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2023.06.04 13:36 Forward-Parsley8968 What can I do? Me 30M and wife 29F. I feel like I've lived enough.

I know many are in my situation or have written the same thing before. I'm married for a good 6 years and was in a relationship for 4 years before marriage. I have a beautiful 3 years old child. I'm an extremely introvert person, I literally don't have any friends. I enjoy being alone, I was like this since I was a little boy. My family abondoned me long time ago. They don't want to talk with me. I am facing verbal and physical abuse from my wife, living with it and now it feels like this is normal and I deserve this. My wife uses terrible and sharp words to belittle me that has completely destroyed me from inside. She uses my weakness like no link with my family, no friends as a weapon to constantly torture me. I know why she does this, because I have no friends and family to look for support and help or even to share what's happening with me, and she knows this very well. I have multiple scars from her bites, broken head when got hit by flower vase. She helped me financially and emotionally when my parents completely abandoned me. Now, she uses this and says you were on the road, you were nothing, I made you, I supported you. Now, I have a good job, I have given her back more than what she did for me. I am greatful to her but saying the same thing again and again don't just feel right. I don't know what to do. I just don't feel like going back home after work. I go there to see my child. I have no love, no respect left for my wife anymore. My mind is completely fucked now, I'm depressed. I feel like cutting off every thing, take a flight and go somewhere where she will never find me. But I can't do that because I will not see my child again. I cry while I'm alone in the car, I shout and scream. I'm having very bad idea of giving up living but I want to live and be happy. I want to get back my old life. It's so difficult to live like this. I have noone to share what I'm going through, so I wrote here.
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2023.06.04 13:35 Particular-Let1424 Immigrant moving to the US

Throwaway account….
I’ve been offered job in the US (Outside of Philadelphia) with salary of $242k and potential bonus of between $0-$92k a year. As someone coming from Eastern Europe this sounds like a crazy amount of money but knowing the US is also crazy expensive I don’t know if it’s a good deal or not.
So questions:
Apologies for grammar and spelling mistakes.
Thanks, any suggestions helpful.
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today alright guys so what is AI songs all about well according to the sales page say goodbye to 1980s AI tools witness the new sunrise and artificial intelligence Universe rolls first artificial intelligence powered Texas song creator that enables you to transform your text or lyrics into captivating musical compositions without any technical skills or marketing acumen all right guys so we are going to go inside AI songs we're going to do a demo of this product this software and I'm going to reveal to you the one missing thing that you need that will prevent you from making any money at all so let's go inside and I'll show
you around all right guys we're now inside the members area of my AI songs account as usual I've purchased a front-end version of this product review for you guys so you can make the best purchasing decision for yourselves now that being said should you decide to purchase this product even after you've watched this review please make sure you watch this video this is the only training video that they have and if you have any questions at all open up a support desk ticket and hopefully hopefully they'll get you squared away alright so what is this all about well it's about creating songs using
AI so we're gonna walk through some of the features here this is not a tutorial guys okay this is not a tutorial if you buy the product then you got to watch this one video right here and then you need to figure everything else out on your own and if you need any help again hopefully they'll be able to help you out when you open up a support desk ticket so let's do this first first of all AI generated songs this is where you can create a an AI generated song right so we're going to create a new one here and you can see right here you first of all step one you gotta select a beat so you can go down here you can select any type of beat that you want you can listen to them if you want just press this button right here [Music] so I like it it says Nike so we'll stick with
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that so that's step number one so we're gonna save and continue then step number two is you need to generate the AI lyrics or you can use your own custom lyrics now in order to create your own custom lyrics you guys if you're familiar with chat GPT you just give it a command create lyrics for this type of song and it'll write write some lyrics for you really really cool but we're gonna test this out so generate AI lyrics and what you need to do is you need to give a detailed description of what you want your song to be about so let me come up with something real quick we'll just say warrior plus products waste we'll go waste time and money so we'll use that as our detailed description guys and then we're gonna generate the lyrics and this is where the AI is going to
generate a song for us all right so let's generate the lyrics and we'll let the AI do the work and if I got a pause the video and come back I'll pause the video and come back all right that was real quick and it says here are four bars Warrior plus products they're like a twisted game wasting time and money is just a crying shame these digital leeches they'll suck you dry and it's it's not even done yet it's missing something but let's go ahead and go and save and continue okay and so we click on that and then from here this is where you have to select a voice so you have to go through here and the one thing is they don't allow you to um sample the voices so you're gonna have to kind of just pick and see you know what works for you so I'm just going to go through here we'll take a look here um there's Chucky so we are gonna go with Chucky here oh they're Scrappy do so talk about 80s right they're talking about 80s on the sales page there's a lot of 80s voices here so Chucky so let's go select voice
and then from here we're going to generate the song and we'll let the AI songs app create a nice little ditty for us here and again if I got a pause the video we'll pause it and it'll come back okay so here's a song and it's going to be downloaded to um your computer so I'm going to download the song and then from here I'm going to um play this song here so I'm going to open it and that way you guys can listen to this song if you are the four bars four across products they're like a twisted game wasting time and money it's just a crying shame these digital leeches they'll suck you dry [Music] so it keeps playing keeps playing the music here I'll just quit that so it keeps playing the music you can see right here it ends up in in your area called my songs Okay so I look at this
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and I see all these songs in here and I didn't generate any of these songs so the investigative side of me is asking well are am I sharing this app the API with other people I'm not sure I'm not sure I'm just hypothesizing that you're sharing this this API connection with everyone else who buys these this product all right that's neither here nor there but this is something that I just noticed okay so that was a song here's another one that I did I want to pop this up here and let's bring up this song right here this was another one that I did and we're gonna open it with uh QuickTime and we'll play this one right here this is another one I did for warrior plus I'm spitting bars no time to waste worry problems products a total disgrace money down the drain like a broken bass these
deals leave your wallet in a darkened space [Music] word so that's how you make the music that's how you make the songs okay that's that's the AI generated songs version of this product then let's take a look at the AI song video maker and this is where you can make videos all right so first of all you start off with a detailed description so let's do my favorite which is dogs playing poker on the beach sipping cocktails Alright and then the ratio you go Square portrait or landscape let's just go with square select the video effect so they've got no effect bubbles butterfly flame One Flame two they got all these different ones let's use Stars and then you select the resolution let's go with 720 by 720 and then you select the audio moves there's different types of mood
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here and we'll go with happy and then select audio so from right here you can select different types of songs I don't particularly care for any of them because these all seem like Christmas songs all this hair is one right here it says ticklish let's choose that one and then now we're going to generate the video oh you can see it's playing for us let's generate the video so that way you guys don't have to be subjected to that torture so we'll let it generate the video and again if I gotta pause it I'll pause it um and then come back so we'll just let this run for a second or two all right so we're back that took a couple of minutes to generate and here is the video result right here we can download the video so we'll download that to our folder and then we're going to play this so you can see what it looks like [Music] foreign [Music] the dogs looked a little strange but that's how AI does these photos okay and it's not perfect but this is what it comes out looking like all right and then the last feature here we have this AI music generator so this is where you can type in a keyword or
you can use a voice command and it's going to generate some songs for you so we'll just put in let's put in dog since we just had that so we're going to use that as a keyword generate see what kind of music it comes with comes up with here so it comes up with everything that shows the word dog or has something to do with dogs all right so there's different types of sound files here and that's that that's the AI music generator did it generate these my my opinion is it probably pulled from a database of files so not necessarily generating the music but locating it for you okay so now that you've seen all of these features here what are you supposed to do with the songs that you create well they have something here called the AI music Marketplace so let me click on this visit my site and
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this is where you're able to put all your songs in here and you're able to charge for some of those songs and you heard some of those songs I don't know if I'd be charging 22.43 for a song that I created but you know your business your choice and you can create songs and add them to your website all right and if you come back here you can see all the settings you can change the logo and fave icon extensions language there's even an SEO manager there's an email manager here okay and so when we talk about email marketing if you're a beginner where are your emails you don't have a list right so you don't have any lists okay but maybe something later on that you can you can utilize when you do have a list and even with SMS messages guys who are you going to send text messages to okay they've got a gdpr cookie I'm glad they're thinking about that kind of stuff and you can manage things like advertisers coupons categories even payment gateways so you can accept payments so
that's all fine and good that's all fine and good but but here's the question how are you gonna get people over to this site think about it how are you going to get people over to this site you need traffic okay that's the main thing that's missing that's the main thing that's missing and most if not all of the warrior plus products I review I always talk about is traffic you need people you need qualified people people are looking for AI generated songs you need those people to come to your website in order to buy those songs so how are you going to do it how are you going to do that they don't talk about that right so that's going to be the challenge and that's a challenge with most if not all of the warrior plus products our reviews is generating traffic this is what everybody needs even myself I need traffic too so what do I do I create YouTube videos I create YouTube videos that attract people like you you guys out there in YouTube Land watching my video you guys are my ideal target audience peo
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ple looking for shiny object products people who think that they can buy one product for 17 bucks and get rich overnight you guys are my audience because my goal is to build up my list to build up my following with honest no BS reviews to get you guys to see the the truth about making money online is that that is you have to work for it okay so in order to generate traffic you got to produce value you got to give value to people are you going to do that producing content that people like people that are looking for this kind of music you need to put that kind of content out if you're going to do it the freeway now if you want to use paid traffic then well you're going to have to spend money you're gonna have to learn how to run ads you're gonna have to go through that whole process of learning this is how online entrepreneurs operate all right I know everybody tries to make it seem like it's so easy and fast and they sell you a 17 product with you know you're going to find out with Nine upsells and Nine down sales right but guys the truth of the matter is is that you don't need all these fancy Tools in order to build a business
okay and that's the reason why I'm going to urge you guys to click on the link below check out the fast track affiliate bootcamp all right it's going to set you guys straight put you on the path or it's building a real online business traffic guys traffic how are you gonna get traffic that's the main issue here okay you can create all these songs and some of them were kind of clunky and the videos were kind of weird but you know that's my opinion my video my opinion guys but you know can you see yourself selling those songs that's the thing right and how are you going to get people over to your site so they buy the songs okay so traffic is always going to be the main issue that you guys face and unless you guys are willing to roll up your sleeves and put in the work you're not going to make any money all right this looks cool looks like you've got a website and all that kind of stuff you can customize it to your heart's content but who's going to visit it right so guys traffic that is the main issue with this product and now let you guys know how AI songs Works let's go ahead and talk about the sales funnel all right guys the front end offe
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r AI songs retails for 16.75 when you exit intent off the sales page they're gonna offer up a three dollar off coupon code which will drop the price down to 13.75 there are 10.
I repeat 10 upsells and 10 down sales I'm not going to go through all of them you can pause the video check them out for yourself as usual guys pricing and otos are subject to change so let me give you my final thoughts on AI songs all right guys so what's my final opinion about AI songs well let me play this song for you so you can understand how I feel spitting bars no time to waste Warrior problems products a total disgrace money down the drain like a broken base these deals leave your wallet in a darkened space [Music] yeah these deals will leave your wallet in a darkened space I couldn't have said it better myself so based off of what I've shown you guys you probably already know what I'm going to say I would stay away from AI songs guys please please please I am begging you learn how to generate highly targeted traffic by producing
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valuable content for your audience if you want to have a long-term business you gotta do it the more you search for these push button apps the longer it's gonna take for you to start earning affiliate commissions so stop wasting time and money guys so I hope you guys found this video to be helpful if you did please give it a thumbs up and consider subscribing to my YouTube channel I would greatly appreciate it this is Ken Furukawa from ken4u kyle.
com and I'll see you in my next video
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2023.06.04 13:29 RealTshStudios Sorry for the profanity but this shite is bullshit. I had great combo, great platform, new engine and I have played this game for years so I know the different combos in for example (Engine, Gamplay, Story/Quests) I wouldn't even mind a 6, this is ridiculous

