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BPI Q3 profit ▼34% y/y; loan defaults accelerate (Thursday, Oct 22)

2020.10.22 02:00 DuncnIdahosBandurria BPI Q3 profit ▼34% y/y; loan defaults accelerate (Thursday, Oct 22)

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  • [Q3] BPI [BPI 75.80 ▲9.86%] profit ▼34% y/y to P5.5bn... Q3/20 profit of P5.5bn, down 34% from Q3/19 profit of P8.3bn. BPI said that it has booked over P20bn in loan loss provisions for the first 9 months of 2020, which is 360% higher than the P4.58bn it set aside for the first 9 months of 2019. Bad loans are a fact of life, but a 360% increase in losses associated with defaults is significant. BPI also declared a P0.90 cash dividend per common share, with a record date of Nov 5, 2020, and a payment date of Nov 26, 2020.
    • MB: BPI released guidance ahead of its actual results, so we will need to wait for the full report to truly dig in. It’s interesting to note that the relative quarterly profit drop is increasing in velocity for BPI. Technically, BPI made P200m more in profit in Q3/20 than it did in Q2, but compared to the bank’s previous-year performance, Q2’s profit was down 25% while Q3’s profit was down 34%.
  • [NEWS] Cathay Pacific to cut 5,900 jobs and eliminate Cathay Dragon subsidiary... this is all part of a corporate restructuring plan that, together with a recruitment freeze and “normal attrition” will lead to 8,500 lost jobs in total. The Cathay Dragon subsidiary (previously known as “Dragonair”) was primarily a short-haul airline within Asia and mainland China in particular. Instead of being eliminated, Cathay Dragon’s planes, routes, and staff are being absorbed into its Cathay Pacific parent company. The company said that it is burning through US$260m in cash each month.
    • MB: These kinds of moves are the predictable result of the damage that has been accumulating on Cathay Pacific’s balance sheet; the company’s leadership team is doing what it can to cut costs by eliminating redundancies. Philippine Airlines [PAL 7.10 ▼6.46%] and Cebu Pacific [CEB 40.70 ▼2.40%] will be watching Cathay closely for any signs of a recovery... unfortunately for shareholders of those companies, it doesn’t appear as though there is any light at the end of the COVID tunnel yet. Will CEB’s absorption of Cebgo help it slow the bleed?
  • [NEWS] First Gen [FGEN 26.30 ▲0.77%] enters bidding phase for its offshore LNG terminal in Batangas... the company plans to solicit binding bids from three companies (BW Gas Limited, GasLog LNG Services Ltd. and Hoegh LNG Asia Pte. Ltd) that FGEN pre-cleared during an earlier qualification process. FGEN’s terminal will be capable of both storing LNG and also “regassifying” the LNG into natural gas fuel. Commercial operation is expected to begin in 2022.
    • MB: This “interim” facility is being constructed alongside the site of a potential permanent on-shore facility. The interim floating facility is getting fast-tracked because it is strategically important for the Philippines to be able to import LNG and process the fuel onshore in case there are any supply disruptions at Malampaya, or reserves are depleted before the on-shore facility in Batangas is completed to accept bulk importation of LNG. FGEN owns 4 of the 5 natural-gas powered power plants in the Philippines, so it’s of particular interest to the company to secure a reliable source of fuel beyond what has traditionally been available through Malampaya. This facility would be the first and only terminal capable of accepting LNG imports in the Philippines.
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2020.10.21 18:08 Rsubs33 [Game Preview] Week 7 - Philadelphia Eagles(1-4-1) vs New York Giants (1-5)

Philadelphia Eagles (1-4-1) vs New York Giants (1-5)
The Eagles will host their division rival New York Giants on the national stage for Thursday night football. The Giants have struggled this season, but edged out their first win for new head coach Joe Judge last week against the Washington Football Team. On the other side, the Eagles struggled again losing their 2nd straight as they fell to the Baltimore Ravens despite a late effort by Carson Wentz and the offense. A win by either team could propel them to the top of the shit mountain that is the NFCE, if the Cowboys fall to the Redskins on Sunday. The Eagles could get some offensive reinforcements back this week With Goedert and Raegor eligible to return from the IR, Johnson, Jackson, Jeffrey working back from injuries and Matt Pryor potentially returning from the COVID-19 list. The return of any of these players will be a boost for the offense which finished last week’s game with only 2 offensive starters and many positions down to 3rd and 4th stringers. The Eagles will be without sure-handed TE Zach Ertz and dynamic running back Miles Sanders who were both injured in the second half vs Baltimore. Filling for Sanders will be Giant Killer Boston Scott who had a huge day last time these teams faced off in week 17 of 2019 where he had 3 TDs and 138 offensive yards. The Giants have had their own struggles with injuries losing running back Saquan Barkley to a knee injury early in the season and missing start OT Nate Solder due to an opt out due to COVID-19 concerns. Their offense has woefully missed these two, but they too should get a boost with the return of WR Sterling Shepard. For the Eagles to win, they will need the coaching staff to put them in the best position, something they have failed to do on both sides of the ball routinely this season. Additionally, Wentz will need to continue to carry the team and play like the QB from 2017 vs the first few games this season. I fully expect this game to be a sloppy shitshow filled with bad football that goes down to the wire per NFCE tradition. Go Birds!
General Information
Posting Rules and Guidelines
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Score Prediction Contest
Date
Thursday, October 22nd, 2020
Game Time Game Location
8:20 PM - Eastern Lincoln Financial Field
7:20 PM - Central 1020 Pattison Ave
6:20 PM - Mountain Philadelphia, PA 19148
5:20 PM - Pacific Wikipedia - Map
Weather Forecast
Stadium Type: Open Air
Surface: Grass
Temperature: 69°F
Feels Like: 69°F
Forecast: Partly Cloudy. Mostly cloudy throughout the day.
Chance of Precipitation: 0%
Cloud Coverage: 37%
Wind: East-Southeast 5 MPH
Betting Odds
Oddsshark Information
Favorite/Opening Line: Eagles -6
OveUnder: 45
Record VS. Spread: Philadelphia 2-4, New York 4-1-1
Where to Watch on TV
FOX will broadcast Thursday’s game to a national audience. Joe Buck will handle the play-by-play duties and Troy Aikman will provide analysis. Erin Andrews and Kristina Pink will report from the sidelines.
TV Map - Week 7 TV Coverage Map
Streaming
Amazon Prime will broadcast Thursday’s game to a national streaming audience. Hannah Storm will handle the play-by-play duties and Andrea Kremer will provide analysis and Erin Andrews will report from the sidelines.
Radio Streams
List of Eagles Radio network member stations with internet broadcast availability
Radio.com 94.1 Desktop Streaming
Listen to Merrill Reese and Mike Quick
Calling the game on 94WIP and the Eagles Radio Network will be Merrill Reese, the NFL’s longest-tenured play-by-play announcer (44th season). Joining Reese in the radio booth will be former Eagles All-Pro wide receiver Mike Quick, while Howard Eskin will report from the sidelines.
Location Station Frequency
Philadelphia, PA WIP-FM 94.1 FM and 610 AM
Allentown, PA WCTO-FM 96.1 FM
Atlantic City/South Jersey WENJ-FM 97.3 FM
Levittown, PA WBCB-AM 1490 AM
Northumberland, PA WEGH-FM 107.3 FM
Pottsville, PA WPPA-AM 1360 AM
Reading, PA WEEU-AM 830 AM
Salisbury/Ocean City, MD WAFL-FM 97.7 FM
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, PA WEJL-FM 96.1 FM
Salisbury/Ocean City, MD WAFL-FM 97.7 FM
Salisbury/Ocean City, MD WEJL-AM 630 AM
Salisbury/Ocean City, MD WBAX-AM 1240 AM
Williamsport, PA WBZD-FM 93.3 FM
Wilmington, DE WDEL-FM/AM 101.7 FM
York/LancasteHarrisburg, PA WSOX-FM 96.1 FM
Philadelphia Spanish Radio
Rickie Ricardo and Bill Kulik will handle the broadcast in Spanish on Mega 105.7 FM in Philadelphia and the Eagles Spanish Radio Network.
Location Station Frequency
Philadelphia, PA LA MEGA 105.7 FM
Allentown, PA WSAN 1470 AM
Atlantic City, NJ WIBG 1020 AM; 101.3 FM
Giants Radio
Giants Radio Bob Papa season to handle play-by-play duties for the broadcast. Former Giant Carl Banks will provide color and analysis during the game and former Giant Howard Coss will report from the sidelines.
National Radio
Westwood One will broadcast the game nationally with Ian Eagle handling the play by play and Ross Tucker will provide analysis.
Satellite Radio
Station Eagles Channel Giants Channel
Sirius Radio SIRI 83 (Streaming 825) SIRI 81 (Streaming 823)
XM Radio XM 225 (Streaming 825) XM 226 (Streaming 823)
Sirius XM Radio SXM 225 (Streaming 825) SXM 226 (Streaming 823)
Eagles Social Media Giants Social Media
Website Website
Facebook Facebook
Twitter Twitter
Instagram Instagram
Snapchat: Eagles Snapchat: newyorkgiants
NFC East Standings
NFC EAST Record PCT Home Road Div Conf PF PA Net Pts Streak
Cowboys 2-4 .333 2-2 0-2 1-0 2-3 173 218 -45 1L
Eagles 1-4-1 .250 0-2-1 1-2 0-1 1-2 141 175 -34 2L
Giants 1-5 .167 1-2 0-3 1-1 1-4 101 152 -51 1W
Football Team 1-5 .167 1-2 0-3 1-1 1-3 108 162 -54 5L
Series Information
Philadelphia Eagles lead the New York Giants series (88-86-2)
Series History
Head to Head Box Scores
First Game Played
October 15th, 1933 at the Polo Grounds in Upper Manhattan, New York, NY. New York Giants 56 - Philadelphia Eagles 0
Points Leader
The New York Giants lead the Philadelphia Eagles (3427-3368)
Coaches Record
Doug Pederson: 7-1 vs. the New York Giants
Joe Judge: 0-0 vs. the Eagles
Coaches Head to Head
Doug Pederson vs. Joe Judge: First Meeting between the coaches
Quarterback Record
Carson Wentz: Against Giants: 6-1
Daniel Jones: Against Eagles: 0-1
Quarterbacks Head to Head
Carson Wentz vs Daniel Jones: Wentz leads 1-0.
Records per Stadium
Record @ Lincoln Financial Field: Eagles lead the Giants: 11-6
Record @ MetLife Stadium: Eagles lead the Giants: 7-2
Rankings and Last Meeting Information
AP Pro 32 Ranking
Eagles No. 23 - Giants No. 29
Record
Eagles: 1-4-1
Giants: 1-5
Last Meeting
Sunday, December 29th, 2019
Eagles 34 - Giants 17
Wentz led to his fourth straight must-win game and the team finished an elimination game without seven starters on offense. Already missing three starting wide receivers for the fourth straight game, the Eagles also began the game without Pro Bowl tight end Zach Ertz and right tackle Lane Johnson. Then they lost running back Miles Sanders and three-time Pro Bowl right guard Brandon Brooks in the first half. But Scott, Josh Perkins, Greg Ward, Deontay Burnett and Robert Davis combined for 16 catches on 25 targets, 225 yards receiving, 54 yards rushing and four TDs. The five players were cut a combined eight times by four teams since Aug. 31. Carson Wentz threw for 289 yards, including a 24-yard TD pass to Perkins, who was promoted from the practice squad on Nov. 30. It was the Eagles’ 7th straight win vs the Giants and clinched the NFCE. Giants coach Pat Shurmur was fired the following Monday.
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Last Meeting at Site
Sunday, December 9th, 2019
Eagles 23 - Giants 17
The Week 14 battle featured the Eagles facing the rival New York Giants, led by Eli Manning, who was taking over for an injured Daniel Jones. Following a scoreless first quarter, Manning opened the scoring with a 35-yard touchdown pass to Darius Slayton, giving New York a 7-0 lead. After the teams traded field goals, Manning would throw another touchdown pass to Slayton, this time from 55 yards, to build the Giants' lead to 17–3 before halftime. However, Philadelphia's defense would stifle Manning in the second half, forcing three-and-outs on four of six possessions and allowing just 30 yards total offense. The Eagles offense would step up and score 14 unanswered points over the final two quarters to force overtime. After the Eagles won the overtime coin toss, they drove down the field and won the game on Carson Wentz's second touchdown pass of the night to Zach Ertz. With the comeback win, the Eagles improved to 6–7 on the year. Further, the Eagles won their sixth straight against the Giants, and took the lead in the all-time series for the first time in franchise history. It also marked the first time since 2006 an Eagles-Giants game would go to overtime.
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Last 10 Meetings
Date Winner Loser Score
12/29/19 Eagles Giants 34-17
12/9/19 Eagles Giants 23-17
11/25/18 Eagles Giants 25-23
10/11/18 Eagles Giants 34-13
12/30/17 Eagles Giants 34-29
09/24/17 Eagles Giants 27-24
12/22/16 Eagles Giants 24-19
11/06/16 Giants Eagles 28-23
01/03/16 Eagles Giants 35-30
10/19/15 Eagles Giants 27-7
Injury Reports Depth Charts
Eagles Eagles
Giants Giants
2020 “Expert” Picks
Week 7 - "Expert" Picks
2020 Team Stats
Eagles Season Stats
Giants Season Stats
2020 Stats (Starters/Leaders)
Passing
Name CMP ATT PCT YDS TD INT RAT
Wentz 138 235 58.7% 1401 8 9 71.2
Jones 123 201 61.2% 1223 3 6 71.0
Rushing
Name ATT YDS YDS/G AVG TD
Sanders 71 434 86.5 6.1 3
Jones 27 204 34.0 7.6 0
Receiving
Name REC YDS YDS/G AVG TD
Fulgham 18 284 94.7 15.8 3
Slayton 25 406 67.7 16.2 3
Sacks
Name Sacks Team Total
Graham 5.0 21
Fackrell/Williams 3.0 15
Tackles
Name Total Solo Assist Sacks
Gerry 49 28 21 0.0
Martinez 64 38 26 2.0
Interceptions
Name Ints Team Total
Singleton/McLeod 1 2
Bradberry 2 4
Punting
Name ATT YDS LONG AVG NET IN 20 TB BP
Johnston 27 1375 66 50.9 44.9 11 2 0
Dixon 18 811 62 45.1 40.9 9 2 0
Kicking
Name ATT MADE % LONG PAT
Elliot 10 7 70.0% 54 10/10
Gano 16 15 93.9 55 6/6
Kick Returns
Name ATT YDS AVG LONG TD
Scott 9 167 18.6 25 0
Ballentine 7 140 20.0 27 0
Punt Returns
Name RET YDS AVG LONG TD FC
Ward 8 39 4.9 8 0 8
Peppers 4 50 12.5 20 0 2
League Rankings 2020
Offense Rankings
Category Eagles Stat Eagles Rank Giants Stat Giants Rank
Total Offense 329.3 27th 275.3 31st
Rush Offense 122.3 12th 87.8 30th
Pass Offense 207.0 26th 187.5 30th
Points Per Game 23.5 22nd 16.8 31st
3rd-Down Offense 45.4% 12th 44.0% 14th
4th-Down Offense 33.3% T-26th 75.0% T-9th
Red Zone Offense (TD%) 73.3% 7th 25.0% 31st
Defense Rankings
Category Eagles Stat Eagles Rank Giants Stat Giants Rank
Total Defense 355.2 16th 342.0 12th
Rush Defense 125.2 T-21st 106.5 8th
Pass Defense 229.7 12th 235.5 16th
Points Per Game 29.2 23rd 25.3 16th
3rd-Down Defense 43.5% 20th 53.8% 31st
4th-Down Defense 50.0% T-12th 100.0% T-28th
Red Zone Defense (TD%) 72.7% 27th 59.1% 11th
Team
Category Eagles Stat Eagles Rank Giants Stat Giants Rank
Turnover Diff. -7 T-30th -2 T-21st
Penalties/Game 5.7 15th 4.7 T-7th
Penalty Yards/Game 45.3 11th 32.3 T-3rd
Recap from Last Week’s Games.
Eagles - Some questionable coaching decisions by Doug Pederson and a fumble by Carson Wentz had the Eagles behind 17-0 in the first half, the Eagles surged back with a dominant second half to pull within two points of the Ravens in the fourth quarter. However, the furious rally came up short as Carson Wentz was stopped on a would-be game-tying two-point conversion in the final two minutes. Baltimore recovered the ensuing onside kick and ran out the clock to seal the narrow 30-28 loss. With their second straight defeat, Philadelphia dropped to 1-4-1 on the season.
Giants - Even when they're struggling, the Giants can still beat the Washington Football Team. With rookie linebacker Tae Crowder scoring the winning points on a 43-yard fumble return, the Giants defeated Washington on Sunday, 20-19, for their first victory under head coach Joe Judge. Washington countered with a 22-yard touchdown pass from Kyle Allen to Cam Sims with just 36 seconds remaining. Coach Ron Rivera elected to try a two-point conversion but Allen's pass was incomplete, securing the victory for the Giants. The victory ended the Giants' six-game losing streak dating back to last season. Both teams are 1-5. Three of the Giants' last four victories have been against Washington and they have beaten their division rivals four consecutive times.
Connections
Eagles Special assistant to the general manager Connor Barwin played 1 season with the Giants in 2018.
Giants coach Joe Judge is from Philadelphia, PA.
Giants Defensive Backs coach Jerome Henderson played one season for the Eagles in 1995.
Giants RB Dion Lewis was drafted by the Eagles in the 5th round of the 2011 draft and played 2 seasons for them before being traded to the Browns
Giants WR Golden Tate played half a season with the Eagles in 2018 after being traded by the Lions.
Eagles G Jamon Brown played 1 season for the Giants in 2018.
2020 Pro Bowlers
Eagles Giants
DT Fletcher Cox (Starter)
OG Brandon Brooks (Starter)
C Jason Kelce (Starter)
LS Rick Lovato (Starter)
TE Zach Ertz
SS Malcom Jenkings (1st Alt)
OT Lane Johnson (1st Alt
General
Referee: Shawn Smith
The Eagles have won 7 consecutive games against the Giants, as well as 11 of the previous 12 games in the series. Philadelphia is 88-86-2 (.506) all-time vs. N.Y. Giants (since 1933).
Only two NFL teams have undefeated records on Thursday Night Football since 2016: Philadelphia and Seattle (each 4-0).
According to Elias Sports, Doug Pederson is the first NFL head coach to win his first 4 career Thursday games on a short week since Jim Caldwell (5) with Indianapolis (2009-11) and Detroit (2014-15). He is the first head coach to do so with the same team since Bobby Ross (4) with Detroit (1997-2000).
Since being promoted to the Eagles’ 53-man roster in Week 4, Travis Fulgham ranks T-6th in receptions (18), 4th in receiving yards (284) and T-2nd in receiving TDs (3) among NFL WRs. He has 50+ yards and 1 TD in each of his 3 games this season.
Draft Picks
Eagles Giants
WR Jalen Raegor OT Andrew Thomas
QB Jalen Hurts S Xavier McKinney
LB Davion Taylor OT Matt Peart
S K’Von Wallace CB Darney Holmes
OT Jack Driscoll G Shane Lemieux
WR John Hightower LB Cam Brown
LB Shaun Bradley LB Carter Coughlin
WR Quez Watkins T.J. Brunson
OT Prince Tega Wanogho CB Chris Williamson
LB/DE Casey Toohill LB Tae Crowder
Notable Off-season Additions
Eagles Giants
S Will Parks CB James Bradberry
DT Javon Hargrave LB Blake Martinez
CB Nickell Robey-Coleman TE Levine Toilolo
CB Darius Slay LB Kyler Fackell
OT Cameron Fleming
SS Nate Ebner
QB Colt McCoy
RB Dion Lewis
DB Dravon Askew-Henry
DT Austin Johnson
TE Eric Tomlinson
LS Casey Kreiter
CB Logan Ryan
Notable Off-season Departures
Eagles Giants
S Malcom Jenkins QB Eli Manning
CB Ronald Darby S Michael Thomas
RB Jordan Howard WR Cody Latimer
WR Nelson Agholor LB Deone Buccanon
OL Halapoulivaati Vaitai OL Mike Remmers
LB Kamu Grugler-Hill CB Antonio Hamilton
RB Darren Sproles
DT Timmy Jernigan
LB Nigel Bradham
Milestones
Eagles QB Carson Wentz (15592) needs 81 yards to move up to 4th on the Eagles all-time passing yards list moving ahead of QB Norm Snead.
Eagles QB Carson Wentz (956) needs 44 yards for 1000 career rushing yards.
Eagles WR Desean Jackson (6397) needs 68 yards to move up to 3rd on the Eagles all-time receiving yards list all-time passing WR Mike Quick
Eagles WR Desean Jackson (34) needs 2 TDs to move into a tie for 7th on the Eagles all-time receiving TD list tying WR Jeremy Maclin
Eagles DT Fletcher Cox (49.5) needs 1 sack to move up to 6th on the Eagles all-time sack list tying DE Greg Brown
Eagles DE Vinny Curry (27.5) needs 2 sacks to move up to 18th on the Eagles all-time sack list tying DT Jerome Brown
Eagles TE Zach Ertz needs 112 receiving yards for 6000 career receiving yards.
Giants QB Daniel Jones (4250) needs 160 passing yards to move up to 11th on the Giants all-time passing list moving ahead of Jeff Hostetler.
Giants QB Daniel Jones (27) needs 3 passing TDs to move up to 10th on the Giants all-time passing TD list moving ahead of Craig Morton.
Stats to Know
Breakaway Runs! Not This Game!
The Philadelphia Eagles feature one of 2020’s top breakaway runners in Miles Sanders, with over 47.9% of his runs resulting in breakaway runs (15+ yards), good for 6th overall! That is a fun statistic! Unfortunately, Sanders is out and the Eagles Offensive Line is starting your cousin Chuck, due to a ridiculous number of injuries. That leaves the Eagles with RBs Scott and Clement, neither of which climb above 0.0%. Luckily, the Giants’ current top RB is also reaching the soaring heights of 0.0% Breakaway runs, as well. Devonta Freeman, that is. Hey, Giants fans, don’t feel bad about that too badly because...well, he was also dead last in Breakaway % last year, as well, so it’s not all your fault. Here’s to mutual understanding.
Matchups to Watch
Eagles “Weapons” vs Giants “Pass Defense”
In this year's first iteration of the NFCE cripple fight, a stoppable force meets a movable object. This matchup is the triumph of mediocre, the toilet bowl, the race to the bottom, etc etc. Eagles and Giants have a long and great rivalry, one that the Eagles finally lead after nearly 90 years of looking up at the Giants in the head to head standings. This hasn’t felt like much of a rivalry for most of the past decade or two, but I think we all get up for these games no matter our places in the standings. In typical fashion, the Eagles are decimated by injury. They can’t get out of their own way and don’t have the talent to overcome that - it’s a horrible predicament. The Giants just suck largely because they have one of the worst GMs in the NFL and a new HC that’s off to a lackluster start with a staff that fits the bill. The Eagles might see the return of Desean Jackson and debut of Alshon Jeffery on Thursday night; both additions to the gameday roster would go a long way to lifting up a terrible offense. Even without those two the Eagles should be able to score some points on the Giants as they are just a bad team. However, there are some bright spots on defense, namely James Bradberry, who has taken a sudden jump into the upper echelon of CBs. If Philly isn’t able to have Jackson and Jeffrey suit up then Bradberry will likely line up against Travis Fulgham, the Eagles lone threatening weapon. Bradberry has had an incredible start to this season and that would be a difficult matchup for Fulgham. Opposite Bradberry is a trash can, a recycling can, and a dumpster: you see why adding any capable bodies would be for the Eagles benefit. Philly will be absent Ertz and Sanders in the contest as well. Despite all this the Eagles have been able to score enough against two real teams in the Steelers and Ravens; this matchup is more conducive to success. As we all know, nothing is a given with this team. The USPS under the Trump Administration is better equipped to deliver than this Eagles team.
Eagles Offensive Line vs Giants Defensive Front
The OL Eagles are about to field is an insult to offensive lines but here we are. This is one area of the team where I wouldn’t blame the personnel department in the current climate. They stacked the team with plenty of talent, even in the face of extreme adversity, as they’ve been able to function at least a little right up until now. Lane Johnson may or may not play; that’s about the only addition the Eagles can make that would have a positive impact on the unit. What else is there to say? They are decimated with injury and very likely have their 7th different starting OL combination in as many weeks. The Giants defensive front is relatively stout, especially in the run game, where the Eagles struggle due to their OL. It’s one area the Giants have a notable advantage. What the Giants lack in EDGE rushers they make up for in defensive tackles as they have Leonard Williams, Dexter Lawrence, BJ Hill, and Davlin Thomlinson. Gettleman has never met an EDGE rusher he liked but this is a formidable interior defensive line. Sure, the Giants got swindled in pursuit of Leonard Williams, but he’s still a quality player. All four of these guys can be disruptive and control the line of scrimmage. It’s a tall ask to control this group given the personnel limitation on the Eagles offensive line. Having success upfront always gives teams an advantage and it’s the one matchup the Giants are able to exploit Thursday night. God help Jamon Brown, if Matt Pryor is not cleared on the short week. UPDATE: Brown was released we don't need to watch him and his 10.5 PFF pass blocking grade adjust his gloves midgame while Wentz is running for his life.
Eagles Defensive Line vs Giants “Offensive Line”
The only thing more garbage than the current Eagles OL is the one they are about to face on Thursday. Like the previous matchup, the Eagles DL is built to pound the utter crap out of the Giants OL. Kevin Zeitler, formally the lone bright spot on this unit, is off to a rocky 2020 and likely the worst start to a season in his otherwise good career to date. Will Hernandez, Cameron Flemming, and especially rookie Andrew Thomas have been nothing short of disastrous for the Giants so far. This unit was horrible in run blocking with a healthy Saquon Barkley running and hasn’t improved since. Daniel Jones may be the only QB running for his life more than Carson Wentz has thus far. The Eagles defense sustained another injury against the Ravens as Malik Jackson figures to be out until after the bye with a quad injury; despite his absence, the Eagles have an incredible advantage in the trenches. Fletcher Cox and Brandon Graham have been great to start 2020 and have a matchup Thursday that must have them salivating. Derek Barnett will be lining up against a bad tackle so you know he’ll be really good Thursday. The actual good EDGE opposite BG, Josh Sweat, has a favorable matchup as well. Finally, Javon Hargrave has a chance to make his first big impact with us. The Eagles DL is deep, it’s about the only thing good on this team at the moment, and has an opportunity to really control an opponent. They’ll need it as this LB room, CB2, Slot CB, and Safety groups aren’t going to suddenly become competent. Darius Slay has been as advertised but looks visibly slowed as he’s sustained injuries. The Eagles need their DL to do what was built to do: control the game. The Giants still have Golden Tate, Evan Engram (when not sucking), and Darius Slayton around and they all can easily make this defense pay. The defense goes as the DL does.
Special thanks to MikeTysonChicken and abenyishay for their help in creating this Game Preview.
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2020.10.21 01:46 John_Charles_Fremont /r/neoliberal elects the American Presidents - Part 54, Obama v McCain in 2008

