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Stories of people that reach their breaking point. Sometimes you just need to punch a m***** f***** in the face

2023.03.27 05:13 patter_pitter 2012 Dodge Journey - possible exhaust manifold leak?

my wife's car has a check engine light, throwing out error code P0171 (Fuel System Lean - Bank 1).
I looked around for a vacuum leak, looked for anything loose or broke. MAF looked pristine, but did not replace yet. I do not think it's her gas cap. I say this because her car recently started sounding like an import, I can hear her coming from down the street. I pulled off the engine cover and peered behind the engine where the two O2 sensors and catalytic converter are located, and it's awfully sooty back there. That seems to be right where the sound is emanating from. Kinda smells exhausty too when I've got my head in there.
Anybody have any experience with this issue? Am I on the right track?
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2023.03.27 04:44 Logical-Recognition3 Securing your seed phrase from theft or loss

There is a lot of discussion about the best way to secure one’s seed phrase and this sub frequently sees stories of people who have lost their seed phrase through a natural disaster such as a flood or fire, or have simply lost it when they or a partner tidied up and threw away the paper containing the phrase. Another worry is that a bad actor will find your seed phrase and use it to drain your account. I have a number of accounts across a number of blockchains so I have a fair number of seed phrases to keep and protect. I follow a protocol that I believe can offer some protection against theft or loss.
Each seed phrase is broken into three numbered lists, call them A, B, and C. For example, if I have a 24-word phrase, list A will contain words 1 through 8, list B contains words 9 through 16, and list C contains words 17 through 24. I keep three separate notebooks called AB, BC, and AC. In notebook AB I have the words from lists A and B for each of my accounts. In notebook BC I have the words from parts B and C, and notebook AC contains the words from parts A and C of each seed phrase. These notebooks are contained in different structures so a house fire or flood will not take them all out. Similarly, if a thief discovers one of the notebooks, the other two are not in the same location.
Notice that if a thief does gain access to one of the notebooks, they will have 16 of the 24 words in the seed phrase. This is sufficient to deter a brute force attack for at least as long as it takes to discover the theft and transfer funds to a new account. If you are concerned about someone having even a part of your seed phrase, you can use one of the encryption methods mentioned in other threads as an extra level of security. Splitting the seed phrases protects against theft.
Note also that if a hurricane, tornado, fire, flood, or well-meaning neat freak destroys, loses, or throws out any one of the notebooks, the other two notebooks can be used to recover all of the seed phrases. Any two of three is sufficient. Splitting the seed phrases this way protects against loss, as long as you take steps to ensure that any disaster will destroy no more than one of the notebooks.
In my case, one notebook is in a safe in my home, another is in a safe deposit box in my bank, and the third is in another structure known to me and my spouse. In the case of my unexpected demise, my spouse will be able to reconstruct the seed phrases and gain access to the accounts even if my devices remain inaccessible.
Be aware that if the paper containing your seed phrase is in the house where you live and keep your phone and computer, you are running a terrible risk. A house fire could destroy your devices and your seed phrases at once, making recovery impossible. If your money is in a traditional bank then after a disaster you can replace your ID documents and recover access to your funds but if you are acting as your own bank using crypto, you need to take responsibility for securing your funds in a way that will allow you to recover from an unexpected disaster or allow your loved ones to inherit upon your passing.
Stay vigilant and stay safe.
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2023.03.27 04:40 D_White93 Who is the Lineal Andre the Giant Memorial Trophy Holder?

Bit of a silly one but I fancied a laugh. The trophy and memorial battle royal were first introduced at WrestleMania 30... sorry... XXX by Hulk Hogan on the March 10 2014 edition of Raw with the first winner being Cesaro. This is where we'll be starting so let's see who the lineal holder is
Like most lineal champion posts (or in this case a trophy), the title can change hands in singles or multi-man matches (not counting tag matches, handicap matches or battle royals) and can't change hands via DQ or Countout. In the event of inactivity/retirement/death within a year of winning, then the lineal title reign continues with whomever won the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal that year

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2023.03.27 04:00 AutoModerator Weekly Discussion Thread; Upcoming News; ICYMI [March 27, 2023]

Amapá Iron Ore Mine, Brazil [KDNC] [Flair]

Sonora Lithium Project, Mexico (Ganfeng Joint Venture) [KDNC] [Flair]

Hastings Technology Metals, Australia (ASX:HAS) [KDNC] [Flair]

Evergreen Lithium, Australia (ASX:EG1) - [KDNC] [Flair]

European Metal Holdings, Cinovec, Czech Republic (LSE:EMH) [KDNC] [Flair]

Passive Equity Investments - Notable Developments [KDNC] [Flair]

See the above menus for company links and announcements - noting that additionally Macarthur holds 20% of spin off Infinity Mining ASX:IMI

Analyst Reports and Recommendations [KDNC]

Date Link Who SP Summary / Price Target
2023-02-28 Kemeny Capital Kemeny Capital (investment research) 12.9p "Cadence Minerals has built a robust portfolio of base and battery metals with ample opportunities for shareholder value creation. Recent developments have helped to substantially increase the potential of two of the group’s asset positions, while adding to the overall corporate valuation. Our sum-of-theparts (SotP) indicative fair value is 43.6p."
2023-02-02 W H Ireland Research W H Ireland (broker) 14.5p WHI View: Our assessment is that the Amapá mine could be company-maker for Cadence. We are firmly of the belief that the current market cap is more than covered by the legacy investments that Cadence holds in various new technology metal companies and projects and that the addition of the Amapá stake to its portfolio can only be value enhancing. In our opinion, the development of Amapá will be transformational for Cadence and we see fair value at 71p/sh with plenty of upside potential.
2022-07-24 Reddit Post u/EV-BULL (private investor) 10.75p Due diligence short term price target: 60p-80p; 1-2 year price target: 130p; Long term bull case price target: 300p+
2022-07-02 Reddit Post u/Observer842 (private investor) 10.4p Due diligence Near term: £37.5m (21.5p) - £92m (53p); Medium term: £160-420m; Longer term: £1-2B+
2022-02-18 Daily Mail Anne Ashworth for the Daily Mail (Journalist) 20.4p "The white gold rush appears to be an inviting prospect. But if you want to join, remember that fortunes are far from guaranteed in any foray into commodities. Options include the Aim-listed businesses Cadence Minerals and Zinnwald Lithium."
2022-02-18 Edison Group Edison Group (investment research) 20.4p QuickView report
2022-01-01 Daily Mail Justin Urquhart Stewart (fund manager) 28p Top pick for the Brave in 2022

ICYMI [Previous]

Date Article Comment & Quotes
2023-02-28 Cadence Minerals - value waiting to be unlocked - SoTP indicative fair value 43.6p 6 page analyst Research report from Kemeny Capital which can be obtained for free by qualifying investors.
2023-02-02 WH Ireland Research Report: Cadence Minerals - Developing Amapá iron ore mine and strategic new technology metal interests (sees fair value at 71p / share) To obtain this 34 page Analyst Research Report for free, (optionally) first register for Research Tree, then whilst logged in, register for WH Ireland (optionally) using your Research Tree account.
2023-01-06 Progress at Amapa, Lithium, and Rare Earths with Cadence Minerals Most recent of the interviews with CEO Kiran Morzaria.
2023-01-04 Vox Markets Podcast: Cadence Minerals updates on Amapa
2023-01-03 Completion of PFS on Amapá Iron Ore Project Post-Tax Project NPV10 US$949 million, Internal Rate of Return of 34% and a Project Maiden Ore Reserve Estimate of 195.8 Mt (Cadence attributable of 58.74 Mt) at 39.34% Fe Declared
Anything missing or incorrect? Let us know in the comments or LSE chat - the mods.
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2023.03.27 03:48 Beautiful_Art_4812 Identity thief in another state loan taken in his name

My dads former business partner took a $100,000 loan in virginia in my dads name and forged his signature in 2013.The loan was given by a business lender as a business loan.He didnt find out about it until 2022 when he got court papers.He filed a police report with the nypd and send it to the lender.He also hired a lawyer in new york but the lawyer said he has to hire a lawyer in virginia and bring the case there.Is there any way to hire a lawyer in new york for this case.Does he have to file a police report in virginia.The new york lawyer said he can sue the lender as well the business partner for allowing this happen but he has to file in virginia since the new york court didnt take the case in new york.How much can my dad sue the lender as well as his business partner for?His former business partner location is unknown .Hes not there at his old address.The nypd is taking a long time with the case its already been 8 months.Can the nypd find him?My dad hasnt gone to virginia yet .should he go to virginia asap? The ny lawyer said he has a year until they close down his bank accounts ,is it true?Legal advice please thank you :)
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2023.03.27 03:42 NFCAAOfficialRefBot [POST GAME THREAD] Sam Houston State defeats Minnesota, 42-24

Sam Houston State Sam Houston State @ Minnesota Minnesota
Game Start Time: 12:00 PM ET
Location: TCF Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, MN
Watch: Big Ten Network
Sam Houston State Sam Houston State
Total Passing Yards Total Rushing Yards Total Yards Interceptions Lost Fumbles Lost Field Goals Time of Possession Timeouts
452 yards -1 yards 451 yards 0 1 0/2 15:02 3
Minnesota Minnesota
Total Passing Yards Total Rushing Yards Total Yards Interceptions Lost Fumbles Lost Field Goals Time of Possession Timeouts
339 yards 28 yards 367 yards 3 1 1/1 12:29 3
Drive Summary
away for 20 yards in 23 seconds ending in touchdown
home for 75 yards in 78 seconds ending in touchdown
away for 1 yards in 36 seconds ending in punt
home for -10 yards in 41 seconds ending in punt
away for 69 yards in 103 seconds ending in touchdown
home for 80 yards in 28 seconds ending in touchdown
away for 60 yards in 11 seconds ending in touchdown
home for 75 yards in 31 seconds ending in touchdown
away for 4 yards in 23 seconds ending in punt
home for -1 yards in 35 seconds ending in field_goal
away for 50 yards in 120 seconds ending in touchdown
home for 8 yards in 27 seconds ending in punt
away for 8 yards in 40 seconds ending in turnover
home for 38 yards in 87 seconds ending in turnover
away for 23 yards in 25 seconds ending in end_half
away for 75 yards in 47 seconds ending in touchdown
home for 25 yards in 35 seconds ending in turnover
away for 55 yards in 79 seconds ending in touchdown
home for 45 yards in 94 seconds ending in turnover
away for 43 yards in 101 seconds ending in miss
home for 3 yards in 107 seconds ending in turnover
away for 11 yards in 63 seconds ending in miss
away for 0 yards in 15 seconds ending in punt
away for 3 yards in 15 seconds ending in turnover
home for 26 yards in 68 seconds ending in turnover
away for -1 yards in 67 seconds ending in punt
home for 3 yards in 26 seconds ending in turnover
Team Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 Total
Minnesota 21 3 0 0 24
Sam Houston State 21 7 14 0 42
Game thread

Game complete, Sam Houston State wins!

