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Sally (19L - Gulf of Mexico)

2020.09.12 20:27 Euronotus Sally (19L - Gulf of Mexico)


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Last updated: Thursday, 17 September 2020 - 11:20 AM EDT (15:20 UTC)

Sally degenerates into a remnant low over Georgia

Sally's deep convection has been displaced far enough away from the fully exposed low-level circulation that it can no longer be considered a tropical cyclone. Analysis of satellite imagery, radar data, and surface observations indicate Sally continues to become increasingly entangled within a formative baroclinic zone associated with a deepening mid-level trough sliding across the southeastern United States.
While Sally is no longer tropical in nature, it continues to produce a large area of heavy rainfall which continue to move toward the northeast, spreading across South Carolina, North Carolina, and Virginia. The cyclone continues to produce tropical depression-strength winds, with maximum one-minute sustained winds falling to 25 knots (30 miles per hour) over the past several hours. Sally has begun to accelerate toward the northeast to east-northeast as it becomes increasingly embedded within mid-latitude westerly flow along the northern periphery of a subtropical ridge to the south.
Latest data NHC Advisory #26 11:00 AM EDT (15:00 UTC)
Current location 32.6°N 84.4°W 28 miles ESE of Columbus, Georgia
Forward motion NE (55°) at 18 knots (21 mph)
Maximum winds 25 knots (30 mph)
Intensity Remnant Low
Minimum pressure 1004 millibars (29.65 inches)

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Last updated: Thursday, 17 September 2020 - 11:20 AM EDT (15:20 UTC)

Heavy rainfall is expected to continue across the Carolinas and Virginia today

The threat of heavy rainfall and life-threatening flooding continues to spread across the Carolinas and southern Virginia today. Approximately four to six inches of rainfall is expected to fall over the region through Friday as Sally continues to weaken. Widespread flash flooding and minor to moderate river flooding is likely through the next couple of days. Sally is expected to ultimately dissipate over North Carolina by the end of the week.

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Forecast valid: Thursday, 17 September 2020 - 11:00 AM EDT (15:00 UTC)
Hour Date Time Intensity Winds Lat Long
- - UTC EDT - - knots mph ºN ºW
00 17 Sep 12:00 08:00 Remnant Low Inland 25 30 32.6 84.4
12 18 Sep 00:00 20:00 Remnant Low Inland 25 30 34.0 81.7
24 18 Sep 12:00 08:00 Remnant Low Inland 30 35 37.0 75.0
36 19 Sep 00:00 20:00 Dissipated

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2020.08.02 06:44 Euronotus Isaias (09L - Northern Atlantic): Day 4


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Last updated: Sunday, 2 August 2020 - 5:15 AM EDT (09:15 UTC)

Isaias begins to weaken again as it approaches the Florida coast

Satellite imagery analysis reveals that the burst of deep convection which developed to the northeast of Isaias's exposed low-level circulation has not resulted in any sort of restrengthening or improvement in the cyclone's convective structure overnight. Aerial reconnaissance data and Doppler radar confirms this, finding a dearth of surface winds greater than 55 knots (60 miles per hour). Isaias has been struggling against strong westerly shear for several hours, which has displaced the cyclone's mid-level circulation to the east of the low-level circulation, preventing a resurgence in convective development that could have restrengthened the cyclone. Supplemental scatterometer data also reveals that Isaias's wind field has become smaller across the western portion of the cyclone's circulation.  
Advisory #21 (2:00 AM EDT)
Current location: 26.3°N 79.5°W 41 miles ENE of Fort Lauderdale, Florida
45 miles SE of West Palm Beach, Florida
87 miles SE of Port Saint Lucie, Florida
176 miles SSE of Titusville, Florida
Forward motion: NW (325°) at 8 knots (9 mph)
Maximum winds: 55 knots (65 mph)
Intensity: Tropical Storm
Minimum pressure: 996 millibars (29.39 inches)
 

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Isaias is no longer expected to regain hurricane strength

Tropical Storm Isaias is beginning to gain latitude as it approaches the eastern Florida coastline this morning. The cyclone continues to move around the southwestern periphery of a subtropical ridge which remains over the central Atlantic Ocean and is responding to the presence of an approaching mid-level trough. Because Isaias has not shown any attempt to reorganize or strengthen despite a very warm ocean surface and the timing of the diurnal convective maximum, the window of opportunity for Isaias to regain hurricane strength has effectively shut. Therefore, the overall intensity forecast has been decreased to remove the possibility that Isaias could restrengthen. That said, Isaias is still expected to bring strong winds, heavy rainfall, and dangerous storm surge as it closely parallels the Florida coastline throughout the day on Sunday.

Deteriorating environmental conditions will steadily weaken Isaias through landfall in South Carolina

An approaching mid-level trough is expected to pull Isaias northward and northeastward on Monday. Synoptic surveillance data collected by a NOAA Hurricane Hunters aircraft earlier this evening indicates that upper-level winds will become much more unfavorable. This, combined with (relatively) cooler sea temperatures and dry mid-level air, will push Isaias past the point of no return, steadily weakening it as it makes landfall over South Carolina and moves along the entire Eastern Seaboard through Wednesday. Isaias is expected to transition into an extratropical cyclone as it moves across Labrador on Wednesday evening and emerges over the Gulf of Saint Lawrence on Thursday.

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Last updated: Sunday, 2 August 2020 - 5:00 AM EDT (09:00 UTC)
1. Tropical storm conditions will continue across portions of the northwestern Bahamas through today.  
2. Tropical storm conditions are expected to spread northward along the east coast of Florida within the warning area through early Monday. These conditions are expected to spread northward along the coast of Georgia and South Carolina within the warning area on Monday.  
3. Dangerous storm surge is possible along the Florida east coast from Jupiter Inlet to Ponte Vedra Beach where water rises of 2 to 4 feet above ground level are possible along the immediate coastline and adjacent waterways. Residents there should follow advice given by local emergency officials.  
4. Isaias will produce heavy rains and potentially life-threatening flash flooding across portions of the northwestern Bahamas, and flash and urban flooding, especially in low-lying and poorly drained areas, along the East Coast of the United States. Minor to isolated moderate river flooding is possible across portions of the Carolinas and Mid-Atlantic this week.  
5. Tropical storm watches are in effect for portions of the coast of South and North Carolina. Additional watches and warnings will likely be issued later today as Isaias is expected to move northward near or over the southeast and mid-Atlantic coasts over the next couple of days.

Five Day Forecast

Last updated: Sunday, 2 August 2020 - 5:00 AM EDT (09:00 UTC)
Hour Date Time Intensity Winds - Lat Long
- - UTC EDT - knots mph ºN ºW
00 02 Aug 06:00 02:00 Tropical Storm 55 65 26.3 79.5
12 02 Aug 18:00 14:00 Tropical Storm 55 65 27.4 80.1
24 03 Aug 06:00 02:00 Tropical Storm 55 65 28.8 80.6
36 03 Aug 18:00 14:00 Tropical Storm 55 65 30.7 80.6
48 04 Aug 06:00 02:00 Tropical Storm 55 65 33.7 79.1
60 04 Aug 18:00 14:00 Tropical Storm 50 60 37.8 76.4
72 05 Aug 06:00 02:00 Tropical Storm (Inland) 40 45 42.9 72.4
96 06 Aug 06:00 02:00 Post-tropical Cyclone (Inland) 30 35 50.0 65.0
120 07 Aug 06:00 02:00 Dissipated
 

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2020.07.23 15:59 goingsouthhiker 2020 Offseason Review Series - Cleveland Browns

Cleveland Browns

Division: AFC North
Record: 6 - 10
Introduction
Hey everyone u/goingsouthhiker here to provide you more information than you ever wanted to know about the Cleveland Browns. My first distinct memory as a child is my fathers face in stunned silence as Ernest Byner fumbled at the goaline. I have been gifted through some sick hereditary defect a lifelong love of the Browns. so here you go.
 
Coaching Changes/GM Changes
 
Freddie Kitchens Fired  
On December 29th, 2019, the Browns fired head coach Freddie Kitchens. This is the culmination of a coaching hire that seemed to be entirely based upon folksy blue collar catch phrases “if you don’t wear brown and orange, you don’t matter” and a good relationship with Baker Mayfield.  
Some of Freddie's greatest hits included
  • 4th and 9 - Draw Play
  • Madden Style 5 WR streaks from your own goal line
  • Send out the punt team on 4th-and-11 down 17 points in the fourth quarter to the New England Patriots, only to change his mind and take a deliberate false start rather than burn a timeout.
  • 4th and 1 on the goal line and not have Nick Chubb on the field
 
John Dorsey Fired  
On December 31st, 2019, the Browns and general manager John Dorsey mutually agreed to part ways after an up and down tenure that brought in a lot of talent but ultimately the decision to hire Kitchens and some questionable high draft picks sank him.
 
Kevin Stefanski Hired  
On January 13th, 2020, the Browns hired former Minnesota Vikings' offensive coordinator Kevin Stefanski as head coach. This is another first time head coach hire for the browns after an exhaustive coaching search. This hire is the one Paul Depodesta of Moneyball Fame banged the table for prior to the promotion of Kitchens so ultimately the nerds won the battle a year too late.
 
Andrew Berry Hired  
On January 27th, 2020, the Browns hired former Philadelphia Eagles' vice president of football operations Andrew Berry as general manager. Berry previously served as the Browns' vice president of player personnel from 2016–18 under Sashi Brown. At age 32, Berry became the youngest general manager in NFL history.
Berry has been considered in league circles as the next great rising front office star even from his early days in Indianapolis. Ivy league educated and an analytics darling now paired again with Depodesta the Browns will be heavy into analytics and efficiency in their decision making.
 
Alex Van Pelt Hired  
On January 29th 2020, the Browns hired former Cincinnati Bengals' quarterbacks coach Alex Van Pelt as offensive coordinator. Van Pelt, who served as offensive coordinator for the Buffalo Bills in 2009, replaced Todd Monken, who was not retained by Stefanski.
Nobody is quite sure who will be calling plays on game day, The one thing going for this hire is when Van Pelt was the QB Coach for Green Bay Aaron Rodgers was super angry about Van Pelt being fired so there is that.
 
Joe Woods Hired  
On February 7th 2020, the Browns hired former San Francisco 49ers' defensive backs coach Joe Woods as defensive coordinator. Woods, who previously served as the defensive coordinator for the Denver Broncos from 2017–18, replaced Steve Wilks, who was not retained by Stefanski
Woods is a man of mystery he has coached just about every scheme in existence and has given the ever popular "We will tailor our defense to our personnel" answer every time somebody tries to get anything out of him in regards to what he plans to run in Cleveland.
 
Free Agency
Players lost/cut
Player Position New Team
Joe Schobert LB Jacksonville
Christian Kirksey LB Green Bay
Eric Kush G Las Vegas
Demetrius Harris TE Chicago
T.J. Carrie CB Indianapolis
Damarious Randall S Las Vegas
Greg Robinson T Prison
Rickey Seals Jones TE Kansas City
Adarius Taylor LB Released
Morgan Burnett S Released
Eric Murray S Houston
Going into the 2019 season the Browns defense had a lack of quality depth at LB and Safety. So naturally the first thing the Browns do in Free Agency is let go the remaining veteran players at LB and Safety. I can't say for certain this was a bad thing as you will see below.
 
Top Losses
 
Joe Shobert LB - Was a tackling machine and rare pro bowler on this team, however too many of those tackles were made 8-10 yards downfield on run plays. His coverage skills were raw as well so I get not paying him big money.
Christian Kirksey LB - This one hurts a bit not due to production on the field as Kirko was hurt a lot! But more so as he was that beloved master of the Dawg Check and was a great team guy.
Damarious Randall S - A solid player who the Browns converted back to Safety but was always a bit of a headcase. He will be remembered best as the player who intercepted a Bengals pass and handed the ball to Hue Jackson on the Bengals sideline.
 
Players Signed/Brought Back
Player Position Contract
Kareem Hunt RB 1yr $3.25M
Case Keenum QB 3yr $18M
Andy Janovich FB Trade w/Broncos
Jack Conklin T 3yr $42M
Austin Hooper TE 4yr $44M
Karl Joseph S 1yr $2.5M
Andrew Billings DL 1yr $3.5M
Kevin Johnson CB 1yr $3.5M
Andrew Sendejo S 1yr $2.5M
Evan Brown C No Details
Donovan Olumba CB No Details
JoJo Natson WR 1yr $1M
BJ Goodson LB 1yr $2.4M
Chris Hubbard T Restructured
Adrian Clayborn EDGE 1yr $2.4M
Olivier Vernon EDGE Restructured
Myles Garrett EDGE So Much Money
Rashard Higgins WR 1yr 910k
 
Man this is a list... Ok so there were very few holes on Offense going into Free Agency but the ones that stood out were both tackles and depth at tight end. The Browns ultimately solved one tackle spot and TE really early in Free Agency with what most considered the best available players at their position.
On the Defensive side we had a open call for any experienced body who wanted to take a 1 year prove it deal. So much depth added via players that fell through the cracks on their former team.
 
Top Signings
 
Jack Conklin RT - The top right tackle in free agency, had a nice season for the titans after coming off a major injury the year before. Can be a All-Pro caliber RT if healthy. Really filled a huge need.
Austin Hooper TE - or "HooooooP" As the falcons fans tell me I am to call him. Filled a big need for reliable catches at the TE position. With David Njoku in the dog house, unable to catch anything, and now asking for a trade this is a big get for the Browns.
Andy Janovich FB - By far my personal favorite signing. Acquired in a trade with the Broncos he is one of the best pure Fullbacks left in the game. I expect him to be a Fan Favorite quickly. There is nothing more that Cleveland Fans adore than elevating a former Broncos fullback to Legendary status.(See Peyton Hillis)
Case Keenum - Browns fans all hope that the Baker Mayfield of last year was a product of really bad coaching, however Keenum can win games in the NFL and is a familiar face to new coach Stefanski having had a career year with Minnesota with Stefanski as his QB coach. I am much more confident in having Keenum as the backup than Garrett Gilbert.
New Contracts - The Browns have ensured Myles Garrett will be a Brown for a long while, placed a 2nd round tender on former rushing champ Kareem hunt, and after briefly flirting with Clowney decided to restructure Olivier Vernon to a much better contract number befitting his oft injured yet surprisingly productive season.
 
 
Draft - Cribbed from u/Marzman315 with permission who did a very excellent defending the draft and I agree with it in it's entirety. The Grades are mine.
 
Round Player Position
1.10 Jedrick Wills T
2.44 Grant Delpit S
3.88 Jordan Elliott DT
3.97 Jacob Phillips ILB
4.115 Harrison Bryant TE
5.160 Nick Harris C
6.187 Donovan Peoples-Jones WR
 
1.10 - Jedrick Wills Jr., Offensive Tackle Alabama Grade A  
As expected, the Browns used the tenth overall pick on a tackle. The tackle turned out to be Jedrick Wills Jr., blindside blocker for Tua Tagovailoa. The former four star high school prospect started all 28 games for the Crimson Tide over his sophomore and and junior years. As a second team All-American and first team All-SEC player, he paved the way for Alabama's elite offense with his quick feet, smooth redirection, extremely powerful anchor and strength, and absolutely punishing punch.  
This pick was overwhelmingly approved of by analysts both internally and externally. Joe Thomas released a reaction video that was enthusiastic to say the least. He made it clear that Wills was his ideal target for the Browns at 10th overall. The front office and coaching staff made it known that Wills was their priority target going into the draft, and were entertaining the possibility of trading up for him, but ultimately the draft board fell their way and they got their man at 10.  
The only negative to the drafting of Wills is that he has only played right tackle in his college career, and given the free agent signing of right tackle Jack Conklin, Wills is going to be expected to transition to left tackle to start his NFL career. Joe Thomas also gave input on this, and stated that while the transition is difficult it is easier to do early in your career, and that he would personally take Wills under his wing and mentor him. Between Joe Thomas's guidance and the coaching of veteran offensive line coach Bill Callahan, not to mention the phenomenal talent of Wills, the transition should be doable for Wills with a minimum of serious difficulty. The protection of franchise QB Baker Mayfield is of paramount importance, and this selection reflects that.
 
2.44 - Grant Delpit, Safety LSU Grade A  
Most Browns fans anticipated that a safety specializing in coverage would be a priority target on day 2. With replacing Damarious Randall a necessity, the Browns zeroed in on LSU standout Grant Delpit. Boasting phenomenal range, excellent ball skills, and tremendous athleticism for the position, he brings an impressive skill set to the team.
Once considered a top 15 to top 20 pick, injuries and questions about tackling caused his value to drop a bit over the season. His broken clavicle in 2018 likely led to a hesitation in committing fully to tackles, and his production in that sense dropped in 2019. Despite some questions about open field tackling, Delpit's football IQ, versatility, and ball skills are enough to excite Browns fans into thinking that they found a solid starter.
 
3.88 - Jordan Elliot, Defensive Tackle Missouri Grade B  
In a post draft interview, Browns Chief Strategist Paul DePodesta revealed that obtaining 2021 draft capital was a priority coming into the draft. Depth along the defensive line has been an issue for the Browns for some time. Both of these issues were addressed with the Browns first pick in the third round.
Jordan Elliot is well known in the scouting community for being the darling prospect of Pro Football Focus, who consistently rated him as a first round prospect. While he lacks some power and length, he has a lightning quick first step and fluid pass rushing skills. His skill set doesn't exactly project him to be an every down player, but he can be a strong gap penetrating 3T rotating along the Browns defensive line.
 
3.97 - Jacob Phillips, Linebacker LSU Grade C Minus
Joe Shobert led the Browns in tackles in two of the last three seasons. Replacing that production was certainly a concern of the Browns. Phillips is an athletic linebacker that led a powerhouse LSU team in tackles. He is strong against the run, and plays fast and strong with solid instincts.
Phillips likely may not replace Shobert's pass coverage, as coverage skills were a clear negative on Phillips' scouting report. But as far as reliable tackling goes Phillips can contribute early, especially on special teams and base defense.
 
4.115 - Harrison Bryant, Tight End Florida Atlantic Grade A
Kevin Stefanski's offense notably uses multiple tight end sets and 12 personnel. Harrison Bryant is a very exciting receiving threat at the TE position. He projects mainly as a depth player behind Austin Hooper and David Njoku (if he remains on the team) currently while he develops his overall game, but he likely sees the field a bit as a rookie. He doesn't bring much to the table as far as blocking goes, but there is absolutely some exciting upside here.
 
5.160 - Nick Harris, Guard/Center Washington Grade C
While the Browns O-line was the subject of well deserved criticisms in 2019, the interior of the line was quietly fairly solid. Left guard Joel Bitonio is among the best in the league at his position and Center JC Tretter is a pro bowl caliber player. Wyatt Teller was unspectacular but played well enough to bring a bit of stability to the position. Lacking at the interior o-line was any sort of depth.
With years of experience at guard and center, Nick Harris will add solid depth and may compete with Teller for the starting right guard spot. He is a smart and nimble pass blocker, and while he doesn't have ideal size for the position (6'1" 300 LB) he uses his low center of gravity effectively to secure a solid base.
 
6.187 - Donovan Peoples-Jones, Wide Receiver Michigan Grade A (upside)
Wide receiver was sneakily a bit of a need for the Browns going into the 2020 draft. Odell Beckham Jr and Jarvis Landry are among the best 1/2 starters in the NFL, but after them the depth chart is thin.
Peoples-Jones is a perfect prospect to gamble on. He showed flashes of phenomenal play while at Michigan, and was considered at one point to be a future first round pick and NFL star. Injuries and abysmal QB play severely hindered his college career. His production did not come close to matching his talent. He is athletic, runs clean routes, gets solid separation, and is good with the ball in his hands. There is a lot of talent here that can be developed.
 
Undrafted Free Agents:
Soloman Ajayi, Linebacker, Liberty
Elijah Benton, Safety, Liberty
Ja'Marcus Bradley, Wide Receiver, Louisiana
Tony Brown, Wide Receiver, Colorado
Kevin Davidson, Quarterback, Princeton
Drake Dorbeck, Offensive Tackle/Guard, Southern Mississippi
A.J. Green, Cornerback, Oklahoma State
Brian Herrion, Runningback, Georgia
Jameson Houston, Cornerback, Baylor
Benny LeMay, Runningback, Charlotte
Jovante Moffit, Safety, Middle Tennessee
George Obinna, Defensive End, Sacremento State
Alex Taylor, Offensive Tackle, South Carolina State
Jeffrey Whatley, Defensive Tackle, South Alabama
Nate Wieting, Tight End, Iowa
 
Going Forward:
You will have a hard time finding a Browns fan who did not love this draft. They filled all of their pressing needs without reaching, were savvy navigating the board with trades, and acquired 2021 draft picks. The Browns earned one of only four A+ grades from PFF. While the roster is not without some holes, particularly at linebacker, this is a team that is built to compete. With improvements on the offense that will hopefully come with better coaching and a brand new O-line, the Browns are absolutely in a better position this year than last
 
 
Projected 53 Man Roster (starters in bold):
OFFENSE:
QB - Baker Mayfield, Case Keenum (2)
RB - Nick Chubb, Kareem Hunt, Dontrelle Hilliard, (5)
FB - Andy Janovich (6)
WR - Odell Beckham Jr., Jarvis Landry, Rashard Higgins, Taywan Taylor, Donovan Peoples-Jones, JoJo Natson (12)
TE - Austin Hooper, David Njoku, Harrison Bryant (15)
OT - Jedrick Wills Jr. (LT), Jack Conklin (RT), Chris Hubbard, Drew Forbes (19)
OG - Joel Bitonio (LG), Wyatt Teller (RG), Colby Gossett (22)
C - JC Tretter, Nick Harris (24)
 
DEFENSE:
DE - Myles Garrett, Olivier Vernon, Adrian Clayborn, Chad Thomas (28)
DT - Sheldon Richardson, Larry Ogunjobi, Andrew Billings, Jordan Elliot, Daniel Ekuale (33)
LB - Mack Wilson, Sione Takitaki, BJ Goodson, Jacob Phillips, Jermaine Grace, Tae Davis (39)
CB - Denzel Ward, Greedy Williams, Kevin Johnson, Terrance Mitchell, Donnie Lewis Jr., Tavierre Thomas (45)
SS - Karl Joseph, J.T. Hassell (47)
FS - Grant Delpit, Andrew Sandejo, Sheldrick Redwine (50)
SPECIALISTS
K - Austin Seibert (51)
P - Jamie "Scottish Hammer" Gillan (52)
LS - Charley Hughlett (53)
 
 
What to expect in 2020
 
QB Grade: Incomplete
Baker Mayfield - This is the wildcard for the entire team. There is arguably not a better supporting cast in the league for a Quarterback. Assuming at minimum competent coaching there is no excuse for Mayfield going into year 3. There will be a long leash I am sure but Keenum is waiting in the wings if Mayfield looks like he did last year as opposed to the record setter he was in year 1.  
As goes the arm of Mayfield so goes the Browns Playoff hopes.
 
RB Grade: A+++
Nick Chubb - Quiet, professional, will run you over and laugh at your pitiful tackle attempts. Nick Chubb is a beast, lead the league in yards after contact and nearly won the rushing title. In this new RB friendly system with an improved O-Line and an actual fullback Chubb is going to eat.
 
Kareem Hunt - It's not often that your backup running back is also a league rushing champion. Last year after serving his suspension he came in and made quite a few spectacular plays in the passing game and showed he still had that spark in the running game. This one Two punch is going to be fun to watch!
 
Pass Catchers WTE Grade: A
Goodness where to start... This might be an unpopular take but Jarvis Landry is the Best WR on this team and a top 5 pass catcher in the league. He has the most catches ALL TIME in a players first 6 seasons in the league. No longer relegated to slot duties as he was in Miami he had is best year in 2019.
 
Both Landry and OBJ went over 1000 yards last year which is stunning to me because it felt like both were under utilized all year long. With an increased emphasis on the running game and a deceptive scheme there should be a lot of wide open receivers for the Browns this year
Adding in a third down catch machine in Austin Hooper oh my.. The room is stacked.
 
Offensive Line Grade: B Minus
The OL has been a major issue at the tackle spot since Joe Thomas retired. It now feels like the Browns have the complete package assuming Wills can make the transition to LT in this super strange offseason. The interior is still super solid. There will be a lot riding on the rookie.
 
Defensive Line A Minus
Oh noooooo MYLES!!!! How different would 2019 have been had Myles Garrett kept his cool. Fresh off signing a new mega deal Myles Garrett needs to be the great pass rusher he has been in his first few seasons. He was averaging a sack per game before the suspension and should easily go into double digit sacks this season as well.
Olivier Vernon when healthy is a QB pressure machine but he has problems staying on the field. When he is playing though He and Myles make a great bookend.
The interior is solid with Sheldon Richardson and Larry O, in the middle. This will probably be Richardson's last year with the Browns so I expect him to show out to push for that one last contract.
 
Linebackers Grade: I was told there would be no math
Do I believe in Mack Wilson? Ask me on a day he writes a fired up hype tweet and I will say he is going to be a stud. In the quiet times though I think to myself boy I hope the opposing team does not have a decent tight end because our LB core is going to get burned. I don't know what to think of the rest of the room as it is totally shuffled. Maybe Takitaki is something more than a special teamer? Was B.J. Goodson a diamond waiting to be polished?
The Browns need Takitaki, Wilson, and Phillips to grow up fast in this defense. Goodson has been a part-time player in his career and should have the opportunity to get more playing time than he has had to date in his career. With a one-year prove-it deal, Goodson has the motivation to show that he deserves a multi-year deal.
This is by far on paper the weak point of this team.
 
Cornerback Grade: B
This is the Ward and Greedy Show. Ward is occasionally dinged up but most of the time he is a shut down corner. Super young and is a willing tackler if a bit reckless in his form. Ward has the potential to be a top 5 CB in the league.
Greedy Williams had a decent season on the other side when he got into the game but it is his spot full time now and he needs to step up. The talk when he was drafted was he could not tackle. (Much like Delpit this year) but he showed he was more than willing to tackle and even come up and rush the passer and play the run when needed. With Ward on the other side he is going to be targeted a LOT.
 
Safety Grade: D
Who the hell knows.. Really. I know I said that Linebacker was the weak point but man Safety is as much of a question. Karl Joseph is a Thumper and with that he ends up injured a bit. Delpit has huge potential but is a rookie at FS and supposedly has tackling issues. Outside of those two you have Sendejo in his 11th year in the league and Sheldrick Redwine who was a beast in college but has yet to really prove himself in the league.
Here is hoping Delpit lives up to his potential because man this is a thin group.
 
Specialists Grade: B
Scottish Hammer That is all... The Punter might be the best form tackler on the team hopefully he does not have to do that this season. Or we can stick him in at Linebacker.
But seriously things stabilized with two rookie kickers last year and they both look serviceable. Jojo Natson was brought in to do one thing and that is to return kicks.
 
 
Training Camp Battles
 
On Offense there is very little up for grabs maybe who wins the 3rd WR spot but given Higgins relationship with Mayfield it is his job to lose.
On Defense a lot of the battle is going to be who shows up at LB and Safety as discussed above. there are slim pickings at both positions and really the only people who seem to be safe are Mack Wilson just due to the playing time he got last season and Karl Joseph just based upon his experience in the league.
 
 
Scheme Descriptions
 
Offense: Kevin Stefanski as Minnesota’s offensive coordinator in 2019 produced an offense determined to run the ball and crush teams with play-action. Under the watchful eye of consultant Gary Kubiak he installed a Wide Zone blocking scheme that is time tested and very OL and RB friendly. It is considered a Run first offense which should play right into the Browns strengths. If Mayfield can tighten up the play action fake game the Wide outs should feast as well.
 
Defense - Who knows? I am not even sure Joe Woods knows yet what type of Defense the Browns will run. During his tenure as the Denver Broncos defensive coordinator he ran a Base 3-4 Under defense. During his time with the Minnesota Vikings the team ran a base 4-3 which is also the case for the San Francisco 49ers defense this past season.
When asked Woods usually replies with something along the lines of "it's a secret"
Based on the Browns current roster,the preference would be an attacking 4-3 scheme given the strength on the defensive line and questionable linebacker core.
 
 
Season Predictions
It is an impossible task to predict a Browns season. Typically you could say 3 - 5 wins and chances are you would be right. This season with a new head coach, no preseason, maybe no training camp who the hell knows. It is a weak schedule on paper.
So instead of going game by game I am going to make some bold predictions.
  • The Browns will make the playoffs
  • Nick Chubb will win the rushing title
  • Jarvis Landry and OBJ will both go over 1000 yards again
  • The Browns will split all of the division games
  • The Steelers, Ravens, and Art Modell still suck
  • Final Record 10-6 with a Wild Card game win
 
 
Thank You's and Final Thoughts
If you read all this you are a better person than I. Big thanks to u/Marzman315 for lending me the draft section. Also a hearty Woof Woof to u/Usuallyrelevant who keeps us entertained over at Browns
Also the crew at LakeErieBros for sharing together our collective misery.
And finally I want to thank the Bull City Browns Backers in Durham NC for being awesome and showing up to every game with hope in your heart and unwavering dedication.

I did not hear from the non fan for the post so maybe we can add it later.

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2020.07.12 12:59 healthhotspot The United States Post Office - Survival - Then and Now

The United States Post Office - Survival - Then and Now

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The Birth of the United States Post Office
In early colonial times most correspondence took place between the colonists and England. The King's authorities would read and scour all of the information and mail that was being sent. Correspondence between the colonies depended on trusted friends, merchants, or friendly Native Americans.
Around 1639 Richard Fairbanks' Tavern in Boston, Massachusetts was designated as the official repository of mail by The General Court of Massachusetts (appointed by the King). Using taverns as mail drops was common practice in England, and the colonists adopted this practice as well. Local authorities designated by town representatives and England operated post routes within the colonies, some of which are still around today Post Office Monthly Income Scheme .
In 1673, Governor Francis Lovelace of New York set up a monthly mailing post between New York and Boston. The post rider's trail became known as Old Boston Post Road, which is part of today's U.S. Route 1. Old Post Road in North Attleborough, Massachusetts was part of this rider's trail and is considered one of the oldest roads in America.
In 1683, William Penn, founder of Pennsylvania and a leader in the Quaker community, established its' first post office. Slaves or private messengers delivered communications from one plantation to another.
Most importantly, Thomas Neale received a twenty-one year grant in 1691 from the British Crown to begin a North American postal service. Neale had never laid foot on North American soil, so he appointed then Governor Andrew Hamilton of New Jersey as his Deputy Postmaster General. Neale's franchise cost him only 80 cents a year. In 1699, he assigned his interests in America over to Andrew Hamilton and R. West. Neale died heavily in debt as a result of this endeavor.
By 1707, the British Government had purchased the rights to the North American postal service from the widow of Andrew Hamilton and R. West. The government then appointed Andrew Hamilton's son, Andrew, as Deputy Postmaster General of America. He served until 1721 when he was succeeded by John Lloyd of Charleston, South Carolina.
In 1730, Alexander Spotswood, a former lieutenant governor of Virginia, became Deputy Postmaster General for America. Seven years later, Spotswood appointed Benjamin Franklin as postmaster of Philadelphia. In 1753, Bejamin Franklin and William Hunter who was postmaster of Williamsburg, Virginia, were appointed by the British Crown as Joint Postmasters for the colonies. Upon Hunter's death in 1761, a man by the name of John Foxcroft of New York succeeded him, serving until the outbreak of the Revolutionary War.
During his time as a Joint Postmaster General for the Crown, Benjamin Franklin influenced many important and lasting improvements in the colonial posts. He immediately began to reorganize the service; he inspected post offices in the North and as far south as Virginia. New surveys were made, milestones were placed on principal roads, and new and shorter routes were laid out. For the first time, post riders carried mail at night between Philadelphia and New York, and the travel time had been shortened in half.
William Goddard, a publisher, set up a post for colonial only mail service. This was separate from the British crown and was funded by purchasing subscriptions. Net revenues were to be used to improve his postal service. In 1774 Goddard suggested to Congress that the colonies come together to form a United Postal Service. He believed that this would be a way to separate the colonies' mail from the British postal inspectors. This way they could communicate colonial news only to the colonies. Goddard proposed his idea of a postal service to Congress two years before the Declaration of Independence was signed
By 1774 colonists did not trust the British crown and viewed the royal post office with suspicion. Benjamin Franklin had been dismissed of his post duties by the Crown for his actions. The crown believed that Franklin was displaying sympathy to the cause of the colonies. In September 1774, shortly after the Boston riots, known today as the Boston Massacre, the colonies began to separate from England. A Continental Congress was organized at Philadelphia in May 1775 to establish an independent government. One of the first questions before the delegates was how to convey and deliver the mail.
With the Revolutionary War imminent, the Continental Congress assembled and enacted the "Constitutional Post." This act ensured that communications between the public and patriots, or those fighting for America's independence, continued. On July 26, 1775, the Second Continental Congress chose Benjamin Franklin as the nation's first Postmaster General. The establishment of the organization that became the United States Postal Service nearly two centuries later traces back to this date and Ben Franklin. In 1760, Franklin reported a surplus to the British Postmaster General.
Franklin dedicated himself in this position, as well as many others, to fulfill George Washington's dream of an information highway between the citizens and government. Like Goddard, whose idea was to become united, Washington believed, that as a nation, we could forever be bound together by a communication system of roads. When Franklin left office in November of 1776, post roads operated from Florida to Canada and mail between the colonies and England was operating on a regular schedule.
America's present day postal service descends from an unbroken line of the system Franklin created, planned, and placed in operation. History rightfully affords him major credit for establishing the basis of the postal service that has performed magnificently for the American people.
The Post Office and the Articles of Confederation
The Articles of Confederation (our countries first written form of government) gave Congress the right and power to establish and regulate post offices from one state to another, and to exact postage on papers passing through the same as may be required to so to defray expenses of the post office.
The Postal Act of 1792 further defined the role of the Postal Service. Under the act, newspapers were allowed in the mails at low rates to promote the spread of information across the states. To ensure the sanctity and privacy of the mails, postal officials were forbidden to open any letters in their charge unless they were undeliverable. These provisions enlarged and strengthened the duties of the Post Office and unified the organization by providing rules and regulations for its development. One of which was the transportation of mail. Other than by railroad or steamboat, the delivery of mail would only be given to bidders who offered stagecoach services.
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2020.05.04 15:40 JorV101 Federal Perkins loan - Perplexing situation

Good morning Reddit,
There is a problem that has recently come to my attention and I'd like some advice or just to hear if someone has been in a similar situation before:
I've been out of school for 10 years now. (Since 2010) I had originally defaulted on my federal student loans a few years after that. I ignored my debt up until about 4 years ago and I called to get everything consolidated and on an income driven repayment plan through fedloan. After getting everything out of default, my credit started to improve. My score after 4 years is now in the 800s.

Now to my problem; I've recently been contacted by a debt collection agency named "Williams and Fudge" based out of South Carolina. The representative I spoke to informed me that I owe $3000 on a $1500 federal perkins loan that had, "fell through the cracks" and that they were managing it for my university. I checked my account on the fsa website (studentaid.gov) and that perkins loan is now there. (It hasn't been on my account until this month) It says this loan has been in default since 2011...this is where questions start to arise:
Why have I never been contacted about this debt since 2011? My information on record has been up to date for years.
How has this defaulted debt never shown on any credit report since 2011? I thought federal student loans aren't subject to the SoL and never fall off even after 7 years?
If this debt truly "fell through the cracks" after all these years, why am I responsible for paying double the original amount in additional interest and service fees that have been tacked on from Williams and Fudge?

