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ganhpx0 in politics on 30 Oct 20 (0pts):
"The overall mortality for sex-reassigned persons was higher during follow-up (aHR 2.8; 95% CI 1.8–4.3) than for controls of the same birth sex, particularly death from suicide (aHR 19.1; 95% CI...
gan2q0h in politics on 30 Oct 20 (-8pts):
I think nobody should be forced to go through it. That said, post-op transgender surgery has a very high suicide rate and de-transitioning is often impossible, rendering the subject sterile for...
gamzfzq in TheMajorityReport on 30 Oct 20 (1pts):
Politically charged sure, but they are committed to a far left editorial stance: https://www.allsides.com/media-bias/media-bias-chart
gamf7rl in Winnipeg on 30 Oct 20 (1pts):
I think you'll find people aren't as stubborn about not paying for something
gamf3mj in Winnipeg on 30 Oct 20 (1pts):
Pack the buses with the homeless/drunk...
Those people need somewhere to go, sure, but the bus is maybe not the best place.
gamdqww in Winnipeg on 30 Oct 20 (1pts):
Could you explain why to me? I thought it was kinda cool
gamdfuo in Winnipeg on 30 Oct 20 (1pts):
Beautiful! Mavic?
gaksbs3 in Winnipeg on 30 Oct 20 (1pts):
Far more young people in Manitoba have died of suicide during the pandemic than of covid.
gaks0wx in Winnipeg on 30 Oct 20 (1pts):
Evidently extra money is being spent at schools, on a per-student basis, but looks like OP's school hasn't been able to meet their needs with it, or they're spending it elsewhere and relying on...
gakrxq8 in Winnipeg on 30 Oct 20 (1pts):
Here's how the 52 mil saved by the provincial for a rainy day is being used: “to pay for masks, transportation and extra cleaning as students prepare to head back to class. Some of that money will...
gakr9wp in Winnipeg on 30 Oct 20 (1pts):
Eh you're gettin a lot of crap for this but honestly I don't think it's stuff like this that's spreading the 'vid. If you can do healthy things in a safe way I'd say good for you.
gagp55y in canada on 29 Oct 20 (6pts):
In our province our covid deaths are still a quarter of our suicide deaths to date, and if you suggest anything but 100% lockdown you must hate human life.
ga6v7bq in Winnipeg on 26 Oct 20 (1pts):
Money doesn't buy elections. https://freakonomics.com/2012/01/12/does-money-really-buy-elections-a-new-marketplace-podcast/
ga6uwep in Winnipeg on 26 Oct 20 (1pts):
Hey remember those massive BLM protests outside largely without masks? Guess what, they didn't cause spikes in those cities.
ga6ujxe in Winnipeg on 26 Oct 20 (1pts):
Rent control doesn't work. It's a matter of supply and demand. If you want cheaper housing you have to deregulate and ease zoning restrictions, making it cheaper to build. If a landlord can get a...
ga6u4mb in Winnipeg on 26 Oct 20 (1pts):
Ever think the problem might be the very contagious global virus, and not the particular sector of society you're predisposed to dislike?
ga6trm4 in Winnipeg on 26 Oct 20 (1pts):
Let's hope the number of cases continues to drop.
ga6szi7 in Winnipeg on 26 Oct 20 (1pts):
Paywall?
Also, 15 covid patients in ICU, out of 107 total beds seems a little less than 'to the Brink' but that's just me.
ga6qgb0 in Winnipeg on 26 Oct 20 (1pts):
In general the gov. response has been good given the magnitude of challenges brought on by the pandemic. I respect the decisions they've made, hindsight is 20-20 but the handling had been reasonable...
ga3rtzb in Winnipeg on 25 Oct 20 (1pts):
Everyone in here acting as if COVID the only thing that kills people, and that not killing a single person is worth shutting everything down. If that were the case we'd never have swimming pools,...
ga3r50a in Winnipeg on 25 Oct 20 (1pts):
Case count isn't that much compared to our suicide count (200+) which is exacerbated by lockdowns.
ga3qy1e in Winnipeg on 25 Oct 20 (1pts):
Road accidents kill people all the time. I still drive to the bar. I mean, obvs there's a question of degree, but that is what I'm saying, there's a question of degree.
ga3qrgf in Winnipeg on 25 Oct 20 (1pts):
Lol. He's right though, we might still be dealing with Covid in 10 years time, we are gonna have to live with it at some point.
g8pszod in Winnipeg on 13 Oct 20 (1pts):
"Maybe we shouldn't completely stop everyone's lives for something that has killed 10 times less people than the flu in MB" - B. Pallister
g81gcq5 in Winnipeg on 07 Oct 20 (1pts):
A reasonable take.
g73h0tw in Winnipeg on 29 Sep 20 (1pts):
Love to hear it. Keep up the good work boys.
g6a583n in psychology on 23 Sep 20 (-2pts):
And they insist it's the most important thing about a person and you can judge people purely on...
g62s8y1 in Winnipeg on 21 Sep 20 (1pts):
I mean it gets blasted up here on every media channel all the time. Trump porn 24/7, it's a wonder there's not literal brawls constantly.
g62s67c in Winnipeg on 21 Sep 20 (1pts):
What are his reasons for dancing around it?
g3ikpbe in Winnipeg on 31 Aug 20 (1pts):
U forget that reddit's hero is mr. strawman

Submissions:

g6z8xf in AskHistorians on 24 Apr 20 (2pts):
Is there anyone in history who successfully located the eye of a hurricane as it was forming, drove a boat into it, and rode the eye all the way until the storm dissipated?
g6z2op in AskReddit on 24 Apr 20 (1pts):
Would it be possible to locate the eye of a hurricane as it is forming, drive a boat into it, and ride the eye all the way until the storm dissipates or hits land?
ebrsgu in Finland on 17 Dec 19 (1pts):
Is there a Finnish word for "cleaning the oven"? I.e., procrastinating on getting down to something (baking) by endlessly preparing your work space (the oven)?
9b2gal in askscience on 28 Aug 18 (1pts):
What did we see? During an intense lightning storm this week, we saw a 2-3 second long red glow in the clouds, covering a reasonably large area of sky.
77pqs2 in LifeProTips on 20 Oct 17 (7pts):
LPT: if you losing money to a bunch of subscription services and want to reset them, simply change your credit card number, and all the companies will write to you asking to resubscribe, at which...
766x8y in TrueAskReddit on 13 Oct 17 (1pts):
Why is now, now?
733k3w in askscience on 28 Sep 17 (1pts):
Why does hot and cold water sound differently when poured?
6r70rx in AskReddit on 02 Aug 17 (1pts):
What's an interesting way of pictorially designating the order of steps (step 1, step 2 etc...) without using numbers or letters?
5ftejy in LetsTalkMusic on 01 Dec 16 (5pts):
Let's talk: musical dream-teams. If you could bring together any two artists for a collaboration, who would you choose and why?
5bhy31 in askscience on 06 Nov 16 (1pts):
How exactly does modern scientific academia define "biological sex"? By this definition is it plausible that there is "no such thing"?
4uxrai in AskReddit on 27 Jul 16 (1pts):
How can I best situate myself and my family to thrive in the event of dramatic (~4°C) global warming in the next 50 years?
4uxomt in AskReddit on 27 Jul 16 (1pts):
How can I best situate myself and my family to thrive in the event of dramatic (~4°C) global warming in the next 50 years?
4uxmzg in TrueAskReddit on 27 Jul 16 (13pts):
How can I best situate myself and my family to thrive in the event of dramatic (~4°C) global warming in the next 50 years?
4sprec in AskReddit on 13 Jul 16 (1pts):
For your average young, atheistic, western person (i.e. your average redditor), what, if anything, is too sacred (sacrosanct) to joke about? (x-post from /trueaskreddit)
4hc6ru in askscience on 01 May 16 (1pts):
Would it be safe for a human to eat their own motion-sickness induced vomit?
4hbyfk in askscience on 01 May 16 (1pts):
Does a 1:1 sex ratio say anything about the adaptive strength of monogamy?
4hbvxv in askscience on 01 May 16 (1pts):
Does a 1:1 sex ratio say anything about the adaptive strength of monogamy? (x-post from /askanthropology)
4hbq3i in AskReddit on 01 May 16 (0pts):
If you got motion sickness and barfed during a famine, would it be a good idea to eat the vomit?
3srf1u in AskReddit on 14 Nov 15 (1pts):
Based upon the teachings of their central figures, is Christianity a more violent religion than Islam?
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2020.10.31 20:36 Ike09161995 Mess with minors and my job? Lose your job and your boyfriend.

Hey folks first post in here, hopefully it fits here. Throwaway because some folks in the story may know my Reddit so ya know safety and all. Also done on mobile sorry for formatting. Tl;dr at the end because this is a doozy.
Alright circa 2014 I worked for a large movie theatre chain in a small Midwestern city. Job was pretty awesome outside of the shit pay and essentially no way to move up. I like to think I am good at my job and I try my hardest no matter where I work. In this particular situation I was one the most tenured employees at the theatre save for two other folks who had worked there part time on the side, and had full time jobs elsewhere.
So for the sake of this story I need to tell you about Jane (not actual name). Jane started working for the theatre 2 months before me. They worked elsewhere as a supervisor and was looking to move up at the theatre. Right after I started one of the managers left to work at a different theatre and the supervisor moved up. We had two managers, one general manager (basically the highest level at the theatre), and a supervisor which is a manager in training. (This is important.) Jane somehow got the supervisor position even though there was another person who essentially was promised the position due to their continued service at the theatre for almost 8 years. There were rumors about Jane sleeping with the GM when she started and this situation got them going again. I didn’t care too much because why would I, I am but a lowly peon in the corporate machine. Anyways Jane moved up and the tenured crew member left the company because they got screwed over.
Once Jane moved up we had a whole meeting about her moving up and how the theatre focuses on professionalism and ensuring no favoritism was happening. Specifically referencing how normal crew members shouldn’t fraternize outside of work with management.
Jane didn’t really listen to that though. She continued to hang out with the crew members who were mostly underage and would do various things like go drinking with minors, taking them to bars and buying them drinks or simply buying alcohol at a store and letting them drink at her house, I honestly have no issue with the drinking at home deal, just adding context, as well smoke weed with them and post pictures on Instagram. Oh yeah I forgot to mention Jane had a secret Instagram where they would post pictures of themselves with their friends from the theatre. They chose Instagram because none of their family or their boyfriend used Instagram and no one would know right?
Even more damning was her relationship with a 19 year old that worked at the theatre. She had a boyfriend who had been with her for years and honestly supported her for all intensive purposes. Not only did she have a 19 year old side piece, but also was messing around with a 17 year old. I even caught them messing around in the break room one time. She essentially threatened me with my job if I told anyone. Honestly she could’ve just told me to please be quiet and I would have just judged her silently.
Fast forward about a year or so and another one of the managers left for a new job. Jane obviously moved up and someone else took the supervisor position. Now I won’t go into too much detail, but despite my tenure and performance I was looked over for the promotion. A newer crew member who was really good friends with Jane got the position over me. This was confirmed by the other manager who let me know that Jane was definitely in good with the GM, who ultimately made the final decision. That being said I was beginning to sour and making minimum wage for years at a job that couldn’t give a shit about my efforts and continued performance. That being said I was preparing for an exit.
Before I get into my exit, it is important to note that Jane had and most likely still has a problem with me. I have talked about some issues I had with her, but I never escalated or even confronted her about anything she did to me up to this point. I honestly left it be. But I didn’t like her and the fact I didn’t like her or play along with her bullshit infuriated her. So much to the point where she made my life hell at the theatre. When she was a supervisor she didn’t have much power but when she became manager she began giving me shit shifts, convincing people that I was weird and to avoid me (I mean I am weird but not like avoid me weird), threatening me physically, threatening my job, her and her gang of misfit assholes also slashed my tires (I have no solid proof, but my car was parked in the employee lot and ya know only employees can get in), beyond that she also made fun of my girlfriend (my now wife) for having an invisible illness (MS), she would make her life hell because she had a disability and had some minor limitations. Add together all of this, plus my GF went off to college, plus getting looked over for the promotion, suffice it to say I found a new job.
I had a few close friends at the theatre including my now wife who I met while working there (silver lining right.) I had let a few of them know about the new job, but told them to keep it on the DL since it was still two weeks away. I had put my two weeks in with the GM and asked that he also keep it on the DL since Jane and her posse would fuck with me. I told him that I wanted to tell everyone myself so it kept him quiet.
Now the important thing about my new job is that it essentially paid me double my wages from the theatre. All of my friends were stoked for me, I was taking a job that would also have me making more than the managers at the theatre but also a job that put me on a better track in life. That being said with Jane and I butting heads on multiple occasions and her track record of messing with me, she decided to get one last attack on me. She started a rumor that I was just going to call out on all of my shifts the two weeks before my new job started.
With her last act of revenge in motion, the GM approached me and let me know that he wouldn’t be scheduling me the last two weeks. I tried to explain to him that the rumors were bullshit that I needed to work because it would be my only source of income. I told him that Jane started the rumor and I started to tell him all of the other stuff as well. He of course didn’t believe me and told me that Jane wouldn’t do what I was saying she would do. So it was her word vs mine. I contacted my new job who let me know that my start date was firm and that their budget wouldn’t allow me to start until two weeks later as originally planned. Now here I am essentially jobless for two weeks. Now I was upset, but I was also lucky. I was still living with family and didn’t have to pay rent, so I sucked it up and essentially told myself that I would just take a forced two week vacation. But Jane didn’t stop there. She escalated again by having one of her cronies call my new job and tell them that I got fired. I was luckily able to talk down my new boss by letting him know that this wasn’t the case that I put my two weeks in and everything else, but that was the last straw.
I left my last day at the theatre and while it was sad and I was upset that I wouldn’t be able to work out the last two weeks of my job that I had for years, I was focused and determined on revenge. Rule #1 of living a secret life and having a secret Instagram is not add every body and their mother to the page. I had a friend of a friend who also didn’t care for Jane let’s call them Joe. Joe and I had gone to high school together and briefly worked at the theatre together. He and Jane were part of the same group at the theatre until they had a small falling out. Nothing crazy but he wasn’t exactly happy with her. I talked to Joe and we discussed my issues with Jane over some lunch that I bought for him. (Food is the key to all revenge plots.) Once we ate and discussed my problems with Jane I asked for his help. I needed access to her Instagram. Ya know the secret one, showing her hanging out with underage employees, drinking alcohol and smoking weed with them, and also some mushy posts about her 19 year old boyfriend, as well as some moderately racy photos with her 17 year old fling. With very little discussion he gave me full access.
I took screenshots of essentially everything. We are talking 2-3 years worth of illicit and moderately illegal activity. More than enough to get her fired and to raise some questions in her relationship. I took the screenshots and I printed them on the most high quality papematerial that CVS had to offer. I also copied them too a few flash drives for good measure. I purchased two yellow padded envelopes (can never be too safe), and I filled them both with copies of all of the posts as well as a flash drive with additional copies. As well I included a note in each one for the appropriate parties.
One of the envelopes was taped to the back door of the theatre. There was somewhat of a blind spot so pulled into the parking lot from the rear and snuck around the corner mission impossible style to tape the envelope to the back door. On it was the GM’s name, as well in the letter I merely stated that one of their managers had a secret Instagram with a lot of damning evidence of not only favoritism, but also fraternizing with underage employees amongst other wrong doings. In the letter I also requested her immediate termination or the information would be provided to the district manager as well as our corporate office. I made sure to put it somewhere the GM would see on his morning sweep when he opened the theatre. The second folder and letter was delivered to her home by Joe. Joe agreed to this as I knew Jane’s schedule and had a good idea of when she would be gone and he knew where she lived from previous hang outs.
With both folders delivered it was only a matter of time. Before I knew it I was receiving death threats from Jane’s gang. All of them saying that they knew it was me and that Jane was going to come after me, that she never did anything to deserve this. It didn’t matter to me of course, I no longer worked there and would hopefully never have to deal with them again. From what I heard she was taken into the main office of the theatre and the GM let her have it. He ultimately had to fire her because there was very clear proof that she was in direct violation of many of the rules and conditions of her employment. As well her boyfriend with proof in hand kicked her out of his home.
Last I heard she moved farther north and hasn’t held down a solid job since. Her family didn’t want much to do with her once everything came out with her cheating on her boyfriend. Also the part about fooling around with a 17 year old tends not to sit well. In the end I started my new job without fail and moved on from that place. Haven’t see much of anyone from there since.
Tl;dr: Manager makes my life hell, continues to hang out and fool around with underage crew members, lives to regret it. Enjoy losing your job and your boyfriend.
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2020.10.31 20:25 Leather_Term Billionaire investor Leon Black denies he was blackmailed by Jeffrey Epstein

dailymail.co.uk 31 October 2020
Billionaire investor Leon Black denies he was blackmailed by Jeffrey Epstein after ‘he paid up to $75million to the disgraced financier for professional services’
  • Financier veteran Leon Black denied that he was blackmailed for millions of dollars by Jeffrey Epstein
  • Black called the allegations 'categorically untrue' and admitted his relationship with Epstein was a 'terrible mistake'
  • The Apollo Global Management Inc. CEO has come under fire after it was reported he transferred up to $75million to Epstein for 'professional services'
  • He made the payments after the late financier had been convicted of child sex offenses in 2008
  • The company's stock share has declined and one of the biggest US public pension funds has already frozen new investments with Apollo
  • Black addressed the allegations during a call with concerned investors
Billionaire investor Leon Black denied allegations that Jeffrey Epstein blackmailed him for millions of dollars over the last decade, saying such claims were 'categorically untrue.'
The Apollo Global Management, Inc. CEO both acknowledged and defended himself against the accusations on Thursday, when he gave his most comprehensive account to date of his ties with Epstein during the company's third-quarter earnings call.
The company's stock plummeted $500million this month after it was revealed that Black reportedly transferred between $50 million and $75 million to Epstein for 'professional services.'
Several investors in Apollo's funds expressed concerns as much of the payments to Epstein came after his 2008 conviction for procuring an underage girl for prostitution and of soliciting a prostitute.
One of the biggest US public pension funds froze new investments in the firm in light of the revelation, and stock shares have yet to make a significant rebound.
'Let me be clear, there has never been an allegation by anyone that I engaged in any wrongdoing, because I did not,' said Black.
'Any suggestion of blackmail, or any other connection to Epstein’s reprehensible conduct, is categorically untrue.'
Financial documents showed Wall Street executive Black gave $10 million to one of Epstein's foundations alone, the New York Times reported.
Black said he first met Epstein two decades ago, when the latter was advising prominent clients, including several heads of state, Nobel laureates, and even a U.S. treasury secretary.
The 69-year-old private equity veteran said he was not aware of Epstein's criminal conduct until media reports surfaced in late 2006 of U.S. and Florida investigations into Epstein.
Black said that in 2012, three years after Epstein got out of jail following his prostitution conviction, he retained Epstein for 'personal estate planning, tax structuring and philanthropic advice' because of 'misplaced comfort' in the 'distinguished reputations' of the individuals in high society that Epstein continued to associate with.
'This was a terrible mistake. Had I known any of the facts about Epstein's sickening and repulsive conduct, which I learned in late 2018, more than a year after I stopped working with them I never would have had anything to do with him,' Black said.
Epstein was awaiting trial at the Metropolitan Correctional Center jail in New York City when he committed suicide by hanging inside his jail cell in August 2019.
He was held on sex trafficking charges of minors in Florida and New York from 2002 to 2005. He pleaded not guilty to all charges and maintained his innocence until the end.
His alleged 'madam,' Ghislaine Maxwell, is currently detained in a Brooklyn prison cell awaiting trial for six federal crimes, including enticement of minors and sex trafficking.
Recently, Maxwell's family launched a campaign to get her out of jail, claiming she's lost considerable weight and her human rights were violated.
The figures Black reportedly transferred help shed some light on how Epstein died with a net worth estimated at $634million despite his imprisonment. But it is not clear exactly what role Epstein played to receive such large sums of money; he had no formal legal or tax training.
In January, U.S. Virgin Islands Attorney General Denise George sued the estate, seeking claims on behalf of victims he raped and trafficked on a private Caribbean island.
Black has said he intends to cooperate with the U.S. Virgin Islands inquiry and any other investigation.
Apollo said that Epstein never did any work for the New York-based firm and announced last week that three board directors tasked with probing Black's ties to Epstein had retained law firm Dechert LLP to launch a full review.
Apollo Chief Financial Officer Martin Kelly said on Thursday the review would include going though emails and interviewing people.
He said he hoped it would be concluded by the end of the year.
As news of Black's financial transactions with Epstein emerged, Apollo took an immediate hit, forcing the CEO to send a letter to investors in which he confirmed paying Epstein 'millions of dollars annually for his work'.
In article images show letter to Apollo investors Black is understood to have sent addressing his relationship with Epstein
He also confirmed a family picnic in 2012 with the disgraced financier on his private island residence in the U.S. Virgin Islands, dubbed Pedophile Island.
As concerns over the pair's involvement grew, Pennsylvania Public School Employees' Retirement System halted investments with the $414 billion private equity group.
Black and two other Apollo co-founders, Joshua Harris and Marc Rowan, control 52.9 percent of the private equity firm through six intermediate holding companies, according to regulatory filings.
Apollo co-founder and Senior Managing Director Josh Harris, seen as Black's likely successor were he to step down, said the firm expected fundraising would slow down in the near term, as some investors waited for the review's findings.
Kelly added that only 3 percent of the investor money Apollo manages could be withdrawn in the next two years, and that the firm's big insurance investment portfolio buttressed its income from a slowdown in fundraising.
Apollo Global Management Inc.'s stock shares were down 17 per cent at $36.86 for the month of October after the market closed Friday afternoon.
Over a five-day period, the company was down 10.43 per cent as shares continued to tilt downwards.
In article images of stock shares for Apollo Global Management Inc
Distributable earnings (DE) - the cash available for paying dividends to shareholders - fell to $205.1 million from $222.5 million a year earlier, as a big rise in profit in Apollo's credit businesses was not enough to offset a steep drop in its private equity and real estate divisions.
That translated to DE per share of 47 cents, under-performing Wall Street analysts' average forecast of 49 cents, according to data from Refinitiv.
Apollo said the value of its credit funds appreciated 3.7 percent in aggregate in the third quarter, with its private equity portfolio rising 8 percent. Its real estate, principal finance and infrastructure funds climbed 3.4 percent in aggregate.
Apollo said total assets under management rose to $433.1 billion as of the end of September, up from $414 billion three months earlier.
It ended the quarter with $45.8 billion in unspent capital and said it would pay a quarterly dividend of 51 cents a share.
Epstein and Black are said to have known each other since at least 1996 and they are reported to have regularly met up for lunches and dinners.
Under a 2008 non-prosecution agreement, Epstein pleaded guilty to state charges in Florida of solicitation of prostitution involving a minor and another similar prostitution charge.
That allowed him to avoid federal prosecution and a possible life sentence, instead serving 13 months in a work-release program. He was required to make payments to victims and register as a sex offender.
In 2018, Black and Epstein are said to have cut ties over 'a fee dispute'.
In 2019, following Epstein's arrest for sex trafficking, Black, who is the chairman of the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), said he had a 'limited relationship' with the disgraced financier.
Epstein was known for hobnobbing with the rich, famous and influential, including presidents and a prince.
He owned a private island in the Caribbean, homes in Paris and New York City, a New Mexico ranch, and a fleet of high-price cars. His friends had once included Britain’s Prince Andrew, former President Bill Clinton and President Donald Trump.
In article "Leon Black's Monday letter to Apollo investors in full" text.
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2020.10.31 20:21 LauraMThrash Halloween True-Fright that you won't read about in Express-News: What Bexar County Probate Court can do to you!

Halloween True-Fright that you won't read about in Express-News: What Bexar County Probate Court can do to you!
True Halloween Fright!
Bexar County Probate Judge Oscar Kazen could do to you, what he did to Charlie Thrash, former owner of Thrash Differentials and Axle Service on West Ave.
Judge Oscar Kazen can:
  1. Remove you from your home,
  2. Isolate you from your chosen wife & family,
  3. Order both your paid-for homes sold, including your 10+ classic cars & hotrods, airplanes and motorcycles.
Since Charlie Thrash used to be a resident of Shavano Park, where Oscar Kazen also lives, the Mayor of Shavano Park Bob Werner and his wife Mary Werner, a professional guardian who receives 100% of her work from Probate Judges just like Oscar Kazen, AND the Shavano Park Police Department are all in on the take! Charlie Thrash's estimated $3 Million of liquidated assets are now used to pay the attorneys and Mary Werner who argue Charlie Thrash MUST STAY in a guardianship, so his estate can continue to be billed by the attorneys.
How crazy-frightening is that?! Being conscripted into court-ordered guardianship could happen to you. It could happen to anyone these probate thieves set their sights on.
https://preview.redd.it/7p67drvqchw51.jpg?width=2715&format=pjpg&auto=webp&s=acd5175d168bbe9f77b9e5bfae8a5a9b7345ce93
Charlie Thrash was a happy, wealthy, 78 year-old, living the good life in San Antonio, Texas, with his common-law wife of seven years, Laura Thrash, and Laura's three adult children. After a life of astute business practices and investments, Charlie owned two airplanes, a hangar at Boerne, TX airport, a condominium, multiple commercial properties used in his automotive businesses, and at least 10 collectible/vintage hot-rods, including a Shelby Mustang and 2 vintage motorcycles. Charlie had cash assets to match, as well as monthly income to support his lifestyle.
Then, in 2016, Charlie Thrash made, what some in Shavano Park, a municipality of 4,000, surrounded by the City of San Antonio, decided was a 'mistake.' Charlie Thrash made the 'mistake' of thinking he could own a home in Shavano Park, and that he would be welcome there.
Shavano Park's average educational level among adults is post-graduate, but Charlie Thrash only had a high school diploma. And Charlie had more money, many more automobiles, and a younger common-law wife than is common for Shavano Park, and that didn't sit well, evidently, with the Mayor of Shavano Park, taxation and probate attorney Robert B Werner and his wife, a professional guardian, Mary Werner, both residing at 310 Fawn Dr, Shavano Park, TX 78231.
Mayor Werner and Mary had been prominent political and financial supporters of their down-the-street neighbor, Bexar County Probate Judge Oscar Kazen, residing at 106 Fawn Dr, Shavano Park, TX 78231. After Mayor Werner & Mary threw at least one public party supporting the candidacy of their neighbor Oscar Kazen on Sept 8, 2018, to be the next Probate Judge of Bexar County, within one month of Oscar Kazen being installed as Judge, on Jan 29, 2019 Mary Werner was awarded the guardianship of Charlie Thrash -- by her neighbor, and one of two possible Bexar County judges capable of giving Mary professional guardianship employment -- Probate Judge Oscar Kazen.
Charlie was removed from his home on March 6, 2019, and hasn't been seen -- upon Orders of Judge Oscar Kazen -- his common-law wife Laura Martinez-Thrash, nor his adopted adult children, Brittany, Joe, or Brittany, since that date. On October 31, 2020, it is 605 days since Charlie Thrash has been seen by his wife and family. You can watch a brief Introduction to the Guardianship of Charlie Thrash on YouTube.
Also lost, along with Charlie's liberties, is an estimated $3 Million in Charlie's liquidated assets, with the resulting cash put at the disposal of the attorneys, arguing on behalf of the wife of the Mayor of Shavano Park, and Charlie Thrash's professional guardian, Mary Werner, and the Guardian of Charlie Thrash's Estate (money) to continue to hold Charlie incommunicado in a guardianship against his wishes. The lawyers are able to do this by misquoting the law, and none of the Judges reviewing this case, care to rebuke the attorneys who have misused the law.
List of Charlie's property sold off to create cash to pay the attorneys arguing to keep Charlie in guardianship?
  1. Charlie's 310 Harvard Oak home
  2. his condominium
  3. his hangar at Boerne Airport
  4. his airplanes his prized Corvette, trucks, cars
  5. his prized Harley motorcycles
  6. his prized Triumph motorcycles
  7. his gun collection
  8. his personal jewelry – Rolex watch, 14K gold Cadillac signet ring, 14K gold class ring his safe deposit box at Frost Bank, believed to have contained $100,000+/- cash, jewelry, coins & other valuables – all seized by Tonya Barina, who has not provided any inventory,
  9. Charlie's businesses on West Ave, including all equipment, tools, and inventory his livelihood and a means of earning money
You can help free Charlie Thrash from his guardianship -- Sign our petition & share it widely. If you live in the US, become knowledgeable about guardianship and it's potential for abuse in your community. Protect yourself and your loved ones, because we could all be Charlie Thrash.
The Netflix documentary series episode "Guardianship, Inc." in the 2nd season of Dirty Money, produced by Academy Award-winner Alex Gibney, is a good place to get acquainted with how abusive guardianships destroy lives in every manner possible: physically, spiritually, financially, emotionally - in every way possible, the Ward is systematically dismembered, and rendered into a piece of property, owned by the courts.
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2020.10.31 19:21 lskennedy Flipping PC's: My experience selling computers this year.

