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2020.12.02 04:39 Cerealism15 Having Waze and Google Maps Trouble with Android Auto, need some help.

I've got an S10 and I drive a 2020 Elantra, so the technology is relatively up to date.
I took a trip with my wife to Georgia over Thanksgiving and I found a few issues with both Waze and Google Maps:
  1. I cannot use either app through my phone when my phone is plugged into my car, so if I want to change directions, I have to unplug my phone and then plug it back in
  2. We were in middle of nowhere Georgia, so connections were spotty. Plugging in the address wasn't an issue, but as we went from signal to no signal and back to signal it would stop the navigation and my wife would have to unplug my phone, type in the address and then plug it back in to resume navigating.
  3. Waze was awful with recalculating and giving me alternative routes. We wanted to avoid Atlanta because we wanted to avoid traffic, but Waze couldn't give me an alternative and if I drove past a turn to go another way, Waze would just recalculate for me to make a u turn no matter how far I got away. Again my wife would unplug my phone, close the app, and then plug it back in. I didn't have this issue with maps
  4. Trying to add routes with Waze would cause the app to stop trying to get directions and I would have to start all over again
I just need some solutions on how to fix this problem, we almost got really lost multiple times and it just caused a lot of frustration.
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2020.12.02 01:09 SWGalaxysEdge ** Wed 12/2 - Christmas TV shows - ALL CHANNELS ** - part 2 of 3

all times EST - check local listings
...continued from part 1
Santiago of the Seas - A Pirate ChristmasTomorrow, 9:00 AM / NIC-E 36Santiago and crew must help Santa save Christmas.
T.O.T.S. - Santa Baby; Shear MadnessTomorrow, 9:00 AM / DIS-E 40Pip and Freddy attempt to teach the joy of giving during Christmas to a magical baby reindeer; Pip and Freddy frantically try to figure out how to fix the situation when they mistakenly shave all the wool off a baby sheep.
Teen Titans Go! ChristmasTomorrow, 9:00 AM / CARINT 970
Mistletoe & MenorahsTomorrow, 10:00 AM / LIF-E 38When a big account is on the line, a toy company executive turns to a co-workers friend for help learning about Hanukkah in exchange for helping him transform his bachelor pad into a Christmas Wonderland that will impress his girlfriend.
KrampusTomorrow, 10:00 AM / FXX 82When a young boy loses his Christmas spirit because of his family's squabbles, the ancient demon Krampus is unleashed, and the family must find a way to come together in order to save one another from the fearsome evil spirit.
Sound of ChristmasTomorrow, 10:00 AM / HALLMV 84A young music teacher begins to grow closer with the single father of one of her brightest and most challenging students, but complications arise for all of them as their relationship develops amid the holiday season.
The Middle - The Christmas WallTomorrow, 10:30 AM / FAM-E 52Frankie decides not to do much by the way of Christmas decorations because she's sick of her family not appreciating any of her efforts; Axl, Sean and Darren reunite Boss Co. for the holidays, but it just devolves into petty arguments between them.
Christmas at the ChateauTomorrow, 10:30 AM / SHOWOM 244A group of sisters attempt to save a historic mansion and beloved family home in their town from a corrupt bank that plans to foreclose on Christmas, but things get complicated when a sister falls in love with one of the bankers.
To Grandmother's House We GoTomorrow, 11:00 AM / AMCALL 64When their mother becomes exasperated with their antics, twin sisters Sarah and Julie decide to give their mother the vacation she always wanted and go to their grandmother's house for Christmas, but their journey does not go as planned.
Ricky Zoom - SantaCycle Down; ShiningTomorrow, 11:00 AM / NGN-E 125Ricky and the buddies help Santa Cycle when he crash-lands in Wheelford on Christmas Eve; Scootio's parents are putting on a light display in Wheelford.
PAW Patrol - Pups Save a Bah Humdinger!Tomorrow, 12:00 PM / NIC-E 36Mayor Humdinger is being very naughty on Christmas Eve and it's up to the Paw Patrol to help Santa and save Christmas.
A Gift Wrapped ChristmasTomorrow, 12:00 PM / LIF-E 38A personal shopper makes it her holiday mission to help her workaholic client, a single father who seems to be spending very little time with his 7-year-old son, to get into the spirit of Christmas and learn to appreciate his family.
Pride, Prejudice, and MistletoeTomorrow, 12:00 PM / HALMRK 68An entrepreneurial woman decides to spend Christmas in her hometown, where she joins forces with a former rival to plan a charity event together, but as she starts to spend time with her family, she finds herself mending past relationships.
Nostalgic ChristmasTomorrow, 12:00 PM / HALLMV 84When a woman visits the small town in Maine where she grew up, she learns that her dad is set to sell his toy store and retire from his wood-carving career, also the town's lumber mill is up for sale, possibly making this her last Christmas there.
Puppy Dog Pals - A Very Pug Christmas; The Latke KerfuffleTomorrow, 1:10 PM / DISNEYJR 179When Bob's very special Christmas gift goes missing from Santa Claus' sleigh, Bingo and Rolly join in to help Santa search for the lost present; Bingo and Rolly help Bob cook latkes for his neighbor's traditional Hanukkah party.
Small Town Big Deal - Christmas Then and NowTomorrow, 1:30 PM / YOUTOOAMER 134/ NewHost Rodney Miller, Georgia farmer and antique tractor and equipment enthusiast, travels to small towns across rural America to investigate noteworthy places and to celebrate and preserve the culture and tradition of the American small town.
Christmas at the ChateauTomorrow, 1:30 PM / SHOWMW 252A group of sisters attempt to save a historic mansion and beloved family home in their town from a corrupt bank that plans to foreclose on Christmas, but things get complicated when a sister falls in love with one of the bankers.
Deck the HallsTomorrow, 1:40 PM / FAM-E 52As two neighbors in a small town prepare for the festivities of Christmas, they get into an all-out war when one decides to decorate his home with so many lights that they are visible from space, but they soon learn the true meaning of Christmas.
Staging ChristmasTomorrow, 2:00 PM / LIF-E 38A home stager is surprised when a wealthy widower, who is not looking to sell his house, tasks her with staging his home in the hope of recovering his daughters holiday cheer, and she finds herself growing closer to the family as she works.
Once Upon a Christmas MiracleTomorrow, 2:00 PM / HALMRK 68After a young woman is told that she has less than a few months to live without a liver transplant, she meets a Marine, who is a perfect match and whose organ donation could save her life, and they soon develop a friendship which leads to romance.
A Merry Christmas MatchTomorrow, 2:00 PM / HALLMV 84A young woman lives in a popular ski village and also works at a local antique shop, and when a young man, who was recently named as a "Christmas Catch" comes into her shop, sparks fly, and she starts to wonder what could be.
T.O.T.S. - Santa Baby; Shear MadnessTomorrow, 2:30 PM / DISNEYJR 179Pip and Freddy attempt to teach the joy of giving during Christmas to a magical baby reindeer; Pip and Freddy frantically try to figure out how to fix the situation when they mistakenly shave all the wool off a baby sheep.
Doc McStuffins - A Very McStuffins ChristmasTomorrow, 3:00 PM / DISNEYJR 179Donny's Christmas present is just about ready for delivery until Tobias the elf accidentally breaks off an important piece of the gift; hoping to have Donny's present fixed before Christmas, Doc journeys to Santa's workshop at the North Pole.
Spookley and the Christmas KittensTomorrow, 3:25 PM / DISNEYJR 179Spookley the Square Pumpkin and Mistletoe stumble upon three kittens who are searching for a home in the middle of a strong winter storm, but the two friends could be just the help they need if they all agree to work together.
Buttons: A Christmas TaleTomorrow, 3:29 PM / STRZFK 274Two orphan girls' only wish is to find a home for Christmas, and when they meet two unexpected visitors, they turn out to be their guardian angels who, with a little help, turn the tide of events and change their lives forever.
Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole ChristmasTomorrow, 3:45 PM / FAM-E 52A spiteful, heartless creature concocts a plan to disguise himself as Santa Claus and steal Christmas from the happy town that lies beneath his mountain abode, but it is he who is in for a surprise when Christmas morning finally dawns.
A Welcome Home ChristmasTomorrow, 4:00 PM / LIF-E 38While supporting her local military chapter's Christmas toy drive, a woman is partnered with a veteran who has recently returned home, and as they organize the annual Christmas ball for the kids, they begin to form a special bond with each other.
Christmas Under WrapsTomorrow, 4:00 PM / HALMRK 68A driven doctor is denied a prestigious position that she hoped to achieve and she moves to a remote town in Alaska; she befriends many of the townspeople and is presented with an opportunity to put her goals aside for romance; holiday secret.
A Blue Ridge Mountain ChristmasTomorrow, 4:00 PM / HALLMV 84When a hotel manager returns to her hometown in Virginia to help her sister plan a Christmas wedding at the inn that her family once owned, she must work with the current owner and a single dad who wants to let go of the past.
Gilmore Girls - Forgiveness and StuffTomorrow, 4:00 PM / UP 145Lorelai is told not to attend her parent's Christmas party; Luke rushes Lorelai to the hospital when she learns that her father collapsed during holiday festivities; Lane gives Rory advice about the right Christmas gift for Dean.
...continued in part 3
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2020.12.01 13:00 kalyanivishwakarma Male External Catheters Market Size, Share 2020 By Worldwide Industry Demand, Regional Overview, Trends Evaluation, Top Manufacture, Business Growth Strategies and Forecast to 2026 Says Industry Research Biz

Male External Catheters Market Size, Share 2020 By Worldwide Industry Demand, Regional Overview, Trends Evaluation, Top Manufacture, Business Growth Strategies and Forecast to 2026 Says Industry Research Biz

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  • Male External Catheters, also commonly referred to as condom catheters or male catheters, are used by men to treat urinary incontinence.
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  • Asid Bonz
  • B Braun
  • Boston Scientific
  • BD
  • Coloplast
  • ConvaTec
  • Hollister
  • Medical Technologies of Georgia
  • Medtronic
  • Teleflex
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  • Disposable External Catheters
  • Reusable External Catheters
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  • Benign Prostate Hyperplasia (BPH)
  • Urinary Incontinence
  • Spinal Cord Injuries
  • Others
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  • Base Year: 2019
  • Estimated Year: 2020
  • Male External Catheters Market Forecast Period: 2020-2026
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1 Male External Catheters Market Overview 1.1 Male External Catheters Product Overview 1.2 Male External Catheters Market Segment by Type 1.2.1 Type 1 1.2.2 Type 2 1.2.3 Type 3 1.2.4 Others 1.3 Global Male External Catheters Market Size by Type (2015-2026) 1.3.1 Global Male External Catheters Market Size Overview by Type (2015-2026) 1.3.2 Global Male External Catheters Historic Market Size Review by Type (2015-2020) 1.3.3 Global Male External Catheters Market Size Forecast by Type (2021-2026) 1.4 Key Regions Market Size Segment by Type (2015-2020) 1.4.1 North America Male External Catheters Sales Breakdown by Type (2015-2026) 1.4.2 Europe Male External Catheters Sales Breakdown by Type (2015-2026) 1.4.3 Asia-Pacific Male External Catheters Sales Breakdown by Type (2015-2026) 1.4.4 Latin America Male External Catheters Sales Breakdown by Type (2015-2026) 1.4.5 Middle East and Africa Male External Catheters Sales Breakdown by Type (2015-2026)
2 Global Male External Catheters Market Competition by Company 2.1 Global Top Players by Male External Catheters Sales (2015-2020) 2.2 Global Top Players by Male External Catheters Revenue (2015-2020) 2.3 Global Top Players Male External Catheters Average Selling Price (ASP) (2015-2020) 2.4 Global Top Manufacturers Male External Catheters Manufacturing Base Distribution, Sales Area, Product Type 2.5 Male External Catheters Market Competitive Situation and Trends 2.5.1 Male External Catheters Market Concentration Rate (2015-2020) 2.5.2 Global 5 and 10 Largest Manufacturers by Male External Catheters Sales and Revenue in 2019 2.6 Global Top Manufacturers by Company Type (Tier 1, Tier 2 and Tier 3) (based on the Revenue in Male External Catheters as of 2019) 2.7 Date of Key Manufacturers Enter into Male External Catheters Market 2.8 Key Manufacturers Male External Catheters Product Offered 2.9 Mergers & Acquisitions, Expansion
3 Global Male External Catheters Status and Outlook by Region (2015-2026) 3.1 Global Male External Catheters Market Size and CAGR by Region: 2015 VS 2020 VS 2026 3.2 Global Male External Catheters Market Size Market Share by Region (2015-2020) 3.3 Global Male External Catheters Market Size Market Share by Region (2021-2026) 3.4 North America Male External Catheters Market Size YoY Growth (2015-2026) 3.5 Asia-Pacific Male External Catheters Market Size YoY Growth (2015-2026) 3.6 Europe Male External Catheters Market Size YoY Growth (2015-2026) 3.7 Latin America Male External Catheters Market Size YoY Growth (2015-2026) 3.8 Middle East and Africa Male External Catheters Market Size YoY Growth (2015-2026)
4 Global Male External Catheters by Application 4.1 Male External Catheters Segment by Application 4.1.1 Application 1 4.1.2 Application 2 4.1.3 Application 3 4.1.4 Others 4.2 Global Male External Catheters Sales by Application: 2015 VS 2020 VS 2026 4.3 Global Male External Catheters Historic Sales by Application (2015-2020) 4.4 Global Male External Catheters Forecasted Sales by Application (2021-2026) 4.5 Key Regions Male External Catheters Market Size by Application
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10 Company Profiles and Key Figures in Male External Catheters Business 10.1 Company Profile 1 10.1.1 Company Profile 1 Corporation Information 10.1.2 Company Profile 1 Description, Business Overview and Total Revenue 10.1.3 Company Profile 1 Male External Catheters Sales, Revenue and Gross Margin (2015-2020) 10.1.4 Company Profile 1 Male External Catheters Products Offered 10.1.5 Company Profile 1 Recent Development
10.2 Company Profile 2 10.2.1 Company Profile 2 Corporation Information 10.2.2 Company Profile 2 Description, Business Overview and Total Revenue 10.2.3 Company Profile 2 Male External Catheters Sales, Revenue and Gross Margin (2015-2020) 10.2.4 Company Profile 1 Male External Catheters Products Offered 10.2.5 Company Profile 2 Recent Development
10.3 Company Profile 3 10.3.1 Company Profile 3 Corporation Information 10.3.2 Company Profile 3 Description, Business Overview and Total Revenue 10.3.3 Company Profile 3 Male External Catheters Sales, Revenue and Gross Margin (2015-2020) 10.3.4 Company Profile 3 Male External Catheters Products Offered 10.3.5 Company Profile 3 Recent Development …………………………….
11 Male External Catheters Upstream, Opportunities, Challenges, Risks and Influences Factors Analysis 11.1 Male External Catheters Key Raw Materials 11.1.1 Key Raw Materials 11.1.2 Key Raw Materials Price 11.1.3 Raw Materials Key Suppliers 11.2 Manufacturing Cost Structure 11.2.1 Raw Materials 11.2.2 Labor Cost 11.2.3 Manufacturing Expenses 11.3 Male External Catheters Industrial Chain Analysis 11.4 Market Opportunities, Challenges, Risks and Influences Factors Analysis 11.4.1 Industry Trends 11.4.2 Market Drivers 11.4.3 Market Challenges 11.4.4 Porter’s Five Forces Analysis
12 Market Strategy Analysis, Distributors 12.1 Sales Channel 12.2 Distributors 12.3 Downstream Customers
13 Research Findings and Conclusion Continue……………….
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2020.11.30 07:43 man59769 Anyone experienced this before? Sorry for the really long post. Will delete if asked to.

