Flatten the Curve. #50. PART 1. Jeffery Epstein & Espionage. Peter Thiel & Carbyne. Isreali Surveillance Tech & UAE. China Uyghurs Dentions & Erik Prince. Human Rights Watch; Similar Tech in China & Carbyne. Carbyne in the USA 911 SYSTEM. Michael Chertoff: Wrote Patriot Act + Carbyne Director.
2020.08.22 19:36 biggreekgeekFlatten the Curve. #50. PART 1. Jeffery Epstein & Espionage. Peter Thiel & Carbyne. Isreali Surveillance Tech & UAE. China Uyghurs Dentions & Erik Prince. Human Rights Watch; Similar Tech in China & Carbyne. Carbyne in the USA 911 SYSTEM. Michael Chertoff: Wrote Patriot Act + Carbyne Director.
Read Flatten the Curve Part 49. Link Here Headlines. A line designed to get into your head. And it works, judging by the amount of circulation of conspiracy posts that help move those headlines that masquerade as revealing connections, but are merely propoganda headline clones being disseminated. So lets get ahead of the lines before the lines get into your head. Humans have two primary modes of communication; verbal and nonverbal. Nonverbal is body language. Body language on it's own can give you insight. Pairing verbal and nonverbal gives you the whole picture. Headlines are verbal. The content is nonverbal. That's how you get a glimpse of the bigger picture. But we can't look at each article as a completed part of the communicative process. That would be like only watching hand gestures while having a conversation with someone. The article isn't the subject, the event is the subject, and if the subject was person, then we have to find as many articles as we can to profile the body language and interpret the nonverbal communication. Let me show you what I mean.
Offender Conspiracy Article Profiling • criminal article profiling, is an investigative strategy used by law enforcement agencies conspiracy theorists to identify likely suspects hidden motives and has been used by investigators conspiracy theorists to link cases subjects that may have been committed by the same perpetrator. Multiple crimes may be linked to a specific offender event and the profile may be used to predict the identified offender's conspiracy's future actions real intent. Criminal Profiling Here
Nonverbal communication (NVC) Multiple Article Profiling (MAP) • is the transmission of messages or signals through a nonverbal platform multiple article content searches (MACS) such as eye contact, facial expressions, gestures, posture, and the distance between two individuals, article source, differing information, dates, pov, and the connections between the sources. It includes the use of visual cues such as body language (content), distance (dates) and organizations/politicians, corporations, law enforcement, environmental issues, economics, and technology/AI. Original NVC Content Here
I have no doubt that the actors who have advanced copies of the script are using data algorithm aggregation that compiles the different content sources into a complete picture for them. We plebs aren't so lucky, we have to peruse and parse multiple sources to connect the dots. In essence, we are the plebs living in a technofuedal era before the invention of the modern Gutenberg technopress for the masses. So let's throw on some work boots, grab a shovel, and start digging.
The Hacks and Muckrakers.
May 18, 2018: Vanity Fair • “We just got back from the Middle East,” he told a room full of Israelis, upon arriving in Jerusalem from Saudi Arabia last May. Source Here
May 22 2017: Slate • The President Just Told a Room of Israelis That He “Just Got Back From the Middle East” Source Here
Trump. The man's Presidency has come at a time where it's all starting to fall apart. And I can't help but think of Trump as Julius Caesar part two. A populist leader who threatened the establishment and upended the republic, paving the way for Augustus Caesar and the soft introduction of Roman empire, as it let the pretenses of being a Republic fade away. If you aren't familiar with that time of history, I would highly recommend doing so. There is more to my comparison that I'm not elaborating on, except to say, if you dig you will find someone else who loves Roman history, looks like a clone of Augustus, and we watched as he made rounds while articles suggested that he had aspirations of becoming President. Do I think that it'll happen soon? Probably not. History doesn't repeat itself, but it rhymes. And we're only at the start of the Hollow Men by T S *Eliot *.
December 14, 2016: Techcrunch • President-elect Donald Trump met with some of the most prominent executives from the tech industry today at Trump Tower, with investor Peter Thiel and Vice President-elect Mike Pence at his side. Trump opened the meeting with CEOs from Google, Microsoft, Apple, Amazon and others by thanking Thiel for his support. “I want to add that I am here to help you folks do well. And you’re doing well right now and I’m very honored by the bounce. They’re all talking about the bounce. So right now everybody in this room has to like me, at least a little bit,” Trump said, perhaps in reference to the fact that he received little support from Silicon Valley during his campaign. “We’re going to try to have that bounce continue. Perhaps even more importantly, we want you to keep going with the incredible innovation. There’s nobody like you in the world. There’s nobody like the people in this room and anything we can do to help this go along, we’re going to be there for you. You’ll call my people, you’ll call me, it doesn’t make any difference. We have no formal chain of command around here,” Trump said.
Interesting, wouldn't you say? No formal chain of command around here. They thanked Peter Thiel for his support. Ok. Maybe nothing, maybe something. Ok. It's something.
August, 2018 Articles: www.theverge.com • Trump claims Google is suppressing positive news about him.
www.cnbc.com • Trump: Facebook, Twitter, Google 'have to be careful'.
Stop the presses, because were getting squeezed and pasteurized. The tech leaders meet with Trump. They thank Thiel, suggesting that he organized the assembly. And then Trump starts bashing the Technocrats that he's meeting with? Nothing but Bread and Circus. Plain and simple.
June 27, 2017: Tech Transparency Project • No other company in America was as intimately tied to the Obama Administration and the Democratic Party during Barack Obama’s eight years in office than Google. Today the company is doing everything it can to restore the same cozy White House access it enjoyed under President Obama. Eric Schmidt has attended at least two meetings with Trump and attended a third White House meeting with tech leaders last Monday. At the same time, The Groundwork – a secretive Schmidt-funded startup that ran the Clinton campaign’s data operation – recently relaunched itself as a technology platform for liberal organizations working to fight the Trump Administration’s agenda. By all appearances, Google appears to be working overtime to both ingratiate itself with the Trump Administration while simultaneously cashing in on the “resistance” to Trump’s agenda. Source Here
By all appearances? He's working both sides? Trying to cash in? Really? Seriously? Let's break that down. ** 2020 • Eric Schmidt/Net worth: 15.3 billion USD. Call me crazy, but I don’t think a guy with 15 billion dollars is worried about "cashing in**". As I've stated numerous times, this is no longer about money, it's about control. That's imperative to understand. You don't worry about the money hidden under the mattress when you have a locked vault full of cash. Money is only an incentive for those who either don't have it or need more of it. Neither of those categories apply to Eric Schmidt. So lets examine how badly the Tech guys and Trump aren't getting along, shall we?
March 2, 2016: Defense News • Google Executive Schmidt To Head New DoD Advisory Board. Source Here
Ah. He's working for the Pentagon to make it better. And this happens almost a full year before meeting with Trump. This doesn't look like someone playing both sides, this looks like a team player in a game that only has one team. This is political wrestling that would make Vince McMahon envious. If you want to dive deeper into how Eric Schmidt funded the non profit that started fake news, here's a previous Flatten the Curve post. Part #19
Attendees included Eric Schmidt and Larry Page of Google, Tim Cook of Apple, Satya Nadella and Brad Smith of Microsoft, Jeff Bezos of Amazon (who expressed his excitement that Trump’s administration could be “the innovations administration“), Safra Catz of Oracle, Chuck Robbins of Cisco and Sheryl Sandberg of Facebook. Thiel’s business partner, Palantir CEO Alex Karp, attended as well.
Those are big names and big companies. But they all hate Trump, right?
Thiel has been instrumental in shaping Trump’s approach to technology, helping assemble a list of candidates for technical roles in the upcoming administration and reportedly bringing David Sacks and other long-time associates to the transition team. During his speech at the Republican National Convention, Thiel talked about spreading the prosperity of Silicon Valley to other regions across the country and cited space travel as one of America’s great technological achievements. “Instead of going to Mars, we have invaded the Middle East,” Thiel said.
I should point out that Thiel and Musk started PayPal together.
November 24, 2019: Business Insider • What do the founders of YouTube, Yelp, Tesla, and LinkedIn have in common? Apart from leading massively disruptive technology companies, their founders all share a common resume line item: employment at PayPal. Known for their entrepreneurial mindset and anti-establishment attitude, this elite group is known as the "PayPal Mafia," and they all put in time during the payment platform's early days some 20 years ago. Source Here
Oh. And Pete's instrumental to creating Facebook. Thiel became Facebook's first outside investor when he acquired a 10.2% stake for $500,000 in August 2004. He sold the majority of his shares in Facebook for over $1 billion in 2012, but remains on the board of directors. And he funded Hulk Hogan's lawsuit to take down Gawker. Told ya, it's just political wrestling to entertain us.
However, one of the biggest proponents of travel to Mars, Elon Musk, has also been one of Trump’s most outspoken critics. Musk donated to Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign and frequently denounced Trump, saying that the former reality television star “doesn’t seem to have the sort of character that reflects well on the United States.” But since the election, Musk appears to have warmed up to Trump. He was a late addition to the invite list for today’s meeting. The transition team also announced this morning that Musk will join Trump’s strategic and policy forum, a group of business leaders that will serve as an advisory committee to the president-elect. Source Here
Musk and Trump, a marriage made in heaven. It's destiny, I tell you, destiny. Or an act (don't worry Elon, I haven't forgotten about you) designed to make us believe that somebody up there is fighting for us down here. Yet the inclusion of the quote about Mars and War in the Middle East stands out, wouldn't you agree? And we have environmental collapse triggers happening. Riots happening. Why those riots are also happening in Beruit, aren't they? And Isreal and Saudi Arabia don't get along with Lebanon, or the Hezbollah. And President Trump went from Suadi Arabia to Isreal, didn’t he? And wasn't there an explosion there recently? Must all be a coincidence. Let's get back to Pete the magical Thiel and see what else Hulk Hogan's buddy is mixed up in.
He co-founded Valar Ventures in 2010, co-founded Mithril Capital, serving as investment committee chair, in 2012, and served as a partner at Y Combinator from 2015 to 2017. Through the Thiel Foundation, Thiel governs the grant-making bodies Breakout Labs and Thiel Fellowship, and funds nonprofit research into artificial intelligence, life extension and seasteading. A co-founder of The Stanford Review, he is a conservative libertarian who is critical of high government spending, high debt levels, and foreign wars. He has donated to numerous political figures. At the 2009 Singularity Summit, he said his greatest concern is the technological singularity not arriving soon enough. Source Here
Singularity. Not. Arriving. Soon. Enough. Call me paranoid and pass the tin foil hat, but what Matrix code is needed to decipher his words intent? Not soon enough for what? Better Netflix selection? The Alien invasion? Godzilla awakening because of Fukushima? Are the Decepticons already here? Or have they been downplaying the ELE that's approaching? I'll take ELE for a thousand, Alex. So he's into AI (he backed Deepmind and OpenAI) and life extension. He went to Stanford. He's also going to have his body cryonically preserved. And his Palantir surveillance is, well, nottofreakyououtoranything, everywhere. Palantir's first backer was the Central Intelligence Agency's venture capital arm In-Q-Tel. Then Palantir became Big Brother. Literally. The Palantir clients include the CIA, DHS, NSA, FBI, CDC, the Marine Corps, the Air Force, Special Operations Command, West Point, the Joint Improvised-Threat Defeat Organization and Allies, the Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. And Palantir is also being used by Banks, Hedge Funds, Financial Services, and other corporate clients. Big Brother wants to be Palantir went it grows up. Now, are you wondering why I started with Trump, Saudi Arabia and Isreal? Are you curious about how it goes from ex CEO of Google Eric Schmidt "playing" both sides of the fence to Palantir and Peter Thiel? Just sit right back and hold tight, cause I'm about to take you on a one way trip to a Brave New Normal World that's called 1984. Warning. What you're about to read will make you forever question every officially sanctioned narrative. Trust me. Still game? Are you sure? Last chance. You're about to leave neverneverland and you can't go back. Alright. Let's go.
It's All Hidden In Plain Sight.
Let's talk about Epstein. Yep. Him. I've been strangely quiet about Jeffery haven't I? Nothing written about the Captain Pedo and his Amazing friends didn't mean there was nothing there, it just meant that I didn't find anything that indicated something deeper than a pedophile blackmail ring. And sex and political blackmail is as old as time itself. There's a reason they say the world's two oldest professions are prostitutes and politicians. Yet it turns out the professional pimp and the abducted teens may be playing a bigger role than we thought.
July 31, 2019: NY TIMES • Mr. Epstein’s vision reflected his longstanding fascination with what has become known as transhumanism: the science of improving the human population through technologies like genetic engineering and artificial intelligence. Critics have likened transhumanism to a modern-day version of eugenics, the discredited field of improving the human race through controlled breeding. Mr. Epstein’s ranch in New Mexico, which he confided to scientists and others he hoped to use as the site for seeding the human race with his DNA.
Welcome to the Island of Dr. Moreau. We're it's the monsters trying to make humans. Do you still think this was all about blackmail, cause it wasn't. Stop thinking in normal terms, because normal is dead, long live the New Normal.
At one session at Harvard, Mr. Epstein criticized efforts to reduce starvation and provide health care to the poor because doing so increased the risk of overpopulation, said Mr. Pinker, who was there. Mr. Pinker said he had rebutted the argument, citing research showing that high rates of infant mortality simply caused people to have more children.
Epstein criticized efforts to reduce starvation and provide health care. Hmmmm. My memory is foggy, but isn't there someone in Africa trying to provide health care and reduce starvation? Who could that be? Wasn't he into computers and had pictures taken on Epstein’s private jet? Wasn't it Bill Gates? Now why would Billy be hanging around someone who would vocally espouse an ideology that is completely antithetical to his stated humanitarian goals?
Also at the Indian Summer dinner, according to an account on the website of Mr. Brockman’s Edge Foundation, were the Google founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page and Jeff Bezos, who was accompanied by his mother.
Then there was Mr. Epstein’s interest in eugenics. Once, at a dinner at Mr. Epstein’s mansion on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, Mr. Lanier said he talked to a scientist who told him that Mr. Epstein’s goal was to have 20 women at a time impregnated at his 33,000-square-foot Zorro Ranch in a tiny town outside Santa Fe. Mr. Mr. Lanier, said he had the impression that Mr. Epstein was using the dinner parties to screen candidates to bear Mr. Epstein’s children. Mr. Epstein did not hide his interest in tinkering with genes — and in perpetuating his own DNA. Interviews with more than a dozen of his acquaintances, as well as public documents, show that he used the same tactics to insinuate himself into an elite scientific community, thus allowing him to pursue his interests in eugenics and other fringe fields like cryonics. One adherent of transhumanism said that he and Mr. Epstein discussed the financier’s interest in cryonics, an unproven science in which people’s bodies are frozen to be brought back to life in the future. Mr. Epstein told this person that he wanted his head and penis to be frozen.
More Epstein and Eugenics. Source Here Now call me crazy, but there's some strangeness happening. Cryonics, don't die, just Let It Go and get Frozen. First Peter Thiel, now Epstein. Let's hope the AI Singularity arrives in time, right? Now I wouldn't have even bothered with their shared interest of joining the Walt Disney Cryonics Club, if there wasn't more in play, and there's more in play.
August 9, 2019: TRT World • The billionaire shared the same personal network that included Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, former Israeli prime minister Ehud Barak, infamous Blackwater founder Erik Prince, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, UAE Crown Prince Mohamed bin Zayed, Donald Trump and Bill Clinton.
According to investigative journalist Vicky Ward, quoting a meeting with Trump’s transition team, Acosta told a White House official: “I was told Epstein ‘belonged to intelligence’ and to leave it alone.”
That's a bit of an exclusive club, kinda like being in the Mouseketeer CIA club. But, hey, nothing to see here, is there? But just in case, let's look into the company that Epstein worked with, Carbyne.
This single company, Carbyne, brought together a who’s who of power brokers and intelligence figures from multiple regions including Russia, China and the Trump administration itself, with Epstein at its heart. Officially, Carbyne provided high-tech solutions for emergency centres. In reality, it existed in a grey area giving it unprecedented access to private information, with significant potential for privacy abuse. Carbyne provides a service for police emergency centres, providing complete access to the caller’s camera and GPS, providing the dispatcher with a live video feed.
Ok. So Epstein and Thiel both are into AI, Surveillance, and Cryonics. President Trump was in Isreal and Saudi Arabia in May 2017. And who ended up in Isreal just afterwards? PayPal Founder in Israel: Too Much Copying and Not Enough Innovation in High-tech
June 15, 2017: Haaretz • Billionaire Peter Thiel visits Israel – and gives out tips on how to build a successful startup. Source Here
Hey, one month after Trump visited the Middle East, Peter Thiel decides to take middle eastern vacation to give out business tips. And then Thiel must've reciprocated and invited the Fresh Prince of Saudi Arabia to get the all inclusive Palantir surveillance pitch. Smile for the camera everyone, cause the world's a stage and we're filming a world wide Truman Show.
April 7, 2018: Gulf News • Google, Thiel feature in Saudi Prince’s Silicon Valley tour. The Saudi delegation visited several Silicon Valley corporate campuses, including Apple Inc. and Facebook Inc. In addition to Facebook, where Thiel sits on the board, the Saudi delegation visited data-analysis start-up Palantir Technologies Inc and a trio of investment firms created by Thiel: Clarium Capital, Valar Ventures and Founders Fund. Thiel is chairman and co-founder of Palantir. Source Here
March 17, 2020: Forbes • These responders are now using a tool built in part by former members of Israel’s military intelligence—Elichai being one—that’s backed by Peter Thiel’s Founders Fund, former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak, who is now the company’s chairman, and a small, passive investment from deceased multimillionaire pedophile Jeffrey Epstein. SourceHere
Ok look. I get it. Rich people make investments, those investments are bound to end up in the same company. But these companies aren't exactly run of the mill home security systems, are they? Nope. This is the kind of surveillance systems that the KGB or the Stasi could only dream of. And when you wish upon a star dreams come true. And Peter Thiel must be wishing upon a star. Ok. Strap in, buckle up, and try to keep up, or you're gonna get left in the dust. Cause it's boom or bust from here on out, and we're gonna add it up like the count. So Elichai owns Carbyne. Peter Thiel invested in Carbyne. And Carbyne is in the USA linked to the 911 system, and it's being used to fight the pandemic.
Forbes (Link Above) • Its founder thinks Carbyne’s tech could make the lives of 911 dispatch and healthcare professionals much less chaotic in the Covid-19 crisis. Carbyne relies on callers submitting themselves to self-surveillance via their own mobile phone. Once a caller uses their Android or iPhone to call 911 (85% of emergency calls now come from mobile devices), they receive a text message that asks for permission to get their precise location and access video from their smartphone camera.
Step right up and give your permission to be saved. Big Brother is looking out for you. So Elichai used to work for the 8200. Cool name, right. I'm not sure about you, but that sounds pretty dystopian. And I've gotta say, that all of Technocrats that are promising us an AI utopia, sure seem to be getting ahead of the curve by building doomsday bunkers for a dystopia. And here we sit wasting our time Doomscrolling. So what else has sprung up from the 8200? Have you ever heard about the NSO Group?
November 1, 2019 - WhatsApp identified an Israeli company, NSO Group, as having developed the spyware called Pegasus, which it held responsible for the breach. This disclosure was part of a lawsuit WhatsApp has filed against the NSO Group in a US federal court, saying the company was actively involved in hacking users of the encrypted chat service. As per the WhatsApp complaint the “target users included attorneys, journalists, human rights activists, political dissidents, diplomats, and other senior foreign government officials.” NSO’s spyware Pegasus has been reportedly used to target journalists in Mexico investigating drug cartels, rights group Amnesty International, human rights activists in UAE, activists in Bahrain and Saudi Arabia. According to Israeli news reports, Saudi Arabia paid $55 million for its use. The contract was later frozen over the scandal alleging NSO software's role in Saudi Arabia tracking slain journalist Jamal Khashoggi in the months before he was murdered in the Saudi Embassy in Turkey. In India, 17 people, who are known to be targeted include activists and human rights lawyers. Source Here
Whoops. Do you remember Jamal Khashoggi? He was trying to expose Human Rights abuses against Saudi Arabia. And then Suadi Arabia decided to murder him, and confirm that they were abusing human rights. Jamal paid the ultimate price to prove his point. But who is selling the hacking tools? At this point they all seem to be springing up from members of the 8200, and the companies they started.
TRT - Link Previously Provided • DarkMatter, a UAE surveillance and intelligence group employing former NSA operatives was built on the back of a larger initiative to modernise Emirati intelligence and military operations. The group took part in at the Arab Future Cities Conference in November 2015, where it presented a vision of smarter, tech-driven cities, which caught the eye of Chinese officials. Smarter cities meant Big Brother-esque widespread surveillance installed throughout the UAE. Only two years later in April 25 2017, DarkMatter signed a Global Strategic Memorandum of Understanding with Huawei, a leading Chinese company, for the same ‘Big Data’ systems and ‘Smart City’ solutions. The middle man? None other than Erik Prince, who had gone from working for the Emiratis, to working for a Chinese billionaire. In suspect timing, the Memorandum of Understanding also took place right before China scaled up its total surveillance and crackdown on Uighurs in Xinjiang, China.
February 2, 2019: Reuters • Xinjiang is a major part of China's Belt and Road infrastructure network but the region has faced attacks blamed on members of the Muslim ethnic Uighur minority. Beijing has responded with a security clampdown condemned by rights groups and Western governments. Frontier Services Group (FSG), a Hong Kong-listed company founded by Prince, said in a Chinese-language statement posted on its website on Jan. 22 that it had signed a deal to build a training centre in southern Xinjiang. Prince is deputy chairman, a minority shareholder and a board member of FSG, a security, logistics and insurance provider. Source Here
Watch this video.
