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2020.09.27 04:40 Spaceshrooms17 Shady former employer situation that I need some counsel in...

Hey, folks. Licensed Massage Therapist here in Denver, Colorado. I also cross-posted this in the massage thread, but figured this would be a good sub-reddit to post in too. (December 2019 grad). I have a previous post regarding this predicament if you'd like to read more on my profile.
TL;DR: Former employer assaulted me after "firing" me for not wanting to work there/take a training. Former employer is now harassing me for money I supposedly owe here due to a contract clause I signed at commencement of employment regarding sponsored benefits; however, the clause was not specific as to what sponsored benefits pertained to. The owner is trying to obtain money for the business cards and email they provided for me, and this was added to the clause in handwriting without me signing to the ammended clause.
I got hired at a private business back in January, comprising of the owner and one other therapist who'd been there for awhile. The owner hired me as an independent contractor; however, how the owner runs it is very much reflective of an employee relationship rather than independent contractor. They provided sheets, room, booking system, cream-requested I work set shifts, no wiggle room, and we got paid via Venmo (no taxes taken out obviously). When I got hired, the agreement was also that the owner would train me in a specific service that the business specialized in and that I couldn't learn it anywhere else.
It seemed like a really good fit for awhile, but then, events started unfolding and I began noticing really toxic and unhealthy dyamics. Said training was continuously pushed back and by the time they finalized the training, I realized it wasn't a healthy environment for me anymore. The owner called a meeting with me after a very inappropriate email was sent regarding my hesitation in the training.
During this meeting, I told the owner I wasn't sure if I wanted to do the training anymore (due to extremely unreasonable cost, not feeling comfy taking the training from her, etc) and that I wasn't happy working for them anymore. Long story short, she "fired" me after I said this, told me I was selfish and manipulated the situation to where they were making it seem like I was selfish, that I dishonored their business and went back on my word, that I was extremely flawed in character, that I was an ego-maniac, had no respect, yadda yadda.
As I was leaving the establishment, she screamed at me to get the fuck out, threw my shoes out the door, told me I owed her money, and violently shoved me into the door pillar and out on the street. Quite shocking, to be honest.
She then proceeded to text me today saying I owed her $232 for business cards and the email I had while employed with a screenshot of the contract clause I signed...the clause read, "Massage therapists contracted with {business} are conratcually obligated to work at least one year past the date of any sponsored benefits provided. If employment is terminated for any reason prior to one year past said benefit, the massage therapist is responsible for repayment of the sponsorship." I signed this on 1/26/2020 and beneath it was a handwritten notation of cost of business cards and email written on 3/5/2020, that of which I did not sign.
I'm really not sure what to do here because when I was hired, I understood sponosored benefits as continuing education and trainings and it was not clear what said sponsored benefits meant.
Any and all legal/professional advice would be much appreciated. I'm a newb and feel like I defintiely got taken advantage of, and want to proceed (or lie still) with caution. Thanks in advance <3
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2020.09.27 02:56 Spaceshrooms17 Super sticky employer situation that I desperatly need counsel on...

Hey, folks. New LMT here (December 2019 grad). I have a previous post regarding this predicament if you'd like to read more on my profile.
TL;DR: Former employer assaulted me after "firing" me for not wanting to work there/take a training. Former employer is now harassing me for money I supposedly owe here due to a contract clause I signed at commencement of employment regarding sponsored benefits; however, the clause was not specific as to what sponsored benefits pertained to. The owner is trying to obtain money for the business cards and email they provided for me, and this was added to the clause in handwriting without me signing to the ammended clause.
I got hired at a private business back in January, comprising of the owner and one other therapist who'd been there for awhile. The owner hired me as an independent contractor; however, how the owner runs it is very much reflective of an employee relationship rather than independent contractor. They provided sheets, room, booking system, cream-requested I work set shifts, no wiggle room, and we got paid via Venmo (no taxes taken out obviously). When I got hired, the agreement was also that the owner would train me in a specific service that the business specialized in and that I couldn't learn it anywhere else.
It seemed like a really good fit for awhile, but then, events started unfolding and I began noticing really toxic and unhealthy dyamics. Said training was continuously pushed back and by the time they finalized the training, I realized it wasn't a healthy environment for me anymore. The owner called a meeting with me after a very inappropriate email was sent regarding my hesitation in the training.
During this meeting, I told the owner I wasn't sure if I wanted to do the training anymore (due to extremely unreasonable cost, not feeling comfy taking the training from her, etc) and that I wasn't happy working for them anymore. Long story short, she "fired" me after I said this, told me I was selfish and manipulated the situation to where they were making it seem like I was selfish, that I dishonored their business and went back on my word, that I was extremely flawed in character, that I was an ego-maniac, had no respect, yadda yadda.
As I was leaving the establishment, she screamed at me to get the fuck out, threw my shoes out the door, told me I owed her money, and violently shoved me into the door pillar and out on the street. Quite shocking, to be honest.
She then proceeded to text me today saying I owed her $232 for business cards and the email I had while employed with a screenshot of the contract clause I signed...the clause read, "Massage therapists contracted with {business} are conratcually obligated to work at least one year past the date of any sponsored benefits provided. If employment is terminated for any reason prior to one year past said benefit, the massage therapist is responsible for repayment of the sponsorship." I signed this on 1/26/2020 and beneath it was a handwritten notation of cost of business cards and email written on 3/5/2020, that of which I did not sign.
I'm really not sure what to do here because when I was hired, I understood sponosored benefits as continuing education and trainings and it was not clear what said sponsored benefits meant.
Any and all legal/professional advice would be much appreciated. I'm a newb and feel like I defintiely got taken advantage of, and want to proceed (or lie still) with caution. Thanks in advance <3
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2020.09.26 21:30 24issiah Men of reddit who were stalked by a woman, what's the story? Response comp.

I was fresh out of the military and just started college. It was obvious I was new because I used a map to get around. I felt like someone was following me but just ignored my instincts.
On my third week, the girl who I noticed was always behind me finally introduced herself and told me we shared a class. Then she told me that I wasn't doing well in a course and offered to give me her phone number so we could study together. I politely declined and said that I would just go to the tutoring services or study with my friends.
Next thing I know, she managed to be assigned to my project group by writing her name in the group members list when no one noticed. She proceeded to flirt with me until it evolved into passive aggressiveness when she got tired of me not reciprocating her feelings.
Sometime along the way, she learned I had a part time job and would show up at my workplace. I didn't like my job because the pay wasn't what was promised but her being there all the time made decide to quit.
Thankfully I made it to the end of the year just ignoring her. However, things took a turn for the worse when she decided to confront me at the end of our last course together. She wanted me finally commit to be her boyfriend. I just said sorry and walked away quickly. I transferred to a better college after that first semester.

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I met a girl on eHarmony about 10 years ago. She seemed fairly normal when I first started talking to her. After a couple weeks of dating, she told me that she had gotten stomach reduction surgery and that she was still getting used to the "new her," who was 150 lbs lighter. I had no problem with this at all, but it was like a switch flicked in her brain after she shared this. She became scarily obsessive, freaking out on me if I didn't respond to a text or phone call within 5 min. I eventually tried to let her down easy and told her I didn't think we were a good fit. She FLIPPED OUT, texted me over 1000 times that day and tried calling me at least 100 times. She drove to my apartment and pounded on the door intermittently for an hour. This kind of behavior lasted for a week before she finally realized I wasn't going to play her game.
TL-DR: continue ignoring someone's behaviors and eventually he or she will get it through his or her psychotic skull that you won't be a party to their insanity.

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Stalked makes it sound worse than it was, but its a reasonably apt description.
I worked in a public library, and I once helped a woman with computer issues. She obviously had her own mental health struggles, she would get frustrated easily, mutter to herself, was very paranoid, but generally a nice, friendly and polite person.
After that though she started buying me presents. First it was just some chocolates and a card, but it was Christmas so I didn't think anything of it. Then she bought me an artisan cake, a week later. Like, super fancy, carefully designed thing. Then the week after more chocolates. While this was going on, I started seeing her elsewhere, near my house or shops I went in, when i hadn't before.
Then she came in one day and had bought me a fancy bottle of aftershave and a £70 watch. I'd been keeping a record of all this, and this time I had to go to the manager because I can get in trouble for accepting gifts of that value. They had to speak with her live in nurse, and she did stop, but I kept seeing her near places I frequented. She never said anything or harassed me, but I would just see her around a lot.

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2020.09.26 20:25 throwaway55055055055 I was going to kill myself on September 15th, I ended up hospitalized for 2 weeks instead, I've been out for one week and already want to kill myself again. My new date is October 15th. (LONG, VENT, SENSITIVE)

I am setting the date once again since I failed last time by making the mistake of telling my therapist. I spent two weeks straight in the hospital, got put on meds and increased weekly therapy after not eating or sleeping for a week straight and for having constant suicidal thoughts. They wanted me to stay at an inpatient step-down program after the hospital but my family talked me out of it by yelling at me and telling me it was a stupid idea. I regret not going because at least it would have let me live away from my abusers.
I am not cut out to live with the way the world currently is. I am currently unemployed, my therapist is trying to help get me on disability because I am not fit to work due to my multiple mental illnesses, but it's taking forever. I am about to run out of health insurance coverage and because I am unemployed and quickly running out of money I can't afford the high cost it takes to have insurance. Once I run out of insurance I will simply have to blow through what little savings I have just to pay my bills. I will then be without money, in debt to the hospital, unable to afford my therapy or my meds, and out of options. I was going to try to apply for medicaid but I can't understand the process and keep messing up the application. I am going to lose my school scholarship because I couldn't preform in class and had to drop courses. I will likely owe a large sum of money to the school for this. I tried getting in touch with student services but they brushed me off.
I am going to say goodbye to my therapist as subtly as I can. I won't be able to see her anymore once I run out of money and just thinking about not having the one support that has kept me going is just enough to give me the courage to finally kill myself. I want to cry just thinking about not having therapy with her anymore, it puts me on the verge of a panic attack just to think about it as much as I am.
October 15th is the date because I am obsessed with numbers that end in 5 or 0. If I fail again on the 15th, I will try again on October 20th. And so forth. I hope to not fail this time and I am going to try as hard as I can to not accidentally tell someone again. I will write out my notes on paper and keep them in my car for people to find when they're ready. I will overdose on all of my meds and then jump off of a bridge. I have found several good spots to accomplish this and will do it late at night or very early in the morning. I will prepare myself mentally over the next few weeks.
I can't live a life full of mental illness and trauma. The OCD alone is bad enough to give me the strength to complete my suicide. I want to thank those who tried to reach out last time. Your messages were kind.
If I fail again and end up hospitalized they likely will not let me out for a very long time. Please pray for me. Pray that I don't fail and that my death is quick and as painless as possible. I am praying for all of you and will take my prayers with me until the very end.
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2020.09.26 17:15 removalbot 09-26 15:15 - 'Whose weapons are better - Americans' or Russians'?' (self.europe) by /u/MIGelDiablOelCorazon removed from /r/europe within 9-19min

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Russian weapons are generally simpler in design and more mobile. For too long the West believed that the Soviets made simple weapons because they were too unsophisticated to make complex ones. Now the West realizes that the simplicity bespeaks a high state of engineering skill.

#1 Small firearms

One of the earliest Soviet Army issue handguns was the Tokarev or "TT" automatic pistol. (Note that in this context the term "automatic" refers to the loading process, not the firing process. Users of so-called "automatic" pistols must still pull the trigger for every shot fired.) Outwardly the Tokarev was utilitarian and unattractive—in other words, fitting very much into the Soviet military aesthetic. Like most Soviet weapons it was dead simple
Russia's service handguns are simple, rugged and reliable, made to be built—and used—in wartime. While they may lack the amenities found in many modern American pistols, such as the U.S. Army's new M17 Modular Handgun System, an emphasis on functionality means they will get the job done under extreme conditions. So newer Russian PL-15 “Lebedev” or “Udav” handgun are better than M17.

