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New Releases for September 2020

2020.09.08 21:15 Reddit_Books New Releases for September 2020

New Releases for September 2020

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Title Author ReleaseDate
Autobiography
Mill Town Kerri Arsenault September 1, 2020
Carry Toni Jensen September 8, 2020
Everything Beautiful in Its Time Jenna Bush Hager September 8, 2020
JFK Fredrik Logevall September 8, 2020
All the Way Joe Namath September 8, 2020
Crime
Dancing with the Octopus Debora Harding September 22, 2020
Fantasy
Master of Poisons Andrea Hairston September 8, 2020
The Bone Shard Daughter Andrea Stewart September 8, 2020
The Trouble With Peace Joe Abercrombie September 15, 2020
Piranesi Susanna Clarke September 17, 2020
A Deadly Education Naomi Novik September 29, 2020
Battle Ground Jim Butcher September 29, 2020
Bestiary K-Ming Chang September 29, 2020
Burning Roses S.L. Huang September 29, 2020
The Constant Rabbit Jasper Fforde September 29, 2020
The Midnight Library Matt Haig September 29, 2020
Fiction
Ruthie Fear Maxim Loskutoff September 1, 2020
The Appointment Katharina Volckmer September 1, 2020
Transcendent Kingdom Yaa Gyasi September 1, 2020
What Are You Going Through Sigrid Nunez September 8, 2020
Savage Kiss Roberto Saviano September 8, 2020
The Brilliant Life of Eudora Honeysett Annie Lyons September 8, 2020
Make Them Cry Smith Henderson September 22, 2020
Daughters of the Wild Natalka Burian September 22, 2020
Historical Fiction
The Paris Children Gloria Goldreich September 1, 2020
A Girl Is a Body of Water Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi September 1, 2020
Fifty Words for Rain Asha Lemmie September 1, 2020
Payback Mary Gordon September 1, 2020
The Bass Rock Evie Wyld September 1, 2020
The Unraveling of Cassidy Holmes Elissa R. Sloan September 1, 2020
Dear Ann Bobbie Ann Mason September 8, 2020
The Evening and the Morning Ken Follett September 15, 2020
The Forgotten Kingdom Signe Pike September 15, 2020
The Glass House Beatrice Colin September 15, 2020
Here We Are Graham Swift September 22, 2020
Eli's Promise Ronald H. Balson September 22, 2020
Jack Marilynne Robinson September 29, 2020
Hitler Volker Ullrich September 1, 2020
Agent Sonya Ben Macintyre September 15, 2020
If Then Jill Lepore September 15, 2020
Killing Crazy Horse Bill O'Reilly September 15, 2020
Sex with Presidents Eleanor Herman September 22, 2020
The Virginia Dynasty Lynne Cheney September 29, 2020
The Daughters of Yalta Catherine Grace Katz September 29, 2020
Horror
The Residence Andrew Pyper September 1, 2020
Literature
His Only Wife Peace Adzo Medie September 1, 2020
Red Pill Hari Kunzru September 1, 2020
The Lying Life of Adults Elena Ferrante September 1, 2020
Monogamy Sue Miller September 8, 2020
Homeland Elegies Ayad Akhtar September 15, 2020
Mystery
Don't Ever Forget Matthew Farrell September 1, 2020
All the Devils Are Here Louise Penny September 1, 2020
The Book of Hidden Wonders Polly Crosby September 1, 2020
The Last Story of Mina Lee Nancy Jooyoun Kim September 1, 2020
Anxious People Fredrik Backman September 1, 2020
A Question of Betrayal Anne Perry September 8, 2020
Before She Was Helen Caroline B. Cooney September 8, 2020
Hanging Falls Margaret Mizushima September 8, 2020
Nightshade M.L. Huie September 8, 2020
One by One Ruth Ware September 8, 2020
Shadows in Death J.D. Robb September 8, 2020
The Forger's Daughter Bradford Morrow September 8, 2020
Death in Focus Anne Perry September 8, 2020
The Killings at Kingfisher Hill Sophie Hannah September 15, 2020
Troubled Blood Robert Galbraith September 15, 2020
Next to Last Stand Craig Johnson September 22, 2020
The Thursday Murder Club Richard Osman September 22, 2020
And Now She's Gone Rachel Howzell Hall September 22, 2020
Mortmain Hall Martin Edwards September 22, 2020
Christmas Cupcake Murder Joanne Fluke September 29, 2020
The Book of Lamps and Banners Elizabeth Hand September 29, 2020
The End of the Day Bill Clegg September 29, 2020
The Talented Miss Farwell Emily Gray Tedrowe September 29, 2020
Nonfiction
Overtime John U. Bacon September 1, 2020
The Dynasty Jeff Benedict September 1, 2020
The Writer's Library Nancy Pearl September 8, 2020
How I Built This Guy Raz September 15, 2020
Chasing the Bear Lars Anderson September 15, 2020
Gods at Play Tom Callahan September 22, 2020
True Believer Abraham Riesman September 29, 2020
Poetry
Whale Day Billy Collins September 29, 2020
Romance
The Nobodies Liza Palmer September 8, 2020
Chance of a Lifetime Jude Deveraux September 15, 2020
The Book of Two Ways Jodi Picoult September 22, 2020
Just Like You Nick Hornby September 29, 2020
Happily This Christmas Susan Mallery September 29, 2020
One Charmed Christmas Sheila Roberts September 29, 2020
The Return Nicholas Sparks September 29, 2020
Burn You Twice Mary Burton September 29, 2020
Science Fiction
Set My Heart to Five Simon Stephenson September 1, 2020
To Sleep in a Sea of Stars Christopher Paolini September 15, 2020
Hench Natalie Zina Walschots September 22, 2020
Short Stories
Daddy Emma Cline September 1, 2020
Having and Being Had Eula Biss September 1, 2020
The Awkward Black Man Walter Mosley September 15, 2020
Unrestricted Access James Rollins September 29, 2020
Thriller
Girl Gone Mad Avery Bishop September 1, 2020
One Step Behind Lauren North September 1, 2020
Chaos Iris Johansen September 1, 2020
Interference Brad Parks September 1, 2020
Three Single Wives Gina LaManna September 1, 2020
When No One Is Watching Alyssa Cole September 1, 2020
The Sleeping Nymph Ilaria Tuti September 8, 2020
Don't Look for Me Wendy Walker September 15, 2020
These Violent Delights Micah Nemerever September 15, 2020
Total Power Vince Flynn September 15, 2020
The Coast-to-Coast Murders James Patterson September 21, 2020
The Last Agent Robert Dugoni September 22, 2020
To Tell You the Truth Gilly Macmillan September 22, 2020
Unknown
Red at the Bone Jacqueline Woodson September 1, 2020
The Other Side of Success Martin Sawa September 1, 2020
Robert B. Parker's the Bitterest Pill Reed Farrel Coleman September 8, 2020
Robert B. Parker's Fool's Paradise Mike Lupica September 8, 2020
The Bones Remember Sara E. Johnson September 8, 2020
The Missing Years Lexie Elliot September 8, 2020
Wild Thing Philip Norman September 15, 2020
Three-Ring Circus Jeff Pearlman September 22, 2020
Adrianne Geffel David Hajdu September 22, 2020
Mr. Nobody Catherine Steadman September 29, 2020
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2020.09.02 20:34 leftyghost Texas School Outbreak Megathread Continued (Public Districts L-Z and Private Schools)

La Porte ISD at College Park Elementary + La Porte Junior High faculty
Lake Dallas ISD student
Lake Travis ISD 6 cases
Lake Worth ISD at Miller Elementary employee
Lamar CISD 65+ staff at Foster High school + Frost Elementary + A couple more students at George Ranch High School + 3 at Meyer Elementary Aug 31
Latexo ISD at Latexo Elementary and High School
Lazbuddie ISD football player
Leander ISD 34 employees also Winkley Elementary teacher dies of covid-19, possible - not completely confirmed also Leander ISD child nutrition services faculty member dies of covid-19 Aug 19th Cases at Rouse High School Sept 14
Liberty Hill ISD staff at Rancho Sienna Elementary
Lindale ISD "several confirmed cases" at Velma Penny Elementary so the school is shutting down for 2 weeks starting Aug 26
Lipan ISD "multiple staff and students"
Lockney ISD staff
Longview ISD students at Foster Middle School + Ned Williams Elementary + 15 Students in August
Lubbock ISD staff and student over the summer + new cases after reopening Aug 17 + at Honey Elementary - not shutting down despite exposure + Guadalupe Middle + Cases at 5 campuses Aug 21 - Estacado High School, Coronado High School, Smith Elementary School, Wester Elementary School and Roscoe Wilson Elementary School
Lufkin ISD 2 confirmed, 384 quarantined Sept 17 Gold Star for having a Dashboard
Magnolia ISD at Magnolia High School, + now with Gold Star Dashboard with 24 cumulative since Aug 12
Mansfield ISD 15 staff and students
Mason High School coach tests positive + A student at Mason Elementary Aug 25
Manor ISD staff at Manor High School
Marshall ISD student at Marshall Early Childhood Center, 14 students now quarantined also a Student at Marshall High School Aug19 and District transportation Staff Aug17
McLeod ISD students at elementary campus since school started back up Aug 14
Mesquite ISD at Poteet school official
McMullen County ISD 2 students
Midland ISD 38+ staff at Jane Long Elementary + Alamo Junior High + Lee Freshman + San Jacinto Junior High + Midland High + Central Office + Bunche Elementary + Coleman High + Rusk Elementary + Pease Elementary + Emerson Elementary + Lamar Elementary + Greathouse Elementary + Lee Senior High + Scharbauer Elementary + School Plant + De Zavala Elementary + Bowie Elementary
Midway ISD Woodway Elementary Principal quarantined after staff test positive Aug 21 also earlier this spring Principal at River Valley Elementary and Students over the summer also 2 Midway High School Students Aug 28 triggering quarantine for "several dozen high school students" - Midway ISD now has a Dashboard showing 8 active
Mineola ISD Mineola High School staff member + Junior High Staff Member + entire volleyball team quarantined + Student and Teacher Aug 26 at Mineola Elementary
Montgomery ISD Principal survives 51 days in hospital
Mount Vernon ISD 2 High School Students Aug 24
Nacogdoches ISD band student at Nacogdoches High School
Navarro ISD 23+ staff and students
Needville ISD one student at Needville Junior High one at Needville High School
New Deal ISD staff
Northside ISD Leon Valley Elementary employee dies of Covid-19 also 2 staff at John Jay High also 11 active Sept 2 and 112 cumulative since May and New cases Sept 10 at Oliver Wendell Holmes High School + Cases at Rita Kay Driggers Elementary Sept 14 + Cases at William Howard Taft High School Sept 16 + Cases at O'Conner High School Sept 16
North East ISD staff at Las Lomas Elementary + Longs Creek Elementary + custodians at Roan Forest Elementary + staff at Harris Middle School and Wood Middle School
North Lamar ISD staff
Ore City ISD student - two second grade classes now quarantined
Overton ISD employee
Richardson ISD 7 student athletes after 2 weeks of workouts Aug 23
River Road ISD student at River Road High School Sept 1 + 11 cases confirmed by Sept 16
Palestine ISD 2 student athletes at Palestine High School
Paris ISD staff at Paris High School
Pflugerville ISD employee
Pine Tree ISD staff at Pine Tree Middle School + additional Staff and student at Pine Tree Junior High Aug 24
Plano ISD staff Clark High School + student outbreak during summer school at Davis Elementary + a Student at Jasper High School Aug 23
Pleasant Grove staff
Pleasanton ISD student athlete
Port Neches-Groves ISD Teachers
Prosper ISD at 3 cases Hughes Elementary and Hays Middle School and School district administration
Queen City ISD outbreak among staff and students, school closing for a week Sept 16
Ranger ISD 3 Teachers
Red Oak ISD students at Red Oak High School and Red Oak Middle School
Redwater ISD student at Redwater High
Richardson ISD 7 students at Lake Highlands High School Aug 23 after 2 weeks of athletic workouts
Rockwall ISD students + Rockwall High school resource officer dies of covid-19
Rochelle ISD students
Round Rock ISD 24 employees
Saltillo ISD employee
San Angelo ISD staff at San Jacinto Elementary
San Antonio ISD Special Education Teacher at Ogden Academy his died of Covid-19 also San Antonio ISD Will Rogers Academy teacher dies of Covid-19
San Diego ISD staff
Sherman ISD 3 active staff 6 active cases students Sept 2Gold Star Dashboard
Skidmore-Tynan ISD students
Snyder High School students
Spring Hill ISD Staff
Spur ISD Multiple teachers and students aug 23 - going completely online for 2 weeks
Sulphur Springs ISD 5 staff also at Barbara Bush Primary
Sweetwater High School student
Taft ISD Football player
Terrell ISD student and Gilbert Willie Elementary staff
Texarkana ISD
Timpson ISD and 7 more positive cases Sept 9
Thrall ISD at Thrall Middle School
Trinity ISD Coach and Student
Troupe ISD students at Troupe High School
Tyler ISD at Legacy High School on campus when it opened August 19th + now at Rice Elementary on Aug 21 + Case at Rise Academy Sept 9 + Case at Tyler High School Sept 10 + 2 new cases Sept 8 and Sept 16 at Legacy High + 2 Cases at Moore MST Magnet School Sept 9 and Sept 16 + Case at Hubbard Middle School Sept 14 + Case Sept 16 at Birdwell Dual Language Elementary + Case Sept 10 at Bonner Elementary + Case Sept 13 at Griffin Elementary + Case Sept 17 at Orr Elementary + Case Sept 14 at Peete Elementary + Case Sept 8 at Ramey Elementary + 2 Cases Sept 10 and 11th at Rice Elementary good notadashboard New Covid Tracking page
United ISD cases at Zaffirini Elementary School Sept 15, class quarantined
Uvalde ISD at Uvalde High School 1 student athlete last week, but players did not quarantine so now more of them testing positive
Verbiest ISD 4 staff and students
Wolfe City ISD 3 staff
Waco ISD Middle School Principal dies this spring of covid-19
Willis ISD 2 cases at Meador Elementary Aug 25th
Windthorst ISD student since starting back on Aug 17th
Winnsboro ISD 2 students Aug 24 at Winnsboro Elementary School and Memorial Intermediate School
Wichita Falls ISD staff at Scotland Park Elementary and Cunningham Elementary Sept 3 + Staff at McNiel Middle School Sept 8 + Ryder High student Sept 4
White Oak ISD High School Closing until Sept 9 due to multiple cases
Whitney ISD student on Aug 21
Wylie ISD staff at Draper Intermediate + Davis Intermediate + Burnett Junior High + new cases Aug 19 at Birmingham Elementary + Cox Elementary School + New cases at Wylie East Junior High Sept 14
Zavalla ISD positive case on campus Aug 24
Private Schools with confirmed cases
Ascension Academy students Aug 24
Donna Shepard Leadership Academy staff
East Texas Montessori Prep Academy student
Incarnate Word High School teacher dies of Covid-19
SFA Charter School student
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2020.08.03 00:48 Taxi_Dancer MUFFINS part 2/ conclusion)

“Thank God for the California governor,” thought Wilroy Jackson as he stretched out on a chair in the back room of the largest sports clothing store on the ground floor plaza. He put his feet up on the desk, taking a drag on a joint. “Yeah, thank you governor and thank you Coronavirus.”
Two months ago, he had been caught lifting merchandise out of a high end department store in a part of the city where protestors were setting businesses on fire and he hit some mother and her child with his car when he tried to escape. It wasn’t his fault, though. If the cops hadn’t been chasing him, he would have been more careful.
Fortunately, bleeding heart Hollywood social justice warrior types had raised enough in criminal defense funds that Jackson was able to hire Lewis Phagas. Phagas was able to get the looting charges against Jackson dropped and all of the more serious homicide charges were reduced to involuntary manslaughter. Yeah, Jackson still had to do a little time, but that was better than doing life. But even that sentence was commuted when the governor of the great state of California released thousands of non-violent offenders back out into the streets for fear of spreading Covid-19. Jackson was loving life. Thank God for social justice warriors.
Jackson’s girlfriend was an assistant manager of this fine purveyor of high class athletic clothing and shoes and she had secreted him into the manager’s office shortly before closing time and had given him her access card. All he’d have to do is to chill out until about nine o’clock when the building was empty, then take the stairs to the first floor where the store’s stock room was the first one on the left. He’d have to be quick to get in. Janice should have left a cart for him there and all he’d have to do is load up the merch and get out of there. The only danger was that the security room was on the other end of the same floor. But, if the guard was actually awake and paying attention, Jackson would be out the back long before some dumb ass, low end, rent-a-cop could stop him.
Chaz was a bleach blonde young man working at the third floor debt collection company. He was relatively new, having only been hired six months ago, but he had already won two monthly cash awards for collecting the most money for two of the six months he’d worked for the Domestic Economic Management Solutions company, or DEMS for short. On his second month with the company, he recovered over $42,000 on dollars and on his fifth month, he had recovered nearly $53,000. Chaz decided to work a little late tonight, as the end of the month was only a week away and he was in the running to win the monthly cash award again from the DEMS. The only way to get ahead in the DEMS employ was to successfully redistribute that wealth, and Chaz was quickly proving that he represented the best that the DEMS had to offer. He was alone in the cubicle city which, during normal business hours, employed hundreds of debt collectors. Rosa and Rita, the young twin Latina cleaning crew girls, came into the large office lugging behind them vacuums and a cleaning cart. Chaz gave them a friendly wave and a big smile.
“Working late again tonight, Senior Chaz?” said Rosa or Rita, Chaz could never tell them apart.
“Of course, ladies,” he said. “Gotta’ make that money!”
He turned his attention back to the computer inside his cubicle, speaking into his headset. “Look, Mr. Wallace. You already told me that your business was set on fire during the peaceful protests and the bank is going to foreclose on your home, but that has nothing to do with me. Your first priority is to pay off your debts. How hard is that to understand?”
While MS-13 was one of the largest, if not the largest Hispanic drug cartels operating in Los Angeles, they were far from the only one. There were others, like the Los Zetas. Carlo hid just inside the stairwell on the second floor, waiting for Manuel to finish cleaning the offices in the law firm. It took Carlo a few weeks to figure it out, but somehow old, innocent, hard working Manuel was employed as a mule for MS-13, dropping off kilos of coke usually at the piers or dockside. Carlo didn’t know where old Manuel was getting his stuff, but he knew that if he could intercept Manuel and take his stuff before he made another drop, Carlo would make a name for himself with the Los Zetas. Carlo peeked around the corner of the stair well, watching Manuel pass the glass door towards the elevator. He’d give Manuel a few minutes to get to the parking garage, then Carlo would follow.
After a few minutes, Carlo opened the door and stepped into the hallway, looking towards the elevators to his right. Suddenly, a loud crash caused him to jerk his head to the left. A tall, pale, elderly white man wearing a tan suit was thrown through the glass doors of the law firm. His body flew across the hallway and slammed against the reinforced windows which overlooked the plaza. The body slumped down on the ground, but to Carlo’s horror the elderly man got to his knees, clutching a hole in his abdomen where his guts used to be. The man reached forwards toward Carlo with bloody hands and pleading eyes before slumping down, unmoving in a puddle of his own gore.
Carlo bit down on his fist, too shocked to move, when something emerged from the law offices. It regarded the dead Phagas lying on the hallway floor then suddenly looked up, noticing Carlo. Carlo gasped, and then turned, running towards the elevator doors. Hearing the thuds of heavy steps looming closely behind him, Carlo ignored the elevators and instead ran down the hallway, taking a quick right and running past the gynecologist office to a set of double doors on the left. Quickly scanning his access card, he threw open the glass doors and ran inside. Praying that running up the stairs instead of down would slow down his massive pursuer, he took the steps two at a time headed to the third floor. His heart sank when he heard the glass shatter behind him and the thudding of footsteps following him upwards.
Rounding a corner which gave him a split second to look down, Carlo screamed. Although the narrow stairwell was only just wide enough for the monstrosity to navigate, it was actually gaining on Carlo as it bounded up the stairs. Carlo scrambled up to the third floor landing, access card in hand and threw open the door. But before he could step through, a crushing weight came down on Carlo, splintering his spine and upper back and pulverizing his heart and lungs. Blood shot out of his mouth and eyes. Carlo’s body kept quivering, long after he had died.
“Rosa! Rita! Whichever one of you is making all that noise, would you please stop? I’m trying to have a convo here!”
The monstrosity turned to the direction of the noise. Sniffing the air, it stalked down a wide hallway towards an open gallery of hundreds of cubicles, completely forgetting the broken form of Carlo. Chaz was seated in one of the cubicles along a long wall made entirely of glass which faced the hallway. His back was to the entrance to the gallery from the hallway and he was talking loudly into his head set and animatedly waving his arms.
“Look, Miss Thomas,” he said sternly. “Again, I heard you that you lost your job due to the pandemic!” Chaz had given up on Mr. Wallace, the deadbeat who blamed his lack of good business skills on the peaceful protestors. Chaz thought it might have been better if Mr. Wallace had burned down along with his business.
“Yes, Miss Thomas,” continued Chaz. “I realize that you are living out of your car, but you have to put your priorities in perspective. If you don’t pay off this debt that you owe, the DEMS will have no choice but to pursue litigation. Look, Miss Thomas, here is my suggestion. You can sell your car, and use the money to quickly pay off your debt! Then with the money that you have left over, you can get your kids something nice to eat at a McDonald’s!”
Chaz was so close to taking the daily lead. Collecting debts was a highly competitive dog-eat-dog game and Chaz played to win. He just needed this bitch to bite. He’d intended this to be his last call of the night and his blood was up for this kill, so much so that Chaz didn’t notice the horrid thing creeping up slowly behind him. “Miss Thomas, I’m trying to put food in your children’s belly but all you’re saying is that you want to force the DEMS into suing you! Is that correct, Miss Thomas? Am I hearing that you want your kids to starve because your priorities are all jacked up?”
Miss Shaquina Thomas, mother of three children aged 2, 3, and 6, where living in their 2002 Mazda Hatchback on a ghetto corner of Kansas City, Missouri. She had been laid off from her job at the IHOP when the pandemic hit and was reduced to working odd jobs here and there. It barely fed the children and put gas in the car, but it was the best she could do for now. Then this person called from the debt collection agency. She tried to explain that she was doing the very best that she could, but the man just wouldn’t listen and she began to cry over the phone. Miss Shaquina Thomas suddenly heard what sounded like a shriek followed by a large crunching noise over the phone before the battery went dead.
Rosa and Rita had just about completed mopping half of the hardwood floors out in the hallway and were returning to the maintenance closet to dump the dirty water and refill their rolling mop buckets with fresh water and pine cleaner. As they passed the gallery of cubicles, they were met with a sight of blood and gore as something which should not exist was feasting on the annoying young white man who always made snide comments to them behind their backs. Either Rosa or Rita screamed, Chaz would never have known which, and the horror looked up. In two bounds it crashed into the glass wall which divided the gallery from the hallway, but the reinforced glass held. Rosa and Rita abandoned their mop buckets and raced down the hallway as the monstrosity launched itself at the cracked glass again.
Turning right at the end of the hallway, Rosa and Rita screamed as they saw the smashed shell of what was left of their co-worker Carlo blocking the stairway going down. They screamed again as they heard the glass partition behind them shatter, followed by thudding feet following close behind. Running halfway down the hallway, Rita stopped at the elevators, frantically pressing the down button. The monstrosity turned the corner just as the elevator doors opened.
Rita pushed Rosa inside the elevator then jumped in herself just as the black monstrosity leapt. Rita was screaming, frantically pushing the ‘door close’ button, but the doors were slow to respond as the thing crouched outside and made to burst into the cramped elevator space. Suddenly, Rosa and Rita each pulled out a small .380 handgun from holsters which were strapped around their ankles underneath their grey work pants and began firing at the horror just outside the doors. As the doors finally started to close, and the elevator began to descend, the twin Mexican cleaning girls yelled at their tormentor, “Los Zetas, bitches!”
Though confused at what had just occurred, as it was not used to prey escaping, the monstrosity sniffed the air around the elevator doors then turned to the stairwell. Once again stomping on poor Carlo’s body as it passed, the unearthly hunter bounded down the steps, eager to catch up to its prey.
Wilroy Jackson checked his watch and, seeing that it was past 9 o’clock, knew that it was time to get the show on the road. Using the pass card that his girlfriend gave him, he opened the door to the back room which led to the private stairs up to the first floor. Once there, he peaked out the window of the door to make sure that the coast was clear. Then he looked up to the ceiling and spotted the surveillance camera. Jackson had dressed all in white. White sweats. White hoodie. White sneakers. White gloves. When he saw that the coast was clear, he put on a white mask and pulled the hoodie over his head. This wasn’t Jackson’s first rodeo, and he knew that it was difficult to identify suspects who dressed head to foot in white, especially with the low resolution camera’s which most security companies used.
In less than three seconds, Jackson was out the stairwell door, turned right, swiped the access card and was inside the treasure room that was storage room of the sporting goods store. As promised, Jessica had left a push cart for him just inside the door which he immediately began to stack with boxes of Air Jordans, Nike Air and Adidas sneakers, each pair of sneakers costing several thousand dollars each. In less than a minute, Jackson had about twenty pairs of sneakers stuffed into the sturdy plastic cart and soon he burst out of the storage room.
Pushing the cart in front of him, Jackson turned left and raced down the hallway. If the security guard was on his game, Jackson figured that he had a one minute head start on the rent-a-cop. At the end of the corridor, he pushed the cart to the right and continued down the adjoining corner running past the maintenance closet, the water meter regulator closet, an electrical room, and another store stock room. He just had to get past the break room and the stairs on the right and reach the service door at the end of the corridor on the left which led to the parking garage.
Once outside, all he’d have to do is take an immediate right and squeeze himself and the cart between a retaining wall and a concrete pillar and push out from behind the bushes surrounding the first level garage area which then led to the side walk with Flower Street on his right. Just up the street, Jessica had parked the van which they had stolen to make their escape south to get on the Christopher Columbus Transcontinental Highway and freedom. Jackson had just passed the break room. The door to the parking garage was just twenty feet to his left when the stairwell doors to his right exploded outwards. Jackson was thrown against the wall opposite along with about $100,000 dollars worth of high end sneakers. He slumped to the ground and, before he could recover from the shock, felt an incredible pain below his waist, accompanied by a loud crunching sound. Confused, Jackson turned over and pulled himself as far along the ground as his arms could take him, wondering why his legs weren’t working. He died not realizing the entire lower half of his body was missing.
The thing bowed its head, nudging the corpse and sniffing. Suddenly, lifting its head, it froze. It took a deep breath then jerked around and raced down in the direction that Jackson had come from. The horror turned the corner and stopped as it began to stalk the corridor past the break room to its left. Near the end of the corridor, the thing saw a door that was propped open by a sliding chair.
“What?” Bradford awoke with a start, momentarily confused as his world was covered by a suffocating filter of haze grey. He reached up and pulled Schmidt’s newspaper away from his face as he stood up abruptly. He looked at the clock on the wall, showing that it was past 9 o’clock. He’d been asleep for over an hour. He cursed, trying to calm himself down. What could have happened in an hour? Bradford sat back down to view the monitors and was horrified at what he saw.
Monitor 19 showed a man’s ripped corpse bloodying the entrance to the second floor parking garage. Monitor 26 showed the disemboweled body of a thin, older man wearing a tan suit sprawled out on the main hallway of the second floor. Monitor 41 showed someone that looked like one of the cleaning crew guys that Bradford saw earlier, crushed and mangled in the stairwell on the third floor, while what looked to be the remains of one of the office workers was lying in the debt collections gallery on Monitor 42.
Bradford stared unbelieving, throat dry, and eyes wide as he continued to scan the monitors. He knew that he had to call for help, but what would he say? His fingers were too frozen to move, anyway. He scanned the first floor monitors, the floor he was on, and saw two young women dressed in cleaning crew uniforms, running out of the parking garage, both pointing handguns behind then as they ran. Panning to monitor 42, Bradford gulped dryly as he saw the gory half eaten body of a young man lying in the hallway surrounded by piles of bloody sneakers.
Wait, that was just around the corner! Oh my God. That means that…
A hot breath enveloped Bradford from behind, followed by the stench of blood and uncooked flesh. Bradford turned on his chair and came face to face with a terrifying beast of nightmares. The thing stood over him, with a mass like that of a bull, only much larger. It stood on four legs, with its muscular front legs standing seven feet high at the muscular shoulders and ending in massive paws at least a foot and a half across. Its shoulders were as wide as its legs, at least seven feet across and it supported a head that seemed almost too big for the rest of its body. The head resembled that of a bulldog, but four feet wide, with a flat snout and a wide nose, but with an oversized mouth that extended as if on unhinged jaws that revealed dagger-like teeth about three inches long. It had two massive horns which protruded from its temples like a bull and they hung over wide spaced eyes which glowed a fiery deep red.
The body tapered towards the rear and ended at a long, muscular tail. The tail itself ended in a spike which seemed as strong as steel which scraped, sparked and gouged as it waved around the room, randomly smacking into objects and the ground.
Bradford leaned so far back in his seat that it almost fell over. Resting his right arm behind him on the desk to steady himself, Bradford raised his left hand up protectively across his face…
… and smacked the monstrous black beast across its fanged muzzle.
The beast yelped in surprise then turned, fleeing towards the far corner of the room with its tail between its legs. Reaching the corner, the beast turned facing Bradford and flopped down on the floor, plopping its massive horned head down and covering it with both of its massive front legs. Its flaming red eyes peered out from underneath its paws, whimpering pitifully.
“Muffins!” yelled Bradford, standing up and pointing an accusing finger at the hellish beast. “What did you do?” The beast yelped again and covered its eyes as Bradford stormed over to it. The beast kicked its rear legs, trying to back its rear end further into the corner, as if trying to make itself as small and inconspicuous as possible. Still hiding its head under its paws, the beast shivered as it panted and licked its mouth.
Bradford stared down at his poor little friend hunkered in the corner, all shaking and confused. He tried to be angry, but how could he be angry at the little girl? She was just a pup, for goodness sakes, and hellhounds are known to be especially hungry when they are growing pups. Bradford thought back to the cross country journey which eventually led him here to Los Angeles. He had picked up his pale blue, windowless panel van from New Jersey from where he began his drive to his grandparent’s farm in Ohio. It had cost him a pretty penny to ship it from Scotland, and he had managed to get a flat tire somewhere in Pennsylvania in the middle of the night. While he was changing to the spare, Muffins somehow got out of the van and ended up in a restricted US Army training area where the military were conducting some kind of night time land navigation for Cavalry Scout trainees. Fortunately, Bradford was able to attract Muffins back to the van before she ate one of the soldiers, although the local papers did print a short blurb about one of the Army scout trainees being tracked by a Bigfoot. A Bigfoot? Really? Though Muffins had been known to get up on her hind legs to sniff around, no one could mistake her for a Bigfoot. Bradford laughed when he read the story at a local garage where he got his tire replaced. If Muffins really wanted to eat that soldier, she would have found him. What a big mess that would have been!
Once in Ohio, Bradford stayed for about a year with his grandfather and grandmother on their farm in Jefferson. It was one of those communities where most of your neighbors were farmers and homesteads were separated by vast tracks of rolling foothills. Bradford’s grandparents owned a large enough farm and had an expansive enough plot of land in their rural and quaint farming community that a neighbor missing an occasional chicken of goat or hunting dog didn’t raise much of a concern. Muffins was practically just a newborn back then and she only stood as tall as a great dane. Plus, her coat was still a pale grey with streaks of darker grey along her flanks, instead of the pitch black fur that it is today.
It wasn’t until a few weeks ago, when the remains of the runaway Smith girl was found on the outskirts of his grandparent’s property that they got suspicious. The Smith girl went to the Jefferson Area High School and her parents had grounded her when they found out that she was dating the Schuman boy. She ran away two weeks ago and her bloodied clothing and shoes was all that were found on a lonely stretch of road which ran parallel to the eastern boundary of grandpa’s land which led to Mill Creek. Soon after the police investigators left, Bradford’s grandpa began asking questions which Bradford had no good answers for. Why haven’t they seen Scooter, their pet basset hound, for the past week? Why were cows and pigs going missing at their neighbor Winslett’s farm? Most of all, after only a year of living on the farm in, why was Bradford’s dog so big that it was now a full two heads taller than Molasses, grandpa’s Ohio State Fair Blue Ribbon award winning giant steer? And what were those two pointy things growing out of Muffin’s forehead, anyway?
Bradford thought he was doing his grandparent’s a favor by releasing Muffin at night to hunt beyond the boundaries of their farmland, but apparently that would not be a viable solution any more. That night, Bradford went to the ATM in town and cleared out his bank account. He put his clothes in an army surplus duffle bag, before whistling for Muffins and stuffing her in the back of his old but trusty windowless van. Obediently, she climbed in, the van’s rear shocks squeaking in protest. Seeing as Muffins barely had the shoulder room to move, Bradford resolved that, when he could afford it, he’d purchase a bigger van, perhaps even a bus.
They drove south for the rest of the night across the state. After crossing the Ohio border, they stopped in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, where Bradford got a cheap motel room on the outskirts of the city next to a truck stop. The taste of the skinny, crack addicted prostitute that Bradford picked up at the truck stop didn’t agree with Muffins, and she spit out the body parts, licking her butt to get rid of the poisoned taste. Muffins gave Bradford an annoyed look, but he just held up his hands and shrugged. They left Pittsburg right before evening and continued driving south, and the unfortunate residents of a mobile home located on a lonely stretch of land in the mountains satisfied Muffins for a while as they crossed into West Virginia.
They had travelled south through Skyline Drive and the Shenandoah Valley where Bradford allowed Muffins to get out and stretch her legs. Only a lone camper went missing that weekend who probably wouldn’t be found for a long time after Bradford and Muffins had left West Virginia. Westwards they drove, through Kentucky, southern Illinois, and Missouri, Bradford avoiding as many of the major populated towns and cities as he could. In Kansas, Muffins managed to wrangle down a heifer on a lonely field in the middle of the night. She didn’t eat again until Utah, when early one morning Bradford happened to spy a portly, middle aged fisherman pushing a small boat out into the Provo River for a little pre-dawn fishing.
That was, what? Seven days ago?
Bradford put his palm up to his face, kicking himself.
“Oh, Muffins. I’m sorry! I didn’t realize that it had been so long since you had last eaten. No wonder you were so hungry tonight!” Muffins tilted her head, staring at Bradford and whimpering.
“Come on, girl, let’s get out of here. But first,” Bradford walked to the black table, ejecting all of the DVR’s which had been recording the day’s events. Muffins eyed him curiously, wondering if she was still in trouble.
“Here girl,” said Bradford, tossing the DVR’s at the hellhound. Muffins leaped up, easily catching the discs in her mouth. She chomped down on them as if they were crunchy doggy treats, then, with a confused look on her face, spit the broken and chewed plastic pieces out and began licking her butt. Those tasteless crunchy treats weren’t yummy at all. She looked at Bradford, confused.
Bradford picked up the newspaper he was reading earlier before he dozed off. In bold black letters, the headlines of the Los Angeles Times blazed a story about how rioters and looters in Portland, Oregon, were being snatched up by men wearing uniforms and badges and being dragged into unmarked vans. Bradford smiled down at his security guard uniform and badge.
“Well,” he thought to himself. “Here’s a bunch of folks that no one will miss.”
“Come on girl,” said Bradford snapping his fingers and whistling. “Do you want to go on a road trip? Do you want to go to Portland? Come on, girl!”
Muffins jumped up and down excitedly, happy that all seemed to have been forgiven. Her mouth flopped open and her tongue wagged as slobber and spittle flew everywhere. The heavy thuds of her excited bouncing knocked monitors off the walls and toppled computers on to the floor, while her horns accidently dug huge gouges into the walls. Bradford laughed, grabbing Muffins by her scruff and hugging her, saying, “Who’s a good girl? Who’s a good girl?”
End
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2020.07.31 02:02 vpclord Joseph Lee's Letter to Family and Friends - 2018

