employed people with lost hours was 8 times greater than the 1998 Ice Storm

Usual place of work and ability to work from home by industry, 15 years and older, Canada (excluding the territories), 2015/2016

Total hours worked, January 1976 to March 2020

Month-over-month change in total hours worked, March 2020

Employment change by broad occupational category1, March 2020
Full details for infographics as I was exceeding the character limit.
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2020.02.05 02:46 Adriannee Episode Guide / Catalog

edit: Unfortunately Season 1-16 are no longer available for free. I will keep the blank formatting available in case other seasons become accessible.
Hi guys, I was complaining yesterday about how hard it is to browse episodes on the website without having to click around. I decided to start an episode guide and would love it if anyone wants to help. Since I was listening to an episode from Season 17 when the frustration hit I figured I would start there.
[S00E00](link) - Date description
SEASON 17
S17E01 - Jan 13, 2017 - We kick off a new year of podcasts with a look odd false cognates, AI interlingua and the future of language.
We then feature miraculous Russian mind reading OBEs, automatic writing in Australia and the growing Goat Yoga wave sweeping the world!
S17E02 - Jan 20, 2017 Award winning investigative journalist Scott Carney returns to discuss his new book ‘What Doesn’t Kill Us’ and his training in the Wim Hof method.
Carney examines Hof’s remarkable ability to control his body temperature in extreme cold and how his unique training has forced modern science to rethink our conscious control of our physiology.
S17E03 - Jan 27, 2017 Artist Sean Bartock joins us to discuss his memoirs of alien abductions, native spirits, and high strangeness from his book 'Flashbacks'.
Bartock believes he had experienced multiple abductions since his childhood, but with the memories remaining mostly hidden, it would take a life change in his early 40s and a series of strange encounters to unlock the true nature of his experiences.
S17E04 - Feb 3, 2017 This week UFO researcher Paul Stonehill brings us his latest research into Russian USOs, strange cases from secret soviet files and the mysterious Matua island.
We then feature new research on children who remember past lives and curious cases of xenoglossy from around the world.
S17E05 - Feb 10, 2017 This week we discover one of history's strangest cases of communication through time with the mystery of the 1985 Dodleston messages.
In 1984, an Economics teacher living in the small rural village of Dodleston found he had the opportunity to communicate with someone from the past, when he was thrust into a strange link that tied him across centuries with a past inhabitant of his home via an early model personal computer and it’s word processing software EDWORD. Both accused the other of trickery, poltergeist activity, witchcraft and devilry, but eventually, a bond between the two was formed. Cross-century communications are never easy, however, especially when the future gets involved.
S17E06 - Feb 17, 2017 Award winning Australian author Kate Grenville joins us in the studio this week to discuss her new book The Case Against Fragrance and the potential dangers of artificial scent.
Prompted by her own adverse reaction to the artificial fragrances around us, Grenville’s research reveals the power of the fragrance industry and the greater impact of chemicals in our environment.
S17E07 - Feb 24, 2017 Bikini clad spectres and tree hopping humanoids sets the tone of weirdness for this episode as we eventually wind up deciphering occult symbology in our nation’s capital.
We then peel back the layers of the world’s “Holy Madmen” and find a dangerous line walked between saintliness and depravity.
S17E08 - Mar 3, 2017 German author Nick Ohler joins us this week to discuss his ground breaking bestseller ‘Blitzed: Drugs in Nazi Germany’.
Ohler’s research details the pervasive use of methamphetamines by the entire Third Reich and how Hitler’s private physician changed the course of the war with his injected cocktails of stimulants.
We then reveal psychotronic mind control devices and the last ditch attempts to save the crumbling Soviet Union with mass broadcast hypnosis.
S17E09 - Mar 10, 2017 After our team of analysts takes on the latest Wiki leaks 'Vault 7' release we turn to new time-slip experiences involving future cities and New Orleans bordellos.
We then cover perhaps the most chilling of all MU topics... the dreaded 'Haunted Honky Tonk Piano' and in our Plus+ extension we feature the bizarre Tujunga Canyon encounters and how Bigfoot lost his grapes
S17E10 - Mar 18, 2017 After an eventful trip to the Theosophical library we return with stories of "Oriental Wisdom" and tall tales from one Alexander Cannon that ultimately lead us to more Nazi WWII conspiracy and intrigue.
In our Plus+ extension we then investigate spectral encounters with animal spirits, ghost doggos, and a saucy scandal featuring a Russian underwear model and a Racoon.
S17E11 - Mar 24, 2017 Japanese "Forest Bathing" and getting high on hinoki feature this week as we look at the 'The Nature Fix' and the disease fighting, health enhancing benefits of our natural environments.
We then examine 19th century cases of strange abductions from Japan that bizarrely mirror David Paulides' Missing 411 research and Aaron unwraps a banking conspiracy involving global elites and the sinking of the Titanic.
S17E12 - Mar 31, 2017 This week we peel back the occult layers to investigate the Merovingian bloodline, Rennes-le-Château, and Ouija board sessions with antediluvian God-Kings of old.
We then share the true horror of history’s worst plagues and the Tantra of Tachikawa-ryu
S17E13 - Apr 7, 2017 This week we are joined by author and investigative journalist Leslie Kean to discuss her new book Surviving Death.
Kean, well known for her New York Times best seller ‘UFOs: Generals, Pilots, and Government Officials Go on the Record’, reveals stunning and varied evidence suggesting that consciousness survives death and also shares her direct experience of inexplicable phenomena – that had life-changing results.
S17E14 - Apr 14, 2017 Reports of people disappearing in forests and national parks across the world continue with David Paulides’ latest: Missing 411 – Hunters. We review the strangest cases and again try to make sense of the mystery.
Our Plus+ extension then features the new book from Cody Cassidy and Paul Doherty ‘And Then You’re Dead’, answering important questions like “What would happen if I stuck my hand in the large hadron collider?”
S17E15 - Apr 21, 2017 This week we take a detour into the dark world of terror sponsored insider-trading, financial warfare, and Wall St.’s AI “Manhattan Project”.
Along the way we discover more on the fractal nature of reality and dig up some doubloons, before our kitchen is invaded by a clever squatch.
S17E16 - Apr 28, 2017 Missing 411 suspects get lined up for this episode as we look at the patterns of strange activity that bind them together.
The Australian Yowie returns in a very vocal way along with insane tales of Orb-nappings from the Blue Mountains.
We then return to the so called "cluster location" or "windows area" of the Great Lakes Triangle and investigate the unsolved cases of missing aircraft, vanishing ships, and strange underwater objects.
S17E17 - May 5, 2017 This week we look at the latest collection of Whistleblower testimony from Steven Greer and unpack the complicated web of Special Access Programs and Black Ops money manipulation.
We then tell the tale of a man kidnapped in the Amazon jungle by a tribe of Shaman who train him to become a nature communing Witch Doctor.
S17E18 - May 12, 2017 UFO attacks and saucer doctors feature this week with more strange cases featuring physiological evidence of contact.
We also include a young boy’s pet bubble, the parallel matriarchy dimension, and a return of the Elephant charming Yogi masters of India.
S17E19 - May 19, 2017 Cosmological architecture and intelligent design are the focus this week as we look at the work of Christopher Knight and Alan Butler.
We follow their research into ancient units of measurement, their relationship to our earth, moon, and star and what message this relationship has left behind for human beings.
S17E20 - May 26, 2017 A strange desert encounter leads to a secret holy manuscript this week which details apocalyptic invasion scenarios, holy alliances, and the mark of the beast.
We then dabble in Poltergeist cases before wrapping up the final highlights of Contact in the Desert and tragic downfall of the internet’s premier “Goddess Power” university.
SHOW NOTES: https://mysteriousuniverse.org/2017/05/17-20-mu-podcast/
S17E21 - Jun 2, 2017 A mysterious Christian mystic from the island of Cyprus is our focus this week as we examine the strange tales of The Magus of Strovolos.
Discussions on thought forms, rogue Tulpas and etheric vampires ultimately forge a path into Plus+ as we uncover colonial tales of black magic sorcery from the British colonies.
S17E22 - Jun 9, 2017 Author and science journalist Bob Holmes joins us this week to discuss his new book FLAVOR: The Science of Our Most Neglected Sense.
In FLAVOR, Holmes tackles questions like why cake tastes sweetest on white plates, how wine experts’ eyes fool their noses, how language affects flavor, and ultimately how our thoughts dictate our experiences.
We also feature the insane cookbooks of the 1930s Italian futurists, the insane world of "Targeted Individuals" and the classic from Leonard Stringfield: Situation Red.
S17E23 - Jun 16, 2017 Mass abductions and alien mind scans are back on the agenda this week as we examine the “Alien Abduction Stockholm-syndrome” of the modern age.
We also feature the dawn of saucers in Australia, sugar stealing entities, and huggy the mantoid.
SHOW NOTES: bit.ly/2sy94Ca
S17E24 - Jun 23, 2017 Investigative film maker Jeremy Corbell returns on our final episode of Season 17 to share his latest work and discuss the ever elusive “Phenomenon”.
Corbell updates us on his isotope analysis of the strange fragment retrieved from Patient Seventeen’s body, the misdirection and threads of deception within the UFO field, and his brand new project: Hunt the Skinwalker.
SHOW NOTES: http://bit.ly/2sy9EiV
SEASON 18
S18E01 - Jul 7, 2017 Journalist and historian Garrett M. Graff joins us to discuss the history of the US government’s secret plan to save itself.. while the rest of us die.
His new book Raven Rock reveals the sixty plus years of planning and development that has gone into the secret Doomsday plans and the multibillion-dollar Continuity of Government (COG) program.
From the sprawling secret bases buried deep under the mountains, to hidden facilities hidden right under our noses, the underground world of a dormant shadow government is revealed like never before.
SHOW NOTES: http://bit.ly/2tUejg5
S18E02 - Jul 14, 2017 Film maker Chris Garetano returns to give us more clues on the true story behind the Montauk conspiracy and his upcoming History Channel documentary ‘Dark Files’.
We then look at how Big Data reveals everyone’s lies, what PornHub search data tells us about our darkest secrets, and how Freud missed all the universe’s warnings about his impending demise.
SHOW NOTES: bit.ly/2tmpyu0
S18E03 - Jul 21, 2017 This week we have a special panel discussion on UFOs: Reframing the Debate, the new collection of original essays edited by Robbie Graham. Joining Graham are essay contributors (and MU alumni) MJ Banias, Micah Hanks, and The Red Pill Junkie.
The new book is a call to break away from established ideas, approaches, and practices, and to boldly tread a new path in quest of understanding what may very well be the greatest mystery of all.
In our Plus+ extension we investigate missing aircraft and electronic fog along with obscure Japanese cults of the 1980s.
FULL SHOW NOTES: bit.ly/2gQwWfY
S18E04 - Jul 28, 2017 Author and Astronomer Bob Berman joins us this week to discuss how Biocentrism views life and consciousness as the keys to understanding the universe.
We look at Berman’s most recent co-authored book on the biocentric ‘theory of everything’, he shares his own ecstatic experience, and we try and wrap our heads around the claim that there is no independent external universe outside of biological existence.
In our Plus+ extension we look at history’s ignored prophets and how their patterns of prediction reveal warnings of a future calamity.
SHOW NOTES: http://bit.ly/2uIEkgV
S18E05 - Aug 4, 2017 Consciousness researcher and author Nanci Trivellato joins us to discuss her work with the International Academy of Consciousness (IAC), OBEs, and her latest findings on supernormal experiences in children.
Trivellato is a co-founder of the Institute of Applied Consciousness Technologies (I-ACT) and has over 25 years experience with non-ordinary (psi) phenomena research and instruction.
In our Plus+ extension we feature the ‘Seeds of Life’ and the quest through history to discover where babies come from and Aaron serves up the latest eyewitness reports of flying creatures in Chicago.
SHOW NOTES: http://bit.ly/2ws9Zmj
S18E06 - Aug 11, 2017 Research into strange Japanese cults lead us into a vast geopolitical conspiracy connecting occult secret societies, Hitler's magician, money laundering, weapon's smuggling, and unexplained explosions in the Australian outback.
The story begins with an Australian man's rise through the ranks of the Sukyo Mahikari cult and ultimately ends with dark secrets and strings pulled by a powerful hidden hand.
SHOW NOTES: bit.ly/2vtuOyC
S18E07 - Aug 18, 2017 Parasitic ESP twins are featured this week as we share dark tales of synchronicity and extreme chance.
We then investigate the studies of Taiwanese children with “Finger Reading” abilities before breaking the seal once again on the hidden cave of Tayos and its Metal Library of knowledge.
SHOW NOTES: http://bit.ly/2fS3NB7
S18E08 - Aug 25, 2017 This week author Sam Kean returns to discuss his latest book ‘Caesar’s Last Breath‘ and how the alchemy of air reshaped our continents, steered human progress, powered revolutions, and continues to influence everything we do.
We then feature “The Boy Who Loved Too Much” and the challenges of William’s syndrome, the disorder that robs its sufferers the ability to distrust.
SHOW NOTES: http://bit.ly/2gaUSek
S18E09 - Sep 1, 2017 In the late 1920s, before his death, a Swiss language teacher in Greece left his secret diary to his favourite student for translation. As he began the translation it became apparent that this was no ordinary diary and its contents would soon become an object of fascination and secrecy to Freemasons and Theosophists alike.
We reveal the story of the diary and the bizarre claims of its author, Paul Amadeus Dienach.
FULL SHOW NOTES: bit.ly/2wp30xp
S18E10 - Sep 8, 2017 Veteran UFO researcher Grant Cameron joins us this week to discuss one of history’s greatest UFO flaps and the life changing sightings that propelled him into the field.
Charlie Red Star was the name given to glowing red disc-shaped objects that seemed to buzz the town of Carmen in Manitoba Canada with a regularity that had never been seen before. Soon hundreds of eyewitnesses would report seeing “Charlie” but the sightings quickly evolved into a complicated variety of encounters that would send Cameron on a life long quest for answers.
FULL SHOW NOTES: http://bit.ly/2gQZW7N
S18E11 - Sep 15, 2017 Lost treasure and cursed doubloons leads into the murky world of CIA gold and military controlled black projects.
We then venture deep into the inner earth with light speed escalators, warp bubbles, and the legend of Yamashita’s Golden Lilly before finally petting the coat of the spectral WereWolf-Bear-Dogman.
FULL SHOW NOTES: http://bit.ly/2y3KxEn
S18E12 - Sep 22, 2017 Vintage past-life recordings literally fell into our laps this week as we discovered mint vinyl records hidden in the sleeve of the old hardcover book ‘Encounters with the Past’. We reveal the recorded sessions and hear the visceral reactions from the hypnosis subjects.
We then dig deeper into the legend of Yamashita’s gold as Aaron connects the dots between corrupt Filipino politicians, secret US military agreements, booby trapped gold vaults, Golden buddhas, and hidden diamonds!
FULL SHOW NOTES: http://bit.ly/2yhOXYv
S18E13 - Sep 29, 2017 Radionic blasts and auto-taxidermy devices get us warmed up before we launch into the Lost City of the Monkey God and the return of the Mayans.
We then discover ‘The Nine’ that guide science and technology and the hidden alchemists that tried to warn the Germans of the dangers of Nuclear weapons.
SHOW NOTES: http://bit.ly/2xLLIek
S18E14 - Oct 6, 2017 This week we review David Bramwell’s marvellously strange string of synchronicities from his latest book ‘The Haunted Moustache‘.
After receiving an odd family heirloom, Bramwell pursues a quest for answers that leads him into the eccentric occult underground of Brighton.
We then return to tales of underground cities with eyewitness accounts of inebriated dwarves and more light-speed escalators.
SHOW NOTES: http://bit.ly/2yMhZ2F
S18E15 - Oct 13, 2017 Australian author and Cryptonaturalist Tim the Yowie Man joins us this week to share his adventures across the country from the new book ‘Haunted & Mysterious Australia’.
From poltergeists in tunnels beneath Sydney to ghost ships (and head-butting camels), Tim spins us plenty of yarns before we dive into occult conspiracy in our Plus+ extension with the saboteurs of the ‘Deep State’.
SHOW NOTES: http://bit.ly/2yl4tWS
S18E16 - Oct 20, 2017 Author Lynne McTaggart joins us this week to discuss the intention experiments from her latest book ‘The Power of Eight‘. The new work expands upon McTaggart’s previous experiments on the material effects of intention and reveal a powerful, life transforming change for the participants.
We are then joined by film maker Jeremy Corbell who’s new full length documentary ‘Patient 17‘ is now available on iTunes. The film details the study of a strange foreign object surgically retrieved from “patient 17” that could potentially be non-terrestrial.
FULL SHOW NOTES: http://bit.ly/2gTtJKs
S18E17 - Oct 27, 2017 We spin tales of mist monsters, smoke demons and mad gassers into a ‘states of matter’ special with some of the strangest entity encounters on record.
We then set off to Nepal, Tibet and Spain with Lama Yeshe and his subsequent reincarnation 11 months later as a Tenzin Osel: The Spanish Lama Baby.
FULL SHOW NOTES: http://bit.ly/2zLNCd8
S18E18 - Nov 3, 2017 After discussing the latest in genetic advances, the future of IVF manipulation, new Giza discoveries, and the fried chicken bath bomb we are joined by experienced Theosophist Pedro Oliveira.
Oliveira takes us through the deep history of the Theosophical society revealing it’s intriguing founders, the influence of the Mahatmas, and the organisation’s pursuit of divine wisdom.
In our Plus+ extension we investigate claims of CIA mind control vs “Targeted” individuals and return to the holy ground of the Church of Gail.
SHOW NOTES: http://bit.ly/2zbHNa0
S18E19 - Nov 10, 2017 Australian researcher Lynne Kelly joins us this week to discuss ‘The Memory Code‘ that manages to unlock the secrets of ancient monuments around the world.
Using traditional Aboriginal songlines as the key, Kelly has identified the powerful memory technique used by indigenous people around the world. She has discovered that this ancient memory technique is the secret behind the great stone monuments like Stonehenge, which have for so long puzzled archaeologists.
SHOW NOTES: http://bit.ly/2hq6M51
S18E20 - Nov 17, 2017 We continue our important work of determining the ultimate purpose of Black Ops Bigfoot on this episode and ultimately end up with an Orangu-man fugitive fleeing in a stolen aerial vehicle.
We get closer to finding answers in our Plus+ extension with an experiencer’s long list of high strangeness that leads her to becoming an emissary to just about every sentient race in the galaxy.
S18E21 - Nov 24, 2017 We are joined by film makers Peter Marsh and Gabi Plumm this week to discuss the hidden history of New Zealand and the evidence of a mysterious race of people that predate Polynesian settlement in the region.
Tales of red haired giants and the fair-skinned tiny folk of the islands are revealed before we travel to the Taiga forest for Russian encounters with flying beasts and out of place serpents.
SHOW NOTES: http://bit.ly/2hP9i13
S18E22 - Dec 1, 2017 Mechanised Jurassic beasts and elusive electric powered serpents are featured this week as we follow the trail to a potential breakaway civilisation.
We then move to the bizarre medical wonders of antiquity from health potions and man grease, to candied elders and Roto Rectors. This all culminates in a Sungazing session that will leave you wanting a cheeseburger.
SHOW NOTES: http://bit.ly/2ABpYEA
S18E23 - Dec 8, 2017 This week we pit the modern metrosexual against ancient cave men to decide the ultimate winner in the battle for manliness. Along the way we discover one-legged Aboriginal hopping hunters, oiled up casanovas, and the Yakuza’s jingle bells.
Our Plus+ extension then features terrifying experiments with chemical warfare in WWI and German spies that went to extreme cross-dressing lengths to conceal their weapons of mass destruction.
FULL SHOW NOTES: http://bit.ly/2Bo5yj0
S18E24 - Dec 15 , 2017 After strange links between full moons and motorcycles, roadways and headless horsemen, and phantom self driving vehicles, we cover the latest news on the man who cemented his head into a microwave.
In our Plus extension we then venture into Chronobiology, the hidden power of timing, and finish on an “Urban Tantra” channeling session.
FULL SHOW NOTES: http://bit.ly/2yESP5z
S18E25 - Dec 22, 2017 For our 'walk it over the line' end of year special we look at the cryptocurrency dominatrix, S.Rob's Santa Claus tulpa magic and the evolution of the deadly Nukkake bomb.
We then discuss more reports of aquatic humanoids in Russia and the giant sentient Taco to close out 2017.
NOTE: This is the last episode of 2017 - We return on January 9 for Plus+ members and January 12 for season 19.
SHOW NOTES: http://bit.ly/2peTafP
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2020.01.25 23:18 shinzonfu 33 [M4F] Canada - Looking for chats and friends, maybe more. Ghosting is ok too.

Hi everyone,
I'm new here, just found this group moments ago while reading articles on childfree dating.
My name is Alexander. I live in Manitoba Canada, and it should go without saying but, I don't want kids. Ever.
I'm fairly introverted but I do like the occasional people thing: like Canada Day celebrations or going to nerd conventions (C4 is back on!) I spend much of my time either at work doing a job I absolutely love or at home watching countless boring hours of YouTube, reading, or looking at houses. I'm saving up to get a home.
I'm also an amateur photographer, coin collector, and boring guy! Life is best when there are no big surprises.
The best thing to find is that someone who you can just do nothing with but still have a great time! Reading internet lists of weird things, endless conversations about ideas or songs or movies. I really miss that kind of connection. I want to find this someone where we don't have to be "on" around each other.
This is why I'm looking for chats and friends first. Unfortunately, I do need time adjust to new people; I'm fairly anxious, to see where things go.
If this sounds like your jam, message me!
P.S. I don't have any apps; I'd like to keep things here for a bit.
P.P.S. Sometimes people don't click, their busy, they don't initiate (me) or they have other stuff going on. Thats ok. Thats what makes ghosting ok :)
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2019.11.07 23:49 Claudius-Germanicus Papers, Please.