Got rejected by the same girl twice. So, the first time I got rejected, She told me that she wasn’t looking for a relationship and a week later, she’s in a relationship. We stay friends but she calls me in the middle of the night a couple months after and she’s drunk. She tells me that if I would’ve waited longer, she would’ve given me a chance. Of course it made me feel horrible. We stay friends and 2 years after this, we both go to a soccer game because she had never been. We go and I ask her how she’s doing with her bf who is in Oregon. The girl and I live in Georgia. She says that she’s struggling with him because of the long distance and she’s not happy. She tells me that she’s tried to leave before but he threatened to harm himself if she did. I tell her that it’s not fair on her and that she should leave him because it’s simply something you don’t do to someone. Especially if they like you. That same day she tells me that she broke up with him. She’s all sad about it so I decide to try and cheer her up by asking if she wanted to hang out. We go to a restaurant/bar called “The Vortex”. We chat, eat and talk the whole time. I drop her off to her house and she texts me she had a good time. After that happened, my feelings came back for her, I thought I had gotten rid of them for good but I suppressed them and they came back after. I felt guilty because I thought it was my fault that she and her boyfriend broke up. Especially because my feelings for her had come back. Skip a month later and we’re still talking as friends. No flirting or nothing like that. Just regular talk. One day she tells me that she likes someone and I ask who it is if she didn’t mind telling me. Next thing you know, I receive a call from her which was strange as she never really called me. I answer and she tells me that she likes me. Of course I was really happy and told her that I liked her as well. 2 days after that, she comes to see me so we can talk in person. She tells me that she needs time to forget about her ex and I said that it was fine. We go on three dates after that and everything seems to be going ok. Until one day she sends me a Snapchat telling me that she thinks it’s best if we stay friends. I was devastated, I truly did like her. I was heartbroken. Not even a week or two later, she’s with someone else already. To this day it depresses me. It makes me feel like I’m not good enough and it hurts. I have zero confidence in myself. Saw a picture of the new guy she’s with and he’s 100x better looking than me which made me feel ugly and unwanted. It happened 2 years ago but it still makes me sad. I’ll randomly get depressed about it. It’s something that I’ve yet to get over and it kills me to this day.
EDIT: just remembered...... after she left me for someone else I asked her what happened. She said that she was already talking to her current boyfriend when she told me she liked me.......
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2020.11.29 17:50 AlphaxSaint1 [M4F] Longterm pokemon journey rp and other ideas. Longterm partners needed.

I am 18+ and all participants and characters must be 18+
I am looking for a rp partner. I'm open to many different styles whether it be fantasy, or realistic. I have a few ideas in mind but would love to discuss potential ideas. As always come with some ideas and we can get something going.
Pokemon journey: So I've been re watching pokemon and would love to do a longterm pokemon journey rp. I'm most familiar with generations 1-4 so if it took place in there that would be perfect. I'm flexible on ideas but do have a rough idea in mind. I'm definitely open to building something together.
Zombie apocalypse: I'm open to a lot of different scenarios. Rather it's the walking dead where the zombies move kind of slow. Or world war Z where they sprint and climb over each other. I'm also open to many different pairings.
Dragon rider: For as long as anyone can remember humans and dragons were enemies. The Dragons would steal livestock and destroy town and humans hunted dragons for their skin to use for armor. One day while on a fishing trip with your dad a storm knocks you overboard. When you wake up your on a beach cutoff from and kind of civilization the sounds of dragons in the background.
Opposites attached: You play a very well known celebrity (could be actress, singer, social media person). You're used to getting things handed to you and guys falling for you. But while in a small town in Montana where almost no one knows who you are. While waiting to catch one flight out you meet a charming rancher.
Back to business: When we were little we met in a foster home and were bestfriends from the start. Once we were old enough to be on our own we spend most of the time couch surfing and stealing to get buy. We grew to stealing cars and made good money from it. One night something when wrong and we got caught. I took the blame so you wouldn't end up in prison. Now it's 5 years later and I'm finally getting out.
Chicago pd x Law and order SVU: I'd love to do a crossover with Jay halstead and Olivia benson.
College football: I'd love to play out the ups and downs of college football eventually making it to the NFL
Business as usual: You're the CEO of a very successful company but you still have rivals and enemies. That being said you need some allies to so you meet me the president of the local motorcycle club. I'll handle the dirty work in exchange for money or anything i need.
Rich girl and a country boy: You're dad has always had this idea of you marrying the son of a fellow ceo and merging the companies. That's starting to come true until while on a trip for your bachelorette party you meet a small town boy and he shows you the joy of living a simple life.
Military: For a college assignment you're required to connect with a penpal. You get paired with me and through various letters you learn I'm overseas in the military. We talk for weeks until soon i stop writing back. That's until I'm home and decide to surprise you.
Meeting the family: We've been dating for about 6 months and you've never met my family. We come from different backgrounds as you're more of the upper middle class the grew up in the city and i was lower middle class that grew up in the country. We were sometimes polar opposites but somehow we were happy together. I get an invitation to my sister's wedding and we decide to take a trip to my hometown for the wedding and to introduce you to the crazyness that's my family.
Youtuber: You're a pretty big Youtubestreamer with over 9 million subscribers between the two platforms. I'm a rather small Youtuber with only about 600k subscribers on YouTube. People are constantly linking you my videos to react to on stream due to the humor being a little on the darker side. To everyone's surprise you really enjoy my content and it goes from there.
Your suggestion or ideas: If you have any changes to a particular scenario please share I'm open to suggestions. If you have a totally different idea or ideas please share aswell I'd love to hear.
Youtuber house: You're the owner and CEO of an esports team. You've had a team house for a abour a year and are ready to expand. You decide to have a content house you do your research and invite me to join and be the first streamecontent creator to live in the house with you. Eventually you'll invite others to join.
Where you come from: We grew up in the same small town in Georgia and were best friends. You moved to California when your dad got an amazing job and you've been living the wealthy life ever since. One day when you come home from shopping with your other rich friends your mom and dad tell you're all going back to Georgia for an extended visit and you couldn't be more upset.
The new guy: I wasn't the most popular guy at my old school and everyone picked on me. I embarrassed myself one day to the point of needing to get out. After meeting a guy that went through the same situation i reinvented myself as a cool jock type and transferred to your school.
Criminal enterprise: Your mom and my mom were bestfriends. She helped pay for you mom's medicine when she was sick. When your mom finally passed you came to live with us. When you get here you realize we're one of the country's most successful crime families.
Single parent: This is one is pretty straight forward. We can discuss different options in PM.
Unexpected pregnancy: We met at a party and got drunk and hooked up. We didn't talk afterwards until you called me telling me your pregnant.
Small town living: you were always a good respectable person. You always saw the good in people but sometimes that wasn't necessarily a good thing. You dated a guy that seemed fine to everyone except behind closed doors he was extremely abusive. When you came home one day with a broken nose and a black eye your parents knew they needed to do something. They decided to send you to live with your aunt to hopefully hide you from him. You were relieved to be away from hom finally. When you get to your aunt's farm you see me working out in the fields.
Superpower: Ever since i was 5 i knew i was different but no one ever told me why. I came from a long line of shapeshifters unfortunately that's usually what got them killed. Both my dad and uncle were shifters but they mysteriously died when i was 5. My mother started to see the signs of me becoming one the animal print started to show on my body and she knew she couldn't go through with it. When i was 6 she turned me over to foster care and disappeared. Now I'm 22 and using my gift for more personal gain. Rather it be changing into a horse betting on myself at the local track or a championship caliber race dog. You've been passed a file on me to try and bring me in to try and stop a criminal mastermind from trying the world into chaos.
Reconnect: I've been bestfriends with your older brother since we were in kindergarten. We're both sophomores in college and play football for the school. You and me always had a connection but never acted on it. Now it's your brother's wedding and we meet up when you see my smoking out by my truck.
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2020.11.28 00:19 Drexlore Week 13 Match-up Preview Thread: Appalachian State Mountaineers vs. Troy Trojans

Appalachian State vs. Troy
When: Saturday, November, 28, 03:30 PM Eastern
Where: Kidd Brewer Stadium - Boone, NC
Watch: ESPN2
Odds: Appalachian State by 13.5 pts.
Total Points: 49.0
All-Time Series : Appalachian State vs. Troy
Appalachian State and Troy have met 8 times since 11/21/1970.
These teams last met 364 days ago on 11/29/2019.
Series Wins: Appalachian State 5-0-3 Troy
Longest streak of continuous meetings: 3 (2014-2016).
Appalachian State has won the last 2 meetings (2018-2019) in this series.
Last 6 Meetings
Winner Date Location Appalachian State Troy Notes
Appalachian State 2019-11-29 Troy, AL 48 13
Appalachian State 2018-11-24 Boone, NC 21 10
Troy 2016-11-12 Troy, AL 24 28
Appalachian State 2015-10-31 Boone, NC 44 41
Appalachian State 2014-10-18 Troy, AL 53 14
Appalachian State 2000-11-25 Troy, AL 33 30
Series Comparison Data via Winsipedia
Through Week 12
Week Appalachian State 6-2(4-1) Result Troy 4-4(2-2) Result
1 BYE N/A BYE N/A
2 Charlotte 2-3(2-1) W 35-20 BYE N/A
3 Marshall#15 7-0(4-0) L 7-17 Middle Tennessee 3-6(2-4) W 47-14
4 Campbell 0-4(0-0) W 52-21 BYU#7 9-0(0-0) L 7-48
5 BYE N/A BYE N/A
6 BYE N/A Texas State 2-9(2-5) W 37-17
7 BYE N/A Eastern Kentucky 3-6(0-0) W 31-29
8 Arkansas State 3-6(1-5) W 45-17 Georgia State 4-4(3-4) L 34-36
9 ULM 0-8(0-5) W 31-13 Arkansas State 3-6(1-5) W 38-10
10 Texas State 2-9(2-5) W 38-17 Georgia Southern 6-3(4-2) L 13-20
11 Georgia State 4-4(3-4) W 17-13 BYE N/A
12 Coastal Carolina#13 8-0(6-0) L 23-34 Middle Tennessee 3-6(2-4) L 17-20
All rankings reflect the current /cfb poll
Appalachian State Injury Report
Data Scraped: 2020-11-27 16:00:03
Player Position Status Reported Notes
Daetrich Harrington RB Out Indefinitely – Undisclosed Mon, Nov 16 Harrington is out of commission due to an unspecified injury, and he will miss an significant length of time.
David Baldwin Griffin QB Out For Season – Personal Mon, Sep 7 Baldwin-Griffin has informed the program that he will sit out the entire 2020 season due to a personal decision.
Raykwon Anderson RB Out For Season – Personal Mon, Sep 7 Anderson has opted-out for the entire 2020 season due to concerns about the virus.
Jacoby Pinckney WR Out For Season – Eligibility Tue, Sep 1 Pinckney has been ruled ineligible for the entire 2020 season due to NCAA eligibility regulations.
Corey Sutton WR Out For Season – Personal Tue, Sep 1 Sutton has announced that he will not participate in the 2020 season as he has decided to sit out due to COVID-19 related concerns.
Injury data lifted from: boydsbets.com
Troy Injury Report
Data Scraped: 2020-11-27 16:00:03
Player Position Status Reported Notes
Kimani Vidal RB Ques Sat – Undisclosed Sat, Nov 21 Vidal missed the last game with an unspecified injury, and it is unknown if he will play against Appalachian State on Saturday.
Injury data lifted from: boydsbets.com
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2020.11.24 10:53 UrbanCentrist Biden Must Chart a Bold Path in His Foreign Policy