#2 Russian weapons are meant to work – they are workhorses and cheap

A third-world country can outfit 10 soldiers using Russian gear for the cost of equipping 1 man with American weaponry. And the Russian jets are better than the western jets at the time of war because they are more rugged, easy to repair, and cheaper to manufacture, and therefore, the Russian could just keep making more jets as the jets are lost.
The Nationalinterest claims, the Sukhoi Su-35 Flanker-E is the by far the best operational fighter aircraft Russia has produced to date. An advanced derivative of the original Soviet-era Su-27, the new Flanker variant is high flying, fast and carries an enormous payload. That, combined with its advanced suite of avionics, makes the Su-35 an extremely dangerous foe to any U.S. fighter, with the exception of the stealthy Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor. And the price of Su-35 is much more less than expensive F-22.
As an air-superiority fighter, the Su-35’s major advantages are its combination of high altitude capability and blistering speed—which allow the fighter to impart the maximum possible amount of launch energy to its arsenal of long-range air-to-air missiles. During an air battle, the Su-35 would launch its missiles from high supersonic speeds around Mach 1.5 at altitudes greater than 45,000 ft. It also has three-dimensional thrust vectoring—which gives it exceptional maneuverability, advanced avionics and a powerful jamming capability.
Su-35 fighter is better than the American F-15. The Su-35 boasts an infrared search and track system (IRST), which allows it to determine the general position of aircraft within a fifty kilometer radius—potentially quite useful for detecting stealth aircraft at shorter ranges. The F-15 doesn’t have an IRST.
The Chinese People’s Liberation Army Air Force is keen to acquire the new jet and there have been reports that North Korea would also like to buy some number of Su-35s. As the Su-35 begins enter service in numbers, additional customers are likely to start lining up to buy the new fighter.
Russia's Su-57 stealth fighter is a more versatile and a better ground-attacker than America's own F-22 is, one of Russia's top warplane-designers insisted. The Nationalinterest claims, F-22 lacks the capability to strike ground targets compared to the Su-57.

# 3 Lets nuke them

In the entire history of the human race, there has never been a weapon as destructive as the Russian SS-18 intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM). To understand the true power of this doomsday weapon, try comparing it to the nuclear warhead the United States used to obliterate Hiroshima.
The Hiroshima bomb had an explosive yield of ‘only’ 15 kilo tonnes (KT) or 15,000 tonnes of TNT equivalent, and yet it killed 70,000 people. In comparison, a single SS-18 carries up to 10 separate nuclear warheads of around 750 KT each. Some missiles are armed with one humongous 20,000 KT warhead.
But that was Soviet period of Russia. What now?
Russia possesses heavy land-based, liquid-fuelled ICBMs. The R-36M2 Voevoda (NATO reporting name: SS-18 Mod 5, Satan). It can carry up to ten warheads with a capacity of up to 750 KT each.
The New Start Treaty, signed on April 8, 2010, by Presidents Obama and Medvedev, reduces each country’s number of nuclear warheads to 1,550. The number of deployed intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) and heavy strategic bombers is limited to seven hundred. According to data published by the U.S. Department of State on April 1, both parties are at or near the stated figures. The United States possesses 741 deployed launchers equipped with 1,481 nuclear warheads, while Russia possesses 521 launchers equipped with 1,735 nuclear warheads. The difference is insignificant, and does not affect the strategic balance. Russia has fewer launchers at the moment, but this disparity is due to the fact that ICBMs that carry MIRVs (multiple independently targetable reentry vehicles) have a wider range of application—one ICBM can carry up to ten warheads.


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2020.09.26 15:38 ZandrickEllison Offseason Blueprint: The Toronto Raptors already had their fairy tale ending, but now they'd like a sequel

The playoffs continue to rage on, but there are 26 teams sitting at home with nothing to do but twiddle their thumbs, watch the Conference Finals, and wait for next season to start.
For their sake, we wanted to look ahead with the next edition of the OFFSEASON BLUEPRINT series. In each, we'll preview some big decisions and make some recommendations for plans of attack along the way. Today, we're looking at the Toronto Raptors
step one: Wish Upon a Star...
When the Toronto Raptors and Vancouver Grizzlies came into the league (in 1995), expectations weren't terribly high. They felt like filler teams, made for Michael Jordan to break records against. Maybe they'd have a playoff appearance here and there, but there's way that they'd ever be an elite contender. There was no way that some random ass team from Canada would rise to the top of the league. Sadly, Vancouver has fallen off the map (for now), but Toronto has exploded as one of the best stories and best franchises in the association.
This fairy tale didn't happen overnight. The Raptors had some nice moments and nice young stars in the past -- Damon Stoudamire, Vince Carter, Chris Bosh -- but they won a grand total of 1 playoff series over their first 20 seasons in the NBA. Given that, their latest stretch has been remarkable. They've won 48 games for seven seasons in a row, including 50+ in each of the last five. They won with Kawhi Leonard, but they managed to survive and stay relevant without him as well. Making the playoffs has become part of their DNA. Masai Ujiri, Nick Nurse, and Kyle Lowry have earned a lot of attention and credit for that (rightfully so), but we also have to give credit to Coach Dwane Casey and DeMar DeRozan for helping to get the ball rolling in the first place.
Wisely, the Raptors locked up Nick Nurse to a contract extension this offseason. The next step should be doing the same with Ujiri. The fact that high-profile teams and big markets like the New York Knicks, Brooklyn Nets, L.A. Lakers, and L.A. Clippers all have power brokers in place should be seen as a positive there. There aren't many franchises that in a position to throw $10M+ his way. Still, there's no reason the team should let their magic genie Ujiri go. In a league where role players get $10-15M a year, top executives deserve to get obscenely rich as well. Losing Ujiri would sting badly -- not only for basketball reasons, but also for reputation reasons. The Raptors have had all their wishes come true so far; they can't start pinching pennies now just because it's expensive to varnish a magic lamp.
step two: convince FVV that there is nothing more than this provincial life
It's the dream of every college basketball player to earn the attention and affection of NBA scouts. At Wichita State, Fred VanVleet did his part to turn their eye. He started 100+ games, and helped lead the Shockers to a combined record of 121-24 across four seasons on campus. When he finally strolled into the NBA ballroom... he received nothing but crickets. Eyerolls. Murmurs about his unappealing body. He didn't get drafted at all.
Now, four seasons and one championship later, the league suitors are singing a different tune. It's going to be a weak free agent class, and FVV is one of the Belles of the ball. There's talk that he can generate $15M, $18M, $20M! in salary per season. Heck, I've even heard some talk like 4 years, $100M (that's $25M per year, if you're no bookworm like Belle.)
Ironically, it's some of the same qualities that made NBA scouts dismiss him that make FVV an appealing target now. He's shorter and stubbier, but that strength allows him to play and defend both PG and SG. In fact, basketball-reference charted him as playing 56% of his minutes at SG this season. VanVleet's shooting prowess (39.3% from three for his career) also fits like a glove in the modern NBA. He can be a lead guard, or he can be a complementary 3+D spacing guard... he can do a variety of things to win a team win. As such, he's a "high floor" and "high character" acquisition that can justify an inflated salary, a la Malcolm Brogdon last year (who got 4 years, $85M total from Indiana.)
VanVleet would be a valuable addition to any team, but he's especially valuable to this particular Toronto team. He's already shown that he can play alongside Kyle Lowry, but he may have an even larger role in the future. Lowry's massive contract ($30M per year) is coming off the books after next year. As good as Lowry has been, he's 34 now, and he's not going to be a viable starter forever. VanVleet can continue to play in tandem with Lowry now, and then potentially take the reins of the lead guard position for the next 5 years after. Through that lens, $20M doesn't sound unreasonable at all. I also like the idea of retaining some members of the title team as long as possible, as it adds prestige to the franchise.
No doubt, the Raps will want VanVleet back, even if he's paid $20M per season. He may be worth that. The question is: what happens if he gets offered more than he's worth? What if the Knicks get crazy and offer him $25M or more?
Toronto can't get into an unreasonable bidding war, but they can evoke VanVleet's emotional connection to the franchise and fan base. They helped give him the development and opportunity to become a star. And while Toronto isn't a traditional "big market" compared to New York City, it may be more appealing. Toronto’s a thriving city, where $20 (or $20M) goes a lot further than NYC. Moreover, VanVleet will be a beloved member of the Raptors' franchise and their legacy. If he goes off to be a hired gun somewhere else, those new fans may turn on him as soon as his shooting slumps. If Toronto is effectively "The Beast" (that you learned to love), the Knicks may be "Gaston," the showy rival that you'll only end up resenting. I truly believe that VanVleet is better off in Toronto (even at 80-90% of the price) than going to a franchise like the Knicks. Of course, it's not my decision to make.
step three: Jack and the (singular) Beanstalk
Presuming that Toronto is able to come up with a new accord with Fred VanVleet, they'll have limited coins left in the purse. They may need to make a decision regarding their bigs, with both Marc Gasol and Serge Ibaka entering free agency as well. These are two decorated veterans who have gotten used to gold (this season, Gasol made $25.5M and Ibaka made $23M.)
While the Raptors' frontcourt depth helped them win a title, it doesn't make sense to double dip and OVERLOAD on the position. The modern NBA doesn't cater to centers, so you don't want to tilt your salary cap too much in that direction. Moreover, backup Chris Boucher (also a free agent) deserves some more playing time. It's very realistic for the team to pick one of their current bigs, and roll with Boucher as a backup.
Between the two bigs, I'd lean to retaining Serge Ibaka over Marc Gasol myself. As always, Gasol's raw stats -- 7.5 points and 6.3 rebounds -- don't reflect his actual value. He's a good, heady basketball player who is able to stretch the court offensively. Even at age 35, he's still a good defensive presence. In fact, ESPN's RPM metric graded him as a +3.4 impact per 100 possessions on defense, 5th best among all centers. Still, it's hard to ignore the age factor. Gasol's 35 now, and turning 36 in January. Based on either the eye test or analytics, you can see some decline in his play. Retaining him on a 1-year deal would make sense, but anything more than that would be risky.
Meanwhile, Serge Ibaka is no spring chicken himself. He's listed at 31 (and some think he may be older than that.) Still, he doesn't appear to be in as noticeable of a decline. He still has some spring to his legs, which aids him as a rim protector and also helps him convert inside on offense. He actually outpaced Gasol this year in terms of true shooting percentage 58% to 55%. Overall, Gasol vs. Ibaka is fairly even right now, but we'd have to lean in favor of the younger player as we project to the future. All things (and contracts) being equal, I'd re-sign Serge Ibaka. If Gasol wants to undercut Ibaka and come in for a cheaper deal, then that's a legitimate option as well. Center is less of a priority for all teams right now, and the Raps shouldn't overpay for competent play down low.
step four: dream of a date with Prince Charming, but settle for Prince Charming-Enough
The Toronto Raptors and their fans have their eyes on the prize: Giannis Antetokounmpo. The Greek Freak may hit free agency in 2021, at which point the Raptors could be a legitimate contender for his services.
Realistically, it's hard to imagine the team clearing enough space to sign Antetokounmpo outright. They'd have the room if they didn't re-sign Fred VanVleet or Serge Ibaka to long-term deals, but if they did that, why would Antetokounmpo want to come play for them? He's not leaving Milwaukee unless he signs up with a superior roster.
More likely, Toronto would need to work out some sign and trade centered on Pascal Siakam (and his $30M salary.) If the Raptors had the chance to grab Antetokounmpo, they wouldn't mind waving their diamond in the rough Siakam goodbye. There's some duplication to their talents and skill sets, only Antetokounmpo is a much better version of it. He's also about a year younger. With a Siakam to Antetokounmpo upgrade, the Raps would be right back in the title picture again.
While this whole entry has been about fairy tales, let's take a step back and presume that doesn't happen. What then...?
The first step would be trying to put Siakam in better situations to score. He had been incredibly efficient as a secondary option behind Kawhi Leonard, crashing in the paint and shooting 60.2% from two-point range. This past season, as the go-to scorer, he found those shots harder to come by and saw his two-point percentage plummet down to 49.9%. As a result, his true shooting numbers crashed from 62.8% to 55.4%. Some of that is injury related, but a lot of it is shot distribution and defensive attention. Simply put, Siakam had to work a lot harder to get his points. The prior season, 49% of his twos and 98% of his threes were assisted. This year, those numbers dropped to 42% and 66% respectively. He also took longer threes. In 2018-19, 68% of his three pointers came in the corner. This year, that dropped to 22%. (All numbers courtesy of basketball-reference.)
Overall, the Raptors may need to rethink their usage of Siakam and have him take a step back as a lead option. While the team was still successful overall, their offense wasn't any great shakes, ranking 14th overall. That has to improve if they want to win the East again. One way to potentially do that is to redistribute the scoring wealth. Rather than treating Siakam as a top option, treat him as an option. He's a solid scorer and ball mover -- like most of his teammates -- so let's get them all involved equally. The Raptors goal should be to have their top 6 players (Siakam, Lowry, FVV, O.G. Anunoby, Ibaka/Gasol, and Norman Powell) all average around 15 points per game. They can also get more from rising players like Chris Boucher, Terence Davis, and Matt Thomas (a better marksman than Snow White's Huntsman). With balanced scoring like that from all over the roster, they may be able to get their offense back into the top 10. Better still, they may spin a whole new fairy tale for the Canadian kids to enjoy.
previous offseason blueprints
ATL, BKN, CHA, CHI, CLE, DAL, DET, HOU, IND, GS, LAC, MIL, MIN, NYK, ORL, POR, SA, SAC, UTA
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2020.09.26 05:54 FrodoFirehawk Kaldaran Empire Gaming Community [PC][INT][DISCORD][18+]