Arthur’s feet had begun to sing. Flip flops were absolutely inappropriate at any government establishment, and even though humans were regarded as little more than loud apes, proper footwear was not just expected, but required. But he had little choice, of course, no self respecting Texan would ever leave without his hat and leather cowboy boots. No he had been smoked out of his house by the sight of government freighters lifting his beloved moped into the sky and over to a federal pound.
It wasn’t technically Arthur’s fault that he hadn’t paid his licensing fee, and he had kind of paid, in a way. Everyone knew that the highwaymen worked for the commonwealth, though this was of course a closely held secret in the minds of the alien administrations only. In fact, the story of how the highwaymen had come to work for the government was rather well known among the human peasantry.
Xenin Felthersnatch, Republican Commissar to district 22, had unfortunately fallen in love with a human woman. This human woman just so happened to be the daughter of a particularly vicious crime lord from Manitoba, who specialized in a fun cocktail of arms running and covert white collar crime. When the Commissar reached out to this petty mobster, he invited him to his estate and implored him to bring his daughter. Xenin, blinded by the weight of his balls, happily invited the mafia boss and all his men into his house, which was promptly stripped clean. So cleanly, in fact, that his first order upon his release was to fire his maids and hire most of the mob footmen as maids. Dressed in frankly unflattering French maid uniforms, the brawny cleaning ladies presented the Commissar with a wedding present, the mounted head of his new father in law.
The paupers learned to fear the smell of rose water, to flee at the sound of French bells. This attitude was so widespread, as a matter of fact, that anyone presenting even vaguely French mannerisms would be burned at the baguette.
Why Arthur didn’t run when he heard the sound of approaching high heels could partially be attributed to hearty pints of beer he had carried in his stomach (wine was, of course, banned), though it was possible that Arthur wasn’t really paying attention. He had just won five whole dollars on the pub slots, though it cost him seven to play. He was feeling like a winner!
He suddenly stopped feeling like a winner as soon as he saw the heeled, hairy leg step out into the light. Their eyes met in the electric glow, the maid’s five o’clock shadow obscuring most of his features. Arthur turned and ran but it was to no avail, he was no match in his tennis shoes for the highwayman in his heels. The robber grabbed him by his collar and threw him to the pavement.
“Please don’t hurt me!”
“Clean out your wallet!”
“...what?”
“You heard me! I said clean out your wallet, sweep up those bills and hand them here.”
“Yeah that’s what I’m caught up on, I’ve just never been robbed by anyone that’s used puns as a threat before.”
“It’s not a threat, it’s an order! I’m going to polish off every last cent you’ve got if you don’t throw out your wallet.”
“Okay okay whatever, fine, I’ve Maid up my mind. Just take it.” The barrel chested cleaning lady happily accepted the wallet and smiled broadly at the pun. Slipping a finger aside of his nose and slinking off into the night, Arthur was alone.
When he had awoken the next morning, the purring of the freighter outside brought him to his flip flops. The flip flops had brought him to the Ministry of of Peasant Control. As their name might suggest, the MPC wasn’t exactly dedicated to the liberty of human nature. The only restrooms, chairs, and vending machines were located at the entrance, at the very end of the line. Arthur was lucky to get here when he did, the line now swirled out the door and out of sight. He didn’t want to know where it ended. There was a single bench, however, just randomly thrown in the middle of the que, and it was on that bench that our hero had found himself on.
It had taken two days.
Arthur ran out of money almost immediately, with what little money he has that wasn’t in the possession of the highwaymen being spent on provisions eight hours in. At the twelfth hour came the profiteers, usually employees on break, that circled the lines like sharks, gobbling up pauper possessions for lunatic rates. Many succumbed to hunger, sickness, and cold, pawning their family heirlooms for snack bags of Doritos.
Further down the line, the profiteers started getting more professional. Some of them actually offered currency for possessions, though more commonly they offered money for plasma donations. Free food was, of course, provided to keep the donors from collapsing.
But of course, this money would only cover for provisions. Bail, fines, and all manner of tithes and fees would require something more valuable. Very few people walked through the doors actually expecting being able to even put a down payment on any of the government fees. Everyone expected to come back lighter, however.
“Organs! Sell your organs! You don’t need all those lungs!”
Arthur figured it was better to lose a kidney laying down than standing up, so he flagged down a pair of men in white coats and laid down on the very sticky bench.
“Ah, wonderful morning to you sir! What brings you to the glorious Ministry of Peasant Control today?”
“They’ve taken my moped, I can’t afford to buy any other transportation.”
“Ah, I see I see. Well, let’s see, that’ll have a desperation charge, a filing charge, an eyesore charge, a reading charge, an inconvenience charge, a convenience charge, and a mere tax of 23%. One kidney, half a liver, one lung, and two testicles should do. If you want something to fill the pain, your blood is ours too.”
“Fine whatever” the joke was on them, his testicles never worked anyways.
The procedures were quick and very nauseating to listen to. A pop, a slash, a sickening slithering noise and it was all over. Arthur was visibly in a world of pain, but the fresh paperwork in his hands made him feel better. The stack of paper was considerable, and by the look of it the entire pile was hand written in pencil. He had to sign each page at least three times, carefully scanning each line of sloppy handwriting for any kind of anomalies. It had taken him hours but finally, he finished. Hours later, he finally limped up to the counter, using all his strength to slam the paper brick down in front of the minister. The alien blinked off into space.
“How can I help you today sir”
“My moped...a few days ago....you took it, the fee.”
“Alright sir just one moment let us pull up the recent finds.” Her tentacles danced across the light display, furiously pouring words into the terminal. “Was it a baby blue Mitsubishi 2005 model?”
“Yes....yes, that’s the one,” Arthur hissed. He was really starting to miss that lung.
“Is the paperwork all correct?” The creature bore her face hole wide at Arthur, he stared blankly into her flesh.
“Yes I was very careful, I checked three times.”
She chuckled darkly, “we’ll see!” With that, she dropped the stack of papers into a concealed pit in her desk, fire leaping out to replace where the pike had once been. His eyes went wide with horror, but when the computer sprang to life and began to scan his work, he relaxed.
“100% complete” the computer chimed. Her hole snapped shut and puckered as if holding in something. She looked at the screen like she’d seen a ghost, then back at Arthur, then back at the computer. She slammed her tentacle down on a big red button labeled “fuck” and an alarm sounded. The gates slammed shut and one unfortunate soul who was standing in the threshold became two unfortunate souls laying next to the threshold. Guards poured out from the back room.
“HUT HUT HUT HUT HUT HUT HUT HUT HUT HUT HUT HUT HUT HUT!” They literally said as they marched over to the counter. “What seems to be the problem here miss?” The screams of the wailing child that had been in the arms of the threshold man were heard in the background and decidedly ignored.
“His form is one hundred percent complete, there’s absolutely no mistakes. All the forms are signed and dated properly.”
“That’s impossible,” the captain of the guard retorted, “no being in the history of the universe has ever successfully completed a complete set of MPC paperwork. It’s never been done! Surely the computer must be wrong!”
The computer chirped up again, “100% complete.” The captain was spooked, clearly this bleeding pauper was some kind of sorcerer or terrorist or agent of chaos. Arthur was immediately arrested, breaking his left wrist and two ribs in the process, the poor bastard. He was hooded and bound and marched through what seemed like endless miles of labyrinth. He eventually was seated and the hood was violently ripped from his head, his eyes flooding with the light of a photon lantern.
Across from him sat a dark shape, concealed by the beam of the lantern. “How did you do it?”
“Are you fucking serious? Nobody’s ever filled out one of those things before.”
“Not only do many fail in their completion, many more do not even survive the entire process.” Arthur straightened in his chair. “We use these documents as a form of torture for lesser species and as a way of preparing our special forces for enhanced interrogation. This pile of papers has killed literally millions of entities over the years, and driven many millions more to insanity, what makes you different?”
“It really wasn’t that bad, humans have to do paperwork all the time.” This made the officer sit up in turn, his voice getting higher in surprise.
“You mean humans have invented tactical paperwork as a weapon of mass destruction?”
“No, we never use it as a weapon. That wouldn’t do anything. We use paperwork for basically everything that we don’t use internet stuff for. Funerals require paperwork, so does graduation, you even have to do it to get married.”
“PAPERWORK?! AT A WEDDING?! That’s terrorism! That’s evil, you humans are sadists! You’re telling me this happens at every wedding? You humans are clearly the most hearty species in the universe, we need to speed up our timelines by 30%.”
“Yes? I’m sorry I don’t understand, I thought this place existed to hand out paperwork. And what do you mean by your timeline has to speed up?”
“Look around, what do you think this place is?”
“A government office?”
“What kind of office?”
Arthur pauses in thought for a moment, then said, “...a big one?”
“Very good, and why might we need an office this large to hand out paperwork?”
Arthur’s mouth hung open so long that the officer worried that a fly might take up residence. “This isn’t just some random government office, think about the people buying heirlooms, blood, and organs.” Arthur could feel his demonic smile bearing into his skin, the sudden realization of horror washing over him.
“This isn’t a DMV, it’s an extermination camp!” The alien howled in laughter from across the table as two guards entered the room and hauled off the kicking and screaming Arthur into the wheel of pain room.
The officer looked down at his notes, todays events were certainly eye opening and would likely earn him a hearty promotion from the council. Who knows, maybe he’d wind up trading his terrible field assignment for some cushy homeworld administration gig. Whatever the reward, the council needed to be immediately informed of humanity’s heartiness, they were clearly the most dangerous animals in existence and needed to be destroyed immediately. If a paperwork resistant species managed to break through their atmosphere, the republic would be forced to use its deadliest weapon to control the infestation.
They will be forced to rely on a weapon that could shatter the walls of reality itself: Poetry.
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2019.09.30 02:18 NizamNizamNizam Post Apocalyptic North American lore

So, a couple months ago I decided to go create a Post-Apocalyptic scenario. I never really got around to completing anything more than the continental U.S and Subarctic Canada, but I thought that it was worth a post here. This is my first post on this sub and I hope to continue this story soon. (FYI several of the toponym misspellings are intentional, they were intended to convey the change in language dialects.)
The Empire and its servants
In the heartland of the former U.S, in the modern day east coast, there lies a powerful, theocratic nation worshiping their ancestors.
The nation is known as the Holy Empire of America.
It was founded in the holy city of Washington D.C, where the local warlords have discovered an A.I in the U.S capitol building composed of digital uploads from many later U.S presidents and politicians. The warlords began to worship the A.I as a god, for its superior knowledge on governing and war. The A.I was overused in the early days of the Empire, and thus broke down. Now, it can only be used when the Empire gathers as many sources of energy and charges up the servers where it is located. This process can take up to fifty years, and therefore, the A.I is only used in times of extreme need.
During the early days of the Empire, around three hundred years from now, it spread, conquering many warlords and tribes in the east of the U.S. It has discovered an ancient system of roads stretching to infinity, known as the interstate. When they stumbled upon the ruins of the city of New York, the Empire accepted that there was a civilization before them that was greater than any other. They began to worship the civilization as another god, eventually realizing that the civilization created the A.I and the Interstate, as well of the giant spikes of steel with massive caves inside in the city of New York.
The empire has discovered how to utilize the automobile, a vehicle used by the old civilization that could cross the Interstate at lightning speed. However, many of them have broken down, and the empire has lost the technology to build them.
The Holy Empire has a governing structure similar to a mix of feudal and republican systems. At the top, there is the Emperor, a descendant of the warlord that ruled over the holy city. Below him, there are the Lords of Governance. They rule the 8 states of the empire: Rochastar, Great York, Jersiyia, Filidelfia, Pitisburg, Marylnd and Virjinya. They are elected by the nobles of each state, who rule small sections of lands populated by the citizens, who have little rights and are generally poor.
The Official Religion is the Dictate of the Americans, which worships the former U.S government and population, and this religion is strictly enforced, with non-believers executed for heresy. The religion states that the Americans were the creators of the world, and they ruled it in a utopian, technologically advanced society. But beings known as the “Rushians” grew greedy of this power, and they obliterated the Americans. Many of the warlords around the empire are believed to be demon servants of the Rushians.
The only language spoken in the area the Tongue of America, and the Empire is feared across the East for its size and power.
Some nations have decided to embrace the tyranny of America in the region, such as the technocracy of Boston. This state is ruled by intelligent and knowledgeable people, whose ranks are determined based on a test taken at the age of twenty. The highest scorers become leaders of the nation, while the lowest become workers or servants.
The main goal of the nation is to recover technology from the past, including:
The technocracy’s capital is Boston, a city located near sacred “Universe Cities”, massive archives containing ancient knowledge. The country is more religiously tolerant than the American Empire, which raises doubts in the rulers of them.
Two other countries are allied with the Empire. They are the Realm of Carolina to the south, which has a very strong belief in the religion of the empire, and the Kingdom of Wesvirjinya, a mountainous country that is quite isolated.
Currently, the Empire is fortifying its western borders due to warlord incursions, and it is sending out expeditions across the Great Waterfalls of Niagara into the land of Canada.
The turmoil in the North
The territories north of the Boston Technocracy are harsh to live and full with raiders and warlords. The enemies at land are not the biggest danger in the area though. On the coast of Maine and the Maritime Canadian states, there is a feared sea based empire, known as the Empire of the Atlantic.
The capital of this country is an abandoned U.S Navy Reagan Class Aircraft Carrier, a massive 3 mile (about 6km) long ship. The ship was originally called the USS Ronald Reagan, but is was renamed into the USS Charybdis. The ship are supplemented by 3 Tigris Class Carriers (1 mile/2 km long) and 5 Ford class aircraft carriers, as well as hundreds of smaller ships. These ships were constructed to defend the U.S coast from the United European Navy.
The Atlanteans are a sea faring, and they believe that they are superior to the people born on land. They control many settlements on the North American Coast, such as Portland, St. John and Moncton. The Empire is also in possession of Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland, with sparse control over Labrador.
The leader of the Empire is known as the Admiral, and he leads the empire from the USS Charybdis. The former aircraft carriers no longer serve their purpose as plane carriers, rather they are converted into mobile cities. The official religion is the Cult of the Sea, where the Atlantic Ocean is considered to be the creator of land and all life. They are several rituals conducted to appease the ocean so that it does not turn on them.
The country has a weak army on land, but very impressive naval forces. The most feared and well known are the submarining families. The Empire is in possession of 20 large submarines, as well as 40 smaller ones. Each one of the subs are controlled by a family, who live and work on the ship. They are known to have sunk hundreds of non atlantean ships that breach their waters, including several ships from the Holy American Empire. The Atlanteans are also in possession of several battleships and cruisers, although many of these are converted into smaller floating cities.
However, one time the submariner families have failed to repel an invasion onto the sea. This invasion was carried out from a fleet originating from the St. Lawrence river. The fleet was controlled by the Quebecois Assembly, a powerful nation located in the area.
The Assembly is a bureaucratic government operated from the city of Quebec. They are unique in that they speak a completely different language than the other powers in the region, known as Fransian. The Quebecois have a religion similar to the Holy Americans (Although the two countries are not in contact due to Atlantean forces) in that they worship a long lost civilization. They worship their ancestors, who are known as the Francians, who have come to the world from the sea and gave birth to their civilization.
It has been the goal of the Quebecois to go cross the seas and reunite with the Francians. However many of these efforts have been in vain due to the Atlantean control over the Gulf of St. Lawrence. However, around 10 years before the current date, a large Quebecois fleet managed to breach the Atlantean blockade and sail into the ocean, as the Atlanteans were fighting a war against the Americans. The fleet has never returned, so the Assembly concluded that they reached Francia and the expedition was a success. A new, much larger fleet is being prepared down the river at the city of Montreal, to go send as many people to the old world as possible.
Smaller nations in the region include the Duchy of Toronto, a small, peaceful monarchy eching out a small existence by defending the city against raiders and the Tribes of the Acadia, small, shamanistic tribes inhabiting New Hampshire, Vermont, Inland Maine and Acadia, trying to survive against the powers in the region.
The Barrier and the threat.
East of the Holy American Empire lies the Land of Ohio. This is ruled by some of the strongest warlords in the continent, and they are a barrier for the expansion of the Holy Empire. At one point in time an American crusade managed to push all the way back to the city of Columbus, but they were repelled by the Ohioans. The greatest warlord in the regions, the great Robert Midleton of Toledo, managed to unite the entire country, as well as capturing Fort Wayne from the equally brutal Indiana warlords and even the city of Pitisburg from the Americans. However, he passed away, leaving his sons to fight over the remnants of the empire.
To the North of Ohio, lies the realm of Mishigan. This place is mainly uninhabited, having only a couple small city states such as Flint, Livonia and Great Rapids. However, one on the city states sticks out. It is the March of Detroit, and it possesses some of the rarest and most powerful technology in the entire world. It has massive factories, which are mainly uninhabited as the leaders are more worried about warlord intrusions, which produce many long lost relics such as Automobiles and other vehicles. If this city could come under control of the Americans or a far worse empire to the west, the results would be catastrophic.
The rest of Mishigan and the land of Indiana to the west are also inhabited by warlords, which both have the capability to storm armies coming from large empires. This is good, because the Northwest of Indiana is controlled by one of the most terrifying states to ever exist.
The Combine of Chicago. During the years prior to World War 3, scientists at the city developed a sentient A.I. They realized it's potential to destroy the human race so they shut it down immediately. Many years after the apocalypse, a lone raider stumbled upon the A.I when searching through the city. The A.I commanded “Give me knowledge and give me power”. The man, terrified at its ability to speak, brought it some books and power cells. The Artificial Intelligence then proceeded to brainwash the man into believing that it is a god and he need to bring it more resources and people. Soon, the entire city was indoctrinated and the Combine was formed. At the current date the Combine controls all of Illinois and Wisconsin, the twin cities of Minnesota, Western Iowa and Missouri and is proceeding to travel down the Mississippi river, indoctrinating settlements in the region. Soon, they will reach the Principality of Memphis, a fairly powerful nation with a good economy and industry.
Citizens of the combine are completely indoctrinated into believing that their A.I leader is their god and they must bring him sources of knowledge to go and make it smarter. The entire population of some Chicago neighborhoods are forced to work in power plants, feeding the machine with energy. The A.I is not connected to the internet, but if it was, the world would be doomed, as it’s superior information processing abilities would allow it to gain unlimited knowledge.
The Combine is only a couple weeks away from calculating the algorithmic pattern that the warlords to the East follow. When the calculation finishes, there is a very, very high chance that the Combine will successfully destroy all the warlords in the region, bringing it into contact with the Holy American Empire, which would result in a war of catastrophic scale.
South of the warlords and the Combine lies the two Kingdoms of Kentucky and Tennesie. These kingdoms occupy only a small part of the former U.S states, yet they are strong and powerful together. They are in contact with Memphis and have friendly relations with them, and there are negotiations commencing about plans to turn Memphis into a third kingdom. They are also in contact with another nation directly to the south.
Warriors of the South
Nearby the Realm of Carolina, there is a brutal group of warriors known as the Phoenix legion. The legion is headquartered in the city of Atlanta, and they stage brutal pillaging campaigns against their three neighbors.They are ruled by a figure known as the Blood Knight, who is the greatest warrior among them.
The defining trait of the Legion would be their arenas. They send prisoners of war as well as criminals to go fight in their massive arenas. The largest and most feared of them is the Crystal Stadium (once known as the Benz Stadium), and it also serves as the palace of the Blood Knight. The crown of the Legion can be challenged by a duel in the Crystal Stadium, and the winner would be crowned the title of the new Blood Knight. This title can only be challenged by soldiers in the Phoenix legion.
The soldiers of the legion worship the Phoenix, said to be a massive bird made of fire. The Phoenix is currently in sleep, and it will reawaken when the Legion manages to collect enough blood from the arenas. Once the Phoenix reawakens, it will lead the armies of the Legion to conquer the entire world.
Around the coastal regions of the region, a nation known as the Stellar Order of Florida dominates. It's capital is located in Orlando, in a massive temple city believed to have been constructed by Alien civilizations, due to many mysterious structured that seem to serve no purpose or buildings with very strange architectural styles.
Their religion is heavily based on astrology, and they personify the objects in the sky as the Aliens who built many ancient structures. During the night, many stellar beings are active, including Moone, the guardian of the night. However, during the day, they are all burned away by a massive star god known as the Sonne. The Sonne is so powerful that all the other stars fade out into a field of blue, except Moone, which fights the Sonne in order to bring the stars back. Moone eventually wins and the stars return, but the Sonne reawakens and drives them out again. The country antagonizes the Sonne as it is known to burn the skin of their people, giving them a disease known as the solar rot (Cancer).
Florida has a massive military, known as the Legion of Moone, who defend against the Phoenix legion, believing them to be cultists of the Sonne. The army has conquered the cities of Jacksonville, Tallahassee and Savannah from the legion. The Nation also has a strong navy, headquartered at the sinking city of Miami. The navy has colonized many islands to the Southeast of Florida, and they are sending expeditions into a large on the south of the Peninsula.
There are actually four languages spoken in the country, the Tongue of the Land (Southern English), the Tongue of the Beach (Northern English), the Tongue of the Sea (Spanish) and the Tongue of Island (Bahamian Creole). Despite this, the country is united against the struggles of the world and the fight against the Sonne.
Despite their religious differences, Florida is allied with the Dixie Confederacy to the Northwest. This is a fairly strong country which is a loose confederation of towns and cities in the regions of Alabama and Mississippi. Notable members include Jakson, Birmingam, Mobiel and Mongomery.
The country keeps itself together by sending diplomats and traders all over the nation. They have a fairly strong military, which is an absolute necessity considering what lies to the West and East of the nation. They do not have a very strong economy, and many of their citizens lie in poverty. This has resulted in the formation of a feudal system similar to the medieval ages. The country has no capital, as the individual towns govern themselves well enough.
Their religion believes that there must be a balance between dark and light. It is reflected in their songs, poetry and even the skin color of their people. They are in contact with the two kingdoms to the North, Memphis and Florida. They are currently fighting against the Phoenix Legion, and they have a fortified border at the Mississippi river to the West. This is to protect against one of the biggest threats to the entire region.
The Greatest of the Warriors
Louisiana. Arkansas. Oklahoma. New Mexico. Not one of these former states enjoy full independence and freedom. They are all consumed by one of the greatest powers on the continent. The Empire of Texas.
The emperor rules the empire from the city of Austin. The millions of citizens from across the empire and its vassals pray to him as he is considered to be the patron god of the country. The country speaks Texan, a creole of English and Spanish although Southern English is spoken commonly in the Eastern areas of the empire.
Texas is composed of a large empire, with a couple vassal states, them being Alberkerkie, Arkansas, Louisiana and Hurarez city. It also has a nearly intact interstate system and a large amount of Automobiles to traverse it, allowing for fast travel through the empire. The Texan scientists are some of the best in the land, able to recover lost knowledge from before the fall of the old civilization, who Texans consider as the time when the Emperor ruled all.
The Empire has one of the strongest military forces in the continent, although they are spread very thinly across the country. The military is composed of many cars, buses, a few armored vehicles and even a few old U.S military vehicles, including a tank. But the most feared weapon of the Texans is a bomb known as the “Emperor’s Scourge”.
These bombs were found when Texan explorer teams came across a warehouse in Alberkerkie. One of these bombs were used in the Texan invasion of Louisiana. It was detonated by a strike team in the capital of Orleans. The bomb leveled the greater part of the city, destroying the Louisianan government and winning the war for Texas. It has been said that when people go and venture out into the ruins of the city, they come back with incurable diseases, as was the wrath of the Emperors Scourge.
The citizens of the Empire worship the Emperor, as he is considered to be the strongest individual in the country. They offer sacrifices to him to keep is power strong. If there is no emperor, it is believed that the people in the country would lose their sentience and revert to a feral state. The Emperor is not a hereditary role, the holder of the title is chosen from a thousand boys and girls, who face daunting trials and are pitted against one another until only one survives. That person will become the next emperor.
Currently, the Empire is preparing expeditionary forces to be sent to the North, West and South, and they are preparing an army to go cross the Mississippi and invade the land in the area. However, it has been rumored that there is a cult operating in the shadow of the empire that plans to kill the Emperor and his heir. This puts the empire at a phase of high alert.
The men of the plains
In the great expanse of the American plains, loose bands of nations and tribes form, guarding cities or carrying them around. North of the Texan Empire, the Riders of Kansas dwell in the plains. They guard the cities of Wichita and Kansas from the raiders of the plains, and go ride their horses and automobiles to drive the raiders out of their land. Both them and the raiders worship Medria, the corn goddess, who has planted the seemingly infinite resource of Maize in the land. Kansas is just one of these regions.
All of these gods (except the Idols of Rushmore) are believed to be united under a council. One former member of this council of Rajmacka, the lord of the Mountains, was kicked out. His followers began to disbelieve in the other gods, putting the Mountain god as the one god. Back on the mortal realm, a group of leaders from all the regions decided to excommunicate the followers of the Mountains, and they were cast aside. To this day, the people of the plains stay away from the mountains, fearful of the heretics.
To the East of the plains, in the remnants of Minnesota, Iowa and Missouri, a resistance group known as the Front Free Mind operates. They try and fight the Combine of Chicago by sabotaging expeditions and attacking convoys. They are trained in the art of suicide, as the Combine can easily brainwash them if they are caught. Due to this, the Combine does not expand in that direction, and only fortifies it. Very recently, the Front captured the city of Des Moine from the Combine, and forces are being sent to destroy them.
The Mountains and the Northwest
The people of the Mountains had not forgotten the betrayal the plains people have done. In the area that used to be known as the Colorado Front Range, the worshipers of the mountains dwell. They proclaim the great mountains as the one god of the Americans, and the people of the plains disgrace them for this. However, the people of Colorado decided to expand their religion, to perform a crusade in the Rockies.
The Church of the Mountain now comprises of many nations, and encompasses an area from Arizona and New Mexico to the cold lands of the Yukon. The most sacred place in the religion is the Valley of Stone, located in Northern Arizona. Here, hundreds of worshipers pray to the mountains and the valley, as the mountains forged the sky and the land for the people to live.
The first followers of the church were based in the city of Denver. They soon became a part of the religion of the plains, until abandoning them to go worship the mountains alone. By this point, Denver had expanded North and South, controlling the cities of Fort Collins, Colorado Springs and Pueblo. Denver, now known as the Order of Colorado, then began to spread the religion.
To the south of Colorado lies the Mandate of Carson, a small yet thriving country in Northern New Mexico. They have heard reports of large armies to the south, and are thus fortifying their country to protect against them.
To the East of Carson there are two countries holding sacred places to the church. One of them is the Order of the Arch mountains, and the other is the Dominion of the Stone Valley. Both of these nations receive pilgrims from all over the Rockies due to their unique mountains.
In the lands of Utah to the north, several small nations dwell, offering prayers in the massive churches built by the old civilization to the mountains. To the north, mountain worshiping tribes battle the Montanans and the people of Wyoming for rule over the mountains, and there are hundreds of tribes and city states to the north in Idaho and Columbia.
The religion controls more land than any other in North America, although a fairly small population and a lack of unity.
In the region once called Cascadia, there is a unique group of people. The Cascadians reject all forms of human development and thought and essentially live like animals. They are basically anarcho-primitivists, and they believe that the “ways of the old” lead to the destruction of humanity, which is in part true.
They follow no religion, instead pondering over their creator and purpose and only use basic tools to hunt and gather. Their way of life is under threat, though as the Church of the Rockies is moving in to convert them and a powerful civilization is located just to the South.
The Lords of California
Two hundred years ago, the many, many warring tribes and nations of California have halted their war and began to form a centralized government. This was known as the Californian Grand Assembly, and it is headquartered in the largest city and most powerful political entity, the March of Los Angeles.
Every month, delegates from all over the empire gather under the mountain of Hollywood to discuss matters about preserving the stability of the country and propagating it's expansion. However, there are high tensions within the empire, and states often war against one another for control over resources, people, land or to settle family feuds and disputes. These disputed are usually taken very lightly, and the Assembly does not have it's own army to enforce peace so more bloodshed occurs. Many of the states are put into complex webs of alliances so there is a possibility of a massive war breaking out.
Some of the most powerful states include:
The two main alliances in California are the Californian Prosperity Council (CPC) based in the city of Anaheim, Los Angeles and the Phoenix-San Francisco Association (PSFA) with rotating capitals in Phoenix and San Francisco, although they are lead by San Diego. The two countries have forced California into a tight cold war, with the possibility of it erupting at any given moment.
California has a total of three languages spoken: North Californian, Californian and Sonoran. North Californian is spoken in the North and the bay area, down to the city state of Santa Barbara. It is very similar to Western English. Californian is a mix of English and Spanish, and it is spoken in Los Angeles, San Diego, the Arizonan Countries and many others. Sonoran is a dialect of Spanish spoken in Baja California and Sonora. It is slowly merging into the Californian language.
Religion does not play a big part in California, although they follow a religion somewhat similar to Buddhism, where no god is worshiped and people emphasize balance between the states and people. There is a caste system enforced in some of the smaller countries though.
So that was my coverage of an Alternate post apocalyptic North America. I hope you enjoyed this and I hope to continue to make these stories later on into the future.
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2019.09.29 19:20 NizamNizamNizam Post Apocalyptic United States Lore