*Edit:
Going back through on my student loan history and talking to my parents, I had a total of 4 loans. (3 stafford loans and 1 perkins) My parents had taken care of the perkins loan with a lump sum payment to the university in 2011. When I consolidated 4 years ago, fedloan consolidated my remaining stafford loans, said that was all I had and that I should be in good standing as long as I continue to make on time payments.
I think the university has an error on their end and is now trying to collect on a debt that has already been paid. Maybe that's why they thought it "fell through the cracks". I don't know what to do if this is the case. How would I prove that now? Like i stated, I've been out of school for 10 years. I've taken care of all my past debt. (or so I was told until now) I doubt my parents still have paperwork on a debt that was taken care of 9 years ago...I've worked too hard fixing my credit just to have something like this screw it up again...
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2020.04.21 03:28 Kirbinski Timeline of COVID-19 Pandemic Events - President Trump did a great job! (Part 3)

March 1, 2020 - March 30, 2020
March 1: Joe Biden, in an interview on ABC’s This Week falsely said: "They have eliminated the office we set up -- we set up in the president's office to deal with pandemic diseases."
March 1: NY Governor Mario Cuomo announced "There is no reason for undue anxiety -- the general risk remains low in New York. We are diligently managing this situation and will continue to provide information as it becomes available."
March 2: Despite Coronavirus warnings, NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio tweets to encourage New Yorkers to go on with their lives and gives recommendations for movies his Twitter followers should go out and see.
March 3: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi introduces the “No Ban Act” to end the travel bans.
March 3: The CDC lifted federal restrictions on coronavirus testing to allow any American to be tested for coronavirus, “subject to doctor’s orders.” Vice President Pence announced the CDC was lifting all federal restrictions on who can be tested for COVID-19: “Any American can be tested, no restrictions, subject to doctor’s orders.” Previously, testing was limited to only those who were exhibiting symptoms and had recently traveled to China or had been exposed to a known case. However, the supply of tests in particular regions would continue to be the most common binding constraint.
March 3: The White House announced President Trump donated his fourth quarter salary to fight the coronavirus.
March 4: The Trump Administration announced the purchase of approximately 500 million N95 respirators over the next 18 months to respond to the outbreak of the novel coronavirus.
March 4: Secretary Azar announced that HHS was transferring $35 million to the CDC to help state and local communities that have been impacted most by the coronavirus.
March 6: President Trump signed an $8.3 billion bill to fight the coronavirus outbreak. The bill provides $7.76 billion to federal, state, & local agencies to combat the coronavirus and authorizes an additional $500 million in waivers for Medicare telehealth restrictions.
March 7: NYC Health Commissioner Oxiris Barbot (D) tells New Yorkers to take the subway and go out and enjoy life.
March 9: President Trump called on Congress to pass a payroll tax cut over coronavirus.
March 10: President Trump and VP Pence met with top health insurance companies and secured a commitment to waive co-pays for coronavirus testing.
March 10: First major event canceled by the Biden campaign because of coronavirus concerns. The Biden campaign replaced a large rally in Cleveland with a 200-person gathering in Philadelphia on Super Tuesday II.
March 11: President Trump: • Announced travel restrictions on foreigners who had visited Europe in the last 14 days (for those who had visited the Schengen Area – 26 European states that share open borders). • Directed the Small Business Administration to issue low-interest loans to affected small businesses and called on congress to increase this fund by $50 billion. • Directed the Treasury Department to defer tax payments for affected individuals & businesses and to provide $200 billion in “additional liquidity.” • Met with American bankers at the White House to discuss coronavirus. • Advocated for increase in respirator availability.
March 12: The FDA issued an EUA to Roche. Paul Brown, the head of Roche’s Molecular Solutions division, told The New Yorker, that “the company had been working on a test since February 1st” and that “the new tests, which are mostly automated, can make it possible for large testing companies such as Quest and LabCorp to test for COVID-19.” The CDC and state and local public health labs have been running tests manually. Reaching the scale of millions of tests will require automated tests on high throughput machines at large testing companies.
March 13: President Trump declared a national emergency in order to access $42 billion in existing funds to combat the coronavirus.
March 13: President Trump announced: • Public-private partnerships to open up drive-through testing collection sites (orders states to expand diagnostic testing for COVID-19). • A pause on interest payments on federal student loans. • An order to the Department of Energy to purchase oil for the strategic petroleum reserve.
March 13: The Food & Drug Administration Issued an emergency approval to Thermo Fisher for a coronavirus test within 24 hours of receiving the request.
March 13: HHS announced funding for the development of two new rapid diagnostic tests, which would be able to detect coronavirus in approximately 1 hour.
March 14: The Coronavirus Relief Bill passed the House of Representatives.
March 14: The Trump Administration: • Announced the European travel ban will extend to the UK and Ireland. • Announced a National Day of Prayer for Americans affected by coronavirus.
March 15: President Trump held a phone call with over two dozen grocery store executives to discuss on-going demand for food and other supplies.
March 15: HHS announced it is projected to have 1.9 million COVID-19 tests available in 2,000 labs this week. HHS Secretary Azar waived sanctions and penalties against any covered hospital that does not comply with various provisions of the HIPAA Privacy Rule related to patient privacy and consent, including the need “to obtain a patient’s agreement to speak with family members or friends involved in the patient’s care.” Previously, HIPAA privacy provisions and the Common Rule were holding up testing and the dissemination of information. According to an article in the New York Times, these kinds of requirements prevented labs from conducting coronavirus tests on samples collected for research purposes: Federal and state officials said the flu study could not be repurposed because it did not have explicit permission from research subjects; the labs were also not certified for clinical work. While acknowledging the ethical questions, Dr. Chu and others argued there should be more flexibility in an emergency during which so many lives could be lost. On Monday night, state regulators told them to stop testing altogether. On a phone call the day after the C.D.C. and F.D.A. had told Dr. Chu to stop, officials relented, but only partially, the researchers recalled. They would allow the study’s laboratories to test cases and report the results only in future samples. They would need to use a new consent form that explicitly mentioned that results of the coronavirus tests might be shared with the local health department. They were not to test the thousands of samples that had already been collected.
March 15: Google announced a partnership with the Trump Administration to develop a website dedicated to coronavirus education, prevention, & local resources.
March 15: All 50 states were contacted through FEMA to coordinate “federally-supported, state-led efforts” to end coronavirus.
March 15: CDC warns against large gatherings - The CDC warns against holding or attending gatherings larger than 50 people, including conferences, festivals, parades, concerts, sporting events and weddings for eight weeks, recommending that individuals cancel or postpone those events to avoid spreading the virus or introducing it into new communities.
March 15: During the Democratic debate in D.C., Biden stated he wanted to get test kits from the WHO.
March 16: President Trump: • Held a tele-conference with governors to discuss coronavirus preparedness and response. • Participated in a call with G7 leaders who committed to increasing coordination in response to the coronavirus and restoring global economic confidence. • Announced that the first potential vaccine for coronavirus has entered a phase one trial in a record amount of time. • Announced “15 days to slow the spread” coronavirus guidance.
March 16: The FDA announced it was empowering states to authorize tests developed and used by labs in their states. The FDA expanded the EUA exemption to all commercial manufacturers and labs using new commercially developed tests, not just those that are certified to perform high-complexity testing under CLIA. The FDA also devolved regulatory oversight of these labs to the states. Wojtek Kopczuk, a professor of economics at Columbia University, quipped that the “FDA sped up the process by removing itself from the process.” The FDA also issued EUAs to Hologic and LabCorp. Co-Diagnostics, a molecular diagnostics company based in Utah, already had a test available in Europe and claimed it could supply 50,000 coronavirus tests per day going forward under the new FDA exemption. On Monday, government officials announced they were going to set up more drive-through testing centers. By the end of the week, they said they expect to have 1.9 million tests available thanks to high throughput automated machines at commercial labs.
March 16: Asst. Secretary for Health confirmed the availability of 1 million coronavirus tests and projected 2 million tests available the next week and 5 million the following.
March 17: President Trump announced: • CMS will expand telehealth benefits for Medicare beneficiaries. • Relevant Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act penalties will not be enforced. • The Army Corps of Engineers is on ”standby” to assist federal & state governments.
March 17: President Trump spoke to fast food executives from Wendy’s, McDonald’s and Burger King to discuss drive-thru services recommended by CDC.
March 17: President Trump met with tourism industry representatives along with industrial supply, retail, and wholesale representatives.
March 17: Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin met with lawmakers to discuss stimulus measures to relieve the economic burden of coronavirus on certain industries, businesses, and American workers.
March 17: Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced a partnership between USDA, Baylor University, McLane Global, and Pepsi Co. to provide one million meals per weak to rural children in response to widespread school closures.
March 17: The Treasury Department: • Contributed $10 billion through the economic stabilization fund to the Federal Reserve’s commercial paper funding facility. • Deferred $300 billion in tax payments for 90 days without penalty, up to $1 million for individuals & $10 million for business.
March 17: The Department of Defense announced it will make available to HHS up to five million respirator masks and 2,000 ventilators.
March 17: West Virginia reports its first COVID-19 case, meaning the disease is present in all 50 states.
March 17: Six countries in the San Francisco area ordered to "shelter in place" for three weeks, meaning residents are required to remain at home unless they are leaving the house for an essential reason, or are exercising outdoors.
March 18: President Trump signed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, which provides free testing and paid sick leave for workers impacted by the coronavirus.
March 18: President Trump announced: • Temporary closure of the U.S.-Canada border to non-essential traffic. • Plans to invoke the Defense Production Act in order to increase the number of necessary supplies needed to combat coronavirus. • FEMA has been activated in every region at its highest level of response. • The U.S. Navy will deploy USNS Comfort and USNS Mercy hospital ships. • All foreclosures and evictions will be suspended for a period of time. • Executive Order on prioritizing medical resources to prevent COVID-19 spread.
March 18: Secretary of Defense Mark Esper confirmed: • 1 millon masks are now immediately available. • The Army Corps of Engineers is in NY consulting on how to best assist state officials.
March 18: HHS temporarily suspended a regulation that prevents doctors from practicing across state lines.
March 18: President Trump spoke to: • Doctors, physicians, and nurses on the front lines containing the spread of coronavirus. • 130 CEOs of the Business Roundtable to discuss on-going public-private partnerships in response to the coronavirus pandemic. March 18: China reports no new domestic infections in the country for the first time since the outbreak began. If the trend holds for 14 days, it could be a sign that China's outbreak is ending. The country is still seeing travel-related COVID-19 cases and it remains to be seen whether China will be able to prevent a second wave of infection, once the government's strict lockdown measures are lifted.
March 19: President Trump announced: • Very encouraging progress shown by anti-malaria drug Hydroxychloroquine for fighting coronavirus. • Carnival Cruise Lines will make ships available for use as hospitals in impacted areas to use for non-coronavirus patients.
March 19: Vice President Pence announced tens of thousands of ventilators have been identified that can be converted to treat patients.
March 19: The State Department issued a global level 4 health advisory, telling Americans to avoid all international travel due to coronavirus.
March 19: President Trump directed FEMA to take the lead on the Federal Government’s coronavirus response & visited FEMA HQ with Vice President Pence for a video call with Governors.
March 19: Italy's death toll tops 4,000, making it the first country to report more overall deaths than China, despite its much smaller population. The following week, COVID-19 deaths in Spain would similarly eclipse deaths in China.
March 20: The U.S. and Mexico agree to mutually restrict nonessential cross-border traffic.
March 20: Secretary Mnuchin announced at the direction of President Trump that tax day will be moved from April 15 to July 15 for all taxpayers and businesses.
March 20: President Trump: • Spoke with Sen. Schumer about coronavirus response & stimulus measures • Held a call with over 12,000 small business owners to discuss relief efforts • Announced the CDC will invoke Title 42 to provide border patrol with tools to secure the borders
March 20: The Department of Education announced it will: • Not enforce standardized testing requirements for the remainder of the school year • Allow federal student loan borrowers to stop payments without penalty for 60 days
March 20: Secretary Azar announced: • FEMA is coordinating and assisting coronavirus testing at labs across the country • The CDC is suspending all illegal entries to the country based on the public health threat, via Section 362 of the Public Health & Security Act.
March 20: Secretary Azar sent a letter to all 50 Governors that the federal government is buying and making available 200,000 testing swabs.
March 20: New York state reports that more than 15,000 people have tested positive for COVID-19 and account for roughly half of the infections in the country. The vast majority of New Yorkers with COVID-19 are in the New York City region, which Mayor Bill de Blasio calls the "the epicenter of this crisis," warning that the outbreak will get worse as supplies dwindle.
March 20: In an opinion piece for the New York Times, Dr. David L. Katz wrote “Is Our Fight Against Coronavirus Worse Than The Disease?” “What we know so far about the coronavirus makes it a unique case for the potential application of a “herd immunity” approach, a strategy viewed as a desirable side effect in the Netherlands, and briefly considered in the United Kingdom.” “This focus on a much smaller portion of the population would allow most of society to return to life as usual and perhaps prevent vast segments of the economy from collapsing. Healthy children could return to school and healthy adults go back to their jobs. Theaters and restaurants could reopen, though we might be wise to avoid very large social gatherings like stadium sporting events and concerts. So long as we were protecting the truly vulnerable, a sense of calm could be restored to society. Just as important, society as a whole could develop natural herd immunity to the virus. The vast majority of people would develop mild coronavirus infections, while medical resources could focus on those who fell critically ill. Once the wider population had been exposed and, if infected, had recovered and gained natural immunity, the risk to the most vulnerable would fall dramatically.”
March 20: CNN White House reporter Stephen Collinson wrote a political analysis titled “Trump peddles unsubtantiated hope in dark times” in which he wrote “Big footing Vice President Mike Pence's sober, informative task force briefings, Trump exaggerates facts, bashes China, blames the Obama administration, lauds his once soaring economy and baits reporters while shoveling any blame away from himself. As the pandemic spreads like quicksilver across the US and questions mount about the federal government's response amid chronic shortages in hospitals, the White House seems to be trying to get everyone to look the other way. It's holding out the promise of hope and optimism to shift attention from the reality of alarming rises in infections, a building economic crisis, a shortage of ventilators, the federal government's botched coronavirus testing roll-out, and revelations that doctors were told to use bandanas as masks.” “His critics would argue that given months of warning from events in China his White House should have been far more prepared -- especially when it comes to a shortage of tests kits that still prevents public health chiefs from drawing up a full understanding of the scale of the pandemic in the US. The administration's emerging political strategy to evade blame is also evident in a coordinated White House and conservative media effort to saddle China with all the blame for the pandemic.”
March 21: Vice President Pence announced to date over 195,000 Americans tested for coronavirus and have received their results.
March 20: Boston Globe columnist Michael A. Cohen urged networks to stop airing President Trump’s press briefings because he was spreading misinformation about a potential cure “Trump is spreading misinformation about the coronavirus – time to take away his microphone” “Practically every time Donald Trump speaks about the coronavirus pandemic he lies, exaggerates, offers false hope, and spreads misinformation. His statements are increasingly a menace to public safety. It’s time for cable news networks to stop giving him a platform for his untruths by refusing to provide live coverage of his press conferences.” “It’s bad enough that Trump is lying about his administration’s incompetent response to the coronavirus. Now he’s sowing doubt about the credibility of news organizations that are essential to providing clear and honest information to the American people.” “News outlets should thus treat Trump’s public statements like propaganda and misinformation — because that’s what they are. Fact-checking is essential, but it’s not enough. Airing his press conferences live, without immediate correction — which, because of the volume of Trump’s lies, is almost impossible to pull off — risks letting false information trickle out to the public.”
March 21: The Trump Administration announced HHS placed an order for hundreds of millions of N95 masks through FEMA.
March 21: The FDA announced it had given emergency approval to a new coronavirus test that delivers results in hours, with an intended rollout of March 30.
March 21: Adm. Giroir confirmed 10 million testing kits had been put into the commercial market from March 2 through March 14.
March 21: USA Editorial Board writes “Coronavirus treatment: Dr. Donald Trump peddles snake oil and false hope”
March 22: President Trump approved major disaster declarations for: • Washington State • California
March 22: President Trump announced: • Governors will remain in command of National Guard forces & the federal govt will fund 100% of operations cost [1, 2] (gives the OK for U.S. governors to use the National Guard for COVID-19 support) [4] • He directed the federal govt to provide 4 large federal medical stations with 2,000 beds for CA & 1,000 beds for NY & WA.
March 22: President Trump confirmed his administration was working with Peru & Honduras to return Americans stranded in both countries as a result of travel restrictions.
March 22: Vice President Pence announced: • The testing backlog will be resolved by midweek. • To date, over 254,000 Americans have been tested for coronavirus and received their results.
March 22: President Trump announced that the USNS Mercy will be deployed to Los Angeles.
March 22: FEMA issued guidance for tribal governments to seek federal assistance under the President’s emergency declaration.
March 23: President Trump signed an executive order invoking section 4512 of the Defense Production Act to prohibit the hoarding of vital medical supplies and price gouging. He announced that HHS wass working to designate essential medical supplies as “scarce” to prohibit hoarding of those items.
March 23: VP Pence announced: • 313,000 Americans were tested for the coronavirus & received results. • FEMA established a supply chain stabilization task force so Americans get supplies they need. • HHS will have commercial labs prioritize testing for hospitalized patients.
March 23: The White House Office of Science & Technology Policy announced a public-private consortium to: • Advance coronavirus research. • Provide access to computing technology and resources for researchers.
March 23: Attorney General Barr announced: • The Justice Department held a National Task Force meeting on hoarding and price gouging. • Each of the 93 U.S. Attorney General offices is designating a lead prosecutor to prevent hoarding.
March 23: Salon published a Dan Froomkin article in which he wrote “Trump’s most dangerous flim-flam: False hope and quack advice - Hasn't he done enough damage? Now Trump is giving fake medical advice from the White House, based on "a feeling" “Trump was at the White House podium peddling a fake cure for a virus that could kill hundreds of thousands of Americans in a way that would have gotten him kicked off the Home Shopping Network and potentially invited federal prosecution for false claims and fraud.”
March 23: Axios tweeted link to article with false headline “A man has died after ingesting chloroquine phosphate – one of the anti-malaria drugs that Trump has mentioned in recent days.”
March 23: The Treasury Department announced it is working with the Federal Reserve to lend up to $300 billion to businesses and local governments.
March 24: President Trump announced the Army Corps of Engineers & the National Guard are constructing four hospitals and four medical centers in New York.
March 24: President Trump approved a major disaster declaration for the state of Iowa related to the coronavirus outbreak.
March 24: Vice President Pence: • Confirmed FEMA sent New York 2,000 ventilators. • Announced individuals who have recently been in New York should self-quarantine for 14 days.
March 24: Dr. Deborah Birx announced the U.S. has conducted more coronavirus tests in the last week than South Korea has over the prior eight weeks.
March 24: The U.S. Army issued orders for three army hospitals to deploy their health care professionals to New York and Washington state, at the direction of Secretary of the Army Ryan McCarthy.
March 24: Japan postpones the 2020 Summer Olympics, which were originally slated to be held in Tokyo starting July 24, until summer 2021. Countries including Canada and Australia had already announced that given the public health risk of the COVID-19 pandemic, they would not be sending their athletes to the Games.
March 24: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi announces a total ban on the country's 1.3 billion citizens leaving their homes for 21 days, in order to stop the spread of COVID-19.
March 24: Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs threatened all doctors and pharmacists in the state with administrative action against their professional licenses if they prescribe, or fill prescriptions of, hydroxychloroquine for the treatment of COVID-19.
March 25: President Trump approved major disaster declarations related to the #coronavirus outbreak for: • Texas • Florida • North Carolina
March 25: President Trump & Vice President Pence held a conference call with 140 non-profit organization leaders, including The Salvation Army & The Red Cross, to discuss coronavirus response efforts.
March 25: President Trump signed a bill reauthorizing The Older Americans Act, which supports senior citizens by providing meals, transportation, and other crucial services.
March 25: Vice President Pence: • Held a conference call with equipment manufacturers to discuss on-going coronavirus response efforts. • Announced 432,000 Americans have been tested for coronavirus and received results. • Confirmed 4,000 ventilators were delivered to New York.
March 25: Vice President Pence held discussions with multiple governors, including the Governor of Indiana & the Governor of Michigan.
March 25: Washington Post correspondent Jeremy Snyder writes ”Trump is giving people false hope of coronavirus cures. It’s all snake oil.” In a separate article, the Washington Post Editorial team added “Trump is spreading false hope for a virus cure – and that’s not the only damage.”
March 26: President Trump approved major disaster declarations related to the coronavirus outbreak for: • Illinois • New Jersey • Maryland • Missouri
March 26: President Trump announced the USNS Comfort will depart for NYC on Saturday to assist in the coronavirus response – 3 weeks ahead of schedule.
March 26: President Trump participated in a video conference with the leaders of the G20 to discuss the global coronavirus response & the need for countries to share information and data on the spread of the virus.
March 26: President Trump held a phone call with Chinese President Xi Jinping to discuss the coronavirus.
March 26: Vice President Pence announced 552,000 Americans have been tested for coronavirus and received their results.
March 26: Dr. Fauci announced the Federal Government is working with companies to speed up production of potential coronavirus vaccines while those drugs are still in the trial phase.
March 27: President Trump signed The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act into law.
March 27: President Trump signed a Defense Production Act memorandum ordering General Motors (GM) "to accept, perform, and prioritize federal contractors for ventilators.
March 27: President Trump signed an executive order allowing the military to activate members of the Selected Reserve and Ready Reserve to active duty to assist with the Federal response to the coronavirus.
March 27: President Trump approved major disaster declarations related to the coronavirus outbreak for: • South Carolina • Puerto Rico
March 27: President Trump appointed Office of Trade and Manufacturing policy director Peter Navarro to serve as the Defense Production Act Policy Coordinator.
March 27: President Trump announced that 100,000 ventilators are projected to be manufactured in the next 100 days, three times the amount typically manufactured in one year.
March 27: President Trump announced that Boeing offered the use of three "Dreamlifter" cargo air crafts to transport medical supplies across the country.
March 27: Partnering with FEMA, the CDC, and the Coronavirus Task Force, Apple released a coronavirus app which allows users to screen for their symptoms.
March 27: President Trump spoke with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson about the global coronavirus response and committed to helping provide ventilators to the U.K. where possible.
March 27: Vice President Pence announced that 685,000 Americans have been tested for coronavirus and received their test results.
March 27: Emory University began enrolling participants for a phase one clinical trial, sponsored by the NIH's National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), of a new, potential coronavirus vaccine.
March 27: FEMA Administrator Pete Gaynor spoke to the director of each of the state's emergency operations about the state-led, federally-supported coronavirus response effort.
March 27: The USNS Mercy arrived in the port of Los Angelse to help relieve the strain on hospital facilities in Southern California.
March 28: President Trump visited Norfolk, VA to send off the USNS Comfort to New York City where it will help relieve the strain on local hospitals.
March 28: President Trump approved major disaster declarations related to the coronavirus outbreak for: • Guam • Michigan • Massachusetts • Kentucky • Colorado
March 28: President Trump spoke with New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis regarding the coronavirus response effort.
March 28: The CDC issued new guidance for residents of New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut to avoid non-essential domestic travel for 14 days to #StopTheSpread of the coronavirus within the U.S.
March 29: New Yorker published an article by staff writer Steve Coll titled “The Meaning of Donald Trump’s Coronavirus Quackery” in which he wrote “Trump’s quackery was at once eccentric and terrifying – a reminder, if one was needed, of his scorn for rigorous science, even amid the worst pandemic to strike the country in a century.” “…the case the President made for hurrying an economic revival against the advice of scientists was morally odious; it suggested that large numbers of otherwise avoidable deaths might have to be accepted as the price of job creation.”
March 29: Nancy Pelosi told CNN reporter Jake Tapper “As the president fiddles, people are dying,” and “The president, his denial at the beginning, was deadly,"
March 30: New York Times writer Kurt Eichenwald tweeted “Words to me of Louisiana MD on front lines of COVID-19 fight: “Hydroxychloroquine doesn’t work. I have more anecdotes than were used to say it might. It doesn’t. Patients who need it for autoimmune issues face a national shortage because of amateurs who don’t understand research.”
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2020.04.01 04:21 tmh0312 Attis Industries Update - Latest Findings as of 03/31/20

Update 04/06/20
The company appears to be scrubbing almost everything investor related and everything promotion related. I'm not really sure what's going on here, but something is happening which is nice after months of nothing. My hopes are at their lowest ever right now for $ATIS as an investment. At this point, I'm just going to hang on to the shares I have accumulated until I can't and see what happens. My main focus will be shifting to other investments, but I will continue to post here if anything new shows up.
I hope all is well in these dark times and my thoughts go out to anyone affected by the pandemic. Stay safe out there.

Before you read on, please consider all of the following information in this post as speculation until you have confirmed/debunked it personally. Attis is, always has been, and will remain an extremely speculative investment until the filings are released; may never happen, could already be a dead investment. Any information obtained about the company should be thoroughly vetted.
"Ctrl F" on your keyboard will get you there faster.
04/05/20 10:26 pm Central: Attis' IR page, ir.attisind.com, is either acting up or has been completely removed from the AttisInd.com website. Just a heads up.

Post Outline

Grey Market Info

These are just some resources for anyone new to the grey markets and suspensions/revocation. The odds a company comes back from revocation are terrible, but it is possible and has happened. There still appears to be a fully functional company behind the ticker ATIS so I plan to stick around for the next decade and see what happens.
Recommend Read: "The SEC just suspended my stock! Now what? - OTC Market Research"https://otcmarketresearch.com/the-sec-just-suspended-my-stock-now-what/
"Going Dark"https://www.otcmarkets.com/files/ellenoff-going-dark.pdf
"Going Dark, and Putting Blindfolds on Investors"https://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/14/business/securities-rules-can-leave-investors-in-the-dark.html
"What Is Defunct?"https://www.investopedia.com/terms/d/defunct.asp
"Section 12 – Termination of Registration and Trading Suspensions"https://www.securitieslawyer101.com/2014/section-12-termination-registration-trading-suspensions/
"Frequently Asked Questions about Suspending/Terminating Reporting Obligations"https://media2.mofo.com/documents/faq-suspending-reporting-obligations.pdf
"Another Way to Restore a Section 12(j) Issuer’s Exchange Act Registration"https://burninghamlawgroup.com/another-way-to-restore-a-section-12j-issuers-exchange-act-registration/

The Pathway Back From Revocation

In general, if a public company has its registration revoked by the SEC under Section 12(j) of the Exchange Act, the stock ceases to trade through normal avenues. However, shareholders would still own stock in that company and could verify this by contacting the transfer agent.
http://otclawyers.com/can-the-sec-revoke-a-stocks-registration/
In order for that revoked company's stock to trade again, the company would need to be sponsored by a market maker to file a new Form 211 under 15c211.
https://www.finra.org/sites/default/files/p126234.pdf
Prior to a new Form 211 being filed, the company is known as a gray sheet.

Attis Asia Inc.

www.AttisAsia.com brings you www.AttisBiofuels.com
Attis Asia has a LinkedIn page with the Attis logo attached and www.AttisAsia.com as their company website:
https://www.linkedin.com/company/attisasia/about/
The LinkedIn page claims to have one employee with the title Head of Operations at Attis Asia - Head of project development. The profile has 300 connections. The employee joined the company in January of 2020. Former employment history includes the following companies: Renascence Internation Trading Pte. Ltd., Manulife, Cabinet Emihsa Pte. Ltd., Ministry of Defence of Singapore.

Attis Federal Labs & Wellness Labs LLC Correlation

Again, consider this speculation until you personally verify it. To me, this finding seems to indicate the two have some form of relationship (I could be completely wrong), but there has been absolutely no official announcement or mention from Attis. Wellness claims they are not a subsidiary of Attis Industries.
Correlation 1
Attis Federal Labs LLC is owned by Attis Industries according to Attis' latest up to date 10-Q filing. www.AttisFedLabs.com also mentions Verifi Labs which was acquired by Attis. If you search "Attis Federal Labs Tulsa" you'll find a link claiming Attis Federal Labs is now Wellness Labs LLC. www.AttisFedLabs also redirects you to www.bwelllabs.com which is the Wellness Labs LLC website.
Correlation 2
In a press release dated 05/21/18, Attis claims their new federal lab will be located at 3336 E 51st St, Tulsa, OK 07135-3512. If you search Attis Federal Labs, LLC on www.opennpi.com (NPI = national provider identifier), you'll find the location listed is 3336 E 51st St, Tulsa, OK 74135-3512. If you search Attis Federal Labs, LLC on www.npiprofile.com you find that same address listed, but you'll also find Mr. Bruce Wilcox listed as the Authorized Official. Bruce Wilcox is a former employee at Verifi Labs, the company acquired by Attis Industries. Google maps also place Attis Federal Labs LLC at 3336 E 51st St, Tulsa, OK 74135-3512.
Correlation 3
When you search for both Attis Federal Labs LLC and Wellness Labs LLC on www.sos.ok.gov (SOS = Secretary of State), you'll find that the registered agent for both companies is Karin Loudermilk and that both entities are active. When you search www.zoominfo.com you'll find Karin Loudermilk listed as an employee of Attis Industries, last updated 11/11/19. If you take this one step further you'll find a man named Dennis Loudermilk, presumably related to Karin Loudermilk, also listed as an employee of Attis Industries. Dennis Loudermilk can be linked to Attis Industries directly via a Membership Interest Purchase Agreement (Email Listed in the document is [[email protected]](mailto:[email protected])) and via a Pay Off Letter where Dennis signs the document under the title "Manager at Attis Federal Labs LLC." The Membership Interest Agreement also claims Dennis J Loudermilk is a resident of Florida. If you search www.myfloridacounty.com for documents related to Dennis Loudermilk, you'll find a document to a deed sent to the Loudermilk Family Trust, listing Karin and Dennis Loudermilk as the recipients.
Attis Membership Interest Interest Purchase Agreement
https://www.sec.gov/Archives/edgadata/949721/000121390017012318/f8k111717ex10-4_meridian.htm
Attis Pay Off Letter
https://ir.attisind.com/sec-filings/all-sec-filings/content/0001213900-18-012047/f8k082818ex10-1_attisindus.htm
Florida Documentation
https://www.myfloridacounty.com/official_records/index.html
(When the page loads, click the giant blue "Search Now" button. When the webpage loads, go to the box labeled "Party Name," it should be the first box. For last name put Loudermilk and for first name put Dennis and click search. Your search results should yield a Deed to the Loudermilk Family Trust; names listed, Karin and Dennis Loudermilk.
Correlation 4
Wellness Labs LLC has a Facebook Page you can find here:
https://www.facebook.com/bwelllabs/?__tn__=%2Cd%2CP-R&eid=ARAl04-4ABBMAesSr-Y22hNg12OejUdfFzUMQMvWT2cMhWAp4zX6_g2OHqLbdq52YkMZwi3KgPkxfIAN
Wellness Labs lastest post mentions Attis Federal Labs:
( Wellness Labs, Tulsa, Oklahoma ) In the past few weeks, we’ve seen an unprecedented response in public awareness of the COVID-19 virus and a more aligned approach to prepare for it. Wellness Labs and Attis Federal Labs has implemented measures to support our healthcare clients, whether nursing homes, physicians and other testing laboratories and their patients to ease the burden in dealing with this crisis at work and within our communities.
Safety and Patient care are our top priorities.
As a specialty molecular laboratory, we have added staff and medical equipment to respond to the increased demand of Upper Respiratory testing. Our updated URI panel consists of 27 pathogens, including 5 strains of Coronavirus, with Reflex for COVID-19.
Our courier and UPS Medical Placard program will continue. Each local courier will remain outside the entrance for pickups. We are coordinating with each facility for their specific instructions. On-call for extra pickups are available as needed.
For physician offices, we now offer a local collection site at our main laboratory to ease patients from overwhelming waiting rooms. Test orders are done online through our portal.
We continue to work with local, state and federal agencies for reporting purposes.
We continue to provide 2-4 hour testing with results posting in our proprietary portal within 24-48 hours from receipt of specimen.
We continue to encourage our customers, partners and public to actively take precautions in preventing the spread of COVID-19
While the CDC continues to list the risk assessment for most Americans as being low, your patients healthcare demands can be achieved. These are challenging times. Our leadership team continues to monitor this situation and will keep you at the forefront of our thoughts and actions.
Be well and safe!

Again, unless there is hard, factual, indisputable evidence that Attis Federal Labs is in fact owned by Attis Industries, be careful. I'm stuck in this investment, you don't have to be.

Some more related links
Karin & Dennis Loudermilk
https://gtrnews.com/infuzion-popular-in-south-tulsa/
Ctrl F when document loads, search Attis Federal Lab
https://coronavirus.health.ok.gov/sites/g/files/gmc786/f/eo_-_covid-19_report_-_4-2-20.pdf

Link to a post I made over on InvestorHub, might be easier to follow the trail.
https://investorshub.advfn.com/boards/read_msg.aspx?message_id=154597297

Custom Cable Services

It probably hasn't happened.
According to www.PitchBook.com, a subsidiary of Morningstar, CCS has been acquired.
CCS Profile: https://pitchbook.com/profiles/company/131486-59
Status: M&A
Latest Deal Type: M&A
Ownership Status: Acquired/Merged (Operating Subsidiary)
Financing Status: Corporate Backed or Acquired
Also according to www.PitchBook.com, Attis industries is Publicly Held but Private Equity-Backed.
Attis Profile: https://pitchbook.com/profiles/company/121876-21
Wiki on Private Investment in Public Equity
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Private_investment_in_public_equity
Attis Press Release Dated 03/15/19, states the acquisition was delayed.
The current delinquency of the Company’s filings has caused delays in securing the necessary capital for planned acquisitions such as CCS (“Custom Cable Services”), which the Company remains focused on completing.

Barnesville Biorefinery

According to the City of Barnesville, the Attis Biorefinery hasn't happened.

Fulton 1886 Malt House

The malt house is owned by Attis and was part of the Fulton transaction.
Capacity (tons): 2000 tons
Capacity (lbs): 4,000,000
Average Price Per Pound on the 1886 website: $0.90/lbs
Revenue Estimate: $3,586,666
Average US Malt House Profitability: 4%
Income Estimate: $143,466

Attis $110m Take-Out Loan + New $8.2m Credit Facility

Still looking into when this happened.
Advised Attis Industries, Inc. on a Second Amended and Restated Credit and Guaranty Agreement by and among the company's direct and indirect wholly-owned subsidiaries, Attis, and Goldman Sachs Specialty Lending Group, L.P. The transaction was a take-out of approximately $110 million in debt with a new credit facility of $8.2 million and drew on the experience of the firm's corporate, real estate, and commercial litigation attorneys.
https://www.cozen.com/data/pdf.ashx?t=b&n=bb104f76-e31e-42a2-bece-5efd03d4f674

The "No Investor Relations" red flag

Stephen, IR Contact, said his IR company split with Attis when they went OTC, but that he still remains close to the company. I've personally never dealt with a "public company" that has no IR department, so that's definitely a cause for concern.

Link to an Attis related Google Drive Folder

https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/18TW5S4m0RfXLuaKJP9OJoe3DY7bn4Iik?usp=sharing

Attis Hand Sanitizer

Attis will be helping fight the shortage.
https://www.cnybj.com/area-companies-help-secure-needed-supplies-in-coronavirus-emergency/
Attis Industries mentioned under "CenterState CEO Action"
https://www.centerstateceo.com/business-resources/covid-19-business-resources

Nationwide SOS.Gov "Attis" Related Search Results

I went state by state and searched for active companies with "Attis" in the name, below are the results. Keep in mind some of the listed companies may have absolutely no relation to Attis Industries.
Arizona
Attis Holdings LLC
Attis Investments LLC
Attis Technology LLC
Colorado
Attis Industries Inc
Attis Media Inc
Delaware
Attis Agtech LLC
Attis Capital LP
Attis Capital Partners
Attis Developments LLC
Attis Finance LLC
Attis Global LLC
Attis Holding LLC
Attis Holdings LLC
Attis Innovations International Group Corporation
Attis Innovations Royalty Corporations
Attis Legacy Holdings LLC
Attis LLC
Attis Pure LLC
Attis Trading Company-Lincoln City LLC
Attis Trading Company-Warrenton LLC
Attis Vaporizers LLC
Florida
Attis Corporation
Attis Enterprises Inc
Attis Services LLC
Attis Industries
Attis Marketing LLC
Georgia
Attis Biofuels Clayton LLC
Attis Biodiesel Fulton LLC
Attis Biofuels LLC
Attis Envicare Medical Waste LLC
Attis Ethanol Fulton LLC
Attis Industries Inc
Attis Infrastructure
Attis Innovations
Attis IP LLC
Attis Operations Inc
Illinois
Attis Development LLC
Attis Development LLC
Attis Express Inc
Attis Inc
Massachusetts
Attis Finance LLC
Michigan
Attis Arms LC
Attis Technology LLC
Montana
Attis Aluminum Polishing LLC
Nevada
Attis Holdings Corporation
Attis Properties Inc
New Jersey
Attis Group Inc
Attis Holdings LLC
New York
Attis Capital LLC
Attis Ethanol Fulton LLC
Attis Group LLC
Attis Health LLC
Attis Inc
Attis Industries Inc
Attis NH LLC
Attis Operations Inc
Attis Properties Inc
Attis Ventures LLC
Ohio
Attis Global LLC
Oregon
Attis Extracts Oregon LLC
Attis Extracts LLC
Attis Farms LLC
Attis Sales and consulting LLC
Attis Trading Company Gladstone LLC
Attis Trading Company Tillamook LLC
Attis Trading Company Inc
Attis Trading Company Barbur LLC
Attis Trading Company Culley LLC
The Attis Group Inc
Pennsylvania
Attis Construction Inc
Attis Distribution Company LLC
Attis Networks LLC
South Carolina
Attis Healthcare LLC
Tennessee
Attis EnviCare LLC
Attis Pharmaceuticals LLC
Texas
Attis Energy Ltd
Attis Healthcare Holdings
Attis Homes LLC
Attis North America Inc
Attis Oil & Gas (Panhandle) LLC
Attis Oil & Gas Inc
Attis Oild & Gas Management LLC
Attis Oilfield Services LLC
Attis Operating I Inc
Attis Operating Inc
Vermont
Attis Real Estate LL
Wisconsin
Attis Innovations LLC
International
Attis Asia
Attis Academy Excellence Foundation
Attis Agros (OPC) Private Limited
Attis Builders & Developers Private Limited
Attis Construction Private Limited
Attis Exports Private Limited
Attis Foods Private Limited
Attis Global Pharma Private Limited
Attis Green Energy Solution Private Limited
Attis Healthcare Services Private Limited
Attis Infra Developers LLP
Attis Processamento De Dados LTDA
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2020.04.01 01:41 w4rdr0b3 Forever chemical Pollution - Immune systems low in key areas of Co-Vid outbreak - cause and effect?