I had a lot of people commenting whenever I mention that I flip PC’s, so I’m making a top post here about my journey this year and for anyone else who has thought about it. This is going to be long and maybe rambling, so I’ll try to cut it into sections.
Background.
I had flipped PC’s in the past as a small side hobby (we’re talking maybe 2-3 a year) whenever I’d see some good deals on either new or used parts. I have been lucky that it hasn’t been a headache that others have reported, but I also try to be 100% transparent in every sale I make. My golden rule is that if I’m not comfortable using it, then I’m not selling it.
That said, at the beginning of the year I had decided I wanted to build a new pc by years end and saved about $1900~ to do so. I figured that was a good amount for a machine, but then I had an idea. What if I took that $1900, invested it in PC parts and then tried to increase my PC budget, maybe even allowing me a nice HTPC/couch gaming machine? So that’s exactly what I did. Not all at once, but whenever I saw some parts that were affordable on used sites like hardwareswap, ebay or even marketplace, I would check out benchmarks (Oftentimes youtube PART NAME 2020 benchmarks) and watch the framerates, frametime etc.
Getting started
My goal wasn’t a set profit, but more of set price ranges. I’d make 1080p entry level machines for $350~ out the door, or maybe something more capable for $500~. Most common parts I would use for these were i5-2400,2500,3570 or i7 2600-3770 in used builds, and the super surprising 9100f or 10100 in the more expensive ones. These are all rather affordable and being patient on resale sites can net you a decent 1151 board for a good price. I even got lucky on a sale and nabbed a 3570/motherboard/8GB DDR3 for $47 on ebay once. 8GB of RAM was the bare minimum I would go with, but if I could I would boost it to 12-16GB (yes I’m aware of dual channel lost with a 4x8, but with the testing I did having 12GB out of dual channel was way better than just 8GB, and was the difference between playability and not for some systems).
For GPU’s GTX 960s, 1050’s, and RX 470’s were the sweet spot for this range, a lot of times they can be found for $40-60. I did use a GTX 760 once, but that was for an ultra budget machine and I would not recommend them at this time to anyone, unless you’re trying to spend less than $200.
For cases, I would almost always wait for cases to hit $30 or lower with free shipping and buy ones that interested me (Cougar MG110, Rosewill cases, DIYPC etc) because I also like to know what low cost options are out there for builders on this subreddit. I haven’t gotten to use the deepcool mattrex, but I plan to eventually as another flipper I know swears by them.
90% of my builds always used a new PSU, Case and always a new SSD. I do not sell computers that don’t have a new SSD in them, and generally try not to use used storage at all. That said, finding some good deals on 500-1TB drives ($5-10) and verifying their health with crystal disk was a good way to boost the storage, and therefore the value. PSU’s were almost always 80+ Bronze EVGA’s, except I did have a person who wanted a computer ASAP and agreed to a thermaltake 500w 80+ white. Since his system was an i5, gtx 1050 I was ok with it.
Motherboards I wasn’t too picky on, seeing as the tech was old it was more about getting a good deal, verifying functionality and then testing it. This was the one that gave me the most headaches however, as multiple boards were DOA and I even had one that had an admin password that there was just no way to get around. I had to eat the loss on that one as I took to long to get to using it and was out of the return window. Lesson learned. Windows, let’s just say that the flipping community is split on how to handle this and that some supporters have a grey mindset.
Whenever I was done building a system, I would install windows without activating, install some games, benchmark the hardware and then do a 24-48 hour burn in (time permitting). I would also capture gameplay footage to upload to youtube because hey, that helped me decide so maybe I can help others too!
If there were any parts that I particularly liked and I saw on sale (especially during the height of covid) I would buy 1-2 to have on hand to streamline the next build.
The sales
Most of my success was on marketplace on facebook. I had a good reputation already built from my previous sales, so I think that helped make me trustworthy. After that, offerup was my next best resource, but I will say the clientele on that app is generally more apt to lowball or be straight up rude. When it came time to sell my personal PC (i7 4770k, 16GB DDR3 2133, NZXT H500, EVGA 600w 80+, RX 570 4GB STRIX, 1tB total SSD storage) I had it listed at $500 and had many offers for $200-250 “Right now” from offerup. Many weren’t too keen to be told no. This did help my negotiation skills though, as I learned that many people did respect blunt answers instead of trying to be overly “customer service” oriented. After I had made a good amount of sales, I had a few referrals, which was pretty cool because hey people liked my work and suggested me to others! This lead to a few more sales and my first all-new build for someone. I have to say that doing an all new build was a bit more stressful for me as usually I was just putting my own money on the line and then tinkering, but to be using someone else’s made me much more cautious than I already am.
During these COVID times I stopped having people in the house to see the computer boot etc, but instead would record videos of it functioning, showcasing todays date, time and saying the potential buyers name. This almost always worked out except the one time the buyer (on offerup) turned out to be a teenage kid who showed up with his parents and did NOT like that they didn’t see the computer in action. Got a 5 star review though and haven’t heard from them, so I assume they were pleased.
Staying organized
If you’re going to do this, I would strongly STRONGLY suggest you have a dedicated building area. This may not be a full fledged business, but you should still treat it as one. I bought a nice desk to work with and set up a dedicated computer building area in my office. What I would suggest for anyone who wants to do the same, here are the basics that I used the most:
Some of the above may seem weird, but my office doesn’t have the best lighting so being able to move a light around to see inside of these smaller cases was nice. The tweezers were handy if a screw fell AND when I needed to do some cable management through very tight holes in the cases. Who would have thought that cheap cases wouldn’t have the best management…
I created a google doc spreadsheet with headers for all the components where I would name the build (i5 2400 Rosewill FBM X2 etc) and then list out my price of the components, had the total cost to me, what I listed it at in another column, what it sold for, and then the profile of the person who I sold it to. Also any additional notes (This case was easy to work in, look for this motherboard again, provided email to this person as they said their brother may want a PC, follow up etc).
While I was actually building the PC’s, when they were ready I just used the tried-and-true method of post it notes for computers that may have the same case etc. Labeling which one was which was nice because at one point I had 3 of the same cases/PSU/CPU/GPU and looking from the outside alone you could mix them up.
Conclusion
So where did I end up? I started with $1900, and ended with a total revenue of $3820, however some parts I did lose money on. That motherboard I didn’t return in time was $40, and there was about a build and a half that I wasn’t satisfied with (Athlon x4 760’s just don’t cut it anymore) that I sold parts for a loss to tinkerers in the community, so the total profit is around $1800. The highest profit I had on one build was $182, the lowest was around $100. I would estimate that I spent no less than 100 hours working on all the PC's, and that includes sourcing parts, the build, taking pictures, writing the posts, listing on all marketplace apps (letgo, offerup, marketplace), negotiating and finally closing. there are other factors to consider as well, such as additional electricity usage, and gas if I had to locally pick up the parts, but those costs I'm not looking to quantify.
Regardless, I almost doubled my money for the PC that I wanted to build, while also trying out a load of components, building up a youtube channel, networking, and improving my entrepreneurial spirit. I even reconnected with a high school friend who I used to tinker computers with who is flipping PC’s the next county over. We bounced some advice off each other and he’s miles ahead of where I am, but it was fun to run into his posts and recognize the name.
Now would I suggest you do this? Maybe. I’ve been building for 15 years, and doing 15+ builds this year doesn’t sound like a lot, but I also have a full time job, a wife and kids. This was a lot of extra work, albeit for a hobby I enjoy, but not every build was perfect and using my free time to troubleshoot something, that I used my own money on, to maybe make $100 could be tedious. If I truly didn’t love building computers, I would have stopped shortly into doing this. Also, people skills are important, but as I said I was able to develop even more doing this. Patience is also another virtue, some computers I sold within hours of listing, but the exact same build may have taken 3 weeks and a price reduction to move. I wouldn’t suggest someone who just built their first computer to jump into doing this, I’m not a perfect builder but I consider myself to be pretty good, have built around 100 computers in my time and try to keep up on the current PC trends. If you are a new builder and want to get into this, start by volunteering to help build friends PC’s, grab some cheapos on craigslist and take them apart, put them back together, and do it again. Practice your cable management, taking pictures of your computer (good pictures sell computers faster), and read in this community a lot. Also be receptive to feedback!!! Like I said, I’m not a perfect builder myself and always am trying to learn.
If you have any questions please feel free to ask and I'll answer to the best of my ability. Like I said, I'm no pro but I hope this at least helps someone!
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2020.10.31 12:44 olundmip Dead People With Something To Say 0.9: John Lennon

Who Are They

This instalment of Dead People With Something to Say is partially poignant due to its timeliness.
Today’s subject would have been 80 years old this very month and much of today’s post will be detailing the many reasons this man could not be with us here today.
You cannot not know him, of course ladies and gentleman I’m talking about possibly one of the dead people with the most to say, none other than Mr John “Winston Boogie” Lennon.

What did they say

John Winston Lennon was born on the 9th of October 1940 art Liverpool Maternity Hospital in the United Kingdom to a working class family. He spent the first five years of his life living with his maternal parents but in 1945, after his farther had dishonourably abandoned his military service, he began to live with his Aunty Mimi.
His time with Mimi would be the happiest of his childhood and whilst he got along with the local children he became to be known and the local trouble maker, the boy the other children’s parents warned them not to play with.
This didn’t stop John becoming popular with the people with his high-school drawings making it into the daily school paper “The Daily Howl”. Despite these glimmers of happiness at Aunt Mimi’s a tragic moment would go on to form the thematic basis for Lennon’s entire career.
On the 15th of July 1958 Julia Lennon, John’s mother, was struck by an oncoming off duty police car and passed away instantly.
John’s instant response to this tragic event was to sink into a denial fuelled raged that caused him to hit the bottle. He’d go on to be thrown out of the academic institutions in his life and was “cited” by his peers at the time as “being content to drift. By this time John’s group The Quarrymen were making waves in the local skiffle scene.
Skiffle
Skiffle can be defined as the wave of music in-between early 20th century American Blues and Folk music craze and Rock and Roll.
The first wave occurred in mid 1920’s and the craze spread through the Western World petering out by the late 50’s. What was unique about skiffle bands is that they performed using an array of rather… basic instruments shall we say.
Washboards, milk jugs, tea-chests, cigar boxes, bath tubs and combs were all used by skiffle groups across the ages to fill out the sound any way they could.
This improvisational attitude also manages to spread into the music and some of the early skiffle music is some of the most spirited this author has had ever pleasure of listening to.
It was at one of these early Quarrymen performances that John was introduced by one of his friends to a gentleman called Paul McCartney.
The two had been aware of one another prior to meeting and struck a chord right away with Lennon asking McCartney to join the Quarrymen and despite their guardians respective disapproval of the other the two got along famously and began to write original songs independently at first and then over time brought the other in to help accordingly.
This quickly led to a collaborative relationship that would go on span the next two decades. Paul would in turn invite the slightly younger George Harrison to the mix as the lead guitarist which allowed Paul and John to focus on songwriting and showmanship.
They went through a flurry of names after The Quarrymen but by 1960 they finally settled on The Beatles.
Their relative location fame had enabled them to book a 48 date tour in Hamburg but they were missing an essential part of the band, a drummer.
This led to them bringing in local drummer Pete Best as a last minute fill in.
Their stint in Hamburg acted as the first foray into adulthood whisking the boys away from small town Liverpool and emerging them in a world of nightlife, narcotics and lust.
That is to say they played all day and all night, took amphetamines to stay awake and slept with all the young ladies of the night they could. Due to George’s young age and their promiscuous behaviour the boys were sent home early by deportation all but John.
During this period John played with local German groups and returned home on his own without altering the others to his immediate arrival.
This was due to John’s emotions at the time.
His time in Hamburg had opened his eyes to the reality of the entertainment industry and its pitfalls and tendencies to promote sinful behaviour. He debated whether or not this life was for him.
As we all know John continued on with his efforts in the musical field but this brief moment of self awareness would speak multitudes about his attitude to come. By this time around 62-63 the Beatles had taken steps to move up the ladder of the British music industry.
During this period of time they had acquired a manager by the name of Brian Epstein and a new drummer by the name of Ringo Starr, lost a bass player by the name of Stuart Sutcliffe and Lennon and McCartney’s songwriting ability had come on leaps and bounds.
Starting out on the first couple of albums writing fairly simplistic pieces entirely from their imaginations, Johns work especially had began to take on a more self aware tone.
A song like “I Don’t Want To Spoil The Party” is hugely indicative of Lennon’s attitude at the time because of one is to ponder upon the lyrics one will see that whilst Lennon feels discontent regarding the actions of his peers at said party, he is still displaying typical British politeness by saying “I’d hate my disappointment to show”.
He is still uneasy when it comes to speaking his own truth that is to say.
By 1964 they had begun appearing in their own motion pictures which led to what we all now know as “Beatlemania”. This growing notion within Lennon would grow to become the entire emotional basis for his creative output in the latter half of the 60’s and early 70’s. Although it would not peak for another few years a stark change in Lennon’s creative tone comes with creation of the album “Help” in 1965.
It is probably worth at this juncture talking about the operations of the Beatles camp in their formative years and the background and relationship between each camp.



The key players, and by key players I am referring to individuals that have influence over what The Beatles was I. The eyes of the general public, are in 1965:
The upbringing and general temperament of these listed individuals would come to have a large impact on the latter stages of the Beatles career. To not mince words I am speaking about the moral and political climate of 1960’s Britain.
The Sputnik Crisis
All one must do if they want an overview of Britain’s place on the world stage prior to the 20th century is to read our post on Mr John Dee. But to put it simply, by establishing the Commonwealth around the globe over the centuries that comprised the second millennium, The British Empire established themselves as the main global superpower and it wasn’t until the westernisation of the Americas that this crown would be knocked so to speak.
A large portion of the UK’s national pride still lies upon the idea that we won World War 2, showed those Jerries who’s boss and resolidifed our place as the dominating force we had become known as but let’s take a look at the facts.
These listed points all contributed to what would become to be known as “The Sputnik Crisis”.
In short this crisis came from the general public in response to the 1957 launch of the Soviet satellite known as Sputnik. This was the first launch of its kind and had beaten the American efforts by nearly a year.
This led to a sort of national panic in the UK because news publications and national propaganda had led the masses to believe the UK were still the global power they once were prior the the wailed warfare. The problem being was that the war had taken its toll on the economy and this author is willing to bet that with the VE Day celebrations the British general public would have been incredibly disheartened after 6 years of intense rationing and banding together to make do and mend. The publicised “win” for the United Kingdom is till held in a position of intense pride to this day with annual “reenactment fairs” and “air shows” displaying the wears of our great triumph but it only takes a quick glance at modern culture to see that the global stage was much more influenced by the Germanic advancements that anything coming out of Royal Britannia.
It is this pomp that still exists to this day in the form of things like the Brexit debacle and thegrowing discontent in the British people and the growing minority populations that have gathered here since the advent of WW2.
So getting back to The Fab Four, there was a great divide happening amongst the young liberal minded people of the world and the old guard of conservative voters that resided in Britain’s more rural areas. Typically in Britain if you are working class you vote Labour and if you are middle or upper class you vote conservative.

Red or blue.
Left or right.
There are third party parties but non get taken seriously.


Splitting the key members of the Beatles camp into ideological groups allows one to notice some peculiar, not telling observations.
Splitting the key members of the Beatles camp into ideological groups allows one to notice some peculiar, quite telling observations.

This chart shows roughly where the important members of the Beatles operation sat ideologically, with obviously wiggle room here and there as nothing is this easily generalisable.

Left Middle Right
Lennon (see parental situation) Paul McCartney Bill McCartney
Harrison (passive in attitude) Ringo Starr George Martin
Brian Epstein (gay in 1960’s Britain Derek Taylor Geoff Emerick
Mal Evens
Bare this in mind it becomes importantly shortly.

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So by 1965 the Beatles are a worldwide phenomenon and are filming their second film “Help”named after the Lennon composition that’d he’d penned earlier that year and in the same spirit as the songs listed earlier, Help carried on the theme of self-awareness with Lennon evenciting Help as the “first time I was consciously writing, and the first thing I said was Help! And I meant it”.
This humble cry for help was a stark difference to the tough macho bravado Lennon had become to be known for.
An example of this bravado would be at Paul McCartney’s 18th birthday where a good friend of the Beatles insinuated that due to Lennon’s closeness to Brian Epstein he must be a homosexual like Brian.
This led to Lennon brutally beating the man with a shovel with members of the party having to physically remove John from the fight.
We now turn our attention to the current public perceptions of John Lennon. On this website itself among many others this author has noticed an increasing opinion that despite his calls for “peace”, Lennon has become known as a sexist, abusive and angry man.
This is due in this authors opinion to:
Earlier I mentioned the influences of each Beatles respective spouse at any one time and being that “love” was the focus of a lot of their (and everyone else’s) compositions, being in a relationship with a Beatle meant you:
  1. Would be the subject of several songs.
  2. You will have an effect on their everyday headspace therefore affecting other compositions not entirely about them as an individual.
Cynthia Lennon was John’s first wife. They met at Art College whilst The Beatles were forming and the two were married by 62 and by 63 they’d had their first child Julian.
By all accounts Cynthia was a typical British gal who enjoyed art in a very reserved British kind of way akin to John’s sheepish early compositions. Paired with Paul’s girlfriend at the time, actress Jane Asher, the two couples ruled the British tabloids like peas in a pod.
It’s hearing all this jubilance that makes hearing about the cases of domestic abuse that have been levelled against Lennon all the more disheartening.
"It is a diary form of writing. All that 'I used to be cruel to my woman / I beat her and kept her apart from the things that she loved' was me. I used to be cruel to my woman, and physically – any woman. I was a hitter. I couldn't express myself and I hit. I fought men and I hit women. That is why I am always on about peace, you see. It is the most violent people who go for love and peace. Everything's the opposite.
Detailed in The Beatles song “Getting Better” from 66’s Sgt Pepper, Lennon indeed was known to become violent when intoxicated and let loose the pain he was holding probably dating back to the loss of his mother.
A subconscious love/hate relationship with women.
Not an excuse, simply an explanation.
Each infamous case of Lennon’s dark side will be chronicled here and hopefully by then end of this piece you may be able to find some empathy for the man.
It would be the culmination of these emotions that resulted in the first conscious song from Lennon in his own estimations, “Help”.
In Help, Lennon throws himself at the mercy of his peers by saying
“look I know I’ve been macho and hard to deal with in the past but please, right now, I need help”
The song can be seen as an admittance of guilt and a want for anybody around him to extend a helping hand.
Also transpiring around the release of Help was the groups developing interest in psychedelic substances all thanks to a Mr Zimmerman on their trips across the pond to the might USA.
This inclination for the herb led the outlooks of the Beatles to change somewhat.
Interviews from 65-66 are fairly lucid and relaxed in tone with the boys offsetting the monotonous questions from interviewers with abstract observations that tickled the crowds and rightly so.
Their new attitude could be seen on their next LP “Rubber Soul” which featured the 4 of them stood against a dark green hedge or bush, referencing their newfound love for all things green.
Rubber Soul also featured some of the most introspective songwriting, from Lennon especially, to date.
Girl, In My Life and Nowhere Man all talk brashly about Lennon’s opinions regarding the world around him holding no bars. They are songs that if one reads aloud with no musical backing, may find them quite harsh if not very emotionally real poems.
1965 also saw a new substance make its way into the Beatle world.
Lysergic acid diethylamide or LSD as it had come to be known was synthesised by a Swiss chemist called 1938. He accidentally consumed the substance when trying to come up with a new medicine using ergot.
The Beatles were first introduced to LSD by their dentist of all people. The event is well documented and led them to become very intrigued with the substance influencing their next LP Revolver substantially.
Lennon claimed in the 70’s that he dropped acid over 1000 times and this probably speak for a large amount of his actions in the late 60’s.
By this time the boys had become poster boys for the “British Invasion”, which referred to the onslaught of British groups trying to “make” it overseas, and had become secondly bored with the British entertainment industry.
They needed away to continue their creative efforts without having to represent the clean cut image they had cultivated over the first half of the decade and on their last trip to the states as a foursome McCartney found a solution.
If they couldn’t be the Beatles anymore they’d just have to start a new band within the pre-existing one. They could develop brand new personas and not have to worry about the expectations of the public.
Quite a novel solution if you ask me.
This line of thinking led to the legendary “Sgt Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band” album being released in 1966, marketed as the bands departure from touring and transition into a “studio” band, Sgt Peppers still stands today as one of the most influential albums of all time and with good reason.
Its lyrical content is as poignant as ever with the band being incredible self referential as to their new found personas and Lennon acknowledging his personal downfalls on songs like “Getting Better” and “A Little Help From My Friends”.
It also was recorded at the same time as some of Lennon’s most psychedelic work such as “Strawberry Fields Forever” and “Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds” which despite the latter titled NOT being about LSD both featured abstract themes and taking a leaf out of Dylan’s book, nonsensical almost social meaningful statements like “living is easy with eyes closed” and “No one I think is In My Tree, I mean it must be High or Low”.
Peppers also marks the point where George Martin’s contributions to proceedings becomes clear. In this creative time where the boys were moving away from being a live band they were becoming more curious about musical theory.
This was Martin’s speciality, being classically trained so whenever Paul or John had an idea that was a little left of field they would consult George Martin and he would break it down how it would work in the context of their contemporary piece.
We have Mr Martin to thank for orchestral sections in songs like “A Day In The Life” and the traditional instrumentation on “When I’m Sixty Four”.
Undoubtedly this more traditional musical influence juxtaposed against Lennon and McCartney’s developing modern style would form what he know today as “The Beatles Sound” but it would also be indicative of the class separation I spoke of earlier.
Martin’s musical background was rather high class so to speak and this can be heard in his contributions to the records themselves. Just listen to Martin’s suite on the Yellow Submarine record to see how his own personal tastes differed to those say of Lennon’s.
In fact Lennon’s song writing was becoming more refined, simpler and far reaching in terms of subject matter. The purest emanation of this development could be considered to be “All You Need Is Love.
The Beatles had been put in a unique position when it came to the writing of “All You Need Is Love”.
The BBC approached them and asked them to write a song for the worlds first ever colour television broadcast and Lennon took the bull by the horns and wrote a very simple tune for the masses.
It had to be simple to get the message across, they only had 5 minutes or so and didn’t want to confuse anybody so the simple mantra of “All You Need Is Love” suited the occasion perfectly.
This is a good representation of where Lennon’s head was at this point in time and is indicative of where it was going in the years to come.
Simple songs with easy to digest, good for the soul messages.
Paul on the other hand was developing a more musically advanced style, branching off into a more traditional sound not unlike “When I’m Sixty Four”.
This divide would only grow in the coming years and sadly once the gap had become too large, the collaboration would never be the same again.
The tipping point for the Beatles could be seen as the death of their long time and beloved manger Brian Epstein, although a quick note before we tackle that.
Yoko Ono
Yoko Ono was born on the 18th of February 1933 in Tokyo to a wealthy family. Her family moved to the USA when she was very young and she grew up in New York City. It was there she became a conceptual artist, that is to say she came up with concepts and then presented them in an artistic way (I must say it’s quite an out there idea in 2020 let alone the 1960’s).
Ono traveled to England in 1966 to be part of an art show put on by an artist called Gustav Metzger. She remained in London and began working with the artist John Cage on a book of musicians lyrics which led her to fall into contact with Paul McCartney.
Ono asked for some handwritten lyrics for Cage’s book but McCartney was not into the idea and said that John may be more interested.
Yoko comes from a family that are descended from a long line of samurai’s and was taught traditional eastern religion as part of her upbringing (more on that later).
Eastern religion was still fairly unknown in the UK and whilst the upper echelons of society were privy to a bit of Crowley or Theosophy material, the majority of the public were unbeknownst to this realm of thinking but Yoko was fairly well versed in esoteric literature by the time she hit the UK.
The Beatles too were not unfamiliar with new age works of the time.
Aleister Crowley can be seen on the front of Sgt Peppers, Harrison had become besotted with Indian philosophy and even the prim and proper McCartney had admitted to taking LSD, on national television no less! So it’s fair to say the boys had a healthy interest in all aspects of the unknown by the mid 60’s and this can also be seen in their creative works.
On November 9th 1966 John Lennon met Yoko Ono for the first time at the Indica Gallery in London and was besotted with her piece “Ceiling Painting / Yes Painting” which comprised of a ladder and a magnifying glass that hung from the ceiling that was to be used once the viewer had climbed the ladder to view the words “Yes” written on the ceiling through the magnifying glass.
The optimistic tone of this installation led Lennon to view the rest of the exhibition and ended in the two artists corresponding after the event.
It was at the same gallery that John became aquatinted with a gentleman by the name of Yannis Alexis Mardas who would go on to be known as Magic Alex in the Beatles circle.
Magic Alex is an infamous character within the Beatles community for a few reasons the first of which we will get to now.
In 1964 the Beatles (mainly John) expressed an interest in purchasing a Greek island for the four of them and their entourage to live upon and whilst this never came to be the group in 1967, at the influence of Magic Alex’s father who was well connected with the Greek secret police, did manage to arrange a trip to a small island in Greece and nearly went through with the £90,000 purchase, pulling out at the last second.
John meeting Yoko Ono and Magic Alex would come to be known pivotal events in the timeline of The Beatles musical collaborations.
On the 27th of August 1967, Brian Epstein passed away from a drug overdose. The band at the time were in Wales at a conference for Transcendental Meditation hosted by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. The were accosted by press upon leaving the event and footage from the event shows a group of men blinded by grief and camera flashes. Epstein's contributions to the Beatle image were quintessential and he acted as a sort of ringleader or father so to speak to the group.
His passing would significantly change the dynamic of how the group functioned and in Lennon’s own estimations was really the end of the “group” spiritually.
The fact they were at a TM conference is synchronous as this loss of a leader figure would in turn find the band looking for a greater meaning to their creative endeavours.
It is this transpiring of events that lead the Beatles to take their famous trip to India.
In February of 1968 the group headed out to the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi’s ashram in Rishikesh in northern India to participate in daily meditation and teachings from the Yogi himself.
The groups girlfriends, Magic Alex, Mal Evens, other musicians such as Donovan and Mike Love and many others also attended and the period was highly creative for all involved but not without its turbulence.
It was George Harrison that took to the actual practice of meditation with most success with Lennon commenting that Harrison would “leave here on a flying carpet if he wasn’t careful”. Ringo Starr and his wife left after only 10 days citing a disagreement with the food and an aversion to the local insects although remained faithful to the TM practice.
Paul left in similar fashion in mid March just in time for the arrival of Magic Alex.
John, George and Magic Alex were disheartened with their band mates departures and had started to stray from the Yogi’s intended daily plan, smoking weed, drinking homemade hooch and taking LSD whilst at the ashram.
This led to the famous storm out from Lennon and Harrison.
The actress Mia Farrow had claimed that the Marahishi had made a pass at her during one of their one on one meditation sessions and John and George were starting to question the intentions of the pint sized guru.
The story goes that Magic Alex claimed he saw the Marahishi in a sexual position with a student and after days of insistence this Led Lennon and Harrison to storm down to Marahishi’s private dwelling and announced that they were leaving.
To which the Marahishi said “But why?”, to which Lennon said “If you’re so fucking cosmic you should already know”.
The group hastily left and after a panic trying to find a taxi to which they ascribed to “The Marahishi’s Curse” they managed to get back to the UK in one piece.
As of 2020, multiple parties in attendance at the Ashram say that Magic Alex’s claims were pre-meditated for the purpose of stopping the Marahishi go on to have more influence than him over Lennon and the group in general.
These claims are substantiated in large by Alex’s subsequent contributions to the newly founded Apple Corps.
Which in fact was the entire purpose of the trip to India in the first place.
To fill the gap made by the loss of Brian Epstein.
The fruits of their journey would be what we know as “The White Album)” which would be the groups largest effort to date in terms of material with 2 LP’s worth of material being included. This was due to the influx of creativity garnered from the India experience and due each contributing songwriter having more songs than ever due to this influx.
With Harrison now worth his salt as a songwriter there was now 3 cooks at the table when it came to album contributions and it shows on The White Album.
The result is a musical journey that goes to many different sonic places and this is due to the almost tug of war that was starting to form between the song writing trio.
Upon arriving back in the UK, John contacted Yoko and asked if she would like to come over to his place. Cynthia was conveniently on holiday in Greece with Magic Alex and upon Yoko‘s arrival the atmosphere was slightly awkward so John started to show Yoko, a fellow artist, some of his more abstract tape creations that had been vitoed by The Beatles.
They began to collaborate and the resulting project was entitled “Two Virgins”.
As you can see their collaboration was a fruitful one, physically and emotionally at least, and the resulting fallout from this event would be just the top of the iceberg for what was to come for the Fab Four. The cover actually features a quote from Paul McCartney saying
"When two great Saints meet, it is a humbling experience. The long battles to prove he was a Saint."
And whilst this is a nice sentiment overall the whole thing didn’t go down too well with the boys in the band.
Firstly EMI refused to publish the album due to the cover.
Secondly his bandmates were confused to say the least, with Harrison stating over and over "But why? Why did you do it?!".
Thirdly, whilst this project was being recorded Cynthia unexpectedly came home early from Greece and found the pair half naked together in her own house.
That last point is the main claim that people use to downplay Lennon’s philosophical efforts today and admittedly, the situation could have been handled better on John’s part. But this failure to communicate effectively his emotions to his significant other, from a psychoanalyst’s point of view, would be a symptom of a pre existing emotional issue that John wouldn’t confront for a couple of years yet as we will come to see.
The juxtaposition from Cynthia to Yoko really showcases Lennon's almost wicked ability to offset his surroundings at risk of becoming trapped in a philosophical box.
This incident can be seen as in the same vein as John lashing out after it being implied he was homosexual at Paul’s 18th and in the same vein as violence towards Cynthia in the early stages of their relationship.
It was quite obvious by 1968 that John Lennon had some issues he needed to work out if he was ever going to collaborate with other human beings in any sort of meaningful creative way again.
Following the Two Virgins dispute John hit a sort of spiritual rock bottom. The main propagator of LSD and the psychedelic revolution was a man called Timothy Leary who is known for his translation of the Tibetan Book of the Dead also known as the Bardo Todol.
This compendium of ancient Tibetan knowledge was all the rage during the summer of love and instructed individuals how to go through the psychedelic experience. As this was the first time this material was hitting western audiences certain aspects of the psychedelic experience had not been examined as throughly as it has been in 2020.
This meant that an emphasis on the concept of “Ego Death” was postulated as the goal or aim of a trip. Whilst dissolution of the self is one stage of the psychedelic experience it is not the whole or the goal of the any trip and this miss understanding led to many of the “acid” casualties of the 60’s and 70’s.
This oversight not only affected generations of carless hippies over the years but did quite a number on our poor Mr Lennon.
By 1969 John’s ego, per the account of Mr Derek Taylor, was pretty well cracked into tiny pieces. This was the result of what Lennon claimed in 1980 as “thousands” of experience with LSD over the decade of the 1960’s and it had left him an empty shell of the man he once was. Not having faith in his songwriting ability whilst Paul began to flourish as a multi instrumentalist in his own compositions.) One may also imply that the “macho” bravado that still to this day resides in British culture did nothing to help John’s state of mind. A sort of cynicism exists in the British psyche and is responsible for our trademark brand of sarcastic humour but it also negates the need for empathetic communication especially between members of the same sex and especially in the 1960’s.
The idea of being “real” or sharing your actual emotions was and still is to some extent highly stigmatised within the British general public as something possibly a homosexual man many do, certainly not the tough and brawn British brass that frequent our nations public houses at any rate.
This pre existing social construct certainly contributed to Lennon’s (and any modern day tripper to some extent, why do you think paranoia is listed as one of the main symptoms of psychedelic substances?) astral breakdown and the entry of Yoko and her foreign customs did not help matters.
It took some pep talks by Derek Taylor and Yoko to build John’s ego and confidence back to what it once was, reminding him of which Beatles songs he wrote and pointing out to him that he was an competent, intelligent and articulate musician despite the hearsay of the naysayers.
From here the boys move on to what we now know as the “Get Back/Let It Be” era of the Beatles. The general vibe is that due to all the upset and disruption since Epstein’s death the band should try and “Get Back” to the roots that they started out from. Lennon and Harrison were not too fond of the concept which led to daily heated discussion at the Twickenham recording studio where each days session was being filmed by an entire professional camera crew.
Watching the Let It Be film combined with an in depth analysis of the recorded sessions show a group of musicians half heartedly trying to appease an audience they long stopped catering for.
It’s kind of bittersweet to watch.
There are high points like John and Yoko dancing to “I Me Mine, a stellar rendition of “Across The Universe” and the famous rooftop concert all showcase what was left of 4 young men that had scarcely had time over the past decade to check what condition their condition was in so to speak.
The resulting album from these sessions being titled “Let It Be” instead of “Get Back” is largely indicative of how the sessions went. Listen to any interview where McCartney discusses the writing of Let It Be, the song, and you will hear him articulate the spiritual burnout the 4 were experiencing during the sessions and how despite his efforts to drive the band back to the success they once had, a dream featuring his descended mother inspired him to indeed, let the whole affair be.
This leads us to what is usually considered to be the bands magum opus by the fans, Abbey Road, but a brief look into its inception will show you that it is actually the most hollow Beatles album conceptually due to its purpose.
To end the Beatles.
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2020.10.31 12:22 WeSparkYou Law articles - (POCSO Act)