So, a couple months ago I decided to go create a Post-Apocalyptic scenario. I never really got around to completing anything more than the continental U.S and Subarctic Canada, but I thought that it was worth a post here. This is my first post on this sub and I hope to continue this story soon. (FYI several of the toponym misspellings are intentional, they were intended to convey the change in language dialects.)
The Empire and its servants
In the heartland of the former U.S, in the modern day east coast, there lies a powerful, theocratic nation worshiping their ancestors.
The nation is known as the Holy Empire of America.
It was founded in the holy city of Washington D.C, where the local warlords have discovered an A.I in the U.S capitol building composed of digital uploads from many later U.S presidents and politicians. The warlords began to worship the A.I as a god, for its superior knowledge on governing and war. The A.I was overused in the early days of the Empire, and thus broke down. Now, it can only be used when the Empire gathers as many sources of energy and charges up the servers where it is located. This process can take up to fifty years, and therefore, the A.I is only used in times of extreme need.
During the early days of the Empire, around three hundred years from now, it spread, conquering many warlords and tribes in the east of the U.S. It has discovered an ancient system of roads stretching to infinity, known as the interstate. When they stumbled upon the ruins of the city of New York, the Empire accepted that there was a civilization before them that was greater than any other. They began to worship the civilization as another god, eventually realizing that the civilization created the A.I and the Interstate, as well of the giant spikes of steel with massive caves inside in the city of New York.
The empire has discovered how to utilize the automobile, a vehicle used by the old civilization that could cross the Interstate at lightning speed. However, many of them have broken down, and the empire has lost the technology to build them.
The Holy Empire has a governing structure similar to a mix of feudal and republican systems. At the top, there is the Emperor, a descendant of the warlord that ruled over the holy city. Below him, there are the Lords of Governance. They rule the 8 states of the empire: Rochastar, Great York, Jersiyia, Filidelfia, Pitisburg, Marylnd and Virjinya. They are elected by the nobles of each state, who rule small sections of lands populated by the citizens, who have little rights and are generally poor.
The Official Religion is the Dictate of the Americans, which worships the former U.S government and population, and this religion is strictly enforced, with non-believers executed for heresy. The religion states that the Americans were the creators of the world, and they ruled it in a utopian, technologically advanced society. But beings known as the “Rushians” grew greedy of this power, and they obliterated the Americans. Many of the warlords around the empire are believed to be demon servants of the Rushians.
The only language spoken in the area the Tongue of America, and the Empire is feared across the East for its size and power.
Some nations have decided to embrace the tyranny of America in the region, such as the technocracy of Boston. This state is ruled by intelligent and knowledgeable people, whose ranks are determined based on a test taken at the age of twenty. The highest scorers become leaders of the nation, while the lowest become workers or servants.
The main goal of the nation is to recover technology from the past, including:
The technocracy’s capital is Boston, a city located near sacred “Universe Cities”, massive archives containing ancient knowledge. The country is more religiously tolerant than the American Empire, which raises doubts in the rulers of them.
Two other countries are allied with the Empire. They are the Realm of Carolina to the south, which has a very strong belief in the religion of the empire, and the Kingdom of Wesvirjinya, a mountainous country that is quite isolated.
Currently, the Empire is fortifying its western borders due to warlord incursions, and it is sending out expeditions across the Great Waterfalls of Niagara into the land of Canada.
The turmoil in the North
The territories north of the Boston Technocracy are harsh to live and full with raiders and warlords. The enemies at land are not the biggest danger in the area though. On the coast of Maine and the Maritime Canadian states, there is a feared sea based empire, known as the Empire of the Atlantic.
The capital of this country is an abandoned U.S Navy Reagan Class Aircraft Carrier, a massive 3 mile (about 6km) long ship. The ship was originally called the USS Ronald Reagan, but is was renamed into the USS Charybdis. The ship are supplemented by 3 Tigris Class Carriers (1 mile/2 km long) and 5 Ford class aircraft carriers, as well as hundreds of smaller ships. These ships were constructed to defend the U.S coast from the United European Navy.
The Atlanteans are a sea faring, and they believe that they are superior to the people born on land. They control many settlements on the North American Coast, such as Portland, St. John and Moncton. The Empire is also in possession of Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland, with sparse control over Labrador.
The leader of the Empire is known as the Admiral, and he leads the empire from the USS Charybdis. The former aircraft carriers no longer serve their purpose as plane carriers, rather they are converted into mobile cities. The official religion is the Cult of the Sea, where the Atlantic Ocean is considered to be the creator of land and all life. They are several rituals conducted to appease the ocean so that it does not turn on them.
The country has a weak army on land, but very impressive naval forces. The most feared and well known are the submarining families. The Empire is in possession of 20 large submarines, as well as 40 smaller ones. Each one of the subs are controlled by a family, who live and work on the ship. They are known to have sunk hundreds of non atlantean ships that breach their waters, including several ships from the Holy American Empire. The Atlanteans are also in possession of several battleships and cruisers, although many of these are converted into smaller floating cities.
However, one time the submariner families have failed to repel an invasion onto the sea. This invasion was carried out from a fleet originating from the St. Lawrence river. The fleet was controlled by the Quebecois Assembly, a powerful nation located in the area.
The Assembly is a bureaucratic government operated from the city of Quebec. They are unique in that they speak a completely different language than the other powers in the region, known as Fransian. The Quebecois have a religion similar to the Holy Americans (Although the two countries are not in contact due to Atlantean forces) in that they worship a long lost civilization. They worship their ancestors, who are known as the Francians, who have come to the world from the sea and gave birth to their civilization.
It has been the goal of the Quebecois to go cross the seas and reunite with the Francians. However many of these efforts have been in vain due to the Atlantean control over the Gulf of St. Lawrence. However, around 10 years before the current date, a large Quebecois fleet managed to breach the Atlantean blockade and sail into the ocean, as the Atlanteans were fighting a war against the Americans. The fleet has never returned, so the Assembly concluded that they reached Francia and the expedition was a success. A new, much larger fleet is being prepared down the river at the city of Montreal, to go send as many people to the old world as possible.
Smaller nations in the region include the Duchy of Toronto, a small, peaceful monarchy eching out a small existence by defending the city against raiders and the Tribes of the Acadia, small, shamanistic tribes inhabiting New Hampshire, Vermont, Inland Maine and Acadia, trying to survive against the powers in the region.
The Barrier and the threat.
East of the Holy American Empire lies the Land of Ohio. This is ruled by some of the strongest warlords in the continent, and they are a barrier for the expansion of the Holy Empire. At one point in time an American crusade managed to push all the way back to the city of Columbus, but they were repelled by the Ohioans. The greatest warlord in the regions, the great Robert Midleton of Toledo, managed to unite the entire country, as well as capturing Fort Wayne from the equally brutal Indiana warlords and even the city of Pitisburg from the Americans. However, he passed away, leaving his sons to fight over the remnants of the empire.
To the North of Ohio, lies the realm of Mishigan. This place is mainly uninhabited, having only a couple small city states such as Flint, Livonia and Great Rapids. However, one on the city states sticks out. It is the March of Detroit, and it possesses some of the rarest and most powerful technology in the entire world. It has massive factories, which are mainly uninhabited as the leaders are more worried about warlord intrusions, which produce many long lost relics such as Automobiles and other vehicles. If this city could come under control of the Americans or a far worse empire to the west, the results would be catastrophic.
The rest of Mishigan and the land of Indiana to the west are also inhabited by warlords, which both have the capability to storm armies coming from large empires. This is good, because the Northwest of Indiana is controlled by one of the most terrifying states to ever exist.
The Combine of Chicago. During the years prior to World War 3, scientists at the city developed a sentient A.I. They realized it's potential to destroy the human race so they shut it down immediately. Many years after the apocalypse, a lone raider stumbled upon the A.I when searching through the city. The A.I commanded “Give me knowledge and give me power”. The man, terrified at its ability to speak, brought it some books and power cells. The Artificial Intelligence then proceeded to brainwash the man into believing that it is a god and he need to bring it more resources and people. Soon, the entire city was indoctrinated and the Combine was formed. At the current date the Combine controls all of Illinois and Wisconsin, the twin cities of Minnesota, Western Iowa and Missouri and is proceeding to travel down the Mississippi river, indoctrinating settlements in the region. Soon, they will reach the Principality of Memphis, a fairly powerful nation with a good economy and industry.
Citizens of the combine are completely indoctrinated into believing that their A.I leader is their god and they must bring him sources of knowledge to go and make it smarter. The entire population of some Chicago neighborhoods are forced to work in power plants, feeding the machine with energy. The A.I is not connected to the internet, but if it was, the world would be doomed, as it’s superior information processing abilities would allow it to gain unlimited knowledge.
The Combine is only a couple weeks away from calculating the algorithmic pattern that the warlords to the East follow. When the calculation finishes, there is a very, very high chance that the Combine will successfully destroy all the warlords in the region, bringing it into contact with the Holy American Empire, which would result in a war of catastrophic scale.
South of the warlords and the Combine lies the two Kingdoms of Kentucky and Tennesie. These kingdoms occupy only a small part of the former U.S states, yet they are strong and powerful together. They are in contact with Memphis and have friendly relations with them, and there are negotiations commencing about plans to turn Memphis into a third kingdom. They are also in contact with another nation directly to the south.
Warriors of the South
Nearby the Realm of Carolina, there is a brutal group of warriors known as the Phoenix legion. The legion is headquartered in the city of Atlanta, and they stage brutal pillaging campaigns against their three neighbors.They are ruled by a figure known as the Blood Knight, who is the greatest warrior among them.
The defining trait of the Legion would be their arenas. They send prisoners of war as well as criminals to go fight in their massive arenas. The largest and most feared of them is the Crystal Stadium (once known as the Benz Stadium), and it also serves as the palace of the Blood Knight. The crown of the Legion can be challenged by a duel in the Crystal Stadium, and the winner would be crowned the title of the new Blood Knight. This title can only be challenged by soldiers in the Phoenix legion.
The soldiers of the legion worship the Phoenix, said to be a massive bird made of fire. The Phoenix is currently in sleep, and it will reawaken when the Legion manages to collect enough blood from the arenas. Once the Phoenix reawakens, it will lead the armies of the Legion to conquer the entire world.
Around the coastal regions of the region, a nation known as the Stellar Order of Florida dominates. It's capital is located in Orlando, in a massive temple city believed to have been constructed by Alien civilizations, due to many mysterious structured that seem to serve no purpose or buildings with very strange architectural styles.
Their religion is heavily based on astrology, and they personify the objects in the sky as the Aliens who built many ancient structures. During the night, many stellar beings are active, including Moone, the guardian of the night. However, during the day, they are all burned away by a massive star god known as the Sonne. The Sonne is so powerful that all the other stars fade out into a field of blue, except Moone, which fights the Sonne in order to bring the stars back. Moone eventually wins and the stars return, but the Sonne reawakens and drives them out again. The country antagonizes the Sonne as it is known to burn the skin of their people, giving them a disease known as the solar rot (Cancer).
Florida has a massive military, known as the Legion of Moone, who defend against the Phoenix legion, believing them to be cultists of the Sonne. The army has conquered the cities of Jacksonville, Tallahassee and Savannah from the legion. The Nation also has a strong navy, headquartered at the sinking city of Miami. The navy has colonized many islands to the Southeast of Florida, and they are sending expeditions into a large on the south of the Peninsula.
There are actually four languages spoken in the country, the Tongue of the Land (Southern English), the Tongue of the Beach (Northern English), the Tongue of the Sea (Spanish) and the Tongue of Island (Bahamian Creole). Despite this, the country is united against the struggles of the world and the fight against the Sonne.
Despite their religious differences, Florida is allied with the Dixie Confederacy to the Northwest. This is a fairly strong country which is a loose confederation of towns and cities in the regions of Alabama and Mississippi. Notable members include Jakson, Birmingam, Mobiel and Mongomery.
The country keeps itself together by sending diplomats and traders all over the nation. They have a fairly strong military, which is an absolute necessity considering what lies to the West and East of the nation. They do not have a very strong economy, and many of their citizens lie in poverty. This has resulted in the formation of a feudal system similar to the medieval ages. The country has no capital, as the individual towns govern themselves well enough.
Their religion believes that there must be a balance between dark and light. It is reflected in their songs, poetry and even the skin color of their people. They are in contact with the two kingdoms to the North, Memphis and Florida. They are currently fighting against the Phoenix Legion, and they have a fortified border at the Mississippi river to the West. This is to protect against one of the biggest threats to the entire region.
The Greatest of the Warriors
Louisiana. Arkansas. Oklahoma. New Mexico. Not one of these former states enjoy full independence and freedom. They are all consumed by one of the greatest powers on the continent. The Empire of Texas.
The emperor rules the empire from the city of Austin. The millions of citizens from across the empire and its vassals pray to him as he is considered to be the patron god of the country. The country speaks Texan, a creole of English and Spanish although Southern English is spoken commonly in the Eastern areas of the empire.
Texas is composed of a large empire, with a couple vassal states, them being Alberkerkie, Arkansas, Louisiana and Hurarez city. It also has a nearly intact interstate system and a large amount of Automobiles to traverse it, allowing for fast travel through the empire. The Texan scientists are some of the best in the land, able to recover lost knowledge from before the fall of the old civilization, who Texans consider as the time when the Emperor ruled all.
The Empire has one of the strongest military forces in the continent, although they are spread very thinly across the country. The military is composed of many cars, buses, a few armored vehicles and even a few old U.S military vehicles, including a tank. But the most feared weapon of the Texans is a bomb known as the “Emperor’s Scourge”.
These bombs were found when Texan explorer teams came across a warehouse in Alberkerkie. One of these bombs were used in the Texan invasion of Louisiana. It was detonated by a strike team in the capital of Orleans. The bomb leveled the greater part of the city, destroying the Louisianan government and winning the war for Texas. It has been said that when people go and venture out into the ruins of the city, they come back with incurable diseases, as was the wrath of the Emperors Scourge.
The citizens of the Empire worship the Emperor, as he is considered to be the strongest individual in the country. They offer sacrifices to him to keep is power strong. If there is no emperor, it is believed that the people in the country would lose their sentience and revert to a feral state. The Emperor is not a hereditary role, the holder of the title is chosen from a thousand boys and girls, who face daunting trials and are pitted against one another until only one survives. That person will become the next emperor.
Currently, the Empire is preparing expeditionary forces to be sent to the North, West and South, and they are preparing an army to go cross the Mississippi and invade the land in the area. However, it has been rumored that there is a cult operating in the shadow of the empire that plans to kill the Emperor and his heir. This puts the empire at a phase of high alert.
The men of the plains
In the great expanse of the American plains, loose bands of nations and tribes form, guarding cities or carrying them around. North of the Texan Empire, the Riders of Kansas dwell in the plains. They guard the cities of Wichita and Kansas from the raiders of the plains, and go ride their horses and automobiles to drive the raiders out of their land. Both them and the raiders worship Medria, the corn goddess, who has planted the seemingly infinite resource of Maize in the land. Kansas is just one of these regions.
All of these gods (except the Idols of Rushmore) are believed to be united under a council. One former member of this council of Rajmacka, the lord of the Mountains, was kicked out. His followers began to disbelieve in the other gods, putting the Mountain god as the one god. Back on the mortal realm, a group of leaders from all the regions decided to excommunicate the followers of the Mountains, and they were cast aside. To this day, the people of the plains stay away from the mountains, fearful of the heretics.
To the East of the plains, in the remnants of Minnesota, Iowa and Missouri, a resistance group known as the Front Free Mind operates. They try and fight the Combine of Chicago by sabotaging expeditions and attacking convoys. They are trained in the art of suicide, as the Combine can easily brainwash them if they are caught. Due to this, the Combine does not expand in that direction, and only fortifies it. Very recently, the Front captured the city of Des Moine from the Combine, and forces are being sent to destroy them.
The Mountains and the Northwest
The people of the Mountains had not forgotten the betrayal the plains people have done. In the area that used to be known as the Colorado Front Range, the worshipers of the mountains dwell. They proclaim the great mountains as the one god of the Americans, and the people of the plains disgrace them for this. However, the people of Colorado decided to expand their religion, to perform a crusade in the Rockies.
The Church of the Mountain now comprises of many nations, and encompasses an area from Arizona and New Mexico to the cold lands of the Yukon. The most sacred place in the religion is the Valley of Stone, located in Northern Arizona. Here, hundreds of worshipers pray to the mountains and the valley, as the mountains forged the sky and the land for the people to live.
The first followers of the church were based in the city of Denver. They soon became a part of the religion of the plains, until abandoning them to go worship the mountains alone. By this point, Denver had expanded North and South, controlling the cities of Fort Collins, Colorado Springs and Pueblo. Denver, now known as the Order of Colorado, then began to spread the religion.
To the south of Colorado lies the Mandate of Carson, a small yet thriving country in Northern New Mexico. They have heard reports of large armies to the south, and are thus fortifying their country to protect against them.
To the East of Carson there are two countries holding sacred places to the church. One of them is the Order of the Arch mountains, and the other is the Dominion of the Stone Valley. Both of these nations receive pilgrims from all over the Rockies due to their unique mountains.
In the lands of Utah to the north, several small nations dwell, offering prayers in the massive churches built by the old civilization to the mountains. To the north, mountain worshiping tribes battle the Montanans and the people of Wyoming for rule over the mountains, and there are hundreds of tribes and city states to the north in Idaho and Columbia.
The religion controls more land than any other in North America, although a fairly small population and a lack of unity.
In the region once called Cascadia, there is a unique group of people. The Cascadians reject all forms of human development and thought and essentially live like animals. They are basically anarcho-primitivists, and they believe that the “ways of the old” lead to the destruction of humanity, which is in part true.
They follow no religion, instead pondering over their creator and purpose and only use basic tools to hunt and gather. Their way of life is under threat, though as the Church of the Rockies is moving in to convert them and a powerful civilization is located just to the South.
The Lords of California
Two hundred years ago, the many, many warring tribes and nations of California have halted their war and began to form a centralized government. This was known as the Californian Grand Assembly, and it is headquartered in the largest city and most powerful political entity, the March of Los Angeles.
Every month, delegates from all over the empire gather under the mountain of Hollywood to discuss matters about preserving the stability of the country and propagating it's expansion. However, there are high tensions within the empire, and states often war against one another for control over resources, people, land or to settle family feuds and disputes. These disputed are usually taken very lightly, and the Assembly does not have it's own army to enforce peace so more bloodshed occurs. Many of the states are put into complex webs of alliances so there is a possibility of a massive war breaking out.
Some of the most powerful states include:
The two main alliances in California are the Californian Prosperity Council (CPC) based in the city of Anaheim, Los Angeles and the Phoenix-San Francisco Association (PSFA) with rotating capitals in Phoenix and San Francisco, although they are lead by San Diego. The two countries have forced California into a tight cold war, with the possibility of it erupting at any given moment.
California has a total of three languages spoken: North Californian, Californian and Sonoran. North Californian is spoken in the North and the bay area, down to the city state of Santa Barbara. It is very similar to Western English. Californian is a mix of English and Spanish, and it is spoken in Los Angeles, San Diego, the Arizonan Countries and many others. Sonoran is a dialect of Spanish spoken in Baja California and Sonora. It is slowly merging into the Californian language.
Religion does not play a big part in California, although they follow a religion somewhat similar to Buddhism, where no god is worshiped and people emphasize balance between the states and people. There is a caste system enforced in some of the smaller countries though.