Chinese authorities are using a 911 mobile app to carry out illegal mass surveillance and arbitrary detention of Muslims in China’s western Xinjiang region. Source Here Makes you wonder, doesn't it? Aren't we condemning China for the camps, and yet the West is helping to build those camps? Must be a big mistake. We didn’t know what was happening. And Erik Prince swears he didn't know. Honestly. He's not lying. Cross my heart and hope to die. Pinky swear.
8200 leads to NSO and Carbyne. DarkMatter is in the UAE with NSA employees. The NSO hack was used to capture Khashoggi. Peter Thiel invested in Facebook, Facebook owns WhatsApp. Peter Thiel invested in Carbyne. Eric Prince works for and founded FSG, which built the Muslim reduction school. China is using similar tech to target Muslims and send them back to school. Carbyne 911 surveillance tech accesses your phone camera after you click on the link to give permission. So. Peter Thiel funds Carbyne. Eric Prince is working for the UAE developing security and the UAE ends up with Dark Matter, and then his company (FSG) is sold to China, and they build re-education centers, which uses technology like Carbyne, and that technology is being used in the USA. Got it? Good. Because I'm seriously having a hard time keeping up with the behind the scene footage of this LARP.
Link Previously Provided • 1,400 people worldwide, including Indian lawyers, rights activists and journalist, were targets of an online spying campaign that used highly sophisticated spyware developed by an Israeli firm via WhatsApp. WhatsApp is at the centre of a global storm over privacy after it was revealed that at least 17 Indians and about 1,400 people worldwide had their phones breached through the social media app. Their privacy was compromised by surveillance technology so invasive that could read and transmit the entire contents of a phone as well as operate its camera.
WhatsApp, Doc, I think I need an appointment because I'm suffering from Mass Psychogenic Illness from too much Doomscrolling. Do you want to get deeper? I mean really deep? Yes? Ok. Let's jump into the deep.
October 18, 2019: fortune.com - How a WhatsApp Tax Launched Massive Anti-Government Protests in Lebanon.
What a crazy New Normal World Order we live in. What are the odds that we have a WhatsApp hack tax protest and we also have a WhatsApp hack that uses your phone camera, while also using similar tech in the USA and China. That's inconceivable! That's incredible! Someone call the press and let them know about this! Uhm. Wait. Better not. You might get Khashoggid. So Eric Prince is involved. Peter Thiel is involved. WhatsApp is owned by Facebook and Mark Zuckerberg owns Facebook, and Peter Thiel helped Facebook grow. And then there was this.
March 28, 2018: Daily Mail • Employee of Peter Thiel's company Palantir helped Cambridge Analytica harvest the data of millions of the Facebook users. Alfredas Chmieliauskas is said to have suggested to Cambridge Analytica that it create a personality quiz smartphone app to get access to networks of Facebook users. The Times report also claims that Sophie Schmidt - the daughter former Google executive Eric Schmidt - had urged Cambridge Analytica to work with Palantir. Source Here
At this point, I think I'm going to need to buy a whole lot of tacks and string and make pciture maps on my walls. If we're all living in a Truman Surveillance Show, might as well play the part of the New Normal crazy conspiracy theorist, right?
January 17, 2017: The Intercept According to New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd, in December Prince attended the annual “Villains and Heroes” costume ball hosted by Mercer. Dowd wrote that Palantir founder Peter Thiel showed her “a picture on his phone of him posing with Erik Prince, who founded the private military company Blackwater, and Mr. Trump — who had no costume — but joke[d] that it was ‘N.S.F.I.’ (Not Safe for the Internet).”
No. Sanity. Fracking. Involved. Is more like it. This insanity can't pass for sanity, can it? And yet they label us crazy when we start to find the big picture, even if we aren't entirely sure what the big picture means.
The Intercpt Continued: In July, Prince told Trump’s senior adviser and white supremacist Steve Bannon, at the time head of Breitbart News, that the Trump administration should recreate a version of the Phoenix Program, the CIA assassination ring that operated during the Vietnam War, to fight ISIS. Such a program, Prince said, could kill or capture “the funders of Islamic terror and that would even be the wealthy radical Islamist billionaires funding it from the Middle East, and any of the other illicit activities they’re in.” Prince also said that Trump would be the best force to confront “Islamic fascism.” “As for the world looking to the United States for leadership, unfortunately, I think they’re going to have to wait till January and hope Mr. Trump is elected because, clearly, our generals don’t have a stomach for a fight,” Prince said. “Our president doesn’t have a stomach for a fight and the terrorists, the fascists, are winning.” Source Here
Sounds good, right? Kill people who kill people and maybe someday we won't have people getting killed. Killer idea! HEWDSHAWT! Grab your BFG and let's go BGH. It's a date! But then why are these cell phone surveillance hacks companies being constantly linked with their names, and those hacks are being used to target journalists and human rights activists? It's a small New Normal World Order after all. And it's getting smaller everyday. No worries though, Keep Calm and Carry On, We're All In This Together, and You're Either With Us Or Against Us. It's all good. That kind of thing could never happen here.
July 27, 2019: NARATIV • Michael Chertoff, who ran Homeland Security under George Bush, serves on Carbyne’s advisory board. Chertoff wrote the Patriot Act, which authorized digital surveillance of Americans. Source Here
Uh. Is nobody paying attention? Are the wolves guarding the sheep?
March 16, 2003: Washington Post • It didn't help that as the World Trade Center burned on Sept. 11, 2001, the news interrupted a Carlyle business conference at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel here attended by a brother of Osama bin Laden. Former president Bush, a fellow investor, had been with him at the conference the previous day. Source Here
Need more proof?
September 16, 2015: Carlyle Group • The Carlyle Group and The Chertoff Group Acquire Majority Stake in Coalfire Systems. Founded in 2001 and based in Louisville, Colo., Coalfire is a global cybersecurity and technology services provider specializing in cyber risk advisory, compliance assessments, technical testing and software services for private enterprises and government organizations. With its technical depth and breadth of IT services, Coalfire serves clients in sectors including technology, retail, payments, healthcare, financial services, education, local and state government, and utilities. Michael Chertoff, former U.S. Homeland Security Secretary and the co-founder and executive chairman of The Chertoff Group, said, “Cyber threats are an existential risk to companies and individuals around the globe. We and Carlyle are excited to partner with Coalfire, an innovative technology-enabled services company helping clients to address cyber risks.” Source Here
2020.07.26 01:44 PACREG86Alexis Hall: What is all the fuss about?? Well, this post is for you!
So exciting news came in last week when u/failedsoapopera announced she had booked Alexis Hall to come visit with our sub for an AMA!! this Tuesday July 28th 4pm EST(US) But what if you have not had an opportunity or even an inclination to pickup one of his books? Why should you care?? Well I am here to testify that Alexis Hall is one of the most thoughtful, gifted, humorous, and just overall brilliant writers to ever contribute to the romance genre. Well that is a bold statement. YEP! it is, it really is, and it is a shame that I am not any of those things, because I cannot begin describe his writing in the articulate fashion it deserves. BUT what I can do is share some of the wonderful pearls and tidbits I have discovered scattered around the internet as I have been obsessively stalking err diligently researching the talented Mr. Hall. Let's start with the books: The Spires Series: Glitterland, Waiting For the Flood, For Real, Pansies Each book can absolutely be read as a stand-alone title, but as you work through them you will see some characters pop-up peripherally from other titles. Spires refers to the spires in/and around Oxford, and each book has some connection. All are m/m Contemporary. Glitterland and Pansies are nicely spicy/steamy; Waiting For the Flood, a novella, is kisses only/fade to black; and For Real is full steam/all the heat/BDSM and (edited) nominated won a RITA for best erotic title the year it was released. *n.b Glitterland's MC, Ash is a bipolar-depressed writer who also struggles with anxiety. The characterization of Ash may well be one of the most realistic and empathetic portrayals of BPD in a fictional character ever put to page, at least the best I've ever read!! And despite the weight of Ash's mental health challenges this is NOT a depressing book at all, Alexis Hall's writing is so deft and humorous and Ash's foil is the warm and charming Darian, Just go get Glitterland!!!! so so good! So a note about Alexis Hall and his website! there are so many lovely extras for you to find! click all the links!!! hello Bonus/deleted scenes! He has pinterest boards for some books, but not all. and play lists! ohh! His Glitterland play list is here! now I loved this sooo much I made my own fangirl Spires Inspired video Playlist and it is HERE! each song represents the feeling or a character or a specific scene in one of the Spires books AND BONUS POINTS for the first person who can find the now huge celebrity working as an extra in one of the videos (just try to spoiler tag your answer in case anyone behind you wants to give it a go!) Also for fans of Glitterland this explanation of the Nabble game Ash and Darian play! This interview with AJH, and Ash, and Darian, may be the most fun interview ever!! He has been blogging since 2013 and it is not just about his writing, there are musings on everything from Game of Thrones, to reviews of every Hugh Grant movie, to Star Trek TNG, and board games, and...well, if you fall under his spell, there is plenty to keep you reading and thinking and laughing for weeks! I just read my first AJH title, his debut, Glitterland (2013) a few weeks ago and I was completely blown away! It was recm'd by the lovely u/Pulka_Dotts and was my first m/m romance. And then his new book was released, one of the most anticipated Romancelandia summer reads: Boyfriend Material. And we started begging for the mods to get us an AMA with AJH!!! Boyfriend Material is m/m Contemporary Rom/Com with the comedy dialed up to 11!! Alexis Hall has described the book as his tribute/tip of his hat to Richard Curtis' rom/com movies, sooo that means if you loved Notting Hill, or Four Weddings and a Funeral, or Love Actually, or Bridget Jones' Diary, THIS IS THE BOOK FOR YOU!! it is the fake relationship trope, also opposites attract. It is simply one of the funniest romance novels ever published! and the love scenes are pretty much fade to black, so if you have not tried a m/m romance this is a lovely starting place. Boyfriend Material extras:fabulous texting tease from Instagram...The BEST!! Also that clever AJH surreptitiously came to Reddit and posted to AITA, one each as his characters, Luc and Oliver!! And ubiquitous Buzzfeed quiz to help determine if you are a Luc or an Oliver! Finally my fangirl playlist for Boyfriend Material with Richard Curtis nods and Tom Waits!! His Back-List continued:
there is also the Arden St. Ives trilogy which is a 50SoG pastiche, m/m 1 couple, 3 book arc, sweet college grad meets damaged mysterious Billionaire. its in my TBR, if anyone has read it, love to hear about it!!!
the standalone twisted Sherlock Holmes (Lovecraftian) witty fantasy novel released last fall: The Affair of the Mysterious Letter, which has a female Holmes-type MC and a trans-Watson, well reviewed by both KJ Charles and Lois McMaster Bujold
the Kate Kane Paranormal Investigator series, starts with Iron and Velvet which features the hard drinking, sexy, sarcastic lesbian PI Kate Kane navigating a London inhabited by vampires, werewolves and other paranormals. I have started this one, very tongue-in-cheek! the AJH humor is here and everyone wants Kate!! this Urban Fantasy series has 3 books to date with another title due this fall!!
the Prosperity-verse series Steampunk Victorian POC/queer characters, very well reviewed and currently in my TBR!! also garnered another rave from KJ Charles!
There are a few more titles, I will leave you something to discover on your own!! :) When Alexis Hall was working on getting his first romance novel published in 2013, he also started writing reviews as a way to introduce himself to the genre. These reviews, first at dear author, and later at AAR and other book blogging sites, are gold!!
post by AJH on AAR about handjobs and sexual intimacy between characters in romance novels
I'm going to stop now but honestly I could go on all night like this!! But we need to talk about his Twitter feed! it is NOT TO BE MISSED!! first of all, he is currently reading a chapter-a-day of Moby Dick and Tweeting it, yes it is hilarious and often thought provoking!! #quarantinemeishmael Then there was this incredible thread on thoughts on being a queer author of romance novels. And not to be missed, AJH riffs on Jolene!! don't skip this!! Finally, there is Duckie. If you happen upon his Instagram you will very quickly meet Duckie and here is the sweet and hilarious story from his blog of how Duckie found his forever home with AJH!! TL;DR: Alexis Hall is IT! He writes beautiful, witty, flawed human characters that ache and need and want! He is also an enthusiastic supporter of the romance genre and a thoughtful brilliant writer with a wicked sense of humor! Don't miss this! AMA Tuesday July 28th 4pm EST
2020.06.11 01:56 OpinieAB2QUIZ: Ce tip de rodditor tanar, frumos si liber esti?
Disclaimer: nu sunt nici finantat de BOR, rusi, eXtReMa dReApTa, etc. Daca va simtiti ofensati, pm me si aratati-mi pe papusa unde v-a atins postarea. Fiecare chestie valoreaza 1 punct. Rezultatele sunt la final. Am folosit persoana a III-a pentru ca pula mea, nu stiu. Profil complet al tanarului frumos, liber si progresist. 1.Aspect fizic:
Freza din aia cu tunsoare scurta pe lateral/par lung din ala creasta de cocos, asa cum au toti deja.
Cel putin un tatuaj.
Foarte slab, slab cu burta sau gras.
Poate poarta ochelari.
E la andropauza de la 20 de ani.
Barbie de sticla, isi lasa barba ca sa mascheze asta si poarta haine mai trendy ca sa nu se vada forma corpului.
Nu se imbraca de la mana a doua.
Daca n-are gagica, poate merge pe la sala si da bani pe proteine si chestii, dar tot arata ca pula.
Se teme sa se tunda scurt, pentru ca e metrosexual si tine mult la freze si cacaturi de genu.
Are soyface/se prosteste in pozele facute cu prietenii (colegii de munca).
Merge la alergat pentru sanatate, chiar daca alearga pe langa cele mai circulate artere din orasul sau, unde e plin de masini si praf (lol). Crede ca slabeste daca alearga, nu stie ca pierde prima data putina masa musculara pe care o are.
Face un tip de arte martiale ca sa nu fie vazut ca un ratangiu, gen krav maga sau tae kwan do, dar nu a fost niciodata intr-o sala de BJJ, box, muay thai, etc. Nu s-a batut niciodata.
Inaltimea variaza, de la 160 la 200, dar mereu e inclus si mersul cocosat.
Merge la sala in speranta ca poate o sa agate si el ceva sau pentru ca i-a spus gagica ca isi va cauta un bull daca nu incearca sa lucreze la corp.
Nu face indreptari sau picioare cand merge la sala.
Isi numara caloriile.
In cazul in care nu face miscare, mananca toate cacaturile din lume.
Urmareste "I speak sarcasm as a 2nd language" si o arde pasiv in realitate. Crede ca sarcasmul il face mai putin anost decat e.
Foarte-foarte vocal/edgy/salty pe social media.
A militat pentru refugiatii din Siria si a ignorat pericolele din acea perioada, spunand ca "statistic vorbind", ai mai multe sanse sa mori intr-un accident auto.
Considera ca esti rasist daca nu-ti plac oamenii care is pe sistem religios din ala care face bum bum, pentru ca nu stie ca exista cateva tari in care oamenii care fac bum bum sunt cat se poate de albi si de dementi. Aici ma refer la tinerii sportivi/ingineri/doctori/artisti din Franta din ultimii ani (Charlie, Bataclan, Nisa).
Apara islamul, dar va critica cu fiecare ocazie crestinismul, pentru ca e ipocrit.
Face misto de oamenii care vorbesc despre conduita morala decenta si chiar sunt oameni care nu adera la relativism moral si ipocrizie (da, chiar exista oameni de genul).
Da downvote daca te iei de convingerile sale, dar nu argumenteaza, pentru ca nu stie.
Ii place peggingul si are trotineta electrica.
Are fantezii de cuckolding.
Haleste cu pofta tot ce vine din Vest si considera ca UE e fara de pacat.
Crede ca feminismul din Romania chiar face ceva mai mult decat sa suga fonduri de la fraieri. Ba mai rau, crede ca feminismul din Romania adreseaza probleme reale, gen violenta domestica.
Crede ca e rasist sa spui ca majoritatea mamelor sub 18 ani sunt de etnie, pentru ca a vazut el intr-un reportaj 2-3 mame care nu erau de etnie.
E slacktivist de tastatura. Crede ca ii pasa cuiva de opinia sa.
Foloseste termenul de "lucrator sexual" lolwut.
Consuma multa pornografie. Anything goes.
Nu face "kink shaming" pentru ca si el are o multime de kinkuri degenerate si sinistre.
Si-a pierdut virginitatea dupa 22 de ani. A avut cel mult 2 partenere sexuale.
Poate inca e virgin la 25+.
A avut perioade de 6+ luni fara sex, in ciuda faptului ca a incercat, asa ca a decis sa devina aparator al minoritatilor ranite, de teama incelismului. A devenit incelectual.
Face simping pentru videochatiste, e-thots si are cont platit pe pornhub.
Daca are copii, e helicopter parent si crede in chestii gen play dates.
Foloseste "nazist" pentru orice chestie care nu ii convine.
Legea lui Godwin i se aplica.
Daca e intr-o relatie, probabil are animal de casa in loc de copii, pentru ca copiii sunt rai gen.
Regurgiteaza opiniile altora. Nu are opinie proprie.
E pseudointelectual. Lectiile de istorie si le ia din meme. Tot ceea ce stie despre istoria tarii e faptul ca unii romani vorbesc despre Antonescu si Tepes.
Fiind si NPC, face glume neamuzante cu tuneluri energetice si daci, chiar daca povestea e o idee obscura perpetuata de un individ la fel de obscur, dar isi ia upvotes si karma.
Are o persona online pe care o hraneste in asa fel incat sa para intelectual.
Se foloseste de stiri internationale pentru a trage paralele false cu Romania.
E tolerant, progresist, dar niciodata nu a stat la baute cu minoritati, nici n-a locuit printre ele.
Considera ca minoritatile locuiesc in enclave datorita gentrificarii si a rasismului institutionalizat, dar nu ar vrea sa locuiasca nici macar la 2 km de o astfel de enclava.
Nu e rasist, dar doar declarativ. Isi verifica buzunarele cand urca minoritati in autobuz. Trebuie sa mentina imaginea aia toleranta pe net si in fata strainilor.
Nu cunoaste vreun asistent social care sa-si fi luat o piatra in cap sau vreo persoana care se ocupa de verificarile in ceea ce priveste ajutoarele sociale pe care le primesc minoritatile -- minoritati care devin agresive daca le intrebi de unde au anumite venituri.
Minte ca a avut probleme cu fortele de ordine pentru ca au facut ei abuz de putere, nu pentru ca i s-au urcat coitele la cap si a considerat ca-i va lua la pula, pentru ca el e smecher.
Incalca regulile cand nu se uita nimeni.
Are ura viscerala fata de persoanele in varsta si nu i se pare normal sa cedeze locul unei persoane in varsta, pentru ca "vin si eu obosit de la lucru, gen, de la stat pe scaun la birou" sau "da, bine ca in genunchi se pot târî la manastire".
Sustine ca e iubitor de oameni, dar numai daca oamenii aia sunt ceva specie protejata cu care sa isi poata arata superioritatea morala (LGBT, persoane de culoare, etc.), dar abia asteapta "sa moara votantii PSD" (persoane in varsta, majoritatea).
3. Convingeri politice:
Nu vorbeste decat despre ceea ce ii convine in politica.
Crede ca exista "extrema dreapta" in Europa. Mananca cu paine tot ce-i da presa "apolitica", drept urmare, oricine nu e pe felie cu convingerile sale e nazist sau de "extrema dreapta".
S-a apucat de politica de cand a aparut Macovei pe scena, atunci cand si-a schimbat poza de profil si a spus ca va vota cu ea.
Crede neironic ca Macovei sau Kovesi au infiintat DNA, nu Adrian Nastase (tot ala care a inceput negocierea pentru aderarea la NATO plus scutirea impozitelor pentru IT *shocked pikachu*).
N-a votat pana in 2019, cand presa i-a spus ca poate iese PSD la alegeri, dar nici n-a votat la alegerile parlamentare, alea importante, pentru ca se pisa pe el de vot.
Voteaza cu USR pentru ca vrea "raul mai mic" si nu intelege rostul pensiilor speciale, ba chiar vrea sa le taie, ca dupa aceea sa se mire de ce iau spaga astia din functii inalte, dupa care va argumenta ca "oRiCuM tOt vOr LuA sPaGa".
Zice ca ar fi votat cu Ratiu, chiar daca nu era nascut pe vremea aia si nu intelege ca oamenii care au votat cu Iliescu au fost produsul erei comuniste, motiv pentru care ii condamna ca nu aveau incredere intr-un om care nu a suferit alaturi de ei.
Ridiculizeaza conservatorii si orice partid de dreapta (chiar si centru), uitand ca datorita conservatorilor, regalistilor si in special a taranistilor am avut Marea Unire (taranistii au fost singurii care au luptat pe toate fronturile politice impotriva comunistilor si a legionarilor), dar se va triggerui cand va afla ca taranistii au cerut sa nu se aplice masurile liberale pe care le voiau liberalii, pentru ca erau formulate in asa fel incat sa ii deserveasca pe cei din partidele liberale.
S-a umezit la poza cu Nicusor Dan mancand shaorma.
Crede ca Clotilde e altceva decat o marioneta electorala.
S-a uitat la roastul lui Ponta si nu si-a dat seama ca era doar o manevra ordinara care sa il umanizeze pe Ponta.
Isi uraste tara, iar orice individ care spune ceva pozitiv despre Romania e etichetat "nationalist".
Crede ca Trump e rasist, pentru ca asa i-a spus presa din SUA.
Se ofenseaza cand Trump spune ceva care ofenseaza pe cineva din SUA.
Consuma cultura americana si se crede american.