For 18 months, Joe Biden was able to contrast his foreign policy with Donald Trump’s by painting in broad brushstrokes. He was in favor of alliances; Trump was opposed to them. He believed in American leadership in the world; Trump thought countries were taking advantage of the United States. Biden championed human rights; Trump sided with the autocrats.
Now that he is president-elect, Biden will need to be more specific about his foreign-policy stance. In many ways, Biden is a known quantity. He has a track record dating back almost five decades. But he will begin his term in a very different world than when he was vice president or a senator. He will face new, substantive challenges, including COVID-19 and a more assertive China. To meet this particularly difficult moment, he will need to master the politics of foreign policy—among different factions within his team, with a potentially obstructionist Republican Senate, and with skeptical American allies.
Biden cannot simply rely on competent technocratic management in foreign policy. His presidency may be the establishment’s last best chance to demonstrate that liberal internationalism is a superior strategy to populist nationalism. He must consider the strategic options generated by an ideologically diverse team, and he has to make big choices that are attuned to the politics of the moment, in the United States and around the world. Such a bold path is not one that a newly elected president with no foreign-policy experience could take. But he can.
To understand how Biden might approach his foreign policy, I spoke with half a dozen Biden advisers and people who worked closely with him in the Obama administration, as well as current and former congressional staff, Trump administration officials, and allied diplomats. I agreed not to identify them by name, to ensure their candor.
Within Biden’s team, an ongoing, but largely overlooked, debate has been brewing among Democratic centrists about the future of U.S. foreign policy. One group, which I call “restorationist,” favors a foreign policy broadly consistent with that of President Barack Obama. They believe in careful management of the post–Cold War order. They are cautious and incrementalist. They will stand up to China but will not want to define their strategy as a great power competition. They maintain high hopes for bilateral cooperation with Beijing on climate change, global public health, and other issues. They support Biden’s idea for a summit of democracies, aimed at repairing democracy and encouraging cooperation, but are wary of an ideological competition between democracy and authoritarianism. They favor a return to the Iran nuclear deal and intend to continue to play America’s traditional role in the Middle East. They generally support free-trade deals and embrace globalization.
A second group, which I call “reformist,” challenges key orthodoxies from the Obama era. Philosophically, these advisers believe that U.S. foreign policy needs to fundamentally change if it is to deal with the underlying forces of Trumpism and nationalist populism. They are more willing than restorationists to take calculated risks and more comfortable tolerating friction with rivals and problematic allies. They see China as the administration’s defining challenge and favor a more competitive approach than Obama’s. They view cooperation with other free societies as a central component of U.S. foreign policy, even if those partnerships result in clashes with authoritarian allies that are not particularly vital. They want less Middle East involvement overall and are more willing to use leverage against Iran and Gulf Arab states in the hopes of securing an agreement to replace the Iran nuclear deal. They favor significant changes to foreign economic policy, focusing on international tax, cybersecurity and data sharing, industrial policy, and technology, rather than traditional free-trade agreements.
Biden’s worldview is broad enough to be compatible with the restorationist and reformist schools of thought. He obviously trusts many of Obama’s senior officials and is proud of the administration’s record. At the same time, he chafed against Obama’s caution and incrementalism—for example, Biden wanted to send lethal assistance to Ukraine, when Obama did not. Biden has spoken more explicitly than Obama about competition with China and Russia, and he favors a foreign policy that works for the middle class. It is important to note that the legitimate and substantive disagreements between restorationists and reformists are between people who get along with each other. Restorationist sounds pejorative in the sense that the term looks backward, but it is not intended to be. Obama’s foreign policy was successful in many respects, and the case for restoring it is reasonable, as is the case for significant departures from it. Some officials are also restorationist on particular issues and reformist on others.
The progressives who staked out new ground on foreign policy during the primary campaign will be a significant force inside the Democratic Party in a Biden administration. Progressives believe foreign policy should primarily serve domestic economic and political goals. They are skeptical of high defense spending and want to demilitarize U.S. foreign policy, but they are also alarmed by the rise of autocracy globally and want to push back against it. Several Biden advisers, in particular Jake Sullivan and Tony Blinken, made a special effort to engage progressives from the Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders campaigns after the primary. Now that the election is over, progressives mainly focused on domestic politics are very much inside the tent shaping Biden’s economic agenda, but some foreign-policy progressives have adopted a more confrontational approach toward the Biden team, hoping to pressure it from the outside on China, Iran, and defense spending.
Biden should see these contrasting perspectives as assets, and proactively create a team that reflects the broader foreign-policy debate and avoids groupthink. But he will need to actively manage the different views. He should start by learning lessons from Obama. In late 2012, Obama chose John Kerry to be his second secretary of state because he was the chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, was an old political ally, and was widely perceived to be the most logical candidate. Obama’s signature foreign-policy accomplishment in his first term was the pivot to Asia away from the Middle East, but Kerry wanted to pivot back. Obama returned to a Middle East–centric State Department, seemingly without intending to do so. Blinken, then Kerry’s deputy, was left to manage America’s alliances in Asia—something that he did effectively and that might fall to him now.
Similarly, Biden could unintentionally create a uniformly Obamian worldview in his national-security team, unless he purposefully decides to go another route. Biden’s governing goal should be a genuinely intellectually honest process in which fundamental assumptions and policies of restorationist, reformist, and progressive ideas are constantly stress-tested and assessed with an open mind. This process needs to be outcome-oriented and not devolve into the more meetings mindset that creates gridlock and trends toward the lowest common denominator. Biden needs a variety of strategic choices. As a seasoned foreign-policy leader, he is ideally positioned to adjudicate this debate and to choose among the options that it will present.
Biden should certainly entrust senior positions to people who tend toward the Obamian worldview, but he should also find roles for people who might advocate for a new direction, including Pete Buttigieg, Senators Chris Coons and Chris Murphy, and former officials Jake Sullivan, Toria Nuland, Kurt Campbell, and others who have written or spoken in favor of major policy changes since 2016. Sullivan is likely to take a domestic-policy job, but given his role in developing reformist ideas over the past four years, it is important that he also remain an influential voice on national security, and he is well positioned to help connect the domestic to the foreign. Given the substantive nature of the debate thus far and that it has generally been amicable, an ideologically diverse Cabinet should bring out the best in all factions, sharpening thinking and policy options.
Biden will need a variety of ideas because he faces significant political challenges at home. By any metric, Biden certainly has a mandate. He won 306 electoral votes and more popular votes than any president in history. However, the election was not the sweeping repudiation of Trump that Democrats craved. Trumpism has not gone away and instead appears to have transformed the Republican Party into a force for populist nationalism, including hostility toward international cooperation and skepticism about alliances.
The Republicans are well positioned to retain control of the Senate following the two runoffs in Georgia in January. If Mitch McConnell reprises the obstructionist role he played in the Obama administration, he could kill Biden’s domestic agenda on arrival. Many Biden Democrats believe that a successful foreign policy requires rejuvenation at home, so McConnell’s tactics may be a big problem. Republicans will likely put Biden’s nominees through intensive hearings, and they may be willing to reject appointees, particularly at the subcabinet level.
All Democrats and many Republicans agree on the need to repair and strengthen America’s alliances and partnerships, but this is more complicated than the campaign rhetoric made it appear. The year 2021 will not be like 2009, when Obama was widely greeted as a conquering hero, winning the Nobel Prize after less than a year in office, simply because of what his election signified. The world is a less cooperative and liberal place today. Just consider the rise of nationalist-populist governments in Brazil and India and the erosion of democracy in Turkey and Hungary.
America’s closest allies will all work with Biden and welcome the end of Trump’s erraticism, but they have lingering doubts about where things are headed. The Australian and Japanese governments, for example, are quietly concerned about Biden’s approach to China and are watching his early appointments very closely. The French worry that Democrats will leave Europe high and dry as they try to withdraw from the Middle East and from the war on terrorism more broadly so that they can pivot to the China challenge. The British are wondering whether Biden will invest in their special relationship, given that he opposed Brexit. Several officials I spoke with from America’s allies in Europe and Asia have reservations about the planned summit of democracies that Biden made a centerpiece of his election. They worry that the meeting could become an end in itself and be too inwardly focused and beset by problems about which countries qualify as a democracy.
So how should Biden navigate this complicated landscape? Although he is absolutely right to claim a mandate and to convey optimism about the future, Biden must also be cognizant of the precariousness of his liberal-internationalist worldview. Liberalism is under siege at home and abroad. It will not automatically endure.
In COVID-19, Biden will inherit the greatest international challenge facing the United States since the height of the Cold War. The pandemic is a moment of global reordering—not to deal only with the coronavirus but also the underlying issues it revealed, including an uncooperative China and the vulnerabilities of interdependence. Biden must be ambitious at home and abroad, because these realms are inextricably linked. The tricky part is that he must construct a bold policy within the political constraints of Washington, where Democrats may not carry the Senate.
Biden should use competition with China as a bridge to Senate Republicans. Their instinct may be obstructionist, particularly because Trump is pressuring them not to recognize Biden’s win as legitimate, but many of them also know that the U.S. cannot afford four years of legislative gridlock if it is to compete with China. A number of Republican foreign-policy experts pointed out to me that some senators, including Tom Cotton and Ted Cruz, may be out for scalps, but that others, including Susan Collins, Joni Ernst, Mitt Romney, Marco Rubio, and Dan Sullivan, are mainly interested in the substance of Biden’s foreign policy, especially toward China. Biden, then, can use competition with the country to gain support for other political measures.
He can create goodwill with some of these Republicans by, in the first few weeks of his term, supporting pending legislation on investments in the semiconductor industry and 5G infrastructure, appointing assistant secretaries for Asia at the State Department and the Pentagon who can easily win bipartisan support, and showing that he is serious about using the Treasury and Commerce Departments to compete with China.
These efforts would lay the groundwork for crucial elements of Biden’s Build Back Better domestic program: targeted infrastructure investments, including in clean technology; an industrial policy to compete with China on 5G, quantum computing, and artificial intelligence; a limited and strategic decoupling from China in certain areas; and efforts to bolster the resilience of the U.S. economy to external shocks, including by making supply chains more secure.
Although some in Biden Land support this bipartisan give-and-take, others, including many of the restorationists, are very skeptical of using competition with China as a framework for U.S. foreign and domestic policy. Some also have substantive reservations about any decoupling from China. They expect China to reach out for a reset early in 2021—probably regarding the pandemic and climate change—and would like to explore opportunities for cooperation. Foreign-policy progressives are also generally opposed to building Biden’s foreign policy around competition with China, believing that the strategy risks creating a Cold War.
These restorationist and progressive fears are overblown. Almost all of these early measures are about enhancing domestic competitiveness, not engaging in an arms race or a clash of civilizations. Indeed, Elizabeth Warren advocated for domestic reforms to compete with China during her presidential campaign. Domestic progressives are much more inclined than their foreign-policy counterparts to support this conceptual framework if it unlocks the politics of an ambitious domestic agenda, which will include new jobs through investments in clean technology—a vital part of a climate policy.
Getting serious about competing with China is also justified on the merits. Xi Jinping’s China has become more dictatorial and aggressive. Even the European Union, which is about as benign a geopolitical actor as China could hope for, has all but given up hope that engagement and cooperation will change China or fundamentally moderate its behavior, even on shared interests such as global public health. Cooperation with China on shared interests should occur, but we need to be realistic about the limits. To prevent competition with China from spiraling into outright confrontation, Biden should situate the strategy as part of a larger affirmative vision for strengthening the free world. This policy would include making free societies more resilient to external shocks such as pandemics and economic crises, fighting corruption and kleptocracy, standing up to autocratic countries that try to bully or coerce democracies, and combatting democratic backsliding. This approach would be more effective than organizing a global summit of democracies.
The inescapable political reality in Washington is that competition with China is the only way to persuade a Trumpian Republican Party of the benefits of international cooperation—whether through alliances providing a counterweight to Chinese power, through vying with China for influence inside international institutions, or through relying on international law to prevent Chinese revisionism in the South China Sea. Without the China component, Biden has no hope of creating any kind of domestic consensus around internationalism.
After addressing the China issue, Biden should shockproof U.S. foreign policy against the return of Trumpism in 2025. Republican senators may hope to harness populism for future elections, but they are, for now at least, committed to America’s alliances. Why not codify their support by introducing legislation that requires congressional approval if the United States is to leave NATO? Biden could proactively build redundancy into the alliance system by supporting EU security and defense cooperation, even if the action risks a duplication with NATO. Biden should also press Congress to enact new commonsense restraints on presidents—for instance on their ability to circumvent the confirmation and security-clearance procedures for appointees—to prevent a recurrence of Trump’s abuses of power. On climate change, he must prioritize carbon-emission cuts at the state and city levels, which are less likely to be stopped or reversed by Congress.
In managing relationships with allies, Biden cannot rely only on shared problems to bring them closer. He must also engage these leaders on their terms, paying special interest to their political situation and priorities. It would be a disaster if France were to fall into the hands of Marine Le Pen’s National Rally in 2022, so Biden should bolster President Emmanuel Macron, including by showing solidarity with France in the face of a domestic terrorism threat. He should make a genuine effort to help Britain succeed after leaving the EU, as long as it respects its obligations under the Good Friday Agreement. And finally, a bipartisan consensus on China will reassure Japan and Australia.
Managing nondemocratic allies—including Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Hungary, and the Philippines—is more difficult. They will try to put him in a vice by flirting with Russia and China. Biden won’t succeed by appealing to the better angels of their nature, and he cannot be tricked into thinking that America needs these regimes more than they need America. Biden must be feared by the so-called strongmen before he can be respected by them. He must show that he is willing to push back and that he can wield power and generate leverage more effectively than Obama. He must introduce red lines that cannot be crossed. Only then can transactional cooperation on matters of mutual interest really occur.
Biden’s election is a reprieve from Trumpism. Whether that break is permanent or temporary depends very much on the choices that Biden makes. Biden must act with a degree of urgency and boldness to demonstrate that his brand of liberal internationalism effectively addresses the real concerns and anxieties Americans have about the world.
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2020.11.23 21:12 AlphaxSaint1 [M4F] Zombie apocalypse and other longterm rp ideas inside. Free all day. Bring your own ideas aswell.

I am 18+ and all participants and characters must be 18+
I am looking for a rp partner. I'm open to many different styles whether it be fantasy, or realistic. I have a few ideas in mind but would love to discuss potential ideas. As always come with some ideas and we can get something going.
Zombie apocalypse: I'm open to a lot of different scenarios. Rather it's the walking dead where the zombies move kind of slow. Or world war Z where they sprint and climb over each other. I'm also open to many different pairings.
Dragon rider: For as long as anyone can remember humans and dragons were enemies. The Dragons would steal livestock and destroy town and humans hunted dragons for their skin to use for armor. One day while on a fishing trip with your dad a storm knocks you overboard. When you wake up your on a beach cutoff from and kind of civilization the sounds of dragons in the background.
Opposites attached: You play a very well known celebrity (could be actress, singer, social media person). You're used to getting things handed to you and guys falling for you. But while in a small town in Montana where almost no one knows who you are. While waiting to catch one flight out you meet a charming rancher.
Back to business: When we were little we met in a foster home and were bestfriends from the start. Once we were old enough to be on our own we spend most of the time couch surfing and stealing to get buy. We grew to stealing cars and made good money from it. One night something when wrong and we got caught. I took the blame so you wouldn't end up in prison. Now it's 5 years later and I'm finally getting out.
Chicago pd x Law and order SVU: I'd love to do a crossover with Jay halstead and Olivia benson.
College football: I'd love to play out the ups and downs of college football eventually making it to the NFL
Business as usual: You're the CEO of a very successful company but you still have rivals and enemies. That being said you need some allies to so you meet me the president of the local motorcycle club. I'll handle the dirty work in exchange for money or anything i need.
Rich girl and a country boy: You're dad has always had this idea of you marrying the son of a fellow ceo and merging the companies. That's starting to come true until while on a trip for your bachelorette party you meet a small town boy and he shows you the joy of living a simple life.
Military: For a college assignment you're required to connect with a penpal. You get paired with me and through various letters you learn I'm overseas in the military. We talk for weeks until soon i stop writing back. That's until I'm home and decide to surprise you.
Meeting the family: We've been dating for about 6 months and you've never met my family. We come from different backgrounds as you're more of the upper middle class the grew up in the city and i was lower middle class that grew up in the country. We were sometimes polar opposites but somehow we were happy together. I get an invitation to my sister's wedding and we decide to take a trip to my hometown for the wedding and to introduce you to the crazyness that's my family.
Youtuber: You're a pretty big Youtubestreamer with over 9 million subscribers between the two platforms. I'm a rather small Youtuber with only about 600k subscribers on YouTube. People are constantly linking you my videos to react to on stream due to the humor being a little on the darker side. To everyone's surprise you really enjoy my content and it goes from there.
Your suggestion or ideas: If you have any changes to a particular scenario please share I'm open to suggestions. If you have a totally different idea or ideas please share aswell I'd love to hear.
Youtuber house: You're the owner and CEO of an esports team. You've had a team house for a abour a year and are ready to expand. You decide to have a content house you do your research and invite me to join and be the first streamecontent creator to live in the house with you. Eventually you'll invite others to join.
Where you come from: We grew up in the same small town in Georgia and were best friends. You moved to California when your dad got an amazing job and you've been living the wealthy life ever since. One day when you come home from shopping with your other rich friends your mom and dad tell you're all going back to Georgia for an extended visit and you couldn't be more upset.
The new guy: I wasn't the most popular guy at my old school and everyone picked on me. I embarrassed myself one day to the point of needing to get out. After meeting a guy that went through the same situation i reinvented myself as a cool jock type and transferred to your school.
Criminal enterprise: Your mom and my mom were bestfriends. She helped pay for you mom's medicine when she was sick. When your mom finally passed you came to live with us. When you get here you realize we're one of the country's most successful crime families.
Single parent: This is one is pretty straight forward. We can discuss different options in PM.
Unexpected pregnancy: We met at a party and got drunk and hooked up. We didn't talk afterwards until you called me telling me your pregnant.
Small town living: you were always a good respectable person. You always saw the good in people but sometimes that wasn't necessarily a good thing. You dated a guy that seemed fine to everyone except behind closed doors he was extremely abusive. When you came home one day with a broken nose and a black eye your parents knew they needed to do something. They decided to send you to live with your aunt to hopefully hide you from him. You were relieved to be away from hom finally. When you get to your aunt's farm you see me working out in the fields.
Superpower: Ever since i was 5 i knew i was different but no one ever told me why. I came from a long line of shapeshifters unfortunately that's usually what got them killed. Both my dad and uncle were shifters but they mysteriously died when i was 5. My mother started to see the signs of me becoming one the animal print started to show on my body and she knew she couldn't go through with it. When i was 6 she turned me over to foster care and disappeared. Now I'm 22 and using my gift for more personal gain. Rather it be changing into a horse betting on myself at the local track or a championship caliber race dog. You've been passed a file on me to try and bring me in to try and stop a criminal mastermind from trying the world into chaos.
Reconnect: I've been bestfriends with your older brother since we were in kindergarten. We're both sophomores in college and play football for the school. You and me always had a connection but never acted on it. Now it's your brother's wedding and we meet up when you see my smoking out by my truck.
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2020.11.23 10:02 Khali_Kaze008 Falling Waters