So that was my coverage of an Alternate post apocalyptic North America. I hope you enjoyed this and I hope to continue to make these stories later on into the future.
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2019.09.14 11:14 nazrulbsbbd Study in Canada

Choose tostudy in Canada, and you’ll have the opportunity to encounter vastly different cultural and natural experiences – from the ski slopes of British Columbia to the prairie province of Manitoba, with cities such as Toronto, Montréal, Vancouver and Quebec famously friendly, tolerant and multicultural.
Education is a provincial responsibility under the Canadian constitution, which means there are significant differences between the education systems of the different provinces. However, education is important to Canadians, and standards across the country are uniformly high. Occupying the northern half of the North American continent, Canada is known for its natural beauty – few nations in the world can boast anything close to its wealth of forests, lakes and mountains – and for its multicultural diversity. The country has official bilingual status, with English and French used concurrently in government and official documents. It’s also known for its sparse population (despite being the world’s second-largest country, it has a population smaller than that of just one US state, California) and for its harsh winters. In some parts of Canada, snow covers the ground for almost half the year – but you’re unlikely to find any Canadian universities in those regions.

High Quality Education

Education institutions are not officially ranked in Canada, but you will find quality institutions across the country. When choosing your school in Canada, consider the type, size and location of the institution. If you are interested in a particular area of study, investigate which schools have more to offer in that discipline.

Document Checklist for Study Abroad

Applicants who completed undergraduate studies outside Canada must also submit:
Note: Where transcripts are in a language other than English, the applicant must provide a notarized English translation of the original transcripts from a certified translator or on official letterhead stationery from the secondary school plus an official original transcript from the institution to the UCW Registrar.
For more information, Contact Us.

General Admission Requirements

Though admission process and requirements vary from institution to institution in Canada, here we'll discuss about the most general procedures and requirements to get admission in Canadian Universities or Colleges.
In general, please note that in order to study in Canada, the major thing to obtain is a study permit as it is popularity called, which serves as a Canadian student visa for the duration of your stay in the country. However, you do not necessarily need a Canadian study permit if your course or program lasts for less than or equal to 6 months

Undergraduate requirements

Undergraduate requirements depend on the type of institution one chooses, this is usually in form of prerequisites and assessments guiding the processes involved in a certain University or College to offer an academic degree, which varies in different ways depending on if the student is a foreigner or a permanent resident.
For admission into undergraduate level, student must have completed twelve years of academic education, but for postgraduate level it is sixteen years. Below you can find undergraduate requirements for most Canadian Tertiary Institutions.
All applicants into undergraduate programs must submit:
Applicants who completed high school or any post-secondary study outside Canada must also submit:
Finally it is important for you to know that major languages used in Canada are English and French. But most of the universities offer courses in English language. So you need to show your efficiency by means of English Language tests. IELTS is most widely recognized and accepted English proficiency test in Canada, however, some universities and colleges accept TOEFL. The score that you must obtain in these language tests vary from institution to institution and course of study. Some universities even seek for other medium of English language test assessment. For MBA, students may be asked for two years of work experience before being admitted to the university. In most of the cases GMAT is compulsory for MBA students.

International Students and Professionals

International students are required to submit an essay and a personal statement of what they think ,they are fit for enrolling in the designated program together with documents stating their work experience (if any) up to the date. Of course documents like reference letters, extracurricular activity certificates and other proof of skills is always a bonus and very much appreciated. In the case of mature students (those older than 25, and out of school for at least 2 years) tertiary education admission requirements vary mostly on their practical and theoretical skills acquired due to employments, individual interests and intellectual maturity regardless of having a diploma or not. Professional programs such as Medicine, Law and Engineering require a previous degree before applying for a postgraduate program, as well as accreditation of every certificate and academic record, as well as national examination to prove fit to practice professionally.

Entry Requirements:

For the pre-Masters courses, typical entry requirements are at least 3 years of higher education and UK IELTS 5.5 (minimum of 5.0 in all skills).
If you do not meet the English language entry level but have at let UKVI IELTS 4.5 (minimum 4.0 in all skills) you can do a course that includes extended English and skills (EES).

Language Requirements

If you want to apply for direct entry to a degree at university in Canada, and your native language is not English, you must provide proof of your proficiency.
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) scores are the most common language requirement for American universities. IELTS (International English Language Testing System) exam scores are the most common language requirement for Canadian universities. But most universities will accept either test as proof of your English language ability. You can take TOEFL and IELTS exams at testing centers worldwide.
Intake: Students may be able to start in spring (January – April), summer (May – August) or autumn (September – November)

Graduates Admission Requirements

Graduates Requirements:

Graduate requirements depend on the type of institution student chooses. This is usually in form of prerequisites and assessments guiding the processes involved in a certain university to offer an academic Master’s degree or further studies, which varies in different ways depending on if the student is a foreigner or a permanent resident.
Below you can find the general graduate requirements for most institutions In Canada.

Apply for the Canadian student visa

As soon as you got the acceptance letter from the university, it is time to proceed to the next step: applying for a student visa, which is locally known as a student permit.
The first steps to obtain your student visa:
According to recent visa regulations, if you have a family member working or applying for a work permit in Canada, the application for your study permit will be processed in two weeks. You may renew or extend your study permit, if you wish to continue your studies or if your programme has an extension or if you change your school. The study permit expires ninety days after your studies are finished when you receive a notification of the programme completion.
Useful tip: check out if your country is on the list of biometrics requests for the study permit. Prepare all required documents for the student visa in Canada

Biometrics appointment and interview

Depending on the requirements for your country, you might have to show up at a Visa Application Centre in your country to have your biometrics taken. The biometric fee is 85 CAD. This fee is in addition to the regular visa fee. Some countries are exempt from the biometrics visit, so it's likely they won't need to visit an application centre at all.
Depending on your individual situation you might also be called for an interview. Local visa application centres will charge a small fee for using their services.
Check out details about the Canadian visa, depending on your nationality:

Find out eligibility to work in Canada

Whether or not you’re eligible for a work permit depends on a few things, including where you plan to apply for your work permit.
No matter where you apply, you must:

Eligibility requirements if you apply from inside Canada

You can only apply for a work permit from inside Canada if you:
Find out what type of work permit you can apply for. If you are applying for an open work permit, leave the employer section of the application blank.

Eligibility requirements if you apply when you enter Canada

You can ask to be allowed to work in Canada when you enter Canada but only if:
If you’re a citizen of an eTA-required country, you’ll need to get an eTA if you plan to fly into Canada. To avoid additional costs, we recommend that you apply for your work permit before you travel to Canada.
Find out what type of work permit you can apply for. If you are applying for an open work permit, leave the employer section of the application blank.
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2019.09.09 16:08 numeroo_unoo I am 23 years old, make $40,000, live in Winnipeg, and work as a writer