Joseph Lee's Letter to Family and Friends - 2018

Joseph Lee
August 2, 2018

Introduction

I am pleased to share my 7th annual letter to family and friends. Feel free to share with anyone, and I hope everyone who reads my letter may find the joy and happiness in their life that comes to me with such ease. With this in mind, please enjoy my letter.
“I finally rest and watch the sunrise on an ungrateful universe.” – Thanos

An Update on our Ongoing Capital Return Program

Four years ago, I gave everyone an idea of how much money I was reallocating to my younger sisters. I explained that “[e]very penny I make from [working at the movie theater] goes directly into the pockets of my younger sisters.” Four years ago, this figure would have been more or less correct. Today, however, this calculation would be grossly inaccurate. Let me take this opportunity to update everyone with a more current accounting of the funds I am redistributing to my younger sisters. Each of my younger sisters are currently receiving an annual allowance of approximately $10,000.
Over the past four years, not only have we increased our portfolio to over half a million dollars, but we have also raised our dividends by over 315%. Every three months, I report earnings for the quarter, and I always include the quote from Tai-pan and my 2014 letter:
Not just wealth – wealth for its own sake was an obscenity. But wealth and a purpose for wealth.
When followers read my quarterly earning statements, they should keep in mind this 315% raise in dividends. This remains the focus of our pursuits; this remains our purpose for wealth.
Since I disclosed how I redistribute our funds four years ago, people often ask me if there is some point in the future where these distributions come to an end. People often cite future life events, like marriage or graduating law school, wondering if any of these future events in my sisters’ lives would cause me to roll back these dividends. People who ask me this type of question, however, are being quite naive. If anyone thinks my sisters getting married or getting some position at a prestigious law firm will cause them to not anticipate a five figure stipend for them to pursue their ambitions in life, then they do not really know my sisters. The only question my sisters would have for me is not whether these dividends will continue well into the future, but instead at what rate these dividends will continue to grow. To answer this question, let’s be very clear here: they should not expect a $31,500 allowance in 2022.

A New Profession

I have an important career update that I would like to share this year. I have worked at both of my current jobs for the past eleven years now, and while I receive great satisfaction from both jobs, ultimately I am only recognized for my work as a community college instructor. Even when I am at work at the movie theater, I am always introduced as, “Hey, this is Joe Lee. He is a math teacher.” It does not work like that in reverse, however. At school, no one ever says, “This is Mr. Lee. He works at a movie theater.” I am only ever recognized for my work as an educator. And to be fair, I do not believe anyone intentionally sets out to denigrate my employment in the entertainment industry. It seems much more likely that society inherently classifies my work based on my salary. At one job, I am earning minimum wage, and at my other job, I have a contract for the 2018-2019 school year of $76,352.55. I am quite convinced that if the compensation were reversed, everyone would recognize me as a movie theater employee instead of as a teacher.
Consider the following table that compares (1) my net income from Metropolitan Community College, (2) my net income from Marcus Theaters, and (3) capital gains and dividends.
Net Income Metro Net Income VPC Capital Gains and Dividends
2013 $55,574.68 $4,837.55 $28,018.05
2014 $55,004.23 $6,341.48 $41,063.82
2015 $59,011.87 $6,272.38 $7,063.97
2016 $58,642.92 $5,485.07 $6,940.34
2017 $57,960.09 $4,965.34 $69,719.57
As you can see above, last year was the first year our capital gains and dividends outpaced our net earnings from teaching. This phenomenon certainly will not happen every year, but anytime it does, we should recognize my main profession is no longer as an educator. Instead, you should introduce me as follows: “This is Joseph Lee. He is a capitalist.”

Two Kinds of People in the World

“While there are many good things that have happened in my life, the best thing that has ever happened during the course of my life is my parents deciding to have two more children.” – Letter to Family and Friends – 2012
Since my original letter back in 2012, I have cited the fact that I have two younger sis- ters as the most important aspect in my development as a person. Having younger siblings teaches you to care about people besides yourself. It teaches you empathy: any pain or struggle a younger sibling feels is something you feel. The way I see it is there are only two kinds of people in the world, those who have younger siblings and those who do not.
Let me illustrate my point so it is really easy for everyone to see. Consider my core group of friends, the friends who I have had since high school. I call us The Crazy Eight. If you look at my core group of friends, you will see that we are evenly split between those of us who have at least one younger sibling and those who do not:
Younger Siblings No Younger Siblings
Joseph Lee Tom Langan
JoAnna Smith Josh Nieman
Derek Clements Shawn Miller
Blake Conant
Everyone who knows my friends sees the point. If I would have made the headings “Decent Human Beings” and “Disreputable Human Beings,” we would have ended up with the exact same lists.
There is something essential in a person’s development about growing up with younger siblings. Unfortunately, a person really has no control of which category they end up in. The only real advice I can share is that if you do fall into the second category, I think you should acknowledge the deficiency in your upbringing and seek out any opportunity to grow in your compassion and empathy for others. And those of us in the first category should remain immensely grateful for the contributions of our younger siblings.
"You’re telling me she cut through eighty-eight bodyguards before she got to O-Ren?" Nah, there weren’t really eighty-eight of them. They just call themselves The Crazy 88. "How come?" I don’t know. I guess they thought it sounded cool. – Kill Bill: Vol. 2

The Man in Black

“The relaxed shoulders, the wry smile, the confidence. The man in black.” – Blake Conant, comment on Instagram
In the spirit of last year’s letter (see A First Lesson on Conditional Probability), I put a renewed emphasis on pursuing romantic relations with young women. Every week this year I have shared an open invitation to take a young woman out for a romantic evening. I would like to recognize Keegan for his efforts in helping me pursue these relations. Keegan is a good friend. A bit misguided, but a good friend.
Keegan will often say things when we are in earshot of a cute, young girl, like, “We need to find Joe a girlfriend.” And do not get me wrong: I appreciate the fact that he is trying to subliminally put the idea into these young women’s heads. But the sentiment is entirely wrong. I know a lot of people make fun of me when I talk about the girlfriend I had twenty years ago, but my friends who have known me over these past twenty years understand my feelings. People can laugh all they want, but I achieved everything I ever wanted from a romantic relationship a long time ago.
There is no doubt that I would enjoy pursuing a romantic relationship with a cute, young girl, but the main reason I pursue a relationship is not for my benefit. The main reason I want to take a young woman out is because I know I can provide a young woman an entirely unique experience. I know I am not what every girl is looking for in a relationship. But I can guarantee that if a girl does desire what I have to offer, then I can guarantee that I am the only one who can provide it.
“There are no men like me. Only me.” – Ser Jaime Lannister
If you are a young woman who would like to spend an evening with me, then I would love to take you out. Full details are listed on my current website: www.datejoelee.com.

Apple Watch

I would like to give a four star review to the Apple Watch. I bought one earlier this year, mainly so that Kuren and I could have a pair of matching bands. But as I have worn this amazing product throughout the year, I began to realize this fashion accessory was much more than simply a token of affection between me and my young friend. My Apple Watch became the reason to wake up an hour early and go for a run. Every day now, rain or shine, I leave my house and run across Dodge Street and back. Every day I have ran a minimum of 2.81 miles. The last day I missed a run was June 6th, the first day of summer classes. If you are looking for a beautiful product that will completely change how you live your life, I highly recommend the Apple Watch.

Summer 2018: A Prologue

By all accounts, this summer has been a completely magical time. I made a few important changes to my schedule, and today I am announcing these changes are going to be permanent. Previously, I had been working two nights a week at the movie theater. This summer, I doubled my hours to four nights a week: Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Tuesday. My teaching schedule remains unchanged. I teach Monday through Thursday during the day; I teach Monday and Wednesday evenings; and I teach Saturday and Sunday mornings. Thus, the en- tire schedule becomes centered around Thursday night – a night of all manner of debauchery.
This past summer I spent almost every Thursday night with Keegan. We had a great time the entire summer. We went out for pizza with Keegan’s family; we shared a romantic Indian dinner outside on the nicest day of the summer; we saw almost every summer block- buster. We enjoyed everything we did together this past summer, but let me explain what we enjoyed most of all. Keegan and I had this unspoken goal for the entire summer. Our goal was to take the cutest girl that we met all summer out on a date. And to quote the last respectable Republican president: MISSION ACCOMPLISHED. As far as that goes though, since we went out with Daniel Liebsack, we also managed to take out the cutest boy we met, too.
But as I said, the schedule changes are permanent. I will continue to pursue an aggressive Thursday night schedule. Feel free to join me if you are Josh or a young woman. Keegan will be in Lincoln for the school year, but we might even make the commute from time to time when appropriate.

A Love Letter to Jillian Woodworth

Last year I mentioned that my friend Jill was getting married, and this past spring, I at- tended her wedding. I thought I would take the opportunity this year to share some of my thoughts and feelings about this young couple.
First of all, let me share a few thoughts about the groom, Kevin Woodworth. Last year I referred to Kevin as “an upstanding young man,” but I did have one reader who told me that he thought my comments on Kevin were meant to be subtly disparaging. I think that critique, however, is extremely unfair. First of all, everyone loves Kevin. Kevin worked at the movie theater along with me and Jill, and yes, everyone loves Jill. But Jill would be the first one to tell you that everyone loves Kevin more. (I mean everyone besides me: Jill has no confusion as to my feelings.) Kevin is a gregarious young man. He is kind; he is sweet; and you will never find him without a smile on his face. Moreover, he has always been kind and sweet to me, despite knowing full well how I feel about our common love interest, Jill. But second, even if I did intend to be subtly disparaging, I think I was perfectly entitled to be disparaging. This guy was marrying the girl I love. I mean, fuck him right?
As for the bride, anyone who knows us already knows how I feel about Jill. Obviously all of our coworkers knew I had strong feelings for this beautiful, young woman. But even people who did not work with us knew what was going on. When Josh and I would come up to the theater to watch a movie, he would call me out on it. He would ask, “So what’s the deal with this young girl you always flirt with when we come to the theater?” To his inquiries, I would respond with feigned indignation: “What are you talking about? That girl is in fucking high school!” Of course, Josh saw through all the pretenses.
To put it simply: Jill is awesome. And if we are going to be completely fair, I love her husband, too. Of course, I remain 100% opposed to marriage, and primarily for this exact reason. When young women decide they are going to be romantically involved with only one person for the rest of their lives, it does nothing to support my cause. But let me suspend my normal campaign against marriage for just this one year to wish Kevin and Jill a lifetime of happiness together. You make a lovely couple, and I could not have been happier to join you at your wedding.

One More Thing

Keegan has been asking me if I would go to Scotland with him after he graduates college. I told him we could only go if it fits into one of my quarter breaks from school. Keegan agreed we would go anytime according to my schedule. So go ahead and put it in your calendar: Keegan and I will travel to Scotland from May 23, 2020, through June 2, 2020. Let us know if you will be coming with us.
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2020.07.28 18:14 4ppleF4n Revisiting $BYFC - Broadway Financial - Upcoming Earnings and Deposit Boom

Just over a month ago, when I highlighted the Broadway Federal bank, and its ongoing takeover fight, I thought that once the price spiked, and Sugarman was effectively "paid off" to go away, that the stock might retreat into obscurity.
But circumstances and investor consciousness has been steadily moving forward.
According to Robintrack, over 16,000 individual accounts just on Robinhood continue to hold $BYFC.
While it has retreated recently to as low as 1.83 (as of this posting, back to 1.85), that's still significantly higher than it was a month ago, when I first started writing about it.
And it should go back up again soon, as its earnings are reported next week.

Upcoming Earnings & Forecasts

Though not yet announced, BYFC is expected to report earnings either on August 7 or August 10. (Will update once the announcement is made.)
Last quarter, the company reported its 10Q on May 11, covering the three months to March 31, before the pandemic got into full swing.
Following the CARES Act, passed on March 27-- with its $1200 "rebate" and additional weekly $600 unemployment benefit-- deposits at banks along with savings rates have skyrocketed. Last month, it was noted that "U.S. banks are ‘swimming in money’ as deposits increase by $2 trillion amid the coronavirus."
Even before the end of March, BYFC reported assets of $506M, a huge increase over the $440M it held at the end of December. Deposits had increased from $298M to $333M (nearly 12%) in that three months, too.
It also reported a small "loss" of $33,000 -- due in part to increased compensation (+$174,000 over the previous year) and the end of a $233,000 grant from Treasury Department's Community Development Financial Institution (“CDFI”) Fund.
Those numbers should actually improve, under the pandemic, as the bank's budgets have been tightened.
Note also that nationwide, revolving loans (i.e. credit cards, personal loans and HELOCs) have been paid down in record numbers -- falling to the lowest levels since 2011. Longer term loans, like mortgages which benefit the bank, have actually increased.
What may offset any gains is how much of a set-aside provision Broadway Federal makes for "bad loans" -- something that larger banks have been dealing with.
At its June 24 Annual Shareholder's Meeting, CEO Wayne-Kent gave a presentation about BYFC's loan default rate and growth strategies -- which I recommend anyone interested to take a look at.
He revealed that as of May 31, the bank had only one loan delinquency, an old church loan of less than $600k.
And "non-performing" assets accounted for just 0.06% of its total assets.

Investment in black community

Launched last month, black billionaire Robert Smith's plan for a reparative "2% Solution" has actively called for greater investment into minority owned-and-run business and financial institutions.
According to the Forbes article,
He figured just 2% of that would amount to $19.4 billion, which could be used to fund the core Tier 1 capital of community development banks and minority depository institutions that primarily service Black communities.
This has led to billions being pledged by corporations to minority causes, businesses and financial institutions.
Last month, widely reported was Netflix's announcement that it would be shifting 2%, at least $100M, of its banking to minority institutions -- which was just a start.
Less covered was Google's announcement that it would be investing $175M in black businesses, noting "$50 million will go toward financing and grants for small businesses, focused on the Black community. $100 million will go toward funding participation in Black-led capital firms, startups and organizations supporting Black entrepreneurs."
Likewise, less mentioned was PayPal's investment: "It will kick out $530 million to Black-owned businesses and newly established proprietors through its “PayPal Equity Investment for Underrepresented Minority-led Startups and Investment Funds” program."
And where will all that money have to be kept and funneled through? Banks, of course.

Broadway's role & location

Consider that Broadway Financial is the only remaining traditionally black community-oriented bank headquartered on the West Coast -- and it's right in the heart of Los Angeles: two branches in LA, and one in Inglewood.
Broadway Federal's Mid-Wilshire location is a little over a mile away from the famed Park La Brea, The Grove and about 2.5miles from Paramount Studios.
Think about all the Hollywood "liberal elite" (to use the derogatory) and how they might want to demonstrate support for minority-oriented businesses.
Broadway has one competitor in the region: privately held OneUnited Bank, based in Boston, which has had a single branch in Los Angeles at a less desirable location, 3683 Crenshaw Blvd for years.

Ongoing #BankBlack Promotions

Since 2017, the "#BankBlack" movement has been promoting investment and banking with the remaining minority community banks like Broadway. This has only increased in the last month, since the BLM rallies and protests have raised awareness.
Last week, web site The Undefeated covered the trend of black celebrities and musicians depositing at black community banks
And the MightyDeposits.com ranked Broadway Federal Bank the highest in the nation among minority oriented banks for community investment.
Disclosure: I currently hold a small position of 1200 shares of BYFC, which are in the green, since last month
EDIT: Disclosure; typos and grammar; links.
Edit (8/4):

Positive Earnings!

Surprise! Earnings released with no warning — and they are good!
EPS of .01 (versus loss of .01)
Highlights: * “Total assets increased by $50.9 million to $491.3 million at June 30, 2020 from $440.4 million at December 31, 2019. “
As predicted, deposits are up: * ”Deposits increased to $315.8 million at June 30, 2020 from $297.7 million at December 31, 2019, which consisted primarily of an increase of $54.9 million in liquid deposits (NOW, demand, money market and passbook accounts) and an increase of $8.3 million in certificates of deposit...”
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2020.07.22 21:48 ALiddleBiddle Jeffrey Epstein Learned His Sexual Depravity from Wall Street; Then Took It to the Next Level

Jeffrey Epstein Learned His Sexual Depravity from Wall Street; Then Took It to the Next Level
***Editor's note: This article appeared on August 19, 2019, in Wall Street on Parade: A Citizen's Guide to Wall Street. I searched and it doesn't appear it has been posted on this sub before. It's a fascinating, shocking and appalling snapshot of what it was like for women working on Wall Street. Hopefully we've evolved. Many of the citations were not archived, so I tried to save everything within the document.
By Pam Martens and Russ Martens
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From 1976 to 1981, Jeffrey Epstein worked for the Wall Street investment bank, Bear Stearns. Epstein was found dead in his jail cell on August 10 while awaiting trial on charges of sex trafficking of underage girls, dozens of whom he allegedly sexually assaulted after grooming them first with “inappropriate touching.”

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Bear Stearns collapsed in the early days of the 2008 financial crisis and was purchased by JPMorgan Chase. One of the last acts of Bear Stearns’ CEO, Jimmy Cayne, was to make a $2 million payment to a woman who charged that the legendary Chairman of Bear Stearns, Ace Greenberg, had engaged in “inappropriate touching.” The young woman was said to have had a witness to her charges. (Link to archive)
In a 2017 report by the New York Times, a former Managing Director of Bear Stearns, Maureen Sherry, reported that “…it was mostly the same men who preyed on young women.” In a 2016 report by Maureen Callahan at the New York Post (Link to archive) a former Bear Stearns’ employee reports that men at Bear Stearns were “getting bl*w jobs in front of staff – that happened all the time.” Claims that men at Bear were demanding sexual favors from female colleagues and getting away with it date all the way back to the 1980s. (Link to archive)
As more allegations emerge daily into the sexual assault horrors of Jeffrey Epstein and his band of enablers, a profile is emerging that bears a striking resemblance to how Wall Street has allowed its highest-producing brokers to behave toward vulnerable young female employees for decades. In both situations, there are the enablers; in both situations, there is a failed justice system and powerful lawyers cutting deals; in both situations, there are hundreds of different females asserting the same type of claims over a long period of time with no governmental authority stopping the abuse; and in both situations, powerful men who were an important cog in Wall Street’s insatiable quest for profits were allowed to walk away from a multitude of credible sexual assault allegations.
Jeffrey Epstein’s major divergence from the sexual assaults by Wall Street brokers’ is that he preyed on underage girls. It is notable, however, that many Wall Street firms hire young women just out of high school to be “trained” to work in their branch offices. The sexual grooming is not as overt as in the Jeffrey Epstein cases, where the young girls were hired to give a massage and then told, over time, the massage had to be administered by them naked; and then, after more time, upped to a full-scale sexual assault. But young women in these Wall Street offices are sent a clear message by their Human Resources departments that they need to “get along” with those big producing brokers who generate outsized profits for the firm.
Walk into any of the Wall Street retail brokerage offices that dot the landscape in every major town and city across America and you will see glass-windowed offices filled with white male brokers and pretty, young female sales assistants (a/k/a client service associates) sitting in a low-wage, subservient position at a desk directly outside that office.
Subservience to that broker is ingrained in the following ways: the sales assistant’s performance is officially evaluated by that broker and becomes a written, permanent part of her employment file; the broker, if he is a big producer for the firm, can have the sales assistant fired over any flimsy, trumped-up claim; and, importantly, most Wall Street firms pay these women low wages, leaving it to the broker they work for to give the woman a percentage of his commissions if he finds her “performance” to be to his liking.
All that Wall Street would have to do to alter these sexual and power dynamics is to pay these women a good salary and take the broker’s additional compensation out of the equation. The fact that Wall Street doesn’t alter this dynamic suggests that the industry likes its hunting band to hone their skills on the vulnerable prey in the office as a form of target practice.
Just as Epstein was able to keep his abuse hidden for decades by employing a roster of expensive lawyers who knew how to work the system, Wall Street has all of the largest law firms in America at its beck and call. These law firms have systematically convinced the U.S. Supreme Court and Appellate Courts around the country that Wall Street should be allowed to run its own private justice system; that it should be allowed to make its employees sign a waiver giving up their rights to access the nation’s courts and use Wall Street’s rigged kangaroo court system instead.
Most Americans would agree that Wall Street is the most corrupt industry in America. And yet, the most corrupt industry is the only industry that universally requires both employees and customers to waive their rights to use the nation’s courts to settle claims and, instead, must use the Wall Street-created mandatory arbitration system which has none of the procedural protections of a court of law.
What is hiding behind that rigged system of justice is akin to what happened in the Catholic Church where abusing priests were transferred from parish to parish and sexual assault claims were secretly settled with gag orders. At the hands of Wall Street and its private justice system, the media is deprived of a seat in an open courtroom; there are no publicly available court transcripts of the hearings; and the worst sexual assaults are settled quickly with a gag order on all parties. Invariably, the abusive broker keeps his job with no mark on his publicly available record about any sexual assault or sexual harassment settlement. The broker’s public record is maintained by Wall Street’s self-regulator, FINRA – the very same organization that runs the private justice system for Wall Street.
In March of last year Lorena Alcantara filed a sexual harassment claim against Michael Ladge, a high-producing broker in the Beverly Hills office of Morgan Stanley. According to Alcantara’s complaint, “Ladge’s real purpose in hiring Alcantara—a beautiful young woman in her mid-twenties at the time—was to try to exploit his power with Alcantara, to subject her to demeaning and harassing behavior, to use her beauty to attract clients, and to pursue a sexual relationship with her.” Ladge had offered Alcantara a job when he met her working as a waitress and bartender at an L.A. Sports Club. (As one of the largest investment banks on Wall Street, one would think Morgan Stanley would do its own hiring of office personnel.) Alcantara’s complaint included a sworn statement from another assistant, who corroborated much of her account.
According to a quick check at FINRA’s BrokerCheck this morning, Ladge is still employed at Morgan Stanley. Editor’s note: Still there on July 22, 2020.
Alcantara filed her complaint in the California court system. It was, as usual, moved to Wall Street’s private justice system based on that mandatory arbitration agreement that is slipped into a stack of papers that new hires are requested to speedily sign as a non-negotiable condition of getting the job. There have been no media reports on what has happened to the case since it disappeared into the bowels of the arbitration system.
In a saner age of American jurisprudence, these types of non-negotiable contracts were found by courts to be unenforceable and ruled to be contracts of adhesion, since they were offered on a take-it or leave-it basis by the corporation. The very concept of contract law is that both parties to the contract are able to negotiate the final terms. But there is little on Wall Street today that comports with a society based on well-reasoned law. Operating its own private justice system, where arbitrators even hear rape cases, Wall Street has been able to draw a no-law-zone around its coast-to-coast offices.
In April of last year, Susan Antilla, in partnership with the Investigative Fund at the Nation Institute, looked at FINRA’s records going back 30 years. Her investigative team found that only 17 women had prevailed in all that time on their sexual harassment claims against Wall Street firms under this self-imposed private justice system. One of the cases Antilla reviewed involved an alleged rape against a young woman. Antilla reports (Archive)
“In 2004, FINRA arbitrators considered a complaint (PDF) Southwest Securities, a Dallas firm, and three of its male brokers who worked at a Long Island branch. The branch sales manager, Kim Marie Vescova, alleged that one of them raped her in the office and threatened to kill her if she told anyone, according to the panel’s summary of her testimony. She also testified that the men at various times had bitten her on the buttocks, grabbed her breasts and asked for milk, and pulled down her pants.
“The arbitrators said her testimony did not prove rape, though they told the firm to pay her $300,000 in compensatory and punitive damages, plus nearly $30,000 in back pay, and ordered one of the men, Michael Aspler, then the branch manager, to pay her $100,000 for physical assault, verbal abuse, negligent supervision, and infliction of emotional distress. Contacted recently, Vescova said that after the firm had threatened to tie her up in appeals court, she settled for ‘pennies on the dollar’ on those FINRA awards. (Hilltop Securities, parent of Southwest, did not respond to a query; Aspler declined to comment.) The arbitrators also ordered the two other men, Robert Mitchell (Link to PDF) Mark Kern (Link to PDF) — the broker Vescova accused of rape — to pay her $25,000 each for verbal abuse, assault, and intentional infliction of emotional distress. But neither paid her.
FINRA suspended both of their licenses five years later — not because of what they’d done to Vescova, but for failing to pay the judgment. (Link to PDF) Mitchell and Kern did not respond to queries sent to their last known emails and addresses. Finra asks brokers to report only investment-related customer disputes to be included on their records, so the findings against the men were not detailed in their BrokerCheck records.”
Wall Street men preying on young women with impunity under its private justice system has been the bedrock of Wall Street for as long as anyone can remember. ABC’s 20/20 program brought together 17 women from coast-to-coast offices of the giant brokerage firm, Smith Barney, in 1998 to give first-hand accounts of their sexual assaults and extreme sexual harassment at a firm then headed by Jamie Dimon, now Chairman and CEO of JPMorgan Chase. Jennifer Flood told the moderator, Deborah Roberts, how she was a new young hire in Smith Barney’s Hartford, Connecticut office when one of the brokers offered to drive her to lunch. Flood stated that “He said he wanted to pull my stockings down and sit me on his lap…I jumped out of the car and ran. He caught up to me, grabbed me by the back of the neck, threatened me that I couldn’t tell anybody because no one would believe me because I was this new sales assistant that means nothing, and I’m very expendable.” After Flood filed her complaint with management, the broker continued to work for the firm. (Editor’s note: I can’t find this episode, but I’m sure it exists.)
Marianne Dalton, a new broker trainee in the Los Angeles branch of Smith Barney in 1995, also appeared on 20/20 and gave a first-hand account. The exchange went like this:
Editor's note: I could not find this episode on YOUTUBE but it's probably there. Someone smarter than I can probably find it.
Marianne Dalton: It was like working in a male locker room. It was really degrading comments about women. They were nothing but sperm vaults, sperm banks. And I listened to this every single day. Women were referred to as bitches and whores…
Deborah Roberts: What would you say to someone who would say maybe it had nothing to do with the fact that you’re a woman, but just that you’re a new broker?
Marianne Dalton: I would ask them how they would feel if they had their boss undress every single day at the desk – every single day at 12:45, day in and day out for months, right down to his genitals?
(Dalton explained that despite there being a men’s room in eyeshot of her boss’s desk, he preferred to change into his gym clothes in front of her.)
Deborah Roberts: It’s hard to imagine this could go on in a professional office and nobody would think that this was objectionable.
Marianne Dalton: The bottom line at this firm is that they don’t want the assets to walk, so we’re going to do whatever it takes to make these senior people as happy as can be.
The supervisor Dalton had complained about was still working for the firm at the time the 20/20 program aired.
On the same program, Lisa Mays, an operations manager in the Walnut Creek, California branch of the predecessor firm to Smith Barney described how a top producing broker there, Stu Buttery, tried to rape her when she arrived at the office before other employees had arrived. Despite Mays’ formal complaints to management, Buttery continued to be allowed to work at the firm for the next 24 years.
Robin Leopold had been a Vice President of Human Resources at Smith Barney when women in coast-to-coast offices were making desperate pleas for relief from this outrageous and illegal conduct – pleas that for the most part fell on deaf ears. According to her LinkedIn profile (dead link), Leopold is back working for Jamie Dimon as a Managing Director in Human Resources at JPMorgan Chase.
The Smith Barney women organized themselves into a class action lawsuit and filed their claims in Federal Court in 1996, challenging the mandatory arbitration system as a violation of their civil rights. (See Editor’s note below.) Dimon, the New York Stock Exchange and the predecessor to FINRA, the NASD, were among the named defendants along with Smith Barney. The New York Stock Exchange and the NASD eventually dropped their own requirement that civil rights complaints had to go through the mandatory arbitration system. The big Wall Street banks’ response to that was to simply draft their own mandatory arbitration agreements that they, then and now, force all new hires to sign.
Smith Barney’s initial response to the lawsuit was to call the women “disgruntled employees” and hire a top attorney at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison, the same law firm that was hired more recently by Fox News parent, 21st Century Fox, to investigate the alleged sexual abuse of women by Roger Ailes.
The Paul Weiss settlement in the Smith Barney case was assailed by civil rights and employment lawyers. It ushered all claims into its own private arbitration system and extinguished all claims against the male brokers – leaving them free to assault again. It was also revealed in the press that while the case was pending before Judge Constance Baker Motley, the Paul Weiss law firm made job offers to two of the Judge’s law clerks assigned to the case.
The New York Post further revealed that the sexual harassment hotline that was ostensibly set up by Smith Barney to help women make complaints was a dud.
The lead lawyer for Paul Weiss in the case, Mark Belnick, moved on to become General Counsel at Tyco International and was indicted for grand larceny and securities fraud. (Archived article) He was acquitted at trial but only after he had inked a retention agreement (Archived) that guaranteed him a payment of at least $10.6 million should he commit a felony and be fired before October 2003. Any disputes arising out of the retention agreement matter were to be handled in arbitration rather than a court of law.
The National Organization for Women of New York State was so appalled by the terms of the Smith Barney settlement that its President, Lois Shapiro-Canter, an attorney, filed an Amicus brief with the court asking the Judge to reject the settlement. Shapiro-Canter wrote on behalf of NOW-NYS:
“Closed door proceedings and arbiters of justice chosen in part by Defendant Employer confers the appearance of impropriety and does not reflect the open door access to the judiciary of Title VII and other civil rights laws. If in fact Defendant Employer intends in good faith to proceed wholeheartedly with the diversity plans outlined in the agreement, why does it need a mandatory arbitration process a/k/a mandatory alternative dispute resolution system which denies women and minorities their constitutional right to access the courts to ensure freedom from discrimination and sexual harassment?”
When Epstein’s powerful lawyers cut his plea deal with federal prosecutors in 2008, the Palm Beach police had credible evidence that Epstein had sexually assaulted dozens of underage girls at his home in Palm Beach. The police had even asked the FBI to investigate. But the Federal government let Epstein off with a single count of soliciting sex from a minor and one count of soliciting prostitution from an adult. His 13 months of jail time consisted of being ferried by his private driver and limo to an office where he spent 12 hours a day on a so-called work release program.
According to the New York Times, (archive link)
“When Jeffrey Epstein was serving time in Florida for soliciting prostitution from a minor, he got a surprising visitor: James E. Staley (link to Wikipedia), a top JPMorgan Chase executive and one of the highest-ranking figures on Wall Street.” Staley wanted to keep his relationship with Epstein, according to the Times, because “Epstein had funneled dozens of wealthy clients to Mr. Staley and his bank.”
This is precisely the same motive that keeps the big producing brokers safe on Wall Street.
Editor’s Note: Pam Martens, the co-author of the above article and Editor of Wall Street On Parade, worked for two major Wall Street firms for 21 years. During that time, from 1996 through 2001, Martens challenged Wall Street’s mandatory arbitration system and the sexual assaults and sexual harassment of women facilitated under that system in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York and at the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals in a case titled Martens v Smith Barney in which she originally served as lead plaintiff. The settlement fashioned by plaintiffs’ attorneys and Paul Weiss was deemed so conflicted by Martens that she withdrew from the settlement and never profited from the settlement or any subsequent payment from the parties. Her original co-plaintiff, Judy Mione, joined her in withdrawing from the settlement for the same reasons. Martens also appeared in the ABC 20/20 program referenced above.
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2020.07.15 22:18 olivehummus What's Going on at Fort Hood?