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2023.06.04 13:26 Previous_Holiday_162 I was assaulted at a bar last night.

Last night it was my friends birthday and we all went to a bar that we visit quite often. For context, my ex bf and I of four years recently split up, let’s call him Sam. Sam was also at the party since he’s a part of the group. My friend and I were getting our picture taken by another friend and we were standing near our table when someone walking by spanked me and squeezed my ass. My friend who was taking the picture saw it and we both looked at each other in shock. I don’t know why I immediately started crying. Everyone in my group including Sam were infuriated and Sam ran behind the guy and proceeded to throw his drink at him. Sam was gonna strike him hard but he was stopped by someone, and the guy immediately ran out of the bar. I wanted to be the one to slap the guy in that moment, but I don’t know why I was unable to. After this sam was visibly infuriated even after I had calmed down, he was determined he wanted to do something. The next day he tracked the guy down and also got cctv footage from the bar. Sam called up the guy and completely went off at him, the guy was extremely apologetic and gave the usual “I was drunk” excuse. He was practically grovelling when sam told him we would file a police complaint.
Now sam also found this guys Instagram and we learned he has a girlfriend of 9 years to whom he just got married, so basically his wife. Sam told me we can meet him at the bar and I can hit him and stuff and make him apologise. He is determined to beat him up but I don’t wanna go down that road. I’m confused what I should do about it, I want to hold him accountable. Apparently he also winked at another woman at the bar and told her “call me”. On the one hand I’m thinking I could tell his wife, but what if he goes ballistic and wants revenge on me? I don’t know what I should do, is it worth it? I want to hold him accountable but I don’t know if simply slapping him will be the solution, and if telling his wife will make him go crazy and try to do something worse to me. I just don’t know the right thing to do here.
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2023.06.04 13:26 MackNoCheez How much does power draw of components affect your decision?

Hi, so this is a two part post.
First is the general question that I am curious about, and second is my scenario.

When choosing a new component, how much does the power draw affect your decision?

Primarily looking at GPU as the main component.
Do you factor in the cost over life time you'll have the component for?
Do you factor in if you need to purchase a new PSU, or maybe anything else?
Or would you say you are primarily driven by raw cost / performance of a component?

My scenario

Okay so now my scenario which gives context to why I ask, but feel free to ignore as the above might actually help me. Or just respond to this, all good.
My current build:
GPU GTX 1080 (ol' reliable)
RAM 32GB (not sure on rest tbh)
Motherboard Gigabyte B550I Aorus Pro Ax
PSU Corsair RM650X
Storage 2x M.2 SSD
Monitor Asus ROG 1440p 165hz (I was young...)

I have been spoilt by this GPU. Outlasted all previous components with me upgrading mobo, cpu, and ram about 2.5 years ago and this GPU lasting 6 years now.
It still runs most at 1440P, but PC is typically strategy and ARPG with some older games in the mix. Nothing too crazy.
I am at the point tho where it's age is showing. The 8GB of vram holds reasonably well put the GPU will often be at 100% usage way before CPU even gets to 10% in a lot of games.
What do I upgrade to? Is what I am asking myself.
I am using Toms Hardware as general benchmark with some give or take on the general performance of cards.
Here just looking at the 1440p Ultra Graph (feel free to give me other resources if you want) there are a few cards that are roughly where I'd be happy with from raw performance and those are the cards that sit roughly between 100 - 120.
What about budget tho?
This is where the title comes into it.
My PSU is currently great, it is fully modular, gold rated, held up pretty well. Maybe it's a bit old.. maybe it needs an upgrade regardless, but it is sat strong for now.
The 1080 looking at this resource sits at about 180 W. That's a nice number. What a card!
Now, if I look at the cards I mention about, they are like so:

GPU Power Consumption
6800 XT 300 W
6900 XT 300 W
6950 XT 335 W
4070 200 W
4070 TI 285 W
7900 XT (At the high end 300 W

Given the above, and my PSU, I'm going to estimate that 300 W plus will leave little room for comfort. Ignoring the additional 50% cost from the 1080 in power consumption.
The 4070 is sitting in a pretty nice position.
Obviously, there are other factors like the performance on the chart, but then DLSS and other nvidia niceties that help the performance. But also the VRAM, 4070 has 12GB which is an upgrade from 8GB of the 1080 but still on lower side for longevity.
How much will you pay tho?!
Okay, so the market is annoying. Nvidia are selling high and it's not the market it was when I got the 1080 for £400.
I am thinking around £600 but that can be somewhat flexible really to 10-20%.
Using Overclockers for these numbers below as rough market values.
A 4070 is around £600, with Diablo, which could be sold to take 30-40 off off that.
A 6950X is in the same price range, without a game. More performance though and more VRAM - but more power consumption.
But then a new PSU, is that needed? That would be an additional £100-£200 which blows the budget out.
Let's wrap this up
If you've read all this, nice one.
Thanks for reading the rambles, and if there is any information that isn't correct then please response to let me know and I'll edit accordingly.
This is mainly just the scribbles of my thoughts.
Do I actually need to upgrade for my current use case? Maybe not.
I could probably wait it out until a big game comes out I want to play, and maybe the market has changed or maybe the 7800 XT is out by then? Who knows.
Labelled as discussion but if it's more build help then feel free to update mods. It's a bit of a both and I am more curious on general discussion around the topic and cards then specifically modifying my build.
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2023.06.04 13:23 Previous_Holiday_162 I was assaulted at a bar last night.

Last night it was my friends birthday and we all went to a bar that we visit quite often. For context, my ex bf and I of four years recently split up, let’s call him Sam. Sam was also at the party since he’s a part of the group. My friend and I were getting our picture taken by another friend and we were standing near our table when someone walking by spanked me and squeezed my ass. My friend who was taking the picture saw it and we both looked at each other in shock. I don’t know why I immediately started crying. Everyone in my group including Sam were infuriated and Sam ran behind the guy and proceeded to throw his drink at him. Sam was gonna strike him hard but he was stopped by someone, and the guy immediately ran out of the bar. I wanted to be the one to slap the guy in that moment, but I don’t know why I was unable to. After this sam was visibly infuriated even after I had calmed down, he was determined he wanted to do something. The next day he tracked the guy down and also got cctv footage from the bar. Sam called up the guy and completely went off at him, the guy was extremely apologetic and gave the usual “I was drunk” excuse. He was practically grovelling when sam told him we would file a police complaint.
Now sam also found this guys Instagram and we learned he has a girlfriend of 9 years to whom he just got married, so basically his wife. Sam told me we can meet him at the bar and I can hit him and stuff and make him apologise. He is determined to beat him up but I don’t wanna go down that road. I’m confused what I should do about it, I want to hold him accountable. Apparently he also winked at another woman at the bar and told her “call me”. On the one hand I’m thinking I could tell his wife, but what if he goes ballistic and wants revenge on me? I don’t know what I should do, is it worth it? I want to hold him accountable but I don’t know if simply slapping him will be the solution?
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2023.06.04 13:19 saintsweatshirt [RF] A Man of Some Renown