Ca orice bun american, crede ca orice se intampla rau e manevra ruseasca.
Daca zici ceva rau de SUA e clar ca esti trumpist/putinist.
Uita ca pandemia a fost provocata de chinezi si de minciunile OMS care au supt pula chinezilor, dupa care se triggeruieste ca Trump a zis China Flu. Corect e Bat AIDS sau Boomer Remover.
In unele cazuri, crede neironic ca Rusia e solutia adevarata si rusii ne sunt prieteni. BONUS: are statuie cu Putin acasa.
Este sceptic cu privire la orice tine de ideologia pe care o pupa in cur, dar nu il deranjeaza revizionismul istoric care are loc zi de zi in tarile predominant albe. BONUS: va spune ca ceea ce am scris este "rasist".
Nereligios dar spiritual, deseori va adopta religii exotice "pasnice" precum budismul. Fiind semidoct si superficial, nu stie ca budistii fac chestii mai nasoale decat cei mai mari criminali ai istoriei. Nu stie unde e Myanmar si n-a auzit de musulmanii de acolo care sunt supusi unei epurari etnice de catre budisti. Nu stie diferenta dintre Theravada si Mahayana, dar o arde spiritual.
Face misto de oamenii simpli care saruta racle, dar are impresia ca el e empatic de fapt, fiind incapabil sa accepte faptul ca oamenii care fac asta au avut educatie precara si sunt relicvele unei ere care a favorizat materialismul mai mult decat spiritualitatea.
Crede ca e imun la propaganda si manipulare, dar nu stie ca povestea cu 5G poate fi de fapt o momeala lansata de chinezi pentru a-i discredita pe oamenii care nu vor 5G din motive reale. Rade de oamenii care nu sunt de-acord cu tehnologia 5G din motive rationale, nestiind ca Huawei au cea mai buna si ieftina tehnologie de genul, dar Huawei si sifoneaza date catre chinezi.
Urmareste pagini ca I fucking love science si are impresia ca asta e o trasatura de caracter.
Nu a auzit de ecuatii diferentiale, chiar daca a terminat o politehnica (poti fi inginer si cu 5).
Nu studiaza nimic in profunzime, doar urmareste canale pe Youtube cu "stiinta" si Om Negru de Stiinta.
Probabil a terminat facultate de profil non-STEM, dar a terminat-o cu 5.
Crede ca Tesla e Dumnezeu.
Crede ca exista tehnici cu tratamente de bioenergie si homeopatia functioneaza.
Daca e/va fi parinte, probabil ca nu isi va vaccina copilul, dar rade acum de astia care o ard cu 5G si vaccinat.
Rade de 9/11 truthers, dar n-a citit niciodata The 911 Commission Report si nici nu a auzit de PENTTBOM.
Se teme de organisme modificate genetic si chiar crede ca mancarea bio/eco/organo nu e stropita sau nu provine din seminte gata modificate.
Pseudointelectual fiind, rade si ironizeaza cand cineva pomeneste ceva de Soros si de finantarile lui fantoma, dar niciodata nu a urmat ruta organizatiilor proxy ale alora de la Open Society, pentru ca atunci nu ar mai rade... dar ar face alt tip de caterinca ieftina si sinistra.
Crede ca PSYOP/MISO e vrajeala conspirationista, dar orice nu corespunde narativei sale e propaganda putinista.
Urmareste "documentare" pe net.
Cum absolut oricine poate avea studii superioare, acesta are studii superioare -- probabil ceva terminat cu 5 la Poli, ASE, Jurnalism, Socio (ca sa aiba facultate), dar mereu va contrazice oameni care au terminat cu brio la UMF, Isorie, Biologie, Geologie, Meteo, Geofizica chiar si Conservator, pentru ca de ce nu?
Crede ca exista EQ si militeaza pentru acesta, cand vede ca testele IQ ii indica un 85-95.
In liceu se credea destept dar lenes.
A avut o profa naspa, de aia nu intelege tabla inmultirii.
Vrea acum sa fie reformata educatia si copiii sa fie pupati in cur, pentru ca el "a avut de suferit din cauza acestora", nu pentru ca n-ar fi fost un elev bun.
Face greseli in scris (nu typo), dar ii corecteaza pe altii. Da vina pe autocorrect.
Crede ca Norvegia e varful educatiei la nivel mondial, uita ca Norvegia are doar cativa laureati ai premiului Nobel, toti fiind educati inainte de "marea reforma a educatiei". N-a fost niciodata in Norvegia pentru a vedea de fapt ce invata aia pe acolo (hint: fix pula). Sa nu uitam ca Norvegia e o tara in care daca omori aproape 80 de copii, ajungi sa stai 20 si ceva de ani (POATE pe viata) in lux. LUX.
Nu ii place sa citeasca carti in intregime.
8. Finante/loc de munca:
Castiga bine, de obicei lucreaza in IT sau undeva unde va presta munca de birou. Castiga peste medie, dar tot isi va face credit pe 30 de ani, chiar daca lucreaza ca o drona overtime.
Trebuie sa mearga in teambuilding si i se pare in regula asta.
Locul de munca e mobilat/decorat in asa fel incat sa fie cat mai placut, ca sa ii placa sa vina la lucru.
Munca plictisitoare si repetitiva, de obicei e code monkey.
Are impresia ca ceea ce face el e chiar relevant.
Lucreaza pentru companii care oricum fac outsourcing si il platesc cu seminte, in timp ce aia din tara de origine castiga de 10 ori mai mult, chiar daca lucreaza de 2 ori mai putin si sunt incompetenti.
S-a laudat de cel putin 50 de ori cu cat castiga.
Are impresia ca munca sa e mai importanta decat munca unui gunoier, politist, electrician si inca cateva profesii "underground" care tin civilizatia in picioare.
Are Netflix, Revolut si alte servicii platite, pentru trebuie sa fie mereu pe placul ideologiei consumeriste -- paine si circ.
Se plange ca are mult de lucru, dar 50% din timp il petrece pe social media.
In unele cazuri e artist independent care produce cancer irelevant.
E liber profesionist/antreprenor, adica somer.
A avut multe idei de startup, toate fiind copii ordinare dupa alte idei de succes. A dat-o in bara de fiecare data.
E dispus sa dea 15 lei pe o cafea (lol) cu brand.
E curva de brand. Isi cumpara toate gadgeturile nenecesare cand apar, pentru ca se inchina la branduri si se cearta cu oameni cand vine vorba de Iphone vs Samsung sau PC vs consola.
Are smartwatch si/sau trotineta electrica.
Mananca des in oras.
Cea mai folosita aplicatie e foodpanda sau glovo.
0-20: CETATEAN MODEL - Felicitari! Probabil ca urasti SUA, Rusia, China si UE. Vrei ca Romania sa isi vada de dreptul la autodeterminare si sa se puna la punct cu o noua clasa politica. Probabil vrei sa fie taiate subventii, ajutoarele sociale luate cu susta si vrei sa ajunga la parnaie toti dementii care au futut tara. Ti se rupe de ce se intampla "afara" si in ciuda faptului ca nu aderi la ideile nationaliste, iti iubesti tara si vrei sa fii acasa, cu oamenii tai, fara a fi obligat sa ii stergi la cur pe altii. Ai o viziune neutra asupra lumii si nu vrei sa tragi concluzii pe baza mizeriilor regurgitate de catre toti "formatorii de opinie" (adica somerii) de pe Facebook. Stii ca tot ceea ce e pe social media e cancer propagandist. Salivacii, respiracii si trogloditii vor spune ca esti fanatic nationalist, dar nu te intereseaza, pentru ca tu oricum esti patriotul suprem, nu un nationalist. Esti un exemplu de urmat! 21-40: CETATEAN CU CONFLICTE INTERNE - In ciuda faptului ca suferi de niste biasuri emotionale, inca exista speranta. Citeste o carte de istorie, formeaza-ti singur opiniile pe baza realitatii in care traim si nu pe baza realitatii alternative care este prezentata online de catre agentiile de presa, formatori de opinie, etc. Esti pe drumul cel bun. 41-70: SALIVAC VESTIC - Iti place tot ceea ce-ti ofera Vestul. Urmaresti trusturi "apolitice" si ai impresia ca o tara ca afara e ceva bun. Ignori statisticile cand sunt in defavoarea opiniilor tale. Consideri ca romanii sunt inapoiati din varii motive care nu coincid cu tine ideologic. Iti place sa te faci remarcat pe internet cu opinii caustice si te simti protejat in spatele tastaturii. Crezi neironic ca exista extrema dreapta. Uiti ca in Franta oamenii de culoare incendiaza masini de Anul Nou, pentru ca "asa e traditia lor" si pui botul cand presa iti explica ca ar avea vreo conotatie istorica importanta, nicidecum nu e comportament primitiv. 71-100: RESPIRAC PROGRESIST - Esti la prima faza a evolutiei catre Noul Om. Iti place sa consumi. Toata viata ta inseamna sa mergi sa lucrezi, cariera, consum si cat mai mult entertainment. Consideri ca granitele, imbogatirea culturala si spirituala sunt snobisme si gasesti pseudointelectualisme pentru a justifica stilul tau de viata anost si plin de nihilism. Singurul lucru care iti ofera vreun scop e lustruirea penisului taurului care va veni la noapte la sotia ta, in speranta ca-ti va cumpara un Nintendo Switch. 101+: TROGLODIT DRONAT - Noul Om. Ascensiune. Viitor. Felicitari. Viata ta e o depresie continua. Depresie, anxietate, probleme de sanatate, parade, mancare proasta. Esti cu sanatatea la pamant, din punct de vedere moral esti praf. Iti place iluzia pe care ti-o hranesti in VR, alaturi de alti oameni care nu mai vor sa iasa din casa, de la locul de munca. Ai o viata lejera de drona si nu mai ai nevoie de nimic. Sotia iti va fi fututa, mancarea iti va fi adusa, totul va fi bine. Nu ti s-a mai sculat de la Marea Reforma Europeana, dar nu conteaza. Ai salvat vieti de culoare carora nu le pasa de tara pe care tu cu cei de la Demos le-ati lasat-o. Rata criminalitatii e la cote alarmante, dar ai facut dreptate online. Natalitatea e praf, dar ai vrut oricum diversitate. Rata divorturilor e 99%, dar nu conteaza, pentru ca oricum nu ai vrut o familie. Relativism moral. Totul e permis. Cineva de pe Vice a incercat s-o ia in cur cu un instrument nou, ca sa nu trebuiasca s-o faci tu, dar stii ca vrei s-o faci...
In the past installing updates for servers and clients in my organization just wasn't a thing. If you were lucky, the admin building a new server would install updates, IF you were lucky... In most cases the system was put into production with no updates and no plans to install updates in the future. This is obviously a terrible way to run your infrastructure. Those sys admins are no longer around and I decided to do something about it. I'm here to share what I've learned over the years in hopes that it may help my fellow system admins out in the wild. So let's get into it.
Before I took any action I spent some time thinking about the problems a update solution needed to solve. For my organization and co-workers, reliability, ease of use, and scalability were the top items we needed to address. Let's make a list of a few problems that we run into when we don't have a management solution so we know what needs to be solved.
To install updates you need to log into the system and click the install updates button (or command).
Logging into the system and running windows update quickly becomes impractical as the number of systems grow.
Automatic updates schedules with group policy isn't flexible enough. (Newer versions of Windows Server and Win 10 have improved scheduling options with GP.)
There is no centralized reporting or job summary to see how your machines are doing before and after an update window.
Controlling what updates get installed is done per system.
Recalling/uninstalling updates is also per system.
To top this off, we don't have the staff to dedicate someone to review and test every update. So we need to automate this process as much as possible. Luckily our organization uses fairly standard applications on our non-critical clients and servers so the chance of something breaking is fairly low. But having the ability to recall an update will be critical in case something does go wrong. Next there is the human problem. We have a number of staff that don't want to touch the systems running our critical applications because they fear it may break. An understandable concern but this is an excuse, if something is truly critical it needs to be updated to be protected and stable. The human problem is likely the hardest issue to solve. I recommend contacting the vendor of your critical software and getting information on their updates policy and a list of supported updates if available. Bring lots of ammunition to the table if you have to convince skeptics. So we have a mix obstacles to deal with: technical, resource, and human. The challenges are stacking up so lets see what we can do about it.
I'm not going to get into the technical details in this post but if I get some free time I may post again explaining how to install and configure WSUS and Azure Update Management. Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) WSUS offers a lot, and it is included with a licensed Windows Server. If you haven't used WSUS before it can be confusing to use and maintain when first starting. Give it some time and practice and it will start come together. WSUS will give us a centralized console to approve updates, check update status on our clients and servers, recall updates, and set installation deadlines. WSUS can act as a centralized repository where clients can download updates from your intranet instead saturating your internet pipe. If for any reason you didn't want this you can also have your clients download updates from Microsoft update instead of your local WSUS but still be able to manage what gets approved. https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-serveadministration/windows-server-update-services/get-started/windows-server-update-services-wsus WSUS Automated Maintenance(WAM) If you've used WSUS before you likely already know that it is always trying to kill itself. The built in maintenance tool in WSUS is not enough to keep it running smoothly, and before long it will be bloated and unresponsive. WAM is cheap, effective and simple to use. This is optional, you can get by without it, but after I started running this tool I've never had WSUS fail on me. Azure Update Management This is the newest tool in our arsenal. Update management is normally used for Azure hosted VMs but you can use it for on prem severs through a hybrid worker. Update Management uses agents, Automation Accounts, and Log Analytics to build the Update Management solution. With this we can manage installation schedules for our servers, reboot servers, check the update status of our systems, and run pre/post install scripts during a update deployment. Pricing is next to nothing, you only pay for storage for the logs. We have over 175 servers reporting into Azure and we only consume around 2.2GB in logs which amounts to pennies (nickles, if pennies have been phased out of your country). Cost can be a reason to stay out of the cloud but it really won't be a limiting factor here. In order to install the agent your servers need to be running at least PowerShell 4 (5.1 is the recommended version. Luckily I was already installing WMF 5.1 on all clients and servers during deployment. The Agent support Windows Server 2008 and up. MS says Windows Server 2008 and R2 will only support reporting status but I haven't had any issues deploying updates to 2008 machines. Before I started using this, I had a PowerShell script that would connect to each system and used the PSWindowsUpdate module to initiate updates and provided a report on what was installed. This worked well but the Azure solution comes with more features and now I don't need to worry managing the script myself, plus no one else in the office had enough PS knowledge to learn how it worked and maintain it. https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/automation/automation-update-management Group Policy GP is used to configure Windows updates settings that compliment Azure update management and of course configure the client/server to point to WSUS with enable client side targeting enabled. OMS Gateway / Azure Log Analytics Gateway The OMS gateway, now rebranded as Azure Log Analytics Gateway acts as a proxy for your on prem servers so traffic to Azure can flow through a single server instead of opening all your servers to the internet. This is an optional component but I heavily recommend it rather than punching holes in your firewall for every agent. The gateway can be installed on a single server or multiple servers for load balancing/high availability. The gateway will also cache logs when Azure cannot be contacted. By default the gateway denies requests to any URL, you will have to whitelist Azure URLs and the URL for your automation accounts in order for the gateway to work. So we have our tools, each one is pretty good by themselves, but together we can control every aspect of the update process. Let's see how they work together. https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/azure-monitoplatform/gateway
Using WSUS we are able to control the flow of updates to our servers and decide which ones we want to push. We don't have a strict update approval process, so you may need to have a more control approval process depending on your environment. In our environment we have 2 main update groups and a 3rd for critical servers. Because we control the date and time updates are installed all updates get approved for all 3 groups at the same time, but each group is configured to install one week after each other. Group 1 receives the newest updates first, then a week later group 2 installs the same updates. Critical servers are scheduled on a quarterly basis. The week long gap gives us time to assess if any issues arise from the new updates. If an update does cause issues, we can mark it "approved for removal" and the system will simply remove it during the next update window. With WSUS we have our update control and delivery mechanism. Now we need a way to actually install the updates. At a small scale you could use group policy for this but you won't get any kind of centralized reporting telling you if the update window was successful or not. You could take before and after reports from WSUS on a target machine but we're busy sys admins so we want something streamlined. Enter Azure Update Management. Using this we can get a centralized view of all of our servers and their update status, providing a clearer picture than what WSUS can give us. We can also defined our deployment schedules and define parameters like:
Target Machines (Can be manual or based on WSUS groups)
Update Classifications (Critical, Security, Rollups, definitions, and more)
Include or Exclude updates by KB#
Schedule the start time, can be one time or reoccurring
Assign Pre/Post scripts to run during the update window using runbooks
Set the maintenance window length (Azure will try to fit in as many updates as it can in the window while preserving the last 20 minutes for rebooting)
Set our reboot preference at the end of the window (No Reboot, Always Reboot, If Required)
During or after a deployment window we can review the status of the job. This updates in near real time as the job is running, and at the end of it provides a nice report of what went right or wrong during the maintenance window. It will include how many updates were attempted, how many succeeded, how many failed, and do its best to provide information on any errors that occurred. If you decided to use WSUS to also download and distribute updates, your clients/servers will use your internal WSUS to download the update files rather than going out to Microsoft Update. This will not only speed up the process, but save you from downloading the same update files over the internet hundreds or even thousands of times. When I get some time I'll try to make some smaller posts on how to actually configure these things and hopefully help you have an easier time than I did at first. For now here are some tips to help you get your update solution running smoothly:
With group policy, configure windows update to automatically download updates and let you choose when to install. (Azure update management will take over the actual install schedule)
Automate your patch approval process for downstream groups. I prefer to manually approve updates for the first time, but have a weekly script automatically pushing those approvals to other computers groups is very handy.
Distribute WSUS across your sites, you can create downstream WSUS servers that are essentially replicas of the upstream server. All update management is done on the upstream server and sync'd across your WSUS downstream servers. Having a local WSUS in your major sites will save your WAN from congestion.
Establish a process for dealing with computers that fail to update. At some point a serveclient is going to need some hands on attention.
Pick a sorting method for you client computers. When you configure WSUS you will have to decide if you are going to manually organize the computers into groups or organize computers automatically based on the value in the Target Group key in the registry of the client. This key can be configured with group policy or manually with reg edit.
Use group policy to manage target groups when going for scale. The less manual work you have to do the happier you'll be.
Azure update management also supports Linux! I haven't used it so I don't have any guidance to provide for it.
In Azure Update Management you can create stored queries to automatically populate groups to push updates to. You can base group membership off of the Target Group value. This will save you from manually updating Azure deployments anytime servers are added or removed.
If you have machines running 2008 or 2012 with pending updates counts in the hundreds, update these manually before moving to Azure update management. The time it takes to complete these updates will be so long that Azure won't be effective at managing it in the given update window. Updating machines like this will likely take around 12 - 16 hours.
Here is the TL/DR version:
Use WSUS to control update approvals and delivery
Use Azure Update Management on your hosted or on prem systems to manage the update windows
Use the Azure log gateway to limit the amount of network access needed to deploy Azure Update Management
Split your clients and servers into groups and space out the installs by at least a week so you can see if there are any negative effects to your first group of machines
2020.04.27 07:47 IcisBlack[REVIEW/REFERENCE] LV Multi pochette Accessoires Monogram - Orange Couch Factory - TS Alisa - ¥1,140 (Long review - Pic and Video Heavy)
Intro:This is going to be a long post. Sit back, relax and read on... What a long process for this rep rookie! My eyes and world opened up right before 2020 Chinese New Year when I found this group of amazing ladies and gents. I lurked and waited for the opportunity to purchase after CNY. About the same time, I came across TS Alisa's sale items. Now, my kryptonite is the words pertaining to "SALES", "CLEARANCE", "50% off" and the likes. My eyes dilate and heart rates goes up when I see sales. Being a rep rookie and seeing a sale is like...how do you even control yourself? I decided to make a jump for it. Purchasing the sale item (Chanel Trendy WOC Quilted GHW - Separate review) was the tipping point for me as I also asked Alisa about the LV Multipochette Accessoires Monogram since I was literally obsessed with this bag (this bag is the reason why I found and then joined RepLadies). Backstory: The LV Multipochette Accessoires was not a love at first sight for me. First thought was: "Why does one need 3 small bags instead of one larger one to encompass them all?" It started growing on me the more I look at mod shots (and it didn't help that it was all over the internet at that time) and then a coworker of mine wore one of these in front of me at the beginning of 2020, AND ALL OF A SUDDEN I'M FREAKIN' OBSESSED/POSSESSED (one in the same in this occasion)...and now my life revolves around this bag. You know that TLC channel with that show called My Strange Addiction? I feel like I need an episode there and called it My Random Obsession. Anyways, this post is more for me to document my madness and odd dedication to this bag. This is very unlike me... **************************************************************************** Item: LV Multipochette Accessoires with pink strap Seller: TS Alisa via WeChat (Alisa 名优包包高端定制 ID: HDD201810). Factory: Orange Couch Factory Price: ¥1,140 (discounted for 10% first purch) = $225.06CDN Total of order: ¥1,140(LV MPA) + ¥630 (CC WOC) + ¥275 shipping = ¥2,045/$293.42USD/$405.91CDN Payment method: Paypal Friends & Family Auth retail price: started off at $1,550USD/$2,145CDN, sold out worldwide, and now it is about $3,200USD/$4,426CDN aftermarket Shipping method: EMS to Canada **************************************************************************** Purchasing, Ordering, Shipping, Delivery timeline: \The timeline is likely longer than usual due to COVID-19 factory production and shipping delays*
Saw the Chanel WOC bag on sale. Inquired about the Chevron version.