Presented here is a link hop - what i hope to suggest is that
the Viral outbreak has gained traction due to local populations Immune systems being compromised after exposure to FOREVER CHEMICALS.
Yes i know we can't really trust the numbers of Co_vid deaths etc
but i thought it would be interesting to try and find out if their was a correlation between PFAs etc with the initial/central outbreak areas
Can the testing kits be trusted?
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CR-based tests are being rolled out in hospitals nationwide, and the Food and Drug Administration is fast-tracking novel approaches as well
https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/heres-how-coronavirus-tests-work-and-who-offers-them/
SARS-CoV-2 Coronavirus Multiplex RT-qPCR Kit
Regulatory status: For research use only, not for use in diagnostic procedures. non-specific interference of Influenza A Virus (H1N1), Influenza B Virus (Yamagata), Respiratory Syncytial Virus (type B),
Respiratory Adenovirus (type 3, type 7), Parainfluenza Virus (type 2), Mycoplasma Pneumoniae, Chlamydia Pneumoniae, etc.
but the test has limitations
Limitations
  1. The detection result of this product is only for clinical reference, and it should not be used as the only evidence for clinical diagnosis and treatment. The clinical management of patients should be considered in combination with their symptoms/signs, history, other laboratory tests and treatment responses. The detection results should not be directly used as the evidence for clinical diagnosis, and are only for the reference of clinicians.
  2. The detection result can be affected by operations, including specimen collection, storage and transportation. False negative result may occur if there is any mistakes in the operation. Cross contamination during specimen treatment may lead to false positive result.
  3. The detected target sequences of this products are the conservative region of 2019-nCoV's ORF1ab gene and N gene. However, target sequence variations may lead to false negative result.

https://www.creative-diagnostics.com/sars-cov-2-coronavirus-multiplex-rt-qpcr-kit-277854-457.htm
see also Jon Rappaports blog
https://blog.nomorefakenews.com/2020/03/30/corona-creating-the-illusion-of-a-pandemic-through-diagnostic-tests/
Quote: on joining CD diagnostics

"When I joined this company it was because their initial work was interesting enough for me to say,
Hey this is a big market with an unmet need,'" he said. "So I decided I should join them and see what I can do."
https://eu.delawareonline.com/story/money/business/2015/02/22/delaware-biotech-company-poised-growth/23853883/
interestingly Creative Diagnostics is a partner of this company

CD Genomics,
https://www.cd-genomics.com/
a genomics services company, innovates sequencing services as well as genotyping and library construction to develop integrated systems of genomic products and services.
With professional work team and advanced biotechnology, the company has already been selling products in the United States, Europe, Asia. Scientists from CD Genomics have participated in many genome projects, such as Illumina,[1] the genome sequence,[2] DNA analyzer,[3] Bacillus thuringiensis, Thermoanaerobacter tengcongensis, Streptococcus suis, and quite a few virus genomes.[4]
via wikipedia
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CD_Genomics
CD Genomics provides viral genome sequencing service within Illumina and PacBio Platforms. We can create high-quality de novo assembly of large viral genomes and highest possible data quality at low cost.
https://www.cd-genomics.com/Viral-Genome-Sequencing.html
https://www.melbournebioinformatics.org.au/tutorials/tutorials/assembly/assembly-protocol/
is CD Genomics a secret Dupont start up company?

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interestingly the CEO of creative diagnostics is Rick Berkmeyer
who used to work at Dupont
“One of the things that I did while I was at DuPont was a two-year stint in each department,” Birkmeyer said. “The roles change. Therefore, there are times the personality of a CEO might fit at one stage and then another stage.”
https://technical.ly/delaware/2015/04/03/ceo-profile-rick-birkmeyer-cd-diagnostics/
Dupont Gave CD dignostics CEO a start up grant to form Strategic Diagnostics
"When I was working with DuPont, one of the groups that was part of DuPont at the time was Conoco Oil. They had spent $17 million developing a little rapid test that looks
much like a home pregnancy test kit. It was for bacteria that was found in oil wells that very quickly could eat through a stainless shaft and cause that well to go down for days.
They wanted a test that could very quickly say: “Is this bacteria present so that we can treat this well with biocide?” Within DuPont, they spent the $17 million developing this test. They brought it to my group to manufacture it, and lo and behold, they found out that the product couldn’t be frozen and had to be refrigerated. Well, that’s a real problem when your market is Abu Dhabi and the north slopes of Alaska. So, I convinced them to support me, give me a grant, move outside of DuPont, and start up my first company, Strategic Diagnostics. So, that’s how I got started."

https://citybizlist.com/article/375718/a-video-conversation-with-rick-birkmeyer-ceo-of-cd-diagnostics-part-i
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THE DOW AND DUPONT MERGER
https://www.mlive.com/news/saginaw/2016/02/what_to_know_about_the_3_new_c.html
"...if Monsanto and Bayer, the 1st and 3rd largest biotech and seed firms, together with Dow and DuPont being the 4th and 5th largest biotechnology and seed companies in the world respectively, both went through with the mergers, the so-called "Big Six" in the industry would control 63 percent of the global seed market and 76 percent of the global agriculture chemical market. They would also control 95 percent of corn, soybeans, and cotton traits in the US. Both duopolies would become the "big two" industry dominators.
The merger formed the world's largest chemical company in terms of sales. DuPont is headquartered in Wilmington, Delaware."
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DuPont
DOW CHEMICALS!
https://www.dupont.com/subsidiaries.html
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POISONING THE ENVIRONMENT
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in DUPONTS own words
Litigation: The Company is party to a number of claims and lawsuits arising out of the normal course of business with respect to product liability,patent infringement,
employment matters, governmental tax and regulation disputes, contract and commercial litigation, and other actions.Certain of the claims and lawsuits facing the Company purport to be class actions and seek damages in very large amounts. All such claims are contested.
With the exception of the possible effect of the asbestos-related liability of Union Carbide Corporation (“Union Carbide”) and Chapter 11 related matters of Dow Corning Corporation ("Dow Corning") as described below, it is the opinion of the Company's management that the possibility is remote that theaggregate of all such claims and lawsuits will have a material adverse impact on the Company's consolidated financial statements.Union Carbide is and has been involved in a large number of asbestos-related suits filed primarily in state courts during the past four decades.
At December 31, 2017, Union Carbide's total asbestos-related liability, including defense and processing costs, was $1,369 million ($1,490 million at December31, 2016).In 1995, Dow Corning, a former 50:50 joint venture, voluntarily filed for protection under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code in order to resolve breastimplant liabilities and related matters ("Chapter 11 Proceeding").
Dow Corning emerged from the Chapter 11 Proceeding on June 1, 2004, and is implementing the Joint Plan of Reorganization (the "Plan"). The Plan provides funding for the resolution of breast implant and other product liability litigation covered by the Chapter 11 Proceeding and provides a process for the satisfaction of commercial creditor claims in the Chapter 11 Proceeding.
At December 31, 2017, Dow Corning's liability for breast implant and other product liability claims was $263 million ($263 million at December 31, 2016) andthe liability related to commercial creditor claims was $78 million ($108 million at December 31, 2016).See Note 16 to the Consolidated Financial Statements for additional information on these matters.
Environmental Compliance:
The costs of complying with evolving regulatory requirements could negatively impact the Company's financial results.Actual or alleged violations of environmental laws or permit requirements could result in restrictions or prohibitions on plant operations, substantial civil or criminal sanctions, as well as the assessment of strict liability and/or joint and several liability.
The Company is subject to extensive federal, state, local and foreign laws, regulations, rules and ordinances relating to pollution, protection of the environment, greenhouse gas emissions, and the generation, storage, handling, transportation, treatment, disposal and remediation of hazardous substances and waste materials. At December 31, 2017, the Company had accrued obligations of $878 million ($909 million at December 31, 2016) for probable environmental remediation and restoration costs, including $152 million ($151 million at December 31, 2016) for the remediation of Superfund sites.
This is management's best estimate of the costs for remediation and restoration with respect to environmental matters for which the Company has accrued liabilities,although it is reasonably possible that the ultimate cost with respect to these particular matters could range up to approximately two times that amount. Costsand capital expenditures relating to environmental, health or safety matters are subject to evolving regulatory requirements and depend on the timing of thepromulgation and enforcement of specific standards which impose the requirements. Moreover, changes in environmental regulations could inhibit orinterrupt the Company's operations, or require modifications to its facilities.
Accordingly, environmental, health or safety regulatory matters could result insignificant unanticipated costs or liabilities.
Health and Safety: Increased concerns regarding the safe use of chemicals in commerce and their potential impact on the environment as well as perceived impacts of plant biotechnology on health and the environment have resulted in more restrictive regulations and could lead to new regulations.
Concerns regarding the safe use of chemicals in commerce and their potential impact on health and the environment and the perceived impacts of plant biotechnology on health and the environment reflect a growing trend in societal demands for increasing levels of product safety and environmental protection.
These concerns could manifest themselves in stockholder proposals, preferred purchasing, delays or failures in obtaining or retaining regulatory approvals, delayed product launches, lack of market acceptance and continued pressure for more stringent regulatory intervention and litigation.
These concerns could also influence public perceptions, the viability or continued sales of certain of the Company's products, the Company's reputation and the cost to comply with regulations. In addition, terrorist attacks and natural disasters have increased concerns about the security and safety of chemical production and distribution. These concerns could have a negative impact on the Company's results of operations.

https://thedowchemicalcompany.gcs-web.com/static-files/ae06e81d-62eb-4673-89aa-48450d6bb0ab
THIS ARTICLE TALKS ABOUT FORMER DUPONT WORKERS MAKING THEIR OWN COMPANYS AFTER DUPONT 'LAYOFFS'
https://eu.delawareonline.com/story/news/2016/01/29/delaware-workers-crossroads-layoffs/79003660/

IS DUPONT LAYING OFF KEY INFRASTRUCTURE WORKFORCE AND
AQUIRING HIDDEN COMPANIES IN THE PHARMACEUTICAL AREA?
TO HIDE ITS PRACTICES AFTER BAD PRESS?
"When it spun off its former performance chemicals unit in 2015, DuPont was facing multidistrict litigation involving 3,500 personal injury claims related to PFOA. DuPont pegged the maximum liability for those cases at $128 million. Dupont settled 19 months later for $671 million, agreeing to pay half the settlement amount, and up to $125 million more toward costs of other PFOA-related litigation. Chemours paid the other half.
Chemours claims that DuPont had “a keen incentive” to downplay environmental liabilities while extracting a multibillion-dollar dividend from Chemours that would help fund a stock buyback. Chemours sought a declaratory judgment from the court limiting DuPont’s indemnification rights to the maximum liabilities it certified, or for an order directing the return of the $3.9 billion dividend."
https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2020/ma30/judge-dismisses-chemours-lawsuit-against-dupont/

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just a little reminder of what DuPont do

PFAS chemicals have caused contamination problems in drinking water supplies in cities and towns across the nation and are now the subject of numerous lawsuits.
DuPont Made Billions Polluting Tap Water With PFAS; Will Now Make More Cleaning It Up
Since the 1940s, DuPont made and used PFAS chemicals to make highly profitable consumer products, including Teflon, which at one point earned $1 billion a year for the chemical giant. Communities whose water is contaminated with the Teflon chemical, or other PFAS compounds from other companies, face huge costs for installing filters to remove the chemicals, which have been linked to cancer, thyroid disease, reproductive and immune system problems and many other serious health harms.

https://www.ewg.org/release/dupont-made-billions-polluting-tap-water-pfas-will-now-make-more-cleaning-it


USA: New York state sues Chemours, Dupont, 3M for alleged contamination of drinking water by toxic substances
"claims toxic substances in the manufacturers’ products, specifically foam used for firefighting, threatened public health and damaged the state’s natural resources...
The aqueous film-forming foam, known as AFFF, contains per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS, including PFOS, a type of PFAS commonly found in contamination from the use of firefighting foam...
New York’s legal actions follows on the heels of similar lawsuits against chemical makers from other states, including New Jersey, New Hampshire, and North Carolina..."
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The complaint alleges that DuPont, Chemours, and the manufacturers should have known that AFFF products and PFAS would “very likely injure and/or threaten public health and the environment.”
The companies also should have known that the products dissolve easily in water, have long shelf lives, and tend to bioaccumulate in the blood, meaning they can build up and stay in the blood of the general population, according to the complaint.
“On information and belief, Manufacturers’ and DuPont/Chemours’ conduct involved actual malice or wanton, willful, and reckless disregard for the health, safety, and rights of others. The Court should award the State punitive damages in an amount sufficient to deter and punish such conduct,” the complaint says.

https://www.business-humanrights.org/en/usa-new-york-state-sues-chemours-dupont-3m-for-alleged-contamination-of-drinking-water-by-toxic-substances

https://news.bloombergenvironment.com/environment-and-energy/n-y-sues-chemours-dupont-3m-over-pfas-contamination
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Northern Italy is showing the highest in numbers for "Co-Vid 19"
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"The number of cases has increased rapidly because there are two hotbeds, among other things, linked to two hospitals, and we have learned from SARS that these viruses spread mainly in nosocomial [originating in hospital] environments,» explains Giorgio Palù, professor of microbiology and virology at the University of Padua, and an internationally-renowned expert.
"Besides, northern Italy has communications with China every day because there are fairs, industries, relocated industries, and people travel a lot."
"The city of Vicenza is about 30km from Vo', a small settlement of 3,000 inhabitants that ended up on the news globally when one of its fellow citizens, 78-year-old pensioner Adriano Trevisan, became the first victim of coronavirus. "
https://euobserver.com/coronavirus/147552
Via WHO special report
"The discovery of PFAS water contamination in the Veneto Region, which was both complex and severe, was undoubtedly a testing moment for both the institutions and the population of the Veneto Region. "
http://www.euro.who.int/__data/assets/pdf_file/0019/341074/pfas-report-20170606-h1330-print-isbn.pdf

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11 September 2018
Italy pneumonia due to Legionella?
"Legionella, the bacteria that causes Legionnaires' disease and other illnesses, has been confirmed in at least 12 of around 200 cases of pneumonia in Brescia, northern Italy, authorities said on Tuesday."
"There is no reason to close schools or not to drink tap water," he assured, adding that most of the patients affected were either elderly or had weakened immune systems. Separately, a suspected legionella infection was reported on Tuesday in Turin, where a woman in her 60s and suffering from other health problems died in hospital with symptoms of pneumonia. Health authorities are investigating, according to Ansa, which reports that she may have picked up the bacteria while on holiday at the coast.
https://www.thelocal.it/20180911/legionella-bacteria-confirmed-in-northern-italy-pneumonia
Italy
Dow was established in Italy in 1960. A key player of the local chemical industry, Dow can count on a solid structure with its headquarters in Milan, a global R&D center in Correggio for Polyurethanes and four industrial production sites: Correggio (Polyurethanes systems), Mozzanica (Water-based acrylic emulsions), Mozzate (Polyurethanes and specialty resins for the production of adhesives), Parona (Polyester resin adhesives).
https://campusemeai.dow.com/en-us/locations/italy
Subsideries in Italy
Danisco Italy S.p.A.
Just Outside Milan, Northern Italy
Hops, malt and raw material suppliers
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Raw materials (1025 Companies)
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Fruit extracts (43 Companies)
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Flavours (161 Companies)
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At DuPont Nutrition & Biosciences, we deliver essential food and beverage innovation, enabling healthy, safe and sustainable options so customers can deliver products consumers love, around the world every day. Through deep consumer insights and market knowledge, strong technical expertise and problem-solving capabilities and our broad DuPont™ Danisco® range, we know It’s What’s Inside that can create the best solutions for you.
For decades, our DuPont™ Danisco® range of ingredients has provided improved nutritional profiles, better taste and texture, and greater cost efficiency to meet the needs of global food and beverage, dietary supplement and pet food manufacturers. Through the work of a global network of food scientists and technologists at DuPont, the Danisco® range is supported by a uniquely broad spectrum of know-how across applications and market segments.
https://www.food.dupont.com/
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but here it describes
Probiotics, personal protection devices, systems for the supply of clean water, smarter and faster electronics and much more: we use science to innovate, to create many important products and solutions for daily use. At DuPont, we are working to make the world a safer, healthier and better place.
https://www.dupont.it/
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For decades prior to 2013, the people living in 21 municipalities in the south-west of the Veneto Region, Italy, were unaware that the tap water they were drinking contained perfluoroalkylated substances (PFAS). The contamination was affecting the groundwater, the surface water and the drinking-water. PFAS are highly resistant persistent compounds used for repelling oil, grease and water and protecting the surfaces of carpeting and clothing; they are also contained in fire-fighting foam. They have been found to have negative consequences for human health, such as pregnancy complications, thyroid disease, high cholesterol, and cancer, though these are not fully established. This case story describes the experiences of the Veneto Region in managing PFAS contamination in its waters. It provides a snapshot of the situation prior to the discovery of the contamination in 2013 and describes the short-, medium- and long-term steps taken to deal with it up to spring 2017
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From the 1950s until the early 2000s, the chemical plant, DuPont Washington Works, in southwest Parkersburg, West Virginia, USA, released C8 into the air and the Ohio River. C8 is a surfactant for polymerization of tetrafluoroethylene (TFE) used to produce polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE), or Teflon. PFOA in these emissions reached drinking-water supplies by entering the groundwater where it was detected in six districts near the DuPont plant in 2002. Air emissions from the plant have been largely eliminated, as have any significant releases into the Ohio River. Carbon filters are used to remove C8 from nearby water systems.A class-action lawsuit against Dupont ended in a settlement, which involved: • carrying out a supplies’ clean-up;• conducting a biomonitoring survey; • establishing a C8 science panel, including international experts.
A biomonitoring survey, called the C8 health project, was conducted between August 2005 and July 2006. Information was gathered through interviews and questionnaires, and blood samples were collected from about 69 000 people living near the plant. The C8 health panel found six probable cause–effect links, namely between C8 and pregnancy-induced hypertension/preeclampsia, autoimmune ulcerative colitis, thyroid disease, cancers of the testes and kidney, and increased cholesterol (1
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identification of PFAS contamination;
During the spring of 2013, following the results of a IRSA–CNR study (20), the Regional authorities were alerted about the presence of PFAS in the groundwater, surface water and drinking-water in some parts of the Veneto Region. The area involved spanned more than 200 kms2. Studies carried out by the Regional Environmental Protection Agency showed two main pathways for the spread of the contamination: (i) wastewater from the factory responsible for the pollution, which was emitted into a creek and percolated into the ground-water system; and (ii) water from a wastewater-treatment plant connected to the factory; this wastewater was deposited into a canal that drained into a river, the high flow rates of which enabled PFAS to be transported over long distances.
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The Regional Environmental Protection Agency took the lead in carrying out a series of environmental monitoring actions in 2014–2016. In August 2014, a preliminary evaluation of local food products revealed contamination in some categories, such as eggs from locally bred hens and fish from contaminated rivers, that could affect the health of the consumers. The Region’s drinking-water monitoring system was reorganized and procedures to manage PFAS concentrations above the threshold value were established. The monitoring system included not only drinking-water but also other environmental matrices, such as surface water, groundwater, soil and air; thus, a comprehensive PFAS data warehouse was created for all water sources. Moreover, an environmental early-warning system was set up to identify key water-sampling points that should be regularly monitored.
The selection of water-sampling points was systemized and the drinking-water network re-evaluated according to the water-safety plan approach promoted by WHO (26). A hydrogeological study was carried out to investigate the distribution of groundwater and the extension and flow velocity of the contamination plume. These data eventually allowed for estimations of the duration of contamination, which dated back more than 20 years. Soil monitoring showed a widespread presence of PFAS, not only in areas where human activity or erosion could have produced contamination, but also in those assumed to be free of it. Of 14 soil samples taken in the summer of 2016, half were found to have PFOA values higher than the threshold. Levels of PFAS in water from other industrial sources than the chemical plant were also measured but found to be considerably lower than those in water from the plant
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Occupational retrospective cohort study of employees at the chemical plant Currently, out of a total of approximately 600 employees at the chemical plant, 130 work in the production department, the pilot plant, the laboratory and the waste-processing area. The probable long-term effects of PFOA exposure on the health of 415 male employees, including former employees, were examined through a retrospective cohort mortality study (1975–2016). The study looked at all-cause mortality and mortality from diseases of the circulatory system, malignant neoplasms, cirrhosis and diabetes. The sera of a group of employees have been measured for PFOA contamination since 2000; in 2004–2012, the levels of those working in the PFAS production departments were steady. Mortality rates were higher for those exposed to PFOA and excess rates of liver, bladder and kidney cancer and cirrhosis were also observed for this group. Excess rates of cirrhosis, diabetes and hypertension were observed among all employees though they were higher among those exposed to PFOA (30
http://www.euro.who.int/__data/assets/pdf_file/0019/341074/pfas-report-20170606-h1330-print-isbn.pdf
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POISONING THE ENVIRONMENT WUHAN
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.. Some previous studies have also reported the occurrence of PFASs, especially PFOA and PFOS in river water globally
(Hansen et al., 2002;Mclachlan et al., 2007;Murakami et al., 2008;Yeung et al., 2009;Nakayama et al., 2010;Hong et al., 2013;Wang et al., 2013;Zhang et al., 2013).
In general, the PFAS concentrations in the Yangtze River were lower than those in other rivers in the world. ...
... This suggests widespread use of PFASs in industrial applications in these two cities. There are dozens of major industries, including fluorochemical, food pro- cessing, textiles, insecticides, pharmaceutical, and electroplating located in Wuhan ( Zhou et al., 2013;Wang et al., 2013), which could be the potential pollution sources. Wang et al. (2013) reported PFASs contami- nation in the effluents of a manufacturing plant in Wuhan, being respon- sible for the high PFAS concentration in the surrounding river water. ...
... There are dozens of major industries, including fluorochemical, food pro- cessing, textiles, insecticides, pharmaceutical, and electroplating located in Wuhan ( Zhou et al., 2013;Wang et al., 2013), which could be the potential pollution sources. Wang et al. (2013) reported PFASs contami- nation in the effluents of a manufacturing plant in Wuhan, being respon- sible for the high PFAS concentration in the surrounding river water. High concentrations of PFASs, especially thousands ng/L of PFBA (max concentration 47800 ng/L) and PFBS (max concentration 15 300 ng/L), were observed in surface water near a fluorochemical plant in Wuhan ( Zhou et al., 2013).
https://www.researchgate.net/publication/247154912_Distribution_of_perfluorinated_compounds_in_surface_water_from_Hanjiang_River_in_Wuhan_China
Animal-related poison experiments and human epidemiological studies have revealed PFC adverse effects, such as hepatotoxicity, immunotoxicity, developmental and
reproductive toxicity, hormonal effects and carcinogenic potency9,10,11,12. In recent years, PFCs have been frequently detected in various environmental waters and strongly
proved to accumulate in aquatic biotas, which makes the aquatic ecosystem as an important medium for PFC transport.
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Occurrence investigation of PFCs in surface water from East Lake
The East Lake, located in Wuhan city, is the second largest urban lake in China, with a total water area of 33 km2 and an average depth of 2.5 m. A number of enterprises,
hospitals and communities are built around the lake, which makes it very important for industrial production, life of local residents and tourist entertainment. However, during the past decades, with the rapid industrialization and urbanization, chemical pollutants were continuously discharged into the lake that has no dilution ability due to its closed shape
Presently, the existence of PFOS and PFOA in East Lake has been proved by researchers.
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the PFCs in surface water from East Lake were accurately and sensitively determined by the proposed MSPE-UPLC-MS/MS method. The surface water had a widespread contamination of PFCs with PFOS and PFOA as the most prevalent pollutants, and the Niuchao lakelet was loaded with the greatest PFC pollutions attributed to more human activities.
https://www.nature.com/articles/srep38633
https://books.google.com.cy/books?id=MPZICAAAQBAJ&pg=PA109&lpg=PA109&dq=Perfluoroalkyl+wuhan&source=bl&ots=g2T_rh2qs1&sig=ACfU3U2hztkNDHlK7St6Jp4c5A3ifMiDAg&hl=en&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwjugf3t5sXoAhW1A2MBHWzKCcEQ6AEwCXoECAoQAQ#v=onepage&q=Perfluoroalkyl%20wuhan&f=false
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OH THE IRONY...suit up!
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dupont in wuhan
https://www.dupont.com/content/dam/dupont/ameus/en/transportation-industrial/public/documents/en/DuPont%20-%20Wuhan%20-%20ISO90012015.pdf

THEY MAKE THE PROTECTIVE SUITS
"Thousands of DuPont employees are working around the clock to increase production of protective garments that are in high demand by first responders and medical workers in high-impact regions like Wuhan, China.
The protective suits are used by health professionals during the outbreaks to reduce the risk of infection. Reports from China show workers running low on safety supplies including garments and masks."
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"Of the protective suits DuPont makes, the most popular is the white Tyvek suit, which costs anywhere between $5 to $15. The suit is thin and protects the body from many fluids, but does not cover the hands, feet or face. But it also makes heavy duty Hazmat suits that act as a shell around the entire body, and are often worn with an oxygen tank.
Those suits can cost in many cases more than $1,000."
https://www.cnbc.com/2020/02/21/coronavirus-dupont-ramps-up-safety-suit-production-amid-china-shortage.html
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2020.03.21 19:54 J-Roge-1 Dotcompunk - A 2000s-inspired dystopia

Hey guys, this is a project I wrote up last year - my take on a 2000s-inspired retro-dystopia. Hope you enjoy :)
The year is 2017. It has been more than fifteen years since the End of History came to an end, and in similar vein to the Roaring Twenties or the Dirty Thirties, in the US, the 2000s decade has earned the moniker of the "Awful Aughts" (although many would argue that so far, the 2010s haven't been a whole lot better). By and large, this America is far more conservative than ours -- gay marriage is only legalized in a handful of states, as is marijuana (and even then, only for medicinal usage).
The tragic events of 9/11 would unfortunately prove to be merely the first in a series of attacks on United States soil perpetrated by Islamic extremists: on 9 April 2003, just a few weeks after the invasion of Iraq, much of the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco was destroyed in a bombing attack, leaving more than 750 dead and injuring over a thousand more. On 11 September, 2006, the fifth anniversary of the WTC's destruction, eight terrorists enacted a plot to collapse Willis Tower in Chicago, with the intention of causing tens of thousands of civilian fatalities (thankfully, the bombs used in this attack were nowhere near powerful enough to accomplish this, although still caused dozens of deaths). Independence Day 2008 (often remembered as the Bloody Fourth) saw Abdullah Khan, a 22-year-old British-born jihadist, detonate a bomb aboard American Airlines Flight 404, killing nearly 200 passengers and flight crew, and dozens more on the ground below. It's not just Islamic terrorism that's been on the rise, right-wing extremism has been rearing its ugly, shaven head with startling frequency in recent years: aside from the dramatic spike in hate crimes committed against anybody who looks even remotely Middle Eastern, who could forget the St. Louis Pride March Massacre (which remains the deadliest mass shooting in the country's history), or the Texas abortion clinic bombings of 2007?
With the turbulent political climate over the past decade and a half, it is perhaps not too surprising that the United States has not seen a two-term President since Bill Clinton. More superstitious Americans have attributed this phenomenon to the legendary "Prescott's Curse", which claims that the ghost of Prescott Bush, patriarch of the Bush presidential family, so angered that both his son and grandson were denied re-election, placed a curse on the presidency, preventing all future office holders from winning a second term. Partially as a result of this series of one-termers, as of 2017, there are (including the incumbent) nine living Presidents, the most alive at the same time in national history. The aftermath of the Golden Gate Bridge bombing saw the passing of a decidedly more draconian PATRIOT Act, sparking protests in Washington. President George W. Bush's final year in office is notable for seeing the partial privatisation of social security (something historians now acknowledge as a contributing factor to the ongoing New Depression), as well as the onslaught Hurricane Lisa, a category 5 hurricane (far deadlier even than OTL's Katrina) which resulted in widespread destruction across Florida and Louisiana in August of 2004. Particularly affected by Hurricane Lisa was the city of New Orleans, where the Mercedez-Benz Superdome (which at the time, was being used as shelter for refugees), collapsed entirely, causing thousands of casualties. * * The Bush administration's handling of Hurricane Lisa disaster relief efforts was met with much criticism, and is seen as a major contributor the President losing his bid for re-election to the Democratic ticket of South Carolina Senator John Edwards and House veteran Dick Gephardt. The 2004 Presidential Election was a gruelling one for both candidates, with one of its most shameful moments coming in September, after Elizabeth Edwards, wife of the Democratic candidate, revealed to the press that she had recently been diagnosed with breast cancer. For some Republicans, the timing of this announcement (less than six weeks before Election Day) was too coincidental, and with President Bush's approval ratings at an all time low, the right was getting increasingly desperate to smear his opponent's campaign with anything they could get their hands on. Within hours of these revelations, numerous Republicans (popularly nicknamed "tumor truthers") accused Mrs. Edwards of fabricating this disease in order to gain her husband sympathy votes in November, and demands that she produce an x-ray of her chest as evidence for her supposed illness were met with much hostility.
Despite the absurd allegations against his wife, John Edwards ultimately eked out a narrow victory over George Bush, and for the first couple years his term, was widely seen as a far more effective wartime leader than his predecessor. The Edwards administration oversaw two hotly contested amendments to the US Constitution: the 28th Amendment (which prohibits desecration of the American flag) in 2005, and the even more controversial 29th Amendment (which defined marriage in the United States as a union between a man and a woman), which passed by a single vote in 2006. After two successful years in office, the President's career was destroyed (shocker) by personal scandal: in early 2007, one of Edwards' advisors, a 43-year-old Indiana woman named Barbara Nelson, stepped forward, alleging that she and the President had been involved in an extramarital affair for the past eighteen months, and that she was now pregnant with his child.
Initially, President Edwards denied these allegations, but within days, several more White House staff members made similar claims. While memory of the Lewinsky scandal was still fresh in many American minds, the idea that the President could have engaged in affairs with numerous women while his wife battled a serious illness seemed almost unthinkable, but with mounting political pressure, Edwards agreed to take a paternity test, the results of which confirmed that he was indeed the father of Mrs. Nelson's unborn child. The House wasted no time in launching impeachment proceedings, and as though the President's reputation had not suffered enough, that summer, an illicit sex tape starring him and one of his secretaries was leaked online, where it has since been viewed tens of millions of times, giving Edwards the distinction of being the first POTUS who's junk has been exposed to an international audience. On 15 September, 2007, John Edwards was removed from office, with his former Vice President Dick Gephardt ascending to the presidency. Coincidentally, just a few hours after his removal, the ex-President's love child, Nicholas Nelson, was prematurely born with Down Syndrome, and less than fifteen minutes later, his wife Elizabeth finally succumbed to her cancer, dying at the age of 58.
In July 2008, less than a week after the bombing of Flight 404, there was a failed attempt at capturing al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Ladin, which resulted in the deaths of several American soldiers. This incident severely damaged the public image of President Gephardt, who was already seen as a weak and ineffectual leader, and he was easily defeated in November by the Republican ticket of Arizona Senator John McCain and former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee. Without a doubt, 2009 would prove to be the most challenging first year in office for any POTUS in recent memory. Mere weeks into McCain's presidency, the country saw the rapid onslaught of the highly deadly 2009 influenza pandemic (colloquially known as Mexican Flu), caused by a mutated strain of swine influenza virus first reported in Mexico, which is estimated to have caused more than 150,000 deaths in the United States alone (every 2000s kids remembers SpongeBob SquarePants face masks).
At the same time, the economy was suffering tremendously: although the money flowing in from Bush's social security privatisation initiative had delayed the inevitable, by March, the country had plunged into what is now called the New Depression, which America is still recovering from almost nine years later. Unemployment rose into the 20s, and as a result, the crime rate exploded in many large cities, and homelessness went way up. Hundreds of shantytowns, known as McCainvilles (named in "honour" of the sitting President) sprang up across the country (indeed, the large numbers of people living in such close proximity and in such poor conditions is one of the reasons why the Mexican Flu was so deadly). The worst years of the New Depression also saw an increase in politically-motivated violence (picture the alt-right with fewer memes, and a more-organized Antifa armed with more than just bike locks). European politics saw a wave of populism in the wake of the Depression, and the Eurozone has all but collapsed.
Amidst growing terrorism, worsening storms, economic depression and widespread disease, it is somewhat understandable that Mayan predictions for a 2012 apocalypse were taken far more seriously than OTL, and it wasn't long before countless doomsday cults cropped up across the United States, each kookier than the last. In September of that year, the nearby supergiant star Antares exploded in a supernova, which was easily visible from Earth in the daytime for months afterwards, appearing as bright as a full moon. The Antares event was seen by 2012 cultists as the final omen for the Earth's impending destruction, and in the following weeks, thousands of people had auctioned off all of their worldly possessions (which, given the current economy, often wasn't much). 21 December, 2012, the date of the supposed apocalypse, saw mass suicide on an unprecedented scale -- far greater even than the Jonestown massacre three decades prior (indeed, it is an oft-cited fact that vastly more Americans died by suicide on 12/21 than were murdered by Islamic terrorists throughout the entire 2000s decade).
The 2012 Presidential Election a landslide victory for Democratic candidate and former First Lady Hillary Clinton, who won almost 60% of the popular vote, the largest share won by any candidate in nearly 50 years. On the morning of 12 January, 2013, President John McCain died a famously undignified death (suffering a fatal stroke while sitting mid-dump on his White House latrine), which remains a source of amusement for his unending detractors years afterwards. With McCain's death ended one of the most controversial presidencies in recent history (although his standing has gone up in recent years). As a result of the unusual timing of his predecessor's death (just over a week prior to Clinton's inauguration), McCain's former VP, Mike Huckabee, currently holds the record for shortest presidency in United States history, serving for just eight days (William Henry Harrison, eat your heart out). The Clinton administration issued a crackdown on religious fanaticism in the wake of Black Christmas' horror (dubbed by some as a "war on religion"), and oversaw a number of progressive reforms intended to mitigate the effects of the New Depression (with varying results). Clinton's third year in office also saw a landmark victory for gay rights: on 10 August, 2014, the 29th Amendment to the Constitution (which banned same-sex marriage on a federal level), was repealed by the 30th Amendment, which allows states to decide individually whether or not to permit gay marriage within their borders.
Clinton's presidency is often seen as the most successful of the 21st century (although she received some flack from conservatives after shedding tears during her speech in response to 2015's India-Pakistani nuclear exchange for allowing her, ahem, 'womanly emotions' to get the better of her during a time of crisis). Nonetheless, she and Vice President Tim Kaine were defeated in 2016 (despite winning the popular vote) by the Republican ticket of former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum and South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham, in one of the most contested elections in US history. America's 49th President, who faced much criticism for running on a populist and anti-immigration platform, is noted for being highly vocal about his skepticism of man-made climate change, which is perhaps an even bigger political issue than it is in OTL, given that sea levels are rising even faster than expected, and storms seem to grow more intense with each passing year (2017's Hurricane Irene having been both deadlier and costlier than Hurricane Lisa thirteen years prior). Santorum has also caused similar controversy due to his stances on LGBT issues, having been a major opponent of the repealing of the 29th Amendment, and publicly stating that Americans should "keep an open mind" toward gay conversion therapy. It's anyone's guess as to who will take on Santorum in 2020: Clintonites are eager for a rematch, while more progressive Democrats are hoping that Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders (who previously ran for the Democratic nomination in 2012, and earned an even larger following than in OTL) will throw his hat into the ring.
Organ waiting lists are far shorter, now that the little issue of transplant rejection has been solved - indeed, it is now possible for humans to receive a heart or a lung transplanted from a pig donor, with no negative side effects (aside from the endless jokes about cannibalism you'll endure any time you bite into a hot dog). Male pattern baldness can be genetically reversed, and corrective eyedrops (the far cheaper successor to laser-eye surgery) can grant perfect vision to anybody sighted. Dentures are a thing of the past, now that scientists have learned how to regrow adult teeth. Robotic exoskeletons are a common sight - on top of allowing the paraplegic to walk again, they've proven highly useful in numerous professions, such as in the industrial sector (where they have significantly reduced the amount of workplace accidents), as well as in the army and the (increasingly militarized) police force. The Columbia disaster never occurred, and (despite extensive budget cuts to NASA during the McCain era), the space shuttle remains in operation to this day.
While at first glance, the tech level of this world appears to be our world on steroids, some areas have lagged behind significantly, the most notable of which being communications technology -- social media has not taken off to nearly the same extent as OTL (quickly becoming associated with drug dealers, sexual predators, and Muslim extremists), with sites such as Friendster generally regarded as failed experiments by the few that even remember them, and anonymous online forums reign supreme. Similarly, with the death of Steve Jobs in 2002, the first smartphones weren't released till a few years later than OTL, by which time the New Depression had hit hard: even in 2017, smartphones remain something of a niche item, and with no SnapChat or Instagram, today's ultra-frugal youngsters can't see the appeal (besides, a cell phone you can't flip out? For real!? Totes whack, yo!!)
The existence of alien life is now common knowledge: in 2007, NASA's Spirit rover uncovered the remnants of long-dead Martian bacteria, sparking much discussion in the scientific community about the commonality of life in the universe. On 19 October, 2013, SETI discovered indisputable evidence of extraterrestrial intelligence in the form of a strong radio message, (dubbed simply ET-1), not unreminiscent of the Arecibo signal, originating from nearby star 72 Herculis. Two more exocivilizations were discovered through similar means around the stars Iota Persei and Beta Hydri (both of which were known to have Earth-sized planets orbiting within their habitable zones) in 2015 and 2016, respectively. Given the nature of their emissions, all three known exocivilizations are believed to be roughly around humanity's present level of technological advancement, although aside from some scattered clues deciphered from their signals, virtually nothing is known about their history and biology (if you were curious, none of our interstellar neighbours look much like us, based on their graphic figures -- indeed, the appearance of the sophonts inhabiting 72 Herculis c has earned them the unofficial name of the Mi-Go). Since the discovery of intelligent alien life, the number of reported UFO sightings have increased hugely. Similarly, a number of new religious groups based around alleged communication with humanity's star brethren have been established (and are being kept under close government surveillance).
While it is difficult to overstate the huge levels of excitement that have been generated from the confirmation that humans are not alone in the cosmos, this knowledge has left some scientists feeling rattled: after all, if intelligence is so common that four civilizations can exist within as little as 100 lightyears of each other, it begs the question, why don't we see any signs of more advanced species? This conundrum has led some to believe that the Great Filter almost certainly lies ahead of us rather than behind us, and the science fiction idea of advanced intelligences purging the galaxy of its sophont inhabitants is starting to be taken at least semi-seriously. The discovery of extraterrestrial intelligence has not had as big an impact on Earthly religion as one might think: although there have been countless arguments over whether or not ETs have souls, or if they go to the same heaven or hell as we do, the current Pope, John Paul IV, has publicly stated that aliens are just as much a part of God's creation as humans are. A notable subset of conspiracy theorists, known as xeniers, remain adamant that all evidence of extraterrestrial life (intelligent or not) is a hoax designed to discredit religion/promote a globalist agenda, although these people are given about as much credence as Flat Earthers are in OTL.
Pop culture is quite different: a few famous faces that our timeline has lost in the past decade or so are still alive and kicking, such as Steve Irwin, Robin Williams, Whitney Houston and Michael Jackson. On the other hand, there are some notable absences: pop sensation Britney Spears unfortunately died in a vehicular accident on 2 December, 2008, the evening of her 27th birthday, and in 2005, just a few weeks after the premiere of the third installment of the Star Wars prequel trilogy, director George Lucas was murdered by a crazed former fan (enraged with the direction the movies had taken), and no additions to the franchise have been made since. Star Trek: Enterprise was never cancelled, instead running for its intended seven seasons, as did Joss Whedon's Firefly (although given the quality of writing in its final few years, many fans wish it had ended a lot sooner).
The adult animation industry is decidedly more barren, neither Family Guy nor Futurama having been revived after their respective cancellations (though Seth McFarlane was lucky enough to avoid Flight 11's doomed voyage in 2001, less than two years later, he was one of hundreds tragically killed in 2003's attack on the Golden Gate Bridge). South Park was canned after several showrunners were shot by an Islamic extremist who had taken offence at the show's depiction of the prophet Muhammad. Outside of the Toy Story series, Pixar has not released any follow-ups to their films. Boy bands continue to roam the Earth, each more bland and corporate than the last. Mumble rap is non-existent, while a new and somewhat ironically named microgenre known as zen music (essentially blended remixes of classic electro overlaid with agonized screeching), has seen an explosion of popularity in recent years. Almost any franchise you can name has been given a darker, edgier reboot. Large streaming services never took off, and Blockbuster has managed to narrowly survive through the New Depression. While the discovery of extraterrestrial intelligence has led to a semi-resurgence of space opera, TV and movies are somehow even more saturated with superheroes than OTL.
Advertising is huge: in fact, with the employment rate as low as it is, a growing number of people have resorted to getting so-called bodverts (or adttoos), commercials in the form of corporate logos and slogans tattooed onto people's skin, for which they receive small sums of money. As a result of increased terrorism and political violence, many states have legalized the hugely controversial practice of microchipping known criminals. The anti-vaccination movement never really took off, although in its place, a surprising number of people (sometimes known as "anti-cells") still believe that mobile phones cause cancer. This phenomenon is thought to be primarily a result of a former child star passing away from an undiagnosed brain tumor in the mid-aughts, which her family claimed to have been linked to her constant cell phone usage, infamously suing the Nokia company in a much-publicized case. Yahoo! remains dominant, having purchased Google in 2002. Internet hackers are the new public enemies, and wide-scale cyberattacks are frequent and devastating.
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2020.02.16 13:54 liferider09 A collection of free events - week of 2/16