**DISCLAIMER: This is my first long write-up here, so I apologize in advance for any errors! In addition, I am both non-American and non-military so please let me know if anything should be corrected! [x-post with RedditCrimeCommunity]
About Fort Hood:
Fort Hood is a military base that is located just outside of Killeen, TX, about halfway between Austin and Waco. Home to over 55 000 staff, Ft. Hood is one of the largest bases in the world. The base covers around 340 square miles and is home to III Corps and The First Cavalry Division, as well as many tenant units.
Vanessa Guillen Case:
Fort Hood has recently made international news due to the tragic case of a missing soldier, who was later found murdered. Spc. Vanessa Guillen, a 20-year-old soldier originally from Houston, went missing outside her barracks on April 22, 2020. Before her disappearance, Guillen had recently disclosed to her family, friends, and coworkers that she was being sexually harassed, potentially by a sergeant or supervisor. On June 30th, Guillen's remains were found on the Leon River about 20 miles east of Ft. Hood. The next day, a suspect was located - another soldier name Aaron Robinson. After fleeing the base, Robinson killed himself. A second suspect was arrested, Cecily Aguilar, who was Robinson's girlfriend and the estranged wife of another soldier on base.According to the Guillen family lawyer Natalie Khawam, Robinson bludgeoned Guillen with a hammer in the armory room on base. He put her body in a Pelican case and then returned with Aguilar several hours later to dispose of Guillen's remains.Vanessa's case has been highly publicized and her family is calling for a change to how the military handles sexual violence. Based on descriptions she disclosed of her harasser, it may not have been Robinson. Vanessa's case has also pushed several other unresolved Ft. Hood murders into the spotlight. The Murder Squad podcast recently did an episode on some of the most recent murders, and social media has amplified these cases.
Other Unresolved Cases:
Since March 2020, there have been six other potential homicides at Ft. Hood. The remains of a missing soldier have also been found.
March 1: 20-year-old Spc. Shelby Tyler Jones is found with a gunshot wound outside a convenience store off-base at 3:45 AM. Base officials believe the shooting happened 40 minutes earlier at Club Dreams, a half-mile away, and that his body was dumped in the store afterward.
March 5: 29-year-old Christopher Wayne Smith is found unresponsive at his Ft. Hood residence. Latest case updates indicate that foul play isn't suspected, but nothing has been ruled out.
March 14: 23-year-old Specialist Freddy Delacruz Jr and 23-year old veteran Shaquan Allred are found shot at Summerlyn Apartments in Killeen. A third victim is a 22-year-old civilian named Asia Cline. Officers were initially dispatched to the apartment after reports of gunfire at around 1 am, but did not discover the crime scene until a report of a water leak was called in around 40 minutes later. All three victims had been shot multiple times. Delacruz was a decorated soldier who was described at an 'outstanding trooper' according to his battalion leader. Allred recently retired from the army after working as a combat engineer and previously studied at Duke University. There unfortunately is not much information online about civilian Asia Cline, an Ohio native, who worked as a bartender according to her Facebook profile.
May 18th: 27-year-old PFC Brandon Rosecrans is found shot 13 miles off-post in the nearby city of Harker Heights. His vehicle, an orange 2016 Jeep Renegade, is found on fire nearby. Brandon's father alleges that Brandon was attacked at gunpoint a week before he was killed, possibly by the same suspect(s).
June 19: The remains of 24-year-old PV2 Gregory Wedel-Morales are found in a shallow grave in a residential neighborhood in Kileen after an anonymous tip is called in. Morales was classified as AWOL on August 20 2019 after he failed to return to base. Morales was last seen driving his newly purchased 2018 Black Kia Rodeo off-post in Killeen on the evening of August 19. His last known contact was the following day when he called his mother, Kim Wedel, to ask for some gas money and she gently teased his about his ability to afford a new car but not having the money to gas it up. After Wedel-Morales did not show up to work that day, his sergeant went to his house to look with him, and his wife, Penny Morales, said she had not seen him since the night before. A couple of weeks later, Morales was classified as a deserter, and little effort was taken from the army to look for him.
In December, a family member saw on CARFAX that someone in the Dallas area was trying to have his car inspected and alerted the Army's investigative division (CID). CID took the car into their possession a month later, promising Morales' family that they would run tests on it, yet it is unknown whether these tests were ever run. Wedel-Morales, an Oklahoma native, was a decorated soldier who entered the army in 2015 as a motor transport operator. He got married during his service and changed his last name from Wedel to Morales. During the month that he disappeared, he was in the process of separation. Wedel-Morales had plans to exit the army in September, and was making arrangements to work post-military. Wedel-Morales' family fought to have his status changed from deserter so they could have a proper military burial for him, and were successful as of this morning.
An organization called Military Justice For All has been tracking Foot Hood cases, as they believe there is a disproportionately high death rate at this base. Since 2016, there have been 133 stateside deaths in Ft Hood. In addition to the 7 deaths officially categorized as unresolved homicides, there is suspicion around several of the cases of soldiers being found dead on- and off- post.
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When Vanessa Guillen was first reported missing, some on social media thought a Killeen Church may have been responsible for her disappearance. The House of Prayer Christian Church (recently renamed to the House of Help) has been described by many as a cult that has had a continuous, ominous presence at Ft. Hood. There are 2 Church locations in Killeen and 10 more around the country, mainly near military bases. Ex-members have claimed that the Church has committed fraud, multiple forms of abuse, and continually exploits its congregation, many of whom are soldiers. The Church capitalizes off of soldiers' and veterans' educational benefits by enrolling them in a $24 000/year unaccredited Bible seminary with no clear graduation date. In addition, there have been multiple accounts posted online from soldiers describing the aggressive recruiting tactics of the Church, which happen both on and off-base. On the Fort Hood Fallen Facebook page, soldiers have described being approached by the Church at the Killeen Mall, in town, and even outside their barracks. People exposing the Church have also reported being stalked by current members- some have described cars waiting outside their homes, being video-recorded and photographed, and being sent threatening texts and emails. Could this Church/cult have been involved in any of these recent homicide cases?
Sexual Harassment
In the wake of Vanessa Guillen's murder, the hashtag #IAmVanessaGuillen has spread over social media as service members shared stories of the sexual harassment and violence they had faced in the military. Thousands of soldiers have signed a petition started by Guillen's family that calls for the shut down of the base, a thorough investigation into Vanessa's death, and a moratorium of Army enlistment until these demands are met and the systemic sexual violence in the military is addressed. Service members face a disproportionate amount of sexual violence - around one in three female soldiers has reported experiencing sexual assault, compared to around one in five female civilians. A 2014 study from victim advocacy group Protect Our Defenders found that there were an estimated 885 sexual assaults and rapes that year at Fort Hood, adding up to over two a day. Additionally, in 2015 a Ft. Hood soldier named Gregory McQueen was arrested for trying to run a prostitution ring out of the base. McQueen was a member of the US Army's Sexual Harassment and Assault Response/Prevention program at the time, the same unit Guillen would have reported to had she had the chance to lodge a complaint was charged for. McQueen ran 'sex parties' for high-ranking officers and tried to recruit subordinate female soldiers to pimp them out. He was sentenced to only two years in jail. The sexual violence at Ft. Hood likely creates an extremely toxic environment for the soldiers who live on the base. Could this be contributing to the high death rate?
** Persons with information can contact Army CID Special Agents at 254-287-2722 or the Military Police Desk at 254-288-1170. They can also anonymously submit information at https://www.cid.army.mil/report-a-crime.html.
Sources:
Ft. Hood Unsolved Cases
http://themurdersquad.com/episodes/the-murder-of-vanessa-guillen-and-the-unsolved-homicides-of-fort-hood/?fbclid=IwAR0YzUhGYZ4UlCwFx0tdETQwbkfC5S2wOQ6jpv64sW8OwPuD6JNr-Sdu5HI
https://www.kwtx.com/2020/07/10/i-will-find-out-who-did-this-family-of-murdered-soldier-pushes-for-justice/?fbclid=IwAR1ok-B6a2vWWeYX2ufNu4mNfyf2K1BkBcVFsgaQEg7rzF_gdPqp7MH0pnc
https://www.kwtx.com/content/news/Killeen-Police-or-Investigating-a-Triple-Murder-568798261.html?fbclid=IwAR131FXXeGFNCMtE-EJrI88MAw3z_uBEpyk4P47ZqAfHjvSgIXDSwR2Q4cQ
https://hickoryrecord.com/obituaries/allred-shaquan-markell/article_e77cc87b-47e3-5e86-9b25-44a34181ca02.htmlhttps://people.com/crime/missing-fort-hood-soldier-remains-found-foul-play-suspected/
https://www.fox7austin.com/news/remains-of-missing-fort-hood-soldier-gregory-wedel-morales-found-in-killeen-foul-play-suspected
https://militarymurderpodcast.com/episode-31-missing-from-fort-hood-vanessa-guillen-and-gregory-morales/House of Prayer:
https://www.gethsemanepressbooks.com/post/house-of-prayer-exposed-to-the-ft-hood-fallen-1?https://www.gethsemanepressbooks.com/post/house-of-prayer-exposed-ambassadors-of-truth-1fbclid=IwAR0VbFqJN1DB898Rfzx8i3ZlN-Wx8dSXmhU3xik9oIcg5zQSv90_1DTxDAg
https://www.missingpersonsofamerica.com/2020/05/07/is-a-church-responsible-for-the-disappearance-of-soldiers-from-ft-hood/
https://coastalcourier.com/news/local-news/former-members-allege-church-is-a-cult/Other Sources:https://www.businessinsider.com/army-sergeant-gregory-mcqueen-ran-prostitution-ring-at-ft-hood-2015-3https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/jul/14/vanessa-guillen-killing-sexual-violence-us-military
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2020.07.15 20:56 olivehummus What's Going On at Fort Hood?

**DISCLAIMER: This is my first long write-up here, so I apologize in advance for any errors! In addition, I am both non-American and non-military so please let me know if anything should be corrected!
About Fort Hood:
Fort Hood is a military base that is located just outside of Killeen, TX, about halfway between Austin and Waco. Home to over 55 000 staff, Ft. Hood is one of the largest bases in the world. The base covers around 340 square miles and is home to III Corps and The First Cavalry Division, as well as many tenant units.
Vanessa Guillen Case:
Fort Hood has recently made international news due to the tragic case of a missing soldier, who was later found murdered. Spc. Vanessa Guillen, a 20-year-old soldier originally from Houston, went missing outside her barracks on April 22, 2020. Before her disappearance, Guillen had recently disclosed to her family, friends, and coworkers that she was being sexually harassed, potentially by a sergeant or supervisor. On June 30th, Guillen's remains were found on the Leon River about 20 miles east of Ft. Hood. The next day, a suspect was located - another soldier name Aaron Robinson. After fleeing the base, Robinson killed himself. A second suspect was arrested, Cecily Aguilar, who was Robinson's girlfriend and the estranged wife of another soldier on base. According to the Guillen family lawyer Natalie Khawam, Robinson bludgeoned Guillen with a hammer in the armory room on base. He put her body in a Pelican case and then returned with Aguilar several hours later to dispose of Guillen's remains. Vanessa's case has been highly publicized and her family is calling for a change to how the military handles sexual violence. Based on descriptions she disclosed of her harasser, it may not have been Robinson. Vanessa's case has also pushed several other unresolved Ft. Hood murders into the spotlight. The Murder Squad podcast recently did an episode on some of the most recent murders, and social media has amplified these cases.
Other Unresolved Cases:
Since March 2020, there have been six other potential homicides at Ft. Hood. The remains of a missing soldier have also been found.
March 1: 20-year-old Spc. Shelby Tyler Jones is found with a gunshot wound outside a convenience store off-base at 3:45 AM. Base officials believe the shooting happened 40 minutes earlier at Club Dreams, a half-mile away, and that his body was dumped in the store afterward.
March 5: 29-year-old Christopher Wayne Smith is found unresponsive at his Ft. Hood residence. Latest case updates indicate that foul play isn't suspected, but nothing has been ruled out.
March 14: 23-year-old Specialist Freddy Delacruz Jr and 23-year old veteran Shaquan Allred are found shot at Summerlyn Apartments in Killeen. A third victim is a 22-year-old civilian named Asia Cline. Officers were initially dispatched to the apartment after reports of gunfire at around 1 am, but did not discover the crime scene until a report of a water leak was called in around 40 minutes later. All three victims had been shot multiple times. Delacruz was a decorated soldier who was described at an 'outstanding trooper' according to his battalion leader. Allred recently retired from the army after working as a combat engineer and previously studied at Duke University. There unfortunately is not much information online about civilian Asia Cline, an Ohio native, who worked as a bartender according to her Facebook profile.
May 18th: 27-year-old PFC Brandon Rosecrans is found shot 13 miles off-post in the nearby city of Harker Heights. His vehicle, an orange 2016 Jeep Renegade, is found on fire nearby. Brandon's father alleges that Brandon was attacked at gunpoint a week before he was killed, possibly by the same suspect(s).
June 19: The remains of 24-year-old PV2 Gregory Wedel-Morales are found in a shallow grave in a residential neighborhood in Kileen after an anonymous tip is called in. Morales was classified as AWOL on August 20 2019 after he failed to return to base. Morales was last seen driving his newly purchased 2018 Black Kia Rodeo off-post in Killeen on the evening of August 19. His last known contact was the following day when he called his mother, Kim Wedel, to ask for some gas money and she gently teased his about his ability to afford a new car but not having the money to gas it up. After Wedel-Morales did not show up to work that day, his sergeant went to his house to look with him, and his wife, Penny Morales, said she had not seen him since the night before. A couple of weeks later, Morales was classified as a deserter, and little effort was taken from the army to look for him.
In December, a family member saw on CARFAX that someone in the Dallas area was trying to have his car inspected and alerted the Army's investigative division (CID). CID took the car into their possession a month later, promising Morales' family that they would run tests on it, yet it is unknown whether these tests were ever run. Wedel-Morales, an Oklahoma native, was a decorated soldier who entered the army in 2015 as a motor transport operator. He got married during his service and changed his last name from Wedel to Morales. During the month that he disappeared, he was in the process of separation. Wedel-Morales had plans to exit the army in September, and was making arrangements to work post-military. Wedel-Morales' family fought to have his status changed from deserter so they could have a proper military burial for him, and were successful as of this morning.
An organization called Military Justice For All has been tracking Foot Hood cases, as they believe there is a disproportionately high death rate at this base. Since 2016, there have been 133 stateside deaths in Ft Hood. In addition to the 7 deaths officially categorized as unresolved homicides, there is suspicion around several of the cases of soldiers being found dead on- and off- post.
Additional Info:
HOPCC
When Vanessa Guillen was first reported missing, some on social media thought a Killeen Church may have been responsible for her disappearance. The House of Prayer Christian Church (recently renamed to the House of Help) has been described by many as a cult that has had a continuous, ominous presence at Ft. Hood. There are 2 Church locations in Killeen and 10 more around the country, mainly near military bases. Ex-members have claimed that the Church has committed fraud, multiple forms of abuse, and continually exploits its congregation, many of whom are soldiers. The Church capitalizes off of soldiers' and veterans' educational benefits by enrolling them in a $24 000/year unaccredited Bible seminary with no clear graduation date. In addition, there have been multiple accounts posted online from soldiers describing the aggressive recruiting tactics of the Church, which happen both on and off-base. On the Fort Hood Fallen Facebook page, soldiers have described being approached by the Church at the Killeen Mall, in town, and even outside their barracks. People exposing the Church have also reported being stalked by current members- some have described cars waiting outside their homes, being video-recorded and photographed, and being sent threatening texts and emails. Could this Church/cult have been involved in any of these recent homicide cases?
Sexual Harassment
In the wake of Vanessa Guillen's murder, the hashtag #IAmVanessaGuillen has spread over social media as service members shared stories of the sexual harassment and violence they had faced in the military. Thousands of soldiers have signed a petition started by Guillen's family that calls for the shut down of the base, a thorough investigation into Vanessa's death, and a moratorium of Army enlistment until these demands are met and the systemic sexual violence in the military is addressed. Service members face a disproportionate amount of sexual violence - around one in three female soldiers has reported experiencing sexual assault, compared to around one in five female civilians. A 2014 study from victim advocacy group Protect Our Defenders found that there were an estimated 885 sexual assaults and rapes that year at Fort Hood, adding up to over two a day. Additionally, in 2015 a Ft. Hood soldier named Gregory McQueen was arrested for trying to run a prostitution ring out of the base. McQueen was a member of the US Army's Sexual Harassment and Assault Response/Prevention program at the time, the same unit Guillen would have reported to had she had the chance to lodge a complaint was charged for. McQueen ran 'sex parties' for high-ranking officers and tried to recruit subordinate female soldiers to pimp them out. He was sentenced to only two years in jail. The sexual violence at Ft. Hood likely creates an extremely toxic environment for the soldiers who live on the base. Could this be contributing to the high death rate?
** Persons with information can contact Army CID Special Agents at 254-287-2722 or the Military Police Desk at 254-288-1170. They can also anonymously submit information at https://www.cid.army.mil/report-a-crime.html.
Sources:
Ft. Hood Unsolved Cases
http://themurdersquad.com/episodes/the-murder-of-vanessa-guillen-and-the-unsolved-homicides-of-fort-hood/?fbclid=IwAR0YzUhGYZ4UlCwFx0tdETQwbkfC5S2wOQ6jpv64sW8OwPuD6JNr-Sdu5HI
https://www.kwtx.com/2020/07/10/i-will-find-out-who-did-this-family-of-murdered-soldier-pushes-for-justice/?fbclid=IwAR1ok-B6a2vWWeYX2ufNu4mNfyf2K1BkBcVFsgaQEg7rzF_gdPqp7MH0pnc
https://www.kwtx.com/content/news/Killeen-Police-or-Investigating-a-Triple-Murder-568798261.html?fbclid=IwAR131FXXeGFNCMtE-EJrI88MAw3z_uBEpyk4P47ZqAfHjvSgIXDSwR2Q4cQ
https://hickoryrecord.com/obituaries/allred-shaquan-markell/article_e77cc87b-47e3-5e86-9b25-44a34181ca02.htmlhttps://people.com/crime/missing-fort-hood-soldier-remains-found-foul-play-suspected/
https://www.fox7austin.com/news/remains-of-missing-fort-hood-soldier-gregory-wedel-morales-found-in-killeen-foul-play-suspected
https://militarymurderpodcast.com/episode-31-missing-from-fort-hood-vanessa-guillen-and-gregory-morales/ House of Prayer:
https://www.gethsemanepressbooks.com/post/house-of-prayer-exposed-to-the-ft-hood-fallen-1?[https://www.gethsemanepressbooks.com/post/house-of-prayer-exposed-ambassadors-of-truth-1](https://www.gethsemanepressbooks.com/post/house-of-prayer-exposed-ambassadors-of-truth-1)[fbclid=IwAR0VbFqJN1DB898Rfzx8i3ZlN-Wx8dSXmhU3xik9oIcg5zQSv90\_1DTxDAg](https://www.gethsemanepressbooks.com/post/house-of-prayer-exposed-to-the-ft-hood-fallen-1?fbclid=IwAR0VbFqJN1DB898Rfzx8i3ZlN-Wx8dSXmhU3xik9oIcg5zQSv90_1DTxDAg)
https://www.missingpersonsofamerica.com/2020/05/07/is-a-church-responsible-for-the-disappearance-of-soldiers-from-ft-hood/
https://coastalcourier.com/news/local-news/former-members-allege-church-is-a-cult/ Other Sources:https://www.businessinsider.com/army-sergeant-gregory-mcqueen-ran-prostitution-ring-at-ft-hood-2015-3https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/jul/14/vanessa-guillen-killing-sexual-violence-us-military
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2020.06.20 19:44 NotMarilee RT Rundown June 13, 2020 - June 19, 2020

Last Week
This post lists everything Rooster Teeth has released from June 13, 2020 to June 19, 2020. The organization of this post follows the order of the links on the sidebar on the website. First exclusive content is surrounded in asterisks ( *EXAMPLE*) while content that is currently exclusive but will be available publicly later is followed by an asterisks and the date in which it will be free (EXAMPLE*Free June 27th.) This does not include content that will lose exclusivity on the day this post is made (June 20th.)
ROOSTER TEETH:
RT PODCAST #601 - Barbara’s Banana Bush
*RT PODCAST POST SHOW #601 - The Time for Trash*
CHUMP #16 - WHO Dressed up as a GORILLA?
*CHUMP CHANGE #16 - Happy Eric Week*
GOOD MORNING FROM HELL - Hogwarts vs Pignipple: Which Witch Wins?
BLACK BOX DOWN - Missing Malaysian Flight
DIE IS CAST #6 - Flying Knives End Lives
RT LIFE - Chris and Blaine’s Lemon Party
RT INBOX - Animal Crossing Scavenger Hunt!
HARD MODE - “Extreme” Puzzle Racing
RTTV SPECIALS - Smudge a Ghost - Community & Coffee
RT STREAMS - What the GOLF with Blaine and Chad
RT STREAMS - Gus & Chris Play With Airplanes - Sim Airport Back in Black
RT STREAMS - Gang Beasts - Livestream Supporting NAACP Empowerment Programs, Austin Justice Coalition, Black Girls Code, and Color of Change
RT STREAMS - Jackbox Party Pack - Livestream Supporting NAACP Empowerment Programs, Austin Justice Coalition, Black Girls Code, and Color of Change
RT STREAMS - Screen Time: The Core
RT STREAMS - Welcome to Bear Town
RT STREAMS - Mario Kart w/ Chad, Mariel and Andrew
ACHIEVEMENT HUNTER:
*HARDCORE MINI GOLF - The Dumber the Better*
OFF TOPIC #237 - Nintendo Switch: The PS5 Killer
*LAST CALL #237 - Losing the Fight*
F**KFACE - Trapped in the Bathroom with a Cat//You Make People Uncomfortable
AH ANIMATED - Animal Crossing Fashion Show
ROLE INITIATIVE - Nightmares of a Nothic
LET’S ROLL - No Dukes, Just Judges - Masquerade (Tabletop Simulator)
ACHIEVEMENT HUNTER - Video Games Need Bigger Worlds And Stories with Troy Baker
AHWU #530 - A BIG Dragon Surprise
TECHNICAL DIFFICULTIES - Fusing a Camera to a Drone
ROULETSPLAY - Power-ups Change Everything! - Rocket League
LET’S WATCH - Shark’s Gonna Eat Man - Maneater
LET’S PLAY - LASO Took Too Long So Here’s Multiplayer - Halo 3 Multiplayer* Free June 21st
LET’S PLAY - We Fear the Wall - Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
LET’S PLAY GTA V - How People REALLY Play GTA V
LET’S PLAY GTA V - We’re on PC! - GTA V: Stunt Jumps* Free June 22nd
LET’S PLAY GMOD - We Make Our Own Traitor Trap!* Free June 24th
LET’S PLAY MINECRAFT #427 - Racing to Make The Tower of Pimps - Minecraft Explosion Mod Part 3* Free June 26th
AH STREAM ARCHIVE - Gmod - Livestream Supporting NAACP Empowerment Programs, Austin Justice Coalition, Black Girls Code, and Color of Change
AH STREAM ARCHIVE - Ultimate Chicken Horse - Livestream Supporting NAACP Empowerment Programs, Austin Justice Coalition, Black Girls Code, and Color of Change
AH STREAM ARCHIVE - Animal Crossing - Livestream Supporting NAACP Empowerment Programs, Austin Justice Coalition, Black Girls Code, and Color of Change
AH STREAM ARCHIVE - Mario Kart - Livestream Supporting NAACP Empowerment Programs, Austin Justice Coalition, Black Girls Code, and Color of Change
AH STREAM ARCHIVE - Trivia Murder Party 2
AH STREAM ARCHIVE - Gmod:TTT
AH STREAM ARCHIVE - Astroneer
AH STREAM ARCHIVE - Is Timothy Too Tall? - Post Team Does The RPG: Kids on Bikes
FUNHAUS:
YOUR COMMENTS - Sell Your Ovaries To Fortnite? - Funhaus Q&A
DUDE SOUP - w/ GameSpot’s Lucy and Tamoor - Most Hyped Next-Gen Games of NOT E3
FILMHAUS - No More Oscars and the Best Villains of All Time!
GAMEPLAY - Parallel Parkour - Ghostrunner Demo Speedrun Challenge!
GAMEPLAY - Cycle Killers - GTA 5 Funny Moments
GAMEPLAY - Probing the Depths of Agent Roswell
GAMEPLAY - Clicker Bait - The Last of Us Part 2
GAMEPLAY - Dollhouse of Horrors - Reiko’s Fragments VR
FULLHAUS - Catching Crabs Is Harder Than You Think (UNCUT)
FULLHAUS - Scared To Death of Pathologic 2! (UNCUT)
CO-OP ADVENTURES! - Escape Room Hackers - GMOD Co-Op Adventures w/ Freddie Wong
FH LIVE - One Night Ultimate Batman - Livestream Supporting NAACP Empowerment Programs, Austin Justice Coalition, Black Girls Code, and Color of Change
FH LIVE - Pummel Party - Livestream Supporting NAACP Empowerment Programs, Austin Justice Coalition, Black Girls Code, and Color of Change
FH LIVE - Live Fan Q & A w/ Alanah Pearce!
FH LIVE - Minecraft Dungeons with Jacob, Lindsey, and Alanah!
ANIMATION:
RTAA - Bathroom Sweater* Free June 22nd
*TALK CRWBY TO ME - It All Starts with Boards*
I HAVE NOTES - How about that PS5?
SELECT ALL - My Hero Academia: The 69th Ranked Hero Anime Mad Libs
SELECT ALL - Bell or No Bell: Screege’s McMillions
*BACKWARDZ COMPATIBLE - Mega Melon*
*BACKWARDZ COMPATIBLE - DON’T Buy a PS5*
*BACKWARDZ COMPATIBLE - The President’s Daughter*
INSIDE GAMING:
IG FEATURES - The History of FromSoftware: A Tale of Souls and Difficulty
IG PODCAST - Send News #17 - TLOU2 Chat With Troy Baker! (SPOILER-FREE)
IG SPECIAL - Big Mutherf***in Crab Truckers Pt.2
IG ROUNDUP - Riot Exec Quits After George Floyd Criticism
IG DAILY - Star Citizen Now Most Expensive Game Ever
IG DAILY - Devs Fight Against Steam’s Politics
IG DAILY - Red Dead Online’s KKK Problem
IG DAILY - Spider-Man: Miles Morales New Details Revealed
IG DAILY - Apple Lawsuit Could End Loot Boxes
IG LIVE! - Pilot’s Club: Season Finale - Model Employees
IG LIVE! - Finding Some Answers - Stay Zen with Kdin #10
IG LIVE! - Minecraft Dungeons Part 2
IG LIVE! - How To Play Big Mutherf***in Crab Truckers PART 3
DEATH BATTLE:
Infection Perfection Music Video
DBX - Shantae VS Shovel Knight
DBX - Shantae VS Shovel Knight Alternate Ending
DEATH BATTLE CAST #183 - WHY POKEMON COMPANY?!
*SUDDEN DEATH #183 - GUESS THAT POKEMON!*
THE YOGSCAST:
TTT - GIVE THAT MAN AN OSCAR!
TTT - ZOMBIES ARE BACK in GMOD TTT?!
TTT - HOW TO WIN AS A JESTER
GMOD SANDBOX - MOST AMBITIOUS BOARD GAME IN HISTORY
TRIFORCE #131 - Teleport Pranksters
HIGH ROLLERS: AEROIS #75 - Mines of Madness
SIMON’S PECULIAR PORTIONS - Man Burns Down House Trying To Kill Snake
KINDA FUNNY:
KF LIVE REACTIONS - Star Wars Squadrons Trailer
KF LIVE REACTIONS - New Pokemon Snap Trailer
KF LIVE REACTIONS - SKATE 4! EA Play 2020
KF PODCAST #73 - Black Lives Matter
WE HAVE COOL FRIENDS - Becoming Lois Lane with Bitsie Tulloch
KF GAMESCAST #23 - The Last of Us Spoilercast
KF GAMESCAST #24 - The Last of Us Part 2 Review
KF GAMES DAILY 6.17.20 - Pokemon Snap Returns!
KF GAMES DAILY 6.18.20 - Cyberpunk 2077 Delayed Again
SCREENCAST #75 - Justice League Snyder Cut Teaser Reacts
EVERY TRANSFORMERS MOVIE REVIEWED & RANKED - Transformers The Last Knight
EVERY TRANSFORMERS MOVIE REVIEWED & RANKED - Bumblebee
EVERY KEVIN SMITH MOVIE REVIEWED & RANKED - Clerks
EVERY KEVIN SMITH MOVIE REVIEWED & RANKED - Mallrats
EVERY KEVIN SMITH MOVIE REVIEWED & RANKED - Chasing Amy
EVERY KEVIN SMITH MOVIE REVIEWED & RANKED - Dogma
EVERY LORD OF THE RINGS MOVIE REVIEWED & RANKED - Lord of the Rings Fellowship of the Rings Part 1
FRIENDS OF RT:
DC DAILY June 15th, 2020 - An Interview w/ Harley Quinn’s Showrunners!
DC DAILY June 16th, 2020 - Protecting your identity is Superhero 101!
DC DAILY June 17th, 2020 - Amanda Conner Interview “At Home”
DC DAILY June 18th, 2020 - Father’s Day w/ John Romita Jr. & Andy Kubert
SONG ABOUT GAMES - The Last of Us 2 Song - “I’m the Infection”
STORE:
DEATH BATTLE - DBX Logo T-Shirt
RWBY - Remix Ruby & Zwei Print
RWBY - Remix Penny & Winter Print
RWBY - Remix Ruby & Zwei T-Shirt
RWBY - Remix Penny & Winter T-Shirt
FUNHAUS - Fitness Athletic Shorts
FUNHAUS - White Fitness Sport Tech Hoodie
FUNHAUS - Black Fitness Sport Tech Hoodie
FUNHAUS - Fitness T-Shirt
FUNHAUS - Performance Shirt
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2020.06.18 13:10 tzudanamo 28 [M4F] LF new friends/potential kalandian

It's gotten a bit lonelier than usual lately. Not sure if it's the mercury retrograde, or maybe it's been so long since i've had a really meaningful connection with someone. I thought maybe i should just man up and put myself out here. This ain't a hook-up post btw.
Me:
- single, emotionally available, very tired of dating apps. SFW. Super Fucking Wholesome. yeah
- afraid of intimacy, but is consciously working on it.
- also interested in anime, doctor who, some k-dramas, and stand up comedy specials on Netflix
- Looks: 6.5/10. 7 if nagpa-cute or if okay yung lighting.
- slim-medium built. normal BMI. a bit. works out sometimes. used to go to the gym.
- sumasakit yung likod kasi WFH
- can make killer chicken nuggets
- video games: Dragon Age, Overwatch, Valorant
- kpop acts: twice, itzy, iu, a bit of blackpink, baek a-yeon, martin smith
- opm acts: urban dharma dub, reese lansangan, ebe dancel
- western acts: john mayer, the well pennies, the 1975, regina spektor, FOB
- books/authors: neil gaiman, hiromi kawakami, chuck palahniuk, allain de botton, and others
- first honor nung grade 1 kahit hindi first section
- won't landi unless i'm sure that it's going somewhere
- can carry a conversation. totally not DDS. #junkterrorbill #defendpressfreedom huy.