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2023.03.27 00:09 MsVxxen TRADE TALK TODAY: 03/26/2023

TRADE TALK TODAY: 03/26/2023
This is a run at the mouth trade diary, little bit of everything-as I get time to post while trading:
If you are new here (welcome welcome), all the primary 'how to' & explanatory material is located here:
2:05pm pst: Grinding sideways-ish (was -57.3% on 03/20/2023). This real $ index began at $3000 on 04/07/2022 (pre Luna Crash), and is down to 42.4% (to $1273.) of its original value at present. (A HODLR's nightmare, er investment plan, that.)
Note to self, left in lipstick on my mirror:
I expect crypto to be a slow grind sideways to down from here into the Monday open...US Futures will open shortly (T minus 53 minutes), and I expect some movement there.
The weekend has been fairly calm thus far, I don't think that will change today much.
Pay attention to the ATOM canary, it has been singing the songs that have gotten followed fairly well*-it is rally fading here, (see 3 Coin Chart).*
I am 0% long, and 100% short here, 70% dry powder.
Primary targets:
BTC (long), ETH (short), FIL(short), MATIC (short), SOL (short), LTC (short)
The BTC long call from pattern A5 (see BTC Watch Chart below), completed after the SVB News Blip interruption. Takeaway: newz blips oft delay/derail pattern completion, but the underlying macro forces that put that pattern into place over time do not just wash away easily.
Keep an eye on Pattern A6 on the BTC Watch Chart....to date that pattern has resulted in near term drops 5 out of 6 times (>83%). As a recent Ditch Poster noted, the 1hr TV Trade Patterns have a lot more down votes than up. We have been on the rally end of the stick all year . . .
Chasing the newz can and will and does chop scalpers & swing traders up, (never Hodlrs, as waiting is their core "strength" in these environs). Though I do berate the Hodling thesis, there are attributes (patience) which are solid as stone. Patience wins races, FOMO simply does not.
3:06pm pst: US Futures opened up, and crypto has correlated to that pop.
The Canary here is the Trannys-and that bird has been ever dying.....
2:33pm pst: TIPS Reversed and becoming more constructive still
2:35pm pst: Jaw gaps now open (again)-and \"must\" close (again).
BTC price divergent to RSI for like "forever". Then all of a sudden SKYNET runs the pumps out of nowhere, creates and holds another overbought setup.....just now beginning to tire. All this almost synchronized to the USDC epic 13% high speed depeg. Sorry gang, not buying this as the banks go ba-ba boom! ;/
Check that Double Top....TV didn't pick it up, but EWT here is suggesting we get a motive way move into the low 25k zone on BTC. (That is my view in DDT TA, and the ATOM Canary SO agrees-see chart next.):
EWT Fib extension on (c) calling into the 25's here.
2:43pm pst: ATOM Canary Screaming A General Decline here.
===================== The gap to ATOM is HUGE. This "will not" last.
I believe we will begin to close the gap, mainly by way of BTC/ETH fall-this coming week.
2:44pm pst
Pattern A6 is a down pattern, given that the 6 times it appeared in A-A5, all resulted in declines, except 1, (ie: 83% probability displayed for this topping pattern). Add ATOM Canary song to that, and the curious pump after USDC depegged.....and that is a lot of down vote content here.
12:50pm pst: cohesive in RIA & RINA events
Good Luck!
Good Luck!
=====================================> UPDATES:
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Uncorrelated? No. Correlations exist, they have just been far weaker in 2023 on average.
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Answer: yes. That is what bubbles do. This is a bubble.
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Now THAT is just HUGE, and very very fluid.
Is there something in the water?

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2023.03.27 00:00 Worldweatheralerts Severe thunderstorm warning remains in effect...

Severe thunderstorm warning remains in effect...
...A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 515 PM CDT FOR CENTRAL HINDS COUNTY... At 456 PM CDT, a severe thunderstorm was located over Clinton, moving east at 35 mph. HAZARD...Two inch hail and 70 mph wind gusts. SOURCE...Emergency management. At 421 PM, trees and powerlines were reported down around the Vicksburg area. At 429 PM, golfball size hail was reported near Bovina. IMPACT...People and animals outdoors will be injured. Expect hail damage to roofs, siding, windows, and vehicles. Expect considerable tree damage. Wind damage is also likely to mobile homes, roofs, and outbuildings. This severe thunderstorm will remain over mainly rural areas of central Hinds County. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... A Tornado Watch remains in effect until 1100 PM CDT for central Mississippi. For your protection move to an interior room on the lowest floor of a building.
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2023.03.26 23:44 Sension5705 Winco and Credit Cards

Winco is a very low-cost grocery store located in the western part of the US which only accepts cash/debit cards, but it's possible this advice will be useful in other areas/stores as well.
Credit cards are easy to abuse, but sometimes when you need food before payday rolls around, and all you have is a Winco and a credit card, your choices are slim (particularly when there are no food banks in your area and you don't have a cathe gas to drive somewhere else). This advice is for you.
While Winco won't take credit cards at the store, you can order a gift card online and pay with a credit card. Be aware that there's a $2 shipping charge for regular mail, which is like 2% interest, but if you keep the card and do future reloads online, there's no additional charge.
It's also worth noting that you would want to do this before you are in the final stages of desperation, because the card could take 7-10 days to get to you by mail (the cheapest option).
I realize some will disagree with using credit to buy groceries, but if you need to use this, I get it -- I've been there -- so good luck to you, and I hope you're on the way up very soon!
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2023.03.26 23:42 BPBAttacks3 SOCIAL MEDIA EDITION - MARCH 2023 - - LIST OF PIT BULL ATTACKS/FATALITIES (ongoing) Monthly Attack Compilation

This is a list of pit bull attacks and fatalities documented on social media for the month of March 2023. This list will be edited throughout the month and after as new incidents are reported.
For attacks reported in the media and fatalities please see MARCH 2023 LIST.



March 01

Total: 0

March 02

Virginia, United States - golden doodle attacked - Link to Post
Dubuque, Iowa - person bitten by pit bull - Link to Post
San Antonio, TX - dog attacked by pit bulls - Link to Post
Unknown location - dog attacked by pit bull - Link to Post
United States - dog attacked by off leash pit bull - Link to Post
Total: 5

March 03

Colorado Springs, Colorado - dog attacked by pit bull - Link to Post
Total: 1

March 04

Denver, CO - attack on dog - Link to Post
Unconfirmed location - German shepherd attacked by 3 pits - Link to Post
Rock Springs, Wyoming - pit attacks another dog at dog park - Link to Post
Total: 3

March 05

North Carolina, United States - child bitten by family pit bull - Link to Post
Benton, Arkansas - 11 year old attacked by pit bull - Link to Post
Hampton, Virginia - dog attacked by pit bull - Link to Post
Glossop, England - Dalmatian attacked by pit bull - Link to Post
Omagh, England - (near miss) dog attacked by pit bull - Link to Post
Saratov, Russia - 11 year old boy bitten by pit bull - Link to Post
Total: 6

March 06

Honolulu, Hawaii - infant in stroller attacked by pit bull - Link to Post
Lake Worth, Florida - schnauzer attacked by pit bull - Link to Post
Unconfirmed location - dog attacked by pit bull - (images 7&8) -Link to Post
Total: 3

March 07

Parker City, Indiana - child attacked by pit bull - Link to Post
Trenton, GA - neighbor pit bull attacks child, no serious injuries - Link to Post
Total: 2

March 08

Unconfirmed location - pit mix bites owner’s friend - Link to Post
Dallas, Texas - person attacked by pit bull - Link to Post
United States - man bit by pit bull at groomers - Link to Post
Lactunga, Ecuador - dog attacked by pit bull - Link to Post
Anderson, Indiana - dog attacked by neighbors pit bull - Link to Post
Unconfirmed location – dog (Emma) attacked by three pit bulls and seriously injured – image 15 - Link to Post
Total: 6

March 09

North Carolina - person attacked by pit bull and was hospitalized - Link to Post
NSW, Australia - pit bulls attack one another, owner bitten - Link to Post
Columbus, Indiana - Maltese attacked by pit bull (breed confirmed) - slide 7 -- Link to Post
Vail, Arizona - dog attacked by pit bull, surgery required but dog survived - Link to Post
Indiana, United States - Maltese attacked by pit bull - Link to Post
Total: 5

March 10

Tuscaloosa, Alabama - goat attacked by pit bull - image 6 -Link to Post
Baltimore, Maryland - loose pit attacked another dog - image 10 - Link to Post
Unconfirmed location - 14 year old dachshund attacked by pit bull – image 4, 5 - Link to Post
Washington - dog attacked by pit bull - image 1 - Link to Post
Minnesota - person, another dog, and a cat attacked by pitbull - Link to Post
Total: 5

March 11

Unconfirmed location - woman (owner) and friend attacked - Link to Post
Washington State, United States - 17 month old “nipped” in the face by pit/rot mix - Link to Post
Unconfirmed location - woman and dog (Teddy) attacked while on walk - Link to Post
Rochdale, UK - dog attacked by pit bull (pit and run) - Link to Post
Louisiana - small dog attacked by neighbors pit bull - Link to Post
Maryland, United States - male bitten by pit bull in parking lot - Link to Post
Total: 6

March 12

Reno, Nevada - goats critically injured - image 02 - Link to Post
Beckenham, UK - dog attacked at dog park - image 03 - Link to Post
Columbus, Ohio - Man attacked by a friends pit bull - Link to Post
Blaine, Washington - Boston Terrier attacked by pit bull (both dogs have the same owner) - Link to Post
San Carlos, Mexico - golden doodle attacked by pit - Link to Post
Anderson, Indiana - dog attacked by pit bull - (image 8) - Link to Post
Total: 6

March 13

Pasco, Washington - dog attacked by pit bull - Link to Post
Georgetown, Ohio - miniature donkey attacked - (image 1) - Link to Post
Murray, Utah - woman and child attacked by two pit bulls - (image 3) - Link to Post
Comal County, Texas - male and female adult owners attacked by pit bull as well as another dog - image 13 - Link to Post
Belhaven, North Carolina - dog attacked by unrestrained pit bull - image 14, 15 - Link to Post
Total: 5

March 14

Metro Atlanta, Georgia - elderly lab attacked by pit bull - Link to Post
Toronto, Ontario - labernard puppy attacked by pit bull - Link to Post
Akron East, Ohio - elderly man and dog attacked by pit bull - Link to Post
Starkville, Mississippi - man attacked by family pit bull, sustained serious injuries - Link to Post
Lorain, Ohio - Chihuahua attacked by owner's American Bulldog - Link to Post
Total: 5

March 15

Watts, Texas - woman attacked by pit bull - image 3 - Link to Post
Total: 1

March 16

Ottowa, Ontario - man attacked by pit bull at bus stop - Link to Post
Charlotte, North Carolina – woman attacked by pit bull while walking her two dogs – image 5 - Link to Post
Danville, California – dog (Jasper) attacked while on walk by pit bull – image 19 - Link to Post
Proctorville, Ohio – man bitten and dogs attacked by white pit bull – image 20 - Link to Post
Saint Petersburg, Florida – small dog (Bella) attacked by neighbors pit bull, no serious injuries – image 13 - Link to Post
California - dog attacked by off leash pit bull - Link to Post
Total: 6

March 17

Unconfirmed location – dog attacked by pit bull – image 10 - Link to Post
Scranton, Pennsylvania – dog named ‘Burrito’ attacked by neighbors two dogs, one of which was a pit, Burrito was injured – image 12 - Link to Post
Aberdeen, United Kingdom – brown labradoodle was attacked by “bully type” – image 14 - Link to Post
Miles City, Montana – man and dog both attacked by the same pit bull – image 3 - Link to Post
Staten Island, New York – dog attacked by pit bull – image 1 - Link to Post
Unconfirmed location - man attacked by pit bull, sustained serious injuries and was hospitalized - image 4 - Link to Post
Total: 6