The Order of Prince Yaroslav the Wise, fifth class, is the highest rank a Ukrainian foreign national can achieve. Its newest inductee is back home in Florida and has been in the shower so long he’s lost track of time. His feel for the present moment will return in about thirty seconds when the hot water runs out. His hair has been both shampooed and conditioned. His body throughly soaped. It’s the shower’s warm solitude he cannot leave. There is plenty to do today; an interview at a radio station at eleven, lunch with his sponsor, an early dinner at his mom’s pastor’s. All of them want to know more about his experience overseas, they want to know how the war is progressing, they want to hear how he went from Highland Hills High School to war hero. What they don’t want to hear, what David does not want to hear, is how cold his new found notoriety makes him feel. Before can explore his melancholy any further, the hot water goes. The steam rising above the shower clears as a lukewarm solution rinses the remaining soap and warmth off David’s body. He remembers taking similarly cold showers in Ukraine, and how happy he was to have them. It’s shocking how clean a man can get with a half full bucket of water and a couple of towels.
“Ah look at Abie! Clean enough for a Russian bitch.” says Bone in his thick provincial accent. Words David can’t remember Bone actually saying or they only sound like something he would say. Sitting around waiting for mechanics, waiting on orders, waiting on food, waiting on the Russians to start shooting, David didn’t know war could be so boring. The only thing Bone said he liked more than killing Russians was fucking them. The rest of the guys in the platoon knew Bone was probably lying, but he was their instructor, and they were the international volunteers, so he was never questioned. He was the only person in their platoon who spoke Russian and Ukrainian and English. One guy, this kid from Belgium, called Bone a cunt after failing to pull the pen on a grenade during a training exercise, and Bone gave it to him.
“What is this? You do not have to pull pens in Belgium? Or do you like to give your enemies the grenade so they can throw it back?” said Bone. He then effeminately ran around the kid saying, “Here Mr. German. Take my grenade. They are loud and I am afraid.” Bone comes back to his real voice. “Killing Russians is no different than driving a truck. It is your job. Don’t think. Don’t be like this Belgian. Pull the pin. Kill Russians.” The Belgian kid said something to Bone but no one knew what it was because no one spoke French. This didn’t stop Bone from hitting him in the face so hard it broke his nose. The kid quit later that day, and Bone got written up which David told him is like a kid being put in timeout during a house invasion.
“What is this time out?” Bone asked.
The water is cold so David gets out. In the kitchen his mother goes over the day’s itinerary again, just to be thorough she adds.
“Do you know where you are going David? No, sorry. Do you know where you are going Abie?” she asks as David grabs a breakfast banana.
“Yes ma’am.”
“You know parking can be difficult downtown. Be sure to take quarters for the meter.”
“Yes ma’am.”
“And be sure to be yourself. I hope they are nice to you. You know how the media likes to spin things these days. I don’t think they are too liberal but don’t let them put words in your mouth. If they ask you something you don’t want to answer, you just say ‘No comment'. You just tell your story. You are a hero. And then you’ll meet with Fred, and then dinner at Pastor's. Be there at four. If it’s ok with you I’m going to bring the medal. Pastor will want to see it. He’s a big fan of Zelensky.”
“Yes ma’am.”
“Ok. Enough doting. That’s all you’re getting out to me today. Are you excited? Isn’t this exciting? News Radio 950 is doing a story about you. They want to hear about their local war hero…and that’s you. Give me a hug and get going before you are late.”
“Yes ma’am.”
In his car, David listens to Domination by Pantera at full volume. The heavy riffs, screaming and terrifying drums raise his spirit. Bone used to play it all the time. David hasn’t prepared anything for save his memory of his time in Ukraine. Perhaps Bone is giving an interview somewhere? You didn’t do anything wrong, he tells himself as he opens the station’s door. Inside he finds an attractive, young woman named Sara who has been emailing him for the past several weeks.
“Nice to officially meet. Right this way.”
David does his best not to stare at her as she leads him through corridor of offices and hallways.
“She looks nice. Go into an office with her.” says Bone.
“We’ve all been looking forward to having a more in-depth conversation with you. Our programming producer, who is also named David, will be asking you most of the questions. But I begged him to let me ask some too, so you might say I will also be interviewing you. I hope that’s ok?”
Sara’s blonde hair folds into a neat part on the left side of her head. David pictures her styling it in her bathroom, in a bathrobe. It’s been a while since he has smelled perfume. He found a bottle in an abandoned apartment in Zaporizhzhia and kept it. It had some Chinese lettering he couldn’t read, but it smelt nice. Some of the guys teased him when they found it saying he was going to attract Russian because he smelt like an Asian. Sara’s perfume smells expensive and French. She introduces him to David the producer and the three of them find three seats on the end of a conference room table. Sara sits on the same side as David. After introductions, David starts the interview by saying even though he is not sure exactly when the piece will air, he is certain it will before the end of the month. He then adds something about how David is a hero for doing what he did.
“So tell us how you found yourself in Ukraine?”
“Well it was pretty easy really. I went online and volunteered for the IVB, that was the name of my unit, the International Volunteer Brigade. I don’t think I talked to a real person until I booked my flight to Poland. It was mostly just forms I was filling out online. So yeah it was pretty easy. So I landed in Krakow and my recruiter picked me up. I stayed in a hotel for a few days while we waited on a couple more guys to show up. One was from Spain, another from Portugal. The Portuguese guy never showed, or if he did he didn’t come with us. I guess he could have volunteered with another outfit. I guess that’s the thing about the war I didn’t really expect. We were always just kinda losing people. And I don’t mean they were killed, although a lot of them were. I mean guys would just be with you one minute and gone the next. And then you’d find them a week later and I go, ‘Where have you been?’ ‘Oh I’ve been in Dnipro’ or ‘Oh I got picked up by the Regs.’ It was crazy. The only place where that didn’t happen was the front.”
“Who do you mean by ‘the Regs?’” asks David.
“The regular army. The Ukrainians. The good guys we were there to help. Sometimes they would be short a man so they’d just nab one of the volunteers. That was a bad gig. The Ukrainians wanted their most motivated guys fighting in the worst places. I only had to do it a couple of times, but…it was not something I did and wanted to do again. ”
David rubs his hand over his arm. He can’t smell the hot blonde anymore, only trench dirt and gun oil. The soil of Donetsk had a deep brown color to it he always enjoyed. Even with snipers supposedly in the area, digging was one of his favorite jobs. The earth smelled vibrant, full of worms and nitrogen and reminded him of his granddad, coming in from a day of field work, his jeans and boots caked in a rich layer of his land.
“So tell us what is it like being a hometown celebrity?” asks Sara. “You’re from here so people already know you, but what’s it like now? I mean now, gosh, everyone i know has been talking about this kid from Highland who won a medal from Zelensky. Did you get to bring it by the way? You were on the national news. It was NBC, but still…”
A bouquet of scents and questions. David looks across the room and sees Bone sitting with a heavy slouch in a chair at the other end of the conference table. He looks rough; still alive but not by much. He sits holding his side, his chin on his chest.
“It’s neat I guess. I walk down the street and people call my name. I take lots of pictures with people. Everyone is really nice. I felt like I was kinda a wallflower before.It’s something I think lots of people think about experiencing. I know I did, I just never thought it would be for this.”
“What did you want to be when you were a boy?” asks Sara.
“I don’t know. The normal stuff; doctor, fireman, my Dad was in sales, so not that. I think about it a lot. I think mostly I just wanted to be good. I didn’t like getting into trouble.”
“Oh my gosh, I was the exact same.” says Sara. Then durning her boss she adds “David, I don’t know if you knew this about me and this David, but we actually went to Highland High at the same time. I was a senior when you would have been a freshman, but I swear I remember you. I thought you were cute.”
“Don’t be trying to steal my assistant Dave. Can I call you Dave?”
“David’s fine.”
Bone perks up and tells them to call him Abie
“Ok so let’s get back on track. You’re over there, you’re fighting Russians, you’re helping the Ukrainians, can you tell us, what was that like?”
“What is war like?”
“Yeah the war, but you’re doing a good thing. You volunteered to help an oppressed people, to fight against tyranny, something I think our listeners think our government should have done a long time ago. But while our President sits on his ass, you bravely go do the thing that needs be done. God it must have been exhilarating, but I don’t know, I don’t want to put words in your mouth.”
Bone lays his head back on the desk and says something David can’t quite make out but thinks he knows what his commander is saying.
“What?” asks David.
“It’s a Ukrainian word I learned while over there. It means purpose, but more than just doing a job, it’s your calling. It’s a word the priests with the beards use a lot. Everyday I knew exactly what was expected of me and what I could expect from everyone around me. I had clarity for the first time in my life. I felt like I could see for miles in every direction, like sitting on the roof watching all the cars going by.”
Bone stands up out of his chair and walks out of the office.
“Even when I was scared I knew that was to be expected. And when I was tired, I knew that too was to be expected. And when I was hungry, and wet, and cold, and angry enough to kill. I knew that too was to be expected because war is a cauldron. Everything gets boiled into a singularity. It’s terrifying but also pretty damn motivating. What sucks is that I can already feel everything starting to get cloudy again.”
Leaning his belly against the table, David leans in to ask his next question as if he does not want to be heard.
“Did you, you know…and this will be off the record…did you kill anyone else?”
Sara places her empty hand on the table, an offering for David to hold should his answer prove too much. But David knows the answer is not too much for his has thought of little else.
“Nope. Just the one.”
After another few minutes of hearing how brave he has been, how proud his family must be and how grateful the station is to have him come in, the interview is over. The producer shakes David’s hand and Sara walks him out. She mentions that friends of her’s are going to a new bar in the Depot and suggests David should come too. He says he can come but it will be late because he has dinner plans. “That’s ok. I’ll be there pretty late.”
Only a few blocks from the radio station, David pulls into a Waffle House parking lot. There is condensation on the windows of the building and cigarette butts near the door. Nothing here breathes well, David notes. Inside he finds his old sponsor sitting at booth by himself. David sees Fred before Fred sees him and for a moment considers leaving. However, he sees Bone sits in the corner of the restaurant, smiling and looking to flirt with a chubby waitress with grown sons.
“How the hell are you Abie?” says Fred. No turning back now.
“Sober for today.”
“Me too.”
The pair order eggs, toast and bacon. The cook makes each of them a waffle on the house after recognizing David. He finishes his plate before Fred can finish a piece of toast. Meals happen quick on the battlefield and David can’t seem to slow himself down long to enjoy his food. Bone is no longer in the corner. David sees him moving around the room; following an old lady into the restroom. He comes out with a grotesque look on his face. “That little woman took the biggest shit I’ve ever seen! Abie, come and look at it. It won’t flush. Call in a drone strike. We are going to have to pull back!”
“So” says Fred, “Mr. War Hero, how are you really? You’ve got recognition, a war recommendation, you’re doing interviews, you still got your sobriety. Life seems to be going well, but…”
“How I am really?” When he was in NA Fred could always sniff out if he was high. As his sponsor that was his job, but David never liked it. I know you say you’re fine, but how are your really. Effective, but crude. Fred taps his finger to the tip of his nose. Bingo kid. David looks around the room for Bone but doesn’t find him.
“I’m good man. Things are going well. Everyone always asks me how I’m doing, but I’m really fine. I honestly don’t feel much different than when I left. Same shit different day you know? Girls come up to me now, so that’s different I guess. So…yeah…things are good. Still sober. No real temptation to go back down that road. Been working the Steps since I got back. Doing the work. I didn’t even think about getting high when I was over there. I’m serious. Not once. I’ve got a therapist that I’m seeing. She’s really smart. And I get to see her for free. It’s part of some rehabilitation program from the federal government. I’m moving out of my Mom’s soon. I found an apartment through the church she goes to. There is a guy there who owns a bunch of places and he hooked me up with a really nice place for really cheap. He gave us a really good deal on it. The same guy said I could come work for him too when I felt I was ready. He has a real estate business and said he is always looking for new realtors. With my story, he told me, he thinks I could to really well.”
Bone sits in the booth next to Fred. His face his clean, empty. Without blinking, moving or saying anything he stares at David; human mirror he is unsure is alive or dead, in a Waffle House in Florida or an expensive dirty tank in Ukraine.
“But then I think, do I really wanna use my story to sell real estate? Some douchebag buys an apartment I’m selling him because I killed a Russian general. That’s not why I went over there. And who would even ask me to that? They don’t know what it was like. They make it seem like going over there was no big deal, that killing generals is something that happens all the time, or that the war is going well. Really man, I got so lucky with that shot. I’ve had trained snipers tell me they probably couldn’t hit a target at that range. But I did. I did that and I know I could never do it again. Even if I could, I don’t know if I’d want to. I didn’t know that guy. I mean I now know a bunch of stuff about him, but it’s only what I’ve been told. They told me that he supported Putin from the beginning and that a lot of the war planning was his idea. Ok. If you say so Bone. But I looked this guy up, he has a wikipedia page, and a wife, and kids, probably grandkids. I don’t know if his family is proud of him or not, but I know they will never see him again. And then just the charade of it all. So I got to meet the Ukrainian War Minister, Zelensky’s right hand man. Still not worth it. There’s just nothing noble or romantic about it. It’s all just a cold, black hole that runs on death and killing and for some reason you have to look at it…at least I do. I suppose I thought at some point I would see something. Never did though.”
Bone breaks his stare and cracks a smile.
“And for who, for what Fred? What is going to happen when all of this is over other than the same thing that happens after every war. A cabal of erudite assholes are going to meet in an overly secure room in the Netherlands and draw a new line in between Ukraine and Russia which is exactly what those same assholes did seventy years ago, and seventy years before that, and in seventy years we’ll do the same thing all over again. Wash, rinse and repeat. That line makes about as much sense as the first day of Spring. Sure, there is an official first day of Spring, March 20th or whatever, but we all know that there was some really warm days before the 20th and there is going to be some real cold days afterwards. But the 20th is the official day. It doesn’t make Spring happen. It just kinda helps sense out of a blurry situation. It wasn’t two days after getting there I realized the whole thing is so complicated. Half the regs were guys who had either lived in Russia at some point, gone to school there mostly, or had family living there. It felt like trying to break up a fight at a family reunion, only everyone is holding ARs as they argue about whether or not the 20th is the first day of Spring. The conflict goes back so far you can’t make out the start. And the profiteering my god, that’s what really gets me. Just like that asshole who wants to use the war to sell real estate, all the arms manufacturers who are pouring guns and bullets and tanks into Ukraine, propping this war machine so they can win another government contract. It’s sick. The people running those companies have the first available seat in hell. And Putin too. He started this whole mess. First him, then a nice row of CEOs and shareholders, that’s who I want to in hell. And there is never talk of any alternative. None. Not even a whisper. Just two sides trying to exhaust the other for a better seat at the bargaining table.”
Bone gets up to leave, but not before stretching his back, revealing a large, dark red stain in his uniform, just above his waist line.
“So here I am in all my hometown glory.” says David, “The renown Prince of the Order of the Ukrainian Shit-Show.”
There is a wet spot on David’s pants which he is not sure how it got there. He looks at Bone who is already out the door and running down the street. It’s ok, David thinks to himself, I know where he is going. ———————————————— At the 7-11 next to Waffle House David buys two tall boys and two shots of Jack. He pours the whiskey into the cans and kills the second one as he pulls into Pastor’s driveway where several Mercedes, Teslas and BMWs are parked. David clears his throat, spits into the bushes and unwraps a stick of gum. He enters the house after two hard knocks.
“Oh I think that is him.” David hears his mom say after shutting the large, dark front door. She comes around the corner of the corridor to tell him he is late and to take his shoes off.
“But my socks don’t match.”
“Well take those off too! Pastor just put down new carpet.”
“Ah well, since there is new carpet involved. Let’s not walk on the new carpet.”
The rest of the dinner party comes around the corridor in their socks. Each of them personally thanks David for coming and for his service. The men shake his hand. The women all give him hugs. By the end of introductions David has met two bankers, two retirees, and handful of housewives, as well as two more pastors and their wives. Bone is the last to shake his hand. He tells Abie he smells like old lady perfume. Elenor, Pastor’s wife, takes David’s arm, sliding her’s underneath his, leading him into their recently renovated kitchen. The rest of the group follows.
“Well dinner is almost ready. As we wait, why don’t you tell us about Ukraine.”
“Leave him alone Ellie,” says Pastor, “maybe he’s tired of talking about it.”
“I don’t mind.” says Abie. “I don’t mind telling people about blowing some Russian guy’s head off.”
“David Absalom!”
“It’s ok Mom. Yeah so I saw this column of tanks approaching our trench, which ran parallel to this road running west outta Horlivka. I don’t think they knew it was there, or if they did know, they sure as shit didn’t know we were in it, which was weird because we’d been trading fire with them all day. We were all scared shitless. It was only me and Jizzy and Bone. Right Bone? Oh yeah, it wasn’t Jizz it was that kid from Croatia. The one who fucking just ran off one day. I don’t remember his name. Anyways, Bone tells us to all be real still, play like we are dead. So this entire tank column passes by us. Takes for fucking ever. Couldn’t have been more than an hour, but it felt like ten. Finally it starts to let up you know, the last tank passes. So Bone takes the radio and tries to find a spot to call it in. As he is doing that I see the last tank, which was what Bone, about four hundred yards from us? Anyway, he comes to a stop, and out pops the unluckiest son of bitch in the whole war. The General gets out to take a piss, I take aim, figuring I’ll just scare him. And yeah. Bam. Headshot. He didn’t feel a thing; killed him with his dick in his hand. Speaking of which…if you will excuse me.”
“The bathroom is back down the hallway, first door on your left.” says Pastor.
“Is it a full bath?” ask Abie.
“Close enough.”
No one looks him in the eye, no one except Bone and Pastor. The bathroom has been redone in the same tile as the kitchen. David takes off his clothes, turns the steel knob in the shower to red, sits one floor and waits for the water to get warm.
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2023.06.04 13:16 jeepersoh Led bastarding headlights

