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2012.11.19 06:55 drak0bsidian The Student Conservation Association
For members, students, advocates, rangers, and all other interested parties and stakeholders of our natural resources who care for and want to learn more about the [Student Conservation Association](http://thesca.org/) and other outdoor conservation work in the US.
2017.09.21 07:26 loonling Ear Hustle Podcast
Ear Hustle Podcast
2010.08.23 20:00 toasterfilms BikingATX: Bicycling in Austin
Keeping Austin Two-Wheeled: A subreddit for cyclists in ATX.
2023.06.10 19:17 avie_diak24 Customers or employees?
i gave my store manager a note about wanting to leave service desk and i would like to move to another department. all i’ve gotten is more “how are you today?” from the store manager, and the assistant manager(s). that’s not what i asked for. i asked for a one on one conversation about how i have been treated by your other employees and how mentally draining it is to be up at service desk and constantly be treated like crap by customers and even the employees.
i feel that my home depot’s managers care more about the customers than they do the employees. A customer could cuss me out and call me names in front of all the managers and not a single one would step in, but if i were to say “that’s not nice to say, i will not be helping you anymore” (as a normal worker would say in appropriate situations) i would get fired on the spot. it’s like “yeah i’ll hire you to help these rude customers that treat you like garbage, but if you do or say anything about their wrongdoing, you’re fired”.
i wish i was part of VOA because i am all about making it right for the employees more than the customers. IMO, the customers don’t get to treat the people who help them on a daily basis, like crap. my other co worker is part of VOA and she doesn’t ever go to the meetings or even show up to work. i need words of encouragement or advice. sorry for the long paragraph.
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2023.06.10 19:00 FedBillBot H.R.1978 - To provide for a limitation...
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H.R.1978 - To provide for a limitation...
To provide for a limitation on availability of funds for Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases for fiscal year 2024.
- SPONSOR: Rep. Andy Biggs (R), AZ-5
- № CO-SPONSORS: 5
House committee - 2023-04-07 Referred to the Subcommittee on Health.
2023.06.10 18:50 VeryLargeArray25 David Grusch and the 1933 Magenta Crash Retrieval
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Long time lurker, first time poster. What a few couple of weeks! I’m on a burner account here, to further protect my anonymity, hence the lack of posting history. This is long, but bear with me. I think it’s worth it...
Something David Grusch (DG) said in his interview with the French newspaper is sticking in my craw.
According to DG in that interview, the first (and only) recovery he was approved to disclose by the DoD was the 1933 Magenta crash in Italy.
According to DG in that interview, the OSS recovered the vehicle / bodies from where they were being stored in Italy in 1944. Here’s his quote from the interview
: I: Can we learn more about the places where these "vessels" were recovered? DG: One of them was in Italy in 1933, it is the oldest case on which I have been briefed. I can't talk about others. What would have happened? In 1933, a vessel resembling a bell, about ten meters in size, was recovered in Magenta, northern Italy. It was kept by Mussolini's government until officers from the Office of Strategic Services (OSS, a former US intelligence agency) recovered it in 1944. The irony is that it Predates anything the public has heard of for decades, like Roswell, etc. I was cleared to speak about it by the Department of Defense Security Prepublication and Review Office.
Now, I want to say that so far DG has is about as reliable as they come. Unimpeachable qualifications, following the proper protocol / whistleblower disclosure procedures, etc. The real deal.
But here’s my problem with DG’s 1944 timeline…
The 1933 Magenta Crash happened in Northern Italy, outside Milan, in a district called Magenta. Source: https://www.theblackvault.com/casefiles/the-ufo-files-of-mussolini-fascist-ufo-files-by-roberto-pinotti/
According to UFO Contacts in Italy Volume One by Roberto Pinotti
, after the purported crash, the Italian Government, under the control of Mussolini, was determined to study the vehicle and its pilots and put on a lid on the entire situation.
This is basically the gist of the Fascist UFO Files, *if* you believe them to be authentic.
Pinotti hypothesized that the crash wreckage and possibly pilots were either transferred nearby to the SIAI Marcheti hangars at the airfield in Vergiate, IT… OR transferred to the SIAI Marchetti HQ/factory in Sesto Calende (also very close by): Source: Author.
All that tracks so far with what DG has said, right?
But then, Pinotti claimed that the SIAI Marchetti airfield was liberated by the 1st Armored Division during Operation Grapeshot in Apr 1945 and that’s when the 1933 crash wreckage was recovered by the United States.
And that’s where my issues lies — what timeline, if either, is correct?
Was the 1933 crash wreckage recovered by OSS agents in 1944, as according to DG? OR
Was the SIAI Marchetti Airfield at Vergiate (where the crash wreckage was supposedly stored) liberated by 1st Armored Div in 1945, as hypothesized by Pinotti?
Obviously, DG seems like a more reliable source, given his unimpeachable reputation. But… there is a well documented historical record here for further context, so I started digging.
In 1944, Northern Italy was still under Italian / German control. Which means that if we’re to believe DG’s claim that OSS agents recovered the 1933 Magenta Craft in 1944… the OSS team would have had to parachute behind enemy lines, steal quite likely one of the most heavily guarded secrets in the entire Nazi empire, and then somehow transport the wreckage (10m bell) and the pilots' biological remains south through enemy territory and back across allied lines.
A) I want to see that movie.
B) That operation stretches the bounds of credulity. I’m not saying it’s not possible. And OSS Leader Wild Bill Donovan was called Wild Bill for a reason. But I’ll be damned if it’s not one of the craziest ideas I’ve ever heard.
So, that’s DG’s stated timeline on the recovery.
What about Pinotti’s hypothesis? Well, he was right about a lot of things.
That area of Northern Italy (Milan and its environs) was liberated by the US 1st Armored Division in April 1945 during Operation Grapeshot.
But a US Army division is massive, comprised of tens of thousands of soldiers. An entire division didn’t likely liberate the airport.
A specific unit
After some digging, I discovered the US Army 81st Calvary Reconnaissance Squadron (Mechanized) was responsible for that sector of territory the 1st Armored Div was liberating.
What's interesting about that is that on the very public facing webpages like wikipedia, the 81st Cav isn't listed in the order of battle under the 1st Armored Division. But if you dig into the historical record, they were definitely there.
The 81st Cav was a Squadron or Company sized unit, fielding roughly 200 soldiers in mechanized vehicles. It was a scout unit. Out on the vanguard of the offensive. Highly mobile and fast.
And keep in mind, this is warfare. The US Army in Italy and its allies are pushing hard against the German and Italian lines, trying to liberate northern Italy.
Here’s a pic of one element of the 81st Cav in Vergato, a few weeks prior to Apr 1945: Source: https://granger.com/results.asp?inline=true&image=0180605&wwwflag=4&itemx=17
So, if we're to believe Pinotti's hypothesis that elements of the 1st Armored Division liberated the SIAI Marchetti Airfield in Vergiate (and discovered the wreckage of the 1933 Magenta crash stored there), it's a very good bet that elements of the 81st Cav Reconnaissance Squad liberated that airport1. So, why is it important to understand what unit specifically was there?
Because, the US Military loves paperwork. And during the war, these frontline units would write daily / weekly / monthly after-action reports, detailing what missions occurred on each day. Those became part of the unit's history of the war. A documented paper trail of what was happening when.
Here's an example of what one of those reports looked like, from April 1945: Source: https://cgsc.contentdm.oclc.org/digital/collection/p4013coll8/id/3642/rec/7
An entire after-action history of the 81st Cav Reconnaissance Squadron exists for the months of Apr 1945 and May 1945 in the Ike Skelton Combined Arms Research Digital library. The link to the specific page is listed as the source for the image above.