You:
- looks: at least a 6.5, too. hopefully petite and slim. just a preference.
- 22-26. also emotionally stable and available. single din.
- may sense of humor. yung natatawa sa dad jokes.
- love languages: quality time and words of affirmation
- madiskarte and may alam sa buhay
- wholesome din. nsfw can wait.
- plus points if bisaya/mindanaoan, hindi DDS, kamukha ni jenna coleman

hmu if you're interested. plus ultra.
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2020.06.07 18:33 Need_Motivation21 The story of my suicide attempt.

This is something I wrote for a writing class I took in college awhile ago and finally decided I was ready to share it. I never really cared for writing and I know i'm not very good but my writing teacher said that this was one of the best stories he's ever read and it made me feel really good about it. It is a true story but names were changed because I have Anxiety and am paranoid. I hope this helps anybody out that is going through a hard time and helps them realize that it gets better.
The Young Soldier
It’s May 2, 2010, 11 a.m., Private First Class (PFC) Christopher Smith is on his 7th month of his first deployment to Afghanistan. He’s 20 years old and joined the Army right after graduating high school. He lives in a tent with 7x7 rooms amateurishly crafted and separated by old plywood, just enough to fit a bed, his gear, and some personal belongings. He wakes up to the sound of incoming mortar fire that hisses right above his tent, barely missing it. The explosion sends vibrations throughout his body and shakes his room. “Well, that would make 8.”, he thinks to himself as he remembers how many near misses from mortars he’s had since arriving. The incoming fire alarm blares across the base, alerting everyone to head for a bunker to protect themselves from more possible incoming mortar rounds. “Get up and out to the bunker!” yells another soldier that was sleeping in the tent. “I can’t find my fucking weapon!” screams another. Christopher listens as footsteps and cursing fill the air as everyone scrambles to get out of the tent. He lifts his head from the pillow, listens for any other sounds and says, “Fuck it” and goes back to sleep.
30 mins later, Christopher hears a loud pounding on his flimsy makeshift door he had made a few weeks back. “Smith, are you in there?!” says the knocker. “Yeah, what’s up?” Christopher groggily replies.
“It’s Liam, you missed a check in from the incoming we just had." Liam was another PFC on Christopher’s team. He was an average height skinny Smith guy with black hair. They both arrived at the unit around the same time and were close friends.
“Shit”, Christopher thinks to himself because he forgot about the check ins.
“I’m good”, he replies, hoping he doesn’t have to get up and check in at his office.
“Sorry bro, Sergeant Davis wants everyone to physically check in.” says Liam, knowing how much it sucks since Christopher has only been off shift for 3 hours. This has been normal for a while since most of the attacks happen midday, it also didn’t help that a major holiday was approaching, so the Taliban were attacking as much as possible before it arrives.
“God Dammit!” he screams, as he launches himself out of bed in a fit. He opens the door and Liam looks at him up and down and notices that Christopher is in nothing but his underwear. “Might, wanna put some clothes on first.” Liam chuckles.
“Yeah, yeah gimme a sec.” he replies.
Christopher closes the door and looks around his room for some of his P.T. gear. He hated wearing them because the shorts go up to his mid-thigh, being 6'-4 they look liked children's clothes. He finds some on the floor that he had worn the day before from his workout and picks it up and sniffs them. “Eh, Good enough.” he says and puts it on. He grabs his loaded M16 rifle and throws it over his shoulder. He leaves his room and sees Liam waiting for him. “let’s go, princess” Liam jokes. “Yessa, massa, I’s a coming” Christopher replies in his cartoonish way.
They step out of the tent. Christopher squints his eyes in pain as the sunlight hits his tired eyes. “Shit, forgot my glasses” he said and runs back in to get them and comes back out. It’s about a half-mile walk to their office.
“You hear about Asher?” asks Liam. Asher was a soldier who had joined the Army right after high school and had just arrived to their unit two weeks ago after just graduating from training and was placed on Christopher’s team. A few days ago, Asher was waiting in line to at the P.X., a place where Soldiers go to buy any extra stuff they want and essential toiletries, to get some cigarettes. A mortar came in and hit some porta-potties that were about 20 meters behind him. He was rushed to the medic tent and then flown out to Bagram Air Base for further treatment.
“No, how is he?” he replies.
“He lost both his legs” Liam sadly replies.
“Fuckin shit dude, that sucks” Christopher says maddened. He thinks to himself about all the fucked-up things that he has heard about and seen since coming to this hellhole. He’s lost 2 friends so far and he’s still struggling to cope with all of it.
They arrive at the office, it's a tent covered in spray foam insulation that didn’t work very well, about triple the size of his personal room, and has three tables. Two of the tables are loaded with computers and network monitoring equipment, and another for recreational things which was mostly used to play their favorite game Magic: The Gathering. Odds and ends of network cables and random junk spread out around the space and is what they affectionately call in the Army “an organized gaggle fuck”. Christopher strolls in and says, “Let’s get this shit over with so I can try and get a few hours of sleep.”
“Hold your horses' sweetheart, let’s all go outback and have a chat.” replies Davis, Liam and Christopher's team leader. He’s a short stocky guy from Beaumont, Texas and talks with a bit of a southern drawl. He hangs out with Liam and Christopher regularly outside of work. The three of them walk out back behind their tent office to an area where they have gathered unwanted broken chairs and “Mcgyvered” them to be usable underneath a make shift tarp for shade. Each of them lights a cigarette and sits on their chairs.
“Why the fuck didn’t you show up to check in?” Davis jokingly asks in a firm tone, so Christopher knows not to let it happen again.
“I went back to sleep after the mortar hit” Christopher replies.
“Well, why’d ya do that for?” questioned Davis.
“I dunno, just don’t care anymore. If it’s my time to go, then so be it.” Christopher replies.
“Look, I honestly don’t give two shits if you sleep through the mortars, but once that all clears given, make sure you high tail your ass over here so I don’t have to send Liam to get ya. Ya hear me?” Davis says with his cigarette dangling in his mouth.
Christopher takes a puff of his cigarette and lets out an annoyed sigh with a cloud of smoke, “Yea alright, won’t happen again.”
“By the way, you have night shift guard duty again next week. Lucky you.” Davis says sarcastically.
“Fuck my life man!” he says furiously.
Christopher despised guard duty. It was a week-long 12 hour shift assignment of sitting in a rickety guard tower at night equipped with shitty night-vision goggles that only worked half of the time and a hard-wooden chair that made your ass go numb after about 10 mins with an Afghan Soldier and most of them didn’t speak English. The ones that did have told him of the young girls that they are married to and badly describe having sex with them as if it was something to be proud of. This cultural norm infuriated and disgusted him to hear them talk about it, even more so, since he couldn’t do or say anything about it.
Liam, Davis, and Christopher joke around for about a half hour then Christopher slowly gets up, groans, and heads back to his room. He sets his rifle down and plops onto his bed. He’s been waking up like this for a few weeks now and feels sleep deprived. He starts thinking about Asher and everyone else that has been hurt or killed during this deployment. It sickens him down to his stomach and he fills with rage which quickly turns into deep sadness, feeling tears swelling up in his eyes as he tries to hold them back. His cellphone rings. It’s mom. He had just spoken to her yesterday and it was kind of unusual that she was calling now since she knows he’s normally asleep.
“Hey Mom, what’s up?” He answers.
“How ya doin pop?”
“Good, just about to head back to sleep.”
“Oh ok” Her voice takes a saddened tone, “Well, I have something I have to tell you first.”
“What’s that? Everything OK?” He replies worriedly.
“It’s your uncle Michael…. we just found out he died.”
Uncle Michael had been like a second father to him. Christopher looked up to his Uncle Michael and loved him dearly. It was his uncle who had sparked his love of science and technology in him when he was a child.
“What? How?” Christopher screamed.
“He had a heart attack and didn’t make it to the hospital.” says mom.
Christopher sat quietly for a few moments and stared at his bare, boring wall. He felt his body and emotions shutdown as if a switch had been flipped.
“How’s everyone else doing? He asked emotionlessly.
“They’re still coping with what happened. You should call them tomorrow and check in”
“OK, I will.” He says.
“Are you okay?” his mother asks caringly.
“Yeah, I’ll be fine. Kinda used to all the death and what not now.” He sighs
“Yeah, I know it’s not easy for you being there but stay strong and keep your head down, I love you”
“I love you too momma. Buh bye.” he says as he hangs up the phone.
He lies down and tries to process everything going on is his life at this moment. He starts wondering if he can keep going on like this. Maybe it’s too much for him. He still has 5 more months of hell to go through and who knows what will happen. His mind starts to wander to familiar thoughts.
“What if I just off myself? For real, this time.” He ponders. “I can’t take this shit anymore and the world is fucked up, what’s the point of living in it?” He gets out of bed and thinks maybe a shower will help him.
He gathers his things and heads to the shower stalls. It’s a semi-trailer with depressing white paint on the inside walls, has about 6 shower stalls set up, and reeks of mold and steam with white yellow stained curtains. He goes up to the stall which is only wide enough to rotate in a circle to wash yourself. He turns on the water, its cold as always. They haven’t had hot water for a couple of months now. He gets in and starts washing himself. Halfway through, he starts thinking about his uncle and friends again. He realizes he can’t stand to lose anybody else. He leans against the wall with a small thud, slides down to the floor, and starts balling. Everything had finally broken him, and he could not hold it in any longer and play it cool.
“I’m not doing this anymore, fuck this” he screams in his head.
He gets up, finishes his shower and heads back to his room. He sits on his bed and stares at his M16. “That would be the easiest way.” He thought. “Just Private Pyle that shit, like from Full Metal Jacket.”
He picks up his M16 and sets it across his lap, running his fingers across it, feeling the metal and coldness of it. He unloads the magazine to look at the rounds and shoves it back in. He picks up the rifle and pulls the charging handle, loading a round into the chamber. Turning the weapon around, he stares down the barrel for a few moments.
“It’ll be easy” he says. “People will be sad for a while but be better off without me anyway. My family would get my life insurance money and god knows they need the help.” He thinks.
He opens his mouth and slowly sticks the barrel in. The rust, dirt, and metallic taste of the rifle, similar to pennies, almost makes him gag as he wraps his lips around the barrel. He looks down and feels as if the weapon was staring at him, feeling that if it could talk it would be screaming not to do this. Christopher reaches for the selector switch and flicks it from “Safe” to “Semi” and flinches a bit when he hears the click. “All that needs to happen now is just a small pull of the trigger and it’ll all be over” he thinks. Time seems to be standing still in this moment. He places his finger on the trigger, closes his eyes, and takes in a long deep breath.
Click.
His eyes burst open. He looks down at his weapon again, opens his mouth, and throws the rifle across the room and stares at it horrified. He can’t believe what he had tried to do, he sits for what seems like an eternity trying to wrap his head around it.
“What the fuck was I thinking?! You’re a fucking idiot!” he screams in his head.
His thoughts turn to how much he didn’t want to die, and he feels tears run down his cheeks. He lies down on his pillow and cries quietly sniffing here and there. Eventually, he falls asleep.
That night, he’s startled by his work alarm. He jumps up and remembers what had happened earlier. He sits at the edge of his bed for a while thinking he could be slumped over with his brains all over the tent and is relieved that his rifle had malfunctioned. Putting the rifle on the bed, he starts to take it apart to investigate why it didn’t fire. It had never misfired in the past, it was trustworthy, and so it was perplexing to him. He takes out the magazine and pulls the charging handle back slowly, revealing that the round was still in the chamber, it should have fired. He pops out the round and looks at the bottom of it. The firing pin had hit the round and left the indentation as it should have.
The round was dud.
“Well shit.” he morbidly chuckles in relief.
He takes his pliers and pulls the round from the casing.
“I’m keeping you as a reminder” he says and places the bullet on his shelf.
He gets dressed and shows up to work as if nothing had happened, looks around and finds Liam and Davis sitting at the desk playing Magic: The Gathering.
“Smoke?” Christopher asks.
They both reply affirmatively "fuck yea, let’s go."
They head out back to their broken chairs, sit down, and each light up a cigarette.
Christopher takes a puff and thinks about how much he would miss his friends and family if he were gone and knows that they would miss him. He exhales, and through the smoke says “Man, I love you guys.”
Five months later Christopher completes his deployment and continues his career in the Army. Along the way, he took classes on how to deal with suicide and how to see the signs for it in others. To date, he still struggles with P.T.S.D, depression, and anxiety, but has been able to stay strong because of his friends and family and his new outlook on life gained from the many near death experiences he's had. He has been able to convince 4 out of 6 close friends from committing suicide. He hopes to save many veterans, Soldiers, and anyone else who is struggling with suicide in the future.
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2020.06.06 17:02 Need_Motivation21 True story I wrote in College

This is something I wrote for a writing class I took in college awhile ago and finally decided I was ready to share it. I never really cared for writing and I know i'm not very good but my writing teacher said that this was one of the best stories he's ever read and it made me feel really good about it. It is a true story but names were changed because I have Anxiety and am paranoid. I hope this helps anybody out that is going through a hard time and helps them realize that it gets better.
The Young Soldier
It’s May 2, 2010, 11 a.m., Private First Class (PFC) Christopher Smith is on his 7th month of his first deployment to Afghanistan. He’s 20 years old and joined the Army right after graduating high school. He lives in a tent with 7x7 rooms amateurishly crafted and separated by old plywood, just enough to fit a bed, his gear, and some personal belongings. He wakes up to the sound of incoming mortar fire that hisses right above his tent, barely missing it. The explosion sends vibrations throughout his body and shakes his room. “Well, that would make 8.”, he thinks to himself as he remembers how many near misses from mortars he’s had since arriving. The incoming fire alarm blares across the base, alerting everyone to head for a bunker to protect themselves from more possible incoming mortar rounds. “Get up and out to the bunker!” yells another soldier that was sleeping in the tent. “I can’t find my fucking weapon!” screams another. Christopher listens as footsteps and cursing fill the air as everyone scrambles to get out of the tent. He lifts his head from the pillow, listens for any other sounds and says, “Fuck it” and goes back to sleep.
30 mins later, Christopher hears a loud pounding on his flimsy makeshift door he had made a few weeks back. “Smith, are you in there?!” says the knocker. “Yeah, what’s up?” Christopher groggily replies.
“It’s Liam, you missed a check in from the incoming we just had." Liam was another PFC on Christopher’s team. He was an average height skinny Smith guy with black hair. They both arrived at the unit around the same time and were close friends.
“Shit”, Christopher thinks to himself because he forgot about the check ins.
“I’m good”, he replies, hoping he doesn’t have to get up and check in at his office.
“Sorry bro, Sergeant Davis wants everyone to physically check in.” says Liam, knowing how much it sucks since Christopher has only been off shift for 3 hours. This has been normal for a while since most of the attacks happen midday, it also didn’t help that a major holiday was approaching, so the Taliban were attacking as much as possible before it arrives.
“God Dammit!” he screams, as he launches himself out of bed in a fit. He opens the door and Liam looks at him up and down and notices that Christopher is in nothing but his underwear. “Might, wanna put some clothes on first.” Liam chuckles.
“Yeah, yeah gimme a sec.” he replies.
Christopher closes the door and looks around his room for some of his P.T. gear. He hated wearing them because the shorts go up to his mid-thigh, being 6'-4 they look liked children's clothes. He finds some on the floor that he had worn the day before from his workout and picks it up and sniffs them. “Eh, Good enough.” he says and puts it on. He grabs his loaded M16 rifle and throws it over his shoulder. He leaves his room and sees Liam waiting for him. “let’s go, princess” Liam jokes. “Yessa, massa, I’s a coming” Christopher replies in his cartoonish way.
They step out of the tent. Christopher squints his eyes in pain as the sunlight hits his tired eyes. “Shit, forgot my glasses” he said and runs back in to get them and comes back out. It’s about a half-mile walk to their office.
“You hear about Asher?” asks Liam. Asher was a soldier who had joined the Army right after high school and had just arrived to their unit two weeks ago after just graduating from training and was placed on Christopher’s team. A few days ago, Asher was waiting in line to at the P.X., a place where Soldiers go to buy any extra stuff they want and essential toiletries, to get some cigarettes. A mortar came in and hit some porta-potties that were about 20 meters behind him. He was rushed to the medic tent and then flown out to Bagram Air Base for further treatment.
“No, how is he?” he replies.
“He lost both his legs” Liam sadly replies.
“Fuckin shit dude, that sucks” Christopher says maddened. He thinks to himself about all the fucked-up things that he has heard about and seen since coming to this hellhole. He’s lost 2 friends so far and he’s still struggling to cope with all of it.
They arrive at the office, it's a tent covered in spray foam insulation that didn’t work very well, about triple the size of his personal room, and has three tables. Two of the tables are loaded with computers and network monitoring equipment, and another for recreational things which was mostly used to play their favorite game Magic: The Gathering. Odds and ends of network cables and random junk spread out around the space and is what they affectionately call in the Army “an organized gaggle fuck”. Christopher strolls in and says, “Let’s get this shit over with so I can try and get a few hours of sleep.”
“Hold your horses' sweetheart, let’s all go outback and have a chat.” replies Davis, Liam and Christopher's team leader. He’s a short stocky guy from Beaumont, Texas and talks with a bit of a southern drawl. He hangs out with Liam and Christopher regularly outside of work. The three of them walk out back behind their tent office to an area where they have gathered unwanted broken chairs and “Mcgyvered” them to be usable underneath a make shift tarp for shade. Each of them lights a cigarette and sits on their chairs.
“Why the fuck didn’t you show up to check in?” Davis jokingly asks in a firm tone, so Christopher knows not to let it happen again.
“I went back to sleep after the mortar hit” Christopher replies.
“Well, why’d ya do that for?” questioned Davis.
“I dunno, just don’t care anymore. If it’s my time to go, then so be it.” Christopher replies.
“Look, I honestly don’t give two shits if you sleep through the mortars, but once that all clears given, make sure you high tail your ass over here so I don’t have to send Liam to get ya. Ya hear me?” Davis says with his cigarette dangling in his mouth.
Christopher takes a puff of his cigarette and lets out an annoyed sigh with a cloud of smoke, “Yea alright, won’t happen again.”
“By the way, you have night shift guard duty again next week. Lucky you.” Davis says sarcastically.
“Fuck my life man!” he says furiously.
Christopher despised guard duty. It was a week-long 12 hour shift assignment of sitting in a rickety guard tower at night equipped with shitty night-vision goggles that only worked half of the time and a hard-wooden chair that made your ass go numb after about 10 mins with an Afghan Soldier and most of them didn’t speak English. The ones that did have told him of the young girls that they are married to and badly describe having sex with them as if it was something to be proud of. This cultural norm infuriated and disgusted him to hear them talk about it, even more so, since he couldn’t do or say anything about it.
Liam, Davis, and Christopher joke around for about a half hour then Christopher slowly gets up, groans, and heads back to his room. He sets his rifle down and plops onto his bed. He’s been waking up like this for a few weeks now and feels sleep deprived. He starts thinking about Asher and everyone else that has been hurt or killed during this deployment. It sickens him down to his stomach and he fills with rage which quickly turns into deep sadness, feeling tears swelling up in his eyes as he tries to hold them back. His cellphone rings. It’s mom. He had just spoken to her yesterday and it was kind of unusual that she was calling now since she knows he’s normally asleep.
“Hey Mom, what’s up?” He answers.
“How ya doin pop?”
“Good, just about to head back to sleep.”
“Oh ok” Her voice takes a saddened tone, “Well, I have something I have to tell you first.”
“What’s that? Everything OK?” He replies worriedly.
“It’s your uncle Michael…. we just found out he died.”
Uncle Michael had been like a second father to him. Christopher looked up to his Uncle Michael and loved him dearly. It was his uncle who had sparked his love of science and technology in him when he was a child.
“What? How?” Christopher screamed.
“He had a heart attack and didn’t make it to the hospital.” says mom.
Christopher sat quietly for a few moments and stared at his bare, boring wall. He felt his body and emotions shutdown as if a switch had been flipped.
“How’s everyone else doing? He asked emotionlessly.
“They’re still coping with what happened. You should call them tomorrow and check in”
“OK, I will.” He says.
“Are you okay?” his mother asks caringly.
“Yeah, I’ll be fine. Kinda used to all the death and what not now.” He sighs
“Yeah, I know it’s not easy for you being there but stay strong and keep your head down, I love you”
“I love you too momma. Buh bye.” he says as he hangs up the phone.
He lies down and tries to process everything going on is his life at this moment. He starts wondering if he can keep going on like this. Maybe it’s too much for him. He still has 5 more months of hell to go through and who knows what will happen. His mind starts to wander to familiar thoughts.
“What if I just off myself? For real, this time.” He ponders. “I can’t take this shit anymore and the world is fucked up, what’s the point of living in it?” He gets out of bed and thinks maybe a shower will help him.
He gathers his things and heads to the shower stalls. It’s a semi-trailer with depressing white paint on the inside walls, has about 6 shower stalls set up, and reeks of mold and steam with white yellow stained curtains. He goes up to the stall which is only wide enough to rotate in a circle to wash yourself. He turns on the water, its cold as always. They haven’t had hot water for a couple of months now. He gets in and starts washing himself. Halfway through, he starts thinking about his uncle and friends again. He realizes he can’t stand to lose anybody else. He leans against the wall with a small thud, slides down to the floor, and starts balling. Everything had finally broken him, and he could not hold it in any longer and play it cool.
“I’m not doing this anymore, fuck this” he screams in his head.
He gets up, finishes his shower and heads back to his room. He sits on his bed and stares at his M16. “That would be the easiest way.” He thought. “Just Private Pyle that shit, like from Full Metal Jacket.”
He picks up his M16 and sets it across his lap, running his fingers across it, feeling the metal and coldness of it. He unloads the magazine to look at the rounds and shoves it back in. He picks up the rifle and pulls the charging handle, loading a round into the chamber. Turning the weapon around, he stares down the barrel for a few moments.
“It’ll be easy” he says. “People will be sad for a while but be better off without me anyway. My family would get my life insurance money and god knows they need the help.” He thinks.
He opens his mouth and slowly sticks the barrel in. The rust, dirt, and metallic taste of the rifle, similar to pennies, almost makes him gag as he wraps his lips around the barrel. He looks down and feels as if the weapon was staring at him, feeling that if it could talk it would be screaming not to do this. Christopher reaches for the selector switch and flicks it from “Safe” to “Semi” and flinches a bit when he hears the click. “All that needs to happen now is just a small pull of the trigger and it’ll all be over” he thinks. Time seems to be standing still in this moment. He places his finger on the trigger, closes his eyes, and takes in a long deep breath.
Click.
His eyes burst open. He looks down at his weapon again, opens his mouth, and throws the rifle across the room and stares at it horrified. He can’t believe what he had tried to do, he sits for what seems like an eternity trying to wrap his head around it.
“What the fuck was I thinking?! You’re a fucking idiot!” he screams in his head.
His thoughts turn to how much he didn’t want to die, and he feels tears run down his cheeks. He lies down on his pillow and cries quietly sniffing here and there. Eventually, he falls asleep.
That night, he’s startled by his work alarm. He jumps up and remembers what had happened earlier. He sits at the edge of his bed for a while thinking he could be slumped over with his brains all over the tent and is relieved that his rifle had malfunctioned. Putting the rifle on the bed, he starts to take it apart to investigate why it didn’t fire. It had never misfired in the past, it was trustworthy, and so it was perplexing to him. He takes out the magazine and pulls the charging handle back slowly, revealing that the round was still in the chamber, it should have fired. He pops out the round and looks at the bottom of it. The firing pin had hit the round and left the indentation as it should have.
The round was dud.
“Well shit.” he morbidly chuckles in relief.
He takes his pliers and pulls the round from the casing.
“I’m keeping you as a reminder” he says and places the bullet on his shelf.
He gets dressed and shows up to work as if nothing had happened, looks around and finds Liam and Davis sitting at the desk playing Magic: The Gathering.
“Smoke?” Christopher asks.
They both reply affirmatively "fuck yea, let’s go."
They head out back to their broken chairs, sit down, and each light up a cigarette.
Christopher takes a puff and thinks about how much he would miss his friends and family if he were gone and knows that they would miss him. He exhales, and through the smoke says “Man, I love you guys.”
Five months later Christopher completes his deployment and continues his career in the Army. Along the way, he took classes on how to deal with suicide and how to see the signs for it in others. To date, he still struggles with P.T.S.D, depression, and anxiety, but has been able to stay strong because of his friends and family and his new outlook on life gained from the many near death experiences he's had. He has been able to convince 4 out of 6 close friends from committing suicide. He hopes to save many veterans, Soldiers, and anyone else who is struggling with suicide in the future.
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2020.06.06 16:59 Need_Motivation21 True Story I wrote in college.

This is something I wrote for a writing class I took in college awhile ago and finally decided I was ready to share it. I never really cared for writing and I know i'm not very good but my writing teacher said that this was one of the best stories he's ever read and it made me feel really good about it. It is a true story but names were changed because I have Anxiety and am paranoid. I hope this helps anybody out that is going through a hard time and helps them realize that it gets better.

The Young Soldier
It’s May 2, 2010, 11 a.m., Private First Class (PFC) Christopher Smith is on his 7th month of his first deployment to Afghanistan. He’s 20 years old and joined the Army right after graduating high school. He lives in a tent with 7x7 rooms amateurishly crafted and separated by old plywood, just enough to fit a bed, his gear, and some personal belongings. He wakes up to the sound of incoming mortar fire that hisses right above his tent, barely missing it. The explosion sends vibrations throughout his body and shakes his room. “Well, that would make 8.”, he thinks to himself as he remembers how many near misses from mortars he’s had since arriving. The incoming fire alarm blares across the base, alerting everyone to head for a bunker to protect themselves from more possible incoming mortar rounds. “Get up and out to the bunker!” yells another soldier that was sleeping in the tent. “I can’t find my fucking weapon!” screams another. Christopher listens as footsteps and cursing fill the air as everyone scrambles to get out of the tent. He lifts his head from the pillow, listens for any other sounds and says, “Fuck it” and goes back to sleep.
30 mins later, Christopher hears a loud pounding on his flimsy makeshift door he had made a few weeks back. “Smith, are you in there?!” says the knocker. “Yeah, what’s up?” Christopher groggily replies.
“It’s Liam, you missed a check in from the incoming we just had." Liam was another PFC on Christopher’s team. He was an average height skinny Smith guy with black hair. They both arrived at the unit around the same time and were close friends.
“Shit”, Christopher thinks to himself because he forgot about the check ins.
“I’m good”, he replies, hoping he doesn’t have to get up and check in at his office.
“Sorry bro, Sergeant Davis wants everyone to physically check in.” says Liam, knowing how much it sucks since Christopher has only been off shift for 3 hours. This has been normal for a while since most of the attacks happen midday, it also didn’t help that a major holiday was approaching, so the Taliban were attacking as much as possible before it arrives.
“God Dammit!” he screams, as he launches himself out of bed in a fit. He opens the door and Liam looks at him up and down and notices that Christopher is in nothing but his underwear. “Might, wanna put some clothes on first.” Liam chuckles.
“Yeah, yeah gimme a sec.” he replies.
Christopher closes the door and looks around his room for some of his P.T. gear. He hated wearing them because the shorts go up to his mid-thigh, being 6'-4 they look liked children's clothes. He finds some on the floor that he had worn the day before from his workout and picks it up and sniffs them. “Eh, Good enough.” he says and puts it on. He grabs his loaded M16 rifle and throws it over his shoulder. He leaves his room and sees Liam waiting for him. “let’s go, princess” Liam jokes. “Yessa, massa, I’s a coming” Christopher replies in his cartoonish way.
They step out of the tent. Christopher squints his eyes in pain as the sunlight hits his tired eyes. “Shit, forgot my glasses” he said and runs back in to get them and comes back out. It’s about a half-mile walk to their office.
“You hear about Asher?” asks Liam. Asher was a soldier who had joined the Army right after high school and had just arrived to their unit two weeks ago after just graduating from training and was placed on Christopher’s team. A few days ago, Asher was waiting in line to at the P.X., a place where Soldiers go to buy any extra stuff they want and essential toiletries, to get some cigarettes. A mortar came in and hit some porta-potties that were about 20 meters behind him. He was rushed to the medic tent and then flown out to Bagram Air Base for further treatment.
“No, how is he?” he replies.
“He lost both his legs” Liam sadly replies.
“Fuckin shit dude, that sucks” Christopher says maddened. He thinks to himself about all the fucked-up things that he has heard about and seen since coming to this hellhole. He’s lost 2 friends so far and he’s still struggling to cope with all of it.
They arrive at the office, it's a tent covered in spray foam insulation that didn’t work very well, about triple the size of his personal room, and has three tables. Two of the tables are loaded with computers and network monitoring equipment, and another for recreational things which was mostly used to play their favorite game Magic: The Gathering. Odds and ends of network cables and random junk spread out around the space and is what they affectionately call in the Army “an organized gaggle fuck”. Christopher strolls in and says, “Let’s get this shit over with so I can try and get a few hours of sleep.”
“Hold your horses' sweetheart, let’s all go outback and have a chat.” replies Davis, Liam and Christopher's team leader. He’s a short stocky guy from Beaumont, Texas and talks with a bit of a southern drawl. He hangs out with Liam and Christopher regularly outside of work. The three of them walk out back behind their tent office to an area where they have gathered unwanted broken chairs and “Mcgyvered” them to be usable underneath a make shift tarp for shade. Each of them lights a cigarette and sits on their chairs.
“Why the fuck didn’t you show up to check in?” Davis jokingly asks in a firm tone, so Christopher knows not to let it happen again.
“I went back to sleep after the mortar hit” Christopher replies.
“Well, why’d ya do that for?” questioned Davis.
“I dunno, just don’t care anymore. If it’s my time to go, then so be it.” Christopher replies.
“Look, I honestly don’t give two shits if you sleep through the mortars, but once that all clears given, make sure you high tail your ass over here so I don’t have to send Liam to get ya. Ya hear me?” Davis says with his cigarette dangling in his mouth.
Christopher takes a puff of his cigarette and lets out an annoyed sigh with a cloud of smoke, “Yea alright, won’t happen again.”
“By the way, you have night shift guard duty again next week. Lucky you.” Davis says sarcastically.
“Fuck my life man!” he says furiously.
Christopher despised guard duty. It was a week-long 12 hour shift assignment of sitting in a rickety guard tower at night equipped with shitty night-vision goggles that only worked half of the time and a hard-wooden chair that made your ass go numb after about 10 mins with an Afghan Soldier and most of them didn’t speak English. The ones that did have told him of the young girls that they are married to and badly describe having sex with them as if it was something to be proud of. This cultural norm infuriated and disgusted him to hear them talk about it, even more so, since he couldn’t do or say anything about it.
Liam, Davis, and Christopher joke around for about a half hour then Christopher slowly gets up, groans, and heads back to his room. He sets his rifle down and plops onto his bed. He’s been waking up like this for a few weeks now and feels sleep deprived. He starts thinking about Asher and everyone else that has been hurt or killed during this deployment. It sickens him down to his stomach and he fills with rage which quickly turns into deep sadness, feeling tears swelling up in his eyes as he tries to hold them back. His cellphone rings. It’s mom. He had just spoken to her yesterday and it was kind of unusual that she was calling now since she knows he’s normally asleep.
“Hey Mom, what’s up?” He answers.
“How ya doin pop?”
“Good, just about to head back to sleep.”
“Oh ok” Her voice takes a saddened tone, “Well, I have something I have to tell you first.”
“What’s that? Everything OK?” He replies worriedly.
“It’s your uncle Michael…. we just found out he died.”
Uncle Michael had been like a second father to him. Christopher looked up to his Uncle Michael and loved him dearly. It was his uncle who had sparked his love of science and technology in him when he was a child.
“What? How?” Christopher screamed.
“He had a heart attack and didn’t make it to the hospital.” says mom.
Christopher sat quietly for a few moments and stared at his bare, boring wall. He felt his body and emotions shutdown as if a switch had been flipped.
“How’s everyone else doing? He asked emotionlessly.
“They’re still coping with what happened. You should call them tomorrow and check in”
“OK, I will.” He says.
“Are you okay?” his mother asks caringly.
“Yeah, I’ll be fine. Kinda used to all the death and what not now.” He sighs
“Yeah, I know it’s not easy for you being there but stay strong and keep your head down, I love you”
“I love you too momma. Buh bye.” he says as he hangs up the phone.
He lies down and tries to process everything going on is his life at this moment. He starts wondering if he can keep going on like this. Maybe it’s too much for him. He still has 5 more months of hell to go through and who knows what will happen. His mind starts to wander to familiar thoughts.
“What if I just off myself? For real, this time.” He ponders. “I can’t take this shit anymore and the world is fucked up, what’s the point of living in it?” He gets out of bed and thinks maybe a shower will help him.
He gathers his things and heads to the shower stalls. It’s a semi-trailer with depressing white paint on the inside walls, has about 6 shower stalls set up, and reeks of mold and steam with white yellow stained curtains. He goes up to the stall which is only wide enough to rotate in a circle to wash yourself. He turns on the water, its cold as always. They haven’t had hot water for a couple of months now. He gets in and starts washing himself. Halfway through, he starts thinking about his uncle and friends again. He realizes he can’t stand to lose anybody else. He leans against the wall with a small thud, slides down to the floor, and starts balling. Everything had finally broken him, and he could not hold it in any longer and play it cool.
“I’m not doing this anymore, fuck this” he screams in his head.
He gets up, finishes his shower and heads back to his room. He sits on his bed and stares at his M16. “That would be the easiest way.” He thought. “Just Private Pyle that shit, like from Full Metal Jacket.”
He picks up his M16 and sets it across his lap, running his fingers across it, feeling the metal and coldness of it. He unloads the magazine to look at the rounds and shoves it back in. He picks up the rifle and pulls the charging handle, loading a round into the chamber. Turning the weapon around, he stares down the barrel for a few moments.
“It’ll be easy” he says. “People will be sad for a while but be better off without me anyway. My family would get my life insurance money and god knows they need the help.” He thinks.
He opens his mouth and slowly sticks the barrel in. The rust, dirt, and metallic taste of the rifle, similar to pennies, almost makes him gag as he wraps his lips around the barrel. He looks down and feels as if the weapon was staring at him, feeling that if it could talk it would be screaming not to do this. Christopher reaches for the selector switch and flicks it from “Safe” to “Semi” and flinches a bit when he hears the click. “All that needs to happen now is just a small pull of the trigger and it’ll all be over” he thinks. Time seems to be standing still in this moment. He places his finger on the trigger, closes his eyes, and takes in a long deep breath.
Click.
His eyes burst open. He looks down at his weapon again, opens his mouth, and throws the rifle across the room and stares at it horrified. He can’t believe what he had tried to do, he sits for what seems like an eternity trying to wrap his head around it.
“What the fuck was I thinking?! You’re a fucking idiot!” he screams in his head.
His thoughts turn to how much he didn’t want to die, and he feels tears run down his cheeks. He lies down on his pillow and cries quietly sniffing here and there. Eventually, he falls asleep.
That night, he’s startled by his work alarm. He jumps up and remembers what had happened earlier. He sits at the edge of his bed for a while thinking he could be slumped over with his brains all over the tent and is relieved that his rifle had malfunctioned. Putting the rifle on the bed, he starts to take it apart to investigate why it didn’t fire. It had never misfired in the past, it was trustworthy, and so it was perplexing to him. He takes out the magazine and pulls the charging handle back slowly, revealing that the round was still in the chamber, it should have fired. He pops out the round and looks at the bottom of it. The firing pin had hit the round and left the indentation as it should have.
The round was dud.
“Well shit.” he morbidly chuckles in relief.
He takes his pliers and pulls the round from the casing.
“I’m keeping you as a reminder” he says and places the bullet on his shelf.
He gets dressed and shows up to work as if nothing had happened, looks around and finds Liam and Davis sitting at the desk playing Magic: The Gathering.
“Smoke?” Christopher asks.
They both reply affirmatively "fuck yea, let’s go."
They head out back to their broken chairs, sit down, and each light up a cigarette.
Christopher takes a puff and thinks about how much he would miss his friends and family if he were gone and knows that they would miss him. He exhales, and through the smoke says “Man, I love you guys.”
Five months later Christopher completes his deployment and continues his career in the Army. Along the way, he took classes on how to deal with suicide and how to see the signs for it in others. To date, he still struggles with P.T.S.D, depression, and anxiety, but has been able to stay strong because of his friends and family and his new outlook on life gained from the many near death experiences he's had. He has been able to convince 4 out of 6 close friends from committing suicide. He hopes to save many veterans, Soldiers, and anyone else who is struggling with suicide in the future.
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2020.03.27 03:08 WinesburgOhio ON THIS DATE (July - Dec.): Posts about notable events & birthdays for each date