Why are they road legal? I can’t get two seconds down the road without Sandra in her big SUV blinding the absolute life out of me. It’s an absolute mission between aiming the car between the hedge and the line in the middle. I’d hate to see the main beam on those things.
And you know what I hate more? Them ones that give you a flash of blue before the absolute second coming of Christ blinding light.
I like the ol yellow ones, I can see fine. I remember the fella took a notion for LED bulbs, and you could hardly see fuck all off them anyway. And then when he was driving behind me, they would bounce off my mirrors and blind me too. Then whenever someone behind you has them and drives over a single pebble it looks like you’re being flashed from every angle.
I thought that they were illegal, but apparently not. Why aren’t they illegal whenever they seem to blind everyone?
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2023.06.04 13:16 Most_Connection9249 27 [M4F] Australia - I’m a tattooist and I okay dungeons and dragons

I messed up and was supposed to write I play dungeons and dragons!!! I have no idea how to fix it
Well hello, welcome to what is possibly going to be the most horribly introduction in the world, but I’ve been staring at this empty space for 15 minutes now and can’t hold it off any longer.
To start with the obvious, I have been a tattooist for 6 years now and have been playing dungeons and dragons since I was probably 11 but luckily for you these arnt my only hobbies! I also enjoy long walks through cold and foggy forests, road trips in the rain pretty much anything that amazes my mind (which isn’t hard)
I’m also heavily into a somewhat interesting sport known as Buhurt (Google as you will)
A little bit about me: I’m like 5’11 or something and broad I have tattoos……ask me more of you like Im a nerd for fantasy and sci-fi I have blue eyes and brown hair
I have no idea what else to say! Im not concerned with location or age (over 18) I will happily share my face if asked nicely
Please feel free to shoot a message my way if this awkward mess of writing grasps your interest
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2023.06.04 13:12 TheRetroWorkshop The Making of Aion Log #5: An Excerpt from the Postface of the Rulebook (Regarding the Title/Name -- Aion)

Part III: Simple Matters
Now, on the title. The eponymous figure is the Greek deity of perpetual time, Aion. He represents the inevitable future and the returning past, the cycles of eternity; the suffering, glee, and dread of it all. However, he's not a character within my universe; instead, he's symbolised and manifests only in a few ways. I believe a skirmish game, like a short story, ought to feel this way, according to a great essay I once read (sorry, but I cannot recall the source): a swift punch to the midsection. That is how Aion feels to me, and how a space zombie feels, one assumes.
One of the great works centred around the deeper conception of Aion comes from Carl Jung's Aion: Researches Into the Phenomenology of the Self (1951). Within the Forward, he writes:'The theme of this work is the idea of the Aeon (Greek, Aion). My investigation seeks, with the help of Christian, Gnostic, and alchemical symbols of the self, to throw light on the change of psychic situation within the "Christian aeon". Christian tradition from the outset is not only saturated with Persian and Jewish ideas about the beginning and end of time, but is filled with intimations of a kind of enantiodromian reversal of dominants. I mean by this the dilemma of Christ and Antichrist. Probably most of the historical speculations about time and the limitation of time were influenced, as the Apocalypse shows, by astrological ideas.'
And, here we see the Near Eastern connection back again; and it's one of the few core connections to anything Greek. This is fitting in a few ways. First, in relation to time; second, stars. After all, my humanity is seeking haven across the universe as it tries to escape the eternal Zombie Invasion.
I believe that science fiction, at bedrock, ought to issue a warning -- not a prediction -- to the individual. The warning is simple: look inward for darkness, and fight the many monsters -- demons -- you find within. After all, the road to Hell consists of small steps. Demonic steps. Every time you lie to yourself, delude yourself, or let something terrible happen around you that you know, in your heart, to be wrong. These things inch you, and the rest of culture, closer to Hell (at least, Hell on Earth, which is plenty enough for me).
After all, stories consist of individual actions, or inactions as the case may be, just like cultures. Even novels read aloud, to a vast crowd filled with desires, wherein the crowd, the individuals may act and dream as they wish -- both light and dark -- the desires are forever of the individual. In this way, I hope to set my crowd of characters free, follow their actions, and see where they lead us. The rest is up to the fandomeer, as this is more of an open-source game and narrative.
To elucidate, I shall speak to the subtitle of the postface: House of the Gathering. This phase is taken from Carl Jung -- Volume 11: Psychology and Religion. We may view the psyche as a House of Gathering: a nest of frantic enemies and violent lovers, of the so-called sub-personalities; the drives, archetypes, and complexes. But, most importantly, it is the process of integration. As Jung writes, regarding the House: 'When they come out again, they are cleansed.'
If you face your Shadow and carry the suffering of life upon your flesh-frame; if you aim to mend your soul; if you voluntarily defeat its monsters, then surely you live within the House of the Gathering, and you have done at least one good thing for the world: you have become an integrated personality, no longer merely warding off a thousand faces within yourself, all alone, lost in a dull, silent world.
Jung kindly offers a distillation of sorts, and this is the tagline on this book's cover (which is also found in High King Balthazar II's quote down the side): 'As far as we can discern, the sole purpose of human existence is to kindle a light in the darkness of mere being.'
(Note: Of course, I have twisted the House of Gathering notion, in-universe. Within the game and narrative, it's a key Ministry of Aion under High King Balthazar II. More on this later.)
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2023.06.04 13:10 omnimutant Game limits query