It's a pretty thick PDF of AARs that you can download, and you can track the 81st's movements through northern Italy in the areas around Magenta and Milan. The time period we're interested in begins on page 142. (One quick note -- the archivist got the title of the unit wrong in the library's classification system, calling them the 81st Armored Battalion. But it's the same unit, as you can tell from the top of the photo above. If you play around with searching for more documents look both for 81st Calvary Reconnaissance Squadron AND 81st Armored Battalion).
This is where it gets weird, IMO. If you download the document of the 81st Cav's AARs, the scans of the original pages are pretty decent. Not great, but decent. But when you reach the page about the 81st Cav's activities in the beginning of May of 1945, it begins to look funky.
Here's what May 1945 looks like: Source: Same site as above, pg. 152 of downloaded PDF.
It's readable, if you try. But it's very, very difficult to follow.
And it makes me wonder, is that intentional? Was this an addendum or altered AAR, given what the 81st Cav may have discovered when liberating the SIAI Marchetti Vergiate Airport? Was it written after the events of late Apr / early May 1945 on different paper or with different ink, and that's what contributed to the bad scan?
That's all highly speculative, I know. If you read the next page in the section, there are multiple days of "No Change for the squadron." Source: Same as the above, additions in pink by the author.
Why was there no change for the squadron? Well, one possible reason is that Germany officially surrendered in Italy on May 2nd, 1945. But mop-up operations, prisoner transport, etc were ongoing for weeks afterwards.
But also, if your unit had come across something wholly unbelievable, and you were pulling guard duty while waiting for the higher-ups to figure out what to do with it, but you still had to officially document what your unit was up to while pulling that top-secret guard duty...
Again, speculative. I know.
Anyway, this was all born out of a desire to understand who's timeline of events concerning the recovery of the 1933 Magenta Crash wreckage is correct -- David Grusch's or Pinotti's. My 2 cents? I think DG maybe the date wrong by 6 months, claiming OSS recovered the wreckage in late 1944 when in actuality it was in Apr / May 1945 right after that area had been liberated. And the 81st Cav Reconnaissance Squadron was pulling guard duty at either the SIAI Marchetti Airport in Vergiate or the SIAI Marchetti HQ in Sesto Calende for a few days in early 1945 while waiting for OSS to organize the retrieval.
But, I'm sure we'll know soon enough. 1 - There was another unit operating in the area at that time. The 34th Infantry Division. I haven't dug into their movements as much.
2023.06.10 18:44 KhalamityYykes [IL] help with unethical managers
I work for a company that recently hired a new customer service manager that I do not report to. When she first started I was sort of her go to for help since I’m one of the higher tenured that could help get her comfortable and acclimated to the role. Over time I’ve learned that she is highly unethical, both at work and in her personal life. I witnessed her steal at an after work event, and also push another co-worker out with aggressive micromanaging. She’s only been there about 9 months. One of the comments she’s made to me on several occasions is to not trust the new HR manager who was also recently hired and I’ve had very little interaction with. I’m starting to notice now though that the new hr manager simply does not like me as she is completely unapproachable to me. I’ve even said hi in passing and I don’t even get eye contact. My direct manager recently “resigned” but it was a forced resignation for something he admits he should not have done. So currently I have no manager on-site, the interim manager for my department is in another state. Long story short- I hate going to work because I now feel like even though I’m very successful and have promoted within several times I’m now walking around with a target on my back because this new customer service manager is working to turn everyone in the office against one another and was the sole whistleblower for my recently departed manager. I don’t know what to do. Other than leave, and I’ve been there many years with the full intent to retire there. There’s so much drama at work now that I’m scared who to turn to. I should add when my manager who recently resigned was being walked out, the new hr manager actually gloated- we were passing in the hall and she was very enthusiastic publicly about his departure. I keep my nose down, do my work, and leave. My coworkers ask why so distant lately. It’s fear. What should I do? #illinois
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2023.06.10 18:37 ididacannonball [r/IndiaSpeaks Biweekly Geopolitics Thread] Dam collapses in occupied Ukraine, Pak raises defense spending, and OpenAI chief visits India
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Welcome to the latest edition of the Geopolitics Thread! This is the place where we discuss events from around the world. Discussion does not have to be related to India. Here are some stories to get the conversation started:
- Donald Trump faces criminal case for mishandling secret documents
Donald Trump is facing charges for keeping classified documents in his shower, bedroom, and destroying them. The Department of Justice has charged the former president with two counts of mishandling classified information and one count of destroying federal records. The charges stem from an investigation into Trump's handling of classified information while he was in office. Trump has denied any wrongdoing, but the charges could carry a prison sentence of up to five years. The charges against Trump are the latest in a series of legal problems facing the former president. He is also facing investigations into his business dealings and his role in the January 6th attack on the Capitol. Trump is currently running for another term a President.
2.Major dam in occupied Ukraine collapses
The Nova Kakhovka dam in occupied parts of Ukraine was destroyed amidst Russia's invasion and annexation of parts of the country. It is not clear under what circumstances the collapse happened, but deliberate destruction of a dam is a war crime as defined by the Geneva Conventions. Russian-occupied areas of Ukraine, including Crimea, which Russia annexed in 2014, may see some of the worst impacts. The flooding along the Russian-controlled southern shore of the Dnipro is significantly worse than on the Ukrainian-held northern side. Even before the cost of the current losses is calculated, international markets have taken note. The flooding helped to trigger a sharp rise in global wheat prices, hurting developing countries that depend on Ukrainian wheat exports.
- Canadian wild fires bring pollution to US
Millions of people in the US East Coast and Canada experienced smoky air for a third day on June 9, 2023, as wildfires continued to burn in the western United States. The smoke caused hazy skies and poor air quality in many cities, including New York, Boston, and Toronto. The wildfires are the worst in decades, and have forced thousands of people to evacuate their homes. The smoke from the fires is being carried by the wind to the East Coast, where it is mixing with other pollutants to create unhealthy air conditions. In addition to the health risks, the wildfires are also having a significant economic impact. The fires have forced the closure of schools, businesses, and tourist attractions. The cost of fighting the fires is also mounting, and is expected to reach billions of dollars. New York City this past week was the most polluted city in the world.
- Pak unveils $50bn budget, raises defense spending
Pak's finance minister presented a $50 bn budget for the cash-strapped country, with half the budget set aside for servicing loans. Pakistan's economy has been stricken by a balance-of-payments crisis as it attempts to service crippling external debt, while months of political chaos have scared off potential foreign investment. PM Sharif said he was optimistic for an extension later this month on an International Monetary Fund (IMF) loan facility crucial to keeping the economy afloat. The country failed to meet any economic growth targets for the fiscal year 2022-23, according to a key government report released Thursday, with GDP growth a miserly 0.3 percent. Still, the govt set a growth target of 3.5% for the current year, which is expected to also be missed by a wide margin. It also had an annual inflation forecast of 21 percent, against a current year-on-year rate of 37.97 percent. The budget earmarked 1.8 trillion rupees for defence spending -- up from last year's 1.5 trillion rupees.
- Biden, Sunak sign the 'Atlantic Declaration'
On a visit to the US, UK PM Sunak and US President Biden signed a "first of its agreement," called the Atlantic Declaration, that will serve as a framework for the two countries on the development of emerging technologies, protecting technology that is critical to national security and other economic security issues. As part of the declaration announced Thursday, the two sides will kick off negotiations on the use of minerals from the UK that are critical in the production of electric vehicles that are eligible for US tax credits. The administration has also opened talks with the European Union and forged a deal with Japan that allow certain critical raw materials for EVs to be treated as if they were sourced in the United States. The 15-month-old Russian invasion of Ukraine was high on the agenda. Biden reiterated confidence that Congress would continue to provide Ukraine funding as needed despite some hesitation among Republican leaders at the growing cost of the war for American taxpayers. Sunak also made the case to Biden for UK Defence Minister Ben Wallace to succeed outgoing NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg, who is set to end his term leading the 31-member alliance in September.