Mar 1, 2020: Debated over the Chevron vs Quilted for the longest time (The Hubs was getting really frustrated with me as I can't decide for the longest time). Informed Alisa that I decided on buying the Chanel Trendy WOC Quilted GHW instead of Chevron that I initially inquired about. Asked about LV MPA. Received GF pics and quote of ¥1,620 (¥1,800-10% disc). Explained to Alisa that is kind of out of my price range.
March 1, 2020: Later in the day I did my own research and asked ab out LV MPA from Orange Couch factory. I was quoted ¥1,140 (¥1,290-¥150 disc). Total of order: ¥1,140(LV MPA) + ¥630 (CC WOC) + ¥275 shipping = ¥2,045
March 1, 2020: I tried to pay for the order via Paypal. Paypal was under maintenance.
March 2, 2020: Tried to pay for the order via Taobao. Taobao had an error of their processing area overloaded. Gave up on Taobao after 5 hours. Switched back to Paypal to make payment with a credit card since we can't for some reason link to my USD bank account.
Mar 4, 2020: Received PSPs for the CC WOC. Approved the PSP. Was told that I have to wait ~10 days for the LV MPA.
Mar 14, 2020: Received PSPs for the LV MPA.
Mar 15, 2020: Approved PSPs. Asked Alisa about shipping 2 bags at once. Based on her response, I decided on shipping the bags together. Asked for EMS tracking number once shipped.
Mar 19, 2020: Received EMS tracking number. Below is blow by blow play of EMS - such a nerve racking experience:
Mar 19, 2020: Tracking number showed up on 17Track.
Mar 23, 2020 19:05: Shanghai: Package arrived at EMS Receiving Department at ZhingAn NanjingXi Road ( 静安南京西路揽投部) by agent named 周慈镐
Mar 23, 2020 21:46: Shanghai: Package left EMS Shanghai Receiving Department at ZhingAn NanjingXi Road. Next stop EMS International Shipment Central (国际邮件处理中心 )
Mar 23, 2020 21:47: Shanghai: Package arrived at EMS International Shipment Central (国际邮件处理中心 )
Mar 24, 2020 02:12: Shanghai: Package given to China BordeCustoms
Mar 24, 2020 19:49: Shanghai: Package released by BordeCustoms
Mar 24, 2020 19:51: Shanghai: EMS International Shipment Central (国际邮件处理中心 ), already consolidated ready for next stop ( 已出口直封 )
Mar 25, 2020 11:25: Shanghai: Left EMS International Shipment Central (国际邮件处理中心 ). Next stop Shanghai International Shipment Exchange Station ( 上海国际邮件交换站 )
Apr 3, 2020 19:12: Shanghai, Package given to cargo airline company ( 已交航空公司运输)
Apr 14, 2020 03:25: Airline departure (航空公司启运)
Apr 22, 2020 22:18: Mississauga: Package arrived. Package given to Canada BordeCustoms
Apr 22, 2020 22:19: Mississauga: Package released by Canada BordeCustoms and is now with Canada Post for processing.
Apr 23, 2020 16:05: Mississauga: Package is processed.
Apr 24, 2020 09:32: Package received!
**************************************************************************** Videos & Pictures of Bag: My husband was laughing so hard at me when he woke up from his overnight shift sleep and saw me staging the bag in my makeshift "studio"[couch] so many ways to take pictures of it.
**************************************************************************** REVIEW: Now, I need insert a caveat: I'm a rookie through and through, so my review may be skewed because of my untrained eyes, hands and nose. I've never owned anything above a cowhide Kate Spade bag that was on sale. I've never dared to walk inside a lux brand store - palms get sweaty and mom's spaghetti, ya know? I'm just not at that level. Leather of all kinds are foreign to me, so touch, feel, scent of leather is by description I concluded from reading others. I'm mostly a girl with a utilitarian mindset (my favourite bag all time is an Ogio backpack). My bags are generally used as the definition of a "bag": literally, it is "a container made of flexible material with an opening at the top, used for carrying things." So, why did this bag became my obsession you ask? I don't know, but I think it is because of its wear versatility (just adapt the pieces and you are done) my ability to use it for multiple occasions (including day casual, day business, glam evening, or just lounge evening)...plus, it was an "IT" bag. I hardly own anything IT or trendy. I know, I know, I'm still late to the 2019 trend party, but hey, I'm here now!
***Based on my research, there are 2 auth versions of LV MPA produced: One is made in USA (serves mostly USA sales) and the other is made in France (serves mostly international sales). Most of the rep bags (along with mine) uses the France version as template.***
I aim to review as critically and "ANAL"ytically as possible of the factory's version to the auth's version. NOTE THE EMPHASIS ON "ANAL". **************************************************************************** Quality - 7.75/10
Deduction (if any)
Material & texture
The leather looks pebbled but feels quite soft and smooth. I think it looks a bit dry, but nothing that a soon-to-be-purchased leather conditioner can't solve (Cadillac?). The leather tabs are thick and supple with red glazing ispainted relatively clean lines. Canvas colour has variations. Comparing to LV's Neverfull canvas, lighting aside, it is very comparable with the printing.
Stamping of Logos
The hot stamping on the Vachetta tabs are clear and defined with the correct font. The leather patch inside the pochette is also correctly stamped with "made in France" at the bottom. The printing/stamping inside the coin purse appeared to be faint (-0.5). The stamping on the canvas on the coin purse, pochette and mini pochette are correct per auth pictures.
The stamping and engraving of the "LV", "Louise Vuitton" on the zipper tabs, lobster clamps are all legibly stamped. The hardwares are all shiny soft gold.
Chain-"Louis Vuitton" with flower are stamped on the rings. Measured at 30 grams in weight. Seatbelt strap - felt sturdy and seatbelt-safety-ish. Gold tone is matching and is consistent troughout the whole set.
Stitching on the leather tabs appears to be all the rage with this bag (and all bags in general). Depending on where the bags are assembled together, the stitching have some variations. Most auth pics I have seen have 9 total (3 dbl) stitches on mini & 10 total (3 dbl) stitches on the pochette. However, I have seen an auth that has 4 dbl stitches. The leather tab inside pochette has correct stitching as well. The coin purse stitching at the bottom was a miss (-1) as it was not flat and pulled a bit at the bottom - I don't really know if this is enough to red light this bag. Based on my thought that it is not going to affect function, I approved it. However, I'm highlighting this as a quality concern for others. The stitching on the back of the seatbelt strap looked a bit messy, but again not going to affect function (-0.5). The seatbelt strap appears to use the correct stitching patterns and the sewing of the ends are clean and straight.
Zippers, Clamps, Clips
All zippers work smoothly. All lobster clamps spins smoothly and springs back to original position.
The inside linings of the pochettes are correctly stitched with a loop of fabric at the opening end. The threads used are correctly coloured.
Per a website: " An authentic Louis Vuitton bag will smell clean and may have a slight leather odour". My hubby said it smells like leather (I can't tell). I didn't get a headache and room was not overpowered by an odor, therefore, I concluded no strong smell - only leather smell.
The bag set feels and look overall well-constructed. Edges are all clearly cut with precision. All outside stitches on the pochettes, coin purse and seatbelt strap are straight and have no loose threads. All in all, the bag set feels like it can last through some thick and thin outings with me...but I have to remember this is not an Ogio packpack! Treat it with care!
**************************************************************************** Accuracy of Bag - 8/10 Again, comparing it to the auth bag. Really being critical and ANALytical here...
The shape of the rep pochettes appeared to be more rectangular than auth. The auth tends to curve at the opening to resemble a wide "U" shape.
Positioning or Alignment of monograms/quilting/stamping
The canvas used were correct - larger monograms on the front and back, while smaller monograms on the edges. Studying auth bag pictures shows that there are slight variations with the (round flower placement of the mini pochette and the star flowers lined the front of the bottom edge of the pochette)[https://imgur.com/vyHuZQI]. However, prevalent mod pics and LV's website shows the mini pochette's round flower at the bottom to be slightly higher than mine. As such, I ANALytically deducted 0.5 for the placement. The alignment of the tabs to the canvas appears to be at the right spot. Cut and size of the leather tabs looks like it is very similar to auth.
Logo fonts on tabs, canvas, and seatbelt strap appears to be using the correct font and sizing. "LOUIS VUITTON" is not fully visible and partly covered by the D-Ring to connect the coin purse. I've seen a rep that has the "Louis Vuitton" stamped on the adjustable rectangle ring. Just to be clear, the auth I have seen does not have "Louis Vuitton" stamped on it (neither does OC rep).
Serial numbeDate stamp
Serial numbedate stamp is: DR2159 on pochette, DR2169 on mini pochette, coin-purse is DR2169. The code DR is depicting that this bag is created from a factory in France. The date means the mini pochette and coin purse were produced on the 26th week of 2019 in France, while pochette is dated with 25th week of 2019 in France. I assumed a bag with multiple components will have the same date code in the auth world?
Accuracy & Quality of Peripherals - 6/10 This section is for all the rest of the things surrounding the bag. I don't know why but I expected an LV box that comes with this rep bag. I didn't ask the seller since I just assumed boxes and all dust bags come with non-sale items. Please comment/confirm below for this rookie to help set my expectations correctly next time.
The dust bag's printing of "Louis Vuitton" appears to use the correct font, but messy on the ink (-0.5)
Receipt & other paper materials
This bag came with a care and instruction booklet. Not the same size booklet as auth (-0.5). Some factories I believe includes everything from receipts to model number bar codes and things like that). (-1)
Packaging (box, dust bag, stuffing, wrappings)
No box (-1). The rep bag came with one dust bag, while auth comes with 4 dust bags (-1). The dust bag appears to use the same material and same sewing stitches as auth dust bags.
Auth cards (if any)
LV does not produce auth cards.
**************************************************************************** Satisfaction - 10/10 The feeling of excitement have transformed itself to relieve. Here's why: TMI moment: You know that feeling after a giant #2 and you felt that rush of relieve after a long drought of bowel movement? Well, same feeling, but just not in the washroom. This whole ordeal with my strange obsession, steep learning curve about auth vs. rep and TS and factories, then to QC'ing for the first time, to ordering. Then the timing through Chinese New Year, country shutdowns, facemasks, toilet paper scandals, and baking mania was such a long ordeal that I'm just purely relieved that this bag actually made it and safely in my home. The shipping and custom gods were smiling on me. My package made it. I felt compelled to burn some incense to thank them. The quality and accuracy reviews above are as critical, ANALytical, and nitpicky as I can be to provide an objective look at the bag. Most of the deduction points listed is not a big issue for me personally. Even as ANALytical as I can be, this bag scores at 78% to the auth (excluding peripherals). In my mind, this bag scores 90%+ to auth as it looks like an auth, smells like an auth, walks around like an auth. No gen pop in their right mind would question this magnificent work of art. Yes, it is a rep, but you still have to appreciate the workmanship, don't you? Don't you?! As mentioned, this bag retails for $2,145CDN, after market for $4,426CDN. I bought this rep for $225CDN, which one can argue, is about 10% of retail or 5% of market price. What more can I ask for at 10% of retail/5% of market to get a bag that is 78% to auth? Honestly. **************************************************************************** Seller Communication and Service - 9.5/10 TS Seller: Alisa (名优包包高端定制 ID: HDD201810)
Addition/Deduction (if any)
My baseline min response time is 2 hours wait time, factoring in Guangzhou's timezone business hours. I don't think Alisa (or her workers if she has some) ever sleep as the avg response time is 15 mins. I think the longest I have waited is an hour for a response during Guangzhou's normal working hours, and 5 hours during non-working hours. The fast response
Compared to TS Anna, Linda, Heidi, her prices seemed to be a bit lower when asked about the same bag from same factory. Alisa's shipping prices are generally a tad lower as well, but perhaps it is due to the packaging note below.
Integrity & Honesty
I ordered and paid for both bags. Alisa was quick to give me the PSPs for the Chanel Trendy WOC the very next day. When I approved the WOC is when the seller informed me that the LV MPA needs to wait for 10 days and if I'm ok with it. Well, I'm ok, but other buyers may not. I do prefer to know it upfront before I paid though.
Assurance and overall support
I'm kind of on the fence on this one. I like Alisa's no-sticker-all-business approach. However, I don't seem to receive much assurance (or proactiveness) in some cases. I almost felt like I have to do the nudging myself to get her to give me more intel. Couple of moments: (1) I informed Alisa at the beginning that I am new to purchasing items and I don't really know what I'm doing and had to ask questions. When I just wanted to order the WOC, I got the quote of ¥170 for shipping. When I asked if my orders can be shipped together, Alisa said yes and quoted me ¥275. By the times my items are ready to ship, I read that it is better 2 bags separately to avoid customs concerns. I already paid 2 weeks ago. I informed her that I heard it is better to ship bags separately. Her response was "Separate shipping will be extra ¥100". I then had to think and be creative: I follow up with her to ask if she had heard any issues with sending multiple bags based on all her orders that she shipped through. I then receive a satisfactory response. I just wish the seller can give me some proactive support. (2) Early in our conversation, when I asked about the LV MPA, Alisa only gave me the option of God Factory. It is nice, I informed her, but out of my price range. Alisa went radio silent. I then did my own research for another reliable and suitable price point factory. I asked her about OC Factory and that's when she gave me factory pics, price, and said "You can choose the orange sofa. It sells well." I guess I was hoping for some seller advice on factories.
Alisa takes quite a few PSPs for buyer. Lighting is not bad. When I asked about a couple of things to be taken for PSP, Alisa immediately take extra photos for me.
Not much of an issue. Alisa responds better with Chinese, but also not bad with English.
Packaging & Shipping
The bags where not wrapped in any bubble wrap or other insulation before putting them in the shipping box. The package arrived dented, but fortunately the items inside came relatively unscathed. Things I ordered on AliExpress is packaged better than this box - and they are generally less than $10CDN. Anyways, I expected more from the packaging to ensure the boxes and bags inside are well preserved through the shipping ordeal.
**************************************************************************** Other Reference pictures, links & Fellow RL reviews list: For those who are considering purchasing LV MPA and don't know where to start, I've tried to locate relevant information in one place. I hope this summary will give you a head start as to where you wish to purchase (Listed from earliest to most current purchases):
*I can't identify the factories, so I may have made up my own nickname for some factories on the above list. If you read up to here...I don't know what else to say other than thank you for reading! I hope you enjoyed reading this post as much as I writing it during this unique time. This post is a labour of love and I'm just happy you took the time to read it.
As Forrest Gump said after 3 years, 2 months, 14 day, and 16 hours of running: "I’m pretty tired… I think I’ll go home now."
With that, I wish you and your loved ones safe and healthy--mentally and physically--through this time of social isolation and physical distancing.Comments and details are warmly welcomed!
2020.02.11 07:59 icssindia7 Tips for Upgrading IT Security
https://preview.redd.it/9u9dhp4bt8g41.jpg?width=798&format=pjpg&auto=webp&s=f8717c93cba5008bbb390266e0b4c64c8fa90036 With desktop computers and Android mobile devices still big targets for hacks and cybercriminals, and Apple posting the highest number of reported vulnerabilities for its devices, IT security should be a prime concern at businesses large and small. All it takes is one security breach to shut down an entire network and compromise your business’s sensitive client data. “Unlike the ‘hacker‘ of the past, today’s cybercriminals are after your most important information — your financial records, customer data, user accounts, and intellectual property,” says Brian Burch, vice president of marketing communications at Mountain View, Calif.-based information security company Symantec. “And the bad guys know that small business has fewer defenses than the average large company. They also know that your small company might be the “backdoor” to your biggest client.” Here, Symantec offers seven tips for how owners can beef up security at their businesses:
1. Know what you need to protect.
Look at where your information is being stored and used, and protect those areas accordingly. Lost and unprotected mobile devices can be a big problem. Companies often have at least some devices that, if lost, have no password protection and can’t be remotely wiped of data, according to a recent Symantec study.
2. Enforce strong password policies.
Creating passwords with eight characters or more and using a combination of letters, numbers and symbols (e.g., # $ % ! ?) can help make your passwords more difficult to crack. “I take a long word that means something to me personally and capitalize some letters and, most importantly, change other letters for symbols that resemble the letter they replace,” Burch says. For instance, consider replacing the letter “s” in a word with $.
3. Map out a disaster preparedness plan.
Identify your critical resources, use appropriate security and backup solutions to archive important files. Test them frequently.
4. Encrypt confidential information.
Implement encryption technologies on desktops, laptops and removable media such as USB devices to protect your confidential information from unauthorized access.
5. Use a reliable security solution.
Today’s solutions do more than just prevent viruses and spam, Symantec says. They can also scan files regularly for unusual changes in file sizes, programs that match known malware, suspicious email attachments, and other warning signs.
6. Stay up-to-date.
Your security systems might not be so secure if you’re not updating them often. New viruses, worms, and other malware are created every day and variations can slip by software that isn’t current.
7. Educate employees.
Develop internet security guidelines and inform employees about Internet safety, security and the latest threats, as well as what to do if they misplace information or suspect malware on their machine. “In the event of a breach, every employee should be encouraged to come forward immediately if they spot a virus or a piece of malware rather than try to resolve it themselves or hope an intrusion or incident will blow over,” Burch says. The infographic below, from Symantec, provides a deeper look at security issues for small companies: https://preview.redd.it/as0sg9omt8g41.jpg?width=610&format=pjpg&auto=webp&s=8a665d7587deb9e4a3e531a07d8f0e0a61dd7399
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2019.07.03 10:56 Yanp2311Lost Vape Orion DNA - The solution for Harsh puffs and popping sounds
Update 05-July-2019: If after using the below guide, you are still having harsh pulls on the lung while using SaltNics, please check my detailed guide on pod and liquid choices along with EScribe settings: https://www.reddit.com/useYanp2311/comments/c933lx/lost_vape_orion_dna_a_guide_to_liquid_and_pod/?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x https://preview.redd.it/ay30hpk4p2831.jpg?width=225&format=pjpg&auto=webp&s=a6fc5176bbb4883d61b2ed337df2e0dca996ae30 I had an issue when I first got this device. Other than the harsh smoke on my lungs whenever I am using the 0.5 OM pods combined with a saltNic of my choice, the pod it self kept popping as if it is going blow. I searched all over the internet and the only solutions that (seemed) to make sense are the ones suggesting to use liquids that are high in VG while mixing them with your SaltNic. In other words, mix a freebase e-liquid with your SaltNic. I tried that and it helped with the popping sound but it was still harsh and somehow against the whole idea of using a 0.5 om pod that is essentially made for SaltNics that usually give a flavour burst over the freebase Nic. I decided then to try out the suggestions that seemed too easy to be true. Guess what? It worked !! I truly thank everyone who had a valuable tip that helped me in reaching to the solution. I wish I kept track of those comments on reddit or other platforms, but a shout out to everyone who suggested a solution before this thread's date that I am using while writing it. The solution is in fixing the cotton part that is inside the Pod. You need to do two procedures mainly:
Grooming and Combing.
Tip: use any sort of stick that can fit thru the refill hole. Many recommended toothpicks as it will not place any substance inside and it is also a good surface that the loose fibers can stick to. Personally I use the below plastic toothpick that just so happened to be around and which is perfect for both procedures. Plastic Toothpick I do understand that some may say, why should I even go thru all of this. The manufacturer should have done it. My simple answer is I do agree with you but perhaps it is something that can only be done while the pods are wet. Regardless, the below process may take time in reading, but in action it only takes 3 minutes. Lost Vape DNA pod Warning: Before you go ahead with any of the below, please understand the structure of the pod in order for you to know how critical it is to treat the cotton with care. Your pod has two compartments. One is the liquid compartment located right under the refill cap. The other is the airflow compartment. They are connected thru a whole and this whole is blocked using the cotton fibers. If the cotton is pulled slightly out of place, the hole will be exposed and the liquid will flow to the airflow compartment which will cause a leakage to the mouth.
Open the refill cap and insert your toothpick or any pointy object in. Brush the cotton out smoothly without applying a pulling pressure that can make it move out of it's base, otherwise you will have a leakage.
Try scrapping off the excess fibers that came loose, I usually use a stapler pin that is bent by the edge in order to hook the excess cotton that I have already pushed up close to the upper compartment.
Fill the pod half way with the new liquid to cover the fiber and get it fully soaked.
In the next step, do not scratch or poke the fibers. You don't want to cut any extra pieces.
Use your stick again to straighten the fibers out then gather them together and keep them intact
Optional: Push the cotton down in order for it be soaked even if the liquid level drops down in the pod.
This worked for me and I was able to use SaltNics with my 0.5 OM pod without any harshness or sounds. If it did for you then please vote this up in order for others to benefit from this solution. Thank you all.