Previous editions:
(All strawpoll results counted as of the next post made)
Part 1, Adams v Jefferson in 1796 - Adams wins with 68% of the vote
Part 2, Adams v Jefferson in 1800 - Jefferson wins with 58% of the vote
Part 3, Jefferson v Pinckney in 1804 - Jefferson wins with 57% of the vote
Part 4, Madison v Pinckney (with George Clinton protest) in 1808 - Pinckney wins with 45% of the vote
Part 5, Madison v (DeWitt) Clinton in 1812 - Clinton wins with 80% of the vote
Part 6, Monroe v King in 1816 - Monroe wins with 51% of the vote
Part 7, Monroe and an Era of Meta Feelings in 1820 - Monroe wins with 100% of the vote
Part 8, Democratic-Republican Thunderdome in 1824 - Adams wins with 55% of the vote
Part 9, Adams v Jackson in 1828 - Adams wins with 94% of the vote
Part 10, Jackson v Clay (v Wirt) in 1832 - Clay wins with 53% of the vote
Part 11, Van Buren v The Whigs in 1836 - Whigs win with 87% of the vote, Webster elected
Part 12, Van Buren v Harrison in 1840 - Harrison wins with 90% of the vote
Part 13, Polk v Clay in 1844 - Polk wins with 59% of the vote
Part 14, Taylor v Cass in 1848 - Taylor wins with 44% of the vote (see special rules)
Part 15, Pierce v Scott in 1852 - Scott wins with 78% of the vote
Part 16, Buchanan v Frémont v Fillmore in 1856 - Frémont wins with 95% of the vote
Part 17, Peculiar Thunderdome in 1860 - Lincoln wins with 90% of the vote.
Part 18, Lincoln v McClellan in 1864 - Lincoln wins with 97% of the vote.
Part 19, Grant v Seymour in 1868 - Grant wins with 97% of the vote.
Part 20, Grant v Greeley in 1872 - Grant wins with 96% of the vote.
Part 21, Hayes v Tilden in 1876 - Hayes wins with 87% of the vote.
Part 22, Garfield v Hancock in 1880 - Garfield wins with 67% of the vote.
Part 23, Cleveland v Blaine in 1884 - Cleveland wins with 53% of the vote.
Part 24, Cleveland v Harrison in 1888 - Harrison wins with 64% of the vote.
Part 25, Cleveland v Harrison v Weaver in 1892 - Harrison wins with 57% of the vote
Part 26, McKinley v Bryan in 1896 - McKinley wins with 71% of the vote
Part 27, McKinley v Bryan in 1900 - Bryan wins with 55% of the vote
Part 28, Roosevelt v Parker in 1904 - Roosevelt wins with 71% of the vote
Part 29, Taft v Bryan in 1908 - Taft wins with 64% of the vote
Part 30, Taft v Wilson v Roosevelt in 1912 - Roosevelt wins with 81% of the vote
Part 31, Wilson v Hughes in 1916 - Hughes wins with 62% of the vote
Part 32, Harding v Cox in 1920 - Cox wins with 68% of the vote
Part 33, Coolidge v Davis v La Follette in 1924 - Davis wins with 47% of the vote
Part 34, Hoover v Smith in 1928 - Hoover wins with 50.2% of the vote
Part 35, Hoover v Roosevelt in 1932 - Roosevelt wins with 85% of the vote
Part 36, Landon v Roosevelt in 1936 - Roosevelt wins with 75% of the vote
Part 37, Willkie v Roosevelt in 1940 - Roosevelt wins with 56% of the vote
Part 38, Dewey v Roosevelt in 1944 - Dewey wins with 50.2% of the vote
Part 39, Dewey v Truman in 1948 - Truman wins with 65% of the vote
Part 40, Eisenhower v Stevenson in 1952 - Eisenhower wins with 69% of the vote
Part 41, Eisenhower v Stevenson in 1956 - Eisenhower wins with 60% of the vote
Part 42, Kennedy v Nixon in 1960 - Kennedy wins with 63% of the vote
Part 43, Johnson v Goldwater in 1964 - Johnson wins with 87% of the vote
Part 44, Nixon v Humphrey in 1968 - Humphrey wins with 60% of the vote
Part 45, Nixon v McGovern in 1972 - Nixon wins with 56% of the vote
Part 46, Carter v Ford in 1976 - Carter wins with 71% of the vote
Part 47 - Carter v Reagan v Anderson in 1980 - Carter wins with 44% of the vote
Part 48, Reagan v Mondale in 1984 - Mondale wins with 55% of the vote
Part 49, Bush v Dukakis in 1988 - Bush wins with 54% of the vote
Part 50, Bush v Clinton v Perot in 1992 - Clinton wins with 71% of the vote
Part 51, Clinton v Dole in 1996 - Clinton wins with 91% of the vote
Part 52, Bush v Gore in 2000 - Gore wins with 88% of the vote
Part 53, Bush v Kerry in 2004 - Kerry wins with 89% of the vote
Welcome back to the fifty-fourth edition of /neoliberal elects the American presidents!
This will be a fairly consistent weekly thing - every week, a new election, until we run out.
I highly encourage you - at least in terms of the vote you cast - to try to think from the perspective of the year the election was held, without knowing the future or how the next administration would go. I'm not going to be trying to enforce that, but feel free to remind fellow commenters of this distinction.
If you're really feeling hardcore, feel free to even speak in the present tense as if the election is truly upcoming!
Whether third and fourth candidates are considered "major" enough to include in the strawpoll will be largely at my discretion and depend on things like whether they were actually intending to run for President, and whether they wound up actually pulling in a meaningful amount of the popular vote and even electoral votes. I may also invoke special rules in how the results will be interpreted in certain elections to better approximate historical reality.
While I will always give some brief background info to spur the discussion, please don't hesitate to bring your own research and knowledge into the mix! There's no way I'll cover everything!
John McCain v Barack Obama, 2008
Profiles
  • John McCain is the 72-year-old Republican candidate and a US Senator from Arizona. His running mate is Governor of Alaska Sarah Palin.
  • Barack Obama is the 47-year-old Democratic candidate and a US Senator from Illinois. His running mate is US Senator from Delaware Joe Biden.
Issues and Background
  • The United States and other countries are in the midst of what many are describing as the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression. The crisis was largely triggered by a collapse in home prices, which in turn caused securities tied directly or indirectly to real estate to plummet in value. In September, major investment bank Lehman Brothers filed for bankruptcy. A day later, the Federal Reserve bailed out and essentially took control of insurance giant AIG. Credit markets were on the brink of meltdown. In early October, Congress passed the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act, which created an enormous government program to purchase "toxic assets" from banks and significantly increased the amount of insurance provided by the FDIC. Both McCain and Obama supported this rescue plan. Liquidity appears to have been restored, but the economic situation is still otherwise dire.
    • Senator Obama has described the current crisis as a "final verdict on eight years of failed economic policies promoted by George Bush, supported by Senator McCain, a theory that basically says that we can shred regulations and consumer protections and give more and more to the most, and somehow prosperity will trickle down." Obama has spoken of the importance of oversight over the TARP $700 billion, of the possibility of getting that money back, of making sure none of that money is going to executive pay or executive severance packages, and of following up the package with help for homeowners.
    • Senator McCain has said that what distinguishes him from Senator Obama on how he will lead the country out of the economic crisis is his commitment to get government spending under control. McCain has proposed a one-year spending freeze on "non-defense, non-veterans discretionary spending." McCain has criticized Senator Obama for supporting "pork-barrel spending" in the past.
  • The US occupation of Iraq continues. Last year, the Bush Administration oversaw a troop surge, and the conventional wisdom is that the situation has generally improved as a result. There are some indications that the security situation is improving and that the training of the new Iraqi military is working. That said, pressure on the US to withdraw has increased, as the Iraqi government has sought a withdrawal timetable and the US coalition partners have begun their own withdraw. Security responsibility for several provinces has already been transferred from US forces to Iraqi forces. However, earlier this year, General David Petraeus called for the delaying of troop withdrawals.
    • Both candidates accuse the other of failures of judgement. Senator Obama has criticized McCain sharply for supporting invading Iraq in the first place, while Senator McCain has criticized Obama for not supporting the 2007 surge. On the latter point, in January 2007 Senator Obama's stance was:
      The need to bring this war to an end is here. That is why today I am introducing the Iraq War De-escalation Act of 2007. This plan would not only place a cap on the number of troops in Iraq and stop the escalation: more importantly, it would begin a phased redeployment of United States forced with the goal of removing all United States combat forces from Iraq by March 31, 2008.
    • Early this year, Democrats seized on a statement from Senator McCain in which he indicated that he would be comfortable with an American presence in Iraq for "maybe 100" years. He has stood by the comments, saying he was referring to a presence comparable to what the US has had in South Korea, Germany, and Japan.
    • Under the Obama plan for Iraq, a phased withdrawal of most troops would begin which would likely remove the US troop presence by summer of 2010. A residual force would remain "to conduct targeted counter-terrorism missions against al Qaeda in Iraq and to protect American diplomatic and civilian personnel."
    • Under the McCain plan for Iraq, the US would not leave Iraq "before Al Qaeda in Iraq is defeated and before a competent, trained, and capable Iraqi security force is in place and operating effectively."
  • Sarah Palin has received a significant amount of both positive and negative attention relative to most VP nominees. Supporters praise her history as a reformer, her advocacy for families with special needs children, and her ability to energize parts of the Republican base. However, critics have raised questions about her knowledge of policy and her readiness to be President if it became necessary. Some in the media have expressed frustration at their limited access to Governor Palin. This scrutiny increased following a poorly received interview with Katie Couric which included the following exchanges:
    COURIC: You've cited Alaska's proximity to Russia as part of your foreign policy experience. What did you mean by that?
    PALIN: That Alaska has a very narrow maritime border between a foreign country, Russia, and on our other side, the land boundary that we have with Canada ... We have trade missions back and forth. We -- we do -- it's very important when you consider even national security issues with Russia as Putin rears his head and comes into the airspace of the United States of America, where -- where do they go? It's Alaska. It's just right over the border. It is from Alaska that we send those out to make sure that an eye is being kept on this very powerful nation, Russia, because they are right there. They are right next to -- to our state.
    ...
    COURIC: What other Supreme Court decisions do you disagree with?
    PALIN: Well, let’s see. There’s, of course in the great history of America there have been rulings, that’s never going to be absolute consensus by every American. And there are those issues, again, like Roe v. Wade, where I believe are best held on a state level and addressed there. So you know, going through the history of America, there would be others but …
    COURIC: Can you think of any?
    PALIN: Well, I could think of … any again, that could be best dealt with on a more local level. Maybe I would take issue with. But, you know, as mayor, and then as governor and even as a vice president, if I’m so privileged to serve, wouldn’t be in a position of changing those things but in supporting the law of the land as it reads today.
    ...
    COURIC: And when it comes to establishing your worldview, I was curious, what newspapers and magazines did you regularly read before you were tapped for this to stay informed and to understand the world?
    PALIN: I’ve read most of them, again with a great appreciation for the press, for the media.
    COURIC: What, specifically?
    PALIN: Um, all of them, any of them that have been in front of me all these years.
    COURIC: Can you name a few?
    PALIN: I have a vast variety of sources where we get our news, too. Alaska isn’t a foreign country, where it’s kind of suggested, “Wow, how could you keep in touch with what the rest of Washington, D.C., may be thinking when you live up there in Alaska?”
  • Health care reform has come up frequently on the campaign trail. Both candidates recognize a need to increase coverage and lower costs.
    • The Obama plan includes requiring health insurance companies to cover pre-existing conditions, a tax credit to incentivize small businesses to provide health coverage, requirements on large employers to provide health coverage or otherwise contribute financially to their employee's health care, and "a National Health Insurance Exchange with a range of private insurance options as well as a new public plan based on benefits available to members of Congress."
    • The McCain plan is to offer "a direct refundable tax credit ... of $2,500 for individuals and $5,000 for families to offset the cost of insurance" and promote health savings accounts. McCain also seeks to make it easier to purchase health insurance across state lines.
  • Attention has also been given to the candidate's differing tax plans.
    • The Obama tax plan is to cut taxes for the middle class further than the Bush tax cuts did, while increasing taxes on the wealthiest 2% of Americans back to levels as they were in the 1990s. Senator Obama also seeks to implement a universal 10% mortgage interest tax credit, the elimination of income taxes for seniors making less than $50,000 a year, and an expansion of the EITC.
    • The McCain tax plan is to preserve all of the Bush tax cuts, phase out the Alternative Minimum Tax, cut the corporate tax rate to 25%, and establish a large R&D tax credit. Senator McCain also pledges to keep the Internet free of taxes.
    • In October at a campaign stop, Senator Obama was confronted by Joe Wurzelbacher, who has since become known colloquially as "Joe the Plumber", with concerns that he would be taxed more if Senator Obama were to become President. More recently, Wurzelbacher has made joint appearances with John McCain on the campaign trail. The McCain campaign has in particular seized on Obama's comment to Joe that "I think when you spread the wealth around, it's good for everybody."
  • McCain, currently 72, would be the oldest first-term President if elected. McCain gave reporters an opportunity to review his full medical records, which showed that he is generally in good health and has relatively low risk of heart disease despite slightly elevated cholesterol and past issues with skin cancer.
  • If elected, Senator Obama would be the first African-American President of the United States. Obama was born in Hawaii, the son of a Kenyan economist and an anthropologist from Kansas. While many find the possibility of the first African-American President inspiring, particularly when combined with the optimistic rhetoric of Senator Obama's campaign, his identity has also been related to unique challenges for him during the campaign. Members of his own party during the primary implied that his success in the race was mainly due to his race. Former VP nominee Geraldine Ferraro said:
    If Obama was a white man, he would not be in this position. And if he was a woman (of any color) he would not be in this position. He happens to be very lucky to be who he is. And the country is caught up in the concept.
    Senator Biden, now Obama's running mate, said:
    I mean, you got the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy. I mean, that's a storybook, man.
    In addition, Senator Obama has faced false rumors that he was born in Kenya and that he is not Christian. Some argue that the spread of these rumors is motivated partially or entirely by racism.
  • Republicans have argued that Senator Obama is connected to problematic persons and organizations.
    • Roughly 40 years ago, now-professor Bill Ayers was a leading member of the militant Weather Underground Organization, which conducted a bombing campaign of targeting government buildings and financial institutions. Ayers first met Barack Obama through a non-profit reform project's board of directors, and later hosted a small informal event where a departing State Senator introduced Obama as her chosen successor. Through each of their active involvements in Chicago events and initiatives, they would serve on a couple of the same boards and panels in the years afterwards. There is virtually no evidence to support some Republican claims that Ayers was some sort of political adviser to Obama, who has referred to Ayers as "somebody who engaged in detestable acts 40 years ago, when I was 8."
    • Senator Obama's pastor, Jeremiah Wright, has been the subject of controversy related to several sermon excerpts. The excerpts include claims that the government lied about its advance knowledge of Pearl Harbor, that the government lied about "inventing the HIV virus as a means of genocide against people of color," and his comment that "America's chickens are coming home to roost," interpreted by some to be referring to the 9/11 attacks given the date of the sermon. President Obama addressed the issue in a broader speech on race in March of this year. Senator Obama stated:
      I have already condemned, in unequivocal terms, the statements of Reverend Wright that have caused such controversy. For some, nagging questions remain. Did I know him to be an occasionally fierce critic of American domestic and foreign policy? Of course. Did I ever hear him make remarks that could be considered controversial while I sat in church? Yes. Did I strongly disagree with many of his political views? Absolutely—just as I'm sure many of you have heard remarks from your pastors, priests, or rabbis with which you strongly disagreed.
      ...
      I can no more disown him than I can disown the black community. I can no more disown him than I can my white grandmother—a woman who helped raise me, a woman who sacrificed again and again for me, a woman who loves me as much as she loves anything in this world, but a woman who once confessed her fear of black men who passed by her on the street, and who on more than one occasion has uttered racial or ethnic stereotypes that made me cringe. These people are a part of me. And they are a part of America, this country that I love.
    • Pro-labor NGO ACORN has been accused by Republicans of orchestrating voter fraud, though further investigation has revealed this claim to be overstated at best. ACORN has hired people in the past to assist in voter registration, and sometimes these workers have come up with phony registrations - however, this issue seems to be motivated by laziness of individual workers rather than an attempt to conduct voter fraud. Obama served as a local counsel for ACORN in the 90s, and was endorsed by the ACORN political action committee during the primary. The Obama campaign also hired an ACORN affiliate for get-out-the-vote efforts during the primary.
  • Representative John Lewis, a civil rights icon, has received blowback for comments he made regarding the tone of the McCain/Palin campaign. Lewis accused the campaign of "sowing the seeds of hatred and division," and brought up the example of George Wallace never throwing a bomb or firing a gun but creating "the climate and the conditions that encouraged vicious attacks against innocent Americans." McCain called the comments "hurtful" and called on Senator Obama to repudiate the comments. The Obama campaign has said that the comparison made by Rep. Lewis was inappropriate.
  • Senator McCain describes himself as a "free trader" and has criticized Senator Obama for opposing some free trade agreements. The Obama team has pledged to "use trade agreements to spread good labor and environmental standards around the world and stand firm against agreements like the Central American Free Trade Agreement that fail to live up to those important benchmarks." Senator Obama has also pledged to "fix" NAFTA.
Debate Excerpts
First Presidential Debate (full transcript)
(1) Obama on government spending:
John, it's been your president who you said you agreed with 90 percent of the time who presided over this increase in spending. This orgy of spending and enormous deficits you voted for almost all of his budgets. So to stand here and after eight years and say that you're going to lead on controlling spending and, you know, balancing our tax cuts so that they help middle class families when over the last eight years that hasn't happened I think just is, you know, kind of hard to swallow.
(2) McCain on Iraq:
I think the lessons of Iraq are very clear that you cannot have a failed strategy that will then cause you to nearly lose a conflict. Our initial military success, we went in to Baghdad and everybody celebrated. And then the war was very badly mishandled. I went to Iraq in 2003 and came back and said, we've got to change this strategy. This strategy requires additional troops, it requires a fundamental change in strategy and I fought for it. And finally, we came up with a great general and a strategy that has succeeded.
(3) Obama on meeting foreign adversaries "without precondition":
I reserve the right, as president of the United States to meet with anybody at a time and place of my choosing if I think it's going to keep America safe ... Now, understand what this means "without preconditions." It doesn't mean that you invite them over for tea one day. What it means is that we don't do what we've been doing, which is to say, "Until you agree to do exactly what we say, we won't have direct contacts with you."
(4) McCain on Iran:
My reading of the threat from Iran is that if Iran acquires nuclear weapons, it is an existential threat to the State of Israel and to other countries in the region because the other countries in the region will feel compelling requirement to acquire nuclear weapons as well.
Now we cannot have a second Holocaust. Let's just make that very clear. What I have proposed for a long time, and I've had conversation with foreign leaders about forming a league of democracies, let's be clear and let's have some straight talk. The Russians are preventing significant action in the United Nations Security Council.
Vice-Presidential Debate (full transcript)
(1) Biden on what his administration would look like if a President Obama were to die in office:
God forbid that would ever happen, it would be a national tragedy of historic proportions if it were to happen.
But if it did, I would carry out Barack Obama's policy, his policies of reinstating the middle class, making sure they get a fair break, making sure they have access to affordable health insurance, making sure they get serious tax breaks, making sure we can help their children get to college, making sure there is an energy policy that leads us in the direction of not only toward independence and clean environment but an energy policy that creates 5 million new jobs, a foreign policy that ends this war in Iraq, a foreign policy that goes after the one mission the American public gave the president after 9/11, to get and capture or kill bin Laden and to eliminate al Qaeda. A policy that would in fact engage our allies in making sure that we knew we were acting on the same page and not dictating.
(2) Palin on what her administration would look like if a President McCain were to die in office:
And heaven forbid, yes, that would ever happen, no matter how this ends up, that that would ever happen with either party.
As for disagreeing with John McCain and how our administration would work, what do you expect? A team of mavericks, of course we're not going to agree on 100 percent of everything. As we discuss ANWR there, at least we can agree to disagree on that one. I will keep pushing him on ANWR. I have so appreciated he has never asked me to check my opinions at the door and he wants a deliberative debate and healthy debate so we can make good policy.
What I would do also, if that were to ever happen, though, is to continue the good work he is so committed to of putting government back on the side of the people and get rid of the greed and corruption on Wall Street and in Washington.
Second Presidential Debate (Town Hall) (full transcript)
(1) McCain on nuclear energy:
But we kept the debate going, and we kept this issue to -- to posing to Americans the danger that climate change opposes. Now, how -- what's -- what's the best way of fixing it? Nuclear power. Senator Obama says that it has to be safe or disposable or something like that. Look, I -- I was on Navy ships that had nuclear power plants. Nuclear power is safe, and it's clean, and it creates hundreds of thousands of jobs.
(2) Obama on McCain's criticism that he's being reckless on foreign policy:
Senator McCain, this is the guy who sang, "Bomb, bomb, bomb Iran," who called for the annihilation of North Korea. That I don't think is an example of "speaking softly." This is the person who, after we had -- we hadn't even finished Afghanistan, where he said, "Next up, Baghdad."
(3) McCain on Russia:
I said before, watch Ukraine. Ukraine, right now, is in the sights of Vladimir Putin, those that want to reassemble the old Soviet Union. We've got to show moral support for Georgia.We've got to show moral support for Ukraine. We've got to advocate for their membership in NATO. We have to make the Russians understand that there are penalties for these this kind of behavior, this kind of naked aggression into Georgia, a tiny country and a tiny democracy.
(4) Obama on spending priorities:
You know, you may have seen your health care premiums go up. We've got to reform health care to help you and your budget. We are going to have to deal with energy because we can't keep on borrowing from the Chinese and sending money to Saudi Arabia. We are mortgaging our children's future. We've got to have a different energy plan. We've got to invest in college affordability. So we're going to have to make some investments, but we've also got to make spending cuts. And what I've proposed, you'll hear Senator McCain say, well, he's proposing a whole bunch of new spending, but actually I'm cutting more than I'm spending so that it will be a net spending cut.
Third Presidential Debate (full transcript)
(1) McCain on Obama's economic plans:
I don't think there's any doubt that Sen. Obama wants to restrict trade and he wants to raise taxes. And the last president of the United States that tried that was Herbert Hoover, and we went from a deep recession into a depression.
(2) Obama on comments by Congressman Lewis:
I mean, look, if we want to talk about Congressman Lewis, who is an American hero, he, unprompted by my campaign, without my campaign's awareness, made a statement that he was troubled with what he was hearing at some of the rallies that your running mate was holding, in which all the Republican reports indicated were shouting, when my name came up, things like "terrorist" and "kill him," and that your running mate didn't mention, didn't stop, didn't say "Hold on a second, that's kind of out of line."
(3) McCain on Obama's connections:
I don't care about an old washed-up terrorist [Bill Ayers]. But as Sen. Clinton said in her debates with you, we need to know the full extent of that relationship.
We need to know the full extent of Sen. Obama's relationship with ACORN, who is now on the verge of maybe perpetrating one of the greatest frauds in voter history in this country, maybe destroying the fabric of democracy. The same front outfit organization that your campaign gave $832,000 for "lighting and site selection." So all of these things need to be examined, of course.
(4) Obama on who he associates with:
Let me tell you who I associate with. On economic policy, I associate with Warren Buffett and former Fed Chairman Paul Volcker. If I'm interested in figuring out my foreign policy, I associate myself with my running mate, Joe Biden or with Dick Lugar, the Republican ranking member on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, or General Jim Jones, the former supreme allied commander of NATO.
Those are the people, Democrats and Republicans, who have shaped my ideas and who will be surrounding me in the White House. And I think the fact that this has become such an important part of your campaign, Sen. McCain, says more about your campaign than it says about me.
Platforms
Read the full 2008 Republican platform here.
Read the full 2008 Democratic platform here.
Internet Resources
Obama/Biden Website
McCain/Palin Website
The GOP's BarackBook
The Obama Campaign's Fight the Smears
Videos
Debates
First Presidential Debate
Vice-Presidential Debate
Second Presidential Debate (Town Hall)
Third Presidential Debate
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Obama "McCain tax" ad
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McCain "fight" ad
McCain anti-Obama "celebrity" ad
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Strawpoll
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2020.10.19 17:26 cilantro_samosa [OC] Which front offices and agents are the 3 major newsbreakers connected to? I went through 6000+ tweets to find out!