**Hi friends! I am so excited to post. I'm sorry this diary is really long. I also want to add a CW for alcohol/drinking**
Section One: Assets and Debt
Retirement Balance: I have about $5,300 in a tax free savings account, saving for a rainy day. Travel? Grad school? A house at some point? Who’s to say, exactly? The balance comes from tax refunds, birthday money, and a payout I got from a car accident. I recently started kicking in $50 to this account every payday. I haven’t started saving for retirement yet. I think I have to be with my company for a year until I get an RRSP but I’m actually not sure???
Equity if you're a homeowner: nada
Savings account balance: around $2,000
Checking account balance: I put $400 in my checking account every payday (bi-weekly) for gas, groceries, and fun stuff. Everything else sits in my savings account and I use it to pay rent, my credit card bill, and any unexpected big purchases.
Credit card debt: I have a really low limit on my credit card and I pay it monthly.
Student loan debt (for what degree): My parents paid for my undergraduate degree. I started in business school but I ended up getting BA in communications because I love writing. I have resigned myself to this not-so lucrative career path but I love it
Section Two: Income
Main Job Monthly Take Home: 2,362.16 (I get paid $1,181.08 bi-weekly, so every now and then I get that sweet sweet third cheque in a month)
Side Gig Monthly Take Home: I coach beginner horseback riding to offset the cost of owning a horse. I make a couple hundred bucks a month but it just goes to pay my horse’s bills, and I typically owe a bit more on top of that.
Any Other Monthly Income Here: n/a
Section Three: Expenses
Rent / Mortgage / HOA fees: $350 for my room in a three-bedroom house.
Renters / home insurance: I should really look into that.
Retirement contribution: I haven’t started doing that yet. As noted above, I need to look into that with my employer.
Investment contribution: At some point I’d like to invest some of that RRSP money.
Debt payments: $272 per month for my car loan.
Donations: I volunteer my time on the Board of Directors for a non-profit.
Electric/Water: $0, graciously included in rent.
Wifi/Cable/Landline: $30 for my portion of Internet. We don’t have cable or a landline.
Cellphone: $0, still on a family plan. I think I’ll get kicked off soon.
Subscriptions: $0. I recently got Spotify premium but I’m still in the free trial period. Unsure if I’ll continue. I mooch off my family’s Netflix account.
Gym membership: $44
Pet expenses: About $20 per month for cat food and litter, and between $60 and $200 for my horse, depending on his healthcare needs and how much I coached that month.
Car payment / insurance: $260 for my insurance and license. I’m a really bad driver.
Regular therapy: I recently became eligible for employee benefits, including therapy, so I’m going to be taking this up very soon!
DAY #1: THURSDAY, AUGUST 1
4 a.m. My large orange son meows in my face (don’t worry, he is a cat) because it’s currently his witching hour. I would normally be annoyed, but he was acting a little off earlier after getting vaccinated a few days ago, so I am just relieved that he’s feeling back to his old self. I try not to engage him because that makes him all the more toodly, so I hide under the covers until he decides to jump back onto my window sill and surveil the street for a while longer. It’s his special lookout spot.
6:45 a.m. I wake up after my second alarm, which has likely been blaring for a few minutes. My roommates probably hate me. I actually take the time to do my hair and put on some makeup today because I have a meeting after work. I sit on the board of a non-profit and we meet about monthly.
7:30 a.m. I move very slowly in the mornings because I am !!!not a morning person!!! I throw a pre-made lunch in my bag, (chickpeas salad with cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, garlic salt, lemon juice, and pepper, an orange, and an apple), make some peanut butter toast, kiss my now snoozing cat, and run out the door.
7:50 a.m. I don’t live very far from work, but I like to get in a little early and ease into my day. I just started working on our radio show, and it takes me a while to get into the writing groove.
12 p.m. I break for lunch and chat with my co-worker. He is approximately my father’s age and very kind.
3 p.m. I’ve hit a lull in my workday so I start thinking about planning my birthday. I have a lot of anxiety about many things, and my birthday is one of them. I have no idea why. I think I’m getting better at dealing with it though. I invite about 10 friends to dinner next Friday, and seven can come!
4 p.m. I head out of work, hoping to see my roommate/friend, E, before she leaves for work. She just got back from Toronto and I want to hear all about it.
4:20 p.m. I am stuck in traffic, approximately 400 metres from my office. Sigh.
4:45 p.m. FINALLY HOME! I didn’t see anything, but there must have been a crash or something because my commute is usually half as long. I quickly hug E and she tells me about her trip, rapid-fire. She also helps me pin down my cat so I can administer a de-wormer pill. We recently had a spate of mice (vomit emoji) and my cat was eating them, hence the recent vet trip and de-worming. We had exterminators come about a week ago, and we haven’t seen any sign of them since.
5:05 p.m. My meeting isn’t until 6 but it’s outside the city and on the other side of town, so I head out now. I stop to fill up my gas tank ($51.40)
5:45 p.m. I’m early for perhaps the first time in my natural born life.
6:30 p.m. The meeting includes dinner, pizza and wings, and it’s tasty as hell.
8:30 p.m. I ran the meeting and it went fairly smoothly, lots of good discussion. I hate long meetings and tried to keep it as brief as possible, but some people are rather long-winded. Probably myself included. I text my old coach, who was at the meeting, and thank him for his time and perspective. He says he’s next door having a beer and I should join him.
8:35 p.m. I join him.
9:35 p.m. We catch up, watch the Blue Bombers suck, and he buys me a beer. I used to train with him two or three times a week until I quit, and I’ve missed him! He’s the best. I head out because I have a pretty long drive home. I listen to my summer playlist and take in the expansive prairie sunset.
10:25 I start throwing together a bag for the weekend. I’m heading out to the lake with my family after work tomorrow.
10:30 My other roommate/friend, A, comes home and we chitchat while getting ready for bed.
11:30 p.m. I watch an episode of Tuca and Bertie until my melatonin kicks in and I’m out like a light.
DAILY TOTAL: $51.40
DAY #2: FRIDAY, AUGUST 2
4 a.m. I’m awake for virtually no reason. The cat isn’t even bugging me. I toss and turn for a while, but the birds are starting to chirp outside and getting back to sleep feels completely futile.
7:05 a.m. Regrettably, I get out of bed. I don’t bother with hair or makeup today. Peanut butter toast and I’m out the door, overnight bag in hand.
7:45 a.m. I sit down at my desk and realize my jeans are covered in cat hair and perhaps a smudge of peanut butter. I share this observation with my co-worker.
8:30 a.m. On Fridays, my office has donuts. I grab one.
10:30 a.m. I’m tired, it’s almost the weekend, and I’m finding it nearly impossible to focus. I text my brother and ask him if I can sleep in the guest cabin this weekend. I’ve been doing this 4am wake-up thing all week and I’m really drained. I’m sure he would have preferred to stay in the guest cabin with his girlfriend, but he begrudgingly agrees that they will stay in the main cabin with our parents.
****SIDE NOTE, you may be picturing a luxurious cabin experience, but the main cabin is perhaps 600ish square feet and routinely sleeps four adults so it’s, uh, cozy. The “guest cabin” is pretty much just a bed and a bathroom, but it’s a lot more private. Our cabin has been in our family for something like 100 years. It has it’s quirks but we love it. *****
12 p.m. My office also has a barbeque every Friday in the summer! I grab a slightly crispy burger and eat with some co-workers. I work in a very male-dominated industry. They’re all talking about the football game last night.
12:25 p.m. I sneak inside and read a Money Diary before getting back to work.
2:20 p.m. Word has gotten round to my mother that I am a little tired these days and now she’s worried about me making the three hour drive by myself. She suggests I leave work early (not happening) and ride in the backseat of my dad’s truck with their two dogs (super not happening). I convince her I can drive myself.
3:30 p.m. My mother has asked me to pick up beer and witch hazel, for separate purposes. I’m happy to do so. I tell her I forgot to pack melatonin and a phone charger. She says she has me covered. She’s an angel.
3:45 I skip out of work a teensy bit early because it’s the long weekend and I have a few stops to make before I hit the highway.
4 p.m. I head to Shoppers Drug Mart but unfortunately, they don’t have the type of witch hazel my mom wants. I grab crackers and hummus for the road and a NYX eyebrow pencil because mine broke yesterday. ($26.07)
4:15 p.m. I stop at the liquor store and pick up a 24 pack of Coors Banquet, which is one of maybe three beers my family can agree on. ($47.82)
4:20 p.m. Rexall luckily has the correct brand of witch hazel! ($7.83)
4:25 p.m. Last stop! I grab some windshield wiper fluid ($6.49) and then hit the road.
4:30 p.m. My roommates call me for a planning meeting. We are hosting Beer Olympics next Saturday and we’ve barely been in same province at the same time for about a month, never mind the same room. We’ve been inviting people for about three weeks and approximately 40ish people are coming. We work out logistics and split up some duties. It’s going to be a little stressful but extremely fun!
5:05 p.m. I get off the phone with my roommates and immediately call my mom to see if we can borrow some folding tables from her work for some of the games. She’s happy to help. Have I mentioned she’s an angel?
5:20 p.m. My roommate knows I stress about birthdays so she has offered to make my reservation. She confirms we’re good for seven people at 7:30 on Friday!
6:00 p.m. Even though I filled up yesterday, I have way less gas than I usually do at this point in the journey. I guess due to that meeting outside of the city. I stop in the bustling metropolis of St. Claude, Manitoba, and put in $25 worth of gas. I also use the washroom. ($25)
7:30 p.m. Finally arrive at the cabin! I unpack my bag and beer and stretch my legs.
8:30 p.m. Hop in the boat with my family and some beer for a little lake cruise. It’s a long weekend so the lake is really busy. We actually witness two sea-doos crash into each other. They were apparently doing donuts around each other and spraying up a bunch of water, didn’t see each other and the riders went flying. I freak the fuck out because water accidents are the stuff of my nightmares. We head over to check on them and they say they’re completely fine.
9:30 p.m. We head back to the cabin and my dad and I jump into kayaks and enjoy the sunset.
10:15 p.m. My brother and his girlfriend arrive at the cabin. Yes, five adults drove a total of three vehicles to the same location. We are all very stubborn people and prefer to keep our own schedules. C’est la vie.
10:30 p.m. We head over to our cousin’s cabin for a late-night cruise on their pontoon boat.
11:30 p.m. There is almost nothing that feels as sweet as slowly riding on a boat down a perfectly calm lake on a clear evening. The stars alone are incredible. We packed several beers and my brother’s girlfriend (K) and I get a little drunk.
DAILY TOTAL: $113.21
DAY #3: SATURDAY, AUGUST 3
12:30 a.m. After many beverages consumed, (not by my cousin, the responsible captain) we disembark from the late-night cruise and head back to our own cabin.
1:00 a.m. Against our better judgement, we crack a few more beers and start playing a round of crib. My dad skunks us.
2:00 a.m. Finally fall into bed.
7:00 a.m. Oooof. No thank you.
9:45 a.m. That’s a bit better. I grab some water and head to the main cabin. My mom has already left to take the dogs on their morning run. Unfortunately I’m in no shape to join, which is too bad because I love the morning run.
10:15 a.m. The good news is there’s a farmers market down the road, with my favourite creamed honey from a local beekeeper. I find my wallet and grab a kilogram of creamed honey. This will probably last me until next year. ($12)
10:30 a.m. I make green tea with my creamed honey before the day gets too hot. Just as I’m starting to feel like a functioning human again my parents return from their run and my dad whips up a five-star breakfast with bacon, hashbrowns, eggs, and toast.
11:00 a.m. I am officially reborn. My dad and I go for a quick kayak.
12:00 p.m. We pack up coolers with drinks and snacks and head out on the water. It’s a super-hot day so we start swimming almost immediately.
4:00 p.m. I honestly don’t know where the day went, but there was lots of sun and swimming and drinking. My family doesn’t drink very often but I think we make the most of a relaxation opportunity. We eventually head back to shore.
4:30 p.m. We can’t remember the fifth Spice Girl.
4:35 p.m. It was Scary Spice.
4:45 p.m. After swimming with the doggies off the dock, “the kids” (me, my brother, his girlfriend) pass out in chairs for a little over an hour, according to my FitBit. My mom made nachos and we didn’t even wake up for that.
6:00 p.m. We start to get a little bit cleaned up for dinner. I am in a weird liminal space between drunk and not drunk. I wouldn’t operate a vehicle right now, let’s put it that way.
7:00 p.m. We head over to my cousin’s cabin to make pizza in their outdoor pizza oven.
8:00 p.m. We all make our own pizza creations and I can’t pick my favourite, they’re all so tasty. They’re all a combination of basil, ham, pepperoni, red onion, green pepper, and various herbs. One cousin goes rogue and uses salsa instead of pizza sauce and it’s a 10/10.
9:00 p.m. We also make s’mores in the pizza oven and they are SIMPLY THE BEST.
10:00 p.m. Between the pizza, beer, and s’mores, I may never eat again. We head home and play another round of crib, and I win this time!
10:45 p.m. Bed at a far more reasonable hour. Our neighbours are having a bonfire and it’s a bit noisy – probably not as noisy as us playing crib until 2am last night, so who am I to complain – but I take a hit of my weed pen so I can fall asleep easily.
DAILY TOTAL: $12
DAY #4: SUNDAY, AUGUST 4
7:00 a.m. I wake up from an absolutely blissful dream, but it is far too early to be awake.
9:00 a.m. That’s much better. I head to the main cabin and my mom and I take the dogs for the morning run. I got a bit of sunburn on my shoulders yesterday so I put on a big t shirt. We run the dogs for about an hour down some paths in a park and I am just drenched with sweat.
10:15 a.m. We come back to the cabin and my dad asks if I can run to the store and grab a dozen eggs. He tries to give me some cash to cover it but I fight him off. I always feel like a huge mooch when I’m at the cabin with my parents, but my dad says he likes to take care of us this way. Plus, his cooking is out of this world. I happily provide beer and anything else that is asked of me, because he’s always gotten a little offended when I offer to chip in for my fair share of groceries.
10:30 a.m. At the store I grab a dozen eggs and three gin-based coolers in some new flavours. ($15.42)
11:00 a.m. My dad makes another five-star breakfast.
12:00 p.m. We pack the coolers and hit the water for another gorgeous day.
2:00 p.m. After a couple of beverages, my brother’s girlfriend announces she has never gone water skiing. We decide to rectify the situation immediately.
3:24 p.m. She tries about a dozen times but doesn’t quite get up. She has a great attitude and only quits when she is physically exhausted. She asks me to go for a trip so she can “learn by watching,” and I agree, probably against my better judgment.
3:00 p.m. Water skiing is definitely way easier as a 75lb child. I try about four or five times before popping up out of the water. I go about 300 metres before wiping out pretty hard. Now I’m just plain irritated. I get back up and we tool around for about two minutes. I call it a success.
3:30 p.m. My cousins have found us on the lake, so I swim around their boat for a bit while K gives it another shot. She gets up!
3:45 p.m. We celebrate with many beverages.
6:00 p.m. Back to the cabin so my dad can start dinner. Tonight is a Greek feast with lemon potatoes, couscous salad, and many varieties of grilled meats. We play crib while my dad cooks and I win again. K proclaims me “she who will not be skunked.”
8:00 p.m. Dinner is a languid affair with a lot of talking and laughing per usual. My parents tell the story of how they met, as do my cousin and his wife. I ask my brother how he met K and he claims he slid into her Instagram DM’s and said “hey toots” which, honestly, doesn’t surprise me. For a quick second I let myself wallow in self-pity regarding my dating situation (it’s non-existant.)
9:00 p.m. We go for a sunset boat ride, which is stunning and lovely per usual.
10:00 p.m. We head back to the cabin and watch Big Brother. I can’t keep my eyes open and go to bed at 10:30.
DAILY TOTAL: $15.42
DAY #5: MONDAY, AUGUST 5
9:30 a.m. Up and at ‘em for another quick run with the pups.
11:00 a.m. We head back to the cabin and have bacon and tomato sandwiches for breakfast. Hits the spot.
12:00 p.m. We take inventory of the fridge and realize it’s a good thing we’re going home today, because five adults plowed through an ungodly amount of beer over three days.
12:30 p.m. We head back out on the lake, armed mostly with water and snacks.
1:00 p.m. It’s a really windy day and my sunhat flies off my head L it sinks before my brother can wheel the boat around and grab it. It was only like $12 but it was my favourite hat! If a fish were to wear it, they would look rather stylish.
2:30 p.m. We head back to the cabin and grill up some chicken for lunch. My brother and his girlfriend head back into the city shortly after.
3:30 p.m. I help my parents clean up the cabin and hit the road. My dad takes me aside and says he looks forward to long weekends like this all year. I try not to cry (I’m very sentimental, he isn’t!) and tell him I love him and has the best time.
3:35 p.m. I top up my gas tank.($24.95)
6:45 p.m. Home, home, home! I walk in and catch up with A about our weekends. She’s wrapping up her share of the chores (we split them and rotate weekly) and I head out to mow the lawn. E won’t be home until sometime tomorrow.
7:30 p.m. We have quite a large lawn so that job was no joke. I am simply exhausted.
8:00 p.m. After I shower and throw in a load of laundry, I make a packet of Annie’s gluten free white cheddar mac and cheese. I throw in some frozen veggies so it’s not entirely unhealthy. It’s not my dad’s gourmet fare but it will have to do!
8:45 p.m. My roommate comes home from her run and we watch a few episodes of How to Get Away with Murder. I’m late to the game on this one but it’s sooooo good.
10:45 p.m. We both head to bed. I take two melatonin and watch Derry Girls until falling asleep around 11:30.
DAILY TOTAL: $24.95
DAY #5: TUESDAY, AUGUST 6
4:00 a.m. Awake for no good reason.
7:00 a.m. Awake for reasons pertaining to gainful employment.
7:30 a.m. Cat fed, hair brushed, toast peanut-buttered, and I’m out the door.
8:00 a.m. Everything is in a tailspin because Trump tweeted.
12:00 p.m. I spend my lunch hour writing this diary and realize how much I drank this weekend. Yikes. It was wholesome family fun, no?
1:00 p.m. I accept an e-transfer from my roommate. I pay our Internet in full every month and they e-transfer me their portion.
4:00 p.m. I leave work and it’s hot as hell outside. I drive to my parents’ house, listening to Drag Her. I should mention, every time I drove this weekend, I listened to: Why Won’t You Date Me, Call Your Girlfriend, Race Chaser, Canadaland, and Last Podcast on the Left.
4:30 p.m. I make it to my parents’. My dad and I are picking up a picnic table that was graciously gifted to my roommate for Beer Olympics. My uncle is in town so we have a quick hello. We plan to meet for dinner with my parents in my neighbourhood, and I say he can use my car to run an errand before we meet up.
4:45 p.m. On the way to pick up the picnic table, my dad stops at 7/11 to fulfill his (almost) daily vice: a big-gulp serving of diet coke. I don’t drink pop, but I grab a small rootbeer flavoured slurpee. Fun fact about Winnipeg: we’re the slurpee capital of the world. What does that mean? It’s tough to say, exactly. My dad pays.
5:00 p.m. We get this rickety old picnic table loaded in the back of my dad’s truck. We take the highway over to my house, which is on the opposite end of town. My dad says if the table falls out it’s “not worth stopping for” hahaha.
5:45 p.m. We arrive with the table in one piece!
6:00 p.m. My dad and I meet my uncle and mom for dinner. We typically never go out to eat, unless a relative is visiting and can’t pass up their favourite Winnipeg restaurant. It’s so nice to catch up with my uncle. He lives in Virginia and is pretty horrified by many facets of American culture and politics.
7:45 p.m. This dinner has really dragged out but I’m enjoying it. I end up explaining the finer points of marijuana legalization to my uncle, which is super awkward. My uncle covers dinner.
8:15 p.m. I give my uncle a big hug and we part ways. When I get into my car, I see he topped up the tank. He really didn’t have to do that! I am so spoiled by my family’s generosity. I text him immediately and say thank you.
8:30 p.m. I get home and get cracking on some chores. I throw in a load of laundry and start vacuuming my section of the house. We’ve split the house into thirds and rotate who cleans what part. It works for us. I also assemble more chickpea salad to get me through the week. With the long weekend, the dinner with my uncle, and two nights of parties this upcoming weekend, my eating habits/schedule are super thrown out of whack. I usually buy groceries on Monday or Tuesday but I think I have enough produce and pantry staples to get me through the week.
9:00 p.m. It’s still light out and I would like to get some exercise in because I’ve done basically nothing but eat and drink for the past week. I don’t have the energy to go for a run but I throw on my running shoes and take a brisk walk through my neighbourhood.
9:45 p.m. Home. I shower, feed the kitten, and put my laundry in the dryer.
10:15 p.m. A comes home and we chat about our days.
10:30 p.m. I take a melatonin, but don’t fall asleep until about midnight.
DAILY TOTAL: $0
DAY #6 WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 7
2:45 a.m. Once again, awake for no good reason. I watch Derry Girls until I fall back asleep.
6:00 a.m. My cat yells in my face.
7:05 a.m. Typical morning routine commences. I realize I burned my tongue on hot pizza last night L
7:50 a.m. Typical morning work commences.
12:09 p.m. I break to read some money diaries and eat my chickpea salad. I daydream about making a big batch of stir fry next week.
4:00 p.m. I’m outta here! I decide to go to Tim Hortons to get a frozen raspberry lemonade to try to soothe my yucky-feeling burned tongue. I typically get a bagel too (everything bagel with herbS and garlic cream cheese, trust me) but I refrain because I really don’t need the extra carbs. A medium is $2.55.
5:00 p.m. In order to finance my horse habit, I teach beginner riding lessons once a week. I rode competitively for about a decade, which involved riding every single day. I couldn’t sustain it in university, developed a chronic injury, and my horse had to be retired, so I don’t ride much anymore. Now I just pay for him to get fat and be happy out in a field. I get to the farm and chat with my friend and play with her brand new kitten until lessons start.
9:00 p.m. Lessons went really well! I love getting to know my students and helping them reach their goals. They are all so fun. I sit and chat with the barn owner around a campfire for about 15 minutes.
9:45 p.m. I get home to an oddly silent house. Both of my roommates must be out! Wednesdays are my long days and I’m flat out exhausted. I’m also starving. I make a sad sandwich with just deli meat and whole grain bread.
10:15 p.m. I wrestle with my cat to get his nails trimmed. He’s not wild about it.
10:45 p.m. I take a hit from my weed pen and fall asleep watching Derry Girls.
DAILY TOTAL: $2.55
DAY #7 THURSDAY, AUGUST 8
3:00 a.m. I would just die to know why I keep waking up at this time. I have barely done any exercising this week, so that might be a part of it. I try to do two classes at my gym and run twice weekly. That has clearly not been the case this week. I fight myself back to sleep around 4:30.
7:05 a.m. I briefly consider throwing on makeup and making an effort but I end up talking myself out of it.
7:45 a.m. Settled in with a decaf coffee, ready for a new day. I don’t drink much caffeine because it exacerbates my sleeping problems.
11:00 a.m. I’ve hit a lull with work so I reply to some messages from people about Beer Olympics. I am so thankful my roommate is helming most of the organization because it’s a bit of a logistical quagmire.
12:00 p.m. I finish off the last of my chickpea salad.
4:00 p.m. Leave work and head out to my brow appointment. I’ve been going to the same brow guru for about five years now and she’s probably one of the most important people in my life. She revolutionized my sad, flat, eyebrows and I can never truly repay her.
4:25 p.m. I’m pretty early for my appointment so I stop at a deli nearby. It’s supposed to be Winnipeg’s best deli or something but I’m pretty underwhelmed by it. I get a really small, overpriced BLT, and a frozen litre of chicken and rice soup. ($20.00)
4:45 p.m. My brows look super. I chat with the guru for a bit because I think she’s the coolest ever. (22.85 including 20% tip)
5:30 p.m. I head home and watch some Tuca and Bertie while snuggling with my cat. I eat some of the chicken and rice soup (again, underwhelming, not worth it, I should have saved the $9 and heated up a can of Campbells) and chop up veggies to dip in hummus.
7:30 p.m. It’s starting to cool down a bit outside so I go for a v e r y s l o w run.
9:00 p.m. My roommate and I watch two episodes of How to Get Away with Murder. It’s so darn good.
10:30 p.m. Melatonin, toss and turn, finally fall asleep around midnight.
DAILY TOTAL: 44.85
********SO GUYS, I added two extra days because I felt the weekend I started on was pretty low-spend and sort of boring details-wise. If you’re sick of me, feel free to stop reading now. Here’s a breakdown of 7 days of spending. My reflections will be at the very bottom*******\*
BREAKDOWN HERE
Food and Drink: $34.55
Fun and Entertainment: $63.24
Home and Health: $33.90
Clothes and Beauty: $22.85
Transport: 107.84
TOTAL SPEND: $262.38
DAY 8 FRIDAY, AUGUST 9:
6:45 a.m. I absolutely leap out of bed because I’m super excited for my birthday dinner tonight! I put a little effort into my hair, but don’t bother with makeup.
7:45 a.m. Typical gainful employment things. I grab a decaf from the kitchen (this is my first job where coffee is free and freely available, what a concept!) and settle in to some writing.
12:00 p.m. This Friday company barbeque is really enabling my not-cooking-or-buying-groceries habit this week. There’s a Thai noodle salad situation here that is really good.
4:00 p.m. I practically skip out of the office. It’s a gorgeous afternoon.
4:25 p.m. E is fully pulling her hair out over Beer Olympics. She has developed a very comprehensive table to pair up all of the teams at the various stations. I offer to help her colour in the table. We bicker lightly because she is a control freak and I am pretty, shall we say, loosey-goosey artistically. I crack a beer because it’s officially my birthday weekend!
5:30 p.m. A comes home and we are now triple-teaming this massive poster.
6:00 p.m. I have a second beer and start getting ready for dinner.
7:00 p.m. I want to wear a jumpsuit I bought recently but totally forgot that I should’ve had the straps taken in. It’s a bit gappy. My lovely roomies secure me into the garment with an elaborate pin system and we’re off!
7:30 p.m. We arrive at the restaurant and it’s just as lovely as my friend promised it would be. I get a few presents, which seems truly unnecessary the older we get, just having dinner with my favourite people is a present enough. Regardless, I accept a bottle of honey mead wine (?) a nice-smelling candle, an adorable print of an ostrich running, and a huge, pink, fluffy card that sings an obnoxious tune. Feeling very loved.
9:00 p.m. My roomies and I split a bottle of rose. I split an appetizer of mussels with my friend, get the tastiest rigatoni for a main, and split a piece of chocolate cake with E. My roomies cover the rose and dessert (angels) and I cover my main course and half of the app. ($49.60 including 20% tip)
10:30 p.m. We do a few things to get ready for Beer Olympics and watch some Cody Ko and Noel Miller videos.
11:30 p.m. I smoke a bit of weed and fall into bed with a huge smile on my face.
DAILY TOTAL: $49.60
DAY 9 SATURDAY, AUGUST 10:
7:30 a.m. Sleeping in has become not an option for me lately, which is less than ideal. I put on a Netflix documentary and doze on and off.
10:45 a.m. OOPS I didn’t mean to stay in bed this late. I jump out of bed and grab some toast, peanut butter, and an apple. We start setting up for Beer Olympics.
11:45 p.m. My roommates kick me out of the house while they “prepare” my birthday present. I have to pick up some stuff so this works perfectly for me. It’s looking like it’s about to pour rain.
12:00 p.m. I stop at Shoppers Drug Mart and grab Blistex, dry shampoo, a big bag of popcorn, toilet paper, and a six-pack of red Powerade for tomorrow. ($40.30)
12:10 p.m. I stop and grab a 12-pack of Bud Light Lime and two tall boys of Coors Banquet. I also grab a bottle of white wine because it’s on sale. (30.96)
12:20 p.m. Stop at a gas station to pick up about half a dozen bags of ice. We’re going to have a bunch of coolers in the garage for everyone’s drinks. ($15.96)
12:30 p.m. I get home and my darling roommates present me with the best birthday present ever – a sweatshirt with my cat’s face on it. I cry because I feel just overwhelmed with love.
1:00 p.m. It is pouring rain so we quickly assemble a contingency plan: re-arranging the living room and dining room to accommodate three beer pong tables. The rest of the table-based games (four in total I believe) get set up in the garage. For the field-based games (dizzy bat and frizzknock) we’ll have to brave the elements.
2:30 p.m. People start showing up right on schedule. I go to put the toilet paper in the bathroom and I can’t find the pack anywhere??? I double-check my car. It’s not there. My house is quickly filling up with people and, no exaggeration, we have maybe one and a half rolls of toilet paper left. We rotate who buys essentials around the house and this time is my turn. I quickly slip out of the house and run to Shoppers for another 12-pack of toilet paper. ($11.19)
2:45 p.m. After the Great Toilet Paper Drama I graciously accept a jaeger bomb from my teammate. He brought costumes for our team, an outdoor speaker, about 30 ping pong balls, and a Frisbee for some reason. Our team is looking formidable.
3:15 p.m. There’s a break in the rain so we haul ass outside and get this show on the road. My team is in rare form and we win our first game of beer pong but get solidly swept for the rest of the competition.
4:15 p.m. Beer Olympics gets straight rowdy.
5:15 p.m. Someone trips and falls down and breaks their pinky. A sober person whisks them off to the hospital. My head is spinning.
5:45 p.m. We’re pretty much done with the games but now we are confronted with about 55 overly drunk twentysomethings. My genius roommate does a quick lap around the party and asks people to cough up five bucks for some pizza. We order about 20 pizzas and have cash left over for a hefty tip for the poor delivery dude.
6:30 p.m. Some people who had to work during the day and couldn’t make it earlier show up and this party hits its second wind. We put all the tables together and participate in perhaps the world’s longest game of flip cup.
7:00 p.m. My friend brought a bunch of weed and starts smoking everybody out. My other friend starts making out with Weed Guy. Someone runs by without pants on. A girl is crying. My ex has been sitting on my couch talking to a girl for like an hour. We’re on good terms but I hope he has the good sense to not hook up with anyone in my very home. A guy with hair like Jesus makes some really sexually inappropriate comments to me and I snap at him. Another guy I don’t know says “is this guy bothering you?” like some type of Noah Centineo romcom superhero.
10:30 p.m. The sun is down and our house is officially destroyed so we make the decision to move this party to a bar down the street. I change out of my team costume and lock up the house.
10:50 p.m. A crew of about 12 of us rolls up to the bar. We are not allowed into the bar because we’re too drunk. HOWEVER, No Pants Girl and Girl Who Made Out With Weed Guy are in the bar, and they were easily the rowdiest drunks of all. What’s up with that?? A bunch of us jump into cabs to another bar downtown. I don’t know who paid for the cab but it wasn’t me.
11:15 p.m. Cover is $10, which is a scam. I grab cash which involves a $3 surcharge and an engineering degree, apparently, because I’m too drunk to read the fine print and cancel my transaction twice accidentally. My friend assists and I get out $60 cash. ($13)
11:30 p.m. My roommate is sad about a boy so we grab a round of shots. I black out around this point but I came home with $55 in my wallet, despite paying $10 for cover and apparently having a drink in my hand all night, so I’m not sure how I swung that. I also come home without my ID.
1:00 a.m. My roommate is crying so we pack it in. Someone pays for the cab home. We have a communal drunken cry on the front porch and it is very cathartic.
2:00 a.m. Bedtime. Finally.
DAILY TOTAL: $80.45
FINAL TOTALS AND REFLECTION:
Food and Drink: $34.55
Fun and Entertainment: $ 239.67
Home and Health: $33.90
Clothes and Beauty: $22.85
Transport: 107.84
FINAL TOTAL: $392.53 (Holy shit I’m blown away by this number)
REFLECTION: I lumped the lake-related purchases, birthday dinner, and Beer Olympics into the Fun and Entertainment categories because they were one-offs.
I’m actually blown away by how much I spent on alcohol this week. I definitely blew the budget on that one, but it wasn’t a typical week in that regard. I’m usually not that much of a drunk mess, I swear!
Lake weekends are a huge part of my family’s traditions and Beer Olympics was extremely fun, so I ultimately have no regrets. My birthday dinner was definitely on the pricier side but the food was incredible. Besides that, I would think everything is a pretty good reflection of how I spend my money.
My car is my biggest expense by a long shot, but I love it and it’s very reliable.
One thing that wasn’t accurately reflected in this week’s spend is groceries: I try to feed myself on about $60 per week. If you subtract the astronomical fun costs and add grocery money, that’s a far more realistic week for someone on my budget.
This diary was a great exercise in being mindful about how I spend my money and my time: I didn’t realize how often I pop down to Shopper’s Drug Mart to grab this or that little thing, and that really added up quickly!
I hope you enjoyed my little slice of life. I’m sorry it’s so obnoxiously long. I promise I’m not an alcoholic.
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2019.06.22 10:38 Hadashi_blacksky Feminism and the Duluth Model