It is very difficult to strike the line between quality and quantity. It helps to have more than just nypl and nyc parks events.
Apparently, I was left with nothing from Queens -_-

Manhattan

Asssscat 3000, 2/16

Performers from The Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre perform longform improv with frequent special guests from your favorite TV shows and movies. The 7:30pm shows cost $14 and tickets go on sale 2 weeks before the show date at 12pm. The 9:30pm show is FREE but you must make a reservation in advance. Reservations become available online at 12pm (noon) the day of the show. PLEASE NOTE: The listed cast lineup is subject to change. Our talented performers are very in-demand and although they would like to do so, other obligations prevent them from being able to do ASSSSCAT every week.
555 W 42nd Street, New York, NY
9:30 PM
source: https://hellskitchen.ucbtheatre.com
https://hellskitchen.ucbtheatre.com/performance/72529

Toe Tappin' Tuesdays Presented by the Gotham Jazzmen, 2/18

The Gotham Jazzmen present a weekly concert of jazz favorites certain to lift your spirits and make you forget your “library voices.” Doors open at 11:45 a.m.
FEATURING
Pete Sokolow, Piano; Lee Lorenz, Cornet;
James Lincoln Collier, Trombone; Ernie Lumer, Clarinet;
Ed Bonoff, Drums; David Hofstra, Bass.
40 Lincoln Center Plaza (65th St and Columbus Ave), New York, NY
12 PM
source: https://www.nypl.org
https://www.nypl.org/events/programs/2020/02/04/toe-tappin-tuesdays-presented-gotham-jazzmen

Winter Bird Walk at the Battery With NYC Audubon, 2/18

Join us for bird walks in The Battery with NYC Audubon! Explore the diverse over-wintering birds that find food and habitat on The Battery's waterfront, such as ducks, geese, loons, sparrows, and finches. We might even spot a seal! Register online. The walk will be led by Gabriel Willow, an educator from NYC Audubon. Gabriel is an experienced birder and naturalist and is well-versed in the ecology and history of New York City. He has been leading walks for NYC Audubon for more than ten years, guiding new and experienced birders in all five boroughs and beyond. Meet at the Netherlands Memorial Flag Pole located at the entrance to the park on the corner of Broadway, Battery Place, and State Street. After the walk, we hope you will linger to enjoy the nation's largest perennial garden open 365 days free to the public. Learn more about The Battery at thebattery.org.
Netherland Monument (In the Battery), Manhattan
6 PM
source: https://www.nycgovparks.org
https://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2020/02/11/winter-bird-walk-at-the-battery-with-nyc-audubon

Beethoven the Bard and the Boards, 2/18

Beethoven loved theater. His personal journal is littered with quotations from his favorite plays, and he often wrote music inspired by his favorite characters and scenes. In the Library's cafe, HB Studio actors perform scenes table-side from Romeo and Juliet, The Tempest, plus Goethe’s Egmont, and Klinger’s Sturm und Drang, interspersed with recordings of related Beethoven piano sonatas, string quartets, and overtures.
Reserve your general admission seat.
40 Lincoln Center Plaza (65th St and Columbus Ave), New York, NY
7 PM
source: https://www.nypl.org
https://www.nypl.org/events/programs/2020/02/06/beethoven-bard-and-boards

Opening Reception: Guo Fengyi & Curtis Talwst, 2/19

Please join us on Wednesday, February 19 at 6pm - 8pm for the opening reception of our winter exhibitions Guo Fengyi: To See from a Distance and Curtis Talwst Santiago: Can't I Alter.
35 Wooster St, New York, NY
6 PM
source: The Drawing Center
http://www.drawingcenter.org/en/drawingcente20/events/21/public-programs/2311/opening-reception/

Self-Defense Workshop With POP Gym, 2/19

Palm Heels for the people! Don’t get that joke? No worries! Come by this FREE workshop to learn some introductory skills that will keep you feeling safe. We’ll be covering the basics: stretching, conditioning, technique, and theory, with the hope that participants will leave with some super useful foundations that will aid them in the day-to-day. Mix that in with some sweat and some movement, and you’ll have an accessible and confidence-boosting good time for all. Whether you are a beginner, or someone with experience, come work it out with us! Open to all ages! Participants should wear clothing in which they are comfortable stretching and sweating. POP Gym is a new project, working towards opening a physical space in Brooklyn that offers free self-defense, fitness, and skill share classes 7 days a week. As we continue planning, we invite you to come by any of our events this summer! Our workshops have been described as, “fun”, “holistic” and “empowering”, and for any questions, comments, or inquiries for future workshops for you or your organizations, email us at [email protected]
172 Allen St, New York, NY
7 PM
source: bluestockings.com
https://bluestockings.com/event/self-defense-workshop-with-pop-gym-28/?instance_id=211613

Literature Out Loud: Modern Love Poetry, 2/20

Do you want to find time for literature in your busy life? Join us on your lunch hour or your free afternoon to celebrate literature in bite-size servings!
At each session of Literature Out Loud we will read aloud and discuss passages of classic and contemporary poetry from across the globe.
This month, we will explore the foundation and evolution of love poetry. In this session, understand and discuss the complex evolution of love poetry in our modern era, from Adrienne Rich to John Berryman…
476 Fifth Avenue (42nd Street Entrance), New York, NY
1 PM
source: https://www.nypl.org
https://www.nypl.org/events/programs/2020/02/06/clone-literature-out-loud-classical-love-poetry

Movies @ Kips Bay Library Presents New Releases Movie Night: Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, 2/20

Synopsis
An actor and his stunt double struggle to keep pace with the evolving entertainment industry in 1960s Los Angeles. Directors Quentin Tarantino
Production year 2019, Rating R, Studio Columbia Pictures Industries Inc., Runtime 161 minutes.
Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie, Luke Perry, Dakota Fanning.
446 Third Avenue, New York, NY
2 PM
source: https://www.nypl.org
https://www.nypl.org/events/programs/2020/02/20/movies-kips-bay-library-presents-new-releases-movie-night

Narcan Overdose Prevention Training, 2/20

Every Thursday, Bluestockings will be hosting a free, walk-in harm reduction training and discussion on overdose prevention! Walk away from this narcan training with your own nalaxone kit and help support all community, including drug-using comrades!
172 Allen St, New York, NY
5 PM
source: bluestockings.com
https://bluestockings.com/event/narcan-overdose-prevention-training/?instance_id=209145

Masq Cycle 001 Circle 4: Masc-Allyship, 2/20

Masq is a healing initiative that aims to evolve our relationships with masculinity, thru open-conversation. We strive to destroy the toxic elements that exist within the identity, and embrace its existence beyond it’s cis-expression. This installment of Masq is going to be largely focused on how we, as masculine-identifying individuals, can utilize our power and privilege in our intimate realities to do our part in dismantling our patriarchy. This discussion can be broken into 2 parts, intervention in ways that are obvious (external), & intervening in ways that are less obvious (internal). Anjan Alavandar (they/them) is the founder of Masq. Anjan is an American born South-Indian community organizer who was raised in North Carolina. Anjan has been exploring the confines of masculinity from a young age. They work with All Kings, a new organization that is establishing a healing-based re-entry program for recently incarcerated men in Harlem and Brooklyn, NY.
172 Allen St, New York, NY
7 PM
source: bluestockings.com
https://bluestockings.com/event/masq-cycle-001-circle-4-masc-allyship/?instance_id=211626

OpenICE at the Library: Collecting Performers , 2/20

James Austin Smith and Ryan Muncy share the stories and works of music that define their relationship with their woodwind instruments. The event will culminate in the world premieres of works by Rebecka Ahvenniemi and Sigurd Fischer Olsen for woodwinds, percussion, and electronics.
Reserve your general admission seat starting January 20th.
(If you need assistance with online reservations, please visit the welcome desk at the Library for the Performing Arts' Lincoln Center Plaza entra…
40 Lincoln Center Plaza (65th St and Columbus Ave), New York, NY
7 PM
source: https://www.nypl.org
https://www.nypl.org/events/programs/2020/02/20/openice-library-collecting-performers

Student Composers Showcase, 2/20

Jeffrey Millarsky conducts the Juilliard Orchestra performing four world premieres by Juilliard student composers. Read the press release.
1941 Broadway, New York, NY
7:30 PM
source: The Lincoln Center
http://www.lincolncenter.org/show/student-composers-showcase

John “Dandy” Rodriguez’s “Dream Team” Presents Descargas 2020, 2/20

Johnny “Dandy” Rodriguez is a salsa legend and world-renown bongocero. Having performed and served as musical director for Tito Puente’s orchestra for 33 years, “Dandy,” as he’s universally known, is a veteran of Tito Rodriguez, Machito, Willie Rosario, Celia Cruz, Fania All-Stars, Ray Barretto and virtually the entire pantheon of salsa’s pioneers.
His New York City-based “Dream Team” is a tight-knit unit that performs the band’s entire repertoire entirely by ear. Performing without the boundaries of written music, every rendition of the band’s repertoire of salsa classics and descargas reaches dizzying new heights of danceable excitement.
Broadway Between 62nd and 63rd Streets, New York, NY
7:30 PM
source: The Lincoln Center
http://www.lincolncenter.org/atrium/show/john-dandy-rodriguezs-dream-team-presents-descargas-2020

Malcolm X Remembered, 2/21

Curated from our archives, this pop-up exhibition will feature handwritten notes, rarely seen photos, and historic papers from the civil rights leader. Attendees are invited to take part in our oral history project, which includes sharing how Malcolm X’s words have made an impact on your life.
Please contact us immediately for American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation. Requests can be made by calling 212-340-0951 or 212-340-0909, or email [email protected].
515 Malcolm X Boulevard (135th St and Malcolm X Blvd), New York, NY
12 Noon
source: https://www.nypl.org
https://www.nypl.org/events/programs/2020/02/21/malcolm-x-remembered

Movie Afternoon, 2/21

Join us every Friday for a showing of some Hollywood's biggest films.
February 21: Hell or High Water (2016)
A divorced father and his ex-con o…
503 West 145th Street, New York, NY
2 PM
source: https://www.nypl.org
https://www.nypl.org/events/programs/2020/02/07/movie-afternoon

Community Create-A-Thon: Census 2020, 2/21

No one knows your community better than you. So, whether you want to design a sticker, draw a poster, write a poem, sing a song, or choreograph a dance, Lincoln Center teaching artists will be on hand to help you shape your ideas. Come collaborate on fun and accessible art projects to help reach the people in your life and share the importance of the census.
Lincoln Center, in partnership with Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer and the U.S. Census Bureau, wants to ensure that our communities get their fair share, especially people in historically under-counted groups. These include people of color, immigrants, LGBTQIA people, people experiencing homelessness, people with low incomes, renters, single-parent households, people with limited English proficiency, and children under the age of five.
Why the Census Matters The Census, a once-a-decade population count, affects your representation in government, and determines how much funding your community receives. When a person isn’t counted, they lose out on nearly $2,000 every year for TEN YEARS in direct services like SNAP, WIC, hospitals, schools, transportation, and road maintenance.
Broadway Between 62nd and 63rd Streets, New York, NY
2 PM
source: The Lincoln Center
http://www.lincolncenter.org/show/community-create-a-thon-census-2023

Dorothea Lange: Words + Pictures, 2/21

thru 5/9: dorothea lange: words + pictures, the museum of modern art’s first major exhibition of lange’s work in 50 years, brings iconic images together with rarely seen works—from early street photography to projects on criminal justice reform. museum of modern art (midtown west), $25 general, $18 seniors, $14 students, free fridays 5:30-9pm.
Museum of Modern Art (Midtown West)
source: The Skint
https://www.moma.org/calendaexhibitions/5079

Book Swap! 2/22

By popular demand, Ottendorfer now hosts a Book Swap every Saturday! Please bring your books, DVDs, CDs and miscellaneous trinkets to trade with others.
135 Second Avenue, New York, NY
10 AM
source: https://www.nypl.org
https://www.nypl.org/events/programs/2020/02/01/book-swap

Saturday Afternoon Movie: The Goldfinch, 2/22

The Goldfinch (2019, R, 149 min.)
Young Theo inadvertently steals a noteworthy piece of art in the aftermath of an explosion at the Metropolitan Museum of Art that kills his mother. He later crosses paths with the unruly Boris, and the pair finds their lives linked to the painting. Starring: Nicole Kidman, Sarah Paulson, Ansel Elgort, Aneurin Barnard, Ashleigh Cummings. Dir. John Crowley.
444 Amsterdam Avenue (Between West 81st and West 82nd Streets), New York, NY
2 PM
source: https://www.nypl.org
https://www.nypl.org/events/programs/2020/02/22/saturday-afternoon-movie-goldfinch

Russian Readings: Non-Poetry Series / Texts and Contexts, 2/22

Vadim Pevzner -- a Russian poet. Born in Moscow in 1961, he moved to Paris in 1984, then to the United States in 1990. Graduated from the Art Institute of Chicago (Major in Experimental Film). Taught art at NYU and other universities.
The event is organized by Grigory Starikovsky, the curator of the Russian Reading Series at Tompkins Square Library.
Grigory Starikovsky – a poet, translator, essayist. Born in Moscow in 1971. In US since 1992. PHD in Classics (Columbia University). Recent ve…
331 East 10th Street, New York, NY
2 PM
source: https://www.nypl.org
https://www.nypl.org/events/programs/2020/02/22/russian-readings-non-poetry-series-texts-and-contexts

Video Screening: Paul Robeson & Vito Marcantonio: Martyrs of McCarthyism, 2/22

Video Screening: Paul Robeson & Vito Marcantonio: Martyrs of McCarthyism
10 Jersey Street, New York, NY
2 PM
source: https://www.nypl.org
https://www.nypl.org/events/programs/2020/02/22/video-screening-paul-robeson-vito-marcantonio-martyrs-mccarthyism

Reflections on Beethoven, 2/22

Beethoven’s Sonata Opus 101 took inspiration from Baroque keyboard works and also provided inspiration for later composers. In this program,Opus 101 is presented with Bach’s Toccata in E Minor and César Franck’s monumental Prelude, Chorale, and Fugue, offering an opportunity to reflect on the influences on and from Beethoven. Presented by Raj Bhimani, pianist.
The Library for the Performing Arts is proud to offer free admission to this program on a first come, first served basis. Admission line…
40 Lincoln Center Plaza (65th St and Columbus Ave), New York, NY
2:30 PM
source: https://www.nypl.org
https://www.nypl.org/events/programs/2020/02/22/reflections-beethoven

Phenomenal Black Women Wikipedia Edit-A-Thon, 2/22

The Schomburg Center, working with AfroCROWD, is proud to host Phenomenal Black Women Wikipedia Edit-a-thon, our sixth year in which we invite members of the community and the general public to edit and contribute content related to Black history and culture on Wikipedia for the national Black WikiHistory Month outreach campaign.
This year we will focus especially on Black Women, past and present, adding notable figures whose content is incomplete or completely missing from Wikipedia.…
515 Malcolm X Boulevard (135th St and Malcolm X Blvd), New York, NY
5 PM
source: https://www.nypl.org
https://www.nypl.org/events/programs/2020/02/22/phenomenal-black-women-wikipedia-edit-thon

The Nubian Word for Flowers, 2/22

A pocket chamber edition of the Ione and Pauline Oliveros Phantom opera, utilizing live performance, electronics, and moving images to create a deep dream exploration of Nubian soul and colonial mind, featuring the collaborative trio of Ione (text, direction, and performance), Monica Duncan (visuals, performance), and Senem Pirler (sound, performance).
Reserve your general admission seat HERE starting January 22nd.
(If you need assistance with online reservations, please visit the…
40 Lincoln Center Plaza (65th St and Columbus Ave), New York, NY
8 PM
source: https://www.nypl.org
https://www.nypl.org/events/programs/2020/02/22/nubian-word-flowers

Bronx

Saturday Cinema, 2/15

Southside With You
Docudrama about Barack Obama’s first date with Michelle Robinson, his future wife, during the summer of 1989 in Chicago. Starring Tika Sumpter, Parker Sawyers, © Miramax Pictures. 2016 Run Time 160m…
2521 Glebe Avenue, Bronx, NY
2 PM
source: https://www.nypl.org
https://www.nypl.org/events/programs/2020/02/01/saturday-

Shape Up NYC: Free Body Conditioning, 2/19

Shape Up NYC is a free citywide fitness program run by NYC Parks, in partnership with NYC Service and Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield, that targets neighborhoods with high rates of obesity and obesity– related disease.
1215 Morrison Avenue, Bronx, NY
5:30 PM
source: https://www.nypl.org
https://www.nypl.org/events/programs/2020/02/07/shape-nyc-free-body-conditioning

Woodstock Crochet Club, 2/20

Come meet your fellow sititchers in the neighborhood. Bring along your latest project to share.
Limited supplies provided.
761 East 160th Street, Bronx, NY
11 AM
source: https://www.nypl.org
https://www.nypl.org/events/programs/2020/02/06/woodstock-crochet-club

Brooklyn

Bring Your Own Film, 2/17

Bring your weird, boring, wild, fun, strange and not-so strange videos. We'll play any video you bring us, as long as it's under 10 minutes long and made by you. Bring Your Own Film is an informal space for filmmakers to show smaller projects, works-in-progress, or anything that might not have a home yet. Come drink cheap beer, eat free popcorn, meet new people, and watch films. If you have a project you'd like to share, bring it.
Shoestring Studio 640 Classon Avenue, Brooklyn 7:30p door, 8p screening; $free bringyourownfilm]at]gmail.com
source: http://www.nonsensenyc.com/

Next Slide Please, 2/17

All-PowerPoint comedy show. Next Slide Please asks comedians to prepare and present PowerPoints about whatever they want. Past audiences have learned about the best Manhattan street corners for first-date make-outs, exciting start-up investment opportunities, and the charms of the 2003 Jessica Alba vehicle Honey. Hosted by Reed Kavner. The night's lineup includes Rachel Pegram, Carmen Christopher, Miel Breudow, and Charlotte Barnett.
Pine Box Rock Shop 12 Grattan Street, Brooklyn 9p; $free
source: http://www.nonsensenyc.com/
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/next-slide-please-a-powerpoint-comedy-show-tickets-88431189067

The Improv Jam, 2/18

Just your classic Improv Jam! Everyone who attends this show will have a chance to perform improv on the UCBT Hell's Kitchen stage! Put your name in the Bucket of Truth, then jam with students, performers, and faculty. The show isn't over until everyone has had a chance to perform, all in a fun, supportive environment! All experience levels welcome!
555 W 42nd Street, New York, NY
6 PM
source: https://hellskitchen.ucbtheatre.com
https://hellskitchen.ucbtheatre.com/performance/72549

Jewish Material Culture: Home and Food, 2/19

This lecture examines household artefacts such as furniture, cooking utensils, storage vessels, bathing and washing amenities, and illumination implements as they appear in various Geniza documents and in contemporary literature including, responsa, travelogues, and poetry. This data will be correlated with archaeological findings. Through these domestic objects the meaning of home for contemporary people is better understood. The lecture will also touch upon food, its preparation, consumption, and cultural significance. Delivered by Miriam Frenkel.
Bard Graduate Center 38 West 86th Street, Lecture Hall, Manhattan 6-7:30p; $free
source: http://www.nonsensenyc.com/
https://www.bgc.bard.edu/events/1109/19-feb-2020-jewish-material

Opening Reception for Christie Neptune: Constructs and Context Relativity, 2/19

Join us at the opening reception for a multi-media exhibition in BRIC's Project Room exploring notions of race, urban decay, community, and the hidden potential in absence.
647 Fulton Street Brooklyn, NY 11217
7 PM
source: BRIC
https://www.bricartsmedia.org/events-performances/opening-reception-christie-neptune-constructs-and-context-relativity-performance

Opening Reception for Death Becomes Her, 2/19

Join us for the opening reception of Death Becomes Her, a group exhibition exploring how death and the grieving process impact the living.
647 Fulton Street Brooklyn, NY 11217
7 PM
source: BRIC
https://www.bricartsmedia.org/events-performances/opening-reception-death-becomes-her

Opening Reception for Padma Rajendran: Move Me With You, 2/19

Join us at the opening reception for an interactive installation in BRIC's Hallway consisting of dyed and printed fabric drawings selectively sewn and layered over one another to reveal layered stories, transitions, and re-telling.
647 Fulton St. Brooklyn, NY 11217
7 PM
source: BRIC
https://www.bricartsmedia.org/events-performances/opening-reception-padma-rajendran-move-me-you

The Art of Dying: A Monthly Death Cafe, 2/20

What might we plan, hope, dream, imagine as we consider our mortality? The Ethical Living Committee at the Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture is championing a series for shared discussion and contemplation on death and dying. All topics welcome. There are no taboos.
Shatzi Weisberger and others will begin each evening with a facilitated activity. Each gathering will be followed by a Death Cafe for open and intimate conversations.
Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture 53 Prospect Park West, Brooklyn 6:30-8:30p; $free
source: http://www.nonsensenyc.com/
https://www.bsec.org/calendar-2/

Gyun Hur: I Wouldn't Know Any Other Way , 2/21

A performance series where artist Gyun Hur interacts with her installation in a meditation on loss, trauma, and impermanence.
647 Fulton Street Brooklyn, NY 11217
3 PM
source: BRIC
https://www.bricartsmedia.org/events-performances/gyun-hur-i-wouldnt-know-any-other-way

Celebrating Black History: Black TV Matters, Reclaiming the Narrative 2/22

As part of BRIC's Black History is American History Month programming, we are proud to partner with Weeksville Heritage Center to screen three pieces centered around social justice and activism: Why Kaep Kneels by Hadasah Cornell, Artistic Reflections by Melvin Isaac, and Objective Opinion by James Woods.
158 Buffalo Ave, Brooklyn
2 PM
source: BRIC
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/celebrating-black-history-black-tv-matters-reclaiming-the-narrative-tickets-91855982717?aff=ebdssbdestsearch

Staten Island

Roots of American Music, 2/18

Hip-hop, blues, jazz, and soul are all cornerstones of American music. They’re also all built on African American traditions. Listen with us and explore the history behind jams you love.
75 Bennett Street, Staten Island, NY
3 PM
source: https://www.nypl.org
https://www.nypl.org/events/programs/2020/02/18/roots-american-music

Adult Afternoon Hikes, 2/19

Enjoy the crisp winter weather as we stroll through different Staten Island Greenbelt trails with Greenbelt educators and a naturalist. Designed for adults ages 18+ who want to spend time in nature and socialize. For more information and to register, please call (718) 351-3450.
Greenbelt Nature Center (In Blood Root Valley), Staten Island
1:30 PM
source: https://www.nycgovparks.org
https://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2020/01/22/adult-afternoon-hikes

Winter Bird Hike, 2/20

Join our educators to learn more about finding and identifying winter residents here in the Greenbelt. Bring your own binoculars or borrow a pair of ours. All ages.
Greenbelt Nature Center (In Blood Root Valley), Staten Island
11:30 AM
source: https://www.nycgovparks.org
https://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2020/02/20/winter-bird-hike
I would like to give an honarary mention to the NYCT holiday transit show, which is ending soon. It is easy-access (in Grand Central), interesting, and super low-key. You can just pop in and stay however long you like.
Shameless self promotion: you can search through my collected events here. The search feature is very simple, but tune in next week when I will have better filtering methods. Also, some of the public art are a little wonky.
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2020.02.16 13:53 liferider09 A collection of free events - now with more diverse sources

It is very difficult to strike the line between quality and quantity. It helps to have more than just nypl and nyc parks events.
Apparently, I was left with nothing from Queens -_-

Manhattan

Asssscat 3000, 2/16

Performers from The Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre perform longform improv with frequent special guests from your favorite TV shows and movies. The 7:30pm shows cost $14 and tickets go on sale 2 weeks before the show date at 12pm. The 9:30pm show is FREE but you must make a reservation in advance. Reservations become available online at 12pm (noon) the day of the show. PLEASE NOTE: The listed cast lineup is subject to change. Our talented performers are very in-demand and although they would like to do so, other obligations prevent them from being able to do ASSSSCAT every week.
555 W 42nd Street, New York, NY
9:30 PM
source: https://hellskitchen.ucbtheatre.com
https://hellskitchen.ucbtheatre.com/performance/72529

Winter Bird Walk at the Battery With NYC Audubon, 2/18

Join us for bird walks in The Battery with NYC Audubon! Explore the diverse over-wintering birds that find food and habitat on The Battery's waterfront, such as ducks, geese, loons, sparrows, and finches. We might even spot a seal! Register online. The walk will be led by Gabriel Willow, an educator from NYC Audubon. Gabriel is an experienced birder and naturalist and is well-versed in the ecology and history of New York City. He has been leading walks for NYC Audubon for more than ten years, guiding new and experienced birders in all five boroughs and beyond. Meet at the Netherlands Memorial Flag Pole located at the entrance to the park on the corner of Broadway, Battery Place, and State Street. After the walk, we hope you will linger to enjoy the nation's largest perennial garden open 365 days free to the public. Learn more about The Battery at thebattery.org.
Netherland Monument (In the Battery), Manhattan
8 AM
source: https://www.nycgovparks.org
https://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2020/02/11/winter-bird-walk-at-the-battery-with-nyc-audubon

Toe Tappin' Tuesdays Presented by the Gotham Jazzmen, 2/18

The Gotham Jazzmen present a weekly concert of jazz favorites certain to lift your spirits and make you forget your “library voices.” Doors open at 11:45 a.m.
FEATURING
Pete Sokolow, Piano; Lee Lorenz, Cornet;
James Lincoln Collier, Trombone; Ernie Lumer, Clarinet;
Ed Bonoff, Drums; David Hofstra, Bass.
40 Lincoln Center Plaza (65th St and Columbus Ave), New York, NY
12 PM
source: https://www.nypl.org
https://www.nypl.org/events/programs/2020/02/04/toe-tappin-tuesdays-presented-gotham-jazzmen

Beethoven the Bard and the Boards, 2/18

Beethoven loved theater. His personal journal is littered with quotations from his favorite plays, and he often wrote music inspired by his favorite characters and scenes. In the Library's cafe, HB Studio actors perform scenes table-side from Romeo and Juliet, The Tempest, plus Goethe’s Egmont, and Klinger’s Sturm und Drang, interspersed with recordings of related Beethoven piano sonatas, string quartets, and overtures.
Reserve your general admission seat.
40 Lincoln Center Plaza (65th St and Columbus Ave), New York, NY
7 PM
source: https://www.nypl.org
https://www.nypl.org/events/programs/2020/02/06/beethoven-bard-and-boards

Opening Reception: Guo Fengyi & Curtis Talwst, 2/19

Please join us on Wednesday, February 19 at 6pm - 8pm for the opening reception of our winter exhibitions Guo Fengyi: To See from a Distance and Curtis Talwst Santiago: Can't I Alter.
35 Wooster St, New York, NY
6 PM
source: The Drawing Center
http://www.drawingcenter.org/en/drawingcente20/events/21/public-programs/2311/opening-reception/

Self-Defense Workshop With POP Gym, 2/19

Palm Heels for the people! Don’t get that joke? No worries! Come by this FREE workshop to learn some introductory skills that will keep you feeling safe. We’ll be covering the basics: stretching, conditioning, technique, and theory, with the hope that participants will leave with some super useful foundations that will aid them in the day-to-day. Mix that in with some sweat and some movement, and you’ll have an accessible and confidence-boosting good time for all. Whether you are a beginner, or someone with experience, come work it out with us! Open to all ages! Participants should wear clothing in which they are comfortable stretching and sweating. POP Gym is a new project, working towards opening a physical space in Brooklyn that offers free self-defense, fitness, and skill share classes 7 days a week. As we continue planning, we invite you to come by any of our events this summer! Our workshops have been described as, “fun”, “holistic” and “empowering”, and for any questions, comments, or inquiries for future workshops for you or your organizations, email us at [email protected]
172 Allen St, New York, NY
7 PM
source: bluestockings.com
https://bluestockings.com/event/self-defense-workshop-with-pop-gym-28/?instance_id=211613

Literature Out Loud: Modern Love Poetry, 2/20

Do you want to find time for literature in your busy life? Join us on your lunch hour or your free afternoon to celebrate literature in bite-size servings!
At each session of Literature Out Loud we will read aloud and discuss passages of classic and contemporary poetry from across the globe.
This month, we will explore the foundation and evolution of love poetry. In this session, understand and discuss the complex evolution of love poetry in our modern era, from Adrienne Rich to John Berryman…
476 Fifth Avenue (42nd Street Entrance), New York, NY
1 PM
source: https://www.nypl.org
https://www.nypl.org/events/programs/2020/02/06/clone-literature-out-loud-classical-love-poetry

Movies @ Kips Bay Library Presents New Releases Movie Night: Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, 2/20

Synopsis
An actor and his stunt double struggle to keep pace with the evolving entertainment industry in 1960s Los Angeles. Directors Quentin Tarantino
Production year 2019, Rating R, Studio Columbia Pictures Industries Inc., Runtime 161 minutes.
Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie, Luke Perry, Dakota Fanning.
446 Third Avenue, New York, NY
2 PM
source: https://www.nypl.org
https://www.nypl.org/events/programs/2020/02/20/movies-kips-bay-library-presents-new-releases-movie-night

Narcan Overdose Prevention Training, 2/20

Every Thursday, Bluestockings will be hosting a free, walk-in harm reduction training and discussion on overdose prevention! Walk away from this narcan training with your own nalaxone kit and help support all community, including drug-using comrades!
172 Allen St, New York, NY
5 PM
source: bluestockings.com
https://bluestockings.com/event/narcan-overdose-prevention-training/?instance_id=209145

Masq Cycle 001 Circle 4: Masc-Allyship, 2/20

Masq is a healing initiative that aims to evolve our relationships with masculinity, thru open-conversation. We strive to destroy the toxic elements that exist within the identity, and embrace its existence beyond it’s cis-expression. This installment of Masq is going to be largely focused on how we, as masculine-identifying individuals, can utilize our power and privilege in our intimate realities to do our part in dismantling our patriarchy. This discussion can be broken into 2 parts, intervention in ways that are obvious (external), & intervening in ways that are less obvious (internal). Anjan Alavandar (they/them) is the founder of Masq. Anjan is an American born South-Indian community organizer who was raised in North Carolina. Anjan has been exploring the confines of masculinity from a young age. They work with All Kings, a new organization that is establishing a healing-based re-entry program for recently incarcerated men in Harlem and Brooklyn, NY.
172 Allen St, New York, NY
7 PM
source: bluestockings.com
https://bluestockings.com/event/masq-cycle-001-circle-4-masc-allyship/?instance_id=211626

OpenICE at the Library: Collecting Performers , 2/20

James Austin Smith and Ryan Muncy share the stories and works of music that define their relationship with their woodwind instruments. The event will culminate in the world premieres of works by Rebecka Ahvenniemi and Sigurd Fischer Olsen for woodwinds, percussion, and electronics.
Reserve your general admission seat starting January 20th.
(If you need assistance with online reservations, please visit the welcome desk at the Library for the Performing Arts' Lincoln Center Plaza entra…
40 Lincoln Center Plaza (65th St and Columbus Ave), New York, NY
7 PM
source: https://www.nypl.org
https://www.nypl.org/events/programs/2020/02/20/openice-library-collecting-performers