If this sounds somewhat familiar, that's because I did a 2019-2020 version and posted it back in March.
In terms of changes from that post:
TL;DR
Tracked tweets of Woj, Shams and Haynes from 2018-2020 to see whether any of them report on a certain team or a certain agent's players more than their counterparts. Here is the main graph concerning a reporter's percentage of tweets per team separated into three periods (2019 season, 2020 offseason, 2020 season). Here is a separate graph with the Lakers and Warriors, because Haynes's percentages would skew the first graph.

During times like the NBA trade deadline or the lifting of the NBA free-agency moratorium, it’s not uncommon to see Twitter replies to (or Reddit comments about) star reporters reference their performance relative to others.
Woj is the preeminent scoop hound, but he is also notorious for writing hit pieces on LeBron (sources say it’s been widely rumoured that the reason for these is that Woj has always been unable to place a reliable source in LeBron’s camp). On the other end of the spectrum, it has been revealed that in exchange for exclusive intel on league memos and Pistons dealings, Woj wrote puff pieces on then-GM Joe Dumars (see above Kevin Draper link). Last summer, Woj was accused of being a Clippers shill on this very discussion board for noticeably driving the Kawhi Leonard free agency conversation towards the team.
This is the reason I undertook this project: to see whether some reporters have more sources in certain teams (and certain agencies) than other reporters.
First I’ll explain the methodology, then present the data with some initial comments.

Methodology

To make this manageable on myself, I limited myself to tracking the 3 major national reporters: Shams Charania of the Athletic, Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports and the aforementioned Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.
The time period I initially tracked for was from January 1, 2020 to the end of the regular season March, but after finding a Twitter scraping tool on GitHub called Twint, I was able to easily retrieve all tweets since September 27, 2018. However, a month ago, Twitter closed their old API endpoints, and Twint ceased to work. I used vicinitas.io but the data loading became more time-consuming. Therefore, the tweets are up to the date of October 15 2020.
How I determined information was by manually parsing text tweets by the reporter (no retweets):
Now, I didn’t take every single text tweet:
Next, I had to assign possible teams to each tweet:
With all the methodology out of the way, here’s the data! (Here’s a link to a full Google Sheet)

Teams

Here's a graph of number of tweets per team per period, with the colours denoting reporter.
On a quick glance, here's which teams saw a significant period-over-period increase in number of tweets:
And here's which teams saw decreases over a period-by-period basis:
The problem with just using number of tweets is that it's not close on totals between Haynes vs. Woj or Shams. Here's a graph showing total number of tweets in each period for all three reporters. Haynes's most reported period doesn't even stack up to the least reported period of Woj or Shams.
Instead, let's look at percentage of tweets per team per period.
Now, you'll notice that there's two teams missing from the above graph: the Golden State Warriors and the Los Angeles Lakers. Here's the graphs for those two teams. As you can see, they would skew the previous graph far too much. During the 2019 NBA season, 27% of Chris Haynes's qualifying tweets could be possibly linked to the Warriors, and 14% of his qualifying tweets could be possibly linked to the Lakers.

Agents

Here's the top 10 agents in terms of number of potential tweets concerning their clients.
Agent Haynes Shams Woj Total
Rich Paul 15 28 24 67
Mark Bartelstein 4 16 30 50
Jeff Schwartz 3 10 25 38
Bill Duffy 2 13 14 29
Leon Rose 1 12 15 28
Aaron Mintz 2 9 15 26
Juan Perez 5 10 8 23
Aaron Goodwin 11 8 1 20
Steven Heumann 1 6 12 19
Sam Permut 1 13 5 19
Woj has the most tweets directly connected to agents by far. It wasn't uncommon to see "Player X signs deal with Team Y, Agent Z of Agency F tells ESPN." The agents that go to Woj (and some of their top clients):
One thing I found very intriguing: 15/16 of tweets concerning an Aaron Turner client were reported on by Shams. Turner is the head of Verus Basketball, whose clients include Terry Rozier, Victor Oladipo and Kevin Knox. Shams also reported more than 50% of news relating to clients of Sam Permut of Roc Nation. Permut is the current agent of Kyrie Irving, after Irving fired Jeff Wechsler near the beginning of the 2019 offseason. Permut also reps the Morris brothers and Trey Burke.
As for Chris Haynes, he doesn't really do much agent news (at least not at the level of Woj and Shams). However, he reported more than 50% of news relating to clients of Aaron Goodwin of Goodwin Sports Management, who reps Damian Lillard and DeMar DeRozan.
Here are the top 10 free agents from Forbes, along with their agent and who I predict will be the first/only one to break the news.
Player Agent Most Likely Reporter
Anthony Davis Rich Paul Too close to call, leaning Shams
Brandon Ingram Jeff Schwartz Woj
DeMar DeRozan Aaron Goodwin Haynes
Fred VanVleet Brian Jungreis Limited data
Andre Drummond Jeff Schwartz Woj
Montrezl Harrell Rich Paul Too close to call, leaning Shams
Gordon Hayward Mark Bartelstein Woj
Danilo Gallinari Michael Tellem Woj
Bogdan Bogdanovic Alexander Raskovic, Jason Ranne Limited data, but part of Wasserman, whose players are predominantly reported on by Woj
Davis Bertans Arturs Kalnitis Limited data
Thanks for reading! As always with this type of work, human error is not completely eliminated. If you think a tweet was mistakenly removed, feel free to drop me a line and I’ll try to explain my thought process on that specific tweet! Hope y’all enjoyed the research!
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2020.10.17 21:44 DampFrijoles Week 7 College Football Belt Update: South Carolina Takes the Belt

South Carolina is now in possession of the College Football Belt with their 30–22 victory over #15 Auburn. This is their fourth reign as Belt champions. The Gamecocks are now 8–8 in recorded Belt games, and the Tigers are now 13–9.
South Carolina's next defense of the Belt is an away game next Saturday against LSU. This will be LSU’s eighteenth recorded Belt game and their first since 09/26/20, a 44–34 loss to Mississippi State.
For those who don't know what the Belt is, it is an unofficial trophy that traces the lineage of the "best" teams going all the way back to the first-ever CFB game. For a more complete description, check out the archived version of the Belt's website (the actual site is no longer active).
For a MUCH more comprehensive post on the Belt, check out BleedScarletandBlack 's post on it and The Hatch Ranking’s current website tracking the “Lineal National Championship” (same as the Belt).
Disclaimer. I have been compiling information from two sources that are each incomplete: one gives a list of every Belt game played but only back to the 1970s, and the other lists all Belt transfer games but not every Belt game played, so there may be a discrepancy between the number of games played and number of Belt reigns.
EDIT: Apparently the last time South Carolina beat Auburn was a a 16–14 win on December 2, 1933. The Belt holder on that date was Oregon, who took the belt from St. Mary's (CA) three days earlier with a 13–7 win. Oregon would hold the Belt until 10/13/34, a 16–6 loss to Washington.
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2020.10.16 18:35 SaintRidley Wrestling Observer Rewind ★ May 9, 1988

Going through old issues of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter and posting highlights in my own words, continuing in the footsteps of daprice82. For anyone interested, I highly recommend signing up for the actual site at f4wonline and checking out the full archives.
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  • WCCW has finally announced the card for their May 8 David and Mike Von Erich Memorial Parade of Champions. Credit to the company, they’ve not put much effort into pushing the Von Erich part of the name this year and seem to have kept that part out of deference to Fritz. The headliners are two triple tower of doom matches. Dave’s understanding is that there will be three rings built atop one another with a firefighter’s pole through the center to allow ring to ring transitions. You can also move from level to level by climbing the cage from the inside. They’re also having an 18-man Royal Rumble style battle royal called a Texas Roundup inside the three rings, with the winner being the wrestler who gets to the third ring, climbs the cage, and grabs the envelope with the “money” for the winner and five prizes for fans. I’m astonished TNA in the Jarrett/Russo days never did this. Michael Hayes and Terry Gordy will have a Bad Street match, Kerry Von Erich challenges King Parsons for the title, and Kevin Von Erich teams with Bruiser Brody vs. Buddy Roberts and a mystery partner. Roberts was originally meant to partner with Kamala or Abdullah the Butcher, but they’re both booked. There will be other matches as well, but eh.
  • Over in Oregon the battle of May 7 is coming. Don Owen’s show in Portland will feature Hennig vs. Tom Zenk along with his regular crew, while Billy Jack Haynes’ Oregon-Washington Wrestling Federation debuts twenty miles away in Oregon City. No cards, partial or complete, have been announced, but Haynes has 16 guys including Tom Magee (yes, the one who only Bret Hart knew how to make look good), Steve Gatorwolf (fuck Steve Gatorwolf), Chavo Guerrero, Corporal Kirchner (due to be promoted to Colonel when WWF turns their eyes this way), Brian Adams, Fred Ottman (Memphis’s Big Bubba, whom you’ll come to love as Typhoon in a couple years), himself, and a bunch of other guys who I can’t make any interesting comments about.
  • Memphis’s Monday show after those will surely be the most talked about show of the weekend, though. Hennig defends the AWA Title against Jerry Lawler in a match where Lawler will retire if he doesn’t become champion. Most of the undercard is still unknown, but that match alone carries the interest.
  • Crockett has made a major retreat and given up the New York market. Nassau Coliseum accepted WWF’s ultimatum, and will now refuse to allow Crockett to run shows. Over Crockett’s four show run at the arena since November, it’s been rocky. They had a successful first show in November, but the second show was the Bunkhouse Stampede in January, which drew a gate of $80,000 (actually above WWF’s average there). But that show was so poorly received it killed them. The third show drew poorly, and they managed to improve a bit to $48,000, around WWF’s typical non-Hogan card there, for the fourth show. But with the ultimatum and the fact that gates have dropped to basically equivalent to a WWF card, they’re out. They’ve also lost their time slot in New York, leaving them without local tv access in New York and LA. Crockett may have pulled the plug on New York tv themselves. They were paying a rumored $6,000 weekly for access, and that just does not make sense to do when you can’t run local shows anymore. It will hurt their ad revenue, so it’s a mixed bag.
  • WWF taped Saturday Night’s Main Event on April 22 to air April 30. Dave mentioned the results last week, but upon airing some changes had been made. They didn’t air Andre/Roberts and instead put on a Rick Rude vs. Koko B. Ware match. Randy Savage is obviously the face of the company right now - they didn’t even mention Hogan on the episode. And it’s a big improvement to the wrestling quality having Savage as the main event over Hogan. Duggan’s work has significantly regressed. Bulldogs vs. Demolition was garbage and they were not working together at all. Rude vs. Ware was fairly good and the only match that didn’t involve a total carry job by one guy.
  • Joe Pedicino is collaborating with WATL-TV in Atlanta to do a 30 hour wrestling telethon on June 17-18. They’re even going to have over six hours of wrestling live in studio. As part of the telethon, they’ll have a bunch of syndicated wrestling shows as well as the Henry Winkler movie The One and Only (Dave’s favorite wrestling movie of all time) and the Alex Karras movie Mad Bull (not as good, but some good in it). They’re also going to do a segment on the history of pro wrestling in Atlanta. Proceeds will go to the Atlanta police department so they can buy bullet proof vests. Dave even has word that two WWF wrestlers will appear.
  • Dave’s regular typewriter is in the shop, so he’s using a different one that kind of sucks. He apologizes for any issues, and has gone with a smaller font to give more content as a make-good. Yay, more stuff for me to type about.
  • [All Japan] John Tenta accidentally broke Jimmy Snuka’s ribs on April 21 with a powerslam. Not much else of interest out of All Japan this week.
  • [New Japan] Antonio Inoki has a broken foot and is out of action. That’s gonna hurt New Japan at the gate. Riki Choshu vs. Vader has been made to replace Vader vs. Inoki for May 7. It’ll be an interesting test of Choshu’s remaining drawing power.
  • New Japan went really weird with a locker room scene on the April 22 tv show. The main event had Inoki and Tatsumi Fujinami beating Vader and Masahiro Saito by dq, and the locker room scene had Inoki and Fujinami arguing. Fujinami then got scissors and started cutting his own hair until Inoki hit him and told him to wrestle Vader in Osaka on April 27 (at which show Fujinami declared he’d retire if he lost).
  • The major hype in Memphis still surrounds the LawleHennig match set for May 9. They’re claiming Larry Hennig is leading the voting for referee over Jackie Fargo, but that’s obviously to drum up more support for Lalwer.
  • Meanwhile, Memphis is bringing in guys from WCCW for three matches on May 2. Dave’s heard conflicting stories. They’re there for just the one show, or they’ll be in again multiple times. Just have to wait and see, Dave supposes. Even with Lawler vs. Eddie Gilbert with Missy’s hair at stake, they’re billing Iceman King Parsons vs. Kerry Von Erich for the WCCW Title as the main event, and Dave doesn’t get the point in bringing in another world champion when you’re spending so much effort and time on hyping up the AWA title match for the next week. This is the beginning of the Memphis/WCCW alliance and eventual merger.
  • A funny story from Southern Championship Wrestling. They’ve got this local country western DJ on color commentary and he goes by Rhubarb Jones. For a few weeks, they did a bit where Paul E. Dangerously constantly called him “Rub Hard Jones” and Jones would correct him. Then the blowoff was Dangerously asking “How come whenever I call you Rub Hard you say it’s Rhubarb, but when Missy Hyatt calls you Rhubarb, you say Rub Hard?” This made it on the air. And honestly, it sounds like a fucking funny bit.
  • Stampede’s crowds have dipped a bit. It’s probably a bit of annual drop off as summer comes along, but also according to local fans it’s because the show has become so much less family oriented with all the blood and excessive violence lately. Kids have been the biggest demographic to drop, so that makes some sense.
  • Les Thornton is not content to start up a competing wrestling school to Stampede, but is now planning to start a competing promotion. He may get started as soon as May, and he’s planning to run Calgary too.
  • World Class is negotiating to get their syndicated package added to the All-Star Wrestling Network ad package. That’s the same one that has the AWA.
  • Big John Studd has sent out a country music demo to some record companies. He’s apparently trying to cash in on his fame as a wrestler as a selling point for how well his record would sell. One person in the music industry told Dave that Studd wrestles better than he sings, and Dave says if it does ever release not to buy it if there are any cats who live in your neighborhood.
  • UWF announced its May 12 Korauken Hall card. There will be three matches: Nobuhiko Takada vs. Shigeo Miyato, Tetsuo Nakano vs. Yoji Anjo, and Akira Maeda vs. Kazuo Yamazaki. That’s the entire stable of wrestlers they have so far. Since they sold out so quick without announcing the card at all, it’s a good thing they’ve saved the best main event they have (Maeda vs. Takada) for June. Since there are only three matches, each match will likely be in the 30 minute range.
  • Dave hears word that Iron Sheik will be back in WWF if he can clean up his act. No more cocaine for Sheiky baby.
  • AWA has an interesting card for their May 14 tapings in Las Vegas. Tanaka and Diamond defend the tag titles against Chavo and Mando Guerrero, Greg Gagne defends the International TV title against Brian Knobbs, the Midnight Rockers take on Riki Choshu and Masahiro Saito, and Curt Hennig vs. Jerry Lawler for the AWA Word Title.
  • In addition to Memphis and the AWA, Continental now recognizes the AWA Title as a world title. The AWA title is quickly becoming the world title of the remaining independent territories. Related, in a recent interview Curt Hennig said that he’s the real world champion among himself, Ric Flair, and Randy Savage because they only defend their titles in one company while Hennig defends his in all companies.
  • The Fantastics beat the Midnight Express on April 26 in Chattanooga to win the NWA US Tag Titles in a 40+ minute match. They teased referee stoppage and Bobby Eaton, who was the illegal man, wound up pinning Robert Fulton. Cornette did a promo saying he was planning a party for this coming weekend because of course Jim Crockett would return the belts, but obviously that’s not going to happen, Dave says.
  • Ric Flair missed some shows this past week (April 25 in Nashville and Chattanooga, April 27, and April 28. Dave’s heard two stories - either a severe fever or a staph infection. Due to his absence, the NWA offered refunds for those who wanted them. He was supposed to wrestle Road Warrior Hawk in Nashville, and that show drew around 2,500 people.
  • Dave thinks it’ll be interesting to see if WWF tries counterprogramming the next NWA ppv. It’s set to air on July 10 with Flair vs. Luger and a triple tower of doom match (they should be glad that WCCW is using it first, it means they can see how it actually works in practice and figure out the bugs before doing it themselves). Correction time: the triple tower of doom WCCW has concocted wasn’t a Dusty Rhodes original. It was a Kevin Sullivan idea, which makes way more sense when I remember the doomsday cage match he came up with. Anyway, Dave thinks it would be smart if both stopped this game of countering each other’s big shows. It’s just costing both sides a lot of money and neither side has really benefited.
  • The 1988 NWA Great American Bash tour will run June 26-August 7 and have some 40 or 41 shows. A lot of those shows will have War Games matches. After the Bash tour, Crockett’s wrestlers are going to be getting a week off to make up for working 6 weeks straight.
  • NWA got the time slot WCCW used to have in Jackson, Mississippi and their first tape they sent had no commentary track. They had promos, but not one word of commentary.
  • Word is that a 6’7” masked wrestler called “The Texan” is coming to NWA to feud with Dusty Rhodes. Dave thinks they’re bringing in Dick Murdoch, who once wore a mask and attacked Rhodes, but 6’7”? Maybe if he had stilts.
  • WWF is instituting a new policy where managers aren’t being booked for house shows anymore, only tv tapings. The only exceptions are where they’re booked to actually get in the ring and wrestle a match. Elizabeth is a unique case, and Dave’s not sure where they’re landing on her yet, but she’s so integral to Randy Savage’s act that you can’t take her out without upsetting fans. The last Dave’s heard is they’re likely to have her only appear in certain markets and not regularly anymore.
  • Additionally, WWF has made significant cuts to the number of dates. Last year at this point they were running between 20-25 shows a week, and they’ve cut it down to 10, 12 on tv taping weeks. The new schedule has three shows on Saturdays and Sundays, two on Mondays and Fridays, and Tuesday-Thursday as days off (again, except on tv weeks). Well, that’s the schedule for the big names. The rest will work when they get work, with the third string guys working twice a week at most. With this severe a cutback, you can expect probably more guys to be let go. On the other hand, this new scheduling will give the wrestlers more chance to rest, and seems to be having positive effects on performance (though DiBiase/Savage and Hart/Badnews working together might also be a factor). DiBiase/Savage is the only major drawing match they have, so cutting dates means avoiding overexposing the match, too, so that’s a possible factor. This is evidence that pro wrestling as an arena spectator sport is in the worst place it has been in a long time and even WWF is tightening their belt, which only means that everyone else is probably feeling it a lot more.
  • One of the letters this week is about how fans smart to how the business works should act at shows. Not said in the letter is that they should shower, almost as if that’s a given. Anyway, the writer conjures up the image of the fan who goes to the show and calls the wrestlers by their government names and screams at Wahoo McDaniel to “blade!” when he gets posted and goes prone on the floor and how irritating those people are. Smart fans, our writer argues, should try to keep the heat up for the match. Cheer the faces, boo the heels, help encourage the marks around you to do the same. The writer is friends with a mid-level heel from a promotion not to be specified to protect the source, and the writer tries to make a point of going to that heel’s tv tapings. Some of the wrestler’s colleagues know our writer is an Observer subscriber and considers Dave a friend, but even so, after the last taping the writer went to and played it off like they were a total mark, one of the managers came over and thanked the writer for keeping the heat up and asked for thoughts on the angles and how they were getting over. You don’t get asked questions like that from the workers if you’re the kind of irritating, insufferable smart fan who has to show off how smart you are. Honestly, I really enjoyed this letter, because it definitely jives with my feelings about how to act at a show. Respect and engage with the performance you are presented. I remember going to a RISE show last year where I had a fantastic conversation with AQA, one of the women there who was coming from Booker T’s school, and she was asking me about how her elimination looked from my vantage, if I thought she hit her spots well, and that sort of stuff. I’ve had a lot of great conversations like that at RISE and SHIMMER shows and I’m really glad I got to have that conversation with AQA. By the way, she’s fantastic and is definitely on her way to having a big future once she hits the point of signing with Impact/WWE/AEW.
  • Another writer notes that he has a friend who now works part time for the Rhode Island State Athletic Commission. Said friend knows nothing about wrestling and can’t even answer questions about whether blading is allowed in Rhode Island because he doesn’t know what the question means. So yeah, that’s what you’re dealing with in athletic commissions.
  • Our most interesting letter of the week concerns the origins of the term “working.” A lot of people think it originates with the advent of tv and working for the benefit of the camera, but the term originates back in the early part of the 20th century. Wrestlers began using what they called the “working” system rather than shooting, which allowed them to turn wrestling into a traveling act. Wrestlers at that point still had to be capable shooters, of course, just in case someone didn’t want to go along with the script. And there were wrestlers like Jack Sherry who couldn’t adapt to working rather than shooting, and so they were on the outs with the major promoters of the era. Also, the writer found a membership list for the NWA from 1968. Just 20 years ago the NWA boasted 23 different member promotions in the U.S. and Canada. How much things have changed.
  • There’s a big letter from a couple guys in Maine that goes off on Dave for his “anti-WWF” bias and it’s a big enough deal that Dave actually responds. In brief, the letter says “we are disturbed by your continuing, and, we believe, unwarranted criticism of Titan Sports and Vince McMahon in particular. This anti-Titan attitude, while understandable, and in some cases laudable, has been of concern to us for some time, and we had intended to write soon, but your recent post-Wrestlemania newsletter moved up our timetable.” Fucking hell, that’s most of the opening paragraph and I am rolling laughing (literally, I am high as balls as I do this part). Their criticisms of Dave’s takes on Wrestlemania seem to be saying Ventura was great on commentary and Uecker was funny. And since Dave’s writing basically the newsletter of record on wrestling, he’s being derelict in his responsibilities. One good thing they suggest is that Dave try to keep commentary and news separate. Basically, they usually find themselves agreeing with Dave and are very confused and concerned that his opinions on Clash and Wrestlemania were opposite of theirs. The part that really ticks Dave off is that, “at risk of insulting” Dave, they conclude that his commentaries are tailored to satisfy certain constituencies of his readership rather than reflecting his own opinions. Dave even says that the one thing they got right was that he felt insulted by their letter, and not because they disagree with him. Dave even says “anyone who agrees with all my opinions is obviously letting me do their thinking for him.” There you go. He then gives a complete takedown of every point they made, pointing out where they ignored the context of his statements, pointed out how it wasn’t just him who felt how he did, points out his takes on Starrcade and Survivor Series to kill dead the idea that he has an anti-WWF or pro-Crockett bias, etc. As for biases, Dave does admit to a bias toward Crockett’s in-ring style compared to WWF’s, but it’s also hardly his favorite style (New Japan juniors, there’s his favorite style at this point), and he also admits to a bias toward how WWF handles publicity, its company, and its rotating talent in and out of the spotlight to keep things fresh.
  • So, Dave transcribed the first hour of Bruno Sammartino’s radio interview from 6 weeks back. A couple highlights, then I’ll just put a link to read the transcript yourself. He felt like the lone voice defending the old way of wrestling and nobody would listen. He says some wrestlers today, he might call them athletes, but Bam Bam Bigelow? He’s too fat to be an athlete. He calls Andre and Hogan sad because of Andre’s condition, and even worse because making it out like the match of the century is practically obscene to him. He doesn’t consider either of them to be wrestlers. Basically, he’s going to old man yell at the cloud of modern wrestling for a while and he said Vince doesn’t want commentary to refer to it as wrestling anymore. He tries to maintain some kayfabe about the legitimacy of wrestling in his day, but tries to claim it mostly was. There’s stuff about his son I’m going to be honest about not reading, I’m just not sober enough to care about David. He also says he never once saw a bladejob or blood capsule in his life and points to his scars above his eye “that came from being hit”. He is vague about Jimmy Snuka, but he says Snuka’s got serious drug problems and seriously messed himself up.
Read: Bruno radio interview transcript
  • There’s also a long letter about Bruno, so you can read that along with the transcript So click that link too. Smash that like button. Subscribe to my twitch channel. Words.
Read: end of transcript and letter
  • Dave also gives comments of his own on the transcript, letter, and Sammartino’s issues with McMahon. In short, the business of wrestling has changed a lot, especially lately, and change isn’t inherently bad. Some changes made wrestling more mainstream acceptable. Some caused the decline of regional territories, but were always inevitable. Some brought unheard of amounts of money to the business. Wrestling isn’t shooting, but entertainment isn’t a dirty word and things like wrestlers booking to suit their egos dates back to the 20s. Dave says the wrestlers who have learned to do today’s craft and not an outdated style that won’t connect, should be commended and respected. If you know how to work for your audience, can maintain conditioning, and work hard to get yourself over, you’re the kind of wrestler Dave respects. If you don’t respect the paying customers and think steroids can substitute for knowing your shit, Dave thinks less of you for it. Using steroids doesn’t disqualify you from respect - a lot of great workers are well conditioned and use the stuff to maintain the size that pleases the promoters. He just dead refutes the idea that wrestling was legit in Bruno’s day or that he never bladed. He also talks about Vince and that Vince has on the one hand had a very negative influence on ring style, but he’s opened wrestling up to the larger media landscape and that’s a good thing.
  • Dave rates Savage vs. DiBiase from the April 25 Madison Square Garden show 4 stars. A rare high mark for a WWF match at this point.
Watch: DiBiase vs. Savage at MSG
  • Harley Race will be out for several months. He ruptured his intestine and had to have 18 inches of it removed.
  • Big Bubba’s coming next week with a prison guard gimmick and will likely be built up for Hogan’s return.
  • Owen Hart is now apparently 50-50 on coming to WWF.
  • Ricky Steamboat has apparently quit WWF. He was scheduled for the MSG show against Greg Valentine, but wasn’t there and wasn’t on tv. It could just be a hiatus, but Dave reckons he’s gone.
  • Dave wants us to confirm, but does Matilda look different than she used to?
NEXT WEEK: Midnight Rider unmasked, Jerry Lawler becomes AWA World Champion, Roddy Piper comes to Oregon, Clash II announced for June 8, and more!
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2020.10.16 18:08 Rsubs33 [Game Preview] Week 6 - Philadelphia Eagles(1-3-1) vs Baltimore Ravens (4-1)