March 18

West Virginia – dog attacked by two pit bulls – image 1 - Link to Post
Richmond, Virginia - woman and small dog attacked, woman sustained a broken finger - Link to Post
Laramie, Wyoming - pit bull bit a person - image 12 - Link to Post
Minnesota - golden doodle attacked by pit at PetSmart - Link to Post
Total: 4

March 19

South Philadelphia, Pennsylvania - Shiba Inu attacked by off leash pit bull - image 1 - Link to Post
Michigan - woman bit, golden retriever attacked (status unknown) - Link to Post
New Orleans, Louisiana - man attacked by pit bull, owner of dog does a pit and run - Link to Post
Texas - 9 month old baby attacked by pit bull-lab mix - image 3 - Link to Post
Georgia - Dog named 'Prince' attacked - image 4 - Link to Post
Missouri - 6 month old puppy attacked by neighbor's pit bull - image 5 - Link to Post
Portland, Oregon - small dog 'Nelson' attacked by neighbor's pit bull - images 9-16 - Link to Post
Unconfirmed Location - woman attacked by husband's pit bull - Link to Post
Total: 8

March 20

Florida, United States - cat attacked by pit bull - Link to Post
North Carolina, United States - small dog named Louie attacked - image 9,10,11 - Link to Post
Kern County, California - pit bull attacked dog - image 17 - Link to Post
Total: 3

March 21

West Olive, Michigan - Woman attacked by pitbull, sustained minor injuries - Link to Post
Unconfimed location - dog attacked by pit bull resulting in serious injuries - image 12 - Link to Post
Total: 2

March 22

Round Lake, Illinois - dog and owner attacked by two off leash pit bulls - Link to Post
Total: 1

March 23

Washington, United States - pit bull attacks dog on bus and then bites owner - Link to Post
Total: 1

March 24

March 25

March 27

March 28

March 29

March 30

March 31

Unconfirmed dates

California - dog attacked by pit bull, man bit - image 14, 15, 16 - Link to Post
Cape Coral, Florida - Yorkie attacked by pit bull - image 2 - Link to Post
South Carolina - small dog 'Bentley' was attacked by a pit bull and sustained serious injuries - Link to Post
North Carolina - dog attacked by pit bull - Link to Post
Keystone Heights, Florida - chihuahua named Bennie attacked by two pit bulls - image 03 - Link to Post
Irvine, California - dog attacked by pit bull - Link to Post
Proctorville, Ohio - dogs and their owner attacked by pit bull - Link to Post
Sacramento, California - staff member of kenneling facility bit by pit bull - Link to Post
San Antonio, Texas - miniature schnauzer attacked by pit bull - Link to Post
Bishops Cleeve, Cheltenham, UK - dog attacked by three Staffordshire bull terriers - (image 11) - Link to Post
Washington state - pom-chi attacked by neighbor's pit bull - image 2 - Link to Post
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia – dog attacked by large pit bull/mastiff mix, owner did a “pit and run” – image 17,18 - Link to Post
Central Park, New York, New York – dog attacked by unsecured American Bully – image 19 – Link to Post
Jacksonville, Florida – small dog named Pluto attacked and seriously injured by two pit bulls – image 2 - Link to Post
Summerville, South Carolina - farm animals attacked - Link to Post
Unconfirmed Date & Location
Man attacked by pit bull while doing snow removal at work - image 5 - Link to Post
Dog attacked by pit bull - images 3, 4 - Link to Post
Child bit in the face - image 05 - Link to Post
Dog sitters fingers broken trying to break up dog fight - Link to Post
Small dog attacked by three pit bulls -(image 2) - Link to Post
Dogs (2) attacked by two pit bulls - (images 9,10) - Link to Post
Dog seriously attacked and injured by unrestrained pit bull - images 16, 17 - Link to Post
Dog attacked by pit bull - image 5 - Link to Post
Woman and her dog were attacked by pit mix, owner did a “pit and run” – image 15 - Link to Post
Great Pyrenees attacked by pit bull – image 2 - Link to Post
Small dog name kissy attacked by pit – image 6, 7 - Link to Post
Person’s best friend attacked by pit bull – image 18 – unclear if the best friend is a human or animal - Link to Post
Boston terrier named Bruno attacked by pit bull - image 2 - Link to Post
Total: 28
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2023.03.26 23:11 jonesy1713 Forming an LLC - what address to use when filing articles of organization?

I found some general information on the IL secretary of state website and similar, but I have questions about my specific situation. Hoping someone here might have answers or experiences to share!
I'm starting an LLC in Illinois (preschool gymnastics facility) but my house is a rental and I don't have an actual location yet. Before I get a location I want to form the LLC so I can open a bank account, etc. I'm getting a little confused by some of the info needed to file the articles of organization.
-Primary place of business: it sounds like this address doesn't have to be the actual location, but it also can't be a PO box. Can it be my own address (a rental, and also not in the same town I intend to open the gym in)? If so but I don't want to use my own personal address, what are my other options?
-Registered agent and registered office: if I am going to act as my registered agent, will this be my address? And if so, same question as above, what if I don't want to use it?
-Management: this section asks for the "business address" of all managers (only me). Is my business address just my address? And also, of course, same questions as above.
So, can these addresses all be the same? Can I change it easily once I get the gym location up and running? Any and all information would be so helpful, thanks in advance everyone!
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2023.03.26 23:09 AcanthisittaSlow1267 Budgeting Bliss: 5 Tips for Planning a Dream Wedding on a Dime!

  1. Set a realistic budget: The first step in planning a wedding on a budget is to determine how much money you have available to spend. Once you know your budget, you can allocate funds to different areas of the wedding, such as the venue, food, and decorations.
  2. Prioritise your spending: Determine what is most important to you and your partner and prioritize those items when allocating your budget. For example, if you really want a beautiful wedding dress, you may need to cut costs in other areas like flowers or catering.
  3. Choose an affordable venue: The venue is often one of the most expensive parts of a wedding. Consider venues that are less expensive, such as community halls or public parks. You may also want to consider having your ceremony and reception at the same location to save money.
  4. DIY decorations: Making your own decorations can be a fun and cost-effective way to add a personal touch to your wedding. You can create centerpieces, floral arrangements, and other decorations with items from craft stores or even from nature.
  5. Simplify your guest list: The more guests you have, the more expensive your wedding will be. Consider limiting your guest list to close family and friends or having a small, intimate wedding. You can also consider having a separate reception or celebration for those who could not attend the ceremony.
Planning a wedding on a budget may seem daunting, but with these 5 tips, it's possible to have a beautiful and memorable day without breaking the bank.
What other tips do you have for planning a budget-friendly wedding?
Let us know in the comments below!
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2023.03.26 22:23 geko_play_ Every R6 Map on a Map

Every R6 Map on a Map
Yacht & Border are in non descript locations
House & Bank are both in LA
Clubhouse & Kanal are both in Germany
Also I guessed where Nighthaven labs is because the official site says "Offshore" but I put Singapore because that's where Nighthaven is based
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2023.03.26 22:03 lonely_pr0grammer Should I move to NYC with new offer?

I receive a new offer from a large investment bank, currently in a large asset management and I was wondering if it's a good idea to move due to the cost of living/ rent.
location: around philadelphia
base: 140k, total comp ~ 170k
position: ~bits of consulting/quant analytics/engineer

location: nyc, midtown manhattan
base: 180k, total comp ~200-220k (I think i can negotiate to ~200k base?)
position: sr. associate (middle office, treasury/chief investment office)

years of exp ~ 2.5 years, age: 25 y, doing 2nd masters online part-time, current rent ~ $2150 -> not sharing an apartment at all cost, if stay need to get a car they forcing hybrid RTO
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2023.03.26 21:57 lonely_pr0grammer Should I move to NYC with new offer? (finance, asset management/banking)

I receive a new offer from a large investment bank, currently in a large asset management and I was wondering if it's a good idea to move due to the cost of living/ rent.
location: around philadelphia
base: 140k, total comp ~ 170k

location: nyc, midtown manhattan
base: 180k, total comp ~200-220k (I think i can negotiate to ~200k base?)

years of exp ~ 2.5 years, age: 25 y, doing 2nd masters online part-time, current rent ~ $2150
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2023.03.26 21:49 sitra2 Budget Gaming PCs for 7 & 9 yr old

**What will you be doing with this PC? Be as specific as possible, and include specific games or programs you will be using.**
My son is 7 and primarily plays Roblox, Fortnite, and Minecraft. No idea what might come around in the next couple years, gamewise. My daughter is 9 and primarily plays Roblox and Sims 4. I'll just build two identical PCs. Ideally something that will last a couple years. They're playing on some Lenovo Thinkpads that are well specced for business use, but not exactly for games. They work well enough, but they really do need a step up. But I don't want to break the bank considering their ages and the fact that technology moves so fast. If I can spend a decent amount and they can get a good 3 years out of the machines as built, that'd be great.

**What is your maximum budget before rebates/shipping/taxes?**
I'm from the US, but in DK now. Ideally, I'd like to stay in that $600 to $700 range (per machine), since I'm building two machines. Prices in DK are higher than they are back home, so I'd probably prefer to be closer to $600 USD, but realistically, a $600 build in the US will be closer to that $700 or $750 range just due higher sales taxes alone, lol. I'm willing to go a bit higher if there's an appreciable jump in performance/value, however. Say, $800 as a bit of a hard cap, but prefer to stay closer to $600 to $700...they're only 7 and 9, and like I said before, anything will be a noticeable bump for them, lol.

**When do you plan on building/buying the PC? Note: beyond a week or two from today means any build you receive will be out of date when you want to buy.**
In all honesty, not sure. Probably not within the next two weeks. At the very least, this will give me a foundation for when I'm ready. Right now they're playing on a couple of old laptops. Functional, but not optimal at all.

**What, exactly, do you need included in the budget? (ToweOS/monitokeyboard/mouse/etc\)**
They just got new mice, keyboards, screens, gaming chairs, etc. Basically need a tower (thinking MicroATX), Mobo, SSD, CPU, GPU, PSU, and a CPU cooler.

**Which country (and state/province) will you be purchasing the parts in? If you're in US, do you have access to a Microcenter location?**
As mentioned above, in DK now. There's a few big places, like Komplett and Proshop to purchase from.

**If reusing any parts (including monitor(s)/keyboard/mouse/etc), what parts will you be reusing? Brands and models are appreciated.**
See above. Accessories will be reused. Logitech mice, Samsung screens...can't remember the keyboards, but it's irrelevant.

**Will you be overclocking? If yes, are you interested in overclocking right away, or down the line? CPU and/or GPU?**

**Are there any specific features or items you want/need in the build? (ex: SSD, large amount of storage or a RAID setup, CUDA or OpenCL support, etc)**
Nothing in particular. SSD preferable to HDD.

**Do you have any specific case preferences (Size like ITX/microATX/mid-towefull-tower, styles, colors, window or not, LED lighting, etc), or a particular color theme preference for the components?**
MicroATX tower preferably...just easier with the slightly smaller form factor. Some RGB would be nice, but not necessary. Their mice, keyboards, and chairs all have RGB already, lol.

**Do you need a copy of Windows included in the budget? If you do need one included, do you have a preference?**
I can get a copy of Windows and a key somewhere.