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The preamble of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO Act) specifically declares that the said Act aims to protect the children from being the victims of sexual abuse. In order to achieve the objective, the provisions of POCSO Act have been couched in a way so that it shall sub-serve the interest and well-being of the children. "It is imperative that the law operates in a manner that the best interest and well-being of the child are regarded as being of paramount importance at every stage, to ensure healthy physical, emotional, intellectual and social development of the child". Moreover, as a signatory to the United Nations Convention on the rights of the children, the Government of India was committed to making laws to prevent- (a) the inducement or coercion of a child to engage in any unlawful sexual activity; (b) the exploitative use of children in prostitution or other unlawful sexual practices; (c) the exploitative use of children in pornographic performances and materials.
Having regard to the alarming rise of sexual offenses throughout the country and Act like POCSO Act may be considered as the need of the hour. Decide act is child-friendly legislation loaded with favors for the children aged below 18 years. In fact, certain provisions of the Act are against criminal jurisprudence as followed and practiced in our country. For example sections 29 and 30 have placed a reverse burden on the accused to the extent of proving the negative in order to rebut the statutory presumption that he has "committed or abetted or attempted to commit the offense". The existence of the accused's *men's rea* or the mental state shall also be presumed unless the accused is able to establish that " he had no such mental state". The legislator can place a reverse burden on the accused but its effect cannot run counter to the well-settled principle that an accused shall be presumed innocent unless and until he is held guilty by a competent court. 
Meaning:-
 "The protection of children from sexual offenses". 
i.e. protection to children under the age of 18 years against sexual offenses
It came into force on 14.11.2012. It is applicable to the whole of India.
Definition of Sexual Abuse:-
\`\` Penetrative and non-Penetrative assault as well as sexual harassment and Pornography and deems a sexual assault to be aggravated under certain circumstances such as various types of abuses. 
Types of Abuse:-
1.Physical abuse
2.Domestic violence
3.Psychological (or) emotional abuse
4.Financial (or) Material abuse
5.Organizational (or) Institutional abuse
6.Discriminatory abuse
Punishment for these offenses:-
The maximum term of rigorous imprisonment for life and fine. 
Example:-
Recent judgment for Hasini rape and murder case verdict: Accused Dhasvanth convicted to death by the Chengalpattu court. 
A Mahila court in Chengalpattu here convicted 23-year-old Dhasvanth to death in the rape and murder of seven-year-old Hasini. He had burnt the child's body after he committed the crime on 06.02.2019. Special judge P. Velmurugan of Mahila court, Chengalpattu, Pronounced the death sentence and also awarded Daswanth a jail term of 46 years in a separate court, ensuring he never walks out of prison alive. "It is death by hanging," said the judge, heading to cheers from people outside the court.
Suggestions:-
To Government:
The government should implement sexual education in all schools and colleges. 
To Parents:
The parents of the male child should teach them how to behave with a female child, and for the female child their parents should teach them about 'Good Touch and Bad Touch' and they must spend some time with their children, ask them did anybody misbehave with them, Most of the children were hesitant to tell who misbehaved with them, to their parents. 
To Teachers:
Even though the parents have to teach their children about this, teachers were spending more time with them in school and they can teach them in an understandable way 
Latest Procedures for Investigation officers:-
Section 2 (1) (d):
Use of Aadhar Card in determining minor's age - held by Delhi High court in jabber v state 2018 Cr LJ (NOC) 685 (Del) that the entry in Aadhar Card is superior to the certificate given by the corporation. 
Section 13:
Investigation of offenses involving commercial sexual exploitation - Calcutta High Court in State of West Bengal v Sangita Sahu 2018 Cr LJ (NOC) 684 (Cal) has laid down a guideline for an investigation into offenses involving commercial sexual exploitation. The said guideline runs as under:
(a) Any First Information Report registered under I.T.(P) Act or under sec. 370/372/373 of I.P.C. or under provisions of POCSO Act involving the commercial sexual exploitation of women or children should be investigated by a specialized agency like the Anti-Human Trafficking Unit;
(b) Such FIRs registered with local police station must, within 24 hours thereof, be transferred to specialized agencies for further investigation;
(c) In order to facilitate investigation in these cases, State Government is directed to set up Anti-Human Trafficking Units in every district which shall be manned by specially trained police personnel, not below the rank of Inspector who would be preferably women. These officers shall be notified as special police officers under sec. 13 of I.T.(P) Act;
(d) Statements of victims who are recovered in course of raid or thereafter must be mandatorily recorded under sec. 164 of Code of Criminal Procedure;
(e) Victims must be extended medical assistance which shall include psychological counseling in terms of sec. 357-B of Cr.P.C. at appropriate specialized medical institutions of State;
(f) Upon recording of their statements under sec. 164 of the Code of Criminal Procedure necessary financial assistance by way of interim compensation and/or other rehabilitation measures provided under the Victim Compensation Scheme formulated by the State of West Bengal under sec. 357-A must forthwith be extended to victims. In the event, victims are minors they must be forwarded before the Child Welfare Committee for care, custody, rehabilitation, etc.
(g) Jurisdictional Magistrates/Special Courts to whom cases are reported shall seek a report from the Investigating Agency as well as from the Secretary, District Legal Services Authority with regard to providing of medical assistance, compensatory and/or other rehabilitation assistance to victims of such crimes:
(h) Wherever there is a threat perceptive to victims and/or their families, they shall be extended police protection and other necessary protective measures by the trial court.
(i) Prosecution of such cases shall be done with utmost promptitude and be concluded at an early date.
(j) During the trial, learned Public Prosecutors shall ensure recording of depositions of victims at the earliest without unnecessary delay preferably within a month from the date of commencement of trial so that any chance of winning over or intimidation of victims may be minimal.
Conclusion:-
In most of the Pocso cases, the accused was under the influence of alcohol, another thing is that the parents were leaving their female child alone in their home without safety measures. 
My Thought:
We all know that the law and punishment for crimes are getting stronger now, but we also saw that the crime rates are increasing every day, it is due to the lack of awareness among the people. The main thing is that alcohol plays a major role in many types of offense, If you all agree with that, let me know in the comments. 
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2020.10.31 04:16 Mellenoire Subreddit Demographic Survey 2020 : The Results

2020 Childfree Subreddit Survey

1. Introduction

Once a year, this subreddit hosts a survey in order to get to know the community a little bit and in order to answer questions that are frequently asked here. Earlier this summer, several thousand of you participated in the 2020 Subreddit Demographic Survey. Only those participants who meet our wiki definition of being childfree's results were recorded and analysed.
Of these people, multiple areas of your life were reviewed. They are separated as follows:

2. Methodology

Our sample is redditors who saw that we had a survey currently active and were willing to complete the survey. A stickied post was used to advertise the survey to members.

3. Results

The raw data may be found via this link.
7305 people participated in the survey from July 2020 to October 2020. People who did not meet our wiki definition of being childfree were excluded from the survey. The results of 5134 responders, or 70.29% of those surveyed, were collated and analysed below. Percentages are derived from the respondents per question.

General Demographics

Age group

Age group Participants Percentage
18 or younger 309 6.02%
19 to 24 1388 27.05%
25 to 29 1435 27.96%
30 to 34 1089 21.22%
35 to 39 502 9.78%
40 to 44 223 4.35%
45 to 49 81 1.58%
50 to 54 58 1.13%
55 to 59 25 0.49%
60 to 64 13 0.25%
65 to 69 7 0.14%
70 to 74 2 0.04%
82.25% of the sub is under the age of 35.

Gender and Gender Identity

Age group Participants # Percentage
Agender 62 1.21%
Female 3747 73.04%
Male 1148 22.38%
Non-binary 173 3.37%

Sexual Orientation

Sexual Orientation Participants # Percentage
Asexual 379 7.39%
Bisexual 1177 22.93%
Heterosexual 2833 55.20%
Homosexual 264 5.14%
It's fluid 152 2.96%
Other 85 1.66%
Pansexual 242 4.72%

Birth Location

Because the list contains over 120 countries, we'll show the top 20 countries:
Country of birth Participants # Percentage
United States 2775 57.47%
United Kingdom 367 7.60%
Canada 346 7.17%
Australia 173 3.58%
Germany 105 2.17%
Netherlands 67 1.39%
India 63 1.30%
Poland 57 1.18%
France 47 0.97%
New Zealand 42 0.87%
Mexico 40 0.83%
Brazil 40 0.83%
Sweden 38 0.79%
Finland 31 0.64%
South Africa 30 0.62%
Denmark 28 0.58%
China 27 0.56%
Ireland 27 0.56%
Phillipines 24 0.50%
Russia 23 0.48%
90.08% of the participants were born in these countries.
These participants would describe their current city, town or neighborhood as:
Region Participants # Percentage
Rural 705 13.76
Suburban 2661 51.95
Urban 1756 34.28

Ethnicity

Ethnicity Participants # Percentage
African Descent/Black 157 3.07%
American Indian or Alaskan Native 18 0.35%
Arabic/Middle Eastern/Near Eastern 34 0.66%
Bi/Multiracial 300 5.86%
Caucasian/White 3946 77.09%
East Asian 105 2.05%
Hispanic/Latinx 271 5.29%
Indian/South Asian 116 2.27%
Indigenous Australian/Torres Straight IslandeMaori 8 0.16%
Jewish (the ethnicity, not religion) 50 0.98%
Other 32 0.63%
Pacific IslandeMelanesian 4 0.08%
South-East Asian 78 1.52%

Education

Highest Current Level of Education

Highest Current Level of Education Participants # Percentage
Associate's degree 233 4.55%
Bachelor's degree 1846 36.05%
Did not complete elementary school 2 0.04%
Did not complete high school 135 2.64%
Doctorate degree 121 2.36%
Graduated high school / GED 559 10.92%
Master's degree 714 13.95%
Post Doctorate 19 0.37%
Professional degree 107 2.09%
Some college / university 1170 22.85%
Trade / Technical / Vocational training 214 4.18%
Degree (Major) Participants # Percentage
Architecture 23 0.45%
Arts and Humanities 794 15.54%
Business and Economics 422 8.26%
Computer Science 498 9.75%
Education 166 3.25%
Engineering Technology 329 6.44%
I don't have a degree or a major 1028 20.12%
Law 124 2.43%
Life Sciences 295 5.77%
Medicine and Allied Health 352 6.89%
Other 450 8.81%
Physical Sciences 199 3.89%
Social Sciences 430 8.41%

Career and Finances

The top 10 industries our participants are working in are:
Industry Participants # Percentage
Information Technology 317 6.68%
Health Care 311 6.56%
Education - Teaching 209 4.41%
Engineering 203 4.28%
Retail 182 3.84%
Government 172 3.63%
Admin & Clerical 154 3.25%
Restaurant - Food Service 148 3.12%
Customer Service 129 2.72%
Design 127 2.68%
Note that "other", "I'm a student", "currently unemployed" and "I'm out of the work force for health or other reasons" have been disregarded for this part of the evaluation.
Out of the 3729 participants active in the workforce, the majority (1824 or 48.91%) work between 40-50 hours per week with 997 or 26.74% working 30-40 hours weekly. 6.62% work 50 hours or more per week, and 17.73% less than 30 hours.
513 or 10.13% are engaged in managerial responsibilities (ranging from Jr. to Sr. Management).
On a scale of 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest), the overwhelming majority (3340 or 70%) indicated that career plays a very important role in their lives, attributing a score of 7 and higher.
1065 participants decided not to disclose their income brackets. The remaining 4,849 are distributed as follows:
Income Participants # Percentage
$0 to $14,999 851 21.37%
$15,000 to $29,999 644 16.17%
$30,000 to $59,999 1331 33.42%
$60,000 to $89,999 673 16.90%
$90,000 to $119,999 253 6.35%
$120,000 to $149,999 114 2.86%
$150,000 to $179,999 51 1.28%
$180,000 to $209,999 25 0.63%
$210,000 to $239,999 9 0.23%
$240,000 to $269,999 10 0.25%
$270,000 to $299,999 7 0.18%
$300,000 or more 15 0.38%
87.85% earn under $90,000 USD a year.
65.82% of our childfree participants do not have a concrete retirement plan (savings, living will).

Religion and Spirituality

Faith Originally Raised In

There were more than 50 options of faith, so we aimed to show the top 10 most chosen beliefs.
Faith Participants # Percentage
Catholicism 1573 30.76%
None (≠ Atheism. Literally, no notion of spirituality or religion in the upbringing) 958 18.73%
Protestantism 920 17.99%
Other 431 8.43%
Atheism 318 6.22%
Agnosticism 254 4.97%
Anglicanism 186 3.64%
Judaism 77 1.51%
Hinduism 75 1.47%
Islam 71 1.39%
This top 10 amounts to 95.01% of the total participants.

Current Faith

There were more than 50 options of faith, so we aimed to show the top 10 most chosen beliefs:
Faith Participants # Percentage
Atheism 1849 36.23%
None (≠ Atheism. Literally, no notion of spirituality or religion currently) 1344 26.33%
Agnosticism 789 15.46%
Other 204 4.00%
Protestantism 159 3.12%
Paganism 131 2.57%
Spiritualism 101 1.98%
Catholicism 96 1.88%
Satanism 92 1.80%
Wicca 66 1.29%
This top 10 amounts to 94.65% of the participants.

Level of Current Religious Practice

Level Participants # Percentage
Wholly seculanon religious 3733 73.73%
Identify with religion, but don't practice strictly 557 11.00%
Lapsed/not serious/in name only 393 7.76%
Observant at home only 199 3.93%
Observant at home. Church/Temple/Mosque/etc. attendance 125 2.47%
Strictly observant, Church/Temple/Mosque/etc. attendance, religious practice/prayeworship impacting daily life 56 1.11%

Effect of Faith over Childfreedom

Figure 1

Effect of Childfreedom over Faith

Figure 2

Romantic and Sexual Life

Current Dating Situation

Status Participants # Percentage
Divorced 46 0.90%
Engaged 207 4.04%
Long term relationship, living together 1031 20.10%
Long term relationship, not living with together 512 9.98%
Married 1230 23.98%
Other 71 1.38%
Separated 18 0.35%
Short term relationship 107 2.09%
Single and dating around, but not looking for anything serious 213 4.15%
Single and dating around, looking for something serious 365 7.12%
Single and not looking 1324 25.81%
Widowed 5 0.10%

Childfree Partner

Is your partner childfree? If your partner wants children and/or has children of their own and/or are unsure about their position, please consider them "not childfree" for this question.
Partner Participants # Percentage
I don't have a partner 1922 37.56%
I have more than one partner and none are childfree 3 0.06%
I have more than one partner and some are childfree 35 0.68%
I have more than one partner and they are all childfree 50 0.98
No 474 9.26%
Yes 2633 51.46%

Dating a Single Parent

Would the childfree participants be willing to date a single parent?
Answer Participants # Percentage
No, I'm not interested in single parents and their ties to parenting life 4610 90.13%
Yes, but only if it's a short term arrangement of some sort 162 3.17%
Yes, whether for long term or short term, but with some conditions (must not have child custody, no kid talk, etc.), as long as I like them and long as we're compatible 199 3.89%
Yes, whether for long term or short term, with no conditions, as long as I like them and as long as we are compatible 144 2.82%

Childhood and Family Life

On a scale from 1 (very unhappy) to 10 (very happy), how would you rate your childhood?
Figure 3
Of the 5125 childfree people who responded to the question, 67.06% have a pet or are heavily involved in the care of someone else's pet.

Sterilisation

Sterilisation Status

Sterilisation Status Participants # Percentage
No, I am not sterilised and, for medical, practical or other reasons, I do not need to be 869 16.96%
No. However, I've been approved for the procedure and I'm waiting for the date to arrive 86 1.68%
No. I am not sterilised and don't want to be 634 12.37%
No. I want to be sterilised but I have started looking for a doctorequested the procedure 594 11.59%
No. I want to be sterilised but I haven't started looking for a doctorequested the procedure yet 2317 45.21%
Yes. I am sterilised 625 12.20%

Age when starting doctor shopping or addressing issue with doctor. Percentages exclude those who do not want to be sterilised and who have not discussed sterilisation with their doctor.

Age group Participants # Percentage
18 or younger 207 12.62%
19 to 24 588 35.85%
25 to 29 510 31.10%
30 to 34 242 14.76%
35 to 39 77 4.70%
40 to 44 9 0.55%
45 to 49 5 0.30%
50 to 54 1 0.06%
55 or older 1 0.06%

Age at the time of sterilisation. Percentages exclude those who have not and do not want to be sterilised.

Age group Participants # Percentage
18 or younger 5 0.79%
19 to 24 123 19.34%
25 to 29 241 37.89%
30 to 34 168 26.42%
35 to 39 74 11.64%
40 to 44 19 2.99%
45 to 49 1 0.16%
50 to 54 2 0.31%
55 or older 3 0.47%

Elapsed time between requesting procedure and undergoing procedure. Percentages exclude those who have not and do not want to be sterilised.

Time Participants # Percentage
Less than 3 months 330 50.46%
Between 3 and 6 months 111 16.97%
Between 6 and 9 months 33 5.05%
Between 9 and 12 months 20 3.06%
Between 12 and 18 months 22 3.36%
Between 18 and 24 months 15 2.29%
Between 24 and 30 months 6 0.92%
Between 30 and 36 months 2 0.31%
Between 3 and 5 years 40 6.12%
Between 5 and 7 years 25 3.82%
More than 7 years 50 7.65%

How many doctors refused at first, before finding one who would accept?

Doctor # Participants # Percentage
None. The first doctor I asked said yes 604 71.73%
One. The second doctor I asked said yes 93 11.05%
Two. The third doctor I asked said yes 54 6.41%
Three. The fourth doctor I asked said yes 29 3.44%
Four. The fifth doctor I asked said yes 12 1.43%
Five. The sixth doctor I asked said yes 8 0.95%
Six. The seventh doctor I asked said yes 10 1.19%
Seven. The eighth doctor I asked said yes 4 0.48%
Eight. The ninth doctor I asked said yes 2 0.24%
I asked more than 10 doctors before finding one who said yes 26 3.09%

Childfreedom

Primary Reason to Not Have Children

Reason Participants # Percentage
Aversion towards children ("I don't like children") 1455 28.36%
Childhood trauma 135 2.63%
Current state of the world 110 2.14%
Environmental (including overpopulation) 158 3.08%
Eugenics ("I have 'bad genes'") 57 1.11%
Financial 175 3.41%
I already raised somebody else who isn't my child 83 1.62%
Lack of interest towards parenthood ("I don't want to raise children") 2293 44.69%
Maybe interested for parenthood, but not suited for parenthood 48 0.94%
Medical ("I have a condition that makes conceiving/bearing/birthing children difficult, dangerous or lethal") 65 1.27%
Other 68 1.33%
Philosophical / Moral (e.g. antinatalism) 193 3.76%
Tokophobia (aversion/fear of pregnancy and/or chidlbirth) 291 5.67%
95.50% of childfree people are pro-choice, however only 55.93% of childfree people support financial abortion.

Dislike Towards Children

Figure 4

Working With Children

Work Participants # Percentage
I'm a student and my future job/career will heavily makes me interact with children on a daily basis 67 1.30%
I'm retired, but I used to have a job that heavily makes me interact with children on a daily basis 6 0.12%
I'm unemployed, but I used to have a job that heavily makes me interact with children on a daily basis 112 2.19%
No, I do not have a job that makes me heavily interact with children on a daily basis 4493 87.81%
Other 148 2.89%
Yes, I do have a job that heavily makes me interact with children on a daily basis 291 5.69%

4. Discussion

Child Status

This section solely existed to sift the childfree from the fencesitters and the non childfree in order to get answers only from the childfree. Childfree, as it is defined in the subreddit, is "I do not have children nor want to have them in any capacity (biological, adopted, fostered, step- or other) at any point in the future." 70.29% of participants actually identify as childfree, slightly up from the 2019 survey, where 68.5% of participants identified as childfree. This is suprising in reflection of the overall reputation of the subreddit across reddit, where the subreddit is often described as an "echo chamber".

General Demographics

The demographics remain largely consistent with the 2019 survey. However, the 2019 survey collected demographic responses from all participants in the survey, removing those who did not identify as childfree when querying subreddit specific questions, while the 2020 survey only collected responses from people who identified as childfree. This must be considered when comparing results.
82.25% of the participants are under 35, compared with 85% of the subreddit in the 2019 survey. A slight downward trend is noted compared over the last two years suggesting the userbase may be getting older on average. 73.04% of the subreddit identify as female, compared with 71.54% in the 2019 survey. Again, when compared with the 2019 survey, this suggests a slight increase in the number of members who identify as female. This is in contrast to the overall membership of Reddit, estimated at 74% male according to Reddit's Wikipedia page [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reddit#Users_and_moderators]. The ratio of members who identify as heterosexual remained consistent, from 54.89% in the 2019 survey to 55.20% in the 2020 survey.
Ethnicity wise, 77% of members identified as primarily Caucasian, consistent with the 2019 results. While the ethnicities noted to be missing in the 2019 survey have been included in the 2020 survey, some users noted the difficulty of responding when fitting multiple ethnicities, and this will be addressed in the 2021 survey.