Philadelphia Eagles (1-3-1) vs Baltimore Ravens (4-1)
The Eagles dug themselves deeper into a hole and lost their title as Kings of Shit Mountain with their disappointing loss to the Steelers last Sunday. Rookie WR Chase Claypool made the Eagles defense look silly over and over on his way to 4 TDs, including a 35 TD reception with under 3 minutes to go to seal the game. Jim Schwartz thought that he is smarter than everyone else and believed it was a good idea to put his failing LB Nate Gerry on Claypool despite the fact Claypool had already scored 3 TDs on the day and Gerry has given up 23 receptions on 23 targets for 267 yards 4 TDs and a 154.6 passer rating. Schwartz will most definitely trott Gerry out there this week against the Baltimore Ravens who will have reigning MVP QB Lamar Jackson out there who can pick apart defenses with his arm and his legs. Schwartz will have to gameplan better than he has in previous weeks to keep Jackson contained and ensure talented Baltimore TEs Mark Andrews and Nick Boyle have someone covering them who isn’t named Nate Gerry. The Eagles have the talent on the defensive line to keep Jackson in the pocket and force him to beat them with his arm where the Eagles will get a boost in the secondary with the return of Will Parks who will make his first start for the Eagles after signing in the offseason. That said, the talent hasn’t been missing on the defense outside of the LB position, instead the gameplans have been nonexistent from Jim Schwartz who consistently decides his scheme is the most important piece and he can just run it regardless of what the offense runs. If that mindset continues expect another L for the Eagles and another big fantasy day for Lamar Jackson. On the other side of the ball the Eagles actually look like they are beginning to click. The offensive line held the Steelers top rated pass defense in check for the better part of the day and a weapon has emerged from the depths of the practice squad. In the past two games, Carson Wentz has a perfect passing rating when targeting Travis Fulgham who has consistently been able to find openings in the defense and make big catches for the QB. Wentz may get Jackson and Jeffrey back this Sunday as well which would give him some more confidence that guys can get open and make catches, both are currently listed as questionable, so we will see. This game most likely ends up as another L for the Eagles, but if they want any chance to win they are going to need their QB to make some big plays and they are going to need their defense to slow down the Ravens high powered offense. Go Eagles!
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Date
Sunday, October 18th, 2020
Game Time Game Location
1:00 PM - Eastern Lincoln Financial Field
12:00 PM - Central 1020 Pattison Ave
11:00 AM - Mountain Philadelphia, PA 19148
10L00 AM - Pacific Wikipedia - Map
Weather Forecast
Stadium Type: Open Air
Surface: Grass
Temperature: 61°F
Feels Like: 61°F
Forecast: Clear. Partly cloudy throughout the day.
Chance of Precipitation: 0%
Cloud Coverage: 10%
Wind: South-Southeast 6 MPH
Betting Odds
Oddsshark Information
Favorite/Opening Line: Ravens -7.5
OveUnder: 46.5
Record VS. Spread: Philadelphia 1-4, Baltimore 3-1-1
Where to Watch on TV
CBS will broadcast Sunday’s game to a regional audience. Ian Eagle will handle the play-by-play duties and Charles Davis will provide analysis and Evan Washburn will report from the sidelines.
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Radio Streams
List of Eagles Radio network member stations with internet broadcast availability
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Listen to Merrill Reese and Mike Quick
Calling the game on 94WIP and the Eagles Radio Network will be Merrill Reese, the NFL’s longest-tenured play-by-play announcer (44th season). Joining Reese in the radio booth will be former Eagles All-Pro wide receiver Mike Quick, while Howard Eskin will report from the sidelines.
Location Station Frequency
Philadelphia, PA WIP-FM 94.1 FM and 610 AM
Allentown, PA WCTO-FM 96.1 FM
Atlantic City/South Jersey WENJ-FM 97.3 FM
Levittown, PA WBCB-AM 1490 AM
Northumberland, PA WEGH-FM 107.3 FM
Pottsville, PA WPPA-AM 1360 AM
Reading, PA WEEU-AM 830 AM
Salisbury/Ocean City, MD WAFL-FM 97.7 FM
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, PA WEJL-FM 96.1 FM
Salisbury/Ocean City, MD WAFL-FM 97.7 FM
Salisbury/Ocean City, MD WEJL-AM 630 AM
Salisbury/Ocean City, MD WBAX-AM 1240 AM
Williamsport, PA WBZD-FM 93.3 FM
Wilmington, DE WDEL-FM/AM 101.7 FM
York/LancasteHarrisburg, PA WSOX-FM 96.1 FM
Philadelphia Spanish Radio
Rickie Ricardo and Bill Kulik will handle the broadcast in Spanish on Mega 105.7 FM in Philadelphia and the Eagles Spanish Radio Network.
Location Station Frequency
Philadelphia, PA LA MEGA 105.7 FM
Allentown, PA WSAN 1470 AM
Atlantic City, NJ WIBG 1020 AM; 101.3 FM
Ravens Radio
Ravens Radio Gerry Sanduskey will return for his 14th season to handle play-by-play duties for the broadcast. Former Ravens Former Ravens players Dennis Pitta and Obafemi "Femi" Ayanbadejo will provide color and analysis during the game.
National Radio
Sports USA will broadcast the game nationally with Josh Appel handling the play by play and Brandon Noble will provide analysis.
Satellite Radio
Station Eagles Channel RavensChannel
Sirius Radio SIRI 133 (Streaming 825) SIRI 82 (Streaming 802)
XM Radio XM 227(Streaming 825) XM 383 (Streaming 802)
Sirius XM Radio SXM 227 (Streaming 825) SXM 383 (Streaming 802)
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NFC East Standings
NFC EAST Record PCT Home Road Div Conf PF PA Net Pts Streak
Cowboys 2-3 .400 2-1 0-2 1-0 2-2 163 180 -17 1W
Eagles 1-3-1 .300 0-1-1 1-2 0-1 1-2 113 145 -32 1L
Football Team 1-4 .200 1-2 0-2 1-0 1-2 89 142 -53 4L
Giants 0-5 .000 0-2 0-3 0-1 0-4 81 133 -52 5L
Series Information
The Philadelphia Eagles vs Baltimore Ravens. Series tied 2-2-1
Series History
Head to Head Box Scores
First Game Played
November 16th, 1997 at Memorial Stadium, Baltimore, MD . Philadelphia Eagles 10 - Baltimore Ravens 10
Points Leader
Ravens lead Eagles (106-82)
Coaches Record
Doug Pederson: 0-1 against the Ravens
John Harbaugh: 1-2 against Eagles
Coaches Head to Head
Doug Pederson vs John Harbaugh: Harbaugh leads 1-0
Quarterback Record
Carson Wentz: Against Ravens: 0-1
Lamar Jackson: Against Eagles: 0-0
Quarterbacks Head to Head
Carson Wentz v Lamar Jackson: First Meeting of QBs
Records per Stadium
Record @ Lincoln Financial Field: Eagles lead Ravens: 2-0
Record @ M&T Bank Stadium: Ravens lead Eagles 2-0
Rankings and Last Meeting Information
AP Pro 32 Ranking
Eagles No. 20 - Steelers No. 6
Record
Eagles: 1-3-1
Ravens: 4-1
Last Meeting And Last Meeting at Site
Sunday, December 18th, 2016
Ravens 27 - Eagles 26
Baltimore (8-6) had a 27-17 lead and a first down at the Philadelphia 11 when Joe Flacco threw an interception to give the Eagles (5-9) another chance. Rookie Carson Wentz directed a drive that produced a field goal with 2:22 remaining. The Eagles got the ball back at their 41 with 1:39 to go. A 24-yard completion to tight end Zach Ertz and a pass interference call against rookie Tavon Young set up a 4-yard touchdown run by Wentz that got Philadelphia within a point. First-year coach Doug Pederson dropped his balls on the table and went for the victory, declining the conversion kick for a 2-point try. "I wanted to win the football game," Pederson said. Wentz threw over the middle to tight Jordan Matthews, who couldn't get his hands on a tipped ball and the Ravens won by a single point 27-26.
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Last 10 Meetings
Date Winner Loser Score
12/18/16 Ravens Eagles 27-26
9/16/12 Eagles Ravens 24-23
11/23/08 Ravens Eagles 36-7
10/31/04 Eagles Ravens 15-10
11/16/97 N/A N/A 10-10
Injury Reports Depth Charts
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2020 “Expert” Picks
Week 6 - "Expert" Picks
2020 Team Stats
Eagles Season Stats
Ravens Season Stats
2020 Stats (Starters/Leaders)
Passing
Name CMP ATT PCT YDS TD INT RAT
Wentz 117 195 60.0% 1188 6 9 68.5
Jackson 86 135 63.7% 949 9 2 100.5
Rushing
Name ATT YDS YDS/G AVG TD
Sanders 62 316 79.0 5.1 3
Jackson 41 238 47.6 5.8 1
Receiving
Name REC YDS YDS/G AVG TD
Fulgham 12 207 104.5 17.4 2
Brown 22 319 63.8 14.5 1
Sacks
Name Sacks Team Total
Graham/Sweat 3.0 18
BowseJudon/Elliott/Queen 2.0 16
Tackles
Name Total Solo Assist Sacks
Gerry 40 21 19 0.0
Queen 42 30 12 2.0
Interceptions
Name Ints Team Total
Singleton/McLeod 1 2
Peters 2 3
Punting
Name ATT YDS LONG AVG NET IN 20 TB BP
Johnston 21 1080 62 51.4 45.7 10 2 0
Koch 15 684 53 45.6 44.3 7 1 0
Kicking
Name ATT MADE % LONG PAT
Elliot 9 7 77.8% 54 10/10
Tucker 11 10 90.9 47 17/17
Kick Returns
Name ATT YDS AVG LONG TD
Scott 7 124 17.7 25 0
Dunernay 7 238 34.0 93 1
Punt Returns
Name RET YDS AVG LONG TD FC
Ward 5 19 3.8 8 0 6
Proche II 10 88 8.8 17 0 6
League Rankings 2020
Offense Rankings
Category Eagles Stat Eagles Rank Ravens Stat Ravens Rank
Total Offense 322.4 28th 339.6 24th
Rush Offense 108.0 18th 160.8 3rd
Pass Offense 214.4 26th 178.8 31st
Points Per Game 22.6 23rd 29.8 T-8th
3rd-Down Offense 48.7% 7th 43.3% 16th
4th-Down Offense 33.3% T-28th 66.7% T-13th
Red Zone Offense (TD%) 66.7% T-12th 62.5% 19th
Defense Rankings
Category Eagles Stat Eagles Rank Ravens Stat Ravens Rank
Total Defense 355.2 13th 335.0 6th
Rush Defense 114.2 17th 92.0 5th
Pass Defense 241.0 17th 243.0 18th
Points Per Game 29.0 23rd 15.2 1st
3rd-Down Defense 44.9% 18th 36.5% 5th
4th-Down Defense 50.0% T-13th 33.3% T-5th
Red Zone Defense (TD%) 73.3% 27th 70.0% 26th
Team
Category Eagles Stat Eagles Rank Ravens Stat Ravens Rank
Turnover Diff. -6 T-30th +5 T-4th
Penalties/Game 6.2 T-20th 5.0 11th
Penalty Yards/Game 50.4 14th 37.4 8th
Recap from Last Week’s Games.
Eagles - The Eagles took on their cross state rival after coming off their first win of the season the week before and the Eagles feel flat on their face making the trip across the state. Jim Schwartz showed up with zero game plan and had no answer to runs by Chase Claypool, despite the fact the Steelers used similar plays earlier this seasons. Claypool owned the Eagles Sunday scoring 4 TDs including one with under 3 minutes left to put the nail in the coffin when Jim Schwartz put one of the worst coverages LBs in the league Nate Gerry on Claypool 1v1 with no help. The offense played their best game of the year this season with a break out game by Travis Fulgham, but Jim Schwartz and the defense never gave them a shot.
Ravens - The Ravens took on their division rival Bengals in Week 5. The Baltimore Ravens defense arguably put up the best performance by any team in the NFL this season, allowing just a field goal to an overmatched Cincinnati Bengals team in a 27-3 victory Sunday. Baltimore shut down Joe Burrow and the Cincinnati offense, holding the Bengals to just 205 yards on the afternoon while forcing three turnovers and completely dominating the line of scrimmage in the win. The Ravens would have had a shutout if not for a late field goal by the Bengals that was purely done to break the shutout.
Connections
Baltimore Head Coach John Harbaugh coached 10 years years for the Eagles as their Special Teams Coordinator and DB coach from 1998-2007.
Baltimore Assistant head coach/pass coordinatowide receivers Dan Culley spent 13 years with the Eagles as their WR coach and Senior Offensive assistant 1999-2012. Culley and Doug Pederson coached together from 2009-2015 as part of Andy Reid’s staff with the Eagles and Chiefs.
Baltimore QB Coach James Urban coached 7 years with the Eagles from 2004-2010 as an assistant to the head coach, offensive assistant/quality control coach and QB coach.
Baltimore LB LJ Fort played part of last season for the Eagles before he was cut, so that Jim Schwartz’s love child Nate Gerry could get more playing time.
Eagles VP of Player Personnel Andy Weidl worked for the Ravens as a scout from 2005-16.
Eagles Player Personnel Executive TJ McCreight worked for the Ravens as a scout from 1997-2004.
Eagles assistant director of player personnel Ian Cunningham worked for the Ravens for 9 years as a scout from 1998-2007.
2020 Pro Bowlers
Eagles Ravens
DT Fletcher Cox (Starter) QB Lamar Jackson (Starter)
OG Brandon Brooks (Starter) K Justin Tucker (Starter)
C Jason Kelce (Starter) RB Mark Ingram
LS Rick Lovato (Starter) FB Patrick Ricard (Starter)
TE Zach Ertz TE Mark Andrews
SS Malcom Jenkings (1st Alt) LT Ronnie Stanley(Starter)
OT Lane Johnson (1st Alt G Marshal Yanda (Starter)
OT Orlando Brown Jr.
OLB Matthew Judon
CB Marlon Humphrey
CB Marcus Peters
FS Earl Thomas
LS Morgan Cox (Starter)
General
Referee: Shawn Smith
Philadelphia has produced a 2-2-1 record in the all-time series vs. Baltimore, including a 2-0 mark at home. The Ravens are one of nine NFL teams that the Eagles have never lost to at Lincoln Financial Field (since the 2003 season).
Philadelphia ranks 3rd in the NFL with 18.0 sacks, trailing only L.A. Rams (20.0) and Pittsburgh (20.0). Brandon Graham (54.0) – tied for the team lead with 3.0 sacks – is 1.0 sack shy of surpassing Hugh Douglas (54.5, 1998-2002, ‘04) for the 4th-most sacks in Eagles history, behind Reggie White (124.0, 1985-92), Trent Cole (85.5, 2005-14) and Clyde Simmons (76.0, 1986-93).
Miles Sanders has produced the 3rd-most rushing yards (316) in the NFL since his season debut in Week 2, trailing only Dalvin Cook (439) and Todd Gurley (319) in that category.
Travis Fulgham led the Eagles with 10 receptions for 152 yards and 1 TD in Week 5 at Pittsburgh. Fulgham is one of only three NFL players to register 10+ catches for 150+ yards and 1 TD in a game this season (also Davante Adams and George Kittle).
Draft Picks
Eagles Ravens
WR Jalen Raegor LB Patrick Queen
QB Jalen Hurts RB JK Dobbins
LB Davion Taylor DT Justin Madubuike
S K’Von Wallace WR Devin Duvernay
OT Jack Driscoll LB Malik Harrison
WR John Hightower OT Trye Phillips
LB Shaun Bradley OG Ben Bredeson
WR Quez Watkins DT Broderick Washington
OT Prince Tega Wanogho WR James Proche
LB/DE Casey Toohill S Geno Stone
Notable Off-season Additions
Eagles Ravens
S Will Parks DE Calais Campbell
DT Javon Hargrave LS Nick Moore
CB Nickell Robey-Coleman DE Derek Wolfe
CB Darius Slay ILB Jake Ryan
OT Parker Ehinger
TE Jerell Adams
RB Kenjon Barner
Notable Off-season Departures
Eagles Ravens
S Malcom Jenkins TE Hayen Hurst
CB Ronald Darby OL James Hurst
RB Jordan Howard CB Brandon Carr
WR Nelson Agholor OL B.J. Finney
OL Halapoulivaati Vaitai WR Seth Roberts
LB Kamu Grugler-Hill DT Michael Pierce
RB Darren Sproles DE Chris Wormley
DT Timmy Jernigan ILB Josh Bynes
LB Nigel Bradham ILB Patrick Onwuasor
S Earl Thomas
Milestones
Eagles QB Carson Wentz (15379) needs 294 yards to move up to 4th on the Eagles all-time passing yards list moving ahead of QB Norm Snead.
Eagles QB Carson Wentz (907) needs 93 yards for 1000 career rushing yards.
Eagles WR Desean Jackson (6397) needs 68 yards to move up to 3rd on the Eagles all-time receiving yards list all-time passing WR *Mike Quick
Eagles WR Desean Jackson (34) needs 2 TDs to move into a tie for 7th on the Eagles all-time receiving TD list tying WR Jeremy Maclin
Eagles DE Brandon Graham (54) needs 1 sack to move to 4th on the Eagles all-time sack list passing DE Hugh Douglas
Eagles DT Fletcher Cox (49.5) needs 1 sack to move up to 6th on the Eagles all-time sack list tying DE Greg Brown
Eagles DE Vinny Curry (27.5) needs 2 sacks to move up to 18th on the Eagles all-time sack list tying DT Jerome Brown
Eagles TE Zach Ertz needs 112 receiving yards for 6000 career receiving yards.
Ravens RB Mark Ingram (1223) needs 27 yards to move up to 12th on the Ravens all-time rushing lists passing RB Javorius Allen and 112 yards to move up to 11th on the list passing RB Bernard Pierce
Stats to Know
Deep Passing
The body types are totally different, but WR Hollywood Brown poses a major deep threat to the Eagles defense, just as WR Chase Claypool did last week No WR in the league has more deep targets (beyond 20 yards) than Brown does, at 15, also catching 4 of 4 catchable deep balls. The next closes for the Eagles is Desean Jackson with 6 targets and 2 catches on 2 catchable deep balls.We don’t know if Desean will be a go for this game, but tell me which Eagle(s) you want defending Brown’s speed on deep balls or on end-arounds. Slay’s out and Mills is not fast. Looking at the QBs slinging these deep balls, Lamar Jackson is 7th in deep ball %, at 16.3% yet 24th in Adjusted Completion % (focusing the stat on QB agency). Wentz is slightly better in that statistic, good for 19th at 40%.
Matchups to Watch
Ravens Multifaceted Offense vs.Eagles Predictable Defense
The Ravens have a diverse offensive attack led by the reigning NFL MVP and a creative Offensive Coordinator that is more than capable of shredding the vanilla Eagles defense. Thus far in 2020, Schwartz has shown little in the way of molding his defense to help cater to the personnel he has in place that has also regressed in his tenure. I’ve said repeatedly throughout this season, as well as in the run up to this season, that the Eagles defense took several steps back in personnel and overall talent to where their strengths really can’t hide the deficiencies in the back end. Other than Darius Slay, the only member of the back seven who can cover, the Eagles struggle to match against opposing offenses in man and zone coverage. They have several hybrid players who theoretically are jacks of all trades and masters of none; in a cruel twist of fate, that was entirely predictable, the Eagles defense has players that struggle with any kind of basic trait that helps a modern defense leaving them as effectively jacks of no trade. Lamar Jackson will execute a diverse rushing attack with 3 capable RBs and his own athleticism that presents a unique challenge for every NFL defense to defend. The Ravens also have a quality offensive line to aid him in targeting a very good Tight End in Mark Andrews and other capable receivers. This offense uses motions and other misdirection plays, as well as play action, at near league leading rates. This is a problem for the Eagles defense as not only are they not talented enough to stop it, they struggle in alignment and execute against motion, misdirection, and play action. Their linebackers are unable to process coverage assignments and frequently blow assignments leading to big plays. Their corners, outside of Slay, struggle to cover at all. It’s a bad recipe for an overmatched defense. Schwartz will need to get this group to play at the level they did two weeks ago in San Francisco in an effort to slow down the Ravens offense. This is one of the best teams in the NFL. The Eagles offense can’t be counted on to continue to match its opponents in a shootout given their personnel limitations on that side of the ball. And when they do find success, the defense struggles to play complimentary football - just like last week. This unit needs to show up or this will likely be a blowout.
Eagles Receiving Weapons vs. Ravens Secondary
Even without Earl Thomas, the Ravens still field one of the best secondaries in the NFL and are capable of executing a number of coverage assignments. They possess two outstanding corners, Marlon Humphrey and Marcus Peters, who are able to match up with whatever scrubs the Eagles pull off the street this week. Travis Fulgham is fresh off a career day and looks like the first viable receiver the Eagles have had in some time but you have to figure at some point his sudden meteoric rise will normalize soon. That normalization could likely be this week against a formidable secondary. Regardless of when that comes, Fulgham has acquitted himself nicely in the offense and should be a full time starting forward. Absent the return of Desean Jackson or the season debut of Alshon Jeffery, this is a receiver group that is still mightily undermanned due to injury and a lackluster front office. Philly could stand to see a reemergence of Zach Ertz from the struggle bus and produce more than the very little he’s contributed this season so far. Lastly, the Eagles need Carson Wentz to pick up where he left off after a strong performance against the Steelers. PFF graded Wentz as a top 5 QB last week and it was easily his most complete performance of the season which is a notable brightspot in an otherwise disappointing start to the season. This Ravens defense is no joke and is very opportunistic as they force a lot of turnovers. Wentz’s margin for error is already very small given the situation around him but this game requires him to better manage the game on each play to give the offense a shot.
Eagles Decimated Offensive Line vs Ravens Attacking Defensive Front
The Eagles Offensive Line is a surprisingly decent group despite the ridiculous amount of injuries they continue to take on so far this season. The only projected starter left on the offensive line is center Jason Kelce. Lane Johnson is questionable heading into Sunday’s contest and hasn’t practiced this week. He likely won’t go as he’s been dealing with an ankle injury that’s plagued him since training camp. Even if he does return, Johnson is likely to continue to be plagued with the injury bug as long as he isn’t on injured reserve. Jeff Stoutland deserves all the praise in the world for coaching up the current cast of characters on the OL as they haven’t played as horribly as you might imagine against stiff competition. The Steelers defensive front is one of the best in football and the Eagles OL did more than enough to help put them in a position to win last week. They face another difficult test Sunday as they face a complete Ravens front with a DC in Wink Martindale that loves to blitz more than any DC in the NFL. Matthew Judon, Pernell McPhee, Tyus Bowser, and Calais Campbell are a strong unit; Martindale isn’t afraid to bring anyone on a blitz. This offensive line needs to continue to communicate well to handle the onslaught of pressure they are about to face on Sunday. They don’t have the depth of talent to be expected to win consistently; if they play like they did last week, that could be good enough. It’s a very tall order though.
Special thanks to MikeTysonChicken and abenyishay for their help in creating this Game Preview.
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2020.10.16 03:50 xMistahxJayx Potential Teasers on Icebox (WARNING: LONG READ)