Student Composers Showcase, 2/20

Jeffrey Millarsky conducts the Juilliard Orchestra performing four world premieres by Juilliard student composers. Read the press release.
1941 Broadway, New York, NY
7:30 PM
source: The Lincoln Center
http://www.lincolncenter.org/show/student-composers-showcase

John “Dandy” Rodriguez’s “Dream Team” Presents Descargas 2020, 2/20

Johnny “Dandy” Rodriguez is a salsa legend and world-renown bongocero. Having performed and served as musical director for Tito Puente’s orchestra for 33 years, “Dandy,” as he’s universally known, is a veteran of Tito Rodriguez, Machito, Willie Rosario, Celia Cruz, Fania All-Stars, Ray Barretto and virtually the entire pantheon of salsa’s pioneers.
His New York City-based “Dream Team” is a tight-knit unit that performs the band’s entire repertoire entirely by ear. Performing without the boundaries of written music, every rendition of the band’s repertoire of salsa classics and descargas reaches dizzying new heights of danceable excitement.
Broadway Between 62nd and 63rd Streets, New York, NY
7:30 PM
source: The Lincoln Center
http://www.lincolncenter.org/atrium/show/john-dandy-rodriguezs-dream-team-presents-descargas-2020

Malcolm X Remembered, 2/21

Curated from our archives, this pop-up exhibition will feature handwritten notes, rarely seen photos, and historic papers from the civil rights leader. Attendees are invited to take part in our oral history project, which includes sharing how Malcolm X’s words have made an impact on your life.
Please contact us immediately for American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation. Requests can be made by calling 212-340-0951 or 212-340-0909, or email [email protected].
515 Malcolm X Boulevard (135th St and Malcolm X Blvd), New York, NY
12 Noon
source: https://www.nypl.org
https://www.nypl.org/events/programs/2020/02/21/malcolm-x-remembered

Movie Afternoon, 2/21

Join us every Friday for a showing of some Hollywood's biggest films.
February 21: Hell or High Water (2016)
A divorced father and his ex-con o…
503 West 145th Street, New York, NY
2 PM
source: https://www.nypl.org
https://www.nypl.org/events/programs/2020/02/07/movie-afternoon

Community Create-A-Thon: Census 2020, 2/21

No one knows your community better than you. So, whether you want to design a sticker, draw a poster, write a poem, sing a song, or choreograph a dance, Lincoln Center teaching artists will be on hand to help you shape your ideas. Come collaborate on fun and accessible art projects to help reach the people in your life and share the importance of the census.
Lincoln Center, in partnership with Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer and the U.S. Census Bureau, wants to ensure that our communities get their fair share, especially people in historically under-counted groups. These include people of color, immigrants, LGBTQIA people, people experiencing homelessness, people with low incomes, renters, single-parent households, people with limited English proficiency, and children under the age of five.
Why the Census Matters The Census, a once-a-decade population count, affects your representation in government, and determines how much funding your community receives. When a person isn’t counted, they lose out on nearly $2,000 every year for TEN YEARS in direct services like SNAP, WIC, hospitals, schools, transportation, and road maintenance.
Broadway Between 62nd and 63rd Streets, New York, NY
2 PM
source: The Lincoln Center
http://www.lincolncenter.org/show/community-create-a-thon-census-2023

Dorothea Lange: Words + Pictures, 2/21

thru 5/9: dorothea lange: words + pictures, the museum of modern art’s first major exhibition of lange’s work in 50 years, brings iconic images together with rarely seen works—from early street photography to projects on criminal justice reform. museum of modern art (midtown west), $25 general, $18 seniors, $14 students, free fridays 5:30-9pm.
Museum of Modern Art (Midtown West)
source: The Skint
https://www.moma.org/calendaexhibitions/5079

Book Swap! 2/22

By popular demand, Ottendorfer now hosts a Book Swap every Saturday! Please bring your books, DVDs, CDs and miscellaneous trinkets to trade with others.
135 Second Avenue, New York, NY
10 AM
source: https://www.nypl.org
https://www.nypl.org/events/programs/2020/02/01/book-swap

Saturday Afternoon Movie: The Goldfinch, 2/22

The Goldfinch (2019, R, 149 min.)
Young Theo inadvertently steals a noteworthy piece of art in the aftermath of an explosion at the Metropolitan Museum of Art that kills his mother. He later crosses paths with the unruly Boris, and the pair finds their lives linked to the painting. Starring: Nicole Kidman, Sarah Paulson, Ansel Elgort, Aneurin Barnard, Ashleigh Cummings. Dir. John Crowley.
444 Amsterdam Avenue (Between West 81st and West 82nd Streets), New York, NY
2 PM
source: https://www.nypl.org
https://www.nypl.org/events/programs/2020/02/22/saturday-afternoon-movie-goldfinch

Russian Readings: Non-Poetry Series / Texts and Contexts, 2/22

Vadim Pevzner -- a Russian poet. Born in Moscow in 1961, he moved to Paris in 1984, then to the United States in 1990. Graduated from the Art Institute of Chicago (Major in Experimental Film). Taught art at NYU and other universities.
The event is organized by Grigory Starikovsky, the curator of the Russian Reading Series at Tompkins Square Library.
Grigory Starikovsky – a poet, translator, essayist. Born in Moscow in 1971. In US since 1992. PHD in Classics (Columbia University). Recent ve…
331 East 10th Street, New York, NY
2 PM
source: https://www.nypl.org
https://www.nypl.org/events/programs/2020/02/22/russian-readings-non-poetry-series-texts-and-contexts

Video Screening: Paul Robeson & Vito Marcantonio: Martyrs of McCarthyism, 2/22

Video Screening: Paul Robeson & Vito Marcantonio: Martyrs of McCarthyism
10 Jersey Street, New York, NY
2 PM
source: https://www.nypl.org
https://www.nypl.org/events/programs/2020/02/22/video-screening-paul-robeson-vito-marcantonio-martyrs-mccarthyism

Reflections on Beethoven, 2/22

Beethoven’s Sonata Opus 101 took inspiration from Baroque keyboard works and also provided inspiration for later composers. In this program,Opus 101 is presented with Bach’s Toccata in E Minor and César Franck’s monumental Prelude, Chorale, and Fugue, offering an opportunity to reflect on the influences on and from Beethoven. Presented by Raj Bhimani, pianist.
The Library for the Performing Arts is proud to offer free admission to this program on a first come, first served basis. Admission line…
40 Lincoln Center Plaza (65th St and Columbus Ave), New York, NY
2:30 PM
source: https://www.nypl.org
https://www.nypl.org/events/programs/2020/02/22/reflections-beethoven

Phenomenal Black Women Wikipedia Edit-A-Thon, 2/22

The Schomburg Center, working with AfroCROWD, is proud to host Phenomenal Black Women Wikipedia Edit-a-thon, our sixth year in which we invite members of the community and the general public to edit and contribute content related to Black history and culture on Wikipedia for the national Black WikiHistory Month outreach campaign.
This year we will focus especially on Black Women, past and present, adding notable figures whose content is incomplete or completely missing from Wikipedia.…
515 Malcolm X Boulevard (135th St and Malcolm X Blvd), New York, NY
5 PM
source: https://www.nypl.org
https://www.nypl.org/events/programs/2020/02/22/phenomenal-black-women-wikipedia-edit-thon

The Nubian Word for Flowers, 2/22

A pocket chamber edition of the Ione and Pauline Oliveros Phantom opera, utilizing live performance, electronics, and moving images to create a deep dream exploration of Nubian soul and colonial mind, featuring the collaborative trio of Ione (text, direction, and performance), Monica Duncan (visuals, performance), and Senem Pirler (sound, performance).
Reserve your general admission seat HERE starting January 22nd.
(If you need assistance with online reservations, please visit the…
40 Lincoln Center Plaza (65th St and Columbus Ave), New York, NY
8 PM
source: https://www.nypl.org
https://www.nypl.org/events/programs/2020/02/22/nubian-word-flowers

Bronx

Saturday Cinema, 2/15

Southside With You
Docudrama about Barack Obama’s first date with Michelle Robinson, his future wife, during the summer of 1989 in Chicago. Starring Tika Sumpter, Parker Sawyers, © Miramax Pictures. 2016 Run Time 160m…
2521 Glebe Avenue, Bronx, NY
2 PM
source: https://www.nypl.org
https://www.nypl.org/events/programs/2020/02/01/saturday-

Shape Up NYC: Free Body Conditioning, 2/19

Shape Up NYC is a free citywide fitness program run by NYC Parks, in partnership with NYC Service and Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield, that targets neighborhoods with high rates of obesity and obesity– related disease.
1215 Morrison Avenue, Bronx, NY
5:30 PM
source: https://www.nypl.org
https://www.nypl.org/events/programs/2020/02/07/shape-nyc-free-body-conditioning

Woodstock Crochet Club, 2/20

Come meet your fellow sititchers in the neighborhood. Bring along your latest project to share.
Limited supplies provided.
761 East 160th Street, Bronx, NY
11 AM
source: https://www.nypl.org
https://www.nypl.org/events/programs/2020/02/06/woodstock-crochet-club

Brooklyn

Bring Your Own Film, 2/17

Bring your weird, boring, wild, fun, strange and not-so strange videos. We'll play any video you bring us, as long as it's under 10 minutes long and made by you. Bring Your Own Film is an informal space for filmmakers to show smaller projects, works-in-progress, or anything that might not have a home yet. Come drink cheap beer, eat free popcorn, meet new people, and watch films. If you have a project you'd like to share, bring it.
Shoestring Studio 640 Classon Avenue, Brooklyn 7:30p door, 8p screening; $free bringyourownfilm]at]gmail.com
source: http://www.nonsensenyc.com/

Next Slide Please, 2/17

All-PowerPoint comedy show. Next Slide Please asks comedians to prepare and present PowerPoints about whatever they want. Past audiences have learned about the best Manhattan street corners for first-date make-outs, exciting start-up investment opportunities, and the charms of the 2003 Jessica Alba vehicle Honey. Hosted by Reed Kavner. The night's lineup includes Rachel Pegram, Carmen Christopher, Miel Breudow, and Charlotte Barnett.
Pine Box Rock Shop 12 Grattan Street, Brooklyn 9p; $free
source: http://www.nonsensenyc.com/
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/next-slide-please-a-powerpoint-comedy-show-tickets-88431189067

The Improv Jam, 2/18

Just your classic Improv Jam! Everyone who attends this show will have a chance to perform improv on the UCBT Hell's Kitchen stage! Put your name in the Bucket of Truth, then jam with students, performers, and faculty. The show isn't over until everyone has had a chance to perform, all in a fun, supportive environment! All experience levels welcome!
555 W 42nd Street, New York, NY
6 PM
source: https://hellskitchen.ucbtheatre.com
https://hellskitchen.ucbtheatre.com/performance/72549

Jewish Material Culture: Home and Food, 2/19

This lecture examines household artefacts such as furniture, cooking utensils, storage vessels, bathing and washing amenities, and illumination implements as they appear in various Geniza documents and in contemporary literature including, responsa, travelogues, and poetry. This data will be correlated with archaeological findings. Through these domestic objects the meaning of home for contemporary people is better understood. The lecture will also touch upon food, its preparation, consumption, and cultural significance. Delivered by Miriam Frenkel.
Bard Graduate Center 38 West 86th Street, Lecture Hall, Manhattan 6-7:30p; $free
source: http://www.nonsensenyc.com/
https://www.bgc.bard.edu/events/1109/19-feb-2020-jewish-material

Opening Reception for Christie Neptune: Constructs and Context Relativity, 2/19

Join us at the opening reception for a multi-media exhibition in BRIC's Project Room exploring notions of race, urban decay, community, and the hidden potential in absence.
647 Fulton Street Brooklyn, NY 11217
7 PM
source: BRIC
https://www.bricartsmedia.org/events-performances/opening-reception-christie-neptune-constructs-and-context-relativity-performance

Opening Reception for Death Becomes Her, 2/19

Join us for the opening reception of Death Becomes Her, a group exhibition exploring how death and the grieving process impact the living.
647 Fulton Street Brooklyn, NY 11217
7 PM
source: BRIC
https://www.bricartsmedia.org/events-performances/opening-reception-death-becomes-her

Opening Reception for Padma Rajendran: Move Me With You, 2/19

Join us at the opening reception for an interactive installation in BRIC's Hallway consisting of dyed and printed fabric drawings selectively sewn and layered over one another to reveal layered stories, transitions, and re-telling.
647 Fulton St. Brooklyn, NY 11217
7 PM
source: BRIC
https://www.bricartsmedia.org/events-performances/opening-reception-padma-rajendran-move-me-you

The Art of Dying: A Monthly Death Cafe, 2/20

What might we plan, hope, dream, imagine as we consider our mortality? The Ethical Living Committee at the Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture is championing a series for shared discussion and contemplation on death and dying. All topics welcome. There are no taboos.
Shatzi Weisberger and others will begin each evening with a facilitated activity. Each gathering will be followed by a Death Cafe for open and intimate conversations.
Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture 53 Prospect Park West, Brooklyn 6:30-8:30p; $free
source: http://www.nonsensenyc.com/
https://www.bsec.org/calendar-2/

Gyun Hur: I Wouldn't Know Any Other Way , 2/21

A performance series where artist Gyun Hur interacts with her installation in a meditation on loss, trauma, and impermanence.
647 Fulton Street Brooklyn, NY 11217
3 PM
source: BRIC
https://www.bricartsmedia.org/events-performances/gyun-hur-i-wouldnt-know-any-other-way

Celebrating Black History: Black TV Matters, Reclaiming the Narrative 2/22

As part of BRIC's Black History is American History Month programming, we are proud to partner with Weeksville Heritage Center to screen three pieces centered around social justice and activism: Why Kaep Kneels by Hadasah Cornell, Artistic Reflections by Melvin Isaac, and Objective Opinion by James Woods.
158 Buffalo Ave, Brooklyn
2 PM
source: BRIC
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/celebrating-black-history-black-tv-matters-reclaiming-the-narrative-tickets-91855982717?aff=ebdssbdestsearch

Staten Island

Roots of American Music, 2/18

Hip-hop, blues, jazz, and soul are all cornerstones of American music. They’re also all built on African American traditions. Listen with us and explore the history behind jams you love.
75 Bennett Street, Staten Island, NY
3 PM
source: https://www.nypl.org
https://www.nypl.org/events/programs/2020/02/18/roots-american-music

Adult Afternoon Hikes, 2/19

Enjoy the crisp winter weather as we stroll through different Staten Island Greenbelt trails with Greenbelt educators and a naturalist. Designed for adults ages 18+ who want to spend time in nature and socialize. For more information and to register, please call (718) 351-3450.
Greenbelt Nature Center (In Blood Root Valley), Staten Island
1:30 PM
source: https://www.nycgovparks.org
https://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2020/01/22/adult-afternoon-hikes

Winter Bird Hike, 2/20

Join our educators to learn more about finding and identifying winter residents here in the Greenbelt. Bring your own binoculars or borrow a pair of ours. All ages.
Greenbelt Nature Center (In Blood Root Valley), Staten Island
11:30 AM
source: https://www.nycgovparks.org
https://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2020/02/20/winter-bird-hike
I would like to give an honarary mention to the NYCT holiday transit show, which is ending soon. It is easy-access (in Grand Central), interesting, and super low-key. You can just pop in and stay however long you like.
Shameless self promotion: you can search through my collected events here. The search feature is very simple, but tune in next week when I will have better filtering methods. Also, some of the public art are a little wonky.
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2020.01.24 01:30 whirlpool4 Events for Fri 1/24 - Sun 1/26

** Fri 1/24 *\*
6p - 10p: Orlando Edge Film Festival 2020; Downtown Arts Collective, 643 Lexington Ave, Orlando, Florida 32801; Come out to Orlando Edge Film Festival at the Downtown Arts Collective! Entry to this event is free - bring your friends and support the local independent film community! :) This year features a selection of art films from local to international filmmakers. The film festival will screen from 6pm-10pm, and doors open at 5:45pm! (see event page for featured films and directors) www.ceffnetwork.org
https://filmfreeway.com/OrlandoEdgeFilmFestivalOrlando/tickets
7p - 9p: Movie Under The Stars: Toy Story 4; Avalon Park, 3680 Avalon Park East Blvd, Orlando, Florida 32828; Bring your blanket or lawn chair and enjoy the movie! Don't miss out on the Free Popcorn as well! Movie starts at Dark. This event is sponsored by CHAMP: Children's Health And Medical Partners!
7p - 12a: Barista Smackdown - A Latte Art Throwdown; Qreate Coffee + Studio, 1212 Woodward Street, Unit 1, Orlando, Florida 32803; We are proud to present our 1st Annual Latte Art Throwdown. Open to the PUBLIC. $10 to Throwdown. Winner takes all! Only 32 Entries, must register.
8p - 11p: Kiss Alive the Tribute; Tin Roof Orlando, 8371 International Dr, Ste 100, Orlando, Florida 32819; KIϟϟ ALIVE the TRIBUTE strives to accurately portray the band, its members, choreography and of course, the music. We work hard to re-capture the energy, intensity and experience that a 1970's KIϟϟ concert embodied....when KIϟϟ ruled the rock and roll world. Tickets were $5...but now...FREE GENERAL ADMISSION!!! $5 Cover starts at 9:30pm and includes entry to both sides of Tin Roof each with their own stage, entertainment & dance floors!
8:30p - 1a: #ONEBIGASSGAMENITE; Hope of Salvation Inc., 4300 S. Clarcona Ocoee Rd Suite 101, Orlando, Florida 32819; Orlando New Vibes, is an live entertainment source outside of the norm, as of clubbing&bar hopping. Where we're more into interaction base fun...GAMENITE, Karaoke night, Speed dating, Open Mic/Poetry. Uno,adult Monopoly, Taboo, tug of war, Spades, jenga, floor Tic -Tac toe, Drunk Musical Chairs, Never have i ever, and so much more etc.
DjEssence Games Unlimited SHOTSSS FoodVENDORS Live Podcast
***Tickets Admission is $15 and $20 at the door *** DISCOUNTED PRICE IF YOU GET THEM ON EVENTBRITE
#ONEBIGASSGAMENITE #JAN24TH #DIAMONDBALLROOM #GOODVIBESSS
** Sat 1/25 *\*
8:30a - 11a: Prince of Peace Food Pantry; Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 1515 S Semoran Blvd, Orlando, Florida 32807; Sign Up Genius Link: http://tinyurl.com/PoPFoodPantry01-25 The Prince of Peace Food Pantry needs volunteers to help out with food distribution. The pantry is able to provide groceries to over 300 families from Orange County each month. Families are provided food amounts based upon the number of persons in the family. Please wear closed toe shoes and a red shirt, if possible, to distinguish yourself as a volunteer. Volunteers can park anywhere on site. Please walk through the playground and enter the building there. Ask for Sharleen or Barb!
9a - 12p: Crosby Clean-up Day!; Ben Crosby Field, 2300 Helen Ave, Orlando, Florida 32804; Crosby Clean Up Day is this Saturday 1/25! We need everyone available to get the fields ready for Spring. The league is entirely run by volunteers and we need YOU to donate. a few hours of your valuable time to help us get the fields ready for the kids! if you haven't volunteered some hours before, this is a great way to become involved. Also bring your kids! The more the merrier!
Here is a list of things we need to get done.
1)Clean Bathrooms and Concession Stand
2)Remove old banners and fix any banners that need to remain up
3)Pressure wash around bleachers and dugouts
4)Organize the shed
5)Spread remaining bags of clay around the bases
6)Clean up batting cages
7)Clean up any trash around the field
8)Change combos on the bathrooms doors( I have all the books to do this)
Items needed: -zip ties -pressure washer( I will bring additional cleaning supplies) -any additional ladders, shovels, rakes may come in handy.
This should not take very long, the lawn crew will be there on Friday so it should be fairly clean around the bleachers and dugouts. See you there!! Anthony Caruso CHE, CHC. Orlando Babe Ruth Field Manager
9a - 11a: Lake Harney Invasive Plant Removal; Lake Harney Wilderness Area, 2187 Osceola Fish Camp Rd., Geneva, FL 32732; Join Seminole County Natural Lands & the SERV Program to remove invasive plants from Lake Harney Wilderness Area! Seminole County Natural Lands and the SERV Program invite you to help us remove invasive plants from Lake Harney Wilderness Area (2187 Osceola Fish Camp Rd, Geneva, FL 32732) to protect the biodiversity of this important natural habitat! Please note that we'll be working in the woods. Closed toe shoes and long pants are required; old clothes and work gloves are recommended. Bug protection may also be desired. For more information, contact Elizabeth Stephens ([[email protected]](mailto:[email protected]); 407-665-2457). Liability forms can be found on the SERV webpage: http://www.seminolecountyfl.gov/serv
11a - 12p: The Salvation Army Orlando Centennial Celebration Concert; Lake Eola Park, 512 E Washington St, Orlando, FL 32801; The Salvation Army of Orlando is celebrating 100 years of service in Metro Orlando. This concert kicks off the start of our yearlong celebration. The USA Territorial Band & Songsters of The Salvation Army will be in the city beautiful to help us honor the many years of meeting human needs. The group of premier musicians will headline two celebratory concerts, Saturday, January 25th. Stop by the bandshell at Lake Eola Park at 11 AM to hear the sweets sounds of the band & Songsters, LIVE. For those who can’t make it to this event, we’re hosting a 7 PM concert at the First United Methodist Church in Downtown Orlando. Come sing and worship with us inside of one of Orlando's most beautiful churches. These events are FREE to the public, so grab your family and join us as we commemorate our Centennial.
12p - 2a: Onesie Pub Crawl Orlando; Downtown Orlando; We're bar hopping in onesies for up to 14 hours! Join us anytime for your wristband! There's live entertainment throughout, no cover charges, drink specials, photographers, and a costume contest with cash prizes!
Venues include: The Patio, Sideshow, Wall Street Cantina, Embassy Irish Bar, Downtown PourHouse, Hooch, Shine, Wai Tiki, The Beacham & Social, Aero, 64 North, The Hen House, Bar B, The Monkey Bar, and more to be announced! The full schedule and drink specials will be here very soon!
SCHEDULE: (subject to change, this will be finalized soon!)
12PM: Dapper Duck, more to be announced
1PM: The Office, Downtown Pourhouse
2PM: Embassy Irish Bar & Bar B
4PM: Monkey Bar, Hooch, Shine, Wai Tiki, Sideshow
8PM: Snow!! And group photo
9PM: Elixir
10PM: Beacham, Social, Aero 64, more to be announced
12AM: Wall Street Plaza, to be announced
The full schedule will be here soon! You can arrive anytime between noon to midnight to check in with our staff just outside our current venue(s). Wristbands are required to be part of the event. If you arrive after dark you miss out on most of the experience, so please get here as early as possible to maximize your time with us!!
Join 500+ of us for the comfiest crawl in Orlando! Please spread the word!
BONUS: Reuse your wristband from Onesie Pub Crawl to attend LepreCon St Patrick's Crawl Orlando - Free! without checking in!
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12:30p - 10p: Hullabaloo; Lake Eola Park, 512 E Washington St, Orlando, FL 32801; We are excited to be a sponsor for this years Hullabaloo! Thornton Park District is proud to announce the 1st Annual Orlando Hullabaloo – an epic beach party taking place January 25, 2020 at Lake Eola Park. Part music festival, part beach bash, Hullabaloo will bring musical acts Sugar Ray and Eve 6 as well as a host of local bands for an all-day beach-themed festival in the middle of the Florida winter. The event will also feature an innovative Rail Jam – a motorized, 150-foot long wake board track in pool that will showcase talent and tricks from an all-star team of local professional wake boarders. Runs and stunts will be ongoing throughout the day. In addition, there will be food trucks, libations, and activities for all ages throughout the day, and restaurants, bars and venues throughout the Thornton Park District will keep the party going by featuring live music immediately following the festival.
1:15p: Chinese New Year Celebration; Peter’s Kitchen China Bistro, 3922 E. Colonial Dr., Orlando, Florida 32803; Come join us to celebrate the Chinese New Year on 1/25 (Saturday) at 1:15 PM! We will have the Lion Dancing and Kung Fu Exhibition! We hope to see you and your family there!
6:30p - 9:30p: Happy Hour for A Cause; Castle Church Brewing, 6820 Hoffner Ave, Orlando, FL 32822; Food, Beer, Music by Cold Saturday. $20.00- suggested donation. Raffles and Silent Auction. Event proceeds will benefit the Samaritan Village
7p - 12a: Letterkenny Good Guy Party in VAULT 5421; VAULT 5421, 5421 International Dr, Orlando, Florida 32819; On Saturday, January 25th, here in VAULT 5421, we'll be committing Charitable Acts benefiting Don Cherry's Pet Rescue Foundation, with a Letterkenny Good Guy Party! We'll be playing Letterkenny on our TVs, with music, themed cocktails & Cosplay Cage-Dancing by Bulgarian Bonbon performing as Bonnie McMurray! And have a SPECIAL Canadian beer menu available, while supplies last! Try any 3 and get our featured shot FREE! Make a donation to Don Cherry's Pet Rescue Foundation here at the bar and receive a SPECIAL shot! 10% of all bar proceeds from the night will also be going to the charity! Go here to find out more about Don Cherry's Pet Rescue: www.facebook.com/DonCherryRescue Come early and enjoy our Happy Hours from 5pm-8pm featuring 20% OFF all drinks, including our themed drink SPECIALS and 100+ bottle selection of mostly craft and import beers, ciders, meads, sakes and wines! (Please note our store Gods & Monsters is All-Ages friendly, but our bar VAULT 5421 is 18+ to enter and 21+ with valid ID to purchase alcoholic beverages.)
8p - 12a: New York Ska Jazz Ensemble at Will's Pub; Will's Pub, 1042 N Mills Ave, Orlando, Florida 32803; New York Ska Jazz Ensemble are the premier international touring sensation that created the ska-jazz style in 1994! We're bringing them to Will's Pub for the very first time! support: Control This, The Ambassadors, +21, $15 advanced, $20 at the door
9p - 2a: Shake the Nook; The Nook on Robinson, 2432 E. Robinson St, Orlando, Florida 32803; Do you feel that? There's an enormous amount of bass on the horizon. The windows will be shaking soon and so will you, because Jim Raves is returning to The Nook on Robinson for another night of bass house. Be there to take part in the fun as we embark on a night to remember! No Cover, 21+, 9PM-2AM, Jim Raves is a DJ who got his start playing for the fine people of Asheville, North Carolina. His mixes are known for their bass heavy tracks, deep cuts and personality. You can now catch his shows in the city beautiful, Orlando, FL!
10p - 2:30a: LiT Trancefamily Reunion, ft. Suzy Solar, Robb Blak, & DJ Agni; Bikkuri Lounge, 1915 E Colonial Dr, Orlando, Florida 32803; After a long break from the holiday, let’s get the gang back together for a FREE Trancefamily Reunion Party (donations accepted), featuring Suzy Solar, Robb Blak, & DJ Agni! ✨ No Dress Code (Glow Things Welcomed) ✨ No Discrimination ✨ Great Drink Specials ✨ PLUR Vibes. All LiT events allow reentry, unless we hit capacity ❤️💛💚💙💜 18+ to Party, 21+ to Drink
7p - 12a: Letterkenny Good Guy Party in VAULT 5421; VAULT 5421, 5421 International Dr, Orlando, Florida 32819; On Saturday, January 25th, here in VAULT 5421, we'll be committing Charitable Acts benefiting Don Cherry's Pet Rescue Foundation, with a Letterkenny Good Guy Party! We'll be playing Letterkenny on our TVs, with music, themed cocktails & Cosplay Cage-Dancing by Bulgarian Bonbon performing as Bonnie McMurray! Make a donation to Don Cherry's Pet Rescue Foundation here at the bar and receive 1 SPECIAL shot, cocktail or featured Canadian beer! 10% of all bar proceeds from the night will also be going to the charity! Go here to find out more about Don Cherry's Pet Rescue: www.facebook.com/DonCherryRescue Come early and enjoy our Happy Hours from 5pm-8pm featuring 20% OFF all drinks, including our themed drink SPECIALS and 100+ bottle selection of mostly craft and import beers, ciders, meads, sakes and wines! (Please note our store Gods & Monsters is All-Ages friendly, but our bar VAULT 5421 is 18+ to enter and 21+ with valid ID to purchase alcoholic beverages.)
** Sun 1/26 *\*
11a - 2p: Brunch, Brews & Rescues!; Ace Cafe Orlando, 100 W Livingston St, Orlando, Florida 32801; This Sunday morning, January 26th from 11am to 2pm, join the South Lake Animal League for Brunch, Brews & Rescues at the Ace, Car Show & Pet Adoption event! All Cars Welcome! 50/50 Raffle! DJ playing great music and so much more! Come out and support this awesome charity, adopt a pet, bring your pet! Doggie food menu items available! It's going to be a great time!
11a - 8p: PACDs' Community Day with 90.7 WMFE!; Park Ave CDs, 2916 Corrine Dr, Orlando, Florida 32803; Park Ave CDs is happy to announce that this year we will be kicking off a brand new local community/charity driven promotion titled "PACDs' Community Day"! We are also very excited to have 90.7 WMFE partner with us for our inaugural PACDS' Community Day event on Sunday, January 26th! WMFE is a non-profit, member-supported, community-based public broadcasting company that operates 90.7 WMFE-FM, metro Orlando’s primary provider of NPR programming; and 90.7-2 Classical. Part of the community since 1965, WMFE focuses on providing quality national and local news and programming. For every PACDs' Community Day event, 10% of that day's ENTIRE SALES will be DONATED to the community organization/charity that we have partnered with! With that being said, we encourage anyone who would like to show their support for the local charity to stop by the shop that day and make any small purchase!
1p: Bully Up Rescue Fundraiser; Fish on Fire, 7937 Daetwyler Dr, Orlando, Florida 32812; Hosted by Orlando Hold Em. $20 Suggested Donation tournament to support Bully Up Rescue! There will be add-one and rebuys throughout the tournament as well. Bully Up Rescue is a non profit, locally run, Foster based organization that is dedicated to rescuing abandoned, surrendered bully breeds dogs, as well as restoring the bully breed reputation.
3p - 4:30p: Horns and Pipes; Cathedral Church of St. Luke, 130 N Magnolia Ave, Orlando, FL 32801; The Central Florida Composers Forum (CF2) partners with The Cathedral Church of St. Luke for their 27th annual Horns & Pipes Concert. CF2's very own Jeremy Umlauf will have his Fanfare on a Tetrachord premiered. Come join St. Luke's renowned orchestra of brass, percussion, and pipe organ in a marvelous acoustic. This is a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon! Admission is free. Donations encouraged.
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2020.01.13 15:11 rusticgorilla Lost in the Sauce: Jan. 5 - 11

Edit 1/20/2020: I'm going to post this week's edition of Lost in the Sauce tomorrow (Tuesday) because the holiday today gives me extra time to add stuff and maybe enough time to record an audio TLDR.
Welcome to Lost in the Sauce, keeping you caught up on political and legal news that often gets buried in distractions and theater. (the previous edition can be found here if you are super behind)
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*MAIN COURSE*

Next steps in impeachment

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced on Friday that she “asked Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler to be prepared to bring to the Floor next week a resolution to appoint managers and transmit articles of impeachment to the Senate.” Pelosi decided to hold back the articles last month after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell refused to commit to an impartial trial.
In her letter, Pelosi lists new evidence of “impeachable conduct” that has emerged since the House impeached the President, supporting her decision to wait to transmit the articles of impeachment. She concludes by saying:
In an impeachment trial, every Senator takes an oath to “do impartial justice according to the Constitution and laws.” Every Senator now faces a choice: to be loyal to the President or the Constitution. No one is above the law, not even the President.
Why now?
Many people have wondered why Pelosi decided to transmit the articles now, why she is not waiting longer. The Speaker has not explained her decision, but the main factor may be found in a tweet she sent right after announcing the move:
By joining a resolution to dismiss, Sen. McConnell showed his true colors. Americans have now seen what is at stake in a fair trial with witnesses & evidence, and new evidence has emerged. Every Senator will have to vote: is their loyalty is to the President or the Constitution?
The day before, McConnell signed onto Sen. Josh Hawley's resolution to change Senate impeachment rules allowing for a vote to dismiss the articles of impeachment if they're not sent to Senate within 25 days of House approval.

Witnesses

While no agreement has been made to call witnesses in the Senate trial, New York Times chief Washington Correspondent Carl Hulse reported that “there’s a growing sense among senators I’ve talked to that there will be some witnesses.” Senator Susan Collins (R-Maine) told local news that she is working with a “fairly small group” of Republican senators to ensure that there will be the opportunity to call witnesses.
  • A proposal: A Salon piece argues that Joe and Hunter Biden “should call Trump’s bluff and offer to testify” in exchange for Bolton, Mulvaney, and Giuliani also testifying in the Senate trial.

Bolton’s testimony

Former National Security Adviser John Bolton released a statement on Wednesday offering to testify if the Senate issues a subpoena:
Accordingly, since my testimony is once again at issue, I have had to resolve the serious competing issues as best I could, based on careful consideration and study. I have concluded that, if the Senate issues a subpoena for my testimony, I am prepared to testify.
  • Why it matters: Bolton was present for many key events related to Trump’s pressure campaign on Ukraine. For example, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Secretary of Defense Mark Esper, and John Bolton sat down with Trump in August 2019 to try to convince him to release the aid to Ukraine. According to then-National Security Council Russia expert Dr. Fiona Hill, Bolton was alarmed by the backchannel pressure campaign run by Sondland, Mulvaney, and Giuliani - Hill quoted Bolton as saying: “I am not part of whatever drug deal Sondland and Mulvaney are cooking up.”
Will the Senate bring Bolton in? That remains to be seen. His offer puts more pressure on the Senate to do so. Schumer pointed out that only a few Republican Senators need to break with McConnell: "It is now up to four Senate Republicans to support bringing in Mr. Bolton.”
  • Trump used national security as an excuse to continue covering up the truth about his abuse of power: Even if Bolton is subpoenaed by the Senate, and even if he complies, President Trump indicated he’ll likely invoke executive privilege to prevent Bolton from testifying about many of the pertinent events under investigation. Fox News host Ingraham asked why he’d block Bolton from testifying if he has information that would help the president. Trump responded that he’d “have to” invoke executive privilege “for the sake of the office.” He continued: “...especially a national security adviser, you can’t have him explaining all of your statements about national security concerning Russia, China, North Korea, everything. You just can’t do that.”

What should the House do?

In case it isn’t obvious, a witness can not pick and choose which subpoenas to comply with. That is exactly what Bolton is doing by specifying that he’ll comply with a Senate subpoena, when he’s previously stated that he’d fight a House subpoena in the courts. However, House impeachment investigators chose not to subpoena Bolton when conducting their inquiry. Whether that was a mistake or not is debatable; what’s more relevant now is the argument that the House should subpoena Bolton immediately.
Philip Bobbitt of Lawfare:
Because it is now clear that the Senate will not take steps to ensure that it has all the relevant information before commencing its trial of impeachment, the House should subpoena those witnesses whose testimony would determine—either way—the president’s personal culpability in the withholding of appropriated military assistance to Ukraine. There is ample reason to believe that the former national security adviser, John Bolton, can provide first-hand information on this subject. Bolton should give testimony before any transmittal of the bill of impeachment to the Senate.
If he and others similarly situated—that is, persons with first-hand knowledge of the president’s actions and motivations, such as the president’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani, Acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo—refuse to honor subpoenas for their testimony, the House should immediately seek an injunction directing their testimony.
Constitutional scholar Heidi Kitrosser told The Washington Post:
“By stating that he would testify if the Senate subpoenas him, Bolton has effectively waived any argument against testifying should the House subpoena him,” Kitrosser said. “Bolton had no plausible claim for absolute immunity from showing up to testify in the first place. But even if he previously had such a claim, there is no plausible basis on which it would apply only against a House subpoena and not against a Senate subpoena.”
Benjamin Wittes suggests withholding the articles until Bolton testifies:
in the context of John Bolton's announcement yesterday that he's willing to testify if subpoenaed by the Senate, McConnell's announcement of his posture creates a strategic opening for Pelosi that she will not fail to notice. A subpoena from the Senate is not, after all, legally different from a subpoena from the House. With McConnell now publicly committed to moving forward without hearing from a witness who is willing to testify, Pelosi's control over the articles becomes highly significant.
Here is a card she now has in her hand. She can announce that: (1) She is not willing to hand over the articles so that McConnell can bury them without hearing from a witness who has suddenly made clear that he is, after all, available. (2) Since the Senate majority leader appears committed to a trial framework that will not hear all the available witnesses with relevant information, the House Intelligence Committee will issue the subpoena Bolton has invited instead. (3) She will hold the articles pending the completion of that testimony—and whatever litigation may be necessary to obtain it. And critically, (4) the House reserves the right to pass superseding or amended articles of impeachment in response to new information it obtains.
Will the House follow this advice?
On Sunday, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff told Face the Nation that the panel is “considering” issuing a subpoena to Bolton.