https://discord.gg/CBeYanr ▅▅▅▅▅▅▅▅▅▅▅▅▅▅▅▅▅▅▅▅▅▅▅▅▅▅▅▅▅▅▅▅▅▅▅▅▅▅▅▅ Ever wished you didn't have to find a new group of friends/clan mates every time you take interest in another game? Sick of little kids and immature people ruining your experience? Want some effective structure without having to cram a metal rod up your spine to fit in? The Kaldaran Empire is a long-standing cross-game community dating back in prior forms to 2010. In late 2018 we more properly opened out doors to the public. We employ a military-inspired rank structure that rewards based on meritocracy. We like to believe we've found the right balance of structure to get things done and flexibility to allow people the room they need to have fun and make friends. Would You Like To Know More...? ▅▅▅▅▅▅▅▅▅▅▅▅▅▅▅▅▅▅▅▅▅▅▅▅▅▅▅▅▅▅▅▅▅▅▅▅▅▅▅▅ 𝙒𝙃𝘼𝙏 𝙒𝙀 𝙊𝙁𝙁𝙀𝙍 ✪Structure: With a basic ranking system based on military structure and the division of the clan into 'Legions' we are able to overcome the single-clan limits of many games, and allow more effective administration through experienced Officers. ✪Positive Atmosphere: Everyone's generally rather friendly, and genuinely welcoming to new players. We make sure to encourage people not to clique up too much and to spend time getting to know new recruits to help them find their footing. There's also a lot of friendly banter and some light-heated bickering like any good group. ✪Camaraderie: Different from just being friendly, there's a sense of genuine friendships that can be forged, people you can count on. We've come together to fund-raise for each other, buy games for each other, pool resources and create a genuine sense of Community that is difficult to find elsewhere. Many members are happy to contribute to something more than just getting an item in-game. ✪Training: We have experienced players that are frequently encouraged to share their experience with patience and respect for new players. Everyone was new once, and we prefer to help those people improve so that the entire group can prosper. This includes mechanics, strategies and the like. ▅▅▅▅▅▅▅▅▅▅▅▅▅▅▅▅▅▅▅▅▅▅▅▅▅▅▅▅▅▅▅▅▅▅▅▅▅▅▅▅ 𝙍𝙀𝙌𝙐𝙄𝙍𝙀𝙈𝙀𝙉𝙏𝙎 ✪18+: This is non-negotiable. We are an adult community, and for various reasons, this has to stay that way. The benefit is generally a more mature player base and an understanding when life circumstances come up. ✪Activity: We don't have a serious 'minimum activity'. We get it. Tastes for games can come and go. We're a multi-game entity for a reason. Generally we care more about your activity in Discord and how sociable you are than we do about your activity in game. Though both is obviously the best. ✪English Language: You don't have to be perfect or English as a first language, but we do require you to be fluent enough to communicate to minimize the potential problems of coordinating and organizing that the language barrier creates. ✪Thick Skin: The easily-offended need not apply. Kaldara believes generally in free speech, and occasionally there are some "offensive" jokes that get made. The general rule is don't be insufferable or cruel, but offense is taken not given. And many of us insult our best friends as a joke or jab on a regular basis. And everyone knows not to take that too seriously. ▅▅▅▅▅▅▅▅▅▅▅▅▅▅▅▅▅▅▅▅▅▅▅▅▅▅▅▅▅▅▅▅▅▅▅▅▅▅▅▅ If a mix of good people, good games, available training, and hosted events interest you, then come down to our Discord and enlist with the Kaldaran Empire's Mobile Infantry Today. Service Guarantees Citizenship. 𝓣𝓱𝓲𝓼 𝓜𝓮𝓼𝓼𝓪𝓰𝓮 𝓐𝓹𝓹𝓻𝓸𝓿𝓮𝓬𝓭 𝓑𝔂: 𝓣𝓱𝓮 𝓞𝓯𝓯𝓲𝓬𝓮 𝓞𝓯 𝓣𝓱𝓮 𝓔𝓶𝓹𝓮𝓻𝓸𝓻
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2020.09.26 04:00 Snoo45072 Phone screen with hiring manager (Amazon company)

A recruiter reached out to me about a contract position with an Amazon company. It seemed like a good fit from what I could tell, but I was getting to go out. Most of these encounters with tech recruiters don't go anywhere. So I fish out a resume that is not my top tier. I fixed some of the dates on it. but I was having trouble with some of the text on the document. But it looked weird. There were no typos or anything like that and I was in a rush. So I sent it to the guy and I what about my business. I noticed later there was a small error. It It was more like a inconsistency in the date. 01 vs 1. And I was having trouble with the ones in the zeros. I figured oh well that was that.
But the recruiter did follow up and I finally spoke with him on Monday and he was going to submit my resume. Okay we'll see. I figured my chances were no and I'd never hear from this guy again. I hear from him the next day and he said the hiring manager wanted a phone screen with me on Tuesday. and I saw the resume and it didn't look like anything that and it didn't look like anything that I had submitted. The format was changed. Now I feel really stupid. The hiring manager didn't notice that? I wouldn't be so scared except this is an Amazon company. And it's not a customer service position either. And I don't even know how I can address that. Because they're big on "Discuss one of your failures and how you recovered." Honestly I have applied for that job like five times over several years. This time it was pure chance.
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2020.09.26 03:05 ManCalledMolly 41 [M4F] Kansas City - Love in the time of Corona?

Hello!
I'm a New York native who moved to Kansas City in 2015 for an opportunity that was too good to ignore. I've fallen in love with this charming city. Having known nothing about it previously, I've been impressed by the great food, the good people, and the robust music scene. I currently live in a two-bedroom apartment in Midtown. Just a boy and his dog. No pesky roommates.
I'm attractive and in great shape. Most people think I look younger than my age. I have dark eyes, a full head of dark hair with a few greys, a bit of well-groomed scruff, and naturally tan skin. With respect to your appearance, I don't really have strong preferences, but I tend to gravitate towards women with slim to average frames and a "girly" personality.
I'm recently out of a long-term relationship and dipping my toes back into the dating pool. My goal is to meet an interesting woman and develop a friendship that might evolve into something that endures, but I also don’t intend to rush anything.
With the exception of a fulfilling relationship with a loving partner, I've got my life in order. Hopefully, you've got some degree of stability and minimal drama. Ideally, you're independent and have a job that you enjoy.
Important to know:
Politically, I'm a "progressive". If you have some "conservative" views or positions, that's probably not an issue. However, if you're a passionate supporter and defender of Trump, that tells me a lot about you, and we will definitely not get along.
Some things I enjoy:
  • Food: Self-styled non-pretentious foodie with a very adventurous palate. I love trying new foods. I have a personal rule that I try to avoid eating at the same restaurant twice. You don't have to be quite so brave or adhere to this rule! My favorite thing to eat is definitely sushi. If you're a vegan/vegetarian, I respect that! That is not a problem for me, and I'm actually open to the idea of a lax form of vegetarianism myself. I'm also a serviceable cook, though I don't really enjoy cooking. I'm a great dish-washer!
  • Fitness: My health is important to me, especially as I get older. I exercise regularly and have also begun to enjoy running. I’d welcome a workout buddy.
  • Reading: Hard to beat being curled up with my Kindle and my dog. I mostly read non-fiction, particularly books focused on political and social topics.
  • Film/television: I enjoy watching movies and going to the theater, particularly for big-ticket spectacles like the Marvel films or for movies that benefit from a crowd.
  • Games: A good form of escapism for me, especially these days where most social activities are curtailed. I tend to play single-player video games that let me pick up and play or pause anytime. I also enjoy board-gaming with friends. My favorite are ones that involve some sort of social component and deduction, like Resistance or Werewolf.
  • Music: I really enjoy concerts and live music. I'm tolerant of just about any genre but gravitate towards indie/pop/EDM. I love discovering new music, so if you want to share something you're digging right now and think I might enjoy, that would be amazing.
  • Dancing: I have a blast going out and busting a move and would like to do it more. No experience with any actual forms, but I'd love to learn something like the salsa.
  • Animals: Lover of all animals, hater of insects. I have one dog. He's a small and fluffy Pekingese and he adooooores attention. I promise he'll love you.
  • Cleaning: I keep both my home and myself neat and tidy. I’m something of a minimalist as well. Not a big fan of collecting tons of trinkets and tchotchkes.
  • Travel: I'm more of a homebody, but I do enjoy road trips. Nothing better than stopping at all the fun rest areas along the way, or using Atlas Obscura to find interesting things off the beaten path. I'd like to drive across the country in a camper someday.
  • Coffee: I actually don't like the taste of coffee but I love caffeine, so... I'm currently experimenting with pour-over brewing. Guess it's my quarantine project? I've been slowly piecing together the gear for it. If it doesn't pan out, there's always tea, right?
One other thing you might wanna know:
I find that I'm most sexually compatible with kinky, submissive women who can fuel my dominant side, but it's not critically important. I am not interested in "hotwifing"; If you need to be shared with other men, I am not the right guy for you. I'm also not bisexual, but it's perfectly fine with me if you are and want to explore that side of yourself. Lastly, I'm not interested in a "24/7 BDSM lifestyle" relationship. Outside the bedroom, I like my partner smart, independent, and capable.
I think that about covers it for now! If you're serious about meeting me in person, reach out to me and let's chat and set something up. Don't be timid!
Long-distance respondents: I'd love hearing from you, but only if you're willing to make a real effort to meet me after we talk and get to know one another. Ideally, you're in a position where you're able to relocate to Kansas City to live with me in a hypothetical future in which we're both committed and seriously into one another.
Please send me a message instead of using Reddit chat. Mobile apps don't do chat, so I won't be able to respond as quickly.
Hope to hear from you!
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2020.09.26 03:04 ManCalledMolly 41 [M4F] Kansas City - Love in the time of Corona?

Hello!
I'm a New York native who moved to Kansas City in 2015 for an opportunity that was too good to ignore. I've fallen in love with this charming city. Having known nothing about it previously, I've been impressed by the great food, the good people, and the robust music scene. I currently live in a two-bedroom apartment in Midtown. Just a boy and his dog. No pesky roommates.
I'm attractive and in great shape. Most people think I look younger than my age. I have dark eyes, a full head of dark hair with a few greys, a bit of well-groomed scruff, and naturally tan skin. With respect to your appearance, I don't really have strong preferences, but I tend to gravitate towards women with slim to average frames and a "girly" personality.
I'm recently out of a long-term relationship and dipping my toes back into the dating pool. My goal is to meet an interesting woman and develop a friendship that might evolve into something that endures, but I also don’t intend to rush anything.
With the exception of a fulfilling relationship with a loving partner, I've got my life in order. Hopefully, you've got some degree of stability and minimal drama. Ideally, you're independent and have a job that you enjoy.
Important to know:
Politically, I'm a "progressive". If you have some "conservative" views or positions, that's probably not an issue. However, if you're a passionate supporter and defender of Trump, that tells me a lot about you, and we will definitely not get along.
Some things I enjoy:
  • Food: Self-styled non-pretentious foodie with a very adventurous palate. I love trying new foods. I have a personal rule that I try to avoid eating at the same restaurant twice. You don't have to be quite so brave or adhere to this rule! My favorite thing to eat is definitely sushi. If you're a vegan/vegetarian, I respect that! That is not a problem for me, and I'm actually open to the idea of a lax form of vegetarianism myself. I'm also a serviceable cook, though I don't really enjoy cooking. I'm a great dish-washer!
  • Fitness: My health is important to me, especially as I get older. I exercise regularly and have also begun to enjoy running. I’d welcome a workout buddy.
  • Reading: Hard to beat being curled up with my Kindle and my dog. I mostly read non-fiction, particularly books focused on political and social topics.
  • Film/television: I enjoy watching movies and going to the theater, particularly for big-ticket spectacles like the Marvel films or for movies that benefit from a crowd.
  • Games: A good form of escapism for me, especially these days where most social activities are curtailed. I tend to play single-player video games that let me pick up and play or pause anytime. I also enjoy board-gaming with friends. My favorite are ones that involve some sort of social component and deduction, like Resistance or Werewolf.
  • Music: I really enjoy concerts and live music. I'm tolerant of just about any genre but gravitate towards indie/pop/EDM. I love discovering new music, so if you want to share something you're digging right now and think I might enjoy, that would be amazing.
  • Dancing: I have a blast going out and busting a move and would like to do it more. No experience with any actual forms, but I'd love to learn something like the salsa.
  • Animals: Lover of all animals, hater of insects. I have one dog. He's a small and fluffy Pekingese and he adooooores attention. I promise he'll love you.
  • Cleaning: I keep both my home and myself neat and tidy. I’m something of a minimalist as well. Not a big fan of collecting tons of trinkets and tchotchkes.
  • Travel: I'm more of a homebody, but I do enjoy road trips. Nothing better than stopping at all the fun rest areas along the way, or using Atlas Obscura to find interesting things off the beaten path. I'd like to drive across the country in a camper someday.
  • Coffee: I actually don't like the taste of coffee but I love caffeine, so... I'm currently experimenting with pour-over brewing. Guess it's my quarantine project? I've been slowly piecing together the gear for it. If it doesn't pan out, there's always tea, right?
One other thing you might wanna know:
I find that I'm most sexually compatible with kinky, submissive women who can fuel my dominant side, but it's not critically important. I am not interested in "hotwifing"; If you need to be shared with other men, I am not the right guy for you. I'm also not bisexual, but it's perfectly fine with me if you are and want to explore that side of yourself. Lastly, I'm not interested in a "24/7 BDSM lifestyle" relationship. Outside the bedroom, I like my partner smart, independent, and capable.
I think that about covers it for now! If you're serious about meeting me in person, reach out to me and let's chat and set something up. Don't be timid!
Long-distance respondents: I'd love hearing from you, but only if you're willing to make a real effort to meet me after we talk and get to know one another. Ideally, you're in a position where you're able to relocate to Kansas City to live with me in a hypothetical future in which we're both committed and seriously into one another.
Please send me a message instead of using Reddit chat. Mobile apps don't do chat, so I won't be able to respond as quickly.
Hope to hear from you!
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2020.09.26 02:55 jwils177 [Review] Louis Vuitton "NICE" LARGE Vanity Case (DHGate Non TS)