Disclaimer: Do your OWN DD, Trade at your OWN Risk, I’m NOT telling you what to buy. Make your OWN moves, and be smart about what you do. Patience and don’t yolo your entire portfolio into one stock. I also don’t recommend trading penny stocks without a day trade in reserve. Remember this is Company News that comes out. Make your own sound judgements i'm not responsible for your actions and what you do. Hey, I hope everyone had a great weekend and was able to relax and catch up on life. I also hope some people took the opportunity to study, and read up on investing, charts, studying patterns etc. I talked to quite a few of you over this weekend and props to you all working hard! I understand it can be challenging at times trying to balance everything but keep up the hard work! MLSS 0.49 Milestone Scientific Inc. (NYSE: MLSS), a leading developer of computerized drug delivery instruments that provide painless and precise injections, today announced the results of a four hundred patient clinical trial by researchers from the University of Miami, University of Texas and Northwestern University, and two prominent California-based pain clinics. Published-Ahead-of-Print in Anesthesia & Analgesia (the official Journal of the International Anesthesia Research Society), the randomized, controlled study compared the effectiveness of the CompuFlo® Epidural System (“CompuFlo”) in labor and delivery and chronic pain management, where loss of resistance and fluoroscopy are the current standards of care. CompuFlo was found to be ninety-nine percent successful in objectively identifying the epidural space — even in challenging patients with a higher body mass index. Performance of epidural anesthesia depends on successful identification of the epidural space. While fluoroscopy is associated with high success, it exposes patients to radiation and requires appropriate radiological equipment. Loss of resistance is subjective and consequently associated with higher failure rates and accidental dural punctures that require further treatment and interventions such as epidural blood patches. CompuFlo features an innovative Dynamic Pressure Sensing technology® that differentiates tissue types by pressure signatures at the tip of the needle that are imperceptible by touch. This allows the instrument to accurately identify location and discriminate between true and false loss of resistance objectively and in real-time. The data from this pivotal study confirms that CompuFlo is a safe and highly effective alternative to current standards of care. The instrument avoids patient radiation exposure when compared to fluoroscopy and demonstrated greater accuracy when compared to loss of resistance. The clinical trial also found:
CompuFlo’s procedure time was the same as the current standard of care
Labor and delivery epidurals performed with CompuFlo resulted in no accidental dural punctures, compared to four dural punctures with loss of resistance
Leonard Osser, Interim Chief Executive Officer of Milestone Scientific, commented, “We are committed to providing anesthesiologists and pain physicians technology that has the potential to improve success rates, reduce complications and lower costs. The findings of this clinical trial by five independent providers validates the CompuFlo epidural instrument as a safe, proven alternative to loss of resistance and fluoroscopy.” LODE 0.20 Comstock Mining Inc. (the “Company” or “Comstock”) (NYSE American: LODE) announced today that it has entered into a definitive agreement, and received a $1 million non-refundable payment toward the sale of its Lucerne properties (~1200 acres) to Tonogold Resources, Inc. (“Tonogold”) (OTCMKTS: TNGL) for $15 million in cash, relief of $8 million in future lease and reclamation obligations, a permanent reduction of annual operating expenses by $1 million, and a retained 1.5% net smelter return royalty on the Lucerne properties. The company will transfer the ownership or control of the Lucerne properties and related permits, including the Storey County Special Use Permit for mining and processing that was recently extended to 2034. The Company retains ownership and/or control of the remaining land position in the Comstock district, including but not limited to the Dayton, Spring Valley and the American Flat properties. The Company expects the transaction to close between March and May of this year. The Company and Tonogold also agreed that, upon the closing of the sale of the Lucerne mine properties, it will enter into a new Option Agreement to lease its permitted American Flat property, plant and equipment to Tonogold for crushing, leaching and processing material from the Lucerne mine. If the option is exercised, Tonogold will pay the Company a rental fee of $1 million per year plus $1 per processed ton, in addition to all the costs of operating and maintaining the facility, up to and until the first $15 million in rental fees are paid, and then stepping down to $1 million per year and $0.50 per processed ton for the next $10 million paid to Comstock, with more favorable rates after the first $25 million of revenue is received. Tonogold will reimburse American Flat expenses during the option life. Strategic Partnership and Sale Highlights
Provides a minimum of $10 million in cash to the Company in early 2019, eliminating debt;
Provides $5 million in cash to the Company in early 2020, accelerating Dayton developments;
Relieves $8 million in obligations, primarily for the Northern Comstock (NCJV) obligations;
Grants Tonogold an option to lease the American Flat property and equipment for:
$1 million per annum, plus $1 per ton for the first $15 million;
$1 million per annum, plus $0.50 per ton for the next $10 million ($25 million total); and
$0.25 per ton for all tons processed over $25 million in revenue.
Subsidizes $1.1 million per annum in American Flat related expense;
Retains a 1.5% Lucerne net smelter royalty; and
Eliminates our Debenture obligation and over $1 million in related, annual interest costs.
Mr. Corrado De Gasperis, Executive Chairman and CEO, stated, “These agreements deliver $15 million in cash, eliminate our debenture and related annual interest, relieve us of the NCJV liability and permanently reduces our annual operating expenses by $2.2 million and annual interest costs by over $1 million. These transactions position Lucerne and our partner, Tonogold, with a tremendous platform for developing and delivering mine production. The most immediate value is almost $25 million between cash, NCJV relief, and expense reduction while retaining significant rental and royalty potential.” Upon closing, these agreements will replace the October 2017 Option agreement between the Company and Tonogold that allowed Tonogold to earn a 51% interest in the Lucerne properties through its initial payments of $2.2 million in cash and current and future spending commitments totaling $20 million for exploration, engineering, permitting, and development. The October 2017 agreement will remain in place until the sale of the Lucerne mine closes. Tonogold has met all of the spending commitments to date and has been working with Mine Development Associates (“MDA”) of Reno to produce a new resource model and a 43-101 technical report on the Lucerne project. Upon closing, the Company will also enter into a ten-year Mineral Lease for additional mineral properties in Storey County, Nevada, granting Tonogold the right to explore, develop and mine these properties. Tonogold will assume approximately $100 thousand in annual costs for these properties and will assume work commitments totaling over $200 thousand in 2019. Comstock will retain a 3% net smelter return royalty on these additional leased properties, which will be reduced to 1.5% one year after the commencement of mining operations. The lease is renewable for an additional ten-year term. Mr. De Gasperis added, “We have accelerated the potential exploration and development of the northern Comstock District targets, including the Occidental Lode, Yellow Jacket, Kentuck, and other historic, high-grade bonanza targets, with a retained royalty that aligns us financially and strategically, and enables drilling and development along the entire length of the Comstock Lode, from the northern bonanzas to the southernmost exploration targets.” Ownership or control of the Lucerne properties will transfer to Tonogold when Tonogold has paid the Company a total of $10 million in cash by closing, required on or before May 30, 2019. Tonogold will pay an additional $5 million by the first anniversary of the closing date. The $5 million payment will be secured by a deed of trust on the Lucerne properties. Alternatively, Tonogold has the option to pay a total of $11.5 million in cash and $1.75 million in stock by closing, with another $1.75 million payable in cash or stock by the first anniversary of the closing. Tonogold is a U.S.-based mining company that is focused on advanced exploration properties in Nevada and Mexico. Tonogold’s team of mining executives and investors are building a portfolio of mineral properties that will give its investors a leveraged exposure to gold, silver and other minerals and metals. Mr. Mark Ashley, CEO of Tonogold, commented, “Comstock Mining has done an excellent job consolidating a historic, world-class mining district and then entitling it for productive development. This transaction provides an opportunity to own 100% of a known, permitted resource, and develop a significant, profitable and sustainable operation within the next three years. We expect to publish our NI 43-101 compliant technical report this quarter.” Mr. De Gasperis concluded, “We are impressed with Tonogold’s diligence and ongoing mine development activities and have committed our experienced, technical team in support of their success. Tonogold becomes a stronger, more strategic mining partner with the wherewithal to advance Lucerne back into production. This agreement delivers immediate value for our shareholders, with potentially significant rental and royalty income. The agreement also simultaneously enables an aggressive northern region exploration program, while we fully focus on our southern, 100% owned Dayton and Spring Valley projects.” LTRX 3.04 This week at Cisco Live in Barcelona, Spain, Lantronix, Inc. (NASDAQ: LTRX), a global provider of secure data access and management solutions for the industrial Internet of Things (IoT), will showcase its portfolio of innovative out-of-band management solutions including a number of new features at booth #B9 from January 28 to February 1, 2019. Lantronix’s out-of-band management solutions, including the modular SLC™ 8000 advanced console manager, the SLB™ remote branch office manager, and ConsoleFlow™ centralized management software, are designed to reduce deployment and management complexity and costs while maximizing IT infrastructure uptime. The solutions provide secure out-of-band management to enable the IT personnel of any size enterprise to remotely monitor, manage and troubleshoot equipment from anywhere while maintaining access to their critical equipment even during network outages via secondary dial-up or cellular connections. “IT decisionmakers in 2019 need to approach their IT management strategy from the perspective of the digital transformation. Uptrends in cloud services and the Internet of Things are significantly increasing the burden on the data center. In addition, as more and more enterprises deploy SD-WAN networks in their remote branch offices, the need to ensure network uptime and resiliency is an imperative,” said Shahram Mehraban, Lantronix vice president of marketing. “Our innovative out-of-band management solutions enable both small and large enterprises to securely and reliably centralize management of their mission-critical equipment, maximizing uptime, while reducing infrastructure support costs.” The latest software releases for the Lantronix SLC 8000 and SLB products that will be exhibited at Cisco Live provide additional functionalities such as support for the new Lantronix SFP transceiver modules, enhanced LTE cellular fail-over and fail-back functionality and enhanced security. Lantronix has also released new software for the Lantronix Spider KVM-over-IP product line which provides support for HTML5 as well as enhanced security. OGEN 1.07 Oragenics, Inc. (NYSE American: OGEN), a leader in the development of new antibiotics against infectious diseases and effective treatments for oral mucositis (“OM”), today announces the publication of a preclinical study using the lead compound from its lantibiotics program, OG716, in the peer reviewed journal, Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy. The preclinical study demonstrated that following oral administration of the maximum feasible dose of OG716 in hamster models, there were no observable toxicities nor observable side effects, nor was there any effect on intestinal motility. Treatment of animals infected with C. difficile resulted in a dose-dependant survival, and no recurrence at the upper dose tested. Further, researchers observed that the compound remained constrained only in the gastrointestinal tract. Lantibiotics, including OG716, are a novel class of peptide antibacterial compounds naturally produced by a variety of Gram-positive bacteria. Oragenics’ lantibiotic library offers a large pipeline for the development of novel antibiotics in several indications. The publication of this study offers additional validation for the safety and tolerability of our lantibiotic program, while simultaneously confirming the potential for our lead candidate for the treatment of CDAD,” stated Alan Joslyn, Ph.D., President and CEO of Oragenics, Inc. “There exists a dire need for new approaches to fighting antibiotic-resistant infections, and we believe the continued development of our lantibiotic program is one of those potential solutions. We look forward to providing continued updates on the development of OG716 as they become available.” DPW 0.096 DPW Holdings, Inc. (NYSE American: DPW) a diversified holding company (“DPW” or the “Company”) announced that they are combining the strengths of Digital Power Corporation, and Power-Plus Technical Distributors, LLC , with over 75 years of combined power expertise, into a distributor-focused sales model under the brand Power Plus Electronics. Both companies operate under the DPW Technology Group and are led by its newly appointed CEO, Russ Woodmansee, and its Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Tim Taylor. Although the market has evolved, a few things remain the same; clients expect great service and support. The new Power Plus Electronics prides itself on being customer focused. Our veteran team of power and supply-chain experts deliver competitively priced high-quality products coupled with exceptional customer service. Power Plus Electronics will now deliver the company’s decades of experience in one business platform for product information, technical engineering and customer support. DPW’s CEO and Chairman, Milton “Todd” Ault, III said, “We continue to refine our product offerings and assets, leveraging a great organization, Digital Power, that has been in business for over 50 years. This move is another example of how we are refocusing our legacy business to build on historical strengths and respond to current growing market opportunities.“ DPW notes that Microphase Corporation, Digital Power, Ltd (aka Gresham Power) and Enertec Systems 2001, Ltd. remain operating subsidiaries of Coolisys Technologies, Inc. (“Coolisys”) led by its President and CEO, Amos Kohn. Coolisys operates under the DPW Technology Group. Questions, Comments? Anything leave below! NOTE: Also looking for someone who has a niche for pharama companies and would be able to start posting pharma news on a day to day basis! Disclaimer: Do your OWN DD, Trade at your OWN Risk, I’m NOT telling you what to buy. Make your OWN moves, and be smart about what you do. Patience and don’t yolo your entire portfolio into one stock. I also don’t recommend trading penny stocks without a day trade in reserve. Remember this is Company News that comes out. Make your own sound judgements i'm not responsible for your actions and what you do.
2019.01.16 18:54 AgitatedBenefit[AMA]Am petrecut 2 ani și 6 luni într-un centru de detenție pentru minori. ama
După cum spune și titlul, am petrecut 2 ani și 6 luni într-un centru de detenție pentru minori (două, de fapt, și multe alte penitenciare). Vreau să fac un vlog pe tema asta și sunt curios care sunt întrebările oamenilor și care este viziunea din exterior despre lumea penitenciară. Pentru ce am ajuns acolo, am scris mai de mult într-un articol pe blogul personal (între timp l-am șters, dar vi-l las mai jos). Ce e mai jos e doar un rezumat a întregii povești. Sunt multe lucruri despre care cred că ar mai fi loc de vorbit, așa că vreau să realizez un material mai complex despre treaba asta. ama!
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M-am trezit într-o zi pe la cinci dimineața, încrezător fiind că o să înceapă o nouă zi plină de satisfacție pentru mine și gândindu-mă chiar din primele momente după ce m-am trezit ce aș vrea să obțin în ziua aia, având ca referință zilele și săptămânile trecute în care deja obținusem și cheltuisem o grămadă de bani și cu dorința incredibil de mare de a avea și mai mult. Stăteam pe canapea, navigând pe iPhone-ul meu. S-a făcut ora șase dimineața, sună interfonul. Mă duc să răspund, nu se aude nimic. Mă întorc din nou pe canapea. Sună din nou. Se duce tata – „Poliția, deschideți”. Tata a apăsat pe buton, primindu-i pe neașteptații vizitatori în scara blocului și în nici două secunde ofițerii DIICOT Bacău și BCCO Bacău erau la ușă. Cioc, cioc – „Poliția, deschideți sau spargem ușa”. A deschis. Șapte ofițeri în civil au intrat în apartament cu mandat de percheziție și mandat de aducere pe numele meu. Mi-au răscolit toată casa, confiscându-mi toate dispozitivele pe care le aveam și micul depozit de obiecte pe care îl formasem în apartament. După aproximativ opt ore de percheziții, atât în apartamentul în care locuiam la acel moment cât și la casa părinților mei de la țară, am fost prezentat în fața unui procuror la sediul DIICOT Bacău. Menționând aici incredibila dezvoltare fizică a corpului meu (momentan am 1.80m, 54 kg) – gândiți-vă că eram mai scund și mai slab atunci – imediat ce am intrat în biroul procurorului m-a și întâmpinat cu sintagma „Marele infractor NUME AICI. Bine ai venit, ia un loc”. Dacă nu aș fi fost în situația aceea, m-ar fi bufnit un râs teribil la auzul acelor cuvinte. Dar în ciuda circumstanțelor în care mă aflam, râsul nu era chiar primul lucru pe care îmi venea să îl fac. Continuând, după încă 3 ore de audieri, mi-a spus în final lucrul pentru care mă rugasem deja de o sută de ori în gând în timp ce stăteam pe scaunul ăla din birou, cu ai mei într-o parte și avocatul în cealaltă: „Bun, noi am terminat aici. Tu o să te duci acasă acum și o să te chem eu iar altă dată. Ești liber”. Nu am putut să mai reacționez în momentul ăla, am schițat un zâmbet, am dat bună ziua și am plecat. Lucrul ălă, care la acel moment mi s-a părut cel mai bun lucru care mi s-a întâmplat în viața mea, avea să îmi schimbe în mod drastic viziunea despre lume și cum funcționează lucrurile și aveam să plătesc mult mai scump pentru asta. Mai exact, după încă aproximativ 3 luni am început să fac din nou aceleași lucruri. În astea 3 luni am mai fost chemat o dată la DIICOT și am participat la perchezițiile informatice care au fost efectuate pe dispozitivele care mi-au fost ridicate la percheziția domicilară. În viziunea mea de atunci, am dat cu subsemnatul odată și am stat la caterincă cu niște gabori într-un birou la BCCO, care mi-au cumpărat chiar și o cafea. Ce dracu` s-ar putea întâmpla mai rău de atât? Așadar, mi-am reînceput activitatea, cu siguranță deplină în faptul că dacă aș mai fi prins încă o dată repercursiunile ar fi fix aceleași, că mie nu o să îmi facă nimeni nimic pentru că ceea ce fac nu e atât de grav și cu un nivel de securitate mai sus în ceea ce privește modul în care făceam lucrurile. Și am continuat în felul ăsta o lungă perioadă de timp, doar că nivelul mai mare de securitate implica tranzacții mai restrânse și posibilități de monetizare mai puține, lucru care de asemenea avea să mă influențeze mai târziu. Timpul a trecut, și iată că am ajuns în luna martie a anului 2015. Între timp judecata procesului începuse la Tribunalul Bacău și mă afișasem de mai multe ori în fața instanței, eu lipseam de la școală pentru că nu îmi plăcea și nu o consideram importantă, lucru pe care îl susțin și acum dar care s-a reflectat într-un mod negativ în raportul efectuat de Serviciul de Probațiune în ceea ce privește persoana mea (raportul fiind o procedură obligatorie în cauzele cu minori și care încearcă să formeze o imagine de ansamblu asupra inculpatului, mediului din care provine și familiei acestuia). A venit și ultima zi a procesului pe fond și dezbaterea cauzei. Printre multe alte întrebări și concluzii, judecătoarea a menționat și „Domnule Bla, văd că în ciuda insistențelor și avertismentelor pe care vi le-am dat, tot nu vă faceți ceea ce ar trebui să faceți”. Iar lucrul care m-a revoltat cel mai tare a fost remarca morală pe care tot judecătoarea a făcut-o pe un ton deloc neprietenos și pe care dacă l-aș fi folosit eu aș fi fost acuzat că am un comportament neadecvat în sala de judecată: „și eu am avut o fată la școală, chiar în alt oraș, care stătea la cămin și îi trimiteam pachete prin tren. Și chiar în felul ăsta a terminat liceul și facultatea dar nu a lipsit de la școală. Tu ai toate condițiile și facilitățile de care alții nu beneficiază și nu te interesează”. O să fac o pauză aici ca să spun că respect toate deciziile pe care instanțele de judecată le-au luat în ceea ce mă privește, m-am supus acestora, le-am respectat întru totul și încă o fac. Dar să mi se facă o astfel de remarcă într-o sală de judecată, de către un judecător care a considerat important să compare siutația mea cu a propriului copil și să justifice prin acest mod decizia ulterioară de a mă condamna la pedeapsa maximă admisă de lege mi se pare inadmisibil și mi-a demonstrat cât de multă nedreptate există în justiția română și care e capacitatea în funcție a unor magistrați. NU contează că eu la momentul ăla comiteam din nou genul ăsta de infracțiuni fiindcă ele NU erau descoperite la acel moment și în temei legal nu existau. Singurul motiv pe care doamna judecător l-a găsit la acel moment ca să îmi aplice pedeapsa maximă a fost faptul că lipseam de la școală iar singurul mod prin care a reușit să facă din asta motivul principal în justificarea soluționării cauzei a fost să pună acest lucru într-un context subiectiv și extrem de nepotrivit într-un proces penal. Demn de menționat este și faptul că în hotărârea penală doamna judecător nu a considerat necesar să redea acest dialog, LUCRU CARE ESTE OBLIGATORIU PRIN LEGE CA ORICE DEZBATERE ȘI CONCLUZIE PUSĂ ÎN CURSUL UNUI PROCES PENAL DE ORICARE DINTRE PĂRȚI, CHIAR ȘI DE CĂTRE PREȘEDINTELE COMPLETULUI DE JUDECATĂ, SĂ FIE REDATĂ ÎN SCRIS ÎN HOTĂRÂREA PENALĂ. În schimb, a concluzionat sec, ca și motiv principal al aplicării pedepsei maxime prevăzute de lege: „pentru a avea timp să își termine studiile”. Închei scurt pauza prin a vă spune că în doi ani și jumătate de detenție nu am reușit să termin nici măcar o clasă în plus și asta strict din motive și decizii care nu au ținut de mine ci de sistemul penitenciar și legislația de rahat. Revenind, după ultimul cuvânt mi s-a spus că rămân în pronunțare peste două săptămâni, ceea ce însemna că în fix două săptămâni de la acel moment avea să se desfășoare o altă ședință la tribunal, fără participarea mea ori a avocatului ci doar a judecătorului și a procurorului, în care urma să fie decisă sentința penală. La momentul ăla nu știam exact ce urmează să se întâmple, dar având asigurarea avocatului și a altor persoane în domeniu pe care le-am consultat, respectiv că „o să îți aplice o măsură neprivativă de libertate, cel mai probabil libertatea supravegheată. Nu ai ce să pățești, că aveai 14 ani când ai făcut faptele, ai recunoscut și ai colaborat, chiar nu are ce să ți se întâmple”. Bazându-mă astfel pe aceste cuvinte, nu am acordat prea multă importanță la ceea ce avea să se întâmple… Iar ceea ce avea să se întâmple m-a lovit pe neașteptate. În ziua pronunțării, lucru de care nici nu îmi mai amintisem deoarece nu aveam nici un motiv să mă îngrijorez, aveam să aflu într-un mod extrem de neplăcut care a fost soluția dată de judecătoare. Ora 15:00. Stau la calculator. Vine maică-mea să mă întrebe: – „Ia vezi, nu a apărut pe net pronunțarea? – Nu a apărut, nu cred că apare azi că nu le bagă ăștia pe Internet în aceeași zi. Ne uităm mâine”, am spus eu, cu total dezinteres față de ceea ce putea să se întâmple și evitând astfel să îmi întrerup activitatea extrem de interesantă pe care o desfășuram în momentul ăla de a naviga pe reddit. Ora 19:00. Tot la calculator, plictisit, îmi trece prin minte ce m-a întrebat maică-mea. „Ia să văd eu mă, nu a apărut totuși aia?”