Potential Teasers on Icebox (WARNING: LONG READ)
With the release of Icebox, I wanted to dive more into the lore of this game as far as it's maps and what Kingdom's been up too. I'm still unsure specifically what Kingdom is doing, whether they are good or bad, etc. But they have given us a "Strategy guide" for what they are looking for. On the attacker side spawn, you spawn in a Kingdom submarine/ cargo ship. Inside, on the right, there is a small meeting room with display screens and maps. There are few things to note on the screens and the map itself that I wanted to share with you all:
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TL;DR
  • Each of the computer screens has an event linked to it, the first screen was the last Act's Level 50 player card zoomed in. Indicating that that rock in that photo has a lot more significance in the upcoming acts
  • The second screen reveals all major radianite sightings on icebox. Not really important to the players since that's literally just the spike points, but for the lore that makes a ton of sense.
  • The third screen is an image of samurai suits in capsules, only on this screen the middle capsule is broken, and the helmet was taken. The suits are intact on this map however, they are along the wall on site A
  • The map underneath the middle monitor hints at either pick-up/ drop off locations for all of the agent's we've seen so far, as well as new agents to come possibly. The major locations we haven't seen that are marked on the map are Argentina, Canada and New Guinea.
  • The map also has sticky notes, which cover over California, New York, Sweden, Egypt and Indonesia. They also vary in size; smallest being California and largest being Indonesia. Which I assume is priority of release, since it makes sense they wouldn't want to focus on America getting all the spotlight in a game that is trying to push a ton of diversity in their roster.
EDITS:
  1. Added Images into the post for an easier time reading! Thank you all for the suggestions on doing that, apologies for the crosshair. The only way to see these maps is with the zoom on the Operator!
------------------------ NITTY GRITTY DETAILS AND EXPLANATIONS BEYOND THIS POINT -----------------------
On the first screen on the wall, that is a player card you all maybe familiar with called "Experiment X011". This was the player card rewarded to players when reaching level 50 on last act's battle pass as a free reward. the interesting part about this however, is that the card is extremely cropped and zoomed. On the screen it only shows the base of the rock with two figures in hazmat suits working on the rock (which I assume is the radianite shard that started all of this). In the player card however, you see the full image of two more figures walking towards the rock. Not sure yet as to why it is zoomed in like that but it's safe to assume that the whole facility is the core Kingdom base. More on that theory a little bit later on.
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The next screen is a bird's eye view of the whole map, Icebox. On the screen there are a ton of tiny lines of text, but if you zoom in with the Operator on it's highest zoom, you can see it a lot better. They aren't lines of dialogue (probably because they didn't want someone like me reading potential leaks point blank...) but their are little lines that trail from each line of text which points out key features on the map itself.
View of Bird's Eye view of Icebox
For the most part, it seems like each one of these little blips points to an area of the map that has exposed radianite. (The map on the screen isn't exactly to scale, but the points that are marked have a clear "fading point" showing that it's around said area.) The two obvious points are the Spike area's for Point A and Point B.) The others point off the map to large crates of radianite on the back of the cargo ship and on the back of the Kingdom loading zone (Far left you can see the back of the ship, far right you can see that this building isn't the only thing on this site.). The obscure ones that I'm not sure about are one that points to the doorway of Site A from the attacker spawn, and there's one that points to the glowing yellow vents that are in mid where the ramp that connects to no where is.

View of Squigglies and TextBoxes

The last screen on the wall is the most interesting one because it's a picture of multiple samurai suits hung up in glass chambers. The reason why it's the most interesting is because in this image, the middle chamber is broken, however in the map where this chamber is (On attacking side, it's in the far back corner of the sight. Defending side if you go up the skybox that's on sight A and look at the wall, you'll see this room of samurai armor in cases.), all of the chambers are completely in tact. (There's also some cute looking Hamtaro faces on top of each of the samurai chambers for some reason...And yes, the faces are also in the image on the computer monitor as well, though not as high resolution). This samurai suit that was broken seems to only have had the helmet removed from it, and the rest stayed intact.

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Finally we get to the map, and this has some more cooler hints to look out for in Valorant. This map I feel like is either leaking new agent or map locations, because the grid line follows a very strange pattern. The place that they are docking at is not located on their map (It is literally called the Strategy Map, and that is read on the bottom left hand corner of it.), but ironically all of these locations they have been, we've seen in the game. Or rather, we've played with them in game. I'm not sure which direction they started from, but from left to right, starting from the bottom this is how it's marked

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Argentina -> Up to Mexico -> Up to California Right to Canada -> Right and down to New York (covered with a sticky note here, not sure of the pathing here) -> Left to Canada (Maybe Michigan) -> Left to Washington State -> Left to Morocco -> Up to United Kingdom -> Down to France -> Down to Italy -> (Alot of sticky notes in the area cover the pathing) -> Up to Russia -> Down to South Korea -> Down to New Guinea

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Within all of that there are a lot of lines connecting between all of the aforementioned areas that make it confusing to how they moved 100%, but the main stopping points are in the areas above. Since we don't have the location for Icebox on this Strategy Map, nor do we have Japan (Which is to be assumed where Split is located), we can cross off the fact that this is alluding to maps. There's also no stops in China either (where Haven is located), confirming this even more. Which has me believe that these are people they are recruiting. These lines are scattered all over the place, for example. the lines that come from "New York" split off, and one goes to South Africa while the other goes to Morocco. The one in Morocco splits into three, one going to UK, one going to France, and one going to Italy. The two that came from Italy and France meet up in South Korea, along with the one in Russia. There sticky notes covering another line, but it looks like the one in South Korea and the one that came from the European countries meet up in New Guinea.

https://preview.redd.it/l95skc3cigt51.png?width=1879&format=png&auto=webp&s=69a2c3ba9b47d73c8beaea7945407684b5ab2be0

So far though, each one of these locations lines up with an Agent except for 5 of the locations above,
Mexico = Reyna
California/ USA = Brimstone
Washington State/ USA = Viper
Morocco = Cypher
UK= Phoenix
Russia = Sova
South Korea = Jett
The only ones that don't add up are the two Canadian locations., Italy, and New Guinea. If we assume that this isn't a 1-to-1 scale of the world map, then I could replace France with Germany for Killjoy. The map ping for this location looks to be right on the border for where France and Germany would meet. I'm not making this exception for Argentina or New Guinea because while there are agents that come from this area (South America = Raze, Australia = Skye), the pings are intentionally too far from those area to make them conform to that. And also we could potentially cross of Italy since the Ascent map is in Italy, and Viper relocated from Italy to America as well. Italy has seen some play from what we have already seen in game, so it can be ignored a bit.
The sticky notes on this map cover California, New York, Sweden (which could be hiding the Breach ping), Ukraine, Egypt, and Indonesia. I'm not sure what they mean, but they do vary in size, the California sticky being the smallest of the 5, and Indonesia being the largest. Since we haven't really seen much in game from that side of the world, it could mean priority selection from Riot. From the outside looking in, American agents would be common in an American based game, and since they seem to really be pushing for a diverse cast of characters, I highly doubt America would be as important to them for coverage so much as Indonesia, Australia, New Guinea, the Philippines, and more.

Some other fun stuff in the map that I'm not too sure what it means. You're on a Kingdom ship with you're attacking.. but when you're defending, the spawn room says "Intruder Alert". I've been trying to piece that together for a while but nothing comes to mind. Maybe the ship we come in on is a decommissioned ship? Or it's carrying cargo that the base can detect is not normal for radianite activity.

https://preview.redd.it/05twolpiigt51.png?width=1917&format=png&auto=webp&s=b1f960386166fa34993613a0d819466f503c6134

Besides that, on Split they brought back the calendar! In beta there used to be a calendar that had the date January 21st circled on it. That could mean three things. That could be the day that "The First Light" happened. Second thing being, since Split is established to be in Japan, and the samurai suit just mentioned is broken in the ship, we could have a Japanese agent that uses that gear released on the 21st. Lastly, this could be where we finally see some villians in this game, to go with the first point of this being the day "The First Light" happened. We can finally see that thing in the "Hivemind" player card in action. And see what those swarm/ hive mind guns are for, because so far, all of the characters that have been released work for Valorant/ Kingdom.

Originally I said the 26th, but it's the 21st. This makes it less in line with their patching schedule since they patch on Tuesdays, and the 21st would be a Thrusday. But the fact that they put it so that it is on a Tuesday, makes it promising!

Thank you for sticking around to read this if you made it all the way through! Hoping to get some more updates to you guys as I see them!
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2020.10.15 21:26 flyinmacaronimonster Ballot Drop-Box and Voting Center Information for Tacoma and Area

ALL REGISTERED VOTERS IN WASHINGTON WILL HAVE A BALLOT MAILED TO THEM.
ALL BALLOTS MUST BE DROPPED OFF BY 8:00pm ON ELECTION DAY.

PIERCE COUNTY DROP-BOXES (Tacoma)

PIERCE COUNTY DROP-BOX LIST (Tacoma)

PIERCE COUNTY DROP-BOX AND VOTING CENTER MAP (Tacoma)

KITSAP COUNTY LIST OF DROP-BOXES AND VOTING LOCATIONS (Bremerton)

KITSAP COUNTY MAP OF DROP-BOXES AND VOTING LOCATIONS (Bremerton)

KING COUNTY DROP-BOX LIST AND MAP (Seattle)

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DROP-BOXES AND VOTE CENTERS FOR ALL COUNTIES (INCLUDING THE ONES LISTED ABOVE)

If you have not registered to vote, you can register to vote online using the link below:
https://www.sos.wa.gov/elections/register.aspx
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Deadline for voter registration online and by mail is Monday, October 26.
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All vote centers will be open until 8:00pm on Election Day.
VOTE CENTERS IN THE TACOMA AREA:
PIERCE COUNTY DROP-BOX AND VOTE CENTER MAP
PIERCE COUNTY ELECTIONS MAIN PAGE
  • Voting Center for Pierce County is at the County Auditor's Office
KING COUNTY VOTE CENTER LOCATIONS (INCLUDES MAP)
  • The King County Elections Office in Renton is open from now through to Election Day; all other locations are open on Saturday, October 31, Monday, November 2, and on Election Day.
KITSAP COUNTY VOTE CENTER (AND DROP-BOXES)
KITSAP COUNTY MAP OF VOTING CENTER (AND DROP-BOXES)
  • The Kitsap County Elections Division office in Bremerton is open from Friday, October 16 through to Election Day; all (3) other locations are open on Saturday, October 31, Monday, November 2, and on Election Day.
THURSTON COUNTY VOTE CENTER (INCLUDES MAP)
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COMPLETE LIST OF ALL VOTE CENTERS (AND DROP-BOXES) IN ALL COUNTIES IN WASHINGTON

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2020.10.15 20:54 flyinmacaronimonster Ballot Drop-Boxes and Vote Center Information for Olympia

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DROP-BOXES AND VOTE CENTERS FOR ALL COUNTIES (INCLUDING THE ONES LISTED ABOVE)

If you have not registered to vote, you can register to vote online using the link below:
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2020.10.15 19:32 flyinmacaronimonster Ballot Drop-Boxes, Vote Centers and Other Election Information for the Seattle Area

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KING COUNTY DROP-BOX LIST AND MAP (Seattle)

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KITSAP COUNTY MAP OF DROP-BOXES AND VOTING LOCATIONS (Bremerton)

PIERCE COUNTY DROP-BOXES (Tacoma)

PIERCE COUNTY DROP-BOX LIST (Tacoma)

PIERCE COUNTY DROP-BOX AND VOTING CENTER MAP (Tacoma)

SNOHOMISH COUNTY DROP-BOX LIST AND MAP (Everett)

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DROP-BOXES AND VOTE CENTERS FOR ALL COUNTIES (INCLUDING THE ONES LISTED ABOVE)

If you have not registered to vote, you can register to vote online using the link below:
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https://www.sos.wa.gov/elections/dates-and-deadlines.aspx
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If you miss the deadline, you can still register to vote and then cast your ballot in-person at a Vote Center in your county, HOWEVER, DUE TO THE PUBLIC HEALTH CRISIS, IT IS **STRONGLY RECOMMENDED THAT YOU REGISTER TO VOTE ONLINE OR BY MAIL BEFORE THE DEADLINE, AND THEN VOTE BY MAIL INSTEAD OF VOTING IN-PERSON.
All vote centers will be open until 8:00pm on Election Day.
VOTE CENTERS IN THE SEATTLE AREA:
KING COUNTY VOTE CENTER LOCATIONS (INCLUDES MAP)
  • The King County Elections Office in Renton is open from now through to Election Day; all other locations are open on Saturday, October 31, Monday, November 2, and on Election Day.
KITSAP COUNTY VOTE CENTER (AND DROP-BOXES)
KITSAP COUNTY MAP OF VOTING CENTER (AND DROP-BOXES)
  • The Kitsap County Elections Division office in Bremerton is open from Friday, October 16 through to Election Day; all (3) other locations are open on Saturday, October 31, Monday, November 2, and on Election Day.
PIERCE COUNTY DROP-BOX AND VOTE CENTER MAP
PIERCE COUNTY ELECTIONS MAIN PAGE
  • Voting Center for Pierce County is at the County Auditor's Office
SNOHOMISH COUNTY VOTE CENTER
  • The Snohomish County Elections Office in Even is open from Monday, October 26 through to Election Day; all other locations are open on Saturday, October 31, Monday, November 2, and on Election Day.
THURSTON COUNTY VOTE CENTER (INCLUDES MAP)
  • The Thurston County Voting Center is at the South Puget Sound Community College. This location has drive-thru service and is open until Election Day.
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2020.10.15 04:26 becoming-sky AMA! FFS with Dr. Jerry Chao and Tracheal Shave with Dr. Steven Bielamowicz

TLDR Table
Location Washington, DC
Surgeon Jerry Chao for FFS and Dr. Bielamowicz for tracheal shave
Procedures Performed Type I or II Forehead Reduction, Orbital Rim Shave, Eyebrow Lift, Feminizing Rhinoplasty, and Tracheal Shave
Satisfactory Result? Yes
Accepts Insurance? Yes, Carefirst Bluechoice covered it. I think he is in network with other BCBS plans and perhaps other insurances
Cost Reasonable
Date July 2020
I wanted to provide the community with another surgeon that is located in Washington, DC. Pricing is reasonable. (My insurance covered it, but what was billed was less expensive than other quotes I received). I wasn't provided an estimate unless my insurance denied a pre-authorization. I'm not sure what the cash rate would be. It could be similar, but not positive.