So I just hit the road placement limit, and I'm not even remotely close to done with my city. I know there is a population limit as well.
I'm wondering if anyone knows off hand, or can point me too a comprehensive list of all of the game "limits" so I can figure out ways to work around them. For example to increase my road limits I have to remove water pipes and power lines with mods. Seems to work so far. But I know I'm going to be running into other limits too and I just want top be prepared for it. Thanks.
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How to Make Your Competition Irrelevant by Using a Unique Mechanism

Our next topic is about Unique Mechanisms…
Which are essential in today’s world of “high-market sophistication” audiences.
During this module, you’ll discover:
  • What exactly is a “mechanism” (and why you also badly need one… especially today!)
  • The crucial difference between “common mechanisms” VS. “Unique Mechanisms” (And how to make yours truly stand out!)
  • How to find your unique mechanism in just 3 simple steps – even if you’re starting from scratch!
  • DOZENS of practical unique mechanism examples used in all sorts of proven marketing campaigns (Some of which have generated over $1 BILLION!)
  • The often-misunderstood (but critically important)difference between a Unique Mechanism (UM)… and a Unique Selling Proposition (USP)
  • What neverto call your Unique Mechanism… EVER! (Seriously… this one mistake can single-handedly invalidate your entire mechanism in an instant!)
Module 7

Once Upon a Time, There Was a “StorySelling Masterclass” That Rocked

Next up, Storytelling on STEROIDS! (which I like to call “StorySelling”)
In this module, you’ll discover:
  • The REAL reason why almost every single persuasive message needs to use storytelling
  • The essential fundamentals of StorySellingyou need to understand to create not just compelling stories… but PROFITABLE ones!
  • Why focusing on the story itself isn’t enough – no matter how good it is… (And the often-overlooked “secret ingredient” of great storytelling!)
  • The 4 “pillars” of highly effective StorySelling almost no one talks about
  • How to create a kickass Character / Hero for your story that your audience will easily resonate with
  • Ever heard of the “Hero’s Journey” before? You have? Well…that’s cool, and all… BUT did you know that there are actually TWO (2) journeysthe Hero goes through, not just one? And this is THE single biggest point of difference between stories that are “meh”… and stories that are AMAZING!
  • 7 proven story archetypes you can copy/paste into your marketing funnels for an easy conversion boost
  • Where exactly to use these stories in your funnels (+ other useful tips)
Module 8

How To Create An Offer So Irresistible… Only a LUNATIC Would Ignore It

Once you have your “Big Idea”, Headline, Lead, Golden Thread, Unique Mechanism, and Stories…
It’s time to finally create an offer they can’t refuse!
So in Module 8, you’ll discover:
  • What exactly is a lucrative Offer (and how to make yours irresistible)
  • The #1 principle of ridiculously good offers you must always start with (DO NOTignore this… because otherwise, your offer will fall flat on its face!)
  • How direct marketing TITANS like Claude Hopkins, Gary Halbert, Todd Brown, and Alex Hormozi approach irresistible offers (Including their popular frameworks!)
  • The ONLY 8 core offer “types” you need to successfully launch any type of product or service
  • Advanced risk-reversal strategies that melt away objections with ease… and know people off the fence like crazy!
  • How to present your offer for MAXIMUM impact in MINUMUM time
  • 5 proven offer blueprintsyou can steal and install in various parts of your sales funnels
Module 9

From “Master Structure” to Breakthrough Copy

In this strategic overview session, we’ll revisit the most important 80/20 principles of key topics like:
  • The Fundamental Principles of Direct Response Copywriting
  • The Psychology Behind Persuasive Copywriting & Copy-Thinking
  • The “No-Nonsense” 80/20 Marketing Research Process
  • The “Sacred Trinity”: Big Ideas, Headlines, Leads
  • The “Golden Thread” That Connects Your Big Idea With The Offer
  • How to Make Your Competition Irrelevant by Using a Unique Mechanism
  • Once Upon a Time, There Was a “StorySelling Masterclass” That Rocked
  • How To Create An Offer So Irresistible… Only a LUNATIC Would Ignore It
  • The Breakthrough Copy Development Process (with Real-Life Example!)


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2023.06.04 13:07 _dollette_ Should I Take Out a Loan for Education Purposes?

Hi I'm currently hoping to break into the tattoo industry, I'm 21, and haven't a single scooby about anything to do with finances this expensive. I'm looking into joining a training course but I'm looking at like, £1,300 - £3,000 to pay for the course.
They don't offer any forms of payment plans, I'd have to pay it all off before I begin the course, I could do this over the course of a year or so, but I'm extremely desperate to get into the industry as soon as possible.
I'm implying this month or early next month, as my current job is, to be brutally honest, stressing me out to the point of some serious anxiety and depression symptoms. If I wasn't deadset on moving onto my career I'd apply elsewhere, but for me it'll just loop around to the same feelings honestly.
I'm not very well off financially, I'm currently with a stable job, but the hours I do don't leave me with alot of funds after rent and other bills, and helping out my family.
I can't take anymore hours than my current hours, unless its cover work, as they're already contracted to my other coworkers and I've been trying to get a second job to fill the gaps, but haven't had any luck.
I have money saved to cover a deposit for my training, but I'm, again, feeling extremely desperate to get out of my current job and move into the industry, is it worth taking out a small loan to cover whats left or am I going to be shooting myself in the foot here.
TLDR; I'm poor and want to go into tattoo training asap, should I take out a loan of roughly £3,000 to cover it, or should I just wait and save even if it sucks.
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2023.06.04 13:07 tomgr341 Athens + which island?

Heading to Greece for 8 nights late September and looking to fill in an itinerary.
We’re a couple in our early 30s. Both studied Philosophy (including Greek) at university. I was also obsessed with Greek mythology as a child, and did a 1/3rd of a year of Ancient History. Into contemporary art, music and culture.
We’ve booked four nights (including Friday/Saturday) in Monastiraki, Athens where we’re hoping to see the ancient sites, find some good food and bars, and maybe check out some record shops & galleries. Plus I’m hoping to look for some interesting music (jazz, psych, indie, experimental) in the evenings.
The days in Athens will be hectic, so we’re looking to fill in three nights by taking a ferry to an island somewhere before one final night in Athens before our flight home.
In a dream world I would like lush beaches, crystal waters, cool bars and decent food with a sea view. More culture or archeological sites would be a bonus.
We looked at Hydra for while. I’m charmed by the romantic cultural history. (The Leonard Cohen factor is a bit of a draw.) It seems quite expensive though, the beaches don’t look too enticing in comparison to other places, and the idea of getting stuck amongst the Jeff Koons camo yacht crowd is a bit off putting.
We’re looking at Naousa on Paros too, but worried that it might be a bit resort-y? It’s easy to be attracted by photos of whitewashed buildings but are these just really well framed? Reviews seem mixed, and I’m keen to avoid somewhere where the beaches run alongside busy roads.
Should we look elsewhere? Milos? Hydra/Poros? Antiparos?
Any thoughts would be appreciated!
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2023.06.04 13:07 AutoModerator [Download Course] Adam Enfroy – Blog Growth Engine Mastermind (

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Module 1
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In module 1, you’re going to find the unique brand of you. We’ll also introduce you to the authority flywheel, which is a framework to scale your online authority and influence in any niche. Module 2
In module 2, we cover the mindset needed to start a blogging business, including dealing with imposter syndrome, fighting the devil on your shoulder, and how to forge ahead fearlessly with your online business. Module 3
Blogging Like a Startup
In the third module, we cover blogging like a startup principles. This includes lessons from The Lean Startup, going over the startup mentality, and then we’ll introduce you to the concepts of pivoting and the idea of feedback loops, showing you that a blogging business runs on data. Module 4
Decoding Search Intent
This module includes how search engines work, the power of capturing Google traffic, and how to deconstruct searches and the competition to begin to understand exactly what you’re going to write. Module 5
Your Minimum Viable Website
Here’s where we start building your website. This is an exact, step by step series of videos showing you exactly how to set up your blog, including the hosting, the theme to pick, the exact plugins you need, how to tweak every setting – basically every little detail to get your website launched. Module 6
Keyword Monetization
This module includes how to do keyword research step by step, exactly what to look for to find monetizable keywords, and you’ll uncover the first keywords that you’ll start targeting. We’ll also cover the keyword research matrix. By the end of this module, you’ll have a new instinct to quickly and instantly spot keyword opportunities in the real world. Module 7
Blog Content Creation
Here, I show you the content assembly line method and how to assemble (not write) posts. You’ll also get the exact templates to start your posts from – how-to posts, affiliate list posts, reviews, comparisons – you’ll have the perfect framework for it all. Module 8
The Link Building Machine
This is where we cover the advanced tactics you need to scale the number of backlinks to your new blog, including how to scale guest posts and link building partnerships. We cover the new gold standard link building methods that no one else is currently doing. Module 9
Affiliate Marketing and Blog Monetization
Here, we’re going to cover your blog monetization timeline, how to plan your early affiliate content and start making affiliate revenue. Then we’re gonna get into advanced affiliate tactics taught nowhere else – how to get accepted into more programs, how to negotiate higher commission rates, how to play brands off against each other, how to rank brands in a list post, and a lot more. Module 10
Scaling and Outsourcing Your Blog
In this module, we go over how to scale and outsource your blog and how to maximize the use of your time to make the most progress (and money) in the shortest time frame possible. This includes your full scaling team, how to scale with or without a budget, and the main things to focus on daily when running your blogging business.