Some backstory: I love vintage travel. I love the idea of stacks of suitcases and train cases and hat boxes and arriving like the queen of sheba. Also I'm a repguy. But my fantasies of the elusive glamour from the "Golden age of travel" can be justified with reps. Even though I'm quarantining and not going anywhere (since MARCH), I can dream right? At least I'll be ready to arrive like Wallis Simpson when things are safe again :p


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2020.09.26 01:37 mk038643 Saturday's fresh UAE job vacancy list

THE ORIGINAL AUTHOR OF THIS CONTENT IS reddit.commk038643/
NOTE
https://hilton.taleo.net/careersection/hww_external/jobdetail.ftl?lang=en&job=1232492&src=JB-11960
https://virtusa.taleo.net/careersection/ex/jobdetail.ftl?job=53027&tz=GMT-05:00&tzname=America/Chicago
https://kantar.wd3.myworkdayjobs.com/en-US/KANTAjob/Dubai-Jumeirah-Lakes-Towers/Research-Intern_R027489
https://kantar.wd3.myworkdayjobs.com/en-US/KANTAjob/Dubai-Jumeirah-Lakes-Towers/Client-Service-Executive_R026544-1
https://jobs.lever.co/dataiku/d8270577-4cc2-4ef6-9a69-6cdbc7742fad
https://jobs.lever.co/bayzat/4473ead5-764f-4f28-91e6-4b0994bc6a69
https://jobs.lever.co/confluent/8f404698-dedc-44f9-9e02-f9183aa90d7b
https://jobs.lever.co/rainmaking/8f85f1a6-a74e-4bf1-adf3-6dedcc748b29
https://careers.bakerhughes.com/global/en/job/R9015/Global-Supply-Chain-Finance-Leader
https://jobs.marriott.com/marriott/jobs/20040883?lang=en-us
https://careers.iff.com/job/Dubai-Human-Resources-Manager-Duba/677805700/
https://jobs.hilton.com/us/en/job/HOT0759Z/Sales-Manager
https://jobs.cigna.com/us/en/job/20016694/Compliance-Manager
https://careers.accor.com/global/en/job/20003106/Sous-Chef-Frevo-Brazilian-Restaurant
https://careers.serco.com/ME/job/Dubai-Solutions-Architect/520111302/
https://www.afuturewithus.com/job/Dubai-Accounts-Executive-%28BP&A%29-Al-Futtaim-Retail-Dubai/621712101/
https://careers.arcadis.com/job/AME010MW/see-whats-possible
https://careers.accor.com/global/en/job/20003096/Bartender
https://www.ku.ac.ae/careemanager-research-compliance-and-training
https://careers.accor.com/global/en/job/20002816/Royal-Service-Agent
https://careers.arcadis.com/job/AME010MS/see-whats-possible
https://jobs.puratos.com/job/Dubai-Junior-R&D-Specialist/621765201/
https://careers.gemseducation.com/gems/VacancyDetail.aspx?VacancyID=150622
https://nyuad.nyu.edu/en/about/careers/administration-staff/2020/09/assistant-vice-chancellor-for-external-relations.html
https://ey.jobs/dubai-are/director-business-consulting-supply-chain-operations/EC290F2CEBF349B19A8407A6E8DD436E/job/
https://jobs.cisco.com/jobs/ProjectDetail/AppDynamics-Customer-Success-Manager-MEA/1301467
https://boards.greenhouse.io/careem/jobs/4888603002
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2020.09.26 01:00 borednightnurse1990 My Life in the Military, Chapter 2