Consultation:

We did our consultation over Zoom where I sent him photos beforehand to his admin assistant. While he didn’t receive/review them before the consultation, he offered his work email address for me to send them to.
We went through 4 of his previous patients and Dr. Chao pointed out what in each patient he did and how he recommended to do something similar with me. I think his results all looked natural and feminine. I partially chose him because of his training as a craniomaxillofacial plastic surgeon and also because of how well he listened and helped me arrive at my goals. While he is lesser known to the community (I believe I am the first to post about him on any site I could find), pre-covid I think he said he performed a full FFS surgery once per week or one every other week. He has other duties besides surgery, clinic duties and shares OR with other surgeons, and I didn't ask him how many partial surgeries or what he defined as full. I believe he started getting into FFS in 2016 or 2017.
We then went through my photos and he recommended a feminizing rhinoplasty, which I wasn’t considering, but I’m glad I did after seeing results of his patients and my results which are similar.
He also recommended jawline reduction as part of a second stage FFS surgery. I do not plan in getting that personally as I do not think my jaw is very large and it doesn’t give me dysphoria (yet?) and Dr. Chao isn’t pushy. I say yet because I heard dysphoria can focus on new things especially after FFS. I know it has through hormones.
I’m also considering a lip lift/cheek augmentation at a later date, but not certain.

Pre-Surgical visits

Dr. Chao orders a CT scan of your face to help determine his plan for FFS. For example at consult, it was planned for Type III forehead reduction, but when he saw the scan, he realized that Type I/II (aka no screws) was acceptable and it was :)). One other office visit is required and he takes pre-surgery photos for his documentation (and maybe insurance?)
He also noticed while I was talking that my nose moves. He recommended to sever the depressor septi muscle so that the nose can heal properly. A potential drawback is that my upper lip which is already long could become longer. I haven’t noticed this and Dr. Chao hasn’t either with his patients. I think Dr. Chao had a very good attention to detail and that impressed me.
I had one pre-surgical visit with Dr. Bielamowicz who took a flexible cable-like camera to check out my vocal cord structure. It went smoothly and he was very conversational to get to know me as a person. I believe he has performed around 40-50 tracheal shaves/year for many years.

Insurance

I did submit through CareFirst BlueChoice for insurance approval and I did receive an approved FFS pre-cert for Brow reduction and eyebrow lift, feminizing rhinoplasty, and a tracheal shave from Dr. Bielamowicz.

Date of Surgery

I arrived at GW hospital before 5:30 am, 2 hours before surgery time. We then were taken up around 5:40 to the intake area where nurses asked health questions, prepped me, and eventually doctors and surgical team rolled in, confirmed what they are doing etc. Only complaint is that for the IV drip they put a rather large needle (16 gauge I think) which was definitely larger and more painful than what I’ve had for previous surgeries.
I woke up around 4 pm in the hospital room. I could only have clear liquids. So that night I only had apple juice, ginger ale, and water. The nurse had her watch set incorrectly and by the time I was able to ask her for the kitchen menu delicious bone broth, the kitchen was closed. They did not keep my board up to date with when I took my last oxycodone/Tylenol and when I requested a nurse for pain meds it often took them 15-20 minutes to respond and then it took them what felt like another 20 minutes to check my chart and provide drugs. Over all, the attending nurses could’ve been more responsive and friendlier but the overnight nurse Jens was very nice and responsive.
I had a blood bottle for my scalp incision. I had a lot of swelling around my eyes, and I couldn’t breathe through my nose. I had a sore throat because of the tube put down my throat. That went away over 5-7 days. I had a raging headache and I could barely see because of the swelling. For this reason, I recommend enlarging the font on your phone pre-surgery and plan for only audio entertainment, podcasts audiobooks etc.
They also use staples in the scalp and I was informed by the PA, Sara, after that they do that because staples do less damage to hair follicles than stitches.

Dishcharge/Recovery

I was discharged the next day around 1 pm. I downloaded and my partner loaded all my prescriptions into a MediSafe reminder app, which was very useful because I couldn’t keep track in that state. I was told I could shower and gently wash my hair with conditioner that night but I was too nervous. So I waited until the next day to shower, but I think I had more fallout than necessary because of all the dried blood clumping my hair. I was on a clear liquid diet for an additional 24 hours (48 hours total). Then a soft/puréed food diet until my 1 week follow-up appointment. Dr. Chao took out my stitches for my trach shave and rhinoplasty as well as the nose stents. The nose stents were pretty uncomfortable coming out, but it felt great and I felt I could breathe better than ever before!! At the 2 week mark he took out the staples in my head which was less painful than electrolysis. Most didn’t hurt at all and only some did where there’s a nerve or scabbing. Dr. Chao/Sara took photos at both follow up visits so far.
My swelling shifted from my eyes to my cheeks and throat over a period of a few days. I used a foam wedge pillow to elevate my head which I think helped a lot. After about 10 days my swelling was mostly gone and now 3 weeks later I can kinda see some swelling in my eyes and throat a bit. The bruising mostly went away after 2 weeks for me.
I was able to use scar cream on my nose incision after 1 week and on my trach shave incision after 2 weeks when the steri strips were peeling off and taken off by Dr. Chao. My neck hair in that area bothered me and he allowed me to gently shave after he took the steri strips off.
When they took the staples out, I went home and showered again and was cleared to wash my hair gently with shampoo and conditioner. I removed most of the rest of scabbing that was falling off. However, some of my scalp opened up. Sara informed me it was ok and it literally closed within 3 days.
The stitch the scalp together where the push up the skin together so that it takes the surface tension off the incision, which helps with scarring. They told me that patients at their 3 month follow up will have flat incisions (mine was flat within 2 months). It does not impact the eyebrow lift results or make your forehead skin loose.
Because of COVID-19, I am fortunate to have been able to work from home. I ended up having enough energy to work 4 hours 7 days after surgery. The following week I had to take 2 half days. Week 3 and on I am back to full time.

Results

My results are really good so far!! My profile with my nose, forehead, and trachea are completely smooth and feminine. My partner said my forehead/nose remind her of anime! I see the resemblance even more to my mom. Severing the depressor septi muscle has had no negative consequences to my knowledge. Removing the stitches from cutting it did hurt however.
When I look in the mirror without makeup on, I don’t have nearly as much dysphoria now. Initially I still saw my old face, it was like I was searching for it, but over time it’s been less and less. While I was allowed to, I didn’t wear makeup for a month after because I do not want to create additional stresses on my face.
I’m currently around 2.5 months. I had shock hair loss and that stopped shedding around 4-5 weeks. I haven’t noticed any regrowth yet and it’s about a 3/4 to 1 inch band around the incision. It should return to normal and is a common complication of surgery.
My tracheal shave scar is still visible and is raised a little. Dr. Bielamowicz said that this is a result of dissolvable sutures inside. I guess he did two types of sutures one that was removed and one more internal to the skin. It is still raised a little at 2.5 months, so I will keep an eye on that.
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2020.10.15 00:59 Ificouldonlyremember Annotated Guide to Free Fossil Identification Resources

This did not receive a lot of love in fossil collecting subs, but may be someone here will find it useful.
An annotated guide to free fossil identification and collecting resources.
Delaware:
“A Guide To Fossil Sharks, Skates, And Rays From The Chesapeake And Delaware Canal Area, Delaware” BY Edward M. Lauginiger And Eugene F. Hartstein, 1983, 65 pages, 6MB. Essential for identifying Delaware fossils.
https://www.dgs.udel.edu/sites/default/files/publications/OFR21.pdf
“Cretaceous Fossils From The Chesapeake And Delaware Canal: A Guide For Students And Collectors”, By Edward M.Lauginiger, 1983, 61 pages, 2MB. A revised version of the above intended for teaching.
https://www.dgs.udel.edu/sites/default/files/publications/SP18.pdf
Florida:
“Vertebrate Fossil Localities In Florida”, Stanley J. Olsen, 1965, 36 pages, 9MB. Definitely dated, things have changed so much in Florida, but worth a look.
http://publicfiles.dep.state.fl.us/FGS/FGS_Publications/SP/SPPRIDE/SP12PRIDE/FSGS%20Special%20Publication%20No.12.pdf
Illinois:
“Guide For Beginning Fossil Hunters” by Charles Collinson, 2002, 64 pages, 4MB. A really nice guide for identifying Illinois fossils.
http://library.isgs.illinois.edu/Pubs/pdfs/ges/ges15.pdf
“Guide to Pennsylvanian fossil plants of Illinois” by James R. Jennings, 90 pages, 8MB. Very nice detail on where to look for fossils.
http://library.isgs.illinois.edu/Pubs/pdfs/ges/ges13.pdf
Iowa:
“Fossil Collecting Areas in Iowa”. Brief 2-page guide from U of Iowa with some good references:
https://www.iihr.uiowa.edu/igs/publications/uploads/Em-04.pdf
“Fossils and Rocks of Eastern Iowa” by J.N. Rose, 1967, 83 pages, 43MB. A large file but an essential free resource for fossil collecting in Iowa.
http://publications.iowa.gov/25584/1/2015-12-17_15-12-29_es-1.pdf
“Fossils of Iowa” by Robert Charles Wolf, 2006, 200 pages. Not free, but IMHO among the best state guides to collecting fossils anywhere. Detailed descriptions of exactly where to look. A nust if you are hunting fossils in Iowa.
Kentucky:
“Fossil Beds Of The Falls Of The Ohio”, by Greb, Hendricks, and Chesnut. 1993, 48 pages, 7MB. Detailed guide to a small area.
https://kgs.uky.edu/kgsweb/olops/pub/kgs/KGSXISP19reduce.pdf
“Paleontological survey of the Pennsylvanian rocks of the Eastern Kentucky Coal Field” by Donald R. Chesnut Jr, 1991, 74 pages, 29MB. A highly technical list of which species have been described from where.
https://kgs.uky.edu/kgsweb/olops/pub/kgs/KGS11IC36.pdf
“Mississippian rocks in Kentucky” By Edward G. Sable and Garland R. Dever, Jr. 133 pages, 32MB. A USGS publication. Not about fossils, technical guide to rock formations, but will tell you where to look.
https://pubs.usgs.gov/pp/1503/report.pdf
“Paleontology of Kentucky” 1931
http://www.uky.edu/OtherOrgs/KPS/poky/indexpoky.htm
Maryland:
“Miocene Fossils Of Maryland”, By Vokes, Glaser and Conkwright, 1999, 80 pages, 8MB. Technical, but a very useful identification guide.
http://www.mgs.md.gov/output/reports/BULL/BULL_20_2000.pdf
“Maryland Geologic Survey, Miocene Text”, 1904, 722 pages, 32MB
“Maryland Geologic Survey Miocene Plates”, 1904, 262 pages, 8MB
Old, dated, and too technical, but the plates are worth looking at.
https://msa.maryland.gov/megafile/msa/speccol/sc6000/sc6046/000000/000001/000000/000040/pdf/msa_sc6046_1_40.pdf
https://msa.maryland.gov/megafile/msa/speccol/sc6000/sc6046/000000/000001/000000/000041/pdf/msa_sc6046_1_41.pdf
Michigan:
“Guide to Michigan Fossils”, 1962, 9 pages, 6MB. Very basic.
https://www.michigan.gov/documents/deq/GIMDL-PA03_216189_7.pdf
“The complete guide to Michigan fossils”, by Joseph J. Kchodl, 2006. Not-Downloadable. Nice pictures.
https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=mdp.39015064698932&view=1up&seq=3
Minnesota:
“Guide to Fossil Collecting in Minnesota” by Hogberg, Sloan and Tufford, 47 pages, 2.5MB. Basic guide to Minnesota Ordovician fossils.
https://conservancy.umn.edu/bitstream/handle/11299/57229/MGS_ES_1_revised.pdf?sequence=1&isAllowed=y
Missouri:
“Owl Creek (Upper Cretaceous) Fossils from Crowleys Ridge Southeastern Missouri” by Lloyd William Stephenson, 1955, 72 pages, 4MB. A technical list of Missouri fossils with some nice detail about collecting locations at the beginning and plates at the end.
https://pubs.usgs.gov/pp/0274e/report.pdf
Nebraska:
“Record in Rock: A Handbook of the Invertebrate Fossils of Nebraska”, by Roger K. Pabian, 1970, 108 pages, 13MB. Detailed fossil identification guide.
https://digitalcommons.unl.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1002&context=conservationsurvey
New Hampshire:
“Fossils of the Littleton Formation (Lower Devonian) of New Hampshire”, by By A. J. Boucot and Robert Arndt, 1960, 24 pages, 3MB. Technical. https://pubs.usgs.gov/pp/0334b/report.pdf
New Jersey:
“The Cretaceous Fossils Of New Jersey, Parts 1”, by Horace Richards, 1958 373 pages, 16MB.
“The Cretaceous Fossils Of New Jersey, Parts 2”, by Horace Richards, 1962 345 pages, 13MB.
Extensive figures useful for identification.
https://www.nj.gov/dep/njgs/enviroed/oldpubs/bulletin61-I.pdf
https://www.state.nj.us/dep/njgs/enviroed/oldpubs/bulletin61-II.pdf
Ohio:
Identification Guide for Common Fossils of the Cincinnatian, 2013, 133 pages, 30MB. Glossy, basic guide with very nice color photos.
https://www.cedarville.edu/~/media/Files/PDF/Geology/fossil-identification-guide.pdf
“Middle and Upper Ordovician Nautiloid Cephalopods of the Cincinnati Arch Region of Kentucky, Indiana, and Ohio” by Robert Frey, 1995, 180 pages, 16MB. Worth looking at just for the plates.
FIND
https://kb.osu.edu/bitstream/handle/1811/78526/OGS_1955_B-54.pdf?sequence=1&isAllowed=y
Pennsylvania:
“Fossil collecting in Pennsylvania”, by Hoskins, Inners, and Harper, 1983, 228 pages, 14MB. Detailed list of collecting locations.
https://archive.org/details/fossilcollecting00hosk_0
“Fossil Collecting in the Pittsburgh Area”, by John A, Harper, 1990, 53 pages, 2MB. A field trip guide, but there is some specific information of fossil collecting locations.
https://pittsburghgeologicalsociety.org/uploads/pubs/1990pghfossils.pdf
South Carolina:
“Fossil Locations in South Carolina”, by Jerry Howe and Andrew Howard, 63 pages, 27MB. As titled, lists specific fossil locations across South Carolina.
https://dc.statelibrary.sc.gov/bitstream/handle/10827/9610/MUSEUM_Bulletin_3_1978.pdf?sequence=1&isAllowed=y
Tennessee:
Lower Devonian Fossils Of Tennessee”, by Kieran Davis, 20 pages, 8MB. Basic guide to Devonian fossils.
http://www.memphisgeology.org/images/Devonian%20Fossils%20of%20West%20Tennessee.pdf
Texas:
“Texas Fossils: An Amateur Collector's Handbook”, by William Matthews, 1960. Not downloadable. Good identification guide.
https://www.gutenberg.org/files/56315/56315-h/56315-h.htm
Utah:
“A Collector’s Guide to Rock, Mineral, & Fossil Localities of Utah”, James R. Wilson, 1995, 156 pages 1.5MB. Fossils and minerals. Fossil and mineral sites listed by county
http://digitallibrary.utah.gov/awweb/awarchive?type=file&item=39081
Vermont:
“Paleontology Of The Champlain Basin In Vermont”, by Charles W, Welby, 1962, 92 pages, 27MB. Useful for the plates at the end for identification purposes, and the plate legends have specific collection locations.
https://dec.vermont.gov/sites/dec/files/geo/MiscPubs/Welby_1962.pdf
Washington:
“Fossils in Washington”, by Vaughn Livingston, 1959, 41 pages, 1MB. Dated very basic guide.
https://www.dnr.wa.gov/Publications/ger_ic33_fossils_in_wa.pdf
West Virginia:
“Concise Guide to Common Plant Fossils of West Virginia”, 11 pages, 5MB. Simple but nice guide to plant fossils.
http://www.wvgs.wvnet.edu/www/geoeduc/AdaptiveEarthScienceActivities/Extras/ConciseGuideToPlantFossilsWV.pdf
Wisconsin:
“Common Paleozoic Fossils of Wisconsin” by R.H. Nehm, and B.E. Bemis, 2002, 36 pages, 1.4MB. Basic identification guide useful for teaching.
https://wgnhs.wisc.edu/pubs/es045/
“The Fossils and Stratigraphy of the Middle Devonic of Wisconsin” by Herdman F. Cleland, 1911, 289 pages, 7MB. Old amd technical, but with some information on collection locations.
https://wgnhs.wisc.edu/pubs/b021/
Wyoming:
“Fossils of Wyoming” by Michael Hager, 1970, 35 pages, 5MB. Basic guide to identification of Wyoming fossils.
https://www.wsgs.wyo.gov/products/wsgs-1971-b-54.pdf
Ontario:
“Fossils of Ontario: Part 1: The Trilobites” by RoifLudvigsen, 1979, 104 pages, 7MB.
“Fossils of Ontario: Part 2: Macroinvertebrates and vertebrates of the Champlain Sea”, by Frances Wagner, 1984, 68 pages, 4MB.
“Fossils of Ontario: Part 3: The eurypterids and phyllocarids”, by M.J.CopelandandThomasE.Bolton. 1985, 52 pages, 4MB.
https://archive.org/details/fossilsofontario01bolt/mode/2up
https://archive.org/details/fossilsofontario02bolt
https://archive.org/details/fossilsofontario03bolt
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2020.10.15 00:01 Older_and_Wiser_Now What do Joe Biden, Barack Obama, and Edward Snowden have to do with George Orwell?

Originally published on caucus99percent.com; that version contains embedded graphics and videos
 
Americans face a grave threat today that has the potential to turn the United States into a hellish dystopia, similar to the one in George Orwell's novel, “Nineteen Eighty-Four.” Our grand experiment in democracy is under attack by those who seek to pervert it and enslave “we the people”. In some ways, we have arrived at this moment through certain accidents of history; however, the fact remains that we would not be facing this threat today if our leaders, including Barack Obama, had been faithful to the oaths they swear in front of all the world when they take office.
 
Link to image of Big Brother
 
Most of us have watched politicians put their hands on a Bible and solemnly swear that they will “defend and protect the Constitution”; but what do those words actually mean? As children we are taught that all laws must meet the requirements specified in the Constitution; if they don't, they are deemed to be "unconstitutional", and will be struck down by the Judiciary. However, we are not taught that such laws CAN be passed by Congress, and IF they are passed they will be enforced as the law of the land until such time as they are challenged in court and struck down. I submit to you that "The Patriot Act," which was passed after the September 11 attacks, and signed by George W. Bush on October 26, 2001, is just such a law; it violates an especially precious part of the Constitution known as the Bill of Rights, put there by the founders as a safeguard to protect "we the people" from tyranny. In particular, it violates the Fourth Amendment:
The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.
 
Our government has been routinely spying upon innocent Americans without probably cause because an unconstitutional law, the Patriot Act, was passed by Congress in 2001 and extended by that body ever since. The situation is nothing short of Orwellian. Politicians on both sides of the aisle share guilt in this matter. Bush originally signed the bill into law; however, Barack Obama signed legislation called the USA Freedom Act to renew and extend its powers. And 2020 presidential candidate Joe Biden actually brags that he WROTE legislation in 1994 upon which the Patriot Act was modeled.
 
Link to video of Joe Biden bragging about his contributions to the Patriot Act
 

Why Should I Care About the Fourth Amendment?

The founding fathers had much experience living in a world where British agents had the power to enter their home at any time with no notice and without any reason. Not only were such "visits" annoying as heck, the agents were basically looking to find some kind of excuse to levy a tax or charge them with a crime
During the Colonial era, the King of England looked at the American colonies as simply a financial investment. Britain passed numerous revenue collection bills aimed at generating as much money from the colonists as possible. Obviously, the colonists resented this act by the King and began smuggling operations in order to circumvent the custom taxes imposed by the British Crown.
In response, King George began the use of the conveniently worded “writs of assistance.” These were legal search warrants that were extremely broad and general in scope. British agents could obtain a writ of assistance to search any property they believed might contain contraband goods. They could actually enter someone’s property or home with no notice and without any reason. Agents could interrogate anyone about their use of customed goods and force cooperation of any person. These types of searches and seizures became an egregious affront to the people of the colonies.
TODAY, the NSA has (unlawful) access to every single email that you have ever written or received. If you ever organize to protest any law, or change any aspect of government, or even attend such a gathering, the government knows about it. The potential for abuse of this information is astounding.
In addition, we live in an age when behemoths like Google, Facebook, and Amazon, are amassing tremendous amounts of personal information about each and every soul who uses their services; these companies were harmless infants when the Patriot Act first became law. Silicon Valley is now working on technology to perform facial recognition; innocents think it's great to identify the name of that person in their photo who they cannot remember; will it be great when that same technology is used to provide evidence of our whereabouts because we just happened to be included in some stranger's snapshot?
Silicon Valley is known for preferring Democratic candidates over Republican ones. Google's Eric Schmidt played a key role on Hillary Clinton's 2020 campaign. Lucrative government contracts are awarded to hi-tech companies ... what happens to "we the people" when NSA data is merged with other data from these companies to create a master spy database about all American citizens?
What might Orwell have to say about a government spying on it's citizens?
In the year 1984, civilisation has been damaged by war, civil conflict, and revolution. Airstrip One (formerly known as Great Britain) is a province of Oceania, one of the three totalitarian super-states that rule the world. It is ruled by the "Party" under the ideology of "Ingsoc" (a Newspeak shortening of "English Socialism") and the mysterious leader Big Brother, who has an intense cult of personality. The Party brutally purges out anyone who does not fully conform to their regime using the Thought Police and constant surveillance through Telescreens (two-way televisions), cameras, and hidden microphones. Those who fall out of favour with the Party become "unpersons", disappearing with all evidence of their existence destroyed.
“Nineteen Eighty-Four” was supposed to be a work of fiction, not a recipe to be followed by American politicians on both sides of the aisle. The book is horrifying.
 