Education level

As it did in the 2019 survey, this section highlights the stereotype of childfree people as being well educated. 2.64% of participants did not complete high school, which is a slight decrease from the 2019 survey, where 4% of participants did not graduate high school. However, 6.02% of participants are under 18, compared with 8.22% in the 2019 survey. 55% of participants have a bachelors degree or higher, while an additional 23% have completed "some college or university".
At the 2020 survey, the highest percentage of responses under the: What is your degree/major? question fell under "I don't have a degree or a major" (20.12%). Arts and Humanities, and Computer Science have overtaken Health Sciences and Engineering as the two most popular majors. However, the list of majors was pared down to general fields of study rather than highly specific degree majors to account for the significant diversity in majors studied by the childfree community, which may account for the different results.

Career and Finances

The highest percentage of participants at 21.61% listed themselves as trained professionals.
One of the stereotypes of the childfree is of wealth. However this is not demonstrated in the survey results. 70.95% of participants earn under $60,000 USD per annum, while 87.85% earn under $90,000 per annum. 21.37% are earning under $15,000 per annum. 1065 participants, or 21.10% chose not to disclose this information. It is possible that this may have skewed the results if a significant proportion of these people were our high income earners, but impossible to explore.
A majority of our participants work between 30 and 50 hours per week (75.65%) which is slightly increased from the 2019 survey, where 71.2% of participants worked between 30 and 50 hours per week.

Location

The location responses are largely similar to the 2019 survey with a majority of participants living in a suburban and urban area. 86.24% of participants in the 2020 survey live in urban and suburban regions, with 86.7% of participants living in urban and suburban regions in the 2019 survey. There is likely a multifactorial reason for this, encompassing the younger, educated skew of participants and the easier access to universities and employment, and the fact that a majority of the population worldwide localises to urban centres. There may be an element of increased progressive social viewpoints and identities in urban regions, however this would need to be explored further from a sociological perspective to draw any definitive conclusions.
A majority of our participants (57.47%) were born in the USA. The United Kingdom (7.6%), Canada (7.17%), Australia (3.58%) and Germany (2.17%) encompass the next 4 most popular responses. This is largely consistent with the responses in the 2019 survey.

Religion and Spirituality

For the 2020 survey Christianity (the most popular result in 2019) was split into it's major denominations, Catholic, Protestant, Anglican, among others. This appears to be a linguistic/location difference that caused a lot of confusion among some participants. However, Catholicism at 30.76% remained the most popular choice for the religion participants were raised in. However, of our participant's current faith, Aetheism at 36.23% was the most popular choice. A majority of 78.02% listed their current religion as Aetheist, no religious or spiritual beliefs, or Agnostic.
A majority of participants (61%) rated religion as "not at all influential" to the childfree choice. This is consistent with the 2019 survey where 62.8% rated religion as "not at all influential". Despite the high percentage of participants who identify as aetheist or agnostic, this does not appear to be related to or have an impact on the childfree choice.

Romantic and Sexual Life

60.19% of our participants are in a relationship at the time of the survey. This is consistent with the 2019 survey, where 60.7% of our participants were in a relationship. A notable proportion of our participants are listed as single and not looking (25.81%) which is consistent with the 2019 survey. Considering the frequent posts seeking dating advice as a childfree person, it is surprising that such a high proportion of the participants are not actively seeking out a relationship. Unsurprisingly 90.13% of our participants would not consider dating someone with children. 84% of participants with partners of some kind have at least one childfree partner. This is consistent with the often irreconcilable element of one party desiring children and the other wishing to abstain from having children.

Childhood and Family Life

Overall, the participants skew towards a happier childhood.

Sterilisation

While just under half of our participants wish to be sterilised, 45.21%, only 12.2% have been successful in achieving sterilisation. This is likely due to overarching resistance from the medical profession however other factors such as the logistical elements of surgery and the cost may also contribute. There is a slight increase from the percentage of participants sterilised in the 2019 survey (11.7%). 29.33% of participants do not wish to be or need to be sterilised suggesting a partial element of satisfaction from temporary birth control methods or non-necessity of contraception due to their current lifestyle practices. Participants who indicated that they do not wish to be sterilised or haven't achieved sterilisation were excluded from the percentages where necessary in this section.
Of the participants who did achieve sterilisation, a majority began the search between 19 and 29, with the highest proportion being in the 19-24 age group (35.85%) This is a marked increase from the 2019 survey where 27.3% of people who started the search were between 19-24. This may be due to increased education about permanent contraception or possibly due to an increase in instability around world events.
The majority of participants who sought out and were successful at achieving sterilisation, were however in the 25-29 age group (37.9%). This is consistent with the 2019 survey results.
The time taken between seeking out sterilisation and achieving it continues to increase, with only 50.46% of participants achieving sterilisation in under 3 months. This is a decline from the number of participants who achieved sterilisation in 3 months in the 2019 survey (58.5%). A potential cause of this decrease is to Covid-19 shutdowns in the medical industry leading to an increase in procedure wait times. The proportion of participants who have had one or more doctors refuse to perform the procedure has stayed consistent between the two surveys.

Childfreedom

The main reasons for people choosing the childfree lifestyle are a lack of interest towards parenthood and an aversion towards children which is consistent with the 2019 survey. Of the people surveyed 67.06% are pet owners or involved in a pet's care, suggesting that this lack of interest towards parenthood does not necessarily mean a lack of interest in all forms of caretaking. The community skews towards a dislike of children overall which correlates well with the 87.81% of users choosing "no, I do not have, did not use to have and will not have a job that makes me heavily interact with children on a daily basis" in answer to, "do you have a job that heavily makes you interact with children on a daily basis?". This is an increase from the 2019 survey.
A vast majority of the subreddit identifes as pro-choice (95.5%), a slight increase from the 2019 results. This is likely due to a high level of concern about bodily autonomy and forced birth/parenthood. However only 55.93% support financial abortion, aka for the non-pregnant person in a relationship to sever all financial and parental ties with a child. This is a marked decrease from the 2019 results, where 70% of participants supported financial abortion.
Most of our users realised that did not want children young. 58.72% of participants knew they did not want children by the age of 18, with 95.37% of users realising this by age 30. This correlates well with the age distribution of participants. Despite this early realisation of our childfree stance, 80.59% of participants have been "bingoed" at some stage in their lives.

The Subreddit

Participants who identify as childfree were asked about their interaction with and preferences with regards to the subreddit at large. Participants who do not meet our definition of being childfree were excluded from these questions.
By and large our participants were lurkers (72.32%). Our participants were divided on their favourite flairs with 38.92% selecting "I have no favourite". The next most favourite flair was "Rant", at 16.35%. Our participants were similarly divided on their least favourite flair, with 63.40% selecting "I have no least favourite". In light of these results the flairs on offer will remain as they have been through 2019.
With regards to "lecturing" posts, this is defined as a post which seeks to re-educate the childfree on the practices, attitudes and values of the community, particularly with regards to attitudes towards parenting and children, whether at home or in the community. A commonly used descriptor is "tone policing". A small minority of the survey participants (3.36%) selected "yes" to allowing all lectures, however 33.54% responded "yes" to allowing polite, respectful lectures only. In addition, 45.10% of participants indicated that they were not sure if lectures should be allowed. Due to the ambiguity of responses, lectures will continue to be not allowed and removed.
Many of our participants (36.87%) support the use of terms such as breeder, mombie/moo, daddict/duh on the subreddit, with a further 32.63% supporting use of these terms in context of bad parents only. This is a slight drop from the 2019 survey. In response to this use of the above and similar terms to describe parents remains permitted on this subreddit. However, we encourage users to keep the use of these terms to bad parents only.
44.33% of users support the use of terms to describe children such as crotchfruit on the subreddit, a drop from 55.3% last year. A further 25.80% of users supporting the use of this and similar terms in context of bad children only, an increase from 17.42% last year. In response to this use of the above and similar terms to describe children remains permitted on this subreddit.
69.17% of participants answered yes to allowing parents to post, provided they stay respectful. In response to this, parent posts will continue to be allowed on the subreddit. As for regret posts, which were to be revisited in this year's survey, only 9.5% of participants regarded them as their least favourite post. As such they will continue to stay allowed.
64% of participants support under 18's who are childfree participating in the subreddit with a further 19.59% allowing under 18's to post dependent on context. Therefore we will continue to allow under 18's that stay within the overall Reddit age requirement.
There was divide among participants as to whether "newbie" questions should be removed. An even spread was noted among participants who selected remove and those who selected to leave them as is. We have therefore decided to leave them as is. 73.80% of users selected "yes, in their own post, with their own "Leisure" flair" to the question, "Should posts about pets, travel, jetskis, etc be allowed on the sub?" Therefore we will continue to allow these posts provided they are appropriately flaired.

5. Conclusion

Thank you to our participants who contributed to the survey. This has been an unusual and difficult year for many people. Stay safe, and stay childfree.

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2020.10.31 03:34 Dezkin Daily COVID-19 Report for Clark County - Friday, Oct 30th

Clark County COVID-19 positives as of Friday, Oct 30th:
81684, ⬆️890 from 80794 (10/29)
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16-day tracking estimates:
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Current# COVID-19 in ICU:
# COVID-19 on ventilator:
# Staffed ICU beds inventory:
# Ventilators available: 669 (10/28)
# Ventilators in use: 244 (10/28)
# Ventilators inventory: 913 (10/28)
Source: https://nvha.net
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SNHD reports 90.0% (73523, ⬆️549 from 72974 (10/29)) of cases have recovered.
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Total Hospitalized: 5986*, ⬆️31 from 5955 (10/29)
*Hospitalized excludes deaths
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Total Deaths: 1515, ⬆️7 from 1508 (10/29)
(1115 with underlying medical conditions)
Not mutually exclusive conditions:
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Positive Results Age Range Breakdown:
MIS-C Cases 11
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Hospitalized Age Range Breakdown:
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Deaths Age Range Breakdown:
According to Nevada Health Response, 11,597 COVID-19 tests were conducted in Nevada on Thursday. The state typically reports between 8,000 and 10,000 tests a day.
Nevada’s 14-day test positivity continues to rise, and currently stands at 10.3 percent.
Clark County has a case rate of 517 per 100,000, and a test positivity of 9.3 percent.
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No weekend case reports from SNHD or NHA. "Daily case counts reflect newly reported cases and may represent cases that were tested in the preceding days, which could significantly impact the count on days when a relatively large number of laboratory reports arrive in one day." SNHD confirmed they are not counting COVID-19 antibody positives into their COVID-19 positive case counts.
Majority of information is pulled from Southern Nevada Health District's COVID-19 dashboard and historical reports.
Our positives are staying stagnant about 500/day, our recovery rate continues to rise (90+% range), and our hospitalizations are remaining stable (under 500). Protect our vulnerable and continue to practice good hygiene habits, including wearing a mask to prevent asymptomatic spread as mandated by Governor Sisolak (onus is on businesses, which we want to keep open, but Metro will not enforce it; OSHA is responsible for mask enforcement by fining the business). To report a non-compliant business through the state, call (702) 486-9020 or (775) 688-3700.
Doctors are doing convalescent plasma therapy treatments and are seeking plasma donors to help those in need. One plasma donation can help five patients. Blood donors can get the antibodies testing done for free.
FDA states 144 trials of therapeutics are underway to treat COVID-19. 457 more are in planning stages. Remdesivir has been FDA approved as a COVID-19 treatment (10/22). Despite recent studies showing that Remdesivir do not help in preventing COVID-19 deaths. Dexamethaaone is FDA approved for emergency base use.
Nevada was approved for the 24-hour test procedure. FDA has approved a 30-minute and a 5-minute testing procedures. UNLV provides the main COVID-19 testing services. The first at-home testing kit was FDA approved on 5/15.
If you live within a 1-mile range of the Wal-Mart on Craig Rd, you qualify for a drone-delivered test kit to your front or back door.
Testing sites require an appointment; some may need to be scheduled by your primary care physician or another authorized provider.
During Thursday (11/5) and Friday (11/6), 8am to noon Silverado High School (1650 Silver Hawk Ave, near Spencer and I-215) will be providing free testing. Source
City Serve coordinates testing sites throughout the valley. Testing is only on Saturdays. Schedule a no-cost test here: https://cityservelv.org/
The antibodies test was approved by the FDA a month ago. UMC, E7 Health and local laboratories are able to conduct antibodies testing. Cost is normally $149+, but your insurance may reimburse you for the test. Check your coverage first. Vitalant/Universal Blood Services will do a free antibody test for any eligible donors.
UMC is able to process 4,000 tests per day. It is encouraged for anyone to be tested. Symptoms are no longer required. Appointment is preferred, walk-up testing is available.
UMC's testing sites are inside Thomas & Mack Center and Cashman Field Center. They can do 1,200 tests per day, Tues-Sat 8am to 4pm. No symptoms, insurance, or citizenship required for testing. Schedule an appointment online through UMC's website (www.umcsn.com). A staff member will contact you back to schedule your appointment. According to their reps, there is no limit how often you can get tested. Sites are walk-in, appointment or walk-up. Both sites now use the self-nasal swab test kits.
UMC updates COVID-19 test guidelines:
New guidelines are to save test kits for those exhibiting symptoms.
See all testing locations on the SNHD website.
All CVS pharmacy drive-thru locations also does testing, no cost should be associated with this test. Validate with your insurance. If no insurance, there should be no charge. Requires an appointment scheduled.
Five months ago, the first vaccine was tested. More than 160 vaccine prototypes are being tested. Clinical trials of the vaccine were administered three months ago. Phase 1 & 2 of trial vaccines have completed with positive antibody results. Phase 3 clinical trials started with 30k volunteers; large test size of 3k vaccine test trials in the UK. Africa started their vaccine trials three months ago. Multiple sources stating to expect an FDA approved vaccine by end of the year.
Of the 100+ vaccines submitted, 22 have made the cut to go through testing and final FDA approval phases (5/15 briefing). The front runner vaccine is conducting human trails (Phase 3 aka final stage), completion date is pending. AstraZeneca is prepared to produce 2 billion doses once the vaccine is FDA approved.
US government is working with four vaccine manufacturers who are in the final phases of vaccine trials, all prepared for massive vaccine output once FDA approval is given. Worldwide, six are in Phase III.
Phase 3 vaccine trials for Vegas has started. Volunteers can call 702-893-8968. Must be 18+. Administered by the Wake Clinical Research Center of Nevada. Source.
Remain mindful to give our medical community the ability to focus on those in need of their expertise to survive and combat the virus.
For Nevada COVID-19 metrics, with historical spreadsheet and graph data, visit: The Nevada Independent Coronavirus Tracking or check out the link in our side bar.
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2020.10.30 23:47 abhisek_ I've said this once. I'll say it again. MIRRORS ARE NOT SAFE!


When I was younger, I had what you could call an ‘irrational fear’ of mirrors. I hated them. I don’t know when they started, but it has always stuck with me. Perhaps when I was young, I made a face into the mirror, and my reflection didn’t make the face back, or perhaps that was just a bad dream. But I can’t look into a mirror without, to this day, without thinking like the other side of it may be alive. That there might just be more happening there than just what my eyes could see. That’s why I don’t have mirrors in my apartment. I look into the phone camera to fix my hair, and even that- I do rarely.
Now, I know how stupid that is. Mirrors aren’t a portal to some uncanny world, and nor do they contain something dreadful or terrifying. They contain us, reflect our image, and help us be beautiful for the world to see. I’m a man of science, and as much as I struggled in maths in high school, I know and trust science. Science says that smooth surfaces reflect light while rough surfaces scatter light. If a smooth surface reflects all the light that strikes it, we see our image on that surface. That smooth surface is a mirror.
However, sometimes having irrational fears may save your life as it saved mine, and today, I’ll tell you how it happened. By the end of this, I promise you- you’ll never look at mirrors or me the same way again, and if it helps someone out there, my job here is done.
Last week, I received a call on my phone from a number that I instantly recognized. It’s not always that I got to do that. In fact, it was one of the few numbers from highschool that was still etched into my memory.
It was Ashley’s number.
“Ashley?” I said as I picked up the call.
“James, this is Ashley’s father.”
I waited for him to say something, but a momentary silence filled the space between my response.
“Yes?” I said, after a few seconds.
“Ashley has…” his voice trailed off as if he was forcing the words out of him. “Ashley has passed away.”
“What?”
“Yes. It happened a month ago. In her note, she wanted me to send over a CD that she had marked for you. It came back to me yesterday and the courier service said that you had moved away from your apartment in San Francisco. Can you tell me your new address so that I can send it over?”
Ashley was dead. His words crashed into me like a sudden tidal wave, bringing with it all the memories I had with her. I didn’t know for how long I was silent, reeling in shock, but her father shouting my name brought me back to my senses.
“James?” he said louder than the last time I heard him. “James, do you want this or not?”
“I do. Sorry, here’s my address,” I said and told him my address slowly, knowing that he was writing it down. An intuitive part of me guessed already how Ashley might have died. The rational part of me was busy fighting that irrational part, urging me to ask him how she died.
It couldn’t happen. It wasn’t possible. She didn’t kill herself, right?
“Very well, James. I’ll send this over.”
“How did she die?” I asked, and the momentary silence returned.
“Suicide. She hanged herself,” her father said. I didn’t remember what he said next and hung up the call. I was lost in the reverie of my 20s, thinking about our time. And I couldn’t help but blame myself for it. It was my fault that Ashley was dead. It should’ve been me, instead.
Me and Ashley were good friends, but I fell in love with her after our first night together. We were young and filled with copious amounts of alcohol when she leaned in to kiss me. We made love for hours, and the hours of the night flew by. She woke me up in the morning and gave me the ‘talk’ that shattered my innocent romantic heart in pieces.
“Last night was just a one-time thing. We are good friends and we shouldn’t ruin that.”
“Yeah,” I nodded, feeling my heart sink deeper in a hole that I didn’t know existed. “Don’t catch feelings,” I said and smirked at her.
She looked at me, still smiling as she raised her eyebrow, and I wondered how it was even humanly possible to not catch feelings when eyes as perfect as hers looked at me like that.
“I didn’t know you had a laptop,” she said, looking over to the corner of the room. In those days, laptops were rare and only starting to gain relevance as something which could be a substitute for the all-efficient and bulky personal computer. They weren’t cheap either.
“That’s not mine,” I said. I should’ve stopped her from touching it, and I should’ve told her not to open it, but as she did those exact things, my primate mind was still coming to terms with what had just happened and what it meant for my friendship with her.
“Whose is it?” she asked as we watched the static Windows logo fade in and out on its screen.
“My uncle sent it over today.”
“Is this the state detective uncle or the uncle that looks like Al Pacino?”
“The state detective uncle.”
“I always thought Al Pacino was the rich one,” Ashley said as the laptop screen lit up. “What’s the password?”
“Exactly,” I said.
She typed the word ‘EXACTLY’ on the screen and the ‘Incorrect password. Try again’ dialog box popped up.
“Is it not in all caps?”
“I don’t know the password. This isn’t a gift. Look closely at the lid,” I said pointing towards the grey outer body of the laptop. It had the initials “P.Y” on them.
“P.Y.?”
“It belonged to Peter Yolundire,” I said.
“The Peter Yolundire? The writer of the Higher Fate series?”
“Yep. My uncle’s investigating his suicide. His IT guys couldn’t get this to open and he sent this over to me to see if I can,” I said.
“He should’ve sent it to me instead of his writer nephew. You should tell him I’m in Comp Sci.”
“For that, he has to know you, which he doesn’t,” I said. She smiled and went back to typing his name on the password box, only to get an error again.
We spent the morning trying different combinations. We tried the names of Peter’s books, we tried the name of his wife, and we went on to try dates of his birthday, his marriage anniversary, but nothing worked.
Finally, I had the brilliant idea of entering 12345678, and it opened up.
“I guess only a genius writer knows how a genius writer thinks,” I had said, which made her laugh. I think many of the things I did when I was in college were an attempt in trying to impress her or make her laugh in some way or form. I was in accounts, and I took up a writing minor when she had told me that she loved reading.
Readers are impressed by writers, in the same way that plants are impressed by the sun. Without the former, the latter would wither. I didn’t think I’d have the skill or talent in writing, but when a few short stories of mine, stories that I wrote without knowing about sentence structures, exposition or cadence, were published in the college magazine, even I had started to believe that I may just have the talent after all.
Ashley was different. She couldn’t write fiction in the way most aspiring writers would want to write fiction, but she was a voracious reader. I sometimes wondered how she even found the time to balance doing her computer stuff and read two to three books a week. She was obsessed with reading, a trait that I found quite attractive among other traits like her brilliant mind, her obsessive desire to outperform her peers and her innate curiosity for all things she didn’t understand.
I dreamed that I would be a bestselling author one day, write books that would be made into sub-par movies and spend my life married to her and writing- a cardinal sin that I later knew not to ponder about.
The laptop screen opened to the desktop, and it was filled with folders named “Writing1”, “Writing2”, etc. and a few shortcuts to softwares like PowerDVD and WinAMP, among others. Naturally, Ashley ignored the software shortcuts and went and double-clicked on the “Writing1” folder. It opened up to reveal dozens of .doc files. They were each titled with chapter headings like “Chapter 1”, “Chapter 2” and so on.
“Jackpot!” Ashley shouted as she clicked on the file titled “Chapter 1”.
“I’m going to go take a shower,” I said as she started reading through them. She didn’t answer, which I found quite endearing. It only took two minutes of reading for her to get hooked on the first manuscript. She nodded, still staring at the screen, as if to let me know that she heard me.
“Are you planning on missing college today?” I asked while fixing up my hair with my fingers.
“I’ll catch up with you at lunch. These are amazing!” she said. I didn’t know what she had found in those text files on Peter Yolundire’s laptop, but she seemed to be immersed in them. Needless to say, I didn’t see her in college. I didn’t expect her to be there in my room when I returned home at seven, but there she was. The dark room lit only by the white screen of Peter’s laptop, illuminating just her face and shoulders as she hunched over endlessly scrolling through pages and pages of text.
I turned on the lights. She turned around, covering her eyes by holding her palm near her forehead as if she had just seen the sun.
“God, turn that off,” she said.
“Have you had anything to eat?”
“Food is for the lesser divine,” she said, and smiled.
“What?”
“These books are filled with all these amazing lines. The plot is amazing. The characters aren’t so great, and most of them feel like they are based on the same people, but the writing is solid. It’s a shame he didn’t publish these. But that’s not the best part! There’s something hidden in all his stories. I can feel it! It’s there in every one, and yet I haven’t found it yet. I know that I can-”
“Why aren’t you picking up your phone?”
“My phone?”
“Your phone. I called you several times. Your dad called. He asked me where you were and why you weren’t answering your calls.”
“What!” Ashley mouthed as she jumped towards the bed. She reached for the phone and called her father, and judging by her conversation, her parents weren’t pleased to know why their whiz kid daughter wasn't returning their calls.
“When is your uncle coming back to take the laptop?” she asked when she disconnected the call.
“Tomorrow morning,” I said. It was true.
She appeared to be disappointed for a moment, but then her eyes lit up as if she just remembered something important. She went over to her backpack and pulled out a CD case.
“I should have a blank one here, somewhere,” she said, shuffling through the case. “Found it!” she said, pulling out a CD and holding it in the air like she had just found the solution to all her problems.
She ran over to the laptop.
“What do you think you’re doing?” I asked as the CD tray popped out of Peter Yolundire’s laptop.
“I’m copying the files to this CD,” she said with a casual excitement in her voice. “I think I’m starting to figure it out. There are patterns in every story, in every novel. I can feel it, and I think the beautiful writing and tight prose is hiding something spectacular!”
“Yeah, but do you need a CD to copy three files?”
“Three? I found more than 5300 text files on his drive. All of them contain parts and portions of books he never finished. And trust me, James, these have some of the best lines and descriptions I’ve ever read. It might help you hone your own craft. Want me to make a copy of this CD?”
I sighed. “Let it be.”
“But don’t you want to read his work? He was a genius at this, trust me. I know,” she shouted.
“I’ll spend my time reading things which are finished, thank you very much,” I said and smiled at her. She eyed me as if to say something else but she didn’t. The CD made whirring sounds inside Peter Yolundire’s laptop till it got burned with all the text files inside Peter Yolundire’s laptop. She went home happily, as I opened my own computer to write.
I never considered myself a “writer” in the strict sense of the word. Sure, anyone can write. Ask anyone. They’ll tell you how they’ve always wanted to write a book, and they just have the perfect idea for it. But to actually sit down, think of the world, of the characters, of the story and its numerous plot threads, to think of the theme, of the conflict and the rising and receding ebbs and flows of tension and emotions that glues a reader to the pages, and finally to tie it all down neatly with a perfect ending- that’s something very few people can do. Even the few that manage to do it, ask them after a drink or two, and even they’ll tell you they have no idea how they did it.
It’s like that with me. I outline, yes, but never stick to it. I write and write till I cannot write anymore and wake up in worlds of my own imagination, interacting with characters I’ve killed holding me hostage and asking me reasons.
“Why did you kill me?”
Because it made sense. You served your purpose in the story.
“But I had a life of my own. I had people who loved me. I had my own desires and goals. I had my own responsibilities.”
Doesn’t matter anymore.
Three sharp knocks on my bedroom woke me up. Three sharp knocks always meant that it was my uncle.
“Did you figure it out?” he asked.
“It’s 12345678.”
“What? Really?”
“Yes,” I said, and we both shared a hearty laugh.
“The guys at the station tried everything from his mother’s birthday to the name of his childhood school!” he said while chuckling.
I asked him how Peter Yolundire had committed suicide, to which he said that he had broken his mirror and stabbed himself in the chest with it. Then he bled to death. I didn’t know what to do with that morbid information.
I went to school hoping to tell Ashley this information, but she was absent. I called her and she didn’t pick up. I asked her friends where she was, and they didn’t have any ideas either.
I drove to her house in the evening and saw that she was still glued to her laptop, typing away something. A new laptop, that she hadn’t had before.
“My dad bought me a laptop today,” she said when she caught me looking at the laptop. Her hair was still all over the place and she didn’t look like she hadn’t slept, probably since the previous night.
“I guess my rich uncle has new competition now,” I said. She laughed, and in that laugh, I could feel the tiredness in her voice.
She went back to typing. I asked her what she was typing.
“I’m trying to write in his style. I copied and typed a few stories, trying to understand what’s underneath them, but I think I’ll only be able to go there if I write something myself.”
“This is why you skipped college? You know we have semesters this fall, right?”
She didn’t answer that question.
“I think it’s the characters, but I’m not sure. In each and all of his stories, one of the characters gets drunk and high and sits in front of a mirror or looks into a lake, or the reflective surface of anything, and then smokes a cigar. That’s what always happens, but there is more after that. One character ends up there somehow, and every time the story reaches near the ending, he stops writing them. At the peak of all conflict. You know, you’re a writer. You can’t just leave a scene with exciting tension unresolved. But he does exactly that. I need to find out why, and what the pattern means,” she said and looked out the window for a moment. “I’ll be taking this week off, Jacob. I won’t be coming to college. I need to figure this out.”
“A week? You’re going to skip a week of college for this?”
“Yes. You’ve always known how obsessive I am. I won’t be able to focus on anything else if I leave this unresolved,” she said and gave me a sheepish smile.
“Are you sure you’re not reading too much into this, searching for patterns? This is not real. It is fiction.”
“Every fiction contains some truth to it,” she said and started shuffling through her desk, “You should know that well, mister writer.”
Then she took out a CD and handed it over to me. “Here. I made a copy. Read these. It’ll change the way you think about writing. I know you don’t read much, but try. I’ll call you this weekend.”
She didn’t call that weekend. She texted. “Come over. Imp. Bring beer,” that’s all her text message said and I took a beer with me.
“What does Sylvia Plath, Hunter S Thompson, Virginia Woolf and Ernest Hemmingway have in common?”
Ashley asked this with a smile on her face. She had large dark circles on her eyes and looked as thin as a twig. Something was terribly wrong, and although she was excited, her attire said something else entirely. Her room was a mess. Empty bottles of beer everywhere, scraps of paper all over the place, spiderwebs on the corner of the rooms where small black spiders busily continued their web-building tasks confident that the woman they lived with won’t lay a hand on them.
“I don’t know. They’re all great writers, I guess,” I said, trying to understand what went wrong in one week that led her to looking like that, and living like that.
“They all killed themselves,” she said with an odd excitement in her voice.
“Ashley, what has happened? Why are you living like… this?” I asked.
“I’ve figured it out, John! I'm finally on it!” she said and yanked my hand towards her messy desk where she had her laptop screen open.
“Read,” she said, opening a text file.
“Ashley, I really think we should talk about how you’re living. What is wrong?”
“Read just the highlighted parts. Please read!” she said, placing a hand on my shoulder. I started reading the highlighted text on the screen.
“We avoid death but we need to chase it.
Run after it.
Love it and seek it out with all our heart.
Drink. Drink and drink and drink some more.
Then turn off the lights and stare into yourself.
Look into the reflection and contemplate death.
Great writers knew this. Now I know.”
“Do you see it?” she asked as I finished reading the highlighted portions.
“Yes,” I said.
“These are-”
“Instructions!” I said and looked at her.
“Exactly!” she shouted.
“But instructions to what?” I asked.
“To death and creativity from the looks of it. Like all great writers it seems he had managed to tap into something involving death. Look. There are more here in all these files and I’ll figure it out. These lines occur as dialogues or statements, some characters say it and sometimes it is hidden in metaphors. The three files on his desktop were like a map to the 5600 files on his drive. And look at this-” she said and clicked away to one of the drive files.
“This shows the dates on which the document was created,” she said and opened it. “All of these files were created in the last two weeks before he died.”
“How is that even possible?” I asked, trying to calculate how much he would have to write in a day to write that much.
“I don’t know but I did the math. Each of these files contain around 50,000 words, so he wrote around 280 million words each day. That’s 2 million words each day. That shouldn’t be humanly possible!”
“I can’t even write a thousand words a day,” I shouted.
“That’s why i told you to read these! Did you check the CD out?”
“No, and you should stop digging so much into this!”
She didn’t listen. Whenever I called her, she picked up and told me she was busy. She didn’t come to college. A few weeks later, she stopped receiving my calls. A month later, she was gone. I heard from her neighbours that her parents had shifted to Switzerland and they took her with her. I tried calling her number, but she never picked up.
I never got around to opening the CD and reading Peter Yolundire’s unfinished works. I didn’t have the patience or time to read through someone’s work-in-progress. Perhaps I should have. Perhaps that would’ve changed my career and I wouldn’t have ended up slaving away as a corporate accountant. But I discovered soon enough, after countless rejections, that writing won’t pay for my next meal.
No matter how much it emotionally made sense, it was financially unviable. I wasn’t miserable at my job, but it never gave me the fulfillment that writing gave me. Even when I was alone, I spent my time writing stories and novels which I knew would never see a bookshelf in a real world. I did it for myself. It was fun. It was a faint line of color in my otherwise routine, gray world.
Then, came the package from Ashley’s father. It was a CD shaped box. A second CD- when I hadn’t even dared to read the first. There was a letter attached to it from Ashley. I placed the CD in, and opened the letter.
It read,
James,
I’m sorry for disappearing like that all those years ago. But circumstances were out of my control. I did what I had to do. If you’re reading this, it means I’ve successfully stepped across to the other realm of life. I’m not dead, but living humans can’t grasp the concept of death. Like them, I used to think that once you close your eyes, it’s over. But thanks to Peter Yolundire’s work and the instructions hidden beneath, I’ve discovered that it's not like that.
I will kill myself soon and that is the only way to experience the true life on earth. A life that is real and unforgiving. A life that waits for those who seek it.
It would be a tragic end if I didn’t share this process and secret with the one person who led me to this. The instructions were simple, and I had figured it out years ago. You just have to get high or drunk and then look into the mirror. Do this in a dark room. You’ll see what I saw.
I hope it will help you transcend this boring plane of life as it helped me.
Don’t kill yourself if you can resist it, but if you can’t, I will be waiting for my best friend on the other side.
Love,
Ashley.
I promised myself I would never do that. Remember when I told you about my irrational fear of mirrors? That came back almost instantly, and I knew that I’d never do anything like that. For the next two days, I couldn’t stop crying thinking about Ashley. It was my fault, in a way.
I had to know what happened to her, but I didn’t want to look into a mirror either. Then, a strange thing happened one day, which explained everything.
When I went to sleep, I thought about the lines.
“We avoid death but we need to chase it.
Run after it.
Love it and seek it out with all our heart.
Drink. Drink and drink and drink some more.
Then turn off the lights and stare into yourself.
Look into the reflection and contemplate death.
Great writers knew this. Now I know.”
Instead of looking into the mirror, I closed my eyes and looked into myself. I thought about my own death and who would care if I was gone. Nobody. But as I did, I noticed that I was standing in front of a mirror. In a dream that almost felt too life-life to be true.
My reflection had larger eyes. My reflection had his mouth open.
He was screaming. I tried to wake up, but I couldn’t. I saw things worse than any person should be able to see. True suffering. Despair. Each person’s sadness experienced quickly and swiftly, vicariously through swiftly flowing dreams. I saw the darkness as it screamed and I couldn’t leave. It was as if I had discovered a deep dark hole and I couldn’t look away. I know things now that I wish I hadn’t known.
The dreams didn’t stop. Each day I tried to look away from the mirror in the dreams but I couldn’t. My head ached too much during the day. I quit my job. I screamed into the pillows to make the whispers top. They wouldn’t.
Then, I started drinking. And I started writing. That helps. Everyday I write and I can see myself writing about characters, feeling their sadness in a whole new visceral way. I project my suffering into them and they project it back. The headache stops when I write. Stories help me escape. I get paid when people buy my books. They leave good reviews sometimes.
I know things that will happen in the future and things that happened in the past that I have no way of knowing. It’s the whispers. They scream into me everything. Perhaps this was a small price to pay for total knowledge across dimensions that our minds are too small to understand.
I soon realized where Peter and Ashley had gone wrong. Both looked at mirrors when the answer was to look into yourself and search for your own death. I looked into me and the mirror followed. I don’t want to die, and I don’t know why they died. I’ve never tried getting drunk, thinking about death and looking into the mirror. I don’t think I’ll ever do that. Nor should you.
If you expected a ghost story, sorry there isn’t any. But if you’re still reading, I should tell you a few things that might help you.
  1. Don’t go out of your house on November 23rd if you can. Wherever you live, just don’t. Trust me.
  2. If you find a black cat near your house in the month of March, 2023, PLEASE FEED IT. Don’t ignore it and send it away.
  3. If someone ever says your name in a crowded place in the year 2020 and you see the person and don’t recognize them, pretend you didn’t hear them and keep doing whatever you were doing. Under no circumstances should you talk with them. If you’re someone relatively famous, try avoiding crowded places in 2020.
That’s all. Feel free to call me crazy and ignore the above.
The headache’s not returning, so I’ll stop here. I miss Ashley and think about Peter Yolundire often. Of course, those aren’t their real names. I’d like to think that the monster I see in my dreams is the same one they saw in the mirror- the one that drove them to kill themselves. I don’t know. I’m not getting drunk, switching off the lights, lighting a cigar and looking into a mirror. I don’t need to find out.
You don’t need to find out either, okay?
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2020.10.30 18:55 Back_like_Flint Seeking Advice Regarding How my Graduate Institution and/or the VA Handled the Exhaustion of my Post-9/11 G.I. Bill Benefits Under a Quarterly System.