Thanks in advance!
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2023.03.26 21:28 chronic-venting The Price of a Stolen Childhood

When Nicole was a child, her father took pornographic pictures of her that still circulate on the internet.
Victims of child pornography can now collect damages directly from those convicted of possessing their images. But how much can restitution help them repair their lives?
By Emily Bazelon Jan. 24, 2013
The detective spread out the photographs on the kitchen table, in front of Nicole, on a December morning in 2006. She was 17, but in the pictures, she saw the face of her 10-year-old self, a half-grown girl wearing make-up. The bodies in the images were broken up by pixelation, but Nicole could see the outline of her father, forcing himself on her. Her mother, sitting next to her, burst into sobs.
The detective spoke gently, but he had brutal news: the pictures had been downloaded onto thousands of computers via file-sharing services around the world. They were among the most widely circulated child pornography on the Internet. Also online were video clips, similarly notorious, in which Nicole spoke words her father had scripted for her, sometimes at the behest of other men. For years, investigators in the United States, Canada and Europe had been trying to identify the girl in the images.
Nicole's parents split up when she was a toddler, and she grew up living with her mother and stepfather and visiting her father, a former policeman, every other weekend at his apartment in a suburban town in the Pacific Northwest. He started showing her child pornography when she was about 9, telling her that it was normal for fathers and daughters to "play games" like in the pictures. Soon after, he started forcing her to perform oral sex and raping her, dressing her in tight clothes and sometimes binding her with ropes. When she turned 12, she told him to stop, but he used threats and intimidation to continue the abuse for about a year. He said that if she told anyone what he'd done, everyone would hate her for letting him. He said that her mother would no longer love her.
Nicole (who asked me to use her middle name to protect her privacy) knew her father had a tripod set up in his bedroom. She asked if he'd ever shown the pictures to anyone. He said no, and she believed him. "It was all so hidden," she told me. "And he knew how to lie. He taught me to do it. He said: 'You look them straight in the eye. You make your shoulders square. You breathe normally.'"
When she was 16, Nicole told her mother, in a burst of tears, what had been going on at her father's house. Her father was arrested for child rape. The police asked Nicole whether he took pictures. She said yes, but that she didn't think he showed them to anyone. A few months later, while her father was out on bail, Nicole was using a computer he gave her to work on a presentation for Spanish class when she came across a file with a vulgar name that she couldn't open. She showed it to her mother and stepfather, and they brought the computer to the police.
A search detected five deleted video files of child pornography, two of them showing Nicole and her father. In the spring of 2006, he was charged with a new crime—producing the videos—and he fled the country. At this point, the police didn't realize that Nicole's father had also distributed the images.
Months later, the police said they had no leads on her father, so Nicole went on television to ask the public for any tips that might help them find him. A police officer in Toronto involved in tracking child pornography around the world saw the broadcast and recognized Nicole as an older version of the girl in the notorious videos. The Toronto officer set off an alert that reached the police in Nicole's hometown, informing them that she was the victim in a major pornography-distribution case.
The alert brought the local detective to Nicole's house on that December day, to confirm that she was in fact the girl in the pictures that circulated around the globe. "It was the worst moment of my life," Nicole said of seeing the pictures of herself. "In a way, I didn't remember it being that bad with my father—and then I saw that it was. Knowing that other people, all over, had seen me like that, I just froze. I could hear my mother crying, but I couldn't cry."
Nicole's appearance on TV produced a tip that eventually led the police to arrest her father in Hong Kong. But by going public, she had inadvertently exposed her identity to thousands of men who for years had collected her images. On one Web site with an American flag design, on a thread that continued for four years, commenters described in detail the acts of rape and bondage Nicole had experienced. One called the videos "legendary." Another called her "an eager participant" because her father instructed her to smile and talk in the videos. "The fact remains that she is the most searched for, sought after and downloaded ever," a third commenter wrote. "There are hours of video out there. It's just too bad there are not more willing like her."
For Nicole, knowing that so many men have witnessed and taken pleasure from her abuse has been excruciating. "You have an image of yourself as a person, but here is this other image," she told me. "You know it's not true, but all those other people will believe that it's you—that this is who you really are."
Until the 1970s, magazines with titles like Lolita were rife with sexual images of minors and routinely sold alongside adult pornography at red-light bookstores. In 1978, Congress made child pornography illegal, and four years later, the Supreme Court upheld a state law banning its sale. The court's decision changed the market along with the law. "The commercial distributors started to go out of business," said Kenneth Lanning, a retired F.B.I. agent who consulted on child pornography cases for decades. For a time, distribution and production plummeted. But then came the Internet. By the mid- to late 1990s, Lanning said, "there was a way for people seeking it to find each other and send images."
A decade later, the Justice Department interviewed veteran experts like Lanning for a 2010 report, and concluded that "the market—in terms of numbers of offenders, images and victims"—was growing to a degree described as "overwhelming" and "exponential." In the early-Web year of 1994, only 61 defendants were sentenced in federal court for child-pornography offenses; in 2011, 1,880 were, a 30-fold increase. The federal definition of child pornography extends to young people up to age 18, but the 2010 report noted that it had become more common for images to involve young children, as well as violence and sadism.
Precise numbers of child-pornography viewers are hard to come by. Unicef estimates that there are at least hundreds of thousands of Web sites with child pornography worldwide. Child-pornography consumers are even more likely to swap with one another via hidden networks. Using a tool developed at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, in 2009, police have logged close to 22 million public I.P. addresses offering child-pornography pictures or videos via peer-to-peer file sharing, which allows users to download content from one computer to another; almost 10 million of the I.P. addresses were located in the United States. Many of the users shared only a single illegal image, perhaps downloaded inadvertently, but others offered collections of hundreds or thousands of pictures.
To gain access to a group of downloaders, a recent arrival may have to prove himself by delivering new material. Often this involves digitally altering an existing image, but in some cases, it can also mean seducing children to create new pictures to trade. The most desired series zoom around the Internet. "A lot of these guys have a collector's mentality," Lanning said. The pictures Nicole's father took became must-haves and went viral.
For Nicole, knowing that her photos were circulating was an unrelenting burden. It was hard to concentrate at school and hard to forge new friendships. She stayed close to just a few friends from her church. Her family is deeply Christian—"I've found comfort in my faith," she says—and she was home-schooled for a few years as a younger child. Her friends from church were the only ones she told about her father. "Everyone else I held at arm's length," she told me when we met this summer at her lawyer's office. Nicole speaks deliberately and carefully, and on that day she was wearing an outfit that matched her coral nail polish and perfectly applied makeup. "But other kids found out after my father was charged. I remember walking down the hallways and thinking I could hear people saying, 'There's the girl who was raped by her dad.'"
In her junior year, Nicole transferred to a community college with a program for students who wanted to earn an associate's degree while finishing high school. "At the time I'd have said I went for academic reasons, but looking back, it was also to isolate myself," she said.
Late that spring, Nicole got a series of messages on Myspace from a man who said he had been looking for her for five years. He asked, "Want me to come visit u?" When Nicole blocked him, he wrote to one of her friends on Myspace, telling her that Nicole was a "porn star"—and sending two images. "That's when I fully realized what it meant for these pictures to be out there," Nicole said. "I couldn't get away from it, not really. I started getting paranoid and having nightmares."
The man was arrested and went to prison, but Nicole couldn't avoid the knowledge that other men were still looking at the sexual photos of her young self. Later that year, she got a letter from the Victim Notification System at the Justice Department. Congress had passed a law in 2004 mandating that crime victims receive notice every time a suspect is arrested or has a court appearance. The letter was addressed to Nicole's mother and stepfather because she hadn't yet turned 18; it informed them that a man in California had been arrested for possessing a pornographic photo of her. "It just sat there on the counter for days," Nicole remembered. "We didn't really know where to put it." More arrests followed and more letters—piles of them. "We stacked them in a laundry basket in a walk-in closet so I wouldn't have to see them," Nicole said. "Then there were more baskets, and we had to move them to the garage. It was really hard for me. I was still scared of my father, but I knew him. These other people, they were strangers, and there were so many of them."
The piles of letters would eventually connect Nicole with another young woman who had also been abused and then lead them both to court. Back in April 1998, in one of the first investigations into Internet trafficking of child pornography, the F.B.I. started tracking an AOL user, with the handle HAZMAT029, who was posting on an AOL bulletin board service. HAZMAT029 sent 80 illegal pictures to another user, BMR169, along with e-mails that included the message: "do me a favor. get a peice [sic] of paper and wright HI HAZ on it and take a pic of her in nothing but stockings pulled down below her [genitals]." BMR169 e-mailed back pictures of a young girl, her shorts and underwear pulled to the side, sitting on a gray carpet in front of a wooden dresser. Next to her, a note read, "HI HAZ."
The F.B.I. traced BMR's AOL account to a suburban house in a small town, and in October of that year, a team of agents arrived with a search warrant. In a basement bedroom, they found the gray carpet and the dresser. They also seized a computer full of illegal images, including pictures that showed the same girl being forced to give oral sex and being raped. The man the F.B.I. suspected was BMR wasn't home, so the agents showed the face of the child in the photos to his wife and his adult son. Did they recognize the girl?
They did. As they spoke, one of the agents looked out the window of the house and saw the girl playing in the yard across the street. "It's something I'll never forget," he told me.
Amy, as she's called in the court documents, was BMR's 9-year-old niece. Shown sanitized versions of the pictures, Amy denied that her uncle had abused her. She said he told her she was special and took her to buy treats like beef jerky, and she didn't want anything bad to happen to him. "How is he?" she asked her parents in the weeks after his arrest. "Is he going to be mad at me?"
Over months of therapy, Amy began to talk about the abuse. "My mind has everything in it," she told her therapist, according to court records I read with her permission. She remembered her uncle trying to have sex with her—it hurt, and she pulled away. And she remembered, at his direction, chatting with men over the Internet about the photos he sent them.
Amy's uncle pleaded guilty to one count of rape and two counts of child sexual abuse in state court and was sentenced to the minimum for each one, adding up to 12½ years in prison. In federal court, he pleaded guilty to one count of production of child pornography and received a 12-year sentence. Amy's current lawyer, James Marsh, says her parents were told the state and federal penalties would run consecutively, but instead, her uncle was allowed to serve the two at the same time.
Amy was given a diagnosis of depression and post-traumatic stress disorder the year her uncle was sentenced, but she also asked to stop going to therapy—she told her parents that she didn't want to talk about the abuse anymore. Her mother, who worked in health care, and her father, a tradesman, blamed themselves for trusting Amy's uncle with her. For years Amy's mother barely spoke to Amy's aunt, who remained married to her husband, even though the sisters continued to live across the street from each other.
As Amy grew up, she tried to push aside what had happened to her. Every few months, in middle school and high school, her parents would ask if she wanted to talk about it, and each time she would say no. "I was always thinking about it, but I wasn't ready to deal with how I felt," she says now. Amy threw herself into her social life, going out and drinking in the hills behind her house. Even to the friends who knew, it almost seemed as if the abuse hadn't happened.
When she was 17, Amy received her first crime-victim notice from the Justice Department. "My mom said it was a mistake, because I was still a minor—the letter should have been addressed to her and my dad," she said. "But it had my name on it, and I never got mail, so I wanted to open it. My parents took me into their room and said we needed to have a talk." Amy's parents had never told her that her uncle had distributed images of her to other men. "It had been so long by then, eight years," she said. "They didn't know how to tell me."
Amy's parents took her to see Marsh, who had started the public-interest Children's Law Center in Washington. At their first meeting, he explained to Amy that the letters meant her pictures had been traded countless times online. "I just felt so full of shame," Amy said. "I started wondering, Has he looked at them? He said he hadn't, and that made me feel better. But then I thought, Who has?"
Marsh researched legal remedies for Amy. Combing through his casebooks, he found a provision in the Violence Against Women Act that he had never heard of before: it gave the victims of sex crimes, including child pornography, the right to restitution or compensation for the "full amount" of their losses. Enumerating what those losses could be, Congress listed psychiatric care, lost income and legal costs and concluded, "The issuance of a restitution order under this section is mandatory."
The provision for restitution, enacted in 1994, had yet to be invoked in a case of child-pornography possession. The basis for such a claim wasn't necessarily self-evident: how could Amy prove that her ongoing trauma was the fault of any one man who looked at her pictures, instead of her uncle, who abused her and made the pornography?
Marsh suggested that Amy see a forensic psychologist, Joyanna Silberg, who evaluated Amy and said she would need therapy throughout her life and could expect to work sporadically because of the likelihood of periodic setbacks. Silberg attributed these costs—Amy's damages—to her awareness of the ongoing downloading and viewing. "Usually, we try to help survivors of child sexual abuse make a very strong distinction between the past and the present," Silberg, who has given testimony on Amy's behalf for restitution hearings, told me. "The idea is to contain the harm: it happened then, and it's not happening anymore. But how do you do that when these images are still out there? The past is still the present, which turns the hallmarks of treatment on their head."
Marsh put together a lifetime claim for Amy totaling almost $3.4 million. With the crime notices arriving in the mail, Marsh started tracking men charged with possession of her pictures. He looked, in particular, for wealthy defendants. He planned to use the concept of joint and several liability to argue that each defendant should be on the hook for the full amount of his client's damages—that is, for millions of dollars. Joint and several liability is often used in pollution cases: when several companies dump toxic waste in a lake over time, a plaintiff can go after the company with the deepest pockets, and a judge can hold that single company responsible for the entire cost of the cleanup—with the understanding that it's up to that polluter to sue the others to pay their share.
In July 2008, Marsh learned about the arrest of Alan Hesketh, a former vice-president of Pfizer, who was charged with trading nearly 2,000 child-pornography photos online—among them four pictures of Amy. Marsh filed one of his first requests for restitution with the prosecution. Hesketh pleaded guilty, and his sentencing was scheduled for later that year.
At the time of the Hesketh case, Amy was struggling. She was 19 and living with her boyfriend. She had enrolled at a local community college, but she drank too much to concentrate on studying. The crime-victim notices had stirred up the past for her, and she wasn't in regular therapy. "The last class I went to, there was this PowerPoint slide, something about child sexual abuse, and I thought, I can't do this," she told me as she sat in her kitchen smoking a cigarette. "It just brought everything back." Amy dropped out after that, without telling her parents. "I told myself I would just take a year off," she continued. "But you know, statisticwise, once you leave school, the chances you'll finish go down about 80 percent."
Amy has a quick intelligence—she's a college dropout who can rattle off her own odds of going back—and asks lots of questions. She has focused her curiosity on the legal strategy that Marsh has pursued for her. When Hesketh was sentenced, Amy decided she would be there. "I kind of wanted to face my fear," she told me. She also wanted to prove a point: Hesketh was arguing, through his lawyer, that he had committed a victimless crime—a common defense in cases of child-pornography possession. "I thought, I want him to look at me and know that I'm not a picture; I'm a person," she said.
In a federal courthouse in Bridgeport, Conn., in October 2008, Amy sat on the opposite side of the courtroom from Hesketh's family. The judge opened the proceedings by acknowledging that there was a victim in the courtroom. Amy listened as Hesketh's grown children asked the judge for mercy for their father. "His kids kept saying he was the best grandfather ever," she said. "And I was like: 'But you know. You know what he did.'"