I had all of these linked in the Reference Posts, but I reached the character limit on that giant list with all of the "On This Date" posts, so I've split them into 2 lists that each cover half of the year. Here are all of them from July through December. A link to this page is in the Reference Posts, so you can still find these there.
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2020.03.09 16:20 King_Rajesh 32 Teams/32 Days - Day 27: The Seattle Seahawks


32 Teams/32 Days: Seattle Seahawks 2019 Season

I. Introduction

Seattle Seahawks
Division: NFC West
Record: 11-5, 2nd in NFC West
Pro Bowl: 3: QB Russell Wilson, LB Bobby Wagner, CB Shaquill Griffin
All Pro: 2: LB Bobby Wagner (1st team); QB Russell Wilson (2nd Team)

A. Statistics

Seahawks
Total First Downs 341
1st Downs (Rush-Pass-By Penalty) 121 - 190 - 30
3rd Down Conversions 79/200
4th Down Conversions 7/14
Total Offensive Yds 5991
Offense (Plays-Avg Yds) 1046 - 5.7
Total Rushing Yds 2200
Rushing (Plays-Avg Yards) 481 - 4.6
Total Passing Yds 3791
Passing (Comp-Att-Int-Avg) 341 - 517 - 6 - 7.9
Sacks 28
Field Goals 23/28
Touchdowns 49
Rush-Pass-Ret-Def) 15 - 31 - 0 - 3
Time of Possession 31:25
Turnover Ratio +12


Passing Stats Att Comp Yds Comp % Yds/Att TD TD % INT INT % Long Sck Sack/Lost Rating
Russell Wilson 516 341 4110 66.1 8.0 31 6.0 5 1.0 60 48 319 106.3


Rushing Stats
Player Att Yds Yds/Att Long TD
Chris Carson 278 1230 4.4 59 7
Russell Wilson 75 342 4.6 21 3
Rashaad Penny 65 370 5.7 58 3
C.J. Prosise 23 72 3.1 17 1
Travis Homer 18 114 6.3 29 0
Marshawn Lynch 12 34 2.8 15 1
Tyler Lockett 4 -5 -1.3 3 0
David Moore 3 25 8.3 19 0
DK Metcalf 2 11 5.5 7 0
Will Dissly 1 7 7.0 7 0


RECEIVING STATISTICS
Player Rec Yds Yds/Rec Long TD
Tyler Lockett 82 1057 12.9 44 8
DK Metcalf 58 900 15.5 54 7
Jacob Hollister 41 349 8.5 22 3
Chris Carson 37 266 7.2 21 2
Will Dissly 23 262 11.4 38 4
David Moore 17 301 17.7 60 2
Jaron Brown 16 220 13.8 48 2
Malik Turner 15 245 16.3 33 1
Travis Homer 11 56 5.1 11 0
Josh Gordon 7 139 19.9 58 0


DEFENSE STATISTICS (Exerpted)
Player Comb Total Assist Sck Fumb
Bobby Wagner 159 86 73 3.0 1
Bradley McDougald 70 52 18 0.5 1
Tre Flowers 82 65 17 2.0 1
Jadeveon Clowney 31 21 10 3.0 4
Rasheem Green 27 15 12 4.0 3
Quinton Jefferson 26 14 12 3.5 0
Ezekiel Ansah 18 12 6 2.5 2
TEAM TOTAL 1055 665 390 28 19
OPPONENTS TOTAL 1140 736 404 48 21


INTERCEPTIONS
Player Int Yds Yds/Int Long TD
Quandre Diggs 3 99 33.0 55 1
KJ Wright 3 10 3.3 11 0
Tre Flowers 3 0 0.0 0 0
Tedric Thompson 2 18 9.0 18 0
Bradley McDougald 2 0 0.0 0 0
Jadeveon Clowney 1 27 27.0 27 1
Bobby Wagner 1 6 6.0 6 0
Mychal Kendricks 1 1 1.0 1 0
TOTAL 16 161 10.1 55 2
OPPONENTS TOTAL 6 149 24.8 67 2


FIELD GOAL STATISTICS
Player 1-19A 1-19M 20-29A 20-29M 30-39A 30-39M 40-49A 40-49M 50+ A 50+ M
Jason Myers 0 0 6 6 11 11 7 4 4 2

PUNTING STATISTICS
Player Punts Avg Touchbacks/g IN 20 Long
Michael Dickson 74 45.1 5 34 63

B. 2019 Draft Picks

Round Overall Player
1 29 DE L.J. Collier
2 47 S Marquise Blair
2 64 WR DK Metcalf
3 88 LB Cody Barton
4 120 WR Gary Jennings Jr.
4 124 OG Phil Haynes
4 132 CB/S Ugo Amadi
5 142 LB Ben Burr-Kirven
6 204 RB Travis Homer
6 209 DT Demarcus Christmas
7 236 WR John Ursua

C. 2019 Signed Free Agents


Player Position 2017 Team
Jason Myers K New York Jets
Mike Iupati OG Arizona Cardinals
Ezekiel Ansah DE Detroit Lions
Al Woods DT Indianapolis Colts
Nick Bellore FB Detroit Lions
Jamar Taylor CB Cardinals/Broncos
Geno Smith QB Los Angeles Chargers

D. 2019 Presumptive Draft Picks


Round Overall
1 27
2 59
2 64
3 103
4 133
4 145
5 155
6 214
7 248

II. 2018 Season Analysis

A. General Season Review

The Seahawks continued what Pete Carroll called a “turn” in 2019. In doing so, they recommitted to their best players – making Russell Wilson and Bobby Wagner the centerpieces of the offense and defense for the foreseeable future. In particular, Russell Wilson is signed through 2023, and Pete Carroll and John Schneider are only signed through 2021, when Pete Carroll will be 70 years old. There is a considerable chance that Russell Wilson might have the opportunity to help John Schneider and Jody Allen select the next coach of the Seattle Seahawks when Pete hangs up his Air Monarch IVs. In the 2019 Offseason Review Series, I predicted the Seahawks to go 10-6. They did one better than I expected, but I can’t proclaim to be Nostradamus, especially as I predicted the 49ers to go 8-8. In short, I predicted the Seahawks to be good, but not great. This was never supposed to be their year, 2020 was always the year that I thought they would be fully operational and ready to contend for another title.
But yet, ten weeks into the season, and you could have been forgiven if you thought that Christmas was coming in June. The Seahawks were 10-2! They were holding a tiebreaker over the wildly overperforming 49ers! They had the presumptive MVP on their roster! They had a perfect road record! Sure, they got bodied by the Ravens, but the Ravens were one of the top teams in the AFC and were destroying everyone! Sure, they had a defense that was at the bottom in most metrics, but who cares about that – just look at the scoreboard – 10 winz and the NUMBAH ONE SEED, BAY BAY! WHOOOOOOOOOOOOO!
It was all for naught, however – as the chickens would eventually come home to roost, and the Seahawks would collapse once again at the end of the year instead of turning it on for December as they were once famous for. They ended up dropping three straight games to NFC West opponents – including a disaster of a game to the Cardinals, which eliminated the prospect of a first-round bye for an injury-plagued team, before limping into the playoffs off two straight losses, winning a game over the hapless Eagles, and then ultimately fell to the Green Bay Packers in Lambeau.
I’m not sure how people could view the Seahawks 2019 campaign as a success – I ultimately view the 2019 season as a failure. When you have one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL today, who was the consensus front runner for MVP for the first ten weeks of the season, when you were able to claw up to being the presumptive number one seed in the entire NFC not just once but twice… and the season still ends in the divisional round? That’s a failure. Now, I’m not saying that the Seahawks need to be in the Super Bowl every year – that’s unrealistic. But if you have an elite QB, you need to at least get to the conference championship game each year if you want to have a “successful” season in my eyes.
One thing that amazed me about this season was how the Seahawks refused – even when they had a massive lead, to win by more than one score. It was as if Pete Carroll wanted to tie or break the record for one score games, as ten out of Seattle’s eleven wins were by eight points or less. While Pete Carroll believes that close games “make you stronger” – I still would have liked to see the Seahawks blow teams out like they used to do in 2012-2014, but the talent and depth are not as deep as they once were.
All in all, I do not have much thoughts on whether or not the 2019 Seahawks Season was a positive development for 2020. The Seahawks stand at the precipice – ahead of them is the climb to the promised land at the mountain’s top, but on either side is a steep drop to mediocrity. With the NFC West continuing to improve, the Seahawks have much work to be done this offseason in order to equip themselves for the ascent.
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Due to the length of this post, I have broken up the post into disparate sections and linked them through replies. I will also have hyperlinks below if you're looking for something specific.

Overall Conclusion
I'd like to give a shout-out to Seahawks Twitter and the Seahawks Discord for being consistently awful, /NFL_Draft for hosting some of the best draft conversation, yesacerretnas for hosting this thing, and all of you for reading it.
For the past five years, I’ve always said that /Seahawks was awesome – but this year, it was decidedly not. A moderation staff that went on a power trip (including recently banning Mock Drafts!), an infestation of unfunny and terrible memes and memers, witch hunts of older and prominent members on the subreddit, users that downvoted anything that wasn’t positive about the team or affirming of the decisions its leadership made, and a recent abhorrence of rational and realistic thoughts on how good the team really was, especially in light of the 10-2 start, made the discussion that I used to love on the Seahawks subreddit now awful.
In any event, the Seahawks face what I would think is their most important offseason to date. They have the QB and his new crop of weapons (DK Metcalf for 1200 yards next season – you heard it here first!) on the offensive side of the ball. But on defense… they just have Bobby Wagner. Who else will they add? Can Pete Carroll build a defense at 68 to rival the one he built when he was 58 in 2010? Time will only tell.
Perhaps we shall discuss this more in the Offseason Review Series. Until then, Go Hawks.
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2020.03.04 19:27 WinesburgOhio ON THIS DATE -- All posts about notable events & birthdays for each date

I had all of these linked in the Reference Posts, but I actually reached the character limit on that giant post, so I've moved all of the "On This Date" posts into its own spot. A link to this page is in the Reference Posts, so you can still find these there.
JANUARY: 1a, 1b, 2, 5, 6, 7, 9a, 9b, 10, 11a, 11b, 12, 13, 14a, 14b, 14c, 15a, 15b, 15c, 16, 18, 19, 20a, 20b, 20c, 21a, 21b, 24, 25, 29, 30a, 30b, 30c -- FEBRUARY: 2, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6a, 6b, 7, 8a, 8b, 8c, 8d, 9, 11a, 11b, 12a, 12b, 12c, 12d, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17a, 17b, 18a, 18b, 20a, 20b, 21, 22a, 22b, 22c, 23, 25a, 25b, 26, 27a, 27b, 27c, 28, 29 -- MARCH: 1a, 1b, 1c, 2, 3, 4, 6a, 6b, 6c, 7, 8, 9, 11, 14a, 14b, 14c, 15, 17, 18, 19a, 19b, 20, 22, 23a, 23b, 23c, 25, 26a
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2020.03.02 14:16 TheFencingCoach 32 Teams/32 Days: The Tampa Bay Buccaneers

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Division: NFC South
Record: 7-9 (3rd in the Division)
Memes: So Many

Intro: Break it Down, Arthur Fleck

I used to think that being a Bucs fan was a tragedy. But now I realize it’s a comedy. For my whole life, I didn’t know if this team really existed, but I do, and people are starting to notice. NFL didn’t listen, did you? You just make the same Jameis memes every week. “Eating W’s,” “MRSA,” “30/30,” are you having any negative thoughts? All we have are negative thoughts.
Loretta Winston used to tell Jameis to smile and put on a happy face. She told him he had a purpose: to give the ball to the world. So what do you get when you cross a mentally ill QB banned from Uber with a subreddit that abandons him and treats him like a meme? You get Buccaneers! Have you seen what it’s like out there, NFL? Do you ever actually leave this sub? Everybody just yells and screams at each other. Nobody’s civil anymore. Nobody thinks what it’s like to be a Bucs fan. You think men and women like the mods of NFL ever think what it’s like to be Bucs fans? To be somebody but themselves? They don’t.
They think we’ll just sit there and take the memes, like good little boys! That we won’t werewolf and go wild! I know it seems strange. I don’t mean to make you uncomfortable. I don’t know why everyone is so rude, I don’t know why you are; I don’t want any more memes from you. Maybe a little warmth, maybe a hug, NFL, maybe a bit of common decency!
Because all of a sudden, you’re going to respect us. You’re going to see what this team is becoming next season. We are on the cusp of playoffs. And you? You wouldn’t get it. Shut your mouth and read on. The joke’s on you.

2019 Key Statistics

Category 2018 Ranking 2019 Ranking Δ
DVOA Offense 12th 21st -9
Total Offense 6,648 Yards 6,366 Yards -282
Total Passing Yards 5,125 Yards 4,845 Yards -280
Total Rushing Yards 1,523 Yards 1,521 Yards -2
DVOA Defense 32nd 5th +27
Total Defense Allowed 6,134 Yards 5,503 -631
Total Passing Yards Allowed 4,151 Yards 4,322 Yards +171
Total Rushing Yards Allowed 1,983 Yards 1,181 Yards -802
Total Sacks 38.0 47.0 +9.0
TurnoveTakeaway Differential -18 -13 +5
Penalty Flags 117 134 +17
Player Arrests 0 0 0

Top Stories of the 2019 Season

Jameis Winston gets a 30/30 Special, and I Ain’t Talking About ESPN: Jameis’s stat line from the 2019 season is the ultimate Rorschach test for where fans stand on the man. “He threw for 5,109 yards and 33 TD’s!” “Yes, but he also threw 30 INT’s and lost an additional 5 fumbles!” Bruce Arians recently make the assessment that about 20 interceptions were Jameis’s fault, the other 10 on his receivers. I don’t disagree. Watching NFL All-22, my personal conclusion was about 21 fell on him.
The biggest problem with Winston after year 5 is less the turnovers themselves, but the clustered manner in which they happened.
In other words, he was 3x as likely to turn the ball over 3+ times in a game than he was to throw 0 picks. And that is objectively bad. It’s not all terrible with Jameis—his mechanics and footwork look drastically improved under Arians and the rapport he established with his top receivers was fantastic. In 5+ years of writing this series, I can’t bring myself to label Winston a “bust.”
I can’t help but think he’s close to becoming the QB who he was expected to be 5 years ago. It’s my hope we franchise him, because it’s not quite time to hit the reset button on this roster. More on that below.
The Year of the Breakout: The Jason Licht era has been full of meme picks, bad picks, and outright stupid free agent signings. This was the very first year that his choices started making sense, and we saw huge breakout years for:
49 Days on the Road: No team was screwed by the NFL’s schedule makers like the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2019. Due to the NFL’s continued flirtations with London games, the Buccaneers volunteered to play a “home game” in London in the middle of a difficult away stretch of games. From week 4-9, the Buccaneers flew to LA, New Orleans, to London to play the Panthers, then to Tennessee, and finally in Seattle. A total of 20,378 air miles to be precise. I shouldn’t complain too much though, because whatever Shad Khan is cooking up for the Jaguars is likely to look far worse in comparison.
New Uniforms Coming in April: Whoever thought our current uniforms were a good idea deserves to be tar and feathered and thrown in Guantanamo Bay. The design is an unaesthetic nightmare, created as if a cat drank 3 week old curdled milk, an alarm clock, and rotten Chinese food and vomited, and that’s what our current jerseys look like. Poorly received by all and made fun of by many, it’s no surprise that as of 2 weeks ago, the Bucs announced that new uniforms were coming in April 2020. As the old Russian proverb says: “don’t kill the tzar til you know who his replacement is,” but whatever they give us has got to be better.
Bruce Arians Takes a Chainsaw to the Culture: When we hired Bruce Arians last year, I never saw him as a long-term solution, but saw plenty of short term value in bringing him on board because of what he would do with our culture. Sure enough, he wasn’t messing around. In the most recent coaching eras, the Buccaneers had an aura of arrogance and lackadaisicalness that showed up on the field, particularly in the 4th quarter. Bruce Arians came in and said “not today, idiots.” Missed blocking assignment? You’re benched for the rest of the game. Dropped ball that led to an interception? You’re benched for the rest of the game and he’s going to call you out to the media. Six interception game in London? …Okay you get a free pass for that one. Bruce Arians did not come for playtime with Barney the Dinosaur. He was so irate with VH3’s lack of hustle after a botched play that he cut the 2016 1st round pick the next day (in reality, that was the straw that broke the Bruce’s back since VH3 was trending towards megabust anyways). There’s an old joke: what’s the difference between the Bucs and a dollar? You can get four quarters out of a dollar. Well, Bruce got four quarters out of the Bucs this year and the team is starting to buy into his jam. It’s what gives me hope for the future of this team. Have to credit Todd Bowles here too, who made the defense look its best in over a decade. One Jets’ trash is another Bucs’ treasure.

Free Agency – Select Analysis of Key Free Agents on the Docket

Player Status Analysis
Jameis Winston (QB) UFA The decision we make at QB will ultimately determine if I think this is a playoff team or not. Due to Philip Rivers moving his family to Florida, there have been emerging rumors that Rivers could be a potential target for the Bucs. But Rivers is 38 years old and a shell of his former self, and Jameis is still only 26. In spite of the many terrible stinkers played by Jameis in 2019 (e.g. his 6 INT game in London), I sadly believe Jameis Winston gives the Buccaneers the best chance to compete in 2020. Would I make a long-term commitment to him? Positively not. Verdict: Franchise tag. 1 year, $27M
Sack Ferret (Edge) UFA Just as we all predicted: the guy who we signed on a 1 year, $4M deal would lead the league in sacks with 19.5 and an additional 6 forced fumbles. Ferret was one of the team’s pleasant surprises in 2019, and he’s such a cool guy, he even went on camera to urge everyone to kneel before Mike Glennon. The Buccaneers have had a long drought of quality pass rushers up until trading for Jason Pierre-Paul (JPP) last year. It’s going to cost a pretty penny to retain Barrett and pay him based on only one year of top production, but it’ll be worth the gamble. Verdict: Re-sign him. He should command a contract of 5 years, $110M with $60M in guarantees.
Demar Dotson (RT) UFA Demar Dotson spent most of his career in Tampa as one of the better performing and underrated RT’s in the league. A relic dating back to the Raheem Morris years, Dotson has been a fan favorite due to his mostly solid on-field play but his stunning candor in interviews. But he’s well beyond his prime and at 34, isn’t worth an investment in at this point. Verdict: Look to free agency or the Draft for a RT It’s time to let Dotson hit the market.
Breshad Perriman (WR) UFA It’s been an interesting journey for Perriman, who came into the league as a 1st round pick for the Ravens, battled injuries, then had a decent resurgence for the Browns before signing in Tampa on a 1-year deal. To start the season, Perriman was more of his usual stone-handed self: In weeks 1-9, Perriman had a combined 11 catches for 139 yards. But with injuries to both Mike Evans and Chris Godwin, Perriman stepped up later on in the season, finishing with 25 catches for 506 yards in the remaining 5 weeks. By the way—he had more yards in those final 5 weeks then he had had in any season up to that point. Perriman represents more of a luxury re-signing at this point, and the team is likely to turn to Scotty Miller (2019 6th round pick) as a more budget WR3. Verdict: It was a good year for Perriman, but he’s likely to get a better deal on the open market. Let him walk.
Jason Pierre-Paul (Edge) UFA This is probably the hardest Free Agent to make a verdict on. JPP was acquired from the Giants for a 3rd round pick last year then went onto become our 1st 10+ sack rusher since Simeon Rice in 2007. Another offseason freak accident for JPP last year resulted in a fractured neck that took him out for the first 6 games of the season. He still managed to amass 8.5 sacks in 8 starts. At 31, JPP is still playing at a high level, but when the Bucs restructured his contract to allow him to become a UFA last season, the writing seemed to be on the wall for his future in Tampa. I’d love to find a way to re-sign him on a 2 year deal, worth ~$10M or so, sure, keep him around. Otherwise… Verdict: Try to keep him on a cheap 2 year deal. But he’s likely to want one more big pay-day, and if that’s the case, let him get it.
Ndamukong Suh (DT) UFA Ndamukong Suh didn’t show up on the stat sheet much, and he didn’t even show up that great on tape. But he was worth every penny of his $10M deal for the culture add to the locker room. Suh has always been a violent and determined player, a contrast to the players that we had in the KoetteSmith/Schiano eras. I’m not sure what value he brings in 2020, and he’ll probably try to win one ring before calling it quits. Verdict: Let him go donkey kick some other QB’s balls elsewhere.

2019 Draft Outlook

Round/Pick Player Analysis
Round 1, #5 Overall Devin White (LB – LSU) What I said when we made the pick: “White is a speed demon LB with excellent coverage skills…his attitude alone will be uplifting to a milquetoast team…His transition to the NFL won’t be without growing pains, but it’s a pick that fills a huge need and should be an upgrade…” What I say now: White had some unfortunate injury and illness issues to start the year, but by the end of the season, it was clear why he was a top 5 pick. He was all over the field and a number of turnovers, stops, and passes defended. If he stays healthy, he will be a top ILB next year. Outlook: Very positive.
Round 2, #39 Overall Sean Murphy-Bunting (CB – Central Michigan) What I said when we made the pick: “And with Greedy Williams still on the board, we picked…Sean Murphy-Bunting. The pick seemed like a little bit of a reach to me…I’m whelmed by this pick.” What I say now: When I’m wrong, I admit I’m dead wrong. SMB was nothing short of awesome as a rookie, racking up 3 INT’s while only allowing 528 yards in the air. He came up with big plays in a number of clutch situations and was named to the PFWA All-Rookie team. Outlook: Positive
Round 3, #94 Overall Jamel Dean (CB – Auburn) What I said when we made the pick: “A high risk/high reward potential draft pick here… He’s a freak athlete who ran a 4.3 at the Combine and that speed showed up on his game tape too. Against Alabama, in particular, he was tested on the deep ball a few times and stayed with his receiver in stride, giving up no big plays…This to me was a pick based more on his potential than his production” What I say now: Dean didn’t look like a 3rd round pick, and when he got tested by the fires, he rose to the occasion. He was good enough to be named to PFF’s all-rookie team. I’m more excited about his trajectory than even SMB’s. Outlook: Very positive.
Round 3, #99 Overall Mike Edwards (S – Kentucky) What I said when we made the pick: “Woah nelly I did not like this pick. You know how when you turn on Rookie mode in Madden and the safeties bite on play action almost every time? That’s what I saw with Mike Edwards…Angles he took on tackles were often whiffed…this was probably my least favorite pick of this draft.” What I say now: Woah nelly I did not like this pick. You know how when you turn on Rookie mode in Madden and the safeties bite on play action almost every time? That’s what I saw with Mike Edwards…Angles he took on tackles were often whiffed…this was probably my least favorite pick of this draft. Outlook: Negative
Round 5, #145 Overall Matt Gay (Thiccer – Utah) What I said when we made the pick: “…when Licht rolled the dice on Gay, I had zero issue with it, given how many 5th round picks he’s wasted in the past …I don’t have any qualms with burning a draft pick to address a serial need for us.” What I say now: Gay was inconsistent as a rookie, going 77.1% on field goals and 89.6% on XPS. In a vacuum, those numbers aren’t great, and he cost us a few games. But he’s better than what we’ve had and we can only hope the numbers will tick up with experience. Outlook: Neutral
Round 6, #208 Overall Scotty Miller (WR – Bowling Green) What I said when we made the pick: I don’t think Scotty Miller makes the final roster…Miller’s separation was unimpressive to me from the limited tape I saw. Not a lot to be excited for here. What I say now: Miller looked decent when we turned to him for more looks later on in the season after losing Evans and Godwin. He may be our starting slot receiver on opening day 2020. Outlook: Neutral
Round 7, #215 Overall Terry Beckner Jr. (DT – Missouri) What I said when we made the pick: He may be Terry Beckner Jr., but if you look at how he’s bulked up, it looks like Terry Becker Jr. ate Terry Beckner Sr.” What I say now: Turns out he bulked up like that because he was using the PED’s. He tested positive and got cut. Outlook: Ded.

Top Needs Entering Free Agency and the Draft

  1. OT- If Jameis Winston becomes a free agent, QB becomes priority #1 for obvious reasons, because the only remaining QB on our roster at that point will be Ryan Griffin. And…just…nope. Don’t want that guy starting unless we’re trying to tank for Trevor. Demar Dotson is set to become a UFA, and that leaves a gaping hole on the right side. Donovan Smith will be cuttable after this year, providing an opportunity to draft a guy and plug him into the right side as a rookie before transitioning to the blindside. Possible Solutions: Jack Conklin, Meckhi Becton, Jedrick Willis
  2. DT- My fellow Buccaneers fans may say Safety is a clear #2 need, which I’d disagree with. Vita Vea has filled in nicely at 0-tech, but the Bucs are in need of more depth and pass rushing prowess on the inside, particular with four-man front looks. Possible Solutions: Chris Jones (can bounce to DE and has that versatility), Arik Armstead, Javon Kinlaw
  3. RB- RoJo had a great step forward in year 2, but his bone-headedness in blocking and suspect vision make him a more one-dimensional back. Peyton Barber is a free agent and seems best suited as a 3rd down back at this point. In short, the Bucs don’t have a feature back on the roster right now. It’s remained an area of need since Doug Martin became Drug Martin. Possible Solutions: Kareem Hunt (ew, I hate typing that), David Johnson (via trade), D’Andre Swift
  4. Edge- Depth, depth, depth. You don’t compete in this league with a narrow DL, and with some of our free agency departures, that’s what we’re looking at. Jason Licht ought to look at the 49ers model for success (give me your Kyle Shanahan memes in the comments) and give the Bucs a young and fearsome pass rush. Possible Solutions: Yannick Ngakoue, Kyle Van Noy, Robert Quinn, AJ Epinesa
  5. S- I’ve got Safety a little lower here because I have a lot of confidence in our young core of DB’s. Liked a lot of what I saw from Jordan Whitehead this year and think he’s poised for a breakout in year 3. Justin Evans remains a big injury question mark, and 1st year safety Mike Edwards just didn’t look great to start. Somewhere out there, a Buccaneers fan just whined about passing on Derwin for Vita Vea. Tell me that fan’s address so I can give that fan a wedgie. Depth and quality here is still needed. Possible Solutions: Eric Berry, Anthony Harris, Laughter Lewinsky-Blowjobs, Grant Delpit

Free Agency: The 2020 Wish List

I’m making this list more from a practicality standpoint. It sure would be nice if the Bucs somehow signed all the top free agents, but we have plenty of our own guys to keep in-house.
  1. Jack Conklin – RT (Titans): Yes, he’s torn his ACL twice. But ACL injuries aren’t as concerning as they were say, ten years ago. Conklin would be an instant plug and play starter to replace the aging Demar Dotson at RT, and given injury history, he may not command the same kind of top dollar as other OT’s.
  2. Vic Beasley – Edge (Falcons): Beasley would provide nice depth at edge and come at a lower price than what it might take to re-sign JPP. Beasley is the kind of player who has been up and down in his career but at 27 years old and with 37.5 sacks in his career to date, he could provide a solid plug and play option.
  3. Anthony Harris – Safety (Vikings): Unlikely the Vikings let Harris walk, but we can dream, right? Harris has been a ball-hawking Safety who’s also been an asset in stopping the run. Entering his prime at 28, Harris’s agents could be trying to get him the same kind of market-breaking deal that Landon Collins secured last year.
  4. Arik Armstead – DT/Edge (49ers): Armstead would be a instant upgrade from Suh and the kind of player who would keep the ferocity of the Bucs’ 2019 DL intact. He’s going to make a lot of money, and I see few scenarios where the Bucs cough up a competitive deal for him.
  5. Melvin Gordon – RB (Chargers): Gordon held out to start the 2019 season and it bit him in the ass. He was slower, less explosive, and he had ball security issues to boot. It’s part of the reason I think Gordon is going to be available at a bargain price that pays him closer to what Mark Ingram is making in Baltimore (3 years, $15M) then the kind of Gurley money that Gordon initially sought.