NSFW
GRAPHIC CONTENT
CRUDE LANGUAGE
SEX
MILD VIOLENCE
TOBACCO AND ALCOHOL USE
SCENES DEPICTING REGULAR GARBAGE AND RECYCLING GOING INTO THE SAME BIN
SERIOUSLY, WHO’S THE CHIEF BUMBLEFUCK IN CHARGE OF NETFLIX’S PARENTAL ADVISORY MESSAGES?!?
okay, how about a more appropriate title for this post?
YOU CAN EITHER BE A FIERCE AMAZON, OR A CAMO WRAPPED VAGINAL LIFE SUPPORT
Based on the crude sub-sub title for this episode, one can safely guess how strongly i feel about this issue.
Yes dear reader. And to you 15 redditors who sent me chat messages and the other 26 who sent me direct messages asking for my input about military life as a woman. Finally, you will get the answers you are looking for.
As usual, before i begin on my usual rant, let me start off with an intro.
INTRO
Be advised, i may or may not be a wee bit tipsy while writing this. I find i write best when i am left alone with my partner playing “straddle-what’s-basically-a-controlled-detonation-on-full-afterburners-on-a-night-flyby-exercise” and with a tumbler full of scotch within arm’s reach. Today’s post is brought to you by “small-batch-whisky-whom-i-shall-choose-to-not-name-because-im-actually-not-sponsored-by-them” and im staring at a stack of unnecessary paperwork that some brand spanking new good idea fairies (who will fofahkssakes will get lost in the woods the first chance they get) have dropped in my lap, putting me in just a teensy weensy homicidal mood.
THE SISTERHOOD OF “DIE, MOFO, DIE!”
You have finished your basic and occupational training. Depending on your nationality, you may undergo additional training, or you might be looking at orders chopping you off to your first unit. Yay! (Those first introductory training courses in the military doesnt count in my books since everyone is weird there anyway. Its where they weed out those unsuitable for this life and skim the cream of the crop.)
Dont break into your happy little dance yet. Its just beginning for you.
Here’s some generic advice from a wiser person than me.
Being a woman in the military is just, strange.
Lets get out of the way the obvious gimmes first.
SEX AND RELATIONSHIPS
Look. Im not gonna start with a sermon and go “dont shit where you eat” or “the military workplace is STILL a professional workplace, act professionally” sermonizing bullshit on you. Kind of high and mighty of me seeing as i married another military person. Youre an adult in a professional environment. Act accordingly. Just be respectful and be smart. If youre looking at co workers for potential life partners, have at it. Contrary to popular belief, military people are one of the most romantic people ever. Sure, were a little bit messed up in the head and come with some baggage, on account of all the killing and out performing the enemy when it comes to converting human bodies into pink mist, but who doesnt have baggage in their life?
If you even come remotely close to being decent looking in civvie life, you will be an instant army (or insert favorite branch) babe. You are surrounded by lonely, horny, and rowdy males. This is normal. In most cases, you will be exactly as lonely, horny, and rowdy as they are. Maybe even worse. Boys might think were all prim and proper and sugar and spice and everything nice, but the last time i looked down, im rocking the same beef curtains as you ladies. I know we are so much more grosser?/grossier? than dudes in most cases. Exhibit A: female side of any public bathroom.
Gone are the days when you have to put in the work and effort just to look good for a date. Seriously, all you have to do is change into civillian clothing on the weekend and you will find yourself inundated with invitations to a date before you even sign out of the main gate. If you’re above average looking and actually look good in combats, you will smell the pheromones from a mile away.
Let me make myself clear: THIS. DOES. NOT. MAKE. YOU. SPECIAL. There will come a time when your whole life will revolve around the military and you will have little time left to socialize in a civillian setting. This will mean that it may be possible your dating options will consist of purely fellow military members. Before you dip your toes in the work pool, remember that your situation might be very well the same for the people you are dating.
Be an adult. A responsible and accountable one. I highly believe that the antiquated rules prohibiting fraternization amongst the ranks is meant to mitigate any risks of abuse. This is 2020. That should no longer be the case. If a relationship ends badly, DO NOT use your hooha as a weapon to “win” the break up. I have seen so many cases of scumbag women in the ranks who are only one level evolved beyond being vaginal life support, abuse the new protections and equality measures enacted in the workplace. All you’re doing is unravelling all that work and preventing honest, hard working women from succesfully joining the ranks, and making it hard for legitimate victims to attain justice.
This strikes a really personal note with me because I was sexually assaulted by a senior student during leadership school. (I refuse to be called a rape “victim”.) I have been known to be the wild child all throughout my life. But nothing I have done made me deserve what that animal did to me. I had to fight hard to prove to the system that i am claiming that a legitimate offense took place, and i want justice, goddammit. Im not trying to game the system, im not trying to seek the spotlight, im not trying to “win” a breakup, i dont want anything at all except maybe look him in the eye and have him acknowledge that he deserves to serve time as restitution for his offense.
There are women out there who have had it worse than me. There are women out there who will never breathe the breath of the living again as a result of what happened to them. Do NOT even dare exploit a system trying to fix itself to prevent any more dead and violated women. You may have personally benefited from it now, but what about women you love? Friends? Sisters? Cousins? How would you be able to live with yourself if a system that has been tampered with by people like you is now unable to help them?
Tales of woe and sadness aside, i have also seen women bat their eyelashes at dumbass teenage barely out of highschool males in their class and ask if they can carry some of their loadout in their rucksack. And then complain in the next breath that life as a modern woman is still heavily biased. No honey, you dont get to do that. Take off the uniform and go sell pictures of your feet on gonewild if you wanna cash in on your vajayjay. You dont get to do that while wearing the same uniform that i do. One that i actually earned the right to wear.
Now, on to the more practical parts:
HYGIENE AND FEMALE CARE
  1. Underwear: some militaries provide an allowance to female members so they can buy their own bras. Before you go to Victoria’s Secret or La Perla, ask yourself: how busty am i? If you are at the point where you need underwire in your brassiere, believe me, those wires will come popping out as soon as you shrug on your plates and squeeze your tatas. Do yourself a favour and use that bra allowance to have your own sports bras custom made.
If you’re a fan of small underwear like I am, do yourself a favour and leave the thongs at home when in field exes/deployments, and wear the issued boxers. Even though i scoff at the idea of the issued flame retardant boxers being your last line of defense against being burnt to a crisp, my reasons are a lot more practical. Where i live, lingerie dont grow on trees. That shit’s expensive. If it gets ripped up or damaged or rendered unwearable due to adverse living conditions, or stupid delicates murdering laundry machines at the wash, the military will not reimburse you for it.
  1. Feminine Hygiene: due to our anatomy, we are a lot more prone to UTIs and yeast infections when living in adverse conditions. Even when in FOBs that do their best to make themselves your home away from home, the conditions usually are still pretty ripe and favourable for infections to develop in unsanitary conditions. Set yourself up for success by making sure to pack enough washes and baby wipes. My job involves paying strict attention to small details. In fact, we are a lot more vigilant about it than your standard grunt. Its because our lives depend on it. How can i trust a soldier in my unit to be observant enough and not get themselves and me blown up, if i cant even trust them not to be taken out of commission by a UTI in the desert because they let their stank get so stanky to the point that they need an IV drip of antibiotics?
  2. Feminine Health: if you think your periods are a killer when youre in the comfort of your own home, think again. Imagine having cramps in the middle of the desert heat, stuffed in a bullet magnet tin box on wheels, surrounded by heavily armed stinky dudes, in a hostile country populated with innocent people who just want to live their lives in peace, and people who look like those innocent people, but instead of being peaceful, look forward to blowing themselves up just to kill you. Do yourself a favour: get an IUD or a hormone shot like Depoprovera. It will stop your periods dead in its tracks, and the brief period of discomfort after having those measures installed in your body is worth it.
  3. On deployment, bring (sexual) protection and some other stuff. Jesus, im so bad for saying this, but here’s what ive witnessed usually happen at FOBs. Fresh batch of troops get popped into the oven. They are given a bunch of briefings about conduct in country. Amongst those rules of conduct laid down is discouraging fraternization. There are people who go out and break this rule as soon as they can.
As ive mentioned before, i highly believe that anti fraternization rules are antiquated and will have to be reviewed some time soon. This is 2020, where even lower ranking enlisted can boast some more education and life experiences. A good majority of them know how to be an adult and not let their personal life do a mission creep on their work life. But since its the military, they have to take things slow and steady because all rules enacted should be carefully analyzed (a.k.a.: have a bunch of generals and senior staff get the chance to attach their names on it). Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs actually place intimacy as a requirement above physical needs. That Hierarchy does not cease to exist just because you wear combats. A good leader plans for that and helps their soldiers succeed.
Anyway, back to my point. You’ll be horny. You’ll be rowdy. And you’ll be lonely. This is where the protection and other stuff_ part comes in. Condoms + your IUD or any chosen form of birth control i mentioned above should be sufficient enough to protect you from the double hazards of disease and unwanted pregnancy. Please note that i highly recommend other ways of satisfying sexual needs prior to engaging in actual intercourse with another person. This is usually because getting it on also has a chance of one member of the party developing something that has no place developing in the middle of a goddamn mission.
Im not talking about fucking barnyard animals. Im talking about masturbation. This is where the other stuff comes in. The other stuff are, well, no other ways to put it, sex toys. Bear with me for a second here and let me explain. A horny, sex deprived soldier is a single minded soldier. A soldier who’s mind is less than 100% on the mission and preoccupied with getting their freak on is a distracted soldier. I have seen the rules relaxed on the field when it comes to bored, scared, and horny soldiers. A good leader can take care of boredom and fear. Lack of physical intimacy is something only the soldier can take care of. This is an easy gimme problem for men to take care of. Wake up, wank off, piss, smoke, drink coffee, and its All Good Morning Vietnam after that.
For females, its a little bit more complicated and harder to explain.
If you need to get laid, you need to get laid. Having sex with yourself should always be COA A, B, and C, before you start shooting long looks at those icky, cootie ridden boys. Just kidding. If men are allowed to take care of their own sexual needs solo, then why shouldnt you as well?
Why the sex toys then? Im talking strictly about vibrators. Put away the whips and chains. You dont need to bring your entire sex dungeon on deployment. Its because women’s bodies are unique in a million different ways. Some women find it pleasant to have some parts of the body stimulated. Some dont. Bringing a vibrator allows you to bypass all these “middleman” erogenous zones and get straight to business. A vibrator also helps women who cannot get satisfaction from pure manual stimulation of their “magic bean”. There are different kinds of tools out there to suit your needs.
Im Jewish by birth and has also commanded some Mormon troops. Jews and Mormons i found are the hardest troops to counsel when it comes to maintaining their sexual health. Jews because of the very nature of their guilt based culture, and Mormons because of their massively restricting rules about sexuality. I had a married Mormon soldier under my command whom ive noticed has been developing a pretty friendly relationship with one of the clerks. I knew it was a matter of time before these two heads into some dark and private area and start carrying on. I took the soldier aside and advised him to talk to his bishop and figure out a way to sate his sexual needs within the bounds of his faith, without creating drama in the workplace or ruining his marriage.
Btw, if youre learning about any of this just now, please go ahead and give your parents a bonk on the forehead for me. Thank youuuuuuu.
PHYSICAL FITNESS
Just because you and your booty has 40k Instagram followers doesnt mean you are physically fit to join the military. Imagine all the “exercises” you do in the gym. Now imagine doing all that while wearing at least 150 lbs of kit. And then imagine doing that in a situation where your physical fitness may or may not be the one that saves your life.
I dont care if you have no ambitions towards joining the combat arms jobs. I knew of a guy who on gate duty while on deployment in the Balkans. Him and a buddy were lit up by effective fire to cover a young man trying to rush their gate while wearing a SVIED. This guy tackled him from behind and froze him in place so he couldnt clack himself off while trusting his buddy is providing covering fire. Him and his buddy are both cooks.
Physical fitness is an important part of your job requirements in the military regardless of what trade you apply for. Physical fitness is also a personal responsibility. Do not sign the dotted line expecting the military to whip you up into shape. All you will accomplish is break yourself trying.
Going back to the different physicality of the female anatomy, make sure your workouts are geared to fit into that military oriented demand. Gym fit is entirely different from military fit. I have always had lower back problems since hitting puberty because of my boobs. The problems started escalating even before i joined the military. I had never been fat my entire life but i soon realized i was never physically fit either. I depended on my high metabolism, raging hormones, and natural flexibility as a teenager to carry me through cheerleading and all the sports that i used to do. As an adult, i soon realized i cant depend on those things anymore. I had to focus on integrating a lot of core and back exercises on top of my workouts.
A physique based workout is not a strengthening workout. But that doesnt mean you have to give up on your goals of popping a six pack, popping some lats, and sporting a wicked v cut. You just have to be smart with your workouts. Focus on functional workouts that would enable you to go on long patrols while carrying heavy gear. Do that, do well with that, and the physique will come.
Last but not least, if you smoke, quit. Im not gonna sermon you on this. Theres plenty of information out there letting you know about the health risks associated with smoking. Later on in your career, sure, there might be some room for a vice. But smoking during military training when you desperately need your cardio will not do you any favours. I smoke here and there with my boys only when on deployment. A couple of exceptions for real life reasons when in garrison, say the birth of a baby, or some success that needs celebrating. But i only smoke cigars. Cubanos mostly, because if im gonna smoke a cancer stick, it will be an expensive cancer stick. Lmao. I also learned how to chew tobacco while working with Americans. Chewing tobacco is quite an interesting experience. I dont like doing it, but its quite an effective ice breaker when working with American counter parts, especially their Marines, when i approach them and ask: “want a dip?” and hand them a can of Skoal.
POST SCRIPT
I originally wanted to post this as a series. Once the series is completed, i will create an index post and post that into militarystories and this sub. I have only posted one so far before this post.
However, my situation has changed. I am now in a position where i am doing the job of two people while our tempo is dramatically sped up. I will still take time to answer questions and requests for advice, but sadly, the endstate i was envisioning will not be possible until at least for a long while. This post has been marinating in my drafts folder for quite some time before i finally had to be honest with myself and admit that i am going about this the wrong way.
I do not want to disappoint everyone who sent me PMs and chat messages asking me for advice. I think doing it this way is a happy medium. I will still entertain private conversations and questions. Just please be patient if it takes me a while to respond.
Finally, to u/fishtheunicorn, i apologize for putting you on the spot like this. But, i usually creep the profiles of people who DM, chat, and follow me. I noticed that out of all of them, you are the only one who is still at such a young age in their life. So here’s a piece of advice that i send out to you and to similar fresh eager young faces like you only.
You have finally graduated high school. For some of you, its “now what do i do?”. For others, its your country’s version of your elite military academy where you graduate with a Baccalaureate and a commission. For a select few, the military is a last resort in hopes of not getting lost in life.
I joined the military as an already full grown adult. I left behind a professional career and discarded years’ worth of education that helped establish that. I do not regret any of it. All of those life experiences has made me a better person, a better leader, and a more than average soldier. My job requires me to be bold and decisive. While leaders like me are allowed leeway to make mistakes, mistakes made at our level usually produces a dead or badly injured friendly soldier at the other end of the decision making process. Our job as leaders is to use our soldiers to achieve our mission endstate. Its NOT our job to use them up.
If the military is the endstate you have been working on your entire life, holding off on signing that dotted line while gaining some more life experiences wouldnt hurt at the very least. Travel. Live with foreigners. Learn a new language and a new culture. Learn how to work and lead in a professional environment. Learn some professional and life skills. After that, when you feel that you’re ready, watch yourself be a rockstar once you finally join this unique brothesisterhood and bring all this wealth of knowledge and experience to the table.
If the military is nothing but a “eh, well, better than working at McDonalds” option for you after high school, know this: there is a place for you in the military too. There are plenty of opportunities for you to succeed as long as you apply yourself. But you only achieve this if you are honest with yourself first and foremost and humble enough to know that you need a lot of learning to do. Shed all preconceived notions and overestimated trust in your capabilities, and do not be afraid to put in some hard work.
Work hard. Share in everyone’s hardship. It is not wrapping yourself up in a flag and humming patriotic songs that would endear you to your colleagues. Its sharing the same suffering they are enduring. Part of the reason why medically profiled people get ostracized in the military is that because they are now out of the shared hardships equation.
Be bold. Pick left, pick right, but stick to your guns when you know you’re right. Boldness and bravery also means yielding when you know you dont have enough experience or knowledge to support your decision.
Be humble. Theres nothing more infuriating than coming fresh out of the training schools and thinking you already know everything. For most militaries, training schools only give you the template of what you need to know. You will have more specifics to learn once you get to your unit.
Be generous. Ive been in 2 way ranges more often than i would care to. One thing i took away from those experiences is that life is short. Whether be it from someone wanting to kill you dead, or an idiot who shouldnt have been issued a driver’s license, life can get cut short for anyone at any point in time. Be generous with your affections. Say what you mean and mean what you say. Dont wait for the right moment to tell a loved one that you love them. You should be saying that everyday anyway, and making your actions be reflective of that.
Be selfless. Its a sad state of affairs that I dont get to work with the Canadians as much as i would like to, but i have observed an interesting practice they do in field exercises. Sometimes, they get a treat and have cooks prepare a fresh cooked field meal for them. They bring food out in heated containers and have the troops line up right there in the field for meal time. Senior NCOs and ALL officers stay in the back of the line and let all their lower ranking members eat first. Even though portions are heavily rationed out to ensure everyone gets something to eat, its always slim pickings for everyone else left after the Privates and Corporals have gotten their food. This experience stuck with me and has been a core principle in my leadership style.
Selflessness in soldiering is not limited to jumping on top of grenades. I always make sure my troops are well fed, well supplied, and well rested. I do not spoil them, but i make sure theyre not short changed either. I have marched straight up to the face of the Major in charge of our logistics when i was a junior officer and demanded why my troops are forced to ratfuck and stretch one MRE for 3 days per man, when it was him and his shop that fucked up in outfitting us with what we need for a simple field exercise. I refuse to make my men pay for other people’s inability to do their job. I make sure that i pull at least one sentry shift per rotation. I go above and beyond in coaching and imparting life skills to those who went from the care of their parents and the educational system, straight to the care of the military. Those who have had no opportunities to gain those skills on their own.
I do this not for personal gain or recognition. I do it because i know im not special. I know that some of these rockstars i have the privilege to lead will be leading some other rockstars themselves in the future. My ability to wear a uniform and serve my country is a road paved for me by people before me who brought in positive changes to our organization. Positive change in the military lies in the hands of people like this, and doing job well as their leader in training them, and whatever i do as i lead them, is a crucial ingredient in making sure that those positive changes happen.
To close this, i am more than willing to coach you specifically on how to prep for success in the military if youre willing to bear with me and my personal time constraints. While i may not be familiar with the intricacies of applying in your particular nation’s military, there are a lot more i can help you out with.
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Edit: ladies! Ho-ly. Lol. Okay. Got the gist of all the comments and the PMs. Okay. Im linking a few shops you guys might want to check out. All of these are shops i have personally done business with in the past, and they all do either custom work, or custom editing for your sports bras. They are in different countries and some of them only accept in person/in store business. But the beauty of these times being so unpredictable due to COVID, you might just be able to convince them to do remote work with you as long as you clearly articulate what you want. The prices are a bit steeper than your usual already expensive lingerie, but i swear, its worth it.
I too have plugged in “custom made sports bras” in Google and came up with frustrating hits. What initially got me started with it is that i was able to sweet talk a seamstress into “experimenting” with my bras. I have a pair that was as close to perfect as i have ever had, and all she had to do was strip it down and resize it in her shop based on my measurements. It might be a harder process for some, and it might be an easier process to others. It depends on every single woman’s body type.
Technically, theres no such thing right now as a “true” custom made/bespoke sports bra. Its all just basically mass produced stretchy sweat wicking fabric that you jam your ta-tas into and hope for the best. I dont like “true” sports bras. I dont like how i have to peel them off like a shirt. (Yeah, yeah, i get it, there’s ones that have clasps, but thats a recent development). I prefer swimwear bras or cheer practice bras. Those ones have a lot more optionality and customization options without taking away too much from the support aspect of things.
If you cant find any shop nearby that offers those services, its quite easy to go talk to a seamstress/tailor who would be willing to modify a bra for your specific body measurements. Soma is a good brand for its selections, and Lululemon for its next generation fabrics. Find out the best fabric from Lululemon, scope some styles from Soma, ask if theres any athletics or cheerleading outfitters near you than can assemble a bra close to your size, and then have the seamstress/tailor do the final fitting. Lots of work, but ive done it before, and its not that hard.
Putting this info in a military context, you dont need a “true” sports bra specifically. Take this advice and adapt it into your personal context. Maybe youre like me who still can benefit from a hybrid bra like a swim/cheer bra for support to approximate the support you get from underwire. Maybe you need to double up on the sports bra so you get to control the “squish” factor you get from the plates. (I actually had to do this before). Or maybe, sadly, its time to really look at a reductive surgery as an option.
Toru and Naoko
Buttress and Snatch
Rigby and Peller
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Edit 2:
Gawdfakendammit. Anyone know how to get rid of the annoying cover photos that links pull into the post? I dont want this post’s cover photo to be a picture of a boob holster. Lol.
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2020.09.25 22:32 Buoyant_Force Womyn achieve equality, immediately shit their diapers and beg for their pussy privilege back. Army grrls are entitled to jobs with "heavy physical demand" even if they are not fit enough to do the jobs, and men who are in good physical condition are a "cult".