The Courts are aiding Trump

House Democrats explained that they did not issue subpoenas to key officials like Bolton because they did not want impeachment to get tied up in lengthy court cases. Last week, Slate published a piece criticizing the court system for moving so slow on Trump’s cases when - as the authors claim - “the judiciary also has the capacity to move very quickly when circumstances demand it.” They add: “Had the courts signaled a willingness to act at a pace befitting the needs of the moment, Schiff might have made a different choice.”
One could be forgiven for starting to wonder whether the courts are taking sides but doing it in a way that looks measured and restrained. The thing is: Sometimes not resolving an exigent case is a decision.
It’s been clear for some time now that the beating heart of this president’s litigation strategy is an effort to run out the clock… What’s stunning is the degree to which the courts are complicit in all this. The courts have aided and abetted the Trump legal team and Mitch McConnell by refusing to behave as if time is a factor in any of these proceedings.
Make no mistake: It is a choice to ignore a congressional subpoena, and it is a choice to claim that only a court can resolve that impasse. When that choice is taken by the president, it seems fair to ask that the courts resolve the matter with something more prompt than the “all deliberate speed” with which they allowed desegregation to drag on for years and years after Brown v. Board of Education. Sometimes, not resolving a case in time for relief of any kind is a decision. Calling it lofty institutional deliberation instead of a dodge is a play to the court of public opinion, but not a court of law.

Cost of Trump’s travel

Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin is attempting to hide how much American taxpayers are paying to support the Trump family’s extravagant lifestyle. A key provision of a bill to move oversight of the Secret Service to the Treasury requires that the Secret Service disclose the costs related to the travel of the president and his adult children within 120 days after it is passed. The Trump administration balked at the time frame, insisting that the costs can only be revealed after the 2020 election.
It’s not difficult to determine why the administration prefers the delay: the Trump family's lifestyle has likely been very expensive for American taxpayers. Reporters have been able to piece together some estimates. For example, according to a Government Accountability Office report from last year, just one month of Trump travel cost $13.6 million in 2018—a figure that includes the total cost of protecting the president, not just Secret Service costs.
Another example: “A review of federal spending data by liberal super-PAC American Bridge 21st Century found 65 instances of spending by the Secret Service related to presidential golf outings, for a total of $769,520. Another four line items for Secret Service spending related to Mar-A-Lago—the president’s private club, which has no golf course but is often home base for his Florida golfing weekends—brought the total to $950,000.”

DC Hotel

The Trump Organization is moving forward with plans to sell the lease to its D.C. Hotel, which is currently at the center of Emoluments lawsuits and congressional investigations. The Washington Post reported that interested buyers have until Jan. 23 to submit initial bids. In an earlier statement, the Trump Organization said it would try to sell the lease for $500 million, though experts believe that amount is “unrealistically high.”
You may remember: A sales brochure obtained by CNN last year promoted the hotel’s ability to attract business from foreign governments. "Tremendous upside potential exists for a new owner to fully capitalize on government related business upon rebranding of the asset," the pitch says.
Sold out
Regardless of future plans to sell the lease to the hotel, it seems Trump has yet again raised prices in his hotel on specific nights - nights that relate to political events.
Is President Trump already planning a re-election party at his DC hotel on election night? Maybe so, as rooms at Trump International Hotel are entirely unavailable on November 2nd and 3rd. Those dates just happen to be the day before and the night of the 2020 presidential election. And not only that: The night after the election a basic room costs $1,600, a major spike of nearly 5 times the average cost, which is around $331.
The high rate on November 4th suggests that the hotel’s unavailability on the two days before has to do with high demand: Perhaps the hotel sold out because Trumpworld insiders already booked their rooms, or a political group booked up blocks of rooms for a party. No matter what, President Trump will be making even more money than usual from his DC hotel on the nights around the 2020 presidential election.

Trump Org’s fraud

De Blasio says Trump Organization tax practices referred to DA for review and potential charges:
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said Friday that he had asked Manhattan’s district attorney to investigate discrepancies ProPublica and WNYC revealed last fall between what President Donald Trump’s company reported in filings to city tax officials and what it reported in loan filings. The discrepancies made his properties seem more profitable to a lender and less profitable to the city’s tax authorities.

Iran conflict

Reasons become clear

The Wall Street Journal reported that impeachment played a large role in the choice to kill Iranian Gen. Soleimani: “Mr. Trump, after the strike, told associates he was under pressure to deal with Gen. Soleimani from GOP senators he views as important supporters in his coming impeachment trial in the Senate, associates said.”
This reporting was backed up The New York Times: Trump “told some associates that he wanted to preserve the support of Republican hawks in the Senate in the coming impeachment trial, naming Senator Tom Cotton of Arkansas as an example, even though they had not spoken about Iran since before Christmas.”
Meanwhile, the Trump administration has offered contradictory justifications for the strike. On Friday, Trump made a new claim: Gen. Soleimani was planning attacks on four U.S. embassies. When confronted with this assertion on Face the Nation, Defense Secretary Esper denied knowledge of such a threat: “I didn’t see one with regard to four embassies.” Senator Chris Murphy pointed out that nothing about imminent attacks on embassies was mentioned during the full Senate briefing earlier in the week.
Rep. Justin Amash: The administration didn’t present evidence to Congress regarding even one embassy. The four embassies claim seems to be totally made up. And they have never presented evidence of imminence—a necessary condition to act without congressional approval—with respect to any of this. (tweet)
  • Interesting fact: In a September 2015 memo to Steve Bannon, unofficial Trump campaign adviser Erik Prince advocated for the killing of Soleimani, who Prince called “the Heinrich Himmler of the Iranian State.” Prince criticized the Obama administration’s handling of Iran, writing "that Soleimani and his ilk are not already DEAD is a national disgrace for America."
Monday morning update: NBC News reports that “Trump authorized the killing of Iranian Maj. Gen. Qassem Soleimani seven months ago if Iran's increased aggression resulted in the death of an American, according to five current and former senior administration officials...The timing, however, could undermine the Trump administration's stated justification for ordering the U.S. drone strike... Officials have said Soleimani, the leader of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps' elite Quds Force, was planning imminent attacks on Americans and had to be stopped.”

Resolution

The House passed a non-binding resolution on Thursday seeking to ensure any future military action against Iran is approved by Congress beforehand.
Earlier Thursday, Pelosi said they purposely took this approach to ensure that the chamber could send a clear message to the president. "We are taking this path because it does not require ... a signature of the president of the United States," she said. "This is a statement of the Congress of the United States, and I will not have that statement be diminished by whether the president will veto it or not."
  • The resolution was adopted by a 224-194 vote. Republican Reps. Matt Gaetz of Florida, Thomas Massie of Kentucky and Francis Rooney of Florida crossed party lines to vote in favor while Democratic Reps. Max Rose of New York, Ben McAdams of Utah, Anthony Brindisi of New York, Joe Cunningham of South Carolina, Elaine Luria of Virginia, Josh Gottheimer of New Jersey, Kendra Horn of Oklahoma and Stephanie Murphy of Florida voted against the resolution. Trump was reportedly angered by Gaetz’ support for the resolution

Russia benefits

The Soleimani strike has had an interesting side effect: strengthening Russia’s position in the Middle East and weakening America’s global stance.
Since its pivotal intervention in the Syrian civil war in 2015, Russia has sought to position itself as a major player in the Middle East, establishing itself as a rare broker that is on good terms with all of the region’s feuding powers. Now Moscow has a fresh chance to solidify that reputation… [The strike] provides Putin with new opportunities to achieve two of his long-standing goals: undermining U.S. credibility and expanding Russia’s footprint across the Middle East. (Foreign Policy)
As a country that likes to portray itself as a peer to the United States, Russia benefits from being able to point to a U.S. precedent, just as it pointed to the U.S. bombing of Yugoslavia to justify its invasion of Georgia in 2008. The Soleimani killing provides Moscow a potentially useful precedent should it decide, for instance, to target a Ukrainian official on some dubious pretext in the future. (Center for Strategic and International Studies)
Russian state media is portraying Soleimani as an ally, someone to be admired. Meanwhile, pro-Kremlin voices are saying that Trump killed Soleimani to distract from the impeachment proceedings and provide a boost in his re-election chances.

*THE SIDES*

Facebook

Immediately following the Soleimani strike, Trump’s campaign took to Facebook to praise and thank him for taking out the Iranian general. “Thanks to the swift actions of our Commander-in-Chief, Iranian General Qassem Soleimani is no longer a threat to the United States, or to the world,” the ad says. “Take the Official Trump Military Survey TODAY to let me know what you think of my leadership as Commander-in-Chief.” According to Vice News, Trump’s reelection campaign has purchased over 768 “self-congratulatory” Facebook ads.
In fact, the most popular posts about Iran on Facebook last week were ones written by pages run by President Trump. Since Dec. 31, Trump’s Iran-related Facebook posts have collectively received over 4.1 million interactions.
Both native Facebook content and third-party links on the platform are either overwhelmingly pro-Trump or posted directly by Trump. Eight of the ten most-interacted-with posts containing the keyword “Iran” published to Facebook in the last month were posted by Trump’s personal Facebook page, according to social metrics site BuzzSumo.
Disinformation allowed
Despite Twitter’s decision to ban ads from politicians, Facebook refuses to even fact-check political advertisements. Instead, the company is placing the responsibility on the user: sometime in Summer 2020, users in the U.S. will have the ability to change an obscure account setting to see “fewer” political ads.
Federal Election Commissioner Ellen Weintraub: “These so-called 'transparency' solutions are neither transparent nor solutions... I am not willing to bet the 2020 elections on the proposition that Facebook has solved its problems with a solution whose chief feature appears to be that it doesn't seriously impact the company's profit margins."

Investigate Barr

The New York City Bar Association has sent a letter to Congressional leaders, urging them “to commence formal inquiries into a pattern of conduct by Attorney General William P. Barr that threatens public confidence in the fair and impartial administration of justice.”
The letter asserts that in several extended public statements during the past few months, Mr. Barr has disregarded “bedrock obligations for government lawyers,” including “to avoid even the appearance of partiality and impropriety, and to avoid manifesting bias, prejudice, or partisanship in the exercise of official responsibilities.” (NYC Bar)

Hillary exonerated...again

The Washington Post reported last week that the Justice Department is closing its 2-year long investigation into Clinton’s business dealings - including the allegation (pushed by Trump) that she had played a role in giving Russia a profitable uranium deal - after not finding any crimes or misconduct.
Former federal prosecutor Joyce White Vance: "Nothing." This appropriate result still doesn't erase the unforgivable sin that AG Sessions committed by opening a criminal investigation to please the president. DOJ is not a tool for presidents to use against people they think are their enemies. (Tweet)

Defamation lawsuit

A New York State Supreme Court judge rejected Trump’s attempt to have E. Jean Carroll’s defamation lawsuit against him thrown out. Justice Doris Ling-Cohan ruled that Carroll can now proceed with her lawsuit that alleges that Trump defamed her when he made public comments denying that he raped her.
Trump said in June that Carroll was “totally lying,” calling the accusation “fake news.” He said they had never met, though a 1987 photo shows them and their then-spouses at a social event. Trump dismissed the picture, saying he was just “standing with my coat on in a line.”

Flynn and Stone updates

The Justice Department recommended that former Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn serve up to six months in prison for lying to the FBI about his Russian contacts after the 2016 election. Prosecutors had previously requested leniency from the court, but reversed the decision when Flynn hired a new legal team that claimed he was “tricked” into pleading guilty. Flynn’s sentencing is set for Jan. 28 before U.S. District Judge Emmet G. Sullivan in Washington.
U.S. District Judge Christopher Cooper ruled last week that materials related to the arrest of Trump campaign adviser Roger Stone should be released to media outlets within 60-days. These documents include search warrants and information seized during the FBI’s investigation into possible contacts between Trump’s campaign and Moscow. Stone’s sentencing for obstruction and witness tampering charges is scheduled for Feb. 20.

Parnas delivers

Joseph Bondy, the lawyer representing Giuliani associate Lev Parnas, tweeted on Sunday that he delivered the contents of Parnas’ iPhone to the House Intelligence Committee. Parnas claims there is evidence on the phone that is relevant to the impeachment investigations.

Selling troops

During Trump’s interview with Fox News’ Laura Ingraham on Friday, the President admitted to “sell[ing] troops,” as characterized by Rep. Justin Amash.
Trump: “Saudi Arabia is paying us for [our troops]. We have a very good relationship with Saudi Arabia. I said, listen, you’re a very rich country. You want more troops? I’m going to send them to you, but you’ve got to pay us. They’re paying us. They’ve already deposited $1 billion in the bank.”

Immigration news

  • The Seattle Times: The Department of Homeland Security’s Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties is opening an investigation into the many reports of people being stopped and questioned for hours last weekend at the Canadian border… The vast majority of stops appear to have occurred at the Peace Arch Border Crossing in Blaine and affected people of Iranian descent, although two others of different Middle Eastern heritage also told The Seattle Times they went through a similar ordeal.
  • Buzzfeed News: The Trump administration has been preparing to expand its travel ban — which bars individuals from seven countries from entering the US — to restrict certain immigrants from several more nations around the world, according to internal government documents obtained by BuzzFeed News. It is unclear whether the administration will issue the restrictions. But the draft documents suggest it has been actively preparing to do so by creating materials to engage with the media, alongside a draft presidential proclamation.
  • NYT: The Trump administration will deport some Mexicans seeking asylum at the United States border to Guatemala as part of a deal that had been praised by Department of Homeland Security officials as a way to deter migration from Central America...In theory, an asylum seeker from Juárez, Mexico, could be deported from the El Paso, Texas, border crossing a mile from his home to the Guatemalan border nearly 2,000 miles away.
  • NPR: A federal appeals court has handed the Trump administration a victory by allowing the president to tap military construction funds to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. A divided 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals issued the decision late Wednesday, reversing a lower court order that stopped Trump from using $3.6 billion in U.S Defense Department money to construct the long-promised border wall.
  • CBS News: A federal appeals court in New York on Wednesday refused to allow the Trump administration to implement a sweeping rule that would make it easier for the government to reject applications for green cards and visas from immigrants who it determines are or could become burdens on U.S. taxpayers.
  • NBC News: A federal judge has ordered the Department of Homeland Security to return a gay asylum-seeker who was deported to Chad, ruling that the government had not properly considered his asylum claim based on his status as a gay man before deporting him.
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2020.01.12 18:22 SheCalledMePaul VoteForBernie.org - Vote as early as today for Bernie! (Absentee & Early Voting Info)

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2020.01.11 19:14 WJF3 “We Make America Great Again!” - America is now Mass Kids Raping Partying Nation… Check out the news link below

“We Make America Great Again!” - America is now Mass Kids Raping Partying Nation… Check out the news link below
LAPD cancels date to explain why 4,000 child abuse reports weren’t investigated
The department has canceled a presentation scheduled next week before a county children's commission
Who Are The Bloodsuckers Keep Taking Shares From The Blood Pool of Child Protective Services?
PUBLISHED: January 10, 2020 at 10:52 am UPDATED: January 10, 2020 at 3:37 pm
https://www.dailynews.com/2020/01/10/months-after-promising-audit-lapd-fails-to-explain-why-4000-child-abuse-reports-were-not-investigated/?fbclid=IwAR3o1sHkJHlrG_V5wPvGMKWLgm0RCrUvf1rKaw4kzlera_G-CdLs54qDxnc
By Sara Tiano, The Chronicle of Social Change
Nearly three months after the Los Angeles Police Department vowed to find out why it had not investigated 4,000 reported cases of child abuse, an in-depth audit of the cases is still not ready to deliver to county child welfare officials.
The department has canceled a presentation of the audit’s findings scheduled for Monday, Jan. 13, before the Los Angeles County Commission for Children and Families, citing the need to first share it with the Los Angeles police commission, said Tamara Hunter, executive director of the children’s commission.
Additionally, the LAPD captain who was overseeing the audit has been promoted to another post.
The Chronicle of Social Change, in partnership with the Southern California News Group, reported in October on data from the District Attorney’s Office revealing that the LAPD had failed to investigate nearly 4,000 cases of serious child abuse and neglect from January 2018 through June 2019. The reports included allegations of physical, sexual and emotional abuse, exploitation and severe neglect.
“We, like others, assumed that child abuse reported to the LAPD would be investigated as a matter of course,” Commissioner Wendy Smith told The Chronicle of Social Change. “Therefore, we were surprised and dismayed to learn not only that some of these reports would go uninvestigated, but that such an incredibly high number of them would.”
America is now “facilitated” with “PERFECT LEGALIZED” supply chain of poor innocent little kids to “cater” for pedophilia market
Funded by Taxpayers’ Huge Fund, United States Secretly “Legalized” Sex Trafficking Foster Care System(pedo-harvesting) To Supply The Demand for Pedophile Ring
Oh My God! We are Great Again!!!!
The Bloodsuckers Keep Taking Shares From The Blood Pool of Child Protective Services: state employees, lawyers, court investigators, court personnel, and judges, psychologists, and psychiatrists, counselors, caseworkers, therapists, foster parents, adoptive parents, drug companies and on and on…
And also those who trafficked those overflowed foster care children are "glitched into "missing" due to system-can't-handle-high-number-foster-children.
Where are those \"missing\" foster care children? how about those being murdered? tortured? sexually abused? With no names, no one knows and no one cares...
Top 10 “Best” Pedo-Devastating Foster Care System States Countdown: #10 Kansas
https://np.reddit.com/conspiracy/comments/dfhvka/top_10_best_devastating_foster_care_system_states/
Top 10 “Best” Pedo-Harvesting Foster Care System States Countdown: #9 Maine
https://np.reddit.com/conspiracy/comments/dg0am3/top_10_best_pedoharvesting_foster_care_system/
Top 10 “Best” Pedo-Harvesting Foster Care System States Countdown: #8 South Carolina
https://np.reddit.com/conspiracy/comments/dgi292/top_10_best_pedoharvesting_foster_care_system/
Top 10 “Best” Pedo-Harvesting Foster Care System States Countdown: #7 Rhode Island
https://np.reddit.com/conspiracy/comments/dgwjhu/top_10_best_pedoharvesting_foster_care_system/
Top 10 “Best” Pedo-Harvesting Foster Care System States Countdown: #6 Pennsylvania… don’t throw up yet as this is only #6
https://np.reddit.com/conspiracy/comments/dhap5h/top_10_best_pedoharvesting_foster_care_system/
Top 10 “Best” Pedo-Harvesting Foster Care System States Countdown: #5 Florida… where Epstein, Clinton, Prince Andrew, Ghislaine Maxwell Having orgy parties
https://np.reddit.com/conspiracy/comments/dhsved/top_10_best_pedoharvesting_foster_care_system/
Top 10 “Best” Pedo-Harvesting Foster Care System States Countdown: #4 Texas... your guts froze when you read on
https://np.reddit.com/conspiracy/comments/diqnq7/top_10_best_pedoharvesting_foster_care_system/
Top 10 “Best” Pedo-Harvesting Foster Care System States Countdown: #3 California... What is the Creepiest?
https://np.reddit.com/conspiracy/comments/dkolyb/top_10_best_pedoharvesting_foster_care_system/
Top 10 “Best” Pedo-Harvesting Foster Care System States Countdown: #2 New York... Take a Deep Breath...
https://np.reddit.com/conspiracy/comments/dln0sk/top_10_best_pedoharvesting_foster_care_system/
Top 10 “Best” Pedo-Harvesting Foster Care System States Countdown: #1 Arizona... an overrun sub
https://np.reddit.com/conspiracy/comments/dqmvi9/top_10_best_pedoharvesting_foster_care_system/
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A less than 3 min videos explains about Hillary’s ”The Family Rights Community" and the Two Bills
Hillary’s ”The Family Rights Community\" and the Two Bills
Hillary’s ”The Family Rights Community" and the Two Bills
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fjcie4ATa3c
Let’s look at the cause and effect:
Clinton signed on Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act in 1996
https://aspe.hhs.gov/report/personal-responsibility-and-work-opportunity-reconciliation-act-1996
Adoption and Safe Families Act of 1997 signed by Bill Clinton.
https://adoption.com/summary-adoption-and-safe-families-act-of-1997
https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/BILLS-105hr867enpdf/BILLS-105hr867enr.pdf
“Provided Permanent “LOVING” Home to Adopted Children”
“Special Needs Kids are Worth Even MORE $$$.” WOW! And more billing Opportunities! WoW
“You will Never be Audited. You can bill Medicaid.” Wow!
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2019.12.30 14:57 rusticgorilla Lost in the Sauce: Dec 22 - 28

Edit Mon Jan 6: I worked all weekend, the edition of Lost in the Sauce that follows this one below from last week is going to be a little late - sorry about that! I hope to post it later today (Monday) or tomorrow morning at the latest.
Welcome to Lost in the Sauce, keeping you caught up on political and legal news that often gets buried in distractions and theater. (the previous edition can be found here if you are super behind)
Two important things:
FIRST, the headings will guide you through this piece. The Main Course covers the “big” stories and The Sides covers the “smaller” stories.
SECOND, I took a break from the audio TLDR this week. My apologies, been super busy. It will return for next week’s edition.
Finally:
Let’s dig in!
 

*Main Course*

Ukraine aid: The truth

The New York Times published an in-depth look at what happened during the roughly three months that the aid to Ukraine was withheld, revealing new information that highlights how much evidence the administration has hidden (and is still hiding) from congressional investigators. The piece also underscores that Trump was involved in every decision every step of the way.
Acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney, Russell T. Vought, the acting head of the Office of Management and Budget, Robert Blair, the senior adviser to Mulvaney, and Mark Paoletta, the budget office's top lawyer, were the key figures in executing Trump’s pressure campaign on Ukraine. All three refused to comply with House impeachment investigation.
“I’m just trying to tie up some loose ends,” Mr. Mulvaney wrote. “Did we ever find out about the money for Ukraine and whether we can hold it back?”
It was June 27, more than a week after Mr. Trump had first asked about putting a hold on security aid to Ukraine, an embattled American ally, and Mr. Mulvaney needed an answer.
The aide, Robert B. Blair, replied that it would be possible, but not pretty. “Expect Congress to become unhinged” if the White House tried to countermand spending passed by the House and Senate, he wrote in a previously undisclosed email. And, he wrote, it might further fuel the narrative that Mr. Trump was pro-Russia.
Not everyone was onboard:
Pentagon officials, in the dark about the reason for the holdup, grew increasingly frustrated. Ms. McCusker, the powerful Pentagon budget official, notified the budget office that either $61 million of the money would have to be spent by Monday, Aug. 12 or it would be lost. The budget office saw her threat as a ploy to force release of the aid.
At the White House, which had been looped into the dispute by the budget office, there was a growing consensus that officials could find a legal rationale for continuing the hold, but with the Monday deadline looming, it was a “POTUS-level decision,” one official said.
Among those who disagreed with Trump:
In late August, Defense Secretary Mark T. Esper joined Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and John R. Bolton, the national security adviser at the time, for a previously undisclosed Oval Office meeting with the president where they tried but failed to convince him that releasing the aid was in interests of the United States.
...“This is in America’s interest,” Mr. Bolton argued, according to one official briefed on the gathering.
“This defense relationship, we have gotten some really good benefits from it,” Mr. Esper added, noting that most of the money was being spent on military equipment made in the United States.
Mr. Trump responded that he did not believe Mr. Zelensky’s promises of reform. He emphasized his view that corruption remained endemic and repeated his position that European nations needed to do more for European defense.
“Ukraine is a corrupt country,” the president said. “We are pissing away our money.”
This article is very detailed and important to read to understand the events surrounding the hold on the aid. Message me if you are stuck behind the paywall but would like to read it anyway. Here are some non-paywalled summaries: Business Insider, HuffPost.

Promotion for stonewalling

Last week, President Trump gave a big promotion to Mulvaney aide Robert Blair, just weeks after Blair refused to cooperate with a House subpoena for his testimony in the impeachment inquiry. As the above NYT piece describes, Blair played a key role in withholding the aid to Ukraine despite the pushback from top officials and legal risks. Blair is now the special representative for international telecommunications policy and “will support the Administration’s 5G efforts led by the Assistant to the President for Economy Policy, Larry Kudlow.” In addition, Blair “will continue to serve as Assistant to the President and the Senior Advisor to the Chief of Staff.”

Trump’s July 25

Heidi Przybyla of NBC News noted an interesting detail from Trump’s Twitter feed on July 25, 2019 - the day that he spoke to Ukrainian President Zelensky on the phone. That morning, roughly an hour before the phone call, Trump was reading a Fox News poll (or saw the poll on TV) that showed Biden with a “commanding lead” for the Democratic nomination. The poll also included a hypothetical match-up between Biden and Trump in which Biden was favored by 10 percentage points.
Although circumstantial, this evidence provides insight into Trump’s frame of mind at the time of the July 25 phone call. He had just read a poll showing that he’d lose against Biden; he viewed Biden as a threat to his re-election. It was with this mindset that Trump pressured Zelensky to announce an investigation into Biden, effectively smearing his potential 2020 opponent.

The impact on Ukraine

NBC News reports that the delay in aid to Ukraine has worried top Ukrainian officials and has “exposed the cracks in the West’s response to an emboldened Russia, inflicted permanent damage on Ukraine and heightened the risk of Moscow extending its influence in the country.”
U.S. support, in particular, is seen as essential in keeping what is widely seen as a bully in the East at bay.
“Just the presence of the American army on the territory of Ukraine, in my opinion, already scares the enemy — even without any other aid,” said Ukraine Ground Forces Sgt. Maj. Yevhen Mokhtan, who works in this multinational training facility in western Ukraine.
Volodymyr Yermolenko, a professor who runs Ukraine World, an English-language media project aimed at combating disinformation and fake news: “The question about military aid to Ukraine is not about Ukraine; it’s about values. It’s about shifting Western liberal democracy eastward.”

Putin and Trump call

As has become routine, Americans learned from the Kremlin on Sunday that Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke with our president by phone earlier in the day. 24 hours later and the White House still has not acknowledged the call or provided a readout of what was discussed. The Kremlin released a readout immediately after the call, saying the two leaders discussed counter-terrorism efforts and "matters of mutual interest.”
"Vladimir Putin thanked Donald Trump for the information shared via the special services that helped prevent terrorist acts in Russia," the Kremlin-provided statement said. "Several matters of mutual interest were discussed. An agreement was made to continue bilateral cooperation in the fight against terrorism."
Reminder: This is a little out of date, but as of Oct. 4, 2019, Trump had privately spoken to Putin at least 16 times since his inauguration. The actual content of these conversations is often disputed and not recorded in any way. Two government watchdog organizations filed a lawsuit against Secretary of State Mike Pompeo for allowing Trump to seize notes from a meeting he had with Putin in 2017.

Trump outs the whistleblower

In an unprecedented step last week, the President of the United States put the alleged (and unsubstantiated) name of a federally-protected whistleblower out into the public. First, on Thursday, Trump retweeted a tweet sent by his re-election campaign (menacingly-named Trump “War Room”) containing an article that names the purported whistleblower. Then on Friday, in a late-night Twitter binge, Trump retweeted a post from a suspicious account with the name of the alleged whistleblower in the text of the tweet. In other words, Trump put the name of (who he believes is) the whistleblower on his official Twitter account, his main method of communication.
According to CNN, Twitter confirmed it “has suspended some of the pro-Trump accounts that Trump had promoted Friday night.” CNN also reported that the tweet containing the whistleblower’s name was removed from Trump’s account, but for many people (myself included), it is still visible on Trump’s Twitter page. I will not link to it because I do not believe in assisting Trump’s effort to out the whistleblower, even if Trump’s identification is not accurate.

Senate trial

Congressional leaders are still stuck in a stalemate regarding the next steps in impeachment, as the Democrats call for a fair trial with witnesses and the Republicans lean towards a quick Senate trial with a predetermined result.

Schumer

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer sent a letter to all senators last Monday arguing that not only is witness testimony essential for a Senate trial - so is “the need for the Senate to review documentary evidence.” In addition to the four witnesses (John Bolton, OMB official Michael Duffey, and Mick Mulvaney and his senior adviser Robert Blair) previously proposed, Schumer lists a range of documents from the White House, State Department, and Office of Management and Budget. The letter specifically notes the recent - partially redacted - FOIA revelation that the aid to Ukraine was frozen just 91 minutes after Trump’s July 25 phone call with Zelensky.
There simply is no good reason why evidence that is directly relevant to the conduct at issue in the Articles of Impeachment should be withheld from the Senate and the American people. Relevant documentary evidence currently in the possession of the Administration will augment the existing evidentiary record and will allow Senators to reach judgments informed by all of the available facts. To oppose the admission of this evidence would be to turn a willfully blind eye to the facts, and would clearly be at odds with the obligation of Senators to 'do impartial justice' according to the oath we will all take in the impeachment trial.
Further reading: Supreme Court lawyer and former Acting Solicitor General Neal Katyal argues in The Washington Post that the FOIA email in which Duffey orders a hold on Ukraine aid is an important example of why witness testimony is necessary: “So it wasn’t enough for Duffey to order Defense Department officials to withhold the weapons from Ukraine. He needed to order them to withhold the legally required alert to Congress. And that’s just what he did… If there’s any doubt about what the email meant, Duffey could clear it up by testifying. But he has dodged all attempts to do so.”

McConnell

Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski told a local news station that she was “disturbed” to hear McConnell describe “total coordination” with the White House in planning and carrying out the Senate’s impeachment trial. However, Murkowski has given no other indication that she intends to break with McConnell’s approach.

Graham

A couple of weeks ago, Senate Judiciary Chairman Lindsey Graham invited Rudy Giuliani to testify before the panel about his recent trip to Ukraine. “Rudy, if you want to come and tell us what you found, I'll be glad to talk to you,” Graham said in an interview on “Face the Nation.” However, it now seems that Graham is having second thoughts due to the realization that Giuliani may be trying to spread Russian propaganda: “My advice to Giuliani would be to share what he got from Ukraine with the IC [intelligence community] to make sure it’s not Russia propaganda. I’m very suspicious of what the Russians are up to all over the world.”
  • During Giuliani’s trip to Ukraine, he met with numerous pro-Russia individuals, including one - Andriy Derkach - who attended a KGB school in Moscow. Derkach has been identified as a source (but not the only source) of the discredited claim that Ukraine interfered in the 2016 election, not Russia.
  • Daily Beast: “I wouldn’t trust Rudy to represent me in a parking dispute so I’d say avoid,” one senior GOP Senate aide said when asked about any plans for a Ukraine briefing.

Trump’s defense

Typically, in the Senate impeachment trial, the President’s White House lawyers make up the “defense” lawyers. However, the Wall Street Journal reports that Trump’s team may include House Republicans:
The president has indicated that Mr. Cipollone would lead his legal defense team but is considering adding others with the television experience he values. Under consideration are Jay Sekulow, one of the president’s personal lawyers, and Alan Dershowitz, a professor emeritus at Harvard Law School and TV commentator, officials said. The White House is also considering adding some of the president’s staunchest defenders on the House Intelligence and Judiciary committees to the Senate trial team, according to a person familiar with the deliberations.
Legal analyst Ross Garber notes that the impeachment managers (House Democrats that “try” the case) and Senate Democrats would likely object to such an arrangement:
Curious that members of the Legislative Branch would formally represent the Executive, esp in a House v POTUS proceeding. I’d expect an objection from managers/Senate Dems. (Informal advice is one thing, but acting as the President’s - or Presidency’s - lawyers is different.)

Impeachment, Round Two?

In a court filing last week, House Judiciary Committee attorneys argued that they urgently require Mueller’s grand jury materials and Don McGahn’s testimony for their continuing impeachment investigation: “The Committee’s investigations did not cease with the House’s recent impeachment vote.” House lawyers added that if the court rules quickly, the materials and testimony would be presented in the Senate’s trial.
If McGahn’s testimony produces new evidence supporting the conclusion that President Trump committed impeachable offenses that are not covered by the Articles approved by the House, the Committee will proceed accordingly — including, if necessary, by considering whether to recommend new articles of impeachment. [page 12]
The two cases will be heard by three-judge panels of the D.C. Appeals Court on Jan. 3; the McGahn panel is made up of Judges Karen LeCraft Henderson, Thomas B. Griffith, and Judith W. Rogers; the Mueller case will be heard by Judges Griffith, Rogers, and Neomi Rao.

Dueling opinions

Washington Post columnist Paul Waldman used the recent court filings to argue that Trump could be impeached for a second time: “Don’t dismiss it as an absurd idea just yet. Not only might it happen, but it also might be absolutely necessary.” Waldman believes that between the possibility of discovering currently-unknown misdeeds Trump already committed and the possibility that Trump commits future crimes, a second impeachment “might be all but inevitable.”
However, former SDNY prosecutor Elie Honig threw cold water on the idea that the Mueller materials and/or McGahn’s testimony could lead to another impeachment push:
”Legally, yes, there’s nothing preventing the House from returning more Articles of Impeachment or impeaching again. But let’s operate in the real world: there’s just no way. No way it works politically, no way the public embraces it, no way Pelosi permits it.”

Giuliani’s interview

In yet another freewheeling interview (over daytime Bloody Mary drinks), Giuliani told New York Magazine that if the Southern District of New York Attorney’s office is investigating him, “they’re idiots” and “assholes.”
“If they think I committed a crime, they’re out of their minds,” he said. “I’ve been doing this for 50 years. I know how not to commit crimes. And if they think I’ve lost my integrity, maybe they’ve lost theirs in their insanity over hating Trump with some of the things they did that I never would’ve tolerated when I was U.S. Attorney.”
Giuliani suggested the SDNY prosecutors are jealous of him.
“It’s a terrible thing to say because it will get the Southern District all upset, but I know why they’re all upset,” Giuliani said. “Because they’ve never done anything like me since me. They haven’t done an eight years like I did since I left being U.S. Attorney. Nothing close.”
Giuliani also addressed the allegations against his client, President Trump, and in the process admitted that it would be in character for Trump to withhold military aid dedicated to Ukraine:
He didn’t think it was such a big deal once he read about it [the freeze on aid], he said, because it was “typical Trump; he withholds aid till the last minute until he makes them beg for it.”
And, finally, to top off the interview, Giuliani claimed that former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch is “controlled” by George Soros. Then the former NYC mayor launched into an extended anti-semitic diatribe:
“He put all four ambassadors there. And he’s employing the FBI agents.” I told him he sounded crazy, but he insisted he wasn’t.
“Don’t tell me I’m anti-Semitic if I oppose him,” he said. “Soros is hardly a Jew. I’m more of a Jew than Soros is. I probably know more about — he doesn’t go to church, he doesn’t go to religion — synagogue. He doesn’t belong to a synagogue, he doesn’t support Israel, he’s an enemy of Israel. He’s elected eight anarchist DA’s in the United States. He’s a horrible human being.”
  • Further reading: “Rudy Giuliani's anti-Soros tirade exposes three uncomfortable truths.” CNN. 12/24/19. And “Rudy Giuliani Doubles Down On Anti-Semitic Attacks Against George Soros.” HuffPost. 12/24/19.
 