. Tribunalul Bacău. Dosare. Număr 3952/110/2014. ”[…] aplică inculpatului minor BLA BLA BLA măsura educativă privativă de libertate a internării într-un centru de detenție pe o perioadă de cinci ani”. Fuck. FUCK. FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK. O, Doamne. O, nu. Doamne, ce mă fac?! Ce dracu` se întâmplă, nu se poate! Apucă ghiozdanul. Bagă laptopul în el. Uită-te în portofel. 100 lei. Băga-mi-aș pula, ce să fac cu 100 de lei? Uită-te repede pe stradă să nu vină poliția. Ok, nu vine încă. Scrie bilet de adio părinților în care le spui că nu poți să mergi la pușcărie și că o să îi cauți tu. Scrie că îți pare rău. Fugi mâncând pământul că poate să vină garda în orice moment și să te ia. Mergi în stația de microbuz. Ia primul microbuz până în Bacău (la momentul acțiunii eram la casa alor mei de la țară). Ajungi în oraș, mai ai 80 de lei. Îți iei ceva de mâncare și un suc, te duci în parc pe o bancă și te așezi. Încerci să îți aduni gândurile, să pui totul cap la cap, să găsești o soluție ca să ieși din situația asta nasoală, dar oricât de mult încerci nu funcționează. Nimic nu mai funcționează, creierul tău nu poate să proceseze informația în mod coerent și mintea ți s-a dat peste cap, în același timp ai un milion de gânduri și de idei dar parcă capul îți e gol fiindcă chestiile doar îți zboară prin cap aleatoriu dar nu se opresc. Ore întregi petrecute pe banca aia nenorocită, într-o seară cu puțin peste zero grade și îmbrăcat doar cu un tricou și o jachetă subțire. Te culci acolo până a doua zi dimineață sperând că mâine o să găsești o soluție sau că mâine poate nu o să te mai trezești și astfel nu o să mai fie nevoie să găsești soluția. Referință aici lapiticigratis.com. Radu, cel care are site-ul, la momentul ăla avea o rubrică numită „sfaturi gratis”, adică întrebai orice și ți se răspunea. I-am trimis mail în ziua aia și i-am spus în ce situație sunt. Omul mi-a răspuns că fără bani chiar nu am ce să fac, și în orice caz până la urmă tot mă găsesc ăștia. Mi-a spus că da, e nasol la pușcărie, dar nu ai ce să faci, cel mai bine e să îți asumi și să mergi să îți execuți pedeapsa. Până la urmă trece. Mersi, Radu, că la momentul ăla sfatul ăsta mi-a prins extrem de bine și cine știe ce alt căcat aș mai fi făcut dacă nu erai tu cu mailul salvator la momentul potrivit. Continuând povestea, am mers în piață, am mers la un țigan și am luat un telefon cu 20 de lei. Am sunat-o pe maică-mea, i-am explicat extrem de grăbit ce s-a întâmplat, cât de coerent am putut pentru că încă nu mă obișnuisem cu ideea, iar ea printre plânsetele pe care le avea din cauza faptului că nu știa unde sunt și ce am făcut, a reușit să mă calmeze spunându-mi că nu mă închide nimeni, că decizia nu e definitivă și că poate fi atacată prin apel, lucru pe care deja l-a făcut avocatul. Și pentru a doua oară am simțit că ăla a fost cel mai bun lucru care mi s-a întâmplat vreodată. Ca să mai scurtez din articol că scriu de vreo trei ore și nu pot să iau fiecare lucru în parte într-un singur articol ca să-l detaliez și o singură zi nu îmi ajunge pentru treaba asta, dar e posibil ca pe viitor să revin și cu partea a doua dacă o să consider necesar – între timp dosarul a intrat în apel, iar în iulie 2017 am fost la ședința de judecată unde mi s-a acordat un nou și ultim termen pentru a îmi pregăti apărarea, cu mențiunea explicită făcută de judecător că „ăsta chiar e ultimul termen. La următorul luăm soluția definitivă”. Lucru care m-a făcut chiar în acel moment să iau propria mea decizie definitivă că nu o să las lucrurile în voia sorții și că o să decid singur și prin propriile mijloace dacă merg sau nu la pușcărie, că nu o să aștept din nou decizia unui alt om în privința libertății și vieții mele. Astfel că am deliberat. O să fac bani și o să fug. Plec din țară. Îmi schimb înfățișarea, îmi fac acte, fac rost de bani iar după pa și pusi. Mă duce capul cât să mă descurc să fac și bani și să nu fiu nici prins. Gaborii sunt idioți și nu or să poată face nimic. Deci, am început cu primul pas, să fac bani. Aici trebuie să spun că și până în momentul ăla, cum am menționat și anterior, făceam încă infracțiuni prin internet și făceam și bani. Dar nu îndeajuns pentru treaba asta. Pentru treaba asta îmi trebuiau bani serioși și aveam de gând să îi fac cât mai repede cu putință. Iar faptul că trebuia să fac mulți și repede m-a silit să renunț la unele măsuri de precauție pe care le-aș fi luat în mod normal ca să mă asigur că nu poate să mă depisteze nimeni în legătură cu operațiunile pe care le făceam. Iar lucrul ăsta a fost și cel din urmă care m-a făcut să îmi pierd libertatea. Menționez că eram și depedent de pariuri sportive la momentul ăla, ca să se înțeleagă. Apucă-te și fă bani. Propune-ți ca în două săptămâni să faci 10.000 euro. Faci mai mult de 10.000 euro după două săptămâni. „Hai să-i înmulțesc, să fac mai mulți că am nevoie.” Îi joci la pariuri, pierzi. Repetă cu 20.000. Același rezultat. Repetă cu și mai mulți dar fă aceeași greșeală din nou și din nou și din nou. Între timp se instalează paranoia, știi că greșești și știi că asta implică riscuri, că ai putea fi prins. Legea spune că nu au voie să intre peste tine înainte de șase dimineața. Pui alarma la cinci și ai bagajul pregătit în fiecare dimineață, în caz că vine garda ți-ai luat geanta și ai fugit (la momentul ăla locuiam tot la casa de la țară la ai mei – ideea era că eu îi pot vedea venind pe șosea înainte să ajungă la mine și pot fugi prin spatele casei într-un timp de reacție decent, cu un avantaj de cel puțin două minute și jumătate cât le ia să spargă o poartă din fier masiv). Ți-e frică totuși, în interiorul tău ai sentimentul că ceva s-ar putea să nu meargă bine, că ȘTII că ceva nu o să meargă bine. Totuși, stick with the plan. Reușești și pui ceva bani deoparte, pe ăștia i-ai fentat cumva de la a deveni parte din profitul caselor de pariuri. Ia-ți chirie în Berlin. Ia-ți acte false. Ia-ți mașină să te scoată din țară. Toate astea costă și nu ai destul cât să îți ajungă pentru toate întrucât să ai totul pus la punct perfect. Zici că pleci peste două zile, amâni. Vine ziua, amâni iar. „Până la urmă lasă, fac cât pot și cu o zi înainte de proces plec. În ziua când vine condamnarea eu o sa fiu deja ieșit din țară, o să fiu chiar în spațiul Schengen și de acolo mă mișc mult mai ușor. E ok. O să meargă”. Ziua procesului era pe 22 septembrie 2015. 14 septembrie 2015. Noaptea trecută de abea ai dormit, de fapt așa e în fiecare noapte că de mult nu ai mai dormit cum trebuie. Nu mai poți să dormi, cum dracului să mai dormi când știi în ce situație de căcat ești. Faci exact ceea ce ai făcut în fiecare zi până atunci, bani. Dar de ceva timp nici pe ăștia nu mai poți să îi faci cum trebuie. Ai început să îți asumi riscuri mai mari dar banii sunt tot mai puțini. Pur și simplu nu mai merge. Nu mai merge și gata. Nu ai noroc în viață. Stres maxim, nu știi ce să faci. Vine noaptea și te gândești că lasă, mâine o să iasă mai bine. Vrei să te culci. Ca de obicei, intră rutina paranoică în funcțiune. Bagaj – verificat. Bani – verificat. Acte – verificat. Alarmă la telefon – verificat (eu nu mă trezesc fără alarmă. Nici atunci și nici acum). Pui telefonul sub pernă ca să fii sigur că îl auzi. Pui capul pe pernă și încerci să adormi. Mai trec câteva minute – beep beep beep – your iPhone battery is under 10%. „Futu-ți morții mă-tii”. Vrei să îl pui la încărcat, dar ești deja super obosit și parcă îți pică ochii în cap. Nu știi ce să faci. „Lasă, îmi bag pula, nu au venit până acum nu or să vină nici mâine. NU SE POATE SĂ VINĂ CHIAR MÂINE. NU AR FI CORECT”. Pui capul pe pernă și adormi. 15 septembrie 2015. Ora 06:00. Zgomot. Gălăgie. Nu ai timp să reacționezi pentru că primul lucru pe care îl auzi fix în momentul în care creierul tău a ieșit din starea de somn e „Poliția, deschide. Deschide bă că spargem ușa!”. Primul lucru care îl vezi sunt mascații postați în fața ușii tale. Au intrat. Mandat de percheziție și mandat de aducere. VIAȚĂ 1 – 0 TU Iar după aceea, am fost dus la Cluj. Reținut, arestat preventiv, condamnat, liberat condiționat în martie 2018. Mai pe scurt, trimis între tot felul de nenorociți, criminali, violatori și așa mai departe, în niște condiții mizere și mult prea josnice pentru demintatea unei ființe umane. Dar despre subiectul ăsta o să scriu alt articol, altă dată. Momentan e de ajuns. Povestioară scurtă de final: Când au venit băieții de la Cluj cu mascații peste mine, eu am vrut să fac pe băiatul bun care colaborează că poate scap cumva ca și prima dată, adică mă duc să dau o declarație și mă întorc. Dar am dus planul într-atât de departe, încât într-o fracțiune de secundă înainte ca ei să intre peste mine deja m-am gândit la toată desfășurarea poveștii ăsteia în modul mai sus-menționat, așa că am ascuns repede portofelul cu toți banii în pernă și am tras fermoarul gândindu-mă că după ce mă întorc acasă tot o să am nevoie de ei să fug. După ce au intrat am făcut pe inocentul și le-am dat tot ce au vrut cu indicații precise – „da, mai am și un laptop ascuns acolo, mai sunt și telefoanele alea prin mașină, mai am și niște hard-diskuri aruncate pe colo, dar stați să vedeți că vă dau și parolele de la toate conturile mele, uitați, haideți să deschidem PC-ul să vedeți că nu vă mint. Vă dau tot. Da` stați să vedeți că vă dau chiar și date despre ăla despre care știu eu că mai face că i-am luat toate informațiile, e un hacker d`ăsta de prin București” – „Auzi, băiatu`*, da` banii, banii unde sunt? Că știm că ai și de ăia. Dă și banii dacă tot ești tu așa de colaborativ”*. – Stai dom`le așa că banii nu îi am în cash că i-am transformat pe toți în Bitcoin că știam că veniți. Da` nu îi mai vreau, vă dau tot. Vrei să îți dau adresa de la portofelul Bitcoin? Hai că ți-o dau. Uite acuma îți dau datele. Vrei să le și verificăm? Acuma` le verificăm, nu e nicio problemă. Eu sunt băiat serios. Ăia chiar au mușcat-o și m-au crezut, desigur, fără să încerce să verifice datele pe care eu le-am oferit de la un portofel de Bitcoin care nici măcar nu exista pentru că nu puteau să facă asta atunci, lucrurile astea urmau să se facă pe parcursul anchetei. Urmau să plece din camera mea să continue percheziția și în restul casei. Au ieșit civilii, ies și eu. Un mascat în fața mea și unul în spate. Dau să ies din cameră, mă trage ăla din spate – „ia stai bă așa.”. Se uită la pernă, i se pare că stătea puțin strâmb, după cum chiar el mi-a zis în mașină. Băi, puțin strâmb. Adică PUȚIN. Și stătea așa fix din cauză că portofelul era umflat cu bani. Se oprește, ia perna și o întoarce. Ditamai umflătura. Deschide fermoarul – începe să plouă cu bani. Băi, curgeau, la propriu, parcă era Dunărea când se varsă în Marea Neagră. „Ia veniți colegii înapoi că am mai găsit ceva”. La care reacția ofițerilor BCCO care desfășurau percheziția a fost „ia uite măi, unde era portofelul lui virtual. În pernă.”
Olight sent this PL-1 II Valkyrie weapon light for review - it's the first gun light I've reviewed. Thanks to Going Gear for facilitating the exchange and thanks to Olight for sending out the review unit!
I found the build quality of the Valkyrie to be good. During testing, I did drop the light rather hard, and one of the corners took some abuse. But the Valkyrie did withstand 100+ rounds from being mounted on a 9mm 115gr ammo. So the build quality and durability go get good marks from me. The threads on the head are just like the girls I dated in college beefy, square, and shallow. They have a nice amount of lube, and unlike most other unanodized threads, I never really felt like I was about to cross thread them any time I used them. The housing of the Valkyrie is held together by 4 Philips head screws. They're right beside the button. But the fact is that the head screws right off to reveal the electronics etc, just for changing the cell. I do not see easy access to the LED- the bezel is possibly press fit but I'd imagine screwed in. The bezel is just proud of the reeding on the bezel, so if one was inclined to do an emitter swap, it might be feasible. (You can kind of see it here.) So it may be possible to disassemble the light, but I won't call it easy. There are also some thick, deep cooling fins on the top side. Only one end of the battery compartment has a spring. Note that I have not seen any pressure switches for this light.... So it's likely strictly to be used near the trigger guard, and not much past that - i.e. it's not going to work on longer guns, unless you're using your non-trigger hand to activate the light.
The Valkyrie is supplied with rail mounts for Picatinny and Glock rails. It looks like the Glock rail is shipped installed, but I can say that this mount fit my Walther PPQ very firmly too. Those screws are Torx screws, and Olight includes a Torx wrench for swapping the rail mount. The mount is improved from v1 of this light. I see reports of the first mounting system being suspect at best, and possibly failing. The retention on v2, throughout my testing was absolutely rock solid. And as a bonus, it's very easy to remove from the weapon - just a flip of the lever. That lever flip will not happen unintentionally, though. The lever isn't "open" until it's flipped 180 degrees from it's locked position, as seen here, open, and here, closed. That's it for this weapon light.
Supplied is one primary, 1600 mAh CR123A cell. Primary cells are all the manual mentions as far as I can see, but the light does work with rechargeables. However, most of the 16340 cells I have were too long. Only (and coincidentally?) the Olight brand 16340 I have from another light worked in the Valkyrie. It's strictly a length issue though - all the other 16340's I had were a solid 1-2mm longer than the Olight branded cell. In my two runtime test, I found the termination voltage to be 3.41V and 3.19V. This did not seem to be a timed voltage shutoff, because the light will in fact not operate below those voltages. The runtime tells what I think one would hope a runtime tells for a weapon light. The light stays at very near it's highest level for the duration of it's 30 minute runtime. The temperature does not seem to be regulated, and the light got quite warm, but that won't be a problem since the light won't be hand held (and the temps didn't get into the dangerous territory for the cells/emitter). Note about the runtime - since the light is meant for primaries, and primaries typically have twice at least, the capacity of rechargeables (and this one was just 550mAh), I have no doubt that the Valkyrie will reach the claimed 1h of runtime. I'd be interested to see what the temperature did if left on for that long, however.
User Interface and Operation
There are two identical tail switches on the Valkyrie - designed to fit around the trigger guard and be accessible for right and left handed shooters. These switches have identical use, except when they're used in unison, and in that case, they activate strobe. That's it, really. There's not much to the UI but that's a good thing, because in high stress situations, there's less to fiddle with and screw up. The switches are very tactile - grippy and raised enough to be easily noted while a weapon is drawn. They're also clickable from multiple angles, so no matter how you come at them, you can activate the light.
LED and Beam
This light features a Cree XP-L emitter. The beam has a nice hotspot with a fair bit of spill. The reflector is smooth, allowing for maximum throw from this domed emitter. There's nothing bad about the beam profile, particularly for this use. The tint is a little... off for my tastes - very cool. But for maximum lumens, cool is good. If you study the beamshot carefully (or, even just glance at it critically) you'll note that the beam is a bit of a broad "plus" shape. I attribute that to what you see here I attribute this to the dome of an XP-L emitter - it's not completely domed, and those flat sides (as you can barely make out in that photo) make the beam shape this way.
Streamlight has a bunch of very similar models. Some have TIR optics (which I like and think would be a bonus in this application) and some have laser mounts, etc. One thing that irks me about the Streamlights - the emitters are labeled as "C4 technology". IE, Streamlight isn't telling me what emitter is in their light. I'd rather go with a known emitter that might be not the latest emitter, than a complete unknown. Of course internet searching can reveal the emitter being used in most models, but I want the company to state it themselves. Surefire also makes at least a couple of similar lights (X300 for example). Surefire has a great reputation, and you'll pay for that - the Surefire options are all at least twice the price of this Olight. Both of the competition listed here uses paddle switches on their lights. Though I haven't shot with a paddle switch light, I think that might be more precise than the rubber boot buttons on the Olight.
For a 5" long barrel handgun, I think the Olight PL-1 II Valkyrie is a great choice. For 4" barrel handguns, the Valkyrie is still good, but be aware that the light will protrude past the barrel.
What I like
Not a finicky UI
What I don't like
Emitter could be updated
Light is a little long
This is a nice-price functional weapon light, that has held up to the abuse I've put it through, and I can easily recommend it.
Thanks to Olight for sending this light, and to GoingGear.com for facilitating.
In the next few days I'll have a Streamlight to do a photo comparison with, thanks to u/FARTBOX_DESTROYER
2016.12.02 20:50 insukioSub Wiki for mobile users.
Commonly asked Q&A: Q1: I'm new to smoking, what should I buy? A1: If your new to smoking go for Marlboro Lights/Golds, Camel Turkish Golds or some other light/gold brand. You don't have to smoke the entire cigarette if you are a new smoker. Smoking is like drinking alcohol, if you force yourself to consume too much and your new, you might puke/vomit. Not a pretty sight. Q2: I started with _ Light/Gold cigarettes, now I want something stronger. What does /cigarettes recommend? A2: Camel Turkish Royals, Camel Filters, Lucky Strike non-filtered (again you don't have to smoke the entire cig), Camel non-filtered and many others such as Natural American Spirit Blues. There are a dozen threads made asking this exact question. 123 and many others. Q3.1: Is it really cheaper to Roll Your Own Cigarettes? A3.1: In some ways it is, depending on your state. It's $7 for a 35gram pouch + shipping at most stores we use, and that rolls about a pack and a half. If you decide to go this route, here are some tips. Q3.2: Do I need to buy an injector + tubes? A3.2:If you don't feel like reading my long post), basically don't go the tube + injector route unless you plan to use an electric injector. The other type sort of suck. You will be much happier using a cheap $5 roller and some Element rice papers. Peter Stokkebye is a quality cigarette rolling tobacco, if your new, go for his Danish Blend or Turkish blend as they are light. If you want a little more kick but still a light smoke, go for Stockholm blend by him. Bali Shag and Drum are also well liked brands. Q3.3: Can I make my own cigs using Pipe Tobacco to save money over using shag cut rolling tobacco which has high taxes? A3.3: If you decide to go the Pipe Tobacco route, use a Dual Purpose blend like 'Ohm' or 'The Good Stuff'. Most pipe tobacco brands are not meant to be inhaled though, and will, from my own experience and others, make your chest feel very heavy and you will cough up quite a bit of tar the next day. It tends to stink like BBQ as well. :( Q4: Where can I buy rolling tobacco online from? A4: SJcigars.com and lilbrown.com are legit. Lilbrown has a few negative things that we need to discuss. They tell you to be at least 19 years of age to order, but if you pick UPS Ground (cheapest shipping method lilbrown offers), UPS themselves will require you to be 21 years or older to sign for the package.. A bit unprofessional of a large tobacco store to not mention you need to be 21 years of age or older to sign for the package. However SJ is different. They offer nearly all of Peter S's blends (which we recommend) in 35G pouch form ($7), unlike Lilbrown who only offers few of Peter S' shag in 35G, and SJ is much faster with shipping, and the Post Office is Federal. Meaning 18 to sign for the package ;). Q5: Where can I buy cigarettes online from? A5: There are very few, and we mean VERY few legit places. WARNING: Even the sites we rate and recommend below might turn out to be selling counterfeit cigs. Why? Simple. These cigs come from poor areas in Europe like Russia and Ukraine. These countries have lower quality control, hence cheaper cigs. It is not uncommon for places that everyone thought was legit (dutyfreedepot.com) to turn out to be selling Chinese counterfeit cigs that had; heavy metals, saw dust, trace amounts of human fecal matter, and many other reported disgusting experiences. The answer: (4/4) Dutyfree.io is probably the best place to use, other than ciggiesworld.com. Ciggiesworld is from Indonesia, and many reviewers (such as Dan from YouTube whom has 70k+ subscribers) have had pleasant experiences with them. Dutyfree.io is popular from Silk Road and other places, they sell you cheap cigarettes from Ukraine, again quality control may not be great, but you do save money and will NOT get grassed to the police and end up paying taxes, as it's BTC (cryptocurrency payment = anon). ** robturner45 ordered from Dutyfree.io and had a great experience. ** ** Lay3zordered from dutyfree.io.** gotcigarettes (dutyfree.io) in the past ran promocode:
I'm gonna use a Marlboro model, though there are other brands that use the same colors (or have their own analogues): Red: Standard; heavy to some, yet normal to others. Green: Menthol, the only added flavor permitted in USA cigarettes as of 2009. Smooth: Menthol that tastes synthetic at times, and like a peppermint patty at others. Use with caution; Skylines are similar. Blue: for Marlboro, these are the "mild" menthols; for Camel, it means they're Lights. Gold: these used to be called Lights, but due to the government insisting that they must be renamed due to a nonexistent misconception that "light" cigarettes were healthier. In actuality, these filters have more holes poked in them or something to make the draw more difficult; to me, there's a noticeable taste difference as well. Silver: Ultra Light. Black: a subseries of Marlboro that's cheaper than the usual line; these don't taste quite as good, but they're better than Special Blend. Black can mean different things for different brands, though; for American Spirit, it's the Perique blend - they usually knock me on my ass if I'm not careful. Special Blend: Available in Red and Green for King Size and 100mm. I would recommend that you avoid these; they're some of my least favorite. 72 - baby cigs. They're so cute and they seem to last about a minute or two if smoked quickly. Short/King Size (estimated 77.5mm) - these are standard length cigarettes; most are about this long. 83 - a length offered only by Marlboro to my knowledge. Slightly longer than King Size, these have a decent burn length, but doesn't feel like a 100. 99 - joke length Camels use instead of 100s 100 - the Long John of cigarettes. The filters on these are longer than usual, and to me, they seem more difficult to pull on. I used to get these all the time, but they took too long for me to smoke between classes, and I couldn't fit them into my jacket pocket on my breast. Cigarettes longer than 100mm are typically Virginia Slims or other old-lady cigarettes; these last extremely long and should probably only be used on half-mile walks with friends or in the parlor of the mansion. Cigarettes have different designations among different brands (for example, American Spirit uses light blue as standard and yellow as light, while dark green is menthol and light green is light menthol, among other choices like the brown Organic labelled boxes they occasionally have and aforementioned black Perique blend). Try a bunch and see what you like. Personally, my favorite cigarette is an unfiltered Camel (pretty rare; I know only one shop in my area that stocks them), but the super-rare Kamel Reds (yes, still RJ Reynolds) are a perfect King-size filtered cigarette. Happy trails, and let me know if you want clarification or if I missed anything.