Washington Post
The Army is rolling out a new fitness test: Will it hold back women?
By Missy Ryan September 24, 2020 at 12:28 PM EDT
An Army initiative to create a stronger, fitter fighting force has yielded a dramatic gender gap, raising questions about whether the service might unintentionally compound barriers for women trying to move up the ranks.
Recent Army figures show that 54 percent of female soldiers failed the new Army Combat Fitness Test (ACFT), which is being rolled out on a provisional basis, compared with 7 percent of men during the second quarter of 2020.
That reflects a significant improvement over last year, when leaked data showed that over 80 percent of a smaller cohort of female test-takers failed the six-event exam. But some women fear they won’t be able to pass even with additional training or will continue to score lower than men, potentially affecting their career prospects in an institution already struggling to shed historical gender and racial disparities.
The test, which will become the service’s official fitness test next month, has prompted a broader debate over whether the service’s focus on fitness and strength will elevate physical prowess over other qualities, such as effective and ethical leadership, or make it harder to retain troops with skills needed in an era of high-tech military competition.
Army officials say the new age- and gender-blind fitness test, the first of its kind in the U.S. military, was developed to reduce injuries and better prepare soldiers for the demands of warfighting, expressing confidence that training will help female troops eventually meet the new standards.
Officials also say the test may be modified before results are incorporated into soldiers’ evaluations, likely in 2022, when it could begin to affect promotions and future assignments.
“Combat is age and gender-neutral,” said Maj. Gen. Lonnie Hibbard, commanding general of the Army’s Center for Initial Military Training (CIMT), which designed the new test. “And so regardless of your gender or, more importantly, your [military profession], we have to ensure that everybody is prepared for combat.”
The performance imbalance is rooted primarily in one of the test’s six events, the leg tuck, which requires troops to hang from a pullup bar with their arms extended before lifting themselves up using abdominal and arm muscles.
Soldiers must pass all six events, which also include carrying kettlebells and dragging sleds across a field, throwing a 10-pound ball backward over their heads, performing hand-release pushups and completing a two-mile run. The Army’s previous test required troops to do only sit-ups, pushups and a two-mile run, and was adjusted for age and gender.
One female soldier, who like others spoke on the condition of anonymity for fear of damaging her career, said she attained high scores on the old test. But despite years of exercising to enhance her upper-body strength, including during periods of intense workouts on overseas deployments, she remains unable to do even a single pullup or leg tuck. “I can’t even start to flex” upward, she said.
The soldier, who had a baby this year, said she worries the increased emphasis on muscular strength will eventually lead her and other females to leave the military earlier than planned.
“You’re not going to have a lot of females make it to the top,” she said.
While women now represent about 15 percent of Army personnel, they remain a small minority among the top enlisted and officer ranks, as they do in other services. A recent government watchdog report found that women are likely to leave the military earlier than men and said Pentagon leaders lack adequate plans to integrate women.
Realities of modern combat The ACFT, whose rollout has been complicated by the coronavirus pandemic, is one visible manifestation of the military’s push to increase “lethality” across the force, which has become a hallmark at the Pentagon in recent years.
Defense Secretary Mark T. Esper, who served as Army secretary until 2019, has championed the test. A physical training or military “PT’ enthusiast, Esper has often joined troops for their early-morning fitness sessions when visiting military facilities across the country.
“If you can’t pass the Army Combat Fitness Test, then there’s probably not a spot for you in the Army,” he said after plans for it were unveiled in 2018.
More importantly, officials say, nearly 20 years of insurgent warfare in Iraq and Afghanistan revealed a mismatch between the Army’s previous way of training for and testing physical fitness and the realities of modern combat. That disconnect resulted in frequent injuries, which were costly for individual service members and the military.
Army officials say the new test, the product of seven years of work by a team of Army officials and scientists at the CIMT, is designed to simulate aspects of combat, such as dodging enemy fire or dragging a wounded comrade across a field. Those tasks are important not just for soldiers dispatched to the front lines but also for support troops who may also come under attack.
The vast majority of soldiers have now taken the test at least once.
Under the proposed system, troops would have to pass the test to enter and remain in the Army, but the standards would differ according to military profession. An infantry or artillery soldier, for example, would be required to do more leg tucks than someone working in logistics or aircraft maintenance. Within those three tiers designated by military profession, soldiers receive a higher or lower score based on their performance.
That makes it all the more challenging for women who choose to go into jobs categorized as “heavy physical demand,” such as combat engineers, a male-dominated field that requires troops to lug heavy gear and navigate obstacles, sometimes under fire. Since 2015, when the Pentagon opened all combat roles to women, female troops have been able to compete for combat positions if they can meet entry standards. In practice, the number of women in previously closed combat jobs remains small.
One female officer described taking the test last summer before she became pregnant with her first child. Even then, when she was top shape, the most she could do was one leg tuck — short of the three-tuck standard the Army is expected to require for her profession.
“I could do enough to be in the Army but not enough to be an engineer,” she said.
Another event that could pose a challenge for women, who tend to weigh less than men, is the dead lift, meaning they may be lifting a weight that is heavier relative to their body mass. Troops whose jobs put them in the least demanding of the test’s three difficulty categories, including dentists or public affairs specialists, must dead lift a minimum of 140 pounds three times. They receive additional points for lifting more.
In response to women’s high failure rate to date, the Army is temporarily allowing troops who cannot complete a leg tuck to do a two-minute plank instead.
“What we’re really trying to figure out is how do you incentivize excellence in improving physical fitness without adversely impacting any demographic negatively within the Army,” Hibbard said.
Officials say they are analyzing evolving data on female performance and expect the statistics to improve. In two recent basic training classes, 100 percent of the women passed, Hibbard said.
Defenders of the new test Some female troops say they believe that more rigorous standards are overdue, especially for career fields that are the most physically demanding, such as infantry.
One female soldier said the previous version was too easy. While she failed the test last fall and still can’t do a leg tuck, she has been using a pullup assist machine to train and said she’s close.
“If you’re serious about staying in the military, you’ve got to work on it,” she said.
But for those who can’t meet the minimum standard or who pass but score significantly lower than men, the test could affect their careers. That could occur most directly for enlisted personnel, whose fitness scores have long counted toward their promotion via a points system. Army officials say it has not been decided whether the new test will be used in the same way for enlisted personnel once it is finalized.
For commissioned officers, physical fitness scores aren’t formally used by promotion boards. But soldiers say the results can be taken into account informally when officers are being considered for coveted roles, such as place in the 82nd Airborne Division, that are more likely to open career paths leading to the most senior ranks.
“They would absolutely want to know if I’m a PT stud and if I can keep up. And if the answer is, ‘Well, she passes,’ that is not the answer they’re looking for,” the female officer said. For officers, she said, “it’s way more subtle.”
While the Marines has higher standards for pulls-ups on its gender- and age-adjusted physical fitness test, requiring 26- to 30-year-old women to do a minimum of four, it gives troops the option to do push-ups instead, even though that alternative assigns them a lower score. Since the event was introduced in 2017, 67 percent of female Marines have chosen to do pullups.
The Navy and Air Force do not require pullups for female or male troops.
“It certainly seems the Army is prioritizing an outdated measure of soldier quality,” said Emma Moore, a scholar at the Center for a New American Security who has written about what she calls the service’s “cult of fitness.” While baseline physical fitness is important, Moore said, the use of such tests as a filter for retention and promotion “leads to repercussions that can arbitrarily hold women back.”
Female and male soldiers say the Army has been slow to adapt its mandatory group exercise programs and to provide specialized training equipment for the new test. Officials say that gear is now being pushed out to every unit of 10 or more people and that daily workouts are being adjusted.
Some soldiers have also questioned the shift to an age-blind test, saying that many troops over 35 have chronic injuries from years of deployments and carrying heavy gear, in addition to the changes that come with age. That may also disproportionately affect women. According to the Army, 20 percent of male soldiers around age 40 are unable to take the old test because of an injury; the same is true for 46 percent of female soldiers.
To address concerns of female soldiers who have recently given birth or plan to become pregnant, the Army is working on new fitness regulations for postpartum soldiers. In the meantime, soldiers have 180 days after giving birth to take the test, which some women say has compounded their concerns about the leg tuck, because pregnancy and C-sections strain the abdominal area.
Troops can seek a physician-approved exemption allowing them to postpone taking the test after giving birth, like they can for other medical reasons. But if they seek repeated exemptions, they can be pushed out of the Army.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/national-security/army-fitness-test-women/2020/09/24/20ed51e2-e244-11ea-ade1-28daf1a5e919_story.html?outputType=amp
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2020.09.25 20:26 KevinPineapple Kevin Pineapple's B.S. IT Review

Hey everyone!
Following in the footsteps of many others--notably u/jwawa and u/wotanwolf, I'd like to offer my writeup on the BS IT program through WGU, and how I completed those classes. I completed it within 1 term, only transferring in 21 credits from completion of certs prior to my start at WGU. A little background about me: I work full-time as the sole IT analyst for a major healthcare company in their downtown office full-time M-F. Most of my time during waking hours was either work, study, or both permitting downtime.
I also want to mention this: There have been several courses where I failed the OA, and had to retake it. That is not because the course itself was difficult, but rather I was under prepared and didn't take the time to slow down and comprehend it properly.
I highly recommend both jwawa's and wotan's guide, as they were my motivators to succeed: https://www.reddit.com/WGU/comments/88nnpw/jwawas_it_course_notes/ (jwawa), https://www.reddit.com/WGU/comments/8izjot/wotans_bs_it_review/ (wotanwolf)
In addition to their wonderful guides, I also used an excel spreadsheet made by u/berge472 located here: https://www.reddit.com/WGU/comments/62lb59/course_progress_tracke; I used this as a means of motivating myself over time, and to show how far I've come.
Start date: 5/1/2020 End Date: 9/25/2020
My Courses
WGU has been a great experience for me, and even now writing this out feels like a dream! There were days where I didn't want to keep going and take a day off, but I held true to my goal of getting it done; Even when I failed my OA's, I became more determined to succeed. My schedule has been roughly the same since I enrolled: I work 7:30 AM - 5 PM M - F, but wake up as early as 4 AM to get a head start on some course work.
The only advice I can give is to breathe. There are going to be moments where you feel like you can't go on anymore, but I promise you, you can get to the other side and get that degree!
Once again I want to thank u/wotanwolf and u/jwawa from the bottom of my heart: You guys inspired me to return to school, and to finish it within 1 term. Thank you guys.
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2020.09.25 19:28 osulinzyb Nordictrack on backorder and customer service is horrible.