*The Sides*

New CyberCom approach

Military cyber officials are developing information warfare tactics that could be deployed against senior Russian officials and oligarchs if Moscow tries to interfere in the 2020 U.S. elections through hacking election systems or sowing widespread discord, according to current and former U.S. officials.
One option being explored by U.S. Cyber Command would target senior leadership and Russian elites, though probably not President Vladimir Putin, which would be considered too provocative, said the current and former officials who spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the issue’s sensitivity. The idea would be to show that the target’s sensitive personal data could be hit if the interference did not stop, though officials declined to be more specific.
...The intelligence community last month issued a classified update — a “national intelligence estimate” — asserting that Russia’s main goal in the 2020 campaign continues to be to sow discord. “It’s always been about exacerbating fault lines in our society,” one senior U.S. official said. (The Washington Post or non-paywalled option)

Political ads

The streaming service Spotify announced last week that “pause” political advertising in early 2020 because it does not have the resources to properly police the content of such ads. “At this point in time, we do not yet have the necessary level of robustness in our process, systems and tools to responsibly validate and review this content,” a representative of the company said.
Reminder: Twitter has banned all ads from political candidates, officials, and political parties on its platform. Google has limited advertisers’ ability to micro-target users based on political affiliation.
Meanwhile, Facebook has taken the opposite approach, allowing political ads on its platform without any fact-checking. According to the Wall Street Journal (non-paywall, millionaire Facebook board member Peter Thiel was a driving force behind the decision not to crack down on political ads, despite some directors and executives arguing for limitations or a complete ban.
Thiel is a supporter of Donald Trump; Thiel and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg attended an “undisclosed dinner” hosted by Trump at the White House in October.
A major donor to Trump’s campaign, Thiel is also the chairman of Palantir, a private data technology company that has become one of the largest recipients of government defense contracts with the United States government since Trump took office. (NBC News)

State wins and setbacks

A win for voter rights in North Carolina:
Republican attempts to require photo identification to vote in North Carolina are being thwarted again by judges hearing arguments that the mandate is tainted by bias that would deter black and Latino residents.
A federal court announced that next week U.S. District Judge Loretta Biggs will formally block a photo ID requirement scheduled to begin in 2020. Unless the upcoming preliminary injunction is successfully appealed, the requirement will be halted until a lawsuit filed by the state NAACP and others is resolved. (NBC News)
And a setback for voter rights in Georgia:
Georgia doesn’t have to put almost 100,000 voters back on its rolls, a federal judge ruled Friday.
The US district judge Steve C Jones ruled that a voting rights advocacy group founded by Democrat Stacey Abrams is improperly asking him to interpret state law. Jones also said the group hasn’t proved that people who have been removed had their constitutional rights violated.
However, Jones also ordered Georgia’s secretary of state, Brad Raffensperger, to do more to warn people that they had been removed. The judge is especially singling out a south-west Georgia state House district where a 28 January special election is scheduled. Voters there who have been removed have only until Monday to re-register. (The Guardian)
Further reading: “The Decade When Republicans Stole the States: How the North Carolina GOP's anti-democratic chicanery became the national party's playbook for electoral theft,” The New Republic.

McCabe lawsuit

Andrew McCabe, the ousted deputy director of the FBI, says the Trump administration is withholding evidence related to his lawsuit. McCabe sued the FBI and the Department of Justice after he was fired in March 2018 by then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions just two days before he was set to retire.
McCabe's attorney, Murad Hussain, filed a declaration on Tuesday claiming that several agencies and 30 individuals — including current FBI Director Chris Wray, Attorney General William Barr and Mr. Trump — have yet to hand over any materials requested as part of his lawsuit against his former employer. (CBS News)

Flynn sentence

In a court filing last week, the Justice Department hinted that it may seek a harsher sentence for Michael Flynn, who has shifted legal strategy and taken an openly hostile approach to the DOJ. Flynn’s sentencing is set for Jan. 28.

Immigration news

Exodus of immigration judges:
Over the past year, in the heat of a border migration crisis, 45 judges have left, moved into new roles in the immigration court system -- which is run by the Justice Department -- or passed away, according to the department. That's nearly double the number who departed their posts in fiscal years 2018 and 2017, when 24 and 21 judges left, respectively, according to data provided by the judges union.
The reasons why individual judges have moved on from their posts on the bench vary, but in interviews with judges who left in recent months, one theme ties them all together: frustration over a mounting number of policy changes that, they argue, chipped away at their authority...Their departures come as the Justice Department faces a backlog that exceeds 1 million cases. (CNN)
Border wall:
I’m not going to excerpt this because it’s hard to separate one piece from the whole. It is a very important article and I hope everyone will take the time to read it: “Southern border wall is destroying natural habitats,” The Hill.

US Contractors supported Taliban

Nearly 400 people who were either wounded while serving in the U.S. military in Afghanistan or are family members of service members who died in the conflict sued a group of companies on Friday they say helped fund attacks against Americans by making protection payments to the Taliban.
“Defendants supported the Taliban for a simple reason: Defendants were all large Western companies with lucrative businesses in post-9/11 Afghanistan, and they all paid the Taliban to refrain from attacking their business interests,” the 288-page complaint filed in federal court in Washington, D.C. on Friday states. “Those protection payments aided and abetted terrorism by directly funding an al-Qaeda-backed Taliban insurgency that killed and injured thousands of Americans.”
...”In addition to MTN [South African telecom firm], the complaint names the London-headquartered G4S Holdings International and its subsidiaries, the Palm Beach Gardens, Florida company Centerra Group, the Bethesda, Maryland company DAI Global, the Lenoir City, Tennessee firm Janus Global Operations, Overland Park, Kansas’ Black & Veatch Special Projects and the Canadian company Louis Berger Group and its subsidiaries and affiliates. (Courthouse News)

Trump’s Christmas party

Trump held a Studio 54-themed Christmas Eve party at Mar-a-Lago, attended by Rudy Giuliani, Alan Dershowitz, and recently-pardoned war criminal Edward Gallagher. Parties like these cost the American taxpayers money, as more Secret Service agents are required to provide security for a large bash. Not to mention the money spent at Mar-a-Lago by White House staff and administration officials to attend.
Who else was at the party? None other than close friend of Vladimir Putin - and captain of the Washington Capitals - Alex Ovechkin and his wife, Nastya Ovechkina.

GEO Group and Trump

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) sent a letter to the GEO group last week expressing “serious concerns about possible corruption” raised by the private prison company’s spending at Trump’s D.C. hotel. The Senator and Representative request additional information from the company about the “ten to twenty” times GEO execs stayed at Trump’s hotel.
A senior executive of the GEO Group—the nation’s largest private prison and immigrant detention company—who lobbied the Trump administration for a multimillion-dollar cash infusion has also been staying in the luxurious Trump International Hotel Washington, D.C., billing an unknown sum to his corporate expense account, according to previously unreported records unearthed by the Project On Government Oversight (POGO), a non-profit watchdog.
The admission by David J. Venturella, GEO’s senior vice president of business development, came in a June 2019 deposition in an ongoing federal court case…Venturella testified that he had charged Trump hotel bills to his GEO credit card on at least 10 occasions.
...GEO became an avid fan of then-candidate Donald Trump after President Barack Obama’s Justice Department promised to stop approving new federal private prison contracts days after a report determined that private prisons were not necessarily cheaper than government-run ones, causing the company’s stock to plummet 40 percent. What followed was an outpouring of cash from GEO: hundreds of thousands of dollars in contributions to pro-Trump political groups and to his inauguration; and over $4 million in Washington lobbying, much of it directed at the Trump administration. For its part, the administration reversed Obama’s policy and has dramatically boosted GEO’s immigrant detention revenue. (Project On Government Oversight)

Nunes

The Fresno Bee asks: How is Rep. Devin Nunes funding so many lawsuits?
Mother Jones took a look at Nunes and his associates who are involved in the Ukraine pressure campaign:
Not only did the report include phone records indicating calls between Nunes and numbers associated with Giuliani and Parnas (Nunes claims the Parnas calls actually came from a number associated with Parnas’ wife and that he spoke with “someone,” he does not recall who), it also indicated deep ties between Nunes’ office and the White House. At least three former Nunes staffers currently work in the White House. A onetime National Security Council staffer in the Trump White House, meanwhile, currently works for Nunes. The names of all of these officials have surfaced in recent months in connection with the Ukraine scandal, and three of them were mentioned in the intelligence committee report.

Kellyanne lawsuit

Government watchdog Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) filed a lawsuit demanding the Office of Special Counsel (OSC), an agency tasked with enforcing the Hatch Act, take more disciplinary action against Kellyanne Conway for repeatedly violating the Hatch Act.
The law explicitly states that should OSC determine disciplinary actions should be taken against an employee, it must immediately prepare and present a written complaint to MSPB. The lawsuit would compel OSC to comply with its duty to begin enforcement proceedings with MSPB against Conway.
CREW filed multiple complaints against Conway, as she blatantly used her official government Twitter account and her press appearances to advocate for and against candidates for office. Conway is one of eleven Trump administration officials who have been cited for Hatch Act violations following CREW complaints.
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2019.12.27 21:00 tmh0312 $ATIS, Attis Industries - Investment Thesis - 12/27/19

TL;DR at the very bottom.

Business Overview

Attis Industries, formerly known as Meridian Waste Solutions, is a conglomerate with business operations in the healthcare, medical waste, and environmental technology sectors. Their main operations are split into three segments; Attis Healthcare, Attis Innovations, and Flux Carbon LLC (JVCo 80% Ownership). Attis Industries currently sells on the OTC markets at a market capitalization of less than $2,500,000 and has a total of 6,680,000 common shares outstanding.

Operations Overview

Attis Innovations leverages its ability to source low-cost renewable feedstocks with proprietary conversion technology to produce high performance, sustainable materials for everyday products.
Attis Healthcare strives to improve patient care and enable better patient outcomes by providing cost-saving opportunities through innovative and comprehensive diagnostic and therapeutic solutions for patients and healthcare providers.
Flux Carbon LLC (JVCo 80% Ownership) holds the rights to an expansive portfolio of clean technologies and manages existing engineering and licensing businesses.

Investment Thesis

Attis Industries is currently undergoing a transition from a waste management company to a multi-oriented conglomerate. They are delinquent on multiple SEC filings and this has turned into a major catalyst for the company's share price. While delinquent financials usually spell trouble for a company, Attis Industries has become a special situation whereupon the completion and submission of their financial reports, the market will hopefully realize the true value of the company’s assets. From what I’ve gathered, Attis’ current book value of $13,700,000 does not represent the fair value of the company's assets. Upon completion and submission of their financial reports, true book value will be closer to $50,000,000 due to financing and recent acquisitions not stated in Attis' most recent filing. Not only are Attis' asset values extremely understated, but revenues are grossly understated aswell. The company's latest filing states a revenue figure of only $1,070,000. Attis' full-year 2020 revenue projections are stated at roughly $160,000,000. While the timeline for the posting of Attis' financials is still unclear, they have taken many positive steps in the right direction over the last year and made this statement upon delisting on 11/19/19:
“Attis is continuing to work tirelessly with its independent accounting firm to bring all of its delinquent filings current. Once all of the filings have been completed and filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, and all other listing requirements have been met, the Company plans to immediately begin the reapplication process with the Exchange to elevate Attis’ publicly available securities back to the NASDAQ Stock Exchange.”
In Attis’ case, I would say actions speak louder than words and the crux of this thesis is dependent on them following through on this promise. The notable actions they have taken over the last year include the recent hiring of an SEC Financial Reporting Director, the transition to BDO as their independent auditor, and the implementation of strict accounting procedures across all business segments. While these changes don't point to an exact filing date, they have significantly increased the odds of Attis coming through on their promise to update their filings and will bring forth much-needed clarity and transparency from the company to the public markets when financials are finally posted.

Financial Projections

As stated before, Attis' operations can be split into three operating segments; Attis Innovations, Attis Healthcare, and Flux Carbon LLC.
Attis Innovations is expected to have generated $150,000,000 in "guaranteed" revenues by the end of full-year 2020. These revenues are guaranteed through a 10-year off-take agreement with Sunoco at Attis' Fulton Ethanol Plant. Attis purchased the Fulton Ethanol facility from Sunoco in June of 2019 at a price of $20,000,000 and the facility was recently appraised at a value of $57,000,000. If you compare Attis' Fulton operations to a competitor like Valero, you'll find that Fulton's operating profit could be in the range of $3,000,000 to $5,000,000 by the end full-year 2020. Attis has plans to take Fulton from an 85,000,000 gallon ethanol facility to a 100,000,000 gallon facility adding an additional $20,000,000 to revenues upon completion of the upgrades.
Attis Healthcare has stated that upon full rollout of their operations, they expect revenues to be close to $100,000,000. Robert Dunn, president of Attis Healthcare, has projected full-year 2019 healthcare revenues to have been between $10,000,000 and $12,000,000. He made this statement in late 2018 (press release dated 10/22/18):
"Deep market analysis has led Attis Healthcare to design and build its current lab infrastructure to handle samples that would produce revenue of $10-$12 million and margins between 20-25%. With further lab and infrastructure build-out and a concentrated effort by our contracted sales force, I believe we can double our expected revenue in the next 12 to 18 months.”
With revenues of approximately $10,000,000 and a gross margin of between 20 to 25%, operating profits for the segment should be somewhere around $1,000,000. The total acquisition costs attached to Attis' healthcare segment since inception is roughly $7,000,000.
Flux Carbon LLC is said to be producing roughly $14,000,000 in annualized revenues as of 06/21/18, with gross margins close to 70% and an operating profit at least $4,000,000. The total cost of Attis' 80% ownership of Flux Carbon LLC is estimated to be around $30,000,000. As a side note, Attis, along with its JVCo partner Greenshift Corporation, launched an appeal in September of 2018 to overturn a summary judgment in a patent infringement case, where, if won, Flux Carbon LLC) could see over 90% of the corn ethanol industry paying royalties to them for patents they own. While chances of a favorable ruling appear slim, if won, this would be a huge added bonus to what Attis has already accomplished. If lost, I see the end result being a short-term, temporary set back that may provide an even better buy-in opportunity for future shareholders and signal the end of a company quiet period.
Financing for the company’s ambitions does not appear to be an issue as Attis has, within the last year, received non-dilutive financing for the purchase of their Fulton ethanol facility, received financing for their planned upgrades to their Fulton facility, and received financing for both their commercial and federal labs. Attis is also in the process of restructuring debt in an attempt to eliminate future dilution.
In conclusion, by the end of full-year 2020, Attis is projecting to have produced $150,000,000 in guaranteed revenues, $24,000,000 in non-guaranteed revenues, and an estimated $8,000,000 in operating profit across all segments. Today, Attis Industries currently trades on the OTC markets at a market capitalization of less than $2,500,000. Upon completion and filing of their financials, I can easily see Attis' market capitalization being no less than a conservative $20,000,000, a possible 10x return.

Overview for the remainder of this post:

Catalysts


Delinquent Filings

As of 01/06/20, Attis is delinquent on the following filings:

The Formation of Attis

On 02/20/18, Meridian Waste Solutions sold their waste management service operations to Warren Equity Partners for $90,000,000 and the remaining operations were rebranded as Attis Industries. The transaction eliminated $87,000,000 of debt and allowed the newly formed entity, Attis Industries, to pursue new business opportunities in higher-margin industries. The remaining assets, not sold in the deal, were expected to generate $3,000,000 in pre-tax earnings and cut the company’s debt burden by 90%, according to Jeff Cosman, Attis Industries CEO.
Since the formation of Attis in 2018, the company has made multiple acquisitions, formed multiple partnerships, and launched an appeal to overturn a summary judgment in a patent infringement case tied to their subsidiary, Flux Carbon LLC. First, we will tackle the acquisitions and partnerships they have made since inception. For the sake of structure, I have organized the partnerships and acquisitions under four banners; Attis Innovations, Attis Healthcare, Flux Carbon LLC, and Other. The “other” category pertains to acquisitions and partnerships that have not been finalized but are still “in the works.”


Acquisitions & Partnerships

Attis Healthcare Acquisitions
DxT Medical
Welness Benefits LLC, LGMG LLC (verify Resource Group), Integrity Lab Solutions LLC
EnviCare
Quality Rx Returns LLC
Attis Healthcare Partnerships
Macon County General Hospital
New Representative Group
North Crest Medical Center of Springfield
Oklahoma Clinic

Attis Innovations Acquisitions
Fulton Ethanol Plant
Attis Innovations Partnerships
American Science and Technology Corporation (ASTC)
Plastics Industry Association
Jordan Forest Products
Gyeuongbuk Institute of Science and Technology
Novozymes
Iowa State University
Advanced Biofuels Association
Specialist Nutrition

Flux Carbon LLC Acquisitions
Advanced Lignin Biocomposites LLC & UT Battelle LLC Partnership
Genarex FD LCC 49% Interest
FLUX Carbon LLC 80% Interest(JVCo)
Flux Carbon LLC Partnerships
GreenShift
Noveda Technologies

Other Acquisitions
Custom Cable Services Purchase Agreement (TBT)
Barnesville Biorefinery Site Selection (TBT)


Certifications & Grants

COLA Accreditation
CLIA License
CMS License
USDA Grant


Break Down of Current Operations

Attis Healthcare
Federal & Commercial Labs
Revenue Estimate
Known Financing
Attis Innovations
Fulton
Revenue Estimate
Known Financing
Flux Carbon LLC
Licensing and Engineering Business
Revenue Estimate
Known Financing
Current Operations Summary
Revenue Estimate
Known Financing


Break Down of Potential Operations

Custom Cable Services (Possible Announcement)
Revenue Estimate
Known Financing
Barnesville Biorefinery
Revenue Estimate
Known Financing
Potential Operations Summary
Revenue Estimate
Stated Financing


Leadership

Board Members
Jeff Cosman
Joe Ardagna
Maggie Arvedlund
Thomas J. Cowee
Jackson Davis
David E. Rivers, DHL

Management
Jeff Cosman, CEO of Attis Industries
Gregory Pilewicz, President of Attis Industries
David Winsness, President of Attis Innovations
Robert M. Dunn Jr., President of Attis Healthcare


Disclaimer: I'm not your investment advisor and I am not responsible for any of your investment decisions. This post is for informational purposes only and any decisions made after reading this post are yours, and yours only. Please, please conduct your own research and verify information when making investment decisions or consult an investment advisor.
Disclosure: I hold investments in both Attis Industries (ATIS) and GreenShift Corporation (GERS).


TL;DR

Ticker: ATIS
Market Cap: $2.5m
Shares Outstanding: 6.68m
Guaranteed Revenues: $150m
Non-Guaranteed + Guaranteed Revenues: $174m
Net Debt: $35m
Low End Earnings Estimate: $4.8m
High End Earnings Estimate: $7.4m
Current Book Value: $13m
True Book Value: $40m+
Core Assets: Fulton Ethanol Plant, Commercial Lab, Federal Lab, Licensing Business, Patent Portfolio.
Key Partnerships: Sunoco, Novozymes, Specialist Nutrition, Greenshift Corporation.
Catalysts: Patent litigation appeal wrap up, End to quiet period, Bringing financials up-to-date, Acquisition announcements, Rollout and implementation of patent portfolio.
If you'd like a list of other resources (such as ceo interviews, investor update transcripts, news articles, etc. let me know and I can send them your way.)
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2019.09.01 11:22 Euronotus Dorian (05L) - Daily Tracking Thread - Sunday, 1 September 2019


Current information and forecast discussion

Last updated: Sunday, 1 September 2019 - 11:40 PM Eastern Daylight Time (UTC - 4 hours)

Dorian weakens very slightly as it makes landfall over Grand Bahama

Satellite imagery and radar data analysis over the past couple of hours indicates that Hurricane Dorian has made landfall over the island of Grand Bahama in the northwestern Bahamas as the cyclone continues to move westward. Animated infrared imagery continues to show that Dorian is a powerful and well-organized cyclone with a defined circular eye surrounded by a dense ring of intense deep eyewall convection. Analysis of Doppler radar data indicates that Dorian has developed concentric eyewalls, which is backed up by the presence of a double wind maximum that was detected by recent aerial reconnaissance missions. This, combined with the fact that the eyewall has been gradually constricting over the past several hours, suggests that an eyewall replacement cycle may be underway. Intensity estimates derived from several data sources indicate that Dorian's maximum one-minute sustained winds have decreased slightly to 155 knots (180 miles per hour), but Dorian remains a very powerful and destructive Category 5 hurricane.

Dorian may stall to the west of Grand Bahama on Monday before turning northward

Hurricane Dorian continues to move toward the west to west-northwest along the southern periphery of a subtropical ridge which has continued to weaken and retreat eastward due to the presence of a mid-latitude trough across the southeastern United States. Over the next couple of days, the steering environment is expected to collapse and without the subtropical ridge to guide it westward, Dorian is expected to slow down significantly and even possibly stall as it moves gradually west of Grand Bahama on Monday and Tuesday. Model guidance indicates that the mid-latitude trough over the southeastern United States may begin to deepen on Tuesday, which should allow Dorian to turn sharply toward the north-northwest, bringing Dorian's eye very close to the eastern coastline of Florida. It should continue to be stressed that large portions of Florida remain within the forecast cone of uncertainty and any sudden shift in the cyclone's position and speed could cause increasingly severe impacts to the Florida coastline.

Dorian could bring impacts to Georgia and the Carolinas later in the week

As the trough over the southeastern United States deepens early next week, Dorian will move increasingly faster toward the north, rounding the southwestern periphery of the weakened subtropical ridge. By Wednesday, Dorian is expected to turn toward the northeast ahead of the trough while remaining a powerful major hurricane off the coast of Georgia. The latest forecast from the National Hurricane Center calls for Dorian to remain a hurricane as it passes narrowly to the coast of North Carolina on Thursday night and passes to the east of the Mid-Atlantic states on Friday.

Key messages from the National Hurricane Center

  1. A prolonged period of catastrophic winds and storm surge will affect the Abaco Islands and Grand Bahama Island for several more hours. Everyone there should take immediate shelter and not venture into the eye.
  2. Life-threatening storm surges and dangerous hurricane-force winds are expected along portions of the Florida east coast through mid-week, and storm surge and hurricane warnings are in effect. Only a slight deviation to the left of the official forecast would bring the core of Dorian near or over the Florida east coast. Residents should listen to advice given by local emergency officials.
  3. There is an increasing likelihood of strong winds and dangerous storm surge along the coasts of Georgia, South Carolina, and North Carolina later this week. Residents in these areas should continue to monitor the progress of Dorian and listen to advice given by local emergency officials.
  4. Heavy rains, capable of producing life-threatening flash floods, are expected over northern portions of the Bahamas and coastal sections of the southeast and lower mid-Atlantic regions of the United States through late this week.

Current warnings and advisories

Changes from the previous advisory are annotated in bold.

Storm Surge Warning

  • Florida: Lantana to the Volusia/Brevard County Line

Storm Surge Watch

  • Florida: Deerfield Beach to Lantana
  • Florida: Volusia/Brevard County Line to the mouth of the St. Mary's River

Hurricane Warning

  • Bahamas: Northwestern Bahamas, excluding Andros Island
  • Florida: Jupiter Inlet to Volusia/Brevard County Line

Hurricane Watch

  • Bahamas: Andros Island
  • Florida: Deerfield Beach to Jupiter Inlet
  • Florida: Volusia/Brevard County Line to the mouth of the St. Mary's River

Tropical Storm Warning

  • Florida: Deerfield Beach to Jupiter Inlet

Tropical Storm Watch

  • Florida: Golden Beach to Deerfield Beach
  • Florida: Lake Okeechobee

Five Day Forecast

Hour Date Time Intensity Winds Lat Long
- - UTC EDT knots ºN ºW
00 02 Sep 00:00 20:00 Hurricane (Category 5) 155 26.6 77.9
12 02 Sep 12:00 08:00 Hurricane (Category 5) 145 26.8 78.5
24 03 Sep 00:00 20:00 Hurricane (Category 4) 135 26.9 79.0
36 03 Sep 12:00 08:00 Hurricane (Category 4) 125 27.3 79.3
48 04 Sep 00:00 20:00 Hurricane (Category 4) 120 28.2 79.8
72 05 Sep 00:00 20:00 Hurricane (Category 3) 105 30.6 80.2
96 06 Sep 00:00 20:00 Hurricane (Category 2) 85 33.5 77.7
120 07 Sep 00:00 20:00 Hurricane (Category 1) 75 37.5 71.8

Official Information Sources

National Hurricane Center

Satellite Imagery

NOAA National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service (NESDIS)

Tropical Tidbits

Cooperative Institute for Research in the Atmosphere (CIRA)

Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellite Studies

Analysis Graphics and Data

NOAA Satellite Products and Services Division (SPSD)

NOAA Office of Satellite and Product Operations (OSPO)

Model Track and Intensity Guidance

Tropical Tidbits

University of Albany

National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR)

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2019.08.31 11:46 Euronotus Dorian (05L) - Daily Tracking Thread - Saturday, 31 August 2019


Current information and forecast discussion

Last updated: Saturday, 31 August 2019 - 12:45 PM Eastern Daylight Time (UTC - 4 hours)

Dorian continues to intensify as it moves westward toward the Bahamas

Continuous aerial reconnaissance missions flown by NOAA and US Air Force aircraft have resumed this morning, finding a slightly strengthened Hurricane Dorian moving westward toward the northwestern Bahamas. Since the National Hurricane Center's previous full advisory at 5AM EDT, Hurricane Dorian's maximum one-minute sustained winds have increased to 130 knots (150 miles per hour), making the cyclone a very strong Category 4 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson hurricane intensity scale. Satellite imagery analysis continues to show that Dorian remains an impressive and well-organized cyclone, with a fairly symmetric ring of dense deep convection continuing to surround the cyclone's small eye. The presence of increased mid-level shear has eroded some of the convective activity developing within Dorian's western semicircle, as evidenced by southward cloud motions to the northwest of Dorian's center. Upper-level wind analysis and water vapor imagery indicate that Dorian is producing favorable dual-channel poleward and equatorward outflow supported by an upper-level low over eastern Cuba.

Dorian could flirt with Category 5 strength as it reaches the Bahamas on Sunday

Hurricane Dorian continues to move westward through a favorable atmospheric and oceanic environment along the southern periphery of a subtropical ridge which has been rebuilding toward the west over the past day or so. Despite the aforementioned presence of mid-level shear across the western semicircle of Dorian's circulation, overall vertical wind shear affecting the cyclone remains weak and variable (5 to 10 knots). The cyclone continues to move through an area of gradually increasing mid-level moisture and looms over a deep source of very warm sea waters, with sea surface temperatures remaining near 30°C. Strong diffluence aloft continues to support Dorian's upper-level outflow, which is helping to sustain the cyclone's dense deep convection. Environmental conditions are expected to remain favorable over the next 24 to 36 hours as the subtropical ridge continues to push Dorian westward.

A significant slowdown could cause significant impacts to the Bahamas and Florida on Sunday and Monday

The forecast for Hurricane Dorian's track and intensity become much more complicated as the cyclone passes over the northwestern Bahamas on Sunday and Monday and approach the eastern coastline of Florida. Model guidance indicates that within the next couple of days, a mid-latitude trough will deepen over the eastern coast of the United States, eroding the subtropical ridge and causing it to retreat eastward. This will generally cause Hurricane Dorian to sharply turn northward, but a large spread in model guidance solutions is making it difficult to determine exactly when and where Dorian will make this shift. Therefore, despite the fact that the center of the National Hurricane Center's cone of uncertainty remain offshore through the middle of the upcoming week, a large portion of Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina remain within the cone and could see impacts from the slow-moving and powerful cyclone.   * * *
Two factors are expected to impact Hurricane Dorian's intensity as it moves over the northwestern Bahamas. First, the cyclone has yet to undergo an eyewall replacement cycle. Should it do so, it will result in unpredictable fluctuations in intensity and could result in either a weaker or stronger cyclone. Second, Dorian's slow movement could cause the cyclone to exhaust its supply of warm, moist air evaporated from the sea surface by upwelling cooler water to the surface. This may result in a halt in Dorian's intensification trend or, as indicated by the National Hurricane Center's official forecast, a gradual weakening trend.

Key messages from the National Hurricane Center

  1. A prolonged period of life-threatening storm surge and devastating hurricane-force winds are expected in portions of the northwestern Bahamas, particularly on the Abaco Islands and Grand Bahama Island. A hurricane warning is in effect for these areas, and residents should listen to advice given by local emergency officials and have their hurricane preparations completed today.
  2. Life-threatening storm surge and dangerous hurricane-force winds are still possible along portions of the Florida east coast by the early to middle part of next week, but since Dorian is forecast to slow down and turn northward near or just offshore of the coast, it is too soon to determine when or where the highest surge and winds could occur. Residents should have their hurricane plan in place, know if they are in a hurricane evacuation zone, and listen to advice given by local emergency officials.
  3. The risk of strong winds and dangerous storm surge is increasing along the coasts of Georgia, South Carolina, and North Carolina during the middle of next week. Residents in these areas should continue to monitor the progress of Dorian.
  4. Heavy rains, capable of life-threatening flash floods, are expected over portions of the Bahamas and coastal sections of the southeastern United States this weekend through much of next week.

Five Day Forecast

Hour Date Time Intensity Winds Lat Long
- - UTC EDT knots ºN ºW
00 31 Aug 12:00 08:00 Hurricane (Category 4) 130 26.0 73.4
12 01 Sep 00:00 20:00 Hurricane (Category 4) 135 26.2 74.7
24 01 Sep 12:00 08:00 Hurricane (Category 4) 130 26.6 76.2
36 02 Sep 00:00 20:00 Hurricane (Category 4) 125 26.8 77.4
48 02 Sep 12:00 08:00 Hurricane (Category 4) 120 27.0 78.0
72 03 Sep 12:00 08:00 Hurricane (Category 4) 115 28.0 79.0
96 04 Sep 12:00 08:00 Hurricane (Category 3) 100 30.5 80.0
120 05 Sep 12:00 08:00 Hurricane (Category 2) 95 33.5 78.0

Official Information Sources

National Hurricane Center

Satellite Imagery

NOAA National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service (NESDIS)

Tropical Tidbits

Cooperative Institute for Research in the Atmosphere (CIRA)

Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellite Studies

Analysis Graphics and Data

NOAA Satellite Products and Services Division (SPSD)

NOAA Office of Satellite and Product Operations (OSPO)

Model Track and Intensity Guidance

Tropical Tidbits

University of Albany

National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR)

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2019.07.14 18:46 avidtomato Race Report: The Scream! Half Marathon - 13.1 miles of pure (down)hill. Why oh why was this my first half.

Race Information

Goals

Goal Description Completed?
A Finish Yes
B <2:30 Yes
C No walking Yes

Splits

Mile Time
1 10:07
2 10:07
3 10:27
4 10:48
5 10:46
6 10:08
7 10:37
8 10:58
9 10:36
10 11:16
11 11:21
12 11:27
13 10:59
Images here! https://imgur.com/a/nDUTLZW

Background

The Scream! Half Marathon! My first half. It starts at a tiny general store up in the mountains about an hour from Asheville, North Carolina and has you run down 2,400 feet of elevation decline for 13.1 miles of trail service road until you end up in the ghost town of Mortimer. (Almost completely) downhill half marathons are rare. Not your typical for sure! So of course for my first half I decided to sign up for the downhill one in the middle of July in the south. It's fine. Everything's fine. I'm fine.
I had been running seriously for about a year when I signed up with quite a few 5ks and one 10k until my belt. It's a very unique race with very limited registration. I signed up at the beginning of January 2019 and like clockwork within two weeks of signing up life hit hard. My mother called me with news of breast cancer, I found my 4th grade teaching position was being cut and decided to make a drastic career change, a close friend of mine attempted suicide and I was his support as he worked to improve. Oh, and my cat needed surgery. It was a real bummer of a month.
Somewhere in the mess that was January 2019 I held firm onto the belief that having this goal to work towards would help in keeping me mentally stable. Ooooooh boy it did and throughout spring 2019 this race had become one hell of a life metaphor to summit.

Training

Mr. Hal Higdon's novice half marathon runner program was a godsend. In a nutshell, it was 2x 3-5 mile short runs during the week and 1x 6-10 mile runs on the weekend with some supplementary work. Simple and easy.
I easily built myself up to the 5 mile short runs during the week using a local park and their cross country course (I got to know every geese along that path's lake) but the long runs were a bit more of a struggle, especially during North Carolina's summer heat that often got up to 90F+. Let's just say the employees at the Wendys along the greenway got to know me as "the dude who comes in just for water".
I had joined a local run club back in the spring and took their advice on dealing with the heat, understanding signs of heat stroke while running, and how best to deal with the downhill decline during this half. Shout out to Ultra Running Company in Charlotte, NC as I must have stopped in there five times in the month of May and they were nothing but exceptional every time, measuring my cadence and form and making sure I knew exactly what I needed.
My nine mile long run three weeks before the race was the last one I felt good about. I had a 10 mile run the week before the half, which was awful. The heat was unbearable, I was having an extremely off day and honestly walked about 4 miles. It felt very defeating and the short runs I had in the days before the race did little to alleviate that.

Pre-Race

This was a pain in the ass. The race is remote, about a half hour from the nearest hotel we could find. The starting line was at a gas station up in the mountains, so the organizers shuttled people using school buses from a nearby resort, about 30 minutes one way.
I had a clif bar and banana for breakfast. Put on my shirt, the coach's shirt for Xcel 2 Fitness, a boy's fitness group my elementary school I helped spearhead over the past two years.
We got a hotel the night before and woke up at 4:30am to drive to the resort. The last shuttle to the starting line left at 6:45 and we got there at about 6:00. The vibe was weird. School buses, packet pickup at the starting line, very few spectators. The line for the bathroom was extremely long and most people, men and women, ended up heading into the woods behind the store to relieve themselves.
I did get a brief spot of service on my phone, and my phone buzzed with support from friends and family, including the run club group chat which were all awake at 7am on a Saturday to wish me to kick some ass. I popped a gel packet and was ready to run.

Race

Miles 1-2.5 were annoying. It was all paved roads at the top of the mountain, dipping up and down constantly while the occasional car drove past in the other lane (the entire course was still open to traffic). It did provide some amazing views I wish I had stopped and taken a photo of, but the constant uphill/downhill cycle was throwing me off. I start every race with "Cut To the Feeling" by Carly Rae Jepsen and this was no exception.
Miles 2.5-6 were amazing. The road veered right onto a gravel trail service road and the rest of the course was a tree covered canopy. Quiet. Peaceful. The occasional shouting of "car!" by the runners behind me as it passed by. I saw several runners escape into the woods to get their bathroom on. My body though was feeling amazing. The slope was just gentle enough to let gravity do a lot of the work, but also didn't feel like hell on my shins as I hit the ground. I saw a runner standing to the side of the road applying concealer on her face with a pocket mirror. She ended up passing me a minute later and stayed that way the rest of the race. My running soundtrack at this time was Brian Fallon and The Gaslight Anthem.
Miles 6-9 was when the uphill struggles occurred. Whereas the prior miles had been averaging a 200-250 feet drop, mile seven rose about 150 feet for half of it and dropped 50 for the second half. This was when I went from "oh my god these miles are just melting away! I could do this forever!" to "ah ok I forgot hills suck, sorry for my hubris running gods." It wasn't terrible and I enjoyed myself powering through as many runners were walking by this point (meaning I got to pass a lot of people). The worst part was that the trail was so curved, it was difficult to see how far the uphill slope carried on! But I was more than halfway done and felt confident in finishing up the final five miles. It was the distance of one of my weekly short runs. I pictured the route in the park by my house and felt I had this in the bag.
Miles 10-11 were the ones that everyone warned me about. The wall usually hits around this time and your body begins to actively fight you. I was still feeling amazing and even though my pace slowed by around 40 seconds around this time, it was because the slope got steeeeeep. Miles 10 and 11 had 320 feet of decline. I felt every step and genuinely began to worry for my shins. Made sure to bend my knees, kept an eye on my cadence, my friends giving me advice in my head like Obi Wan telling Luke Skywalker to use the force. Still, I was feeling like I had plenty of energy in the tank. I think this was the last point I entertained the thought of a full marathon down the line.
Mile 12 gave me PTSD. The course finally reached the basin and the final stretch was a trail run alongside the local creek. Very flat, very straight, and I hated every second of it. I hit the wall HARD. My body began to actively rebel against me. I knew I needed a push and was prepared, so I put on my custom playlist of extremely cheesey video game electronic/heavy metal (IE - Devil May Cry and Metal Gear Rising). WHICH DIDN'T PLAY EVEN THOUGH I HAD DOWNLOADED THEM TO MY PHONE. I was so frustrated I ripped off my headphones and stuffed them in my pocket. A fourth of a mile passed. My legs stopped and began to walk several steps without me even noticing. I looked down, confused and went full on drill sergeant in my head. COME ON SOLDIER. A MILE LEFT. YOU ARE GOING TO FINISH THIS MILE IF IT KILLS YOU OR GOD HELP ME I WILL CHOP YOU OFF WITH A RUSTY SPOON MYSELF. The legs began moving again. There was one tiny hill that lasted ten seconds. I hate that hill and every stone on its surface. I hated every last tree, leaf, animal, runner, cloud and sunlight. But I pushed on.
Finally, I heard cheers of the finish line around the next bend and my brain went into a void of thoughtlessness as I ran the final quarter mile to the finish line. The girl who crossed with me yelled out "good job coach" as a reference to my coach's shirt. My entourage was there with water and bananas. I just wanted to sit, smile, and shed a few happy tears.