Dear community, I sincerely regret taking four months before even considering to seek out our community’s shared wisdom, and perhaps some bureaucratic guidance now that I have suddenly found myself in a massive financial hole.
Considering the situation all American students experienced around the end of the 2019-2020 school year, my issue involved too many variables and actors to realistically attribute the blame to anyone. As such, I want to start by clearly stating that my objective is NOT to find the person to whom, or organization to which, blame can be attributed. For two-to-three months, I think, my anger and frustrations really conflicted with the very real need to find a solution for this problem. Also, I apologize in advance for the this post’s length, but anyone who reads it will understand why my thinking and writing lacks coherence and concision.
First and foremost, my ETS date was in the Summer of 2015, so I enrolled in 2-year public college in my home state in the Fall of 2015 and by the Fall of 2017, I had obtained my Associates in Science and transferred to the four-year public college in my State capital. In June 2019, I obtained two BAs—a primary in Political Science and secondary in Experimental Psychology, with emphases towards the subfields of International Relations (Foreign Policy, namely the international political economic and military structures—NOT international business, per se), Comparative Politics, and Political Psychology. Somehow, I was admitted and received a 50% scholarship for a top-10 MA Program for my field and, at a relatively famous Private (Non-Profit) University in the Midwest. While I was admitted into other top-20 programs, this one’s academic rigor as a 1-year program enticed me. In all actuality, I primarily decided to enroll into this specific program because their financial aid officers insisted that—while my tuition bill for the entire year appeared as though—all of my educational expenses were covered for the entire academic year, through: my remaining Chapter 33 benefits first, the Yellow Ribbon Program second, and then the University Scholarship last.
My Ch. 33 GI Bill only and 2 months of benefits remaining, but because this consisted of three intensive quarters, those two months actually covered the entirety of the first quarter, then—as my tuition bill demonstrated—the Yellow Ribbon Program and scholarship funding was deferred to cover the Winter and Spring quarters.
Due to my Alma Mater having been a public college, the Yellow Ribbon Program’s “matching funds’” system and its intricacies were unbeknownst and irrelevant to me as an undergrad. So in grad school, it seems that I have made the crippling mistake of trusting the authorities whom presumably dealt with GI Bill and Yellow Ribbon funding at the start of every school year—I even faxed in my E-Benefits transcript with every previous course’s cost to my entitlements alongside my official transcript, specifically to avoid misunderstandings regarding the fact that my benefits could not cover more than a single quarteterm.
School began on October 1st, the FAFSA Award offered only consisted of about $5,500 for the Winter and Spring quarters, to make up for the loss of BAH revenue. Even then, I reluctantly borrowed the amount offered through a Stafford Loan. On the first day of my Spring finals, however, a Hold suddenly appeared on my student account that prevented me from completing any of my quarterly and annual coursework (term papers and MA Thesis). Without warning, the way the VA and scholarship funding had been distributed back in September was now completely revised, with no Yellow Ribbon funding being offered (since my GI Bill did not carry over into the Winter and Spring quarters), and my scholarship apparently “had to be applied” before the post-9/11 GI Bill.
Basically, right before I would have graduated, I suddenly found myself on the hook for $20,000 in tuition fees that was suddenly being carried over for the whole year. My earlier Financial Aid award assumed that all of my tuition expenses were covered, so the Department of Education never offered a public student loan to cover the $20k, and by June of 2020, it was already wayyyyyy too late to “edit” my FAFSA application from the previous fiscal year.
I fought this for nearly two months, to no avail, lost a fellowship because of the pandemic and a really good job opportunity for the subsequent year (because I couldn’t, and still haven’t, graduated). Eventually the problems just became overwhelming, and I caved by applying through a private lender. But even afterwards, the University dragged its feet in certifying the loan, and I only received the “surplus” disbursement two weeks ago. Sadly, every penny from my savings and investments were exhausted between July and September, by which time I began to default with no recourse other than to explain to creditors the situation—which did not really help due to a faulty timeline... I never, ever expected the school to take around 14 weeks to process the loan and issue a refund after the lender informed me of the national average having been a short two weeks.
I called, emailed, and incessantly complained to everyone from my thesis advisor and program administrator, the bank, as well as my the Dean of Students in the Division of Social Sciences, but a mixture of unlikely hiccups—like an unnoticed faxing error that led to the Graduate Financial Aid Office believing that the lender was the one dragging its feet, in the middle of a Godforsaken plague—but with no offices being accessible to the public on campus at the time. In the end, I sort of gave up the fight after all I could cover became rent and electricity, and thus cut off my internet and cellphone service for about 45 days.
All that being said, I have a printout of all my monthly tuition bills, and it clearly shows that my balance was consistently $0, and under $0 when awaiting a refund, all the way from the first statement on Oct 31st 2019 through the start of Spring Finals on June 5th, 2020. Then, just became a casserole of past-due sums stacked with late fees, and the reality I was in hit like a ton of bricks, with no one at my school—not even the individual overseeing the Office that only exists to reach out to, and provide counseling for, military communities and families could give me advice that didn’t entail being wholly indebted to a crumbling system for what will probably be the next 20 years. The only solace I have is that Federal Interest rates and long-term treasury bonds are probably very unlikely to rise in the next few years, which would make the loan’s interest rate lower than what the Department of Education offers, at least for a few short years...
I’ve never been so distraught though, and now the quality of my academic work has declined drastically because I am simply incapable of thinking clearly for extended periods of time, nor of holding onto complicated thoughts long enough to put pen to paper. I do not suffer from substance abuse problems nor do I have a history with anxiety, PTSD, or depression, but I’m worried that, for the first time in my life, I am actually coming up against a stacked deck with no obvious way and have lost sight as to the importance of my own mental health. Had I known this crap would happen though, then I certainly would have gone to a school offering less in scholarship money over a two-year period that’s reasonably paced as to allow grad students to work at least 20-30 hours/week, or may even have gone back to my Canadian roots and studied in Montreal or BC for pennies on the dollar (compared to this madness anyways). In the one-year program, no one had the time to both generate revenue, meet the research requirements, and complete the coursework without shifting to a 36-hour schedule. And I reallyyyy tried to find a way to make that work, truly, but it’s too unhealthy a habit.
Honestly, the VA’s explanation regarding the Carr v. Wilkie may or may not be capable of influencing a situation like mine. I have no clue because their statement is perhaps one of the most unclear and sloppy explanation that I have ever witnessed come out of the VA:
“Prior to Carr, VA viewed the 48-month rule as a hard stop and would never extend end-of-term benefits beyond 48 months. The court ruled that VA’s interpretation is incorrect and instead, VA should apply the 48-month rule to limit the initial award which will determine when benefits are exhausted and the point at which we should then apply the end-of-term extension (i.e., an end-of-term extension should not be stopped at the 48th month).”
What is a “term” here, and is the court requiring them to actively offer benefit extensions or are they instead forcing Post 9/11 GI Bill recipients to revert back to Ch. 1606’s monthly payments of about $1,717. Are “terms” referencing a single school term, semester, the yearly lifespan of a college program, or something else entirely?
Further down, it then offers an example regarding how the Ch. 1606 Benefits would now be subtracted from Ch. 33 benefits, up to a maximum of 48 months, but never state whether this is only relevant for veterans transitioning from the Montgomery to the Post-9/11 GI Bill, or whether this means that numerous students—including myself—had their benefits wrongly calculated by the VA and may or may not have been required to take out private loans to cover the remainder. I did pay the monthly $100 for the Ch. 1606 benefits since I practically enlisted right out of high school in late-2008, but no one contacted me regarding my benefits of the appeals’ process, and I’m so swamped that I never have the time to really dig into what all of this means.
Lastly, had my benefits been properly calculated beforehand, then I could have taken advantage of Voc-Rehab since I have a 70% disability rating and was already enrolled in a program that would have led to—what was basically—my dream job within the IC, with full benefits, if only I could have graduated on time... A lot of time was invested towards scientific grant and fellowship applications that actually proved incredibly successful in being selected for awards and funding, but all of it needed to be forfeited due to the hold that the University’s Registrar refused to remove from my account, or because travel out of the country—or into East Asian countries—has largely been canceled for all awardees.
I’m a first-generation veteran (since WW1 anyway) and college graduate, so I have absolutely no clue where to go from here. The debt may be too normal of a problem for American college students these days, but suddenly facing an extremely heavy financial burden for something that I never had any control over—rather, “it” has controlled me for months now—feels so incredibly unfair right now, which is why I have come here to seek guidance. I’m sort of a mess now, too much of a mess to actually solve anything.
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2020.10.30 18:28 Psychore0 USA Number 1

https://www.cnn.com/2020/10/30/health/us-coronavirus-friday/inde
(CNN)Daily Covid-19 cases in the US reached a record high on Thursday, with experts warning that death rates could triple by mid-January.
There were 88,521 new cases of the coronavirus reported in the US on Thursday, according to data from Johns Hopkins University -- 9,540 more cases than Wednesday. In total, there have been more than 8,947,980 cases and at least 228,677 deaths in the US -- 971 of them on Thursday, JHU data shows. "This is the hardest point in this pandemic right now -- the next two months," Dr. Scott Gottlieb, former commissioner of the US Food and Drug Administration, said during an interview on CNBC's "Squawk Box" Thursday. "We can't give up our guard right now." Thursday's average marks an 82.68% increase in new cases over the last month, Johns Hopkins says. This week alone, the nation added a record-setting 536,131 cases. Total coronavirus cases could top 9 million Friday. On Thursday, nine states reported their record high single-day of new cases ever:, Johns Hopkins reported: Illinois, Indiana, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota and Ohio. New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy told CNN Friday that he attributed the rise in cases to the cold, "fatigue" and indoor private gatherings. Murphy said he would consider a statewide curfew "if we had to," although he doesn't want it to come to that. In Newark, nonessential businesses must close at 8 p.m., among other restrictions. Murphy announced 2,089 cases Friday, marking the state's highest one-day total since May. Also Friday, Florida officials said the state had 5,592 more cases for a total of more than 800,000, according to the Florida Department of Health. Only California and Texas have surpassed 800,000, according to Johns Hopkins data.The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington School of Medicine says it is most likely that by the middle of January, 2,250 Americans will be dying every day from the coronavirus -- three times more than the current rate. And it could get much worse." If states do not react to rising numbers by re-imposing mandates, cumulative deaths could reach 514,000 by the same date," the IHME said in its latest forecast. "The fall/winter surge should lead to a daily death toll that is approximately three times higher than now by mid-January. Hospital systems, particularly ICUs, are expected to be under extreme stress in December and January in 18 states." And hospitals are already under increased strain. As of Thursday, more than 46,000 people were hospitalized, according to the Covid Tracking Project, with all but 11 states seeing a rise in hospitalizations this week.

States continue to break daily case count records

Forty-three states have shown an increase in cases compared to last week, with five holding steady and two -- Oklahoma and Louisiana -- reporting a decline, according to JHU. New Mexico reported 1,082 cases Thursday -- a record -- and a top health care executive there sounded the alarm about the direction of Covid-19 spread in his state." We are at an unsustainable growth rate," said Dr. Jason Mitchell Thursday. Mitchell is the chief medical officer at Presbyterian Healthcare Services, which operates nine regional hospitals in New Mexico. Mitchell says the state's rate of case growth is averaging about 5% a day, which would result in catastrophic numbers if there's no effort to change the trend. "By December, we would have so many cases that we would be in MASH tents," Mitchell said during a state health briefing. Illinois also reported a daily high of new cases for the second time in a week with 6,363 new cases Thursday. The total number of cases statewide now stands at 395,458, according to the Illinois Department of Public Health. Gov. J.B. Pritzker and IDPH announced that Region 3 would go into Covid-19 mitigation measures. Nine of the state's 11 regions will now be under resurgence mitigation measures due to the high average positivity rates. Minnesota, North Dakota and Ohio also reported their highest daily Covid-19 totals Thursday, with 2,872, 1,222 and 3,590 new positive cases respectively.

Officials warn against traditional get-togethers

The Oregon Health Authority reported 575 new cases Thursday, also breaking the state's single-day record." Preliminary data show this increase reflects continued widespread community transmission resulting in small clusters and outbreaks statewide," the OHA said in a written statement. The state's coronavirus death toll is now 673.Health officials are strongly encouraging Oregonians to forgo traditional Halloween trick-or-treating and get-togethers this year. Murphy said New Jersey was seeing a fall surge, as he announced another 1,477 cases Thursday. Murphy urged residents not to take family members out of nursing homes for Thanksgiving. "It's cold, it's rainy, our numbers are up. It gives me no joy to say you can't bring mom or dad out of the nursing home," Murphy said. "It gives me no joy to say you can't have your normal Thanksgiving."

Higher rates of Covid-19 after Trump campaign rallies

📷Many counties that hosted Trump rallies had a significant increase in Covid-19 casesA CNN investigation of 17 Trump campaign rallies finds that 14 of the host counties had an increased rate of new Covid-19 cases one month after the rally .The 17 rallies occurred between August 17 and September 26. CNN evaluated the rate of new daily cases per 100,000 residents at four weeks before the rally, on the rally date, and four weeks after the rally at the county level and at the state level. Of the 14 host counties that had increased infection rates, eight of them had declining rates of infection in the month before the rally. The other six counties already had increasing rates of infection in that preceding month. CNN's analysis also found that in 10 counties, the new rates of infection were growing faster than the overall rate for the state. The investigation evaluated rallies in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Arizona, Pennsylvania, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Michigan, Nevada, Wisconsin, Minnesota, North Carolina, Ohio, and Florida.
CNN's Jay Croft, Maggie Fox, Nadia Kounang, Andy x.html
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2020.10.30 04:18 nmbjbo Repost of Story I want to Continue (Part 19 will be in the comments with rest of story)