Tweet of the Week
OpenAI chief Sam Altman visited India and appreciated how the govt has enabled the use of IT for governance and industry. He made headlines for saying, in response to a question, that no Indian startup could compete with OpenAI.
Found an interesting story? Have a question about geopolitics? Put them in the comments! Some of the text was generated using ChatGPT.
2023.06.10 18:27 finallyalright Lazy and incompetent coworkers in the corporate world
In your experience, are a lot/ most coworkers lazy/incompetent?
I currently work in the accounting department of a large F500 corporation. Previously I worked in accounting-adjacent roles at other large corporations such as employee compensation/benefits, payroll, A/P, and A/R.
You would think that these giant companies with huge HTalent Acquisition bureaucracy would have good screening in place.
However, at various different corporate jobs I witnessed:
Employees who slept at their desks all day
Employees who were never actually at their desks all day
People who could not grasp or refused to learn how to use SAP or whatever ERP system was in place.
Coworkers who would just ignore emails/requests if they didn't understand how to do something or would flat out refuse to ask someone for help.
Coworkers who always looked very busy. As time goes on your realize these people have absolutely zero clue how to do their jobs. They essentially just click around their desktop and shuffle papers all day. They just make sure to have work-related stuff on their screen so that if the boss walks by they look like they're "working".
People who spent all day sending things to the printer. Stuff that did not need to be printed.
Coworkers taking 1 hour to 1.5 hour lunch breaks. We got 30 minutes. Or spending huge amounts of time just aimlessly walking around the building/campus.
Similar to above, but it seemed like their were many people who understood how to do their jobs on a very simplistic level. But if any task required a shred of problem solving or critical thinking they were completely lost. These folks of course boasted how "easy" their jobs were.
Had one coworker who could not grasp any part of her job. Would basically stare blankly at her computer all day. Every task was done completely wrong. She left to work in the marketing and then sales ops departments because our department "sucked". Then she left those departments to bounce around some more departments and is still employed.
All these coworkers had degrees in accounting, finance business admin, or HR. In fact the companies I worked at all basically de facto required you to have a degree even if the job didn't explicitly say so. Minimum salary at most corporations I worked at seemed to be 55-60k.
It's just crazy that there are people busting their butts in retail/food service/manual labor for very little money.
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2023.06.10 18:25 thinkingstranger June 9, 2023
At 3:00 today, Washington D.C., time, Special Counsel Jack Smith delivered a statement about the recently unsealed indictment charging former president Donald J. Trump on 37 counts of violating national security laws as well as participating in a conspiracy to obstruct justice.
Although MAGA Republicans have tried to paint the indictment as a political move by the Biden administration over a piddling error, Smith immediately reminded people that “[t]his indictment was voted by a grand jury of citizens in the Southern District of Florida, and I invite everyone to read it in full to understand the scope and the gravity of the crimes charged.”
The indictment is, indeed, jaw dropping.
It alleges that during his time in the White House, Trump stored in cardboard boxes “information regarding defense and weapons capabilities of both the United States and foreign countries; United States nuclear programs; potential vulnerabilities of the United States and its allies to military attack; and plans for possible retaliation in response to a foreign attack.” The indictment notes that “[t]he unauthorized disclosure of these classified documents could put at risk the national security of the United States, foreign relations, the safety of the United States military, and human sources and the continued viability of sensitive intelligence collection methods.”
Nonetheless, when Trump ceased to be president after noon on January 20, 2021, he took those boxes, “many of which contained classified documents,” to Mar-a-Lago, where he was living. He “was not authorized to possess or retain those classified documents.” The indictment makes it clear that this was no oversight: Trump was personally involved in packing the boxes and, later, in going through them and in overseeing how they were handled. The employees who worked for him exchanged text messages referring to his personal instructions about them.
Mar-a-Lago was not an authorized location for such documents, but he stored them there anyway, “including in a ballroom, a bathroom and shower, an office space, his bedroom, and a storage room.” They were stacked in public places, where anyone—including the many foreign nationals who visited Mar-a-Lago—could see them. On December 7, 2021, Trump’s personal aide Waltine Nauta took two pictures of several of the boxes fallen on the floor, with their contents, including a secret document available only to the Five Eyes intelligence alliance of the U.S., Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom, spilled onto the floor.
The indictment alleges that Trump showed classified documents to others without security clearances on two occasions, both of which are well documented. One of those occasions was recorded. Trump told the people there that the plan he was showing them was “highly confidential” and “secret.” He added, “See, as president I could have declassified it….Now I can’t, you know, but this is still a secret.”
This recording undermines his insistence that he believed he could automatically declassify documents; it proves he understood he could not. In addition, the indictment lists Trump’s many statements from 2016 about the importance of protecting classified information, all delivered as attacks on Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, whom he accused of mishandling such information. “In my administration,” he said on August 18, 2016, “I’m going to enforce all laws concerning the protection of classified information. No one will be above the law.”
The indictment goes on: When the FBI tried to recover the documents, Trump started what Washington Post
journalist Jennifer Rubin called a “giant shell game”: he tried to get his lawyer to lie to the FBI and the grand jury, saying Trump did not have more documents; worked with Nauta to move some of the boxes to hide them from Trump’s lawyer, the FBI and the grand jury; tried to get his lawyer to hide or destroy documents; and got another lawyer to certify that all the documents had been produced when he knew they hadn’t.
Nauta lied to the grand jury about his knowledge of what Trump did with the boxes. Both he and Trump have been indicted on multiple counts of obstruction and of engaging in a conspiracy to hide the documents.
Eventually, Trump had many of the boxes moved to his property at Bedminster, New Jersey, where on two occasions he showed documents to people without security clearances. He showed a classified map of a country that is part of an ongoing military operation to a representative of his political action committee.
Trump has been indicted on 31 counts of having “unauthorized possession of, access to, and control over documents relating to the national defense,” for keeping them, and for refusing “to deliver them to the officer and employee of the United States entitled to receive them”: language straight out of the Espionage Act. Twenty-one of the documents were marked top secret, nine were marked secret, and one was unmarked.
These documents are not all those recovered—some likely are too sensitive to risk making public—but they nonetheless hold some of the nation’s deepest secrets: “military capabilities of a foreign country and the United States,” “military activities and planning of foreign countries,” “nuclear capabilities of a foreign country,” “military attacks by a foreign country,” “military contingency planning of the United States,” “military options of a foreign country and potential effects on United States interest,” “foreign country support of terrorist acts against United States interests,” “nuclear weaponry of the United States,” “military activity in a foreign country.”
Smith put it starkly in his statement, “The men and women of the United States intelligence community and our armed forces dedicate their lives to protecting our nation and its people. Our laws that protect national defense information are critical to the safety and security of the United States and they must be enforced. Violations of those laws put our country at risk.”
On Twitter, Bill Kristol said it more clearly: “These were highly classified documents dealing with military intelligence and plans. What did Trump do with them? Who now has copies of them?” Retired FBI assistant director Frank Figliuzzi noted that there is a substantial risk that “foreign intelligence services might have sought or gained access to the documents.”
There is also substantial risk that other countries will be reluctant to share intelligence with the United States in the future. At the very least, it is an unfortunate coincidence that the Central Intelligence Agency in October 2021 reported an unusually high rate of capture or death for foreign informants recruited to spy for the United States.
Since Trump supporters have taken the position that Trump’s indictment over the stolen documents is the attempt of the Biden administration to undermine Trump’s presidential candidacy, it is worth remembering that Trump’s early announcement of his campaign was widely suspected to be an attempt to enable him to avoid legal accountability. Attorney General Merrick Garland appointed Special Counsel Jack Smith precisely to put arms length between the administration and the investigations into Trump.
Smith noted today, “Adherence to the rule of law is a bedrock principle of the Department of Justice. And our nation’s commitment to the rule of law sets an example for the world. We have one set of laws in this country, and they apply to everyone. Applying those laws. Collecting facts. That’s what determines the outcome of an investigation. Nothing more. Nothing less.