This particular experience took place in between the years of 1998 to 2000, I would have been between the ages of 8 and 10 years old. My Mother worked for a matress firm in the Atlanta Metro area, where she met and fell in love with a guy that she would eventually marry (of which was a long and toxic relationship). They dated for a while and soon decided to get married. After they got married, their job (since they worked for the same company) asked them if they would relocate to a location in West Virginia. I didn't know the ins and outs of it all but I could only assume there was some benefits to relocating because they accepted the offer. Within a couple of weeks we flew from Atlanta, Georgia to a small decollate town in West Virginia called, Falling Waters.
Once we arrived at our new house and walked in, you could immediately tell this house was old, like...really old. It was a four-story house with a creepy unfinished basement (of which I refused to ever go into) and an even weirder attic that was carpeted and always had millions of flies buzzing around the one solo window of which peered out onto the front lawn and into the street. The floor boards in the house seemed to be made of old wood that would give you splinters if you walked on it bare footed, because it was just that old. There were five bedrooms (4 upstairs and 1 downstairs) and 2 bathrooms ( 1 on each floor). We didn't really have much of a yard but I never went outside much anyway. And the living room, dining room, and kitchen were reasonably sized.
After a few months passed and I had already started school and made a few friends, I decided to invite my best friend (We will call her, Lesley) to a sleep over one night. Later one day after school, Lesley's Mom dropped her off and everything went as expected. We did what girls do and hung out in my room and watched movies, played some video games, and just entertained ourselves well into the night. Naturally, we eventually got hungry and decided we would go downstairs to raid the kitchen. My parents were asleep in their bedroom, so we pretty much had free rein of the house and could eat all the bad sugary foods our little hearts desired. Except... It didn't quite go as we planned.
On the way downstairs, Lesley and I, were busy chatting and giggling when we reached the middle landing of the staircase. We both saw something dart from the front living room window, knocking a tall lamp over as it made it's way towards the kitchen area. And the reason I say it darted that way is because of the way the long curtains that hung in those windows flew up in that direction, as whatever it was ran away. I couldn't physically see any being or apparition with my eyes. Scared shitless, we both basically ran back upstairs into my parents bedroom and fell asleep in their bedroom floor next to their bed. I don't remember what the reasoning was we gave them the next morning as to why they woke up to us sleeping on their bedroom floor but I do know that even then me nor my friend knew how, or could even begin to explain what happened that night. And we pretty much never talked about it again and nothing ever happened like that again, either.
However, there was a period of about 2-3 weeks where I felt extremely weird. Like life and what was going on around me and even myself, didn't feel real. Time even seemed to move at a slower pace than usual. I never told my parents about that either... I genuinely believe that house was haunted by something. That whole town was creepy as hell, honestly. After all these years, that house has since been turned into a flower shop. I've pondered calling the shop to ask if they've ever experienced anything since owning the place...but I never have.
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2020.11.23 09:57 Khali_Kaze008 Falling Waters

This particular experience took place in between the years of 1998 to 2000, I would have been between the ages of 8 and 10 years old. My Mother worked for a matress firm in the Atlanta Metro area, where she met and fell in love with a guy that she would eventually marry (of which was a long and toxic relationship). They dated for a while and soon decided to get married. After they got married, their job (since they worked for the same company) asked them if they would relocate to a location in West Virginia. I didn't know the ins and outs of it all but I could only assume there was some benefits to relocating because they accepted the offer. Within a couple of weeks we flew from Atlanta, Georgia to a small decollate town in West Virginia called, Falling Waters.
Once we arrived at our new house and walked in, you could immediately tell this house was old, like...really old. It was a four-story house with a creepy unfinished basement (of which I refused to ever go into) and an even weirder attic that was carpeted and always had millions of flies buzzing around the one solo window of which peered out onto the front lawn and into the street. The floor boards in the house seemed to be made of old wood that would give you splinters if you walked on it bare footed, because it was just that old. There were five bedrooms (4 upstairs and 1 downstairs) and 2 bathrooms ( 1 on each floor). We didn't really have much of a yard but I never went outside much anyway. And the living room, dining room, and kitchen were reasonably sized.
After a few months passed and I had already started school and made a few friends, I decided to invite my best friend (We will call her, Lesley) to a sleep over one night. Later one day after school, Lesley's Mom dropped her off and everything went as expected. We did what girls do and hung out in my room and watched movies, played some video games, and just entertained ourselves well into the night. Naturally, we eventually got hungry and decided we would go downstairs to raid the kitchen. My parents were asleep in their bedroom, so we pretty much had free rein of the house and could eat all the bad sugary foods our little hearts desired. Except... It didn't quite go as we planned.
On the way downstairs, Lesley and I, were busy chatting and giggling when we reached the middle landing of the staircase. We both saw something dart from the front living room window, knocking a tall lamp over as it made it's way towards the kitchen area. And the reason I say it darted that way is because of the way the long curtains that hung in those windows flew up in that direction, as whatever it was ran away. I couldn't physically see any being or apparition with my eyes. Scared shitless, we both basically ran back upstairs into my parents bedroom and fell asleep in their bedroom floor next to their bed. I don't remember what the reasoning was we gave them the next morning as to why they woke up to us sleeping on their bedroom floor but I do know that even then me nor my friend knew how, or could even begin to explain what happened that night. And we pretty much never talked about it again and nothing ever happened like that again, either.
However, there was a period of about 2-3 weeks where I felt extremely weird. Like life and what was going on around me and even myself, didn't feel real. Time even seemed to move at a slower pace than usual. I never told my parents about that either... I genuinely believe that house was haunted by something. That whole town was creepy as hell, honestly. After all these years, that house has since been turned into a flower shop. I've pondered calling the shop to ask if they've ever experienced anything since owning the place...but I never have.
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2020.11.23 09:43 Khali_Kaze008 Falling Waters

This particular experience took place in between the years of 1998 to 2000, I would have been between the ages of 8 and 10 years old. My Mother worked for a matress firm in the Atlanta Metro area, where she met and fell in love with a guy that she would eventually marry (of which was a long and toxic relationship). They dated for a while and soon decided to get married. After they got married, their job (since they worked for the same company) asked them if they would relocate to a location in West Virginia. I didn't know the ins and outs of it all but I could only assume there was some benefits to relocating because they accepted the offer. Within a couple of weeks we flew from Atlanta, Georgia to a small decollate town in West Virginia called, Falling Waters.
Once we arrived at our new house and walked in, you could immediately tell this house was old, like...really old. It was a four-story house with a creepy unfinished basement (of which I refused to ever go into) and an even weirder attic that was carpeted and always had millions of flies buzzing around the one solo window of which peered out onto the front lawn and into the street. The floor boards in the house seemed to be made of old wood that would give you splinters if you walked on it bare footed, because it was just that old. There were five bedrooms (4 upstairs and 1 downstairs) and 2 bathrooms ( 1 on each floor). We didn't really have much of a yard but I never went outside much anyway. And the living room, dining room, and kitchen were reasonably sized.
After a few months passed and I had already started school and made a few friends, I decided to invite my best friend (We will call her, Lesley) to a sleep over one night. Later one day after school, Lesley's Mom dropped her off and everything went as expected. We did what girls do and hung out in my room and watched movies, played some video games, and just entertained ourselves well into the night. Naturally, we eventually got hungry and decided we would go downstairs to raid the kitchen. My parents were asleep in their bedroom, so we pretty much had free rein of the house and could eat all the bad sugary foods our little hearts desired. Except... It didn't quite go as we planned.
On the way downstairs, Lesley and I, were busy chatting and giggling when we reached the middle landing of the staircase. We both saw something dart from the front living room window, knocking a tall lamp over as it made it's way towards the kitchen area. And the reason I say it darted that way is because of the way the long curtains that hung in those windows flew up in that direction, as whatever it was ran away. I couldn't physically see any being or apparition with my eyes. Scared shitless, we both basically ran back upstairs into my parents bedroom and fell asleep in their bedroom floor next to their bed. I don't remember what the reasoning was we gave them the next morning as to why they woke up to us sleeping on their bedroom floor but I do know that even then me nor my friend knew how, or could even begin to explain what happened that night. And we pretty much never talked about it again and nothing ever happened like that again, either.
However, there was a period of about 2-3 weeks where I felt extremely weird. Like life and what was going on around me and even myself, didn't feel real. Time even seemed to move at a slower pace than usual. I never told my parents about that either... I genuinely believe that house was haunted by something. That whole town was creepy as hell, honestly. After all these years, that house has since been turned into a flower shop. I've pondered calling the shop to ask if they've ever experienced anything since owning the place...but I never have.
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2020.11.23 02:21 Georgegurel Turkestan, Alash order and Azerbaijan rework

So with the latest rework, we finally have an up to date Ottoman Empire, with 2.5 different paths to follow. This rework was masterfully crafted, with mechanics imported from other countries, such as the Parliament mechanic from the US or even from other games, like the autonomy status of the different states, that has been imported from EU IV (I think).
However, the spheres of influence the Ottomans and Russians are quarrelling over, don’t have a focus tree atm.
With Russia defeated, the capitulations abolished, the biggest threats for the Ottoman Empire had been eliminated. However not all set war goals were achieved. Even tho buffer states around Russia had been established, the Ottoman control over these states could not been established. As the Russian bear slowly awakes from his sleep, it is the foremost duty of the Imperial Government in Konstantiniyye to ensure that the Turkic states of Middle Asia and the Caucasus are well enough equipped to halt any Russian aggression, therefore containing any Imperial ambitions of Russia.
And here comes the break. That’s what the Ottomans wanted to achieve as their set war goals in 1914. As we all know Russia just gets The Alash Orda and Turkestan as a present, due to their focuses, sometimes they even get the Don Kuban, Georgia and Azerbaijan. As far as I know KR Lore, doesn’t explicitly explain where Enver Pasha joined the Basmachi Movement as he did in OTL.
One thing is certain tho, even if the rulers of Turkestan dislike their Ottoman kin, it’s very likely that they will turn to the Ottomans in case of Russian aggression, or to organise help for East Turkestan. It’s more than likely that not only Turkestan and the Ottoman Empire will send weapons and volunteers to East Turkestan, but also Afghanistan, maybe Iran and most certainly Egypt. Why Egypt? Egypt considered it self to be the successor of the Ottoman Empire, as leading muslim Nation after WW1. So for me it’s just very logical that a country that claims leadership over all Muslims, competing with its former Ottoman Overlord, will send weapons to east Turkestan. That said, I think East Turkestan should get some more decisions, so that they can get help in their war for independence, the Muslim nations should also get decisions to send help. But back to Turkestan, I’m case of Russian aggression I think they should get decisions to ask for weapons, from: OTT, Iran, Afghanistan, Azerbaijan and East Turkestan.
This goes especially for the Ottomans as, help could be send as Infantry weapons and support equipment, but rather than sending that directly, you choose to buy German weapons and send them there, getting a debuff for 60 days on civilian factories. (For example).
Peace in the Russian-Turkmen war should be achieved via an event.
If the Russians loose x amount of troops or if takes too long or if Turkestan manages to capture core Russian territory, an event should fire ending the War between Turkestan and Russia.
There should also be an flavour event, in the Ottoman-Persian war, that clearly states that Turkestan would stay neutral in the conflict between its Ottoman Kin and Persia, despite the pivotal help the Emirate has just received from the Ottoman Government in its struggle against the Russians.
Also I would add a desiccation for Afghanistan to join the war against Russia, if Turkestan yields Tajikistan, which is ethnically Persian to them.
As to Azerbaijan, this is a great deal more complicated, because of the Baku oil fields.
These are only very few things, but they would add a lot of flavour to the central Asian Theatre. Thus, adding a lot of fun to the Ottomans and Persia.
Btw. I think the Ottomans shouldn’t be able to get Iranian Kurdistan from Persia, they also shouldn’t puppet Persia when they win the war, I think they should just peace out, get oil concessions from Hamadan, troop access and then reconcile via a focus or decision. Azerbaijan should get South Azerbaijan from Persia and that’s it. On the other hand side, some focuses of Iran should get blocked when they loose the war against the Ottomans.
What do you guys think?
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2020.11.22 20:04 Klinky1984 Why It's Different This Time

So a lot of people are saying this time is the same as last time, and that we won't see a result. I've compiled a list of reasons why we might see a stimulus bill in December. No guarantees though.

Presidential Elections are over and Trump is mostly out of the picture.

It's clear Biden is President-elect. There will be less jockeying for political position or fear that misused stimulus money might bankroll a Trump victory. This also means that Trump is less useful in negotiations. Trump’s power was in his desperation to win the election, and that desperation resulting in him exerting pressure on McConnell to cave. That scenario no longer exists.
Regarding a spiteful Trump, even if Trump vetoes a stimulus bill, it could be overridden by Congress. Trump is a much smaller factor now.

McConnell is in the hot seat now with the Georgia Senate races still in play.

These races will determine if Mitch McConnell keeps his job as Majority Leader. The vote will be January 5. Democrats must win both seats to oust McConnell. Basically this means McConnell has a direct and legitimate chance of losing something. He no longer has Supreme Court justice confirmations to distract away from him being absent from stimulus negotiations. The Georgia race is less of a guarantee than Kentucky. This should put some pressure on him to pretend like he gives a damn.
McConnell actually getting his butt to the table and crafting tangible legislation with Pelosi is a better bet than the game of telephone that Pelosi/Mnuchin were playing while McConnell feigned interest. I at least have more faith in McConnell's understanding of the legislative process than Mnuchin's or Trump's, so if agreement is found, things can move quickly.

Successful vaccines were announced.

This provides firmer dates for when the COVID era should start to abate, ideally Spring/Summer 2021. It provides a more tangible timeline to structure a bill around. It might help Republicans loosen the purse strings, as vaccine readiness and distribution absolutely need funding now. Also it will hopefully detract from their “get the economy restarted now” ideology, as risking lives when a tangible vaccine is so close should seem really unpalatable, but one should never overestimate their ability for compassion.

Congress needs to avoid a government shutdown.

Congress needs to make spending decisions by December 11 to avoid a shutdown. It may be more palatable to pad out this spending bill with stimulus items. The bill may also provide a wider array of things to negotiate on that are not just stimulus related. More areas to compromise may help both sides "score wins”. That said, the government has shut down before, but surely we wouldn’t end up without a stimulus relief bill and also have a government shutdown... in the middle of a pandemic... during winter...

Mnuchin might be able to repurpose Fed money.

$450B at the Fed could potentially get repurposed towards a stimulus bill. This might help relieve some of the Republican’s spending fears and penny-pinching antics. The Fed has balked at this, so it's not a guarantee.

Fewer distractions in the media.

With the elections being over and the SCOTUS nominee confirmed, there are fewer media distractions. COVID will likely get worse before it gets better. Winter is anticipated to be rough. This will keep COVID and a lack of stimulus in the news, and it will also cause more politicians to bring attention to these issues.
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2020.11.22 07:44 AlphaxSaint1 [M4F] Longterm rp partner needed. Free all weekend. Multiple ideas inside. Bring your own ideas aswell.