Then Hesketh took the stand. As Amy remembers it, he said, "I'm so sorry." Earlier, he said that "he hadn't hurt anyone," Amy told me. "Now he totally flipped around. I felt like I'd made an impact. It was like, 'He knows now.'"
Hesketh was sentenced to 6½ years. Four months later, in an unprecedented move, the judge advised Hesketh to settle the restitution claim and he agreed to pay $130,000.
Not long after, Amy found out she was pregnant. She wasn't sorry—at the time she had faith in her boyfriend, whom she had told about the abuse and the photos. But he was a heroin user and dealer, and he went to jail two months after their son was born. Amy started seeing another man who she says had a jealous streak and broke her nose, twice. He also broke her infant son's leg, she told me. She took the blame when he threatened her, and she had to give up custody to her mother for six months.
As she recalled this time in her life, she took out her phone and scrolled through her photos until she found a close-up of her beaten face: lip split, one eye half-closed, nose swollen and cheek yellow with bruises. The young woman next to me had clear skin and bright eyes, and I had just watched her charm a police officer into calling us a cab. The girl in the photo was expressionless.
Amy stared at the picture on her phone. "That was my normal," she said.
Six months after Hesketh's sentencing, Marsh went after another child-pornography defendant, Arthur Staples, a 65-year-old sheriff's deputy in Virginia, who had chatted online with an undercover detective and expressed an interest in young children. Staples sent one image of a young girl (not Amy), and he was caught with more than 600 pictures on his computer, including hers. Staples agreed not to appeal any sentence or restitution judgment. The judge sentenced him to 17½ years, and made the unusual move of ordering him to pay all of Amy's claim. To Marsh's surprise, Staples turned out to have $2 million in assets. He has since paid $1.2 million to Amy. (Marsh says the government let Staples's wife keep part of the estate.) While Amy has been turned down for restitution by some courts, which have stated that there was not enough proof that any one man who viewed her pictures was responsible for the harm she has suffered, she has won more than 150 cases, totaling $1.6 million. Most of the amounts aren't large: $1,000 or even $100, paid out in checks as small as $7.33.
Nicole has also been pursuing restitution. Her lawyer, Carol Hepburn, did her own research and got in touch with Marsh when she learned about the claims he was bringing for Amy. The two lawyers now collaborate on ideas and strategy, though they represent their clients separately. Since receiving her first check for $10,000, Nicole has collected more than $550,000, mostly in small amounts from 204 different men. So far only a few other child-pornography victims have gone to court for restitution. Many may not know there is a legal remedy; others don't know their images have circulated.
The restitution checks gave Nicole a lift when they started to trickle in, but, like Amy, she had trouble with the transition into adulthood. In the fall of 2008, Nicole was attending a one-year bible college and working at an ice-cream shop. At work she felt increasingly self-conscious around male customers. Had they seen her pictures? Were they like the man who stalked her on Myspace—were any of them coming to the store because they knew? That spring, Nicole testified at her father's sentencing. She asked the judge to give him a long punishment, and her father was sent to prison for 50 years. Her roommates, one of whom was a friend from her childhood church, supported her. "But I didn't have a counselor there, and that was tough," she said. "I called my parents and said: 'I have to quit my job, and I need to come home. I feel like I'm going crazy.'"
During her first few weeks at home, Nicole slept all day in her childhood bedroom and stayed up late watching sitcoms like Sabrina and The Nanny. Finally, she started counseling and was able to get a job doing administrative work at a nuclear-waste site. That June, she testified at the sentencing hearing of four child-pornography defendants caught with her images, hoping to gather strength from speaking out. Instead, the experience made her feel exposed.
More than a year later, in the fall of 2010, she left for a four-year college away from home. She was worried about being on her own, but she wanted to try. "I push myself," she told me. "I don't like to say something is too much for me." Like Amy, however, she took a psychology course, about child development, that brought up unbearable memories. During lectures, she began going blank. "All of a sudden class would be over, and I would be like, 'What happened?'" she said. She started skipping class for fear of continuing to disassociate.
Nicole, who wasn't in counseling at the time, failed all but two of her courses that spring. "I just totally broke down," she said. "I'd come home and sit in the same position and stare into space, and then I'd look at the clock, and it was six hours later." Nicole talked about this period of her life with Hepburn and me over dinner one night last summer. She showed us a tattoo on her right wrist: a heart sheltered by wings that she got after her father's sentencing. She also learned to make tattoos, and she took out her phone to show us a picture of the first one she created, an anchor with a rope curled around it. "My cousin is a tattoo artist, and he taught me," she said. "We grew up together, and he was a very easy person to hang out with during that bad time. I'd go over to his place, and he'd be drawing, and he said, 'You're into design, you could do this.' When I tried I felt this release of emotions. We started drawing for hours to music—Tom Petty, Cake, everything. You have to learn how to go smoothly and keep the same pressure on the line the whole time. I drew anchors over and over again on grapefruit. I'd been numb for months, and now I could feel again. I actually felt joy."
In the fall of 2011, Nicole transferred to a campus closer to her family. She made her way through her course work by avoiding subject matter that upset her and by allowing for her own limitations. "I had to accept that, because I have this extra stressor, I get overwhelmed by things that other people can do," she said.
Nicole decided to spare herself going to court, so she wasn't in El Paso, in September 2011, for the sentencing of Luis Enriquez-Alonso, a student at the University of Texas. He agreed to plead guilty after being caught with thousands of illegal videos and images, including Nicole's, on his computer. At the hearing, Enriquez-Alonso and his parents listened while the prosecutor read into the record a statement Nicole wrote about what it is like to know men are looking at her pictures: "After all these years and going to different counselors, I still haven't learned the trick to let my mind rest," Nicole wrote. "When I do sleep, my dreams are vivid and I remember them for weeks. A common theme is finding myself naked in front of a crowd of people or in an enclosed space and I can't escape or run away fast enough."
That day, without a court order, Enriquez-Alonso's family handed over a check for $150,000, along with an expression of remorse. "That really touched me," Nicole said, "that his family wanted to make sure that I was taken care of, that I could get all the counseling I need. Most of the time when I get restitution, there's no story behind it. I feel like they're forced to give the money. In this case, they wanted to do it, and there were words behind it, kind words." Enriquez-Alonso, who faced a maximum of 10 years in prison, is serving 5.
Study after study links child sexual abuse to psychological trauma, addiction and violent relationships in adulthood. There is almost no research, however, that deals with the specifics of Amy and Nicole's experiences: What additional harm comes from knowing that pictures of your childhood exploitation are circulating widely?
The Supreme Court actually addressed this question in its 1982 decision upholding child-pornography bans. "Pornography poses an even greater threat to the child victim than does sexual abuse or prostitution," Justice Byron White wrote, quoting from a book about abused children. "Because the child's actions are reduced to a recording, the pornography may haunt him in future years, long after the original misdeed took place."
David Finkelhor, a sociologist who directs the Crimes Against Children Research Center at the University of New Hampshire, sees the moral weight of the Supreme Court's proclamation, but not the empirical proof. "The evidence doesn't yet tell us to what extent the experience of being a pornography victim aggravates the experience of the sexual abuse itself," he told me. "How do you separate it out?"
Courts have disagreed on this question. In at least a dozen cases, defendants have appealed restitution decisions and mostly won. In five of those cases, federal appeals courts have expressed skepticism that Amy and Nicole should receive more than nominal restitution. Two other appeals courts have allowed the young women to recover from individual defendants as members of the group of viewers but, so far, only for amounts of $10,000 or less. (Amy collected a far greater sum from Arthur Staples because he waived his right to appeal.)
Last spring, the legal battle was focused on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, which covers Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi. One panel of three judges upheld full restitution to Amy of millions of dollars from a Texas man. Based on that decision, a second three-judge panel affirmed a separate $529,000 restitution order for Amy against a New Orleans defendant, but voiced its fundamental disagreement with the original ruling. To address the dispute, 15 Fifth Circuit judges gathered last May for a hearing in New Orleans. James Marsh and Carol Hepburn were there along with Amy; Nicole chose not to go. Amy knew this was the most significant hearing to date, and she wanted to show the judges that she was real, just as she had shown Alan Hesketh.
At the lectern to argue her side was Paul G. Cassell, a former federal judge who teaches law at the University of Utah. Cassell is a staunch conservative (he challenged the right to a Miranda warning before the Supreme Court), and Marsh and Hepburn, both Democrats, were surprised at first to be allied with him. But as a leading advocate for victims' rights, Cassell sees in Amy's claims a chance to lay the groundwork for broader change.
For 30 years, the victims'-rights movement has fought for a larger role for victims in criminal prosecutions. Victims have gained the right to make statements in court about the impact a crime has had on them, which judges can take into account in determining punishment. Restitution remains an ambitious next step. The standard context is crime involving financial loss—a bank robber ordered to return stolen money to the bank or an embezzler who must repay the employer he defrauded. Cassell sees Amy and Nicole's cases as a route to expand the idea. "I'd like to pursue the concept of total restitution for all victims, for whatever crimes and losses a defendant has caused," Cassell told me. "This is a good opportunity to show how it can work."
In the courtroom, Cassell linked the defendants to the network for child-pornography distribution. "What the defendants have done is collect images of an 8-year-old girl being bound, raped and sodomized," he said. "If you participate in a market, you become responsible for that market." The lawyer for the New Orleans defendant disagreed. She argued that there was no proof that her client, in particular, had harmed Amy—no way to show that his viewing of her images caused damage. She also called the restitution order for $529,000 "grossly disproportionate to his culpability relative to other people who have abused Amy."
Michael Rotker, the lawyer for the department, told the court that the problem with the restitution awards was that there was no statutory authority for joint and several liability—nothing in the law, as Congress wrote it, which allowed a victim to recover a large award from one defendant who could then seek to recoup those losses by suing other defendants. Instead, Rotker argued, each defendant could be held responsible only for a small and roughly equal fraction of the whole. He offered this hypothetical example: if 200 men were convicted of possessing Amy's images, and her claim for damages totaled $3 million, then a judge would have discretion to order a defendant to pay restitution of $15,000 to $30,000.
As the lawyers spoke, Amy's eyes filled with tears. "Some of it was hard to listen to," she told me later. "But my therapist said to think of it as a store, with different compartments you can take out and put back. She said, 'When you were a little girl, you had to compartmentalize to deal with everything you went through.' So I can still do that now, and sometimes it's good, I guess."
At one point in the proceedings, Judge Emilio Garza stopped Cassell, not to challenge him, but to pick up on his theme. "It seems to me that we're in this brave new world, where not only was there an actual rape, but I'm going to suggest to you there is a continuing digitized rape," the judge said. "Possession of the digitized recording of the rape contributes to the system, contributes to the economic benefit of those who produced this thing."
The judges would not announce their decision for several months, but at the end of the hearing, Amy focused on what Garza said that day. "To hear that from a judge—I couldn't believe it," she told me. "It was so relieving. It was like he really got it. He understood."
Just six weeks after Amy got home from New Orleans, her uncle was released from prison after completing his concurrent 12-year sentences. Amy says she was greatly relieved when her aunt told her that she wouldn't allow him in the house. Instead, he was paroled nearby. When Marsh texted to give her the address, Amy happened to be only a few blocks from it. "I almost dropped the phone," she said. "Oh, my God, it was just so weird. I thought, He's got binoculars, he's looking for me. I thought the worst." Marsh reminded her that if her uncle contacted her, he would go back to prison. And also that she was an adult now and safe from her uncle's [abusiveness toward children].
Last month, while standing in line at Wal-Mart with her brother and a friend, Amy saw a man who she thought was her uncle looking at her. "I wasn't positive because I haven't seen him for so long," she said. "But as soon as I made eye contact, I didn't breathe." Was she being paranoid? She couldn't tell. The man seemed to follow them out of the store. As they got into her car, the man stopped to light a cigarette, and she thought he was staring at them. "It was very, very scary," she said.
Today, a sentence like the one Amy's uncle received—with no additional prison time for a federal conviction for pornography production and distribution—is extremely rare. The penalties for distributing or receiving pornography have become harsher. Receiving one illegal photo carries a mandatory minimum penalty of five years. The number of images a defendant downloads increases the punishment, as does his use of a computer. Now that large volumes of data stream with a click, the average recommended prison term for possession has jumped to 10 years, even if a defendant has no criminal record and there is no evidence that he produced or distributed porn. Because some child sexual abuse cases still end in relatively low penalties in state court, there's a paradox: defendants who look at sexual pictures of children can spend more years in prison than people who abuse children but don't have pornography of them.
The United States Sentencing Commission held hearings last February to discuss whether the punishment for child-pornography offenders has become both disproportionate and unfair—with people who committed similar crimes receiving vastly different penalties, based on the subjective decisions of judges. Restitution was discussed even though the prevailing view is that technically it isn't considered part of punishment. Its purpose is to "make the victim whole," as the legal phrase goes. "Simply put, an innocent victim should not suffer financial losses from a crime—the defendant should make good on those losses," Cassell said.
But Douglas Berman, an Ohio State University law professor who writes a frequently cited blog about sentencing, argues that the commission could rethink the role of restitution. In some cases, restitution could be considered commensurate to prison time—and courts could recommend shorter sentences for child-pornography collectors who agree to compensate victims based on their ability to pay. Berman thinks the key to making this leap is adopting the point of view of the victim. "Victims are shrewder than most prosecutors about the diminishing returns of long incarceration," he said. "They want perpetrators to serve some time. They want these men's lives disrupted, and they want the deterrence that helps protect other people. But they're often wise enough to realize that there's not much gain in deterrence from a 5 or 10 year sentence to 15 years. If victims are saying that restitution is as, or more, important to them than five extra years, I very much think the sentencing commission and Congress should listen."
When I asked Amy about such a trade-off, she supported it. Nicole had mixed feelings: she liked the idea of greater incentives for restitution, but she wasn't sure about giving up longer punishments, given how easy it would be for someone to leave prison and go back to downloading child pornography. Cassell says that using restitution in this way could have value. "If it makes the perpetrators internalize how they've hurt the victims—if it makes them see there are real victims—then you deter them from doing this again when they get out," he said.
Berman also favors a proposal that has been discussed at the Justice Department: a general compensation fund that would systematically collect restitution from child-pornography offenders and pay it out to victims like Amy and Nicole based on the harm they suffered and the costs they've incurred because of it. A compensation fund could give more victims the financial means to put their lives back together. And it could force more defendants to reckon with the children in the pictures and with their own role in supporting a market that depends on abuse.
Restitution has allowed Amy and Nicole to get the counseling they need, but receiving large sums can be complicated. When Amy received her $130,000 check from Alan Hesketh, she went on shopping sprees at the mall, splurging at stores like Abercrombie & Fitch. She had never been able to earn a steady paycheck, and the money was a sudden windfall. By the time the $1.2 million check came last spring, she was more considered. She didn't want to stand out in her small town. Last summer, she bought a modest three-bedroom house a few miles from her childhood home, where her mother and brothers still live.
Amy has also discovered that she likes giving money away—to her mother for a new deck, to a close friend who wanted kitchen cabinets she couldn't otherwise afford. It's her way of dealing with the discomfort of having resources that people around her don't and repaying those who helped her along the way.
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2023.03.26 21:16 HiltonHuxley Ammonoids At Union Wash, California