In 1981, the Domestic Abuse Intervention Program created the Duluth Model, which was a more structured approach to batterer treatment and it is usually credited as introducing domestic violence into society's mainstream conscience. "The program was born from the creative energies of battered women and feminist activists, included members of EMERGE, one of the first batterer intervention programs in the country. 13 battered women from Duluth participated in creating the Duluth Model's Power and Control Wheel based on traits and behaviours specific to their own abusive husbands. Later, scientists tested the program's curriculum with a sample group of nine subjects, including five battered women and four abusive men, who had all participated in the program. Based on the results of the test, the Duluth Model emerged as one of the nation's most utilized models for batterer intervention programs."
https://scholarship.law.umt.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=2027&context=mlr
Before we move on, let's get something straight here since I've seen a lot of denial around it generally from people who support feminism: The Duluth Model is entirely based on feminist theory. In this
thesis written by Ellen Pence herself (she is the woman who is usually credited with creating the Duluth Model) in 1997, she says in pages 1 and 2:
"I am indebted to the Domestic Abuse Intervention Project (DAIP), where I have worked for 16 years. As a group we have been an important part of a historic social movement. We were the first grassroots group to break through the barrier of institutional resistance to establishing community-monitored interagency policies (including policies mandating arrest, promoting aggressive prosecution, imposing increasingly harsh penalties on repeat offenders, and requiring a feminist based educational model for abusers). This speaks to the excellence of our group as well as to that of the leaders in our police and court system. To my co-workers and the many practitioners who have lent to my experience and to this specific endeavour, I am eternally grateful."
She says right here that the model is feminist based. Now that we've got that out of the way, we can move on to the main bulk of this.
The Duluth Model characterises domestic violence as being a primarily male-perpetrated crime caused by "patriarchal terrorism", theorising that men are socialised in a patriarchal society that makes them feel entitled to have power, dominance and control over women. Supposedly, men who batter are using violence to to maintain their individual and societal patriarchal dominance over women.
DAIP itself says of Duluth:
https://www.theduluthmodel.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/CounteringConfusion.pdf
"We still live in a sexist society where women are devalued, where many men believe they are entitled to be in control in an intimate relationship, and where men who batter believe they have the right to use violence. While it is a goal to change the attitudes of men who batter, the ultimate goal of the Duluth Model has always been to ensure that victims are safer by having the state intervene to stop the violence and address the power imbalance inherent in relationships where one person has been systematically dominated and subjugated by another."
It's described in further detail in a 1993 book that Ellen Pence co-authored; "Education Groups For Men Who Batter: The Duluth Model."
The book says:
"The tactics used by batterers reflect the tactics used by many groups or individuals in positions of power. Each of the tactics depicted on the Power and Control Wheel are typical of behaviors used by groups of people who dominate others. They are the tactics employed to sustain racism, ageism, classism, heterosexism, anti-Semitism, and many other forms of group domination. Men in particular are taught these tactics in both their families of origin and through their experiences in a culture that teaches men to dominate. ...We use gender-specific terms not only because the curriculum is for men who batter, but because battering is not a gender-neutral issue."
The Duluth Model's Power and Control Wheel details the tactics that are used to sustain an abusive partner's control over an abuser.
https://www.theduluthmodel.org/wheels/
https://www.domesticviolenceintervention.net/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/Eckhardt.etal2013.Manuscript.pdf
The Duluth Model currently reigns as the most commonly state-mandated model of intervention. While many approaches to intervention include a mix of the Duluth Model's feminist analysis of DV and cognitive behavioural therapy (which is a more holistically-oriented approach to DV that maintains that DV is associated with cognitive distortions and faulty attitudes and beliefs), most existing intervention programs as well as state laws and guidelines that regulate IPV intervention still espouse key aspects of feminist perspectives on IPV etiology and intervention.
However, more and more studies have come up showing gender symmetry in DV.
http://citeseerx.ist.psu.edu/viewdoc/download?doi=10.1.1.588.4366&rep=rep1&type=pdf
"More than 200 studies have found that men and women perpetrate partner violence at approximately equal rates and that the most prevalent pattern is mutual violence (Archer, 2002; Fiebert, 2004). Moreover, when it is not mutual, female-only and male~only partner violence occur with about equal frequency among married couples (K. L. Anderson, 2002; Capaldi & Owen, 2001; Gelles & Straus, 1988; Kessler, Molnar, Feurer, & Appelbaum, 2001; McCarroll, Ursano, Fan, & Newby, 2004; Medeiros & Straus, 2007; Moffitt, Caspi, Rutter, & Silva, 2001; Straus, Gelles, & Steinmetz, 2006; Williams & Frieze, 2005). Among young couples and dating couples, the percentage of female-only partner violence exceeds the percentage of male- only partner violence (Straus & Ramirez, 2007; Whitaker, Haileyesus, Swahn,& Saltzman, 2007). This pattern of gender symmetry is true even for severe partner violence, such as kicking, attacks with objects, and choking. However, the injury rate is much higher when the perpetrator is male (Gelles & Straus, 1988). Police statistics and crime survey statistics seem to contradict the idea of gender symmetty because 80% to 99% of the perpetrators identified in such surveys are men (Straus, 1999). This is not because of higher numbers of physical attacks by men but because of the greater probability of injury from attacks by men and greater fear for safety by women (Straus, 1999). These are characteristics that lead to police intervention. Such cases are mistakenly taken as representative of partner violence, even though at least 95% of partner violence cases are not known to the police (Kaufman Kantor & Straus, 1990; Statistics Canada, 2005)."
And...
"Not only do men and women tend to perpetrate physical partner violence at about equal rates, but they tend to do so for similar reasons. The most commonly reported proximate motivations for use of violence among both men and women are coercion, anger, and punishing misbehavior by their partner (Cascardi & Vivian, 1995; Follingstad, Wright, Lloyd, & Sebastian, 1991; Kernsmith, 2005; Stets & Hammons, 2002). For example, Pearson (1997) reported that 90% of the women she studied assaulted their partner because they were furious, jealous, or frustrated. The motive of self-defense, which has often been put forward as an explanation for high rates of female violence, explains only a small proportion of partner violence perpetrated by women (and men; Carrado, George, Loxam, Jones, & Templar, 1996; Felson & Messner, 1998; Pearson, 1997; Sarantakos, 1998; Sommer, 1996). For example, using a college student population, Follingstad ot al. (1991) found that perpetrators reported that their motivation was self-defensive about 18% of the time (17.7% for men, 18.5% for women). As violence becomes more severe, there are greater gender differences in the use of violence in self-defense; however, self-defense is still a motivation for a relatively small proportion of violence. For example, in a sample of couples presenting for marital therapy, Cascardi and Vivian (1995) found that 20% of wives and no husbands attributed their use of severe aggression to self-defense."
One study even showed that half (49.7%) of relationships which had violence were reciprocally violent, and that in nonreciprocally violent relationships, women were the perpetrators in more than 70% of the cases.
https://ajph.aphapublications.org/doi/pdf/10.2105/AJPH.2005.079020
In 1999, Ellen Pence, in her book "Coordinating Community Responses to Domestic Violence: Lessons from Duluth"
came out herself and admitted that she and the DAIP staff involved in Duluth were driven by ideology. In the chapter "Some Thoughts On Philosophy", she wrote:
"The Power and Control Wheel, which was developed by battered women attending women's groups, was originally a description of typical behaviours accompanying the violence. In effect it said "When he is violent, he gets power and he gets control." Somewhere early in our organizing efforts, however, we changed the message to "he is violent in order to get control or power." The difference is not semantic, it is ideological. Somewhere we shifted from understanding the violence as rooted in a sense of entitlement to rooted in a desire for power. By determining that the need or desire for power was the motivating force behind battering, we created a conceptual framework that, in fact, did not fit the lived experience of many of the men and women we were working with. The DAIP staff - like the therapist insisting it was an anger control problem, or the judge wanting to see it as an alcohol problem, or the defense attorney arguing that it was a defective wife problem - remained undaunted by the difference in our theory and the actual experiences of those we were working with. We all engaged in ideological practices and claimed them to be neutral observations."
"Eventually, we began to give into the process that is the heart of the Duluth model: interagency communication based on discussions of real cases. It was the cases themselves that created the chink in each of our theoretical suits of armor. Speaking for myself, I found that many of the men I interviewed did not seem to articulate a desire for power over their partner. Although I relentlessly took every opportunity to point out to men in the groups that they were so motivated and merely in denial, the fact that few men ever articulated such a desire went unnoticed by me and many of my coworkers. Eventually, we realised that we were finding what we had already predetermined to find."
So even Ellen Pence herself outlined the limitations of the Duluth Model and acknowledged that she and her coworkers had created a conceptual framework that was inadequate in describing DV.
However, the conception that DV is a primarily male-perpetrated crime which is an outgrowth of normal male behaviour and socialisation still persists, and people who challenge Duluth's characterisation of DV face extreme backlash.
https://www.researchgate.net/publication/228350210_Gender_symmetry_in_partner_violence_The_evidence_the_denial_and_the_implications_for_primary_prevention_and_treatment
"Suzanne Steinmetz made the mistake of publishing a book and articles (Steinmetz, 1977; Steinmetz, 1977-1978) which clearly showed about equal rates of perpetration by males and females. Anger over this resulted in a bomb threat at her daughters’ wedding and she was the object of a letter writing campaign to deny her promotion and tenure at the University of Delaware. Twenty years later the same processes resulted in a lecturer at the University of Manitoba whose dissertation found gender symmetry in PV being denied promotion and tenure."
"A PhD student working with Straus was warned at a conference that she will never get a job if she does her PhD research with him. At the University of Massachusetts, Straus was prevented from speaking by shouts and stomping. At two hearings held by the Canadian Commission On Violence Against Women the chairperson stated that nothing Murray Straus publishes can be believed because he is a wife-beater and sexually exploits students (Toronto Magazine article, ??). When Straus was elected President of the Society For the Study Of Social Problems, a group of members occupied the first few rows of the auditorium and, at the start of the presidential address, stood up and walked out."
"As a result of these types of harassment, there is widespread self-censorship by authors who fear that publishing politically incorrect data will undermine their reputation, or in the case of graduate students, their ability to obtain a job."
So despite all the evidence proving that DV is a crime that can be committed by both genders and that men and women who commit DV both share similar motivations, the Duluth Model is still very frequently used and widely accepted.
EDIT: You know what, I'm including more.
As a result of this erroneous viewpoint that Duluth has created, male victims of domestic violence struggle to obtain services as a huge amount of domestic violence services assume primarily female victimhood and accordingly allocate most resources to helping female victims of DV - and as a result much less for men.
From a study of Utah domestic violence agencies:
https://digitalcommons.usu.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1226&context=honors
"A Google search was conducted to obtain a list of Utah domestic violence agencies and their web addresses. The search revealed sixteen (16) Utah domestic violence agencies across the state, however; only twelve (12) agencies had websites. All sixteen (16) agency names were used in the analysis to see if the agency(s) name itself implied exclusivity for a particular population. The results of the study indicated five (5) agencies implied exclusivity to women based on the name of their agency. The remaining analysis pertained to the twelve (12) agencies' home page and service pages of their websites. Analysis of the twelve (12) agency websites resulted in two (2) agencies that recognized men as victims of domestic violence on their website home page. These two (2) agencies indicated men were overcoming domestic violence or fleeing domestic violence. The analysis also revealed two (2) agency website service pages that indicated they provided services to male victims of domestic violence. However, the services provided specifically to men by these Utah domestic violence agencies were limited when compared to the services offered to women. These results demonstrate that men continue to encounter barriers when seeking services or help as a victim of domestic violence, despite evidence that they, too, are victimized in this way. It also demonstrated the lack of resources available to male victims in comparison to the resources available to female victims of domestic violence."
From a study of U.S. men who have sustained domestic violence from their female partners:
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3175099/
"Qualitative research has documented the experiences of men who seek help for female-to-male IPV (Cook 2009; Hines et al. 2007). For example, Cook (2009) performed in depth interviews of 30 men who sustained all types of IPV from their female partners and tried to seek help. This work shows that men often experience barriers when seeking help. When calling domestic violence hotlines, for instance, men who sustained all types of IPV report that the hotline workers say that they only help women, infer or explicitly state that the men must be the actual instigators of the violence, or ridicule them. Male helpseekers also report that hotlines will sometimes refer them to batterers’ programs. Some men have reported that when they call the police during an incident in which their female partners are violent, the police sometimes fail to respond. Other men reported being ridiculed by the police or being incorrectly arrested as the primary aggressor. Within the judicial system, some men who sustained IPV reported experiencing gender-stereotyped treatment. Even with apparent corroborating evidence that their female partners were violent and that the helpseekers were not, they reportedly lost custody of their children, were blocked from seeing their children, and were falsely accused by their partners of IPV and abusing their children. According to some, the burden of proof for male IPV victims may be especially high (Cook 2009)."
And...
"We found that men who sustain IPV seek help from a variety of resources, most typically from informal resources, such as family, friends, and the Internet, and the formal resource of a mental health professional. Family and friends were overwhelmingly reported as being the most helpful resource, and mental health and medical professionals were rated as being among the most helpful of the formal resources. These professionals were reported to have taken the male victims seriously and to inquire about the origin of the men’s injuries. The resources providing the least support to men seeking help for IPV victimization are those that are the core of the DV service system: DV agencies, DV hotlines, and the police. On the one hand, about 25% of men who sought help from DV hotlines were connected with resources that were helpful. On the other hand, nearly 67% of men reported that these DV agencies and hotline were not at all helpful. Many reported being turned away. The qualitative accounts in our research tell a story of male helpseekers who are often doubted, ridiculed, and given false information. Thus, our hypotheses that men who would have largely negative experiences with formal resources were supported, which is consistent with prior qualitative research (Cook 2009; Hines et al. 2007)."
"These findings are in stark contrast to ratings of social services by battered women. For example, in a study of 119 women who sought services for DV-related concerns from a DV shelter, 89% of the clients believed that they were helped by the services that they received and 84% reported that they felt better because of these services (McNamara et al. 2008). These findings are similar to a study which examined women’s impressions of a hospital-based DV support group (Norton and Schauer 1997). Of the 59 women in this study, 95% reported that they were mostly or very satisfied with the services that they received. Their reasons for satisfaction included that the group leaders were supportive, they were able to hear about other women’s experiences with abuse and were supported by them, they received referrals for additional support/services and they were able to learn about DV. These findings are consistent with other literature which states that women are often very satisfied with the services that they have received for IPV (Bowker and Maurer 1985; McNamara et al. 1997; Molina et al. 2009). Similar results with regard to satisfaction among battered women have been found in relation to police assistance. For example, one study of 95 female IPV victims indicated that the female victims found the police to be very helpful and 80% would contact the police again for assistance (Apsler et al. 2003)."
This has been the unfortunate effect of Duluth and the narrative that feminists have created and tried hard to maintain that it is primarily men who are the perpetrators of DV/IPV. And that they have successfully managed to maintain, despite there being a massive body of evidence that disproves said narrative.
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2019.06.21 04:37 problem_redditor Feminism and the Duluth Model.