'Time is a funny thing really,' I try to tell myself as a get ready to call my boss. Waking up seven, worst birthday in a while.
I had previously been on a pretty good streak, mid twenties to late thirties for over a decade, giving me solid work for the time. Jobs still has one year contracts, but they pay well when adults are a suggestion, not a guarantee.
Finally, I pick up my phone and dial my boss, dreading him picking up. As the phone rings, I eventually hear a, "what's up Rick?"
"Hey Kris... I know I promised I'd be able to get another year in, but I didn't luck out..." my squeaky voice bothering me a bit. "I'll be calling child care services after this call, I don't have anything for being this young."
An audible sigh is heard. "Really Rick? What are you, five? How do you not have anything when this could happen any year? You know what, whatever, just call me back after nine or so and I'll at least get you your gift."
"Thanks Kris, I'll make this up to you next year, I promise!"
"Just call child care before you get distracted by a butterfly or something, your medication isn't dosed for a kid." Kris says, then abruptly hangs up.
I put the phone down. "Oh yeah... I need to make sure I don't get distracted. ...Wait, did Kris say gift? That'll be fun!" I grin, then shake my head.
"Need to call child care...." I sigh, first time in over a decade, a real pain. 'What was the number...?'
'Let's see... I know it's on my phone somewhere, all phones have it right?' I pause, then frown. 'What do all phones have? Was it... Tetris? I have Tetris. I think I'll play a game of it,' I decide, pulling up the app to start a game.
As I play, I find reaching my high score difficult. 'Why can't I get the pieces where I want them? I'm sure they fit, I'm an engineer...'
'Well, I was, now I'm like seven, if that,' realization hits me, again. "Shit! I forgot to call child care!" I quickly begin scrambling through my contacts to try and find the annoying permanent contact. It's hard to read some of the letters.
"How is Child Care spelled... its... um..." I think aloud.
"Chuh is C and H... I think... so it'll be I'm the C section!" I manage to gather that much.
'Never was a high scorer in English, was I?' I think to myself, when suddenly my stomach growls.
I set the phone down and head to the kitchen, still in my pajamas from last night. 'Why are my pajamas...' "oh right!" I head back up to go call Child Care. Heaven knows I'll need it.
I get back on my phone to call Child Care, going to the C section in my contacts. "Where is H in the alphabet... A B C D E F G... H! There we go!" I grin as I finally hit the correct contact to call.
'...why am I calling them again?' I think as the phone rings on speaker.
"Hello, this is Child Care Services, how may we help you?" A woman, probably in her fifties or so, asks.
"Oh yeah! Hello miss! I turnt' seven- ...maybe six? Today!" I tell her. "Can someone come over?"
"Of course sweetie, just hold tight, alright? What's your name hun?" The woman asks.
"My name is Ricky!" I answer, not even aware of how hyper I've gotten.
"Alright, Ricky. Do you have any medicine you're supposed to take? If you do we can get you to a doctor to help you out." She replies.
"I have one!" I reply quickly. "Its um... Dianne.... dian... Dianne-avel"
"Dyanavel? Alright sweetie, we'll be sure the doctor will get you all set." The woman says. "There will be someone by your location soon to pick you up. Alright Ricky?"
"Okay! Who will be picking me up?"
"It will be a nice foster parent to make sure you get everything you need. Do you live with anyone else?"
"I live in my house!" I say proudly. "I got it 'cause I worked really hard!"
"I'm sure you did Ricky. Do you know if it's paid off?"
"Um... I think it is... It isn't very big," the house is enough to give another person or two a room.
"That's very good hun, cam you go to the front door and wait for the nice foster parent to show up?" The woman asks.
"I can do that," I reply, beginning to head downstairs again. As I walk down the steps, I trip on my massively oversized pajama shirt, meant for a well built adult, and fall down a few steps to the landing - thankfully carpeted.
"Ow ow ow..." I hold by rug burned arms and legs the best I can, forgetting the phone that is easily too broken to use now.
As I begin to tear up, I hear a knock at my front door.
With teary eyes, I look at the door, wondering who could be there.
"H-Hello..?" I choke out, trying not to cry from such minor injuries. 'Why am I so fragile right now? I'm about to cry like- ...right, I'm a little kid right now.' I remember.
The person at the door knocks again, replying through it, "Ricky, I'm here from Child Care Services, could you open the door for me?"
'Oh yeah! I was just on the phone with-' I look for my phone, eventually seeing that my lack of case had cost me. The screen is shattered so badly I wouldn't dare use it again. 'What am I going to do about my phone?' I think to myself, still trying my best not to cry from the stinging bruises.
They knock again. "Ricky? Are you there?"
"O-Oh! Sorry mister!" I yell to the door, the pain from the rug burn and fall bleeding into my voice. I get up and stumble to the door, only my old adult pajama shirt being on my at this point, though it is more than enough to look like a dress on me now.
I eventually manage to get the door open, after i get my hands out of my sleeves, and let the Child Care worker inside to see me.
"Hey there lil' Ricky, I heard your call cut out a little before I got here. What happened?" The man asks, looking to be on the very edge on being allowed to work. He's probably only around sixteen or seventeen.
"I-I um..." I look away from him, a bit embarrassed to admit I tripped on my pajamas.
"Hey, its okay buddy. You said you take medicine on the call. Could you tell me what its for?" The man asks, distracting me from the fall.
"Oh... um... I take a yucky drink for my brain... It's called ADHD, I think..." As I finish saying that, I remember my phone. 'Where did I put it? Stairs, right!' I hurry off from the caretaker back to the stairs, finding my shattered phone. ...Again.
The man walks over and sees as well. "Ah... You fell down the stairs, didn't you? Don't worry about it, I have bandages in my car. Want to come along so we can get you dressed and patched up?"
'Dressed? Why do I need to get dressed? I already came downstairs-' "...I'm still in my pajamas..." I have the realization out loud, getting a patient smile from the worker.
"Yes, and you have very nice pajamas. But we need you to be in proper clothes so you don't fall over again, can you come out to my car with me Ricky?" He asks again, and I nod.
The worker takes my hand, gentle but a firm grip for some reason. 'It's not as if I'd wonder off...' I see a really, really cool beetle on the sidewalk! It looks like it might be a rhino beetle. 'Am I being pulled? Why would I be pulled anywhere? Is this the Child Care worker?' I think as we get to the car.
"Why are we going in your car?" I ask the worker
"We're getting you some medicine to help you focus, Ricky. And we're getting you dressed. That still okay with you?" He asks
"Can I pick the clothes?" I ask, internally hoping for something blue. I like the color blue.
"Of course, as long as they fit little man," He smiles at me, and I feel as if I can't do anything but grin back. He has a nice smile.
Once in the car, I get to pick out an outfit from a little box. At least, I can after I'm measured by the worker. I pick out a really cool blue shirt that goes down to my knees and some blue pants. I have trouble getting the clothes on myself though, so the worker gets them on for me.
"Ready to go see the nice doctor lil' Ricky?" He asks.
"Yeah!" I feel excited. "Do you think they'll have lollipops? I like the blue ones!"
"Absolutely, and I bet you can get two blue ones if you ask nicely" He says as we begin to drive off. I'm giggling in excitement half the ride.
Soon after, we arrive at a big white building. "Where are we?" I ask the worker.
"This is a pediatrician's office. They help kids like you feel better, doesn't that sound nice?" He answers, I nod in response to his question.
"Do you think I can help kids feel better too?" I ask, which for some reason earns a laugh.
"Absolutely man, you'll do great!" He gets out of the car, unbuckling me not long after and taking me in the building. What was the building for again?
The worker takes me inside and I get to see a really clean looking place. I can't quite read the sign on the door where we go, but I there's a bunch of really colorful toys in a basket!
I get out a few of the toys and start playing with them. 'I don't remember the last time playing with blocks was this fun! I must have been like three!' I think to myself, ignorant to the fact I may be a bit younger than the seven I guessed.
Some time later my name gets called by a nurse. 'When did I give them my name? I don't remember' I shrug, the Child Care worker taking me back to a little doctor's office. Inside is a doctor with a really cool badge, it's super shiny.
"Hello there, you must be David and Ricardo, correct?" The doctor asks.
"My name is Ricky!" I say loudly, the doctor chuckling.
"Of course, you always liked that nickname, so the notes say. We'll be taking a few measurements and giving you a new prescription, alright?" The doctor more so asks David.
"That'll be alright, just be gentle. He tripped up before I was able to get to his house and get him here." David says
"Of course. Alright Ricky, could you follow me?" the Doctor asks. I nod, following him to a little scale and a thingy to get my height, and a few more thingies.
After some tests, he talks to David for a little bit. David eventually comes over and says, "Okay Ricky. We know how old you are now. You seem to be a bit younger than three, okay?"
"No! I was ten ten ten yesterday!" I say loudly. Thirty.
"Yes, you were, but today is your second birthday, okay?"
"No!" I refuse. He sighs at that.
Despite my protests, David picks me up and keeps talking to the doctor, while I grumble and pout and whine. I don't like it here. It's too boring. Too stiff. 'Wait, what was I doing?' Then I remember, 'Oh yeah! there's blocks in the one room!' So I try getting down, fail, and return to grumbling.
Eventually David finishes talking to the doctor, I don't know what he was talking about though. He carries me to a desk down the hall that gives me a lollipop!
"I like Lollipops!" I say, seeing them.
David smiles at me, "I know, do you want a blue one still?"
"Yes!" I reply quickly, getting the requested blue one. David seems to be doing something while I eat it, but I can't be bothered to look. It's really hard to read the letters, or maybe those are numbers? I can't remember. Either way, we eventually head out to the car again.
As I'm buckled in by David, I let out a yawn. When did I get so tired? It has been a long day I guess. 'Maybe I'll rest my eyes until we get there...' I think as I doze off to sleep.
I eventually wake up in a strange room. 'Why am I not at my house?' I think to myself, slowly getting up and seeing myself in a nearby mirror. "...I look like a tod- ...I didn't take my meds, I was probably a mess for whoever got me here." I sigh, getting out of bed.
I finally notice how colorful and fun the room looks, but shake my head at it. "I already messed up once... I need to not lose focus again..." I mumble, going straight to the door. I need my medication.
I attempt to open the door, but find I can't get a good grip on the doorknob because its too high. 'Am I really that short? How tall am I?' I wonder, now just knocking on it. It makes a nice sounds when I knock on it. I'm going to keep knocking on it.
While I'm knocking, someone opens the door, not sure how long I was knocking though. I look up to see who and am a bit shocked to see my boss, Kris. "...What are you doing here?" I ask him.
"Rick, you're barely older than a baby right now.” Kris says, “At least, according to the front desk here.”
“Where is here?” I reply.
“This is Child Care Services, remember? You told me a few hours ago you’d give them a call, and it looks like you managed.”
“Oh yeah...” I frown. “...Then why are you here?”
“You didn’t call after nine like I’d asked, and you weren’t at your house,” Kris replies. “So, I was right to guess you’d be here. Pretty sure my older brother is here too right now, he doesn’t like being seen as a kid though, so I don’t visit when he is one, but that’s off topic. I got you a birthday present.”
“A present?” I ask excitedly, then get a bit embarrassed at how childish I’ve already become. “...How old am I exactly?”
“Two,” Kris says, “But hey, not the end of the world. Mind if I come in?”
“You can,” I say, letting him in. He enters. Kris takes a seat on a chair in the room, I decide to sit next to him.
He not long after gets something out of his pocket, a notebook. “You always did like keeping notes on everything, but hey, now you have a place to keep any drawings you end up making,” Kris says, handing me the notebook. It’s as big as my torso!
“Where did you get one so big?” I ask
“It’s big, but not that big,” He replies, “You’re not even two and a half feet tall, so it seems bigger.”
“Oh...” I say quietly.
“Don’t feel bad about it,” He says, “Lets get you to your wing’s nurse, she has your prescription I think.”
“Oh yeah! ...What is it for again?” I ask Kris.
“Your ADHD, Rick, you should know you can’t focus,” He says, picking me up. I just pout at him.
“I can focus...” I grumble.
“On what?” He asks in return.
“Uh… ...what were we talking about…?” I have trouble remembering what I couldn’t focus on. ‘...that’s what he means.’ “...Yeah… lets go get it.”
“That’s the plan,” Kris says, carrying me off. The halls here have lots of pretty pictures and things. I like it.
We don’t take long to get to a really boring room, it’s just boring white everywhere, besides this one lady who looks maybe sixteen.
“Hello there sir, who is this you’ve brought with you?” The lady asks, her voice is pretty.
“This is my old employee, Rick. He needs his medication is all,” Kris says.
“Alright, just set him down on the table and I’ll look through the database to see if we have any medication for him,” she replies. So I get set on a table. The table has a sheet of paper over it for some reason.
“Can I have a pen?” I ask, a bit louder than I intended.
“What for?” The lady asks
“I wanna draw!”
“You can’t draw on the paper there Rick,” She says softly, “It’s just to keep the table clean.” Even though I know that makes sense, it still upsets me a bit.
So I stay put, being grumpy until the lady speaks up again. “It looks like his prescription is currently Vyvanse, we’ll be giving the chewable version as it will be easier for him to take.” She takes out a little bottle, taking out a tablet.
“Alright, Rick, can you eat this for us?” She asks, holding out the tablet. I nod. She has me eat the tablet, but it tastes a little yucky.
“That will last twelve hours, so given the time, he won’t need another until tomorrow morning.”
“Thank you miss..?” Kris starts.
“Dr. Thomson,” She replies.
“Right, we’ll be off the the common area then,” Kris picks me back up, I stick my tongue out at her for giving me such a yucky candy. She just smiles and waves us off.
I end up being carried to somewhere else, it looks like a little kids play room… but its so fun looking. I want to resist it, but I’m getting bored quickly. It seems for now, and probably the year, I’ll be spending a lot of time here… Hopefully I don’t get too used to it…
A year at the age of two goes by, until finally, all three hundred sixty five days later, it's my birthday again.
I wake up in a different room than usual at the Child Care Services building, used for kids about to grow up who might end up as adults. I woke up excited to see how I ended up, but... I don't seem much older. I let out a sigh, getting out of bed unhappily.
I go to the dresser and look for the right size clothes, eventually finding the right fit, and take a good half hour to dress myself. On the bright side, it's still my favorite color, blue.
Not long after my success, that one nurse, Dr. Thomson, enters the room to check on me. Her birthday was months ago, and she's easily in her late forties now, but aged pretty well, her voice is still really pretty too.
"Hey there Ricky, looks like you didn't luck out like you were hoping," She says with sympathy, "Why don't we go to my office so we can figure out how old you are now? You've grown a few inches." That last bit seems to just be to make me feel better.
"Okay..." I agree, a bit bummed to say the least.
She picks me up, and I let her, and she takes me over to her office. I've grown to know that office well, as I've had to go there every twelve hours to get my medicine. And I'll be getting it again today.
Once there, I get put on a scale, have my height measured, get a blood test, eye exam, and plenty more which is still a bit hard to tell, and I eventually get, "You seem to be four or so, with what we can tell based on your previous data and current results."
"But I wanna be big again..." I whine slightly, and she pats my head.
"I know Ricky, but life just doesn't work that way. Maybe next year," Dr. Thomas says, the comforting working a little. "Lets get you your medicine now, your new dosage isn't too much higher." I nod, and take the chewy tablet again. Sticking my tongue out after for it being so yucky.
"...Can I have breakfast now?" I ask with some hope, now that I'm four I can at least have big kid foods, like mac n' cheese and pizza.
"Breakfast isn't for another half hour still, why not go get set up in your new wing? I'll bring you over if you want," she offers, I just nod. I hate being a kid.
As we walk over, I can actually walk pretty well this time, mostly, we get to a new play place for older kids. There's a more people here than the last one, but its not like many people get as unlucky as I did, so that's no surprise.
Even with my medicine, I still get excited really easily, and try not to, but... I can't help but hurry over to play with a big chalk board. So many colors! I can't imagine who wouldn't want to play with this!
It isn't until breakfast that I remember that I wanted food, but I do still remember. That's an improvement. I go over to the mess hall with the rest of the kids, maybe fifty of us total in this current wing, and get served our breakfasts. It's eggs and bacon! I haven't had this in over a year!
I scarf down my food happily, enjoying that I got actual food, not the weird toddler food I had to eat before. It's really good.
After breakfast, which isn't very long in my case, someone new enters the play room. They're four, obviously, but look familiar...
They come over and sheepishly say, "...Hi Rick."
That's when it hits me. "Kris?! How long have you been little?" I never really learned his birthday.
"Well... about a month? I didn't have enough for both me and my wife to be little at the same time." He admits.
I give him a smile at the least, "Well, at least we're not alone, or babies," I mention. "I really want to be big again though."
"Maybe one day Rick, but for now, we're stuck," Kris says. "I see you got into drawing."
"Yeah! Drawing is super fun! And they got a bunch of colors!" I say, motioning to the chalk board I've been at.
"Can I join?" He asks
"Sure!" I allow it, handing him a chalk stick.
And thus, I get the next year or so as a kid with my boss. He still makes money, but isn't allowed to make financial decisions as a kid. Oh well, could be worse. We could be seven and have to go to school.
Maybe next year I can be an age that's not so little.
A few months pass by from my birthday, and the school season begins, so I go to preschool with everyone else in my age group. Apparently its important to treat everyone as their given age, but I don't care. I just like that we get to play with so many new toys.
Kris is in school with me at least, and we get to play blocks and color a lot. He seems to still like acting like an adult though, but I think he's having fun.
Towards the end of the school year, the class size starts growing pretty fast. I guess its just an unlucky week or something.
About a month after school lets out, Kris gets bigger again, he's eighteen now so he goes back home and to work.
I don't get so lucky though, I only grow to seven after my birthday passes, and get moved to the appropriate wing. It's really crowded though, not sure why, but hey, we get a television in this wing!
One of the kids here is actually Dr. Thomson, but she's just Mallory right now.
The T.V. usually has news on, because kids this age have some awareness and want to know whats going on. Turns out its a really bad week, most people are ending up below twenty, which explains how crowded it is.
A few weeks later, its reported that fifty percent of all birthdays in the last month have lead to people becoming younger than ten.
The wing actually fills completely, and stops accepting people until an opening happens. Kris actually offers to house me so more people can stay in the wing, so I get to pack up and go to his house.
Once there, he waves me over to the door. "Come on Rick, you get the guest room for a while," Kris says. I hurry on in.
"Thanks Kris, I owe you," I say, but he shakes his head.
"You don't owe me anything, just try not to break anything." I nod.
We end up playing board games when he's free, his wife, Alice, is currently sixteen, so she joins in sometimes too.
As time passes, I get word that the working age is lowered from sixteen to thirteen. That hasn't happened in over thirty years, I was only five then. Well, linearly at least. Linear age is what most people care about in jobs and stuff.
I end up home alone a lot because there's just such a shortage of workers with it being one of 'those' years that everyone gets the short end of the stick. Child Care Services is pushed to its limits.
One day, there's a knock at the door, so I get it. Outside is someone I don't recognize. I open my mouth to ask who they are, but quickly get a rag put over my mouth and start getting woozy.
I guess it doesn't matter who, because things are getting dark...
I wake up, feeling a bit ill. Wearily, I sit up.
Around me, I seem to be in some sort of prison cell, I think. It's got bars on one end, but also some sort of fine mesh so I can't stick my hands through the bars. In the cell-thing with me, I have a bed that I'm sitting on, what seems to be a door to another room to the side, a nightstand with a dark lamp on it, and a little table in the corner with a chair and some drawing supplies.
I get out of bed, giving a more thorough search, meaning the second room. It's a bit disappointing when its just a bathroom, especially that it only has a shower so I can't take baths. So, I just go back out of the bathroom and sit glumly at my table.
It's another hour before there's anything different, part of which I ended up doodling. The change is the sound of walking, which makes me tense up.
The sounds stops with an ugly man- ...woman..? I can't tell, standing in front of the cell.
"I see you've woken up," They say, still no real clear answer as to what they are. "Lets begin then, shall we?"
I meekly shake my head no, which doesn't seem to sway them any.
The door to my cell is unlocked, and they grab me without much difficulty. 'Maybe if I behave they'll let me go sooner....'
I get dragged to a medical bed, where I am strapped down. I try to resist that, but they're too strong for my small body.
"I expect results from you, you best hope you preform well," they say. I probably just end up looking more scared.
They start looking through their things, giving off a very clear mad scientist vibe despite wearing a sweater and khakis. Soon, they turn back around, and are holding a needle with a mystery substance in it.
"Lets see if this one cures this world's filthy affliction," They say, and inject the substance into a vein on my neck of all places. At least the pinch was almost unnoticeable, so they're considerate about that at the least. They even put a bandage over the spot.
As whatever it is starts flowing through me, it starts getting warmer and after that painful, I don't know how long passes, but I got unstrapped and moved to my cell at some point. I think I did at least? It's hard to tell, it just hurts.
It eventually gets to just be too much, and it goes dark again.
When I wake up, the room looks bigger than when I fell asleep. It might just be me though.
I dare not sit up, as to give away to whoever may be watching. It doesn't seem to work though, because the door squeaks as it opens up, which probably makes my act look even less convincing honestly.
I get picked up, which startles me, and I realize it doesn't feel normal when I am. I open my eyes to a disapproving look from the person.
"You've had the same issue I had, but worse, looks like this attempt was a failure. What was your name?" They ask
"I-I... Ricky..." I mumble, a bit startled at having a completely foreign voice that is definitely younger than seven.
"Well, Ricky, I hope you didn't have a wife. You have a pretty equal chance of aging linearly, not aging, or aging as usual from now on. Good luck when you figure out which."
"W-What!?" That's not at all what I expected.
"Well, since you aren't dead or brain damaged, you'll be getting an amnesiac and sent back home while you're out cold. Have fun~" a new rag is set over my mouth and nose, which puts me under even faster than last time.
I wake up in bed at Kris's house like usual. I stretch and get out of bed, or, to my surprise, fall out of bed. "Owie..." I get startled at my voice being so high pitched.
'Did I get younger? It's not my birthday... even if I did, my voice would be deeper,' I frown to myself, the pain from the fall stinging a little. I get up anyways, and notice everything is bigger than it usually is.
My thud must have been hard enough to alert Kris, or his wife Alice I guess, as someone starts thudding towards my room. Why such a hurry?
I get up as the door opens, both Kris and Alice towering over me, both looking confused.
"Who the fuck are you?" Kris asks me, which is a surprise.
"...It's Rick..? You let me stay here?" I reply, once again surprised by how odd my voice sounds, then I notice it. Kris has his gun on him. "...What's going on..?"
"Rick's been missing for weeks, and you're not even a guy are you?" Kris says, the question leading me to be even more confused.
I look down at myself and... "What the hell!?" I yell when I see it. I'm younger again, and probably a girl. "How...?"
Alice looks to Kris. "Honey... I... I think it might actually be them."
Kris frowns and says, "'Rick,' what did I get you for your birthday three years ago?"
"A notebook, but why the hell am I a girl?" I ask, really hoping for answers, I don't know what happened. Where could I have been for weeks that made me a girl? I thought I was just waking up from a nap!
He sighs and puts his gun down, then picks me up. "We're going to the doctor. Now." I nod in agreement, because I honestly just want answers.
'Oh! There's a squirrel outside the window! Wait, no, that's not important, where is my medicine?'
And with that, we begin to walk off, hopefully to find answers.
After a short time, we're in Kris's car and off to the hospital. At least Kris is prepared for that, he keeps booster seats in case they're needed, unlike me.
I can't believe I didn't notice I was a girl right away. At least... I think I'm a girl? I didn't really check. More than skin deep.
While driving, I watch outside the window. So many things wiz by while we drive. A house here and there, lots of trees, oh! A doggy! I like dogs.
Soon we're reaching city limits, which is honestly a sight I didn't expect. There's usually a homeless man or two, but there's more than usual. And they're all kids... why is that happening again? I feel like I know this one...
Besides that, we get to the hospital and go into the ER for some reason. Whose sick?
When we get in, Alice holds me in the sitting area and Kris talks to the desk lady, both seem confused about something. Oh hey! There's magazines!
I try to grab one, but a hand moves in the way. Then I here, "Rick, you need to stay focused," from Alice.
What did I need to focus on? Oh yeah, I'm not quite myself right now... ...and I could really use my medicine, its apparently been a week or something.
I end up getting distracted by the magazines a few more times before I get picked up again, I don't remember what I was focusing on.
I get carried to the back, and put in a hospital bed. All the stiff in here is boring. It's all white and mean and scary. Scary? Why is it scare again...
A doctor comes in, who, looking through some papers, looks confused. Maybe he grabbed the wrong ones?
"Are you Ricardo Babineaux?" The doctor asks, frowning to himself when I nod.
"We're going to need to do a few tests to verify that, for hopefully clear reasons." He says, more so to Kris and Alice than to me.
"That's fine," Kris says. "We're as confused as you."
"I'll be back in a moment then," the doctor replies, going to get the necessary materials. It could be a bit though, it is a hospital.
I don't really like it here, it looks sad and boring. Kris and Alice are talking, but I don't really care what they're talking about.
It's a while later when the doctor gets back, and I've almost dozed off by then.
"Alright, we'll be starting with a blood test, then moving onto a few different scans to see inside her. Alright?" Once again directed at Kris, who agrees.
Getting my blood drawn isn't an issue, though when we get past that I have to do an x-ray. I never really liked those.
They all eventually manage to 'convince' me to get it, more so don't give me a choice, and I get an x-ray.
The results are as expected, it looks like my other x-rays from around this age, except for my pelvis being a little wider and some parts of my bone seeming to have been removed or warped.
The removed parts are easier to see, as there's small bone shards around where it crushed into itself. Oddly, there is no fractures anywhere.
After that, the doctor seems more inclined to believe who I am, and the blood work gets back.
I dont really know what any of the stuff is, but everything matches up exactly with my most recent bloodwork from my birthday, except for there being some unknown chemicals added apparently. Well, and hormones they say girls have.
That seems to convince the hospital that I'm me, but doesn't give me any answers. No one knows what's going on, and there's even more questions now.
Since they don't know what's going on, and I'm still healthy, they just give Kris an updated perception for my ADHD. Which is nice. Then, we go back to his house.
I am perfectly fine on the way home, I get to see lots of colorful things go by again, and I even get a chocolate bar from the store we go to on the way home! I don't remember why we stopped at the store though.
When we get home, it's around eleven in the morning. I guess I slept through breakfast. I go back to my usual day since everything is supposed to be okay. I feel a lot lighter than usual though. I wonder why.
Not long later, Alice comes into my room and says, "Rick, its time for lunch."
I quickly get up from my toys. "What's for lunch?" I ask, then get startled by my voice. 'Oh yeah... girl now... ish.'
"We're having chicken, now come on," she just picks me up, which I accept, and get carried down to the table.
During lunch, I get to take my medicine. I completely forgot about it before... it doesn't seem to do anything though, but I don't mention that. It might just need time.
Kris also mentions to Alice that I'm "not the first case of this," and that people are trying to figure out whose doing this.
I thought I was just getting up from a nap today, so who knows whats the cause.
Maybe I'll figure something out by my next birthday, it might not be permanent. Besides, my birthday is only a few months away now... probably. I don't remember today's date. It should be soon though.
A few months pass and it's my birthday again. I wake up as an older kid. I might be a preteen actually, the evidence of that being very, very clear, as I'm still a girl.
So now, instead of being me, I'm probably going to start having periods or something. I don't actually know much about girls puberty, or much else about them either.
Well, about me, not just them now.
I sigh to myself, I can't even take my medicine because I need a new dosage. So, I just go to take a morning shower, might as well.
The shower is a little awkward for obvious reasons, but I manage, then dry off and wrap up in a towel. After that I go to find Alice to see if she has clothes I can borrow. If not, today gets just a little worse.
I eventually find her down the hall, in her room. Usually Kris would be there too, but he managed to go down to barely being one year old, if that, on his birthday just over a month ago. Alice's birthday was around three months ago, and she's in her mid twenties.
I knock on her door, and it is soon opened by her.
"...oh, I guess you didn't luck out like you wanted, Rick. Need clothes I'm guessing?" Alice says, then adds, "Yoy might want to consider a name change if this is permanent."
I shake my head at that suggestion. "Just clothes please. ...And maybe help getting them on. I haven't worn a bra or anything like it before..." the second part I say a bit more quietly.
She gives me a smile, ushering me into the room. "I can help with whatever you need, it's not like it's your fault you're like this," Alice says. She's always been considerate, even if we hardly hang out.
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2020.10.30 01:50 Dezkin Daily COVID-19 Report for Clark County - Thursday, Oct 29th

Clark County COVID-19 positives as of Thursday, Oct 29th:
80794, ⬆️690 from 80104 (10/28)
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16-day tracking estimates:
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# COVID-19 on ventilator:
# Staffed ICU beds inventory:
# Ventilators available: 669 (10/28)
# Ventilators in use: 244 (10/28)
# Ventilators inventory: 913 (10/28)
Source: https://nvha.net
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SNHD reports 90.3% (72974, ⬆️553 from 72421 (10/28)) of cases have recovered.
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Total Hospitalized: 5955*, ⬆️39 from 5916 (10/28)
*Hospitalized excludes deaths
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Total Deaths: 1508, ⬆️2 from 1506 (10/28)
(1111 with underlying medical conditions)
Not mutually exclusive conditions:
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Positive Results Age Range Breakdown:
MIS-C Cases 11
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Hospitalized Age Range Breakdown:
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Deaths Age Range Breakdown:
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"Daily case counts reflect newly reported cases and may represent cases that were tested in the preceding days, which could significantly impact the count on days when a relatively large number of laboratory reports arrive in one day." SNHD confirmed they are not counting COVID-19 antibody positives into their COVID-19 positive case counts.
Majority of information is pulled from Southern Nevada Health District's COVID-19 dashboard and historical reports.
Our positives are staying stagnant about 500/day, our recovery rate continues to rise (90+% range), and our hospitalizations are remaining stable (under 500). Protect our vulnerable and continue to practice good hygiene habits, including wearing a mask to prevent asymptomatic spread as mandated by Governor Sisolak (onus is on businesses, which we want to keep open, but Metro will not enforce it; OSHA is responsible for mask enforcement by fining the business). To report a non-compliant business through the state, call (702) 486-9020 or (775) 688-3700.
Doctors are doing convalescent plasma therapy treatments and are seeking plasma donors to help those in need. One plasma donation can help five patients. Blood donors can get the antibodies testing done for free.
FDA states 144 trials of therapeutics are underway to treat COVID-19. 457 more are in planning stages. Remdesivir has been FDA approved as a COVID-19 treatment (10/22). Despite recent studies showing that Remdesivir do not help in preventing COVID-19 deaths. Dexamethaaone is FDA approved for emergency base use.
Nevada was approved for the 24-hour test procedure. FDA has approved a 30-minute and a 5-minute testing procedures. UNLV provides the main COVID-19 testing services. The first at-home testing kit was FDA approved on 5/15.
If you live within a 1-mile range of the Wal-Mart on Craig Rd, you qualify for a drone-delivered test kit to your front or back door.
Testing sites require an appointment; some may need to be scheduled by your primary care physician or another authorized provider.
During Thursday (11/5) and Friday (11/6), 8am to noon Silverado High School (1650 Silver Hawk Ave, near Spencer and I-215) will be providing free testing. Source
City Serve coordinates testing sites throughout the valley. Testing is only on Saturdays. Schedule a no-cost test here: https://cityservelv.org/
The antibodies test was approved by the FDA a month ago. UMC, E7 Health and local laboratories are able to conduct antibodies testing. Cost is normally $149+, but your insurance may reimburse you for the test. Check your coverage first. Vitalant/Universal Blood Services will do a free antibody test for any eligible donors.
UMC is able to process 4,000 tests per day. It is encouraged for anyone to be tested. Symptoms are no longer required. Appointment is preferred, walk-up testing is available.
UMC's testing sites are inside Thomas & Mack Center and Cashman Field Center. They can do 1,200 tests per day, Tues-Sat 8am to 4pm. No symptoms, insurance, or citizenship required for testing. Schedule an appointment online through UMC's website (www.umcsn.com). A staff member will contact you back to schedule your appointment. According to their reps, there is no limit how often you can get tested. Sites are walk-in, appointment or walk-up. Both sites now use the self-nasal swab test kits.
UMC updates COVID-19 test guidelines:
New guidelines are to save test kits for those exhibiting symptoms.
See all testing locations on the SNHD website.
All CVS pharmacy drive-thru locations also does testing, no cost should be associated with this test. Validate with your insurance. If no insurance, there should be no charge. Requires an appointment scheduled.
Five months ago, the first vaccine was tested. More than 160 vaccine prototypes are being tested. Clinical trials of the vaccine were administered three months ago. Phase 1 & 2 of trial vaccines have completed with positive antibody results. Phase 3 clinical trials started with 30k volunteers; large test size of 3k vaccine test trials in the UK. Africa started their vaccine trials three months ago. Multiple sources stating to expect an FDA approved vaccine by end of the year.
Of the 100+ vaccines submitted, 22 have made the cut to go through testing and final FDA approval phases (5/15 briefing). The front runner vaccine is conducting human trails (Phase 3 aka final stage), completion date is pending. AstraZeneca is prepared to produce 2 billion doses once the vaccine is FDA approved.
US government is working with four vaccine manufacturers who are in the final phases of vaccine trials, all prepared for massive vaccine output once FDA approval is given. Worldwide, six are in Phase III.
Phase 3 vaccine trials for Vegas has started. Volunteers can call 702-893-8968. Must be 18+. Administered by the Wake Clinical Research Center of Nevada. Source.
Remain mindful to give our medical community the ability to focus on those in need of their expertise to survive and combat the virus.
For Nevada COVID-19 metrics, with historical spreadsheet and graph data, visit: The Nevada Independent Coronavirus Tracking or check out the link in our side bar.
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2020.10.29 19:33 mr_tyler_durden Notes and Highlights of Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear’s Live Update October 29, 2020