Ammonoids At Union Wash, California
Union Wash, California, "248 million year old fossils in the shadows of Mt. Whitney", a bit east of Lone Pine, CA. You can actually plug the locale right into Google Maps / GPS.
I know quite a bit about the location and its geological history from this hugely informative site:
Attached are some pics of stuff I found on a recent trip.
I think...cross referencing w/ Inyo Coffee Cup...that these might be "impressions" of Ammonoids?
They look fragmented because i broke them out of larger sections of limestone I didn't feel like lugging.
The second picture -- I don't know what this is -- is it a fossil? Or just a cool marking on a rock?
Let me know your thoughts / if you think my estimation is accurate!
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2023.03.26 21:10 sambrojangles Liquidity: A note from the Fed

Listen up mere mortals. If you've been living under a rock like most poors do and aren't aware, the amount of liqudity that has been created over the past couple weeks is cerifiably maniacal. It made me say dammmmmmmmmmnnnnn, but mainly because a dam had to be built to control all of this overflowing liquiddddddd. Oh? What was that? You don't know what liquidity is? You're smooth feeble brain needs a reminder on why the US financial system was formed by Zeus and the other greek gods themselves? You don't know why Jerome Powell exudes pure liquid with everything he touches and makes Cardi B's WAP look like the sahara desert? I would not expect anything less from a poor like you.
Let me remind you that you wouldn't even be able to participate in the stock market if it wasn't for us immortal overlords. And by overlords I mean that hunk Jerome Powell and that sexy market maker Kenneth Griffin. Market makers straight fuck and don't have to abide by these mortal laws. These exemptions are what make the world flow. These exemptions create so much liquidity that I hope you took swimming lessons when you were a little shitling. Oh you want a share? Well good thing my all encompassing god like powers can give it to you instantly. Let me just internalize that shit. Oh you're mad that it isn't a real share? Well let me remind you that if I wanted to give you an actual share I could reasonably locate one. I just don't want to yet. I sell things to people I don't own in the name of liquidity. You see, with my fucking divine intellect, I have counter-parties with options contracts for the stock you want, so fuck yea that sounds pretty fucking reasonable to me. Oh you think I'm just naked shorting? Typical poors. I gave you a promise. A promise to deliver a share that I found, no one else did, it was me. Oh that failure to deliver data? Its wrong. Wrong wrong wrong. Its called a glitch. I found those shares later and gave it to the buyer. Its called settlement and just takes a while sometimes. But I wouldn't expect you to know about such complex financial vocabulary. Why don't you go cry to your transfer agent. You want your name on your shares? Ha, you make me laugh. If you were smart you would want my autograph on your shares. My street name gets massive street cred out there. If they're in my name everyone will want to borrow your shares and I'll fucking lend them out for a brobdingnagian fee because im smarter than you. No you won't get any of the fees, I'm the one that let you buy shares in the first place. Why would I need to lend your shares out? Wow, what a dumb question. Other than making fuck tons of money off of things that are fake and I don't actually own, my fuck buddies in the repo market need shares too and this obviously creates liquidity for them. Yea that's right I have sex. And don't be alarmed I only do business with people you can trust. Your lent out fake shares are in good hands. And my counter-parties only lend your shares out to people who you can trust too. not just anyone can walk into the repo market. And if you're worried about how many times people reuse your securities then you’re being paranoid. It's completely safe.
Oh? That doesn't sound safe and could lead to a global depression? Well let me remind you that you're poor. And stupid. If it was unsafe there would be more bank failures. Oh? What was that? Silicon valley bank, signature bank, first republic bank, credit suisse, melvin capital? Those were just anomalies. In case you haven't heard there's something called liquidity that other banks can give them to save them. No not borrowing you pompous dump of shit. Spell it with me: l I q u I d I t y. And it's instant. Fucking instant, with absolutely no hidden repercussions. All the financial institutions are fine now. You know why? Spoiler alert, it's what I just talked about. Liquidity. charles schwab assured me they were fucking liquid. Ubs is fucking liquid, that's why they bought credit suisse. The whole fucking country of switzerland is so fucking liquid that theres a flash flood warning for the rest of europe. They're actually worried that switzerland is so fucking liquid that it's going to spillover into the mediterranean sea and accelerate global warming. But don’t just take my word for it because I’m always right. Go take a look. Go take a gander. What you’ll find is something so divine it can’t be described with words. You see, some time ago following the 2008 financial crisis, Daddy Powell took a fiber optic cable and shoved it up his ass. But not just one, one for every central bank in the world. And then on the other side, all the central bank owners put the other end of that fiber optic cable in their ass. And you may be wondering why. Well you see, this wasn’t just the biggest brain move in the history of banking, this solved banking. Because now every central bank had instant access to daddy Powells infinite liquidity. INSTANT. FUCKING INSTANT. NO ONE CAN FAIL NOW. INSTANT FUCKING MONEY STRAIGHT OFF THE PRESS. So tell me now you poor poor child, how could anything go wrong. We're in a bull market now.
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2023.03.26 20:23 cosmogoblin Fictional version of our world where everybody can teleport at will