“The prosecutors in my office are among the most talented and experienced in the Department of Justice. They have investigated this case hewing to the highest ethical standards. And they will continue to do so as this case proceeds.”
Smith added: “It’s very important for me to note that the defendants in this case must be presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law. To that end, my office will seek a speedy trial in this matter. Consistent with the public interest and the rights of the accused. We very much look forward to presenting our case to a jury of citizens in the Southern District of Florida.”
Likely responding to MAGA attacks on the FBI and the rule of law, Smith thanked the “dedicated public servants of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, with whom my office is conducting this investigation and who worked tirelessly every day upholding the rule of law in our country,” before closing his brief statement.
The indictment revealed just how much detailed information Smith’s team has uncovered, presenting a shockingly thorough case to prove the allegations. Trump’s lawyers will have their work cut out for them…although the team has shifted since this morning: two of Trump’s lawyers quit today. The thoroughness of the indictment also suggests that Trump and his allies might have reason to be nervous about Smith’s other investigation: the one into the attempt to overturn results of the 2020 election.
Some of Trump’s supporters are calling for violence. After Louisiana representative Clay Higgins appeared to be egging on militias to oppose Trump’s Tuesday arraignment, Democratic senate majority leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and House minority leader Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) issued a joint statement calling for “supporters and critics alike to let the case proceed peacefully in court.” Legal scholar Joyce White Vance noted that it was “extremely sad for our country that this isn’t a bipartisan statement being made by leaders from both parties.”
Notes: https://www.justice.gov/opa/speech/special-counsel-jack-smith-delivers-statement https://www.cnn.com/2023/06/09/politics/walt-nauta-trump-indicted/index.html
https://storage.courtlistener.com/recap/gov.uscourts.flsd.648653/gov.uscourts.flsd.648653.3.0_2.pdf https://www.nola.com/news/politics/clay-higgins-urges-war-over-trump-indictments-author-says/article_db78acde-0701-11ee-af01-73c2414fd4d7.html https://www.nytimes.com/2023/06/09/us/politics/trump-indictment-lawyers-trusty-rowley.html https://www.nytimes.com/2021/10/05/us/politics/cia-informants-killed-captured.html https://www.cornellpolicyreview.com/the-executive-records-recovered-from-mar-a-lago-and-the-c-i-a-s-missing-informants/ https://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/18/793
Twitter links: BillKristol/status/1667332834514616320 JRubinBloggestatus/1667287186616754177 JoyceWhiteVance/status/1667277258183065601 petestrzok/status/1667276941043351555 djrothkopf/status/1667237607388880922 petestrzok/status/1667276952439324674?s=20
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2023.06.10 18:24 Redditor6512 Not getting any interviews applying for Marketing and ITS Tech Support Roles Any honest feedback would be greatly appreciated on this resume! Thank you
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2023.06.10 18:22 dlfoster311 Please do not stop this
2023.06.10 18:19 Old-Dentist3622 Interested in doing seal coating, crack filling, and line striping on the side
I’ve been going over plans for an asphalt maintenance company for a few weeks now. This is something I’ve done for family friends in the past, but as I start thinking about my own business, I want to provide the highest quality service I can provide. This has made me realize I’ve only done this as a favor, and haven’t consider all the small, important details. My biggest problem is figuring out my initial costs. I cannot afford a seal coat spray system, and probably can’t afford to rent one right now. But I know I can rent a hot tar crack filler, line striper, and I plan on working with SealMasters to purchase the best sealcoat, crack fillers, etc. I don’t plan on doing any major potholes
I was wondering if anyone could point me in the direction of more detailed learning material about asphalt maintenance ?
Here are some of my main questions:
If done right, can seal coating without a spray system still give quality results? (I’m talking squeegee and pouring buckets)
I live in the south (US), would sealcoating in the winter be possible on warmer days?
Does it make sense, and would I get enough business with these limited capabilities? Is it worth pursuing?
Thanks In advance
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2023.06.10 18:13 JoseLunaArts Cid Campeador was a mercenary. His bio could be easily turned into a mechwarrior biography.
After digging into literature, I found that the story of the legendary knight Cid Campeador, sounds to me like the story of a mercenary Mechwarrior, instead of the usual legend that shows him as a religious warrior. It does not take too much to export this story to Battletech universe, and indeed I plan to add a version of him to my Mechwarrior Destiny game at some point.
The following is a summary of "Historia Roderici" an old Spanish text that may likely be inaccessible to English speaking readers, not only because of language barrier, but also because of the ancient Spanish words that are difficult to understand even for modern Spanish speakers. You will discover that Cid Campeador was not a religious hero, but a merc.
I believe it could be used as source material to inspire a novel.
Sorry about the long read, but it still shorter than the original "Historia Roderici".
Rodrigo "Ruy" Díaz de Vivar is also known as Cid Campeador, and some people believe he was a religious hero but others see him as a mercenary. The oldest biography is "Historia Roderici" in 1190 when the Castillan warrior had passed away 80 years ago. This biography was made popular via minstrels, and it incorporated many fictional episodes that composed "Cantar del Mio Cid" around the year 1200. For example, there is no evidence that Rodrigo had 2 swords called Tisona and Colada, and a horse called Babieca. He had 2 daughters but they were not named doña Sol and doña Elvira.
Spain was invaded in the year 711 from the south and only a small strip was left at the north where Christian kings would seek a safe haven. The invaders ruling lasted for 800 years but these years also were full of internal disputes, just like in the Inner Sphere.
The war in Spain was always portrayed as a holy war, like a Jihad. This was the time where the term "pariah" was born. The non Christian rulers paid tribute called pariah to Christian kings in exchange for protection. And that was the historical context of eternal war.
Rodrigo was born in the small town of Vivar, near Burgos. His father was a low rank noble, but his mother was from the elite of nobles, daughter of count of Oviedo. The last name Diaz indicated he was son of Diego. When he was 10, his father died, and he was sent to the court of Fernando I de León, to complete his education with the sons of the king. One of the sons, Sancho turned Rodrigo into his page and became close friends. He receives high education and learned to fight. He knew how to read and write, something very uncommon.
When Rodrigo was 15 he went with don Sancho to Zaragoza, a territory which was under the protection of Fernando I de León in exchange for pariah. Ramiro I de Aragón uncle of Fernando I de León wanted the land under protection, and this is how Sancho and his "mesnadas" (forces under command of a lord) went to help. Ramiro I not only was defeated, but also died.
When Fernando I (ruler of Galicia, León and Castilla) died, he distributed his kingdom among his 5 sons instead of having a linear succession, because Alfonso, his second son, was his favorite. Sancho ruled Castilla and had the right to collect the pariah of Zaragoza. Sancho did not like the distribution of land, as he felt he should have been the heir of the whole kingdom. He entered a conflict with his siblings. Rodrigo ended up being in charge of the army of Sancho. In his first one on one match defeated the Alferez of Navarra kingdom, Jimeno Arcés. This is where he earned the title of "campeador", which means he is a master of the battlefield.
After his mother died, Sancho started war against Alfonso. Rodrigo skill surfaced among all other warriors. Sancho won the battle, but Alfonoso escaped and did not surrender as agreed. Instead, Alfonso agreed to allow Sancho to conquer Galicia ruled by his younger brother García. García was defeated and was and outcast who escaped to the taifa of Sevilla. But that did not end the war with Alfonso. In the new battle, Rodrigo skill shined again. And Alfonso was defeated once again. Alfonso was an outcast too, and he went to the taifa of Toledo. The reunification war ended. But it would last a few months.