Notes and Highlights of Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear’s Live Update October 29, 2020
Notes by mr_tyler_durden and Daily Update Team
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2020.10.29 12:43 ShrinkyDink2016 I am 35 years old, make $320,000 ($410k joint), live in the DC Metro Area, and work as a physician

I have been a lurker on this subreddit for the whole of the pandemic, and this is my first Money Diary! Thank you to all who participate in this sub, I have learned so much from you all and you have helped me feel less lonely during this unprecedented time :) (FYI pronouns she/her)
Section One: Assets and Debt
Retirement Balance (and how you got there):
Mine: $61k in 401k, $6k in Roth IRA (had to do backdoor due to income limit)
My husband's: $100k in 401k
(Of note, we both have employers that participate in a pension plan. My husband is already vested and will obtain a certain percentage of his current income, as income upon retirement. I have a few more years to be vested and then I will also obtain a certain percentage of my income at retirement (the longer we stay at our employers, the higher the percentage of income. My contribution to the pension plan is automatically taken out (pre-tax) from my paycheck. I do not get a 401k match.)
Equity if you're a homeowner (and how much you put down and how you accumulated that payment):
We qualified for a no down payment mortgage, so we did not put any money down for our condo- we bought it at $290,000 and currently our neighbors have sold their similar unit for $350,000. We owe $260,000 so that means we have around $90k equity
Savings account balance:
$25k (we are comfortable keeping it this "low" as our emergency fund as our jobs are very secure)
Checking account balance:
$3k (fluctuates as we get paid and expenses come out, if there is any extra here due to a low expense month I move this over to savings or investments)
Credit card debt (and how you accumulated it):
None. We put some things on credit (like vacations) for points but then pay off immediately or within 1-2 months. Due to COVID, we haven’t been travelling at all this year (good for our finances but bad for our mental health!)
Student loan debt (for what degree):
Me: $340k due to medical school ($280k in loans, now with $60k in accumulated interest). I am 6 years into an IBPSLF plan and these loans will be forgiven in 2024.
Husband: $100k for graduate school (also on IBPSLF with forgiveness date in 2024) and $19k in private student loan which we are motivated to pay off by the end of 2020.
Investment accounts: We have $30k in an investment account (ETFs) and also contribute $1k monthly to this account. When we accumulate more cash along the way we will make lump additions to this account as well.
NET WORTH:
WITHOUT FEDERAL STUDENT LOANS: $296k (yay finally positive!!!)
WITH FEDERAL STUDENT LOANS:-$144k (not as bad as the -$700k+ we started out when we bought our condo and before we started investing!)
Section Two: Income
Me ($320K), Husband ($90k)
Income Progression:
Middle/High School: I babysat for a neighbor weekly and earned $40 at a time for this, I kept it up for many (many!) years and when I was older and driving, this was my gas money and cell phone (nokia brick!) payment :)
College: I did not work during my first several years at college, but during summers I returned home and nannied some more. I was able to save a few thousand $ this way which gave me spending money during the school year
Gap year: I worked as a phlebotomist making around $26k for the year between graduating undergrad and starting med school- much of this money went into travel to visit husband (at that time he was boyfriend) as we were in a LDR for the duration of this year
Medical School: I didn't work, I was too busy attending lectures for 8+ hours a day then coming home and studying for another 6 hours! (and studying 8-10 hours a day on weekends!)
Residency/Fellowship: Started around $55k, this progressed per year by small increases, to about $68k for my last year of fellowship training. I did not put any money into retirement accounts during this time as we were living in a HCOL area and the budget was pretty tight for our rent and student loan expenses. I do regret this as money put away in your 20's has so much time to last in the market and make tons of gains!
Attending Lyfe: Started around $240k but benefitted greatly from some restructuring of the physician compensation at my employer, so increased quickly in the past year, this year's compensation is $320k
Main Job Monthly Take Home:
(This number is what's left AFTER ALL deductions including taxes, health insurance, retirement contributions (max 401k and Roth IRA yearly), etc):
For a two paycheck month (which I count as monthly), the total take home is $18,500 ($14.5k me, $4k husband). When we have a three paycheck month we treat the extra paycheck as a mini bonus (usually goes into travel, but this year into paying off some debt- we paid off a big tax bill, then we paid off my car (bought in 2019) and soon will pay off the private student loan.)
Side Gig/Other Income Monthly Take Home
None!
Section Three: Expenses (My husband and I have completely joint accounts, so these expenses are taken out of our joint account)
Rent / Mortgage / HOA fees : $2005 for mortgage, property taxes, condo fee and HOA
Housekeeping $110 every 2 weeks
Insurance: $872 for condo insurance, car insurance (2 vehicles), disability income insurance (so if I cannot work in my field, I can receive disability income to keep our income similar to how it is now), life insurance policies
Retirement contribution if you contribute more than what’s as already specified from the income / pre-tax section. Do not double count: No extra than what’s taken from paycheck
Savings contribution
We direct deposit (from our paychecks) $2800 per paycheck (so on average 2 paycheck month, $5600 monthly) into a separate account which goes into HYSA- from this we funnel the money into travel, extra contributions to ETFs, my backdoor Roth IRA, big purchases etc.
Investment contribution $1000 monthly to ETFs
Debt payments (please break this down individually and specify if you're paying above the minimum) We are on IDPSLF payments for our federal student loans, with loans to be forgiven in a few years (see above.) Right now we are on COVID forbearance and throwing our usual payments ($2200 total monthly) into savings. As this is income based repayment, the payments go up every year, but even though right now I am on $1500 monthly repayment (when not on pause due to COVID) this isn’t enough to cover interest on my student loans, which is why my balance is higher than what it started out as.
Donations (please specify if monthly or annual). Intermittent donations throughout the year- this year we donated my husband's stimulus check to a local food pantry, we gave $750 to BLM causes, and we give gifts totaling around $1.5k every Christmas to a local family in need ("adopt a family" through our local government agency- this will not be physical gifts this year due to COVID but we will be contributing a similar amount via gift cards!)
Electric $100
Wifi/Cable/Landline $300 (this is so high because we get multiple TV streaming services plus NFL Sunday Ticket)
Cellphone $190
Subscriptions $150 (periodicals, showtime, spotify, etc)
Gym membership Me: Yoga $90, Dance class $95, Husband: personal training $750 (yes, I know this is crazy. But it keeps him happy and healthy and that is priceless)
Pet expenses $62 pet insurance (don't count dog food, etc in this- that gets counted in grocery expenses)
Car payment / insurance $757 lease on luxury SUV for husband (my car is paid off)- also ridiculous, yes I know but somehow we have slipped into some lifestyle creep!
Regular therapy None (yoga counts as mental health "treatment" for me, been doing this for 3 years now and it has helped so much with my anxiety)
Paid hobbies None
Was there an expectation for you to attend higher education? Did you participate in any form of higher education? If yes, how did you pay for it?
My parents didn't attend college- they are super smart but just didn't have the opportunities to do so (both are immigrants to the US). So, due to their very hard work which allowed me to flourish in school, I was able to do very well and they did expect me to go to college! I also wanted to be a physician from a very young age, and I'm so glad it worked out. I got a full-ride scholarship for my undergraduate degree and took out federal student loans for medical school. Though my parents did not contribute to my tuition, they definitely provided support throughout my time in school (paying for tickets home, giving me extra spending money for Christmas and a priceless amount of emotional support).
Growing up, what kind of conversations did you have about money? Did your parent/guardian(s) educate you about finances?
My parents were very very frugal! We hardly ever ate out and if we did so, it was a treat (and then we didn't get soda as the thought was that would add an additional $2 per person and that was expensive)! They put barely anything on credit and paid cash for their first house, cars, etc. I was not educated on stocks/investments as my parents did not have extra cash to invest, however I am very mindful with any extra spending (try to limit eating out, don't spend that much money on clothing, housewares unless I really need something.)
What was your first job and why did you get it?
Babysitting for a neighbor weekly for years! I was always interested in childcare (too much reading BSC- funny b/c now I am proudly childfree by choice!) I got it to have extra pocket money for shopping or going to movies with friends- when I got older the money was useful for gas for my car and to pay my monthly cell phone bill.
Did you worry about money growing up?
I did not worry about having basic necessities, but I am sad to say I did worry about money (as my parents were not willing to buy me Mudd jeans or the latest Adidas clamshell shoes so I thought we were 'poor'). Now, I recognize my privilege and realize that we were NOT ‘poor’- I never had to worry about the lights being cut off and I never went hungry.
Do you worry about money now?
No, and it is such a blessing to not worry about money and I remember this every day.
At what age did you become financially responsible for yourself and do you have a financial safety net?
I was responsible for my own bills (cell phone) from the start (around age 15)- after graduation from college at age 22 I was responsible for my own bills, housing, etc. I have a safety net in that if I ever become disabled and cannot work, I pay for disability income insurance and would receive a similar income to what I make now, as that insurance benefit.
Do you or have you ever received passive or inherited income? If yes, please explain.
No
Day 1: Wednesday
6am: Ugh, my husband’s (H) alarm goes off. He starts work 2 hours before I do, so this is life for me most weekday mornings. I attempt to fall back asleep but I hear him and our dog (D) tiptoeing around for the next 45 minutes. After H leaves and D settles down again, I fall back asleep.
7:30am: I wake up! I browse the web while eating my breakfast (chocolate dipped digestives and cold brew coffee- my best purchases during the pandemic have been my cold brew pitcher and torani syrups to add flavor- this month is pumpkin pie syrup!) I wash my face and do my morning face routine (Vit C serum, moisturizer), pack lunch to bring to work (I go in to the office 2 times a week and WFH the other days), walk D, take a shower and put on some real clothing (actual pants!). Commute to office.
9am-5ish: I work! Since I’m going into the office less often, I use this time to catch up on paperwork (prior auths, notes) and checking in with colleagues F2F in between virtual patient appointments. I eat my lunch around 12:30 pm (sandwich with veggie turkey and cheese- I’ve been vegetarian for 13 years, and a banana). Also in between work I browse the internet, doing research to buy a new paper planner for 2021. I am a paper planner person as I do best with to-do lists that I can physically cross out when each task is done- I think I am going to invest in a Hobonichi Techo- does anyone have experience with these? I also see that H has filled up his gas tank ($43.61)
6pm: I’m home! I give H and D big kisses (D’s are sloppier than H’s) and we catch up with our day. I admit that I am a lazy, unhealthy person most of the time so I eat a ‘dinner’ consisting of raisin bread toast, apples and salted caramel hummus. Then I read a bit (downloaded “ The Power” on Kindle last night after watching “The Social Dilemma” in an attempt to decrease internet time.) Nighttime routine of changing into PJs, wash face, BHA, moisturizer. Sleeping by 10 pm.
Daily Total: $43.61
Day 2: Thursday
6am: Same as yesterday, except this time D is tippy-tapping on the hardwood a lot while H showers, so I get myself up to take him outside. I have a hard time falling back asleep afterward so I just stay awake, have breakfast in bed (cereal and cold brew) and watch news commentary on the upcoming presidential election (please please please vote!) Today is a WFH day so I shower, put on a plain t-shirt and leggings, some light makeup (eyeshadow, mascara, lip gloss) so I don’t look dead on Zoom.
8am-7pm: Work! Today is pretty busy with many back to back telehealth appointments, I try to keep up with notes, sending prescriptions and lab orders throughout the day and am semi-successful in not procrastinating. H comes home around 4 so I move into the guest bedroom to finish my final appointments of the day. I fit in lunch during one of my breaks- toasted sourdough, egg, and cheese sammie with potato chips. H bought himself lunch today ($8.79)
7:30 pm: H and I make dinner (again, raisin toast, apple, salted caramel hummus and some jaffa cookies). We have some Hilton points to use up by the end of this year, so we contemplate doing a weekend away and look up how many points we would use if we spent a long weekend in various hotels in Philadelphia, Baltimore and Richmond (all easily driveable.) We pick a location and book, and I’m excited to have something small to look forward to! This year we had to cancel a tropical vacation we had booked in the spring and we were planning on visiting England in the fall, however of course these had to be cancelled. I have taken off a few weeks for staycation, but it isn’t the same as exploring somewhere new. ($222, this is the extra cash we had to pay after using up our points- not bad for a fancy hotel downtown!)
10 pm: Changed into PJs, nighttime face routine and cozy in bed with a book. Sleep!
Daily Total: $230.79
Day 3: Friday
6am: Same as every other morning
8am: Whoops, I accidentally fell back asleep and just woke up just 30 minutes before my first appointment of the day! Even though today is another WFH day I get inspiration to wear a cute fall outfit so I shower, do my hair and change quickly before my first telehealth appointment. Eat breakfast (bagel, cold brew) in between meetings.
12:30 pm: I have a longer break in between morning and afternoon appointments today, so after a quick lunch (veggie turkey sandwich and apple) I go to Aldi and get some ingredients to bake cookies later today. I absolutely love Aldi- the ‘aisle of shame’ with the candles and random gadgets and decor is my weakness. Alas, today nothing catches my eye and I just leave with what was on my list- butter, 2 cans of pumpkin, confectioner’s sugar ($5.41)
5pm: Wrap up work, then it’s LONG WEEKEND TIME! I make the cookies (they have pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves in the batter and make the condo smell SO GOOD!) H and I go to grab pizza from a nearby pizza shop and bring it to a friends’ home for outside, socially distant dinner time. They have an adorable, smart and precocious little girl and it’s fun to be around children for a bit- however, it’s also exhausting (all the questions! All the attention!) and I’m reminded that I am quite happy to be child-free. I always thought I would turn 30 years old then magically want/have children, however when I turned 30 some time ago I had no magical yearning. I gave myself another 5 years and that desire to have kids never came- so this year I officially decided I am going to be content without having children. H is on board, too (luckily!) ($92.13)
9pm: Home, and it’s relaxing on the couch time! H is sports obsessed and throughout the years we have been together, somehow sports knowledge has leaked into my brain. I watch with him for a bit, then head to bed to read some more, then fall asleep!
Daily Total: $97.54
Day 4: Saturday
8 am: I finally got to sleep in! Take D on a quick walk then go back to bed for a bit. I pull up my Mint app and organize our spending/budgets- I have been using Mint for around 9 years (since H and I combined accounts) and I love it. We got paid yesterday, so I make sure everything is where it should be in our accounts. The best thing H ever did this pandemic was split our paychecks so some money goes into our primary checking account and the rest ($2800 every 2 weeks) goes into another checking account, which eventually gets transferred to HYSA. This way we don’t think of the other money as “spendable” and it’s much easier to save, then utilize for big purchases (vacations, ETFs) instead of taking it from our primary checking. After this organizing, I showeget ready and go to meet my friend for some farmer’s market time!
11am: My friend and I get coffees and wander around the outside market. It’s a beautiful fall day and I am loving it. I browse a bit and we get some food- I used to feel a LOT of guilt for “unnecessary” purchases due to feeling like I needed to save every cent, but now that H and I are meeting our savings goals and have everything set up for automatic contributions to retirement and investments, I feel much better with now and then spending on little splurges- even if it’s an expensive oat milk latte, or lunch out! ($20)
3pm: Ugh, somehow I have a stomachache (hope it wasn’t from my yummy lunch). I set up camp in bed with a hot water bottle and Tums. I watch a bit of “Emily in Paris” which has a terrible script but great eye candy (beautiful people, clothing and locale.) H went out as he is in the market for a new fall coat and returns with a clothing haul, so of course I request a "fashion show, fashion show, fashion show at lunch!" ($588)
6pm: Risotto for dinner! H and I used to order takeout/delivery a whole lot more on weekends prior to the pandemic, but during the last 6 months we have become more inventive at cooking at home. We then begin watching "The Haunting of Bly Manor" and IT IS SO GOOD.
Daily Total: $608
Day 5: Sunday
8am: I had a really good night’s sleep! H wants a nice big breakfast today so we make pancakes, eggs, and veggie sausage. This, of course makes us feel very nappy so we take a nap and cuddle.
1 pm: I find that Rugs USA is having a sale and I buy 2 rugs online. D was sick last weekend and unfortunately had diarrhea all over our living room rug, so we had to toss it. I found a new rug for the living room and a smaller one for the bedroom at a really good price ($163.99). I also decide to pre-emptively buy an upright carpet cleaner machine in case of any future messes, but Amazon is glitchy and keeps telling me there's an error and I can't apply my points during checkout. I give up and will try again tomorrow.
All afternoon/evening: Lazy on the coach, finish “The Power” and start “Uglies”. Eat leftover pizza and pumpkin cookies. Move to the bedroom to put on a face mask and watch The Real Housewives of Potomac. OMG it’s so good this season!
11pm: We don't have work tomorrow so go to bed a little later than usual, watching another episode of “The Haunting” before bed.
Daily Total: $163.99
Day 6: Monday
8am: Neither H nor I have work today! However, this is the start of my call week. I make sure my phone is turned on so I hear any calls that come in. I also try to check out of my Amazon cart again and it’s still not letting me apply my points. I give up and check out the usual way, points can be used later on another purchase ($134) I get some calls from work, however luckily everything can be pretty easily taken care of over the phone in a few minutes.
11am: I go grocery shopping, using a list I hastily made this AM by wandering around and looking in the fridge and pantry to jot down what we need. I get enough food for our meals for the week, including eggs, bread, bagels, milk, almond milk, veggie meats, frozen veggies, fruit, Gatorade, sparkling water, hummus, soup, Mac and cheese, face wash, contact lens solution, dish soap, paper goods ($117.58) Veggie turkey sandwich and chips for lunch along with more of "The Haunting."
3pm: I make H breakfasts for the week (egg burritos he can heat up, grab and go) and tidy up the kitchen. Every week I like to clean out the fridge, throwing away old leftovers and wiping down the fridge shelves. Eventually I want to get plastic bins to organize by categories. I love organizing and decluttering (insert the Marie Kondo "I love mess" gif here.)
Afternoon: Laundry, slice veggies for the week and make roasted sweet potatoes for easy sides for the week. This MD made me see how few vegetables I really consume so I guess I will make more of an effort!
8pm: I’ve had dinner (soup and baguette) and am ready to head out to my dance class! I participate in an adult dance class every Monday and I am so happy that I am able to participate in person for the time being- it is a small class (just me and 2 other students and the instructor) and we are very spaced out in the studio and wear masks while we practice.) Afterward, I had home, shower, then settle into bed.
Daily Total: $251.58
Day 7: Tuesday
6 am: H up, I hear the goings-on and can’t go back to sleep. I’m going in to the office today so I stay up to have some coffee and breakfast (bagel, cold brew) then shower, change, and head to work.
9am-5pm: Work is pretty slow today, so I continue on my research into paper planners for 2021. I also look into fountain pens- the Lamy Safari looks like a good starter pen, anybody have fav pens to share?
5:30 pm: I’m home! Our house cleaner came by today and everything is so fresh and clean! We first hired her two years ago, after much grumbling on my part (I don’t mind cleaning, but H and I have different standards of cleanliness and hiring a house cleaner has reduced our arguments by 75%.) I consider this a very worthwhile splurge. ($110 but already noted above in monthly expenses). I see that H has treated himself to a car wash and lunch out today ($57+$11)
8pm: The rest of the evening is spent vegging and snacking for dinner (oops, I was too tired to make anything today so I had pancakes, nutella, greek yogurt and granola). Nighttime routine, then bed!
Daily Total: $68
Food + Drink: $254.91
Fun / Entertainment: $222 (hotel res)
Home + Health: $297.99 (rug, rug cleaner)
Clothes + Beauty: $588
Transport: $100.61
Other: $0
Weekly Total: $1463.51
How do you feel about your spending? Was this a normal week for you? Has this inspired you to make changes or has it given you a “wow I’m doing pretty good” confidence boost? Is there anything you’re actively working on? No need to answer any or all these questions but just use this space to write any thoughts you have!
This was a pretty normal week for food! I find that we normally spend $1000 monthly on groceries/takeout/alcohol etc, so the numbers here make sense. I do try not to impulse buy (as you can see, I don’t order random things on Amazon as I get guilty about the expense/cluttecarbon emissions of shipping). The larger expenses this week were one-offs (fall/winter wardrobe for H, mini vacation, rugs) and usually happen every few months or so. I would say that this is the year that H and I got pretty serious about “paying ourselves first” and automating our savings, regular monthly contributions to investments, making sure to max out our retirement accounts, etc. I am excited to see what’s in our future after student loans are off the table! Our five year plan is to continue enjoying ourselves by spending time togethewith friends, traveling (when it is safe to do so) and buying a larger home with a yard in 2025. Thanks for reading, I would love any questions/comments/advice!
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2020.10.29 04:46 Dezkin Daily COVID-19 Report for Clark County - Wednesday, Oct 28th

Clark County COVID-19 positives as of Wednesday, Oct 28th:
80104, ⬆️322 from 79782 (10/27)
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16-day tracking estimates:
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# COVID-19 on ventilator:
# Staffed ICU beds inventory:
# Ventilators available: 686 (10/27)
# Ventilators in use: 232 (10/27)
# Ventilators inventory: 918 (10/27)
Source: https://nvha.net
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SNHD reports 90.4% (72421, ⬆️577 from 71844 (10/27)) of cases have recovered.
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Total Hospitalized: 5916*, ⬆️39 from 5877 (10/27)
*Hospitalized excludes deaths
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Total Deaths: 1506, ⬆️9 from 1497 (10/27)
(1108 with underlying medical conditions)
Not mutually exclusive conditions:
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Positive Results Age Range Breakdown:
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Hospitalized Age Range Breakdown:
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Deaths Age Range Breakdown:
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Expect weekend report lag. "Daily case counts reflect newly reported cases and may represent cases that were tested in the preceding days, which could significantly impact the count on days when a relatively large number of laboratory reports arrive in one day." SNHD confirmed they are not counting COVID-19 antibody positives into their COVID-19 positive case counts.
Majority of information is pulled from Southern Nevada Health District's COVID-19 dashboard and historical reports.
Our positives are staying stagnant about 500/day, our recovery rate continues to rise (90+% range), and our hospitalizations are remaining stable (under 500). Protect our vulnerable and continue to practice good hygiene habits, including wearing a mask to prevent asymptomatic spread as mandated by Governor Sisolak (onus is on businesses, which we want to keep open, but Metro will not enforce it; OSHA is responsible for mask enforcement by fining the business). To report a non-compliant business through the state, call (702) 486-9020 or (775) 688-3700.
Doctors are doing convalescent plasma therapy treatments and are seeking plasma donors to help those in need. One plasma donation can help five patients. Blood donors can get the antibodies testing done for free.
FDA states 144 trials of therapeutics are underway to treat COVID-19. 457 more are in planning stages. Remdesivir has been FDA approved as a COVID-19 treatment (10/22). Despite recent studies showing that Remdesivir do not help in preventing COVID-19 deaths. Dexamethaaone is FDA approved for emergency base use.
Nevada was approved for the 24-hour test procedure. FDA has approved a 30-minute and a 5-minute testing procedures. UNLV provides the main COVID-19 testing services. The first at-home testing kit was FDA approved on 5/15.
If you live within a 1-mile range of the Wal-Mart on Craig Rd, you qualify for a drone-delivered test kit to your front or back door.
Testing sites require an appointment; some may need to be scheduled by your primary care physician or another authorized provider.
During Thursday (11/5) and Friday (11/6), 8am to noon Silverado High School (1650 Silver Hawk Ave, near Spencer and I-215) will be providing free testing. Source
City Serve coordinates testing sites throughout the valley. Testing is only on Saturdays. Schedule a no-cost test here: https://cityservelv.org/
The antibodies test was approved by the FDA a month ago. UMC, E7 Health and local laboratories are able to conduct antibodies testing. Cost is normally $149+, but your insurance may reimburse you for the test. Check your coverage first. Vitalant/Universal Blood Services will do a free antibody test for any eligible donors.
UMC is able to process 4,000 tests per day. It is encouraged for anyone to be tested. Symptoms are no longer required. Appointment is preferred, walk-up testing is available.
UMC's testing sites are inside Thomas & Mack Center and Cashman Field Center. They can do 1,200 tests per day, Tues-Sat 8am to 4pm. No symptoms, insurance, or citizenship required for testing. Schedule an appointment online through UMC's website (www.umcsn.com). A staff member will contact you back to schedule your appointment. According to their reps, there is no limit how often you can get tested. Sites are walk-in, appointment or walk-up. Both sites now use the self-nasal swab test kits.
UMC updates COVID-19 test guidelines:
New guidelines are to save test kits for those exhibiting symptoms.
See all testing locations on the SNHD website.
All CVS pharmacy drive-thru locations also does testing, no cost should be associated with this test. Validate with your insurance. If no insurance, there should be no charge. Requires an appointment scheduled.
Five months ago, the first vaccine was tested. More than 160 vaccine prototypes are being tested. Clinical trials of the vaccine were administered three months ago. Phase 1 & 2 of trial vaccines have completed with positive antibody results. Phase 3 clinical trials started with 30k volunteers; large test size of 3k vaccine test trials in the UK. Africa started their vaccine trials three months ago. Multiple sources stating to expect an FDA approved vaccine by end of the year.
Of the 100+ vaccines submitted, 22 have made the cut to go through testing and final FDA approval phases (5/15 briefing). The front runner vaccine is conducting human trails (Phase 3 aka final stage), completion date is pending. AstraZeneca is prepared to produce 2 billion doses once the vaccine is FDA approved.
US government is working with four vaccine manufacturers who are in the final phases of vaccine trials, all prepared for massive vaccine output once FDA approval is given. Worldwide, six are in Phase III.
Phase 3 vaccine trials for Vegas has started. Volunteers can call 702-893-8968. Must be 18+. Administered by the Wake Clinical Research Center of Nevada. Source.
Remain mindful to give our medical community the ability to focus on those in need of their expertise to survive and combat the virus.
For Nevada COVID-19 metrics, with historical spreadsheet and graph data, visit: The Nevada Independent Coronavirus Tracking or check out the link in our side bar.
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2020.10.29 00:08 Rosefae [WP] Karma can be borrowed against. Need to make sure you have a good day? Give yourself a bad day.