In Memoriam: FactCheckOnTheFly

Back in December, Buccaneers lost a cherished member of our community in FactCheckOnTheFly. Fact Check was the kind of guy who you could feel his enthusiasm pouring out of every comment and dank me me he posted. He was hilarious, in short, his attitude was contagious, and he had the kind of sense of humor that contributed daily to the what the fuck is wrong with you people? culture that exists on Buccaneers.
The majority of the people we interact with on Reddit are strangers we’ll never meet. But spend enough time shooting the shit in comments, sharing laughs, and celebrating in the rare victory together, and eventually it feels no different from kicking back and crushing beers on the porch with an old friend. RIP Fact Check. You will be missed.

Closing Thoughts: We’re Almost There

For the first time in nearly a decade, the Bucs were a fun team to watch last year in nearly every game. It’s a nice cultural shift from the milquetoast mentality from the days of yore.
I predicted the Bucs would go 7-9 last year (the 2nd year I got our record correctly in a row, by the way). There’s not a lot to say looking back here, but depending on the moves we make in free agency and the draft, I’ll have a lot to say looking forward. This team is on the cusp of playoffs again (with or without the expanded field with the new CBA).
I’ll be watching with eyes wide open for both the draft, free agency, and some dank new uniforms. Fire the cannons. Shoutout to Buccaneers and my fellow mods. Love y’all.
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2020.02.15 23:33 Gileriodekel What would you need from a healthy Mormon spiritual community?

uniderth made a post called a while back called "How would you stop the bleeding?". Here is the post in full:
You have free reign to make any changes to stop the max Exodus of members from the Church. The only rule is you have to keep the church intact as an organization.
Bonus points if you win back members who have left.
This reminded me of a post I made a couple years ago. I believed there needed to be some sort of divine intervention, but since then I've allowed a non-literalistic belief to take shape for me.
What else would I need to see changed? What exactly do I think would need to happen for healthy Mormon spirituality and incorporate the 6 Sources of Revelation? I thought about it for quite a while, and there's quite a few things I would do. I will rank them from most important to least important
  1. Admittance of past wrong-doings
    Racism, sexism, and homophobia haunt Mormon culture, and it needs to make a formal apology and actively seek forgiveness by changing the culture.
  2. Get rid of the hierarchy
    The hierarchy breeds an environment of superiority and hero worship in place of spirituality. Hierarchy should be reframed into being nothing other than a figurehead, kind of like how many of the European monarchs are today Or even better the hierarchy should be completely removed.
     
    A more anarchistic model of religious practice would be preferable. You choose for yourself who you look up to. You take it upon yourself to get stuff done in the community (callings). You believe what you believe and not be shamed into believing something else.
     
    08/17/20 EDIT: I have since changed my opinion on such a model. The Fellowship of the Remnant claims to allow revelation from any of its members, any everyone is equal, To date, however, there have only been 2 people to propose revelation for this community: Denver Snuffer and Jeff Savage. Denver Snuffer has edited scripture as well as added 22 revelations to the "Teachings and Commandments", which is the spiritual sucessor to the Doctrine and Covenants. Jeff Savage proposed the "Statement of Principles" as a revelation to the Fellowship of the Remnant, but was met with unparralelled criticism. It turns out that Snuffer had a hand in writing it and many people wanted Snuffer to entirely write it. Ultimately, Savage's short statement was heavily altered by the community, and Snuffer remains the only one to have a revelation canonized.
     
    In other words, the snufferites employ an anarchistic model in theory, but do not in practice. They have an unofficial prophet that calls all the shots, just like in the LDS church. Arguably this anarchistic in-name-only system is more difficult to criticize because people believe that Denver doesn't actually have the level of power that he does.
     
    In light of this, I think there needs to be a system in place that guarantees that the average church members' voices are heard. I have come up with one idea:
     
    We could have a crowd-sourced book of scripture where all elders are able to freely write down their theological speculations and beliefs. It could kind of be like a modern-day Journal of Discourses. I think it would be wise to move most of Joseph Smith's teachings to this book, so that he is appropriately on the same level as others.
     
    Regardless of gender, people are ordained as a deacon at 12, a teacher at 14, priest at 16, and elder at 18. When you are ordained an elder you are given your own little corner of the crowd-sourced scripture to do with as you please.
     
    I think it would be wise to have a go-to team of people which functionally act as a president and board of a non-profit organization. They take care of day-to-day stuff like maintaining facebook pages, accounting, connecting people together, running the meetings (like zoom meetups), etc. I also think having a president for this non-profit community would be wise, so they can handle things like IRS paperwork.
     
    To keep this system from devolving into a gerontocracy or bureaucracy you have the board be elected by the general membership and have term lengths. I think 2 years for apostles and 5 years for the president would be a good length of time. it allows community building to get done, but also allows turn over.
     
    Regardless, I recognize that this may not be the best system. I think if a community wants to form, they will have to come up with how they want their community to be ran. I also think that communities need to evolve and change when they need to.
  3. Non-literalism
    Let people have a non-literalistic approach to everything. No mandate on the level or type of belief. Encourage discussion for tough historical topics and questionable things in scriptures.
    In an ideal world I would like to see a version of the scriptures based on the morality of our day and not the Iron Age.
  4. Women's ordination
    Women should be granted unfettered access to the priesthood and be allowed to take on leadership positions. IMO the priesthood should be synonymous with "friendship"
  5. LGBT
    Full inclusion of LGBT folks. Not only tolerance and acceptance of their relationships, but celebration of them. We should celebrate all families.
  6. No more temple recommendations
    Temple recommendations are ways of tracking and shaming people into orthodoxy and orthopraxy. Everyone should live their lives how they feel is best and be permitted into holy spaces.
  7. Financial transparency
    Every penny is tracked and made public.
  8. Wise financial spending
    Use its funds to support its meetinghouses, temples, youth groups, and community projects. Restart doing social activities like dances, linger longer, funding art/culture, and doing roadshows. Everything after that should go towards humanitarian causes.
    No major investments like a mall.
  9. Missions
    No more shaming for not going on missions. All missions are 100% funded. No more proselytizing missions, just humanitarian missions.
  10. Temples
    No more temples that clearly break the spirit of Mormon 8:37. They should be no fancier than the Congo temple.
    In addition temple covenants should be altered. No more Law of Consecration and rework the Law of Chastity. The temple should chiefly be a place of refuge and meditation.
  11. Tithing
    Tithing is no longer required. No recommendations other than "10%". It could be gross, net, or increase. People could give to a charity or cause of their choice and count it as tithing.
  12. No more sexual shaming
    We should take a more realistic, safe, and educated approach to sexuality and chastity.
  13. No more excommunication
    Its a barbaric process that needs to be left in the past.
    08/17/20 EDIT: I am in favor of excommunication for murder and sexual abuse.
  14. Streamlined resignation
    No more lawyers or notaries. Its as simple as unsubscribing to an email chain. If you want to re-join its as simple as re-subscribing (with an option to perform the baptism ritual if its important to you)
I'm sure I'll think of a couple more. I'll edit this post if/and when that happens.
What are some thing you need to see from an organization for a healthy Mormon spirituality?
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2020.02.11 23:41 sto_sa The list so far for RSD 2020 (an ongoing project...)