Link to image of Mark Zuckerberg w/caption "Big Brother is Watching You"
 

How Did We Get Into This Mess?

In her book, "The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism," Naomi Klein puts forth the idea that citizens become distracted during national emergencies, which makes it easier to exploit them via policies that would otherwise be rejected by the general population.
“in moments of crisis, people are willing to hand over a great deal of power to anyone who claims to have a magic cure—whether the crisis is a financial meltdown or, as the Bush administration would later show, a terrorist attack.” - Naomi Klein
September 11, 2001 marks the day that two aircraft crashed into New York City's Twin Towers, causing them to collapse and kill thousands. The Patriot Act was signed into law the next month, as part of Bush's newly launched "war on terror".
In general, the act included three main provisions:
  • expanded abilities of law enforcement to surveil, including by tapping domestic and international phones;
  • eased interagency communication to allow federal agencies to more effectively use all available resources in counterterrorism efforts; and
  • increased penalties for terrorism crimes and an expanded list of activities which would qualify someone to be charged with terrorism.
Guess what else happened DAYS after the Patriot Act was signed into law? Bill Binney retired from the US National Security Agency (NSA) after more than 30 years of service, and holding the title of technical director for the World Geopolitical and Military Analysis Reporting Group. Why did he retire? In his words:
Well, I couldn't be an accessory to the violation of the constitutional rights of everybody in the country. I couldn't be an accessory to that, or an accessory to other crimes being committed, like exposing all this data to the FBI. It was acquired without a warrant, you know. And this is the kind of data that they would use to arrest people, which they did. So I couldn't be a party to that. That's just a total violation of our justice process.
Binney's story is fascinating. The NSA had been seeking out terrorists prior to 9/11. Binney had developed a project called ThinThread to monitor communications in a way that focused on meta-data, and also scrupulously omitted data involving normal US citizens. The solution was up and running in November 2000, and ready to fully deploy in January 2001. He needed about $10 million to deploy. Unfortunately, the director of the NSA, Michael Hayden, made a successful appeal at that time to Congress for $4 billion (with a "b") in order to develop a different project called Trailblazer. ThinThread was actually operational and passing tests with flying colors, however the NSA cancelled it because they wanted to keep the $4 billion from Congress. ThinThread made Trailblazer look like a waste of money (which it was). Binney maintains that ThinThread would have detected and prevented the 9/11 attacks, and is furious that it was cancelled.
But there is more ... on the day of the attacks, Binney tried to enter the NSA building, but could not because the building had been closed to everyone. The next day, he was only able to enter by posing as a janitor. He overheard a conversation.
They were in there talking about trying to get things going. But the whole idea at that point changed now, because from Vice President Cheney's 10th anniversary of his 9/11 interview, he said that they, at that time, that Hayden and [CIA Director George] Tenet were talking about what could NSA do further than what they're already doing, and Hayden said he couldn't do it under the current restrictions of the law, so they had to have some exemptions. They took the proposal to expand that, do away with the protections, no encryption of any data about U.S. citizens and collect everything, all U.S. citizens' data as well.
They took that proposal to Vice President Cheney, and he took it to Bush, and everybody all agreed to it. To do that in secret with only -- they didn't even inform the FISA Court. They only informed four people, the chairman and the senior ranking member of both the House and Senate Intelligence Committees. Those were the only four who knew about it until, I think, 2004. ...
Let me share one last bit from the Frontline inverview
... Is there optimism that Obama is coming in, that maybe all of this is going to go away? And what is the rude awakening?
Well, we had hoped that, of course, that he would have done something, because he's a constitutional lawyer, that he would have started to change this and be open about it and make these corrections in the path that NSA was taking.
But instead he went the other way, and he was starting to indict people, like he tried to indict us. And the first turn of it was the report in July that came out from those IG reports under his administration. He was in in 2009; this was July 2009. And they said, well, all they need is more oversight and more monitoring of the programs to make sure they don't violate anybody's rights. Well, they were already doing it [violating people's rights] simply by collecting the data, and he knew that as a constitutional lawyer.
All that said to us was that all this stuff that he was saying before election was simply false. I mean, he was just feeding people a line to get them to vote for him, that's all, because he turned around and did exactly the opposite.
 

What Else Happened During Obama's Presidency? The Tale of Edward Snowden

Edward Snowden chose to follow in the footsteps of Bill Binney in 2013 when he became a whistleblower himself. He revealed that the government was spying on all of us via the NSA. From Glenn Greenwald's original reporting:
Snowden will go down in history as one of America's most consequential whistleblowers, alongside Daniel Ellsberg and Bradley Manning. He is responsible for handing over material from one of the world's most secretive organisations – the NSA.
In a note accompanying the first set of documents he provided, he wrote: "I understand that I will be made to suffer for my actions," but "I will be satisfied if the federation of secret law, unequal pardon and irresistible executive powers that rule the world that I love are revealed even for an instant."
snip
Having watched the Obama administration prosecute whistleblowers at a historically unprecedented rate, he fully expects the US government to attempt to use all its weight to punish him. "I am not afraid," he said calmly, "because this is the choice I've made."
snip
He left the CIA in 2009 in order to take his first job working for a private contractor that assigned him to a functioning NSA facility, stationed on a military base in Japan. It was then, he said, that he "watched as Obama advanced the very policies that I thought would be reined in", and as a result, "I got hardened."
The primary lesson from this experience was that "you can't wait around for someone else to act. I had been looking for leaders, but I realised that leadership is about being the first to act."
As one of his final acts, Obama refused to give Snowden a pardon before he left office.
“I can't pardon somebody who hasn't gone before a court and presented themselves, so that's not something that I would comment on at this point,” Obama said in an interview published Friday with German magazine Der Spiegel and public broadcaster ARD.
When Gerald Ford issued a pardon for Richard Nixon over the crimes of Watergate, had Nixon presented himself before a court? No. Indeed, Obama COULD have similarly pardoned Snowden; it is a odd that a constitutional lawyer would be confused on this point. Obama was merely playing politics, saying words to confuse the public.
 

Final Thoughts

There have been some recent developments on the part of the NSA and in the courts. Per the NYT in early 2019,
WASHINGTON — The National Security Agency has quietly shut down a system that analyzes logs of Americans’ domestic calls and texts, according to a senior Republican congressional aide, halting a program that has touched off disputes about privacy and the rule of law since the Sept. 11 attacks.
The agency has not used the system in months, and the Trump administration might not ask Congress to renew its legal authority, which is set to expire at the end of the year, according to the aide, Luke Murry, the House minority leader’s national security adviser.
I am not sure that I trust this reporting, but regardless, the issue that needs to be addressed is revocation of any unconstitutional laws that empower the NSA to run such a program. Expiration dates were included on Bush's Patriot Act and Obama's USA Freedom Act, however, an effort to extend these powers once again is currently in Congress: H.R.6172 - USA FREEDOM Reauthorization Act of 2020. The NYT reporter Charlie Savage was obviously misinformed when he wrote
"In a raw assertion of executive power, President George W. Bush’s administration started the program as part of its intense pursuit for Qaeda conspirators in the weeks after the 2001 terrorist attacks, and a court later secretly blessed it."
WTF? How could Savage get this bit so very wrong? Congress GAVE Bush the power to start such a program when they passed the Patriot Act. Joe Biden was a co-sponsor in the Senate. Bernie Sanders voted NAY in the House.
And think of poor Edward Snowden. Imagine living in exile for exposing a program that the government has discontinued? That makes no sense at all. Snowden is a hero for actually attempting to defend and protect the Constitution, unlike Joe Biden and Barack Obama.
More recently, The NSA phone-spying program exposed by Edward Snowden didn't stop a single terrorist attack, federal judge finds
The National Security Administration's sweeping program to snoop on Americans' phone records was illegal and possibly unconstitutional — and there's no evidence it led to the arrests of any terrorism suspects — a federal appeals court ruled Wednesday.
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In other words, there is zero evidence the NSA's phone-records program stopped a terrorist attack, contradicting the public statements of US intelligence officials following Snowden's revelation, Judge Marsha Berzon said in the ruling.
snip
Berzon's ruling — which repeatedly mentioned Snowden's role in exposing the NSA practice — emphasized that the NSA broke the law in its surveillance of millions of Americans.  
Politicians who advocate for unconstitutional laws are apparently not subject to any kind of criminal penalties whatsoever. Think about that for a moment. Passing a law that violates the Constitution, and/or signing such a bill into law as a sitting president ... shouldn't that be considered one of the gravest sins in our country?
With a hand on a Bible, a President swears that they will “defend and protect the Constitution”. Bush made that oath. So did Obama. And Biden may very well take that oath very soon. Where has been their defense of the Fourth Amendment?
To KNOWINGLY pass or sign an UNCONSTITUTIONAL law that infringes on the rights of "we the people" ... isn't that akin to treason itself?
Our forefathers shed their blood for this country in order to free us from an oppressive and unjust king. Thomas Jefferson wrote
“Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, --That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government”.
I submit to you that as a country we are walking down a dangerous road that will lead to misery for the masses, and deserved violence and bloodshed against usurpers who rule using laws that violate our precious Constitution.
I refuse to vote for a man who BRAGS that he wrote the Patriot Act. As Bill Binney said about it, "That's just a total violation of our justice process." #NeverBiden
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2020.10.14 21:03 mr_tyler_durden Notes and Highlights of Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear’s Live Update October 14, 2020

Notes and Highlights of Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear’s Live Update October 14, 2020
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2020.10.14 14:35 flyinmacaronimonster Voting in Kansas: What You Need to Know

VOTER REGISTRATION HAS ENDED AS OF TUESDAY, OCTOBER 13
Hey Kansans!
Advance in-person voting in SOME counties starts today.
ADVANCE VOTING START DATES VARY BY COUNTY.
If you are registered to vote, and want to vote in-person

Unknown (SKIP FOR NOW)

BOURBON COUNTY

Wednesday, October 14

ALLEN COUNTY (Iola)

Allen County Clerk: Allen County Courthouse, 1 N Washington St, Iola, KS 66749
Hours (MON-FRI):
  • 8:00am-5:00pm (Wednesday, October 14-Friday, October 23)
  • 7:00am-7:00pm (Monday, October 26-Friday, October 30)
  • 8:00am-2:00pm (Monday, November 2)
(2) 24/7 BALLOT DROP-BOXES:
ALLEN COUNTY SOURCES:

ANDERSON COUNTY (Garnett)

Anderson County Clerk: Anderson County Courthouse, 100 E 4th Ave, Garnett, KS 66032
Advance Voting is located at the location above during business hours.
Drop-box is also located at the County Courthouse.
ANDERSON COUNTY SOURCES:

BARBER COUNTY (Medicine Lodge)

Barber County Clerk: Barber County Courthouse, 120 E Washington St, Medicine Lodge, KS 67104.
Hours: 8:30am-5:00pm MON-FRI
It is assumed that this is where you drop off your advance ballot-by-mail.
LINKS TO BARBER COUNTY SOURCES
BARBER COUNTY SOURCES:

BARTON COUNTY (Great Bend)

Barton County Clerk's Office: Barton County Courthouse, 1400 Main St, Room 202, Great Bend, KS 67530
Advance voting is at the Clerk's office 8:00am-5:00pm MON-FRI; also open 10:00am-2:00pm SAT
https://www.bartoncounty.org/vnews/display.v/SEC/Elections%7CCurrent%20Elections
(2) 24/7 BALLOT DROP-BOXES (AVAILABLE MONDAY, OCTOBER 19):
BARTON COUNTY SOURCES:

BROWN COUNTY (Hiawatha)

**ADVANCE VOTING AT THE COURTHOUSE BEGINS ON FRIDAY, OCTOBER 16.
On Thursday, October 15, there will be early voting at (2) locations:
BROWN COUNTY SOURCES:

Monday, October 19:

ATCHISON COUNTY (Atchison)

Atchison County Clerk's Office: Atchison County Courthouse, 423 N 5th St, Atchison, KS 66002
COURTHOUSE IS ALSO THE LOCATION OF THE 24/7 BALLOT DROP-BOX.
Hours: 8:30am-5:00pm MON-FRI
Extended hours:
  • 8:30am-7:00pm (Thursday, October 22)
  • 10:00am-2:00pm (Saturday, October 24)
(2) ADDITIONAL Remote Advance Voting Sites open Friday October 23 and Friday, October 30:
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 23:
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 30
SOURCES FOR ATCHISON COUNTY

LINKS TO SOURCES

https://www.kssos.org/elections/voter-information.html
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2020.10.13 22:46 cincbus Introducing: The Spanish Royal Family

Royal Family Twitter: u/CasaReal
King Alfonso III (1886-1941)
Gonna go back one more generation than usual to start this wild ride.
Alfonso the III's father, Alfonso XII, died while his mother was pregnant with him, thus he was King upon his birth in 1886. She served as regent until his 16th birthday when he assumed full authority as King. After a series of poor choices, he aligned his fortunes to the dictatorship of Primo de Rivera, who fell from power in 1930. Municipal elections in 1931 resulted in a landslide victory for the Republican and Socialist parties, and they demanded the King abdicate the throne. The King went into exile but refused to abdicate.
While exiled, his eldest son, Alfonso, renounced his right to the throne to marry a commoner.
His second son, Jaime, renounced his rights to the throne because he was deaf.
This left his third son, Juan, as heir apparent. In 1947, General Francisco Franco declared Spain a monarchy yet again, calling it a “restoration”. However, he did not trust Juan as heir. As a result, in 1969, his son, Juan Carlos, was selected as King.
King Juan Carlos I (b. 1938) (abdicated)
Juan Carlos is the grandson of Alfonso XIII, the last king of Spain before the monarchy was abolished in 1931. He was born in exile in Rome, however was allowed back to Spain in 1948 to be further educated there. He joined the army, completing his officer training from 1955-1957. Afterwards, he spent time in both the naval school and the air force school, and later studied law, international political economy and public finance at the University of Madrid.
He was selected to be King of Spain over his father, Juan, by General Franco.
So, why did Franco bring back the monarchy? I found this answer online:
“We’re accustomed to believing a tyrant like Franco could do anything he wanted. Yet, in reality, his options were very limited, amounting to:
a) Do nothing OR appoint another military strongman to take his place.
b) Restore the republic.
c) Restore the monarchy.
There really are no further choices. Regarding (a), Franco was well aware that dictatorships are little more than the cult surrounding the person of the dictator, who is unable to transfer the cult to any 3rd party. So, a dead dictator equates to a dead dictatorhip, perhaps not immediately but before very long the ‘Franco Regime Without Franco’ was bound to implode. Franco accepted this to be an awkward truth, but he swallowed the bitter pill nonetheless.
Option (b) was never in the cards — Franco detested the Republic he fought to unseat and never even considered bring one back to govern Spain post-mortem.
That only leaves option (c). For Franco, the issue was not Monarchy Vs. Republic but rather (i) what sort of monarchy, and (ii.) incarnated by whom? The choices might seem straight-forward, but reality was rather complex since the legitimate heir to the throne (Juan de Bourbon, Count of Barcelona) was a man with whom Franco agreed on practically nothing. The Count of Barcelona made his political philosophies publicly know in the so-called Laussane Manifesto (Mar, 1945), the contents of which were diametrically opposed to the Franco Regime on practically all matters of importance.
Hence, in ’47 Franco did the only thing he regarded as workable — restoring the monarchy in theory but leaving the throne vacant, pending an eventual nomination to fill the seat. The temporary vacancy last 22 years when the Count’s son (Juan Carlos I) was officially designated as heir to the dual roles of head-of-state & commander-in-chief of the armed forces.”
Furthermore, Franco disliked Juan (father of Juan Carlos), whom he suspected of being an Anglophile (Franco despised the British and referred to Great Britain as “perfidious Albion”); he was also determined to be the sole arbiter of Spain’s destiny. And so he was. For the next thirty-six years, Franco remained the country’s unchallenged caudillo, or strongman, and although he declared Spain a monarchy once again, in 1947, he kept the throne empty, leaving Don Juan to languish and fret in neighboring Portugal, even as Franco himself assumed the role of dispenser of noble titles.
In a cruelly Shakespearean twist, Franco asked Don Juan to send him his son, Juan Carlos, who was then ten, to be educated and groomed under Franco’s supervision. In 1969, when Juan Carlos was thirty-one, Franco summoned him and informed the young man of his decision to make him his successor, with the title of King of Spain . (Excerpt from this article)
Juan Carlos met and consulted with Franco many times, standing next to him at ceremonies, publicly supporting his regime, and praising his government. Franco gave full control to Juan Carlos 3 weeks before his death in 1975. Juan Carlo’s position was further legitimized on 1977 when his father formally renounced his claim to the throne.
On paper, Juan Carlos retained fairly extensive reserve powers. He was the guardian of the Constitution and was responsible for ensuring that it was obeyed. In practice, since the passage of the Constitution (and especially since 1982), he took a mostly non-partisan and representative role, acting almost entirely on the advice of the government.
Juan Carlos enjoyed extreme popularity in Spain for many years until multiple scandals (detailed below) were made public about him and his family. As a result, he abdicated the throne on behalf of his son.
Coup D'Etat
Ever since the dictator Francisco Franco had died in 1975, Spain had been changing at the speed of light. Democratic reform was the watchword of the decade, and each reform came one after the other. King Juan Carlos had handed power to parliament and instituted a new constitution. It was all way too fast for Spain's conservatives. According to history.com, it came to a head on February 23, 1981. Lieutenant Colonel Antonio Tejero led 200 members of the civil guard in invading the Cortes, Spain's legislature building. They fired shots in the air and took the parliament hostage.
Spaniards were glued to their television sets for 18 hours as the band of civil guards held the Cortes. King Juan Carlos appealed to the Spanish army to condemn these renegades and affirm their loyalty to the new constitution. The army did and the bandits had to retreat in shame, thus preserving Spain's democracy.
Shooting of Little Brother
In 1956, at age 18, he shot his younger brother Alfonso in the head while the two were playing with a revolver. He has maintained throughout his life that it was an accident, however Alfonso passed away as a result of his injuries.
The financial scandal
Juan Carlos’s daughter, Princess Cristina, is married to Inaki Urdangarin. Urdangarin and his ex-business associate, Diego Torres, were the leading figures in the Nóos Institute, a non-profit that secured no-bid contracts from the regional governments of Valencia and the Balearic Islands using Urdangarin’s influence.Urdangarin and Torres also used their non-profit to divert around €6.2 million from public contracts secured for organizing sports events into private accounts. Urdangarin’s wife, Cristina de Borbón, sat on the board of a company, Aizoon, that was allegedly used to channel part of these funds. She was made to testify in the case, and was ultimately fined for having benefited from her husband’s scheme, but was acquitted of tax fraud complicity.
In June 2018 he was sentenced to 5 years and 10 months in prison; he is currently imprisoned in Ávila.
The hunting trip
In 2012 the King injured himself on an elephant hunting trip in Botswana. At a time when Spainairds were suffering from a lagging economy, this trip was viewed as obscene in terms of expenses and extravagance. Spain’s unemployment was at 23%, and nearly 50% for young workers. To make matters worse, he was the honorary president of the Spanish branch of the World Wildlife Fund.
The public was only made aware of the trip because the King was injured and had to be helicoptered from the scene. Even worse - his mistress was there with him.
Abdication
In 2014 Juan Carlos announced his plans to abdicate the throne in favor of his son, Felipe.
Post-Abdication Scandals
More recently, it emerged that Juan Carlos had accepted a previously undeclared “gift” of a hundred million dollars from Saudi Arabia’s late King Abdullah—allegedly a bribe in return for his help in arranging a lucrative fast-rail-construction contract.
Further roiling the public, one of Juan Carlos’s former lovers, a Danish-born events organizer named Corinna zu Sayn-Wittgenstein—who had accompanied him on his Botswana safari—has acknowledged that Juan Carlos had given her, some years ago, sixty-five million euros (worth about eighty-four million dollars at the time). This “gift” is believed to have come out of the funds given to Juan Carlos by King Abdullah.
The latest bombshell shaking the royal house involves secret audio recordings of princess Corinna zu Sayn-Wittgenstein, a German aristocrat living in Monte Carlo who for years has been romantically linked to the 80-year-old former king and now accuses him of using her name to buy property in Morocco, of accumulating a secret fortune hidden in several Swiss bank accounts under the name of one of his cousins, Alvaro d'Orleans Bourbon, of using fake cut-outs to commit tax fraud and of taking millions in commissions on state contracts.
As a result, the current King Felipe announced he would renounce his personal inheritance from his father and that his father would no longer receive a royal allowance. Afterwards, Juan Carlos vanished.
Exile
In August of this year (2020), Juan Carlos sent a public letter to King Felipe VI, saying that he would be leaving the country due to “the public repercussions that certain past events in [his] private life are generating.” Later reports speculated that he had either gone to Portugal, where his father, Don Juan de Borbón, lived in exile for part of his life, or to the Dominican Republic, which he has visited multiple times. It’s a sign that the figurehead of Spanish democracy understands that he has endangered his legacy—and the monarchy itself.
It has not been published where Juan Carlos is currently living, however photos have been obtained that appear to show Juan Carlos disembarking a plane in Abu Dhabi.
Read more:
https://www.vanityfair.com/style/2020/08/juan-carlos-former-king-why-is-he-in-exile
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-53642283#:~:text=Juan%20Carlos%20abdicated%20in%202014,took%20during%20Spain's%20financial%20crisis.
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-51902673
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-53415781
Marriage:
Juan Carlos married Princess Sofia of Greece and Denmark, daughter of the King of Greece in 1962. In an effort for young, suitable European royals to meet and mingle (and also to boost tourism in Greece), Sophia’s mother arranged a Mediterranean cruise on the Greek yacht Agamemnon in 1954. Several teenaged and twenty-something royals were invited on the trip touring a handful of Greek islands. Juan Carlos and Sofia were among the young royals on the cruise.
They met up at additional weddings and events over the next several years, and were officially reunited in Rome at the 1960 Olympic Games. The Greek royal family held a dinner for the Spanish guests onboard their ship, Polemistis. Following the Olympics, Juan Carlos and his family were invited to spend Christmas 1960 in Greece.
In 1961, Sofia traveled to the UK to attend the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Kent. Juan Carlos was picked to serve as her escort. Following the wedding, Juan Carlos spent the summer of 1961 in Greece and the two announced their engagement in 1961.
Due to Juan Carlos’ uneasy position in Spain, an Athens wedding was planned for May, the beginning of the tourist season in Greece. The celebrations involved 4 ½ months of nearly round-the-clock preparation headed by Colonel Dimitri Levidis, Grand Marshal of the Greek royal court.
Their marriage has never been a happy one and Juan Carlos is known to have had multiple affairs. Though the King is in exile, they remain married, however it is known that they have lived largely separate lives for many years.
Their wedding and more
You can see him giving a speech in English here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e4FJczB_aco
Queen Sofia (b. 1938)
Sofia is the eldest child of King Paul of Greece, and is the daughter, sister, wife, and mother of a King. She was educated at a boarding school in Germany, then studied childcare, music, and archeology in Athens. She was a reserve member of Greece’s gold medal winning sailing team at the 1960 Olympic games.
Sofia is now immensely popular in Spain. She is known to quietly endure the monarchy’s trials, putting her own professional obligations ahead of anything else. This was not, however, always the case. Throughout her reign she has been regarded with skepticism because of her foreign background and mediocre Spanish skills.
In 2008, Queen Sofía shared some of her political ideology during an interview with journalist Pilar Urbano. One of them was her belief that same-sex marriage should not be called marriage. "If those persons want to live together, dress up as bride and groom and get married, they can do so, but that should not be called marriage because it is not," the queen is quoted as saying in Urbano's book.
Her controversial comments about same-sex marriage particularly elicited outrage among liberal groups, and the Royal Palace quickly shared an apology but qualified it by implying she had been misquoted.
Though her husband is in exile, Sofia has remained in Spain and continues to undertake official duties on behalf of her son, the King. She is a vital weapon in Felipe VI’s battle to shore up the popularity of a monarchy hit by scandal and now, suggestions from some politicians that it might have seen better days. Consistently one of the most admired members of the Spanish Royal Family, the enduring affection and respect that Queen Sofía inspires will be needed by her son as he faces a turbulent future for the monarchy.
She speaks Greek, English, German and Spanish.
See her giving a speech in English
King Felipe VI (b. 1968)
Ascended the throne in 2014 upon the abdication of his father. He is head of state and commander-in-chief of the Spanish Armed Forces. He attended high school in Canada and studied at the Autonomous University of Madrid. He completed his academic studies by obtaining a Master of Science in Foreign Service degree from Georgetown, where he was the roommate of his cousin Crown Prince Pavlos of Greece.
From 1985-1993 he spent time completing his military training.
Felipe speaks Spanish, Catalan, French, English, and Greek.
He was a member of the Spanish Olympic sailing team at the Barcelona games in 1992 and was the Spanish team’s flag bearer.
Marriage:
The exact details around how Felipe and Letizia met are unknown, however it is reported that they met at a dinner party in 2003. They dated in secret for more than a year before surprising the public with their engagement in 2003.The two were married in 2004 in Madrid.
Her Gown
More on the wedding, more here
Watch their wedding (it POURED rain)
See Felipe meet Barack Obama (in English)
Author's Note: Google photos of Felipe. You won't be sorry.
Queen Letizia (b. 1972)
Letizia was born in Spain, the daughter of a journalist and registered nurse. She completed a bachelor’s degree in journalism as well as a master’s degree in audiovisual journalism. She worked as the evening anchor of the TVE evening news, the most viewed newscast in Spain. She reported from Washington DC in 2000 on the presidential elections, 2001 from Ground Zero, and 2003 from Iraq.
She was actually married once before Felipe to a writer and high school teacher after dating for almost 10 years. Their marriage lasted one year.
Letizia is far from Spain’s most popular member of the royal family. There was a public spat with her mother-in-law, and it made news when she scolded her fiance for interrupting her during their engagement interview.
She is known for her fashion and beauty. In 2008 she underwent surgery on her nose to “correct a respiratory problem”, however afterwards her nose was notably different.
Author's Note: I feel like I gave a negative impression of Letizia here, but to be honest it's a bit hard to find information about heher personality. I would love someone who is more familiar to fill us all in.
Watch her speak in English here
Felipe and Letizia have two daughters:
Crown Princess Leonor, Princess of Asturias (b. 2005)
Leonor is heir presumptive to the throne of Spain. She does not go by Crown Princess, but rather by Princess of Asturias, the title given to the heirs in Spain (like Prince of Wales in the UK). The Spanish monarchy operates under a system of male-preference cognatic primogeniture, meaning if Felipe were to have a male heir he would replace Leonor in the line of succession. Felipe and Letizia appear to be done having children, however.
In 2018, she was invested by her father with the Order of the Golden Fleece, the most senior order in Spain and the highest award the King can bestow. She is one of only 4 females to be inducted into it.
The other 3 women are Queen Elizabeth, Princess Beatrix, and Queen Margrethe of Denmark (no big deal!!!)
See the proud fathedaughter moment here.
In 2019, at age 14, she gave a speech in both English and Spanish at the Princess of Asturias Awards Ceremony. (such poise!!)
Another speech (her proud parents *I'm crying*!!)
Infanta Sofia (b. 2007)
Sofia is the second daughter of the King and Queen. She is a student in Madrid.
See photos of the family from Spain’s National Day on 10/12. https://twitter.com/CasaReal/status/1315601785382416384?s=20
Infanta Elena, Duchess of Lugo (b. 1963)
Elena is the eldest child of King Juan Carlos I and Queen Sofia, however because Spain operates under male-preference cognatic primogeniture, her younger brother Felipe is King of Spain.
She married Jamie de Marichalar y Saenz de Tejada in Seville and has two children:
Elena and Jamie divorced in 2009. She undertakes engagements on behalf of her brother, the King.
Infanta Cristina, (stripped of title Duchess of Palma de Mallorca) (b. 1965)
Cristina was born in Madrid, the younger daughter of the King and Queen. She is a sailor and competed in the 1988 summer Olympics. She completed a degree in political science from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid, then an MA in international relations from New York University in 1990. She then worked at the UNESCO headquarters in Paris.
She speaks Spanish, Catalan, English, French, and Greek.
Cristina married handball player Inaki Urdangarin in Barcelona in 1997. They have four children:
I talked about this above, but she and her husband were investigated and tried for fraud for their ties to a corruption scandal involving a company they owned. Cristina was acquitted, however her husband is currently serving a prison sentence.
Because of the scandal, her brother officially stripped her of her title in 2015. Her right of succession and the royal title of Infanta were unaffected.
Read more about the scandal here
Jewels
http://www.thecourtjeweller.com/p/spain.htmlhttp://www.thecourtjeweller.com/2017/07/the-top-ten-spanish-royal-tiaras.html
http://www.thecourtjeweller.com/2017/07/the-top-ten-spanish-royal-tiaras.htmlhttps://www.townandcountrymag.com/society/tradition/g28621289/spanish-royal-family-summer-holiday-mallorca-photos-2019/
Vacation
Random note but the Spanish royals vacation in Palma de Mallorca for the summer each year and always produce some of my favorite family photos.
See some here, here, here, or just google them.
A Monarchy in Trouble
Though Felipe and his mother, Queen Sofia, are well-liked, support for the monarchy in Spain has always been thin at best. Coupled with all of the scandals discussed above, Felipe is tasked with saving a monarchy that at times is extremely unpopular with the public. He has had to publicly distance himself from his father, his sister, and other family friends involved in these scandals. This has eroded the appearance of family unity in the monarchy.
From an article:
Despite his attractive family and relative youth, Felipe has struggled to maintain the level of popularity he had heading into his current position. As head of state and commander in chief of the armed forces as well as king, he looks all-powerful on paper, but like many other royals his role is more figurehead than policy-maker. Spain's monarch is looked to for guidance and leadership, though, and he can certainly still be blamed when things go wrong.
Felipe, who in 2015 cut his own salary by almost 20 percent as the country continued to pull itself out of its recession, received a four-minute ovation after delivering his annual address marking the opening of Spain's new legislative session in February, in which he said that the opposing parties that have formed the current coalition government must come together, that "the time has come for words, for arguments and for reasoning, from a position of mutual respect."
To add to his troubles, Catalonia has been trying to split from Spain and gain independence for quite sometime, and Catalonian’s do not want a monarchy. In fact, they recently passed a non-binding motion condemning the monarchy in the wake of Juan Carlos’s departure from Spain. The proposal “Catalonia is a republic and does not want a king” was passed by 69 votes in favor and 65 against. In a recent article out of Catalonia, less than 15% of Catalans prefer having a king to a republic.
As a result, Felipe and Letizia have been pulling out all of the stops to present a united family front and a strong monarchy to the public - they have been undertaking public engagements more often, invited the press into their home, and we’re seeing more and more of their two daughters in an attempt to improve their favorability in Spain.
From 2018 - https://www.forbes.com/sites/ceciliarodriguez/2018/08/12/royal-family-in-trouble-spanish-monarchy-mired-in-new-ugly-scandal/#5b40b53d480a
From 2019 - https://www.forbes.com/sites/ceciliarodriguez/2020/06/09/spanish-monarchy-under-fire/#7910b8d41b26
From 2020 - https://foreignpolicy.com/2020/08/13/is-spanish-spain-juan-carlos-corruption-royal-family-finished/
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2020.10.13 21:00 DeanG1 October 19th 2020 W.H.O, ‘surprise announcement’ of a second wave. Prepare for round 2.