I am 18+ and all participants and characters must be 18+
I am looking for a rp partner. I'm open to many different styles whether it be fantasy, or realistic. I have a few ideas in mind but would love to discuss potential ideas. As always come with some ideas and we can get something going.
Dragon rider: For as long as anyone can remember humans and dragons were enemies. The Dragons would steal livestock and destroy town and humans hunted dragons for their skin to use for armor. One day while on a fishing trip with your dad a storm knocks you overboard. When you wake up your on a beach cutoff from and kind of civilization the sounds of dragons in the background.
Opposites attached: You play a very well known celebrity (could be actress, singer, social media person). You're used to getting things handed to you and guys falling for you. But while in a small town in Montana where almost no one knows who you are. While waiting to catch one flight out you meet a charming rancher.
Back to business: When we were little we met in a foster home and were bestfriends from the start. Once we were old enough to be on our own we spend most of the time couch surfing and stealing to get buy. We grew to stealing cars and made good money from it. One night something when wrong and we got caught. I took the blame so you wouldn't end up in prison. Now it's 5 years later and I'm finally getting out.
Chicago pd x Law and order SVU: I'd love to do a crossover with Jay halstead and Olivia benson.
College football: I'd love to play out the ups and downs of college football eventually making it to the NFL
Business as usual: You're the CEO of a very successful company but you still have rivals and enemies. That being said you need some allies to so you meet me the president of the local motorcycle club. I'll handle the dirty work in exchange for money or anything i need.
Rich girl and a country boy: You're dad has always had this idea of you marrying the son of a fellow ceo and merging the companies. That's starting to come true until while on a trip for your bachelorette party you meet a small town boy and he shows you the joy of living a simple life.
Military: For a college assignment you're required to connect with a penpal. You get paired with me and through various letters you learn I'm overseas in the military. We talk for weeks until soon i stop writing back. That's until I'm home and decide to surprise you.
Meeting the family: We've been dating for about 6 months and you've never met my family. We come from different backgrounds as you're more of the upper middle class the grew up in the city and i was lower middle class that grew up in the country. We were sometimes polar opposites but somehow we were happy together. I get an invitation to my sister's wedding and we decide to take a trip to my hometown for the wedding and to introduce you to the crazyness that's my family.
Youtuber: You're a pretty big Youtubestreamer with over 9 million subscribers between the two platforms. I'm a rather small Youtuber with only about 600k subscribers on YouTube. People are constantly linking you my videos to react to on stream due to the humor being a little on the darker side. To everyone's surprise you really enjoy my content and it goes from there.
Your suggestion or ideas: If you have any changes to a particular scenario please share I'm open to suggestions. If you have a totally different idea or ideas please share aswell I'd love to hear.
Youtuber house: You're the owner and CEO of an esports team. You've had a team house for a abour a year and are ready to expand. You decide to have a content house you do your research and invite me to join and be the first streamecontent creator to live in the house with you. Eventually you'll invite others to join.
Where you come from: We grew up in the same small town in Georgia and were best friends. You moved to California when your dad got an amazing job and you've been living the wealthy life ever since. One day when you come home from shopping with your other rich friends your mom and dad tell you're all going back to Georgia for an extended visit and you couldn't be more upset.
The new guy: I wasn't the most popular guy at my old school and everyone picked on me. I embarrassed myself one day to the point of needing to get out. After meeting a guy that went through the same situation i reinvented myself as a cool jock type and transferred to your school.
Criminal enterprise: Your mom and my mom were bestfriends. She helped pay for you mom's medicine when she was sick. When your mom finally passed you came to live with us. When you get here you realize we're one of the country's most successful crime families.
Single parent: This is one is pretty straight forward. We can discuss different options in PM.
Unexpected pregnancy: We met at a party and got drunk and hooked up. We didn't talk afterwards until you called me telling me your pregnant.
Small town living: you were always a good respectable person. You always saw the good in people but sometimes that wasn't necessarily a good thing. You dated a guy that seemed fine to everyone except behind closed doors he was extremely abusive. When you came home one day with a broken nose and a black eye your parents knew they needed to do something. They decided to send you to live with your aunt to hopefully hide you from him. You were relieved to be away from hom finally. When you get to your aunt's farm you see me working out in the fields.
Superpower: Ever since i was 5 i knew i was different but no one ever told me why. I came from a long line of shapeshifters unfortunately that's usually what got them killed. Both my dad and uncle were shifters but they mysteriously died when i was 5. My mother started to see the signs of me becoming one the animal print started to show on my body and she knew she couldn't go through with it. When i was 6 she turned me over to foster care and disappeared. Now I'm 22 and using my gift for more personal gain. Rather it be changing into a horse betting on myself at the local track or a championship caliber race dog. You've been passed a file on me to try and bring me in to try and stop a criminal mastermind from trying the world into chaos.
Zombie apocalypse: I'm open to a lot of different scenarios. Rather it's the walking dead where the zombies move kind of slow. Or world war Z where they sprint and climb over each other. I'm also open to many different pairings.
Reconnect: I've been bestfriends with your older brother since we were in kindergarten. We're both sophomores in college and play football for the school. You and me always had a connection but never acted on it. Now it's your brother's wedding and we meet up when you see my smoking out by my truck.
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2020.11.21 15:03 AmericanNewt8 Begun, the Drone Wars have: Turkey, Libya, Syria, the Armenia-Azerbaijan Conflict, and how drones are changing warfare

When you were voting, I studied the drone. When you were having coronavirus, I mastered electronic warfare. While you wasted your days at the firing range in pursuit of vanity, I cultivated force projection. And now that the world is on fire and the barbarians are at the gate you have the audacity to come to me for help.
--Anonymous Redditor, 2016 [translated by AmericanNewt8 into 2020ese]

A new kind of warfare has taken the world by storm this year. While most of us were preoccupied with the election, the coronavirus, and the other exciting events that have taken place over this year when decades happen, a small number of people have kept a close watch on distant battlegrounds in the Middle East; where the face of war has changed since January in ways that few would have predicted--and with it the region as a whole.

1. In the Beginning

But let's go back a ways; to the ancient world of circa 1980. Drones were not a new technology in any sense of the word--but they weren't particularly of interest beyond hobbyists, target drones, and occasional odd military projects like the D-21 reconnaissance drone. However, things were changing with the introduction of digital cameras and increasingly capable processors and transmitters as computers rapidly developed--and so it was only a matter of time before someone took advantage of that. That someone was the Israelis. Israel has a high level of technical expertise, large defense needs, but a relatively small industrial base, so it often pioneers technologies of this sort, and so it did with the Tadiran Mastiff.

This innovation quickly proved to be of significant utility in the First Lebanon War. Besides spotting Yasser Arafat, leader of the PLO, they played a crucial role in the still-infamous "Bekaa Valley turkey shoot" in which Israeli aircraft supported by UAVs destroyed a massive quantity of top-of-the-line Soviet hardware--almost 90 Syrian aircraft and 29 surface-to-air missile batteries at the total loss of minor damage to a pair of F-15s and one UAV shot down. Electronic warfare and AWACs control also proved crucial in this conflict, which in many ways paved the way for the successes of Desert Storm and the 2003 Iraq invasion; and reportedly shattered the self-confidence of the Soviet Union in its air defenses.

Since that first incident; UAVs have become an increasingly prominent part of the arsenal, particularly of the United States; though Israel and China also manufacture numerous UAVs and theirs are more popular in the export market due to lower prices and fewer scruples about "human rights" or "political stability". UAVs have become key reconnaissance assets and popular for precision-strike counter-insurgency missions. However, neither the United States nor China can claim credit for the latest developments--and Israel, at best, has played a peripheral role. The nation that everyone is watching now is Turkey.

2. Turkey

For most of history, Turkey; or at least the geographical area of Anatolia, was a great power of some shape or another. The modern Turkey, however, rejected the idea of empire and foreign adventurism under Ataturk; the father of the Republic. While it has generally tended towards the West--directed in that way both softly by the allure of Europe and drive for modernization; and with great force by the military, which has tended to depose any government that even hinted at reintroducing religious or Middle Eastern aspects back into the aggressively secular Republic, Turkey has not been a particularly major player in the past century. Despite joining NATO for protection against the Soviet Union--which despised Turkey's chokehold on the Bosporous--it never had much appetite for interventionism.

In the era of the "Great Convergence", where nations seem to be returning to historical norms of influence and power, it should be no real surprise then that Turkey has become more assertive. It has grown much wealthier thanks to its association with Europe; and that wealth is actually created by the Turks, not dug up out of the ground like it is in much of the Middle East. It is more educated; more progressive [this of course being a rather relative term] and, importantly, much better at fighting, than most of its neighbors.

Turkey has been working to build a domestic armaments industry with great success--barring a handful of key items like jet engines which hardly anyone can manufacture well, Turkey can do most things. In between indigenous development and picking up knowledge from South Korea, China, Ukraine, and so on, Turkey has one of the world's better arms industries--I'd say it's about reached the level that South Korea was at ten or twenty years ago, which is pretty good. Its drone program, however, started because of a different problem.

The Turks wanted drones back in the early 2000s for what we in the business call "reasons". Evidently the United States saw through this; because, despite allowing Turkey to license-assemble F-16s and build parts for the F-35, it did not sell Turkey drones for fear that they would be used against the Kurds[a perception that proved to be correct as Turkey has indeed used its UAVs against Kurdish insurgents]. As a result, Turkey decided to do it themselves, and started building up their own drone program from scratch. By the beginning of 2020, Turkey had a large drone program and advanced electronic-warfare equipment. But nobody was really paying attention to their drone program; it was a sideshow of limited interest compared to the big players, that would presumably be of some utility but not a game-changer. I mean, their premiere drone literally used an engine made for homebuilt aircraft and was the size and weight of a smart car. Nothing too impressive. That is, until January.

3. Libya

The Libyan conflict is a deeply convoluted one that is difficult to explain. In essence; Libya has been in some sort of civil war since Gaddafi was deposed in 2011, but the most recent division is between the GNA, or Government of National Accord--the UN-recognized government of Libya located in Tripoli--and the "Tobruk Government" which acts as a rubber-stamp body for Gaddafi wannabe General Haftar. Haftar started off this year with things looking pretty good. After breaking the second cease-fire agreement in as many years, flush with cash and support from the United Arab Emirates, Russia, and France, Haftar was on the move, pushing for Tripoli itself. It was going to take a while, but nothing could stop Haftar from defeating the ragtag GNA militias.

Nothing, that is, until Turkey unexpectedly showed up because of a completely different dispute over rights to the seas around Cyprus. Libya [the GNA to be precise] was willing to delineate its boundary with Turkey in a way which cut off Greek and Cypriot claims, and, in return, Turkey arrived after a highly contentious vote in the normally placid Turkish Grand National Assembly, with Syrian mercenaries in tow; but also a large number of drones--mostly the Bayraktar TB2-- and KORAL land-based standoff jammers.

What happened next was a deep humiliation for Russia in particular. Russia and the UAE had supplied General Haftar with a number of its premiere short-range air defense system, the much-vaunted Pantsir which was designed to shoot down UAVs, cruise missiles, and other small munitions. Unfortunately, the Pantsir proved much worse at shooting down Turkish drones than serving as target practice for them. Estimates suggest 23 systems were destroyed [Turkey even captured one system and presumably picked it apart for intelligence] while perhaps ~16 Bayraktar TB2 drones were destroyed--which doesn't sound terrible until one remembers that those drones caused significantly more destruction than the air-defense systems and come in at a third of the price; and becomes even less favorable when one realizes that as the conflict went on the ratio flipped increasingly in favor of the Turks. Ultimately, the Turks achieved their goal, with Haftar being pushed back to Sirte and another cease-fire agreement being signed. This conflict, however, has contributed significantly to the increasing rift between France and Turkey, and their respective relations with Russia.

4. Syria

Russia likes to test its luck--to see what exactly it can get away with. Invading Crimea, shooting down a civilian airliner, attempting to murder exiles with Novichok. Often, it does get away with it. But when nations actually push back, they often find great weakness--for instance, the infamous incident where Americans killed 200 Russian "mercenaries" in Syria after Russia denied they were Russian soldiers, or when American cyberwarriors shut down Russian trolls during the 2018 election. Nowhere is this more illustrated than in Syria, where, early this year, a "Syrian" airstrike killed 29 Turkish soldiers even though Russian involvement was an open secret.

What followed was not the usual vague condemnation and angry letter-writing that one might have expected. Instead, Turkey responded with a substantial escalation of force, again largely done by drones. Ultimately, around 200 Syrian government soldiers were killed in this short offensive--along with 45 tanks, 33 artillery pieces, 33 transport/utility vehicles, 20 armored vehicles, a pair of Su-24 aircraft that attacked a Turkish drone, and several SAM systems, which again proved largely ineffective against Turkish drones. While the conflict stopped before it went any further, the lesson was clear: Turkey was willing to escalate beyond where Russia was willing or able to respond, and there wasn't anything they could do about it.

Besides having a nice moral--extremely hard pushback is the best way to respond to Russian provocation, because they aren't expecting it and can't fight back since they lack effective escalation methods--this conflict proved again that Turkish drones were highly effective even against a state actor [albeit a weak one, like Syria]. The world watched--but nowhere else as closely as Azerbaijan.

5. Artsakh

Artsakh is; or perhaps more aptly was, an Armenian state--not recognized by any other state--within the borders of the former Azerbaijan SSR. It emerged out of the First Nagorno-Karabakh War, one of the nastier conflicts resulting from the breakup of the Soviet Union. In short; the Soviet Union put an ethnically Armenian area in the Azerbaijan SSR that was semi-autonomous; called Nagorno-Karabakh, that Armenians viewed as rightfully part of Armenia. When the Soviet Union broke apart--even before it had done so completely--Armenia and Azerbaijan were already engaging in low-level fighting; and in scenes reminiscent of the Partition of 1949, Azeris living in Armenia fled the country--as did their Armenian counterparts in Azerbaijan.

Then, as the Soviet Union properly collapsed, both sides geared up for war. The Soviet Union had left quite a lot of stuff lying around as it collapsed; and Azerbaijan ended up with the bulk of it due to the disposition of Soviet forces. Both sides bought black-market weapons and armaments from conscript soldiers in the confusion of the the collapse. And then they went to war.

The result was a years-long, brutal conflict that killed tens of thousands of people--in two relatively small countries--and, despite Azerbaijan having more equipment, more men, and more foreign support--from Turkey, which never had much love for Armenia and was building ties with the Turkic peoples of Central Asia [of whom the Azeris are one], and from Israel, who saw a potential new partner in a dangerous region. Armenia had some support from Russia, largely due to connections through a shared religion, nervousness about the Turks, and feelings among the Russian elite that were more sympathetic to Armenia.

However, against all odds, the Armenians emerged victorious. In 1994, with the Armenians poised to break out of the mountains and attack the heart of Azerbaijan, and Azerbaijan exhausted from years of war, a cease-fire was signed.

From that day onwards; both nations began preparing for the return of conflict. It was only a matter of time. Armenia had not only taken Nagorno-Karabakh, they had taken large portions of ethnically Azeri land as well, including sites that were of paramount cultural and historical importance to the Azeris. They also engaged in ethnic cleansing, and to this day Azerbaijan, at least nominally, has hundreds of thousands of refugees from the conflict.

In the intervening years, however, things changed. In particular; Turkey rose to a newfound regional prominence, and Azerbaijan, though being careful to always maintain a measure of proximity to Russia sufficient to not cause its rulers concern, slowly drifted towards Turkey and Israel. Ties with Turkey stretched to a mutual defense agreement. Ties to Israel included offering potential basing in Azerbaijan, the sale of oil [not many nations would sell Israel oil until recently] along with shadowy intelligence connections--Mossad operations in Iran are believed to be launched out of Azerbaijan [for a number of reasons, Iran and Azerbaijan don't like each other very much]. And Azerbaijan, noted for its oil reserves as far back as the Second World War; collected large revenues which it sunk into military spending. Meanwhile, Armenia, despite making large purchases from Russia, fell behind in military readiness, and in its economy--not helped by the fact that, because of a mix of pro-Azeri Turkish policy and Armenian distrust and even hatred of Turkey [thanks to the fact that Turkey argues over whether even discussing "those unfortunate events of 1915" is okay], the Turkish border remains closed--meaning that trade can only go via Iran or Georgia.

Meanwhile, the peace process dithered on, with occasional small skirmishes breaking out. The regular theme was that Armenia would hand over the Azeri-majority [now unoccupied] territory it captured, and Nagorno-Karabakh would, in return, be recognized, or become autonomous, or something of the sort. The Minsk Group led these efforts; though not particularly well--all three members had significant biases. The Russians were pro-Armenian though not anti-Azeri [mostly, they were in favor of the status quo, which favored them], the French were pro-Armenian [on account of disliking Turkey and having a politically influential Armenian population much like the Cubans in Miami], and the Americans were sufficiently pro-Azeri that they created manuals like this and defending the fictional nation of Atropia [which just happens to be an oil-rich, pro-Western autocracy that is exactly where Azerbaijan is] against foreign invaders became a meme among the US military--you can buy "Atropia Veteran" swag, and it became so transparent that Europeans complained about "defending autocrats" in the exercise and Turkish officials complained that "Limaria" [Armenia] included areas that should have been in "Kemalia" [Turkey].

Ultimately, by 2020, a few things had changed. After victory in clashes in 2016, and purchases of new arms, Azerbaijan was confident that it wouldn't fail due to military incompetence like last time. Armenia had elected a new leader, more distant from Russia [especially since he came to power in a 'color revolution'], complicating any Russian response. Not only that, but Armenia had begun settling in territory that was formerly ethnically Azeri, and had attempted to rewrite history so the land they had taken was somehow always Armenian, making a land swap less tenable--especially after the Republic of Nagorno-Karabakh was renamed to the Republic of Artsakh. Domestic protests about a lack of action on the issue further spurred action, but perhaps the most decisive factor was Turkey's drone-fueled rampage and Russia's no good, very bad year elsewhere [from the domestic economy to the chaos in Belarus].