List Updated to include RSD UK titles as confirmed in Long Live Vinyl Magazine.
These titles may not necessarily all be included on the US list, and further US-exclusive titles will be announced.
The 3 Pieces - Iwishcan William - 12” (Rogue Cat)
Ace of Base - The Sign - 7” picture disc (IK7 Records)
Acid Mothers Temple - Nam Myo Ho Ren Ge Kyo E - 2LP (Space Age Recordings)
Namja Akhtar - Five Rivers - 12” (Last Minute Productions)
The Alarm - Electric Folklore Live ‘88 - 2LP (21st Century Recordings)
Lee Alfred - Rockin’/Poppin’ Full Tilting - 7” (Cancer Records)
Alessandro Alessandroni - Ritmo dell’industria n. 2 - LP (BTF)
Alpha & Omega Meets the Disciples - Sacred Art of Dub, Vol. 1 - LP (Mania Dub)
Alphaville - Sounds Like a Melody - 12” (Warner Music Germany)
The Amorphous Androgynous - A Monster Psychedelic Bubble - LP (FSOL Digital)
Andy & The Odd Socks - Happy Birthday/Remember You’re An Odd Sock - 7” picture disc (CMG)
Annihilator - Triple Threat Unplugged - 12” (Neverland Music Inc.)
Archers of Loaf - Raleigh Days/Street Fighting Man - 7” (Merge Records)
Louis Armstrong - Armstrong in France LP (Dot Time Records)
Art Brut - Modern Art - 7” (Alcopop!)
Ed Askew ft. Trembling Bells - London - 12” (Tin Angel Records)
Asking Alexandria - Stand Up and Scream - LP (Sumerian Records)
B-Fax - B-Fax - LP (Disco-Ordination)
Badflower - The Jester Acoustic - 12” (Big Machine UK)
Chet Baker Trio - Mr. B - LP (Tidal Waves Music)
The Bamboos - Twenty Years 2000-2020 - 2x7” (Tru Thoughts)
Band of Pain - A Clockwork Orange - 12” (Dirter Promotions)
Bardo Pond - On the Ellipse - 2LP (Fire Records)
Robbie Basho - Selections from The Sounds of Avatars - LP (Tompkins Square)
Bastille - All This Blood - 2LP (Virgin EMI)
Batmobile - Big Bat A Go-Go - 7” (Music on Vinyl)
Jessie Baylin - Pleasure Center - 12” EP black and white marbled (New West Records)
Beck/St. Vincent - No Distraction/Uneventful Days - 7” (Capitol)
Gerry Beckley - Discovering America - 10” (Morgan Blue Town)
The Bevis Frond - Valedictory Songs - 2LP (Fire Records)
The Bevis Frond - What Did For the Dinosaurs - 2LP (Fire Records)
Joan Bibiloni - Selected Works: 1982-1989 - 12” (NuNorthern Soul)
Biffy Clyro - The Modern LepeModern Love - 7” (Warner)
Black Honey - Corrine - 12” (Black Honey)
The Black Keys - Let’s Rock - 2LP (Nonesuch/Warner)
Black Lips ft. Kesha - They’s a Person of the World - 7” (Fire Records)
Black Sabbath - Evil Woman, Don't Play Your Games with Me / Wicked World / Paranoid / The Wizard 2x7” (WarneBMG)
Tim Blake - Crystal Machine (blue vinyl) (LMLCulture Factory)
Blanck Mass - Blanck Mass - 2LP (Sacred Bones)
BMX Bandits - C86 - LP (Glass Modern)
Marc Bolan & T. Rex - Shadowhead: 1972-1976 - LP (Demon)
Bombs of Hades - Phantom Bell (2LP) (red vinyl, etched side) (Black Lodge)
David Bowie - ChangesNowBowie (LP or CD) (Warner)
David Bowie - I’m Only Dancing (Soul Tour 74) - 2LP or 2CD (Warner)
Boys Next Door - Door, Door: 40th Anniversary (red vinyl) (Rhino Australia)
Broken Bones - Dem Bones - LP (Fall Out/Jungle)
Peter Bruntnell - Normal For Bridgwater
Jake Bugg - Saviours of the City - 7” (RCA)
Sam Burton - Nothing Touches Me - 7” (Tomkins Square)
Canned Heat & John Lee Hooker - Hooker 'n Heat (yellow/brown vinyl) (LMLR)
Caribou - Swim: 10th Anniversary Edition - 2LP (City Slang)
Brandi Carlile - Black Hole Sun/Searching With My Good Eye Closed - 12” (Elektra)
Frank Carter & the Rattlesnakes - End of Suffering Live to Vinyl - 10” (International Death Cult)
Ron Carter - Foursight Stockholm - 2LP (IN+OUT Records)
Carter the Unstoppable Sex Machine - 1992: The Love Album - LP (Chrysalis)
Neal Casal - Fade Away Diamond Time - 2LP (Not Fade Away)
Johnny Cash - Classic Cash: Early Mixes [early mix of 1988 album] - 2LP (Mercury/UMe)
Michael Chapman - Americana - LP (Mooncrest)
The Charlatans - The Charlatans UK vs. The Chemical Brothers - LP (Beggars Banquet)
The Charlatans - Live It Like You Love It - 2LP (UMC/Island)
Charli XCX - Vroom Vroom - 12” color (Atlantic)
Cheap Trick - Out To Get You [live 1977] - 2LP (Legacy/CMG)
The Chemical Brothers - Surrender to Love - 12” (Virgin EMI)
Don Cherry - Cherry Jam - 10” (Gearbox)
Cherry Ghost - Beneath This Burning Shoreline - 12” (Heavenly Recordings)
Cherry Ghost - Live at the Trades Club - 12” (Heavenly Recordings)
Christine and the Queens - La Vita Nuova: Sequences 2 et 3 - 7” gatefold (Because Music)
Chromeo - Needy Girl: Zdar Dub / Paper Faces Remix /Album Version // Lifelike Remix / Bloc Party Remix / Instrumental (eOne Music)
The Church - Gold Afternoon Fix (gold vinyl) (Real Gone Music)
Gary Clark, Jr ft. Andra Day - Pearl Cadillac - 12”/etching (Warner)
The Claude Diallo Situation - I Found A New Home - LP (Dot Time Records)
Clearlight Symphony - Clear Light Symphony (pink vinyl) (LMLCulture Factory)
Clutch - The Obelisk - 17LP box w/mat and signed litho (Weathermakers)
MJ Cole - Madrugada Remixes - 12” (Classics & Jazz UK)
Shirley Collins and Davy Graham - Folk Roots, New Routes - LP (Universal/Decca)
Michel Colombier - Capot Pointu - LP (PlayTime)
The Comet Is Coming - Imminent - 12” (Decca)
Charly Coombes - All in the End Is Harvest - LP (Finyl Vinyl)
Alice Cooper - Live at the Apollo Theatre, Glasgow, 19-02-82 (Rhino/Warner)
Ivan Conti - Poison Fruit (LP+7”) (green vinyl) (Far Out Recordings) (UK)
Corporation of One - So Where Are You/The Real Life - 12” (Smokin’)
Nev Cottee - Stations - LP (Wonderful Sound)
Cradle - The History - LP (Modern Harmonic)
Mikal Cronin - Switched-On Seeker - LP (Merge)
Keith Cross and Peter Ross - Bored Civilians (Universal/Decca)
The Cure - Bloodflowers: 20th Anniversary - 2LP (UMe/Polydor)
The Cure - Seventeen Seconds: 40th Anniversary - LP picture disc (UMe/Polydor)
Denzel Curry - Bulls on Parade/I Against - 7” (Loma Vista)
Cybotron - Colossus - LP (Dual Planet)
Czarface - Czarface & The Return of Metal Face - LP (Silver Age)
Holgr Czukay, Jaki Liebzeit, Jah Wobble - A Full Circle - 2x10” (Gronland)
D-Mob - We Call It Acieeed Remixes - 12” (London Records)
Etienne Daho - Surf - 12” (Warner Music France)
Dalvanius and The Fascinations/Golden Harvest - Voodoo Lady/I Need Your Love - 7” (Warm)
Damaged Bug - Bug On Yonkers - LP (Castle Face)
The Damned - Fiendish Shadows: 40th Anniversary - LP color vinyl (Cleopatra)
Dave Davies - Rock Bottom: Live at The Bottom Line - 2LP (Green Amp/Red River)
Miles Davis - Double Image: Directions in Music (Selections from The Complete Bitches Brew Sessions) - 2LP (CMG/Legacy)
Divina De Campo - Decoded - 12” (PEG Records)
Def Leppard ft. Brian May and Ian Hunter - Rock ‘N Roll Hall of Fame - LP (UMe/Virgin EMI)
Mac DeMarco - Other Here Comes The Cowboy Demos - LP purple (Macs Record Label)
Devil's Witches - Guns, Drugs, and Filthy Pictures 10" (Majestic Mountain)
Destiny’s Child - Say My Name - 12” picture disc (CMG/Legacy)
The Detroit Cobras - Feel Good/etching - 7” (Wild Honey)
The Dickies - Banana Splits: The Tra La La Song 7" (Cleopatra)
Dinosaur Jr. - Swedish Fist: Live in Stockholm - LP (Cherry Red)
Dio - Annica - 12” picture disc (BMG/Niji Entertainment)
Dissection - Somberlain (2LP) (blue vinyl, etched side) (Black Lodge)
DJ Cam Quartet - The Essential - LP (Attytude Records)
Doctors of Madness - Dark Times - LP (Molecular Scream)
The Doors - The Soft Parade: Doors-Only Mix - LP (Rhino/Elektra)
Down N Outz - The Music Box - 12” (UMe)
Dr. John - Remedies - LP color vinyl (Get On Down)
Barry Dransfield - Barry Dransfield - LP (Glass Modern)
The Durutti Column - Idiot Savants (white vinyl) (180gr) (Demon)
The Durutti Column - Vini Reilly/WomadLive - 2LP + 7” (Factory Benelux)
Steve Earle - Times Like These/It’s About Blood - 7” (New West Records)
Clint Eastwood & General Saint - Stop That Train - 7” glow -in-the-dark (Greensleeves)
Luiz Eca y Familia Sagrada - La nueva onda del Brasil - LP (Vinilissimo)
Eddie & The Hot Rods - Get Your Rocks Off (2LP) (Jungle/Skydog)
Terry Edwards - Stop Trying to Sell Me Back My Past - 2LP (Sartorial Records)
Embryo - Embryos Rache - LP color vinyl (Loneos)
Embryo - Opal - LP color vinyl (Loneos)
Emerald Web - Valley of the Birds - LP (Trading Places)
Emerson, Lake, and Palmer - Live At Waterloo Field, Stanhope, New Jersey, US, 31st July 1992
Eminem - My Name Is/Bad Guys Always Die - 7” (Universal)
Brian Eno - Rams - LP (UMe)
Erasure - Blue Savannah - 12” (Mute)
Esplendor Geometrico - Necrosis en la playa - 7” (Geometrik)
Bill Evans - Some Other Time: The Lost Session from The Black Forest - 2LP (Resonance Records)
The Ex - All Corpses Smell the Same - 7” (Superior Viaduct)
Exit North - Book of Romance and Dust - 2LP (Exit North Records)
Ezra Collective - Clash of the Galazies - 12” (Enter the Jungle)
The Fall - Austurbæjarbíó Reykjavik Live 1983 - 2LP (Cherry Red)
The Fall - Cerebral Caustic: 25th Anniversary - LP color vinyl (Demon)
Fallen Angels - Paradise Lost - 2LP + poster + book (Sunbeam)
Fatboy Slim - Sunset (Bird Of Prey) 20th Anniversary Edition - 12" (SKINT)
Feeder - Feeling a Moment / Pushing the Senses - 12" (Echo)
The Feminine Complex - Livin’ Love - LP or CD (Modern Harmonic)
Field Music - Measure - 2LP (Memphis Industries)
Lee Fields - Let’s Get a Groove On - LP (Daptone)
Fight - A Small Deadly Space (gatefold) (red and black marble vinyl) (Real Gone Music)
Craig Finn - All These Perfect Crosses - 2LP (Partisan)
Kelly Finnigan - The Tales People Tell - LP (Colemine Records)
Flamin’ Groovies - Live at the Whiskey A Go-Go ‘79 - LP (Revenge Records)
Flawes - Highlights - LP (Red Bull Records)
Fleetwood Mac - Before The Beginning Vol 2 (3LP) (4/17 release date)
Fleetwood Mac - The Alternate Rumours - LP (Rhino/Warner)
The Fleshtones - Face of the Screaming Werewolf - LP or CD (Yep Roc Records)
Blaze Foley - Live at the Austin Outhouse - LP + 7” (End of an EaLost Art)
Josephine Foster - This Coming Gladness - LP (Fire Records)
Fraternity - Livestock - LP (Reel Music)
The Frumpies - Frumpie One Piece/Frumpies Forever - LP + 7” (Kill Roc Stars)
Future Sound of London - Cascade 2020 - LP (FSOL London)
Fuzztones - Lysergic Emanations - LP picture disc (Easy Action)
Serge Gainsbourg - Ces Petit Riens - LP (Ina)
Galaxie 500 - Copenhagen - 2LP/etching (202020 Records)
Rory Gallagher - Cleveland Calling LP - LP (Chess/UMC)
The Game - Born 2 Rap - 3LP (eOne Music)
Taana Gardner - Taana Gardner & Kenton Nix’s West End Works: Expanded - 2LP (Salsoul)
Gaston - My Queen - LP (Soul Brother Records)
Gemma Ray - Lights Out Zoltar! - LP pink (Bronzerat)
Gene - Rising for Sunset: 20th Anniversary - 2LP (Demon)
Giant Sand - Ramp - 2LP (Fire Records)
Freddie Gibbs & Madlib - Pinata - LP (Madlib Invazion)
Girl Band - Vicar Street Live - 2LP (Rough Trade Records)
Philip Glass - The Essential - 4LP (Music On Vinyl)
Glass Animals w/ Denzel Curry - Tokyo Drifting - 12” picture disc (Wolf Tone)
Goblin - Greatest Hits Vol. 1 - 2LP (AMS)
Golden Earring - Radar Love (original UK/Mootan LP version) - 7” (Music On Vinyl)
Goldie Lookin Chain - Original Pyrite Material - LP gold (1983 Records)
Gong - Live! At Sheffield 1974 - 2LP (LMLR)
Gorgan City - Realm - 12” (Virgin EMI)
Gorillaz - D-Sides (3LP) (WarneParlophone)
Gorillaz - G-Sides (2LP) (WarneParlophone)
Ellie Goulding - Lights: 10th Anniversary - LP (Polydor)
Davy Graham - The Holly Kaleidoscope (Universal/Decca)
Grateful Dead - Buffalo 5/9/77 - 5LP (Warner)
Gray - Never Gonna Leave New York City - 12” (Anasyrma)
David Gray - Please Forgive Me - 12” pink (IHT Records)
Juliette Greco - Jolie Mome: La muse de Saint Germain des Pres - 2LP (Poppydisc)
Al Green - Green Is Blues - LP, green and blue (Fat Possum)
Tom Grennan - This is the Place - 7” (Insanity)
The Grid - Floatation - 12” clear (Chemical Alley)
The Groundhogs - Split - 2LP red (Fire Records)
Grouplove - Broken Angel (Warner)
Guided By Voices - Hold On Hope - 10” clear (TVT)
Guided By Voices - Vampire on Titus - LP yellow/gold (Scat Records)
Marika Hackman - Any Human Friend - 10” (Virgin EMI)
Terry Hall - Home - 12” (Heavenly Recordings)
Johnny Hallyday - Le Plus Grands Succes - LP five-color vinyl (LMLR)
Halo - Let Me Do It/Life - 12” (Expansion)
Hanterhir - Schizophrenia/Dancing Out in Space - 7” (Easy Action)
Paul Hardcastle - 19: The Mixes (35th Anniversary Edition) - LP (Chrysalis)
Vladimir Harkonnen - Vlad Smash (Power It Up)
Hatchie & The Pains of Being Pure at Heart - Sometimes Always - 7” (Heavenly Records)
Hawkwind - At the BBC 1972 (September 28 1972) - 2LP (Rhino)
Hawkwind - Quark, Strangeness & Charm - 2LP clear (Atomhenge)
Kuumba-Toudie Heath - Kwaida - LP (Reel Music)
The Heptones - Back on Top - LP red (Burning Sounds)
The High - Martin Hannett Sessions (Unreleased Martin Hannett Sessions for Somewhere Soon) - LP (Vinyl Revival)
High Frequency - Summertime - 7” (Nia)
Aashid Himons - The Gods and I - 12” (Music for Dream/Fyraften Musik)
Hiss Golden Messenger - Let the Light of the World Open Your Eyes - 7” (Merge)
Loleatta Holloway - Cry To Me - LP (Tidal Waves Music)
Hope In High Water - Bonfire and Pine - LP (Fish Records)
Hugh Hopper - 1984 (red vinyl)(LMLCulture Factory)
Hootie and the Blowfish - Live at Nick's Fat City 1995 2LP (Warner)
The Hotrats - Turn Ons: 10th Anniversary Edition - 10" color vinyl [100 with signed print] (Demon)
Human Race - Human Race/Grey Boy - 7” (Gem Records)
Humble Pie - Official Bootleg Collection, Vol. 2 - 2LP (HNE)
Hunny - Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes. - LP blue (Epitaph)
Ike Yard - Night After Night - 12” red (Superior Viaduct)
Implosion - 2020 - 2LP (Trading Places)
Inhaler - It Won’t Always Be Like This/Oklahoma (Late Night Edition) - 7” (Polydor)
Inhaler - We Have To Move On/Ice Cream Sundae - 7” (Polydor)
Inhaler - My Honest Face (45rpm)/There’s No Other Place (33rpm) - 10” (Polydor)
The Inn House Crew - Something Special - LP (Room in the Sky Records)
Ken Ishii ft. Pac-Man - Join the Pac - 7” (iam8bit)
J Hus - Big Conspiracy - 2LP (Black Butter)
Bob James - Once Upon A Time: The Lost 1965 New York Studio Sessions - LP (Resonance Records)
Bert Jansch - Live in Italy - 2LP (Earth Recordings)
Jansen/Barbieri/Karn - Playing in a Room With People - 2LP (Medium Productions)
The Jazz Butcher - Big Planet Scary Planet - LP (Fire Records)
The Jazz Butcher - Condition Blue - LP (Fire Records)
The Jazz Butcher - Cult of th eBasement - LP (Fire Records)
The Jazz Butcher - Fishcoteque - LP (Fire Records)
Jethro Tull - Stormwatch 2 (Warner)
Elton John - Elton John: 50th Anniversary Edition - 2LP purple (UMe/Mercury)
J.J. Johnson and Kai Winding - J&K: Stonebone (UMe)
Linton Swesi Johnson - Bass Culture/LKJ In Dub - 2LP (UMC/Island)
Daniel Johnston - The End is Never Really Over - 2LP (Feraltone) [features Artistic Vice and 1990]
Samantha Jones - A Girl Named Sam - LP (Trading Places)
Wizz Jones - Wizz Jones: Mono and Stereo Mixes - LP (Sunbeam)
Judas Priest - British Steel - 2LP picture disc (CMG/Legacy)
June of 44 - Engine Takes to the Water - LP (Touch & Go)
June of 44 - Tropics and Meridians - LP (Touch & Go)
Jungle Brothers - Because I Got It Like That - 7” (Idlers)
Damien Jurado - Birds Tricked Into the Trees/From Devils To Davis - 7” (Loose)
David Keenan - Alchemy & Prose: Live Recordings - 12” (Rubyworks)
Dermot Kennedy - Without Fear - LP (Island)
Tim Key - Tim Key’s Late Night Poetry Programme - 2LP color vinyl (Demon)
Phoebe Killdeer - Fade Out Lines - LP (Kwaidan)
Killing Joke - Laugh at Your Peril: Live in Berlin - 3LP black and pink (Killing Joke Records)
Killing Joke - Turn to Red - 12” red (Turn to Red Records)
The King James Version - He’s Forever (Amen) - 7” (Soul Kitchen)
The Kinks - The Kink Kronikles - 2LP red vinyl (Warner)
Klaxons - Surfing the Void: 10th Anniversary Edition - 2LP (UMC/Polydor)
Knight Area - D-Day - 2LP black and white (Butler)
Sarathy Korwar - Otherland - 12” transparent green (The Leaf Label)
Kraftwerk - 1 (50th Anniversary Edition) - LP (True Choice Recordings)
Kraftwerk - 2 - LP (True Choice Recordings)
Fela Ransome Kuti and His Highlife Rakers - Fela’s First: The Complete 1959 Melodisc Session - 10” (Cadillac Records)
Wolfgang Lackerschmid and Chet Baker - Ballads for Two - LP (Dot Time Records)
Laneous - Elsewhere/Flawless - 7” (Soul Has No Tempo)
kd lang - Angel with a Lariat - LP red (Warner)
kd lang - Drag - 2LP color vinyl (Warner)
Larkins - Hit and Run - 10” EP (Good Soldier Records)
Jamie Lawson - Last Night Stars - LP (Lookout Mountain)
The Leaf Library - About Minerals - LP (Where Its At is Where You Are)
Jenny Lee - I’m So Tired/Some Things Last a Longtime - 12” (Caroline)
Thomas Leer - Emotional Hardware - CD (Smitten Kitten)
Michel Legrand - Jazz on Film - LP (Moochin’ About)
John Lennon - Instant Karma 2020 Ultimate Remix - 7” (UMe)
Lil' Kim - 9 (Deluxe LP) (Ltd)
Alison Limerick - Where Love Lives/Frankie Knuckles remix - 12” (Arista)
Alfredo Linares y su Sonora - Yo traigo boogaloo - LP (Vampisoul)
The Live Band - A Cance for Hope - 7” (The Sound of Brooklyn)
Local Natives/Overcoats - When Am I Gonna Lose You - 7” (Loma Vista Recordings)
The London Suede - London Suede - LP (Demon)
Loop - Sevens - 3x7” (Reactor)
Loose Joints - Is It All Over My Face: 40th Anniversary Edition - 2x12” (West End)
Los Amigos Invisibles - Arepa 3000 - 2LP (Luaka Bop)
Lothar & The Hand People - Machines: Amherst 1969 - LP + CD (Modern Harmonic)
The Lottery Winners - Love Will Keep Us Together - 7” (Modern Sky)
Love Frame Tragedy - Five Songs to Briefly Fill the Void - 10” EP (Good Soldier Records)
The Lovely Eggs - I Am A ***** - LP picture disc (Egg Records)
Marcy Luarks and Classic Touch - Electric Murder - LP (Kalita Records)
Corb Lund - Cover Your Tracks EP - 12” EP (New West Records)
Kenny Lynch - Half the Day’s Gone and We Haven’t Earned a Penny / Ashley Beedle Remix - 7” (Satril)
Kirsty MacColl - Other People's Hearts: B-Sides 1988-1989 - LP clear (Demon)
Madness - Work, Rest, and Play - 2x7” (Union Square/BMG)
Magic in Threes - Stay in Your Lane - 7” (King Underground)
Magnetic System - Godzilla/Escape - 7” (AMS)
Magnum - Fully Loaded - LP (Phoenix)
Manic Street Preachers - Done & Dusted - 12” (CMG/Legacy)
Mansun - The Dead Flowers Reject - LP (Kscope)
The Mar-Keys - Last Night EP - 10” EP (Vinyl Revival)
Bob Marley - Redemption Song - 12” clear vinyl (UMe)
Nick Mason - See Emily Play/Vegetable Man - 12” (Legacy)
Sammy Massamba - 1990: Beni Soit Ton Nom - LP (SM Productions)
John Massoni & Sonic Boom - The Sundowner Sessions - LP (Space Age Recordings)
Paul McCartney - McCartney: 50th Anniversary Edition - LP (180g, half-speed mastered) (UMe/Capitol)
Tommy McGee - Now That I Have You - 12” (TMG Records)
Declan McKenna - Beautiful Faces/The Key to Life on Earth - 7” (Columbia)
Meat Loaf - Bat Out of Hell II: Back Into Hell - 2LP picture disc (UMe/Virgin EMI)
The Meat Puppets - The Meat Puppets - 10” (Megaforce)
Mellow Candle - Swaddling Songs (Universal)
Melt Yourself Down - Born in the ManoIt Is What It Is (IDLES Remix) - 7” (Decca)
Membranes - Kiss Ass Godhead - LP pink (Glass Modern)
Menswear - Nuisance: 25th Anniversary Edition - LP (Demon)
The Menzingers - Chamberlain Waits - LP color vinyl (Red Scare Industries)
Metal Mirror - English Booze/Rock ‘n’ Roll Ain’t Never Gonna Leave You - 7” (On the Dole Records)
The Meteors - Teenage Heart - LP color vinyl (Music On Vinyl)
Metronomy - Metronomy Forever Remixes - 12” (Because Music)
Metronomy & Clara Luciani - La Baie/La Grenade - 7” (Because Music)
Mew - And the Glass Handed Kites: 15th Anniversary Edition - 2LP (Music On Vinyl)
Mickey and The Soul Generation - Iron Leg/Chocolate - 7” (GCP)
Mickey and The Soul Generation - How Good is Good/Get Down Brother - 7” (Mr. G)
Mickey and Them - U.F.O./Hey, Brother Man (GCP)
Midland - Live at the Palomino - LP (Big Machine)
Charles Mingus - Mingus Ah Um Redux - 2LP (Get On Down)
Thelonious Monk - Palais Des Beaux-Arts (Tidal Waves Music)
Moonchild - The Truth/Run Away - 7” red/blue splatter (Tru Thoughts)
Moonspell - Memorial (red vinyl) (Rastilho Records)
Bobby Moore/Sweet Music - (Call Me Your) Anything/I Get Lifted - LP (Soul Brother Records)
Christy Moore - Prosperous - LP (Tara Music)
Kip Moore - Slowheart/Underground - LP + 10” (Snakefarm Records)
Kevin Morby - Oh Mon Dieu:1 Live a Paris - 2LP (Dead Oceans)
Giorgio Moroder ft. Kylie Minogue - Right Here Right Now remixes - 12” grey (Good For You Records)
Morrissey - Honey, You Know Where To Find Me/Fantastic Bird/You Should Have Been Nice to Me - 12" picture disc (BMG)
Chuck Mosley - First Hellos and Last Goodbyes - LP (blocGLOBAL)
Motorhead - Ace of Spades/Dirty Love - 7" shaped picture disc (Warner)
Mott the Hoople - Golden Age of Rock n Roll (blue vinyl) (Madfish)
Bob Mould - Circle Of Friends - 2LP clear vinyl) (Demon)
Mouth Congress - Ahhh The Pollution - 7” (Captured Tracks)
Mungo’s Hi Fi ft. Marina P, Dennis Alcapone & Tippa Irie - The Beat Goes SKA! - 7” (Scotch Bonnet Records)
The Murder Capital - Love, Love, Love/On Twisted Ground - 12” (Human Season Records)
Roisin Murphy - Incapable - 12” picture disc (Skint)
Mush - Great Artisanal Formats - 7” (Memphis Industries)
My Chemical Romance - Life on the Murder Scene - 12” (Reprise)
My Life Story - The Rose The Sea - 12” (Exilophone Records)
Nahko and Medicine for the People - Take Your Power Back (Live) - 10” (Side One Dummy Records)
Qasim Naqvi - Beta - LP (Erased Tapes
Nas - God’s Son - 2LP color vinyl (Get On Down)
Milton Nascimento - Ultimo Trem - 2LP red (Far Out Recordings
Nazareth - Love Hurts/This Flight Tonight - 10” (Salvo)
Fred Neil - 38 MacDougal - LP green (Delmore)
The New Clarence Reid - Cadillac Annie/Tired Blood - 7” (Phil-LA of Soul)
New Order - Peel Sessions - 12” (Rhino)
Nihilist - Carnal Leftovers (white vinyl) (Black Lodge)
Nite People - P.M. - LP (Trading Places)
North Sea Radio Orchestra - I A Moon - LP (The Household Mark)
Notorious BIG - It Was All A Dream - 9LP box (Rhino)
Gary Numan with Skaparis Orchestra - When the Sky Came Down Live - 3LP (BMG)
The Obsessed - Incarnate (Ultimate Edition) - LP gatefold or CD (Blues Funeral)
Ocean Colour Scene - One from the Modern - 2LP (UMC/Island)
Oh-Ok - The Complete Reissue - LP (white vinyl) (Hhbtm Records)
OHL - Oktoberrevolution (Power It Up)
Ol’ Dirty Bastard - Return to the 36 Chambers: The Dirty Version - 9x7” (Rhino/Elektra)
Operation Ivy - Energy - LP (Epitaph)
OST - A Haunting Strip of Marshland: OST for Ness (Drew Mulholland) (Castles In Space)
OST - Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me - LP (Maverick)
OST - Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery - 2LP (Disney)
OST - Austin Powers In Goldmember - 2LP (Maverick)
OST - Black Mirror: Smithereens (Ryuichi Sakamoto) - LP (Music On Vinyl)
OST - C.H.U.D. II: Bud the C.H.U.D. - LP (Terror Vision)
OST - The Cinematic Orchestra/London Met Orchestra - The Crimson Wing: Mystery of the Flamingoes - 2LP pink (Disney)
OST - Henri Crolla & Andre Hodeir - Jazz on Film… - LP (Moochin’ About)
OST- Dennis Hopper’s The Last Movie - LP (Earth Recordings)
OST - Doctor Who - Massacre - 2LP “Parisian Blaze Orange” (Demon)
OST - Dracula/The Curse of Frankenstein (James Bernard) - 2LP
OST - Fistful of Dollars (Ennio Morricone) - 10” (BTF)
OST - For a Few Dollars More (Ennio Morricone) - 10” (AMS)
OST - Francis Lai - Made in France - LP (PlayTime)
OST - Fuktronic (Jimmy Urine and Serj Tankian) - LP (Music On Vinyl)
OST - The Godfather (Nino Rota) - 7” white (Silva Screen)
OST - The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly (Ennio Morricone) - LP (AMS)
OST - Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy: The Original (Demon Records UK)
OST - La Planete Sauvage (Alain Goraguer 1973) - LP yellow (Superior Viaduct)
OST - The Last Porno Show - LP (Country Club)
OST - Last Tango in Paris (Gato Barbieri) - LP rose (AMS)
OST - Metroland (Mark Knopfler) - LP (UMC-Mercury)
OST - Monty Python and the Holy Grail - LP picture disc (UMC/Virgin EMI)
OST - The Musical Anthology of His Dark Materials (Lorne Balfe) - 2LP (Silva Screen)
OST - Once Upon a Time in the West (Ennio Morricone) - LP (BTF)
OST - Paw Patrol - 7” EP dog bone white (Enjoy the Ride)
OST - Peur Sur la Ville (Ennio Morricone 1975) - 2LP (WeWantSounds/Modulor)
OST - Phenomenon - 2LP (Warner)
Piero Piccioni, Armando Trovaioli, Carlo Rustichelli, Nino Rota - Jazz On Film… - 2LP (Moochin’ About)
OST - Serpico (Mikis Theodorakis 1973) (WeWantSounds/Modulor)
OST - Shaft in Africa (Johnny Pate) - 2x7” (Dynamite Cuts)
OST - Synecdoche New York (Jon Brion) - LP (Fire Soundtracks)
OST - Terrahawks - LP (Gerry Anderson)
OST - The Truth and the Light: Music from The X Files - 12” glow-in-the-dark green (Warner)
OST - The Turning: Kate’s Diary (Music On Vinyl)
OST - The Virgin Suicides - LP (Rhino/Ryko)
The Pale Fountains - Longshot for Your Love - LP (Marina)
Pale Saints - Mrs. Dolphin - LP (4AD)
Parabellum - Post Mortem Live - 2LP red and black splatter vinyl (LMLR)
Paradise Lost - Live at Rockpalast - 2LP (Music On Vinyl)
Paranoid London - Paranoid London - LP (Paranoid London)
Bobby Parker - Soul of the Blues - LP (Rhythm and Blues)
Robert Parker - I Caught You in a Lie - 7” (Nola)
The Pastels - Advice to the Graduate/Ship to Shore - 7” (Domino)
Pennywise - The Fuse - LP orange and black (Epitaph)
Carl Perkins - Live In Paris - LP blue (LMLR)
Lee Perry and Black Ark Players - Guidance - 12” (VP Records)
Lee “Scratch” Perry and the Upsetters - Super Ape Variant - LP color vinyl (Get On Down)
Lee “Scratch” Perry & Daniel Boyle ft. Max Romeo - Horror Zone - 12” (Upsetter)
Pigbag - Dr. Heckle and Mr. Jive - 2LP (Call of the Void)
The Pineapple Thief - Uncovering the Tracks - LP (Kscope)
Pink Floyd - Arnold Layne (Live at Syd Barrett Tribute, 2007) - 7”/etching (Parlophone/Legacy)
Pinkfong - Baby Shark - 7” EP (SmartStudyCo)
Pluto - Journey’s End - LP (Morgan Blue Town)
The Pogues - At the BBC 1984 - LP (Rhino)
Marvin Pontiac (John Lurie) - The Asylum Tapes - LP (Northern Spy)
Iggy Pop - Kiss My Blood - 3LP/DVD/poster - (LMLR)
Iggy Pop and the Stooges - Russian Melodia - 7” (replica of French bootleg) (Revenge Records)
Natalie Prass - Natalie Prass - LP + 7” (Spacebomb)
Predatur - Seen You Here - 7” (On the Dale Records)
Elvis Presley - The Rock & Roll Collection - 5xEP (LMLR) [unofficial]
Elvis Presley - Elvis Prohibited - 2LP (LMLR) [unofficial]
Pretenders - Live! At the Paradise Theater, Boston 1980 - LP (Warner)
Primal Scream - Loaded: 30th Anniversary Editin - 12” (CMG/Legacy)
Prince Fatty - The Model ft. Shniece Mcmenanin & Horseman - 7” (Evergreen Recordings)
Ian Prowse - The People Not The Crown - 10” (Kitchen Disco Records)
Prince - Sign O' The Times - 2LP (Warner)
Tito Puente - Dance Mania Volumes 1 and 2 - 2LP (Poppydisc)
Asha Puthli - Asha Puthli - LP (Mr. Bongo)
Sir Joe Quarterman & Free Soul - Sir Joe Quarterman & Free Soul (Mr. Bongo)
Quicksilver Messenger Service - Happy Trails - LP yellow (LMLCulture Factory)
The RAH Band - Producers Choice - 2LP (Atjazz)
Raised Fist - Sound of the Republic - LP (Burning Heart Records)
Ramones - It’s Alive II - 2LP (Rhino)
Rare Pleasure - Let Me Down Easy - 7” (South Street Disco)
Raw Material - Raw Material - 2LP (Sunbeam)
Roy Redmond - Ain’t That Terrible/A Change is Gonna Come - 7” (Harlem Shake)
Lou Reed/John Cale - Songs for Drella: 30th Anniversary Edition - 2LP/etching (Rhino/Warner)
Winston Reedy and the Inn House Crew - Black Pearl - LP (Room in the Sky)
The Replacements - The Complete Incarcerated Live - 3LP (Rhino)
The Residents - Icky Flix - 2LP orange and yellow (New Ralph)
Gruff Rhys - (Don’t) Welcome The Plague As a Blessing - LP (Rough Trade Records)
Keith Richards - Hate It When You Leave/Key to the Highway - 7” (BMG/Mindless)
Minnie Riperton - Les FleuOh By the Way - 7” (Selector Series)
Robyn - Robyn - 2LP (UMC/Island)
Pete Rock - Petestrumentals 3 - 2LP color vinyl (Tru Soul Records)
The Rolling Stones - Metamorphosis - LP (UMC/ABKCO)
Tal Ross - Giant Shirley - 2LP (Tidal Waves Music)
Keith Rowe & Mark Wastell - Live at I-and-E (cover art by David Sylvian) - LP white (Confront Recordings)
Roxy Music - Roxy Music: Steven Wilson Stereo Mix - 2LP (UMC/Virgin EMI)
Freya Roy - Ahlke - LP (Vinyl Hunter Records)
Gene Russell - New Direction (transparent clear with heavy black swirl vinyl) (with insert) (Real Gone Music)
Sasha - Scene Delete: The Remixes - 2LP (Night Time Stories)
Sea Girls - Call Me Out - 12” (Polydor)
Shakespeares Sister - #3 - 2LP (Do Yourself In)
Shakespeares Sister - You’re History - 12” (London Records)
Anoushka Shankar - Love Letters
Ravi Shankar with George Harrison - Chants of India - 2LP red (BMG)
Sandie Shaw - Reviewing the Situation - 2LP (UMC/Virgin EMI)
Don Shinn - Departures - LP (Sunbeam)
Don Shinn - Temples with Prophets - LP (Sunbeam)
Situation ft. Andre Espeut - Beyond Compare Laroye Remixes - 7” (Situationism)
Edith Sitwell/William Walton - Facade - 10” (Moochin’ About)
Skatt Bros. - Walk the Night - 12” (Spaziale)
Skid Row - Slave to the Grind - 2LP red (Rhino)
Skye - Keeping Secrets - LP white (Skye)
Skyzoo & Pete Rock - Retropolitan Instrumentals - LP orange splatter (Mello Music Group)
Slint - Breadcrumb Trail/Good Morning Captain - 12” (Touch & Go)
Slowdive - Slowdive - 12” (Music On Vinyl)
Sam Smith - I Feel Love - 12” (Capitol)
Chris Smither - More from the Levee - LP (Signature Sounds)
Snapped Ankles - 21 Metres to Hebden Bridge - LP (The Leaf Label)
So Solid Crew - 21 Seconds EP - 12” EP (UMe/Craft Recordings)
The Soft Boys - I Wanna Destroy You/Near the Soft Boys - 2x7” (Yep Rock Records)
Soft Cell - Mutant Moments EP - 10” (Big Frock)
SOHN - SOHN Live with the Metropole Orkest - 2LP (4AD)
Soul Asylum - Hurry Up and Wait (exclusive 2LP+7") (Blue Elan)
Spacehog - Resident Alien (2LP) (cream with pink splatter "British passport" vinyl) (Real Gone Music)
Spacemen 3 - Threebie 3 - LP (Space Age Recordings)
Richard Spaven - Spaven’s 5ive - LP (Jazz Refreshed)
Britney Spears - Oops! I Did It Again Expanded - LP (Legacy/CMG)
The Specials - Dubs - 10” (Two Tone)
Spectrum - Forever Alien - 2LP (Space Age Recordings)
Devon Sproule - The Pink Noise - 12” (Tin Angel Records)
Stalawa ft. Junior Demus - Trad On - 7” (Foreign Mind)
Marker Starling/Ha Ha Collective - Slick Rock - 7” (Tin Angel Records)
Status Quo - Ma Kelly's Greasy Spoon - LP yellow and white “fried egg” (WarneSanctuary)
Cat Stevens - But I Might Die Tonight/alternate version - 7” blue (UMe/Island)
Storm Gordon - Diamond in the Heart - 12” EP (Wanderlust Productions)
Jackie Stoudemire/Al Stewart - Dancing - 12” (TAP Records)
Suede - See You in the Next Life - LP (Demon)
Sugarhill Gang - Sugarhill Gang - LP (Music On Vinyl)
Sumy - Funkin’ in Your Mind Parts 1 and 2 - 12” (Music On Vinyl)
Sun Ra - Egypt ‘71 - 5LP (Strut)
Supergrass - Caught By the Fuzz - 10” EP (Echo)
Surfer Blood - Astro Coast: 10 Years Anniversary - 2LP (Kanine Records)
Neil Swainson Quintet - 49th Parallel - LP (Reel to Real)
The Sweet Inspirations - The Sweet Inspirations - LP gold (Reel Music)
Gabor Szabo - Dreams w/ bonus tracks (gatefold) (Ebalunga!!! Records) (4/17 release date)
T La Rock & Jazzy J - It’s Yours - 7” (Partytime)
Jacqueline Taieb - Lolita Chick ‘68 - LP (Mad French)
Tailenders - #tailendersoftheworlduniteandtakeover - 7” (Bit Spicy That)
Tangerine Dream - Phaedra: 2019 Edition w/ bonus tracks - 2LP (UMC/Virgin EMI)
Tangerine Dream - Tyger (clear blue vinyl) (LMLR)
Willie Tee - Teasing You Again/Your Love, My Love Together - 7” (Gatur)
Tegan and Sara - Tonight We’re in the Dark Seeing Colors - LP violet and black splatter (Warner)
The Telescopes - Altered Perception - 2LP (Space Age Recordings)
Television Personalities - Some Kind of Happiness: Singles 1995-1999 - 2LP (Fire Records)
Tennis System - Fear of Knowing - LP (Graveface)
The Teskey Brothers - Live at the Forum - LP (Classics & Jazz UK)
That Will Be Lunch - Play That Funky Music White Boy
The The - I WANT 2 B U - 7” (Cineola)
Thin Lizzy - Chinatown - 2LP (Mercury/UMC)
Throwing Muses - Purgatory/Paradise - 2LP (Fire Records)
Johnny Thunders and Wayne Kramer - Gang War (2LP) (Jungle/Skydog)
Timeless Legend - Synchronized - LP (Expansion Records)
TLC - Waterfalls/Creep - 12” (CMG/Legacy)
Tom Tom Club - Genius of Live - LP (Nacional Records)
Peter Tosh - Buk-In-Hamm Palace - 12” (Spaziale Recordings)
Toto - Live in Tokyo 1982 - LP (CMG/Legacy)
Touchdown - Ease Your Mind/Aquadance - 12” (Record Shack)
Tyler The Creator - Cherry Bomb - 2LP red (Legacy)
Tyler The Creator - Cherry Bomb Instrumentals - 2LP pink (Legacy)
Tyrannosaurus Rex - Unicorn - LP color (UMC/Polydor)
U2 - 11 O’Clock Tick Tock - 12” (UMC)
UFO - Live in Youngstown '78 - 2LP (Chrysalis)
Ultravox - Sleepwalk: 2020 Stereo Mix - 12” (Chrysalis)
Underground Solution - Luv Dancin: 30th Anniversary - 12” (Strictly Rhythm)
Unrighteous Brothers - Unchained Melody/You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling
Marcus Upbeat/Laurel Aitken - Blue Beat is Back in Town/Boogie Rock - 7” (Blue Beat)
The Valentines - 1967-1970 - LP (Demon)
V/A - BBC Radiophonic Workshop: Four Albums 1968-1978 - 6CD (Silva Screen)
V/A - The Beat Scene - 2LP (Universal)
V/A - Behind the Dykes: Beat, Blues and Psychedelic Nuggets from the Lowlands - 2LP (Music On Vinyl)
V/A - The Blues Scene - 2LP (Universal)
V/A - Brazil 45s Box Set - 5x7” (Mr. Bongo)
V/A - Brazil Funk Power: Brazilian Funk and Samba Soul - 10x7” box (Soul Jazz Records)
V/A - Champion Classics - 12” box (Champion Records)
V/A - Cleveland Confidential - LP (Superior Viaduct)
V/A - Dance Craze - LP (Two Tone)
V/A - Detroit A-Go-Go - 10” (Detroit A-Go-Go)
V/A - Detroit Punk Archive Presents The End of the Night: 1976-1983 - 2LP (Hold Fast)
V/A - Doo Wop (Le Chante Du Monde)
V/A - Flow - LP (Mercury KX)
V/A - The Girls Scene - 2LP (Universal)
V/A - Hi Tide Groove - LP (Fat Possum)
V/A - Hillbillies in Hell Volume X - LP (Iron Mountain Analogue Research)
V/A - Jet Star Meets Hospital - LP (Hospital Records)
V/A - Kiss Kiss Bang Bang - 2x7” (Where Its At Is Where You Are)
V/A - The Ladies if Too a Slow to Disco Vol. 2 - 2LP (How Do You Are?)
V/A - The Land Of Sensations & Delights: The Pop-Psych Sounds of White Whale Records, 1965-1970 - 2LP or CD (Varese Sarabande/Craft Recordings)
V/A - Late Night Tales - new compilation
V/A - A Mickey Dread Production - 10” red, green and gold (Music On Vinyl)
V/A - The Mood Scene Vol. 2 - 2LP (Universal)
V/A - Music for Dreams: Summer Sessions 2020 - LP (Music for Dreams)
V/A - Nativity in Black: A Tribute to Black Sabbath (2LP) (gatefold) (transparent clear with heavy black swirl vinyl) (Real Gone Music)
V/A - Pin-Up Girls - LP (Vinyl Passion)
V/A - Psyché France, Vol. 6 - LP (Warner Music France Back Catalogue)
V/A - Pyramid Pieces 1 - LP (The Roundtable)
V/A - The Rock and Roll Scene - 2LP (Universal)
V/A - The Ska from Jamaica - LP (Trojan)
V/A - Studio One 007: License to Ska - James Bond and Other Film & TV Soundtracks (Soul Jazz Records)
V/A - Studio One - Studio First: From the Vaults, Vol. 2 - LP or CD (Studio One)
V/A - Studio One Rockers (green vinyl) (Soul Jazz Records)
V/A - Sun Records 2020 Compilation (placeholder name)
V/A - Sweet Relief: A Benefit for Victoria Williams - LP (Legacy/CMG)
V/A - Troubled Troubadours - LP color vinyl (Iron Mountain Analogue Research)
V/A - Wick Records Battle of the Bands Vol. 1 - LP (Wick Records)
V/A - You Flexi Thing, Vol. 6 - 7” (REPEA*T)
V/A - You Gotta Have Soul: Raw Sonoran R&B and Funk (1957-1971) - LP (Zia Records)
The Vaselines/Pooh Sticks - Split 7”: Dying for It - 7” (Glass Modern)
Steve Maxwell Von Braund - The Return to Monster Planet - LP (The Roundtable)
The Wake - Here Comes Everybody - LP + 7” (Factory Benelux)
Warmduscher - European Cowboy - 12” (The Leaf Label)
Warsaw Pakt - Needle Time - LP + 7” (Munster)
Roger Waters and guests - The Wall: Live in Berlin - 2LP cleat (UMC/Virgin EMI)
Geraint Watkins - Geraint Watkins & The Domniators - 2LP (Jungle)
Ben Watt w/ Robert Wyatt - Summer Into Winter - 12” EP (Cherry Red)
Mike Watt + The Secondmen - In Quintessence/instrumental (Yep Roc Records)
Norman Watt-Roy - Faith & Grace - LP red (Cadiz Music)
We Are Scientists - With Love and Squalor: Live in Woodstock 1969 - LP tri-color (100%)
The Wedding Present - Shaun Keaveny Session - 7” color vinyl (Hatch)
Whiskey Myers - Early Morning Shakes - 2LP (Snakefarm Records)
Whiskey Myers - Firewater - 2LP (Snakefarm Records)
Tony Joe White - The Beginning - LP white (New West Records)
The Who - Odds and Sods: Expanded - 2LP (UMC/Polydor)
The Who - A Quick Live One: Captured Live at the Monterey International Pop Festival - LP red, white, blue striped (The Monterey International Pop Foundation)
Widespread Panic - Sunday Show (Capitol Theatre, Port Chester, NY 3/24/19) (configuration TBA)
Ginger Wildheart - Excess GASS - LP (Round Records)
Hank Williams and His Drifting Cowboys w/ Miss Audrey - 1951 March of Dimes - LP red (BMG)
Jack Wilson Quartet ft. Roy Ayers - Call Me: Jazz From the Penthouse - 2LP (Century 67)
Steven Wilson - two reissues TBA
Wire - 10:20:00 - LP (Pink Flag)
Wishbone Ash - Live Dates II - LP yellow/clear blue (LMLCulture Factory)
Jah Wobble - A Very British Coup - 12” (Youth Sounds)
The Wolfgang Press - Unremembered, Remembered: Expanded - LP (4AD)
Wonk Unit - Sniffer Time/Bloodlust - 7” purple (PlastereCadiz Music)
Ronnie Wood and Keith Richards - The First Barbarians: Live From Kilburn - 3LP (Wooden Records)
Wu-Tang - An American Saga (Ltd)
Xterminator - Earth Feel It - 7x7” (Xterminator)
Yardbirds - Roger The Engineer: Expanded w/ 1966 recordings - 2LP color vinyl (Demon)
Neil Young - Homegrown - LP (Reprise)
Youth & Nik Turner - Interstellar Energy - LP blue (Youth Sounds/Cadiz Music)
Youth & The Slaves of Venus - Wooden Floor - 7” (Youth Sounds/Cadiz Music)
Frank Zappa - You Can’t Do That On Stage Anymore - 2LP (UMe)
Malena Zavala - La yarara - LP (Yucatan)
The Zoo - Presents Chocolate Moose - LP (Reel Music)
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2020.02.04 22:55 aowshadow Rereading the Frame, part 1

Actually, you’re missing more than half.

Global premise

Once upon a time, during a popular reread, the mysterious Jo Walton used the term ‘Frame’ to define all the chapters outside of Kvothe’s narration. The term fits like a glove, and that’s why it’s still used these days. More importantly, it’s useful to have a term that separates the Frame from the rest of the story (momentarily referred as ‘Painting’, for lack of originality), because the two are different indeed.
After all, not only the Painting is a concluded story, but it's also a story told by one of Temerant’s most successful con artists!
Narrative logic wants Kvothe not lying to the reader, for many and valid reasons… but there’s lie and lie.
 
One thing is outright lying and breaking the bond between author and reader. Rothfuss doesn’t do that, and rightfully so.
Another thing, however, are all the little omissions, embellishments and the likes of.
 
  • Example 1: in the Painting, all women are beautiful.
The characters themselves point out the inconsistency! Therefore, we readers have right to be skeptical.
 
  • Example 2: apparently Kvothe doesn’t know much about Alchemy. Apparently.
Both Frame and Painting hint that reality is different, multiple times.
 
  • Example 3: Kote the narrator is telling a story that he’s been mulling over since a lot.
Kote already tried to tell his story, the papers in his room being a possible evidence.
Therefore, the Painting isn’t just a recollection of events: it’s a deliberate recollection, possibly tought for a year or two. Which leads us to…
 
  • Example 4: ...Kote may be trying to retroactively justify some things.
When he talks about Anker, Kote tells that Anker is basically the reason why now he has a inn, since he liked it.
Isn’t it a little convenient? Especially given Kote’s insistence on him being a true Edema Ruh. Hell, him being a Ruh is the very first thing to show up when Kote will start telling his story! And Ruh don’t settle down in the same place for long.
That’s why I believe Kote’s story about wanting to become an innkeeper… a convenient embellishment.
In case you are still doubtful, just carry through the whole reread and tell me whether Kote’s actually happy of his innkeeper life or not. Chapter 1 already seems to tell it sucks. Doubts and contrasting opinions more than welcome, I'm not 100% on this one.
 
  • Example 5: sometimes, Kvothe’s narration decides to skip things.
Think of Kvothe’s travel on the Omethi river or Kvothe’s trial: Kote just goes “eeeeeeh… well, fuck it. Let’s skip it and move on.”
On one side, we know those adventures are left unsaid because ultimately meaningless. On the other, these skips set up a precedent. After all…
 
  • Example 6: …Kvothe’s narration can be interrupted, as rereading the Frame will prove.
And when the narratoKote chooses not to get back on track, we miss info.
 
Unlike the Painting, the Frame follows different rules: pointing them out and keeping them in mind is fundamental. Because if you believe Rothfuss isn’t finding other ways to fuck with you, you are severely mistaken. Don’t forget: that guy hates you. And if you’re not watching your own back, shame on you and you only.
 

Ask yourself two questions:

1 “Who is the narrator in the Frame?”
In Chapter 2 everything seems to follow Chronicler’s point of view. Prologues and epilogues seem to adapt a partially-omniscient-yet-reticent-something-something-whatever narrator, and the Waystone Inn chapters like to switch between the three main guys point of views and sometimes omniscient, apparently at leisure.
Don’t get fooled: pay extreme attention to whom the narrator is following, because the devil hides right between these details.
You really think these shifts to be casual?
Do you?
Tricks like these shifts are the reason why Bast’s reveal at the end of the book hits hard. But retrospective proves us that Bast has always being the same character, right under our eyes!
Point is, during the reread I’ll try my best to point out whenever some POV shift fuckery is going around. For the moment being, I’ll say that Chronicler is the guy I trust the most (at least POV-wise strictly). The other two assholes? Much less so.
Time for question numero dos, hombres.
 
2 “Why so much emphasis on the Waystone Inn setting?”
One thing is an author being descriptive for the sake of description, out of good taste, or just because he feels like it.
Another is noticing how low-descriptive Kingkiller’s settings actually are.
Another one is realizing that in KKC the settings are extremely functional to the events.
 
Example: why is Anker’s room described? Answer: because someone will break in to steal a lute. The rest of Anker’s can go bother another story in another book!
Same goes for everything else: Fae is a vague allusion, Tarbean a catalogue of streets.
Tomes, the Underthing, Mains… Rothfuss is a genius in evoking an image out of your head, but in the end, on actual page, there’s not much. That’s obviously intentional, and actually we could spend some paragraphs about how he does the business. About how good he’s at this game.
 
Skeptical? Cool: try to describe me Severen without saying “there’s a lot of inns, an elevator and the Maer’s mansion”.
…the Maer’s mansion, for fuck’s sake! It’s supposed to be the best living place in miles, under the eyes of Temerant's poorest student!
And what do we get? A couple of corridors, some aseptic private quarters, a bedroom, Caudicus’ lab and a garden.
Given this premise, why is the Waystone Inn the exception? Why this time we get bottles, the material of the barrels, how many rooms do separate Bast’s room from Kvothe’s and oh-so many things?
Criteria of functionality, that’s why.
Rothfuss’ style is as tight as it gets, he doesn’t like to waste space on the page. Provided that it wouldn’t be wasted in any case, but you get my point.
Hence why we need to reread the Waystone Inn, hence part of the reason why I need the maps. Your map. Gimme. C’mon it’s just a map, I didn’t ask for your credit card! Not yet!
 
So: eyes open onto the narrator and the inn’s layout. With these premises in mind, let’s start Rereading the Frame. Ready?
 

Summary

Prologue and chapter 1
On a normal autumn’s Felling night, the abnormal breaks in at the Waystone Inn, in shape of a spider demon. The innkeeper and his clients solve the issue, despite their fears, real or simulated.
Later, the innkeeper and his friend turn out to be not who they pretend. Why are they in the middle of nowhere, under alias? And more importantly: who are they?
 

Geography and time notions

  • Years/days
Bast and Kvothe met two years ago. The Waystone Inn opened about one year ago. Old Cob & co. have been regulars for months, each Felling night.
Fwiw Felling is the first day introduced in the new calendar. It's the day when Tehlu conventionally felled Encanis.
  • The smithy is nearby the Waystone Inn, just across the road.
  • The town of Rannish lies less than thirty miles away.
  • Two miles outside of town there’s the Oldstone Bridge.
Given Carter's attack comes from there, I suppose its direction is towards Abbott’s Ford (Chronicler’s coming from that direction). 60% sure.
Possibility: "bridge" implies a river (it makes sense because iirc Newarre features a water mill as well? Currently not 100% sure, I’ll see if the reread confirms it or not).
Unrelated: here’s Newarre. Notice a river’s nearby. I’ll try my best not to bother you with that thread, but sometimes I can’t help.
  • Baedn-Bryt is somehow nearby. Still to be determined whether it is a region or a city.
It seems reasonable to say that Carter and Chronicler are coming from the same direction. This means that Baedn/city of Treya to be on the opposite side of Abbott's Ford.
  • Melcombe gets mentioned but it’s most likely far away and outside the greater scheme of things.
  • Resavek is too far away.
  • Chapter 1 covers two days, Felling and Reaving.
I'm unsure about the prologue, because two clients not talking do not with the usual Waystone client crowd.
  • This is a moonless night.
A wise man should fear it, and Carter’s situation proves the adage right. This may have severe implications on the whole Frame pacing and days passing by. How’s the synodic period in Temerant? If a story takes three days would it still be a moonless night, for example?
 

Details and things worth pointing out

• In Chapter 1 there are four narrative jumps due to time shifts, but all of them follow Kote.
Notice that at the beginning of the chapter “the innkeeper finds Taborlin’s story familiar”, meaning the narrator knows what's going on Kote's mind. But Kote's outside of Cob’s sight, and still, the narrator follows the Waystone crowd when Carter comes in and Kote away, likely searching for the medical kit.
 