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2023.06.04 13:05 AutoModerator [Download Course] Cole Gordon – 30 Day Closer (

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Start Here: Intro & Onboarding

🧠 Phase 1 – Onboarding & Orientation
🧠 Phase 2 – Certification
🧠 Phase 3 – Sourcing Contracts
🧠 Phase 4 – Ramp
🧠 What is Remote Closing
🧠 Tax Strategy For Closers

Sales 1o1 Crash Course

👉 Intro
👉 Sales First Principles
👉 The Belief Ladder
👉 Setter Crash Course
👉 Call Review Breakdown (Setter)
👉 Closer Crash Course
👉 Call Review Breakdown #1

Sourcing a Gig

📖 Landing a Setter / Closer Contract – Intro
📖 Where to Source contracts
📖 Landing a Gig on LinkedIn
📖 Filter Good Gigs From The Bad
📖 Shooting a Good 1 Minute Video
📖 Creating Standout Applications
📖 Nailing The Screening Interview
📖 Screening Interview Breakdown
📖 Mock Call Intro
📖 How to Conduct Mock Calls
📖 Mock Call Breakdown

The Ramp Up

🤩 Overview of SOPs Pt. 1
🤩 Sales Success Tips & Common Pitfalls
🤩 Salesperson SOP Overview
🤩 30 Day Ramp Up (In Depth)
🤩 Beginning of Day Process Pt 1
🤩 Beginning of Day Process Pt 2
🤩 Beginning of Day Process Pt 3
🤩 Middle of Day Process
🤩 End of Day process

Sales Philosophy & Inner Game

🚀 Overview of Sales Philosophy and Inner Game
🚀 Sales First Principles
🚀 The Belief Ladder
🚀 The Inner Game of Sales
🚀 Subcommunication & Tonality
🚀 Keys to Consistent High-Performance

Setter Training

💰 Overview of Setter Training
💰 Prospecting 1o1
💰 Curated Opportunity Streams
💰 3 Types of Messenger Scripts
💰 Indirect Script
💰 Indirect Script Adjustments
💰 Direct Messenger Script
💰 Cold Messaging Script
💰 How to Create a “2-Step” Post
💰 Outbound Calls – Intro
💰 Outbound Calls – Script
💰 Triage Call – Script
💰 Example Call: Outbound & Triage
💰 Example Call: Triage Only

Closer Training Part 1: Intro & Discovery

📈 Overview of Closer Training Pt 1
📈 Sales Process Overview
📈 Adjustments For 2-Call Closes
📈 Sales Best Practices
📈 Call Introduction
📈 Two Syntaxes Explained
📈 Discovery Syntax #1: Problem-First Syntax
📈 Discovery Syntax #2: Goals First Syntax
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📈 How to Take Notes On Your Sales Calls
📈 Transitioning to the Pitch
📈 Transitioning to the Pitch (Alternative Method)
📈 Example Call: Goals First Syntax – Biz Opp Offer
📈 Example Call: Problems First Syntax – Business Offer

Closer Training Part 2: Pitching & Closing

📈 Overview of Closer Training Pt 2
📈 Pitch Codex – Intro
📈 How to Pitch
📈 Creating Your Pitch (w/ Example)
📈 Committing Phase

Objection Handling

🚀 Overview of Objection Handling
🚀 Objections 1o1
🚀 Pacing The First Objection
🚀 Financial Objections
🚀 PartneSpouse Objection
🚀 Uncertainty-Based Objections & Reframing Patterns
🚀 Closing Patterns & Risk Mitigators (Looping)
🚀 Deposit Closing
🚀 Setting Follow Up Calls
🚀 Pre-Close Reframes

Follow Up & Pipeline

🚀 Follow Up & Pipeline – Intro
🚀 Pipeline Set Up
🚀 The “Re-Offer”
🚀 Leadership Based Follow Up & Conversion Strategies

Asking Skilled Questions – Advanced

💰 Overview of Advanced Closer Training
💰 Getting Clear On The Pain
💰 Background Questions
💰 Doubt Questions
💰 Finances & Resources Questions
💰 Solution Questions
💰 Consequence & Cost Questions
💰 Vision & Desire Questions
💰 Prospect Giving You Super Low Goals? Watch This
💰 Support Questions (Partner & Spouse)
💰 Trust & Transitioning Out

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👉 Cole Breaking Down His Own Call #1
👉 Cole Breaking Down His Own Call #2
👉 Cole Breaking Down His Own Call #3
👉 Consulting Offer Breakdown
👉 Fitness Offer Breakdown
👉 Pre-Pitch Method
👉 Upgrade Calls & Back-End Offer
👉 Assessment Form Training
👉 Selling w/ Case Studies


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You will be able to apply with my full-cycle recruiting team to get hand-placed in one of the clients I am personally consulting. This way, we can do the “sourcing” part done for you and place you in a high-paying offer ASAP. We can’t guarantee done-for-you placement for EVERY single person who takes us up in the program gets placed. So because of this, I’m also going to give you…

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2023.06.04 13:03 FelicitySmoak_ On This Day In Michael Jackson HIStory - June 4th

On This Day In Michael Jackson HIStory - June 4th
1970 - "The Love You Save" by The Jackson Five enters the Billboard Soul Singles chart where it will peak at #1 and remain there for 6 weeks
1984 - Michael is on the cover of US magazine
1990 - Thousands of Michael Jackson fans pour onto the grounds of St John's Hospital and Health Center in Santa Monica, Los Angeles to support Michael who was admitted last night suffering from severe chest pains.
Doctors today ran a battery of tests to find out what ails him.
“He’s undergoing several important tests today,” said Jackson spokesman Bob Jones. “I don’t think it was a heart attack. He just experienced some discomfort. He had been feeling bad the past two or three days.”
2009 - Michael attended rehearsals and goes to Dr Klein’s in Beverly Hills
2013 - Jackson v AEG Trial Day 23
Katherine was at court with Austin Brown.
Paul Gongaware Testimony
AEG cross
He was asked about Michael's final two rehearsals at Staples Center. Gongaware couldn't recall details about the first one. He said he wasn't particularly attentive about Jackson's health & appearance. This was the 1st rehearsal after Jackson missed one 4 days earlier. Gongaware said Michael rehearsed on June 23rd. "He was fine," Gongaware described, saying his understanding was that Michael was okay. Gongaware said he wasn't being specifically attentive on the 23rd because he didn't think there was a problem with Michael. Michael rehearsed on Jun 24th. Gongaware watched "Thriller" in its entirety, it was the 1st time they were using costume. He said Michael seemed fine.

Putnam: "Was he engaged?"
Gongaware: "Yes"
Putnam: "Any physical issues?"
Gongaware: "No, I didn't see any, He did a good rehearsal"
On June 25th, Gongaware got a call from Randy saying he had a call from DiLeo asking him to go to Michael's house because something was going on. As Randy got to Michael's house, an ambulance was leaving and Randy followed it to the hospital. Gongaware said. "I didn't know what was going on"
"At that point I was apprehensive because I didn't know what was happening." Gongaware said he didn't hear anything for a while, so he called Randy to see what was going on and he said Michael had died. "I was in shock," Gongaware recalled. "The artist was gone, he just passed away. How did this happen?!". Gongaware said he no idea what caused Michael to die, never contemplated the idea of Michael Jackson dying. Gongaware talked very matter-of-factly about the day Jackson died. Gongaware said he questioned how it happened. "I called Kenny right away and told him. He was at Staples Center," Gongaware recalled. "The atmosphere at Staples was very somber."
After Michael's passing, Gongaware said they had to shut down production. He was then involved in Jackson's memorial service.
As to why This Is It was happening in London, Gongaware explained it was Michael's best market. "We didn't know how strong it would be." Putnam asked Gongaware if AEG considered a tour in the US. "No, he had all those child allegations flying, it was the wrong thing to do" he said.
Gongaware: "He didn't tour very often, I don't think he liked it very much. There were lots of things he would rather be doing". Michael never did "meet and greet, according to Gongaware
The exec said Michael came out with the phrase "This Is It" because this was the last tour he was going to do.
Michael only agreed to 50 shows, but Gongaware said AEG Live was interested in more
Gongaware said the Dangerous tour lost money due to cancellations. He said he thought HIStory nearly broke even. Gongaware worked on Dangerous, HIStory" and one Jacksons tour back in the 80s. Michael's primary concern was not making money off his shows, Gongaware said. His primary concern was with the art, the performance
"This Is It was supposed to be spectacular", Gongaware said. He would be doing 8-10 shows a month, so about 3 a week.
Gongaware said he never saw Michael take drugs. Aside from drug use in 93, Gongaware said he didn't have any other knowledge of his using drugs. "He was lively, engaged, he seemed happy," Gongaware said about Michael
Putnam asked Gongaware about the day he thought Jackson was impaired after an appointment with Dr. Arnold Klein. The questions prompted a sidebar. He said Jackson "wasn't quite the same" but didn't testify about Jackson's demeanor in detail. He was told Michael was at Dr. Klein's office. Gongaware said he was not familiar with the doctors who treated Michael. Putnam announced be had no more questions at this time
Jackson redirect
In response to Panish questions, Gongaware said This Is It was only the second tour that AEG Live would promote and produce
Panish asked if the exec was concerned about Michael.
"I certainly wanted him to do well".
Panish: "Were you concerned about his children and his family, sir?"
Gongaware: "I was concerned about him"
Panish: "How about his family and children, sir?"
Gongaware: "I supposed. I was focused on Michael"
Brian Panish asked Gongaware a couple different ways if he was concerned about Jackson's mother & children. Gongaware looked up toward the celiling and then said he'd thought about it and he was concerned about Jackson's mom & children
"I believe he was a good father," Gongaware said about Michael Jackson.
Panish: "Did you know he was a great son to his mother?"
Gongaware: "I believe he was"
Panish asked if Gongaware ever called Katherine Jackson to express his condolences. The executive said no. Gongaware said he also didn't think that he sent Katherine Jackson or Jackson's children a condolence card.
Panish: "After Michael died, did you ever send a card to his mother?"
Gongaware: 'I don't think so"
Panish: "Did you ever call her to express your condolences?"
Gongaware: "No"
Panish asked Gongaware several questions about the executive changing elements of his deposition testimony. "I believe I testified truthfully," Gongaware said. "I don't believe I changed my testimony substantially."
Panish then started pointing out what he said were inconsistencies in Gongaware's testimony
This led to questions about whether Gongaware was mistaken when he wrote in an email that AEG was paying Conrad Murray's salary. Gongaware said he didn't necessarily think he was mistaken. He also said he didn't remember writing the email. As to the email Gongaware wrote that AEG, not Michael paid Dr. Murray. Panish asked again if Gongaware recalled writing this email. He said no. Gongaware said he spent 2 days with his lawyers preparing for his deposition, one-two hours discussing the email about AEG paying Dr. Murray. Panish pointed out several answers Gongaware gave on his deposition and the changes he asked to make to the transcript after meeting with attorneys. Panish said Gongaware changed his testimony several times as a result of meeting with AEG's attorneys. Panish said Gongaware also changed his testimony again while on the stand and under oath. Panish tried to impeach Gongaware, which is a legal way to call into question the witness' credibility.
Later in the case, the judge will instruct the jurors that if they think a person lied, they may disconsider part of all of his testimony. As to the email about AEG paying Dr. Murray, Panish pointed out that Gongaware changed his answers several times throughout his testimony. One time he said the email was shorthanded, normal course of business and didn't really think it was a mistake. Yesterday, Gongaware answered the same question saying he was mistaken when he said AEG was paying Dr. Murray. Gongaware explained he thinks he said the same thing but different ways. Gongaware was also asked about a key email he wrote that has come up several other times during the trial. Talking about Murray, he wrote:
We want to remind him that it is AEG, not Michael who is paying his salary. We want him to understand what is expected of him