Global events in relation to the 11th March 2020 W.H.O. announcement of a pandemic, 2020, and the inevitable second wave announcement on:
October 19th 2020.
Edit: I did a video with most of these in. Uploaded to the still uncensored platform brandnewtube. Link here:
https://brandnewtube.com/v/ObV7Mm
This date was easily ascertained as the 11th March 2020 announcement was exactly 222 months after 9/11. So surely they wouldn’t just add 222 days to that to get to 19th October 2020 would they? Yes, yes they would is the answer.
During the text, when you see the number ‘113’, this can mean ’11 x 3’ = 33, or 11th March 2020, which is the date that the W.H.O declared phase 1 of this totally unplanned global pandemic.
It’s worth noting that when you see ‘116’ this is often coded as an upside down 911. Also, the English ordinal gematria value of ‘19th October’ is 116. The English ordinal gematria of ‘19 October’ is 88.
You’ll notice the usual numbers, 11, 22, 33, 88, 96, 666, 911, 116 etc. You know the ones, the fun ones, the ‘we are evil Sith lords and belong to a serious club of powerful dark people who shut down economies and inflict pain on kids’ numbers. Those numbers.
Some of these dates/events have probably been left as ‘conspiracy candy’ to find (because they are really funny as well as evil these folk). Example, the Bill Gates patent WO/2020/060606 (666), which was registered on March 26th 2020.
Excuse any errors. There will be lots of other events I know. The number of days between that are noted include the end date unless specified.
Please note, I am not an expert on Gematria which will be apparent. I have looked into psyops for years and know the usual ‘wet bandits calling card numbers’. 666 was a bit spooky when I saw the Omen aged 8, it’s a bit naff now. Some people seem to be REALLY into them though, I mean actually ‘sitting round a table and planning global events stroking long haired cats’ level of into numbers. All that stuff bores me, I just see the patterns and numbers, it’s a fun Autistic trait I have that bores others shitless.
A couple might seem tenuous, stick with it though, there are some obvious ones.
Below are the dates of events and days between pandemic announcement dates. The W.H.O. 11th March 2020 one and the totally unscripted announcement upcoming one on:
Monday 19th October 2020:
It’s worth pointing out that the last ‘pandemic’ was in 1918, the first confirmed cases of the Spanish Flu in the US are reported at Fort Riley, Kansas on: 11th March 1918 (11/3 33 113)
Moving on a few decades….
Monday, October 19th 1987: this was the day now referred to as ‘Black Monday’, this was famous financial crash that wiped 22% of the stock market. This was 33 years exactly (excluding the end date) before the proposed date of October 19th 2020.
11th March 2004: The Madrid train bombings. 199 months, 9 days (666) including before 19th October 2020
Thursday, 28 April 2016: Western African Ebola virus epidemic. “last case tested negative on 28 April 2016 in Monrovia” 3 years, 10 months, 13 days (113) before 11th March 2020
Thursday, 9 June 2016: The last flare up of Ebola in the Western African Ebola virus epidemic. 4 years and 4 months (44), and 11 days before 19th October 2020. *There are a lot more of the Ebola ones, this was all programming for the main crappy event we are now in. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Western_African_Ebola_virus_epidemic
June 1st, 2016: Gotthard Train Tunnel’s weird and crappy opening ceremony. “Switzerland unveiled the world’s longest and deepest railroad tunnel with a ceremony that was supposed to look deeply occultist, satanic and spooky, but just looked silly and daft,” https://www.bilan.ch/opinions/garry-littman/switzerland_gateway_to_the_alps_and_gateway_to_hell This was 3 years, 9 months, 11 days (911) before 11th March 2020 Also it was 4 years, 4 months (44) and 19 days before 19th October 2020. 19 is a number which represents surrender apparently, link below explaining that.
Also just pointing out that March 11th 2011 was also the date of the Japan tsunami and ensuing Fukushima nuclear incident, 9 (3x3) years exactly before March 11th 2020 (I’m not claiming this event was manufactured, I’m just noting the date)
May 15th 2018: This was the date of the prophetic Clade X pandemic training exercise, at the Johns Hopskins University, preparing for the simulated events we are currently going through. This was 666 days before March 11th 2020, and 888 days before October 19th 2020 (excluding end date) Also, it was 88 weeks before the first Travel-related Case of 2019 Novel Coronavirus Detected in United States Tuesday, January 21st 2020.
11th Jan 2017: Fauci says oddly “No doubt Trump will face surprise infectious disease outbreak during his presidency” 3 years, 2 months, 1 day to 11th March 2020 (Countdown 3—2—1) 3 years, 9 months, 9 days or 196 weeks and 6 days (666) before 19th October 2020
October 18th 2019: This was the date of the next fortunate pandemic training exercise for global representatives, called ‘Event 201’. An event training for events very very similar to the ones we are going through now, almost as if they knew it was coming. The time between this exercise and the date of the first travel-related case of 2019 novel coronavirus detected in United States - Tuesday, January 21, 2020 was: This was 3 months and 3 days (33) OR excluding end date 96 days. (96 = Satanism in English ordinal gematria) This was also exactly 1 month before the Sunday, 17 November 2019 before the amended first infection date, and also 1 month, 13 (113) days before the Sunday, 1 December 2019 initial first reported infection date (both linked below)
November 7th 201: Bill Gates’s prophetic ‘EXPLAINED’ episode premiered on Netflix. “Explained looks at the looming danger of global pandemic.” Released 11 months, 13 days (1113) before 19th October 2020
November 21st 2019: 22 killed in displacement camp in an attack by Syrian government in Idlib province. 111 days before March 11th 2020 333 days before October 19th 2020
December 19th 2018: Ebola outbreak. The W.H.O. announced Over 300 people have died of Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo. (CNN) Also President Donald Trump announces victory over the Islamic State and planned withdrawal of US troops from Syria. This was 1 year, 2 months, 22 days before March 11th 2020 (222) 1 year, 10 months, 1 day before October 19th 2019 (111) Excluding end date this is also exactly 22 months before October 19th 2020
December 19th 2019: Australian Bush fires are officially declared an national emergency: “December 19th 2019 Australian state of New South Wales announces 7-day state of emergency amid extreme heat and over 100 bushfires that have burnt for two months.”
2 months, 22 days before March 11th 2020 (222) This date is 10 months and 1 days (11) before October 19th 2020
1st December 2019: This was initially reported as the date of first infection which was, 3 month and 11 days (113) to 11 March 2020 ALSO 10 months and 19 days (1019) before the next announcement on Oct 19th *incidentally, just digressing to the multitude of entertain productions that are also tied in with these dates, the Walking Dead premier date to the date for the first infection was: 9 years, 1 month and 1 day. 911. Coincidence of course. There are 100’s more of these though, they at least try to be ‘fun’ whilst damaging children globally.
The news then later reported that the first case was: 17th November 2019. Which is 116 days before 11th March 2020 AND 11 months, 3 days (113) before 19th Oct 2020
Bot the above dates are reported here: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/ma13/first-covid-19-case-happened-in-november-china-government-records-show-report https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Severe_acute_respiratory_syndrome_coronavirus_2 )
12 December 2019: The United Kingdom general election. 13 weeks before 11th March 2020 44 weeks and 4 days (444) before 19th October 2020 (excluding end date)
January 22nd 2020: Netflix released a very well timed mini-series documentary called: “Pandemic: How to Prevent an Outbreak.” This was 1 month, 19 days before March 11th 2020 (911) Also, this was released 96 days after the Event 201 training exercise (Satanism is 96 is English Gematria, Satan is the guy who sings in the Southpark film) Which was also released 1 year, 1 month, 16 days (1 116) after May 15th, 2018 Clade-x training exercise.
Sunday, January 26th 2020: Kobe Bryant dies in helicopter crash: Kobe Bryant has a value in English Ordinal Gematria of 113 (March 11th, 33) 13 days later on Friday, February 7th 2020 private service was held in the father-daughter pair’s honour in ‘Corona’ Del Mar, California, 33 days later was March 11th and W.H.O. announcement of global pandemic. (NOTE: I’m not claiming this event was a hoax or intentional, there are some odd things about the reports in terms of the chopper model though. I’m just noting the strange coincidences with the dates and ceremony venue name of ‘Corona’)
Monday, 24th February 2020: Kobe Bryant ceremony, 2 weeks and 2 days (22) before March 11th 2020 (excluding end date) Public tribute held at Los Angeles’ Staples Centre, where Kobe played during his 20-year athletic career with the Los Angeles Lakers.
Saturday, 29th February 2020: First coronavirus associated death in the USA. “Health officials in Washington state said on Saturday a coronavirus patient has died, marking the first death in the U.S. from COVID-19, the illness associated with the virus.” 11 days before March 11th 2020: 33 weeks and 3 days (333) before Oct 19th 2020.
THEN the 11th March 2020 W.H.O. announcement of a global pandemic, a time when 97% of people still actually believed the news was real and so started shopping wearing surgical equipment.
March 26th 2020: Bill Gates registered WO/2020/060606. The patent application was filed on April 22nd 2019 AND on June 20th 2019, this was by Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC. The title of the patent is "Cryptocurrency system using body activity data". (I personal think this is left as a DBA strategy, discredit by association, to make conspiracy theorists sound more nuts, maybe it’s real though, wouldn’t surprise me if it was)
3 dates here: April 22nd 2019, June 20th 2019 and March 26th 2020 April 22nd 2019 to the June 20th 2019 is 1 month, 30 days (13) April 22nd 2019 to March 11th 2020 = 10 months, 19 days (1019 = October 19th) March 11th 2020 to March 26th 2020 = 2 weeks and 2 days (22)
June 28th 2020: This the day of another U.S. mass shooting, 9 (3 x 3) people killed. This was 110 days after 11th March 2020 (11) and 113 days BEFORE October 19th 2020 “Lone gunman attacks offices of Capital Gazette newspaper in Annapolis, Maryland, killing nine”
August 3rd 2020: 77 days before October 19th 2020 (or 11 weeks and 1 day end day included) was hurricane Isaias (Isaias in full reduction gematria is 22) “Hurricane Isaias makes landfall in the US as a Category 1 hurricane near Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina” *not making claims about weather manipulation, I haven’t looked into it, juts noting the date.
18th September 2020: 3 weeks and 3 weeks (33) before October 19th 2020 BBC news alert and breaking news. “Covid UK seeing second wave says Boris Johnson” Shock! (Pre-programming by numbers for the 19th Oct shit show)
21st Sept 2020: UK BBC Breaking news alert. Possible doubling of infections. Covid-19: UK faces 50,000 cases a day by October without action 696 hours before 19th October 2020 The Gematria value of 696 is ‘Secret Order of Illuminati’ (apparently it is anyway, I don’t like using the word Illuminati, I am sure the the hard men WANT to be called that, wankers will do)
October 1st 2020: The inevitable ‘Trump gets Covid story’ 33 days before the Nov 3rd (113) election. To be fair they couldn’t make it more obvious. *He the the latest in a long list of world leaders and dignitaries to get Covid, astonishingly large odds of this happening, will list the ones my friend found underneath these dates.
October 6th 2020: 13 days before 19th October 2020 Bill Gates uploads a shit PR video called ‘Bill Gates’s Heroes in the field, Dr. Firdausi Qadri’ to his Youtube channel, which as you’ll see from the video I linked below, he often codes the dates 11th March 2020 and 19th October 2020, just to be sinister and cryptic, as well as a dick. This is a link to a video I made showing all the dates he coded, this is on YouTube channe https://youtu.be/rGty2hsqeK4 This is probably the best evidence of both these dates being coded in. It was uploaded to Brandnewtube and had thousands of views, but the site has been hacked now and I can’t access it. *It’s clear that the uncensored platform is on a take down list.
October 11th 2020: 1 week and 3 days (13) before 19th October 2020 “W.H.O. Condemns Coronavirus Lockdowns.” This is shameless blatant spin create the illusion of care and rationality before the 19th October 2020, don’t fall for it, they tell fibs.
THEN THE OCTOBER 19th 2020 W.H.O. ANNOUNCEMENT DATE FOR STAGE 2 OF THE TOTALLY UNPLANNED GLOBAL PANDEMIC PSYOP. Shock, horror, gasp!
Then on we go to November 3rd 2020: The US Election which just happens to be 2 weeks and 2 days after October 19th. (22)
END.(more fun to follow)
Then onward into a Brave New World we go…
This is in honour of the world leaders and royalty who all caught covid as bravely fought back:
“THE PRESIDENT OF THE USA contracted the ugly COVID virus - but is now fully recovered.
THE PRIME MINISTER OF THE UNITED KINGDOM contracted the ugly COVID virus - but is now fully recovered.
THE PRESIDENT OF BRAZIL contracted the ugly COVID virus - but is now fully recovered.
PRINCE CHARLES of the ROYAL FAMILY contracted the ugly COVID virus - but is now fully recovered.
PRINCE ALBERT OF MONACO contracted the ugly COVID virus - but is now fully recovered.
FORMER PRESIDENT OF ITALY Silvio Berlusconi contracted the ugly COVID virus (age 84), who is now fully recovered.
THE WIFE OF CANADA'S PRESIDENT Justin Trudeau contracted the ugly COVID virus, who is now fully recovered.
And now they are saying that the PRESIDENT OF BURUNDI (who dared oppose the Covid scam and kicked out of his country the W.H.O. representatives) "probably died with Covid" – same with former PRESIDENT OF INDIA, Pranab Mukherjee.
What are the odds?”
Questioning Covid-19 websites, just in case anyone is any doubt this is all bollocks.
questioningcovid.com covidzone.org covileaks.co.uk coronawhistleblower.org evidencenotfear.com gbdeclaration.org cvpandemicinvestigation.com
Can I also just say ‘there is only one Ian Brown, and Bill Gates is a [email protected]
That’s it, bye.
D.
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