Zamora was ruled by his sister Urraca. Many nobles gathered there and they did not embrace Sanho as the king. Urraca supported them, and supported Alfonso. Sancho sieged Zamora for months, but it did cost Sancho's life at the hands of a Zamoran warrior, and not even Rodrigo could stop that. The killer pretended to defecte from Urraca city and earned Sancho's trust. The defector Bellido Dolfos was going to show him a weak spot in the walls of Zamora, and when Sanch went to the loo, the defector took Sancho's spear and killed him. Alfonso became king. García attempted to recover his kingdom but ended in prison where he died. Alfonso married Rodrigo with doña Jimena, relative of Alfonso and apparently Rodrigo was deeply in love with her.
Rodrigo was sent to collect Paria To Sevilla, and García Ordoñez, close friend of alfonso was sent to Granada. Granada ruler asked Ordoñez to attack Sevilla and that Rodrigo had to fight García Ordoñez and made him prisoner and set him free later. García Ordoñez accused Rodrigo of stealing a portion of the pariah of Sevilla, which are believed to be the gift of Sevilla ruler to Rodrigo for defending his land.
Alfonso went to Taifa of Toledo, and Rodrigo was sick at home. There was an attack on a castle and Rodrigo reacted without asking for permission, chased the attackers who entered Toledo territory and Rodrigo took a huge loot, Alfonso was so upset because that destroyed Alfonso's plans to own Toledo without a fight. García Ordoñez presented this to Alfonso as an attempt to make people from Toledo to kill Alfonso. So Rodrigo became an outcast, and he was exiled and had to make a living. Along the road, many men joined him. He went to Zaragoza to offer his services. Now Zaragoza should not have to pay pariah to different kingdoms for protection.
This contradicts the jihadist nature of Rodrigo as a religious warrior. After the ruler of Zaragoza died, his 2 sons also fought. Rodrigo stood in the side of Zaragoza, and the opponent sought help among the kings in the north. The enemy forces outnumbered Rodrigo's but he defeated them in the battle of Almenar.
An uncle of the ruler of Zaragoza, who was prisoner of Alfonso, earned the trust of the alcalde who controlled the prison, so the alcalde passed the message to Alfonso. The uncle offered him the castle of Zaragoza in exchange for paying the pariah to Alfonso. So Alfonso marched towards Zaragoza. But Alfonso this time was not ahead of the forces. He sent scouts who were killed. It seems that the uncle died while the expedition was on its way to Zaragoza, so the alcalde had the idea of becoming an ally of Zaragoza and tried to kill king Alfonso.
Later Alfonso met Rodrigo and Rodrigo told that he had no part in that betrayal, and Alfonso and Rodrigo went back to normal relations without hard feelings.
Alfonso managed to conquer Toledo and that meant a raise in the pariah for other taifas. But religious fundamentalist fanatics from northern Africa were asked to help and their fanatism made them fearsome. Alfonso had Zaragoza under siege, and Rodrigo did not want to fight Alfonso. But news came from the new invaders and the siege stopped. Then the battle of Sagrajas came, where Alfonso suffered a defeat. Alfonso had to escape to save his life. Rodrigo went to Toledo to offer his services to Alfonso.
Alfonso commissioned Rodrigo to take care of the invaders and conquer lands, and to collect the pariah from Zaragoza, which had Rodrigo working as a merc for 6 years.
But good relations did not last. During a campaign Rodrigo was supposed to reinforce Alfonso's forces, but Rodrigo did not arrive. Rodrigo was exiled for second time after García Ordoñez made the king feel betrayed. Alfonso took his property and made his family prisoner. Rodrigo begged and his family was set free. And he became a warlord in Valencia and fought against both sides.
Rodrigo suffered an attack and he took revenge against García Ordoñez and led an expedition to do exactly that and looted along his way. Alfonso gave away these lands and no one wanted to fight Rodrigo. Now the only enemies of Rodrigo were the invaders in the south who attacked Valencia and killed its ruler. Rodrigo sieged the city and help did not arrive so they surrendered, and Rodrigo self proclaimed himself prince.
The invader Almoraviles forces were obsessed with taking Valencia. And epic battles took place.
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2023.06.10 18:03 ProgLibertarianism Where do you stand on immigration?
Immigration and border policy continues to be near the top of American's concerns.
It is extremely difficult to immigrate to the US. There is an annual cap of 675,000 permanent immigrant visa each year. This does not include spouses, parents, and children of US citizens, which is capped at 480,000. There is also a cap on how many people can immigrate from a single country, with the limit being seven percent of all total immigrants annually. After residing in the US for five years they can apply for citizenship.
There are also refugees, which are a separate classification. Refugees are admitted to the United States based upon an inability to return to their home countries because of a “well-founded fear of persecution” due to their race, membership in a particular social group, political opinion, religion, or national origin. This does not account for people living in destabilized conditions south of the US, despite the US being a primary contributor to that destabilization.
Immigration processing can take roughly 12 months and costs between $6,000 and $8,000.
About 1.5 people immigrated to the US in 2021 with the highest most recent year being 2.7 million in 2016. About 13.6% of people in the US are foreign-born. They are also more likely to be in the labor force and married than people born in the US. The number of immigrants turned away in 2022 was 2.8 million with 2.2 million of those being border apprehensions, while 89,000 immigrants were removed from the US in 2021. This is a record high, with immigrants being refused entry or apprehended at the border generally hovering around 400,000 since 2010, though removals have drop from a high of 432,000 in 2013. There are an estimated 11.4 million immigrants in the US illegally.
There are an estimated 585,000 people in the US who have overstayed their visa, with the number one country of origin being China with 11,000 people.
Immigration can have both positive and negative impacts on individuals, societies, and economies. Here are some of the commonly discussed positives and negatives of immigration:
Positives of immigration:
- Economic growth: Immigrants can contribute to economic growth by filling labor market gaps, starting businesses, and paying taxes. They often bring diverse skills and expertise that can enhance productivity and innovation in the host country.
- Cultural enrichment: Immigration can enrich a society's cultural fabric by bringing in diverse traditions, languages, cuisines, and perspectives. This cultural diversity can promote tolerance, broaden understanding, and foster social cohesion.
- Demographic benefits: Immigrants can help address demographic challenges such as aging populations and low birth rates. They can contribute to a larger workforce, support social welfare systems, and sustain economic productivity.
- Entrepreneurship and innovation: Immigrants are often more likely to start businesses and become entrepreneurs, creating jobs and stimulating economic growth. They can introduce new ideas, technologies, and business practices, fostering innovation and competitiveness.
- Skills and talent attraction: Immigration allows countries to attract highly skilled workers and professionals who can contribute to critical sectors such as science, technology, engineering, and medicine. This helps to address skill shortages and promote knowledge transfer.
Negatives of immigration:
- Strain on public resources: A sudden influx of immigrants can strain public resources such as healthcare, education, housing, and social welfare systems. This can put pressure on public services, potentially leading to increased costs and longer wait times for both immigrants and native residents.
- Social tensions and cultural clashes: In some cases, cultural differences and the rapid pace of change caused by immigration can lead to social tensions, conflicts, and challenges in integrating immigrant communities. This can create feelings of social dislocation and cultural clashes.
- Job competition and wage depression: Immigrants may compete with native workers for jobs, particularly in sectors with lower-skilled positions. This can potentially lead to increased unemployment or wage depression for certain segments of the native population, especially in times of economic downturn.
- Brain drain and skill loss: When highly skilled individuals emigrate from their home countries, it can result in a brain drain, depriving those countries of talent and expertise. This can hinder development and perpetuate existing inequalities.
- Security concerns: Immigration can pose security challenges, as it becomes necessary to establish effective immigration policies and procedures to ensure national security. There may be concerns related to border control, terrorism, criminal activities, and the potential exploitation of immigration channels.
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2023.06.10 18:03 ItsThePartyBarge Props to Catalinbread for great customer service
2023.06.10 17:56 qwerty_utopia Has anyone else had problems with people walking across the road in front of them while you're driving? I'm starting to think that I missed a memo.