Panish: "Do you have any idea why you might have written that AEG is paying his salary?"
Gongaware: "No. I mean, I was mistaken there. We weren't going to pay his salary. We would have advanced the money on Michael's instructions"
Panish then asked Gongaware about Lou Ferrigno and whether he was an employee of AEG Live. Gongaware said no, reiterating his previous testimony that he made a deal with Ferrigno. He said Ferrigno would have been an independent contractor. Panish asked whether Ferrigno had a contract with AEG Live. Gongaware said he didn't know. Panish asked Gongaware if he hired Lou Ferrigno to be Michael's trainer. "I made a deal for Michael," Gongaware said. Ferrigno was an independent contractor, Gongaware said he didn't know whether Ferrigno was submitting bills to his office.
Panish: "So you stiffed Lou Ferrigno, you didn't pay the Incredible Hulk?"(Everyone in the courtroom laughed out loud)
Gongaware: "I don't know how he would get paid, if he would submit bills or not"
Panish said Gongaware testified yesterday that he was not concerned with Michael because he was working out with a trainer. Today Gongaware testified Michael was going to work out with Lou Ferrigno. Gongaware said he didn't know whether Ferrigno had an independent contract agreement or not and if he got paid. Panish inquired about AEG only paying people with fully executed contract. Gongaware said he didn't know the status of Ferrigno's contract. "I don't know specifically when Mr. Jackson saw trainers, but I believe he was seeing trainers," Gongaware explained.
Panish: "He was seeing Lou Ferrigno to be in the next Incredible Hulk?"
Gongaware: "I don't think so"
Panish said Gongaware testified he was not concerned about Michael because he was working out with Lou Ferrigno. He said he didn't say that.
"When he was sick on June 19, I didn't know what was happening," Gongaware explained. "After that, Michael was great."
Panish asked whether he ever received Conrad Murray's contract. Gongaware, when shown an email from June 16, 2009, that included Murray's contract, said he didn't generally read contracts. "Dr Murray wasn't supposed to get paid. If Michael would've signed the deal, Dr Murray would've been paid for his work in London," Gongaware said .
Panish: "You didn't have time to ready budgets, you didn't have time to read contracts, right?"
Gongaware: "I didn't read budgets early on"
Panish asked if Gongaware had any document to prove that Dr. Murray was told that anyone else, but AEG, was paying him. Gongaware didn't recall.
Panish: "Did you have anything in writing saying it was Michael, not AEG, paying Dr. Murray?"
Gongaware: "I don't know"
Gongaware said he believed Dr. Murray signed one version of the contract, but doesn't know whether the one showed to him was it. Gongaware said he knew of no document that said his company's payments to Conrad Murray were actually part of a loan to Michael. Gongaware, on the stand for the sixth day, said he didn't know what Murray assumed about who was paying him.
The jury was shown an email from Timm Wooley, the AEG accountant on Jackson's This Is It concert series sent Murray June 6, 2009:
"I am sorry for the long delay in getting this to you, but I hope that, with your input and comments, we can dispose of the agreement quickly and arrange for payment of the May & June fee installment"
Gongaware testified that although he made the deal with Murray, and that the contract was emailed to him in 2009, his court appearance was the first time he had seen it. Gongaware repeated his contention as he has throughout his testimony, that "He was working for Michael Jackson. He wasn't working for us" The contract shown to the jury said it was between AEG Live and Murray. The contract also said Murray was to "Perform the Services reasonably requested by Producers" (AEG). Trell testified earlier that this was one of several mistakes in a draft that would have been cleaned up in the final version
Panish: "You expected Dr Murray, just like Ferrigno, to get paid for services provided to AEG right sir?"
Gongaware: "He wasn't working for AEG"
Gongaware said he was tasked to make the deal, determine compensation for Dr. Murray.
Panish: "If he was Michael's personal doctor, why hire him?"
Gongaware: "I think he wanted to set up the payment. I was told to negotiate his compensation"
Panish asked Gongaware about his contention that Jackson was always able to perform and nail shows when necessary Gongaware repeated he believed when lights went on, Michael was always there. Panish pointed out Michael canceled several shows on the Dangerous tour. The lawyer cited several shows over Jackson's career that he missed: Bangkok, South America and the need to move a couple in Mexico City.
Panish then asked Gongaware about Dr. Stuart Finkelstein, who the lawyer kept referring to as Gongaware's friend of 25 years. Finkelstein, a possible witness in the trial, was on the last leg of the Dangerous tour before it was canceled. Gongaware said Dr. Finkelstein is now a drug addiction specialist. "There were two occasions where he (Dr. Finkelstein) told me he treated Michael, but never talked about Demerol or injections," Gongaware said. "I believe he's mistaken," Gongaware said if Dr. Finkelstein gave deposition to the contrary.
Panish: "Did Dr. Finkelstein tell you he put MJ on a 24 hour morphine drip?"
Gongaware: "No"
Gongaware denied that Finkelstein told him that he thought Jackson was suffering from a prescription drug addiction. He also denied that Finkelstein told him that another doctor on the Dangerous tour was giving Jackson Demerol shots. Dr. Forecast, from London, was Michael's doctor treating the artist during Dangerous tour
Gongaware said he was never alarmed about Jackson's health and said he saw him as being well
Panish: "Is safety paramount to AEG live?"
Gongaware: "Safety should always be expected"
Gongaware said he didn't know if there was a person in charge of safety at rehearsals

Panish: "In your opinion, this is a baseless, shakedown lawsuit?"
Gongaware: "I don't understand the merit in it"
Panish: "You answered interrogatories in this case blaming everything on Mrs. Jackson?"
Gongaware: "I don't recall"
Panish: "Did you sign anything in this case saying that Mrs. Jackson was trying to extort money from AEG?"
Gongaware: "I don't recall"
Regarding whether Jackson's children suffered a loss after their father's death, Gongaware said:
"I believe they suffered a great loss"
Gongaware agreed that the best recollection of what happened in 2009 is the emails, but said he remembers from his head too.
"He was always amazing," Gongaware said about Michael.
Gongaware: "I thought he was great"
Panish: "Despite Bugzee saying he was deteriorating in front of his eyes?"
Gongaware: "My eyes told me differently"
Gongaware said the demand for tickets to Michael's memorial service was huge, comparable to the demand for the This Is It tour. Gongaware said the amount of people still in line to buy tickets for This Is It could've sold out 100 shows. (ABC7)

Panish: "Do you remember what you said Elvis died of?"
Gongaware: "Heart ailment"
But Panish recalled Gongaware giving a different answer earlier on, saying he believed it was prescription drugs
Gongaware was asked about extending the This Is It tour. He was shown emails from promoters wanting Michael concerts in India, Australia. Gongaware said he would have liked the "This Is It" tour to continue, but they only had agreement for 50 shows. On 3/18/09 -- asking about MJ going to India for the show, Phillips responded:
"Thanks, Thomas. Michael will definitely be heading your way"
Gongaware said he thinks they were making plans in case Michael said ok, let's go. Email on 3/17/09 from Phillips:
"We have a 4 year plan that includes Australia, however, we have to finish London first.
Gongaware, who didn't like Australian's promoter, responded:
"Over my dead body. But let's see what he says before I p**s on his parade."

Panish: "Did you ever see Michael under the influence of prescription medication in June 2009?"
Gongaware: "When he came back from Dr. Klein's office"
Panish: "Did you investigate?"
Gongaware: "No, he was coming from his doctor, I didn't think there was a need"