After a lot of research, I ordered a Nordictrack x22i on Sept 6th that was supposed to ship on the 18th. Two days ago I realized I hadn’t seen a shipping update, called customer service and was told it was shipping that night and would be updated the next day. Still hadn’t heard anything as of today so I live chatted customer service. It’s actually on back order until at least October 9th. They didn’t really apologize, didn’t offer any explanation, didn’t offer reduced shipping and my free iFit subscription started the day of the order, not delivery date. I had heard their customer service was horrible but was hoping for the best. Now I want to cancel because this is ridiculous. So lovely Redditor who also hate nordictrack, do you have recommendations for a home treadmill under 5k (hoping for 2-3k) that will be used for daily walking and running. I know I can get a decent one for much less money but I want something that will help me want to actually use the treadmill, so nice incline, nice large screen (Netflix access would be amazing), feels solid, easy to use, nice cushion feeling, etc. Thanks!
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2020.09.25 18:01 PeaceSim My friends and I are urban explorers who break into doomsday bunkers for the super wealthy. We snuck into one my father built, and we'd be lucky if any of us escape from it alive. [Part 3]

Part 1
Part 2
Part 4
I last visited a mall during an urban exploration outing about three years ago with Joe and Nicole. It was just before Nicole had met Isha, and about a year before Cheyenne had joined us.
It was the largest mall in the region, and I had fond memories of it from its last gasp as a cultural center in the early 2000s. It took my mother thirty minutes to drive me and my then two-year-old brother to it. I remember following her through the massive, snow-covered parking lot into the vast space inside.
People from all walks of life happily bustled between well-stocked stores. A Christmas tree stretched up to the wide ceiling of laminated glass. I delighted at the holiday decorations as my mother plopped me into Santa’s lap. Those were good times.
But, you’ve probably already guessed the derelict state it was in many years later when Joe, Nicole and I snuck in after dark. The factories that left for cheaper labor overseas took the local economy with them. Only a handful of third-rate stores remained, and they were on their last legs. Ceiling tiles were missing. Rubble and shattered glass lay strewn over large areas of the floor. We were there during the summer, but I’d seen pictures of snow falling through the broken overhead windows and covering where the artificial Santa set had once thrilled me.
My present surroundings went far beyond what I witnessed in 2002 and instead represented what I had only seen in movies taking place in the 80s or 90s. Or, at least, they likely did before the floor above spilled a putrid river of decomposed bodies, supplies, and hardening molten metal over its lower level.
This floor was twice as tall as the others, allowing it space for an upper and lower level connected by an escalator. The ceiling was painted light blue – a poor substitute for the sky I yearned to see – and held bright lights. Some flickered irregularly while many others, no doubt affected by the massive hole the molten metal had made in the ceiling, dangled limply and failed to function. I noticed a thin and translucent ladder-like structure extending down from the hole. Dozens of the Chindra who had fallen to B3 ran up it back to B2.
The mall’s stores sold toys, men’s clothes, women’s clothes, lingerie, electronic gear, food, tools, and plenty else. The bottom level had a merry-go-round (I think I rolled off the tarp that covers it earlier), a food court, and a video arcade in which I found myself positioned atop a claw machine. I’d never won anything from one, but Mason had once snagged a giant plush frog that he’d kept in his room through middle school.
“Hey, you!” called a chubby man. He and a curly-haired woman swam towards me through the muck. Both were dressed in grey uniforms. “We’re coming over to you!”
Well, at least not everyone here is a clone of my father. I had every reason to expect them to be hostile and prepared myself to dive back into the water and swim out of the arcade. Hopefully, Nicole and Joe had survived and would be close by.
The woman climbed out of the water and balanced herself on the glass casing of a coin pusher machine a few yards behind me. I rolled my eyes when I saw the face proudly etched into the pieces of silver within it.
The man, not finding a surface that could reliably support him, grabbed onto the top of a mini bowling machine. Their supply belts indicated they were maintenance people.
“I haven’t seen you before. You from B5?” the woman asked.
I nodded. I had access to there, so it was likely an answer that wouldn’t give away that I was an intruder who’d helped cause this mess.
“I didn’t think they let y’all out,” said the man. “The rumors I’ve been hearing are that y’all get pumped full of…well you-know-what, and they keep you on a real tight leash during the pregnancy until you deliver, and then the process starts anew. I didn’t think y’all even had access to the plaza.”
What the fuck, I thought. Oh god.
I recalled the extensive notes on my card about my physical health, and how Isha and I were both assigned to B5. Was “Med/Rep” a place for…fertile women to deliver children? The repairman’s description didn’t exactly make it sound like a mere facility to assist women in pregnancy; I had the feeling that dad’s calculations alone determined whether and when someone got “pumped full of” you-know-what.
The hunter who carried away Isha did so after checking her ID – he must have taken here there after seeing that she was assigned to it. All the more reason to get to her as soon as possible.
“Do you know what this disaster is all about?” asked the woman.
I shook my head, wanting to give up as little information as possible.
“We were here to address an issue with the overhead lighting,” said the man. “But this is absolute hell. Never seen anything like it. Good thing the mall was closed and powered off when whatever this is happened. Otherwise we’d be shocked to death.”
“I need to get back to B5,” I said. “All this flooding has disoriented me…do you know the closest way down?”
“Well, most of the hatches and the door to the main staircase won’t even open when there’s flooding,” said the man. “And, the elevator’s powered down at the moment.”
“There is a door by the restrooms upstairs,” said the woman. “It leads to a maintenance hatch down to B4. It’s on a different system and would probably still work.”
My father’s voice rang out over the intercom before I could respond.
You’re probably surprised to find yourself in this setting, Robyn. Let me give you a quick explanation. This country saw in the 80s and 90s the beauty of a free market left relatively untouched by those arrogant enough to think they should interfere with it. These shopping centers brought together people from across our society. They spawned innovation through competition. They made us wealthy and happy. So, I decided to incorporate consumer culture into Abernathy City.
The denizens of B1 and B2, back when I was still planning on using human workers, would work for a few dimes a day. In their biweekly hour of free time, they would be permitted to spend what they earned down here on the very products they put together. The academics on B4, the medical staff on B5, and the technicians on B6, who earn much more, are still to be the primary customers. Robyn, I’m so close to achieving my dream. All I need is a few more modifications for this whole facility to run like clockwork, and when it does, the plaza will be at the center of its society.
Returning to our present predicament: I’ve got good and bad news for you. First, the good news: based on the responses I’ve found online, your summary has thus far not been lacking in detail. As I said before, I haven’t read what you’ve written yet, but I look forward to reviewing it when this is over! Also, you will be delighted to hear that Mason is alive and well! And, your other friend…Elsa was it? Well, I am delighted to inform you that she’s about to begin contributing to one of the most important tasks of all in a self-sustaining society.
“What is this?” asked the man. “Who’s the boss talking about?”
I feigned confusion even as I fretted over Mason and Isha.
Now, for the bad news, continued my father. You and your friends have been a serious annoyance to me. The damage you’ve caused will take quite some time to repair. I’ve put the Chindra to work on patching up the leak you created, and they stopped the flow of water for now. But, the flood may remain in my shopping center for quite some time.
You may have noticed that the ooze produced by the Chindra has a binding quality to it that assimilates different life forms into one living entity. Well, let’s just say that I did a bit of experimenting with it to produce something that could defend this facility in a situation like this from intruders like you.
This did not sound good. I closed my backpack and tied it tightly to myself. I needed to flee, and I wanted to take my supplies with me.
I’m taking off the kid’s gloves, Robyn. It’s time for you to face your hardest test yet. I really don’t expect us to have another of these conversations. You’ve never held up well against strong adversity. It’s been fun, little bird.
“The hell was that about?” said the repair woman.
As the sound cut off, I noticed a thin red dot on the wall behind me. I followed it as it approached me and then disappeared from the wall.
“What’s that on you?” asked the woman.
I glanced down and noticed that the light now hovered on my chest. I’d seen enough movies to know what was about to happen. I dived into the filthy water and swam away as I heard two gun shots ring out.
When I surfaced at the other end of the room, the man was gone and the woman drifted lifelessly in the water. I pushed her body away from me and noticed two bullet wounds in her; the shots meant for me must have hit her instead.
“You can add poor Ms. Hershing to the list of people who’ve suffered because of you,” said my father – not from the intercom, but from the very room I was in. Was he another clone sent to kill me? “Poor Robyn. Always wanting to do good, always ending up doing harm. You got that from your mother. You certainly didn’t get that from me.”
I scanned the dimly-lit room for him. Did I see something moving near the claw machine where I’d just been stationed? The water shifted unnaturally there, and something solid glided atop it – a submachine gun with a laser sight.
A translucent face gradually turned in my direction. It was my father, but his skin resembled that of the Chindra, in that it heavily blended with the background. “Surprised to see me like this?” he said with a smile. He raised his gun.
I dived again and swam desperately for the arcade entrance as I heard the loud thuds of gunshots. Blood dispersed into the water before me as a shot meant for me hit the corpse of a man I recognized as the owner of another doomsday shelter – the one I’d spray-painted months earlier – and an old business partner of my dad’s.
I surfaced by the Merry-Go-Round, where I gripped a horse’s head for support as I treaded water. The escalator upstairs (not functioning, of course) was on the other end of the shopping concourse. I had to get up there and take the maintenance shaft down. But, it was a long way to the escalator, and the route was littered with wreckage and floating corpses. Hopefully, I could lock it behind me to at least delay this clone and the third hunter from before, if he was still alive.
A ‘thump’ sounded on the roof of the merry-go-round directly above me. “Little bird,” called my dad. He must have climbed up there and seemed to be using a flashlight to scan the area ahead of me. “I know where you’re going. And I’m not going to let you make it upstairs. You could really use a pair of wings now, couldn’t you?” He laughed.
“Boss, is that you!” cried the voice of the repair man. Dad’s flashlight shifted to where he’d waded by the entrance to a toy store. He must have fled after seeing his partner shot.
“Have you seen my daughter?” the clone asked.
This distraction would be my only chance. I knew that I swam for it, I’d never make it to the other side without being spotted. So, instead, I lay on my back, kicked off from the merry-go-round, and floated, doing my best to quietly fit in with the numerous bodies that filled the corridor and only gently kicking to keep myself moving in the right direction. It was hardly a perfect illusion, but hopefully I would avoid detection in the darkness long enough to at least put some distance between me and my dad.
“I think so, a young woman was with me in the arcade,” I head the repair man say. His voice was close; I must have drifted towards him. “Why can’t I see you, boss?”
“Where did she go?” asked my father’s clone. I brushed against another body as I glided further away, measuring the distance by the passing lights on the ceiling.
“No idea,” he said. “Where are you, exactly, boss? All I see is the flashlight.”
I drifted underneath several functioning lights that cast me in greater visibility. I tried not to shiver in the freezing water. Thankfully, my father didn’t seem to notice.
“Then you’re no use to me,” said my father.
I felt myself bump into the maintenance man. “Huh?” he said, startled. “Wait, boss, I think I found-”
Two more shots rang out. The heavy force of the man’s body crashed into me, sending me underwater.
There was no use in pretending any longer. I swam while submerged, pressing onwards despite the weight of my soaked backpack, as far as I could go. When I surfaced for air, only a few shops remained between me and the escalator.
A ring of light appeared around me only a moment later. I dived again as my dad fired. Luckily, a nearby half-eaten corpse shielded me from several shots as I swam closer to my destination. I didn’t have time to process why I recognized the corpse's faded dyed hair.
Bullets hit the water all around me again when I next surfaced. Most landed in the space between me and the stairs; he was trying to block my path. One bullet ricocheted off the wall. The next thing I remember was incredible, reverberating pain as high-pitched noise flooded my head. I grabbed at my left ear and, to my horror, discovered that part of it was missing.
Panic and shock ran through me. I hurried into the nearest store, which sold men’s clothing. I dizzily sputtered in and out of the water. The world spun around me even as I grabbed onto the dry top of a clothing rack and tried to calm myself.
“Clever girl, blending in with the dead like that,” called my father. “But not clever enough. I’m coming for you. We’re about to have a long-awaited reunion.” He was getting closer. I heard distant gunfire from upstairs; perhaps Nicole and Joe were facing a similar enemy.
I needed a place to hide; maybe I could lure him deep into the store and sneak out the way I came in while he searched for me?
I found myself against a wall. How did I even get here? What part of the store was I in? I was bleeding, a lot, and likely to get infected from exposing an open wound to the toxic substance in which I was immersed.
“I’m here, darling! Come to papa,” said my dad. The noise my wounded ear had sent into my head had diminished enough for me to understand him.
I used the wall to push myself along until I found a corridor away from the soaked clothes that filled the store. I realized I had stumbled into a series of dressing rooms. I swam to the last one and locked the door.
“You’ve got a lot working against you, Robyn. Not only am I stronger and smarter than you, but I also know how you think. You’re hiding in here, hoping to draw me in, and to then sneak out the way you entered.”
That was may plan, until my dizziness led me to corner myself. It was only a matter of time before he found me. From the sound of his voice, he was in the area by the check-out counter. I had a few moments as he looked through the store.
“I’ve read your diaries, your emails, your text messages,” he continued. “It delighted me to no end when I learned that you would make a trip out here. If you’d texted the date and time, I would have prepared a welcoming committee. Why did I spy on you like that, you may be thinking? I wanted to see if you measured up to the family name. And guess what? My early assumption was correct. You didn’t.”
I threw my drenched backpack onto a small raised surface for placing clothing as I stood on a cushioned sitting platform that extended from the changing room’s wall. I took out two objects.
“Your grades were painfully mediocre. You didn’t excel at anything – sports, hobbies, you name it. You even lacked your mother’s ability to find a superior marital partner – her only skill.” He was on the opposite side of the store now. If I wanted to escape, now was my chance. But I knew I wouldn’t make it.
“I know everything about you,” said my father. He was at the entrance to the changing area. Luckily, I had a plan. And that plan involved him coming to me.
“I know you had your first kiss with that no-good Sheldon boy after senior prom. You waited over four years after that to get laid, only to lose it in a lousy one-night stand with a guy you’d just met and never talked to again. ‘The most awkward two minutes of my life,’ you texted Nicole the next morning,” he said, in a mocking voice. “Haven’t held a guy for more than three weeks since.”
If he was trying to rile me up, he was succeeding. I’d known about the diary entries, but it pained me to realize that this monster had reviewed virtually every private correspondence I’d ever made.
“It’s no wonder you’ve ended up at a convenience store, spending your free time with a bunch of dropouts and vandals,” said my dad. He knew he’d found me. I heard him push open the door to the first of the three changing rooms. “You always were a disappointment.”
The second door opened. I put on the goggles I’d taken from the hunter earlier as I braced myself.
“I blame your mother for creating you,” taunted my dad. He was in the stall next to me, moving more slowly as he cherished the moment of impending victory before he caught up with his prey. “But after she gave me the male heir I wanted, she became useless to me. She wasn’t worth the trouble it took keep around, much less the trouble of divorcing her. Little bird, you still think, even after all that you’ve seen today, that she died in random accident, don’t you? You inherited that naiveté from her. Not from me.”
I’d never been more furious as rage coursed through my veins. Even so, I composed myself and lifted my arms.
“Our journey is at an end, Robyn,” said the clone. "I hope you've enjoyed the tour so far." He was directly in front of me; only the flimsy wooden door divided us.
I fired three times through the barrier. He made muffled screams. I heard him crash into the water. “You didn’t count on one thing, dad,” I said, kicking the door open.
My goggles saw through the camouflaged skin of my fleeing father. One of the shots had hit his gun, which drifted broken in the water, and the others had hit him. As he feebly tried to wade away, he brushed against the wall and left behind a trail of blood on its white paint as he did so.
“You’re far sicker than I ever realized,” I said as I followed him. “But I knew that you spied on me when I was younger. I knew you were lying when you said that you wouldn’t review my notes until this is over. More specifically, I’m sure the clone I’ve been talking to has been reading them and sharing their contents with you. That’s why I didn’t mention that I picked up a gun from the fallen hunter in the last update. That’s why I wrote that I was ‘unarmed and defenseless’ when I really wasn't.”
I fired a fourth shot into the back of his head. He collapsed into the water and stopped moving. I returned the pistol to where I’d kept it in my backpack.
I’d known that my dad would outgun me in a fair fight. My dad was a gun enthusiast, whereas my only experience with firearms was when Nicole helped me fire a few rounds at a makeshift shooting range the five of us had made out of several weeks’ worth of empty beer cans in my backyard. But I had a plan in case I got cornered, and, miraculously, it had worked.
As I reached the escalator, I heard the sounds of a firefight upstairs. I climbed the steps carefully, staying low and using the metal sides as cover.
I saw Nicole crouched by the front counter of a jewelry store. Her stained, sleeveless white t-shirt exposed the strong arms with which she held the shotgun she’d nabbed earlier. In the back of the store, behind a cash register, was the remaining hunter – yet another clone of my dad. Unlike the one I had just fought, he was fully-visible and didn’t seem to be ‘joined’ to any degree with the Chindra. Did they all retain my real dad’s memories and consciousness? How was that even possible?
He noticed me and let off several shotgun blasts. I ducked and covered my head as the metal around me shook violently. I heard two more shots after that, followed by Nicole’s voice.
“You can come out now, Robyn. I’m so glad you’re alive.” I emerged cautiously to find Nicole standing over the hunter’s whimpering body. “Joe and I have been in a long standoff with him. He didn’t know I was there. Your distraction was all I needed to get the drop on him. Shot him twice in the chest.” She snatched away the dying hunter’s shotgun, removed its shells, loaded some into her weapon, and slipped the rest into her backpack.
“You look like you’ve seen better days,” said Joe as he stood up from behind a sunglass stand. “But I’m glad you’re okay. That guy had me pinned down here for ages.”
“You need to get that treated,” said Nicole, motioning to my ear. She whipped out her first aid kit, removed an antibiotic ointment, and prepared a set of bandages.
“Go ahead,” whined the hunter. A pool of blood extended out from him, and he clearly had no capacity to move. “Get it over with and kill me.”
“Let me have your knife,” I said to Nicole. She looked at me blankly. “Now!” I asserted. She handed it to me. “Hold him down if he tries anything,” I ordered my friends.
I proceeded to drive the blade into the hunter’s chest between his gaping wounds. The hunter screamed in further agony. “What are you doing?” cried Joe.
“How about we make this is long and painful as possible?” I said. “Unless you answer my questions.”
“Robyn, we’re not like that-” Nicole said.
“Do you have all of my dad’s memories?”
“Yes,” croaked the clone. “Up until he last had his brain scanned on B6; about a year before the helicopter accident. After that, I have the memories of the primary clone, who you’ve been hearing on the intercom, and then my own memories once I was created from him.”
“Did you really kill my mother?"
The clone smirked. “I’ve made some mistakes in my life. One of them was waiting six years after Mason’s birth to get rid of her. I should have done it sooner.” He spit blood up at me. Anger coursed through me. I dug the knife deeper into him and twisted it.
“One more question,” I said, as his blood and saliva ran down my cheek and dripped back down onto him. “What does that clone – the ‘primary clone’ – want with Mason?”
The clone nodded through the pain of two gaping shell wounds and a knife protruding from him. “Your real father – the one who died in the crash – has been kept in the same stasis chambers used by the Chindra since the helicopter accident. He isn’t dead, just extremely close to it. The one you saw at the funeral was a clone created just to be used there as a prop.”
“What does that have to do with Mason?” I asked.
The clone eked out a gleeful smile. “Your real dad wants to resume the life he had before the accident. We’ve developed a technology to help him – one that can transfer a consciousness between bodies. Not just create a new clone, but actually cause him to experience his own life continuing in a new body. It is built around the mechanism through which the Chindra queen communicates with the rest of the Chindra.”
“The bodies have to be compatible, and compatible bodies are hard to find,” the clone continued. “They require certain physical, cognitive, and genetic commonalities, and differences in sex and gender can pose substantial obstacles in humans. So, for the time being as we continue the testing phase, we rendered the facility only accessible to those fully-compatible with him. We were soon going to begin soliciting ideal individuals using our access to medical records. If we got desperate, we would even accept someone half-compatible like you, though your father would be reluctant to try a risky procedure just to inhabit the body of an underperforming female. But, luckily, you and your friends brought an excellent candidate right to us.”
“Your father wants to take the form of the son who better resembles him and bears his name. The procedure will upgrade Mason’s current consciousness. The boy will simply be replaced by an improved version of himself: his father. Have I answered all of your questions? Can I die already?”
“Fuck all this,” said Nicole.
“Mason,” gargled the clone as he raised his head closer to me, “will grow up to be just like me. It is inevitable.”
I kicked the knife deep into him with all the force I could muster. The clone finally stopped breathing.
Joe kept saying something to try to calm me down. I didn’t – couldn’t listen. I walked clumsily in a circle before collapsing on the ground.
When I awoke, Nicole had wrapped a towel around my wet form and bandages around my ear. Joe had gathered our armaments – the shotgun, my firearm with four bullets left in it, a fire ax, and Nicole’s knife. Joe, who still had Mason’s backpack, realized it contained Mason’s key card, which will give us access to the bottom level when we needed it.
I shared with them the information I’d obtained about the service entrance to B4 and then the painful news I’d heard about where Isha had been taken. Nicole was as furious as I expected. A sense of urgency drives each of us – to get Isha, to get Mason, and to get out.
My iPad, barely operating and with a crack in its screen, buzzed, and I quickly typed this update just in case my dad (should I say ‘the primary clone’?) still has the ability to cut off the air supply if I fail to do so. Don’t worry – there are no lies or omissions this time around. I hope, dad, that you can forgive that minor deviation from my otherwise thorough notes.
Nicole, Joe, and I are heading down for Mason and Isha. We will stop at nothing, and I recommend warning anyone else still present in Abernathy City to stay the hell out of our way.
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2020.09.25 17:18 phillygoat [NM] Sinn 857 UTC - 100 spots at $12/ea with no spot limit.