I drive for work 5-6 days a week, and I leave the car at home on weekends. I consider myself an average driver, and I try to be courteous. But over the last few months I've started to encounter a number of people who either walk across the road in front of you forcing you to stop (I'm not talking side streets here; I mean busy through-ways like Victoria Park Avenue and Bathurst Street) or else walk on the pavement a metre from the curb even when there's a sidewalk available. One guy even yelled at me when he cut across my path and I had to hit the brakes -- I had a clear path, and he just started walking in front of me even through there was a crosswalk not 50m to the south of where it happened.
I know there are jurisdictions like P.E.I. and California where it is either law or custom for drivers to stop and let pedestrians cross the road. As far as I know, however, there has been no such legislation in Ontario. I would even go so far as to agree that it might be a good change for communities, but I would like to see a process where the rules are clearly put in place. I am a big fan of protected bike lanes and walkways for foot traffic, but most of us are still dependent on cars for work (my job takes me as far as Stoney Creek or Uxbridge for service calls) and I would like to think we can all establish a set of rules we can all follow so we can get around. All of the said... was there a law enacted for all this, and I wasn't paying attention? Did pedestrians get fed up and all decide on a silent revolt of some sort? Or is this just another case of a group of people (pedestrians in this case) deciding that they're going to do whatever they want and everyone else is an idiot for not letting them do it?
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2023.06.10 17:53 suprweeniehutjrs Locator 69 came through for us!
Applied with expedited service: April 15th
In Process: May 2nd
DOT: June 23rd
Started to get antsy. Called 69 on 6/7 to pay for expedited shipping and told them that our travel date was 6/23. I contacted my senator on 6/8 and filled out some privacy release paperwork in order for his office to contact the department of state. I checked today on 6/10 and our passports have shipped! We’re so thankful to the employees at 69 for getting them out to us.
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2023.06.10 17:34 Energy_Turtle_Bill Early retirement and lose pension/benefits?
Just looking for some opinions here…I’m a fed, have about 16 years total (some military.) I’m medically retired from the military and get a small pension now (around $30k annually.) My job pays about $130k annually. I have about $700k in cash between TSP, IRA, Brokerage, HYSA, etc. I have about $250k in home equity. Finally, I am part owner of a commercial property. The property isn’t generating income and the other owners and I are planning to sell. We want minimum $1 million. We were recently offered $800k but we turned it down. We’re going to sit on it for another year or so and try again to sell it. Eventually we will get our price.
I’m beyond burn out. I spent several years in the private sector between military and becoming a fed. I owned a small business for a while as well. I’ve been kicking around the idea of just pulling the plug and maybe moving abroad. I like south east Asia and know I could live there easily on what I have now; Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, etc. But I also might stay in the USA and just find a small town somewhere cheap.
My only debt right now is my house…which would be sold if I decide to pull the plug. I’m in DC so selling a house is easy here. With the COL here, there’s no chance I would even try to stay. I feel like I don’t have enough money to retire right now. I have healthcare covered through the Vets Admin. Only expense would be dental. I have things I’m passionate about and want to do in retirement. So it isn’t like I would just sit on my ass all day.
When the property sells, I’ll get a third of the price. Minimum to sell is $1 million so that’s another $333,333.33 for me. That puts me well over $1 million plus $30k annually. If you’re in my shoes and want to stop working and pursue things you enjoy; do you pull the plug now, sell the house and walk away with almost $1 million cash, plus the pension, also knowing there’s more money coming later when the property sells? Or do you wait until the property is sold, then pull the plug, sell the house, and walk away with like $1.3’ish million? Or-do you lost stick it out for another ten years or so (I’m 49) and then retire with likely $2 million or more? Also, as I do have about 16 years of service, I will have a small pension. I don’t know a great deal about fers but I think it’s a delayed pension or something like that. Basically I can start it later and get the amount based on my service. I know it will be small but it’s something. That and maybe ss will still pay something.
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2023.06.10 17:23 ohhidied LEGACY: From the Book of SAW (Chapter 30) Kill or Be Killed
Read Chapter 29 Here: https://www.reddit.com/saw/comments/1417n7j/legacy_from_the_book_of_saw_chapter_29_wristdeep/
____________________________________________ *** CHAPTER 30 **\
As Daniel is brought into the control room, his eyes widen at the sight of the bustling tech team huddled around a computer terminal, engrossed in their work. The ethereal glow of multiple screens illuminates their focused faces, while a tangled web of cables drape across the tabletop.
But what truly captured Daniel's attention was the meticulously detailed layout of the museum displayed before the team. The blueprint, marked with distinct security zones and strategic points, sprawled across the surface. Each section was carefully annotated, indicating cameras, alarm systems, trap locations, and other crucial information.
Time passes sluggishly, with tension hanging in the air for what feels like an eternity. The tech team painstakingly maneuvers through digital obstacles, their nimble fingers dancing across the keyboard, determined to breach the formidable firewall guarding the museum's security feed. Finally, success flashes across their faces as they gain access to the coveted treasure trove of footage.
The computer springs to life, displaying a mosaic of individual camera feeds. Daniel’s gaze darts across the screen, observing the technician skillfully navigating through the labyrinth of lenses. Each camera reveals different corners of the museum. His heart races as he witnesses the victims, trapped and vulnerable, captured by the unblinking eyes of the cameras.
Just as the tension reaches its zenith, the door swings open and Lincoln strides into the room.
Aware of the team’s crucial task, Lincoln breaks the silence, “Any progress?” he queries.
A spark of adrenaline ignites in Marlow’s eyes, “We just got it,” he exclaims, unable to contain his elation.
Lincoln’s footsteps echo softly as he circles the table, his eyes fixated on the monitor, and together they notice Gavin sitting on the cold floor, his posture guarded, clutching the box tightly against his side.
Marlow, furrowing his brow, spoke with concern, “That’s strange,” he murmurs.
Curiosity piqued, Lincoln redirects his attention towards Marlow, eager to uncover the cause of his colleague’s unease, “What is it?”
Marlow, delving into the depths of the internal code, sifts through the virtual layers with a sense of urgency. A realization dawns upon him as he unearths an unexpected anomaly. “This shouldn’t be here,” he stated.
Puzzled, Lincoln seeks clarification, “What’s the problem?”
With his eyes fixated on the screen, Marlow reveals the unsettling discovery, “There’s a duel broadcast,” he discloses.
As the significance of Marlow’s revelation sinks in, Lincoln’s gaze narrows, honing in on the critical detail before him. The digital feed displays a timer, ominously counting down from a daunting forty minutes. A sense of urgency permeates his words, “Is it live?”
Marlow focuses on Lincoln, “Yes, but, I need to establish a barrier to block Hoffman out and prevent him from regaining control.”
"Good. Do it. Let me know when it's done." Lincoln said.
Leaving the room behind, Lincoln stepped outside and spotted Agent Kullen with a squad member. Several entrances had been cleared of traps, and the dismantled weapons and explosives were being carefully transported to the rear of a SWAT van.
“We’ve got access to the security feed," Lincoln said, "The survivors are still alive.”
A sense of relief filled Kullen’s words, “Where are they being held?”
“You were right, new construction.” Lincoln confirmed.
Kullen looks over his shoulder towards the expansion area, "We’re still disabling those traps."
"One more thing," Lincoln said, "I didn’t see Logan and Elanor, but Gavin Beck is inside, and he's injured. Can't tell how bad…."
Swiftly responding to the update, Kullen activated his radio and relayed the crucial information, his voice urgent, “Attention, we’ve located three victims. One of them is injured. Requesting ambulances to move to the front immediately and prepare for emergency evacuation.”
Attempting to maintain composure amidst the escalating situation, Kullen addressed Lincoln, “Stay positive, Detective,” he said, his hand trembling, “I just got off the phone with Zeke Banks. He’s on his way. What about Hoffman and Schenk?”
Surprised by the mention of Zeke’s impending arrival, Lincoln inquired, "Zeke is coming here?"