Panish: "Your goal was to have as many shows as possible?"
Gongaware: "I would've liked that"
Panish: "The more shows you had, the more money AEG would've gotten, right?"
Gongaware: "Yes"
Panish asked Gongaware if he had talked to Phillips since he'd been on the witness stand. He said he hadn't discussed the case. Panish then asked if Phillips was aware Gongaware said he was content with AEG Live being #2 concert promoter behind Live Nation. Gongaware said he's expressed his opinion that AEG Live doesn't need to be the #1 promoter
AEG recross
Marvin Putnam, in re-direct, asked Gongaware if he tried to give his best testimony possible in deposition. Gongaware said "Yes"
He asked Gongaware why he never sent a condolence card to Jackson's family. "I'm not good with cards", he said. He said the memorial service was how he wanted to honor the singer. Gongaware said he spent a lot of time thinking about Jackson after his death "What I did, I tried to put the memorial show together," Gongaware said. "I think it was the best thing for me to do, commemorate his life."
Memorial was at the Staples Center with 15,000 people, live fed to Nokia Theater with 5,000 people. Gongaware said he worked directly with Randy Jackson on the memorial. It cost over a million dollars, AEG and Michael's estate bore the cost. "I'm glad I did what I did," Gongaware said, adding memorial was shown to millions of people interested in Michael around the world
Putnam tried to rebut all the claims that Gongaware changed his testimony. Gongaware said he feels he hasn't changed his answers
Putnam also showed jury Gongaware's police statement. Panish had said his comment to police was different from testimony. Panish keyed in on whether Gongaware testified that it was five weeks or two weeks between his first two conversations with Conrad Murray. The police statement said Gongaware told detectives a few weeks separated the calls regarding Murray and the contract
Another document that defense attorney Marvin Putnam showed Gongaware was Lou Ferrigno's contract. Ferrigno's three-page contract designated him as an independent contractor. It was signed by AEG accounting exec Julie Hollander. Putnam showed an independent contract agreement with Ferrigno fully executed. Julie Hollander signed on behalf of AEG effective April 27, 2009
Putnam finished his examination of Gongaware by showing him Conrad Murray's contract. Putnam questioned Gongaware about Dr. Murray's contract. The exec said Michael had to sign it in order for it to be valid. Putnam showed Gongaware language in the agreement that said Michael Jackson had to sign the agreement for it to be a valid contract. Putnam also keyed in on language that said Murray was being engaged "on behalf and at the expense of Michael Jackson"
Jackson redirect
Then it was Panish's turn again. He said there isn't a date on the contract showing when Julie Hollander signed Ferrigno's agreement. Panish questioned Gongaware about whether Ferrigno's contract may have been signed after Jackson's death. Gongaware said he didn't think he sent any contracts to Julie Hollander after Jackson's death. Panish pointed out that Hollander was signing contracts after Michaelhad died. He asked to see the original contract.
Panish: "Lou Ferrigno was retained by AEG, right?"
Gongaware: "Yes"
Panish asked Gongaware whether he thought it would have been better for him if he had reviewed documents and e-mails before testifying. "I relied on the advice of my attorney," he said. "All this legal stuff, I don't understand it," he said. Gongaware said he expected his lawyers would act on his best interest and that he testified truthfully and factually in his deposition. Panish asked if Gongaware expected to be believed now when he wouldn't recall his answers in deposition. Defendant objected, judge sustained
Panish also repeatedly referred to the number of AEG Live defense lawyers in the courtroom. He was later admonished to stop mentioning them. Putnam had noted that Katherine Jackson's side was being represented by four law firms. Panish said he didn't care if Putnam brought it up
With that Paul Gongaware was excused, subject to recall if needed.
Randy Phillips Testimony
Phillips said he met with six attorneys to prep for testimony between 6-8 times over the last two weeks, probably for about 30 hours. Phillips said he went through a bunch of emails, probably 30, from the period in question. He also read his deposition.
Randy Phillips, the chief executive officer of AEG Live, disclosed that his lawyers advised company executives not to review old e-mails before testifying. "They felt it would be better if I went in without preparation," he said, referring to his lawyers. (AEG Live lawyer Marvin Putman said outside of court that the volume of documents they would have needed to review was massive, making it impossible for them to prepare. )
Panish asked Phillips whether he was eager to tell his side of the story. "I believe you called me as a witness, so I'm here," Phillips said flatly
Phillips attended two years of law school, but didn't graduate.

Panish: "Who's higher up than you at AEG Live?"
Phillips: "No one at AEG Live"
Panish: "You are the top dog, so to speak?"
Phillips: "Yes"
Phillips reports to an executive committee who would then report to Tim Leiweke. Phillips said he doesn't know why Leiweke left the company. Phil Anschutz now belongs to the executive committee.
Panish at one point asked the executive whether he was familiar with the music industry. "Familiar with the music industry? I was working in it," Phillips replied.
Phillips said he agreed with statements attributed to him and defense attorney Marvin S. Putnam that the case was a shakedown.
Panish: "Do you think this is an extortion, shakedown lawsuit?"
Phillips: "Yes or no answer? Yes"
Panish: "Did you sign a document under the penalty of perjury saying Mrs. Jackson aided and abetted Joe Jackson to extort money from AEG?"
Phillips: "It's possible, I don't remember. I wish you wouldn't keep calling it a baseless shakedown lawsuit"
Panish: "You believe this case is an extortion, correct?"
Phillips: "Yes"

Panish: "You told Mr. Ortega that AEG checked everyone out, including Dr. Murray?"
Phillips: "I wrote in an email to Kenny Ortega that I thought Dr. Murray had been checked out. I still do, to some extent"
Panish: "You said he was a great doctor?"
Phillips: "Because that's what I was told"
Panish: "Did you write an email that AEG checked everyone out?"
Phillips: "Yes, I did"
Panish: "That was not true"
Phillips: "In retrospect, not 100%.It's what I knew at the time"

Panish: "Isn't it true you said AEG live doesn't lose money, sir?"
Phillips: "Among other things I said"
Panish showed Phillips a Forbes article where he said AEG is about making money, since they are a business.
Phillips: "Live Nation is the largest concert promoter in the world"
Panish: "Do you like being number 2?"
Phillips: "Love it! I'd rather be a successful number 2"
Panish: "You don't want to be number one?"
Phillips: "Not if it means losing money"
Phillips said Mr. Anschutz told him he's happy being a number 2
Panish asked if it was true Phillips wanted to meet with Michael to tour in 2007. Phillips answered it was the opposite, they asked for a meeting.
Jackson lawyer Brian Panish, who has been previously told by the judge not to argue with witnesses, quickly tangled with Phillips. "Please don't argue with me because then I will argue back and get in trouble," Panish told Phillips at one point. "Then that's an incentive for me," Phillips joked (everyone laughed)

Panish: "Did you learn Colony Capital purchase note on Neverland?"
Phillips: "Yes"
Panish: "Is Barrack one of principals on Colony Capital?"
Phillips: "Yes"
On 6/13/08, Phillips sent an email to Colony Capital with a summation of plans for Michael for four years:
I caution you that Michael is not fast and a total perfectionist (needs to be controlled as much as possible)
Phillips said he was referring to Michael's spending

Panish: "Neverland was his beloved home, right sir?"
Phillips: "Hard to answer, because of the things Michael told me"
When the executive appeared to crack a smile, Panish asked if he thought the proceedings were funny.
Phillips:"No, I think it's tragic"
Panish: "Do you think any of this is funny, sir?"
Phillips: "No, I think it's tragic"
Tohme Tohme was a business associate with Colony Capital, who was also working with Michael. Panish asked if Phillips thought there was a conflict of interest with Tohme working for Colony and Michael. He said "No"
Court Transcript
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2023.06.04 13:03 ashleypenny This subreddit will be going private June 12-15 in protest of recent policy changes proposed by reddit.

What's going on?

This is a coordinated user-protest against proposed content changes being implemented by Reddit; The App I use, Apollo, would have to pay reddit $20m a year to do what they do now under the new proposals, and NSFW content will also no longer be visible from 3rd party apps - essentially they are purposefully killing off these apps/browser add-ons so that people use their own client.
You can find all the info here:
A recent Reddit policy change threatens to kill many beloved third-party mobile apps, making a great many quality-of-life features not seen in the official mobile app permanently inaccessible to users.
On May 31, 2023, Reddit announced they were raising the price to make calls to their API from being free to a level that will kill every third party app on Reddit, from Apollo to Reddit is Fun to Narwhal to BaconReader.
Even if you're not a mobile user and don't use any of those apps, this is a step toward killing other ways of customizing Reddit, such as Reddit Enhancement Suite or the use of the desktop interface .
This isn't only a problem on the user level: many subreddit moderators depend on tools only available outside the official app to keep their communities on-topic and spam-free.
What's the plan?
On June 12th, many subreddits will be going dark to protest this policy. Some will return after 48 hours: others will go away permanently unless the issue is adequately addressed, since many moderators aren't able to put in the work they do with the poor tools available through the official app. This isn't something any of us do lightly: we do what we do because we love Reddit, and we truly believe this change will make it impossible to keep doing what we love.
The two-day blackout isn't the goal, and it isn't the end. Should things reach the 14th with no sign of Reddit choosing to fix what they've broken, we'll use the community and buzz we've built between then and now as a tool for further action.
What can you do?
  1. Complain. Message the mods of, who are the admins of the site: message reddit: submit a support request: comment in relevant threads on reddit, such as this one, leave a negative review on their official iOS or Android app- and sign your username in support to this post.
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  3. Boycott and spread the Reddit's competition! Stay off Reddit entirely on June 12th through the 13th- instead, take to your favorite non-Reddit platform of choice and make some noise in support!
  4. Don't be a jerk. As upsetting this may be, threats, profanity and vandalism will be worse than useless in getting people on our side. Please make every effort to be as restrained, polite, reasonable and law-abiding as possible.
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2023.06.04 13:01 PiggyTweedle [OC] [Art] An encounter map I drew for the game today.

Part 1: Nearfields The adventure begins when the player characters confront a powerful warband of raiders threatening the farmland of Nearfields. Under the command of fermaster Toede, the warband of goblins, hobgoblins, and bugbears lairs in the ruins of an ancient temple of the solomnic knights buried deep in the mountains. They are scouting out the surrounding lands in preparation for a series of attacks on the farmland of Nearfields and Solace to disrupt the cultivation of crops and weaken the area making it easier for the Dragonarmy to invade and destroy. In the course of their fight to drive off the marauders, the PC's learn that Fermaster Toede is gathered forces in the Kiri Valley. Their goal is to cause as much chaos as possible, gather powerful allies in Abanasinia to cause division and destabilize the region in preparation for Lord Verminaard's invasion.
Introduction: The once peaceful farmland that supplies the people of Solace is under threat. Goblin attacks on the farms has become more frequent. The farmers desperate for help, seek brave adventurers to put an end to these attacks and restore safety to the region. It is up to the players to investigate the farmland, track down the goblins to their hideout and eliminate the threat. Adventure Hooks: • Brewgoff (Schief) the Hylar Dwarf from Thorbardin has been tasked by Thane Glade Hornfel Kytil to travel to Solace. Once there he is to search out information pertaining to the Hobgoblin Fewmaster Toede. There is a connection between Fewmaster Toede and the Thane Realgar of the Theiwar. A derro dwarf who will stop at nothing to become King of Thorbardin. • On the road to Solace Niles (Seth) and Baxter Willowbark (Dave) were given a ride into Solace by Olaf the Meadmaker. While on their way Olaf told the two adventurers of the goblin raids that have been occurring recently to the other farmers in Nearfields. MARAUDER ATTACK Bloodthirsty marauders are disrupting all traffic on the road from Solace through the Kiri Valley to the Abanasinian Plains. They will attack anyone taking this road soon as the PCs travel the road.
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