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Description: Up for consideration is a sinn 857 utc on fully tegimented bracelet. I won this watch some time ago and never really wore it. It is a great everyday tool watch and has some wear to show it. Very comfortable. Fit my 7.5 wrist comfortably. No additional links included. Please see description from previous raffle. Well worn Sinn 857 UTC on fully tegimented bracelet. This thing has been a daily for the owner and shows wear on the bracelet, on the inner bezel and some flea bites on the lugs. Everything functions beautifully on the eta2893, crisp date and hour settings, measured at +2 seconds a day. Bidirectional bezel is solid. Serviced at some time in past. Watch is very tight and solid-it’s a tool watch and been used as such. Crystal is without a scratch (although I doubt the AR coating is still there.). Ar anti humidification capsule is still mint with a baby blue color. New bezel installed by previous owner. 43 mm wide.

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2020.09.25 16:15 Rogan4Life Bianca Belair vs. Asuka (c) - WrestleMania: How to get there (Part One)

I will stop at TLC in December as the dates for the 2021 events are not set yet. I’ll alternate between each wrestler, PPV to PPV. 4 weeks of Asuka, then 4 weeks of Bianca.
Basic Story Arch - Asuka goes into WrestleMania as the RAW Women’s Champion - Belair becomes the challenger without losing a singles match by pin fall or submission - This will begin after Clash of Champions - I will write PPV to PPV switching between the two characters until they come together - Melina will join RAW
Asuka retains against Zelina Vega. ———————————————————
Asuka, Mickie James, Natalya, Lana - Mickie James wins a enchantment match on RAW. Mickie has an interview post match saying even though she lost last week, she feels a title shot is owed based on their last match with the questionable finish
Bianca, Peyton Royce - For the next two weeks, air more of the same workout vignettes.
Asuka, Mercedes, Mia Yim - Asuka is doing a backstage interview but before she can speak, she is attacked viciously by Retribution.
Bianca, Peyton Royce - Medical update on Bianca and promote Peyton for next week
Asuka, Melina *Melina has already debuted and hasn’t lost yet
Bianca Belair, Mandy Rose, Peyton Royce, Zelina Vega, Mickie James, Shayna Baszler
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2020.09.25 14:36 VisibleConfusion69 Open Letter to Steve Huffman and the Board of Directors of Reddit, Inc- If you believe in standing up to hate and supporting black lives, you need to act

Open Letter to Steve Huffman and the Board of Directors of Reddit, Inc – If you believe in standing up to hate and supporting black lives, you need to act
Dear Steve,
On June 1, you shared a letter on Reddit’s blog “Remember the Human – Black Lives Matter”. In this letter, you claim “as Snoos, we do not tolerate hate, racism, and violence, and while we have work to do to fight these on our platform, our values are clear.”
As of today, neither you nor any other Reddit admins have shared this letter anywhere on reddit.com. However, the response to this message was swift on Twitter, where you were rightfully labeled as hypocritical based on your long and well-recorded history of defending racism and white supremacy on this site.
Among the many responses was this message from former CEO of Reddit, Ellen Pao.
I am obligated to call you out: You should have shut down the_donald instead of amplifying it and its hate, racism, and violence. So much of what is happening now lies at your feet. You don't get to say BLM when reddit nurtures and monetizes white supremacy and hate all day long
Many others shared links and screenshots of your past statements saying “Open racism and slurs are fine to post on Reddit”.
The problem of Reddit’s leadership supporting and providing a platform for racist users and hateful communities has long been an issue. Nearly six years ago, dozens of subreddits signed the original open letter to the Reddit admins calling for action. While the Reddit admins acknowledged the letter and said it was a high priority to address this issue, extremely little has been done in the intervening years.
On June 5, you shared this update on /Announcements, Upcoming changes to our content policy, our board, and where we’re going from here. In the post, you stated that there is a need for continued adjustments of Reddit’s content policy to address racism and that this remains a priority. These continued statements that you hear us, that this is a priority, or that you are working on it are not enough. It has been five years since your return as CEO and this still remains Reddit’s most glaring problem.
Steve, if you and Reddit genuinely care about the values of standing up to racism and hate, then you need to back it up with real action. As moderators on this website who have dedicated countless hours to keeping this site running, we call on Reddit to take the following steps:
At /AgainstHateSubreddits, we have laid out the many failures of Steve time and again to stand up to white supremacy on this site time and time and time again.
With a website with the impact of Reddit on the broader conversations being held in communities around the world, this website needs real leadership and real action.
We hope that Reddit will not just share empty platitudes — but will take a meaningful stand against hate, and take these recommendations to heart.
This letter is co-signed by more than 200 300 350 430 550 650 800 communities representing well over 200 hundreds of millions of subscribers:
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