So at the end of September 2020, they went to war.

6. Curb-stomp battle

Course of the conflict by Liveuamap

Initially, the war looked like it was serious, but not out of line with previous escalations. Azeri and Armenian forces clashed along the border--but then Azerbaijan made a major incursion along the southern border, which is flat and nearly completely unpopulated, and through the rest of the war pushed through there until they ultimately cut the single road leading to Nagorno-Karabakh from Armenia when they recaptured Shusha. At that point, Armenia capitulated.

While the exact details of why this happened are of relatively little importance, what does matter is what drones did. Armenian air defenses proved completely defenseless against the onslaught of Azerbaijan, with even larger and heavier systems like Russia's S-300 being destroyed by Turkish-manufactured drones. Even the An-2, a literal Soviet 1940s cropdusting biplane, proved lethal to air defenses when rigged with the right equipment.

As a result, Azerbaijan swept across Armenian forces with drones, targeting anything larger than a bicycle, destroying tanks, artillery pieces, and surface-to-air-missile systems alike. While initially Azerbaijan didn't advance, they pursued a strategy of attrition against Armenian forces--and were quite successful at it. Nowhere was safe for Armenian infantry--even miles behind the front, drones were still a risk. After a few weeks of this, Azerbaijan began their offensive. This was interrupted by several ceasefires, the most successful of which lasted around fifteen minutes.

In the meantime, Armenia and Azerbaijan engaged in tactics reminiscent of the War of the Cities. Armenians made rocket attacks on Azeri civilian targets, and even ballistic missile strikes with SCUDs and Tokchas against Ganja, an Azeri metropolis, with later attacks also taking place against Barda and other targets. Virtually all sources agree that Armenia conducted a deliberate policy of targeting civilians in retaliation from the advance of Azerbaijan.

Azerbaijan, meanwhile, adopted what I would characterize as a callous indifference to Armenian civilian lives. We have relatively little documentation on exactly what they did, but it is likely that major war crimes were committed against Armenian prisoners. However, we do know that rockets and cluster munitions were used against civilian areas of Stepanakert. By and large, though, Azerbaijan's government is mindful of global sensitivities and would rather avoid making itself a bigger villain than it has to be.

7. Ending

By the first week of November, despite appearances, it had become clear Armenia was losing. While they still held most of the territory of Nagorno-Karabakh, Azeri forces were rapidly closing in on the major road [1 of 2] that connects Nagorno-Karabakh to Armenia proper. Armenian forces were demoralized and lacked heavy equipment. Civilians fled; with most of the population of Stepanakert, the capital of Nagorno-Karabakh, fleeing before the road was cut. Analysts had few doubts that, within another few weeks, before winter arrived, Azerbaijan could take all of Nagorno-Karabakh.

But fortunately, several factors coincided. First, Armenian Prime Minister Pashinyan realized the situation Armenia was in, and presumably began talking about peace. President [and resident dynastic autocrat] of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev had achieved most of the territorial gains he wanted, but as far as I can tell had little to no interest in making his country notorious for what would surely be the ethnic cleansing of tens of thousands of people. Russia was interested in making sure that any deal possible happened that could salvage its privileged position in the region. And since Azerbaijan had acheived its major goals, Turkey was alright with suing for peace as well.

The final impetus was provided by the Azeris taking Shusha, the second-largest city in the region [and one of tremendous cultural importance to the Azeri people], and, at around the same time, the Azeris accidentally shooting down a Russian attack helicopter on the border.

The ultimate deal was incredibly favorable to the Azeris, which should be expected given that they could have taken the rest of the region with relative ease. It involved Armenia vacating most of Nagorno-Karabakh and all the ethnically Azeri land they had taken, bar the Lachin Corridor. Of particular importance to Turkey, and to the Azeri economy, was that the deal created a corridor through Armenia to Azerbaijan's western exclave, and hence to Turkey, for transit. While still an indirect route, it is nowhere near as difficult as traveling around through Georgia. Russia also got to pretend like it still mattered by deploying a few thousand peacekeepers for what seems likely to be a limited time.

Azerbaijan celebrated. As far as anyone was concerned, they had won. Turkey also celebrated--they had, in their view, not only supported the Turkic Azeris in a victory against the Armenians, but also won a battle against Russia to see whom was the real dominant power in the Caucasus. Russia didn't celebrate, but felt that it had at least maintained some sort of influence in the region when initially things looked like they might ultimately sideline Russia entirely. Armenia, however, unsurprisingly, was enraged, and rioters smashed government buildings and forced Prime Minister Pashinyan into hiding; however, it looks like the Armenians realize that they really had no chance of winning and aren't going to resume the conflict.

8. What Now?

In a strange twist of fate, there is some speculation that peace is now more likely than it was before the war. In particular, some think that Turkey will be interested in finally coming to terms with the Armenians and opening its border with Armenia--which would significantly reduce Russian influence in the region and promote economic development--and some speculate that Azerbaijan may now be willing to make a lasting peace deal since it has, essentially, all that it wants.

This war chronicles one of this year's themes--the decline of Russia, and rise of Turkey. I would expect to see more conflict between them in the future, and I'd expect to see, in a strange historical irony, Turkey coming out on top. Russia has not had a very good year at all and I think this conflict is really just the latest example of how far it has fallen in its military capabilities and political influence despite what Putin shows off.

Small drones are now the obsession of every military planner, as is trying to figure out a way to shoot them down reliably. Already a number of nations have expressed interest in buying the Turkish drones that had such a decisive impact on these conflicts. It seems likely that this will especially transform lower-end conflicts where foreign powers can now intervene without risking more than a few million dollars in equipment, and where local powers can now field their own drones and precision-guided munitions while being, for the moment, largely unopposed.

Whatever the ultimate impact, though, it is undeniable that this change in warfare has been one of the more important and interesting bits of 2020 thus far, though it's behind some truly massive things. Unlike the coronavirus, or Donald Trump, however, these trends are probably with us to stay for a while. I don't think we've heard the last of the drone-warfare revolution yet.
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2020.11.20 19:14 OnyxNateZ Week 12 Match-up Preview Thread: Battle for the Palladium: Troy Trojans vs. Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders

Troy vs. Middle Tennessee
When: Saturday, November, 21, 03:30 PM Eastern
Where: Veterans Memorial Stadium (AL) - Troy, AL
Watch: ESPN3
Odds: Troy by 12.0 pts.
Total Points: 59.5
All-Time Series - Battle for the Palladium: Troy vs. Middle Tennessee
Troy and Middle Tennessee have met 21 times since 10/09/1936.
These teams last met 62 days ago on 09/19/2020.
Series Wins: Troy 9-0-12 Middle Tennessee
Longest streak of continuous meetings: 10 (2003-2012).
Troy has won the most recent meeting (2020) in this series.
Last 6 Meetings
Winner Date Location Troy Middle Tennessee Notes
Troy 2020-09-19 Murfreesboro, TN 47 14
Middle Tennessee 2012-11-24 Murfreesboro, TN 21 24
Troy 2011-09-24 Troy, AL 38 35
Troy 2010-10-05 Murfreesboro, TN 42 13
Troy 2009-10-06 Troy, AL 31 7
Troy 2008-08-28 Murfreesboro, TN 31 17
Series Comparison Data via Winsipedia
Through Week 11
Week Troy 4-3(2-2) Result Middle Tennessee 2-6(2-4) Result
1 BYE N/A Army 6-2(0-0) L 0-42
2 BYE N/A BYE N/A
3 Middle Tennessee 2-6(2-4) W 47-14 Troy 4-3(2-2) L 14-47
4 BYU#6 8-0(0-0) L 7-48 UTSA 5-4(3-2) L 35-37
5 BYE N/A WKU 3-6(2-3) L 17-20
6 Texas State 1-9(1-5) W 37-17 FIU 0-4(0-2) W 31-28
7 Eastern Kentucky 2-6(0-0) W 31-29 North Texas 2-3(1-2) L 35-52
8 Georgia State 3-4(2-4) L 34-36 Rice 1-1(1-1) W 40-34
9 Arkansas State 3-5(1-4) W 38-10 BYE N/A
10 Georgia Southern 6-2(4-2) L 13-20 BYE N/A
11 BYE N/A Marshall#16 7-0(4-0) L 14-42
All rankings reflect the current /cfb poll
Troy Injury Report
Data Scraped: 2020-11-20 11:00:03
Player Position Status Reported Notes
Gunnar Watson QB Prob Sat – Ribs Wed, Nov 18 Watson has missed the last two games with injured ribs, but it is anticipated that he will participate in Saturday’s contest versus Middle Tennessee.
Injury data lifted from: boydsbets.com
Middle Tennessee Injury Report
Data Scraped: 2020-11-20 11:00:03
Player Position Status Reported Notes
Adam Derry OL Out Indefinitely – Undisclosed Sat, Nov 14 Derry has been sidelined due to an undisclosed issue, and it is unknown when he will return to the lineup.
Ralph Mency DL Out Indefinitely – Undisclosed Sat, Nov 14 Mency has been sidelined for unlisted reasons, and it remains to be seen when he will return to action.
Jimmy Marshall WR Ques Sat – Undisclosed Sat, Nov 14 Marshall has missed the last three games with an unknown injury, and it remains to be seen if it will impede his status versus Troy on Saturday.
Jarek Campbell LB Ques Sat – Undisclosed Sat, Nov 14 Campbell sat out the last game due to an undefined ailment, and it is unknown if it will keep him out of Saturday’s tilt versus Troy.
Demetric Hardin WR Ques Sat – Undisclosed Sat, Nov 14 Hardin sat out the last game with an unspecified injury, and it is unknown if he will suit up against Troy on Saturday.
Jalen Davis LB Ques Sat – Undisclosed Sat, Nov 14 Davis sat out the last game due to an unknown ailment, and it remains to be seen if he will play Saturday versus Troy.
Mike Diliello QB Ques Sat – Undisclosed Sat, Nov 14 DiLiello has missed the previous two games due to an unspecified ailment, and his status for Saturday’s contest against Troy is in question.
Injury data lifted from: boydsbets.com
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2020.11.20 15:45 CyberwaveFiction [HR] Pandemic Hoax

“Mr. President, what do you say about people suffering in the Midwest, about rumors of a virus that causes paranoia and fear?” The room became hushed waiting for the response.
The president rubbed his forehead, his cheeks had grown pale, “We have it totally under control. Everyone just needs to relax. As long as we stay calm, we can get through this.”
The reporter responded, “But sir, some states have gone completely dark. Isn’t it true the military has been deployed to combat this threat? You previously stated that it’s just a pandemic of headaches and that quote, ‘this should be of no concern.’ Wouldn’t it be wise to address the frightening reports that this is actually some sort of parasite?“
The plump man at the podium fidgeted with his hands and licked his lips. The press secretary glanced cautiously at the man and saw sweat at the back of his neck. As usual this was not going well. If the president’s mouth was too dry, he would start losing his words.
“That’s all fake information circulated by ‘Mrs. Dingbat’ in the Senate. Next question.” The president seemed to hold back a sneeze with his hand, lowering his head and convulsing. Tiffany nearly stepped in with a tissue until he spoke again, “Listen uh, you can’t really expect the American people to believe there’s some crazy species of insect, borrowing into people’s ears and eating out their brains. What kind of ridiculous bull–nonsense is that?”
Tiffany looked out into the press conference and saw an awkward, spiteful audience. She was glad she wasn’t asked to speak. The last time didn’t go over well for her. If only she had the president’s talent for political aversion. The reporters shuffled in their seats. They came here for information. They came here for guidance but all they ever got from the president were angry retorts.
He shook his head at the podium as several outlets started to shout his name in unison. It was an uncontrollable tremble that turned into a sneezing fit. He tried to cover his mouth but the phlegm couldn’t be contained and sprayed into the crowd of reporters. His head started to swell with redness. Choking and quivering he tried to continue, “I am here to tell you that there is no such –blargh–” The president tried to vomit out words but instead vomited blood and bile onto the podium. Reporters gasped and bolted towards the door. To their further horror the blood retching from the president’s mouth grew into a tentacle that squirmed, as he lowered his head to the stand. He squinted in pain, his eyes started to bulge and bleed. As a stampede of reporters moved back the president gargled and moaned, his fingers pulling at the parasite. His eyes rolled back and exploded with pus. Shouts and screams added to the pandemonium.
Tiffany and the medical aides tried to move in but were disgusted by the turn of events. Even more so by the insect legs that protruded from the president’s eyes and nose. The staff members hesitated, not knowing what to do. They remained in shock, allowing the scene to unfold. The creature pulled itself from the president’s face, splitting it down the middle and sending viscera onto the now-empty seats. More revulsion and screams echoed. The press secretary stood aghast, considering if this was sort of horrific prank or animatronic visual effect.
She turned to an aide, “Where is the president?”
He turned and looked at the slumped body, hanging off the podium, “He’s…everywhere.”
—–
“Surprisingly his approval rating has gone up.” The aide at Tiffany’s side was flipping through a tablet with nervous fingers. “People are donating like crazy. They think it was some kind of show.”
Tiffany was still debating what she had seen and wondering if it was an elaborate scheme. If it’s not then perhaps it was a ploy for the left to grab for power. If that were the case the vice president would be next.
“We should take this threat seriously. Medical experts have quarantined the briefing room and are taking samples after the secret service shot the thing.” Said the male aide. The halls were chaos, people were running towards the briefing room.
“Why did this have to happen during a public briefing? There’s no time to do a damage assessment.” The press secretary was scrolling through her phone, reading all the conspiracies. This was the best outcome, thought Tiffany, leaving the public confused and unknowing of the truth, whatever that was.
The aide –Stephen, was it? — nearly started stuttering, his cadence became manic, “We should — We should consider a mandate. No, not a mandate. Maybe have the White House staff dress in protective gear. I hear the virus is 70% contagious.”
“If the president says the virus is a hoax then it’s a hoax.” Said Tiffany. “Going against what he has publicly stated would be job suicide. We all need to make sacrifices for the cause, even if it’s our own beliefs.”
“Said. He said the virus is a hoax.” Stephen whispered when they passed several lobbyists.
“He’s not dead. There’s no way that was real. The president is probably behind a control room laughing his ass off.”
Stephen paused and remained blank faced. “Do you really believe that the left could be killing of hundreds just to get to the president? What would be the goal, if they were killing off their own supporters?”
Tiffany turned and stared at the aide, a look forlorn. She quickly straightened up and gave a stern reply, “You wouldn’t want him hearing that. Get me Gruber Finch. We have to control the media’s response to this. We don’t even know what we saw and neither should the public. Tell him to tell them that this was a Halloween gag, or a movie thing. They don’t get to be the judge of what really happened.” Being a spokeswoman for the campaign didn’t prepare her for this. Nothing ever could have prepared her for this. After all her position in the cabinet had been a gift. She wasn’t going to do anything to jeopardize it.
An arm grabbed her and pulled her into a side office. The voice was aggressive and had an odor of whiskey. “Tell me this is some insane joke. What was that?”
She recognized the three-piece breast suit. Her phone nearly dropped out of her hand. The Chief of Staff had a furled brow. “I’m sorry sir, we are currently evaluating the situation. We believe it to be a hoax.”
“A hoax? A damn creature crawled out of the president’s head. Are you blind? What more evidence do you need?” As usual he was eyeing her blouse, clearly not distracted enough. “The speculation that there is no virus is true. It is also now fact that there is a parasite invading our citizens’ bodies, causing headaches, paranoia, and sudden death. The president has ignored this threat for too long. You should have been up there, not him.”
Tiffany pulled up her blouse, covering her cleavage. She should have worn something less revealing. “I’m going to go back to my apartment to quarantine. You should too. The vice president is going to hold a virtual meeting with the cabinet. We should all distance ourselves from this.”
“How can we?” Asked the Chief of Staff, “CNT aired a story about how the president made a statement, saying the virus was a hoax. A 13-year-old in Georgia picked up the president’s quote and made a blog post about it. Then the president used this article in another social media post, quoting it as fact. This is how the cycle of misinformation is unfolding.”
She didn’t have an answer for this and tried to refocus the conversation, “Mistakes may have been made but it is our duty to create the appropriate mediation. Ours together, not a part. In the meantime, we should work with vice president to continue doing what we always do: deflect and distract.”
—–
The meeting, from her apartment, did not go as expected. There was a lot of shouting and panicked opinions, none of which were made from reasonable thoughts. But, how could they? The news media ran with the story that the president had been infected with a parasite that evacuated from his face. It was an absurd notion but the inevitable had to be dealt with.
Tiffany had downed six aspirin after hanging up with the president’s cabinet and had slumped down in a chair. The strategies were mind-numbing. One of the aides had even suggested finding a look-alike to give a briefing but when the others realized that no one could be found that resembled his appearance this was soon abandoned. This mess would never end. She partially wished that she believed that the president had died and that the virus or parasite was real. That way she’d have a lot less to say.
She approached the mirror but she couldn’t get the thought of the president squirming over the podium out of her head. The pounding was getting worse. It became a thumping. The aspirin was useless. Flashbacks started, showing the blood-stained floor and what must’ve been going through his mind in those last moments. If of course any of it were real. But what if it were real? Spores would’ve been spraying from his open mouth for days. And if it was contagious…
She moved her finger around her eyes. Nothing felt puffy or sore. Sure, her head felt tight but it couldn’t be real, could it? A terrible creature living inside her, waiting for the right moment to burst from her skull. It was silly. Her face was too pretty to be broken. If all of it were true, if the parasite was inside her brain, she couldn’t allow herself to be another victim. The media would have a field day with her corpse, the liberals would dance and celebrate. Her life became meaningless in that moment. She had never dated as the press secretary and now she wish she had.
Her head cracked with a sudden jolt. Her eyes became moist. A grimace crossed her once perfect face. There were no options left. She pulled a piece of paper out and a pen from her briefcase. Tears made it hard to write but she did it anyways. She had always managed to push through pain. As the words of regret came out the tears of sorrow turned to blood and the last phrase became smeared.
“I wished I had trusted someone else.”
The back of her throat started to tickle. Her skin and cheeks burned hot. She could feel the pressure building and building. The lights of DC cast and eerie glow on the room that reminded her that life would continue on without her.
She pulled out a heavy piece of metal. The one thing that all right-thinking, God-fearing citizens had, and sat on the bed. The president’s retching face came back to her. She put the metal in her mouth and pulled the trigger.
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2020.11.18 14:09 kittehgoesmeow What A Day: Leave Of Grassley by Sarah Lazarus & Crooked Media (11/17/20)