This is my first post to worldbuilding, so constructive criticism is welcome.
The world is modern Earth, but every human can teleport. I've considered how this would impact various aspects of society, and will add more as I write them. My main reason for posting is that I would like to write a novel, but don't have the patience, so I expressly give anybody permission to use my work to create something bigger (novel, RPG, etc) - I'd love to read it!
Basic summary
Everybody can teleport freely. This has been the case for all of human history.
How teleportation works
Teleportation applies only to the person - nothing they're touching. During teleport a person finds a region of low density - air - to swap places with. Teleporting takes energy proportional to the mass at the destination. This isn't generally a problem, but it makes it nigh impossible to teleport into solid or liquid objects. Rain is barely more dense than dry air, with no noticeable increase in difficulty. A typical healthy adult can teleport 20-30 times a day without becoming overly tired.
Teleporting does not produce cool Hollywood-style effects. There is no sound, and a person simply appears or disappears. If they teleport into an area with something in the air, such as rain or dust, this will be transported to where they were, and teleporting into wind can leave a brief gust in your absence. It is generally assumed that travel by teleportation occurs at the speed of light, and modern high-framerate cameras have confirmed this to within 0.01%, but only for distances up to about 8 kilometres (after that, the horizon becomes a problem). This, however, is just the time between disappearing and reappearing elsewhere; in practice it takes several seconds of preparation time.
Travel companies
Travel companies are nothing like what they are today. Transport is essentially for freight only, and the equivalent of commercial airlines or train lines are for luggage to be sent on ahead of a planned teleport, and collected or delivered at the other end. Holiday homes as such are rare, but wealthy people may have small rooms, wardrobes essentially, dotted around the world. Every major town and city has a few designated teleport pads, large open spaces with a soft-play surface and absolutely no structures, even temporary ones.
Clothing and accessories
Since clothes don't teleport, clothing is a status symbol. To wear fancy clothes means you don't need to travel far, you have private transport, or you have access to high-quality clothing at your destination; therefore quality clothing is worn by the wealthy to show off their status, and many people do not wear clothes as a matter of course; this means human population density is much higher in warmer regions, with colder regions having wealthy people and those who need to work there (e.g. scientists and miners). Less wealthy people who wear clothes are typically very near where they live, including those who have chosen not to interact with the world (e.g. shut-ins). Travel companies offer clothing for rent (and disposable underwear) at destination hubs; most would rent bog-standard clothing, often only for a few hours. Millions of parents tire of telling their children to put their clothes neatly away, instead of just teleporting out of them. Like clothing, jewelery and make-up are rare, and tattoos almost unheard of, but scarification and branding are common (though far from universal). These are often used to aid identification of individuals or group membership, both voluntarily and as a criminal punishment. Plastic surgery is difficult, and injuries that require stitches or casts make teleporting problematic; people often take a week or two off work to recover from relatively minor wounds. On the other hand, wounds don't often get infected, as before an infection takes hold, a teleport a few metres away can clean the wound very effectively.
Prisons don't exist. Physical security to prevent theft boils down to preventing people from retrieving items; a locked door won't stop somebody getting in, but a lockbox too small for a human to fit in might. Physical security that prevents people getting out is more common. Some secure rooms contain noxious gases, either continuously or triggered by movement sensors. But why do people steal? To make use of an item. A furniture shop, with sofas and beds, will be significantly different.
These days, physical theft is less of a problem than information theft. Patents are really the only aspect of our intellectual property laws that took off here; anybody can teleport into your office and read your notes, but they can't legally use them if they're subject to patents. Patent law is far stronger here than in our world.
Murder is at once easier and more difficult than in our world. If a person wants another dead, they can teleport into their bedroom while they sleep and catch them unawares; but they cannot bring a weapon, and will have to rely on their wits. Guns can't be brought in; strangulation is possible, but the victim will almost always wake up and teleport away. Attempted murder, on the other hand, is a lot more common, and you can't replicate what they do on cop shows, asking neighbours if they saw somebody approaching the house. With evidence harder to come by, the deterrent is extreme: if convicted of either murder or attempted murder, the penalty is death. Official and private bounty hunters track convicts down and carry out the punishment themselves, and the hardest part is often taking the body to a law enforcement station to claim their prize.
Teleportation education
Everybody needs to learn to teleport. Babies cannot, and so new parents are quite restricted, especially without the consumer-level travel networks our world has. Toddlers can be very annoying if they start teleporting before learning how to control it. An understanding of the destination is required for accurate teleportation; geography lessons are typically compulsory up to school leaving age, and teleportation lessons include:
Basic instruction:
Mid-level instruction:
Advanced instruction:
Technical details of teleporting
Only humans can teleport. Scientists and priests have pondered this for centuries. Many religious people and organisations believe this is a unique gift from God; but scientists have been trying for years to break it down and figure out exactly what it is that provides this ability. If it can be understood, and then replicated, it may be possible to create teleporters for inanimate objects, truly ushering in a post-scarcity future. But while many theories have been proposed, none have stood up to scrutiny for very long. That said, teleportation research is still a potentially lucrative career path, given the reward to humanity if the problem is solved, and billions are poured into this every year.
Teleportation takes energy, which comes from the individual's personal reserves of chemical energy. Most scientists currently believe each cell provides the energy to teleport itself, although given that not all of a human body is made of cells with energy reserves, this is clearly an incomplete theory and research is ongoing.
Some energy is required simply to teleport, around 100 J per kilogram of body mass. A change in height adds further energy on top of the base, equal to the change in gravitational potential energy: 1 J per metre change per kilogram. Curiously this amount is paid whether moving up or down, and scientists are still unclear where the energy goes when moving downward. For a 70 kg person, this works out to 7,000 J plus 700 J per vertical metre. Teleporting three floors up or down is about 14,000 J, or 3.3 kcal. The additional cost is zero when teleporting elsewhere on the same geodesic, even to the other side of the planet. This means it is easier to teleport to the same height on the other side of the world than it is to teleport upstairs in your own house, and most children understand geodesics by about age 13.
A large height change at once is very taxing. 100 metres is 18 kcal, 1 kilometre is 168 kcal, and the formal edge of the atmosphere, 100 kilometres, is almost 17,000 kcal - one week's recommended caloric intake. While teleporting is banned in most sports, athletics competitions include teleportation events in speed, accuracy and height. The best telethletes can teleport in just under a second (a typical person takes about five seconds), hit a target within 1 centimetre (typical 0.5-1 metre), and travel 1.5 kilometres vertically (typical 50 metres), though post-event recuperation can take a week or so. Recovering from one teleport and preparing for the next takes most people a few minutes, but some practised people can be much faster; the world record from sea-level to the top of Everest is 18 seconds in 6 jumps.
To teleport somewhere, it is critical to know the area. Telethletes' 1 cm accuracy is only achieved with line of sight, and they will study the area before the event. Ordinary people can achieve an accuracy better than 5 cm with somewhere they know very well, like their home or workplace. Major teleport pads are very large, and incoming travellers are cleared off of them immediately. Fortunately, teleporting into solid objects is essentially impossible due to the energy required. People "feel" the area before teleporting, and adjust their aim; schools (and parents) teach children to try teleporting into the ground, and aim gradually higher until they can do it. Aim too high however, and you'll teleport into mid-air. Serious teleport injuries are uncommon, but "teleport knee" is a frequent medical complaint, despite PSA campaigns like "Travelling? Relax!" and "Going on vacation? Bend your knees before you put your feet up!" Another complication is that a person's orientation doesn't change during teleportation, meaning that long-distance travel can leave you lying sideways. Experienced travellers can estimate the destination of others by looking at the angle they tilt their body to before travelling, and compasses and latitude/longitude/elevation markings are as common in public places as clocks.
Travel companies take pains to make their location as clear as possible, and expect (but can't enforce) travellers to book in advance. Since many people opt to go to a teleport hub before travelling long-distance, hubs have large waiting/meeting rooms, and scale models of people at different angles with their city on a sign above them. On the other hand, secure locations like bank vaults are often built at a different elevation and/or angle from the rest of the floor. Rumours that the floors are made of fragile glass with a substantial fall below remain unconfirmed.
Children learn early on that while teleporting can change your location, it can't change your velocity. A person who falls from a large height must teleport to the ground immediately, before their speed becomes too great. Some people set up a crash mat in their home, and practise teleporting onto it with precision, "just in case".
Health problems affect the ability to teleport. Mechanical implants, such as pacemakers or artificial legs, don't go with you; biological implants do, and research is ongoing into producing biological implants for all disabilities. Wheelchairs don't go with you, but can be hired from travel companies. These are not a problem for the ultra-rich who can take private transport; and indeed, being able to spend hours or days travelling is a sign of wealth.
Trade and commerce
This is not a post-scarcity world. For one, there are still limited resources, and they can't be teleported, so logistics problems still exist. And for another, post-scarcity implies that things that are not scarce now were in the past. To the extent that it could be called post-scarcity by us, these people have always lived like this; teleportation has been common throughout human history.
Important infrastructure facilities are guarded much more heavily than they are in our world. A power station will have hundreds of guards, armed with lethal and non-lethal weaponry. The kind of alarm that James Bond might set off is useless if intruders can just teleport away, so instant response is called for. Many such facilities have no front door, though of course they have loading doors for cargo.
Rail is the dominant means of overland transport, and cargo ships over the sea. Private land and sea vehicles are luxury or enthusiast goods, and road infrastructure is primarily pedestrian and cycle paths in major cities, with private taxis from local teleport hubs. People don't commute to work; if they wear clothes at work, they teleport into the changing rooms.
Money exists, and operates much as it does for us. But notes and coins are almost unheard of today. Valuable goods have to be transported physically, but few use precious metals and gems as cash. Money is controlled by centralised banks, and accessed via password.
Historically this came with various problems, and meant trade was almost as limited as it was in our world until recently. In the past, local trade typically used local city-state currency, but trading beyond walking range was as difficult with teleportation as it was in our world without it.
With the advent of global computer systems, people could memorise their usernames and passwords. Of course this meant people would have far fewer unique passwords than we do, and scams were common. Most people now use fingerprints or iris scanners, and recovery of a lost bank account is an arduous process.
Resources being in fixed locations, and transport being needed for them, means wars are still a thing. These are curious affairs for residents of our world. Military intelligence is everything. Location on the battlefield is still important, but far less so; a soldier can dodge a bullet as long as they see - or hear - it coming. If you don't take out the enemy with the first bullet, they'll be gone by the time you fire the second. Standard infantry with weapons can be outflanked without warning. A common sight on the battlefield, today and for thousands of years, is a squad of armed soldiers advancing on the enemy, suddenly being beaten and strangled by naked assassins. Point-to-point unarmed strikers are the equivalent of today's marines or yesteryear's ninjas or assassins, and can teleport with a precision of a couple of centimetres. Given the inability to take communications devices with them, strikers rely heavily on intelligence: distance and aerial reconnaissance outdoors, and spotters for enemy bases, who will teleport into a location, quickly memorise their surroundings, and return and relay the information to their comrades. If strikers are the elite, then spotters are the elite of the elite; the skills and training that go into a good spotter mean they rarely risk joining the active assault, and few striker teams have more than one spotter. Other strikers can take on the role if needed but will usually be less effective.
Since there are effectively no nation-states, nation-states don't go to war. Wars are usually carried out between different factions, such as Communities of Interest (see "Political structures" below). Standing armies as described above do exist, but are only a small part of war. Perhaps the most important part is political assassinations. A person designated at-risk by the Assemblies (see below), or a paranoid person with lots of money, will always have armed bodyguards ready to shoot to kill, even watching over them while they sleep.
Political structures
Countries don't exist, or at least not in the way we're used to. Borders can control property, but not people, and it makes little sense for a person to obey a specific set of laws just because they tend to sleep in a specific geographical region. Government is closer to a one-world affair. Rather than communities of geography, people are grouped into Communities of Interest. Each person declares themself to one Community (almost nobody chooses not to); they can change Community at any time, except during the year before the five-yearly election. Communities can be created by anybody, and organise themselves however they like, but they only have any real global power if they have membership of at least 100,000. The election is a simple count of the membership of each Community; for every 100,000 people in a Community, that Community gets one representative in the Junior Assembly (currently 110,000 representatives). Likewise, Junior Representatives form themselves into Coalitions, and for every 100 Junior Representatives in a Coalition, they send one representative to the Senior Assembly (currently numbering 800). Roughly 50 from the Senior Assembly form the Executive Committee to formulate policy, but a majority vote in the Senior Assembly is required to enact legislation. This system has existed in something resembling its present form for thousands of years, and its origins are lost to time.
An exact count of Communities of Interest is not possible due to their fluidity, but political journalists commonly quote half a million. These can include major blocks of tens of millions of people based on religion or broad political principles, special interest communities and single-issue groups with hundreds of thousands of members, minor subcultures with a few hundred people who consider their subculture more important personally than their broader political beliefs, all the way down to families, friendship groups, or even "communities" of one. Only about 12,000 Communities of Interest currently have representation in the Junior Assembly, and while this includes 85% of people, a so-called "direct rep" - a member of the Senior Assembly who is from your Community (rather than just your Community's Coalition) - is the privilege of just 12% of the global population.
There are always some "non-participatory" Communities - those who, due to political indifference, political hostility, or downright apathy, join a Community with the explicit goal of not participating. There are usually a fairly large number of such Communities, each with very small membership; but occasionally one of these can grow to the level of Junior Representation. This most recently happened in 1959, when anger over economic inequality gained the "Just Piss Off" Community 25,000 Junior and 25 Senior Representatives. They dwindled to two Seniors by the next election, and zero thereafter, but their influence is still hotly debated by journalists and political scientists.
There is no single individual at the top. The Senior Assembly forms committees with a specific purpose, and each committee elects a president from their number, but they have little specific power and their position is dissolved when the committee's work concludes. A committee president will generally be the public face of the committee, appearing in public to explain their work, but they have just their own vote during committee meetings. Committees may be a small number of Senior Representatives, but may also invite Junior Representatives and non-Representative experts and members of the public; such people have the same amount of formal power within the committee as the Senior Representatives.
Food and other essentials
Many industries are nationalised. This is not the correct word in a world without nations; the word they use is "Assembled", much to the chagrin of linguists. In particular, food and water are Assembled. These are the only goods which can be taken by a teleporter (provided they consume them first), and it is simply not possible to carry out food production for profit, nor to not carry out food production. Workers in the food and drink industries are paid by the Assembly, and very little food is distributed; people come and take what they want. Food distribution is reserved for restaurants, pubs, and special occasions, and here, payment is primarily for delivery.
The type of food produced is dictated by a standing Committee, based on voting by the Junior Assembly. This gives everybody with a Junior Representative the opportunity to lobby for an increase in production of their preferred food, and many food companies - and in particular, alcoholic drinks companies - have their own Community of Interest with substantial Junior Representation.
I mentioned linguists earlier. Language is a lot easier here. Humans, it is thought, have been able to teleport at least as long as they've had spoken language, and certainly longer than written language. As such there is effectively just one language, although people still tend to live in a particular region, and distinct dialects exist. Still, just about everybody on the planet can understand everybody else. Language evolves over time, and it is unlikely a time traveller from a thousand years ago would get on so easily. That said, they'd have a better time with written communication. Writing is pictographic; broadly, each concept has a glyph to represent it, and diacritics to add nuance. Liberal use of diacritics is commonly seen as a sign of a good education, and a complete lack of diacritics is perceived as crude and vulgar. Other written forms do exist from ancient times, and the written language of today is assumed to have developed as the human population rose, and relatively isolated cultures encountered each other more frequently.
Separate written languages have emerged in recent centuries to express mathematics and science. This was particularly important in early chemistry, as a single distinct glyph for each chemical name quickly become unwieldy. Modern mathematicians and scientists are essentially bilingual, and have developed their own form of non-scientific written communication using scientific symbols. These symbols number only about 200, many originating as chemical elements, and scientific writing is not only unintelligible to the untrained, but also significantly longer; a page of normal writing using glyphs and diacritics, translated into scientific notation, could easily run to twenty pages. Schoolchildren learn the basics of scientific notation, but only those who take advanced scientific study will become fluent.
A BRIEF NOTE: I am not a bigot. Or at least, I think I'm not; I try not to be. Many people believe in a god, and many people don't, and what I'm describing here is one version of my imagined historical revision based on a world with teleportation. I'm not an expert in any faith, even my own, and there are surely many errors in my historical understanding. The increased or decreased prevalence of a religion in this fictional world is in no way an indication that I think this SHOULD happen; I do not. If you don't like what you read, don't use it. I don't mean to cause any offense, and I apologise if I do.
Religions, as mentioned, exist. There is little difference from our own world in the desire for faith, although there are differences in how religions came about. Monotheism is less common, with many monotheists believing in a divine spirit of the universe rather than a specific individual God. Eastern Dharmic beliefs and Western esotericism have been more popular, and many modern people follow a fusion of the two, called The Path. A minority of Pathists take the name literally, and do not teleport; members of this offshoot are called Walkers.
Buddha existed, and his teachings are more or less unchanged from our world. Buddhists are relatively common.
Judaism does exist, but as the primordial monotheistic faith, rather than a distinct lineage of people. Major events in the real-world history of Judaism include the enslavement of the Israelites and their forty years wandering the desert; this did not happen, and so Jews did not become a tight-knit community, and there is no modern Israel. Today there are a few enclaves around the world, with a third of Jews living in such small groups, and the rest spread among the general population.
Islam is also founded in part on the holding of lands by Muslims and non-Muslims. These events did not happen, and if Mohammad existed, his teachings have been lost to time.
Jesus did exist, and Christianity is very similar. During Jesus' life there were autocratic religious leaders who strictly controlled what the people were allowed to say and do, under penalty of death; although food-poverty never really existed, these leaders lived in luxury at great cost to others. It was this that Jesus preached was sinful. Jesus is particularly noted for surrendering himself to the authorities, in a world where anybody can evade capture if they see it coming. Crucifixion was invented specifically for him. Christianity spread, but not as much, and there is no such thing as Catholic or Protestant; just different flavours of belief.
Atheists are less common. The simple fact that humans are unique in their ability to teleport leads most to believe in something that makes humans special, even after developing an understanding of evolution.
Technology followed a similar path to our world, with the notable exception of mobile phones. People have cabled computers in their homes and offices, but mobile devices are both less useful and less useable, since you can't teleport with a phone, but you can just teleport back home if you need to use a computer. The internet is just as widespread, and personal cloud computing is even more common; most people have an account with a hosting service, and most computers allow remote logins to access your desktop and files. Internet cafés are very common as meeting places where people can work together on whatever they want to do. Since portable devices never really took off, fixed computers tend to be larger and more powerful.
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2023.03.26 20:16 Terrier_Buswell47 Quitting miserable graduate program to apply for graduate studies. Appreciate your advice.