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2016.10.22 02:21 serieusflirtenDatingtips voor het vinden van je online partner
Sta jij open voor online dating of ben jij meer van de oude stempel? Tegenwoordig groeit het aantal mensen op dating sites sterk en dit is natuurlijk onwijs positief! Mensen die normaal in het dagelijks leven niet zomaar op iemand afstappen. Of mensen die zoveel werken dat ze weinig onder de mensen komen kunnen nu simpel en snel een partner ontmoeten. Helaas is het toch allemaal erg nieuw voor veel mensen en ze moeten er toch aan wennen iemand te leren kennen via internet. Vandaar dat wij hebben besloten de 4 belangrijkste tips mbt online daten voor jullie online te zetten! Deze datingtips gelden zowel voor de pro dater als de beginner. Deze tips zullen je zeker helpen bij het vinden van een partner online! Datingtip 1: De profielfoto Zorg altijd dat je een profiel foto upload bij je datingprofiel. Zo geef je aan de andere singles aan dat je serieus opzoek bent naar een partner en ook laat het zelfvertrouwen zien! Deze profielfoto moet zo duidelijk mogelijk zijn, de foto moet een duidelijk beeld van jou als persoon geven om zo de juiste personen aan te trekken! Let wel altijd op watvoor foto je opload op welke site. Op een sexdating site verwachten mensen bijvoorbeeld een spannende foto en zal dit ook meer succes mee brengen. Datingtip 2: Berichten versturen Berichten zijn na de foto op je datingprofiel de belangrijkste dingen van je profiel. Schrijf nooit te kort en bondig en mijd openingszinnen als; “Hey, alles goed?” Stuur iets orgineels en hou het toch persoonlijk, laat in je bericht zien dat je haar profiel hebt gelezen en het je interesse heeft gewekt. Vertel haar over jullie gelijke wensen of doelen als die aanwezig zijn. Maar wees altijd eerlijk in je berichten, prijs jezelf niet aan als iemand anders, want dan houd contact nooit lang stand! Maak echter je eerste bericht nooit te lang, het zou immers zonde van je tijd zijn als de ander geen interesse heeft in je. Datingtip 3: De ontmoeting Als je nu via een online datingsite een leuke man of vrouw hebt leren kennen en je hebt na lang chatten of mailen er een goed gevoel bij. Ga dan vooral niet te lang door in deze sfeer en doe is gek vraag haar of hem om een ontmoeting. Als je tochal zo veel online kon spreken, waarom dan niet in het echt? Het vervelende is namelijk vaak klikken mensen erg goed online en dan komt het gewoon nooit van een ontmoeting. Na verloop van tijd verwatert het contact via internet dan toch en zodoende heeft een leuke match nooit kunnen plaatsvinden. En dat is zonde, dus zit je gevoel goed en lijkt iemand je leuk, vraag ze dan om je te ontmoeten. Datingtip 4: Veiligheid Hoe leuk en spannend online daten ook is, let wel altijd op wie je ontmoet. Helaas komt het vaak voor dat mensen zich voordoen als een ander en dan tijdens de eerste ontmoeting ben je telleurgesteld, of erger! Je hebt helaas een boel rare mensen op de wereld. En in deze online dating wereld moet je daar zeker rekening mee houden. Wij adviseren dan ook altijd op de eerste of eerste paar dates af te spreken in openbare gelegenheden. Pas als je jezelf totaal op je gemak voelt bij deze persoon prive af te spreken. Ben je nog steeds geinteresseerd in online daten, dan hebben wij nog 1 enkele tip voor je. Wij hebben 1 datingsite waar wij erg tevreden over zijn. Wees wel gewaarschuwd, het is een soort adult datinsite. Er zijn namelijk ook zat leden mannelijk en vrouwelijk die alleen opzoek zijn naar sex. Maar kwa flirten en snel nieuwe mensen leren kennen is het zeker aan te bevelen. Probeer het nu gratis, ga naar www.serieusflirten.nl en begin met flirten!
2016.08.12 07:34 VannStrifeSkyforge Beginner's Manual & Game Information
Welcome, Skyforgians! Last Updated: 22/Aug/2016 WARNING: THIS GUIDE IS SPLIT INTO TWO DIFFERENT SECTIONS, YOU CAN FIND THE SECOND PART OF THE GUIDE HERE. Reddit only has a 40,000 character limit which severely limited any progression on the first original post, so posting a second thread was the only possible solution to this problem after discussing it with the moderators on the subreddit. Hopefully this is an organized and manageable way to rely information, and I apologize for being unable to fit all of the information into one post! So, this guide is going to contain a multitude of things for the Reddit community to use and share amongst other immortals and new players to Skyforge. If you're going to be negative, just don't. If something needs changed, please share it below so I can get it changed. I'll try to answer most of the frequent questions that I've seen throughout Reddit and in-game (from my Pantheon, Myrmidons) as well as list some general tips that I wish I'd known prior to starting my first account. As such, this guide will contain some of the "dos" and the "donts" that you'll face in your first several months as a beginner immortal, and even some things when you become an God. If you have any personal questions, you can join my discord (https://www.discord.gg/014Xd5ILurIVFqVlD) or just post them below for a more delayed and diversive response. As for now, the main things that I'll be covering (a table of contents, of sorts) are listed below. You can use CTRL + F to locate any of the sections below! Skyforge Guide: Part One
note: if you don't see something above, please let me know so I can get it included in the list. Do you need additional help understanding? You can join the community discord for help, group finding, builds or anything else you could need! (https://www.discord.gg/014Xd5ILurIVFqVlD) > Skyforge: Become a God Welcome to the game! You've downloaded the game, and you're finally part of the community. You're going to find some of the special things that make Skyforge fun in this section, and while others may disagree, I continue finding fun in this game every single day. While it doesn't have the greatest skill animations, it does have beautiful graphics, terrible (yet funny) voice actors, a decent storyline, and things to do whenever you want. Key Features
13 classes, switchable on your character whenever you feel like.
Divine Mode, enhanced combat gameplay at the cost of in-game obtainable energies (faith).
Invasion storylines and missions.
Unique combat system.
Always something to do, squads, groups, invasion missions, parties, raids, training avatars and more.
Somewhat "balanced" 3v3 player versus player. Massive Battles is a wreck, but fun sometimes.
Active region chat during top hours, never have a problem finding a group for any missions.
Hilarious voice acting. Hilarious. Seriously, hilarious. Bad, but hilarious.
Unique character costumes (somewhat), they aren't that COOL, but they're kinda cool.
Companion system, attacks, revives and picks up items.
In-game currency to real money currency conversions.
Caps and spark caps to attempt to prevent "older" players progressing to endless levels.
Pantheons to stimulate activity amongst group-play.
Arguably the best graphical display of scenary and cutscenes in the MMO current.
You'll find that this game receives a lot of hate on Reddit and the forums, ignore this. Get into the game, join a Pantheon's academy (look below), and start your adventure. A lot of the game is self explanatory, however, some will take getting used to. It has a unique combat system, it should explain how that works. If you need any help, need more information on Skyforge, or simply want to chatter, you can join my Discord (discord.gg/014Xd5ILurIVFqVlD). Do you need additional help understanding? You can join the community discord for help, group finding, builds or anything else you could need! (https://www.discord.gg/014Xd5ILurIVFqVlD) > Frequently Asked Questions If you’re looking for guidance early on in the game, and you’ve got some questions you may (or may not) be seeking answers for, please seek your answers below. If they’re unclear, ask for further clarification... but as of now, these are the questions I've seen most frequently asked throughout the forums, reddit, and in-game. Again, any questions, let me know! Q: What is the current best starting class?
This depends on YOU! If you like to support others, you can start immediately as a Lightbinder. If you're interested in doing lots of damage, and seeing high numbers, make sure you're starting out as a Cryomancer. Finally, if you're interested in tanking, supporting and doing a moderate amount of damage, start as a Paladin. You'll find that these classes remain relevant throughout the game, having their own purpose and needs, but the one you choose now does help with how you get into the game. Choose wisely. I personally recommend choosing Cryomancer, maxing the class, and then getting Evolution Sparks to max the Paladin class, you must have a premium account to be receiving Sparks of Evolution . But more of that will be explained later.
Q: Can you have multiple accounts?
Yes, you just need a different email, phone number or twitter account to use as login information.
Q: Can you restart on accounts? Any way to reverse what you’ve done in the atlas/game?
No, unfortunately. If you’ve deleted an item, put in tons of sparks that you shouldn’t have, or done anything else you regret, there’s hardly any circumstance they allow you to reverse anything that you personally did to your account.
Q: How do I unlock the Ascension Atlas? I'm stuck inside of a class atlas and can't seem to find the "Ascension Atlas"? Do I need to complete something for this?
Ah, yes. In order to unlock your Ascension Atlas, you must reach the node inside of your initial class's atlas (whether that's Cryomancer, Paladin or Lightbinder) that allows you to start gathering class sparks for that specific class. After unlocking this node, you will be able to access the upper Ascension Atlas. According to Reddit user @DietEbolaCoke, you must also complete a quest of some sort prior to unlocking the atlas. So if you don't unlock it quite yet, don't fret!
Q: I see there are 13 classes on Skyforge, but I only have three unlocked. What can I do to unlock any of these other classes?
You can do two different things to unlock classes in Skyforge! Your first option is the typical one, that's following the path of sparks to the class in the Ascension Atlas. An easy way to find the fastest path is to find the class you're trying to unlock and "right-click" the class node you're trying to access and set that as your path. Your second option is buying one of the collector edition packages that occasionally release and receiving particular classes like that. Sometimes Skyforge will also send you an email containing a free class unlock if you're lucky!
Q: How do I receive the grey and pink sparks needed to unlock particular nodes in the Ascension Atlas? The talent I'm trying to reach is being blocked and I've never seen these nodes!
You can unlock the pink sparks as well as Sparks of Revelation doing two different things. You can do Ether Trees in the Hostile Territories after reaching 32,000 prestige, or by participating in Small Battles! If you win a particular number of 3v3 (Small Battles/Battle of Equals), you will receive an amount of Sparks of Revelation that can be used to open paths.
Q: So, I've heard you can unlock "class symbols" by completing the class atlas. What does this entitle, and how do I do it? Is there a symbol/class that I should focus on finishing first? What are the best symbols?
Yes! You can unlock two symbol slots, a class outfit and a class symbol for successful completion of a class atlas. You can successfully complete a class atlas by *completely obtaining all of the "big nodes" in the class atlas, you do NOT need to unlock every node to finish the atlas! You should focus on finishing your favorite class first, and then if you've got premium, you can use this class to receive Sparks of Evolution that are useable on ANY class atlas! You should focus on Paladin's symbol first, it's very essential to the gameplay of Skyforge. After that, your symbol choices are focused on what you want to do. If you're a DPS, the Witch/ArcheKinetic/Alchemist symbols are all very good. If you're a tank, then the LightbindeKnight skills are good! If you're a support, tanking symbols work well.
Q: So, I'm stuck in a rock in a squad, or I'm stuck in general and I need some help. I can't move, I can't jump out of it, and I can't mount. What should I do?
Stuck again! No worries. You can try a couple of different things. First things first, try to switch classes to Lightbinder, you can use their teleport skill to try to get back on track and out of a stuck spot. If that doesn't work, try to click F11 and get out of it that way (leaving the adventure). If that fails, log off and come back in 30 minutes, your character typically resets unless it's in an Open Region. If you're in an Open Region and this occurs, open your map and teleport to your nearest teleport pad for 750 credits (free for premium).
Q: Why does PvP take so long to queue?
It's a simple matter of not as many players enjoying player versus player as much as the players whom enjoy doing player versus everything. You can usually help your queue time by typing "queue for 10v10" or "queue for 3v3" in the region chat. This usually gets 5-10 people registered immediately.
Q: When do you get Divine Form, and what is it?
Divine Form is an enhancement usable during “active play” maps and missions (squads, party missions, groups, invasion missions, sudden attacks, open regions), in which you receive a significant boost to your HP, damage, movement speed and overall survivability. You get this mode after completing the story line mission that becomes available to you after reaching 32,000 prestige.
Q: I read you can do Hostile Territories in Divine Mode without a group after completing God of Travels, but everytime I try to click a tree, it says that I need to be in a group. Any help with this?
Yes, you can actually do Hostile Territories (Anomalies) without a group. You must first have the Understanding of Mysteries node inside of your God of Travels atlas lit up. After that, using Divine Mode then clicking the tree will allow you to do the mission alone. You cannot activate the tree then go Divine Mode, you must first activate the Divine Mode, then click the tree.
Q: Is Skyforge dying?
What’s dead can never die! Just kidding. It is in a decline, but to consider it dying? No. If every new player that reads this post gives it a full hearted chance, then no. If everyone reads the discouraging comments made by angry 12 year olds on a Wednesday night before their mother takes their internet access away, then yes, it’s possible the game could die. Get an account made, download the game client/launcher, and join us!
Q: I haven’t played in months, I’ve got tons of things in my inventory that I don’t understand, and my caps are outrageous. What should I do?
Well, welcome back to start things rolling. You’re going to need to sort through your inventory, if it’s full, it will not allow you to join missions, walk or really do anything at all. So begin by sorting through your inventory. Your biggest advantage when “sorting” your inventory, is going to be hovering over each item, as some give a brief description. Things you should primarily care about: Ether Cores, Holy Texts, Premium Subscriptions. If you get little consumables/useable (such as Jar of Acid), you can choose to either sell them or keep them. They do take up space in a very limited inventory system. After sorting, you’ll want to start tackling your caps. In those bags, boxes and gimmicks they give you, you should have gotten your hands on “Spark Replicators”, those are located in the bottom middle of the screen on any menu/inventory window. They are extremely important, and can act as replicators (duh) to boost your gaining of sparks and momentum. You’ll want to begin tackling these sparks based on your prestige and current availability to things… whether or not you can join Operation Isabella: Attack, or if you will have to grind our squads in Echeleon is entirely up to your current prestige. If you can find someone to carry you through the brackets of OI:A, then by all means, find someone. Sparks are important! Gather blue sparks primarily to begin, you’ll understand why in a later section. Green and red are great and shouldn’t be avoided, I mean… red could be, but you’ll understand soon. Start grinding.
Q: What do I do if my client keeps freezing? I'm getting heavy amounts of lag and honestly I don't think my computer is strong enough to run Skyforge, any solutions?
Your first thing to do is make sure other CPU extensive applications aren't on your computer, this could be things like any sort of other game, Skype, even in some cases your browser. If these things are all off, and you're still facing issues, attempt to get into your graphical settings in your game and make sure those are not messed up. If all else fails, reinstall the game. That sometimes helps with these kind of issues.
Q: What are caps?
Your caps are located in your "valuables tab" in your inventory window. These represent the amount of each of these categories that you collect in one weeks time. These caps reset every Wednesday morning (PST). If you've a got 15,000 "insight cap spark cap", then you can collect 15,000 sparks of insight before being unable to collect anymore. This system was set in place to ensure any "new joining player" could "catch up" to the older players, although the system doesn't always work as intended.
Q: Should I join a Pantheon Academy?
Yes! Preferably one that has high towers, too. Pantheon Academies do a lot for the younger player, providing between a 5-10k prestige boost in their towers. Also, they generally help lead you into the larger Pantheons, which are extremely helpful in running larger missions, groups, distortions, and invasions. Academies also reward small gifts for advancing and leveling up, things you don't want to miss! Join a Pantheon Academy today.
Do you need additional help understanding? You can join the community discord for help, group finding, builds or anything else you could need! (https://www.discord.gg/014Xd5ILurIVFqVlD) > Current Class Meta Are you tired of being the worst DPS? Are you sick and tired of dying every time you're supposed to be "the tank"? How about support? Are you tired of your group yelling at you because you've got NO IDEA what you're doing?! If you answered yes to any of these questions, you're in the right section. Here's a little bit about the current class meta. DPS Chart (Overall Damage)
Archer (One Shot)
Witch (Normal Build)
Witch (Curse Bot)
Kinetic & Necromancer & Slayer
Tank Chart (Survivability)
Support Chart (Necessity)
Great, so you can see the currently relevant classes in Skyforge, but you're still confused on the builds, the equipment, the rings... I get it, you're confused. I could explain every single build, for every single class here but that would just take too long. So instead of that, I'm going to post an extremely helpful guide to just about every relevant class (as well as rotations, chapel priority, and everything else) inside of it. https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1PILtl9xqz9kKb8RnBFcsLxjCUzezUVkt1ytFWHrkAxg/edit#gid=472276892 Do you need additional help understanding? You can join the community discord for help, group finding, builds or anything else you could need! (https://www.discord.gg/014Xd5ILurIVFqVlD) > Terminology / Abbreviations One of the biggest problems that I first faced in Skyforge was the constant abbreviations and terminology that I just didn't understand in the regional chat when I was looking for a group. Basically, the "Group Finder" in the game doesn't really work. Nobody uses it. If everyone used it, then we wouldn't have the constant spam in the regional chat... but when you're looking at the regional chat, you've got to know what the words you should be typing, and looking for, are. I'm going to give you a list here. Common Terminology
1fire/flame - 5fire/flame = "1 to 5 Flame", EU = "XXX11-XXX15"
I did have a big problem with these, but after reading the list over a couple of times, the abbreviations really start to make sense. If you can think of any common abbreviations, let me know in the comments below. I know this is a confusing thing for a lot of people, so I hope this helps! Do you need additional help understanding? You can join the community discord for help, group finding, builds or anything else you could need! (https://www.discord.gg/014Xd5ILurIVFqVlD) > Helpful Tips & Tricks Need some helpful advice? Are you confused on some kind of aspect of the game? No worries. I got you in this category. This will be the section that gives you ALL of the helpful tips and tricks that I've learned throughout the game, and some helpful categories that I wish I'd known about before I started in/advanced into Skyforge. I'll try to keep this section as updated as possible. If you know of any other tips and tricks, please let me know! I'd love to spread your words with everyone!
Before hitting 32,000 prestige, focus primarily on getting your blue nodes in your Ascension Atlas filled. Every blue node inside of that small region blocked by the pink and revelation sparks should be filled, and green nodes are fine too. You should avoid Might until you get to 32,000 prestige as just a way of "min-maxing" your DPS at earlier levels. Strength, Luck, Spirit and Valor are a lot more important stats than Might at this early prestige phase.
Sell ALL of your story-line medium sized spark replicators, do not open them! You will receive 510 argents for every 3 replicators sold. This adds up to over 10,000 argents by the end of the storyline.
Spend all of your credits in the beginning of the game on reaching 10/10/12 on your equipment boosters, primary, off-hand and equipment respectively. Do not ever accelerate your Order missions using credits, and for the moment, do not convert your credits to argents.
Any credits left over after 10/10/12, save for the upcoming events. At this time, you should convert your credits to argents and spend all of your money on hoarding argents to spend speeding up your event process to get victor's medals.
You should not convert argents to victor's medals, save these argents for events. Save ALL argents for events. Period. You should not spend your argents on anything else.
If you're looking to maximize your damage, you should focus on getting all of your Order to max capacity. You will need the optimizers that can be purchased using victor's medals, and these will allow you to have two bonuses per region of your Order's control. This adds up to massive bonuses once you get to higher levels, and are extremely necessary.
Do your best to find a pantheon that actively keeps A1-A4 distortions unlocked, once you hit 30-70k prestige, the A1 distortion farm is unparalleled for Sparks of Evolution farming. You can gain over 24,000 Sparks of Evolution an hour if you're equipped with an appropriate team. Ask your pantheon leaders for help with this.
After unlocking your Divine form, you should focus on unlocking your two secret knowledge mission nodes (located in the Divine Atlas), these will allow you to send adepts to find Secret Knowledge (10 for successful completion, 5 for a failed completion), and this will add up. You can send them every 8 hours, so a total of 6 missions can be done in a single day. That equals 60 secret knowledge. Major unlocks require 1,400 secret knowledge, small unlocks require 120. You can see how this adds up if you're doing it correctly.