"One of the earliest memories I have of Ivanka from before we were friends is when she blamed a fart on a classmate." - Ivanka's childhood friend, taking no prisoners

The Graham Finale

Sources close to Joe Biden and Democratic leaders have begun signaling a desire to move beyond the Trump administration’s corruption and abuses of power, while Donald Trump and his allies are still in the middle of trying to light election results on fire.
Democrats also sent a signal that they may not be spoiling for a fight about Trump in the post-Trump era.
Uniting the country, or at least backing away from constant social unrest, is a very cool goal we can all get behind. Another cool goal is a full accounting of the Trump administration’s unprecedented corruption and criminality, especially while Trump is still in a position to wreak havoc, and when Trump 2.0 could be just around the corner.

Look No Further Than The Crooked Media

We usually like to root for an underdog, but when it comes to science vs. everything else (a famous rivalry) we make an exception. We’re on team science, and luckily science has a perfect record. It might be because they have facts and evidence on their side OR it might be because their fans wear the coolest merch. Who’s to say?
Show your science pride and rep America Dissected with our Science Always Wins line. We even included some phosphorescence (scientific name: super cool glow-in-the-dark). Go team!

Under The Radar

Facebook is still profiting from ads placed by a Ukranian neo-Nazi group that the company banned a year ago. The far-right Azov movement has created at least a dozen new Facebook pages since July, and used them to place dozens of ads. Azov-affiliated groups have a history of using violence, and using social media to both organize those actions and share the results. The movement’s Intermarium project, which aims to connect white-nationalist movements in western Europe and the U.S. (the LinkedIn of nightmares), has also ducked around a Facebook ban to continue facilitating violence on social media. The State Department has designated the Azov movement a “nationalist hate group,” and Facebook knows it’s been using the platform to expand beyond Ukraine, but seems content to continue taking its money.

What Else?

Joe Biden has announced several hires for White House senior staff, including several veterans of his presidential campaign and none of his daughter’s husbands, weirdly.
Trump tweet-fired Chris Krebs, the head of DHS's Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency. Krebs had been using an agency website and his personal Twitter to debunk Trump's post-election conspiracy theories.
Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA), age 87, has tested positive for coronavirus. Thank god this virus will instantly disappear after two weeks ago.
Meanwhile, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) called Sen. Sherrod Brown (OH) “a complete ass” after Brown asked Sen. Dan Sullivan (R-AK) to wear a mask when he’s exhaling on staffers. We may never know how Grassley was exposed, what with all of his GOP colleagues taking public-health measures so seriously.
Rudy Giuliani stepped in to represent the Trump campaign in its “big” Pennsylvania case aimed at stopping the state from certifying its results, promptly making claims of voter fraud and irregular ballot processing that other judges (and some of Trump’s own lawyers) have repeatedly rejected as unfounded. Rudy then went on to learn exciting new things about the law, and the word “opacity.” For this Giuliani has requested $20,000 a day.
Senate Republicans failed to advance Judy “bring back the gold standard” Shelton’s nomination for a Fed board seat, after three Republicans came out against her and two others were banished to coronavirus quarantine. Also, Lindsey Graham fist-bumped Kamala Harris? If anyone understands this man’s deal, our DMs are open.
The Justice Department has moved to drop all drug-trafficking and money-laundering charges against former Mexican Defense Secretary Salvador Cienfuegos Zepeda, for some kind of normal, non-corrupt-deal reason.
Internal Facebook data shows that slapping a warning label on Trump’s false claims does nothing to stop them from going viral. Labels on the posts decrease reshares by around eight percent, a drop in the bucket given how widely Trump’s disinformation spreads.
Dolly Parton was a major funder of the 94.5 percent effective Moderna vaccine, the indisputable Jolene of coronavirus vaccine candidates. (You’ll find someone else, Pfizer.)
The "fleets" are upon us. These are tweets that disappear automatically, instead of being manually deleted by a user who expected more engagement, as the lord intended.

Be Smarter

Russia didn’t mount any major hacking or disinformation operations to interfere in the election—possibly because Americans did such a good job of it on our own. U.S. officials said that a series of cyber operations, better overall preparation, and the exposure of Russian malware may have helped to keep hackers at bay, but the Kremlin may have simply decided it wasn’t worth the risk of extra sanctions: Four years of Trump successfully banged up American democracy, Americans were satisfactorily anxious about the very prospect of foreign election interference, and Trump himself churned out so much election disinformation that Russia didn’t need to lift a finger. Bringing jobs back to the U.S., baby!

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Is That Hope I Feel?

New data suggests that coronavirus immunity could last for years, and possibly even for decades. That research hasn’t been peer reviewed, but it’s the most comprehensive study on the topic to date, and provisionally extremely good news.
New York will allow nonbinary gender designations on state drivers licenses.
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has handed the Trump campaign its 25th post-election legal defeat.
The Biden transition team is reportedly vetting Rep. Deb Haaland (D-NM) for the Secretary of Interior post. If nominated, she would be the first-ever Native American Cabinet secretary.

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2020.11.17 01:06 ViperiousTheRedPanda Mega Thread - Lawsuit Status in each State.

All information is obtained from https://eu.usatoday.com/in-depth/news/2020/11/16/trump-election-lawsuits-republicans-battleground-states-vote-count/6177538002/ If you have any updates or lawsuits not listed, please post them in the comments and I'll update the thread.

Pennsylvania

Provisional ballots for absentee voters

Who filed: Republican candidates for U.S. House and Pennsylvania state house and four voters, on Nov. 3.
Court: Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania
Claim: The suit objected to the voting process that gave provisional ballots to voters whose absentee or mail-in ballots were rejected for reasons other than disqualification.
Status: On Nov. 6, the judge denied most of the suit's claims but ordered provisional ballots to be separated and held for verification.

Observer access

Who filed: Trump campaign, on Nov. 3.
Court: Court of Common Pleas of Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania
Claim: The suit said observers weren't given close enough access to watch ballot counts.
Status: The suit was dismissed, but on Nov. 5 an appeals court judge said observers must have access within a distance of 6 feet. On Nov. 17, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court rejected the suit, by a vote of 5-2.

'Fixing' ballots

Who filed: Northampton County Republican Party on Nov. 3.
Court: Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania
Claim: The suit asked that election officials be prohibited from alerting voters to incorrectly completed ballots – such as voting for two candidates in the same race – and allowing them to "fix" them.
Status: On Nov. 3, a judge denied the suit, ruling it lacked merit.

Mail-in voter identification

Who filed: Trump campaign, Republican National Committee on Nov. 4.
Court: Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania
Claim: The suit objected to an extension allowing mail-in voters to show identification, if originally missing. The deadline was extended to Nov. 12; the suit said the deadline should be Nov. 6.
Status: On Nov. 5, the court ordered the affected ballots separated and held for verification. The Republican Party of Pennsylvania then asked the U.S. Supreme Court to intervene. On Nov. 6, the Supreme Court ordered ballots to be separated and counted separately. That means the ballots could be excluded in later rulings.
On Nov. 12, a Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania ruled that Pennsylvania's secretary of state "lacked statutory authority" to change the deadline and ordered the disputed ballots not to be counted. It's not yet known how many ballots the ruling affects.

Postmarks on mail-in ballots

Who filed: Republican Party of Pennsylvania on Nov. 5.
Court: U.S. Supreme Court
Claim: The suit appealed a Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruling that allowed mail-in ballots postmarked by Nov. 3 to be accepted by Nov. 6.
Status: The U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear the case but said it may reconsider later.

Absentee ballots with incomplete information

Who filed: Trump campaign on Nov. 5.
Court: Court of Common Pleas, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania
Claim: The suit asked that the board of elections in Montgomery County be barred from counting absentee ballots with incomplete information on their outer envelopes. The suit said 600 ballots were affected.
Status: Pending.

'Two-tier' voting system

Who filed: Trump campaign on Nov. 9.
Court: U.S. District Court in Middle District of Pennsylvania
Claim: The suit said Pennsylvania is operating a two-tier voting system, in-person and by mail, that violates the Constitution.
Status: On Nov. 21, a federal judge rejected the campaign claim in a scathing decision, concluding that Trump lawyers had presented "strained legal arguments without merit." Trump lawyers are appealing.

Counting of absentee ballots

Who filed: Trump campaign, Republican National Committee on Nov. 9.
Court: Court of Common Pleas of Bucks County, Pennsylvania
Claim: The suit asked for a review of absentee ballot counting by the board of elections in Bucks County. It said some ballots with date or address defects were accepted.
Status: Pending.

‘No fraud or misconduct’

Who filed: In two separate suits that were later combined: the Trump campaign on Nov. 10; Nicole Ziccarelli, Republican candidate for the 45th District of the Pennsylvania state Senate, on Nov. 13.
Courts: Trump in the Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas; Ziccarelli in the Court of Common Pleas of Allegheny County.
Claims: The Trump campaign said it was not alleging fraud or misconduct, but claimed 8,329 absentee and mail-in ballots were not correctly filled out and should not be counted by the Philadelphia County Board of Elections.
Ziccarelli did not claim fraud, but challenged an Allegheny County Board of Elections decision to count 2,349 mail-in ballots that were signed, but undated.
Status: The Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas ruled against the Trump campaign. The Court of Common Pleas of Allegheny County ruled against Ziccarelli, but the three-judge Commonwealth Court panel reversed the decision 2-1.
Both suits were appealed to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, which consolidated them into a single case on Nov. 20.
In a 5-2 decision on Nov. 23, the state Supreme Court ruled against Trump by upholding the Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas decision. It also ruled against Ziccarelli by reversing the Commonwealth Court decision.

Michigan

Access for vote counting

Who filed: Trump campaign on Nov. 4.
Court: State of Michigan Court of Claims
Claim: The suit asked for a halt to vote counting until the Trump campaign was given “meaningful access." It did not specify a voting location. It also sought permission for the campaign to review previously counted ballots and sought access to videotapes of ballot drop boxes installed around the state after Oct. 1.
The campaign also submitted an affidavit from Jessica Connarn, a lawyer serving as a poll watcher, who said an unidentified poll worker told her ballot dates were being changed.
Status: On Nov. 5, a Michigan judge dismissed the suit and said there was no legal basis for access to surveillance videos and the poll worker's affidavit was hearsay. The Trump campaign has appealed.

Challengers not permitted to observe vote processing

Who filed: Trump campaign on Nov. 11.
Court: U.S. District Court, Western District of Michigan
Claim: The suit said election challengers – representatives of political parties, candidates or organizations – were not permitted to observe election proceedings and processing of voter ballots.
Status: Pending. Filings are due this week.

Georgia

53 ballots questioned as improperly counted

Who filed: Trump campaign, Georgia Republican Party on Nov. 4.
Court: Superior Court of Chatham County, State of Georgia
Claim: The suit said 53 ballots received after the voting deadline may have been added to eligible ballots and improperly counted.
Status: On Nov. 5 a judge dismissed the case, ruling there was no evidence the law had been broken. However, Georgia officials said Nov. 11 that all ballots would be recounted by hand because of the close margin.

Arizona

Sharpie marker use disputed

Who filed: Trump campaign, voters in Maricopa County, Arizona, on Nov. 4.
Court: Superior Court for the State of Arizona
Claim: The suit said Maricopa County incorrectly rejected some in-person votes on Election Day. Plaintiffs said voters were given Sharpie markers to mark their ballots, which spoiled them, a claim that was later disputed. Election officials said Sharpies were used because they dry fast and don't smear.
Status: The Trump campaign filed its own suit on Nov. 7, but later that same day, attorneys dropped the legal challenge without prejudice, meaning a similar case could be filed later.

In-person ballots rejected

Who filed: Trump campaign, Republican National Committee, Arizona Republican Party on Nov. 7.
Court: Superior Court for the State of Arizona
Claim: The suit said Maricopa County incorrectly rejected in-person ballots when vote tabulation machines flagged some ballots as defective. The suit said poll workers did not follow procedures to give voters a chance to correct mistakes on ballots.
Status: The Trump campaign dropped the suit on Nov. 12.

Vote centers instead of vote precincts

Who filed: Arizona Republican Party, on Nov. 13.
Court: Superior Court of Arizona, in and for the County of Maricopa
Claim: The suit, filed against the Maricopa County board of supervisors and county recorder, disputes the ability of counties to hand-count ballots by vote centers instead of vote precincts. The random counting comes after the unofficial vote total has been made public and acts as a quality check of voting machines.
Status: Pending. The Arizona attorney general said there is no legal basis for the claim.

Fate of two ballots questioned

Who filed: Case brought by a Phoenix couple who challenged in-person voting process on Election Day.
Court: Superior Court of Maricopa County
Claim: One voter alleges that ballot was not properly recorded, while the other claims that the tabulation process failed during processing of the vote.
Status: Judge dismissed the case Nov. 20 following a day-long hearing.

Nevada

Later hours for voting locations

Who filed: Trump campaign, Nevada Republican Party on Nov. 3.
Court: District Court, Clark County, Nevada
Claim: The suit said asked that voting locations affected by voting machine malfunctions be kept open until 8 p.m.
Status: Select polling places in Clark County were ordered to remain open until 8 p.m.