Post-Race

I spent about ten minutes catching my breath before clamoring back into the school buses with a bunch of other sweaty smelly racers for the half hour trip back to the resort. There were burritos and beer at the resort and I stomached as much as I could to replenish calories but honestly, I was ready to return to civilization.
My entourage drove me back to the hotel where I parked my car with promises of us hanging out in Asheville and celebrating later. After they left, I spent about ten minutes just sitting in my own car just reflecting and taking in the moment of the experience. I'm a former fat guy. It's been less than 2 years since I started running. That 10k I ran in April 2018 seemed like such a huge deal at the time, and yet here I am hanging a half marathon on my medal display. And I genuinely wonder how far this hobby will take me. But I do know my next half will not have a smelly after-race school bus.
(Cliffnote: Mom ok, friend much better, I've got a good handle on the career switch and my cat is fine although still fat. Carly Rae Jepsen is still the queen of current pop music)
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2019.04.26 06:21 crazyguzz1 For Two Years a Former University Student Has Set-Up Unusual Protest Demonstrations in Buffalo, New York - No One Is Still Quite Sure What He’s Protesting

Myra Kindle is an independent investigative reporter.
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Ström in a Storm

When Simon Ström locked himself out of his dormitory at the State University of New York (SUNY) at Buffalo in 2016, he thought it a minor inconvenience.
It didn’t dawn on him that with nearly the entire campus away for Thanksgiving break and a fast approaching storm incoming, in the next six hours he would freeze, his heart would stop, and he would be considered dead by the EMTs that found him.
There’s a remarkable story in Buffalo, New York about Simon Ström and his unlikely recovery from that event. It’s a story of the remote chances of success doctors faced when they wrapped Simon’s body in heating pads, slowly raising his core temperature from 64 to 98 degrees. It would detail the doctor’s astonishment when Simon recovered, and their amazement when he suffered no brain damage. It would cheer at the miracle that Simon was released from Mercy Hospital only two days after EMTs thought he had died, and it would reflect on the new university rules put in place to avoid such an accident from happening again.
That story, while incredible, is not entirely unique, and it is not this story.
This is the story of how a former SUNY Buffalo student has startled administrators and disturbed students with his unusual, unique, and often horrifying one-man campus protests.
Based on interviews with Mr. Ström, students, teachers, and officials at SUNY Buffalo, and supported with documentation and email correspondence, independent investigative reporter Myra Kindle, for the first time, tells the tale of how an unassuming student nearly brought Buffalo administrators to their knees, and how he has alarmed hundreds of students in the process.

Fed Up

Once known for his near-death frozen experience, Simon Ström is now known around campus for his disturbed antics. Students have adapted in their own way, ignoring him, avoiding him -- some even say they spend less time on campus because of him. With such a disturbance, the university decided they needed to step in.
This past January, Buffalo took the drastic step of expelling Simon from school. The SUNY Buffalo administration says that this action was not taken to deter Simon from protesting on campus, with one official saying, “The school can’t stop Mr. Ström from protesting in public space. However now that he is no longer a student, he will not be allowed entry into most buildings. He was expelled because of misusing the university facilities -- this is an appropriate response.”
Simon understands the university’s position. He even understand the idea that Buffalo wants to expel him for what he’s done. His issue, he says, is the university had another reason to expel him -- to leverage Simon’s immigration status against him.
The university adamantly denies this, and also believes the extent to which Mr. Ström’s demonstrations are bothersome to campus has been overblown.
“SUNY Buffalo did not take the choice to expel Mr. Ström lightly,” says Debra Wheeler, a State University of New York spokeswoman. “We understand how students visas work -- we know how serious an issue it is to be expelled and what that does to someone’s immigration status. In Mr. Ström’s case, it was the only solution to a very serious behavioral issue that just couldn’t be handled appropriately by law enforcement. Considering his behavior, I would’ve recommended this action in 2018 or earlier. In regards to student reaction, we’re glad that students at Buffalo have taken the demonstrations in stride. I know of no incidence of a student refusing to come to school simply because of Mr. Ström’s protests.”
The administration says they are not trying to use Mr. Ström’s immigration status against him, and that student life has been largely unaffected by Simon’s protests. On both points, there is notable evidence to the contrary.
Records show that, while the university may have expelled Simon for behavioral reasons, calls made to police about his continued protests regularly ask officers to check his immigration status -- something only the university could know about, claims Mr. Ström.
In addition, on the record interviews demonstrate that dozens of students, if not more, have been bothered or troubled by Mr. Ström’s behavior.
One student, commenting anonymously, said: “When he was regularly going to campus, I tried not to study at the library. I was too afraid I would run into one of his art exhibits, or worse, actually see him when he was doing one of his protests.”
In many accounts of Simon’s behavior on campus, students describe living-art performances that include elements of disgust or danger. In regards to his exhibits, students say many were murals dedicated to torture.
Alex Turner, a junior, said of Simon’s exhibits: “They were really messed up. They weren’t like album covers -- they were like legit detailed depictions of suffering. There was one time he dropped a twelve foot skinny poster from the second floor library-window. It was a picture of a woman burning at the stake, but super detailed and showed her body already mostly burnt, the flesh falling off. It was really not cool.”
Consistent in the opinions of students who have witnessed Mr. Ström’s demonstrations or seen his exhibits, is the notion that no one is quite sure what he’s demonstrating against, for, or trying to raise awareness around.
Commenting on the issue, Alex Turner echoes a common sentiment: “I really don’t understand what he was doing with the exhibits and the protests. Everything dealt with torture and depictions of hell, and he mentions the Davis building sometimes in person. It’s a shame --I heard Simon used to be this really smart kid, like a genius, but whatever he’s doing now -- he’s totally lost it because it makes no sense.”

School Strategy

Simon Ström is 22. He wears an old “Coachella” t-shirt from high school, has medium size gauges in his ears, and ‘vapes’, incessantly.
Simon is also an undocumented immigrant. Originally from Sweden, until this past January he held an F1 student visa provided to him by SUNY Buffalo. Now that he has been expelled, he needs to return home or faces possible arrest or deportation.
Simon has complicated feelings on the issue. He believes that the administration may have been right to expel him -- he admits his behavior is bothersome -- but he says that now that he is an undocumented immigrant, university officials have been using that as a tactic to stop him from protesting.
“They always called the cops on me,” says Simon. “But now when the cops come, they sometimes ask about my citizenship. That never used to happen before, and no one knows I’m not a US citizen other than the school.”
In response to Mr. Ström’s claim, university president Satish K. Tripathi provided the following statement: “The State University of New York at Buffalo would never inform local police departments about the immigration status of one of our students. We believe that mixing legal status issues with other disturbances or minor crimes would be an abuse of power.”
While the school is adamant officials would never use Simon’s legal status against him, interviews and records show that Simon’s immigration status is regularly mentioned in police reports and emergency service transcripts identifying complaints about Simon.
In one transcript, a 911 caller repeatedly mentions that officers should look at Simon's immigration status when they arrive on the scene:
...
Operator: And what is he doing?
Caller: He lit [inaudible] on fire. Shouldn't [inaudible] …check his passport.
Operator: What was that, ‘mam?’
Caller: I think he’s here illegally. Check his [inaudible] visa.
Simon asserts that phone calls like this are being made by the administration, and that regardless of their reason for expelling him in the first place, using his immigration status as leverage to stop him from coming to campus is wholly inappropriate.
“I’m a tall, red-haired, white guy,” says Simon. “I went to high school in the United States. I speak perfect english, have an American accent -- the only reason you’d suspect I’m here illegally was if you already knew, and only the school knows.”
This is confirmed by several current and former friends of Simon who spoke to me for this story.
“I just assumed he was from Upstate New York,” said one, who agreed to comment anonymously. “Like when he told us his parents lived in Sweden? We got a big kick out of that. We had no idea he wasn’t from the US. Not to sound weird, but he just looks and sounds like everybody else.”
Asserting that a public university is attempting to deport him because of behavior originating in free speech protest is a serious accusation, but Simon stands by his position that it’s the school who is making the phone calls.
Of course, far more than just the administration is upset with Simon, and he himself admits this. When asked if, irrespective of knowledge of his legal status, anyone would possibly want to get him in trouble, Simon responds: “Yes, definitely. I’ve done a lot of things to get attention on campus, and a lot of it really disturbs people.”
Regardless of his legal status, Simon says that for now, he is determined to stay.
When pressed on why, he responds, “I know my demonstrations and exhibits are weird. I know the students and most of the school don’t understand what I’m doing. I understand all that -- but for now, I want to stay, at least until I can get more updates on what’s going on in the Davis building.”

Disturbing Behavior

For two years Simon Ström has conducted demonstrations and built exhibits on Buffalo’s north campus, and for two years students have noticed.
From the dozens of students I’ve interviewed about various incidences and scenes, I find that many are perturbed or frightened by Mr. Ström, and that nearly every student has their own horrifying or troubling demonstration that they were most bothered by.
“I hated the glass suit the most,” says Sarah Hickenlooper, a sophomore. “The guy [Simon] came to campus with shards of a mirror just taped to his body -- like sharp fucking pieces of glass all over. He looked weird, creepy, but I was also just worried him or someone else would get cut. Really, if you approached him in this suit or rubbed your elbow across him, you would come out bleeding. Now imagine, he’s walking down crowded hallways like that -- what are you supposed to do?”
“I still can’t get out of my head the chicken thing,” says Sarah Banks, also a sophomore. “Simon was walking around the south tunnel, and he had a live chicken with him, right? And then you could see he’s feeding the chicken something, and you’re like, ‘ok, weird, but maybe cute.’ But then you get closer and you realize he’s feeding the chicken, chicken-nuggets from McDonalds. The idea an animal would eat itself is super fucked up, but then the chickens just wouldn’t stop eating -- they just kept going and going.”
“How are people not talking about when he lit himself on fire?” says Daryl Jackson, a senior. “He literally lit himself on fire in front of the whole campus right after midterms ended last year. My girlfriend was in hysterics when he did it -- he was only on fire for a few seconds, but it came out of nowhere and obviously really fucked everybody up. I thought it was a terrorist attack or something.”
In terms of causing a disturbance, the incidences are damning, but Simon looks at it another way.
“The glass -- that was a reflection of who we are. The chicken… that was about how accepting we can be of horrible truths if they taste good. The fire -- that was what we’re doing to ourselves,” says Simon.
Elaborating on the fire, he adds, “That was a complicated one. I wore a fireproof suit under my normal clothes, covered myself in gasoline, and then lit myself on fire. I didn't have the mask on so I took a dive in a snow after a few seconds, but there was a good fire on me before I did.
While his protests might seem both extreme and somewhat aimless (at least from the view that you want someone to understand your message), Simon actually presents a much more cognizant case for his actions when you ask:
“Look, I understand someone isn’t going to see my protests and internalize the message behind them -- I get that’s not going to happen. What I’m hoping for is just that maybe someone wants to talk to me afterword, you know? Maybe they ask me what I was protesting about and what it means, and then maybe that starts a conversation.”
When asked if the methods of his protests are possibly disturbing to other students, Mr. Ström says, “Of course it’s disturbing to other students. Of course. But what I have to tell them is fundamentally disturbing -- maybe less so if you’re religious, but if you're an atheist, it’s a big deal. My protest methods only show the seriousness of the issue -- that’s it.”

The Issue

It’s understandable that Simon Ström is something of a social outcast on campus nowadays. He’s no longer a student, but Simon attended SUNY Buffalo for three and a half years. In that time he met people, friends, teachers, and now they want nothing to do with him.
It’s that loss of connection to a school that he nearly graduated from, and the risk he now faces of being arrested or deported, that I think it’s important to preface Mr. Ström’s message with this -- he’s lost his friends, his education, and risked his future, all in advocacy of an idea.
I preface what he says so strongly to emphasize what he’s lost over it, but also for another reason -- I don’t quite understand it.
“My reasons for this doing this are complicated,” he says. “I’m an atheist. I have been an atheist since probably before I was 12. I think a lot of people find atheism young nowadays. I think it’s the internet -- It’s hard to believe in something so dated like religion when the internet just tears that stuff apart for a lot of kids.”
“But then,” he continues, “growing up, I started to have a different take on atheism. Sometimes I’d almost be jealous of my religious friends cause I would think their beliefs gave them a sort of afterlife security that I lacked. Like, be jealous that a friend could go to heaven, or think he was. Meanwhile I’d think, ‘What am I looking forward to... some void?’”
“Even as a kid, I believed so strongly there was no god, that I thought, well, what I am looking forward to when I die then? But as got older, I started not to see it that way. I started to think about a void or nothingness in death as better than being judged by some god I didn’t understand. Maybe other atheists go through that same sort of transition from atheism, to jealousy of religious conviction, and then a rejoice in their atheism. At least, I mean I think atheists must feel the way I did.”
“Well,” Simon continues, “I guess I have good news and bad news about that for atheists. We’re right there’s no god, I mean there’s no dispute after what I saw. But that other part, about how there’s no afterlife? Yea, that’s wrong. There’s someone judging you. There’s going to be someone who is going to determine if you go into eternal bliss or eternal torment -- that’ll happen, atheist or not, god or no god. What's worse? We have no idea of what we're being judged on.”
As I look for an explanation from Mr. Ström, he goes on to tell me his belief is rooted in his experience in 2016 when he nearly died.
“When I took a taxi back to the dorm from the city,” he starts, “that was when I learned about this. I was standing outside the dormitory, trying to get in, realizing I didn’t have my card key with me. I pulled out my phone and it was dead. I was thinking maybe I should start trying to walk somewhere, maybe to a guard station or to the closest gas station, but I see this storm coming, so I stay put. Soon, and I mean like in a few hours, things start to get pretty scary.”
“After a while, I’m standing outside the dorm and I’m thinking, ‘Fuck, if I don't’ see an RA soon, it’s dark, I can't start walking now,’ and I realized I kind of had to stay where I was. So I stay put, waiting to see someone, but no one comes. When it starts to happen, it happens fast. I start to feel a little woozy, not long after, I pass out. Then, something weird happened. I saw something I wasn't supposed to see, and I saw it because I was between life and death."
Mr. Ström describes the space between life and death as a ‘bug’. One that, "gave me a doorway to a truth that religion tries their best to tell, but fails miserably to do so.”
“When I died, when my brain activity was so insignificant that I couldn't be thought of as alive. When you couldn’t feel my pulse and I was cold to the touch, I saw it.” Simon says. “I saw the fabric. I saw the system of it at work. I may not have recognized if it hadn’t been for the research at the Davis building, but I’m telling you, I know what it is, and I saw it."
‘It’, as Mr. Ström describes, is an elaborate sorting system. In fits and starts he can mutter what is said to be a black space, devoid of everything, light, feeling, and meaning. He says in his near death experience he could see the Earth below this void, and from it he saw bodies, countless thousands of bodies. As they rose from the Earth and to the void he was motionless. He could see the people being put into boxes, three of a kind.
In one, Mr. Ström describes children falling into a box. He can’t make out the ages but he describes them as toddlers. The shape of the box, he says, “indescribable in size and distorted in perception.” In the two other boxes he sees men and women of all types falling into one box or the other. “In one, they fall into a scream. In the other, they fall into laughter,” he says.
“There is heaven and there is a hell. There is even an undecided space for children," says Simon. "These places exist but god didn't make them. I saw it because I was between life and death, and I understood them because of my own work."
In reply to how he knows what the boxes are for, 'heaven' and 'hell' as he describes, he says: “Back when I was someone, when I was respected at this school, I designed something just like it. It’s why I've stayed in Buffalo so long -- I hope they know what they’re doing.”

Expert Opinion

It’s clear that to understand Simon Ström and his nearly indecipherable message -- one that, as he says, is of extra importance to atheist’s like him -- I must first learn what he was working on in the Davis building.
There, at the Davis Engineering and Applied Sciences building, in the large well funded state research lab, I’m surprised. When I ask about Simon Ström, I don't hear horror stories about broken glass or feeding a chicken -- I hear legitimate praise and a deep sadness for a respected researcher now gone.
Dr. Alice Han, the lead working on a project Simon contributed to his freshman year, said: “He is deeply missed by everyone. I have very few undergrads working on my team -- it’s one of our most complicated projects. He was a really great help -- a legitimate genius at his age. It’s a shame he could only work with me those first few months of the Fall of 2016. Even in that short time, he built so many fundamental systems necessary to our project. I really don’t think we could’ve even imagined their implementation without him."
In response to if she had heard about Mr. Ström’s unusual protests on campus, Dr. Han says, “Yes, I know. It’s a terrible thing. He’s clearly going through something. I don’t know for sure, and maybe I shouldn’t be saying this because he was once a student -- but around his near death experience, he just couldn’t do the work anymore.”
Dr. Han says the project that Simon and herself were working on is currently ongoing, and that it is one of the most prestigious and well funded at the 30,000 student university.
In response to what the project is, Dr. Han describes it as: “Do you remember that movie, I guess it’s old now, the Matrix? We’re building a simulated world, sort of like that. It’s really cool research, bleeding edge.”
I’m curious and ask Alice what the purpose of making such a city is.
She responds, “Oh, well so many! If we could make the people in the simulation real enough, as in indistinguishable from human and not unknowing they’re in a simulation, we could run all types of experiments that would be impossible to conduct in the real world.”
In one example, she says, “Suppose you want to know what would happen to humans if Earth’s gravity was different. Here, on Earth, we can’t test that. But in a digital world, you could. We could change gravity in our simulated world and see what happens over generations to our digital citizens. We can see if they’d get taller, shorter, or how their bone density is affected.”
Dr. Han proceeds to tell me several additional examples of experiments you could run with a digital world, but I stop her when one example sticks out.
“One idea,” she starts, “and this is one Simon actually helped work on -- to create an afterlife in a simulated world, and then test if the digital people in that world have religions that mimic the afterlife we create."
I inquire further and ask how Simon contributed to the project.
“The experiment on religion wouldn't be possible without Simon’s contributions, actually. He developed the complicated process that moves the conscious minds of these digital people when they die to a digital heaven, hell, or purgatory that we made. Simon figured out a tunneling system -- essentially it lets you move them from the ‘alive’ space to the ‘dead’ space without the digital people ever knowing. Even if they have great scientific discoveries in their digital world, as long as dead is dead and alive is alive, they’ll never become aware of the digital afterlife we made. This is fundamental to test if there's any other way that information can permeate between the afterlife and the living in the digital world.”
A final question for Dr. Han; I briefly describe the three boxes that Simon described people falling into -- I ask her if there's an explanation for where Simon could have come up with his experience.
She says, “Simon actually made a system just like that. He created the three dividing spaces of heaven, hell, and no judgment -- a nicer version of purgatory. Originally it was just going to be a good afterlife and a bad afterlife in our design, but he didn’t feel comfortable having our ‘god algorithm’ making good/bad determinations on children the same way it does on adults. I told him they’re just fake people in a fake world, but he was adamant we build a third space where children wouldn't be judged.”
I inform Dr. Han of what Simon has said to me in interviews about his near death experience. I show her the transcript, and I relay this message because I think I see a connection between what Simon was working on and his near death experience. Dr. Han sees it too.
“Oh my god,” she says. “I never realized how he combined our legitimate research with his near death experience. He must've have dreamed up the whole thing when he was freezing to death, confusing it with what we’ve worked on in the lab.”
I tell her it’s an explanation that is certainly more plausible than Simon’s story.

Home

After speaking to Dr. Han, I sought another interview with Simon Ström.
I believed that, if I could speak with him again and force him to look at the similarities between the vision he saw in his near death experience and the research he was working on at the time, that he would come to the reasonable conclusion that he imagined his experience.
Unfortunately, I could not have that conversion. Simon Ström has already departed Buffalo for his home in Jakobsberg, Sweden.
He does not agree to a phone interview, and instead emails that since he has returned home, he does not want to test his parents by continuing to speak with me for this story.
“They’re already furious,” he writes. “People here learned about the protests I was staging and it’s been a huge embarrassment for me and my family. For right now, I just want to move on.”
When asked why he returned to Sweden, Mr. Ström writes, "It was my decision, my parents encouraged it, but I decided I needed to go back. I finally was able to discover what’s going on in the Davis lab. In short, it doesn't look like they’re going to stop doing what they’re doing, so I have no reason to stay in the States.”
Through email we continue to converse enough that I am able to point out that Dr. Alice Han and him were working on a project with striking similarities to his vision. Bluntly, I tell him I believe he did not witness a godless sorting system of humans in the void he describes, but rather that he was mixing in details from the project that he was working on at the time.
Through email, he responds: “I know that possibility Myra. I’ve definitely considered that my subconscious slipped in details of the project I was working on with Dr. Han. I thought long and hard that maybe what I saw was just my imagination. I know the details are similar in terms of the three boxes. I also pondered that maybe the bodies I saw floating to the sky was what my mind imagined the transition program looked like -- the one I built to move digital bodies from life to death in Han's simulated world.”
“But I reject all that,” he continues. “I believe my vision is real, even if that means I'm saying we live in a simulated world. I know that that's crazy. I know that's unlikely, but I believe it.”
In our last email correspondence, I ask Mr. Ström to confirm that he believes the vision he saw means we, now, live in a digital world. I also ask if he has proof beyond the account of his vision when he nearly froze.
He writes back, “It's a simulation. I don’t have proof exactly, but I have an argument. For all the men and women that have ever lived on Earth -- that might just be around 100 billion. The simulated worlds Dr. Han and I are working on, each one might hold 10 billion people, and we’ll run that experiment tens of thousands of times. Over time, more conscious human beings will eventually live through a simulated world than will ever have lived in a physical one. Well if I'm just another conscious mind, one of many that have lived and died, by all odds, I’m in a simulation. And as an atheist, that scares me. There might not be a god, but if this world is simulated, who knows what programmers have cooked up for after we die? Who knows by what parameters of good or bad or some other experiment we'll be judged?”
Still in Buffalo, I head back to the Davis building one more time to see Dr. Han. What Simon wrote to me has struck something of a chord. I know we’re not in a simulation built by him and Dr. Han, but the idea that one day humans will wake up in those boxes is frightening.
At Davis engineering, I ask Dr. Han about what Simon wrote about, and asked what she’s working on.
She’s silent after I relay Simon’s fear about the probabilistic odds that he is a conscious mind living in a machine.
“It’s a bit silly, but I suppose it’s true,” she says. “First though, to assume there is any chance we’re in a simulated world, you have to know that one could actually be built. But yes, after you know it's possible to build one, it makes sense that over time more and more people would live through a digital existence than a real one. Simply put, more people will eventually have lived in one of these boxes than will have ever lived on Earth."
She continues, “But these emails… they also confirms something else. His demonstrations and exhibits are definitely a poor attempt at a visceral demonstration against what we’re researching.”
She’s standing next to a centerpiece of the research lab, a prototype of their first digital city.
“Simon is worried we’ll be cruel to the people in this world,” she says, staring at the prototype. “I think he’s worried we’ll put them some in a real hell when they die in their digital world.”
I inquire on whether the prototype works.
She says, “Yes, it works. Right now there are 8 billion people living in this box, simulated minds going about their daily lives.”
I ask what the experiment is and if the prototype world does indeed have a heaven and hell.
Dr. Han responds, “Yes, actually. This one is running the experiment that Simon helped work on. Funny, I’m an atheist myself, but in this little box, I guess they really do have to worry about a god to judge them.”
Driving back from Buffalo, a thought runs through my mind. I know that we do not live in the box in Dr. Han's lab, but I wonder, is it possible we could be living in one like it?
If it's the case that by poor probability you are a conscious mind in a simulation, an afterlife wouldn't be made by an all knowing god to punish or reward. It would be made by programmers and designers with intentions unknown, and I think, perhaps the whims of a programmer is scarier than any religion I know.
Myra Kindle is an independent investigative reporter. She covers tech, law, politics, and other stories that would be impossible to write about in more traditional outlets.
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2019.04.26 00:17 MsBluffy What's Going on in Columbia? April 25 - May 1

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ON STAGE

Phil Luke Experience at The Roof – April 25 at 6 p.m. at The Roof at The Broadway Hotel. Enjoy live music that will make you want to dance and a beautiful view from The Roof! No cover and an evening of fun await you!
A.L.I.C.E – April 25 – 27 at 7:30 p.m. & April 28 at 2 p.m. Theatre meets virtual reality in this adaptation of Lewis Carroll’s “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” and “Through the Looking-Glass.” This production explores Alice’s journey as an allegory of “going down the rabbit hole” of technology, all the while staying true to the original story as a metaphor for growing up and finding one’s true self. Prepare for a unique theatre experience! theatre.missouri.edu

SPECIAL EVENTS

Columbia Grown – April 25 at 6:30 p.m. Vox Magazine is pleased to announce the 2nd annual Columbia Grown, a farm-to-table style dinner, to inspire and encourage mid-Missourians to connect with each other and learn about locally sourced food. The event will take place at Café Berlin. The four-course meal will be prepared by five extremely talented, area chefs who are eager to create unique dishes using locally sourced ingredients for guests. The dinner experience will include live entertainment, speakers and an array of curated alcohol pairings with each course. Tickets are now on sale on the website below; please join us for a night of celebrating local eating and connecting with each other. facebook.com/columbiagrown/
Spring Shop Hop – April 27 from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Don’t miss our annual Spring Shop Hop on Saturday, April 27th in The District! Find fresh new arrivals, sales and special offers while enjoying complimentary refreshments. Parking is FREE in downtown garages all weekend, so come join the fun!
Yappy Hour – April 27 from 3 - 6 p.m. Columbia Parks and Recreation is planning the fourth annual Yappy Hour for dogs and their humans. Join us at Twin Lakes Recreation Area, 2500 Chapel Hill Road. Yappy Hour will feature entertainment for dogs, including an obstacle course, event-only off-leash area, contests and an adoptable dog pageant. Fun for humans will feature the Big Cheeze food truck; photo booth; variety of beer, cider and seltzer; and dog-related businesses on-site to display their products and services.
Columbia Farmers Market – April 27 at 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. at Parkade Plaza. Experience the taste of mid-Missouri at the Columbia Farmers Market! Find us in the northeast corner of Parkade Center from March 9th through April 20th. Fresh vegetables and fruit, meat, farm-fresh eggs, cheeses, honey, cut flowers, plants, artisan items & more. As a producer-only market, everything sold here is offered by farmers and artisans who help sustain our region. SNAP (food stamps) are accepted at all markets. Live music, gardening workshops and children’s activities are featured at every market! Join us in rain or shine! Columbiafarmersmarket.com
Tons of Trucks – May 1 from 4 - 7 p.m. Tons of Trucks will take place in the Target wing parking lot. Everyone in the family will have the opportunity to view, touch, climb, and learn about trucks and other vehicles from all around the community. Emergency vehicles, construction equipment and more will be on display. The vehicle owners and drivers will be available to answer questions and share knowledge about their vehicles.
Jazz Appreciation Month – The “We Always Swing”® Jazz Series is pleased to participate in “Jazz Appreciation Month.” For the whole month of April, take part in the national celebration of “America’s Gift To The World.” Concerts, educational and community events scheduled at various locations in Columbia. Visit wealwaysswing.org for the most up-to-date list of events.

GALLERIES

Work Artwork – November 2018 through April 2019 in the Corridor Gallery, Columbia Research Center. As the State Historical Society of Missouri’s Columbia Research Center prepares to move into a new space in 2019, we pay tribute to the talented staff and volunteers at all of SHSMO’s six locations throughout the state with a final exhibition in the Corridor Gallery. The exhibition WORK ARTWORK consists of art by some of these staff members and volunteers. The variety of imagery and media on display reflects the creative energy and dedication that is otherwise expressed in the day-to-day activities of everyone employed at the State Historical Society.
Varsley’s Cosmic Visions – December 11 through May 12, 2019 at the MU Museum of Art & Archaeology. In 1959, Victor Vasarely issued a portfolio of twelve serigraphs named after prominent stars and constellations in the northern hemisphere, and he dedicated these experiments in Op Art to French astrophysicist Alexandre Dauvillier. Our presentation of this complete portfolio will highlight the symbiosis between creative and scientific thinking, as well as celebrate humanity’s enduring awe and fascination with the celestial.
The Aesthetic of a Monumental Figure Fall 2018 – Spring 2019 at Columbia Research Center - Throughout the history of Western art, painters have signaled the importance of human figures by representing them on a large scale. Such figures may be contemporary, historical, allegorical, or religious. Traditionally a “monumental figure” is half-life-size or larger. This exhibition includes seven pictures with such figures. The selection includes commissioned portraits, anonymous nudes, imaginary figures, and images of everyday people. Audiences may see personal, political, psychological, and social meanings in these images, and these messages are amplified by each picture monumentality. Women of Distinction Exhibit – February 5 through June 2 at the Museum of Art and Archaeology. This exhibition highlights portraits of nine women from young to mature, humble to affluent, famous to nameless. All are linked by the emphasis on the subject’s remarkable character, imparting the beauty reflected in their strength, wisdom, and life experience.
Objectified: The Female Form and the Male Gaze– February 15 through June 2 at the Museum of Art and Archaeology. This exhibition will ask critical questions about portrayals of the female nude, a prevalent subject throughout European and American art. Do justifications of representing the nude as natural, beautiful, and traditional hold up to critical awareness of the subjugation of women and objectification of their bodies throughout history? How do we reconcile the heroic personae of artists with their mistreatment and abuse of women in their lives, whether models, muses, lovers, or wives?

SPORTS

Missouri Men’s Baseball vs. South Carolina on April 26 @ 6:30 p.m.
Missouri Men’s Baseball vs. South Carolina on April 27 @ 6:30 p.m.
Missouri Men’s Baseball vs. South Carolina on April 28 @ 2 p.m.
Missouri Men’s Baseball vs. Southeast Missouri State on April 30 @ 6 p.m.
Missouri Women’s Softball vs. UMKC on May 1 @ 6 p.m.

MUSIC

THURSDAY
Pep Talks: An Album Listening and Storytelling Experience at The Blue Note @ 7p.m.
Ramblers’ Clubs at Rose Music Hall @ 7:30 p.m.
FRIDAY
Friday Happy Hour feat. Flyover Country @ 5 p.m. at Rose Music Hall
Valerie June at The Blue Note @ 7:30 p.m.
Mid-MO Compilation Release Show at Rose Music Hall @ 8 p.m.
SATURDAY
The Hoppening feat. Loose Loose at Rose Music Hall @ 5 p.m.
Brothers Osborne: A Summerfest Concert Event at 9th Street @ 6 p.m.
SUNDAY
A Benefit for the Creative Kids Scholarship Fund at Rose Park at 11 a.m.
CoMo Comedy Club: Fortune Feimster at The Blue Note @ 6 p.m.
English Brown at Rose Music Hall @ 7 p.m.
TUESDAY
Shovels & Rope and Frank Turner: A Summerfest Concert Event at Rose Park @ 6 p.m.
WEDNESDAY
Marc Rebillet at The Blue Note @ 7:30 p.m.
The Ghost Wolves at Rose Music Hall @ 7:30 p.m.

MOVIE GUIDE

AFTER - Based on Anna Todd's best-selling novel which became a publishing sensation on social storytelling platform Wattpad, AFTER follows Tessa (Langford), a dedicated student, dutiful daughter and loyal girlfriend to her high school sweetheart, as she enters her first semester in college. Armed with grand ambitions for her future, her guarded world opens up when she meets the dark and mysterious Hardin Scott (Tiffin), a magnetic, brooding rebel who makes her question all she thought she knew about herself and what she wants out of life.
AVENGERS ENDGAME - Adrift in space with no food or water, Tony Stark sends a message to Pepper Potts as his oxygen supply starts to dwindle. Meanwhile, the remaining Avengers -- Thor, Black Widow, Captain America and Bruce Banner -- must figure out a way to bring back their vanquished allies for an epic showdown with Thanos -- the evil demigod who decimated the planet and the universe.
BREAKTHROUGH - BREAKTHROUGH is based on the inspirational true story of one mother's unfaltering love in the face of impossible odds. When Joyce Smith's adopted son John falls through an icy Missouri lake, all hope seems lost. But as John lies lifeless, Joyce refuses to give up. Her steadfast belief inspires those around her to continue to pray for John's recovery, even in the face of every case history and scientific prediction. From producer DeVon Franklin (Miracles from Heaven) and adapted for the screen by Grant Nieporte (Seven Pounds) from Joyce Smith's own book, BREAKTHROUGH is an enthralling reminder that faith and love can create a mountain of hope, and sometimes even a miracle.
CAPTAIN MARVEL - An Air Force pilot develops superhuman powers.
DUMBO - Struggling circus owner Max Medici enlists a former star and his two children to care for Dumbo, a baby elephant born with oversized ears. When the family discovers that the animal can fly, it soon becomes the main attraction -- bringing in huge audiences and revitalizing the run-down circus. The elephant's magical ability also draws the attention of V.A. Vandevere, an entrepreneur who wants to showcase Dumbo in his latest, largerthan-life entertainment venture.
HELLBOY - Based on the graphic novels by Mike Mignola, Hellboy, caught between the worlds of the supernatural and human, battles an ancient sorceress bent on revenge.
HOTEL MUMBAI - A gripping true story of humanity and heroism, HOTEL MUMBAI vividly recounts the 2008 siege of the famed Taj Hotel by a group of terrorists in Mumbai, India. Among the dedicated hotel staff is the renowned chef Hemant Oberoi (Anupam Kher) and a waiter (Academy Award-Nominee Dev Patel, Slumdog Millionaire) who choose to risk their lives to protect their guests. As the world watches on, a desperate couple (Armie Hammer, Call Me By Your Name and Nazanin Boniadi, “Homeland") is forced to make unthinkable sacrifices to protect their newborn child.
LITTLE - Jordan is a take-no-prisoners tech mogul who torments her long-suffering assistant, April, and the rest of her employees on a daily basis. She soon faces an unexpected threat to her personal life and career when she magically transforms into a 13-year-old version of herself right before a do-or-die presentation. Jordan will now need to rely on April more than ever -- if April is willing to stop treating Jordan like a 13-year-old child who has an attitude problem.
MISSING LINK - Tired of living a solitary life in the Pacific Northwest, Mr. Link -- 8 feet tall and covered in fur -- recruits fearless explorer Sir Lionel Frost to guide him on a journey to find his long-lost relatives in the fabled valley of Shangri-La. Along with adventurer Adelina Fortnight, the trio encounters their fair share of peril as they travel to the far reaches of the world. Through it all, they learn that sometimes one can find a family in the places one least expects.
PENGUINS - An Adélie penguin named Steve joins millions of fellow males in the icy Antarctic spring on a quest to build a suitable nest, find a life partner and start a family. None of it comes easily for him, especially considering he's targeted by everything from killer whales to leopard seals, who unapologetically threaten his happily ever after.
PET SEMATARY - Dr. Louis Creed and his wife, Rachel, relocate from Boston to rural Maine with their two young children. The couple soon discovers a mysterious burial ground hidden deep in the woods near their new home. When tragedy strikes, Louis turns to his neighbor Jud Crandall, setting off a perilous chain reaction that unleashes an unspeakable evil with horrific consequences.
SHAZAM! - We all have a superhero inside us, it just takes a bit of magic to bring it out. In Billy Batson's case, by shouting out one word - SHAZAM! - this streetwise 14-year-old foster kid can turn into the adult superhero Shazam.
THE BEACH BUM - Harmony Korine’s first feature since 2012’s SPRING BREAKERS, THE BEACH BUM is an original and irreverent stoner comedy that follows the hilarious misadventures of Moondog (McConaughey), a rebellious and lovable rogue who lives life large — in a story that only Harmony Korine would be able to tell.
THE BEST OF ENEMIES - Based on a true story, THE BEST OF ENEMIES centers on the unlikely relationship between Ann Atwater (Henson), an outspoken civil rights activist, and C.P. Ellis (Rockwell), a local Ku Klux Klan leader who reluctantly co-chaired a community summit, battling over the desegregation of schools in Durham, North Carolina during the racially-charged summer of 1971. The incredible events that unfolded would change Durham and the lives of Atwater and Ellis forever.
THE CURSE OF LA LLORONA - In 1970s Los Angeles, the legendary ghost La Llorona is stalking the night -- and the children. Ignoring the eerie warning of a troubled mother, a social worker and her own kids are drawn into a frightening supernatural realm. Their only hope of surviving La Llorona's deadly wrath is a disillusioned priest who practices mysticism to keep evil at bay
UNPLANNED - As one of the youngest Planned Parenthood clinic directors in the nation, Abby Johnson was involved in upwards of 22,000 abortions and counseled countless women on their reproductive choices. Her passion surrounding a woman's right to choose led her to become a spokesperson for Planned Parenthood, fighting to enact legislation for the cause she so deeply believed in. Until the day she saw something that changed everything.
US - Accompanied by her husband, son and daughter, Adelaide Wilson returns to the beachfront home where she grew up as a child. Haunted by a traumatic experience from the past, Adelaide grows increasingly concerned that something bad is going to happen. Her worst fears soon become a reality when four masked strangers descend upon the house, forcing the Wilsons into a fight for survival. When the masks come off, the family is horrified to learn that each attacker takes the appearance of one of them.
WONDER PARK - Wonder Park tells the story of a magnificent amusement park where the imagination of a wildly creative girl named June comes alive.
CHECK EACH THEATER FOR SHOWTIMES
REGAL STADIUM 14 THEATER – 2800 Goodwin Pointe Drive 844-462-7342
GOODRICH FORUM 8 – 1209 Forum Katy Parkway 573-445-7469
RAGTAG CINEMA – 10 Hitt Street 573-443-4359
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