Before Kullen could respond, his peripheral vision caught a glimpse of movement. Across the caution tape, news reporters scurried about, positioning themselves in front of their cameras, a sense of urgency driving their actions.
“What’s going on?” Kullen muttered to himself.
Together, Lincoln and Kullen maneuvered their way toward the journalist, their curiosity triggered by the unfolding scene.
“We’re outside of the National History Museum, where we can now confirm the presence of three survivors trapped within,” the reporters voice resonated through the airwaves, “Gavin Beck, Sarah Harper, and Renee Walsh have become the latest victims in the harrowing saga of the Jigsaw Killer, whose reign of terror has plagued our city for over a decade.”
A sharp pang of shame pierced Lincoln’s core upon hearing the reporter's words, the weight of responsibility pressing heavily upon him.
“But now, for the very first time, we possess live footage capturing the game as it unfolds,” the reporter continued, a hint of excitement in their tone. “The following footage has been extracted from the security cameras situated within the building behind me.”
Stunned by the unfolding revelation, Agent Kullen broke through the caution tape and stepped purposefully in front of the camera, his intention clear - to put an end to the broadcast.
“What do you think you’re doing?” the angered correspondent demanded, her voice beaming with frustration.
Kullen fixed a stern gaze upon the woman, his tone firm, “How did you obtain this footage?”
“It’s all over the internet!” She explains, “The whole trap is being shared online.”
Audiences across the country were turning into the live feed.
As their televisions faded to black, a message materialized: Viewer Discretion is Advised.
Meanwhile, growing tired of Elanor’s desperate cries for help, Hoffman maneuvered her away from Logan, who remained unconscious, and wheeled her into the surveillance room. Pushing her into a corner, he retrieved duct tape from a nearby drawer and used his knife to slice off a substantial length. He then applied it firmly over Elanor’s mouth, muffling her anguished wails that now fell upon deaf ears. Just as Hoffman prepared to depart, his attention was captured by the television, revealing the live footage of the ongoing trap.
Intrigued, Hoffman placed his knife down and took a seat at the nearby table. Folding his arms, he watched intently as Gavin struggled to remove the weighty sandbag from his chest.
“What the fuck?” Amanda exclaimed, seated behind Hoffman, her astonishment, mirroring his own.
Outside the surveillance room, Logan began to regain consciousness. As his awareness sharpened, he quickly assessed his surroundings and searched for Elanor. Shifting his body upward, he felt the tight restraints of the handcuffs encircling his wrists. Peering into the surveillance room, he caught sight of Elanor in distress, while Hoffman remained fixated on the television screen. A wave of relief washes over Logan, knowing that she was still alive. Determined to find a means of escape, his gaze scanned the room until it landed on the aluminum dispenser above him, along with scattered barrels of petroleum.
Across town, Autumn had finished gathering her belongings when she too caught sight of the live footage showcasing the museum trap. Recognizing two of the victims, and recalling the information she had learned from Lincoln about their previous trials, she became engrossed in the broadcast. Setting her bag down, she stood near the couch, locked into the unfolding events, with a police escort standing beside her.
As Autumn remained captivated by the live feed, she witnesses Gavin rise to his feet and stagger toward the women, his movements unsteady. In his approach, he picked up a brick from the tower, clutching it tightly in his hand.
Within the confines of the exhibit, Gavin positioned himself behind Renee and Sarah, observing their relentless efforts to assault the grate obstructing the ventilation shaft. Sarah turned around, and Gavin extended the brick towards her. With determined force, another powerful strike landed, causing one of the bolts to come loose. They repeated the action, gradually peeling the barrier away from the wall, creating a narrow gap. Utilizing their combined strength, they exerted enough force to retract the screen, bending the screws on the left side.
Gavin retrieved another brick from the tower and rejoined the women. Gripping the red brick firmly, his palms began to perspire, a symbol of his mounting apprehension.
“Almost got it,” Renee uttered, twisting and pulling the screen until it finally yielded, breaking off the hinges.
Exhausted, Renee leaned backward, allowing Sarah to be the first to peer inside.
Gavin takes a deep breath, loosening his grip on the stone, anxiously awaiting the reveal.
Sarah sighed, disappointment tainting her voice. The shaft lay before them, outlined with menacing barbed wire and shards of broken glass.
“Told ya,” she said.
“We’ve made progress,” Renee exclaimed, still hopeful, “That’s what matters.”
Sarah’s eyebrows arched dubiously as she voiced her concerns, “We don’t know if that’s a way out and we’re running out of time.”
As Sarah turned to gauge Gavin’s perspective, her world abruptly shattered. A brutal impact from the brick collided with her head, causing blood to spill from the painful gash. She crumbled to the floor, disoriented and struggling to comprehend the sudden assault.
The unexpected violence filled Renee with fear and her mind raced frantically. Without wasting a moment, she launched an attack against him, but her weakened state rendered her efforts feeble. Gavin easily overpowered her, forcefully pushing her to the ground, her head meeting the unforgiving concrete with a sickening thud.
Meanwhile, the horrified audience watching from the safety of their homes bore witness to the unfolding events, their hearts gripped by the chilling spectacle. Each gruesome moment played out before their eyes.
Hoffman, displaying a disturbing apathy, seemed unaffected by the brutality taking place, while Elanor’s eyes bulged from their sockets, a silent plea for help and salvation.
Autumn, filled with disbelief and revulsion, found herself appalled by the heinous attack. Beside her, the police escort swiftly reached for his radio, urgently engaging in communication with law enforcement personnel on-site.
Inside the control room, Lincoln, Kullen, Marlow, and Daniel endured the torment of witnessing the disturbing footage. Their faces etched with concern as their minds raced to find a way to intervene and put an end to the nightmare.
With her stomach to the floor, Gavin straddles Sarah and removes the piano wire from his pocket.
Still dazed from the wicked blow to her head, Sarah fought with all her strength, desperate to free herself from Gavin's torment. She struggled to push him off her back, kicking and flailing while her screams for help filled the room.
Determined to succeed, Gavin attempted to wrap the piano wire around Sarah’s throat, but she instinctively blocked him, using her remaining hand to shield her vulnerable neck. In a surge of defiance, she reached back and delivered a forceful elbow strike to his abdomen. The pain coursed through him, causing him to drop the piano wire to the floor. However, he swiftly flipped her body over, sliding her wrist beneath his knees, effectively immobilizing her. With a frightening resolve, he resumed his vicious attack, tightening his grip around her throat, Desperately gasping for air, Sarah’s face grew increasingly red under the pressure of Gavin’s grip, and her vision began to blur, the world around her fading into a hazy abyss.
Unbeknownst to Gavin, a flicker of consciousness had returned to Renee, and the sound of Sarah’s harrowing struggle pierced through the fog of her own pain. With great effort, Renee attempted to rise, battling the throbbing ache in her head, her focus fixated on the weapon discarded by Gavin, lying on the floor within reach.
Seizing the piano wire with a surge of adrenaline, Renee quickly closed the distance to Gavin, her sole focus on saving Sarah. Without hesitation, she skillfully wrapped the cord around Gavin’s neck, forcefully pulling him away from her friend’s gasping form. Gavin’s hands thrashed about in a futile attempt to clutch the sturdy wire that tore into his flesh.
Sarah, still recovering and crawling to safety, watched in astonishment and awe as Renee took control of the situation. With a fierce determination fueled by anger and vengeance, Renee twisted and yanked on the cord, tightening the grip around Gavin’s neck, causing him to bleed profusely and struggle in agony. Beads of sweat formed on his head, his tongue protruding from his mouth in a grotesque display. His face contorted into a horrifying medley of colors-red, purple, and blue- as the life force drained from him.
Lost in a moment of unbridled rage, Renee’s primal scream pierced the air as she continued to tug on the cord, relentlessly severing his throat. Each pull intensified the macabre scene, painting the floor with a gruesome tapestry of blood. Sarah, a witness to the chilling brutality, could only watch in horror as Renee nearly detached Gavin’s head from his body, the lifeless body hanging limp on the wire.