3,000 voters questioned as ineligible

Who filed: Jill Stokke, Chris Prudhome and the campaigns of Republican politicians Jim Marchant and Daniel Rodimer on Nov. 5.
Court: U.S. District Court, District of Nevada
Claim: The suit said more than 3,000 ineligible voters cast ballots in Clark County and asked that the county be prohibited from using machines to verify signatures.
Plaintiffs included Stokke, 79, a Las Vegas voter who is blind, who said she believes her ballot was stolen when she went to vote in person and was told she had already voted by mail, and Prudhome, who identifies himself as a Fox News commentator. He said he was denied access while trying to observe ballot counting.
Status: On Nov. 6, a federal judge denied an emergency injunction but briefs on the complaint are due on Nov. 19.

GOP alleges "fraud and irregularities"

Who filed: Nevada Republican Party on Nov. 17.
Court: First Judicial District Court, Carson City, Nevada.
Claim: The suit questions the integrity of the state's general election and asks that Trump either be named the winner or that results be nullified with no winner certified.
Status: Pending.

Wisconsin

Trump says he'll seek recount

Who: Trump campaign on Nov. 4.
Claim: The campaign says it will ask for recount but has not officially filed. In Wisconsin, a recount must wait until all 72 counties have completed their canvassing of the vote, which must be finished by Nov. 17. For a recount to be granted, the runner-up candidate must be within 1% of the winner.
Status: Pending.
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2020.11.15 08:45 AlphaxSaint1 [M4F] Longterm rp partner needed. Free all weekend. Bring your own ideas aswell.

I am 18+ and all participants and characters must be 18+
I am looking for a rp partner. I'm open to many different styles whether it be fantasy, or realistic. I have a few ideas in mind but would love to discuss potential ideas. As always come with some ideas and we can get something going.
Dragon rider: For as long as anyone can remember humans and dragons were enemies. The Dragons would steal livestock and destroy town and humans hunted dragons for their skin to use for armor. One day while on a fishing trip with your dad a storm knocks you overboard. When you wake up your on a beach cutoff from and kind of civilization the sounds of dragons in the background.
Opposites attached: You play a very well known celebrity (could be actress, singer, social media person). You're used to getting things handed to you and guys falling for you. But while in a small town in Montana where almost no one knows who you are. While waiting to catch one flight out you meet a charming rancher.
Back to business: When we were little we met in a foster home and were bestfriends from the start. Once we were old enough to be on our own we spend most of the time couch surfing and stealing to get buy. We grew to stealing cars and made good money from it. One night something when wrong and we got caught. I took the blame so you wouldn't end up in prison. Now it's 5 years later and I'm finally getting out.
Chicago pd x Law and order SVU: I'd love to do a crossover with Jay halstead and Olivia benson.
College football: I'd love to play out the ups and downs of college football eventually making it to the NFL
Business as usual: You're the CEO of a very successful company but you still have rivals and enemies. That being said you need some allies to so you meet me the president of the local motorcycle club. I'll handle the dirty work in exchange for money or anything i need.
Rich girl and a country boy: You're dad has always had this idea of you marrying the son of a fellow ceo and merging the companies. That's starting to come true until while on a trip for your bachelorette party you meet a small town boy and he shows you the joy of living a simple life.
Military: For a college assignment you're required to connect with a penpal. You get paired with me and through various letters you learn I'm overseas in the military. We talk for weeks until soon i stop writing back. That's until I'm home and decide to surprise you.
Meeting the family: We've been dating for about 6 months and you've never met my family. We come from different backgrounds as you're more of the upper middle class the grew up in the city and i was lower middle class that grew up in the country. We were sometimes polar opposites but somehow we were happy together. I get an invitation to my sister's wedding and we decide to take a trip to my hometown for the wedding and to introduce you to the crazyness that's my family.
Youtuber: You're a pretty big Youtubestreamer with over 9 million subscribers between the two platforms. I'm a rather small Youtuber with only about 600k subscribers on YouTube. People are constantly linking you my videos to react to on stream due to the humor being a little on the darker side. To everyone's surprise you really enjoy my content and it goes from there.
Your suggestion or ideas: If you have any changes to a particular scenario please share I'm open to suggestions. If you have a totally different idea or ideas please share aswell I'd love to hear.
Youtuber house: You're the owner and CEO of an esports team. You've had a team house for a abour a year and are ready to expand. You decide to have a content house you do your research and invite me to join and be the first streamecontent creator to live in the house with you. Eventually you'll invite others to join.
Where you come from: We grew up in the same small town in Georgia and were best friends. You moved to California when your dad got an amazing job and you've been living the wealthy life ever since. One day when you come home from shopping with your other rich friends your mom and dad tell you're all going back to Georgia for an extended visit and you couldn't be more upset.
The new guy: I wasn't the most popular guy at my old school and everyone picked on me. I embarrassed myself one day to the point of needing to get out. After meeting a guy that went through the same situation i reinvented myself as a cool jock type and transferred to your school.
Criminal enterprise: Your mom and my mom were bestfriends. She helped pay for you mom's medicine when she was sick. When your mom finally passed you came to live with us. When you get here you realize we're one of the country's most successful crime families.
Single parent: This is one is pretty straight forward. We can discuss different options in PM.
Unexpected pregnancy: We met at a party and got drunk and hooked up. We didn't talk afterwards until you called me telling me your pregnant.
Small town living: you were always a good respectable person. You always saw the good in people but sometimes that wasn't necessarily a good thing. You dated a guy that seemed fine to everyone except behind closed doors he was extremely abusive. When you came home one day with a broken nose and a black eye your parents knew they needed to do something. They decided to send you to live with your aunt to hopefully hide you from him. You were relieved to be away from hom finally. When you get to your aunt's farm you see me working out in the fields.
Superpower: Ever since i was 5 i knew i was different but no one ever told me why. I came from a long line of shapeshifters unfortunately that's usually what got them killed. Both my dad and uncle were shifters but they mysteriously died when i was 5. My mother started to see the signs of me becoming one the animal print started to show on my body and she knew she couldn't go through with it. When i was 6 she turned me over to foster care and disappeared. Now I'm 22 and using my gift for more personal gain. Rather it be changing into a horse betting on myself at the local track or a championship caliber race dog. You've been passed a file on me to try and bring me in to try and stop a criminal mastermind from trying the world into chaos.
Zombie apocalypse: I'm open to a lot of different scenarios. Rather it's the walking dead where the zombies move kind of slow. Or world war Z where they sprint and climb over each other. I'm also open to many different pairings.
Reconnect: I've been bestfriends with your older brother since we were in kindergarten. We're both sophomores in college and play football for the school. You and me always had a connection but never acted on it. Now it's your brother's wedding and we meet up when you see my smoking out by my truck.
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2020.11.13 21:39 Darth_Ra College Football COVID-19 Historical Tracker as of Week 11

So, I was having trouble finding information on how COVID was affecting the college football season. Well, no I wasn't, it's all anyone is talking about. What I was having trouble finding was concrete, data-based tracking of how COVID was affecting the college football season, and so I figured I'd have to create it. Please let me know if there is feasible data you have or would like me to include, and I'll see what I can do.
I would also really like to note that I'm not including cases, hospitilizations, and deaths as any kind of political statement, but rather as a means of comparison with the national state of the Pandemic (I actually wanted to include regional information as well, but the CUSA and the AAC made it difficult to impossible to nail a region down to a conference). The information was sourced from COVIDtracking.com's "Nationwide COVID-19 Metrics" chart, which I've been personally using to track the pandemic for a few months now.
As an additional caveat, I am not attempting to use this information to blame any team, conference, or agency for anything. Again, this is simply me attempting to create a tracker for us to follow the information from week to week as we all try to navigate this crazy season. Information is never bad, unless it's bad information. With that in mind, again, please let me know if there's a different way you would be tracking this, or information you feel would be pertinent.

COVID Cancellation/Postponement/Rescheduling Tracker Going Into Week 8

Week # of Cancellations Games Affected Rescheduled Games? Most Affected Teams 7-Day Avg Cases in US 7-Day Avg Hospitilizations in US 7-Day Avg Deaths in US
Week 1 2 Jacksonville State Jacksonville State @ FIU FIU, Rice Rice @ Houston Houston None Jacksonville State, FIU, Rice, Houston: 1 cancellation each 44,714 34,682 1,070
Week 2 6 SMU SMU @ TCU TCU, Louisiana Tech Louisiana Tech @ Baylor Baylor, NC State NC State @ Virginia Tech Virginia Tech, Marshall Marshall @ ECU, Oklahoma State oSu @ Tulsa Tulsa, FIU FIU @ UCF UCF Oklahoma State oSu @ Tulsa Tulsa (Sep 19) NC State NC State @ Virginia Tech Virginia Tech (Sep 26) FIU FIU: 2 cancellations 37,581 (-7136) 32,421 (-2261) 1,170 (+100)
Week 3 7 Houston Houston @ Memphis Memphis, Houston Houston @ Baylor Baylor, Charlotte Charlotte @ North Carolina North Carolina, FAU FAU @ Georgia Southern Georgia Southern, BYU BYU @ Army Army, Central Arkansas Central Arkansas @ Arkansas State Arkansas State, VirginiaVirginia @ Virginia Tech Virginia Tech HoustonHouston @ MemphisMemphis (Houston @ Baylor), Virginia Virginia @ Virginia Tech Virginia Tech (Dec 12, conflicts w/ ACC Championship) Houston Houston: 3 cancellations, 2 in the same week, FIU FIU: 2 cancellations 43,558 (+5977) 30,278 (-2143) 863 (-307)
Week 4 7 Memphis Memphis @ UTSA UTSA, Notre Dame Notre Dame @ Wake Forest Wake Forest, Georgia State Georgia State @ Charlotte Charlotte, Temple Temple @ Navy Navy, Tulsa Tulsa @ Arkansas State Arkansas State, USF USF @ FAU FAU, North Texas North Texas @ Houston Houston Notre Dame Notre Dame @ Wake Forest Wake Forest (Dec 12, conflicts w/ ACC Championship), Temple Temple @ Navy Navy (Oct 10) Houston Houston: 4 cancellations 43,772 (+214) 29,905 (-373) 921 (+58)
Week 5 2 Rice Rice @ Marshall Marshall, Troy Troy @ South Alabama South Alabama None Houston: 4 cancellations 44,424 (+652) 30,877 (+972) 1,061 (+141)
Week 6 3 Louisiana Louisiana @ Appalachian State App State, FAU FAU @ Southern Miss Southern Miss, UAB UAB @ Rice Rice Louisiana Louisiana @ Appalachian State App State (Oct 23) Houston Houston: 4 cancellations, Rice Rice: 3 cancellations, still has not played a game. 56,727 (+12303) 37,046 (+6169) 809 (-252)
Week 7 7 Appalachian State App State @ Georgia Southern Georgia Southern, Cincinnati Cincinnati @ Tulsa Tulsa, LSU LSU @ Florida Florida, Oklahoma State oSu @ Baylor Baylor, Vanderbilt Vanderbilt @ Missouri Missouri, FIU FIU @ Charlotte Charlotte, Southern Miss Southern Miss @ UTEP UTEP Louisiana Louisiana @ Appalachian State App State (Dec 4-5) Houston Houston: 4 cancellations, Rice Rice, Baylor Baylor, FIU FIU, Charlotte Charlotte: 3 cancellations 83,010 (+26283) 41,485 (+4439) 916(+107)
Week 8 3 Georgia Georgia @ Kentucky Kentucky, Missouri Mizzou @ Florida Florida, New Mexico New Mexico @ Colorado State Colorado State Georgia Georgia @ Kentucky Kentucky: Oct 31, Kentucky Kentucky @ Missouri Missouri: Oct 24, Vanderbilt Vanderbilt @ Missouri Missouri: Dec 12, LSU LSU @ Florida Florida: Dec 12, Missouri Missouri @ Florida Florida: Oct 31 Houston Houston: 4 cancellations, Rice Rice, Baylor Baylor, FIU FIU, Charlotte Charlotte: 3 cancellations 88452 (+5442) 46095 (+4610) 1049 (+133)
Week 9 3 Marshall Marshall @ FIU FIU, Kentucky @ Missouri (Played on Oct 24), North Texas North Texas @ UTEP UTEP, Wisconsin Wisconsin @ Nebraska Nebraska, San Jose State @ New Mexico (Moved from New Mexico to San Jose) Houston Houston, FIU FIU: 4 cancellations, Rice Rice, Baylor Baylor, Charlotte Charlotte: 3 cancellations 125252 (+36800) 53322 (+7227) 1186 (+137)
Week 10 9 Air Force Air Force @ Army Army, Tulsa Tulsa @ Navy Navy, Purdue Purdue @ Wisconsin Wisconsin, Arizona Arizona @ Utah Utah, Charlotte Charlotte @ Middle Tennessee Middle Tennessee, UTSA UTSA @ Rice Rice, FIU FIU @ UTEP UTEP, Louisiana Tech Louisiana Tech @ North Texas North Texas, Louisville Louisville @ Virginia Virginia, Washington Washington @ California Cal Louisiana Tech Louisiana Tech @ North Texas North Texas (Dec 3) Charlotte Charlotte, FIU FIU: 5 cancellations 150526 (+25274) 67096 (+13774) 1104 (-82)
Week 11 14 Georgia Georgia @ Missouri Missouri, Duke @ Virginia (Played Sep 26), ULM ULM @ Arkansas State Arkansas State, North Texas North Texas @ UAB UAB, Texas A&M Texas A&M @ Tennessee Tennessee, Ohio State Ohio State @ Maryland Maryland, Memphis Memphis @ Navy Navy, Rice Rice @ Louisiana Tech Louisiana Tech, Auburn Auburn @ Mississippi State Mississippi State, Alabama Alabama @ LSU LSU, Pittsburgh Pitt @ Georgia Tech Georgia Tech, Air Force Air Force @ Wyoming Wyoming, Coastal Carolina Coastal Carolina @ Troy Troy, Utah Utah @ UCLA UCLA, California Cal @ Arizona State Arizona State ULM ULM @ Arkansas State Arkansas State (Dec 12), Texas A&M Texas A&M @ Tennessee Tennessee (Dec 12), Auburn @ Mississippi State Mississippi State (Dec 12), Pittsburgh Pitt @ Georgia Tech Georgia Tech (Dec 12) Charlotte Charlotte, FIU FIU, Rice Rice: 5 cancellations - - -

Cancellations by Conference

Conference Season Start Date OOC Cancellations In-Conference Cancellations Total Cancellations Total Games % CCG Date
Conference USA CUSA 9/3/2020 11 13 24 78 30.8% 12/18/2020
Sun Belt Sun Belt 9/3/2020 4 3 7 58 12.1% 12/19/2020
American American 9/5/2020 10 4 14 56 25.0% 12/5/2020
FBS Independents Independents 9/5/2020 2 1 3 26 11.5% N/A
ACC ACC 9/10/2020 1 5 6 72 8.3% 12/12/2020
Big 12 Big 12 9/12/2020 4 1 5 42 11.9% 12/12/2020
SEC SEC 9/26/2020 0 8 8 45 17.8% 12/19/2020
Big Ten Big Ten 10/24/2020 0 3 3 27 11.1% 12/19/2020
Mountain West Mountain West 10/24/2020 1 2 3 27 11.1% 12/19/2020
MAC MAC 11/4/2020 0 0 0 12 0% 12/18/2020
Pac-12 Pac-12 11/6/2020 0 4 4 12 33.3% 12/18/2020
NCAA FBS 9/3/2020 18 42 60 411 14.6% 1/11/2021
Also, I found a couple great resources while researching this that I couldn't find a way to incorporate in a meaningful fashion, but thought others might be interested in:
Edit: Added Utah @. UCLA & Cal @ ASU. Poor Pac-12, man...
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