Hi all,
I know this isn't related to MBA but i thought this would be the most relevant place other than FinancialCareers to seek for advice.
I'm currently enrolled in a 1-year rotational graduate program in BB in the Middle East, with a bachelor's degree in Finance and a strong academic record. Unfortunately, due to a hiring freeze, there are no job openings in my current franchise. My managers are considering extending my program for another year as there are currently no job openings in other locations due to a hiring freeze in the bank. However, I'm totally against the idea because the small franchise I'm in is miserable, and I'm having a hard time learning anything.
Instead, I've decided to pursue a Masters in Finance in the US and have prepared a list of programs I would be interested in. I plan to start preparing for the GMAT right after I take my CFA L1 exam in May. However, I have a few questions about the application process:
  1. If I decide not to renew my program and apply for a Master's, will it have an impact on my chances of being accepted if i wasn't employed at the time? Or will the University not care much as I'm applying for an early career professionals Masters?
  2. Assuming I renew my program and complete all the applications to the universities, can I quit my job after finishing the application process (in February 2024, for example)? And should I notify the universities after I've applied that I've left my job?
I would appreciate any advice on my situation :) Many Thanks!
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2023.03.26 20:14 Terrier_Buswell47 Quitting miserable graduate program to apply for graduate studies. Appreciate your advice.

Hi all,
I'm currently enrolled in a 1-year rotational graduate program in BB in the Middle East, with a bachelor's degree in Finance and a strong academic record. Unfortunately, due to a hiring freeze, there are no job openings in my current franchise. My managers are considering extending my program for another year as there are currently no job openings in other locations due to a hiring freeze in the bank. However, I'm totally against the idea because the small franchise I'm in is miserable, and I'm having a hard time learning anything.
Instead, I've decided to pursue a Masters in Finance in the US and have prepared a list of programs I would be interested in. I plan to start preparing for the GMAT right after I take my CFA L1 exam in May. However, I have a few questions about the application process:
  1. If I decide not to renew my program and apply for a Master's, will it have an impact on my chances of being accepted if i wasn't employed at the time? Or will the University not care much as I'm applying for an early career professionals Masters?
  2. Assuming I renew my program and complete all the applications to the universities, can I quit my job after finishing the application process (in February 2024, for example)? And should I notify the universities after I've applied that I've left my job?
I would appreciate any advice on my situation :) Many Thanks!
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