One good day. All I wanted was one good day.
The operation was scheduled for the 6th of November. "It's not quite an emergency," explained the doctor, "but we want to get it out soon. You're lucky we caught it early; at this stage we have a very sunny prognosis."
"What does that mean?" I asked. "Sunny isn't a number."
My girlfriend gave me a look. "He wants a percentage," she explained to the doctor. "He's an actuary."
The doctor looked down at his chart. "I don't have an exact number," he said, "but off the top of my head, the success rate for this sort of procedure is around 80%."
"What happens in the other 20?" I asked.
"Well, there are complications," said the doctor. "It's possible we'll miss a part, or it comes back, or--"
"Or you nick an artery and I bleed to death."
"Well, yes," said the doctor, "but the chances of that are very slim." He paused. "Less than 1%."
"That's more than 0."
The doctor sighed. "I'm sorry," he said, "but there's no guarantees in surgery. Your chances are already very good."
He was right, of course, but why take the risk? My girlfriend reached over to squeeze my hand. I thought of the ring I had bought and hidden in my sock drawer. I needed to live so I could give it to her.
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Banking karma was technically legal in the same way that payday loans were technically legal. The people that offered such services were generally seen as scummy, and the people who used them seen as desperate. I had never used it before, but I knew people who had. A guy I had gone to high school with used it all the time, even for such trivial things as a blind date or a job interview. I texted him as soon as I got home from that doctor's visit. We met the next day for drinks near his work.
"Hey, man!" he exclaimed as soon as he saw me. "You're looking-- Well you're looking pretty good for a dude who's about to have major surgery."
"Hi Troy," I said, holding out my hand. "It's been a while."
He went for a hug instead, thumping me hard on the back. "Look, you don't have anything to worry about. Banking your karma-- it gets a bad rap, but if I hadn't done it, I would never have gotten this job or met Marcie."
I didn't mention that I didn't think much of his wife or job.
"You just have to know what you're doing," said Troy. "Most people don't, that's why they get fucked over. You can't just bank any random day on a whim then cash it out like you're in Vegas."
"That's not how Vegas--"
"What you gotta do," continued Troy, "is plan things out in advance. When you pick your Bad Day, pick one where you won't be doing anything. Just chill at home, watch some Netflix." He tapped his forehead. "Can't fuck anything up that way, see."
"I only need enough karma to make up that 20%," I said. "I don't need my Bad Day to be cataclysmic."
"Right, right," said Troy. "So a 20% higher chance of bad things happening on your Bad Day."
That wasn't how percentages worked, or probability, but I bit my tongue. His advice was still solid. If I could eliminate risk factors from my Bad Day, why wouldn't I? A day spent entirely at home and doing nothing important -- the worst I'd be risking was the internet going out.
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I arranged for my Bad Day to be the 2nd of November. I didn't tell my girlfriend what I had done; she wouldn't approve, and there was no point in upsetting her. I told her that I wasn't feeling well and wanted to spend the day in bed.
"Rest up," she said. "I'll see you after work." She leaned in to kiss me goodbye, but we hit each other's noses instead. My first little hint of bad luck.
"Sorry," I said. "Did that hurt?"
She laughed. "It's fine," she said. "I'll see you tonight."
I spent the morning as Troy suggested, watching Netflix and looking at memes. The bad luck hit me in little ways. I banged my shin on the coffee table. I broke the tab on my soda can. All the little things that would have been aggravating on a normal day, but the promise of a smoother surgery was well worth a few annoyances. By lunch (my styrofoam ramen cup fell apart in my hands), I was beginning think that Troy had the right idea after all with how frequently he banked his karma.
I was wrong.
At 4 in the afternoon, it began to rain, a sudden and unexpected downpour that the forecast hadn't predicted at all. It was the kind where the rain came so hard and fast that the sewers couldn't handle it all, that I couldn't even see outside my window for the water running down the pane. I wondered if this too was part of my bad luck, but that couldn't be right. Surely my personal Bad Day couldn't affect the whole city. Besides, I thought, I was indoors where it was safe and dry. The weather had nothing to do with me.
By 5, when the rain still hadn't let up, I decided to call my girlfriend.
"Lillian?" I asked when she picked up. "Did you take the car today?"
"Yeah," she replied. "Did you want me to pick something up?"
"No. No, uh-- Don't-- Maybe don't come home just yet. Wait at the office until this rain is over."
Lillian laughed. "Why? It's just rain."
"Lilli, come on. It looks really bad out there."
"I've driven through rain before, Babe. I'll be careful, I promise."
"It's not your driving I'm worried about."
"That's sweet, but I already said I'll be careful." She made a kissing noise from the other end of the line. "I'll see you at home."
She almost made it.
It was nearly 6 and already dark when I heard it: a honk, screeching tires, and the shattering of glass. I flung open the door and ran out into the rain. The water got into my eyes, but even so, I could recognize Lillian's car wrapped around the lamppost. The airbags had deployed, covering her face, and when I wrenched open the door and pushed it aside--
I pulled her from the wreck and laid her on the asphalt, her head in my lap. My phone, wet with rain and blood, slipped twice from my hand before I managed to dial 911.
She looked up at me with her one good eye. "I'm sorry," she managed to say.
"Shh, don't worry," I said. "The ambulance will be here soon."
"I... should've told you. I picked today as my Bad Day."
"...What?"
She reached up to touch my face. "I'm sorry," she said again. "I wanted... for your surgery... to be a Good Day."
The rain had stopped by the time the ambulance arrived. I watched as the paramedics loaded her onto the stretcher.
"Will she--?" I asked.
The paramedic looked at me, and I could see the pity in her eyes. "We'll do our best," she said and closed the door.
All I wanted was one good day.
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2020.10.28 23:50 matthewkoehler How to Address the Housing Crisis While Benefiting Both Homeowners and Renters, and Without Costing Taxpayers a Dime.

Note: This essay speaks specifically to the context of the housing market in Toronto; however many of the architectural, economic and social points are broadly applicable across North America.
The average rent for a one bedroom apartment in Toronto was $2,013 for September 2020 according to Rentals.ca. With a median monthly pre-tax income of $2,883 (2018) for Toronto, or $2,361 after taxes, your average Torontonian would be left $348 for all other expenses. Clearly something needs to be done to address the affordability crisis in this city.
With a moderate increase in density in residential neighbourhoods we could significantly increase the supply of new rental units. A bylaw change which allows for one additional storey in residential neighbourhoods provided the additional square footage is allocated to a rental unit is one way in which this could be accomplished. See *link* for more detail on how this can be done.
There are 341,755 single- or semi-detached homes in Toronto, with the number increasing to 846,405 when considering the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). By promoting the construction of one rental unit per home we can apply a sustained downwards pressure on rental rates across the city for years to come.
This policy will tackle the housing crisis without the need for increased government spending, a factor which is especially important given the record ballooning debt of both Ontario and Canada.
One of the key benefits to this policy is that it benefits both renters and homeowners, a critical consideration when attempting to garner political support.
Benefits to Homeowners of Constructing a Rental Unit Under Proposed Program
1 - Providing a new source of monthly income.
2 - Providing a viable long term housing solution for elderly family members, children, individuals with special needs and others.
3 - Increasing the value of your home.
4 - Retaining the size of your current living space, while being allowed to build higher to accommodate a rental unit. See *link* for more detail.
Below you will find economic, social and environmental reasoning for this policy.
Economic Reasons
1 - Expanding the labour force capable of contributing to housing supply.
2 - Reducing bureaucratic inefficiencies.
3 - By allowing for stick frame construction up to 4 stories we allow for construction methods of approximately 30-35% lower cost in comparison with typical Toronto condominiums.
4 - Stabilizing the cost of doing business in Toronto.
5 - Fostering a competitive marketplace in the construction industry.
6 - Supporting thousands of well paying construction jobs in the city of Toronto.
Social Reasons
1 - It is detrimental to social cohesion to allow housing costs to rise to the point where many Torontonians are unable to live in the city.
2 - The neighborhood in which you grow up is one of the most statistically significant predictors of socioeconomic status later in life. Segregating Toronto neighborhoods based on wealth inhibits socioeconomic mobility as well as eroding social trust in our society.
3 - Helping to create more livable communities.
Environmental Reasons
1 - Combating climate change and protecting the health of local ecosystems.
Informative links
Examples of Other Governments Taking Similar Approaches
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2020.10.28 23:17 u-turnshe I rewrote this for anybody who has the time and the heart to help GIVE ADVICE TO my daughter with this unnecessary situation when it comes to fighting their DVfather abusive Court matter

Their father recently worked for the local internet company and decided to spy on me. He has admitted it openly. I don't have perfect evidence but enough harassing and threatening text messages stating he knows everything and he doesn't care. He made comments that only you would know if you had read all my emails. I lost a lot of evidence after, I lost the online accounts. I could not seem to share any data from Mobile to computer and it was impossible to connect to any printers. I went to a few stores hoping that I could print off from Dropbox or an email but I realized that their security system was not having it and I was possibly risking their printers.
He later quit the internet company to work for the electric company and a little for Microsoft .
Once he spied on me long enough that he felt he had enough dirt on me. Enough to blackmail me to raise my child support to a unaffordable an unreasonable amount. When I already paid 100% for the children and paid a good amount of child support every month to him when I had them 40% of the time . I could not afford to pay it.
Which then gave him more reasons to be more agressive and threatening towards children and I. His famous lines were, You don't pay you don't see them! So I give him whatever I could afford at that moment on top of everything else. So they could be their mother and grandparents in peace and a moment without fear of their father. He decided to kidnap my younger one during the summer right before I was going to take her on her summer vacation with a girlfriend and brother. I would have always had her that summer month. I knew she was going to be forced to stay in a basement while everybody had fun and even worse he would take the phone from the children even if I purchase and financially supplied it. My children have been going through domestic violence mentally and somewhat physically their entire life.
The day of the trial hearing, I had denial of service attack. Which is where I could not get Wi-Fi nor data on mobile. That I have always paid for.
Which made it so my alarm didn't go off and I was late for trail hearing! The judge said we are going to get a guardian of alliance to see if I go to jail for all the ridiculous untruthful contempt hearings we had for a stretch of 8 months. We never even had a parenting plan. The judge insisted in courts insisted we did.
The GAL said the children would be safe with me if I was more stable. got the children need to spend more time with me which surprised me because she was not nice to me in the beginning she had her mind made up about me but she could see that the children and I were very close. She recommended that the children live with my parents because I removed around too much. I was unsure why she said that but when you search me and do a background check it says online it I have about 7 more addresses than I actually never lived at. She basically stated everything I had been trying to prove to the courts was true! She stated multiple times that our kids were not safe with him and his wife. Why would they go out of their way to hire one if they weren't going to listen to her?
My son , 17 yrs, even went to court and filed for two restraining orders & provided proof of physical abuse and he to was denied. The judge did not seem to feel as if there was any abuse .
I received a call from my children's father right before our trial. I was hoping you wanted to discuss the children. Or even better call his son that he had been neglecting for 6 months. He refused to go back to his house. After he was physical attacked his father and wife. After picking up his phone call I noticed that he wasn't actually on the line and from the receiving end I could hear loud sounds of screeching computers. Similar to a fax machine nose. I that something bad might have happened because I know the type of person he is. I'm sure what to do, I just moved on.
I would like to make this shorter than it needs to be so I don't bore anybody who is still reading thank you.
Shortly after that I lost all my online accounts and had a brute Force attack.
My last pass and keeper did not help me either because I couldn't reach them. Or because they chose not to help me. I did notice the last time I was able to access my password manager that some of my accounts were changed. My passwords had turned into my social security number. Which I would never do! So my identity, and any form of privacy,and all my digital work, art and memories are gone. my whole digital Life. I worked online so I could be closer and home with my children. I truly loved it. So that was the issue for me I lost my online business and all my inventory I had already shipped off to the warehouses.
My son who is in high school lost a lot of his hard work and the Mac, I recently purchased for.
I could not access our router majority of the time. while my internet company, where he used to work decided to lie and not help me and said there's no such thing as a network hack.
I could not use my cellular data or Wi-Fi for 2 months. then it was just periodically sometimes I could connect sometimes I could not to my electronics. I lived in a very large home at the time. Majority of the family and roommates still could use the internet on some of their devices. I was the target the victim of this new attack.
I was panicking trying to reach my customers, the company that I subcontracted for but unfortunately I was redirected to spammers every time!
I ended up having to use all of my financial savings to pay rent and buy more mobile devices a new computer and any type of internet security I could possibly fine in a very small town. I could not buy anything else online I had too many online fraud charges that I was continuously fighting at the time. I could not use the vpns I always would get a server error and the antiviruses somehow were rerouted and I would continuously be locked out.
The new electronics I bought would be compromised and controlled within minutes to a day or two. thanks to the smart technology, Internet of things, and local routers . My family can't even reach out for help. With their hack devices. Some of my family members realized that their computer was compromised and replaced it but still too confused to recognize the problems. Internet services with the same local internet company I did. They are constantly having slow connections being overcharged, and additional charges like voice over IP .
I've purchased at least 10 phones in the last year. My cell phone companies either have no clue or ignored me or treatme as If I was a terrorist, who was just begging to get help controlling my data and my children's baby photos.
I've gone through over a hundred new emails . Since I kept losing access to them. Even though I had the password written down in front of me!! I had DNS poisoning so majority of the websites were outdated with viruses. redirected into a html script. I still can't seem to navigate online at all without getting a server error sometimes I can't even access Court forms. My mobile server which unfortunately is not the server that I paid for. Can't always find Wacourt.gov & washingtonhelp.org
I can't seem to talk to a lawyer that I've been approved for multiple times through the Northwest Justice project. For my mobile phone will consistently hang up. I can't call the non emergency 911. My emails don't go through or usually blocked by lost email services and always somehow blacklisted! The websites I visit seem to be cloned in insecure. My JavaScript would not give me access to majority of the security settings in all my browsers. There's always new extensions and apps and open source licenses for untrustworthy certificates being downloaded especially when I have to go back to that community to see my daughter for the courts have just changed things once again. In the past i cannot turn on or off family sharing when I didn't even have a family connected to that mobile device. Can't turn off USB tethering and Google pay and apple wallets have multiple transactions, not by me. PayPal is somehow connected to a new phone number of mine by an email that's similar to my name but it's not mine. I cannot turn on or off these settings for they are lightened out and unavailable for my electronic device. Sim card & ip always changed.
5000 $ in back child support when the courts knew that I could not afford to pay it and when I tried to fight it they would raise my pay and lower his it was not based off the Washington State child support worksheet. 6000$ in international charges hit my credit report along with new phone numbers, Nick names emails and home addresses. I Cant reach for help with the credit unions like Equifax. When my device have so much static white nose and then lose connection. If I try to connect my email account to a computer. It will say I need a physical key to access it. as if I set it up myself. when every computer I own now Is broke or has locked me out.
I gave up but was sad because I could not keep tabs or communicate with my children. unless I borrowed a phone. They mapped out my family and contacts so if I were to borrow a phone and try to reach out for help I usually reached spam or foreign hotline or got disconnected.
Then the locals were acting strange. Like sitting outside our house taking photos of us. Items were stolen off our property. When we were out of town. Then the landlord had strange men over pretending to fix things that didn't need to be fixed, installing pipes underground , laying down new soil& having some Wi-Fi farming company working in our yard at 5:00 a.m. I also notice a few times the electric companies employee's were messing with our power boxes, in the middle of the night . Then My my photos came out extremely bright. Almost as if there was someone photoshopping lightning in the background that's how bad it was it gets worse are our family videos look like we lived in a microwave oven.
I know it's very strange! I do have evidence. After I moved out I went to a place that was even closer to my children's father not by choice but because this experience made me semi homeless.
If I would get a new router for that home. my children's father would come over take the phone he had purchased my daughter when he started taking me Superior Court. For a parenting plan we never had! Anyways he demanded her phone said he needed to put some new passwords in it within hours of the router change. When I would purposely break the router his electric company would show up before the internet cable company would. Not surprised to see them across the street fixing the power lines.
I bought our daughter a new phone for when she comes to my new home. He reports to the courts that I stole it from her and won't let her have it back when she never wanted it for he didn't provide data. Every time he's upset he turns around and puts another restraining order on me and our daughter. she gets only 5 gb and ends up with no data within a couple days and has to use Wi-Fi all the time. I did not have Wi-Fi so why not buy her another phone when she's in my new home.
Going a few months back,
Apple finally told me they couldn't help me with the iPhone because it was a government issue. I thought that was hilarious for I didn't do anything wrong unless the person who was using my accounts did. I figured it would pass I mean if you're under an investigation. it would only be for a few months right ? Not two years ! well nothing happened I mean there was no reason for anything to happen. I noticed that the police were driving by the old house a lot. Then I thought maybe it must have been my roommate they might be after. Then why am I the one who lost everything and is dealing with network abuse. My roommate was in a bad guy he did have a bit of a criminal history but nothing considered to be violent maybe just a couple drunken stupid events.
Then during the process of moving my children and roommates out of the house.while driving my car mysteriously blew up because of some electrical issue. Luckily the children were not in the car. There were no warnings & no issues with the car. It took the fire department about two minutes to find me but it was totaled. I could not afford to fix it or have a mechanic look at that time. Then somebody I did not know had it towed and I lost it.
the next house that I temporary was staying at. I was in the router settings I could not seem to get in there very often for the site would never load. I saw it was being port forwarding to a local Bitcoin mining pool!! Before I could screenshot it. I received another server error .
He continues to harass me and threaten me or he knows everything we do in our own privacy, our own bedrooms, where we're going, who we're going with, how much money says he's recording everything. It seems to know everything before I can even share it with a girlfriend.
Now He's throwing everything against me in The family Court and continues to commit perjury while I have proved him wrong multiple times but still aren't getting the protection and respect in this local small town courtroom! I have currently moved to Spokane Washington to get away from this! I do the traveling for the judge says that until I mental health diagnosis hair follicle test I am not allowed to take my daughter from to Spokane Washington. he gave me a month's time and then he says he's going to take all rights away ! Till then he is Requiring me to stay with my children at my parents home. When she is Sun's 18 now. She almost fully grown she is going to be 15 a week. Can't she have a say in who she feels safe enough to live with? that is fine I will do anything for my daughter even though it's pretty unfair that I have to pay for it all myself when they know I have no job or I've been constantly fighting this battle and keeping a phone that will keep a safe connection. when him and his wife both have huge histories of assault and domestic violence and drug charges I have no criminal history no drug history . I need some sort of help so he can't keep destroying every electronics. after calling my daughter when I do get a new phone number I start l receiving spam and scripts over SMS and once I go to my parents more and more viruses are downloaded. Why are we being dragged into this non-stop I want to be able to get a job and move forward not sit here and fight their viruses then more court dates with continuous false claims Non-Stop petti drama!
I've been told multiple times by a few computer companies and files that I have some sort of invisible beacon. How ?
The Seattle times paper has reported that the local electric company and crypto miners are being punished for unauthorized usage of other families in the small town electricity for maximum power leaving us in an unsafe situation to build more cryptocurrency .
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2020.10.28 23:15 u-turnshe Family law IT criminals

Their father recently worked for the local internet company and decided to spy on me. He has admitted it openly. I don't have perfect evidence but enough harassing and threatening text messages stating he knows everything and he doesn't care. He made comments that only you would know if you had read all my emails. I lost a lot of evidence after, I lost the online accounts. I could not seem to share any data from Mobile to computer and it was impossible to connect to any printers. I went to a few stores hoping that I could print off from Dropbox or an email but I realized that their security system was not having it and I was possibly risking their printers.
He later quit the internet company to work for the electric company and a little for Microsoft .
Once he spied on me long enough that he felt he had enough dirt on me. Enough to blackmail me to raise my child support to a unaffordable an unreasonable amount. When I already paid 100% for the children and paid a good amount of child support every month to him when I had them 40% of the time . I could not afford to pay it.
Which then gave him more reasons to be more agressive and threatening towards children and I. His famous lines were, You don't pay you don't see them! So I give him whatever I could afford at that moment on top of everything else. So they could be their mother and grandparents in peace and a moment without fear of their father. He decided to kidnap my younger one during the summer right before I was going to take her on her summer vacation with a girlfriend and brother. I would have always had her that summer month. I knew she was going to be forced to stay in a basement while everybody had fun and even worse he would take the phone from the children even if I purchase and financially supplied it. My children have been going through domestic violence mentally and somewhat physically their entire life.
The day of the trial hearing, I had denial of service attack. Which is where I could not get Wi-Fi nor data on mobile. That I have always paid for.
Which made it so my alarm didn't go off and I was late for trail hearing! The judge said we are going to get a guardian of alliance to see if I go to jail for all the ridiculous untruthful contempt hearings we had for a stretch of 8 months. We never even had a parenting plan. The judge insisted in courts insisted we did.
The GAL said the children would be safe with me if I was more stable. got the children need to spend more time with me which surprised me because she was not nice to me in the beginning she had her mind made up about me but she could see that the children and I were very close. She recommended that the children live with my parents because I removed around too much. I was unsure why she said that but when you search me and do a background check it says online it I have about 7 more addresses than I actually never lived at. She basically stated everything I had been trying to prove to the courts was true! She stated multiple times that our kids were not safe with him and his wife. Why would they go out of their way to hire one if they weren't going to listen to her?
My son , 17 yrs, even went to court and filed for two restraining orders & provided proof of physical abuse and he to was denied. The judge did not seem to feel as if there was any abuse .
I received a call from my children's father right before our trial. I was hoping you wanted to discuss the children. Or even better call his son that he had been neglecting for 6 months. He refused to go back to his house. After he was physical attacked his father and wife. After picking up his phone call I noticed that he wasn't actually on the line and from the receiving end I could hear loud sounds of screeching computers. Similar to a fax machine nose. I that something bad might have happened because I know the type of person he is. I'm sure what to do, I just moved on.
I would like to make this shorter than it needs to be so I don't bore anybody who is still reading thank you.
Shortly after that I lost all my online accounts and had a brute Force attack.
My last pass and keeper did not help me either because I couldn't reach them. Or because they chose not to help me. I did notice the last time I was able to access my password manager that some of my accounts were changed. My passwords had turned into my social security number. Which I would never do! So my identity, and any form of privacy,and all my digital work, art and memories are gone. my whole digital Life. I worked online so I could be closer and home with my children. I truly loved it. So that was the issue for me I lost my online business and all my inventory I had already shipped off to the warehouses.
My son who is in high school lost a lot of his hard work and the Mac, I recently purchased for.
I could not access our router majority of the time. while my internet company, where he used to work decided to lie and not help me and said there's no such thing as a network hack.
I could not use my cellular data or Wi-Fi for 2 months. then it was just periodically sometimes I could connect sometimes I could not to my electronics. I lived in a very large home at the time. Majority of the family and roommates still could use the internet on some of their devices. I was the target the victim of this new attack.
I was panicking trying to reach my customers, the company that I subcontracted for but unfortunately I was redirected to spammers every time!
I ended up having to use all of my financial savings to pay rent and buy more mobile devices a new computer and any type of internet security I could possibly fine in a very small town. I could not buy anything else online I had too many online fraud charges that I was continuously fighting at the time. I could not use the vpns I always would get a server error and the antiviruses somehow were rerouted and I would continuously be locked out.
The new electronics I bought would be compromised and controlled within minutes to a day or two. thanks to the smart technology, Internet of things, and local routers . My family can't even reach out for help. With their hack devices. Some of my family members realized that their computer was compromised and replaced it but still too confused to recognize the problems. Internet services with the same local internet company I did. They are constantly having slow connections being overcharged, and additional charges like voice over IP .
I've purchased at least 10 phones in the last year. My cell phone companies either have no clue or ignored me or treatme as If I was a terrorist, who was just begging to get help controlling my data and my children's baby photos.
I've gone through over a hundred new emails . Since I kept losing access to them. Even though I had the password written down in front of me!! I had DNS poisoning so majority of the websites were outdated with viruses. redirected into a html script. I still can't seem to navigate online at all without getting a server error sometimes I can't even access Court forms. My mobile server which unfortunately is not the server that I paid for. Can't always find Wacourt.gov & washingtonhelp.org
I can't seem to talk to a lawyer that I've been approved for multiple times through the Northwest Justice project. For my mobile phone will consistently hang up. I can't call the non emergency 911. My emails don't go through or usually blocked by lost email services and always somehow blacklisted! The websites I visit seem to be cloned in insecure. My JavaScript would not give me access to majority of the security settings in all my browsers. There's always new extensions and apps and open source licenses for untrustworthy certificates being downloaded especially when I have to go back to that community to see my daughter for the courts have just changed things once again. In the past i cannot turn on or off family sharing when I didn't even have a family connected to that mobile device. Can't turn off USB tethering and Google pay and apple wallets have multiple transactions, not by me. PayPal is somehow connected to a new phone number of mine by an email that's similar to my name but it's not mine. I cannot turn on or off these settings for they are lightened out and unavailable for my electronic device. Sim card & ip always changed.
5000 $ in back child support when the courts knew that I could not afford to pay it and when I tried to fight it they would raise my pay and lower his it was not based off the Washington State child support worksheet. 6000$ in international charges hit my credit report along with new phone numbers, Nick names emails and home addresses. I Cant reach for help with the credit unions like Equifax. When my device have so much static white nose and then lose connection. If I try to connect my email account to a computer. It will say I need a physical key to access it. as if I set it up myself. when every computer I own now Is broke or has locked me out.
I gave up but was sad because I could not keep tabs or communicate with my children. unless I borrowed a phone. They mapped out my family and contacts so if I were to borrow a phone and try to reach out for help I usually reached spam or foreign hotline or got disconnected.
Then the locals were acting strange. Like sitting outside our house taking photos of us. Items were stolen off our property. When we were out of town. Then the landlord had strange men over pretending to fix things that didn't need to be fixed, installing pipes underground , laying down new soil& having some Wi-Fi farming company working in our yard at 5:00 a.m. I also notice a few times the electric companies employee's were messing with our power boxes, in the middle of the night . Then My my photos came out extremely bright. Almost as if there was someone photoshopping lightning in the background that's how bad it was it gets worse are our family videos look like we lived in a microwave oven.
I know it's very strange! I do have evidence. After I moved out I went to a place that was even closer to my children's father not by choice but because this experience made me semi homeless.
If I would get a new router for that home. my children's father would come over take the phone he had purchased my daughter when he started taking me Superior Court. For a parenting plan we never had! Anyways he demanded her phone said he needed to put some new passwords in it within hours of the router change. When I would purposely break the router his electric company would show up before the internet cable company would. Not surprised to see them across the street fixing the power lines.
I bought our daughter a new phone for when she comes to my new home. He reports to the courts that I stole it from her and won't let her have it back when she never wanted it for he didn't provide data. Every time he's upset he turns around and puts another restraining order on me and our daughter. she gets only 5 gb and ends up with no data within a couple days and has to use Wi-Fi all the time. I did not have Wi-Fi so why not buy her another phone when she's in my new home.
Going a few months back,
Apple finally told me they couldn't help me with the iPhone because it was a government issue. I thought that was hilarious for I didn't do anything wrong unless the person who was using my accounts did. I figured it would pass I mean if you're under an investigation. it would only be for a few months right ? Not two years ! well nothing happened I mean there was no reason for anything to happen. I noticed that the police were driving by the old house a lot. Then I thought maybe it must have been my roommate they might be after. Then why am I the one who lost everything and is dealing with network abuse. My roommate was in a bad guy he did have a bit of a criminal history but nothing considered to be violent maybe just a couple drunken stupid events.
Then during the process of moving my children and roommates out of the house.while driving my car mysteriously blew up because of some electrical issue. Luckily the children were not in the car. There were no warnings & no issues with the car. It took the fire department about two minutes to find me but it was totaled. I could not afford to fix it or have a mechanic look at that time. Then somebody I did not know had it towed and I lost it.
the next house that I temporary was staying at. I was in the router settings I could not seem to get in there very often for the site would never load. I saw it was being port forwarding to a local Bitcoin mining pool!! Before I could screenshot it. I received another server error .
He continues to harass me and threaten me or he knows everything we do in our own privacy, our own bedrooms, where we're going, who we're going with, how much money says he's recording everything. It seems to know everything before I can even share it with a girlfriend.
Now He's throwing everything against me in The family Court and continues to commit perjury while I have proved him wrong multiple times but still aren't getting the protection and respect in this local small town courtroom! I have currently moved to Spokane Washington to get away from this! I do the traveling for the judge says that until I mental health diagnosis hair follicle test I am not allowed to take my daughter from to Spokane Washington. he gave me a month's time and then he says he's going to take all rights away ! Till then he is Requiring me to stay with my children at my parents home. When she is Sun's 18 now. She almost fully grown she is going to be 15 a week. Can't she have a say in who she feels safe enough to live with? that is fine I will do anything for my daughter even though it's pretty unfair that I have to pay for it all myself when they know I have no job or I've been constantly fighting this battle and keeping a phone that will keep a safe connection. when him and his wife both have huge histories of assault and domestic violence and drug charges I have no criminal history no drug history . I need some sort of help so he can't keep destroying every electronics. after calling my daughter when I do get a new phone number I start l receiving spam and scripts over SMS and once I go to my parents more and more viruses are downloaded. Why are we being dragged into this non-stop I want to be able to get a job and move forward not sit here and fight their viruses then more court dates with continuous false claims Non-Stop petti drama!
I've been told multiple times by a few computer companies and files that I have some sort of invisible beacon. How ?
The Seattle times paper has reported that the local electric company and crypto miners are being punished for unauthorized usage of other families in the small town electricity for maximum power leaving us in an unsafe situation to build more cryptocurrency .
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