A heavy silence settles over the room, punctuated only by the lingering presence of blood and the haunting memory of the violence that had just occurred.
The savage display captured by the security cameras spread like wildfire across the internet, captivating an audience of thousands. The harrowing footage was swiftly clipped and shared on numerous websites, causing the viewer count to skyrocket with each passing second. Reactions on social media were diverse, ranging from visceral disgust to arguments defending the act as self defense. The disturbing visuals ignited a storm of controversy, prompting a deluge of calls to flood news stations, with viewers expressing a myriad of complaints and concerns.
Feeling a wave of overwhelming emotions, Daniel emerged from the suffocating confines of the control room, his face flush with disgust.
Noticing Daniel’s distress, Lincoln approached with a sense of understanding. "You alright?"
"Just overwhelmed," Daniel replied, "Needed some air, some space to process it all."
Nodding in acknowledgment, Lincoln offered a small gesture of comfort, “I got some water in the car. Go on. Take a rest.”
Grateful, Daniel made his way towards the car, allowing himself a momentary escape from the relentless onslaught of darkness and despair.
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2023.06.10 17:21 AsianGuyDating 26[M] Boston/Anywhere - Asian guy Looking For Serious Relationship or Companionship
26M 180cm 70kg East Asian Born in Taiwan and have been in US for over almost 9 years I'm currently in US Est time and I might go back to Taiwan in the near future. My life timeline is a bit chaotic, so I'm still in college but plan to graduate in 2024. I can share more info if we hit!
I'm ISTP/ISFP, so I'm definitely somewhat shy and introverted but I try to talk more and initiate more in conversations I approach problems more logically but also try to be empathetic about their views, but sometimes I can forget being that since it's hard for me to be empathic when I never experience it. I'm honest and usually direct unless it's something I'm not willing to share yet. I'm usually open-minded but there are a lot of things I might not hear because how broad or how free we are at the moment and I might be new to your stuff, but I'm willing to listen and hear your views out if you are willing to take me in. I'm an overthinker, so be prepared I overwhelm myself a lot of times or be insecure at times.
I play games, watch animes, cooking, and I enjoy people do cosplaying. Games I have been playing nowadays are League of Legend, CSGO, Cookie run kingdoms, Genshin Impact, etc. I try to play different games but mainly they are RPG or stratedgy games. I'm open to other games if you have any game you currently play! I probably like Isekai anime the most, Log Horizon is probably my favorite anime but sad we probably will never see the ending. I have been trying to decorate myself more and get into fashion and even skin care. Currently leave my hair long to perm my hair :) Dating stuff:
Love Language(Receiving): Physical touch = Quality time >= Word of affirmation > Acts of Service > Gifts
I definitely value sex a little bit more so I would come out and say I'm a switch and I would like to explore more in sexual stuff. I'm a jealous and insecure type and I think my attachment style are currently fearful-avoidant and anxious. I don't want to hide the potential red flag, so you are aware of it. I care about physical attraction a decent amount, so please send me a picture if you do message me.
I don't really mind different interests but it might be nice if we have one thing in common, so we can share about stuff, but I love to learn about your interests and see how things go YOU:
Physical: Anywhere Around or at least 160cm and slim/fit/average body (Sorry not a fan of chubby girl) South East Asian/East Asian/Caucasian/Latino
Preferably someone who has only one or two exes and who doesn't have a lot of sexual history.
Personality wise : Honesty, Transparent, caring, willing to take leads, know what she wants or doesn't want, Good communication! Enjoy deep conversations and positive. Reply often! I expect at least once a week but prefer much more. Open to relocate to another country or it might be LDR for the time being.
Thank you for reading it so far and I haven't had much luck on dating apps in the past few years and if you do message me, send me a picture and your height and weights and what are your interests currently.
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2023.06.10 17:18 throwawhey2829 Stuck in apartment elevator for two hours. I shit myself due to stomach issues. Operator refused to call emergency services. New Jersey.
TL;DR: Trapped in a faulty elevator for two hours with no cell signal and forced to shit myself due to a stomach bug. Building's emergency protocol failed, leading to my lawyer calling firefighters via weak building Wi-Fi. Amid ongoing issues in my unit, management proposed an NDA to absolve them of all liabilities - I'm considering legal action for negligence.
EDIT: My current lawyer said THEY DONT specialize in personal injury issues and I should get another lawyer who does.
EDIT 2: I have the entire thing recorded on my phone, especially the operator refusing to calle emergency services. I have all documents even with the mold. I'm in the process of getting the violations via Opra request
I'm dealing with a distressing situation involving my apartment building and could use some advice. Recently, I was trapped in my building's elevator for approximately two hours due to recurring malfunctions, which have been reportedly linked to the use of inferior quality circuit boards sourced from Mexico.
During the incident, I realized that the elevator's emergency button did not connect to emergency services, but to the maintenance team who were about 50 minutes away. Although the local fire department is just a two-minute walk from the building, the operator instead contacted the building's corporate heads and instructed me to wait for the maintenance team.
I was suffering from a stomach bug at the time, and the lack of a timely escape from the elevator forced me into a situation where I had to defecate in my pants. This incident has left me emotionally distressed and dealing with severe anxiety, especially around using elevators.
Further complicating matters was the fact that I had absolutely no cellular signal within the elevator. By a stroke of luck, my phone was able to latch onto the weak Wi-Fi signal from the building, which allowed me to contact my lawyer through a message. She acted promptly by calling emergency services on my behalf. Firefighters arrived, extricated me from the elevator, and expressed their concerns about the building's protocol, indicating they would file a report against the building.
Even prior to this incident, my unit had faced numerous maintenance issues, including mold growth, a faulty shower drain, and ceiling leaks. The building is only three years old, and a city building inspector had earlier discovered violations related to my unit and the elevator.
After reporting these issues, I was offered an NDA by the building management, which included a 50% concession on half of my year's rent. However, the agreement stipulated that I could not discuss the concession or any problems I encountered. It also sought to exempt the management from all past, present, or future claims pertaining to the lease. I was about to sign this NDA when the elevator incident occurred.
Given these circumstances, I'm considering suing my landlord for negligence leading to personal injury. The emotional distress from the ordeal has been severe, and it appears that the building management's negligence should be held accountable. Would I be within my rights to seek compensation? What would be the advisable next steps in this situation?
I appreciate your help.
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2023.06.10 17:16 autotldr Zelenskiy Says Counteroffensive 'Actions' Under Way As Trudeau Visits Kyiv, Pledges More Military Aid
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Ukrainian and Russian forces battled near Bakhmut in the east and in the southern Zaporizhzhya region where many analysts suggest a major Ukrainian counteroffensive got under way this week, and the deadly bombardment of Ukrainian cities continued overnight. Summary Source FAQ Feedback Top keywords: Russian#1 Ukrainian#2 Ukraine#3 June#4 forces#5
Ukraine's Security Service has said it intercepted telephone communications between Russian military personnel that "Confirm" Russia's involvement in the destruction of the dam, which has been under Russian control since early in the invasion, but Moscow continues to deny responsibility.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy avoided any such statement on June 9, saying merely that "We focus our attention on all directions where our actions are needed and where the enemy may suffer certain defeats."
Russian President Vladimir Putin has claimed that the Ukrainian counteroffensive was under way but was being largely repelled.
A spokesman for Ukraine's military command in the Donetsk region, Serhiy Cherevaty, claimed in televised statements on June 10 that Kyiv's forces had advanced more than a kilometer in some places near the mostly occupied city of Bakhmut.
The Ukrainian military suggested it was focusing its own offensive operations on the Zaporizhzhya and Kherson areas in the south, where some outsiders have speculated Kyiv might try to cut off a so-called land bridge connecting Russian-annexed Crimea with mainland Ukraine.
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