Unlock God of Travels. Unlock every node and symbol in this atlas. It is extremely useful for DPS, and even more so for solo players. You'll find that this atlas is a starting ground for everything you'll do in Skyforge.
Don't spend your batteries and research grants unnecessarily, if you need to reach a particular research rank to do something with urgency, by all means, do it. However, save your grants and batteries for the Mechanoid Travatar farming. You will find this is where you unlock the most bonuses, the most rewards and overall the most monetary gain in a single hour farming invasions. You will find out more about this later.
Do not enlighten any adept that doesn't have an 8/10+ rating. This is where the two skills they have each have 4/5 or higher, any adepts below this are trash. You will end up turning them into a missionary later anyways, bye Felicia! You need one adept from each kind (Templar, Agent, Mystic, etc) and then after having one of each, focus on getting more Sorcerers and more Templars. These add Strength and Luck at a later date, as well as add useful bonuses when being used in important missions.
You should use region chat instead of group finder, build a group, then go and do runs accordingly. You will find this is a much quicker way of getting into the instances. Group finder basically sucks!
You get Sparks of Evolution after completing a class (this means unlocking every major node in that class's atlas), so instead of receiving the class sparks, you get Sparks of Evolution. Sparks of Evolution are valued highly towards the end-game, and a majority of things that are important are done using Sparks of Evolution. My personal recommendation is that you should max out Cryomancer, then use the Sparks of Evolution you gain from using this class to unlock any other classes you need. THIS REQUIRES A PREMIUM ACCOUNT.
You WILL need to pay to win this game in a timely manner. No, it's not built for serious play, and in fact, you can get to high prestiges without donating. However, will you be as strong as those whom have donated and participated in every event? No. Does it matter? No! These are generally the ones who lead the raids, avatar missions, and flagships. You'll be fine being mediocre, your mother didn't lie to you!
My final, and best tip of advice: have fun. If you take the game too seriously, you'll find that people really start to gravitate away from you. Have fun, be cheerful and friendly, get excited at things you know you should be excited by. Enjoy the game, don't burn yourself out, and get going!
Of course, these tips are mostly the things I wish I'd known before playing. If you have something/think of something that you don't see here, feel free to let me know to add it. I'd love to share your experiences with everyone as well! This is a group effort. Do you need additional help understanding? You can join the community discord for help, group finding, builds or anything else you could need! (https://www.discord.gg/014Xd5ILurIVFqVlD) > DPS vs. Tank vs. Support Do you like to take massive amounts of damage, do massive amounts of damage, or heal and create massive amounts of damage? Skyforge has fundamentally three different categories of classes, that each will fall into. When it comes down to it, it's about the same schema as any generic MMO. You'll find those that like to dish out massive amounts of damage, lead the group in DPS, and take down the boss's massive amounts of HP. On the opposite end of the spectrum, you'll love to be the one putting up the shields, dishing out the group stamina buffs, and watching as your HP never drops below 75%. In the middle, you'll find the ones that are giving support to the classes, increasing the damage, applying shields to others, and making sure your group makes it out alive. This is the three class specialties. DPS
Archer (One Shot)
Berserker (Shield BreakeFracture)
Gunner (Missile Salvo)
Necromancer (Reaper's Sweep)
Slayer (Blood Harvest)
Warlock (Taint, Living Helper, Curse)
Knight (Shields & Damage Mitigation)
Alchemist (Spray and Stims)
Lightbinder (Ultimate and 3)
Choosing a class path doesn't matter, you'll be switching between them all frequently, and you're able to change your class at virtually any time, as I mentioned above. Depending on your usage, you'll be support most of the time, and either tank/damage dealer, depending on what you want. Do you need additional help understanding? You can join the community discord for help, group finding, builds or anything else you could need! (https://www.discord.gg/014Xd5ILurIVFqVlD) > Sparks (Class, Evolution, Insight, Pink, Revolution, Invasion) Your entire prestige is all based off of these little sparks. You get those doing a multitude of ways, but the primary way you get them is as rewards for completing squads, groups, invasion missions, and occasionally as login rewards during events. Each spark represents a different bonus you're receiving when activating a node requiring that color, and each one applies to prestige (with an exception of particular greatness nodes, though this is not confirmed). As of now, you will find that... Insight
You will find that by prioritizing the sparks you need to get to various directions, you'll advance further in your game. You'll need to do things like that navigate to the nearest Ultimate Strength or Maximum Recoil node, and by focusing on the nodes required to do such a task, you'll find that you'll both advance yourself in the game and get necessary nodes unlocked in your atlas. Do you need additional help understanding? You can join the community discord for help, group finding, builds or anything else you could need! (https://www.discord.gg/014Xd5ILurIVFqVlD) > Joining a Pantheon (Academy Information) Joining a Pantheon before and after turning 32,000 prestige is extremely important, nearly so important that you cannot really proceed without it. Unlocking the vectors in the invasion atlas are extremely important to end-game DPS and tanking, as well as general health, due to the free stats involving stamina, you can only do this while in a pantheon. You'll notice that tons of things are available to you, but not all of them are able to be completed, high level pantheons will help players do these difficult missions. Why should I join a pantheon?
You'll have friends, and make a small circle of trusted players that will help you.
You can have access to their towers which give you decent bonuses to stats in exchange for victor's medals.
You will have access to Distortions, which unlock vectors inside of invasion atlas.
You will be able to sit on training avatar runs, flagship carries, and get your books quicker.
Usually, you'll meet some friends that will wanna run squads, groups and invasion missions with you!
It's cool to be in a group.
You can view your Pantheon information, and all of the academies, by clicking the "O" button. It will show the available academies as well, as there are pantheons that always have filled academies (this is usually the top pantheons in the server). Do you need additional help understanding? You can join the community discord for help, group finding, builds or anything else you could need! (https://www.discord.gg/014Xd5ILurIVFqVlD) > Abusing Skyforge's Catch Up System I had some confusion about this originally as well, but after talking to a lot of people, I've managed to clear up some doubts on this so I can share it with most of you. Asking a lot of veteran players didn't actually manage to help me here, since most of them didn't receive any sort of bonus to "catch up" at all, so they didn't understand the relevance for it. I then started to seek out old posts, and such. As such, there are three key factors that lead into whether or not you're eligible to receive any sort of "catch up" bonus on your account...
How long after Skyforge's initial release (first week production), your account was made.
How high your caps currently are on your character, the further away from 0, the higher your catch up bonus.
What prestige your account is in reference to the currently highest prestiged player in the game.
Now, what the catch up system effectively does is replicate your sparks received (excluding pink sparks, invasion sparks, and sparks of revelation) and "replicates" them based on a number conceived from the three factors noted above. Each "spark replicator" will have a particular amount of % bonus that it can wield, this number increases as the factors above increase and decrease accordingly. I'll set up an example to better understand: Imagine you're a first-weeker. You started playing Skyforge right then. However, you quit the game, and you came back after a year to play again. You've got ridiculously high caps, but your account was made in the first week, and you're a low prestige. As you've got two positive factors contributing to your account, you'll see that your spark replicators (which you'd have received a lot by now), will be giving you a massive % of additional sparks. It won't give you the maximum it can, but certain factors lead into each other. Now, the best part. How can you abuse this? Well, do you remember back to how your class's atlas being completely unlocked can wield you multiple benefits? Including symbols, symbol slots, and more? The best part about the catch up system is that it includes Sparks of Evolution. So at some certain point in the game, if you're really far behind and have a massive amount of Class Sparks in your cap, you can abuse this system by staying at a LOW prestige, but gaining massive amounts of Class Sparks (Sparks of Evolution) to finish your class atlases. You're effectively:
Tricking the game into thinking you're a low prestige still, thus, requiring a bigger catch up on class sparks, thus resulting in bigger bonuses.
Finishing Class Atlases earlier, unlocking class symbols earlier, and getting more DPS quicker.
Staying at a lower prestige, but having the option of choosing which class you wish to experiment with since you'll have most of them maxed out.
Neat, right? Do you need additional help understanding? You can join the community discord for help, group finding, builds or anything else you could need! (https://www.discord.gg/014Xd5ILurIVFqVlD) > CLICK HERE TO CONTINUE TO PART TWO OF THE GUIDE... All of this information has been written and typed out by @VannStrife. All words and information are in @VannStrife's opinion, if you don't like it above, give valid reasoning and I will change it accordingly if I agree with your logic! I'm not the best Skyforge player by any means, but I do know a lot about the game, so if someone knows something that I don't, please speak up! By all means, this is a group effort. There are so very few guides or collaborations of information that are readily available to Skyforge newer players, and I'm hoping this is a guide that is widely spread throughout the community as a valuable resource. If you know a section that should be included, please list it and give me any information you know about it. If you think I missed something, please let me know. If you need to get ahold of me, you can join the Discord that I've spread throughout the thread. I hope this is enough information for anyone getting started, and please spread this to everyone that you can! You should be able to find this, near the top of the "reddit.com/Skyforge" page. This helps a lot to spread! If this gets stickied, then I will include all renditions and changes and whom inspired these changes... credits will be given! Do you need additional help understanding? You can join the community discord for help, group finding, builds or anything else you could need! (https://www.discord.gg/014Xd5ILurIVFqVlD) List of Changes
11/Aug/2016: Posted thread, credit to @VannStrife.
12/Aug/2016: Partially updated thread with first day comments from Reddit users.
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2014.08.09 19:44 Blue_LadyAdvice needed!English girl is pretty damn sure Korean boy likes her - but he's too shy to make a move!
I've recently moved to Korea to be a teacher, and I've met the coolest guy ever. I am 99% sure he likes me, but he has yet to make a move and I think it is because he is super shy. Can anyone give me any tips on how I could subtly let him know that I am interested? There is also two added problems: He speaks very little English and I speak almost zero Korean (we're both learning), and I am also terminally shy. Most of our conversations revolve around frantically typing things into Google translate, making sound effects (Hungry = Om nom nom) and gesticulating wildly (I have mimed Game of Thrones successfully). Despite our lack of common language we always make each other laugh and he goes out of his way to help me. He is always making plans for us to do (we drove to the beach, went to see a movie, countless coffee and dinner dates) and we always do it alone together. We initially met over the internet to do a language exchange, so all of these meetings could be loosely linked to him wanting to learning english, but they feel like dates. Also, I had a fair few language exchanges and never before has there been such obvious chemistry. He also does cute things for me like when we drove to the beach he had prepared an English playlist, he ordered me McDonalds Delivery when I said I was having trouble getting understood on the phone and when I turned up wearing a mickey mouse t-shirt one meeting he turned up on the next wearing a goofy t-shirt because he thought I might like it. For context: Me: 24 years old, female, teacher, English............. and shy. Him: 31 years old, male, engineer, Korean, tall, good-looking, kind, charming............. and shy. Help, please.
Everybody knows each other and are friendly. i was in Oslo and was on an bus ( my car broke down ) and i started to talk to the person beside me. I started by saying: hi, my name is nico, what is yours? And she just said to me: shut up. Really hurt my fellings.
Usually The Dollyrots = my every waking minute but in-between records money can get really low. I've been helping out with A&R at Daisy Rock Guitars most recently. Best "job" ever. 2.HA. It's so strange but I'm not really sure where it all comes from. It can be my life, family, something happening in the World, another song, a book... After "Because I'm Awesome" I think I felt a little more at ease with my decision to be a musician. That was such a fun time for the band... touring galore, tv spots, and "livin the dream mannn."
Well it was the hardest but most satisfying thing I've ever done. I think the Kickstarter mailing was the hardest part. My apartment looked like semi truck of merch exploded in it for months! BUT the response from the fans has been worth every sleepless night and paper cut. Labels definitely have their place. We wouldn't have been able to do this without the experience of being on labels and learning how it all works. The best part was the freedom to do whatever we wanted at every step without having to convince anyone but ourselves.
I think it's the only sustainable option for us. By retaining ownership we can actually make a living. Hopefully. We released it under Arrested Youth Records and RED is distributing it. If this actually works we'll be ready to do it again in about a year or so! Quito Records!
Fav bassists: Kim Deal, Chris Novoselic, Erik Chandler, Kim Gordon, Lemmy, Dee Dee Ramone, John Fields. Books: anything I'm given along the way. Really. We have to pack light so I can't really bring books. I'll start with one and trade along the way usually. I love fantasy, the classics, and rock books of course. THANK YOU! I do my beast.
Uh, like, totally. ;) Kickstarter pros: Learned people actually like what we do. Control of the whole album process. I got to send out tons of bits of myself (including locks of hair, maybe I'll get cloned!) to people who care. I feel like I got a lot closer to our fan base. Now they're more like friends. It was really cool to have them be involved from the start instead of just getting the record once it's finished. Kickstarter cons: SPREADSHEET FROM HELL. It was tough to know the cost vs profit margins on things so we ended up spending a lot more than we planned on shipping. I haven't seen my friends in months and if I did I always had to leave to do Kickstarter stuff. But would I do it again... not sure. By the time it's time again I bet I will forget about all the tough stuff.
Ha. Well thanks. Rock n Roll = sex. I mean literally... there's no question about that. It's how it's used that gets weird for women. I mean Iggy Pop can writhe around topless and it's totally cool but Kathleen Hannah takes off her top and it's totally different. We've all just gotta do what feels right to us. Rock n roll is freedom. If I want to take my clothes off and run into the North Sea and let people take photos (insert true story guy) that shouldn't really matter.
HHAAHA! It's a tough life being in a band... most of the drummers have decided it was just time to move on &/or grow up. It's hard to have relationships and I said it before but it's really unstable financially. It's not for everyone. AND Luis and I have been friends since we were kids so inevitably we're kind of a pair. That's gotta be hard since we like to keep it a three-piece.
Thanks! I'm pretty proud of it! The first goal was to get to Los Angeles, and get a record deal. From where I came from (90's kid in FL) that was the most logical first step. The next goal was to get on the road. Then NO DAY JOB! I think the hardest part has been not giving up when it gets tough. Usually those moments come on the road after no sleep, too many drinks and the loneliness kicks in. Sometimes when we're in the songwriting mode it can get really hard too... Luis and I have been writing together for over 10 years but there's still a lot of emotion and tugging put into every song. Being a musician is also REALLY financially unstable. But I expected that.
Most of our songs start in one place and morph to include other ideas as it grows. That one is definitely about pining over someone but it's also a little snapshot of my life at the time. It was college... veggi dogs and midnight trips to Wal-Mart. Sarasota FL. Side note... Luis and I actually applied to be night time shelf stockers at that Wal-mart and never got a call.
Awww thanks Jesse. I've had a lot of great advice. I think there's this idea that it's all really catty but to be honest the good stuff has far outweighed the dumb stuff. Joan Jett told me to just work at my craft and be myself. That's pretty much it. I try not to worry about trends or about what other people think which is a little tricky when it comes to the whole role model thing. It's a blurry little line.. the rock n roll life and being someone young girls can look up to. But I'm grateful. It keeps me inspired.
The diarrhea. Seriously. I still get nervous every show. There are hundreds of girls who found themselves in the bathroom right before I was about to play that can attest to this. Hey. Everybody poops. Link to imgur.com
This is always tricky... what to spill... Well I terrified Joan Jett in San Diego once after I split my head open and ran past her covered in blood as she was walking up to the stage. The Buzzcocks had a Boston CD in their bus and Diggle would do a "More Then A Feeling" sing along every night (Pete hated it) and we'd all scream the lyrics to "Smells Like Teen Spirit." When they toured with Nirvana Kurt told them it was the same song. And Bowling for Soup... every night is full of stories with them. One night in the front of the bus a few of the dudes plucked out each others pubes with pliers and tried to fill a water bottle. Another night we stopped at a 24hour Wal Mart and I bought a slingshot and paint balls. We then went outside and shot each other in the back. BAD IDEA. Here's mine: Link to imgur.com ANd we're in a van with Prima Donna right now. 1st show is tonight. !0 minutes ago I started yelling for the driver to pull over because I thought we blew a tire... turns out it was Kepi Ghoulie's song Rock n Roll Shark.
I LOVE 8-Bit! They were so crazy and the songs were so catchy awesome Nintendo dancy good. We keep in touch with almost all those bands. There's actually a documentary that Dave (one of the drummers in the Kiss or Kill Scene made and when it premiered last year it really brought us all together. Here's the trailer if you wanna go back in time... Link to www.youtube.com
Hey! You guys were great! I think it's actually easier to be a DIY band now. I think the label indie rock has become more about a sound than an ethic. Kinda like what happened to "Alternative" music in the 90's. With social networking, TuneCore, Bandcamp and fundraising platforms like Kickstarter if there are people who want your music it's not hard to get it to them. Even if you don't tour or have a distro deal you can still get music to people for almost free!
I come from awesome... my family is amazing. They're not musical but they've always encouraged me to be myself and do whatever I'm passionate about. Even if they think it's crazy. Picking up a guitar was probably a major turning point. And happy to rock you.
No traps huh... Pure physical strength? I could take a big one if the scales were rough and I could scurry up it's back and get to the neck. If I were to kill anything I'd want it to be fast and as painless as possible you know. I could take a triceratops from below. I just hopped on a Sinclair dinosaur at the gas station... good timing.
I know it's been hard on them. We're really close... my parents, my sister and me. When we moved to CA I cried the whole way and wanted to go home the first 2 years but I really felt like I had to do this. I think they get it now. When we were on CSI:NY I think they relaxed a little. They come to shows and I told them Dublin was my favorite place to play so... they're going to Dublin in October to see us play! (This is huge, my parent's are not really travelers!) It must be really hard as a parent to see your child throw away a safe successful career in Biology to move across the country to be in a rock band. Edit: missed last part... For better or worse I really don't follow that scene. I listen to bands we meet along the way that I love and still love the music I listened to when I was a kid. That's probably why we end up playing with Buzzcocks, Go Gos, Bowling for Soup, the Breeders etc... And we've never really felt welcome in that scene for whatever reason. I NEVER read comments on PunkNews if that means anything to you.
Nah. I'd rather be a working band for a long time than a one hit wonder. If it happened now we might gain a bunch of fair weather fans for a little while but it'll be the real ones we make music for down the road that still support us.
Something like Hyperactive, New College, I Wanna Go, Brand New Key, Satellite, Interaction, Twist Me to the Left, Because I'm Awesome, Starting Over Again, Beach Boy, and a few others here and there. It's about 40 mins most nights. It'll be a little shorter in the UK. And it depends on the outfit and the mood. Both. ;)
Hey! Those are synths all right! We've always stayed away from them because we were worried about the songs working live but not this time! If we heard a melody we stuck it in there! We decided live shows are just that and we can do whatever we want with the recordings. As far as singing just keep writing and you'll find your voice. I'm not sure how you start but I find if I just play a riff and make grunts or hum along to it words come out. Don't over think it and you'll probably get some pretty silly stuff. As far as nerves go... I still haven't figured it out. I usually have A LITTLE something to drink. But not too much or you'll be dried out and end up just yelling. (Trust me, I've learned the hard way.) And I'm not sure if we changed Hyperactive. It's possible... Intro: C A F C Verse: C G F C PRE: F G Chorus: C G F C C A F C And hopefully I'll see youon our way back West after the UK in November. Keep at it! You're gonna be awesome.
I think my favorite ever was Dublin at The Academy in October 2010 with Bowling for Soup, A and Forever the Sickest Kids. I've never played in a city for the first time and had a crowd know so many words and be so enthusiastic. It was so awesome my family is flying there for the show Oct 18th.
Just do it! You'll have no choice but to make it work. Learn to cook... that will save you loads of money. frugal is great for general tips too. The sanity part is tricky I figure it's like anyone who is self-employed. You just never really feel totally secure. But that's the trade off. You've gotta do what makes your life good every day. And I really think most musicians can do this anywhere they can find a band or people they feel inspired by. The internet really changed things... when we started out there was no such thing as Social Networking so it made a lot of sense to move to LA but now... not so important. Any one else have input? I only know my story so... :)
A couple times... we were opening for the Breeders one night and I got into a car accident right before it. I had to get my head stapled shut and must've had a bit of a concussion or something because I totally Blacked out in the middle of a song. Another time we were at the Triple Rock in Minneapolis and I had a huge delicious veggie meatloaf meal, then too much whiskey, then the band before us turned ALL THE LIGHTS off and played with 3 strobe lights going off. I don't know what happened but I puked and felt really really weird. I have no recollection of the show and ended up splitting my finger open so I was covered in a blood stripe from my left ear to my right toes. And one time... I mooned the crowd in Philly.
Sweetconfusion... you've got me confused! We did use the Hanley/USA Mike song on the album... FU Famous. Is that what you mean? And it's awesome when you get to meet and work with the people you've looked up to. We're always game.
Nice! I'm grateful to that girl! AS far as make-up goes sometimes I have someone do it for photo shoots and big shows but 90% of it is my doing for better or worse. I have crappy skin so I've gotten great at the concealefoundation combo move and my method with eyes is just keep putting black on and it'll look cool! No real brand loyalty... I like Mac, Stella, Nars, Revlon, whatever! And keep an eye on my Etsy page /prettypunkshop. Seems like you guys want scarves so I'll get to work. xo!
It's like having a rock n roll family. That's one of the best parts of all of this. You make such strong bonds along the way. Life long friends. And picking those songs was easy... just did our favorites! You got it!
HOORAY! You and everyone else who likes it. I will do this as long as people care. and GREEN! When I was a kid I wanted a pink bike but my parents got me a green one... now it's my favorite. I GOT A BIKE!
Oh yeah!!! And wow! I bet you're better than me by now! My pre-show ritual starts 45 mins before and goes a little something like this: 2 whiskeys, then diarrhea, vocal warm ups, a beer and general freak outs about having a set list, people not being on the guest list when they should be and whether people are actually showing up. VERY glamorous.
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