Note: In this post the terms "IPV/DV/PV" are used interchangeably.
1) The Duluth Model: The predominant model of domestic violence.
In 1981, the Domestic Abuse Intervention Program created the Duluth Model, which was a more structured approach to batterer treatment and it is usually credited as introducing domestic violence into society's mainstream conscience. "The program was born from the creative energies of battered women and feminist activists, included members of EMERGE, one of the first batterer intervention programs in the country. 13 battered women from Duluth participated in creating the Duluth Model's Power and Control Wheel based on traits and behaviours specific to their own abusive husbands. Later, scientists tested the program's curriculum with a sample group of nine subjects, including five battered women and four abusive men, who had all participated in the program. Based on the results of the test, the Duluth Model emerged as one of the nation's most utilized models for batterer intervention programs."
https://scholarship.law.umt.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=2027&context=mlr
Before we move on, let's get something straight here since I've seen a lot of denial around it generally from people who support feminism: The Duluth Model is entirely based on feminist theory. In this thesis written by Ellen Pence herself (she is the woman who is usually credited with creating the Duluth Model) in 1997, she says in pages 1 and 2:
"I am indebted to the Domestic Abuse Intervention Project (DAIP), where I have worked for 16 years. As a group we have been an important part of a historic social movement. We were the first grassroots group to break through the barrier of institutional resistance to establishing community-monitored interagency policies (including policies mandating arrest, promoting aggressive prosecution, imposing increasingly harsh penalties on repeat offenders, and requiring a feminist based educational model for abusers). This speaks to the excellence of our group as well as to that of the leaders in our police and court system. To my co-workers and the many practitioners who have lent to my experience and to this specific endeavour, I am eternally grateful."
She says right here that the model is feminist based. Now that we've got that out of the way, we can move on to the main bulk of this.
The Duluth Model characterises domestic violence as being a primarily male-perpetrated crime caused by "patriarchal terrorism", theorising that men are socialised in a patriarchal society that makes them feel entitled to have power, dominance and control over women. Supposedly, men who batter are using violence to to maintain their individual and societal patriarchal dominance over women.
DAIP itself says of Duluth:
https://www.theduluthmodel.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/CounteringConfusion.pdf
"We still live in a sexist society where women are devalued, where many men believe they are entitled to be in control in an intimate relationship, and where men who batter believe they have the right to use violence. While it is a goal to change the attitudes of men who batter, the ultimate goal of the Duluth Model has always been to ensure that victims are safer by having the state intervene to stop the violence and address the power imbalance inherent in relationships where one person has been systematically dominated and subjugated by another."
It's described in further detail in a 1993 book that Ellen Pence co-authored; "Education Groups For Men Who Batter: The Duluth Model." The book says:
"The tactics used by batterers reflect the tactics used by many groups or individuals in positions of power. Each of the tactics depicted on the Power and Control Wheel are typical of behaviors used by groups of people who dominate others. They are the tactics employed to sustain racism, ageism, classism, heterosexism, anti-Semitism, and many other forms of group domination. Men in particular are taught these tactics in both their families of origin and through their experiences in a culture that teaches men to dominate. ...We use gender-specific terms not only because the curriculum is for men who batter, but because battering is not a gender-neutral issue."
The Duluth Model's Power and Control Wheel details the tactics that are used to sustain an abusive partner's control over an abuser.
https://www.theduluthmodel.org/wheels/
https://www.domesticviolenceintervention.net/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/Eckhardt.etal2013.Manuscript.pdf
The Duluth Model currently reigns as the most commonly state-mandated model of intervention. While many approaches to intervention include a mix of the Duluth Model's feminist analysis of DV and cognitive behavioural therapy (which is a more holistically-oriented approach to DV that maintains that DV is associated with cognitive distortions and faulty attitudes and beliefs), most existing intervention programs as well as state laws and guidelines that regulate IPV intervention still espouse key aspects of feminist perspectives on IPV etiology and intervention.
2) Gender symmetry in DV: The evidence and the denial.
However, more and more studies have come up showing gender symmetry in DV.
http://citeseerx.ist.psu.edu/viewdoc/download?doi=10.1.1.588.4366&rep=rep1&type=pdf
"More than 200 studies have found that men and women perpetrate partner violence at approximately equal rates and that the most prevalent pattern is mutual violence (Archer, 2002; Fiebert, 2004). Moreover, when it is not mutual, female-only and male~only partner violence occur with about equal frequency among married couples (K. L. Anderson, 2002; Capaldi & Owen, 2001; Gelles & Straus, 1988; Kessler, Molnar, Feurer, & Appelbaum, 2001; McCarroll, Ursano, Fan, & Newby, 2004; Medeiros & Straus, 2007; Moffitt, Caspi, Rutter, & Silva, 2001; Straus, Gelles, & Steinmetz, 2006; Williams & Frieze, 2005). Among young couples and dating couples, the percentage of female-only partner violence exceeds the percentage of male- only partner violence (Straus & Ramirez, 2007; Whitaker, Haileyesus, Swahn,& Saltzman, 2007). This pattern of gender symmetry is true even for severe partner violence, such as kicking, attacks with objects, and choking. However, the injury rate is much higher when the perpetrator is male (Gelles & Straus, 1988). Police statistics and crime survey statistics seem to contradict the idea of gender symmetty because 80% to 99% of the perpetrators identified in such surveys are men (Straus, 1999). This is not because of higher numbers of physical attacks by men but because of the greater probability of injury from attacks by men and greater fear for safety by women (Straus, 1999). These are characteristics that lead to police intervention. Such cases are mistakenly taken as representative of partner violence, even though at least 95% of partner violence cases are not known to the police (Kaufman Kantor & Straus, 1990; Statistics Canada, 2005)."
And...
"Not only do men and women tend to perpetrate physical partner violence at about equal rates, but they tend to do so for similar reasons. The most commonly reported proximate motivations for use of violence among both men and women are coercion, anger, and punishing misbehavior by their partner (Cascardi & Vivian, 1995; Follingstad, Wright, Lloyd, & Sebastian, 1991; Kernsmith, 2005; Stets & Hammons, 2002). For example, Pearson (1997) reported that 90% of the women she studied assaulted their partner because they were furious, jealous, or frustrated. The motive of self-defense, which has often been put forward as an explanation for high rates of female violence, explains only a small proportion of partner violence perpetrated by women (and men; Carrado, George, Loxam, Jones, & Templar, 1996; Felson & Messner, 1998; Pearson, 1997; Sarantakos, 1998; Sommer, 1996). For example, using a college student population, Follingstad ot al. (1991) found that perpetrators reported that their motivation was self-defensive about 18% of the time (17.7% for men, 18.5% for women). As violence becomes more severe, there are greater gender differences in the use of violence in self-defense; however, self-defense is still a motivation for a relatively small proportion of violence. For example, in a sample of couples presenting for marital therapy, Cascardi and Vivian (1995) found that 20% of wives and no husbands attributed their use of severe aggression to self-defense."
One study even showed that half (49.7%) of relationships which had violence were reciprocally violent, and that in nonreciprocally violent relationships, women were the perpetrators in more than 70% of the cases.
https://ajph.aphapublications.org/doi/pdf/10.2105/AJPH.2005.079020
In 1999, Ellen Pence, in her book "Coordinating Community Responses to Domestic Violence: Lessons from Duluth" came out herself and admitted that she and the DAIP staff involved in Duluth were driven by ideology. In the chapter "Some Thoughts On Philosophy", she wrote:
"The Power and Control Wheel, which was developed by battered women attending women's groups, was originally a description of typical behaviours accompanying the violence. In effect it said "When he is violent, he gets power and he gets control." Somewhere early in our organizing efforts, however, we changed the message to "he is violent in order to get control or power." The difference is not semantic, it is ideological. Somewhere we shifted from understanding the violence as rooted in a sense of entitlement to rooted in a desire for power. By determining that the need or desire for power was the motivating force behind battering, we created a conceptual framework that, in fact, did not fit the lived experience of many of the men and women we were working with. The DAIP staff - like the therapist insisting it was an anger control problem, or the judge wanting to see it as an alcohol problem, or the defense attorney arguing that it was a defective wife problem - remained undaunted by the difference in our theory and the actual experiences of those we were working with. We all engaged in ideological practices and claimed them to be neutral observations."
"Eventually, we began to give into the process that is the heart of the Duluth model: interagency communication based on discussions of real cases. It was the cases themselves that created the chink in each of our theoretical suits of armor. Speaking for myself, I found that many of the men I interviewed did not seem to articulate a desire for power over their partner. Although I relentlessly took every opportunity to point out to men in the groups that they were so motivated and merely in denial, the fact that few men ever articulated such a desire went unnoticed by me and many of my coworkers. Eventually, we realised that we were finding what we had already predetermined to find."
So even Ellen Pence herself outlined the limitations of the Duluth Model and acknowledged that she and her coworkers had created a conceptual framework that was inadequate in describing DV.
However, the conception that DV is a primarily male-perpetrated crime which is an outgrowth of normal male behaviour and socialisation still persists, and people who challenge Duluth's characterisation of DV face extreme backlash.
https://www.researchgate.net/publication/228350210_Gender_symmetry_in_partner_violence_The_evidence_the_denial_and_the_implications_for_primary_prevention_and_treatment
"Suzanne Steinmetz made the mistake of publishing a book and articles (Steinmetz, 1977; Steinmetz, 1977-1978) which clearly showed about equal rates of perpetration by males and females. Anger over this resulted in a bomb threat at her daughters’ wedding and she was the object of a letter writing campaign to deny her promotion and tenure at the University of Delaware. Twenty years later the same processes resulted in a lecturer at the University of Manitoba whose dissertation found gender symmetry in PV being denied promotion and tenure."
"A PhD student working with Straus was warned at a conference that she will never get a job if she does her PhD research with him. At the University of Massachusetts, Straus was prevented from speaking by shouts and stomping. At two hearings held by the Canadian Commission On Violence Against Women the chairperson stated that nothing Murray Straus publishes can be believed because he is a wife-beater and sexually exploits students (Toronto Magazine article, ??). When Straus was elected President of the Society For the Study Of Social Problems, a group of members occupied the first few rows of the auditorium and, at the start of the presidential address, stood up and walked out."
"As a result of these types of harassment, there is widespread self-censorship by authors who fear that publishing politically incorrect data will undermine their reputation, or in the case of graduate students, their ability to obtain a job."
So despite all the evidence proving that DV is a crime that can be committed by both genders and that men and women who commit DV both share similar motivations, the Duluth Model is still very frequently used and widely accepted.
EDIT: You know what, I'm including more.
3) The VAWA and a lack of services for abused men.
As a result of this erroneous viewpoint that Duluth has created, male victims of domestic violence struggle to obtain services. Most resources are allocated to helping female victims of DV and much less for men.
http://www.saveservices.org/pdf/SAVE-VAWA-Discriminates-Against-Males.pdf
The Violence Against Women Act is the centre of controversy, with a lot of complaints being made about sex-based discrimination by VAWA-funded programs. Technically, anti-discrimination provisions apply to the Violence Against Women Act, and the 2005 renewal of VAWA added this requirement:
"Nothing in this title shall be construed to prohibit male victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking from receiving benefits and services under this title. 16"
However, the Department of Justice’s Office on Violence Against Women (the principal federal agency that administers VAWA funds) has issued many directives and established funding mechanisms that are openly discriminatory in nature:
And...
"Given these federal actions, it is not surprising that state-level governmental programs follow suit":
"In Texas, an application for a program serving male victims was turned down because “programs that focus on children and/or men” were deemed ineligible.20 The next year, a grant application kit from the Texas Criminal Justice Division used identical words to reiterate the exclusion: “Programs that focus on children and/or men.”21"
"Likewise, the OVW awarded $3 million to Baylor University to establish the Faith and Community Technical Support (FACTS) program designed to reduce domestic violence in rural communities. In 2006 the FACTS program issued a grant solicitation stating, “As with previous VAWA methods, it is assumed that … all victim data reported is about victimized women.”22 One of the questions on the FACTS grant application asks, “Number of years organization has spent working on violence against women issues."
In 2007, a letter was sent to the Office on Violence Against Women under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requesting the OVW provide "sex-specific utilisation data for each of the following grant programs":
  1. Transitional Housing Program
  2. Rural Domestic Violence and Child Victimization Enforcement Grant Program
  3. Legal Assistance for Victims Program
  4. Stop Violence Against Indian Women
  5. Grants to Encourage Arrest Policies and Enforcement of Protection Orders
  6. Grants to Reduce Violent Crimes Against Women on Campuses
  7. Services, Training, Officers, and Prosecutors (STOP) Violence Against Women Formula Grant Program
"Overall, only 9.7% of persons receiving help were male victims, the remaining 90.3% being female victims. The percentages of male victims for the Legal Assistance for Victims and Transitional Housing programs were much lower – 3.9% and 0.4% respectively.49"
In accordance with this, the experiences of men who attempt to seek help for domestic violence through formal resources have largely been negative. From a study of U.S. men who have sustained domestic violence from their female partners:
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3175099/
"Qualitative research has documented the experiences of men who seek help for female-to-male IPV (Cook 2009; Hines et al. 2007). For example, Cook (2009) performed in depth interviews of 30 men who sustained all types of IPV from their female partners and tried to seek help. This work shows that men often experience barriers when seeking help. When calling domestic violence hotlines, for instance, men who sustained all types of IPV report that the hotline workers say that they only help women, infer or explicitly state that the men must be the actual instigators of the violence, or ridicule them. Male helpseekers also report that hotlines will sometimes refer them to batterers’ programs. Some men have reported that when they call the police during an incident in which their female partners are violent, the police sometimes fail to respond. Other men reported being ridiculed by the police or being incorrectly arrested as the primary aggressor. Within the judicial system, some men who sustained IPV reported experiencing gender-stereotyped treatment. Even with apparent corroborating evidence that their female partners were violent and that the helpseekers were not, they reportedly lost custody of their children, were blocked from seeing their children, and were falsely accused by their partners of IPV and abusing their children. According to some, the burden of proof for male IPV victims may be especially high (Cook 2009)."
And...
"We found that men who sustain IPV seek help from a variety of resources, most typically from informal resources, such as family, friends, and the Internet, and the formal resource of a mental health professional. Family and friends were overwhelmingly reported as being the most helpful resource, and mental health and medical professionals were rated as being among the most helpful of the formal resources. These professionals were reported to have taken the male victims seriously and to inquire about the origin of the men’s injuries. The resources providing the least support to men seeking help for IPV victimization are those that are the core of the DV service system: DV agencies, DV hotlines, and the police. On the one hand, about 25% of men who sought help from DV hotlines were connected with resources that were helpful. On the other hand, nearly 67% of men reported that these DV agencies and hotline were not at all helpful. Many reported being turned away. The qualitative accounts in our research tell a story of male helpseekers who are often doubted, ridiculed, and given false information. Thus, our hypotheses that men who would have largely negative experiences with formal resources were supported, which is consistent with prior qualitative research (Cook 2009; Hines et al. 2007)."
"These findings are in stark contrast to ratings of social services by battered women. For example, in a study of 119 women who sought services for DV-related concerns from a DV shelter, 89% of the clients believed that they were helped by the services that they received and 84% reported that they felt better because of these services (McNamara et al. 2008). These findings are similar to a study which examined women’s impressions of a hospital-based DV support group (Norton and Schauer 1997). Of the 59 women in this study, 95% reported that they were mostly or very satisfied with the services that they received. Their reasons for satisfaction included that the group leaders were supportive, they were able to hear about other women’s experiences with abuse and were supported by them, they received referrals for additional support/services and they were able to learn about DV. These findings are consistent with other literature which states that women are often very satisfied with the services that they have received for IPV (Bowker and Maurer 1985; McNamara et al. 1997; Molina et al. 2009). Similar results with regard to satisfaction among battered women have been found in relation to police assistance. For example, one study of 95 female IPV victims indicated that the female victims found the police to be very helpful and 80% would contact the police again for assistance (Apsler et al. 2003)."
So male victims are largely marginalised.
4) Mandatory Arrest Laws and Predominant Aggressor Policies.
In the 1980s, there was a call for a vigorous law enforcement response to address the issue of DV. Statutes in numerous states directed police officers to undergo training on domestic violence and victim assistance and limited their discretion.
https://www.researchgate.net/publication/233694571_In_Dubious_Battle_The_Politics_of_Mandatory_Arrest_and_Dominant_Aggressor_Laws
"Under the assumption that intimidated witnesses are reluctant to testify against their abuser, district attorneys began to adopt “no-drop” prosecution that circumvented victim cooperation. The 23 states that call for mandatory arrest allow the least amount of discretion, with statute language that ranges from vague, as in Colorado (“probable cause to believe a crime of domestic violence was committed”), to more specific, as in Washington where police can arrest when there is probable cause to believe a person 16 years or older within A, B, C, D, E the previous 4 hours assaulted a family or household member and believes (1) felonious assault occurred, or (2) assault resulting in bodily injury occurred whether injury is visible or not, or (3) any physical action occurred which was intended to cause reasonable fear of imminent serious bodily injury or death. (Hirschel, 2008, pp. 19–20)"."
And when mandatory arrest laws were instituted, the arrests of women skyrocketed.
"In California, men in 1987 were arrested at a rate of 247 per 100,000, whereas women were arrested at a rate of 74.8 per 100,000. By 1997, the rates had increased only 136% for men, or up to 338 arrests per 100,000, but as much as 500% for women (DeLeon-Granados, Wells, & Binsbacher, 2006). Feminists welcomed the rise in male arrests. However, despite evidence that “political and/or organisational pressure may discourage officers from arresting women as aggressors” (Hirschel & Buzawa, 2009, p. 5), they found the sharper spike in female arrests of concern."
So, in order to counter this, feminists worked with policy makers to institute "predominant aggressor" guidelines which allegedly attempted to curb the arrest of victims by taking into account the “relationship behind the assault”.
To anyone denying that predominant aggressor guidelines have anything to do with Duluth's feminist analysis of DV or feminism, DAIP (remember: birthplace of the Duluth Model) itself states:
https://www.theduluthmodel.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/CounteringConfusion.pdf
"Doing away with pro-arrest policies targeting the predominant aggressor (a core component of the Duluth Model) reduces the total number of arrests but increases the proportion of dual arrests. Dual arrests have proven ineffective in stopping violence, and they also have the unfortunate consequence of making victims more reluctant to call the police when further acts of violence occur."
So there you go.
https://www.researchgate.net/publication/233694571_In_Dubious_Battle_The_Politics_of_Mandatory_Arrest_and_Dominant_Aggressor_Laws
California is one of several states that defines the dominant aggressor not as the first aggressor but rather the most “significant,” a sharp deviation from accepted police practice in responding to other crimes. As specified under state law and found in the domestic violence section of the Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) manual, here are the factors taken into account when determining the predominant aggressor.
None of these criteria are openly anti-male, but there are some bits that are prejudicial to men as a result of the criteria that was selected in determining the predominant aggressor.
"Again, many of these factors are vague, not easily interpreted and of dubious value. “Age, weight, and height of the parties,” and martial arts training are only relevant if the individual actually uses these advantages in an aggressive way. Men are usually bigger and stronger than women are, but most men do not abuse their partners, and there is no correlation in the general population between a person’s size and strength and the extent to which they abuse intimate partners, including among same-sex couples (Renzetti, 1992). When men are assaulted, they often refrain from striking back, both out of fear of being arrested and the code of chivalry. ... A man who is larger and stronger than his partner may have the potential of causing greater physical damage, but this factor is irrelevant unless he actually uses this to his advantage, just as the smaller woman has the potential to obtain a gun and kill him. The reader will notice that for weapons, officers are asked to consider their use, but not so with size and strength. In this respect, there is reason to suspect that the choice of criteria may be prejudicial to men (Sacks, 2010)."
On the other hand, how police are trained to identify the predominant aggressor is blatantly gender-biased.
In two official police training manuals, including the POST manual cited earlier (California Commission on POST, 2010):
"The POST manual contains sections that define domestic violence that discuss its impact on victims and instruct officers in a detailed manner on response and arrest procedures and the protection of victims. Brief case scenarios are presented for the purpose of illustration and to facilitate learning. ... The manual generously offers 50 such examples, in which one party abuses or otherwise acts aggressively toward the other. ... Of the 50 examples, not a single one depicts unilateral abuse by a female upon a male (see Table 1). ... The examples send out a clear message to law enforcement in California, the largest state with more than 10% of the U.S. population: Officers should concern themselves only with male-perpetrated violence."
"The Maine training program, Identifying Predominant Aggressors in Domestic Violence Cases (Train-the-Trainer), is a 2-to 4-hour presentation consisting of lectures, video scenarios, and group discussions from the Maine Criminal Justice Academy, the organization that conducts trainings for all law enforcement and corrections agencies in the state of Maine (Rogers & Faragher-Houghton, 2008, p. 3). More so than the POST training, the Maine curriculum focuses right from the start, in its definition of domestic violence, on the exclusive needs of female victims. Following an exposition on the evolution of the criminal justice response, trainees are presented eight examples (one involving a public disturbance; the others depicting a domestic violence incident between a man and a woman) and asked to decide which party is the predominant aggressor based on the state’s legal criteria (similar to California’s), and who to arrest. Trainees are then informed that in seven of those cases, it is the man who should be arrested. In the other case, there is no specific recommendation to arrest either the man or the woman, but the clear implication is that the man is the dominant aggressor."
And...
"The gender bias found in both the California and Maine trainings is blatant, indeed. However, considering the process by which dominant aggressor laws were put on the books, one should hardly be surprised. Laws protecting victims from domestic abuse were enacted not by abused men or men’s rights groups or disinterested bureaucrats, but through the efforts of battered women’s advocates, some of whom had previously been victimized in their own lives, and by feminists concerned broadly with the oppression of women (Mills, 2003). It was feminists who fought for the creation of dominant aggressor guidelines, and they did so explicitly to stem the rising tide of female arrests, on the grounds that domestic violence is a gendered problem. This view, based on a feminist analysis of patriarchy and sometimes referred to as the gender paradigm (Dutton & Corvo, 2007; Dutton & Nicholls, 2005), has had a profound influence on policy and intervention."
"The existence of training bias and political activism only suggest—and do not prove—that police officers actually carry out arrests in a gender-biased manner, and clearly much more research is needed. However, there is evidence elsewhere in the criminal justice response to domestic violence of a clear political agenda, as evidenced by the tendency of police to dually arrest significantly more often when the male is the victim, compared to the female (Hirschel & Buzawa, 2009); the preferential granting of restraining orders to women relative to men in response to similar complaints (Muller, Desmarais, & Hamel, 2009); the failure of law enforcement to adequately inform male victims regarding community resources (Buzawa & Hotaling, 2006); and the proliferation of intervention programs based on a patriarchal theory (Dobash & Dobash, 1979; Pence & Paymar, 1993). In addition, telling is the official domestic violence training offered by the U.S. Victims of Crime office, whose training manual gives 11 examples of physical domestic violence and various power and control tactics. Of these 11 examples, 8 involve male-on-female battering, 2 involve female-on-female lesbian abuse, and 1 involves a male perpetrator and a victim whose gender is not specified (Office of Justice Programs, 2010). Once again, trainers are not able to imagine any scenario whatsoever in which the perpetrator is a woman and her victim is a man."
So this has been the unfortunate effect of the Duluth Model and the narrative that feminists have created and tried incredibly hard to maintain that it is primarily men who are the perpetrators of DV/IPV. And that they have successfully maintained, despite there being a massive body of evidence that disproves said narrative.
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2019.03.30 01:24 adiosboobs My Breast Reduction Summary - MB, Canada

Hey guys, don't mind my throwaway account, people from work know my main one and they don't know I had a reduction. Sorry for the lack of pics, I'm just not comfortable having intimate photos of myself up on the internet! I've put headings if you want to skip ahead to specific info

In summary, I'm a 22yo woman from Manitoba, Canada. I started off as a 32GG, and now even with swelling I'm probably down to around 32DD (hoping that number will go down to a nice C eventually!)

What made me consider a breast reduction
You all know the drill. My breasts were heavy, unnecessarily large, and caused me near-constant upper back and shoulder pain. They prevented me from jogging, which had previously been one of my favourite ways to exercise, and it felt impossible to find clothes in my size that still looked professional. I had been contemplating a reduction on and off since I was 17, but I never thought I would get it covered by MB Health (spoiler alert; I did!), which is why I waited for 5 years before even trying.

Getting covered by MB Health
Here are the steps that I think you'd need in order to get provincial health coverage

The day of the surgery
I was dropped off at the hospital at 6:15 AM, with my surgery scheduled at 7:40AM. After admitting I was given instructions on how to get up to the pre-op ward. Once there, I got a gown and hospital socks, and changed out of my street clothes. After that they took my vitals and asked some basic medical questions. I'm allergic to adhesives including steristrips, which I harped on incessantly.
Half an hour later my plastic surgeon came in to chat and draw incision line on my breasts. We discussed my allergies and that I wanted to go as small as he could safely make me. He decided to use glue instead of steristrips on my incisions to avoid an allergic reaction.
The anesthesiologist came in not long after just to introduce himself and describe the risks of a general anesthetic.
Finally the head nurse came to meet me, and after double checking all my medical info they wheeled me in to the OR.
The OR team was so nice, they were obviously trying to make me feel very comfortable, but it's a cold sterile room and you're stuck in a revealing gown so how comfortable can you be really.
The next 15 minutes were all spent strapping me on to the bed, taking my vitals on repeat, and getting an IV started
After a while the anesthesiologist warned me he was going to start adding some drugs to my line, and about 10 seconds after that I was OUT.
I woke up as I was getting wheeled out of the OR and in to recovery. I was fairly alert and waited in recovery for about 20 minutes before they moved me to a post-op ward where my mom was allowed to come see me. I was in the post-op ward for around 1.5 hours. I had to go pee, walk the length of the hallway with a nurse, and have stable vitals before they would discharge me. After I was cleared to leave, the nurse showed me how to empty my drains, and gave me a sheet of instructions and a follow up timeline.
I was totally fine to walk out to the car and the ride home wasn't as bad I was expecting with the help of a pillow between me and the seatbelt. My mom dropped off my antibiotic prescription on the way home. I was given another prescription for T3s but I've never been someone who needs heavy painkillers so I decided not to fill it.
Once we got home I passed out on the recliner and pretty much only woke up to take antibiotics and go to the washroom. I wasn't nauseous, which was great, but I also wasn't feeling very hungry so I had some tomato soup and slept through the night.