Taborlin’s story features:
-Elements mirroring Elodin’s adventure in Haven
-The Chandrian
-Taborlin’s trademark tools (key, coin and candle), but not his cloak
-Kvothe being stabbed by the fake ruh and his wound turning out not serious
-An University gram, although called amulet
Important: in the story the amulet is worth “gold nobles”, already hinting at Newarre being in Vintas.
-It’s apparently set in Spring season
-The act of Naming
-Tinker
-The very first time of a long series of contradicting infos about the Chandrian.
Are they demons? Or men? “6 of them were men”, according to Jake. The numbers are off already!
 
The smallfolk matters
The reaction of the Waystone crowd to Carter’s episode speaks volumes. For once, even Jake and Cob seems to agree. For a simple fellow like Carter, losing a horse is a catastrophe.
After all, for Bast there aren’t "six swords in the whole town", meaning Newarre is just a little village made of dozens of farmers, a smith, a priest and not much more. If nobody comes to steal despite not being guards or soldiers, it’s because there’s nothing worth taking.
Curiosity about the swords: in the books we’ll see at least two of them (iirc four, but that would be cheating in any case – plus I’m just going by weak memory). And two axes. Can you remember who they all belong to?
 
Friends
(Graham, Jake and Shep) had grown up together, listening to Cob's stories and ignoring his advice.
There's a reason why only Aaron asks question to Old Cob, LOL. Imagine being with Cob for years.
At the same time, the fact that they still indulge with his stories is testimony to their good will. They just like the old man. And credit when credit's due, he's not a bad storyteller for a night out.
 
Boy
He would most likely remain "boy" until his beard filled out or he bloodied someone's nose over the matter.
Coherently, Aaron's name doesn't show up.
 
Shep’s troubles
Ultimately, the book will never tell us what happened in Shep’s farm on “last Cendling night”, but during the reread we may have possibilities to speculate.
His issues give us the evidence than in KKC shit is happening at least since 9 days before the start of the narration.
 
The Waystone Crowd
For the moment being, they’ll just receive a brief introduction.
-Old Cob, in proper old unmarried man fashion, eats like a wolf. This is not my blog but I can confirm from countless irl episodes that unmarried men are all the same on this aspect. The specifics of why, aren’t worth pointing out. For the moment being, he’s the old guy who likes to be at the center of attention. More on him in future episodes.
-Jake (Jacob Walker) is Cob’s counterpart, and extremely useful too, writing-wise. By itself he doesn’t seem that meaningful as a character.
-Shep, AKA “mister serious business”. Whenever this guy opens his mouth, no-nonsense comes out. The end of the book will prove Shep’s all about business in more ways than one.
-Boy, the smith’s prentice. Insofar he seems an easy device to ask obvious questions to the characters. More on him in future episodes, WMF in particular. Currently the book doesn’t tell us his name’s Aaron.
Curiosity: it’s extremely rare for KKC characters to be redheaded.
-Carter, both extremely lucky and unlucky at the same time. One of KKC’s characters that has to be admired for sure. WMF will prove that he’s one of the bravest characters in the series, and while I don’t think he’ll end up well, I cheer for him.
I hope we all realize that despite bleeding left and right he managed to put a blanket on a demon’s corpse and take it with himself. And not for profit, given they destroyed it right after. Plus, he's a demon-killer by definition.
-Graham, insofar low profile. He brings his calmness as counterpoint to Jake's bickering.
 
Curiosity: in retrospective, Rothfuss lamented the fact that he could have made the Waystone crowd a bit more diversified with some female presence.
[u/Biologin, can you help me on this one? I’m 100% sure on this, but can’t find the source]
I don't get it. Like, have you ever tried going into a lonely pub on a Tuesday night in some shithole little town right after work? Let me tell ya, it’s a wurstel-fest, and I ain’t seeing girls around. Actually, if you see a woman chances are you’re drunk already and making out with some poster in the bathroom.
But hey, I’m not a writer.
 
Kote’s first words
Actually, you’re missing more than half,
Seven words! And speaking of tinkers, obviously he’s one who’d know about interacting with them. During the Painting he’ll pay a tinker the traditional way, like Old Cob confirms.
 
Scrael, or scraeling
In proper Faen tradition, those creatures’ definition is a bit unclear. Scrael doesn’t seem to indicate a demon spider in itself but rather something wider. A population of sort? Not sure on this one, help me out.
It’s made of “stone”, got no mouth nor eyes, but features razor-like feets. No blood nor organs, but just grey insides, like a mushroom. Keeping a souvenir of its corpse seems a Bad Idea.
Iron works well, cracking the scrael and making “sweet, acrid smell of rotting flowers and burning hair”.
To be dealt with, it requires a burial and burning with rowan wood, in high temperatures.
 
Carbon vs coke
A little trick to show us Kote’s actual degree of culture.
 
Kote knowing the name of the stars
Iirc something similar happens with Denna, or the Ruh. And Kvothe also talks about them with Wil and Sim. Care to help me out?
Worth pointing out that the narration tells that Kote knows the stars like his own hands. But we know his hands currently are not working that well.
Important: the narrator says “Kote sighed without knowing it”.
He also hums without realizing it, and
“He would have stopped himself he had known”
Very curious line, especially during a first read, when we still know nothing of Kvothe.
 
Automatic
Kote polishing the bar and cleaning the Inn is a staple of the reread.
What if his mood changes according to what he cleans?
Generally speaking, he likes the bottles the most. For ep 1 let’s just register it and see if the trend continues.
 
Age
Kvothe’s supposed to be near thirty. Younger, most likely. Here’s a little thread featuring age and such. Check the comments section, way better than my estimations. Mine features some mistakes.
he looked no older than his dark-haired companion.
Heh. This means nothing, given that estimating a faen creatures’ age by looks is like drying the sea with a toilet paper roll.
 
Kote’s room
Right at the top of the stairs (which makes perfect sense, business wise). Quite monkish, especially if we compare it to Bast’s room in some hundreds of pages. It’s worth pointing out that his fireplace and the Inn’s one aren’t mentioned to be connected.
Also, they work by simple wood, and no sympathy is mentioned.
At the same time, Kote’s room fireplace is by Kote’s own design. Both are black, if due to fire or other materials still to be determined.
The large, dark chest will be examined later in the series, for now we’ll notice that from the get go we can read about his being made of roah and its characteristics, be them smell, color or touch. And its price.
It’s specified that it’s sealed three times, and that its locks are of iron, copper and an unseen one.
Important: bottles give Kote comfort, the dark chest only regret.
Curiosity: Kote’s room has only one window, but we don’t know yet that right outside of it we could find the chest’s keys.
Curiosity 2: this time Kote’s memoir pages aren’t mentioned.
 
Reshi
Another of the innkeeper’s names, a nickname almost.
Make of it what you want.
 
Wagon tipper
Brief mention of Kvothe's Ruh origins, but the reader can't pick it at his first read.
 
Kote’s stew
It’s spiced with pepper, a detail unmentioned with the crowd’s meals. Bast knows his master’s tastes or it’s to be assumed all the Inn’s stew bowls are spiced?
 
Celum Tinture
Kote likely knows it by memory. Bast avoids it like there's the coronavirus between the pages.
 
Alias
He had chosen a name carefully (...) for most of the usual reasons, and a few unusual ones.
 
Bast and iron
The smith’s iron activity is going to rise due to the scrael and Bast’s face goes carefully blank. Rothfuss downplays it a bit, making everything vague.
During my first reread I assumed Bast was a bit displeased because it meant the smith worked early in the morning, and I had assumed Bast was a late sleeper for some reason.
Mind that up until now we haven’t seen Bast work in the Inn, so fwiw he could just pretend to be a client of sort.
 
Mask?
When Bast hears of the scrael, his smile "fell away like a cracked mask". This is a good description, but it also made me think of Basts future lines about masks.
Let's not forget that he's pretending to be happy. After all we see some of Bast's contempt for Newarre in ch. 1 already, since he wouldn't trust these people 'to piss leeways'.
 
Demonology notions
Kote uses three languages when joking with Bast: since it’s not mentioned what they are, I’d assume the earliest is TemaTemic, the church language (if anything because of Bast’s reaction). The third one is clearly Vintic, the second likely Faen. Let’s try to translate:
-Tehus antausa eha
The “teh” group reminds me of sygaldry lessons, where it stands for “lock”. Here it may be an ancient form for Tehlu, but mine is just an hypothesis. Something like “the power of Tehlu compels you”, hence the ‘demonic’ Bast making a gesture since he clearly has no reason to fear Tehlu.
edit: check u/RhinataMorie 's comment
-Aroi te denna-leyan
Notice the group “oi” is used by faen creatures, we’ll see it back in the future. Kote means disaster in Siaru, I wonder about that Denna in Faen.
Bast says Kote is being mean, it mustn’t be a nice sentence.
-By earth and stone I abjure you!
And here’s a little Rothfuss trick, because I was so taken by the foreign languages that I missed the gigantic “Glamour be banished” right after.
Notice that Bast says “with Cider”, possible hint that to dispel glamours you could use some liquid? (or he’s just fearing the stains on his fabulous clothes)
 
The Penitent King
The Penitent King at first seems like a figure from another country... and Resavek could be anywhere. Assuming it's the correct pronunciation of the name! And why there should be rebels? Characters take this info for granted and usual.
 
Crazy Martin
He planted barley instead of beans, the mad man. But what if barley is needed? Not so crazy anymor, huh? Iirc someone wrote that you can make beer with that, something soldiers would like for sure.
 
The monsters in the background
With the exception of the Bentleys, a family that can't catch a break even with narmal reasons, there's already plenty of hints that something's off. One thing is the war and the roads being unsafe, another are Shep's farm unnamed problem, the Orissons' sheeps keep disappearing and Carter's episode. The reader already can tell something's off, and it's not just a single episode.
 
Little coincidence?
6 people saw the demon, plus Kote (7) and the priest (8), who burned it. These numbers show up quite a bit.
 

Kote’s lies

“Kvothe the narrator never lies” readers are invited to consider that outside of the narration the same guy is pulling out one lie after another.
This is a section that will show up quite frequently, since Mr Inoffensive Innkeeper may have lost friends and family… but not his habits.
Besides the whole fake identity business, here we find Kote:
1 Fabricating a story about why he knows what a scrael is.
2 Lying to Bast, since he kept a piece of the scrael himself.
3 Fabricating a story about why he’s able to stitch a wound.
edit: u/upliv2 points out
[about the Tinker rhyme] "Just something I heard once," Kote said to fill the silence, obviously embarrassed.
 

Narrator and pov doubts

In the prologue, things like ‘of course there was no music’ or Kvothe, moving ‘with the subtle certainty that comes from knowing many things’ clearly come from an omniscient narrator.
Also, the narrator knows who the different silences belongs to, and that the third one is the sound of a man waiting to die.
Chapter 1 seems to follow Kote, overhearing his clients and then being alone/interacting with Bast. However, when Carter enters the Inn we’re supposed to believe Kote immediately goes to take his medical kit. If that’s the case, how can he know not only what the clients say, but also see what they do?
Again, the narrator in the Frame is a bit strange. Kinda-omniscient but mostly focused on a single character at once.
 

X

We’ll call X whatever Kvothe is waiting for, be X a person, an event or a moment.
For the purposes of Rereading 1, X is the unknown at the door, namely the scrael.
“They can’t have made it this far west yet”
Emphasis on yet. Kvothe knows what’s going on, or at least what happened. Notice that both Kote and Bast seem to give the scraeling coming “over the mountains” a given.
Why are the scrael there? Do they communicate, receive orders, or something else? Vagueness overload.
The only mountains west are the Stormwal, which leads me to fear for Ademre. No, just kidding: Adem can be razed for all it’s worth, it’s the thing in the series I like the least LOL.
 
Back on track, an inquisitive mind would ask 'why doesn't Kvothe bolt the fuck out of Newarre, if the scrael are coming?' Is it because running away would be pointless? Or because something else? The question regarding why doesn’t Kvothe warn everyone else seems quite pointless. In WMF he’ll try with Aaron, but it’s not like people whose only possessions are their own houses can easily abandon them right before winter.
His tentatives to make Bast run away are very weak, but it’s likely the faeling prince would never run away in any case.
What is their kind of bond, exactly?
 
Anyways, the scrael episode is fundamental because it makes clear since the very beginning that the world around isn't the same as usual. Something wicked this way comes, and it comes right to the Waystone apparently. By chance or choice, it's still to be determined.
 

The Waystone Inn catalogue

The inn features:
  • Silence, most of the time.
  • An outside sign on its hooks
  • The bar has corners, therefore it’s not circular (its material: mahogany)
  • Wooden floor (same for Kvothe’s room, thus the whole upper floor, most likely)
  • Rough, splintering barrels behind the bar
  • Black stone hearth downside and one in Kote’s room. Kote’s one is in the center of the room
Are they connected? Text doesn’t suggest it.
  • White linen cloth to clean the bar
  • There’s lamps, unspecified number or composition
Future chapters will confirm they are not alchemical and run on oil. The hearth runs on wood as well.
  • Back room
(Is it behind the bar? Jake’s joke about the innkeeper skinning rats makes me believe we’re talking about the kitchen, tell me your opinion)
There's a doorway behind the bar
  • Mugs for the clients to drink with
Of course it’s mugs and not glasses.
  • Bowls of stew
(Important: contrary to some people, ROTHFUSS IS FINE WITH STEW IN FANTASY, source courtesy of u/Biologin)
  • Warm bread
  • Beer
  • Cider
  • Stools, not chairs
(but they tried to ease Carter on a chair)
  • tables, bucket. Kote’s room, instead, features chairs.
Nothing suggests there’s something between the front door and the common room. No anti entry of sort.
  • Medical kit: bowl of hot water, shears, clean linen, few glass bottles, needle and gut
(most of it will be used – let’s see if by Book 3 the inconsistency will exist!)
  • At least two wide windows on the inn’s front side
  • Vast array of bottles
  • Two huge barrels
  • Coins: heavy silver talents (vintas!), thin silver bits, copper jots, broken ha’pennies, iron drabs, a shim
We also see "shim" being used as an insult for the first time.
 
The inn lacks:
  • Wind
(will come in WMF? Must reread)
  • A crowd
  • Music,
"of course", apparently.
  • Before inspecting the scraeling, Kote asks for a shim.
I find it curious that he hasn’t got anything made of iron nearby.
Possibility: chances are, he’s being considerate of Bast. Notice that he warns him that people will resort to the smith, although we as readers still don’t know anything about Bast’s true nature.
Possibility 2: a certain Chandrian is in thrall of iron…
 

But what about the Waystone Inn map?

For the moment being, here’s my personal version 1 and 2. Done by memory and before starting the reread. We can see it features a couple of errors already, because Kvothe’s room is supposed to be near the stairs!
For now let’s just gather as much maps as we can. In a couple of episodes we’ll try to work them in and outline a model of work.
As I said in Rereading 0, for the moment all the eventual map errors aren’t a problem. Actually they are welcome! After all, precision will be the aim at the end of the reread, and definitely not now. Now it’s comparison time! Wanna draw your version of the map? Go for it! The more I have to compare, the better!

Maps from the readers: the evalutation

Thanks to:
His map features the use of block letters instead of cursive, suggesting kind nature and willingness to help.
His choice to include windows in the map suggests him not being a vampire.
The tables around the hearth suggest his devotion to Nurgle.
Vote: 10/10
 
Insofar, the most precise of all the maps, myself included. It also makes sense energy saving-wise, 10/10 would employ as architect.
Also his garden makes way more sense than mine, as big as a park.
Also look at that subtle colouring. The tasteful thickness. Definitely better than Bryce or Van Patten’s maps.
Vote: 10/10
 
I’m so grateful to these two champs that I’ve made a reward for you all. Here’s the Frame explained with a single diagram.
 

Personal comment

The POVs and the narrator really matter. Notice that Rothfuss hides Bast, making him insofar just… an innocent guy.
We’ll never get what were Shep’s problems. But during the reread I’ll try with a little hypothesis.
This reread is making me appreciate Carter way more that I’d expect.
I’ve barely skimmed through the Waystone crowd and the players due to space issues, I’ll use the next chapters for that.
 
The reread starts one day late, in proper tradition. This fills me with pride and a general sense of accomplishment.
 
Thanks for reading as usual, till next time. Tentative date: two weeks, more or less. On the good side from ep. 3 onwards I’ll be free for some weeks so it’ll be quicker.
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2020.02.03 16:01 BuffHistory1 The Murder of No Man - The Mysterious Demise Of Hilary Rougier

On the 15th March 1928, the body of an unnamed man was exhumed from St John's in Woking.
In a bizarre case involving secret letters, underhand financial dealings, murder and the strange suicide of one of the star witnesses; this forgotten unsolved case has proved to be one of the most fascinating in the history of British forensics.
I have put together for you, for the first time, the only full account of the lead up to the murder, the act and the aftermath.
I hope you enjoy it and apologies in advance for my love of excessive commas and antiquated grammar.
If you have any questions feels free to comment or drop me a personal message.

Source: https://institutionalhistory.com/the-murder-of-no-man-the-hilary-rougier-mystery/

The Murder of No Man - The Mysterious Demise Of Hilary Rougier


In August 1926 a gentleman died in Woking of, what was at first supposed to be, a cerebral haemorrhage and senility. Little was known of his life and no one (or at most 2 people depending on the source) attended his burial. Indeed, the grave itself, denuded of stone or inscription, moved strangers to such pity that they brought flowers to adorn the barren ground. Forgotten in life, unknown in death, thus might have ended this tale of emptiness and mystery. Then a guarded police investigation and newspapers sworn to secrecy: a will was found, witnesses interviewed and a body exhumed.

On the 15th March 1928, workers from the London necropolis company, erected 5-foot canvas sheets and dug down to the oak coffin below. Once raised to the surface, the nameplate was hastily removed. Such was the need for clandestine cover in this case, that a group of workers were sent to another part of the graveyard to dig a fake, vacant plot. The media circus began and at a conference, the Vicar of St. John’s in Knaphill made an announcement about the exhumation of a body, declining to name it due to ongoing research by police, deigning only to describe the male as a ‘bird of passage’. Sir Bernard Spilsbury, the home office pathologist, examined the body and surrounding soil before removing 3 jars of dirt and viscera for further investigation.

In the background, superintended Boshier and Deputy Chief Constable Kenward conducted interviews in Woking, followed leads in Horsham and all under the utmost confidentiality. The papers, despite being sworn to secrecy, having correctly guessed the man’s identity after looking at the burials register for St John’s, ran with the story anyway.

‘Identity Revealed’ ran the Sheffield Evening Post and a name, Hilary Rougier, ex-farmer aged 77 years old. Born in Guernsey on the 28th October 1848 to Hilary Rougier and Marie Ann Cary, a distinguished Guernsey family, Hilary Jnr. studied at Hayes Grammar School, Elizabeth College and later at Dinan in France for 18 months. He became a ‘farm pupil’ in Berkshire and Somerset for many years before setting up shop on his own, farming in Reading for 7 years. Then For 18 months he lived at a remote farm near Market Harborough in Leicestershire before he retired, moved back to Guernsey to enjoy ‘leisurely pursuits’ such as hunting and horse riding. Hilary returned to England, North Devon, in 1903. In July 1926, he arrived at Knaphill and stayed at the Nuthurst guesthouse with a family friend, a man called William Lerwill and his wife May St Leger Lerwill.

Throughout his time in Knaphill, Hilary became a notable figure. A local shopkeeper remembered him thus “Mr. Rougier used to go for a walk through the lanes every day until he became too ill…he was always accompanied by a spaniel. Walking with his head bent, he always seemed as if he wished to avoid talking to anybody, though occasionally he passed the time of day, but that was all. I think he suffered from asthma, for he had severe coughing fits.”

The plot thickened further with the discovery of a will, dated 28th October 1919, showing that he bequeathed “all property to my dearly beloved sister”. Hilary, it seemed, had once been an incredibly wealthy man with property all around the UK; however, a distant relative stated that by the time of his death his net worth was £79.

Then another startling turn. On the same day that the name of the deceased was officially revealed, the police sought to speak to the former nurse of the Lerwills, allegedly of French extraction. It was later disclosed that her name was Marjorie Helen Aldridge, a young-looking woman of 35 years of age who was slightly deaf. A manhunt began and she was found, eventually, in Scotland, where she had been holidaying and had, according to her, not read any newspapers nor heard of the ongoing investigation. She met with Superintendent Boshier in the Midlands and gave her evidence.

There was radio silence for a while as the police gathered evidence and awaited the results of the autopsy. The media, starved of attention, went into a frenzy. They dogged Boshier’s every move and each day had some piece of new information or evidence to report. There were intimations on potential suspects, where and what Boshier was taking to his ‘interviews’ and even an early leaked report on the autopsy results: negative for poison. As days grew into weeks finally, on the 17th May 1928, the police concluded their search and an inquiry begun.

Many were those who had been interviewed nationally and, due to the media frenzy surrounding the case, the inquiry began with a ‘small crowd’ gathered around the Woking Police Court. Mr. and Mrs. Lerwill arrived together and sat near their counsel J.E. Symes and in attendance, was also the counsel of Mrs Carey-Smith, sister of Hilary Rougier: Mr A. W. Crosso.

The Coroner addressed the jury and stated “You will hear medical evidence given by Dr. Brewer who attended the deceased in his last illness. You will also hear evidence from Sir Bernard Spillsbury, who conducted a post-mortem examination, and from Mr. Roche Lynch, with regard to the result of an analysis he made. In this case certain information came to my notice and I order the exhumation of the body. The man died in the month of August 1926, nearly two years ago, and was then buried. I decided to hold an inquest, and issued a burial order under which re-burial has taken place.”

The first witness to testify was Mary Reeves, a trained nurse, who was asked in early August 1926 to visit by the Vicar of St John, to visit Hilary as he was dying and needed “some attention”: when she arrived, he had already passed away. Under questioning, she admitted that she had prepared the body for burial and that there were no abnormal or unusual signs on the body, nor were the sheets stained.

The next witness to be called was Dr. Brewer who, on Mrs Lerwell’s request, had visited the patient prior to death and described him as being an ordinary healthy, old gentleman for his age but continued to say “I noticed he appeared to be very subdued”. When pushed further for an explanation, he stated “I noticed that he never spoke for himself, but Mrs. Lerwill monopolised the conversation, and seemed to speak on his behalf…he did not volunteer any statement or make any remarks on his own. Mrs. Lerwill made a remark to me that he was peculiar as to his feeding. He took his food by himself”. In addition, Brewer also recanted his initial cause of death ‘cerebral haemorrhage and senility’ owing to the pathologist’s later findings. James Fry, the undertaker, was also asked perfunctory questions about the burial, exhumation and reburial.

Sir Bernard Spilsbury was next to the stand and had a rather puzzling report to make; there were no signs of poisoning which would indicate murder or disease, which would suggest natural causes in the deceased’s body. However, that is not to say that there was no poisoning at all.

Dr. Roche Lynch, home office pathologist, took the stand and stated that alkaloid morphine was found in the organs he analysed. Indeed, that fact that morphine could still be traced some 18 months after death, given that it tended to ‘disappear as putrification proceeds’ suggested a ‘considerable quantity was taken – quite possibly a fatal dose’. Morphine took 6-12 hours to work and the symptoms witnessed by Dr. Brewer were consistent with morphine overdose.


119 articles were taken from Nuthurst, amongst which were bottles of laudanum of the type which may have killed Hilary. The residence was formerly that of a doctor, rented to the Lerwills by his daughter Mary Beatrice Hope after his death, and the bottles were likely his. Mary recalled coming back from holiday in October 1928 to find the residence empty. She remembered that one of the bottles was possibly much fuller than its present state and one of the rooms of the house ‘smelt musty and not very pleasant’, also that a headboard had been polished and cleaned but a part had looked grey. Lillian M. Hope, sister of the above, stated also that the moment they got home they were told “Mr. Rougier had died” but not by the Lerwills. Indeed, the Lerwills had absconded and the promise to pay for rent in monthly instalments did not materialise after the first down payment.

Miss Alice Dayborn, a day domestic helper at Nuthurst, recounted that Hilary used to ‘potter around the garden’ most of the day. About three weeks into working at Nuthurst, Mrs Lerwill remarked that Hilary was ‘not looking very well’ and she sent for a doctor. Marjorie Helen Aldridge, the errant nurse now almost on the point of fainting, whilst at the stand attested to Rougier being a paying guest of the Lerwills and that he “had not his full voice, and seemed always to speak under his breathe…he was very feeble and not eating before his death”. Regarding relations between the Lerwills, she stated that they were both “affectionate” and “fond”.

Richard Hillier, nephew-in-law to the deceased, took the stand and what he had to say would change the course of this case. Richard was notified of his uncle in law’s demise on the same day that he died and whilst arranging funeral preparations, noticed that several his personal belongings were missing. All that was found in the vicinity of Hilary’s deathbed were a few newspaper cuttings and some coins; his chequebook was missing. The funeral arrangements also elicited strange behaviour from Mrs. Lerwill, when she suggested not only a speedy funeral, as it was hard on her children, but a cremation also.

Arthur Wilso Crosse, the solicitor involved in writing up Hilary’s 1919 will, paid a visit to Nuthurst upon hearing the news of his erstwhile client’s death and remembered that Mrs Lerwill “rather resented my appearance… [and] referred me to her solicitor at Brighton”. No wonder he was resented, as Crosse’s visit wasn’t just a perfunctory one and as he delved into Hilary’s affairs, discovered that of the 5,000 pounds of his estate that should’ve remained, only £79 was accounted for. When asked what the Lerwill’s solicitor had to say, he responded “he ought not to say…I did not obtain any satisfactory result”. A great many stubs for cheques made payable to the Lerwills by Hilary, of denominations between 40-2,000 pounds, was discovered.

At this point Hilary’s sister, Mrs Carey-Smith, took the stand and attested to Hilary’s inheriting a large sum from their father as well as his frugalness, reiterating that he was ‘careful with his money’. Mrs Carey-Smith last saw her brother alive in the Spring of 1925, when he sold a house in Guernsey to the tune of £3,080: Mrs Lerwill was also in attendance. The last time she heard from her brother was a fortnight before his death; he made no mention of any health or money problems and seemed quite himself.

The nurse, Helen, was questioned again and said that she was worried about Rougier on the night before his death, on account of his stumbling to bed, but he reassured her he was alright. When asked if he was depressed, he replied in the negative, likewise when questioned if ever he was suicidal or had harmed himself. When asked about bottles, she claimed she only seen those prescribed by Dr. Brewer, for Hilary’s throat, and nothing containing morphine. Helen also drew attention to the fact that one night ‘while playing cards, Mr. Rougier suddenly lost his memory’. Lastly, poison in his food was ruled out as Hilary’s last meal was fed to the dog after and the dog was still alive.


In his testimony he stated that Rougier wrote to him, asking to stay with him confirming how the arrangement at Nuthurst came to be. Whilst living with them his (Rougier’s) cough got worse, becoming ‘very bad’, and that the Rougier said a ‘doctor was no good to him, as it was more a case of old age’. The coroner pushed further, asking for why the doctor wasn’t sent for sooner, William replied that Hilary had been getting worse for a while and that the doctor could do nothing. On the night Hilary died, William’s car had broken down on his way back to Woking from Colchester. When pressed as to whether he had anything else to say, William said there had been hearsay about ‘money matters’ and that to clear things up, answered that every cheque given to him was signed by Hilary and gifted from time to time to ‘help him’. These, William claimed, were gifts and done entirely of his own volition.

The coroner queried that, having no job, did he have a private income? William replied no, but that he had wanted to start up a business in Woking beforehand, but it subsequently failed. William added that Hilary paid no fixed rent amount whilst staying with him but did indeed give him money to pay off his debts. It later transpired that many of the cheques were written in William’s hand but signed by Hilary. When asked as to why, he stated that the deceased had said ‘Just write it out and I’ll sign it’.

Under further questioning, it was discovered that at some point Hilary had induced William to buy him some laudanum for his dog’s claws, but when asked where he had obtained it from, he could not say where. Curiously, a search of all chemists in Woking and Horsham, places Lerwill visited, discovered no chemist who had sold the bottle to him; all pharmacies by this time had to enter logs into their poison sale records, for laudanum and other dangerous substances.

Lerwill, now technically separated from his wife, when pressed on the strangeness of his taking all but £79 of Rougier’s money before he died, responded ‘No, there was nothing extraordinary in it’. The inquiry was adjourned and the coroner, in summing up, stated that several anonymous letters had been received by himself and by the jury and that these should be ignored.

As a crowd of ladies in 'summer dresses' waited outside the court, Mrs Lerwill remained inside whilst in the courtyard, Mr. Lerwill smoked cigarettes as he ‘joked’ with his counsel.

The verdict came back ‘Morphine poisoning…not self-administered’. Judgement made, all inside were free to leave as no perpetrator could be pointed out. Mr. Lerwill on leaving, spoke sharply to Superintendent Boshier before exiting as a free man with his wife, the woman he had allegedly not spoken to throughout the trial.

It seemed that the mystery would remain just that, unknowable and unsolved. As the newspapers held their breathe, for weeks, then months, the public clamoured for more information until one day, news came: a new trial. But it was not the follow-up to the inquest, no, but an altogether different beast.

The Lerwills, suspected poisoning perpetrators, were taking the ‘News of the World’ to court for libel. It transpired, that the paper on 3rd June 1928 had run with the headline ‘ Who poisoned Hilary?’ beside a picture of the Lerwills. This had, allegedly, caused untold grief to them and that they had ‘mental anguish’ as a result of it. In addition, they had received hate mail and drawings of nooses. Rather than face trial, the paper gave them a ‘substantial sum’ and it was settled outside of court.

Over the years there were tantalising mentions of the case, from Boshier being recalled off holiday in September 1928 to do more work on the case, work which did not see the light of day, right up until his retirement in 1930. Further mentions in the 1930s refer to it as an ‘unsolved case’. There’s even a death of a ‘Charles Joseph Rougier’ in 1931, which the rumour mill tried to link to Hilary but with no luck. Indeed, the trail went utterly cold and it would seem no further information would come to light. Until a final startling twist in March 1934.

William Knight Lerwill, after the inquest, gallivanted around the UK and Canada frittering away the £5,000 sum given to him by the news of the world and another paper. In and out of work, setting up businesses which inevitably collapsed, Lerwill slipped back into his former state of penury: unemployed and homeless.

He visited his uncle in Kentisbury, Walter Lerwill, whom he hadn’t seen for 12 years. William’s visit rather than being one of sentimental purpose, was a pragmatic one: he needed money. His uncle, understandably taken aback, gave him ten shillings and some silver and William departed for Combe Martin in Devon. He stayed at the Deck of Cards hotel and registered under a false name, W. Knight, and brought no luggage. He spent five nights there, going out some evenings or else playing shove ha’penny in the saloon bar. During this time, he had asked the proprietor’s wife if he could borrow money, she demurred, and so he asked her son. The father, owner of the hotel, overheard and eventually agreed to lend him one pound.

Lerwill, claiming the previous name (knight) was a false one, gave him instead a new one which was equally fallacious. He claimed he was selling a property in Combe Martin and that he would pay him back from the sale of it; this too was a lie, a lie the proprietor suspected.

His final morning at the hotel, Lerwill saw a picture of a man being arrested in the newspaper and, according to the proprietor, became ‘terribly agitated ‘and left without settling his bill. The proprietor some days before had remarked on the strange behaviour of his guest and phoned up The Queen’s Head in Ilfracombe, a place Lerwill said he’d formerly stayed at, and they confirmed he had been there…but didn’t pay for his lodging.

Concerned, the proprietor spoke to PC Yelland and the officer agreed it was odd behaviour and agreed to speak to the suspect. That morning, Lerwill walked about town for some time before the officer, Yelland, spotted him. They walked and talked, despite Lerwill’s agitation, and then out of nowhere William said “I want to talk it over with you….where’s the nearest police station?”

Yelland took him to the station but upon getting near, his charge changed his mind, walked ahead and behind a car, took out a small whisky flask and drank: he collapsed dead straightaway. He had consumed half an ounce of prussic acid (cyanide) enough to kill the man and many more besides. Questioned later, Yelland had no idea what the ‘it’ was that Lerwill wished to talk about and had not even mentioned the unpaid hotel fees in the course of their conversation. An inquest into his death found the cause, predictably, to be suicide and he was buried at the family tomb, in a private ceremony at Combe Martin.

The murder was never solved.
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