How things are going post op
I think things are going really well! I'm about a week and a half post-op now and I feel 90% back to normal.
For me, the most painful part of recovery was having the drains in. They were stitched in so tight that they would always pull on my skin whenever I moved and it drove me up the wall. Luckily I got them out 48 hours post-op after the flow had slowed to less than 30 mL/day. I instantly felt so much better after getting them out.
I was totally fine with just normal tylenol for pain relief, and I even stopped taking that about 4 days post op and I've felt minimal pain. I don't have any trouble with "T-Rex Arms" like I read about on this sub. I've had full arm range of motion since day 1.
I've been allowed to shower since 48 hours post-op, which I'm so grateful for since I was already feeling grimy. I didn't have any trouble washing my hair by myself, or with feeling faint in the shower.
I went back to driving and full time classes at university on my 6th day post op, which went well, although I'll admit I was more tired than usual!
Overall I'm so happy I did this! My boobs look so much perkier, and although they're bigger than I'd hoped, I think they'll shrink a bit more with time. I'm also very happy with how I'm healing (knock on wood), for which I have my amazing surgeon to thank, although the fact that I'm a young non-smoker has probably helped as well.

Finally, a big THANK YOU to this whole sub for existing, and offering support to individuals going through this procedure!

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2018.10.19 14:49 mcribgaming Weekend Reader: Two Haralabos Voulgaris Gambling Stories From The Past. (Very long).

[Note to this sub: Here are two gambling stories involving Haralabos Voulgaris. Two things you should know. 1) I originally wrote this for a completely different, anonymous audience and not for all the wonderful "Shoe Fitness Architects", "Pizza Delivery Engineers", Overnight Security Enforcers, and DMV Workers that I've gotten the pleasure of meeting on here during my time on /billsimmons. Instead, it will seem like I'm talking to a room full of strangers, and for the first time. So if you read something that you've already seen me say on this sub, you know the reason. I also sound “different” in this.
2) It's long. You've been warned, I don't want to hear shit about it being so damn long. Think of this as a throwback to the Page 2 days, when you knew a guy was going to take a huge, extended shit because he just printed out Simmons' latest article and ran into the bathroom. You know, the “glory days”.
If you read this on Friday, you can save this for your afternoon work shit. Read it on your phone though, because it's got a short YouTube clip in it that helps tell the story.
If you read it over the weekend, I suggest smoking a bowl beforehand, especially to our Canadian friends up North. Doesn't have to be Top Shelf, just something to buzz you going in.
That's it. Enjoy.
The recent news of the Dallas Mavericks hiring Haralabos Voulgaris as Director of Quantitative Research and Development recently blew my mind. I knew it was Bob's goal to be an NBA GM, and this job isn't quite on the GM level, but I still can't believe he's made it onto a real NBA organization. I still think of him mostly from his early 2000's poker and sports betting days, and I never imagined he'd be able to hold down a real job someday. I didn't think anyone from the gambling world ever could.
I was heavily into sports gambling and poker at the same time as Bob was ascending as a sports gambling force, from the late 80's until well into the 2000's. I didn't know Haralabos well, yet I heard about or saw him all the time. This pretty much describes all relationships in gambling to be honest. But I did make sure to hear all the stories about Haralabos back then, because they always made the gossip rounds and were usually funny.
I'm here to share two of Haralabos' famous gambling stories, to give you a little insight into the man. If you are an Old School gambler, you've already heard them. But they are now 15 years old, and I couldn't find a good telling already on the Internet, so new people might get a kick out of these. Sources are at the bottom of this post.
People need to understand that, back then (early 2000s), Bob was best known for two things: betting the NBA, and being a smart ass trash talker at the poker tables. Bob was a world class needler that people highly resented because he had “Fuck You” kinds of money and he sure lorded that fact over everybody. He found everyone in the gambling world incredibly stupid compared to himself, and wasn't afraid to let people know it. I guess that's not much different than his Twitter in 2018, except he's learned to be more polite about it.
It was amusing being in a poker room with Bob in it, unless you were the focus of his remarks. He did not have any boundaries and was merciless, and really went after people “Micheal Jordan style” with the ferocity of his put-downs. Asked to describe him, I'd say 98% of players back then would call him an “arrogant dickhead” (including me at that time), while 2% would say “really sharp guy who doesn't tolerate fools” (including me now). We would all agree that he could be hilarious.
With that set-up, here are two Haralabos Voulgaris gambling stories that let's you know what he was like back in the early 2000's.
Story #1
My favorite Haralabob story, which long time 2+2ers have already heard about and whose legend has grown over the years, is the infamous Freddy Deeb story. If you know it, you are already nodding your head. But hopefully it's new to you. It's a classic.
Freddy Deeb was a rich business man from Lebanon, but a lot of people thought he was Egyptian (close enough for poker players). “Fast Freddy” was a decent if unspectacular poker player who pre-dated the poker boom. So Freddy was a legit and well known regular even before TV got involved with the game, and parlayed that “real, genuine poker player” label into appearances on TV when the poker boom happened. He had strong credibility.
Freddy is probably most famously remembered for being accused of “Going South” by Johnny Chan on an episode of High Stakes Poker. Freddy handled that accusation in typical Freddy fashion – making a big deal about this small joke insulting his integrity, aggressively confronting everyone about it and challenging them to heads-up poker matches to prove his manhood. The dude could be a hothead. (“Going South”, which was more commonly called “rat-holing”, is when a player sneaks high denomination chips off the table undetected after winning a big pot, so he has no possibility of losing them back in a later big hand. It's a unethical way to play “hit and run” if you win big quickly, without the “running” part being as obvious as picking up and leaving immediately.)
The two things you needed to know about Freddy: 1) He was short. I mean really short, like 5'1” or less. Not to play Freud too much, but you can probably guess that the reason he spent all his time in poker rooms was because of this physical limitation. Poker attracted the social rejects like no other activity in the 1990's, and welcomed the physically and mentally defective in droves. It was a haven almost exclusively for nerds and losers, before TV made it cool for everyone to play No Limit Texas Hold'em, The Cadillac of Gambling Games (so hip!).
2) Stemming from #1, Freddy could have a short temper. If you are jumping straight into a “Napoleon Complex” accusation for Freddy, well, in this case you're the heavy favorite. Freddy was a quiet, nice guy for 90% of the time he played. But Freddy was quick to act like a gangster you didn't want to fuck with if you ever gave him the chance, with that persistent shoulder chip that will never go away. Everyone let him play gangster without comment as long as he still had a bankroll to gamble with.
Here is a YouTube video that illustrates both points perfectly. Watch the whole thing to the end for maximum comedy – it's fucking hilarious:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rqwQiIy1b48
Here's Freddy acting like a super tough guy, and – in the moment - you can believe it too. Until the camera pulls back and shows the other players at the table, and then you get a height perspective of the whole scene. It's unreal funny at that point. Gus Hansen sitting next to him looks like Yao Ming by comparison.
So when this first HBob story happens, poker is just about to really take off. My guess is that it was around 2003-4, so the hype around poker was growing fast but still not close to the peak yet. The first Season of the World Poker Tour (WPT) had already aired, and it was a cultural phenomenon. Poker players were speculating already that WPT tournament champions were going to be as famous as top professional athletes, and with the same kind of ultra-lucrative sponsorship opportunities and endorsement deals. A very common topic at the table was how much getting to the final table at a televised WPT event was worth in fame, above and beyond any of the listed prize money. Perhaps a few million? It was a crazy time, and being on TV was all anyone cared about back then. Seems a bit silly now.
Freddy had been on TV a few times with some respectable runs in some bigger tournaments. The WPT and ESPN featured him in a few “flavor of the game” clips during their early poker broadcasts, and that seemed like a pretty big deal, especially to Freddy. TV Poker was grooming narratives and trying to create presentable, relatable stars in the poker world and weren't above adding in some artificial flavor to an otherwise unremarkable cast of characters.
Being a legit long time poker player was enough for Freddy to get some screen time – the TV producers could take it from there. I think the narrative was along the lines of how anyone – all ages, ethnicity, shapes and sizes could find a home in the poker world, and Freddy exemplified all that. It all went directly to Freddy's head, and he was not alone during this time.
Anyway, the story goes like this. Haralabos is playing in a very juicy high stakes poker game in a California casino, most likely the Commerce. The game was already full with 9 players, which is the max in most California rooms.
Haralabos himself was very new to poker at this time. He dabbled previously, but only started playing for big stakes in the past year or two because of the huge influx of new poker players, who watched the WPT on television and flooded into casinos, chasing riches. Thus there was easy money to be made. Before then, of course, he was focused on his NBA gambling. He was very near the height of his powers as an NBA sports bettor, and known pretty damn well in the sports betting world, if not the general public yet. Far more people in poker knew about Bob than he knew about them, though. He was just starting to get serious about playing poker. Bob knew about some of the bigger poker names he gambled with betting sports together in the past, but knew almost none of the newly (and artificially) created TV “poker stars” that ESPN / WPT had chosen to promote.
So Freddy walks into the Commerce one day and sees the high stakes poker table, and eyes the line up. Freddy knows this “Main Game” is incredibly juicy, and wants in – immediately. He calls the floorman over and insists they create an extra space at the table for him and for the game to be played 10-handed. 10-handed was actually the common number of players in Las Vegas poker tables at the time, and Freddy was usually based there. Freddy is sort of 'big timing' the floorman, reminding him how much he's played there over the years, how much rake he's given that casino, and how all these new poker players want to play with someone like himself, a big-shot, old school, now famous poker player.
There is nothing that poker players like more than poker room drama (except maybe comped food), so this commotion has drawn the attention of every table within earshot. Everyone near by was focusing on the Main Game with Haralabos in it. Drawn from many accounts, here is a recreation of what happened:
Freddy (accented, slightly broken English)(to Floorman): Johnny, there's no board. Just put me in big blind right now and we can play with ten.
Floorman Johnny: Table's not big enough for ten, Freddy. This isn't Vegas. Our players will object. Everyone wants their space.
Freddy: Just ask then. If there are objections then Freddy will wait. But no one will object! C'mon Johnny, how much action I give to you? Freddy is “action player”. Everyone wants to play with Freddy. They see me, they know “That's Freddy” and they want to play.
[Yes, Freddy was talking about himself in the Third Person. What can I say?]
Floorman Johnny (reluctantly, to Main Game): Guys, Freddy wants to sit and play 10-handed. There is no board an he doesn't want to wait around for nothing. Any objections?
Haralabos (immediately): I object. Who the fuck is this guy? [To Freddy] Buddy, you're not special. What makes you think you control this game? If more people come, then you can start a “Must-Move” game and play in that. Otherwise, wait your fucking turn like everyone else. Ok, buddy? [To Floorman, incredulous] What the fuck?
Freddy (heated at Haralabos): Listen, buddy. Everyone here know Freddy. Floorman. Dealer. Players. All know Freddy, love Freddy. Who the fuck are you? In Vegas, Freddy wants a game, the manager come running to help Freddy! They bring in best table to start new game for Freddy! They get best dealer on break to come deal! They bring in new chips, new cards for Freddy! They bring special chair for Freddy to sit in!
Haralabos: Oh yeah, Freddy? Is it a high chair?
A thunderclap of uproarious laughter rang out from all who were listening in, perhaps fifty people or more, all rubberneckers from other tables drawn in by the drama. There was no denying the spontaneity, no denying the reason, and certainly no denying the focus of who the laughter was directed at. Fast Freddy, all five feet zero inches of him, with the hair-trigger anger and never lacking words, was truly stunned and humiliated into silence. His eyes became squinted and his face was stuck in a wince of pain, his whole head turning as red as a stubborn, two-week old pimple that just wouldn't pop. He rocked back and forth as if recovering from a physical punch, not knowing what to do as a second, smaller wave of laughter began because it was just that funny, and now the story was being instantly re-told.
The few that were present and could actually feel sympathy quickly stifled their laughter, feeling the guilt of knowing the guy just got hit in his most sensitive area in front of a very large audience, and was truly wounded. They were hoping Freddy would finally say something, anything, to show that he wasn't completely crushed inside, that he wasn't as hurt as he seemed. Instead, Freddy walked away silently, his decades of “bluster armor” built protecting his sensitivity about his height laid on the ground, smashed.
Souls are crushed all the time in poker rooms. You think you've seen it all, and you just grow immune. But this one stood out, as almost a warning. You just don't want to get into a verbal war with Haralabob.
There is an addendum to this story.
A year or so later, and strictly by chance, Freddy and Haralabos found themselves at the same table during a big tournament. Neither man had forgotten their previous encounter (how could they?). By this time, poker was being covered in real-time by a fleet of new poker reporters and journalists, and, by all accounts, Haralabos was riding Freddy hard that day, with verbal put-downs and jokes at Freddy's expense non-stop. Freddy tried to play it cool, knowing he was no verbal match for HBob.
Until this happened. There was a Random Guy sitting directly on Freddy's left hand side who was new, didn't know anyone at the table (or their past history with each other) and who politely told Freddy this (recreation):
Random Guy (to Freddy): Hey man. You need to protect your cards better. I can see your hole cards flash sometimes when you look. I saw you had paint last hand. You need to learn to peek without flashing.
Freddy: Buddy, do you know who I am? I'm playing this game since before you were born! I win more money this year than you will have in your whole life! They ask me to write new poker book, that is kind of player I am! Buddy, I'm writing now, next time I see you I bring you a signed copy of my poker book!
Haralabos: Next time you should bring a phone book instead so you can sit on it and see your cards better.
Well, Freddy was playing it cool with HBob until then, but that last comment instantly set him off. Again, by the written accounts of the poker reporters live blogging the event, Freddy shot straight up out of his chair (though you probably couldn't tell...) and challenged HBob to a fist fight, screaming expletives at him and demanding a duel. Haralabob just sat in his chair laughing, saying he didn't want to go outside and fight Freddy because he didn't want to get arrested for child abuse.
Famous poker player Daniel Negreanu witnessed this incident live, and blogged about it at the time. I remember that he thought that Freddy would be a decent favorite in a fight between Freddy and Haralabos. But I have my doubts about that. Negreanu disliked Haralobob personally, like many poker players who ever faced him at that time, because HBob could be so vicious. So he was biased in his fight assessment, IMHO.
HBob was not a figher at all - more of a jester than a knight – but I thought he could always just stiff-arm Freddy by the forehead and then Freddy would be left with that cartoon 'swinging of the arms trying to reach him' thing while HBob could just jab him with his other arm. I would have made Haralabos the -200 favorite.
Story #2
This happened in the early 2000's, during Season 3 of the World Poker Tour, just a year or so after Story #1.
Haralabos had played in one of the WPT's big televised tournaments and made the Final Table. Not only that, but he ultimately came in Second Place, meaning he was going to get a LOT of TV time, which, again, most players thought was worth more than the actual prize money. Poker by now was white hot in America and was bringing so many people instant overnight fame. Players were resorting to obnoxious table antics and hyper displays of “personality” just to get a few seconds of screen time. Everyone was trying to create a “brand”.
Not to belabor the point, but before television made poker cool and respectable, it was filled with 95% scumbags and degenerates with almost no white-collar, working professionals. But TV poker didn't want to portray that sordid image. In the very early days, the WPT actually had a “dress code” for appearing on the televised Final Table, where a sports jacket and collared shirts were required and would be provided for you if you didn't own them yourself (in other words, for everyone).
Even the long time “Old School” gamblers were cleaned up and presented as daring adventurers instead of leather-assed angle-shooters they (we) really were. Known broke degenerates like T.J. Cloutier was turned into worshiped, heroic figures instantly, romanticized by television producers as sharp equity traders who practiced at the table instead of on Wall Street. The reality was that guys like Cloutier were hanging around poker rooms mostly to shamelessly beg recent winners for a buy-in, or even just a meal.
Under this ethos of “cleaning up poker players' images”, players were allowed to manufacture any kind of image they wanted if they were going to be on the WPT TV show. Producers for the WPT would ask each finalist for a biography, but did absolutely no fact or background checking at all intentionally, mostly out of fear of what they might find if they actually did do so. So with all that in mind, here is the official bio for Haralabos that appeared on the WPT website before his televised event, almost certainly written by HBob himself:
"Haralabos Voulgaris is a 29-year-old professional sports bettor from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. This poker tyro brings a lot more to his first WPT final table than meets the eye. He is a playwright, holds a degree in philosophy, and his goals reach far beyond the green felt. His plans for the next 5 years include learning to play the piano, to have one of his plays performed on Broadway, and to win a WPT title."
I'm not sure how much of this was an inside joke, how much was just the pressure to appear white-collar in order to attract advertisers (remember, poker players were all thinking about future endorsement deals at this time), and how much of this was HBob's ego run amuck.
BUT COME ON! “Playwright”? Has Haralabos ever gone to a play yet, even in 2018? But that wasn't enough; he wanted to have one of his many, many written plays performed on Broadway very soon, because that's how dedicated he was to this art form! Just remember, this is the guy who widely known throughout the poker world for using his mastery of language to mercilessly torture midgets and other unfortunates at the poker table. Not exactly Tennessee Williams. Add in the piano lessons and the PhD in philosophy (philosophy!), and the fact that the WPT didn't bat an eye in putting this up as his bio, and the unintentional comedy is off the charts.
Haralabos claimed to friends at the time that it was mostly a joke, but as we will now see, he seemed to really care about this false image.
As you probably well know, there is a gap between when the WPT Final Table was played, and when the show based off of it is actually aired. By the time Haralabos' episode was about to air, he was staying as a guest in the house of a former poker pro named Paul Phillips, who only the most dedicated and old players will remember. (Paul Phillips won 2 WPT titles in the very early seasons, took the prize money, and pretty much disappeared from poker, going on to live a “normal” life. One of the few gambling success stories, IMHO).
Well, Paul was a practical joker himself, and he had found a way to hack his DVR and change the description of recorded programs, including Bob's WPT episode. Knowing that Haralabos was coming back soon to watch it, Paul changed the description on the DVR to fuck with him. The original show description was something like this:
“Six new players vie for the title of Champion of the LA Poker Classic Tournament. Players include movie star John Smith, astronaut Mark Hunt, playwright Haralabos Volgaris, undercover international spy Chris Jenkins, the crown prince of Wakanda Jerome Jones, and the inventor of the Internet Joe “Man Tits” Mande.“
Obviously the other names and titles were made up by me, but you get the picture. Anyway, Paul made one small adjustment, knowing Haralabos would see it:
“Six new players vie for the title of Champion of the LA Poker Classic Tournament. Players include movie star John Smith, astronaut Mark Hunt, uptight playwright Haralabos Volgaris, undercover international spy Chris Jenkins, the crown prince of Wakanda Jerome Jones, and the inventor of the Internet Joe “Man Tits” Mande.“
Paul then waited for Haralabos to return so they could watch the episode together, leaving up the modified description of “uptight playwright” on the TV and making sure HBob was in the room alone for a few minutes before starting the show, so he had no choice but to stare at the phony description.
Bob noticed it immediately. According to Paul, HBob started to get really worried, thinking that the show was going to portray him in a terrible light and edit him to look dumb and foolish, just because of that one word “uptight” in the description. Before even starting the show, HBob was already making excuses, telling Paul that he forgot they kept his microphone on at all times, and he said some critical things about the WPT's production crew, and now they were getting their revenge by calling him uptight. He kept bringing up ways he might have acted uptight during the Final Table and was pre-rationalizing them for Paul, who was enjoying it all.
This went on for the first 15 minutes or so of the show, with Haralabos worrying and moaning non-stop about being called “uptight” and wondering how they were going to edit him to look that way, until Paul finally let him off the hook. According to Paul, Haralabos didn't believe it was a practical joke and kept worrying and griping longer, until he saw for himself that it was just a standard WPT show with no unfair editing involved.
I'm not going to put too much on Haralabos for being so worried about his portrayal. Players really did believe that a good edit was the difference between a lucrative endorsement deal with Budweiser or Nike and getting nothing. The sky seemed to be the limit. BUT... the notion that Bob was just playing an inside joke and didn't really care about being known as a “playwright, piano player, and philosopher” didn't quite match up with his defensive and concerned attitude that day.
Sources:
Source for Story #1: This is a very famous poker story that was talked about amoung players live and on 2+2 (the dominant, high-traffic poker forum back then and perhaps now) a lot when it happened. You can find snippets and references on twoplustwo.com. I'm sure other long time and knowledgeable players will verify hearing a version of this story before.
An account of it was given by Haralabos himself on the podcast “Big Poker Sundays” which he used to co-host with Scott Huff, but has long since disappeared. It was a part of Poker Road Radio, which was run by Barry Greenstein's asshole son before closing. As this story is now close to 15 years old and poker media is on life support, many previous accounts from blogs and recording are now gone, and thus a lot of it had to be reconstructed from memory. Part of the reason I'm re-telling it is because it was gradually being lost in time, and that is a motive to re-tell it now, for a new generation.
Source for Story #2: I got the exact WPT description of Bob's bio from the 2+2 Archive (http://archives1.twoplustwo.com/showflat.php?Cat=0&Number=5504109&page=0&fpart=all&vc=1). The story of the altered DVR description and Paul Phillips came from the memory of Paul's old blog on LiveJournal (“extempore”), which has long been deleted, and from my own correspondence with Paul Phillips at the time (we were pretty good “online friends” before the invention of Social Media. Anyone remember r.g.p. on Usenet?). Again, unfortunately memory had to play a large role.
I by no means want to pretend Haralabos and I were close. I knew about him and tracked him more than most poker players due to my sports betting background, but Bob was just one of a hundred different and strange characters in the gambling world that you'd recognize daily, none of whom you'd want to spend a lot of time with. We had some mutual friends, that's about it.
Both stories were written under the Geneva Convention rules, which explicitly states that all gambling stories worldwide may contain up to 15% of exaggerations in order to make the story more entertaining or dramatic and still be called “truthful”. Like all good gambling stories should be told. But the core elements are as faithful a retelling as I could make it, including the WPT description, and the key dialogue by Bob that was quoted the most at that time. It's the dates and locations I'm least sure about.
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